Review: The Locker Room (Meghan Quinn)

The Locker Room
Author: Meghan Quinn
Publication Date: June 20, 2019
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Sports
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Have you heard the rumor around campus about the locker room?

If you haven’t, let me enlighten you: Legend has it if you bring a girl into the sacred after-game domain of the baseball locker room, it will end with a walk down the aisle. One rowdy and naked encounter against the lockers with the girl of your dreams will make her your wife.

Translation: baseball players are stupidly superstitious and believe the locker room has magical powers.

But not all baseball players are superstitious, me included.

So when the girl I’ve fallen for brushes me off, I start to question if I need to switch my way of thinking. Maybe it’s time I finally hand out a coveted invitation to the locker room.

The only question is, will she accept?


When I started reading The Locker Room, I was like YES! Another hilarious Meghan Quinn contemporary romance. It had me laughing out loud from the prologue. That made me even more excited to be reading this book.

The Locker Room was such a fun book. Knox Gentry might just be my favorite Meghan Quinn hero yet. He made this book with his sweet but cocky ways. He knew who he was and what he wanted and he went for it. Knox’s determination to win Emory’s heart was so cute. I loved everything he did to show her a relationship between them would be amazing.

Emory was a great character, too. She was a thinker. Emory took chances, but she also knew when to take a step back and look at a situation. I loved that Emory didn’t just give into Knox’s wooing. She put up an entertaining fight against his attention and I loved every minute of it!

The development of Emory and Knox’s relationship was this quick slow burn. (I know that doesn’t make much sense, but it will once you read the book. 😉 ) The time they took getting to know each other was cool. It really felt like a real relationship developing. I loved them together.

Another thing I loved was their friends. They were the ride or die type. I’m really hoping Meghan Quinn makes this a series and Knox’s friends get books. I wouldn’t mind if Emory’s friends did, too.

I only had one big issue with this book and that was the turn it took at 82%. I can’t decide how I felt about what happened. I liked it up to a point and then I was just frustrated for a minute. Then, things got back on track but at a speed that didn’t feel like it went with the rest of the book. I still liked and enjoyed reading it. I guess I was just hoping for something different.

The Locker Room was still a great read, though! I don’t want to make it sound like I didn’t love it. I did! It was so funny and sweet. I know people are going to be happy reading it. It’s classic Meghan Quinn. Like I said, I’m really hoping it becomes a series.

Review: N9NE (TM Frazier)

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N9NE: The Tale of Kevin Clearwater
Series: King, #9
Author: TM Frazier
Publication Date: June 18, 2019
Publisher: Frazier Publishing
Genre: Romance, Dark, New Adult
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

Nine lives.

Nine inches.

One chance to make her his.

Preppy’s brother is about to live up to the family legacy in more ways than one.

This is the story of Nine, The Tale of Kevin Clearwater.


I have been looking forward to reading this book since Kevin “Nine” Clearwater popped up on the scene in Preppy’s books. I had so many questions about the dude. It was fun getting all the answers.

Nine was just as dastardly as I expected. His past and present made him that way. The thing about Nine, though, was that he had a heart underneath all that bad boy. He stood up for those he cared about. He took down those who did them and him wrong. I loved how his past and present collided with Lenny. She was the perfect girl for him. Their story was such an adventure! I loved how connected everything was.

I did have one little pet peeve. Nine’s past trauma… Why does almost every character in this series suffer through the same thing? I was like, here we go again… Are there no other horrible things that could happen? I also felt like his issues with it disappeared without any real examination. Neither of these things truly altered my enjoyment of this dark romance. I was just hoping for something a little less predictable.

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Excerpt:

I look up into his dark eyes. “This is a dangerous game of cat and mouse we’re playing.” “More like a game of cat and bird,” he corrects. I straighten my posture, my nipples grazing his hard chest. “And we all know how that turns out in the end. The cat eats the bird.” Nine lightly scrapes his nails over my bare arms before pressing them into my skin. I gasp at the slight bite of pain. “No, the pretty bird swoops down from nowhere and sinks her sharp talons into the cat, marking him for life.” There’s no sarcasm in his voice. I don’t know how to begin to process what it is he’s saying. It takes all of my concentration to get out my next few words. “And…and then what?” Nine picks me up off the floor in one quick motion, flipping me back onto the bed. He crawls over my body, hovering above me, pinning my wrists to the mattress. He grazes his teeth over the sensitive spot behind my ear. He lowers his voice to a deliciously deep rumble that has me vibrating with his every word. “And then he eats her.”

