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Book Review | Stalking Jack The Ripper (Stalking Jack The Ripper #1) by Kerri Maniscalco

INFORMATION

Title: Stalking Jack The Ripper
Series: Stalking Jack The Ripper #1
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Publication Date: 20th September 2016
Pages: 352
Publisher : Little, Brown & Company
Format: Paperback

Genre : YA, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Horror Fiction

My Rating(s): ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

REVIEW

In this book, we follows Audrey Rose who was a girl that interested in forensic science and working with her mortician uncle. She want to be his apprentice but have done it secretly because of the society’s standard in 1800’s Victorian era. Her journey began when she want to find out the death of murders’ victims and who behind this crime. She’s been partner up with her classmate who was also her academic rival, Thomas Cresswell together to solve this mysteries.

✒️ Plot

Stalking Jack the Ripper was an adaptation story based on the notorious Jack the Ripper in 1888 around Whitechapel. I would say it’s such an excellent adaptation. I enjoyed it so much. I love the twisty element that makes the story more interesting.

✒️ Characters

Audrey Rose and Thomas Creswell completely have my entire heart! I love them both so much. Audrey Rose such a brave and bold girl. I love how she able to manage both standard, being a woman and at the same time a so called ‘detective’. However, Audrey character a bit overshadowed by Thomas, which I was hoping for some action from Audrey.

In other hand, Thomas Creswell portrayed as dark and mysterious with Sherlock Holmes vibes also an Audrey’s academic rival. However, I love their relationship. I love the way Thomas cared for Audrey. He’s a gentleman and quirky at some point despite his cold personalities. Here’s my favorite Mr. Creswell said, “Do give your father my regards, though.  Perhaps even a kiss on the forehead.  I’d like to remain on his good side, especially when I inform him I’m madly in love with his daughter.’ 
Shameless flirt.” 
How cute is that.

Overall, I’d say I really love and enjoy this book. I love the flow of the plot, the characters and the ending were pretty shocking. I wasn’t expecting this kind of ending. So, if you are a big fan of murder mystery and historical fiction, this book is definitely for you. I’d HIGHLY RECOMMEND it.

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Reindeer Readathon 2021

Hi everyone, it’s been a while!

In this December 2021, I’ll be participating in a month long reading challenge called Reindeer Readathon. This is my first year of joining this readathon. It’s a themed and team competition based readathon hosted by Erik (Youtube: BreakevenBooks). You may check out the announcement video on his Youtube channel.

I’m pretty excited to start this. (Btw, I already started for the first prompt). For your information, there are five teams to compete this year in this readathon. There are also nine prompts named after the nine reindeer.

On my first year, I’ve been sort in Stocking Team! So here’s my TBR for this readathon. I’ll my best to achieve this because I won’t be strict to myself about this. So we’ll see how it goes.

Dasher (10 points) – A Short story or Novella

Book Review: "Daddy Long Legs" by Jean Webster - Owlcation

For Dasher, I plan to read Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster. This is such a short classic story and one of my lifetime favorite. So this is suitable for dasher.

Dancer (15 points) – A book by one of your favorite authors (rereads count)

Bridge of Souls: 3 (City of Ghosts): Schwab, Victoria: 9780702304286:  Amazon.com: Books

TBH, this is the most difficult prompt. I have a few fav authors that I can’t choose. But at last, I decide to read Bridge of Souls by Victoria Schwab. Schwab is one of my top authors. I also have You’ll be the Death of Me by Karen M.McManus in mind, but i’ll kiv this as I haven’t receive the copy yet. So we’ll see.

Prancer (20 points) – A book with travel element in it (vacation, quest etc.)

Teen Review: Around the World in 80 Days - TPL Teens

As for Prancer, I’ve been eyeing for Around the World in 80 days by Jules Verne. Another classic read but this is the only book that I could think so far. So yeah.

Vixen (20 points) – A book that recently caught your eyes

Bad Angels by Rebecca Chance

This book has caught my eyes recently, I choose this because of of the pretty cover and the title is pretty intriguing. So Bad Angels by Rebecca Chance is a chosen book for vixen.

