Series I Want to Finish {Part Two: Contemporary, etc.}

You can read the first part of this post here!

Here are all the series that I want to finish:

 


Name of Series: Charlotte Holmes by Brittany Cavallaro
Last book I read: A Study in Charlotte #1
Next book in series: The Last of August
I loved the first book in this series and I can’t wait to move on. I own almost all of the books in the rest of the series.

 


Name of Series: Texting by Teagan Hunter
Last book I read: Let’s Get Textual #1
Next book in series: I Wanna Text You Up
I just read the first book in this series and I really liked it. I can’t wait to read more from this author.

 


Name of Series: True North by Sarina Bowen
Last book I read: Fireworks #6
Next book in series: Heartland
I am obsessed with this series! This book hasn’t come out yet.

 


Name of Series: New Camelot Trilogy by Sierra Simone
Last book I read: American King #3
Next book in series: American Squire
Though I technically finished this series, there are a few novellas that I haven’t read yet.

 


Name of Series: Slammed by Colleen Hoover
Last book I read: Slammed #1
Next book in series: Point of Retreat
I’m not SUPER interested in this particular book, but I do want to read all of Colleen Hoover’s books, so I’ll read this one.

 


Name of Series: Well Met by Jen DeLuca
Last book I read: Well Met #1
Next book in series: Well Played
I really enjoyed reading this first book and I’m excited to read the next one! It hasn’t come out yet, but I definitely want to pick it up when it comes out!

 


Name of Series: Wild by KA Tucker
Last book I read: Wild #1
Next book in series: Wild at Heart
I’m so obsessed with the first book and I only just found out about Wild at Heart coming out this year!

 


Name of Series: Knitting in the City by Penny Reid
Last book I read: Marriage of Inconvenience #7
Next book in series: Scenes from the Hallway
I started reading this series 3 years ago and have enjoyed all of the books, some more than others. I’ve read all the full-length novels, but there are a lot of novellas I need to catch up on!

 


Name of Series: Aerial Etheral by Krista and Becca Ritchie
Last book I read: Infini #2
Next book in series: NONE!
Ok, let me be clear here. These books HAVE to have follow up books, I demand it. I love this series. But there hasn’t been an announcement and it almost seems like they’ve been forgotten.

 


Name of Series: WAGs by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
Last book I read: Good Boy #1
Next book in series: Stay
Even though I didn’t love the first book as much as I loved HIM/US, I still liked it enough to want to move on.

 


Name of Series: Thornchapel by Sierra Simone
Last book I read: A Lesson in Thorns #1
Next book in series: Feast of Sparks
I really, really liked the first book and even though the second book isn’t loved as much by the book community, I still need to read it! Sierra Simone is another author whom I want to read all of her books. The third book comes out this year!

 


Name of Series: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Last book I read: The Bride Test #2
Next book in series: Untitled
I’m waiting impatiently for the next novel!

 


Name of Series: Brooklyn Bruisers by Sarina Bowen
Last book I read: Rookie Move
Next book in series: Hard Hitter
I loved the True North series and there is a crossover novel with this series, so I started reading it this year.

 


Name of Series: Shacking Up Series by Helena Hunting
Last book I read: I Flipping Love You #3
Next book in series: Making Up
I want to read all of Helena Hunting’s books!

 


Name of Series: Once Upon a Con Series by Ashley Poston
Last book I read: Geekerella #1
Next book in series: The Princess and the Fangirl
I just got the second book from Book Outlet!

 


Name of Series: Dimple and Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Last book I read: When Dimple Met Rishi #1
Next book in series: There’s Something About Sweetie
Book Outlet had the second book on sale, so I picked it up!

 


Name of Series: Tangled by Emma Chase
Last book I read: Tangled #1
Next book in series: Twisted
I found most of these books at my local used bookstore!

 


Name of Series: Cyclone Series by Courtney Milan
Last book I read: Trade Me #1
Next book in series: Hold Me
I wasn’t sure if I was going to read the rest of this series, but someone recently raved about the second book and now I’m excited.

 


Name of Series: Wild Seasons Series by Christina Lauren
Last book I read: Sweet Filthy Morning After #1.5
Next book in series: Dirty Rowdy Thing
I adored the first book, but I didn’t love the character the next book is about, but I think I want to give it a try anyway.

 

Name of Series: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Last book I read: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe #1
Next book in series: There will be Other Summers
I only just realized another book was coming out and I’m so here for it.

 

Series I Want to Finish {Part One: Fantasy, Paranormal, etc.}

Can we just talk about how I need to split this post up into at least two different posts because I am in the middle of SO MANY SERIES. ::cryface::

I didn’t realize how many until I went through all my “read” books on Goodreads. It was quite eye-opening. I may need to add a new bookish goal for this year which is to finish as many series as I can. Oy.

Some of these are series that I’m completely caught up on and am waiting for the next book in a series. Some are series that I’ve only read one or two books.

Here are all the series that I want to finish:


Name of Series: Folk of Air by Holly Black
Last book I read: The Cruel Prince #1
Next book in series: The Wicked King
I have no idea why I’ve been putting off reading this series, but I really need to finish this now that the last book is out!

 


Name of Series: Ice Planet Barbarians by Ruby Dixon
Last book I read: Barbarian’s Mate #6
Next book in series: Barbarian’s Touch
These have been such an indulgence and so surprisingly good. I binged on all of these that were on Audible Escape. The 7th book is not on Escape, but it’s on KU!

 


Name of Series: Mystic Bayou by Molly Harper
Last book I read: Love and Other Wild Things #2
Next book in series: Selkies Are a Girl’s Best Friend
I’ve been loving this audio series, they’re so funny and fun, they’ve just been taking me awhile to get through.

 


Name of Series: The Shadow and Bone Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
Last book I read: Siege and Storm #2
Next book in series: Ruin and Rising
I want to finish this series before the Netflix TV series comes out!

 


Name of Series: Night walkers by Jacquelyn Frank
Last book I read: Noah #5
Next book in series: Adam
I don’t think I even realized this last book ever came out! I read this series YEARS ago.

