Worth the Wait (A.J. Pine)

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I like to think of myself as a man of pleasure… 

I enjoy a good pint of ale, being in the arms of a beautiful woman, and living by my own rules. The only thing I try to avoid? Commitment. And I’ve got a three-year success rate to prove it. 

I wasn’t planning on Grace — the beautiful, funny, totally off-limits massage therapist who keeps popping up in my life. She’s on a six-month mission to rid her life of toxins. No alcohol. No red meat. And, yeah, no men. I’m talking full-on man cleanse. 

I know I should walk away, but I can’t… and the only way to keep her in my life is to live by her rules. I’ll need to prove to a woman who’s lost all trust in men that I’m worthy of her love. And do it all without so much as a single kiss. 

The only problem? If I win, I’ll lose the one thing I swore I’d never give up. My heart.


Again, I’ve read this book as a buddy read with  Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too – we have both read this whole series and enjoyed it a lot – so go check out her review on the next few days.

Guys, writing this review breaks my heart! I’ve read the first book of the series a little while back, and since then I’ve been excited about the Kingston Ale House series. I read all the books as ARCs, they got better and better for me, and I even rated the 3rd book 4.5/5 stars, I’m even part of AJ Pine’s facebook group. So, it breaks my heart that I disliked this book so much.

I have to say that I wasn’t feeling this book from the start. After reading 3 books by A.J. Pine, I expected to have no issue whatsoever with her third person narrative or writing style, but I did have some. I found the beginning of this book kind of confusing and it took me a little while to actually get into it.

Because I’ve read all the previous books, I already loved Jeremy. Actually, I was hoping for his book since the first one, and at the moment I even thought he and Holly would be a thing, which turned out not to be so, and while I’m happy that Holly got hunky british-single-dad- Will, I’m kind of sad because Jeremy deverded better than what he got.

See… I hated Grace. At first I just wasn’t sold on her, and I thought that it would change, but the more I read, the more I disliked her, and by the end I was kind of wishing that Jeremy would end up with his ex, because even Whitney was a better character than Grace. That’s messed up. I should never be thinking that.

(there might be slight spoilers ahead… sorry for that!)

The concept of the “cleanse” should have been cool and funny, but I honestly didn’t understand her reasons for doing it. It’s one thing to do a series of mistakes and needing to get her life back on track, but she trusted her boyfriend of a long time, a friend of her family, an employee of her parents… yeah, she was a bit naive, but deciding to cut everything from her life like that, didn’t make much sense to me. But hey, ok, let’s go with it. But then she accepts to go into that reality show and things started to go downhill from there. BUT THEN, after knowing Jeremy for 3 months, after they’ve been together for 2 months, after the guy proved to her time and time again of his feelings for her – and everything without even being able to touch her – she doubts him, his feelings, his actions and his LIFE, and that’s when I was done with her. Look, I understand fear, of course I do, and that was all scary, but she blaming him and putting him down when she was lying to him, being secretive and not 100% honest with him? Hell no!

Grace putting Jeremy down is just something that doesn’t allow me to rise this rating to 3 stars, because it was just such nonsense. How could she accuse him of being with her because she was easy and convenient and never fighting for anything? He, a gorgeous man, with a great group of friends, a house, and money, was with a girl for 2 months without even a single kiss, he was faithful, he was dedicated, and she accused him of that?! Hell… It didn’t help that I thought they had little chemistry and some scenes just didn’t feel right.

If disliking one of the main characters wasn’t enough, I have to say that I really didn’t like the plot, at all. I could have gone on board with the “cleanse”, and it would have been cute to see Jeremy proving that he was devoted to Grace and waiting for her 6 months to be up. That I could get on board with. But then it goes from being a private thing, to being a “reality show” kind of thing, and I didn’t see much sense to it, and then it just kept getting worse for me. I don’t have a problem with reality TV when it’s based on skills, but dating shows? Bahhh, NO! Especially because if just made no sense to me… 😩

I don’t know guys, I didn’t like the concept of the reality show, I didn’t like the little problems within Grace’s life, because I felt like they weren’t as serious as she thought they were. I didn’t like how she then handled her problems. I disliked the presence of the exes and the pressure on Jeremy for him to be different than he is. I don’t know… honestly, this book just wasn’t a good experience for me.

