Review: Fallen Crest Campout (Tijan)

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Fallen Crest Campout, an all-new must read Fallen Crest and The Crew series crossover novella by New York Times bestselling author Tijan, is out now!

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Fallen Crest Campout
Series: A Fallen Crest High / Crew Crossover Novella
Author: Tijan
Publication Date: April 28, 2020
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Sam and Mason return to Fallen Crest for a camping trip.

They head north, meeting up with a few friends from Roussou and enjoy a night of booze, some leapfrogging, and there’s a small therapy session to air out some tension in the group.

Empty chair, anyone?

Enjoy a novella crossover between the Fallen Crest series and the Crew series!


I will never get tired of revisiting the FCH or Crew series. Combining them into one novella was GENIUS of Tijan. I love how interconnected these two worlds are, and this novella really played that up. I loved that I got to see those old characters and relationships I adored, while also seeing some newer developing storylines. I hope Tijan continues to grace us with FCH and Crew books and novellas because I will never not want them.

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About Tijan

Tijan is a New York Times Bestselling author that writes suspenseful and unpredictable novels. Her characters are strong, intense, and gut-wrenchingly real with a little bit of sass on the side. Tijan began writing later in life and once she started, she was hooked. She’s written multi-bestsellers including the Carter Reed Series, the Fallen Crest Series, and the Broken and Screwed Series among others. She is currently writing a new YA series along with so many more from north Minnesota where she lives with a man she couldn’t be without and an English Cocker she adores.

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Review: Not My Romeo (Ilsa Madden-Mills)

Not My Romeo
Series: The Game Changer, #1

Author: Ilsa Madden-Mills
Publication Date: August 18, 2020
Publisher: Montlake
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports
Note: This review is for an ARC an is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills delivers a smart and sexy contemporary romance about a smoking-hot professional football player and the small-town girl he can’t resist.

We start off with a lie on Valentine’s Day.

My blind date isn’t the studious guy I expected: he’s a drop-dead gorgeous player with sinful amber eyes. Somehow we end up at his penthouse. I blame the gin and tonic.

The next day I learn he’s Jack Hawke—bad-boy professional quarterback with a murky past. The NDA he has me sign should be a warning that he isn’t a regular person. Please. I sign it Juliet Capulet, so goodbye, famous football player with abs of steel, and good luck tracking down this small-town librarian.

But Jack keeps showing up in places I least expect him. Just when I’m sure he’s gone, he waltzes into my community theater and wins the part of Romeo to my Juliet. How’s a plain, mostly innocent girl like me supposed to resist a man like him?

Is Jack my real Romeo…or will this gorgeous football player only break my heart?


ADORABLE.

That is exactly how I would describe Not My Romeo. I loved it from the very first chapter with the hilarious case of mistaken identity all the way to the swoon worthy end. There were a lot of bumps in the middle, but they were all relatable and felt true to a real relationship.

Elena was a great main character. She was this tight-laced Southern belle who had a sultry side. I loved her slight awkwardness and overall attitude. She was the perfect match for a professional football player who didn’t trust anyone.

Jack… Well, Jack was misunderstood by a lot of people. He had his reasons for being the “jerk” that he was, but he truly had a good heart. Even when his dumb actions made me mad, I could understand him. I rooted for him and Elena.

Jack and Elena’s romance, like I said before, wasn’t an easy one. There were so many feelings, history, and other people adding to their issues. I mention this because those people were a smart addition by Madden-Mills. Every single one of them added to the fun of this story. I absolutely loved them, and I can’t wait to find out which one of them is going to get the next book. I’m already imaging some of the fun combinations that could happen.

Honestly, I could gush about this story for a long time. It was just such a great contemporary romance. It contained a bit of Madden-Mills’ trademark angst, but also proved once again that she write a more lighthearted romance. I absolutely loved every minute of reading it, and it’s sure to put a smile on your face like it did mine.

