WWW Wednesday: November 30, 2016

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Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at Should be Reading but is now hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

The Three W’s are:

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

So here we go…


Currently reading:

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Right now I’m reading A Place in the Sun. It’s a spin-off of The Summer Games series. It’s cute so far.

My daughter and I are still working our way through Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. We’re about 2/3 of the way through.


Recently finished:

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Are you surprised there are a couple non-romance books on my finished list? I’ve been working my way through some ARCS of authors I haven’t read in a while and love.

The Guests of South Battery (Tradd Street, #4)
I Hate Everyone, Except You
Hooked on Trouble (Over the Top, #3)

Click on the book titles to read the reviews that I have already posted.


Reading Next:

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I haven’t decided which book I’m going to read next: Kristan Higgins’ On Second Thought or Brunonia Barry’s The Fifth Petal.

Review: Spiked by Jennifer Lane

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Series: Blocked, #3
Author: Jennifer Lane
Publication Date: October 1, 2016
Publisher: Psyched Publishing
Genre: New Adult, Sports Romance, Political Romance
Note: I received this book from the author in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

They say
University is the time
To find yourself
But I don’t need to find myself
Just want to find you

After watching his older siblings find their love matches at Highbanks University, Mateo Ramirez feels unlikely to follow in their footsteps. What girl would want him? Unlike his brother and sister, he battles diabetes and chooses music over sports. But at least he can write songs about his life—and the girl who caught his eye when their parents ran against each other for US President.

Hey, chica! Come conmigo
And baby, why don’t we go
Down under the bridge to the water
With you it can only get hotter

Jessica Monroe is a talented swimmer who dreams of representing Team USA at the Olympics. When she earns an athletic scholarship to Highbanks, she’s excited to attend the same school as the cute boy she met two years ago: Mateo. Too bad he’s not around when a teammate spikes her drink. Jessica may never trust men again.

Trust
Is a hard-to-earn thing
Just
Try to keep listening

Swallow
Down all of the unjust
Hollow
My chest, my heart will bust

College years are the time to shake off the past and find your future. But will that future find Mateo and Jessica together? Dive in and immerse yourself in the eagerly anticipated conclusion to Jennifer Lane’s Blocked trilogy.


Don’t judge Spiked by its cover.

That’s the first thing that came to my mind when I sat down to write this review. Yes, the shirtless man is what most of us have to come expect when we pick up a new adult romance novel, but Spiked isn’t your normal new adult romance. It’s layered, honest and complicated.

Jennifer Lane’s writing was stellar. Her knowledge of psychology and politics continued to shine in the newest addition to the Blocked series. Spiked was the fastest paced book in the series. There weren’t as many political situations to complicate the story. The focus of Spiked was Jessica and Mateo’s struggles and how they build and shape their relationship. I loved this change.

It’s easy to guess from the blurb that Jessica is raped. I don’t think I’m spoiling the story by putting that out there. What I loved about Jessica’s story is the way the entire rape situation was handled. It was done in a matter that felt real and honest. Jessica’s suffering after the incident was what would be expected. What wasn’t was the way Jennifer Lane dealt with it. I’ve read several books with rape in them recently. Spiked is the only one that dealt with the therapy aspect of overcoming the horrible experience. I loved that because I was able to get a feel for how Jessica was able to slowly recover.

Mateo’s story was also an important one. It put a spotlight on being a young person with diabetes. Mateo struggles with his illness was very relatable. I loved his thoughts and feelings about what getting an insulin pump meant to him. I also loved the way he responded to any political question. Mateo felt like a man who wanted to make his own decisions and not let his parents shape his decisions.

Their personal struggles were enormous in Spiked, but Jessica and Mateo’s relationship was simple. I really enjoyed how their relationship grew over time from attraction and friendship to love. The support they gave to each other was so sweet. Their relationship just felt so natural. Spiked cemented Mateo and Jessica as my favorite Blocked series couple.

Overall, I truly enjoyed reading Spiked. It was such a deep new adult read. I was so caught up in Jessica and Mateo’s love story that I was sad when it ended. I would have loved to have known more about the progression of their relationship.

Release Blitz: O’Gallagher Nights by Mignon Mykel

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O’Gallagher Nights: The Series

by Mignon Mykel
O’Gallagher Nights, #1-3
Publication Date: November 30, 2016
Genres: Adult, New Adult, Contemporary Romance

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O’GALLAGHER NIGHTS COMPLETE SERIES BOXED SET ONLY $1.99 FOR RELEASE DAY!:

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Synopsis: The three O’Gallagher siblings, all in one set.
Includes bonus material such as slightly expanded stories & a Christmas novella not otherwise available!

O’Gallaghers has been a long-lasting establishment in San Diego, known for its Irish brews and fare. When the next generation of O’Gallaghers take over though, it becomes known for a little bit more…

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THE BOOKS INCLUDED IN THE O’GALLAGHER NIGHTS: THE SERIES BOXED SET!

