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    COVER REVEAL: Fortunate Encounters by Caterina Passarelli

    Title: FORTUNATE ENCOUNTERS
    Series: The Signs Series (book 1)
    Author: Caterina Passarelli
    Genre: Contemporary Romance
    Release: September 20
    Cover Designer: Najla Qamber Designs
    Synopsis
    Sitting at the wrong table turned my life upside down.

    I was supposed to be on a date with one man but made a huge mistake—a mistake I keep bumping into all over New York City.

    Clark Chambers is arrogant, straightforward, devastatingly handsome, and takes what he wants. And right now his sight is set on me.

    But he only wants friends with benefits. And I’d rather eat dirt than agree to that.

    After an “enough is enough” moment, I turn to the Universe for help & ask for a special sign.

    And it’s just my luck … looks like rabbits & romance really do mix!

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    30 Blog Post Ideas For Book Bloggers

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    1. Book review (duh)

    2. New In – a list of books you have purchased recently

    3. A monthly reading wrap up

    4. Monthly reading goals

    5. Book series you haven’t finished

    6. Five favourite book covers

    7. Paperback vs. Kindle debate – where do you stand?

    8. Your reading routine – where do you read, how often do you read, etc.

    9. A book blogger tag (e.g. Behind the Screen)

    10. Seasonal reads (e.g. 10 books to read to get you in the mood for winter)

    11. Ten books you could re-read over and over

    12. Your favourite books/authors as a child

    13. Tips on how to write the perfect book review

    14. What’s on your book bucket list

    15. A list of your favourite book blogs

    16. Your favourite short story collections

    17. Your favourite poetry collections

    18. Character review

    19. Five favourite heroines/heroes

    20. Your top book boyfriends that you wish existed in real life

    21. A short story written by you

    22. Top tips for starting a book blog

    23. Five favourite classic books/authors

    24. WWW Wednesday – What are you reading now, What have you recently read, What are you reading next?

    25. What do you look for in a book/what is a ‘good’ book to you?

    26. Goodreads reading challenge update

    27. A list of blog post ideas (like this one)

    28. A book-related giveaway – book, memorabilia, bookmarks, stationary, etc

    29. Your favourite book-to-movie adaptations (like To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before)

    30. Book subscription boxes – a list of different available ones/unboxing of one you subscribe to/review of this month’s box

    If you have any more ideas, then feel free to leave them in the comments for our fellow book blogger friends!

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    Movie Review: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

    Release date: 17th August 2018
    Where to watch: Netflix
    Genre: Rom Com
    My Rating: ★★★★★

    I’ve never written a movie review before, but I can’t help but want to share my thoughts on the latest YA book-to-movie adaptation that came to our laptop screens via Netflix last week.

    Before watching To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, I actually did think that I had read the book by Jenny Han but I’m not sure now. I definitely don’t have a hard copy of it, but I had thought I had maybe read it on my old Kindle. I think I might have been getting it mixed up with The Summer I Turned Pretty though – but I am not disappointed in the slightest because now it means I have an excuse to buy a new book and enjoy it all over again!!!

    Because of this, I can’t comment on how well it stuck to the events of the book but from what I have seen on Twitter, it is pretty accurate with how it portrays the characters and the main events. Of course, there will be bits cut out of it I’m sure, as the movie only lasts just over an hour and a half and it would be impossible to include absolutely everything. That said, it didn’t feel rushed or like there was too much crammed in there.

    One of my favourite aspects of the movie was its simply stunning cinematography. Some of the scenes were just so exceptionally beautiful in their set-up and colour. I particularly loved the design of Lara Jean’s bedroom. If you follow me on Twitter then you will know that I wish this bedroom existed in real life, aka right here in my home.

    I also really enjoyed Lana Condor’s performance of Lara Jean. Not only is she a beautiful human, but she also captured the personality of the character perfectly with her acting skills and facial expressions. The relationship of the Covey sisters was also perfect, and so sweet to watch. It was nice to see Mona from PLL’s face again, especially in the role of a very different character! And Kitty’s relationship with Peter had my heart go all fluttery and warm.

