TeaChat: Hurricanes & Surprise Kisses

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Let’s pretend that you and I are going out and grabbing a cup of tea (or coffee… or wine) and chatting about what we’ve been up to lately.

I figured I’d add this to the blog every week or so… an update about what’s going on in my little world.

I’d love to hear what you’ve been up to as well, whether it’s in the comments or on your own blog post.

So, grab a cup, and let’s chat!

 

A Week in the Life

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This week was a little more exciting than normal thanks to Hurricane Irma passing directly over where I live.

The track kept inching closer and closer to my town until the eye was predicted to pass right over us.

So, I spent the majority of last week trying to find essentials (the gas stations and stores were wiped clean and eventually closed altogether due to local panic), and preparing my home for impact.

Thankfully, the storm lost a decent amount of steam by the time it got to us, so though the winds were terrifying and everyone was losing power and trees all around us, we managed to stay completely safe with zero damage and we never lost power. A lot of people nearby were not so fortunate, so I’m counting my blessings.

Things have been crazy at work, catching up with all the days we lost due to the storm, but I don’t mind being busy.

 

At Present I Am…

 

Reading

Audio: The Air He Breathes (Elements #1) by Brittainy C. Cherry

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Goodreads synopsis

I was warned about Tristan Cole. “Stay away from him,” people said. “He’s cruel.” “He’s cold.” “He’s damaged.”

It’s easy to judge a man because of his past. To look at Tristan and see a monster. But I couldn’t do that. I had to accept the wreckage that lived inside of him, because it also lived inside of me.

We were both empty. We were both looking for something else. Something more. We both wanted to put together the shattered pieces of our yesterdays. Then perhaps we could finally remember how to breathe.

I’m about halfway through and loving the writing so far, but I’m a little weirded out by the two main characters’ dynamic. I also hadn’t read the synopsis in a long time, so I’d forgotten it is a sad story. I’m not usually into sad stories because I get way too invested in them and I don’t like being sad! LOL! So far, this is a 4-star read. It has the potential to be 3 if they can’t redeem this weirdness, but also has the potential to be a 5 if it does really well! We shall see!

Kindle: Wish You Were Here by Renee Carlino

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Goodreads synopsis

Charlotte has spent her twenties adrift, floating from interest to interest, job to job, and guy to guy, searching for a spark but never quite finding it. All she knows is that she won’t discover it working as a waitress at a pies-and-fries joint in Los Angeles or living with her fun but aimless best friend in a tiny apartment in the Arts District.

Then Charlotte collides with Adam, a gorgeous and soulful painter who seems just as lost as she feels. Their instant connection turns into a midnight drink… and a whirlwind night of champagne, Chinese food, and the kind of conversation that only happens in romantic comedies. But the next morning, Adam gives Charlotte the cold shoulder, leaving her confused and hurt—and wondering if the few odd moments between them the night before were red flags in disguise.

Months later, Charlotte hasn’t been able to shake Adam, so she decides to find out what happened the morning after their magical night together. This fateful decision rewrites their wild love story, but what Charlotte doesn’t know yet is that the ending has already been written.

This was an ARC from Netgalley that was supposed to be finished, like, a month ago, but I just… This book is so disappointing. I literally have about 10 or so pages left and I can’t bring myself to suffer through it. It hasn’t taken me this long to finish a book in awhile. But I need to just power through!

Writing

A Soul Full of Stars

I am working on the second book in my Soulful series. It is in the very early stages, but I’m excited for what is to come! I love revisiting these characters and watching them grow.

I also have another book in the works that I may or may not publish. Right now, it is just something I’m writing for fun, but then again, that’s how A Soul Full of Stars started out!

 

Watching

The Office.

I swear, I rewatch this entire series at least once every couple of years and it is hilarious every single time. This is the perfect show to have on in the background while doing pretty much anything.

Also, I swear that first kiss between Pam and Jim is THE BEST EVER surprise kiss had by any fictional couple (and probably any real couple, and that is coming from someone who has had two pretty decent surprise kisses in my lifetime).

I think the reason why I like it so much is because Jim was so gentle and almost sad as he kissed her. Typically, with surprise kisses, it’s someone grabbing the other and slamming their mouth against theirs. But this, while still unexpected, was so very sweet. Love. Love. LOVE IT.

In case you are wondering, one of my two most memorable surprise kisses was from my husband before we even started dating.

We were good friends and he’d come over one evening to hang out and as soon as I opened the door, he grabbed me by the back of my neck and bent me backward in a dip – like we were dancing – and he kissed me. It was aggressive and impulsive and ended quickly. When he finished I glared at him and said, “That sucked. I want a redo.” And I kissed him. For the record, it didn’t suck. I just wanted to kiss him again.

The other surprise kiss completely took me off guard. I was working late one evening at Target, closing with a coworker (who was an acquaintance). We were cleaning out the fitting rooms when he suddenly pushed me into one and up against the back wall of it with the force of a kiss. It was so random and out of nowhere and afterward we just kind of went on about our business. Nothing ever came of that relationship… we just went on being friends as if it never happened.

 

Consuming

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I just found this Summer Corn Chowder recipe on Little Broken and it was AMAZING (and easy to make). I’m a big fan of summer corn! I highly recommend!

 

Listening to

Still obsessing over the Dear Evan Hansen soundtrack, but I’m also totally in love with Taylor Swift’s two new songs!

 

Obsessing over

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Great hair, stunning eyes, kickass tatts, sexy piercings, nice body… and just… his freakin’ face is gorgeous.

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PS – don’t be surprised if, by next year, I’ve written a book in which the hero looks exactly like him. Just sayin’.

 

What’s Next

Work is going to be insane next week, so I am scheduling a massage with this masseuse that my best friend and I are absolutely obsessed with. She just had a massage with him today and we always text or call each other after we’ve seen him to gush over how magical his hands are.

