New Release Review and Giveaway! WEDDINGS, CRUSHES, AND OTHER DRAMAS by Emily McKay (Creative HeArts #6, Willa & Finn #2)

Weddings, Crushes, and Other Dramas
(Creative HeArts #6, Willa & Finn #2)
by Emily McKay
Publication Date: February 13, 2017
Publisher:  Entangled Teen Crush

 

Falling in love with the best man wasn’t on the program…

Willa is happy to be the maid of honor in her dad’s upcoming wedding to uber-celeb Mia McCain. Not as happy about the best man being her soon-to-be stepbrother, the infuriating—and infuriatingly gorgeous—Finn McCain. Every time their paths cross, the attraction simmering between them grows a little harder to ignore. Willa knows all about guys like Finn—they only want what they can’t have. What’s between them isn’t real.

Finn has never felt anything more real than what’s developing between him and Willa. Sure, her dad warned him to steer clear, but it’s not just about forbidden temptation. He’s determined to prove to Willa he’s not going anywhere—and that happily-ever-after will always be worth the risk.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains a wedding so crazy it’ll make you laugh, a stepbrother so hot he’ll make you swoon, and a heroine so real she’ll make you cry.

 

Review:

So. Much. Adorableness. Here.

I am really enjoying the Creative HeArts series, and Willa and Finn are possibly my favorite couple in the group, so when I heard that their book 2 was available? You’d better believe I jumped right on that!

I’m happy to report–it did not disappoint.

Once again we have all kinds of angsty chemistry going on–a forbidden romance (Willa’s dad is still dead set against her dating Finn), tons of will-they-or-won’t-they drama, awesome secondary characters (as usual!), and so many truly funny moments (the personalized three-weeks-to-the-wedding to-do binders? Just OMG) Gah! I ship these two so hard. Loved every second of this book.

My only complaint?

It took 90+% of the book for the two of them to finally get together–which is fine–but I really, really want me some more Willa and Finn together time. Instead, they come together and wham! Bam! we practically fast forward to the end of the school year and…it’s over. I really, really was hoping for a book 3, but it doesn’t look as if I’ll get one. Sigh. I would have loved to (slightly spoiler-ish comments to follow–skip to the end if you don’t want to read them) have seen their talk with Willa’s dad, Willa’s college admissions drama, and how their senior seminar project turns out (though fingers crossed we’ll get more on that from the other series books).

Still, though. Willa and Finn. Can’t go wrong. Plus, they’re sure to pop in and out of the rest of the series books, so it’s all good.

Rating: 4 stars / A-

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

 

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Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains an unbelievably hot bad boy, an unbelievably famous actress, and all the drama that comes with adding both to your family. Oh, and a forbidden flirtation with a soon-to-be stepbrother.

When Willa Schofer’s father comes home from a business trip with an über-famous new fiancée, Willa’s senior year blows up in paparazzi-fueled flames. Overnight, she has a new house, a new car, and a new soon-to-be stepbrother—the unbelievably hot, unbelievably arrogant, Finn McCain. Thank god he’s constantly pushing her buttons, or she might do something irresponsible. Like fall for the jerk.

Just when Willa’s decided to avoid him for, oh, ever, Finn lands in the center of her senior project team. Seriously—how hard is it to shake a guy? At least her work on the project snagged the attention of the (second) hottest guy in school. He might only be into her because of her famous stepmom, and he’s not quite as exciting as a certain annoying housemate, but at least she’s allowed to crush on the guy.

Because crushing on your annoying stepbrother? So not cool.

 

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About the author:

Emily McKay is a life-long fan of books, pop-culture and anything geeky. She has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and baking cookies. When she’s not kicking-ass and scooping cookie dough, she’s watching videos from Screen Junkies (her favorite Youtube channel) or Pemberly Digital or Classic Alice. Okay, she has a Youtube problem! She’s seeking help. Really. Though, she may also have a slight problem with procrastination.

When the internet is down and there are no chocolate chips in the house, she does write books – everything from Harlequin romance novels to post-apocalyptic YA. Though her interests may appear broad, the common denominators are swoony heroes and snarky humor.