Comet (15 points) – A 5 start prediction

Defy the Night: Brigid Kemmerer : Kemmerer, Brigid: Amazon.co.uk: Books

Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer is the latest published book by one of my favorite fantasy author. I do have high expectation for this book because I really love and enjoy the Cursebreakers trilogy. Hopefully, this won’t let me down.

Cupid (25 points) – Take a shot at reading new author

The Devil Makes Three by Tori Bovalino

For Cupid, I plan to read The Devil Makes Three by Tori Bovalino. This is the YA Fantasy book and it suits my genre taste. I found some recommendation that said if you’re Victoria Schwab’s fan, you should try this. So why not give it a shot! Btw, I received this book from Duality’s Subscription Box of November Dark Academia.

Donner (20 points) – Red/Green book cover

A Vow So Bold and Deadly (Cursebreakers, #3) by Brigid Kemmerer

For Donner, I have some books that would fit this prompt, but I’ve decided to go with A Vow So Bold and Deadly by Brigid Kemmerer. This is the last book for Cursebreaker trilogy. I love the previous two books which are A Curse so Dark and Lonely & A Heart so Fierce and Broken. Hence, I want to finish out the trilogy this year and we’ll how this curse end!

Blitzen (30 points) – Choose at least three books and have one chosen randomly to read (ex: rolling a dice, online poll, your pets choosing etc.)

I choose to make an online poll for Blitzen. I made polls from different platform which are through Twitter & Discord. As the result, I have 2 different book resulting from the polls and lastly I’ll let my pet cat choose it for me or I’ll pick it randomly to read. Maybe

The poll from Twitter
The poll from Discord

So as the result of these 2 polls, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott and Christmas at Lilac Cottage by Holly Martin were chosen. However, I haven’t decide what to read yet between these two. If you have in mind, feel free to suggest 🙂

Little Women : Louisa May Alcott : 9780147514011
Christmas at Lilac Cottage (White Cliff Bay, #1) by Holly Martin

Rudolph (15 points) – A standalone book

One Day in December by Josie Silver

Lastly, for Rudolph, I’ve been keen to read One Day In December by Josie Silver. I think it is a perfect read for Christmas and December read, obviously.

If I’m able to finish all of these, I can then do the Sleighing It bonus. I will do my best and enjoy my reading session all along.

Thank you for reading! See you.

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Blog Tour | Billionaire’s Bet by Adelia Burke

Hello everyone!

This is my stop for the blog tour for a book of Adelia Burke who recently published another sweet romance, Billionaire’s Bet. This tour is taking place on blog from 30th November to 5th December. So make sure you guys check out the rest of the tours’ stops too! I’d like to thank Delaney Earl for inviting me to join this awesome book blog tour’s too.

Check them out!

Title: Billionaire’s Bet

Author: Adelia Burke

Genre: Romance / Clean Romance

Publication Date: November 2020

Pages: 119

Available formats: eBook and print, KDP

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Billionaire’s bet follows a four friendship of Ben, Matt, Rob and Nate, who dealing with a ridiculous bet where they have to work at average grade community leaving all the fame and luxury behind for 6 months. Ben was eager to win the bet and he was trying hard to survive. He finally gets a job as a mechanic and to be his fate, he met Delaney. He had crushed on her. Their love cute love story begins in progress where Ben secretly helped Delaney with his money. Will Ben lose the bet and win Delaney’s heart?

QUOTES

It was a hard fact to swallow, but helping others gave deep satisfaction.

You’re just as worth to receive help as those you help.

The potato was rock hard, but the inside is delicious

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Adelia Burke (Deb Earl) was born in Reno, Nevada. She is married and has three married daughters and two grandchildren. She has been an avid reader all of her life with a vivid imagination.
She has been involved in family history research for many years and decided to incorporate that into her writing in some of her books. It makes for some interesting stories.  She absolutely loves to throw in twists in her books.
Her interests include running, gardening, and traveling. She is a home-schooling expert!

