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~COVER REVEAL~ Crossed by Emily McIntire

AAAAAAHHHHH!!!! I’m so excited for this next book in the Never After series inspired by The Hunchback of Notre Dame! 🥳

Please join me in lusting after this gorgeous cover reveal for Crossed by author Emily McIntire

Emily McIntire has revealed the gorgeous cover for Crossed, inspired by The Hunchback of Notre Dame!

Releasing: August 1, 2023

Cover Design: TRC Designs

He is righteousness. She is sin.

Father Cade Frédéric is a holy man. Brought up in the streets of Paris, he has dedicated his life to the church. But there’s a monster that lingers just beneath the surface. A sickness. One that bleeds darkness and feeds on the damned. When he’s tasked to become the priest in Festivalé, Vermont, a town both beautiful in architecture and riddled with despair, his sickness sings, demanding he rid the place of evil.

Amaya Paquette is Festivalé’s beautiful mystery. She spends her days caring for her younger brother and her nights transforming into Esmeralda, dancing for greedy eyes and shameless lips. Although she longs for love, she shies away from companionship, afraid of being abandoned again.

When Father Cade lays eyes on Amaya, he finds himself ensnared, convinced she’s using witchcraft to lure him to her. He can’t eat. Can’t breathe. Can’t think unless it’s of her.

And temptation is a devastating mistress.

She’s his weakness, so he decides he’ll be her demise…even if it means killing the only woman he might ever love.


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Meet Emily

Emily McIntire is an Amazon top 15 and Publisher’s Weekly best-selling author known for her Never After Series, where she gives our favorite villains their happily ever afters. With books that range from small town to dark romance, she doesn’t like to box herself into one type of story, but at the core of all her novels is soul deep love. When she’s not writing you can find her enjoying her family or lost between the pages of a good book.


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A Guide to Being Just Friends by Sophie Sullivan

Hello Babblers!

Happy Tuesday! It’s been raining where I’m at, which I absolutely love! I know when it rains, I love nothing more than curling up with a cup of cocoa, a warm blanket (or three), and a good book, and then finally ending the night with a viewing of When Harry Met Sally (one of my all-time favorites!)

As a lover of rom coms, especially those where our MCs go from friends to lovers, I was super excited for A Guide to Being Just Friends. I mean, the blurb freaking references When Harry Met Sally AND 500 Days of Summer. How could that not be my jam???

Well, I’ll tell you…

Genre: Romance  

Publication Date: January 17, 2023

NetGalley Blurb:

When Harry Met Sally meets 500 Days of Summer in A Guide to Being Just Friends, a playful and emotional romantic comedy from the author of Ten Rules for Faking It.

“Sophie Sullivan’s writing feels like a warm hug.” —Rachel Lynn Solomon, bestselling author of The Ex Talk

Hailey Sharp has a one-track mind. Get By the Cup salad shop off the ground. Do literally everything possible to make it a success. Repeat. With a head full of entrepreneurial ideas and a bad ex in her rearview, her one and only focus is living life the way she wants to. No distractions.

Wes Jansen never did understand the fuss about relationships. With a string of lackluster first dates and the pain from his parents’ angry divorce following him around, he’d much rather find someone who he likes, but won’t love. Companionship, not passion, is the name of the game.

When Hailey and Wes find each other in a disastrous meet cute that wasn’t even intended for them, they embarrassingly go their separate ways. But when Wes finds Hailey to apologize for his behavior, they strike a friendship. Because that’s all this can be. Hailey doesn’t want any distractions. Wes doesn’t want to fall in love.

What could possibly go wrong?

“A joyful, swoony romance full of heart and humor!” —Sarah Adams, author of The Cheat Sheet

What I liked about the book:

1. Of course, the idea was cute to me.

2. My favorite characters were the side characters who worked in Hailey’s shop. They probably had the most personality in my opinion and I wanted more for them. The only way I would read another book in this series is if it was about Leo…

What could have been better:

1. This whole story just felt really stiff and I didn’t really feel a connection to anyone. There were hints to backstories, but no real depth to the characters, which was a big miss in my mind.

When I requested this book, I had no clue this was book 3 in the series (though, this can be read as a standalone). So perhaps I’m missing a lot of the background for Wes in books 1 and 2, but I know I’m not missing anything for Hailey, so there is no excuse there for poor characterization.

2. These characters were too boring to have this much drama! I was legit pissed how many times the “big fight” happened between our MCs. It was like as soon as it was solved, there was something else. Between Hailey never being able to accept help and Wes being a total idiot when it came to wanting her for the rest of his life, but not, like, loving her (what the fuck was that shit?!?), this whole story was a test of my patience.

3. This was too suggestive to be clean, but too clean to be anything other than YA-level dirty. Just pick a lane, don’t tease us.  

4. This “guide” was mentioned, but never really fleshed out. I wanted a freaking contract like in To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Not a passing nod reference to the goddamn title of the book….

Final Thoughts:

I’m sure this would be great for some, but just wasn’t for me. It was too much of a cookie-cutter, clean romance with characters that just didn’t appeal to me.  

Final Rating: 2.5 stars

Thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press, and Sophie Sullivan for this book in exchange for my honest review!

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