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Beautiful | Review

Title: Beautiful

Author: Christina Lauren

Rating: 4 Stars

Dates read: 06 May 19

Publication date: 04 Oct 2016

Publisher: Gallery Books

Genre(s): New Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Description:

A FREE-SPIRITED GIRL IN NEED OF A BREAK.
A MAN WEIGHED DOWN BY RESPONSIBILITY.
A ROAD TRIP VACATION WHERE ALL BETS ARE OFF.
OH, AND A LOT OF WINE.

After walking in on her boyfriend shagging another girl in their place, Pippa Bay Cox ditches London for the States to go on a drunken road trip with Ruby Miller and some of her Beautiful friends.

Scaling the career ladder is the default way to deal with heartbreak—and to just deal—for Jensen Bergstrom. Absolutely buried by his drive and workload, he rarely takes time for himself. But when his sister Hanna convinces him to join the gang on a two-week wine tour, he has a rare moment of cutting loose. Of course, it’s only once he’s committed that he realizes the strange girl he met briefly on the plane is coming along, too. She might be too much for him…or he might realize his life has become too small and needs her to make it bigger, crazier.

With this circle of friends there’s always something going on: from Chloe and Sara’s unexpected personality swaps to Will’s new domestic side to Bennett’s text message barrage and George’s own happily-ever-after. In short, their adventures in love, friendship, and hilarity are nothing short of Beautiful

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Twisted | Review

Title: Twisted

Author: Steve Cavanagh

Rating: 4 Stars

Dates read: 16 Jun 19 – 18 Jun 19

Publication date: 21 May 2019

Publisher: Orion

Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller

Description:

BEFORE YOU READ THIS BOOK
I WANT YOU TO KNOW THREE THINGS:

1. The police are looking to charge me with murder.
2. No one knows who I am. Or how I did it.
3. If you think you’ve found me. I’m coming for you next.

After you’ve read this book, you’ll know: the truth is far more twisted…

*I received an eARC of this book courtesy of Orion and NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review*

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New Years Resolutions | 2nd Quarter Check-In

It’s the summer! The sun is shining, the days are long and bright, Wimbledon is on the TV, and we’re closer to this year’s Christmas than we were last year’s. The first 3 months of the year were not my best, and although I am not progressing like I’d like with my weightless/health journey, I think I’m not doing too bad half way through the year!

For the past couple of years, I have made a resolutions list, and then checked back semi-regularly to hold myself accountable and actually think about things to focus my time on. My 2019 Resolutions list is once again made up of a mixed bag of motivations that were supposed to be carrying me through 2019 in a positive and healthy way. I know that I haven’t had these in the front of my mind this year for a whole host of reasons, but also know that if they were, I would probably be making bigger strides than I am this year. I checked in at the end of March to see how I was getting on and definitely think I am doing better than I thought I would be.

My list is split up into sections, just like it was on my original 2019 Resolutions list. I’ve kept it like this to see if there are any areas I’m doing better or worse in, and to allow me to look back at different parts of my life separate from the others. I’m also operating a colour scheme this year too, same as I did last year, because it seemed to work really well!

Completed

On Track

Failing

Amended

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June | Wrap Up

June was by no means a bad month for me, but I did see my reading taper off slightly. Now, you’re probably going to look below and think I am making it up, but the fact is there were multiple days this month where I didn’t read a thing and that has not been the case for previous months. I know I still had an OK performance, and I did still finish the readathons I was taking part in, but I didn’t really read as much as I would have liked to. I did enjoy what I read though, again, and branched out into paranormal and sci-fi – two genres I would not usually reach for!

I went to South Wales for a weekend to visit friends and have an all around nice time, so I didn’t read too much for that weekend. I did also go away to Russia towards the end of the month, so excitement and preparation for this trip and then actually going on it will have affected things, but it was worth it for sure! Continue reading “June | Wrap Up”

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Beautiful Boss | Review

Title: Beautiful Boss

Author: Christina Lauren

Rating: 4 Stars

Dates read: 06 May 19

Publication date: 29 Feb 2016

Publisher: Pocket Star

Genre(s): New Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Description:

One Player tamed. One nerd girl satisfied. And one more major life decision to make. When Will fell for Hanna, her quirky sense of humor and fierce dedication to her career were part of the attraction. (Not to mention her coy newbie attitude toward sex and her willingness to let him teach her everything.) But when the job offers start rolling in for her—and oh, they do—Hanna has trouble deciding what she wants, where they should live, and how much she should burden Will with the decision. Magic between the sheets is only one part of a relationship…getting on the same page is quite another altogether.

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Beautiful Secret | Review

Title: Beautiful Secret

Author: Christina Lauren

Rating: 4 Stars

Dates read: 05 May 19

Publication date: 14 Apr 2015

Publisher: Gallery Books

Genre(s): New Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Description:

When Ruby Miller’s boss announces he’s sending her on an extended business trip to New York City, she’s shocked. As one of the best and brightest young engineers in London, she knows she’s professionally up to the task. The part that’s throwing her is where she’ll be spending a month up close and personal working alongside—and staying in a hotel with—Niall Stella, her firm’s top urban planning executive and The Hottest Man Alive. Despite her ongoing crush, Ruby is certain Niall barely knows she’s alive…until their flirty overnight flight makes him sit up and take notice.

Not one for letting loose and breaking rules, recently divorced Niall would describe himself as hopeless when it comes to women. But even he knows outgoing California-girl Ruby is a breath of fresh air. Once she makes it her mission to help the sexy Brit loosen his tie, there’s no turning back. Thousands of miles from London, it’s easy for the lovers to play pretend. But when the trip is over, will the relationship they’ve built up fall down?

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