The Wrong Right Man by Aurora Rose Reynolds

The Wrong Right Man
Blurb: 

Waking up to a text asking why you stood up your blind date is not the best way to start the day especially when the man in question is lying in bed next to you.

Maybe Dakota Newton shouldn’t have assumed that the gorgeous man with a devastating smile, standing outside of the coffee shop was her date.

She probably… Okay, she definitely shouldn’t have slept with him, regardless of how hot the chemistry between them was. But, how could she know that Mr. Right was actually Mr. Wrong.

Brax Adam’s has been called a few things in his life, but a liar was never one of them. That all changes when he’s standing outside a coffee shop and approached by a beautiful woman who thinks he’s there to meet her for a blind date.

As a businessman, Brax knows to trust his gut and never let an opportunity pass him by so he pretends to be someone he’s not.
Maybe he shouldn’t have lied, maybe he should have come clean, but in the end it doesn’t matter because now he has to prove that he’s not the wrong man but the right one.

So what if he’s not the man she’s expecting, she’s the one he’s been waiting for.

Review:

Dakota wakes up after her blind date with news she doesn’t want to hear. The man she as supposed to meet last night is not the man that’s in her bed at this very moment. Not only is Braxton not her blind date but it turns out he is Daisy’s boss. In fact he is the CEO of the whole company.

Now You Know that Phrase…
Never Assume…
Because it makes an Ass of You and Me…

Braxton is and alpha male that you can’t help but love. He takes on look at Dakota knowing he is not her blind date but not saying anything because on that first look he knew he wanted her. He wants to protect her and look after her at any cost.

The Wrong/Right Man by Aurora Rose Reynolds is a light and low-angst read that you will have you hooked from the first chapter. The secondary characters are on point especially Dakota’s relationship with her brother Jamie. This is always a must for me. Overall this is a classic ARR story, but it could have had a bit more development in certain areas but if you love her books you will love this read.

4 Stars

Brilliant Book Titles #328

diamond stuff

Blurb: 
We Are Made Of Diamond Stuff is an innovative and critically British novel, taking issue with the dream of national belonging. Set on the Isle of Wight, a small island off the south coast of England, it collides literary aesthetics with contemporary working class cultures and attitudes (B.S. Johnson and Reebok classics), works with themes of empire, embodiment and resistance, and interrogates autobiographical material including the queer migrant experience.

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You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.

Blindsided by Amy Daws

Blindsided
Blurb: 

What happens when an almost thirty-year-old virgin agrees to let her Scottish footballer best friend give her some lessons in seduction?

Lots of banter, awkwardness, jealousy, and heat.

Midfielder Maclay “Mac” Logan is a loud-mouthed, tattooed ginger content with focusing on football. But when an adorably-freckled seamstress comes barrelling into his life, he finds Netflix-And-Bickering with her to be his new favourite pastime.

Freya Cook is used to being the invisible woman with a needle and thread, offering cheeky punch lines as she helps dress London’s finest. She’s plus-sized in body and spirit, and other than her friendship with Mac, talking to the opposite sex is one skill she never mastered.

However, after one innocent game of Never Have I Ever, Mac offers to play Love Coach for Freya.

What neither of them see coming are the feelings that develop when the clothes come off.

Now they’re both about to learn the biggest lesson of all: Don’t fall in love with your best friend.

Review: 

Blindsided was my first read from Amy Daws. I can’t remember why I picked it up I think it was recommended to me through Kindle unlimited so I went for it. Not realising that there where loads of other books and series and that a lot of the secondary characters where from previous books. This didn’t really matter to this story but I’m a sticker for reading books in order even if there not technology in a series.

Mac glares at me while maintaining his smile. “Just last week, you had an entire conversation with your salad about how if you could take a pill that made the lettuce taste like crisps, the two of you could actually be mates.” “That was a conversation between me and the romaine,” I quip, hating the way he mimicked my Cornish accent. No matter how hard I try to ditch it, that West Country twang slips out. “And you shouldn’t have been ear-wigging.”

Freya and Mac meet through friends over a year ago and have become great friends. They eat meals together, they watch a LOT of Netflix together and over the year they have become fast friends.

The world can often feel like a one-size-fits-all place, but applying a few alterations can make life a perfect fit. That and Spanx. God bless the creator of Spanx.

With their friends up and coming wedding where Freya is maid of honor and Mac is best man, Freya is desperate to have a date…

“I love your freckles!” he barks, splaying one hand out on the counter and using his other hand to bop my nose. “They make me want to play connect the dots on your wee face.”

The growing attraction between the both of them had me sitting at the edge of my sit with a huge lump in my throat wanting to know more. The hilarious banter between the two had me in stitches. This was such a sweet, fun and entertaining read I would highly recommend it and I’m off to read more by Amy Daws.

4 Stars

The Whisper Man by Alex North

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Still devastated after the loss of his wife, Tom Kennedy and his young son Jake move to a sleepy village of Featherbank, looking for a fresh start. But all is not as idyllic as it seems.

Featherbank has a dark past.  Twenty years ago, a serial killer abducted and murdered five residents. Until Frank Carter was finally caught, he was nicknamed “The Whisper Man,” for he would lure his victims out by whispering at their windows at night.

