End Of Year Survey – 2020 Edition

For the past 11 years, The Perpetual Page-Turner has been creating the Annual End of Year Survey. You can find her survey HERE and link up as well when you complete it. Here are my survey answers.

**2020 READING STATS**

Number Of Books You Read: I read too many books this year. thanks, covid-19.

Number of Re-Reads: 5 (actually re-listens)

Genre You Read The Most From: contemporary romance

1. Best Book You Read In 2020?

(If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2020 release vs. backlist)

I read so many books I loved this year and it’s really hard to pick a favorite, especially with all the romance I read. So I’m going to pick my favorite NON-ROMANCE read. It’s Fredrik Backman’s Anxious People. I still randomly think about this book, how it was set up, its message, etc. 

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

I’m a fan of E. Lockhart’s books and normally they work for me. Again Again didn’t. The format took away from the book and I struggled to read it. 

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  

I subscribed to BOTM for one month to get Tarryn Fisher’s The Wives early. I then forgot to cancel and had to pick another book for the second month before I could cancel. I chose The Sun Down Motel. I don’t do horror and was worried, but I ended up LOVING this book. Best surprise of the year. 

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

I buddy read The Match with Kayla and we both loved it. I hadn’t read Adams before and began telling people they needed to read it. I don’t know if it’s the one I pushed the most or not, but I know I pushed it a lot.

 5. Best series you started in 2020? Best Sequel? Best Series Ender of 2020?

This is seriously hard for me to choose. I binge read several different series this year and loved them all. I could choose so many different ones. 

Best series: Flight & Glory by Rebecca Jenshak, Smart Jocks by Rebecca Jenshak, Havenbrook by Brighton Walsh, Game On by Kristen Callihan

Best Sequel: The Reality of Everything by Rebecca Yarros, Hometown Troublemaker by Brighton Walsh

Best Series Ender: Muses & Melodies by Rebecca Yarros, The Reality of Everything by Rebecca Yarros

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2020?

Rebecca Jenshak, Karla Sorensen, Brighton Walsh, Lauren Rowe, Kristen Callihan, Sarah Adams, Kate Clayborn… to name a few!

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

I saw everyone saying how good The Thousand Doors of January was, so I requested the audiobook. It was so good!

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

There were a lot of books that I didn’t want to put down this year, but I finally read Black Lies and that book put me through…something. It was crazy in a way I wasn’t expecting. Not really a thriller, but unputdownable. 

 9. Book You Read In 2020 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

I don’t know. I pretty much re-listen to books only. It would probably be a Tijan book. Hers tend to be the ones I reach for when I want a comfort re-listen. It’s usually Fallen Crest High, but I could branch out.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2020?

I don’t know what it is about this cover I love. Maybe it’s the colors in the sky. I like that there is a couple and it’s not illustrated. It’s just one that I loved from the moment I saw it and the first one I thought of when I read this prompt.

11. Most memorable character of 2020?

There are several characters that stuck out to me this year, but Nixon from Muses & Melodies came to mind first. He has addiction issues and his coming to terms with them stuck with me. 

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2020?

To quote the beginning of my review… (It gave me) “Goosebumps. Reading this book was like listening to a singer who can emote like no other. Everything that Tiffanie DeBartolo wrote I felt. Deeply. This book’s title is Sorrow. That title encompasses so much more than just the feeling…”  

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2020?

Anxious People’s message hit hard and stuck with me. I was between laughing or crying with this book. 

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2020 to finally read? 

The Game On series is so right up my alley. I’m surprised I hadn’t read it yet. 

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2020?

“Hatred is a one-way emotion.” I take a breath. “It only affects the person holding on to that hate. Take Laney’s ex, for example…” I face him, but he’s already watching me. “Do you think he knows how much you hate him? Do you think he cares that you do?” Leo chews the corner of his lip as his eyes search mine.  “Does he even know you exist?” His lashes lower. “So, what’s the point, right?” I murmur. “Only you carry the burden of hatred, Leo. And it’s a lot easier to let go of that pain than it is to hold on to it.”

