Catch Him If You Can by Jennifer Shirk|Book Review|Spoiler-Free

What?! I’m posting on here again? Double what?! It’s a book review?! Yup! I was going to film a video review, but I feel like I would be able to articulate my thoughts better with a written review. So, here we are.

Let’s just get into the review so we don’t spend too much time chatting.

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Today, I’m doing a review for the second book in Jennifer Shirk’s Accidentally Yours series, Catch Him If You Can. Before getting into this review I would like to say that I did not read the first book and that made me kind of sad. Spoiler alert to my thoughts: I loved this book. I’m sad that I was spoiled for the first couple, though. So, if you are planning on reading this book, I would personally recommend reading the first book in this series. Just so you can enjoy even more of Jennifer’s writing.

You can purchase this book here from Amazon for $3 today if you think you would like it. If you are looking for a really quick read, I think this is a good choice. But, let’s actually talk about the book and my thoughts now.


Catch Him If You Can is the story of two friends who decide to pretend to date so that Wade can get the old ladies to stop trying to match him up with women and to convince a client that she is worthy of being their wedding planner.

I have been trying to break my reviews down into categories so I can look at all the pieces that make up this book to get to the overall rating I feel that it deserves. This also will help people to decide if the book is for them as well. So let’s get into this breakdown.


If I had to give the writing a star rating out of 5, I would give it a 3. It wasn’t anything too extravagant, but it wasn’t overly simplistic either. I feel like it was a nice balance. It was easy to read and made the reading experience go by quickly. I didn’t give it higher than a 3 because I felt like there could have been a bit more. At times it seemed like it was just… meh. I just wanted a bit more from the writing.


So, now moving onto the story itself. I gave this 4 out of 5. I really enjoyed the story. It wasn’t anything too original, but that’s what I loved. A veterinarian lost his wife to cancer several years before, but hasn’t dated much since then. This causes all of the older women in his town to try to hook him up. He’s sick of it and needs a way out. After asking his sister’s best friend, Arden, if she’ll pretend to be his girlfriend for a while-and her saying no-Arden ends up in her own little pickle, so to speak. Her wedding planning company is being scrutinized after a man ran out on his bride the day of their wedding. No one wants to sign on with her company because of this. When a potentially huge client comes in, Arden will do anything to convince her that she’s worthy of being her wedding planner. This leads to Arden claiming that she herself is engaged! Except now she needs to convince Wade to not only pretend that they are dating, but pretend to be her fiance.

This story is a  very cute romance between these two. The only issue that I really had with it was that there were certain parts that seemed really rushed to me. I don’t want to spoil anything, but there was a point where the characters seemed to have made a dramatic change and it just didn’t seem to fit. And overall, the ending was just really rushed. Some things happened that I had hoped wouldn’t, but they did.


I would give the characters 4 out of 5. They were well fleshed out characters that complimented each other well, in my opinion. Besides the few things that I had issues with in the story, they were well done characters. Very likable and the romance between the two was dreamy. And, I mean, come on. Who wouldn’t want a Wade in their life? Nerdy vet that not only loves animals but also loves Doctor Who? Sign me up.


I can’t give a review without giving my own personal opinions, now can I? I gave this 4 out of 5. I loved it so much. It was a quick and easy read that I just flew through. I loved every second of it. Even the parts I had issues with, I really enjoyed.

Wrap Up

Overall, if you really enjoy romances that don’t overly emphasis sex (there aren’t any sex scenes in this, so thank you Jennifer for that), this may be for you. If you’re looking for a realistic swoon-worthy male, this is for you.

I ended up giving this book 4 out of 5 stars. It was so good, in my opinion.

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Struggles of a Beginner Vegan #1

Hello everyone! Welcome back! I’m so glad you can join me again. And if you’re new, welcome welcome.

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Really quick I’m going to throw in a quick selfish plug here. Make sure to go check out my Instagram that is focused on books. Also, follow me on Twitter where I tweet about literally everything from bookish related stuff to the life of a mom to even me talking about my anxiety a bit. And follow my YouTube where I talk about books all the time!

Okay. Now that that’s over, let’s get into today’s topic.

I want to talk about some of the struggles I’ve been going through as a new vegan. Some of these will be things that I’ll get over as time goes on, but others I’m sure people who have been vegan longer still have to deal with.

Let’s start with one of the most obvious one: the backlash.

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I waited until I had been vegan for three weeks before I decided to post anything on my personal social media. I made a post on Facebook just commenting on what responses I get when I tell people I’m vegan.

