Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Rent a Boyfriend by Gloria Chao

Can't-Wait Wednesday

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Wishful Endings, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Title: Rent a Boyfriend

Author: Gloria Chao

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Publication Date: November 10, 2020

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Chloe Wang is nervous to introduce her parents to her boyfriend, because the truth is, she hasn’t met him yet either. She hired him from Rent for Your ’Rents, a company specializing in providing fake boyfriends trained to impress even the most traditional Asian parents.

Drew Chan’s passion is art, but after his parents cut him off for dropping out of college to pursue his dreams, he became a Rent for Your ’Rents employee to keep a roof over his head. Luckily, learning protocols like “Type C parents prefer quiet, kind, zero-PDA gestures” comes naturally to him.

When Chloe rents Drew, the mission is simple: convince her parents fake Drew is worthy of their approval so they’ll stop pressuring her to accept a proposal from Hongbo, the wealthiest (and slimiest) young bachelor in their tight-knit Asian American community.

But when Chloe starts to fall for the real Drew—who, unlike his fake persona, is definitely not ’rent-worthy—her carefully curated life begins to unravel. Can she figure out what she wants before she loses everything?

Sundays In Bed With… Shine by Jessica Jung

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Welcome to the Sundays In Bed With… Meme! The meme that dares to ask what book has been in your bed this morning? Come share what book you’ve spent time curled up reading in bed, or which book you wish you had time to read today! This meme is hosted by Midnight Book Girl.

This weekend I’m reading Shine by Jessica Jung. I still can’t believe Simon & Schuster Canada granted me access to an advance copy on NetGalley! This is by far one of my most anticipated books of the year. A book about kpop? Yes. A book about kpop written by THE Jessica Jung from Girls Generation? UM HELL YES. So far I’m really enjoying it. It’s one of those books that just fly by because it’s impossible to put down.

Title: Shine

Author: Jessica Jung

Series: Standalone

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Release Date: September 29, 2020

A Korean American teen is thrust into the competitive, technicolor world of K-pop, from Jessica Jung, K-pop legend and former lead singer of Girls Generation.

What would you give for a chance to live your dreams?

For seventeen-year-old Korean American Rachel Kim, the answer is almost everything. Six years ago, she was recruited by DB Entertainment—one of Seoul’s largest K-pop labels, known for churning out some of the world’s most popular stars. The rules are simple: Train 24/7. Be perfect. Don’t date. Easy right?

Not so much. As the dark scandals of an industry bent on controlling and commodifying beautiful girls begin to bubble up, Rachel wonders if she’s strong enough to be a winner, or if she’ll end up crushed… Especially when she begins to develop feelings for K-pop star and DB golden boy Jason Lee. It’s not just that he’s charming, sexy, and ridiculously talented. He’s also the first person who really understands how badly she wants her star to rise.

Review: Baller by M.A. Foster

Title: Baller
Author: M.A. Foster
Series: Heritage Bay #5
Publisher: Self-published by author
Publication Date: August 21, 2020
Genre: Contemporary romance
Source: Received a copy in exchange for an honest review

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Rating: 5 stars

They say if you love someone, set them free, and if they come back, it’s meant to be.
I didn’t exactly set Vanessa free.
I screwed up.
She left.
Five years later, she’s back wearing another man’s ring.
And this time I have no choice but to let her go.
But fate has other plans for us.
And once again, I find myself face-to-face with the love of my life.
I take that as a sign from the universe that we truly are meant to be.
She wants me to let her go.
Believe me, I tried. Not once but twice.
It broke me.
It broke her.
It broke us.
I won’t make the same mistake again.
Because if you truly love someone, you don’t set them free.
You hold on to them with everything you’ve got.

Review:

Before I started the story and saw a mile long character list, I’ll admit I was a little apprehensive. My immediate thought was: all of these characters were about to mentioned? Lord, what did I just get myself into starting this series at book 5???? I’m going to spend more time flipping back to the character list than reading the actual story.

