WWW Wednesday: August 31, 2016


Welcome to the last WWW Wednesday of August! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at Should be Reading but is now hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

The Three W’s are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

So here we go…

Currently reading:

I am continuing my obsessive book binge of the Addicted/Calloway Sisters series by reading Long Way Down (Calloway Sisters #4, Addicted, #3.2). 

Recently finished:

See? Obsessively reading…

Kiss the Sky (Calloway Sisters #1, Addicted #2.1)
Hothouse Flower (Calloway Sisters #2, Addicted, #2.2)
Thrive (Addicted, #2.5)
Addicted After All (Addicted, #3)
Fuel the Fire (Calloway Sisters #3, Addicted, #3.1)

Normally, I’d say “Click on the book titles to read the reviews that I have already posted.”, but there aren’t any yet. Sorry!

Reading Next:

Obviously, I’m reading the LAST book, Some Kind of Perfect (Calloway Sisters #4.5, Addicted #3.5), next because I need to finish this series like now.

Review: Addicted to You by Krista and Becca Ritchie

Addicted to You
Addicted, #1
Authors: Kirsta and Becca Ritchie
Publication Date: June 13, 2013
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Fiction

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


She’s addicted to sex. He’s addicted to booze…the only way out is rock bottom.

No one would suspect shy Lily Calloway’s biggest secret. While everyone is dancing at college bars, Lily stays in the bathroom. To get laid. Her compulsion leads her to one-night stands, steamy hookups and events she shamefully regrets. The only person who knows her secret happens to have one of his own.

Loren Hale’s best friend is his bottle of bourbon. Lily comes at a close second. For three years, they’ve pretended to be in a real relationship, hiding their addictions from their families. They’ve mastered the art of concealing flasks and random guys that filter in and out of their apartment.

But as they sink beneath the weight of their addictions, they cling harder to their destructive relationship and wonder if a life together, for real, is better than a lie. Strangers and family begin to infiltrate their guarded lives, and with new challenges, they realize they may not just be addicted to alcohol and sex.

Their real vice may be each other.

New Adult Romance recommended for readers 18+ for mature content.

I’m not sure what I expected when I decided to read Addicted to You. I knew it was a series that had been highly recommended, but I didn’t have any idea how obsessed I was going to become with the characters and their stories.

Addicted to You is the story of wealthy best friends, Lily and Lo. Lo is an alcoholic. Lily is a sex addict. Their sham of a boyfriend-girlfriend relationship hides their addictions from their families and the world. The longer they pretend to be with each other, the more they begin to crave a reality where their relationship is real. But a real relationship might just create more problems than it solves.

This book was like watching a train wreck. It was so ugly and messed up, but I couldn’t take my eyes away from it. It stressed me out and put me on edge, but I couldn’t put it down. I loved Lily and Lo too damn much. They were extremely flawed, but so real and honest. Their addictions were heartbreaking. I worried about them constantly. I wanted to know they were going to make it through, that they would be alright. I wanted to see a future for them — together — where their addictions didn’t rule them.

I feel weird saying this, but I am totally addicted to the Addicted series. I can’t put it down. I don’t want to put it down. I’m emotionally connected to it now. I know I’m going to have the biggest book hangover when I’m done with the series, but I don’t care. I love Lo and Lily. I love their friends and family. I want to know — have to know — what’s going to happen to them all in the end.

New Adult readers: Read.This.Book. It’s FREE on Amazon right now. I highly recommend it.

Top Ten Tuesday: Back To School FREEBIE: Collegiate Fiction


Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is a Back To School Freebie. My choice for the theme is Collegiate Fiction. I chose to spotlight books set in college because I love the New Adult genre. Some of these will be series, some standalones and some single books in a series.

