WWW Wednesday: May 5, 2021

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words.

WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

The last book I read was The Pact (The MacGregor Brothers, #1) by Karina Hale. It was from a TBR I have from a TTT list of ten books that have been sitting on my Kindle for a long time that I am determined to read this year. It’s the eighth book I’ve read off that list so far. 

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

After The Pact I tried to read another from my list, but it ended up being a DNF and putting me in a funky mood. I decided to read my library copy of Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne since it’s due soon. I like it so far.

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

I don’t know for sure. I’ve been trying to mostly mood read. I think my next read is going to be Shameless (Texas Nights, #1) by Lex Martin. 

Cover Reveal: Fortunate Son (Jay Crownover)

I am so excited to share the cover of FORTUNATE SON by Jay Crownover with you today! FORTUNATE SON is part of  Forever Marked: The Second Generation of the Marked Men and it will be releasing June 22nd. You can preorder it now. It will go live on Amazon on release day. 

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FORTUNATE SON by Jay Crownover
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About FORTUNATE SON: 

Ry Archer and Bowe Keller are as different as night and day. But that doesn’t stop the childhood frenemies from reconnecting whenever one of them needs some help tackling any of life’s major puzzles, like figuring out why getting what you always thought you wanted isn’t living up to all the hype. They might constantly rub each other the wrong way (except for the times when they rub each other the really-really right way), but there is no denying they’ve always made one hell of a great team. They manage to balance each other out… when they aren’t driving each other crazy. For Ry, he thought he had the perfect girl, the one who was going to run headfirst into a methodically planned future. He was going to marry young and have the same kind of legendary, life-long romance his parents did… or so he believed. His girl was going to stand by his side as he chased his dream of being a professional football player all the way to the NFL. He was wrong. Now, Ry’s gotta figure out the difference between a bruised heart and a broken one, and the only person who can teach him the difference is Bowe. Bowe always felt like she had to run before she learned to walk to keep up with her father’s musical legacy. He’s her hero, and she wants nothing more than to make him proud. Bowe’s about to figure out that maybe she wasn’t meant to be in a rock and roll band and that it is possible she let her father’s success cloud her idea of what making music should be. Bowe needs to find her own path to fame, and there’s a good chance she wouldn’t be brave enough or bold enough to start over if Ry Archer hadn’t charmed his way back into her life when she least expected it. Some days they’re enemies. Other days they’re lovers. For a while, they were strangers. But now, it feels more like they might have always been soulmates. Eventually, Ry and Bowe realize that letting go of an old dream and creating a new one is much easier to do with the right person by your side.

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About JAY CROWNOVER:

Jay Crownover is the international and multiple New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men Series, The Saints of Denver Series, The Point Series, Breaking Point Series, and the Getaway Series. Her books can be found translated in many different languages all around the world. She is a tattooed, crazy haired Colorado native who lives at the base of the Rockies with her awesome dogs. This is where she can frequently be found enjoying a cold beer and Taco Tuesdays. Jay is a self-declared music snob and outspoken book lover who is always looking for her next adventure, between the pages and on the road. Connect with her:  Website  | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads  |  Reader Group IS-Blogger-1-1024x158

Review: The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba (Chantel Cleeton)

The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba
Series: The Cuba Saga, #4
Author: Chantel Cleeton

Publication Date: May 4, 2021
Publisher: Berkley
Genre: Historical Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

At the end of the nineteenth century, three revolutionary women fight for freedom in New York Times bestselling author Chanel Cleeton’s captivating new novel inspired by real-life events and the true story of a legendary Cuban woman–Evangelina Cisneros–who changed the course of history.

A feud rages in Gilded Age New York City between newspaper tycoons William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer. When Grace Harrington lands a job at Hearst’s newspaper in 1896, she’s caught in a cutthroat world where one scoop can make or break your career, but it’s a story emerging from Cuba that changes her life.

Unjustly imprisoned in a notorious Havana women’s jail, eighteen-year-old Evangelina Cisneros dreams of a Cuba free from Spanish oppression. When Hearst learns of her plight and splashes her image on the front page of his paper, proclaiming her, “The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba,” she becomes a rallying cry for American intervention in the battle for Cuban independence.

