April 2020 TBR // Reading List

Happy Saturday, book lovers! I hope your Saturday has been as lovely as mine so far.

I stayed in bed far later that I normally do (8am), just lounging around, checking social media and catching up on my timelines before getting up and making breakfast for the family. Then I was able to take some photos for Bookstagram and get some bookish content planned and scheduled.

The girls wanted to play outside in the front yard and since it is crazy hot around here (88 degrees and sunny), I decided to be that person and change into my bathing suit to sunbath a bit while the girls played and my husband fixed up the flowerbeds in the front yard. After that we all jumped in the pool for a little while.

And now, here I am, trying to figure out what I want to read this month.

Even though I’m a moody reader, I find it really helpful to have a TBR to reference for when I finish a book and am not sure what to reach for next.

This month there are no readathons that I’m planning to participate in, which means I can start reading my very first Secret TBR that I’m hoping to do for a video. I’m SUPER excited about it, but it still likely take me longer than a month to read all the books – they’re all physical books I had on my shelves.

My April TBR

ARCs

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By the Book by Amanda Sellet
I’m super picky about ARCs, and this one caught my attention not only because of the adorbs cover, but because it’s a romance with a bookish MC who puts together a Scoundrel Survival Guide for her peers so they can avoid heartbreak.
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Beach Read by Emily Henry
I’ve seen a bunch of people reading and loving this book! I mean, it’s called Beach Read, and I’m so ready for some lounging on the beach with a good book!
Goodreads

 

Audiobooks

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The Highwayman (Victorian Rebels #1) by Kerrigan Byrne
*Available on Audible Escape
I will be continuing my historical romance journey with a book that has been recommended to me several times. I don’t know much about it aside from the fact that the romance is supposed to be SO good.
Goodreads

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Point of Retreat (Slammed #2) by Colleen Hoover
*Available on Audible Escape
I read the first book, Slammed, a couple of months ago and though it wasn’t my favorite CoHo book, I still enjoyed it. And since this has been sitting in my Audible library for a while and I want to read #allthecohobooks, I think I’ll pick it up this month. It should be a nice palette cleanser. It’s only 6 hours. Also… spoken word poetry and romance? Yes, please.
Goodreads

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Menace (Scarlet Scars #1) by J.M. Darhower
*Available on Audible Escape
I’m all about a scarred/damaged bad boy hero.
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Art & Soul by Brittainy C. Cherry
*Available on Audible Escape
I will be continuing my journey of reading all of BCC’s books. I don’t know what this is about and I don’t need to. All I need to know is BCC write it and I’m reading it.
Goodreads
 

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Misconduct by Penelope Douglas
*Available on Audible Escape
I just hauled the physical book from Book Outlet. I believe this one is a teacher/parent romance.
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Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett
*Available on Audible Escape
I’ve only read one book by Jenn Bennett and I absolutely loved it. I believe this is a friends to enemies to lovers romance where camping is involved – and potentially forced togetherness.
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The Year We Fell Down (The Ivy Years #1) by Sarina Bowen
*Available on Audible Escape
Sarina Bowen is another author I want to read her entire backlist. Since this one is available on Escape, I think I’ll try to get to it this month. It looks like a New Adult/College Romance that is part of a series.
Goodreads

  

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The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer #1) by Jenny Han
*Available on Audible Escape
I have the physical copy of this as well. My niece and fellow blogger loved this series and since I’m a hardcore fan of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, I think I’ll give this series a shot.
Goodreads

  

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Fighting for Everything (Warrior Fight Club #1) by Laura Kaye
*Available on Audible Escape
We all know how obsessed I am with the Hearts in Darkness Duet by this author, I’m hoping I can hit gold with another one of her books/series. This one looks like an MMA or boxing romance.
Goodreads

The Awesome Blogger Award

Hey there lovely book lovers! I hope everyone is doing well and reading #allthebooks!

I was tagged a little while ago by the lovely Whimsically Megan.

The award was created by Maggie @Dreaming of Guatemala. This is an award for the absolutely wonderful writers all across the blogging world. They have beautiful blogs, are kind and lovely, and always find a way to add happiness and laughter to the lives of their readers. That is what truly defines an awesome blogger.

