[Review] Zeus by Kamery Solomon

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Vegas is not where Karly had imagined herself to be at this point in her life.She was supposed to be living in California, soaking up the sun and enjoying the life of an artist. Instead, she’s just moving out of her parent’s house and going to a school that could loosely be called her second choice. When she meets Zeus Drakos, owner of the new hit casino and resort in town, he seems just like every other jerk guy out there. How was she supposed to know who he really was?

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1star

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This book was a disaster. I do hate leaving bad reviews but I can’t help it.

You know Zeus, the mighty king of Gods and all. In this book the fates actually banish Zeus from Olympus, they take his powers because he divorced Hera. Please! Nobody gets to banish Zeus from his home because all the other gods owe him and because if it wasn’t for him they wouldn’t exist. Zeus can cheat whenever he wants because he is freaking Zeus and nobody can stop him, not even Hera.
So I hated the fact that in this book Zeus was not Zeus but a classic creepy, rich, player with bitchy attitude. NO! God/Zeus can act that way because he is a god, but not human/Zeus.

About Karly; I hate her. She is the worst kind of female lead one can find in books. She is completely immature, she never listens to what others have to say and she is selfish, she comes to conclusions and creates unessecery drama and even though she is a college student she acts like a spoiled 15-years-old (no offense you’re not all bad, just the spoiled ones!).

Other than that it was not even well written. It was like all these fan fiction written by amateurs that I used to read. Not a good job at all..

It is really sad that I actually spent hours of my life reading it but I did it because I wanted to give it a chance. Maybe the plot would have been better, maybe I misjudged it but no.

Anyway if you have second thoughts about reading I suggest you don’t but that’s me. It is always nice to give books a chance because you never know. I mean we all have different tastes and opinions so you may actually enjoy it!

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[Review] Spark by Brigid Kemmerer

 

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EARTH. FIRE. AIR. WATER.

He could feel flames coming through the floor, looking for him. Sparks and ash rained down. He wasn’t going to make it. He was going to fail. Again. Then a hand closed over his wrist and pulled, hard.

Gabriel Merrick plays with fire. Literally. Sometimes he can even control it. And sometimes he can’t. So when an arsonist wreaks havoc on his town all the signs point to Gabriel.

Layne is strangely drawn to him. Layne understands family problems, and she understands secrets. She has a few of her own.

Gabriel can’t let Layne know that the danger that’s right at his heels. But there are some risks he can’t help taking.

THE FUSE IS LIT…

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5stars

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I thought it was going to be like the first book which I did enjoy but this was nothing like it. This book is way better and close to perfection. It goes right in my ‘favorites’ shelve!
I really like Gabriel and I was so glad I got to know him better. His mind was so confused and he was struggling to be accepted by his family, something that made his control worse. Brigid Kemmerer made me understand exactly how he feels and I could actually relate to him. His feelings, his thoughts, everything was so messed up and I was so mad with everyone else even though I knew that Gabriel was also wrong but I couldn’t help it. I was feeling exactly how he was feeling and If I could, I would have burnt everything in front of me.
And then it was Layne, the shy but mysterious girl. At first I thought she would be fragile and always in need of Gabriel but she proved me wrong and I liked her even better. She is a perfect female lead character and nothing like Becca whom by the way I totally dislike. She was a fighter and she wasn’t giving up no matter what. Ok yes there were times she needed Gabriel but it’s Gabriel… I need him too!
Anyway I will say the same thing again. Great book, amazing plot, awesome characters and a happy end.
A perfect book you must read!

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[Brigid Kemmerer]

Brigid Kemmerer finds the time to write somewhere between caring for her family and working at her day job, but sometimes she ends up mothering her coworkers and managing her family. The Elemental Series follows a family of four orphaned brothers who control the elements of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water, and their battles with those who want them dead.

[Review] Stepbrother dearest by Penelope Ward

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You’re not supposed to want the one who torments you.

When my stepbrother, Elec, came to live with us my senior year, I wasn’t prepared for how much of a jerk he’d be.

I hated that he took it out on me because he didn’t want to be here.
I hated that he brought girls from our high school back to his room.
But what I hated the most was the unwanted way my body reacted to him.

At first, I thought all he had going for him were his rock-hard tattooed abs and chiseled face. Then, things started changing between us, and it all came to a head one night.

Just as quickly as he’d come into my life, he was gone back to California.

