Buns by Alice Clayton

❝ I’m not my past, I’m my present. And my future is wide fucking open. I can make whatever kind of life I want for myself, and the life that I want for myself is with you, only with you.❞

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Title: Buns
Author: Alice Clayton
Series: Hudson Valley
Publication Date: May 23, 2017
Publisher: Gallery Books

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*I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.* 

Rating: ★★★½

Synopsis via Goodreads: Clara Morgan is living the dream, if you can call rebranding hotels that are desperate for a new life and running any kind of marathon a dream. Which she does. But the career she loves and the endurance races that keep her adrenaline pumping have kept her too busy to put down any roots. Growing up in foster care, she’s never been able to establish traditions of her own, which may be why she’s fascinated by the rituals that generations-old family resorts are known for. She’s especially interested in the Bryant Mountain House, and not just for their secret recipe for the yummy, gooey, can’t-get-enough-of Hot Cross Buns….

Archie Bryant, the man with the Buns, is fifth generation and one-day-owner of the charming yet run-down Bryant Mountain House in Bailey Falls, New York. He’s determined to save his family’s legacy from the wrecking ball the old-fashioned way—by gritting his teeth and doing what needs to be done. There’s no way Archie will be influenced by the new hotel branding expert his father brought in to turn one hundred and fifty years of tradition on its head just to attract a faster, younger, slicker crowd. But when some of Clara’s ideas start bringing in new, paying customers, Archie can’t deny that she may have just given him a shot at keeping his resort open.

It’s sticky, it’s messy, it’s sweet, it’s Buns.

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The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

“I love him so much it’s like a thread piercing me. Punching holes. Dragging through. Stitching love into me. I’ll never be able to untangle myself from this feeling.”- Lucy, The Hating Game

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Title: The Hating Game
Author: Sally Thorne
Publication Date: August 9, 2016
Publisher: William Morrow

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Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis via Goodreads: Debut author Sally Thorne bursts on the scene with a hilarious and sexy workplace comedy all about that thin, fine line between hate and love.

Nemesis (n.) 1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome.
2) A person’s undoing
3) Joshua Templeman

Lucy Hutton has always been certain that the nice girl can get the corner office. She’s charming and accommodating and prides herself on being loved by everyone at Bexley & Gamin. Everyone except for coldly efficient, impeccably attired, physically intimidating Joshua Templeman. And the feeling is mutual.

Trapped in a shared office together 40 (OK, 50 or 60) hours a week, they’ve become entrenched in an addictive, ridiculous never-ending game of one-upmanship. There’s the Staring Game. The Mirror Game. The HR Game. Lucy can’t let Joshua beat her at anything—especially when a huge new promotion goes up for the taking.

If Lucy wins this game, she’ll be Joshua’s boss. If she loses, she’ll resign. So why is she suddenly having steamy dreams about Joshua, and dressing for work like she’s got a hot date? After a perfectly innocent elevator ride ends with an earth shattering kiss, Lucy starts to wonder whether she’s got Joshua Templeman all wrong.

Maybe Lucy Hutton doesn’t hate Joshua Templeman. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

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The Girlfriend Request- Jodie Andrefski

“I was ready to play the starring role in the story of my life, with Eli as my leading man.”- Emma, The Girlfriend Request

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Title: The Girlfriend Request

Author: Jodie Andrefski

Publication Date: January 11, 2016

Publisher: Entangled: Crush

*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.*

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Updating best friend to girlfriend is more than a change of status…

Emma has been best friends with Eli since she moved to his neighborhood ten years ago. Tired of being cast in the role of the girl next door, Emma creates a fake Facebook profile in the hopes of starting an online friendship with Eli, which would hopefully lead to more. Like…way more. From friend request to In a Relationship–it all seemed so completely logical when she’d planned it.

Eli can’t figure out what Emma is up to. He’s pretty sure she’s the one behind the Facebook profile, but then again, why would she do something so drastic instead of just admitting she wants to be more than friends? And who the heck is this new guy he saw her with? Eli starts to think that just maybe…he missed his chance with the girl next door.

Two best friends, one outlandish ruse. Their status is about to become way more than It’s Complicated…

This Entangled Teen Crush book contains one fake Facebook profile, two best friends who secretly crave each other, and a dreaded sex talk with parents…boy crush in the room included. Pushing a relationship beyond the friend zone has never been so crazy…

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The cover for this book screams ROM-COM! I like it!

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Emma and Eli have been best friends for years. But now, Emma no longer wishes to be just to be seen as the girl-next-door. No, she wants more and she is willing do whatever it takes to get Eli’s attention, including creating a fake Facebook profile, which may end up doing more harm than good.

This book is told from Emma’s POV with dashes of Eli’s POV here and there. Although this was a quick and easy read, I found some parts of the plot to be a bit juvenile, especially since our main characters are about 16/17-years old.The silent treatments and over reacting over the littlest thing, like a flower, was just a bit too dramatic for my taste. 

With that being said, I was still entertained by this book. IT’S ROM-COM! There were so many moments where I could not stop laughing. Every time you thought these two would finally get together, something came up and I was rolling my eyes, huffing and puffing, but still reading on to see what happened next.

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I have a love/hate relationship with the characters in this book. While they are both very relatable characters, there were moments where I was just annoyed with them and the things they were doing.

Emma: I think we can all relate to Emma. Having a crush on a close friend and hoping that they somehow feel the same is something that many people have experienced, though I’m not so sure I would resort to cat-fishing my best friend to get him to notice me.

Eli: I really liked Eli for the most part, but what annoyed me about him was his sudden realization that he had feelings for Emma. DUDE, she was by your side for years and now you notice her?! I am actually not a big fan of this trope and I wish he would have stepped up to the plate sooner.

My favorite side character has to be Sarah, Emma’s best friend. She was the voice of reason and she basically lectured Emma throughout the story about how everything was going to come back and bite her later and IT DID! No surprise there.

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I did have some minor issues with this book. One thing I didn’t like was that there were not enough Eli chapters and the few chapters told from his POV were a bit short. I WANTED MORE ELI!

Another issue I had was with the ending. I felt that everything was wrapped up a bit to quickly and it was a little to cliché for my taste.

Overall, I did enjoy this book. If your looking for a quick and easy read that will make you LAUGH-OUT-LOUD, I suggest picking up this book and giving it a go.

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-Ari