 


Name of Series: Saga by Brian K Vaughn
Last book I read: Saga Vol. 1
Next book in series: Vol. 2
The more time that passes, the more I like this graphic novel and I found them on KU, so I think I’m going to keep going with this series.

 


Name of Series: Cursebreakers by Brigid Kemmerer
Last book I read: A Curse So Dark and Lonely #1
Next book in series: A Heart So Fierce and Broken
I mean… I can’t NOT read everything in this series. This new book comes out tomorrow!

 

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Name of Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
Last book I read: A Court of Frost and Starlight #3.1
Next book in series: Untitled
I haven’t heard anything about the next book in this series yet, but when it finally continues, I’m absolutely going to read it!

 


Name of Series: Monsters of Verity by Victoria Schwab
Last book I read: This Savage Song #1
Next book in series: Our Dark Duet
I really loved the first book in this duet, I have no idea why I haven’t picked this up yet!

 


Name of Series: Renegades by Marissa Meyer
Last book I read: Renegades #1
Next book in series: Archenemies
I didn’t love the first book, but I’m intrigued enough to move on.

 


Name of Series: Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
Last book I read: Poison Study #1
Next book in series: Magic Study
I really, really liked this first book when I read it a couple years ago, but for some reason didn’t realize it was a series!

 


Name of Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalo
Last book I read: Stalking Jack the Ripper #1
Next book in series: Hunting Prince Dracula
First, I love the covers of these books and I really enjoyed the first one.

 


Name of Series: Strange the Dreamer Duology by Laini Taylor
Last book I read: Strange the Dreamer
Next book in series: Muse of Nightmares
I’m so excited to read this next book… to the point where I’ve been putting off reading it!

 


Name of Series: The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins
Last book I read: Mocking Jay
Next book in series: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
I mean… how could i not.

 


Name of Series: Red Queen Series by Victoria Aveyard
Last book I read: The Red Queen
Next book in series: Glass Sword
My niece just started this series and I need to read it so we can talk about it!

 


Name of Series: Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi
Last book I read: Shatter Me
Next book in series: Unravel Me
I wasn’t sure how i felt about the first book, but when I saw the rest of the series at a used bookstore, I picked them up and decided I would continue.

 


Name of Series: Midnight Breed Series by Lara Adrian
Last book I read: Kiss of Midnight
Next book in series: Kiss of Crimson
I read this book YEARS ago and can’t recall why I didn’t move on in the series because I really liked it!

 

2020 Blog & Booktube New Year’s Goals

Like I mentioned in my recent Bookish Goals post, I love making lists – and a brand new year (never mind, decade!) is the perfect time to make tons of lists.

This time I’m showing you some of my goals for my online bookish presence:

Become more active on Instagram and Goodreads
I’ve been painfully neglecting these two social outlets in 2019. I’ve recently started to become more active on Instagram and have communicated with so many awesome bookish friends, I really was missing out!

Post my reviews on Instagram
I’ve been struggling a bit with how to use my “timeline” (is it called a timeline?) on Instagram aside from just posting pictures of books randomly. I like how some bookstagrammers will post their reviews there, so I think I’m going to start doing that, too.

Post my hauls on Instagram
I haven’t done a haul here on the blog for a while because I’ve been mostly doing them on my Booktube channel. I think it’d be fun to try to take some nice photos of my hauls and post them on Instagram as well. I may bring back hauls on my blog, too!

Post all of my reviews on Goodreads
I’ve been TERRIBLE about posting my reviews on Goodreads in 2019. It’s definitely time to start doing that! I have a lot of catching up to do!

Reinstate favorite blog posts for the month
I used to have a monthly post here on the blog highlighting all of my favorite bookish blog posts that I’ve read during the month, but because I’ve been awful about blog-hopping lately, I haven’t done that in a few months. I love shouting out fellow bloggers who are killing it with their content, so I definitely need to bring it back!

Post Booktube videos at least twice a week (aim for 3x)
This is pretty ambitious because filming takes A LOT of time. The planning process, filming, and editing can take me quite a while, but hopefully with some strategic planning, I’ll be able to do more than one video per week.

Updates Instagram stories more often
Again, since I’ve been neglecting Instagram, I haven’t been updating my stories even though it’s so quick and easy to do!

Rethink Goodreads shelves
My Goodreads shelves are (purposely) very minimal, however, I think it might be worth revisiting (and possibly doing another blog post about it!)

Create a readathon
I ADORE participating in readathons, and I think it would be fun to create my own or create one with someone!

Keep up with reviews
I think this is on my list every year LOL! I always fall so far behind on writing reviews. I do like to write reviews for every book I read, but it’s really hard to keep up with it!

Take notes while reading
I listen to a lot of audiobooks and usually while I’m actively doing things (like driving and cleaning) so, it’s really hard for me to take notes, but I need to start making a conscious effort to do so. It’ll make writing reviews so much easier!

Share favorite booktube videos & blog posts on Instagram and Twitter
One of the best things about the bookish community is how supportive everyone is of each other. There are tons of book bloggers’ and booktubers’ content that I enjoy, I need to get better about sharing it with my friends!

Use Asana for content management
I actually have started doing this over the past week and I’m LOVING it. It’s making my life so much easier. I use Asana for work and it has a personal side of the program, so I’ve been using it strictly for content management for my blog, booktube, and social.

More collaborations with fellow bloggers/booktubers
I’d love to collaborate more with my bookish friends!

Start a Facebook Page
I need to do this strictly because it’s the only way to schedule posts to Instagram, and it’ll make my life a thousand times easier if I can schedule those posts! This way I can focus on Stories for real-time updates. I don’t know if I’ll actually update it regularly, we’ll see…

Beautifully Written Books

I’m a sucker for gorgeous writing. I adore it when a book is so beautifully written that I have to stop and take a breath before reading on.

I totally understand that some people absolutely hate flowery prose. I am not one of those people.

And writing doesn’t necessarily have to be flowery to be beautiful to me. Sometimes certain authors have such an incredible ability to describe a thought or feeling in a succinct and unique, yet relatable way that you know exactly what they mean without three paragraphs of description.

Give me all of those books. And all of that talent.

