December 2020 Wrap Up

Check out my December Wrap Up video here or keep reading!

Total Books Read: 38
Currently Reading: 1
Rereads: 0
Buddy reads: 0
Readathons: 1 – Smutathon
ARCs: 1

STAR RATING BREAKDOWN

1 Stars: 0
2 Stars: 1
3 Stars: 4
4 Stars: 10
5 Stars: 15
All-Time Favorites: 8

GENRE BREAKDOWN

NA: 5
Adult: 32
YA: 3
Contemporary: 28
Paranormal: 1
Historical: 2
Sci-fi: 3
Fantasy: 3
Nonfiction: 1
Non-romance: 2
Graphic novel/Manga: 0

FORMAT

Audio: 22
Ebook: 14
Physical: 1

REPRESENTATION

Books with Diverse Characters and/or Authors: 12

BOOKS READ FROM LEAST FAVORITE TO FAVORITE

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#38 Kissing the Coronavirus by MJ Edwards – a ridiculous 16 page novella in which a scientist hooks up with, you guessed it, the Coronavirus. Yes, he is green.

3 Stars


#37 The Naughty List by Ellie Mae Macgregor
– a super short Christmas novella in which the heroine hooks up with bearded lumberjack buff Santa.
#36 Tempting Dusty by Helen Hardt – a childhood friends-to-lovers cowboy romance with bull riding.
#35 The Black Fox (The Dirty Heroes Collection #1) by Brianna Hale – a super taboo Zorro retelling (stepfather/stepdaughter romance)
#34 Before I Ever Met You by Karina Halle – Age gap, father’s work friend romance.

4 Stars

#33 Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett – YA Contemporary second chance romance with a Sherlock Holmes fan heroine who is trying to solve a mystery with her coworker/hero.
#32 Fans Only by B. Love – friends-to-lovers steamy novella where two friends decide to start a Fans Only account.
#31 Teach Me (There’s Something About Marysburg #1) by Olivia Dade – workplace grumpy/sunshine single dad romance between two teachers.
#30 Gifting Me to His Best Friend (A Touch of Taboo #2) by Katee Robert – holiday menage novella where a couple invites the husband’s best friend into their relationship.
#29 Within These Walls (Walls #1) by JL Berg – emotional novella where the heroine has been in and out of the hospital with a heart condition and the grieving bad boy hero works at the hospital.
#28 Treasure of the Abyss (The Kraken #1) by Tiffany Roberts – alien romance with tentacles.
#27 Same Time Next Year by Jenna Bennett – super short novella about a couple who meets in the same connecting hotel rooms on the same day every year.
#26 My Big Fat Fake Wedding by Lauren Landish – childhood frienemies to lovers marriage of convenience romcom.
#25 Breaking Gravity (Fall Back #2) by Autumn Grey – forbidden professor/student relationship where both are talented cellists.
#24 Slammer by Tabatha Vargo – non-romance novella about a prison nurse who falls for a dangerous prisoner.

5 Stars

#23 Barbarian’s Touch (Ice Planet Barbarians #7) by Ruby Dixon – beloved blue alien romance
#22 Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo – YA contemporary written in verse about two girls who find out they have the same father after he dies
#21 The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury – Aladdin retelling where the genie is female and the romance is between her and Aladdin
#20 Hoops Holiday (Hoops #2.5) by Kennedy Ryan – Short emotional holiday novella with between a sports reporter and a retired basketball player with an adorable meetcute
#19 Three Women by Lisa Taddeo – nonfiction following three different women: one who had a relationship with her teacher in high school, one who is cheating on her husband, and one is a swinger
#18 Xeni (Loose Ends #2) by Rebekah Weatherspoon – marriage of convenience for an inheritance
#17 His Beauty by Jack Harbon – brutal taboo Beauty and the Beast retelling where the Beast stays a beast and never turns human
#16 The Takeover (The Miles High Club #2) by TL Swan – romcom romance between a single mom widow heroine who owns a drowning communications company and the owner of a large communications company who wants to take it over
#15 The Stopover (The Miles High #1) by TL Swan – romcom about a woman gets upgraded to first class and has a one night stand with the hero who sits next to her, then a year later is hired at his company
#14 See Me After Class by Meghan Quinn – romcom between a outside-the-box teacher and a by-the-rules teacher
#13 The Setup by Meghan Quinn – new adult college sports romance where the hero and heroine are reluctantly set up by their parents
#12 That Second Chance (Getting lucky #1) by Meghan Quinn – small town romcom between a new-to-town woman and volunteer fire fighter with a love curse
#11 The Redemption (Filthy Rich Americans #4) by Nikki Sloane – addictive, super taboo, steamy romance with a bunch of rich people being ridiculous, but, like, still really good
#10 The Deception (Filthy Rich Americans #3) by Nikki Sloane – “”
#9 The Obsession (Filthy Rich Americans #2) by Nikki Sloane – “”

