Review: DEKE by Eden Finley


Eden Finley

SeriesFake Boyfriend #3
Genre: LGBTQ+, Romance
Publisher: –
Pages: 308
Release date: January 5th 2019


Word of advice: don’t come out to random guys in public restrooms. Even if they’re charming and adorably nerdy and offer to help.

My family believes I can’t be happy if I’m not out to the world. I have a bitter ex-boyfriend and an unstable NHL career to show for it. A fake boyfriend seems like an easy and quick solution to get my family off my back, and this guy is volunteering. I take him up on it without asking his name.

I really should’ve asked for his name.


Word of advice: learn how to introduce yourself properly.

In my defense, I don’t recognize Ollie Strömberg right away. I cover football, not hockey.

I’m not supposed to see him again, and he’s never supposed to find out I’m a reporter.

That all changes when my editor reassigns me.

It’s a lesson I should’ve learned by now. Nothing’s changed since high school. Jocks still hate nerds. But even worse, athletes hate journalists. Especially ones who know their secret.

“Practice makes perfect.”

Deke is a sweet and funny addition to the series, once again delivering a cute story that focuses on the fake boyfriend trope. There is a bit of angst, but the overall atmosphere of the story is very lighthearted and compelling. The fast pace and well developed characters serve to make this a really quick and enjoyable read.

Eden Finley’s writing is still super engaging, and this installment in particular is the best in the series so far. The dual POV is very well done, with Ollie and Lennon being lovely characters, and the romance is super sweet even with its ups and downs. The way Finley also deals with acceptance is very on point and a highlight in the story. Continue reading

Top 10 Tuesday: Rainy Day Reads


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is: Rainy Day Reads.

31145148Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock and roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things. Also getting noticed is The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she’s pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road.

22840421Written in Red by Anne Bishop

As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut—a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg’s Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard—a business district operated by the Others. Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job. First, he senses she’s keeping a secret, and second, she doesn’t smell like human prey.

30233110The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction—but assassins are getting closer to her door. Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic. Across the dark sea, Tané has trained all her life to be a dragonrider, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel.

18189606The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a “haunting;’ Theodora, his lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers—and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.

27883214Sadie by Courtney Summers

Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water. But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him. When West McCray―a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America―overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl.

23299512The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

24485589The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive. Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them — not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her. His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

23592235A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

An unflinching, darkly funny, and deeply moving story of a boy, his seriously ill mother, and an unexpected monstrous visitor. At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting – he’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It’s ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth.

30095464Sweet Dreams by Kristen Ashley

Lauren Grahame is looking for her bit of peace. After leaving her cheating husband, Lauren moves to Carnal, Colorado, and gets a job as a waitress in a biker bar called Bubba’s. It’s a nothing job in a nowhere joint . . . until Tatum Jackson walks in. Lauren has never seen a man with such looks and attitude. But Tate does something Lauren doesn’t much like and she doesn’t want anything to do with him. Too bad for Lauren he’s also the bar’s part-owner and bartender. When the rough-around-the-edges Tate meets the high-class Lauren, he thinks she won’t fit in at Bubba’s. Yet there’s more to Lauren than meets the eye, and Tate soon sets his mind on claiming her as his own.

25733660The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality they slip gradually from obsession to corruption and betrayal, and at last – inexorably – into evil.


What are your favorite rainy day reads?
Let me know in the comments!




Cole McCade

SeriesCriminal Intentions, Season One #3
Genre: Mystery, LGBTQ+
Publisher: –
Pages: 232
Release date: September 10th 2018

Multiple execution-style murders hint at a mob hit, but when Malcolm and Seong-Jae follow the clues the last thing they expect is a host of very familiar–and very dead–faces. They say dead men tell no tales, but if Malcolm and Seong-Jae can’t even trust the words of the living, they’ll never catch a hit man dead set on burying every trace of an underworld secret…along with a few more bodies.

But it’s not just the cold bodies on their minds, when a little undercover work sends them to a nightclub once owned by none other than Marion Garvey. Forced to play at being lovers, neither man can ignore the distraction of the very warm body in his arms. To Malcolm, Seong-Jae remains as aloof as ever…but what’s really smoldering under that icy mask?

“Unravel the strings.”

The Man with the Glass Eye is a surprisingly funny addition to this wonderful series. The lighthearted humor serves as a balance for the mystery plot, which is slowly becoming more and more complex. This installment truly explores the serialized episode format and cashes in on cliffhangers and plot twists that make this a pretty exciting read, if unfinished.

Cole McCade ups the stakes with this novel. The series arc is slowly developing and giving readers a glimpse of the bigger picture while still focusing a lot on character and relationship development. There is still a lot left unsaid about several plot points, as they are all left floating in this book, but it seems as they will all be explored in the next episodes of the series. Continue reading

Review: THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas


Angie Thomas

Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Walker Books
Pages: 438
Release date: February 28th 2017

“What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?”

Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.

“Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.”

The Hate U Give is an phenomenal and touching read that gives voice to the struggles black people face every single day in America. It touches on institutional and systemic racism, white privilege, and the injustice people face under a broken criminal justice system. Yet it still relays a message of hope and determination to never stay silent when faced with injustice and to never give up fighting for what’s right.

Angie Thomas’ writing is so honest and beautiful. The narrative, with Starr as the main voice, captures your attention right away. The story itself has quite a few ups and downs, with heartbreaking and frustrating scenes, but the complex and well developed characters still bring humor and lots of love to the book. This is a fantastic, important, and extremely relevant read to everyone. Continue reading

Review: TRICK PLAY by Eden Finley


Eden Finley

SeriesFake Boyfriend #2
Genre: LGBTQ+, Romance
Publisher: –
Pages: 306
Release date: June 25th 2018


Want to know the fastest way to get screwed out of a football career? Get photographed in a compromising position in a gay bar. Yep, welcome to my life.

