See You Next Year

Monday, December 2, 2019


London Celebrities by Lucy Parker Character Quiz

Thursday, November 21, 2019



The Rebel King by Kennedy Ryan

Monday, November 18, 2019

THE REBEL KING

by Kennedy Ryan
Series: All the King's Men Duet #2
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: November 17th 2019
Source: Bought
Star Quotient: ★★★★1/2
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷1/2

CW (highlight to see): Violent deaths, Assault, Torture

After the absolutely brutal cliffhanger ending of the first book, The Kingmaker, I couldn't wait to get this book into my eyeballs as soon as it released. In fact, the day it was set to release (which was yesterday), I couldn't sleep because this book kept haunting me. So I did what any bookworm would do and started reading it at 3.30 am and read it in one-sitting. Kennedy Ryan ran me over with an emotional train with this book. It was not easy on my poor little heart, but man did I devour every minute of it.

Getting Personal (2): Travel Bucket List

Thursday, November 14, 2019



Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

Monday, November 11, 2019

GET A LIFE, CHLOE BROWN

by Talia Hibbert
Series: The Brown Sisters #1
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: November 5th 2019
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷✷

YES! Another soft and sweet and pure book from one of my favorite authors, Talia Hibbert. I'm thrilled that with Get a Life, Chloe Brown, she has the chance to share her undeniable talent with a wider audience. If you're new to her writing, this is the perfect book for you all.

The Bookseller And The Earl by Callie Hutton & Everything's Better With Kimberly by Lucy Eden

Thursday, November 7, 2019



The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

Monday, November 4, 2019

THE BROMANCE BOOK CLUB

by Lyssa Kay Adams
Series: Bromance Book Club #1
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Berkley Romance
Publication Date: November 5th 2019
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★1/2
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷1/2

I haven't had this much fun with a book in a very long time! The Bromance Book Club is the sort of book that has you laughing your butt off, but also trying to gather yourself after you've crumbled into a puddle because of all the swooning. Lyssa Kay Adams' debut novel was one of my most anticipated romance debuts of the year and she leaves no stone unturned with this amazing story!

What Has Nick Been Watching (2)

Wednesday, October 30, 2019



The Kingmaker by Kennedy Ryan

Monday, October 28, 2019

THE KINGMAKER

by Kennedy Ryan
Series: All the King's Men Duet #1
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: October 7th 2019
Source: Bought
Star Quotient: ★★★★1/2
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷1/2

First of all Ms. Kennedy Ryan, how dare you! Second of all, HOW DARE YOU?! Oh my goodness!!! I have been really pumped for The Kingmaker and the All the King's Men Duet since the cover and summary were revealed. I've read a couple of books by Kennedy Ryan and I knew I was in for an emotional treat with this duet too. The minute the book released, I picked it up and then finished it in like half a day, which is almost UNHEARD of for me these days. This book completely wrecked my emotions and after I finished, I spent a solid half an hour in bed staring at the ceiling wondering how the heck I was going to wait THREE WHOLE WEEKS for the sequel, because HOT DAMN, was this good and I NEEDED MORE!!

Getting Personal (1): That Bitch, Impostor Syndrome

Wednesday, October 23, 2019



The Play by Elle Kennedy & Lush Money by Angelina M. Lopez

Monday, October 21, 2019

THE PLAY

by Elle Kennedy
Series: Briar U #3
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, NA
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: October 7th 2019
Source: Bought
Star Quotient: ★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷

... And I'm out, folks! What a disastrous wreck this was! I've loved Elle Kennedy's the Off-Campus series, but this spin-off is just not as enjoyable. I wasn't planning on picking up The Play but then the reviews rolled in and I decided, what the heck, I'd give the book a try too. I had to see what all the fuss was all about. Well, that was a colossal mistake.

