Blog Tour Review: Impostor’s Lure by Carla Neggers

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From New York Times bestselling author Carla Neggers comes the next standalone novel in her Sharpe & Donovan Series, IMPOSTOR’S LURE! Master of suspense Carla Neggers delivers an exhilarating page-turner where the disappearance of a federal prosecutor launches the latest high-stakes case for FBI agents Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan. Order your copy today!


Title: Impostor’s Lure
Author: Carla Neggers
Series: Sharpe & Donovan #8
Publisher: Mira Books
Publication Date: August 21, 2018
Genre: Mystery, Suspense
Source: Advanced copy received from NetGalley and InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review

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Rating: 4.5 stars

Newlyweds Emma and Colin are suspicious when prosecutor Tamara McDermott is a no-show at a Boston dinner party. Matt Yankowski, head of HIT, Emma and Colin’s small, elite Boston-based team, is a friend of Tamara’s, and he needs them to find her.

In London, a woman who was supposed to meet Emma’s art-detective grandfather to talk about forgeries is discovered near death. Her husband, who stayed behind in Boston, has vanished. The couple’s connection to Tamara adds to the puzzle.

As the search for Tamara intensifies, a seemingly unrelated murder leads Emma, Colin and HIT deep into a maze of misdirection created by a clever, lethal criminal who stays one step ahead of them.

As Emma draws on her expertise in art crimes and Colin on his experience as a deep-cover agent, the investigation takes a devastating turn that tests the strengths of their families and friendships as well as their FBI colleagues as never before.


This is one of the rare times I’ve decided to read a mystery/suspense novel, and I have to admit I’m impressed. I enjoyed Impostor’s Lure immensely.

I really liked Emma and Colin. Their love for each other was the cutest thing and I want to read the earlier books to know how they got together. Their ability to put their jobs first and understand how important each job is to one another was one of my favourite dynamics about their relationship. They are professional above all else and it made me respect them so much more considering the seriousness of their work.

I must admit Oliver was probably my favourite. He had such a tragic and complicated past and it was interesting to read about him, especially his relationship dynamic with Henrietta. Finian was fun to read about too. I hope there’s much more of them in past and future books.

Carla Neggers knows how to write a good book. Impostor’s Lure was full of mystery and suspense. And my goodness, does she ever know how to write a great conclusion. Without spoiling anything, I’ll just say this: you will be on the edge of your seat.

The plot was good. The way everything connects together so fluidly made it easier to follow despite the fact that I started at the 8th book in the series. At first it was a little hard to know who was who, but because each book is technically a standalone it doesn’t get too confusing. No matter where you start in the series, you’re able to focus on the story of the current book without getting lost in past happenings.

My favourite thing about the plot was that it wasn’t too obvious. You could kind of figrure out what was going to happen, but some things still came as a surprise to me at the end. It definitely had a positive impact on my overall enjoyment of the novel.

My one smallest complaint would be the pacing towards the middle. It felt a little bit slow compared to the rest of the novel. Besides that, it was great. So many things happened at the beginning of the novel to get it started, and the last little bit was jam packed with action. I loved how things were pretty chill and all of a sudden everything is happening and I couldn’t read fast enough to get to the conclusion of who did what.

Impostor’s Lure was a great mystery novel bursting with action. I enjoyed Carla Neggers’ writing so much that I want to read the first 7 books of the Sharpe & Donovan series. While I can’t speak for the other novels, I would highly suggest reading this one. It was an incredible read.

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About Carla Neggers:

Carla Neggers is the New York Times bestselling author of the Sharpe & Donovan series featuring Boston-based FBI agents Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan, and the popular Swift River Valley series set in the small, fictional New England town of Knights Bridge. With many bestsellers to her credit, Carla loves to write now as much as she did when she climbed a tree at age eleven with pad and pen. A native New Englander, Carla and her husband divide their time between their hilltop home in Vermont, a sofa bed at their kids’ places in Boston and various inns, hotels and hideaways on their travels, frequently to Ireland. Learn more and sign up for Carla’s newsletter at her website.

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Review: The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli


Title: The Upside of Unrequited
Author: Becky Albertalli
Series: Standalone
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: April 11, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: Purchased

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Rating: 4.5 stars

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny and flirtatious and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?


“I mean, here’s the thing I don’t get. How do people come to expect that their crushes will be reciprocated? Like, how does that get to be your default assumption?”

The Upside of Unrequited is an absolute must of you are into contemporary. Just like Simon VS., Becky Albertalli captures the magic of what it is to be a teenager and what it is to have your first love. This was a lovely book that I truly adored.