I am super sad about it. I was expecting more. I think Jeremy deserved more.

This was still a great series overall, and I enjoyed the first three books a lot. So, maybe give this series a chance, and maybe this 4th book will be to your liking, because a lot of people have loved it. I just didn’t…

Book #1: The One That Got Away
Book #2: Six Month Rule
Book #3: Three Simple Words
Book #4: Worth the Wait

January TBR

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Welcome to my first TBR of 2017 :). I have to say that I’m kind of in love with my new color scheme… Back to the matter at hands… I read 25 books last month, and that was a lot, though I know that I won’t be able to have a repeat performance. For this reason, I’m aiming for 14 reads, and hoping that I can surpass it.

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  1. Falling for the Player by Jessica Lee
  2. Back Check (Aces Hockey #4) by Kelly Jamieson
  3. Mia and the Bad Boy (Backstage Pass #2) by Lisa Burstein
  4. Worth the Wait (Kingston Ale House #4) by A.J. Pine
  5. Trust (Wrong #3) by Jana Aston
  6. The Rule Maker (The Rule Breakers #2) by Jennifer Blackwood
  7. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  8. Kisses On A Paper Airplane by Sarah Vance-Tompkins
  9. The Room Mate (Room Mate #1) by Kendall Ryan
  10. A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird #1) by Claudia Gray
  11. Good Boy (WAGs #1) by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
  12. How Not to Let Go (The Belhaven Series) by Emily Foster
  13. The Girl Who Fell by Shannon M. Parker
  14. To Professor, with Love (Forbidden Men #2) by Linda Kage

Three Simple Words (A.J. Pine)

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She’s holding out for a happy ever after.

Annie

I know where to find my happily ever after—between the pages of a romance novel. It’s why I sell books, why I blog about them, and why I’ll never get disappointed by love.

So what if my brother’s best friend from high school is now a bestselling author? Or that he just blew back into town on a Harley, filling out a pair of jeans like he never did before? Or that he’s agreed to do a signing at my bookstore on such short notice? Because despite all his adoring female fans, I kind of hated his book.

Wes

The last time I saw Annie Denning, she was a senior in high school, three years older than me and way out of my league.

Now I’m her last-minute date to a wedding, and what started as a night of pure fun has turned into something more real than either of us anticipated.

Annie is my muse. When I’m with her, my writer’s block fades away, and the words finally flow.

The only problem? She wants the fairy tale — her very own happily ever after — and anyone who’s read my book knows the truth. I just don’t believe they exist.


I read this book as a buddy read with  Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, so check out her blog in the next few days for her review of this book.

This was my third book of the Kingston Ale House series, and I have to say, it was my favorite of the three. I still think that Jeremy’s story will take the crown though. Here are my reviews for The One Who Got Away and Six Month Rule.

Even though AJ Pine’s writing is still really my cup of tea, I thought it belonged in this book, you know? Somehow, having two characters that use words as a living, came well together with the 3rd person narrative. It’s still a contemplative writing, but Annie’s and Wes’ heads were funny as hell!

Annie was by far my favorite female leading lady from this series! I mean, this girl owns a bookstore, reads romances and blogs about books? Hello?! PERFECT!!! She felt believable, you know? This was a confident girl, who knew what she wanted, but didn’t realize she was too afraid to get it.

Wes was pretty amazing too. Who doesn’t love a screwed up boy, who doesn’t believe he can love, who’s also a writer? Of romance, no less?

I really liked the character growth on this one, because they both had a lot of growing up to do in order to get their HEA. Another thing that I really liked, and I think this book showcased it even more than the previous two, it was the connection and friendship between all the characters in the series.

Also, best friend’s sibling romance? I love it!

The plot took a couple of turns that I wasn’t expecting, and it was an awesome surprise, because I thought I had this one figured out, but nope, I didn’t. GOOD!

And, amazing Outlander reference there ;-).

Overall, I recommend this book, just like I recommend this series… A LOT. Go read it!