Waiting on Wednesday (11): The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon

Wednesday, October 16, 2019


Sapphire Flames by Ilona Andrews

Monday, October 14, 2019

SAPPHIRE FLAMES

by Ilona Andrews
Series: Hidden Legacies #4
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: August 27th 2019
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷

I've been sitting on this review since May. I wasn't quite sure how to put my thoughts into words. I am a big fan of this series. There's so much going on with these books and the characters are some of my all-time favorites. This fourth installment, and first full-length spinoff story featuring Catalina, was an equally fun addition to this excellent series.

The Weekly Recap (56): Time's Flying!

Sunday, October 13, 2019



Waiting on Wednesday (10): The Trouble With Hating You by Sajni Patel & The Marriage Game by Sara Desai

Wednesday, October 9, 2019


Island Fling with the Tycoon by Therese Beharrie

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

ISLAND FLING WITH THE TYCOON

by Therese Beharrie
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Harlequin Romance
Publication Date: September 1st 2019
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷

A Greek setting and Therese Beharrie? I was so in! Everyone already knows how much I adore this author and her angsty (in a very good way) stories. I was quick to dive into the book (and very late to review it as usual).

The Weekly Recap (55): A Short Trip To Seattle

Monday, October 7, 2019



Faker by Sarah Smith

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

FAKER

by Sarah Smith
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Berkley Romance
Publication Date: October 8th 2019
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷

If books received awards like at the MTV Movie Awards, Faker would be awarded the title of "Hottest Kisses". Does that entice you enough? No? How about an enemies-to-lovers office romance? Yes, you read that right! Faker has two of my favorite tropes and Sarah Smith's spin on them were fantastic. I had a lot of fun reading this one and I think others will too.

Top Ten Tuesday (12): Numbers In Book Titles

Tuesday, October 1, 2019



The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett

Monday, September 30, 2019

THE LADY ROGUE

by Jenn Bennett
Genres: Historical, Romance, YA
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: September 3rd 2019
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷

I've been a fan of Jenn Bennett's books for a long time now and she still somehow manages to impress me with every release. With The Lady Rogue, she takes a different path, writing an adventurous historical with a teeny bit of magic. If you enjoy adventures with sassy leads, The Lady Rogue will be just the book for you.

The Weekly Recap (54): Re-reading My Favorite Author

Sunday, September 29, 2019



Top Ten Tuesday (11): Fall Mystery TBR

Tuesday, September 24, 2019



Love on Lexington Avenue by Lauren Layne

Monday, September 23, 2019

LOVE ON LEXINGTON AVENUE

by Lauren Layne
Series: Central Park Pact #2
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Gallery
Publication Date: September 3rd 2019
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷

The Central Park Pact series is not my favorite series from Lauren Layne, mainly because I don't feel like they are as romance-driven as her other books, but it's still a series that I'm finding myself enjoying. There's just something about her writing that lures me in with her signature charm and wit. As far as a second book in a series goes, Love on Lexington Avenue, which can be read as a standalone, is a superior romance than Passion on Park Avenue. That's probably because it has my favorite kind hero: a grumpy hero! ;)

The Weekly Recap (53): Traveling Back To School

Sunday, September 22, 2019



Nick Recommends (2) : Single Parents In Romance Novels

Thursday, September 12, 2019



Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

BRINGING DOWN THE DUKE

by Evie Dunmore
Series: A League of Extraordinary Women #1
Genres: Historical, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Berkley Publishing
Publication Date: September 3rd 2019
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷

It's no secret that I love historical romances, but frankly, I can be quite picky about them. I've been eager to read Bringing Down the Duke ever since I heard that the book was centered around the British suffrage movement. I was undeniably hyped diving into this book and I'm pleased to conclude that Evie Dunmore delivered on a clever and swoon-worthy romantic debut that is sure to charm all readers of this genre.