Molly is one of my favourite characters I’ve read in a young adult novel. She is one of the most authentic and relatable characters ever. While I don’t personally relate to many things, I did relate to the anxiety part very well (I’m on meds just like Molly becuase anxiety sucks a lot). I love that it’s just a part of her and wasn’t something that took over her entire character. Molly had flaws and she recognized them and did what she was capable of to work through them. She grew so much from the start of the book to the end and I loved her for it. I do wish I could tell her not to worry so much about having her first kiss. Girl, it ain’t a big deal, I promise.

Reid is the cutest guy ever. He was so comfortable with himself and there’s nothing more wholesome that a character who is so ok with who they are and don’t treat their romantic interest like absolute crap because of it.

One of my favourite things about this book was the diversity of all the charcters. So many amazing kinds of people were represented and it was in the most natural way. It never once felt like Becky Albertalli was trying to squeeze all these people in to fit some quota (because let’s be honest, other authors do that and they try not to make it obvious but it is and it’s the worst because they have no idea what they’re doing and probably should have hired a beta reader). Everything was natural and wonderful and perfectly authentic. Not only that, but they all fit into the story so well. Everyone had their part and everyone was important to advancing the story in some way.

“There’s just something terrifying about admitting you like someone. In a way, it’s actually easier when there’s no chance of anything happening. But there’s this threshold where things suddenly become possible. And then your cards are on the table. And there you are, wanting, right out in the open.”

Becky Albertalli is such an incredible writer. Sometimes when authors write about teens, they either write them too immature or they act way too old than what any teenager would act ever like. But not with Becky Albertalli. Like in Simon VS., she knows how to write teenagers in the most natural way. Her characters are always so fully formed and interesting to read about. They have their positives and their flaws, which they always are so in tune with and make an effort to work through.

The plot was the cutest thing. If there’s anything Becky Albertalli knows how to do, it’s write an original plot that has you smiling like an idiot. I can’t get over how cute Reid and Molly were and how fast I flew through this book because the plot just has you flipping through page after page, needing to know what else was going to happen.

The only minor complaint I have (like literally the smallest thing) was the pacing. Sometimes the story seemed like it was flying by and at other times, scenes felt dragged out. Upside is a very character-driven book and I think because of that sometimes the pacing of the novel suffered a little bit.

Basically, this is a book you should read. Whether or not you read Simon VS., The Upside of Unrequited should be required reading. It’s an authentic young adult novel with such a large amount of diversity and the cutest love story. What more could you ask for?

Review: The Allure of Dean Harper by R.S. Grey


Title: The Allure of Dean Harper
Author: R.S. Grey
Series: The Allure #2
Publisher: Self Published by R.S. Grey
Publication Date: September 28, 2015
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: Purchased


Rating: 4.5 stars

Subject: You’re a flippin’ idiot

Good morning my dear, naive friend, I hope you’re enjoying a breakfast of regret and sorrow


Because you sent me to work for Dean Harper, aka a control freak in a tailor-made suit. Sure he owns the trendiest restaurants in NYC, but c’mon Jo, his ego makes Kanye West look like the Dalai Lama.

He’s the type of guy that only hears the word “no” when it’s followed by “don’t stop.”

Working for Dean Harper would be like selling my soul to the devil… and before you say anything, I don’t care if the devil has punch-you-in-the-gut brown eyes and an ass to match. My soul isn’t for sale.

Regretfully yours, Lily


“When was the last time I’d had a relationship like that? I think I had shown that much affection to a Snicker’s ice cream bar once, but it had been a tragically one-sided affair.”

If you’re in the market for the perfect enemies to lovers story, then look no further. The Allure of Dean Harper is exactly what you need if that trope is right up your alley. Two stubborn characters who dish it back and forth at a rapid rate, and who also have some crazy good sexual tension. Now come on and tell me that doesn’t sound like an excellent read.

Lily was such an admirable character and the perfect kind of best friend. Whenever Dean gave it to her (verbally!!! Get your minds out of the gutter!), she gave it back just as much. She was the kind of character who did not take any crap from anyone and I loved her for it. Also the fact that she moved from Texas to New York to make her culinary dreams come true. That takes a lot of courage and determination to go out on your own like that with no guarantees of succeding.

Dean. Oh my god, Dean. First of all, let me just say I want one for myself. Everything about him made him sound like the kind of man we’re all dying to have. He’s driven, he’s a little stubbon (ok… a lot stubborn), and hot as all hell. And despite all the back and forth between him and Lily, he totally had her back in a protective but not overly possessive kind of way. What a damn man.

