Blogmas Day 26 – Book Review: On the Corner of Love and Hate (Hopeless Romantics #1) by Nina Bocci

Happy BLOGMAS Day 26!

On the Corner of Love and Hate (Hopeless Romantics #1) by Nina Bocci

Published: 8/20/19 by Gallery Books

336 pages

ISBN: 9781982102036 (paperback)

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Thank you to NetGalley / Gallery Books for the digital copy in exchange for an honest review!

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Goodreads Synopsis

What’s a campaign manager’s worst nightmare? A smooth-talking charmer who’s never met a scandal that he didn’t like.

When Emmanuelle Peroni’s father—and mayor of her town—asks her to help rehab Cooper Endicott’s image, she’s horrified. Cooper drives her crazy in every way possible. But he’s also her father’s protégé, and she can’t say no to him without him finding out the reason why: Cooper and her have a messy past. So Emmanuelle reluctantly launches her father’s grand plan to get this Casanova someone to settle down with and help him lose his lothario reputation.

Cooper Endicott wanted to run for Mayor, but he never wanted the drama that went with it. Now that he’s on the political hamster wheel, the other candidates are digging up everything from his past. Even though he’s doing all the right things, his colorful love life is the sticking point for many of the conservative voters. He wants to win, badly, and he knows that if he wants any chance of getting a vote from the female population, he needs to change his image. The only problem? He might just be falling in love with the one person he promised not to pursue: the Mayor’s off-limits daughter.


Review

At the end of this, we’re still whatever we were before. No matter how ugly or how pretty. We’re Cooper and Emmanuelle. Whether you’re mayor or back in the office driving me insane. We’re still us.”

Emmanuelle Peroni

Writing |

I thought that the writing was inconsistent at times. It would talk about one thing and then something raunchy would come out of a character’s mouth. It caught me off guard a few times. Other than that, it was written quite well. It wasn’t anything I haven’t seen before.

Characters |

Emmanuelle Peroni: Father is current mayor of Hope Lake, PA. Cooper is an old friend who is running for Mayor. He drives her insane, but her father insists that she run his campaign. She agrees but no one can know that she’s doing it. She keeps him involved with the community. She slowly starts to find that she has feelings for him.

  • She watches Bob Ross on Netflix which gave her points in my book.
    • She was probably my favorite character if I had to pick one. She has a good head on her shoulders and she cares for the ones she loves. Emma kept Cooper afloat the whole book.

Cooper Endicott: Running for Mayor. He has a colorful past with the ladies. It has gotten him in trouble more often than not.

  • I hated him at first, just like Emma did. He is cocky, arrogant, and lazy. Then he changes when Emma becomes his campaign manager. He actually sees how great the community actually is.
    • He’s terrible at staying away from cameras.

Kirby: Opponent of Cooper in the Mayoral election.

  • Doesn’t play a huge roll in the novel. He’s a huge jerk though. He’s just there to serve as the “villain”.

The Jacksons: Haley Jackson, JOE founder and the majority stakeholder’s wife, is the woman who Cooper has a scandal with. They eventually agreed to work with Cooper again. Another “scandal” is revealed, but it’s debunked. No worries!

Whitney: Emma’s old roommate, now Cooper’s fake lawyer girlfriend. She makes him look good during the campaign.

  • She’s a total brat toward Emma for no reason. Emma definitely has jealous tendencies toward her but that doesn’t matter in the end.

Story |

It’s another meh romance novel for me. This reminds me of Red, White & Royal Blue in the political sense. I knew that it dealt with politics but it completely took over. I wanted more romance and smut. Do not go into this expecting sexy. It’s far from it. It’s just a buildup of back and forth sexual tension, an accidental passionate kiss, and a cute resolution. It drags the whole way and speeds up tenfold at the end.

The story isn’t horrible, but I don’t typically understand much about politics. It lost me. I hesitated to pick this up for months, and I’m sad it really did nothing for me.

