WWW Wednesday: April 25th 2018

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @Taking On A World Of Words, where you have to answer these questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


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I just started the audiobook for The Hooker and the Hermit by L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid. I also started Bad Boy Brody by Tijan and Burning Up by Jennifer Blackwood.


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This week I finished reading Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai, Cold by Max Monroe and Sacked by Jen Frederick. I also listened to Sustained and SIdebarred by Emma Chase, because I missed Jake and Chelsea. I’ve been home for the last 3 days sick, that’s why I read so much this past week.


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Next I’ll probably read Making Up by Lucy Parker, and Wrong to Need You by Alisha Rai.

WWW Wednesday: April 18th 2018

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @Taking On A World Of Words, where you have to answer these questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


wwwwednesday_1I’m reading Sacked by Jen Frederick, and I’m listening to Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai.


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This week I finished  Sweet Addiction by J. Daniels, All In by Emma Scott and Sweet Possession by J. Daniels.


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Next I’ll probably read Cold by Max Monroe, Bad Boy Brody by Tijan and Making Up by Lucy Parker, all ARCs.

WWW Wednesday: April 11th 2018

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @Taking On A World Of Words, where you have to answer these questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


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I’m listening to Sweet Addiction by J. Daniels, and I’m finally reading  All In by Emma Scott, and preparing myself for the tears.


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This week I finished So Much More by J. Daniels, Cream of the Crop and Buns by Alice Clayton (listened on Scribd) and finally finished Hurts to Love You by Alisha Rai.


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Next I’ll probably read Sacked by Jen Frederick, and I’ll listen to Sweet Possession by J. Daniels.

WWW Wednesday: April 4th 2018

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @Taking On A World Of Words, where you have to answer these questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


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I’m listening to Cream of the Crop by Alice Clayton, and I’m still reading Hurts to Love You by Alisha Rai, because I haven’t touched it for a few weeks now…


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This week I finished Full Tilt by Emma Scott (I cried), Stone by Max Monroe (loved it), Nuts by Alice Clayton (laughed so much) and Licks by Kelly Siskind (loved it too).


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Next I’ll probably read All In by Emma Scott, and I’ll listen to Buns by ALice Clayton.

The Swedish Prince (Karina Halle)

A swoon-worthy, sexy & utterly charming STANDALONE romance inspired by the classic film Roman Holiday, from the New York Times bestselling author of Bad at Love and The Pact 

I never believed in fairy-tales.

Never held out for Prince Charming.

Growing up poor in small-town California as the oldest of six siblings, I knew I would never ride off into the sunset with anyone. That was even more apparent when a senseless tragedy took the lives of my parents, forcing me to become the sole guardian of our dysfunctional household at the mere age of twenty-three.

Then a fateful encounter literally brought Prince Charming to my doorstep.

At first I thought Viktor was just your average businessman passing through, albeit obscenely handsome, six-foot-five, blue-eyed, and mysteriously rich.

But soon I discovered the truth behind Viktor’s façade.

Beneath his quiet, enigmatic gaze and cocky charm, is a man who is running away from who he really is. A role he’d rather not fulfill.

He is Viktor of House Nordin, His Royal Highness, The Crown Prince of Sweden.

Yet uncovering Viktor’s secret was only the first step.

I didn’t expect to fall in love with him.

I didn’t expect to have my whole life turned upside down.

When you’re from two different worlds, can your hearts meet somewhere in the middle?

Or do happily-ever-afters only exist in fairy-tales?

WARNING: The Swedish Prince is oh-so sweet, enchanting and funny, but it does contain foul language (lots of the F word) and graphic sexual scenes (lots of dirty talk). Reader discretion is advised for those who are sensitive.


I’ve read a lot of Karina Halle’s books, and I always loved them. She has a way of writing that is appealing to me, and I always find humour and great writing within her books, as well as very well constructed stories and plotlines. I don’t know what happened here, but The Swedish Prince didn’t work for me in any way.

I’m going to drop a few SPOILERS, because there were specific situations that made the book less enjoyable for me, and I feel like I want to talk about them. I don’t wanna be mean or anything. I still love Karina and her books, but THIS ONE FRUSTRATED ME TO NO END.

Let me start by saying that the book started out strong. Maggie ‘s parents died and she becomes responsible for her 5 siblings. Viktor’s brother dies and he becomes the heir apparent, with all the responsibility that comes with it. Viktor’s mom decides that he should take some time for himself, so he can go full into his role as future kind when he returns. Viktor ends up in Maggie’s small town, they meet and so the story starts. I liked the initial attraction between the 2 main characters, but then my issues started:

  • Maggie finds out Viktor is actually the prince of Sweden, she actually decides to record him during their date, with the intent of selling her story afterwards.
  • She know what she did was absolutely appalling, but still, she still gets upset that he doesn’t believe her when she says she never intended to sell the story… yeah…
  • Maggie’s 14 yo sister is dating a 19 yo guy, to the point that the girl sleeps at his house. They eventually split up, but this issue is never brought up between the sisters and Maggie never does anything about it.

