A Royal Mistake (Elizabeth Davis)

Alex lives his life by the book. That is what is to be expected of the Prince of Wales, after all. And he enjoys order and predictability, so while the tabloids generally find him a snooze he’s perfectly content to live his life under the radar, placid and comfortable.

Serena Christensen is Hollywood’s latest It Girl, unafraid to call studios on their bullshit and used to causing scenes that wind up plastered all over the internet. She’s wild and exciting and thrives on the unexpected.

But when one drunken night in Las Vegas brings the two of them together they just might end up making one royal mistake.


I requested this book in a lazy saturday afternoon with Cátia, when we were wondering why we were requesting so few Netgalley titles of late. So, we requested this one because it sounded super cute, and hey, Royalty! But guys, I can not call this a book per se, it’s a freaking novella, and a quite short one at that.

But okay, I’m truly complaining about the short size, because I felt like this could have been a full blown book. The premise was interesting, and these characters would have had much more space to grow and be fleshed out. The story is also told in an unusual format, as it jumps between the present and the past (as in, the day before). The whole book takes place in 2 days, but the story is not told linearly, but while the present is moving forward, the past is going backwards, and it wasn’t the easiest way to get a sense of this story.

I actually liked the characters, and I felt like Alex and Serena had great chemistry, but I wanted to get to know them a little more, and I wanted their connecting a little bit more explored.

Overall it was a fun read, and a great premise. But ultimately it needed more pages, more words, more development. This could have easily been a full novel, and I would have loved to read that. With that said, I would still very much like to read more about Prince Alex and Serena.

Trouble Next Door (Stefanie London)

McKenna Prescott is the queen of picking the wrong men. When her latest boyfriend dumps her, she decides to devote her time to “exploring herself” (read: drinking wine and ordering sex toys online) and starting her freelance makeup business. That is, until an embarrassing delivery mix-up puts her sexy, gruff neighbor in her path…

Beckett Walsh is married to his job…which is a deal-breaker for the woman he’s supposed to be marrying. Even worse, his would-be father-in-law has pulled support from Beckett’s startup and now Beckett stands to lose everything. But the gorgeous, crazy makeup artist from down the hall has an equally crazy but mutually beneficial idea: if he convinces his sister to hire McKenna for her high-society wedding, McKenna will teach him about what women want so he can get his fiancée back.

All he has to do is make sure he doesn’t fall for the wrong girl.


I read this book as a buddy read with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too, go to her blog on the next few days to read her review of this book.

I’m going to keep the format I’ve been using for the last few reviews. It’s easy and practical, eheh.

THE POSITIVE:

  The writing, this book is fun and fast paced. It just flew by. Even if I’m not the biggest fan of the 3rd person POV, Stefanie London did a great job on this one, and managed to give different voices to each of the characters, even through the third person perspective.

  The characters were awesome. I loved McKenna, she was so unique. And having a main guy who is an introvert? Yes please!

♥  The romance was great and McKenna and Beckett had tons of chemistry. I really enjoyed their time together.

THE NEGATIVE:

♦  I was expecting more development on the story, especially after the fallout, and in terms of their family lives. A lot was talked about McKenna’s relationship with her family, and Beckett’s family too, but in the end, everything was wrapped up fairly quickly, and I felt like some things were missing.

♦  Even though I really liked the romance, I expected more of Beckett and I was disappointed with him for a little bit (even understanding his reasoning), and I wish, once again, that certain things had been explored a little more.

Overall, very cute and fun read, and I DEFINITELY recommend it. Perfect for a rainy, lazy afternoon.

Blog Tour: The Other Brother (Meghan Quinn)

THE OTHER BROTHER by Meghan Quinn is finally here!


Review:

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I got the call. The dreaded call every child fears. My dad wasn’t well, and the man who had always been my everything needed me.

There was only one thing to do; pack up and head back to my hometown. I had finally made my dream life in the city with the great job and loving boyfriend. But was there really a choice not to go?

I found a wonderful job, a quaint house to rent, my boyfriend was working on joining me in Binghamton, and my favorite pizza place was only miles away. Life was good.

Until I met my neighbor.

It’s been three years since I’d seen Aaron Walters, and my God is he all kinds of sexy gorgeous. Figures. He was supposed to be my forever, the man I grew old with, but he had different plans. How can a man who ripped my heart apart still trip me up? How can he make me still want him now more than ever?

I’m tempted, I’m drawn toward him, I’m completely and utterly unaware that I’m dating his biological brother.

Now two men own my heart. The question is, which brother will I choose?


