WWW Wednesday: August 19, 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

This week I finished up The Match (It Happened in Charleston, #1). I binged the books in the Until Her/Him series I hadn’t read yet, throwing an ARC of Always Crew (Crew, #3) and an ARC of The Wreckage of Us in the middle of them. It looks like I read a lot because I did. I tweaked my knee this week, so I sat around for a couple of days. Plus, those Until Her/Him books are on the short side.



Currently Reading

I’m close to finishing Hard Fall (Trophy Boufriends, #2).

Reading Next

I am planning on reading Heart Bones next.

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

Top Ten Tuesday: Books that Should be Adapted into Netflix Shows/Movies

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:

Today’s topic is:

Books that Should be Adapted into Netflix Shows/Movies

1. Fallen Crest High Series
Author: Tijan

I think this series would be such a fun TV show with all the drama.

2. Addicted to You
Authors: Krista & Becca Ritchie

I see a fake docuseries type TV show.

3. How to Walk Away
Author: Katherine Center

This one I see as a movie.

4. You’d Be Mine
Author: Erin Hahn

I would love this one to be a movie or TV show. I would take either.

5. The Fill-In Boyfriend
Author: Kasie West

This would make a cute TV movie.

6. Nine Minutes
Author: Beth Flynn

I’ve been saying for YEARS that this would make a great TV series. It has total Sons of Anarchy vibes.

7. I Can Be a Better You
Author: Tarryn Fisher

This would make a great mini series or movie.

8. When It’s Real
Authors: Erin Watt

This would make such a cute rom-com!

9. Just One of the Groomsmen
Author: Cindi Madsen

Speaking of great ideas for rom-coms…

10. Stroked
Author: Meghan Quinn

This one would be hilarious because it’s got an evil reality TV star in that would transfer well to the screen.

Review: The Wedding Date Disaster (Avery Flynn)

The Wedding Date Disaster
Author: Avery Flynn
Publication Date: August 25, 2020
Publisher: Entangled: Amara
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Hadley Donavan can’t believe she has to go home to Nebraska for her sister’s wedding. She’s gonna need a wingman and a whole lot of vodka for this level of family interaction. At least her bestie agreed he’d man up and help. But then instead of her best friend, his evil twin strolls out of the airport.

If you looked up doesn’t-deserve-to-be-that-confident, way-too-hot-for-his-own-good billionaire in the dictionary, you’d find a picture of Will Holt. He’s awful. Horrible. The worst―even if his butt looks phenomenal in those jeans.

Ten times worse? Hadley’s buffer was supposed to be there to keep her away from the million and one family events. But Satan’s spawn just grins and signs them up for every. Single. Thing.

Fine. “Cutthroat” Scrabble? She’s in. She can’t wait to take this guy down a notch. But somewhere between Pictionary and the teasing glint in his eyes, their bickering starts to feel like more than just a game…


The Wedding Date Disaster is one of those books that hit all the right notes. This feel good romance couldn’t have come at a better time because all I want to read is books that leave me feeling happy, and this one accomplished that. Everything about it was enjoyable — even the drama. There was just the right amount of humor infused throughout this enemies to lovers romance. Plus, there was a fun small town, farm feel to it that I loved.

What about the characters? I don’t think I would have loved these characters as much if they hadn’t been thrown into a book together. Neither really stood out on their own. Hadley was trying to run away from her small town roots and make it in the big city. Will was a skeptical rich guy with a chip on his shoulder. Will thought Hadley was trying to hook his twin brother to get his money, and treated her poorly. She retaliated. They had enemies down. Their banter was top notch, and when hate started turning to something else… the chemistry was there.

The thing that made this book, and Will and Hadley’s relationship, go from good to great was the setting and the hilarious side characters. So many, many hilarious things can happen on a farm and in the small towns around it. A quirky family member can also be rom-com gold. Hadley had more than one that made me laugh. All the things that pushed Will and Hadley together in this book helped make them shine as a couple.

