‘Tis the Season Book Tag

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I was tagged by Joey over at Thoughts and Afterthoughts for the ‘Tis the Season Book Tag. Thanks, Joey! It couldn’t have been timed more perfectly.


Do you have a favorite winter read?

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This year, my favorite holiday read was What Light by Jay Asher.

Find a book with blue on the cover!

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So Much More by Kim Holden isn’t very holiday-ish, but the cover is blue!

Find a book you’d use as the star on a Christmas tree!

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It has a star, so I couldn’t help myself.

Pick one fictional place that would be perfect for a winter vacation!

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How about a coastal town in Italy?

Which fictional character would you take with you on your winter vacation?

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My bestie Frank Sanger came to mind.

Name one book on your wishlist this year!

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As a Kasie West fan, I’m embarrassed that I haven’t read this book yet.

Favorite holiday drink, treat, and movie?

Drink: hot apple cider
Treat: iced sugar cookies
Movie: The Sound of Music


Normally I’d tag some friendly bloggers, but, since it’s so close to Christmas, I’m going to tag everyone and anyone who wants to do this fun tag. 😉

Review: Downed by Jen Frederick

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Series: Gridiron, #3
Author: Jen Frederick
Publication Date: December 1, 2016
Publisher: Pear Tree LLC
Genre: New Adult, Sports Romance, Contemporary

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

He’s the guy no one likes…

Despite winning two national championships, JR “Ace” Anderson was sent packing from his old school after losing the trust of his coach. At Southern U, he has a second chance to prove that his college legacy isn’t endless debauchery and selfishness. But his reputation precedes him, and his teammates offer a chilly welcome in the locker room. The one person who is willing to accept him is the very woman he should stay away from—his new coach’s daughter.

She’s the girl everyone loves…

Bryant Johnson’s only goal in life is to make others happy, even at her own expense. One look at her father’s new star quarterback, and she knows that Ace is her next project. With a reputation for being a “jerk whisperer”, Bryant has spent her last three years at college reforming sorry behavior and turning bad boys into the best boyfriends ever. In Ace, though, she’s met with surly resistance and a sizzling attraction she doesn’t expect. Fixing this wounded warrior will be her biggest challenge yet. Not falling for him will be even harder.

Between her big heart and his damaged one, a battle is ensuing. In this game of love, every defense will crumble.


“He’s the guy no one likes…”

Um, yeah. That’s true. I didn’t like JR “Ace” Anderson at all after his actions in the second book in the Gridiron series, Jockblocked. I wasn’t actually very excited to read his book, but I adore Jen Frederick’s writing and I knew she would be able to change my mind about him. She totally did.

Ace started out acting in Downed much like did in Jockblocked. I had a hard time connecting with his cocky self-centeredness. He didn’t seem to be able to see beyond himself and I didn’t like that or him. Then, Bryant appeared on the scene.

Oh my, that girl Bryant. What a character! I wasn’t sure what to make of her at first. Bryant’s southern charm was over the top and almost ridiculous — but for some reason it worked. Her sugary sweetness had such an interesting impact on Ace. Bryant confused him and I loved it. She was everything Ace needed — in and out of the bedroom! Bryant healed Ace in ways he didn’t even realize he needed to be healed. And Ace did the same thing for her. Bryant helped Ace realize the type of man he truly was — one I could love.

There were also several other men I adored in Downed. First, Bryant’s dad. What a sweetheart! I loved how much he was involved in the story and Bryant’s life. Second, all of the other football players. They were such a rowdy group! I especially loved their interactions with Bryant. So cute and funny!

I loved Downed. It proved what an amazing writer Jen Frederick is. I truly didn’t think Ace was going to be redeemable, but she proved he could be. I highly recommend this book and series to anyone who enjoys a fantastic sports romance.

2016 End of Year Book Survey

The 2016 End of Year Book survey is a year end survey created by Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner. This is the survey’s 7th year! If you would like to complete this survey, you can find the original survey post and link up here.

And now we begin my 2016 End of Year Book Survery!


 

Number Of Books You Read: 320
Number of Re-Reads: 2
Genre You Read The Most From: Contemporary Romance

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1. Best Book You Read In 2016?