1. The Off-Campus Series by Elle Kennedy
(The Deal, The Mistake, The Score)


2. The Ivy Years Series by Sarina Bowen
(The Year We Fell Down, The Year We Hid Away, Blonde Date, The Understatement of The Year, The Shameless Hour, The Fifteenth Minute)


The Fifteenth Minute

3. The Falling Series by Ginger Scott
(This is Falling, You and Everything After, The Girl I Was Before, In Your Dreams)



4. Bright Side (Bright Side, #1) by Kim Holden


4. One Tiny Lie (Ten Tiny Breaths, #2) by K.A. Tucker


5. More Than Series by Jay McLean
(More Than This, More Than Her, More Than Him, More Than Forever, More Than Enough)


6. Sincerely, Carter by Whitney G.
(Sincerely, Carter, Sincerely, Arizona)

7. Too Late by Colleen Hoover

8. The Hazards Series by Ivy Rose
(The Hazards of Skinny Dipping, The Hazards of a One Night Stand, The Hazards of Sex on the Beach)

9. Unforgettable You Series by Beverley Kendall
(Only You, All Over You, Always Been You)

10. Smut by Karina Halle

BONUS! Ruin Series by Rachel Van Dyken
(Ruin, Toxic, Shame)

I honestly could have gone on and on with this topic! Are there any you would add?

Release Day Review & Giveaway: For Better or Worse by Lauren Layne

Sex and the City meets The Wedding Planner in Lauren Layne’s sizzling brand-new contemporary romance series The Wedding Belles, about three ambitious wedding planners who can make any bride’s dream come true but their own. Leading us down the aisle with the second in the series, To Have and to Hold, Lauren Layne will rouse summer lists with a reception line of great reading as she “produces winner after winner” (Fiction Vixen).

For Better or Worse
The Wedding Belles, Volume 2
Lauren Layne
Pocket Books
August 30, 2016
ISBN 9781501135156


In For Better or Worse, the sexy second novel in USA Today bestselling author Lauren Layne’s irresistible new series, an up-and-comer Wedding Belle butts heads with the literal guy next door. Will their brewing tension boil over into something more?

 He’s driving her insane . . .

When small-town girl Heather Fowler finally gets promoted from elite Wedding Belles assistant to full-fledged planner, she’s determined to put her best foot forward. Unfortunately, her first celebrity client demands an opulent black-tie affair at the Plaza…in three months. Heather’s days become a flurry of cake tastings, dress fittings, RSVP cards, and bridal tantrums. But what she’s really losing sleep over is the live music blaring from her playboy neighbor’s apartment all night. Heather vows to put this entitled man-child in his place, whether he likes it or not.

But a little crazy might be just what she needs.

Five years ago, Josh Tanner was a young rising star on Wall Street, complete with the penthouse and the migraines. But a grim cancer diagnosis made him realize there’s more to life than the corner office. He kicked the cancer and dedicated his life to following his passions; now, if he could just convince his pretty, workaholic neighbor to let loose, too. Once Heather begins to show him her softer side, Josh is surprised when he starts falling for the sweet, vulnerable woman hiding beneath those power suits. Soon it’s Heather’s turn to convince Josh to take the biggest risk of all: love.

 For Better or Worse will have readers engaged from the start, and wedded to the idea of a summer and fall season filled with Wedding Belles!


Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Get ready for the gushing because I absolutely adored this new release by Lauren Layne! I don’t know how she does it, but each book she writes just gets better and better. For Better or Worse might just be my favorite novel by her yet!

For Better or Worse was so much fun to read! I loved the main characters, Heather and Josh. I enjoyed the build up of their relationship. Their banter was witty and sexy. Each had insecurities they were dealing with. Those insecurities added a deeper level to the story without taking the fun away from it.

I couldn’t get enough of this book. I read it from beginning to end without putting it down. It made me smile so much! It was everything I like in a Contemporary Romance. It was cute, light-hearted, funny and sweet. It made me so excited to read the next book in this series!

For Better or Worse is a must read for Contemporary Romance lovers.

** I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.


“This engaging tale has a light, fun style…enough teases are given about the other “Wedding Belles” to create genuine interest in where their stories lead.”

Publishers Weekly (To Have and to Hold)

“There are family and friends, coworkers, people that aren’t as they seem, wedding information galore, dinners, drinks, chocolate, fear, anger, hurt, sadness, secrets, lies, deceit, tears, laughter, happiness, romance, loving and love…I look forward to reading the next two books in the series, For Better or Worse and To Love and to Cherish…I look forward to seeing what the Wedding Belles will be up to next!”

—Romance Junkies (To Have and to Hold)

“Layne packs as much into this sexually charged and emotionally intense novella (an introduction to her upcoming Wedding Belles series) as most authors do in a full novel…The heat between [Leah & Jason] is enough to melt steel, and the emotional connection and psychological struggles will keep readers engaged.”

Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW (From This Day Forward)

“[From This Day Forward] is trope-nip to me. Weddings/wedding planners, check. Second chances, check. Sassy heroine, check…As this book is the prequel to the forthcoming Wedding Belles, I cannot wait to get all of their stories!…From This Day Forward is 100% recommended for anyone who likes stories about weddings, stories about people who are a really good at their jobs, relationships that are a tad explosive both in and out of bed, and introductions to new tribes of characters to get to know over the next few books.”

—Fresh Fiction “Fresh Pick” (From This Day Forward)

From This Day Forward  is a delightful book. Now I can’t wait for the other ones in this series…Lauren Layne hit it right on the nose on what goes on behind the scenes…Can Jason and Leah see wedding bells in their future? We can only hope and wait for the next book in the “Wedding Belles” series. From This Day Forward was a great kick-off to the series.”

—Fresh Fiction (From This Day Forward)



Lauren Layne is the USA Today bestselling author of the Sex, Love, and Stiletto contemporary romances and the all-new Pocket Books series The Wedding Belles. She lives in New York with her husband and spoiled Pomeranian. Visitlaurenlayne.com, meet the author on Facebook at LaurenLayneAuthor, or follow her on Twitter @_LaurenLayne.

Lauren Layne interviews with THE LIBRARIAN:

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The below blogs are hosting a Wedding Belles Bouquet Giveaway to celebrate the publication of the second in the series, For Better or Worse. The Wedding Belles Bouquet will include To Have and to Hold (7/26), For Better or Worse(8/30), and To Love and to Cherish (10/18). You can visit all sites on the Bouquet Giveaway Tour to enter to win–but keep in mind you can only win once! U.S. only. Each winner will receive one copy of each book during the week of its publication date.

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Review: Out of Bounds by R.S. Grey

Out of Bounds
The Summer Games, #2
Author: R.S. Grey
Publication Date: August 1, 2016
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆


From the USA TODAY Bestselling author of Scoring Wilder, comes a sexy new STANDALONE novel.

I despise Erik Winter.

He’s arrogant and cruel—a man I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy—and by some twisted turn of fate, he’s my new Olympic gymnastics coach.

I’ve had to contend with gruff coaches in the past, but Erik is far worse. His stern demeanor complements a body built for intimidation, and his reprimands come from a mouth so cunning, I know it could strip me of my defenses—if I let it.

Though each of us would love to be rid of the other forever, we are bound to each other by need and necessity. I’m his rising star, his best shot at proving himself to his critics. And without a coach, I have zero chance of winning gold in Rio.

The easiest way forward would be to wave a white flag and make peace with the man I’ll be sharing close quarters with for the foreseeable future, but he is intent on war.

Fine. By. Me.

If he pushes me, I’ll push back harder. If he wants to test me, to play with my head, I’ll show him just how many boundaries I’m willing to cross. Because I know it’s not a choice between winning or warring—not if you can have them both. At the end of it all, I plan on leaving Rio with gold around my neck and his icy heart in the palm of my hand.

I’m really bummed that I didn’t love Out of Bounds as much as I loved the first book in this series, Settling the Score. While I still enjoyed the writing and the Olympic storyline, I had a problem with the love story in this one.

The romance in Out of Bounds was a slightly taboo one. It was a coach-athlete love story. This would bug me if it wasn’t for the fact that Brie was 20 and Erik was 27. They were both adults. It felt more like a workplace romance than a student-teacher relationship. What bothered me about Brie and Erik’s relationship was the way Erik took advantage of his coaching position. Erik put Brie in situations that were completely inappropriate for a coach to do. (If you’ve read the book, think yoga session.) I don’t care what Brie needed to work on. His methods were wrong. He took advantage of her trust. It bothered me.

The situations Erik put Brie in weren’t my only frustration with the book. I couldn’t figure out why Brie was attracted to Erik other than his looks. He was a complete jerk all of the time. I never felt a true connection between the two of them that wasn’t sexual. When they declared their love, I didn’t swoon. I was just kind of like, huh…I don’t get it.

That being said, I loved Brie. She had her insecurities, but they were overshadowed by her strengths. She stood up for herself and was a nice person. Her relationship with her mom was so sweet. Brie was also the glue that held her gymnastic team/friends together. Their hijinks were my favorite part of this book.

If Erik had he been a sweet guy instead of a complete jerk, I would probably have been in love with Out of Bounds. Luckily, I enjoyed Brie, her friends and their Olympics storyline enough to like it.

