Top Ten Tuesday: The Last Ten Books That Gave Me a Book Hangover

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 Last Ten Books That Gave Me a Book Hangover

Funny thing… I submitted this topic when I was in a book hangover. Now, I can’t remember which book it was. LOL. All of these are books that gave me that good kind of hangover.

1. Landon & Shay: Part 2
Author: Brittainy C. Cherry

Brittainy C. Cherry always leaves me with a book hangover. It’s the rawness of her stories. I’m just never ready to let go.

2. The How & the Why
Author: Cynthia Hand

I was emotionally exhausted after this book. It was so good.

3. Enemies
Author: Tijan

Tijan’s books are like a good cookie. I’m just never ready to be finished.

4. When We Left Cuba
Author: Chanel Cleeton

I was lucky to be able to binge read When We Left Cuba right after Next Year in Havana. When I was done, I just wanted more. The next book isn’t out until this spring. 🙁

5. The Kingmaker
Author: Kennedy Ryan

Two words: massive cliffhanger

6. The Simple Wild
Author: K.A. Tucker

It was just so good!

7. All the Ugly and Wonderful Things
Author: Bryn Greenwood

Disturbing, yet so well written.

8. The Reckless Oath We Made
Author:Bryn Greenwood

Greenwood really just challenges my beliefs and it’s exhausting in a good way.

9. Collared
Author: Nicole Williams

At first glance at the cover and title, some might think this is a book about BDSM. It’s not at all. It’s actually a story about a girl who was kidnapped and then found years later. It’s really emotional.

10. Cowboy Villain Damsel Duel
Author: Ginger Scott

This one messed with my mind and left me awed.

Mini Reviews: Doughn’t Let Me Go, Fake It ‘Til You Break It, Bad Business & AWK-WEIRD

Doughn’t Let Me Go
Series: Slice, #3
Author: Teagan Hunter
Publication: February 6, 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

It was just supposed to be one night.

No kissing. No feelings. A wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am tangle in the sheets and we go our own ways.

Only it’s a small town, and I was bound to run into the irresistible Porter Jones again.

I just didn’t expect it to be at my job interview…which he’s conducting.

Now the live-in nanny to his adorable seven-year-old daughter, I’m doing my best to avoid falling for his charms.

Except it’s much harder than either of us anticipated.

What’s a few romps between friends?
No kissing. No feelings. Just fun.

Sounds simple, right?
Right…

My thoughts:

The Slice series just gets better and better with each book. I adored Doughn’t Let Me Go. It was both funny and sweet. There were so many little tugs at my heart from both Porter and Dory’s back stories. I loved Porter’s relationship with his daughter and how Dory fit into that. Everything was just so perfect! Porter and Dory’s story was just what I hoped it would be.

Fake It ‘Til You Break It
Author: Meagan Brandy
Publication: February 5, 2020
Genre: New Adult, Mature YA, Contemporary Romance, Sports

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

Fake.
That’s what we are.
That’s what we agreed to be.

I thought it would be harder, convincing everyone our school’s star receiver was mine and mine alone, but we played our parts well.

So well, the lines between us began to blur until they disappeared completely.

The thing about pretending, though, someone’s always better at it, and by the time I realized my mistake, there was no going back.

I fell for our lie.
And then everything fell apart.

It turned out, he and I were never playing the same game.

He didn’t have to break me to win.
But he did it anyway.

My thoughts:

Fake It ‘Til You Break It is hands down my favorite book I’ve read by Meagan Brandy. While it was angsty and drama filled like her previous books, it also felt less crazy and lighter. The fake relationship between Demi and Nico was actually super cute and I loved their transition from almost enemeies to boyfriend/girlfriend. There were still some a little out there twists and absent parents, but while I noticed those things they didn’t ruin my reading experience. I appreciated that there wasn’t some crazy cliffhanger. This is Meagan Brandy’s best book yet. I’m hoping she writes more romances like this one.