– Jay McLean, Leo

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2020?

Shortest: 

This romantic comedy by Pippa Grant was 62 pages.

Longest:

This anthology to benefit the wildfires in Australia was 910 pages.

(How I did this: Went to my read books on Goodreads and sorted by page number and just looked for what I knew I read this year that was the shortest and longest.)

17. Book That Shocked You The Most

This book was a ride. I thought I knew what was happening until I didn’t and then I knew again. It was just not what I was expecting at all. It stuck with me. 

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

I have so many being a romance reader, but I’ll go with Annie & Clay. This wasn’t a 2020 release, but I read it this year.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

The friendship between Arlo and his friends in this book cracked me up. I loved all the texts they had between them. 

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2020 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

It could be any of the books I named and loved in this post. So many romance authors brought me joy this year. If I had to narrow it down, it would be one of the Rebecca Yarros books I mentioned in this post. I would also thank Meghan Quinn, Max Monroe, Sarina Bowen, Ginger Scott, etc. for making my year better. Oh, and all those new authors I found and binged on. Plus, the others I always enjoy. Really everyone. I feel like I’m leaving people out.

21. Best Book You Read In 2020 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.:

Corina at the Brown Eyed Bookworm gave me so many recommendations this year that were AMAZING! This is one that would make my favorites list.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2020?

I don’t really do fictional crushes. I will give a shout out to Luke from Best Friends Don’t Kiss by Max Monroe for being one of my favorite love interests in a book, though. He was a good dude.

23. Best 2020 debut you read?

I didn’t read a ton of debut novels this year, but it doesn’t matter because this one was so good.

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

I have two this year for two very different reasons.

First…

A mix of fantasy and history, the world(s) built in The Thousand Doors of January were fascinating to me.

and Second…

I don’t know if it’s because it’s set in Seattle and I am aware of the area and climate, or it was just Tarryn Fisher’s writing. The world she created in this book revolving around a single house and the people inside was so vivid to me.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Meghan Quinn’s take on a teacher-teacher romance was so hilariously fun!

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2020?

I didn’t expect to love Rory the way I did and I found myself tearing up on her behalf. 

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

I don’t think enough people read Tiffanie DeBartolo’s books and they are so gorgeously written.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

I tried to read books that lifted me up rather than crushed me this year, so it was hard to pick on for this. I would say this entire Preload series by Scarlett Cole. Jordan and his buddies went through some rough, abusive stuff as kids and it broke my heart.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2020?

I’m still not sure what really happened. I need a sequel.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

This book frustrated me so much! I liked it, but man! The angst and the decisions the characters made frustrated me so much.  

1. New favorite book blog/Bookstagram/Youtube channel you discovered in 2020?

I just want to thank all the bloggers who put out content in such a crazy world. 

2. Favorite post you wrote in 2020?

Probably my review for either Sorrow or The Reality of Everything.

3. Favorite bookish related photo you took in 2020?

I don’t have many bookish photos this year. Maybe a couple for my personal social media, but nothing that I would say is worth sharing here. 

4. Best bookish event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events,  etc.)?

I got nothing for this. I did not leave my house much this year. I was supposed to go to Book Bonanza 2020, but that didn’t happen. My triumphs this year were that my daughter (with lack of social and sports activities) got into reading more and that I nominated my local foodbank and they won $2500 donation from the Book Bonanza 2020 Raffle. 

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2020?

Both Tiffanie DeBartolo and Rebecca Yarros spotlighted my reviews on their social media/newsletters for their recent releases. That was cool. 

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

Being in the mood to read certain books. YA genre was a harder read for me this year. I didn’t want to read any romances that were too angsty or made me sad. I just wanted to read happy books.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

This is really weird, but my top post from this year by views would be for an old review of Anna Todd’s After Ever Happy. If I look at posts from just THIS year that had the highest, it would be my review of Heart Bones by Colleen Hoover.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

I think we all want our reviews to be read more often.

