WWW Wednesday: December 6, 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

This past week was a tough one for me. We had to put our 14-year-old Beagle to sleep. She had a mass in her abdomen that was causing her pain and other issues. She was my baby before I had a baby, so I’ve been sad. Luckily, I had my family and friends’ support to get through this tough time. I also had Penny Reid’s funny Knitting in the City series to help keep my mind occupied. I read Beauty and the Mustache (book 4), Ninja at First Sight (novella #4.75), Happily Ever Ninja (book #5), and Dating-ish (book #6).



Currently ReadIng

I am switching gears and reading an ARC of Behind the Bars.


Reading Next

Next up will be another ARC Over Us, Over You.


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

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Bookish Settings I’d Love to Visit

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 Ten Bookish Settings I’d Love to Visit. I’m going with real life bookish settings this week. Here they are…


1. The Bookworm Box

I would love to visit the actual bookstore in Sulphur Springs, Texas. Whether you love or hate Colleen Hoover’s books, you have to agree that she does so much for the community. I love that the bookstore proceeds go to charity.

2. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Universal Studios

I would someday like to take my daughter to visit Harry Potter’s world. It could be in Orlando or California. I’m not picky. I just think it would be so much fun!

3. Powell’s City of Books – Portland, Oregon

Okay, okay. I’ve already been there several of times, but I LOVE IT. It’s so big, it’s almost overwhelming. I’ve mostly done quick stop in visits, but I would love to spend a day looking through their stacks, sipping coffee, and reading.

4. Port Townsend, Washington

I don’t know that I’ve ever really been to Port Townsend even though I live in Washington. After reading Tarryn Fisher’s F*ck Love, I would really like to go visit and experience the community there.

5. Forks, Washington

I know, I know. I should have done this during the Twilight craze. I still would like to go there, though. My husband worked in the area several years back. He got to see it, but I didn’t.

6. South Carolina

I love fiction set in the South. I’ve read a ton of Karen White’s novels, and almost all are set in this state. I would love to visit it, and see some of the history and setting in her books. Plus, I have a friend who lives there!

7. Crepe de France

I want to go try this crepe restaurant in Pike Place Market because Tarryn Fisher wrote about it in Atheists Who Kneel and Pray. I want to know if it’s as good as Crepe Neptune in Cannon Beach, Oregon. Plus, Pike Place is always fun.


I didn’t quite come up with ten places this week. Sorry. This was all I could think of!

Mini Reviews: The Studying Hours & The Failing Hours by Sara Ney

The Studying Hours
Series: How to Date a Douchebag, #1
Author: Sara Ney
Publication Date: September 13, 2016
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Sports

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

CRUDE. ARROGANT. A**HOLE.
No doubt about it, Sebastian ‘Oz’ Osborne is the university’s most celebrated student athlete—and possibly the biggest douchebag. A walking, talking cliché, he has a filthy mouth, a fantastic body, and doesn’t give a sh*t about what you or anyone else thinks.

SMART. CLASSY. CONSERVATIVE.
Make no mistake, Jameson Clarke may be the university’s most diligent student—but she is no prude. Spending most of her time in the hallowed halls of the library, James is wary of pervs, jocks, and douchebags—and Oz Osborne is all three.

She’s smart, sarcastic—and not what he expected.

…EVERY DOUCHBAG HAS HIS WEAKNESS.

He wants to be friends.
He wants to spend time with her.
He wants to drive her crazy.

He wants…

Her.


I accidentally started reading this series with the third book instead of the first. I loved The Learning Hours, so I decided to go back and start at the beginning of the series.

Oz Osborne was a huge douche. His thoughts were all about women, their bodies, and what he could do with them. I didn’t think there could be a nice guy under all that frat house mentality, but luckily there was. All it took was meeting the right woman to turn him around. Uptight Jameson was the perfect woman for the job. She made Oz work for a relationship with her. I loved every moment of that.

The Studying Hours wasn’t quite as good as The Learning Hours, but I still really enjoyed it. There was even a big twist that shocked me. I didn’t see it coming, and I liked the direction it moved the story. Overall, The Studying Hours was a great college romance.



The Failing Hours
Series: How to Date a Douchebag, #2
Author: Sara Ney
Publication Date: January 31, 2017
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Sports

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Zeke Daniels isn’t just a douchebag; he’s an a**hole.

A total and complete jerk, Zeke keeps people at a distance. He has no interest in relationships—most a**holes don’t.

Dating?
Being part of a couple? Nope. Not for him.

He’s never given any thought to what he wants in a girlfriend, because he’s never had any intention of having one. Shit, he barely has a relationship with his family, and they’re related; his own friends don’t even like him.