All-Time Fav

#8 Husky by Jessa Kane – short, steamy novella with a romance between a woman who recruits a husky bartender to model her clothes
#7 King Sized by Jessa Kane – short, steamy novella with a forbidden romance between a husky, submissive bodyguard and new queen
#6 The Rakess (Society of Sirens #1) by Scarlett Peckham – feminist historical romance between a woman who has made the best of being “ruined” and a widower single dad

Top 5

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Long Live the Beautiful Hearts (Beautiful Hearts #2) by Emma Scott *New Fav*

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Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Long Live the Beautiful Hearts
Author: Emma Scott
Series: Beautiful Hearts #2
Format: Audiobook borrowed from Scribd

 

GOODREADS


Review

*Note: This is not a standalone, this is the second book in the Beautiful Hearts duet. You can read my review for the first book here.

I interrupted my Romance Takeover Readathon TBR to read this book immediately after reading the first. I absolutely HAD to know what happened after the first book ended.

I worried a little bit that this book would drag on longer than it needed to since I would’ve been happy with an HEA in the first book, but that wasn’t the case at all.

After what all the characters go through in the first book, there was a lot of work that needed to be done before we could get our HEA. This book was exactly as long as it needed to be. And after that emotional rollercoaster, it was the perfect ending.


Audiobook Performance: 5 stars

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Butterfly Rating: 4 Stars

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Re-read Worthiness: Yes


Bookshelf Placement: NEED


Book Boyfriend Rating: 5 stars

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I’m Back!

Whew! It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything here on the blog! I’ve been so focused on my BookTube channel that this kind of fell to the wayside, but my goal in 2021 is to bring it back!

I will be posting some of the same content on both platforms to make my life easier, but also, just in case some people prefer reading blogs to watching videos, you can choose your own adventure if you will. 

I’ll also be posting reviews which you can also find on my Instagram. And some blog-only content.

My latest video that I posted today is a little harder to translate into a blog because I gave a tour of my planners. If you’d like to check out the video, you can do so here:

If you can’t tell, I have a lot going on. I work full time (from home lately), I’m helping my two little ones with e-Learning as I’m trying to work from home, I have an Etsy shop, a BookTube channel, this blog, a Bookstagram, and a husband and family. If you can’t tell, I love being busy… and I love being organized.

That’s where my planners come in.

Right now I have a few planners and journals:

  1. My bullet journal
    – yearly goals
    – yearly overview
    – monthly overview
    – daily to-do lists in a weekly spread format
    – monthly memories in photos
    – monthly gratitude
    – monthly memories
    – monthly brain dumps
    – monthly stats
    – monthly favorites
    – monthly playlists
    – washi tape swatches or “swatchies”
    – theme design ideas
  2. My Digital Reading Journal
    – Authors backlists to read
    – Series to finish
    – Misc TBRs
    – Physical books to buy
  3. My Digital Tracker Journal
    For this I just made fun layouts to keep track of my stats for YouTube, Twitter, Etsy, Instagram, and my period
  4. My Digital Food/Mood/Symptom/Exercise Journal
    I may or may not keep this Digital. I’m kind of thinking I may want to use a physical notebook for this one, but tracking my food and symptoms is really important because I’m manging Multiple Sclerosis with diet and lifestyle changes, so I have to pay really close attention to what I’m eating.
  5. My Asana Calendar
    Asana has become my everything. I couldn’t live without it. I use it for work as a project management tool and I collaborate with my team on it, but for myself, I use it more as a calendar. This is where I plan all my videos and posts. I love how i can include all my notes in each task and move everything around. It’s all beautifully color-coded and it’s just perfect!
  6. My Google Calendar
    I forgot to talk about this in my video, but Google Calendar is where I have all my personal events. My husband and I share our Google Calendars with each other so we always are on the same page.
  7. Google Keep
    Google Keep is basically like a digital post it note organization tool. You can make a bunch of simple notes, tag them, and color code them. This is where I have templates for videos and posts that I refer to often. it’s also where I keep all of my video and post ideas and notes.