I got a lot of people saying that they are proud of me and that I’m “strong” for doing this, yadda yadda ya. The norms.

Then there were a couple people who questioned it. One, my younger brother, accepts that I’m vegan, but joked that I was “stealing oxygen from humans by eating the plants.” So, I responded explaining that the issue is mainly caused by factory farming. Think about all those animals in such a small space. Not even talking about the building itself, think about the poop. It’s got to go somewhere. It doesn’t just disappear overnight. Oh, wait. It does. They bring it to a specific area and put it all there. And it sits there. So, um, yum.

That’s when he responded back saying that he “accepts whatever I choose.” Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Then moving on, someone else commented saying that he “couldn’t live without meat.” Lols. Okay.

So, I responded that technically he can and that humans are actually created to be herbivores, not carnivores. I was ready with my proof to prove him wrong. His response?

“Just because we can, doesn’t mean we have to.”

I didn’t respond immediately. I had a million things I could say that would make him realize that he’s being ignorant. I wanted to say something along the line of “it isn’t a matter of do we have it, it’s should we” or “isn’t it nice to have a choice in how you live your life rather than being born only to be ripped from your mother and killed or raised to do the exact same thing as your mother?”

I refrained. I didn’t let the anger get the best of me. Instead I just responded with:

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Then someone else commented and said that I taught him a lesson. Well, yeah. There’s a million arguments against eating meat and dairy, yet none really against veganism. Sooo…

Dealing with the backlash is something I’m already getting used to. I just tend to just say that I’m doing it for my health, the environment, and the animals. For everything. If they want further explanation, I’ll give it.

So, if you hadn’t noticed, I started this out as having it as one post. But I decided to make it a series. Fridays will be Vegan Fridays, so I’ll be posting about my Vegan journey on Fridays.

So I’m going to end this here. Thank you so much for joining me. I hope that you enjoyed. Remember, I’m new to trying this whole lifestyle blogging so be easy with me.

Let me know anything else that you’d like for me to talk about here on this blog as a vegan mom of an almost three year old (and trying for a second) who works overnight shift and runs a BookTube and Blog.

Thanks again! I’ll see you all soon with another post!

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Hello everyone!

If you don’t know, which I’m sure most of you do, I’m Amanda. I run the BookTube, Bookstagram, and Blog, A Court of Books and Love. I’m a mother of an almost three year old, and have been happily married now for 2 years. I absolutely love my family more than anything in this world. They are my everything.

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Recently, I’ve been making some changes to my life. If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, then I’m sure that you’ve probably seen a few of them. Two weeks ago (almost three, at this point), I ended up going vegan.

I was watching Kalyn Nicholson, who has quickly become a favorite YouTuber of mine, and she was talking about just becoming a better person and being motivated to reach your goals. I had never felt so motivated in my life. I wanted to become the person that I wanted to be. I wanted to live my life the way I want to without the fear of being judged or failing.

I continued watching more of her videos and stumbled across one of her videos where she discusses being vegan. I had always wanted to go vegan. I had been vegetarian for 2 years, at meat for the year before that, and the two years before that I was vegetarian. But I always felt like something was missing. I didn’t feel 100% myself.

I scoured more of the internet and watched some more vegan YouTubers. That’s when I happened across Those Annoying Vegans, who also have become favorites of mine. They were reacting to some videos that people have posted and I fell in love. Everything they were saying spoke to me on a personal level.

I agreed with them about the fact that being vegetarian just isn’t enough for me. I love animals, I always have. They were my main motivation for going vegetarian. But it just wasn’t enough. I was still torturing and killing animals.

So I talked to my husband and we decided to go vegan together. We originally said we were going to try it out for a week. Well, we both have felt amazing since, so we have continued. I will get more into how I’m feeling and all of that in tomorrow’s post, which will be my weekly vegan check in. I don’t know how long that will go on for, but I’m going to try it.

So, I’ve been vegan for almost three weeks now and it’s amazing. I haven’t really told anyone besides posting about it on my Bookstagram and my posting a single picture of me wearing a vegan shirt on my personal. So, that’s still a thing.

But outside of that, I also got motivated by Kalyn to do some yoga! And again, it’s felt freaking amazing. Just last week, I work five nights a week and I didn’t do yoga two of those days. Those two days, I was in a horrible mood the entire night. I was stressed and just overall angry. Same thing happened yesterday for me (Tuesday). I was in a bad mood the entire night. So I did some yoga today and I’m hoping that helps with tonight because it’s going to be a bad night. I already know it.

