Burning Up (Jennifer Blackwood)

USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Blackwood fans the flames of desire in her smoking-hot series about firefighters and the women who want them…

Unemployed schoolteacher Erin Jenkins is back in Portland, the town she hasn’t called home for more than a decade. It’s not the way she wants to spend her last days of summer: in between jobs and avoiding her mother’s snooping by escaping to the ice-cream aisle. But when the opportunity arises for her to accompany her brother’s best friend — her lifetime crush — to a wedding, summer gets a whole lot more interesting.

Firefighter and single dad Jake Bennett has built a nice, safe wall around his heart — no romance, no getting burned. That doesn’t mean he’s ruling out a fling. Considering Erin’s visit is temporary, they’re the perfect fit for a scorching no-strings one-night stand. Or two. Or five. Until the worst thing happens: Erin and Jake are feeling more. Damn that four-letter word.

Now their hearts are on the line, and when their smoldering summer comes to a close, it’s going to be harder than ever to put out the fire.


I’ve read a few books by Jennifer Blackwood, but I have to say that the writing on this one didn’t really please me.

I was a little taken aback by the fact that this book is told on the 3rd person. I didn’t like it at all. There is still the dual POV, as we get to see both sides of the story, but this was the sort of situation that the 3rd person POV didn’t work at all. This book would have had a lot to gain if it was told on the first person.

The pacing was also off. It took ages for the book to develop. The slow pacing combined with the 3rd person POV, made the book extra slow!

I liked the characters. I’m crazy for single dads, and Jake has a teen daughter, so extra points. I liked his personality, and I loved that he had his priorities straight. I also liked Erin, though I had a harder time identifying with her. I understood her need to get away and all that, but at the same point, I didn’t. She has her best friends close to home, she didn’t make an effort to actually get along with her family, …, I just felt like she was a bit over dramatic at times.

I did enjoy their romance and their connection, though it was a bit of instalust/instalove. I liked the fact that they had known each other since forever, but I thought that it could have been made better. The fact that he was her brother’s BFF should have been emphasised, and the connection between them should have been brought up from the past. However, most of their connection steamed from a more recent thing, and I thought it had potential, but it ended up not living up to it.

Overall it’s an okay book, but when I read the blurb I was expecting something utterly different and more engaging. I’m sad I didn’t get that. I’m going to take a break from this author, I haven’t been enjoying the writing, and maybe it’s just not for me.

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

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The beer’s not the only thing getting tapped.

Tap That by Jennifer Blackwood and RC Boldt is AVAILABLE NOW!

The beer’s not the only thing getting tapped.

CALLIE

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.

REID 

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.

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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.

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

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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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The Rule Maker (Jennifer Blackwood)

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2017 NEW ADULT READING CHALLENGE | Book That Made Me Laugh

Ten Steps to Surviving a New Job:

1. Don’t sleep with the client. It’ll get you fired. (Sounds easy enough.)
2. Don’t blink when new client turns out to be former one-night stand.
3. Don’t call same client a jerk for never texting you back.
4. Don’t believe client when he says he really, really wanted to call.
5. Remember, the client is always right — so you can’t junk punch him when he demands new design after new design.
6. Ignore accelerated heartbeat every time sexy client walks into room.
7. Definitely ignore client’s large hands. They just mean he wears big gloves.
8. Don’t let client’s charm wear you down. Be strong.
9. Whatever you do, don’t fall for the client. You’ll lose more than your job — maybe even your heart.
10. If all else fails, see rule number one again.


As it’s usual with ARCs for awhile now, I’ve read this book as a buddy read with  Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too – we both read the first book of the series and loved it – so go check her blog in the next few days to read her take on this one.

Like I said, the first book, The Rule Book, was absolutely great, but this second one? AMAZING! The book is told in dual POV, unlike the single POV of the first one, and I loved it even more because of it – I’m all for dual POV. But also, this book is just beyond hilarious. The writing is fun, witty and emotional, while the pace is just perfect. Jennifer Blackwood did an amazing job with this book.