It had been years since I’d seen Elec.

When tragedy struck our family, I’d have to face him again.

And holy hell, the teenager who made me crazy was now a man that drove me insane.

I had a feeling my heart was about to get broken again.

Stepbrother Dearest is a standalone novel.

**Contains graphic sexual content and harsh language. It is only appropriate for adult readers age 18+

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5stars

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I can’t review this book. I can’t because of all the feels.

I started reading and I couldn’t believe in my eyes.

I finished it in one night because I was unable to put it down! I lost my sleep. I FUCKING LOVED IT.

I can’t believe it’s over!

I will edit this again when I will be able to actually think and write a proper review. I can’t do it right now.

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[Penelope Ward]

Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author.

She grew up in Boston with five older brothers. She spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family friendly career.

Penelope lives for reading books in the new adult genre, coffee and hanging out with her friends and family on weekends.

She is the proud mother of a beautiful 10-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 8-year-old boy, both of whom are the lights of her life.

Penelope, her husband and kids reside in Rhode Island.

She is currently working on her fifth novel and loves friend requests from readers!

[Review] Promised by Jodi Ellen Malpas

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Livy notices him the moment he walks into the coffee shop. He’s heart-stoppingly stunning, with a blue-eyed gaze so piercing she’s almost too distracted to take his order. When he walks out the door, she thinks she’ll never see him again. Then she finds the note he left on his napkin . . . signed M.

All he wants is one night to worship her. No feelings, no commitment, nothing but pleasure. Every defense mechanism Livy has adopted during her solitary life is at risk of being obliterated by this confounding man. He’s obnoxious but well-mannered. He’s a gentleman but aloof. He’s passionate but emotionless. Yet the fascination is so powerful, Livy can’t deny him… or herself.

M awakens something in Livy, something deep and addictive that she never knew existed — and that she fears only he can satisfy. But she senses that behind the fast cars, fancy suits, and posh apartment, he’s aching inside. To have him, body and soul, she’ll have to brave his dark secrets. Delving into his world and breaking down his defenses become her obsession – an obsession that could shatter her heart beyond repair.

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1star

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You can’t imagine how excited I was when I started reading. There were these amazing, hot, seductive vibes that the book was sending me and I loved it. The mystery around Miller at the beginning and his image had me drawn to him. Who was this guy? Why was he acting like that? I had this constant puzzlement and I had to know more about him. The author managed to picture him pretty well as the perfect man all girls would fall for and who am I to say that I differ from them? A man like that always gets attention.

So everytime Livy happened to be around him it was like her brain was giving up on her. People might say that she is a weak, helpless, stupid little girl with no pride, but not me. I’ve been there; I know the feeling and even if it looks horrible on the outside I assure you that it’s not. There was this one guy I used to like so much and when he was around my whole body felt numb to the point I couldn’t move or even think. For me this feeling is something I will never ever ever ever forget because I know that I liked him soooo much and it felt good that I got to experience something so powerful like, I don’t know, maybe love. Maybe this was the reason why I liked the book so much at the beginning; I could relate.

Everything fell apart when Livy showed me that she was actually a weak, helpless, stupid little girl because it’s one thing to like someone that much so that your body betrays you and another thing to be blinded by lust and just stop thinking at all. I accept stupidity because of love but I don’t accept ridicule and humiliation.

Livy couldn’t make a decision but it was easy, trust me. It was either she was sleeping with him (a total stranger) or not. I understand her need for sex, especially when that stranger was so hot but he was still a stranger. Thank god, her friends were rational, thoughtful and caring because I couldn’t stand all characters being stupid. Anyway even though her friends warned her she followed that stranger back to his house and allowed him to be part of her life without actually being part of her life. He selfishly and forcefully invaded her privacy and stalked her (and that was when I stopped liking him), without revealing anything about him and she let him order her around like he owned her. That is just fucking wrong. That man could have been a killer for all I know. Just because he gave her a couple of orgasms, doesn’t make it right. I was ok with one night stand but this was infuriating.

I didn’t get to finish the book because I expected more and all I got was a brainless girl, driven by her lust that allowed a fucking rich, asshole and a complete stranger to have his way with her.

Why the fuck can’t I just read a good contemporary book?

