WWW Wednesday: January 18th 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 FINALLY started Good Boy by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy, and OMG, this is already super hilarious and it has made me cry a few times so far too! Then I decided to start Ready Player One by Ernest Cline yesterday, but this one will take a long time, because the font is so tiny.


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This week I finished The Rule Maker by Jennifer Blackwood, which I loved, then I read Trust by Jana Aston which I also loved, then I FINALLY read A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray, which I also loved. To finish the week, I read Summer of Irreverence by Cathrine Goldstein, which… yeah… not my favorite read.


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The only two I really need to read next week are Mia and the Bad Boy by Lisa Burstein and How Not To Let Go by Emily Foster.

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Polarizing Books

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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 Favorite Polarizing Books .

These are books that people either tend to love or hate, with no in between. Pick some of your favorites that fall into this category.


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Fling (Jana Aston)

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I have a crush on my boss’ best friend.
At least it’s not my brother’s best friend.
Or my best friend’s brother.
Or… never mind. It’s all pretty cliché.

And worse? My boss’ best friend is his business partner. Which sort of makes him my boss too. Okay – it’s not sort of. It’s definite. Gabe Laurent is off limits. Totally off limits.

Which is fine. I make do with my imagination. He’ll never know. Ever. Unless my work bestie passes me an eighties-style teen movie sex quiz during a meeting and I fill it out.

And it ends up in Gabe’s hands…


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After reading Right, I was super curious about Sandra and Gabe’s story, because Everly’s plan had to have worked, right?

While this is a story you can totally read by itself, it makes a lot more sense if you’ve read the second book of the series, given that Sawyer and Everly both play big parts here. This is the first story of this series that is told in dual POV, having both Sandra and Gabe’s point of view. I liked this change, because contrary to the two previous books, Gabe wasn’t an open book like Luke or Sawyer. The writing is once again pretty fun, light and the pacing is super fast. This is a very very short novella.

As is usual in novelas, this one is not big on character development or actually getting us to know the characters all that well, but Jana Aston did a good job nonetheless. Sandra is a serious girl, who wants to do the best job she can and is always very focused. She only has one big issue: her huge crush with her boss’ BFF who is also sort of her boss too.

Gabe was not what I was expecting?! After seeing him in Right, I thought he would be the shy, nerdy, rich and hot guy, but there’s nothing shy or actually “good” about him. He’s a good person, but I never thought he would be a manwhore… he was, and that kind of disappointed me a little. Yeah yeah, I know all men in this series are serious alphas and all that, but I was just wishing that Gabe would break the mold just a little bit. I still enjoyed him, and I did enjoy his “fling” with Sandra, and I’m actually not that happy that Fling is the title of this book.

I did like the plot, because there was no huge miscommunication, secrets or silly behaviours. These were two adults and they behaved like it. 

If you’ve been reading and enjoying this series, don’t forget to read this novella too. 😀

Musical Mondays: Scars To Your Beautiful by Alessia Cara

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I listened to this song today for the first time, and it’s just so beautiful that it’s worth sharing. 🙂

She just wants to be beautiful
She goes unnoticed, she knows no limits
She craves attention, she praises an image
She prays to be sculpted by the sculptor
Oh, she don’t see the light that’s shining
Deeper than the eyes can find it
Maybe we have made her blind
So she tries to cover up her pain and cut her woes away
‘Cause cover girls don’t cry after their face is made

But there’s a hope that’s waiting for you in the dark
You should know you’re beautiful just the way you are
And you don’t have to change a thing, the world could change its heart
No scars to your beautiful, we’re stars and we’re beautiful
Oh-oh, oh-oh
And you don’t have to change a thing, yhe world could change its heart
No scars to your beautiful, we’re stars and we’re beautiful

She has dreams to be an envy, so she’s starving
You know, covergirls eat nothing
She says beauty is pain and there’s beauty in everything
What’s a little bit of hunger?
I could go a little while longer, she fades away
She don’t see her perfect, she don’t understand she’s worth it
Or that beauty goes deeper than the surface
Oh, oh
So to all the girls that’s hurting
Let me be your mirror, help you see a little bit clearer
The light that shines within

