The Cream of the Crop of 2017

Posted December 22, 2017 by Nick & Nereyda in Favorites / 19 Comments
The Cream of the Crop of 2017

Hi readers! As our last post of the year, we’re here today to share our favorite books of 2017. We’ve read some pretty fantastic books and as always narrowing it down was tough, but we’ve managed! Nick’s Favorite YA         Nick’s Favorite Romance Nereyda’s Favorites: Picking my favorite books is the year is always so hard because I usually have so many favorites. This year, it’s hard picking my favorites for an entirely different reason. As most of you know, I’ve been in a horrible book slump most of the year. I’m just barely out of it, luckily, but I didn’t read many books this year, I mostly listened to audiobooks and even then most of the books I read and listened to were re-reads. In fact, as of right now, out of the 97 books I have read this year, only 15 of them weren’t audiobooks.  3 of those 15 were re-reads at the beginning of the year and 6 of those I read in the past month… so between January and November I only read 6 books. That was a really bad book slump!  Anyway, here are my favorites of the year, I did end up reading a lot of books I liked and loved but these are the ones that really stood out for me:       *** Did any of these books make the cut for your […]

A Celebrity Romance Done Well & An Author Who Does Not Use Her Full Potential

Posted December 20, 2017 by Nick & Nereyda in 3 stars, 4 stars, ARC, review / 9 Comments
A Celebrity Romance Done Well & An Author Who Does Not Use Her Full Potential

Acting on Impulse by Mia Sosa I feel like a terrible blogger because I read Acting on Impulse at the end of my summer break, but never reviewed it. I was writing a list of book recs for Nereyda when I realized it! Oof! Acting on Impulse was such a fabulous book! It had everything that I enjoy in a good romance – it was honestly a pure joy to read this book, and I’ll certainly be re-reading it when I’m in a book funk. I’m not usually one for celebrity romances, because I feel like a lot of the drama in the book comes from the celebrity status, but I still couldn’t wait to try this one because of that adorable cover. As I said, I adored every moment of this book. It had some fabulous characters, a swoony romance, and a very fun writing style from Mia Sosa. Tori, the heroine, was a breath of fresh air! She’s sassy, confident,but also has her vulnerabilities. She is absolutely a character with a giant heart, and I loved how kind and humble she was. As much as I loved Tori, for me it was Carter who stole the show. What a fantastic love interest he was! I’m such a sucker for a down-to-earth, genuine beta male in romance books – they are WAY WAY WAY more swoony than alpha males. […]

It Felt Like a Real Life Fairytale: The Corner of Forever and Always by Lia Riley

Posted December 19, 2017 by Nereyda in ARC, review / 11 Comments
It Felt Like a Real Life Fairytale: The Corner of Forever and Always by Lia Riley

I had just finished the worst book I’d ever read and after that mess I needed something sweet and happy to mentally rid of of my last read. Nick recommended this one as my next read and it was exactly what I was looking for! There just something magical about books set in a charming small town and this one had a great one. It also had such a whimsical feel to it that reminded me of a real life fairy tale, and not just because the heroine works as a princess in the town’s historical amusement park. Tuesday never quite made it to her dreams of being an actress, but for now, she’s stuck working in Everland as a princess. Despite the fact that she could be wallowing in self pity and loathing for her failed career, Tuesday actually loves her job, the people in Everland and she’s also a damn good princess. One person is particular who hasn’t fallen for her charm yet is the town mayor. Beau is a surly and serious guy, he’s nice and friendly with everyone, but also keeps them at a distance. But Tuesday gets under his skin and the chemistry and tension between them was hot. The one minute they are fighting, the next they are making out kind of hot. Meanwhile, Everland has other problems on hand. Their small town is struggling […]

It’s Time For Me To Let Go Of This Author’s Books: Love, Life and the List by Kasie West

Posted December 18, 2017 by Nick in 3 stars, ARC, review / 19 Comments
It’s Time For Me To Let Go Of This Author’s Books: Love, Life and the List by Kasie West