She said it best when she compared him to a musician who can play notes as opposed to create music. This man creates music with his hands.

He’s quiet and barely speaks, but when he’s massaging, he has such confidence and talent, he doesn’t need words.

Also, I’m trying out the gym near my work because I’m getting sick of working out in my cramped, freakishly hot garage with limited equipment every day. Access to A/C and more equipment sounds glorious, but finding a gym that isn’t packed with dudes who hold their arms out a foot away from their body cuz their muscles are just so very big or girls taking selfies in the mirror is kind of hard. Fingers crossed that I find something that works!

As for next weekend, my friend and I are going out on a birthday bike ride downtown. We’ll probably do a 10-15 mile ride on the trail, then grab lunch at one of the cute restaurants and do some window shopping.

 

What about you?

What have you been up to this week? What are your plans for next week? Let’s chat!

 

Nico (Ruin & Revenge #1) by Sarah Castille

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Overall Rating: 4 Stars

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Nico (Ruin & Revenge #1) by Sarah Castille

[Audiobook Purchased from Audible]

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Goodreads synopsis:

Las Vegas Mafia boss, Nico Toscani, is used to getting what he wants, whether it is having the City of Sin under his rule or a beautiful woman in his bed. But when he meets his match in the gorgeous, headstrong Mia Cordano, the daughter of a rival crime lord, all bets are off. . .

Sexy computer hacker, Mia, struggles to break free of her ruthless father’s Mafia ties…but she can’t resist the powerful and seductive Nico, who will stop at nothing to possess her. With their families locked in a brutal war for control of the city, Mia and Nico enter into a forbidden game. Will they surrender to the passion that burns between them—and risk tearing apart their families? Or will Nico be forced to betray the only woman who sets his blood on fire?

 

Review

If I gave half-stars, this would be one. This was very close to being a 5 star read, but it did include a few of my least favorite romance novel cliches. It also included one of my current favorite romance novel tropes (couples who are forced into a relationship in some way and end up falling in love) almost canceled out what I didn’t like about the book.

Nico was my first mafia romance and it did not disappoint.

I’ve been kind of “over” the whole alpha male thing lately and while Nico was definitely an alpha male, he was still very respectful of Mia… and his reason for being an alpha male makes a lot more sense because he’s, well, a Mafia boss. I mean, you don’t have a better excuse than that. He wasn’t an alpha just because he was rich or a CEO, he’s a freakin’ Mafia boss. It’s life or death if he shows weakness.

The author did a great job balancing both characters really well: a strong, feminist female and a badass alpha male.

I loved that the fact that Nico had a conscience and a heart despite his lifestyle didn’t take away from his ultimate character. He didn’t suddenly become a whiny, lovesick boy drooling all over the woman he falls in love with, which was nice. He was stubborn and strong, but he was also in love and extremely respectful toward Mia. I appreciated that.

As for that one subtracted star…

The steamy scenes included so many of my least favorite words and phrases, but mostly, what almost ruined the whole thing for me was the opening scene. Nico and Mia wasn’t quite instalove, but it was definitely insta-attraction, which normally isn’t too bad, but I guess I’m just over romance novels that harp on how hot and perfect and sexy the characters are.

I will say I am amazed with how many ways authors figure out how to describe how attractive a human being can be. (insert subtle eyeroll).

The book easily redeemed itself and those are just personal preferences and definitely have more to do where my mindset is lately, not necessarily with the quality of the book.

 

Audiobook Performance: 5 Stars

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FIVE MILLION STARS. Aiden Snow’s deep, rumbling voice and incredible voice acting skills were beyond perfect for this book. Yummmmmm.

 

Butterfly Rating: 3 Stars

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Not a ton of butterflies in this one.

 

Re-read Worthiness: Maybe

If it takes me awhile to get to the other books in this series, I may reread this one to refresh my memory. And I may even like it more the second time.

 

Bookshelf Placement: Maybe

I definitely want to read the rest of the series, and if I really love the rest of the books, I’ll need the whole series on display!

 

New Book Boyfriend: Yes

I’m all for somewhat broody alpha males that are badass and still fully respect women!

 


Grab a Copy of Nico by Sarah Castille
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Book Haul: Audible’s Win-Win Sale

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Audible has done it to me again.

They have a sale going on now that I just couldn’t pass up. $4.95 for some fantastic audiobooks that have been waiting for me on my To Be Read list, along with several favorites that I already own. If you’re an Audible member, I highly recommend checking out this sale. Some of these audiobooks retail for $30+ and they are on sale for less than $5 until Sept. 17.

I should mention now that I am in no way affiliated with Audible, I’m just an avid listener and I probably keep them in business with how many audiobooks I purchase. #obsessed

Anyway, onward to the haul and favorites from Audible’s Win-Win sale!

 

 

Audiobooks I Hauled

Don’t judge me for this massive list… And try not to do the math. Also, don’t show my husband.

 

Shooter: Burnout Series #1 by Dahlia West

My notes: This was a highly rated book from many of my beloved GR friends, and though the synopsis doesn’t draw me in (I’m not big into romantic suspense), I often agree with my friends on GR.
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Chris “Shooter” Sullivan has returned to his hometown of Rapid City, South Dakota to pick up the pieces of his life shattered by a roadside bomb in Iraq. He only wants to focus on holding what’s left of his old unit together, running his garage where he builds custom bikes and cars and pretending that his murdered father’s motorcycle gang doesn’t exist.

Hayley Turner is a young woman with her own traumatic past. Fresh off the bus from Nowhere, USA, all she wants is a job and a place to live until it’s time for her to leave again. She doesn’t want to make friends, or enemies, least of all the ex-Army Ranger who obviously doesn’t like her. She bristles under his watchful eye. He’s even got her convinced she’s bad news.

