Friday, January 18, 2019

Chef Heroes & Road Trips: Three Little Words by Jenny Holiday

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Chef Heroes & Road Trips: Three Little Words by Jenny Holiday
Three Little Words
Genre: Action, Contemporary
Publication date: January 29th, 2019
by Forever Romance

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Gia Gallo is officially in bridesmaid hell. Stranded in New York with her best friend's wedding dress, Gia has six days to make it to Florida in time for the ceremony. And oh-so-charming best man Bennett Buchanan has taken the last available rental car. Looks like she's in for one long road trip with the sexiest - and most irritating - Southern gentleman she's ever met...

Bennett's pretty sure that if there was ever a woman to break his "no flings" rule, Gia would be it. Sure, she's stubborn. She's also funny, smart, and the attraction between them is getting hotter with every state line they cross. While Bennett doesn't do casual, Gia doesn't do "relationships." But if they break the rules, this unlikely pair might discover that their impromptu road trip could turn out to be the best ride of their lives.
-A copy was provided by Forever Romance for review-

Trigger Warning for eating disorders, drug abuse in the past

I had not read a single book by Jenny Holiday in the past (including the two other books that precede Three Little Words) but when I saw Nick shouting about it, I AM INTRIGUED. Chef heroes own my soul. Nick, who has known me long enough to know I am super picky with contemporary romances, said I would at the very least like Three Little Words SO of course I had to read it because CHEF HEROES.  So, I went in expecting to like it since Nick said I would but I ended up completely engrossed in the lives of these characters and finding a new author to binge. Three Little Words takes you on quite the journey – quite literally because its a road trip book.

When Bennett and Gia find themselves stranded in a snow storm just days before their friends are getting married, they are left with no other choice but to drive themselves to the wedding. Neither really has a good first impression of the other but over the course of the trip, they get to know each other and fall slowly in love.

Maybe you read that para and are wondering if this book has an insta love romance? In terms of the timeframe, it certainly does but Holiday writes the progression of their relationship REALLY well. It makes sense at the end of the day that they fall in love because they are both wonderful people who are supportive of each other and their friends. 

Gia comes off as aloof to everyone around her and isn’t the kind of person that makes friends everywhere she goes. BUT. She is incredibly loyal to her friends and would cut someone for them if she needed to. That’s why when flights are cancelled days before her best friends wedding, and she has the dress, she freaks out. Holiday truly brings Gia’s character to life in these pages and I felt myself empathizing with her career problems even if I couldn’t relate to them. ALSO, as an FYI, Gia struggles with an eating disorder. 

Bennett may have come from money once upon a time but after being disowned by his family and left with no resources what so ever at a time when he was recovering from drug abuse/addiction, Bennett basically had to find his own way in the world. He is, in many ways, a self-made man who is incredibly passionate about food and giving back to the community. 

As they embark on a road trip together, Gia and Bennett learn about each other and their biggest fears. They provide each other with much needed support and come out of this road trip better people who have a better grip on what they want from their futures. 

Three Little Words was truly a joy to read and I cannot wait to hunt down all the other books in this series plus anything else Jenny Holiday has written!

4 Stars
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Why Marie Kondo Doesn’t Actually Want You To Throw Out All Your Books

Why Marie Kondo Doesn’t Actually Want You To Throw Out All Your Books

Posted by on 01/16/2019 • 2 Comments

Marie Kondo took the world by storm with her ‘revolutionary’ tidying up ideas with her bestselling books. On January 1st, Netflix decided to drop “The Art of Tidying Up With Marie Kondo,” bringing even more people on board the KonMari train but also causing many people to lose their minds when Marie Kondo ‘made’ people get rid of their books in an effort to clean up and take back their living spaces. 

Except she didn’t???

I haven’t finished watching the series nor have I had the privilege of reading any of her books but based on what I have seen and what I know about her books, nowhere does she explicitly state you should get rid of your books and everything else you love.