My agent says he can fix my image. He wants me to become the poster boy for gay football players. Me? I just want back on the field. I’ll do anything to play for the NFL again, even pretend to have a steady boyfriend. If only my fake boyfriend wasn’t Noah Huntington III—the most arrogant, entitled rich guy in the world.


Pretend to be Matt Jackson’s boyfriend, my best friend said. It’ll be fun, he said. What Damon neglected to mention is Matt is surly and bitter. Being his boyfriend is a job in itself. From his paranoia over being constantly photographed to his aversion to PDA, being with Matt isn’t the care-free fake relationship I expected when I signed on to do this.

It’s supposed to be a win-win. I get to stick it to my politician dad who thinks no one is good enough for the Huntington name, and Matt’s reputation of being the bad boy of football dies.

What I don’t expect is to start caring for the guy. That’s not part of the plan. Then again, neither is fooling around with him on my private jet.


“We’re infinite.”

Trick Play tackles the fake boyfriends trope with a story that is a little angsty and dramatic, but still entertaining. The fast past and lighthearted humor make this a really fast read, which is helped along by the well developed characters and steamy romance. The novel does perpetuate some not-so-nice takes on virginity, though, which is not the best.

Eden Finley’s writing continues to be really engrossing. The plot isn’t all that complex, but captures your attention right away with the funny dialogues and smooth narrative. There is a little drama near the end with lack of communication, which could have been fleshed out more. The dual POVs are very well written, and all main and side characters shine bright. A good addition to the series. Continue reading

WWW Wednesday: Read, Reading, Will Read (90)


Welcome to WWW Wednesday, a meme currently being hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. It’s a place for you to do a little update on what your reading plans are.

The Three W’s are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?


1. Dona do Poder (Now I Rise) by Kiersten White

YA Historical! I’m quite liking this so far. Everyone is very different and equally dangerous situations and it’s super fun to see how good they are at scheming. There is an underlying tone of angst throughout the POVs, though, which makes me think more heartbreak is to come.

2. City of Blades by Robert Jackson Bennett

Fantasy! I’m LOVING the humor in this and Mulaghesh’s dry POV. The beginning is really really really well written and sets up a great introduction to the rest of the novel. I can already tell some pretty messed up things are bound to happen, but the way it all ties with the complex and detailed world-building is amazing.

What did you recently finish reading?

    1. Thrown to the Wolves by Charlie Adhara: Urban Fantasy! I love the introduction of Park’s family and info on pack dynamics, but the direction Cooper and Park’s relationship takes during most of the novel is frustrating.
    2. Changing Faces by Cole McCade: M/M Mystery! Seong-Jae centric novel! Loved his POV and the glimpses of his backstory. Did not appreciate Malcolm and Gaby’s arc and how much drama there’s going to be around it.
    3. Pretty Pretty Boys by Gregory Ashe: M/M Mystery! Solid writing and plot, but I disliked or was upset by every single narrative choice in regard to relationship development. Not for me.
    4. The Wolf Gift by Anne Rice: Paranormal! I love how self-indulgent this is, but the writing, characters, and plot is terrible.
    5. Havoc by Kindle Alexander: M/M Romance! Really strong beginning, but the plot doesn’t develop at all. Nothing happens aside from the main characters having sex.
    6. Sixth of the Dusk by Brandon Sanderson: Fantasy! Lovely novella with a fascinating world-building and great characters.

What do you think you’ll read next?

22840421The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare, Wesley Chu

Time for more Magnus and Alec!

All Magnus Bane wanted was a vacation—a lavish trip across Europe with Alec Lightwood, the Shadowhunter who against all odds is finally his boyfriend. But as soon as the pair settles in Paris, an old friend arrives with news about a demon-worshipping cult called the Crimson Hand that is bent on causing chaos around the world. A cult that was apparently founded by Magnus himself. Years ago. As a joke.

What books did you recently finish reading? What do you plan on reading next?
Tell me in the comments!




Claudia Gray

SeriesFirebird #2
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Publisher: Harper Teen
Pages: 424
Release date: November 3rd 2015

Ever since she used the Firebird, her parents’ invention, to cross into alternate dimensions, Marguerite has caught the attention of enemies who will do anything to force her into helping them dominate the multiverse—even hurting the people she loves. She resists until her boyfriend, Paul, is attacked and his consciousness scattered across multiple dimensions.

Marguerite has no choice but to search for each splinter of Paul’s soul. The hunt sends her racing through a war-torn San Francisco, the criminal underworld of New York City, and a glittering Paris where another Marguerite hides a shocking secret. Each world brings Marguerite one step closer to rescuing Paul. But with each trial she faces, she begins to question the destiny she thought they shared.

“Ten thousand skies, and a million worlds, and it still wouldn’t be enough for me to share with you. Nothing less than forever will do.”

Ten Thousand Skies Above You is a nice continuation of Marguerite’s story. The world-building is still very unique and well developed, as are the characters and their alternate selves, and the steady pace works rather well with the tension that surrounds the main plot. There is still quite a bit of romance to balance out the sci-fi elements and action, although the plot does slow down a bit with this installment.

Claudia Gray’s writing is engrossing and the story itself is interesting, if a little boring. There are many twists throughout the novel and the different dimensions, as well as a pretty impacting reveal that sets things up nicely for the final book. It does take a little while for things to get moving, though, but not enough to erase the “this is a filler” feeling that echoes through the first half of the novel. Continue reading