My Fair Millennial #3 by Elle Hume

I’M LIZETTE CLARY, aka Epic Fail Girl, internet-famous for being an embarrassment. It’s my career, brand, and life. It even landed me an internet-famous boyfriend who wants to get married. I love partying with Tommy. I guess I can’t imagine marrying anyone else.
But the wedding is totally bananas. Between sabotaging ex-editors and megalomaniac in-laws, I def can’t survive without the help of Jason Moon: a Pulitzer-winning photojournalist who saved me from addiction once. Oh, and my former dom. The fact I used to be in love with him isn’t important. He made it clear we’re Just Friends and he’s willing to keep my wedding from becoming one more Epic Fail.
There’s no way that our burning mutual attraction could ever go wrong.

I’M JASON MOON, and I’m about to watch the woman I love marry another man. It’s fine. I’m fine. I’m only worried about the stress sending Lizette back to the loving arms of Jose Cuervo. The only way to help seems to be taking over wedding planning. And why not? She used to be my submissive. We’re still co-editors, partners, and friends. Her wedding will go off without a hitch or I’m not Jason Moon.
Preparing Lizette for one last challenge means spending a lot of time together. Talking to her. Laughing with her. Remembering how my life is better in every way when she’s by my side. I might not be able to let her walk down the aisle when I’m done—even though claiming Lizette as mine will ruin her wedding and her life. I’ve always been the responsible one who makes all the right decisions. Maybe it’s time to make a few big mistakes of my own.

I spent most of My Fair Millennial 3 wonder “what the heck?!?” Granted, that confusion was directed to Lizette most of the time, but Jason got that reaction from me more than his fair share as well. These two were about as opposite as two people could be, but they were also meant for each other – which everyone remotely close to them could see, except for them. *sigh*

It would have been way too easy to expect things to take a turn between Lizette and Jason in this, the final book in the series, but still, I didn’t expect to find Lizette where she was when this book began. I thought she had grown beyond… well… pretty much everything she was before. In some ways she had, but Jason had unintentionally broken her heart, so Tommy was the next best thing. Yikes!

My Fair Millennial 3 kind of snuck up on me. Not that I didn’t love it from the beginning – regardless about how irritated I was with Lizette, but I reached a certain point in the book where it became impossible to put down. A lot of this book was like watching a train wreck about to happen – you knew things were going to blow up and there was nothing you could do to stop it. It was also mixed with the sweet moments between Jason and Lizette that just screamed how much in love they were with each other – just not loud enough that they could hear it.

Obviously, there was a lot to love about My Fair Millennial 3, but there was also a lot to not love – and that list (of characters) seemed to grow as the story progressed. I haven’t been a big fan of Tommy since the beginning of the series, but his family was worse. A few of my other “favorite” characters to “hate” kept popping back up too – some people just never learn. And yeah, some of that was a little over the top, but so was pretty much everything in Lizette’s world. It’s part of her charm 😉

Basically, this series was silly, sweet, at times unbelievable, but mostly just plain fun. I really hope we haven’t seen the last of Lizette and friends. There’s so much I want to know about what comes next. There are so many great characters that I want to get to know better. Puppies to train, babies to name, weddings to plan… but I digress. Elle Hume definitely took me by surprise with this series and I loved every minute of it. ❤

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How to Be a Movie Star (How to Be #2) by T.J. Klune

Josiah Erickson wants to be a movie star. The problem with that is so does half of Los Angeles. But he’s on his way, what with memorable roles as a TV show background cadaver and a guy in a commercial for herpes medication. All he needs is his big break. And that break may come in the form of a novelist who goes by the enigmatic name of Q-Bert.
Q-Bert, who is ready to make his directorial debut in a film Josy would be perfect for. Q-Bert, who Josy may or may not have a friend-crush on, and potentially something more. Being demisexual can be confusing.
From the City of Angels to the small mountain town of Abby, Oregon, Josy will give his all to make sure his dreams come true—even the ones he never thought possible.