Was there anything I didn’t like about this book? No, there really wasn’t. The Wedding Date Disaster was truly a good time. Low angst, just the right amount of drama, an adorable romance. There wasn’t anything for me not to like. It’s a great book if you’re looking for a good beach read or fun escape.

The Folklore Book Tag

I first saw this tag on The Orangutan Librarian and couldn’t resist doing it myself. I know Taylor Swift isn’t for everyone, but I’ve been enjoying listening to her Folklore album and what better way to spotlight it than in this tag? Thanks to Ilsa for creating the original tag.

THE RULES

  • Link to the original creator: Ilsa @ A Whisper Of Ink
  • Tag at least 3 people.
  • Declare the rules and list of prompts in your post.
  • Thank whoever who tagged you and link to their post.

The cliffhanger at the end of this book truly left me speechless in a good, WTF way. If you like twists and turns and being pushed out of comfort zone, Nine Minutes is a great trilogy. Warning: You will both hate and love it at the same time.

If you have read Bright Side, you will know what I mean. If you haven’t, you really need to read it. It’s beautiful. When someone asks my favorite book, I always say this one even though we all know we don’t truly have favorites.

It feels strange putting a book set in Cuba with The Last Great American Dynasty prompt, but it was the first book that came to mind. The way Next Year in Havana was written was so brilliant. My attention was captured by the story from the moment I picked it up.

Forbidden gets a lot of love because it is very well written, but it was hard for me to digest and still makes me sick every time I think about it.

P.S. This is my favorite track  on the album, so I’m kind of sad it’s a negative prompt. But I get it since it’s a sad song.

And we’re back to Bright Side. I cried for the last 1/3 of this book. It was worth it, though.

This was a hard prompt! Any time a favorite authors adds to a series or releases a new book it feels like it’s written just for me. LOL I was looking back through the books I’ve read this year and saw #IMOMSOHARD. I decided to go with it because man, it’s so easy to relate to what these women talk about as a mother and women.

Oh, boy. I think this is supposed to be a sweet and innocent book, but my pick is so twisted! *hides face* I picked Remember Me because it was my favorite book in that junior high, maybe even high school era. My best friend and I were really into reading Christopher Pike, L.J. Smith, and R.L. Stine books. I can remember us going to Walden Books in the mall and scanning the shelves for new releases.

The name Sarah Dessen is synonymous with summer, so I picked her latest release.

I was going to pick Fallen Crest High because this prompt was making me think of Sam, but then I decided I HAD to choose Ryan’s Bed. The grief and loneliness Mackenzie was feeling and the whole vibe of the book fits to a “T”.

There was just a lot to think about when I finished The Reckless Oath We Made. It was brilliantly written and kind of messed up. I wanted to love it, but wasn’t sure I should. Does that make sense?

This is a deep prompt, but my answer is the opposite. The Match came into my life when Kayla recommended it as a buddy read for us. I needed/wanted something happy, uplifting, and funny in my reading life. The Match hit all three of those.

I almost went with Kate from Bright Side, but decided I should spotlight some other books. Annie Mathers from You’d Be Mine might just be my favorite female character I’ve read this year.

The Sun Down Motel is perfect because there is actual haunting in it!

A book couple that fills me with yearning? I had a hard time with this one. I felt like it meant a couple that left me yearning for more in my own life, and that’s not a thing for me. So I’m going with a book couple that does a lot of yearning for each other, and I always want more books about this couple because I love them together: Mason and Sam.

I’m not willing to die for a book character. That’s just crazy talk. What I will say is that Kate is a character that represents internal peace to me.

The Map from Here to There is the sequel of The Start of Me and You. I’m kind of wishing there hadn’t been a sequel. It wasn’t like the most horrible thing I’ve read or anything, but it just didn’t work for me and kind of ruined my feeling from that first book.

And those are my answers to The Folklore Book Tag. I’m not tagging specific bloggers, but if you want to do this tag go for it! I would love to read your answers. 🙂

Review: Filthy Forward (Kelsey Cheyenne)

Filthy Forward
Series: Cocky Hero Club
Author: Kelsey Cheyenne
Publication Date: July 19, 2020
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Sports

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Cocky. Filthy. Player.

