Wednesday, October 19, 2016

a book in review

Life for sixteen year old Savannah Franks has just been turned upside down. Her Mum’s business has failed and they’re forced to move into a maisonette in the rough end of town.
She doesn’t want anyone to know her dire situation, not even her besties. So when the rest of the money for the school ski trip is due she can’t be seen not to attend. Everyone is going! She just needs to find a job. Add that to the list of getting a boyfriend and losing her pathetic virginity.
But working every spare hour in a job she hates on top of school work and mounting secrets doesn’t prove easy. Soon she’s keeping so many she’s not even sure herself what’s true and what’s not.
The only person she can lean on to tell the truth is her best friend Heath.
Only…did he get hot recently? That won’t make things awkward between

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. This is such a cute story. It will make you smile and laugh and will hook you until the end. This story screams high school dramedy, it could easily the start of a movie script. If you enjoy really well written, new adult novels that will have you reflecting on your HS years, check out this 4 star read, xo!
About Laura Barnard
Laura Barnard lives in Hertfordshire, UK and writes romantic comedy or 'chick lit' as its so often described. In her spare time she enjoys drinking her body weight in tea, indulging in cupcakes the size of her face and drooling over hunks like Jamie Dornan, Ryan Gosling and Leo Dicaprio.
She enjoys wearing yoga pants and reading fitness magazines while sitting on the sofa eating chocolate. She's a real fan of the power nap and of course READING!
She writes not to get rich or famous, but because she LOVES writing. Even if one person tells her they enjoyed her book it makes the midnight typing worth it!

Twitter: @BarnardLaura

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Release Day!

About the Book

Belinda & Bennett get caught in a battle of wills in an effort to help a new heiress who’s inherited from a woman she never knew. And it looks like someone wants her out of the way. After a man is killed on her property, it will take digging through an old house–and a family full of secrets–to unmask a killer, and a decades-old mystery.

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About the Author
Amy is a sci-fi/mystery addict with a soft spot for humor and romance. She lives in Massachusetts, and loves to bake and watch movies. Learn more about Amy and her books at

Monday, October 17, 2016

a book in review!

About the Book

If you’re going to fall off a catwalk and into someone’s arms, you could do a lot worse than choosing handsome Sam Montgomery’s, star of the hottest sci fi show on TV. So when twenty-four year old Grace Mortimer does just that, her life is turned upside down. 

Sam is gorgeous, funny, and too sexy for words. But he’s got a girlfriend, America’s newest sweetheart, the very beautiful TV star Vanessa Hudson. With his Hollywood lifestyle he’s got to be a no-fly zone, that’s for sure. So why does he insist on being Grace’s knight in shining armor? And why can’t she stop her legs turning to jelly every time he’s around? 

Just as her new career is about to take off, a disastrous TV appearance sends her spinning—right back into Sam’s arms again, the one place she shouldn’t be. 

Escape to beautiful New Zealand in this sexy, feel-good romantic comedy. 


I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I love a likeable, funny lead character and that's exactly what you get with Grace. This story reminded me of a weekly sitcom that you couldn't wait to tune into to get your laughs and catch up with your fictional friend. Falling for Grace is the perfect little chick lit escape, the author does a great job of setting the scene. I recommend this 4 star book to anyone who needs a new lighthearted series, xo!

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Author Bio

I've loved rom coms, romance, and chick lit since I first encountered Bridget Jones as a young, impressionable writer. It really was a match made in chick lit heaven.

I've been a teacher and a sales executive, but am now content as a mother and writer, madly scribbling all the ideas I've accumulated during my time on this planet we call home.

I live and love in beautiful New Zealand--where my novels are all set--with my wonderful family and my two very scruffy, naughty dogs. 

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Link Love!

