Review: Making a Play (Abbi Glines)

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Series: Field Party, #5
Author: Abbi Glines
Narrators: Ali Andre Ali, Caitlin Davies
Publication Date: August 20, 2019
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance, Sports

Rating: ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Ryker Lee is finally enjoying his senior year—he has great friends, hangs out with hot girls, and is on track to get a football scholarship that will set him up for college. Despite this, a small part of him wonders if there’s more to life than parties and meaningless hookups—and if football even means as much to him as it does to his fellow teammates. And when he meets the new girl at school, his world totally changes…

Aurora McClay is new to Lawton. She’s grateful that her twin brother, Hunter, is star of the football team and can help her adjust to her new school, but she’s not grateful at how overprotective he is over every person she meets. Just because she is deaf does not mean people have to treat her differently. When she meets Ryker Lee, the two of them spark an instant and intense chemistry, one that proves to be controversial not only because of Ryker’s reputation as a player, but also because of Aurora and Hunter’s father’s bigoted views about who Aurora can and can’t date.

Aurora and Ryker know in their hearts that they are meant for each other. But can their relationship endure the turmoil of rumors and prejudice?


There’s something about the Field Party series that keeps bringing me back to it despite the fact that each book isn’t as good as the one before it. It’s the small town, Friday Night Lights vibe of it and wanting to know what happens to the characters I love from the previous books. Making a Play is my least favorite book in the series so far. I didn’t completely dislike it, but I had a few issues with it that kept it from being great.

Let’s talk about the things I loved first.

  • The narrators did a great job bringing this book to life. It was a quick listen and I was instantly pulled in.
  • Aurora was deaf and I enjoyed reading about how she lived her life to compensate for not being able to hear. I loved how her confidence grew in this book relating to that.
  • Aurora and Hunter had a great twin relationship. I loved the dynamics of it in their family.
  • I didn’t think I would like Ryker as much as I did. He has definitely grown up some. I loved how he treated Aurora and the things he did for her and their relationship.
  • Nash and Tallulah were adorable.
  • Aurora is white and Ryker is black. Aurora’s dad did not want his daughter dating a black boy. I was impressed that Abbi Glines tacked racism in this book.

All of that was great, but…

  • Most of the stuff happens within a matter of a couple of weeks. Weeks. It just wasn’t believable. I loved how Ryker fell for Aurora, but I wish it had been over months rather than weeks. It was insta-love and not the good kind.
  • Remember how I liked that racism was tackled? Well, it wasn’t done as well as it should have been. Aurora’s dad got over his prejudices a little too quickly in my opinion. Again, if this book had taken place over months rather than weeks maybe changes in his beliefs would have been believable. It just wasn’t.

Even though Making a Play wasn’t my favorite book in this series, I still enjoyed listening to it. It brought me back to a town and group of characters I love. Anyone who has read and loved the previous books in the Field Party series will want to read it. I’m curious whether there will be more books in this series because I would like to read a book about Hunter.

Cover Reveal: Moonlighter (Sarina Bowen)

I am so excited to share with you the cover for SARINA BOWEN’s upcoming release MOONLIGHTER. Check out the cover and blurb below!

Only in my family could a professional hockey player earning seven million dollars a year be considered a slacker.

I’m at the height of my athletic career. Yet my arrogant brother is always trying to recruit me into the family business: a global security company so secretive that I don’t even know its name. 

Pass, thanks. I don’t need a summer job. 

But the jerk ambushes me with a damsel in distress. That damsel is Alex, the competitive, sassy girl I knew when we were kids. Now she’s a drop-dead gorgeous woman in deep trouble.

So guess who’s on a flight to Hawaii?

It’s going to be a long week in paradise. My job is keeping Alex safe, while her job is torturing me with her tiny bikinis. Or maybe we’re torturing each other. It’s all snark and flirting until the threat against Alex gets serious. And this jock must become her major league protector. 

Moonlighter is a stand-alone novel. No cliffhangers, no prior experience necessary. Contains: hackers, hockey players, and a hotel room with only one bed.  

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WWW Wednesday: September 25, 2019

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 week I read a couple of ARCs: A Lie for a Lie (All In, #1) and Team Player 2: A Sports Anthology.

Currently Reading

I’m going to start reading Rule (Marked Men, #1) today.

Reading Next

My best guess is that I will read Jet (Marked Men, #2).