Here are some of my favorite examples of beautifully written books:

 

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The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

“My sister will die over and over again for the rest of my life. Grief is forever. It doesn’t go away; it becomes a part of you, step for step, breath for breath. I will never stop grieving Bailey because I will never stop loving her. That’s just how it is. Grief and love are conjoined, you don’t get one without the other. All I can do is love her, and love the world, emulate her by living with daring and spirit and joy.”

“Remember how it was when we kissed? Armfuls and armfuls of light thrown right at us. A rope dropping down from the sky. How can the word love and the word life even fit in the mouth?”

“Remember how it was when we kissed? Armfuls and armfuls of light thrown right at us. A rope dropping down from the sky. How can the word love and the word life even fit in the mouth?”

 

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How to Kill a Rockstar and God-Shaped Hole by Tiffanie DeBartolo

“Fate is the magnetic pull of our souls toward the people, places, and things we belong with.”

“Fate is just another word for people’s choices coming to a head. Destiny, coincidence, whatever you name it. It inevitably lies in our hands.”

“I know that if I ever have the audacity to blame fate or God for holding a gun to my temple, I also have the wherewithal to remind myself that if I end up with a hole in my head, I was the one who pulled the trigger.”

“Has the industry done to music what McDonald’s has done to eating?”

“Just knowing you exist changed the world for me.”

“I like to say I don’t believe in mystics . I don’t believe in fate. I don’t believe in destiny or kismet. I don’t believe in God. I don’t believe in anything. But I believe in the possibility of everything.”

“Real annihilation happens from the inside out.”

 

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The Nature of Jade by Deb Calletti

“It was one of those times you feel a sense of loss, even though you didn’t have something in the first place. I guess that’s what disappointment is- a sense of loss for something you never had.”

“They say religion is about love, but you wonder how much of it really is about fear.

“Stereotypes are fast and easy, but they are lies, and the truth takes its time.”

 

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Darkly Madly Duet by Trisha Wolfe

When gravity makes itself known, we’re powerless to stop the collision. Knowing you’re being drawn into a black hole does little to prevent the inevitable.

When I look into his eyes, I see myself. Not a reflection of the woman—but the hollow echo of my blood-stained soul.

She is my salvation. And I am her long-awaited consequence.

 

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Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas

“Time passes by you like a bullet,” he says, “and fear gives you the excuses you’re craving to not do the things you know you should. Don’t doubt yourself, don’t second-guess, don’t let fear hold you back, don’t be lazy, and don’t base your decisions on how happy it will make others. Just go for it, okay?”

“A ship at harbor is safe, but that’s not what ships are for.”

“We don’t need food to survive this life as much as we need our hearts broken at least once. But the best part is, the first break is always the worst. It’ll never feel this bad.”

 

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Caraval Series by Stephanie Garber

“She imagined loving him would feel like falling in love with darkness, frightening and consuming yet utterly beautiful when the stars came out.”

“Gold shimmered no matter what, but few people could make darkness glitter the way he did.”

“He smelled of magic and heartbreak, and something about the combination made her think that despite what he claimed, he wanted to be her hero.”

 

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American Queen by Sierra Simone

“Jealousy is a word with too many meanings. It’s a TARDIS of a word, bigger on the inside, a small, mean thing on the surface, but a complicated dance of emotions and negotiations within. I’m suffering with every single meaning of the word jealous.”

“Sometimes the forbidden fruit is just too sweet not to bite.”

“I saw that you can be hurt—mortally wounded, in fact—and it doesn’t have to be anyone’s fault. Sometimes the world is just cruel that way, and it wasn’t fair to grudge them their happiness even as it tore down my own.”

 

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A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

“I am always surprised to discover that when the world seems darkest, there exists the greatest opportunity for light.”

“We are all dealt a hand at birth. A good hand can ultimately lose – just as a poor hand can win – but we must all play the cards the fate deals. The choices we face may not be the choices we want, but they are choices nonetheless.”

“Failure isn’t absolute, just because you couldn’t save everyone doesn’t mean you didn’t save anyone.”

 

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy by Laini Taylor

“Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well.”

“Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there’s no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic.”

“Have you ever asked yourself, do monsters make war, or does war make monsters?”

 

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

“Another secret of the universe: Sometimes pain was like a storm that came out of nowhere. The clearest summer could end in a downpour. Could end in lightning and thunder.”

“The summer sun was not meant for boys like me. Boys like me belonged to the rain.”

“But love was always something heavy for me. Something I had to carry.”

 

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Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton

“People are so complex. They want to hear the truth, but they want you to lie to them.”

“Life. It’s a funny thing. Some want it, some throw it away. Some cling, some have it stolen from them. It’s terrifying… which is maybe why I was drawn to Fear in the first place.”

“But her story isn’t finished, and for once she’s picked up a pen.”

Three-Star Ratings: Good or Bad?

Oh, the dreaded, much-debated-about three-star read. 

If you’ve been in the book community for long enough, I’m sure you’ve seen the disclaimers that many book bloggers and booktubers give out, hands in the air in surrender as they are slammed by fans of books that they gave three stars.

“THREE STARS IS NOT A BAD RATING!” they cry.

But is this true?

In my opinion? It fully depends on who rated it.

There are no hard-and-fast rules to ratings. Everyone who rates a book has their own standards and their own rating system. I include mine on my blog in case someone doesn’t want to read my full review and just wants to know, quick and dirty, what my thoughts are.

For me? Three stars means, in short, “just ok.” It wasn’t great and it certainly wasn’t mind-blowing, but I also didn’t DNF it.

This is all true… for me.

Many reviewers have a much stricter rating system than I do, and vice versa. 

This is why I feel this argument, whether three stars is good or bad, really shouldn’t be an argument at all

Because the answer is different for everyone.

I will say that no reviewer should be attacked for their opinion… and I think that is where the true issue lies.Yes, we all wish that everyone loved the books we are obsessed with just as much as we do, but guess what? That will never happen.

Why?

Because everyone has different tastes in books. And is that really such a bad thing?

I fully support mature discussions about differences in opinion when it comes to ratings. Or even non-douchey rebuttals to someone’s gripes about a book. 

However, when a reviewer is attacked because of a three-star rating (or any rating, really, good or bad), it absolutely baffles me. 