I’ve had a lot of fun with this series so far, and The Other Brother was yet another fantastic book by Meghan Quinn and the Binghamton gang. Again, let me tell you some things I absolutely loved, and what I wished was a little better.

THE POSITIVE:

  Aaron a.k.a. “Smalls”. Definitely the highlight of this book for me. He’s such a great character, and such a good guy too. He’s an awesome friend, great boyfriend, great person. I loved him!!!

  The romance. Look, I know the blurb points to a love triangle, and it kind of his. But it’s very well done, respectful, and no boundaries are crossed. Also, Aaron and Amelia belonged together, there was no doubt about that. (Also, I’m very glad with how Meghan Quinn wrote Trey).

  The writing, of course, this one is pretty obvious. But I really liked how Meghan gave us glimpses into Aaron and Amelia’s past together, because this amazing book is a second chance romance!!!

  AMANDA!!! Can we get a book about Amelia’s BFF?

  The conflict, and the depth of the feelings involved.

THE NEGATIVE:

  I wanted more of the gang in this book. While Tucker makes some appearances, it bothered me a bit how absent he and Racer were from Aaron’s life. I wanted more interaction between the guys, their significant others and Aaron and Amelia. I felt like she could have used friends, and the girls would have been great for her.

  I loved this book in general, but I will admit that the plot was not exactly my cup of tea. I love second chance romances, and I’m very glad that the triangle was well written. But, this was a love triangle nonetheless, and with brothers to boot, so that makes me feel weird about it a tiny bit. Still, I loved this book…


Excerpt:

Why? Why does he have to magically appear in my life? Moving back to Binghamton, I thought about the possibility of maybe running into him, but I thought it unlikely, something that would never really happen.

Boy, was I wrong.

What a sick joke life is playing on me.

Aaron Walters, the boy who broke me into pieces is my neighbor.

I can’t fathom the impact I feel already.

Seeing him in hip-hugging jeans and a tight, plain shirt did a number on me. It kept me up all night as memories of what we used to have flooded my mind.

His voice.

His stature.

The way he used to kiss my neck.

The way I felt so protected in his arms.

Too bad his arms couldn’t protect me from his devastating, heart-breaking self.

And hell, he looked good. Too good.

He’s always been tall with handsome features and a chiseled jaw, but now he’s bulked up to the point that I could see his abs flexing under his shirt, the same shirt that stretched over his biceps.

But it wasn’t his muscles or handsome features that once again made my heart ache, it was those eyes. So bright, so blue, so kind, but still so sad. It reminded me of the first day I met him, of the day he stole my heart from every other man on the market.

Broken, unsure, yet yearning for love. It was all there, and like experiencing a moment of déjà vu, I was transported back into a time when I felt invisible, like I could conquer anything with him at my side.

Once again, I was wrong.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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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Drowning Erin (Elizabeth O’Roark)

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Drowning Erin by Elizabeth O’Roark is LIVE!


Review:

Erin Doyle can’t stand man whores, and she particularly can’t stand Brendan Langstrom — the guy who avoids relationships like the plague and never sleeps with the same girl twice. She and Brendan have waged a war of mutual disdain for years, but when Brendan picks up the pieces after Erin’s world unravels, they’ll both be forced to admit that beneath their dislike is something else entirely — something they’re not supposed to feel. Because Brendan isn’t just her nemesis … he’s also her fiance’s best friend.

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I read this book as a buddy read with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too, go to her blog on the next few days to read her review of this book.

Awhile back I read Waking Olivia, which I loved, and I was excited for this one, because it’s about Olivia’s BFF and Will’s brother. So YAY, I love spin offs, and I love to know more about the secondary characters that show up in certain books. So let me tell you what worked for me and what didn’t in Drowning Erin.

THE POSITIVE:

  Enemies to lovers and second chance romance… I love those tropes, and those were the ones used in this book, so YAY.

The writing and the structure. There’s no doubt for me that Elizabeth O’Roark’s writing is amazing, and she decided to write this book in dual POV, with present and past mixed. Which was great. Also, the chapters were super small, and that made the book flow super fast.

  Even though I had a lot of issues with the characters, they were super complex and there is a lot of character growth during this novel.

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THE NEGATIVE:

  The miscommunication! OH MY GOD! There are so many situations that Erin and Brendan could have just talked, and stuff would have been okay. They just assumed the worst of each other and never even thought about actually communicating properly.

  Erin was not my favorite character… at all. While I understood her feelings and her need to feel secure, I hated how she was so willing to lose herself and stay with Rob. I hated how she never fought for what she wanted or needed until way way into the book.

