Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Surprised Me, And Not in a Good Way


Hello, welcome back to another Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is:

Books That Surprised Me (in a good or bad way)

Here we go, 10 books that surprised me negatively, as in, I was expecting more from them.


Getting Schooled (Emma Chase)

Head of the class…

Garrett Daniels has this whole life thing figured out.

The cocky, charismatic former high school star quarterback is an idolized football coach and “cool” teacher in the hometown where he’s not just a golden boy — he’s platinum. He has good friends, a great house on the lake, and the best damn sidekick a man could ask for: Snoopy, the albino beagle.

Then…Callie Carpenter comes home.

And knocks him right on his tight end zone.

Back to school…

Callie has a pretty sweet life herself…on the other side of the country. But circumstances — that she’d prefer to never speak of again — have brought her back home, helping out her parents and substitute teaching at her old high school.

Now she’s facing bickering, raging hormones, constant gossip, awkward weirdness, and drama galore…and that’s just the teachers.

Just like old times…

When Garrett offers to show his former high school sweetheart the secrets of his winning teacher ways, Callie jumps at the chance – and then has to stop herself from jumping him.

Good friends are all they can ever be.

Or…these teachers just might end up getting schooled — hard — by love.


Did I say OMG  a few times too many? Deal with it! This book is amazing and it deserves all the praise.

I recently added the romance package to my audible account, and when I saw that Emma Chase had an audible exclusive release, AND that it was on my package, I jumped on it. And oh boy, I loved it, and I highly recommend it to everyone. It’s so so good.

I love second chance romances, and this one is exactly that, with the added bonus that there was never any fall out. Callie and Garrett loved each other always and forever, and they were so cute and perfect, and *swoon*.

The characters are perfect, but Garrett stole my heart. I loved his dedication to his children, aka, his students, and I loved how he knew them, and how he dealt with them. He was a friend, a teacher and educator to his core. He was so good at his job, and his love for it bled through the story. Amazing.

And it was so heartwarming to see Callie grow into her own potential as a teacher too. The way she got to know her students and got invested in their lives was great.

This book was much more than just the romance between Callie and Garrett. The involvement of their students, their colleagues and families… was awesome! It brought another dimension to the story and much more depth.

Now, the romance was definitely AMAZEBALLS. They were each other’s first and only love, and they were seperated for over 10 years because of circumstances and distance. I loved that there was no fuss, no confusion about their feelings and no hiding. It took them a little while to understand how to make it work, but again, no conflict, they were just that in love and sure of each other and THEM!

I loved their story, and their struggles, and I loved how they loved each other, and the relationships they had with each other and everyone around them. Those kids of theirs made me cry on occasion, and I was laughing my ass off for most of the book.

So guys, if you have Audible, go listen to this book ASAP. The story is great and the narrators are the best – I love Zachary Webber as Garrett. If you’re not into audiobooks, the ebook will be out on June 26th 2018, it’s a long wait, but worth it for sure.

Whatever you want to do, do not skip it. Go listen or read it. It’s that great!

WWW Wednesday: March 7th 2018


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?


I’m reading Two Wedding Crashers by Meghan Quinn, and I’m listening to Getting Schooled by Emma Chase.


This week I finished Tap That by Jennifer Blackwood and RC Boldt and Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas, which I loved.


Probably The Hook-Up Experience by Emma Hart and Act Like It by Lucy Parker.

Tap That (R.C. Boldt & Jennifer Blackwood)

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I have a secret. It’ll get me fired if my boss ever finds out…which shouldn’t be a problem except for one thing: my coworker, Reid Morgan. He’s cocky, aggravating, and that hot-as-sin mouth simultaneously makes me want to slap him and melt into the mattress. Now that he’s discovered my secret, he’s doing everything in his power to take my job.


I have a problem: my pint-size spitfire of a coworker who’s primed to take my promotion. She’s infuriating, sexy as hell, and I just can’t seem to keep my hands off her. Now we’re both vying for the same position…and only one of us can come out on top.

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Guys… I’m not sure what to say about this one, except that I’m a bit disappointed with this book. I’ve loved all Jennifer Blackwood’s books so far, and I never read anything by  R.C. Boldt, but somehow this collaboration just didn’t do it for me.

The writing was okay, though it did feel a bit repetitive to me. The characters were… bland? I don’t know guys, I just didn’t feel it at all. I wanted to strangle both Reid and Callie. They were getting on my nerves 99% of the time. I get that he felt like he deserved her job, but still, they hardly communicated, and were either super hot or super cold, or acting like 12 year olds. Just no! They just felt so immature. And I also felt like there was hardly any character growth throughout the story.


