Quickie Review: Five Dates by Amy Jo Cousins

Five Dates by Amy Jo Cousins

Genre: m/m romance

Score: 9/10

Plot: Helping his sister Lucy raise her kid has put Devin’s love life on hold. When he loses a bet to her and the penalty is to go out on five dates with men she’s chosen from Guys4Guys.com, he thinks that’s bad enough. Finding out she used a thirteen-year-old picture of him to score a date with a young guy who looks like a rock star? Epically bad.

Jay thought he wanted to fall for an older man. But his last boyfriend left him feeling humiliated and determined to stick to guys his own age. When he realizes he’s been conned into a date with exactly the kind of man he’s sworn to avoid, he’s ready to walk away on the spot. Only Devin’s swift apologies convince Jay to accept dinner to make up for the deception.

Review: Five Dates is one of those books that’s just so much fun to read you’ll devour it in one sitting. It’s a light hearted comedy of errors wherein Devin loses a bet and his sister decides to make due on it by forcing him on five dates blind dates culled from a gay dating site. First up is the latino god, Jay. Devin knows Jay’s out of his league but he meets the younger man anyway. Devin and Jay’s attraction really sizzles and the rest of the story rests on the “will they? won’t they?” aspect of their relationship. They have fantastic chemistry, uber sexy scenes, and some pretty hilarious moments where Jay rescues Devin from disastrous dates.

You’ll enjoy: the humorous writing style and easy flowing conversation; the infrequent naughty scenes that will have you fanning yourself; self-deprecating hero, Devin, who just wants to live his life if his sister would let him; the funny and gorgeous love interest, Jay, who is fierce and loyal and exactly what you would want in boyfriend.

You might not enjoy: the buildup to their relationship happens in the blink of an eye and Jay seems to really get into playing “the other man” though a few days prior he couldn’t stand it; there isn’t enough naughty; all the problems they seem to have at the beginning are breezed by in favor of a quickie ending.

Final score: 9/10

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YA Review: New Girl by Paige Harbison

New GirlNew Girl by Paige Harbison

Publisher: Mira Ink

Format: Kindle Edition

Reviewed by: Onnica

Genre: Teen/YA

Score: 7/10

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The Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar

The Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar

Publisher: Dial (March 21, 2013)

Format: Kindle Edition

Reviewed By: Judith

Score: 8/10

You know what paranormal entity we have not yet read about, folks? Yes! You are so right! Genies. Let’s all take a deep breath and admit the three basic truths about Genies that we know already: 1. They’re awesome. 2. They grant you three wishes but something stupid always happens where they take what you wish for way too literally or for example when you say to your little sister, “God, I wish you’d be quiet and let me think!” they use that as one of the three 3. There are not nearly enough (read: none at all) books written about the coolness that is Genies. Here’s one that was cute and well written. And we don’t ask for a whole lot more than that around here.

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Torched by Andrea Lynn Colt

Torched by Andrea Lynn Colt

Publisher: Andrea Lynn Colt Books (September 6, 2012)

Format: Kindle Edition

Reviewed by: Brittany from The Book Addict’s Guide

First off, a big thanks to the author, Andrea Lynn Colt, for approaching me to review her book, TORCHED. I have to say that at that point I hadn’t been reading a lot of contemporaries since my first loves are dystopians and paranormals, but TORCHED sounded like it had a bit of a mystery in it and could easily sneak its way into my heart. I have to confess that it actually took me a really long time to read, but mostly due to the fact that it was on my Kindle and I just keep forgetting about all the books I have on my Kindle because I frequently revel in the glory that is my bookcase and then panic because of all the books that sit on it that I haven’t read yet. Anyway, I’m glad I finally finished and I promise that I’m working much harder on reading my Kindle books!