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I chose The Hard Count by Ginger Scott because I felt like it was so well written and applicable to today’s youth. It encompassed so many important things. Amazing book.

 

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

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Don’t get me wring, I really enjoyed A Gift of Time by Beth Flynn. It answered all of my questions and resolved so many things from Nine Minutes and Out of Time, but it was kind of a weird read. The first half of the book reminded me of Out of Time, while the second half reminded me of Nine Minutes. It was hard to switch between the two tones. Still loved it, though.

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  

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I was expecting to fall in love with Taking Chances by Molly McAdams. It had such great reviews and made Huffington Post’s top ugly cry list, but I hated every moment of it.

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

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Surprise, surprise. It’s not very hard to get the ladies to read a book with a cover like this! Thank goodness the writing is amazing!

 5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?

Best series I started:

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Addicted / Calloway Sisters series by Krista & Becca Ritchie

Best Sequel of 2016:

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Us (Him, #2) by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

Best Series Ender of 2016:

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The Goal (Off-Campus, #4) by Elle Kennedy

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?

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This could honestly be a really long list, so I’m going to pick the first author to pop into my head: Max Monroe. The entire Billionaire Bad Boys series was hilarious and super sexy. Loved it!

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

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I’m not much of a fantasy fan, but I love Amy Harmon’s writing and she did not disappoint with The Bird and the Sword.

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

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Too Late by Colleen Hoover was like crack. I anxiously waited for each addition to this story on Wattpad.

 9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

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I hate to admit it, but I don’t re-read many books. If I had to choose one to re-read from this year, it might be Banking the Billionaire because it was so dang funny!

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?

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11. Most memorable character of 2016?

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I am picking two most memorable characters, one I hated and one I adored. I hated Miranda from So Much More by Kim Holden. She is memorable for being a complete jerk. I adored Frank Sanger from This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills because Frank Sanger is for everyone — me especially.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?

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Like I said above, this book was amazingly written and so important.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?

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Tarryn Fisher knows how to make you think like no other. Marrow is probably one of the most thought provoking books I’ve read this year.

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read? 

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Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?

“You have to be willing to be happy. Despite the mess of your life—just accept what’s happened, throw away your ideals, and create a new map of happiness to follow.”

-Tarryn Fisher, Marrow

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?

Shortest: The Grownup by Gillian Flynn (64 pages)
Longest: Some Kind of Perfect by Krista & Becca Ritchie (664 pages)

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

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A Gift of Time by Beth Flynn

 

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

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Jamie & Wes

 

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

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Sloane & Frank Sanger

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

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Steadfast (True North, #2) by Sarina Bowen

21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

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I found My Perfect Mistake on Cristina from My Tiny Obsession‘s blog. Loved it!

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?

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Knox Masters

23. Best 2016 debut you read?

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The Way I Used To Be felt like it was written by a seasoned writer and it was a touching story.

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

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Amy Harmon created a beautiful set.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

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If you want to laugh and smile a bunch, then read Banking the Billionaire by Max Monroe.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?

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When it Rains by Lisa De Jong was a sob fest. So good, but so sad!

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

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Paper Princess (The Royals, #1) by Erin Watt

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

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I can’t even begin to explain it. I felt so many emotions I didn’t want to feel.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2016?

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Lily is an a dachshund. The octopus is, well, an octopus. Add in Lily’s owner Ted and this story is delightfully unique.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2016?

It’s hard to keep straight what blogs I discovered when, but one that pops to mind is Rant and Rave About Books.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2016?

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F*ck Love by Tarryn Fisher. It was before I switched by self-hosting.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

I don’t think I had a discussion post this year. Shame on me!

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

I went to two this year. First, I went to Emerald City Author Event. Second, I went to An Evening with Anna Kendrick.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016?

It would have to be the Emerald City Author Event. I got to meet so many amazing authors, including Claire Contreras, Tarryn Fisher, E.L. James, Jay Crownover, Emma Chase, and so many more!

Oh, and also updating to the beautiful new header Aentee @ Read at Midnight created for me!

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

The past couple of weeks. My blog has been acting up. 🙁

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

This surprised me. It was my review of The Goal by Elle Kennedy.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Hey, I’d take more love for any of them!

