Review: Wife for the Weekend (Sugar City #3) by Ophelia London

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Synopsis from Good Reads:

When bad weather closes the airport, free-spirited Jules Bloom finds herself stuck with the admittedly hot but total suit Dexter Elliott. One night and one large pitcher of “Vegas Sunrise” later, Jules wakes up in a hotel bed with a vicious hangover…wearing nothing but a wedding ring.

Determined not to ruin his brother’s wedding, Dexter strikes a deal with the frustratingly gorgeous Jules to continue their quickie marriage through the weekend. Only she keeps getting under his skin in unexpected ways.

Jules has her own reasons for staying married to Dex but they seem less important with each exaggerated touch and staged kiss. But one marriage, one major secret, and two complete opposites don’t add up to a happily ever after…

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I received a copy of this title from NetGalley. It does not impact my review.

This book was so cute! I am always on the look out for good Fake Relationship stories and Wife for the Weekend is one of the best I’ve read in awhile. It incorporated a lot of the uncomfortable (but humorous) moments between Jules and Dexter and the people they’re trying to fool that I look for in this type of story. And of course, while they’re working on fooling everybody else, they start to fool themselves. I really liked how their relationship developed and even though the story takes place over a week, it didn’t seem like they developed feelings for each other too quickly.

I loved the back and forth between Dexter and Jules. They knew exactly how to get under each other’s skin and they enjoyed doing it and it made me smile. The story is told in third-person through both of their perspectives and I really loved whenever we got Dexter’s POV. He’s smart and funny and sweet and focused and a little flawed and I just loved him. While I did like Jules, she did get a little on my nerves at times. I don’t have a lot of patience for the whole “free-spirit” thing and it really annoyed me how completely anti-technology she was and how judgey she was about Dexter using it.

I also really liked Dexter’s family. It’s been awhile since I read the previous book in this series so I didn’t remember all of the Elliots, but I liked seeing Roxy again, and of course Luke and Natalie. In their book, Kissing her Crush, the town of Hershey was kind of like another character in the story and I really enjoyed that. I was expecting to see a lot more of and learn more about Hershey in this book, but other than the occasional mention of using chocolate a lot (I’m totally going to try using chocolate milk in coffee now), it doesn’t really play much of a role in this installment, which made me just a tad bit disappointed.

Overall, I really enjoyed Wife for the Weekend. It was a cute, light-hearted read and is just what I needed. The Fake Relationship trope is one of my favorites to read and I thought this was definitely one of the better ones I’ve read. I definitely recommend it anyone looking for a quick, cute read and I’m looking forward to reading more from London in the future.

Overall Rating (out of 5): 4 Stars

4 stars

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Reviewing the Unreviewed: February 2016

I read a lot of books that I don’t end up reviewing for whatever reason. Some because I wasn’t impressed. Some because I didn’t have the time. Some I just wasn’t feeling it on whatever particular day I finished. I thought I’d start doing a post once a month  with just the couple thoughts I shared on Good Reads.

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Lyfers (The Fandom Collection #2) by Rebekah N. Bryan. Read February 2-3. 3 stars.

Lyfers was a fun, quick read. I loved the idea for the story – an old boy band has reunited and goes on a theme cruise as part of their reunion tour. The story follows one of the boy banders and three groups of fans – two life time fans who are now in their forties, a trio of 30-something stay-at-home moms, and a couple of friends in their twenties. I really enjoyed getting the different perspectives and it really kept the story moving along at a good pace. My favorite character was probably Cody (one of the twenty-somethings). He agreed to go on the cruise with his friend because he wants to be more than friends with her and their storyline was cute and was my favorite to follow.

I did find most of the characters kind of hard to like at times, though. They all acted a little crazy and there were lots of times I was like, “Get a hold of yourself! You’re a mother!” But overall, I found the story fun and it made me nostalgic for the days of Boy Bands past.

New Uses for Old Boyfriends (Black Dog Bay, #2)

New Uses for Old Boyfriends (Black Dog Bay #2) by Beth Kendrick. Read February 15-16. 4 stars.

I really enjoyed this book. I had just read something pretty heavy and this light, quick, read was just what I needed. I liked the main character and her new friends, and her romantic interest. Her mother drove me insane for most of the book, but she did grow a lot by the end, so I can appreciate the character arc. This is the first book I’ve ever read by Kendrick, but I’m definitely going to check out some of her other books.

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The Rules for Disappearing (The Rules for Disappearing #1) by Ashley Elston. Read February 16-17. 3.5 stars.

