I Was In A Bubble of Happiness: The Corner of Forever and Always by Lia Riley

Posted September 25, 2017 by Nick in 4 stars, ARC, review / 19 Comments
I Was In A Bubble of Happiness: The Corner of Forever and Always by Lia Riley

Lia Riley’s small-town romances are so heart-warming. I loved loved loved the glimpse we got of Tuesday and Beau in the previous book, and waiting for The Corner of Forever and Always was torture, even though it was only a few months wait! I started this book one evening with a giant smile on my face, and excitement buzzing in my veins, and I finished the book with those same feelings, only heightened. I truly think this is one of Lia Riley’s most memorable book to date, and it’s safe to say, it’s all because of the characters. Heroines like Tuesday can be very frustrating for readers. She is flighty, a little bit all over the place, and happy-go-lucky ALL THE TIME. But the author writes her here with so much personality here, that it’s easy to fall for her character and root for her happiness. Tuesday is all sunshine and rainbows, and she brings a lightness to the story that kept me in the clouds at all times. I […]

A Forbidden Romance, Unrequited Love & A Royal Bodyguard

Posted September 22, 2017 by Nick in 3 stars, 3.5 stars, 4 stars, ARC, review / 4 Comments
A Forbidden Romance, Unrequited Love & A Royal Bodyguard

Seducing His Student by London Hale I’m not exactly one for student-teacher romances because the power imbalance tends to be off-putting, but the situation here is a little different. For one, the heroine is about to graduate college and secondly, the hero is not exactly her teacher. He’s a dean of education at the college. As always with any London Hale book, you can expect lots and lots of steam in Seducing His Student. The chemistry and tension between Elliot and Sam is hot hot hot! They definitely had a connection there, and when they give in to their attraction to each other, it’s just fireworks everywhere. The sexy scenes are of course, top notch – I mean, London Hale really excel at that. The characters themselves, I liked too. For a short story like this one I felt like they were very well-developed. As far as Sam and Elliot’s emotional connection goes though, I personally would have liked to see them connect on a deeper level on page. Most […]

What’s the Point?? The Ends of the World by Maggie Hall

Posted September 21, 2017 by Nereyda in ARC, Audiobook / 2 Comments
What’s the Point?? The Ends of the World by Maggie Hall

Do you ever read a series where you get to the last book and everything just kind of fizzles out? It kind of feels like, what was the point of everything anymore? Sadly, this was the case for me with The Ends of the World. I feel like this series started off pretty strong, even for a non-Fantasy fan like me. It was never a favorite of mine, but it was pretty damn entertaining and despite the dreaded love triangle, I still enjoyed the book, I even liked the damn love triangle (even though I had my Team picked). The first book in this series felt like it had a lot of hype, and then I’m not sure what happened with the second book but I rarely saw any press or reviews on it, even though I still enjoyed the book. I had actually forgotten all about this series when this came up in my emails and it kind of makes me sad that I just don’t really hear anyone […]

Just About Everything I Love About Romance: Hot in Hollywood Duet by Katee Robert

Posted September 20, 2017 by Nick in 4 stars, 4.5 stars, ARC, Blog Tour, GIVEAWAY, review / 20 Comments
Just About Everything I Love About Romance: Hot in Hollywood Duet by Katee Robert

Ties that Bind is another hit romance story for Katee Robert. Though it’s only a novella, it packs a lot, and you wind up with a story that’s sexy, romantic and plain fun. Sure you’ll be left wanting more, but not because the book is a novella, but because these characters are so lovable, you simply want to spend more time with them. In Ties that Bind, we have the second chance romance of Jack and Cora. These two have a short, but powerful history, and when they reunite, there’s no keeping the sparks at bay. Years ago, Cora and Jack starred in a sex tape that essentially destroyed Cora’s career as an up and coming actress, while boosting Jack’s career as a movie director. Years later, Cora is now an attorney, while Jack is a filthy rich director with many successes under his belt. Ties that Bind may only be a novella, but Katee does a brilliant job with the characters here. Their personalities shine through the story and […]