My initial reaction when I finished How to Be a Movie Star? – Oh Josy, and Quincy, and We Three Queens, and Gus and Casey, and … oh my…
I gotta admit, it wasn’t quite as good as How to Be a Normal Person, but it was close enough to make me fall in love with these characters (and a few others) all over again. *sigh*

How to Be was never meant to be a series. No matter how much readers begged for a sequel to How to Be a Normal Person, the author assured them that there would never be another book that featured Grumpy Gus and friends. It was a one time stand alone – end of discussion. Thank whatever powers that be that these characters were more strong willed than the author expected. 😀

Out of the Three Ironic Amigos (Casey’s friends from LA), Josy was my favorite (and apparently Gus’.) For that reason, I’m really glad that he got his HEA. Then there was Q-Bert. He was adorable and flustered and shy and Josy… was, well Josy – their first meeting was both adorable and a total disaster.

I loved getting to know Josy better and meeting Q-Bert, but spending time with Gus and Casey was great too. Gus was a quirky as ever and Casey was just as devoted. One of my favorite moments was when both Josy and Casey jumped to Gus’ defense when Q-Bert asked a totally innocent question… their reaction was priceless and made me love them both even more.

There’s so much more I could say about How to Be a Movie Star, but honestly, it’s something you just have to experience. From the rest of the Ironic Amigos, to the quirky residents of Abby, Oregon – which of course, include the We Three Queens, it was the perfect sequel that was never meant to be. 😉

 

My Fair Millennial by Elle Hume

I’M LIZETTE CLARY, copywriter by day and Epic Fail Girl by night. I’m an internet meme so notorious that I made a brand out of being human wreckage. Now I’m up for a promotion to New Media Editor at my real job, but there’s a catch: I have to compete with some guy named Jason Moon, a Pulitzer-winning photojournalist taller and more gorgeous than any man I’ve swiped right on.
Jason says he doesn’t want the New Media Editor job, but a project that inspires him. And right now, he seems inspired to help me stop being an Epic Fail. We have to work together for six months either way. What’s the harm in becoming Jason Moon’s pet project?
I’M JASON MOON. Yes, that Jason Moon. It’s been years since I felt inspiration. My last muse destroyed my life when she left it, and I’ve been looking for a new model to relight the fire inside me. Instead, I have Lizette Clary, a party girl who comes to work hungover with a poop emoji purse. She’s brilliant, but the New Media Editor needs more than brilliance. She needs control.
I’ll help her learn to “adult,” so to speak. Lizette’s eager to improve, and by the time I’m done with her, she’ll be a great editor. My plan is perfect except for one thing… I’m starting to feel inspired by a human meme. And it’s not just passion for art.
MY FAIR MILLENNIAL is Pygmalion with Snapchat puppy ears. A hilarious contemporary romance filled with slapstick, sexual tension, and enough 2014 pop culture to leave you swinging from the chandelier.
First in a new series by really good-looking and hilarious author Elle Hume.

So, what do you get when one of your favorite kick a** urban fantasy writers decides to jump into a light version of contemporary romance? A fun romp with an edge… but not too much of an edge. Just enough to keep things fun. 😉

Lizette was a mess. I have to admit, it took me a while to really “like” her. Actually, my opinion of her pretty much matched Jason’s. She seemed to not care at all, had no sense of responsibility and cared about no one but herself and even that was debatable at times. Then I got to know her.

To be fair, I had a hard time getting to know Jason too. He seemed self centered, conceited and compared to Lizette, had a strict work ethic that he wouldn’t budge on… then I got to know him. Funny how that works, isn’t it?

Lizette and Jason took their time getting to a point where they could tolerate each other, but they also tried hard to hide their mutual attraction. That avoidance, cat & mouse game was a lot of fun to watch.

My Fair Millennial didn’t exactly end in an HEA and it almost ended in an HFN – more like a mutual agreement? Needless to say, I can’t wait until Elle Hume releases the next installment in her first romantic comedy 😉

Blasphemy! by T.J. Klune

Blasphemy!
Or,
When he sees Satan stuck in a rut, God provides a little divine intervention, suggesting the Devil get back to basics.
Taking God’s advice, Satan answers a summons to a crossroad on Earth, hellbent on brokering a deal in exchange for the soul of the human who summoned him.
The problem with that is the summoner is a deviant twink named Jimmy who immediately falls in love at first sight, much to Satan’s dismay.
Blasphemy! Where God is a frat bro who wants to get his brother laid, Satan absolutely does not have time for this shit, and Jimmy wants to climb the Devil like a tree.