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ONE NIGHT STAND (O’Gallagher Nights #1)

Conor O’Gallagher.

Thirty-two, six-foot, and all muscle. Flashes of dimples behind his black beard, quick winks for the lady patrons, and a tattoo sleeve that leaves the ladies begging to be his nightly conquest.

Because one of them will be.

Every night at close, Conor brings one, two, sometimes more, up to his apartment and has his merry way with them. The women always leave satisfied, and always know he’s a one and done kind of guy, no repeat performances.

But what happens when one of his one night stands comes back into his life five months later, and pregnant no less?

What happens when one night gives you more than you bargained for?

Conor’s about to find out…

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ABOUT LAST NIGHT (O’Gallagher Nights #2)

Synopsis: Rory O’Gallagher.

Thirty, five-ten, and long, lean muscle.
The middle O’Gallagher is as known for his prowess in the bedroom as the oldest is,

and for so much more.

Women have always been attracted to him.
People have always flocked to him.

But then there was Emily Winters.

With her white blonde hair, icy blue eyes, and cold demeanor toward him, Rory shouldn’t want anything to do with her.

But so help him, he does.

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ALL NIGHT LONG (O’Gallagher Nights #3)

Synopsis: Brenna O’Gallagher.

The baby sister of those sexy O’Gallagher boys has her own story to tell.

Her brothers think she’s something she’s not… but the truth is,
most of the rumors had always been true.

At twenty, she decided she needed a change.

Then her brothers hired him.

He makes her feel like she’s spiraling backward, but is she really?
Has she found the one person she can confide in, the one person who will not judge her?
And just how long can she keep it from her brothers before the repercussions settle in and she not only loses him, but the respect of her brothers?

Her road hasn’t been easy–and it’s not about to start smoothing out now.

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ABOUT MIGNON MYKEL

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Mignon Mykel is the author of the Prescott Family series, as well as the short-novella erotic romance series, O’Gallagher Nights. When not sitting at Starbucks writing whatever her characters tell her to, you can find her hiking in the mountains of her new home in Arizona.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Naughty Reads to Give Your Mom to Make Her Blush

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Holiday Gift Guide Freebie (ten books to buy the YA lover in your life, 10 books to buy for your dad, etc.). Since I’m a HUGE romance fan, I’m going with the topic:

Ten Naughty Reads to Give Your Mom to Make Her Blush

Fun, right? All the book titles link to the Goodreads page for that book. So, here we go!


1. Stroked
Meghan Quinn

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2. Big Rock
Lauren Blakely

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3. Porn Star
Laurelin Page & Sierra Simone

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4. Tapping the Billionaire
Max Monroe

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5. Wallbanger
Alice Clayton

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6. Calendar Girl
Audrey Carlan

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7. Four Letter Word
J. Daniels

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8. Turbulence
Whitney G.

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9. Wicked Fall
Sawyer Bennett

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10. Delicate Ink
Carrie Ann Ryan

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Review: Kiss Cam by Kiara London

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Author: Kiara London
Publication Date: October 18, 2016
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
Note: I received this book from Fierce Reads via Goodreads in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

Synopsis:

In Kiss Cam, teen author Kiara London asks, what’s a little harmless kissing between friends?

Juniper, Jasper, and Lenny have been friends forever and co-own a vlog channel called WereVloggingHere. Their fans are huge “shippers” who believe that Juniper and Jasper are perfect for each other, and, despite warnings from friends and family, a simple Truth-or-Dare inspired kiss soon spirals out of control into a whole new world of making out and surprise kisses.

Juniper and Jasper’s relationship begins to shift. But as fan requests for different “Kiss Cam” segments keep pouring in, Juniper puts her worries aside and convinces herself that it doesn’t mean anything. After all, it’s just kissing… right?


First, I have to say how much I love the cover of Kiss Cam. It, along with the title, is what originally drew me to the story. It’s a cover that actually goes with what the book is about. How often does that happen?

Kiss Cam is about three best friends who run a vlog together. They do all sorts of fun stuff like play truth and dare with their followers. Acting on one of their follower’s dares leads them to come up with a vlog game called “Kiss Cam.” The game revolves around Juniper and Jasper kissing for the camera. Juniper agrees to play along with the game even though her friends and family warn her it could change her relationship with her best friend Jasper.

If I had to pick one word to describe Kiss Cam I would pick cute. Everything about this story was cute. The characters, the plot, the vlog followers, the best friends to lovers trope: all cute. The cutest and my most favorite relationship of the book was Juniper’s relationship with her dad. So cute. He was so down to Earth and gave the best advice ever. I kind of wanted him to be my dad. Like I said at the beginning, this book was just cute.

There were a couple of things that kept Kiss Cam from being a 4 or 5 star read for me, though. One was Juniper’s narration of the story. It was hard to connect with her at times. She wasn’t an unreliable narrator, but she wasn’t an honest one either. Rather than reveal her true feelings and deepest thoughts, the author gave the reader Juniper’s observations and what she wanted to project to the world. Not knowing how she truly felt put an emotional distance between us.