Bad Business
Series: Bad Boys of Sports, #2
Author: Nicole Edwards
Publication: March 27, 2018
Publisher: Loveswept
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

This player’s got a lot to learn if he wants to score . . . with the boss’s daughter.

Stone: Football is more than a game to me. It’s my calling. Becoming the Dallas Wranglers’ starting quarterback before I retire is a dream come true, but with a few wins under my belt, suddenly everyone wants a piece of me. And even though being in the spotlight has its perks—beautiful women, star treatment, more beautiful women—what really gets me sweating is the watchful gaze of my sexy-as-hell PR coach, Savannah Andrews. The catch? Her father is kind of my boss. . . .

Savannah: In my family, football is big business. When your dad owns an NFL franchise, you learn a thing or two about schmoozing, and from what I can tell, it’s not a skill in Jason Stone’s playbook. Sure, the veteran quarterback is literally larger than life. With broad shoulders, muscles on muscles, and a mouth made for kissing, he may be one of the hottest men in the league—and I should know. I’ve turned down enough players to start my own all-star team. But those guys just wanted to get close to my father. Meanwhile, Stone is getting temptingly close . . . to me.

My thoughts:

I had a hard time rating this book. I loved the instant chemistry between the characters and the general story line. What kept me from rating it higher was that it was kind of anti-climactic. There was a build up to drama that just kind of fizzled out. The love story was so good, though.

AWK-WEIRD
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eries: Ice Knights, #2
Author: Avery Flynn
Narrators: Tim Paige, Kelsey Navarro
Publication: October 11, 2019
Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

There’s more to me than just being awk-weird. I own my own flower shop, have some great friends, and I have my eye on adopting the most adorable kitten. But sadly, hot guys don’t tend to be blown away by my trivia-spouting, dorky self.

So when a Thor-lookalike who happens to be a professional hockey player hits on me at my bestie’s wedding rehearsal party… You better believe I climbed that tree like a cat. And the fact that it happened not once, not twice, but three times? Yeah, that’s pretty much a once-in-a-lifetime experience for a woman like me.

There’s zero chance I’ll end up ever seeing him again…right?

Until the pregnancy test comes up positive. What happens next?

Oh my God, I wish I knew…

My thoughts:

This book wasn’t awkward or weird. It was totally adorable from beginning to end. I loved Tess and Cole. It was just such a cute romance. I couldn’t stop listening to it.

Ten Sweet Reads for Valentine’s Day

As you know, I am a big fan of romance novels. Since it’s Valentine’s Day, I’m going to share with you some romance novels that fall into what I would call the “sweet” category. All of these are guaranteed to put a smile on your face and leave you feeling warm and happy. There’s little to no angst in these love stories.

1. Girl at Heart
Author: Kelly Oram

My first recommendation is actually a YA romance. Girl at Heart is the story of baseball playing tomboy Charlie who wants nothing more than to be one of the girls in the eyes of her best friend. It’s super cute and I adored it.

2. Just One of the Groomsmen
Author: Cindi Madsen

Here’s another “tomboy” romance. Addison is best friends with 3 guys. When one gets engaged, she’s asked to be one of the groomsmen. Little does she know, one of the other groomsmen has his eyes on her.

3. Jock Row
Author: Sara Ney

When people hear NA romance, they usually think angst. This book (and series) has none. It’s just a very sweet sports romance.

4. Beauty and the Beefcake
Author: Pippa Grant

Awkard, smart girl + the beefcake = hilariously heartwarming.

5. The Accidental Girlfriend
Author: Emma Hart

A fake date that turns that can’t be for just one night. This was an incredibly funny romantic comedy.

6. Stroked
Author: Meghan Quinn

Seriously hilarious with a third POV from a Paris Hilton – type diva.

7. Sundays are for Hangovers
Authors: J.D. Hollyfield & K. Webster

An enemies to lovers story about two very different neighbors that will make you laugh.

8. First & Then
Author: Emma Mills

Emma Mills is another author who writes sweet YA contemporary romances to swoon over.

9. The Allure of Julian Lefray
Author: R.S. Grey

This giggle worthy romance will light up your life.

