”Honestly, what I’m trying to say-very poorly-is that I’m more impressed than anything.” “By what?” I asked, smiling a little at the flattery, because I could feel that it was genuine. “By you,” he said simply, his eyes shifting between mine.”
Nina & Morty. Witch & normie. She’s an attorney by day, profound nerd by night. He’s a bartender with the screen name, lowkeyloki. And poof all of a sudden he’s a padawan witch because these two are husband and wife. Aka the magical version of eloping to Vegas while severely inebriated. Must read to find out the connection between their marriage and a magical power surge!
✨ THINGS AND STUFF ✨ -oops, we’re accidentally witch married -self discovery: Nina gets her groove back -puff pastries & cake -portals & magic & spells -founding family in a small town -cold, cozy winter vibes -mental health & identity rep -Star Wars, Star Trek, Battle Star, Pacific Rim, Supernatural -#IsThisAKissingBook: open door. “He tugged me close, for a quick, soft kiss on the cheek…the casual, easy affection of it.”
“But there’s something about this that feels so real. Everything about this man in this case, it all fits with my story. It is too perfect not to mean something, for it not to be a sign. This must be him, my Great Love, delivered to me in a black carry-on suitcase.”
Ted & Laura. It’s Ted & Laura! Not Mr. Black carry-on suitcase. He’s her guff & surly taxi driver and she’s on a mission to find the owner of the suitcase she accidentally grabbed. It’s serendipity!
✨THINGS AND STUFF ✨ -haribo giant strawbs -nora ephron & classic romcom’s -jersey -meet-cutes -grumpy x sunshine -cab rides -ryan gosling sweater fantasy -serendipity & fate -katniss/gale/peeta situations (v mild triangle) -grand gestures -#IsThisAKissingBook: closed door. “Klabammo”
”Maybe,” he admitted. “Desperate men do desperate things. And I- I believed in you, Oraya.”
Oraya and Raihn. THE escapism book to read!! Perfect blend of fantasy and romance. SO much action. Chef’s kiss world building. A real page turner! A savage tournament of five trials with only one winner. Think: triwizard cup meets a quarter quell. But with vampires. ACOTAR/FBAA fans! You need this! I am DESPERATE for more!! Utterly committed to this series!!
”Some would call you a dangerous person.” The corner of his mouth curled. “Not with you.”
✨ THINGS AND STUFF ✨ -vampires & humans -the wings & the teeth -enemies to lovers -forbidden love -oh dear! I stabbed you. My b. -house of night, house of shadow, house of blood -wielding magic -politics & war -tournament to the death -fight for power vs. fight to survive -secrets & whispers & questions -I’m going to kill you. Oops, I fell in love. -“you’re safe” -there’s only one horse but make it wings. -#IsThisAKissingBook: open door. sLoW bUrN. “I kissed him-kissed that smile- because the idea of not doing so seemed sacrilegious.”
?Song: Will I Make It Out Alive by Tommee Profitt and Jessie Early ?
“I’ve had to fight to hold Kandala together. I’ve had to fight to keep my brother safe. And now, if I have to, I’ll fight to hold on to you.”
Corrick & Tessa. Prince Corrick… the kings justice. The executioner. The most feared man in the entire country. The weight of the crown. Gah!! The brothers are endearing. The last 50 pages are CrAzY! There’s a third book! Definitely need more!
✨THINGS and STUFF ✨ -multiple pov -moonflowers & illnesses -court politics -hope & promise -politics & negotiation -apothecary -outlaws -#IsThisAKissingBook: young adult fantasy. “A squeal when he kisses me.”
“He’s a good person. Not always nice and he doesn’t smile a lot, but y’know, still cute. Like a grumpy cat.”
Olivia & Asher. One is the Holiday Cheermeister and the other is a bad banana. Readers will be Christmas drunk after reading! Full of holiday cheer… like MAX Christmas vibes!! A tbr necessity!
✨ THINGS & STUFF ✨
-his heart is 20 sizes too small… that’s right…grumpy x sunshine
-enemies to lovers
-peppermint hot chocolate on tap
-sleigh rides & fake snow & carolers
-milk chocolate sea salt caramels aka fancy expensive chocolate
-pizza = life source
-double toasted cinnamon raisin bagel with extra cream cheese
-#IsThisAKissingBook: closed door. When Olivia’s boss sees his ex-girlfriend at the company Christmas tree lighting, naturally, she kisses him to make the ex jelly. Son of a nutracker! Color Asher sugar-plum fairy shocked!
? song: All I Want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey ?
“Back in town. You gave me a smile.” “Did I? I asked. “I didn’t mean to” “I know. he said. “That made it even better.” “Okay.” “Think I’ll get another one?” He asked. “Because that thing was like sunshine.”
Jake & Hellen. Sheesh! I swooned so achingly over Jake. He’s SO lovable. SO charming. I am lovesick over him. Happiness for Beginners is a MUST READ. And soon to be a Netflix movie! Get it!
✨ THINGS & STUFF ✨ -brother’s best friend -hiking & camping -rise up from your own ashes like a phoenix -age gap -a bromance of the highest order -scrabble & a bet -reverse grumpy x sunshine -pickle the mean, irritable, homely dog -oh no, you’re wounded! -chuck norris jokes -#IsThisAKissingBook: closed door. Kisses for educational purposes only. Okay, maybe for charity. “I’m glad you tricked me into kissing you.”
“Think about something that makes you happy,” I say, clicking the button again. He smirks. “Like you?”
Molly & Andrew. She’s a real life grinch and he’s buddy the elf. A festive holiday romance!
✨THINGS & STUFF ✨ -dual timelines -friends to lovers -reverse grumpy sunshine -Chicago to Ireland ✈️ -I’ll be home for Christmas -his scarf. ON HER. -travel size Tabasco -hot chocolate. with a little bit of cinnamon. and three marshmallows -watching movies & eating junk food -#IsThisAKissingBook: open door (pg-13). It starts with a kiss under the mistletoe that leads to kissing again for scientific reasons.
? Song: I’ll be home for christmas by bing crosby ?
“Since the moment I set eyes on you in Southwatch, there’s been no one but you. Even if I’m a goddamned fool for it, there will never be anyone but you.”
Aren & Lara. King & Queen. One kingdom to save. One kingdom to destroy. Wooooboy! This was amazing! I plowed through TBK. Readers will be HOOKED by the first chapter. Dang! She savage! Dang again, cliff hanger!! TTQ!! Loved it. Read it.
✨ THINGS & STUFF ✨ -dual pov -arranged marriage -enemies to lovers -warrior princesses -captivating world building -politics & diplomacy -fighting & hunting -promises & threats & bribes -kill or be killed -oh, no you’re wounded! -oh, no you’re a spy! -#IsThisAKissingBook: open door.
”You shouldn’t say things like that.” I stare down at her, confused. She must see it too, because she murmurs, “It makes it very hard to stay away from you.”
Ellie & Camden. Or Daisy & Dave. wink. JBU is super cutie! A great holiday read for fall & christmas!
✨ THINGS & STUFF ✨ -shooting stars -dual pov -best friends husbands best friend -forbidden love: tenant & landlord -opposites attract -found family -Ethel & her chocolates -Halloween scavenger hunt -oh no, you’re wounded! Hurt/comfort -too sweet tea before bed & homemade soup -Nashville setting -picnic under the stars -pineapple on pizza -#IsThisAKissingBook: closed door. “I really wish I could kiss you right now.”
Thank you Madison Wright for an arc! Just Between Us is on shelves NOW!