Reading List: November 2018

One of my favorite things to do on a laidback weekend is to take a break from prepping for the week/doing chores and spend a few hours shopping (even if it is just window shopping) while listening to an audiobook. (This is where my airpods come in handy, for sure!)

I know. It’s totally antisocial of me, but I’m fine with getting lost in my audiobook world while browsing mindlessly. It’s relaxing to me.

Also… I need as much time as I can get reading or listening to books since the end of the year is quickly approaching and I’m ridiculously far behind on my Goodreads challenge!

Anyway, it’s the beginning of November and that means it’s time for a new reading list…

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Favorite Reads from October 2018

Here are my favorites from the past month.

Favorite Reads from October

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Sinner (Priest #2) by Sierra Simone

I’m not a good man, and I’ve never pretended to be. I don’t believe in goodness or God or any happy ending that isn’t paid for in advance.

What do I believe in? Money. Sex. Macallan 18.

They have words for men like me—playboy. Womanizer. Skirt chaser.

My brother used to be a priest, and he only has one word for me.


You guys… this book was everything I hoped it would be after reading Priest. Sierra Simone has done it again.

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Misadventures on the Rebound (Misadventures #18) by Lauren Rowe

Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Misadventures on the Rebound
Author: Lauren Rowe
Series: Misadventures #18
Format: Hard Copy ARC from Author

After getting canned from her dream job this morning and played in spectacular fashion by her boyfriend this afternoon, Savannah “Savvy” Valentine is having a truly awful day. Which is why she’s currently drowning her sorrows in whiskey and self-pity in a shabby bar along the route to Las Vegas.

In light of today’s double whammy, Savvy isn’t sure why she’s still heading in the direction of her five-year high school reunion. The only reason she’d wanted to attend the reunion in Vegas in the first place was to show the captain of the football team, the guy who took her virginity and then promptly rejected her, that the captain of the math team grew up to have all enviable hot things: hot body, hot boyfriend, and hot career. Now, the only “hot” thing about Savvy Valentine is her mess.

But when a gorgeous stranger with sandy hair, a leather jacket, and motorcycle helmet walks into the bar, Savvy’s awful day suddenly looks a whole lot brighter. The man is perfection. Sexy and mysterious. And he’s heading to Las Vegas, too.

Can one wild night with a sexy stranger in the middle of nowhere lead a girl to fall desperately and deeply in love in Las Vegas? Savvy Valentine is about to find out.




To be completely honest, I didn’t really know much about this book before I got it. I knew it was in the works, but I also knew that if I read the synopsis before it came out, I’d become ridiculously impatient for its release… so I just added it to my TBR and tried to forget about it until release day to save myself from suffering.

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Getting Schooled (Getting Some #1) by Emma Chase

Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Title: Getting Schooled
Author: Emma Chase
Series: Getting Some #1
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Head of the class…

Garrett Daniels has this whole life thing figured out.

The cocky, charismatic former high school star quarterback is an idolized football coach and “cool” teacher in the hometown where he’s not just a golden boy—he’s platinum. He has good friends, a great house on the lake, and the best damn sidekick a man could ask for: Snoopy, the albino beagle.

Then…Callie Carpenter comes home.

And knocks him right on his tight end zone.

Back to school…

Callie has a pretty sweet life herself…on the other side of the country. But circumstances—that she’d prefer to never speak of again—have brought her back home, helping out her parents and substitute teaching at her old high school.

Now she’s facing bickering, raging hormones, constant gossip, awkward weirdness, and drama galore…and that’s just the teachers.

Just like old times…

When Garrett offers to show his former high school sweetheart the secrets of his winning teacher ways, Callie jumps at the chance—and then has to stop herself from jumping him.

Good friends are all they can ever be.

Or…these teachers just might end up getting schooled—hard—by love.



After finishing Royally Matched in a day, I had a renewed love for Emma Chase, so I was excited to see that Getting Schooled was part of Audible’s Romance Package. I quickly downloaded the book and began listening.

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Giveaway: Shameless Book Con Author Signed Tote Bag

Hello book friends!

I spent the weekend in Orlando at Shameless Book Con and I’ve returned with a gift for you!

I’m giving away this “I Love You to the Bookstore and Back” signed tote bag that I brought with me to Shameless and had several authors sign.


Here are the authors who signed:

  • Autumn Jones Lake
  • Laura Kaye
  • Stacy Kestwick
  • Susan Stoker
  • Melanie Moreland
  • Willow Winters
  • Izzy Sweet
  • Sean Moriarty
  • Jana Aston
  • Helen Hardt
  • Sierra Simone
  • Anissa Garcia
  • Stacy Lynn
  • Shay Savage
  • Marni Mann
  • Lauren Rowe
  • KK Allen
  • Mariana Zapata
  • Meredith Wild
  • Nikki Sloane
  • Emma Scott

Interested? You can enter here!

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

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


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

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

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

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

I was addicted.

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

And I found many great books during that process.

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

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

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

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

And I was floored.

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

And I was hooked.

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

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

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

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


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




Royally Matched (Royally #2) by Emma Chase

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

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

He’s not handling it well.

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

Welcome to Matched: Royal Edition.

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

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

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

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

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



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

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The Greatest Showman Tag

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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


Meant To Be by Lauren Morrill {Review by Kayla}

Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

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

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

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

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




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

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