July TBR

Hey guys! This past month wasn’t my best reading month, and I’m blaming it on the World Cup… I can’t read if there’s a game on TV, it’s just impossible. So, here’s what I’m planning to read this month (I’m keeping it small… football and all…).

  1. Making Up (London Celebrities #3) by Lucy Parker
  2. The Downside of Love by Meghan Quinn
  3. The Accidentals by Sarina Bowen
  4. Rusty Nailed (Cocktail, #2) by Alice Clayton
  5. The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient, #1) by Helen Hoang
  6. The Real Deal by Lauren Blakely
  7. King of Wall Street by Louise Bay
  8. Leah on the Offbeat (Creekwood, #2) by Becky Albertalli

The Varlet and the Voyeur (L.H. Cosway & Penny Reid)

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The Varlet and the Voyeur, an all-new standalone in the USA Today bestselling Rugby Series from Penny Reid and L.H. Cosway is available NOW!


Review:

He kept his salacious secret for years. But soon, everyone is going to be reading about it in their morning paper…

THE VARLET (and the VOYEUR)
William Moore is a long way from home. A farm boy from Oklahoma, he’s now the most well-respected member of the Irish rugby team. But appearances are often deceptive, and Will isn’t the clean-cut, all-American good-guy everyone imagines him to be. He’s got a secret, one that will tarnish his reputation forever.

THE VOYEUR (and the VARLET)
Josey Kavanagh is a self-proclaimed mess, but she’s finally getting her shi… uh, act together. She’s set her sights on becoming a veterinarian, but there’s one teeny tiny road bump. Her living arrangements are coming to an abrupt end, leaving Josey homeless and in need of a job to pay her way through college.

THE PLAN
What he needs is a companion to keep him on the right path.

What she needs is an apartment with free rent.
Will is convinced Josey will make the perfect companion, since she’s brutally honest and basically ‘just one of the guys.’ Josey is convinced she can ensure Will doesn’t succumb to his voyeuristic proclivities by keeping a scrupulous eye on him.
Except, what happens when the varlet is tempted by the voyeur, and vice-versa?!
Perchance something very, very volatile. And vexing.

The Varlet and the Voyeur is a full-length romantic comedy novel, can be read as a standalone, and is the 4th (and last) book in the USA TODAY bestselling Rugby Series.

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Guys, I’m so happy about this book! I have to say, I didn’t feel like the story was perfect, but the main characters stole my heart, and made me enjoy it even more.

Having already read/listened to the rest of the series, I already knew that I was going to love the writing on this one, and I was not disappointed. I found this one even funnier. Like the remaining books in the series, this one is told in dual POV, first person, and Will and Josey have super different voices, and it was so enjoyable to get the characters depth through their voices.

I loved Josey. I loved how loud she was, how she was so awkward and lacked social skills, I loved how she said whatever she was thinking. I saw myself in some of her traits to be honest. She just came through as genuine, and I couldn’t get enough of her.

On the other hand… I also loved Will. Yep, even though he was the opposite of Josey in so many ways, I loved how unapologetic he was about his beliefs and his choices. I have to admit though, that given his hangups and his trauma, I was expecting what happened to him in the past to be very very serious, and was a little disappointed by what it was revealed to be. But either way, I really liked him, and I appreciated how honest he was about what he needed.

These 2 really understood and got each other, and I really liked that there was no judgment from either side. There was a friendship before anything else, and I felt like the development of the romance was very well achieved.

I liked the plot for the most part, though I wish there had been more communication at some points. But I did understand the fear that both characters had at one point or the other. I couldn’t fully grasp Will’s trauma, like I mentioned above, but I tried to understand it.

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Overall, it’s an amazing addition to this series, and I really enjoyed the new romance, as well as the opportunity to glimpse all the other couples in the series. So, guys, read this one, but enter it with an absolutely open mind. Give it a try.


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Excerpt:

*Will*

When I saw how spotless the shared living space was, I allowed my curiosity to get the better of me and peeked my head into her bathroom, Rocky dancing around my feet as I entered the space. The counters were covered in woman-products, but the marble surface and sink were free of water spots, and the glass of the shower had been wiped clean.

I glanced at Rocky. He glanced at me. Bemused, I chuckled to myself, about to turn back to the door, and that’s when I spotted it.

A dildo.

A big, Pyrex dildo.

With ridges.

In the shower.

