Review: Another Motherfaker (Willow Aster & Laura Pavlov)

Another Motherfaker
Series: The G.D. Taylors, #3 
Authors: Willow Aster, Laura Pavlov

Publication Date: September 9, 2021
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

𝐀 𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐫, 𝐚 𝐅𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐡 𝐠𝐨𝐝𝐝𝐞𝐬𝐬, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐚 𝐬𝐧𝐚𝐠𝐠𝐥𝐞𝐭𝐨𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐝 𝐘𝐨𝐫𝐤𝐢𝐞—𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐛𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭? 𝐈𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐬𝐮𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐛𝐞 𝐟𝐚𝐤𝐞, 𝐲𝐞𝐭 𝐧𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐟𝐞𝐥𝐭 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐥.

Cosette…
It’s time for a fresh start.
Out with the old and in with the new.
Except none of it is real.
Or it isn’t supposed to be.
My fake boyfriend happens to be the best relationship I’ve ever had.
And don’t even get me started on his dark eyes that I swear can see straight into my soul.
The way he makes me feel … everything about Caden Taylor is unexpected.

Caden…
I steer clear of relationships.
Especially the messy ones.
I keep things simple, and it works for me.
Until I agree to help out Cosette Dubois by pretending to date her.
The most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen.
Kind and sweet and smart and talented.
Fake boyfriend … no problem.
I’m a giver that way.
Throw in a crazy ex, a Botox-injected mother who hates me, a snaggletoothed dog who can turn on a dime, and a woman I can’t stop thinking about.
Messy has never looked better. 


How does this series keep getting better and better? Aster and Pavlov keep upping the fun, the funny, the cuteness, the everything. I have given the past two books in this series 5 stars, I gave this book 5 stars, and I will keep giving this series 5 stars if it they keep doing what they’re doing. I laughed so many times I lost track.

If you like fake dating, this book has a great romance surrounding this trope. Caden has been smitten with Cosette since their companies started working together. He jumps on the chance to play fake boyfriend to her when she needs a buffer against her ex-boyfriend. The attraction and chemistry between Caden and Cosette was palpable, but what was even more pleasing was their emotional connection and the sweetness between them. I was there for every minute of it.

While Cosette and Caden’s relationship shined, I hate to admit they were upstaged a little by Louie. That dog was something. I don’t want to give his part away, but he was hilarious. Louie combined with Cosette’s villainous mom was something special. He might be my new favorite pet in a book.

Another Motherfaker didn’t stiff me on moments with the rest of the G.D. Taylors either. There were plenty of moments for them to be involved with. Even Maya’s mom made an appearance. I loved how they all contributed to Cosette and Caden’s story.

This was just one of those entertaining reads that made me feel happy. I couldn’t get enough of Cosette and Caden, the Taylor family, and little Louie. As far as third books in a series go, this one kept things rolling and made me excited that there are still two more books to come. I can’t get them in my grabby hands soon enough.

WWW Wednesday: September 13, 2021

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. 

WHAT DID YOU JUST FINISH READING?

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

I LOVED Another Motherfaker (The G.D. Taylors, #3) by Willow Aster & Laura Pavlov. This rom-com series keeps bringing the funny.

I am really enjoying the psychological thriller Never Saw Me Coming by Vera Kurian. 

I am so excited to read Kiss and Don’t Tell by Meghan Quinn. She has been killing it with her releases this year. 

Top Ten Tuesday: Books With Numbers In the Title

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: 

 Books With Numbers In the Title

I know I’ve done this prompt before, so I’m switching things up a little. You’re getting books with the word “NUMBER” in them instead of actual numerals. 

