Tiny Pleasures #15

Hey guys!

Once again I’m here to share some of my good moments from the last few weeks, ok?! The Weekly Small Pleasures is a weekly feature created by A New Life Wandering, and the goal is to show you some cool stuff that happened in the last week or so. So, here it is…


1. Nepalese food and fun

A friend from work decided to set a dinner for a few of us, and we had an amazing dinner at a nepalese restaurant near the office, and I loved it. SO GOOD!

2. Everything, Everything with Cátia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much

The movie opened, we thought it was a good time to go and watch it together, so we could comment on all the things the movie did and did not get right.

3. Beach time

I was able to go to the beach twice in the last couple of weeks, which was a nice reprieve from the deadly heat that could be felt in Lisbon.

4. Popcorn!

I already said I went to the movies with Cátia, where we ate a huge bucket of popcorn each, but then I ended up going to the cinema again with my mom, and guess what… MORE POPCORN!

5. Another hair color: burgundy

It was time to try a more pinkish color, and I love it. I also tried another brand this time, and while I really liked the texture and feel of the paint, it didn’t last nearly as much time as it should.

6. 33rd Birthday!

Yeah, it was my birthday! 😀 33 years, and I heard that phrase a lot more than I should have.

7. Rooftop Bars

This week I went to a couple of rooftop bars in Lisbon, with my mom and friend, and we really liked it, gorgeous views of the city and the river.

8. “Santos Populares”

We have our popular parties in Portugal during the month of June, and I went to one yesterday to see my niece’s parade. It was fun, and the food was amazing, better sardines of the year 😀 .


That’s what I’ve been up to lately, what about you?
Any small pleasures?

Bad Penny (Staci Hart)

Nothing good comes after the third date. 

Date three is the crucial point when things get real, which is exactly why I bounce out the door, twiddling my fingers at whatever poor boy I’ve left behind. Because if I stick around, one of three things will happen: he’ll profess his undying love, he’ll get weird and stalky, or I’ll go crazy. Like, Sid and Nancy crazy. Like, chase-him-through-the-streets-begging-him-to-love-me crazy. 

Seriously, it’s better for everyone this way. 

So when I meet Bodie, I figure it’ll be the same as it ever was. It doesn’t matter that he doesn’t put a single string on me. Doesn’t matter that he’s funny and smart and jacked or that he can play my body like a grand piano. Because even though I’m built for love, love has only carved me up like a Christmas ham. 

Resistance is something I can only hang on to for so long, and he has persistence in spades. But my heart isn’t as safe as I want to believe, and neither is his. And the second I ignore my cardinal rule is the second I stand to lose him forever.


This book is brilliant! No other way to put it: BRILLIANT!

This was my third book by Staci Hart, but definitly my favorite. I loved the writing, and different voices of the two man characters, the humour and sexyness. Staci Hart did an amazing job with this one, and I just want everyone to read it 😀 .

Penny is one of my favorite female characters ever. I loved how she gave zero fucks. She was unapologetic about who she was, she was loud and crazy and AMAZING. And she had purple hair!!! I understood her issues, even if I just wanted to club her in the head and scream at her to stop being afraid… but I got it, and so did Bodie. I loved how much Bodie respected Penny, how he gave her space and time, even when he was sure about his own feelings. But I also loved that he was honest about how he felt and what he could deal with.

And people… Bodie and Penny were all kinds of hot together. I think this was probably one of the sexiest books I’ve read, and I’ve read erotica. Their chemistry was off the charts, and they complemented each other amazingly well.

There was a lot of character growth on this book, especially Penny, and I thought it was super well done. The plot was amazing, and the book was paced amazingly well too.

If I could have one more thing, I would wish for more time with Penny and Bodie together, just being together and talking, they were just that great. I also loved all the secondary characters, and I’m pretty sure there will be a book about Bodie’s twin and Penny’s BFF and I’m all for it.

So guys, go read this book. It’s all kinds of amazing!


The Two-Night One-Night Wedding (Ryan Ringbloom)

A girl. A guy. And a wedding.

Matthew Daniels and Holly Martin had a one-night stand, twice, and love prevailed. Once Matthew proposes, the hard part is over. The rest is a piece of wedding cake. There’s nothing to stress over now.

However, budgets, a bitter best friend, enormous amounts of family time, and an unexpected change of address may say otherwise.

Thank God for Fireball.

Matthew is super weird and accident prone; add extreme to that mix and you’ve got Holly. These two over the top, adorkable weirdos are destined for each other, a perfect match.

But does everyone see it that way?

The true test to knowing whether you’re ready to take the plunge is surviving the engagement.

Will Holly and Matthew survive? Or will awkward cold feet have them running in opposite directions?


A few months ago I read The Two-Night One-Night Stand, and I really enjoyed it, so I was excited to read this one. Unfortunately, a lot of things that worked for me on the first book, didn’t quite steal my heart on this one. The reason I ended up rating this book so low, was because my main issue with it was the plot.

I also found the writing slightly inferior to the first book, it was still funny and the author managed to write some funny situations, but some of them were just way too cliché, or run down jokes, and it just felt a little flat for me.

Matthew and Holly were still super funny, but I was disheartened to see such a huge lack of communication between them, and I honestly didn’t quite feel that much chemistry between them. And I wanted to kill all secondary characters at some point or another in the book, because they were all meddling way too much. But what really annoyed me, was how Holly and Matthew just let them o ahead and meddle in their lives…

Now, about the plot… and the wedding… and the characters… first of all, I hated the lack of consistency surrounding Holly and the wedding. A girl that is willing to pump up her guest list just so she can book a venue she really can’t afford, annoys me to no end. I’m glad that didn’t happen, but still, it crossed her mind. I was a bit annoyed by the 8 or 80 thing going on surrounding the wedding, and the doubt on everyone’s minds about the wedding plans.

