Emmy & Oliver (Robin Benway)

Emmy’s best friend, Oliver, reappears after being kidnapped by his father ten years ago. Emmy hopes to pick up their relationship right where it left off. Are they destined to be together? Or has fate irreparably driven them apart?

Emmy just wants to be in charge of her own life.

She wants to stay out late, surf her favorite beach — go anywhere without her parents’ relentless worrying. But Emmy’s parents can’t seem to let her grow up — not since the day Oliver disappeared.

Oliver needs a moment to figure out his heart.

He’d thought, all these years, that his dad was the good guy. He never knew that it was his father who kidnapped him and kept him on the run. Discovering it, and finding himself returned to his old hometown, all at once, has his heart racing and his thoughts swirling.

Emmy and Oliver were going to be best friends forever, or maybe even more, before their futures were ripped apart. In Emmy’s soul, despite the space and time between them, their connection has never been severed. But is their story still written in the stars? Or are their hearts like the pieces of two different puzzles — impossible to fit together?

Readers who love Sarah Dessen will tear through these pages with hearts in throats as Emmy and Oliver struggle to face the messy, confusing consequences of Oliver’s father’s crime. Full of romance, coming-of-age emotion, and heartache, these two equally compelling characters create an unforgettable story.

I’ve had this book on my kindle since forever, so this was the month I decided to get to it. I’m glad I did, this was such a unique YA contemporary.

First and foremost, this is a story of friendship and being yourselves, even when you think you might disappoint someone important to you. Robin Benway did a great job here, she gave Emmy, Oliver, Caro and Drew very unique personalities and strong characteristics. Each of them were amazing in their own way, and each also felt trapped by some small or big thing in their lives. I loved the character development and the transformation they go through.

The friendship between the characters was great, and I loved reading the bonds between each of them. But most of all, I liked the struggle that Oliver had going on, thorned between loving and hating both his parents. I thought that felt true and raw and honest.

But there’s also so much cuteness in this book, such as Emmy’s love for surfing, or the stolen romantic moments between Emmy and Oliver. I loved these two together, but I also loved that it didn’t steal all the focus of the book or the characters.

The book is told through Emmy’s POV, and I loved her voice. The book manages to be fun and light, while being deep as well. It’s very well done.

So guys, have you read Emmy & Oliver yet? What did you think?

Top Ten Tuesday: It has it? I want it!


Hello, welcome back to another Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is:

Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book (topic originally done back in 2013 as top ten words/topics that will make me instantly want to read a book) — so yeah basically any topic or theme or ANYTHING (ie if X person recommends it) that will make you instantly want to pick up a book. My list will likely be called Jamie-bait because there are soooo certain things you can say in a summary or a review that will just instantly draw me to it!

This should be an easy one…

1. Beautiful Covers

I’m a sucker for a gorgeous cover. I have to admit that I sometimes request books on netgalley without even reading the blurb…

2. Sports Romance

Is this news to anyone? Especially Hockey!

3. College Romance

Same as the above!!!

4. Geeky Things 

When a book mentions geeky things in the blurb, I want it.

5. All the ships

I’ll ship them all, so if a book has them, I want it.

6. Lay Lines

Incredibly, I’m digging this!!! Damn, I blame The Raven Boys for this.

7. Unique formats

Unique formats lige Illuminae really get me going.

8. Rom Coms

They’re usually so much fun, so I love them.

9. Book recommendations

When someone I trust recommends a book to me, I don’t even think twice.

10. Auto-buy authors

If one of my favorites is dropping a book, I’m gonna want to buy it.

Release Launch: The Player by K.Bromberg

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00074]Baseball has never been sexier in an all-new novel by New York Times Bestselling Author, K. Bromberg.

Easton Wylder is baseball royalty. The game is his life. His passion. His everything.

So, when an injury threatens to end Easton’s season early, the team calls in renowned physical therapist, Doc Dalton, to oversee his recovery. Except it’s not Doc who greets Easton for his first session, but rather, his daughter, Scout. She may be feisty, athletic, defiant, and gorgeous, but Easton is left questioning whether she has what it takes to help him.