Though to be fair, many things about internet trolls baffle me, but that is a discussion for another day.

Anyway, here is my unsolicited advice: If someone’s three-star rating rubs you the wrong way, do one of two things:

  1. Skip it and only read the five-star ratings, because clearly seeing those two empty stars is just too much for you to handle

    Or

  2. Read. The. Full. Review. Before you lose your mind. Chances are the person may just have a different rating system than you do. 

 

(Or you could just do what I do when I see a low rating on a book I love: roll your eyes and say out loud to yourself, “Pffft… Who knew an opinion could be so wrong?”)

 😉 

5 Star Books I’ve Read in a Day

Have you ever unassumingly picked up a book and the next thing you know several hours have passed and you’ve finished it?

Other times, I go in with the full intention of reading a book in one sitting. Particularly A Court of Wings and Ruin. My sister and I took the day the book came out off of work, as well as the next day knowing full well that we planned on having a No-Sleepover and read the book all night. We literally sat in her house all night long with cups of tea and snacks and took turns reading the book to each other chapter by chapter.

With Breaking Dawn, my sister and I went to the Midnight Release Party at Barnes and Noble. I began reading as soon as I got home (around 1am) and did not stop until the next evening when I finally finished it.

There is something amazing about reading a book in a day, especially if you’ve read it the entire night. Somehow, the delirium that sets in almost makes you feel like you’ve been completely transported into that world.

At least, that’s what happened when I read A Court of Mist and Fury. My sister had already read the book and I’d been texting her updates all day. When she asked me at around 11pm what chapter I was on, and I told her, she said, “You better stop there or you won’t be able to stop and you’ll never sleep.” I didn’t listen. I kept reading and I didn’t sleep. I also had to work the next day.

I met her during my lunch break and I’ll never forget pulling into a parking space at her work and texting, “I’m here. At least the shell of who I used to be is here.” I was in such a surreal, zombie-like state, reeling from the book and lack of sleep.

Anyway, onward!

I’m only listing the 5 Star Books I’ve Read in a Day as opposed to any other rating, though it’s rare for me to blow through a book in a day and not completely love it, just to make sure this post isn’t even longer than it already is.

Enjoy!


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The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

I actually got sick the day after I stayed up all night reading this and I was starting to feel sick as I was reading it. I thought, at first, the sick scene was just getting to me, but nope! I definitely was getting sick, LOL!

Nemesis (n.) 1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome.
2) A person’s undoing
3) Joshua Templeman

Lucy Hutton has always been certain that the nice girl can get the corner office. She’s charming and accommodating and prides herself on being loved by everyone at Bexley & Gamin. Everyone except for coldly efficient, impeccably attired, physically intimidating Joshua Templeman. And the feeling is mutual.

Trapped in a shared office together 40 (OK, 50 or 60) hours a week, they’ve become entrenched in an addictive, ridiculous never-ending game of one-upmanship. There’s the Staring Game. The Mirror Game. The HR Game. Lucy can’t let Joshua beat her at anything—especially when a huge new promotion goes up for the taking.

If Lucy wins this game, she’ll be Joshua’s boss. If she loses, she’ll resign. So why is she suddenly having steamy dreams about Joshua, and dressing for work like she’s got a hot date? After a perfectly innocent elevator ride ends with an earth-shattering kiss, Lucy starts to wonder whether she’s got Joshua Templeman all wrong.

Maybe Lucy Hutton doesn’t hate Joshua Templeman. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

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Pucked (Pucked #1)]by Helena Hunting

With a famous NHL player for a stepbrother, Violet Hall is well acquainted with the playboy reputation of many a hockey star. So of course she isn’t interested in legendary team captain Alex Waters or his pretty, beat-up face and rock-hard six-pack abs. But when Alex inadvertently obliterates Violet’s misapprehension regarding the inferior intellect of hockey players, he becomes much more than just a hot body with the face to match. Suffering from a complete lapse in judgment, Violet discovers just how good Alex is with the hockey stick in his pants.

Violet believes her night of orgasmic magic with Alex is just that: one night. But Alex starts to call. And text. And email and send extravagant – and quirky – gifts. Suddenly he’s too difficult to ignore and nearly impossible not to like. The problem is, the media portrays Alex as a total player, and Violet doesn’t want to be part of the game.

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Captain (Morgan Brothers #2) by Lauren Rowe

Speaking of being sick… I had the flu when I read this book and Ball Peen Hammer. It was almost worth feeling miserable to be able to have time to read them!

It wasn’t the way this kind of story was supposed to go . . .
Insta-love isn’t supposed to turn into insta-hate.

But that’s exactly what happened when the hot-as-hell dreamboat I met in a bar turned out to be a lying, cheating scumbag-player-douche looking for nothing but a little side action. Jerk.

And he has the nerve to call me a liar and a “sociopath”? Assh*le.

And now, three months later, through a mind-blowing series of events I couldn’t have predicted in a million years, it turns out my boss is marrying his sister in Hawaii and I’ve got to play nice with him for an entire freaking week.

Okay, sure, I’ll put on a happy face this week and act like I’ve never even met the jerk before–did I mention his sister is marrying my boss?–but that doesn’t mean I’ll like it. And it certainly doesn’t mean I’ll stop secretly hating the cocky bastard’s guts.

Because I do.
I hate him.
I really do.

I just wish my brain would explain the situation to my body . . . because every time he flashes that panty-melting smile at me, it takes all my self-restraint not to jump the bastard’s hot-as-f*ck bones.

*For fans of Ball Peen Hammer and The Club Series, please note Captain features Ryan Morgan and takes place one year before the events of Ball Peen Hammer. It also includes characters from both Ball Peen Hammer and The Club Series, though Captain is a complete standalone with no prior reading is required.

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Ball Peen Hammer (Morgan Brothers #1) by Lauren Rowe

“Keane Morgan wouldn’t return any of my calls or texts, and I was pissed as hell about it. I didn’t want to drive from Seattle to L.A. with the guy any more than he wanted to drive with me, but I had no frickin’ choice in the matter–at least, not if I wanted to use his brother Dax’s coveted parking spot at UCLA.

