STEM Girls & The Soft Boys That Love Them

Posted February 19, 2018 by Nick in 4 stars, ARC, review / 0 Comments
STEM Girls & The Soft Boys That Love Them

A Princess In Theory (Reluctant Royals #1) by Alyssa Cole Release Date: February 27th 2018 Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance Format: eARC Buy on Amazon | Buy on B&N Source: ARC received for review purposes I’m not a romance reader that veers towards royalty romance. A lot of times, they wind up being cheesy to read. But I took one glance at the cover of A Princess In Theory, and I knew I had to read it. This was my first romance novel by Alyssa Cole, and I’m hitting my head against the wall for not having picked up a book from her before this. But better late than never, right? For me, what takes romance novels to the next level are the characters. In A Princess In Theory, every single character is phenomenal. Alyssa Cole takes her time to not only give each and everyone individual personalities, but she also spends her time fleshing them out. I adored Ledi. She’s mouthy, no-nonsense and absolutely the kind of heroines I gravitate towards. She’s finishing up her graduate program in Epidemiology – heck, yes for a STEM heroine – and is busy also juggling a side-job. I loved what huge parts of Ledi her education and her career were. Alyssa Cole doesn’t just mention that Ledi is an epidemiologist, but she actually has Ledi working for a majority of the book, which […]

The Weekly Recap (269): A Frustrating & Tragic Week

Posted February 18, 2018 by Nick in STS / 0 Comments
The Weekly Recap (269): A Frustrating & Tragic Week

Nick’s Weekly Recap: Hi everyone! This has been the most exhausting week ever. I have had so many assignments, projects and exams due. And they don’t appear to be ending any time soon. Add to that the horrible news of what went on in Florida, I was not in a very good mental state. My heart goes out to all the victims, their families and everyone involved. I’ve had trouble sleeping the past few days, so I’ve gone to school with headaches and feeling entirely too groggy. I’ll be happy when I’m done with this quarter. I have been listening to rain and ocean videos on Youtube to calm me down. I’ve also been watching a lot of the Winter Olympics, which always cheer me up. Other than that, I made some new blog buttons, because I was bored and needed to relax. Got some reading done as well. What did you guys do for Valentine’s Day? Hopefully, your weeks were better than mine! Check out my reading updates: What I Read:      It was a good reading week for me overall. I really liked reading Frankie. She was a breath of fresh air, and I related quite a bit to her. I enjoyed Lia Riley’s Virgin Territory as well, though I found it to be on the shorter side. It was still fun though. I liked the character dynamics […]

5 YouTubers You Need To Subscribe To ASAP

Posted February 16, 2018 by Nick in Let's Talk About, lifestyle, Personal / 0 Comments
5 YouTubers You Need To Subscribe To ASAP

Happy Friday, everyone! I have something a little different for you, today. Lately, I’ve been watching a lot of YouTube vloggers. I didn’t think watching them would be my thing, but a friend introduced me to one of the YouTubers featured below, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I’ve watched MANY MANY videos, and I’ve noticed a lot of vloggers tend to come across as really fake (or they are jackasses like Logan Paul). However, I have found some that I adore. In today’s post, I’m sharing with you all some of my favorite YouTube vloggers. They make me smile, and watching them has become a form of de-stressing for me. I hope you guys will check some of them out and hopefully, you can recommend some vloggers you think I might like! Trina Duhra Trina is the vlogger that my good friend introduced me to. Besides the fact that she’s absolutely GORGEOUS, Trina is also cheerful, and kind and lovely. She makes my day with her love for coffee, food adventures and flawless make-up skills. Her husband, Andy also regularly features in her vlogs, and guys, they are so adorable. I don’t think I’ve ever shipped a real life couple this much! We also get to see a lot of her family and Andy’s family, and it just warms my heart seeing them all interact. I actually binge-watched all […]

Blog/Life Balance: How To Handle It All When There’s Not Enough Time in the Day

Posted February 15, 2018 by Nereyda in Discussion, Let's Talk About / 0 Comments
Blog/Life Balance: How To Handle It All When There’s Not Enough Time in the Day

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the best book blogger. I even did a post last month about how bad a blogger I really am. But you know what, I like blogging, still after 6 years and right now, that’s where my priorities lie. To enjoy blogging and not let it turn into a chore. I’m a busy mom of two girls, 11 and 8 and I wake up at 4:45am to start my early shift where I work full time, then I come home and I have to do all the mom and house things like making my kids lunch, cleaning, laundry, dinner and the ever dreaded homework. There’s also my other hobbies like bullet journaling, audiobooks, long showers and exercising. Add all that up and that leaves little to know time to devote to actually reading or blogging not to mention all other blog related things like commenting and replying to comments. So, how do I manage to do it all?  Its very simple.  I don’t. I’ve come to accept that there’s just no way I can do it all. Not unless I wanna give up sleep and frankly I don’t see that happening. Over the last six years, my priorities as a blogger have changed so much. At first I just wanted someone to read my blog and be interested in what I had […]