WWW Wednesday: April 29, 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

How’s everyone holding up at home? I’m doing pretty good. Taking lots of walks, cleaning, helping the kiddo with school, and (of course) reading. This week, I read ARCs of Beach Read and Sure Shot (Brooklyn, #4). I also did some mood reading with Cake (Cake, #1) and Fallen Crest Campout: A Fallen Crest/Crew Crossover Novella.


Currently Reading

I’m continuing on with the Cake series by reading The Theory of Second Best (Cake, #2).

Reading Next

Not 100% sure what is next, but it will probably be Fiercely Emma (Cake, #3).

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

Cover Reveal: Varsity Heartbreaker (Ginger Scott)

Check out this amazing cover of Varsity Heartbreaker (The Varsity Series, Book 1) by Ginger Scott! We hope you can join us for the first book in a new mature YA romance series! Add it to your TBR today!
Varsity Heartbreaker (The Varsity Series Book 1)
by Ginger Scott
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Cover Designer: Ginger Scott
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BLURB:
Lucas Fuller is a lot of things.
He’s the boy next door.
He’s the first crush I ever had.
He was my first kiss.
He’s also the only person who has ever broken my heart.
For two years, I’ve wondered what happened to the us I used to know.
We were best friends, and then suddenly…we weren’t.
I tried to run away from it. I even changed schools just to make the hurt disappear.
But no matter how hard I tried to not think about Lucas, I just couldn’t stay away from the high school quarterback with perfect blue eyes and so many secrets.
I’m back. We’re seniors now. We’ve grown—all of us. And Lucas Fuller might be different, but I’m different too. This is my time to take risks, to experience life and to fall in love for real.
I want Lucas Fuller to be a part of my story, but I know for that to happen, I need to know the truth about our past.

About the Author:

Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling and Goodreads Choice Award-nominated author of several young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and Everything After, The Girl I Was Before, Wild Reckless, Wicked Restless, In Your Dreams, The Hard Count, Hold My Breath, and A Boy Like You.

A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher, pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com.

When she’s not writing, the odds are high that she’s somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork ’em, Devils).

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Cover Reveal: The Modern Gentleman (Meghan Quinn)

THE MODERN GENTLEMAN COVER REVEAL!!

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Have you ever hit rock bottom?

I embarrassingly have.

It’s why I’m wearing my girl’s decorative scarf over my head, clutching her lady drink to my chest, and singing ever so softly to Joni Mitchell while swaying back and forth.

This is what therapists refer to as LOSING IT.

Oldest story in the book: boy meets girl, boy falls for girl, boy screws up MASSIVELY, girl tells boy to suffocate in the fruits of his very own unborn children.

Heard it before? I’m sure you have.

So what’s so different about this story? Well, it’s about me, The Modern Gentleman, New York City’s top advice columnist, and my rather ungraceful downfall from my pristinely polished pedestal.

It’s about a girl I met who threw all my proven theories to the wind and left me awkward, needy, and absolutely head-over-wingtipped shoes in love.

This is a story about June Lacy and how she single-handedly dismantled The Modern Gentleman.

THE MODERN GENTLEMAN RELEASES MAY 14TH!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten KU Romance Recommendations

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 I Wish I Had Read As a Child

I pretty much just wish their had been a New Adult romance genre when I was in my late teens and early 20’s. So I am switching up topics this week to:

Ten Kindle Unlimited Romance Recommendations

Hopefully all of these are still in the KU program when this post goes live. All titles are linked to Amazon so that you can take advantage of their KU status. (I’m not affiliated with this program in any way. Just sharing some favorites.)