How do you keep yourself organized?

Kindle Klean-Up #3

The Kindle Klean-Up challenge was started over on The Cozy Pages.

Rules

  • Make a list of the books on your kindle/ e-reader under consideration.
  • Select the first 3 or 4 (or more depending on your mood).
  • Read the blurbs of the books.
  • Decide if you’re going to keep and read; or discard from the TBR.
  • Announce your verdict.
  • The next time you’re ready to post, continue from where you left off on your list.

I’m not going to list every book on my Kindle here because I have so many. I think I’ll just list the books that I am going to determine whether they stay or get deleted.

I think I’m going to start with my oldest books and work my way up to most recently added. I went through a phase where I was adding books ALL the time … and proceeding to never read them. So… that will be fun.

Let’s do this!

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ATTRACTION by Penny Reid

He is everything she doesn’t want, so why does she want him so badly?
From the New York Times Bestselling Author Penny Reid

One week.
Private beach.
Invisible girl.
Jerk-faced bully.
What’s the worst that could happen?

Kaitlyn Parker has no problem being the invisible girl, which is why she finds herself hiding in various cabinets and closets all over her college campus. Despite her best efforts, she can’t escape the notice of Martin Sandeke—bad boy, jerkface bully, and the universe’s hottest, wealthiest, and most unobtainable bachelor—who also happens to be Kaitlyn’s chemistry lab partner.
Kaitlyn might be the only girl who isn’t interested in exploiting his stunning rower’s build, chiseled features, and family’s billionaire fortune. Kaitlyn wants Martin for his brain, specifically to tabulate findings of trace elements in surface water.

When Kaitlyn saves Martin from a nefarious plot, Martin uses the opportunity to push Kaitlyn out of her comfort zone: spring break, one week, house parties, bathing suits, and suntan lotion. Can she overcome her aversion to being noticed? Will he be able grow beyond his self-centered nature? Or, despite their obvious chemistry, will Martin be the one to drive Kaitlyn into the science cabinet of obscurity for good?

My Thoughts: I love Penny Reid, definitely keeping this one!

Verdict: KEEP

AMAZON
 

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The Consequence of Loving Colton by Rachel Van Dyken

It’s all fun and games…until someone’s heart is broken.

They’re not kids anymore, but Milo Caro is certain that Colton Mathews will only see her as his best friend’s little sister for the rest of their lives. After all, he made that clear the night before she left for college. But four years later, her brother is getting married and Colt’s the best man—and guess who is the best man’s last-minute date?

Milo vows to use the wedding to either claim the smoldering firefighter’s heart or douse this torch for good. When Max—her best friend from college, who may be carrying a torch of his own—crashes the party, they devise a plan to make Colt see what he’s missing. But after Colt catches on, he decides to cook up his own revenge.

Now it’s personal. Colt and Milo are at war, and between Max’s questionable acting methods, an unfortunate trip to jail, and a maniacal fiancée, what could possibly go right?

My Thoughts: This book has potential!

Verdict: KEEP

AMAZON

 

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Menagerie (The Menagerie Series Book 1) by Rachel Vincent

When Delilah Marlow visits a famous traveling carnival, Metzger’s Menagerie, she is an ordinary woman in a not-quite-ordinary world. But under the macabre circus big-top, she discovers a fierce, sharp-clawed creature lurking just beneath her human veneer. Captured and put on exhibition, Delilah is stripped of her worldly possessions, including her own name, as she’s forced to “perform” in town after town.

