The Fiction of Forever (Brinda Berry)

He has a second chance at the one who got away — but it’s on national television, and she’s calling the shots. 

Kiley Vanderbilt wasn’t just fuel for Gunner’s teenage dreams about the curvy pageant queen. She was the one who got away.

Until now.

When Gunner returns to Nashville, his high school fantasy in heels challenges him to accept a spot on the dating reality show Forever. And although she’s the show hostess and off-limits, he’s going to prove once and for all that she wants more.

But when Kiley — untouchable, jeans-tightening Kiley — proclaims she’s unwilling to compromise the show’s integrity, he vows to throw a twist of his own into her behind-the-scenes plotting. That’s going way, way off Kiley’s script.

Giving in to Gunner would torpedo her plans to prove to her manipulating ex-fiancé and her producer daddy that she has more on her shoulders than pancake and hairspray. She must make him play by her rules on camera in spite of his sexy whispers behind the scenes.

Especially when a social media shitstorm brews on the horizon.

Fourteen days of filming. Six camera crews. And a minefield of hidden cameras. This time, no one’s getting away. 

I’ve had this book on my kindle for ages, given that I requested it from Netgalley over an year ago… either way, I finally decided that it was time, and I was expecting great things, because I’d read another book by the same author and loved it. Well, I didn’t love this one, unfortunately, but it was an okay book.

The writing was good, but the plot just didn’t quite do it for me. I’m not a fan of reality shows, or any kind of dating shows, to be honest, so I should have known better than to request this book, because that’s what it’s based on. But I don’t know. It still lacked something substantial, you know?

Another thing is that I wasn’t crazy about either of the main characters. Gunner was crazy about Kiley when he was younger, but when he sees her again, not knowing the person she is, he judges her left and right. Even if at the same time he’s super attracted to her. Kiley felt like a bit of a weak character to me, she lacks some serious backbone.

The relationship was cute at times, and I kind of understood the connection, but it started out of nowhere, and the ride was so bumpy and nonsensical. I mean, Kiley’s job was to match Gunner to other girls, when he told her he wanted HER. She wanted him, but still kept matching him up, then got super upset because he was filling in his role? o_O

Everyone was a bit dumb, to be honest. Still, it was an entertaining, a bit mindless story. Not a bad book, but very meh

Sidebarred (Emma Chase)

There was a time when Jake Becker had it all together. He was controlled, driven, ruthless — in and out of the courtroom.

Then, six irresistible orphans and their heartbreakingly beautiful aunt crashed into his perfectly ordered life. They changed everything. They changed him. Now he’s a husband, an upstanding member of society, a father figure — a family man. And he’s pretty damn good at it.

Sure, he has to referee sibling smackdowns, re-learn algebra, ensure his clients stay of jail, and keep his wife happy — but it finally feels like he’s got it together again….

So, of course something has to screw it all up. It’s huge. Life-changing. Kind of terrifying.

And it will be the most amazing, perfect thing he’ll ever do.

I loved everything about this little novella, and I’m beyond happy that it exists. Jake and Chelsea and their 6 kids are my favorite part of this series, so I was so happy to have a chance to see them all again and see how they end up.

Again, this one is told only through Jake’s POV, and that worked perfectly in my opinion.

The conflict could have been handled a bit better, I honestly sided with Chelsea there and I thought she relented too easily. But I also saw Jake’s point of view, and my heart broke a little for seeing them fighting. I want them happy all the time.

I just wanted MORE. I wanted more time with the kids. I wanted more of their family time and fights and shenanigans. I just wanted more of the Becker-McQuaid gang, because they’re AWESOME!! Also… now I want a book for each kid… I’m not asking much, right?

Release Blitz: Legs by Kelly Siskind

Title: Legs
Series: One Wild Wish #1
Author: Kelly Siskind
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: September 27, 2017


Running into your one-night stand is a special kind of awkward. Competing against him in a wine tasting contest is delicious torment…

On Rachel’s twenty-seventh birthday, she wishes to finally find a rewarding job. What she doesn’t wish is to drink a boatload of wine, sleep with a tattooed bad boy, and drunk email her boss in one glorious, career-ending move. But the fiasco pushes her to pursue a career inspired by her late father’s love of wine: sommelier.