With the help of Marina Perez, a courier secretly working for the Cuban revolutionaries in Havana, Grace and Hearst’s staff attempt to free Evangelina. But when Cuban civilians are forced into reconcentration camps and the explosion of the USS Maine propels the United States and Spain toward war, the three women must risk everything in their fight for freedom. 


I have been a fan of Chanel Cleeton’s Cuba Saga since I read the first book. It’s been a delight to learn more about Cuba, its history, the people, and its relation to the United States through her words. Each book has a told a different story through multiple view points. The same was done with The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba. For this review, I’m going to tell you a little bit about each character and then I’ll sum up my final thoughts.

Grace Harrington – Grace wanted desperately to be a newspaper reporter like Nellie Bly. In order to become one, she found herself entrenched in the battle between the Journal and the World papers. This battle brought her attention to the one going on in Cuba. To be honest, it took me a while to get into this character’s story. I wasn’t immediately drawn to her desire to be a newspaper reporter. Once I got several chapters in her point of view, her involvement in the story became more fascinating to me. That was good because the majority of this book seemed to be in her POV. I also enjoyed Grace’s interactions with Rafael.

Evangelina Cisneros – This was the POV that I kept wanting more of. Evangelina was a real life person who went through some horrible things in Cuba. I could tell Cleeton did her due diligence researching her plight and life. I, like Americans of the time, found her life fascinating. I could have read a book entirely in Evangelina’s POV. I would have liked more of it in this book.

Marina Perez – It’s always nice to learn more about the Perez family. I found her backstory to be very interesting and her current life situation as well. I liked how her POV tied the story together. Marina was probably the least fleshed out character with the least amount of time spent on her POV. I would have loved more inclusion of her in this story.

Now for more on the book as a whole…

I found the subject of the Cuban Revolution to be incredibly interesting. I hate to say that I knew nothing about it prior to this book, but I knew nothing about it. I loved how Cleeton used real life inspiration to craft her story and create her characters. Each woman’s tale was well written and inspiring. I do have to mention that at times I found The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba to be quite information heavy. It had more information than her past books in this series and less focus on the romantic relationships. Being a romance reader, I missed the focus on that aspect. That being said, it was still a great read that fans of this series are sure to love.

Review: The Introvert’s Guide to Online Dating

The Introvert’s Guide to Online Dating
Series: The Introvert’s Guide, #1
Author: Emma Hart
Publication Date: April 27, 2021
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ 

Synopsis:

Online dating: the act in which you try to avoid the catfishes and D pics. And try not to get caught hooking up with your best friend’s brother.

With all my best friends off the market, it’s time that I, Tori Sussex, join them.
So where better to find my future husband than the internet? It’s great. I get to get all the awkward stuff out of the way and already know if I’m going to like the guy before we meet in person.

It’s a shame nothing is ever that simple.
My relationship with Colton Lane is the very definition of complicated—dirty little no-strings-attached hook-ups we’ve somehow managed to keep secret from all our friends for the past six months. We’re bound to get caught, and if I’m serious about dating, I only have one choice.

Call it quits. End our little covert booty calls for good. Tell him my parking space is off-limits to him.
It should be easy. It should be simple.
And I’m sure it would be… If only I wasn’t in love with him.


After reading Emma Hart’s most recent series, I couldn’t wait to read The Introvert’s Guide to Online Dating. Tori and Colton have had this series enemies vibe going on for BOOKS. Yes, books. Their hate is so well known that I just couldn’t wait to find out how that hate would translate to love — thin line between and all that.

My favorite thing about Tori and Colton “hating” each other was their banter. It could be mean and rude at times, but I could feel the undercurrent of attraction. They made such a fun secret couple. All the ups and downs with the secrecy and nature of their relationship felt real. I liked it all a lot. The only thing that didn’t make enough sense to me was the title. There was a little talk of online dating, but it really didn’t play as much a part of this book as I was expecting. Not that I’m complaining. I didn’t need to see Tori and Colton do too much with the online dating thing.