Rules

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you
  • Credit the creator
  • Tag this post with #AwesomeBloggerAward
  • Answer all the questions given to you
  • Nominate some people
  • Write 10 questions for them to answer

 

  1. Who or what are you most grateful for in life?
    I know this is a pretty standard, but I am so grateful for my family. Obviously, I adore my little family – my husband and two little girls. Especially now that we’ve been able to be home together every day, all day, you’d think we’d get sick of each other, but it’s been wonderful – all of us working together at the dining room table/library all day. I’m also SUPER close to my parents and siblings. I consider my two sisters and my brother my best friends, and I’ve always had a really good relationship with my family. We’re very low key drama and we all appreciate how uniquely close we are.
  2. Who is your favourite musician/band/singer?
    I think Ben Platt has the most gorgeous voice and I could listen to him sing all day. I’ve always been a huge fan of Jason Mraz as a singer/songwriter. HIM has been my OG fav band. I’m also a diehard Swiftie. I have so much respect for that woman.
  3. What would you like to be remembered for?
    Interestingly enough, unlike a lot of the MCs in the books I read, I don’t really care if I’m remembered in the historical sense. Obviously, I want to be remembered fondly by those I love, but I’m not over here trying to leave a legacy. I just want to be happy and spread happiness. Whether anyone remembers my name doesn’t really matter to me.
  4. Do you prefer Bookstagram or Book Twitter? Share your social links.
    I’m partial to Bookstagram. I have some of the best interactions and conversations with fellow book lovers there. My handle on both is @inloveandwords.
  5. Random question: do you have a specific mug for specific beverages? Ex. a mug only for coffee, a mug only for tea, etc.? (I can’t be the only one!)
    LOL! Not necessarily. I definitely prefer my tea in a mug and my water in any type of insulated cup that has a straw.
  6. Sequel, prequel, or spin-off?
    Standalone!
  7. Do you prefer a boring protagonist or a prickly protagonist?
    Prickly, for sure!
  8. Do you prefer unexpected death or unexpected betrayal?
    Oooo great question. Hmm… I think unexpected death, even though it usually KILLS me.
  9. What’s your favourite trope?
    I don’t know if it’s a trope, but I LOVE the virgin hero in romance.
  10. What’s your least favourite trope?
    Bullying in romance.

 

Tags!

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My Questions

  1. What is your favorite trope?
  2. What is your favorite book from that trope?
  3. What are your favorite traits in main characters?
  4. What is your most recent all-time favorite book you read?
  5. What is your most re-read book?
  6. Tag some of your favorite book bloggers.
  7. Name your Top 5 authors you’d like to meet?
  8. What would you ask those authors if you had a conversation with them?
  9. What type of blog posts are your favorite to write?
  10. What are your favorite blog posts to read?

 

 

Bloodlines (Bloodlines #1) by Richelle Mead

Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Bloodlines
Author: Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines #1

Synopsis:
I wasn’t free of my past, not yet.

Sydney’s blood is special. That’s because she’s an alchemist – one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets – and human lives. But the last encounter Sydney had with vampires got her in deep trouble with the other alchemists. And now with her allegiences in question, her future is on the line.

When Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, at first she thinks she’s still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. But what unfolds is far worse. Jill Dragomir – the sister of Moroi Queen Lissa Dragomir – is in mortal danger, and the Moroi must send her into hiding. To avoid a civil war, Sydney is called upon to act as Jill’s guardian and protector, posing as her roommate in the unlikeliest of places: a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. The last thing Sydney wants is to be accused of sympathizing with vampires. And now she has to live with one.

The Moroi court believe Jill and Sydney will be safe at Amberwood Prep, but threats, distractions, and forbidden romance lurk both outside – and within – the school grounds. Now that they’re in hiding, the drama is only just beginning.

GOODREADS

 

Review

This is the POV we all needed without really knowing it!

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Historical Readathon Wrap Up

The Historical Romance Readathon wrapped up on Sunday and I’m really glad I participated. First of all, it was hosted by some of my BookTube favs: RemarkablyLisa, PeaceLoveBooks, and LaceyBookLovers. They did such a great job hosting.

