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Review: Always Emily by Michaela MacColl

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Title: Always Emily
Author: Michaela MacColl
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication Date: April 2014
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 3/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

Emily and Charlotte Brontë are about as opposite as two sisters can be. Charlotte is practical and cautious; Emily is headstrong and imaginative. But they do have one thing in common: a love of writing. This shared passion will lead them to be two of the first published female novelists and authors of several enduring works of classic literature. But they’re not there yet. First, they have to figure out if there is a connection between a string of local burglaries, rumors that a neighbor’s death may not have been accidental, and the appearance on the moors of a mysterious and handsome stranger. The girls have a lot of knots to untangle—before someone else gets killed.


Always Emily was a very enjoyable read, with the story-line progressively becoming more engrossing the further into the book you go.

When Emily and her sister find out about woman on the moors, they become inquisitive and their adventure begins. As the mystery behind the woman on the moors unravels they discover their alcoholic brother may be involved.

The sisters get entangled in tragedy, the dangerous wind and even love along the way.

At first I didn’t think this book was for me, as the beginning seemed slow and was unclear with regard to the plot. However, as I kept reading the story kept getting better and better.

My favorite part of the story was the ending because of the unexpected twist. I love the way the characters were thoroughly thought out and developed. Emily and Charlotte were very distinctive people, it was very easy to picture them.

I would have loved for Charlotte to find her ‘duke’ from her stories. I think I would recommend this book for 13-16 year olds and I give it 3 stars.

Books I’ve Read: Boomerang by Noelle August


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Title: Boomerang
Series: Boomerang #1
Author: Noelle August
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: 8 July 2014
Source: Bought
Rating: 3.5/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

Welcome to, the dating site for the millennial gen with its no-fuss, no-commitments matchups, and where work is steamier than any random hook-up

Mia Galliano is an aspiring filmmaker. Ethan Vance has just played his last game as a collegiate soccer star. They’re sharp, hungry for success, and they share a secret.

Last night, Ethan and Mia met at a bar, and, well . . . one thing led to another, which led to them waking up the next morning—together. Things turned awkward in a hurry when they found themselves sharing a post hookup taxi . . . to the same place: Boomerang headquarters.

What began as a powerful connection between them is treated to a cold shower courtesy of two major complications. First, Boomerang has a strict policy against co-worker dating. And second, they’re now competitors for only one job at the end of summer.

As their internships come to an end, will they manage to keep their eyes on the future and their hands off each other, or will the pull of attraction put them right back where they started?

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Boomerang is a really cute romance with heart warming characters. The narrative also touches upon the effect of a degenerative mental disease has on a family as a whole.

I’ve got to say that the idea of a dating website purely for hooking-up did make me shudder. To my mind it would be little more than a high class escort service. However, I think that perhaps this is how dating websites are viewed in reality. I would like to think that people as a whole have higher expectations where dating is concerned (it’s probably the romantic in me) ;)

Both Mia and Ethan have gained an internship for the highly sort after position within Boomerang. They meet randomly in a bar after their interviews, the idea of fate throwing them together immediately comes to mind. Although neither realizes until the morning after, events that transpired between them on the previous evening are lost in a haze of alcohol. The non-fraternization policy of their new positions puts a spanner in the works of their fledgling relationship, adding an element of forbidden romance to the narrative.

While Mia and Ethan have had a completely different upbringing their core values are the same. They are extremely family orientated and a wonderful, loyal friend. they both have a fantastic support system available to them. Something that really shines through the narrative and warms your heart. The support characters are extremely well developed and unique (quirky) bringing an additional dynamic to the plot.

The chemistry between Mia and Ethan is undeniable. However, it is the banter between the two that really makes their connection stand out. They are very comfortable, natural and relaxed with each other. They make a brilliant team, a point that is continually re-enforced throughout the story.

Having personal experience with Alzheimer’s made that part of the plot stick out for me. The depiction was brilliant and completely realistic. The feeling that you lose the person with the disease that diminishes them not once but twice. Firstly when they forget who you are and lastly when it causes their deaths. The constant fear of them forgetting you or placing themselves in danger is something that is well portrayed in Boomerang.

Ultimately, it is the romance that is the main focus of the story. Mia and Ethan definitely have a deep connection that allows them to bloom. They are the embodiment of ‘stronger together’ SWOON :)

Spotlight: Rebound by Noelle August

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At Boomerang, one night can change everything…

Adam Blackwood has it all. At twenty-two, he’s fabulously wealthy, Ryan Gosling-hot and at the top of his game in the business world. His life is perfect, until a scandal from his past resurfaces and threatens to knock the tech wunderkind down and throw his company, Boomerang, a hook-up site for millennials, into chaos.

Alison Quick, the twenty-one-year-old daughter of a business tycoon—and the very ex-girlfriend of Boomerang’s former intern, Ethan—has a problem of her own. After nearly flunking out in her senior year of college, she has one chance to redeem herself to her father by proving that she deserves a place in his corporate empire. That means spearheading her father’s plan to sink big money into Adam’s company and launch it into the stratosphere—provided Adam has no skeletons in his closet.

When the two meet, their sizzling chemistry makes it tough to keep things strictly professional. But when Alison discovers Adam’s secret, she knows she should bring it right to her father, who’ll leverage it for his own gain and use it to ruin Adam. The only problem: she’s falling for Adam—hard.