    Speaking of which, can we take a moment of appreciation for the man himself – Peter Kavinsky. Where are all the real-life Peters, let me ask you. I’m sure you have probably seen the meme on Twitter about how he is considerate to move the popcorn before fighting with Kitty lol. UGH. He’s adorable. I mean, yeah, he is portrayed as this ‘dumb jock’ for a lot of it that doesn’t have a clue with how to deal with girls’ feelings, but what teenage boy does?

    This movie left me feeling so warm and fuzzy inside for a long time after it ended. In fact, I was ready to watch it again from the beginning about five minutes after the credits but I just about managed to restrain myself. It seems like a movie I could never tire of watching, and I already know it won’t be a one time only viewing.

    I seriously hope that they keep going and make a second movie out of this, especially since the general consensus everywhere is that it was amazing. I have yet to see anyone say a bad thing about it.

    My one complaint is that it could’ve been longer, but maybe that is just me being selfish and never wanting it to end. It would have worked well as a TV series actually, but if that is the only criticism I can think of (and that’s me really trying here), then that is not bad going.

    So now I am off to break my spending ban on books again by ordering this one…

    Have you seen this movie yet? And had you read the book first? I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on how it was adapted if you have!

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    Bookish This or That Tag

    Hello everyone! I am back today with another tag post (I absolutely loved doing the book blogger tag, Behind the Screen, which you can read here. I have been tagged in quite a few different ones recently so I will slowly be working my way through them in amongst my book reviews and other chatty discussion posts and may be caught up around, oh, say next year sometime.

    A massive thank you to my friend Noly from The Artsy Reader for tagging me in this one! There were some seriously hard choices in there but I struggled through this “torture” tag, as Noly very aptly named it.

    I am also going to cheat and not tag anyone in particular to do this (lol lazy I know, don’t hate me), because I have so many tags to get through that I don’t think I even know that many bloggers!! So, I am taking the easy way out and just saying that if you fancy doing this tag, then help yourself, and leave a link for me to have a read. It’s a good one, even if was so incredibly hard.

    Now, without further ado, here are my answers…

    1. Series or standalone?

    As much as I love standalones for the fact that you get to read book after book and inhale so many stories and worlds, there is nothing better than reading a great book and being able to pick up the next one right away and find out what happens next! I am never ready for my favourite characters’ stories to end.

    2. Magic earned or magic born?

    I’m going to say magic earned (I’m guessing this is like Feyre a la A Court of Thorns and Roses?) because that probably makes for a more exciting story in my eyes! I love seeing how they adapt to this new world and how they bring their own world along with them.

    3. Enemies to lovers or friends to lovers?

    Ooooh enemies to lovers, for sure. All that tension.

    4. Hilarious banter or emotional ruin? 

    Noly – can I copy you and say both???

    5. Love triangle or insta love? 

    Love triangles quite often get on my nerves because there is always either the one person they are quite obviously going to choose, or – worse – they choose the wrong one and I am not happy with the ending. An insta love story can be a little on the corny side but if done well, it goes down a treat!

    6. Keyboard smash names or names start with the same letter?

    I can be quite bad for not remembering who is who if there are loads of characters in a book, so a bunch of keyboard smash names would be a recipe for disaster. As annoying as names all starting with the same letter would be, I would definitely have to choose that one.

    7. Mean parents or dead parents?

    Is it cruel to say dead parents? Mean parents is so hard to read but dead parents might mean happy memories? (Apparently I just stole your answer Noly lol sorry).

    8. Supermodel looks or constantly says how “plain” they are?

    Supermodel looks, because that doesn’t necessarily mean that they boast about it all the time, or really recognise it much themselves. A constant reminder of their “plainness” though is boring and frankly a little annoying.

    9. Face on cover vs. typography on cover?

    That is HARD. I THINK I prefer typography on a book over a face the majority of the time, but it really does depend on the individual cover.

    10. Villain turning a little good or hero turning a little bad?

    No! Don’t give us the disappointment of a hero not staying a true hero! It is much nicer to think everyone has a good side to them.

