Mini Reviews: False Advertisement & A Bad Ass Power Couple


Meet Cute
by Helena Hunting
Publication Date: April 9, 2019
Publisher: Forever

Rating: ★★½

Synopsis via Goodreads: Talk about an embarrassing introduction. On her first day of law school, Kailyn ran – quite literally – into the actor she crushed on as a teenager, ending with him sprawled on top of her. Mortified to discover the Daxton Hughes was also a student in her class, her embarrassment over their meet-cute quickly turned into a friendship she never expected. Of course, she never saw his betrayal coming either…

Now, eight years later, Dax is in her office asking for legal advice. Despite her anger, Kailyn can’t help feeling sorry for the devastated man who just became sole guardian to his thirteen-year-old sister. But when her boss gets wind of Kailyn’s new celebrity client, there’s even more at stake than Dax’s custody issues: if she gets Dax to work at their firm, she’ll be promoted to partner.

The more time Kailyn spends with Dax and his sister, the more she starts to feel like a family, and the more she realizes the chemistry they had all those years ago is as fresh as ever. But will they be able to forgive the mistakes of the past, or will one betrayal lead to another?

*I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

How cute is the cover for Helena Hunting’s Meet Cute? I mean the title alone already had my attention, but who can resist picking up a romance book with a cute couple sharing a milkshake on the cover?! Also that blurb was totally calling my name and it just seemed like Hunting’s next release had the whole package…or so I thought.

On her first day of law school, Kailyn Flowers runs into her celebrity crush, Daxton Hughes, and to her surprise the two eventually become friends. But when an unexpected betrayal causes a break in their friendship, Kailyn can’t find it in herself to forgive Dax. Years later, Kailyn is face to face with the man she still holds a grudge for and this time he needs her help. Can Kailyn put aside her ill feelings to help Dax or will the past get in way of both of their success?

You know, I always knew that one of these days these cartoon covers would backfire on a romance book but damn, why did it have to be for a book by an author that I actually like?! Honestly, the thing that irritates me the most about this book isn’t even the actual book but rather the way this book was promoted. I went into this book expecting a cute ass story that would leave the biggest smile on my face. Instead, I got a semi-dramatic story line with bland characters and a even blander romance! Dare I say, even the actually “meet cute” wasn’t all that impressive to me. Let me break things down for y’all. Meet Cute starts off cute and stays that way for about two chapters until we are hit with the heavy, emotional shit. Don’t get me wrong, I love me a good emotional romance, but the way the situation of Dax losing his parents and becoming a guardian to his little sister was introduced was just so unexpected and it felt off. This is why I have a problem with the way this book was promoted. I went in expecting one thing and got another which is basically false advertisement. The story itself drags a lot and I just found myself bored. I only kept reading to see how things would play out with the custody battle but once I had figured out the twist, I basically just skimmed from there to the end. I couldn’t connect with either Kailyn or Dax and I also wasn’t a fan of the romance. There wasn’t enough of a build up for me when it came to the development of the romance because these two went from not having seen each other in years to having strong feelings for one another. Maybe if we had gotten a little more backstory or had more scenes of these two interacting when they were back in college then I would’ve been able to seen a stronger spark. Overall, Meet Cute was just utter disappointment but hopefully Hunting’s next book will be a better read for me.



The Takeover Effect (The Singh Family #1)
by Nisha Sharma
Publication Date: April 2, 2019
Publisher: Avon Impulse

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Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis via Goodreads: Hemdeep Singh knows exactly what he wants. With his intelligence and determination, he has what it takes to build his own legacy away from Bharat, Inc. and the empire his father created. But when his brother calls him home, Hem puts his dreams on hold once again to help save the company he walked away from. That’s when he encounters the devastating Mina Kohli in the Bharat boardroom, and he realizes he’s in for more than he had bargained.

Mina will do whatever it takes to regain control of her mother’s law firm, even if it means agreeing to an arranged marriage. Her newest case assignment is to assist Bharat in the midst of a potential takeover. It could be the key to finally achieving her goal while preventing her marriage to a man she doesn’t love—as long as her explosive attraction to Hem doesn’t get in the way.

As Mina and Hem work to save Bharat, they not only uncover secrets that could threaten the existence of the company, but they also learn that in a winner-takes-all game, love always comes out on top.

*I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

The Takeover Effect was one of my most anticipated releases for April and just from the blurb alone, I knew this book was gonna be a hit for me! 

After a disagreement about the direction of Bharat, Inc. causes friction between father and son, Hemdeep Singh decides to go off on his own to start his own company and make a name for himself. But he’s soon pulled back to the family business when a takeover ensues, putting his father’s legacy in jeopardy. Working to help the Singh family keep Bharat, Inc. from falling apart is Mina Kohli, an attorney who has an agenda of her own and is hoping that a successful case will finally give her the footing she needs to gain back control of her mother’s firm. If Hem and Mina hope to come out on top, their going to have to work together—all while trying to control their attraction to one another.

I said it before and I’ll say it again, 2019 is gonna be the year for brown romances to show out and I’m totally here for it! Right from the start, I was sucked into the drama that surrounded the Singh family and I was totally invested in this story. Nisha Sharma may be a new-to-me author but she has easily become a new-to-watch author for me because I’m in love with her writing and her ability to keep me on my toes. There were so many shocking twists and turns and I was sitting at the edge of my seat, gripping me eReader by the time I got to the end. One of my favorite things about this book is the Singh family. This family may not always see eye-to-eye but when someone threatens one of them, they all have each other’s back and will go lengths to protect one another. The main attraction of this story is our badass power couple, Hem and Mina! You guys, I’ve found a new favorite hero to love! Hem is totally husband material and he had me swooning all over the place. This man literally takes Mina to all his favorite restaurants and feeds Mina all his favorite foods and I was both jealous and hungry all at the same time. Mina is a force to be reckoned with and she had no problem with putting Hem, or anybody else for that matter, in their place. She is a fighter through and through and I love how devoted she was to taking back her mother’s firm and making things right again. The romance is sizzling and I was living for the banter between Mina and Hem. I so did not want this book to end and that mini cliffhanger totally didn’t help either, lol. All in all, The Takeover Effect was an addicting read that has me dying for more and I can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel later this year!


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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!

10 thoughts on “Mini Reviews: False Advertisement & A Bad Ass Power Couple

  1. A False Advertisement. LOL. That’s the perfect way to describe Meet Cute. The cover and blurb was totally misleading. It shouldn’t have been marked that way. I think I might have enjoyed it more had it not had the cover, blurb, beginning and ending it did. The middle made that all feel out of place.

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  2. Thanks for the reviews, Ari. I’ve been seeing the same thoughts on Meet Cute all around today so that’s a bummer but I’m adding The Takeover Effect to my TBB list. That sounds great!

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  3. Meet Cute just was a bit of a letdown. Even though I knew folks hadn’t been loving it I went in hoping I would be different. I tried to be positive and it almost worked for me at times. But in the end, I just didn’t become invested and that’s never good. I think it started off wrong, we should have either seen them with their cute rivalry thing and then had the fall out when it all went wrong or know none of the backstory and have it slowly come out as the story progressed and the hate turned to something more. But that didn’t happen.

    I am excited for The Takeover Effect, though. I kind of forgot a preordered and then it arrived on my Kindle so I need to get to it. I am glad I have a copy from all the good things I’ve seen about it.

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