But there is breathtaking beauty behind the seamy and grotesque reality of the carnival. Gallagher, her handler, is as kind as he is cryptic and strong. The other “attractions”—mermaids, minotaurs, griffins and kelpies—are strange, yes, but they share a bond forged by the brutal realities of captivity. And as Delilah struggles for her freedom, and for her fellow menagerie, she’ll discover a strength and a purpose she never knew existed.

My Thoughts: I love Rachel Vincent’s Shifters series, I definitely want to give this one a try.

Verdict: KEEP

AMAZON

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Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.

My Thoughts: I love Colleen Hoover, no way I’m getting rid of this!

Verdict: KEEP

AMAZON

Welp. This wasn’t exactly successful, but that’s ok! I’m no longer ashamed of having millions of books on my TBR LOL!

TBR vs What I Actually Read in July

Since I’ve been doing Recent Reads and Wrap Ups over on my BookTube channel, I thought it would be fun to compare my TBRs vs what I actually read here on my blog.

I’m a mood reader, however, I really like having a TBR every month to use as a guideline. The list of books that I own and need to read is kind of insane – not to mention my Audible Escape, Scribd, and Hoopla books that I want to read – so narrowing it down to dozen or so books that I want to focus on is helpful in choosing my next read. It also helps me make sure I’m reading more diversely.

 

July TBR

 

Key

✘ = Did Not Read

✓ = Read

/ = Currently reading

✂ = Did Not Finish

*  = Author of Color, BIPOC Authors

 

*Meet Cute Club by Jack Harbon

*Sin & Ink by Naima Simone

*The Space In Between by Brittainy C Cherry

The Guy on the Right by Kate Stewart

*You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson 

*Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley

*With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

*Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender 

*Rhapsody by Kenya Wright

Docile by KM Szpara

The Extraordinaries by TJ Klune 

*The Groom Will Keep His Name by Matt Ortile

 

Other Books Read

*Neighborly by Katrina Jackson

Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

*The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata (Reread)

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne (Reread)

*Purple Lotus by Veena Rao

House of Night Graphic Novel by Kent Dalian

Saint by EM Snow

*How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X Kendi

Witchy by Ariel Slamet Ries

The Switch by Beth O’Leary

What You Wish For by Katherine Center

A Change in Tide by Freya Barker

Jane by Aline Brosh McKenna

*Monstress Vol. 1 by Marjorie M. Liu

Eidolon by Grace Draven

*Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper

*Check Please by Ngozi Ukazu

*Stargazing by Jen Wang

Smitten by Lauren Rowe

*Jo & Laurie by Margaret Stohl and Melissa De La Cruz

The Forbidden Man by Karina Halle

*Hands Down by Mariana Zapata

Radiance by Grace Draven

ARC Review: The Knockout by Sajni Patel

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Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: The Knockout
Author: Sajni Patel
Format: ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Synopsis:
A rising star in Muay Thai figures out what (and who) is worth fighting for in this #ownvoices YA debut full of heart.

If seventeen-year-old Kareena Thakkar is going to alienate herself from the entire Indian community, she might as well do it gloriously. She’s landed the chance of a lifetime, an invitation to the US Muay Thai Open, which could lead to a spot on the first-ever Olympic team. If only her sport wasn’t seen as something too rough for girls, something she’s afraid to share with anyone outside of her family. Despite pleasing her parents, exceling at school, and making plans to get her family out of debt, Kareena’s never felt quite Indian enough, and her training is only making it worse.

Which is inconvenient, since she’s starting to fall for Amit Patel, who just might be the world’s most perfect Indian. Admitting her feelings for Amit will cost Kareena more than just her pride–she’ll have to face his parents’ disapproval, battle her own insecurities, and remain focused for the big fight. Kareena’s bid for the Olympics could very well make history–if she has the courage to go for it.

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Review

I’m absolutely in love with so many things about this book. The diversity (her best friend is Filipino!), the characters, the sweet romance, and the inspiring sports and STEM aspects.

I absolutely adored Kareena’s character. Even though she is so young, her confidence and self-awareness and perseverance is so inspiring, yet still believable for someone her age. She still has a lot to learn, but I appreciated how NOT annoying it was to be in her head. She didn’t always make perfect decisions, but it was refreshing to read about a teenager who understood her strength and intelligence, despite outside influences.

