Where I Belong (J. Daniels)

2017 NEW ADULT READING CHALLENGE | New to me author

When Mia Corelli returns to Alabama for a summer of fun with her childhood best friend, Tessa, there’s only one thing keeping her on edge. One person that she’d do anything to avoid.

Benjamin Kelly. World’s biggest dickhead.

Mia hates him with a fury and has no desire to ever see him again. When she decides to start her summer off with a bang and finally give away her v-card, she unknowingly hands it over to the one guy that excelled at making her life miserable, learning a valuable lesson in the process.

Always get the name of the guy you’re going home with.

Ben can’t get the girl he spent one night with out of his head. When she leaves him the next morning, he thinks he’ll never see her again. Until he sees her lounging by the pool with his sister.

Mia is determined to hate Ben, even though she can’t forget him.

Ben is determined to prove he’s not the same guy he used to be.

What happens when the one person you wish never existed becomes the one person you can’t imagine being without?


This series was recommended to me by Deanna @A Novel Glimpse, and I’m glad she did, because this was such a fun book, and I’ll definitly read more from this author.

The premise of this book is hilarious and it was done well, though I felt like it sometimes moved a tiny bit too fast. The same with the writing, it was fun and fast and hilarious, but sometimes it took a turn into “too much”, you know? I still loved it and laughed my ass off with it.

Mia and Ben were good characters, though I felt like I didn’t actually get to know them on their own. I did like them a lot together, and they definitly had great chemistry. Also, this book had one of my favorite tropes ever in romance, so YAY! Bonus points for that!!!

I’m gonna keep this review short, because I honestly don’t have anything else to say, eheh, but I do recommend this book. It’s a good story, told in a fun way. It definitly put a smile on my face 🙂 .

Addicted to You (Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie)

2017 NEW ADULT READING CHALLENGE | BOOK Out of your COMFORT zone

She’s addicted to sex. He’s addicted to booze…the only way out is rock bottom.

No one would suspect shy Lily Calloway’s biggest secret. While everyone is dancing at college bars, Lily stays in the bathroom. To get laid. Her compulsion leads her to one-night stands, steamy hookups and events she shamefully regrets. The only person who knows her secret happens to have one of his own.

Loren Hale’s best friend is his bottle of bourbon. Lily comes at a close second. For three years, they’ve pretended to be in a real relationship, hiding their addictions from their families. They’ve mastered the art of concealing flasks and random guys that filter in and out of their apartment.

But as they sink beneath the weight of their addictions, they cling harder to their destructive relationship and wonder if a life together, for real, is better than a lie. Strangers and family begin to infiltrate their guarded lives, and with new challenges, they realize they may not just be addicted to alcohol and sex.

Their real vice may be each other.


I’ve had Addicted to You on my Kindle/Audible for ages, but I always put off reading it for some reason, but I finally did it, and I’m sort of glad I did on one hand, and beating myself up for not reading it sooner on the other. Because I absolutely loved this book, but this was definitly not an easy read, as the subject itself is hard for me.

This was my first book by Krista and Becca Ritchie, and I loved loved loved the writing. The book is told only through Lily’s POV and it’s so raw. When I started this one, I was sort of scared about how explicit is was going to be, because the narrator is a sex addict, and I was afraid that it would become old pretty fast. But the authors did an amazing job here, because the book is raw and emotional and gritty, without it being over explicit. Super well done.

Flawed characters are the best ones, and Lily and Lo are as flawed as they come. I loved reading about their struggles, with their feelings, relationships and addictions, even when they were self destructing. There are so many layers to these characters and they’re so well constructed, I just want to learn more about them. The same goes for Connor, Ryke and Rose. They have so much more to give and I have so much more to explore about them, and I love the possibilities.

I also really liked the plot and the pace. Honestly, I loved everything about this book, even the massive heartbreak. I’ll definitly keep reading this series because I just want more of all these amazing characters and writing.

Now, I have to say that this book can be sort of triggering, I guess. It’s a disturbing subject and outside most people’s comfort zone. Addiction is a heavy subject on itself, and it’s not an easy subject to take on. While I never battled with addiction myself, I grew up close to it, and it certainly got me in a weird mood and brought on all sort of memories and feelings.

For me though, it was one of the best books I read this year, so far. And I want people to read it! HAve you read this one? What are your feelings on it?

Blog Tour: Co-Wrecker (Meghan Quinn)



We’re celebrating the release of CO-WRECKER by Meghan Quinn!


2017 NEW ADULT READING CHALLENGE | Book Set In the Summer

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What do ice cream and Sadie Montgomery have in common? They’re both ice cold, but one taste is never enough.

