Pipe Dreams (Sarina Bowen)

A goalie has to trust his instincts, even when taking a shot to the heart…

Mike Beacon is a champion at defending the net, but off the ice, he’s not so lucky. A widower and a single father, he’s never forgotten Lauren Williams, the ex who gave him the best year of his life. When Lauren reappears in the Bruisers office during the playoffs, Beacon sees his chance to make things right.

Lauren hates that she’s forced to travel with the team she used to work for and the man who broke her heart. There’s still undeniable sexual tension running between her and Mike, but she won’t go down that road again. She’s focused on her plans for the future — she doesn’t need a man to make her dreams of motherhood come true.

Lauren plays her best defensive game, but she’s no match for the dark-eyed goalie. When the field of play moves to Florida, things heat up on the beach.

One of Mike’s biggest fans doesn’t approve — his teenage daughter. But a true competitor knows not to waste the perfect shot at love.


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

It shouldn’t come as news by now that Sarina Bowen is one of my favorite authors. I’ve read most of her work, and I always love her books. This series and this book is no exception. I loved Rookie Move and I really liked Hard Hitter, so obviously Pipe Dreams also stole my heart.

I’m a sucker for second chance romances… and also single dads, so this book had a pretty great premise for me. Once again I really enjoyed the writing. Third person is still not my favorite style, but Sarina does it well.

I really liked the characters. Lauren was fierce and independent and Mike was loyal and amazing. Together they were fantastic, and my only wish is that they had talked about the past before they actually did. I understood Lauren’s heartbreak, what Mike did in the past was shitty, but it was also understandable, and I never felt like he truly lied to her or anything like that.

Elsa, Mike’s teen daughter, was an acquired taste. I understood her feelings and issues completely though, and I LOVED that Mike didn’t give up his pursuit of Lauren because Elsa didn’t approve of it. I LOVED THAT! Though I still think that some more talking would have been the way to go there…

Overall, I really liked the characters and the romance, and I liked the plot a lot. For a little while there I was a bit worried by the way it was going, but it ended up being really cool, so everything was awesome 😉 .

I have to say, Sarina, I NEED A BOOK OR A NOVELLA ABOUT NATE AND BECCA! Come on… so many tidbits, but I want and need the real thing… pretty please?!

So, guys, have you been reading the Brooklyn Bruisers series by Sarina Bowen? If yes, don’t forget to pick Pipe Dreams up, because it’s awesome. If no, what are you waiting for????

The Hot Guy (Mel Campbell & Anthony Morris)

Adam, a serious cinema nerd, has no idea that he is the Hot Guy – a man so ridiculously attractive there’s a Facebook group dedicated to seducing him.

Cate, a sports publicist who loves to crack a joke, is feeling down about her newly single status when her friends suggest the perfect pick-me-up: a night with the Hot Guy.

But that one night leaves both Cate and Adam wanting…

Is a genuine connection possible with a guy this phenomenally smokin’?

Written by film critic duo Mel Campbell and Anthony Morris, and packed with movie-related humour, The Hot Guy is a funny, warm, savvy romcom, with characters you won’t want to kick out of bed.


Guys… I’m not even sure what to say about this book. I requested The Hot Guy because the cover is amazing, and because the blurb sounded outrageous and fun. I wanted to laugh.

So, it was outrageous alright, but in a very bad way.

First of all, the comedy is nonsense. It’s hurtful. Not funny at all. Honestly, I don’t get how this is funny to some people. I mean, this is a joke:

“He’s hotter than a thousand Hiroshimas on a sunny day.”

Is it just me who doesn’t see it even appropriate?

Then the characters are terrible? Maybe that’s a strong word, because I didn’t feel like I got to know Cate and Adam at all. What I knew about them? They both disliked SPORT and had horrible friends. If you’re wondering which kind of “sport” they hate, good luck, because that’s how any sport is mentioned in the book.

About those horrible friends, this is actually something one of her friends says to her:

“‘You had sex the next day … after you had sex the night before?’ Vanessa was tapping her fingernails on the formica tabletop. ‘But when did you get time to fix your makeup? And do your hair? Did you stay indoors in the dark?’”

