Awk-Weird + A Lie For A Lie | Mini Reviews

October 14, 2019 | Posted by Victoria in Book Reviews, Multi-Reviews | 4 Comments

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Awk-Weird + A Lie For A Lie | Mini Reviewsby Avery Flynn
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: October 14, 2019 by Entangled: Amara
Format: eARC
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3.5 Stars
Source: Publisher via Netgalley

There’s more to me than just being awk-weird. I own my own flower shop, have some great friends, and I have my eye on adopting the most adorable kitten. But sadly, hot guys don’t tend to be blown away by my trivia-spouting, dorky self.

So when a Thor-lookalike who happens to be a professional hockey player hits on me at my bestie’s wedding rehearsal party... You better believe I climbed that tree like a cat. And the fact that it happened not once, not twice, but three times? Yeah, that’s pretty much a once-in-a-lifetime experience for a woman like me.

There’s zero chance I’ll end up ever seeing him again... right?

Until the pregnancy test comes up positive. What happens next?

Oh my God, I wish I knew…

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Awk-Weird is the second book in Avery Flynn’s Ice Knights series, and such a fun book to read. I really enjoyed this book, and flew through it so quickly. I’ve mentioned before (many times), that I’ve been so stressed out recently with how busy life is, but reading this book was such a breath of fresh air and definitely helped me relax.

I loved both of these characters. They were so fleshed out, and I loved seeing them grow throughout the story. I really enjoyed seeing both characters learn to challenge and change what they think about themselves because of their childhood experiences, and what they have to learn about themselves in order to be together.

The romance in this novel was so slow burn, and I couldn’t put the book down because I needed to see Tess and Cole finally be together. Not only was the romance and the slow burn great, but there was a fantastic found family aspect that was so sweet to read. I love seeing characters with a nontraditional family, because I know that found family can be just as important if not more than biological family.

I’ve read so much Avery Flynn this year, and I’m so glad that Awk-Weird is added to the list. Flynn’s books are always so much fun to read and I cannot wait to read the next book in the series!

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Awk-Weird + A Lie For A Lie | Mini Reviewsby Helena Hunting
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: October 15, 2019 by Montlake Romance
Format: eARC
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4 Stars
Source: Publisher via Netgalley

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Pucked series comes a romantic comedy about instant attraction, second chances, and not-so-little white lies.

Sometimes I need an escape from the demands, the puck bunnies, and the notoriety that come with being an NHL team captain. I just want to be a normal guy for a few weeks. So when I leave Chicago for some peace and quiet, the last thing I expect is for a gorgeous woman to literally fall into my lap on a flight to Alaska. Even better, she has absolutely no idea who I am.

Lainey is the perfect escape from my life. My plan for seclusion becomes a monthlong sex fest punctuated with domestic bliss. But it ends just as abruptly as it began. When I’m called away on a family emergency, I realize too late that I have no way to contact Lainey.

A year later, a chance encounter throws Lainey and me together again. But I still have a lie hanging over my head, and Lainey’s keeping secrets of her own. With more than lust at stake, the truth may be our game changer.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Helena Hunting is another author I’ve been pretty obsessed with this year, and was super excited when I was able to read an advanced copy of A Lie For a Lie. This novel is the first in a spinoff of the Pucked series.

This novel follows Rook, a side character from the Pucked series, after he runs into the girl he fell in love with over the course of a month after a year apart. Half of the book is the past, during the month Rook and Lainey spend together in Alaska, and the other half is when they run into each other after the year apart.

I love Helena Hunting’s writing, and I was not disappointed with it in this book. I sped through this in a little over a day because I couldn’t stop reading! I love how Rook and Lainey communicate with each other. I know miscommunication is a common trope in romance novels, but it’s one I get so annoyed by, so I was glad to not see much of that here.

If you’ve seen any reviews, you know there’s a twist in the novelView Spoiler ». I knew what it was going in so I enjoyed how it was incorporated into the story, but knowing myself if I didn’t know that going in I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed the book as much as I did because it’s not a trope I usually go for.

There were two small issues I had with the story, that were small parts of the story and didn’t affect much, but I have to point them out. During the first half Lainey acted and was treated so much younger than her 25 years. I understand that it was so we could see a change from past and present, but I think at the beginning she was portrayed very, very young and it was a little cringey and uncomfortable. There was also a small comment made in regard to a conversation about a school shooter that school shooters are mentally ill. That is an inaccurate statement that I don’t think should be normalized or used as an excuse.

Overall I really enjoyed this book, love the relationship between the two characters and cannot wait to read more from Helena Hunting and more of this series!

Are you planning on reading any of these books soon?

Victoria

Book Blogger at Latte Nights Review
Victoria is a twenty-two year old from Texas. She’s an avid reader of YA and NA, and reads at least seventy books a year. She is new to blogging, but excited to meet new people and share her favorite books. In addition to being a book hoarder, Victoria is a former gymnast, a coffee enthusiast, and aspires to be a mental health counselor.

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