This Book Was on Fire: Burn For You by J.T. Geissinger

Posted February 14, 2018 by Nereyda in Audiobook, review / 0 Comments
This Book Was on Fire: Burn For You by J.T. Geissinger

I’m a sucker for stories of marriage of convenience, which is what attracted me to this book (after Nick told me I should read it, of course). I had added it to my TBR and was planning to read it eventually, but when I found out that this was available on audiobook AND narrated by my favorite, Sebastian York, it moved waaaay up on my TBR list. I wasn’t too sure what to expect because I have a bad habit of either not reading book summaries, or forgetting about them by the time I actually read the book. I actually didn’t even catch the Beauty and the Beast similarities until I had finished the book, which only made me like it more. Although this probably wouldn’t be the case in real life, there’s something about stories with that grumpy asshole that I just can’t help but like. There’s just something about seeing that icy exterior melt away and seeing the real person buried underneath all that surliness. The relationship between Bianca and Jackson does not start off on good terms, and that’s putting it mildly. When Jackson walks into Bianca’s restaurant and is rude to her staff, Bianca wants nothing to do with him. Only one problem, she’s hoping to be able to serve his family’s Bourbon at her restaurant and telling him off probably isn’t the best way to […]

Two Books About Growing Up, Two Different Opinions: Frankie by Shivaun Plozza & American Panda by Gloria Chao

Posted February 13, 2018 by Nick in 2.5 stars, 4 stars, ARC, review / 0 Comments
Two Books About Growing Up, Two Different Opinions: Frankie by Shivaun Plozza & American Panda by Gloria Chao

Frankie by Shivaun Plozza Release Date: November 7th 2018 Genres: YA, Contemporary, Romance, Aussie Format: eARC Buy on Amazon | Buy on B&N Source: ARC received for review purposes I would like to know what the people of Australia are drinking because goddamn can they write. I have yet to read a book by an Aussie author that I’ve disliked. The quality of their writing is so superior to any other writing styles that I’ve encountered. Frankie was no different. It was such a fresh, riveting story with an extremely compelling main character. I loved Frankie. She’s a giant ball of fury and I related quite a bit to her. She’s angry, pissed off and unapologetic about it all. I mean this is a girl who punches a douche-nozzle at school and gets expelled for it, but doesn’t care about it because he deserved it. Her life is thrown upside down when she finds out that she has a half-brother, Xavier, who gets in contact with her. Only a few days later, Xavier goes missing, and Frankie tries to look for him. You get to experience every emotion with Frankie as she navigates finding her brother, new discoveries about her mother, and as she battles real life, in general. Shivaun Plozza writes emotions really well, and I loved that I was so in sync with Frankie. I also liked Xavier a […]

When Waiting For A Book Pays Off : Brooklynaire by Sarina Bowen & One and Only by Jenny Holiday

Posted February 12, 2018 by Nick in 4 stars, 4.5 stars, ARC, review / 11 Comments
When Waiting For A Book Pays Off : Brooklynaire by Sarina Bowen & One and Only by Jenny Holiday

Brooklynaire (Brooklyn Bruisers #4) by Sarina Bowen Release Date: February 12th 2018 Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance Format: eARC Buy on Amazon | Buy on B&N Source: ARC received for review purposes I’m so so happy that Sarina Bowen decided to write a Nate and Becca book. I have loved the hidden chemistry and underlying tension that existed between them since the first book in the Brooklyn Bruisers series. Going into the book, I had a lot of expectations, and Sarina just about slayed all of them. Brooklynaire was honestly the book of my dreams. There’s so much I loved about Brooklynaire, but perhaps the best part was Nate. He is one of the dreamiest romance heroes to ever have been written. I love how most of Sarina Bowen’s heroes tend to be these guys who are kind, patient, generous and just incredibly sexy. They make me laugh, they make me swoon – there’s nothing more I can ask from my romance heroes. Nate is such a great guy. He may be smart as hell, and filthy rich, but this is a guy who is also humble. Where do I find myself a Nate? *sigh* Becca was a fantastic heroine too. Her life takes a step back in Brooklynaire when she finds herself injured and on bed rest. She’s a hard worker, she’s feisty and an equally kind human being. Honestly, […]