A Gorgeous & Memorable Book Every Teen Should Read: Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Posted September 18, 2017 by Nick in 5 stars, ARC, review / 23 Comments
A Gorgeous & Memorable Book Every Teen Should Read: Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Trigger warnings: Poignant and heart-breaking, Akemi Dawn Bowman’s winning debut novel tells the story of a half-Japanese half-white teen girl struggling with her identity, anxiety, art and family. It’s a story that shines from every page and stands out among other YA contemporaries. The book world is in for some spectacular books if Starfish is just a glimpse at Akemi Dawn Bowman’s elegant writing. Social anxiety-ridden Kiko has one dream – to attend the prestigious art institute, Prism, to pursue her dream career. Bonus, it will also help her escape her narcissistic mother, whose only impact has been to embed a deep lack of self-confidence in her daughter. Starfish is the emotional journey she goes on as she experiences rejection from her dream school, and decides to get out of her toxic home life with the aid of a friend. It’s a journey that is necessary for her growth, and one that helps her understand her self-value. Kiko is a protagonist who will speak to many teen girls, especially mixed-raced […]

The Weekly Recap (252): Changes On The Horizon

Posted September 17, 2017 by Nick & Nereyda in STS / 24 Comments
The Weekly Recap (252): Changes On The Horizon

Nick’s Weekly Recap: Hi guys! Notice anything different?? I hope you guys like our new design as much as I do! Thanks to Aentee for designing something fun for us. 🙂 I’m still working out some kinks to the template, so please bear with us while I finish everything up. On to sadder news, I leave home on Thursday to go back to school. I’m super bummed that my 3 months vacation is over, but I guess it had to come to an end. I’m going to miss my folks a ton. 🙁 So, this will be my last post for about a week and a half. I’ll have posts scheduled for when I’m gone, but I won’t be able to visit you guys as I’ll need some time to get restettled and re-adjusted to US time zones. Most of this week was spent with my parents. My mom has been making all of my favorite foods and I’m pretty sure I’ve gained about 10 lbs this week alone. I’m […]

Nereyda’s Monthly Favorites (August)

Posted September 14, 2017 by Nereyda in Monthly Favorites / 10 Comments
Nereyda’s Monthly Favorites (August)

I love putting these posts together but life has been so crazy lately that I always remember late into the month. I know we’re almost mid-September (crazy right!?) but I had some favorites I wanted to share anyway. I’ve been really into skin care lately, not sure if it’s because I’m 31 now or what but I’ve found some products that I’ve been loving as well as more things to fuel my bullet journal addiction. My Monthly Favorites: My new journal! Guys, you don’t even understand how long I’ve been wanting to get my hands on this silver Leuchtturm journal. It was announced in the beginning of January this year but it wasn’t released in the US until July. I have been drooling over this journal for months since silver (well gray technically) is my second favorite color (besides black). I love it, it’s sleek and the color just makes me love it more. I started bullet journaling in September of 2016 and this will be my 3rd journal. I […]

When An American & An Aussie Fall In Love: Temporary by Sarina Bowen & Sarah Mayberry

Posted September 13, 2017 by Nick in 3.5 stars, Author Interview, review / 15 Comments
When An American & An Aussie Fall In Love: Temporary by Sarina Bowen & Sarah Mayberry

Sarina Bowen has quickly become a favorite author for me. Though I have never read anything by Sarah Mayberry, I have heard really great things about her writing and romances. So I was keen to pick up Temporary, even more so when I learned that we would be getting a hot Aussie as the lead. Temporary turned out to be a fun read for me, and despite the book feeling just a little long at times, I found myself enjoying the book and the characters. Though I was most eager to meet Callan, the hero, it was Grace who completely stole the show here. She is a great heroine, selfless, hardworking and fiercely determined. Life constantly handed her lemons, but even so, she rose up from every obstacle stronger and more tenacious than before. Taking care of her sister is not an easy task, but she does everything possible to make life easier for Olivia. I love how much love Grace has for Olivia and Olivia is her priority all […]

When the Hype Is Real: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Posted September 12, 2017 by Nereyda in Audiobook, review / 11 Comments
When the Hype Is Real: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

I’m always wary of really hyped books. I just can’t help but wonder, did they really like the book or did they just jump on the hype train? I’ve fallen for the hype monster before which is why I try to stay away from them but I knew that despite the hype and all the raving reviews, this one was one hyped book that I didn’t want to miss. I have a lot of conflicted thought son diverse books, but that’s a topic for another day…maybe, but one of my pet peeves is that minorities like Indian and Hispanic characters. I was excited to read about a young couple with an Indian background falling in love. I was a little nervous it would fall into stereotypes but once Nick gave it her seal of approval, I knew I had nothing to worry about.I’m very happy to say that this book very much lives up to the well deserved hype. Simply put, Dimple and Rishi were two characters that were just […]

