The Anonymous Bookaholics Tag

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I can’t remember the last time I did a tag, so I’m super excited to have a fun one to share with you. Cristina from My Tiny Obsessions tagged me for The Anonymous Bookaholics Tag. Thanks, Cristina!


WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT BUYING NEW BOOKS?

The rush I get when I buy a physical copy of a book is a little insane. I do it so rarely that it’s so much fun. I really try to limit myself on buying books, though. If I start to overflow my bookcase, my husband starts to complain.

HOW OFTEN DO YOU BUY NEW BOOKS?

Honestly, I try not to purchase books too often. I always check the e-book and regular library first. NetGalley is a savior, too.

BOOKSTORE OR ONLINE BOOK SHOPPING – WHICH DO YOU PREFER?

If I’m going to buy a physical copy, it’s more fun to get it from the bookstore. I usually end up ordering them from Amazon due to the cheaper prices, though.

DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE BOOKSHOP?

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YES! My absolute favorite bookstore is Powell’s City of Books in Portland, Oregon. I’ve been there three times and each time was completely overwhelming. So many floors of books.

DO YOU PRE-ORDER BOOKS?

Only if it’s one of my favorite authors.

DO YOU HAVE A MONTHLY BOOK BUYING LIMIT?

My husband would say yes, that it’s zero books. Lol. But no, I don’t. I just try not to buy so many that he’ll notice all of the Kindle charges on the credit card bill.

BOOK BUYING BANS – ARE THEY SOMETHING FOR YOU?

Not really. I just do my best not to buy books unless I have to (ie: new favorite author release or binge reading a series when the library doesn’t have them).

HOW BIG IS YOUR WISHLIST?

I don’t think I can answer that. My TBR expands daily.

WHICH THREE BOOKS FROM YOUR WISHLIST DO YOU WISH TO OWN NOW?

I wish to own these three books because they’re not out yet! I need them! (Click on the book covers to be taken to their Goodreads pages.)

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I TAG:

Amy @ Curiouser and Curiouser
Ashley @ What’s She Reading?
Corina @ Happily Ever After
Jill @ Rant and Rave 
Lois @ My Midnight Musing
Stephanie @ Stephanie’s Book Reviews
Susan @ Susan Loves Books
Tash @ The Bookie Monsters

Review: Banking Her by Max Monroe

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Series: Bad Boy Billionaires, #2.5
Author: Max Monroe
Publication Date: September 6, 2016
Publisher: Max Monroe LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

When one Rulebook closes…

Thatch and Cassie have finally found their perfect balance of good and sweet, crazy and playful, and most importantly, hot and insatiable.

But what happens when they’re faced with a surprise neither of them plotted or schemed?

While Cassie seems to be taking everything in stride, Thatch can’t stop himself from worrying about every little thing revolving around the woman he loves.

How does a man handle that kind of anxiety?

Doing the only thing he can to ease his mind without pushing away the woman he loves, Thatch proves that once again, when it comes to him and Cass, you’ll never see what’s coming.

Another Playbook begins…

Wes Lancaster has always followed one guideline for play. He never gets involved with anyone working for his professional football team, the New York Mavericks.

It hasn’t been a hard rule to live by.

Until Winnie Winslow, the new take-no-sh*t team physician.

She’s beautiful, intelligent—and has no problem taking control of every situation.

She pisses him off. She turns him on.

As tension builds and desire heightens, Wes finds himself wondering how much longer he’ll be able to follow his game plan.


Banking Her is a super fun novella that follows Banking the Billionaire in the Billionaire Bad Boys series. You have to read at least that book before reading this one because it continues Cassie and Thatch’s story, as well as beginning Wes and Winnie’s.

Banking Her was a really fun ending to Cassie and Thatch’s story. It made me love this couple even more! Especially Thatch. He was already on the top of my book boyfriend list, but he managed to secure that spot for an even longer time! He’s just so dang sweet — even when he’s being a little creepy! And that’s hard to pull off.

I also loved getting to see Wes and Winnie meet and their attraction start to build. This short novella made me very excited to start Scoring the Billionaire! I think I’m going to have to continue my binge read of this amazingly sexy and funny series!