Will earning her father’s approval come at the price of losing her first real love? Or can Adam and Alison leave behind past mistakes and conquer the world—together?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Question: What do you get when friends pen a story with heart, plenty of laughs, and toe-curling kissing scenes? Answer: Noelle August, the pseudonym for renowned editor and award-winning writer Lorin Oberweger and New York Times bestselling YA author Veronica Rossi, the masterminds behind Boomerang.

You can visit them at, @Noelle_August, and

Review: Dirty Rowdy Thing by Christina Luren

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Title: Dirty Rowdy Thing
Series: Wild Seasons #2
Author: Christina Lauren
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: 4 Nov 2014
Source: Bought
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

Despite their rowdy hookups, Harlow and Finn don’t even like each other…which would explain why their marriage lasted only twelve hours. He needs to be in charge and takes whatever he wants. She lives by the Want-something-done? Do-it-yourself mantra. Maybe she’s too similar to the rugged fisherman—or just what he needs.


I love this series. The idea that fate/destiny totally messes with people is exactly my way of thinking. For example, what happens if your soul-mate is thrown directly into your path but your too caught up in denying it that you could lose the opportunity to be with the person who completes you. The Wild Seasons series takes that idea and expands it along with your heart.

Take Harlow and Finn, their chemistry is combustible yet on the surface they appear nothing alike. To the point they enjoy riling the other (yeah it’s a weird form of flirting) ;) Their age gap adds to the difference in their lifestyles as well as the way in which they deal with situations and emotions. Harlow pushes Finns emotional boundaries, challenging the way in which he tends to assume sole responsibility of his problems. While Finn challenges her in a completely different way, ultimately making her more confident.

Harlow and Finn have both made assumptions about each other based on their lifestyles. However, they are far more alike than first impressions would suggest. Both are loyal, family orientated people who love fiercely. I loved watching their interactions leading to the altering of their view of each other. They are each others perfect match although life throws them a few curve-balls preventing their relationship from progressing easily.

The emotional journey Finn and Harlow embark was fantastic to follow. Christina Lauren weaves Finn and Harlows story together while seamlessly continuing Mia and Ansel’s relationship. Not only that but the way in which the plot has been put into place for the third book is nothing short of ingenious.

Dirty Rowdy Thing proves that while fate may be a bitch, that bitch sure does know what she’s doing. Everything happens for a reason even a drunken marriage in Vegas ;)

Review: The Hazards of Mistletoe by Alyssa Rose Ivy

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Title: The Hazards of Mistletoe 
Series: Hazards #4
Author: Alyssa Rose Ivy
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 20 Nov 2014
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

One snowy Christmas Eve, one mistletoe kiss, one friendship changed forever.

Don’t underestimate the power of mistletoe. It looks innocent enough, but a single branch has the potential to change your life. One mistletoe kiss led to the most embarrassing night of my life, but thankfully by the next Christmas I ended up exactly where I was supposed to be.


Although we haven’t encountered the main characters in the previous books in the series, the thread of the series evolves surrounding the sorority house the girl characters belong to. the connection is strengthened with the inclusion of Jade, who if you remember played a large role in The Hazards of Sex on the Beach.

Although the story plays out in dual narrative, Glen has so many secrets it is difficult to fully understand his actions until he decides to reveal the truth.

Savannah is THAT girl where Christmas is concerned – just imagine a female version of Elf (LOL) She has a strong relationship with her parents following their divorce. Although her mother’s boyfriend is slowly undermining their relationship by excluding her from family events leading to reduced self-confidence. Savannah spends Christmas with her father and grandparents in the luxury ski resort of Vail. A picture perfect white Christmas comprising skiing, snowboarding, ice-skating and hot chocolate – the whole Christmas ideal. Right down to the handsome son of the family friends, Glen.

Somehow, Glen and Savannah manage to maintain their friendship year round although they only see each other at Christmas. It is obvious from the outset that they have an undeniable connection as well as electric chemistry. Unfortunately, when the opportunity for them to progress their relationship arrives it becomes a case of wrong time, wrong place leaving Savannah humiliated. My heart literally bled for Savannah at he way events played out, the rejection was cutting and undermined her fragile self-esteem.

The year without contact between Glen and Savannah incorporates huge changes for them both. As always, Alyssa Rose Ivy manages to convey the idea of identity beautifully within her writing. Savannah’s growth and development within the narrative helps put into perspective just how deeply events can change and shape us. Although outside opinion on the changes in Savannah tend to focus more on the negative rather than the positive without actually discussing them with her. Issues such as body image and self perception are also touched upon within the plot. Glen has his own personal growth throughout the story but for me it was Savannah that I empathized with the most.

I really liked the inclusion of Dalton and Laney, I hope to see more of them in the future. The portrayal of the family dynamics was refreshing and realistic, with divorce and re-marriage at the center.

As the events of Savannah and Glen’s reunion play out a deeper level of understanding or Glen’s actions is achieved. For all the problems in his life, he has really taken charge of his own destiny. As well as owning the regret he feels for the way he handled the situation with Savannah. Determined to at least rekindle their friendship, he embarks on a plan to woo her ;) I love the romantic wooing ;)

The Hazards of Mistletoe perfectly encompasses the ideal of the season being about forgiveness and togetherness. It is the season for romance including second chances.  The Hazards of Mistletoe is a perfect Christmas read where you can curl up on the sofa tucked in a blanket sipping hot chocolate *BLISS*