October 2018 Book Releases

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October is the release month for so many highly anticipated books. The major one being the conclusion to the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas. I was working on rereading the series to prepare for Kingdom of Ash butttttttt it just didn’t happen. I do plan on rereading the books before starting the final one. I’m just not sure when I’ll get around to it to be honest. But enough Throne of Glass talk, here are some upcoming books that I cannot wait to get my hands on:

Not Until You by Corinne Michaels-October 1st

Fight or flight by Samantha Young– October 9th

Love Sincerely Yours by Sara Ney and Meghan Quinn-October 9th

Dear Jane by Kendall Ryan-October 15th

The Wrong Game by Kandi Steiner-October 18th

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas– October 23rd

I bet you by Ilsa Madden Mills-October 25th

The proposal by Jasmine Guillory– October 30th

Royally Yours by Emma Chase-October 30th

Which books are you most excited to be released this month? Let me know in the comments below.

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#Blogtober 2018 Announcement

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Hey everyone!!!!

I’m back from my much needed blogging hiatus!!!!! I also decided to come back with a bang and participate in #Blogtober 2018!!! The goal of #Blogtober is to post everyday for the entire month of October. It doesn’t have to be Halloween/spooky related posts. You can post about whatever you like!! I myself, am not a fan of spooky/scary things so don’t expect anything along those lines on this blog lol. I will try to keep it Fall/Halloween related except for reviews which will probably be strictly romance based.

If you are participating in #Blogtober, leave your links below so we can check out each other’s blog posts!! I look forward to interacting with all of you and seeing what amazing things you come up with!!!!

**I’ve also decided to participate in #Blogoween. They have daily prompts for you to join in on or you can come up with your own Halloween themed posts. I’ll leave a link for you to check out more information here. Since I have reviews and other things not 100% Halloween related, I won’t be participating in #Blogoween every single day.

I’m super excited to start planning all my posts and reading everyone else’s Halloween/Fall themed posts!!! Good luck everyone ❤

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Blog Hiatus

Hey everyone!!!

I just wanted to jump on here real fast and update you guys on a few things. First of all, I’ll be taking a blog hiatus until October 1st . I just have a lot of personal things going on and it’s hard to devote much time to blogging/networking/commenting/visiting other blogs/etc. Second, I’m not reading all that much here lately. Not sure if I told everyone or not but I have issues with straining my eyes and headaches while reading. At first I thought it was just because of paperbacks/print books so I tried the Kindle Paperwhite. While that worked for awhile, now it’s causing the same issues are reading physical books. I usually have to take several breaks while reading which isn’t the best for trying to complete books. I think I only have one arc left that I signed up for but that’s not until October. So at least I won’t be pressured to hurry and finish reading anything for awhile.

Thanks so much for your support and for following/liking/commenting/etc. I truly appreciate you all and cannot wait to get back to blogging and reading.

P.S. I’ve been to 3 different eye doctors who say I’m fine. It’s super frustrating to not have any answers. But anyway……At least I’m able to read for short periods of time as opposed to not at all.

P.S.S. (or is it P.P.S….no idea lol) FALL TV starts back this week!!! WOOOOO!!!! This is my favorite time of year!!!! I love checking out new shows and seeing all my regular shows return. Ya’ll know my love for TV lol. So at least this will keep me occupied with the whole reading fiasco thing going on.

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Review: Redemption by T.K. Leigh

Redemption (Redemption, # 2)

Redemption by T.K. Leigh

4 Stars

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

This is book two in the Redemption series. You must read book one, Commitment, first. I also highly recommend reading the prequel, Promise, because it adds a lot to the series.

At the beginning of the book I struggled to root for Brooklyn to be with either Wes or Drew. There was always the promise of something great between either couple but there were so many obstacles in the way. I just got tired of the back and forth. Should she be with Wes or should she be with Drew? It felt like Brooklyn never had a moment to just pause and truly THINK about what she wanted. I feel she didn’t want to take the time to figure things out because then she would have to confront her feelings. She just wasn’t ready to do that for most of this book.

When I started reading the book, I felt like the trust would never be there with Drew for Brooklyn. She would never fully be able to move on from their past. Every time he’s late for whatever reason, I felt like she would jump to the wrong conclusion. Is it meant to be if it’s THAT difficult to be together?? How hard do you fight for someone who doesn’t seem to be fighting for you in return?

I don’t think Drew was necessarily a bad person. I just think that when you have people like Brooklyn in your life, people who give all of themselves fully, you start to take them for granted. You forget that they need the same love and dedication in return. I think that’s what happened to Drew. He cared for Brooklyn deeply but forgot to continue showing her how he felt. He forgot to continually be there for her, to be the one to hold her up and not just be the one always being lifted up.

Wes had his ups and downs as well. While he was consistent in his feelings for Brooklyn, he also had other priorities in his life. Work was a major part of Wes’s life. He had a pretty significant weight on his shoulders while trying to balance taking over his father’s company, dealing with his horrid mother, and his relationship with Brooklyn. I did think Wes was a great man and he deserved happiness too. I think he also took Brooklyn for granted at times.

The second half of this book blew my mind. This book brought me to tears on more than one occasion. I adore the author’s writing and her ability to bring out such strong emotions in me. The speech one of the guys makes at the end was EPIC. I swooned SUPER hard while reading it. I highly recommend giving this series a try, you’re bound to love it just as much as I did.

