This & That – Can’t Help But Love These Couples

This & That – Can’t Help But Love These Couples

This and That” is a feature to showcase books that I think sound similar or have similar themes and would recommend to someone who is a fan of the “this book.”  Often times, I may not have read the “that” book, but I think fans of the “this” book might like it based on the synopsis or others’ reviews.

About the Books:

Five Ways to Fall by K.A. TuckerFIVE WAYS TO FALL by K.A. Tucker

Sometimes you can’t change—and sometimes you just don’t want to. Discover Ben’s side of the story in this fourth novel by the beloved, top-selling indie author of Ten Tiny Breaths, One Tiny Lie, and Four Seconds to Lose.

Purple-haired, sharp-tongued Reese MacKay knows all about making the wrong choice; she’s made plenty of them in her twenty-odd-years. So when her impulsive, short-lived marriage ends in heartbreak, she decides it’s time for a change. She moves to Miami with the intention of hitting reset on her irresponsible life, and she does quite well…aside from an epically humiliating one-night stand in Cancun with a hot blond bouncer named Ben. Thank God she can get on a plane and leave that mistake behind her.

Football scholarship and frat parties with hot chicks? Part of charmer Ben Morris’s plan. Blown knee that kills any hope of a professional football career? So not part of the plan. Luckily Ben has brains to go with his knockout looks and magnetism. After three long years of balancing law school with his job as a bouncer at Penny’s Palace, he’s ready to lead a more mature life—until his first day of work, when he finds himself in the office of that crazy, hot chick he met in Cancun. The one he hasn’t stopped thinking about.

If Ben truly were a smart guy, he’d stay clear of Reese. She’s the boss’s stepdaughter and it’s been made very clear that office romances are grounds for dismissal. Plus, rumor has it she’s trouble. The only problem is, he likes trouble, especially when it’s so good-looking…

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Painted Faces by L.H. CoswayPAINTED FACES by L.H. Cosway

Come forth with an open mind, for an unconventional tale of love..

Dublin native Freda Wilson considers herself to be an acquired taste. She has a habit of making offensive jokes and speaking her mind too often. She doesn’t have the best track record with first impressions, which is why she gets a surprise when her new neighbour Nicholas takes a shine to her.

Nicholas is darkly handsome, funny and magnetic, and Freda feels like her black and white existence is plunged into a rainbow of colour when she’s around him. When he walks into a room he lights it up, with his quick wit and charisma. He is a travelling cabaret performer, but Freda doesn’t know exactly what that entails until the curtains pull back on his opening night.

She is gob-smacked and entirely intrigued to see him take to the stage in drag. Later on, Nicholas asks her if she would like to become his show assistant. Excited by the idea, she jumps at the chance. Soon she finds herself immersed in a world of wigs, make-up and high heels, surrounded by pretty men and the temptation of falling for her incredibly beautiful employer.

In this story of passion and sexual discovery, Nicholas and Freda will contend with jealousy, emotional highs and lows, and the kind of love that only comes around once in a lifetime.

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The Why:

If you’ve read either of these books, then you know that both couples are so funny and charming! We first met Ben from Five Ways to Fall in K.A. Tucker’s Ten Tiny Breaths. He’s a playboy with a sense of humor. He finally meets his match in Reese. She’s equally hilarious and doesn’t put up with his crap.

In Painted Faces, L.H. Cosway introduces readers to an unconventional love story between a drag queen and baker. The banter between them is so great and their chemistry is on fire! I’d totally recommend either book if you’re looking for couples you’ll fall in love with while laughing.

✥ ✥ ✥ ✥

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Book Review – #famous by Jilly Gagnon

Book Review – #famous by Jilly Gagnon
Book Review – #famous by Jilly Gagnon#famous by Jilly Gagnon
Published by Katherine Tegen Books
Publication date: February 14, 2017
Genres: Young Adult
384 pages
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher

Debut teen author Jilly Gagnon bursts onto the scene with a smart and funny contemporary romance, brimming with heart, that begins when a girl's jokey picture of her crush goes viral.

In this modern-day love story, Girl likes Boy, Girl takes photo of Boy and posts it online, Boy becomes accidentally insta-famous. And what starts out as an innocent joke spirals into a whirlwind adventure that could change both their lives and their hearts forever. But are fame and love worth the price?

Told in alternating points of view, #famous captures the out-of-control thrill ride of falling for someone in front of everyone.

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Debut author Jilly Gagnon’s young adult novel is a teen romance with a modern flair. Told in alternating perspectives, Kyle and Rachel’s story is the result of what happens in the age of viral videos and photos mixes with teenage crushes. While the premise was cute, the writing quality and the characterization was not up to snuff and I wanted more depth and eloquence.

Rachel has had a crush on Kyle for quite a long time. When she surreptitiously snaps a picture of him while he was work and posts it on Flit, a social networking site, she doesn’t expect anyone except for her best friend, Mo, to see it. In a matter of hours, the photo goes viral, making Kyle an instant celebrity and Rachel want to hide. The cyberbullies come out in droves but Kyle is there to speak up for her. When the Laura Show comes calling, both agree to a series on her show. But before they know it, they’re falling for each other. Is it all for the cameras or could Kyle really be falling for Rachel?

I had a really hard time with the character voice. The things Kyle said and thought did not sound like that of an 18-year old boy. (“What in Pete’s name is going on?”, BFFLs, and “Quadruple crap”—just to name a few) The dialogue was extremely hokey and stilted. It made me cringe several times because it just didn’t sound natural.

The writing style was problematic for me as well, with the author often using the same word choices within a few sentences. It seemed really repetitive.  The writing needed to be much more polished and refined. For example,

“The whole thing that been . . . terrifying. It had been kinda terrifying, all of them staring at me . . . .”

“Two girls had been lying in wait.” And a few sentences later, “Something worth lying in wait to photograph.”

In the novel, Rachel is a teen who struggles with her self-esteem. I mean, what teenage girl doesn’t have self-doubt or self-esteem issues at some point? But Rachel’s constant mutterings about how Kyle couldn’t possibly want her, how weird she is, or show she’s not as pretty as other girls was repetitive and unnecessary. I think readers would get the point and understand Rachel without the constant verbal reminder that she feels that way.

The writing lacked the nuance and eloquence that look for in books. I think young readers who don’t read for character voice and writing style like I do might find enjoyment in the plot. I didn’t enjoy this book at all because I didn’t care about the characters and the quality of writing was poor.

* I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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