Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I’d Name a Pet After

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:

Characters I Would Name a Pet After

This was harder than it sounds, people! A lot of these are for males, but the dogs we have had are all female.

1. Frank Sanger, This Adventure Ends

2. Graham Cracker (Garret Graham), The Deal

3. Lucy, More Than Forever

4. Daisy, Hothouse Flower

5. Blake Riley, Good Boy

6. Otis, Must Love Dogs…and Hockey

7. Walter, Tapping the Billionaire

8. Clive, Wallbanger

9. Logan Kade, Fallen Crest High

10. Britney Spears, Britney Spears’ Heart to Heart (I’ve always wanted to name a dog Britney Spears, so I had find a book about her.)

Review: You Had Me at Hockey (Kelly Jamieson)

You Had Me at Hockey
Series: Bears Hockey, #2
Author: Kelly Jamieson
Publication Date: December 8, 2020
Publisher: Random House LLC
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Sports Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Can a spirited, down-to-earth influencer get an uptight hockey player out of his shell?

Josh
I am a warrior. That’s been my motto since I recovered from a near-death accident when I was younger. Now I enjoy my nice, settled life in Dallas playing pro hockey—a boring life is better than being dead. I’m not a party guy or an adventurer; I like my routine and peace and quiet. So being traded to New York is the worst possible change that could happen. And meeting unfiltered and fascinating Sara Carrington throws my life into even more chaos.

Sara
I’ve been considered weird my whole life, which is why I’m still a virgin, but I’ve turned it into a career with my YouTube videos. Who knew people would love watching me talk about my zits, taste test meatless burgers, and try to learn TikTok dances! Now I’m launching a podcast. Getting hockey star Josh Heller as a guest will help gain listeners for sure. I expect a bearded jock with no teeth and nothing to say, but I get a hot as H-E-double-hockey-sticks grouch with a surprisingly dirty mind. My mission to make him laugh is successful, but I want to know why he’s so uptight underneath that panty-dropping smile. Maybe I can teach Josh to have some fun . . . and maybe he can teach me a thing or two along the way. . . .


I loved You Had Me at Hockey. The entire thing was adorable. Sara was this funny, impulsive, down to Earth chick that made me laugh so hard. She brought out the best in Josh. Josh (of the Heller family for those who have read that series) was this slightly grumpy, uptight hockey player. He lived by his plans and it was fun to see him unravel with Sara by his side. These two  had serious chemistry and their banter was hilarious. They played so well off each other. I also liked the realities the two faced pertaining to their pasts. It was easy to identify with both of them.

You Had Me at Hockey was truly a great, heartfelt romance. Most of all, it made me laugh and smile. It’s going down as one of my favorite sports romances from Kelly Jamieson. I want more like it.

Review: See Me After Class (Meghan Quinn)

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See Me After Class
Author: Meghan Quinn
Publication Date: November 12, 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

“Did you have relations with my brother . . .”

Good question.

I’d like to preface this by saying it was never my intention to ever get involved in a workplace romance, let alone get involved with the most surly, agitating, and pompous man I’ve ever met who just so happens to be my new friend’s brother.

My intentions were to show students how English and reading books could actually be fun and make a new life for myself in the suburbs of Chicago.

But so far, I’ve managed to be called into the principal’s office.

Coerced into participating in the teacher’s badminton league.

And instigated into passionate fights with Arlo Turner over education and decorum while losing my underwear at the same time.

Known as Mr. Turns Me On, he’s the reason I might get fired from my first ever teaching job.


Thank you to Meghan Quinn for releasing another book during the pandemic. I can’t thank her enough for giving me a fun, flirty romance to take my mind off of the state of the world. I adored every minute of See Me After Class. This book had so much to love:

  • It was a teacher-teacher romance. No student-teacher thing going on here to make things uncomfortable.
  • Greer and Arlo had an incredibly fun enemies to lovers romance.
  • There were tons of hilarious moments! I laughed so hard at the prank war and many other scenes.
  • It was on the sexier side of Meghan Quinn’s romantic comedies.
  • The characters were lovable. Arlo’s straight lace attitude and cardigans were perfection. Greer’s out of the box teaching style and sense of humor contrasted well with Arlo’s personality.
  • Character growth for those two only added to the story and made me love them and their relationship more.
  • I was actually surprised by the climax. I was expecting it to be something else.
  • There were hilarious side characters whose stories I can’t wait for.

See Me After Class was such an entertaining read. It managed to keep my attention at a time that not many books could. I loved it and can’t wait to read more in the series.

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About the Author:

USA Today Bestselling Author, wife, adoptive mother, and peanut butter lover. Author of romantic comedies and contemporary romance, Meghan Quinn brings readers the perfect combination of heart, humor, and heat in every book.

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WWW Wednesday: November 11, 2020

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

WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

Happy Veteran’s Day to all the veterans out there! I just finished up an ARC of Heartbreak Bay by Rachel Caine.  Not going to lie – I was a little emotional at the end knowing it was her last book. I’m saddened by her passing.