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 [Jodi Ellen Malpas]

Jodi Ellen Malpas was born and raised in the Midlands town of Northampton, England, where she lives with her two boys. Working for her father’s construction business full time, she tried to ignore the lingering idea of writing until it became impossible. She wrote in secret for a long time before finally finding the courage to unleash her creative streak, and in October 2012 she released This Man. She took a chance on a story with some intense characters and sparked incredible reactions from women all over the world. Writing powerful love stories and creating addictive characters have become her passion – a passion she now shares with her devoted readers.

[Review] Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

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When Brittany Ellis walks into chemistry class on the first day of senior year, she has no clue that her carefully created ‘perfect’ life is about to unravel before her eyes. She’s forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, and he is about to threaten everything she’s worked so hard for: her flawless reputation, her relationship with her boyfriend, and the secret that her home life is anything but perfect.

Alex is a bad boy and he knows it. So when he makes a bet with his friends to lure Brittany into his life, he thinks nothing of it. But soon Alex realizes Brittany is a real person with real problems, and suddenly the bet he made in arrogance turns into something much more.

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3stars

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Ι’ll be honest! The book was like a fairytale to me and I expected something more real so that’s why I give only 3 stars.

I loved the plot and the characters, especially Alex. I loved how they both developed and of course that they helped each other in order to do so. If Brittany was not there, Alex would probably be dead and if Alex was not there, Britanny would still live in a lie. That’s what makes a book good and I assure you that it was.

The real reason why my rating is not higher is because I couldn’t relate at all. I mean this whole ‘high school perfect princess falls in love with the school’s bad boy/gangster’ is so fake to me. Why? I live in a very different country and that kind of stuff don’t really happen the same way. They do happen but not like that. Sure there are differences between poor and rich people but that’s just it. That kind of racism and descrimination almost doesn’t exist. We have different kind of racism but not to the point we get to be in gangs and kill people everyday. At least not most of the time. So because I’ve never experienced a life like that, feels like it’s too much, almost fake. I can’t get my brain to really believe that shit happens in America all the time but I know it’s true. I can’t explain it better. My lack of english doesn’t help.
Same goes for people like Darlene who need to be in spotlight. Why does it have to be someone who’s perfect and better than someone else? Why does it even have to be a queen or a king in the school? Why does it matter if there’s a prom queen? Why has a girl to prove herself by being a cheerleader? I seriously don’t get it.

Anyway, other than that the story was awesome and I loved how caring both characters were, not just with each other. I liked the fact that there were real, trustworthy friends and not just traitors. Their ‘love’ was still rushed but who am I to say that you can’t love someone in such a short amount of time? See that’s my problem with contemporary books. I can’t accept the fact that they say “I love you” so fast, especially kids in highschool but that’s another subject and I am not going to talk about it.
I was glad that Brit and Alex didn’t give up on each other and they actually learn how to fight for their wants and needs.

I don’t really know what else to write about this book. It was decent, easy to read and I enjoyed it.

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[Simone Elkeles]

Simone Elkeles is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of novels for teens. Simone’s books have won many awards including being YALSA Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, being named to the YALSA Popular Paperbacks and Teens Top Ten lists, and added to the Illinois “Read for a Lifetime” Reading List. Simone also won the coveted RITA award from the Romance Writers of America for her book Perfect Chemistry. Simone is especially proud of the fact that the Illinois Association of Teachers of English named her Author of the Year.

Simone was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, where she still lives today. Simone went to the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and received her Bachelor’s of Science there in Psychology in 1992. She continued her education at Loyola University-Chicago where she received her Master’s of Science degree in Industrial Relations while working for a manufacturing company creating diversity programs for their employees.

She loves animals (she has two dogs – a labradoodle and a German Shepherd), kids (she also has two of those) and her family. In her spare time she’s the Hockey Mom for her kids hockey teams and is an active Girl Scout leader specially trained in outdoor education. She also spends time mentoring other teen and adult authors. (She also loves sushi, which you can probably tell by reading her books.) Simone writes about teens because she was a teen in the 80’s (when spiked hair and blue eye shadow were “rad”) and she loves writing about those exciting teen relationships and romances.

[Review] Breathe

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[Breathe]

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1star

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I’ll be quick enough with this. I should warn you about SPOILERS!

First of all I admit that sometimes I like the way Abbi writes but this specific book was horrible.