I wanted to be friends — I would have even settled for her seeing me as anything but a nerd — but there was no getting through. So just like any hard-headed, red-blooded man out there, I made up my mind.

I’d make my coworker fall for me.

I’d like to say it was simple, but like every other epic love story, all it took was one drunken night and a lot of naked courage to get the girl. For a moment, at least.

Love with a coworker is never simple, especially since Sadie’s trying to keep us on the low. Not to mention her persistent ex-boyfriend who won’t leave her alone. But I’ve never been good at giving up, and I don’t plan to start now.

The whole thing is a recipe for a rocky road, but I plan to eat the whole gallon, no matter how bad the brain freeze.


I read this book as a buddy read with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, so go to her blog on the 30th to check her review of this book.

Guys, if you don’t know by now, shame on you, but I love Meghan Quinn’s books! And this one was no exception. I can always count on her writing to make me laugh like a crazy woman, even in the middle of the street. Co-Wrecker is told in dual POV, from Andrew and Sadie’s point of views, and both character have such distinct voices. The writing is witty and hilarious, even if some of Sadie’s chapters are a bit darker. AMAZING!

Andrew is without a doubt one of my favorites male main characters ever! He’s right up there with Hollis, eheh. I’m a sucker for hot nerds, and Andrew is definitly nerdy and he’s most certainly HOT. Also, he’s so much fun! He says the most absurd things and he cracked me up all the time.

Sadie was tougher to love, because she’s more reserved, and she also had a lot of bad stuff happening to her. But as she lightens up when she starts hanging out with Andrew, and her personality shines, it was impossible not to like her. She was sarcastic and self assured and she was the perfect complement for goofy Andrew.

The romance was pretty cool and hot. I really liked how Andrew saw right through Sadie, even when she tried to hide herself. But I also liked that they pushed each other, and that he wasn’t willing to let her give up on herself. This was the best kind of romance!

So, people, have you read any of Meghan’s books? No problem!

Read this one!!!! 😀 I’ll assure you that you won’t be sorry. This is a fun story with some harder tones and great, amazing characters. READ IT!


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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Styled (Piper Lawson)

I have a type. Tall. Blond. Sarcastic. Awkward as hell.

That’s right, my type is me. Because I’m better off spending my time alone than with a guy.

Which doesn’t matter since this month, I’m on an open-ended ticket to LA to find a new boutique for TRAVESTY. Not to find a rebound for the breakup that blew my mind. I’m ready to forget all about dicks.

Too bad Ethan Cameron sinks that dream before I get on the plane.

The SoCal realtor might be my business partner’s older brother, but he’s the wrong guy to help us out. Ethan’s arrogant and self-centred, with a dentist’s wet dream smile and pecs that might have their own hashtag. More girls pass through the backseat of his car than through the doors of our SoHo boutique.

He’s also wrong for me. And the more he thinks he knows me, the more I need to prove he doesn’t.

But I can’t ignore the fact that I need Ethan’s help finding a boutique to put TRAVESTY on the map. And no one knows LA style like Ethan.

I survived private school. Growing up with one parent. Dating a gay guy. I can survive one month with Ethan Cameron.

Right?


As usual, I read this book as a buddy read with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, so go to her blog in the next few days to read what she thought of this book.

I’ve read a few books by Piper Lawson in this last year, and I’ve enjoyed them all, and while I did like this one, I must confess that it wasn’t quite as good as all the others.

It took me a little while to completely immerse myself in this book, and I found the writing slightly confusing at the beginning, which was weird for me, because I had read the previous book of the series after all… Anyway, while it did get better, it didn’t completely blew me away.

But my main issues reside on the characters. I liked Jordan. It’s rare that we have a girl in romance who is viewed as cold, and isn’t even sure she has the ability to love. But while I really liked her personality and directness, I wish her doubts had been explored a tiny bit more. I actually thought the main conflict of this book would rely on it… silly me.

Ethan… well… I don’t know… it took me a LONG LONG time to warm up to him. He started of as a total douche, and by the end of the book I was still not completely sold?! I don’t know, I just felt like there was something missing there and he wasn’t completely fleshed out.

I did like the slow burn romance and the chemistry between Ethan and Jordan. I loved that this wasn’t insta-anything, and instead the attraction grew from getting to know each other.

There was one issue that created a small conflict that I didn’t see coming, and honestly kind of hated that it did. I didn’t feel like it contributed in any substantial way to the story, and instead brought forth some pretty nasty sides from certain characters. I wasn’t exactly fan of the main conflict either, and I could see it coming miles away.

Ultimatly this was a good romance read, with a well constructed slow burn romance. But I felt like the characters could use a little more dimension, and some conflicts could have been dealt with differently.

I would still recommend it, especially if you’re a fan of Piper Lawson’s writing.

