Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Review: Roomies by Christina Lauren

RoomiesMarriages of convenience are so…inconvenient.

Rescued by Calvin McLoughlin from a would-be subway attacker, Holland Bakker pays the brilliant musician back by pulling some of her errand-girl strings and getting him an audition with a big-time musical director. When the tryout goes better than even Holland could have imagined, Calvin is set for a great entry into Broadway—until he admits his student visa has expired and he’s in the country illegally.

Holland impulsively offers to wed the Irishman to keep him in New York, her growing infatuation a secret only to him. As their relationship evolves from awkward roommates to besotted lovers, Calvin becomes the darling of Broadway. In the middle of the theatrics and the acting-not-acting, what will it take for Holland and Calvin to realise that they both stopped pretending a long time ago?


I’m always interested in reading anything by Christina Lauren. I had the chance to read the first couple pages of Roomies through BookishFirst and was sucked in. It had music, a guy with an Irish accent, and the promise of romance. I was sold and wanted to read more. Then I won a copy and dived right in when I got it in the mail.

The beginning of this novel has a lot of mystery which is what hooked me. It was the unraveling of those tidbits that made this novel worth reading. The writing itself is great. The characters and scenes come alive with the writing, they grow with the novel. I was invested in the story and the music. I even went on YouTube and searched some of the classical guitar songs and became more heavily involved with Calvin’s music through listening to it.

This is a must-read.

An advanced complimentary copy of this book was supplied by the publisher through BookishFirst in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.


Thursday, October 26, 2017

CoverReveal: 2018 Release

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Fans of Sarah Dessen, Stephanie Perkins, and Jenny Han will delight as the fireworks spark and the secrets fly in this delicious summer romance from a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author.

When Jade decided to spend the summer with her aunt in California, she thought she knew what she was getting into. But nothing could have prepared her for Quentin. Jade hasn't been in suburbia long and even she knows her annoying (and annoyingly cute) next-door neighbor spells T-R-O-U-B-L-E.

And when Quentin learns Jade plans to spend her first American summer hiding out reading books, he refuses to be ignored. Sneaking out, staying up, and even a midnight swim, Quentin is determined to give Jade days--and nights--worth remembering.

But despite their storybook-perfect romance, every time Jade moves closer, Quentin pulls away. And when rumors of a jilted ex-girlfriend come to light, Jade knows Quentin is hiding a secret--and she's determined to find out what it is.

Coming May/June 2018

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Nicole Williams is the New York Times and USATODAY bestselling author of contemporary and young adult romance, including the Crash and Lost & Found series. Her books have been published by HarperTeen and Simon & Schuster in both domestic and foreign markets, while she continues to self-publish additional titles. She is working on a new YA series with Crown Books (a division of Random House) as well. She loves romance, from the sweet to the steamy, and writes stories about characters in search of their happily even after. She grew up surrounded by books and plans on writing until the day she dies, even if it’s just for her own personal enjoyment. She still buys paperbacks because she’s all nostalgic like that, but her kindle never goes neglected for too long. When not writing, she spends her time with her husband and daughter, and whatever time’s left over she’s forced to fit too many hobbies into too little time.
Nicole is represented by Jane Dystel, of Dystel and Goderich Literary Agency.


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Review: Without Merit

Without Merit Without Merit by Colleen Hoover
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I always look forward to reading anything Colleen writes and when I get my hands on her next book it comes far too quickly. Colleen is a master at pulling a reader in from the first page. I devoured every single word.

Merit is such an unusual character, with her quirky collection of trophys. Sagan was a complete mystery at first and I had fun reading all about him. This book, like each of Colleen, has a strong message but I don’t want to ruin it. I loved reading about Merit’s family and their antics. The small drawback for me was the ending and what I wanted to get out of it. I wanted more!

You won’t regret reading what awaits in Merit's crazy world. Another great novel by Colleen.

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Review: Trust

Trust Trust by Kylie Scott
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I always prefer to read books written in first person, which Trust was. I liked that Kylie Scott choose to create a character that is plus size. Almost all books I’ve read usually have the main female character thin and it was refreshing to have a change.

Kylie did a great job of creating her main characters. I really liked John and his personality and his long hair. Edie was so self-conscious but it didn’t matter to John that she was not your average girl. I did have some trouble with the flow at times. The scenes seem to change without a good flow and some of the dialogue was off.

It was a good read but it needed something else to be great.

An advance complimentary copy of this book was supplied by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Review: Hideaway

Hideaway Hideaway by Penelope Douglas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hideaway is a very sensual novel and is intended for mature audience. Readers need to be open minded, so if they are not it’s probably not a book for them.