There was a Golden Girls reference made, and I’m pretty sure that was where the third star came from. I love the Golden Girls! Dorothy was probably my favorite out of all the girls.

Overall |

The writing wasn’t bad, the characters were actually decent, but the story didn’t do what I expected. Not enough romance for me. There’s something in me that wants to read the next one though. Is that bad? I’m just curious to see if anything changes.

Do I recommend this? Probably not. It might be great for people who are entering the romance genre or people who don’t like a lot of smut in their romance novels.


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Blogmas Day 6: Genre Spotlight | Romance

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Happy BLOGMAS day 6!

If you’re still here, then congratulations. I’m surprised I’m still here honestly. My brand is starting something and not finishing it. It’s only downhill from here. Buckle up.

I spent a very long time criticizing the romance genre, and I rightfully apologize. There is so much to learn and so much fun to have with this genre. There are different branches you can swing on—erotica, contemporary, women’s fiction, paranormal, historical/regency, and the list goes on. Romance is my second favorite genre aside from historical fiction. I will admit that I have not read all the sub genres listed above, but I intend to do a little dabbling as I grow comfortable with the genre.

It exists for enjoyment and entertainment.

There’s nothing wrong with picking up a book that isn’t meant to be studied, tabbed, and critiqued. You can escape from whatever you’re going through and experience some sort of happy ending. If you’re tired and work a full-time job, grab a romance. Do you have kids? Pick up a romance before bed. Do you just want to broaden your reading horizons? Read a romance novel. No extreme thinking involved. Just read them for enjoyment. It’s okay to read a book with a cheesy happy ending!

Diversity. Diversity. Diversity.

Romance doesn’t shy away from all types of ethnicities, sexual orientations, ages (obviously being of age in a romance book is extremely necessary!). Romance books in the last few years have really stepped up their diversity game! You can find anything now. There are still wonderful books without extreme diversity, but I know that diversity is a hot commodity right now. This genre is your oyster!

Celebration of women.

I know this is a very touchy topic, so I won’t dive too far into it. I’m not trying to sway anyone from their beliefs/opinions. This is just in a general sense. I believe any gender should be celebrated—obviously—but it’s nice to get new perspectives from your own gender. In my case, it’s a celebration of women. I think this reason is geared more toward the old lady romance novels. Today’s romance books celebrate everyone. I just wanted to include this anyway.

Open to interpretation.

Do you ever watch a movie and see an actor/actress who doesn’t fit the bill of who you saw in your head? Well, I’m here to tell you that romance novels won’t do that. Yes, they give descriptions but they won’t typically give you every little detail and flaw. You can create that perfect human being. This will also help you use your imagination. It’s often hard to be creative when everyone has already created it e.g. movies.

Learning from their mistakes.

The characters in romance novels tend to be dramatic, therefore decisions are made irrationally. They typically end happily, meaning said problems get solved. You won’t learn from mistakes in every romance novel you read. There are some that you can really take a page from. No pun intended? I think if you’re new to the dating scene, romance novels would be a good place to start. Don’t do exactly as they do though. Gavin did that in The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams, and it didn’t work. Just be observant and understand what’s realistic and what’s not. I don’t think there is much more to explain for this one.

– Disclaimer –

I’m not saying that all romance novels are amazing. Yes, there are a ton out there that misrepresent the genre, but you just can’t focus on those. I know this genre won’t be for everyone, but I think it’s worth a shot. These are my opinions, so if you hate romance, then that is 100% okay.

Genre Spotlight | Historical Fiction

What’s your favorite genre?


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Blogmas Day 5: Ultimate Book Tag

Happy BLOGMAS day 5!

I don’t know who created this, but I found it @ The Book Nut: A Book Lover’s Guide

I tag: Krystyna @ Turning the Pages

Emer @ A Little Haze Book Blog

No pressure to participate, and if you want to participate, then just do it!


