WWW Wednesday: October 25, 2017

Welcome to WWW Wednesday!

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. The purpose is to share what I’ve reading lately. The three W’s stand for:

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


Recently Read

Last week I read the third book in Abbi Glines YA series The Field Party. I also read two contemporary romances.


Currently ReadIng

I finally picked up Without Merit. I’m about 75% into it, and I am curious to see where it goes from here.


Reading Next

Honesty, I’m not sure what’s next. I have a SUPER busy weekend coming up, so I won’t be reading. I am going to try to knock one of my review books off my list.


What are you reading? Make sure to leave me your link below so I can check out your post. 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Unique Book Titles

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Unique Book Titles. 

There’s a lot of great unique titles out there. It was hard to narrow my list down. I had a few authors who had multiple unique titles, so I lumped them all under one number. I know, I cheated a bit. 😉


1. By Penny Reid:


Truth or Beard
Grin and Beard It
Beard Science
Beard in Mind


2. By Tarryn Fisher:

Atheists Who Kneel and Pray
Mud Vein
Marrow


3.  By Alice Clayton:


Wallbanger
Rusty Nailed
Screwdrivered
Mai Tai’d Up


4. Co-Wrecker by Meghan Quinn


5. The Fifth Petal by Brunonia Barry


6.  Hothouse Flower by Krista & Becca Ritchie


7. Pistol Whipped by Susan Ward


8. Sex Lies & Fruit Flies by Paulina Nichols


9. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid


10. Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John

Review: Hard Wood by Lauren Blakely

From #1 NYT Bestselling author Lauren Blakely, comes a hot and hilarious standalone romance about what happens when you have one week to convince your best friend’s little sister that you’re the one for her. What could possibly go wrong? It looks like things are about to get hard in the woods…Don’t miss the laugh-out-loud and insanely hot story, HARD WOOD!

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From #1 NYT Bestselling author Lauren Blakely comes a hot & hilarious new standalone romantic comedy…

Women often say a good man is hard to find. And a hard man is even better.

That’s why I’m quite a catch– good, hard, loaded, and wait for it…I’m ready to settle down too. But the woman I want to pitch my tent with lives clear across the country. Neither of us wants to get lost in those woods. All I have to do is resist her for the week she’s in town.

I try. I swear I try. But yeah, that doesn’t work out.

And after one fantastic night with my good friend Mia, I’m ready to give her years of nights under the stars. What’s a few thousand miles when love’s involved? But there’s a hitch in my plans — she just hired my adventure tour company. If there’s one thing I’m committed to, it’s running a squeaky clean business. Number one on my list of iron-clad rules?

Don’t screw your customers.

But what’s a guy to do when she’s so hard to resist? How hard can it be to keep our hands off each other for a quick group tour down the hills and over the trails? I’m about to find out, and I have a feeling I’m going to need a new badge of honor because things are about to get very hard in the woods.

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MY REVIEW

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Note: I received an ARC from InkSlinger PR in exchange for an unbiased review.

Hard Wood is one of those books that’s harder for me to review. It was good, but it wasn’t my favorite book in this series of standalone novels (Big Rock, Mister O, Well Hung, Full Package, Joy Ride). Lauren Blakely’s writing was just as good and as humorous, but it was missing something for me. There wasn’t a big enough conflict. The entire book felt very even, and it was hard for me to get excited about Mia and Patrick’s love story.

Patrick was a fun narrator. He had a great outlook on life. I loved that he wasn’t a ladies man who tumbled into a relationship. The fact that he knew he had found someone special in Mia before establishing a romantic relationship was really cool. I loved the maturity of it.

Mia was also a good character. She was a woman who pursued her dreams. I liked the look into her mind I got through Zeus. I wish there would have been more of her inner thoughts included. Maybe that would have spiced things up a bit.

My favorite thing about Hard Wood, though, was Zeus. Zeus was a cat with the personality of a dog. He was an adventure cat who hiked, walked on a leash, and had his own Instagram account. Zeus made this book. The chapters from his view-point were priceless. I loved the crazy feline! He made this book.

Overall, Hard Wood was a light, fun read. It’s perfect if you’re looking for a romance novel without a lot of drama.

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Hard Wood is the kind of heart-racing, hope soaring, face-flushing love story that I love to read! It was sexy, romantic, funny and an absolute pleasure to read.” ~Red Cheeks Reads

“HARD WOOD was such an adorable love story! A hot guy and his famous cat looking for their happily ever after … Perfect #RomCom!”
~Bianca at BJ’s Book Blog

“I never fail to fall in love with Lauren Blakely’s stories. Hard Wood is a swoony romance that will warm your heart and possibly other body parts.”
~Peggy Lee, Reading Keeps Me Sane Book Blog

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And don’t miss Lauren Blakely’s other standalone Romantic Comedies!