10. The Distance Between Us
Author: Kasie West

Kasie West is known for her super sweet YA contemporaries. This list wouldn’t be complete without one of her books.

Well, there you go. Ten sweet romances to make you swoon this lovey-est of love days.

Review: For the Win (Kelly Jamieson)

For the Win
Series: Wynn Hockey, #4
Author: Kelly Jamieson
Publication Date: March 3, 2020
Publisher: Loveswept
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Harrison Wynn
Even though I’m the oldest player on the farm team, I’m playing my heart out this year to prove that I have what it takes to play in the NHL.
Everyone expects me to live up to my dying hockey hero dad’s legacy, but my chances are receding every season.
What I need is to focus, but the team’s new yoga instructor is a major distraction; I’ve had my eye on her from the first time we met.
Except she’s not interested—okay, maybe actively disinterested—since I accidentally dumped her into the ocean during our paddleboard yoga class.
How can I prove to her—and to the NHL—that I’m worth taking a chance on?

Arya Ross
Men are the last thing I need in my life.
Yoga is my priority; it helps me center myself and heal my soul.
But I can’t turn down the once-in-a-lifetime offer to be the personal yoga instructor for the local hockey team.
Sure, there are some cute players—including Harrison Wynn, who seemingly won’t take no for an answer, and whose boyish smile and sexy charm are hard to resist.
He seems genuine, and I wonder . . .
Can I put my past behind me to start a future with him?


The Wynn Hockey series started out a little bumpy with the amount of family member characters to sort through, but I feel like it’s finally hit its stride with the third and fourth book in the series. I really enjoyed reading For the Win. I loved how Harrison and Arya met and fell in love. Both had personal issues to work through. Harrison had family problems and his hockey career. Arya had a scary incident from her past that kept her from moving forward. I loved how those issues didn’t get magically better because of their love for each other, but that their love pushed them to finally deal with the issues. That doesn’t always happen in romance. A lot of time the love saves the day. I appreciated the difference with this book.

Cover Reveal: One Big Mistake (Whitney Barbetti)

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One Big Mistake by Whitney Barbetti
Release Date: February 27, 2020
Cover Designer: Najla Qamber Designs
A friends to lovers romcom
Blurb:

One night together could ruin everything…

Keane Colburn was my best friend. Ever since childhood, we could always count on each other to be there no matter what—though when I confessed my love to him, things didn’t turn out as planned. Thankfully, my little crush didn’t ruin our friendship. I shoved those feelings to the back of my mind, watching him chase after other girls and silently wishing it was me. I resigned us to friendship—that was more important than anything else. But a drunken one-night stand changed everything. Because even though we vowed to forget about it, I couldn’t get it out of my head. And as old memories began to rise to the surface, our lives collided in ways we had never imagined.
Available in Kindle Unlimited on February 27, 2020.

WWW Wednesday: February 12, 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 did A LOT of reading this week. I had a cold that basically had me doing nothing, so reading it was. I tried to make a dent in the NetGalley ARCs I was quickly accumulating by reading Undercover Bromance (Bromance Book Club, #2), For the Win (Wynn Hockey, #4), and The Honey-Don’t List. I also read Dough’nt Let Me Go (Slice, #3), Fake It ‘Til You Break It and Bad Business (Bad Boys of Sports, #2).


I also listened to Awk-Weird (Ice Knights, #2).

Currently Reading

I’m reading That Secret Crush (Getting Lucky, #3).

Reading Next

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

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

Top Ten Tuesday: Gateway (Books) to Romance

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:

Love Freebie

My freebie topic is:

Gateway (Books) to Romance

These are all non-romance books that lead to reading romance by tricking you into falling in love with an author who writes different genres.

1. Mud Vein ⇒ Atheists Who Kneel and Pray
Author: Tarryn Fisher

I’m not truly sure how to categorize Mud Vein…maybe Suspense? Chances are it will leave you wanting to read all of Tarryn Fisher’s books, half of which are romances like Atheists Who Kneel and Pray.

