September Book Haul


My book haul this month was tiny, but here it is. 🙂



Because I Love You (Tori Rigby)


Eight weeks after sixteen-year-old Andie Hamilton gives her virginity to her best friend, “the stick” says she’s pregnant.

Her friends treat her like she’s carrying the plague, her classmates torture and ridicule her, and the boy she thought loved her doesn’t even care. Afraid to experience the next seven months alone, she turns to her ex-boyfriend, Neil Donaghue, a dark-haired, blue-eyed player. With him, she finds comfort and the support she desperately needs to make the hardest decision of her life: whether or not to keep the baby.

Then a tragic accident leads Andie to discover Neil’s keeping a secret that could dramatically alter their lives, and she’s forced to make a choice. But after hearing her son’s heartbeat for the first time, she doesn’t know how she’ll ever be able to let go.

HEY!!! I read this book as a buddy read with  Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much and Kat @Life and Other Disasters. You can check out  Kat’s review of this book here, while go to Cátia’s blog on the next few days to read her thoughts on it.

Every once in awhile, I read a contemporary that really sticks with me and surprises me in the most amazing way. This was one of those books. I have to admit that I was a little reticent at first, because I thought that moral values and church would have a more prominent role in the storyline that they ended up having, and that was a damn good thing. This book also ended up being about a lot more than a teen pregnancy and what should she do about the baby. The book emcompasses her intire journey, with everything in her live coming into play. It deals with adoption, teen pregnancy, how to have a relationship in the condition, the role of friends and family. The most important thing is that blood does not mean family, and that is showcased several times during this book. In a way, this book reminded me a bit of Anything You Want, but the characters are utterly different.

The book is told from Andie’s POV, and it’s narrated almost like a movie voice over at times… I liked it! I will definitly want to check more books by Tori Rigby, because I really enjoyed the style of writing. The pacing was also very well balanced. It’s kind of natural for books about pregnancy to focus a lot on the first half of it and skim the second half, but Because I Love You maintained a very good balance.

The characters are a bit tricky… with that said, I really liked Andie, even though she sometimes was a crybaby and all, but hey, she’s 16 and carrying a baby, so she has every right to cry as much as she likes. She grows a lot during the book, and learns to trust the right people and her own emotions. You know from the blurb that Andie’s two best friends will abandon her as soon as she finds out she’s pregnant, but not only do they do that, but they also turn against her, and one of them is the baby’s dad… that got me super mad! But she does find two amazing people who more than make up for her sorry excuse of friends. Neil and Jill become her support system, with Neil becoming way more than that. And Jill is just awesome!

I loved the romance between Neil and Andie, it was perfect! Neil is an amazing guy, and the more he lets Andie into his life and heart, the more we get to see how perfect he is for her. He deals with her pregnancy like a true friend ought to. He’s supportive and he loves her unconditionally. I loved how patient she was with her, and how he always gave her time and space to decide things for herself, while still being there to support her.

Some people really surprised me in a good way in this book, and I was shocked by some twists and turns that Because I Love You took. I DID NOT SEE IT COMING!

This book turned out to be an emotional ride, and it got me laughing and crying and screaming at my phone, while loving every second of it. While some things could be predicted, I liked how they were handled, and that not everything was a huge deal. I loved how the end of the book is not their end, if that makes any sense. Well done!

WWW Wednesday: September 28th 2016


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?


I’m having a fun week! I started reading The Year We Hid Away (The Ivy Years #2) by Sarina Bowen, which I’m loving it.



This week I read Second Chances by Mónica B. Wagner, which wasn’t as great as it could have been, and Because I Love You by Tori Rigby, which I LOVED! Finally, I just finished listening to Cocky Roomie (Cocker Brothers of Atlanta #1) by Faleena Hopkins, which I bought free and then added the audio by accident, and then I listened to it and laughed like hell. 😀



Next I’ll read When In Rome…Find Yourself by Lena Mae Hill, The Movie Version by Emma Wunsch and The Goal (Off-Campus #4) by Elle Kennedy.

