Review: Ella Maise’s Marriage For One

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Y’all I couldn’t wait to write this review. I’m just going to say it right up front: I absolutely loved this book. It’s already one of my favorite romances I’ve read so far this year (and possibly favorite all-time romance, ever). You should read it. If this praise hasn’t already convinced you – keep reading. I’ll do my best to convince you.

Synopsis
Jack and Rose are getting married. Throughout her life, Rose has had a dream to open up her own coffee shop. She wants to have a place she feels safe and one she can truly call hers. Her dream is almost a reality until its ripped right out from beneath her fingers. Yet, hope is not lost. Jack swoops in and after one odd meeting at his law firm – he presents the perfect solution: they get married. He proposes a loveless marriage for two years as the cover for a business transaction so that they can both get what they want. Is it too soon to say this is doomed from the start or will their marriage be more than business after all?

Will I like this?
You might enjoy this book if…

  • You enjoy the marriage of convenience/fake relationship trope
  • You love slow-burn romance
  • You enjoy having emotional depth in your romance

You might not enjoy this book if…

  • You do not enjoy the fake relationship trope
  • You prefer insta-love as opposed to slow burn
  • Trigger warning: deals with health issues, loss of a loved one, abandonment issues

Spoiler Free Review
Well I loved everything about this book, so let’s break it down a little. First let’s talk characters. I loved Jack and Rose. They are so well written. They aren’t perfect – they have strengths and weaknesses, just like anyone else. It made it so easy to fall in love with them and their romance, because they felt like people I could be friends with in real life. I also loved Rose’s strength. If you’re looking for a romance with a badass heroine – look no further. Her drive and ambition were unparalleled. I felt like I needed to get to work on my passions after reading this. Jack was amazing as well. Reading his journey and character growth – let’s just say he made me (happy) cry in the end.

In terms of the romance…it was slow burn at its absolute BEST. If you want to literately read a story where you’re able to read the characters slowly fall passionately in love, it’s Marriage for One. The slow burn intensified their romance and made the steamy scenes super steamy. There are also small gestures and intimate moments that may not seem like much at first, but each one had me swooning. It’s the little things that make this romance feel so full in the end.

The plot itself was amazing. There was romance (obviously) but there was also individual character growth and a bit of mystery surrounding the exact circumstances of Jack and Rose’s marriage arrangement. The pacing was perfect, and even though it was a longer romance (which I personally love), it kept my interest the entire time.

This book made me feel every emotion. Sad. Happy. Heart broken. Excited. Nervous. Scared. By the time the end rolled around, I had even cried which is so unlike me while reading. That’s how invested I was in this story and these characters. The ending made my heart so full, and I swooned so hard throughout the entire book. This book was everything romance is supposed to be and more.

My favorite part about the book was Rose’s character. I felt like we would be would be best friends in real life. She had such strength, but also incredible vulnerability. I loved watching her character grow and change and reading her journey as she went after her dreams. Rose is a character that everyone needs to read about. She taught me a lot.

Y’all what more can I say? You need this book. You need to learn about these characters. This is my top read of 2019 so far and it’s going up on my list of favorite romances ever. If you’ve read this, please let me know so we can chat. If you haven’t, let me know if y’all put it on your TBRs. I’m off to read another Ella Maise book because I love her writing that much.

Overall, I give this a 5/5. If I could give it a million stars I would.

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Ratings
Goodreads Rating: 4.14
My Overall Rating: 5/5
Steam: 5/5
Romance: 5/5
Friendship: 5/5

Get More Info: visit Ella Maise’s website; connect with the author on Facebook; connect with the author on Instagram; find Marriage for One on Amazon.

Marriage for One is Ella Maise’s newest release, and it is a new adult contemporary. It released on May 9, 2019. It’s available to purchase now. As of 5/23/19 it is available on Kindle Unlimited.

About the Author: [1st person written by Ella Maise] I love nothing more than to escape real life to find those very few magical moments in a book. I love how it has the power of stealing your worries away, putting a smile on your face even when smiling is the last thing on your mind. Crushing on fictional characters is also another bonus. Through my words, if I can manage to make even one person smile, it means I’ve done my job well. Writing became my world and I can’t imagine myself doing anything other than creating new characters and telling their stories. You know how some things simply make your heart burst with happiness? A really good book, a puppy, hugging someone you’ve been missing like crazy? That’s what writing does to me. And all the hard work, all the sleepless nights, all the anxiety that comes with publishing…everything is worth it at the end.

