Review: Compromising Positions

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Compromising Positions

Author: Jenna Bayley-Burke
Series: Invested in Love
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Entangled: Select
Publication Date: November 28 2016
Format: eARC
Pages: 248
Source: Entangled Publishing, LLC

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Falling in love is the last thing on his busy agenda but compromising positions can lead just about anywhere.When fitness empire CEO David Strong agrees to help teach a yoga class for couples based on poses in The Kama Sutra, he’s put in one compromising position after another. Especially since the instructor is his best friend’s little sister-in-law, doesn’t have a lot of experience with men, and is totally off-limits. She’s everything David’s never wanted. So he can’t understand why he suddenly needs her so much.

Sophie DelFino has fantasized about David for over a decade, but he has a type, and she’s far from it. He’s also got all sorts of rules and reasons why they shouldn’t be together. Good thing Sophie is all about bending the rules.

 

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Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥. 5 

 

OPENING LINE

“This is what you get for opening your big mouth, David Strong said to himself as he pulled his baby-blue Corvette Stingray in front of Working It Out, the gym that occupied the street level of a high-rise in the trendy Pearl District of Northwest Portland.”


I’m a little torn between 5 or 4 stars, so I’m giving this a 4.5 stars!

When I came across this on Indie Sage’s website I couldn’t help but think that Compromising Positions sounded so familiar. Turns out I’ve come across it before but when it had an older cover. Seeing the ratings and noticing people mention that it was such a good read is what sold me to sign myself up for the blog tour.

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I’m not sure who I loved more, Sophie or David. Probably equally both! Sophie is such a unique character, I don’t think I’ve read anything that has had a character like her. She’s strong, independent, doesn’t lie, but at times is also vulnerable. And David, oh sweet David. Known as a playboy I liked the fact that David was very upfront about everything, including his rules. But as readers get into Compromising Positions we learn more about his character and I couldn’t help but swoon over him. I also absolutely loved how the author build their relationship. Sophie has wanted David for forever, but David’s feelings for her gradually came to be. It was rushed, it’s was natural.

Would I recommend Compromising Positions? Yes! This book is like a hidden gem.


GIVEAWAY!

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ABOUT JENNA BAYLEY-BURKE

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By day, Jenna is faster than a speeding toddler, stronger than a stubborn husband, able to leap tall Lego structures in a single bound…but by night, while the family sleeps she writes romance novels where no one ever has to scoop up after the dog, change diapers, clip coupons, drive carpool, do laundry, mop floors, get silly putty out of hair, vacuum, empty the vacuum bag (gross!), exercise, count calories, apply bandaids, clean up puke…wait where was this going? Oh, Jenna writes romance because it is glamorous. Just ask the dog.

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Until next time bibliophiles,
Patty♕

Waiting on Wednesday (49): The Secret of a Heart Note

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**Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights highly anticipated upcoming releases.**

The Secret of a Heart Note

Author: Stacey Lee
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Magical Realism
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: December 27 2016

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An evocative novel about a teen aroma expert who uses her extrasensitive sense of smell to mix perfumes that help others fall in love while protecting her own heart at all costs

Sometimes love is right under your nose. As one of only two aromateurs left on the planet, sixteen-year-old Mimosa knows what her future holds: a lifetime of weeding, mixing love elixirs, and matchmaking—all while remaining incurably alone. For Mim, the rules are clear: falling in love would render her nose useless, taking away her one great talent. Still, Mimosa doesn’t want to spend her life elbow-deep in soil and begonias. She dreams of a normal high school experience with friends, sports practices, debate club, and even a boyfriend. But when she accidentally gives an elixir to the wrong woman and has to rely on the lovesick woman’s son, the school soccer star, to help fix the situation, Mim quickly begins to realize that falling in love isn’t always a choice you can make.

At once hopeful, funny, and romantic, Stacey Lee’s The Secret of a Heart Note is a richly evocative coming-of-age story that gives a fresh perspective on falling in love and finding one’s place in the world.


