WWW Wednesday: March 4, 2020

Welcome to WWW Wednesday!

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. The purpose is to share what I’ve reading lately. The three W’s stand for:

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


Recently Read

I started with an ARC of Creole Kingpin (Magnolia Duet, #1). Then I read Queen of Lies (Empire of Lies, #2), and The Guy in the Middle (The Underdogs, #3).

Currently Reading

I’m reading an ARC of Bench Player (Charleston Thrashers, #2).

Reading Next

I have no idea!I’m in a mood reading mood lately.

What are you reading? Make sure to leave me your link below so I can check out your post. 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday: Books with Single Word Titles

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is:

Books with Single Word Titles

1. Combative
Author: Jay McLean

Combative is the first in a suspenseful romantic trilogy where each book has a one word title. After Combative comes Redemptive and Destructive.

2. Intercepted
Author: Alexa Martin

Here’s another series filled with one word titles like Intercepted, Fumbled, and Blitzed.

3. Built
Author: Jay Crownover

In this series we have Leveled, Built, Charged, Rivited, and Salvaged.

4. Bred
Author: Ginger Scott

Ginger Scott also has another single named title Memphis.

5. Motion
Author: Penny Reid

After Motion comes Space and Time.

6. Tattered
Author: Devney Perry

Lark Cove also has Timid, Tragic, and Tinsel.

7. Brooklynaire
Author: Sarina Bowen

Bowen actually has a ton of single name titles she’s written.

8. Him

Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy have Him, Us, and Stay as single name titles.

9. Trapped
Author: Beverly Kendall

This isn’t the only book in this series with a single title. There’s also Played.

10. Sacked
Author: Jen Frederick

The Gridiron series has Sacked, Jockblocked, Downed, and Played.

This is one of those topics where I could probably have gone on a lot longer than just 10.

Review: Yours in Scandal (Lauren Layne)

Yours in Scandal
Series: Man of the Year, #1
Author: Lauren Layne
Publication Date: March 10, 2020
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

A political golden boy and the woman of his dreams take the risk of their lives in a sexy romantic comedy of strange bedfellows and second chances by New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne.

Fresh off being named Citizen magazine’s Man of the Year, New York City’s youngest mayor, Robert Davenport, decides it’s time to strategize. Next move: a bid for the governor’s seat. In his way: an incumbent with a flawless reputation. He also has an Achilles’ heel: an estranged wild-child daughter with a past so scandalous it could be Robert’s ticket to victory. And a charm so irresistible it could be Robert’s downfall.

Rebellion is a thing of the past for Adeline Blake. As New York’s premier event planner, she’s all about reform and respectability. Then she’s approached by Robert to organize the party of the season. Curious, considering he’s her father’s most formidable opponent. And alarming, too. Because Addie can’t help but fall for the righteously popular candidate with the movie-star smile.

Now it’s Robert’s choice. Does he pursue a future that holds his legacy? Or the woman who holds his heart?


I’m a little bummed after reading Yours in Scandal. It was not my favorite book by Lauren Layne. She is one of my go-to contemporary romance writers and I have loved every single one of her books but this one fell short. Yours in Scandal was just okay bordering on good for me. I’m going to give you my likes and dislikes for it below.

Likes:

  • I loved Addie’s character and her back story. The whole estranged daughter of a political opponent thing was fun.
  • The romance between Addie and Robert was sweet. It was the best thing about this book. It felt like it was made for a T.V. movie.
  • Robert when he wasn’t making dumb decisions.
  • Addie’s friends. I see some fun stories coming in the future for them!
  • How all the drama and the end played out. It was cute!

Dislikes:

  • Normally, I’m not a fan of third person narration. It usually works for me in LL’s books because she’s such a great writer. Sadly, it didn’t work for me in this book. It harder for me to connect to the characters.
  • I didn’t really like Robert when I first met his character. There was something off-putting about him and I couldn’t figure it out. Maybe it was his willingness to go along with his advisor. I don’t know. I did find myself liking him somewhere in the middle (see above).
  • My biggest dislike is that the entire book just felt slow. I had to push myself to read it when normally I’m enthralled with LL’s stories.

I really wish I hadn’t struggled through the beginning of this book and had to push myself to read it because the romance and the ending were so good. I’m hoping the rest of the books in the series are stronger reads for me.

Mini Review: Queen of Lies (Whitney G.)

Queen of Lies
Series: Empire of Lies, #2
Author: Whitney G.
Publication Date: February 27, 2020
Publisher: WGW Books, LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Book 2 in the Empire of Lies trilogy.
The twists and turns in Michael & Meredith’s story continue…

The woman I fell in love with is a walking contradiction…
She’s sexy as hell, yet infuriating. Hopelessly in love with me, but carefully plotting to get the hell away.
She honestly thinks that I’m the ‘king of lies’?
Well, she f-cking fooled you…
She’s the queen.


The surprises that began in King of Lies kept coming in Queen of Lies. I don’t know what to say other than I wasn’t expecting some of the twists and the ending left me wondering what could possibly come next. Meredith and Michael’s story is crazy, epic, and I love it! I CANNOT wait for the final installment of this trilogy!