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

A website called Love Tropes that you can pick what type of romance trope, the hottness, etc and it will recommend books for you to try. 

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

Yep. Surpassed my Goodreads goal by quite a bit because I was home so freaking much this year. My plan was actually to read LESS, but that didn’t happen. 

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2020 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2021?

As soon as I’m in a thriller mood, I’m reading Every Last Secret.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2021 (non-debut)?

All of them, but I’ll choose The Last Night in London. I love Karen White and it’s been a while since she released a new book.

3. 2021 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

I don’t know. I haven’t really scoped out new debut authors for 2021 yet. I will probably wait for some hype by other bloggers. 

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2021?

Nate isn’t probably considered a sequel of the Fallen Crest High series and is more a spin-off, but I’m counting it.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2021?

Read less, get out more. I know that sounds crazy, but I hope it’s more possible in 2021. 

6. A 2021 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):

February 23, 2021

And that’s a wrap for 2020! I hope everyone has a wonderful New Year’s Eve and that 2021 rings in many new possibilities and good times for us all. 

Mini Reviews: Hooked, Floored, Love Thy Neighbor, & The Ten Thousand Doors of January

Hi, all. To end the year on the review front, I am giving you mini reviews for four books. The first three are romances and the last is a historical fiction/fantasy read. I know that last one doesn’t really go with the other three, but I just wanted to share its mini review before 2020 was over.

Hooked
Authors: Karla Sorensen, Whitney Barbetti
Publication Date: August 23, 2017
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

X and I were probably doomed from the start.

That’s what happens when you meet in court-mandated group therapy and then try to steal from him to pay off your blackmailing drug dealer. Former drug dealer, thank you very much. I’m turning over a new leaf and all that.

Which is why I should leave him alone.

Except he tempts me to do things I swore I’d stop doing. It’s that whole gruff, grumbly, anti-social thing he has going on. Him, flame. Me, moth. Something about him calls to me, makes the blood hum in my body. And I don’t want that feeling to end.

Lucy Connors is straight-up insane.

She looks like a Disney princess and tries my patience in more ways than I thought possible. Besides the fact that I have to save her cute little ass from jail, I can’t quite figure out how to leave her alone. Even when she’s trying her hand at Breaking and Entering. Especially when it’s myhouse she’s burglarizing.

Yeah, we were probably doomed from the start.

But that’s the thing about being hooked on something so good, and so bad for you—you don’t walk away when you should.

Note from the authors:

This book deals with subject matter that is highly improbable, sometimes campy, and definitely illegal. Please don’t use it as a guideline for how to live your life, but enjoy nonetheless.

My thoughts:

Hooked was slightly kooky and pretty unbelievable, but such a good time. Lucy’s an ex-drug dealer and pathological liar. X is a wealthy young man with overwhelming anxiety. They meet at group therapy and everything goes wrong — or right — from that point on. Lucy and X quickly fall in love in the most adorable, insane way. It was all just so much fun!

Floored
Series: Wade Sisters, #3
Author: Karla Sorensen
Publication Date: December 9, 2020
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Sports Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

If you’ve ever had a steamy one-night stand with a British football player and then find yourself pregnant with his baby, you know how Lia Ward feels.

To be fair, Lia didn’t know who Jude McAllister was when they met.

Across the ocean for a semester studying for her master’s program, all she knows is that she’s a little lonely and he’s very charming, even as they have an epically sexy argument about which type of football is superior.

In Jude’s mind, shagging the feisty American girl is exactly what he needs. He’s been fighting the clock of his long-standing football career and the younger players primed to take his position. Proving that he can feel like his old self again—something he’s been trying to do with everyone in his life—should be easier after blowing off steam with Lia.

But oh baby, when a plus sign pops up on Lia’s pregnancy test, that ‘one night’ becomes a whole lot more.

Now Lia and Jude have to navigate their impossible-to-ignore chemistry, and prepare for the parenting game, something neither of them know how to play.