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Author Highlight: RS Grey

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I want to start a new series here on the blog where I can highlight my favorite authors. I can’t think of a better way to kick off “Author Highlights” than a whole post where I gush about one of my favorite romance authors, R.S. Grey.

R.S. Grey is a USA Today Bestselling author and the queen of romantic comedy. R.S. Grey has published an awesome selection of standalone romantic comedies and standalone comedies with overlapping characters. For help on the reading order, R.S. Grey has released a super helpful infographic. I have read eleven (!!!) R.S. Grey books, and I’ve made it my goal to finish her entire collection. R.S. Grey books are not new to the blog (I wrote a review for Make Me Bad and talked about R.S. Grey in my mashup romance genre post). But for now, I thought it would be fun with the upcoming Cold Hearted Boss release, for me to reflect back on my favorite R.S. Grey books.

Arrogant Devil
Truly I think it would be difficult for any R.S. Grey book to top my favorite – Arrogant Devil. This book has everything I love in romance. It’s slow burn (y’all know I’m a slow burn queen), the setting is small town/ranch, the hero character is an arrogant jerk with a sweet/tender side, and the heroine character is badass/independent. Yes please!!

This book is classic R.S. Grey in its humor and lightness. I always laugh to myself while reading her books and Arrogant Devil is no exception. However, this one has such depth y’all, and it made me emotional. Learning about Meredith, the main heroine’s, backstory and then seeing her growth…y’all! I was her biggest cheerleader and in the end it was her that inspired me. I hope to write a full review on this one day, but for now – trust me when I say it’s a full 5/5 from me, and its the R.S. Grey book I recommend the most.

Make Me Bad
I have a full review on Make Me Bad because I was so graciously given an ARC in exchange for an honest review by R.S. Grey herself. (Yes, I did indeed fangirl a little. It’s fine. I’m fine.) I don’t want to go on too long here since I’ve already written an entire review, so I’ll keep it brief.

Make Me Bad is another one of my top favorites. I love the main characters, and I really related to the heroine, Madison’s, character. Plus who doesn’t love a bit of forbidden romance/falling for the town bad boy? This one was a 5/5 from me, and it is another R.S. Grey book that I recommend the most.

Hotshot Doc
Hotshoc Doc is another R.S. Grey book that I recommend to everyone! This book has one of my favorite tropes: boss/assistant mixed with a slow-burn romance. Mhm, sign me up! I loved reading Bailey’s story. I loved how strong and determined she was despite the hardships she’d faced in life nor did she crumble under the intense responsibility she had to carry. The emotions and depth wrapped up into Bailey’s backstory had me lining up to be her number one supporter.

Plus, I loved Matt as a hero. He was an arrogant jerk, but he was also so caring, understanding, and empathetic towards others. He made my heart swoon. His relationship with Bailey and her sister will forever be one of my favorites. This one was a 5/5 from me.

The Foxe and the Hound
Oh The Foxe and the Hound…this book will always have a special place in my book-heart, because it was the first R.S. Grey book that I ever read. In my opinion, Madeline is one of the funniest narrators in the romcom genre that I have read. I loved how Madeline was still finding her way through life in her late twenties, and that she allowed herself to feel overwhelmed at times. She was such a relatable character that I was immediately invested in her story. Plus the first time she meets the hero character, Adam, I was dying of laughter. It’s a meet cute…sorta.

However, The Foxe and the Hound finds itself at the top of my list for its emotional depth and slow-burn angst. I loved the slow build up between the two characters. There was so much angst. I was literately flying through the pages! Not to mention, I’m a total sucker for emotional depth in romance. I feel like I need it in order to really connect and champion the romance. I totally felt that here. Especially towards the end of the book in the storm. I loved the entire thing. This one (no surprise) also gets a 5/5 from me. I hope to post a full review one day.

Ok y’all that’s all I’ve got for my first “Author Highlight.” If y’all like this, I would love to do more. In the meantime, check out some of R.S. Grey’s books or get ready for her new summer release, Cold Hearted Boss.

