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

 

Us (Him #2) by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

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Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Us
Author: Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
Series: Him
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
Five months in, NHL forward Ryan Wesley is having a record-breaking rookie season. He’s living his dream of playing pro hockey and coming home every night to the man he loves—Jamie Canning, his longtime best friend turned boyfriend. There’s just one problem: the most important relationship of his life is one he needs to keep hidden, or else face a media storm that will eclipse his success on the ice.

Jamie loves Wes. He really, truly does. But hiding sucks. It’s not the life Jamie envisioned for himself, and the strain of keeping their secret is taking its toll. It doesn’t help that his new job isn’t going as smoothly as he’d hoped, but he knows he can power through it as long as he has Wes. At least apartment 10B is their retreat, where they can always be themselves.

Or can they?

When Wes’s nosiest teammate moves in upstairs, the threads of their carefully woven lie begin to unravel. With the outside world determined to take its best shot at them, can Wes and Jamie develop major-league relationship skills on the fly?

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Review

It was so nice being back in Wes and Jamie’s world again

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Coming Soon: Mini-Reviews {July 2018}

It’s Sunday and I’m currently listening to late 90’s/Early 2000’s music and avoiding chores, how about you?

As you may or may not know, I pretty much write and post reviews for every book I read. This means that, unless it is a new release, the full reviews I post are of books that I read several weeks prior.

I try to write full reviews right after I read a book, but they won’t get posted for several weeks.

After seeing a few other blogs post spoiler-free mini-reviews (which I love), I decided to give it a try once a month as a little preview for what is to come.

 

Here are the reviews that are coming up over the next few weeks + their mini-reviews!

 

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Reading List: May 2018

Hello, May!

I have a Summer resolution and that is to go to the beach more. I’m literally minutes away from the beach and around only an hour away from one of the best beaches in the US and I’ve gone maybe 3 times last year.

It’s very sad.

This weekend I’ve vowed to take a family trip to the beach.

The beach is a great place to get in some reading! So, I’m going to share with you the books I’m planning to read this month and talk about the books I read last month.

I read a total of 11 books and re-read 3 in April.

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Favorite Reads from April 2018

First of all, happy release day to Sarah J Maas! A Court of Frost and Starlight is out and I couldn’t be more excited!

May is sure to be an exciting month with the release of Legendary by Stephanie Garber and Trisha Wolfe’s Broken Bonds series on audio.

But, I’m getting ahead of myself. We’re talking about favorite reads from April, so let’s get on that.

I read a total of 12 books this month and 5 of them are new favorites.

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Favorite Sports Romance Novels

For someone who has been reading romance novels since my teens, it’s kind of surprising that sports romances are fairly new for me. Especially considering my unhealthy obsession with Tim Tebow back in his college days.

Though I read a couple of sports romances before it, The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata was the first sports romance that made me really appreciate this subgenre.

I love how inspiring these types of novels can be, reading about how hard these athletes work to be the best in their sport. (And, let’s face it, if there is a novel about it, then obviously the athlete is the best.)

In honor of that, I’ve put together a list of my favorite sports romance novels. Keep in mind that I have not read a ton by a long shot, but these are my favorites out of the ones I have read.

 

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Favorite Romance Novels of 2017

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Oh. My. Goodness.

This year has been such an epic reading year for me. Not necessarily in the amount of books I’ve read, but more in that I discovered so freaking many amazing books and authors all in one year!

My Goodreads goal this year was 100 books and I completed that goal just in time this month. Now, I’m off re-reading all the books I’ve become obsessed with thanks to this goal.

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2017 was the year I discovered auto-buy authors like Mariana Zapata, Rainbow Rowell, Laura Kaye, Jay Crownover, Helena Hunting, Sierra Simone, Sally Thorne, Lauren Rowe, and Penny Reid. I know, RIGHT?!

I also discovered a few series that I burned through in a matter of days, characters and stories that have stuck with me, oh, and I wrote and published a novel that I love, too!

These are my absolute favorite romance reads of 2017

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Book Haul: Audible’s Win-Win Sale

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Audible has done it to me again.

They have a sale going on now that I just couldn’t pass up. $4.95 for some fantastic audiobooks that have been waiting for me on my To Be Read list, along with several favorites that I already own. If you’re an Audible member, I highly recommend checking out this sale. Some of these audiobooks retail for $30+ and they are on sale for less than $5 until Sept. 17.

I should mention now that I am in no way affiliated with Audible, I’m just an avid listener and I probably keep them in business with how many audiobooks I purchase. #obsessed

Anyway, onward to the haul and favorites from Audible’s Win-Win sale!

 
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Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

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Overall Rating: 5 Stars

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HIM by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

[Audiobook purchased from Audible]

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Goodreads synopsis:

Jamie Canning has never been able to figure out how he lost his closest friend. Four years ago, his tattooed, wise-cracking, rule-breaking roommate cut him off without an explanation. So what if things got a little weird on the last night of hockey camp the summer they were eighteen? It was just a little drunken foolishness. Nobody died.

Ryan Wesley’s biggest regret is coaxing his very straight friend into a bet that pushed the boundaries of their relationship. Now, with their college teams set to face off at the national championship, he’ll finally get a chance to apologize. But all it takes is one look at his longtime crush, and the ache is stronger than ever.

Jamie has waited a long time for answers, but walks away with only more questions—can one night of sex ruin a friendship? If not, how about six more weeks of it? When Wesley turns up to coach alongside Jamie for one more hot summer at camp, Jamie has a few things to discover about his old friend… and a big one to learn about himself.

Full book details here.

Review

Him was either the best choice for my first m/m romance or it was the worst. It was so freaking good that it either has ruined all the rest that I will read after it, or it has set the tone for the rest. I guess only time will tell.

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Book Haul 08.07.17 [Library Bookstore, eBooks, & Audiobooks]

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Ok, I am seriously trying not to load my Kindle up with so many free ebooks, and if you’ve seen my past hauls, you’ll notice this week’s haul is significantly less than others. At least, as far as ebooks go.

I immediately made up for that by perusing my local library’s bookstore and picking up a ton of books. In my defense, I also donated a big reusable bag full of books that I knew I wasn’t ever going to get around to reading. My hard copy TBR shelf is overflowing once again, though.

If a room without books is a room without a soul, then my house has so many souls it’s basically a cemetery.

That came out way more morbid than I intended.

Anyway, onward to last week’s haul!

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