Sunday, January 19, 2020

Romance Book Tag

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Um...Tanya at Girl Plus Books tagged me in this during the summer and then I promptly forgot about it! Sorry, but here it finally is!

Saturday, January 18, 2020

#ARCREVIEW: Love, Unscripted by Owen Nicholls

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Love, Unscripted by Owen Nicholls
Publisher: Randon House Publishing - Ballatine
Release Date: Feb 11th, 2020
Format: egalley*
My Rating: ★ 1/2 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ 
Owen Nicholls' Love, Unscripted is an uplifting love story, following film projectionist Nick as he tries to understand the difference between love on the silver screen and love in real life. Perfect for fans of David Nicholls, Nick Hornby and Laura Barnett.
For film projectionist Nick, love should mirror what he sees on the big screen. And when he falls for Ellie on the eve of the 2008 presidential election, it finally does.
For four blissful years, Nick loved Ellie as much as he loved his job splicing film reels together in the local cinema. Life seemed... picture-perfect.
But now it's 2012, Ellie has moved out and Nick's trying to figure out where it all went wrong.
With Ellie gone and his life far from the happy ending he imagined, Nick wonders if their romance could ever again be as perfect as the night they met.
Can love really be as it is in the movies?
I kind of have a beef with this book, because one I couldn't stand the main character at all. He was very woe is me, why did she leave me? But I also don't think this book should be labeled a romance. I think we are supposed to assume there is a HEA, but it is not spelled out at the end of the book. If there is no HEA, it's not a romance!

Thursday, January 16, 2020

#ARCREVIEW: Tweet Cute by Emma Lord #blogtour

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Tweet Cute by Emma Lord
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Release Date: January 21st, 2020
Format: egalley*
My Rating:  
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ 
Meet Pepper, swim team captain, chronic overachiever, and all-around perfectionist. Her family may be falling apart, but their massive fast-food chain is booming ― mainly thanks to Pepper, who is barely managing to juggle real life while secretly running Big League Burger’s massive Twitter account.

Enter Jack, class clown and constant thorn in Pepper’s side. When he isn’t trying to duck out of his obscenely popular twin’s shadow, he’s busy working in his family’s deli. His relationship with the business that holds his future might be love/hate, but when Big League Burger steals his grandma’s iconic grilled cheese recipe, he’ll do whatever it takes to take them down, one tweet at a time.

All’s fair in love and cheese ― that is, until Pepper and Jack’s spat turns into a viral Twitter war. Little do they know, while they’re publicly duking it out with snarky memes and retweet battles, they’re also falling for each other in real life ― on an anonymous chat app Jack built.

As their relationship deepens and their online shenanigans escalate ― people on the internet are shipping them?? ― their battle gets more and more personal, until even these two rivals can’t ignore they were destined for the most unexpected, awkward, all-the-feels romance that neither of them expected.
 
I have to admit, I was kind of really unsure about this book at first. I've been slowly moving away from YA books and reading way more adult romances (with very adult things in them) so it's felt like I've been "meh" on the last couple of YA books I've read. I think the book took awhile for me to get fully behind it. Which is okay, but I'm glad I stuck with it.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

#REVIEW: One Night Of Sin By Elle Kennedy

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One Night of Sin By Elle Kennedy (After Hours #1)
Publisher: Entangled: Brazen
Release Date: August 4th, 2014
Format: kindle
My Rating: ★ 1/2
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ 

When it comes to sex, good girl Skyler Thompson always plays it safe, choosing stable and sedate over wild and thrilling. She doesn’t do one-night-stands, but one look at sinfully sexy Gage Holt and she’s willing to reconsider. He makes her want to be bad for once in her life, and she’s prepared to take what she wants.

Danger follows former MMA fighter Gage Holt like a shadow. Despite his successes as part owner of Sin, an exclusive nightclub in Boston, Gage can’t risk getting involved with a woman, especially one as sweet as Skyler. Still, he can’t resist a taste—and it’s so damn good he has to see her again.

As addicted as he is to her, Gage knows there’s no future for him and Skyler—not with his past lurking in the dark corners of an MMA cage. But Skyler’s tougher than she looks, and she’s ready to fight for her man.
 

I actually read the second book in this series first, and I think I kinda of liked the second book a little better, but it was fun to read Gage and Skyler's story in this one.

Monday, January 13, 2020

#ARCREVIEW: Heartland (True North #7) By Sarina Bowen

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Heartland By Sarina Bowen
Publisher: Tuxbury Publishing
Release Date: January 28th, 2020
Format: egalley*
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ 


An emotional friends to lovers romance full of risky secrets and late-night lessons in seduction. 
Dylan is my best friend, and the only person in my life who understands me. He doesn’t mind my social awkwardness or my weird history. The only glitch? He doesn’t know that I’ve been hopelessly, desperately in love with him since the first day we picked apples together in his family’s orchard.But I know better than to confess. 
Now that we’re both in college together, I’m seeing a new side of him. College Dylan drinks and has a lot of sex. None of it with me. 
Until the night I foolishly ask him to tutor me in more than algebra…and he actually says yes. 
But the cool morning light shows me how badly I’ve endangered our friendship. And I don’t know if anything will be the same again.
I have no control when it comes to Sarina Bowen, I just end up reading her books in a straight day or two, because I cannot put them down! The latest installment in the True North series was no exception! This time it was focusing on the youngest Shipley man, Dylan. I feel like we don't get to know a lot about Dylan in the other books, so it was fun to see his perspective in this one.