  • Actually, it’s Pike, her 18 yo brother who takes action. Like most things, Pike is actually the one who takes care of the situations like an adult.
  • Maggie and Viktor fall fast, and when he invites her to go to LA with him for the weekend, she jumps at the opportunity, leaving Pike (18yo) in charge of their siblings again.
  • Then there’s the fact that they have sex without a condom right from the start, without truly thinking about it much. He’s a freaking Prince. She thought about sellings their story. And he risks having sex without any protection?! WTF?

  • And let me talk about the sex (without protection). So, Viktor is rough, as in ROUGH, and I’m okay with it, as long as both parties are in agreement with it, and there is a conversation about it. There isn’t. He kind of chokes her on their first time, they never discuss it. Like most things in this book, it’s just swept under the rug.
  • Of course, by then they’re IN LOVE WITH EACH OTHER. They’ve known each other for a grand total of 1 week.
  • Let me also mention their trip to Disneyland. Out of the blue, Viktor is just smoking weed outside of the park, without a care in the world, like it’s the most normal thing in the world. But the thing is, Viktor’s tendencies to alcohol, pills and drugs are never really discussed. It just comes out of nowhere each and every time, and it didn’t bring anything to the story, it didn’t even make sense in some situations.

  • Then let’s get to part 2. Viktor comes back for Maggie, and she just decides to leave for 2 weeks, and leave her siblings with her 18 yo brother again, while she goes to Sweden. At this point I felt like it was a bit ridiculous. Viktor wanted her there forever, and the way they set it up is for her (and then her siblings) to go there on vacation.
  • So, the whole time she’s there, she’s saying how she could never a princess, and how his life is not for her, and all the while I’m thinking “WTF MAGGIE?! WHY DO YOU THINK HE BROUGHT YOU THERE?!“.

  • Then she blew up when she realised that there was an article about her gossiping about her life?! What the hell was she expecting? She agreed to date the prince, go with him to Sweden, and she was one of the people reading the trashy magazines before, did she think she was not going to be affected by it? Why throw a tantrum?
  • Also… I’m sorry… Did Viktor give whiskey to a 14 yo?! Yeah, yeah he did! Okay then…

Throughout the whole book there are several situations and issues that are raised, and are never truly resolved or even discussed. The communication is pretty terrible. And for the life of me, I couldn’t understand the connection between the 2 characters and how or why they were so in love with each other. I just didn’t feel it.

I didn’t like the storyline, I didn’t like the characters, and I felt like the writing was half-assed. This surprised me a lot, because I usually love Karina Halle’s writing, but this book just didn’t feel right to me. The writing felt rushed and incomplete to me, the characters are not fully developed, and though there is some character development in the book, it’s not nearly enough to make up for it. And all the things that go unanswered and unresolved is just too much.

Unfortunately, this book was a huge no for me, and I’m honestly flabbergasted when I go on goodreads and I see so many 5 stars reviews. I get it, we all have different tastes, but there are some serious issues in this book that I can’t just overlook.

So yeah, if you’re intrigued by the title and the blurb, go for it, but I cannot recommend it.

WWW Wednesday: March 28th 2018

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @Taking On A World Of Words, where you have to answer these questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


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I’m reading  Stone by Max Monroe, Hurts to Love You by Alisha Rai, and I started listening to Full Tilt by Emma Scott.


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This week I finished The Swedish Prince by Karina Halle, Pretty Face by Lucy Parker and  Her Perfect Affair by Priscilla Oliveras.


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Next I’ll read Licks by Kelly Siskind, because it’s almost release date, and I’ll probably need to read All In by Emma Scott as soon as I finish Full Tilt..

WWW Wednesday: March 21st 2018

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @Taking On A World Of Words, where you have to answer these questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


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I’m reading  The Swedish Prince by Karina Halle, Hurts to Love You by Alisha Rai, and I started listening to Pretty Face by Lucy Parker


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This week I finished Virgin Territory by Lia Riley and Act Like It by Lucy Parker.


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Next I’ll read Her Perfect Affair by Priscilla Oliveras and Licks by Kelly Siskind.

Virgin Territory (Lia Riley)

Practice Makes Perfect

Patrick “Patch” Donnelly has what it takes to be the best goalie in the NHL…if only he could learn to control his temper. When Coach orders him to get his head in the game with private yoga classes, Patch isn’t having it. There’s no way this tough Boston guy would be caught dead downward dog-ing his way to inner peace. But if he refuses, he risks his starting position and the dream he sacrificed everything for, including joining the priesthood.