Review: Settling the Score by R.S. Grey

Settling the Score
The Summer Games, #1
Author: R.S. Grey
Publication Date: May 2, 2016
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


From the USA TODAY Bestselling author of Scoring Wilder, comes a sexy new standalone novel.

As an Olympic rookie, Andie Foster has spent far more time in her cleats than between the sheets. For 21 years, her Friday nights have consisted of blocking shots rather than taking them. But now that she’s landed in Rio, she’s ready to see for herself if the rumors about the Olympic Village are true:

• The athletes are all sex-crazed maniacs…
• The committee passes out condoms like candy…
• The games continue long after the medals have been handed out…

As Andie walks the line between rumor and reality, she’s forced into the path of Frederick Archibald, a decorated Olympic swimmer and owner of a sexy British accent–too bad he’s unavailable in a way that “it’s complicated” doesn’t even begin to explain.

In other words: off limits.

It doesn’t matter that he has abs that could bring peace to the Middle East and a smile that makes even the Queen blush; Andie fully intends on keeping her focus on the soccer field. But the Village is small. Suffocating. Everywhere Andie goes, Freddie happens to be there–shirtless, wet from the pool, and determined to show her a whole new meaning of the phrase “international affairs”.

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

If you already miss watching the Rio Olympics, have I got the book for you!

Settling the Score was an incredibly fun Olympic centered romance. It was everything I like in a sports romance. The writing was amazing, the characters fun, and it was really cool to feel like you were smack in the middle of all of the Olympic drama. Settling the Score brought a fun and sexy side to the Olympics that I hadn’t thought too much about before.

I loved Andie and Freddie. Andie was not only an accomplished athlete, but a confident woman. I loved her playful side. Freddie was a much deeper character than I expected. He had a lot to prove to Andie. I loved his backstory and how his family influenced his life. Together, they were just what you’d expect a sexy, athletic couple to be.

Andie and Freddie weren’t the only exciting characters in the story. There were a couple of athletes from Grey’s previous books that made appearances. I did feel like I was missing out on something great not knowing them before, but it didn’t bother me. It just made me more excited to go back, read their stories, and get to know them better.

Settling the Score is a story New Adult sports romance fans are sure to love. I would highly recommend it. It will get you right back in the Olympic spirit.





Review: Stars Shining Bright Above by Kate Perry

Stars Shining Bright Above
Bedford Falls, #3
Author: Kate Perry
Publication Date: August 13, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆


For Luna Kipling, moving to Bedford Falls is a fresh start—a chance to let go of the mistakes of the past and start over with a clean slate. It’s a chance to find real love, with someone who values and respects her mind and heart rather than just her body.

And that someone is not contractor Travis Scott, even if his hammer is big and he knows how to use it…

The more I read Kate Perry’s books, the more I enjoy them. Her writing always has a serene and dreamy feel to it. It doesn’t matter what trials or tribulations her characters are going through, I can always count on Kate Perry to get them where they need to be in a realistic and self-discovering way.

In Stars Shining Bright Above, Perry returns once again to Bedford Falls. It’s mystic shop owner Luna’s turn to find love this time, and she gets her chance with Bedford Fall’s favorite construction guy.

The last thing Luna or Travis is looking for is love. Luna’s done with changing herself for a man only to have her heart-broken. Travis is happy avoiding the women of Bedford Falls by hooking up with women from out-of-town. When a burst pipe brings them together, neither can deny the attraction they feel for each other and the longing for their relationship to be something more.

I loved Luna’s desire to have a man accept her for who she was. So many times in life, we try to be the person we think someone wants us to be rather than the person we really are. Her determination to show not only herself and Travis but the entire town who she was on the inside was commendable. I did have a little bit of a hard time relating to Luna’s mystical side, though. Her character was a little out of my comfort zone at times.

Travis was an awesome leading man. I loved everything about him! From the way he treated Luna to the way he cared for his family, he had me swooning. I even liked the way he fought with Luna.

My favorite thing about Stars Shining Bright Above was how real Travis and Luna’s relationship struggles felt. Each had a valid point. I loved that it wasn’t a matter of right or wrong, but of compromise.

Stars Shining Bright Above was a wonderful addition to the Bedford Falls series. It’s a book contemporary romance readers are sure to enjoy.