Overall, the book just didn’t do it for me. I didn’t hate it, but I felt it was a bit unnecessary. Some things could have been cut from this novel, and it would have been more enjoyable for me.

Either way, I still very much recommend book 1, which was hilarious, but maybe you can go ahead and skip this one…

Book Traveling Thursdays: A Book I’ll Read This Summer

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Hello, welcome back to another Book Traveling 168709Thursdays, which a weekly meme created by Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @Danielle’s Book Blog. The goal is to share the covers of a book related to that week’s theme, which you can see at the Goodreads group, indicating the original cover, the one of your country, your favorite and least favorite.

This week’s theme is “Summer is here! Choose a book you want to read this Summer“. For this week I’m using None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio, which I’ve been meaning to read for awhile, but I need to do it soon, because I have a review copy on my kindle.


Original & only COver:

I actually love this cover, but I’m so surprised that it’s the only one out there… I wonder why that is.

Cover Reveal: Dear Bridget, I Want You by Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland

We are excited to bring you the next cover from New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Authors Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland.

DEAR BRIDGET, I WANT YOU is the next standalone Contemporary Romance Novel from this sensational duo releasing on September 18, 2017!

Model: Philip Van den Hoogenband – Chadwick Models Melbourne
Photographer: Brian Jamie
Cover designer: Letitia Hasser, RBA Designs


Blurb:

Dear Bridget,

I’m writing this letter because it’s highly doubtful I’ll ever garner the courage to say this to your face.

So, here goes.

We’re totally wrong for each other. You’re the proper single mum with a good head on your shoulders. I’m just the carefree British doctor passing through town and temporarily living in your converted garage until I head back to England.

But here’s the thing… for some bloody reason, I can’t stop thinking about you in very inappropriate ways.

I want you.

The only reason I’m even admitting all of this to you right now is because I don’t believe it’s one-sided. I notice your eyes when you look at me, too. And as crass as I appear when we’re joking around about sex, my attraction to you is not a joke.

So, what’s the purpose of this note? I guess it’s a reminder that we’re adults, that sex is healthy and natural, and that you can find me just through the door past the kitchen. More specifically, it’s to let you know that I’m leaving said door cracked open from now on in case you’d like to visit me in the middle of the night sometime.

No questions asked.

Think about it.

Or don’t.

Whatever you choose.

It’s doubtful I’ll even end up sliding this letter under your door anyway.

–Simon

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About the Authors:

Penelope Ward

Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author of thirteen novels. With over a million books sold, her titles have placed on the New York Times Bestseller list fifteen times. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 12-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 10-year-old boy. Penelope, her husband, and kids reside in Rhode Island.

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Vi Keeland

Author photoVi Keeland is a #1 New York Times Bestselling author. With more than a million books sold, her titles have appeared in over fifty Bestseller lists and are currently translated in twelve languages. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

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WWW Wednesday: June 21st 2017

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @Taking On A World Of Words, where you have to answer these questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


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I’m reading The Two-Night One-Night Wedding by Ryan Ringbloom, still, and I want to finish it very soon.


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This week I finished Lessons in Losing It by Jessica Peterson, Stay by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy and Bad Penny by Staci Hart.


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Next I’m reading Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley, for sure this time, and Paper Hearts by Ali Novak.

Stay (Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy)

Can you fall in love with someone you’ve never even met?

Hailey Taylor Emery has a hunch that her favorite client at Fetch — an anonymous virtual assistant service — is actually hockey star Matt Eriksson.

Although it’s against the rules for her to check his file, she’s 95% sure she spends at least part of each day texting with her lifelong crush and catering to his every need. Still nursing a wounded heart thanks to her recent breakup, Hailey is perfectly content with some harmless online flirting…until she has to meet her client. Face to face. Cue: utter panic.

Matt Eriksson is no stranger to heartbreak. He’s still not over the destruction of his marriage, and it sucks to be the only guy on the team who knows the truth–that hockey and long-term relationships are a toxic mix. He barely sees his kids, and dealing with his ex makes him feel insane. The only person in his life who seems to understand is someone who won’t show her pretty face.

But it’s nothing that a pair of fourth row hockey seats can’t fix. Hailey can’t resist the offer. Matt can’t resist Hailey. Good thing he doesn’t have to. Fire up the kiss cam!

Warning: Contains rabid hockey fans, misunderstood dick pics, hockey players at the opera and exploding ovaries.


I read this book as a buddy read with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too, go to her blog soon to read her review of this book.

Guys, Sarina and Elle have done it again! This was yet another amazing book from this duo, they can do no wrong in my eyes, eheh. So, needless to say, but I’m gonna say it anyway, that the writing is absolutely fantastic again. I loved the dual POV and how different the voices were. Super awesome.

Then I absolutely loved the characters too. It’s not everyday that we get a book about 2 divorcees, so I loved that about this book, that both Matt and Hailey had had a lasting and loving relationships before they met, and that the book showed two completely different types of divorces. I loved Matt’s fierceness, and determination, and I loved Hailey’s self assurance, even in those silly moments when she lost all capacity of speech, lol. Also, she’s the most awesome hockey fan ever!

These 2 were so amazing and cute together. And HOT! I loved their connection, and how well they came to know each other, and how the relationship developed slowly but surely. And I really liked how supportive they were of each other. The romance was great, and so swoon worthy, and this just made me so happy.

Seeing the WAGs again was great, I just needed a little bit more of Wesmie, and maybe even more of Blake, because there can never be too much Blake. And the plot was perfect, I was a bit scared that it would maybe have a little bit too much drama, because of the exes and so on, but nope, super light on the drama front, and the conflict was understandable and easily resolved. WELL DONE!

So, guys, go read this series. NOW!