My next task to tackle is cleaning my house. I’m a hoarder. Not an extreme hoarder, but still a hoarder. If you all want a visual, imagine it. I have kept EVERYTHING from when my son was a baby. That’s 3 years of stuff. I currently live in a small 2 bedroom apartment with my husband, son, and brother. So, yeah. Stuff has got to go. I’m going to try to focus on more of a minimalistic kind of life. I obviously won’t be getting rid of my books, but I will be going through and purging my entire house. If I don’t need it, it’s going.

That being said, I’m not completely getting rid of everything I kept from my son. My husband and I have been trying for another for two years now with no luck. We want another baby. And knowing our luck, as soon as we get rid of everything, I’ll get those two pink lines. So yeah. Nope. I’m going to be putting it all in the storage shed that my mom has. And when we need it, we’ll have it.

So, now that you have a little back story and what kinds of goals I have set for myself, let’s talk about this blog.

I will be honest, I don’t know where this is going to go. I want to bring it over to my YouTube, but I’m not comfortable with showing anything right now. Once I get past the purging of my house, maybe.

But I want to start it out here. See if the lifestyle-esque blogging is really for me. I don’t know what I’ll be doing or how often I’ll be posting, either. At the very least, I know that I’ll be doing weekly vegan check in’s on Fridays (since I started my vegan journey on a Friday). I also kind of want to do weekly photo reviews for my Bookstagram where I look back on the week’s photos and show my favorites, some current stats on the week, what photos I wasn’t a fan of and what I can do to improve them, etc. I think that’d be interesting to look back on.

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I will also continue to post reviews here for books, I think. I want to also move that over to my YouTube, but I still don’t think I’m ready for filming them yet. I need to improve my reviewing process first.

All of that being said, I think this post is long enough. I do hope that you enjoyed it and continue to stick around for more and to follow my journey. Make sure to share so that more people can hopefully join into my journey.

Thank you!

Book Review: As She Fades by Abbi Glines (Spoiler-Free)


Today I am reviewing the book As She Fades by Abbi Glines. I got this book from NetGalley and Feiwel Friends for my honest review. If you don’t know, this book is about a girl who gets into a car accident with her boyfriend of 12 years and he ends up in a coma. She has to make the choices about whether she is going to stay and wait for his to wake up or continue living her life. While she’s at the hospital, she ends up meeting one of her brother’s frat brothers, who may be more than he seems. This is a New Adult contemporary romance book.

I really enjoyed this book. I can see why people are going to have issues with it, though. There were a lot of things in this book that would have come off as problematic to a lot of people. That being said, they didn’t bother me. The romance in this book was adorable and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

By the end, I couldn’t get enough. I watched the percentage getting closer to 100 and I could feel myself getting angry about it being over. I want so much more from this couple and I loved reading their story. These two are definitely a ship that I would sail with for years to come.

I really enjoyed watching the growth in all of the characters, especially our main character, Vale. She starts out just like a lot of high school girls in love seem to be. Everything is about her boyfriend, Crawford. He’s always on her mind and she can’t live without him. She grows into such an independent woman and I love that. This wasn’t just a cute romance, even though it really was a cute romance that I can’t get enough of. There was a deeper message to this.

I had skimmed some reviews and saw there was a plot twist in there. I was trying to figure out what it was the entire time but holy crap I didn’t see that coming. I was reading that part when my husband was playing his game before work. I legit sat there yelling “What?!” I couldn’t believe the turn it decided to take.

So in summary, I really enjoyed this book. It did seem rushed at points and could be viewed as problematic, but I still loved it. I definitely want to read more Abbi Glines at this point. I will provide the GoodReads, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble links. If you don’t want to buy from any of those sites, there should be more links on the GoodReads.



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Book Review: Fate’s Plan by JA Low (Spoiler-Free)

So, today I’m reviewing Fate’s Plan by JA Low. I got this book from Give Me Books on Facebook for my honest review. You’ll be getting that today. It is being released today and the links will be down below for you to purchase it.

Lilly Simpson’s life hasn’t turned out the way she planned,
especially her fiancé. She’s on the first plane out of Africa and back home to
a family she’s missed the last couple of years.But what she wasn’t expecting when she arrived home was a hot, naked, Italian
man in her living room, instead of her sister.Guess I should stop staring at his …Luca Fiorenzo has lived by his family’s rules all his life. Until the person he
was supposed to spend forever with betrays him. So to hell with the

But what he wasn’t expecting when he booked a cottage in the middle of nowhere
Scotland was a cute, awkward brunette, who just wouldn’t stop looking at his

Guess I should put my pants on then.

