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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Review: Addicted to You

Addicted to You Addicted to You by Krista Ritchie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I'm still wrapping my head around the way this book made me feel. I read it at the recommendation of a friend and now I need the entire series. No joke. I want the whole thing. I need to see what happens next and how this plays out. I want more of Lo and Lil, I want more of Ryke and Connor.

If you know nothing about this book, it's a story of addiction. Lo is addicted to alcohol. Lily is addicted to sex. They are codependent. They physically need one another, but not in the ways you would think.

The writing is perfect. The love is real. The dependency is something that hits so close to home--not because I'm an addict, but because I am the daughter of one--and the struggle is one I have witnessed.

When they hit rock bottom will they be able to survive it?


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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Review: Shimmy Bang Sparkle

Shimmy Bang Sparkle Shimmy Bang Sparkle by Nicola Rendell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the type of book you can't put down! I was hooked from page one. Nick's internal debate as he watches Stella through the window? The moment he decides he can't just walk away.The moment they play roles they never intended to play.

I LOVED this book. I loved the dynamic between the characters--and not just our main characters, but all of them. The loyalty, the love, the heat? It's all there.

Nicola Rendell paints the scene--EVERY scene--perfectly. I felt like I was along for the ride.
At the jewelry store? Check.
On the bike? Check.
Out to dinner? Check.
Skating rink? Check.
Pony Up? Check.
The imagery is spot on and I like nothing more than to feel like I'm living the story.

If you want an un-put-down-able book, grab Shimmy Bang Sparkle! You'll laugh, you'll love, and you'll never want to leave!

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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Review: Trick Play

Trick Play Trick Play by Max Monroe
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Those Mavericks sure know how to fall in love.
Each man has been his very own brand of sweet.

And Cam Mitchell is no exception. I just love him. I loved him from the beginning, but seeing him fall for Trixie is something special.

Have you met the New York Mavericks yet? You know you want to.



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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Review: Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies about Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be

Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies about Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies about Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be by Rachel Hollis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I grabbed this audio after seeing Rachel Hollis at an author panel in Denver (#BookBonanza18 y'all).

Anyway, she was captivating. She was compelling. She spoke a truth I could relate to and understand on so many levels. I left that panel book signing thinking about her words and the power she held. I left that weekend feeling like I needed to hear more of what this influential woman had to say.

But I'm cheap by nature so as much as I'd like to say I ran out and grabbed this book, one-clicked the kindle version, or downloaded the audio, I did not. I stewed on it for two weeks.

TWO. WEEKS.

Why I all of a sudden had a bout of willpower is beyond me, but I waffled. Is it worth the money? Can I find it cheaper elsewhere? Should I use that credit? What if it's the worst thing I've ever heard?

You know what? I run that risk every single time I buy something I've never heard or read or experienced before. It's ALWAYS a risk. So why did I hesitate? Well, what if she said something that made sense? What if her words were powerful enough to make me want to do something more? What if she--gasp!--motivated me to do better for myself?

Which I believe is the point. This is supposed to motivate, I'm supposed to want to do more. And, well, her words were powerful. No, they are powerful. And I can relate to 95% of what she has to say.

So, here I am, at the end of this audio, trying to sum up how I feel. And you know what? I feel like I deserve more and I deserve better. But I'm not going to do more or get better if I don't put myself out there, if I don't put in the work today.

My plan. Write down those goals. Apparently visuals and mantras and the like will keep those goals in the forefront of my mind. Put in place some actions that will help me achieve those goals. Yep. I'm gonna do more and see what happens. Because I have big dreams and big plans and I can't make those happen by staying the same.



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Monday, August 13, 2018

Review: Bayside Heat

Bayside Heat Bayside Heat by Melissa Foster
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Melissa Foster continues to WOW me with her words. She paints a picture so real that I feel like I'm hanging out on the Cape or in P-Town right alongside the characters. And then Serena and Drake? Just. Yes. These two are all the things.

Friends-to-Lovers. I can't say enough about this trope. But at the same time, I tend to like all tropes. This trope though, this one always gives me hope that friends can become more. It's the ultimate teenage fantasy, right?

And in this case, Serena and Drake have wanted each other for more years than either cares to admit. But when they finally come together?! BOOM. The title is no joke, guys. Bayside Heat brings the HEAT.

