Reviews: Jock Royal (Sara Ney)

Jock Royal
Series: Jock Hard#4 
Author: Sara Ney
Publication Date: June 22, 2021
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Sports

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis: 

IT’S EASY TO TAKE ONE DARE WHEN YOU THINK IT’S HARMLESS.

Ashley Dryden-Jones is the best rugby player on the field—when I take a dare I instantly regret, I had no way of knowing he was a gentleman. An athlete. British with no plans to stay in the States.

He makes me forget myself, bruises, 5 o’clock shadow, accent and all.

He makes me forget I cannot crawl into bed with him at night—or get drunk and throw caution to the wind for once in my overly cautious life.

Because he’s my new roommate.

ONE STUPID BET LEADS TO ONE UNFORGETTABLE NIGHT.

When I win a trip to Vegas I need a plus one; he’s the strapping, strong and responsible choice. Besides—I’ve never been anywhere and he has.

He is the best friend I didn’t know I needed.

Ashley is one of the good ones—but I’m about to find out how bad this good boy can be. 


Jock Royal is a hard book for me to rate. I could have easily slapped on a 5 star rating by how much fun I had reading it. It had Sara Ney’s trademark humor (which I enjoy) and there wasn’t a ton of drama or angst. Ashley and Georgia were great characters and I loved their chemistry. Reading it made me happy and that says a lot.

Why did I end up giving it 4 stars then? There were a couple of times the flow of the story didn’t feel smooth due to some passages of time. It wasn’t anything bad, but I did notice it. The book could have been longer with those time frames filled in and I wouldn’t have complained about having to read more pages. I was that invested in Ashley and Georgia. Also, Georgia thought Ashley spoke in dated English and it made me wonder if people of his status and age actually talked like that? The fact that so much attention was drawn to it made it weird. I can’t answer whether or not the language fits, so it didn’t detract much from my rating. I would be curious to know what English readers think. I can get over these things that bugged me in the long run because this rom-com left me in a good mood, so 4 stars it is.

Review: On a Wednesday (Whitney G.)

On a Wednesday
Series: One Week, #2
Author: Whitney G.
Publication Date: July 7, 2021
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ 
Synopsis:
We met on a Wednesday.
Became enemies, then lovers, on a Wednesday.
And we made a final promise before saying goodbye, on a Wednesday …
Kyle Stanton is the cockiest playboy who has ever set foot on this university’s campus.
He’s also the last person on earth that I want to interview for my senior thesis since:
1) I haven’t forgotten how he left me hanging for a group project during our freshman year. 2) He has a tendency to believe that any woman who breathes in his direction wants him. 3) Did I mention how infuriatingly cocky he is?
If I hear him utter the phrase, “No need to stare, I’ll let you ride it up close and personal, just say the word,” one more time, I will scream.
At least, those are my initial impressions until he proposes “a perfect deal” that works in our best interest. Until one filthy kiss changes everything, and he shows me a side of himself that makes me fall in love.
We only have one semester left together, though …
He’s bound for the professional football league, and I’m bound for London.
We promise to remain long-distance “friends,” but a brutal argument tears us apart, and we haven’t spoken to each other since.
Until now.
We met on a Wednesday.
Became everything, then nothing, on a Wednesday.
And now he’s shown up to my engagement party, all these years later, on a Wednesday …
On a Wednesday is a standalone inspired by Adele’s “Someone Like You.”

On a Wednesday was another fun read from Whitney G. We finally get Grayson’s (On a Tuesday) college teammate and friend Kyle’s story.

Kyle’s story is pretty entertaining. I can’t say that I immediately loved Kyle. Cocky is an understatement when it comes to his personality. It took Courtney getting to know what was underneath his attitude to like him as a character. I still would have liked to see both his and Courtney’s characters fleshed out a little more, but there was enough to get to know them well. Courtney was way easier to like. The two of them together were pretty sweet. I liked how their relationship/friendship advanced. Their movie stuff made me smile a lot.

