Mini-Reviews Monday #9

Mini-Reviews Monday is a monthly series in which I attempt to get caught up on reviews in bulk. These reviews are a highlight reel instead of an in-depth look into my time reading these novels. If you would like an in-depth version of my review, let me know in the comments!

Once Upon a Bad Boy (Sometimes in Love, #3)Once Upon A Bad Boy by Melonie Johnson

Genres: Romance
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date: June 25th 2019
Source: Netgalley
Format: eARC
Rating: fangirlstarsfangirlstarsfangirlstars
I am honestly shocked that I enjoyed this one when the others in this series was a doozy for me. Once Upon A Bad Boy is a cute summer feeling second chance romance that had me feeling all the things. I really enjoyed our main characters and the chemistry between them wasn’t only steamy and intense but also believable and natural. Bo and Sadie are probably without a doubt my favorite couple from this series and I wouldn’t mind reading more from these two! There were some issues that I had in regards to dialogue near the end that felt forced/rushed which is why I knocked a few stars off as it pulled me out of the story on several occasions; but overall I really enjoyed myself with this one!

ARC provided by St. Martin’s Press and Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review

Giant Days, Vol. 1Giant Days vol. 1 by John Allison

Genres: Contemporary, Graphic Novel
Publisher: BOOM! Box
Publication Date: November 18th 2015
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Format: ebook
Rating: fangirlstarsfangirlstarsfangirlstarsfangirlstarsfangirlstars
I loved this graphic novel so much and I am super glad I finally took the plunge and decided to read this one as it has been sitting on my TBR shelves for forever and a damn day. I absolutely love the gang and how charismatic and real they felt while reading. Funny, spunky and relatable to those who are (or remember) being a freshman at University for the first time, Giant days gives us a healthy dose of diversity as well as reality as it throws comedic lightness to balance out the tone. I loved watching as things and scenes that felt out of place in the story got connected and intertwined towards the end. Overall, this is a great series that highlights the worst and best parts of transitioning from one stage in life to another.

Shopping for a Billionaire (Shopping for a Billionaire, #1)Shopping For A Billionaire by Julia Kent

Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance Comedy
Publisher: Independently Published
Publication Date: June 2nd 2014
Source: Owned
Format: Ebook
Rating: fangirlstarsfangirlstarsfangirlstarsfangirlstars
I’m shocked I loved this as much as I did!
The first in a serial of novellas, Shopping for a Billionaire is a super meet cute that literally had me in stitches from start to finish. This one is heavy on the comedy and light almost on the romance, but I think our Heroine’s inner dialogue totally makes up for the lack of steam. As this is just the first in a serial I can only hope that the next ones we will get a little more action to sedate the sexual tension between our main characters, but I honestly didn’t mind the slow burn of it all one bit! Excited to see how this series continues!


  1. Kayla @ Books and Blends

    June 3, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    Great mini reviews Sam!

  2. Michelle

    June 4, 2019 at 5:32 am

    These all seem so much fun! Especially Giant Days, that one has been on my tbr for ages and I keep seeing people that loved it, I think it’s a sign

    1. Sam || Fictionally Sam

      June 4, 2019 at 10:10 am

      I think this is indeed a sign, you should totally binge it! I plan on reading vol 2-3 this weekend! If you have a kindle unlimited subscription it’s on there!

      1. Michelle

        June 4, 2019 at 10:11 am

        I don’t have a kindle 😭

        1. Sam || Fictionally Sam

          June 4, 2019 at 10:14 am

          Kindle app on the phone?

  3. northernplunder

    June 4, 2019 at 4:48 pm

    oo thank you for these, i rly like the sound of giant days!

    1. Sam || Fictionally Sam

      June 5, 2019 at 11:20 am

      Giant days is amazing and I really can’t wait to continue with the other volumes!

  4. TheCaffeinatedReader

    June 4, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    I love mini-reviews, they always get straight to the point!….But…*sighs and goes to add Giant Days to my tbr* this one really grabbed my attention, dang it. Though I’m really glad you enjoyed the other two as well!

    1. Sam || Fictionally Sam

      June 5, 2019 at 11:23 am

      YAYAYAYAY! Giant Days is GREAT! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts when you get around to reading it!

  5. Destiny @ Howling Libraries

    June 14, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    GIANT DAYS! Yaaaay! It’s such a good series. I’m about to read volume 9 this weekend and I’m so sad that I’m almost to the point where I have a waiting time between volumes 😭💕

    1. Sam || Fictionally Sam

      June 17, 2019 at 9:27 am

      I think i am in love with Giant days? Like this is getting up there in my top 10 graphic novels and I’m only on Vol. 3! and oof to wait time! Hopefully you wont have to wait too long when you get there!

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