Musical Mondays: Somebody That I Used To Knowby Gotye feat. Kimbra


Today I’m bringing you a song I love, even though it has been around for a few years. Enjoy!

Now and then I think of when we were together
Like when you said you felt so happy you could die
Told myself that you were right for me
But felt so lonely in your company
But that was love and it’s an ache I still remember

You can get addicted to a certain kind of sadness
Like resignation to the end, always the end
So when we found that we could not make sense
Well you said that we would still be friends
But I’ll admit that I was glad that it was over

But you didn’t have to cut me off
Make out like it never happened and that we were nothing
And I don’t even need your love
But you treat me like a stranger and that feels so rough
No you didn’t have to stoop so low
Have your friends collect your records and then change your number
I guess that I don’t need that though
Now you’re just somebody that I used to know

Now you’re just somebody that I used to know
Now you’re just somebody that I used to know

Now and then I think of all the times you screwed me over
But had me believing it was always something that I’d done
But I don’t wanna live that way
Reading into every word you say
You said that you could let it go
And I wouldn’t catch you hung up on somebody that you used to know

But you didn’t have to cut me off
Make out like it never happened and that we were nothing
And I don’t even need your love
But you treat me like a stranger and that feels so rough
No you didn’t have to stoop so low
Have your friends collect your records and then change your number
I guess that I don’t need that though
Now you’re just somebody that I used to know

(I used to know)
(Now you’re just somebody that I used to know)

(I used to know)
(That I used to know)
(I used to know)

The Debt (Karina Halle)


Her life changed in an instant.

And he’s the only one who could have prevented it.

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Pact and The Lie comes a new standalone contemporary romance about those McGregor men.

Jessica Charles shouldn’t have even been in London when the unthinkable happened.

She should have been back at home in Edinburgh, perhaps hanging with her boyfriend, having drinks with her sister or doing yoga with her group of friends. She should have been going on in her normal, dependable life as always.

But on that fateful day in August, when a mentally-ill ex-soldier opened fire in public, Jessica’s world changed forever.

Now single and crippled from the gunshot wounds, Jessica finds herself scared and alone, losing faith in herself and humanity with each agonizing moment that passes.

That is until a stranger enters her life. A stranger who makes her live again.

Keir McGregor has always been the strong, silent type. Throw in tall, dark, and handsome and you’ve got pretty much the perfect Scotsman.

Except Keir is anything but perfect. He’s got a past he’s running away from and a guilty conscience he can’t seem to shed. But the more time he spends with Jessica, the more he falls in love with her.

And the more his secret threatens to tear them apart.

He may have been a stranger to her.

But she’s never been a stranger to him.

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Hey guys! I was supposed to have done this review about a month ago, but life got in the way, and I just now had the time to read it and review it properly.

First of all, this book is dark! Oh boy… I had no idea what was coming until I really got into it, and then my heart was breaking  for a lot of reasons… heavy and ugly reasons.

The story is told in a dual POV, Jessica’s and Kier’s, which is awesome, because otherwise we would have been pretty clueless about everything here.

I liked both main characters and how strong and supportive they both were of each other, even after everything that went on in their lives. Again, the themes are heavy, and the book starts with a mass shooting in the middle of London, with Jessica ending up being shot.

The connection between the two main characters is powerful and raw, and I really love how well they connect and understood each other. The romance was good, though I thought it was a bit of instalove for my liking, but it was ok in the end, so that kind of made up for all the insta in the beginning.


This book surely made me want to take a road trip around Scotland! I really loved the setting :D.

I think the themes it dealt with are super important and relevant, such as PTSD, survivor’s guilt, the lack of support for mental health in the army, and its dire consequences.

I do recommend this book, but be warned that this one is not an easy peasy romance. It has some dark spots throughout.

About the Author:

halle-headshotKarina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Racing the Sun, Sins & Needles and over 25 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.

Halle is represented by the Waxman Leavell Agency and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.

Hit her up on Instagram at @authorHalle, on Twitter at @MetalBlonde and on Facebook. You can also visit and sign up for the newsletter for news, excerpts, previews, private book signing sales and more.

