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It’s #BookoutureWeek! Day 4: If You’re Not The One by Laura Briggs @PaperDollWrites @bookouture

This week is BOOKOUTURE WEEK on Chocolate’n’Waffles!

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Why focus on one publisher? The main reason is that few Bookouture books have disappointed me and I wanted December to be a good reading month. So I took a bet on them. Okay, a safe bet, but still! Another reason is that Bookouture was the first publisher to trust me when I started blogging, and they have given me great novels, fab friendships, and lots of fun, so I wanted to give back with seven reviews in a row, as a thank you and a ‘let’s have even more fun next year’!

One rule: all books have been read this month! As always, thank you to the fantastic Bookouture team for feeding me via NetGalley in exchange for honest reviews.


Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

Wait, too early?

Oops!

I’ll admit it, I thought If You’re Nor The One was being released in January instead of February, this is why I am reviewing it as part of my Bookouture week. I only realised my mistake yesterday so there was no time to switch reviews! BUT I will be promoting this book in January and celebrating its publication day when it comes… So, forgiven???

41St30sTO9LTitle: If You’re Not The One
Author: Laura Briggs
Publisher: Bookouture
Date of publication: 6th February 2019
Format: e-copy uncorrected proof
Source: NetGalley

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Book Review: Boyfriend By The Book, Laura Briggs

Boyfriend by the book

Title: Boyfriend By The Book
Author: Laura Briggs
Release date:
July 19th, 2016
Format: eARC
Pages: 166
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️and a half!

The Story

Jodi Nichols isn’t the most romantic girl on the planet. She doesn’t get mushy over fictional love stories, or picture herself getting swept away by a handsome hero. She’s much too grounded in reality—and much too busy working as a concierge at the luxurious Regent hotel. Helping customers is Jodi’s passion in life, and while romance may be on the back burner for now, she is nursing a little crush on Levi, the cute and friendly deliveryman for the hotel packages. And unless she’s imagining things, Levi feels the same way about her.

But Jodi’s friends think she’s turning into a lonely workaholic. They try to fix her love life, buying her a copy of the bestselling relationship guide that claims women can find true love by channeling the wisdom of famous storybook heroines. Jodi thinks it sounds crazy—no way is she acting like Jane Eyre or Lizzie Bennet to find a man! But when Levi suddenly grows distant and Jodi’s chances with him seem to fizzle before her eyes, she wonders if her friends might have a point after all. Disheartened and lonely, she decides to give the so-called relationship guide a whirl, with unexpected consequences.

Before you can say ‘Pride and Prejudice’, Jodi is up to her neck in handsome, brooding men that seem too much like fictional heroes to be true. Her attempts to think like the greatest heroines in romance lead her to meet everything from a modern Mr. Rochester to an angsty Heathcliff, and even a Darcy-esque novelist. But when a former crush re-enters her life in the form of a modern day Romeo, Jodi wonders if there might be something to this ‘inner heroine’ thing after all. Now, if she could just stop thinking about Levi, then maybe her happy-ever-after will fall into place…or is something still missing from Jodi’s storybook romance?
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This Week In Books (July 27th 2016)

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This Week In Books is a weekly update on what you’ve been reading hosted by Lipsyy Lost & Found . A similar meme is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

The downside of a hiatus is you have to work twice as hard when you come back to stand by your commitments.

∧ Then ∧ Boyfriend By The Book, Laura Briggs / The Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller

Boyfriend by the book

Jodi Nichols isn’t the most romantic girl on the planet. She doesn’t get mushy over fictional love stories, or picture herself getting swept away by a handsome hero. She’s much too grounded in reality—and much too busy working as a concierge at the luxurious Regent hotel. Helping customers is Jodi’s passion in life, and while romance may be on the back burner for now, she is nursing a little crush on Levi, the cute and friendly deliveryman for the hotel packages. And unless she’s imagining things, Levi feels the same way about her.

But Jodi’s friends think she’s turning into a lonely workaholic. They try to fix her love life, buying her a copy of the bestselling relationship guide that claims women can find true love by channeling the wisdom of famous storybook heroines. Jodi thinks it sounds crazy—no way is she acting like Jane Eyre or Lizzie Bennet to find a man! But when Levi suddenly grows distant and Jodi’s chances with him seem to fizzle before her eyes, she wonders if her friends might have a point after all. Disheartened and lonely, she decides to give the so-called relationship guide a whirl, with unexpected consequences.

Before you can say ‘Pride and Prejudice’, Jodi is up to her neck in handsome, brooding men that seem too much like fictional heroes to be true. Her attempts to think like the greatest heroines in romance lead her to meet everything from a modern Mr. Rochester to an angsty Heathcliff, and even a Darcy-esque novelist. But when a former crush re-enters her life in the form of a modern day Romeo, Jodi wonders if there might be something to this ‘inner heroine’ thing after all. Now, if she could just stop thinking about Levi, then maybe her happy-ever-after will fall into place…or is something still missing from Jodi’s storybook romance?

A lovely and easy summer read for an afternoon with the most famous romantic heroines and their male counterparts. Review to come tomorrow!

the song of achilles


Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. Despite their difference, Achilles befriends the shamed prince, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine, their bond blossoms into something deeper – despite the displeasure of Achilles’ mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess.

But when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, Achilles must go to war in distant Troy and fulfill his destiny. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus goes with him, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.

