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Lock Every Door by Riley Sager Book Review

Jules is jobless and broke. She just broke up with her cheating boyfriend and is crashing on her best friend’s couch as a result.

All she wants is a break from all the bad luck so that she can finally start over.

When she lands a job to apartment sit at the historic and majestic Bartholomew, she can’t believe her luck. All she needs to do is live at apartment 12A for three months and she gets paid $12,000. Easiest twelve grand she will ever make.

Jules also learns that there are strict rules that apartment sitters must follow. No guests or visitors, no photos taken inside the Bartholomew posted on social media, no leaving the apartment at night to sleep somewhere else.

Most importantly, no disturbing the other residents, and no asking questions.

She quickly moves in despite her best friend Chloe’s protests. She ignores her warnings about the Bartholomew’s dark history and the tragic deaths surrounding the building.

People pay millions of dollars to live in the Bartholomew. Residents are protected from the public eye at all costs. They can have their weird rules as long as Jules gets her money.

Still Jules can’t get rid of the feeling that her every move is being watched, and that the Bartholomew holds secrets far more terrifying than the residents or the staff are letting on.

When one of the apartment sitters vanishes in the middle of the night, Jules knows that she did not leave the Bartholomew willingly.

All the signs are telling her that she’s in danger, and that she must leave right away.

But not without truly knowing what happened to the missing apartment sitter.

Not without knowing what the hell is going on in that strange old building.

And as much as she hated to admit it, she can’t leave on a hunch and lose $12,000 in the process.

I really enjoyed this book! There was a good flow to the story even if it travels back a little bit in time and then back again to present day. The tension and the dread built up nicely and culminated in a very surprising but satisfying finish.

It starts off quite slowly. You’ll think you’ve got it figured out halfway through the book, and that maybe it deserves a 2- or 3-star rating. Just keep reading. Shocking reveals ahead.

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Book Review: Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

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It’s a light, fun, hilarious, and quirky story about two best friends who decide that they can’t date one another.

Josh has ruled out dating Hazel because she’s so different. She speaks her mind and feels things in a huge way. Which also makes her the most unique and special person he’s ever met and the best friend he’s ever had.

Hazel, on the other hand, has always liked Josh. She had the biggest crush on him in college. But the countless embarrassing mistakes she committed in his presence has convinced her that she’s undateable in the eyes of perfect, gorgeous, and smart Josh.

So they just decide to set each other up on blind dates with friends they think will be a great match for them.

But with every date that bombs, a real connection between Josh and Hazel is established. Lines are eventually crossed, and questions are finally asked.

Should they keep doing these things that only lovers do and risk losing their friendship? A friendship that is only the most important thing in their lives?

It’s steamy and sexy, with a whole lot of comedy, chemistry, and cuteness! Josh and Hazel are so adorable, and I loved their whole friendship/flirtationship.

Their awkwardness will make you laugh, and their sweet, quiet moments will leave you smiling and feeling giddy.

I just wish the book ended with that last chapter and not with that corny epilogue. I hated the epilogue.

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Book Review: The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

I REALLY LOVED IT. This book is so darn cute I swear I still have dopey heart eyes.

Also, I have found my fictional boyfriend of 2019!

Sure, there were some situations in the story that were a little too convenient. But this is just to up the cute and awkward factor. Thankfully, it worked like a charm.

Meet our main character Olive Torres. She refers to herself as the unlucky twin.

All those years growing up, it was always her identical twin sister Ami who wins at life. Now she’s getting married to a guy she’s crazy in love with, and she didn’t even have to pay for her wedding because of all those internet contests that she won.

But then a stroke of good luck for Olive, albeit bad for the entire wedding party, including Ami and her new husband Dane. They all fall sick after eating bad shellfish from the wedding buffet.

Only Olive and Ethan, Dane’s hot older brother, came out unscathed.

The two have never really gotten along since day one.

She thinks he’s obnoxious and judgey because of how much she loves carbs.

He thinks she’s just a bitter, cold, and angry human being overall.

But they will have to put aside their personal hatred for each other if they’re going together on Ami and Dane’s Hawaii honeymoon. Ami worked her ass off to win that perfect vacation package, and she’s not going to let it go to waste just because of food poisoning.