“‘It’s not like anyone’s going to be looking at you with him around.'”

I don’t know what else to say, the whole concept of the book is ridiculous. Adam is apparently a super hot guy who doesn’t know the effect he has on women. He’s also completely clueless and dumb, because he keeps sleeping with a different woman every week and doesn’t even realize that something might be fishy.

Not wanting to spoil anything for everyone, but the last drop for me was when Cate was actually kidnapped for the women on the waiting list on the facebook group dedicated to “the hot guy”. Yep, they kidnap her, and some are crazy enough and actually threaten to kill her? What is that?!

I can’t even!

Guys, have you read this book? Are you thinking of reading it? Talk to me, because I just couldn’t get through it. 

Book Traveling Thursdays: A Favorite Contemporary

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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 “Because in Spring time we tend to read more contemporary… Choose your favorite contemporary read”. I’m choosing a book I finished just yesterday and was so so cute! The Distance Between Us by Kasie West.


Original COver:

I always find Kasie West’s cover pretty cute, and I love this one, though I don’t think it really represents Caymen and Xander.

COVER FROM MY COUNTRY (PORTUGAL) & COVER FROM THE COUNTRY I LIVE IN (SPAIN):

No portuguese cover, but in Spain they kept the original cover, which is cool.

FAVORITE COVER(s):

                                               

I think the Indonesian cover is pretty cool. And of course, I really like the original cover too.

LEAST FAVORITE COVER(S):

                

My least favorite covers are: German, Russian and Indonesian.

WWW Wednesday: April 26th 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 still reading Daisy and the Front Man by Rebekah L. Purdy, to be honest, I haven’t picked up the book in 2 weeks. Then I started Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo and I’m really liking it so far. And I’m almost done with Touch of Fondness by Joy Penny, which I’m glad, because this book is just not good at all.


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This week I finished Joy Ride by Lauren Blakely, Pipe Dreams by Sarina Bowen. Then I had to DNF The Hot Guy by Mel Campbell & Anthony Morris because this book was just horrible. I managed 25% of it, but I literally couldn’t keep going. And to finish of the week, I ended The Distance Between Us by Kasie West today, and I loved it!


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After I’ll probably read Noteworthy by Riley Redgate and Girl out of Water by Laura Silverman.

Top 5 Wednesday: Authors I Want to Read More From

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Welcome back to Top 5 Wednesday! This meme was created by gingerreadslainey and is hosted by Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes and you can check out the  Goodreads group here. This week’s theme is Authors You Want to Read More From.

Talk about some authors that you’ve only read one or a few books from, and you NEED to read more!  


Krista & Becca RitchieLinda KageMia Sheridan |
Maggie StiefvaterJ.J. McAvoy

Top Ten Tuesday: Hmmm… Yeah… NO!

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Hello, welcome back to another Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is:

Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book (topic originally done back in 2013) — tell us all your book turn offs!

Oh boy…


1. Iffy blurb

I think we’ve all been through this, right? A bad or dubious blurb is a sure way to turn me off a book. I might rethink it if someone I trust truly likes it though.

2. Horror or Thriller

I’m just not a fan of the genre… I might read something and like it, but it will be highly unlikely.

3. Middle Grade

Again, nothing against it, but at this point in my life, I just don’t connect to it.

4. Love shapes

Look, I’m not saying never, but if the blurb states it as the central thing in a book, no thank you.

5. Blatant DISCRIMINATION 

Again, if the blurb of the book makes this clear, NO!

6. Instalove

Instalove is tricky, because I do like it sometimes, but not when the whole book centers on it.

7. Vampires, Zombies, WEREWOLVES, Aliens, etc

It’s usually not really my thing.

8. Self-Help

Look, I’m not bashing it or anything, but they’re totally not my thing, and I never felt the slightest urge to reach for them.

9. Poetry

I’m not saying never. But will I give them a second look at the bookstore? Yeah… noooo…

10. Bad writing

If I haven’t liked an author’s writing style, it’s very unlikely that I’ll reach for another book from that same author…