Thursday, October 31, 2019

#REVIEW: All The Way (Hot Jocks #2) By Kendall Ryan

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All The Way By Kendall Ryan
Publisher: Kendall Ryan
Release Date: September 24th, 2019
Format: egalley*
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ 
His protective streak runs a mile wide.

She won't let her past define her.

"A TOTAL, UTTER MUST READ." (Book Fanatic)


If you're in the mood for EXPLOSIVE CHEMISTRY, soul-mate deep love and tons of feels, get yourself a copy of this standalone romance today!

I know it’s time to move on from my rocky past and get back out there and start dating again.

It’s just that every time I think about it, I get all nervous and sweaty.

Good thing I have a secret weapon to help me—my best friend, professional hockey stud Owen Parrish.

He’s the king of hookups, and promises he’ll be my guide through the world of online dating. With his help, I know this won’t be as hard.
• • •
I’ve never been this hard in my entire life.

My friend Becca wants my help hooking her up with some douchey guy from a dating app.

I said I’d help her—but now I’m noticing all kinds of things I can’t ignore, like how pretty she is behind those baggy clothes and messy buns.

I want to be the one to help her, to show her the ropes in the bedroom, and it turns out, Becca’s game to let me take a more hands-on approach.

But what happens when she’s ready to take her newfound confidence and move on? I’ve never been boyfriend material, but for her, I want to try.

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 really enjoyed the first installment of Kendall Ryan's Hot Jocks series, Playing for Keeps, but I was really excited when I found out about the second book. I really liked a good friends to lovers, because I love a good already established relationship between two characters. I also just really liked the concept of this one, how they go into a casual thing as a way to help Becca heal from her trauma.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

#ARCREVIEW: This is Love (Harmony Pointe #2) By Melissa Foster

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This Is Love By Melissa Foster
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Release Date: December 3rd, 2019
Format: egalley*
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ 
She has everything money can buy, but her bodyguard is all she wants—and together they’re exactly what each other needs in this heart-racing romance by Melissa Foster, the New York Times bestselling author of Call Her Mine.
Actress Remi Divine is sick of bodyguards, sick of stalkers, and sick of feeling like she is always under a microscope. But this movie star isn’t helpless by any means. She’s got a rebellious streak, and she knows how to use it. First order of business: getting rid of the overbearing bodyguards who are sticking to her like glue. 
Mason Swift has made protecting others his life, and when Remi ditches his two best men, he takes over and gives it everything he has. Having grown up in the foster-care system, and as a former special operative, he knows all the tricks. Nothing gets by him, especially not gorgeous, sneaky Remi. 
He thinks she’s a diva. She thinks he’s arrogant. But when sparks turn to flames and their walls come down, their true hearts are revealed, and their connection is unstoppable. And when tragedy strikes, Remi realizes that being protected isn’t the worst thing in the world—but losing Mason just might be.
This was my first Melissa Foster book, but her name did sound familiar to me. This book was a fun romance, that deals with loss and overcoming it, but also has a hint of romantic suspense. I think the only miss in the book was that I felt like there were SO many side-characters that I couldn't keep them all straight.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

#ARCREVIEW: Black Canary: Ignite by Meg Cabot

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Black Canary: Ignite by Meg Cabot, Illustrated By Cara McGee
Publisher: DC Zoom
Release Date: October 29th, 2019
Format: egalley*
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ 
Meg Cabot's first graphic novel!

Thirteen-year-old Dinah Lance knows exactly what she wants, who she is, and where she's going. First, she'll win the battle of the bands with her two best friends, then she'll join the Gotham City Junior Police Academy so she can solve crimes just like her dad. Who knows, her rock star group of friends may even save the world, but first they'll need to agree on a band name.

When a mysterious figure keeps getting in the way of Dinah's goals and threatens her friends and family, she'll learn more about herself, her mother's secret past, and navigating the various power chords of life.

I am really loving the middle grade graphic novels that are coming out of DC Zoom lately. Black Canary is the second one I've read, I've previously read Raven by Kami Garcia. I was really excited to get my hands on this one because it's by my favorite author!

