Review: Whatever It Takes (Krista & Becca Ritchie)

Whatever It Takes
Series: Bad Reputation Duet, #1
Authors: Krista & Becca Ritchie
Publication Date: January 21, 2020
Publisher: K.B. Ritchie
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Call me what you want: Bad Boy Next Door. Trouble. That Kid Who Can’t Do Anything Right.

When Willow moves into my neighborhood, nothing should have happened. She’s geeky. Shy. A true wallflower.

Willow is a good girl.
Too good for me.

And how the hell was I supposed to know that she’s related to Loren Hale—yeah, that douchebag celebrity that lives on my street. The same guy I’ve been pranking by spray painting vulgar words on his mailbox and worse. Much worse.

Don’t ask me why I do the things I do.
Don’t ask me why it had to be her.

I’m cursed. Simple as that. But here’s the thing about people who are cursed—they break everything they touch.

And yet. . .I still want to touch her. ​

Whatever It Takes is the first book in the Bad Reputation Duet and can be read and enjoyed without reading any of Krista & Becca’s other novels.

My thoughts:

Today, I’m reviewing the first book in Krista & Becca Ritchie’s Bad Reputation Duet. The Bad Reputation Duet is a spin-off of the Addicted/Calloway Sisters series. Technically, you can read this duet without having read the first series. There are some minor spoilers, but not anything too staggering. That said, I would highly recommend you read the Addicted/Calloway Sisters series first because 1. it’s amazing and 2. it enhances the experience reading this series.

Whatever It Takes was a home run for fans of the Addicted/Calloway Sisters series. We finally got the start to Willow and Garrison’s story. Even though I already knew some of the outcomes, there were so many new things to learn about them. My heart broke in different ways for each of them, but I loved their connection. I also loved being back in the time period of the original series and seeing all my old favorites. Like I said before, this can totally be read without reading the first series, but I fear it might lack some of the special feelings you get from reading it without. This book made my heart both heavy and light at the same time. I can’t wait for the next book!

Review: Great and Precious Things (Rebecca Yarros)

Great and Precious Things
Author: Rebecca Yarros
Publication Date: February 25, 2020
Publisher: Entangled: Amara
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

How do you define yourself when others have already decided who you are?

Six years ago, when Camden Daniels came back from war without his younger brother, no one in the small town of Alba, Colorado, would forgive him—especially his father. He left, swearing never to return.

But a desperate message from his father brings it all back. The betrayal. The pain. And the need to go home again. But home is where the one person he still loves is waiting. Willow. The one woman he can never have. Because there are secrets buried in Alba that are best left in the dark.

If only he could tell his heart to stay locked away when she whispers she’s always loved him, and always will…

Great and Precious Things is a heart-wrenching story about family, betrayal, and ultimately how far we’re willing to go on behalf of those who need us most.


Last year, I found Rebecca Yarros’ books. This year, I’m trying to catch up and read everything she’s written including her newest release, Great and Precious Things.

Great and Precious Things is a romance at heart, but it explores some greater social, moral, familial, and community themes. It hits those themes hard and is unrelenting in its challenges to both the reader and the characters. Perry did an outstanding job tackling all the issues she did, while adding a hint of surprise.

As for the romance, I adored Willow and Cam. I was constantly frustrated on their behalf, but so happy when they found their way to each other. They had each other’s backs in the best ways possible, all while emitting this great chemistry. They were easy to love.

Great and Precious Things is one of those romances that challenges you and makes you feel multiple emotions. It was well written and is sure to be a hit with fans of Yarros’ writing and newcomers as well.

WWW Wednesday: January 22, 2020

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 had a super busy week and only managed to finish one book. This week I read an ARC of Great and Precious Things.

I also listened to Frankly in Love.

Currently Reading

I’m reading an ARC of Cowboy Villain Damsel Duel.

Reading Next

My plan is to read Boss Man Bridegroom next.

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

Top Ten Tuesday: The Eleven Most Recent Additions to My (Physical) Bookshelf

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:

The Eleven Most Recent Additions to My Bookshelf

The books on this list are not my normal Kindle purchases, but actual physical copies. I received them from family for my birthday a few months ago and one I got for Christmas.

1. I Know You Remember
Author: Jennifer Donaldson

2. Eyes on Me
Author: Rachel Harris

3. Forever Right Now
Author: Emma Scott

4. Full Measures
Author: Rebecca Yarros

5. Love Broken
Author: J.D. Hollyfield

6. Art & Soul
Author: Brittainy C. Cherry

7. Stay
Authors: Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

8. Grip
Author: Kennedy Ryan

9. The Learning Hours
Author: Sara Ney

10. From Lukov with Love
Author: Mariana Zapata

11. #IMomSoHard
Authors: Kristin Hensley & Jen Smedley

Review: A Favor for a Favor (Helena Hunting)

A Favor for a Favor
Series: All In, #2
Author: Helena Hunting
Publication Date: January 28, 2020
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

From the New York Times bestselling author of Pucked and A Lie for a Lie, a new stand-alone romance about trading favors, battling wills, and winning love.

