Finlay Donovan is Killing It by Elle Cosimano: ARC Book Review

Finlay Donovan is a trashy novelist and struggling mother of two. Recently divorced from her cheater-of-an-ex-husband, Finlay is left to raise her children on her own, and the bills are beginning to pile up… What’s worse, her sleazy ex-husband and his new fling (Finlay’s real estate agent, no less) would like nothing more than to capitalize on her financial troubles as a means to win full-custody of her kids.

So when she’s accidentally mistaken as a killer for hire when her conversation with her publicist about the plot of her latest novel is overhear and misunderstood, Finlay finds herself at a crossroads. Do the hit, take the money, pay her bills and live happily ever after – or don’t, and watcher her slimy ex-husband and his new lover use their fancy lawyer to steal her children.

Too bad things are never as simple as they seem, and her intended target is definitely no simple man, but someone very well connected in the criminal underworld…

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Love Your Life by Sophie Kinsella: ARC Book Review

When Aria and Dutch meet at a writer’s retreat in Italy sparks fly, and the two quickly find themselves in the midst of a whirlwind romance. Things just seem to “click” between them. (Proof once and for all that meeting in person trumps dating apps, or so Aria thinks.) So when the vacation ends, they’re determined to keep the romance alive and their relationship afloat when they return to England.

But being thrust back into reality comes with its own challenges – ones neither of them could have anticipated.

“Aria” and “Dutch” are really Ava and Matt – and, as becomes quickly apparent, very different than their vacation alter-egos. Worse, they seem to be complete opposites… about everything! Can they reconcile their differences now that they’re out of the honeymoon phase, or will their relationship only ever be a vacation fling?

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Rent a Boyfriend by Gloria Chao: ARC Book Review

When I heard this story was the lovechild of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and The Farewell, I was immediately intrigued. I LOVED To All the Boys in a way I haven’t loved a teen romance novel in a long time, and you know I BAWLED my eyes out watching The Farewell. Throw in a classic trope like fake-dating? Sold!

So, I was more than a little pumped to pick up this novel, and thankfully, Rent a Boyfriend did not disappoint.

This book was an absolute treat to read! Many kudos – and all the mooncake points! – to Gloria Chao for writing such a thoughtful and sweet story. ๐Ÿฅฎ๐ŸŒ™โœจ

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Cobble Hill by Cecily von Ziegesar: ARC Book Review

I was so excited when I first heard about this new book written by Cecily von Ziegesar!

As a preteen I adored her Gossip Girl series (both the books and the tv show inspired by it). I remember borrowing at least 5 books from the series at a time from the library and reading them all in quick succession while sunbathing out on my porch on hot summer days.

And I always loved the way von Ziegesar described the cityscape of Manhattan in her novels. So you can bet how elated I was to hear that she had written a soon-to-be published adult novel, featuring another NYC district, this time the Brooklyn neighbourhood, Cobble Hill.

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This Time Next Year by Sophie Cousens: ARC Book Review

As a huuuge fan of romance novels, I was very excited to pick up this book. Maybe I’m just primed for grand romantic gestures and confessions happening on the eve of a new year from all the wonderful romcoms that have perfected the trope (see: When Harry Met Sally), but the premise of this novel just sounded like the ultimate romantic tale.

And in a lot of ways this story achieved just that. This Time Next Year read like a short and sweet romantic comedy. I could picture the movie playing out in my head while reading this book. ๐Ÿ“ฝ๐ŸŽฌ๐Ÿฟ

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