June Wrap Up 2018

June of 2018 may be my best reading month ever. I read eighteen books this month. I have read so many incredible books this month, with many coming in under a four or five-star rating – something I give out rarely. I am beyond shocked and, honestly, quite giddy over these ratings. I am so pleased to see a month where I enjoyed a large number of what I’ve read. June was also a month where I got super on top of all my posts, trying to post more bookish discussions and writing lots of reviews. A lot of these books don’t have reviews posted just yet, but they’re coming. I’m currently scheduling posts for August now (oops) so prepare to see them popping up and be patient.

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Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills | Review

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Rating: ★★★★★

Release Date: December 5th, 2017

Trigger Warnings: panic attack, grand mal seizure mentions

Pages: 320

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.

Genre: young adult, contemporary, romance

Goodreads blurb:

A contemporary novel about a girl whose high school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream leads her to new friends—and maybe even new love.

The day of the last party of the summer, Claudia overhears a conversation she wasn’t supposed to. Now on the wrong side of one of the meanest girls in school, Claudia doesn’t know what to expect when the two are paired up to write a paper—let alone when they’re both forced to try out for the school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

But mandatory participation has its upsides—namely, an unexpected friendship, a boy band obsession, and a guy with the best dimpled smile Claudia’s ever seen. As Claudia’s world starts to expand, she finds that maybe there are some things worth sticking her neck out for.

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The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang | Review

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Rating: ★★★★★

Release Date: June 5th, 2018

Pages: 336

Publisher: Berkley

Genre: adult, contemporary, romance

Goodreads blurb:

Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases–a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old.

It doesn’t help that Stella has Asperger’s and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice–with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can’t afford to turn down Stella’s offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan–from foreplay to more-than-missionary position…

Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but to crave all the other things he’s making her feel. Soon, their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic…

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More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer | Review

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Rating: ★★★★★

Release Date: March 6th, 2018

Trigger Warnings: homophobic comments (challenged), rape, abuse (graphic), racism, divorce, sexual harassment, harassment, kidnapping (?), PTSD, anxiety, violence

Pages: 416

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Genre: young adult, contemporary, romance

Goodreads blurb:

Rev Fletcher is battling the demons of his past. But with loving adoptive parents by his side, he’s managed to keep them at bay…until he gets a letter from his abusive father and the trauma of his childhood comes hurtling back.

Emma Blue spends her time perfecting the computer game she built from scratch, rather than facing her parents’ crumbling marriage. She can solve any problem with the right code, but when an online troll’s harassment escalates, she’s truly afraid.

When Rev and Emma meet, they both long to lift the burden of their secrets and bond instantly over their shared turmoil. But when their situations turn dangerous, their trust in each other will be tested in ways they never expected. This must-read story will once again have readers falling for Brigid Kemmerer’s emotional storytelling.  

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Letters To The Lost by Brigid Kemmerer | Review

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Rating: ★★★★★

Release Date: April 4th, 2017

Trigger Warnings: school shooting joke, grief, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, car accident, cheating, the death of a sibling, the death of a parent, alcoholism

Pages: 400

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Genre: contemporary, young adult, romance

Goodreads blurb:

Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother’s death, she leaves letters at her grave. It’s the only way Juliet can cope.

Declan Murphy isn’t the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he’s trying to escape the demons of his past.

When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can’t resist writing back. Soon, he’s opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they’re not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.

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Undone By The Ex-Con by Talia Hibbert | Review

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Star-DividerRating: ★★★★☆

Release Date: January 2nd, 2018

Trigger Warnings: homophobic comments, murder (off the page), emotional abuse, drug addiction

Pages: 370

Publisher: Nixon House

Genre: contemporary, romance

Goodreads blurb:

To protect her brother, Lizzie must seduce the man she despises…

Isaac Montgomery is a killer. A savage. He doesn’t belong in the glittering world of high-society, but somehow, that’s where he’s ended up. 

After all he’s been through, it should take more than a prima ballerina with a cut-glass accent to get under his skin. But when Isaac meets Lizzie Olusegun-Keynes, he doesn’t just lose his cool. He f$*king melts.

Lizzie is losing control of her body, her life—and her desires. She shouldn’t want a man like Isaac, a man who’s rough and coarse and forceful, but the lust that sparks between them is impossible to ignore.

When a sinister power threatens Lizzie’s beloved brother, the decision is taken out of her hands. Like it or not, she’s forced to get close to Isaac.

There’s only one problem: she’s starting to fall for the brooding ex-con.

The ex-con she has to betray.

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