And then we have the plot. I think the plot had promise, and I love a good hate to love story, enemies to lovers and all that. But this felt a bit forced, and I couldn’t get the connection between Reid and Callie. Also, most of their issues felt a bit nonsensical to me, and I hated that there was no real conversation between them.

They did have their cute moments, and there were some funny moments in the book as well, and that’s why I cannot give it lower than 3 stars, but the book didn’t feel well structured to me, the characters were not well developed, and the romance was definitely lacking something.


Overall, this one just didn’t quite work for me, but I’m still looking forward to Jennifer Blackwood’s future books. 🙂 


About the Authors:

Jennifer Blackwood is an English teacher and contemporary romance author. She lives in Oregon with her husband, son, and poorly behaved black lab puppy. When she isn’t writing or teaching, she’s binging on Veronica Mars episodes and white cheddar popcorn.

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RC Boldt is the wife of Mr. Boldt, a retired Navy Chief, mother of Little Miss Boldt, and former teacher of many students. She currently lives on the southeastern coast of North Carolina, enjoys long walks on the beach, running, reading, people watching, and singing karaoke. If you’re in the mood for some killer homemade mojitos, can’t recall the lyrics to a particular 80’s song, or just need to hang around a nonconformist who will do almost anything for a laugh, she’s your girl.

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March TBR

Welcome to March :-). I managed to finish most of my books for last month, so I’ll keep my TBR short for March, because I just changed departments at my job, and I still have a lot to learn and it takes a little of my mental capabilities every day, eheh.

  1. Tap That by R.C. Boldt and Jennifer Blackwood
  2. Secrets of a Summer Night (Wallflowers, #1) by Lisa Kleypas
  3. Two Wedding Crashers (Dating By Numbers, #2) by Meghan Quinn
  4. The Hook-Up Experiment (The Experiment, #1) by Emma Hart
  5. Act Like It (London Celebrities, #1) by Lucy Parker
  6. Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan
  7. Full Tilt (Full Tilt, #1) by Emma Scott
  8. Licks by Kelly Siskind

February Wrap-Up


Hey people! How was your February?

I read very little this month, but I only read awesome books :D.


2018 New Adult Reading Challenge:

I read 2 books for the NA reading challenge:

Have you read any of these books? What are your thoughts on them?

Kissing the Boss (Linda Kage)

What’s the one thing you shouldn’t do when your boss is your ruthless evil widowed stepmother who hates your guts more than anyone?

Kiss the man she’s interested in.

So what does Kaitlynn Judge find herself doing?

Yep, she kisses the one man her stepmother currently wants, who also happens to be the CEO of the company where she works.

Can we say doomed?

After the death of her father, Kaitlynn’s life has been stuck in a rut. But that begins to change after meeting a dashing stranger during the office Halloween party. Now she has to navigate vengeful stepmothers, meddling stepsiblings, and gorgeous guys in hot pursuit to reach her happily ever after.

While making a detour from the fantasy aspect, this contemporary take on the Cinderella story continues to cling to a few of our favorite traditions. You’ll still find the unmerited oppression along with fleeing women, missing shoes, mouse companions, magic wands, pumpkin-like rides to the big bash, and so much more. So rest assured, it’s all familiar and yet quirkily different.

Check out the review of the first book on this series, here:

So guys, again, this was another book that I loved. This year has been good to me so far, eheh! After the first book that was a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, this second installment, is a retelling of Cinderella. I felt like this one followed the Cinderella storyline a bit more closely, and I loved how all the characters, from the previous book and the following ones, have such important roles throughout the story.

This story’s prince is Ezra, who is Isobel’s brother (the lead of the first book). I really liked him, I already liked him before, but we got to see more of him here, and I approve. He doesn’t get a POV on this book though, so everything we know from him, is from Kaitlynn’s point of view, but still… good enough. Kaitlynn was such a good person, I just wanted to shake her sometimes… I didn’t like that she was so scared of Lana, or that she believed some things, but she was also strong and determined, so I loved her for that.

There was a big character development, especially Kaitlynn, truth be told that she was the one in need of  more growth…

I really liked the connection between the 2 characters, and the development of their relationship. Like the first book, I felt like it developed a bit too quickly, but it was so darn sweet, that I can overlook it.

Another thing I really liked was the connection between Kaitlynn and her 2 stepbrothers, and I loved the difference on this between this story and the original tale. It gave it a twist, as well as more character and suspense. It also made me fall in love with 2 more characters, eheh.

Yes to the plot and pacing. I was rooting for these 2 for the whole time, and I was super happy with the way the story turned out.

Seriously guys, if you haven’t read Linda Kage yet, what are you waiting for?