Review: Author Anonymous by E.K. Blair

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Author: E.K. Blair
Publication Date: August 29, 2016
Genre: Romance, Erotica, Based on a True Story

Rating: Unrated – Explanation in review.


*An intoxicatingly risqué stand-alone book.

She’s an author.
She’s a mother.
She’s a wife.
She’s a fraud, a woman marked and bound by her own deceit.

Experience the astounding tale of how Anonymous battled through a year of scandals and betrayals, how her world fell from its axis with a single choice, and how she lost herself between reality and fantasy.

This is a stand-alone tangled in lust, heartbreak, and contrition.

*Based on a true story.

I’m going to start out by apologizing for this review. It is going to be one giant rant. That can’t be helped, so I’m sorry. I’m also going to warn that if you’re not into books with cheating, this one definitely isn’t for you. The entire focus of Author Anonymous is cheating. There’s nothing happy in it either, so if you’re looking for a dark but uplifting romance this isn’t it.

Let’s start with what I actually liked about this book. E.K. Blair deserves 5 stars for her writing. It’s dark, gritty, and unapologetic. I applaud her for being able to portray the characters the way she did. Their actions and thoughts were hard to read, so they had to be hard to write.

Now for the rant…

I wanted to DNF this book so badly. I basically had to force myself to read it. It was morally disturbing to me. I hated the main character Tori. I hated her thoughts, her actions, her truths. Nothing about what she did was okay. I don’t care what her reasons were. I’m a wife and mother. I’ve been married for 10 years, so I can understand some of her complaints about her marriage but nothing excuses her from the choices she made. I try not to be judgemental, but I’m judging here. She knew what she was doing the entire time. It was intentional. She knew she was hurting everyone around her and did it anyway.

It’s hard to explain my thoughts about the male characters in this “love triangle” without giving too much away, so I’ll keep it simple. I hated Alec. I didn’t trust anything about him. He was just as horrible as Tori. Landon was okay. He wasn’t an innocent bystander, but he wasn’t really malicious either. I understood why he did what he did and I was okay with it for the most part. I also want to point out that Landon said something about 40% in that I really agree with when it comes to cheating.

Obviously, reading Author Anonymous was a struggle for me. I was so looking forward to getting to the end and being able to come to terms with what this book had dealt me. I thought I was getting what I wanted until E.K. Blair did something I was not expecting. I don’t know whether to be pissed off at her or call her a genius. Considering how I felt about the story, I’d probably lean towards pissed off. If I hadn’t been reading this book on my Kindle, I would have thrown it at the wall or, better yet, burnt it!

I seriously hope the real Tori is never revealed. I don’t want to know who she is. I have to admit it took guts for her to ask E.K. Blair to write her story and put it out there. Although, now that I think about it, it seems like an attention-getting scheme.

Ugh. So how do I give Author Anonymous a rating? On one hand, the writing was brilliant. If it wasn’t based on a true story, I might have thought E.K. Blair was super creative for coming up with such a frustrating story and character. I do want to explore her other books. On the other hand, I hated this book the entire time I was reading it (except for maybe one or two chapters) partly because I knew it was based on a true story. I really did want to DNF it. I thought maybe I could come up with a middle ground rating, but I didn’t feel like any rating could properly portray my feelings. I guess that means I’m leaving it unrated. I will say that I’m glad that I was able to borrow this book from the Amazon Prime Kindle Lending Library. I think I would have been angry if I had spent money on a book that was so infuriating.

Birthday Book GIVEAWAY!

Happy birthday to me!

It feels weird writing that, but I wasn’t sure how else to start this fun giveaway post. Every year I feel truly blessed to be alive and for all that I have in life. This year, since I managed to miss out on doing something fun for my one year blogiversary, I decided that I wanted to host a giveaway of some of my favorite Kindle books over the years. There’s nothing you have to do to try to win them other than clicking on the link. All winners are selected randomly by Amazon. One lucky person will win a copy of each Kindle book. I wish you luck! Thanks for celebrating with me.

P.S. All of these books are for mature readers.



















