Mini Reviews // Hate to Want You, Overture, & Falling for the Bad Boy

Hi friends! This week I decided to give Mini Reviews a try! This post will include 3 romance reviews and an ARC review!


Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai

TITLE: Hate to Want You
AUTHOR: Alisha Rai
SERIES: Forbidden Hearts
RATING: ⭐⭐⭐

I really wanted to like this more than I did. I was promised steam and that’s what I got. I really wanted more than that though.

This was just a meh read for me. To me, there was nothing but sex between Livvy and Nicholas. Sorry, not sorry. I wanted more background from them or past looks into their lives. Maybe then I would have thought of them differently. Almost every time they were together they had sex, thought about sex, or just fell flat for me. I didn’t feel the passion or the angst of loving someone you can’t have. 

Where was the talking? Where were the feelings? I NEEDED MORE.

Some of the things that I did like. Livvy talking about her depression and made sure to get the help she needed. The fact that our love interest was Japanese-American. It was refreshing to have a POC heroine. 

If I could have connected to them more, maybe I could have liked this more. I’m still going to continue with this series because I did enjoy Alisha Rai’s writing and I’m very interested to read about Jackson and Sadia!

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TITLE: Overture
AUTHOR: Skye Warren
EXPECTED PUBLICATION DATE: 2/19
RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Ya’ll! I went into this one not knowing what to expect. This book was filled with so much sexual tension and angst!!!! I haven’t been so drawn into a book by Skye Warren since The Pawn and this one dragged me in and spit me out. 

I adore reading about taboo relationships and Skye Warren didn’t disappoint me at all! Liam and Samantha are a pair that seemed like they could fill in the gaps that they needed. Liam didn’t think he could love and Samantha had nothing but love to give.

It also can’t be that easy. Liam’s hiding something. He and his brothers have secrets and someone doesn’t want Samantha to be around. There were suspense and mystery here that kept me reading. 

All in All, I can’t wait until the next part of this series. It ended on a cliffhanger that was more than cruel! 

*ARC provided via author for an honest review*

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Falling for the Bad Boy by Kennedy Fox

TITLE: Falling for the Bad Boy
AUTHOR: Kennedy Fox
SERIES: Bedtime Reads
RATING: ⭐⭐

I’m still torn on how I feel about this one. Maybe I went into this with the wrong intentions. I thought it was going to be a short quick and sexy romance. However, this story packed a more serious note with characters back stories. If I knew what was all in this one, I would have passed. 

I can’t tell you that I like either Vada or Ethan. Neither one of the really resonated with me. Did they have physical chemistry further down in the book? Yes. However, that’s not enough for me. 

The biggest problem I had was that these two spent a week together basically having sex and I’m supposed to believe that that connection was love. Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve read books like that and loved them, HOWEVER, they were pitched as being over the top or insta love. It could have maybe been believable if there wasn’t such a heavy backstory plot here. The relationship between these two was insta-lust, nowhere near love. 

I don’t think I’m going to continue with this series after the complete letdown of this one.


So there are some of the recently read romances that I’ve reviewed. I actually kind of like the idea of doing these “Mini Review” post every once in a while. Sometimes I don’t have a lot to say and these seem like the perfect way to still review without dedicating a whole post just on one short review.

So, have you read any of these? If so, what were your thoughts?

14 thoughts on “Mini Reviews // Hate to Want You, Overture, & Falling for the Bad Boy

  1. I love mini reviews. They take so much pressure off! Your first ones were great.
    I can understand why Kennedy Fox’s book didn’t sit well with you. A week to fall in love by hooking up would have been okay with me, but deep history makes it unbelievable in my books too — if there wasn’t another book or something where those things were discussed. It’s too much.

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      1. I read the Checkmate series. The weird thing was I wouldn’t say I was in love with the first book, but I got sucked into it and then read the rest of that series. Then, I read the Bishop Bros. Those were just okay except for one of them — Chasing Him — I loved that one.

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  2. That’s a bummer about the Alisha Rai. I enjoyed it but I can see what you mean. There was a lot of sex going on and the back and forth between them is something that I could see would annoy readers. Are you planning on reading the other books? I enjoyed those too.

    I love these mini reviews, hit a bunch of birds with one post. I’ve had my eye on the Kennedy Ryan book you reviewed here but after reading your review, I think I’ll pass. Insta love? No, thanks.

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