Romance Review: About a Girl by Lindsey Kelk

 About a Girl (Tess Brookes Book #1) By Lindsey Kelk

Published by: HarperCollins

Format: Nook

Genre: Romance/Fiction

Order at: Amazon | B&N

Reviewed by: Madison

What to Expect: An unexpected heroine makes an extraordinary leap of faith and ends up on her arse!


 

Plot: Tess Brookes has always been a Girl with a Plan. But when the Plan goes belly up, she’s forced to reconsider.

After accidentally answering her flatmate Vanessa’s phone, she decides that since being Tess isn’t going so well, she might try being Vanessa. With nothing left to lose, she accepts Vanessa’s photography assignment to Hawaii – she used to be an amateur snapper, how hard can it be? Right?

But Tess is soon in big trouble. And the gorgeous journalist on the shoot with her, who is making it very clear he’d like to get into her pants, is an egotistical monster. Far from home and in someone else’s shoes, Tess must decide whether to fight on through, or ‘fess up and run…

Review: First, I downloaded this book when I was in desperate need of some chick lit a few months ago and I forgot I had it. I read the prologue and I distracted myself with other novels I was reading. Why did I do this? Cause I’m a total idiot! Once I picked it back up I devoured it. I didn’t want to put it down. I read it everywhere I went. It was everything chick lit should be: somewhat predictable with a dose of humor and tastefully done romantic scenes. The characters at first felt familiar and Kelk did a great job at bringing them off of the page and making them three-dimensional. I rooted for Tess as she made mistakes and found herself. I wanted her to find love and actually felt torn between two love interests at one point. Some things I could definitely see coming since the beginning but Kelk kept it interesting and zany. I related to Tess a lot. I felt like she wasn’t a perfect heroine that was so beautiful your eyes fall out of your head. She had her issues that weren’t clichéd.

What you might not like/doesn’t work for you: I don’t like books where I can predict the ending. I won’t spoil anything but I knew from the beginning who a certain character would end up being. Sometimes the connections between Tess and said character above felt forced and a little too romantic. But hey, when you pick up a romance book you have to let your guard down about these kinds of things and just go with it.

What you will love: Lindsey Kelk is amazing at building romantic relationships. Her timing was really great and I loved her dialogue. I actually caught myself smirking while reading this in public. I truly loved all of her characters and their quirks. Even the ones that aren’t so likable she does a great job at making them realistic.


screen-shot-2016-09-16-at-12-09-08-pmMadison is our newest reviewer here at Binge on Books! When not working on her own first novel, she loves reading YA & Fantasy and listening to podcasts.

You can get in touch with her on Twitter: @MPMarkerWrites

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Exclusive Prequel to Stygian by Santino Hassell: A Night in the Life

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There are two utterly amazing things you should be excited about today:

1. Stygian by Santino Hassell releases Monday, October 26th! Only 4 days until a true Southern Gothic Paranormal Romance is front and center and waiting to be read…by you! Woot, woot! “Wait,” you’re thinking. “Southern Gothic? Paranormal? Just what is Stygian about??” Well, here you have it:

Jeremy has been isolated and adrift since the death of his brother. Most people just see him as the skinny emo kid who wears eyeliner and plays drums. No one gets him. Nobody tries. He thought the indie rock band Stygian would become his anchor, but—lost in their own problems—they’re far from the family he sought.

Still, hoping to get close to Kennedy, the band’s enigmatic guitarist, he follows Stygian to northern Louisiana for a summer retreat. They had planned to spend six weeks focusing on new music, but things go awry as soon as they arrive at the long-deserted Caroway mansion. Tempers flare, sexual tension boils over into frustration, and Jeremy turns away from the band to find a friend in his eerily beautiful landlord Hunter Caroway.

Kennedy suspects there’s something off about the creepy mansion and its mysterious owners, but Jeremy thinks he’s finally found somewhere he fits. It isn’t until Kennedy forces the Caroways’ secrets into the light that Jeremy realizes belonging sometimes comes with a price.

Rockers behaving badly? Paranormal activity? Creepy neighbors? There’s definitely not enough books like this in my life. Sign me up!

2. Now Santino wants to whet your appetites for this delicious paranormal read and has given Binge on Books an exclusive prequel to Stygian. A Night in the Life will rock your world with a little behind the scenes action from the band so let’s have at it!

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Heidi CuDance WIth Mellinan and Amy Jo Cousins. Two BIG names in romance. Both write nuanced, sexy characters grappling with issues like identity and self-discovery. Both portray college aged protagonists who are slightly…more evocative than the norm. Both have big personalities and aren’t shy about discussing their ideas about romance and writing with the public. Amy Jo has been urging me to read Dance With Me for ages so getting these two together for an in-depth chat about Heidi’s rerelease of it? Well, it certainly seemed smart but these results? EPIC.

So without further ado, here’s Amy Jo Cousins chatting up Heidi Cullinan for our latest installment of Authors Interviewing Authors! Read More

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Romance review: In the Middle of Somewhere by Roan Parrish

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Published by: Dreamspinner Press

Format: Kindle ARC

Genre: M/M Romance

Reviewed by: Judith

Rating: Hands down one of the best romances I’ve read. EVER.

Roan Parrish has a gift. She can take seemingly mundane situations and turn them into something achingly nuanced and compelling. This book is nothing short of breathtaking. It truly is everything you want in a romance: it’s sexy, it’s intimate, the characters genuinely like each other and spend a great deal of their time on the page together talking and learning each other; it reads as 100% natural and nothing about it or their relationship is forced. Not one thing. Get it, devour it, adore it. Then come find me and let’s discuss it cause I just can’t stop talking about this one to anyone who will listen.

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Urban Fantasy Review: Mnevermind Series (Books 1 – 3) by Jordan C Price

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Book 1) The Persistence of Memory; Book 2) Forget Me Not; Book 3) Life is Awesome.

Author: Jordan C Price

Published by: JCP Books

Format: Kindle edition

Genre: Mindscrewy Urban Fantasy M/M Romance

Reviewed by: Judith

Score: 10/10

Let’s do a little role playing cause you all know Judith loves that:

You: man, I really need a new book to read. Something…gritty? Urban fantasy-esque but without all the trappings of the genre. Maybe some m/m. A bit sexy, a lot introspective…

The world: JORDAN C PRICE’s MNEVERMIND OH MY GOD READ IT.

You: Naw, man. I want something that–

The world: Shut up! You need to read this book. Read it, read it, read it.

Chorus of authors and trusted book sources: Read it, read it, read it readitreaditreadit REAAAAAD ITTTTT.

You: Ok…

You: Holy crap this is good…no, wait, it’s getting better…this is amazing…HOLD UP. This is phenomenal.

The world: Told ya. Fool.

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