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

Hmm…I probably discovered it last year, but I think The Bookworm Box deserves all of the publicity it can get for donating so much to charity.

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

Yep. I completed my Goodreads challenge. 🙂

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?

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I adore Kasie West’s books and I’m so disappointed in myself for not having read P.S. I Like You yet!

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)?

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To me, collaboration doesn’t getting any better than Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy. I cannot wait for Good Boy and their new WAGS series!

3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

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Wait for Me just popped up on my radar recently, but I’m so excited to read this debut!

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017?

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I cannot wait to read Hard Hitter (Brooklyn Bruisers, #2)!

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2017?

Meet more amazing bloggers! Maybe some who are into NA/Adult contemporaries.

6. A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

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I love Kelly Siskind’s Over the Top series and I would definitely recommend Hooked on Trouble. BUT read the first two books in the series first!


And that’s my 2016 End of Year Book Survey. I hope you enjoyed reading it!

Review: Jockblocked by Jen Frederick

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Series: Gridiron, #3
Author: Jen Frederick
Publication Date: December 1, 2016
Publisher: Pear Tree LLC
Genre: New Adult, Sports Romance, Contemporary

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

She’s always played it safe…

College junior Lucy Washington abides by one rule—avoid risk at all costs. She’s cautious in every aspect of her life, from her health, to her mock trial team, to the boring guys she dates. When a brash, gorgeous jock walks into the campus coffee shop and turns his flirt on, Lucy is stunned by the force of attraction. For the first time ever, she’s willing to step out of her comfort zone, but can she really trust the guy who’s determined to sweep her off her feet?

He’s always played around…

Entering his last year of college eligibility, linebacker Matthew “Matty” Iverson has the team captaincy in his sights. And it’s his for the taking, if he can convince his quarterback Ace Anderson to give up the starting position. Luckily, Matty already has an edge—the hottie he’s lusting over just happens to be Ace’s childhood best friend. Getting Lucy on his side and in his bed? Hell yeah. Matty is more than confident he can have both, but when he falls hard for Lucy, it’s time for a new game plan: convince the woman of his dreams that she’s not sleeping with the enemy.


I have to admit that I didn’t exactly fall in love with Matty Iverson when I met him in Sacked. He seemed like an annoying, douche-y college football player. I was surprised he was going to be the next leading man in the Gridiron series. I was kind of expecting / wanting Ty Masters’ story. Now that I’ve gotten to get to know Matty, I’m so happy Jen Frederick gave us his story.

Matty’s spent the last four years taking advantage of his college football player status, but lately he’s been a little put off by all of the honeys trying to get into his pants. Matty thinks that maybe his buddy Knox Masters has it right: Find a good woman and make her yours. Matty’s thoughts are confirmed when he meets Lucy Washington. There’s something about Lucy that Matty can’t get out of his head. Too bad Lucy’s determined to stay away from the jocks in the dating pool. But Matty’s not one to back down from a challenge — especially one involving someone as important as Lucy.

I didn’t think it was possible, but Matty Iverson was just as swoon worthy as Knox Masters. Matty was so much kinder and sweeter than I was expecting. The things he did for Lucy were pretty dang amazing. The best part was that he didn’t even realize he was doing anything amazing. Matty just did what he thought was right. I loved that about him.

I found Lucy very easy to relate to. She was a confident person, but she also had her insecurities. Lucy let those insecurities get the best of her at times, just like we all do. My favorite part of her back story was her friendship with Ace. The changes their relationship went through throughout the book felt like what could happen in real life in a male-female friendship. I also liked how the author dealt with her medical issues.

Matty and Lucy’s relationship was so cute. I loved how it began with Lucy not wanting to get involved with Matty. The way he tried to prove himself to her was really cool. I adored everything he did and totally would have fallen for him, too! There wasn’t just sweetness to this story, though. Lucy and Matty had an amazing connection. The sex was steamy and fun to read.

There were several other characters in Jockblocked that I adored and hope make it into books in this series. I wouldn’t mind Lucy’s roommates getting a story. I would especially love to see Hammer fall in love. That guy and his “romance” columns cracked me up. I really, really need a book about him!