 

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New Release Review! FALLING FOR THE GIRL NEXT DOOR by Tera Lynn Childs (Creative HeArts #5, Sloane and Tru #2)

Falling for the Girl Next Door
by Tera Lynn Childs

Synopsis:

Sloane Whitaker never expected to like living in Texas, but after a few months in the Lone Star State, she has to admit she likes the food, the school, and the boy next door. What she doesn’t like is the fact that half her family is still back in New York. Convincing her dad to relocate to Texas requires making their upcoming visit as perfect as possible. The perfect dinner, the perfect daughter…with the perfect boyfriend.

But when her not-so-perfect boyfriend Tru Dorsey is suddenly not-so-available, Sloane has to find another dad-impressing guy to show off at dinner. Tru himself suggests enlisting the help of a fake boyfriend, but the reality of another guy with Sloane on his arm might be more than Tru can manage. Add in a mysterious blackmailer and a divided family, and Sloane and Tru’s relationship might not be able to handle the heat.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains a bad boy next door, the good girl who snags his heart, and one epically disastrous ruse-gone-wrong. Join the fun at your own risk.

 

Review:

 

Tru and Sloane are back!

I really enjoyed their second installment, even though I couldn’t get behind one (okay, two) of the big decisions they made in the book. They saw the error of their ways eventually, and really, who hasn’t made dumb decisions while in their teens and beyond? Far be it from me to be pointing fingers!

FFTGND starts out with Sloane and Tru in a happy place–Sloane’s actually liking Austin now (though she’s counting the days until she’s back in NYC for Christmas), and she and Tru are all kinds of cute together. You know that’s not going to last, though, otherwise what would be the point of having another book? 😉

And yep, soon the drama starts (I swear, half the reason I read YA is so I can be grateful I’m no longer a teen)–one problem is a carryover from book one: it gets worse, and thankfully the person most involved decides to do something about it (yay, Tru!); another problem develops more slowly, though the reader could really see it coming way before Sloane ever does (denial. Not just a river in Egypt.) And then there’s the cyber threat to out Sloane’s identity as the creator of Graphic Grrl

All in all we end up in a pretty good place again by the last page, though not everything is resolved and I’m still anxious to see how it’ll all end up (though at this point, I’m more anxious for Willa and Finn’s #2. When will it be released? When?? When??? Finn….)

FFTGND could probably be read as a standalone, though I’d really recommend reading book one first (Ten Things Sloane Hates About Tru) because there’s definitely some elements of the story that carry over, and you’ll know the characters better. Both of the Sloane and Tru books can be read independently of the other Creative Hearts series books, but why would you want to do that? Do yourself a favor and read them all! 😉

Rating: 4 stars / B+

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New Release Review and Giveaway! THE SECRET LIFE OF A DREAM GIRL by Tracy Deebs (Creative HeArts #4; Dahlia and Keegan #1)

The Secret Life of a Dream Girl
Author: Tracy Deebs
Series: (Creative HeArts #4); (Dahlia and Keegan, #1)
Genre: Contemporary YA
Release Date: June 27, 2016

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains adult language, references to drinking and drugs, and a kiss so steamy it’ll fog up your eReader. 

Hiding in plain sight is harder than it looks…

Dahlia Greene—aka international pop superstar Cherry—is undercover as a normal high school student. She just wants to experience what real life is like, so when she overhears hottie Keegan Matthews nervously talking about liking a girl, she sees the perfect opportunity to live a real life and play a little matchmaker. What was not part of the plan was falling for a guy she can never tell the truth.

Keegan Matthews has been secretly crushing on Dahlia ever since she started at his school. Sure, Dahlia thinks he’s crushing on some other girl—not realizing his Dream Girl is actually her—but he figures, play along with her tips to woo someone else, let her get to know him, and then make his move. But with so many secrets in the mix, their romance is doomed from the start…

 

Review:

Happy sigh…I just love the Creative HeArts series! They’re such sweet, feel-good stories–even when the hero and heroine aren’t quite where they should be by the end of the book (though at least Dahlia and Keegan are closer than Willa and poor Finn!), they still leave you with a warm, fuzzy feeling.