Here comes the book of the month for the Hype or Like Friday group. With everything that happened, I had completely forgotten about it. I blessed Amazon premium for the quick delivery and spent my weekend in Greece with Achilles and Patroclus. I did enjoy most of it but had to skim over quite some parts because I was getting bored. The review will be online on Friday.

≈ Now ≈ My Husband’s Son, Deborah O’Connor

my husband's son


You’d always recognise your own son. Wouldn’t you?

Heidi and Jason aren’t like other couples.

Six years ago, Heidi’s daughter was murdered. A year later, Jason’s son Barney disappeared. Their shared loss brought them together.

By chance, Heidi meets a boy she’s certain is Barney.

But Jason is equally convinced it’s not him.

Is Heidi mad? Or is Jason hiding something? And can their fragile marriage survive Heidi’s newfound quest for the truth . .

As I had to squeeze The Song of Achilles into my schedule, I had no time to dive into My Husband’s Son before Monday. I have reached the 70% mark on the story and so far it’s been a great read.

∨ Next ∨ Lawyers Gone Bad, Vincent L. Scarsella

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“Lawyers Gone Bad,” is the story of beleaguered attorney disciplinary counsel, Dean Alessi, and his trusty investigator, Stu Foley, in their fight against lawyers gone bad – that is, lawyers who commit ethical and criminal wrongs. In this case they’re investigation the local District Attorney who may have committed the ultimate ethical wrong – murder.

Novelist Vincent Scarsella draws on his over 18 years of real life experience as head of the Eighth Judicial District Grievance Committee in Buffalo, New York to craft a gripping, suspenseful novel about lawyers gone bad.

But the story is more than a crime novel. It concerns friendship, loss, unrequited love, and ultimately, justice. It seeks to answer the question, does what goes around, come around?

Here we are again. Another lawyers story with a very promising premise. I love the idea of chasing from within the bad guys plaguing the justice system.

Have you read any of these books? What is on your list this week?
Do share in the comments 🙂
Happy reading
!

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This Week In Books (July 20th 2016)

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This Week In Books is a weekly update on what you’ve been reading hosted by Lipsyy Lost & Found . A similar meme is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

I am back! Well, part time only, but a little is better than none. I have a few posts scheduled, but more importantly, I finally have time to read and comment on your posts. You can’t see it but I am doing a little happy dance with a waffle. Thank you so much for the lovely messages I received while I was away, it cheered me up more than any candy or cake could have. Here’s a round of virtual hugs and a cold breeze to survive this sweltering heat.

Now back to business!

∧ Then ∧ The Summer That Melted Everything, Tiffany McDaniel

the summer that melted everything

My lips are sealed. Until tomorrow. You’ll know all about it in the review. Okay, here’s a teaser: get that book! It will make you go through a whole range of emotions, and think. Not just the “what am I going to order for dinner tonight?”. The real thinking. The one that matters.  Don’t be afraid about the heat melting your brain, the characters are trapped in the heat, too. It can only bring you closer to the story. Make sure to have ice cream, though.

≈ Now ≈ Boyfriend By The Book, Laura Briggs

Boyfriend by the book

Jodi Nichols isn’t the most romantic girl on the planet. She doesn’t get mushy over fictional love stories, or picture herself getting swept away by a handsome hero. She’s much too grounded in reality—and much too busy working as a concierge at the luxurious Regent hotel. Helping customers is Jodi’s passion in life, and while romance may be on the back burner for now, she is nursing a little crush on Levi, the cute and friendly deliveryman for the hotel packages. And unless she’s imagining things, Levi feels the same way about her.

But Jodi’s friends think she’s turning into a lonely workaholic. They try to fix her love life, buying her a copy of the bestselling relationship guide that claims women can find true love by channeling the wisdom of famous storybook heroines. Jodi thinks it sounds crazy—no way is she acting like Jane Eyre or Lizzie Bennet to find a man! But when Levi suddenly grows distant and Jodi’s chances with him seem to fizzle before her eyes, she wonders if her friends might have a point after all. Disheartened and lonely, she decides to give the so-called relationship guide a whirl, with unexpected consequences.

Before you can say ‘Pride and Prejudice’, Jodi is up to her neck in handsome, brooding men that seem too much like fictional heroes to be true. Her attempts to think like the greatest heroines in romance lead her to meet everything from a modern Mr. Rochester to an angsty Heathcliff, and even a Darcy-esque novelist. But when a former crush re-enters her life in the form of a modern day Romeo, Jodi wonders if there might be something to this ‘inner heroine’ thing after all. Now, if she could just stop thinking about Levi, then maybe her happy-ever-after will fall into place…or is something still missing from Jodi’s storybook romance?

Boyfriend by the Book is a perfect feel good read for curling up with on a rainy day or a summer afternoon, with lots of laughs and surprises to keep the reader turning pages!

In dire need of some uncomplicated and fun reads, I agreed to review this book. I found the idea of taking example from the greatest heroines in romance to find your man so original that I had to know more about it. We do have a lot to learn from those ladies, but are today’s guys worth of the try? Last time I checked the dating scene, they weren’t! Where do the good guys hide?

∨ Next ∨ My Husband’s Son, Deborah O’Connor

my husband's son

I waited a little for the fuss to wear off to be able to fully enjoy this thriller. I have mixed feelings about the last one I read so I hope My Husband’s Son will remind me why this genre is my favorite.

Have you read any of these books? What are you reading this week?:)
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Happy reading
!