1. The Assist
Author: Rebecca Jenshak

2. The Bombshell Effect
Author: Karla Sorensen

3. Fake It ‘Til You Break It
Author: Meagan Brandy

4. Tapping the Billionaire
Authors: Max Monroe

5. Let’s Get Textual
Author: Teagan Hunter

6. The Guy on the Right
Author: Kate Stewart

7. The Duet
Author: R.S. Grey

8. Hold My Breath
Author: Ginger Scott

9. The Upside of Falling
Author: Meghan Quinn

10. Dirty English
Author: Ilsa Madden-Mills

Review: Always a Bridesmaid (Cindi Madsen)

Always a Bridesmaid
Series: Getting Hitched in Dixie, #2
Author: Cindi Madsen
Publication Date: May 26, 2020
Publisher: Entangled: Amara
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Violet Abrams has always been in love with everything love and weddings. Good thing, too, since she’s been a bridesmaid no less than seven times. Sure her turn was next, she’d been planning her own nuptials meticulously in a treasured three-ring binder…until her longtime boyfriend left her for someone else.

Fast-forward to the day of his wedding, an ill-advised match being lit to said binder, and the fire department getting called to her sister’s bakery. Violet’s always been a little impulsive and a lot awkward, but having to explain to the super-cute firefighter, Ford Maguire, why she was setting fire to a bunch of wedding dress photos? Worst day ever.

Except now her bridesmaid expertise has her helping Ford cover his “man of honor” duties in his best friend’s upcoming wedding. Ford may be a “bridesdude,” but forever is the last thing on his mind. And if there’s one thing a perpetual bridesmaid knows, it’s the importance of a happily ever after.

Each book in the Getting Hitched in Dixie series is STANDALONE:
* Just One of the Groomsmen
* Always a Bridesmaid


I have been impatiently waiting for Cindi Madsen to release this book since I read Just One of the Groomsmen. I could not wait to be back with the amazing cast of characters she created and the friendships they shared. All that build up could have lent to some self over hype or a big let down, but I’m incredibly happy to report it didn’t. Always a Bridesmaid was just as great of a read as Just One of the Groomsmen.

This book makes me feel all gushy and I don’t want to be too long winded in this review, so I’m going to give you my 3 favorite things about it.

1. You know how some contemporaries are just fun to read? It doesn’t matter what the deeper issues are the characters because the romance is that sweet? That’s how I felt about Always a Bridesmaid. Violet and Ford both had reasons to avoid dating. Both had to fight through their issues to admit to themselves what they wanted and needed. I liked that they had this in common. Their love story was so cute and sweet!

2. The friendships in this story continued to be fabulous. Ford had his whole bridesdude thing going with Addie. Tucker, Shep, and Easton were still around. Even Lexi joined in on the friendship fun. I loved every minute of all the wedding planning for Addie and Tucker that involved the gang. I’m also going to throw family in here. Addie’s nonna continued to be a highlight of the series, and Violet’s sister was also a great addition. All these moments with friends and family added in so many laughs.

3. Puppies! Yes, you read that right. Three adorable puppies try to steal the show.

A sweet relationship between great characters, great friendship moments, laughs, and adorable puppies. What else could you ask for in a book, right? Well, maybe first person, but the writing and story was so good I didn’t notice the third person at all. That’s saying a lot because usually I’m complaining about third — but right now all I’m complaining about is having to wait for the third book in this series of standalones. I can only pray Cindi Madsen doesn’t make me wait too long for Easton’s story.

Taylor Swift Lover Book Tag

Get Ready For It…

I recently saw this tag at Read and Thoughts and had to do it. I love me some Taylor Swift, and thought it would be so much fun to pick out my own answers to each prompt. If you want to check out the original tag, you can find it here on Nish & Ngoc’s Book Nook.

The Rules:

1. Link back to the original creator of the book tag (Nish & Ngoc).
2. Thank the person that tagged you and link to their post.
3. TAG AS MANY SWIFTIES AS YOU WANT! (Or non-Swifties, maybe inspire them to listen to our Queen)

Here we go!

1. I Forgot That You Existed – A book that you want to forget you ever read

“It isn’t love, it isn’t hate, it’s just indifference”

After and the entire series made me so mad. One, because of the emotionally abusive relationship. Two, because I felt the need to read the entire thing so that I could (hopefully) find out that Tessa grew a backbone.

2. Cruel Summer – A book you turn to when the going gets rough

“Killing me slow, out the window. Always waiting for you to be waiting below.”

