Review: Chicks, Man (J.D. Hollyfield)

Chicks, Man
Author: J.D. Hollyfield
Publication Date: April 25, 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Falling in love was the easy part.
Being secretly in love with my brother’s best friend is where it got tricky.
Levi Dent was off-limits. Which was probably for the best, since he barely knew I existed.

Until one night I saw an opportunity I couldn’t resist.

The problem was, I got caught.

She tricked me.
I knew there was something so familiar about her, but I just couldn’t resist.
Hannah Matthews was nothing more than my best friend’s little sister. Except she wasn’t so little anymore.

I need to forget all about her.

If only it were that easy…


I loved Chicks, Man, but I have to admit that it wasn’t what I was expecting. I knew it was going to have a brother’s best friend trope. What I wasn’t expecting was it to turn into an office romance and have a romantic suspense plot woven in. The first wasn’t quite as shocking as the second. Chicks, Man was just a lot more complex than the romantic comedy I was expecting from J.D. Hollyfield. That’s not a bad thing, though. It was actually really entertaining. I loved the humor and chemistry I expected mixed in with a crazy storyline. It was lots of fun!

My favorite thing about Chicks, Man had to be how grown up Hannah and Levi connected. There were so many sweet moments between them. It was also fun to get a look at how frustrating it was for Hannah to grow up in the shadow of her brother and his friends. I loved how she came into her own and told off a couple of people.

So, yeah. Overall, it was a really fun romance. Not quite was I expecting, but still funny and swoon worthy.

WWW Wednesday: May 6, 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 finished up The Theory of Second Best (Cake, #2) and continued a binge read of the series with Fiercely Emma (Cake, #3)Cake: The Newlyweds (Cake, #4), and Rogue Wave (Cake, #5). Then I read Chicks, Man.


Currently Reading

Now, I’m reading an an ARC of Dirty Charmer.

Reading Next

My plan is to read an ARC of The Modern Gentleman next.

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

Top Ten Tuesday: Fictional Friends I Would Invite to My Bookish Party

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:

Fictional Friends I Would Invite to My Bookish Party

1. Lily, Loren, Rose, Connor, Daisy, & Ryke
The Addicted / Calloway Sisters
Authors: Becca & Krista Ritchie

2. Hannah, Garrett, Grace, Logan, Ali, Dean, Sabrina, & Tucker
The Off-Campus Series
Author: Elle Kennedy

3. Jamie, Wes & the gang
Him Series
Authors: Elle Kennedy & Sarina Bowen

4. The Entire Winston Brothers Clan
The Winston Brothers Series
Author: Penny Reid

5. Sam, Mason, Logan, Nate, Heather and the rest of the crew
Fallen Crest High Series
Author: Tijan

6. Mia, Ben, Tessa, Luke, Beth, Reed, Riley, & CJ
Alabama Summer Series
Author: J. Daniels

7. Bristol & Grip
Grip Series
Author: Kennedy Ryan

8. Rowe, Nate, Cass, Tyson, Paige, & Houston
Falling Series
Author: Ginger Scott

9. The Stiletto & Oxford Crews
Sex, Love & Stiletto and Oxford Series
Author: Lauren Layne

10. Frank Sanger
This Adventure Ends
Author: Emma Mills

Book Tag: Mystery Blogger Award

I was tagged by the lovely Jamie @ Bubbly Books for the Mystery Blogger Award. I’ve done this tag before, but it’s been a while so I thought I would go ahead and do it again.

RULES:

  1. Book you’ve read that you could angry rant about for at least five minutes?? (my weird/special Q)
  2. If you could travel anywhere during any point in time where/when would you go?
  3. A book or TV show romance (or just tv show if your not a huge fan of romance!) you can not stop recommending or telling everyone you know about?
  4. Whats your favorite color? (mines pink haha!)
  5. Whats your go to comfort read?

3 FUN FACTS ABOUT ME:

  1. I’m good at Ladder Ball. Or at least I’m better than my friends at it. Maybe it’s the alcohol they drink and I don’t. Maybe it’s just my skill. We’ll never know. 😉
  2. I’m horrible at riding a bicycle. They say “It’s like riding a bicycle.” That does not apply to my bicycle riding skills. I don’t go up or down hills. Just saying.
  3. Growing up, my favorite movie was Girls Just Want to Have Fun. If you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor and watch it. Sarah Jessica Parker, Helen Hunt, Shannon Doherty, Jonathan Silverman, amazing dancing. It’s still a favorite.

