When I Fall (J. Daniels)

For the past nine years, I’ve kept my heart as far away from my dick as possible.

Those two can’t be anywhere near each other. They don’t play nice, and one of them undoubtedly winds up getting hurt.

Not my dick. My dick is good.

The women I take home know exactly what they’re getting from me — sex. Nothing more. At least, that’s what’s supposed to happen. The sweet brunette from Kentucky I set my sights on tonight shouldn’t have been any different. I had her right where I wanted her. Where I needed her. But when my past comes walking into McGill’s pub, the woman in my arms decides to take things to a whole new level, putting me into a situation I never saw coming.

My heart is about to get f**ked. My dick can sit this one out.


I’m loving this series! The characters and stories just keep getting better and better, and they’re all just so different… I love it. See my reviews of Where I Belong and All I Want.

I’ve been curious about Reed since book 1, because he was  always described as a manwhore, but I knew something had happened to him in the past, so I was curious to see how that had affected his actions. I loved Reed! I loved how unapologetic he was about who he was, but he also didn’t deny his feelings, and never lied to Beth. He was all in since the beginning, even if he wasn’t aware of it.

And Beth was just such a great and amazing person. I was a bit scared about the darkness that had been in her life for so long, but she was a survivor, and she still kept a positive view of the world, so it was impossible not to love her. Also, I just loved that this girl didn’t care what she looked like and what she wore.

The romance was also great, and I loved these 2 together. They had amazing chemistry and it was so clear how they felt for each other.

I only had a couple of things that weren’t that great. For one, the romance starts very much as instalove, and while I did like the way it played out, I still wish they had gotten to know each other a little bit more, before the big feelings came into play.

Another small issue I had was with Beth’s family life. I wanted more details on what had happened between her and Rocco, I wanted to see even more of her bonding with her uncle and aunt, because I felt like they accepted her very easily without almost any questions, and I just needed a bit more, you know? Then there’s the matter of her missing parent, and how she’s so willing to accept it… even though I understood her reasons, I wanted her to be a bit more skeptical, but hey, she was a positive view of everything kind of girl, so I cannot really blame her.

Overall, I really really enjoyed this one, and I’m excited for the next couple of books. I love the group dynamics, and I just adore that Reed considers Mia and Tessa his BFFs, eheh. Can’t wait to read the next one…

Something I Need (Lena Lowe)

Jonte Williamson has a dream: become Nashville’s next big star. Finding herself unexpectedly homeless hot off the plane wasn’t part of her grand plan.

Cash Bellini is a simple man: he loves his twin sister, Dolly, hates country music, and stays far away from anything more complicated than that.

When Jonte stumbles into Cash’s bar, helping out the homeless country music wannabe is the last thing on his agenda. Pity someone forgot to send the memo to his too-big heart and meddling twin. Throw in a pair of baby blue cowboy boots, a pool table and a splash of tequila, and these two are set to ignite in a hot sexy mess! Will either of their hearts survive the tug-o-war between what they want and what they need?


This was yet another book from Netgalley that I’ve had for ages, and the time has arrived 😀 !

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect in the beginning, but I ended up enjoying this book more than I thought I would initially. The writing wasn’t totally my cup of tea, as the book is told in the third person, and even though it is told through dual POV, I wasn’t always sure which POV I was actually reading at some points.

I liked Jonte and Cash as characters, there was depth to both of them, and they did have chemistry. There’s also some great character growth and some great friendships within this book.

My main issues were the plot and the pacing. I liked the romance in the book, and the musical element of the plot. But the main conflict happens a bit early, and it takes a long time to get through it. More than anything, I really hated those last 15% of the book is Cash trying and failing to solve the problem, especially because his attempts were so dumb! That really threw me off, because these characters were not having a conversation about what plagued them, and that’s what they truly needed.

The book also dragged a lot in the beginning and then again at the last portion, so the pace was weird, unfortunately.

Overall, it was an enjoyable read, and it still made me want to pick up the following book, to see where these characters are 🙂 .