About the Author

T.M. (Tracey Marie) Frazier never dreamed that a single person would ever read a word she wrote when she published her first book. Now, she is a five-time USA Today bestselling author and her books have been translated into numerous languages and published all around the world. T.M. enjoys writing what she calls sexy‘wrongside of the tracks romance’ with morally corrupt anti-heroes and ballsy heroines. Her books have been described as raw, dark and gritty. Basically, what that means, is while some authors are great at describing a flower as it blooms, T.M. is better at describing it in the final stages of decay. She loves meeting her readers, but if you see her at an event please don’t pinch her because she’s not ready to wake up from this amazing dream. T.M.Frazier

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WWW Wednesday: June 19, 2019

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 has been a busy and stressful week for me. My dad was in the ICU with an infection and this morning he is having surgery on his spine. It’s all very serious and has taken a mental tole on me, so I have appreciated reading some good books this week. I read The Other Side, an ARC of Teardrop Shot, an ARC of Nine (King, #9), and Played (Trapped, #2) by Beverley Kendall.

Currently Reading

I am starting an ARC of Heartache and Hope (Heartache Duet, #1).

Reading Next

Up next is yet another ARC. This time it’s The Accidental Girlfriend.

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

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 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:

Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019

There are a ton of books I’m excited for. Here are some of them.

1. Maybe This Time
Author: Kasie West

2. Pride and Dad Jokes
Author: Penny Reid

3. Heartless King
Author: Maya Hughes

4. The Prenup
Author: Laura Layne

5. Things You Save in a Fire
Author: Katherine Center

6. Dirty Charmer
Author: Emma Chase

7. Beard with Me
Author: Penny Reid

8. The Play
Author: Elle Kennedy

9. The Wives
Author: Tarryn Fisher

10. That Forever Girl
Author: Meghan Quinn

Release Blitz: Nine (TM Frazier)

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Nine: The Tale of Kevin Clearwater, the highly anticipated new standalone from USA Today bestselling author T.M. Frazier is available now!

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Nine lives.

Nine inches.

One chance to make her his.

Preppy’s brother is about to live up to the family legacy in more ways than one.

This is the story of Nine, The Tale of Kevin Clearwater.

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Download your copy today!

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2CWvzF7

AppleBooks: https://apple.co/2HZ2zka

Amazon Worldwide: http://mybook.to/N9NE

Nook: http://bit.ly/2uNFgS6

Kobo: http://bit.ly/2TWFXma

Amazon Paperback: https://amzn.to/2H5IXJN

Add to GoodReads: http://bit.ly/2U1ObOV

About the Author

T.M. (Tracey Marie) Frazier never dreamed that a single person would ever read a word she wrote when she published her first book. Now, she is a five-time USA Today bestselling author and her books have been translated into numerous languages and published all around the world. T.M. enjoys writing what she calls sexy‘wrongside of the tracks romance’ with morally corrupt anti-heroes and ballsy heroines. Her books have been described as raw, dark and gritty. Basically, what that means, is while some authors are great at describing a flower as it blooms, T.M. is better at describing it in the final stages of decay. She loves meeting her readers, but if you see her at an event please don’t pinch her because she’s not ready to wake up from this amazing dream. T.M.Frazier.jpg

Connect with T.M. Frazier

Facebook: http://bit.ly/TMFRAZIERBOOKS

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2JWHAv8

GoodReads: https://amzn.to/2OjmESr

Join Frazierland:http://bit.ly/frazierland

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/t.m.frazier/

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Review: The Other Side (Kim Holden)

The Other Side
Author: Kim Holden
Publication Date: June 5, 2019
Publisher: Do Epic LLC
Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Mental Health, Historical Fiction, Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Denver, Colorado
1987

There are two sides to every story.
The surface reality that’s presented to the world.
And then there’s the other side.
The real one.
The one that matters.