As much as it pains me to say this, Kasie West’s contemporaries just aren’t as alluring as they used to be for me. Her past few books have been fails for me, but I keep picking up her newer stuff in the hopes that it will live up to some of her old stories. I think it’s time for me to break up with the author. Love, Life, and the List wasn’t all bad – it had some qualities to it that reminded me of the old Kasie West YA contemporaries, but there was still the magic from missing. This is the story of Abby, a teen artist, who hopes to have her art featured at the museum she works at. Only issue? The director doesn’t think her work has pizzazz, or heart if you will. So she goes on a journey, which includes a list, in the hopes of adding more emotions to her art. I liked Abby for the most part. She’s a go-getter when it comes to her goals and inspirations, and you can tell that she’s absolutely passionate about her artwork. The only thing about her I didn’t care for was how hung up she was on her best friend, Cooper. Abby’s dynamic with the secondary cast was what I enjoyed the best in Love, Life and the List. I especially enjoyed her bond with her […]

The Weekly Recap (262): The Last One For 2017

Posted December 17, 2017 by Nick & Nereyda in STS / 15 Comments
The Weekly Recap (262): The Last One For 2017

Nick’s Weekly Recap: Hello friends! I’m so excited to be finally done with school. I had my finals this past week. They were stressful as expected, but I’m glad that they are all over. I’m glad that I don’t have to pick up another textbook for about 3 weeks. Right after my last presentation, I went to get some shopping done at King of Prussia with two of my friends. I needed to buy some Christmas presents for some of my friends and I also needed to get a dress for myself as I was invited to a Christmas party at some fancy restaurant. I was able to find gifts for my friends fairly easily – there were some really good deals the day I went – but omg, finding a dress was such a process. I don’t wear dresses, because I hate the way my legs look. I have these big chunky calves and ugly ass knees, so I choose not to display them. I tried on maybe 10 or so dresses until I found one that I liked. I’m still going to wear tights with them because I’m not imposing my ugly legs to others around me haha! I don’t really have big plans for the break besides going to Denver. I’m hoping to just relax and take it easy and hopefully get some reading done! This will […]

I’m Ready For These 2018 Romance Books

Posted December 15, 2017 by Nick in Let's Talk About / 21 Comments
I’m Ready For These 2018 Romance Books

Happy Friday, friends! I hope everyone is doing good. I’m here to chat about some of my most anticipated 2018 romance novels. You all know how much I love my list posts as well as my romance books. So, I had to share, so you can hopefully discover some new books to add to your TBRs, as well. This isn’t a comprehensive list of books I’m looking forward to – only the ones with covers already released. There’s also loads of books I’m excited to read without covers yet. To name a few, Making Up by Lucy Parker, The Love Coupon by Ainslie Paton, The Governess Game by Tessa Dare and Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean.   Hot Asset by Lauren Layne Lauren Layne returns to NYC with her upcoming 21 Wall Street series. I love all things Lauren Layne, but I’m particularly excited about this one because the hero sounds like he’s a numbers guy! I’m all for a numbers guy. Hello Stranger by Lisa Kleypas I am absolutely 200% loving this series, and I’m giddy with excitement for Hello Stranger. LK is my QUEEN of historical romance! This one also happens to feature a female doctor, in an era when female doctors are unheard of! The Last King by Katee Robert Katee Robert does complicated families REALLY well, and this new series sounds very compelling. Not […]

Add This to My List of Favorites: An Ex For Christmas by Lauren Lane

Posted December 14, 2017 by Nereyda in ARC, review / 25 Comments
Add This to My List of Favorites: An Ex For Christmas by Lauren Lane

Lauren Layne is one of my absolute favorite authors, but as much as it pains me to say it, her last few releases either haven’t been my favorite or they didn’t really catch my attention. I’m not really one to read Christmas themed books, but when I heard about An Ex For Christmas, I caved and downloaded this. I was much relieved to hear that Nick loved this one and despite the fact that Thanksgiving had just passed I dived in this once I got my reading groove back.  I freaking loved this book! It’s everything that I love about LL books and contemporary romance books in general and there was something so comforting about reading one of your favorite author’s books (and loving it). Most of you know I have this horrible awful habit of not reading book summaries (I mostly read what Nick tells me to read) and this is the case with this book. Since I hadn’t read the summary for this, the title of the book (particularly the Ex part) totally threw me off at first. I was totally getting vibes from Kelly’s best friend Mark, but I assumed that he wasn’t going to be the love interest (even though I was really hoping he would be) since he wasn’t technically an ex. After finally reading the summary, I was so glad to see that Mark […]

Why Are Hockey Romances So Addictive?: So Over You by Kate Meader

Posted December 13, 2017 by Nick in 4 stars, ARC, review / 12 Comments
Why Are Hockey Romances So Addictive?: So Over You by Kate Meader

