Gentleman Nine by Penelope Ward

Overall Rating: 3 Stars
Title: Gentleman Nine
Author: Penelope Ward
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Growing up, the three of us were friends.
He was the nerd.
I was the playboy.
She was the beauty.

Deep down, I only ever wanted her. I kept it inside because Rory and I made a pact that our friend, Amber, was off-limits.

He lied.

I went off to college, and he got the girl.
Amber never knew how I felt.
They were together for years—before he broke her heart.

Through it all and across the miles, she and I casually stayed in touch.
When my job sent me to Boston for a three-month contract position, Amber let me stay in her spare room.

Still reeling from her breakup, she’d sworn off men.
One night, I opened her computer to find the shock of my life. She’d hesitantly contacted a male escort company. Afraid to date and get her heart broken again, she was looking for sex with no strings.
Every emotion imaginable ran through me: protectiveness, jealousy—curiosity.
Amber had chosen Gentleman Number Nine and sent him a message.
She opened up to him, confessing, among other things, her physical attraction to her friend—me. But she considered me off-limits—and she thought I was a manwhore. (Ironic, considering the circumstances.)

Eventually, she set up a date to meet Gentleman Nine at a hotel.
When she showed up several nights later to meet him, she was stunned to see me standing there—with an offer I hoped she wouldn’t refuse.



I loved the premise of this story, it had so much potential, and it started off great… it just didn’t quite live up to what I was hoping it would be. And I’m not entirely sure why.

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Birthday Giveaway: A Soul Full of Stars (Hard Copy)

Hey, book lovers!

My birthday was a few days ago, and I decided to give away a few copies of my book, A Soul Full of Stars as my birthday gift to you!

A Soul Full of Stars

“I’m the sweat pooling between your shoulder blades, the sheets tangled among your calves, the tongue at your collarbone, and the sigh caught between your lips. I am everything you dream about when waking, aching.”

I sent that poetic sext to a complete stranger.
And you know what the best part is?
He sent one back.

This is the story of what happens when a spark ignites and stars collapse. When words are heartbeats and poetry is a promise.

This is Sonnet Cole’s story, and it’s just the beginning.


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My Picks from Audible’s June Sale 2018

Audible is having another sale, and you know what that means… I’m going to sift through all of the sale items and share my picks with you!

Audible’s June Sale Details

  • Ends June 17
  • Members Only



My Picks from Audible’s June Sale

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By: Katy Evans
Narrated by: Elizabeth Louise, Sebastian York
Sale price: $3.40

He wasn’t always this rich. This hot. This difficult.
Aaric Christos was a guy who protected me. Wanted me. Maybe even loved me.
That man is gone.
In his place is the most powerful real estate tycoon in the city.
He’s a cold, ruthless, aggressive businessman.
The only one who can save me and my startup from ruin.
It takes every ounce of courage to put my pride aside and ask for his help.
I didn’t expect him to offer it easily.
And he doesn’t.
Instead, he vets me harder than he’s vetted anyone.
Don’t invest in what you don’t know, he says.
He’s assessing every piece of me, to the point I’ve never felt so bare.
I yearn for the boy I once knew, whose touch once craved me.
Putting it all on the line will be worth it, I tell myself.
Until I realize—too late—that some risks are not worth taking.

This has been on my TBR list for awhile! So exciting to see it for sale 🙂


By Your Side

By: Kasie West
Narrated by: Caitlin Kelly

When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn at first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life and old love interest threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?

I love this one! You can read my review here.



By: JB Salsbury
Narrated by: Bunny Warren, Matthew Holland
Sale price: $5.70

It’s been months since Aden Colt left the army, and still the memories haunt him. When he moved into a tiny boat off the California coast, he thought he’d found the perfect place to escape life. Then Sawyer shows up and turns his simple life upside down. Beautiful and sophisticated, she seems out of place in this laid-back beach town. Something is pushing her to experience everything she can – including Aden. But as much as he wants her, starting a relationship with Sawyer puts them both at risk. For Aden, the past doesn’t stay there; it shows up unexpectedly, uncontrollably, and doesn’t care whose life it wrecks.

This one is on my TBR ASAP list. Obviously, I had to get it!


