Musical Mondays: Wait for it by Leslie Odom Jr. (Hamilton Original Broadway Cast)

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I’m still riding the Hamilton train… not sorry at all…😀

This one is for Kat @Life and Other Disasters, because she loves it (and Burr  :P ).

Theodosia writes me a letter everyday
I’m keeping the bed warm while her husband is away
He’s on the British side in Georgia
He’s trying to keep the colonies in line
But he can keep all of Georgia
Theodosia, she’s mine

Love doesn’t discriminate
Between the sinners
And the saints
It takes and it takes and it takes
And we keep loving anyway
We laugh and we cry
And we break
And we make our mistakes
And if there’s a reason I’m by her side
When so many have tried
Then I’m willing to wait for it
I’m willing to wait for it

My grandfather was a fire and brimstone preacher

But there are things that the homilies and hymns won’t teach ya

My mother was a genius

My father commanded respect

When they died they left no instructions
Just a legacy to protect

Death doesn’t discriminate
Between the sinners
And the saints
It takes and it takes and it takes
And we keep living anyway
We rise and we fall
And we break
And we make our mistakes
And if there’s a reason I’m still alive
When everyone who loves me has died
I’m willing to wait for it
I’m willing to wait for it

Wait for it
Wait for it
Wait for it

I am the one thing in life I can control

Wait for it
Wait for it
Wait for it
Wait for it

I am inimitable
I am an original

Wait for it
Wait for it
Wait for it
Wait for it

I’m not falling behind or running late

Wait for it
Wait for it
Wait for it
Wait for it

I’m not standing still
I am lying in wait

Wait
Wait
Wait

Hamilton faces an endless uphill climb

Climb
Climb
Climb

He has something to prove
He has nothing to lose

Lose
Lose
Lose
Lose

Hamilton’s pace is relentless
He wastes no time

Time
Time
Time

What is it like in his shoes?

Hamilton doesn’t hesitate
He exhibits no restraint
He takes and he takes and he takes
And he keeps winning anyway
He changes the game
He plays and he raises the stakes
And if there’s a reason
He seems to thrive when so few survive, then Goddamnit

I’m willing to wait for it

I’m willing to wait for it

Life doesn’t discriminate
Between the sinners and the saints
It takes and it takes and it takes

We rise and we fall
He play and he raises the stakes

And if there’s a reason I’m still alive
When so many have died
Then I’m willin’ to

Wait for it
Wait for it
Wait for it
Wait for it
Wait for it
Wait for it
Wait for it
Wait for it
Wait for it
Wait for it
Wait for it
Wait

Aimee and the Heartthrob (Ophelia London)

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He never noticed her before, but now she’s all he can see…

Miles Carlisle is every teen girl’s fantasy. His rugged good looks and exotic British accent have helped catapult his boy band, Seconds to Juliet, to super-stardom. But after two disastrous and very public breakups, Miles isn’t interested in dating just any girl; he wants The One. And the only girl he’s interested in is not only his best friend’s little sister – and off-limits – but won’t even give him the time of day…

As a kid, Aimee Bingham had a huge thing for Miles…until he made fun of her for always tagging along. Now that she’s outgrown both him and her pigtails, the prospect of spending two weeks on tour with the childhood crush who broke her heart isn’t exactly enticing. Except now Miles seems interested. Very interested. And no matter how hard Aimee tries to resist him, her crush is definitely making a comeback. But everyone knows that falling for a heartthrob is a backstage pass to heartbreak…


I read this book as a buddy read with  Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too, so go check out her blog in the next few days to read her review of this book.

I’ve been wanting to read this series for a little while now, so when the whole series showed up on Netgalley, I requested it, obviously, and so me and Cátia started our way through the Backstage Pass series with the first book, Aimee and the Heartthrob.

I don’t really know how to describe this book with any other word than “meh… I usually love Entangled Crush books, but this one read way too young, if you get my drift. The writing was ok, and the pacing flowed well and the story is told in dual POV, in the third person. But it didn’t exactly stand out, to be honest.

The characters felt so much younger than they were supposed to be, and, as Cátia so well put it, this story would would way better if the characters were aged up a bit, because some situations (especially in Miles’ past), were not very credible to happen to a 15 yo boy. Aimee was also kind of annoying at times, and honestly, the whole fanfic thing she had done when she was 14?! Weird as hell… I mean, I guess I would be ok with that if she didn’t know the guy from before, but she did know him in real life, and I really thought that blog was kind of creepy… sorry!

The plot was extremely predictable and cliché… I was kind of hoping for something a little more out there =/. The couple did have a few cute moments, but the constant lies and hiding their feelings, didn’t quite work for me.

Overall it wasn’t the strongest beginning for a series, let’s hope that the books get better as we go.

Stuck-Up Suit (Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward)

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It started out like any other morning on the train.

Until I became mesmerized by the guy sitting across the aisle.

He was barking at someone on his phone like he ruled the world.

Who did the stuck-up suit think he was…God?

Actually, he looked like a God. That was about it.

When his stop came, he got up suddenly and left. So suddenly, he dropped his phone on the way out.

I might have picked it up.

I might have gone through all of his photos and called some of the numbers.

I might have held onto the mystery man’s phone for days — until I finally conjured up the courage to return it.

When I traipsed my ass across town to his fancy company, he refused to see me.

So, I left the phone on the empty desk outside the arrogant jerk’s office.

I might have also left behind a dirty picture on it first though. 

