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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Review: Shacking Up (Shacking Up #1) by Helena Hunting

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Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Shacking Up
Author: Helena Hunting
Series: Shacking Up Book 1
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
Ruby Scott is months behind on rent and can’t seem to land a steady job. She has one chance to turn things around with a big audition. But instead of getting her big break, she gets sick as a dog and completely bombs it in the most humiliating fashion. All thanks to a mysterious, gorgeous guy who kissed—and then coughed on—her at a party the night before.

Luckily, her best friend might have found the perfect opportunity; a job staying at the lavish penthouse apartment of hotel magnate Bancroft Mills while he’s out of town, taking care of his exotic pets. But when the newly-evicted Ruby arrives to meet her new employer, it turns out Bane is the same guy who got her sick.

Seeing his role in Ruby’s dilemma, Bane offers her a permanent job as his live-in pet sitter until she can get back on her feet. Filled with hilariously awkward encounters and enough sexual tension to heat a New York City block, Shacking Up, from NYT and USA Today bestselling author Helena Hunting, is sure to keep you laughing and swooning all night long.

GOODREADS

Review

I so wish I read this series in order now that I’ve read this book.

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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 Reads from March 2018

March was most definitely the month of dark romance for me. I should just go ahead and dedicate this month of favorites to Trisha Wolfe and be done with it.

But I actually have quite a few great recent reads that I’m excited to share with you.

I read 14 books (+1 re-read) this month and of those 14 I have 9 favorites!

It was a pretty darn good month of reading!

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Book Haul: March 2018

I cannot believe it is time for another book haul. I’m trying not to say the same thing every month, but holy crap this month flew by!

New releases

Misadventures of a College Girl by Lauren Rowe
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Hero by Lauren Rowe
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Audible’s Listens You Love Sale

King of Wall Street by Louise Bay
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Full Tilt by Emma Scott
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Shacking Up by Helena Hunting
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The Negotiator by Avery Flynn
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Damaged Like Us by Krista Ritchie, Becca Ritchie
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Kindle Books

Born, Madly (Darkly, Madly Duet Book 2) by Trisha Wolfe
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Kaleidoscope Hearts by Claire Contreras
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Beauty and the Vampire by Zoey Hunter
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Felony Ever After by Helena Hunting
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With Visions of Red Boxed Set by Trisha Wolfe
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With Ties that Bind (Books 1-3) by Trisha Wolfe
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Hard Copy

Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills
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What books did you get this month?

 

Romance Novels that Made Me Laugh Out Loud

While it’s not rare for me to squeal or sigh or groan while reading a book, it’s a bit more unusual for me to laugh out loud while reading.

When thinking about the theme of my book recommendations for this month, I decided to focus on the rare books that have made me burst out laughing while reading. The books that had my husband looking over at me as we lay in bed at night with a raised eyebrow and a shake of the head.

Here are the romance novels that gave me the giggles

Wrong by Jana Aston

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Oh my gosh, I made so many noises while reading this book, laughing was just one part of it.
Goodreads | Amazon | My Review

Pucked by Helena Hunting

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Violet accidentally yelling, “I LOVE YOU!” while having sex with Alex for only the second time and tacking on, “MONSTER C*CK!” at the end to cover up her mistake had me bursting out laughing.
Goodreads | Amazon | My Review

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

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When Lucy tries to walk in all smooth into work and ends up tripping and dropping her lunch box in front of Josh… classic.
Goodreads | Amazon | My Review

Ball Peen Hammer by Lauren Rowe

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Keane is so ridiculous, you can’t help but roll your eyes at him, laugh at him, and love him all at once.
Goodreads | Amazon | My Review

From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata

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The. Insults. MZ outdid herself with the snark in this one! So funny!
Goodreads | Amazon | My Review

Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead

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Georgina’s demon boss takes the human form of John Cusack, but refuses to admit that he knows who John Cusack is. That’s just an example of the absurd hilarity in this series.
Goodreads | Amazon

Undead Series by MaryJanice Davidson

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To be honest, I didn’t finish this series, but oh my goodness, the books I did read in this series seriously had me bent over with the giggles!
Goodreads | Amazon

A Little Night Magic by Lucy March

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I’ve mentioned that this book is one of my favorites and I find it so underhyped and underrated. It’s such a sweet story, but the funny parts in this had me dying.
Goodreads | Amazon

What are some books that have made you laugh out loud while reading?

Clipped Wings (Clipped Wings #1) by Helena Hunting

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

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Clipped Wings (Clipped Wings #1) by Helena Hunting

[Audiobook Purchased from Audible]

An emotional love story that follows the touch-and-go relationship of Hayden and Tenley; two young people who desperately want to love and be loved but are afraid to completely let go of their pasts.

As Hayden and Tenley navigate their newfound but slightly unstable relationship, they want to trust each other, but Hayden is hiding a dark and shameful past that he doesn’t ever want Tenley to find out about. And Tenley has secrets of her own that could make Hayden run away forever. When Tenley asks Hayden to put a beautifully elaborate tattoo across her back, the two form what they thought was an unshakeable bond. But when Tenley’s past shows up on her doorstep, will Hayden stand by her side…or run?

Synopsis from Goodreads

 

Review

Helena Hunting is an insta-read author for me, so I dove into this book without reading anything about it or the series. All I knew was that she wrote it and it has a crossover book with my favorite series of hers, Pucked.

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Hooking Up (Shaking Up #2) by Helena Hunting

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

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Hooking Up (Shaking Up #2) by Helena Hunting

[Audiobook Purchased from Audible]

Amalie Whitfield is the picture of a blushing bride during her wedding reception–but for all the wrong reasons. Instead of proclaiming his undying love, her husband can be heard, by Amalie and their guests, getting off with someone else. She has every reason to freak out, and in a moment of insanity, she throws herself at the first hot-blooded male she sees. But he’s not interested in becoming her revenge screw.

Mortified and desperate to escape the post-wedding drama, Amalie decides to go on her honeymoon alone, only to find the man who rejected her also heading to the same tiny island for work. But this time he isn’t holding back. She should know better than to sleep with someone she knows, but she can’t seem to resist him. They might agree that what happens on the island should stay on the island, but neither one can deny that their attraction is more than just physical.

Filled with hilariously scandalous situations and enough sexual chemistry to power an airplane from New York City to the South Pacific, Hooking Up is the next standalone, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy from Helena Hunting, the New York Times bestselling author of the Pucked series and Shacking Up.

Synopsis from Goodreads

 

Review

I didn’t freaking know this was part of a series, and worse, the second book in a series! That’s what I get for seeing Helena Hunting’s name and immediately grabbing it from The Romance Package without even reading the synopsis or anything.

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Reading List: February 2018

How in the world is it February already? SERIOUSLY.

Anyway, I almost wasn’t going to do the first part of this blog post in which I go back and see how I did on finishing the books on last month’s Reading List, but I’ve decided not to have shame in my game.

Nope.

I will, instead, accept that I am a failure. (She says before she even looks back on the list she made last month).

Alright, let’s see how she did, folks! (/end writing in third person. Sorry.)

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