WWW Wednesday: February 7th 2018

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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 listening to Wanderlust by Lauren Blakely, The Learning Hours by Sara Ney and reading Brooklynaire by Sarina Bowen.


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This week I finished Stud by Kelly Siskind and Wildcat by Max Monroe.


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Next I’ll read Monster Among the Roses by Linda Kage.

Blog Tour: Wildcat (Max Monroe)

Wildcat: a football formation in which the ball is snapped, not to the quarterback, but to another player lined up in the quarterback position.

Wild, Cat: a beautiful woman from the sky, who hooked me against the rails, and has me on the ropes. Sweet like honey, with a hint of sass burning behind her pretty brown eyes, she took over my heart without warning.

I’m Quinn Bailey, quarterback for the New York Mavericks.
Sports analysts predicted I’d break records and take my team all the way.

But no one predicted this.

And just like the other team, I never saw it coming.

Disclaimer: 

Things this book is:
• Romantic Comedy
• #1 in the Mavericks Tackle Love Series
• Can be read as a complete standalone.

Things it isn’t:
• Paranormal: The only thing magical is inside Quinn Bailey’s pants.
• Boring: Pssh, please. Max Monroe doesn’t do boring.
• Short: Prior to reading, prepare yourself for one huge, long, thick…book.


Deanna told me several times to read something by Max Monroe, and I’m so glad I listened to her, because I absolutely loved Wildcat. The writing is amazing, and now I definitely want to pick up more books by this duo. It was the perfect mix and balance of comedy and swoony romance, so right up my alley.

I loved the 2 main characters, especially Quinn. It’s so refreshing to get an absolutely great guy as a romance hero, that was always a genuine good guy, and doesn’t mind fighting hard for the girl he likes. Quinn treated Cat like a princess right from the start, he knew what he wanted and he went after it, in the most sweet and amazing way. I also loved how he dealt with his fan base, and even his family, though his parents did not deserve it, to be honest. But his brother Devon stole my heart, and I want a book about him ASAP!

Catharine was such a beautiful and amazing woman. She took her time, but it was impossible not to fall for Quinn’s charms, and not to fall in love with him completely. She was such a strong and independent woman, and she always tried her best, and she was awesome.

As a reader, it was impossible not to fall in love with their connecting and their love for each other. The romance was slow to pick up pace, but when it did, it was full steam ahead. They were perfect together, even with all the difficulties they had to face.

I really liked the plot and the conflict. For awhile, I wasn’t quite seeing how a conflict was going to be introduced, because they seemed so amazing, but when it it, it was sad as s**t, and I wanted to murder someone. It reflects some truths about our society, and I loved how they were able to overcome it and become better because of it.

Overall, amazing experience, and one of my favorites for the year so bar. So yeah, go pick up Wildcat. I can’t wait to read all the other books in this serie, and hope against hope that a book about Devon (and maybe Casey) is coming our way.

February TBR

Welcome to February :). Once again, I have a crazy amount of ARCs to go through this month. I don’t know why I keep requesting books…

  1. Wildcat (Mavericks, #1) by Max Monroe
  2. The Learning Hours (How to Date a Douchebag, #3) by Sara Ney
  3. Brooklynaire by Sarina Bowen
  4. Wanderlust by Lauren Blakely
  5. The Upside of Falling Down by Rebekah Crane
  6. Memphis by Ginger Scott
  7. The Duchess Deal (Girl Meets Duke, #1) by Tessa Dare
  8. Monster Among the Roses (Fairy Tale Quartet, #1) by Linda Kage
  9. Kissing the Boss (Fairy Tale Quartet, #2) by Linda Kage
  10. Secrets of a Summer Night (Wallflowers, #1) by Lisa Kleypas

 

January Wrap-Up

Here is my Wrap-Up for the first month of 2018. I read a total of 13 books, and some amazing ones at that.


THIS MONTH I READ:


2018 NEW ADULT READING CHALLENGE:

I read 3 books towards the NA reading challenge:

And here is my bingo progress:


The first month of the year is gone, and it flew by. I had some good news this past month, and I’m happy about an upcoming change at my job. I’m also excited because I booked vacations for this month of February, and I’ll be going to Scotland with a friend. Also, I started co-blogging, and you can now find me at Romances Ever After too!

Blog Tour: Stud (Kelly Siskind)

Title: Stud
Author: Kelly Siskind
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: January 31, 2018


Review:

A down-to-earth carpenter. A Prada loving personal shopper.