Number Neighbors by Emma Hart
Take a Number by Amy Daws
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kensella
Getting Lucky Number Seven by Cindi Madsen
The Wrong Number by R.L. Stine
Wrong Number, Right Guy by Elle Casey
Lucky Number Eleven By Adriana Locke
Black Number Four by Kandi Steiner

Mini Reviews: Sterling Shore Series, Books 9-12

Hi, all. I’m back with more Sterling Shores mini reviews. I reviewed books 2-6 here, if you’re curious. I skipped books 7 & 8 based on the reviews I read. I am thinking I might go back at some point and read the books I skipped even though I wasn’t into the blurbs just to get some of the characters’ stories I missed out on. We’ll see… But now for the last four books in the series.

Perfectly Toxic
Series: Sterling Shores, #9

Author: C.M. Owens
Publication Date: July 26, 2016
Genre:Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts:

I was there for the Bella and Ethan match up. It was so much fun! These two played well off each other and great chemistry. Both were strong characters with tough things in their pasts. I might have raised my rating on Perfectly Toxic if it had stood out a little more from all of the other books in this series. It had a lot of the same tropes I’ve seen in the earlier books, so it didn’t stand out quite as much as I wanted it to. That being said, totally worth the read. I flew through it because of how much I loved Bella and Ethan together.

Make Me
Series: Sterling Shores, #10

Author: C.M. Owens
Publication Date: January 30, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

My thoughts:

Make Me was a fun read that had me laughing several times. Dale and Harley had such an interesting history. I loved that Dale wasn’t quite as suave as the rest of the Sterlings despite having the same good looks and last name. It was also cool that Harley was such a boss. I loved how strong she was and the way she ran her company. Her quest for revenge was entertaining. There were a couple of times I cringed during reading this book, though. There was a mix up and some poor choices by Dale that rubbed me wrong. Overall, it was another good addition to this series.

Taming a Maverick
Series: Sterling Shores, #11
Author: C.M. Owens
Publication Date: May 8, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

My thoughts:

Maverick is and has always been a ladies man throughout this entire series. I have loved his cocky personality and his friendships, especially with Bella. He kept all those fun things in this book, but also became a more decent human being with Salem around. Their becoming step-siblings in their 20’s was an interesting angle with Salem’s family being what it was. I loved all of the interactions between Mav and Salem and her brothers. It was so much fun!

Talk Nerdy to Me
Series: Sterling Shores, #12
Author: C.M. Owens
Publication Date: May 30, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

My thoughts:

I loved Talk Nerdy to Me. Britt and Base were an odd pairing, but it worked for me. Britt is one of those characters I have loved since I first met her, and I was happy she was finally getting her own book. I liked how Base tried to push Britt out of her comfort zone in a comfortable way and liked her differences. This book felt perfect to me until the big conflict came about. It was then that I realized I wasn’t seeing the hidden issues they had. Once they were laid out, I completely agreed with the actions that took place. That didn’t mean I still didn’t love Britt and Base. And I ended up loving how everything was worked out in the end. The conflict just made me rethink how I viewed their relationship from the start.

Final thoughts:

I’m really sad this is the end to this series. I felt like each book got better and I wanted more. I know this isn’t possible with Owens’ passing, and it makes me even sadder. Overall, this was a great series of interconnected characters.

Mini Reviews: Sterling Shores Series, Books 2-6 (C.M. Owens)

After reading S.T. Abby’s Mindf*ck series, I knew I had to read more of her books. Luckily for me she had written under a couple different names. After hearing praise for the Sterling Shores series, I decided to give it a try. I started with book 2 because book 1 wasn’t in KU. I don’t know how much I missed, but I’m guessing some set up for the families and setting. Here’s what I thought of what I have read so far.

Tagged & Ashed
Series: Sterling Shores, #2

Author: C.M. Owens
Publication Date: June 22, 2014
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★

My thoughts:

This is my first Sterling Shore book. I enjoyed it. Ash and Tag were really cute together. The suspense plot was a little crazy, but worked. I guess the only thing that bugged me was one of the big surprises and how secretive Ash was. I got why the author went there, but I wish the communication would have been there at the beginning.

