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

Series Review: Flight & Glory (Rebecca Yarros)

At the end of 2018, I read my first book by Rebecca Yarros. I was so impressed with The Last Letter that I vowed to go back and read some of Yarros’ previous releases. It took me a little over a year, but I finally got to the first book in her Flight & Glory series. Once I started with that one, I had to read the rest of the series. Here are my mini reviews for each book that has been released.


Full Measures, Book 1: ★ ★ ★ ★

Full Measures was a great start to this series. I’m impressed that this was Yarros’ debut novel. It was a sweet and somber story full of heat and indecision. Ember drove me a little nuts, but overall I liked her. I loved Josh. Overall, it was a good read that hit the emotional punches it delivered.

Eyes Turned Skyward, Book 2: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Eyes Turned Skyward was a predictable romance, but that didn’t matter because everything about it was fantastic. Jagger is a hero everyone will swoon over. He was a bad boy who was actually really good. I loved the care her took of Paisley. Paisley was a little frustrating at times, but I still loved her. She was sweet and good and perfect for Jagger.

Beyond What is Given, Book 3: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

This series just keeps getting better and better. Beyond What is Given was an amazing addition to it. Again, the story was a predictable (as romances often are), but the characters make up for that. I loved how feisty and strong Samantha was even when her world was crashing down around her. I loved how Grayson pointed her in the right direction to put herself back together and ended up doing the same for himself. Grayson… Definitely a new favorite character of mine. I loved his hard shell and quiet demeanor. I think they’re my favorite couple in this series, but it’s hard to pick because all of them are amazing in their own ways.

Hallowed Ground, Book 4: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Hallowed Ground is the book I didn’t think I wanted, but desperately needed. I was hesitant to read it because I didn’t want to go back to Josh and Ember’s relationship and dig up old issues. I sucked it up and read it because a friend told me I would need to read it before book 5 is released. I’m happy I did because even when Josh got dumb and annoying, I could see the importance to and of the story. This was the most heartbreaking to read, but also maybe the most fulfilling. I wish I didn’t have to wait for book #5.

Review: Love Broken (J.D. Hollyfield)

Love Broken
Author: J.D. Hollyfield
Publication Date: February 24, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

My name is Katie Beller, but the world, as of late, knows me as Bailey Swan, the love guru behind my bestselling book.

Want the shortened version? Here it is:

Love was stupid.
A fake. A farce
Love was broken.

Women everywhere were eating up my advice and fighting back against fake love. My book started a relationship revolution. And I stood by my story.

Until I met Charlie Bates.

When I throw all my own rules and advice out the window after a week-long rendezvous, I start to wonder just how real my words were. Maybe love might be just a little more complicated than I thought.

Maybe I’m the one who’s love broken.


J.D. Hollyfield is an author I found in 2018 that I tried to read more of 2019. I like her writing and the humor she includes in her romances. I chose to specifically read Love Broken because I was fascinated by the plot of an author who wrote about falling in love but doesn’t believe in it. It’s a plot for a devoted romance reader for sure.

What I didn’t expect was for that whole author falling in love to take the twist it did. Now, this is probably a MINOR SPOILER, but this book has been out for almost 2 years, so not really… What made this book even more appealing once I started it was that Katie, the author, goes on a book signing tour and meets a gorgeous cover model to fall for. THIS WAS CLEVER AND FANTASTIC! Having  been to a couple of book signings myself, it was so much fun to read not only Katie and Bates’s interactions, but her interactions with her readers.

Katie and Bates’s romance was a cool thing to experience. She was so anti love and he was such a force at trying to get her to fall for him. It was funny and sweet…until it wasn’t. Hollyfield went deep into Katie’s head. Katie has some major insecurities and negative thoughts that took over when things weren’t sunshine and rainbows. She drove me a little nuts at time — more than I wanted her to. It made for great character growth, though, and put this story where it needed to be.

Obviously, I enjoyed Love Broken. I think readers who love romance, authors, book events, and cover models will really appreciate this book.

Review: Echoes Between Us (Katie McGarry)

Echoes Between Us
Author: Katie McGarry
Publication Date: January 14, 2020
Publisher: Tor Teen
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Echoes Between Us is bestselling author Katie McGarry’s breakout teen contemporary novel about a girl with everything to lose and the boy who will do anything to save her.

Veronica sees ghosts. More specifically, her mother’s ghost. The afterimages of blinding migraines caused by the brain tumor that keeps her on the fringes and consumes her whole life haunt her, even as she wonders if it’s something more…

Golden boy Sawyer is handsome and popular, a state champion swimmer, but his adrenaline addiction draws him to Veronica.

A girl with nothing to live for and a boy with everything to lose–can they conquer their demons together?


Katie McGarry is one of those authors who I will read whatever she writes. She could write a book about aliens on Mars and I would be all in (Not something I would ever plan to read.). There’s a magic to her writing that pulls me in and makes me fall in love. That’s exactly what happened with Echoes Between Us. It blew me away. Here’s why.

  • Katie McGarry’s writing was as amazing as ever. The story in Echoes Between Us was spellbinding. I read it in two sittings. I would have read it in one, but sleep is important.
  • It pretty much took me most of the book to figure it out, but many of the characters are also from McGarry’s Only a Breath Apart. Once I did, I wish I had remembered that from the start. I loved how the two stories meshed a bit.
  • I loved the emotion of the story. Vi and Sawyer are dealing with some big, emotional things personally and it makes the connection they form so special.
  • The whole ghost aspect was so cool!!! It also creeped me out a bit, but I’m a wimp.
  • There were some twists and surprises I honestly didn’t see coming. That might have been because I was so wrapped up in the story.
  • How everything played out. I just loved this entire book. It’s selfish to say this, but I hope that we get another book with this same setting and group of friends.

Honestly, there wasn’t anything I didn’t love about this book. It was classic Katie McGarry and I couldn’t ask for anything more or different. Fans of her writing will love this book.

WWW Wednesday: January 8, 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

This week was all about reading books on my TBR. I read Watch Over Me, Art & Soul, Full Measures (Flight & Glory, #1), and Eyes Turned Skyward (Flight & Glory, #2).


Currently Reading

I’m reading Beyond What is Given (Flight & Glory, #3).

Reading Next

As you can probably tell, I’m on a series binge. I’m going to read Hallowed Ground (Flight & Glory, #4) next.

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

Cover Reveal: Cowboy Villain Damsel Duel (Ginger Scott)

Check out this stunning cover for Cowboy Villain Damsel Duel by Ginger Scott! Add it to your TBR today! You won’t want to miss this twisty romance!

Don’t forget to add it to your TBR! https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48840620-cvdd

RIVERDALE meets INCEPTION in this twisty and unique Ya coming-of-age romance by Ginger Scott

Quarterback.
Class president.
Burnout.
We all have our identities.
Most of the time, they come from our circumstances. They’re made by others—shoes for us to walk in whether they fit or not.
But what if?
What if we could take off those shoes.
What if we could wear a different pair?
What if those boxes we put ourselves in are better…worse?
And what if, when we do…we’re trapped there for good?
They all call me Cowboy.
She’s the damsel who doesn’t need to be rescued.
And him…he’s the villain.
This is our story. And this is how we want it to be told.
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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