JAMIE’S QUESTIONS:

  1. Book you’ve read that you could angry rant about for at least five minutes?? (my weird/special Q)
  2. If you could travel anywhere during any point in time where/when would you go?
  3. A book or TV show romance (or just tv show if your not a huge fan of romance!) you can not stop recommending or telling everyone you know about?
  4. Whats your favorite color? (mines pink haha!)
  5. Whats your go to comfort read?

MY ANSWERS:

  1. I could ugly rant about the After series by Anna Todd for at least 5 minutes. I basically did in my reviews of her books, if you’re curious what I would rant about.
  2. Well, I always prefer the present instead of the past. Although, now I bet we would all like to go back to January and try to lock some stuff down early… But really I would go in the future. Like 4 years so it’s safe to tracel and go somewhere tropical.
  3. I’m all about the romance. What I recommend depends on what type of romance I know people like. If it’s someone new to reading, probably a Colleen Hoover book. If it’s someone who isn’t that into romance, Bright Side by Kim Holden. If it’s someone who loves a steamy romance, Tapping the Billionaire by Max Monroe. Someone who doesn’t like steam, maybe a Mariana Zapata book. I am a never ending vault of romance recommendations.
  4. Favorite color… That’s hard. I like a lot of them. I don’t know that I actually have a favorite. I’m usually into turquoise, pink, purple, and yellow. All depends on the tone.
  5. My to go comfort read… I don’t re-read often. If you went by # of times I’ve re-read, it would be the Fallen Crest High series by Tijan. If you go by what I reach for when I want comfort, it’s a rom-com in general.

MY QUESTIONS FOR YOU:

I’m lame and not going to tag anyone in particular. I know, I suck. BUT if you’ve never been tagged for this award before or just want to do it again, consider yourself tagged and answer these questions. Tag me back with your answers!

  1. Are you going to read the upcoming Twilight book, Midnight Sun? If yes, do you think you will still be Team Edward after? If you were Team Jacob, do you think you will swap sides?
  2. Do you want to read the new Hunger Games prequel or does the whole idea of it being about President Snow rub you the wrong way?
  3. If you could choose any fictional character to go to a party with, who would it be and why?
  4. If you had to get a book quote tattooed on your body, what would it say and where would you put it?
  5. What’s the best thing you can cook or bake?

Review: Cake Series (J. Bengtsson)

Today, I’m sharing with you my latest binge read review of the Cake series. It’s a series that features the McKallister family.

Cake, Book #1 – ★ ★ ★ ★

The Cake series starts out with Jake McKallister. He’s a famous rockstar with an infamous past. As a child, he was abducted by a serial killer and managed to live. Now, he’s touring the world singing to fans. Jake never thought he would meet someone he would be willing to let get close to him, but waitress and student Casey Caldwell manages to do just that with her witty humor. Their relationship is a wild ride of the highest ups and the lowest downs. I really loved Jake and Casey. Their relationship was so cute and their banter was spot on.

There were only a couple of things that I wasn’t a big fan of in this book. One, Casey was a self-reliant and independent woman. She lost a little of that at a couple of points in this book and it surprised me. Anything for love, I guess? The other thing was the jump to the Epilogue. I wanted a little more of the in between. I didn’t quite get the jump until almost all the way through the second book. Overall, it was a GREAT new adult romance.

The Theory of Second Best, Book #2 – ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Jake’s younger brother and sidekick, Kyle, is next up to find love. Kyle is a “Logan Kade” type of character. He’s always making everyone laugh. He’s the upbeat guy who is hiding some hurt on the inside. In order to break out of the shadow of his rockstar brother, Kyle goes on reality TV show called Marooned. Think Survivor.

I didn’t think I would like the whole island reality TV setting, but I totally did. Somehow the author managed to keep the story moving in this setting better than I thought she would be able to. I fell in love with (almost) all the characters in the competition. I especially loved the bromance between Kyle and Dale.

I can’t leave out how super cute was the romance between Kyle and Kenzie. They might have just been friends for most the book, but their connection shined. This whole TV show situation really worked out for their characters and love story.

Oh! I also loved how those moments from Cake were filled in. I loved how Kyle really grew up from everything he had been through from the reality TV show to what went down with Jake. That time period showing up also made me very curious about Emma’s book, so I had to jump right into it.

Fiercely Emma, Book #3 – ★ ★ ★ ½

I had a harder time with this book than the first two in the series. I’m going to blame that on ice cold Emma. I understood why she put off the vibes she did and treated people the way she did, but it still wasn’t fun to read. Thank goodness for Finn and his lightness. Without him, this book would have been just miserable. I loved the lightness he brought out in Emma and the hope he gave her. He’s one of my new favorite male love interests I’ve read in a while.