And an anxious desire to get to the next book in the series–for which I’m not seeing release dates yet? Cruel!

But I digress…

I really enjoyed Keegan and Dahlia’s story. We’ve seen both of them along the fringes of the other series books, though their story can definitely be read as a standalone if you want (but don’t! You saw where I said I loved this series, right? Do yourself a favor and read them all!) and it’s awesome to see them take center stage (pun kind of intended) here. I’m really looking forward to seeing where these two will go in their other two books–Dahlia’s struggle to find her “voice” again away from her father’s (and hopefully, manager’s–I don’t trust that guy!) influence and Keegan’s dad’s health crisis both need to be resolved.

And of course their relationship is just getting started–here we have all the deliciousness of their first falling in love (the whole Dahlia’s going to help him win his “Dream Girl” not knowing it was her all along was really cute) and I’m sure they’re going to be tested big time in the books to come.

I for one can’t wait!

Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

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About the Author: Tracy Deebs_17Mar15
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Tracy Deebs collects books, English degrees and lipsticks and has been known to forget where — and sometimes who — she is when immersed in a great novel. At six she wrote her first short story — something with a rainbow and a prince — and at seven she forayed into the wonderful world of girls lit with her first Judy Blume novel. By ten she’d read everything in the young adult and classics sections of her local bookstore, so in desperation her mom started her on romance novels. And from the first page of the first book, Tracy knew she’d found her life-long love. Now an English professor at her local community college, she writes young adult novels that run the gamut from dark mermaids to cyberArmegeddon stories and sexy contemporaries to superheroes.

 

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New Release Review! CRAZY STUPID FAUXMANCE by Shellee Roberts (Creative HeArts #3–Mariely and Cabot #1)

In case you missed it, Shellee Roberts visited the blog earlier in the week–check out her post (with a giveaway!) here.

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Synopsis:

After Mariely Hinojosa and Cabot Wheeler both break up with their significant others at the same party, Mariely sees a way to get even with both of their exes. Everyone knows that the best way to get over a breakup is a hookup—a fake hookup, that is. Three weeks, all fun, no strings, and definitely no heartbreak at the end.

But somewhere between the sweet hand-holding and melt-your-mind kisses, their fake relationship starts to feel less like an act and more like the real thing…but Mariely’s a free-spirited girl from the other side of the tracks, and Cabot’s the hot trust-fund guy from the Hills.

They’d never work for real…

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains a kickass heroine, a boy so hot he’ll make you shiver, and a falling-in-love story fit for the big screen. You’ll want to settle in and have the popcorn ready.

Mariely and Cabot Book 1 of 3
Mariely and Cabot Book 2 coming Winter 2017

 

Review:

A fake relationship! And with soooo much adorableness, I can’t even 🙂

Poor Mariely and Cabot–both of them had their (less-than anyway, so it was really for the best) relationship ended in a very public way and with tons of drama (**jazz hands!). This is of course not fun at any time, but it’s particularly unfortunate when you’re in high school. A small, close-knit high school makes things even worse… But don’t worry, there’s a fake relationship on deck to make it all better!

I liked that both Mariely and Cabot kept feeling drawn to try and “rescue” the other one throughout the book–it was just so sweet. Even when they barely knew each other, they wanted to make things better for the other one–obviously, the writing was already on the wall for these two! Watching as their interest turned to “like” turned to maybe something else made me not want to put the book down until I’d reached the last page.

Crazy, Stupid, Fauxmance would work well as a standalone if you haven’t had a chance to read the other two in the series yet ( Ten Things Sloane Hates About Tru and How Willa Got Her Groove Back ) since each book deals with a different couple. If you have read the others, since Mariely’s Willa’s best friend, you’ll get an extra bit of Willa and Finn time in this one (yay!) and there’s a brief Tru and Sloane sighting as well.

I can’t wait for the next book in the series–it’s just so much fun!

Rating: 4 stars / A-

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

Shellee Roberts, Author of CRAZY STUPID FAUXMANCE (Creative HeArts #3), Talks About 10 Things She Wishes Someone Had Told Her About Being an Author (with a giveaway!)

