Wallbanger (Cocktail #1) (Alice Clayton)

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Caroline Reynolds has a fantastic new apartment in San Francisco, a Kitchen Aid mixer to die for, and no O (and we’re not talking Oprah here, folks). She has a flourishing design career, an office overlooking the bay, a killer zucchini bread recipe, and no O. She has Clive (the best cat ever), great friends, a great rack, and no O. Adding insult to O-less, she also has an oversexed neighbor with the loudest late-night wallbanging she’s ever heard. Every moan, spank, and —was that a meow?— punctuates the fact that not only is she losing sleep, she still has —yep, you guessed it— no O.

Enter Simon Parker. When the wallbanging threatens to literally bounce her out of bed, Caroline, clad in sexual frustration and a pink baby-doll nightie, confronts her heard-but-never-seen neighbor. Their late-night hallway encounter has…well…mixed results. Because with walls this thin, the tension’s gonna be thick. A delicious mix of silly and steamy, this is an irresistible tale of exasperation at first sight.


OMG!!! People, this is officially my favorite New Adult book ever!!! And it definitly makes my favorite’s shelf too, because this is the best!

Ok, I’ll try to be coherent here, ok? But give me a break if I fail! :D

First of all, this book is brilliantly written. It’s so funny and witty and full of so well done innuendos. Then there’s the matter that the normal narration is interrupted by text messages from all the characters to each other, as well as a super funny chapter where we get a glimpse at what is going on in the mind of each people that are inside a moving car. IT IS BRILLIANT!

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Then the characters are amazing. I’m serious here people, I have a new book boyfriend, his name is Simon “Wallbanger” Parker, because he’s dreamy! Caroline is such a wonderful narrator and such a good character too. She’s so strong! I absolutely loved how funny they both were, and how each character in the book complements each-other, from bosses, to best friends and to everything else. And let’s not forget Clive, a.k.a., the BEST CAT EVER!!!!

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I have to admit that when I saw the cover and the title I was expecting something totally different from what I got in this book. I assumed that Simon would be a conceited womanizer who would change his ways for his new neighbour, but that’s not exactly what happens. Simon is a lot more than that, and his relationship with Caroline is seriously goals! I loved how they became friends, good friends, great friends, and that the rest just came up slowly and surely. There was no rush or rash decisions and that was refreshing.

But GOD! I loved the chapters that featured Simon’s night visitors! Spanx, Purina and Giggles!!!! OMG!

I absolutely adored their time together, whether it was battling broken plumbing, or watching scary movies, baking and cooking, or everything else they did on that kitchen… that was a good chapter *wink-wink*!!!

I have to admit that I thought that the whole “problem solving” thing was so well done. It was perfect. Simon was perfect. Well done.

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I love the whole plot of the book, I seriously can’t find a single thing wrong with it. This book made me laugh so hard that I was shaking on the train, trying to keep quiet about my giggles (and failing miserably!). PLEASE, READ IT! I’m so glad that there’s a sequel, because I need more Simon and Caroline in my life.

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Musical Mondays: Não Faço Questão by D.A.M.A. ft. Gabriel O Pensador

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I think that one of the side effects of living outside of Portugal, is appreciating more our music. So I’ll just keep using this feature to share some great portuguese music and artists, is that ok? ;-)

I’ve been completely obsessed with this music lately, it’s just so upbeat! D.A.M.A is a portuguese band and Gabriel O Pensador is a brazilian rapper, who, btw, looks exactly the same since I started to listen to his songs about 20 + years ago. Listen to it, even if you don’t understand a word! Also, look at the clip and at how gorgeous the city of Oporto is!!!

Esquece tudo
Vem na vibe
E liberta a tensão
Abre o sorriso
Me abraça
Me dá tua mão
Só vivemos uma vez
Não vivas em vão
O tempo voa do berço até ao caixão, irmão
Essas rotinas fazem confusão
Abre a tua mente
Segue o teu coração
Se o que importa é o dinheiro e não a profissão
Diz aí meu irmão 

Eu não faço questão
Não, Não, Não. Não 

Faço questão de viver
Como a minha alme me pede
Minhas medidas na vida
Não é o mundo que mede
Já fui ao fundo do poço
Para ver que o poço tem fim
Tirei a corda do pescoço e fiz um laço pra mim
Com esse laço lancei uma paixão que voava
Me apaixonei pela vida e pelo que ela me dava
Então voei, viajei
Pus o mundo na minha sola
E é giro como eu giro o mundo
A cada passo enquanto a vida rola
Rola, rola a bola rumo á meta
Transpiro sou um atleta
Inspiro sou um poeta
E sou tudo o que eu quero ser
Não paro porque a vida é feito
Andar de bicicleta e respirar
Não é preciso
É preciso viver

