Mini Reviews: Forbidden Romance At Its Best…and Worst


The Secret to Dating Your Best Friend’s Sister
by Meghan Quinn
Publication Date: January 3, 2019
Publisher: Self-published

Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis via Goodreads: How do you date your best friend’s sister? Easy. 

Step one: Pretend you want her to set you up with someone else. That will bring the two of you closer.

Step two: Go on date with lots of random women, proceed to get stupid drunk and talk about your best friend’s sister, thus gaining the courage to finally make a move.

Step three: Randomly show up at her apartment and confess your love. Women love that, right?

It all seemed so simple. A fool-proof three step process that will guarantee the love of you life to fall madly in love with you. 

At least–that’s what I thought was going to happen. But my attempts to win over Julia Westin backfired in more ways than I can count. The thing about Julia? She’s smart–really smart–and her wicked gaze cuts through all the charm I’ve tried slinging her way. She’s not interested in games, my gifts, or my stories. She might want me too; but she’s not giving in that easy…

Starting the new year off with a new release by one of my favorite authors and damn it was a good one! So I think it’s pretty clear by now how much I adore Meghan Quinn’s books. Like I would read her grocery list if she published it and I’m sure it would be just as funny as all her other books. The Secret to Dating Your Best Friend’s Sister was no different so if you love a good rom-com, you’re gonna wanna keep reading.

What do you do when you’re in love with your best friend’s little sister but you’re afraid of losing your best friend and possible the love of your life by admitting your true feelings? Well, you lose a bet to said best friend so you can sign up for his little sister’s dating program so you can then somehow charm your way into her life and make her see that you two were meant to be. Sounds easy, right? That’s what Bram Scott thought, but a girl like Julia Westin is gonna require a lot more than just “charm” to win her over.

Can I just say that gosh this title is a mouthful to say and type. I’ve reverted to copy and pasting the title because ain’t nobody got time for all that! Okay jokes aside, the title itself is pretty self-explanatory and basically is a give away for the plot of the book. I admit, I have a love/hate relationship with this particular trope but it worked for me in this book. I was hooked right away and it’s all because of Bram. I don’t know how she does it, but Meghan is forever creating new heroes for me to fall in love with and now Bram’s name can be added to that list. I love Bram’s personality and his heart. He’s kind of this cocky guy who always thinks he’s right but at the same time he’s considerate and patient and kind. He has a big heart and a damn lot of patience because he waited ten years to finally make his move on the one girl who always owned that big heart of his. Julia on the other hand took a bit longer to warm up to, but that’s because she has these wall put up and it took quite a few chapters until we get to see those walls break down. Once she was willing to let herself see that being with a guy like Bram could in fact be a reality, she started to let her true self shine and I loved seeing her open up! The romance itself is angsty but so goddamn funny. Bram and Julia are complete opposites but they work so well together because he makes her feel comfortable and safe and she grounds him and keeps his ego in check. The dialogue had me on the floor, especially one particular scene with Bram, Julia and Julia’s older brother, Rath. These three together are just a riot. One thing I will note about the romance is that it is a slow-burning one, but considering Bram has waited ten years to make his move, I’m sure we can all make it through a few more chapters until the fireworks are set off. Overall, The Secret to Dating Your Best Friend’s Sister was an angsty, sweet and entertaining read and a great book to start my new year off with! I low key hope some of the secondary characters in this book end up getting their own stories because I need the tea on their love lives and I think they deserve happily-ever-afters too!



A Place Without You
by Jewel E. Ann
Publication Date: January 1, 2019
Publisher: Self-published

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Rating: ★★

Synopsis via Goodreads: The Law of Henna and Bodhi:

When love breaks, fall inward, fall together, and fall hard. Then let time pick up the pieces.

Everything feels temporary when you’ve experienced tragedy—until Henna Lane meets Bodhi at a music festival.

Young and spontaneous, they have a lust for seizing the moment, falling hard and fast.

When Bodhi is forced to leave without a goodbye, Henna thinks she’ll never get over him. But then she meets Mr. Malone, her sexy, new guidance counselor.

They are reckless.

They are forbidden.

When their secret is discovered, Henna has to choose between finishing school—banned from seeing Mr. Malone—or dropping out to follow her nomad dreams.

Henna chooses her dreams.

Over time, she learns that life is not a destination or a journey, some things are more than temporary, and the forbidden can never be ignored. But if she returns for him, will he still be hers?