Review: Candlemoth: A Holy City Romance by Pauline West

Candlemoth: A Holy City Romance
Pauline West
Publication Date: June 23, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotica, New Adult
Note: I received this book from the author in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆


A bold and independent free spirit from the foster system of small town South Carolina, Lily is a survivor with skeletons in her closet. She knows what she wants and how to get it. And a spoiled rich playboy is not part of her plan- but Ry is irresistible.

The bad boy heir to the Calhoun fortune, Ry is a notorious Lowcountry playboy who’s never met a challenge like gorgeous Lily Inoue.

How can someone so wrong feel exactly right?

Steamy, exciting and beautifully written, this dramatic romance between a free spirit and a controlling playboy will appeal to fans of Sylvia Day and romance lovers everywhere.

Book One in the Holy City Romance series about a wild and fun-loving group of twenty-somethings in Charleston, South Carolina.

Candlemoth: A Holy City Romance was one of those books that I can see many readers falling in love with, but it frustrated me a little too much to give more than 3 stars. It’s not that I didn’t like the story, it just drove me a little crazy at times.

Lily is a young woman trying to move on from her past and make it on her own. She’s putting time in with a catering company, trying to stay on top of her expenses. She doesn’t need anything, especially a man, complicating her life.

Her dreams of self-sufficiency are threatened after Lily meets bad boy Ry at a party she’s helping cater. Ry is one of the most sought after men in South Carolina. He could have any woman he wants, but it’s Lily he’s determined to catch. Lily doesn’t get his attraction to her, but she loves the way he makes her feel.

Candlemoth: A Holy City Romance was well written and incredibly sexy. I enjoyed parts of the story, but there were some major turn offs for me in this one.

The dialog between Lily, her friends and family felt exaggerated. I don’t know how to explain it other than to say it was kind of cheesy. I couldn’t stand the way they talked to each other. There were so many pet names. Everyone and anyone had one for Lily. When her boss called her by one, I wanted her to scream sexual harassment.

I also had some problems with the insta-lust between Ry and Lily. Their “relationship” happened too quickly for me. I didn’t feel a connection between them. I mean, I knew they were attracted to each other physically. I just never got the emotional connection between the two. It made some of the drama toward the end of the book feel unrealistic to me.

If those two things hadn’t overshadowed the story, I think I would have fallen in love with Candlemoth: A Holy City Romance. Like I said, the writing was good, the plot was interesting, and the sex scenes were beyond steamy. I would recommend it to readers who enjoy a dark-ish erotic tale. Just be warned — there’s a big cliffhanger waiting at the end.

WWW Wednesday: August 24, 2016


Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at Should be Reading but is now hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

The Three W’s are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

So here we go…

Currently reading:

I am reading Kiss the Sky (Calloway Sisters #1, Addicted #2.1). I’m so addicted to this series! I feel like I’m obsessed and can’t put it down! It’s made me so behind on writing reviews.

Recently finished:

I have been reading like crazy this week. Part of that was due to a train trip I took from Tacoma, WA to Portland, OR. I had 3 and a half hours to read on the trip both ways. Plus, my train home was delayed 2 hours so I read then, too.

Glens Falls: Book Two
This Adventure Ends
The Summer Games: Settling the Score
The Summer Games: Out of Bounds
Addicted to You (Addicted, #1)
Ricochet (Addicted, #1.5)
Addicted for Now (Addicted, #2)

Click on the book titles to read the reviews that I have already posted.

Reading Next:

Obviously, I’m reading Hothouse Flower (Calloway Sisters #2, Addicted, #2.2) next because I can’t stop reading this series!!!

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books On My Shelf That I STILL Haven’t Read Yet


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Ten Books That Have Been On Your Shelf (Or TBR) From Before You Started Blogging That You STILL Haven’t Read Yet. 

Ugh. This topic depresses me. I’ve only been blogging for a little over a year, but the list goes back further than that. Some of these are books I bought. Others are books I was given. All are books I own. Sigh.

1.The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

2. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

3. Heartsick by Chelsea Cain

4. Wild by Cheryl Strayed

5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Alexie Sherman

6. The Giver by Lois Lowry

7. Ten Beach Road by Wendy Wax

8. The One I Left Behind by Jennifer McMahon

9. The Source by J.D. Horn

10. How I Came to Sparkle Again by Kaya McLaren

Have your read any of these books? Are any of them stuck on your TBR list, too?