Amit is also not your typical hero. He’s a little nerdy, super-smart, seemingly the perfect Indian boy who is dealing with his own teenage struggles. Kareena and Amit are an unlikely pair, but they work so well together.

I also adore Kareena’s parents. They are such a strong support system and remind me so much of my own parents – willing to give up everything for her dreams.

This book is not only entertaining reading this as an adult, but I’m so excited to think about all the young people who will pick up this book and see things through Kareena’s eyes. I hope she inspires them as she has inspired me.


Butterfly Rating: 2 Stars

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Re-read Worthiness: Yes


Bookshelf Placement: Yes


Book Boyfriend Rating: 4 stars

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Favorite Books of July 2020

July was a fantastic reading month! You can check out my full wrap up over on my BookTube channel here.

Here are my stats for the month of July

  • Total Read: 28
  • Nonfiction: 3
  • Fiction: 25
  • YA: 2
  • Adult: 26
  • Fantasy/sci-fi: 4
  • Contemporary: 23
  • Historical: 1
  • Graphic novels: 5
  • ARCs: 3
  • DNF: 3
  • 1-star: 0
  • 2 star: 1
  • 3 star: 4
  • 4 star: 5
  • 5 star: 9
  • Rereads: 3

 

Favorite Books I Read in July

 

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Smitten by Lauren Rowe

Two of my most anticipated reads came out this month – this book and Hands Down by Mariana Zapata.

This is a spin-off standalone of both the Morgan Brothers series and the Reed Rivers Trilogy. I do think there is something to be said about reading those first, but you can absolutely read this on its own. It’s about the guitarist of an up-and-coming band who isn’t your typical rock star. He’s very down-to-earth and not drop-dead gorgeous. The heroine is very shy and introvert and she’s also a talented musician.

This book was as sweet as honey and it made me so giddy reading it. It’s absolutely perfect for those of you who need an easy-to-read pick-me-up in the middle of this global pandemic and uncertainty. It’s super low-angst and will absolutely fly by. I challenge you not to have a smile on your face the entire time you read this.

I’ve been listening to the song (that is in the book!) on repeat. It’s so catchy and sweet and if I could describe the book in one song it’d be this one.

 

 


Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley

This reminded me of why I adore YA novels so much.

It revolves around our main character who sees herself as the “Rosalind” of her life – the girl that Romeo leaves for Juliet. She’s constantly the girl who comes “before.”

adored our main character so much. She is so different than many of the YA heroines I’ve read about in the past. She’s boy-crazy and flirty and so confident for her age – all while having this low-key insecurity about the fact that all the guys she dates end up finding “The One” after her.

What I loved is that she’s not at all jealous of this, she’s actually a little too accepting of it.

I also always love when a character has something that they are super passionate about – especially if they work really hard at their craft to be the best that they can be. This was the case for Megan as well. She loves directing productions and she’s really good at it.

Along with all of that, the romance is super sweet and YA appropriate. It’s a great friends-to-lovers romance and their relationship is such a healthy one, particularly for YA. I love that the hero doesn’t judge her because she’s flirty and he appreciates and supports her.

 

Jo & Laurie
Jo & Laurie by Margaret Stohl, Melissa De La Cruz

This was another highly anticipated release for me! I’ve been such a huge fan of Little Women ever since I was in my preteens and I used to watch the 1949 version of the movie on repeat.

Since then I’ve shipped Jo & Laurie. This is the book for everyone who wishes Jo and Laurie ended up together.

This book ruined the original story for me, but not in the way you’d think. They did such a great job of adapting this book and making minor enough changes that made complete sense and made this a seamless transition from the original book to this one.

I say it ruined the original story for me because I watched the movie again after reading this book and I was broken-hearted that it didn’t end the way the book is.

 

Radiance (Wraith Kings, #1)
Radiance (Wraith Kings #1) by Grace Draven

This book ended up being my favorite read of July.

This is an extremely romance-heavy Fantasy about these two different species – there are humans and then Kai. The Kai are humanoid, but they have dark gray skin, yellow owl eyes, fangs, and black claws. Both species find the other completely unattractive and weird looking, however, to show allegiance, the two species marry the youngest prince of the Kai and the niece of the queen of humans.