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

Cover Reveal: The Feud Series (Eliot Scott)

Check out these stunning covers for The Feud Series by Eliot Scott! Don’t forget to add it to your TBR!

 

The Feud Series by Eliot Scott

Steamy Adult Romance Saga
Release day: October 17 & 24, 2019

The Feud Series: The Wallace Girl & The Sinclair Heir
A steamy adult romance saga
By Eliot Scott
(Eliot Scott is the writing duo of bestselling authors Anne Eliot and Ginger Scott)

  • The Feud Series is an adult/coming-of-age, enemies-to-lovers romance and contains mature themes not suitable for readers under 18*

Blurb:
A hate that spans generations.
A brutal fight over who owns the land, who controls the water, and who can destroy the most lives.
A love doomed from its very beginning.

When Alex Sinclair first spots JoJo Wallace on the shores of his favorite lake, he doesn’t know about his family’s sordid past and how it weaves in and out of the Wallace line. He doesn’t know that she’s the girl who will own his heart completely. And he can’t imagine the torture he’ll be forced to put her through and the poison he’ll unleash.

She’s a spitfire soul with wild auburn hair—a girl that will haunt his dreams and rule his future. He’ll do unspeakable things, and the consequences will have the power to end a century-long feud.

To end her.

But JoJo was born just a little different than the other Wallace men and women. She was born to love big and see all that’s good—the good in Alex. And when she comes back to take what’s hers in the wake of Alex’s father’s death, she’s no longer the innocent, naïve girl the Sinclairs
have long underestimated. She’s a fighter.

And she isn’t leaving until she ends it all—for good.

Authors:
Find Ginger Scott at http://www.littlemisswrite.com/
Find Anne Eliot at https://www.anneeliot.com/

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Fall 2019 TBR

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 On My Fall 2019 TBR

1. Beard Necessities
Author: Penny Reid

2. The Play
Author: Elle Kennedy

3. Getting Player
Author: Emma Chase

4. The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street
Author: Karen White

5. The Second We Met
Author: Maya Hughes

6. The Fall of Legend
Author: Meghan March

7. Gypsy King
Author: Devney Perry

8. Headstrong Like Us
Authors: Krista & Becca Ritchie

9. Call Down the Hawk
Author: Maggie Stiefvater

10. Blitzed
Author: Alexa Martin

Review: Team Player 2: A Sports Anthology

Team Player 2: A Sports Anthology
Authors: Charleigh Rose, Ella Fox, Emma Scott, Ilsa Madden-Mills, Kate Stewart, Mandi Beck, Kennedy Ryan, Meghan Quinn, Rochelle Paige, Sara Ney, Teagan Hunter
Publication Date: September 20, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: Each novella is rated below.

Synopsis:

Our love of hot jocks is never-ending.

Muscular football players. Passionate tennis pros. Sexy soccer stars. All sorts of alpha hotties, on the field and off.

Have no fear! The team is back again, and this time…it’s thicker. You’ll get your sports romance fix with brand-new stories from eleven bestselling authors.

Need one last summer fix? Dive into this anthology.

*This anthology contains original, never-before-seen stories from Ella Fox, Mandi Beck, Teagan Hunter, Ilsa Madden-Mills, Sara Ney, Rochelle Paige, Meghan Quinn, Charleigh Rose, Kennedy Ryan, Emma Scott, and Kate Stewart.
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Since this is an anthology, I’m going to break my review down by each novella I read in it. Here we go!

Arena Lights by Mandi Beck – ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

I think this might be my first Mandi Beck book and I loved it! Maeve and Benny were so adorable! I am excited that there will be more to come with this couple, but that the novella also ended well enough to wrap up this short story. It didn’t leave me hanging like some other previews.

End Goal by Ella Fox – ★ ★ ★ ★

I wasn’t quite sure what to make of End Goal when I first started it. I wasn’t a big fan of what happened between Addison and Law in the beginning. I did really like when things moved to present day, though. It was a sweet love story. I like that it ended solidly, but also said there might be more to come.

A Slice of Love by Teagan Hunter – ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Teagan Hunter hit it out of the park with this novella. It was so adorable. I loved how it felt like it was a complete story even though it was a novella. Frankie and Jonas had such a cool story.