Sunday, October 20, 2019

#AUDIOBOOKREVIEW: Keepsake (True North #3) By Sarina Bowen

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Keepsake by Sarina Bowen
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Release Date: January 6th, 2017
Format: Audiobook
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon  B&N
There's a first time for everything.

Lark Wainwright used to be fearless. Her life was a series of adventures, each one more exhilarating than the last. But her recent overseas adventure was one too many. Now she’s home and in one piece. Mostly. But her nights are filled with terror.

When her best friend offers her a stay at the orchard in exchange for help at the farmers’ markets, Lark jumps at the chance to spend fall in Vermont. But her nightmares don’t stop. Desperate to keep her fragile state a secret, she relies on the most soft-spoken resident of the Shipley Farm to soothe her when her dreams prove too much.

Zachariah is a survivor, too. It’s been four years since he was tossed aside by the polygamist cult where he grew up. He’s found a peaceful existence on the Shipley’s farm, picking apples and fixing machinery. But getting thrown away by your own people at nineteen leaves a mark on a guy. He doesn’t always know what to make of a world where movie quotes are the primary means of communication. Before hitchhiking to Vermont, he’d never watched TV or spoken on the phone.

Actually, there are a lot of things he’s never done.

Zach and Lark slowly grow to trust one another. One night they become even closer than they’d planned. But Lark may still be too broken to trust anyone. When she pushes Zach away, he will have to prove to himself that he's good for much more than farm labor.
I'm slowly working my way through Sarina Bowen's True North series, so I'm finally reviewing Keepsake. Keepsake is about Zach and Lark. I was excited to finally read about Zach's story and figure out why he is so clueless! LOL.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

#REVIEW: Jocking Jameson (Face-off Legacy #4) By Jillian Quinn

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Jocking Jameson By Jillian Quinn
Publisher: Penn Publishing
Release Date: February, 2019
Format: egalley*
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon  
This nerd-jock will do anything to score…

After a steamy kiss from the hottest nerd I’d ever met, we became friends with benefits. I didn’t care he played hockey. That’s not why I liked him. Because we bonded over what we love most—video games.

Jamie knew every button to press.
Every level to hit.
And he scored every time…
Until a threat from his past changed everything.

Jocking Jameson is a full-length standalone novel, complete with hot hockey players, plenty of laughs, and a HEA. Scroll up to get your copy today!
This is my first time reading a book by Jillian Quinn, but her hockey books are set in Philly and she's a hometown girl so I definitely want to read more of her books! I was intrigued by Jocking Jameson because it has two of my loves - hockey and video games!

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

#COVERREVEAL: Crossing The Line (Hot Jocks #4) by Kendall Ryan

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I'm very excited to be bringing you guys another cover reveal in Kendall Ryan's Hot Jocks series! I recently reviewed the first book in the series, which I really enjoyed! And am hoping to review the second book soon! While I foam at the mouth over book three, we have news already about book 4! So excited!

Check it out!

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

#ARCREVIEW: Awk-Weird By Avery Flynn (Ice Knights #2)

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Awk-Weird By Avery Flynn
Publisher: Entangled Publishing: Amara
Release Date: October 14th, 2019
Format: egalley*
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ 

There’s more to me than just being awk-weird. I own my own flower shop, have some great friends, and I have my eye on adopting the most adorable kitten. But sadly, hot guys don’t tend to be blown away by my trivia-spouting, dorky self.

So when a Thor-lookalike who happens to be a professional hockey player hits on me at my bestie’s wedding rehearsal party... You better believe I climbed that tree like a cat. And the fact that it happened not once, not twice, but three times? Yeah, that’s pretty much a once-in-a-lifetime experience for a woman like me.

There’s zero chance I’ll end up ever seeing him again... right?

Until the pregnancy test comes up positive. What happens next?

Oh my God, I wish I knew.

I keep on saying that I don't really like "accidental baby" romances, but I keep on reading them so maybe I am a liar. Who knows! I really enjoyed Avery Flynn's other books about the Ice Knights (Tomboy and Parental Guidance), so I was excited to read this new story. You don't really need to read the other two books at all, but the hockey team is the same one. This book is more focused on Cole and Tess and the situation they have gotten into.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

#ARCREVIEW: Moonlighter (The Company #1) By Sarina Bowen

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Moonlighter (The Company #1) By Sarina Bowen
Publisher: Tuxbury Publishing
Release Date: October 22nd, 2019
Format: egalley*
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N 


Only in my family could a professional hockey player earning seven million dollars a year be considered a slacker.