The two of them meet before they are married by chance and they don’t realize they are to be married, but they hit it off in a completely platonic way and they’re relieved to find out that they are the ones to be married because they get along so well.

This quickly became my favorite friends-to-lovers romance and it’s so unique since the two characters aren’t attracted to each other at all in the beginning. I love how they both have such respect for one another right from the beginning and it slowly grows into love.

 

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With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

This was a buddy read with my friend Mallory from @FigsLibrary over on Instagram and we both adored it!

I always forget how much I love reading YA until I come across a book like this and Always Never Yours.

Elizabeth Acevedo is a gorgeous writer and I plan on reading her entire backlist. I loved The Poet X and Clap When You Land is on my TBR! This book was so easy to read and I found myself underlining so many beautifully written lines. I loved the inclusion of recipes with a poetic twist.

Emoni is a young teen mom who is navigating high school while trying to stay under the radar, raise her baby girl with her Abuela, and figure out what she is going to do with her future – all while discovering that her passion for cooking could turn into something more than a hobby.

Elizabeth Acevedo really shines when she’s writing about young people discovering themselves and this book is no different. I’ve always been drawn to passionate characters with special skills – and Emoni’s ability to create dishes that can transport people to another time and place was so inspiring. I’m always intrigued by people who have innate abilities like that. Especially when they are young and learning how to hone that craft into something that can take them places.

The romance was subtle, but also very sweet. I love seeing heroes in YA who set a good example for young people about what a relationship should be.

 

Hands Down
Hands Down by Mariana Zapata

My other highly anticipated release this month!

This was a one-click, insta-read, and it did not disappoint. I devoured this beast in one day and I have zero regrets… only that it ever ended.

MZ is one of the few authors who can write a 600-page, slow burn, contemporary romance and I’ll be at page 598 crying that it’s not long enough. This book was no different.

I was shocked and excited when I saw that this was Zac’s book. I’ve been in love with him since we were introduced to him in The Wall of Winnipeg and Me YEARS ago. I never imagined he would get his own book – it was such a delightful surprise.

I love that all of MZ’s books are standalones, but you see glimpses of your favorite characters throughout. In this one, especially, we got to see my fav couple: Aiden and Vanessa. You also see a glimpse of Lukov and Jasmine AND the main character works at the gym that the heroine from The Best Thing used to own! It’s so fun finding all of these little Easter eggs in her book.

This is, by far, MZ’a SLOWEST burn yet. But – as is the case with all of her books – it just makes every single tiny little moment the two love interests have together that much more electric. I loved seeing this friends-to-lovers, second-chance romance build into something undeniable.

The family relationship in this one was absolutely everything I needed in my life. Her relationship with her siblings reminded me so much of mine that my sister was like, “I’m the sister, aren’t I?” and I was like, “Yes. Yes, you are.”

The only downside to MZ’s book is that we have to wait another year until we get the next one! I’m waiting with bated breath for the audiobook so I can reread it!

 

The Forbidden Man
The Forbidden Man by Karina Halle

This age-gap forbidden romance quickly became a favorite for me. I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about an age-gap where the heroine is older than the hero. I was a little worried that a lot of the internal dialog would revolve too heavily around her insecurities because of her age, but luckily, it was the forbidden aspect that was at the forefront.

She is the physical therapist for his soccer team and they are not allowed to date. She has also just transferred to this new team after her divorce from the head coach of another team which already has caused a lot of uproar in the media, so starting a relationship with a soccer player on the new team would cause an even bigger stir. Especially for a woman working in a male-dominated career. I loved that most of the focus was on that.

I was a little put off at first because the hero was super pushy, but, luckily, the heroine quickly puts him in his place (asking if he’d act that way if she was a man) and he immediately backed off – which caused even more tension.

This was my first Karina Halle and it definitely won’t be the last.

ARC Review: The Switch by Beth O’Leary

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Overall Rating: 3 Stars
Title: The Switch
Author: Beth O’Leary
Format: Audiobook provided by Netgalley in Exchange for an Honest Review

Synopsis:
Eileen is sick of being 79.
Leena’s tired of life in her twenties.
Maybe it’s time they swapped places…

When overachiever Leena Cotton is ordered to take a two-month sabbatical after blowing a big presentation at work, she escapes to her grandmother Eileen’s house for some overdue rest. Eileen is newly single and about to turn eighty. She’d like a second chance at love, but her tiny Yorkshire village doesn’t offer many eligible gentlemen.