Esquece tudo
Vem na vibe
E liberta a tensão
Abre o sorriso
Me abraça
Me dá tua mão
Só vivemos uma vez
Não vivas em vão
O tempo voa do berço até ao caixão, irmão
Essas rotinas fazem confusão
Abre a tua mente
Segue o teu coração
Se o que importa é o dinheiro e não a profissão
Diz aí meu irmão

Eu não faço questão
Não, Não, Não. Não

Dizem que nasci no país errado
Nah balelas
Ninguém tem sol, praias, vinho e cidades daquelas
Eu rimo em português é como sinto
E confesso até podia fazer mais guita
Mas cenas destas não têm preço
Quero ter os meus bros perto
Isso é certo e minis, perto
Fazer da minha vida um beat
Seja o que Deus quiser
Living a vida loca
Só mais uma ninguém nota
Ter os meus palcos em família
Tudo boa onda
Não sou de modas
Quero por a cena toda à roda
E encontrar todos os dias uma gata nova
Tá tudo a falar de crises
Dificil entrar no bizz
Não ponhas culpas nas culpas
Desculpas
Bitch, Please

Esquece tudo
Vem na vibe
E liberta a tensão
Abre o sorriso
Me abraça
Me dá tua mão
Só vivemos uma vez
Não vivas em vão
O tempo voa do berço até ao caixão, irmão
Essas rotinas fazem confusão
Abre a tua mente
Segue o teu coração
Se o que importa é o dinheiro e não a profissão
Diz aí meu irmão 

Eu não faço questão
Não, Não, Não. Não 

Dizem que é da crise
Eu não percebo mas pronto
Um trabalho das 9 às 5
Para pagar as contas
São rotinas não são sinas
Não te estejas nas tintas
Vive os teus sonhos sem mentiras
Tenta ler nas entrelinhas
Mereces mais do que tens
Eu sei que a vida está dificil, Ok
Só não percas o sorriso
Gasta tempo contigo
Guarda tempo para a familia
Guarda tempo para os amigos
Então sai disso
Ouve isto e pensa um pouco
Que a vida é boa demais
Para só viver e pronto
Ponto final
Não há lições de moral
Tenta ser mais tu por ti
Tenta ser especial 

Esquece tudo
Vem na vibe
E liberta a tensão
Abre o sorriso
Me abraça
Me dá tua mão
Só vivemos uma vez
Não vivas em vão
O tempo voa do berço até ao caixão, irmão
Essas rotinas fazem confusão
Abre a tua mente
Segue o teu coração
Se o que importa é o dinheiro e não a profissão
Diz aí meu irmão 

Eu não faço questão
Não, Não, Não. Não 

O meu sorriso eu não economizo
Valeu D.A.M. A
Sorriso dividido é sorriso lembrado
E é bom lembrar!

Wandering About: Los Angeles (2006)

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WOW, look at that! 2006! The first time I was ever in the USA was almost 10 years ago… WOW! Time flies! OK, freak out moment over…

The first time my mom asked me if I wanted to go with her to the US, I jumped at the opportunity. It was a really rough time in my life, probably one of the toughest in my (then) 21 years of life, so I was super on board to just go and get out of my head for a bit. I was working at the time, but my boss was super nice about it and let me compensate my days with my due overtime, I did skip a few days of class, but at that point I didn’t really care. I was on my way to LA! (and Las Vegas and Palm Springs, but that’s for another day)

This was also when I discovered the Cheesecake Factory and all the goods that come with it :D.

And Hollywood!

And Universal Studios :D.

In general, I really liked LA, even if we caught a few terrible days of cold and rain – I hasn’t packed for that. Still, it was pretty freaking amazing. While my mom worked, me and her business partner wandered around Hollywood and took photos of around 100 stars and prints, lol. I even I had an unforgettable experience riding the buses in the city, under rain… never to be repeated again.

More Than Fashion (Chasing the Dream #3) (Elizabeth Briggs)

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They’re enemies who will do anything to win…including each other.  

When pre-med student Julie Hong wins a spot on a fashion design reality TV show, she celebrates by picking up a hot English guy in a hotel bar. But too many drinks leads to a night of embarrassment and a major hangover, and wow is she glad she’ll never see him again.

Until the show starts, and he’s on it too.

Julie quickly realizes she’s out of her league among the other designers, and Gavin Bennett, with his cocky grin and sexy accent, is her biggest competition. Julie can’t decide if she wants to kiss him or kill him. Or both.

After she’s almost kicked off, Julie convinces Gavin to pretend they’re sleeping together for the camera. The ploy works, but as they get closer to the show’s finale their fake relationship starts to become too real. But only one of them can win the show—and they might both end up heartbroken.