This novel is told in first person point of view. The story is told in alternating chapters from present to past. I loved that about this book because for me it made me more invested in the characters, with each chapter I understood them more. I loved getting inside Kai’s head, he is so bad but oh so good.

Hideaway is thrilling, dark and sexy. It was addictive from start to finish. Loved it.

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Cover Reveal: Wicked Choice by Sawyer Bennett


Wicked Choice (Wicked Horse Vegas, Book #4)
Sawyer Bennett
Release Date: January 2, 2018


Life as a mercenary is a solitary one, but the team at The Jameson Group is content with letting loose at their favorite sex club, The Wicked Horse. For two of its members, dirty days lead to wicked nights, and the team morale is better for it.

Sawyer Bennett’s Wicked Horse Vegas series can be read together or separately. A full synopsis for this title will be available prior to release.

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Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36353140-wicked-choice

About the Author:


Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released multiple books, many of which have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.

A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone.

Sawyer likes her Bloody Marys strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active daughter, as well as full-time servant to her adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or even better, both.

Sawyer also writes general and women’s fiction under the pen name S. Bennett and sweet romance under the name Juliette Poe.

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Review: Breaching the Contract

Breaching the Contract Breaching the Contract by Chantal Fernando
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Breaching the contract by Chantal Fernando was an enjoyable short read. I liked the Harry Potter reference, nothing wrong with a little Harry Potter fun. Chantal did create great characters with incredible chemistry.

I would have probably given this more stars if it was a bit longer, I felt like there were some lose ends. I also feel like something was missing, from chapter to chapter in a few instances the transition was off. I think it needed to be tied to the next with more information.

Regardless it was an exciting read.

An advance complimentary copy of this book was supplied by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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Monday, September 25, 2017

New Release: Too Beautiful To Break by Tessa Bailey

On Sale: September 26, 2017
Publisher: Forever
Mass Market: $7.99 USD
eBook: $5.99 USD


A love of a lifetime . . .

Leaving Belmont Clarkson is the hardest thing Sage Alexander has ever done. From the moment they met, she knew Belmont was the one, and getting up close and personal with him on his family's epic road trip has taken her desire to a new, even hotter level. But there's no way she can go there---not without revealing secrets that could devastate them both.

Losing Sage is not an option. Belmont's heart is hers, has always been hers. He knows she's hiding something from him, but nothing will stand in his way of telling her just how much she means to him. Finding her is easy---saving her from her past could cost him everything.





Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans, and laptop, and drove cross-country to New York City in under four days. Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend, and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention.

She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband and daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love. 



Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Review: Fraternize by Rachel Van Dyken

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken kicks off a brand-new series in which romance is a game and love is a touchdown.
Emerson just made her dream come true as a professional cheerleader for her favorite pro football team. But even though the plus-size athlete is breaking down boundaries, she still has to contend with the massive rulebook. Carbs? Nope. Chocolate? Definitely not. Still, Emerson loves her curves, and she’ll rock the hell out of this job even if it kills her. Except for one mandate that is easier read than done…
No fraternizing with the players.
Problem one is Miller Quinton: Emerson’s first love, first sex, and the guy who still ignites her daydreams and R-rated fantasies. Thrown back together, Miller and Emerson feel the undeniable pull of passion again, even if the conflict that tore them apart seems insurmountable. Then there’s way-too-sexy Grant Sanchez. He has a serious reputation with the ladies, and when it comes to winning someone he wants, he doesn’t let anyone stand in his way.
Now Emerson is breaking every rule in the manual. But what she doesn’t know is that she’s part of a wicked little game—one that could steal both her dream and her heart.




I had to check out this novel knowing Rachel’s previous novels and how witty they were. She definitely has the banter going on in this one as well. Fraternize is a sports novel and has a love triangle. The first topic is not my favorite but it works in this novel. We get to see both aspects of football and cheerleading. Rachel created three very different characters, each with their own issues and all very likeable. Emerson wasn’t the typical cheerleader, when it came to body image, and I really liked that.

What I didn’t like was that the story seemed to drag on a bit. There was a point in the story that I believed was coming to a close but a dramatic event was thrown in. I felt like it wasn’t necessary.

Still Fraternize still had many great aspects. Like the character connections. With Miller and Emerson’s interactions, I could easily see the ease in which they interacted. I could tell that they were close from the beginning. We got history with a few scenes. When it came to Sanchez and Emerson, I loved the chemistry between them. How Sanchez was so sure of himself but at the same time I could see there was more in his personality.

Overall, it was an enjoyable read.

An advance complimentary copy of this book was supplied by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Rachel Van Dyken  

Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor. 

She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!

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