Review: Crazy Pucking Love by Cindi Madsen

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Series: Taking Shots, #3
Author: Cindi Madsen
Publication Date: November 7, 2016
Publisher: Entangled Embrace
Genre: New Adult, Sports Romance
Note: I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆


I just met the girl of my dreams. Megan Davenport is funny and smart, and she’s as much of an insomniac as I am. She’s also my team captain’s little sister, which I only found out after our passionate kiss. Megan is completely off-limits—her brother makes that very clear—and I know better than to think I can keep a relationship going during hockey season anyway. But that doesn’t mean we can’t be late-night friends, right? The only problem is, love makes you do crazy things, like breaking all the rules.

If you read my blog at all, you know I’m a sucker for a new adult hockey romance with a shirtless guy on the cover. Add in a forbidden romance with a teammate’s younger sister on a blurb and that ups my excitement two-fold. So now you know I was super-duper excited to read Crazy Pucking Love  — especially because I’ve never had the chance to read anything by Cindi Madsen before. I’m so happy to have found her hockey romance series!

Crazy Pucking Love was so well written. I really enjoyed the dual points of view. It made Megan and Dane feel like real people. I adored them both. Their thoughts and feelings reminded me so much of being a college student. I could easily empathize with their doubts and concerns. I loved the way their relationship began and how it progressed throughout the story. Underneath all of their fears, they had such a strong emotional connection and amazingly hot chemistry. The ups and downs they went through made their journey so much more meaningful.

My only issue with Crazy Pucking Love was the characters’ back stories. I liked them, but they were never clearly presented. There were so many layers to what Megan and Dane had experienced in their pasts. Bits and pieces were given away, but I never felt like I got the whole story. Their histories either a) deserved more time than they got or b) needed to less complex.

Overall, Crazy Pucking Love was an entertaining hockey romance. I loved the entire cast of characters and I’m really looking forward to going back and reading the first two books in the series. I would definitely recommend Crazy Pucking Love to college hockey romance fans.

The Sunshine Blogger Award

Good morning! I was tagged by the lovely Maren @ The Worn Bookmark for The Sunshine Blogger Award. Thank, Maren!


  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Answer 11 questions set by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 5 bloggers to receive the award and write them 11 new questions to answer.

Maren’s Questions:

If you could have a conversation with any book character, who would you choose?

That’s a tough one. Kate from Bright Side by Kim Holden. I feel like she was so inspirational and had a lot of advice to give.

What’s the most amount of books you’ve ever bought at one time?

I can’t give you an exact answer, but I can tell you it was $100 worth. I got an awesome gift card once.

Have you ever dressed up as a book character for Halloween?

No, but my daughter is being Mal from The Isle of the Lost and Return to the Isle of the Lost. Does that count?

Do you prefer coffee or tea?

I prefer coffee. My favorite is Starbucks’ Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew, but regular gives me anxiety. 🙁 So now I have to drink decaf. I do also drink green tea, though.

Do you schedule your posts in advance or just post them as you write them?

I schedule them in advance. Every once in a while I will post immediately, but that’s rare.

What’s your favorite way to track your reading? Goodread? On your blog? Some other way?


Do you subscribe to any author newsletters? If so, which ones?

Oh, gosh. I subscribe to a whole bunch. Pretty much any author I love.

Do you prefer to give or receive book recommendations?

I love giving them, but I also love to receive them from people/bloggers who like to read the same type of books I do.

What’s your opinion on spoilers? Do you love them or hate them?

I normally dislike them. BUT if a book is stressing me out emotionally or I am disliking a book, I will actually seek them out sometimes.

What’s your favorite book that you’ve read so far this year?

This is an evil question. I have so many! I will give you two that I read recently that I would count as favorites:

The Goal by Elle Kennedy
Keepsake by Sarina Bowen.

What’s a recent blog post that you’re proud of?

That’s a tough one. Probably The Goal by Elle Kennedy.

I Tag:

I’m going to copy Maren and nominate the following people to answer the same questions. (Sorry, feeling lazy!)

The Orang-utan Librarian


Review: Play by Piper Lawson

Author: Piper Lawson
Publication Date: September 14, 2016
Publisher: Victory Editing
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Note: I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆


PLAY is a quirky 70k word standalone about life, love, and the pursuit of orgasms.
I mean, video games.

I’m Payton Blake. A successful, balanced twenty-something girl living the dream.

OK. So it’s a big-ass lie.

I could be all of those things. If I had friends outside of work. And if I didn’t mainline watermelon slushies like they were a food group. It wouldn’t hurt if I’d had sex in the last year, either. (My best friend insists Jorge the Nightstand Boyfriend doesn’t count.)