This book is pure T.J. Klune hilarity – as you can probably tell from the description. That little blurb doesn’t even come close to the LOL! moments that are woven within this short little gem. There is absolutely nothing serious about this one, so if you need a short, funny read to tickle your funny bone, Blasphemy! should do the trick. Enjoy!

Blasphemy! is a freebie that’s available on T.J. Klune’s website. You can read it there or download the PDF or mobi version, but before you do – please read the disclaimer. 😉

Tell Me It’s Real (At First Sight #1) by T.J. Klune

Do you believe in love at first sight?
Paul Auster doesn’t. Paul doesn’t believe in much at all. He’s thirty, slightly overweight, and his best features are his acerbic wit and the color commentary he provides as life passes him by. His closest friends are a two-legged dog named Wheels and a quasibipolar drag queen named Helena Handbasket. He works a dead-end job in a soul-sucking cubicle, and if his grandmother’s homophobic parrot insults him one more time, Paul is going to wring its stupid neck.
Enter Vince Taylor.
Vince is everything Paul isn’t: sexy, confident, and dumber than the proverbial box of rocks. And for some reason, Vince pursues Paul relentlessly. Vince must be messing with him, because there is no way Vince could want someone like Paul.
But when Paul hits Vince with his car—in a completely unintentional if-he-died-it’d-only-be-manslaughter kind of way—he’s forced to see Vince in a whole new light. The only thing stopping Paul from believing in Vince is himself—and that is one obstacle Paul can’t quite seem to overcome. But when tragedy strikes Vince’s family, Paul must put aside any notions he has about himself and stand next to the man who thinks he’s perfect the way he is.

TJ Klune’s books really need to come with a disclaimer… something about uncontrollable laughter followed by tears – sometimes simultaneously. Sometimes within the same chapter and more often than not, within the same paragraph. And for the record, reading it the second (or third…) time around doesn’t change a thing. I fall in love with Paul, Vince and Sandy – and everyone else all over again. Every. Single. Time. 😉

Paul is… well, Paul. There’s really no other way to explain him. His self-confidence and self esteem are at the same level.. zero. It’s not because he has people putting him down – he’s got a huge support system that includes family and close friends who tell him constantly how special he is. You don’t have to spend much time with Paul to realize that he is special and loving and as devoted to those he considers family as they are to him. He just doesn’t see in himself what others see, which is sad. Especially when Vince comes into his life, because there is no way in Paul’s mind that someone like Vince could possibly fall for someone like Paul. He spends the better part of the book afraid that it’s an elaborate prank. There’s no way that it could possibly be real.

Then there’s Vince, sweet, lovable, totally misunderstood Vince. I loved the guy and I loved that Paul saw in him almost from the start (at least after the unfortunate incident with the car) what others didn’t. Just like Vince saw in Paul even more than those who knew him best, Paul saw Vince in a way that no one else did. It became his ultimate goal to protect Vince from everything and everyone who even hinted at the possibility of hurting him in any way. Extreme, I know, but that’s Paul. He jumped first and asked questions later. That trait almost caused him to lose everything… almost.

Tell Me It’s Real was a light read in this author’s spectrum, but there were some parts that were heartbreaking… which is a trait that Mr. Klune sometimes carries to the extreme. Hence, the love/hate – author/reader relationship that I have with TJ Klune. You just never know what type of tears you will be shedding – so have the tissues close by regardless.

Somehow I inadvertently neglected to review Tell Me It’s Real the first time around, so that has now been rectified. Next up is The Queen and the Homo Jock King – which somehow I have no record of reading – but I know for a fact that I did. Stay tuned, because there will be “proof of reading” coming soon. 😉

How to be a Normal Person by T.J. Klune

Gustavo Tiberius is not normal. He knows this. Everyone in his small town of Abby, Oregon, knows this. He reads encyclopedias every night before bed. He has a pet ferret called Harry S. Truman. He owns a video rental store that no one goes to. His closest friends are a lady named Lottie with drag queen hair and a trio of elderly Vespa riders known as the We Three Queens.
Gus is not normal. And he’s fine with that. All he wants is to be left alone.
Until Casey, an asexual stoner hipster and the newest employee at Lottie’s Lattes, enters his life. For some reason, Casey thinks Gus is the greatest thing ever. And maybe Gus is starting to think the same thing about Casey, even if Casey is obsessive about Instagramming his food.
But Gus isn’t normal and Casey deserves someone who can be. Suddenly wanting to be that someone, Gus steps out of his comfort zone and plans to become the most normal person ever.
After all, what could possibly go wrong?