Remember When

By: T. Torrest
Narrated by: Allyson Ryan

Years before Trip Wiley could be seen on movie screens all over the world, he could be seen sitting in the desk behind me in my high school English class. This was back in 1990, and I cite the year only to avoid dumbfounding you when references to big hair or stretch pants are mentioned. Although, come to think of it, I am from New Jersey, which may serve as explanation enough. We were teenagers then, way back in a time before anyone, himself included, could even dream he’d turn into the Hollywood commodity that he is today.

I’m sure I don’t need to tell you who Trip Wiley is. But on the off chance you’ve been living under a rock for the past decade, just know that these days, he’s the bad boy actor found at the top of every casting director’s wish list. He’s incredibly talented and insanely gorgeous, the combination of which has made him very rich, very famous and very desirable.

And not just to casting directors, either.

I can’t confirm any of the gossip from his early years out in Tinseltown, but based on what I knew of his life before he was famous, I can tell you that the idea of Girls-Throwing-Themselves-At-Trip is not a new concept.

I should know. I was one of them.

And my life hasn’t been the same since.

I have this one on my Kindle.


Under Locke by Mariana Zapata
Under Locke

By: Mariana Zapata
Narrated by: Callie Dalton

He was my boss, my brother’s friend, a widow, an ex-felon, and a man I’d seen casually with a handful of women. But he was everything that gripped me, both the good and the bad. Worst case scenario: If things turned awkward between us, I could go somewhere else. I’d gotten over epic heartbreak before; one more wouldn’t kill me.

After moving to Austin following six months of unemployment back home, Iris Taylor knows she should be glad to have landed a job so quickly… even if the business is owned by a member of the same motorcycle club her estranged father used to belong to. Except Dex Locke might just be the biggest jerk she’s ever met. He’s rude and impatient, and he doesn’t know how to tell time. And the last thing they ever expected was each other.

I was so excited to see an MZ book on this! It’s a great way for newbies to fall in love with her. Read my review here.


Forever My Girl

By: Heidi McLaughlin
Narrated by: Stephanie Rose, Nelson Hobbs
Sale price: $6.02

I was never supposed to be a rock star. I had my life all planned out for me. Play football in college. Go to the NFL. Marry my high school sweetheart and live happily ever after.

I broke both our hearts that day when I told her I was leaving. I was young. I made the right decision for me, but the wrong decision for us. I’ve poured my soul into my music, but I’ve never forgotten her. Her smell, her smile.

And now I’m going back.

After 10 years.

I hope I can explain that after all this time.

I still want her to be my forever girl.

I’ve actually been wanting to watch this movie for awhile!


The Fault in Our Stars

By: John Green
Narrated by: Kate Rudd
Sale price: $3.50

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

I loved this book just as much as I hated it. It’s a beautiful story, but very sad. (I also loved the movie!)



By: Christina Lauren
Narrated by: Deacon Lee, Kyle Mason
Sale price: $3.78

Fangirl meets Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda in this funny and poignant coming-of-age novel from New York Times best-selling author Christina Lauren about two boys who fall in love in a writing class – one from a progressive family and the other from a conservative religious community.

Three years ago Tanner Scott’s family relocated from California to Utah, a move that nudged the bisexual teen temporarily back into the closet. Now, with one semester of high school to go and no obstacles between him and out-of-state college freedom, Tanner plans to coast through his remaining classes and clear out of Utah.

But when his best friend, Autumn, dares him to take Provo High’s prestigious Seminar – where honor roll students diligently toil to draft a book in a semester – Tanner can’t resist going against his better judgment and having a go, if only to prove to Autumn how silly the whole thing is. Writing a book in four months sounds simple. Four months is an eternity.

It turns out, Tanner is only partly right: four months is a long time. After all, it takes only one second for him to notice Sebastian Brother, the Mormon prodigy who sold his own Seminar novel the year before and who now mentors the class. And it takes less than a month for Tanner to fall completely in love with him.

OMG, my heart leapt when I saw this on sale! I’ve been wanting to read this forever.

What are your favorites from this sale?


King of Code by CD Reiss *New Favorite Author Alert*

Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: King of Code
Author: CD Reiss
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Taylor Harden is a tech hero on the edge of fame and untold wealth, until a hacker freezes his company and holds it hostage.

Harper doesn’t want much from Taylor.

All he has to do to get his company back is teach her how to please a man. Step by step, and for every step she’ll unlock a piece of his system.

Kissing unlocks a partition.

Touching unlocks another.

Using your mouth to…

How far is this crazy woman going to go?

They hate each other. They can’t keep away from each other. They’re decoding each other with every step, until all Harper’s secrets are revealed, and Taylor risks losing his heart as well as his company.