Dear Ava by Ilsa Madden-Mills – ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Dear Ava reminded me of some of Madden-Mills’s older novels. I loved that! It was a little darker, edgier, and angsty. It was a great short read and I loved Ava and Knox. I would have been happy to read a full length novel about them!

The Teaching Hours by Sara Ney – ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

I never thought I would want a book about Rex, but The Coaching Hours redeemed him a bit in my eyes and I found myself excited about the prospect of him getting a book. This novella hit the spot. It was such a quick, fun story. Hannah and Rex were adorable together. I could have read a whole book about them!

Body Heat by Rochelle Paige – ★ ★ ★ ★

This is my first time reading anything by Rochelle Paige. Body Heat was a fun little novella. It was very insta-love, but that is to be expected with a novella. I liked the characters and how the suspense part of the story worked out.

The Strike Out by Meghan Quinn – ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Meghan Quinn is such a tease! This one-sided enemies to lovers story was just a preview of what’s to come in a future book. I thought it was cute and loved the story. Holt was a little much at times, but it was perfect for his wooing of Harmony. I liked being back in this baseball world so soon after The Dugout. I just wanted an ending!

Guys Like You by Charleigh Rose – ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

This novella reminded me that I really need to pick up a Charleigh Rose novel. I’ve only read a couple of her novellas, but I adore them. Guys Like You was hilariously sexy and I adored the characters. I would have loved for this to have been a full length novel.

Fast Break by Kennedy Ryan – ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

If you have read the HOOPS series, you’re going to love this novella. It’s Banner’s best friend Quinn’s story. Quinn’s an amputee who has created a motivational business. Her love interest is August’s quiet NBA coach. It’s sweet, sexy, and heart-warming. Once again, Kennedy Ryan taught me some things I didn’t know. It ended sooner than I wanted it to, but it was an amazing novella.

Love Game by Emma Scott – ★ ★ ★ ★

I love Emma Scott’s writing and this book was a sweet romance. I also like that she took on tennis since there aren’t many sports romances that feature it. I just wasn’t as into it probably because of the tennis stuff. I am not a big fan of that sport.

Fair Catch by Kate Stewart – ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

I really, really wanted to give this novella 5 stars. I absolutely loved it. The characters were amazing, the story sucked me and had me wanting more… It’s that wanting more thing that has me giving this 4.5 stars. This wasn’t truly a novella. It was more like a preview to The Guy in the Middle. I didn’t realize that prior to reading it, so I felt a little let down when it just ended without an ending.

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About the Authors:

About Charleigh Rose: Charleigh Rose lives in Narnia with her husband and two young children. She’s hopelessly devoted to unconventional love and pizza. When she isn’t reading or mom-ing, she’s writing moody, broody, swoony romance.

Connect w/Charleigh: Facebook page: facebook.com/charleighroseprose Facebook group: Charleigh’s Angels: facebook.com/groups/1120926904664447 Instagram: instagram.com/charleighrose Newsletter Signup: http://eepurl.com/cVUcsH

About Ella Fox: USA Today Bestselling Author Ella Fox has learned a bunch of stuff along the way but the most important of all those things is that anything is possible when you try. In 2012 she took a big leap of faith and published her first book, Broken Hart. Since then she’s written fifteen more full-length books and several novellas– and every one is a reminder that you can live your dream as long as you work for it.

Ella’s favorite things are music, movies, traveling, The Foo Fighters and, of course, reading. This isn’t a surprise considering the fact that her mom is USA Today Bestselling Author Suzanne Halliday.

Connect w/ Ella Website: http://www.authorellafox.com/ Amazon: https://amzn.to/2oTMJvU BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/ella-fox Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EllaFoxAuthor Twitter: https://twitter.com/authorellafox Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6456709.Ella_Fox Instagram: https://instagram.com/EllaFoxAuthor/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/AuthorEllaFox/ Book + Main Bites: https://bookandmainbites.com/ellafox Newsletter Signup: http://subscribe.authorellafox.com/

About Emma Scott: Emma Scott is a bestselling author of emotional, character-driven romances in which art and love intertwine to heal, and in which love always wins. If you enjoy emotionally-charged stories that rip your heart out and put it back together again, with diverse characters and kind-hearted heroes, you will enjoy her novels.