T.J. Klune’s books are a lot of things. They can be emotionally draining, beautiful, gut wrenching, thought provoking, witty, hilarious, crazy, fantastical – whatever they are, I never walk away from one of this author’s books feeling the same as when I picked it up. Basically, they make you feel. Sometimes more than one emotion in the same book (sometimes the same chapter and occasionally the same paragraph…)

From the description of How to be a Normal Person, you can probably guess where the feels come from. Which begs the question, what exactly is normal? Gus desperately wants to find out almost from the very first time he meets Casey. The craziness that ensues in that desperate endeavor is one of the most entertaining reads I’ve picked up in a long time. In true Klune fashion, hilarity is not the only aspect of How to be a Normal Person. I walked away from my time spent with the residents (and visitors) of Abby, Oregon wanting to be best friends with almost all of them, but mostly Gus.

I honestly could go on and on and on… but it wouldn’t come close to the full experience of How to be a Normal Person. I’m not sure why it took me so long to read this one, but I can pretty much guarantee that it will be added to my re-read list. Especially since there’s a sequel in the future. If you have yet to pick up a book by T.J. Klune, you can start here. Or, like me, you can start with Bear, Otter and the Kid, or Wolfsong, or The Lightning Struck Heart, or… anywhere. Just don’t deny yourself any longer. You can thank me later. 😉

Lovers Leap by J.L. Merrow

LoversLeapIf they looked, would they ever leap?
Good-looking, confident, and doted on by his widowed mum, Michael is used to thinking only of himself. Getting shoved off an Isle of Wight pier by an exasperated ex ought to come as a wake-up call—but then he meets Rufus and he’s right back to letting the little head take charge. Rufus is cute, keen, and gets under Michael’s skin in a disturbing way.
Would-be chef Rufus can’t believe his luck when a dripping wet dream of a man walks out of the sea on his birthday, especially when Michael ends up staying at the family B&B. Life is perfect—at least until Michael has to go home to the mainland.
Rufus can’t leave the island for reasons he’s entirely neglected to mention. And though Michael identifies as bi, breaking his mum’s heart by coming out and having an actual relationship with a guy has never been his plan. With both men determined to keep their secrets, a leap of faith could land them in deep water.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1Okay, so there was absolutely nothing serious about this one, but sometimes that’s okay. It was a sweet, silly little romance.

Michael is spoiled and self centered, but there’s something about Rufus that makes him want to stick around. Rufus has his own secrets that he’s hidden from everyone, except for his best friend.

The comedy of errors that bring these two together and fueling the small town’s gossip mill, turned this into a light, humorous read. If you’re looking for something deeper, this one probably isn’t for you. If you’re looking for a cute, funny read, Lovers Leap will more than likely fill the bill.

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The Nerd Who Loved Me (Nerds #2) by Vicki Lewis Thompson

TheNerdWhoLovedMeShe’s got the high-kicks…
Lainie Terrell is no ordinary single mother. With feathers in all the right places, she’s one of the hottest showgirls in Vegas. Aside from a hot-tempered ex-boyfriend on her sequined tail, Lainie’s biggest problem is finding a decent babysitter for her son. Lainie’s dilemma is solved when she ropes Harry Ambrewster, the casino’s shy-but very smart and cute-accountant, into the task. 

He’s got the low-down…
Inheriting his chemist father’s high I.Q. and sexy good looks, Harry has always been intrigued by Lainie. He isn’t thrilled at the prospect of babysitting, but he’ll do anything to get near the gal who fuels his craziest fantasies. Then Lainie’s dangerous ex comes knocking…

Their option? Run faster than a pair of net stockings…
In disguise and on the lam, Lainie’s masquerading as the perfect wife. Harry’s doubling as the he-man protector. But with a set-up this hot, who’s fooling who? When the lights go down, and the masks come off, a nerd like Harry could be just the right ignition to set a woman like Lainie on fire.