Note: After reading Tagged & Ashed, I have to admit I was curious what drew people to keep reading this series. I liked what I read in this book, but I might not have continued if I hadn’t already read this author before. I knew there had to somewhere in this series that it really started to take off. I went and read a bunch of reviews for upcoming books in the series. Those reviews led me to skip The Sterling Boys, book 3. I skipped ahead to book 4. 

Loving War
Series: Sterling Shores, #4

Author: C.M. Owens
Publication Date: December 18, 2014
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts:

I skipped the third book in this series because of the reviews I read for it. I still haven’t decided if that was a bad decision or not. I had a little catching up to do with the history between Kode, Tria, Rain, and Dane. Once I knew what was up, it was easier to follow. I liked the relationship between Kode and Tria. Their enemies to lovers romance was fun. Kode was kind of a bully, but once they got things worked out he was a sweetheart. If you like jealous, alpha males you would probably like this book.

Breaking Even
Series: Sterling Shores, #5

Author: C.M. Owens
Publication Date: January 3, 2015
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

My thoughts:

This was my favorite book in this series so far! It was so much fun! I liked the opposites attract thing going on and all of the pranks. I laughed so hard that my husband asked me what was so funny. Rye and Brin were adorable! THIS is what I was looking for and why I kept reading this series when I had my doubts after book 2.

A Redo
Series: Sterling Shores, #6

Author: C.M. Owens
Publication Date: May 25, 2015
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ 

My thoughts:

Okay, so this is one of those books you have to read after reading previous books because there is a little set up in the drama between Wren, his ex-wife, and his brother. Those books helped set up this story a bit. Wren and Allie’s romance wasn’t quite a second chance, but almost. It was a sweet story about a one night stand that resulted in a child turning into more. I loved Wren and Allie together. Their daughter Angel was adorable and made me like Wren way more than I had in past books. This book was a good addition to the series.

So those are the books I’ve read so far in the Sterling Shores series. I’m excited to read more. I’m going to cherry pick which ones to read after reading reviews. I plan to another series review similar to this one in the future.

WWW Wednesday: September 8, 2021

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. 

WHAT DID YOU JUst FINISH READING?

Alecia from Staircase Reader had me picking up the Havoc Boys series by C.M. Stunich. I’ve been binging and just finished Anarchy (Havoc Boys, #4)

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

I’m currently finishing up the series binge with Victory (Havoc Boys, #5) by C.M. Owens.

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

My plan is to read Relentless (Mason Family, #4) by Adriana Locke next. 

Top Ten Tuesday: Romances Guaranteed to Put a Smile On Your Face

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: 

Romances Guaranteed to Put a Smile On Your Face

Cheat Sheet by Sarah Adams
The Highland Fling by Meghan Quinn
The Belle and the Beard by Kate Canterbary
The Bold & the Bullheaded by Willow Aster & Laure Pavlov
Becoming a Vincent by C.M. Owens
The Grumpy Player Next Door by Pippa Grant
Totally Folked by Penny Reid
The Bet by Max Monroe
Runaway Girl by Tessa Bailey
Isn’t It Bromantic? by Lyssa Kay Adams

Review: Lord of London Town (Tillie Cole)

Lord of London Town
Series: Adley Firm, #1

Author: Tillie Cole
Publication Date: October 10, 2020
Genre: Dark Romanc

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Cheska Harlow-Wright was born into a life of luxury and privilege. She has never wanted for anything. A comfortable future as a married London socialite ⁣
awaits her. But since the age of thirteen, Cheska has harboured a secret—an unshakeable fixation on a boy who could never offer her anything close to ⁣comfort. A boy steeped in sin and draped in depravity. A boy born into the possessive embrace of darkness. ⁣

When Cheska’s seemingly perfect world is ripped apart by an unknown but deadly enemy, there’s only one person she can run to. One person in the world ⁣who has the power to keep her safe. The one person her weak and shattered heart craves. ⁣