Seventeen-year-old, self-proclaimed asshole, Toby Page, is alone.
No friends.
No family.
He trades maintenance work in exchange for room and board.
Every day he fights demons no one else can see.
Every day he wants to give up.
But he can’t.
Not yet.

When Alice Eliot moves in downstairs, she offers Toby some light in his dark world.
At a crossroads and barely hanging on, it’s hard to have perspective.
It’s difficult to see your own worth when you’re the villain in your story.
Luckily for Toby, Alice brings things out in him that no one else ever has.

As the two sides of Toby’s story are revealed, and the full reality comes into view, truth is gained.
Improbable alliances prove that kindness is fundamentally human.
Unlikely heroes emerge.

The question is, Will it all be enough to save him?


When I have to answer the dreaded “What’s your favorite book?” question, I always respond with Bright Side by Kim Holden. There hasn’t been a book since I read Bright Side that has affected me as much. I’m telling you this for a couple of reasons. One, so you know how brilliant of a writer Kim Holden is. Two, because while The Other Side wasn’t exactly another Bright Side, it just as impactful and even more important.

The Other Side is a story about a young man living with suicidal thoughts. I am not going to go anymore into the plot because it’s one of those books you have to read for yourself. (There are some amazing surprises in store!) What I will say is that I was impressed with the story Kim Holden told and the way it was delivered. It definitely made me think about my daily actions, the people around me, and the people I come in contact with. It’s truly one of those stories that young adults (and adults) need to read. I loved what this book gave to me, and I want it to give even more to others.

Review: Justified (Jay Crownover)

Justified
Series: Loveless, Texas, #1
Author: Jay Crownover
Publication Date: June 25, 2019
Publisher: Forever
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

The New York Times bestselling author of the Marked Men series delivers a romance about a rugged Texas sheriff who must protect the woman who was once his sworn enemy…

Case Lawton comes from a family of criminals. So as the sheriff of Loveless, Texas, he’s determined to do everything by the book–until he’s called to Aspen Barlow’s office after a so-called break-in. The last thing he wants to do is help the woman who cost him custody of his son. But Aspen isn’t the heartless lawyer Case remembers, and he starts to question his long-held grudge…

Aspen is scared for her life, and Case is her last hope for protection. But to get him on her side, she’ll have to reveal the painful truth from all those years ago. Now, as they work together to track down a dangerous criminal, Case and Aspen learn to trust each other. And as the threats escalate, it becomes clear there’s a thin line between love and hate… because there’s nothing Case wouldn’t do to keep her safe.


Justified was one of those solid romantic reads. Aspen and Case were enemies at the start and their dramatic interactions were perfect. I loved how Case hated her while Aspen wished he didn’t. They way their walls came down when they were forced to share space and trust each other was fun to read. Things went quickly between them, but it felt natural with all that was going on.

And there was a ton going on! I’m not normally into romantic suspense, but Justified had just the right kind and amount of it. I was very curious to know who had it out for Aspen and why. I have to admit I was shocked who was behind everything. I didn’t see it coming at all!

One of my favorite things about this book was Case’s relationship with his son, Hayes. It really showed what a great man Case was. I liked how he supported his son when it came to his mother and relationships with girls. I also liked how Aspen fit into that relationship.

Justified was another great romance by Jay Crownover. There wasn’t one thing I didn’t like about it. I truly enjoyed every minute I spent with it. I can’t wait to read what’s next in this series!

Review: The Wedding Party (Jasmine Guillory)

The Wedding Party
Series: The Wedding Date, #3
Author: Jasmine Guillory
Publication Date: July 16, 2019
Publisher: Berkley
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

Maddie and Theo have two things in common:

1. Alexa is their best friend
2. They hate each other

After an “oops, we made a mistake” night together, neither one can stop thinking about the other. With Alexa’s wedding rapidly approaching, Maddie and Theo both share bridal party responsibilities that require more interaction with each other than they’re comfortable with. Underneath the sharp barbs they toss at each other is a simmering attraction that won’t fade. It builds until they find themselves sneaking off together to release some tension when Alexa isn’t looking, agreeing they would end it once the wedding is over. When it’s suddenly pushed up and they only have a few months left of secret rendezvouses, they find themselves regretting that the end is near. Two people this different can’t possibly have a connection other than the purely physical, right?