When I joined Seattle’s NHL expansion team, I thought it was the start of something great. But nothing ever goes the way you expect. Take my introduction to my new neighbor. She came rolling in on the hot mess express at midnight, making a racket while she tried to get into my team captain’s apartment. Did I mention that he’s married to a woman who definitely was not her?

Imagine my surprise when I end up with an injury that has me out of the game for weeks, and she’s the one to offer to help me. I should probably add that she’s not the captain’s mistress. She’s his sexy, pastel-haired younger sister.

So we come up with an arrangement: she rehabs me so that I can get back on the ice sooner, and she can add a professional athlete that isn’t her brother to her client list. Seems simple enough. As long as I can keep my hands to myself and my hormones in check.


A Favor for a Favor was exactly what I was hoping it was going to be when I picked it up. It was an upbeat romantic comedy filled with some great banter. I liked pretty much everything about it. To be be more specific…

My favorite things about this book were:

  • Helena Hunting’s writing was at it’s best. A Favor for a Favor was the perfect mix of funny and sweet. It had it’s over the top moments, but they weren’t too crazy. They were fun. The entire plot was well done and entertaining.
  • Stevie was a cool chick. I loved that she wanted to live outside her brother’s famous hockey player status and make it on her own.
  • The descriptions of Stevie’s ex Joey were perfectly gross.
  • Bishop was a grumpy a-hole that was somehow lovable. His attitude didn’t make him that much of a jerk, though. The reason he was how he was made sense. I appreciated his self-awareness. Plus, he was a big old softy under all that grump.
  • The cameos!

There were only 2 things that rubbed me a little wrong while reading this book:

  • A Lie for a Lie made me fall in love with Rook. The majority of this book made me see him in a different light, and it wasn’t good. It was hard to merge those two perceptions of him. Although, it did get easier once everything went down and I had more understanding of his attitude. I guess that made up for it.
  • There was one point where I just wanted to tell Stevie to get over her insecurities. What happened was pretty predictable, but it all made sense so I guess I can’t complain too much about it.

Overall, A Favor for a Favor was a fantastic sports romantic comedy. It is definitely one of my favorite books by Hunting. I hope this series just gets better and better. I’m really wanting a book about Kingston next!

Series Review: Smart Jocks (Rebecca Jenshak)

I’ve been seeing Rebecca Jenshak’s Smart Jocks new adult college sports romance series around a lot lately, and I kept thinking I read it. After talking to a reader friend who told me she hadn’t been addicted to a series like this in a long time, I decided to jump in. I’m so glad I did! The Smart Jocks series is truly addicting! Here is a short review for each book in the series.


The Assist, Book 1: ★ ★ ★ ★

The Assist had me from the start. Pretty much everything about it was adorable. It combined the right about of sports, college, humor, and just a tiny bit of angst. Blair and Wes had great banter, which is probably what made this book shine. I knew from the minute I met the supporting characters that I would have to keep reading the Smart Jocks series.

The Fadeaway, Book 2: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

I’m going to be honest. I didn’t really have much of an opinion about Joel Moreno after reading The Assist. He was just sort of background that didn’t stand out. I was more interested in knowing Zeke’s story. Maybe that’s why I was so surprised by how much I loved Joel Moreno. He might have been a manwhore prior to this book, but he really stepped things up for Katrina. He was a much sweeter, more devoted guy than I expected. I loved him and Katrina together.

The Tip-Off, Book 3: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

The Tip-Off is the book I have been waiting for since I started this series: Zeke and Gabby’s story. Zeke is a hard working young man with a singular focus to make it to the NBA. Gabby is a young woman recovering from a major accident years ago that left her with physical and emotional scars. On their own, each is one of my favorite types of characters, so you can only imagine how I feel about them falling in love. Their story is a sweet slow burn that hit me right in the heart. The Tip-Off is my favorite in this series for sure.

The Fake, Book 4: ★ ★ ★ ★

Honesty again… I don’t know that I really cared about Nathan before this book. I loved that he was a good friend to Gabby and I felt some distress for him in The Tip-Off, but there wasn’t anything that made me want to know him better. The Fake changed that. Nathan meets this new transfer student, Chloe, in this book. What starts out as a one night stand turns to fake dating turns to real dating in an incredibly fun way. I couldn’t give it 5 stars because it stressed me out a little too much in one part, but I was happy I found myself liking Nathan and loving his relationship with Chloe. The way this book wrapped up the series at the end was great.