But when you know where you’re headed, who needs to enjoy the ride? Even if part of me longed for a little between-the-sheets adventure, Max Donovan would be the last guy I’d call.

Sure, he made the indie video game that broke the internet. His eyebrow piercing’s sexy, in an ‘are-you-in-a-band?’ way, and fighting with him gets me off faster than Jorge on bezerker mode. But he’s arrogant. Presumptuous. Colder than a cactus and twice as prickly.

None of it changes the fact that I crave Max Donovan like a watermelon slushy on a hot summer day.

I should ignore him. But I can’t, because he just became my biggest client. And whether he’ll admit it or not, he needs me even more than I need him.

Game on, Max Donovan.

Play is the first book I’ve read by Piper Lawson, but it won’t be my last. I was really pleased with this book. I wasn’t really sure what to expect going into it. A financial executive and a video game creator didn’t exactly scream scorching love story to me, but I was intrigued by the enemies to lovers aspect of it so I decided to give it a shot. I’m so happy I did because the writing was great and the story was so much fun.

Normally I’m a dual point of view girl when it comes to my romances, but I loved that this story was told solely in Payton’s point of view. I loved what a strong female character she was. Payton went after what she wanted professionally and personally. I loved that she stood up for herself and didn’t back down from what she believed in. It was really refreshing to read. With her narration, I didn’t feel like I needed Max’s side of things Adding his point of view would have just complicated the story and taken away from all the cool things going on in Payton’s mind. She was actually really funny!

Don’t get me wrong, I loved Max. He was a super hot nerd with a super sexy piercing. (That dang barbel! I don’t know why I found it so drool worthy, but I did.) His back story and his job added so many great situations to the book. He was the perfect match for Payton.They had amazing chemistry and some super sexy moments together. It was so much fun to watch their romance unfold. It was so lusty and kind of a slow-burn sort of thing.

I enjoyed Play a lot and found it to be a fun new adult romance with a unique storyline. I would highly recommend it to readers who enjoy an office romance that’s kind of “out of the box”.

The Goodreads Book Tag

Thank you to Flo @ Flowless Books for tagging me for The Goodreads Book Tag. I’m so excited to do this tag! So, here we go!

What was the last book you marked as ‘read’?


Furious Rush wasn’t the last book I finished reading, but it was the last book I marked “read” on Goodreads.

What are you currently reading?


I can’t bypass a hockey sports romance, so I’m reading Crazy Pucking Love. I found it on NetGalley.

What was the last book you marked as TBR?


I just found out the Laura McHugh, author of The Weight of Blood, has a second book out. I need to read it!!!

What book do you plan to read next?


I’m doing a buddy read with some Goodreads friends of All the Rage. I’m excited to read it because I own it and it’s been sitting on my shelf forever.

Do you use the star rating system?

Yes. I’m a high rater. A book pretty much has to suck for me to rate it 2 or less stars.

Are you doing a 2016 Reading Challenge?

Yes. I already completed my goal, which I won’t share because I’ve read an incredibly embarrassing amount of books this year. I think I need to get a life. But I read at three 1-1/2 hour soccer practices every week. That’s my excuse. 😉

Do you have a wishlist?

Um, not really. Well, maybe a mental one.

What book do you plan to buy next?


I’m buying Author Anonymous because I’m buddy reading it this weekend.

Do you have any favorite quotes? Share a few.

Just a few? That’s hard. Here they are:

Dude, socks. If you just wore socks, this wouldn’t have happened.
-Ginger Scott, Wicked Restless

“Just when you think you know someone, they change. Or you change. Or maybe you both change. And that changes everything.
-Kim Holden, Bright Side

“I’m not saying you shouldn’t pursue dreams and goals. Just don’t forsake the present for the unknowns of the future. A lot of happiness is bypassed, overlooked, postponed to a time years from now that may never come. Don’t bide your time and miss out on this moment for a tomorrow with no guarantee.”
-Kim Holden, Bright Side

“Sometimes love is not enough, and it doesn’t matter how much you want it. Want him. And even if nobody else compares to that person, it doesn’t mean that you’re supposed to be with him.”
― Jessica Park, Flat-Out Celeste

Who are your favorite authors?