Why have I waited so long to read a book by CD Reiss… Particularly this book?

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The TBR Book Tag

I wasn’t actually tagged for this one, but I saw it awhile ago on A Booknerd Travels, and finally decided to take a stab at it.

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The TBR Book Tag

How do you keep track on your TBR list?

I don’t know what I’d do without Goodreads. I have every book I own that I haven’t read and every book I don’t own, but want to read on there. I also keep track of a bunch of other things with Goodreads. You can learn more about how I use Goodreads here.

Is your TBR mostly print or e-book?

Hmm… I think it is about even, when it comes to books I own. I do have a TBR shelf on Goodreads full of books I want to read, but don’t own and a handful of audiobooks in my Audible library.

How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?

I’m 100% a mood reader, however, every month I put together a reading list for the month so that I have a short list to choose from. I don’t force myself to read just the books on these lists, though. I’ll stray if I’m in the mood.

A book that has been on your TBR the longest.


OMG where do I begin? I have 5 entire bookshelves full of books I haven’t read yet that have been with me for over a decade. I’m going to go with Jane Eyre, though, because I’ve been a big fan of the original movie (and now the remake) for the longest time, but never got around to reading the actual book.

A book that you recently added to your TBR list?


Something New by Skylar Hill was recently free on Kindle, so I grabbed it!

A book on you TBR list strictly because of its beautiful cover.


I saw The Promise of Stardust at a used bookstore and fell in love with the cover. I bought it even though I doubt I’ll ever actually read it since it sounds so heartbreaking.

A book on your TBR that you never plan on actually reading.

See above LOL

An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for.


Almost all of the books I was looking forward to were published last month LOL! I’m actually dying to read the latest Pucked novel, Pucked Love by Helena Hunting. I’ve already preordered the audiobook!

A book on your TBR that basically everyone has read but you.

The entire Knitting in the City series. I only just finished Book 3, but it feels like everyone has already read them all! I need to catch up!

A book on your TBR everyone recommends you.

I feel like I recommend books more than they are recommended to me.

A book on your TBR you’re very excited to read.

Is it cheating to say Pucked Love again?? I’m seriously obsessed with that series. Instead, I’ll go with 99% Mine by Sally Thorne. I love The Hating Game, I can’t wait to read her second novel!

The number of books on your Goodreads TBR shelf.

This is so embarrassing. I have 1739 on my TBR!


This is definitely an older tag, so I won’t be surprised if a lot of you have done it already, but I’m going to tag a few people anyway, just in case!

Perfectly Tolerable
The Book Cover Girl
The Thrifty Bibliophile
Books and Co.
A Happy Little Bookworm

How many books do you have on your TBR?




A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: A Court of Frost and Starlight
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.1
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Hope warms the coldest night.

Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve.

Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated–scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.



Note: This review the wrought with A Court of Thorns and Roses/Mist and Fury/Wings and Ruin spoilers, so if you haven’t read any of those books yet, skip this review.

If you haven’t read this book, however, no worries.

I keep wanting more Rhys and Feyre and the thought that this is the last book from their POVs is heartbreaking, but understandable.

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I Flipping Love You (Shacking Up #3) by Helena Hunting

Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Title: I Flipping Love You
Author: Helena Hunting
Series: Shacking Up #3
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible


Rian Sutter grew up with the finer things in life. Spending summers in The Hamptons was a normal occurrence for her until her parents lost everything years ago. Now Rian and her sister are getting their life, and finances, back on track through real estate. Not only do they buy and sell houses to the rich and famous, but they finally have the capital to flip their very own beachfront property. But when she inadvertently catches the attention of a sexy stranger who snaps up every house from under her, all bets are off…


Pierce Whitfield doesn’t normally demo kitchens, install dry wall, or tear apart a beautiful woman’s dreams. He’s just a down-on-his-luck lawyer who needed a break from the city and agreed to help his brother work on a few homes in the Hamptons. When he first meets Rian, the attraction is undeniable. But when they start competing for the same pieces of prime real estate, the early sparks turn into full-blown fireworks. Can these passionate rivals turn up the heat on their budding romance — without burning down the house?



Despite being a huge Helena Hunting fan, I wasn’t too excited about this novel. I’m not sure why. I mean, I’m a huge fan of HGTV and romance, so you’d think the combo would be perfect for me, but it seemed… I don’t know… cheesy I guess. Likely because of the title.

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