I froze, blinked, and I stared at it, my brain sluggish. Oddly, I had to remind myself to breathe. Likely because I was . . .

I was—

I was shocked.

I shook myself, tearing my eyes from it and rubbing my chest where an odd kind of pang was spreading mild warmth up my neck.

But why was I shocked?

Why should I be surprised?

Despite my never seeing her that way, Josey was a woman and women have needs.

Don’t they?

I hadn’t grown up around women — any women. My mother died when she had my youngest brother. My grandmother died before I was born. I had no sisters. We lived on a farm, way out in BFN Oklahoma.

Girls — women — and their bodies were sacred lands of the unknown to us Moore boys.

Unbidden — completely unbidden — an image of Josey flashed through my mind’s eye. Her full lips parted, her big eyes closed, causing her thick black lashes to catch droplets of water before they dripped over her sharp cheekbones. Her head would be lolled back as shower spray melted bubbles of slippery soap, sliding down her bare skin as they dissolved. Her legs would be parted, and maybe one hand would be braced against the wall of the shower while the other moved in a steady rhythm.

Holding that huge, glass dildo.

I swallowed a sudden rush of salvia and, unable to help myself, I leaned closer to the sex toy, examining it and comparing its size against my own.

I was bigger.

But not by much.

And for some reason, this realization made me instantly hard.

Crap.

Of course I knew Josey was a woman, but until this moment, I’d never really thought of her that way. Not even the tampon-mountain drove the point home. Up until this point, she was someone I liked as a person, someone who made me laugh, who was smart and compassionate, someone around whom I felt completely comfortable. A good — no, a great companion.

She was still all of those things, except—

Except now I’ve pictured her naked.


About the Authors:

Meet Penny Reid:

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Penny Reid is the Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. She used to spend her days writing federal grant proposals as a biomedical researcher, but now she just writes books. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.

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Meet L.H. Cosway:

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L.H. Cosway has a BA in English Literature and Greek and Roman Civilisation, and an MA in Postcolonial Literature. She lives in Dublin city. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favorite things in life include writing stories, vintage clothing, dark cabaret music, food, musical comedy, and of course, books.

She thinks that imperfect people are the most interesting kind. They tell the best stories.

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June TBR

Hey guys! Again, I managed most of my TBR last month, but I had a very “Max Monroe” based month. This month, I’m going to finish their series that I’m currently reading. I’m also going to throw a few ARCs in there. But mostly, I’ll leave my TBR open for anything that I’m feeling like reading.

  1. Dr. ER (St. Luke’s Docuseries, #2) by Max Monroe
  2. Dr. NEURO (St. Luke’s Docuseries, #3) by Max Monroea Hart
  3. Making Up (London Celebrities #3) by Lucy Parker
  4. Wrong to Need You (Forbidden Hearts #2) by Alisha Rai
  5. The Varlet and the Voyeur (Rugby, #4) by L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid
  6. Cry Baby by Ginger Scott
  7. Rusty Nailed (Cocktail, #2) by Alice Clayton
  8. King of Wall Street by Louise Bay

Blog Tour: The Cad and the Co-Ed (L.H. Cosway & Penny Reid)

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The Cad and The Co-Ed, a quirky and sexy romantic comedy from Penny Reid & L.H. Cosway is available now!!


Review:

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Keeping a secret this big is going to take lots of balls. Specifically, rugby balls.

THE CAD
Bryan Leech is a cad.
Or, he *was* a cad.
No one is quite certain.

Once the quintessential playboy, Bryan claims he’s done with wild parties and weekend benders. No more one night stands leading to mornings he can’t remember; no more binges and blackouts; no more exploits plastered all over the tabloids and rag sheets. According to Bryan, he’s cleaning up his act.

The only problem is, no one believes him.

THE CO-ED
Eilish Cassidy never thought she’d be a mother at nineteen or still in college at twenty-four. Cut off from every member of her family except her favorite cousin, she’s finally managed put her life back together. Stronger and wiser, Eilish enters her last semester of university determined to stand on her own. Now she just needs to find an internship.

The only problem is, her best option — by far — places her directly in the path of her son’s father, and he doesn’t remember her at all.

THE PLAN
Bryan is determined to prove he’s changed. Eager to settle down with the right woman, he’s got his sights set on the gorgeous redhead who seems terribly familiar.

Eilish is determined to hide her secret. She’ll do anything to keep her child safe, even if that means ignoring her own wishes and desires.

