Title: All the Little Lights
Author: Jamie McGuire
Genres: Romance, Young Adult
Release Day: May 29th 2018
ARC was kindly provided from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The first time Elliott Youngblood spots Catherine Calhoun, he’s just a boy with a camera, and he’s never seen a sadder and more beautiful sight. Both Elliott and Catherine feel like outcasts, yet they find an easy friendship with each other. But when Catherine needs him most, Elliott is forced to leave town.

Elliott finally returns, but he and Catherine are now different people. He’s a star high school athlete, and she spends all her free time working at her mother’s mysterious bed-and-breakfast. Catherine hasn’t forgiven Elliott for abandoning her, but he’s determined to win back her friendship…and her heart.

Just when Catherine is ready to fully trust Elliott, he becomes the prime suspect in a local tragedy. Despite the town’s growing suspicions, Catherine clings to her love for Elliott. But a devastating secret that Catherine has buried could destroy whatever chance of happiness they have left.

2 stars! 

I was so excited for this. It’s been years since I read Beautiful Disaster and I was looking forward to diving back into the McGuire world. Sadly, this did not give me the same feels. Or any feels. All the Little Lights was in one word, boring. What started as a nice small town story with two young protagonists with the potential to turn into a good YA/NA book, turned into a small town boring nothingness with a “twist” that did nothing for me, or the story.

Elliott and Catherine met when they are kids, he’s on spring break and there’s a lot of bullying and house drama on both sides (a few moments that made me cringe) but it was a nice start. Fast forward a few years after Elliott left, he returns for good and that’s when the “real” story begins. Or better yet, takes forever to begin.

The story is so slow that by the time we get to the last shocking part, I didn’t even care, I spaced out so many times during the endless school and family every-day-scenes that the last 10% honestly made me roll my eyes. This is not the first book that deals with this specific mental illness, other books have done it justice, others not so much, this one did neither, it was just a thing that was happening and it got lost in the chapters somehow. I wish the book focused more on Elliott, I wanted more of him, he was such a good character with so much to offer and so much potential for his story that got lost in the drama. All the Little Lights tried to be too many genres at the same time and it ended up being a mediocre mash-up.

Title:  Bane (Sinners of Saint #4)
Author: L.J. Shen
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Release Day: May 10th 2018
ARC was kindly provided from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Naked surfer. Habitual pothead. A con, a liar, a thief and a fraud. Last I heard, he was extorting the rich and screwing their wives for a living. Which is why I’m more than a little surprised to find him at my threshold, looking for my friendship, my services, and most puzzling of all—looking humbled.
Thing is, I’m on a boycott. Literally—I cut boys from my life. Permanently.
Problem is, Bane is not a boy, he is all man, and I’m falling, crashing, drowning in his sweet, perfect lies.

Jesse Carter
Hot as hell, cold as ice. I wasn’t aware of her existence until a fat, juicy deal landed in my lap. She’s a part of it, a little plaything to kill some time.
She is collateral, a means to an end, and a side-bonus for striking a deal with her oil tycoon stepdad. More than anything, Jesse Carter is a tough nut to crack.
Little does she know, I have the teeth for it.

2 stars! 

This was so cringy. I don’t even know where to start with this, well first of all, this was not Bane’s book. This was Jesse’s book with a dash of Bane. The reason that brought these two together was so weak, he could have literally bumped into her and it would be more believable than this shit.

Bane is in need of an investment, so he goes to Jesse’s step-dad. Darren, gives him the money but only if he helps his step-daughter which is all kinds of wrong, cringy, and why? Anyway, Bane does the unthinkable, something that has never, ever, been done before in a romance novel, he manages to get through to Jesse.

No one saw that coming.

Jesse has been through more than enough in her young life and I felt for her but the story did not do her any justice. She went from not wanting to be touched at all, to begging Bane for sex. And then the book took it too damn far. Overall, this was a mess. The book even had tumblr quotes like I can’t drown my demons, they know how to swim and shit like that. Totally not what I had in mind for Bane, which was introduced as a really badass character and he didn’t even get a decent story on his own fucking book.

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