*** This is a standalone novella ***



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Author Bio
JA Low lives in Sydney, Australia. When she’s not writing
steamy scenes, she’s tending to her husband and two sons, and dreaming up the
next epic romance. Jess is the author of the Dirty Texas series and the Bratva
Jewels series.
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My Review

I really enjoyed this book. It seemed different from the rest of JA Low’s works and I don’t know if that was a good thing for me or not. I did enjoy it, but there was just something that was off for me. It could have entirely been the fact that I had read 5-6 romance novels before that without a break. I still recommend it but I didn’t rate it nearly as high as I have rated the rest of her works that I have read.

The characters in this were pretty well thought out. I enjoyed the fact that we weren’t sure who the guy was, even though we read from his point of view at parts. We knew he wasn’t who he was saying but we weren’t sure exactly who he was. We found out when the main character did.

I think that the story itself was well thought out, especially for being written in a day. It could have used more editing, but overall it was a decent read. A lot of the issues could have been fixed in editing, and I wouldn’t doubt were.

I feel like the cover and the title both fit really well for the book. There’s a lot of talk about fate and what it’s plan was for our main character. And, of course, the man on the cover is the man in the book. I’ve seen a lot of covers recently that have people on the cover who are different from the description given. It’s nice to know that this one fit, at least enough that it didn’t make it confusing.

Overall, I gave this book 3.5 stars out of 5. It was a really good read, but there was just something off about it that caused me to not be able to give it the 4 stars. I will continue to read anything that JA Low comes out with and attempt to catch up on her past works. I wouldn’t recommend this as your first JA Low, but I would recommend it.

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Spoiler Free Book Review: Hard Rules by Lisa Renee Jones

Hey everyone! Welcome back and if you’re new, I’m Amanda from A Court of Books and Love.

Today I have a book review for you. It will be spoiler-free.

The book I will be reviewing today is Hard Rules by Lisa Renee Jones.

**I got this book from NetGalley for my honest review**


What's It About

This book was originally published in August of 2016. It is the first book in a series called Dirty Money. As of right now (Jan 19th, 2018), there are four books out in this series. I would recommend starting from book one and reading in order.

This book is about Emily, a mysterious female, who meets Shane, a high class man, in a coffee shop in the building where she was trying to get a job and where Shane obviously works. They both need a release so they decide to have a one night stand. Except neither want it to end. But with all the secrets Emily is trying to keep hidden and the war going on between Shane’s family, neither wants, or needs, a relationship. Now Shane and Emily need to figure out how they are going to balance working together along with their own personal lives.


It is an adult book. There is most certainly foul language and sexual content. Also, there are trigger warnings for this book. Please refrain from reading if you are triggered by being outed (there’s mention of blackmailing someone by threatening to tell his wife and the public that he is gay) or miscarriage (used in the form of blackmail).

Writing Points

I ended up giving the writing category 1 out of 2 points.

The writing itself was fine for what it was. There was so much about it that could have been improved on. I believe I had a copy that hadn’t been proofread so there are SEVERAL very noticeable mistakes in writing. There are a TON of inconsistencies. One minute, they are holding their coffee, the next they are picking it up off the table.

I can’t vouch for how it is now because, like I said, I believe my copy wasn’t proofread.

I feel like the writing itself was fine. Definitely potential for improvement but it was easy to read.

Character Points

I ended up giving the characters 3 out of 4 points.

I really enjoyed the characters. They are definitely well fleshed out and have secrets and quirks that keep them interesting. My issues really have more to do with the story. But these characters were great, the relationship was great.

I took off a point because they seemed to be very flighty with their feelings. Is that a proper description? They would be set in one choice, then the next minute they are feeling the opposite.


The pacing in this got a 0 out of 1 point. (I may have to change how I have this one set up. I may take a point away from Characters and move it to here for future books, this would be a 1 of 2 if I did that)

The pacing just seemed off to me. I was uninterested in the beginning, addicted and invested in the middle, then it just dragged at the end. The fact that nothing was even solved (I’ll talk more about that in the story portion), makes it even worse. It’s a short book (a little over 250 pages) but the last third just DRAGGED.


I gave this book 2 out of 4 points for the story.

The premise of this seems so interesting. It seemed like it would be a quick, smutty read. I figured I would sit down and be invested in the relationship (I always am) and I would get through it quickly. But holy crap, no.