The story is about a 17 years old girl (I repeat 17 years old) who had no previous experience with guys. Suddenly she meets Jax and of course she falls for him immediatelly. Ok I accept that. Within two weeks she KNOWS that he is the ONE and that she will never fall in love again. And here I am asking you… what in the history of fuck is this shit? You’re 17 years old and you meet a guy and haven’t even dated before. EVER. How can you know that he is the only one you will ever love that way? And how can you even LOVE someone after two weeks to the point you can’t live without them. Please…

Ok let me quote:
“I love you more than anyone or anything I have ever known. You somehow become the song inside me. It’s because I love you so much I am going to walk out of your life.”
Said by a 19-years-old rock star to a 17-years-old girl who never dated before. And wait a minute, who talks like that at that age or any age?

So this was a book about how beautiful and mature 17-years-old Saddie was but I guess not mature enough to tell her mother that she should stop being a slut. Instead she goes around buying her condoms. Awww how thoughtful!

The characters where all boring. I usually like the third wheel in love triangles but Marcus wasn’t even close. I never liked Jax and I thought that I would somehow ship Saddie with Marcus but nope, he showed nothing different than Jax. All the other characters ware barely introduced to us so yeah, I guess Saddie and Jax were enough for the story.

To sum up, don’t read the book if you’re not delusional.

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[Abbi Glines]

Abbi Glines is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, and Existence series. She has a new YA series coming out in the fall of 2015 titled The Field Party Series . She never cooks unless baking during the Christmas holiday counts. She believes in ghosts and has a habit of asking people if their house is haunted before she goes in it. She drinks afternoon tea because she wants to be British but alas she was born in Alabama. When asked how many books she has written she has to stop and count on her fingers. When she’s not locked away writing, she is reading, shopping (major shoe and purse addiction), sneaking off to the movies alone, and listening to the drama in her teenagers lives while making mental notes on the good stuff to use later. Don’t judge.

[Review] Back to you by Priscilla Glenn

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When Lauren Monroe first laid eyes on Michael Delaney back in high school, she had every reason to stay away from him; within minutes of their first encounter, his volatile actions confirmed his notorious reputation. But Lauren saw something in him that caused her to question his bad-boy persona, and against her better judgment, she took a chance. She had no way of knowing that the unlikely friendship they formed would become so important to her.

Or that it would end so painfully.

Eight years later, when Lauren begins her new job at Learn and Grow Day Care, Michael is the last person she expects to see. Refusing to revisit the hurt and confusion of their past, Lauren vows to keep her distance from him. But staying away from Michael proves to be more difficult than she thought, despite her lingering grief and her instincts for self-preservation.

As Lauren and Michael recall the friendship that changed them forever and the events that tore them apart, will they finally be able to heal? Or will the ghosts of Michael’s past prove to be too much to overcome?

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4stars

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The first few pages gave me the impression that the story was going to be boring but I felt like reading more and I am so glad I did. Actually this is a book about forgiveness, second chances and about how strong the bond of friendship and love can be.
The book was well written and the plot was way more than interesting. I loved how she had these flashbacks. They were helpful to understand what was going on in Michael’s head and thanks to them the story had a flow.
I loved Lauren’s character so much! She is the kind of woman I wanna be by that age. She was sending me vibes of admiration in the whole story. I really think she is my favorite character ever. When she introduced Adam to us, I was afraid that there was going to be a love triangle and that I was going to like Adam more than Michael but thank god this never happened. As for Michael and Erin… I found BOTH of them adorable and I was thankful that Erin’s character existed.

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[Priscilla Glenn]

Priscilla Glenn lives in New York with her husband and three children. She has been teaching English Language Arts for the past twelve years while moonlighting as a writer, mom, coach, student, and professional laundry-doer.
If you catch her when she’s feeling sophisticated, she’ll tell you her favorite things are great books and good wine. In the moments in between, she’ll admit her love for anything Ben and Jerry’s, UFC fights, and Robert Pattinson.
Glenn is the author of the contemporary romance novels Back to You, Emancipating Andie, and Coming Home. You can contact her at priscilla.glenn3@gmail.com

[Review] Come away with me

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1star

This book is a huge ‘No, don’t read me’. Well I didn’t even get to finish it and this doesn’t happen often to me. I mean even though I don’t really like a book at first, I usually go till the end before I come up with an opinion. This… I can’t finish it because it’s simply a bad book. It feels completely fake and rushed and not realistic. There was lack of plot and drama and there were scenes that made no sense. It felt like the author was trying to drag and plot, without having an actual plot. No, I can’t deal with that kind of books.