Okay, so it turned out Keane was objectively gorgeous, and, fine, pretty funny, too. But did he have to be so damned in love with himself? I mean, jeez, the cocky way he flashed those dimples was just so orchestrated. And, honestly, what kind of guy uses the phrase “baby doll” with a straight face? Oh, that’s right: the kind of guy who’s a male stripper.

Yup, the cocky jerk turned out to be Seattle’s answer to Magic Mike, a stripper known as “Ball Peen Hammer”–which meant Keane Morgan was emphatically not the kind of guy I’d ever fall for.

Not. At. All.

No freakin’ way.

Well, until Keane convinced me to fall for him, that is.

Which I did.

Hard.”

Indulge in the distinctive world of Lauren Rowe, as she invites you into a world filled with humor, passion, wit, and heat. One of the sexiest novels ever written, while still maintaining an enormous amount of wit and humor and originality.

NOTE:
Ball Peen Hammer is a full-length, standalone sexy romantic comedy about Keane Morgan (one of four Morgan brothers introduced in The Club Series) and Maddy Milliken (the little sister of Hannah Banana Montana Milliken). This book is a standalone book in The Morgan Brothers Series, a spin-off of THE CLUB SERIES, and can be read as a complete standalone. The Morgan Brothers books are intended to be read in any order.

Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

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White Knight by C.D. Reiss

Catherine Barrington is a rich girl. Chris Cartwright is a poor boy.
He left her to make something of himself. A man she could be proud of. A man she could bring home to her parents. A man she could marry.
On the trading floor he became the man he knew he could be. Now, it’s time to return.
Rich girl.
Poor boy.
She didn’t care about his money, but he didn’t believe her. Soon after he left, all the money was gone.
Her life is hell.
Now he’s back, and he’s different. Pristine. Gorgeous. Rich.
Rich boy.
Poor girl.
Money was never the barrier, until now.
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White Knight is a standalone in the same world as King of Code, with it’s own beginning, middle, and end. You don’t need to read anything else to read White Knight.

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The Bride Test (The Kiss Quotient #2) by Helen Hoang

Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny, but not big, important emotions—like grief. And love. He thinks he’s defective. His family knows better—that his autism means he just processes emotions differently. When he steadfastly avoids relationships, his mother takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect bride.

As a mixed-race girl living in the slums of Ho Chi Minh City, Esme Tran has always felt out of place. When the opportunity arises to come to America and meet a potential husband, she can’t turn it down, thinking this could be the break her family needs. Seducing Khai, however, doesn’t go as planned. Esme’s lessons in love seem to be working…but only on herself. She’s hopelessly smitten with a man who’s convinced he can never return her affection.

With Esme’s time in the United States dwindling, Khai is forced to understand he’s been wrong all along. And there’s more than one way to love.

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Hearts in Darkness (Hearts in Darkness #1) by Laura Kaye

I didn’t realize this was a novella when I began reading it, so when it ended, I was a bit shocked and immediately began reading the next book in the series.

Two strangers…

When accountant Makenna James finds herself stranded in a pitch-black elevator, she can’t help but wonder about the stranger stuck with her. All she noticed about him before the lights went out was a dragon tattoo; all she knows now is his sexy, gruff voice in the darkness.

Four hours…

Caden Grayson is inked, pierced, scarred on the inside and out—and terrified of the dark for reasons he’d rather not remember. Trapped in his worst nightmare, only the sweet voice of the red-headed beauty distracts him from his fear. And, oh, man, as the hours pass and the darkness heats up, that’s nothing compared to her touch.

One pitch-black elevator…

He’s all rough edges and she’s pin-striped skirts, but in the darkness they open up and reach out without any preconceptions to hold them back. But as attraction grows and sparks fly, will they feel the same when the lights come back on?

The Hearts in Darkness Duet Continues with LOVE IN THE LIGHT!

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Me Before You (Me Before You #1) by Jojo Moyes

Discover the love story that captured over 20 million hearts in Me Before You, After You, and Still Me.

They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose . . .

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

A Love Story for this generation and perfect for fans of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?

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My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares

Daniel has spent centuries falling in love with the same girl. Life after life, crossing continents and dynasties, he and Sophia (despite her changing name and form) have been drawn together-and he remembers it all. Daniel has “the memory”, the ability to recall past lives and recognize souls of those he’s previously known. It is a gift and a curse. For all the times that he and Sophia have been drawn together throughout history, they have also been torn painfully, fatally, apart. A love always too short.

Interwoven through Sophia and Daniel’s unfolding present day relationship are glimpses of their expansive history together. From 552 Asia Minor to 1918 England and 1972 Virginia, the two souls share a long and sometimes torturous path of seeking each other time and time again. But just when young Sophia (now “Lucy” in the present) finally begins to awaken to the secret of their shared past, to understand the true reason for the strength of their attraction, the mysterious force that has always torn them apart reappears. Ultimately, they must come to understand what stands in the way of their love if they are ever to spend a lifetime together.

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What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

I read this one for a readathon.

Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.

Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.

But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them?

Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated.

Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.

But what if they can’t quite nail a first date . . . or a second first date . . . or a third?

What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work . . . and Ben doesn’t try hard enough?

What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play?

But what if it is?

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Some Quiet Place (Some Quiet Place #1) by Kelsey Sutton

I can’t feel sadness, anger, or fear. I can’t feel anything. I’ve grown talented at pretending.

Elizabeth Caldwell doesn’t feel emotions… she sees them in human form. Longing hovers around the shy, adoring boy at school. Courage materializes beside her dying friend. Fury and Resentment visit her abusive home. They’ve all given up on Elizabeth because she doesn’t succumb to their touch. All, that is, except beautiful Fear, who sometimes torments her and other times plays her compassionate savior. He’s obsessed with finding the answer to one question: What happened to Elizabeth to make her this way?

They both sense that the key to Elizabeth’s condition is somehow connected to the paintings of her dreams, which show visions of death and grief that raise more questions than answers. But as a shadowy menace begins to stalk her, Elizabeth’s very survival depends on discovering the truth about herself. When it matters most, she may not be able to rely on Fear to save her.