Saturday, January 11, 2020

#REVIEW: Only for you (Lick #3) By Naima Simone

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Only for Your Touch By Naima Simone
Publisher: Entangled: Scorched
Release Date: December 12th, 2016
Format: kindle
My Rating: ★1/2
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ 


It’s been five years since I’ve seen her.

Five years since Gabriella James damn near destroyed me with her betrayal, sending me to hell in a cage.

I’ve crawled free, escaped the mob, opened a night club, and continue to battle my demons through underground fighting and sex. But now Gabriella’s back, begging for absolution, wanting my forgiveness. All I want is what she’s denied me for all these years — her body.

Sex. That’s all we’ll ever have.

Because Gabriella is still keeping secrets. I see it in her eyes.

I don’t trust her, and I’ll never forgive her betrayal.

But that won’t stop me from taking her.

Over...and over...and over.
Only For You rounds out the Lick series, this time with Killian's story. Killian seemed to have more demons than the other men because he went to jail because of his ties to the mob. It was kind of Gabriella's fault, and this book deals with their reunion and trying to put the past behind them.

Friday, January 10, 2020

#REVIEW: Only For Your Touch (Lick #2) By Naima Simone

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Only for Your Touch By Naima Simone
Publisher: Entangled: Scorched
Release Date: October, 2016
Format: kindle
My Rating: ★1/2
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ 


The Boston press calls her the Mob Princess. I call her trouble.

Discretion is my business, and the reporters dogging her every step are bad news. She’s looking to rebel, to tarnish her na├»ve “good girl” image by getting dirty with me. I gave up a career as a thief, but Corrine Salvaggi’s wide eyes and sinful mouth damn near begs me to steal her innocence. To corrupt her.

Lucky for her, I deal in sex.

Whatever your fantasy, I deliver. Voyeurism. Threesomes. A little slap and tickle.…

If it’s your kink, I can fulfill it.

So yeah, life is good. Simple.

Until she enters my club.

Still…

It’s just sex. Our little secret.

For now
The second book in Simone's Lick Series, I think I found myself enjoying Sasha and Corrine's story a little bit better than the first book, evenly thought it was slightly shorter. Again, if you are looking for a super sexy, short read, I recommend this one.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

REVIEW: Only For A Night (Lick #1) By Naima Simone

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Only for a Night By Naima Simone
Publisher: Entangled: Brazen
Release Date: May 30th, 2016
Format: kindle
My Rating: ★1/2
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ 

Rion Ward fought hard to be free of the Irish mob life. Now, as the co-owner of Boston’s hottest aphrodisiac club, he’s traded crime for the ultimate sexual fantasy. But when the “good girl” from his past walks through Lick’s doors, he discovers that his unconsummated hunger for her never abated.

Widowed for two years from a man who felt that anything besides the missionary position was dirty, Harper Shaw is ready to move on. The first step to feeling alive again is sex. Hot, dirty, black-out-from-orgasm sex. And who better to provide it than the brooding, sexy, tatted bad boy-turned-man she’s known for years?

Rion, however, has one stipulation: He’ll be hers only for one night. One night to explore her every fantasy. One night to push her limits. One night to introduce her to a passion that makes both doubt if it will be enough

I think this book was on sale or something when I got it, because it's a little bit more risque than what I normally read in terms of romance books. This one is more on the side of erotica, especially with how short it was.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

#ARCREVIEW: Crossing The Line (Hot Jocks #4) By Kendall Ryan

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Crossing The Line By Kendall Ryan
Publisher: Kendall Ryan
Release Date: January 20th, 2020
Format: egalley*
My Rating: ★1/2
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ 

Recovering from a pulled groin muscle isn’t exactly how I planned to spend my much-needed summer vacation.

But I’ll admit, being nursed back to health by my gorgeous friend Bailey, who’s just graduated from medical school, doesn’t exactly sound like a hardship.

We spend a week together at my family’s beach house, a week of swimming and barbecues, a week of entertaining my little cousins and sleeping right across the hall from each other. A week of watching Bailey grow closer with my mom and sisters, and my wacky but lovable grandma. A week of enjoying Bailey tending to me—which is saying something, because it involves a lot of shoving ice packs into my underwear and taping up sore muscles.

She’s funny and kind, and after just being myself for the first time in a long time, I find my walls come tumbling down. But when Bailey says she’s not looking for a relationship, I’m bound and determined to be more than just the fun hookup who sprained his groin a second time—this time with her.

Your favorite hot jocks are back with an all-new standalone novel. If you like sexy, confident men who know how to handle a stick (on and off the ice), and smart women who are strong enough to keep all those big egos in check, this series is for you!

I feel a little conflicted about this one, because while I enjoyed this story and watching Asher and Bailey get together, I finished the story feeling a little empty. Like I wanted more out of it? I think maybe it felt a little too short or something and I wanted a little more drama or something? I'm not sure, but it just felt like there was something missing from it.