The few times other characters were in the book, I enjoyed it. Josephine and Julian from The Allure of Julian Lefray made a few appearances in the book. It was nice to see two characters from another book of R.S. Grey’s that I also enjoyed. Especially because Lily and Jospehine and Dean and Julian are two sets of really good friends.

“If only she and I could shut up for ten minutes, the sex would be the best of our lives. Angry. Hard. Fast. Not love. Not even close. War.”

Again, another book knocked out of the park with R.S. Grey’s writing. I swear this woman can do no wrong when it comes to writing romantic comedies. She manages to achieve the perfect blend of fun, hilarious, and sexy with every book I read. And even when the characters inevitably end up together, it doesn’t become this huge sap fest. From begining to end, the characters she writes are always true to themselves and it makes it that much more fun to read.

I loved loved loved the plot. The whole restaurant scene in New York City as the setting and focus of their careers was captivating. I don’t know if R.S. Grey has ever been to NYC, but I felt like I could imagine the setting she created with the plot so well.

R.S. Grey knows how to pace a book. Of course, there’s a crazy amount of tension, but it’s always the right amount of tension. There is never a moment where I feel like it’s going too fast or too slow. Everything flows in a way that feels natural and it really adds to the enjoyment of the story.

Long story short, read the damn duology. Both The Allure of Julian Lefray and The Allure of Dean Harper are inredible reads. They are soooooo worth your time and money. R.S. Grey is the literal queen of romantic comedies. They’re laugh-out-loud funny with the perfect amount of sexual tension mixed in there. What more could you possibly want?

Review: The Allure of Julian Lefray by R.S. Grey


Title: The Allure of Julian Lefray
Author: R.S. Grey
Series: The Allure #1
Publisher: Self Published by R.S. Grey
Publication Date: June 28, 2015
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: Purchased


Rating: 4.5 stars

Subject: Justin Timberlake Nudes!

Lily, you predictable perv. I knew you’d open this email faster if I tempted you with a glimpse of JT’s “PP”. Well, put your pants back on and grab some bubbly because I have much better news to share.


As of tomorrow, I’ll be the new executive assistant at Lorena Lefray Designs. I am SO excited, but there’s one itty bitty problem: I won’t be Lorena’s assistant. I’ll be working for her older brother, Julian.

I know what you’re thinking- “But Jo, what’s the problem?”

Google him. Now. He’s the man in the fitted navy suit whose face reminds you that there’s hope yet for this cruel, ugly world. Keep scrolling…Do you see those dimples? Yup. That’s the Julian Lefray I will be reporting to tomorrow morning.

Lord, help us all…



“She’s not asking you to go down on her, Romeo. She’s asking you a simple question.”

Jospehine is a girl from a small town in Texas who has moved to New York City to follow her dreams of pursuing a career in fashion. She applies and gets the job to be the executive assisstant to Lorena Lefray, a New York fashion designer, whose pieces she has always adored. Except it just so happens that the job isn’t her working for Lorena, but for Lorena’s brother Julian. Tall, dark, handsome, and the guy every girl dreams of being with.

To start, they become pretty good friends as they both are set on doing everything that is best for the company. But of course, there is a massive attraction between the two because helloooooo! Julian sounds like he’s walked out of the pages of a Hugo Boss ad. Who wouldn’t want that?

Josephine is the cutest. She is absolutely hilarious and a blast to read about. She’s so real and relatable and I think most girls would enjoy reading about her. She has her flaws that make her just like everyone else and doesn’t become this obnoxious girl who is too full of herself. If we could be best friends, I wouldn’t complain.

Julian is great. He is everything you would want in a romance story character. Suit-model handsome, definitely smells good 247, has a jaw line that can cut marble, has the perfect toned body without being too muscular. Help I think I’m drooling now. Ok, totally kidding, but for real I loved him. And when he fell for Josephine, he really fell for her, which is extra swoon-worthy.

Any of the other characters in the book were basically there for really good one-liners or to either tell Josephine and Julian *um hello, can you two be a couple already because it’s obvious to everyone on the planet, and probably in space too.* Normally I’m not the biggest fan of side characters like that, but in the case of a rom-com like this, it fits perfectly. Lily, Dean, and Lorena all deliver whenever they appear in the book.

“I scanned over his outfit quickly, pushing away the swell of lust that accompanied the sight of him. Black slacks- not cute. White button-down- not cute. Fitted black jacket- ew. Who thinks defined arms and a borad chest are attractive? No one.”

R.S. Grey is the queen of romantic comedies. The Allure of Julian Defray was everything I could ever want in a rom-com. I can’t even remember the last time I laughed out loud while reading a book. The sexual tension throughout the novel was perfect. It was just the right amount of tension to keep you hooked. And the banter, oh my god. The way she writes the banter between the two of them had me smiling so hard.