  With that in mind, I hated the love triangle on this book. Especially, I hated how long it lasted…


Early Praise for Drowning Erin:

“Drowning Erin is the read I’ve been searching for, but had no idea I was trying to find.” Isha, Amazon Reviewer ★★★★★

“I couldn’t put it down.” Elaine, Amazon Reviewer ★★★★★

“I could feel the angst, the dilemma, oozing out of the pages. Poor Erin; I wanted to both hug her and shake her at the same time.” Lisa, Goodreads Reviewer ★★★★★

“Oh the angst!! This book was so wonderfully written, I don’t know if I can recommend it enough!!” Heidi, Goodreads Reviewer ★★★★★

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About Elizabeth:

Elizabeth O’Roark is a former medical writer who lives in Washington, DC with her three children. She is an avid runner when able to escape the aforementioned children. She drinks an embarrassing amount of Diet Mountain Dew, and would exist entirely off of candy corn were it socially acceptable to do so.

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WWW Wednesday: November 8th 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’ll start Trouble Next Door by Stefanie London today, for sure.


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This week I finished Dear Bridget, I Want You by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland, Drowning Erin by Elizabeth O’Roark and Drunk Dial by Penelope Ward.


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Next I’ll read a couple of ARCs: Bad Princess by Julianna Keyes and A Royal Mistake by Elizabeth Davis.

The Shameless Hour (Sarina Bowen)

The girl who’s had everyone meets the boy who has no one.

For Bella, the sweet-talking, free-loving, hip-checking student manager of the Harkness men’s hockey team, sex is a second language. She’s used to being fluent where others stutter, and the things people say behind her back don’t (often) bother her. So she can’t understand why her smoking hot downstairs neighbor has so much trouble staying friends after their spontaneous night together. She knows better than to worry about it, but there’s something in those espresso eyes that makes her second guess herself.

Rafe is appalled with himself for losing his virginity in a drunken hookup. His strict Catholic upbringing always emphasized loving thy neighbor — but not with a bottle of wine and a box of condoms. The result is an Ivy League bout of awkwardness. But when Bella is leveled by a little bad luck and a downright sinister fraternity stunt, it’s Rafe who is there to pick up the pieces.

Bella doesn’t want Rafe’s help, and she’s through with men. Too bad the undeniable spark that crackles between the two of them just can’t be extinguished.


You guys know that Sarina Bowen is one of my alltime favorite authors, so I’ve been wanting to finish this series for awhile. I finally got some time to read book 4, and I hope to read book 5 in the next few weeks too. This book felt very different from the others in this series, but I really enjoyed it.

THE POSITIVE:

  I really liked Bella. I loved how she was so sex positive, how she did what she wanted and was unapologetic about the stuff she wanted and liked.

  Rafe was a great friend and a great guy in general, and I really liked his friendship with Bella. Obviously, their relationship was really great, and I liked how it developed slowly and surely.

♥  There is some great friendships here, and I really liked how supportive the hockey team was to Bella.

  I really like the fact that Bella is older than Rafe, eheh, it’s rare in romance books. Also, there is some big character development here.

THE NEGATIVE:

  Even though I really liked Rafe, and I get that he tried not to judge Bella, I still think that he did, if not the person, the actions, and I wasn’t a very big fan of that.

  I’m gonna drop a SPOILER here, so advert your eyes… I hated that Bella caught an STD, I know it’s something that happens, but it led her to blame herself, and I hated that point in the  storyline.

  I didn’t like what the event did to my precious Bella. I wanted more for her, and I expected more FROM her, if that makes any sense. I didn’t want her shamed by what happened, even before the fraternity thing. Bella being ashamed of herself by her sexuality didn’t sit well with me.

Musical Mondays: Axl Rose by Miguel Araújo

This music is everywhere in Portugal, and I kind of love it.

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Misto de etanol
The, rock and roll

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Código secreto
MTV, headbanger’s ball

Como Panurgo
Quando avança um
O batalhão vai atrás

Cá pelo burgo
All Dressed in gloom
A mole humana bale a todo o gás

Esconde a rosa
Dentro do coldre
O Axl Rose caiu ao chão

Cai o mito
Último grito
Estatelou-se a minha geração

No Polivalente
Paira o perfume
A erva e Vert Sauvage

Para ser diferente
Há que ser mais um
Listen all of y’all it’s sabotage

Os paralelos
Conhecem as solas
Destas Doc Martens de cor

Do Acácio Lello
Já só resta o pó
Que é do Angel Dust dos Faith no More?

