Mann Cakes (Beach Pointe 1) By Mysti Parker [Book Review]

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Book Review: Mann Cakes by Mysti Parker | Romance | eBook | Book Blogger | RachelPoli.com

I downloaded this book on my Kindle when it was free from BookBub.

Summary:

Two brothers. Two sisters. One sweet & sexy rivalry. 

Twin brothers and Air Force vets, Tanner and Garrett Mann, return from deployment to find their thriving business burned to the ground. Time for Plan B: Move back to their hometown of Beach Pointe to start over.

But that means running into Paige and Morgan Baxter – gorgeous, curvy, and owners of Two Sisters Cupcakes.

There’s an old diner for sale across town, Garrett’s a great cook, and Tanner has an idea. They’ll make savory cupcakes that men would like. We’re talking bacon and Cheez Whiz. Even better? They’ll call it Mann Cakes. Problem is, they end up attracting an unexpected crowd.

Paige is furious. Every man in her life has left her behind, including Tanner. She’s sacrificed everything for her shop. She won’t lose it over some egotistical ex-boyfriend, even if he does have an Air Force-chiseled body. Her younger sister, Morgan, isn’t helping matters. She’s been gaga over Garrett since high school.

To hell with that. If it’s a fight Tanner wants, it’s a fight he’ll get. But how much is Paige willing to risk to win a cupcake war?

My Review:

Book Cover | RachelPoli.comNow that I’ve read the book, the cover makes a little more sense to me. I understood the baking part and yes, I know the romance part, but I couldn’t get the point of showing just one of the guys wearing an apron and holding a whisk. Now it makes more sense to me, but still. The cover is just okay to me.

First Thoughts | RachelPoli.comAfter reading the summary, I thought this book sounded like You’ve Got Mail or Coffee, Tea, or Me by Rich Amooi. I’m a fan of romantic comedies and this book was free on BookBub, so I decided to give it a try.

Plot | RachelPoli.comI felt this plot was all over the place. The summary is misleading to me. I thought I was going to get a light-hearted rom-com when, in fact, the book was way more romance than comedy. Honestly, I wouldn’t even classify this book as a comedy. BookBub told me it was a rom-com so I took it as such, but that was my own mistake. I should have known by reading the summary alone.

Still, there was very little baking going on in the book. Very little of the plot had to do with their cupcake shops. I definitely wanted more of the “cupcake war” that was mentioned in the summary. Instead, I got them falling in love with each other but pretending they weren’t in love with each other. There were many orgasm scenes which I skipped. I did not sign up for that when I decided to read this book. Then again, muscle-man is on the cover in nothing but an apron so, again, I guess I should have guessed.

There was also some mystery to it as well which was mentioned in the beginning and then there was a big blow-out at the end as the culprit was revealed. This wasn’t a mystery story though, so it was totally out of left field and made no sense.

Characters | RachelPoli.comPaige and Morgan are two sisters running a cupcake shop. Tanner and Garrett are twins who come back to their hometown and open a “savory” cupcake shop. I didn’t care about any of these characters and couldn’t relate to them at all. Paige had a rough life with “every man in her life [leaving] her behind” and also with an autistic 5-year-old. I think I was meant to sympathize with her due to that, but it didn’t work. Morgan gave up her art to help Paige, but there was barely any mention of her art and what she actually wanted to do in her life for me to care.

Same with Tanner and Garrett. They’re joined at the hip and complain about it. Yet they won’t leave each other’s side. They also went to war. Again, I think I was meant to sympathize with them for that fact, but it just didn’t work.

Writing Style | RachelPoli.com

This book is written in the four POVs, which wasn’t needed. Especially since each character liked to explain everything to the reader. It was one reason I couldn’t sympathize with any of the characters. They explained everything to me so I didn’t need to feel the pain or happiness or whatever they were feeling. The dialogue was bland as well. It was almost as if they were trying to hold my hand to carry me through the story.

Overall | RachelPoli.comI changed the rating on this book three times while writing this review. I tried to come up with some positives about the book, but for me, there just aren’t any positives. The plot made no sense and was misleading from the summary, the characters were unlikeable, and the writing was bland. This could have had a lot of potential, but I just couldn’t get into it.

