Review: Bachelor Boss (Sara Ney)

Bachelor Boss
Series: The Bachelors Club, #2
Author: Sara Ney
Publication Date: April 7, 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

What is The Bachelors Club?

It’s a gentleman’s club—like the dignified men of the past used to have. Except, we’re not gentleman, and we’re not dignified.

We’re ineligible bachelors, bored, jaded and not looking for relationships. Quite the opposite actually. So committed to being single, we’ve created a high stakes bet to see who can remain single the longest…

Four days co-habitating in a shared work space shouldn’t be a big deal. It shouldn’t be distracting. But Spencer Standish saw me puking in a company trash can, and won’t let me live it down. Cheerful, aggravating Spencer, who wants me to fetch her coffee.

As if she’s the boss of me.

And now I’m stuck sharing her office.

Let’s face facts: I can’t be in a relationship; not when there’s a bet to win—not with Spencer, who loves my uncontrollable basset hound, lazy Sundays, and grilled cheese as much as I do. I refuse to fall for her.

I will be the last Bachelor standing.


Sara Ney is back with a new addition to her The Bachelors Club series. Bachelor Boss was a fun addition to the series. Here are my thoughts broken down about what I loved and didn’t about this book.

What I loved:

  • The whole co-worker scenario that went on. What a great idea!
  • The banter. Spencer and Phillip cracked me up. They were both into each other and trying to piss each other off. It made for so many LOL moments.
  • Phillip. I just liked the dude. He didn’t come off like Brooks did. He seemed like more of a decent guy from the beginning.
  • Spencer. As a follower of Ney’s Instagram, I felt like I could see parts of her personality in Spencer. I really liked that and Spencer in general.
  • How things worked out for Spencer and Phillip.
  • Humphrey. The basset hound was just perfect.

What I didn’t like:

  • There wasn’t really anything that stood out to me. Well, except that I don’t think the title goes well with the story. No one’s a boss — maybe bossy, but that’s it. This wasn’t my favorite Sara Ney book, but it was a fun read.

WWW Wednesday: April 22, 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 read Beef Cake (Donner Bakery, #4). Then I read ARCs of Finding Mr. Right Next Door, Always a BridesmaidHeartless King (Kings of Rittenhouse, #5), and Not My Romeo (The Game Changer, #1).


Currently Reading

I’m reading Beach Read.

Reading Next

*shrugs* Guess it’s going to depend on my mood.

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

Top Ten Tuesday: Titles That Would Make Good Band Names

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:

 Titles That Would Make Good Band Names

1. Broken & Screwed (Tijan)

This just makes me think 90’s grunge band.

2. Atheists Who Kneel and Pray (Tarryn Fisher)

Does anyone else imagine this as a hard rock band?

3. God-Shaped Hole (Tiffanie DeBartolo)

This could be another grunge or rock band.

4. Riven Knight (Devney Perry)

Heavy metal for sure!

5. The Lucky Heart (Devney Perry)

Can’t you hear a song by this band on country radio?

6. Echoes Between Us (Katie McGarry)

Kind of makes me think 80’s pop.

7. The Raging Ones (Krista & Becca Ritchie)

Cookie monster music as my husband calls it or death metal.

8. The Other Side (Kim Holden)

I’m thinking alternative rock. Something smooth and soft.

9. Bred (Ginger Scott)

Old school rock and roll.

10. Beauty and the Beefcake (Pippa Grant)

I’m thinking this is a girl and guy. Maybe a gal kind of like Zooey Deschanel and some really ripped dude. They would be kind of folky.

11. Daisy Jones & The Six (Taylor Jenkins Reid)

LOL. This so needed to be a real band that I couldn’t leave it out.

Review: Madam Temptress (Meghan March)

Madam Temptress
Series: The Magnolia Duet, #2
Author: Meghan March
Publication Date: April 14, 2020
Publisher: Meghan March LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

I didn’t choose this path. No one would.

I played the cards I was dealt.

This life made me. This city made me.

I won’t apologize for who I’ve become.

Moses wouldn’t have me any other way.

He says he wants forever, and I’m starting to believe him.

But I can’t outrun my past, and my sins are catching up with me.

If it’s time to atone, I’ll gladly pay my penance.

We might be getting our second chance, but we have to make it out alive first.

Madam Temptress is the conclusion of the Magnolia Duet and should be read after Creole Kingpin.