Esconde a rosa
Dentro do coldre
O Axl Rose caiu ao chão

Cai o mito
Último grito
Estatelou-se a minha geração

Num suspiro
Ouviu-se um tiro
Quem encurralou o Kurt Cobain?

Deu-me uma traça
Dá-me uma passa
Let me take you down memory lane

Blog Tour: Miss Fix-It (Emma Hart)


Review:

One handywoman.
One single dad.
One set of twins.
And the wall isn’t the only thing being drilled…

I learned the hard way that being a handywoman isn’t easy. The questions, the stares—the assumption I’m the proud owner of a cock and balls. Not that it matters. I’ve proven over and over that I’m ready for anything the judgmental asses throw at me.

Except the hot, single dad of twins who just moved to town.

Brantley Cooper gets the shock of his life when I show up on his doorstep to fix up his kids’ new rooms. His son is confused why ‘the pretty lady has a drill,’ and his daughter has a new obsession — me.

On paper, my job is easy. Go in, do their bedrooms, and leave.

In theory, I’m spending eight hours a day with a guarded, sexy as hell guy, and I’m staying for dinner more often than I’m eating it alone, on my couch, with Friends re-runs.

I shouldn’t be staying for dinner. I shouldn’t be helping him out with the twins. I shouldn’t be falling in love with tiny toes and dimpled cheeks.

And I most definitely should not be kissing my client.

Oops…

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OMG, this book is amazeballs! Miss Fix-It just jumped to my top 5 books of this year, because it’s fun, funny, heartfelt, and so goddamn cute!

Emma Hart has been kind of a hit and miss for me, so I’m very very happy that this one was a huge hit.

The writing was great, and even though I usually like it best when the books have dual POV, I felt like I wasn’t missing anything at all only having Kali’s point of view. Also, I loved Kali’s voice, this girl was just so amazing. Kali is fun and carefree, and confident. She knows she’s good and she shows it. She’s very herself in all situations, and she’s unapologetic about it, even in tricky situations. I loved her. She’s definitly a character I would like to see more of.

And then we have Brantley, and I loved his dry sense of humour, and how he dealt with his kids. He was such an great single dad. He’s funny and determined. Him and Kali just clicked, their personalities fit perfectly and the chemistry was very much there. I thought the romance was so well done, it took a little time, it developed from a friendship and mutual respect and admiration. Very very well done.

Eli and Ellie were scene stealers, and OMG, they’re just the cutest 4yo twins that I ever read about. ADORABLE!!! Every time they were on page, it was adorable, and they are in the book a lot, they have such big roles, and that’s great, because sometimes on books that involve kids, the kids themselves are put a bit on the background. But not on this one, Miss Fix-It puts Eli and Ellie front and center.

The only thing I would have liked was to know the depth of the reasons that lead Brantley to uproot his life. We get an inkling of it, but I wanted one full conversation about the subject, that’s all.

This book was the best. And so cute and adorable. So, guys, go read it… NOW. You won’t regret it, I swear. GO READ IT!


Excerpt:

“Deal with it,” I echoed, my mouth dry. “What exactly do you mean by that?”

He glanced at my mouth.

“Okay, but, um, here’s the thing.” I couldn’t breathe. I sounded like a panting idiot trying to get the words out between each short, sharp breath I took. “This,” I motioned between us, “is bad.”

“Bad.” His lips tugged to the side.

“Yes. Because,” — help. Someone help — “because this isn’t allowed. Company rules. No cavorting with clients.”

“No cavorting with clients.” That half-smile turned into a full-blown grin. “That’s very…proper.”

“Well, I can’t exactly put, “No sleeping with the clients” now, can I?”

“You could have, but it would have been unfortunately precise.”

“I should change that.”

“I disagree.”

I licked my lips. “You should agree. Because this is —”

“Bad. You said.” More lip twitching.

“I thought you were sorry you made it awkward by kissing me.”

“That was before I found out you were attracted to me. Now, I’m a lot less sorry I kissed you.”

Oh. Well. Fair enough.

“Should I take back my acceptance of your apology?” I asked.

“You should stop talking and see how you feel when I’ve kissed you again.”


About the Author:

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By day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to two beautiful little monsters. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of whatever she fancies — usually wine — and writes books.

Emma is working on Top Secret projects she will share with her followers and fans at every available opportunity. Naturally, all Top Secret projects involve a dashingly hot guy who likes to forget to wear a shirt, a sprinkling (or several) of hold-onto-your-panties hot scenes, and a whole lotta love.

She likes to be busy — unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to be when all the ideas come to life.

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