Tatum Trevino waltzed into my life like he owned it. The renowned soccer star showed up as my new coach and changed everything.

Until rumors started flying about the bad boy prodigy kicked off his team. I thought he was nothing but another cocky playboy, but there was another side to him under the facade.

Late training sessions, secret getaways, and a delicious sleeve of tattoos led to temptation. We kept our relationship private, but I wasn’t the only secret he was keeping.

And it’s only a matter of time before the truth comes out.


Filthy Forward was not a book on my TBR. It wasn’t even on my radar until I saw Alecia‘s review for it. Her review was so positive and spiked my interest. Since it was on KU and sounded like something I was in the mood for, I gave it a try. It worked out well for me.

This is my first attempt at reading something by Kelsey Cheyenne. I loved the writing style. I was immediately pulled in and connected with the characters. I liked Bria and Tatum. Both got a POV, so it was cool to hear their thoughts about each other. They didn’t like each other at the beginning, so it was fun for them to get to know each other and develop a deep connection. Their fall into love felt natural.

Another thing I really loved was the soccer. Personally, I’m missing soccer in my life right now, so reading about it felt like watching it. I loved that practice, training, and games were involved. It was even cooler that it was Bria who was the main focus of it, even though Tatum was also a soccer star.

Normally, I’m not a fan of romances that have a student-teacher feel. This is one with a player-coach thing going on. I don’t think I would have liked it at all if 1) the player wasn’t an adult in college, 2) the coach was an assistant who wasn’t much older and had only just joined the team, and 3) there wasn’t anything illegal about their relationship. It did still make me cringe a bit at times, but probably because I will never b 100% okay with a relationship in this dynamic. Filthy Forward actually reminded me a bit of R.S. Grey’s Scoring Wilder. If you liked the tone of that book, you would probably like this one.

The only other thing that I have mixed feelings about was the conflict. It involved a lot of miscommunication. If miscommunication or lack of communication bugs you in a romance, this one probably won’t be for you. I could let it go because there were so many things that twisted and combined to caused the issue that I found entertaining.

Oh! And I shouldn’t forget — The “filthy” in the title didn’t exactly fit for me. Tatum actually seemed like a stand up person. I guess maybe it was just catchy or portrayed what his reputation might have been prior to this book. That word might stop some people from reading, so I thought I should mention it.

Overall, this was a great introduction to Kelsey Cheyenne’s writing for me. I would definitely read another book by this author. It was a fun sports romance.

Review: Work Song (Danielle Allen)

Work Song
Author: Danielle Allen
Publication Date: September 27, 2015
Publisher: E by M
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

When society tries to put you in a box, knock the walls down. –Tati Green

“You have a pretty face” is such a back-handed compliment. It’s like telling me that my face is beautiful, but the rest of me is not.

Despite what society says, my curves are hot.
My love life, on the other hand, is not.

My mom says I’ll never find love because of my weight.

My sister says I’ll never find love because of my personality.

My almost-fiancé says I’ll never find love because I’m incapable of loving anyone.

My mom and sister are full of it, but my ex kind of has a point.

At twenty-seven years old, I’ve never been in love. I date a lot, yet sparks never fly. But when I experienced the heart-pounding, skin tingling feeling for the first time, I didn’t think it would be caused by a guy I’ve never met. And I damn sure didn’t think he would end up holding my future in his hands in more ways than one.


What do you do when one of your favorite romance bloggers (Nick) highly recs a book that your other favorite used-to-be romance blogger (Ari) recommended to her? You read it, of course. That’s how I found out about Work Song and I’m SO GLAD I did because I had never heard of it before and I loved it!