Honestly, I have too many to count. Here are some of them:

Elle Kennedy
Sarina Bowen
Claire Contreras
Colleen Hoover
Ginger Scott
Karen White
Whitney G.
Meghan Quinn
Amy Harmon
K.A. Tucker
Miranda Kenneally
Kasie West
Kim Holden
Jay McLean
Emery Lord
Jessica Park

I could go on and one forever, so I’ll stop here.

Have you joined any groups?

I’ve joined a bunch of them and used to participate a lot, but now the only one I really participate in is Young Adult Contemporary Romance. I love those ladies!

I tag:

Ari @ The Daydreaming Bookworm
Arec @ Rainy Thursdays
Ashley @ What’s She Reading?
Beth @ Betwixt These Pages
Claire @ Art and Soul
Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions
Jennifer @ Wonderland Review
Maren @ The Worn Bookmark
Raven @ Dreamy Addictions
Stephanie @ Stephanie’s Book Reviews
and anyone else who wants to do this one!

Review: Furious Rush by S.C. Stephens

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Author: S.C. Stephens
Publication Date: August 23, 2016
Publisher: Forever
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance
Note: I received this book from Forever via Goodreads in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆


Too fast, too furious-and way too hot to handle . . .

Mackenzie Cox has a lot to prove. Daughter of a racing legend, she is eager to show the world that she has inherited her father’s talent in the male-dominated sport of professional motorcycle racing. The last thing Kenzie needs is to be antagonized by her rival team’s newest rider, Hayden Hayes. Plucked from the world of illegal street racing, Hayden immediately gets under Kenzie’s skin. His insinuations that Kenzie is a spoiled princess who was handed her career fuels her desire to win, and much to her surprise, Kenzie soon learns she performs better when she’s racing against Hayden.

As Kenzie and Hayden push each other on the track, the electric energy between them off the track shifts into an intense–and strictly forbidden–attraction. The only rule between their two ultra-competitive teams is zero contact. Kenzie always does her best to play by the rules, but when her team slips into a financial crisis, she has no choice but to turn to Hayden for help. The tension simmers during their secret, late-night rendezvous, but Kenzie has too much to lose to give in to her desires. Especially when she begins to doubt that Hayden has completely left his street life behind…

To completely honest, this isn’t the first book I’ve tried to read by S.C. Stephens. I tried to read Thoughtful, but I couldn’t finish it. It wasn’t the writing. The writing was great. It was the subject matter. I had a hard time with the love triangle in that one. That being said, I was very excited to get to read Furious Rush because I did like her writing and wanted a chance to experience it without a love triangle getting in my way.

Furious Rush was different from other sports romances I’ve read. It revolved around the world of motorcycle racing and was written from Kenzie’s point of view. I wasn’t sure how that would go at first. My husband watches motorcycle racing and I find it a little boring. Furious Rush wasn’t boring, though. It was exhilarating! The racing aspect of the story made everything feel fast-paced and risky. It also helped create a really cool forbidden love storyline that I loved.

Hayden and Kenzie’s relationship started out as a love-hate kind of thing. They had amazing chemistry off and on the track. I could feel the intensity of it every time they were around each other. Both of them had a lot to lose, and it amplified their connection. It was fun to experience Kenzie trying to hold back her feelings and do what was expected of her. She was a tough girl and wanted to be seen as an equal to the guys, but she also had a softer side. I really respected the way she dealt with her father. Hayden was a surprise. The way he came across in the first chapter wasn’t necessarily who he was. I liked getting to know his character and what drove him as the book went on. Hayden was actually a very decent and good guy.

The supporting characters in Furious Rush were great. They were all part of the racing world and added so much to the story. I especially loved Kenzie’s friends Miles and Nikki. (I would love to read a book about either of them!)  The only character I didn’t get was Felicia, but I feel like she’s going to be explained in the next book in the series, or at least I hope so.

My only complaint about Furious Rush was the last 1/4 of the book. It took a turn I didn’t expect and I still can’t decide if I like. The ending was also a little abrupt. It felt like it could have been a cliffhanger or just “The End”. If it’s a cliffhanger, I’m really interested in seeing what comes next. If it’s “The End” of Kenzie’s story, I feel like I’m missing something. I guess I’ll just have to wait and see what the blurb of book 2 is. 😉

Overall, I truly enjoyed reading Furious Rush. I loved the uniqueness of the story and the characters. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next in S.C. Stephens’ world of motorcycle racing.

WWW Wednesday: October 26, 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:


My daughter and I have been making steady progress through Return to the Isle of the Lost. I’m hoping we can finish it by the end of the month.