Why am I waiting…

 

This is a beautiful cover, I can’t wait to see what the physical copy will look like! Will the floral design be embossed?
I have yet to read a Stacey Lee book, I know, I know, I’ll get to them I swear. But this one has really jumped out at me compared to her other books. I love coming-of-age stories and toss in magical realism and I’m sold!

 

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Patty♕

Waiting on Wednesday (48): Ever the Hunted

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**Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights highly anticipated upcoming releases.**

Ever the Hunted

Author: Erin Summerill
Series: Clash of Kingdoms, #1
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: December 27 2016

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Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, the legendary bounty hunter for the King of Malam—that is, until her father is murdered. Now outcast and alone and having no rights to her father’s land or inheritance, she seeks refuge where she feels most safe: the Ever Woods. When Britta is caught poaching by the royal guard, instead of facing the noose she is offered a deal: her freedom in exchange for her father’s killer. However, it’s not so simple.

The alleged killer is none other than Cohen McKay, her father’s former apprentice. The only friend she’s ever known. The boy she once loved who broke her heart. She must go on a dangerous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad kings, and dark magic to find the real killer. But Britta wields more power than she knows. And soon she will learn what has always made her different will make her a daunting and dangerous force.


Why am I waiting…
First of all, HELLO BEAUTIFUL COVER!
I’ve been extremely intrigued about Ever the Hunted since I first came across it back in January, and I’m so happy that we’re now just a little bit closer to the release date!
What are you waiting on this week?!
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Patty♕

Waiting on Wednesday (47): Alterations

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**Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights highly anticipated upcoming releases.**

Alterations

Author: Stephanie Scott
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Retellings, Romance
Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark
Publication Date: Deember 6 2016

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If anyone saw the prom boards Amelia Blanco makes on her favorite fashion app, they’d think Ethan Laurenti was her boyfriend. They wouldn’t know that all the plans she’s made for them are just dreams, and that she’s the girl who watches him from the kitchen while her parents cook for his famous family.When Amelia’s abuelita enrolls her in a month-long fashion internship in NYC, Amelia can’t imagine leaving Miami–and Ethan–for that long. As soon as she gets to New York, however, she finds a bigger world and new possibilities. She meets people her own age who can actually carry on a conversation about stitching and design. Her pin boards become less about prom with Ethan and more about creating her own style. By the time she returns to Miami, Amelia feels like she can accomplish anything, and surprises herself by agreeing to help Ethan’s awkward, Steve-Jobs-wannabe brother, Liam, create his own fashion app.

As Liam and Amelia get closer, Ethan realizes that this newly confident, stylish girl may be the one for him after all . . . even though he has a reality TV star girlfriend he conveniently keeps forgetting about. The “new and improved” Amelia soon finds herself in between two brothers, a whole lot of drama, and choice she never dreamed she’d have to make.


Why am I waiting…
 Does this look familiar? If you have me on Goodreads you’ve probably seen this already, if not well here’s my excitement in gifs!
I’m sorry….DID YOU SAY A SABRINA RETELLING!?!?!?
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Kids, if you haven’t seen Sabrina (and no, not Sabrina the Teenage Witch) you need to go watch it!!!

I’m looking forward to some cuteness like this
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and more cuteness
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I NEED THIS BOOK ASAP!! This is going to be good, I know it will!! Anyone else looking forward to Alterations?!
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What are you waiting on this week?!
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Patty♕

Review: The Heart of Henry Quantum


The Heart of Henry Quantum

Author: Pepper Harding
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Fiction
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: October 4 2016
Format: Paperback (ARC)
Pages: 280
Source: Simon & Schuster

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In the bestselling tradition of A Man Called Ove and the beloved film Love Actually, a quirky, socially awkward man goes on a quest to find his wife a last-minute Christmas gift and encounters several distractions—including bumping into his ex-girlfriend who was the one who got away.