If you haven’t read this series yet, you need to pick up Tapping the Billionaire and get started! You’re missing out if you don’t!

Reviews: Banking the Billionaire by Max Monroe

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Series: Billionaire Bad Boys
Author: Max Monroe
Publication Date: July 26, 2016
Publisher: Max Monroe LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Uninhibited. Sarcastic. Confident. Beautiful.
With a thriving photography career that allows her to travel all over the world and capture the hottest of men behind her camera lens, Cassie Phillips is the woman who can’t be tamed.

Adrenaline-junkie. Jokester. Billionaire. Hot-as-sin.
At six-foot-five, with muscles for days, and that perfect playful smile, Thatcher Kelly is the kind of man you don’t want to deny.

Wild for wild.
Prank for prank.
The two most unlikely of people may be the only ones to see that some personality traits only run skin deep.

Uncensored. Hilarious. And too damn hot to put into words.
Grab a fan and get ready for one hell of a ride because when the opposite of opposites attract, things are bound to get a little messy.


I’m really kicking myself for putting off reading Banking the Billionaire for so long. I’ve wanted to read it since I finished both Tapping the Billionaire (Bad Boy Billionaires, #1) and Tapping Her (Bad Boy Billionaires, #1.5), but I got sidetracked with my ever-growing TBR. I’m so happy I was in the mood for a rom-com and downloaded it. BEST. DECISION. EVER.

To give a little series background, Banking the Billionaire is the second book in the Billionaire Bad Boys series. I would highly suggest reading both Tapping the Billionaire  and Tapping Her prior to reading this book. The first book introduces the reader to Kline and Georgie. They’re the ones who introduce Cassie and Thatch to each other. The Tapping Her novella “finishes” Kline and Georgia’s story while also giving us a first look at Cassie and Thatch getting to know each other. Both are hilarious and help set up all of the crazy fun that’s to come when Cassie and Thatch fall for each other in Banking the Billionaire.

Banking the Billionaire is probably the funniest rom-com I’ve ever read. It was the perfect mix of crazy characters, hilarious situations, and witty dialog. I laughed out loud more times than I could count. My husband kept shooting me weird looks while I was reading because I kept laughing nonstop while he was watching some suspenseful TV show. I couldn’t help it! It was just so hilarious!

I absolutely adored Cassie and Thatch. Cassie was crazy and outrageous. She would do just about anything to get a rise out of Thatch. She’s definitely someone I would love to have as a best friend. Thatch was just crazy, but also cocky and sweet. He’s currently on top of my book boyfriend list at the moment. They were the perfect match. Both were headstrong, adventure seeking, fun-loving pranksters. They just simply got each other.

Not only was Banking the Billionaire funny, it was super sexy. Normally, there are just sexy moments in a book. In Baking the Billionaire those moments were endless. Cassie and Thatch had this amazing chemistry. They were so sexually attracted to each other. Their thoughts constantly revolved around their sinful desires and when they were going to be acted on. And when they got down and dirty, it was off the charts steamy.

I cannot say enough how much I loved Banking the Billionaire. It just so much fun to read. The minute I was done with it, I had to pick up the next novella in the series to get more Cassie and Thatch. I could read about them forever!

If you’re a fan of sexy romantic comedies, you really need to read Banking the Billionaire and the entire Billionaire Bad Boys series. Start at the beginning and enjoy the ride. It’s so worth it!

WWW Wednesday: November 23, 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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I was so excited to be approved on NetGalley for the fourth book in Karen White’s Tradd Street series, The Guests of South Battery. I can’t wait to see what’s next for Melanie.

My daughter and I are still about half way through Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. She had a lot of late night activities last week, so we didn’t get to read together much.


Recently finished:

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You’re probably wondering how I flew through 7 books and 1 novella this past week. It has everything to with the fact that I abandoned my TBR at the beginning of the week and Washington weather has been…rainy. After reading the horribly frustrating Taking Chances last week I needed some rom-com in my life. (Hence all the half-naked men covers. Enjoy the beauty!) I binge read the first 4 books on the list. Once I was back in a reading groove, I was able to pick my TBR back up.