RECENT RELEASES A Five-Minute Life (standalone) Bring Down the Stars (Beautiful Hearts #1) Long Live the Beautiful Hearts (Beautiful Hearts #2)

COMING SOON Someday, Someday (M/M standalone)

Connect w/Emma: Super-cute NON SPAMMY newsletter: http://bit.ly/2nTGLf6 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EmmaScottwrites Reader group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/906742879369651 Twitter: https://twitter.com/EmmaS_writes Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/emmascottwrites Amazon: https://amzn.to/31pkRBx

About Ilsa Madden-Mills: Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and USA Today best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills is best known for her contemporary romances ranging from new adult angst to romantic sports comedy.

A former high school English teacher, she adores all things Pride and Prejudice, and of course, Mr. Darcy is her ultimate hero.

She’s addicted to frothy coffee beverages, cheesy magnets, and any book featuring unicorns and sword-wielding females. Feel free to stalk her online.

Connect w/Ilsa: Amazon: http://amzn.to/2nY2pxT Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ilsamaddenmills/ Newsletter: http://www.ilsamaddenmills.com/contact Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2EESfM9 Bookbub: http://bit.ly/2GaR6cn Join her online bookclub on FB today! https://www.facebook.com/groups/ilsasunicorngirls/

About Kate Stewart: A Texas native, Kate Stewart lives in North Carolina with her husband, Nick, and her naughty beagle, Sadie. She pens messy, sexy, angst-filled contemporary romance as well as romantic comedy and erotic suspense because it’s what she loves as a reader. Kate is a lover of all things ’80s and ’90s, especially John Hughes films and rap. She dabbles a little in photography, can knit a simple stitch scarf for necessity, and on occasion, does very well at whiskey.

Contact Kate- Email-authorkatestewart@gmail.com

Connect w/Kate: Website: http://www.katestewartwrites.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorkatestewart Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/793483714004942/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/authorklstewart Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authorkatestewart

About Kennedy Ryan: A RITA® Award Winner and Top 25 Amazon Bestseller, Kennedy Ryan writes for women from all walks of life, empowering them and placing them firmly at the center of each story and in charge of their own destinies. Her heroes respect, cherish and lose their minds for the women who capture their hearts.

She is a wife to her lifetime lover and mother to an extraordinary son. She has always leveraged her journalism background to write for charity and non-profit organizations, but enjoys writing to raise Autism awareness most. A contributor for Modern Mom Magazine, Kennedy’s writings have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA Today and many others. The founder and executive director of a foundation serving Atlanta families living with Autism, she has appeared on Headline News, Montel Williams, NPR and other media outlets as an advocate for families living with autism.

Connect w/Kennedy: FB: https://www.facebook.com/KennedyRyanAuthor/ Amazon: https://amzn.to/2NZKKUz IG: https://www.instagram.com/kennedyryan1/ BB: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/kennedy-ryan http://kennedyryanwrites.com Reader Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/681604768593989/

About Mandi Beck: Mandi Beck has been an avid reader all of her life. A deep love for books always had her jotting down little stories on napkins, notebooks, and her hand. As an adult she was further submerged into the book world through book clubs and the epicness of social media. It was then that she graduated to writing her stories on her phone and then finally on a proper computer.

A wife, mother to two rambunctious and somewhat rotten boys, and stepmom to two great girls away at college, she shares her time with her husband in Chicago where she was born and raised. Mandi is a diehard hockey fan and blames the Blackhawks when her deadlines are not met even though her favorite hockey player calls her…mom.

Connect w/Mandi: Website: https://www.authormandibeck.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/authormandibeck Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/authormandibeck Instagram: http://instagram.com/authormandibeck Newsletter Signup: https://www.authormandibeck.com/newsletter

About Meghan Quinn: USA Today Bestselling Author, wife, adoptive mother, and peanut butter lover. Author of romantic comedies and contemporary romance, Meghan Quinn brings readers the perfect combination of heart, humor, and heat in every book.

Connect w/Meghan: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/meghanquinnauthor Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7360513.Meghan_Quinn Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authormeghanquinn/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorMegQuinn Website: http://authormeghanquinn.com Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/meghan-quinn Amazon: https://amzn.to/2LitE4x

About Rochelle Paige: I absolutely adore reading—always have and always will. When I was growing up, my friends used to tease me when I would trail after them, trying to read and walk at the same time. If I have downtime, odds are you will find me reading or writing.

I am the mother of two wonderful sons who have inspired me to chase my dream of being an author. I want them to learn from me that you can live your dream as long as you are willing to work for it.