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“You’re not going anywhere,” he says. “Sit. I’ll get you another drink.”

“It’s getting late,” I say feebly but I sit down anyway, my leg giving a protest of pain.

“You need something for that?” he says, noticing my wince.

“The scotch will do fine,” I tell him quickly, not wanting him to make a fuss. “But really, I should go.”

“Why?” he asks from the kitchen. I hear the top pop off the bottle, the slosh of liquid in the glass. “Where do you have to be?”

I have to think about that for a moment. He comes over and holds out the glass. “I won’t keep you here if you don’t want to be here. But if you do want to be here, you don’t need to make any excuses.”

I take the glass from him, holding it delicately in my fingers. He stands over me, a massive wall, waiting for some kind of response.

“I just…” I begin. “I…” I take a sip for bravery. Swallow. “I’m not very good at this.”

“Good at what?”

“At…this. Being with a man.”

When he doesn’t say anything to that, I look up at him. He’s got a peculiar smile on his face, his brows raised. “You call this being with a man?”

I clear my throat, feeling my cheeks grow hot. “I mean. I’ve told you before –”

“Yes, how you don’t do relationships, how you don’t do sex.”

“I never said I don’t do sex,” I remind him quickly.

His eyes never stop searching my face. “Then what is it? What are you afraid to say?”

I have the sudden urge to flee and I know it must show because he suddenly points at me and says, “Don’t you dare say you have to go again. I want you to go back to what you said, that you’re not good at this. What is this? Us? You and me? There’s nothing mystifying about you and me, Jessica. You know quite well how I feel.”

I stare at him in shock. I do? “How?”

He looks off with an air of impatience. “I invited you to dinner, you turned me down.”

“But then you said just as friends.”

“And I meant it. But there are different types of friends. It’s up to you to decide what kind we are.”

I put my drink down with a clunk. “Holy pressure.” And now it’s not just my face going hot but my entire body, flushed from head to toe.

“You’re on fire, little red,” he says, his gaze skirting over my limbs in such a hungry way I can almost feel them on my skin. “I have to say, I like this look on you. Hot and bothered.”

“Back with the innuendos again,” I comment but my voice is weak.

“No, no innuendos this time. You came looking for me tonight not because you wanted to confess but because you want something from me. What is it? What do you want from me? What do you think I can give you?”

Jesus. This is so utterly unnerving. His words slice right through me, his eyes still peeling under the layers, trying to get at something I’m not even sure of myself.

If I lie, he’ll know. I can only be honest with him.

“I want…” I take in a deep breath, my eyes breaking away. “I want…company.”

“Company?” He sounds surprised.

I nod. “That’s the truth. I’m lonely. And I’m afraid. And I’m tired of being both those things. I want to be with someone who makes me forget who I am. You make me feel fearless in a way I didn’t think possible.”

There. That’s the truth. Most of it. It hangs in the air, thickening the tension like flour to stock.

He sits down next to me, has a mouthful of Scotch. “Wow,” he says, running his hand over the beard on his jaw. “And here I was thinking you wanted my cock.”

I burst out laughing. So does he, a big wonderful bellow. The tension in the room eases up a notch. 

“Sorry,” I tell him when I catch my breath. “I guess they can both mean the same thing.”

He sucks in his lip briefly, his eyes taking a lustful turn. “If you want it to.” We stare at each other for a few heavy beats. Then his focus trails back to my gaze and he says, “Why don’t you stay over?” 

And there I have it. The chance to know what those full lips would feel like on mine, what his skin would taste like. I swallow hard.

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“A Long Time Ago, In A Land Far, Far Away” Book Tag


Today I’m doing the “A Long Time Ago, In A Land Far, Far Away” Book Tag, which was created by Keira @Pirate Lady Pages, and she was awesome and tagged me! Thank you Keira :D.

Once Upon A Time

At least in western fairy-tales, once upon a time is the most common and well-known opening for a traditional fairytale. What book opening makes you feel nostalgic?

I have to give the obvious answer and say Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. The beginning it’s pretty epic.