I am a lover of reality…

The Heist Novel We Need: Death Prefers Blondes by Caleb Roehrig

The Heist Novel We Need: Death Prefers Blondes by Caleb Roehrig

Posted by on 01/14/2019 • 1 Comment

In 2019 and we’re finally getting all the heist/thief books we deserve. Death Prefers Blondes is one such heist book and IT IS AMAZING. Maybe you’ve read Caleb Roehrig before or maybe you’re drawn by the fantastic premise and gorgeous gover. Regardless, this book is both quintessentially Roehrig and also different from what he has written before. His previous books are more on the fun end of the spectrum (WHICH IS NOT A BAD THING. I love fun books!) and while Death Prefers Blondes is incredibly fun, it also has a tendency to punch you in the guts. TO SAY EVEN MORE because I clearly cannot shut up, Death Prefers Blondes is not a short book but it FLIES by. It was so well written and visuals/imagery were done so…

Amazing Friendships: Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills

Amazing Friendships: Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills

Posted by on 01/11/2019 • 0 Comments

I slept on Emma Mills for AGES but with a little peer pressure, I finally binge read all of her published books last year. I can honestly say that it was life changing. Not necessarily because her books in of themselves changed my life but they were so good and I was so happy to finally have them in my life. WHAT I AM TRYING TO SAY is that if you still have not read a single Emma Mills novel in your life, you need to fix that. If you have, then I am guessing you’re gonna pick this book up regardless of anything I have to say so hope you have a nice life. Here, have some cookies on your way out! I made them myself!

Lately, I feel…

Fresh Batch (January 6th – 12th)

Fresh Batch (January 6th – 12th)

Posted by on 01/05/2019 • 1 Comment

Fresh Batch, posted weekly, keeps you up to date on the hottest releases of the upcoming week.

Flavor of the week:

C Slayer Kiersten White Series: Slayer #1 Publication date: January 8th 2019by Simon Pulse

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Into every generation a Slayer is born…

Nina and her twin sister, Artemis, are far from normal. It’s hard to be when you grow up at the Watcher’s Academy, which is a bit different from your average boarding school. Here teens are trained as guides for Slayers—girls gifted with supernatural strength to fight the forces of darkness. But while Nina’s mother is a prominent member of the Watcher’s Council, Nina has never embraced the violent Watcher lifestyle. Instead she follows her instincts to heal, carving out a…

And That’s a Wrap: 2018 Edition

And That’s a Wrap: 2018 Edition

Posted by on 12/31/2018 • 2 Comments

Last year, I just did a general roundup trying to include best books and all that jazz but this year I wanted to do a more detailed book roundup. I wasn’t sure if I should do a personal roundup too but its such a good way for me to reflect on the year and figure out what I want from the next one SO HERE WE ARE!

– I survived???? I really haven’t accomplished much this year but with the amount of turmoil I’ve experienced, I feel like surviving is a huge feat. *gently pats self on back*

-I also baked a lot this year and I stepped outside of my comfort zone! I made pain au chocolat, made the perfect batch of cookies, a good scone, biscuits (I…

Fresh Batch (Dec 30th – Jan 5th)

Fresh Batch (Dec 30th – Jan 5th)

Posted by on 12/29/2018 • 0 Comments

Fresh Batch, posted weekly, keeps you up to date on the hottest releases of the upcoming week.

Flavor of the week:

The Similars Rebecca Hanover Series: The Similars #1 Publication date: January 1st 2019by Sourcebooks Fire

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When six clones join Emmaline’s prestigious boarding school, she must confront the heartbreak of seeing her dead best friend’s face each day in class.

The Similars are all anyone can talk about at the elite Darkwood Academy. Who are these six clones? What are the odds that all of them would be Darkwood students? Who is the madman who broke the law to create them? Emma couldn’t care less. Her best friend, Oliver, died over the summer and all she can think about is how to…

Xpresso Reads’ Best Books of 2018

Xpresso Reads’ Best Books of 2018

Posted by on 12/28/2018 • 3 Comments

Wow. I genuinely cannot believe the end of the year is here???? And I have to pick favorite books I’ve read?? (EVEN THOUGH I HAVE A COUPLE MORE I WANT TO READ) Ugh. I decided to bring back this format from 2016 because it is way more fun then just listing a bunch of books I liked.

A book with a title that SCREAMS ‘read me’

Yes. I am secretly 10. I mostly read this book because this title made me feel like I was going to dive into a cute read but holy fuck, Death by Toilet Paper hit all the right emotional notes. This book is funny but more than that, its actually heart breaking????? I did not expect a book with a title like this to actually…