My thoughts:

Lia was probably my least favorite Wade sister before reading Floored. I’m not sure why — probably because I always found her twin Claire to be the nicer of the two. I ended up liking Lia a lot after reading this book. She went through quite the journey. An expected pregnancy with an older, professional soccer player from another country wasn’t in her plans. There were several choices she had to make regarding her relationship with Jude and things from the past they both had to deal with. I liked how it was all handled and I loved their relationship. It was a fun read if you like the trope of unplanned pregnancies from one night stands.

Love Thy Neighbor
Series: Roommate Romps, #2
Author: Teagan Hunter
Publication Date: December 10, 2020
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

Don’t fall for your roommate…especially when he’s your best friend.

Cooper Bennett is my best friend.
That’s all he is and all he ever will be.
Nothing will change that.

Accidentally seeing him naked? Please. So not a big deal.
Having less-than-tame thoughts? I mean, have you seen this guy? Who could blame me?
Kissing him? It was a one-time mistake, and it will not be repeated.
Falling into bed with him? Uh-oh…

It’s fine. We’re fine.

We’re Caroline and Cooper. Best friends until the end. Nothing has ever come our way that we couldn’t survive together.

Surely, we can handle this too…

My thoughts:

Cooper and Caroline… I loved these two as best friends and also as more. The way Love Thy Neighbor started out was so much fun. The whole build up from a new attraction between best friends to acting on those feelings was so much fun. I loved it up until about 60% and then something happened. I’m not sure if it was my mood or just knowing where the story was headed, but I got a little bored. That’s not normal for me with a Teagan Hunter book, so I’m thinking it might have been something to do with my mood. Overall, it was a cute read.

The Ten Thousand Doors of January
Author: Alix E. Harrow
Narrator: January LeVoy
Publication Date: September 10, 2019
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

In the early 1900s, a young woman embarks on a fantastical journey of self-discovery after finding a mysterious book in this captivating debut.

In a sprawling mansion filled with peculiar treasures, January Scaller is a curiosity herself. As the ward of the wealthy Mr. Locke, she feels little different from the artifacts that decorate the halls: carefully maintained, largely ignored, and utterly out of place.

Then she finds a strange book. A book that carries the scent of other worlds, and tells a tale of secret doors, of love, adventure and danger. Each page turn reveals impossible truths about the world and January discovers a story increasingly entwined with her own.

Lush and richly imagined, a tale of impossible journeys, unforgettable love, and the enduring power of stories awaits in Alix E. Harrow’s spellbinding debut—step inside and discover its magic.

My thoughts:

I’m going to be very honest. I went into this book knowing nothing about it. All I knew was every blogger I know who read this book has RAVED about it. I don’t normally read fantasy, but the hype got me. I got the audiobook from my library and I have no regrets. The Ten Thousand Doors of January is one of my favorite books I read/listened to in 2020. The writing was gorgeous and simply magical. The tale was addictive and so entertaining. It was such a wonderful and impressive novel. I can’t recommend it enough.

Top Ten Tuesday: Twelve of My Favorite Reads of 2020

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:

Twelve of My Favorite Reads of 2020

These 12 are all books I read in 202o, but not limited to books released this year.

1. The Reality of Everything
Author: Rebecca Yarros

2. The Sun Down Motel
Author: Simon St. James

3. You’d Be Mine
Author: Erin Hahn

4. The Last Train to Key West
Author: Chanel Cleeton

5. Open Book
Author: Jessica Simpson

6. The Wrong Family
Author: Tarryn Fisher

7.The F List
Author: Alexandra Torre

8. Sorrow
Author: Tiffanie DeBartolo

9. Hometown Troublemaker
Author: Brighton Walsh

10. Anxious People
Author: Fredrik Backman

11. Forever Wild
Author: K.A. Tucker

12. The Ten Thousand Doors of January
Author: Alix E. Harrow

Review: The Wrong Family (Tarryn Fisher)

The Wrong Family
Author: Tarryn Fisher
Publication Date: December 29, 2020
Publisher: Graydon House
Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Fiction
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

From the author of the instant New York Times bestseller The Wives comes another twisted psychological thriller guaranteed to turn your world upside down.