Seeking Mansfield (Kate Watson)

Sixteen-year-old Finley Price has perfected two things: how to direct a world-class production, and how to fly way, way under the radar. The only person who ever seems to notice Finley is her best friend and godparents’ son, Oliver Bertram. Since Finley moved in with her godparents after the death of her father, she and Oliver have grown close. If Finley could just take Oliver’s constant encouragement to heart and step out of the shadows, she’d finally chase her dream of joining the prestigious Mansfield Theater. But when teen movie stars Emma and Harlan Crawford move across the street from the Bertrams, they shake up Finley and Oliver’s stable friendship. As Emma and Oliver grow closer, Finley realizes that Harlan’s attention is shifting to her. She discovers she might have feelings for him too. Or, is she only interested in Harlan because Oliver is taken? Finley doesn’t want to be won, and she doesn’t want to see Oliver with anyone else. To claim Oliver’s heart — and keep her own — she’ll have to find the courage to do what she fears most: step into the spotlight.


I read this book as a buddy read with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too, go to her blog in the next few days to read her review of this book, which I’m already warning you, will be slightly more flattering than mine.

You know when you are reading something with the most amazing reviews, and all you can think is “WTF? Did they read the same thing as me?!”. That’s how I felt about this book. I was excited to read it because it had some amazing reviews on goodreads, also, it’s a Jane Austen retelling, so what could go wrong, right? Well, for me, almost everything.

The redeeming quality of this book was the great writing. I have to say that Kate Watson sure has her way with words and she made the writing great on this one. However, the story and the characters just didn’t live up to it.

I have to admit that Mansfield Park is probably my least favorite of Austen’s stories, though I haven’t read the book yet, only saw the adaptation on the TV. But while the story works in that setting, I didn’t think it worked at all in the modern world.

The characters were all flawed, and I could have been on board with it, but they weren’t at all likable. I felt some sympathy for Finley and Oliver, and that was it. I HATED everyone else.

Finley felt like such a weak character, and I while I understand that she was broken from her past experiences, she still subjected herself to way too much abuse. She had no voice, and she allowed people to speak for her, in all areas of her life. I mean, by 90% of this book, she was still allowing herself to be stepped on by people who she supposedly loved and loved her back. And while I appreciate that she grew a lot and took charge of her life throughout this book, it still happened more because of other’s people’s influences, than her own will.

Oliver was my favorite character of the bunch, and I felt like he truly wanted Fin to find her own way, instead of constantly fighting her battles for her. But the thing is, he still fought her battles way too many times, and he neglected her big time when he got a girlfriend. And while I understood his reasoning behind being with Emma, I still thought it could have been dialed down a bit.

I hated Emma and Harlan, and yet, their feelings were sincere and they were super important to make Finley come out of her shell. They were still pretty horrible human beings, and the fact that Finley and Oliver were in relationships with these two characters, made me a bit sick.

I’m gonna drop some situations in the book that didn’t make any sense to me and that I honestly hated, ok? So, a bit of SPOILERS ahead…

  • Finley sees Harlan and Juliette kissing. Juliette had a boyfriend at that point, which was not Harlan. And yet, after this Finley gives him a chance and FALLS IN LOVE with him. HOW? Their relationship felt way too physical for me. She hated that he smothered her opinions. And yet, she loves him?!
  • Her godfather, Oliver’s dad, opens his eyes by the end, and makes sure that Fin is happy and has everything she needs. And yet, for 2 years she was treated horribly. She only had hand-me-down clothes, she didn’t have a proper phone, she sacrificed all her time to do whatever they wanted. And this might have not been so bad, if not for the fact that they were filthy rich, and he made sure he told her how “lucky” she was for what they gave her.
  • Tate, Oliver’s older brother, technically likes and treats Finley like family. But has no problems waking her up drunk at 4 am, so she can pack for him. Or almost kiss her at some point. Those things are not addressed, especially the fact that he was always hitting on her and making his moves.
  • By the end of the book, I still wasn’t sure if Harlan was just that stupid, or if the author didn’t know the difference between Portuguese and Spanish…
  • Harlan blames the fact that he cheated on Finley on… FINLEY! Yep, his excuse was that it was her fault because she wasn’t there. Her thoughts?! “He might have a point”… WTF?!
  • I had a tough time buying the whole thing about Finley’s past. Liam, her older brother, was almost 18 by the time their dad passed away, and I found it kind of unbelievable that he would let their mom abuse her like that and not say something before. The whole story would have made much more sense to me if she was an only child.
  • Oliver offers the spot of someone working hard and proving themselves to go on a mission with him, to his girlfriend Emma, who had no interest in the work whatsoever. That felt so cheap and wrong for me.