Scout Dalton’s out to prove a female can handle the pressure of running the physical therapy regimen of an MLB club. And that proof comes in the form of getting phenom Easton Wylder back on the field. But getting him healthy means being hands-on.

And with a man as irresistible as Easton, being hands-on can only lead to one thing, trouble. Because the more she touches him, the more she wants him, and she can’t want him. Not when it’s her job to maintain the club’s best interest, in regards to whether he’s ready to play.

But when sparks fly and fine lines are crossed, can they withstand the heat, or is one of them bound to get burned?

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About the Author:

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New York Times Bestselling author K. Bromberg writes contemporary novels that contain a mixture of sweet, emotional, a whole lot of sexy, and a little bit of real. She likes to write strong heroines, and damaged heroes who we love to hate and hate to love.

A mom of three, she plots her novels in between school runs and soccer practices, more often than not with her laptop in tow.

Since publishing her first book in 2013, K. has sold over one million copies of her books and has landed on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists over twenty-five times.

In April, she’ll release The Player, the first in a two-book sports romance series (The Catch, book 2, will be released late June), with many more already outlined and ready to be written.

She loves to hear from her readers so make sure you check her out on social media or sign up for her newsletter to stay up to date on all her latest releases and sales HERE

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Tiny Pleasures #11

Hey guys! So, this feature is one I haven’t done since November of 2015. Yeah, it has been a long long time. But I think I might just get back to do it, because I kind of miss it. The Weekly Small Pleasures is a weekly feature created by A New Life Wandering, and the goal is to show you some cool stuff that happened in the last week or so. This will also be a means to update you on what’s going on in my life at the moment, eheh.

1. I started working!

Well, sort of. LOL. So, as you guys know, I’ve been doing my PhD for the last few years, but my grant ended at the end of 2015, and even though I’m still writing my thesis, I needed to start working ASAP, because money is needed to actually eat and stuff. I obviously looked and applied for a lot of things in my area, but that didn’t pan out. I was called for something else though, and I have to say, I’m super excited about this. I’m currently on my third week of training, and I’m loving the subjects and the people, so I really hope ir all goes well.

2. Starbucks with Cátia

You guys probably know that me and Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much live pretty close by, as in, we’re both close enough to Lisbon. So, last week, we met for coffee again, for another afternoon of talking books, blogging and life, Starbucks and walking. 😀

3. Nephews + Easter

Because it’s Easter, I had all my nephews here, and look how huge they are! My oldest nephew is past the 1.8m, and my niece is now my height… *sigh*

4. The Raven Boys

I finally started reading The Raven Boys!!!

5. Movies

I actually went to the movies 3 times in the last week, but Demain Tout Commence is definitly a highlight for me.

6. My Hair changed color

I never dyed my hair before, but I did it today. You guys know the Colorista line from L’Oreal? I’d tried the turquoise the other day, but my hair is too dark, and even though the product tells you it will work on dark hair, it really doesn’t. I tried it, and to be honest, you had to hit it with the right angle of light to actually see some semblance of color. So I decided to try another product of theirs, the Colorista Effect balayage, to lighten some parts of my hair, and then apply the blue dye, and it worked! The lighting part was a bit uneven, but it definitly became lighter, and now my hair is bluish-green.

That’s what I’ve been up to lately, what about you?
Any small pleasures?

Movie of the Week: Demain Tout Commence


As soon as I saw the trailer for this movie, I knew I wanted to go watch it. It finally premiered here in Portugal last week, so last wednesday I joined my mom near her work, and went to see this amazing french movie, Demain tout commence.

Just a small thought though, people in Portugal has to start supporting more diverse forms of cinema. When I was looking for movie theaters to go to, to see this movie, I found out that it was only showing in a few cinemas in the center of the city, and it was not in any of the bigger ones, in shopping malls and so on. It’s sad guys!