Website | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | FACEBOOK

REVIEW

Have you ever thought how a billionaire could survive in a middle-grade community because of a ridiculous bet?
Check out my full review of Billionaire’s Bet here.

GET YOUR COPY NOW!

You may also can win a FREE ebook copy to download of this honey sugar sweet romance read by filling your contact information to join the VIP Club at www.Adeliaburke.com

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Thank you so much for visiting my blog! Till next time!

Lea

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Book Review | Billionaire’s Bet by Adelia Burke

INFORMATION

Title: Billionaire’s Bet
Author: Adelia Burke
Publication Date: 16th November 2020
Publisher: Kindle
Pages: 119

My Rating(s) : 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Summary

Billionaire’s bet follows a four friendship of Ben, Matt, Rob and Nate, who dealing with a ridiculous bet where they have to work at average grade community leaving all the fame and luxury behind for 6 months. Ben was eager to win the bet and he was trying hard to survive. He finally gets a job as a mechanic and to be his fate, he met Delaney. He had crushed on her. Their love cute love story begins in progress where Ben secretly helped Delaney with his money. Will Ben lose the bet and win Delaney’s heart?

Review

Billionaire’s Bet was an okay read for me. Not going to lie, it’s a little cliche with the billionaire life, but, I love the originality of the story. It seems to have it’s own story plot. Having someone who used to live in luxury and fame suddenly had to live on their own, it’s kinda different for me. However, the bet doesn’t seem realistic to me so I found it a bit funny and ridiculous. But, the ending definitely shocked me! I was never expecting that.

I personally love the characters. I love how cute Ben and Delaney was. They’re perfect each other. The side characters also compatible and makes the story lively. I adore the setting because I can dive into two different worlds, in fact, it happens in our lives.

Overall, I’d like to say that I enjoy reading this story. I love clean romance. I think this perfect read for someone who was looking for something light and sweet. It’s perfect for one-sitting reading because it is short stories. So, I’d RECOMMEND this book.

I’d like to thank Adelia Burke and Delaney Earl for sending me an eBook copy in exchange for an honest review.

Thank you so much for reading my review. Till next time.

Lea

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Book Review | Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge

Young Adult, Fantasy, Horror

INFORMATION

Title: Cuckoo Song
Author: Frances Hardinge
Publication Date: 19th April 2016 (first published May 8th 2014)
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Pages: 432

My Rating(s) : 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Summary

Cuckoo Song is about a girl named Triss who involved in a mysterious accident and she’s been delirious every night, doing something weird, always hungry and strange things happened to her afterward. Everything actually, wasn’t a dream. Her sister hates her, her parent seems to hide something about her brother’s death and she learned Triss is not Triss. She change into something else. As she wanted to find the truth, the situation became complicated.

Review

It’s such a creative spine-chilling horror story. Full of psychics & mysteries, a well-combined elements to make the story spook with horrors. Not going to lie, it’s a bit confused & slow at the beginning, but the missing puzzles are put back in pieces from time to time. However, pass half of the chapter, the horror has partially vanished and I think more fantasy-like plot took over and the suspense almost gone. It’s a bit of a disappointment but, I’d praised the counter back to make it back in sense.⠀

I adore by the characters. They played different personalities but something meaningful between the characters. For intense, Pen hates her sister because Pen thought Triss always faking her illness to get their parent’s attention but Pen learned to love Triss when she know the truth. I think there’s a message that we can learn from it. It’s also about family, loyalty and trust. I love how the author concluded the ending. It’s beautiful.

Overall, I truly enjoyed myself reading this book and it’s a perfect Halloween read since the setting was in mid-autumn. If you are looking for a spine-chilling Halloween read, I’d 𝐑𝐄𝐂𝐎𝐌𝐌𝐄𝐍𝐃 this book.⠀

Thank you so much for reading my review. Till next time.

