Authors I’m Looking Forward to Meeting at Shameless Book Con

Shameless Book Con is about a month away and I’m so ridiculously excited!

I was lucky enough to attend this convention last year with my sister and this year I’m attending with my mom and my sister. Even though we only live two hours away from where the event is being held, we’re still getting a hotel room so we can all hang out together in Orlando for a couple days.

Anyway, as I always do when I register for a book convention, I check out the list of authors attending the event and make a list of all the authors I want to meet. Usually, a few days before the event, the organizers release and map showing where all the authors will be sitting, so I go through that and map my course.

This time around, I figured I’d share the list of authors I’m super excited to meet at the convention … and one of their books that I’ve either read and loved or want to read.

New-to-Me Authors I’m Looking Forward to Meeting at Shameless Book Con

 

Alessandra Torre

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Autumn Jones Lake
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Kandi Steiner
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KK Allen
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Meredith Wild
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Olivia Cunning
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Skye Warren
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Authors I Love at Shameless Book Con

Emma Scott
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Jana Aston
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Laura Kaye
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Laurelin Paige
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Lara Adrian
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Lauren Rowe
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Mariana Zapata
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Marni Mann
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Sierra Simone
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Trisha Wolfe
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Are you going to Shameless Book Con?

 

 

 

 

Things I Thought I Hated in Romance Novels (And the Books That Proved Me Wrong)

I’ve seen these questions asked many times in the book blogging community:

What do you hate in romance novels?
What tropes can’t you stand?
What are your romance novel pet peeves?

I used to have several definitive answers to this question, but slowly, as I’ve read more and more romance novels, I’ve come across so many books that have proven me so very, very wrong.

Now, whenever this question comes up, I struggle.

I struggle because even though there are many books that get these things wrong, there are still those few who get them right and part of me feels like I’d be betraying those great books if I listed those pet peeves. I know, it’s silly, but for those of you who view reading books as time spent with close friends will understand where I’m coming from.

And even if I haven’t come across a book that defies me yet, I know that one may exist – I just haven’t read it yet.

Honestly, I think this mindset could go for any genre of books. I mean, if the story is good enough? The things you think you hate can easily turn into the things you love … if done right.

 

Here is a list of my romance novel pet peeves… and the books that proved me wrong:

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Porn Star (P*rn Star, #1) by Laurelin Paige and Sarina Bowen

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

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Porn Star (P*rn Star, #1) by Laurelin Paige and Sarina Bowen

[Audiobook Purchased from Audible]

Come on, you know you do.

Maybe you pretend you don’t. Maybe you clear your browser history religiously. Maybe you pretend to be aghast whenever someone even mentions the word porn in your presence.

But the truth is that you do know me.

Everybody knows Logan O’Toole, world famous porn star.

Except then Devi Dare pops into my world, and pretty soon I’m doing things that aren’t like me–like texting her with flirty banter and creating an entire web porn series just so I can get to star in her bed. Again. And again.

With Devi, my entire universe shifts, and the more time I spend with her, the more I realize that Logan O’Toole isn’t the guy I thought he was.

So maybe I’m not the guy you thought I was either.

Synopsis from Goodreads

 

Review

For some reason I didn’t have high hopes for this one, but man, I was totally proven wrong.

Maybe it is because I didn’t think any porny story (LOL) could be better than Lingus by Mariana Zapata, but this story was so different than that one. Lingus was a slow burn (of course) and this certainly wasn’t. The steam level was on red alert pretty much the entire time.

I freaking loved Devi. Loved her. I adored her parents and I loved how confident and comfortable she was in her body. I liked her reasons for being in The Business and felt like I completely understood her choices throughout the entire book (even when I wouldn’t necessarily have made the same choices) and that goes back to how well the authors wrote her character. I never (and shouldn’t) expect to agree with all of a main character’s decisions, but I should understand why they made them.

I felt like this book gave such an interesting, unique, and believable peek inside The Industry. I would say “honest,” but as I am not a porn star nor do I know anyone personally who is (I don’t think), I have no idea if it is an accurate portrayal, but I think all who have read this book can agree it’s gotta be pretty close.

It is worth mentioning quickly here that the writing is FANTASTIC. For such a seemingly shallow title and subject matter, it is written beautifully. Kudos!

 

Audiobook Performance: 5 Stars

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All the stars in the known and unknown universe to Jacob Morgan. As for CJ Bloom, I thought that I recognized her voice, but when I looked at her previous work, I didn’t recognize any titles. Anyway, she was great. I didn’t love her male voices, but it wasn’t horrible. I’ve heard so much worse (I’m looking at you, chick who narrated 50 Shades of Grey ::ultra cringe::)

 

Butterfly Rating: 4 Stars

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Logan and Dev are so freaking perfect for each other, I loved it.

 

Re-read Worthiness: Maybe

I don’t see myself rereading this in the near future, but I won’t discount it completely. This is part of a series and I may just fall in love with it!

 

Bookshelf Placement: Yes

Who wouldn’t want an extremely embarrassingly titled book out on display?

 

Book Boyfriend Rating: 4 stars

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Like I mentioned, Logan was perfect for Devi. Whereas I totally would have fallen for Tristan from Lingus despite him being a porn star, Logan was a little too porn starry for me, personally. But I still really liked his character!

 

”Free” Reading Availability

Kindle Unlimited
Prime Reading
Audible Romance Package
(As of 1.10.19)

 

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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Reading List: January 2017

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It’s a brand new year, and you know what that means? A brand new Goodreads Challenge is in full effect.

I blew past my goal in 2017 (I read 101 of my goal of 100 books. Check out my favorites here.) and this year I’m upping the game to 125. That’s a lot of reading for someone who works more than full time and has two little kids, but I’m ready for the challenge.

Here is what I anticipate reading in January. Of course, these things can (and likely will) change… best laid plans and all that. Here goes!

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