But as with any engagement with a nemesis, there are unspoken rules that must be abided by. First and foremost, don’t fall in love.


The Wedding Party was one of those books that was a joy to read. It was so much fun. I loved how Maddie and Theo had this previous dislike for each other that resulted in some heated chemistry between them. Their little pact to keep things simple and away from Alexa was entertaining. I loved all the ups and downs that created. I also loved how their personalities fit together and how their relationship evolved. Even their little bit of drama was enjoyable to read.

There were a couple of things I found a little odd about this contemporary romance. It didn’t feel like a true enemies to lovers romance. I think that’s because their time as enemies was in another book. In this one, they were immediately attracted and started hooking up. It also had several kind of “fade to black” sexual encounters. That’s not something that bothers me, but it felt weird in this book because it’s about two people whose relationship is based on hooking up when their best friend isn’t around. It just struck me as odd. I’m also not really complaining about these two things because they didn’t ruin the story. I more thought they were interesting choices for the author.

The Wedding Date was a great summer read. It was a lighthearted romance that would be perfect for the pool or the beach, or just simply read at home.

WWW Wednesday: June 12, 2019

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 Fearless King (Kings of Rittenhouse, #4) and ARCs of Superfan (Brooklyn, #3), The Locker RoomJustified (Loveless, Texas, #1), and The Wedding Party (The Wedding Date, #3).


Currently Reading

I am reading an ARC of In It to Win It (Wynn Hockey, #2)

Reading Next

I’m going to continue my binge with Tragic (Lark Cove, #3).

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

Top Ten Tuesday: Unpopular Bookish Opinions

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:

Unpopular Bookish Opinions

Here are some opinions that might not be so popular with some of you.


1. I like abs on covers.

A lot of people aren’t fans of shirtless men gracing the covers of books. I’m not for them because I want to stare at them while I read. To be honest, I don’t look at covers all that much while reading because I do it on my Kindle. Why I don’t mind them is when I’m looking for a sports romance, I expect them. They kind of steer me in the right direction.

2. I like people and couples on covers.

I think they’re cute.

3. Cartoon-ish Covers Are Being Used Too Much Lately

I know the fad right now in romance is to have cute, cartoon covers. I like them, but I’m starting to feel like they’re getting to be too prevalent. There are books that don’t warrant a cutesy cover getting one. I also don’t like that authors are switching already cool existing covers to cartoon covers now.

4. I’m tired of seeing so many tweets about needing more new adult books.

I don’t want to start anything with this, but there are a TON of new adult books out there. They have been around for years. People are still writing them. They haven’t gone away. Yes, they’re mainly ROMANCE novels. New adult rose as a romance sub-genre. I get that it’s used for genres other than romance, but saying in a tweet that it needs to come back is inaccurate. The sub-genre never left. Maybe there weren’t as many books traditionally published from other genres in recent years, but it didn’t die. Plus, it has always been more popular in indie publishing. Maybe that’s a factor. I don’t know. It just always makes me roll my eyes when I see those tweets.

5. Book Hoarding

You don’t need to own every book out there. I have 6 shelves of books at my house. If my 6 shelves run over, I get rid of books. I sell them or pass them on to others. I don’t get more bookshelves. I only hold on to books that are signed, I’ve loved dearly, or am saving for my daughter to read in a couple of years. Yes, books are pretty and can feel like a status symbol at times. If you’re not going to re-read them or they’re just taking up space, why not share them with someone else?

6. I Don’t Like to Buy Used Books / Physical Library Books

I’m going to blame my dead grandmother for this one. She had a thing against used books. Grandma Faye was born in 1910, and I think they worried about the germs from used books a lot when she was alive. I just don’t like the smell of them. They kind of gross me out. I will read newer library books, though.

Okay, I can’t think of anything else.