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Independently Wealthy by Lorraine Z. Rosenthal | Review & Giveaway

Independently Wealthy by Lorraine Z. Rosenthal ( web | tweet ) → Book 1: New Money from Fall 2013 Publication Date: 12/2/2014 Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Pages: 336 Target audience: New adult/adult Keywords: family secrets/mystery, romance, New York City Format read: ARC provided by Publisher. (Thanks!) Summary: Savannah is still finding her way in New York City: balancing a […]

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December 14, 2014 - 11:52 pm

Alexa S. - How very intriguing! I haven’t read New Money, but I kind of want to just so I can read Independently Wealthy next. I know that you really enjoy her writing, and I totally trust your opinion on books – so I’ll definitely be checking these out at some point 🙂

December 6, 2014 - 1:26 pm

Lucy - Lovely description of Savannah. This book was so much fun! Glad you enjoyed it too 🙂

December 4, 2014 - 9:32 am

Meg - Just started this one last night! I liked New Money well enough, but many parts of it just felt rushed and too much “tell, not show.” I have a hunch I’m going to like this one better! Savannah is a fun character, and I’m looking forward to the adventures finding their way to D.C.!

Dahlia’s Best Of New Adult List | 2014

Hiya, friends! 2014 has been such a great year, and, personally, my Twitter feed and TBR list would not have flourished like it did without the influence of Dahlia. As a debut writer and fantastic blogger, it’s been a pleasure to check out her work, read about her adventures in publishing, and know she is always […]

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March 12, 2015 - 9:00 am

When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill - […] is NA, really? I know what NA is (Dahlia Adler wrote us a great post with awesome recs in December) but I was taken by surprise when this book started post-college graduation and into the working […]

December 14, 2014 - 11:48 pm

Alexa S. - Ah! Now you know I don’t read a lot of NA books, but I’ve come to trust Dahlia’s recommendations a whole lot. She’s definitely recommended a lot of awesome YA to me this year, and now I find myself adding quite a few of these onto my Goodreads! Looking forward to reading Last Will and Testament!

December 9, 2014 - 1:08 am

Wendy @ Book Scents - Ohh, what awesome recs! I have heard so many amazing things about Caged in Winter — I can’t wait to read it! Make it Count has been on my list too. And I’m excited for Dahlia’s release too!!

December 6, 2014 - 1:28 pm

Lucy - I trust Dahlia’s taste in NA and found a few more books to add to my TBR. Deeper and I See London are on my favorites list and I can’t wait to read Swimming to Tokyo and Caged in Winter.

December 5, 2014 - 9:03 am

Holiday Readathon, LWaT Happenings, and More! | The Daily Dahlia - […] I rec’d my favorite NAs of 2014 over at Rather Be Reading […]

December 2, 2014 - 10:50 am

Brianna - I don’t read much NA, but I’ll check some of these out. Thanks so much for the suggestions. Congratulations on your upcoming release, Dahlia.

December 2, 2014 - 10:17 am

Jess @ Gone with the Words - I don’t read A LOT of NA, but seeing two books on this list that I LOVED (Deeper and I See London) makes me automatically add the rest to my wishlist. Thank you, Dahlia! I’m also adding Last Will and Testament. 😀

December 2, 2014 - 9:21 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - This post is the best. And dangerous – now I want to buy all of these, they sound amazing! Dahlia gives great rec’s and her upcoming NA is fabulous. She didn’t recommend it here, so I will! It’s awesome, sexy and so addictive! Now, to add all of these to my TBR… Great guest post!

Estelle: Make It Right by Megan Erickson

Make It Right by Megan Erickson ( web | tweet | facebook ) Part of the Bowler University series but can be read as standalones. Publication Date: September 8, 2014 Publisher: William Morrow Impulse Pages: 384 Target audience: Young adult/new adult Keywords: college, forgiveness, post-graduation plans, trust Format read: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss. (Thanks!) Summary: After mistakes he […]

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January 12, 2015 - 9:00 am

Make It Last by Megan Erickson | Estelle Reviews, Estelle - […] Make It Last by Megan Erickson ( web | tweet | facebook ) Part of Bowler University new adult series. Published January 6, 2015 from William Morrow Impulse Pages: 384 Format read: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss (Thank you!) Last reviewed: Make It Right […]

October 8, 2014 - 10:40 pm

Alexa S. - I really enjoyed Make It Right! I’m a sucker for a good redemption story, and Erickson did a great job with Max. I liked getting to know him a little bit better, and understanding what makes him the way he is! Plus, his efforts to change and grow? Solid. I also really liked Lea! Plus, their romance just made me very, very happy 🙂

September 19, 2014 - 9:19 pm

Danielle @ Love at First Page - Great review! I just read both books back to back and was very happy with how light and fun they were. Not too much angst or pain-filled baggage. I agree – Max’s journey was very realistic and we get a great understanding of why he behaved so badly in the first book.
Very excited for Cam’s book!

September 12, 2014 - 12:09 pm

Wendy @ Book Scents - This sounds really good! I like that the baggage is relatable! When characters have baggage that just starts to be over the top and way too much, it totally bugs me. I’m definitely going to have to check out this series!

September 12, 2014 - 12:06 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I recently read Make It Right. I thought it was cute. I haven’t read Make It Count, so I didn’t know Max from that. But I got the feeling he was a total jerk. I actually really like when authors take total jerks and make them into heroes, although that isn’t always easily done.