Jockblocked was exactly what I’m looking for when I reach for a new adult sports romance. It was a well-written, fun and fast-paced read. There were serious moments, but there was also a lot of humor. I highly recommend it and the rest of the Gridiron series. I’m looking forward to jumping right into reading the next book in the series, Downed, next!

Review: Where We Belong by J. Daniels

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Series: Alabama Summer, #3.5
Author: J. Daniels
Publication Date: August 18, 2015
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Ben and Mia Kelly can’t seem to catch a break.
Grueling night shift and opposing schedules have left the passionate couple geared up and ready for some much-needed alone time. There’s only one thing standing in their way.

Parenthood.

With two curious boys who have mastered the art of cock-blocking roaming the house, Ben and Mia, sexually frustrated beyond reason, quickly resort to surprise sexcapades and naughty little trysts whenever and however they can get them.

Who said anything about keeping things legal?

Assume the position. Things are about to heat up in the south.

**Author’s Note: This book should be read after When I Fall to avoid any spoilers.


Where We Belong was a really fun novella. It brought back Ben and Mia from Where I Belong (along with their friends) and updated us on their lives.

Ben and Mia’s boys are a little older now and keeping them busy — busy meaning keeping them from enjoying time alone together. Mia and Ben are determined to get some alone time, but things keep getting in their way. (Wonder what happened to Angie? You’ll find out!) The pair is ready and willing to do anything they need to fulfill their needs for each other.

This novella was short and sweet, but also sinful and sexy. I truly loved being back into Ben and Mia’s relationship. It was also fun to see what their friends were up to. Reading it made me very excited for the next book in the series.

WWW Wednesday: December 21, 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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My daughter and I are haven’t read much of HP this week. 🙁 She’s been super busy with evening activities and I haven’t been feeling that well. It’s probably more than you wanted to know, but I’ve been dealing with kidney stones and they suck. It’s lead me to ditch my TBR and go for comfort books, ie: romances. I’m currently reading the second book in the Sweet Addiction series, Sweet Posession.


Recently finished:

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After my buddy reads of Marrow, I abandoned my TBR and, as you can see, started binging on romances. Here are the books/novellas I read this past week:

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Where We Belong (Alabama Summers, #3.5)
Jockblocked (Gridiron, #2)
Downed (Gridiron, #3)
Royally Screwed (Royally, #1)
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The Hazards of Sleeping with a Friend (Hazards, #4)
Sweet Addiction (Sweet Addiction, #1)

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


Reading Next:

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I’m going to continue my binge read of the Sweet Addiction series and read the final book, Sweet Obsession. Then, I’ll probably be back to my TBR. 😉

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree. I feel like this list is kind of random. I’m not sure why. You can click on the book titles to be taken to their Goodreads’ pages. So, here we go!


1. Modern Romance
Aziz Ansari

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2. Arrowood
Laura McHugh

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3. Heat Wave
Karina Halle

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4. One Snowy Night
Jill Shalvis

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5. Royally Screwed
Emma Chase

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6. P.S. I Like You
Kasie West

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7. Too Late
Colleen Hoover

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8. Punk 57
Penelope Douglas

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9. Touching Down
Nicole Williams

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10. Thanks for the Money: How to Use My Life Story to Become the Best Joel McHale You Can Be
Joe McHale

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Review: When I Fall by J. Daniels

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Series: Alabama Summers, #3
Author: J. Daniels
Publication Date: March 17, 2015
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Synopsis:

For the past nine years, I’ve kept my heart as far away from my dick as possible.
Those two can’t be anywhere near each other. They don’t play nice, and one of them undoubtedly winds up getting hurt.

Not my dick. My dick is good.

The women I take home know exactly what they’re getting from me—sex. Nothing more. At least, that’s what’s supposed to happen. The sweet brunette from Kentucky I set my sights on tonight shouldn’t have been any different. I had her right where I wanted her. Where I needed her. But when my past comes walking into McGill’s pub, the woman in my arms decides to take things to a whole new level, putting me into a situation I never saw coming.

My heart is about to get fucked. My dick can sit this one out.


I’ve been binge reading the Alabama Summers books this past week. I couldn’t help myself. I love the group of friends in this series and had to read each of their stories. I was especially excited to get Reed’s story.