Have you ever been wrong about someone?

Juno was wrong about Winnie Crouch.

Before moving in with the Crouch family, Juno thought Winnie and her husband, Nigel, had the perfect marriage, the perfect son—the perfect life. Only now that she’s living in their beautiful house, she sees the cracks in the crumbling facade are too deep to ignore.

Still, she isn’t one to judge. After her grim diagnosis, the retired therapist simply wants a place to live out the rest of her days in peace. But that peace is shattered the day Juno overhears a chilling conversation between Winnie and Nigel…

She shouldn’t get involved.

She really shouldn’t.

But this could be her chance to make a few things right.

Because if you thought Juno didn’t have a secret of her own, then you were wrong about her, too.

From the wickedly dark mind of bestselling author Tarryn Fisher, The Wrong Family is a taut new thriller that’s riddled with twists in all the right places.


If you love Tarryn Fisher’s writing, you’re going to love The Wrong Family.  It’s classic Tarryn Fisher style. She immediately drew me in with her writing and her flawed characters and kept me hooked until the last page. Juno had me wanting to know all the Crouch family secrets. Heck, Winnie and rest of the Crouches made me want to know all their secrets. They were characters I disliked, but loved all the same. As a Seattle area native, I really loved the setting. The Crouch house near Green Lake gave off all the right vibes for the story. And that story! The mystery Juno was trying to solve captivated me, as did her life story. The best part was I didn’t see the climax coming until I was right in it. I should have, but I was too invested in something else. I loved how everything wrapped up. The Wrong Family was exactly what I’ve come to expect from Tarryn Fisher. 

Series Review: VIP (Kristen Callihan)

Earlier this year, I binged the Game On series. It was my first time reading Kristen Callihan’s writing and I fell quickly in love with it. I knew that I wanted to binge her VIP series. I’m so excited to have finally been able to do that and share my mini reviews of each book with you.

Idol
Series: VIP, #1
Author: Kristen Callihan
Publication Date: June 7, 2016
Publisher: Plain Jane Books
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

My thoughts:

Idol pulled me in right from the beginning. I expected no less from Kristen Callihan’s writing, but it was still a pleasant surprise since so many rock star feel the same. Idol stood out. I loved the emotional connection between Killian and Liberty. It wasn’t just all about the music, and that gave them a stronger base — especially since they also had sizzling chemistry. The whole story was fun to read and I couldn’t wait to keep reading about the Kill John guys.

 Managed
Series: VIP, #2
Author: Kristen Callihan
Publication Date: November 14, 2016
Publisher: Plain Jane Books
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts:

I was surprised the second book in this series was about the band manager, Scottie, and not one of the musicians from Kill John. That surprise quickly turned to happiness because Managed was EVERYTHING. I LOVED the way Sophie and Scottie’s story started out. It had me smiling so much. Things only got better from there. The proposal Scottie had for Sophie was sweet in a way and it melted my heart. I loved them together. I couldn’t get enough of this book.

Fall
Series: VIP, #2
Author: Kristen Callihan
Publication Date: October 23, 2018
Publisher: Plain Jane Books
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ 

My thoughts:

Fall had a lot to live up to after reading Managed. It wasn’t quite as good in my opinion, but I still loved it. I liked getting to know Jax/John better and understanding his attitude and struggles with depression. I loved the brightness Stella helped bring to his life. She was the light to this story despite her own set of problems. John and Stella were a great couple.

Overall thoughts:

I loved the VIP series every bit as much as I loved Kristen Callihan’s Game On series. I’m so sad that there isn’t another book out yet. I am so curious about Rye and Brenna’s story! I also want to know more about Whip!

Top Ten Tuesday: Some of My Favorite Holiday Music

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 Hope Santa Brings

Since Christmas (for those who celebrate) is in 2 days, I’m going to change things up and do something non book related. Today, I’m sharing with you:

Some of My Favorite Holiday Music

These are songs I’ve got playing on my Spotify Playlist. Videos shared are from YouTube.