October TBR

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These last months haven’t been the best for reading, but I’m finally home, which means I have some more time to do my reading, so I’m going to point for 15 books this month, mostly ARCs, because I need to get to them soon – and I mean SOON!

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  1. The Goal (Off-Campus #4) by Elle Kennedy
  2. The Movie Version by Emma Wunsch
  3. Just One Moment (Black Alcove #4) by Jami Wagner
  4. Watch me Rise by Tara R.
  5. November 9 by Colleen Hoover
  6. All Laced Up (Breakaway #1) by Erin Fletcher
  7. My Unscripted Life by Lauren Morrill
  8. All The Ways You Saved Me (Love Unplugged #1) by Jamie Howard
  9. Three Simple Words (Kingston Ale House #3) by A.J. Pine
  10. Lessons in Gravity by Megan Westfield
  11. Top Shelf (Aces Hockey #3) by Kelly Jamieson
  12. The Homecoming by Stacie Ramey
  13. The Romantics by Leah Konen
  14. Unsportsmanlike Conduct (Pilots Hockey #4) by Sophia Henry
  15. The Best Possible Answer by E. Katherine Kottaras

September Book Haul

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My book haul this month was tiny, but here it is. 🙂


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Six Month Rule (A.J. Pine)

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She created the game, but the rules are about to change. 

Taurus: Hold fast to your single-minded nature today — no matter how long her legs or how lush her red lips.

Gemini: You were a shining star last night, but reality can be a real — well, you get the picture. Just remember: Tall, dark, and British equals no corner office for you.

Will Evans never wanted a reason to stay.  

Holly Chandler wants nothing more than for him to go.

But neither one is prepared for what can happen in six months. Because it doesn’t matter what you want when what you need walks out the door.

Holly’s been busting her butt to make partner at Trousseau and there’s no way she’s going to let some stuck-up British arsehole get in her way — no matter how drop-dead gorgeous he is. But that doesn’t mean she can’t have a little fun in the process. She has a six-month rule: date just long enough for the honeymoon phase to wear off, then walk away before anyone gets hurt. If they both know the rules up front, walking away will be a piece of cake. Or maybe not…

*SIX MONTH RULE is a stand alone book in a connected series.


I read this book with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, as buddy read, so check her blog soon to read her review of this book.

As you can see above, this is the second book of the  Kingston Ale House series, and although you don’t need to have read the first book of the series, The One That Got Away, to understand the book at all, it still helps to get a better understanding of Holly and her group of friends.

I was already kind of familiar with A.J. Pine’s writing, and although it’s not exactly my favorite kind, it’s still pretty good. I think the book would have benefited if it had a bit more dialogue and a little bit less internal struggles, because the dialogue that existed was brilliant and showcased the characters amazingly well.

I absolutely loved the two main characters. I think I loved Will and Holly even more than Brynn and Jamie – and those were BFFs turned to lovers, which is a favorite of mine. I loved how sure Holly was of her priorities, even if she was wrong, because she didn’t take shit from anybody and she truly did shine. Will… I loved Will, I mean, the dude is british, hot and a dedicated single dad who uses 3 pieces suits?! Yeah… I’m a gonner… I really liked how dedicated he was to be a better father, even leaving his own wants and needs aside for it.

I really liked the progression of the romance and how it didn’t happen in 2 seconds. Yeah, there is an almost instant attraction, but their feelings develop through time and so does their relationship. I think Pine did this in a very smart way, showing glimpses of their relationship in the several months they were together, instead of making the narrative completely linear. The time jumps still allow for a complete understanding of their relationship, without it becoming too overbearing and repetitive.

The plot and conflict were kind of predictable, and so was the resolution, but it was very well written, so much so that it actually hurt a bit.

In the end, I really liked this book, and I enjoyed it more than the first book of the series – Holly is slightly less frustrating than her older sister. I can’t wait to see who comes next, I’m hoping it’s Jeremy’s book, and that maybe we’ll finally get a certain engagement? I do recommend this series, it’s good!

