Top Ten Tuesday: Underrated Books I Loved

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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 Books We Enjoyed That Have Under 2000 Ratings On Goodreads (we’ve done underrated books a bunch of times in the past 6 years but thanks to Lenore at Celebrity Readers for suggesting this topic as a new way to talk about underrated books especially when underrated is subjective. An easy way to find this — go to Goodreads, your read list, at the top of your read list where it says settings you can add a column for # of ratings, then you can sort by that. If you aren’t a Goodreads user you can look up books you think are underrated and see what their # of reviews is on Goodreads? Or if that’s too hard you can spin it some other way!

This is a super easy topic for me, because I mainly read underrated books. Reading a lot of ARCs from Netgalley leads to this, and I actually love to discover all these new books and recommending the hell out of them.


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The Do-Over (L.E. Bross)

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L. E. Bross’s contemporary romance debut is a fun and sexy tale of unlikely lovers struggling to leave the past where it belongs — behind them — and embrace a bright future.

Melanie McAllister’s brand new copy of Home Improvement for Dummies doesn’t even begin to cover the DIY advice she really needs: how to put the pieces of her life back together. Her cheating ex-husband’s insider trading scandal destroyed her family’s multi-million dollar company and left Mel with nothing but the run-down oceanfront cottage she inherited from her parents. Biscay Beach, Maine, seems as good a place to start over as any. 

Hot-as-hell carpenter Eli Stuart understands new beginnings. Once a rising star in the art world, the former sculptor has been secretly carving out a new existence in the small coastal town ever since the sheen on his old life turned to rust. He’s willing to bet the feisty brunette in need of major home repairs has never lifted a tool heavier than a nail file — until Mel is racing the clock to make her ramshackle home fit for winter and, facing a near-empty bank account, decides she can do it all herself. 

So Eli offers Mel a deal: if she helps him with the renovations, he’ll cut the bill in half. Soon Mel and her damned home improvement book are driving Eli mad with an explosive urge to return to his studio and fire up his torch once more. His new work is crude and raw, and before long, he can’t keep his hands off Mel, either. But a muse from his past could ruin it all for the second time — if Eli and Mel can’t let go of who they used to be and trust their hearts with a do-over.


Once again, I’m starting this review by telling you guys that I read The Do-Over  in a buddy read with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, my fellow portuguese blogger :D, with whom I read – what?! – around 5 books this month alone (?!) . We’re totally rocking our ARCs! You can find her review for this book here.

Much like Cátia, I’ve become a fan of L.E. Bross writing, because I loved her two previous books, Right Where You Are and Whatever It Takes. The Do-Over, like the other two, is all about second chances, so I was super excited when it became available for request on Netgalley.

I loved that this book once again had alternating POVs, I like my romances from both perspectives! It was a 3rd person narrative, but I can live with that. The writing is funny and easy to follow, and did I mention funny?!

The beginning of the book felt a bit slow, but the pace picked up a bit when the two main characters started interacting more, and for a while it was so much fun to read… Then around 86% of the book I just wanted to throw my phone someplace not nice – I didn’t, because Cátia told me not to, and because I do love my phone to bits.

Now the characters… here is where things got tricky… I usually love all of Bross’ characters, but the female MC of this book, Mel, made it a bit impossible for me to love her, or sometimes even like her. I understood where she was coming from, and her need to be on top of things, organized, put together and so on. What I didn’t get was how someone so fierce in some aspects of her life, let herself be put down the way she had by both her parents and her ex-husband. The more she talked about them, the madder I got.

Eli also had his not-so-great moments, but all and all he was great and he was great to Mel and for Mel, and at least for some time she understood that.

Eli and Mel sure had chemistry together. Their banter and exchanges were loaded and hilarious. Some situations made me laugh out loud. But sometimes I would just slap my forehead and yell “STUPID MEL“…

My favorite character, though, had to be Liesl, Mel’s sister. I loved their relationship, though for the life of me I couldn’t quite understand how they spent so much time apart. I would love to read about Liesl and her husband Dave. It would be so much fun!