It’s probably this whole series. For some reason, it’s super addictive for me and it completely gets me whole attention no matter what’s going on.

3. Lover – Your book OTP

“Can I go where you go? Can we always be this close forever and ever?”

Jaime & Wes — These two could not be any cuter together.

4. The Man – Your fave kick-ass female protagonist

“I’m so sick of running as fast as I can. Wondering if I’d get there quicker if I was a man.”

Beatriz Perez — She’s willing to do whatever it takes.

5. The Archer – A book with good mental health representation

“All the king’s horses, all the king’s men couldn’t put me back together again. ‘Cause all of my enemies started out friends.”

I loved the way this book was set up. It’s one everyone should read.

6. I Think He Knows – Your fave fictional crush

“I want you, bless my soul, and I ain’t gotta tell him, I think he knows”

Tyson Preeter — I don’t really do fictional crushes, but he’s one of my favorite male love interests.

7. Miss Americana & The Heartbreak Prince – Fave angsty romance

“It’s you and me, there’s nothing like this. Miss Americana and The Heartbreak Prince. We’re so sad, we paint the town blue. Voted most likely to run away with you.”

So, so angsty.

8. Paper Rings – Book with an ugly cover that you absolutely adored

“I love shiny things but I’d marry you with paper rings”

I thought this cover was ugly when I first saw it. After reading the book, it goes with the decade it’s set in and the vibe of the book. Also, it has the author’s daughter as a model on it. The story was AMAZING.

9. Cornelia Street – A book or series you never want(ed) to end

“I hope I never lose you, hope it never ends”

I really wish Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy would have written more than 2 books in the WAGS series.

10. Death By A Thousand Cuts – A book or series that deserved a better ending

“I can’t pretend it’s okay when it’s not, it’s death by a thousand cuts”

I LOVED The Start of You and Me. The Map from Here to There ruined my memories of that first book. It left things even more up in the air.

11. London Boy – Your fave British male protagonist

“They say home is where the heart is, but God, I love the English”

Max Stella — If you have read this, you know why he’s my favorite.

12. Soon You’ll Get Better – A book that your heart will never recover from

“This won’t go back to normal, if it ever was. It’s been years of hoping…”

I loved this book so dang much, but there is a reason I’ve only read it once. I don’t know if my heart could take a second journey throw.

13. False God – A character you would leap into the burning pits of hell to save

“We were crazy to think, crazy to think that this could work. Remember how I said I’d die for you.”

Kate

14. You Need To Calm Down – A book with a powerful message

“Say it in the street, that’s a knock out. But you say it in a Tweet, that’s a cop-out.”

This isn’t my necessarily my favorite Colleen Hoover book, but it has a really important message.

15. Afterglow – A book you want to give a second chance

“Hey, it’s all me, in my head. I’m the one who burned us down. But it’s not what I meant. Sorry that I hurt you.”

I tried to listen to it earlier this year and was so lost. I want to try to read it instead of listening.

16. ME! – Best character development

“I’m the only one of me. Baby, that’s the fun of me.”

Margaret — The things she has to go through and come to terms with.

17. It’s Nice To Have A Friend – Fave friends-to-lovers story

“School bells ring, walk me home…something gave you the nerve to touch my hand…Church bells ring, carry me home.”

Arizona & Carter — SO ADORABLE!

18. Daylight – If you could only read one book or series again and again, what would it be?

“I don’t wanna look at anything else now that I saw you. I don’t wanna think of anything else now that I thought of you.”

or

This is hard. I would probably say The Off-Campus series UNLESS you can count the Him and WAGS series as one series.

WAIT! I lied. It would totally be Fallen Crest High series. I re-read that one all the time for some reason.

So those are my answers. What are yours? Feel free to do this tag and let me know, or just comment. I’m not tagging anyone specifically.

Review: Finding Mr. Right Next Door (Sarah Ballance)

Finding Mr. Right Next Door
Author: Sarah Ballance
Publication Date: May 11, 2020
Publisher: Entangled: Lovestruck
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

For Lexi Dean, burning down her kitchen was disaster enough. Agreeing to move in next door with her totally off-limits best friend, Matt Freeman, until her house is livable again?