    11. Best friend dies or love interest dies?

    Oh, god. Do I really have to pick? Um, the best friend? Is that mean? I don’t want my friends to die, I promise!!! But if it’s their one true love they can’t die! But no wait, their best friend in the whole world? ARGH. NO ONE. NO ONE SHOULD DIE.

    12. Awesome writing with a dull plot or amazing plot with murderously bad writing?

    Awesome writing all the way. I would barely get two chapters into a book with bad writing, I can’t stand it. How does it even get published, or past the editing stage?! A dull plot would just mean it wouldn’t be an all round amazing book, but it would be readable at least.

    13. Cliffhanger ending or heartbreaking ending?

    I’d rather have neither but if I have to be absolutely pushed for an answer then I suppose I would have to pick heartbreaking ending because although I may never get over it, I hate the idea of a story unfinished. I don’t want to wonder what happened next. I need to know.

    14. Breaking the spine or dog-earing the pages?

    I really should use a bookmark more often but I usually just end up dog-earing the pages because then at least you can’t see that when it is sitting in your bookcase, whereas you would see a worn spine. It is such a shame if the spine is a pretty one!

    Then again, how good does it look when the spine has been broken so many times and it looks so well-loved? Ok – I am going to say a very unbroken spine (not one or two pesky little lines) and dog-earing the pages as well. Is that allowed? Screw it. My blog, I make the rules.

    15. “Bad boy” trope or “perfect golden boy” trope as love interest. 

    Oh, we all like a bad boy, don’t we.

    And I will leave it at that.

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    10 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started University

    Oh, uni. Supposedly the best few years of your life. You are meant to make tons of lifelong friends, become a responsible adult and find your ~true self~.

    What isn’t in all the handbooks is the ridiculous stress you will find yourself under and the several pounds in weight you will put on from endless takeaways, nights out, and lack of mum’s good cooking.

    The start of the next university year will soon be upon us, whether you are returning after a long summer off, or just heading off for the first time.

    I am about to enter my fourth and final year, and I can’t believe that is even a sentence I am able to say yet. The time has absolutely flown in – I am 100% not ready for whatever comes after this period in my life. While university – and education in general, for that matter – is not for everyone, it is for me. I have had the most amazing time at university, met the most amazing people that I can call some of my best friends, and grown immensely as a person. My confidence has absolutely soared and I can now strike up a conversation with just about anyone, and voice my opinion where I would have before kept quite and very much to myself (mind you, I still make my mum phone and make my dentist appointments for me. We can’t all be perfect). It was definitely the right choice for me after school, and I want it to keep going forever (ok, maybe not forever, but a couple of years longer at least). For me, the stress of essays and exams and assignments is totally worth it for what I am getting in return.

    As you may or may not know, I am studying English, journalism and creative writing. I also wrote a post on my top tips for studying this at uni (and also WHY you should study it) which you can read here.

    That said, there are a few things about university that turned out a little different to how I expected. I think you leave school with such an image in your head of what university is going to be like, but there is really no preparing yourself completely until you actually there and experiencing it.

    Luckily for you lot, I have compiled a very handy list of a couple of tips and tricks so you are that little bit more prepared.

    Good luck in your next adventure! It will be a blast.

    THINGS I WISH I KNEW BEFORE STARTING UNIVERSITY


    1) You don’t HAVE to join a load of societies. There are other ways to make friends.

    2) It is actually not that big a deal if you aren’t legally old enough to drink yet. You aren’t the only one, and there is always parties to attend. The student union will usually let you in too, as long as you don’t try and buy alcohol or are seen getting other people to buy it for you (read behind the lines here). I was 17 for the entire first half of my first year at university, and I still have friends, don’t I? I still had fun. Yes, it is VERY ANNOYING, but there is nothing you can do about it (apart from get fake ID or borrow your friend’s but that’s always risky and doesn’t often work).

    3) There are some VERY different people out there. Most likely including your flatmates. But there is also your people out there too. People that you didn’t know that you needed in your lives, and didn’t know could even exist. I met my best friend Fiona the first day we moved into student accommodation and were randomly placed in the same flat. Fast forward three years and we are living in a private rent, just the two of us, and have almost merged into one human being. I would never have thought it would be possible to find someone who is literally ME in blonde-hair-and-excellent-eyesight form.