As with all her books, Emma Hart does a great job with the side characters. I loved how all of Tori and Colton’s friends played a part. I also loved the grandparents being involved in the story. I can’t get enough of the wacky grandparents, their hilariously named pets, and the senior center activities.

Overall, The Introvert’s Guide to Online Dating was another fun read from Emma Hart. It was low on drama and filled with many laughs. This was a good start to this new series.

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Review: Malibu Rising (Taylor Jenkins Reid)

Malibu Rising
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Publication Date: June 1, 2021
Publisher: Ballentine Books
Genre: Historical, Fiction, Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

From the New York Times bestselling author of Daisy Jones & The Six . . . Four famous siblings throw an epic party to celebrate the end of the summer. But over the course of twenty-four hours, their lives will change forever.

Malibu: August 1983. It’s the day of Nina Riva’s annual end-of-summer party, and anticipation is at a fever pitch. Everyone wants to be around the famous Rivas: Nina, the talented surfer and supermodel; brothers Jay and Hud, one a championship surfer, the other a renowned photographer; and their adored baby sister, Kit. Together the siblings are a source of fascination in Malibu and the world over–especially as the offspring of the legendary singer Mick Riva.

The only person not looking forward to the party of the year is Nina herself, who never wanted to be the center of attention, and who has also just been very publicly abandoned by her pro tennis player husband. Oh, and maybe Hud–because it is long past time for him to confess something to the brother from whom he’s been inseparable since birth.

Jay, on the other hand, is counting the minutes until nightfall, when the girl he can’t stop thinking about promised she’ll be there.

And Kit has a couple secrets of her own–including a guest she invited without consulting anyone.

By midnight the party will be completely out of control. By morning, the Riva mansion will have gone up in flames. But before that first spark in the early hours before dawn, the alcohol will flow, the music will play, and the loves and secrets that shaped this family’s generations will all come bubbling to the surface.

Malibu Rising is a story about one unforgettable night in the life of a family: the night they each have to choose what they will keep from the people who made them . . . and what they will leave behind.


Not going to lie. I was curious as to how Taylor Jenkins Reid was going to follow up the masterpiece that was Daisy Jones and The Six. That book was so unique and cool and well done. What could possibly be as good? Malibu Rising. That’s what.

Every year, Nina Riva throws the biggest party of the summer. Anyone who is anyone attends. Major things always happen at the summer party and are gossiped about for years to come. 1983’s party is sure to be the most epic of them all, and we, the readers, are invited to the fun.

How I just described Malibu Rising was pretty simple. An epic party. It was more than a party, though. Malibu Rising was a family saga. The story alternates between that day of the party in August 1983 and the past. The past began with Mick and June Rivas falling in love. Their story was a hot mess. Mick’s fame brought many problems along with it. Both of their decisions shaped their kids, and it wasn’t always done pleasantly. The past continues right up until the day of the party. On the day of the party in 1983, we get what the Riva kids are up to as adults on the day of the party that will shape their future. I was fascinated by both timelines. There wasn’t one I liked more than the other. I didn’t want to set the book down. The writing was soooo good. I could easily imagine this book as a television show — like Dallas or Dynasty with a Southern California flare.

Another thing that made this book so good were the characters. They felt real. Malibu Rising almost felt like a tell all memoir from the Riva family.  Just like I did while Daisy Jones and The Six, I found myself wanting to Google the Rivas family and find out more about them. I loved the close knit feeling from the kids and how they helped each other through their struggles.

I’m not sure what else to say about Malibu Rising. This review already feels rambling. I loved just it so much I want to read it all over again. And I want everyone to read it. It will definitely be on my list of top books for 2021.

WWW Wednesday: April 27, 2021

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words.

WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

The last book I read was Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas. It was from a TBR I have from a TTT list of ten books that have been sitting on my Kindle for a long time that I am determined to read this year. It’s the fourth book I’ve read off that list so far.

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

I felt like I wanted to keep knocking books off the list I mentioned above, so I’m reading my fifth book from it: True Love Story by Willow Aster.

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

I think my next read is going to be Date Me Like You Mean It by R.S. Grey. I think I’m going to need a romantic comedy after the last couple of books I’ve read.