Lea

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Blog Tour | Collective Darkness: A Horror Anthology

This is my stop for the blog tour for a book of Collective Darkness, a horror anthology by various authors that recently published. This tour is taking place on blog from 5th to 19th of September. So make sure you guys check out the rest of the tours’ stops too! I’d like to thank Elizabeth Suggs, one of the Collective Darkness author for inviting me to join this awesome book blog tour’s.

Follow the tour;

September 5 – https://www.ericarobynreads.com/review-archive/
September 7 – https://www.mybookaday.blogspot.com   
September 8  – https://feedreader.com/observe/bookreviewsandmorebykathy.com
September 9 – http://communitybookstop.blogspot.com/
September 10 –  https://www.wishfulendings.com/
September 11 – https://lindasbookbag.com/
September 14 – https://biblioleviosa.home.blog/
September 15 – https://www.editingmee.com/blog
September 16 – https://linktr.ee/crossroadreview
September 17 – http://taffyscandy.blogspot.com/
September 18 –  http://bonnieharris.blogspot.com/
September 19 –  https://utahgrafffamily.blogspot.com/

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Are you afraid of the dark? Maybe after reading Collective Darkness, a horror anthology, you will be. Collective Darkness has twelve Utah authors, four audiobook narrators, three editors, and many more helping hands to make sure your reading experience is truly one horror.

“Feast” will make it so you’ll never want to love again, and “The Fallout” will have you questioning dark fog. 

We have twelve Utah authors, four audiobook narrators, three editors, and a myriad of other helping hands that have gone into this project to really make your read the most enjoyable kind of horrifying. 

Read… if you dare. 

REVIEW

My Rating(s) : 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Collective Darkness: A Horror Anthology is a collection of stories that range from the mildly spooky to the ones that will give you full body chills. These stories are just screaming to be read out loud to your friends or family to share in the creepiness!

This is such an awesome anthology! It is suitable for someone who looking for a quick read and short stories. This is so relaxing. I think this is another collection that would be especially great for readers that are just getting into the genre as this has a nice variety with different levels of intensity, but nothing too dark.

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book from the editor in exchange for an honest review.

As for anthologies, I’ll rate each story separately below;

Feast by Edward Suggs – 3/5 🌟
Padua’s Eyes by Jonathan Reddoch – 4/5 🌟
Pond Scum by Alex Child – 4/5 🌟
Brisket, Please by Becca Rose – 5/5 🌟
The Figure in the Mirror by Brandon Prows – 5/5 🌟
Red Flag by K.R. Patterson – 3/5 🌟
Crimson Snow by Austin Slade Perry – 5/5 🌟
The Last Light by B. Todd Orgill – 4/5 🌟
Polter Geist by Jen Ellwyn – 2.5/5 🌟
The Fallout by Chris Jorgensen – 3/5 🌟
The Breathing Wall by Samuel Smith – 3/5 🌟
Into the Dark by Elizabeth Suggs – 5/5 🌟

ABOUT EDITING.MEE

Elizabeth is the creator of Editing Mee, the publishing and editing company for Collective Darkness and Little Darkness. Her mission is to help
writers when it comes to publishing and editing. She’s always had a passion for writing and helping people, which is how she ended up creating
an anthology with some of her favorite new-and-upcoming writers.

Okay everyone, if you like or subscribe to the social media channels, you will receive a free copy of Little Darkness, a companion copy to Collective Darkness

Best of all, if you share this post to two (or more!) of your friends AND tag Collective Darkness, then you’ll be placed in a raffle for a chance to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

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Book Review | This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1) by Victoria Schwab

Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal

INFORMATION

Title: This Savage Song
Author: Victoria Schwab
Series: Monsters of Verity #1
Publication Date: 16th May 2017 (first published June 5th 2016)
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Pages: 468

My Rating(s) : 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Summary

This Savage Song is about the heirs of divided city where the violence begun to breed monsters. Kate Harker wants to be a ruthless like her father who lets the monsters roam free and keeps them as slaves while August wants to be a human like his father, a good-hearted and protecting the innocent but, August is a monster. A Sunai that can steal a soul with music. Kate got kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home where she’s finally met August who tried to keep his identity, but Kate discovered his secret, and after a failed assassination attempt, they must flee for lives.