Top Ten Tuesday (10): Books On My TBR I've Been Avoiding

Tuesday, September 10, 2019



Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

Monday, September 9, 2019

SERPENT & DOVE

by Shelby Mahurin
Series: Serpent & Dove #1
Genres: Historical, Paranormal, Romance, New Adult
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: September 3rd 2019
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★1/2
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷

Oh, this was mind-blowing, friends! I picked up Serpent & Dove when, out of the blue, I felt an intense craving for a YA paranormal/fantasy book. This book could not have fallen under my radar at a better time. It was everything I was hoping it would be, and far more. Serpent & Dove is a sexy page-turner that left me feeling breathless for more.

The Weekly Recap (52): Busy As A Bee, But My Dad Is Back!

Sunday, September 8, 2019



Well Met by Jen DeLuca

Thursday, September 5, 2019

WELL MET

by Jen DeLuca
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Berkley Romance
Publication Date: September 3rd 2019
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷

Adorable does not even begin to describe this book! I first heard about it from Brighton Walsh. When I found out about the Renaissance faire setting and it had a hate-to-love romance, I knew in my soul that Well Met and I would get along swimmingly. I've read the book twice since I first picked it up in May and I have to say, my second experience with the book was even better than the first. Well Met was just the loveliest and sweetest romance novel that is sure to leave readers with a smile on their faces.

Waiting on Wednesday (9): To Have And To Hoax by Martha Waters

Wednesday, September 4, 2019


The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

THE DOWNSTAIRS GIRL

by Stacey Lee
Genres: Historical, YA
Publisher: Penguin Teen
Publication Date: August 13th 2019
Source: Bought
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷

Stacey Lee is one of those authors who crafts simple stories that manage to be poignant and evocative. As a huge fan of Stacey Lee's backlist, I have been eagerly anticipating the release of The Downstairs Girl. It was another excellent book from this author that managed to be fresh, interesting, and entertaining.

Dalliances & Devotion by Felicia Grossman

Monday, September 2, 2019

DALLIANCES & DEVOTION

by Felicia Grossman
Series: The Truitts #2
Genres: Historical, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication Date: August 26th 2019
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷

After just two books Felicia Grossman has installed herself in my list of my favorite authors. Her sophomore novel, Dalliances & Devotion, is yet another wonderful story about one clever and endearing heroine. I loved this book!

The Weekly Recap (51): When Mom Makes Fun Of My Cooking & GBBO Is Back!

Sunday, September 1, 2019



Stealing Home by Becky Wallace

Thursday, August 29, 2019

STEALING HOME

by Becky Wallace
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, YA
Publisher: Page Street Kids
Publication Date: July 9th 2019
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷

A couple of my blogging friends loved Stealing Home, and I had previously enjoyed Becky Wallace's fantasy duology, so I thought this book would be a perfect fit for me. It also is a sports romance and everyone knows that even though I am the least sporty person you'll probably ever meet, I devour any book with sports at the center. Stealing Home was exactly what I was hoping it would be: a cozy, fun, and fluffy read with a lot of depth to it!

Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

SPIN THE DAWN

by Elizabeth Lim
Series: The Blood of Stars #1
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, YA
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: July 9th 2019
Source: Bought
Star Quotient: ★★★★1/2
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷

What a creative and captivating tale Spin the Dawn was! I have to thank Heidi for putting this book on my radar with her very convincing review. I took my sweet time reading this book, but it was because I truly wanted to savor every word of the story. I haven't read a YA fantasy novel this enjoyable in a very long time.

How I Cut Back On My TBR

Tuesday, August 27, 2019



The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare

Monday, August 26, 2019

THE WALLFLOWER WAGER

by Tessa Dare
Series: Girl Meets Duke #3
Genres: Historical, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: August 13th 2019
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★1/2
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷1/2

Tessa Dare and her books always deliver on stories that leave me in a warm and fuzzy cocoon. It's no wonder that she is one of my favorite authors with how much she makes me laugh and swoon. You can't ask for more from a book. The Wallflower Wager is another success for this talented author. I loved every minute it and I've already re-read it twice.

