Mark Your Calendars! January 17 – ‘Tangled Like Us’ (Like Us Series Book 4)

Like seriously. Never have I  been very excited waiting for a book sequel!

Damaged Like Us, the first installment, was an accidental find as part of my Kindle’s free ebooks and it’s amazing! Needless to say, I had to purchase books 2 and 3 because I just had to. There was no debate. No second thoughts.

So when I learned how book 4 was on its way, HURRAY!

Yes! I need more and the Ritchie sisters don’t disappoint!

Patience isn’t my strong point, but I’m being tested. Two days more. Just two days more and Tangled Like Us will officially be available! I can’t wait.

Here’s a sneak peek of the book’s first page from Krista and Becca’s official Instagram.

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Damaged Like Us (Book 1) by Krista & Becca Ritchie -A sizzling series debut!

Honestly, if there’s one special, accidental find I consider on this year’s random reading list, THIS will be IT.

Damaged Like Us came as a free read in my Kindle device, and it’s practically more than what I expected. Way, way more. Even better than some books I purchased for more than the entertainment it offered.

I never read the synopsis. I went and dove into the book for the sheer interest I had with the title and the book cover. Yes, cover design matters.  I like visuals.

Surprise, surprise!

First 3 pages, I knew it will be romance. Good-looking protagonist, with a hot bodyguard and all that’s missing, is our guy’s romantic interest. And I was so damn sure it’s a woman. A cool, highly-trained female bodyguard for our American billionaire – and he has no idea. Interesting start. Quite predictable, but interesting.

Dear World, stop fucking with me. Sincerely, an agitated human. – Maximoff

Exactly! Because while I was dead sure we’re looking for a lady bodyguard, a solid buff walks in the scene and my surprise-slash-confusion skyrockets to a maximum level. And it doesn’t help that I’m grinning so hard for that twist.

So this is what it is….

Like right now, I try to ignore his overwhelming presence, and I slowly cap the juice jug again. My gaze stays on him. No matter how hard I say look at the juice. – Maximoff

And the initial flow of the story is so beautifully written, characters well described that I have all the reason to jump on the same boat as Maximoff. Because he’s being too overly affected that the emotions metaphorically seeps out of the book! (technically, the ebook).

So yes, I was surprised by the twist, but I was all in for it.

The Maximoff-Farrow chemistry

Is more than just a theory. You see, ALL protagonists for romance stories have to have chemistry. It’s a need to keep the interest up – the fuel to the plot’s engine, the spice to the potentially bland monotone of a plot. Without it, romance dies.

And this ship, whatever it’s called at this point, is far from dead. It is sailing first-class!

TENSION is overwhelming, I dare say. And there were more instances that I could count when I wished to get a knife to cut the tension myself. And when it finally came to that point when tension has to be broken, it was just plain EXPLOSIVE! Maximoff and Farrow are memorable characters, but they’ve elevated themselves to a whole new level when placed in a romantic ship with them both as captains. And I was in for the ride!

This is the first book in the Like Us series which dedicates at least the first three books to Maximoff and Farrow’s story. Needless to say,  I’m grabbing myself a copy of the next installment!

 

 

Book Review: The Geography of You and Me (Jennifer E. Smith)

Theirs was a relationship built on neutral ground and impartial geography: park benches and stone fountains and picnic blankets.  (Ch. 3)

A light-hearted read with an easy-to-follow narrative. Not much tension really. It’s about two teens falling in love during the most casual, but unconventional first encounter – *spoiler alert*a city-wide blackout.

But the story’s far more than just romance. It’s a story of family, life, and quest of finding oneself. It’s also a gentle reminder of how people come and go; Of how fleeting relationships can be and how simply they vanish when not nurtured.

Finding relationships don’t always come with options. But nurturing one is a personal choice.

They were like a couple of asteroids that had collided, she and Owen, briefly sparking before ricocheting off again, a little chipped, maybe even a little scarred, but with miles and miles still to go. (Ch. 10)

This is a linear read with a quite predictable outcome. Simple but not boring. But definitely not for those who want passionate romance. This isn’t it.

Love, Simon Movie: How Hard is it to Hide a Secret?

Imagine how difficult it is to hide something from the people you trust and spend the most time with.

It’s suffocating.

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Love, Simon is a gentle reminder that we all have that something we keep to ourselves – something we wouldn’t want others to know, but at the same time hope that others would accept as part of who we are.

In Simon’s case, it’s the fact that he is gay. And while he is blessed with a loving family, it didn’t stop him from hiding his identity most likely because of fear.

And it’s a fear, a lot of us, I think, is familiar with – which makes Simon’s whole predicament highly relatable.

A list of it will probably look like this:

He fears to let his father down. For someone who’s obviously family-oriented, finding out how his only son is gay might be disappointing.

He fears the change that could happen in his relationships with friends. They’ve been friends for long. So why tell the secret just now and hide it for years?

He fears the stereotype/stigma at school. He’s not yet ready to be an outcast!

But then of course, this is just me trying to get into Simon’s shoes. The list of reasons could go more.

Anyway, we could learn a thing or two from how the story panned out.

First, hiding secrets is never easy. A no-brainer.

Second, choose your friends wisely.

Third, keep your social accounts access private. You’ll never know who’s snooping around – intentionally or unintentionally.

Bottomline, a secret is something personal. Revealing them is up to us and could use some good timing. Love, Simon is a fine story. The narrative was simple. And while predictable, it still manages to pull out that familiar tug in one’s heart –  especially to a sentimental like me.

So in a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the highest, I’m giving this show an:

8