WWW Wednesday: May 27, 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

Happy belated Memorial Day to those in the U.S. Thank you to all who have served this country! This was the first Memorial Day in 11 years that we didn’t go camping with all of our friends due to COVID-19. It was sad, but what can you say? We’ve all missed out on so many things.

At least we have good books to read! This week I finished up both Clash (Crash, #2) and The Sundown Motel from last week. Then I read Crush (Crash, #3), Jock Blocked (Copper Valley Fireballs, #1), Liar, Liar, Hearts on Fire (Bro Code, #3), Lies Unspoken (Flawed Love, #1), Love Unspoken (Flawed Love, #2), and an ARC of Again Again. It looks like a lot, but most of them were fairly short reads.



Currently Reading

I’m reading Fool Me Once.

Reading Next

My plan is to continue to knock books off my TBR and read Playing for Keeps (Hot Jocks, #1).

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

Cover Reveal: The Change Up (Meghan Quinn)

THE CHANGE UP COVER REVEAL!!

The Change Up by Meghan Quinn

Release Date: June 11th

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Photographer: Michelle Lancaster

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BREAKING NEWS: The Bad Boy of Baseball, Maddox Paige, is totally and utterly whipped.

Okay, that might not be the headlines in the newspaper this morning, but it’s the reality of my current situation.

It all started a month ago when I received a call from my best friend, Kinsley. She got a new job in Chicago and needed a place to stay. I’ve known the girl since I was five, what harm would it be to have her stay at my place for a while?

Ha! Total disaster.

Now instead of going out every night with my teammates, I’m couch surfing and sketching endless photos of my best friend . . . but that’s the least of my concerns.

The disaster, you ask? I’m rapidly falling head over cleats in love with my best friend, my roommate, and my number one fan.

And she has no idea . . .

THE CHANGE UP RELEASES JUNE 11TH!

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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: 10 Great Opening Lines

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:

10 Great Opening Lines

Here are some fun opening lines.

1. The Raven Boys
Author: Maggie Stiefvater

“Blue Sargent had forgotten how many times she’d been told that she would kill her true love.”

2. Ugly Love
Author: Colleen Hoover

“Somebody stabbed you in the neck, young lady.”

3. Bad Penny
Author: Staci Hart

This one is inappropriate, so if you’re curious you can go to Amazon and use their First Look to see the first sentence. It caught me so off guard that  laughed.

4. How to Walk Away
Author: Katherine Center

“The biggest irony about that night is that I was always scared to fly.”

5. Ilsa and the Happily Ever After
Author: Stephanie Perkins

“It’s midnight, it’s sweltering, and I might be high on Vicodin, but that guy—that guy right over there—that’s him. The him.”

6. The Lace Reader
Author: Brunonia Barry

“My name is Towner Whitney. No. That’s not exactly true. My real first name is Sophya. Never believe me. I lie all the time”

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

“I never meant to be a monster, but sometimes I wondered if certain people were born that way, born with a darkness that oozed into their bloodstreams and infected their souls.”

8. Delicate Monsters
Author: Stephanie Kuehn

“A ropes course was a shitty place for self-discovery.”

9. Dr. Strange Beard
Author: Penny Reid

“Most people have approximately eleven or twelve stories, and that’s it.”

10. God-Shaped Hole
Author: Tiffanie DeBartolo

“When I was twelve, a fortune-teller told me that my one true love would die young and leave me all alone.”

Review: The F List (Alessandra Torre)

The F List
Author: Alessandra Torre
Publication Date: April 29, 2020
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

There was a lot I did to get to this point, to get 42 million followers. Some of it I was proud of, most of it I wasn’t.

There was a group of us, all internet celebrities, and everyone wanted in, which is how six of us ended up living in this mansion, a camera always on, the public always watching. Two months and nine carefully scripted TV episodes that would get us more of the three F’s we were desperately chasing.

Fame. Fortune. Followers.

I knew my role. I was Emma, the unlikeable one. The dark villain with the devious smile. The package of dynamite that would blow up any chance of peaceful living and harmony.

Cash knew his role. He was the good guy. The lovable one. The one that everyone, even the darkest cast member of them all, would fall in love with.

They were supposed to just be roles.
None of it was supposed to be real.

My heart didn’t get that memo.