Overall feeling about Smart Jocks:

If I had to give a rating to the series overall, it would be 5 stars. It’s such an addicting read that I didn’t want to end. I fell in love with each and every character. There’s so much heart and humor involved. It’s definitely a series worth reading and binging — especially if you have Kindle Unlimited.

Review: The Fight for Forever (Meghan March)

The Fight for Forever
Series: Legend Trilogy, #3
Author: Meghan March
Publication Date: January 14, 2020
Publisher: Meghan March LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

You can only keep what you can protect.

That’s all I’ve ever known. It’s the way I’ve lived my life.

Now, everything I never knew I needed is at risk, and I’m not letting anyone take it from me.

I won’t let anyone take her from me.

They say love is a battlefield, so I’m ready for war.

This time, it’s the fight for forever.

The Fight for Forever is the final book in the Legend Trilogy and should be read after The Fall of Legend, book one and House of Scarlett, book two of the utterly addictive Legend Trilogy.


I loved both The Fall of Legend and House of Scarlett, but what I felt for the first two books in this trilogy was only a fraction of what I felt for The Fight for Forever. This book was perfection. Seriously, Meghan March did everything I hoped she would and more. It picked right back up from the brutal cliffhanger in House of Scarlett and answered with action, chemistry, and love.

Gabriel Legend and Scarlett Priest’s story was FIRE. I loved everything about their relationship. They were both strong individual, but together they were a force to be reckoned with. They had a sweet relationship filled with an intense attraction. I loved how they welcomed the (amazing) people in each other’s lives into their own. Many of my favorite moments included them with Bump.

The fight aspect of this book was so much fun to read about. I loved how Gabriel’s preparation for it was worked in. I also loved the suspense the fight brought into this part of the trilogy. March kept me on my toes with everything that went on. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time!

As you can probably tell from all of my gushing, I adored this book. The Fight for Forever was an amazing conclusion to the Legend Trilogy. I’m sad I’m done reading it, but I’m also looking forward to reading what’s next from Meghan March. Her writing gets better and better with each new release.

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About the author:

Making the jump from corporate lawyer to romance author was a leap of faith that New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author Meghan March will never regret. With over thirty titles published, she has sold millions of books in nearly a dozen languages to fellow romance-lovers around the world. A nomad at heart, she can currently be found in the woods of the Pacific Northwest, living her happily ever after with her real-life alpha hero.

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WWW Wednesday: January 15, 2020

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 had a great reading week! I read an ARC of Heartland (True North, #7). Then I did a binge of the Smart Jocks series. After that I read Destructive (Combative, #3).

Currently Reading

Huh. I’m noticing something in common for all these sports romance book covers I’ve been reading… I’m reading This is Forever (This Is, #4).

I also started listening to Debbie Harry’s memoir Face It, but honestly I’m not that into it. That kind of surprises me.

Reading Next

I’m not sure what I’m going to read next.

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

Review: Destructive (Jay McLean)

Destructive
Series: Combative, #3
Author: Jay McLean
Publication Date: January 6, 2020
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Suspense

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

Some villains are made.
Some villains are born.
And some villains aren’t villains at all.

Nate DeLuca was born into a life he didn’t want.
Forced to walk a path that was already chosen for him.
Grandson to a mob boss, he’s forever torn between his duty, his honor, his legacy, and the truth.
But the truth is never simple, and it’s not at all what it seems.

In a world full of secrets, heartache, and betrayals, Nate only has one thing on his mind: redemption.
But with redemption comes destruction.
And that destruction might cost him his heart.

***

Three Lives.
Two Loves.
One ticking time bomb…
Tick tock.


Destructive is the third and final book in the Combative series. Each book builds on the last, so you don’t want to jump ahead because you will miss out on the build up and all the good stuff. You can find my review for the first book, Combative, here.

Woah.

If Combative left me slightly confused with its cliffhanger and Redemptive left me mind blown, then Destructive left me fulfilled. It was everything I didn’t know I wanted, but needed from Jay McLean and her characters. It tested everything I thought I knew about Nate, Ky, Madison, and Bailey. There were so many revelations, so many moments of clarity. It took McLean years to wrap up this story, and I now understand why. It both shocked and amazed. What a way to end such an explosive trilogy!

Top Ten Tuesday: Eleven Favorite New to Me Authors I Read In 2019

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:

Eleven Favorite New to Me Authors I Read In 2019

I didn’t read as many new to me authors this year because I focused a lot on reading books off my backlist TBR. I did end up reading enough for this list, though. Below are their names and the first book I read that made me want to read more. You can click on their names to go to their Goodreads pages.

1. Bryn Greenwood

2. Julie Cross

3. Devney Perry

4. Pippa Grant

5. Miranda Elaine

6. Amo Jones

7. Lyssa Kay Adams

8. Elizabeth Eulberg

9. Lucy Score

10. Roni Loren

11. Chanel Cleeton