THE BOOKISH LIFE OF NINA HILL BY ABBIE WAXMAN | BOOK REVIEW

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Genre: Fiction/Contemporary Romance/Chick Lit
Date Started Reading: 10 December 2019 
Date Finished Reading: 24 December 2019

SYNOPSIS

The only child of a single mother, Nina has her life just as she wants it: a job in a bookstore, a kick-butt trivia team, a world-class planner and a cat named Phil. If she sometimes suspects there might be more to life than reading, she just shrugs and picks up a new book.

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ROOMIES BY CHRISTINA LAUREN | BOOK REVIEW

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Genre: Fiction/Contemporary Romance/Chick Lit 
Date Started Reading: 25 December 2019  
Date Finished Reading: 26 December 2019 

SYNOPSIS

For months Holland Bakker has invented excuses to descend into the subway station near her apartment, drawn to the captivating music performed by her street musician crush. Lacking the nerve to actually talk to the gorgeous stranger, fate steps in one night in the form of a drunken attacker. Calvin Mcloughlin rescues her, but quickly disappears when the police start asking questions.

Using the only resource she has to pay the brilliant musician back, Holland gets Calvin an audition with her uncle, Broadway’s hottest musical director. When the tryout goes better than even Holland could have imagined, Calvin is set for a great entry into Broadway—until his reason for disappearing earlier becomes clear: he’s in the country illegally, his student visa having expired years ago.

Seeing that her uncle needs Calvin as much as Calvin needs him, a wild idea takes hold of her. Impulsively, she marries the Irishman, her infatuation a secret only to him. As their relationship evolves and Calvin becomes the darling of Broadway—in the middle of the theatrics and the acting-not-acting—will Holland and Calvin to realize that they both stopped pretending a long time ago?

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THE LITTLE PERFUME SHOP OFF THE CHAMPS-ELYSÉES BY REBECCA RAISIN | BOOK REVIEW

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What is French for falling in love?

They say love smells as sweet as a red rose in bloom, but Del would tell anyone that true love can’t be bottled – it’s beautiful and unique to everyone…even herself. With everything on the line for her future, can Del really let a little attraction get in the way of securing her dreams?

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LAST CALL BY ALICE CLAYTON (Cocktail Series #4.5) | BOOK REVIEW

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Genre: Fiction/Contemporary Romance/Chick Lit
Publishing Date: 06 January 2015
Date Finished Reading: 09 July 2019

Simon and Caroline are back for another round of baking, banging, and big life changes. Settling in, but never settling down, Caroline has finally struck a balance between the professional and the personal. As one of the top interior designers in San Francisco, she travels all over Northern California between nook time with Simon.

Perpetual globetrotter Simon has cut his frequent flyer miles in half over the last year, preferring to balance his professional and personal life, as well.

The next step in their lives seems preordained—toasts, veils, and the aisle of rose petals. But when an accident on a photo shoot in Southeast Asia brings Caroline the most terrifying phone call she could ever imagine, she has to ask whether “till death do us part” is a more realistic prospect than faces most couples.

It’s been a grand adventure, and Caroline and Simon wouldn’t go out without the best surprise ending ever. One part sexy, one part laughter, a dash of exotic locales, and one pink nightie, mixed with passion, and you’ve got Last Call. Served with a side of Clive.

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WALLBANGER BY ALICE CLAYTON (Cocktail #1) | BOOK REVIEW

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Genre: Fiction/Contemporary Romance/Chick Lit
Publishing Date: 14 February 2013
Finished Reading: 05 July 2019

synopsis

Caroline Reynolds has a fantastic new apartment in San Francisco, a Kitchen Aid mixer to die for, and no O (and we’re not talking Oprah here, folks). She has a flourishing design career, an office overlooking the bay, a killer zucchini bread recipe, and no O. She has Clive (the best cat ever), great friends, a great rack, and no O. Adding insult to O-less, she also has an oversexed neighbor with the loudest late-night wallbanging she’s ever heard. Every moan, spank, and—was that a meow?—punctuates the fact that not only is she losing sleep, she still has—yep, you guessed it—no O. Enter Simon Parker. When the wallbanging threatens to literally bounce her out of bed, Caroline, clad in sexual frustration and a pink baby-doll nightie, confronts her heard-but-never-seen neighbor. Their late-night hallway encounter has…well…mixed results. Because with walls this thin, the tension’s gonna be thick. A delicious mix of silly and steamy, this is an irresistible tale of exasperation at first sight

