Bye-Bye Books: Decluttering my TBR February 2019

This post was inspired by Ally’s series (which was inspired by Lia at Lost in a Story).

It works like this

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopsis of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

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Darkness Dawns (Immortal Guardians #1) by Dianne Duvall

Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Darkness Dawns
Author: Dianne Duvall
Series: Immortal Guardians #1
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

In this dazzling, sensual novel, Dianne Duvall beckons readers into a world of vampires, immortals, and humans with extraordinary gifts…where passion can last forever, if you’re willing to pay the price…

Once, Sarah Bingham’s biggest challenge was making her students pay attention in class. Now, after rescuing a wounded stranger, she’s landed in the middle of a battle between corrupt vampires and powerful immortals who also need blood to survive. Roland Warbrook is the most compelling man Sarah has ever laid hands on. But his desire for her is mingled with a hunger he can barely control…

In his nine centuries of immortal existence, no woman has tempted Roland as much as Sarah. But asking her to love him is impossible—when it means forfeiting the world she’s always known, and the life he would do anything to protect…



This was the paranormal romance I needed in my life at a time when I wasn’t in the mood for a paranormal romance.

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Audible’s First-in-a-Series-Sale Favorites!

It’s always a good day when I open my email and get a sale notification from Audible!

This time first books in series are on sale for US members with prices as low as $4.95.

I’ve compiled a list of all my favorites (some that I have read and some that I haven’t – but will likely buy myself!) here for you in case you’re interested!

Get ready to scroll, because there are a TON of amazing books in this sale!

Books I’ve Read & Loved

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Book Haul: Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, & Indie Bookstore + {NEW VIDEO}

I had the most therapeutic retail therapy last Friday as I made my way home from staying with my parents while my dad had his heart surgery. (Thank you all so much for your thoughts and prayers <3).

I ended up having a giant anxiety attack when I got home Friday night anyway, which wasn’t entirely surprising considering how anxious I was last week before the surgery, however, I did have a very nice time shopping that afternoon before everything kind of came crashing down on me all at once.

Sorry to be such a downer in the beginning of this post, let’s move on to brighter topics like ALL THE AMAZING BOOKS I GOT!

It’s been so long since I bought brand new books, it was such a treat! Yay for my mom letting me use her Barnes and Noble membership and me getting my own Books-a-Million membership (Dear BAM, please don’t go out of business.) Also Yay for me finding an AMAZING indie bookstore that has Drag Queen Story Time. I found more amazing books there than I did at the other stores.

If you want more in-depth info about these picks, feel free to watch my corresponding video:

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Favorite Steamy Scenes – Happy Valentine’s Day!

It’s Valentine’s Day and as a mostly romance focused book blog, I knew I had to do something particularly special. I thought about listing my favorite romance novels, but that’s opening a can of worms. Plus, I already listed some of my favorite YA Contemporary Romance Novels and Adult Contemporary Romance novels recently, so I thought to myself…

Enough with the LOVE… let’s talk about LUST for Valentine’s Day.

Ok, so these are all romance novels and with the lust there is also plenty of love. You’ll notice I have very, very few erotic romance novels on this list. That’s because reading straight erotica does nothing for me. I need a swoony back story. I need to love the couple and their journey to be truly invested in their steamy scenes.

Below is a list of my favorite steamy scenes and the books in which they belong.



How to Date Your Dragon (Mystic Bayou #1) by Molly Harper

OK, hear me out. I know how this sounds… A dragon book listed under my favorite sexy scenes? Talk about STEAMY! (I’m sorry, that was incredibly corny, and I 98% regret making that joke.) Anyway, there was something about this scene that gave me all kinds of butterflies. Maybe it’s the hate to love, maybe it’s because they were in a room full of pillows, maybe it’s because he literally made her glow… more than likely it was a combination of all of those things. This was such a great read in general and the steamy scenes in it were so swoon-worthy.


A Girl Like Her (Ravenswood #1) by Talia Hibbert

Ruth is on the spectrum, so her first intimate scene with Evan is full of so much sweetness because of how thoughtful and attentive Evan is! He’s so attuned to her and her discomfort, and he’s understanding a patient. It was such a beautiful scene to read.


