The ABC Book Challenge | R

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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 “R”

Reckless

Have you ever read a book that just……took your ability to form coherent thoughts away?? That’s where I was at after finishing this story.. I couldn’t form sentences lol. This was such a sweet…..((and definitely spicy))……read.

The Rule Breaker

This book was adorable!!! It had romance, love, ups and downs, steamy moments, moments of finding yourself, etc. It was just everything tied up into a cute, little story!!

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)

You all know my love for this series. (Well the first two books anyway lol!) I just had to list it!!

Books Starting With “R” On My TBR

Can I just start off by saying I swear more than half my TBR is R books!!!! I was so shocked by the amount!!!

The Rose & the Dagger (The Wrath and the Dawn, #2)

You know when you’re reading a duology/series/etc. and the first book BLOWS YOU AWAY…..but then you’re afraid to continue because there is just no way it can compare. That’s me with this duology. How can book two measure up??

Rookie Move (Brooklyn Bruisers, #1)

I have yet to read a book by Sarina Bowen. I really want to remedy this asap!

Rebel Heir (Rush Duet, #1)

I’ve also never read a book by these two authors either. EEK!!!

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Review: Roping the Cowboy by Kennedy Fox

Roping the Cowboy (Circle B Ranch, #1)

Roping the Cowboy by Kennedy Fox

2 Stars

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

I’m super disappointed that this book wasn’t for me. I felt the two main characters, Kat and Braxton,  were very immature and acted very childish. I also never felt a connection between these two. We go from them being mortal enemies to .00001 seconds later being lovers. Umm okay? Maybe if I had more time to ease into their relationship then I’d feel differently. But as it was, everything felt way too rushed. I just couldn’t get on board with these two.

One thing that bothered me tremendously was Kat ran a bakery and she baked Braxton a muffin which made him very sick. She put laxatives in it while baking it……This is a major issue for me. I don’t think you should ever slip something into someone’s food. EVER!! Not to mention this is Kat’s main source of income…..did she not even consider what that would do to her reputation? I know how small towns work and trust me, word will spread. It just wasn’t cool or acceptable in my opinion. It crossed way too many lines.

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Star Studded Saturday | Movie Reviews

Star Studded Saturday

This week’s topic: Movie Reviews


What Men Want Poster

This movie was a hot mess lol!!! But it was super funny and entertaining!! I’ve always wanted to be able to read everyone’s mind. I would need an on and off switch though. Otherwise, no thanks!

A Madea Family Funeral Poster

Having recently lost someone close to me…I probably shouldn’t have watched a comedy about funerals. Madea movies used to be super funny and now…… let’s just say I’m happy this was the last one.

Isn't It Romantic Poster

I wanted to like this movie but it just felt….off. It mainly just made fun of romantic movies the entire time which I really enjoy. This was a flop for me 😦


What are some of the latest movies you’ve watched? Let me know in the comments below!

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Down The TBR Hole | 8

Down The TBR Hole is a meme, hosted by Lost in a Story, about organizing your TBR on Goodreads by deciding which books you want to keep, and which books you want to delete.

I recently went through my list and got rid of a ton of YA books that no longer interest me. Now I mainly have romance books left but I doubt I still want to read all that remains. Wish me luck as I go through them all one by one.

How it works:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books.
  • Read the synopses of the books.
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Spinning Out

I’m still interested in reading this. The cover alone makes me want to keep it lol.

Verdict: Stay

Hooked

Very similar cover to book one. I guess it’s popular in the romance biz. I have yet to read this type of story line so it’s staying.

Verdict: Stay

Foreplay (The Ivy Chronicles, #1)

I re-read the synopsis and just not feeling this book at this time. Maybe I’ll add it back later on.

Verdict: GO

Getting Lucky Number Seven (Taking Shots, #1)

I’ve read too many books with this story line here lately.

Verdict: GO

Dirty Player

Pass.

Verdict: GO

Stealing Home

I love stories where a girl works for a professional sports team and falls for a player.

Verdict: Stay

Undone (Country Roads #1)

A country love story?! YES please!!!! Sign me up!

Verdict: Stay

Bittersweet (True North, #1)

I’ve always wanted to read this book/series but haven’t yet.

Verdict: Stay

Royal (Rixton Falls, #1)

I’m curious to see how this all plays out.

Verdict: Stay

I Want It That Way (2B Trilogy #1)

I’m a sucker for single dad stories.

Verdict: Stay


The STATS:

Books removed this week: 3

Total number of books removed: 23

Current number of books on my TBR: 926

I tried to be ruthless this week but only ended up removing 3. BOO!

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Stacking the Shelves | 14

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. Stacking the Shelves is about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves. You can include books you buy in a physical store or online, books your borrow from the library or friends, review books, gifts and eBooks.


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

E-Books Purchased:

Vow of Retribution (Vow, #1)

Lock & Key (Lock & Key, #1)

Dirty English (English, #1)

Summer Romance Box Set: 3 Bestselling Stand-Alone Romances: Weightless, Revelry, and On the Way to You

Forever Mine (Roommate Duet, #0.5)

Rascal (Rascals Book 1)


Let me know which books you’ve borrowed or purchased recently in the comments below.