Oh, boy! Madam Temptress was quite the ride. There were twists and turns around every corner! I was on the edge of my seat the entire time I was reading it. On top of all the action, I loved getting to know Magnolia and Moses even better. They weren’t perfect people, but their relationship was perfect for them. It was a relationship I could easily root for. Madam Temptress was so much fun to read. I hope Ms. March will continue to write books in this New Orleans setting.

Where to buy:

https://meghanmarch.com/madam-temptress
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Google Play:  http://bit.ly/MadamTemptressGP

 About the author:

Making the jump from corporate lawyer to romance author was a leap of faith that New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author Meghan March will never regret. With over thirty titles published, she has sold millions of books in nearly a dozen languages to fellow romance-lovers around the world. A nomad at heart, she can currently be found in the woods of the Pacific Northwest, living her happily ever after with her real-life alpha hero.

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Mini Reviews: Parental Guidance, Throw Like a Girl, You’d Be Mine, & Pike

Hi, friends. Today, I’m sharing with you four quick reviews.

Parental Guidance
Series: Ice Knights, #1
Author: Avery Flynn
Publication Date: May 31, 2019
Publisher: Entangled Publishing LLC (Amara)
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

All I want is to play hockey on the Ice Knights, instead, I’m in a viral video for all the wrong reasons and my mom—yes, my mom—has taken over my dating apps. Then, when I think it can’t get any worse, the fates deliver Zara Ambrose, a five-feet-nothing redhead with more freckles than inches and who’d rather be anywhere other than on a date with me.

Now a bet with her friends and my PR nightmare have us both stuck in this go-on-five-dates-with-the-same-person hell situation. But if we band together, we can get the whole thing over with and go on with our lives. It’s perfect! No feelings. No future. No fuc— *ahem* fun. No naked fun.

What could go wrong? Nothing—as long as I remember the rules. Don’t notice the way she looks in a dress. Don’t react when she does that little shivery sigh thing whenever we touch. Don’t think about the fact that she’s never had a toe-curling orgasm that wasn’t self-delivered and just how badly I want to change that.

Five dates—that’s it—and then we go our separate ways. At least, that was the plan..

My thoughts:

A while back I read Awk-Weird, the second book in this series, and absolutely adored it. I was excited to go back and read the first book in the series. I didn’t fall in love with Parental Guidance the way I did Awk-Weird. It took me longer to get into the story. It wasn’t until Zara and Caleb met (a bit into the story) that I started to love it. Parental Guidance ended up being a cute read with characters I loved. It’s worth the read, so power through the build up to Zara and Caleb meeting to get to the good stuff — all those hilarious dates.

Throw Like a Girl
Author: Sarah Henning
Publication Date: January 7, 2020
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance, Sports

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Friday Night Lights  meets Morgan Matson’s  The Unexpected Everything  in this contemporary debut where  swoon-worthy  romance meets underdog sports story.

When softball star Liv Rodinsky throws one ill-advised punch during the most important game of the year, she loses her scholarship to her fancy private school, her boyfriend, and her teammates all in one fell swoop. With no other options, Liv is forced to transfer to the nearest public school, Northland, where she’ll have to convince their coach she deserves a spot on the softball team, all while facing both her ex and the teammates of the girl she punched… Every. Single. Day.

Enter Grey, the injured star quarterback with amazing hair and a foolproof plan: if Liv joins the football team as his temporary replacement, he’ll make sure she gets a spot on the softball team in the Spring. But it will take more than the perfect spiral for Liv to find acceptance in Northland’s halls, and behind that charming smile, Grey may not be so perfect after all.

With well-drawn characters and a charming quarterback love interest who’s got brains as well as brawn, Throw Like a Girl will have readers swooning from the very first page.

My thoughts:

I’ve wanted to read Throw Like a Girl since I first saw the cover and title. It was just so fierce and cute at the same time. The story was pretty much the same. Liv was a star softball player who made a huge mistake that ended with her at a new school playing football after being recruited by Grey, the quarterback. I loved that Liv was tough, but also had a softer side. I like that she stood up for herself even when she was embarrassed or hurt. I also loved how she was the one with the athletic prowess. Liv was able to transition quickly between sports and I thought that it was great because you see that with guys in books but rarely girls. This book was one that was over before I was prepared to part ways with the characters.

You’d Be Mine
Author: Erin Hahn
Publication Date: April 2, 2019
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Annie Mathers is America’s sweetheart and heir to a country music legacy full of all the things her Gran warned her about. Superstar Clay Coolidge is most definitely going to end up one of those things.