Now, this movie was amazing. I loved it so much. It was funny and emotional, and cute and serious. And it had such amazing interpretations! Omar Sy is simply fantastic, as usual, but Gloria Colston, who plays Gloria, is beyond amazing. This girl has a huge future ahead of her, because she’s so expressive, and she carries the movie in 2 languages! Just… WOW! Antoine Bertrand, who plays Samuel’s BFF and lifesaver, is also a scene stealer, and he has some of the funniest scenes. 

I loved the story, though I was a bit confused for a huge portion of it. But in the end, it all makes sense, and I will say it: it made me cry!

Now, guys, I know that most of you reading this are maybe not fans of French movies, or you just don’t pay attention to it, but just know that this one is so so worth it. Go see it!

(for some stupid reason, I can’t find the trailer with english subtitles… SORRY!!!)

I’m giving it 4 stars, I loved it!

Now to you. Have you seen Demain Tout Commence? Thoughts???

My Unscripted Life (Lauren Morrill)

Sometimes love stories go off script. 

Another sultry Georgia summer is about to get a lot hotter. Dee Wilkie is still licking her wounds after getting rejected by the pre-college fine arts program of her dreams. But if she’d gone away, she wouldn’t have been around to say yes to an unbelievable opportunity: working on the set of a movie filming in her small Southern town that just happens to be starring Milo Ritter, the famous pop star Dee (along with the rest of the world) has had a crush since eighth grade.

It’s not like Dee will be sharing any screen time with Milo — she’s just a lowly PA. And Milo is so disappointingly rude that Dee is eager to stay far away from him. Except after a few chance meetings, she begins to wonder if just maybe there’s a reason for his offensive attitude, and if there’s more to Milo than his good looks and above-it-all Hollywood pedigree. Can a relationship with a guy like Milo ever work out for a girl like Dee? Never say never. . .  

Guys, I’ve had this book on my Netgalley TBR for ages, but for some reason, I decided to finally start it a few days ago, and it was an easy and enjoyable read. If you have been following me for awhile, you know that a 3 stars rating is not that great for me, but I actually did enjoy this book, it’s just that I thought it had some major issues, especially in terms of plot and characters.

I really liked the writing, it was fun and light, and I loved that the story was told in the first person, and present tense. Dee’s voice was great, and it takes some pretty amazing writing to make nutty behaviour look endearing, and I think the author achieved just that.

Now, you might have noticed that I kind of said that Dee was a bit nutty, and while I loved her, I do think she was. I really liked that she had this artistic but slightly undefined side, because most times in books, teens have such a clear picture of what they want, that it was refreshing to see someone who was a bit clueless. But on the matters of the heart though, I’m not sure about her whole relationship with Milo, or how she kind of annulled herself in his presence.

I read the whole book, and while Milo seemed like a great dude at some points, I ended it and I don’t feel like I got to know him. Don’t get me wrong, there were some cute moments between Milo and Dee, but they were few and far between, and they had very little substance. They go on ONE date, and suddenly Dee is calling him her boyfriend, and everything just came after was a bit weird and needed a lot more context.

I felt like I was missing a huge chunk of the story you know? The part, after the first kiss, where they actually get to know each other and fall in love. Because this went from 0 to drama and to 1000 in one second, and I needed more. More context, more story, more plot and more character within our characters. I also felt like some points could have been explored a little more, like Dee’s relationship with her BFF, or her love for historic buildings, and how she and Milo had some things in common.

So, this ended up being a fun and fast read, but with major plot holes and lacking some serious context. I had fun, but with the amazing way it was written, this could have easily been a 4/5 stars book, but it was missing way too much.

WWW Wednesday: April 12th 2017


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 actually started 3 books in the last 24 hours: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, Daisy and the Front Man by Rebekah L. Purdy and All I Want by J. Daniels.


This week I finished Dancing in the Rain by Kelly Jamieson, Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway and My Unscripted Life by Lauren Morrill.


After I’ll probably read The Hot Guy by Mel Campbell & Anthony MOrris and European Tour by LV Lewis, both Netgalley ARCs.