Book Tour: The Decoy Girlfriend by Lillie Vale | Spotlight

Welcome to my stop on the TBR and Beyond Tours Book Tour for The Decoy Girlfriend by Lillie Vale! This sounds really good and my type of RomCom: fake-dating, look-alike/doppelgänger, bookish main character (a writer)! Oddly, these last few months have been the summer of horror since that’s all that’s been calling to me (horrors/thrillers/mysteries), which meant my RomCom reading came to a slow (almost hault!). I’m hoping to pick it up soon though, because it really does sound addictive and good! Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to see the tour schedule for other content creators links.

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Review: Loveboat Reunion (Loveboat, Taipei #2) by Abigail Hing Wen

Title: Loveboat Reunion
Series: Loveboat, Taipei #2
Author: Abigail Hing Wen
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: January 25th, 2022
Page Length: 432
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Range: YA
Rep: Asian American and Asian (Chinese and Taiwan), Dyslexia, Dysgraphia
Rating: 4.25⭐

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Sophie Ha and Xavier Yeh have what some would call a tumultuous past.

Hearts were broken, revenge was plotted—but at least they’re friends now. They left the drama behind them back in Taipei—at their summer program, Loveboat—forever.

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Review: The Charm Offensive by Alison Cochrun

Title: The Charm Offensive
Author: Alison Cochrun
Publisher: Atria Books
Release Date: September 7th, 2021
Page Length: 358
Genre: RomCom
Age Range: Adult
Rep: Gay, Asexual, Demisexual, Bisexual, Lesbian, Pansexual, OCD, Panic Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Depression, Indian-American, Chinese-American, Black, Muslim
Rating: 4.25⭐

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Goodreads Synopsis: Dev Deshpande has always believed in fairy tales. So it’s no wonder then that he’s spent his career crafting them on the long-running reality dating show Ever After. As the most successful producer in the franchise’s history, Dev always scripts the perfect love story for his contestants, even as his own love life crashes and burns. But then the show casts disgraced tech wunderkind Charlie Winshaw as its star.

Charlie is far from the romantic Prince Charming Ever After expects. He doesn’t believe in true love, and only agreed to the show as a last-ditch effort to rehabilitate his image. In front of the cameras, he’s a stiff, anxious mess with no idea how to date twenty women on national television. Behind the scenes, he’s cold, awkward, and emotionally closed-off.

As Dev fights to get Charlie to connect with the contestants on a whirlwind, worldwide tour, they begin to open up to each other, and Charlie realizes he has better chemistry with Dev than with any of his female co-stars. But even reality TV has a script, and in order to find to happily ever after, they’ll have to reconsider whose love story gets told.

In this witty and heartwarming romantic comedy—reminiscent of Red, White & Royal Blue and One to Watch—an awkward tech wunderkind on a reality dating show goes off-script when sparks fly with his producer. 

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Book Tour: It’s All In How You Fall by Sarah Henning | Author Interview & Review

Welcome to my stop on the TBR and Beyond Tours Book Tour for It’s All In How You Fall by Sarah Henning. I had only read Sea Witch by Sarah Henning before reading It’s All In How You Fall, so I was curious how her writing would work in a contemporary setting. My full thoughts are below, but I was very pleasantly surprised! I was also lucky enough to get an interview with Sarah Henning, which you can find before my review.

Thank you to Sarah Henning and Poppy for sending me a copy for this review.

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2022 Summer TBR

Time for a little TBR update. I really haven’t been making a true TBR over the last few months. I’ve mostly put a list of random books that I may want to read that month, grab the audiobooks I need to borrow, and then pick up what I feel like – from the list or just a random one. So instead of making a TBR post like that (silly and time consuming) I figured I’d give a list of nine books that I’m hoping to read in July/August. These may be on here because of a buddy read, group read, ARC, or just feeling like I might be in the mood.

So in no real order, here are the books I’m hoping to read and a couple of reasons why.

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Book Tour: Zyla & Kai by Kristina Forest | Spotlight

Welcome to my stop on the TBR and Beyond Tours Book Tour for Zyla & Kai by Kristina Forest. Before I found out about this tour I was curious about this romance – look at that cover and say no to that sweetness!! I dare you! Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to see the tour schedule and links to other content creators and their thougthts.

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Recommendations: Nine 2022 LGBTQIA+ Reads

I find myself wanting to make recommendations lists from time to time, but don’t always have a specific post or reason in mind. With that thought in mind, I’d thought from time to time I’d do random recommendations. These recommendations could fit a theme of the month or genre’s I’ve been gravitating towards. This is only my second one, first one was Five Adult RomComs all the way back in February (but I think I have another one coming a lot sooner!).

I’ve read so many amazing LGBTQIA+ books this year already that I wanted to share some. I decided to be super specific this time a pick only 2022 releases! I may have to do a Part 2 near the end of the year the way things are going because I had originally planned only 5 but couldn’t cute enough lol! So without further adieu, let’s get into it!

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Top 5 Wednesday: Worth the Hype

It’s been a little while since I’ve done one of these! Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly book meme created by Samantha and Lainey. Each Wednesday there is a new topic where you can discuss your Top 5 in relation to that topic.

Want to be a part of T5W? You can join the group on Goodreads and see each weekly topic here.

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Book Tour: The Edge of Summer by Erica George | Spotlight

Welcome to my stop on the TBR and Beyond Tours Book Tour for The Edge of Summer by Erica George. This cover screams my summery aesthetic and it sounds like the perfect summer read! This also sounds like it might have some heartbreaking moments, so one I’ll need to prepare myself for – likely in August when I read it. If you’re curious about others thoughts before I can get a review up, then be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to see the tour schedule for other content creators.

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Review: TJ Powar Has Something to Prove by Jesmeen Kaur Deo

Title: TJ Powar Has Something to Prove
Author: Jesmeen Kaur Deo
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Release Date: June 7th, 2022
Page Length: 368
Genre: Contemporary | Romance
Age Range: YA
Rep: South East Asian (Desi), Punjabi & Sikh, Speech Disorder, Plus-size, Asian Transgender
Rating: 4⭐

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Goodreads Synopsis:

A charming rom-com about high school debater TJ Powar who—after becoming the subject of an ugly meme—makes a resolution to stop shaving, plucking, and waxing, and prove that she can be her hairy self and still be beautiful…but soon finds this may be her most difficult debate yet. Perfect for fans of Netflix’s Never Have I Ever.

When TJ Powar—a pretty, popular debater—and her cousin Simran become the subject of a meme: with TJ being the “expectation” of dating an Indian girl and her Sikh cousin who does not remove her body hair being the “reality”—TJ decides to take a stand.

She ditches her razors, cancels her waxing appointments, and sets a debate resolution for herself: “This House Believes That TJ Powar can be her hairy self, and still be beautiful.” Only, as she sets about proving her point, she starts to seriously doubt anyone could care about her just the way she is—even when the infuriating boy from a rival debate team seems determined to prove otherwise.

As her carefully crafted sense of self begins to crumble, TJ realizes that winning this debate may cost her far more than the space between her eyebrows. And that the hardest judge to convince of her arguments might just be herself.

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