This or that book tag

Book Tag

I was tagged by Kris over at Boston Book Reader. Be sure to check out her post and blog! She’s an amazing friend and a great blogger!!

Questions:

Reading on the couch or on the bed?

I’m going with couch because I lay down on the bed while reading and it always gives me a crick in my neck. OUCH!

Male main character or female main character?

I read so many with female MC, that I’m going to go with male MC to mix it up!

Sweet snacks or salty snacks when reading?

Depends honestly…..so many snacks cause messes/stickiness/etc. so I usually don’t snack while reading.

Trilogies or quartets?

The longer the series the better….if I love the books that is lol. I love staying with my favorites as long as possible!

First person point of view or third person point of view?

I don’t have a preference!!!

Reading at night or in the morning?

I’m not a morning person by ANY means so going with night time!!! My preference is afternoon though lol!

Libraries or bookstores?

For my favorites….bookstores. For everyday use…libraries!! I don’t have a lot of money rn so my library is my best friend.

Books that make you laugh or make you cry?

CRY!! I’m a sucker for a book that makes me cry. Love books that bring out that strong of emotion.

Black book covers or white book covers?

Tough question…..I’m going with white. It makes things pop, which I love!!!

Character driven or plot driven stories?

Can’t I have both!??!!? Sigh lol! I’ll go with character driven. I feel I can overlook a lacking plot if I love the cast.


Nominations:

Whoever is reading this ❤

Jessica

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Down the TBR Hole | 4

Down the TBR hole

Down the TBR hole was created by Lia at Lost in a Story . The goal of this meme is to organize your TBR pile and get rid of books you no longer have any interest in reading.


The Rules:

  1. Go to your Goodreads To-Read shelf.
  2. Order on ascending date added.
  3. Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  4. Read the synopses of the books
  5. Decide: keep it or should it go?
  6. Repeat every week until the entire list has been filtered.

The Books:

*Clicking the book covers will take you to their Goodreads page*

Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1)

I’m still  interested in this book!! I’ve heard mixed things about it but want to see my feelings on it.

Verdict: Stay

Balancing in Heels: My Journey to Health, Happiness, and Making it all Work

I really like Kristin but do I care enough to read her book?? Sadly, I don’t think so

Verdict: Go

Bulletproof

I’ve watched Teen Mom since day one and Maci is my favorite. I still want to read her book and she’s even released another one. I need to get on the ball!

Verdict: Stay

The Orphan Queen (The Orphan Queen, #1)

I really don’t remember hearing much about this series but want to still give it a try.

Verdict: Stay

The Wrong Side of Right

This one looks super cute, plus that cover is gorgeous!!

Verdict: Stay


The Stats:

Total number of books removed overall: 7

Current number of books on TBR: 1242


Did I keep any of your favorites?? Are you interested in reading any of these? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

Jessica

Reckless by Lex Martin Blitz/Review

Title: Reckless
Author: Lex Martin
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
 Release Date: February 20, 2018
Blurb
Tori…
For the record, I’m
not going to hook up with my boss.
I’m a lot of
things—a screwup, a basket case, a flunky. But when I take a nanny job to be
near my pregnant sister, I swear to myself I’ll walk the straight and narrow,
which means I cannot fall for my insanely hot boss.
I don’t want to be
tempted by that rugged rancher. By his chiseled muscles or southern charm or
the way he snuggles his kids at bedtime. Ethan Carter won’t get the key to my
heart, no matter how much I want him. 
Ethan…
Between us, she’s
the last thing I need as I finalize my hellish divorce. 
What sane man trying
to rebuild his life wants a hot nanny with long, sexy hair, curves for miles,
and a smart mouth? A perfectly kissable, pouty mouth that I shouldn’t notice.
My focus is on my
kids and my ranch, not the insufferable siren who sleeps in the room next to
mine. It doesn’t matter that she wins over my kids in a heartbeat or runs my
life better than I do. Tori Duran is the one woman I can’t have and shouldn’t
want, no matter how much I crave her. 
Purchase Links
$2.99 for release week only!
AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU
Also Available
USA Today Bestseller
On SALE for the first time – 99c limited time only!