The Weekly Recap (50): A Mentally-Draining Week

Sunday, August 25, 2019



I've Been Feeling Down About Reading & Blogging: A Word Vomit Session

Thursday, August 22, 2019



The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory & Husband Material by Emily Belden

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

THE WEDDING PARTY

by Jasmine Guillory
Series: The Wedding Date #3
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Berkley Romance
Publication Date: July 16th 2019
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷

I was looking forward to reading The Wedding Party since I enjoy Jasmine Guillory's writing style. However, I was let down by the book. I managed to finish it, but it was mostly out of frustration, if that makes any sense. If you've read The Wedding Date or The Proposal, you've read The Wedding Party. Guillory offers nothing new in terms of tropes and content. Here again, we have a relationship that begins as a casual no-strings attached relationship between Theo and Maddie, just as the first two books. Personally, it's not one of my favorite tropes, so perhaps that's why I was so over it in this one. Speaking of tropes, I thought The Wedding Party was supposed to be an enemies-to-lovers story, but I would not call it that. Sure the two of them disliked each other initially, but there weren't any strong enemies-to-lovers vibes. It was sorely lacking in that intensity and chemistry. I generally had a hard time feeling anything for Maddie and Theo's relationship. I did not think they shared any chemistry and I found their relationship rather bland. All they do is have sex and eat pizza (seriously, so much freaking pizza it's actually repulsive). There was no build up to an emotional connection which made it very hard to care for this relationship. I don't think I liked the characters all that much either, if I'm being honest. I found Maddie to be quick to judge at times, and Theo was rather flat. It's a shame because I think these characters had potential, but they weren't for me. What I did enjoy The Wedding Party was the friendship between Maddie and Alexa. It was actually so good that I almost wish the book focused on their friendship instead of the lackluster romance. Ultimately, The Wedding Party was a bit of a disappointment. I unfortunately think Guillory's romances are too surface-level for me so I'm unlikely to pick up more books from her in the future.


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HUSBAND MATERIAL

by Emily Belden
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher:  Harlequin
Publication Date: December 30th 2019
Source: ARC Received for Review
Star Quotient: DNF

The premise of Husband Material sounded pure bonkers and soap-opera level drama, so of course I was intrigued by it. I mean a book that's about a woman whose ex-husband's ashes show up out of the blue at her door step and secrets being revealed in the process? I was so down for it! Unfortunately, this book was quite lackluster. It had all the ingredients for a good romance novel, but the execution felt flat for me. I think a major reason why I didn't click as much as I would have liked for Husband Material was my boredom towards the main character, Charlotte. I'm not sure what it was, but I felt like she was rather one-dimensional, as were the other characters in the book, including the potential love interest. As a result, I just did not care enough about this story to want to progress with it. I also could not care less for Charlotte's evil ex-mother-in-law, who seemed to be out to get Charlotte for some reason. I believe I got about halfway through this one before I decided to call it quits. It's sad, but Husband Material was just not my cup of tea. Others, however, might have better luck with it.

What are some disappointing books you've read this year?
Let me know in the comments below!



Top Ten Tuesday (9): Favorite Tropes

Tuesday, August 20, 2019



Once Upon A Bad Boy by Melonie Johnson

Monday, August 19, 2019

ONCE UPON A BAD BOY

by Melonie Johnson
Series: Sometimes in Love #3
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: June 25th 2019
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷

Sometimes an unexpected book comes along that has you dropping all of your duties to read. Once Upon a Bad Boy was one of those books for me. I knew it was going to be enjoyable having read the first two books in the Sometimes in Love series, but I didn't realize just how consumed I would be with this story.