There were a couple of things that had me considering a 3.5 star instead of 4 star rating. I had mixed feelings about the jumping back and forth between present and the past. I liked both timelines, but I’m not a big fan of flashbacks. The way the timelines were intertwined worked for me, but I might have liked it more if things happened chronologically. It would have taken some of the surprise out of the fallout, but I don’t know that I would have minded that. The other thing was that whole cocky Kyle thing I mentioned. I ended up giving this book a full 4 stars because these things didn’t bother me as much once I made it to the adorable ending. Everyone and thing came full circle and I loved that.

So, yeah. Overall, I really enjoyed On a Wednesday. It fit this series well and made me swoon at the end.
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WWW Wednesday: July 7, 2021

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WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

The last book I read was an ARC of On a Wednesday 2(One Week, #) by Whitney G.

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

I’m reading Next in Line (Cake, #6) by J. Bengtsson.

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

I want to read The Grumpy Player Next Door by Pippa Grant next.

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

Instead of doing the Top Ten Tuesday post for today, I decided that I’m going give you all the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag instead. Here we go!

Best Book so Far in 2021 

This is really tough because I feel like I’ve read some great books this year. Not all of them were released this year, so I’m going with one that was.

Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2021

I can’t choose between these two!

New Release You Haven’t Read But Want To

I didn’t realize we were getting another book for this series until recently, so it wasn’t on my radar to read.

Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year

I’m excited for so many books that it’s hard to pick one. This might be the one I want to read the most, though.

Biggest Disappointment of 2021

I’m going to be honest. This book was sitting on my Kindle for years. I have mixed experiences with this author’s books. I was hoping this would be a positive one, but I could not stand the dude and the way he thought/talked. I didn’t make it past the first couple of chapters.

Biggest Surprise

I don’t know how to choose between In the Company of Killers and The Mindf*ck series for biggest surprise. Both are dark romantic suspense that are thrillers with big twists that I didn’t see coming. The first involves a group of killers and the second involves a serial killer who falls for an FBI agent.

Favorite New To Me Author(s)

I actually did a post for this exact prompt last week for TTT. Here’s my list.

1. Lex Martin
2. T.J. Klune
3. Chloe Liese
4. Kim Jones
5. Julia Quinn
6. Melissa Williams
7. S.T. Abby
8. Jaqueline Snowe
9. Katja Millay
10. Kate Canterbary

New Favorite Character

LUCY! Who knew the Prince of Darkness could be so freaking funny?

Book That Made You Cry 

This book had all the feels.

Book That Made You Happy 

So many books have made me happy this year…Probably because I read a lot of romantic comedies. I’m going with one of the most recent ones because I adore Meghan Quinn’s writing and she couldn’t have given Walker a better story.

Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought So Far This Year

I just love this cover. I only have it on ebook because I don’t buy many physical books.

What Books Do You Need to Read By The End of Year

I already have this book because I love Katie McGarry’s writing. This is a different genre for her, so I haven’t exactly jumped on reading it yet. I should.

So that’s it. The end. Feel free to do this tag if you want.

Review: Varsity Captain (Ginger Scott)

Varsity Captain
Anthology: Hot Summer School Nights
Series: Varsity,#4 
Author: Ginger Scott
Publication Date: June 30, 2021
Genre: Mature YA, New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Sports
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis: 

All new and exclusive enemies to lovers and bully romance short stories and previews by: L A Cotton, Siobhan Davis, Ashley Jade, Piper Lawson, Tracy Lorraine, Michelle Mankin, Daniela Romero, Ginger Scott, Ivy Smoak, Becca Steele, and Shantel Tessier. This will be a wide release with special preorder pricing. 100% of the e-book profit is being donated to The Smith Family, a national, independent children’s charity helping disadvantaged Australians to get the most out of their education, so they can create better futures for themselves. ***The e-book and the paperback will be available for a limited time only.*** 

About Varsity Captain:
This short story complements Book 1 in the Varsity Series, Varsity Heartbreaker. If you have read the series, you will enjoy getting a special POV from Lucas Fuller, getting to experience a few early scenes through his eyes. If you have not read the series, this will be a really fun way to start and will not give anything away. Also, this book will release as a full-length novel in the Varsity Series on October 15.


