The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory Review

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

2 Stars

*I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

I have pretty strong feelings on this one. I really thought it was going to be this happy, go-lucky book and it just wasn’t. We meet Drew Nichols, he is a groomsmen for an ex-girlfriend’s wedding. His date to the wedding backs out last minute and he’s desperate to find a replacement. Enter Alexa Monroe. They just happened to meet on an elevator in a hotel and when the elevator gets stuck, they hit it off. Drew asks Alexa to accompany him….and there the story begins.

First off, I really enjoyed this being about an interracial couple. I think we need more of these stories to be honest. I also liked that this book touched on deeper subjects while still keeping it light. Sometimes when books discuss deeper subjects, the tone changes and you just feel a shift. That wasn’t the case in this story. I feel like we were taught some things and didn’t even realize it was happening.

This couple had some real issues with self doubt and self consciousness. Their thoughts ran rampant the entire book. They constantly played what if scenarios and it was exhausting. Trust me, I get it. I’m the queen of what if scenarios, but it got to be what the entire book was about.

My major issue was Drew. Could not stand the guy whatsoever. Sorry, not sorry. It felt like all he wanted from Alexa was…..bedroom time. Have a problem? Fix it with bedroom time. Don’t want to talk?…bedroom time. He came off very immature but this was a grown man with a career. It takes time and dedication to become a doctor so I didn’t get it.

Overall, I feel like Alexa deserved better. She is an amazing woman who deserves to be treated as such. I loved her character and learning more about her family, friends, etc. She was the star in this one for me.

Jessica

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Cracked Kingdom by Erin Watt Cover Reveal

Cracked Kingdom (The Royals, #5)

Cracked Kingdom by Erin Watt

Synopsis:

These Royals will ruin you.

Ever since Hartley Wright met Easton Royal, her life hasn’t been the same. There are enemies behind every corner and dangers beyond each door. When tragedy strikes and steals her memories, she can’t trust anyone, not even the blue-eyed boy who promises her that everything will be all right.

Because while Hartley’s memory is full of gaps, her instincts tell her Easton is dangerous. She doesn’t know if he’s the snake in the garden or her chance at salvation. The chaos he brings wherever he goes is too much to handle, the intense feelings he evokes are too confusing to unravel.

Easton wants her to remember. Hartley thinks it’s better to forget.

She might be right.

Tragedy. Treachery. Trust. Hartley has to face the facts—in this world, you can’t escape the Royals.

Either you live by their rules or you die by them.

 

Cracked Kingdom releases on March 1st across all e-tailer sites!!!!!

Release Day Blitz: Baby Daddy by Kendall Ryan

 

A hot and hilarious new standalone from New York Times bestseller Kendall Ryan.

We met in a trapped elevator.

Emmett was on his way to work, sophisticated and handsome in his tailored suit and tie.

I was on my way to the sperm bank. Awkward, right?

At thirty-five, my life hadn’t taken the path I thought it would and I was tired of waiting—I wanted a baby. And I was ready to take matters into my own hands to make it happen.

After our ill-fated elevator encounter, Emmett insisted on taking me to dinner—he also insisted on something else—that I ditch my plan involving a turkey baster and let him do the job. He would be my baby daddy. He was a wealthy and powerful CEO with little interest in diapers or playdates. And since he didn’t want kids, I’d be on my own once his bun was in my oven, free to go my own way.

But once his baby was inside me, it was like a switch had been flipped, and I got a whole lot more than I ever bargained for.

This full-length standalone contains a hot, swoonworthy hero, lots of playful banter and some hot baby-making ! Enjoy.

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A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She’s a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she’s appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

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The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson Review

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

The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson

*4 Stars*

Review:

WOW!!! The second half of this book was truly epic! I loved every minute of it! It had so much action, plotting, scheming, etc. Such an interesting read. I will say, the first half dragged a bit for me. I felt we spent too much time describing things, in a character’s head playing out too many different random things, etc. I kept wanting to skim over parts just to get to the “good stuff”. It wasn’t terrible by any means, just a bit too slow paced for me in the beginning.

The characters blew me away in this one. They had so much depth to them. I loved the villains as much as the heroes. The author has an impeccable talent for creating such great characters good or bad. I also loved how we were never quite sure about the intentions of each person. They had a way of making you believe they were both good and bad at the same time.

As far as the two men go….without spoiling anything…..I love them both!! Gahhhh, can’t we just have separate conclusions where she ends up with both? Lol! I literally went back and forth with who I liked more for Lia. For myself, I’m Team Kaden *googly eyes*, but for Lia….I can’t decide. You’ll have to read the book/series to decide what you think and to see how it all ends! I highly recommend it!

Overall, there’s so much I want to say BUT I do not want to spoil anyone. This is a can’t miss series. It’s so good and will leave you wanting the next book asap!!

Jessica

Star Studded Saturday | 26

Star Studded Saturday

This week’s theme is: TV Pilot Reviews


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

Suits Poster

Suits-Season 1 Episode 1:

I see Harvey being this really good guy but covers it up for some reason. Can’t wait to get his back story. I liked the pilot and can’t wait to watch more episodes!!

Teen Wolf Poster

Teen Wolf-Season 1 Episode 1:

Ermmmm, the effects are so bad lol!!! I get this was from 2011, but that really wasn’t THAT long ago to be honest. I’ve tried and tried to get through this pilot episode so many times before but never made it all the way through. I finally made it this time BUT wasn’t super impressed. So many people love this series so it must get better?

Black-ish Poster

Blackish-Season 1 Episode 1:

Sooo funny!!! Really enjoyed this episode!! I cannot wait to watch more!!


 

Loving 2 out of 3 is fairly good odds right?!?! If you have any TV shows recs, leave them below!! You all know what I love by now lol!!! If not, check out previous Star Studded Saturday posts!!!

Jessica

Stacking the Shelves | 6

Stacking the shelves

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


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

Purchased:

Room Mates (Roommates. #1-3 & 4)

Gifts from friends:

Fallen Crest High (Fallen Crest High, #1)

By Your Side

Fireworks

Freebies from Kindle Deals:

Truth or Beard (Winston Brothers, #1)

The Royal Treatment (Crown Jewels Romance #1)

Catching Jordan

Royal Player (All-Stars, #1)

E-Arcs:

Bad Business (Bad Boys of Sports, #2)

On the Line (Milwaukee Dragons, #1)

Won:

Desire (Twisted Hearts Duet, #1)


These are a mix of e-books and physical copies that I’ve received lately. Thank you to the publishers, authors, and friends for the books. Love you all!!!!

Have you read any of these? Let me know your spoiler free thoughts below!!! Have a great one ❤

 Jessica

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

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