The Weekly Recap (49): A Good Reading Week

Sunday, August 18, 2019



Nick Recommends (1) : Fake Relationships

Thursday, August 15, 2019



I Loved These Grumpy Babies: One Day to Fall by Therese Beharrie

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

ONE DAY TO FALL

by Therese Beharrie
Series: One Day to Forever #2
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication Date: August 12th 2019
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★1/2
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷1/2
Amazon - The Book Depository

One Day to Fall was another incredible and emotionally-satisfying love story from one of my favorite authors. I always seem to say this about Therese Beharrie's books, but damn can this woman get me attached to the characters and their one-day romances so fast. You can't even tell that One Day to Fall takes place in one day because there is so much going on in terms of events and character growths. Truly, this was an exceptional book and I'm going to want all of you to pick it up.

Top Ten Tuesday (8) : Book Best Friends

Tuesday, August 13, 2019



The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai

Monday, August 12, 2019

THE RIGHT SWIPE

by Alisha Rai
Series: Modern Love #1
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: August 6th 2019
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷

Alisha Rai's The Forbidden Hearts series is one of my all-time favorite series. It's the perfect blend of angsty, sexy, and touching romance. I was excited to read The Right Swipe and I will say that I went in expecting something similar in tone to The Forbidden Hearts books as it's a spin-off. However, the cover should have clued me in. That's not to say I didn't enjoy The Right Swipe. I did. A lot. But I feel like I should warn fans of Rai not to expect anything close to The Forbidden Hearts series.

I will come out right away and say it: The Right Swipe has a romantic thread and a HEA, but the romance was not at the forefront. This is a book that tackles a lot of social issues and has lots of commentary, so if that's not your jam, you might not like this book as much as I did. I enjoyed it because I'm not opposed to the idea and I love when a book forces me to think. The lead heroine, Rhiannon, is a ruthless business-savvy young woman who was not afraid to go after what she wanted. Her current goal: a rival dating app that she wants to merge with her own company. I've read several reviews from readers that seemed to dislike Rhiannon and her tough exterior. I understand where they were coming from, but I had no such trouble with this heroine. She was certainly tough as balls and very much closed off emotionally, for reasons that, for me, were understandable. I enjoyed her drive and ambition and found myself easily rooting for her success. She faced a lot of obstacles in her career thanks to gross men because she was a woman and a woman of color at that. Her handling of everything that came her way was so inspiring. You just want to cheer for her wholeheartedly! We see a lot of emotional growth from Rhiannon throughout The Right Swipe and her working through her issues on her own was very satisfying for this reader.

Samson was a character that I was ready to be mad at because after he and Rhiannon shared a passionate night after meeting through a dating-app, he ghosted her. We find out soon enough that Samson had a legitimate reason for his actions, so I was very quick to get over my annoyance towards him. He was such a sweetheart of a hero. I loved him so so much. He was this big rugged football player, but was one gentle bear on the inside. He was patient, loving, and respectful of everyone around him, especially Rhiannon. With how much he had gone through including a career-ending injury and his father and uncle's deaths, he had so much sunshine and positivity to him. He obviously had a lot to work through too and as with Rhiannon's arc, it was very rewarding to watch him process everything on his path to his HEA. I found it very insightful that Alisha Rai highlighted the impact of CTE on players and the people around them. It was food for thought and I liked that it got me researching more on the condition. With all that the book tackled and Rhi's hesitancy towards love, the romance did take a backseat here. The scenes that Rhiannon and Samson did share were very emotionally fulfilling and full of chemistry. I enjoyed watching Samson shower her with love and all sorts of yummy food. He was very thoughtful! Fair warning though that it did take some time for Rhiannon's shell to crack and to let him in.

All in all, The Right Swipe was very captivating. It may not have been the usual steamy romance-driven book I've come to expect from Alisha Rai, but it was incredible in its own way. I didn't get a chance to speak about the secondary characters in this book, but let me just wrap up this review by saying just how much I am looking forward to the next two books. They are going to be great!

Have you read any latest romance novels that tackle more than just the romance?
Let me know in the comments below!