    4) No one cares what you look like when turning up to lectures. Especially 9am ones.

    5) And therefore yes, you can go to your lecture wearing that outfit you grabbed off your bedroom floor after wearing it out the night before. No, no one will notice, or give two shits. My friend once bought me coffee from Starbucks to congratulate me for pulling it off with ease.

    6) Also, no one gives two shits if you walk into a lecture five, ten, FIFTEEN minutes late. They aren’t all looking at you. They are looking at your delicious coffee in a jealous rage, wishing they made themselves late waiting in line for one too. They want to rip it from your fingers.

    7) You won’t love every single day, or every single class. But don’t let that put you off, because maybe the next class you take the year after will be OH MY GOD THE BEST HOUR EVERY WEEK YOU HAVE EVER HAD.

    8) You will feel lonely and down sometimes.You will have off days, and that’s okay. You might even feel like quitting. But the feeling may pass, so give it time. 

    9) Your dinners will never look like they do in the photos of your many student cookbooks. Nor will you ever use those cookbooks after the first month. Or week. Ok, fine. I haven’t opened it at all.

    10) It might be nerve-wracking and utterly anxiety-inducing, but it is SO MUCH FUN.

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    ARC Book Review + Excerpt: UNBREAK MY HEART by Lauren Blakely

    *A copy of this was sent to me for review purposes. This did not affect my opinion of it, or this review, in any way.*
    Good morning, all! Monday again. I have a busy week ahead of me with all sorts of exciting things happening, including a laser eye surgery consultation tomorrow (!!!) and signing the lease on my flat for another year so it is all-systems-go for me. Of course, I will definitely be able to fit some reading time in there… I lost the charger for my kindle for ages so I haven’t been using it, but I came across it during a clear-out (honestly, the things you find when you actually reach the bottom of drawers) and it has barely left my hands since. I’m loving how much reading I am getting done, especially because I read so much quicker on there than a physical book. 
    Anyway, we are here today to discuss Lauren Blakely’s latest release, Unbreak My Heart

    SYNOPSIS

    I didn’t break her heart, and she didn’t break mine – we broke each other’s.

    I never stopped loving her, but time and distance played its cruel role in ripping us apart three years ago when she moved halfway across the world. Now after all those endless miles away, she’s returned… but I’m not the guy I was before. 
    Beautiful, kind, and loving, she’s the same – my hope. The only one who can make a day better, who can make me feel again with one kiss, one touch, one night. 
    There’s so much I have to put back in place now that I’m alone and on my own. Things I never wanted at the age of twenty-five. When I receive an unexpected letter that might hold the clues to everything I desperately need to understand about my family, I’m sure I have to follow it. But that means leaving her once more. 
    She says she’ll come with me, and having her by my side will unbreak my heart.. or destroy it. 
    That’s the chance I have to take.