There’s a hope that’s waiting for you in the dark
You should know you’re beautiful just the way you are
And you don’t have to change a thing, the world could change its heart
No scars to your beautiful, we’re stars and we’re beautiful

Oh-oh, oh-oh
And you don’t have to change a thing, the world could change its heart
No scars to your beautiful, we’re stars and we’re beautiful

No better you than the you that you are (no better you than the you that you are)
No better life than the life we’re living (no better life than the life we’re living)
No better time for your shine, you’re a star (no better time for your shine, you’re a star)
Oh, you’re beautiful, oh, you’re beautiful

And there’s a hope that’s waiting for you in the dark
You should know you’re beautiful just the way you are
And you don’t have to change a thing, the world could change its heart
No scars to your beautiful, we’re stars and we’re beautiful
Oh-oh, oh-oh
And you don’t have to change a thing, the world could change its heart
No scars to your beautiful, we’re stars and we’re beautiful

The Rule Maker (Jennifer Blackwood)

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2017 NEW ADULT READING CHALLENGE | Book That Made Me Laugh

Ten Steps to Surviving a New Job:

1. Don’t sleep with the client. It’ll get you fired. (Sounds easy enough.)
2. Don’t blink when new client turns out to be former one-night stand.
3. Don’t call same client a jerk for never texting you back.
4. Don’t believe client when he says he really, really wanted to call.
5. Remember, the client is always right — so you can’t junk punch him when he demands new design after new design.
6. Ignore accelerated heartbeat every time sexy client walks into room.
7. Definitely ignore client’s large hands. They just mean he wears big gloves.
8. Don’t let client’s charm wear you down. Be strong.
9. Whatever you do, don’t fall for the client. You’ll lose more than your job — maybe even your heart.
10. If all else fails, see rule number one again.


As it’s usual with ARCs for awhile now, I’ve read this book as a buddy read with  Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too – we both read the first book of the series and loved it – so go check her blog in the next few days to read her take on this one.

Like I said, the first book, The Rule Book, was absolutely great, but this second one? AMAZING! The book is told in dual POV, unlike the single POV of the first one, and I loved it even more because of it – I’m all for dual POV. But also, this book is just beyond hilarious. The writing is fun, witty and emotional, while the pace is just perfect. Jennifer Blackwood did an amazing job with this book.

I loved both main characters, Zoey and Ryder. I’m a sucker a second chance romance, and this one fits perfectly in this category. Zoey is just a kick ass woman! I love this girl. She’s just so determined and funny, she’s stubborn and confident, and WOW, she’s just amazing. And Ryder? I loved his dedication to his family and his beliefs, but I also loved his vulnerability and how he let it show sometimes.

Zoey and Ryder together? Explosive! They had amazing chemistry and they were so cute and good together. They brought out the best of each other, even when they were bickering. The romance is just great. I had so much fun reading to the progress of their relationship, with Ryder pursuing something that he didn’t know he wanted, and Zoey learning how to trust her feelings and how to trust a man that had disappointed her before.

I really liked the story on this one, this book made me laugh out loud and it took me out of what I was afraid to be the beginning of my first slump, so YAY! Read this romance, people! You won’t be sorry. And I really really want a book about Jason, Ryder’s older brother who suffered an accident and is now on a wheelchair… he needs a book!

Top 16 of 2016

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Is it too late to share my favorites 16 books of 2016??? I hope as hell not, because I’m doing it today! Here they are, my Top 16 of 2016 😀 . Click on the titles to get directed to my reviews of those books. And keep in mind, these are my favorite reads of the year, but most of them didn’t come out in 2016.