Mann Cakes (Beach Pointe 1) by Mysti Parker gets…
Book Review Rating System | 1 Cup of Coffee | RachelPoli.com1 out of 5 cups

Favorite Quote:

“A pair of girls took a selfie with Garrett, whose smile was more Mona Lisa than Colgate commercial.” -Mysti Parker, Mann Cakes (Beach Pointe 1)

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Let’s Talk About Love By Claire Kann [Book Review]

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Book Review: Let's Talk About Love by Claire Kann | Reading | Romance | Young adult | LGBT | RachelPoli.com

I bought the book from Barnes & Noble.

Summary:

Alice had her whole summer planned. Non-stop all-you-can-eat buffets while marathoning her favorite TV shows (best friends totally included) with the smallest dash of adulting–working at the library to pay her share of the rent. The only thing missing from her perfect plan? Her girlfriend (who ended things when Alice confessed she’s asexual). Alice is done with dating–no thank you, do not pass go, stick a fork in her, done.

But then Alice meets Takumi and she can’t stop thinking about him or the rom com-grade romance feels she did not ask for (uncertainty, butterflies, and swoons, oh my!).

When her blissful summer takes an unexpected turn, and Takumi becomes her knight with a shiny library employee badge (close enough), Alice has to decide if she’s willing to risk their friendship for a love that might not be reciprocated—or understood.

My Review:

Book Cover | RachelPoli.com

I have nothing bad to say about the cover. I love the diversity, the font and coloring of the title, and of course, the pun.

First Thoughts | RachelPoli.com

My sister bought this book. She read it and enjoyed it so I thought I would give it a try.

Plot | RachelPoli.com

Alice is trying to come to terms with her asexuality. Or, she’s come to terms with it, but she’s only told her two best friends. Meanwhile, she’s trying to juggle what she wants to do with her life as her parents hop down her throat about law school and she’s trying to deal with her two best friends getting married when she can barely figure out how to date another human.

I found this story to be super involved and interesting to read about. As someone who doesn’t know a lot about asexuality, this was educational and it was great to go through Alice’s ups and downs with her.

Characters | RachelPoli.com

I cared a lot about Alice. I really felt for her throughout all her struggles in the book. Takumi was a fun character as well and, while he did annoy me here and there, he was a great addition to the cast.

Alice’s best friends, Feenie and Ryan, were cool in the beginning. While they’re a great little family, I quickly got annoyed at their “quarrel” that lasted the majority of the book. Alice’s family wasn’t much better either. I felt like the tension between her and her family could have been done without.

Writing Style | RachelPoli.com

This book was easy to read and follow along with the plot and sub-plots. Despite my complaints about a few of the characters, this was a quick read for me and it was hard to put down.

Overall | RachelPoli.com

This was a really good book. I’d definitely recommend it to anyone as it’s something all of us should learn and know about.

Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann gets…
Book Review Rating System | 4 Cups of Coffee | RachelPoli.com4 out of 5 cups

Favorite Quote:

“You can’t let one or two bad experiences stop you from being happy.” – Claire Kann, Let’s Talk About Love

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Your Name (Books 1-3) By Makoto Shinkai And Ranmaru Kotone [Book Review]

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Book Review: Your Name by Makoto Shinkai and Ranmaru Kotone | Manga | Fantasy | Romance | Reading | RachelPoli.com

I bought all three books at Barnes & Noble.

Summary:

Book 1: A story of two people determined to hold on to one another. Mitsuha, a high school girl from a town deep in the mountains, dreams of an unfamiliar life in Tokyo. Taki, a high school boy from Tokyo, dreams that he is a girl living in the mountains. As the two begin swapping lives, a miraculous story is set in motion.

Book 2: No longer being able to swap bodies, Taki desperately searches for any traces of Mitsuha.

Book 3: To save Mitsuha and all of Itomori from the comet Tiamat, Taki joins up with Saya-chin and Tesshi to evacuate the town. But Mitsuha’s father is stubborn and refuses to listen…

My Review:

Book Cover | RachelPoli.com

I find all the book covers to be absolutely gorgeous. The backs of the covers are super pretty with landscape art. The character designs are well done too.