There’s a huge conflict near the end of the book, which I thought was kind of silly, and the reactions – or OVERREACTIONS – were a bit too much as well. But I did like how it got solved and I did like the ending.

So, even though it wasn’t my favorite read by L.E. Bross, it was still quite an enjoyable, cute and hot romance.

Top Ten Tuesday: Couples and Love Songs

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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:

This week is all about music & books. We previously did books we’d give theme songs to so feel free to do that! Or 10 songs I wish that were books (check out my love songs I wish were books for an example of what I mean) — Thanks to the couple people who suggested making this one an official topic. I don’t know why I hadn’t…I think I thought my post WAS for TTT in my head when I thought back to it.

Given that Valentine’s Day was just a couple of days ago, I decided to fuse some couples with some music. I only used NA couples for this week ;-). So here are some couples with some love lyrics that apply to them (in my opinion 🙂 ).


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3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge (7): Day 2 (Love is all around!)

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Hello! I was tagged, for the 7th time (a long time ago), to to the 3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge, and because I love this challenge so much, and Valentine’s Day is upon us, why not share some love? This time I was tagged by Jay @Movie Reviews and Other Stuff, thank you!

THE RULES:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
  3. Nominate three new bloggers each day. (consider yourself tagged!)

This time, I’m going for guys declaring their undying love. Eheh! 😀 Yesterday was Tyler, from Did I Mention I Need You?, and today is Ryan from Whatever it Takes. Ryan is such a catch…

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Whatever It Takes (L.E. Bross)

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Tess is burdened with a responsibility she’s not quite sure she can handle, and Ryan is determined to save her from it—if she ever stops pushing him away—in this sexy follow-up to Right Where You Are, the first new adult novel in the captivating Second Chances series. 

Tess is a lot of things. Strong. Independent. Determined. Completely overwhelmed by the responsibilities of being her little brother’s caretaker. But she can handle it. She has to. Because there’s no way in hell she’s letting anyone else raise Noah. 

Ryan’s happy with a life on cruise control. He has no intention of tying himself down. That road only leads to heartbreak, a lesson he learned the hard way when he was fifteen. So why can’t he stay away from the one woman who broke his heart? 

Tess knows exactly why Ryan keeps popping up right when she needs the most help: He’s got a hero complex big enough to save Cinderella. But Tess isn’t that girl, and she refuses to let him be part of her life. Not even when Noah takes a liking to him. Not even when they kind of, maybe, hook up. 

Not even when she starts to fall for him…


You might remember that a while ago I reviewed Right Where You Are by L.E. Bross, a.k.a., the first book in the Second Chances series, and this one is the second. I loved the first story, about Seth and Avery, but this one, that follows his best friend Ryan and his first love Tess, I liked even better. And in case you’re wondering… I LOVED SETH AND AVE’S STORY!

But this book… *swoon*… while the first was about second chances in life, this one is about second chances in love, and Tess and Ryan are kind of perfect together. Ryan was already pretty amazing as Seth’s best friend, but he’s amazing here, his way of dealing with the things in his past, and how he still sees the best of everyone, and tries to help, even though he shouldn’t, it’s just so heartwarming. Tess was fierce, I love her, what she did, what she was willing to give up for Noah?! WOW! I adored this characters. If one thing can be said for Bross’s characters is that they don’t fit in in pre-made categories.

I had already loved L.E. Bross’s writing in the first book, and I honestly think that I’ll read pretty much everything she writes. The plot and the pacing flowed super well and nicely, and the last 15% of the book had my heart in a constant aching point… I wanted these two to be happy and it wasn’t happening.

I loved Noah! Noah and Tess and Ryan felt so damn right! And I wanted to punch Seth there for a few moments… not cool bro! (I still love you Seth, but dude… DUDE!!!)

I really appreciated that the struggles that they go through not once put in question their feelings, and is a bigger cause than they just being insecure or afraid. It showed me that they are mature and ready for what they’ll face next. By the way, I didn’t see that ending coming… not at all…

I only have one complaint about this book: IT WAS TOO DAMN SHORT! I needed another 100 pages of Ryan and Tess, at least… I would like a novella, maybe of the day that Ave and Seth move in together, or the preparations for a certain event, or heck, I would be happy with a family day at the park… *swoon*

While the first book had a lot of very explicit sex scenes, Whatever it Takes is a bit more moderate, which makes a lot of sense, because Ryan and Tess have known each other (and loved each other) for a good long while and their relationship isn’t as “carefree” as the other. Still, super hot book. READ IT!