The Sexy One
Banking the Billionaire (Billionaire Bad Boys, #2)
Banking Her (Billionaire Bad Boys, #2.5)
Scoring the Billionaire (Billionaire Bad Boys, #3)
Kiss Cam
Spiked
Good in Bed (Cannie Shapiro, #1)
Compromising Positions

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


Reading Next:

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I’m super excited to read an ARC of I Hate Everyone, Except You next. I loved What Not to Wear when it was on TLC. I can’t wait to learn more about Clinton Kelly.

Review: The Sexy One by Lauren Blakely

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Author: Lauren Blakely
Publication Date: October 15, 2016
Publisher: Lauren Blakely Books
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Erotica

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

From NYT Bestselling author Lauren Blakely comes a sexy new standalone romance…

Let me count the ways why falling into forbidden love is not my wisest move…
1. She works with me every single day.
Did I mention she’s gorgeous, sweet, kind and smart?
2. She works in my home.
Playing with my five-year-old daughter. Teaching my little girl. Cooking for my princess. Which means…
3. She’s the nanny.
And that makes her completely off-limits… But it doesn’t stop me from wanting her. All of her.

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The other nannies in this city don’t call him the Sexy One for nothing. My boss, the amazingly wonderful single father to the girl I take care of every day is ridiculously hot, like movie star levels with those arms, and those eyes, and that body. Not to mention, the way he dotes on his little girl melts me all over. But what really makes my knees weak are the times when his gaze lingers on me. In secret. When no one else is around.

I can’t risk my job for a chance at something more… can I? But I don’t know how to resist him much longer either…


Since reading Lauren Blakely’s Well Hung put me in such a good mood, I decided to read The Sexy One. The Sexy One is another one her connected standalone novels. It stars Simon (you may remember him as the hot single dad who hired Harper to do a magic show for his daughter in Mister O) and Abby (Harper’s best friend). You don’t have to read the connected books prior to reading The Sexy One, but they are so much fun that I would recommend reading them before or after this one.

The Sexy One was so much fun to read! I loved that it was written in dual points of view instead of just from the man’s perspective. It was fun to get Abby’s point of view this time. The story wouldn’t have been as strong without it. She was this really kind and sweet person, but she also had inner vixen that I loved. Simon wasn’t as cocky as some of Ms. Blakely’s other leading men. He was self-confident, but he wasn’t a womanizer and he didn’t have a huge ego. Simon was just a really great guy. His doting single dad status made him super sexy.

One of my favorite things about The Sexy One was the nanny-employer connection between Simon and Abby. It gave this book a forbidden love feel, but it wasn’t angst-y or uncomfortable. There wasn’t a bunch of drama to their relationship, and I really liked that. Simon and Abby’s relationship grew naturally from attraction and friendship. There was a special sweetness to it because of both of their relationships with Simon’s daughter.

I absolutely loved every minute of reading The Sexy One. It’s the perfect book if you’re looking for a romance that’s going to make you swoon, laugh and fan yourself a bunch.

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Bloggers I Am Thankful For

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Thanksgiving Freebie. My freebie topic is:

Ten Bloggers I Am Thankful For

It was very hard to narrow it down to ten. There are so many bloggers that I love and follow.  If you didn’t make my list know I am still thankful for you! Everyone is so friendly and encouraging in the book blogosphere. 🙂

So, in no particular order…


1. Kelly
Here’s to Happy Endings

Kelly was the first blogger I met and really connected with. I think we even share a blogiversary. She’s super nice and the best books for trade trader ever. She’s my go-to reviewer when I’m looking for a YA read.

2. Claire
Art and Soul

Not only does Claire have great book reviews on her blog, she has goodies. Tons and tons of goodies. Her recipes and the pictures that go with them are to die for. Her banana cake had me drooling for days.

3. Maren
The Worn Bookmark

Maren reads a really wide variety of books. I love reading her reviews because I find books that wouldn’t reach for without her reviews. I also love following all of the challenges she does.

4. Cristina
My Tiny Obsessions

If Cristina loves a book, I’m going to love the book. I religiously follow her reviews looking for my next new adult favorite. I’m also in love with her classy review headers.

5. Ari
The Daydreaming Bookworm

I could pretty much write the exact same thing for Ari’s blog that I just wrote for Cristina’s. I’ve found so many new authors from reading her reviews. I also love the personality that comes across in her reviews. She’s blunt and tells it like she sees it.

