Genre: Adult

A Love Story & A Survival Story: The Ones Who Got Away by Roni Loren

Posted January 3, 2018 by Nick in 4.5 stars, ARC, review / 39 Comments
A Love Story & A Survival Story: The Ones Who Got Away by Roni Loren

Roni Loren’s The Ones Who Got Away was an emotional and riveting love story between two people connected by a shattered past. What could have easily turned into an angst-filled novel full of dramatic moments was in fact a sweet, but hot story about two people trying to move forward from a harrowing experience that has changed their lives forever. The Ones Who Got Away is a book that will grab readers’ attention from the first scene during which Olivia, our protagonist, has returned to her high-school for an interview about the shooting massacre that left many of her classmates dead, and others wounded, physically and emotionally. While this start was certainly shocking and heartbreaking, Roni Loren manages to make the book hopeful and inspiring. She doesn’t ignore the shooting – in fact, it’s always looming over the characters throughout the whole book and it has shaped a large portion of their lives – but she executed the story in a way that makes you believe that these characters will find their happily every afters. The characters themselves were flawlessly fleshed-out. These were characters with a lot of depth and emotions, something that readers who enjoy character-driven stories will undeniably appreciate. Both Liv and Finn were complex and multi-layered, making them stand-out. Liv is a reformed bad-girl, who is now […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

I Think I Liked a Book With a Pregnancy Trope *gasp* (Lucas by Sawyer Bennett)

Posted November 20, 2017 by Nereyda in Audiobook, review / 18 Comments
I Think I Liked a Book With a Pregnancy Trope *gasp* (Lucas by Sawyer Bennett)

Unless you’re new here, you probably know all about my hatred for books that have babies, kids and/or pregnancies in them. It’s nothing personal, I love kids in real life (my kids anyway… and a few select other), but I just can’t stand these tropes in books because 99% of the time they are just a plot-device for drama, drama, drama. Most times, I will straight up DNF a book if it has any of these tropes. I have this really bad habit of not paying attention to book summaries before getting them and sometimes it bites me in the ass.  This was the case with this book. I love hockey books and saw this audiobook and was like hey, don’t mind if I do and not even 15 minutes in and the MC finds herself pregnant after a one night stand with Lucas. Cue a ‘son of a bitch’ mutter by me at this point. Unfortunately, or fortunately in this case, I didn’t have any other audiobooks to listen to at this time so I decided to just keep listen. I was fully prepared to DNF this book but I actually found myself intrigued. Usually, a pregnancy trope comes as a surprise in books (and to add drama) but this one happened right at the beginning so I was […]

A Hero You’ll Want Santa To Bring You: An Ex for Christmas by Lauren Layne

Posted November 6, 2017 by Nick in 4 stars, ARC, Blog Tour, review / 19 Comments
A Hero You’ll Want Santa To Bring You: An Ex for Christmas by Lauren Layne

When Lauren Layne charms, she sure does charm. An Ex for Christmas is just the perfect romantic book to spend a cold winter night with, especially if you’re in need of a “lift-me-up”. It’s delightful, and just oozes joy from every page. No doubt, lovers of all things holidays and romance will devour this magical read. On her way back home from work one evening before the holidays, Kelly meets a psychic who tells her that she’s already met the love of her life. Being the romantic and superstitious girl that she is, Kelly is convinced that one of her exes is her true love, so she goes on a mission trying to reconnect with all of them by Christmas. Watching her on the sidelines? Her best friend, Mark, who has always been there for her! I adored the setup for this book. It was so warm and lovely, and Lauren Layne does a beautiful job with it. It could easily have gotten tangled as Kelly goes through her list, all the while ignoring the man right in front of her, but LL writes her character in a way that makes her relatable. Her goals are well-intended being the romantic at hear, and she’s not out to hurt anyone. She’s obviously very stubborn, but I had to admire her determination. […]

High Hopes…So Disappointing: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Posted October 26, 2017 by Nereyda in Audiobook, review / 9 Comments
High Hopes…So Disappointing: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