Arthur Adley. The new head of the most feared crime family in London. ⁣

Forced too young to take the helm of the Adley firm, Arthur has become even more ruthless, formidable, and cold than ever before. His enemies are circling, and he must fight—and kill—to maintain his family’s place at the top of the London crime underworld. There is no room for weakness, emotion, or loss of control.⁣

But then Cheska smashes back into his life with the force of a wrecking ball. She has no place in this dark, vicious, and bloodthirsty world. And worse, she is the solitary chink in his impenetrable armour. He’s already pushed her away once, but this time she desperately needs him. She’s broken, lost, and in danger, and he is the only one who can help.⁣

Arthur must protect her. He must destroy those who dare to threaten her, hunt down those who would take what is his. He would raze all of London to the ⁣ground to keep her safe… but can he also protect himself?⁣

The infamous Dark Lord of London Town faces his most brutal battle yet—the crippling weight of the past, the unrelenting enemies lurking in the shadows… and the havoc that Cheska’s presence is wreaking on the granite fortress that was once his heart.⁣
 


Normally I’m all about the sweet contemporary romances, but every once in a while I get burnt out on those and want something different. That’s when I reach for a thriller or a dark romance. I was feeling this way recently, but couldn’t find books that wanted to read. My ex-blogger friend, Ari, recommended Lord of London Town to me and I’m happy she did. It got me out of the book funk I was in. Here are my thoughts on it:

  • Lord of London Town started out a little slow, but it was setting the stage for what was to come.
  • Arthur was a violent guy. By the time I met him, it seemed like it was more nature than nurture, but as the story goes on I got to learn where his rage and punishment came from.
  • I didn’t exactly like all the violence and gore in this book, but it fit the story so I could roll with it. I definitely said “ew” a bunch of times.
  • Cheska was Arthur’s goodness and also the light of the book. She might have had a posh upbringing and clean upbringing, but she could easily hang with Arthur and his family. I loved her thoughts on everything.
  • Cheska and Arthur’s relationship was full of ups and downs that spanned years. Their time together wasn’t all tender love story. There was a lot of dark moments between the sweet ones. Despite that (or maybe because of it) they made a couple I could root for.
  • Arthur’s family was a great cast of characters. I enjoyed them all, but had a big soft spot for Vinnie. His relationship with Pearl made me both happy and sad. He’s the one I am most curious about what’s going to happen to in the next book.
  • The climax in this book was so good! There were lots of twist. Some I saw coming, others surprised me. Overall, it was a great read.

OMG! That Song Book Tag

When I saw the OMG! That Song Book Tag post Dedra did last week, I knew I had to do it. It combines two of my favorite things: books and music. This tag was originally done by Katesbookdate on Youtube

OMG! That Song Book Tag

My Jam:

A song you have to listen to no matter how many times you’ve heard it before
and
a book you’ll never get sick of:

Robyn’s Dancing on My Own is a song I’ll sit dance through no matter how many times I hear it. 

Fallen Crest High is a book I don’t think I’ll get tired of no matter how many times I listen to or read it. 

THROWBACK:

A song that reminds you of the cringiest time in your life
and
a book you read that you wouldn’t like if you were to read it now:

I think I went through a phase when I was about 20 that I listened to Creed for maybe a month or two. This was a time I would give myself a good shake if I could go back. 

I rated Anna and the French Kiss high when I read it. The more I think about that book, the more messed up I think it was. I think I would hate it if I read it now.

REPLAY:

A recent song that you have on repeat
and
a recent favorite book:

I’m a big Sam Hunt fan, so I was excited to hear new music from him. I’m really loving this collaboration with Sasha Alex Sloan. The vibe is really cool.

Well Matched was so good! It’s my new favorite in the Well Met series.