When I told my mom that my new year’s resolution was to self-publish a book in 2013, she pretty much told me, “About time!”

Connect w/ Rochelle: Website: http://www.rochellepaige.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rochellepaigeauthor/ Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/RochellesRacyReaders Twitter: https://twitter.com/RochellePaige1 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rochellepaigeauthor/ Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7328358.Rochelle_Paige Amazon: https://amzn.to/2XRRB8E Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/rochelle-paige Newsletter Signup: http://eepurl.com/Ly1Tn

About Sara Ney: Sara Ney is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the How to Date a Douchebag series, and is best known for her sexy, laugh-out-loud New Adult romances. Among her favorite vices, she includes: iced latte’s, historical architecture and well-placed sarcasm. She lives in the Midwest, collects vintage books, art, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British.

For a list of cities/venues Sara will be signing at, or to purchase signed books, please visit her website at www.authorsaraney.com

Connect w/Sara: Website: https://authorsaraney.com/ Newsletter Signup: subscribepage.com/saraney Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/saraneyauthor Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/saraneyauthor Twitter: https://twitter.com/SaraNey Book+Main: bit.ly/BookBitesSaraNey Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/saraneyauthor/ Goodreads: bit.ly/SaraNeyGoodReads BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/sara-ney

About Teagan Hunter: I’m a Missouri-raised gal, but currently live in North Carolina with my US Marine husband and 9-year-old dog. I spend my days begging him for a cat, and I survive off coffee, pizza, and sarcasm. When I’m not writing, you can find me binge-watching various TV shows, especially Supernatural and One Tree Hill. I like cold weather, buy more paperbacks than I’ll ever read, and I never say no to brownies.

Writing is my passion, and this is just the beginning of my journey.

Connect w/Teagan: Website: https://www.teaganhunterwrites.com/ Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/teagan-hunter Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TeaganHunterReaderGroup/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/thunterwrites Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/teaganhunterwrites/ Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13263928.Teagan_Hunter

Review: The Dugout (Meghan Quinn)

The Dugout
Author: Meghan Quinn
Publication Date: September 19, 2019
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Sports

Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

Let me ask you a question:

If someone is vying for your spot on a team and just so happens to injure you during practice, would you believe it was on purpose?

Word around campus is . . . it was no accident.

That injury has cost me everything; my starting position, my junior year—and the draft. Now, I’m a senior fresh off recovery, struggling to find my groove, until the day I run into a nervous, fidgety, girl with freckles, in the dining hall.

They call Milly Potter The Baseball Whisperer, The Diamond Wizard, and The Epitome of All Knowledge. She believes in baseball. She breathes it. She’s the queen of an infamous dynasty, but no one actually knows who she really is, and she plans to keep it that way.

One mishap in the panini line, one miscommunication in the weight room, and many failed attempts at an apology equal up to one solid truth — Milly Potter never wants to speak to me again — no matter how good my forearms look.

Little do we both know, she’s about to become more than just my fairy ballmother.


If you’re looking for a new adult romance that’s low on agnst, step right up to The Dugout. The Dugout is a college baseball romance. Carson Stone is a second baseman who is trying to claw his way from injury to drafted in his senior year of college. Milly Potter is a baseball fan. She’s not a groupie, but a woman who knows everything there is to know about the sport. When Carson needs help with his swing, Milly steps in and the rest…Well, you just have to read it for yourself. It’s so stinking funny and cute.

My favorite thing about The Dugout was Milly. She was this adorable tomboy-ish young woman. Baseball was her thing and she didn’t let anyone’s opinions about that sway her. Milly worked hard towards her goals. She was also hilariously awkward. Certain people made her nervous and it was so funny to watch her struggle for composure. There was this time with a cookie that had me roaring with laughter. I simply adored Milly. She made the book.

Carson wasn’t all that bad either. I really liked how he saw beneath Milly’s awkwardness and layers of clothes. The way he pursued Milly was so sweet. I couldn’t do anything but like him after that.

Carson and Milly’s romance was smooth sailing for the most part. Actually, it wasn’t really smooth sailing for them — things were awkward (see Milly above) and unclear for them, but smooth reading for me. Their relationship was so much fun to read. Yes, there was some drama. This is a romance novel after all, but it was low on the angst. That made it feel light even when things were getting stressful.