Overall I really disliked this book. The writing was great though, and it was the only reason I kept reading it. That and the fact that Cátia wasn’t allowing me to give up on it. So, it was not my thing at all, and I honestly don’t understand all the raving reviews, but hey, to each its own…

Cover Reveal: Most Valuable Playboy by Lauren Blakely

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Lauren Blakely comes a sexy, new standalone sports romance releasing September 1st, MOST VALUABLE PLAYBOY! Told from the guy’s POV, MOST VALUABLE PLAYBOY will hit retailers just in time to celebrate the start of fall and football season!

The audiobook is slated for a simultaneous release and will be narrated by Zachary Webber! Don’t miss the amazing cover and blurb below!

Cover Design by Helen Williams with Photography by Scott Hoover Photography


About MOST VALUABLE PLAYBOY:

Hands down, my favorite thing in the world is to score. Touchdowns.

Don’t let the fact that I’m the leading pick in the Most Valuable Playboy charity auction fool you. These days, I’m only a player on the field. I’ve kept my pants zipped all season long — and it has been long — because nothing’s more important than leading my team to victory every week. Except maybe escaping from the owner’s handsy-as-hell sister who seems dead set on winning more than a date with me at the auction.

Enter Violet and a well-placed Hail Mary.

She’s my best friend’s sister with a smile as sweet as cherry pie and a mind that runs quicker than the 40-yard-dash. After Violet saves the day with the highest bid, I don’t even give her a two-minute warning before I kiss her in front of the whole crowd and then announce that she’s my girlfriend. Which would be fine except my agent tells me the next day that we’ve got to keep up the act while he’s negotiating my contract.

Violet says she’ll take one for the team and pretend to be mine, but our boyfriend-girlfriend scrimmage quickly turns into a full contact sport. And soon enough, I want this game with her to go into overtime. The problem is — I’ve been riding the bench for years.

How can a guy like me, who finally has a chance to prove his worth on the field, convince the girl she’s most valuable to his heart?

*MOST VALUABLE PLAYBOY is a brand new standalone sports romance written in the guy’s POV!*


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Can’t wait to get your hands on this smoking hot MVP?

MOST VALUABLE PLAYBOY will release two days early on iBooks! If you’re an iBooks user, you can enjoy this sports romance on August 31st!


About Lauren Blakely:

A #1 New York Times Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that’s hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than 80 times, and she’s sold more than 2 million books. In June she’ll release THE KNOCKED UP PLAN, a standalone romantic comedy. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter

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Hot Shot (Kelly Jamieson)

A former Navy SEAL and current bad boy bar owner learns to trust a free spirit in this steamy novel of unexpected romance from the bestselling author of Body Shot and the Heller Brothers series.

Marco Solis knows that if he gets too close to people they disappear. His parents were deported back to Mexico when he was fourteen, his fiancée married someone else while he was in the military, and now his business partner’s spending more time with his girl than with Marco. For better or worse, that’s how Marco meets Carrie Garner. She’s legitimately model-hot. She’s also a nut — a wild, artsy, unapproachable nut. So why is Marco so interested in cracking her shell?

Although Carrie Garner is a natural in front of the camera, her dream is to make it as a photographer. Soon she’ll be heading to Spain for design school, and she’ll miss her best friend, Hayden, like crazy. She’ll even miss Hayden’s boyfriend, Beck — but she won’t miss Beck’s partner, Marco. Bossy, brooding, and annoyingly sexy, Marco really pushes her buttons, though he obviously wouldn’t mind pushing her buttons in an up-against-the-wall, hard-and-fast kind of way. The craziest part is, if Carrie lets him do that, well . . . she may never want to leave.


I read this book as a buddy read with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too, so go to here to check out her review of this book.

I‘ve now read several books by Kelly Jamieson, and she hasn’t disappointed me yet 🙂 . This book is told in dual POV, third person, and while third person is not my favorite thing in romance books, Kelly Jamieson does a great work with it, and she manages to give unique voices to her characters.

I really liked Carrie and Marco, and I loved how they were so similar in some ways. They valued the same things, they both wanted to be valued by the people they loved the most, and they wanted to feel like they belonged. I really liked that they started out as sort of enemies, but they dropped that pretense pretty easily and admit their attraction.

The romance evolves pretty slowly, even with the strong attraction between them. But they take their time to know each other better, and they spend a lot of time with each other, talking, having fun, being with family. I really liked how ingrained they were in each other’s lives. I also really liked the character development in this book. Both character grow a lot, and they make each other better.

