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An Artist, A Puffin, and a Cowboy | A Harlequin Trio

No better way to kick off the weekend than with three hot hot hot romance novel recommendations. Go crazy, kids! ♥ Flirting with Disaster by Victoria Dahl ( web | tweet ) Part of the Girl’s Night Out series. Published January 24, 2015 by Harlequin HQN Pages: 384 Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. Last reviewed: Looking for Trouble […]

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April 30, 2015 - 2:01 pm

It's a Wrap • So Long, April • Rather Be Reading - […] Knitting and Sleuthing in these 3 YAs An Artist, a Puffin, and Cowboy in 3 romance […]

April 21, 2015 - 12:11 pm

Alexa S. - Ooh, the Maisey Yates novel sounds pretty great! I wouldn’t mind getting to know this particular sheriff 😉

April 18, 2015 - 7:20 am

Leah - You had me at cowboy ♥ & I’m super curious about Victoria Dahl – I follow her on twitter and absolutely adore her (and her naughty, naughty ways) so I can only imagine what her books are like!

April 17, 2015 - 9:48 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I have never read Victoria Dahl but I really want too! I think I have one of her ebooks. I’m glad to hear that you really like them. I need to move her books to the top of my TBR.

And Part Time Cowboy totally looks up my alley. I’m adding it to my TBR right now. I love that cover.

First There Was Forever by Juliana Romano | Estelle Reviews

First There Was Forever by Juliana Romano ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: April 14, 2015 Publisher: Penguin/Dial Books Pages: 400 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: turning 16, best friends, popularity, sex Format read: ARC from Publisher. (Thank you!) Summary: Total opposites Lima and Hailey have been best friends forever until Hailey finds herself […]

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December 31, 2015 - 8:00 am

What This Book Gave To Me, Estelle - […] there’s truth to the saying that some are only meant to be in your life for a sliver of time (First There Was Forever by Juliana Romano), and this truth is something you have to train yourself to believe time and […]

May 3, 2015 - 7:19 pm

Book Review: First There Was Forever by Juliana Romano | POVone: The First Person Perspective - […] Book Reviews: Kirkus Reviews, YA Love, Rather Be Reading […]

April 30, 2015 - 3:53 pm

It's a Wrap • So Long, April • Rather Be Reading - […] Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne 99 Days by Katie Cotugno First There Was Forever by Juliana Romano The One That Got Away by Bethany Chase Kissing Ted Callahan by Amy […]

April 21, 2015 - 2:34 pm

Rachel - Estelle, your reviews are always so perfect. I have DEFINITELY had a similar experience to Lima, so I’m interested to see how much the book resonates with me.

April 21, 2015 - 12:06 pm

Alexa S. - E, First There Was Forever sounds BRILLIANT. I’m a sucker for a good book about friendship, particularly when it’s a friendship that’s going through some growing pains. It makes me happy whenever I see your mark of approval on a book — and definitely makes me want to check it out even more!

April 18, 2015 - 10:54 am

Sue Holmes - This is the first time I have come across this author – so excited to discover a new author in my favourite genre. The cover is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

April 17, 2015 - 5:02 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - I love the look of this, it sounds like such an authentic, on-point YA. I’ve had my eye on this ever since I first read the blurb and it’s great to hear you enjoyed it so much. Nice to hear this wasn’t only an impressive debut, but that it went deep and tackled the bigger questions. Lovely review, Estelle.

The One That Got Away by Bethany Chase | Estelle Reviews

The One That Got Away by Bethany Chase ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: March 31, 2015 Publisher: Ballantine Books Pages: 352 Target audience: Adult Keywords: Austin, relationships, career Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. Summary: Living in Austin, Sarina is on the brink of a successful architecture business, and in love with […]

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April 30, 2015 - 3:52 pm

It's a Wrap • So Long, April • Rather Be Reading - […] 99 Days by Katie Cotugno // The One That Got Away by Bethany Chase Magan: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas // The Program by Suzanne […]

April 21, 2015 - 11:16 am

Alexa S. - Oh yes, I definitely enjoyed The One That Got Away! I loved meeting Sarina; she’s a great main character, and she totally felt like a real gal that I could be friends with. Your review is perfect, as it captures the essence of this novel so dang well!

April 12, 2015 - 11:12 am

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I’m so glad you liked this as much as I did! I give Sarina lot of credit, too. There’s no way I could have resisted a hot swimmer for that long.

