Review: Learning to Fall (Addison Hill Book 3) by Mina V. Esguerra

Another day, another novella. This time it's another one from Mina Esguerra, and part of her other series of books surrounding the fictional Addison Hill campus. This new novella is all about stumbling through adulthood and the things we have to do to do what we love. Oh and did I mention it's really really steamy?

Avid reader and art student Steph is participating in a monthly blog challenge to Live Like Fiction, and this was the task for October. When Grayson, former co-captain of her university rugby team, walks into her class, she knows it’s meant to be – she has to go out with this guy. Even if she’s never been attracted to big, hunky, athletic types. With Grayson’s “player” reputation off the field, Steph thinks he’ll be good for one date that’ll be worth blogging about, and that’s it.

But you know how it goes: Soon, it becomes more than just one date – and Steph and Grayson are caught up in “living like fiction.” How long can they keep playing their roles before reality steps in?

Review

I feel like things kind of come in full circle with this book. Fans of Mina's Addison Hill Series will easily recognize Steph and Grayson, the secondary characters for Falling Hard . While Steph didn't make much of an impression on me in Falling Hard, I clearly remember Grayson because he's the smooth one. Plus he's a sexy man. With abs. Yessss. He may love his sports metaphors (and actually comes up with their ship name Stayson! So adorbs) but he just really wants to be the guy that can do it all.

I may be a little bit in love.

There is a lot of steam in this book. I am not kidding. But I love that each time seems different because you see the transition between them turning from being together for convenience, and when they really start relying on each other. This ultimately is the reason why Steph freaks out and almost ends everything.

I love these two characters. They're well thought out, and their new adult struggles are just all too real. Steph is an artist, and that alone already raises a lot of red flags where I come from. Add that to her penchant for reading books and reviewing them, and I thought--hello Carla, is that you in book form? She was relatable, even during times where she was being totally whiny about her life.

My only issue with this book would be the main premise of how the two characters start to date each other, even if they weren't supposed to be each other's type. There's a lot going on in the story already even without it, but the buildup and conclusion make it worth the read!

All in all it's a good book, my second favourite of Mina's Addison Hill/Breathe Rockstar romances. Did I mention that this book brings those two worlds together?  You're going to have to read to find out why (the word 'yummy' is only used once in the book, and it's used to describe someone who totally fits!!).

Rating: 4/5 stars

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mina V. Esguerra writes contemporary romance and young adult novellas. She has a bachelor’s degree in Communication and a master’s degree in Development Communication, put to good use in her work as trainer and content management consultant. Mina lives in Metro Manila, Philippines, with her husband and daughter.

She finds inspiration in the lives and experiences of other people, so the answer to “Is this story based on you?” is always, always “No.”

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Book Review + Giveaway: Peyton Riley by Bianca Mori

Welcome to my stop on the Peyton Riley Blog Tour! This quick, steamy read had me turning pages and biting my nails. Read on for my review of Bianca Mori's Peyton Riley!

She's the girl with the very specific skillset and he's the guy out to get her to do a job she doesn't feel like doing. Can she get away from him -- and can he get it together to pull off the job?

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Who doesn't love a good high-stakes heist through Europe with a sexy man? If there's anything we have learned from James Bond, the Thomas Crowne Affair, the Tourist, et. al, European art heists aren't complete without a good dose of sexual tension.

Peyton Riley is the second book in Mori's Takedown Series. Almost immediately following the first book, our heroine Peyton Riley is forced to work for the shady Gustave after he threatens to have her killed. She finds herself side by side with Carson, the same man who seduced her and put her in this pickle. Together they have to stop the sale of a very important painting in Amsterdam...whether Peyton likes it or not.

This is the third Mori book I've read (One Night at the Palace Hotel and Tame the Kitten), and I love her ability to build worlds out of her back pocket. Everything about this book has been carefully chosen and well-planned, down to the characters' quirks and aliases. There's a certain elegance and class to her writing that brings these glossy, sexy images to mind, and they all come alive with carefully chosen words. She knows her stuff--discussing O'Keefe and  one page and taking off characters' clothes with the next. It's brilliant fun, and I can picture the scenes clearly in my mind, complete with montages and chases along the canals of Amsterdam.

My only issue with this book is that it's definitely not a standalone. The second book starts almost immediately after the first ended, and as a new reader, I needed a while to catch up to what happened in the previous book before following Peyton and Carson's story. Plus the ending of this book will definitely leave you wanting more--which isn't  such a bad thing!

I definitely recommend this book to fans of heist films, Ocean's Twelve, the Sting and the like. There's enough excitement to keep you turning pages!

Rating: 3/5

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Bianca Mori is the author of "One Night at the Palace Hotel" and "Tame The Kitten." She is interested in exploring power in romance and enjoys reading about demimondaines, pin-up girls and Jazz Age personalities and hopes to reinterpret these in her stories. She lives with her family and a hyperactive pug. Sign up for Bianca Mori's newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/3BfSb, follow Bianca on Twitter (@thebiancamori), add her on Facebook and on GoodReads.

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