Yoga instructor Margot Kowalski is over men. After yet another toxic relationship, she’s eager to forget love and focus on growing her business. Doing the Hellions head coach a favor by helping out a troubled player can’t hurt, and it might give her career a high-profile boost. But free-spirited Margot is soon charming the pants off Patch. Literally. Her sassy combination of sweet and sexy proves irresistible to the goalie. Before Patch can give into temptation though, he’ll have to confess his biggest secret:

He’s a virgin.

But Patch is hiding more than sexual inexperience, and his dark past soon threatens to destroy his shot at true love.


So… I’m not sure what I was expecting, but definitely something different, and to be honest, better. A lot of bloggers I know and respect were raving about this author, that’s why I went to Edelweiss and requested the book. Unfortunately this one didn’t match my expectations.

The writing was good, but it was definitely a bit too rash. Everything seemed like it was on contant fast forward, including the writing.

The story had potential. It’s rare to read books where the hero is less experienced than the girl, so I was excited for this plot, but there was a major flaw right from the start: everything happened way way too fast.

We go from a guy who had never kissed anyone, to someone who was more than willing to jump into bed with someone he just met?! Also, he didn’t like to be touched, he wanted everything to have meaning, and he had only just met Margot. Look, I understand feeling chemistry and feeling attraction, and following what you desire, but but but… it was at warp speed! Also, he went from having no knowledge on the matter, to being a freaking expert.

My second issue was with Margot, and the fact that she either was super positive about her sexuality, or she was feeling insecure and down, and letting herself be slut shamed. I hated this, I hated all the negative talk  about her sexual relationships, and the amount of sexual partners she had in the past. I get that a lot of people have issues with this subject, but I wasn’t a fan of how it was handled.

Like I said before, the story had potential, and the romance as well, but I just felt like something was severely lacking. Everything happened too fast, and way too easily. I wasn’t a fan of the plotline with Margot’s ex either.

To be honest, this book was overall underwhelming. I know I’ll read other books by this author again, because I have it on good authority that she’s amazing, but this book just didn’t do it for me.

Secrets of a Summer Night (Lisa Kleypas)

Four young ladies at the side of the ballroom make a pact to help each other find husbands . . . no matter what it takes

Proud and beautiful Annabelle Peyton could have her pick of suitors — if only she had a dowry. Her family is on the brink of disaster, and the only way Annabelle can save them is to marry a wealthy man. Unfortunately her most persistent admirer is the brash Simon Hunt, a handsome and ambitious entrepreneur who wants her as his mistress.

Annabelle is determined to resist Simon’s wicked propositions, but she can’t deny her attraction to the boldly seductive rogue, any more than he can resist the challenge she presents. As they try to outmaneuver each other, they find themselves surrendering to a love more powerful than they could have ever imagined. But fate may have other plans — and it will take all of Annabelle’s courage to face a peril that could destroy everything she holds dear.


You know I’ve been blogging somewhere else, right? So, Nick and Lisa, my co-bloggers at Romances Ever After, “made me” read historical romances. My first one was The Duchess Deal, by Tessa Dare, and I freaking loved it. So much, that it was one of my favorite books of the year.

I decided to listen to the audiobook for this one, because it’s third person, and I’ve come to realise that I do better on audio if the book is on third person. And somehow, historical romance goes well with audio.

The writing is amazing, and I thought it was better, the further along I was in the book. It was funny, and so interesting.

And the story, OMG, I need more of these historical romances. The plot was amazing! Kind of enemies to lovers romance, but with so much heart! I loved this story so much. First of all, I loved the friendship between the wallflowers, the group got along super well, and they complemented each other perfectly. Then, the connection between Simon Hunt and Annabelle Peyton is amazeballs. The romance grew slowly but surely, and I really liked how her views of him and the world they both lived in change throughout their relationship. It was quite a shift in her views, and it showed how much she had grown throughout the book. It was super well done. I loved Simon to be honest, how he wasn’t bothered by conventions, and was always true to himself.

The story kind of made me tear up at the end, but I was so happy with the ending. I can’t wait to get my hands on the second audiobook 😀 .

So, guys, have you read this one yet? Have you read any other historical romances you want to recommend me?

WWW Wednesday: March 14th 2018

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @Taking On A World Of Words, where you have to answer these questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


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I’m reading  Virgin Territory by Lia Riley and Act Like It by Lucy Parker.


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This week I finished Getting Schooled by Emma Chase, Two Wedding Crashers by Meghan Quinn, The Hook-Up Experience by Emma Hart and The Knocked Up Plan by Lauren Blakely.


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Probably The Swedish Prince by Karina Halle, Hurts to Love You by Alisha Rai and Her Perfect Affair by Priscilla Oliveras. .