As I mentioned in my TBR for this challenge, I’m not a big historical romance reader. My sister and my mom are huge HR readers, but for whatever reason – probably because of the book covers to be completely honest – I’ve never gotten into the genre.

However, I’ve been intrigued by a lot of the books thanks to these booktubers. So, I decided to participate.

The books I chose were books that my sister and mom gave to me, as well as one recommended by Lacey.

Overall, this was a successful readathon. I read five books during the week, but I didn’t have any five-star books.

I have certainly read a few five-star historicals, but I just didn’t vibe completely with the books I read during the readathon.

I haven’t given up on the genre, if anything, I’m more motivated to find some that I love, but these were all just ok or pretty good.

 

Here’s what I read for the Historical Romance Readathon

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Sins of a Duke (Scandalous House of Calydon #3) by Stacy Reid

Bingo Categories: Titled Hero, In a Series, Pub after 2000, Rake, By an Author of Color
Rating: ★★★
I really loved the first book I read by Stacy Reid, My Darling Duke, and I’m not going to give up on this author just yet.

I really enjoyed the premise of this book, which is about a Lady who has been shamed in society because of her mother’s indiscretions and a rakish Duke who is secretly responsible for starting the rumor about her to exact revenge on her brother.

I felt like this had a lot of potential, but I ended up getting a little annoyed with the heroine. The Duke was kind of a jerk to her – very hot and cold – throughout the entire book and she just kept chasing after him. She wasn’t necessarily needy, but I still felt like she needed to hang on to some form of her dignity. I just didn’t see why she was putting up with him.

That really was the only complaint I had against this one, otherwise I enjoyed it. It’s a short book and the length felt just right – nothing dragged on for too long and it didn’t feel rushed either.

 

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Scandal in Spring (Wallflowers #4) by Lisa Kleypas

Bingo Categories: Pub before 2000, In a Series, Wallfower
Rating: ★★★★

This was my first Lisa Kleypas, and it won’t be my last. Lacey LOVES this author, so I looked on Scribd and found this one. It was available and the shortest one I could find – and I also really liked the premise.

It’s about somewhat flighty Daisy whose businessman father is demanding she marry ASAP, otherwise he is making her marry one of his favorite ruthless employees, Matthew. Matthew is very business-savvy and seemingly just like Daisy’s father (which isn’t a good thing), so Daisy has no interest in marrying him. However, people aren’t always what they seem and sometimes chemistry is hard to deny.

I can already tell from this book that I love Lisa Kleypas and I’m going to enjoy other books in this series. I really liked the side characters in this novel, and I can tell that Daisy’s sister likely had a novel before this one that I really want to read because I loved her sister and her sister’s husband.

There were quite a few really entertaining scenes in this and I felt like Daisy and Matthew had great chemistry and banter. I subtracted a star only because the story dragged a bit. I felt like there was a lot of unnecessary drama toward the end that I could’ve done without.

 

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Silent Melody (Georgian #2) by Mary Balogh

Bingo Categories: Titled Hero, Pub Before 2000, In a Series,
Rating: ★★★

I was most excited for this book out of all of the books I chose for this readathon. My mom really likes this author and I really liked the premise.

It’s about Lady Emily who is mute and deaf, she’s also wild and free and an artist. Growing up she would follow around family friend Lord Ashley until he moved to India. Ashley and Emily had a strong connection, they could read each other really well and had their own way of communicating, so when he left, Emily took quite a blow. Fast forward and Emily is no longer a child, she’s a beautiful Lady in society about to get betrothed and Ashley returns, married and with a child.

This book had so much potential, but it rubbed me the wrong way from the very beginning. I was fine with the relationship Ashley and Emily had when she was a child, until Ashley – a grown man – kisses 13 year old Emily in a very adult way when he leaves. I get that this takes place in a different time period, but it totally skeeved me out. The story would’ve worked just fine without that. Their connection was completely innocent before it happened, and to me, that totally ruined it.

I liked the book well enough, but I could give or take Lord Ashley. I didn’t really like his character.