Unfortunately, she’s competing against her infuriating one-night stand, a man as intoxicating as a Pinot Noir.

Two years ago, Jimmy was set to inherit his family winery. Then it got ripped from his grasp. To close that dark chapter of his life, he plans to win a local sommelier contest and use the press to expose his family’s tainted wines.

Jimmy loves studying the streaks of alcohol that cling to a wineglass, known as the wine’s “legs,” but other shapely legs are stealing his focus. Tantalizing legs. Legs that had wrapped around his waist for one wild night. Jimmy, sadly, has a weakness for legs.

He also hates to lose.

LEGS is a full-length, standalone Smart, Sexy Romantic Comedy with a swoony Happily Ever After. No cheating or cliffhangers here! Perfect for fans of Christina Lauren, Avery Flynn, Alice Clayton, Emma Chase, and Lauren Blakely.

What Others Are Saying… 

Author Heather Van Fleet – “Kelly is a masterful story teller, and this book proves just that. HIGHLY rec it.”

Bookgasms Book Blog – “This was the perfect way to lose a day – wrapped up in this seductive and satisfying love story.”

Author Elizabeth Zane – “You guys, if you want the perfect book to curl up and read with a nice glass of wine, if you want a book that has romance–sexy, steamy, funny, real, romance–then look no further, you’ve found your book.”




Rachel settled onto the stool beside me, her spine ramrod straight. She tucked her elbows to her sides. Not exactly relaxed.
A drink could help. “What’s your poison?”
“Apparently dangerous men I don’t know, but I’ll have a glass of the Lynmar Pinot.”
I could do dangerous. “If I’m your poison after two minutes, imagine how you’ll feel in a few hours.” That earned me a long swallow from her. “She’ll have the Foursight,” I added to Cameron. It was sweet how confident she was ordering that wine, but her lips would taste so much better after a sip from my glass.
She shot me a look, her freckles sharp against her reddening cheeks. “Pretty sure I can order for myself, and I’d like the Lynmar.”
“You don’t want the Lynmar. 2011 was a brutal year. Trust me.” No need to bore her about the early rains that season and the lack of fruit.
“Actually I do want the Lynmar.”
Cameron moved to grab the bottle, but I held up my hand. He halted. 
To her, I said, “I’ve been sipping the Foursight since I got here. You telling me you don’t want a taste?”
Her attention dropped to my lips again, and she grazed her teeth over hers. Fire sparked in her brown eyes. “I may want a taste of that wine. Later. For now I want the Lynmar.”
“It’s inferior.”
“It’s splendid.”
“The season was crap.”
“The season was hard, not crap.”
“The Foursight is a sure thing,” I said. She must have seen the heat in my gaze.
“I like the underdog,” she countered, a sultry note to her voice. “Finding a diamond in the rough. The vines that survived 2011 were stronger, and a few vintages shone. Like the Lynmar. Hints of spice. Creamy mouthfeel.” A quiet hum passed her lips.
Okay. The girl knew her wine, and my attraction to her spiked. With the haunts I’d been frequenting, and my bartending gig at Rudy’s Tavern, I hadn’t been around a woman like her in ages. No visible ink, her outfit more conservative than racy. Her straight brown hair would look sexy as hell tangled in my fist. “You sure you don’t want to skip to the mouthfeel part?”
She smiled freely, the first hint of her letting loose. “I’m still not sure how bitter the aftertaste will be.”
My answering grin was just as carefree. “I know how to make it sweet, Sunshine.”
She barely reacted, but her nostrils flared. “Then get me a glass of the Lynmar.”
“You’ll regret it.”
“I’m already regretting walking in here.”
I chuckled, unsure the last time flirting had been this much fun. “How about a bet?”
“I don’t bet with strangers.”
“But you have drinks with them?”
She paused. “What sort of bet?”
Between her rejection at Vesper and her stiff posture now, sitting beside me was probably pushing her beyond her limits. Limits I wanted to test. The women I’d messed around with weren’t tough to reel in. We were always after the same thing: a fun night between the sheets. The girl at my side was tipsy, but not so drunk she didn’t know what she was after. Something told me if I could unlace her, it would be lightyears beyond fun.
“You do a blind tasting of the Foursight and the Lynmar,” I said. “If you can’t tell them apart, then I buy you a glass of my choosing, and I get to taste it on your lips. At my place.”
“That escalated fast.” So did her breathing.
“Did you want this to go slow?”
Instead of turning me down, she said, “If I win…if I guess each wine, what do I get?”
“You tell me.”
“A winery?”
I barked out a laugh, but there was nothing funny about her joke. Two years ago, I’d have been able to ante up. “Might be out of my budget. Anything else?”
She looked at me through lowered lashes. “My place.”
Now we were getting somewhere.