Tatiana Green was a woman who knew her worth, even if she doubted it at times. She was comfortable in her own skin and ambitious in her career. She didn’t plan on anything getting in her way of becoming successful — especially a man. I adored her sass and humor. I loved that Tati had already learned to stand up for herself and to not let haters get to her. The only thing I wished she could have changed about herself was her hang up on love and how she reacted at times…but then this wouldn’t have been the amazing romance and story it was.

Wesley Barnes is one of those guys all the single fictional women and real women are going to swoon over. Why? He’s a great guy. Wes tries to support everything Tatiana wants, even if that means not following his own feelings. He’s her friend, her confidant, and loves who she is. Their emails, texts, and phone calls put them on the path to love that is both hilarious and adorable. Wes and Tatiana are one of those couples that clicks over shared likes and it was swoon worthy.

This book was just so fun to read. There were many cute moments. It was a little slow burn, but never felt slow. It was funny, but also serious when it needed to be. I adored the characters and their relationship. I didn’t know I needed Work Song in my reading life, but I did. Excuse me while I go look up what else this new-to-me author has written. She’s got a new fan.

WWW Wednesday: August 12, 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

This week I have been mood reading. I read Filthy Forward (Cocky Hero Club), Work Song, and The Trouble with Quarterbacks based on other bloggers’ recommendations and because they were KU books. I also read an ARC of The Wedding Date Disaster. Then, I read Until December (Until Her/Him, #8) and Until November (Until, #1).


Currently Reading

I’m reading The Match (It Happened in Charleston, #1) as a buddy read with my friend Kayla from Books and Blends.

Reading Next

I should read some ARCs, but I will probably read Midnight Sun.

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

Review: Leo (Jay McLean)

Leo
Series: Preston Brothers, #2
Author: Jay McLean
Publication Date: August 11, 2020
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

One single summer changed them forever, and one moment of devastating silence destroyed it all.

Growing up with six siblings, Leo Preston has always struggled to find his voice.
While his brothers are loud, greedy, and somewhat obnoxious, Leo is forever the quiet one.
The thinker.
The listener.
He watches his life pass by as an outsider in his own world, absent and alone.
Lost.
Until he finds her.

For Leo, Mia Kovács is like a prize, a gift wrapped in passion and devotion.
And she’s his—his very own secret he doesn’t have to share.
Together, they can overcome anything…
heartache and destruction, guilt and regret.

Mia gives Leo everything he didn’t know he needed,
including her fragile heart.
The only thing she doesn’t give him…
are secrets of her own. 


Leo is a book I have been waiting a long time for. So long that I kind of forgot about who he was and why I wanted his story. Now that I’ve read Leo, I feel overwhelmed by my feelings for it. There were a few twists with each part of the book that I didn’t expect at all. They threw me. I am still trying to decide if I loved all of them. They made for an entertaining story, that’s for sure.

Leo Preston was a fascinating character. He was a gentle soul with some dark edges. There’s so much going on in his brain and his reactions to life. The more I grew to understand them, the more I felt connected to his character. I knew I was going to love him, but just not as much as I did. I do have to admit that there was a time in his older teen years that I had a little bit of a tough time connecting some aspects of his personality to his actions, but I think that was due to jumps in time in the story. The man he grew to be over the story’s time was easy to love.

As for Mia Kováks, I had more up and down moments with her character. I felt for her. I really did. Her issues were big and powerful. My heart broke for her so many times. I just hated some of the decisions she made. I know that Leo wasn’t perfect, but I felt like he had the best intentions. I didn’t always feel that with Mia. Her immaturity bugged me. I could have easily written her off if she hadn’t been so instrumental to Leo. Leo and Mia’s love was one I rooted for. The way it started out in such a deep childhood friendship was sweet.

One of the things that was very interesting to me in this book was seeing the rest of the Preston family through Leo’s eyes. It was a very different experience than I have had before with this group of people. I ended up loving Tom Preston more. Lucy is still one of my most favorite Jay McLean characters. Lucas and Logan… I’m still trying to reconcile their younger characters in this book with the guys they were in books one and two. I’m hoping we get books for the twins and Lachlan — especially Lachlan. Oh, and there were two new character additions on Mia’s side that I adored: Holden and Benny. Can I please get a Holden spin-off? I almost want that more than one for the youngest Preston brothers.