I was really enjoying this, but the last several chapters made me drop the rating from the 4 I was planning to give it. I find Witness Protection really interesting so I thought the concept was really good. I thought the characters were pretty well developed for the most part and likable most of the time, too. However, while I overall liked Meg there were many times she drove me insane. She thinks she’s mature and smart and really she just acts like a bratty, stupid kid and ruins things. Her big trip with Ethan is the main reason I lowered the rating. I also thought all the “twists” were incredibly predictable. Overall, though, it was an enjoyable, easy read and I plan on checking out the sequel.

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The Rules for Breaking (The Rules for Disappearing #2) by Ashley Elston. Read February 21-22. 3 stars.

I felt like a large part of this book was basically filler and then the end happened really fast. I did enjoy seeing more of Anna and Ethan (and Teeny) and I mostly liked how things got resolved. There were a couple things that seemed a little open-ended enough for another book, but as far as I can tell this is the last book in the series.

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Wife for the Weekend (Sugar City #3) by Ophelia London. Read February 22-24. 4 stars.

This book was so cute! I am always on the look out for good Fake Relationship stories and Wife for the Weekend is one of the best I’ve read in awhile. Full review to come closer to release date.

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RE-READS

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Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. This was one of my favorite reads from last year and I loved it just as much the second time around. I also got my dad to read it and he enjoyed it, as well.

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. One of my other favorite reads from 2015. I was a little afraid I wouldn’t like it as much the second time, but I think I actually liked it more. The first time all I wanted was more chapters from Kaz and I thought there was way too much Nina and Mathias. But knowing what I was getting this time, I didn’t mind the Nina/Mathias chapters at all, nor did I think there was too much of them.

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BACK ON THE TBR

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Signal (Sam Dryden #2) by Patrick Lee and Chalk lines and Lipstick by Ophelia London. Both are books I’ve been wanting to read, but I couldn’t get into either of them more than a few chapters. I do plan to try again sometime, though.

Review: Kissing her Crush (Sugar City #2) by Ophelia London

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Synopsis from Good Reads:

He’s sweet trouble…

Natalie Holden wants three things: To be the best chocolate chemist in Hershey, Pennsylvania, to prove her chocolate recipe can help teenage depression, and to get over gorgeous Luke Elliott, the guy she’s had a crush on since birth. Unfortunately, he’s the microbiologist set to debunk her chocolate study. And, of course, he looks more delicious than ever!

Luke Elliott is still bitter over his divorce. Work is his passion now, and landing a huge promotion is just what he needs. What he doesn’t need is a crackpot trying to prove that chocolate cures depression. The last thing he expects is for the crackpot to be Natalie Holden—his “what if” girl from high school—or that she’d still tempt the hell out of him.

They may not see eye-to-eye on her project, but they can’t deny the explosive chemistry that keeps pulling them together. Even when it risks their jobs and the very different futures they both want…

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I received a copy of this title from NetGalley. It does not impact my review.

Kissing her Crush is available today.

I am definitely a mood reader and lately all I’ve wanted to read are cute romances. When I saw Ophelia London had a new book coming out, I knew it was just the thing to satisfy my craving.

Kissing her Crush is set in Hershey, PA, which feels like another character in the book. London did a great job describing the local attractions and what it’s like to live in a small town. I also love that something so big – Hershey Chocolate – is from a small town. Since it’s set in Hershey, chocolate obviously plays a big role in the story, which I also love.

Natalie works in the Research and Development department at Hershey as a food chemist and has recently been approved to head up a clinical trial including chocolate infused with a serum to help combat depressing in adolescents. Thankfully the book focuses more on chocolate than scientific explanation. We get enough information to understand what Natalie is trying to do, without being bogged down by the science, which – let’s face it – is what I prefer in a romance novel. Luke, who is more of a health nut than a chocoholic, has been sent to proctor the trial and if he performs well will be offered his dream job.

With their differing opinions on health and chocolate, Natalie and Luke are obviously going to butt heads in the lab. However, they also have an instant attraction and growing chemistry which gets in the way of their work. While there were several times I wanted to smack Natalie for how easily distracted she let herself get by Luke, I did really like them together. They have a bit of a history, growing up in the same town and Natalie has always had a crush on him. However, the synopsis states that Natalie was Luke’s “what if” girl from High School, which isn’t exactly accurate. When he meets her again before the clinical trial starts he doesn’t even remember who she is. But even without that plot element, their growing relationship was sweet and I liked to see that they developed a friendship, as well.

Overall, I enjoyed Kissing her Crush. While there weren’t really any surprises, it was what I wanted it to be and the addition of the Hershey, PA location and the side plot of a relative’s depression that Natalie is working on the trial for added a little something more to the traditional romance storyline. The story was cute and the characters were likable. I would recommend it to fans of romance.

Overall Rating (out of 5): 3 Stars

3 stars