Bookmarked (Lili’s Review)

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Title: Bookmarked (Heartsville)
Author Piper Vaughn
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: October 26th 2015
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 77 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5
Blurb:

To save his bookstore from closing, Mark Werner realizes it’s going to take a miracle—like getting reclusive, best-selling author Shepherd Knight to agree to appear for a signing.

After their disastrous last encounter, Mark doesn’t hold up much hope Shepherd will agree. Shepherd’s never made a single public appearance. In fact, Mark wouldn’t even know what he looks like had he not accidentally discovered the sexy stranger he’d been flirting with for months, aka “Tall-Dark-and-Grumpy,” was also his fanboy obsession.

But desperate times call for desperate measures. If Mark can convince Shepherd, it’ll be a major coup in the book world and might just save Bookmarked from sinking. Too bad Shepherd won’t reply to his e-mails. Yet Mark didn’t earn the reputation of having a “sunshine-and-rainbow-fart” personality for nothing. He’ll do whatever it takes to get his man… and hopefully not make a fool of himself in the process.

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This is going to be a quickie review because it’s a quickie book and I don’t want to give away too much- so straight to the point…

Bookmarked by Piper Vaughn is a delicious little enemies to lovers story that takes place in a Heartsville, Il gayborhood. Mark’s bookstore is in danger of closing down and he must ask a bestselling author for his help in order to save it. Unfortunately said author, Shepherd, is not inclined to help him after having had a disastrous encounter with Mark.

This book had all the elements I love in a story: great characters, humor, steam, a bit of heartbreak, and just an overall feel good vibe- a real joy to read. Also, despite it being only 77 pages long I felt like I got a complete story. I’m always afraid to try novellas because they generally leave me wanting me more, but Piper Vaughn I believe is one of the few authors who has a gift at writing short stories. My only complaint would be:

Spoiler
the fact that Mark and Shepherd never said I love you on page. It’s one of my favorite parts in a love story aside from the first kiss.
I was little sad I didn’t get to read it.

Overall, this was a solid little story and one I definitely recommend! It’s the perfect book to get lost to on a lazy weekend day. 4 Stars ♥

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PS. There’s many more stories to come from the Gayborhood!

Unscripted by Nico Jaye – Oct 27

Another Shot by JH Knight – Oct 28

Clique by Jayden Brooks – Oct 29

Bloom Box by Cate Ashwood – Oct 30

Heartsville Series

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ARC kindly provided by Piper Vaughn for an honest review.

Author

I’m a thirty-something Colombian mother of two. My favorite pastime is to get lost in a book. I’m more of a fluffy romance reader- though I do love an angsty read. I don’t often read Mystery/Suspense nor dark stories. I also NEVER knowingly read stories that don’t end in an HEA or at least HFN. I LOATHE cliffhangers with a passion and not a huge fan of stories with cheating, but it’s not a deal breaker.

My favorite tropes are:
-Best friends to lovers
-May/December
-Hurt/comfort/healing
-Opposites attract
-Humor (as long as it’s not slapstick type comedy)

My favorites authors are:
-Lane Hayes
-Santino Hassell
-Kade Boehme
-TJ Klune
-Heidi Cullinan
-NR Walker
-Eli Easton
-Amy Lane
-Keira Andrews
-Nick Pageant
-Annabeth Albert
-Jay Northcote
-Riley Hart/Nyrae Dawn
-Melanie Hansen

Some of my all time favorites stories are:

-The Five Boroughs Series by Santino Hassell
-Carry the Ocean by Heidi Cullinan
-BOATK Series by TJ Klune (anything he writes actually)
-Let’s Hear It For The Boy by TA Webb
-A Kind of Truth by Lane Hayes
-Strong Signal by Santino Hassell & Megan Erickson
-Superhero by Eli Easton

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2016 NetGalley Challenge 80% Professional Reader 2015 Challenge Participant

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