But circumstances force two people who don’t need anyone to need each other more and more. The more Chris gets to know Hayley, the harder it is to stay detached. And the more Hayley gets to know Chris, the more she realizes she’s been alone for so long she might never recover from it.

Goodreads | Audible | Amazon

 

Off Sides by Sawyer Bennett

My notes: Another highly rated book from my GR friends! Also, it’s a sports romance and I’m super into those lately thanks to The Wall of Winnipeg and Me, Kulti, and HIM.
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Ryan Burnham is the privileged son of a U.S. Congressman and captain of his university’s hockey team. While he is on the verge of fulfilling his dreams to play in the NHL, his parents want him on a different course. One he is expected to accept for the sake of his family’s public image.

Forced her to abandon her music career after the heart breaking death of her parents, Danny Cross exists on the opposite side of the tracks from Ryan. She is struggling to make her own way, working two jobs, attending college part time and volunteering in a homeless shelter. She is on a mission to build her own success.

With a chance meeting, their vastly different worlds collide, causing each to evaluate whether they are truly on the correct path to self-fulfillment and happiness. Can their relationship survive? Particularly when others are against them every step of the way. A lot can happen in just ten short days…

Goodreads | Audible | Amazon

 

Pucked by Helena Hunting

My notes: Bring on the sports romances! Also, I have a special place in my heart for the name Violet and this, too, was a favorite among GR friends.
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With a famous NHL player for a step-brother, Violet Hall is well acquainted with the playboy reputation many hockey stars come with. She’s smart enough to steer clear of those hot, well-built boys with unparalleled stamina. That is until she meets the legendary team captain—Alex Waters.

Violet isn’t interested in his pretty, beat-up face, or his rock-hard six-pack abs. But when Alex inadvertently obliterates Violet’s previous misapprehension regarding the inferior intellect of hockey players, he becomes more than just a hot body with a face to match.

In what can only be considered a complete lapse in judgment, Violet finds out just how good Alex is with the hockey stick in his pants. But what starts out as a one-night stand, quickly turns into something more. Post-night of orgasmic magic, Alex starts to call, and text, and e-mail and send extravagant—and quirky—gifts, making him difficult to ignore, and even more difficult not to like.

The problem is, the media portrays Alex as a total player, and Violet doesn’t want to be part of the game.

Goodreads | Audible | Amazon

 

Easy Love (Boudreaux #1) by Kristen Proby

My notes: With 12K+ reviews averaging over 4 stars on GR, plus high ratings from my GR friends, I decided to try out this rich CEO book since it seems like it isn’t too stereotypical.
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Eli Boudreaux’s family has built ships and boats in Louisiana for generations. He comes from a hard working, wealthy family and his empire is growing by leaps and bounds. At thirty, he is the youngest CEO to ever head Bayou Enterprises, co-chairing with his eldest brother. His head for business and his no-nonsense work ethic is also quickly making him the best the company has seen in generations. His staff admires him, women adore him and Eli’s family is solid. But he’s recently discovered that someone on the inside of his business is stealing from him and he’s determined to find out who.

Kate O’Shaughnessy is hired by companies all over the world to slip inside and investigate every member of the organization from the CEO down to the custodial staff to find the person or persons responsible for embezzling. She’s excellent at blending, becoming part of the team, and finding the weakest link. She’s smart, quick-witted, and she’s now been hired by Bayou Enterprises, specifically Eli Boudreaux. The attraction is immediate and the chemistry is off the charts, but Kate has heard all about Eli’s playboy past and she has a job to do. Sleeping with the boss isn’t a part of that job, even if just the sound of her name rolling off that Cajun tongue and the way he fills out a designer suit does make her sweat.

Eli’s southern charms surprise Kate. The man whose reputation labels him as a ruthless, callous womanizer is not the man she’s coming to know intimately. He’s generous, protective and makes her smile. Cracking through Kate’s cool, reserved demeanor and discovering her love of sexy, expensive lingerie is a challenge Eli can’t resist, but her sweet nature, love of family and sense of humor pull at him in ways no one else ever has.

But when the person responsible for trying to single-handedly dismantle Eli’s empire comes to light, and it’s time for Kate to move on, to what lengths will Eli go to keep the woman he’s fallen in love with by his side?

Goodreads | Audible | Amazon

 

Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) by Leigh Bardugo

My notes: This duology has been in my sights for quite awhile. It’s been on my TBR ASAP bookshelf on GR forever and I see references all over Tumblr. Though it isn’t romance, I’m still really excited to give it a listen!
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Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he’ll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:

Break into the notorious Ice Court
(a military stronghold that has never been breached)

Retrieve a hostage
(who could unleash magical havoc on the world)

Survive long enough to collect his reward
(and spend it)

Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done – and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first.

Goodreads | Audible | Amazon

 

The Room Mate by Kendall Ryan

My notes: I am super into the roommate trope and I’ve been waiting to find one that I really like. This one is well loved among GR friends, so I can’t wait to see what the hype is about!
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The last time I saw my best friend’s younger brother, he was a geek wearing braces. But when Cannon shows up to crash in my spare room, I get a swift reality check.

Now twenty-four, he’s broad shouldered and masculine, and so sinfully sexy, I want to climb him like the jungle gyms we used to enjoy. At six-foot-something with lean muscles hiding under his T-shirt, a deep sexy voice, and full lips that pull into a smirk when he studies me, he’s pure temptation.

Fresh out of a messy breakup, he doesn’t want any entanglements. But I can resist, right?

I’m holding strong until the third night of our new arrangement when we get drunk and he confesses his biggest secret of all: he’s cursed when it comes to sex. Apparently he’s a god in bed, and women instantly fall in love with him.

I’m calling bullshit. In fact, I’m going to prove him wrong, and if I rack up a few much-needed orgasms in the process, all the better.