Review

3 words; Savage, Dark and Unpredictable!

This gonna be my fav DUOLOGY because I freaking love it! I love the writing style, so neatly dramatic and I enjoyed it so much. It’s much like a music lyric, divided into 4 verses and each verse have its own adventure. And prelude helps me understand better what the book is about. I do enjoy the alternate POV of the characters.

I immediately fell in love with the world, so gritty as I devoured into it. It is so innovative and original. I admit that the plot is a little bit slow at first, but the pace is so dynamic and make it so unique, amazing and unpredictable and the characters are also compatible. I love the development of the story from each chapter as it getting tensed from time to time.

As for the characters, I love how Kate survives and confront the reality. It’s make me realize that there’s no such thing as ‘safe’ in their world. And August definitely my new baby. I love how innocent and strong he is. He’s the only monster that appoints as a hero. The Sunai that tried hard to be good-hearted as his human father.

In my opinion, this is the only book that defined what monsters are! It’s brilliantly unique and unpredictable! I hardly guess what’ll happen next. I’m not going to lie, this book is zero romance, but it’s still refreshing when Kate and August are still showing they’re still care each other. I love their chemistry, its not tightly bond, but there’s still a hate-care relationship. It’s really played my emotion. I think this is the reversed version of Tokyo Ghoul. However, the ending is quite breaking to me so I straight away go for the sequel.

I’d RECOMMEND this book if you want to dive in a dark fantasy, YA genre or if you are a FANTASY FREAK like me. YES! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this. I’m too immersed into the world, it’s so fantastic! By the chance, I’ve create a Spotify playlist called “This Savage Song” if you’re interested to check it out. WARNING!! Some of the songs are quite dark and depressing!

Thank you so much for reading my review. Till next time.

Lea

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Book Review | Legendary (Caraval #2) by Stephanie Garber

Young Adult, Fantasy

INFORMATION

Title: Legendary
Author: Stephanie Garber
Series: Caraval #2
Publication Date: 21st February 2019
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Pages: 419

My Rating(s) : 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Synopsis

A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win.

After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister Scarlett from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name.

The only chance of uncovering Legend’s identity is to win Caraval, so Tella throws herself into the legendary competition once more—and into the path of the murderous heir to the throne, a doomed love story, and a web of secrets…including her sister’s. Caraval has always demanded bravery, cunning, and sacrifice. But now the game is asking for more. If Tella can’t fulfill her bargain and deliver Legend’s name, she’ll lose everything she cares about—maybe even her life. But if she wins, Legend and Caraval will be destroyed forever.

Review

Welcome to Caraval, where nothing is quite what it seems…

First thing first, I don’t know how to rate this book. It’s pretty shocking and unbelievable ending. This book is such a beautiful liar that I’ve ever read. So finally I met Legend but, I don’t believe every single word to the ending (not until I finish Finale). I’m done being tricked in Caraval! However, I enjoy reading Legendary more compare to Caraval.

The storyline is pretty similar to Caraval because the ‘fake engagement’ was the main idea I think but, I love how the story developed where there’s a twist! I truly adore the MC, Donatella. Her boldness and ruthless definitely hyped me up. Her story was more adventurous and so melancholic compared to Scarlett. She had been through a lot! I also love the new character, Jacks. To be honest, I’m looking forward for Jacks and Tella more.

As for the setting, no doubt! I love Caraval world. It’s so magical. Full of tricks, so unique. I love the combination between real world and magical world. I do feel like I was in the game too.

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Book Review | Caraval (Caraval #1) by Stephanie Garber

Young Adult, Fantasy

INFORMATION

Title: Caraval
Author: Stephanie Garber
Series: Caraval #1
Publication Date: 30th November 2017
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Pages: 405

My Rating(s) : 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Synopsis

Scarlett has never left the tiny isle of Trisda, pining from afar for the wonder of Caraval, a once-a-year week-long performance where the audience participates in the show. Caraval is Magic. Mystery. Adventure. And for Scarlett and her beloved sister Tella it represents freedom and an escape from their ruthless, abusive father.