Meet the Author:

Kelly is the author of CHASING CRAZY, MY PERFECT MISTAKE, A FINE MESS, and HOOKED ON TROUBLE, the latter three being part of her Over the Top series. A small-town girl at heart, she moved from the city to open a cheese shop with her husband in northern Ontario. When she’s not neck deep in cheese or out hiking, you can find her, notepad in hand, scribbling down one of the many plot bunnies bouncing around in her head. She’s also an incurable romantic, devouring romance novels into the wee hours of the morning.


Appealed (Emma Chase)

When Brent Mason looks at Kennedy Randolph, he doesn’t see the awkward, sweet girl who grew up next door. He sees a self-assured, stunning woman…who wants to crush the most intimate — and prized — parts of his anatomy beneath the heels of her Louboutins.

When Kennedy looks at Brent, all she sees is the selfish, Abercrombie & Fitch catalogue-worthy teenager who humiliated her in high school in order to join the popular crowd. A crowd that made those years a living hell for her.

But she’s not a lovesick social outcast anymore–she’s a Washington, DC, prosecutor with a long winning streak. Brent is the opposing attorney in her next case, and Kennedy thinks it’s time to put him through a little hell of his own.

But things aren’t exactly working out the way she planned. Brent has his sights set on Kennedy, and every fiery exchange only makes him want her more–and makes her wonder if he’s as passionate in the bedroom as he is in the courtroom. In the end, they may just find themselves in love…or in contempt of court.

This is the third book of the Legal Briefs series, so by now, I knew and loved most of the characters, and I think that’s a major reason of why I liked this book so much.

Again, this book is told in single male POV, and I really loved Brent’s voice, but on this case, I think I would have benefited of a few glimpses into Kennedy’s POV, because she wasn’t easy to read, and a bit broken, and lots interesting, and I kind of wanted to know a bit more about her. Still, Brent and Kennedy have known each other since they were children, so Brent does a wonderful job in letting us know Kennedy, at least the Kennedy that HE knows.

I loved both main characters. Brent has been a delight to read since book 1, he’s cocky and unafraid of showing his true feelings, and I really appreciated that. He loved with all his heart and he was all in. And he grows up so much. Kennedy does too, because she’s so marred from what happened in the past, that she has to learn to trust Brent again, and I really enjoyed reading her progress. She’s tough as nails though.

This is a second chance romance and a friends to lovers romance, and I love both those tropes, so I’m happy. Their romance was all kinds of hot, and based on so much more that first met the eye.

Also really liked the plot, I wasn’t expecting all that happened, but I liked the way it was handled, and how the whole gang had such a big role in putting things back on track.

Overall, another amazing book from Emma Chase. I want to read everything she has written now…

Have you read this one? What are your thoughts?

Overruled | Sustained

WWW Wednesday: September 27th 2017


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?


Right now, I’m listening to Grip by Kennedy Ryan, and I’m reading an ARC for Bad Reputation by Nicole Edwards.