There’s no way I’m going to fall in love with Cannon. But once we start… I realize betting against him may have been the biggest mistake of my life.

Goodreads | Audible | Amazon

 

The Sexy One by Lauren Blakely

My notes: I’ve had my eye on Lauren Blakely and have several of her books on my TBR shelf. This story is about a single dad who is also the main character’s boss. I’ll take it!
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The other nannies in this city don’t call him the Sexy One for nothing. My boss, the amazingly wonderful single father to the girl I take care of every day is ridiculously hot, like movie star levels with those arms, and those eyes, and that body. Not to mention, the way he dotes on his little girl melts me all over. But what really makes my knees weak are the times when his gaze lingers on me. In secret. When no one else is around.

I can’t risk my job for a chance at something more… can I? But I don’t know how to resist him much longer either…

Goodreads | Audible | Amazon

 

Falling into You by Jasinda Wilder

My notes: First of all, I love the title. Secondly, over 4 star rating and over 84K reviews on GR are really great stats despite the somewhat cheesy cover. I also find the premise of this, though it does seem sad!
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I wasn’t always in love with Colton Calloway; I was in love with his younger brother, Kyle, first. Kyle was my first one true love, my first in every way.

Then, one stormy August night, he died, and the person I was died with him.

Colton didn’t teach me how to live. He didn’t heal the pain. He didn’t make it okay. He taught me how to hurt, how to not be okay, and, eventually, how to let go.

Goodreads | Audible | Amazon

 

Darkness Dawns: Immortal Guardians Series #1 by Dianne Duvall

My notes: Ok, I’ve been kind of out of the Paranormal Romance/ Fantasy Romance groove lately, and I’m hoping a few of these that I picked up that come highly rated like this one will get me back into it.
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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…

Goodreads | Audible | Amazon

 

The Chemist by Stephanie Meyer

My notes: To be honest, the synopsis is of absolutely no interest to me, however, I am very interested in what this author has to offer after Twilight and The Host. It is out of pure curiosity that I purchased this one.
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She used to work for the U.S. government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn’t even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning.

Now she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They’ve killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon.

When her former handler offers her a way out, she realizes it’s her only chance to erase the giant target on her back. But it means taking one last job for her ex-employers. To her horror, the information she acquires only makes her situation more dangerous.

Resolving to meet the threat head-on, she prepares for the toughest fight of her life but finds herself falling for a man who can only complicate her likelihood of survival. As she sees her choices being rapidly whittled down, she must apply her unique talents in ways she never dreamed of.

Goodreads | Audible | Amazon

 

Down to You: The Bad Boys Book 1 by M. Leighton

My notes: Ok, I kind of hate any series with a super cheesy name like “The Bad Boys,” however… HOT TWINS! LOVE TRIANGLE! GIVE IT TO ME! Also, highly recommended.
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The scorching tale of one girl, two brothers and a love triangle…that’s not. Olivia Townsend is nothing special. She’s just a girl working her way through college so she can return home to help her father run his business. She’s determined not to be the second woman in his life to abandon him, even if it means putting her own life on hold. To Olivia, it’s clear what she must do. Plain and simple. Black and white. But clear becomes complicated when she meets Cash and Nash Davenport. They’re brothers. Twins.

Cash is everything she’s always wanted in a guy. He’s a dangerous, sexy bad boy who wants her in his bed at any cost. He turns her insides to mush and, with just one kiss, makes her forget why he’s no good for her. Nash is everything she’s ever needed in a guy. He’s successful, responsible and intensely passionate. But he’s taken. Very taken, by none other than Marissa, Liv’s rich, beautiful cousin. That doesn’t stop Olivia from melting every time he looks at her, though. With just one touch, he makes her forget why they can never be together.

Black and white turns to shades of gray when Olivia discovers the boys are hiding something, something that should make her run as far and as fast as she can. But it’s too late to run. Olivia’s already involved. And in love. With both of them. Both brothers make her heart tremble. Both brothers set her body on fire. She wants them both. And they want her. How will she ever choose between them?

Goodreads | Audible | Amazon

 

Reason to Breathe: Breathing Book 1 by Rebecca Donovan

My notes: Another fantastic title. I also like the location of the book, however, the premise does have me a little on edge because I’ve been more into pretty lighthearted stuff and this seems fairly dramatic. It does have lots of high ratings from people who like the same books that I do, so into my cart, it went!
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In the affluent town of Weslyn, Connecticut, where most people worry about what to be seen in and who to be seen with, Emma Thomas would rather not be seen at all. She’s more concerned with feigning perfection while pulling down her sleeves to conceal the bruises – not wanting anyone to know how far from perfect her life truly is. Without expecting it, she finds love. It challenges her to recognize her own worth – but at the risk of revealing the terrible secret she’s desperate to hide.

Reason to Breathe is an electrifying page turner from start to finish, a unique tale of life-changing love, unspeakable cruelty, and one girl’s fragile grasp of hope.

Goodreads | Audible | Amazon

 

Darkfever: Fever, Book 1 by Karen Marie Moning

My notes: I’m ready to get into Fantasy Romance again! This is highly rated and seems like a good option!
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When her sister is murdered, leaving a single clue to her death—a cryptic message on MacKayla Lane’s cell phone–Mac journeys to Ireland in search of answers. The quest to find her sister’s killer draws her into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems, where good and evil wear the same treacherously seductive mask. She is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to learn how to handle a power she had no idea she possessed—a gift that allows her to see beyond the world of man, into the dangerous realm of the Fae.

Goodreads | Audible | Amazon

 

First Drop of Crimson: Night Huntress World, Book 1 by Jeaniene Frost

My notes: Another one that I’m reading in hopes that I will get back into the paranormal romance genre. I thought Nalini Singh would be the author to do it, but I found the Psy/Changeling series to be predictable and formulaic. Hopefully, that is not the case for this one!
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The night is not safe for mortals.