Next up is Believe (The Brightside, #3). I haven’t read anything before from this author and it’s really cute so far.

Recently finished:


This past week was once again filled completely with romance novels. 🙂

Stroked Hard (Stroked, #3)
Furious Rush
Waking Olivia
Lucas (Preston Brothers, #1)

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

Reading Next:


I’m doing a weekly read at the beginning of next week with my favorite Goodreads group of All the Rage. I’ve owned a physical copy of this book for a long time, so it’s nice to finally read it.

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books That Put Me On Edge

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Halloween Related Freebie. I am not a fan of scary novels but I do read thrillers every once in a while, so I decided to go with Ten Books That Put Me On Edge.

1. The Weight of Blood
by Laura McHugh

2. Sharp Objects
by Gillian Flynn

3. Those Girls
by Chevy Stevens

4. Delicate Monsters
by Stephanie Kuehn

5. Mud Vein
by Tarryn Fisher

6. One Kick
by Chelsea Cain

7. In the Woods
by Tana French

8. Bone Dust White
by  Karin Salvalaggio

9. Hannibal
by Thomas Harris

10. Jagger
by Heather C. Leigh


Review: Waking Olivia by Elizabeth O’Roark

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Author: Elizabeth O’Roark
Publication Date: March 12, 2016
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance
Note: I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


“That girl isn’t just trouble of the not-a-team-player, not-a-reliable-runner variety. She’s trouble of the devious, manipulative, too-f***ing-hot-for-her-own good variety. She’s the kind of girl who causes trouble merely by existing, and then makes sure to cause more.
And the last thing I need right now is more trouble.”

A failing farm.
His father’s debt.
And a struggling college track team.
Will Langstrom has too many responsibilities, and the last thing he needs is Olivia Finnegan, a beautiful but troubled new transfer student.

A smart mouth.
A strong right hook.
And a secret that could destroy her.
Olivia is her own worst enemy, with a past she can’t seem to escape, and the last person she wants help from is a cocky track coach she can never seem to please.
Refusing to be pushed away, Will is determined to save her.
And determined to resist an attraction that could destroy them both.

I was told by other bloggers that I would love this book. I knew it had to be a great new adult novel, but I had no idea what I was in store for. Waking Olivia was amazing! It left me  wondering why I haven’t heard of author Elizabeth O’Roark before?!?!

Elizabeth O’Roark’s writing was exceptional. The emotions in this book were so palpable and intense. I felt fear, loathing, anger, nervousness, sadness, happiness, love, hope. It was amazing and overwhelming at the same time. I felt like I was in the story! And the plot. It was so complex! Waking Olivia wasn’t just another romance. It had a darker, thriller side to it. It was so cool. I also have to throw in the fact that the running theme in this book actually worked. It’s very rare to find a book where running as part of the plot feels natural. It did here.

I loved the main characters in Waking Olivia. Neither of them was perfect, which made them feel all the more real. They were both so complex and compelling, especially Olivia. She was haunted by her past and could barely function in the present. She came across as a hard person, so getting to know what was deep inside her was rewarding. I had such hope for her. Will may not have initially been happy with his new trouble-making track star, but I loved the fire Olivia brought to his life. Being around her showed who he really was. He may have been the sexy track coach, but he was also a compassionate human being.

I’m not a big fan of student-teacher/coach relationship, so I was originally worried I wouldn’t enjoy the forbidden romance between Olivia and Will. I shouldn’t have worried, though. I loved Will and Olivia’s connection. The relationship between them and their situation didn’t have a truly forbidden feel. They were so close in age (even if Will seemed so much more mature) and it felt more like a workplace romance than a student-teacher one. I do have to admit that the secrecy of their relationship did set me on edge several times, but I loved Will and Olivia together. They completed each other in a very special way.

One of the things I loved most about Waking Olivia was the last few chapters. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the entire story. I was so addicted to it that if I could have forced myself to stay awake any longer, I would have read it in one sitting. But there was something so special about the ending. Where some authors would have ended the story, Elizabeth O’Roark continued it. She made it a true story of healing. I felt like I got a well thought out and possible conclusion for Olivia. I really loved that.

If you’re a new adult fan or just a romance fan in general, you really need to read Waking Olivia. It’s an awesome experience that you don’t want to miss. (You can find it as one of NetGalley’s Read Now books.)