Books, Blogging & Reality (Review & Giveaway!)

Books, Blogging & Reality (Review & Giveaway!)

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there!

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Title: Books, Blogging
and Reality

Author:  Ryan
Ringbloom
Publisher:  Self-published
Published Date:  21st October 2014
Rating: 4 Stars

*Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours for the review copy*

Synopsis: Life
can suckโ€ฆ

When reality becomes overwhelming, seeking comfort in fictional fantasies keeps
hope alive. And while this escape may be a little delusional, itโ€™s also
therapeutic.

Sharing secrets is daunting, but virtual friends donโ€™t often judge and they are
always ready to share a glass of wineโ€ฆor threeโ€ฆwhile typing out lifeโ€™s latest
endeavors.

Brooke believes obstacles only add to romance, not detract. Rachael longs for a
more intense relationship, or so she thinks. Lizzie misses the excitement in
her life, but sometimes new situations find you when youโ€™re not even looking.
And Jess believes a tiger can change his stripes. It canโ€™t.

Bound by a shared passion for blogging about happily ever afters, these four
young women use keyboard therapy to work through their expectations, anxieties,
and inadequacies, all with the hopes of achieving the perfection found in
romance novels.
Completely blinded by what they think life should be, they navigate their
unique paths in search of what they envision is right. But when reality taunts
them with persistent curve balls, will they be strong enough to choose wisely?
Or will their happy endings escape them?

New Adult Contemporary Romance
Mature content. This story is intended for mature readers. 18+

Review: This
was definitely my guilty pleasure book. I donโ€™t usually read books that are too
explicit, or simply romance, or have hints of BDSM in it. And um, this book had
them all! But Tika @ Fangirl Confessions suggested it to me, and when I saw the
opportunity to review it, I decided to give it a shot in the dark.

And I loved it!

At first, the beginning was a bit rocky for me. I found
it annoying that I was reading some actual book reviews in the book and the
characters werenโ€™t gripping me. But it was okay because soon those reviews
disappear as we dig into the story and things start to improve. We have four
different girls with different issues and each going through something
different. One girl is determined to try out the BDSM she reads in books, one
is married and not loving the married life, another is a teen determined to be
the girl who changes the bad boy like in the books, and the last is falling for
her work boss.

I am not going to tell you the solutions to these
problems, but what I loved most about the solutions were that they were not the
typical ones. They were quietly different, and that was refreshing. As well as
that, not everything gets 100% better by the end of the book. It isnโ€™t the ideal
perfect ending, but one that will content the reader, and makes this a lot less
predictable.

I liked how much we could relate to this in a way. As
readers, it had the strong idea of actually acting out in reality what we read,
and how the words can affect us. I liked that theme throughout the book, and I
know readers will too. As bloggers though, it was also easy to relate to, even
if I am not a romance blogger like they all were!

I did like the online conversations the girls all shared.
I know this was a romance book, but I would like once if the conversation wasnโ€™t
about boys, or indirectly have something to do something with boys. Sometimes I
just wanted a bit more.

And of course, there were some explicit scenes, as
mentioned in the synopsis. So be mindful of that!

This was surprisingly good read, and definitely a guilty
pleasure of mine. I recommend it to romance readers, and also those who like
the theme of friendship and like a bit more uniqueness to their romance.
 
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