6. Stephanie
Stephanie’s Book Reviews

Stephanie is another very diverse reader. I love heading over to her blog to find reviews for books because of that. Her reviews are perfect for when I want to step out of my normal romance fog. Although, she does review some great romances, too!

7. Sky
Bookish Night

Sky was another one of the first bloggers I met. She and I read very different kinds of books, but I still love to read her reviews. Her take on books is so different. And I love the honesty she puts out into the universe.

8. Carrie
Reading is My SuperPower

Carrie and I share a love for romance, but her love runs more toward the Christian or inspiration romance side. One of my favorite things about her blog are her Top Ten Tuesdays. They are so clever! I wish I could come up with the topics she does. So unique and cool!

9. Joey
Thoughts and Afterthoughts

Joey and I share a love for the NA novel The Deal. Well, I guess I love it and he loves to harass me about loving it. I’m totally fine with that because…Garrett Graham. If you know Garrett, you know what I mean. But the real reason Joey is on this list is his wit. All of his posts are so cleverly written. I want to write that when I grow up.

10. Susan
Susan Loves Books

Susan is newer to the blogging world, but we’ve been connecting on Goodreads forever. We’re part of one of the same groups on there and we enjoy a lot of the same books. She’s always the first to leave me encouraging comments.


Note: Yesterday I posted an awards tag that was pretty much the same as this. I didn’t realize that was going to happen, so sorry for the redundancy!

The 2016 Blogger Awards

I was recognized by Tash @ The Book Monsters in her The 2016 Blogger Awards post. It was so nice to be recognized and so I thought I would participate. (Thanks, Tash!)

For those of you who are not familiar with these awards, you can check out the original post on Just Call Me Elm or Something or read the rules below. It was really hard to pick one blog for each of these. So many bloggers could fit in so many of the categories!


The Rules (PLEASE READ)
• It is preferred if you nominate one blog/blogger per award, but if you’re finding this difficult, two should be the maximum.
• Post ALL NOMINATIONS on this post, or write a post that links to this post so that I am notified as to who you have nominated. If you don’t know how to make a pingback, you can always ask, or email me.
• If you do not link your nominations to this post in some way, they cannot be counted.
• You must link your nominees to their blog – just writing a name will result in confusion, because there are multiple Em’s to give an example.
• Please tag your blog posts that relate to the awards with the hashtag #2016BloggerAwards. This is so that both the readers and I can keep track of any nominations.
• Results will be posted on 31 December, to allow as many people to submit their nominations as possible.


Blogger of the Year
A blogger that you feel has stood out this year as being very inspiring, kind, and who holds many of the qualities that you feel makes a fantastic blogger. This blogger can be one who you aspire to be and who’s personality traits cause them to, again and again, be seen as a central part of your blogging community, both to you and others.

Maren from The Worn Bookmark is the first person that came to my mind for this category. Maren is warm and friendly to other book bloggers. She makes a blogger feel at home in the blogosphere. I love the wide variety of books she reviews and all of the posts she shares.

Blog of the Year
Through their posts, the blog which you nominate for this category will have made an impact on the community with their writing. Each aspect of the blog is well thought-out, and their posts are both creative and original. Content, appearance and the effect you think this blog has had on you as a person and other people should contribute to why you nominated them.

I like everything about Books at Dawn. Jesse has done an amazing job streamlining his reviews. I love the way they look and read. His reviews are simply broken down, and they deliver his opinion in a way that helps a reader quickly decide if a book is for him/her or not. His graphics are really cool, too. I especially enjoy his Weekly Cover Reveals. I love that he not only focuses on the Fantasy books he loves, but on other genres as well.

Kindest Blogger
Somebody who has always been there with a lovely word if you feel down. They do not judge you, and can always be relied on to say the sweetest things no matter the situation that you find yourself in. Their comments are ones that stick in your mind because of their kind words, and they are nice to everybody and anybody.

Susan from Susan Loves Books has been a big supporter of my blog from the moment I started it. She’s constantly leaving positive comments on my blog that brighten my days.