Cátia mentioned this, and I agree 100%, that I love how involved and important friends and family are in this book.

Either way, this ended up being a super great read and it made me want to pick up the first book in the series ASAP.

Have you guys read this one? Thoughts?

Cover Reveal: My Best Friend’s Ex by Meghan Quinn

Check out this amazing cover for MY BEST FRIEND’S EX by Meghan Quinn releasing on June 1st! 

MY BEST FRIEND’S EX
NA Romantic Comedy
Release Date: June 1, 2017

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BLURB:

When I found an eviction notice taped on my apartment door, I had two options: find a comfortable cardboard box to call home, or move in with Tucker Jameson.

Seeing that cardboard makes me feel itchy, I chose the latter. Which shouldn’t be that big of a deal since Tucker is one of my good friends. And because he’s still pining after his ex-girlfriend and I’m trying to finish my nursing degree, there is nothing to worry about in the romance department, making my last semester an easy one to conquer.

Boy, was I wrong.

Rules are set, dinners are made, conversations are had, and a shirtless, swoony roommate walks around in nothing but a pair of black briefs, ruining me for every other man.

Before I know it, I turn into a panting, lust-filled woman begging for Tucker to kiss me, touch me, and show me exactly what is hiding under those briefs.

But with great orgasms, comes great consequences.

Tucker might be my friend and roommate but he’s also my best friend’s ex-boyfriend, making him completely off-limits. At least that’s what my brain is telling me, my heart is speaking an entirely different language.


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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Wrong Question, Right Answer (Elle Casey)

As a member of the Bourbon Street Boys private security firm, Antoinette “Toni” Delacourte is one strong woman, but despite her reputation for being tough as nails, she is haunted by her past mistakes. Now they’re catching up to her, and throwing her for a loop.

Ten years ago, Toni kissed Lucky, her brother’s best friend. Worried it would break apart the group she’d come to see as family, she walked away — straight into the arms of Charlie, and an abusive relationship.

For the past decade she’s tried to keep her feelings for Lucky platonic — he’s her friend, her colleague, and he’s got his own past to deal with. Free of Charlie but unable to shake his memory, Toni finds herself feeling vulnerable and unable to deny her attraction to Lucky any longer.

She’s always thought that kiss was her first mistake, but now she’s wondering whether the real mistake was running away.


Last year I read Wrong Place, Right Time and while I liked it, it didn’t blow me away at all. So, I ended up putting off reading Wrong Question, Right Answer for a long time. Luckily I decided to pick it up last week, and WOW, I wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did, but I did, I loved it. This book made me smile and cry and I had a smile on my face for almost all of it.

The main reason I loved this book so much? TONI! But let me start with the beginning and say that I found the writing fantastic on this one. I had already loved the writing on the first one, but maybe because I found Toni’s voice so engaging, I loved it even more on this one. It was so much fun.

Like I mentioned (a few times now), I loved loved loved Toni. She was such a unique woman. She was headstrong and confident and self assured. I loved her snark and her sense of humour. But she also had so many confidence issues and she believed that she didn’t deserve anything good in her life because of her past. It made me so sad when she wouldn’t take what was being said to her as truth and always believed that she wasn’t deserving of love and happiness. But I’m glad she had Lucky, because that guy was all kinds of AMAZING and exactly what Toni needed in her life. He loved her fiercely and completely, and he always tried to be in her corner, even if he took his time understanding her reasoning.

I’m a big sucker for friends to lovers romances, and this one was on a slow burn for so long, and it made me so happy by the way it turned out. Toni and Lucky were perfect together, and they brought out the best in each other. These two together were just so darn cute!

This is a very character driven story, but I loved the plot. It was all about growth and realizing that the past doesn’t have to define you. And one action doesn’t dictate how you live your life. That you can be a good person and deserving of happiness even if you have regrets and have done something you hate in your lifetime. I also loved how important the bonds of friendship were for this story, and seeing the growth of May and Toni’s friendship throughout this book.

But even being a character driven story, there was still some major action, with guns and tasers and sticks involved, and my heart might have stopped there for a moment, because I was so worried about Toni, Milli and Vanilli. I cried!!!!

So, guys, even if you haven’t read any of the other books in this series, read this one, because it is AMAZING and it deserves all the love.