Shortly after Tom and Jake arrive, a young boy disappears -and the nightmare begins……

In this dark, suspenseful thriller, Alex North weaves a tale of a father and son caught in the crosshairs of an investigation to catch a serial killer preying on a small town.

Beautifully written and beautifully plotted – this is a definite page-turner. Proceed at your own risk!

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You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.

Brilliant Book Titles #327

my dark vanessa

Blurb: 
Exploring the psychological dynamics of the relationship between a precocious yet naïve teenage girl and her magnetic and manipulative teacher, a brilliant, all-consuming read that marks the explosive debut of an extraordinary new writer.

2000. Bright, ambitious, and yearning for adulthood, fifteen-year-old Vanessa Wye becomes entangled in an affair with Jacob Strane, her magnetic and guileful forty-two-year-old English teacher.

2017. Amid the rising wave of allegations against powerful men, a reckoning is coming due. Strane has been accused of sexual abuse by a former student, who reaches out to Vanessa, and now Vanessa suddenly finds herself facing an impossible choice: remain silent, firm in the belief that her teenage self willingly engaged in this relationship, or redefine herself and the events of her past. But how can Vanessa reject her first love, the man who fundamentally transformed her and has been a persistent presence in her life? Is it possible that the man she loved as a teenager—and who professed to worship only her—may be far different from what she has always believed?

Alternating between Vanessa’s present and her past, My Dark Vanessa juxtaposes memory and trauma with the breathless excitement of a teenage girl discovering the power her own body can wield. Thought-provoking and impossible to put down, this is a masterful portrayal of troubled adolescence and its repercussions that raises vital questions about agency, consent, complicity, and victimhood. Written with the haunting intimacy of The Girls and the creeping intensity of RoomMy Dark Vanessa is an era-defining novel that brilliantly captures and reflects the shifting cultural mores transforming our relationships and society itself.

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You can reserve a copy at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.

Brilliant Book Titles #326

chen chen

Blurb: 
In this ferocious and tender debut, Chen Chen investigates inherited forms of love and family—the strained relationship between a mother and son, the cost of necessary goodbyes—all from Asian American, immigrant, and queer perspectives. Holding all accountable, this collection fully embraces the loss, grief, and abundant joy that come with charting one’s own path in identity, life, and love.

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You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.

The Choice by Philly McMahon

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Philly McMahon is a Dublin GAA player and a member of the Ballymun Kickhams. He grew up in the flats in Ballymun in the 1990s and has actual family experience of the heroin epidemic that went on at the time. Philly’s older brother John became addicted to heroin as a teenager and sadly passed away. This book addresses the guilt that Philly feels about how he treated his brother and how if he had drug awareness education he may have dealt with things in a better manner.

Let me start by saying I have no interest in sports or sports people at all! This book was suggested to me by my mother who has even less of an interest in sports that I do. We enjoyed it, not because of who wrote it or the sporting aspects (most of which I skim read), but because of the insight it gives into some societal issues such as substance abuse and crime.

This book accurately describes the struggles, and joys of life in Ballymun, without coming across as indulgent. It addresses the challenges around heroin addiction and many of the reasons why (Philly believes) so many people relapse. It shows how getting involved in sport, and having something to focus on, gave Philly a choice and potentially stopped him from going down the same path as many young people from his community.

I really loved this book, sporting chapters aside. I’m certain it would be of interest to any Dubs fan but also to anyone with an interest in any of the issues it addresses. Having not known anything about Philly McMahon previously, I have great respect for him. Not only has he become very successful but he has gone on to use his platform for good, setting up his own charity to help people.

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You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.

A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again by David Foster Wallace

supposedly

David Foster Wallace has a lot of baggage these days. His readers are held up to be the worst kind of men: insufferable mansplainers. But even beyond that, there’s his style – long, beautifully constructed but difficult sentences that wend and weave, an author unafraid to be boring, a text littered with footnotes (within footnotes) – which, frankly, you either love or hate.

I’ve tried to, and am still slowly reading (and enjoying) his novel and main masterpiece, Infinite Jest, and have had his essays recommended to me as easier to read.

But the funny thing is – I found the opposite. This collection of essays, whilst each having some good bits, was just a slog. He was writing for hire – and even when he wasn’t, or when he could have the essays at their original (very extended) length, it feels like he’s paying the bills. Even an essay on David Lynch’s Lost Highway, which I loved, felt just.. stale.

So, weirdly. this short collection of essays, can I recommend it? Nope, but I can recommend the 1000 page novel I’ve still yet to finish… which seems a very Wallace-ian response.

Brilliant Book Titles #325

her body
Blurb: 
A prize-winning, genre-bending collection of short stories that has already achieved cult status, Her Body and Other Parties is unique, unsettling and totally original. Carmen Maria Machado demolishes the borders between magical realism and science fiction, comedy and horror, fantasy and fabulism. Bodies become inconsequential, humans become monstrous, and anger becomes erotic. A dark, shimmering slice into womanhood, Her Body and Other Parties is wicked and exquisite.

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You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.