The Weekly Recap (268): Nereyda Learns To Ride A Bike & Nick Has Book Hangover

Posted February 11, 2018 by Nick & Nereyda in STS / 18 Comments
The Weekly Recap (268): Nereyda Learns To Ride A Bike & Nick Has Book Hangover

Nick’s Weekly Recap: Hi everyone! How is everyone doing? This week went by very fast for me. On Sunday the Eagles won the Superbowl, so everybody was in a celebratory mood. There were fireworks, people climbing greased-up bowls, car flipping and horse-poop eating involved for the people of Philly. I don’t get football, but was certainly happy for all the fans from the city. And also happy because I got Thursday off due to the Parade. I didn’t go to it because I don’t do crowds. So instead I stayed home and watched TV. Anyone watching the Winter Olympics? School has been so busy for me this term. I have assignments due every week and I feel like I barely got a breather since January. I think I was just spoiled with all the free time last year. Besides school, nothing very exciting happened to me. I did go get lunch at this awesome Chinese restaurant with my pal, early in the week, but that’s about it. Check out what I was up to reading wise this week: What I Read:      It was a mixed week for me for the most part. I started off pretty strongly with Starry Eyes, From Lukov With Love and Making Up being the stellar books I expected them to be. But I found both The Queen’s Rising and Wicked Attraction to be quite […]

The Redemption of An Anti-Hero & The Rise of a Queen: The Bastard’s Bargain by Katee Robert

Posted February 7, 2018 by Nick in ARC, Blog Tour, GIVEAWAY, review / 13 Comments
The Redemption of An Anti-Hero & The Rise of a Queen: The Bastard’s Bargain by Katee Robert

To say that I was excited for this book would be a complete understatement. I have loved each and every book in this series, and I count it as one of my favorite romantic series of all time. I went into this book with towering expectations, but I was also incredibly sad thinking about the fact that once I was done with The Bastard’s Bargain, this would be it for me and these characters. But what a book this was! I loved every book in this series, sure, but I firmly believe that Katee Robert has left the best for the last. It’s emotional, tender, sexy and just absolutely a book that I could not stop reading. When we first met Dmitri several books ago, I despised him. He was manipulative, cocky and absolutely a villain, but even going into this book, he was exactly that same person, and entirely unapologetic at that. So the author had an incredibly daunting task ahead of her when she turned him into a romantic love interest for the youngest O’Malley, Kiera. Let me tell you folks, his redemption arc was bloody brilliant. I just loved everything about Dmitri here. Yes, he is absolutely still ruthless, but we get to see the layers to his character in The Bastard’s Bargain. It was all glorious. He was the perfect man for Kiera. After the events […]

Nereyda’s January Favorites: Tacos, Tacos, Tacos!

Nereyda’s January Favorites: Tacos, Tacos, Tacos!

 2018 started on a sad note for me, but, as much as it may suck… life goes on. Here are a few things that I loved in January: My Favorites:  In case you guys don’t know this about me, I love tacos! Like I reeeeaaaaallllyyyy LOVE tacos! They are on my weekly dinner menu at least twice a week and there’s a small taco place we go to almost every single Saturday for the past year (unless we’re out of town). I love almost all tacos (except tripitas, yuck) and my love for tacos is so strong I got a few taco gifts for Christmas. *My sister made me this ‘I wonder if tacos think about me…’ shirt for Christmas and I love it. She isn’t the crafty kind at all and it took her forever to make it, but it’s so me and in my favorite colors. *My sister also got me this cue taco mug so that I can drink my tea in them, while I think about tacos. *I found this awesome taco water bottle at Typo (they have the best water bottles) and I just HAD to get it! Really helps me with my daily water intake. *I’ve been wanting to add photos to my bullet journal for a while now but any mini-photo printer is too pricey and I always wanted a Polaroid coming up […]

Monthly Memories: January 2018

Posted February 5, 2018 by Nick in Monthly Recap / 42 Comments
Monthly Memories: January 2018

Hi everyone! Welcome to my January recap! Can you guys believe the first month of 2018 is already over? Seriously, time is just flying by! January was a good month for me, though it was an adjustment period. I read some fantastic books and I’m very excited for all the books I hope to read this year! Life Updates I went back for my before to last quarter of graduate school. It’s been a challenging quarter, to be honest, but I’m trying to focus more than I did last quarter, so I don’t end up having a stressful quarter. I’ve got some interesting classes though, which is good! I’m also starting my thesis work, and ahhh! So stressful! It’s hard having to balance school work, thesis and my personal life. I met Katie, my bookish Philly friend, for a coffee date in January. As always, we had a blast talking books. The coffee was delicious too! I tried some new recipes this month. Most of them were hits, but I especially loved this Sesame Chicken Noodle. YUM! It was so easy to whip up also! Reading Updates I read 24 books this month, which was more than I was aiming for. Most of these books were excellent. I think my average for this month was something like 3.9. 4.5-5 stars      4 stars         3-3.5 stars        […]