Do you get sick while reading in the car?

I don’t, but I never really try to read in the car. 

Which author’s writing style is unique to you and why?

This could be taken in a couple of different ways. I think A.S. King’s writing style is unique. 

Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga?

Harry Potter. Is that even a question?

Do you carry a book bag? (If so, what is in it?)

I don’t carry a book bag. My purse is big enough to hold 2-3 books.

Do you smell your books?

Not typically, no. 

Books with or without little illustrations?

I love books with illustrations.

What book did you love while reading but discovered later that it wasn’t quality writing? 

Unpopular opinion time; Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston. The story was okay, but the writing wasn’t anything special either. 

Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood?

I don’t really have any funny stories. I used to sit outside in my bathing suit during the summer, and my Grandma would read Clifford the Big Red Dog to me. I even have a picture.

What is the thinnest book on your shelf?

Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini.

What is the thickest book on your shelf?

It by Stephen King.

Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?

I think it would be cool to be a writer, but no, to both of those questions.

When did you get into reading?

I became an avid reader just a couple of years ago. I’ve read books here and there throughout the years. 

What is your favorite classic book?

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho but I also enjoyed Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. 

In school, was your best subject Language Arts/English?

English was never my best subject. I always passed with at least a B, but extracurricular was always my best—art class, philosophy, choir, drama, etc. 

If you were given a book as a present that you’ve read and hated before…what would you do?

Let them know I appreciate it and maybe use it as a giveaway at some point in the future. 

What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or The Hunger Games?

I don’t really pay attention to whether or not books are compared to Harry Potter or The Hunger Games. 

What is a bad habit (besides rambling) you always do while blogging?

I tend to start a bunch of blog posts and never…actually…post them. Oops. 

What is your favorite word? 

I saw this word the other day, and it’s my new favorite: lackadaisical. Like, what? Who decided to put those letters together? Also, the definition is me lol.

Are you a nerd, dork, or a dweeb? Or all of the above?

Dork, probably. 

Vampires or fairies? Why?

Vampires = sexy. That’s the only reason I have for either of these. 

Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?

Neither.

Zombies or Vampires? Why?

Vampires.

Love triangle or forbidden love?

Forbidden love, baby. I hate love triangles. 

And finally: Full on romance books or action-packed books with a few love scenes mixed in?

I have become a romance girl. If it’s not romance I enjoy thrillers/contemporaries/historical fiction. I don’t read a lot of action-packed novels.


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ROMANCEATHON TBR! (6/17-6/23)

Hello, everyone!

This is a new readathon hosted by BookTubers: gabbyreads and We Be Book’N

Dates: June 17-June 23

I have recently entered the world of romance novels, and I cannot be stopped. I read Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas, and I was hooked. I would love to support these two by participating in the readathon. I encourage all of you to participate as well! If you want recommendations or any other details, go check out their channels!

Challenges:

Read a forbidden romance novel.

Read a new adult romance novel.

Read a romance novel with pink on the cover.

Read a 2019 release.

Read a romance novel with a man on the cover. (It can be pictures of abs. It doesn’t matter.)

Read an LGBTQ+ romance novel.

Read 7 books.

What I Plan to Read:

Forbidden Romance:

Fallen Too Far (Rosemary Beach #1) by Abbi Glines

New Adult Romance:

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

Pink on the Cover:

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

2019 Romance Release:

Meet Cute by Helena Hunting

Man on the Cover:

Beautiful Bastard (Beautiful Bastard #1) by Christina Lauren

LGBTQ+ Romance:

When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri

Seven Books:

Roomies by Christina Lauren 

or

All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover 

This TBR will probably change as the week goes on. I may not end up enjoying one of these. I will have a wrap up after the readathon is over, so keep a look out for that if you’re interested. I think it’s going to be tons of fun. Definitely go check out the videos I linked to both of their channels!


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