In A Land Far, Far Away

Another common opening which speaks of far off places. What is a book set in a country completely unlike your own?

The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh setting is totally unlike anything we have here in Europe, right? Especially here in Portugal.

From Mouth to Mouth

Our oldest fairy tales were told time and time again with no written record, told only in the spoken form. Everyone had their own version of the fairy tales. What is your favourite retelling?


My favorite retelling is definitly A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas and obviously A Court of Mist and Fury!!!

Through the Generations

Fairy tales are told to us as children and so are passed on through the years. What is a book that someone beloved passed on to you?

This is an unusual book for this question, but definitly Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. My sister, mom and grandmother had read it, when they convinced me to read it as well.

A Special Story

Fairy tales are a big part of our culture and say a lot about who we are as people. What is your favourite fairytale and what does it say about you?

Probably Beauty and the Beast. I like that Belle was always seen as an intelligent woman, who sacrificed herself for someone she loved, and that the bottom line is that what matters is what’s within and not how you look like.

And They All Lived Happily Ever After

Fairy tales tend to have happy endings. What is a book you’ll love forever?

I will always love The One Thing by Marci Lyn Curtis and I have tried to convince you guys to read it for ages, why haven’t you?!

I Tag:

Ari @The Daydreaming Bookworm | Shannon @Clockwork Bibliophile | Ayunda @Tea and Paperbacks | Lily @Pages and Tea | Aira @Aira Reads | Kat @Life and Other Disasters | Daniela @Daniela’s Bookshelf | Cath @Trust in the Words | Sara @Freadom Library | Inês @MsCarrowl | Bianca @Ultimate Fangirl Deanna @A Novel Glimpse

Frosh: Second Chances (Mónica B. Wagner)


In FROSH: FIRST BLUSH, Ellie, Grant, Devon, and Charlie spent their welcome week falling head over heels for each other — before totally falling apart. Now, in FROSH: SECOND CHANCES, they’ll have to pick up the pieces.

After ruining Grant’s football career (and her own reputation), Ellie has been trying to lie low — which means not making more enemies. But some students still want her to pay for what she did, and now, Ellie’s determined to fight back — and fight for Grant.

Grant is adjusting to his new reality: no more football means no more free passes in class, and definitely no more distractions; especially from Ellie, whom he misses even after she destroyed his world. Can he find a way to move on without her — and without football? 

Devon finally has it all: her brother’s sober and her boyfriend is an adorkable genius. But when her parents threaten to tear her and Charlie apart because he doesn’t ‘fit’ into their high society, she will go to dangerous lengths to prove that nothing — nothing — can defeat Devon Connors.

Charlie’s never questioned who he is: pre-med science geek, and now, Devon Connors’ boyfriend. But when he discovers a secret about his past, Charlie isn’t sure of anything — especially whether he can trust Devon with the truth.

Perfect for fans of Cora Carmack and Colleen Hoover, Monica B. Wagner’s sexy New Adult series follows these four characters all the way to winter break — when the only thing they’ll want more than first love is a second chance.

Once again, I read this book with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much,  as a buddy read, so go to her blog in the next few days to read her take on this book.

Last year I read FROSH: First Blush and I enjoyed it, so when I saw this one on Netgalley, I requested it right away. Unfortunately this installment just wasn’t as enjoyable as the first one.

I enjoyed the writing, though having read over 200 books since the first book and this one, it definitly didn’t blow me away.

The characters felt very much the same, though that there was a general lack of development of every main character, especially Charlie and Grant. Charlie is my favorite character of the 4 and I was so sorry that he didn’t have the page time he deserved. Grant was unfortunately very one dimensional too on this one, dealing with the loss of football and wanting Ellie back… but he just didn’t convinced me… at all.

Devon… oh wow… I don’t even know where to go with her, because I kind of liked her, but it bothers me so much that she doesn’t realize the super bad things she’s doing, and hurting people she loves in the process. And Ellie… oh boy… Ellie annoyed me here, with her indecisions about Grant, and her inability to put people ahead of her beliefs. She annoyed me a bit, ok?