I guess, overall, I really loved this book. Jay McLean’s writing is just as strong as ever. She wrote a love story that pulled me in, put me throw the ringer, and came out making me smile. I’m so happy she was inspired to give us Leo’s story.

LEO by Jay McLean is live!! Don’t miss the third book in the New Adult/Coming of Age Series, The Preston Brothers!!

 

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Writer. Reader. Mom. Wife. Master of awkward Sarcasm. Jay McLean is a full-time reader, writer of New Adult and Young Adult romance, and skilled procrastinator. When she’s not doing any of those things, she can be found running after her three boys, investing way too much time on True Crime Documentaries and binge-watching reality TV. She writes what she loves to read, which are books that can make her laugh, make her hurt and make her feel. Jay lives in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, in her dream home where music is loud and laughter is louder.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Loved but Never Reviewed

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:

Today’s topic is:

Books I Loved but Never Reviewed

These are books I read before I blogged.

1. Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas
Author: James Patterson

2. Plain Truth
Author: Jodi Picoult

3. Falling Home
Author: Karen White

4. Winter Garden
Author: Kristin Hannah

5. Flat-Out Love
Author: Jessica Park

6. Kaleidoscope Hearts
Author: Claire Contreras

7. Ugly Love
Author: Colleen Hoover

8. When Lightning Strikes
Author: Brenda Novak

9. Simply Irresistible
Author: Jill Shalvis

10. The Best Man
Author: Kristan Higgins

Review: Smitten (Lauren Rowe)

Smitten
Author: Lauren Rowe
Publication Date: July 25, 2020
Publisher: SoCoRo Publishing
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

From USA Today Bestselling Author Lauren Rowe comes an all new, Standalone Friends to Lovers Romance.

I met Alessandra at a party. Tried to impress her. Was almost positive I was going to fail.

I think I said something along the lines of, “I’m a Goat called Fish who’s hung like a bull—but not really. I’m actually pretty average.” Smooth. I know. Try not to be jealous.

When she laughed—and I mean, really laughed—I knew she wasn’t like the other girls I’d been meeting on tour. Hell, she wasn’t even in the same stratosphere as those fangirls and gold-diggers.

At one point during the party, Alessandra said, “There’s nothing like a girl’s first love.” I knew she was talking about the first smash hit by my band, 22 Goats. Alessandra said it was the first song she’d heard by us and it “hit her like a ton of bricks.” Ironic, seeing as how I was having the same reaction from being in her presence.

I made it my mission to impress her. Give her the kiss of a lifetime that night. But since I’ve always been the dude with zero game, nothing went according to plan.

I’m not giving up, though. I’m going to win this girl over. I’m done sitting on the sidelines, watching the bad boy getting the girl. This time, the nice guy will finish first. Even if it’s the last thing he’ll do.


I’m not really sure where I saw Smitten first. It might have been a Facebook add. I was in this mood where I didn’t know what I was in the mood to read and the blurb called to me, so I downloaded it through KU. It was a good choice because I quickly became smitten with this book.

My favorite thing about this book was how Lauren Rowe captured the feelings of meeting and instantly connecting with someone perfectly. The feelings she invoked reminded me of meeting my own husband and getting to know him. It was so fun to experience those moments of connection between Alessandra and Fish.

There were a lot of other great things about Smitten. I enjoyed how Alessandra and Fish were looking for the same things in life and love. There was a natural progression of their relationship that made it feel real. I also loved the care with which Fish took to make sure Alessandra was comfortable with the direction their relationship with taking. Add in the fact that there was little drama and no angst, and it was a very fun take on a romance between musicians. It was unlike any rock star romance I’ve read yet.

So, yeah. If you couldn’t tell, I loved Smitten. It was my first book by Lauren Rowe, but it won’t be my last. I’m so excited to read her backlist and get to know some of the other famous characters better.