November 9, by Colleen Hoover

November 9

Grade: A

Doing it at: 51%

Catnip: Star Crossed Lovers, Plot Twists, Deep Dark Secret, Sadistic Author, Dual Narrative

Shame Scale: Zero shame, this is one you could give out for Christmas.

Fantasy Cast: Max Irons & Emily Browning

Book Description:

Beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with an unforgettable love story between a writer and his unexpected muse.

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.

Can Ben’s relationship with Fallon—and simultaneously his novel—be considered a love story if it ends in heartbreak?

Mary: It doesn’t matter what it is, if Colleen Hoover puts something out there, just order it. I’ve preordered some of her books before they even had descriptions posted. Epic romances with original plots, solid twists, and loads of emotion – but with enough quality writing and plot for them to qualify as Books. You’ll probably cry. They’re usually* light on the sex, but there’s enough for her books to not feel like YA nonsense. We even created the CoHo exception on our Scientific and Mathy Ratings Matrix, for when a book is good enough to make us not care that we’re not getting that D. You could recommend them to your 16 year old cousin or your acquaintance mom friend who you don’t want to scare off by revealing how much of a gigantic perv you are.

(*Ugly Love was a delightful exception)

Cleone: Ugly Love continues to be my whole life. Like I can’t even drink orange juice without thinking of Miles. Hoover has a way of sucking in the reader within a few pages, and I’ve read all of her books so quickly that I’ve given them almost immediate rereads so that I could slow down and enjoy the story. Blame it on the twists, blame it on her dreamy leading men and realistic dialog, blame it on my lack of patience. Whatever the reason, her books are addictive. I can’t stop turning pages like I can’t stop eating my kid’s Halloween candy

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Heights of Desire, by Mara White

Heights of Desire

Grade: A

Doing it at: 19%

Catnip: Cougars, Adultery, Tragic Love, Star Crossed Lovers, Boy Next Door, Spanish Pillow Talk

Shame Scale: Low Shame, this is a Real Book, only the lingering shame of our morals being destroyed

Fantasy Cast: A young Jesse Williams or one of the oh so pretty Dominicans we’ve sprinkled throughout the review, plus Jennifer Connelly, actual age.

Book Description:

A woman who has everything meets a man who can offer her nothing but trouble. They bring each other to a height of desire neither thought possible, but is it enough to overcome the differences that tear them apart?
Kate Champion, a forty-two-year-old, married mother of two, leads an enviable upper class life of luxury. Her comfortable path takes an unexpected detour after a chance encounter at a neighborhood playground.
Jaylee Inoa is a twenty-two-year-old, second generation New York Dominican with close ties to the Heights and the gangs that run them.
Her life of privilege is no match for the code of the streets he navigates with ease. When a crime of the heart leads to a crime in the flesh, how far will she go to redeem him? Can she risk all in her life that is golden for the love of her golden-eyed man?

**Warning** Heights of Desire contains descriptions of: gang activity, graphic sex, violence, dubious consent, unprotected sex, infidelity, infidelity and more infidelity, questionable parenting and some dialogue in Spanish without translation.

Disclaimer: We received Heights of Desire as an ARC from the author, however all the nice things we are about to say are our actual thoughts. We can not be bought! 

Cleone: Oh Mara White, you’re like our author best friend, and you’re super in to breaking our hearts.

Mary: I don’t know how she does this to us. I mean, I didn’t even kid myself going into this book the way I did with the cousins in Maldeamores. I knew I was going to be super into the ‘desperate housewife meets hot young thang‘ relationship (we all have our fantasies…), and yet it was still an emotional roller coaster.

C: I am never a fan of cheating as a plot device, Mary likes it sometimes, but for me cheating by the book protagonist, who we are supposed to root for, usually results in a book being a Do Not Finish (DNF). However, just like she made us totes cool with kissing cousins, White made me team cheat on your husband Kate in about ten pages. She’s magical. And maybe evil. I can’t decide.

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C: Kate is a the 42 year old mother of two girls who lives in a restored brownstone in Washington Heights, she’s married to a lawyer, comes from money, and has full time help even though she’s a stay at home mom. She’s the picture of upper class privilege. She meets Jaylee while walking her young daughters to their dance class.

He’s a 22 year old Dominican who makes us old lady bloggers (relatively old) swoon. He enhanced our google and tumblr searches.

M: For example:

Heights 9

C: He follows Kate to the girl’s dance class, and when she comes out the door from dropping them off, he’s waiting there. Their eyes meet and they have epic book insta-lust. Jaylee is like come with me, and Kate is all sure, but I only have an hour. At no point does she hesitate. Kate’s not the best at self control.

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