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Hi, I’m Shellee Roberts, author of Crazy, Stupid, Fauxmance, the third book in the Creative HeArts series from Entangled Crush. Though I’m not technically a debut author, this is the first book with my name on the cover (I’d previously co-authored under a pseudonym), and I have so many emotions around the release of this book: excitement, elation, but also trepidation and exhaustion.

Don’t get me wrong, seeing this book in release (with such an adorable cover!) with my name on it is the culmination of a fourteen year dream that so many times I despaired would never actually happen, and now that it has, I love it more than I can possibly describe. And yet there were times I not only didn’t love this book, I actively loathed it. When I started writing I could never imagine feeling that way about my precious.

So, in no particular order are the 10 things I wish someone had told me about being an author:

1. The amazing sense of pride and accomplishment you will have when you see your book in print the first time is off the charts. So take the time and celebrate, but then get back to work. There are more stories to tell. And the second one is harder; you will struggle. Be okay with that.

2. Sometimes being a writer is going to demand more of you than you want to give–more time, more money, more missed opportunities, more emotion–and there’s no guarantee that at the end there will be any reward, monetary or otherwise. Be okay with that.

3. Writing is the cheapest therapy there is, but you’re also revealing all your issues and insecurities to the entire world. Be okay with that. It makes your writing better.

4. You will not be good at all the parts of writing. Ever. Period. Be okay with that.

5. The process you perfected to finish your last book may not work with the next one. You may have to figure out a new process each time. Be okay with that. Or you WILL. GO. INSANE.

6. The stories you want to write may not be the ones a lot of people want to read. Be okay with that. Just realize you may not be able to quit your day job, if that’s one of your goals. If it is, then be open to telling different stories with broader appeal. They’re still your stories; you’re not a sellout.

7. There will be a time during the creation of each book when you open it up, read it, realize it SUCKS like nothing has ever sucked before, and you will ugly cry. Be okay with that. And remember that your book is not you—you don’t suck.

8. A first draft is not a book, it’s a wad of crap. You will have to spend just as much time, maybe two or three times more, revising it to make it readable. Be okay with that. Or quit now.

9. The joy you feel when you write a great sentence, a great paragraph, a great scene is an addiction. But every sentence, paragraph, or scene cannot be great. Be okay with that. Stop tinkering and finish the book.

10. The intense rush of love and gratitude you will feel towards someone who reads your book, loves it as much you do, and says nice things about it publicly may make you question your sexuality at times. Be okay with that.

 

About the Author:shellee-roberts

There are three things (besides her family) that Shellee loves more than Netflix: Dr. Pepper, OTPs, and book boyfriends (I’m looking at you, Gilbert Blythe).

Shellee has been told that her life goal as a writer should be to win prestigious awards that will grant her literary immortality, but as an OG ‘shipper (like, seriously, Tad and Dixie–my first hardcore ship) all she really wants is to create two characters that people love so much they give them a cool mashup name.

Shellee spends her days living the dream with her family in Austin, Texas–and by living the dream she means waking up at the crack of dawn to go to work, chauffeur, walk dogs, do dishes, and fold laundry. At night she gets down to to real business, basking in the warm, blue glow of her computer screen and bringing the stories in her head to life on the page…or watching Veronica and Logan fan videos on YouTube till 2am.

Tomorrow she’s definitely going to kick that procrastination problem to the curb.

 

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Crazy, Stupid, Fauxmance (Creative HeArts, #3)
by Shellee Roberts
Release Date: April. 18, 2016
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Publisher:  Entangled Teen Crush

 

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains a kickass heroine, a boy so hot he’ll make you shiver, and a falling-in-love story fit for the big screen. You’ll want to settle in and have the popcorn ready.

After Mariely Hinojosa and Cabot Wheeler both break up with their significant others at the same party, Mariely sees a way to get even with both of their exes. Everyone knows that the best way to get over a breakup is a hookup—a fake hookup, that is. Three weeks, all fun, no strings, and definitely no heartbreak at the end.