    MY THOUGHTS

    Well, this one broke MY heart. 
    This isn’t a rom com or an easy going story. It is a story about loss and heartbreak and feeling utterly alone and destructive. It is a story about putting yourself back together so that you can feel love again. 
    After losing his parents before, Andrew now has no one to lean on to deal with this next loss. That is most unimaginable pain that a person can go through and my heart aches for anyone that does have to go through that. Lauren Blakely portrayed this emotion so beautifully that I really felt it and cried along with the characters. That is exactly what I want a book to do – I want it to stir up some emotion from deep within me and imagine how I would cope (or not cope) if the situation was happening to me. Hats off to you, Lauren!
    It is also told through alternating POVs, and you know how much I love that style. I like getting to know both main characters equally. 
    This second-chance-romance novel reminds you to live life to the fullest (as corny as that sounds, don’t worry – I hear myself right now) because you really don’t know what is around the corner. It shows the importance of having someone to lean on when you are going through a hard time, no matter what the circumstance. 
    With so much emotion packed into these few hundred pages, it’s a real winner in my eyes. I can’t believe I haven’t read Lauren before! 
    I’d give this FOUR stars out of five. 
    EXCERPT
    I was also lucky enough to be sent a little teaser of the book to share with you all, in case my review is not quite enough to convince you to buy this. 
    ~Andrew~
    She inches her hand across the counter just a little bit closer, and that hand, I want to grab it and hold on. I glance at our fingers, so close all it would take is one of us giving an inch.
    Give. Take. Come. Stay.
    I can feel the warmth from her hand. One stretch for us to reconnect, so I wait. Wait for her to put her hands on my face and press her lips against mine and kiss me like it’s been killing her not to.
    But I can’t wait.
    I break first, saying her name in a lonely, desperate rasp. “Holland.”
    “Andrew.” Her voice is a whisper.
    “Go with me,” I blurt out.
    She blinks. “What?”
    I shake my head.
    Leaving the kitchen, I stalk to the living room, pacing like I can sort out what to do if I get just a few feet away from her.
    She’s right behind me, her hand on my arm. “Say it again.”
    I swivel around, and with her blue eyes on mine, her body close, I break to pieces. With her, my heart beats too fast, my blood pumps too quickly. I have no will to tell her to stop being so near to me but not near enough to make everything better.
    “Say what again?” I ask, as if I’ve forgotten.
    “Ask me,” she presses.
    And she wins. She fucking wins. “Go with me. Come with me.”
    She squeezes my arm. “Is that what you want?’
    I cup her cheeks. She gasps. I’ve shocked her. Let’s shock her some more.
    Her lips part, and she whispers my name. “Andrew.”
    It’s like the stars are glowing. Like the sky is blazing at night. “You know what I want.”

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    A #1 New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that’s hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller lists more than 95 times, and she has sold more than 2.5 million books. In August she will release UNBREAK MY HEART, an emotional new standalone romance. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter!
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    COVER REVEAL: Love Sincerely Yours by Sara Ney and Meghan Quinn

    Love Sincerely Yours by Sara Ney and Meghan Quinn
    Release date: 9th October
    A sexy, smart, and heart-swooning romance about a girl who has nothing to lose when it comes to flirting with her boss. 
    This seductive contemporary romance from bestselling authors Sara Ney and Meghan Quinn will keep you on the edge of your seat as you fall in love with the first novel from this dynamic due releasing October 9th. 

    (And woah, talk about tall, dark and handsome. He is exactly what my dad aptly calls The Jaw.)

    Synopsis


    Dear Mister… **strike out** no, too formal.

    Hey there sweet cheeks **strike out** no, too forward.

    To whom it may concern,

    Full disclosure; before we move forward with this email, I would like it to be known that I have consumed an adequate amount of alcoholic beverages to intoxicate myself tonight. Three margaritas, two shots, and one beer – because it was free.

    I think it’s important to be open and honest with your co-workers, don’t you?

    So here I am, being honest. Drunk but honest. Or just drunk with lust? You decide.

    I like you so much it’s clouding my judgement and making me do things I never would sober. Like write this letter.

    I have a hopeless, foolish, schoolgirl crush on you when you are the last person on earth I should be falling for. Did you know people around the office call you a sadist? An egomaniac. An insensitive, arrogant prick. Your bark is worse than your bite, and you don’t scare me. The fact is, I’d love that bite of yours to nip at my bare skin while we’re both wearing nothing but sheets.

    For once I want you to look at me as more than one of your employees.

    And as long as we’re being honest, that navy blue suit you wear? With the crisp white shirt? It really makes me want to loosen your tie and show you who’s boss.

    Love,

    Sincerely,

    Yours.

    Initial Impression


    A forbidden romance in the workplace with an arrogant annoying boss (I assume)? YES PLEASE.

    I am thinking that maybe the protagonist writes this letter drunk and then accidentally sends it to her boss, or maybe it just seems like a good idea at the time only to think OH SHIT when she wakes up the next day with a raging hangover and massive regrets (don’t we all know that old chestnut). Either way, I love the synopsis for this, and the rather delightful cover just as much!

    About the Authors

    Sara Ney is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the How to Date a Douchebag series, and is best known for her sexy, laugh-out-loud New Adult romances. Among her favourite vices, she includes: iced lattes, historical architecture and well-placed sarcasm. She lives colourfully, collects vintage books, arts, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British.