Utter madness.

They’ve always been close, but this is ridiculous. If she’s not bumping into him at the refrigerator, he’s at the front door giving her date the third degree. And slipping between his borrowed sheets? That’s about as distracting as listening to his shower run, because suddenly all she can think about is rivulets of water cascading down is spectacular body—the one he seems to be going out of his way to make sure she notices.

Not that it matters. He can flaunt his firefighter abs around her all he wants. They already share everything—their jobs, their friends, their backyard, even their dog—and that means only one thing: Lexi is not going to risk losing any of it by dipping a single toe in the temptation that is Matt Freeman.

Lexi may not know how to handle a fire extinguisher, but this is one fire that just might burn them both if they’re not careful…


It’s been a while since I’ve read a book by Sarah Ballance. I don’t know why her books fell off my radar, but I’m happy I came across Finding Mr. Right Next Door. This romance was exactly the type I was looking for: fun, light, fast-paced, and sweet. I loved the whole best friends to lovers trope that was going on here. Matt and Lexi were just too cute for words.

There are only two things I can find fault with. One, this book was written in third person and it would have been even better in first. Two, I would have loved for it to be longer. It was really more a novella than a full length novel. Other than, it was darn near perfect.

I guess this was a second in a series of connected romances, but I didn’t even notice that. I’m excited to go back and read the first book if it’s as adorable as this one.

Review: Heartless King (Maya Hughes)

Heartless King
Series: Kings of Rittenhouse, #5
Author: Maya Hughes
Publication Date: April 23, 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Sports
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Two blue lines. That means not pregnant, right? Right? Oh, sh*t.

Five years ago, Colm Frost asked me to marry him and I ran. I ran from my painful past too raw and fresh to escape. He was the only one who looked at me like I wasn’t broken and made me believe it. He made me feel it.

Now, he’s the hot, angry, hockey player on the mend.

I’m the physiotherapist who’s supposed to get him back on his feet.

I don’t think our night together was what his doctor prescribed, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t dreamt of him every time I close my eyes. I woke up beside him with my body still singing from the way he fanned the flames of my desire, but I couldn’t stay.

His lips on my neck. His hands wrapped around my waist. His impressive…ahem, touch leaving me breathless.

One moment of wild inhibition and it’s come back to bite me in the butt. Kind of like he did that night.

But a baby? Our night was supposed to be a one time thing, closing a door on the future I couldn’t handle.

Will this new bump in the road be everything we needed to find our forever?

Heartless King is a standalone friends to enemies to lovers, accidental pregnancy romance that brings all the laugh out loud, angsty feels!


I feel like I’ve been waiting on this last Kings of Rittenhouse book for a long time. It was nice to finally get Colm’s story — and his side of things when it came to everything that went down in the last book. I can’t say I loved or even liked how he dealt with Liv and Ford, but finding out how he hit rock bottom cleared some things up. His actions/reactions didn’t make me feel bad for him, but it did make me understand him. When the blurb talks about angst, it’s pretty much all Colm created.

Imogen (or Imo for short) was one of those nice people who give everything to others. She sacrificed so much of herself to her past, her clients, and to Colm. Her journey in this one was just as important as Colm’s — if not more so. So, yeah, she had big stuff going on too.

Colm and Imo together… Sigh. These two had nothing but an uphill battle. A lot of that was due to their separate issues and things only got easier when they worked together. I loved that. I could truly feel their relationship building as they worked through Colm’s injury. Col and Imo were actually great together.

As for the accidental pregnancy… I have some mixed feelings about this one. I don’t wan to give too much away, but how the timing all worked out was fine. It was where things went with it after. I felt like I was missing some doctor appointments and such. I guess maybe that part of the story felt rushed? I mean, I like what the pregnancy did to the love story.

Overall, I found Heartless King to be a great ending to a wonderful series that I will miss.