I hate to admit that I have not read the other books in this series. I don't know how that keeps happening, but somehow I always grab a Melissa Foster book from somewhere in the middle of the set. However, I never felt lost or confused or like I didn't know the characters. In fact, it made me want to read the books that feature those couples.

I don't have that kind of time, but I am going to pencil it in for later this year. Just wait. Once I hit that reading goal, I'm going full-on free for all in the book department.

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Review: Only You

Only You Only You by Melanie Harlow
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh, hold my feels for a minute. This book is just the sweetest, most fun, friends-to-lovers ever!
One kiss just to see what it was like.

I love a good friends-to-lovers romance and I got just what I wanted out of Only You by Melanie Harlow.
One kiss to satisfy the craving.

Nate is the sexy man next door. He's the white knight when Emme needs one. He's the ultimate playboy, content to never settle.
"Hell yes, you should go."

Emme is the girl next door. She's the hot mess that's in constant need of saving from the craziest of things. She's the relationship girl.
"But I want you to stay."

But what would happen if that playboy's game was interrupted by something so unexpected that he became the one who needed saving?
"Tell me what to do."

What would happen if Emme and Nate shared a kiss so explosive they could have never prepared themselves for what would happen next?
"Come here."

Fireworks. Sparks. Desire. Lust. Feelings.
One kiss. And then we would stop.

Trust. Friendship. Heartache. Lies.
Needless to say, that's not how it went down.


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Finished 8/10/2018

Loved it just as much the second time around. Nate is all swoony. Emme is super sweet. Love them!

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Review: Undisputed

Undisputed Undisputed by Aaron L. Speer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This isn't my first trip into the Speerverse, but it is the first time I've visited one of his full-length books. I blame the fact the others are paranormal and that's a touch out of my genre, but whatever. That doesn't change the fact that Aaron Speer knows how to put the words to the page. He knows how to drag you into his world and keep you there for the entire ride.

Owen Gasnier is *the* fighter. And he's in town.
Tegan has never heard of him. And then she finds herself at his fight.

These two cross paths and when their worlds collide, sparks fly. Lightning crashes, thunder rolls, whatever you want to say, these two have it. And you can feel it coming off the pages.

What am I most excited about? Well, this isn't a solo shot kind of book. It's the first in a series and I can NOT wait to see what else Mr. Speer has in store for us.

Excellent jaunt into the fighter universe. I love this story!

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Review: Fox

Fox Fox by Max Monroe
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The final book in the Stone Cold Fox trilogy answers all your questions, eases your fears, and lets you see just what Levi will do to protect those he loves.

I don't want to go into detail because it would be super spoilery. And no one likes spoilers.

But if you've read the first two books, you WANT and HAVE to read this one. It'll tie up your loose ends, it'll set your heart at ease, and it'll make you fall in love all over again.

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Monday, August 6, 2018

Review: The Good Luck Charm

The Good Luck Charm The Good Luck Charm by Helena Hunting
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If there’s something Helena Hunting does perfectly it’s the fun and light romance. This may be hockey and it may be romance, but this is completely different than what you’re used to with the Pucked series. Think less rom-com and more sweet romance.

Ethan Kase is back in town and he hasn’t seen or spoken to Delilah in eight years. But an unfortunate event has them thrown together whether they want to be together or not.

Delilah is keeping her distance and protecting her heart. Ethan has broken her before and she refuses to let him do it again.

But what’s a second-chance romance without a little romance and a lot of sex? Ethan will do whatever it takes to keep Lilah. He knows what life is like without her and he doesn’t want to experience that ever again.

Join Ethan and Lilah as they navigate the waters of true love and soulmates, family drama, and rekindling a romance that should have never ended.

Ethan is sweet, funny, and sexy and he’s back home to win the Cup and win the girl.


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Saturday, August 4, 2018

Review: Bedfellows

Bedfellows Bedfellows by Lola Leighton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Yep. If an MMF can be sweet and loving, this is the one. Sullivan, WIll, and Adrian are an unlikely trio, but they work. They're sweet, loving, caring, and totally hot together.

This is a feel good romance. There isn't much conflict and the steamy scenes are steamy. It's one of those you read (or listen to) when you want to enjoy a book. No angst, minimal conflict, steamy sexytimes.

And there's MM action. And MFM action. It's a good time.

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