Denise MacGregor knows all too well what lurks in the shadows – her best friend is half-vampire Cat Crawfield – and she has already lost more than the average human could bear. But her family’s dark past is wrapped in secrets and shrouded in darkness – and a demon shapeshifter has marked Denise as prey. Now her survival depends on an immortal who craves a taste of her.

He is Spade, a powerful, mysterious vampire who has walked the earth for centuries and is now duty-bound to protect this endangered, alluring human – even if it means destroying his own kind. Denise may arouse his deepest hungers, but Spade knows he must fight his urge to have her as they face the demon nightmare together…

Because once the first drop of crimson falls, they will both be lost.

Goodreads | Audible | Amazon

 

Halfway to the Grave: Night Huntress Book 1 by Jeaniene Frost

My notes: Ready to fall in love with vampires again!
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Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father – the one responsible for ruining her mother’s life. Then she’s captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unholy partnership.
In exchange for finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She’s amazed she doesn’t end up as his dinner – are there actually good vampires? Pretty soon Bones will have her convinced that being half-dead doesn’t have to be all bad. But before she can enjoy her newfound status as kick-ass demon hunter, Cat and Bones are pursued by a group of killers. Now Cat will have to choose a side . . . and Bones is turning out to be as tempting as any man with a heartbeat.

Goodreads | Audible | Amazon

 

Stuck-Up Suit by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward

My notes: I’m going to give Vi Keeland another chance with this book. I wasn’t impressed by Bossman, but we’ll see!
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It started out like any other morning on the train.
Until I became mesmerized by the guy sitting across the aisle.
He was barking at someone on his phone like he ruled the world.
Who did the stuck-up suit think he was…God?
Actually, he looked like a God. That was about it.
When his stop came, he got up suddenly and left. So suddenly, he dropped his phone on the way out.
I might have picked it up.
I might have gone through all of his photos and called some of the numbers.
I might have held onto the mystery man’s phone for days―until I finally conjured up the courage to return it.
When I traipsed my ass across town to his fancy company, he refused to see me.
So, I left the phone on the empty desk outside the arrogant jerk’s office.
I might have also left behind a dirty picture on it first though.
I didn’t expect him to text back.
I didn’t expect our exchanges to be hot as hell.
I didn’t expect to fall for him―all before we even met.
The two of us couldn’t have been any more different.
Yet, you know what they say about opposites.
When we finally came face to face, we found out opposites sometimes do more than attract―we consumed each other.
Nothing could have prepared me for the ride he took me on. And I certainly wasn’t prepared for where I’d wind up when the ride was over.
All good things must come to an end, right?
Except our ending was one I didn’t see coming.

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Sale Books I Have Read and Recommend

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

My notes: This series is so beautifully written, I can’t recommend it enough. I read this book years ago and fell in love with the story and the way it was told. I recently read the second book (borrowed from the library, my first time borrowing an audiobook on Overdrive!) and adored it. I recently downloaded the third book from Audible.
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Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

Goodreads | Audible | Amazon

 

Dark Love: The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 1 by J.R. Ward

My notes: While the way the Brothers spoke kind of made my want to rip out my eyes and theirs, the stories are consuming, especially Z’s story (which I believe is Book 3, Lover Awakened.) Dark Love will sweep you off your feet and you’ll be in for a wild ride with this never-ending series of approximately 8,000 books.
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In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly turf war going on between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret band of brothers like no other-six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Yet none of them relishes killing more than Wrath, the leader of The Black Dagger Brotherhood.

The only purebred vampire left on earth, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who murdered his parents centuries ago. But, when one of his most trusted fighters is killed-leaving his half-breed daughter unaware of his existence or her fate-Wrath must usher her into the world of the undead-a world of sensuality beyond her wildest dreams.

Goodreads | Audible | Amazon

 

The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata

My notes: I feel like I mention this book in every other post, so obviously I’m in love with this one. It has a special place in my heart because it was my first Mariana Zapata and I still get butterflies thinking about certain scenes.
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Vanessa Mazur knows she’s doing the right thing. She shouldn’t feel bad for quitting. Being an assistant/housekeeper/fairy godmother to the top defensive end in the National Football Organization was always supposed to be temporary. She has plans and none of them include washing extra-large underwear longer than necessary.

But when Aiden Graves shows up at her door wanting her to come back, she’s beyond shocked.

For two years, the man known as The Wall of Winnipeg couldn’t find it in him to tell her good morning or congratulate her on her birthday. Now? He’s asking for the unthinkable.

What do you say to the man who is used to getting everything he wants?

Goodreads | Audible | Amazon

 

Bright Side by Kim Holden

My notes: Ok, so I didn’t LOVE this book, but I appreciated it. My sister is obsessed with this book and re-listens to it all the time. If you want a Happily Ever After, don’t read this.
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Secrets.
Everyone has one.
Some are bigger than others.
And when secrets are revealed,
Some will heal you …
And some will end you.

Kate Sedgwick’s life has been anything but typical. She’s endured hardship and tragedy, but throughout it all she remains happy and optimistic (there’s a reason her best friend Gus calls her Bright Side). Kate is strong-willed, funny, smart, and musically gifted. She’s also never believed in love. So when Kate leaves San Diego to attend college in the small town of Grant, Minnesota, the last thing she expects is to fall in love with Keller Banks.

They both feel it.
But they each have a reason to fight it.
They each have a secret.

And when secrets are revealed,
Some will heal you …
And some will end you.