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A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

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A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas

Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s manoeuvrings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit – and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords – and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

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A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.1 (companion book)) by Sarah J. Maas

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–scar

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No Matter the Wreckage by Sarah Kay

Following the success of her breakout poem, “B,” Sarah Kay releases her debut collection of poetry featuring work from the first decade of her career. No Matter the Wreckage presents readers with new and beloved work that showcases Kay’s knack for celebrating family, love, travel, history, and unlikely love affairs between inanimate objects (“Toothbrush to the Bicycle Tire”), among other curious topics. Both fresh and wise, Kay’s poetry allows readers to join in on her journey of discovering herself an

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Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan

When Bree Prescott arrives in the sleepy, lakeside town of Pelion, Maine, she hopes against hope that this is the place where she will finally find the peace she so desperately seeks. On her first day there, her life collides with Archer Hale, an isolated man who holds a secret agony of his own. A man no one else sees.

Archer’s Voice is the story of a woman chained to the memory of one horrifying night and the man whose love is the key to her freedom. It is the story of a silent man who lives with an excruciating wound and the woman who helps him find his voice. It is the story of suffering, fate, and the transformative power of love.

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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

This book is such a quick read with all of the illustrations.

My disease is as rare as it is famous. It’s a form of Severe Combined Immunodeficiency, but basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in fifteen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives. New next door neighbors. I look out the window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black t-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly. I want to learn everything about him, and I do. I learn that he is funny and fierce. I learn that his eyes are Atlantic Ocean-blue and that his vice is stealing silverware. I learn that when I talk to him, my whole world opens up, and I feel myself starting to change—starting to want things. To want out of my bubble. To want everything, everything the world has to offer.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

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Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood #3) by J.R. Ward

In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly war raging between vampires and their slayers. And there exists a secret band of brothers like no other – six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Of these, Zsadist is the most terrifying member of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

A former blood slave, the vampire Zsadist still bears the scars from a past filled with suffering and humiliation. Renowned for his unquenchable fury and sinister deeds, he is a savage feared by humans and vampires alike. Anger is his only companion, and terror is his only passion—until he rescues a beautiful aristocrat from the evil Lessening Society.

Bella is instantly entranced by the seething power Zsadist possesses. But even as their desire for one another begins to overtake them both, Zsadist’s thirst for vengeance against Bella’s tormentors drives him to the brink of madness. Now, Bella must help her lover overcome the wounds of his tortured past, and find a future with her…

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Pucked Off (Pucked #5) by Helena Hunting

I’m NHL defenseman Lance Romero, AKA Lance “Romance.”

I’m notorious for parties and excess. I have the most penalty minutes in the league. I get into the most fights. I take the most hits. I’m a player on and off the ice. I’m the one women with no inhibitions want.

Not because I like the notoriety, but because I don’t know how to be any other way.

I have secrets. Ones I shared with the wrong person, and she used them against me. Sometimes she still does. I should cut ties. But she makes it difficult, because she’s the kind of bad I deserve.

At least that’s what I believed until someone from my past gets caught up in my present. She’s all the good things in this world. She lights up my dark.

I shouldn’t want her.

But I do.

I should leave her alone.

But I won’t.

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Royally Matched (Royally #2) by Emma Chase

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.

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Breaking Dawn (Twilight #4) by Stephenie Meyer

To be irrevocably in love with a vampire is both fantasy and nightmare woven into a dangerously heightened reality for Bella Swan. Pulled in one direction by her intense passion for Edward Cullen, and in another by her profound connection to werewolf Jacob Black, she has endured a tumultuous year of temptation, loss, and strife to reach the ultimate turning point. Her imminent choice to either join the dark but seductive world of immortals or to pursue a fully human life has become the thread from which the fates of two tribes hangs.

Now that Bella has made her decision, a startling chain of unprecedented events is about to unfold with potentially devastating and unfathomable, consequences. Just when the frayed strands of Bella’s life – first discovered in Twilight, then scattered and torn in New Moon and Eclipse – seem ready to heal and knit together, could they be destroyed… forever?

What books have you read in a day?

Bree’s Ultimate Dream BookCon: My Ideal Book Convention Featured Authors & Events

I have several friends who fully believe that if you put something out into the universe, there is a good chance it will happen.

Here’s hoping this is true because below I am telling you all about my DREAM book conference. My dream author and audiobook narrator lineup, activities, panels, giveaways… everything.

Obviously, this would be a week-long convention… it may even need to be a month-long with everything I want to happen!

Location
tampa convention center

Tampa Convention Center
Because it’s close to me!

Author Lineup

(+ my favorite books by them)
Angie Thomas – The Hate U Give
Ashley Poston – Geekerella
Becca Ritchie – Infini
Becky Abertalli – The Upside of Unrequited
Benjamin Alire Sáenz – Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Brigid Kemmerer – A Curse So Dark and Lonely
Brittany Cavallaro – A Study in Charlotte
Casey McQuisten – Red, White, and Royal Blue
Cate Tiernan – Sweep
CD Reiss – White Knight
Christina Lauren – Autoboyography
Colleen Hoover – Maybe Someday
Cora Carmack – Roar
Deb Calletti – The Natureof Jade
Deborah Harkness – A Discovery of Witches
Diana Gabaldon – Outlander
Elle Kennedy – The Deal
Emma Chase – Royally Matched
Emma Mills – Foolish Hearts
Emma Scott – All In
Helen Hoang – The Bride Test
Helena Hunting – Pucked Off
Holly Black – Cruel Prince
Jacquelyn Frank – Jacob
Jana Aston – Wrong
Jay Crownover – Rule
Jenny Han – To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
JR Ward – Lover Awakened
Kasie West – By Your Side
Kelsey Sutton – Some Quiet Place
Krista Ritchie – Infini
Kylie Scott – Trust
Laini Taylor – Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Laura Kaye – Hearts in Darkness
Lauren Blakely – Wanderlust
Lauren Layne – Blurred Lines
Lauren Rowe – Misadventures of a College Girl
Leigh Bardugo – Six of Crows
Lucy March – A Little Night Magic
Mackenzi Lee – A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
Madeline Miller – The Song of Achilles
Mariana Zapata – The Wall of Winnipeg and Me
MaryJanice Davidson – Undead and Unwed
Mia Sheridan – Archer’s Voice
Molly Harper – How to Date Your Dragon
Nicola Yoon – Everything, Everything
Penelope Douglas – Birthday Girl
Penny Reid – Marriage of Inconvenience
Rachel Vincent – Stray
Rainbow Rowell – Fangirl
Richelle Mead – Succubus Blues
Sally Thorne – The Hating Game
Sarah Dessen – Just Listen
Sarah J Maas – A Court of Mist and Fury
Sarah Kay – B
Sarina Bowen – Keepsake
Sierra Simone – Priest
Stephanie Garber – Caraval
Stephanie Meyer – Eclipse
Stephanie Perkins – Isla and the Happily Ever After
Suzanne Collins – Hunger Games
Tahereh Mafi – Shatter Me
Tarryn Fisher – Atheists Who Kneel and Pray
Taylor Jenkins Reid – The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Tiffanie DeBartolo – How to Kill a Rockstar
Trisha Wolfe – With Visions of Red
Victoria Schwab – This Savage Song