First Thoughts | RachelPoli.com

I came across the first book at the bookstore and the blurb intrigued me. I’ve always wanted to read more manga and graphic novels. The other two books were there as well, on sale, so I bought all three at once.

Plot | RachelPoli.com

Each book has its own plot, of course. The first book shows the two characters trying to get use to each other’s bodies and lives. They try to figure out why they’re swapping but they enjoy it, so they don’t really complain. In the second book, Taki searches for any traces of Mitsuha when they no longer swap bodies. He discovers something awful and then the third book they try to spot it.

The overall story is pretty clever and it’s a fun, sweet read. I enjoyed where the plot went and I was always surprised by something.

Characters | RachelPoli.com

All the characters were well written and interesting to read about. Of course, my favorite characters were Taki and Mitsuha. They were great protagonists to follow and read about. I also loved Mitsuha’s little sister. She had a sassy personality which was just great.

Writing Style | RachelPoli.com

Being a manga, a lot of the story is told through the pictures. The art style was great. Although, I’m not used to reading right to left so I think I messed up some of the pages and had to re-read them. But that’s just me.

Overall, it was an easy read and all three books were quick to get through.

Overall | RachelPoli.com

The story was engaging and the characters were great to get to know. I believe it’s just the three books and the ending was so wonderfully satisfying but I still want more.

Your Name by Makoto Shinkai and Ranmaru Kotone gets…
Book Review Rating System | 5 Cups of Coffee | RachelPoli.com5 out of 5 cups

Favorite Quote:

“You’re weak, but you’re always so quick to fight.” –Makoto Shinkai, Your Name (Book 1)

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Once And For All By Sarah Dessen [Book Review]

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Once and for All by Sarah Dessen | Book Review | Young adult romance | RachelPoli.com

I bought this book at Barnes & Noble.

Summary:

As bubbly as champagne and delectable as wedding cake, Once and for All, Sarah Dessen’s thirteenth novel, is set in the world of wedding planning, where crises are routine.

Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that’s why she’s cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm’s length. But Ambrose isn’t about to be discouraged, now that he’s met the one girl he really wants.

My Review:

Book Cover | RachelPoli.com

This book is all about weddings, so having a subtle person throwing flowers into the air was certainly a nice touch. It’s a simple cover, yet it tells a lot about what the book may entail. I especially love the background color and, like all of Dessen’s books, the title, and author name pop out nicely and are large enough to be seen.

First Thoughts | RachelPoli.com

While I haven’t read all of Dessen’s books like most people, I’m trying to catch up. This is the author’s latest book and I grabbed it as soon as I could to keep up with the times. It didn’t disappoint.

Plot | RachelPoli.com

I felt as though this plot was a bit cliche. Louna works with her mother planning and working weddings but she doesn’t date herself. She doesn’t really believe in love. Then her mother hires Ambrose, an interesting character. Of course, Louna is distant toward him but Ambrose keeps trying. I’m sure you can already tell what’s going to happen.

Still, Dessen did it right. Louna carries baggage from a past boyfriend which heats things up a bit.

Characters | RachelPoli.com

I enjoyed all the characters. Louna made a great female lead and while Ambrose was annoying at first, he grew on me.

Louna’s mother was also a great character. She was the perfect mother figure but she and Louna had a good relationship with each other which made me feel good.

Writing Style | RachelPoli.com

This book is a decent length with some lengthy chapters. It all flows well and reads easily. It’s got a good pace and can be a quick read but you want to take your time with it.

Overall | RachelPoli.com

Dessen didn’t disappoint. If you enjoy a little romance, but not over-the-top romance, and like young adult, check out this book. Or any of Dessen’s books.

Once and for All by Sarah Dessen gets…
Book Review Rating System | 5 Cups of Coffee | RachelPoli.com5 out of 5 stars

Favorite Quote:

“Everyone’s always in their own world, when it’s still an option.” –Sarah Dessen, Once and for All

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