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HIM by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

Read my review here.
My notes: Saved the best for last. Every romance lover needs to read this book. It’s so swoony and lovely and sweet and sexy.
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Jamie Canning has never been able to figure out how he lost his closest friend. Four years ago, his tattooed, wise-cracking, rule-breaking roommate cut him off without an explanation. So what if things got a little weird on the last night of hockey camp the summer they were eighteen? It was just a little drunken foolishness. Nobody died.

Ryan Wesley’s biggest regret is coaxing his very straight friend into a bet that pushed the boundaries of their relationship. Now, with their college teams set to face off at the national championship, he’ll finally get a chance to apologize. But all it takes is one look at his longtime crush, and the ache is stronger than ever.

Jamie has waited a long time for answers, but walks away with only more questions—can one night of sex ruin a friendship? If not, how about six more weeks of it? When Wesley turns up to coach alongside Jamie for one more hot summer at camp, Jamie has a few things to discover about his old friend… and a big one to learn about himself.

Goodreads | Audible | Amazon

Rhythm, Chord & Malykhin by Mariana Zapata

book review

Overall Rating: 4 Stars
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Rhythm, Chord & Malykhin by Mariana Zapata

[Audiobook Purchased from Audible]
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Goodreads synopsis:

Twenty-six-year-old Gaby Barreto might be a lot of things (loyal, sarcastic, one of the guys and a pain in the butt depending on which family member you ask), but dumb isn’t one of them. When her twin brother invites her to go on tour as his band’s merch girl, she isn’t exactly screaming at the top of her lungs with joy.

With no job opportunities pounding on her door, an ex-boyfriend she would still like to castrate, and no end in sight to moving out of her parents’ house in Dallas… it would be dumb to say no to the chance of a lifetime. Two bands, three continents, one tour. Spending the next ninety-plus days with three beloved idiots and eight complete strangers shouldn’t be a big deal, right?

If only the singer of the headlining band didn’t have tattoos… a great personality… a fantastic body… and if he wasn’t so funny….

Let’s be real: Gaby never had a chance against Sacha Malykhin.

Review

This is the first Mariana Zapata book that wasn’t 5 stars for me, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it. I certainly did. I think the reason why I ultimately took away one star was because I just wasn’t as invested in the main characters as I’d been in her other books.

I found a few of the things that Gaby did pretty immature and nonsensical for a 26-year-old. Particularly when it came to her ex-boyfriend. I also wanted more swoony moments with Sacha singing, but that could just be because I am a sucker for musicians. 🙂

Otherwise, I still really enjoyed this book and didn’t find that I was overly annoyed with any of the characters (just rolled my eyes a bit at Gaby a few times), I loved her relationship with her brother and his bandmates, and it was a fairly interesting story, if somewhat unoriginal.

Mariana is great about writing fun, down-to-earth friendships and relationships and this story was no different. If you love Mariana Zapata books, you’ll likely like this one as well. Definitely worth a read!

Audiobook Performance: 3 Stars

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The audiobook reader wasn’t bad, however, I couldn’t stand the male voices she did.

Butterfly Rating: 2 Stars

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Like I mentioned, I didn’t connect with the characters as much in this novel, therefore, I’m sorry to say, the relationship fell a little flat for me.

Re-read Worthiness: No

I likely won’t reread this one.

Bookshelf Placement: Yes

I plan on having a copy of every MZ book on my shelf!

New Book Boyfriend: No

Sorry Sacha!

 


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Big Shot by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde

book review

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

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Big Shot (Book Boyfriend #1) by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde

[Audiobook and ebook Purchased from Audible and Amazon]

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Goodreads synopsis:

Fall in love with your next Book Boyfriend . . .

Wes Sinclair is a notorious heart-breaker, a hot as sin bad boy with a panty-dropping smile no woman can resist. Except for his prim and proper adversary, Natalie Prescott, who seems immune to his flirtatious charms. While she’s become a permanent fixture in his dirtiest, most scandalous fantasies, she wants nothing to do with him, or his seductive promises. Challenge accepted. His goal? To bring her to her knees, make her beg, and show her just how good being bad can be.

Review

I’m going to preface this review by saying I just came off of a major swoonfest after re-reading Hearts in Darkness and reading Love in the Light and Forever in the Light by Laura Kaye for the first time. Does that have to do with the low star rating on this book? I don’t know.

This story fell woefully short for me and I was pretty disappointed. First of all, the series is called Book Boyfriend and that’s kind of my thing, secondly, I’d heard good things about this book. However, I felt no connection to the characters and the story was a little too formulaic (which doesn’t always bother me).

You know how sometimes when you read a book, you can tell that the author was so in love with her characters that she managed to bring them to life Warm Bodies style? That didn’t seem to be the case with this book.

The synopsis says, “fall in love with your next book boyfriend,” but, to me, there was very little to like about Wes Sinclair, our hero. Whether that is because of his overly stereotypical cocky personality (not very likely since I have several cocky book boyfriends whom I adore) or maybe because his character seemed pretty one dimensional to me, I’m not really sure.

The same goes for Natalie, our heroine. Her character development was lacking and though it seemed like her character probably should be likable (according to the formula), I felt kind of “meh” about her. I also felt that way about their entire relationship.

Though, I suppose this relationship doesn’t quite categorize as instalove since the two characters grew up together, what matters is that it felt like it. I also felt like I was being hit over the head with how amazingly incredibly godlike these two were in their attractiveness. Every other description was one character swooning over the other and that kind of got on my nerves after awhile.

I will say that I didn’t dislike any of the characters, I just didn’t feel invested in any of them, either. Sometimes supporting characters will revive an entire book even if I don’t like the main characters, but all the other characters in this book felt thin as well.

Anyway, three stars for this book because it wasn’t awful, it just wasn’t my favorite. I finished the book and I didn’t feel like it was a waste of my time, it was just an epic shoulder shrug.

Audiobook Performance: 3 Stars

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I don’t have too much to say about the reader. She was also just ok.