 

Audiobook Narrators

Amanda Ronconi
Andy Arndt
Bahni Turpin
Caitlin Kelly
Callie Dalton
Christian Fox
Deacon Lee
Elizabeth Evans
Erin Mallon
Jacob York
Jason Clarke
Jennifer Ikeda
Joe Arden
Josh Lane
Katie Schorr
Laura Knight Keating
Richard Armitage
Rose Dioro
Sebastian York
Shane East
Stephanie Rose
Stephanie Willis
Teddy Hamilton
Xe Sands
Zachary Webber

 

Things to Buy/Giveaways at Author Tables

Exclusive editions of books
ARCs
Movie adaptations
Bookmarks
Reading lights
USBs
Pens
Candles
Stickers
Magnets
Bookshelf Knickknacks
Stationary

 

Panel Discussions & Q&A’s

Sports Romance Discussion led by Helena Hunting
Contemporary Romance Q&A moderated by Christina Lauren
SFF Discussion Panel led by Laini Taylor
Indie Author Panel – A Discussion led by Penny Reid
Audiobook Q&A – Moderated by Lauren Blakely
New Adult Romance Discussion Panel led by Rainbow Rowell
YA Discussion Panel led by Sarah Dessen
Smut Lovers Q&A led by Sierra Simone
Writing Dark Romance w/ Trisha Wolfe
The Slow Burner’s Club Led by Mariana Zapata
Queer Romance Q&A moderated by Casey McQuisten
Romantic Comedy Discussion led by MaryJanice Davidson
Diversity in Romance Discussion led by Angie Thomas
Disability in Romance Discussion led by Helen Hoang
Discussing Modern Poetry led by Sarah Kay

 

Bookish Content Creator Workshops

BookTube 101
Book Blogging 101
Goodreads 101
Writing Book Reviews 101

 

Bookish Marketplace

Barnes & Noble
Oxford Exchange
Indie Author Book Shop
E-Book Shop
Audible Book Shop
Bookish T-shirt Shop
Bookshelf Decor Shop
Bookish Candles, Bath, & Body Items
Owlcrate Shop
Fairyloot Shop
Bookish Jewelry
Bookish Stationery Shop
Misc. Bookish Stuff
Bookish Spices, Teas, & Coffees
Bookish Candies & Snacks

 

Misc. Things to Do & Events

Character Runway Show
Character Cosplay & Costume Contest
Screenings of Movie Adaptations/Book Trailers
Photobooth w/ Characters, Authors, & Narrators
Custom Recordings w/ Audiobook Narrators
After party w/ the attendees, authors, & narrators
Bookish Coffee Shop
Bookish Bar
Bookish Restaurant

 

So, what do you think? What would you add to this list? Let me know if you end up making your own Dream Book Convention post!

Favorite Romance Audiobook Performances & The Things That Make Them Great

As you may or may not know, most of the books I read are in audio form. And since I also primarily read romance, I’ve become pretty picky with the narrators and performances I prefer as I listen.

It’s very easy for a narrator or the performance to take me out of a story, but there are many times either of those two things bring the story to life.

Here are the things that make an audiobook performance great for me:

1. Perfect casting
I so appreciate authors/publishers who take the time to cast a narrator thoughtfully.  (Here’s lookin’ at you Lauren Blakely). Particularly when a novel is written in first person, it’s important that the narrator sound like how I picture the character would – there have been many times, especially in YA, where the narrator sounds far too old for the character and it takes me completely out of the story.

2. Comedic timing
Another thing that a lot of the narrators of these books get right is comedic timing. A great comedic performance can have me laughing out loud.

3. Differentiation between characters
I love books with a lot of dialogue, but it can easily get confusing remember who is speaking if the narrator does not make differences (even subtle) in their voices when they speak for different characters.

4. … But The Voices Have to be Believable
An accurate accent is important, but so is male narrators using female voices and vice versa. I’ll never forget listening to Fifty Shades of Grey for the first time and hearing the narrator change her voice for Christian… I nearly burst out laughing at a part that was supposed to be intense because it sounded exactly like the voice I use to make fun of my husband. In contrast, I’ll never forget letting my husband listen to XE Sands narrate and then telling him it was one person narrating for the male and female parts and he didn’t believe me!

5. Any audio nuances/extras are always appreciated
Even if it is just music for the chapter transitions (like in King of Code) or special music played when magic is being wielded (like in Vampire Academy) or full-cast/duet/duel narration. I also love, love, love it when there are extras at the end of an audiobook such as interviews or music.

Now it’s time to share my list of books that did everything right.

 

My Favorite Romance Audiobooks

Let’s get these first two out of the way, shall we?

Every Single Lauren Rowe Book
Why? Because Lauren narrates all of her books alongside John Lane. There is something to be said for authors who narrate their own books because you know that the way it is read is how it was intended to be heard. Also, she’s a fantastic voice actress with on-point comedic timing. As for John Lane, his deep, gruff voice somehow works perfectly for every single character in all of her books, no matter how different.