 

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Born to Be Wilde (The Wildes of Lindow Castle #3) by Eloisa James

Bingo Categories: Pub before 2000, In a series, Set outside of London, POC MC
Rating: ★★★★

Lacey recommended this book for the POC MC category, and I thought that the premise sounded promising.

It’s about Lavinia who, under desperate circumstances, proposes to her long-time friendly rival, Parth… and gets rejected. Instead, he offers to find her someone to marry, even though he is harboring some serious feelings for her.

This definitely lived up to my expectations based on the synopsis. There was just the right amount of drama, there was great chemistry between the characters, and I just loved Parth. I’m a big fan of the hero who “loves from a distance” aspect and I totally understood why he initially turned down her offer to marry. I also liked the history these two characters had with each other.

 

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Dancing at Midnight (The Splendid Trilogy #2) by Julia Quinn

Bingo Categories: Scarred hero, Bookish MC, Published before 2000, In a series
Rating: ★★★

This was a bit of a disappointment. I was totally here for the bookish, smart main character and a grumpy wounded war hero thing, but … I just felt like it wasn’t done well. Or, at least, it could’ve been done much better.

I was hoping for more of a brooding hero and more of a witty main character, but both of them fell pretty flat. The entire book kind of felt forced somehow. To be completely honest, I kind of immediately forgot about this one as soon as I finished it.

 

Behind the Bars (Music Street #1) by Brittainy C. Cherry *New Favorite*

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Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Behind the Bars
Author: Brittainy C. Cherry
Series: Music Street #1
Format: Audiobook Available on Audible Escape

Synopsis:
When I first met Jasmine Greene, she came in as raindrops.

I was the awkward musician, and she was the high school queen.
The only things we had in common were our music and our loneliness.

Something in her eyes told me her smile wasn’t always the truth.
Something in her voice gave me a hope I always wished to find.
And in a flash, she was gone.

Years later, she was standing in front of me on a street in New Orleans.
She was different, but so was I. Life made us colder. Harder. Isolated.

Caged.

Even though we were different, the broken pieces of me recognized the sadness in her.
Now she was back, and I wouldn’t make the mistake of letting her go again.

When I first met Jasmine Greene, she came in as raindrops.
When we met again, I became her darkest storm.

GOODREADS

Review


You guys. I’m so here for the swoony sweet hero. Give. Me. More.

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Kindle Klean-Up #1

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 over 400. 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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Stained (Stained Series Book 1) by Ella James

Seventeen-year-old Julia is finally living the good life. She’s traded a hard cot in a Memphis orphanage for her very own room in a perfect little house, on a perfect little street, with a perfect set of parents who picked her to be their daughter.

But Julia is hiding a secret – and one fall night, she returns home from a friend’s house to find that her secret has found her. Her ‘forever home’ is ashes. Her parents are dead. And, in the sky above the flames, a winged creature hunts her.

The Nephilim King, Samyazua, has taken everything from Cayne. After struggling in the darkness for years to piece together his shattered life, Cayne is finally ready to confront his past and avenge the loss of everything he loved. He tracks Samyaza to a Memphis warehouse, where he winds up flat on his back, in the healing hands of a beautiful, dark-haired girl he doesn’t need to know.

Unbeknownst to either of them, they are already bound. Cayne’s past holds the answers to Julia’s future. But what will pose the greatest threat to her? The bounty placed on her head by the leaders of two Celestial realms, or giving her heart to a man who is bound, by birth, to break it?

My Thoughts:I full-on was about to ditch this book when I saw “YA Paranormal Romance,” but then I read the synopsis and now I’m kind of invested. I’m all about the Nephilim romance!

Verdict: KEEP

AMAZON | GOODREADS

 

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Ember (Death Collectors Book 1) by Jessica Sorensen

What if you knew when someone was going to die?

For seventeen-year-old Ember, life is death. With a simple touch, she knows when someone will die. It’s her curse and the reason she secludes herself from the world. The only person who knows her secret is her best friend Raven.

Then she meets Asher Morgan. He’s gorgeous, mysterious, and is the only person Ember can’t sense death from. So when he pushes into her life, she doesn’t mind.