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A Monster Calls | The Score | Isla and the Happily Ever After | Ugly Love | Price of a Kiss | A Court of Mist and Fury | Illuminae | Archer’s Voice | Highly Illogical Behaviour | Us | Anything You Want | Forbidden | Lady Midnight | Carry On | Wallbanger | Life After Juliet

The Bookish Alphabet Tag (YA edition)

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Hey guys! So, I was going through my drafts, some as old as 2 years, and I saw that Emma @Emma the Book Lover had tagged me awhile back to do the The Bookish Alphabet Tag. So, I’ve decided that I’ll do 2 versions of it, one for YA books and another for Romance, because I have a lot of those too. The Bookish Alphabet Tag was created by Mariana @FireHeartBooks. Keep in mind that ‘The’ is mute!

I’m using YA books for this tag, and every time possible, I’m using less known books. And click on the titles if you’re interested in reading my review of the book in question.


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A: Adorkable by Cookie O’Gorman
B: Because I Love You by Tori Rigby
C: Crystallum (The Primordial Principles #1) by Laney McMann
D: Did I Mention I Love You? (The DIMILY Trilogy #1) by Estelle Maskame
E: End of Days (Penryn & the End of Days #3) by Susan Ee

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F: Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
G: The Girl From Everywhere (The Girl from Everywhere #1) by Heidi Heilig
H: Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
I: The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak by Brian Katcher
J: I have no book starting with a J

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K: Kisses on a Paper Airplane by Sarah Vance-Tompkins
L: Life After Juliet by Shannon Lee Alexander
M: More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
N: Night Owls by Jenn Bennett
O: The One Thing by Marci Lyn Curtis

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P: Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits #1) by Katie McGarry
Q: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
R: The Romantics by Leah Konen
S: The Secret Life of a Dream Girl (Creative HeArts #4) by Tracy Deebs

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T: Tone Deaf by Olivia Rivers
U: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
V: Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination by J.K. Rowling
W: The Way to Game the Walk of Shame by Jenn P. Nguyen
X: I have no book starting with a X
Y: Your Voice Is All I Hear by Leah Scheier
Z: I have no book starting with a Z


I Tag:

YOU!!!
Whoever wants to do this one :D.

Give a shout out to your favorites.
Promote your reviews.
Promote indie books and diverse reads.
Have fun with it.

Worth the Wait (A.J. Pine)

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I like to think of myself as a man of pleasure… 

I enjoy a good pint of ale, being in the arms of a beautiful woman, and living by my own rules. The only thing I try to avoid? Commitment. And I’ve got a three-year success rate to prove it. 

I wasn’t planning on Grace — the beautiful, funny, totally off-limits massage therapist who keeps popping up in my life. She’s on a six-month mission to rid her life of toxins. No alcohol. No red meat. And, yeah, no men. I’m talking full-on man cleanse. 

I know I should walk away, but I can’t… and the only way to keep her in my life is to live by her rules. I’ll need to prove to a woman who’s lost all trust in men that I’m worthy of her love. And do it all without so much as a single kiss. 

The only problem? If I win, I’ll lose the one thing I swore I’d never give up. My heart.


Again, I’ve read this book as a buddy read with  Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too – we have both read this whole series and enjoyed it a lot – so go check out her review on the next few days.

Guys, writing this review breaks my heart! I’ve read the first book of the series a little while back, and since then I’ve been excited about the Kingston Ale House series. I read all the books as ARCs, they got better and better for me, and I even rated the 3rd book 4.5/5 stars, I’m even part of AJ Pine’s facebook group. So, it breaks my heart that I disliked this book so much.

I have to say that I wasn’t feeling this book from the start. After reading 3 books by A.J. Pine, I expected to have no issue whatsoever with her third person narrative or writing style, but I did have some. I found the beginning of this book kind of confusing and it took me a little while to actually get into it.

Because I’ve read all the previous books, I already loved Jeremy. Actually, I was hoping for his book since the first one, and at the moment I even thought he and Holly would be a thing, which turned out not to be so, and while I’m happy that Holly got hunky british-single-dad- Will, I’m kind of sad because Jeremy deverded better than what he got.