Shift (Shifters #5) by Rachel Vincent

OMG you guys, there is some super intense revenge sex happening in this book! It begins with Faythe confessing that she can’t remember what her ex’s touch is like because he refuses to touch her since their breakup. Then all of a sudden they’re unexpectedly up against a wall, she’s shed of all her clothing, he’s only unbuttoned his pants and as he walks away with four simple words, “Maybe now you’ll remember.” Daayyyyuuummmmmm.


Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas

It’s very likely this made the list because the slow burn buildup is so excruciating that it’s a freaking relief when you finally reach the first steamy scene … pair that with the fantastic writing and you have yourself a breathlessly long-awaited scene for the record books.


With Visions of Red by Trisha Wolfe

When you pair lyrical and vivid writing with extraordinary passion and incredible darkness like Trisha Wolfe is known for, it is no surprise that her steamy scenes are a favorite. All the steamy scenes in this series are epic, I mean, we have a shibari expert as a Hero, what do you expect? Let me just say that this scene starts with some incredibly intimate and mind-bending shibari and ends with her being slowly lowered down from her harness … directly onto him.


Ball Peen Hammer by Lauren Rowe

I mean… Keane can dance Magic Mike style… what more do I need to say?


American Queen (New Camelot Trilogy #1) by Sierra Simone

If you’re looking for the best MMF steamy scenes possible… this series is absolutely your go-to. Unlike a lot of erotic romance novels, Sierra’s writing is gorgeous and her storytelling is just as good. There is no sacrifice of quality for the sake of steam.


Priest (Priest #1) by Sierra Simone

Get out your fans, friends, because I assure you that you will be unprepared for the steam in this book! (In the best way)


Love in the Light (Hearts in Darkness #2) by Laura Kaye

I can’t pinpoint what it is exactly about the steamy scene in this book, but it’s definitely a favorite of mine. I think it mostly has to do with how much I just adore Caden, he has my whole heart and this scene is so lusty, but also so full of love. It’s an intoxicating combination.


Blurred Lines by Lauren Layne

Along with being my all-time favorite friends-to-lovers romance, the steamy scene in this one was so fun and sweet. I loved the familiarity of this couple because of their long-time friendship paired with the newness of their more intimate relationship.


Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood #3) by JR Ward

Whew! Honestly, the back story in this one makes the steamy scenes so much better. There is also something about the extreme denial of intense desire for the sake of affection that got me.


The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

This super slow burn hate-to-love story lives up to the moment we all wait impatiently for in the end. There is something about Joshua finally losing control that makes it so glorious.


A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J Maas

I mean… how could this not be on my list? This is my OTP right here and I felt like I wait so very long for the steam!


Outlander (Outlander #1) by Diana Gabaldon

I mean… you don’t get many tropes in which the guy is a virgin and after reading the steamy scene in this one… I’m thinking there should be more.


Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

All I have to say is the creative use of all one’s senses in this one, plus the build-up, plus the epic sweetness is just so, so good.


What books have some of YOUR favorite steamy scenes?


Hopeless Magic (Star-Crossed #2) by Rachel Higginson {Review by Kayla}

Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Title: Hopeless Magic
Author: Rachel Higginson
Series: Star-Crossed #2

After returning home from Romania, and successfully saving her best friend Lilly, Eden Matthews must now come to terms with her future as an Immortal. She is in love with the Crowned Prince, but he is betrothed to someone else.

Her family desperately wants her to join their rebellion, but that would mean fighting against her one, true love, Kiran Kendrick. She must fight off assassins that want her dead, an Immortal rite of passage that takes her to India and a deadly disease that no one has thus far survived. Danger seems to lurk around every corner as Eden Matthews struggles to keep her true identity a secret and protect those that she loves.

Eden must find a way to be with Kiran, or turn her back on him forever and fight to save her people. Hopeless Magic is the second installment of the Star-Crossed series.




OMG! This book is as intense as the magic in it!

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Favorite Standalone Adult Contemporary Romance Novels for ContemporaryAThon + New Video

If you are participating in ContemporaryAThon or if you are just looking for some great contemporary romance novels for adults, I’ve put together this list of all my favorites.

If you’d rather watch the video (and find out why I love each book), you can check it out here:

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