But when unexplained deaths start to haunt her town, Ember starts questioning why she can’t sense Asher’s death and what he may be hiding.

My Thoughts: Let’s be real, though the premise is intriguing, I will never pick up this book. It has too much of a chance of being super cheesy Twilight-era trash.

Verdict: DITCH

AMAZON | GOODREADS

 

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Game, Set, Match (Love Match Book 1) by Nana Malone

I am a cautionary tale…The tennis golden boy who trusted the wrong person.

And now my image and my body have taking a beating. On the court, I’m down forty-love. But I’m wiser now. I won’t make the same mistake again. All I have to do is convince the woman I loved and left behind to trust me again.

My career and my heart depend on it.

Easier said than done. Good thing I’m up for the challenge. Game on.

My Thoughts: This does not have great ratings on Goodreads, and though I like the idea of a tennis romance, I don’t think I’ll enjoy this one.

Verdict: DITCH

AMAZON | GOODREADS

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Beautiful Demons (The Shadow Demons Saga Book 1) by Sarra Cannon

Harper Madison isn’t like other girls. She has extraordinary powers, but her inability to control them has gotten her kicked from so many foster homes she’s lost count. Shadowford Home for Girls is her last chance, and she hopes Peachville High will be the fresh start she needs.

At first, life appears to be looking up for Harper. She’s making new friends and is strangely drawn to the guy next door. But when evidence ties her to the gruesome murder of a Demons cheerleader, Harper discovers this small town has a big secret.

My Thoughts: Ahhh, the whole “not like other girls” thing. ::insert eyeroll::

Verdict: DITCH

AMAZON | GOODREADS

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Carpe Noctem (Immortalis Vampire Series Book 1) by Katie Salidas

Bloodlust, fanatical vampire hunters, thousand-year old vendettas, and a pair of sharp, new fangs. Newly-turned vampire, Alyssa got a lot more than she bargained for when Lysander saved her from a pair of rapist on the college campus of UNLV.

Immortality is not as pretty as all the books and movies had portrayed it, and Alyssa’s having a hard time with the change.

“Becoming a vampire is easy. Living with the condition, that’s the hard part.”

Newbie vampire Alyssa never asked for this life, but now it’s all she has. Rescued from death by Lysander, the aloof and sexy leader of the Peregrinus vampire clan, she barely has a chance to break in her sharp little fangs before her immortality is put to the test.

Kallisto, an ancient and vindictive vampire queen – and Lysander’s old mate – wants nothing less than final death for her former lover and his new toy. She’s not above letting the Acta Sanctorum, and its greatest vampire hunter, Santino, know exactly where Alyssa and the clan can be found.

With danger looming on the horizon and the vampire hunters closing in, Alyssa will have to find the strength to accept this terrifying new reality. There’s no turning back now. It’s either, Carpe Noctem (seize the night), or final death.

My Thoughts: This sounds like a New Adult version of Undead and Unwed.

Verdict: DITCH

AMAZON | GOODREADS

3 Star Mini-Reviews: Crew by Tijan, Broken Prince by Erin Watt, Black Sheep by Meghan March, Top Secret by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy, Verity by Colleen Hoover

These are some books that I’ve read within the last few months – all of which just happen to be rated 3 stars.

 

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Crew (Crew #1) by Tijan

★★★
This was the first book that I read by Tijan and though I wasn’t too impressed with this initial book, I’m still absolutely willing to read more books from this author. I think the main reason why this book didn’t necessarily work for me is that though the book revolves around high school students, it read much more like an adult contemporary novel. The students essentially had gangs that ran the school with no consequences. I was so distracted by how these characters were acting and I couldn’t get past it. Aside from all of that, I did enjoy reading this. I really liked the romance in it and I like her writing style. I think the next book I plan on reading by Tijan will be Enemies.
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Broken Prince (The Royals #2) by Erin Watt

