Review: Dear Jane by Kendall Ryan

Dear Jane

Dear Jane by Kendall Ryan

3 Stars

This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased, honest opinion.

This story is about high school sweethearts who drifted apart only to be back in each other’s lives ten years later. Jane works for a professional football team as an assistant manager. Her father also happens to be the head coach for the same team, the Hawks. Football is very important to this family and they all care deeply for the sport. Jane’s ex, Weston Chase, was her first and only long term boyfriend. Weston is joining the Hawks as their new quarterback. Things didn’t exact end well for these two so it’s quite awkward to be back in each other’s lives after such a long time.

On a positive note, I really like the characters and the plot. I love sports romances, especially football ones so that didn’t disappoint me. What did disappoint me was how we were hyped from the get go about this major resentment and hard feelings the main characters had towards each other…only for their issues to resolve in mere seconds. Everything felt too easily fixed. One quick apology and ten years of hatred merely disappears within seconds. It was just a little too fast for my tastes.

Jane was a great character but had some flaws to her. She was able to feel things so intensely but she easily forgave within a moment’s notice. It’s like she had an on and off switch for her emotions. I don’t know about you, but if I held onto something for ten years, it would be really hard to just move on because of one conversation. Weston was also quite fickle with his feelings and emotions. He would constantly battle himself over whether or not he should be with Jane. It was really hard to see him constantly toying with Jane’s emotions.

The side character Alex really stole the show for me. I kept wanting him to pop back up in the story just to learn more about him. His friendship with Jane was the sweetest. At several points throughout the story, I was rooting for those two to get together.

In the end, I’m happy with how the book wrapped up. It was a good story overall but I just didn’t love it like I did this author’s other stories.

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Poll: Pick a read for me

I had several book series that I wanted to wrap up this year. With ARCs and other things going on, I haven’t really accomplished that. I have a few months left in 2018 so I wanted to get at least one more series wrapped up. That’s where you come in. I need your help in voting for a book you want me to read before the end of 2018. I’ve chosen 4 books for you to vote on. The poll closes in one week. Let the voting commence!!!!

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Review: Fight or Flight by Samantha Young

Fight or Flight

Fight or Flight by Samantha Young

2 Stars

This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased, honest opinion.

This book just wasn’t for me. I didn’t care for the main guy Caleb whatsoever. I get he had his own baggage but still. He always threw such low blows! He wanted to cut you down and drive you away at whatever cost to protect himself. I felt it was his way or the highway. Caleb wanted a benefits only relationship without any sort of emotional attachment. Ava, the other main character, thought that was something she wanted as well. But, of course, feelings developed as the story continued. I honestly didn’t feel the chemistry between these two. I felt it was literally just a way to fix a sexual need for them and that’s it.

Another thing that bugged me was there was always some new drama or some jaw dropping event/back story around every corner. It began to feel like too much just for dramatic flare. One of the more major dramas was everyone blaming Ava for a certain situation. That felt off to me because I don’t think anyone would’ve truly blamed her for that scenario in real life.

I will say, the last third or so of the book was so much better than the rest. I loved the addition of Caleb’s brother Jamie. He really added a lot to the story and I truly hope he gets his own story.

Overall, I just didn’t love this book. I think my issue was mainly Caleb. I wasn’t attracted to him and didn’t care for his personality whatsoever. He made it really difficult for me to enjoy this. I think I’d like other books from this author if it featured a different couple. Halloween signature

Vampire books I want to read

Blogtober

I thought I would share a few of my vampire books that are on my tbr with you guys. Vampires are my favorite supernatural creatures!! I think they’re making a comeback, which I’m totally down for!!!

*Clicking each book cover will take you to its Goodreads page*

The Last True Vampire (Last True Vampire, #1)

How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire (Love at Stake, #1)

The Awakening (The Vampire Diaries, #1)

Frostbite (Vampire Academy, #2)

Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires, #1)

Bound by Night (MoonBound Clan Vampire, #1)

Blood Guard (Mission, #1)

I think that’s enough to list for now. I have a ton of vampire books on my TBR so I don’t want this post to be 10 miles long lol. Let me know if you’ve read any of these and which to bump up on my list! Also if you have any recs for great vampire reads, I’d love to hear them!!! Thanks everyone!!!

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The ABC Book Challenge | C

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I saw this book challenge/tag floating around the blogger world and just had to join in. This looks like such a fun feature!! What better way to share your book favorites?! I’m not sure where this originated from, if you know please leave a comment below so I can credit them.


*Clicking each cover will take you to its Goodreads page.*

Memorable Titles That Start With “C”

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)

Of course I had to mention my favorite book ever!!! I’ve raved about this book so much that I think you know how much I adore it. Pick it up. Read it. Love it. You’re welcome ❤

The Couple Next Door

I don’t always read thrillers but this one caught my eye. This was the debut novel by the author and it did not disappoint. I can’t wait to read her other books.

