Size Doesn’t Matter (207): Scooter Girl; The Prince and the Dressmaker

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Size Doesn’t Matter (207): Scooter Girl; The Prince and the DressmakerScooter Girl by Chynna Clugston Flores
Published by Image Comics on February 21, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 176
Format: eARC
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three-stars

Take a ride to southern California and experience Chynna Clugston Flores' screwball dark comedy classic in FULL-COLOR.
A love letter to mod and scooter culture, SCOOTER GIRL is the story of Ashton Archer, the Vespa-riding, swanky suit-wearing man who has it all. That is, until the girl of his dreams motors right past him on her Lambretta, causing him to lose it all. Convinced that her presence has ruined his life, Ashton sets out to win her heart and end the black curse put upon him by any means necessary.

Someone recommended this graphic novel to me back in college when I first started reading graphic novels. At the time I loved it. When this reprint showed up on NetGalley, I couldn’t resist requesting, because I wanted to see if it held up, and, if it did, to buy a copy to keep. Scooter Girl holds up in some ways, but not so much in others.

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Size Doesn’t Matter (206): The Secret Keeper; Kiss the Bride

Size Doesn’t Matter (206): The Secret Keeper; Kiss the BrideThe Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
Published by Pan on May 9, 2013
Genres: Historical, Mystery
Pages: 602
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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three-stars

During a summer party at the family farm in the English countryside, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson has escaped to her childhood tree house and is happily dreaming of the future. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and watches as her mother speaks to him. Before the afternoon is over, Laurel will witness a shocking crime. A crime that challenges everything she knows about her family and especially her mother, Dorothy—her vivacious, loving, nearly perfect mother.

Now, fifty years later, Laurel is a successful and well-regarded actress living in London. The family is gathering at Greenacres farm for Dorothy’s ninetieth birthday. Realizing that this may be her last chance, Laurel searches for answers to the questions that still haunt her from that long-ago day, answers that can only be found in Dorothy’s past.

Dorothy’s story takes the reader from pre–WWII England through the blitz, to the ’60s and beyond. It is the secret history of three strangers from vastly different worlds—Dorothy, Vivien, and Jimmy—who meet by chance in wartime London and whose lives are forever entwined. The Secret Keeper explores longings and dreams and the unexpected consequences they sometimes bring. It is an unforgettable story of lovers and friends, deception and passion that is told—in Morton’s signature style—against a backdrop of events that changed the world.

Kate Morton has been on my reading list for ages, and dear friends love her books. I thought for sure this would be a slam dunk for me, but unfortunately this is one of those books where it’s absolutely not the right book for me, despite its many good qualities. Sorry, The Secret Keeper, it wasn’t you.

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Series Review: Bride Quartet by Nora Roberts

Series Review: Bride Quartet by Nora RobertsVision in White by Nora Roberts
Series: Bride Quartet #1
Published by Berkley on April 28, 2009
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 325
Format: Paperback
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four-half-stars

Nora Roberts cordially invites you to meet childhood friends Parker, Emma, Laurel, and Mac—the founders of Vows, one of Connecticut's premier wedding planning companies.

After years of throwing make-believe weddings in the backyard, flowers, photography, desserts, and details are what these women do best: a guaranteed perfect, beautiful day full of memories to last the rest of your life.

With bridal magazine covers to her credit, Mackensie "Mac" Elliot is most at home behind the camera—ready to capture the happy moments she never experienced while growing up. Her father replaced his first family with a second, and now her mother, moving on to yet another man, begs Mac for attention and money. Mac's foundation is jostled again moments before an important wedding planning meeting when she bumps into the bride-to-be's brother...an encounter that has them both seeing stars.

Carter Maguire is definitely not her type: he's stable, and he's safe. He's even an English teacher at their high school alma mater. There's something about him that makes Mac think a casual fling is just what she needs to take her mind off dealing with bridezillas and screening her mother's phone calls. But a casual fling can turn into something more when you least expect it. And with the help of her three best friends—and business partners—Mac must learn how to maker her own happy memories.

Nora Roberts had always been down on my to-be-ignored list, because like the judgy hipster snob I sometimes am, I assumed that her books wouldn’t be good because there are so many of them. But then Angie and Meg started talking about how much they love Nora Roberts’ books, and I realized maybe I should rethink my stance. Then obviously the place to start was the Bride Quartet because I fucking love these covers and the premise of four friends running a wedding planning business together. You guys, why did I waste so much time not reading Nora Roberts?

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Series Review: Kate Daniels, books 8-9 by Ilona Andrews

Series Review: Kate Daniels, books 8-9 by Ilona AndrewsMagic Shifts by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #8
Published by Ace on August 4, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Mystery, Mythology, Romance
Pages: 342
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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four-half-stars

In the latest Kate Daniels novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews, magic is coming and going in waves in post-Shift Atlanta—and each crest leaves danger in its wake…

After breaking from life with the Pack, mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate—former Beast Lord Curran Lennart—are adjusting to a very different pace. While they’re thrilled to escape all the infighting, Curran misses the constant challenges of leading the shapeshifters.

So when the Pack offers him its stake in the Mercenary Guild, Curran seizes the opportunity—too bad the Guild wants nothing to do with him and Kate. Luckily, as a veteran merc, Kate can take over any of the Guild’s unfinished jobs in order to bring in money and build their reputation. But what Kate and Curran don’t realize is that the odd jobs they’ve been working are all connected.

An ancient enemy has arisen, and Kate and Curran are the only ones who can stop it—before it takes their city apart piece by piece…

How have I already read book 8? I’ve read all of books 2-8 in the month of November, which like I know I’ve been reading a LOT, but seriously hot damn that’s fast. Magic Shifts might be my favorite one so far, although that could also be Magic Bleeds or Magic Slays, because they’re all just so damn good.

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Series Review: Him by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

Series Review: Him by Sarina Bowen & Elle KennedyHim by Sarina Bowen, Elle Kennedy
Series: Him #1
Published by Author on July 28, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 360
Format: eBook
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three-half-stars

They don’t play for the same team. Or do they?

Jamie Canning has never been able to figure out how he lost his closest friend. Four years ago, his tattooed, wise-cracking, rule-breaking roommate cut him off without an explanation. So what if things got a little weird on the last night of hockey camp the summer they were eighteen? It was just a little drunken foolishness. Nobody died.

Ryan Wesley’s biggest regret is coaxing his very straight friend into a bet that pushed the boundaries of their relationship. Now, with their college teams set to face off at the national championship, he’ll finally get a chance to apologize. But all it takes is one look at his longtime crush, and the ache is stronger than ever.

Jamie has waited a long time for answers, but walks away with only more questions—can one night of sex ruin a friendship? If not, how about six more weeks of it? When Wesley turns up to coach alongside Jamie for one more hot summer at camp, Jamie has a few things to discover about his old friend... and a big one to learn about himself.

Though I mostly avoid “new adult” like the plague, I saw a string of friends really love Him, and Morgan said I had to read because shiiiiip. So obviously there was nothing for me to do but pick it up when it went on sale. Actually reading it took me a while, but omg everyone was so right. Fluffy m/m delighfulness with an adorable friends to lovers ship.

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