If you’re looking for a fun book to take your mind off things, look no further. You’ve found it. The F List is a uniquely written take on two celebrity influencers who hate each other. They end up on a reality show together, and it was non-stop entertainment.

I loved the way this book was written. It gave us both Emma and Cash’s thoughts. They told us what it took to get where they are.  It gave us quotes from people around them. All of this made for a dramatic (but not too dramatic) look at everything that went down. It was all sorts of crazy fun.

Emma and her whole back story drew me in. I didn’t necessarily like her all the time, but somehow she managed to win me over anyways. Cash was instantaneously likable. His situation was very different from hers. Every moment between them would have been true camera gold — if they were real people. It was real book gold as it was. I could totally see this book being made into a TV series or movie. It would be perfect for that.

So, like I said, if you’re looking for a fun way to escape, read this book. If you like reality TV, read this book. If you’re big into Instagram influencers, read this book. I would just recommend reading this book. It’s so entertaining.

Review: Dirty Charmer (Emma Chase)

Dirty Charmer
Author: Emma Chase
Publication Date: May 19, 2020
Publisher: Emma Chase LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Abigail Haddock is stunning, sensible, and some would say…stuffy. But it’s not really her fault. She was raised in one of Wessco’s oldest, most affluent, aristocratic families—“stuffy” is their middle name. So is successful. Abby’s working overtime to distinguish herself as a top-notch physician, just as her family legacy demands.

She doesn’t have time for nonsense.

Tommy Sullivan’s all about nonsense.

Sure, he’s an elite bodyguard with lethal skills and co-owner of the renowned, S&S Securities Firm—protector of the wealthy and titled. But he’s also rowdy, fun and thoroughly irresistible.

Tommy knows how to have a good time, and he’s never seen someone more in need of a good time than Abby. The lass needs long, wet, filthy kisses—STAT—and he’s just the man for the job.

It doesn’t take long for a wildly sexy, sinfully satisfying, no-strings attached arrangement to turn into something more. Something sweet and addictive and real. But Tommy and Abby are too royally stubborn to admit it.

Opposites attract, everyone knows that. But can they last—can they love…for forever?


I think it’s safe to say that Tommy Sullivan is probably Emma Chase’s most popular side character. We have all been waiting for his book for what seems like forever. Well, I’m here to tell you that Ms. Chase did not let us down with Tommy’s book. It was everything I could have hoped for.

Tommy was just as delightful as expected. He is hilariously cocky and puts himself out there just like I expected him to. His story started out in the cutest, funniest way. I loved how loyal he was. I also loved how sweet he was underneath all his self-confidence.

Abby was the perfect love interest for Tommy. Where he was all go with the flow, she was all buttoned up. She definitely needed his lightness more than he needed her strictness, but they somehow balanced each other out perfectly. I really loved them together.

So much happened with the plot in this book. I loved the ups and downs. It was somehow both funny and serious. That’s a compliment to Emma Chase’s writing. Reading Dirty Charmer reminded me how much I love her books. I know I just finished this one, but I can’t wait to find out what’s next!

Oh! I can’t forget. If you’re a fan of her Royally series, you’re going to love some of the cameos in this book. Plus, there’s Tommy’s whole family to meet. There’s just so much goodness to enjoy.

Dirty Charmer by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Emma Chase, is LIVE! 

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About Emma:

New York Times bestselling author Emma Chase writes contemporary romance novels known for their clever banter, emotional, and sexy, swoonworthy moments. Her books have been translated into over twenty languages around the world. 

Emma lives in New Jersey with her amazing husband, two spirited children, and two adorable, but badly behaved, dogs. She has a long standing love/hate relationship with caffeine. 

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Review: Tools of Engagement (Tessa Bailey)

Tools of Engagement
Series: Hot & Hammered, #3
Author: Tessa Bailey
Publication Date: September 22, 2020
Publisher: Avon
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis:

In Tessa Bailey’s latest rom-com, two enemies team up to flip a house… and the sparks between them might burn the place down or ignite a passion that neither can ignore!

Hair, makeup, clothing, decor… everything in Bethany Castle’s world is organized, planned, and styled to perfection. Which is why the homes she designs for her family’s real estate business are the most coveted in town. The only thing not perfect? Her track record with men. She’s on a dating hiatus and after helping her friends achieve their dreams, Bethany finally has time to focus on her own: flip a house, from framework to furnishings, all by herself. Except her older brother runs the company and refuses to take her seriously.