When I read Varsity Heartbreaker I really wanted Lucas’ point of view. Lucas was frustrating to say the least in that book. I just wanted to shout at him to give it up and admit to what was going on with him. The secrecy around his character was fabulous for the storyline with June, but I wish I would have had these chapters when I was reading that first book! I love that Ginger Scott is giving Lucas a book from his POV. I really enjoyed reading what was in his head. I can’t wait for the full book.

WWW Wednesday: June 30, 2021

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words.

WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

It’s been HOT here in WA. We’re talking records highs of over 100. I’ve been reading a bunch and trying to stay cool. The last book I read was an ARC of Broken Hearts (Campus Nights, #3) by Rebecca Jenshak.

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

I’m reading an ARC of  Exposed (VIP, #4) by Kristen Callihan.

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

I think my next book will be Jock Royal (Jock Hard, #4) by Sara Ney. I’m going to be spending time with family and some close (vaccinated) friends this upcoming holiday weekend, so I’m not sure how much reading I will get in. I also plan to be away from the blog during this time. It’ll be a quick break for me.

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite New to Me Authors So Far in 2021

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: Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2021. A couple weeks ago we gave our Summer TBR. There were a bunch of the same books that would have crossed over for today’s topic, so I decided to do something else. My topic is:

Favorite New to Me Authors I Read in the First Half of 2021

1. Lex Martin
2. T.J. Klune
3. Chloe Liese
4. Kim Jones
5. Julia Quinn
6. Melissa Williams
7. S.T. Abby
8. Jaqueline Snowe
9. Katja Millay
10. Kate Canterbary

Series Review: The Walshes (Kate Canterbary)

The past couple of years I have been trying to read more books that have been hidden in the depths of my Kindle. One of those books was Kate Canterbary’s The Cornerstone (The Walshes, #4). Reading that book prompted me to go back and read the entire series from beginning to end. Since I have enjoyed the series, I wanted to share it with you. Here are some brief thoughts on each book in the series.

This is going to be a little out of order because I feel like starting with the book I read first and going from there.

The Cornerstone, book 4 – ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This is still my favorite book in the series. Shannon was this brilliant, hardworking woman who was known as being a witch with a capital “B”. She ran the show and Navy SEAL Will gave her a run for her money. He didn’t back down and knew when to take over. They kind of hated each other at the start, but their sizzling chemistry won out. There was a secret romance that involved a lot of texting. I loved every moment of their relationship. I also loved every character I met in Shannon and Will’s families. I couldn’t wait to read more! I know at some point I’ll reread this book. Also, I kind of have to mention that I love that I met Shannon first instead of having preconceived notions of her.

Underneath It All, book 1 – ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Underneath It All is my second favorite in this series — and that’s a very close second. Lauren and Matt were adorable, but in a steamy kind of way. Lauren meets Matt when she hires him to help her find a building for her new school. Sparks flew from the minute they met and ignited a full on fire. Their chemistry was amazing, and I was surprised by the sweetness between the two of them. This was a great start to a series…if you want to start from the beginning.

The Space Between, book 2 – ★ ★ ★ ★
The Space Between was a little slower start for me. There was more build up to Patrick and Andi’s relationship than the previous two books I had read, and I felt like it took me longer to warm up to them because of that. They started off in kind of an office mentor/mentee relationship that developed into a romance. I ended up loving their relationship and chemistry.

Necessary Restorations, book 3 – ★ ★ ★ ½
Necessary Restorations was good, but it had a some moments that weren’t my favorite. Sam’s manwhore ways were a little problematic. There wasn’t cheating, but some will put something that happens in the cheating category and it wasn’t especially fun to read. I did love Sam and Tiel together. I read this series out of order and started with book 4, so it was nice to finally understand some stuff that was going on. I also liked getting to know Sam and his inner workings. He had some major issues that I got wind of in The Cornerstone, so it was good to find out what was going on. I also didn’t realize there was another whole book for this couple, so I’m curious to see where it goes since these two still had some demons to deal with.

Restored, book 5- ★ ★ ★ ★
Restored was basically a necessary addition to Necessary Restoration after The Cornerstone. It brought Sam and Tiel back and gave some much needed answers to what was going down with them outside of Shannon’s perspective. I liked seeing where their relationship went and it upped the sweetness factor between Sam and Tiel for me.