I loved, loved, loved the plot. I loved the fact that Josephine was a fashion blogger and that her meeting Julian was because of her pursuing her dreams in terms of her career. It made the plot and her meeting Julian feel much more natural and organic. Also, the fact that Julian was working at the company to help out his sister while she was dealing with issues that are unfortunately prevalent in the fashion world. The plot had just the right amount of realism inserted into it.

Josephine and Julian clearly has a strong attraction to each other right off the bat, but it doesn’t turn into insta-love from the get go, which is what makes the pacing of the book perfect. Also, they don’t jump into bed right away. There’s so much tension and anticipation and it makes it that much more fun to read this rom-com.

Basically The Allure of Julian Defray is everything you’ll ever need in a romantic comedy. There’s sexual tension, amazing banter, a lovable main character, and of course, the perfect hot dude. I can’t wait to dive in to the rest of her books and see the other stories she has out there because I need them in my life.

Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

17453983Title: Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Series: Anna and the French Kiss #1
Publisher: Speak
Publication Date: December 2, 2010
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Source: Purchased

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Rating: 4.5 stars

Can Anna find love in the City of Light?

Anna is happy in Atlanta. She has a loyal best friend and a crush on her coworker at the movie theater, who is just starting to return her affection. So she’s less than thrilled when her father decides to send her to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year.

But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna meets some cool new people, including the handsome Étienne St. Clair, who quickly becomes her best friend. Unfortunately, he’s taken —and Anna might be, too. Will a year of romantic near misses end with the French kiss she’s waiting for?


“Is it possible for home to be a person and not a place?”

You’ve probably heard this all over the Internet before, but Anna and the French Kiss is truly one the best YA contemporary novels around. It’s a fluffy and light read about a girl sent to boarding school in Paris. Of course, she doesn’t want to suddenly have to go through this change of scenery, but it’s Paris. Come on. There are worse places for your parents to send you off to for school. While in Paris, Anna meets some cool new friends and an international hottie that I’m certain is on everyone’s “favourite book boyfriends” list. He’d definitely be on mine.

We have our main character, Anna, who has been sent to boarding school in Paris for her senior year of high school by her romance novelist father (who gives me some serious Nicholas Sparks vibes) and she really doesn’t want to go. She has her mom and her brother, her best friend, and the guy she’s totally head-over-heals for who might have been about to be her boyfriend. She’s your run-of-the-mill not popular, ‘different than the other girls’ kind of girl, but she was still pleasant to read about.

Étienne was flawless. Not literally because he made some questionable decisions by being a bit of a baby for a hot minute, but I liked him anyway. I adored the fact that even though he wasn’t constantly described as being perfect physically, like most romantic interests are made out to be, he was still most girls’ crush. He had such an attractive demeanor and personality. And his dynamic with Anna. Oh my goodness. All those moments that would be heart-racing for them and have them thinking about those few seconds for days truly captured those feelings of falling for someone and having everything they do make your stomach go round in circles like a gymnast doing 800 flips during a floor routine.

“And then there’s the other thing. The thing I’m trying to ignore. The thing I shouldn’t want, the thing I can’t have. And he’s standing in front of me right now. So what do I wish for? Something I’m not sure I want? Something I’m not sure I need? Or someone I know I can’t have? Screw it. Let the fates decide. I wish for the thing that’s best for me.”

The writing of Anna and the French Kiss was such a treat. They way Stephanie Perkins was able to bring these characters to life was great. My absolute favourite part about the book was the setting. Besides Étienne, I mean. The way she described all the scenes and landmarks around the city of love made me feel like I was there. It was so easy to picture everything as it happened and to me that made Anna all the more romantic and enjoyable to read.

The plot was mostly great. Maybe it’s my own personal experience, but I can’t imagine being able to run around Paris by myself at 17. Every once in a while it made me think of the characters as older than a YA age range. Their personalities of course fit the bill of YA so it all balanced out in the end. This isn’t to stay I didn’t still adore the story as a whole though. I really do love this book.

The pacing of the novel was good. I appreciate the fact that it wasn’t insta-love. You knew they were clearly into each other from the start, but it took them some time to get to the finish line. They got a chance to develop their friendship before jumping into the relationship boat and I think as a reader it makes their feelings for each other feel more legitimate. They had time to truly think on their feelings and realize that how they each felt about each other was the real thing.

All in all, Anna and the French Kiss was a wonderful read. It’s one of those books you can get through in an instant and feel so satisfied about it when you’re finished. I highly recommend picking it up, especially to someone who is looking to play around in YA contemporary but not sure where to start. It’s a staple that is very much worth your time.