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Review: Sexy Filthy Boss by Piper Rayne

Sexy Filthy Boss (White Collar Brothers #1)

Sexy Filthy Boss by Piper Rayne

4 Stars

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

This was my first book by this author duo and it was a blast. I enjoyed the romance and all the teasing between the two main characters. Lorenzo Mancini, aka Enzo, is a senior advertising executive who goes through assistants like candy. Having just made another assistant quit, one of the bosses begs Annie Stewart to take their place. Annie is a no bs kind of girl. She believes in equality for everyone and that you should treat people with respect. I admired her so much for standing firm in her beliefs. Her putting Enzo in his place time and time again was just perfection.

Annie’s current boss doesn’t really let her explore the advertising world and prefers her to just be an assistant. Annie is in a meeting with Enzo and some potential clients when she saves the day on a failed pitch. I rooted for Annie to succeed the entire book. She had this natural knack for advertising that couldn’t be faked. Enzo took Annie under his wing so to speak and sort of guided her on the process of things. Annie didn’t really need much guidance because as I mentioned, she’s a natural.

Office romances are one of my favorite tropes. I love the sneaky glances from across the room, the discreet hand touching in the hallways, and let’s not forget the sexy texts and emails that are usually exchanged. Enzo and Annie had chemistry for days!!!! I had to put down this book so many times because I was grinning like an idiot lol!!!

This book blew away any expectations I had for this author combo. I’m more than impressed with their writing and storytelling. Give me all the books they write please!

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The ABC Book Challenge | Q

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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 “Q”

Queen Song (Red Queen, #0.1)

“We are the same, she thought. Searching for something to keep us anchored, both alone in a crowded room.”

The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #1)

I really enjoyed this book!! I wasn’t sure whether or not this would be a book I would enjoy, but I was pleasantly surprised.

Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4)

Such a great story!!! SJM is such a great author!! I can’t get enough.

Books Starting With “Q” On My TBR

A Quick Bite (Argeneau #1)

I’m a sucker for vampire romances. I’m hoping this series is a hit with me!!!

The Quickie

A friend recommended this book to me. I never know how James Patterson’s books are going to go lol!!!

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Change

I hate change. I hate when relationships change. I hate losing a loved one. I hate when you have people you were once so close to but now barely speak to, if at all. It’s awful. Yes, we need change to grow and move forward, but it’s so life altering. Adapting to change is the worst. You hold on to what once was and pray things go back to the way they were.

I lost my stepdad who was a father to me in November 2018. Life hasn’t been the same since. How do you move forward? How do you just pack in your feelings and press on? It’s such a struggle. We take loved ones for granted. We think we have forever and ever with them but the truth is, we have mere moments with them. It’s so easy to get caught up in the day to day hustle that we forget that everything has an expiration date.

I’m really struggling 7 months down the line. When does it get easier? When do we think of the good times and smile instead of bawling? Loss is such a difficult thing. Learning to live in your new normal is heartbreaking. It feels as if you are leaving them behind.

So yes, I hate change. I don’t do well with it. I know change has its purpose but in this moment, I despise it.

Let’s Talk About Anxiety

I currently deal with a lot of anxiety. I’m a chronic worrier and it constantly weighs me down. Over the years I’ve found different coping mechanisms to help me. I wanted to share a few of my tips and tricks in the hopes it helps someone else.

Sometimes we feel we are the only ones experiencing anxiety/depression/etc. but it’s not true. We aren’t alone. So many others are facing the same struggles we are. I think it’s important to talk about it and try to help each other as best as we can.

  • Guided meditation videos on YouTube really help me when I’m in the thick of it. I found one video that was amazing but didn’t save it sadly. I’ve looked everywhere but couldn’t find it. (I wasn’t logged in so it’s not under history)
  • Deep breaths. Don’t underestimate breathing. It calms you down tremendously.
  • Watch funny shows. I watch I love Lucy/Impractical Jokers or some type of funny show to calm me down and get my mind off things.
  • Music. Jam out to some of your current favorites or maybe some favorites from when you were younger. I blast *NSYNC and it works wonders lol.
  • Talk to someone. Having someone to talk to is a comfort because you tend to panic and having someone being there can make you feel safe. Plus they can put things into prospective because that aren’t going through the situation personally.
  • Write it all down. Have an anxiety journal. Mine helps me sooooo much. I not only write down what’s going on during attacks but inspiration quotes, bible verses, what helped me during an episode, etc.
  • Write a letter to yourself to read during an attack. That you are fine, you’ve been here before, you will be okay.
  • Use a sound app. There are several different apps out there that have a variety of sounds for you to listen to. I usually play mine at night when I’m going to sleep but I also use it when I’m having a lot of anxiety. I’ll go lie down on the bed, turn off all the lights, and turn on my app (I usually listen to rain falling). It’s nice to just focus on different sounds and try to tune out the world. Don’t forget to combine this with the deep breathing tip listed above.

These are some tricks that work for me when I’m going through an anxiety attack or feeling SUPER stressed out. Let me know if any of these helped you and what things you do to calm yourself down as well. It can be during a panic attack or relaxation tips to do when you are stressed out.

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Stacking the Shelves | 13

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. Stacking the Shelves is about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves. You can include books you buy in a physical store or online, books your borrow from the library or friends, review books, gifts and eBooks.


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

E-Books Won:

Taking It Easy (Boys of the Big Easy, #2)

Downfall

E-Books Purchased:

Love, Sincerely, Yours

King's Road (Savage Kings MC Book 0)

Tempt the Boss (Tempt, #1)

Make You Mine


Let me know which books you’ve borrowed or purchased recently in the comments below.

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