The Weekly Recap (267): Nick Finally Gets Her Brunch

Posted February 4, 2018 by Nick in STS / 16 Comments
The Weekly Recap (267): Nick Finally Gets Her Brunch

Nick’s Weekly Recap: Hi everyone! How are you all doing? I’ve had such a busy week at school! I had a bunch of assignments and projects to submit, so I have been swamped. The good thing though is that I felt like the week went by quickly, which I can’t complain about given how busy it has been. I started working again in the midst of all the schoolwork, and I’m already swamped. But thankfully, I don’t have to interact with any students this quarter. Phew! Just remembering that from last quarter gives me bouts of anxiety. The only fun thing I did this week was meet Katie for brunch on Saturday. We’ve been talking about brunch for a while now, and we finally went this weekend. We tried a new-to-us cafe, and ummmm the food was delicious. I’m glad we decided to brave the numbing cold to do this. I had a cannoli french toast which was amazing, and Katie had lemon ricotta pancakes which were also A+. We then went to the library and got some studying done like the nerds we are. All in all, a great day! I always have a blast with Katie!   Brunch & Study Date with my girl, @jameshaillers! #rashikaisjealous #nomnom pic.twitter.com/uxq62b7Ahh — nick 😒 (@nickofthebooks) February 3, 2018   Let’s get to my reading updates! What I Read:     I had […]

The Book-Baby Hater & The Book-Dad Fan Fawn Over Do Over by Serena Bell

Posted February 1, 2018 by Nick & Nereyda in 4 stars, ARC, review / 26 Comments
The Book-Baby Hater & The Book-Dad Fan Fawn Over Do Over by Serena Bell

Nereyda: Books with kids in them and I just… don’t get along. When Do Over showed up in my email, there was something about it that made me want to request it despite the pesky kid. The big reason this one caught my attention was because this book reminded me so much of Any Man of Mine by Rachel Gibson, which is not only one of my favorite books, but also one of the rare books with kids that I love. Nick: Unlike Nereyda, I’m not a baby hater! But I do love all things second chance romances (and hot dads), so I had to get this one. Plus, I had seen Lauren Layne rave about Serena Bell’s books in the past, and I have had her on my TBR ever since. Do Over was so much more than I expected. I went in knowing that I would probably like it, but I was very pleasantly surprised at just how much I loved it. Nereyda: Exes are a favorite trope of mine, enough that it made me overlook the kid thing. I’m so glad I did because this was such a refreshing book that I just ate up, I couldn’t stop reading it! Another selling point for me was that the kid belonged to the main characters so not only do they have an established history, they also have an established […]

A Laugh-Out-Loud Romantic Comedy: Stud by Kelly Siskind

Posted January 31, 2018 by Nick in 4 stars, ARC, review / 25 Comments
A Laugh-Out-Loud Romantic Comedy: Stud by Kelly Siskind

Well, wasn’t this a fun read! Kelly Siskind consistently writes sexy and laugh-out-loud rom-coms that I can’t stop devouring. When the opportunity to read and review Stud arose, I couldn’t say no, especially after having a blast with the first book in the series, Legs. Yet again, Kelly has written an entertaining and swoony tale! Ainsley and Owen are two of the most fun characters I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading about. Ainsley, especially, was a hoot. Her broken gay-dar and her lack of filter had me in hysterics. I love a female character who is sassy, snarky and unapologetic about herself, so I had no trouble falling for her character. In an attempt to fulfill a birthday resolution before the year is up, she decides to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, which is where she meets Owen. Only, after seeing him with his gay brother, who she also happens to have had a crush on after ogling him at their gym, she mistakes him for gay as well! Talk about a misunderstanding. I liked Owen a lot too. He is dealing with an annoying ex and a divorce that seems never-ending. The guy has a good heart though because I would have thrown that ex off of a cliff for being so irritating. But Owen is a sweetheart, and such a softie on the inside. I loved watching […]

Nereyda Doesn’t Hate ALL Books With Kids In Them

Posted January 30, 2018 by Nereyda in Let's Talk About / 16 Comments
Nereyda Doesn’t Hate ALL Books With Kids In Them