Shameless is a standalone featuring a different couple


AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU

B&N / KOBO / iBOOKS

GOOGLE PLAY

Author Bio
Lex writes contemporary romance, the sexy kind with lotsa
angst, a whole lotta kissing, and the hot happily ever afters. When
she’s not writing, she lives a parallel life as an English teacher.
She loves printing black and white photos, listening to music on vinyl,
and getting lost in a great book. Bitten by wanderlust, she’s lived all
over the country but currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and twin
daughters.
 
Author Links

Review

Thank you to Give Me Books Promotions for providing me a copy in exchange for a honest review.

Have you ever read a book that just……took your ability to form coherent thoughts away?? That’s where I’m at right now. I can’t form sentences lol. This was such a sweet…..((and definitely spicy))……read. This was my first book by this author and I’m so glad I picked it up!!! I can’t wait to find and consume all her other books. Lex Martin definitely left a lasting impression on me. She had this way of creating these characters that you hope you get to meet someday in real life. I love the clan in Reckless sooo much. I haven’t read Shameless,  a companion novel to this one, but you better believe it’s purchased and ready to be read as soon as I have a chance! I recommend reading Shameless first so you can see how Brady and Kat ended up together.

Reckless follows Tori as she becomes the live in nanny for horse rancher Ethan. Ethan has two adorable children ages 5 and not quite 2 years old. He’s also in the middle of a divorce so there’s plenty of drama to keep you entertained!!!

Can I just say…..there is nothing more attractive than a man taking care of his family/kids. Absolutely nothing better than that!! I loved how attentive Ethan was with his two kids, Mila and Cody. You could feel how deep their bond was while reading. It just jumped out at you and wove its way into your heart. My heart grew twenty sizes watching Ethan get up at the crack of dawn to provide for his family, all the while making sure to be home for supper and the bedtime routines for his kids. As you can probably tell…Ethan is definitely at the top of my book boyfriend list.

As for Tori…..I loved her just as much. This girl loves whole heartedly even when she knows it’s a risk. Seeing her bond with Ethan’s kids, it was just the sweetest thing ever. Tori has been through a lot in her life and she kept pushing through no matter what. I admire her so much for it. She stepped into the role of motherhood so easily. It’s like she was made to find this family.

Overall, this book made me cry, laugh, swoon, and cringe lol!! It was a beautiful story and I hope we get to see more from this group!! I’m not ready to let them go!!!

Jessica

Mr. President by Katy Evans Review

Mr. President (White House, #1)

Mr. President by Katy Evans

*3 Stars*

Review:

This story is all about Matt and Charlotte. Matt is running for President of the United States in his father’s footsteps. Matt believes he can’t have his cake and eat it too. Meaning, he doesn’t believe he can have a functional relationship and do his job well if elected President. Matt is the type of guy to give whatever he does 100%. So how can you give 100% to two different things…it’s impossible.

Sometimes love just isn’t enough. Sometimes things don’t work out, no matter how much we want them to. This story felt like one of sacrifice. Learning to think not only of yourself, but for the people you care about and/or the greater good.

I had some issues with the main character Charlotte. She met Matt when she was eleven years old and has been crushing ever since. I feel like Charlotte was forever eleven years old. She constantly reverted back to that child who had a bad case of infatuation. Charlotte had a great sense of humor and was such a hard worker, so I didn’t completely dislike her character. I just needed her to embrace the woman that she had become instead of always feeling inferior.

Matt on the other hand, I had no trouble falling for. He was very suave and had this way of making you love and believe in him. I wanted him to run for President in real life haha. The author did that great of a job making me believe in him. I wish we got to see more things from his perspective. I enjoyed reading his chapters a lot.

Sadly, I had some issues with the writing. I feel the author repeated herself quite often. It was pretty distracting to hear the same description or wording over and over. Also, Charlotte would get so “amped up” from a mere glance from Matt. I just felt the two characters were at different stages in their life and it didn’t always make sense to have them together. Then again, love doesn’t always make sense so there ya go!!!