April 9, 2015 - 3:17 pm

Cindy @ Oodles of Books - This sounds like one of those books that I need to read right now. I think it’s because I might be able to relate to Sarina in more ways than one, and I definitely want to learn more. Lovely review 🙂

April 9, 2015 - 8:58 am

Susan - i would love to read this book!

Kissing Ted Callahan… by Amy Spalding ♥ Estelle Reviews

Kissing Ted Callahan (And Other Guys) by Amy Spalding ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: April 14, 2015 Publisher: Poppy Pages: 320 Audience: Young adult Keywords: music, dating, romance, best friends Format read: ARC paperback from Publisher. (Thanks!) Summary: Riley and Reid — friends and bandmates — vow to inject some excitement in their love lives […]

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April 30, 2015 - 10:44 pm

It's a Wrap • So Long, April • Rather Be Reading - […] by Katie Cotugno First There Was Forever by Juliana Romano The One That Got Away by Bethany Chase Kissing Ted Callahan by Amy […]

April 19, 2015 - 10:34 pm

Bre @ Booky Berries - This heroine was awesomely realistic for a teenager. I thought this book was kind of sitcom/romcomesque, in a good way. 🙂 I’m glad you liked it!

April 7, 2015 - 11:56 pm

Dianne - Oh, yes yes yes, I agree with everything you said, Estelle! You said it so much better than I did because I ended up just spazzing and raving incoherently. Ladies, you really have same tastes as me. <3 It's just so FUN and squealy cute and I loved every moment of it. #TeamAwkwardBoysWhoTrySuperHard forever! <3

April 7, 2015 - 4:56 pm

Alexa S. - Kissing Ted Callahan sounds like a fun book! It’s really just nice to read those sometimes, and I love it even more when it’s the kind of read that will make you laugh 🙂

April 7, 2015 - 7:59 am

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I don’t know if I laughed out loud while reading this, but I definitely really loved it too. Your description of Amy Spalding unscrewing the top of a teenage girl’s head is perfect. With all the exclamation marks and capitalization I feel like Riley could have driven me crazy, but agree that this is the type of book I could have used as a teenager.

April 6, 2015 - 10:20 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - You had me sold when you said that you laughed out loud, even though it takes a lot for you to do so.

I love books that make me laugh!

Positively Beautiful by Wendy Mills • Estelle Reviews

Positively Beautiful by Wendy Mills ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: March 3, 2015 Publisher: Bloomsbury Kids Pages: 368 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: cancer, best friends, planes Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Summary: As if her mom having breast cancer isn’t hard enough, Erin finds out that she may have inherited […]

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April 7, 2015 - 4:43 pm

Alexa S. - I definitely agree that it’s great to have a YA book that tackles something we don’t often hear a lot about, and in that respect, Positively Beautiful was interesting to read.

April 2, 2015 - 12:33 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I don’t think I could read this book. It hits a little too close to home, although I’m glad it’s out there for other people to look into.

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord • Estelle Reviews

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: March 31, 2015 Publisher: Bloomsbury Pages: 384 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: friendship, family, grief Format read: ARC borrowed from Elena @ Novel Sounds. (Thank you!) Summary: Paige embarks on a plan to move forward from her grief over the […]

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April 1, 2015 - 8:00 am

It's a Wrap • See Ya Next Year, March! - […] The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz One Wish by Robyn Carr […]

March 31, 2015 - 8:57 pm

Alexa S. - I fell in love with The Start of Me and You! I definitely think the highlight of this novel were the friendships, even more than the cute romance. Lord nails female friendships so well! Glad you enjoyed this one 🙂

March 30, 2015 - 7:51 pm

tabithasbookblog - I really enjoyed this book as well. I didn’t love it as much as Open Road Summer, but it stood on it’s own and that was really nice. I loved how the romance wasn’t the focus of the story, but at the same time I wanted more of it. And yes on Paige’s friends!! Loved that group so much.

March 30, 2015 - 12:12 pm

Crystal Books Unbound - I don’t know why I’m waiting so long to read an Emery Lord book. I have Open Road Summer and I really need to read it soon! I adore love stories that begin with friendship and then grow into something more. They’re so much more realistic that way! I just reviewed I’ll Meet You There and the love story also starts with the foundation of friendship. Great review! I’m totally looking forward to reading this one!

March 30, 2015 - 11:15 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I’m curious about this one. I loved the friendship between Dee and Reagan in Open Road Summer, and I’m so glad to see that there is great friendships in this book too.