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Cara Bastone

Autor/a de Ready or Not: A Novel

10 obres 487 Membres 42 Ressenyes


Obres de Cara Bastone

Ready or Not: A Novel (2024) 166 exemplars, 6 ressenyes
Call Me Maybe (2020) 85 exemplars, 12 ressenyes
Sweet Talk (2021) 60 exemplars, 7 ressenyes
Seatmate (2022) — Autor — 51 exemplars, 5 ressenyes
Just a Heartbeat Away (2020) 38 exemplars, 7 ressenyes
Love at First Psych 26 exemplars, 3 ressenyes
Can't Help Falling (2020) 24 exemplars
Flirting with Forever (2021) 24 exemplars, 1 ressenya
When We First Met (2020) 8 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Maybe This Time 5 exemplars


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Seatmate is fluffy and fun romance that revolves around Gwen and her handsome seatmate Sam, traveling from Boston to NY, getting to know each other, and becoming more than just friends during their 5 hrs jouney. The story is about love, friendship, family, and learning to try new thing and taking chance.

Romance is fluffy. In fact there isn’t the usual romance as this takes place in few hrs and they are constantly on the journey and they are in that getting to know each other phase but there is some moments between them that makes their chemistry lovely and cute.

Best part of this is a full cast of narrators and they did an amazing job. There is amazing sounds at all appropriate places like chatters in bus, honking, breaks, car passing, snort, laugh, sigh, gasp. I have to say it’s kind of audiobook that might make you fall in love with audiobooks. There is lots of conversations between characters without he said, she said as they were all given different voices and there are intermittent chapters that solely gives the perspective of main characters.

I liked how many times they have to change their mode of transportations, take detours, the deadline and race with Gwen’s rival to reach NY… it made it more fun. Climax is as I expected. I enjoyed Gwen’s interview and how that changed her more than she has expected. End is lovely and feel good.

Why 4 stars-

There isn’t as many big roadblock as I was expecting and it’s predictable.

Overall, Seatmate is lovely, cozy, cute, fluffy and enjoyable road trip romance.

I recommend this if you like,
Light romance
Clean romance
Cute story
Story taking place in few hrs
road trip fiction
No drama
Main character is blogger
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BooksTeacupReviews | Hi ha 4 ressenyes més | Jun 28, 2024 |
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Call Me Maybe is fun and lovely romance that revolves around Vera virtually meeting Kal through customer service call that lasts more than few minutes and soon that call turns into more than just friendship. The story is about friendship, family, love, finding one true passion and pursuing no matter what, standing up for yourself, clearing things taking space in mind and heart for years.

Both main characters are lovely. Unlike third book I read, secondary characters are more interesting in this. I like knowing more about both of their family. Vera’s brother is cute. I’m glad we’re getting his story in next book. Kal’s cat is a character.

Best part of the book is Vera’s Date-in-a-Box subcription idea and how it is going to work. She is pretty amazing with it and I would love one of those curated boxes. Like third book, huge cast of narrators is also best part of the book. There is sounds for phone rings, notification dings, car honking, passing, door opening and closing, cat mewling… it’s super amazing and made me feel like I’m watching movie with closed eyes.

Did I say the story takes places in few days, from Monday to Saturday. And it’s lovely how Kal and Vera’s feleings grew for each other through the calls and messages this entire time making them from strangers to friends to more than just friends. It’s clean and fluffy romance. I was dying for them to finally meet and they do, in the end.

Overall, Call Me Maybe is fun, cute, feel good, fluffy and clean romance that take place over the phone call.

I highly recommend if you like,
Clean roamnce
Fluffy and cute love stories
Story taking place in few days over the phone call
No drama
Theme of follwing passion and dream
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BooksTeacupReviews | Hi ha 11 ressenyes més | Jun 28, 2024 |
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Sweet Talk is lovely and just like the title sweet romance revolves around Eliot and his anonymous contact Miss Wrong Number, two insomniac night owls, falling for each other as they talk every night and get to know each other more. The story is about family, friendship, love, loyalty, kindness, trauma, and insomnia.

I highly suggest you don’t skip first book as this started a week before Vera’s expo and covers the week of her expo and a few days more after it so there will be spoilers of the first book here and you wouldn’t get those during expo scenes. It was amazing to see snippets of the first book here through Eliot’s perspective and meeting Vera once again. Both Eliot and JD are developed and their love for their family is amazing.