    She lives with her husband, children, and her ridiculously large dog.

    Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if “It’s Raining Men” starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped.

    Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep mal voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing…enter her first novel, Caught Looking.

    Now you can fin the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four-legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze!


    (The weirdest author bio I have ever read and will ever publish on my blog?)


    Pre-order it now!

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    WWW Wednesday #2


    WWW WEDNESDAY is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words

    THE THREE W’S ARE:
    • What are you currently reading?
    • What have you recently finished reading?
    • What do you think you will read next?
    CURRENTLY READING
    I caved and started reading A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas. I’m trying not to read it too quickly like I did the first two because then I just end up skipping lines and missing important bits. Although I guess that means it gives me an excuse to go straight back and read it over from the beginning! Then again, I have made some very delightful Twitter friends that share my newfound love for Rhysand so I guess the quicker I read this the more gushing we get to do. 
    My current ARC read is by Lauren Blakely, called Unbreak My Heart. It will be published on the 13th of this month, so you will see my review appear on my blog that day too! 
    RECENTLY READ
    I have just finished reading When Light Leads to You by C.R. Ellis (ARC) which you can read my review for here. It is a steamy contemporary romance that is perfect if you want some light-hearted (but sexy) reading. 
    READING NEXT 
    Next up is Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. I really want to start it now, but I am trying not to fall into my usual trap of starting loads of books all at once and then never finishing any of them, or taking so long that I forget what happened. However, I am very much a mood reader so what I read next may very well change. 
    What are you reading right now? 
    If you take part in WWW Wednesday then please feel free to leave your links below!
    *This post contains some affiliate links. Help a fellow book gal out – shop your TBR list on Book Depository here or using one of the links above (free delivery worldwide!!!). Thank you so much! Will pay back in long rambly blog posts and overly enthusiastic book reviews. 
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    ARC Book Review/Blog Tour: WHEN LIGHT LEADS TO YOU by C.R. Ellis

    I’m not going to say happy Monday to you all, because is there such a thing? Even if it is a good day, it’s still a Monday and that always makes that little difference. And to make things worse, I am coming down with a bad cold and sore throat (cheers to my brother for that one) and still struggling after a weekend partying (I blame the pink gin). So…hello.

    Today I am pleased to bring you my first ever spot on a blog tour for the release of C.R. Ellis’ latest release in the Forget Me Knot series, When Light Leads to You , a standalone contemporary romance featuring a sexy former detective, a wedding planner and her best friend, and a childhood crush.

    And, better yet, if you read to the end you will find a giveaway to win a signed copy of book 1 in the series and a $10 Amazon gift card!

    Synopsis
    JASMINE
    Once upon a time, there was a girl who had a crush on a boy. Eventually, they fell in love. They lived happily ever after. 
    Except they didn’t. Not even close. 
    I’m the girl, but that’s not my story. 

    Once upon a time, I fell for a boy, but we didn’t have a happily ever after. In fact, we crashed and burned. Which turned out to be for the best because it forced me to grow up and realise the only wedding bells in my future are the ones I orchestrate for clients. 

    For six years I’ve been perfectly content with meaningless, short-lived flings and running from anything that resembles a real relationship. 

    That boy? He’s my best friend’s brother, and he’s no longer the boy I fell for – he’s a man I can’t stand. 

    Oh, and he’s also my new neighbour. 

    DEAN 
    Seemingly overnight, Jasmine Winters went from being my sister’s best friend to being the girl I couldn’t get enough of. But like most things, it didn’t last. 

    Things fell apart so suddenly, I’m able to convince myself that summer never happened. At least, I was, until the only distance between us is a hallway instead of a time zone. 

    Six years ago, I let Jasmine slip through my fingers without an explanation because I was convinced we’d be better off apart. But now that we are neighbours, our unspoken vow of apathy has unwittingly been shattered. Our exchange consist of trading insults and icy staredowns. But in-between, I catch glimpses of the way she used to look at me, glimpses of the girl I fell for years ago. 