BIG ROCK
MISTER O
WELL HUNG
FULL PACKAGE
JOY RIDE

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A stylish Michael Kors backpack for when a purse is not enough for your shopping adventture

$50 Gift Card to The Body Shop to pamper yourself after a long day

Your very own plush Zeus to snuggle with

A Smores Making Kit for a backyard adventure

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About Lauren Blakely:

A #1 New York Times Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that’s hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than eighty times, and she’s sold more than 2 million books. In October, she’ll release HARD WOOD, the final standalone romantic comedy in the Big Rock series. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter

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Review: Bountiful by Sarina Bowen

Bountiful
Series: True North, #4
Author: Sarina Bowen
Publication Date: October 20, 2017
Publisher: Rennie Road Books
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Sports
Note: I received an ARC from Nina Bocci PR in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

No last names. No life stories. Those were the rules.

Once upon a time a cocky, copper-haired tourist sauntered into Zara’s bar. And even though she knew better, Zara indulged in a cure for the small-town blues. It was supposed to be an uncomplicated fling—a few sizzling weeks before he went back to his life, and she moved on.

Until an accidental pregnancy changed her life.

Two years later, she’s made peace with the notion that Dave No-Last-Name will never be found. Until one summer day when he walks into her coffee shop, leveling her with the same hot smile that always renders her defenseless.

Dave Beringer has never forgotten the intense month he spent with prickly Zara. Their nights together were the first true intimacy he’d ever experienced. But the discovery of his child is the shock of a lifetime, and his ugly past puts relationships and family out of reach.

Or does it? Vermont’s countryside has a way of nurturing even tortured souls. The fields and the orchards—and hard won love—are Bountiful.


Oh my goodness! If you’re a fan of Sarina Bowen, you’re in for a treat. Bountiful is amazing! It has everything I have loved from past True North novels. There’s Sarina Bowen’s outstanding writing, the beautiful Vermont setting, the Shipleys and their farm, and the Mountain Goat bar just to name a few. Most importantly, there’s Zara.

I’ve been waiting for Zara’s story since I met her in Bittersweet. I finally get the tough bartender’s story, and it couldn’t have been a more perfect one! Sarina Bowen gave us something so cool. Not only was Bountiful True North novel, but it was a crossover with her Brooklyn Bruisers series!

If you’re like me, you might not have remembered Dave Beringer all that much from the Brooklyn Bruisers books. You’re going to love him!!! He’s got that hot hockey player thing going for him, plus a whole lot more. Sarina Bowen couldn’t have come up with a better match for a woman like Zara who is determined to make it on her own.

The whole book was just so sweet. I loved the accidental pregnancy and the way it shaped Zara and Dave’s lives. Their moments with their daughter, Nicole, made me so happy. I couldn’t get enough of Bountiful. I’m sorry I’m finished with it because I really want more of it! Guess I’ll just be sitting here twiddling my thumbs waiting for the next True North or Brooklyn Bruisers novel. Can I get a Benito book? Or one about Bess and Castro?

Review: Played by Jen Frederick

Played
Series: Gridiron, #4
Author: Jen Frederick
Publication Date: October 6, 2017
Publisher: Pear Tree LLC
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Sports, New Adult

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

She’s been playing it close…

Ara Martin and college football star Ty Masters have been best friends since the first day of school when Ty literally ran her over. She fell for him immediately, but having lived under the shadow of her famous father, she knows a relationship with irresistible Ty would only end in heartbreak. For four years, she’s kept her feelings hidden. But one drunken encounter weeks before graduation is about to expose Ara’s biggest secret and destroy her most treasured relationship.

He’s been playing for keeps…

Ty is about to be drafted into the NFL, but his personal life is a mess. He’s got an agent he doesn’t like, a brother who can’t stop offering his opinion, and a beautiful woman he craves but can’t have. He can fire his agent and ignore his brother, but he’s not sure what to do about Ara. Ty’s been able to run down every quarterback he’s faced, but his sexy, stubborn best friend keeps slipping through his fingers.

Luckily, he’s not one for giving up, and once he gets his hands on her, he’s never letting go.


Finally! Ty’s book! I know you’re just as excited as I am. I have been waiting for Ty’s story ever since I met him in Sacked. Everything I learned about Knox Master’s twin from that book and the ones that followed had me wondering what lucky gal was going to be able to pass the twin test.

Jen Frederick didn’t disappoint! She had the perfect gal for Ty: his best friend, Ara. Ara and Ty were those best friends who are secretly into each other but refuse to tell each other because they don’t want to lose their best friend. They had amazing chemistry, but most of all, they had an amazing friendship. Ara and Ty got each other in a really special way. I loved every minute of their story. It was so much fun!