I didn’t expect him to text back.

I didn’t expect our exchanges to be hot as hell.

I didn’t expect to fall for him — all before we even met.

The two of us couldn’t have been any more different. 

Yet, you know what they say about opposites.

When we finally came face to face, we found out opposites sometimes do more than attract—we consumed each other.

Nothing could have prepared me for the ride he took me on.  And I certainly wasn’t prepared for where I’d wind up when the ride was over.

All good things must come to an end, right?

Except our ending was one I didn’t see coming.


OMG! I never knew that listening to romance audiobooks could be so entertaining, and dirty! Eheh…

I have to say, I loved the female narrator for this book, she’s got so much spunk, it was amazing to listen to her. The guy however, was weird… he has a husky, slightly sexy voice, that it’s very ok while he’s narrating, but when he does dialogue, is super weird, because his sentences seem to hang in the air.

I absolutely loved the writing style on this one, it was fun, sexy, fast paced. I really really enjoyed it. But more than anything, I loved the characters! I found Soraya and Graham amazing, delightful and so unique characters.

Soraya kicks ass! I love her to death. I mean, this chick changes hair tips’ colours according to her moods! She doesn’t take any shit, and she’s 100% true to herself. Always! She’s beyond great. And Graham isn’t really behind… yeah, he’s an ass-hole a lot of the time, but he does have a reason, and he knows he’s not nice, lol, but he is mostly fair, and he puts the women in his life above everything else.

The romance was great too, yeah, it starts with an attraction, but it grows because they have both found their match, and they don’t beat around the bush. And when Soraya is scared and with a foot out, Graham fights for her, always.

The angst and the problems in this book were amazingly done… I can’t say what causes it, because SPOILERS, but it’s a big deal, and has a huge impact in the book, and it made me love Graham a lot (A LOT) more.

Overall, I loved this book, it’s an amazing romance, sweet and sexy too. If you love romance, especially with a rich bastard with a heart of gold, give this one a chance.

Wasted Words (Staci Hart)

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Some universal truths refuse to be ignored.

Peanut butter and jelly are a match made in heaven. Spaghetti and meatballs are best friends forever. And guys like Tyler Knight don’t go for girls like Cam Emerson.

She knew from the second she met him that he didn’t belong on her bookshelf, the six-foot-six ex-tight end with a face so all-American, it could have sold apple pie. So she shelved him next to the supermodels and rock stars and took her place on her own shelf — the one with the flannel-clad, pasty-faced comic book nerds. Most of her boyfriends have existed between the pages of books, but rather than worrying over her own lacking love life, she puts all her energy into playing Cupid, using her job at the book bar, Wasted Words, as her stomping ground.

Tyler Knight always looks on the bright side. His career-ending injury turned into a job as a sports agent. A horrible breakup led him to Cam, his quirky, smart roommate who is far more beautiful than she realizes. She’s made it perfectly clear she’s not interested in him — not like that at least — but if she ever changes her mind, he won’t hesitate. Because he doesn’t see the lines she’s drawn between them, as much as she insists that they’re there. Deep down he knows that despite their differences, they’re a match well made.

*A romantic comedy inspired by Jane Austen’s Emma*


I’ve had this book on my Amazon wishlist for awhile now, I don’t even know whose review I read that made me add it, but yeah, it was there, and I was searching audiobooks on Audible, and I listened to the sample for this one, and I was sold. Romance audiobooks depend A LOT on the narrators, because they can totally make or break a book.

In this case, the audiobook worked well for me. First of all, I have to say that I really enjoyed Staci Hart’s writing style, it was fun and witty, and I like that a lot! This made me laugh, so bonus points. In terms of the narration, I was torn, because while I LOVED the girl who narrated the part of Cam, the guy narrating Tyler’s chapters was a bit more iffy… I loved his voice, but he so monotone and so slow… I think this was a bit done on purpose, because while Cam is a tiny ball of energy, Tyler is supposed to be more calm and collected and sure of himself. Still, his part had a lack of emotion, and it made it a tiny bit harder to connect with his character.

Now… Do you like Emma from Jane Austen? I know a lot of people have issues with that story and the character of Emma, and if you do, this probably isn’t the book for you. Cam IS Emma! A bubbly and modern version of her, but her nonetheless. Which means, that she tries to fix everyone up and thinks she’s always right, ALWAYS!!! That’s not her main issue though. Cam is a great character, but she’s scared and insecure and she has a lot of trust issues, because she doesn’t see herself as worthy, and that’s what causes all of the problems in the book.

Tyler is a great guy, he’s nice and sweet, a great friend and a great person all around. It’s clear from the start that he feels way deeper for Cam than she might think, and unlike her, he doesn’t think they could never work. I liked him.

It was a big exhausting to see Cam go back and doubt their relationship so many times. I think Tyler’s patience was off the charts, but I wasn’t a fan of the big conflict. At one point I really wanted to slap that girl, because come on… I do get her doubts, but Tyler wasn’t someone she had just met, they had been friends for a year, were super close, and they trusted each other completely, so why was it so hard for her to realize that he really really liked her? Insecurity is a bitch!

This is ultimately a sweet romance, though a bit predictable and sometimes annoying. I had a great time listening to it, and the ending might have left me with a tear in the corner of my eye. Still, I do think this story is not for everyone, given that Cam is not the most likable heroine. But if you like a meddlesome and insecure girl in a book, and if you like Jane Austen’s Emma, go for this one.