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THE FLATSHARE BY BETH O’LEARY| BOOK REVIEW

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Genre: Fiction/Chick Lit/Contemporary Romance
Publishing Date: 10 April 2019
Date Finished Reading: 27 May 2019

synopsis

Tiffy Moore and Leon Twomey each have a problem and need a quick fix.

Tiffy’s been dumped by her cheating boyfriend and urgently needs a new flat. But earning minimum wage at a quirky publishing house means that her choices are limited in London.

Leon, a palliative care nurse, is more concerned with other people’s welfare than his own. Along with working night shifts looking after the terminally ill, his sole focus is on raising money to fight his brother’s unfair imprisonment.

Leon has a flat that he only uses 9 to 5. Tiffy works 9 to 5 and needs a place to sleep. The solution to their problems? To share a bed of course…

As Leon and Tiffy’s unusual arrangement becomes a reality, they start to connect through Post-It notes left for each other around the flat.

Can true love blossom even in the unlikeliest of situations?
Can true love blossom even if you never see one another?
Or does true love blossom when you are least expecting it?

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THE UNHONEYMOONERS BY CHRISTINA LAUREN | BOOK REVIEW

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Genre: Fiction/Contemporary Romance/Adult
Publication Date: 14 MAY 2019
Date Finished: 18 MAY 2019

synopsis

Olive is always unlucky: in her career, in love, in…well, everything. Her identical twin sister Ami, on the other hand, is probably the luckiest person in the world. Her meet-cute with her fiancé is something out of a romantic comedy (gag) and she’s managed to finance her entire wedding by winning a series of Internet contests (double gag). Worst of all, she’s forcing Olive to spend the day with her sworn enemy, Ethan, who just happens to be the best man.

Olive braces herself to get through 24 hours of wedding hell before she can return to her comfortable, unlucky life. But when the entire wedding party gets food poisoning from eating bad shellfish, the only people who aren’t affected are Olive and Ethan. And now there’s an all-expenses-paid honeymoon in Hawaii up for grabs.

Putting their mutual hatred aside for the sake of a free vacation, Olive and Ethan head for paradise, determined to avoid each other at all costs. But when Olive runs into her future boss, the little white lie she tells him is suddenly at risk to become a whole lot bigger. She and Ethan now have to pretend to be loving newlyweds, and her luck seems worse than ever. But the weird thing is that she doesn’t mind playing pretend. In fact, she feels kind of… lucky.

“I’m not a bridezilla. I’m a perfectionist”

(basically what a bridezilla would say🤷🏻‍♀️)

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THE ACCIDENTAL BEAUTY QUEEN BY TERI WILSON | BOOK REVIEW

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Genre: Fiction/Contemporary Romance/Adult
 Publication Date: 04 DEC 2018 
Date Finished: 16 MAY 2019

synopsis

Charlotte Gorman loves her job as an elementary school librarian, and is content to experience life through the pages of her books. Which couldn’t be more opposite from her identical twin sister. Ginny, an Instagram-famous beauty pageant contestant, has been chasing a crown since she was old enough to enunciate the words world peace, and she’s not giving up until she gets the title of Miss American Treasure. And Ginny’s refusing to do it alone this time.

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THE BRIDE TEST BY HELEN HOANG | BOOK REVIEW

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Genre: Fiction/Contemporary Romance/Adult
Publication Date: 07 MAY 2019
Date Finished: 11 MAY 2019

This book proves why I am so addicted to Contemporary Romance genre *sigh. 🥰 It gives you that high & giddy feeling of being in love. Yung lutang! That feeling when your’re annoyingly happy that I’m sure at least one of your officemates wanted to punch you on the face already because you look stupid wearing that smile all day. Ganoin!

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