But unfortunately for Clay, if he can’t convince Annie to join his summer tour, his music label is going to drop him. That’s what happens when your bad boy image turns into bad boy reality. Annie has been avoiding the spotlight after her parents’ tragic death, except on her skyrocketing YouTube channel. Clay’s label wants to land Annie, and Clay has to make it happen.

Swayed by Clay’s undeniable charm and good looks, Annie and her band agree to join the tour. From the start fans want them to be more than just tour mates, and Annie and Clay can’t help but wonder if the fans are right. But if there’s one part of fame Annie wants nothing to do with, it’s a high-profile relationship. She had a front row seat to her parents’ volatile marriage and isn’t interested in repeating history. If only she could convince her heart that Clay, with his painful past and head over heels inducing tenor, isn’t worth the risk.

My thoughts:

This is another book I wanted to read when it came out, but never got to. It wasn’t until I read (and LOVED) an ARC of her upcoming book that I rushed back to buy You’d Be Mine. I couldn’t wait to read more from Hahn. I knew I loved her writing, but I was even more impressed knowing this was her debut novel. It was perfection. I loved everything about it. Annie and Clay were such amazing characters and their story warmed my heart. I hate that I have to wait to read another book from Hahn. I love her writing so much!

Pike
Series: The Pawn Duet, #1
Author: T.M. Frazier
Publication Date: March 24, 2030
Publisher: Frazier Publishing
Genre: Dark Romance, Contemporary, Fiction

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

**A King Series Spin-Off**

Born into chaos. Baptized in the gutter.
I was raised by the violent laws of the streets, spilling blood without the hindrance of useless emotions or connections.
Unfeeling. Unloved. Alone.

My life was perfect.

Until her.

While on a manhunt for a mysterious enemy, one hellbent on taking both my business and my life, I find Mickey. She’s covered in mud, rambling nonsense, and clearly out of her mind.

She’s also a distraction I don’t need.

That is until I discover a connection between the girl and my enemy.
Mickey isn’t a distraction anymore.
She’s the perfect weapon.
One I’ll use to exact my revenge.

The plan is an easy one, but there’s something about Mickey that’s making it more and more difficult.
A familiarity I can’t place. A need I can’t explain.
A want I have to deny.

After all, she’s not mine to keep. She’s a tool. My pawn.
My sacrifice.

My thoughts:

I don’t know… I’m not sure what’s not sitting right with me about Pike. Maybe it was the speed of the story. Everything moved so fast — I even was a little confused at one point. Or maybe it was that I didn’t 100% buy the level of attraction between Pike and Mickey at times because of the situation at hand. Then, there was the frustration I felt not knowing what Mickey was hiding… It might have been all three of these books combined. The only time I felt like I could truly enjoy things was when Preppy made himself useful. Pike totally needed his levity. So, yeah. This one wasn’t my favorite in the series, but I’m still looking forward to finding out what happens next. Maybe I’ll fall more in love with Pike and Mickey as things go on.

Review: I’ll Be the One (Lyla Lee)

I’ll Be the One
Series: I’ll Be the One, #1
Author: Lyla Lee
Publication Date: June 16, 2020
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Romance, LGBTQ+
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

The world of K-Pop has never met a star like this. Debut author Lyla Lee delivers a deliciously fun, thoughtful rom-com celebrating confidence and body positivity—perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Julie Murphy.

Skye Shin has heard it all. Fat girls shouldn’t dance. Wear bright colors. Shouldn’t call attention to themselves. But Skye dreams of joining the glittering world of K-Pop, and to do that, she’s about to break all the rules that society, the media, and even her own mother, have set for girls like her.

She’ll challenge thousands of other performers in an internationally televised competition looking for the next K-pop star, and she’ll do it better than anyone else.

When Skye nails her audition, she’s immediately swept into a whirlwind of countless practices, shocking performances, and the drama that comes with reality TV. What she doesn’t count on are the highly fat-phobic beauty standards of the Korean pop entertainment industry, her sudden media fame and scrutiny, or the sparks that soon fly with her fellow competitor, Henry Cho.

But Skye has her sights on becoming the world’s first plus-sized K-pop star, and that means winning the competition—without losing herself.