Get More Info: visit R.S. Grey’s website; connect with the author on Instagram; connect with the author on Twitter; find Arrogant Devil on Amazon/Kindle Unlimited; find Make Me Bad on Amazon/Kindle Unlimited; find Hotshot Doc on Amazon/Kindle Unlimited; find the Foxe and the Hound on Amazon/Kindle Unlimited.

This post is not sponsored. All opinions are my own. All links provided are for your convenience only – none are affiliate links. The author was kind enough to provide me a copy of Make Me Bad in exchange for my honest review. The rest of the books mentioned were purchased by me.

Review: Molly E. Lee’s Love in the Friend Zone

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Today I’m reviewing a YA romance, Love in the Friend Zone, by Molly E. Lee. I was graciously given a copy to read by the publisher, Entangled, in exchange for my honest review. Thank you, thank you!!

Synopsis
Love in the Friend Zone takes place on graduation night. The seniors are throwing a party as a last hurrah, and the night is filled with hook-ups, pranks, and a pinch of unrequited love. That’s right – Braylen is in love with her best friend, Fynn. They have been best friends since childhood, share the same nerdy interests, and have similar passions for journalism and photography. They’re perfect for one another…except for the fact that Fynn has his heart set on the popular girl, Katy. With one night to leave it all on the line, Braylen and Fynn will be forced to decide if they are meant to be friends or just plain meant to be.

Will I Like This Book?
You might enjoy this book if…

  • You enjoy the friends-to-lovers trope/enjoy sweet YA romances
  • You are interested in books that occur over a short time span (one night)
  • You like books with strong secondary characters

You might not enjoy this book if…

  • You do not enjoy the friends-to-lovers trope
  • You prefer long, drawn out slow-burns
  • You don’t enjoy when a main character is oblivious about the relationship

Spoiler Free Review
I loved the friendship that the author built between the two main leads, Braylen and Fynn. The bond between them felt strong, and you could really feel the love that had built between them over the years. There was one flashback memory (no spoilers) where Fynn and Bray first developed their mantra, and it was so sweet. My heart swooned a bit. Go Fynn!

I also really enjoyed the secondary characters. Randy and Katy were two standouts for me. Randy felt like someone I actually went to high school with; he felt dynamic. He was funny, sweet, and kind of crazy (in a good way). Katy was your typical popular girl, and at the same time she wasn’t. Some of the choices the author made for her character were perfect. Katy felt like an actual person, not just a caricature of who a popular girl should be.

I’m still not sure if I loved the time span/pacing of the book. I enjoyed how original it felt. I haven’t read a book with that fast of pacing in a long time. It felt fresh. Honestly, I can see this book very easily being made into a movie adaption. I feel like it was almost made to become a movie. Any one else feel this way? But, for me personally…I love slow-burn romance. While this was a bit slow-burn – it was still sped up because the entire book took place over a matter of hours. I would have liked to see the build up between the characters last a while longer. I’m conflicted! This both worked and didn’t work for me.

Lastly, the romance was very sweet. Braylen and Fynn had such a strong friendship that it easily translated into a sweet romance. I have to disagree, though, with the disclaimer that this book has “sexual chemistry off the charts.” This book is not steamy. It’s very sweet though and has (very) mild sexual tension. However, I actually found this level appropriate for YA and thought it fit well with the book/target age range. I just disagree with the tagline of the book on this point.

Overall, I thought this was a sweet young adult romance about a girl who is in love with her best friend. I gave this one a 3.5/5.

Ratings
Goodreads Rating: 3.77
My Overall Rating: 3.5/5
Steam: 1/5
Romance: 2.5/5
Friendship: 4/5

Get More Info: visit Molly E. Lee’s website; connect with the author on Instagram; connect with the author on Twitter; find Love in the Friend Zone on Amazon; find the sequel, Love Between Enemies on Amazon

About the Author: Molly E. Lee is an author best known for her romance novels, Ask Me Anything, the Grad Night series, and the Love on the Edge series. She is a 1001 Dark Nights Discovery Author for 2017. Molly writes Adult and Young Adult contemporary featuring strong female heroines who are unafraid to challenge their male counterparts, yet still vulnerable enough to have love sneak up on them. In addition to being a military spouse and mother of two + one stubborn English Bulldog, Molly loves exploring the outdoors around her mountain home, and digging for treasures in antique stores.

 This post is not sponsored. All opinions are my own. All links provided are for your convenience only – none are affiliate links. The publisher was kind enough to provide me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.