A Place Without You is an emotional story of young love, shattered dreams, and impossible decisions.

My first negative review for the new year and it had to be for a book with such a hot ass cover. *DEEP SIGH* Like why does this shit always happen to me?! It’s funny because I’ve never even considered reading this author before because her books never spoke to me, but my cover whorish ways got the best of me as I allowed myself to be blinded by the model’s bedroom eyes. I am truly a mess and I’m pretty sure this review will be a mess too, lol.

Don’t sweat it. Everything is temporary. Those were the words that Henna Eve Lane lived by until the day Bodhi Malone came into her life. They were only meant to be temporary but when their time is cut short, Henna spends the next few months wondering if she will ever get over him. Fast forward to the start of a new school year and the last person Henna expects to see when she walks into her guidance counselor’s office is the one guy she can’t seem to get out of her head. Lines will be crossed and soon Henna will have to decide if something that was meant to be temporary is truly worth risking it all for.

After I read the first two chapters of this book, I had a strong feeling that I wouldn’t end up enjoying this book. But I’m trying to be more positive when it comes to reading this year so I kept pushing forward in hopes that maybe (just maybe) things would pick up for me. Long story short, it didn’t. Before I get to all the things that set me off and irked my last nerve-endings, let’s talk about what I enjoyed. I was actually a huge fan of our hero, Bodhi. I feel like he was the only character who had any kind of common sense through out this book and he actually thought about how his actions would affect others before he jumped into things. But damn did Jewel E. Ann make this guy’s backstory as sad as possible so I guess that’s another reason why I liked him. Listen, I’m a sucker for characters who don’t have the best past and we definitely see Bodhi try his best to make up for all his errors. Okay now let’s get to the bullshit. First of all, I did not like Henna’s character at all. Like I know I’m about to catch shit for this statement but honestly she was just super childish and selfish. I don’t even care that she was only 19-years-old, I always say if you wanna act grown and do grown things then you better be ready to take some grown responsibility for your actions too. Henna was always bitching and complaining about the fact that Bodhi was choosing his job and his family over her. LIKE HE HAS A SICK FATHER AND WITHOUT A JOB HE WON’T BE ABLE TO TAKE CARE OF HIM, HOW CAN YOU BE MAD AT HIM FOR NOT CHOOSING YOU?! Ugh, the entitlement was just too fucking much. Even during their time apart, I thought Henna would’ve at least matured and realized that she was asking a lot from Bodhi, but surprise, surprise she’s still asking him to pick her. Like I can’t, I just can’t. Another thing that bothered me was the situation with Bodhi’s father. I’m not gonna go into too much details because it’s a bit of a spoiler, but I felt like Henna wasn’t taking the situation as seriously as she should’ve. She was very blasé about it all and it made me want to pull my hair out. Also side note, this ain’t a student-teacher romance. Bodhi was Henna’s guidance counselor for like two whole minutes until Henna decided to drop out of school so I didn’t really get “forbidden” vibes with this book. Okay, I’m gonna end my rant here before things get too out of hand. In the end, A Place Without You was not a book for me and I probably won’t be reading anymore books by Jewel E. Ann anytime soon. 



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I'm Ari, a local NYC bibliophile and a forever daydreamer. You can usually find me with my nose buried in a book and my head up in the clouds. I am also a coffee addict and a chocolate connoisseur. I fell in love with the romance genre about three years ago and I haven't been able to stop reading about happily-ever-afters, which is ironic because I'm a bit of a cynical romantic in real life, haha. I hope you all enjoy my blog and fangirling with me about all the smutty reads!

3 thoughts on “Mini Reviews: Forbidden Romance At Its Best…and Worst

  1. The Megan Quinn book (the title of which I cannot be arsed to type out, that’s as bad as some Fallout Boy Songs) doesn’t sound like my kind of read because best friend’s sibling trope is not my thing. That being said, it does sound like it was an enjoyable read so I definitely want to check out some Megan Quinn books and see if her writing works for me.

    As for A Place Without You is just typical. Pretty covers so frequently mask a bad book as a good one. We get enticed in and we are punished for our shallow, shallow ways. You did the exact opposite of what I usually do with books, though As soon as the first two chapters had shown I probably wouldn’t enjoy it I am not just putting the book down, I am tossing it aside entirely never for me to look at again. I do not have the time, or patience to put up with bad books.

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