*insert sigh here* I love Taylor Jenkins Reid’s books. I really do. After I Do is one of the most painful and most beautiful-lest books I’ve read and I loved it so much that I’ve heard it on audio two more times. TJR has such talent that she can take such simple love stories and pack so much emotions into them without going over the top with the dramatics. There’s something about the simplicity of the stories and characters that makes them even more special to me. As soon as I first heard about this book, I knew that there was something different about this book (for me). It didn’t have that same appeal to me that attracted me to her other books but it was still a book by freakin Taylor Jenkins Reid so I wanted to give it a try anyway… I should have just stayed away. *another sigh* This book was not what I expected at all, and not in a good way. I just didn’t like anything about this book. I didn’t like Monique, I didn’t care about her life or her romance (or lack thereof). I hated Evelyn Hugo, so freaking much. There was just something about her that was so cold and calculating and manipulative and most of all, selfish. She did have that […]

Dating You/Hating You by Christina Lauren

Posted October 24, 2017 by Nereyda in Audiobook, review / 7 Comments
Dating You/Hating You by Christina Lauren

I hate to admit this, but I totally judged this book before I had even read it, which is never fair to a book. I have been a big fan of Christina Lauren books (although there have been a few misses here and there, like any author) because I can always count on them to be entertaining, funny and sexy. When I first read the summary for this book, the one thought that came to mind was that this was a rip-off of The Hating Game, especially since I had just finished reading that book (and yes, I loved it). I was a little put off by that but I still wanted to read it since I have read most of their other books. It took me a while to finally get to this, because I was in no real rush to be honest, but when I did I quickly realized that although the concepts are similar, this is nothing like the rip-off I was expecting. Instead, I got a really sweet romance with a bonus side of sexy times and a great dose of wit. Carter and Evie are two workaholics who love their careers, despite their ups and downs. They end up meeting at a Halloween party and as luck would have it, as the only single people […]

Fall In Love In 36 Questions – A Love Experiment

Posted October 11, 2017 by Nick in 4 stars, ARC, review / 28 Comments
Fall In Love In 36 Questions – A Love Experiment

I heard about this book from Lucy Parker when she retweeted a link to it. I read the summary and was immediately intrigued. As much as I adore romance, there’s no denying that there’s sometimes a lack of creativity in the genre. So, the concept of The Love Experiment was a breath of fresh air. I just loved the idea of two people who would otherwise never connect falling in love through a proven survey experiment, and I thought Ainslie Paton  worked with the concept beautifully. One of the reasons why this book stands out is because of how well-developed the characters are. When authors take their time to build up their characters and flesh them out slowly over the course of the book, it makes any book a 1000 times more enjoyable. I loved what Ainslie Paton did here with our two protagonists, Derelie and Jack. Both could not be different from each other in terms of personalities, but we get to see growth and progression in both their personalities. Derelie was a lovely character. I think what works so well about her is that she’s a normal girl working at a normal job, so it’s easy to relate to her. You’ll find bits and pieces of yourself in her, and I love that she was so authentic. She’s […]

Romance, Wine & A+ Female Friendships: Legs by Kelly Siskind

Posted October 4, 2017 by Nick in 4 stars, ARC, Blog Tour, review / 16 Comments
Romance, Wine & A+ Female Friendships: Legs by Kelly Siskind

I knew I loved Kelly Siskind’s writing and books, but I didn’t realize just how much until I had the opportunity to read Legs. This is the sort of romance that I love to devour. It’s got so many great elements that make it pure fun to read from start to finish. I mean I was already a fan of Kelly’s, but after this, I’m pretty much a super fan! 🙂 Rachel, the heroine, is a blast! I loved being inside of her head. She’s going through a bit of a tough time not knowing exactly what she wants to do with her life – she waffled between multiple career paths, not quite happy with any of her options. I connected with that aspect of her personality as I too went through something similar a couple of years back. She’s very genuine as a person, and witty and simply just personable. So, it’s easy to root for Rachel and her happiness. Jimmy is the perfect companion for someone like Rachel. He is also going through a major rift in his life, namely estrangement from his family, but he channels all his disappointment into determination and hard work. Just as Rachel, Jimmy is also an easygoing character, who settles in your heart. His story is heartbreaking when you think about it, […]

A Story of Love, Passion & Hope: Completely by Ruthie Knox

Posted September 27, 2017 by Nick in 4.5 stars, ARC, review / 10 Comments
A Story of Love, Passion & Hope: Completely by Ruthie Knox