This week I finished Appealed and Sidebarred by Emma Chase. Then I started and decided to DNF Finding Beautiful by Amanda Kaitlyn. And finally, I read The Fiction of Forever by Brinda Berry.


Next I’ll read A Messy Beautiful Life by Sara Jade Alan.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books With Characters that Play Sports


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:

Ten Books That Feature Characters ____________: Examples: Ten books that feature black main characters, characters who hold interesting jobs, characters who have a mental illness, characters that are adopted, characters that play sports, etc, etc. Can’t wait to see what you all come up with!

Guys, I’m tired and my imagination is on the fritz, so I’m going for the most basic theme of all. I love sports romances, so that’s what I’m presenting today: Ten Books with Characters that Play Sports.

Cover Reveal: Bountiful by Sarina Bowen

I am beyond excited to show you guys the cover for the 4th book in the True North series, by Sarina Bowen, Bountiful

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No last names. No life stories. Those were the rules.

Once upon a time a cocky, copper-haired tourist sauntered into Zara’s bar. And even though she knew better, Zara indulged in a cure for the small-town blues. It was supposed to be an uncomplicated fling — a few sizzling weeks before he went back to his life, and she moved on.

Until an accidental pregnancy changed her life.

Two years later, she’s made peace with the notion that Dave No-Last-Name will never be found. Until one summer day when he walks into her coffee shop, leveling her with the same hot smile that always renders her defenseless.

Dave Beringer has never forgotten the intense month he spent with prickly Zara. Their nights together were the first true intimacy he’d ever experienced. But the discovery of his child is the shock of a lifetime, and his ugly past puts relationships and family out of reach.

Or does it? Vermont’s countryside has a way of nurturing even tortured souls. The fields and the orchards — and hard won love — are Bountiful.

I’m so excited about this book! It will combine the True North series, and Hockey, and OMG, I can’t wait to read the mash up that’s going to come from it.

I can’t wait to have this beauty on my hands!

Sustained (Emma Chase)

A knight in tarnished armor is still a knight.

When you’re a defense attorney in Washington, DC, you see firsthand how hard life can be, and that sometimes the only way to survive is to be harder. I, Jake Becker, have a reputation for being cold, callous, and intimidating — and that suits me just fine. In fact, it’s necessary when I’m breaking down a witness on the stand.

Complications don’t work for me — I’m a “need-to-know” type of man. If you’re my client, tell me the basic facts. If you’re my date, stick to what will turn you on. I’m not a therapist or Prince Charming — and I don’t pretend to be.

Then Chelsea McQuaid and her six orphaned nieces and nephews came along and complicated the ever-loving hell out of my life. Now I’m going to Mommy and Me classes, One Direction concerts, the emergency room, and arguing cases in the principal’s office.

Chelsea’s too sweet, too innocent, and too gorgeous for her own good. She tries to be tough, but she’s not. She needs someone to help her, defend her…and the kids.

And that — that, I know how to do.

Last month I read Overruled and really liked it, but I LOVED Sustained!

I’m gonna keep this review short and on point. This book is adorable and amazing and sweet and funny and amazing 😀 . The writing is once again incredible, with the added bonus that this book is told exclusively through Jake’s POV. You guys know how much I love a male-POV only book, and Jake was the perfect guy to carry this one.

I loved the characters. Jake is beyond amazing, even when he’s slightly stupid a bit clueless. The way he loves Chelsea and those kids is spectacular, and reading about his character development was great. Chelsea was a great character on her own, and such an amazing girl, I really liked how she faces everything in her life. She was strong and beautiful, and just wow.

The romance made this book for me. The romance and the kids. I have to be honest, I love romances with kids involved, because they have so much more at stake. And this one had a total of 6 amazing and beautiful and challenging kids. The McQuaid gang was great. I loved how each of them had their own personalities and quirks, and I fell in love with each and everyone one of them at the same time as Jake, eheh.

I loved every second of this book. So much so that I picked up book 3 right after, and the last novella right after that. I just couldn’t get enough of this group. Especially of Jake, Chelsea and their kids.

Have you guys read this one? What are your thoughts???