Overall, I didn’t love it but I didn’t hate it. I feel like I’ll still pick up the sequel to see how it all ends.

Jessica

Reading with Jessica Book Club: February 2018 (2)

Book Club

Back in January we read The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson. We enjoyed it so much we decided to read the rest of the books in this series. Today through the 24th we will be reading book two, The Heart of Betrayal. I took the total number of pages (470 in the HC) and divided it by 7 (the amount of days for the read-along). That comes to roughly 68 pages per day, give or take a few. With all that being said, the schedule is as follows:

February 18th: Chapter 1-9

February 19th: Chapter 10-16

February 20th: Chapter 17-26

February 21st: Chapter 27-36

February 22nd: Chapter 37-47

February 23rd: Chapter 48-54

February 24th: Chapter 55-End

The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles, #2)

You are welcome to read ahead or at any pace you like. We will discuss the book on the last day or the day after. January’s read-along was very relaxed and went without any issues. If someone fell behind, they just caught up before the last day. No worries! We didn’t include spoilers in chat until the last day when we discussed. We also gave full notice before the discussion began. If this is something you’d be interested in, please let me know in the comments below or on Twitter @ReadingwJessica. Don’t forget to use the official hashtag:#RWJbookclub on all social media ❤

 

Links for Mary E. Pearson:

Website   Twitter    Instagram    Amazon

 

Jessica

Star Studded Saturday | 25

Star Studded Saturday

This week’s theme is: Movie Reviews


*Clicking the photos will take you to the IMDB page.*

Nanny Seduction Poster
This movie doesn’t seem to have a cover…

Nanny Seduction:

I haven’t seen a Lifetime movie in a really long time. I forgot how melodramatic they are lol! In this one, we had a lot going on. We have a man and woman who adopted a little girl. The girl’s birth mother shows up and wants to see her daughter but that’s not all…..the nanny the couple hired was an old one night stand of the husbands. Cue the dramatic music lol. I felt like all of this drama could’ve been solved within 5 minutes. The husband should’ve called the cops on day one when the birth mother and nanny showed up. Bam, done deal.

Titanic Poster

Titanic:

So….I’ve never watched Titanic before. I just haven’t. IDK why!! I finally checked it out from the library and WOW! This movie is so sad and depressing lol. I thought it would be this heartfelt love story and ughhh. My heart broke so much, obviously my heart broke even more at the end. I couldn’t stand to watch some of the scenes. Hopefully I won’t have nightmares tonight *turns on a baking show*.

Home Again Poster

Home again:

What in the world….I stopped watching about an hour into this. I can’t believe I made it that far to be completely honest. The whole story line was beyond far fetched. We have a mother of two young girls whose recently separated, she goes out for her birthday with some friends and meets three guys. The guys are working on a movie together. They all hit it off and end up back at the mom’s house. Somewhere along the line they move into the house….after only meeting them that night….with children in the house….no one does this. If they do….they shouldn’t. Alarm bells should be going off everywhere if you think about doing this. She had the guys taking her daughter places, etc. I just couldn’t…..


These are the most recent movies that I’ve watched. What have you watched recently?! Did you see any of the ones I mentioned? Let me know in the comments below!! Have a great day!

Jessica

Stacking the Shelves | 5

Stacking the shelves

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews where bloggers share what books they got throughout the week!


I thought it would be fun to show you all the e-books I’ve gotten recently. Some are e-arcs, while others are available on Kindle now. Check them out and let me know if you see some favorites!

*Clicking each photo will take you to its Goodreads page*

E-arcs:

The Wedding Date

Royals
The Beau & the Belle

Reckless

Won:

Four Letter Word (Dirty Deeds, #1) Retreat (Getaway, #1)

Gifts from friends:

The Lovely Reckless

The Other Brother: A Billionaire Hangover Romance

Purchased:
Dark Protector

Real (Real, #1)

Blood Guard (Mission, #1)


As you can tell, I’ve recently acquired quite a few e-books!!! I’m super excited to read each and every one of these. Have you read any of these? Let me know your spoiler free thoughts below!!!

Jessica