So why does he keep thinking about Violet DeLuca?
Sweet, quiet Violet—his opposite in every sense of the word.
The light to his dark, even her damn name sounds like rays of sunshine and happiness and shit.

And that pisses him off, too.


Oh, boy. Zeke Daniels was a guy with extreme anger issues. He had built up so many walls around himself. Zeke wasn’t nice to anyone…Until Violet. Heck, he wasn’t even nice to her that often. Somehow, Violet saw the best in Zeke. That made Zeke attempt to be a better person. Without her, I would have chucked this book across the room.

The Failing Hours was a frustrating but good read. I loved how much both characters developed in this story, and how they became whole from each other’s love.



My overall thoughts on this series? It was a fun read. The How to Date a Douchebag series gets better with each new book. (#3 is my favorite book so far!) I can’t wait to see what’s next!

Review: Man Hands by Sarina Bowen & Tanya Eby

Man Hands
Series: Man Hands, #1
Authors: Sarina Bowen,Tanya Eby
Publication Date: December 11, 2017
Publisher: Rennie Roads Books
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

He puts the “screw” in screwball comedy…

BRYNN

At thirty-four, I’m reeling from a divorce. I don’t want to party or try to move on. I just want to stay home and post a new recipe on my blog: Brynn’s Dips and Balls.

But my friends aren’t having it. Get out there again, they say. It will be fun, they say. I’m still taking a hard pass.

Free designer cocktails, they say. And that’s a game-changer.

Too bad my ex shows up with his new arm candy. That’s when I lose my mind. But when my besties dare me to leap on the first single man I see, they don’t expect me to actually go through with it.

TOM

All I need right now is some peace and quiet while my home renovation TV show is on hiatus. But when a curvy woman in a red wrap dress charges me like she’s a gymnast about to mount my high bar, all I can do is brace myself and catch her. What follows is the hottest experience of my adult life.

I want a repeat, but my flying Cinderella disappears immediately afterward. She doesn’t leave a glass slipper, either—just a pair of panties with chocolate bunnies printed on them.

But I will find her.


Utterly delightful. That’s how I would describe Man Hands. It was such a fun read. I lost count of how many times it had me laughing out loud. It was filled with humorous characters, an outrageous storyline, and a swoon worthy love story. I couldn’t get enough of it. I didn’t want to put it down. It was just so entertaining!

Brynn and Tom were amazing. I loved everything about them from their crazy hang ups to their witty conversations. I could feel their connection from the minute they met. I loved how much they appreciated the little things about each other. Plus, they shared an intense chemistry. Every moment they were together shined.

The main characters weren’t the only entertaining people in Man Hands. Both Brynn and Tom’s friends made an impression on me. When I learned there would be more books to this series, I was so excited! I can’t wait to see what the gang gets up to.

In my opinion, Sarina Bowen can do no wrong. I love her novels. I’m not really familiar with Tanya Elby, but she couldn’t have picked a better co-author than Sarina Bowen. Together, these two have come up with an amazing start to an incredibly fun series. Contemporary romance fans won’t want to miss Man Hands.

Blog Tour: Darkness Matters by Jay McLean

Blog Tour

Title: Darkness Matters

Author: Jay McLean

Released: June 26, 2017

 

 

PURCHASE LINKS

 

 

BLURB
It’s the same old story, really.
Good versus evil.
Heroes versus villains.
Light versus dark.
For two years, college freshman Noah Morgan lived his life somewhere in the middle, fighting darkness and light, always searching for answers to a single question:
Why, Noah, why?
The same three words keep him up at night, struggling for air while gripping a plastic cylinder containing white pills to match the white label with his name printed in ink as deep and dark as his memories—memories that turned him into a recluse.
A shut-in.
An introvert.
Luckily for him, that’s not how the girl next door sees him.

 

 

REVIEW

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

I’m sort of at a loss of what to tell you about Darkness Matters. The blurb only gives you a peek at what this book is about. It doesn’t even give you a whole peek, only half a peek. There’s so much more to this story than the blurb even hints at. I want to tell you so much about it, but I refuse to give anything away. I’m only going to give you the bare bones here.

Jay McLean is a writer who always surprises me. I’m never exactly sure what I’m in for when I begin one of her novels. I definitely didn’t expect what Darkness Matters delivered. It was brilliantly written (which I expected because, come on, it’s Jay McLean I’m talking about here). The story was told in three different points of view, and alternated between past and present. Bits and pieces of the characters’ past and current situation were dealt out slowly throughout the story. I thought I knew where the characters were coming from or where they were headed, but I was always missing something due to those pieces. It made for amazingly shocking moments.