When a television producer gets wind of the Castle sibling rivalry, they’re invited on Flip Off, a competition to see who can do the best renovation. Bethany wants bragging rights, but she needs a crew and the only member of her brother’s construction team willing to jump ship is Wes Daniels, the new guy in town. His Texas drawl and handsome face got under Bethany’s skin on day one, but the last thing she needs is some cocky young cowboy in her way.

As the race to renovate heats up, Wes and Bethany are forced into close quarters, trading barbs and biting banter as they remodel the ugliest house on the block. It’s a labor of love, hate, and everything in between, and soon sparks are flying. But Bethany’s perfectly structured life is one kiss away from going up in smoke and she knows falling for a guy like Wes would be a flipping disaster.


I have been waiting for Tools of Engagement since the moment I finished Love Her or Lose Her. I got a glimpse of the dynamic between Wes and Bethany and was so excited for their story. It didn’t let me down. Tools of Engagement was my favorite in the Hot & Hammered series.

What made Hot & Hammered so good? Quite a few things. First, I LOVED the banter. There was a whole I’m going to be mean to you because I actually like you thing going on. It was childish, but totally worked. It made the banter super fun because I could appreciate how ridiculous Wes and Bethany were being. Bethany especially. The banter made their swoon worthy relationship that much more fun.

The next thing that stood out to me was Bethany’s character. I don’t have much in common with her, but I could see a lot of women in her. She strove for perfection to the point where she couldn’t let loose or be herself. She had everything the way she thought it should have been, but was missing the big picture. I loved how she figured out the perfection was required.

Then, there was Wes. He would definitely make my list of favorite male characters. He might have only been 23, but he came across much older and more mature. I loved how he antagonized Bethany. It wasn’t done to be mean, but to light a fire under her. I also loved how he was with his niece, Laura. That relationship showed what a good person he was.

I can’t leave out the group of women and how they come together to support each other. That’s been one of the coolest aspects of this series. It wasn’t quite as heavily featured in this book, but it was there to support Bethany when she needed it.

Finally, there was the whole competition between Bethany and her brother Stephen. I liked not only what it did for Bethany’s relationship with Wes, but with Stephen as well.

Tools of Engagement was truly a fun romantic read filled great banter, humor, the sweetest of romances. If you’re a fan of this series, you won’t want to miss out on it.

WWW Wednesday: May 20, 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

Another week of reading. There’s not much else going on, so I’ve been doing A LOT of it. I read an ARC of Say Yes Summer, The F List, Love Bank (Jobs from Hell, #1), Love in Lingerie (Unzipped, #1), an ARC of Hot Mess, an ARC of Varsity Heartbreaker (Varsity, #1), and Crash (Crash, #1).

Currently Reading

I think I’m going to start reading the next book in the Crash series, Clash. I’m also reading The Sun Down Motel. That one is slow going because it’s a physical book. The font is small and it’s on the creepy side, so it’s a daytime only read.

Reading Next

Well, I would keep binging the Crash series with Crush, but I’m waiting on my library hold for it. I’m #1 in line, so anytime in the next 3 weeks I guess… I’m not sure what I’ll pick up next if I don’t have that book to start. I’ve definitely been mood reading, so I will probably continue to do so.

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

Review: Hot Mess (Emma Hart)

Hot Mess
Author: Emma Hart
Publication Date: May 19, 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

What do you do when the whole world has seen you getting down and dirty in a broom closet?

I, Elle Evans, am on the run.
Not from the fuzz—although that would be more exciting.
No, I’m on the run from the four-year-old private tape that, thanks to my vengeful ex, has probably already ruined my vlogging career.
There’s nothing like the entire world knowing what you look like mid-O.
Creek Keys, Florida, is a million miles away from NYC and the perfect place for me to hide for the rest of summer until I can figure out what I’m going to do.
Something that’s easier said than done since my new landlord’s daughter thinks you’re God’s greatest gift. Even better? Their beach house is right next to the one I’m renting, so there’s no getting away from her—or her hot, British dad.
Who most definitely does not think I’m role model material.
He might be right.
The problem is that neither of us can say no to her.
Or each other.