1. Come On, Ring Those Bells
Artist: Evie

This is an old school favorite from my childhood when we listened to this album on a RECORD PLAYER. *gasp*

2. River
Arist: Sarah McLachlan

I’m a big fan of Sarah McLachlan’s voice, and I love what it does to this song.

3. All I Want for Christmas Is You
Arist: Mariah Carey

How could this not make a holiday music list for anyone who grew up in the 90’s?

4. Last Christmas
Artist: Wham

Much love for this one!

5. Grown-Up Christmas List
Artist: Amy Grant

This is another one that reminds me of my childhood.

6. Hot Chocolate
Artist: Tom Hanks

I adore this one because my daughter used to make us watch the movie year round and she would dance to this song when she was like 2.

7. O Holy Night
Artist: Christina Aguilera

I have this CD from when it originally came out. I always liked this version.

8. Mary Did You Know
Artists: Pentatonix

I could have put any and all Pentatonix holiday albums on here. I especially love this version they did.

9. Winter Song
Artist: Sarah McLachlan

And we’re back to Sarah McLachlan. Love this one.

10. Silent Night
Artist: Jessica Simpson

I actually really love this entire album and her voice on it.

Review: You Have a Match (Emma Lord)

You Have a Match
Author: Emma Lord
Publication Date: January 5, 2021
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

From the beloved author of Tweet Cute comes Emma Lord’s You Have a Match, a YA novel of family, friendship, romance and sisterhood…

When Abby signs up for a DNA service, it’s mainly to give her friend and secret love interest, Leo, a nudge. After all, she knows who she is already: Avid photographer. Injury-prone tree climber. Best friend to Leo and Connie…although ever since the B.E.I. (Big Embarrassing Incident) with Leo, things have been awkward on that front.

But she didn’t know she’s a younger sister.

When the DNA service reveals Abby has a secret sister, shimmery-haired Instagram star Savannah Tully, it’s hard to believe they’re from the same planet, never mind the same parents—especially considering Savannah, queen of green smoothies, is only a year and a half older than Abby herself.

The logical course of action? Meet up at summer camp (obviously) and figure out why Abby’s parents gave Savvy up for adoption. But there are complications: Savvy is a rigid rule-follower and total narc. Leo is the camp’s co-chef, putting Abby’s growing feelings for him on blast. And her parents have a secret that threatens to unravel everything.

But part of life is showing up, leaning in, and learning to fit all your awkward pieces together. Because sometimes, the hardest things can also be the best ones.


This was a weird reading experience for me. I think it might have been my mood. When I started this book, I was really into the writing and the story. The whole finding a sister through DNA intrigued me. It kind of lost me after a while, though. Like I said, I’m not sure if I fell out of the mood of wanting this type of story or if I got bored in the middle. It picked up once everything major went down. I liked learning about Abby and Savannah’s parents and their decisions. I wouldn’t have minded hearing even more about everything that went down with in the past. That was probably what I was most interested in. It made the story end on a high note for me. I liked the lessons Abby learned.

Review: The Office Party (Whitney G.)

The Office Party
Author: Whitney G.
Publication Date: December 18, 2020
Publisher: WGW Books
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

I can’t believe that I pulled my boss’s name for our company’s annual Secret Santa tradition…

As the devil incarnate, this infuriating, cocky bastard never gives us the holidays off, and he honestly expects us to be grateful for his generous alternative: The Office Party.

It’s a mandatory, all-expenses trip for two weeks at a surprise luxury resort—where we still have to work twelve to fifteen hours a day.

I’m so over this…

So, I put zero percent effort into his gift. I tear the tag off whatever my sister gifts me, add a five-dollar amazon gift card, and hand it off to him.

It’s not until my sister sends me a text that I realize how terrible of a decision that was.