The other thing that I needed from Kiss Cam was Jasper and Lenny’s points of view. They weren’t exactly necessary, but they would have helped a lot. There were times in the story that I could tell each of them knew something Juniper didn’t or they were in on something together. I would have liked to know what was going on in their brains at that moment. I wanted to know them better — especially Lenny.

Overall, I had a fun time reading Kiss Cam. It was a simple, fast-paced story filled with a bunch of adorable moments.It’s perfect if you’re looking for a sweet young adult romance to escape with.

Review: Compromising Positions by Jenna Bayley-Burke

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Compromising Positions

by Jenna Bayley-Burke
Publication Date: November 28, 2016
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Select, Contemporary Romance

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Synopsis:

Falling in love is the last thing on his busy agenda but compromising positions can lead just about anywhere.When fitness empire CEO David Strong agrees to help teach a yoga class for couples based on poses in The Kama Sutra, he’s put in one compromising position after another. Especially since the instructor is his best friend’s little sister-in-law, doesn’t have a lot of experience with men, and is totally off-limits. She’s everything David’s never wanted. So he can’t understand why he suddenly needs her so much.

Sophie DelFino has fantasized about David for over a decade, but he has a type, and she’s far from it. He’s also got all sorts of rules and reasons why they shouldn’t be together. Good thing Sophie is all about bending the rules.

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Review:

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Note: I received an ARC from IndieSage PR via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

Compromising Positions is the first book I’ve read by Jenna Bayley-Shay, but it won’t be the last. I really enjoyed reading Compromising Positions. It was an adorable romance filled with so many fun moments.

I liked both of the main characters, but Sophie stood out to me. Carrying her family’s problems on her shoulders gave her a maturity beyond her years. The way she used putting her family first in the past as a way to encourage herself to go for what she wanted in the present was really cool. In her most immature relationship moments I had to remind myself that she was about ten years younger than David because she seemed so much older.

Sophie wasn’t the only one with a tough history. David’s family life was far from perfect. While Sophie took her past and used it as a positive influence, David’s past had a negative influence on him. It affected how he saw his future. I loved how he changed and what he learned about himself through his relationship with Sophie.

David and Sophie’s relationship was very sweet. It was a little forbidden and a lot hot. Their relationship started in a really fun way with partnering up to teach a Sensational Sex workout. I loved how their attraction to each other progressed from there and changed throughout the book.

I only had a couple of minor dislikes while reading Compromising Positions. First, it was told in third person dual points of view. The third person narration was good, but I would have preferred to read Sophie and David’s thoughts in first person. It would have made me feel even more connected to them. Second, there was a twist that came out of nowhere that I couldn’t decide if I liked. It just didn’t feel real or necessary to me. Neither of these things were big enough to truly impact how I felt about this book, though. It was just so much fun to read.

Compromising Positions was a cute contemporary romance. It was filled with super sexy situations that made me blush. I would recommend it to readers looking for a light and sexy read to escape with.

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ABOUT JENNA BAYLEY-BURKE

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By day, Jenna is faster than a speeding toddler, stronger than a stubborn husband, able to leap tall Lego structures in a single bound…but by night, while the family sleeps she writes romance novels where no one ever has to scoop up after the dog, change diapers, clip coupons, drive carpool, do laundry, mop floors, get silly putty out of hair, vacuum, empty the vacuum bag (gross!), exercise, count calories, apply bandaids, clean up puke…wait where was this going? Oh, Jenna writes romance because it is glamorous. Just ask the dog.

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The Amsterdam Book Tag

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I was tagged by the Orang-utan Librarian for The Amsterdam Book Tag. (Thank you!) I feel like I’m cheating a bit since I’ve never been to Amsterdam, but I’ll get over it. 😉


Why Do We Have So Many Cheese Stores In One Street – A Cheesy Read.

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I chose Sexy Lies and Rock & Roll because it has kind of a cheesy rock star plot. It was cute, but totally predictable.

Canal Parade – A Book that Celebrates The LGBT-Community.

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I couldn’t pick just one. I had to pick both Him and Us because Jamie and Wes’ entire story is a celebration of the LGBT community.

Anne Frank House – A Book That Made you Cry.

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I think I cried the entire last 1/3 of Bright Side. Such an amazing, touching book.

Museum Square – An Artsy Book.

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I’m not sure if I’ve really read any “artsy” books, but Four Days would probably be closest to it. It’s a descriptive healing journey through New Zealand.

Pigeons, Pigeons Everywhere – An Annoying Character.

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Bellini. If you’ve read Stroked you’ll understand why this reality star is on the top of my annoying list.

Red White Blue – Recreate The Dutch Flag Using Books.

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And that’s my best attempt at the red, white and blue Dutch flag. (All amazing books, by the way!)


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