I’ve now officially read all the books in this series that are out yet – now I’m waiting for Carla’s story… when will that come out? I need it! In case you’re wondering, I absolutely love this series! Eheh. You can read the other reviews here:

#0.5 More Than Exes – Kyle & Alexis’s story
#1 More Than Music – Jared & Maddie’s story
#2 More Than Comics – Hector & Tara’s story
#4 More Than Once – Becca & Andy’s story

I love how each main character in these books feel so different, but so connected at the same time. This book is about Julie, and if you haven’t read the other books, she’s Maddie’s BFF (More Than Music) and she designed the gang’s costumes for Comic Con in More Than Comics, which lands her on the Behind the Seams reality show. Every books ends up being connected, but you can pick each one and still totally follow the story. Heck, I read them all out of order.

I had already liked Julie in the other 2 books, but here we finally get to really know her. Julie believes that she doesn’t want or need a relationship. She’s afraid to follow her dreams and disappoint her parents. Basically she’s scared shitless, while wearing a brave and cold facade. I really liked her character development in this story, though I could have slapped her a few times for the way she treated Gavin.

Now, Gavin… oh boy… what a man! I really liked that he’s the one who’s always pretty sure of what’s going on between them and that he’s not afraid to call her on on it. Also, he grows so much too. It’s kind of incredible how such a small book about a few week’s worth of a reality show, packs so much character growth within it. And people, they actually talk about stuff! They get man and they talk! No unnecessary drama there.

The show itself was fun, and I absolutely loved all the descriptions of the dresses and challenges, and the dynamic between each of the participants. The chemistry between Gavin and Julie is off the charts, still not on Becca and Andy’s level, but pretty damn close. And if you think you know how the show will end, you don’t. There’re a few good twists in there, much like More Than Music.

I loved it! I wish this series wouldn’t end, I need updates on all these couples because they’re beyond cute. And the geekiness? WOW! When they start discussing in which Hogwarts houses they would be in, … just WOW!

Bookish BFFs: Girls and Boys Can Be Just Friends!

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We’re fast approaching Valentine’s day, and I’ve pledged that this month I’ll only read Romances (and it’s going great so far – 3 down!). But a couple of days ago was Friends’ Day, did you know that? Yep. So it got me thinking about something I really love to read in books: strictly platonic boy-girl BFFs. Oh, don’t get me wrong, one of my favorite type of romance to read is BFFs turned something more, but I do love when a book shows that a girl and a boy can be friends and nothing more. Here are some of my favorites.


1. Juliette and Kenji – Shatter Me Trilogy 

I absolutely love Kenji and Juliette’s dynamic. They go to strangers to best friends in no time, because they connect really well together. And although Kenji throws some flirtation around – because it’s Kenji and he just can’t help it – there’s never a moment where it seems like their relation might go that way. Instead, they truly become BFFs, with Juliette using her BFF as a relationship advisor and all.

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2. Cinder and ThorneThe Lunar Chronicles

Their relationship warms my heart! I just love how much they fight and banter and everything, but at the end of the day, they trust each other completely and would do just about anything for one another.

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3. Harry and Hermione – Harry Potter

This is goals! Never while reading the 7 books, did I ever doubt that this was a strictly platonic friendship. NEVER! Harry and Hermione are BFFs and that’s it. Yes, I’m aware that a while back J.K. Rowling said that Hermione should have ended up with Harry, but I’m gonna forget she ever said that, because Hermione always belonged with Ron.

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4. Simon and Penny – Carry On

Oh, they are beyond perfect! I love their friendship. Early in the book, Simon explain how he and Penny are just friends and they never felt more than that, and how some people thought it was weird… yeah, see point nº 3!

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5. Maggie and Ben – The One Thing

Even though Ben is several years younger than Maggie, their friendship is beautiful and one of the many reasons you should read The One Thing by Marci Lyn Curtis. I wish I had a Ben in my life…


So, tell me. Do you like to read about awesome friendships between boys and girls that doesn’t lead anywhere else? What’s your favorite?

Let’s Talk About: NA Covers – The Good, the Bad and the Repetitive

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Hey people. Welcome to my second discussion post of the year :D. This time I decided to talk about something that I’ve been meaning to talk about for a little while. As you might already know, I judge books by their covers – I know I shouldn’t – and I mostly buy books that have beautiful covers because I’m a sucker for them. So my problem is this: the covers of my beloved New Adult books have issues. That is, they’re mostly terrible!

There’s a certain tendency in this genre to either have a couple in the cover, with various degrees of involvement, or to simply show off a half naked men. Well, both these things can be done really great, and I’m not really opposed to a little eye-candy in my covers, but more often than not the effect is not that great.


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As I said, not ALL NA covers suck. Some are pretty amazing, even with all the troupes in regards to romantic covers you can think of. For instance, the new Hub City series has absolutely gorgeous covers, that are completely different from those usually seen in this genre. Other series that has covers that I love, even though these ones are more typical of NA, is The Second Chances series.