Georgia: Why haven’t you sent me a ‘LOL’ about the brand-new vibrator I got you? I really do hope that you use your boss’s face as a muse, like my note says. 🙂

If that’s not bad enough, this year’s “luxury trip” will be in my hometown–the place I’ve avoided for years. At the resort that my grandmother owns…

If the universe gets me out of this, I will never ‘regift’ anything ever again…


Once again, Whitney G. has graced us with an incredibly entertaining holiday romance. This novella was so sassy and fun! It made me smile and laugh on more than one occasion — which is impressive since I read this book in one sitting. I loved the evil boss vibe Garrett had going on and the way Savannah reacted to him. I loved all the texts, emails, and chats that were included along with both Garrett and Savannah’s POVs. The whole “regifting” thing was plain awkward, but it made the story move from funny to fire. These two had amazing chemistry!

The Office Party is the office/enemies to more trope Whitney G. does best. It worked well a novella, but could have been fleshed out even more to be a more in depth story. I didn’t necessarily need that for it to be a better book, I just wouldn’t have minded more time with workaholics Garrett and Savannah. I”m greedy like that. The Office Party is a fun, flirty holiday romance that’s sure to keep you warm this winter holiday season.

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Review: The Relationship Pact (Adriana Locke)

The Relationship Pact
Series: Kings of Football, #3
Author: Adriana Locke
Publication Date: December 17, 2020
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Sports Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

How hard can it be?

That was the question rolling around Larissa Mason’s mind just before she asked Hollis Hudson to be her fake boyfriend.

It was only supposed to be for five minutes, after all.

Granted, that was also before she felt his hand on the small of her back as he charmed the heck out of her family.

She hadn’t heard his laugh yet either.

And it was definitely before she saw the football god shirtless. Otherwise, she would’ve had an idea of just how hard some things could be.

It turns out that pretending to be in love with a crazily handsome, somewhat enigmatic, and absolutely unforgettable tight end (that has an amazing tight end) is easy.

Reminding herself that just because opposites attract doesn’t mean they’re forever is much harder.

What they have isn’t love—it’s a relationship pact. Right?


This fake relationship romance had my hear aflutter. Hollis and Larissa had reasons for a fake relationship and avoiding real relationships, but their connection blew that to pieces. They clicked emotionally from the start. Hollis was deeply scarred emotionally from his past. Larissa had a distrust of athletes. Together they worked through those things. I loved how they knew when to push each other and when to pull back.

One of my favorite things about this book were all the side characters. I loved how they impacted both Hollis and Larissa, but especially Hollis. They were all a great support system and added a special element to the story. This is my first complete book by Locke, and meeting some of these characters made me want to read their stories.

The Relationship Pact was truly a sweet romance where I loved every minute of it. The only thing keeping my from giving it a full 5 stars was the final epilogue. I needed more answers for Hollis than I got. I know they weren’t necessarily important for Hollis and Larissa’s romance, but I wanted to know to fully wrap up his side of the story. Other than that, this romance was perfection for me.

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    About the Author:
USA Today and Washington Post bestselling author Adriana Locke lives and breathes books. After years of slightly obsessive relationships with the flawed bad boys created by other authors, Adriana has created her own. She resides in the Midwest with her husband, sons, and two dogs. She spends a large amount of time playing with her kids, drinking coffee, and cooking. You can find her outside if the weather’s nice and there’s always a piece of candy in her pocket.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Winter 2020/2021 TBR

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 on my Winter 2020/21 TBR

1. Roommate
Author: Sarina Bowen

2. The Last Night in London
Author: Karen White

3. The Things We Leave Unfinished
Author: Rebecca Yarros

4. Steal My Magnolia
Author: Karla Sorensen

5. Nate
Author: Tijan

6. The Off Limits Rule
Author: Sarah Adams

7. Make It Sweet
Author: Kristen Callihan

8. Every Last Secret
Author: A. Torre

9. The Bookworm’s Guide to Flirting
Author: Emma Hart

10. Game Changer
Author: Abbi Glines