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Whisper Reviews (2) | Hate-to-Love, YA Gay Romance, Historical Romance

Whisper Reviews is going to be a feature in the blog where I showcase books I needed to review eons ago (not that long, but kind of) and write a short review for each book.

Below, I have a lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers rom-com between an engaged couple; a gay teen who met his dream guy, only for him to not be out of the closet; a historical romance where the heroine is expected to marry someone of rank, and the hero wants nothing to do with his title.

by Sarah Hogle
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: April 7th 2020 by 
G.P. Putnam's Sons
Format: eARC

Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
Rating: ★★★★½
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When your nemesis also happens to be your fiance, happily ever after becomes a lot more complicated in this wickedly funny, lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy debut.

Naomi Westfield has the perfect fiance: Nicholas Rose holds doors open for her, remembers her restaurant orders, and comes from the kind of upstanding society family any bride would love to be a part of. They never fight. They’re preparing for their lavish wedding that’s three months away. And she is miserably and utterly sick of him.

Naomi wants out, but there’s a catch: whoever ends the engagement will have to foot the nonrefundable wedding bill. When Naomi discovers that Nicholas, too, has been feigning contentment, the two of them go head-to-head in a battle of pranks, sabotage, and all-out emotional warfare.

But with the countdown looming to the wedding that may or may not come to pass, Naomi finds her resolve slipping. Because now that they have nothing to lose, they’re finally being themselves—and having fun with the last person they expect: each other.
This was such a hilarious ride! Here we have a couple who has fallen out of love and basically hate each other. Since I couldn't remember the synopsis, I basically went in blindly, and because of the hate-filled banter, I was waiting for another male character to arrive for Naomi, but when the story kept going and the same characters stayed, I then knew what I was getting into. And I was here for it!

Like I mentioned, there's hate-filled banter, and it's probably my favorite thing! I was laughing like a hyena!

Naomi's character is another fave. How her mind works was a major bonus for me. She was the highlight of the story!

And Nicholas! Man, I loved how he gave back to Naomi just as much as she was giving it to him. These two will forever be memorable!

If you want fun and laughter, I highly recommend this beauty. Get ready to read an amazing lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers romance!


by Sophie Gonzales
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Publication Date: March 3rd 2020 by Wednesday Books
Format: eARC

Source: Publisher via Netgalley
Rating: ★★★½
Goodreads Amazon
When Ollie meets his dream guy, Will, over summer break, he thinks he’s found his Happily Ever After. But once summer’s ended, Will stops texting him back, and Ollie finds himself one prince short of a fairytale ending. To complicate the fairytale further, a family emergency sees Ollie uprooted and enrolled at a new school across the country—Will’s school—where Ollie finds that the sweet, affectionate and comfortably queer guy he knew from summer isn’t the same one attending Collinswood High. This Will is a class clown, closeted—and, to be honest, a bit of a jerk.

Ollie has no intention of pining after a guy who clearly isn’t ready for a relationship. But as Will starts ‘coincidentally’ popping up in every area of Ollie’s life, from music class to the lunch table, Ollie finds his resolve weakening.

The last time he gave Will his heart, Will handed it back to him trampled and battered. Ollie would have to be an idiot to trust him with it again.


What a cute story! I loved the entire cast, especially Ollie and all of his supportive friends.

Only Mostly Devastated is a super feel good story that you can't help but love. It's a light-read, perfect for times like these. Something that really stood out to me was the diversity, not only in characters, but in the important topics being talked about, such as sexuality (not only Ollie's but another character, whom I enjoyed meeting so much), a woman of color dreaming of becoming a plus-sized model, and fat-shaming. All of these were handled with grace, poise, and eloquence. 

I'm definitely looking forward to reading more by this author!


by Tessa Bailey
Series: Phenomenal Fate #1
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
Publication Date: March 16th 2020 by Tessa Bailey

Format: eARC
Source: Publicist

Rating: ★★
Goodreads Amazon
A timeless love story with bite.

It was a night like any other for funeral home director Ginny Lynn, until the exceptionally handsome—and unfortunately deceased—young man on her embalming table sat up, opened his emerald eyes and changed the course of her life forever, making her feel quite fluttery while he was at it.

Humans aren't supposed to know Jonas Cantrell, or any vampire, exists. It's kind of a major rule. Despite his instantaneous bond with perfectly peculiar Ginny, he has no choice but to erase her memories of their one and only meeting.

That was the plan. Before a reluctant Jonas can wipe Ginny's mind clean, she reveals a secret that brings their worlds crashing together. Human and vampire. Past and present. Darkness and light. And while their love is strictly forbidden, it might be the only thing that can save them…

Reborn Yesterday is a standalone paranormal romantic comedy with a happily ever after.
I discovered Tessa Bailey last year and have been a major fan since then of her writing. She converted this soul into loving the real kind of dirty talk 😍 I hate that this is followed by a "but". But I was not completely impressed by this novel.

Here we have Ginny, who works at a funeral home, and is tending to one of the dead bodies, when suddenly, the eyes open and the person is totally alive! Jonas knows it was a prank from his roommates and he's ready to erase the memory of himself from Ginny's mind, but there's a strong pull there that he can't seem to back away from.

I think my major problem here were the characters. I found the entire story to be superficial. I was honestly getting bored at every turn. Ginny was a bland character I couldn't care for at all. Jonas was on the better receiving end from my feelings, but again, not much to say there.

Most of the time, I found the story going in circles and super repetitive. Not a whole lot was happening for the majority of the novel, which I was not expecting. In my opinion, this is more of a romance, with the slightest touch of vampirism added to it. Normally, I'd be all for the romance, but it wasn't even memorable.

I'm sad to say this wasn't a great read for me. I do hope the second book is better since the secondary characters had more of my attention than the main ones.

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