Books, Blogs, & Reality by Ryan Ringbloom

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Books, Blogs, & Reality

Books, Blogs, & Reality
Ryan Ringbloom
Published: 24th October, 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Age: New Adult
From: Xpresso Book Tours


Life can suck…

When reality becomes overwhelming, seeking comfort in fictional fantasies keeps hope alive. And while this escape may be a little delusional, it’s also therapeutic.

Sharing secrets is daunting, but virtual friends don’t often judge and they are always ready to share a glass of wine…or three…while typing out life’s latest endeavors.

Brooke believes obstacles only add to romance, not detract. Rachael longs for a more intense relationship, or so she thinks. Lizzie misses the excitement in her life, but sometimes new situations find you when you’re not even looking. And Jess believes a tiger can change his stripes. It can’t.

Bound by a shared passion for blogging about happily ever afters, these four young women use keyboard therapy to work through their expectations, anxieties, and inadequacies, all with the hopes of achieving the perfection found in romance novels.

Completely blinded by what they think life should be, they navigate their unique paths in search of what they envision is right. But when reality taunts them with persistent curve balls, will they be strong enough to choose wisely? Or will their happy endings escape them?

Content warning: mostly non-descript sex scenes

What I liked: This story follows four women as they try to better where they are in life. Rachael’s story was one of so much learning about who she is and what she’s comfortable with, and just exactly how sometimes we can forget fiction is just that. Fiction. Her story, along with Jess’s, resonated the most with me when I read it. While all four girls go through their own problems to help them, they were all fun to read, and it was interesting to see how each girl handled their problem and tried to remedy whatever it was that was going wrong. The alternate perspectives of the story was easy to settle into and I loved how each girl ended her part of the story, in general how the story ended. It felt realistic and showed just how much each girl had grown over the book. Not to mention it was a very strong way to end, with the lesson the story was trying to teach. I think my personal favorite was the little tidbit we get after the story is over, because it was wildly entertaining and made me laugh!

What I didn’t like: It seemed a bit…cliche at times, and sometimes I couldn’t connect a character with their actions because it didn’t seem to fit them as I knew them. Especially with what Rachel ends up doing because she’s angry with herself, I’ve never known someone who could do what she did so easily so it seemed a bit off.

Overall Review: This book was very entertaining and fun, and I really enjoyed reading it. It was a dip into what it can be like for romance readers and also a group of four girls who have bonded over not only their struggles but their love for reading the same genre. While not everyone gets the ending they had hoped for, the endings for their story in this book were wonderful and made a great read.

Recommend?: Certainly! I really enjoyed this book and its pace. A well-paced, light read!

Goodreads: 4.1/5 Amazon: 4.6/5 Barnes&Noble: 4.6/5

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My Rating: 4.5/5

Rated Materials:
Cover: 4.2
Idea: 4.7
Story: 4.5
Characters: 4.6

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About the Author

Ryan Ringbloom is a YA/NA author who lives for anything Romance. The passion, love, angst, awkwardness… she loves all of it. When Ryan needs a break from reality she sneaks off to read a romantic story or write one of her own. Drinking coffee, reading Tweets and hugs from her five year old are the best part of her day.


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