Kate Meader never disappoints with her romantic, sexy and absolutely entertaining books. So Over You was no exception. As always, the author delivers a fun book that’s hard to put down. I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Irresistible You, but I was particularly looking forward to So Over You because of the second chance trope. I had an absolute blast reading this one, and omg did I ship the couple! The basic premise of this series is three sister’s suddenly inheriting their father’s hockey team, and the challenges that they force as they become burdened with this responsibility. In the first book we got big sister Harper’s story, and this time it’s Isobel’s turn to tell her tale. I enjoyed her character a lot. It was interesting to see a female hockey player as I don’t think I’ve ever read about one in any contemporary romance. Though an injury had forced Isobel to turn to coaching itself, she still had hopes and dreams and a deep passion for the sport. It was sad to hear her backstory of how her father manipulated her love for hockey and put immense pressure on her. Isobel didn’t let that put her down though, and she rose above it all to become a role model. Vadim was also a pretty great hero. He’s this gruff, sexy Russian, who is known for […]

One of the Worst Books I’ve Read: Corrupt by Penelope Douglas

Posted December 12, 2017 by Nereyda in Audiobook, review / 34 Comments
One of the Worst Books I’ve Read: Corrupt by Penelope Douglas

Oh boy. I honestly don’t even know where to start with this book so apologies in advanced if my review is all over the place… there will be ranting and obviously spoilers as well. This book… was so fucking awful I’m kind of a loss for words. I happen to love the hate-to-love trope and the enemies to lover’s trope but it’s so damn tricky to pull off.  Honestly, Penelope Douglas is one of those authors that can pull it off, or so I thought. I loved Rival and I really enjoyed Punk 57 and Bully as well.  I’ve had my eye on Corrupt since it was first announced but I was always a bit weary of it because this one seems to have a darker tone. I wish I would have listened to my instincts and stayed far away from this book… The tone of this book is definitely darker, absurd and at times just plain wrong. There were times when rape was insinuated/implied and although it was never specifically addressed, it was enough for it to leave me with a sour feeling. Michael and his group of friends are the popular ones in high school known as the horsemen (or maybe its horseman?). They can basically get away with whatever they want even years later when they come back to visit occasionally from college. What kind of losers […]

The Contemporary YA I Love: Breaking the Ice by Julie Cross & Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills

Posted December 11, 2017 by Nick in 4.5 stars, ARC, review / 11 Comments
The Contemporary YA I Love: Breaking the Ice by Julie Cross & Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills

Breaking the Ice was so good, you guys. I’ve loved every book that I’ve read from Julie Cross, and going into this second book in the Juniper Falls series, I had high expectations. I’m a sucker for a good opposites attract story, and I knew that Julie Cross would do the book justice since she’s fantastic at writing scorching chemistry between her couples. Breaking the Ice is definitely at the top of my favorite YA contemporary romances, and favorite Julie Cross books. I knew from the very first page that I would be hooked, line and sinker into this story. Breaking the Ice is told through the compelling voices of Haley and Fletcher, two people who could not be more different from each other. They both find themselves in summer school, and these two kids who’ve never really interacted before are forced to be around each other. I’m sure you can already imagine what ensues! 😉 I loved both Hayley and Fletcher’s characters. They were different, but equally likable. Haley is the popular girl at her school, a cheerleader, and known as the town princess. Fletcher, on the other hand, is the quiet, smart kid who seems to have layers and layers to his character. As a result of his deadly food allergies, he’s been forced to live somewhat of a sheltered life. He also has a secret job that […]

The Weekly Recap (261): Nick Meets A Blogging Friend & Nereyda Is Cold

Posted December 10, 2017 by Nick & Nereyda in STS / 14 Comments
The Weekly Recap (261): Nick Meets A Blogging Friend & Nereyda Is Cold

Nick’s Weekly Recap: Hi friends! How are you all doing? I’ve missed everybody! My break was good. I really needed to be off-line for a bit so I could focus on myself and school, and that’s exactly what I did. My Thanksgiving break was good. I didn’t do anything on Thanksgiving itself, but I went up to NYC on the Saturday and met up with Ari at The New Romantics. We had fun walking all over NYC. The weather was nice that day too, so the whole day was pleasant! It was fun to meet another good blogging friend. Now, we have our first snowfall here in Philly. I guess we can finally say with certainty that winter is officially here, which I’m glad about – I was getting annoyed with the never ending warmth. This coming week is my last week of school. I’m excited for my three-weeks winter break. I’m going to visit my friends back in Denver, who I haven’t seen for a while now, so I’m pretty excited about that. But mostly, I’m looking forward to relaxing a bit more, since school has been a stressful mess this quarter. I did get a lot of reading done over the past few weeks, and some of them were really great, so let’s check them out! What I Read:               I won’t talk all these books because this […]