Anyway, no one in Hawaii knows that Ami has an identical twin, and that Dane has an older brother who looks a lot like him. It’s a good plan, even if it means pretending to be a newlywed couple on their honeymoon.

Might as well hop on that plane, spend ten wonderful days in paradise, and try her best to avoid being in the same place with Ethan. Sounds easy enough, right?

This is where the fun begins, and this is where you will start to fall in love with these two frenemies.

I know the plot does not sound like a lot, but there are layers to the story that will keep you turning the pages.

I honestly thought this was going to be just a lame, cutesy, and cheesy rom-com about enemies turning into lovers.

I was wrong. It was fun, hilarious, delightful, cute, witty, heartwarming, and oh-so-romantic.

It made me swoon, giggle, laugh out loud, and scream into a pillow while wishing so hard that Ethan Thomas were real so that I could stalk and date him.

I really loved the whole Ethan and Olive dynamic. I super enjoyed their quasi-hatred for each other that I found myself checking how many pages I have left BECAUSE I DID NOT WANT THE BOOK TO END.

Read this if you’re up for a good time, in need of some positive vibes, or simply need to be swept off your feet. Sigh.

Witty banter, sexual tension, cute romance, Maui paradise, loud and meddly family, hot but stuffy guy who says all the right and wrong things, and a main character who takes herself too seriously until she does not. What more can you ask for?

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Recursion by Blake Crouch Book Review

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When NYC cop Barry Sutton responds to a call about a woman on a building rooftop about to jump off, she told him that she’s got FMS, or False Memory Syndrome.

She recalled having pain at the back of her head and an awful nosebleed, and then suddenly having all these memories of another life where she was a mother to a nine-year-old boy named Sam and a wife to her husband Joe Behrman. They lived in Vermont, and she and her husband owned a landscaping business.

From the memories that she saw, she knew they were a very happy family.

But how could that be possible when she’s single and works as an investment banker in New York?

The last thing the woman said before jumping to her death was “My son has been erased.”

This is how the story begins, and what follows is a mind-bending, death-defying adventure that travels through different timelines, from the present to as far back as the 1980s,culminating in all things shocking, horrific, or heartbreaking.

It’s up to Barry and Helena, the neuroscientist responsible for creating the technology that’s changing the world and altering people’s memories, to step in and do the right thing before the mistake becomes irreversible and plunges all of mankind into death and destruction.

I’m a huge Blake Crouch fan. When I found out that he had a new book coming out, of course I had to read it the day it gets released!

I enjoyed his previous book, Dark Matter, immensely. Recursion is in the same boat as Dark Matter, but this is really wild, entertaining, shocking, fast-paced, thought-provoking, and yes, romantic even.

It can get pretty confusing when Barry and Helena start jumping to different timelines. It also gets too scientific at one point, but the action never stops.

Pay attention to the dates every new chapter and you’ll be just fine.

I just read that there will be a Netflix adaptation, and it will be both a movie and a series, with Shonda Rhimes and Matt Reeves at the helm. Well, that was quick! It will be really cool to see all those timeline jumps.

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Book Review: Verity by Colleen Hoover

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Without giving away too much of the plot, it’s about struggling writer Lowen Ashleigh who receives a once in a lifetime writing opportunity that will get her out of her financial mess.

The job will require her to co-write and finish the remaining books in the bestselling and critically acclaimed series of Verity Crawford.

A task that Verity can no longer accomplish because of the injuries that she sustained from her recent car accident.

Lowen is not too keen at first. But because of her unexpected affinity with Jeremy, Verity’s husband, she finds herself saying yes.

To be able to write the three remaining books in a span of 24 months, Lowen must sort through years and years of Verity’s notes and get familiar with her style of writing.

All while trying to fight the powerful attraction that she has for Jeremy, devoted father and married man.

All while fighting a moral battle whether she should tell him about Verity’s autobiography manuscript or not, because it’s so horrifying that he will never look at his wife the same way again.

This book is twisted, dark, and disturbing. It’s a total mind f*ck. Therefore, I loved it.

I loved the feeling of unease, dread, and shock that Colleen Hoover has powerfully created here. I’m not a fan of her romance novels, but this first foray to suspense thrillers is definitely an achievement. I was hooked from the get-go, and I could not believe that shocking ending. Holy hell.

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