One of the things Fiercely Emma had more than the first two books was flashbacks. While I don’t normally like them in books and was originally not loving them in this one, I ended up appreciating them because so much about the past with Jake and the family’s situation during the time of and after his abduction was brought to life. It made understanding all the dynamics easier.

The Newlyweds, Book #4 – ★ ★ ★ ★

I’m always hesitant to go back to a couple I love when they’re being thrown into more turmoil by the author. I don’t want their shiny, happy end ruined. That first chapter really made me wonder if I wanted to know what was going on. Luckily, things went back in time and played out chronologically. I ended up really enjoying this book because it brought Casey and Jake together in a way they hadn’t been before, while also giving us some answers about Jake’s past.

Rogue Wave, Book #5 – ★ ★ ★

Keith and Sam… I’ve loved these two throughout the entire series. I don’t know that they needed a full length novel, though. I would have been okay with a cute novella for them. Or maybe just a full length novel set entirely in the present. I already had a lot of Keith’s drug history from the previous books. I would have been okay with skipping those moments and just focusing on how they met and their current situation. I would have liked more time with them together and not so much of them apart. Not enough time was spent on that. There was a cute epilogue, but it was just a quick look at where everyone was.

Overall thoughts on the Cake series:

As a whole, this series was really good. I loved how the horror of Jake’s abduction and his celebrity was woven into each family member’s book because of the affect it had on them personally. I also loved each romance. Some books were better than others, but all were good. Cake is definitely worth a series binge.

Review: Beach Read (Emily Henry)

Beach Read
Author: Emily Henry
Publication Date: May 19, 2020
Publisher: Berkley
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

A romance writer who no longer believes in love and a literary writer stuck in a rut engage in a summer-long challenge that may just upend everything they believe about happily ever afters.

Augustus Everett is an acclaimed author of literary fiction. January Andrews writes bestselling romance. When she pens a happily ever after, he kills off his entire cast.

They’re polar opposites.

In fact, the only thing they have in common is that for the next three months, they’re living in neighboring beach houses, broke, and bogged down with writer’s block.

Until, one hazy evening, one thing leads to another and they strike a deal designed to force them out of their creative ruts: Augustus will spend the summer writing something happy, and January will pen the next Great American Novel. She’ll take him on field trips worthy of any rom-com montage, and he’ll take her to interview surviving members of a backwoods death cult (obviously). Everyone will finish a book and no one will fall in love. Really.


Okay. I am going to apologize, but this review is going to start out with a bit of a rant. Beach Read is a classic example of why the illustrated cover trend needs to go. When I look at this cover, I think cute and happy romance. Then, I read the blurb and it confirms cute and adds funny to the happy romance. I seriously thought I was going to be reading a rom-com. People, I have not been this bamboozled by a cover and blurb since Meet Cute by Helena Hunting. The marketing for Beach Read is ALL wrong. This story does have a romance and there are some funny moments, but this is NOT a rom-com. It’s women’s fiction. Beach Read is an emotional journey filled with ups and downs. Plus, the cover and title don’t even fit the book. There’s not really much beach or a beach read involved. I struggled the first 15% of this book because I was expecting a rom-com. I was in the mood for a rom-com. I seriously debated DNFing. I had to put the book down for a day and come back to it with adjusted expectations. That’s the only thing that saved it for me. If this book hadn’t had such a sunny cover and a blurb that sounded more fun than emotional journey, I don’t think this all would have been an issue.

Okay, end rant. Let’s move on to the actual story. Emily Henry is a talented writer. She takes the characters (and reader) through some pretty heavy stuff while managing to add in some funny and romantic moments. This kind of gave the story a feel of being out on a lake — up and down with the waves of happiness and sadness. I really enjoyed the mix of emotional journey, mystery, romance, and familial relationships this book tackled.

January was a mess of a character. I understand why she had to be this way, but I kept thinking she felt more like a teenager than someone close to thirty. The way she avoided what needed to be dealt with was both annoying and understandable. I liked how she grew over the course of the book.

Gus was a lot of a mystery because we don’t get his perspective. It didn’t do him justice not to have his POV. It made him come off as a bad guy more than once. That being said, I loved it when he and January were in a groove together. They were a great couple who totally clicked.

So, yeah. I ended up enjoying Beach Read way more than I expected while I was in that first 15%. I enjoyed the journey it took me on and felt its impact at the end. Fans of the women’s fiction genre are going to like what this book has to give.

Review: Fallen Crest Campout (Tijan)

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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)

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by 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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