The only tiny complaint I have about Played was that it wrapped up a lot more quickly than I wanted it to. I wanted more time with Ara and Ty as a couple. That might just be me being needy, but I can’t help it. Those two were just so great together. I needed more!

If you’re a fan of this series, you do not want to miss Played. You will love it! If you haven’t read any of the Gridiron books, I highly suggest you do. Start at the beginning with Sacked and work your way to Played. You won’t regret it.

I’m really, really hoping Jen Frederick continues this series and that Played is not the end. (Hint hint, Ms. Frederick!)

Review: Guy Hater by J. Sterling

Today we have the blog tour for GUY HATER by J. Sterling! Check it out and grab your copy today!

Title: GUY HATER
Author: J. Sterling
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Day: October 9th

About Guy Hater

From New York Times Bestseller, J. Sterling, comes a sexy new STANDALONE romance novel.

Frank Fisher is quiet, pensive, and sexy as hell. He’s also stuck in a loveless relationship, bound by a promise he made years ago. It’s one he intends to keep, no matter the cost.

The night Claudia walks into his bar, both his life and his perspective are forever changed. She’s feisty, strong, independent and everything he never knew he needed. She’s also everything he never knew he wanted, and now he’s torn.

Will Frank follow his heart, or will guilt and obligation continue to rule his life? Choices aren’t always easy, especially when you’re a man, and Frank’s indecision may cost him more than he’s willing to lose.

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MY REVIEW

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½
Note: I received an ARC from InkSlinger PR in exchange for an unbiased review.

I’ve been eagerly anticipating Guy Hater since I read the first book in the series. I wanted to get to know Nick’s older brothers better. Their owning a trendy bar together and having so many cool things about it made for an amazing setting. I couldn’t wait to be back in that world.

Which makes me a little sad to say I didn’t absolutely love this book. It was a fun, quick read. I had a fun time reading it. There was just one major problem with it for me: a love triangle. Well, not exactly a love triangle, but Frank was already in a long-term relationship. He wasn’t happy, but I still didn’t love the fact that meeting another woman was what sparked him into break up action. I understood Frank’s situation and even could even sympathize with him, but I still didn’t like it. I wished he would have been free and clear before beginning even a friendship with Claudia. He was supposed to be such a good guy, and the way he handled it all didn’t say “good guy” to me.

Claudia was a cool chick. I felt bad for her at the beginning of the book. I could see the let down coming for her, and it made me sad for her. I loved the way she handled the entire thing. Her forgiveness was hers to give, and I like that she didn’t take it lightly. Claudia had a backbone and wanted to do the right thing. I am so happy J. Sterling gave her those characteristics.

Despite Frank being an idiot for half the story, I still loved the connection between Frank and Claudia. They had great chemistry. You could feel their attraction and the way they got each other immediately. The relationship they began to build felt strong and right.

Another thing I really loved the camaraderie between friends and brothers in Guy Hater. Claudia and her roommate had a fun relationship, but they were also there for each other when they really needed it. The same can be said for Frank and his brothers. I loved that they helped talk some sense into him.

Overall, Guy Hater was a good read. I loved being back in the Fisher brothers’ world. I can’t wait to see what’s next for the last brother to find love, Ryan. I know his story is going to be epic.

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About the Author

I got fired from my last job.

It’s true.

I know you’re sitting there thinking, “Jenn, how could anyone in their right mind fire someone like you?” And I’d love to give you a good reason, but the truth is that sometimes being all sorts of awesome isn’t fun for other people. They don’t always tend to like it. lol

So I picked my pride off the floor, bought a laptop and started writing my first book. And you know what I realized? Writing stories that meant something to me was a million times better than working my ass off for someone who didn’t really care about anything other than the bottom line.

My soul has never felt more satisfied.
My heart has never been more full.
I’ve never worked so hard in my life, but I love every second of it. I truly do.
It is SO worth it.
All of it.
Every moment.

The journey it took to get to this point- I wouldn’t change a thing.

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WWW Wednesday: October 17, 2017

Welcome to WWW Wednesday!

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. The purpose is to share what I’ve reading lately. The three W’s stand for:

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


Recently Read

Last week was spent on vacation with my family on the gorgeous island of Maui. I read Played on the beach and Genuine Fraud poolside.


Currently ReadIng

I’m currently reading Scandalous (Sinners of Saint, #3).


Reading Next

My next read is probably going to be the romantic comedy Hard Wood.


What are you reading? Make sure to leave me your link below so I can check out your post. 🙂