October Book Haul

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Once again, I didn’t haul that many books this month… mostly eARCs. 🙂


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Lessons in Gravity (Megan Westfield)

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All eyes are on Josh Knox…

Fearless. Guarded. Cut-to-perfection. Daredevil rock climber. The best in the world.

This time he’s poised to scale Yosemite’s notoriously treacherous Sorcerer Spire, with Walkabout Media & Productions filming every move.

April Stephens’s dream to be a documentary filmmaker rests on her acing her internship with Walkabout, and that means getting the abrasive Josh to give her more than one-word answers in his interviews.

The problem is, with every step forward professionally, she and Josh are also taking a step forward personally, and after watching her stunt pilot father die in a fiery crash, a guy who risks his life for a living is the last person she should be falling for. Especially because in one month her internship will have them dangling three thousand feet in the air from the side of the Sorcerer. She’ll be filming. He’ll be climbing without a rope.


As you’re probably used to by now, 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 take on this book.

Oh man, I’m still not very sure how I felt about this book… I had a hard time reading it, because the pace was just so slow for me. And while the author described beautiful scenery and amazing locations, I found it hard to be interested in most of them, and the enormous amount of descriptive scenes, made the book even slower. I’m torn here, because while I do think she did an amazing job writing this, conveying the setting and characters and relationships, I think that it was just a little bit too much, and it ended up making the book rather boring.

To top that off, the book is told in the third person and only from April’s POV, which leaves out a huge gap of information for most of the story.

The characters are also a sore point for me, because even when I understood them, completely, I didn’t agree with most of what they did. April was an especially hard character for me to relate to, because I felt for her, I really did, but at one point of this book I wanted her to just STOP. She was being mean, and not only her actions, but also her thoughts, and I really wasn’t a fan of that. Josh starts out as a jerk, and I could only connect to him way later in the book, when he starts to open up to April. From that moment on, I loved him.

I enjoyed the supporting characters, and I was expecting a lot more drama that didn’t happen, which was super ok. I ended up really liking Madigan and Theo, even though I was a bit skeptical for most of the book.

The romance, hmmm, ok, here’s the deal: the romance was super cute and emotional, but I didn’t really feel that much of a chemistry, or even grounds for that deep connection they seemed to have. I thought it lacked communication. These 2 were in love, and to be honest, they knew nothing about each other… it wasn’t the best.

I did love the plot though, and this book made me cry for a few chapters, and that’s always a good thing, right?

So, even though the writing, characters and the romance weren’t really my cup of tea, I did love the story and the plot, and the way it was resolved. I really liked the inclusion of PTSD and how it can impact your life in the smallest of things. I thought that was brilliant, and so I do recommend this book. I’m just not sure if this author is for me on the long haul.

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

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books Set Outside the US

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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:

Ten Books Set Outside The US (I don’t know about you but sooo much of what I read is set in the US and I love finding new recs of stuff set outside of it!)

YA is probably the worst to find books outside the US (or UK), so I added a few NA books to the mix.


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Top Ten Tuesday: Recent 5 Star Reads

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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:

Ten Of My Most Recent 5 Star Reads (Or Ten Of The Best Books I’ve Read Recently if you don’t 5 star stuff…or you could do 5 of my latest five star reads & five of my most disappointing or 1 star reads)

Well, I do 5 Star books… a lot. I don’t give away full 5 stars easily, but I do rate a lot of books between 4.5 and 5 stars. That’s what I’m showing today: my last ten favorite reads, a.k.a., books I have 4.5 to 5 stars.


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Lessons in Gravity (Jessica Peterson)

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Maddie Lucas is only looking for a one night stand…

While studying in Spain for her semester abroad, Maddie hopes to escape the drama surrounding her parents’ divorce—a divorce she may or may not have caused—while researching Spanish architecture for her thesis. And if she hooks up with hot Madrileños along the way? All the better. 

But handsome Spaniard Javier Montoya wants so much more. 

Guitarist Javier is ready to set aside his rock star ways and settle down for good with his gorgeous ex-girlfriend. But after a one night stand with sexy, passionate Maddie blossoms into genuine friendship, he begins to wonder if Maddie might be the forever girl he’s looking for. 

Too bad Maddie believes forever is more fiction than fairy tale. Can Javier prove to her that fairy tales exist? Or is Maddie right to think she doesn’t deserve happily ever after?

LESSONS IN GRAVITY is a New Adult romance, suitable for mature audiences.


I while back I read and reviewed the first book in this series, Spanish Lessons, and although I enjoyed it, I had some problems with it. But I was still very curious about the second book in this series, so when Jessica Peterson asked me if I was willing to read and review Lessons in Gravity, I jumped at the chance. And oh my, I’m so glad I did! Lessons in Gravity is such a step up from Spanish Lessons!

I found the writing much smoother in this book, funnier, sexier, all around better. Then there’s the fact that this book has dual POV!!!! I’m a sucker for dual POV. It was something that was seriously missing in the first book, but it kind of made sense that it wasn’t present, because Rafa’s english was not that good, and he didn’t really have a problem. But here, oh my, here we get both Maddie and Javier’s POVs and it’s seriously epic.

The characters are also much more complex this time around. Maddie is struggling with her parents’ divorce, and now we finally learn why: her father has made her feel guilty for it, and I can’t even begin to understand how devastating that is. So she thinks she’s not worthy of being loved, and that she’s a mess (which she kind of is), so she keeps having meaningless one night stands, which don’t help her feel any better. Javier is tired of women pursuing his star-self, and he wants to settle down with someone that likes him for him.

I had some problems with Maddie in Spanish Lessons, but not here. If you don’t count the fact that I wanted to push her towards Javier, because come on girl, how could you stay away? Javier on the other hand was perfect! Well, he did mess up, and he lost his temper, but who wouldn’t, right? He was still very excellent and very handsome-hot.

The romance was swoon-worthy really, and much slower than I thought it would be. I really enjoyed to read about how their relationship developed and how everything progressed :D. The dual POV gives us quite different perspectives of their feelings and how they both deal with them and it added so much to the story.

By the way, the sexy scenes in this one are super super steamy!!!!!

I have to talk about Leo, because Leo is a riot :D. His very fragmented and very very bad english made me laugh each time he opened his mouth.

This instalment left me completely satisfied and I really loved these 2 characters and their love story. Now I’m curious for next book, I’m so excited to read about Laura and Rhys :D.

P.S.: Can we talk for a minute about how gorgeous these covers are? I mean, the first was was beautiful, but this one? WOW!!!

P.S.2: How funny is it that the main characters keep having surnames right out of Pride and Prejudice? First Bingley, now Lucas…