Genre: Contemporary

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
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 […]

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
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
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 […]

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
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 […]

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

Posted January 26, 2018 by Nick in 4 stars, ARC, Blog Tour, review
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 […]

A Stunning & Heart-Wringing Tale: Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton

Posted January 22, 2018 by Nick in 4.5 stars, ARC, review
A Stunning & Heart-Wringing Tale: Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton

Well, this book just about destroyed me, folks. I wasn’t sure if Next Year in Havana would be my kind of book, but when a friend recommended it, I had to see what all the fuss was about. It’s safe to say, this friend definitely has incredible tastes, and I’m so grateful that she got me to pick this book up because it’s one that will stay with me forever and also one I will eagerly revisit in the future. Next Year in Havana is told in two POVs that cover two different timelines. The first timeline tells the story of Elisa in 1958 Havana, Cuba, and the second timeline follows Elisa’s granddaughter, Marisol, as she travels back to Havana to scatter her grandmother’s ashes. I’m always wary of books that tackle dual timelines, but I had nothing to worry about here because Chanel Cleeton weaves the two of them beautifully. I think why it worked brilliantly here for me was because of the equal attention she gives the two characters. I had no favorites when it came to the characters. I found both to be equally powerful, and equally enticing. Elisa’s story is perhaps more heartbreaking, and more infused in danger, given the political climate of Cuba during her years of growth. I loved Elisa’s story. It’s just full of emotions and it’s so poignant. She grows up part […]

More Than Just A Bad Boy/Good Girl Romance: Say You’ll Remember Me by Katie McGarry

Posted January 8, 2018 by Nick in 4 stars, ARC, review
More Than Just A Bad Boy/Good Girl Romance: Say You’ll Remember Me by Katie McGarry

There’s just something about Katie McGarry’s books that continue to attract me to them. I don’t think I’ve read one book from her that I have disliked. With Say You’ll Remember Me by good-luck streak with her book continues. Once again, she has written an addicting story with a wonderful cast of characters. Like with most other Katie McGarry books, Say You’ll Remember Me is told in the dual POVs of two characters who come from different worlds. Hendrix and Ellison could not be more different from each other, but they are both lovely characters who are easy to sympathize with. Out of the two, I do have to admit that I had a soft spot for Drix. His situation is very heartbreaking – he’s been to juvie for a crime he did not commit, and is forced to be the face of the governor’s new Second Chance Program aimed at helping juvenile delinquents. At the beginning of the book, Drix is reserved and quiet, understably so because of his entire situation, but there’s a strength and bravery to him that shined through from the very start. He’s a boy who is loyal to his very broken, but loving family, and would do anything to protect them. Even though he is thrust into the media spotlight, he takes on the Second Chance Program because he knows that it will be […]

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
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 working as a successful website designer. In the process, she […]

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
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
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 […]

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

Posted December 14, 2017 by Nereyda in ARC, review
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
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
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 […]

Felling Indifferent: Begin Again by Mona Kasten

Posted December 6, 2017 by Nereyda in ARC, review
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
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. […]

Book Playlist: After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Posted November 29, 2017 by Nereyda in book playlist
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
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 interested to see how this would play out.  I had […]

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
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. She’s a sweet girl, with a funny side who had […]