Once Leena learns of Eileen’s romantic predicament, she proposes a solution: a two-month swap. Eileen can live in London and look for love. Meanwhile Leena will look after everything in rural Yorkshire. But with gossiping neighbours and difficult family dynamics to navigate up north, and trendy London flatmates and online dating to contend with in the city, stepping into one another’s shoes proves more difficult than either of them expected.

Leena learns that a long-distance relationship isn’t as romantic as she hoped it would be, and then there is the annoyingly perfect – and distractingly handsome – school teacher, who keeps showing up to outdo her efforts to impress the local villagers. Back in London, Eileen is a huge hit with her new neighbours, but is her perfect match nearer home than she first thought?

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Review

This book was much more of a Women’s Fiction book than I was expecting.

I think people who really enjoy Women’s Fiction will really like this, however, if you tend to lean more toward Romance than Women’s Fiction, you may have the same feelings I had while reading this.

The premise is cute and it’s done well, however, I do wish the romance was more prevalent because, well, I’m a romance reader at heart. Because there wasn’t a strong enough romance storyline in this to keep my attention, I found myself getting bored as I listened. I even almost DNF’d this a few times.

For fans of the Flat Share, you may still enjoy this book, however, if the thing you liked the most about The Flat Share was the romance, this may not live up to your expectations as it did for me. One of the biggest things I enjoyed about The Flat Share was the romance and while I appreciated all of the other aspects of that book, it was the romance that I liked the most.

As for the audiobook narration. I did notice some inconsistencies with the phone dialog. Sometimes the person on the other line had a filter over their voice (as if you were listening to them through a phone), but sometimes they didn’t. I think this may have just been an oversight in the ARC copy I listened to and will likely be corrected in the final edit of the audiobook.

I really liked the narrator Leena, she was fantastic. And while the narrator for Eileen was a great voice actor, I’m very sensitive to mouth noises/sounds, and she had some that began to grate on me as I was listening.

Overall, I thought this book was good, but not great and was slightly disappointed considering my expectations after reading The Flat Share.


Audiobook Performance: 4 stars

4-stars


Butterfly Rating: 0 Stars

0-stars


Re-read Worthiness: No


Bookshelf Placement: No


Book Boyfriend Rating: 2 stars

2-stars

 

 

 

Vincent Ehindero Award

I was tagged by Mybookworld24.

Here are the rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Post the award logo.
  • Post the rules.
  • Nominate up to 10-30 other bloggers and notify them.
  • Notify Vincent of your nomination, via comment.
  • After notifying Vincent, he’ll check out your blog, follow and give you your unique award for the good work on your blog.
  • Ask 5-10 questions of your choice.

Alex’s Questions:

What gave you the push to start blogging?
I was really active on Goodreads and I decided that I wanted to talk about books in other ways aside from just reviews, so I did a little research and created this blog!

Of course now I’m not great about being active on Goodreads anymore. Womp.

Are you proud of the progress you’ve made so far?
Yep! Though, BookTube/Bookstagram are where I’m most active these days.

Where do you see yourself in the next five years (blogging or personal life)?
Honestly? Probably (and hopefully) the same place. I’m pretty content with where I am and what I’m doing.

What’s your post frequency?
I used to post daily, but like I said, BookTube has kind of taken over for me, so I decided to change my posting to 3-4x per week. I post 3 videos per week on BookTube and I post on Bookstagram daily.

Where do most of your views come from?
Honestly, it’s been so long since I’ve looked at my analytics! TBH views were never what it was about for me. I mostly just wanted to connect with fellow romance readers.

How many friends have you made from blogging?
From blogging? Not many. But, I’ve made quite a few from Bookstagram and BookTube!

Do you ever regret any of your posts?
Nope!

What are your favourite blog posts to write?
I like doing tags like this and wrap-ups.

What blog posts to you like to read from others? (etc. reviews, tags, hauls)
I love recs and personal posts!

Would you ever consider monetizing your blog?
Eh.

 

I tag whoever wants to do it!