Series Review: Moo U (Books 4-7)

Good morning! I have something fun to share with you today. It’s a series review for the next four books in the Moo U series in Sarina Bowen’s World of True North. Get ready for some college hockey romance fun!

Gametime
Series: Moo U, #4
Author: Jami Davenport
Publication Date: April 26, 2021
Publisher: Heart Eyes Press
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Sports Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

My thoughts: 

Not going to lie… The beginning of this book was a bit cringeworthy for me. The mistaken identity with twin brothers left me feeling secondhand embarrassment for both Paxton and Naomi. That being said, things got better for me as they progressed. Paxton’s growth on and off the rink was cool. I loved how Naomi had to do some self-exploration to figure out her feelings/intentions when it came it both Paxton and Patrick. I was glad Gametime didn’t feel too much like a love triangle romance because that would have been ick. Instead, it ended up being a sweet romance between friends who had each other’s backs.

I only have two complaints. My biggest complaint about this book would have to be that the drama wasn’t really between Paxton and Naomi, but Paxton and Patrick. What was going on between them took over the story in my opinion, and it took too much away from the couple. I don’t think I’ve ever been sick of lack of communication between siblings in a romance novel before. I also wasn’t a big fan of the nickname “Omi” for Naomi? I haven’t heard that one before and it felt awkward and just unneeded. A weird dislike, but I cringed every time I read it.

All in all, Gametime was a good read and addition to the series.

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Overtime
Series: Moo U, #5
Author: Kat Mizera
Publication Date: April 26, 2021
Publisher: Heart Eyes Press
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Sports Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts: 

I honestly wasn’t sure if I was ready to dive into Overtime after finishing Gametime. The drama between Paxton and Patrick kind of put me off Patrick a bit. Not to mention all the women he was partaking in during the last book. I had to be hopeful that Kat Mizera was going to make me love him in this book, and I’m so happy she did.

Patrick wasn’t the jerk I was expecting him to be. I was really happy not to have to read about his conquests in this book. He was actually a great guy when he wasn’t sparring with his brother. I loved Ellie for Patrick. She was a little younger and a lot less experienced when it came to pretty much everything in life except school. They had a beautiful emotional connection and helped each other through some tough stuff. I thought I knew where their romances was headed a couple of times, but I was actually surprised at the turns it took. It ended up being a super sweet romance. Overtime was one of those romances I wanted to read straight through because I loved the book and characters so much. It was the perfect addition to this series.

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Halftime
Series: Moo U, #6
Author: Kim Findlay
Publication Date: April 26, 2021
Publisher: Heart Eyes Press
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Sports Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★

My thoughts: 

This book was good, just not for me. I had a hard time getting into it because of the nature of the story. This was a second chance romance where the couple originally broke up based on possible cheating. A year later the couple meets back up at college. Both clearly aren’t over each other and he’s got a new girlfriend to make things even more complicated. They both have to navigate their new friendship and what they want from each other. Parts of it were sweet and I liked them together, but I just wasn’t sold on stability of their relationship. Faith’s issues were such that I didn’t know that their relationship truly could have been repaired without counseling. Maybe I’m wrong. I’m sure other readers will be sold on Seb and Faith’s long term.

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Darkroom
Series: Moo U, #7
Author: Kate Willooughby
Publication Date: April 26, 2021
Publisher: Heart Eyes Press
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Sports Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts: 

Darkroom was a sweet hockey romance between two complicated characters. Hudson was probably the least complicated of the two. He had some issues with his ex-hockey player father and some other stuff happening with him, but those issues paled in comparison to Indi’s. Indi was dealing with self-confidence and adoption issues. As a Chinese-American adoptee, she was just learning to come to terms with her ties to Chinese culture. The self-confidence thing was a bigger issue that I don’t want to give away. Hudson and Indie had to navigate these issues separately, but ended up learning to lean on each other. I loved the progression of their romance. The only thing that threw me a bit was that I felt like everything wrapped up quicker than I would have liked at the end.

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Overall Thoughts:

The Moo U series is continuing to be my favorite in The World of True North. Not every book hit me as a favorite this time around, but I still enjoyed and appreciated them. I’m looking forward to continuing to read this series.