★★★
I had no intention of reading this book. I gave the first book 3 stars. However, my coworker read and loved this series and basically forced me to read it. This book was as ridiculous as the first book in this series. I am not a fan of bully romances, I feel like the heroes never make up for how horrible they are in the beginning. Granted, I didn’t despise Reed nearly as much in this book as I did in the first. That could be because it’d been a while since I read the first book and I forgot how much he pissed me off, but I have no intention of rereading that one, so… here we are. I actually enjoyed the first part of this book, but then it just got ridiculous and I was done. All three of these stars are applied to the first half of the book.
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Black Sheep (Dirty Mafia Duet, #1) by Meghan March

★★★
So, this book ends on a cliff hanger – fair warning. I think it’s fair to assume most duets will have the first book end of a cliff hanger, but this one was pretty intense. And, you know what? I never read the second book because, honestly, I didn’t care. I think this book had a lot of potential, but it did something that I get annoyed with in romances. It focused way too much on how hot and sexy the characters were, the romance moved slowly at first, then rushed way too quickly, and I didn’t feel any chemistry between the love interests.
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Top Secret by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

★★★
This book was kind of a disappointment for me. I love this duo. Their Him/Us duet was one of my favorites, so I was SO excited about this book, but unfortunately, this one fell kind of flat. There just wasn’t enough swoony romance in it and the entire time our main character is cheating on his girlfriend. I felt like that was never really addressed. It also just made me feel uncomfortable a lot of the time. I can’t put my finger on why, perhaps it has to do with the deception aspect of this book? The premise was promising, but it just didn’t live up to expectations.
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Verity by Colleen Hoover

★★★
I don’t read thrillers and Colleen Hoover doesn’t normally write thrillers. That’s not why this didn’t vibe with me. I love CoHo, I love her characters and I love her writing. This book, however, I didn’t so much love the characters. Usually, I fall hard for her heroes, but I was pretty indifferent to the hero in this book. Most of the stars from this book goes to the shock value and the creep factor. It was nearly intolerable as a parent reading the horrifying book that Verity was writing. I almost stopped reading several times. Also, the believability just wasn’t there. Though the ending was unexpected, it was kind of a letdown.
Goodreads

 

Meet My Book Boyfriend: Braden Mack from Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams

I recently read Undercover Bromance, the second book in the Bromance Book Club series by Lyssa Kay Adams, and I immediately fell in love. With the story, with the heroine, and, of course, with our hero, Mack.

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To be completely honest, I barely remember Mack from the first book in the series. In fact, it’s to the point where I’m ready to re-read the first book (after already reading Mack’s book twice) just so I can get a peek at Mack again.

Mack has so many of the qualities I love in a book boyfriend. He’s charming, charismatic, funny, successful, and an all-around good guy. But beyond that, he’s a feminist and he loves romance novels. So much that he started The Bromance Book Club – a book club that consists of some high-powered men (professional athletes, successful businessmen) who read romance novels to learn how to treat women.

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Though Mack has a touch of irreverence about him, he isn’t without heartache. He has a troubling past and found himself escaping into romance novels as he grew up. This shaped who he is to this day.

And though he has helped countless friends with their relationships, he struggles a bit with his romantic life. He knows all the do’s and don’ts of relationships… at least he think he does… but what he doesn’t know is when it’s real.

That is… until he finally does fall. And when someone like Mack falls in love, it’s bound to be epic.

There was so much to love about this book, its characters, and especially Mack.

How I Met My Book(s): The Morgan Brothers Series by Lauren Rowe

Once Upon a Time I attended my very first Shameless Book Con. This was only the second bookish convention I’d ever attended, the first being Apollycon.

I attended this event with my sister (and fellow romance lover) and we were so excited and overwhelmed by the awesomeness. Aside from Apollycon, we’d never been surrounded by so many like-minded people in our lives. Everywhere we looked there were books that looked amazing.

I’d gotten quite a bit more involved in the online bookish community back in 2018 at this convention (at least, I think it was 2018, I can’t really remember.) and I’d fallen in love with indie authors. Suddenly, I was surrounded by so many amazing indie authors I had yet to discover.

And one of them was Lauren Rowe.

First of all, the covers for this series are amazing. They would’ve caught my eye, even if I hadn’t heard of Ball Peen Hammer in passing.