Butterfly Rating: 0 Stars

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Nothin’. There was nothin’ there for me.

Re-read Worthiness: 0 Stars

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Bookshelf Placement: No

New Book Boyfriend: No

Sorry, Wes!


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Love in the Light by Laura Kaye

book review

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

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Love in the Light (Hearts in Darkness #2) by Laura Kaye
[Kindle eBook Purchased from Amazon]

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Goodreads synopsis:

Two hearts in the darkness…

Makenna James and Caden Grayson have been inseparable since the day they were trapped in a pitch-black elevator and found acceptance and love in the arms of a stranger. Makenna hopes that night put them on the path to forever—which can’t happen until she introduces her tattooed, pierced, and scarred boyfriend to her father and three over-protective brothers.

Must fight for love in the light…

Haunted by a childhood tragedy and the loss of his family, Caden never thought he’d find the love he shares with Makenna. But the deeper he falls, the more he fears the devastation sure to come if he ever lost her, too. When meeting her family doesn’t go smoothly, Caden questions whether Makenna deserves someone better, stronger, and just more…normal. Maybe they’re too different—and he’s far too damaged—after all…

Review

I was not expecting to love this book as much as I do. I didn’t think that there was any possible way to top my love for the first book in this series, and while I don’t think this book is better than the first, I do think it is just as wonderful — which is pretty rare.

Here’s the thing. I very, VERY rarely purchase ebooks. Why? Because I obtain something like 10 free ebooks every single week and the thought of purchasing one seems absolutely ridiculous to me.

However, when I spontaneously decided I just had to re-listen to Hearts in Darkness earlier this week (after purchasing 4 brand new audiobooks from Audible’s Summer Sale. I know, I know.) I fell in love with Caden and Makenna all over again… and I needed to know what happened next in their story. So, I downloaded a sample, thinking that I could just get a taste, realize that it wasn’t as good, and move on with my life.

That’s not what happened. I was addicted immediately, bought the whole book, and read it in a day. Which was easy considering this was a novella as well.

There is a whole lot more drama in this book that I was not expecting AT ALL. The instalove that did not bother me at all in the first book, continued to grow quickly and believably, and even when a cliche/trope that I’m not usually fond of occurred, I still loved every second of it.

Caden’s worries and issues are believable and, for me, relatable. Nothing seemed forced and the pacing, despite this novel being so short, was absolutely perfect.

I’m in such awe of Laura Kaye and her ability to give you all the feels and tell such a complete, fulfilling story in such few pages.

Butterfly Rating: 5 Stars

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I was DYING from butterfly overdose, especially in the beginning of this novel, in the best way possible.

Re-read Worthiness: 5 Stars

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I mean, I already reread the first book. Chances are high I’ll reread this one.

Bookshelf Placement: Yes

I’m obsessed. My bookshelf needs this series.

New Book Boyfriend: Yes

CADEN I LOVE YOU!

 


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Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

book review

Overall Rating: 5 Stars
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Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
[Audiobook Purchased from Audible]

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Goodreads synopsis:

Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who’s ever been chosen.

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here — it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

Review

Oh, Rainbow, you’ve done it again. You’ve made me fall in love with your characters, your writing style, and your story-telling. I could easily see myself falling into a vicious cycle between this book and Fangirl — reading and re-reading each one over and over again.

Now, I’m about to make a confession that will make me lose serious cool points in the book community. I’ve only ever read the first Harry Potter book. ::Hides from flying fruit::

I’m sorry. I know.

It’s because of this that I was a little worried that I wouldn’t fall in love with this book, despite it being written by one of my favorite authors.

However, I was proven wrong. I could give or take the storyline, to be honest. Not that it wasn’t interesting, just that it’s not my favorite genre. However, for me, the redeemer was wholly Simon and Baz.

I fell so deeply in love with their story that the entire thing could’ve taken place in nearly any world and I’d probably love it. I was living for their every interaction and inner monologues as they fell in love.

I think I may have mentioned this before, but Rainbow has a way of planting you so deeply into the minds of her characters, that the smallest gestures seem monumental. (The first time Eleanor and Park hold hands, Cather and Levi’s first kiss, etc.) So, that very first intimate moment between Simon and Baz had me completely reeling and craving more.

Audiobook Performance: 5 Stars

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If I could give this 10 stars, I would. Euan Morton is one of my favorite audiobook readers. His voice for Baz was so swoony, I swear, it’s 50% of the reason why I’m so in love with Baz.

Butterfly Rating: 5 Stars

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SO MANY BUTTERFLIES

Re-read Worthiness: 4 Stars

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There is a good chance I’ll reread this one!

Bookshelf Placement: Yes

I need ALL the Rainbow Rowell books on my shelves!

New Book Boyfriend: Yes

Absolutely. I’m partial to Baz!

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That Time I Published a Novel…

Things have been pretty quiet here on the blog lately and I swear I have a pretty good reason.

I pushed the launch button on my debut novel, A Soul Full of Stars.

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It’s terrifying and exciting and surreal and I cannot wait for you to read it.

Ever since I could put pen to paper I’ve been writing stories, but this is the very first that I’ve ever actually finished to the point of publishing. I chose to independently publish my novel mostly because it was just so darn easy with Kindle Direct Publishing.

That and, ultimately, I just really wanted to share these characters with fellow romance-novel-loving people. As much as the thought of being a full-time novelist sounds appealing, I truly write because I love it and I love the story and the characters and I really love sharing those things with others.

A Soul Full of Stars is a story that contains everything I crave in romance novels. After all, some of my very favorite authors always say, “Write what you love.”

So I did. I wrote about fierce friendships, sisterhood, and falling in love. I included poetry and heartbreak and butterflies and, of course, a fair amount of steam. (There are also hot, talented guys with tattoos thrown in.)