The Chief (Highland Guard, #1)

I love historical romances and this one was very entertaining. I enjoyed all the characters and the romance in this story. If you like historical romances, I recommend giving this series a try!

Books Starting With “C” On My TBR

The Chase

So….I was dying to read this book when I first heard about it. My problem is…I need to finish The Goal and something about that book is just throwing me off. I don’t know what it is….well, it may be because it’s a different setup than the other books in the series. I think I’m worried it won’t measure up.

Checkmate: This is War (Travis & Viola, #1) (Checkmate Duet, #1)

I really don’t like how all Kennedy Fox’s books are interconnected. I’ve been dying to read their Bishop Brothers series BUT everything is intertwined so I have to read this series first. Did I mention this series has 6 books!! YIKES!!

Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)

I still can’t believe I haven’t read this yet. I saw a spoiler for something that happens in this book so I’ve been putting it off to see if I can forget it…..well it’s not happening. I may as well just read it and accept that I was spoiled. Like I always am with these more popular series.

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The Walking Dead Book Tag (Original)

Last year I created The Walking Dead book tag. I’m sure there were others floating around but I still wanted to come up with one on my own. I’m such a huge fan of this series! In fact, I’m currently re-watching for the third time (2015, 2016, and now). I just can’t get enough!!!

DISCLAIMER: If you are NOT caught up with The Walking Dead TV series…proceed with caution.  There are spoilers if you haven’t watched season 7.


Rick

A book with a strong leader.

The Chief (Highland Guard, #1)

Tor. Tormad MacLeod was your typical alpha male. Stubborn to the bone but willing to do anything for his clan and his wife. I loved the protectiveness of Tor. He was this beacon of strength for everyone around him.

Michonne

A book with a kick butt female.

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)

Rose. I loved the fierceness of Rose. This girl knew her role/purpose and always fought for Lissa. I can’t wait to read more in this series to see how her character grows and develops.

Carl

A book with a character who doesn’t always think things through.

Wait With Me

Kate. As far as Kate goes…..she and I had some issues. This girl lied about EVERYTHING. I felt like she lied about the simplest of things just so her life would be easier for that exact moment.

Glenn

A character who you miss the most.

Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2)

Without spoiling anyone…….I’ll just say one of my favorites died in this one.

Maggie

A character who has suffered many losses and obstacles.

What He Doesn't Know (What He Doesn't Know Duet, #1)

Charlie. I felt so much for her throughout this book. I was right there with every emotion she was dealing with. Wanting to have the whole white picket fence life and then not having things turn out like you thought they would. As much as we plan how we would like our lives to be….sometimes life has other ideas for us.

Daryl

Name a book character you want on your side during the apocalypse.

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

Celaena. I mean…..the girl has some serious skills!!! I’d love to have her by my side during the apocalypse.

Carol

A character that has gone through a major transformation.

Arrogant Devil

Meredith Avery. Meredith went from such a lavish lifestyle to nothing but the clothes on her back. She was willing to do whatever it took to make it on her own. I admired her so much for her willpower and dedication.

Eugene

A character who would do anything to survive.

The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, #1)

Malich. UGH!! I couldn’t stand this character. He would literally do anything to protect himself. He has zero loyalties to anyone but himself.

Sasha

A character who would sacrifice him/her self to save someone else.

Getting Schooled (Getting Some, #1)

Garrett. Garrett Daniels is the complete package. The way Garrett cared for his students and football players……I can’t even. I could easily see him doing anything for those he loves/cares for.

Negan

Name your all-time favorite villain.

Shadow and Bone (Shadow and Bone, #1)

The Darkling. I loved his character. It’s so fun when a villain blurs the line between being misunderstood and just being an evil character.


**I originally posted this book tag back in 2017 but when I had blog issues, it wiped everything out. I know, it hurt me too when it happened.**

I hope you all enjoyed this original book tag!!! Please feel free to do this tag and leave your links in the comments below!!! I’d love to see your answers!!!

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Review: The Hardest Fall by Ella Maise

The Hardest Fall

The Hardest Fall by Ella Maise

5 Stars

This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased, honest opinion.

Wow!! This was such a great story!!! I’m not usually a fan of slow burn romances but this one really did it for me. This was my first book by this author and I cannot wait to read more by her. She did such an amazing job with this one.

You guys, Dylan was THE book boyfriend. Man, I wish I could take Zoe’s place in this one haha!!! He was so swoon worthy. I loved how strong and hard working he was. Dylan had a heart of gold and it was amazing to read about the man he was. Dylan was a star athlete at this college but you wouldn’t know it by talking to him. He never let his status go to his head. He was just your everyday, average good guy. I swooned SO HARD for him. It’s rare to find this all around amazing guy so he definitely made it to the top of my book boyfriends list.