A Habitat for Humanity project that erects more than walls…

The word “nail” has so many meanings:

Ainsley Hall’s manicured nails belong in the Museum of Modern Art.

The fashionista hammers nails at Habitat for Humanity.

She desperately wants to nail Owen Phillips.

Unfortunately, she mistakenly thinks he’s gay.

Owen’s never-ending divorce has taken a turn from messy to downright vindictive. Yearning for the simpler things in life, like working with his hands, he joins a Habitat build. Turns out he also wants to work over Ainsley Hall…but the confusing bombshell flirts blatantly with other men.

When Ainsley discovers Owen’s true sexuality, their mutual attraction ignites, but he hasn’t shared the extent of his divorce drama. If he can’t disprove his ex’s false allegations, it will take more than hammers and nails (and nailing studs) to keep their walls from caving in.

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I love Kelly Siskind’s books, and this one was not an exception. After Legs, I wanted to read more about Rachel’s friends, and I’m so happy we finally got a book about Ainsley and Owen.

If you  haven’t read any of Kelly’s books, I don’t know what you’re doing, because her writing is amazing, super funny, with a lot of emotion thrown into it. I have to say that I ended up liking Stud more than I liked Legs, because I felt like the story and plot were better. I loved LOVED LOVED the story. And the characters… Owen is AMAZING, and he kind of reminds me of Sam (from Chasing Crazy) for some reason. Whatever, I loved him, how he loved so fiercely… And Ainsley is a hoot! Even though she was so scared of getting hurt, she was funny and she let herself feel, and I loved her.

The fact that their relationship started as friendship was a big plus for me, and the chemistry between these 2 characters was off the charts.

What kept me from loving this book anymore than I did, was the fact that it felt a little slow for the first half of it. There was nothing wrong with the pacing, it just felt slow to me, which kept me from enjoying it more.

Either way, another amazing book from Kelly Siskind, and I seriously recommend you to read this book, and all her other books. Because she’s the bomb!


Read an Excerpt:

Her gaze dipped down my body, slow and languid, soaking me in. Something in me twitched to life, like a phantom limb reminding me hot blood once pumped through my veins. All my veins. My groin got heavy, heat flushing my thighs. Because she looked at me.I let that notion marinate and did my best to keep my brain on target. “If you plan on volunteering, show up at the construction site at 8:30 a.m. sharp. Nick will take you through the paces.”

“Will you be here?”

“Possibly.”

“Are you here every day?”

“Some.”

“Do you often answer questions with one word?”

“Depends.”

She tipped her head, those stunning eyes intent upon me. Suddenly, heading home for beers and pizza didn’t sound as appealing. I dug my boots deeper into the earth.

She swiped her tongue across her full bottom lip. “All right, tough guy. I’ll be here next week, volunteer ready, where you may or may not be, depending on if you do or do not decide to show up.”

Every word dripped with flirtatiousness, but I stayed quiet. The way I’d all but grunted at her so far, probably better to keep my mouth shut.

So we stood there—her waiting on me to speak, a skateboarder barreling down the road at our left. Me unsure why she was affecting me.

I missed being with a woman. Missed the slide of soft skin and wet mouths, and locking my girl in my arms for the night. But I’d sworn I’d do it right this time. Not rush in. Make sure I dated someone with depth and interests outside of making bank. Everything about this spitfire girl read narcissistic.

When our silence slipped into awkward, she fluttered her fingers in my face. “It’s been…interesting.”

I offered her a curt nod.

Chuckling to herself, she spun around, but her right heel wedged into the loose dirt. Those damn shoes were lethal. She sank an inch and teetered, but seemed to catch herself. Then her massive purse fell. The thick strap landed on her forearm, tipping the balance. She shot out her hand, struggling to stay upright.

I lunged for her, clasping her trim waist to hold her steady. And close. Too close. Not near enough for her to feel how I was thickening behind my zipper, but the air swelled. It dilated with feminine scents. Something sweet. Nice. 
She smelled like chocolate.

My hands spanned her waist from behind, her curves above and below all woman. Hour glass, like a modern-day Marilyn Monroe. Jean Harlow. Mae West. Over the years, I’d watched every classic movie there was, wishing I could slip to a time when men danced and women sang and loyalty and love were valued over getting ahead. An old soul, my nana always said. Or a romantic. Or just plain trouble.

Now I had my hands on a dangerous beauty.


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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.

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