Most Approachable Blogger
No matter the time of day or the amount of followers you have, you feel as if you can always talk to this blogger. Whether they have 10 followers or 10000, they do not make you feel unwelcome, and allow you to feel as if your opinions will be listened to. They’re friendly, and their personality makes it so that they are easy to have a conversation with.

There’s just something about Claire from Art and Soul that screams approachable to me. She’s super nice, makes amazing desserts and writes wonderful reviews. She always comes across as upbeat and positive. I love interacting with her and reading her blog posts.

Best New Blogger
A person who has, ∈spite not being in the Blogosphere for long, made an impact. This award is for those who have taken blogging in their stride, and right from the beginning, given it their all. They have firmly entrenched themselves within the community, emerging into blogging and not letting their ‘newbie’ status bother them.

Jill over at Rant and Rave is my Best New Blogger for 2016. (Hopefully, Jill started blogging in 2016. If not, I’m still picking her because she’s new to me!) I love her rant and rave reviews. It’s such a fun and easy way to make her reviews pop in my feed. I also love the colorful way she reviews books.

Most Positive Blog
The posts on this blog, or this blogger’s personality, lift your mood whenever you are not feeling your best. They could write inspirational posts, or have the personality that allows you to smile when they comment or speak to you; a simple post or conversation with them can make you happy.

I had to pick Tash from The Bookie Monsters for the Most Positive Blog award. Her blog is a happy place to go. First, there’s her super cute header that makes me smile. Then, there’s all her posts. I especially love her Tea with Tash ones. They’re a great way to catch up with her month and find out what’s new with her.

Most Helpful Blogger
Somebody who has always strived to help anybody, in any situation. This can be through their posts, or through any contact you have had outside of blogging. They have always helped you when you needed any assistance or advice, whether that would be with blogging or any real life situations, and they go out of their way to offer you this help.

Kelly over at Here’s to Happy Endings could have easily filled any of the spots on this awards post. I chose to name her most helpful blogger because she’s always willing to answer blog related questions when I ask them — and I ask a lot. I’ve appreciated her friendship and getting to know her through her blog posts and our Twitter exchanges.

Best Looking Blog
When you look at this blog, it should be obvious that they’ve spent some time on making it look amazing. It can be through the way they’ve organised it, the design in general, the best pictures: whatever element they’ve put into their blog, they’ve done it incredibly well. Remember, beauty is subjective, so don’t feel worried that other people may disagree with you.

If you haven’t found Read at Midnight yet, you need to hop on over there and look at Aentee’s gorgeous designs. They’re amazing and so beautiful. And she’s willing to share her design services for a great price with everyone. (I have to credit her for my amazing blog header!)

Most Relatable Blog
Many of the posts that they write, you find yourself relating to. This can be because of their style of writing, or the stories that they share; when you read their blog, you think that you aren’t alone.

I have two picks for Most Relatable Blog. I couldn’t just pick one. I relate to both Cristina at My Tiny Obsessions and Ari at The Daydreaming Bookworm a lot. That probably has to do with the fact that we enjoy so many of the same books. I love reading their book reviews because I’m usually nodding my head in agreement or adding a new book to my TBR. They’re part of the reason my husband cringes when he sees Kindle charges on our credit card bill.

Most Creative Blogger
There are some people who have added wonderfully original ideas to the Blogosphere. These people have contributed awards, tags, challenges and anything else that has been very well created. As well as this, they could be a creative writer, artist or could be a musician – anything that showcases a talent, or brings something never brought before to the blogging world. This is flexible, so you can nominate 2 people if this one is especially difficult.

I had to think about this one for a while. I feel like every blogger I’ve come across is creative in some way. One that really stands out to me, though; is Jordyn from J. Bookish. She created The Seasons of Book Blogging Tag and started a BookTube that’s really awesome.

Funniest Blogger
This blogger will never fail to make you laugh. Through what they say, their posts or how they interact with people, they put a permanent smile on your face and can have you in stitches. They can be unexpectedly funny, can say the strangest things, but the one thing that this person has is a brilliant sense of humor.

Joey over at Thoughts and Afterthoughts is the wittiest book blogger I’ve met so far. Every single one of his posts make me laugh or smile. He brings a unique perspective that I really enjoy. I wish I could book ramble like him.