Every Single Mariana Zapata Book
This is my love letter to Callie Dalton. Mariana Zapata’s books are full of internal dialogue, most of which is incredibly hilarious, and Callie Dalton absolutely nails it every single time. Recently, Mariana has had her books done in duet narration – my favorite second only to full cast – in which there are two narrators narrating for their characters throughout the book. (Please see: From Lukov with Love and Luna and the Lie)

Birthday Suit by Lauren Blakely
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Lauren Blakely is my favorite audiobook author simply because she so avidly loves her audiobook-reading fans. So much so that she orchestrated this amazing Full Cast narration – purposely casting all of the most-loved Romance Audio Narrators. This also included a hilarious and fun interview at the end!

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Series by Jenny Han
Laura Knight Keating’s voice is absolutely perfect for Lara Jean. She doesn’t sound too old and not too immature. It truly sounds like she IS Lara Jean!

Pucked Off by Helena Hunting
This entire series has pretty fantastic narration, but the 5th book in the series was my all-time favorite. I mean, you can’t really go wrong with Jacob Morgan, but Jacob Morgan doing a Scottish accent? Yes. Freaking. Please. Also… we can’t forget Rose Diorio’s sweet voice which was so perfect for Poppy.

Darkly, Madly Duet by Trisha Wolfe
But, like, Joe Arden is doing an Irish accent… also this is one dark, sexy novel… the combination is almost too much to bear.

Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
Such a swoon-worthy performance by Deacon Lee and Kyle Mason. There really isn’t much more to say about that. Also, there is a really great interview at the end of the book between the authors and narrators.

King of Code by CD Reiss
This was my first introduction to CD Reiss and Christian Fox and it was almost too damn much. Christian’s voice may just be perfect and it was perfect in this performance. I also heard that he played the transition music for each of the chapters as well (he’s a musician and a singer).

With Visions of Red by Trisha Wolfe
I will never forget the first time I listened to this book. I read the eBook before the audio came out and the second I got to Christian Fox’s chapter, I legit had to hit pause and pull the car over to take a breather because I could not handle how perfect his voice was for one of my all-time favorite heroes.

Tangled by Emma Chase
SebYo (Sebastian York) is well-loved in the romance audio world for good reason. The comedic timing was so important for this novel in particular and Sebastian absolutely nailed it.

By Your Side by Kasie West
Another YA book well cast with Caitlin Kelly as the narrator for this sweet story. Her voice fit the book and the character so well.

American Queen by Sierra Simone
Stephanie Rose’s voice is a great combination of innocent and sexy – which was, in turn, perfect for this super steamy book.

Priest by Sierra Simone
Ok. So, can we talk about how a book this freaking on fire is almost too much to handle when narrated by Jacob Morgan? Hearing Sierra’s words come out of Jacob’s mouth is bordering on excessive.

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
Never has an audiobook been cast as perfectly as The Hating Game. Katie Schorr’s adorable, quirky voice made me love Lucy even more. She nailed all the subtle inflections and comedic timing.

A Little Night Magic by Lucy March
OMG no one could have made A Little Night Magic as hilarious as Amanda Ronconi. She absolutely nails the sarcasm and self-depreciation like no one else.

Jacob by Jacquelyn Frank
I swear, XE Sands is a freaking magician with her accents and ability to do a man’s voice. All of the characters sounded different and there were SO MANY characters in this book!

 

 

My Favorite Unique Romances in Books

As a self-proclaimed Romance Novel Junkie, I start to see a lot of the same tropes or similarities in the books that I read. Honestly, this isn’t usually a problem for me. There are a ton of amazing authors out there who can take something that has been done a million times and make it their own.

Every once in a while, though, I come across a romance plot line that is particularly unique.

I thought I’d share some of my favorites with you in hopes that you’ll chat with me down in the comments and share some that you’ve read!

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2019 Blogging Resolutions

First, I just want to say that I typed up this entire effing post, proceeded to delete it, and then fiendishly hit UNDO UNDO UNDO to no avail.

Lesson learned.

It was one of those things where I want to flip out and throw my laptop across the room, but at the end of the day, there is 100% nothing I can do about it except sigh, accept my fate, and re-freaking-write.

Beaucoup Books was actually the one that unintentionally inspired this post. She commented on my recent Reading Resolutions post saying that she wanted to start blogging more and it gave me the idea to share my blogging resolutions.

Twice, apparently.

And here we are.

 

Keep a regular blogging schedule

When I’m on a roll, I tend to post every day. When I get super busy and/or overwhelmed, though, I end up disappearing for a few days at a time, but I always miss it and come back. My hope is that I maintain my habit of pre-scheduling posts a few days in advance so that I’m not trying to actually update every day.

 

Post my reviews to Goodreads right away (or in a more timely manner)

I am the worst about posting the reviews I post here to Goodreads/Audible/Amazon. Once it’s posted here, I always forget to share it on those sites. I think I just need to make it part of my routine.

 

Make a post about my blogging calendar

I’ve had the idea of sharing my blogging calendar and routine with you ever since I think I’ve finally perfected it (after trying out several different routes). I’d also love to see how you plan posts and keep track of your post ideas!

 

Catch up with my reviews (and keep up with them!)

I am so embarrassingly behind on writing my reviews. Typically, I write my reviews immediately after finishing a book, but ever since The Big Book Rush of 2018 in which I read 12 books in one week, I fell behind. I was concentrating so hard at hitting my Goodreads Goal, that writing reviews became secondary.

 

Make more time to read friends’ posts

I love getting inspiration for blog posts and inspiration for what to read from my blogger friends, but I know that I tend to neglect my feed. I want to make time at least every other day to read and comment on your posts!

 

Respond to comments in a timely manner

Sometimes I just don’t think to check WordPress and I end up missing comments when they are posted! I’m thinking while I am setting aside to read my feed, I’ll check comments at the same time.

 

Post my reading vlogs here on my blog

I’ve been filming quick little Reading Vlogs on my Instagram account for the past few days and my hope is that it’s something I can keep up with and upload to YouTube weekly so that I can share them here. It’s so easy just to record quick video snippets and take a quick picture here and there throughout my day about what I’m doing and what I’m reading. I think it’d be fun to share them here.

 

 

What are your blogging resolutions? Let me know if you make a post or comment your resolutions here.