See… I hated Grace. At first I just wasn’t sold on her, and I thought that it would change, but the more I read, the more I disliked her, and by the end I was kind of wishing that Jeremy would end up with his ex, because even Whitney was a better character than Grace. That’s messed up. I should never be thinking that.

(there might be slight spoilers ahead… sorry for that!)

The concept of the “cleanse” should have been cool and funny, but I honestly didn’t understand her reasons for doing it. It’s one thing to do a series of mistakes and needing to get her life back on track, but she trusted her boyfriend of a long time, a friend of her family, an employee of her parents… yeah, she was a bit naive, but deciding to cut everything from her life like that, didn’t make much sense to me. But hey, ok, let’s go with it. But then she accepts to go into that reality show and things started to go downhill from there. BUT THEN, after knowing Jeremy for 3 months, after they’ve been together for 2 months, after the guy proved to her time and time again of his feelings for her – and everything without even being able to touch her – she doubts him, his feelings, his actions and his LIFE, and that’s when I was done with her. Look, I understand fear, of course I do, and that was all scary, but she blaming him and putting him down when she was lying to him, being secretive and not 100% honest with him? Hell no!

Grace putting Jeremy down is just something that doesn’t allow me to rise this rating to 3 stars, because it was just such nonsense. How could she accuse him of being with her because she was easy and convenient and never fighting for anything? He, a gorgeous man, with a great group of friends, a house, and money, was with a girl for 2 months without even a single kiss, he was faithful, he was dedicated, and she accused him of that?! Hell… It didn’t help that I thought they had little chemistry and some scenes just didn’t feel right.

If disliking one of the main characters wasn’t enough, I have to say that I really didn’t like the plot, at all. I could have gone on board with the “cleanse”, and it would have been cute to see Jeremy proving that he was devoted to Grace and waiting for her 6 months to be up. That I could get on board with. But then it goes from being a private thing, to being a “reality show” kind of thing, and I didn’t see much sense to it, and then it just kept getting worse for me. I don’t have a problem with reality TV when it’s based on skills, but dating shows? Bahhh, NO! Especially because if just made no sense to me… 😩

I don’t know guys, I didn’t like the concept of the reality show, I didn’t like the little problems within Grace’s life, because I felt like they weren’t as serious as she thought they were. I didn’t like how she then handled her problems. I disliked the presence of the exes and the pressure on Jeremy for him to be different than he is. I don’t know… honestly, this book just wasn’t a good experience for me.

I am super sad about it. I was expecting more. I think Jeremy deserved more.

This was still a great series overall, and I enjoyed the first three books a lot. So, maybe give this series a chance, and maybe this 4th book will be to your liking, because a lot of people have loved it. I just didn’t…

Book #1: The One That Got Away
Book #2: Six Month Rule
Book #3: Three Simple Words
Book #4: Worth the Wait

Cover Reveal: The Play Mate by Kendall Ryan

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THE PLAY MATE is the upcoming friends to lovers standalone from New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author Kendall Ryan releasing on March 14, 2017 and we have the spectacular cover to reveal for you!

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Smith Hamilton has it all — he’s smart, good-looking and loaded. But he remembers a time when he had nothing and no one, so he’s not about to mess up, especially with his best friend’s little sister. That means keeping Evie at arm’s length … even though the once pesky little girl is now a buxom bombshell. A sexy blonde who pushes his self-control to the limit the night she crawls into bed with him. 

Evie Reed knows she’s blessed — with an exclusive education, a family who loves her, and a new job managing social media for her family’s lingerie company. But she wants more, like a reason to wear the sexy lingerie herself. She has just the man in mind to help with that. She’s crushed on Smith forever. Surely tricking her way into his bed will force him to see her in a new, adult way.

Except that when Evie’s plan leads to disaster, she and Smith must decide — ignore the attraction sizzling between them, or become play mates and risk it all.

THE PLAY MATE By Kendall Ryan
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Release date: March 14, 2017

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About the author:

kendall-ryan-headshot-1-picA New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She’s a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she’s appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

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