I’m at the height of my athletic career. Yet my arrogant brother is always trying to recruit me into the family business: a global security company so secretive that I don’t even know its name.
Pass, thanks. I don’t need a summer job.
But the jerk ambushes me with a damsel in distress. That damsel is Alex, the competitive, sassy girl I knew when we were kids. Now she’s a drop-dead gorgeous woman in deep trouble.
So guess who’s on a flight to Hawaii?
It’s going to be a long week in paradise. My job is keeping Alex safe, while her job is torturing me with her tiny bikinis. Or maybe we’re torturing each other. It’s all snark and flirting until the threat against Alex gets serious. And this jock must become her major league protector.

Moonlighter is a stand-alone novel. No cliffhangers, no prior experience necessary. Contains: hackers, hockey players, and a hotel room with only one bed

When I saw Sarina Bowen give a sneak peek that she was going to give Bayer his own book, I was excited! When I read Overnight Sensation, and Heidi helps him with his surgery I felt so bad for him! Bayer was so sad and run-down, and now reading this book I understand why! Bowen has fast become a favorite writer of mine this year, so I love reading any new book she has, especially if it has some hockey in it! This book is more romantic suspense, which I've never really read before, but it was really interesting to read.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

#BLOGTOUR #ARCREVIEW: Naked Mole Rat Saves the World By Karen Rivers

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Naked Mole Rat Saves The World
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Release Date: October 15th, 2019
Format: egalley*
My Rating: ★ 1/2
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD


Can Kit’s super-weird superpower save her world?

Kit-with-a-small-k is navigating middle school with a really big, really strange secret: When she’s stressed, she turns into a naked mole rat.

It first happened after kit watched her best friend, Clem, fall and get hurt during an acrobatic performance on TV. Since then, the transformations keep happening—whether kit wants them to or not. Kit can’t tell Clem about it, because after the fall, Clem just hasn’t been herself. She’s sad and mad and gloomy, and keeping a secret of her own: the real reason she fell.

A year after the accident, kit and Clem still haven’t figured out how to deal with all the ways they have transformed—both inside and out. When their secrets come between them, the best friends get into a big fight. Somehow, kit has to save the day, but she doesn’t believe she can be that kind of hero. Turning into a naked mole rat isn’t really a superpower. Or is it?  

I really tried to like this book, honestly I did, but I just don't think it was my cup of tea. First of all, I definitely am not the audience since this is kidlit, but I do think kids will really enjoy this very weird book. Second, I just didn't really GET it. I feel like magical realism can be really hard to pull off and it just didn't work for me here.

Friday, October 11, 2019

#TEASERBLITZ: Trying to Score by Kendall Ryan

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Happy Reads Everyone!


AHHHH!!! I am so excited to read the next book in Kendall Ryan's Hot Jock series! I haven't posted reviews of the first two yet (FAIL) but they are in my queue. If you love hockey romances, I highly recommend this series! The next book is just around the corner too!

Teddy King excels at many things. Playing hockey. Check. Scoring on and off the ice. Check. Being stupidly attractive ... Double check. 

Despite his demanding schedule, he still finds time to annoy me. I knew him way back when. Before he was the guy everyone wanted a piece of, he was just a rebellious college co-ed and one of my more energetic study partners. 

But secrets have a way of getting out, and a steamy encounter from our college days (that we probably shouldn't have filmed) is about to cause a major scandal. Unless we can work together to stop it. 

Teddy’s no stranger to hard work … but the thing he wants most? 

Is me. 

Note: This high-heat standalone is chock-full of scorching banter and steamy good times. He's a testosterone-dripping hockey player who wants a second chance. She's a tough as nails attorney intent on making partner. Frienemies to lovers. No cliffhanger. Enjoy!


Your favorite hot jocks are back with an all new stand-alone 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 perfect for you!