2. Verity ⇒ Ugly Love
Author: Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover is known for her romances, but if you find her through her psychological thriller Verity you might just find yourself reading her romances like my friend did.

3. The Ghostwriter ⇒ Hollywood Dirt
Author: Alessandra Torre

Alessandra Torre writes a wide range a books. It would be easy to fall in love with her writing in The Ghostwriter and then end up reading one of her romances like Hollywood Dirt.

4. Stillhouse Lake ⇒ Glass Houses
Author: Rachel Caine

This one is kind of a stretch. Rachel Caine writes a really good thriller, but she also writes a lot of paranormal romance-ish books. Her Morganville Vampire series has a fun romance aspect to it as well.

5. He Will Be My Ruin ⇒ Ten Tiny Breaths
Author: K.A. Tucker

Yep. It’s another author who writes both thrillers and romances.

6. Naked in Death ⇒ Vision in White
Author: Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb

If you enjoy Eve Dallas kicking serial killer butts in the In Death series, you’re bound to want to read Roberts’s softer side in Vision in White

7. Dark Witch ⇒ The Next Always
Author: Nora Roberts

This is kind of a repeat, but Nora Roberts wears so many different writing hats. If you like her fantasy novels, you will probably love her romances.

8. Always Time to Die ⇒ Eden Burning
Author: Elizabeth Lowell

I’m going old school with this one, but Elizabeth Lowell writes some great mysteries. If you like them, you’re going to love her romance novels.

9. The Raging Ones ⇒ Amour Amour
Authors: Krista & Becca Ritchie

If you fell in love with Krista & Becca Ritchie’s writing in the sci-fi YA novel The Raging Ones, you’re almost guaranteed to love their circus romance Amour Amour.

10. Pivot Point ⇒ The Fill-In Boyfriend
Author: Kasie West

Pivot Point is the one of two fantasy novels Kasie West wrote. If you want more of her writing, you will fall in love with her contemporary books like The Fill-In Boyfriend.

Review: Undercover Bromance (Lyssa Kay Adams)

Undercover Bromance
Series: Bromance Book Club, #2
Author: Lyssa Kay Adams
Publication Date: March 10, 2020
Publisher: Berkley
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Braden Mack thinks reading romance novels makes him an expert in love, but he’ll soon discover that real life is better than fiction.

Liv Papandreas has a dream job as a sous chef at Nashville’s hottest restaurant. Too bad the celebrity chef owner is less than charming behind kitchen doors. After she catches him harassing a young hostess, she confronts him and gets fired. Liv vows revenge, but she’ll need assistance to take on the powerful chef.

Unfortunately, that means turning to Braden Mack. When Liv’s blackballed from the restaurant scene, the charismatic nightclub entrepreneur offers to help expose her ex-boss, but she is suspicious of his motives. He’ll need to call in reinforcements: the Bromance Book Club.

Inspired by the romantic suspense novel they’re reading, the book club assist Liv in setting up a sting operation to take down the chef. But they’re just as eager to help Mack figure out the way to Liv’s heart… even while she’s determined to squelch the sparks between them before she gets burned.


Undercover Bromance is one of those reads that feel effortless. From the moment it began, I was immediately in love with the story. Liv and Mack’s antagonistic relationship from The Bromance Book Club spilled over perfectly into this book. Liv’s love to hate on Mack and his constant need to impress her and make her admit she liked him made for some spectacular banter and chemistry. It made for a really fun enemies to lovers romance.

Liv and Mack’s romance wasn’t the only thing that stood out positively in Undercover Bromance. The way Lyssa Kay Adams approached sexual harassment in the work place and the way society has normalized it over the years was outstanding. She brought opinions from all sides and educated while she entertained. I also have to applaud the way such a serious subject was also made to feel “lighter” within this romance — even when it really wasn’t.

I also have to say how much fun it was to be back with the gang from The Bromance Book Club. I love those guys. Their advice and love of romance novels always makes me smile. (Now, can I get a book for the Russian, please?) Undercover Bromance was a hit for me and a great sophomore addition to the Bromance Book Club series.