Henry Quantum has several thoughts going through his head at any given time, so it’s no surprise when he forgets something very important—specifically, a Christmas gift for his wife, which he realizes on the morning of December 23. Henry sets off that day in search of the perfect present for her: a bottle of Chanel No. 5 perfume. But much like Henry’s ever-wandering mind, his quest takes him in different and unexpected directions, including running into the former love of his life, Daisy. His wife, meanwhile, unhappy in her marriage, is hiding a secret of her own. And Daisy, who has made the unsettling choice of leaving her husband to strike out on her own, finds herself questioning whether she and Henry belong together after all.

A sweet, funny, and touching debut from author Pepper Harding shows how the seemingly insignificant events of one single day can change our lives forever—perhaps, if we’re lucky, for the better.

 

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Rating: ♥ 

 

OPENING LINE

“My friend Henry Quantum, who everyone called Bones because he was so tall and thin, and because Dr. McCoy was his favourite character from Star Trek, had a single task that day, and that was to buy a Christmas present for his wife.”

 


When The Heart of Henry Quantum was first brought to my attention I was excited for it. While I haven’t read A Man Called Ove I know this book has received a lot of praise. The film Love Actually is a film I really enjoyed.

I normally break down my reviews with things I liked, loved, and disliked but I had a hard time trying to figure out what is was I liked about The Heart of Henry Quantum.

This book is broken down into four parts. We start off in part one from Henry who has realized he hasn’t bought his wife a Christmas gift yet and sets out to do so. Yet such a simple task turns into something not so simple as his own thoughts keep distracting him from this task. At first I thought of him as someone who’s probably philosophical, I kept trying to understand Henry but his scattered brain was hard, if not annoying at times to follow.

In part two we meet my least favourite character ever, Margaret. Margaret is Henry’s wife and is on her way to meet her secret lover. THIS WOMAN IS HEARTLESS and no it’s not because she’s having an affair. There are events that take place during her chapter while she’s on her way to meet her lover and I couldn’t help but wonder if this woman even had a heart.

“…and screamed at the top of her lungs, “Let the fucking bitch jump!”
Her words echoed off the sea and bounced off the towers and cables, and from the crowd there rose such a roar of approval, such a loud round of applause, that the Golden Gate Bridge itself shook with laughter.”

In part three we finally get to know more about Daisy. Probably the only character I came to somewhat enjoy. Although, the more I think about it, I think what I actually enjoyed was the insightfulness that came during her part.

Lastly, we come full circle to ending part four with Henry. Who has literally wasted the whole day and still has bought the perfume. At this point Henry is trying to figure out his life, and the events that took place throughout the day and what it all means. Has he been wasting his life? And at the last possible moment (literally, 5 pages left) he has an epiphany.

I was constantly on the fence of if I should mark this as read or DNF. I read part one, skimmed part two, read part three, and skimmed part four. I got to the end and all I could think was “that’s it?” I felt like readers weren’t really given full answers and things were more so left to the reader’s interruption as to what happens next. I’m not sure if it’s intentional with the author showing readers that there is no certainty when it comes to love.

According to Simon & Schuster’s website, Pepper Harding is apparently a pen name for an author that writes from a different genre/literature. I’m really curious to know what this author writes. Because one of the main things that made it hard for me to enjoy The Heart of Henry Quantum was the writing style.

“Then she showered, carefully chose her underwear, skirt, blouse, jacket, and shoes, returned to the bathroom to put on her makeup and brush her hair, examined herself in the mirror, and changed out of her skirt, jacket, and blouse into a little dress, changed the shoes, put on different jewelry, checked herself again in the mirror, took of the dress, put on a different skirt and this time a tight-fitting sweater and a third paid of shows, went back to the original earrings and bracelets, added some pears removed the pearls, attached a pin to the sweater, looked again in the mirror, took off the sweater and put on a second blouse, repined the pin, adjusted her hair, and went back down to the kitchen.”

SERIOUSLY.

Could you not have just simplified it? I felt like the author was trying to do too much, trying to make the writing so different that it took awhile from the plot and more so had me questions what the point of it all was.

Would I recommend The Heart of Henry Quantum? While this did not work for me I could see how some may come to enjoy this. There are insightful moments and some might even find this as humours as it’s suppose to be.


Until next time bibliophiles,
Patty♕