Have you read Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas? That’s a historical romance and whoa does Kleypas create a total jerk and then redeem him.

September 12, 2014 - 11:50 am

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - This is the second review I’ve seen for this book and they’ve both been positive! It sounds like something I’d like. I read yesterday that this one is kind of like a second chance story, and I always tend to like those. ALSO I like it when there is a character that I’m not too sure about but he/she ends up winning me over in the end – in the past that character has sometimes been my favorite of the series. This sounds fun, E!

Why in 5: Make It Count by Megan Erickson

Make It Count by Megan Erickson ( web | tweet ) Book 1 of Bowler University series. Publication Date: June 3, 2014 Publisher: William Morrow Impulse Pages: 384 Target audience: Mature young adult/New Adult Keywords: college, tutoring, learning disability, romance, friendship Format read: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss. (Thanks!) Summary: Kat is desperate for help […]

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September 12, 2014 - 9:01 am

Make It Right by Megan Erickson (New Adult Review) - […] be honest. I wasn’t much of a Max fan when I read Make It Count. In fact, it surprised me that author Megan Erickson decided to have her next book in this […]

July 6, 2014 - 8:22 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Geeky hot? Good characters? Awesome romance? YESSSS. I think I picked this one up from Edelweiss so it sounds like I really need to get on it!

June 24, 2014 - 9:58 am

Danielle @ Love at First Page - This sounds so good! I love a good slow burn romance, and I’m so happy to hear that cheating isn’t an issue (not a fan of that at all). I actually already bought this for my Kindle – hopefully I’ll be able to start it soon. 🙂 Great review!

June 23, 2014 - 12:57 pm

Lucy - I liked this one too! So cute and entertaining. Looking forward to reading Make it Right!

June 21, 2014 - 8:24 pm

Alexa S. - Okay, seriously, you are a MASTER at making books sound amazing! I’m thrilled that this one was a big hit with you, and you’ve successfully got me curious enough to want to go and read this… *hurries over to Amazon*

June 20, 2014 - 11:26 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - OKay, I sooo want to read this now. I was worried that it was a cheating book, so I’m glad to hear it isn’t. I have read a few books with characters with learning disabilities, but they have both been guys. So I would be excited to read something about a women with a learning disability.

June 20, 2014 - 9:25 am

Rosie - This sounds really interesting, I finished We Were Liars last night and could do with something else to read.

Rosie x

#lonelyheartsclub: a review in tweets

The Lonely Hearts Club, a new NA novel from Brenda Janowitz, really kicks into gear when the main character, Jo, blogs about how love is a total sham. Her boyfriend has just broken up with her after she’s loaned him money and let him live in her dad’s loft for free. (Truth: she’s living there for […]

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June 1, 2014 - 5:16 am

Judith - I already told you this, but I really love this format! It’s so unique and fun. Besides the fact that the concept sounds really great, I love that this book has realistic family dynamics. Also, a NA that does NOT just focus on sex? WANT! I really, really want to read this book now. Lovely review, E! (Don’t drink and blog is a great tip, haha.)

May 20, 2014 - 1:44 pm

CeCe - I loved the format of this post! Sounds like there is a lot of good stuff going on in this book.

May 19, 2014 - 11:56 am

Alexa S. - What a great way to review this book, E! All the things you pointed out in each “tweet” are really straight to point (as it should be since we only have 140 characters), and they all captured my interest right away. Excellent job!

May 19, 2014 - 5:40 am

Holly - This is such a fun and unique way to review a book! Love it! 🙂

May 18, 2014 - 9:01 am

Shelve It: Oh Hello + Books, Estelle - […] The Lonely Hearts Club by Brenda Janowitz (my first review in tweets) Estelle writes about Cricket from Nantucket Blue + Nantucket Red Magan reviews Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson Befriended with Corey Ann Haydu + her BFF (plus friendship in YA) Estelle reviews Broken Hearts, Fences… by Katie Finn […]

May 17, 2014 - 8:24 am

Amy @ bookgoonie - Considering me wanting to buy it.

May 16, 2014 - 5:53 pm

Lucy - Love your tweetastic review. This premise sounds so fun- thanks for putting it on my radar! Music + NYC + family + love + blogging = sold! Drunk blogging on the other hand I try to avoid 🙂

Why in 5: Unraveled by Jen Frederick

Unraveled by Jen Frederick ( web | tweet) Part of Woodlands series; read out of order. Publication Date: January 18, 2014 Publisher: Pear Tree LLC Pages: 280 Target audience: New Adult Keywords: military, life decisions, young widow, risks Format read: ARC provided by PR. (Thanks!) Summary: Gray is on leave from the Marines as he […]

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May 4, 2014 - 1:21 pm

Kelly @ Belle of the Literati - This sound f’ing amazing!!!!! I’m buying this immediately. No joke.

May 3, 2014 - 2:14 pm

Alexa S. - Well, Unraveled definitely sounds like it could be fun to read! I love it when there’s great chemistry between the two characters involved in the main romance – and steamy chemistry at that 😉

May 2, 2014 - 9:42 pm

Wendy @ Book Scents - I don’t know what it is about Marines but they have always been my weakness. I’ve wanted to read this series before but somehow never got to it. This definitely sounds like something I’d like!! I’m assuming these can be read out of order but I think I have the first one so may start off with that!