Friday, December 29, 2017

Mini Reviews: KE's Last Books Of The Year

These books have nothing in common except that they were my last reads of 2017 !

Hard Wired by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell (Cyberlove #3)

Chat moderator Jesse Garv is can't wait to be on his first panel at FallenCon and finally meet his happy-go-lucky co-moderator Cherrycakes. But first he takes a stroll down Artist Alley and hooks up with the sardonic, brooding, late stage emo fan-artist Cerise. Only it turns out Cerise is also the plucky Cherrycakes who is also Ian Larsen an introverted graphic designer from  who created the Cerise persona as a foster teen.

Ian/Cherrycakes/Cerise has had a crush on Jesse for years, and as much as he wants to be himself he’s not sure he’s ready to leave his personas behind. This book runs parallel last book and it was cool to see how some scenes played out from different perspectives. This book really could have  been a novella because after a while it started to feel  tedious as Ian tries to get Jesse to understand his personas.

Erickson and Hassell have a subplot that involves Ian applying to grad school and I noticed that of the 6 heroes in this series, Ian is the only one that went  to college. I appreciate how they write characters who have full lives and livelihoods but didn’t go to college.- ★★★ +.5

Holiday Wishes by Jill Shalvis (Heartbreaker Bay #4.5)

Sean O’Riley is taking the Heartbreaker Bay gang out of San Francisco and to Napa Valley for a joint bachelor/bachelorette party. He's planned everything for an unforgettable weekend but he didn't plan on the owner of the bed and breakfast to be Lotti Hartford--his  high school ex- girlfriend, or for them all to be trapped at by a storm. That's right, it's  "snowed in"  second chance romance time ! Sean is a great hero, he tries not only to make everything right with Lotti but also make everything right for his brother and his fiance. I’ve never read this series and this was a great taste of the world, I loved the rom-com vibe and the friendships between the other characters. Shalvis' website described this series as Friends meets Sex and The City and I am here for it.  I was kind of tickled about how scrappy the characters have to be at several points in this book. This book was over too soon and I finished it in one sitting. IDK why I haven’t read more novellas ! ★★★ +.5

 Holiday Wishes received as part of the Avon Addicts Programs

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