How I Met My Book: Jacob (Nightwalkers #1 by Jacquelyn Frank)

How I Met My Book is a series in whiwch you introduce your readers to a book on your shelf and share all about how it came to be there. I first discovered this series on The Book Dutchesses and decided to incorporate it here on my blog.

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While Twilight didn’t get me into reading, I’d definitely never been so obsessed with a love story in my entire life. Honestly, before I’d read Twilight, the only romance novels I’d ever read was this cheesy YA series I’d stumbled upon in my library, but they were just that, super cheesy.

I assumed all romance novels were like that: cute, fun to read, but nothing earth-shattering.

I’d never read a book about epic love until I read Twilight. And it threw my world into a tailspin.

I know now that there are many books that do it so much better, but I’ll never forget the first time I felt butterflies like those induced by a work of fiction.

I was addicted.

To feed my addiction, I started reading any YA paranormal romance novel I could get my hands on.

And I found many great books during that process.

However, it was a few years before I explored outside of the YA realm when it came to romance.

I was in my early 20s (if not late teens) when I picked up Jacob. It was my first hesitant step into adult romance of any kind.

Keep in mind what this means. It means that I had no idea that books went into such graphic detail when it came to sex scenes. I’d read sex scenes, of course, but they were always PG. I didn’t even know epic sex scenes existed inside of books!

I didn’t read Jacob right away. I picked it up on a whim and it sat on the back of my bookshelf for, literally, years, until one day while unpacking in my new apartment, I decided to read it.

And I was floored.

My jaw dangled from my face, I couldn’t believe how that book made me feel. The butterflies this time were not so innocent. They were violent and ravenous and so, so good.

And I was hooked.

Now, here we are. I read 99% romance novels, most of which are adult romance novels, and it all began with this book. Well, this entire series, really.

I feel like this series is extremely underrated, I rarely hear about it and I don’t understand why.

Every few years I re-read this series (and its spin-off series, Shadowdwellers) and I fall all over again.

Of course, nothing is like the first time you read a book, but still. There are definitely echoes.

 

Have you read this book? How did you meet your most recent read?

 

 

 

Royally Matched (Royally #2) by Emma Chase

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Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Royally Matched
Author: Emma Chase
Series: Royally #2
Format: Hard copy gifted from my mom

Synopsis:
Some men are born responsible, some men have responsibility thrust upon them. Henry John Edgar Thomas Pembrook, Prince of Wessco, just got the motherlode of all responsibility dumped in his regal lap.

He’s not handling it well.

Hoping to help her grandson to rise to the occasion, Queen Lenora agrees to give him “space”—but while the Queen’s away, the Prince will play. After a chance meeting with an American television producer, Henry finally makes a decision all on his own:

Welcome to Matched: Royal Edition.

A reality TV dating game show featuring twenty of the world’s most beautiful blue bloods gathered in the same castle. Only one will win the diamond tiara, only one will capture the handsome prince’s heart.

While Henry revels in the sexy, raunchy antics of the contestants as they fight, literally, for his affection, it’s the quiet, bespectacled girl in the corner—with the voice of an angel and a body that would tempt a saint—who catches his eye.

The more Henry gets to know Sarah Mirabelle Zinnia Von Titebottum, the more enamored he becomes of her simple beauty, her strength, her kind spirit… and her naughty sense of humor.

But Rome wasn’t built in a day—and irresponsible royals aren’t reformed overnight.

As he endeavors to right his wrongs, old words take on whole new meanings for the dashing Prince. Words like, Duty, Honor and most of all—Love.

GOODREADS

Review

It’s been over a year since I’ve read the first book in this series and, at first, I remembered why it took me so long to read this book.

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The Greatest Showman Tag

I was so excited when The Perks Of Being A Daydreamer tagged me in this one! I love this movie so much!


Rules

  • Thank the person who tagged you and provide a link to their post!
  • Maaaybe include a link to my (the creator’s) post, which is this one right here.
  • Include the logo somewhere in the post.
  • Find a book/anime/movie/manga/K-Drama/TV show or anything else that fits the prompts below.
  • Cliche rule here, but have fun!
  • Tag 5 to 10 people (or more, if you’re feeling like it, no biggie)

Questions

1. The Greatest Showman: In Which The Intro Is Amazing

Alpha (Shifters #6) by Rachel Vincent has, hands down, the best intro. However, you have to have read the previous books to appreciate just how intense it is.

2. A Million Dreams: In Which Things Get A Little Too Dragged

Honestly? It’s hard for me to find a book that dragged only because if I find that I’m not enjoying a book, I just don’t finish it.

3. Come Alive: In Which There Is A Nice Plot Twist

I mean, I think I have to say A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas! Luckily I read it before I saw any chatter about it, so the twist took me completely off-guard.

4. The Other Side: In Which A Villain Turns Into A Good Guy or Vice Versa

The Sweep Series by Cate Tiernan definitely counts for this one. I don’t think I ever fully recovered.

6. This Is Me: In Which Representation Is Amazing
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Huong. I love that the author is Asian and has high0functioning autism which is represented in the main character as well.

7. Rewrite The Stars: In Which It’s ‘Us Against The World’ [Not Necessarily Romantic]

I’ve always loved Lissa and Rose’s relationship in the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead.

8. Tightrope: In Which The Love Triangle Took A Wrong Turn
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, I suppose. I loved them both, but I still was on the other team.

9. From Now On: In Which The Main Character Only Gets Their Stuff Together In The End

Lover Awakened by JR Ward. It’s a hard fought battle, but it is worth the wait!

 

 

… And that’s all folks! Feel free to do this one if you’d like! Let me know if you do!