The Spire, book 6 – ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
As I was binging The Walshes series, Erin’s story was one I was waiting for  the most. I blame that on reading Shannon’s book first and wanting to know what the deal was with 1) Shannon and Erin and 2) Erin and Nick. This book didn’t let me down. I am finally happy to know all about Erin, her history with Shannon, and her relationship with Nick. Erin and Nick together were adorable! I loved the fire between them and the emotional connection. I love how Nick saw beyond what Erin’s siblings saw. I especially loved the emails and all other communication between Erin and Nick. I was only happy their situation went on the way it did because of how much I loved that piece of it. The Spire made me very happy.

Preservation, book 7 – ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I was a little nervous going into this book — especially after that prologue. I always understood why Riley would have a crush on Lauren, but I hated it. HATED IT. I was worried what he would do and what it would mean. I’m so happy Alex was thrown in Riley’s path before he did anything too stupid. I loved Alex and Riley together. I loved their story and the text exchanges that were included. I especially loved how the whole story wrapped up. It was perfect.

Thresholds, book 8 – ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
All the Walshes in one place? Yes, please! It was so fun to get to catch up with my favorite characters during the holidays. Everyone was going through something different, but I loved the ways their lives still connected. I was going to say that I was especially happy for a certain couple’s updates, but I really loved all of them equally. Oh, and but I have to say there’s one new doctor’s POV that had me laughing out loud. I wanted his hijinks to continue.

Foundations, book 9 – ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I adored this novella about Matt and Lauren. They have a new addition to their family and it shakes things up a bit. I loved the way they got things back on track. It was so Matt and Lauren. It was also very real and easy to relate to if you have had children. Now, can I get a solo novella for Will and Shannon, please? (Also, I wish this book would have had a white cover.)

Final thoughts:
The Walshes was a great series about a family who has been through some rough stuff together growing up, but has moved on in life as each of them find love. I adored the Walsh sibling and their partners. The side characters were really great, too. There could be some triggers with parental abuse for some readers, but there isn’t a ton of detail.  I am super excited to read more of Kate Canterbary’s books, especially Wes and Magnolia’s books. Overall, this series was a big winner for me.

Review: Shift (Ginger Scott)

Shift
Series: Fuel, #1
Author: Ginger Scott

Publication Date: June 25, 2021
Genre: Mature YA, New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC provided by WordSmith Publicity and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

Dustin Bridges has always had two things he could count on—his fearless instincts behind the wheel and the support of his two best friends, Tommy and Hannah Judge.
Dustin brought the speed.
Tommy, the brains.
And Hannah . . . she was the glue that held everyone together.
Together, they were unstoppable.
From the dirt tracks of their youth to the late-night drag races under a desert moon as teens, the Judge siblings pushed and watched in awe as their friend edged closer to his dream. Always racing, always running. That was Dustin’s gift and curse. And while his life at home was unbearable, his world with the Judges always seemed perfect.
Growing up with people makes for a special bond. But sometimes life has a way of testing just how strong a relationship is. And falling in love with one of your best friends, not to mention your other best friend’s sister? Well, that can be the toughest test of all.
Heartbreak doesn’t know what it’s up against, though, because when there is a prize to be won, nobody bets against Dustin Bridges.

Excuse me while I take a few deep breaths. Shift was a high-octane read, and I haven’t quite come down from the ride. Ginger Scott upped the intensity with this book. The angst was almost overpowering for me at times. While I didn’t always love the intense feelings going on, I did love the story.

Hannah, Tommy, and Dustin have been friends almost their entire life. The three of them are bound together by racing. Dustin’s the driver, Tommy’s the brains, and Hannah’s the cheerleader. Tommy and Dustin are best friends. Tommy and Hannah are siblings. Hannah and Dustin are best friends… who both hope for more. It’s a tricky situation since Dustin is basically part of the family. His own family being so horrible he does everything he can to escape them. Things are messy and difficult, but somehow sweet between Hannah and Dustin. I loved them together, but this is a series where their story continues for two more books so…

I know that doesn’t really tell you much about this book. I’ll try to give you a little more without giving anything away. There’s a lot of family and friendship dynamics going on. There’s the love of racing and spending time at the tracks together. There’s bad people and stuff at play. Shift was a well crafted story (and romance) that left me wanting more — which I am so happy I know is coming soon! The only thing left to really say is buckle up. It’s going to be an intense ride you won’t want to miss.