But in my usual fashion, I was prematurely dramatic and very wrong. It’s really not hard to keep up with who is who and how they tie into Liam and Vanessa’s lives. The most impressive thing that M.A. Foster achieved with all of these side characters is how easy it was to remember who was who because they all had such distinct personalities. It’s not often side characters add a lot to the story or have much of a personality beyond a few good lines here and there, but my god, M.A. Foster created such vivid characters who shone so brightly, but also never outshone Liam or Vanessa.

I’ve come to realize that I’m such a sucker for second chance romances and this book was everything I wanted. It was the perfect kind of emotional and pulled on my heartstrings. Liam and Vanessa were a couple worth cheering for. I adored them so much.

M.A. Foster is a wonderful writer. She writes some killer one liners (which is my ultimate weakness in contemporary romance books) and knows how to tug on your emotions. I can’t wait to pick up the rest of the Heritage Bay series and read about all of the other characters. I’m sure I’ll love them all as much as I loved this one.

About M.A. Foster:

M.A. Foster was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. She’s married to her high school sweetheart and mother to two grown boys. She loves fur babies, chocolate, lattes and all things sparkly. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s either catching up with friends and family or chatting with her readers and fellow author friends on Facebook.

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Sundays In Bed With… Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer

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Welcome to the Sundays In Bed With… Meme! The meme that dares to ask what book has been in your bed this morning? Come share what book you’ve spent time curled up reading in bed, or which book you wish you had time to read today! This meme is hosted by Midnight Book Girl.

This weekend I’m reading Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer. I am absolutely L O V I N G it so far. I’m glad we had to wait ten years for this because the writing is miles above Twlight. I want to finish it all in one day, but I also want to take my sweet ass time because it’s so good. I’m loving being in Edward’s head and hearing everything from his perspective. Stephenie Meyer saved 2020 and you can’t convince me otherwise.

Title: Midnight Sun

Author: Stephenie Meyer

Series: Twilight #5

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Release Date: August 4, 2020

When Edward Cullen and Bella Swan met in Twilight, an iconic love story was born. But until now, fans have heard only Bella’s side of the story. At last, readers can experience Edward’s version in the long-awaited companion novel, Midnight Sun.

This unforgettable tale as told through Edward’s eyes takes on a new and decidedly dark twist. Meeting Bella is both the most unnerving and intriguing event he has experienced in all his years as a vampire. As we learn more fascinating details about Edward’s past and the complexity of his inner thoughts, we understand why this is the defining struggle of his life. How can he justify following his heart if it means leading Bella into danger?

Down the TBR Hole #12

Down the TBR Hole is a meme hosted by Lost in a Story that revolves around clearing your TBR of all those books you’re never going to read and sort through it all to know what’s actually on there.

I’m still at the beginning of my TBR so these are books I added when I was around 18 and oh my lord, my reading tastes have clearly changed a lot since then. I’m 26 now so 8 years definitely makes a huge difference!

Here’s how it works:

– Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
– Order on ascending date added.
– Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
– Read the synopses of the books
– Decide: keep it or should it go?

Vision in White by Nora Roberts
First of all, I’ve always wanted to read a Nora Roberts book. I’m curious to see why she’s such a well known author that has sold a bazillion books. And this one sounds pretty cute. Verdict: staying on the list


Another Piece of My Heart by Jane Green
The synopsis kind of makes the daughter sound like a psycho from a thriller novel. But this is supposed to be women’s fiction. Verdict: leaving the list


Rescue Me by Rachel Gibson
Oh I like the sound of this one! It seems like it’s going to start off as fake dating and that is one of my favourite tropes. Verdict: staying on the list


Sixteenth Summer by Michelle Dalton
Yes. Absolutely yes. This is one of those YA summer reads featuring a beach town and I am an absolute sucker for those. Sign me up. Verdict: staying on the list

Breathing by Cheryl Renee Herbsman
Nope. This is one big nope. Anything that sounds like “I met this boy and he cured all my issues” is a big no thank you in my books. Verdict: leaving the list

Staying on the list: 3
Leaving the list: 2

Are there any books you think I should have given a chance to? Any you think I should be ditching? Let me know what you think down in the comments below!