Zoe was this shy, quirky girl. I loved how she was embarrassed so easily and super shy. Usually shy characters break out of this within the first few chapters but Zoe was truly shy to her core. I loved that about her though. She was another great character in this story, although her love for pizza and m&m’s scared me at times, lol jk.

I love how throughout this book I thought I could predict what was going on or about to happen…..but that wasn’t the case. There was plenty of plot twists and turns to keep me completely engrossed into the story. I’ll admit, the slow burn romance really got to me at times. I just kept yelling to “just kiss already!!!!!!” several times while reading. But when the romance did finally happen, it was THE BEST.

Without giving anything away, the ending of this book was what really made it over the top for me. I truly enjoyed it and wish I had 5 more books with this couple. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did.

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Current Favorites: October 2018

Blogtober

New Girl: The Complete First Season (DVD)

I started New Girl on August 17th……today I’m in the middle of season 6…..I think it’s safe to say that I’m loving this TV series. I’m kind of bummed that I didn’t get to watch it live 😦 I’m also bummed that I’m flying through this series and it will soon be over (it only has 7 seasons).

Carrie Underwood - Cry Pretty (CD)

I’m obsessed with this CD!!! I’m particularly loving tracks “Backsliding”, “That Song That We Used to Make Love To”, and “Love Wins”.

Oui by Yoplait Coconut French Style Yogurt, 5 Oz.

I’m not a yogurt fan by any means. I have a sensitive stomach so I’ve found that yogurt really does help it. I finally found a brand that I don’t mind eating. Too bad it’s fairly expensive per jar ($1.34+). My favorite flavors are coconut, peach, and lemon.

Life is Sweet - Pineapple Print Wall Art By Anna Quach

I’ve also recently been super into pineapples. The look, not so much the taste (although they taste great). I’m not sure what brought this on but here we are lol. I found a super cute pineapple Kindle cover but it had really terrible reviews for it 😦 BOO!!

 Marshmallow Pumpkin Latte Ultra Shea Body Cream - Bath And Body Works

This is my all time favorite scent from Bath and Body Works. I can’t get enough of this smell!!! It’s nice because it’s not too over powering. I don’t like super strong smells.


These are a few of my favorite things…….((hopefully you caught that song reference)). What are some of your current favorites that you’re loving?! Let me know in the comments below!!

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My Apocalypse Dream Team

Blogtober

Today’s post is part of the #blogoween daily prompts. The host for today is Kaleena @ Reader Voracious. This looked like a really fun, unique topic so I wanted to jump on in and create my team!!

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)

*The Warrior*

Cassian-duh, He’s super strong, brave, and fearless. Plus Cassian will always be on whatever team I’m creating lol.

The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, #1)

*The Muscle*

Kaden-I figure I’m going to need more than one warrior so Kaden is definitely on the team. You can’t have too much muscle in this world….

The Great Hunt (Eurona Duology, #1)

*The Hunter*

Paxton- Paxton is an excellent hunter so that’s a fairly obvious choice.

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)

*The Fixer*

Cinder-Cinder is a mechanic so I figure she will be great at fixing cars we come across and making makeshift items we’ll need throughout our journey.

Sons of Anarchy Vol. 1

*The Doc*

Tara- A doctor is a must have in the Zombie world. Tara is even a surgeon so that works out even better should the need arise (which we all know it will).

Reckless

*The Chef*

Tori- Tori is always coming up with these amazing dishes and baked goods. She’s able to come up with different things by using ingredients she has on hand. We need her to help cook food for us and come up with ways to sustain us.

Not So Nice Guy

*The Brains*

Ian-Being an AP Chem II teacher I figure this man is PRETTY smart. I think he could come up with a lot of ideas on how to help us during the apocalypse. You always have to have a brains on your team.


How fun was this topic!!!!! I had a blast coming up with different roles I would need and the people to fill them. I definitely want you all to participate in this prompt and share your answers with me below. Feel free to put your own spin on things.

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If I had magic…

Blogtober

I was looking around Twitter for inspiration and came across a tweet by @JennieLy for Blogtober post ideas. I saw this one and immediately wanted to write about it. Huge thank you to Jenn for this idea!


First off, I would love to be able to read minds. That’s always my number one answer when anyone asks what superpower I wish I had. Of course I’d want to have an on/off switch that way I wouldn’t have to hear everyone’s thoughts 24/7. I can’t imagine having to listen to everyone thoughts without ever getting a break.

Next, I decided to do some research on other super powers since I really only have the one go-to answer. I found another super cool ability that I must have! Power mimicry, it allows you to copy or absorb another’s powers or skills. HOW AMAZING IS THAT!!!! I don’t even have to have a certain power to be able to possess it!! YASSSSS!!

Lastly, I think healing would be another awesome ability to possess. Who wouldn’t want to heal their friends and loved ones when something goes wrong? It also would be convenient when on a battlefield or in the middle of a fight with someone else.


These are my top 3 favorite magic abilities I wish I had. Tell me what magical powers you wish you had below!!

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