Top 5 Wednesday: Gateway Books to (Hot) Romantic Comedies

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Welcome back to Top 5 Wednesday! This meme was created by gingerreadslainey and is hosted by Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes and you can check out the  Goodreads group here. This week’s theme is Gateway Books to Your Favorite Genre. My favorite genre nowadays is romance, New Adult Romance to be more specific, but I love Romantic Comedies, the hotter the better, so I’m doing that.


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V-Card (Alicia Michaels)

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Jennifer Nolan has been unlucky when it comes to love; even more unfortunate when it comes to sex. In fact, the twenty year-old college junior is about to enter her senior year still carrying her v-card. All she wants is to be with that special someone without it resulting in a trip to the emergency room, runaway office supplies, or being scarred for life by someone’s weird fetishes. With several botched attempts under her belt, she begins to fear she’ll end up a lonely spinster or a crazy cat lady. 

With only 60 days until her 21st birthday, Jennifer is determined to lose her virginity once and for all. Little does she know that her mission will lead her down a path toward love. She never expects that her mission will lead her to a discovery of what true womanhood is, and where true and lasting love begins.


I bought this book on a Kindle deal a little while back, and on a whim decided to start it because it sounded so funny. And boy, funny it is!

This book is told in a single POV, from Jenn’s POV, and Jenn’s voice is fun, funny and real. I really liked the writing, the prologue had me laughing so much that I was afraid I would wake someone.

I really liked all the characters. Jenn and all her roommates, Kinsley, Luke, Christian and Chloe, are fun, different, but all awesome friends. I really loved the relationship between the five of them. I read books with roommates all the time, but these felt like a family and it made me love them all even more.

The book is about Jenn finding love, while her goal was to lose her virginity, and realizing the real difference between infatuation and the real thing. I’ll tell you that there are two love interests, and I was happy that I called the real one pretty early in the game. The romance (both of them) is so so sweet, and it was great to see Jenn find herself and what she wanted by experiencing some things, especially letting go of her fears.

Overall this was a fun and light New Adult Romance, with a university setting, with low heat, that I highly highly recommend!

Smut (Karina Halle)

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What happens when the kink between the pages leads to heat between the sheets? 

All Blake Crawford wants is to pass his creative writing course, get his university degree, and take over his dad’s ailing family business. What Amanda Newland wants is to graduate at the top of her class, as well as finally finish her novel and prove to her family that writing is a respectful career.

What Blake and Amanda don’t want is to be paired up with each other for their final project, but that’s exactly what they both get when they’re forced to collaborate on a writing piece. Since Amanda thinks Blake is a pushy asshole (with a panty-melting smirk and British accent) and Blake thinks Amanda has a stick up her ass (though it’s a brilliant ass), they fight tooth and nail until they discover they write well together. They also may find each other really attractive, but that’s neither here nor there. 

When their writing project turns out to be a success, the two of them decide to start up a secret partnership using a pen name, infiltrating the self-publishing market in the lucrative genre of erotica. Naturally, with so much heat and passion between the pages, it’s not long before their dirty words become a dirty reality. Sure, they still fight a lot, but at least there’s make-up sex now. 

But even as they start to fall hard for each other, will their burgeoning relationship survive if their scandalous secret is exposed? Or are happily-ever-afters just a work of fiction?


A little while ago I was part of the release blitz for this book, and I’ve been meaning to set my hands on it since then. Then I did! And GOD! This book was funny!

The book is told in dual POV, and both voices, Amanda and Blake’s, are super different and funny as hell. The author did an amazing job distinguishing the voices of the two main characters. Have I mention how funny this book is?!

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I really liked the characters. It was funny to see both Amanda and Blake grow, personally and professionally. They’re also both complex characters, with lot of baggage and layers… especially Blake.

I LOVED the romance, because it evolved slowly and even with the sex being a huge element of their relationship at some point, they had become friends by then and actually knew each other. They were also always themselves around one another, and that was fantastic, as well as the fact that they were so supportive of each other’s goals. Also, Amanda has my idea of romance down!

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The plot was so unique. It was hilarious to see them poke fun at all the tropes used in the erotic romances, and dissect what works and what doesn’t, and then see how it applies to some points of their own romance. So well done. Also, this book gave me such a better understanding for all the indie publishing process… 🙂 . Also, the nerdiness and popular references were beyond amazing!

Overall, this was a great NA romantic comedy, with a good story and great character development, and good dialog and amazing sex scenes. I want to read more of Karina Halle now :D.

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Neanderthal Seeks Human (Penny Reid)

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There are three things you need to know about Janie Morris: 1) She is incapable of engaging in a conversation without volunteering TMTI (Too Much Trivial Information), especially when she is unnerved, 2) No one unnerves her more than Quinn Sullivan, and 3) She doesn’t know how to knit.