I wasn’t a huge fan of Ellie and Grant’s romance on this one either, though I liked Charlie and Devon’s relationship, and I wished it hadn’t been left in the open as it was. I do hope they both get some more resolution in the next book.

Overall, this wasn’t my favorite. I give it 3 stars because I already knew the characters and cared about them, but with the themes that were used in this book, I thought that it could have gone deeper than it went.

Have you read Frosh: First Blush and Frosh: Second Chances? What did you think about it?

Blog Tour: Stroked Long (Meghan Quinn)


We’re so excited about the release of STROKED LONG by Meghan Quinn! 


STROKED LONG by Meghan Quinn

Scheduled to release: September 20, 2016

Sports Romance

Cover Designed by: Indie Solutions by Murphy Rae

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From his dirty-blond hair and breathtaking smile, to the abs from heaven and the irresistible V in his waistline, everything about Bodi Olympic-gold-medalist Banks screams hot piece of @$$.

Yet there’s more. 

Dark shadows lurk behind his soulful, serious eyes.

I’m enamored. He’s captured me.

How can running an art foundation with Bodi Banks turns into a slow-burning, epic romance, even though he tries to push me away at every chance? How can I stay away from a broken, routine-driven man whose soul cries to be forgiven for a crime only he believes he committed? Or is that a lie?

I read this book as a buddy read with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, so go there on Monday to check her review of this book. SPOILER ALERT: she also loved it!

First of all, I loved the writing style. YES! First person is completely me and I love it. This is my third Meghan Quinn’s book, and I’m in love with her writing, for sure. Luckily in this one, we only have the two main POVs, Bodi’s and Ruby’s – I don’t know if I could have dealt with anymore insight into Bellini’s brain! I’m now thinking that if Stroked didn’t have her POV, I might have enjoyed it even more.


I’m totally in love with the two main characters of this book. I was intrigued by Bodi in book 1, because he was so difficult to read, but here we finally understand the reasoning behind the way he acts, and his obsessive compulsive behaviours, and honestly? It broke my heart. I really liked his evolution, and how he was able to open up to Ruby, at least a little bit, and include her in his life.

I LOVE Ruby! Her behaviour is hilarious and her rants are amazing. While Bodi is all broody and quiet, Ruby is a ray of sunshine! She’s so strong and understanding. I love her. I love him. I love THEM!


The romance was amazing and I liked that it evolved slow. They first became co-workers, then decided to be friends, and then finally, finally, they went beyond that. Their talks – and texts – were AWESOME!!! It made sense that way, because Bodi was so closed off and it was so hard for him to became close to someone. So, when they’re finally in a relationship, they are IN. I just loved them together, even when it was clear how they would fall apart, I just wanted my babies to be happy.


The fall-out was very well done, and it made a lot of sense, even though I didn’t want it to happen. I really liked how their friends and family were supportive of both of them, and helped them to come together again.

I didn’t find this book as predictable as the first one, and the only big problem I had with it was the repetition, mainly on Ruby’s POV. I loved that the ending was real, and it wasn’t all sunshine and roses.


People, if you guys like hot romances and olympic swimmers, then read this book. NOW!


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Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if “It’s Raining Men” starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped. 

Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing… enter her first novel, Caught Looking

Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze!

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STROKED by Meghan Quinn

Released: July 19, 2016

NA Romantic Comedy

Cover designer: Indie Solutions by Murphy Rae

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Reese King: Olympic medalist, underwear model, Greek god.

His body is chiseled from rock, sculpted by the weight room, and refined by water.

On a daily basis his skin is completely bare for everyone to see, tan and defined, only covered up by a minuscule piece of spandex. There is no denying his sex appeal.

I hate to admit it, but I’m head over heels infatuated with him.

There is one HUGE problem though. His achingly gorgeous abs, inked up arm, and cocky swagger belong to my boss, the high-profile, reality star bitch from hell and certified heinous human being, Bellini Chambers.

What I think is going to be an easy job assisting a glorified wench turns into a cluster f*ck of epic proportions.