It was like a fanfiction and to tell you the truth I’ve read way better fanfics than this book. Anyway I don’t really recomment it but you have your own eyes so you can read it and then have your own opinion.

[Review] Rocked Under

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Falling in love isn’t always easy or pleasant. The intense and angst-filled story of Emma and Scott is a painful, gut-wrenching and exhausting portrayal of how hard it can be to let go…

Picking up the pieces and starting again in the US, Emma enrols in college with her cousin, Ashley. She is finally free to do what she wants and live how she chooses, and no man will ever rule her decisions or emotions again.

That is, until Scott Mason walks on stage…

Intense bad boy Scott is the lead singer of a popular local rock band. A ladies’ man and Ashley’s long-time friend, Scott holds an instant fascination for Emma — she finds herself drawn to him, even though he represents everything she hates and needs to stay away from in a guy. He treats females like he does a cigarette — light it, use it, and lose it.

For her cousin’s sake, Emma makes an effort to get along with Scott, but she soon discovers that there is more to him than first appears, making him even more dangerous in her eyes. Behind the façade of friendship, jealousy, obsession, fear and insecurity fester — an internal battle rages as she fights her attraction and does everything she can to stop history from repeating itself.

One thing she knows for sure is that if she breaks her rule, it may destroy her.

Warning: Contains mature content — recommended age 17+.

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3stars

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Well written and interesting, a book that can be loved easily. I gave it three stars out of five just because of one reason; I couldn’t stand the rollercoaster of emotions that it gave me. All the feels were crushing on me and it was tiring. The characters were confused and they managed to confuse me as well but it was annoying. The book was all about the two main leads, rejecting and hurting each other all over again and again and again. At some point I had enough, wondering who really does that in real life so it had me questioning about whether the book is realistic or not. I don’t know… I mean the happy end could have had happened earlier but the author kept dragging it and trying to bring more obstacles. I don’t know how to express it since I am not fluent in English but I hope you get what I am trying to say.

Other than that, it’s a book you can read if you don’t have anything better to do and if you can enjoy that kind of plot.

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[Cora Hawkes]

Cora Hawkes lives in England with her man and their four children. She thinks the kindle is the greatest invention ever and hers is mostly filled with paranormal and fantasy romances. Favourite books are Kresley Cole’s IAD series, Jennifer Armentrout’s Covenant series and Heather killough-Walden’s The Chosen Soul series.
Apart from family-time, reading and writing, she LOVES music and going to gigs. She hates soaps and rarely watches TV but loves The Vampire Diaries, True Blood and Gossip Girl.

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[Recommendation Thursday] Frigid by J. Lynn

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For twenty-one-year-old Sydney, being in love with Kyler isn’t anything new. They’d been best friends ever since he pushed her down on the playground and she made him eat a mud pie. Somewhere over the years, she fell for him and fell hard. The big problem with that? Kyler puts the ‘man’ in man-whore. He’s never stayed with a girl longer than a few nights, and with it being their last year in college, Syd doesn’t want to risk their friendship by declaring her love.

Kyler has always put Syd on a pedestal that was too high for him to reach. To him, she’s perfect and she’s everything. But the feelings he has for her, he’s always hidden away or focused on any other female. After all, Kyler will always be the poor boy from the wrong side of tracks, and Syd will always be the one girl he can never have.

But when they’re stranded together at a posh ski resort due to a massive Nor’easter, there’s nothing stopping their red-hot feelings for each other from coming to the surface. Can their friendship survive the attraction? Better yet, can they survive at all? Because as the snow falls, someone is stalking them, and this ski trip may be a life-changer in more ways than one.

Reasons why to read this book?

1) It’s written by Jennifer L. Armentrout (actually her alter ego J.Lynn) who’s really talented. Her writting style is amazing and she can make you feel like you’re in the book, living among the characters.
2) The plot might seem cliche but there are twists that can keep your interest in the whole story. Personally I wasn’t able to stop reading it.
3) The characters are so… real… and you will fall in love with them and their relationship/friendship. They made me wish I had someone so freaking close to me.
4) It’s steamy enough and not tiring. The mature content is not too much but enjoyable.
5) Fun and easy to read when you need something to relax you.
6) Maybe the best book I’ve read so far in the “friends-to-lovers” category.

Enjoy!