After losing her boyfriend, apartment, and job in the same day, Janie Morris can’t help wondering what new torment fate has in store. To her utter mortification, Quinn Sullivan – aka Sir McHotpants – witnesses it all then keeps turning up like a pair of shoes you lust after but can’t afford. The last thing she expects is for Quinn – the focus of her slightly, albeit harmless, stalkerish tendencies – to make her an offer she can’t refuse.


I’ve had this book on my kindle for awhile now, and given that it has great reviews and all, I decided to finally pick it up. Somehow this wasn’t exactly what I was expecting, though I still enjoyed it.

I found the writing a bit dense, this had in part to do with Janie’s (the main character) rants, but it mostly just dragged a bit, and I think that the overall book could have been cut a bit short.

I really liked Janie, it’s great to see an “atypical” woman represented. She’s an introvert, and she struggles with the act of socialization and general interactions with other human beings, doing it mostly for others and because she knows some of the benefits of it. As an introvert myself, it was awesome to read about her. But her awkwardness around people leads her to spill some very random facts about the world and everything in it, and those moments were hilarious.

Unfortunately I wasn’t all convinced about Quinn. I liked how he understood Janie and literally chased her and did everything in his power to show her how good they were. BUT, I felt like he purposely deceived her for longer than necessary, and although he struggles to change later on, the fact that he’s the type of guy who orders your food without even asking first, just doesn’t fly with me. He had his good and funny moments though, and he made Janie a lot happier, so points to him.

I also found the whole knitting group a bit too much and sometimes unnecessary. To be clear, I liked the concept, because I understand that’s the connection between all the books, but there were too many characters introduced, and while they were very different from each other, they weren’t relevant enough for the story for me to be actually invested in them.

The plot had some weird moments and to be 100% honest, I didn’t really like the conflict and I’m not even sure I understood why it came to be. This made me like the book a little less, though the action itself was fun.

All in all, this was a fun romantic comedy, but I’m in no hurry to pick up the rest of the books in this series.

Innuendos (V. Kelly)

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She wants him to squeeze her melons . . .

He wants her to hold his wood . . .

Max is the sole reason Breezy can’t keep a boyfriend. Every boyfriend she has ever had breaks up with her the moment they meet him. It’s not because of his eight-pack, or his panty shredding smile. No, the reason Breezy remains single is because Max is her best friend and roommate.

When Breezy’s new boyfriend dumps her after meeting Max for the first time, Breezy is determined to cure her boyfriend woes by challenging Max to a bet: she can’t click her mouse, he can’t wrestle his snake, and neither one can say the word sex or they lose.

It was a simple game of abstinence, until Max decides to tempt Breezy into a hilarious game of innuendos. Now, the only thing harder than Max’s “wood”, is figuring out just where their friendship lies after all bets are off.

One thing’s for certain . . .

All’s fair in sex, love, and innuendos.


I’ll tell you something about this book: it sure hell is funny!

When I started Innuendos I was a bit worried about how the Erotic Romantic Comedy thing would work, but I shouldn’t have been. While a lot of things are hinted upon, and innuendos are thrown out, and some sex does occur, it isn’t, by any means, one of the most explicit books I’ve read.

The writing was most of all fun, but the dialogs made me cringe at times and they (sometimes) felt a bit unnatural. On the other hand, I loved the internal dialogs, so there was a perfect balance. However, given that I read this fairly quickly, I noticed a few words that escaped through the cracks and shouldn’t have been there. During the bet, neither Breezy or Max can say the word sex, or anything directly related to it, however, they both do, without the other calling them up on it.

I really liked Max, I loved that he had no problems admitting how he felt about Breezy and how patient he was with her, even if he did this while sleeping around… a lot. Still, even with that, he appreciated women and was never disrespectful. Breezy, on the other hand, was a bit more complicated to connect with, because she was just so blind to what was going on in her life and with her feelings. The side characters were great, Maggie was totally hilarious. Max’s parents… OMG!

I felt that the first third of the book was a bit slow. While I understood the importance of establishing Travis’ importance in Breezy’s life, and showing the type of life that Max was leading, I wish that there would have been a bigger focus on Max and Breezy’s relationship from the start. When the focus shifts – a.k.a., when Travis finally meets Max – the book advances rather quickly and it’s increasingly funnier, because Max and Breezy’s verbal foreplay is hilarious. How could that girl think that that kind of flirting was normal thought, is beyond me!

All the innuendos were beyond hilarious, I think one of my favorite scenes was the changing room scene at Victoria Secrets, eheh.

I was a bit disappointed at Breezy when the bet finally ends, I expected her to be scared, but I didn’t quite predict what she would do, and I didn’t like it… it seriously broke my heart. Max deserved better.

There are a LOT of clichés in this book, like in all romantic comedies, but it’s totally worth the read. The situations they get themselves into are beyond funny, and Breezy and Max are a couple you can’t help but root for. Well done!