Genre: Contemporary

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

Posted December 13, 2017 by Nick in 4 stars, ARC, review / 2 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 […]

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

Posted December 12, 2017 by Nereyda in Audiobook, review / 12 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

The Rarity of Platonic Boy-Girl Relationships in YA : Top Ten by Katie Cotugno

Posted November 2, 2017 by Nick in 3.5 stars, ARC, review / 15 Comments
The Rarity of Platonic Boy-Girl Relationships in YA : Top Ten by Katie Cotugno

I have such conflicting feelings about Top Ten by Katie Cotugno. On the one hand, I absolutely loved that we got the story between two friends, one with a bisexual character too. And I was hoping that this would  be like what Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg was for me. While there are some very strong elements to Top Ten, I do think the way the book is organized led to some confusion on my part. The book is told in the dual voices of Ryan and Gabby, two unlikely people who unexpectedly forge a friendship that has a lot of ups and downs throughout its progression. I enjoyed both Ryan and Gabby’s voices and I thought Cotugno was very adept at giving the two unique personalities. Gabby is the quieter of the two, the sort of girl who turns out has a very bold and vivacious personality once you get to know her. Gabby also struggles with severe anxiety, that’s explored realistically throughout Top Ten. Ryan is the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Absolutely Revolutionary: Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Posted October 23, 2017 by Nick in 4.5 stars, ARC, review / 12 Comments
Absolutely Revolutionary: Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Dear Martin was one of my most anticipated books of the year. I was nervous to pick it up because there was a lot of hype surrounding it, but also my expectations were ridiculous. I had nothing to worry about because Nic Stone has written what has got to be one of the most brilliant YA books of 2017. I can’t wait for this book to revolutionize YA as I know it will. This book is short at around 220 pages, but it packs such an emotional punch. Dear Martin is a book that’s powerful in its subtlety. I adored the protagonist, Justyce. His voice was just completely captivating from the very start. His thoughts, his struggles, his emotions, were described so deftly. As the book progresses, you get to know Justyce intimately. Nic Stone does a fabulous job at not only building up his character, but also developing him. Even though at first glance, I had nothing in common with him, I grew a very strong connection to him. […]

What Is Family, Really? Read This Beautiful Story To Find Out

Posted October 16, 2017 by Nick in 4.5 stars, ARC, review / 16 Comments
What Is Family, Really? Read This Beautiful Story To Find Out

Quite frankly, I’m of the opinion that Robin Benway can do no wrong. Far From The Tree just went ahead and proved me right in that regards. It’s a poignant and powerful tale of love and family that struck deep with me, and is one of my favorite reads of the year. This is a book of three teens who are each at different points in their lives, but who are linked to each other through their birth mother. Far From The Tree is told in the compelling voices of Grace, Maya and Joaquin, who have grown up in very different homes. Grace has just given birth and has given her baby, who she lovingly names Peach, up for adoption. Though she knows that Peach is growing up in a good home, she’s still struggling with regaining normalcy in her life. Her grief and guilt are palpable throughout the book. My heart would ache with her. Robin Benway did such a lovely job with her characters. She made me feel […]

Underwhelming & Soooooo Annoying: A Map for Wrecked Girls by Jessica Taylor

Posted October 12, 2017 by Nereyda in Audiobook, review / 5 Comments
Underwhelming & Soooooo Annoying: A Map for Wrecked Girls by Jessica Taylor

Holy crap, this book was so annoying! If you haven’t noticed by now, I am so out of the loop when it comes to what books are currently out/coming out. I pretty much read what Nick tells me she thinks I will like, a romance book by an author I love or an audiobook that I think sounds interesting. This book fell into the last category. It showed up in my audiobook monthly email and I was like ‘hmmm, this one sounds like it could be pretty good’ *hits download.* Sadly, in this case I was wrong. I found myself in a constant state of annoyance. Annoyance with the characters. Annoyance with the plot. Annoyance with the way the story was told. And annoyance with myself for not being able to DNF this book because I simply had to find out just what the hell happened between Emma and her sister Henri that would make Henri turn into such a rotten bitch and Emma into a doormat. Spoiler alert, the […]

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 […]

Smart & Brilliant… Yet Pointless: Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

Posted October 5, 2017 by Nereyda in ARC, Audiobook, review / 9 Comments
Smart & Brilliant… Yet Pointless: Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

I have such mixed feelings about this book… I don’t even know where to start. In all honesty, I probably should not have read this book. I hated We Were Liars and I had a feeling that this book would make me feel the same way as that one. But,  I am such a sucker for Rebecca Soler as a narrator that I caved and ended up downloading this book when I saw she was narrating it. Despite the fact that Soler was brilliant in her performance of the book (what else is new?), I was not a fan of this book. The sad thing is that it had so much potential and the writing was great, but it just fell flat for me in more ways than one. The book starts with Jules in a luxury resort in Mexico, she’s living the life and soon we find out that it may not be her life she’s actually living. She’s  a con artist and uses other identities to live her […]

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. […]

Irritating But Redeeming: Wild Bird by Wendelin Van Draanen

Posted September 28, 2017 by Nereyda in Audiobook, review / 12 Comments
Irritating But Redeeming: Wild Bird by Wendelin Van Draanen

I do believe that I downloaded this audiobook by mistake. I was sending Nick a list of the audiobooks I had to listen to so she could pick one for me to listen to next and this one was on the list. Neither of us had heard of it so once I looked it up and read the summary, I knew I must have downloaded this one on accident. Since it wasn’t that long and the summary did sound interesting, I went ahead and kept it on my list. I did struggle with this one a bit in the beginning because Wren was so damn irritating. Also, the narrator’s… raspy/skeaky voice, especially in the beginning was kind of annoying. But I kept with it, and I’m glad I did because seeing Wren grow up was so damn satisfying and totally redeemed the book for me. Wren has been on a downward spiral for the last few years. It was hard for me to figure out at first why the hell […]

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 […]