Goodnight, Nic (Marley Jacobs)

2017 NEW ADULT READING CHALLENGE | Debut Novel

Twenty-four-year-old Nicole Fletcher is having a rough summer. The woman who raised her is dying and there’s nothing she can do about it. Nothing but find solace in the forbidden fantasies starring her best friend’s younger brother. Nic knows there are some lines you can never cross – but when it comes to “little” Landon Pike, she kind of already has. She tries to stay away but when your world is falling apart, you can’t help but fall right along with it. Good thing Landon refuses to let her fall alone.


Guys, I have to tell you something… I’m sort of in love with the writing in this book. Also, it won me over with one of the most important things for me in contemporary books: DIALOGUE! The dialogue is smart, fun, fast and witty, and it put a huge smile on my face.

I think the blurb is pretty explicit in terms of the actual story: Nic is a lot lost. Her mother, aka, the woman who raised her, is dying of terminal cancer. And she and her other aunt are doing what they can to keep strong. In the meantime, Landon – her BFF’s little brother – is home for the summer, and is determined to break down Nic’s defenses and make her see how perfect they are for each other.

The relationships in this book were awesome! I was amazed by Nic’s relationship with her aunts, and how much they loved each other, the little ways they showed it. But I also loved Nic’s relationship with every single member of the Pike family. It was clear she belonged there, which made me understand her reluctance to give in to her feelings for Landon. Because she depended so much on those bonds, and what if she lost them?

Nic is a tough character, and it was refreshing to read a girl with such a brazen personality, and at first it was hard for me to really like her, but then I just had to. She was so scared and so uncertain of herself, while being her own person and strong and determined. I found it impossible not to like her.

Landon… I liked the guy, but I sort of wished I had more context in some situations, you know? I loved his determination, and how he was so sure of what he wanted. I also liked how well he knew Nic and not only was able to anticipate her thoughts, but was also always there for her.

I was a bit taken aback by the age difference, at first, but mostly because of the time of their lives they’re at. But that quickly faded, eheh. I really liked the romance, because I love when the romance stems from a strong friendship and a super strong bond, but I felt like there wasn’t enough dialogue between these two. There were some questions about Landon that I wish Nic had talked to him about, for instance the girlfriend that is mention at the time of their first kiss. Just saying, I wish that either that wasn’t an issue, or some talk had happened afterwards – even though this would be hard with how fast Nic ran away from those situations. I also kind of wished that Landon hadn’t said some pretty alpha-male things… though I understood why he did it, it’s just, I wasn’t a fan of the tone, you know?!

But more than the romantic relationships, it was the bonds that Nic had with her mom, aunt and Landon’s mom that truly made this book shine for me. These women were all so supportive of each other, and I fell in love with the way they bantered and interacted.

Overall I truly enjoyed this story and Nic’s journey, even in its painful moments.

I loved the writing and the relationships, and the characters had such depth to them. And I wouldn’t mind reading more about these characters… One thing is for sure, I’ll keep my eye out for Marley Jacobs, because I want to read more books by her.

If you like New Adult contemporary books, with very cool and strong women and an awesome romance, read this one. You won’t be sorry.

Goodbye Paradise (Sarina Bowen)

2017 NEW ADULT READING CHALLENGE | LGBTQ+ Novel

Most people called it a cult. But for twenty years, Josh and Caleb called it home.

In Paradise, there is no television. No fast food. Just long hours of farm work and prayer on a dusty Wyoming ranch, and nights in a crowded bunkhouse. The boys of the Compound are kept far from the sinners’ world.

But Joshua doesn’t need temptation to sin. His whole life, he’s wanted his best friend, Caleb. By day they work side by side. Only when Josh closes his eyes at night can they be together the way he craves.

It can never be. And his survival depends on keeping his terrible desires secret.

Caleb has always protected Josh against the worst of the bullying at the Compound. But he has secrets of his own, and a plan to get away — until it all backfires.

Josh finds himself homeless in a world that doesn’t want him. Can Caleb find him in time? And will they find a place of safety, where he can admit to Josh how he really feels?

Warning: Contains a hot male/male romance, copious instances of taking the Lord’s name in vain, and love against the kitchen counter. This book was previously released under the title: In Front of God & Everyone.

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

Ever since I heard about this book, I’ve been super excited to read it. Why? It’s Sarina Bowen! Enough said! So far, I’ve read quite a few (almost all) of her books, and I loved them all, so yeah, I was ecstatic 😀 .

I really liked this book, and once again, I cried like a baby – which did not surprise Cátia, because like she so eloquently put it “everything makes you cry”… TRUE! But hey, this was painful.