A Road-Tripping Foodie Romance, A Wild Princess Gone Good & A Diabetic Paparazzo

Posted December 9, 2017 by Nick in 3.5 stars, 4 stars, ARC, review / 5 Comments
A Road-Tripping Foodie Romance, A Wild Princess Gone Good & A Diabetic Paparazzo

West Coast Love by Tif Marcelo Tif Marcelo has to be one of my favorite 2017 debut authors. The Journey to the Heart series has been a delightful ride, and I’m absolutely enamored by her writing style and the heartwarming cast. I’m sad that the series has ended with West Coast Love, but no doubt, I will be revisiting them in the future. This book tells the story of Victoria and Joel, two people with a connection who unbeknownst to each other end up auditioning for the same spot as a host on a show that takes them on a road trip across California to a BBQ festival. Only catch? Victoria wins the spot of the host, while Joel is hired as a cameraman. I enjoyed both Joel and Victoria’s character in the book. I love that we get both their POVs here, especially since both are very sympathetic characters with a giant hearts. Victoria has dreams and aspirations, but also falters a lot along the way. She works hard to get where she wants in life, and though that sometimes leads her to being closed off emotionally, she’s a character that we see a lot of growth from. Joel and his kindness also made me swoon hard throughout West Coast Love. I love sweet heroes like him far more than the alpha-male type, so it didn’t take much for […]

Felling Indifferent: Begin Again by Mona Kasten

Posted December 6, 2017 by Nereyda in ARC, review / 8 Comments
Felling Indifferent: Begin Again by Mona Kasten

Have you ever read a book that annoyed you so much at times… but you still enjoyed it? This was the case for me with Begin Again. I’ve been on a mini-NA kick these last few weeks, but we all know how hard it is now to find non-cliché NA these days. I saw this book on NG a while back and there was something about it that made me want to read it. Maybe it was the roommates storyline, which I am a sucker for, or maybe it was that I hadn’t read an NA book in so long but I downloaded it. I went through moments being annoyed, being hooked, and rolling my eyes with this book… but I still wanted to keep reading because despite all the eye rolling I was for the most part enjoying it. Allie comes from a rich family that has never le her spread her wings and who don’t believe in he career choice (teaching). She decides to cut ties with them and move a few states away and enroll in college on her own. After a dismal roommate search, her last option is Kaden. Kaden is rude and an asshole, but he’s pretty much Allie’s only choice so she accepts to move on with him despite his ridiculous rules.  *sigh* Although I liked certain parts of Allie and Kaden’s personalities, I […]

Rachel Gibson Does It Again: The Art of Running in Heels

Posted December 6, 2017 by Nereyda in ARC, review / 11 Comments
Rachel Gibson Does It Again: The Art of Running in Heels

In case you don’t already know, Rachel Gibson is one of my all time favorite authors. Although there have been a few misses in the past 10+ years I’ve been reading her books, they are a minority compared to the books that I love by her. A few of them I’ve re-read over 5 times and I love them just as much every single time. Unfortunately, Gibson’s last book was not a favorite of mine at all so I was nervous about The Art of Running in High Heels suffering not being the same level that I expect from her books, especially since the release date was pushed back. Luckily, this book felt more like the classic Gibson books that I love and I think this is just what I needed to get me out of my dreaded book slump. This book is a kind of sequel to Rachel Gibson’s first book, Simply Irresistible (published in 1997, I believe) since this now follows Lexie, daughter of the main characters of that book; Georgianne and John.  Lexie was just a child in Simply Irresistible so it was very nostalgic (I won’t even mention how this makes me feel old) to not only be able to see what this couple is up to even after all these years but to see one of their kids all grown up and falling in love. […]

The YA Fantasy I’ve Been Waiting For: Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne

Posted December 5, 2017 by Nick in 4.5 stars, ARC, review / 24 Comments
The YA Fantasy I’ve Been Waiting For: Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne

I’ve been craving a sweeping YA fantasy story since the beginning of the year, and sadly before I read Rosemarked, I could not find it. Then came this brilliant book, which completely swept me off my feet and took me on an amazing journey. Engrossing stories like this are why I simply adore reading. By the end of Rosemarked, I was desperate for the sequel – I mean, isn’t that just a sign as to how amazing this book was? In YA fantasy, I’ve always loved side-characters that are healers. It’s such an intriguing element, especially with the mirroring of reality, but healers are hardly ever the center of a fantasy series, so it was refreshing to see that here in Rosemarked. There’s a lot of rich history, world-building and politics in this book. The author does a stunning job at making her world come to life here with her prose. I sometimes find YA fantasy tedious to read because it can get very entangled quickly, but here everything flows smoothly, and I was able to pick up every detail. Then, there’s the plague itself, the rose plague, which is at the center of this story, and which felt a lot like a character. I thought it was absolutely terrifying, yet intriguing. There was lots to learn about this plague, and I liked how Livia Blackburne, only slowly revealed to […]

All The Freaking Stars To These Two Books: Wrong To Need You by Alisha Rai & Roomies by Christina Lauren

Posted December 4, 2017 by Nick in 5 stars, ARC, review / 26 Comments
All The Freaking Stars To These Two Books: Wrong To Need You by Alisha Rai & Roomies by Christina Lauren

Words can’t describe how much Alisha Rai’s Forbidden Hearts series means to me. I fell in love with her writing and her characters in Hate to Want You, and in Wrong To Need You, that love just amplified. I could tell that this was just the beginning of my obsession with everything and anything Alisha Rai books. Of course, going into Wrong to Need You after LOVING Hate to Want You was a bit daunting. There’s always the chance that the sequel doesn’t hold the same magic as its predecessor, but there was no reasoning for my concerns here. Wrong to Need You is an absolutely breath-taking slow-burn romance between two people who fit together like a lock and key. It’s passionate, luscious and sexy as hell. Alisha writes heroines that are simultaneously strong and vulnerable, a combination that you can find in any woman. I loved Livvy in Hate to Want You, but Sadia Ahmed absolutely 100% rules my heart. What a beautiful character she was! A young widowed mother, life certainly wasn’t easy for her, but she works hard, she pushes herself all so that she can give her son a better life. Sadia is honestly one of my favorite characters of all time. Alisha writes her emotions, her struggles, her hopes and passion so beautifully. It was brilliant seeing a character that undeniably struggled with her mental […]

The Weekly Recap (260): Getting Back to Reading

Posted December 3, 2017 by Nereyda in STS / 11 Comments
The Weekly Recap (260): Getting Back to Reading

Nereyda’s Recap: I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! I spent a great day with my family and ate a lot of turkey. Once Thanksgiving is over though, I want nothing else to do with turkey, it’s like it’s special cause it’s once a year. I didn’t get to do any black friday shopping cause we ended up going on Wednesday. Nothing my kids wanted was gonna be on sale so I didn’t even want to deal with crowds. I had Wednesday to Sunday off from work and it was great, although it went by really fast. I mostly read and was lazy and I slept a lot. Yes, I’m actually reading again! This past year or so I have had the hardest time reading (not including audiobooks) and I just can’t concentrate. I got a new kindle (yay for black friday sales) and I have been doing a lot of reading lately and I am so glad because it feels great to finally read again. I also listened to a lot of audiobooks these past few weeks, some really good books and some really bad books. I think I read the worst book I’ve ever read… ugh. I splurged a little bit and besides the new kindle, I also bought myself the new Apple Watch. Merry Christmas to me!  I’ve been doing good at my workouts still, getting a […]

Book Playlist: After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Posted November 29, 2017 by Nereyda in book playlist / 12 Comments
Book Playlist: After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I loooove music, and that is an understatement. I am always listening to music and I love connecting music to moods, certain times in my life, movies, tv shows and even books. I’ve been wanting to try to do book playlists for a while (but I’m lazy) but it wasn’t until I heard the newest Pink CD last month that some of the songs immediately reminded me of After I Do that I decided to finally do one. If you’ve never read After I Do, oh man, do it now please just be prepared to have your emotions all over the place. This is one of my favorite books ever and one that I’ve re-read a few times. The songs in this post reminded me of this book at one certain point of the book or another. I hope you enjoy the playlist I put together and let me know if there are any other songs that remind you of this book in the comments! Follow Us: Follow