Reed Tennyson is a ladies man. He has strict rules when it comes to women, and he always follows them. Or at least he did until Beth Davis comes walking into the pub he picks up women in. One conversation with Beth and Reed’s entire life changes in an instant. The man who never gets attached finds himself doing just that.

I’m all about a cocky womanizer finding his match and this version of that trope was so much fun! I’ve really gotten to know Reed over the course of the series, and he definitely met his match in Beth. Their story was so sweet (And hot! And funny! I can’t forget those things!). They found something in each other that helped both of them heal from their pasts. I loved the way they connected and how their relationship played out. It was so much fun to read!

I also adored all of the new and old friendships in this book. The friendships have driven this entire series, and were so important to Reed and Beth’s relationship. I loved the part Reed’s best friends Tessa and Mia played in this story. Their meddling was cute and funny.

When I Fall was such a great romantic read. I loved it just as much as I’ve loved the rest of the series. I highly recommend it to romance readers who like series involving a close-knit group of friends all finding love when or where they least expect it.

The Stationary Book Tag

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I was excited to be tagged by Ann for The Stationairy Book Tag. (Thanks, Ann!) I haven’t done this one yet. It looks simple and really fun. So, here we go!


The Rules:

  • Thank the creator – Sam @RiverMooseReads
  • Answer the questions
  • Add pictures, if you want
  • Tag 5 people

Pencils: Favorite Middle Grade or Children’s Book

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This book has such a great message — for adults! 😉

Pens: A Basic Staple For Any Reader

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Of course Harry Potter is the answer.

Notebooks: What Do You Own Multiple Copies Of

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I have the e-book and the abs addition. I want the new cover edition, too.

Markers: A Book With A Beautiful Cover

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How beautiful is this?

Glue: Two Characters That Work Really Well Together (Friends or Couple)

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Cassie & Thatch

Scissors: A Book You Would Like to Destroy

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Worst love triangle EVER.

Art Kit: What Complete Series Do You Own

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Who doesn’t own this? I own so many series, but chose this one because it was the first I saw on my bookshelf.


Who Do You Tag:

ASHLEY @ WHAT’S SHE READING?
ESTHER @ CHAPTER ADVENTURES
ORANG-UTAN LIBRARIAN
Stephanie @ Stehpanie’s Book Reviews
THE BOOKIE MONSTERS

 

 

 

Review: Completely Yours by Erin Nicholas

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The first book in a brand new contemporary romance series from New York Times bestselling author Erin Nicholas about three geeky girls and the hunky guys who fall for them.

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Title: COMPLETELY YOURS
Author: Erin Nicholas
Series: Opposites Attract, #1
On Sale: December 20, 2016
Publisher: Forever
Mass Market: $5.99 USD
eBook:  $3.99 USD

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SYNOPSIS:

Kiera Connelly leads a quiet life, and that’s just how she likes it. She’s built a name as a graphic designer and meets up with her friends online, all from the comfort of her living room couch. But when a rare outing turns disastrous, Kiera finds herself up close and way too personal with an unbelievably hot real-life hero.

Zach Ashley doesn’t see himself as a hero. He’s just a regular guy who gets to help people every day as an EMT. But when he’s called to a scene and has to treat his most gorgeous patient ever, he finds himself mixing work with pleasure. He never hesitates to put his life on the line…but will he ever risk his heart?

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REVIEW:

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

Completely Yours is the first book I’ve read by Erin Nicholas. It was cute, fun and romantic. I was impressed with the writing. The uniqueness of the plot with its gaming and cosplay was cool. I also liked how the author took two very opposite characters and created a way for them to find love. Kiera and Zach’s personalities should have drove them apart, but instead they fit perfectly together.

Contemporary romance readers are sure to enjoy this fresh take on the opposites attract theme.

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EXCERPT:

She was still watching the ambulance, and she nodded absently. “Okay.”

He moved in front of her and crouched to get on eye level. “You can go right over and see them at the hospital. Mass General. If you’re not family, they might not be able to tell you much, but if you can get in touch with their families, they can come and sit with you, right?”

She nodded again but Zach wasn’t sure she’d heard him. He really wanted to know that someone was going to be there with her. Shock in survivors wasn’t uncommon. The that-could’ve-been-me thing could kick in at any moment if it hadn’t already. But there was nothing like seeing someone you cared about hurt.