Goodreads http://bit.ly/2ZnH0lX 

About Kendall Ryan

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than three dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 3 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world.

Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than 70 times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

She lives in Texas with her husband and two sons.

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

#REVIEW: Playing For Keeps (Hot Jocks #1) By Kendall Ryan

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Playing For Keeps By Kendall Ryan
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Release Date: August 13th, 2019
Format: egalley*
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N 

I've never been so stupid in my entire life.

Elise Parrish, my teammate's incredibly sweet and gorgeous younger sister should have been off-limits, but my hockey stick didn't get that memo.

After our team won the championship game, and plenty of alcohol, our flirting turned physical and I took her to bed.

I knew it was wrong to punch her V-card, but when I mess up, I’m apparently a go big or go home kind of guy.

Shame sent her running the next morning from our catastrophic mistake.

She thinks I don't remember that night—but every detail is burned into my brain so deeply, I’ll never forget. The feel of her in my arms, the soft whimpers of pleasure I coaxed from her perfect lips…

And now I’ve spent six months trying to get her out of my head. Which has been futile, because I’m starting to understand she’s the only girl I’ll ever want.

I have one shot to show her I can be exactly what she needs, but Elise won’t be easily convinced.

That’s okay, because I’m good under pressure, and this time, I’m playing for keeps.

Get ready to meet your new favorite hot jocks in an all new series of stand-alone novels. 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 of athlete romances is perfect for you! 

This was actually my first book I read by Kendall Ryan, but I have seen her name come across my feeds before. I am such a hoe for hockey romances, so I had to have this new hockey romance book! For the first book in a new series, Ryan has completely hooked me!

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

#AUDIOBOOKREVIEW: Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating By Christina Lauren

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Josh & Hazel's Guide to Not Dating
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Release Date: September 4th, 2018
Format: egalley*
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD


Hazel Camille Bradford knows she’s a lot to take—and frankly, most men aren’t up to the challenge. If her army of pets and thrill for the absurd don’t send them running, her lack of filter means she’ll say exactly the wrong thing in a delicate moment. Their loss. She’s a good soul in search of honest fun.

Josh Im has known Hazel since college, where her zany playfulness proved completely incompatible with his mellow restraint. From the first night they met—when she gracelessly threw up on his shoes—to when she sent him an unintelligible email while in a post-surgical haze, Josh has always thought of Hazel more as a spectacle than a peer. But now, ten years later, after a cheating girlfriend has turned his life upside down, going out with Hazel is a breath of fresh air.

Not that Josh and Hazel date. At least, not each other. Because setting each other up on progressively terrible double blind dates means there’s nothing between them...right?

I loved Christina Lauren's UnHoneymooners, so I've been trying to go through their backlist. I heard a snippet of this book on the StoryBites Podcast, so I decided to use one of my audible credits on it. I heard from a lot of other readers that they really loved this book so I decided to check it out!

Saturday, October 5, 2019

#ARCREVIEW: Lush Money By Angelina M. Lopez

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Lush Money By Angelina M. Lopez
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: October 14th, 2019
Format: egalley*
My Rating: ★ 1/2
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD

A marriage of convenience and three nights a month.

That’s all the sultry, self-made billionaire wants from the impoverished prince.

And at the end of the year, she’ll grant him his divorce…with a settlement large enough to save his beloved kingdom.


As a Latinx woman, Roxanne Medina has conquered small-town bullies, Ivy League snobs and boardrooms full of men. She’s earned the right to mother a princess and feel a little less lonely at the top. The offer she’s made is more than generous, and when the contract’s fulfilled, they’ll both walk away with everything they’ve ever wanted.

PrĂ­ncipe Mateo Ferdinand Juan Carlos de Esperanza y Santos is one of the top winegrowers in the world, and he’s not marrying and having a baby with a stranger. Even if the millions she’s offering could save his once-legendary wine-producing principality.

But the successful, single-minded beauty uses a weapon prince Mateo hadn’t counted on: his own desire.


This is a book that I feel pretty conflicted about. While I enjoyed it, there were parts about the plot that I just didn't feel that great about. So while I enjoyed the slow-burn of these two actually coming to love each other, the beginning of their relationship starting as a contract gave me some pause.