Here is the synopsis from Goodreads:

Sonnet Cole wants nothing less than absolute poetic devastation at the hands of a broken heart. After all, how else will she know that hers is beating?

If you ask her best friend and tattoo artist Vaughn, however, he’ll tell you (with an eye roll) that she is far too caught up in her excessive dream world to ever fall in love in the first place. At 25 years old, Sonnet has curated a near-perfect life for herself: She owns an artistic salon right next door to her two best friends’ tattoo parlor, both of which harbor fantastically interesting clients. She lives in an adorable loft right in the middle of the city, she satisfies her love of poetry in her spoken word group, she lives for making her melancholy twin sister and mother of two laugh with stories of her “life of luxurious freedom.”

There is one very important thing missing from Sonnet’s life, though. She’s never been in love. More importantly, she’s never had a broken heart, and that’s what she craves most as a poet and as a human being.

And what better way to confirm that she is alive than to have her heart ripped from her chest?

But when Sonnet finally gets what she wants, well, we all know how that is going to end. Or do we?

 

A Soul Full of Stars is available on Amazon. The ebook is free on Kindle Unlimited and .99 otherwise. The paperback is $10 on Prime.

However, if you’d like a copy of the ebook in exchange for review consideration, you can email me inloveandwords@gmail.com.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

book review

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

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The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

[Audiobook Purchased from Audible]

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Goodreads synopsis:

Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

Review

And, so, it appears I have a new book to add to my favorites list and it has everything to do with my obsessive love with the main character, Monty. While I enjoyed the story, it is Monty’s character and his charming, hilarious cluelessness that made me fall in love with the story. Pair that with the strong supporting characters and this book makes it to my Top 5 list!

I always get super excited about reading hyped books because I tend to really enjoy what the masses are raving over. This book was no different, and though historical novels are not my favorite, I loved this one and it was all thanks to the characters.

Monty reminded me of Adrian Ivashkov from Vampire Academy and he just happens to be one of my favorite characters in the series. I have to say, I like Monty even more than Adrian. I love how much he adores Percy, I love his self-deprecating sense of humor and his optimism even in dire circumstances (of which he finds himself in quite a bit in this book.)

And the romance in this novel was so, so sweet. Just like Percy. I absolutely fell in love with Percy and, of course, Monty’s sister Felicity. Percy was such a perfect antidote to Monty’s huge personality and Felicity was the grounded, brilliant, fierce pillar that both men needed.

These three characters could go through just about anything, mundane or otherwise, and I’d happily read about it simply because I like their dynamic together that much.

Audiobook Performance: 5 Stars

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This is me swooning all over the place thanks to Christian Coulson’s performance. If you get the chance, I highly recommend the audiobook version of this novel. I cannot say enough about it!

Butterfly Rating: 4 Stars

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I had all the cute little tinkling butterflies while reading this novel. Like I mentioned above, the romance was so sweet, I found myself putting a hand to my chest and “awww”ing all over the place.

Re-read Worthiness: 5 Stars

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I will absolutely re-read this one when given a chance!

Bookshelf Placement: Absolutely

The glorious thing about my mom having the same taste in books as I do and the fact that she doesn’t like audio or digital books is that if I recommend a book to her, she’ll buy the hard copy and give it to me when she is done. I have a special place in my library for this one!

New Book Boyfriend: Yes!

Monty and Percy are the newest loves of my life.

This book was my first Buddy Read with Amanda from A Court of Books and Love


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Top 5 Wednesday: Characters’ Fitness Routines I Want

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Happy Top 5 Wednesday!

Things have been hectic around here with school starting this week, but I couldn’t miss a Top 5 Wednesday. Especially this one since the theme is “Characters’ Fitness Routines You Want,” and I am currently on Month 3 of trying to up my fitness game.

As a little reminder, Top 5 Wednesdays is a theme/tag developed by GingerReadsLainey and moderated by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. I discovered T5W thanks to Amanda over at A Court of Books and Love. Check out the GoodReads group if you’d like to participate, too!

And we’re off…

Feyre Archeron from the A Court of Thorns and Roses Series by Sarah J. Maas

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Ok, so mostly I want her routine because in books 2 and 3 she works out with three great guys, but also because she is working out with magic and strength. Pretty freaking cool.
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Rose Hathaway from the Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead

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Working out with Dimitri Belikov? Sign me up. And not just because he’s gorgeous, but because he really pushes her to go beyond her limits. I really wish there was some sort of fitness class that was based on dhampir training lol!
Goodreads | Amazon

 

Sal Casillas from Kulti by Mariana Zapata

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Bringing it back to the “real” world for a moment, one thing I always wished I’d done was participated in sports more. As it happens, I’m the least athletic person known to mankind, so when I read Kulti, I was jealous of Sal’s ability. What a fun way to exercise!
Goodreads | Amazon

 

Aiden Graves from The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata

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Ok, so maybe not his exact workout routine, because it’s monstrous, but I mostly have him on this list because of his dedication to it from nutrition to the amount of time he puts in at the gym. It’s his life and he doesn’t stray from it.
Goodreads | Amazon

 

Eliza Caelum from How to Kill a Rockstar by Tiffanie DeBartolo

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It’s not a big part of the book, but Eliza is a runner. I’ve always been super jealous of runners because I am certainly not one. It’s incredibly uncomfortable for me to run and being that I live in Florida, the heat is way too intense for me. I much prefer cycling since it is a heck of a lot cooler given the wind + sweat situation. I just don’t move fast enough when I run to cool down from the wind!
Goodreads | Amazon

 

And that wraps up my list! In putting it together, I realize how few characters in books I read have workout routines. I was worried I wouldn’t be able to come up with a list of five, but I’m happy with this list!

 

What about you? Which characters have your favorite workout routines? Comment below or link to your own Top 5 Wednesday post!