I loved both main characters, Zoey and Ryder. I’m a sucker a second chance romance, and this one fits perfectly in this category. Zoey is just a kick ass woman! I love this girl. She’s just so determined and funny, she’s stubborn and confident, and WOW, she’s just amazing. And Ryder? I loved his dedication to his family and his beliefs, but I also loved his vulnerability and how he let it show sometimes.

Zoey and Ryder together? Explosive! They had amazing chemistry and they were so cute and good together. They brought out the best of each other, even when they were bickering. The romance is just great. I had so much fun reading to the progress of their relationship, with Ryder pursuing something that he didn’t know he wanted, and Zoey learning how to trust her feelings and how to trust a man that had disappointed her before.

I really liked the story on this one, this book made me laugh out loud and it took me out of what I was afraid to be the beginning of my first slump, so YAY! Read this romance, people! You won’t be sorry. And I really really want a book about Jason, Ryder’s older brother who suffered an accident and is now on a wheelchair… he needs a book!

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

The Rule Book (Jennifer Blackwood)

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Starr Media Second-Assistant Survival Guide

1. Don’t call your hot boss the antichrist to his face.
2. Don’t stare at hot boss’s, um, package or his full sleeve of tattoos. (No. Really. Stop!)
3. Don’t get on the malicious first assistant’s bad side.
4. Don’t forget to memorize the 300-page employee manual.
5. If you value your cashmere, steer clear of boss’s dog.
6. Boss’s dimples are lust-inducing. Do. Not. Give. In.
7. “The elevator ate your clothes” is not a valid excuse for showing up to important meetings half dressed.
8. Don’t break seven of the rules within the first week of employment if you, ya know, are in dire need of money to support your sick mom.
9. Whatever you do, don’t fall for the boss. See rule eight about sick mom.
10. Never forget the rules.


First and foremost, in something that shouldn’t come as a surprise by now, I read this book with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, so go here to read her review of this book.

People, look at that blurb!!! Isn’t it one of the most appealing blurbs ever?! I love it! Lists and rules are such an important part of this book, that it’s not only fitting that the blurb takes this format, but it just begs to be read.

I really enjoyed this one, because from the get go, this book is hilariously written. The book is told in Lainey’s POV, and she’s just hilarious! Her use of pop references, inner dialogues and breaking of the fourth wall, is super well done. Her rants are to die for! I absolutely loved the writing, it was enjoyable on itself.

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This is such a cute story of office romance. Lainey is a great female protagonist, who knows her worth and is not afraid to fight for what she thinks she deserves. Also, the things that come out of her mouth? Amazing! Because the book is only told from Lainey’s POV, we only know how Brogan Starr is from her perspective, but it’s enough to swoon more than a few times! Brogan, and MIT graduate, built his own company from scratch, and believes that the only way to succeed is by following a strict set of rules… a lot of them. This all comes crumbling down when he falls for his assistant, obviously!

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The conflicts in this book are at the same time kind of expected and heartbreaking, because mixing professional and personal lives is never easy… but I really liked how they came about, and how they were solved. It was kind of surprising and refreshing that the conflict didn’t go to a very expected path…

The side characters were interesting as well, mainly Lainey’s mom and BFF, Zoey, and of course Bruce, the slobbing-farting-half horse dog (he was amazing!).

I only had one complaint about this book and that was the lack of sex scenes. Yeah, I don’t expect every book to have explicit sex scenes, not at all, but the way she fantasized about her boss, and from the sexual tension between them, it would have benefited the book if we saw a lot more than what we did. The sex is implied, of course it is, but it was just lacking something.

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And while I loved Lainey’s POV, because she was an amazing narrator, I would have liked to read about Brogan’s internal struggle, because breaking the rules that could affect his baby – aka, his company – had to be a hell of a struggle, and it would have been super interesting to hear his thoughts on it.

To sum it up, fantastic NA book! Super cute and fun office romance, with hardly any heat. I would highly recommend it.