Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella

Ten years after being married, Sylvie and Dan are still incredibly happy together. They finish each other’s sentences, know what the other will order for dinner, and successfully parent their twin daughters.

After a standard checkup at the doctor reveals that they are both in excellent health and are expected to live 68 more years, they start to panic. They’ve always been happy in their marriage, but 68 more years is a long time to spend together. In an effort to keep their marriage interesting, they come up with project “surprise me”, where they’ll plan surprises for each other periodically to keep their relationship interesting.

What they don’t expect is the mishaps that arise and the secrets that are revealed. Dan is clearly hiding something from Sylvie, and she begins to question the very essence of their marriage. Sylvie is desperate to know: what is Dan hiding, and what does it mean for their future?

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The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

When Alexa and Drew end up stuck in an elevator together, they quickly hit it off, and Drew ends up asking Alexa to be his fake girlfriend at his exes wedding. She agrees, and sparks fly.

Despite living in different cities, Alexa and Drew continue to see each other. Even though Drew made it clear that he “doesn’t do relationships”, this feels different. He can’t stop thinking about Alexa, and likewise, she can’t stop thinking about him either. As feelings grow, Drew and Alexa will have to figure out if true love is worth risking everything for.

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Blog Tour: It Had To Be You by Keris Stainton @bookouture @keris

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Hopeless romantic Bea has been having the same recurring dream for more than ten years. In this dream, she meets a man in a park and knows he’s the one. When he dream becomes a reality and she meets Dan, she couldn’t be happier. The more she gets to know Dan, the more she wonders if he’s actually Mr. Right, or if she’s just forcing the relationship because she feels like she’s supposed to. Will Bea work up the courage to end things and realize she wants more?

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Mini Reviews!

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I’ve done a few of these mini reviews in the past, and I really enjoy them for books I don’t feel like writing a full review on, so today I bring you 5 mini reviews! This month, I’ve really been in the mood for some romance, so these mini reviews have some romance books as well as some thriller, and some young adult!

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Small Admissions by Amy Poeppel


After her boyfriend breaks up with her, Kate is a mess. She rarely leaves the couch and is doing nothing productive with her life. Her friends are frustrated with how much she’s let herself wallow in the breakup, and want her to get her life back on track. Kate eventually manages to get herself a job interview at a prestigious private school in Manhattan for elementary school aged children.

She ends up getting hired, and her new job is working in admissions. What Kate thinks will be an easy job ends up being much harder than she thought. Not only does she have to make decisions as to which children will be accepted into the school, she has to deal with the parents that will do anything to make sure their child is on the list of accepted students.

We follow Kate as she navigates her new job and her relationships with her friends and parents, and are able to see the ups and downs of her life as she recovers from her heartbreak.

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My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella


Katie Brenner always dreamed of living the city life in London. After finishing school, she moves to London from the countryside farm where she grew up. She changed her style, her hair, her makeup, her accent, and even her name to fit in. Katie, now known as “Cat” seems to have it all, which is reiterated by her perfect Instagram feed. Or does she? In order to afford her life in London, she lives in a rundown apartment, eats bad cheap food, and can’t afford to go out to lunch with her friends. She’s able to keep up her fake appearances until she’s let go from her job unexpectedly. She heads back to her hometown “temporarily” to help her dad and stepmom start their Glamping business while she tries to get back on her feet. Things start to come crashing down when her old boss Demeter shows up at the glamping site…partly because her dad and stepmom don’t know she’s been fired, and partly because her boss doesn’t recognize her, which gives her the perfect opportunity to exact some revenge. Will Katie’s plan for revenge work, or will she find out that Demeter isn’t as bad as she thought? You’ll have to read the book to find out!

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After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid


After I Do is a contemporary “chick lit” book that holds a magnifying glass up to marriage and relationships, and what it takes to make them work. It opens with Lauren and her husband Ryan arguing with each other and being short and snippy in their communications with each other. It then takes a step back and the story rewinds. We find out where and how they first met, and follow them quickly through the early stages of dating, engagement, and marriage. We see how happy they were in the beginning, and how things deteriorated over time. Everything reaches a breaking point after 11 years of being together and the couple decides to separate for a year with no communication in between, and then decide if they want to stay together or not.

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