Food Edition
  • who knew you could make delicious ice cream without churning it?
  •  30 different Halloween cupcakes, cause I love cute Halloween edibles
  • this should be the only #sundayfunday food served
  • a brown sugar caramel latte, cause duh
What's your go to fall recipe? Let me know in the comments, xo!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Product Review | Ultabeauty x Jenny Claire Fox Miss Fabulous Eyeshadow Palette

I've always been a fan of Jenny Claire Fox aka missjenfabulous on YouTube. She does amazing nail tutorials, makeup recommendation, and I love her vlogmas. So when I saw she teamed up with Ulta to put out Miss Fabulous a perfect fall palette I had to check it out. I picked it up about a month ago and have been using it every time I glammed ever since. 

My personal faves from the palette are Fab, Arizona, Guru, and Frankie. 

To get the look above, I took Fab and used that all in my crease working in windshield wiper motions from outer to inner corner. Next, I work in Coco in to the out crease of my eye, not bringing it all the way in. Then I went in with Mitten on the outer corner working in a v with the bottom of the v going towards my ear. Then I took Latte and patted that over the center of my lid and into Mitten. Last but not least, I used Virgo as my inner corner and brow bone.

To achieve the look below I used both the Miss Fabulous palette and Urban Decay's Naked 3. 

What's your go to fall palette? Any makeup items on your current wish list? Let me know in the comments, xo!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Cover Reveal!

Brief Summary:

Holly Johansson knows some things in her life are certain after college graduation: 1.) It’s a long road to becoming a full-time author. 2.) She’ll need to work to pay her bills. 3.) And Dallas Demons superstar Matt Rhinelander will never return her feelings.

Holly knows her unrequited crush on the partying hockey player is ridiculous. There’s no way Matt would be attracted to a woman who prefers watching TV or reading books when he’s known for his frequent bar hops and fast lifestyle. Obviously he would never see her as anything other than his teammate’s little sister.

Yet Holly is drawn to the other side of Matt—the man she knows has always been thoughtful and easy to talk to whenever she’s been alone with him. It is this Matt that fueled the crush Holly has on him. And she knows it will always be just that—a secret crush.

Or will it?

Because when Matt helps Holly through a crisis, her heart begins to believe that there might be feelings on his part, too. After a night of hard partying puts Matt in jeopardy with the Dallas Demons, can Holly be the one to save him? And when Matt admits he sees her as more than Nate Johansson’s sister, will it put them both on thin ice?

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Monday, October 10, 2016

a book in review!

Brief Summary:

These Royals will ruin you…

The much anticipated next book in the Royals series.

*spoiler free* Review:

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. First, let me just say I know that brief summary is kinda bogus, but honestly, it's all you need. Second, this cover is absolute PERFECTION. And third, let's get into this review, shall we? I signed up for an ARC in August knowing they wouldn't be ready until a week or two before the actual release and I already pre-ordered TP, so if I didn't get it no biggie. Well, after checking my email ALL DAY on Thursday when I opened it and it was there I gasped and got tears in my eyes. I honestly was so happy that I got picked to read and review this highly anticipated book (I'm part of The Royal Palace group on me people were offering unborn children for an ARC.) Twisted Palace is a bumpy ride, there's really high highs that will leave you breathless and really low lows that will leave you speechless. The secrets, twists, turns, and everything in between really make this third book worth every bit of hype. Jen and Elle aka Erin really out did themselves. It's not often that a third book can real live up to the other 2 books and Twisted Palace does just that. I also believe that the 3rd books in a triology should leave you wanting more even if you have answers, and TP doesn't disappoint. The Royals series is definitely my favorite series of the year and one I will reread for years to come. You just can't shake Reed Royal, his character is the ultimate book boyfriend and one can only hope Erin will write more books* that will be as captaviting as the world she creates with The Royals. I recommend this 5 star book because it's the frosting on an already perfect cake, xo!

*which a little birdie told me could be Easton Royal's story coming in 2017 ;)

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Read my reviews of Paper Princess & Broken Prince to see what I thought of the first 2 books.