 

𝐒𝐡𝐢𝐟𝐭, the first book in 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗙𝘂𝗲𝗹 𝗦𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀 by Ginger Scott is LIVE! Buckle your seatbelt, it’s gonna be a wild ride!

 

 

 

Purchase 𝐒𝐡𝐢𝐟𝐭 here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B097TTSBN8

Pre-order Wreck:https://www.amazon.com/dp/B097SBSX3J

Pre-order Burn: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B097SCCH12

 

 

Add them to your TBR!

𝗦𝗛𝗜𝗙𝗧: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58077726-shift

𝗪𝗥𝗘𝗖𝗞: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58077746-wreck

𝗕𝗨𝗥𝗡: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58077766-burn

 

 

Review: Small Town Pretender (Brighton Walsh)

Small Town Pretender
Series: Havenbrook, #5
Author: Brighton Walsh
Publication Date: June 24, 2021
Publisher: Bright Publishing LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Asher McCoy can win over a crowd with a husky note and a strum of his guitar, but proving to a judge he’s responsible enough to gain custody of his niece and nephew? Not so easy. His big idea—a fake marriage. And who better to play his doting bride than his longtime best friend? He just needs to get her home first…

Natalie Haven couldn’t get away from her suffocating hometown fast enough. For years, she’s fluttered around the globe as a freelance photographer. And if that unconventional job pisses off her daddy? Well, all the better. But when her best friend sends out an S.O.S., she heads back to the one place she swore she’d never land.

Except a fake marriage means a not-so-fake living arrangement, including only one bed. Nat’s witnessed enough women fall for Asher’s charms, but she refuses to be one of them. Because permanence isn’t in her blood. Not even for him.


Brighton Walsh’s Havenbrook series has cemented its place in my heart as one of my favorite small town romance series over and over again with each new book released. I absolutely adored this latest release, Small Town Pretender.

Nat and Asher’s book was everything I was hoping for. These two may have left town as teenagers, but they managed to keep their tight knit friendship over the years. The reason Asher had to try to get custody of his sister’s kids made me sad, but loved that it brought him and then Nat back to town. Their fake marriage turned real was so much fun to read. Nat and Asher had amazing chemistry that made the move from friends to more all the more believable. I just loved them together! They were a great couple and

It wasn’t as simple as both of them being together, though. Both Asher and Nat had lived somewhat of a nomadic life prior to their return to Havenbrook. I liked how they each, separately, had to think through the decisions regarding their careers. Being tied to Havenbrook through the kids was a huge deal to both of them. I was so glad that this aspect of the story wasn’t skipped over. It was important to both their characters.

As with the rest of this series, the Haven family also played a big part. I loved the sisterly dynamics and also the parental ones. Nat’s relationship with her family wasn’t always easy, and I was excited to see where things ended up between them all. I loved how they stepped up to help Asher and Nat through everything. The way they made those kids immediately part of the family made me so happy.

Small Town Pretender was a great addition this series and I really, really hope it’s not going to be the end for Havenbrook. Maybe there are some friends that needs books or cousins that could pop out of the woodwork or something. I just don’t want to leave these characters and town behind!

 

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Meet Brighton Walsh

USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Brighton Walsh spent a decade as a professional photographer before taking her storytelling in a different direction and reconnecting with her first love—writing. 

She likes her books how she likes her tea—steamy and satisfying—and adores strong-willed heroines and the protective heroes who fall head over heels for them. 

Brighton lives in the Midwest with her real life hero of a husband, her two kids—one who’s already taller than her and one who’s catching up too fast—and her dog who thinks she’s a queen. Her boy-filled house is the setting for dirty socks galore, frequent dance parties (okay, so it’s mostly her, by herself, while her children look on in horror), and more laughter than she thought possible.

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