The Wildcard
If you think that a blog/blogger should be recognized for an aspect of their blog/blogging personality that doesn’t fit a category on this list, then you can nominate them here, with the name of the aspect that they deserve and a comment. Though no one will necessarily ‘win’ this, those that stand out will be featured in the Results post.

She’s not super active in the community, but Sky from Bookish Night is my Wildcard choice. What I love most about Sky is that she’s real and honest. She puts herself out there in each review and interaction.


If you’re interested in participating, you don’t have to be tagged. Just simply follow The Rules and link to Just Call Me Elm or Something or use the hashtag #2016BloggerAwards.

Review: Well Hung by Lauren Blakely

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Author: Lauren Blakely
Publication Date: September 12, 2016
Publisher: Lauren Blakely Books
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Erotica

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

From the NYT Bestselling author of MISTER O, comes a hot and hilarious new standalone…

Here’s what you need to know about me—I’m well-off, well-hung and quick with a joke. Women like a guy who makes them laugh—and I don’t mean at the size of his d*ck. No, they want their funny with a side of huge… not to mention loyal. I’ve got all that plus a big bank account, thanks to my booming construction business. Yup. I know how to use all my tools.

Enter Natalie. Hot, sexy, smart, and my new assistant. Which makes her totally off-limits… 

Hey, I’m a good guy. Really. I do my best to stay far away from the kind of temptation she brings to work.

Until one night in Vegas… 

Yeah, you’ve heard this one before. Bad news on the business front, drowning our sorrows in a few too many Harvey Wallbangers, and then I’m banging her. In my hotel room. In her hotel room. Behind the Titanic slot machine at the Flamingo (don’t ask). And before I can make her say “Oh God right there YES!” one more time, we’re both saying yes—the big yes—at a roadside chapel in front of a guy in press-on sideburns and a shiny gold leisure suit.

But it turns out what happened in Vegas didn’t stay in Vegas. And now, my dick doesn’t stay in my pants when she’s around. I try to resist. Honest. But the more we try to keep our hands to ourselves, the more we end up naked again, and the more time I want to spend with her fully clothed, too.

The question now is…do I take this woman to be my ex-wife?


I downloaded Well Hung because I desperately needed a funny, sexy romance to put me in a good mood. I knew I could count on Lauren Blakely to bring a smile to my face, and she totally did. 🙂 Well Hung was so addicting I couldn’t put it down.

In Well Hung, Wyatt Hammer tells us all about how his assistant Natalie becomes his soon-to-be ex-wife after a business trip to Las Vegas. Wyatt’s point of view is the perfect mixture of sweet and cocky. He narrates his sexy encounters with Natalie in only a way a man could. I loved his hesitation of acting on his feelings towards his employee and watching him figure out maybe he didn’t want an ex-wife.

Well Hung is a standalone novel with new main characters, but it does include some supporting characters from Big Rock and Mister O. You don’t have to read those books to enjoy Well Hung, but I would recommend you read them anyways because they are so much fun. So. Much. Fun. Just like Well Hung was. I absolutely loved it! I highly recommend reading Well Hung to mature romance readers out there. It’s one of my most favorite Vegas marriage stories ever.  You won’t be able to keep the smile off your face!

Release Day Review: Hold My Breath by Ginger Scott

We’re celebrating the release of HOLD MY BREATH by Ginger Scott! Check out the review, teasers, and giveaway below!

 

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NA Contemporary Romance-Stand Alone
Release Date: November 18, 2016
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Fractions of seconds can do lots of damage. One decision can ruin lives. A blink can be tragic. And loving a Hollister…can hurt like hell.

I would know.

They say the average person can hold their breath under water for two full minutes when pushed to the extremes. Will Hollister has been holding his for years. The oldest of two elite swimming brothers, Will was always a dominant force in the water. But in life, he preferred to let his younger brother Evan be the one to shine.

Evan got the girl, and Will…he got to bury all of the secrets. A brother’s burden, the weight of it all nearly left him to drown.

The daughter of two Olympians, my path was set the day my fingertips first touched water. My future was as crystal clear as the lane I dominated in the pool—swim hard, win big, love a Hollister.

