Well Played by Jen DeLuca – A Ren Faire Romance (Well Met #2, ARC Review)

Thank you to Netgalley and Berkley for giving me an earc in exchange for an honest review!

Overall: 3.75/5 Stars
Characters: 4/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 4/5
Plot and Themes: 3/5
Awesomeness Factor: 2.5/5
Review in a Nutshell: If you’re looking for something quick and cute, Well Played might be the book for you.

// Content Warning: Mature Content, Catfishing //

Release Date: 9/22/2020
Publisher: Berkley
Page Count: 336
Premise:

Well Played is the sequel to Well Met, following Stacey, who decides after a night of too much wine to message her no-strings attached summer fling who has left for the year. While he’s traveling, they grow closer through emails and texts. But, when he, and the annual Ren Faire, comes back the next summer, she realizes the man she was messaging (and falling for) is not who she thought.

Keep reading for all of my thoughts on Well Played!

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From Blood and Ash (Blood and Ash #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – I’m Obsessed (Review)

Caitsbooks Reviews From Blood and Ash - 5 Stars

Overall: 5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 4.5/5
Review in a Nutshell: From Blood and Ash was incredible. From the romance to the world, I was captivated. Excuse me as I count down the days until the sequel.

“Fear and bravery are often one and the same. It either makes you a warrior or a coward. The only difference is the person it resides inside.”

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// Content Warning: Violence, Death, Assault, Mature Content, Suicide Mention, Abuse, Animal Death, Murder, Kidnapping/Abduction //

Release Date: 3/30/2020
Publisher: Blue Box Press
Page Count: 634
Premise:

From Blood and Ash follows Poppy, who was chosen to be the Maiden. The Maiden must live a solitary life until she is given to the gods at her Ascension, a fate Poppy dreads, despite it being the highest honor. When she gets a new guard, the attractive and alluring Hawke, Poppy finds herself drawn to him, despite knowing that it could make the gods deem her unworthy. But with a fallen kingdom on the rise, she not only has to worry about losing the gods’ approval, but also her life.

“Some truths do nothing but destroy and decay what they do not obliterate. Truths do not always set one free. Only a fool who has spent their entire life being fed lies believes that.”

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Would I Lie to the Duke (Union of the Rakes #2) by Eva Leigh – Couldn’t Put It Down (ARC Review)

Caitsbooks Reviews Would I Lie to the Duke: 4.5 Stars

*Thank you so much to Avon & Netgalley for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review! All thoughts and opinions are my own. All quotes are taken from the ARC and are subject to change.*

Overall: 4.5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 4/5
Awesomeness Factor: 4/5
Review in a Nutshell: Would I Lie to the Duke is a fun, sexy read that you will want to reread the second you finish.

“Love isn’t a weapon. It’s not a way to blind someone to you or make someone feel obligated. It should be a gift, a blessing.”

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// Content Warning: Mature Content //

Release Date: 7/28/2020
Publisher: Avon
Page Count: 384
Premise:

Would I Lie to the Duke follows Jessica McGale, who, in a desperate attempt to save her family business, poses as “Lady Whitfield” to try and get investors. There, she meets Noel, the Duke of Rotherby, and as they grow closer, Jess must decide if her family business is worth breaking Noel’s heart, and her own.

“You destroy me– piece by piece. And I welcome it.”

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Party of Two (The Wedding Date #5) by Jasmine Guillory – A New Favorite (ARC Review)

Thank you so much to Netgalley and Berkley Books for giving me an ARC in exchange for an honest review! All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Overall: 5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 4/5
Review in a Nutshell: Party of Two was the exact read I needed. It’s cute and fun, but has true depth.

”Sometimes the only way to get something good is to take a few risks.”

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// Content Warning: Racism (Mention) //

Release Date: 6/23/2020
Publisher: Berkley Books
Page Count: 320
Premise:

Party of Two follows Olivia Monroe, a lawyer who moved to L.A. to start her own law firm, and Max Powell, a junior senator. When the two meet, sparks fly, but with Max’s high profile job, and Olivia’s desire to stay out of the spotlight, is what they have special enough to survive?

Read more to see all my thoughts on Party of Two!

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The Betrothed by Kiera Cass – I Need to Rant (ARC Review)

Caitsbooks Reviews The Betrothed by Kiera Cass - 2.5 Stars

Overall: 2.5/5 Stars
Characters: 2/5
Setting: 2/5
Writing: 3/5
Plot and Themes: 3/5
Awesomeness Factor: 2/5
Review in a Nutshell: This was… disappointing. Maybe my hopes were too high, maybe I wanted too much from it, but all I know is that I really wish it was better.

“If you wish to stand next to the first, by all means. You’re the one who’ll be burned.”

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The Betrothed Cover: Girl in gold dress, looking off to the side. "The Betrothed". "#1 Bestselling Author of The Selection". "Kiera Cass".

// Content Warning: Violence, Death, Cheating, Domestic Abuse, Murder, Miscarriage (Mention), Racial Slur (more information here)//

Release Date: 5/5/2020
Publisher: HarperCollins
Page Count: 400
Premise:

The Betrothed follows Hollis, a girl who has caught the eye of the king. Everything seems to be going well, as it looks like King Jameson will soon propose, but life as a queen is not what Hollis expected. Or wanted. After meeting a stranger who she finds herself drawn to, she must decide what she wants for her future.

“Not only would he make you a queen… he would make you a legend.”

Read more for all of my thoughts of The Betrothed (including all the details on why I’m disappointed by it)

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