The only thing I would have liked to see more of was the end of the story. Everything wrapped up so quickly. I wanted more time with Carson and Milly. Maybe that’s just selfish of me, but I loved them so much. I needed more of what their HEA looked like because I absolutely loved their road to love.

Bravo, Ms. Quinn. Bravo. I hope there is more to come in this baseball world. I would love a book about each Potter brother, please.

WWW Wednesday: September 18, 2019

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

 Our PNW weather went from sunny to stormy this week. It made for great reading weather. I made some progress crossing some books off my TBR. I read Sinful Like Us (Like Us, #5), Anton (Chicago Blaze, #1), Thieves 2 Lovers (2 Lovers, #3), Running Barefoot, an ARC of The Dugout, and Riveted (Saints of Denver, #3).


Currently Reading

Today, I’m going to start Salvaged (Saints of Denver, #4).

Reading Next

My plan is to read an ARC of A Lie for a Lie (All In, #1).

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

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Things to Eat/Drink While Reading

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:

Favorite Things to Eat/Drink While Reading

1. Water

2. Starbucks Grande Decaf Caramel Macchiato

3. Hot Water with Lemon

4. Chocolate

5. Cookies

6. Pretzels

7. Crackers

8. Breakfast

9. Lunch

10. Dinner

Honestly, it doesn’t matter to me what I eat while reading. I normally just have a big bottle of water sitting next to me.

Review: Love on Lexington Avenue (Lauren Layne)

Love on Lexington Avenue
Series: Central Park Pact, #2
Author: Lauren Layne
Publication Date: September 17, 2019
Publisher: Gallery Books
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne comes the second delightfully charming installment in the Central Park Pact series, following a young widow whose newfound cynicism about love is challenged by a sexy, rough-around-the-edges contractor.

There’s never a bad time to fall in love in the city, right? Wrong. According to the recently-widowed Claire Hayes, it’s very, very wrong. In fact, after finding out her late husband was a liar and a cheat, Claire’s convinced there’s never a good time for romantic notions. Determined to rid her home of anything that reminds her of her philandering husband, Claire sets out to redesign her entire Upper East Side brownstone and make it her own. But when she meets gruff and often-cantankerous contractor Scott Turner and realizes not all men are scumbags, Claire must decide if she’s ready to risk her heart again.

Scott needs a change of pace from the corporate offices and swanky hotels he’s been building lately, and bluntly makes it clear to Claire that he only took on her house for that reason, adding that he has no patience for a pampered, damaged princess on his job site. But when long work days soon turn into even longer nights, their mutual wariness morphs into something more complicated—a grudging respect, and maybe even attraction…? Scott knows he’s not one to settle down, but then why can’t he bring himself to put the finishing touches on Claire’s house and move on to the next job?

Filled with laugh-out-loud scenes that blend perfectly with the touching friendships Layne brings to life on the page, this “hugely entertaining” (USA TODAY) novel is perfect for fans of Lauren Weisberger.


If you know me, you know I love a Lauren Layne romance. She’s one of my go-to authors for all things contemporary romance. That being said, the first book in this series, Passion on Park Avenue, wasn’t my favorite. I liked it, but I didn’t love it. It made me wonder how I was going to feel about Love on Lexington Avenue. I had nothing to worry about. I absolutely loved it! Love on Lexington Avenue was everything I expected it to be. It continued the strong friendships from the first book, had a cute romance, and was fun to read.

Claire, Audrey, and Naomi were back and ready to support each other. This was Claire’s second chance at love so she was the star, but it was nice to see her friends there to give her advice. Even Oliver and Clarke got on the advice giving. It was fun for them all to be involved. I also liked seeing things from Claire’s perspective since she was Brayden’s wife.

I was surprised at how much I identified with Claire. It had nothing to do with the relationship aspect of the story and all to do with the way she felt about herself. I liked that Claire knew what she didn’t want out of life, but needed help figuring out what she did. It was inspiring to see her step out of her normal self-imposed boundaries. This didn’t pertain to me, but I also liked what LL had to say about having children through Claire.

Scott Turner was the perfect person for Claire. He was one of the good guys. I liked how her experiences meeting him to falling for him made a difference in her life. He was the opposite of what Claire expected to want, and I thought that was cool. Plus, he had a cool dog named Bob. I also liked how he was connected to the gang through Oliver.

I really loved Love on Lexington Avenue. It was fun, sweet and just a feel good romance. Now, I cannot wait for Audrey’s book!