Review: Charming Billionaire (Max Monroe)

Charming Billionaire: The Thatch Kelly Collection
Series: Billionaire Bad Boys, #2

Authors: Max Monroe
Publication Date: April 25, 2021
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Players gonna play,
but can a wild, untamable, alpha-billionaire player
fall in love?

Meet the most irresistible billionaire of all-time in one sexy, steamy, downright hilarious, and binge-worthy romantic comedy collection (all for the price of one novella, too!).

This collection includes the following three books:


*Banking the Billionaire
*Banking Her

*And a BRAND-NEW novella, Crazy Fluffing Love


Banking the Billionaire

Uninhibited. Sarcastic. Confident. Beautiful.
With a thriving photography career that allows her to travel all over the world and capture the hottest of men behind her camera lens, Cassie Phillips is the woman who can’t be tamed.

Adrenaline-junkie. Jokester. Billionaire. Hot-as-sin.
At six-foot-five, with muscles for days, and that perfect playful smile, Thatcher Kelly is the kind of man you don’t want to deny.

Wild for wild.
Prank for prank.
The two most unlikely of people may be the only ones to see that some personality traits only run skin deep.

Uncensored. Hilarious. And too damn hot to put into words.
Grab a fan and get ready for one hell of a ride because when the opposite of opposites attract, things are bound to get a little messy.

Banking Her

Thatch and Cassie have finally found their perfect balance of good and sweet, crazy and playful, and most importantly, hot and insatiable.

But what happens when they’re faced with a surprise neither of them plotted or schemed?

While Cassie seems to be taking everything in stride, Thatch can’t stop himself from worrying about every little thing revolving around the woman he loves.

How does a man handle that kind of anxiety?

Doing the only thing he can to ease his mind without pushing away the woman he loves, Thatch proves that once again, when it comes to him and Cass, you’ll never see what’s coming.

Crazy Fluffing Love

MISSING PERSON
Name: Thatcher Kelly
Age: Mid-thirties
Height: 6 foot 5 inches
Weight: A very sexy, lean, and muscular 250 pounds
Last seen: Panama City Beach, Florida
Important Note: This guy is a real good-looking motherfluffer.

Look, I know this might seem a little over the top to already prepare for my face to be plastered all over Missing Persons flyers, but trust me, it’s not.

My pregnant wife Cassie—whose hormones are swinging like a fluffing pendulum—has decided that we need a honeymoon.

Right the F now.

She wants us to go on a celebratory “spring break,” we-just-got-married vacation to none other than Panama City Beach, Florida. But the only problem is, it’s not spring.

It’s not even summer.

It’s October, my crazy-hot wife is pregnant, and things are starting to get really fluffing weird.

If you’re reading this, send help and plan a really nice memorial for my very super, beloved, *ahem* male member, who, for the sake of public decency, shall remain nameless. I’m not entirely sure he’s going to make it out alive.


Charming Billionaire: The Thatcher Kelly Collection is a collection of two books from Max Monroe’s Billionaire Bad Boys series (Banking the Billionaire #2, Banking Her #2.5) and a brand new novella. These new billionaire collections are great for readers who have not yet enjoyed the series. You get more bang for you buck with all the novellas included. Past readers won’t want to miss those new novellas either. They’re fluffing funny! So what did I think about each book individual? I’m going to give you a short review for each book with a link to my original reviews for the first two books.

Banking the Billionaire is one of my all time favorite romantic comedies and my top favorite Max Monroe book. Thatch and Cassie have a hilarious relationship revolving around pranks, pets, and an insane attraction to each other. It’s a book that made me LOL many times. You can read my original review here.

Banking Her is a novella that continues Thatch and Cassie’s story. It made me fall further in love with this crazy couple. It also gave me a look at the start of the next couple’s romance, which was fun. You can read my original review here.

Crazy Fluffing Love is the new novella in this series. It comes after Banking Her and was a hilarious honeymoon trip planned by crazy Cassie. It was packed with laughs and a whole lot of fun. I don’t think I will ever get tired of new material for these two. Thatch and Cassie’s personalities are so big that the sky is the limit for all the crazy fun shenanigans these two can get into with each other. This novella cemented why they’re still my favorite Max Monroe couple.

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