I was invested in the characters and relationship. This issue is that there was SO MUCH back and forth. The characters couldn’t make up their mind about anything.

This book has 3 main things that it’s focused on: the relationship between Emily and Shane, the war between the Brandon family, and Emily’s secrets.

I was left hanging on all of them. I feel like NOTHING was resolved at all in this book. Honestly, I feel like it would have been better if this book lost a lot of the filler scenes and instead went farther into the story. I didn’t need 250 pages of back and forth in a relationship when there were SO MANY conflicts going on.

I feel the story that this book focuses on was literally just an intro. The best part was meeting the characters and seeing how they interact. But I feel that’s all this book really did. Introductions.


I gave this portion 2 out of 4 points.

I really loved this book when I picked it up again after reading the first portion. I was texting my friends and saying how much I was loving it.

But in the end, I was disappointed. I got invested and needed to know what was going on. But then there was just more back and forth and the same stuff over and over again.

Overall, it was a fairly quick read for me but it was highly disappointing after I got invested.


So, overall this book got 8 out of 15 points. That amounts to 3 out of 5 stars.

I most likely won’t be continuing on with this series. It wouldn’t be worth the investment for me. This was too much of an introductory book and I just didn’t enjoy it.

If you’re fine with all of my complaints, I would recommend this. It has an interesting premise and I would like to see how the series ends. I just won’t be reading them myself to figure that out.


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Book Review: Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller (Spoiler-free)

Hey everyone! Welcome back and if you’re new, I’m Amanda from A Court of Books and Love.

Today I have a book review for you! I will be reviewing Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller.

I ended up reading this book for the Scallywagathon! It was a ton of fun, even though I didn’t read too much.

Let’s start this review out with some stats.

Page Count: 308
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (MacMillan)
Publication Date: February 28, 2017
Series: Daughter of the Pirate King
Book Number: Book 1
Received From: OwlCrate
Form: Hardcover



Daughter of the Pirate King is about a girl who, you guessed it, is the daughter of the Pirate King. The book begins with her being captured by a rival ship. Why would she do this, you may ask? For her father. He set her out with the mission of finding something on that ship. The best way to do it? Get captured.

This book was full of hilarious moments, a push-and-pull romance, and heartbreak. It had everything I loved in a book. I was stuck from the beginning. I didn’t ever want to put it down. I needed to know what happened next.

My biggest issue with the story is that it seemed to make abuse okay. It was obvious that she has grown up being abused and she was okay with that because it was “training.” It could be tough for someone who has been abused to read this book so be careful.

Another trigger warning is sexual assault and rape. It doesn’t actually happen in the book but it is mentioned multiple times, so be careful.

It may have been a bit predictable, but there were things that I didn’t think were going to happen because of what they were but they did. But that didn’t take away from my love of this book.

I gave the story 3 out of 4 points.


Since we’re talking about the story itself and not the writing, let’s talk about characters.

The characters weren’t perfect, they could even be stretched into saying they were all the bad guys/girls. Some were just less bad.

I absolutely loved how the main character played off the main male, and vice versa. They were both so snarky and that made my soul happy. These are the types of characters that make me love books. Morally gray, but you can’t help but to love them and want the best for them.

I gave 4 out of 4 points.


Let’s get into the writing next.

The writing in this seemed to be perfect to me. It was simple, but not in a bad way. It wasn’t overly simple. It wasn’t “dumbed down” for the audience. It was a bit predictable at points, but I feel like a lot of the things I guessed, were made obvious on purpose. They were meant to distract the reader. You think this is supposed to be the big plot twist, but instead something even more shocking happens! I loved it.

There was a lot of points where the main character was telling rather than showing but they fit perfectly. There were a lot of points in the book where she wasn’t communicating with people so she had a lot of inner monologue going on. It was a wonderful way to share the information necessary to know what’s going on in the book and for future books.

I gave the writing 4 out of 4.


Now continuing on with the writing, let’s talk pacing. How well was this book paced?

I feel like this book was a perfect speed for me. It was a quick and easy read but it wasn’t rushed or too slow. A lot of first books seem to just be world and character building. This definitely had those moments but it was the perfect amount.

I gave pacing 4 out of 4 points.

Personal Thoughts

In case you didn’t know, I loved this book. It was so addicting for me. I didn’t want to put it down. Ever. I cannot wait for the second one to come out so I can get straight into that.

I gave this book 4 out of 4 points for my personal thoughts.

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