Right Where You Are (L.E. Bross)

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Avery Melrose is used to having it all. So when her boyfriend cheats on her, she reacts like any spoiled rich girl-she freaks out and vandalizes his new truck, Carrie Underwood style. Now she’s stuck with 300 hours of community service doing roadside garbage duty. 

Seth Hunter just got out of prison, and after a few hundred hours picking up litter on the side of the highway, he can finally put his mistakes behind him. If he can string together some kind of existence, maybe it’ll be enough to get his sister away from their stepfather, the man who sent Seth to prison in the first place. 

A romance between these two is doomed from the start. Girls like Avery want castles and white horses, and Seth is no prince charming. 

But sometimes, being around Avery makes Seth think he could make something of himself. Maybe even be worthy of a girl like her. It’s just too bad real life gets in the way first, tearing these two apart before they have any chance of getting to Happily Ever After.


First off I think I should let you know – in case that you hadn’t figured out yet – this is a New Adult book, and it has a lot of sexual content (hemhem… very EXPLICIT sexual content). So, if you don’t like it, or are not comfortable, you should skip this book, because really people, it has a LOT (and I couldn’t be happier)! I read this book in one day, people…

This is a super fast paced story, told in dual point of view – we get a chapter by Avery, one by Seth and so on, which really allows us to meet the 2 main characters quite well. I liked them both so much! Avery was a little stuck up at first, but poor thing, I got it: she found her boyfriend of 4 years in bed with someone else, destroyed his truck, and the SOB pressed charges? I would be more than pissed. And to top it off, her politician father makes her an example of tough law? I mean… she just destroyed a truck! After that she has to pick up trash? Give up a whole semester of college and all that came with it? Oh man!

Seth is likable right from the start, we learn early on that he went to jail for attacking his step-father, a drug dealer responsible for his mother’s death and pimping out his baby sister. Who doesn’t love Seth already, right? To top it off he’s hot as hell (and he has a lot of talents that we learn later on…).

The lust comes hot and heavy right from the beginning, and it made a lot of sense, really. The love however – not that the word is ever used – comes a lot later and after a few weeks of butting heads. It’s beautiful, because we can see how much they want each other but are not willing to admit it. When they finally let go and admit it, oh well, it’s all fireworks!

Both of them have a big character growth, with Avery finally stepping up for what she wants and not following the plans that her parents laid out for her, and Seth finally wanting something more in life for himself (as much as for Avery and Sarah).

I liked the writing, the two voices were very distinct, and the writing was easy and fast. Seth sex-talk was a bit much for me sometimes, but I won’t argue about it because it is effective. And he says the most romantic things!!! I won’t splatter them here, but you should definitely read them to see what I mean.

I did see a couple of small problems with the plot, but nothing major. The premise was simple and, again, affective, but although I commend Avery for totally destroying the jerk’s car, I don’t think she had enough feelings for him to do so, but I can buy it on the “betrayal” level. I do think that in the end she forgave him too easily, even if he justified all his actions, he still did an horrible thing, and I didn’t agree with their truce and friendship. I was also pissed by the way Seth reacted near the end, I think that Avery deserved better than that – lucky for him, he was able to redeem himself. I also think that Shari disappeared too easily from Avery’s life once she got to college, given that they weren’t that far away, I would expect – and wanted – a little girl time, maybe discussing Avery’s new relationship with Seth.

But that’s not really that important! It was a great book and I hope we get to see more of Seth and Avery in the next book, about Ryan ( 😀 – we already know that he’s also good at a lot of stuff… thanks Shari!), Whatever It Takes.

By the way, Seth is boyfriend material! Any guy who can keep his girlfriend THAT happy without even taking his clothes off, deserves all the praise! – Again people… very explicit material in this book… go read it!