                     

Other series that I’ve read most of, and that has pretty typical New Adult covers, but is done well, is the Chasing the Dream series. I think that what I love most about these covers is the fact that in each of them I can actually see the couple in the book – that is, these covers FIT!

Another example of NA covers that don’t follow the “tendency” are the Colleen Hoover’s books. These covers are all gorgeous. Right?


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When a book has a bad cover, people will judge it by it – come on, I’m sure I’m not the only one! When there’s a naked guy on the cover, or a somewhat “dirty” situation, you will probably assume that of the book as well, right? I’ll give you two covers of two of my favorites NA books, and these are pretty bad and laughable covers – albeit kind of HOT!

Now, I’ll tell you this, the cover for Down and Out has absolutely nothing to do with the book, except that the guy has tattoos, and that’s about it. Why is there a half naked man on the cover? No freaking idea!

And Wallbanger?! Oh my… that’s not even what happens! I swear I went into the book thinking that he liked to nail his conquests fully dressed in the entry hall or something… turns out it’s nothing like that AT ALL! (though walls are banged!)

I could fill this with really BAD covers, but I won’t! I’ll be nice! But did you look at those two and judged the books because of it?


nacovers_3Another huge problem with NA covers is the repetitive motifs, but worse than that is the repetitive use of the same stock images. Sometimes it is done smartly enough that you almost don’t notice that the image is exactly the same. But most often than not you notice, and unless you’ve read said book or it was highly recommended you, you might as well mix up those damn covers that look exactly alike. Want some examples? (here I’ll also use YA books)

              

                                

            

            

               

                   

                

     

Sometimes it’s the same couple but with different poses… yeah… most are not good either…

  

Some of the covers above are quite good and cute, but when they all start to blur and look the same, are they really doing their job to grab our attention? My guess is no…


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I’ll be totally honest here, I would read most of these books above, some I have already, but very few I would like to own a physical cover of. New Adult covers need to stop following the same pattern. They need to be unique. I want to look at a cover and be able to identify it right away, like I can with the Colleen Hoover books, or the new Mercy Brown series. Those are good covers!

Again, I don’t mind a few naked men on the covers of my books, but do it when it makes sense. Do it tastefully. Sex sells, sure, but I guarantee you that some covers dissuade reader to buy the book instead if encouraging it.

So, what do you guys think? What do you like to see on NA covers? Does the incessant repetition of cover cloning bother you? Do you think twice before buying a book with a bad cover?

Getting Him Back (K.A. Mitchell)

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Ethan may have followed his high school sweetheart to college only to get dumped his first day there, but he’s not going to let that stop him from exploring all his new life has to offer. Sex-only hookups, his photography, new friends and a campus-wide game of zombies vs humans all help keep his mind off his broken heart and move him toward building a new, better life without his ex.

And then there’s Wyatt. Mysterious, grouchy — hot. And possibly not gay. But Ethan’s not going to let that stand in the way of figuring out what makes Wyatt tick. New college goal? Get Wyatt into bed and into Ethan’s life. 

Step one: arrange a “tutoring” date. Step two: “accidentally” bump into Wyatt as often as possible. Step three: explore the sexy body under that ever-present hoodie. And when their friendship deepens into something neither of them expect, convince Wyatt he’s not just a pity fling or a one-time hookup, but that Ethan is in it for the long haul.


I was super excited to read this book. It was my first request of a New Adult Romance about a gay couple, and I really enjoyed it. I did have some problems with it though.

The writing was something that took me a couple of chapters to get really into, mainly because Ethan has a dirty and dirty mouth – and ever dirtier mind. Now, I have a dirty mind of my own, and I have no problem with dirty language, but this boy was a bit sex crazed. eheh

This book is fast. I mean FAST! Actually, to be honest, it felt more like a novella than an actual novel. I think the small size of this book – 133 pages – worked against this story. I don’t like when my romances drag, but the amount of time that took Ethan to move on from Blake and into Wyatt was too fast… I mean, they had seen each other 3 times and they were already making out on the stairs. I would have liked to see a deeper bond between the boys before this book came to an end, instead they go from strangers, to hot and heavy way too fast, and into a relationship even faster. I felt that a lot of conversations and moments should have been included to make their relationship flow a bit better.

As much as I liked the characters and understood why they acted like they did, I also felt that the small size of the novel didn’t allow for much character development. We see some in Wyatt and Ethan, but not enough on my opinion.

The secondary characters were unfortunately underused and underdeveloped too. :(

Still, I do praise the diversity, a lot. Not only does it feature a LGBT couple, but Wyatt actually has a genetic syndrome as well, which is something that I never saw portrayed in any book, much less a NA romance. So I do see all the potential that this series has moving forward, and I do hope that book 2 gives us more development to Ethan, Wyatt and their friends, as well as a deeper relationship.