July TBR

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Last month was a weird reading month, and I ended up not making the progress I wanted in the ARC department. So for this month I want to read 14 books, 12 of which are eARCs from Netgalley, and 8 of those I’ll be reading with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much (we need to be better in July!).

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  1. Crystallum (The Primordial Principles #1) by Laney McMann
  2. Life After Juliet by Shannon Lee Alexander
  3. No Breaking My Heart by Kate Angell
  4. Wrong Place, Right Time by Elle Casey
  5. Edge of Glory by Magan Vernon
  6. Six Month Rule by A.J. Pine
  7. No Falling Allowed by Melissa West
  8. In the Hope of Memories by Olivia Rivers
  9. You Before Anyone Else by Julie Cross & Mark Perini
  10. A Mess of a Man by A.M. Hargrove & Terri E. Laine
  11. Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
  12. Heartfall by J.B. McGee
  13. The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson
  14. Daemoneum (The Primordial Principles #2) by Laney McMann

Guys, have you read any of these books? What do you think of my TBR?

June Book Haul

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Let’s just say that I might have used and abused the request button on netgalley… But I didn’t get any physical book 🙂 .


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April TBR

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Hello 😀 . Today I’ll show you my TBR for this month. In March I managed to read 22 books by some miracle. Granted, one was a super short novella and another one was a short story, but still, it was the most I ever read in a single month, and most books were finished in the span of 24 hours. So, I hope I have a similarly awesome reading month in April, though I won’t aim that high, because that’s crazy.

I’m going for 15 books, of which 2.5 of them are already finished (yes, it’s still the 3rd day of the month…).

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  1. The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig – Me and Cátia are both about halfway through with this book. It’s good, but neither of us has been in the mood for it.
  2. Changing His Game (The Reynolds Brothers, #1) by Justine Elvira – I actually finished this book already (and I was so disappointed).
  3. Roommates by Erin Leigh – And I finished this one already too…
  4. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare – This beauty will be a buddy read with Kat @Life and Other Disasters and Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much. After weeks of waiting, Cátia is finally getting her book on monday, and we will begin this journey. It will probably take us a bit to get through it, but we will!
  5. Once Upon a Dream (Twisted Tales #2) by Liz Braswell – I didn’t like the first one a bit, but I’ll give this one a shot.
  6. Catch You (Love Me, I’m Famous 0.5) by M.H. Soars – Warning, the next 5 book are buddy reads with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, because we love to request the same ARCs on Netgalley.
  7. The One That Got Away (Kingston Ale House #1) by A.J. Pine – Another ARC I’m reading with Cátia
  8. Crazy, Stupid, Fauxmance (Creative HeArts #3) by Shellee Roberts – And another one… I’m so excited for this one, because I read the second book of this series last month.
  9. Pieces of You and Me by Erin Fletcher – Another ARC I’m reading with Cátia.
  10. That Thing Between Eli and Gwen by J.J. McAvoy – And another!
  11. Tone Deaf by Olivia Rivers – The author asked me if I would like to read and review her book… hells YES! (Kat @Life and Other Disasters is also reading this one…)
  12. Anything You Want by Geoff Herbach – Me and Kat @Life and Other Disasters are finally getting to this one. And Sara @Freadom Library is joining us 😀
  13. Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover – I’m going to Portugal later this month, which means I’ll finally be able to buy CoHo’s ebooks!!! (Kindle store’s prices differ from Portugal to Spain, and they’re way nicer at home).
  14. The Year We Fell Down (The Ivy Years #1) by Sarina Bowen – I bought this book this month (for free), so I’m hoping I get some time to get to it. Everybody says wonders of Sarina Bowen, and I fell in love with Him and Us.
  15. #Junkie (GearShark #1) by Cambria Hebert – I stumbled upon this book by accident, and after loving  Him and Us so much, I think I’ll enjoy this one as well.

This is what I plan to read this month of April, I might not get to all the books, but I’ll try to finish all my ARCs – the goal on Netgalley keeps beeing the 80% ratio… not far now.

I also think that some books will take a little bit of time, such as Lady Midnight. Not only is the book huge, but buddy reading implies that we have to keep a steady pace between the 3 of us 😉 .