When the sisters’ long-awaited invitations to Caraval finally arrive, it seems their dreams have come true. But no sooner have they arrived than Tella vanishes, kidnapped by the show’s mastermind organiser, Legend. Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But nonetheless she quickly becomes enmeshed in a dangerous game of love, magic and heartbreak. And real or not, she must find Tella before the game is over, and her sister disappears forever.

Review

Welcome to Caraval, where nothing is quite what it seems…

I “hate” it when my expectations got tricked. I’m not going to lie, looking and figuring out for clues is so exciting but I’m too dump. It’s sort of confusing, but the story was so magical. I got tricked a lot! It’s pretty heartbreaking and blood rush action almost at the end and yeah, everything was just a game.

I’d like to say that at the beginning was a little slow because of the introducing to the world, however it’s getting merely when the game start. It’s do feel like I was participating in the game too.

As for the characters, they’re not a really my favourites because Scarlett seems too dull for me. She’s tending to be worrisome because her love towards her sister. I love her relationship with her sister, Tella. They are truly a spellbinding sister that can’t be broken. As for Scarlett’s partner, Julian. I was hoping he’s not the male main character at first because I was hoping for the “Legend” – the Caraval master to be the one. Yeah, when Scarlett started to write the Legend a letter, I was hoping for a spice of romance between them but, I start to like him. He’s a great companion for Scarlett. I love how he’s taking care of her and annoyed her. He was so funny and reckless guy.

The game doesn’t over yet and the ending left me intrigued. It was so frustrating. The Legend identity remain mysterious. However, I love the ending, thank you so much for the ending.

If you ever thought the Caraval series is another vibe of The Night Circus, please remove those thoughts because it is NOT at all. Caraval has their own magical vibes where it is not a circus, but it is a game! A game that can get you tricked with your own feeling.

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ARC Review | Finding Home on Winslow Island by Chrissy Elliot

Contemporary Romance

INFORMATION

Title: Finding Home on Winslow Island
Author: Chrissy Elliot
Publication Date: 31st July 2020
Publisher: Kindle Edition
Format: ebook

My rating(s) : 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

SUMMARY

Join the residents of Winslow Island for a fun-filled, opposites-attract, sweet romance – full of piggyback rides and scrumptious baked goods.

It might be Winslow Island’s annual Matchmaking Festival, but Tessa has more important things to worry about, like how to keep her mother’s bed and breakfast in business.

Parker’s life is as precise and planned as the surgeries he performs. He’s on track for a career-making promotion – if he can improve his bedside manner.

When his mother plans a family celebration for the same weekend as the Matchmaking Festival, Parker suspects he’s in for a series of sneaky setups. But with his promotion fast approaching, he has no time for distractions – until Tessa crashes into him in a shower of glitter, wreaking havoc with his plans and his heart.

With a temper as fiery as her red hair, she’s a distraction too tempting to ignore.

Tessa is determined to resist Parker’s charms – even if his smile makes her toes curl. He’s only on the island for five days, and she won’t risk a broken heart. But with the festival in full swing, resisting Parker is proving harder than she expected, especially when he becomes the key to saving her mother’s business.

REVIEW

It’s a sweet, light, cute and clean romance, which I’m fancy of. The story was so interesting even though there’s a little bit flaw that I’ve found for example, like it’s pretty clichè but I like it. I think it’s relevant to the contemporary romance genre. I love the setting. I really hope the island exist! I also love the characters, I ship them a lot where a bright girl named Tessa meets an arrogant and cold-blooded doctor, Parker. I adore the interconnected stories between them, I don’t how many times I’m flushed every time I read their scenes. I’d say that the characters were so compatible.

If you are looking for light and breezy romance, I’d recommend this book for you to read. It’s something cute and light to pamper your heart. Anyway, the book is finally out and congratulations Chrissy Elliot!

Thank you so much for sending me an ARC for free for an exchange of my honest review