The Most Creative 2017 Debut: An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

Posted September 11, 2017 by Nick in 4.5 stars, ARC, review / 25 Comments
The Most Creative 2017 Debut: An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

An Enchantment of Ravens is a stunning debut novel that will lure readers in with the gorgeous prose, and keep them glued to the pages of the book with its vibrant characters. It might be Margaret Rogerson’s debut novel, but she pens An Enchantment of Ravens like a pro and will leave you in awe. This is a YA fantasy novel that will stick with me for a long time. The book shines for its unique take on magic. In Rogerson’s world, humans have the ability to Craft, basically they all have a talent that the Fair Folk are able to purchase. It was refreshing to see this different sort of power dynamics. Margaret Rogerson takes common themes and elements from fae mythology and puts her own twist on them. The magical world was beautifully and subtly built throughout An Enchantment of Ravens, and most importantly, it was easy to envision. Rogerson’s writing is lush, gorgeous, and vivid, especially when it comes to the protagonist, Isobel’s artistic skills. This is […]

The Weekly Recap (251): Bleeding Gums & Bug Bites

Posted September 10, 2017 by Nick & Nereyda in STS, Weekly Recap / 20 Comments
The Weekly Recap (251): Bleeding Gums & Bug Bites

Nick’s Weekly Recap: Hi guys! How are you all doing? This week went by fast for me. I don’t remember doing much of anything, which is both a good thing and a bad thing, in my opinion. I did have a dental appointment on Wednesday. I’m not scared of the dentist or anything, but it’s not something that I look forward to going to. I have a sensitive gum conditions that causes me to bleed a lot. So while the dentist was drilling through plaque in my teeth, there was a bloodbath in my mouth – gross! He did give me a gel to apply, so hopefully that will slow down the bleeding. I also got some shopping done since I leave the Thursday after. I bought some new shirts and blouses, and of course, stocked up on my favorite non-perishable food stuff. Usually, I’ll bring like one full baggage worth of spices and such, but this time around I’m not bringing any spices because there’s an international grocery store […]

An Emotional Whirlwind: Play On by Samantha Young

Posted September 7, 2017 by Nick in 4 stars, ARC, Blog Tour, review / 29 Comments
An Emotional Whirlwind: Play On by Samantha Young

Anytime Samantha Young announces a new book, I’m ready to pounce on it. With Play On the author takes readers back to Scotland with another intense and passionate romance that sizzles the pages, but it’s also a story that’s got a lot more depth than that. First things first, I really think that the blurb for Play On gives too much away. I know it’s a romance novel, so the endings tend to be predictable, but the events described in the summary do not take place for a while, so I’d recommend not focusing too much on it. Play On is really more than a romance. It’s the tale of the strength and resilience of a young woman who is on a journey to find herself. The book begins with Nora O’Brien, right out of high school, working minimum wage, and taking care of her disabled father along with her mother. Nora dreams of something bigger, but her circumstances force her to remain in Indiana. That is, until Jim. Sweet, […]

When An Unnecessary Twist Nearly Ruins A Good Book: What To Say Next by Julie Buxbaum

Posted September 6, 2017 by Nick & Nereyda in ARC, Audiobook, review / 19 Comments
When An Unnecessary Twist Nearly Ruins A Good Book: What To Say Next by Julie Buxbaum

Nereyda: I had no intention of reading this book. I haven’t been too impressed with contemporary YA as of late, this author’s last book was a little bit of a letdown (considering all the rave reviews) and this audiobook was narrated by one of my least favorite male narrators. All signs pointed to a no for me… but my brain sometimes (aka almost always) forgets things like this and before I remembered about all the reasons why I didn’t want to read this book, I had already downloaded the audiobook. I don’t like to not review audiobooks I receive for review (unfortunately I don’t have the same mentality when it comes to eARC’s…sigh) so I figured I would give it a try. When I say Nick talking about how much it surprised her in a weekly recap, I moved it up my list. Surprise, surprise, I actually ended up liking this quite a bit… up until the point that I didn’t… but it still wasn’t enough to make me dislike […]

Oh, My Heart! : Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

Posted September 4, 2017 by Nick in 4 stars, ARC, review / 31 Comments
Oh, My Heart! : Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