I really liked the writing and the way this book is structured. Goodbye Paradise is told through both perspectives of Josh and Caleb, but it isn’t alternating. Instead we have blocks narrated by Josh and others from Caleb’s POV, which gives an interesting dynamic to the story, as in, we’re not sure at first what’s going on on Caleb’s head, and so on. They also have completely different voices, which I loved, and it went right along with their personalities.

I loved both boys, but mostly Josh. Josh had lived on the compound (a.k.a. CULT) all his life, with very little to no interaction with the real world. His head was messed up. He thought that his likes and his wants were sins. He was plagued between the feeling of happiness and guilt. And my heart broke for this guy. But he also has an amazing character development, and the first time he truly stands up for himself, I had tears in my eyes.

Caleb had a little different background, because even though he had grown up with Josh, he had outside world privileges, so he knew what he was missing, and he knew that there was a better life for them waiting on the outside. Caleb was also more confident and sure of himself.

I liked their relationship a lot. These guys had been in love for all their lives without truly acknowledging that, so it was so good to see how their relationship evolved after they left.

One thing I wasn’t truly expecting but truly liked was the pacing and the time span of the book. The book emcompasses over one year of their lives, and shows how they adapt to the world. Nothing is hurried and everything takes a long time to be achieved, whether a job or the ability to be honest about their feelings to other people. This is also mostly a character driven story, and I loved the growth that both boys did during the book, and the bonds of family, friendship and love they created. I really loved how they achieved a good step on their relationship, and they became more equals. I loved that.

Also, Josh and the kids? ADORABLE!!!

It’s tough for me not to compare this book to Him and Us, because Jamie and Wes have my heart, but I really enjoyed Cable and Josh’s story, though the Him series will forever be my favorite.

One thing to keep in mind is that even though Caleb and Josh left a religious cult, the religious aspects of this book are very minimal. And on the other hand, they sure get to explore all that sexual tension that built up for years and years…

If you’re a fan of Sarina Bowen, and love a good romance, give this one a chance.

Sugar, We’re Going Down (M.H. Soars)

2017 NEW ADULT READING CHALLENGE | BOOK You Knew Nothing About

They say nothing compares to the first kiss. That sentence needs to be amended. Nothing compares to the first kiss from Oliver Best. I knew in the moment our lips touched that the cocky rockstar would be forever imprinted in my mind. I also knew that loving him would be my destruction. And yet, love him I did.

Oliver Best, former rockstar, heir to one of the largest fortunes in Great Britain, and the country’s most infamous bad boy.

Saylor Blue Carter, college drop-out, lead singer of a struggling band, not a penny to her name.

When they met, it was hate at first sight. Oliver was an arrogant ass. Saylor was a cold hearted bitch. These were the thoughts they had for each other. Until that kiss. That life altering, earth shattering, nuclear kiss. They knew what that kiss meant. They knew anything between them would be explosive and without hope for a happily ever after. So they vowed to forget, they tried to stay away. But now with their best friends’ wedding approaching, all bets are off.

*Warning: This book ends on a cliffhanger. The sequel will be published on June 6, 2017


I read this book as a buddy read with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too. Go to here to read her review of this book.

So guys… see that warning at the end of the blurb? Yeah… it wasn’t a part of Netgalley blurb, which means that I thought this book could be read as a standalone, only to understand almost at the end that NOPE. In fact, Oliver and Saylor’s story will be told in THREE PARTS! Yeah… 3! I have to admit that it didn’t make me love the book more.

While I haven’t read the first book in this series, I did read the novella, Catch You, and I had quite enjoyed the writing, so I was super disappointed that the writing on this novel just didn’t work for me. At all! I felt it was to curt and direct, and it somehow didn’t go that well with the story itself. I just really couldn’t connect with it.

Then there’s the characters. I have to say that I was intrigued by Oliver and Saylor. Clearly they both had some pretty messed up pasts and presents, and there’s more to both of them than meets the eye at first, but while I think the book did a good job letting us get to know Saylor, it just didn’t work on the same level with Oliver. I was intrigued by him, but after the whole book I couldn’t tell you WHO he was.

The plot though, kept me hooked, and more than anything that’s what’s making me want to read the sequels. Because these two characters have chemistry, even if I think that they aren’t completely “whole” yet, and the plot is very interesting and I kind of need to know what will happen next.

So, would I recommend it? Yeah, maybe, but it’s tough to tell without actually knowing the whole story. I don’t mind several books about a single couple, but what I don’t like is feeling like something is being kept from me the whole freaking book. I seriously can’t deal well with that.

With that said, read it if you’re interested. Or if you like me and don’t like the “incomplete” feeling that this book left me with, maybe just wait for the sequels to come out? That’s what I would have done, had I known…