If you’ve read my review for Truly and Madly, then you already know how deep my love for this author’s writing runs. Ruthie Knox writes stories about love, family and finding yourself, that may not be unique themes, but they will touch every fiber of your being. Completely was no different. Yet again, Ruthie Knox has expertly crafted a story full of love, passion and hope, one that will speak to many romance readers. Rosemary Chamberlain is the heroine of Completely. We know her as Winston, hero of Madly‘s, ex-wife. I initially wasn’t sure how to feel about her because from the snippets we got of her in the previous book, we know that she left her relationship with her daughter fractured and ran off on an adventure. But Ruthie Knox does a beautiful job here at building up Rosemary’s character with layers and layers of complexity. She makes you understand her thought process and her motivations. All her life, Rosemary has felt like she was in the background, and married to Winston, she further lost her identity. In an attempt to finally do something for herself, she leaves London and armed with a book deal, goes on an adventure climbing a peak on each continent. Her first stop? Big, beautiful but ruthless, Everest. I truly grew to love Rosemary. […]

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 adored her personality, especially with how kind and selfless she could be. When she puts her heart into something, she goes all out for it. She is a truly endearing girl. Of course, she’s not all perfect and happy all the time. She does struggle with something that she did […]

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 throughout the book. Callan, on the other hand, initially appears to be the opposite of Grace in every way. He grew up in a wealthy family, has the reputation of a playboy and has been handed almost everything in his life. So, he’s never really known struggle like Grace has. […]

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, Scottish Jim who quickly becomes infatuated with Nora and whisks her off to Scotland to get married. Fast forward one year, and Nora’s life is still stagnant, only this time she’s stuck with Jim in an unrequited love story. What follows is the story of Nora meeting Aiden and being […]

Simply One Of The Most Romantic Books Of The Year: The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare

Posted August 21, 2017 by Nick in 5 stars, ARC, review / 30 Comments
Simply One Of The Most Romantic Books Of The Year: The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare

Tessa Dare is an absolute master at what she does. Of course there are hundreds of historical romance authors out there, but no one quite does it like Tessa Dare. Her books are priceless gems. each one better than the previous one. The Duchess Deal was no exception. Telling the story of two unlikely personalities in a marriage of convenience falling slowly but hardly for each other,  The Duchess Deal is Tessa Dare’s most magical, most romantic, and sexiest novel to date. As always Dare writes characters that are full of heart and soul. Emma, darling darling Emma, is a witty seamstress who has made a life for herself after she’s ousted and disowned by her vicar father. She is a woman with a lot of strength, self-possession, kindness and compassion. Life may have dealt her a bad hand, but she moves on from that and instead channels her grief and disappointment into her passion of making dresses. In many ways, she is the complete opposite of the brutally scarred ass-hat who proposes the preposterous idea of entering a marriage of convenience. Said ass-hat is of course the Duke of Ashbury, a war-hero who is in desperate need of an heir. He is gruff, broody, and angry for the way his life has turned around, but he also somehow finds […]

I Was In Food And Romance Heaven: North To You by Tif Marcelo

Posted August 3, 2017 by Nick in 4 stars, review / 35 Comments
I Was In Food And Romance Heaven: North To You by Tif Marcelo

Well, this book was charming, and sweet and so very endearing! I owe Ari big time for introducing me to North To You, a foodie romance debut that swept me off my feet. It’s not always that I encounter a debut novel that immediately makes me fall in love with the author’s writing, and turn me into a life-long fan, but Tif Marcelo’s North To You did exactly that for me. This is a book that has a lot of heart to it, and it’s all thanks to the lovable characters. These are characters that are built up so solidly throughout the book that you grow to know every aspect of their personalities intimately. And what great personalities they had! I immediately clicked with the heroine, Camille, a passionate food truck owner,  because of how resilient she was. She has had many obstacles thrown her way, but she continued to rise up from every difficult situation she has faced. Camille was hardworking, and very devoted to her sister’s success and happiness; the sacrifices she made for her sister warmed my heart! I just wanted for her to find the happiness she deserved. And she find that with Drew, quite possibly one of the best love interests I have ever read. Drew, a military man, was back home in San Francisco […]