GETS ME:

A song that is literally me
and
a book that is me in book form:

Blinding Lights is an odd choice. I wouldn’t say that the lyrics or video is me. What is me is the classic, almost 80’s vibe to the song. I’m a huge fan of the way this song sounds like it could be from almost any era. I would like to think that I’m a little old school, but still with it. HAHA

As for The How and the Why… Literally book me was hard to find. Are there books about women who are happily married with kids? Usually there’s some sort of turmoil and all the turmoil I’ve got right now is this dang pandemic. So I went with this book because I have felt what some of the MC felt regarding being an adoptee. 

WUT:

A weird song that you liked anyway
and
a unique book that stuck out to you for some reason:

I Believe in a Thing Called Love sounds like it should be in some weird horror movie or something, but I love it for some reason.

The Lace Reader is probably the first book I read with an unreliable narrator. It made an impression on me and I’ve read it several times since. I always pick up on something new.

LET’S GO:

Pick your best pump up song
and
a book that inspires you:

Are you trying to kill me with best pump up song??? There are so many that I would pick for different reasons! I almost chose I Got 5 On It because my friend and I used to listen to that back in the day before we would go out, but I ended up choosing Ol’ Dirty Bastard featuring Kelis with Got Your Money. It’s such a fun song. 

Do Epic. That’s all I got to say about Bright Side. Live every day to the best of your ability. 

CHILL:

Your best relaxing song
and
a book you’d curl up with on a rainy day:

BIG Ed Sheeran fan here and Thinking Out Loud puts me in a good, calm mood. All of his music does.

The Match because Sarah Adams’s books are light and fluffy, perfect for a rainy day.

ADDICTING:

A guilty pleasure song
and
a light, trashy read you can’t help but love:

Anything by Britney Spears will always be my guilty pleasure music. 

Um… trashy? Not my favorite word for a book. I don’t think any book deserves “trashy” as a descriptor. So Tapping the Billionaire is not trashy. It’s light, funny, and on the steamier side. But NOT trashy. 

NOSTALGIA:

A throwback song you look back on fondly
and
a book you read and loved when you were young:

I was obsessed with 80’s music when I was 18 (still am, but that’s when it started). There was a time when I listened to this song on repeat. I’m sure my parents loved it, especially with the song’s meaning. 

Say Goodnight, Gracie is a book I read as a child or teenager. It’s the first book I can remember loving.

And that’s it! That’s the tag. I’m not tagging anyone. Feel free to do this tag if you want. 

Get Your (Book) Travel On

Summer is coming to an end here in the Pacific Northwest. I am ready for fall, but not quite ready to let summer go. Summer seems to be a time everyone loves to travel, so in the spirit of keeping summer going I’m going to share with you some of my favorite travel romances.

Meghan Quinn takes Bonnie (and us) along to a small Scottish town to find love and purpose.

Jen Frederick takes us along on emotional journey to South Korea to find Hara’s birthparents.

In Karen White’s book we travel to London with journalist Maddie to interview Precious about her life in London prior to WWII.

Robinne Lee takes Solène to many destinations as she embarks on a whirlwind affair with a famous, much younger musician.

There may be trouble in paradise for Chloe Liese’s characters, but visiting the Hawaiian islands is always a good time.

If you’re looking for a more magical destination, I would recommend you visit The House in the Cerulean Sea.

This one is actually set during the holidays, but there are so many fun traditions and places in Germany that Meghan Quinn’s characters visit. It would still make for some summer fun.

Summer trip to New Zealand? Kelly Siskind has got you covered.

Want a family vacation in Hawaii? It won’t be your family, but it will be entertaining.

Feeling like a crazy cruise adventure? Spend a semester at sea with Rebecca Yarros’s extreme athletes.

How about spending the summer in Rome with a friend?

Maybe family time in Hawaii wasn’t for you, but how about a fake honeymoon?

Here’s another one that visits many locations around the world.

Have you read any of these or have anymore ideas for books that will fill our travel wants and needs as fall rolls in?