Eliot is the heart of the book. JD is mysterious. Her anonymity made me more curious to know more about her.

Romance between Eliot and JD is sweet. I enjoyed their chat over dating show and their guessing games with points. It was lovely to see them turning from strangers to friends and much more by the end of the book. I loved every conversation between them.

I loved theme and message in this which makes it is a little different from the first book. It also includes a little heavier theme of trauma and dealing with the grief of a dying parent. Author perfectly balanced this serious topic with light and fluffy moments. There is a message about loyalty and accountability as well. I agree with what JD’s dad and Eliot said.

Again the narration is brilliant with a full cast and perfect sounds of messages, rings, car passing, doorbells, club music, and all background noises. I’m so in love with Chris Brinkley’s voice and I’m totally listening other books he narrated.

Overall, This is lovely, heartwarming, and clean romance, a bit serious than its predecessor with a good theme and layers.
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BooksTeacupReviews | Hi ha 6 ressenyes més | Jun 28, 2024 |
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Ready or Not is lovely heartwarming and realistic contemporary romance that follows Eve Hatch who unexpectedly gets pregnant after on night stand that changes not just her life but her too.

Eve is still getting used to the idea of baby and how the baby is going to change her life, the father of the baby (Ethan) already has a girlfriend and isn’t sure how much he wants to get involved in Eve and baby’s life, her best friend (Willa) reacted badly to the news as she herself was trying to have baby for long time with no luck…

Only person who is genuinely happy and supporting is her her best friend’s brother, Shep. The more he gets involved with selfless care and concern, the more Eve starts developing feelings for him but is it just a pregnancy symptoms or something deep and real?

Writing is refreshing and entertaining. I loved the format of the the story. It was divided in 3 part with pregnancy stages. I loved how author told how women feel in all three trimesters through Eve’s life changes and feelings.

I loved how Eve took it all. She might seem not taking it seriously and going through it in stride as we don’t get to know her much before the pregnancy but as I read more I could see it’s more like her nature. She is kind of person who lives in her dreamy state and struggles when it comes to making big decision. It was interesting to see how having baby and and pregnancy progressed it made her change how she lives and thinks. It was amazing to see her develop and read her journey of embracing pregnancy and motherhood.

Author portrayed- feeling of becoming a new unexpected mother, how people react to it when you’re not with the father, impending parenthood, changes in life with nor expectation of support from father, anxiety, and how all feelings changes as soon as you see baby in the ultrasound- all in most realistic and relatable way.

Willa‘s reaction to Eve’s pregnancy was bad in the beginning but I love how she tried to mend that reaction after she got over initial shock and pain. I loved how author portrayed dealing with infertility issues through Willa, how painful and difficult it is for women who has gone through miscarriage to be happy for someone having baby who never thought about pregnancy in life. It was most realistic and heartfelt to read her situation and I loved Eve for not taking it to heart and not letting Willa’s reaction destroy their friendship.

I also liked how clear Eve was about what she wanted from Ethan and Shep. I had a feeling this might turn into love triangle and was so relieved to see it didn’t. Shep was a sweetheart. He was that lovely cute guy who was just happy to take whatever Eve was willing to give to him, whether it is friendship or boyfriend or second father to the baby.

Like said in book, he was so “other-centered person” who is happy for others but I also liked having Shep’s view on his own action. He acted the way he did for one reason which was to be with Eve no matter what and for that he was ready to get along with Ethan which is most loveliest thing I read and it somehow also felt selfless selfish thing one can do.

Romance is slow burn with friends-to-lovers trope with many lovely and heart-melting moments. My favorites were Shep being there for Eve when she revealed pregnancy to Ethan, first baby kick, Shep buying a cycle with baby seat, and Shep reading baby books.

Climax is exactly as I anticipated. I also liked Ethan after that drunken scene and how he finally got sense to do right thing. The best scene was both Ethan and Shep helping Eve in labor and how that changed the dynamics between them in the end. End is lovely and perfect.

Why 4.5 stars –

Even though writing is engaging, entertaining, and refreshing, I feel this is kind of book that you’ll enjoy more with audiobooks. There is lots of monologues and expressions, and feelings that felt sounded much better in visualization than in words.

Overall, Ready or Not is delightful, uplifting, and heartwarming Friends to lovers romance with most realistic portrayal of surprise pregnancy.
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BooksTeacupReviews | Hi ha 5 ressenyes més | Jun 28, 2024 |



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