Hot Mess was a fun romantic comedy. It was pretty much everything I’ve come to enjoy about Emma Hart’s writing.

What I loved:

  • What Elle learned from the situation she was in and how it changed her.
  • What Elle taught Ari about online personas.
  • Elle and Theo’s relationship was sweet.
  • Theo and Ari’s relationship.
  • All of the people from the town.

Dislikes:

  • Nothing really. I do have to say it was missing some sort of spark for me that I normally get from Hart’s romances. Not sure what it was.

Overall, Hot Mess was a great romance to escape into.

 

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About Emma

Emma Hart is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty novels and has been translated into several different languages. She is a mother, wife, lover of wine, Pink Goddess, and valiant rescuer of wild baby hedgehogs. Emma prides herself on her realistic, snarky smut, with comebacks that would make a PMS-ing teenage girl proud. Yes, really. She’s that sarcastic.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Reasons Why I Love Reading 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:

Reasons Why I Love Reading Romance

1. Romances are usually fast-paced to read, even when it’s a slow burn romance.

2. Romances can be funny, sappy, sweet, sad at times, angst-filled, and on and on. There’s no limit to what the genre can make you feel.

3. There are so many different romance tropes that can be written so many different ways. It rarely feels like you reading a book you have already read.

4. I can choose how sexy of a romance I want to read. There’s everything from Young Adult romances to erotic romances.

5. There are so many great series in romance. I can fall in love with a couple and then get to read about their friends or family falling in love in the next book.

6. Romances feel more realistic to me than some other genres, and yet feel more like an escape.

7. I love reading about people falling in love.

8. Reading a romance novel is like watching a 90’s romantic comedy or the Hallmark Channel at Christmas time.

9. I love a guaranteed happy ending.

10. I am impressed with how so many romance authors give back to the community, and so I like supporting them by reading their books.

Review: Game Changer (Kelly Jamieson)

Game Changer
Series: Wynn Hockey, #5
Author: Kelly Jamieson
Publication Date: June 9, 2020
Publisher: Kelly Jamieson
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Jackson Wynn

I don’t want anything to do with my crazy family’s drama, which I’ve been watching unfold from a distance over the last year, but now my grandfather has Alzheimer’s and I feel I need to at least make a quick visit to see him. My hockey season’s over, all I have to do is get through my teammate Steve’s wedding, and then I’m on a plane to Los Angeles to do my family duty. After that, I’ll head home to Manitoba for some summer R&R at the family lake cottage.

Molly Flynn
Nobody’s expecting what happens at my wedding, which becomes pandemonium. I need to get out of there. Fast. Who do I turn to? Jackson Wynn, one my fiancé’s teammates. He’s been a friend to me since I met Steve. For one night, we hide out in his condo, but he’s leaving in the morning for California. I want to go with him.

Jackson
I can’t take Steve’s fiancée with me to California. He’s going to flip shit over this. But the lying cheating bastard kind of deserves it, and I’ve always had a soft spot for Molly. Or maybe not so soft…because she’s not only sweet and kind, she’s hot as hell. This is a bad idea for so many reasons, and I sure as hell don’t need more drama in my life, but I can’t say no to her.

On this nutso trip, neither of us expect Molly to bond with my bonkers family…especially my poor, confused grandpa. And neither of us expect to bond with each other.


Game Changer was hands down my favorite book in the Wynn Hockey series yet. It was Kelly Jamieson’s writing at its best. What did I love about it? Well, everything.

To be more specific, I adored the entire scenario. The way Molly’s wedding went down, to her hitching herself to Jax’s vacation, to the way they fell in love. It was all so fun and cute. I think what really made it my favorite, though, was the bond between Molly and Jax. They were already trivia buddies and it was easy to see that they had always had a special connection and friendship. That connection made for some humorous situations as well as some sexy ones.

I also loved that there wasn’t as much Wynn family drama in this book. It was simpler in that area, and it made it easier to spend more time on the actual relationship in the book. I hope if there are more books to come in this series, that they follow this trend.

I think the thing I loved about this book most was the epilogue. I don’t think I’ve read one quite as perfect as that one in a while. It was utterly fabulous.

I guess if I had to complain about one thing it would be the cover. That guy doesn’t scream Jax to me.