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Having recognized the cover and her name as an author I wanted to buy books from, I practically ran over to her table. Unfortunately, though, by the time I got there, she was sold out of Ball Peen Hammer. Instead, she offered me to enter her giveaway for Ball Peen Hammer and Captain, so, of course, I did.

And HOLY CRAP! I actually won!

A few weeks later, when I was hit hard with the flu, my copies of Ball Peen Hammer and Captain came in the mail. I read them BOTH in one day.

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And thus began my love of all things Lauren Rowe.

I ended up purchasing all of her books on audio as well as physical copies because when I love a book, I like to both read and listen to it.

Now, here we are, a couple of years later, and she has come out with a spin-off of The Morgan Brothers Series based on one of the most intriguing characters from that series that I’ve been BEGGING for FOREVER: The Reed Rivers Trilogy. The first two books are already released (and available on Kindle Unlimited!), and the third is releasing TOMORROW, March 19.

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I admit, because of my lack of patience, I’ve been waiting for all three books to release so that I could binge them. And binge them I shall after Historical Romance Readathon ends this week!

Top 10 Tuesday: Spring 2020 TBR (Books I Own)

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Happy Tuesday, friends!

We’re homeschooling right now due to COVID-19, and it’s going as well as can be. Thank goodness the girls’ school was prepared and the teachers have made it a lot easier for those of us who do not have the same skills that they do!

It’s stressful trying to homeschool two young kids who require a lot of guidance AND work from home, but we’re managing. Luckily, my husband is able to work from home as well, so we tag team. I’ve also put together a daily schedule that we follow and I make checklists for the girls every day.

I’ve also worked in reading time for the three of us once I finish with my work for the day. I’ve been loving the Forest app. The girls love growing trees by having focused time reading. They are terrified of killing the tree if they lose focus LOL!

Anyway, sorry for the long intro. Here are some books on my Spring TBR. I do make monthly TBRs that I use as more of a guideline than a hard-and-fast MUST-READ list. This will be the same.

  1. House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) by Sarah J Maas
    I will read everything SJM writes. #SJMtrash
    ⮕ Adult fantasy
    ⮕ Party girl MC
    ⮕ Revenge story
  2. The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller 
    I am SO all about the shadow king thing. 
    ⮕ YA Fantasy
    ⮕ Deception
    ⮕ Hate to love fake marriage

  3. The Guinevere Deception (Camelot Rising #1) by  Kiersten White 
    I’ve been intrigued by this book since it came out!
    ⮕ Gender-bent King Arthur retelling
    ⮕ YA
    ⮕ Secret identities

  4. Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli & Aisha Saeed
    I’ve loved everything I’ve read by Becky Albertalli so far.
    ⮕ YA Contemporary
    ⮕ Political
    ⮕ Diverse

  5. Heartbreak Warfare by Heather M. Orgeron & Kate Stewart 
    I got this one at Shameless Book Con and I’ve heard so many good things.
    ⮕ Adult contemporary romance
    ⮕ Emotional military romance
    ⮕ Love triangle

  6. Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer 
    I’m dying to read one of this author’s contemporaries. I loved her YA Fantasy.
    ⮕ YA Contemporary
    ⮕ Overachiever MC
    ⮕ Forced togetherness 

  7. Furyborn (Empirium #1) by Claire Legrand
    Ever since Chan gushed about this on her channel (Chandler Ainsley), I’ve been wanting to check it out.
    ⮕ YA Fantasy
    ⮕ Prophsized queen
    ⮕ Bounty hunter

  8. The Wicker King (The Wicker King #1) by K. Ancrum
    This one not only looks really interesting, but I’ve heard that it’s really, really good.
    ⮕ Hard-hitting, dark YA contemporary
    ⮕ LGBTQ
    ⮕ Mental illness rep

  9. Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton 
    Give me all the witchy books.
    ⮕ YA Fantasy
    ⮕ LGBTQ
    ⮕ Devils and witches

  10. Bring Down the Stars (Beautiful Hearts #1) by Emma Scott 
    I love Emma Scott’s duets!
    ⮕ New Adult contemporary romance
    ⮕ Love triangle
    ⮕ Emotional military romance