The first thing that drew me to I’ll Be the One is the fabulous cover. The colors and the model just pop off it. There’s such joy in the model’s face, that I couldn’t help be drawn to this book. I wanted to feel her joy and know what she was so happy about. The second thing that caught my attention was blurb. I loved that there was going to be a message about body positivity. Third, I know very little about K-pop and I wanted to learn more.

Skye Shin was a character who couldn’t help but shine. She was upbeat and positive when she could have been sullen and feeling sorry for herself. I loved that she didn’t let her weight define her or hold her back from her dreams. That’s a super important thing for teens who are reading this book to takeaway from it — adults, too.

The relationship between Sky and her mom fascinated me. I got where Skye was coming from, but I could also see where her mom was too. (Not that I agreed with how she conveyed her opinions most of the time.) It really made me think about how I talk to my own preteen daughter about weight or really anything. I liked how their issues were examined and how things ended up at the end.

Henry… I loved his character. He was slightly mysterious and very sweet. Skye’s friendship/relationship with him was exactly what she needed and I loved how it had drama, but wasn’t crazy over the top. The way the competition fueled their interactions was really cool. Plus, Snowball. That dog was awesome.

Skye also had some amazing friends in this book. They all lifted Skye up and kept her going when parents, competitors, judges, and people in general judged her. I especially loved Lana.

Earlier I said something about wanting to learn more about K-pop. I don’t know that I really learned a lot about it in this book. Most of the plot was based around the competition TV show and not K-pop specifically. I did like the competition. It reminded me of a combination of So You Think You Can Dance and The Voice. What did I end up learning more about was Korean culture. I loved that.

I could go on and on about how fabulous I’ll Be the One was. I adored every minute of the time I got to spend with Skye and her friends. I cannot recommend this book enough!

Cover Reveal: The Hush Notes Series (Bowen, Perry, Yarros)

I have three amazing covers to reveal to you today for THE HUSH NOTES SERIES by Sarina Bowen, Devney Perry, and Rebecca Yarros. Check these beauties out!

LIES & LULLABIES

Coming September 22, 2020

Summer nights and star-crossed lovers! From USA Today bestselling author Sarina Bowen.

Once upon a time, he gave me a summer of friendship, followed by one perfect night. We shared a lot during our short time together. But he skipped a few crucial details.

I didn’t know he was a rock star.

I didn’t know his real name.

Neither of us knew I’d get pregnant.

And I sure never expected to see him again.

Five years later, his tour bus pulls up in Nest Lake, Maine. My little world is about to be shattered by loud music and the pounding of my own foolish heart.

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LINKS:
All in one link page: https://shor.by/hush-note
Goodreads: https://geni.us/LandLGoodreads

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RIFTS & REFRAINS

Coming September 29, 2020

From the moment Quinn Montgomery sat behind her first snare and cymbal set, she was destined for fame and glory. As Hush Note’s infamous female drummer, she sets the rhythm for the band’s chart-toppings hits. When people tap their feet to their music, it’s to her pulse.

Quinn is content to live in a world away from her family and the cage of her youth. Her only regret is leaving Graham Hayes behind without a goodbye. No matter how many sold-out stadiums she plays, no matter how many crowds sing her songs, his voice haunts her when the music stops.

When a family tragedy forces her to return home to Montana, she plans to leave the second she’s paid her respects. But seeing Graham again turns her life upside down. As a boy, he wasn’t able to make her stay. As a man, he might be her future.

If they can mend their rifts and find solace in the refrains.

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MUSES & MELODIES

Coming October 6, 2020

If I can keep Hush Note’s leading guitarist, Nixon Winters, on the straight and narrow for the next six months, I’ll finally get my own band to manage—assuming we don’t kill each other first.

The egotistical, irritating rock star is fresh out of rehab, but it’s obvious his demons followed him home—and now I’m sleeping down the hall. I’ve watched him self-destruct every summer, and with album deadlines and tour dates looming, I can’t let it happen again. My career is in his hands.

But tattoos can’t cover every scar, and I’m starting to see through his trademark, irresistible charm to the damage beneath.

Everyone wants the rock star.
I’m falling for the man.

If he doesn’t let me in,
he’ll never break the cycle—
And when these six months are up,
I might be the one left broken.