I’ve expressed my extreme hatred of books with babies/kids/pregnancies in them many times before so it’s always a shock to me when I actually find a book with these tropes that actually like, much less love. I will admit, the number of books that makes the list is slim, but I really love these books. Most times, I won’t even bother to read a book with these tropes, and if they do happen to be sprung on me, I will most likely DNF the book, no matter if I am 5% in or 75% in the book. I read Do Over a few months ago and was surprised by how much I liked it and it made me think of all the other kid books I’ve loved over the past 10+ years. I know some of you don’t like books with kids either (although your level of hatred may not be as high as mine) so here are some books you may want to give a try, recommended by an extreme book kid hater. Any Man of Mine by Rachel Gibson I freaking love this book to pieces and I’ve read it soooo many times, probably once a year. This was one of the first few kid books I gave a shot and it was only because it’s by one of my favorite authors and because it was a character […]

A Diverse Romance That’s Sure To Charm: The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

Posted January 29, 2018 by Nick in 4 stars, ARC, review / 37 Comments
A Diverse Romance That’s Sure To Charm: The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

I almost didn’t pick this book up, but then Ari came screaming into my DMs about how wonderful this book was. She is annoyingly bossy but, I guess I have Ari to thank for for picking up The Wedding Date. This book was just absolutely precious, and I had a lovely time reading it. If you like fake-dating, diversity and all things swoony romance, then The Wedding Date definitely needs to be on your TBRs. For me, what takes a romance novel to the next level are the characters. I connected so much with the characters in this book. I was enamored by both Alexa and Drew. They are both very admirable, passionate and hardworking, so it was easy for me to see how the two easily clicked together as a couple. I was particularly a huge fan of Alexa. She works at the mayor’s office as his chief of staff and is so passionate about her job and her projects. I loved that she was someone who put 100% into the things that she loved. Drew was also equally lovable. He is a pediatric doctor who was, for the most part, an adorable dork. He’s been burned in the past with relationships, so he doesn’t always fully involve himself emotionally, but the guy has such a good heart. His kindness and respect for Alexa were especially qualities I loved […]

The Weekly Recap (266): Nick Expresses Her Love For A Vaccuum Cleaner & Nereyda Makes An Appearance

Posted January 28, 2018 by Nick & Nereyda in STS / 15 Comments
The Weekly Recap (266): Nick Expresses Her Love For A Vaccuum Cleaner & Nereyda Makes An Appearance

Nick’s Weekly Recap: Hi everyone! I hope you all are doing good! I had a pretty decent week, albeit an academically busy one. It’s getting into that time of the quarter when I have loads and loads of assignments, so I’m just constantly busy. We’ve been having some dreary weather lately, unfortunately. We had some awful wind and rain on Tuesday. It takes my friend and I about 15 minutes to walk to class from our apartment, but it actually took us 30 minutes on Tuesday morning. Good thing, we usually leave 30 minutes before classes begin, so we arrived right on time. My roommate also got a fancy new vacuum cleaner, and guys!! I’m so in love. Nereyda says it makes me sound so weird and adultish, but omg this vacuum! It cleaned up every dusty nook and corner of my room! I was so at peace after cleaning my room! Our old vacuum was starting to act up and not work as well, so this was just great. I got some very exciting book mail this week, so let’s get to my reading updates! What I Read:      This was a wonderful reading week for me. All these books were 3.5 stars and above. I loved loved loved On Hart’s Boardwalk. It featured the future story of one of my favorite couples from the author. It was a […]

Fall In Love With Jill Shalvis’ Latest, About That Kiss

Posted January 26, 2018 by Nick in 4 stars, ARC, Blog Tour, review / 12 Comments
Fall In Love With Jill Shalvis’ Latest, About That Kiss

Hi friends! I’m excited to share with you all an excerpt for the wonderful, About That Kiss by Jill Shalvis. If you have not read The Heartbreaker Bay series yet, you absolutely must. It’s full of swoony romances, banterific friendships and the cutest furry side-characters. This is a series I 100% recommend to everyone who loves their romances to be uncomplicated. Anyways, that’s enough rambling from me! Let’s get to the excerpt! Excerpt Aren’t they just previous? You must read more of this book ASAP! In case you missed it, I also posted my review a couple weeks ago. I’ve posted it below for those who may not have seen it! Review I swear Jill Shalvis can do no wrong with the Heartbreaker Bay series. I’ve loved every book to date, and About That Kiss was no different. Once again, Jill Shalvis has written a sweet and swoony story that left me smiling for hours after I was done reading the book. Kylie and Joe are so damn adorable together. Seriously, these two are precious. Not only that, these two also had super sexy chemistry between them. I love that Jill Shalvis writes these couple that you can’t help but ship with all your heart. Both of them are initially wary of any kind of relationship, especially after that steamy kiss they share, but fate has other things in store for them. They are […]