The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
**** (4 stars)
I bought this book a year ago but then kept putting off reading it. Every time I hear someone talk about this authors books it’s always good so I was glad when this book worked for July’s buzzwordathon prompt. As it states in the synopsis 15 years ago Emma watches while her 3 cabin mates sneak out in the middle of the night and that is the last that anyone ever sees of them. Now Emma has the chance to go back and try to get some closure. I was definitely hooked from the very beginning and wanted to know what happened 15 years ago. There were definitely some twists I didn’t see coming at all. Well I didn’t see any of them coming but there was one in particular that really shocked me. This was my first book by this author but I will definitely be reading more.
The Dating Dare by Jayci Lee
****.5 (4.5 stars)
Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. This book is releasing today!!
I was actually emailed a widget for this book and at the time I didn’t realize it was the second book in a series. Luckily it can be read as a standalone. I really enjoyed this book and the only thing really keeping me from giving it 5 stars is the repetitiveness. So Tara has sworn off serious relationships because of a past relationship and Seth has basically done the same thing and he is labeled as a playboy. Seth will be leaving for Paris in a month so he dares Tara to go on 4 dates with him and she agrees. They both think it’s a great plan. I loved getting to know the characters and going with them on their dates it was so cute but I was constantly reminded that Seth was leaving for Paris in a month and that he was a playboy even though he’s really not a playboy by the way. All of that got really annoying. Another thing that I want to mention that is just personal preference is that this book made me realize that I don’t particularly like when sex scenes are fade to black. We get some description but for the most part those are fade to black and when that first happened it was a complete bummer for me. It didn’t take away from the story and I know that is what a lot of people like but I would prefer all of the juicy details. Anyways now I would like to go back and read the first book because I enjoyed this one so much.
When Sparks Fly by Helena Hunting
***** (5 stars)
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. I received a NetGalley widget via email from St. Martin’s Press Publicity. This books expected release date is September 21st.
Ok first I just have to say the first paragraph hooked me and at first I was like what the heck am I getting myself into but luckily the rest of the story wasn’t as weird as that. Lets just say I didn’t know hobby horse riding was a real thing especially amongst grown men. Anyways I freaking loved this book. This is a best friends to lovers romance and I loved how the romance developed. Declan and Avery have been best friends since college and they even bought a condo together after college and have lived with each other for 2 years I believe at this point. Avery is essentially one of the guys. Declan has commitment issues because of his past but its obvious that these two are into each other even before they realize it themselves the chemistry just jumps off the pages. It’s funny, it’s sexy it’s cute it’s just everything I could possibly want in a romance. I love how close Avery is with her two sisters and I love how close she is with her friends as well. The author did a great job portraying each of the different relationship dynamics. This is one of those books I wish I could read again for the first time.