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WWW Wednesday: April 15, 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

Week #4/5 of our Stay at Home Order here in Washington State has me finally back in my reading groove. Thank goodness because it’s providing me with some much needed mental calm. No more ARCs on my ereader, so this week was all about mood reads. I read Pucks & Penalties: Pucked Series Deleted Scenes & Outtakes 2.0 (Pucked, #6.5), The Boy Next Door, Parental Guidance (Ice Knights, #1), Throw Like a Girl, You’d Be Mine, and Pike (The Pawn Duet, #1).


Currently Reading

I’m reading Bachelor Boss (The Bachelors Club, #2).

Reading Next

I’m taking the opportunity to read Beef Cake (Green Valley Chronicles, #19; Donnor Bakery, #4) since all of the SmartyPants Romances were put in KU.

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

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Enjoyed but Rarely Talk About

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 I Enjoyed but Rarely Talk About

1. Miss Fix-It
Author: Emma Hart

Emma Hart is one of those authors constantly releasing new books. She’s released so many fun new ones that sometimes I forget my favorite of hers is still the first book I read of hers: Miss Fix-It.

2. My Soul to Keep
Author: Kennedy Ryan

I loved the Grip series so much that sometimes I forget to mention how great I thought this book and the entire series was.

3. Broken
Author: Lauren Layne

I love LL’s contemporary romances, but I always forgot to show off her NA romances that were what originally drew me to her writing.

4. Broken & Screwed
Author: Tijan

I’m not quiet about how addicted I was to the Fallen Crest High series. What I don’t ever really talk about is how Broken & Screwed was the first book/series that got me into Tijan’s brand of angst and drama.

5. Dear Aaron
Author: Mariana Zapata

I love and cheer for so many of Mariana Zapata’s books, but I don’t feel like I give this one enough love. It was actually the book that made me a fan.

6. When It’s Real
Author: Erin Watt

When It’s Real is another book that I loved, but don’t spotlight enough. It’s been overshadowed a bit by the huge success that Paper Princess and the Royals series was. This book was different and almost more special.

7. The Way I Used To Be
Author: Amber Smith

This one was popular when it came out and I know I talked a lot about it then, but I should have kept talking about it. It’s one of those books that should eventually become a YA classic.

8. Flat Out Love
Author: Jessica Park

I really enjoyed the entire Flat-Out Love series, but my love for Left Drowning overshadowed this series. I talk about that book all the time. I need to talk more about this one, too.

9. More Than This
Author: Jay McLean

Jay McLean is an author I just need to talk more about in general. I love all of her books.

10. Girl at Heart
Author: Kelly Oram

This is one I just need to talk more about because it’s so stinking cute and everyone who loves a good YA romance should read it.

Review: What You Wish For (Katherine Center)

What You Wish For
Author: Katherine Center
Publication Date: July 14, 2020
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

From Katherine Center, the New York Times bestselling author of How to Walk Away comes a stunning new novel full of heart and hope.

Samantha Casey loves everything about her job as an elementary school librarian on the sunny, historic island of Galveston, Texas—the goofy kids, the stately Victorian building, the butterfly garden. But when the school suddenly loses its beloved principal, it turns out his replacement will be none other than Duncan Carpenter—a former, unrequited crush of Sam’s from many years before.

When Duncan shows up as her new boss, though, he’s nothing like the sweet teacher she once swooned over. He’s become stiff, and humorless, and obsessed with school safety. Now, with Duncan determined to destroy everything Sam loves about her school in the name of security—and turn it into nothing short of a prison—Sam has to stand up for everyone she cares about before the school that’s become her home is gone for good.


Katherine Center is one of those authors who manages to impress me with each new book she releases. Somehow, she is able to take the saddest, most serious topics and write an inspirational and upbeat story about them. That’s what she did with What You Wish For.

Sam Casey is someone who has been through a ton of crap in her life. She’s finally managed to get to a point in her life where she’s truly happy with her situation and then everything changes. I loved Sam’s positive outlook on (almost) everything and how she’s willing to take charge and fight for what is most important. Sam was quirky, but her quirkiness wasn’t odd or crazy. It was relatable in the way she explained herself. I loved how she accepted herself and her insecurities. I especially loved how she dealt with her feelings for Duncan, then and now.

There’s so much more to this story than just Sam’s life. There’s a huge part of this story that involves her school community. I won’t go into it because I don’t want to spoil anything, but I loved it. I loved how Duncan was woven into that, how Sam and her friends came together. It was all fun to read about.

I honestly am not sure what else to say about What to Wish For. It was just such a good reading experience. It shows once again how talented of an author Katherine Center is and why I will continue to reach for her books when they are released.