    Things are different now, though. This time…I won’t let her walk away without giving me answers. 

    WHEN LIGHT LEADS TO YOU IS THE SECOND FULL-LENGTH NOVEL OF THE FORGET ME KNOT SERIES, BUT CAN BE READ AS A STANDALONE. 

    *DUE TO THE STRONG LANGUAGE AND THE SEXY TIMES BETWEEN THESE TWO, THIS BOOK IS RECOMMENDED TO READERS AGES 18 AND UP.*

    Review


    At the time of reading this, I didn’t actually realise it was book 2 in a series and it really did make no difference that I hadn’t read the first book so you can definitely read it in any order. Now that I do know, however, I will straight onto Amazon to download Jade and Emmett’s story! 
    If you read the synopsis above, you will know exactly what this story is about and probably figure out how it all plays out too (I think it gives a little too much away and could’ve been half the length, but thankfully doesn’t take too much away from the novel itself). 
    This book came at the exact time when I needed it to, for some light-hearted reading before the heavy year at university that looms ahead. I don’t want that to sound like a criticism to Ellis, because it certainly isn’t, because sometimes what we really want is a romantic story with a happy outcome that doesn’t require a huge amount of thought while reading it.
    I really loved the style that this was written in – switching POVs is always my favourite, because then you really get to know both characters in the relationship rather than a one-sided view. There were also some hilarious little quips at the beginning of each chapter that were an incredibly welcome addition to the novel, and not something you see very often. I highlighted so many of them while I was reading through the novel because they often resonated with me.
    For example: “My ability to function pre-coffee is similar to a toddler’s ability to juggle. Sooner or later, shit gets dropped. Jasmine Winters on why she requires copious amounts of caffeine.
    Or: “What cons? All men might be created equally, but their bedroom skills are definitely not. Jasmine Winters, discussing the pros and cons of premarital sex.
    Jasmine Winters, I do believe you may be my spirit animal. 
    I did kind of wish that the novel had started with some of the chemistry between Jasmine and Dean six years ago as, although it does start with a flashback, it goes to the moment it all goes wrong for them without seeing them actually interacting. That said, it isn’t long until they meet up again in the present day and we get to see it then, but it would’ve been nice to have something to base it off of. 
    All in all, this was a pretty damn near perfect contemporary romance that they aren’t kidding about when they say recommended for over 18s. It gets pretty steamy. And pretty often. If that is the sort of thing you like, along with some hilarious characters and a romance that we all wish existed in real life, then this is the one for you.
    Available free on Kindle Unlimited (as is book 1 in the Forget Me Knot series), or £2.99/$3.89 to buy.

    Where to buy:
    Amazon UK
    Amazon US

    Add it to your Goodreads to-read list here.

    About the author 

    Getting to know a little bit about the author is quickly becoming my favourite thing about ARCs, something I definitely didn’t expect!
    C.R. Ellis is a Texas native who writes contemporary romance novels with plenty of drama and humour, and just enough heat to ignite e-readers and paperbacks everywhere. She can almost always be found attached to her laptop with coffee nearby and her two trusty canine sidekicks by her side. When she’s not writing or plotting, she enjoys going to concerts with her sweet husband, dragging him along to see rom-coms at any theatre that serves booze, checking off the next destination on her ever-growing travel bucket list, and trying new recipes. 
    Her passion for writing stems from her lifelong love of reading, and she often binge-reads entire books in a day. She’s an unapologetic book hoarder, and her paperback collection is rivalled only by her massive shoe collection. 
    (And I thought Jasmine was my spirit animal. I take it back. This is her. I have found my Texan self.)
    Giveaway
    Enter the giveaway below to win a signed copy of WHEN STARS CHASE THE SUN by C.R. Ellis (book #1 in the Forget Me Knot series), as well as a $10 Amazon gift card!

    WHEN STARS CHASE THE SUN is Jade and Emmett’s story (Dean’s sister/Jasmine’s best friend and wedding planning business partner).

    Unfortunately this giveaway is open to the U.S. only, but fret not, I plan to be running my own giveaway very soon. Good luck!!

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