But what happens when Bryan starts to remember? And what will it take for Bryan to convince the girl he forgot that she’s unforgettable?

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I will admit that when I requested this book I failed to read the blurb. So, I knew nothing about it when I got it except that it was about rugby and people seemed to love this series. This means that I failed to understand that this book contained one of my biggest pet peeves in romances ever… a hidden pregnancy.

But you see that rating right? 4.5 stars! Which means that even though the book included one of my most hated scenarios ever, it was very well handled and in the end, it didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the story.

While I had read a book by Penny Reid, this collaboration was totally new to me, and I have to say that it really worked for me. The book is told in the first person, dual POV, and both voices are super distinct and funny, and both show the personalities and their differences perfectly. Reading this one made me want to pick both previous books ASAP.

The story starts 5 years prior to the main timeline, and it starts right off with a morning after, and I have to admit that I was confused for a few pages, but that quickly passed. We see the result of that ONE night and then we go 5 years into the future. This was the part I was super scared about. I’m gonna talk about it because it’s in the blurb, so it’s not really a spoiler. So, after that one night Eilish finds out she’s pregnant, and because Bryan didn’t even remember her the morning after and was a general screw up, she decides to keep her baby a secret. That is, until she comes face to face with him 5 years after, and he’s a in a much better place.

Last year I read a book with a very similar plot: jock + innocent girl, one night, pregnancy, he doesn’t remember and is a drunk, she doesn’t tell him, they end up working together, etc. That book was The Total Package and I honestly didn’t like it much. But The Cad and the Co-Ed took a very similar route and made it enjoyable and funny, and it just made sense.

I loved the characters and the character growth that goes on in this book. Eilish is such a strong and determined person, who has her head on straight and knows her priorities. And Bryan is very self aware and the fact that he fought for the life he has now, really made me like him even more.

The romance made sense! They were cute together, and super hot, and I love that they took their time. And most of all, even though Bryan was all alpha sometimes, he was never extremely possessive and jealous, because he was conscious that he had no right or claim to do that. Also, Patrick? That kid was all kinds of amazing.

The plot and the pacing of the story really worked for me. There were a few misunderstandings along the way, and I wish they had communicated a bit more sometimes, but I overall really liked it.

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So, guys, have you read this series? You should pick this one up at least. I’m a sucker for second chance romances, and big jocks with kids? Yes please! Also, this book is set in IRELAND!!! So, yeah, GO READ IT.


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About the Authors:

Meet Penny Reid:

pennyreidauthorpicPenny Reid is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. When she’s not immersed in penning smart romances, Penny works in the biotech industry as a researcher. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.

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Meet L.H. Cosway:

lhcoswayauthorpicL.H. Cosway has a BA in English Literature and Greek and Roman Civilisation, and an MA in Postcolonial Literature. She lives in Dublin city. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favorite things in life include writing stories, vintage clothing, dark cabaret music, food, musical comedy, and of course, books.

She thinks that imperfect people are the most interesting kind. They tell the best stories.

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February TBR

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This month will be crazy! I went a little overboard with my netgalley requests, and ended up getting way too many ARCs for this month, most of them YA from Entangled Crush. Check out my enormous TBR for February.

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  1. There’s Something About Nik by Sara Hantz
  2. The Feeling of Forever (Love Unplugged #2) by Jamie Howard
  3. Weddings, Crushes, and Other Dramas (Creative HeArts, #6; Willa and Finn, #2) by Emily McKay
  4. Any Boy But You (North Pole, Minnesota, #1) by Julie Hammerle
  5. A Thousand Letters by Staci Hart
  6. Making Faces by Amy Harmon
  7. Off the Ice (Juniper Falls, #1) by Julie Cross
  8. Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen
  9. Cheater by Rachel Van Dyken
  10. You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner
  11. Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor
  12. Daisy and the Front Man (Backstage Pass #3) by Rebekah L. Purdy
  13. A Boy Like You by Ginger Scott
  14. Ten Thousand Skies Above You (Firebird #2) by Claudia Gray
  15. The Cad and the Co-Ed (Rugby #3) by L.H. Cosway Penny Reid
  16. A Million Worlds with You (Firebird #3) by Claudia Gray
  17. Be My Hero (Forbidden Men #3) by Linda Kage
  18. Paper Princess (The Royals #1) by Erin Watt

I doubt that I’ll be able to read all 18 books, and follow this huge TBR, but most of these are ARCs, so I need to read at least those. Wish me luck…