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Mini Book Reviews: Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett, A Million Miles Away by Lara Avery and Sweet Addiction by J. Daniels

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ALEX, APPROXIMATELY
Author: Jenn Bennett (Website | Twitter)
Publication Date: April 4, 2017

SYNOPSIS

The one guy Bailey Rydell can’t stand is actually the boy of her dreams—she just doesn’t know it yet.

Classic movie fan Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online as Alex. Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.

Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new archnemesis. But life is whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever it is she’s starting to feel for Porter.

And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…Approximately.

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Just by reading its synopsis you can already tell that Alex, Approximately will be a fun and adorable read and it truly lives up to that. With all the geeky chat conversations of Alex and Mink to the fueled and witty banters that took place in between of Bailey and Porter, oh I’m so sure it will keep you entertained. Funny how they are just the same persons involved but you’ll be able to see the difference when it comes to how they approach each other. It just suggests that people really do have multiple layers and with social media involved you have the power on which part of you you want to share to the public. Alex and Mink’s conversation dwells more on the serious and film side and just having their phones to convey their thoughts. While Bailey and Porter have that daily face-to-face encounters, in which they always seem to clash with each other (especially during the early chapters). But once they smoothed out themselves, they figured out that there are actually some things quite common with them and that despite their differences they fit and complement each other. (Awww…) Bailey and Porter really makes a cute couple, you guys. Porter is such a swoony male lead.

In spite of the fluffiness and mystery (to Bailey) of it all, the book managed to incorporate some concerning issues and personal struggles of our main characters. We see them little by little pouring themselves out and we learn that they’re just like us, flawed and are facing hang ups too. It was handled perfectly. Bailey and Porter became each other’s support system (inspiration) to overcome their issues.

Yes, the synopsis dropped a major spoiler about the plot and the characters but the book still remained to be engaging. It was funny when hints were right in front of Bailey and yet she can’t seem to see it and connect all the dots. She’s overthinking things when she should have just thought of it simply. Definitely look forward to that particular scene wherein Bailey figured it out. (LOL)

I got fuzzy feelings thinking that no matter what version of themselves, Bailey and Porter seems to find a way and be with each other. Like they are linked together. Swoons. Kilig. 

RATING: 4 Stars

Book Cover - A Million Miles Away

A MILLION MILES AWAY
Author: Lara Avery (Website | Twitter)
Publication Date: July 7, 2015

SYNOPSIS

Perfect for fans of Nicholas Sparks, this breathtaking story of love and loss is guaranteed to break your heart and sweep you off your feet.

When high school senior Kelsey’s identical twin sister, Michelle, dies in a car crash, Kelsey is left without her other half. The only person who doesn’t know about the tragedy is Michelle’s boyfriend, Peter, recently deployed to Afghanistan. But when Kelsey finally connects with Peter online, she can’t bear to tell him the truth. Active duty has taken its toll, and Peter, thinking that Kelsey is Michelle, says that seeing her is the one thing keeping him alive. Caught up in the moment, Kelsey has no choice: She lets Peter believe that she is her sister.

As Kelsey keeps up the act, she crosses the line from pretend to real. Soon, Kelsey can’t deny that she’s falling, hard, for the one boy she shouldn’t want.

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I actually don’t know what to feel about this book. Uhm I guess it was an okay read but I just had a hard time grasping and connecting with the characters. Maybe it’s because of the characters falling quite flat for me. Their personalities just weren’t out there. Though, I fully understand why Kelsey felt the need to pretend to be her sister, Michelle, in the eyes of her sister’s boyfriend – Peter. I understand her reasons for doing it. I also did find the interactions between Kelsey and Peter cute. The fact that Peter was recently deployed in Afghanistan hindered for more interactions between them to occur in which made it hard for me to be really on board with this Kelsey-Peter ship. But as I’ve said earlier, they were cute.

I expected for it to be an emotion-packed book considering the story line revolves around death, grief, guilt (and more). But it ended up lacking the thrill and the punch in the gut feel that I knew I would have loved and I knew that will definitely work in favor of this book.

I liked that particular moment towards the ending wherein Kelsey and her mother talked about their feelings. I know I would have appreciated that scene more if it was given more time to settle in (and yep, more feelings laid out for the readers). In my opinion, it was rushed and add the fact that the chapters were too short.

Though, I liked the ending. It was fitting. It was something that both Peter and Kelsey needed to do in order to move forward. An okay read.

I’ll probably come back to this post once I’ve already gathered all my thoughts about A Million Miles Away.

RATING: 3 Stars

Book Cover - Sweet Addiction

SWEET ADDICTION
Author: J. Daniels (Website | Twitter)
Publication Date: August 2014

SYNPOSIS

Wedding hookups never amount to anything.

Those who partake in this wicked little activity know the rules. Get in. Get laid. Get out. There’s no expectation of a relationship. It is what it is.

Dylan Sparks knows the rules. She’s familiar with the protocol. And she engages in the best sex of her life with a complete stranger at her ex-boyfriend’s wedding.

Reese Carroll doesn’t care about the rules. He wants more than just one night with Dylan.

And Dylan finds him too addicting to pass up.

Sweet Addiction is the story of one woman’s struggle to keep things casual, and one man’s desire to never let her go.

Warning: This book contains adult themes. 18+

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I do not recommend for you to read this book in a public place. You definitely do not want to embarrass yourself, right? I tried it. I opened my Kindle app, read where I left off and bursted out laughing because of certain OMG scene and yep, you don’t want to know what happened next.

Sweet Addiction was totally a “fans-myself-oh-so-hot” read with a sprinkle of laugh out loud and squeal-worthy scenes here and there. Looking back to the books that I’ve recently read, it had actually been a long time since I’ve read something hilarious and uber sexy at the same time. So it’s really a good thing that I came across this book, purchased it off of Kindle and gave this book a try. I had a good time reading it. Damn, where can I find my own Reese Carroll? Dylan’s one lucky gal for nabbing him. Aside from Dylan and Reese (who both frustrated me in some parts), another character that stood out for me is Joey! I need a friend in my life who’s like Joey. Someone who can make me laugh and who can knock some sense into my head if needed. I swear, Joey’s got the best timing and lines in this book!!! I just had a small problem with the drama thrown in it. Most especially towards the end part. I think, I would have liked it more if we could have just avoided the whole “overhearing” fiasco.

RATING: 4 Stars 
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