The main characters, Noah and Andromeda (Andie), were beautifully broken. Both had a darkness in their past that clouded their present. Each was fighting for life in a different way. Their meeting wreaked havoc in their lives. Noah and Andie’s  attraction to each other threatened the stability each strove for. Darkness Matters wasn’t exactly their loves story, but how knowing each other changed their lives for the better.

I know I mentioned a third point of view above, but I’m going to let you discover that person on your own. I was surprised by the point of view, and it shaped the story in a way I never would have expected. It still leaves me with a lot of questions.

Heck, the whole book leaves me with questions. I’m not sure if Jay McLean means for “The End” to be the end for these characters, but I hope not. There is so much more I’m dying to know! I am 99.9% positive that everyone who reads this book will feel that way. There were so many revelations made toward the end, my head was spinning. I didn’t get all the answers I wanted. I need more!

Darkness Matters was an addicted read that I loved. It was gritty and raw, but surprisingly sweet and inspiring. If you’re a fan of new adult novels and haven’t read a book by Jay McLean book yet, you’re missing out. I’ve read all but one of her novels and highly recommend all of them, especially Darkness Matters.

 

GIVEAWAY
Enter to win a signed paperback of Darkness Matters, a $20 Amazon Gift Card or a $10 Amazon Gift Card.

 

AUTHOR BIO
Jay McLean is an international best-selling author and full-time reader, writer of New Adult Romance, and most of all, procrastinator. When she’s not doing any of those things, she can be found running after her two little boys, playing house and binge watching Netflix.
She writes what she loves to read, which are books that can make her laugh, make her hurt and make her feel.
Jay lives in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, in a forever half-done home where music is loud and laughter is louder.

 

Review: The Learning Hours by Sara Ney

The Learning Hours
Series: How to Date a Douchebag
Author: Sara Ney
Publication Date: September 26, 2017
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Sports

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

He’s not a douchebag; but that doesn’t stop his friends from turning him into one.

MY FRIENDS WANT ME TO GET LAID.

So much so that they plastered my ugly mug all over campus, in bold printed letters:

Are you the lucky lady who’s going to break our roommate’s cherry?
Him: socially awkward man with average-sized penis looking for willing sexual partner. You: must have a pulse. He will reciprakate with oral. Text him at: 555-254-5551

The morons can’t even spell. And the texts I’ve been receiving are what wet dreams are made of. But I’m not like these douchebags, no matter how hard they try to turn me into one.

THIS ISN’T THE KIND OF ATTENTION I WANT.

One text stands out from hundreds. One number I can’t bring myself to block. She seems different. Hotter, even in black and white.

However, after seeing her in person, I know she’s not the girl for me. But my friends won’t let up–they just don’t get it. Douchebags or not, there’s one thing they’ll never understand: GIRLS DON’T WANT ME.

Especially her.


Oh my goodness. This book was just too dang cute!

When I started reading The Learning Hours, I didn’t realize it was the third book in the How to Date a Douchebag series. I got the blue and light green covers mixed up and started this book first. I was about 16% in by the time I figured out, but I decided it didn’t matter because I already loved the story and characters so much.

Despite the name of the series, Rhett is not a douchebag. In fact, he’s a very standup guy. Rhett’s smart, nice, and a talented wrestler. One would think he could possibly be a little full of himself, but he wasn’t. Rhett was convinced he wasn’t good-looking and a hot girl wouldn’t be interested in him. His low self-confidence was kind of cute. It was nice to read about a guy with a few hangups. Usually it’s the girl who is not so sure of herself.

Laurel didn’t have that problem. The girl had confidence in spades. She actually could have been the douchebag in the beginning of the story. I wasn’t really impressed with her until she started connecting with Rhett. Her attraction to him was eye-opening to her. The thing I loved most about her was her persistence when it came to Rhett, and how she was the one to make most of the moves. I don’t find that often in college romances.

Laurel and Rhett’s relationship built nice and slowly. I loved reading their thoughts and insecurities as they navigated their feelings for each other. There were so many sweet and funny moments. I was surprised by how funny this story was! I loved the chapter headers and how they related to what was happening in it. They were perfect!

I couldn’t get enough of this love story! It was adorable and I loved that it was about two great people. I am so excited to go back and read the first two books in the series!

WWW Wednesday: November 29, 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

I was pretty busy over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, so I didn’t get a ton of read done. I did get to start the Knitting in the City series, though. 🙂


Currently ReadIng

I’m on book 2 in the series now!


Reading Next

As long as there aren’t any ARCs showing up or anything, I’m going to continue with my binge read of Knitting in the City.


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