My life with Evan burned bright. He gave me arms to come home to, and a smile that fooled the world into believing everything was perfect. But it was Will who pushed me. Will…who really knew me.

And when all of the pieces fell, it was Will who started to pick them up.

In the end, the only thing that matters are those few precious seconds—and what we decide to do while we still have them in our grasp.

 

REVIEW:

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Note: I received an ARC from WordSmith Publicity in exchange for an unbiased review.

The more novels Ginger Scott cranks out, the more I’m impressed by her writing. That’s saying a lot, because I’ve loved all of her books. What impresses me so much is that each of her novels has a completely different tone and voice to it. I wouldn’t be able to pick one up and say, “Ah, this was written by Ginger Scott.” That’s a good thing. Why? It means that her stories and characters take on a life of their own. They’re all brilliantly written and emotionally captivating.

I’ve read a few Olympic hopeful swimmer novels lately. All have been amazing, but Hold My Breath stood out from the others. Instead of being funny and romantic, Hold My Breath was gritty and raw. Yes, there were moments that made me swoon, but there was also an angst and emotional frustration I didn’t feel with the others. I was constantly on the edge wondering how Will and Maddy were going to deal with everything that had been thrown their way. Their journey to finding love was very special.

Maddie was a cool character. I didn’t know what to think about her at first. She was so wrapped up in avoiding her feelings. It made it hard to connect with her. The more her feelings slipped out, the more I liked her. She grew so much throughout the story. It was like meeting someone you think you could be friends with and slowly discovering that they’re as awesome as you thought they might be.

I could tell Will was going to be someone special from the moment I read his first chapter. He had this inner strength about him that I admired. Will had been through so much, and yet he still had hope. He still had love. Will’s love for Maddy was so perfect. It was that unconditional love we all strive to find.

Will and Maddie’s love story wouldn’t have been the same without all of their family and friends. Hold My Breath‘s cast of characters was truly special. Each one of them had an important part on this journey. I loved them all. I’m hoping Ginger Scott may bring back a couple of them for another book. Please!

Hold My Breath was a wonderful read from beginning to end. I could have read another 2000 pages of Will and Maddy! I was so in love with it that I truly didn’t want it to end. I believe other NA readers will feel the same way.

 

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling and Goodreads Choice Award-nominated author of several young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and Everything After, The Girl I Was Before, Wild Reckless, Wicked Restless, In Your Dreams and The Hard Count.

A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher, pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com.

When she’s not writing, the odds are high that she’s somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork ’em, Devils).

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Review: One Sexy Mistake by Sarah Ballance

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Series: Chase Brothers, #5

Author: Sarah Ballance
Publication Date: November 28, 2016
Publisher:  Entangled Publishing, LLC (Lovestruck)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Synopsis:

Olivia Patton’s life just imploded. One night with sexy hacker Grady Donovan seems like the perfect, ego-soothing plan—until an epic snowstorm shuts down the city and thwarts her morning-after escape. Now the only walk-of-shame she’ll be taking is right back to Grady’s door.

Forced to actually talk, Grady and Olivia realize they can’t stand each other. Forget another round in the bedroom—if it wasn’t his apartment, she’d shove Grady outside to freeze. But with all the blistering sexual tension flying around, a second night with the hacker might be exactly what she needs…if they don’t kill each other first.

Each book in the Chase Brothers series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out-of-order.


When I stumbled upon Sarah Ballance’s One Sexy Mistake on NetGalley, I knew I had to read it. The blurb sounded so cute! Plus,  I had read another of her Chase Brothers books before and loved it.

One Sexy Mistake was a really fun read. The premise of two people swiping right and then accidentally falling for each other was a cool take on today’s dating scene. I loved Grady and Olivia. They were so similar, but different too. The way the author intertwined the things that brought them together with the things that drove them apart was perfect.

There were only a couple of things I would have liked to have seen in One Sexy Mistake. First, I would have liked it to be a little steamier since it was based around two people meet on a hook up site. Second, I wish it had been a little bit longer. I wasn’t 100% sold on was the ending because it wrapped up way so quickly. I needed a little more build up to forever.

Otherwise, I thought One Sexy Mistake was perfect! I loved the writing, the characters and the situation they were in. I would definitely recommend it to contemporary romance readers.