But somewhere between the sweet hand-holding and melt-your-mind kisses, their fake relationship starts to feel less like an act and more like the real thing…but Mariely’s a free-spirited girl from the other side of the tracks, and Cabot’s the hot trust-fund guy from the Hills.

They’d never work for real…

Mariely and Cabot Book 1 of 3

Mariely and Cabot Book 2 coming Winter 2017

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New Release Review and Giveaway! HOW WILLA GOT HER GROOVE BACK by Emily McKay (Creative HeArts #2)

How Willa Got Her Groove Back
by Emily McKay
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
Series: Creative HeArts #2, companion series
Publication: February 25th, 2016

When your life feels like a bad movie, rewrite the script.

When Willa Schofer’s father comes home from a business trip with an über-famous new fiancée, Willa’s senior year blows up in paparazzi-fueled flames. Overnight, she has a new house, a new car, and a new soon-to-be stepbrother–the unbelievably hot, unbelievably arrogant, Finn McCain. Thank god he’s constantly pushing her buttons, or she might do something irresponsible. Like fall for the jerk.

Just when Willa’s decided to avoid him for, oh, ever, Finn lands in the center of her senior project team. Seriously–how hard is it to shake a guy? At least her work on the project snagged the attention of the (second) hottest guy in school. He might only be into her because of her famous stepmom, and he’s not quite as exciting as a certain annoying housemate, but at least she’s allowed to crush on the guy.

Because crushing on your annoying stepbrother? So not cool.

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Review:
Such a fun read! Honestly, I am such a sucker for P&P retellings, and this is a clever one. But sadly, not the whole story–it’s to be continued in book 2 in the “Willa and Finn” series (which I did not know going in…and I was pretty concerned as I neared the end, wondering how everything was going to be resolved in what was left in the book. I’m very glad it didn’t get a wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am ending, even if I do have to wait until November…)

I adored Willa. She’s snarky and fun, wants to be a writer, thinks of herself as a “Damien (the guy she’s crushing on) anthropologist” (because she watches him from a distance, not interacting with him out of fear of scaring him off, LOL) and loves The Lizzie Bennett Diaries! What’s not to love? I highlighted so many of her internal dialogues, just because they made me snort laugh:

Oh, wait? Am I supposed to be able to form sentences again? Like, functional conversation and stuff?

(After “Hot Biker Guy” holds her hand, introduces himself, and gazes into her eyes.)

“Mia said you practically fled the restaurant.”

“Huh. ‘Fled’ sounds a little judgy. I prefer the phrase ‘moved with stealth and dignity.'”

(She totally fled.)

His eyes are blue. Oh, I can’t actually see the color of his eyes. It’s too dark for that. But his eyes are definitely blue. Guys like this always have blue eyes. The better to pierce our souls with.

(Preach it, sister!)

Seriously, we’re like kindred spirits.

Ms. McKay uses a first person POV for Willa and third person for Finn, which makes us feel closer to Willa. We’re privy to all of her innermost thoughts and feelings, snark and insecurity and all, whereas Finn still manages to keep a few secrets…though of course we know a few of his secrets as well. Growing up the son of “America’s Sweetheart” isn’t easy, and the poor guy hides so much behind his cool facade that I just wanted to give him a hug half the time.

Okay, maybe slightly more than half–and especially hard at the end. 🙂

Finn and Willa have way more in common than either of them know (including that pesky attraction to each other!)…though hopefully that will change in the next book.

Out in November. (Sigh)

Can’t wait! 🙂

Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

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About the Author

Emily McKay is a life-long fan of books, pop-culture and anything geeky. She has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and baking cookies. When she’s not kicking-ass and scooping cookie dough, she’s watching videos from Screen Junkies (her favorite Youtube channel) or Pemberly Digital or Classic Alice. Okay, she has a Youtube problem! She’s seeking help. Really. Though, she may also have a slight problem with procrastination.

When the internet is down and there are no chocolate chips in the house, she does write books – everything from Harlequin romance novels to post-apocalyptic YA. Though her interests may appear broad, the common denominators are swoony heroes and snarky humor.

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