Review: Bastard Bachelor Society (Sara Ney)

Bastard Bachelor Society
Series: The Bachelors Club, #1
Author: Sara Ney
Publication Date: January 28, 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

What is the Bastard Bachelor Society?

It’s a gentleman’s club—like the dignified men of the past used to have.

Except, we’re not gentleman, and we’re not dignified.

We’re ineligible bachelors; bored, jaded and not looking for relationships. Quite the opposite actually…

We’re so committed to being single, we’ve created a high stakes bet to see who can remain single the longest. Rules are involved. Prizes.

Laugh it up, but I’m no loser.

Enemy number one to my single status? My irresistible neighbor, Abbott Margolis. She with her evil cat Desdemona, and Sexy AF pencil skirts. She’s kind and beautiful and hilarious. We can’t get involved, no matter how much her meddling grandmother pushes us together. But if I was going to lose this bet for anyone? It would be for Abbott.

Let’s face facts: I’m a bastard, unwilling to settle down. Especially when there’s a bet to win.


I’ve read all of Sara Ney’s books. It’s safe to say I’m a fan of her books and humor. That being said, when I started Bachelor Bastard Society I had this “oh no” feeling. Like maybe this was the first book of hers I wasn’t going to love. It started out with Brooks’ point of view and I WAS NOT a fan. His little boys’ club was so idiotic and I can’t believe those dudes all signed on for it.

Then came Abbot. Abbot was such a joy to read. She was hilarious. Her cat was the perfect demon pet. She had the coolest grandma around. There wasn’t anything I didn’t love about her. Once she started interacting with Brooks, he became tolerable. He was still an idiot, but one that grew on me. By the end of Bachelor Bastard Society I loved them together.

I ended having WAY MORE fun reading this book than I thought I was going to have at the beginning. I’m pleasingly kind of surprised to say I loved it.

Review: Dear Ava (Ilsa Madden-Mills)

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Dear Ava
Author: Ilsa Madden-Mills
Publication Date: February 3, 2020
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

WSJ bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills delivers a sizzling enemies-to-lovers romance.

The rich and popular Sharks rule at prestigious, ivy-covered Camden Prep. Once upon a time, I wanted to be part of their world—until they destroyed me.

The last thing I expected was an anonymous love letter from one of them.

Please. I hate those rich jerks for what they did to me. The question is, which Shark is my secret admirer? Knox, the scarred quarterback, Dane, his twin brother, or Chance, the guy who dumped me . . .

Dear Ava,

Your eyes are the color of the Caribbean Sea.
Sh*t. That’s stupid.
What I really mean is, you look at me and I feel something REAL.

It’s been ten months since you were here, but I can’t forget you.

I’ve missed seeing you walk down the hall.
I’ve missed you cheering at my football games.
I’ve missed the smell of your hair.

And then everything fell apart that night.

Don’t hate me because I’m a Shark.
I just want to make you mine.
Still.

Not part of any other series. Dark high school romance. Recommended for 18+.


I ended Dear Ava with a giant smile on my face. I know that’s beginning at the end, but it’s important because I started this book feeling sad. If you have read the preview to Dear Ava in Team Player 2, you will understand this. Ava’s been dealt some horrors to deal with, and returning to school is not something she is doing lightly. The attention Knox, one of the people who could be responsible for her troubles, is putting on her is both scary and exhilarating. Their story is both romantic and stressful due to the angst and subject matter. All that stress was worth it in the end, though. I loved the way everything played out.

 

DEAR AVA AN

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About Ilsa Madden-Mills Wall Street Journal, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills is best known for her angsty new adult romances and romantic comedies. Eight of her eleven novels have placed in the Amazon Top 10 Best-seller List: Dirty English #1; Fake Fiancée and I Dare You #2; I Bet You, Filthy English, and Very Bad Things #6; Boyfriend Bargain #8; The Last Guy, her collaboration with Tia Louise, #4. 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.

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