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Review of Young Enough: The Age Between Us Book 2 by Charmaine Pauls

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5 of 5 engaging stars

I read the first book in this duet, and gave it what I felt was 5 well-deserved stars.  I wish I could take back one of those stars, because while Young Enough is very good, Old Enough is truly worth of a 5 star review.

Have you seen The Pursuit of Happyness? or Pearl Harbor? or Saving Private Ryan? You know that moment when it just seems like the main character/s get no relief from all of the bad things that are happening? There are times in Old Enough when it feels just like that. It gets pretty heavy, but it sure keeps your interest because you want to see if Jane and Brian overcome.

I can’t say enough about this set of books. They are well-written, and sexy, and interesting, and keep you on the edge of your seat. They delve a bit into some proclivities that I haven’t read too much in other books, and I felt that it was really well done.

This is the first time I’ve read a story that takes place in South Africa. Often, the author uses words or phrases that we don’t usually use (like “fell pregnant” instead of “became pregnant”), and it takes me out of the story briefly. But reading about a different culture makes it worth it.

Young Enough is Book 2 of The Age Between Us duet, so you must read Old Enough first. Young Enough is NOT a standalone. You can find the links for each book below. Thanks to #Netgalley for the opportunity to read both of these books.

Buy book 2, Young Enough

If you haven’t read it yet, here’s where you can find book 1, Old Enough.

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Kindle Unlimited Subscription sale!

Do you like books? Apparently, if your’e reading this blog, YOU DO! Have you heard of Kindle Unlimited? It’s a subscription service through Amazon where you can borrow as many as 10 books at a time. Many authors have their books available through KU. For example, you can read the entire Blue Moon series by Lucy Score, or the entire Walsh series by Kate Canterbary…the list goes on and on!

It normally costs $9.99 a month, which would probably still be worth it if you read even 10 KU books a month. BUT, between now and October 20 (my birthday, BTW!) you can sign up for a 6-month subscription to Kindle Unlimited for half the price! 6 months of unlimited books for $29.97. At first, it said you must be a NEW subscriber, but I’ve had KU in the past and was able to get the subscription for the discounted price.

KU also includes audiobooks now, which it didn’t back when I originally had my subscription. That’s pretty exciting, since I love a good audiobook! I’m a little picky about my narrators, but that’s a WHOLE other blog post!

Find out more details here!

Hope you’re able to benefit from this fantastic price. What KU books will you be reading?

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Review of Old Enough: The Age Between Us by Charmaine Pauls

5 of 5 mesmerizing stars

Wow! This book is unlike anything I’ve ever read. It’s the first part of the story of Brian and Jane, a younger man and a MUCH older woman. The story takes place in South Africa, which is only relevant when certain words or phrases are used which are different from the ones we would use in the US. Sometimes it took me out of the story, but only for a moment.

It is EXTREMELY sexy, delving into some practices/proclivities that I’ve not read too much about. It is well-written and interesting. Both Jane and Brian have a complicated backstory, which I always love. Jane is also a mom, which adds a relatable element to the story for me. I’m very anxious to see how things turn out for them , which is why I’m going to jump right in and read part two, called Young Enough.

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Review of The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand

4 of 5 stars

I read an Elin Hilderbrand book every summer, and this one is different than any of her other books. It incorporates characters from earlier stories, as her books often do, but this is a bit of a murder mystery, which I don’t think she’s done before! I don’t read blurbs, generally, especially for authors I know and trust, so I had no idea what I was in for. As soon as I read the prologue, I thought, “Oooooo, this is going to be good!”

It was excellent. It did remind me a bit of the first book I’d ever read by Anne Rivers Siddons, called Colony. Makes me want to go back and read that book again, actually.

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Review of Forever Found by Allyson Charles

Forever Found (Forever Friends)3 of 5 stars

This is the second book in the Forever Friends series, about an animal shelter called Forever Home

 

What I liked:
1. All the nerdy references. LotR, Sherlock, Neil Gaiman.
2. The humor. I laughed out loud quite a bit.
3. Younger man/older woman
4. The reconciliation at the end. It was well done.
5. The retirement community storyline, including older folks finding love!

What I didn’t like:
1. The clichéd way the characters didn’t talk about their feelings for one another and “broke up” because of their lack of communication. It’s lazy.
2. Some authors are really good at writing the sexy times. Unfortunately, this isn’t one of them. The different names she uses for things took me right out of the story and it really wasn’t hot at all.
3. The dog fighting storyline

So there was more good than bad, but I was disappointed with this book because I liked the first one quite a bit. I am looking forward to Dax’s story because he’s been my favorite character since the beginning of the series. Forever Found will be released on October 9th.

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Dual Review of “Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating” by Christina Lauren

Beth’s Review 

Bekka and I have pretty similar taste in books, and often compare notes while reading the same ones. When we discovered that we were both planning on reading Christina Lauren’s newest release, “Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating,” we decided that we should each write a review for the blog!

If you’re not familiar with this author, Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/besties Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. They have written a couple of different series together, as well as several standalones. With the exception of their very first book, Beautiful Bastard, I have really enjoyed every single one of their books. I will even go so far as to say that they have ruined me for other authors! It is very rare for me to give another author’s work 5 stars, because most of the other books I read can’t live up to the wonderful stories written by these two ladies.

That being said, I only gave Josh and Hazel four stars. It is a best friends to lovers romance, which I love. It’s very funny and witty and clever, which is true of all of their books. I loved the zaniness of Hazel, and the way she adores her best friend, the straight-laced Josh. I liked the premise, where they want to help the other find their “person,” so they each choose someone they think the other would like, and go on double dates together. Of course, things do not go as planned, and with each disastrous date, we readers just want to shout at them, “Can’t you see you’re falling in love with each other?!?!” While I did enjoy this book, it lacked the emotional punch of Roomies, Beautiful Player, or my very favorite, Love and Other Words, (a book I still haven’t written a review for because it left me so emotionally drained!)

 

Bekka’s Review

Beth said “all the things”. These authors have raised the bar on romance reads. First things first, here are my impressions of “Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating”.

I gave it 3 stars. I know, I know. I enjoyed the writing, it was so clever at times, and very very entertaining. The ebb and flow of the story line, and the seamless progression to where these two main characters end up was applaudable (I think I made that word up). She finds a guy who she considers perfect and compares all other men to. Josh who is the Yin to her Yang creates a playful and satisfying story. They become good friends and as entertainment, set each other up on double blind dates. You can always feel the undercurrent of where this was going and you root for them the whole way. Why 3 stars? There is something about when a main character is messy and very free sprited that doesn’t grab me 100%. I know its a personal preference – I most enjoy when I can connect to a main female character, with this one, I liked her, she had LOTS of “character” but I didn’t feel that personal connection. I definitely recommend it because it is an entertaining and enjoyable read.

Back to the writing duo of Christina and Lauren. My counterpart Beth gives me great recommendations for reads. The day she told me to stop everything and read “Love and Other Words” changed my lens on Romance novels. It pulled on my heart, and really had me connected. Truly, one of the best I’ve read in a long time. “Roomies” was a nice surprise, not at all what I was anticipating.  I will continue to read and post about works from this great duo.

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Free book alert!

If you’ve read any of my blog posts, you already know that I am a big fan of the smart romances of Penny Reid. I discovered today that the first book in the Knitting in the City series, titled Neanderthal Meets Human, is FREE for a limited time. Get started on this fantastic series by getting your free copy! As a reminder, if you haven’t already gotten the fourth book in the series, it is still free and you can find it here: Beauty and the Mustache

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