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

I’m reading an ARC of Loverboy (The Company, #2) by Sarina Bowen. I needed a little pick me up after finishing that last one, and Bowen usually does right by me.

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

I need to read my library copy of The Purest Hook (Second Circle Tattoos, #3) before it has to go back. It’s related to the Preload series I binged a couple weeks ago and this is the last band member to read about.

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Titles That Would Make Great Country Song Titles

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

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

Book Titles That Would Make Great Song Titles

I submitted this topic… I had forgotten that! Hahaha! I think I had some great ideas when I thought of it, but they must have all disappeared. Anyways. I am adding the word COUNTRY to this topic because I think these would make great country songs.

1. Super Fake Love Song

I’m imagining a female, teen country start singing about a love that turned out to be fake or something along those lines.

2. The Wreckage of Us

Paging Taylor Swift…but maybe only because she has a song with a similar title. She’d have to go back to country, though.

3. Hard Pass

I can picture either a male or female artist signing about taking a hard pass on someone, like an ex or something.

4. Chicks, Man

Some deep, male, twangy country voice could do a great song with this one. I’m imaging it to be slow like Drunk on a Plane.

5. Not My Romeo

So many, many possibilities with this one!!!

6. Mister Tonight

Can’t you envision a woman singing about her “mister tonight”?

7. One Big Mistake

This could be either male or female.

8. Wherever You Are

This would be a sweet song about being in love.

9. Cowboy Villain Damsel Duel

It would have to involve a big story, something about drinking would probably be involved.

10. The Clover Chapel

Another love song. Maybe about getting married in a clover chapel or something.

Review: The Mistletoe Trap (Cindi Madsen)

The Mistletoe Trap
Series: Heart in the Game, #2
Author: Cindi Madsen
Publication Date: November 16, 2020
Publisher: Entangled: Amara
Genre: Holiday, Contemporary, Sports Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

From the moment Julie sees her best friend, Gavin, in the airport, it’s like no time at all has gone by instead of months and months. No matter how long they’ve been apart, their relationship has always been steady, comfortable, and decidedly just friends. Even though their meddling parents have hung what seems like unlimited amounts of mistletoe everywhere she goes this holiday season, Julie knows some things will never change.

Gavin is well-aware his family’s wanted him and Julie to get together since forever, even though he’s been friend-zoned since they could talk—and he’s been happy to play that role. After all, as the new starting quarterback for the San Antonio Mustangs, he’s got enough on his plate without adding romance to the mix.

But between playing elves in the holiday bazaar to nights spent one-on-one watching rom-coms or soaking in their town’s hot springs, suddenly the “reverse parent trap” they’ve fallen into is actually starting to work. But this could be one scheme where letting themselves get trapped might be way too dangerous.


From the very beginning, I knew The Mistletoe Trap was going to be my kind of holiday romance. It was so fun from the start that I didn’t notice it was in third person (and normally that’s a turn off for me). The humor was there and so was the chemistry. I loved the friendship Gavin and Julie had going on. They were friends underneath it all, and that made their new found attraction to each other all the more entertaining and special. All the hoops their hilariously devious family members put them through to push the together helped move the romance forward in the best of ways. The only small complaint I have is how LONG it took Gavin and Julie to move past friendship. I wanted more of them acting on their love for each other than I got. Other than that, The Mistletoe Trap was exactly the holiday romance I was hoping would be.

Review: Super Fake Love Song (David Yoon)

Super Fake Love Song
Author: David Yoon
Publication Date: November 17, 2020
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

From the bestselling author of Frankly in Love comes a contemporary YA rom-com where a case of mistaken identity kicks off a string of (fake) events that just may lead to (real) love.

When Sunny Dae—self-proclaimed total nerd—meets Cirrus Soh, he can’t believe how cool and confident she is. So when Cirrus mistakes Sunny’s older brother Gray’s bedroom—with its electric guitars and rock posters—for Sunny’s own, he sort of, kind of, accidentally winds up telling her he’s the front man of a rock band.

Before he knows it, Sunny is knee-deep in the lie: He ropes his best friends into his scheme, begging them to form a fake band with him, and starts wearing Gray’s rock-and-roll castoffs. But no way can he trick this amazing girl into thinking he’s cool, right? Just when Sunny is about to come clean, Cirrus asks to see them play sometime. Gulp.

Now there’s only one thing to do: Fake it till you make it.

Sunny goes all in on the lie, and pretty soon, the strangest things start happening. People are noticing him in the hallways, and he’s going to football games and parties for the first time. He’s feeling more confident in every aspect of his life, and especially with Cirrus, who’s started to become not just his dream girl but also the real deal. Sunny is falling in love. He’s having fun. He’s even becoming a rocker, for real.

But it’s only a matter of time before Sunny’s house of cards starts tumbling down. As his lies begin to catch up with him, Sunny Dae is forced to wonder whether it was all worth it—and if it’s possible to ever truly change.


Super Fake Love Story is a book I was excited to read. I loved Yoon’s Frankly in Love, and I had high expectations for this new book. I hate to say it, but it didn’t quite live up to my expectations.