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New Adult: Ten Tiny Breaths by KA Tucker

Ten Tiny Breaths by KA Tucker

Publisher: Papoti Books (December 9, 2012)

Format: Kindle

Reviewed by: Judith

As an aside for anyone who cares about these sorts of things: I put out an open call for a new fictional boyfriend recently and luckily, this book’s hero, Trent, stepped up to fill the void. 8 pack, blue eyes, dimples, and so much guilt that it’s palpable. Just the way I like ’em. Swoon on a stick!

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Happy, Happy, Happy—Blog-a-versary to me!

Even though Ellen has the best birthday memory of anyone ever – I swear that girl has never once in 10 years forgotten my birthday, even calling from Africa (or was it Italy?!) to sing the birthday song just for me – she forgot something very important this year: our 1 year BLOGAVERSARY! 1 year of reviews, news, rants, and swoons! 1 year of lots of sleepless nights trying to get WordPress software to just post those pictures correctly and stop being such a useless jerk! 1 year of dreamy men, strong heroines, and fantastic adventures! 1 year of trying to find that perfect way to most accurately describe the feeling you get as you read a certain book and want it to continue but dread for it to end cause it’s just that good!

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Our Top 3 of 2012!

So if you’re like us, you have a couple books from this year that you just can’t get out of your head. I mean obviously you do since you gave us a HUGE list of your favorite books. I mean, it was so big we had to break up in two parts cause we couldn’t handle its enormity and awesomeness.

Well, Ellen and I would like to return the favor. We each picked three books from 2012 that we want you to read. We forced them on each other and now we want to force them on you. Don’t worry: it’s not like that. We promise that you’ll thank us for this.

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Found on Judith’s Bookshelf: undeniable proof that I was into YA way before you were born!

So tonight I was rooting around on my bookshelves, trying to discover some long forgotten YA novel that I may not have gotten around to reading. You know how it goes: you mosey on over to the stacks and start poking around through the books. They might be layered 2 and 3 deep so you can’t always see the available titles but you know there’s some hidden gems in there and even though you know pretty much all the books on the shelves by heart, you keep hoping against all odds that one day you’ll look and something new will be found, wedged waaaay in the back. It’ll be a first edition something signed by someone pretty famous. Cause that is totally plausible.

Well, folks, I kid you not, tonight that happened! I found this beauty in the very darkest corner of the very bottom shelf:

It might not seem very cool until you realize that it’s a 1996 first edition with this bad boy on the inside:

It must have slipped my mind (how? HOW???

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It’s a sieve up there I swear!) but way back in the day, I used to be an ARC reader for Francesca Lia Block. Seriously as I started going through a lot of this stuff I had tucked away with this book (there was swag and old letters), I got a wave of nostalgia and remembered how amazing it was to get a book that had just been printed. Something you had been endlessly waiting to read. Needless to say it really drove home the fact that I love YA and always have…and luckily now I have a hankering to read some Francesca Lia Block! Old School of course.

Do you have a favorite FLB book? If so, please share…her books are poignant and hard hitting, getting you deep down and never letting go. Not even 16 years later it would seem.

xoxo

Judith

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Deity Blog Tour Stop #1: Review, Interview, and tons of giveaways!

Hi all! We’re excited to be one of the first stops on Jennifer L Armentrout’s Deity Blog tour. As we all gear up for Deity’s release on November 6th, let’s take a moment to reread Ellen’s fabulous review of Deity which Jennifer herself called the perfect balance of spoiler and review! It won’t give a lot away but it will make you salivate even more for Covenant book #3. You can read it here.

On to the fun stuff! Giveaways, an interview, and…more?

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Happy Birthday Ellen Book Giveaway!

Hey guys! Know what that gaudy cake right there means? You guessed it! It’s Ellen’s birthday! Now, we take birthdays very seriously around I Love YA Fiction. Every year, Ellen and her mom call me and sing (only very slightly out of key) the birthday song for me no matter where they are.  My absolutely favorite location for them to call from? Hungover in a cab cruising through Manhattan the day after Easter. I can’t make this stuff up, people.

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