Spotlight Friday (131)

Happy Friday!  It’s MAY DAY!  Which just basically means that it’s truly starting to look and feel like spring out there.  And that’s really amazing, after a long, cold winter.  Know what else is amazing? NEW BOOKS.  Onward, my friends!

The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kacie West

Release Date: May 5, 2015

Summary (from Goodreads): When Gia Montgomery’s boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she’d been telling her friends about him for months now. This was supposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend— two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley.

The problem is that days after prom, it’s not the real Bradley she’s thinking about, but the stand-in. The one whose name she doesn’t even know. But tracking him down doesn’t mean they’re done faking a relationship. Gia owes him a favor and his sister intends to see that he collects: his ex-girlfriend’s graduation party — three hours, zero commitment, a few white lies.

Just when Gia begins to wonder if she could turn her fake boyfriend into a real one, Bradley comes waltzing back into her life, exposing her lie, and threatening to destroy her friendships and her new-found relationship.

What’s To Like: I love books that play out like classic romantic comedies.  I used to be terribly embarrassed about that, but I’m learning to embrace it.  Anyway, I love that this has two strangers, brought together by chance, and they begin to fall in love.  *sighs*  And coming from Kasie West, I have little doubt that this is going to be amazing.

Until the Beginning (After the End, #2) by Amy Plum

Release Date: May 5, 2015

*Potential Series Spoilers Ahead*

Summary (from Goodreads): When Juneau’s clan disappeared, she lost so much more than her friends and family. She soon discovered everything she thought she knew about her life was a lie. Her people’s gifts were actually secret abilities that others wanted, desperately enough to kidnap an entire village.

Juneau and her new companion Miles’s cross-country journey to find her clan has led them to a game preserve in New Mexico. Now Juneau’s people are finally within reach, and she will stop at nothing to save them. But she has a target on her back too, because unbeknownst to her she is the key to unlocking everything. To rescue her people – and herself – Juneau must discover what she, and her abilities, are truly capable of.

What’s To Like: I never thought I’d look forward to another Amy Plum series as much as I did the Revenants series, but this just goes to show how wrong I was.  Juneau and Miles are two completely engrossing characters.  Even thinking back on them now, after reading the book how many months ago, I still get warm fuzzies inside just thinking about them.  I’ll fangirl big time if it means I can get my hands on this book soon.

A School for Unusual Girls (Stranje House, #1) by Kathleen Baldwin

Release Date: May 19, 2015

Summary (from Goodreads): It’s 1814. Napoleon is exiled on Elba. Europe is in shambles. Britain is at war on four fronts. And Stranje House, a School for Unusual Girls, has become one of Regency England’s dark little secrets. The daughters of the beau monde who don’t fit high society’s constrictive mold are banished to Stranje House to be reformed into marriageable young ladies. Or so their parents think. In truth, Headmistress Emma Stranje, the original unusual girl, has plans for the young ladies—plans that entangle the girls in the dangerous world of spies, diplomacy, and war.

After accidentally setting her father’s stables on fire while performing a scientific experiment, Miss Georgiana Fitzwilliam is sent to Stranje House. But Georgie has no intention of being turned into a simpering, pudding-headed, marriageable miss. She plans to escape as soon as possible—until she meets Lord Sebastian Wyatt. Thrust together in a desperate mission to invent a new invisible ink for the English war effort, Georgie and Sebastian must find a way to work together without losing their heads—or their hearts…

What’s To Like: Did I ever mention I have a weak spot for willful, headstrong girls in the Regency era?  I blame my favorite romance novelists.  But I just love them so much.  These girls had real courage to be themselves in a world that shunned them for trying to educate themselves and make their own choices.  And I totally love this boarding school that turns them into spies.  Oh, and this Sebastian fellow sounds quite delightful…

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