I had a love-hate relationship with Sunny Dae. He was this big nerd who sometimes came off in an endearing way and other times came off as annoying. I respected that he let his nerd flag fly, but hated when he got caught up in being what he thought Cirrus wanted. His character did have a lot of growth throughout the story, so that was a good thing.

I loved Sunny’s friends. Milo and Jamal helped make this book more enjoyable. I loved their support of Sunny. I liked how Sunny and Cirrus’ relationship developed – despite the whole lying thing. I do wish their issues hadn’t been so quickly wrapped up in the end, but it was cute. I think my favorite relationship was between Sunny and his brother Grey, though. I liked learning about it.

I think my biggest problem with this book was that it found it kind of boring. I had a hard time getting into it at first, and I thought it might have been a formatting issue with the ARC. It could have been that, or maybe I just wasn’t as interested in the story as I hoped to be. I didn’t find it all that entertaining unless it was when Sunny, Milo, and Jamal were doing music or when I was learning about Grey. I don’t think I was truly sold until all the drama really started happening. Overall, it was just a good read compared to a great read (like Frankly in Love was).

Cover Reveal: The Not-Outcast (Tijan)

The Not-Outcast and all-new sports romance from New York Times bestselling author Tijan is coming December 1st and we have the incredible cover!

Cutler Ryder was everything I wasn’t.

He was the hockey star. I was an outcast.

He was best friends with my stepbrother, that same stepbrother who hated me.

His two parents loved him. My mom was a junkie. My dad barely knew me.

Years passed.

I got my life together.

Cut went onto NHL stardom.

Then there was a text.

I was drinking.

There was a party.

Cut was there…

I loved Cutler Ryder since the first moment I saw him.

The only problem? He never knew I existed.

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WWW Wednesday: November 4, 2020

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

what did you recently finish reading?

I finished up an ARC of Love at First by Kate Clayborn yesterday. It wasn’t easy to do with all the election tension. I’m thinking all those people who took a blogging break this week were onto something.

what are you currently reading?

I’m reading an ARC of See Me After Class by Meghan Quinn. I definitely need the laughs Quinn is known to give me.

what do you think you’ll read next?

I’ve been focusing on ARCs the last week, I’m going to take a break from them and try out Breaking Defenses (BSU Football, #1). I feel the need for “lighter” reads and the ARCs I have left are not that. If I like it, I might do a series binge.

Top Ten Tuesday: Celebrity Memoirs Worth Reading

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:

Non-Bookish Hobbies

Honestly… I wrote this post and decided it was too boring. I basically watch my beloved kid play soccer, PAC12 Women’s Basketball, and TV dance competitions. Sometimes I ride my bicycle, take walks, do puzzles and camp. There you have it. Now for a book related post…

Celebrity Memoirs Worth Reading

1. Open Book
Author: Jessica Simpson

This really did feel like an open look into Jessica Simpson’s life. She didn’t seem to hold back. I’m sure she did in some ways, but I got to know her in ways I didn’t think I would through this memoir.

2. Kicking and Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock and Roll
Authors: Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson

I found this one fascinating being from the PNW and loving some of their music. It was interesting to hear their rise to fame and the lifestyles they led. There’s some cool stuff about the 90’s and grunge involved in parts.

3. Becoming
Author: Michelle Obama

Michelele Obama is a smart woman. She is/was more than just the First Lady. I loved learning about her life, her relationships with her husband, and what Presidential life was like.

4. The Greatest Love Story Ever Told
Authors: Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman

This is probably one of my favorite celebrity memoirs ever. If I had to describe it in one word it would be fun. These two were candid, funny, and a good time. I listened to it, which was amazing as they go back and forth. Then, I dropped by the bookstore to look at the pictures in the book because I was curious.

5. Scrappy Little Nobody
Author: Anna Kendrick

I’m a big Pitch Perfect fan and also a fan of Anna Kendrick’s. She tells some fun stories with humor only the way Anna Kendrick can.

6. Yes, My Accent Is Real: and Some Other Things I Haven’t Told You
Author: Kunal Nayyar

The Big Bang Theory will always be one of my favorite sitcoms. I loved hearing stories about Kunal Nayyar’s youth and his rise to stardom. He’s hilarious.

7. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
Author: Mindy Kaling

A celebrity memoir list would not be complete without Mindy Kaling. This book is like having a chat with your best friend. If you love Mindy Kaling, you will love this book.

8. Inside Out
Author: Demi Moore

Demi Moore speaking her truth sure was interesting and engaging. I don’t know that I 100% believe everything she told me, but it was fun. If only Ashton would release a memoir of his own…

9. Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) in Song
Author: Sara Barielles

Sara Barielles is a singer who caught my attention as a judge on The Sing Off. I wanted to learn more about her, so I listened to this book. I highly recommend listening to this one because each chapter starts out with one of her songs and it’s delightful to listen to her sing and tell you about her life.

10. #IMOMSOHARD
Authors: Kristin Hensley, Jen Smedley

Their brand of humor probably isn’t for everyone, but I read this book after laughing so hard at their comedy special. My husband didn’t think it was quite as funny as I did, so I would say it’s for the moms out there.