If you’re in the mood for something light and cute, The Nerd Who Loved Me is just that kind of read.

Harry was adorable and a lot braver than he thought. Lainie was a great mom in an impossible situation. She wanted to be independent and get herself and her son out of the trouble they were in. She wasn’t used to depending on or trusting anyone. Needless to say she was a bit overwhelmed when a group of ex-showgirls, a mob boss and her favorite nerd all came to her rescue… like it or not.

The characters were great, the romance was hot but still really sweet. The situations were crazy and at times laugh out loud worthy. Throw in an adorable, intelligent and witty kid and there’s plenty of fun to go around.

Even though this is the second book in the series, the books don’t seem to be connected at all so I think you’d be fine jumping right in with The Nerd Who Loved Me. If you just can’t read a book out of order based on principle, the first book in the series is Nerd in Shining Armor.

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It’s All Geek to Me by J.L. Merrow

ItsAllGeekToMeJez is on a mission of mercy: to replace a tragically deceased comic book for his injured best mate, Tel. Venturing into the Hidden Asteroid bookstore in London—the temple of geekdom itself—Jez is bowled over by the guy behind the counter.

Rhys is the poster boy for hot geeks: tall, gorgeous, and totally cool. Jez is desperate to impress him, so he bluffs his way through comic book jargon . . . and then dashes back to the hospital to beg Tel to teach him how to speak Geek.

Tel’s happy to oblige, and Jez is over the moon when Rhys asks him out. He’s even more thrilled when they discover a shared love of rugby, something he won’t have to fake for Rhys. The question is, how long can Jez keep up the deception, and what will happen when Rhys realizes he’s going out with a Fake Geek Guy?

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1It’s All Geek to Me was just plain cute. I know. That’s usually not the description that you expect from a M/M Romance, but that’s what this one was. The characters were cute, the premise was cute and the inner dialogue that Jez has with himself is not just cute but adorable.

Cute as it was and with all of it’s ‘Laugh Out Loud’ moments, it was way too short. It’s not that it didn’t come to a satisfactory end or that things were rushed, it’s more that now that I’ve been introduced to Jez, Rhys and even Tel, I want to get to know them better. I loved these guys and even though the story was a bit predictable, it was still a fun, quick read. 😉

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Wickedest Witch by Eva Langlais

WickedestWitchThank you for engaging the services of Wicked Incorporated, where the insults are given for free.
Evangeline is not a very nice witch, and she’s not afraid to show it. Her ruthless nature comes in handy as a problem solver until she lands a job where she’s forced to work with an uncouth shifter. He’s rude, cocky, totally unsuitable, not to mention part animal, but despite it all, she can’t help craving his touch.
Ryker is big, bad, and brash. When he’s partnered with a curvy witch, he does everything in his power to fight her allure. And fails. But he’s not too disappointed as he discovers wickedness has its uses, especially in the bedroom.
Vampires, a wedding from hell, and a cackling boss named Rumpelstiltskin, will these two wicked beings complete their job and admit, despite their stubborn nature, that they belong together?

This was my first Eve Langlais read, but given the fact that a lot of bloggers that share my reading taste liked it, I wasn’t surprised that I did too.

Evangeline was a fun character. She was definitely wicked, but not in an evil way. I know, that sentence makes little or no sense out of context, but once you read this book you will totally understand, honest.

Ryker was fun too. Evangeline brought feelings and emotions out in him that he didn’t know he was even capable of. Thrown together, these two characters were extremely entertaining. The supporting cast of characters was a lot of fun too. The interactions that Evangeline and Ryker had with them made this book even more fun. Do you sense a theme here?

Yep, Wickedest Witch was a cute, funny – not to mention hot and steamy, read. There was plenty of action and a little bit of mystery thrown into the mix. I can’t wait to pick up my next Eve Langlais book. 😉

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I received Wickedest Witch as a free download from Amazon on June 21, 2013.

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