He put his hands on her arms again, this time rubbing up and down and just ignoring how good her skin felt against his rough palms. Mostly. He needed to comfort her more than he needed to worry about how she made him feel.

“Do you know where Mass General is?” He didn’t love the idea of her driving herself over there. She was clearly overwhelmed.

Kiera nodded. “Yes.”

“You can get there?” he asked.

She nodded again.

Okay. So…

“Zach! Let’s go!”

Zach glanced over at Reed. His co-workers needed help so he was going to be here for a while. He couldn’t be messing around, obsessing about a woman who liked to play dress-up. “Kiera, I need to go but…”

“Yeah, of course.” She shook her head and looked around. “You go.”

“But…” But nothing. She was fine, and he was needed by people who weren’t fine. “Okay.”

He had the fleeting thought that he wanted to kiss her goodbye. But that was crazy. They’d just met. In the middle of an emergency. No way should he kiss her.

Finally, he let go of her and stepped back. But not touching her didn’t do a thing to make him not want to touch her. He forced himself to turn away and head toward Reed, trying to clear his mind of green and gold sweet-smelling flowers as he went. But when he got about twenty feet from her, he glanced back.

And she was still standing there. Hugging herself. Looking lost.

Fuck.

“I’ll be right there,” he told Reed.

Reed glanced back. “Dude…”

“I know.” And he did. He needed to not be distracted. But the only way that was going to happen was if he knew for sure that Kiera was taken care of.

He jogged back to her side. “Hey princess, what’s up?”

She looked at him, and her look of confusion cleared. That made him feel stupidly good.

“I don’t have a way…”

She trailed off, and Zach frowned. “You don’t feel up to driving?”

“We brought Sophie’s car, and her fob thingy is with her.”

Ah. A little issue. “You have someone you can call?”

“I didn’t bring my phone.”

“You can use mine.”

“No one’s home. I live with Maya and Sophie,” she said. “Obviously, they’re not… there.”

Her voice wobbled, and Zach worked on not grabbing her and hugging her.

They’d just fucking met. Hugging and kissing wasn’t appropriate. Dammit.

“How about a cab?”

“I don’t have any money.”

He looked her over again, revisiting the curves he realized he’d already memorized. He could give her money for a cab of course. He could get her home. But she’d be home alone. He could get her to the hospital, but they wouldn’t talk to her and she’d be stuck in the waiting room for God knew how long. Alone.

And leaving her alone was simply something he could not do.

“You need to come with me.” He reached out and snagged her hand before he could tell himself that holding her hand was a bad idea.

Because it was. Her hand felt good in his, and the way she curled her fingers around his tightly and followed him without question felt good. And the idea that he was going to get to spend more time with her felt good. And all of that was bad. And yet, he pulled her along with him through the convention hall and into the heart of the chaos.

“What are we doing?” she asked.

“I need to go help with some more injured. And I need you to stick with me.”

“Me? Why?”

He looked over at her. Her cape floated behind her, and for the first time, he noticed the golden sword swinging at her left hip. Damn. That was kind of hot. “Because you’re a gorgeous kick-ass warrior princess, and the people in here are gonna need some gorgeous kick-ass stuff.”

She looked at him with surprise, but as he held her gaze, he saw something that turned him on even more than her smelling like candy—a spark of determination. She pulled up straighter as she walked, and he felt her hand tighten on his.

“Kick ass. Right. I can do that.”

He smiled. “And I could use some help from an interpreter.”

“An interpreter? I speak some Spanish but that’s about it.”

“You don’t speak geek?” He hoped he wasn’t committing a faux pau in calling her, and all of this, geeky.

But she actually gave him a half smile. “Oh, geek. Yes, I’m fluent.”

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Erin Nicholas is the author of sexy contemporary romances. Her stories have been described as toe-curling, enchanting, steamy and fun. She loves to write about reluctant heroes, imperfect heroines and happily ever afters. She lives in the Midwest with her husband who only wants to read the sex scenes in her books, her kids who will never read the sex scenes in her books, and family and friends who say they’re shocked by the sex scenes in her books (yeah, right!).

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