 

Meant To Be by Lauren Morrill {Review by Kayla}

Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

4-stars
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Title: Meant To Be
Author: Lauren Morrill

Synopsis:
It’s one thing to fall head over heels into a puddle of hazelnut coffee, and quote another to fall for the – gasp – wrong guy. Straight-A junior Julia may be accident prone, but she’s the queen of following rules and being prepared. That’s why she keeps a pencil sharpener in her purse and a pocket Shakespeare in her…well, pocket. Julia also believes in fate, and that Mark, her childhood crush, is her MTB – her meant-to-be.

But this spring break, Julia’s rules are about to get defenestrated (SAT word: thrown from a window) when she’s partnered with her personal nemesis, class clown Jason, on a school trip to London. After one wild party, Julia starts receiving romantic texts…from an unknown number! Jason promises to help discover the identity of her mysterious new suitor if she agrees to live a little along the way. And this begins a wild-goose chase through London, leading Julia closer and closer to the biggest surprise of all: true love.

Because sometimes the things you least expect are the most meant to be.

GOODREADS

 

Review

OMG YES! Loved this book so much!!!!!

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Slightly Scandalous (Bedwyn Saga, #3) by Mary Balogh

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Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Slightly Scandalous
Author: Mary Balogh
Series: Bedwyn Saga, #3
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
Meet the Bedwyns…six brothers and sisters—men and women of passion and privilege, daring and sensuality.

Enter their dazzling world of high society and breathtaking seduction…where each will seek love, fight temptation, and court scandal…and where Freyja Bedwyn, the wild-hearted daughter, meets her match in a man as passionate, reckless, and scandalous as she.

Growing up with four unruly brothers has made Freyja Bedwyn far bolder than most society ladies. From feisty manner to long, tumbling hair, Lady Freyja is pure fire, a woman who seeks both adventure and freedom.

Adventure soon finds her on a visit to Bath, when a handsome stranger bursts into Freyja’s room and entreats her to hide him. His name is Joshua Moore, Marquess of Hallmere, a man with a hell-raising reputation of his own who is quickly intrigued by the independent beauty. So intrigued, in fact, that he makes her a surprising request: to pose as his fiancée and help thwart his family’s matchmaking schemes. For two people determined to be free, it’s the perfect plan…until passion blindsides them both. For as Joshua sets out to achieve his complete seduction of Freyja, a woman who has sworn off love is in danger of losing the one thing she never expected to give again: her heart…

GOODREADS

Review

This was my Talk Darcy to Me Romance Novel Book Club’s book this month and while I’m not a big historical romance reader, I adored this book.

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My Unscripted Life by Lauren Morrill {Review by Kayla}

Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

4-stars
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Title: My Unscripted Life
Author: Lauren Morril

Synopsis:
Sometimes love stories go off script.

Another sultry Georgia summer is about to get a lot hotter. Dee Wilkie is still licking her wounds after getting rejected by the precollege fine arts program of her dreams. But if she’d gone away, she wouldn’t have been around to say yes to an unbelievable opportunity: working on the set of a movie filming in her small Southern town that just happens to be starring Milo Ritter, the famous pop star Dee (along with the rest of the world) has had a crush since eighth grade.

It’s not like Dee will be sharing any screen time with Milo—she’s just a lowly PA. And Milo is so disappointingly rude that Dee is eager to stay far away from him. Except after a few chance meetings, she begins to wonder if just maybe there’s a reason for his offensive attitude, and if there’s more to Milo than his good looks and above-it-all Hollywood pedigree. Can a relationship with a guy like Milo ever work out for a girl like Dee? Never say never. . .

GOODREADS

 

Review

I LOVE books like this!

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Reading Recs: Favorite Damaged Heroes

Although I tend to have more of an appreciation for charming, charismatic, somewhat irreverent heroes, every so often a beautifully damaged hero comes along in a novel that absolutely sweeps me off my feet.

Maybe it’s that innate romantic in me that loves the idea of epic love being the one thing that can heal a tortured soul.

Anyway, here is a short list of my very favorite damaged heroes and the novels in which they exist:

Lance Romero

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Pucked Off (Pucked #5) by Helena Hunting
Oh, my sweet, sweet Lance! Lance’s book is second-to-last in the Pucked series and it came out of nowhere for me. His story was heartbreaking and intense and he loved so fiercely despite having such a hard time in life. Of all the guys in this list, Lance is the one whose story surprised me the most because my perception of him from the other books were nowhere near how he ended up.

 

Caden Grayson

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Hearts in Darkness Duet by Laura Kaye
It’s not until the second book in these novellas do you realize just how broken Caden is, but because of the epic love that develops between the two characters in the first book, you are just as willing to fight for him as Makenna.

 

Grayson Pierce Sullivan

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Darkly, Madly Duet by Trisha Wolfe
I mean… Grayson is a serial killer, so… You don’t get much more damaged than that. His book is by far the darkest out of all of these books and it certainly is not for the faint of heart. Grayson is also, in his darkness, alluring and intensely compelling.

 

Rhysand

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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
I hesitate to say much about Rhys’ story because it would be riddled with spoilers for those who haven’t read the first two books in this series, but just know that he 100% deserves to be on this list.

 

Zsadist

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Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood #3) by JR Ward
Zsadist’s story was actually the first true broken hero story I’ve ever read and it completely slayed me. I was not prepared. I’ve re-read this story over and over and though nothing will compare to how it made me feel the first time I read it, the story still hits me where it counts every time. Of all the damaged heroes on this list, no one is as broken as Zsadist. But it just makes his story that much better.

Who are some of your favorite damaged heroes?