Christina Lauren are a wildly popular duo in the romance community, and with Autoboyography, no doubt the YA community will also go wild for this talented pair. Autoboyography is a lovely, heart-felt book about sexual identity, religion, love and family that teens and adults alike will fall in love with. Tanner and Sebastian could not be more different from each other, but somehow the two meet, and fall in love with each other. The book is predominantly told through the voice of Tanner, a proud bisexual boy who is only out to his family in his new Utah town. He is a total sweetheart, who captured my heart with his easy-going personality and kind soul. He is outgoing, smart, level-headed, and loves like nobody’s business. Sebastian on the other hand is more quiet, and very devoted to his Mormon religion. Tanner and Sebastian meet in Tanner’s seminar class where Sebastian is the teaching assistant. Somehow the book that they have to write in the class turns out to be an […]

The Weekly Recap (250): Nick Goes Overboard With The Books

Posted September 3, 2017 by Nick in STS / 26 Comments
The Weekly Recap (250): Nick Goes Overboard With The Books

Nick’s Weekly Recap: Hi guys! How are you all doing? It’s only me this week. Nereyda is off camping somewhere, hopefully not getting eaten by bears. I swear that woman is always camping and I don’t understand why – haha! I initially was going to skip the recap, but decided to do it because I was bored at home and had some time, and I also have some exciting new books to share which I’ll probably forget about if I skip. Anyways, this week went by really fast. For the most part we were rushing here and there for my dad’s toe surgery. He had to have his toe nail removed because he dropped something on his foot and it caused an infection. He’s recovering now, but oh my gosh, he can be such a baby – haha. Men and their intolerance for pain! Last weekend, I also got to go to the beach, which was fun. It’s winter time here, so it was still a little chilly, but it […]

Monthly Memories: August 2017

Posted September 1, 2017 by Nick in Monthly Recap / 27 Comments
Monthly Memories: August 2017

Hello, friends! I hope everyone is doing well. It’s a new month, so it’s time for my recap of the previous month. Can you all believe we only have 4 more months until we’re done with 2017? Everything is moving too fast and I don’t like it! It’s been a good month for me personally. It was another relaxing break from school. I am little sad that I have to go back to school before the end of September, but I will cherish the good times. I FINALLY got around to going to the beach this month. It was a little rough the day we went, but I still got to go into the water and have an early morning swim. Early mornings are the best time because the sun is not too strong AND it’s not as crowded! We’ve had to do a couple of clinic/doctor runs because my dad broke his toe by dropping a plate on his foot (by accident). This wasn’t fun, but my dad is […]

A New Worthy Romantic Suspense Book, A Super Adorable Christmas Romance & A Book That Was Forgettable

Posted August 30, 2017 by Nick in 2 stars, 4 stars, ARC, review / 21 Comments
A New Worthy Romantic Suspense Book, A Super Adorable Christmas Romance & A Book That Was Forgettable

Going Dark by Monica McCarthy Though I haven’t read many romantic suspense novels, it’s one of my favorite sub-genres of romance. Going Dark sounded like the perfect book for me, and I couldn’t wait to get into it. Going Dark sets off with an explosive, albeit confusing prologue with a Navy SEAL’s mission in Russia going wrong. It’s a confusing prologue because you soon realize that the hero of the book isn’t who you think it is. So be warned, as the prologue and first chapter will most likely throw readers off. Despite the confusing start, the book is an addicting read with non-stop action and revelations. It’s exciting from start to finish, and will have readers salivating for more as you read through the chapters. At the center of Going Dark are two characters who are polar opposites of each other when it comes to political views, but who somehow fit together like a lock and a key. Annie, a newly minted PhD ecologist, is accompanying her boyfriend to […]

Mini Reviews: Nereyda Doesn’t Know or Care What Happened

Posted August 29, 2017 by Nereyda in ARC, Audiobook, review / 24 Comments
Mini Reviews: Nereyda Doesn’t Know or Care What Happened

Spelbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle One stormy summer night, Olive and her best friend, Rose, begin to lose things. It starts with simple items like hair clips and jewellery, but soon it’s clear that Rose has lost something bigger; something she won’t talk about. Then Olive meets three wild, mysterious strangers: Ivy, Hazel and Rowan. Like Rose, they’re mourning losses – and holding tight to secrets. When they discover the ancient spellbook, full of hand-inked charms to conjure back lost things, they realise it might be their chance to set everything right. Unless it’s leading them towards secrets that were never meant to be found . . . *** At the risk of sounding entirely stupid, I will admit that I actually did listen to all of this book… and I just don’t know what the fuck happened. I heard The Accident Season by this author and I really liked it and I was expecting this really weird and twisted book for Spellbook, and it was, […]