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Review: Leading the Witness by Chantal Fernando

Leading the Witness (Conflict of Interest, #4)

Leading the Witness by Chantal Fernando

2 Stars

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

Sadly, this wasn’t the book for me. Hunter, the main guy in the story, came off way too aggressive. He was just too into Riley, the main female character. It was almost like he was in love with her without even being in a relationship with her yet. He just came off weirdly, I can’t exactly explain it. I had issues connecting with Hunter pretty much throughout the entire story.

On the other hand, I liked Riley. She was a strong, independent woman who could take care of herself. She didn’t want more than her share of things and didn’t want anyone else handing her anything that she didn’t earn herself. I could admire that in her character. Although at times she was quite stubborn but I think that’s just her personality to only rely on herself to not burden others.

I also loved Riley’s group of friends and bar employees. They all meshed very well together and were such a well rounded group of friends. I love their interactions with each other and wished for more scenes with them together.

As far as my rating goes….I had some issues with this story. For one, it did a few too many fast forwarded moments. I had trouble keeping up with the time jumps. I found myself having to go backwards and see where they mentioned a time jump to see why things were the way they were. I also didn’t care for the plot twists. Some you could see from miles away, while others felt very unnecessary.

Overall, it wasn’t that bad. The conversations between Riley and her bar mates were awesome. I loved all the bar scenes in general, they were my favorite. The romance side…..I didn’t care for sadly. It just didn’t flow very well.

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Review: A Nordic King by Karina Halle

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A Nordic King by Karina Halle

3  Stars

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

I had a bit of trouble enjoying this book sadly. The King, Aksel, was so off-putting that it was hard to fall for him. He was in a constant foul mood. I get he had reasons but it just made it hard for me to like him. Aurora was easier to like. She had her issues as well but was able to still put one foot in front of the other and try her best to move on from her past.

I enjoyed the basis of the story: A single dad who loves his kids so very much and a love story with the nanny. Those are my favorite stories to read here lately. The side characters really stole the show in this book. I love Aksel’s children, Freja and Clara. They went through so much as children but they had such a strong support system to help them get through it all. I also loved the King’s family and staff members. They really added to the story overall and you could just feel how much they cared for Aksel and his family.

Overall, I did like the story but I just didn’t have the swoons that I was hoping for. For the first half of the story, Aksel and Aurora have so much animosity towards each other. I didn’t see them ever getting together. THEN the second half is a total 180. I think it was too quick to change their emotions completely. It was too rushed at one point for being a slow burn on the first half of the book. I guess I just wasn’t at the pace that Aksel and Aurora were.

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Review: On the Line by Liz Lincoln

On the Line (Milwaukee Dragons, #1)

On the Line by Liz Lincoln

5 Stars

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

WOW!! Loved this steamy love story!! Seth is a professional football player for the Milwaukee Dragons. He’s also a single father to a 12 year old daughter named Madison, aka Maddie. Seth needed to find a nanny to take care of his daughter while he was at games, traveling, etc. Enter Carrie. Carrie was a Science teacher who couldn’t find a job in time for the new school year. She decided to take the job as a nanny to get her bearings and figure out her next step. Whew is all I can say. I absolutely loved this story and the romance between Seth and Carrie. These two had an instant connection and could hardly keep their hands off each other.

Can I just say….I absolutely loved how Carrie was into science and comics. I think this was the first romance I’ve read with the female main character being into these things. It was beyond refreshing and I’m ALL for it in future reads. Carrie loved dressing up in cosplay and going to comic con. I loved getting to know her and her interests. I lived for the comic and Walking Dead references. They were just icing on this already amazing cake.

Seth on the other hand was your typical swoon worthy single dad. I loved seeing him care for his daughter. It was so beautiful to see a man step up and take care of his child no matter what. Seth would’ve done anything and everything for his child. Maddie’s mother wasn’t in the picture because she didn’t want to be. Seth stepped up and became both parents without hesitation. There is nothing more attractive than a present father let me tell you.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I’m all for having two or three more books with this group. This is the first time I’ve read this author but it will not be the last.

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Review: Freshmen by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison

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Freshmen by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison

1 Star

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

YIKES! I truly wanted to love this book. I think the cover is amazing, the synopsis sounded great, etc. I was really excited to read this one but it just did not work for me. The synopsis had me thinking the book would go this way but it ended up going another, if that makes any sense. I also struggled with the amount of people in this book. I literally could not keep up with who was who, who was with who, etc. I eventually stopped trying. Also the drama was a bit too much. It seemed like there was ALWAYS something going on. It was just too much for me. I did struggle with connecting with the main characters. I just didn’t care one way or the other about them. I never felt invested in their lives. I will say, I enjoyed the friendship between Phoebe, Frankie and Negin (I hope that’s the three who had the epic friendship anyway). I loved how they were always there for each other, even through some very embarrassing times. If you’ve read the book, you know which scene I’m referring to. That’s true friendship right there.

I think the biggest issue was Phoebe being in love with Luke. The same guy she went to school with but only spoke to him 5 times in 7 years. She was very much in love/obsessed with him. Turns out it was just the idea of Luke that she was in love with. I mean, how else could you love someone you don’t know and have barely spoken to? Luke Taylor wasn’t someone I wanted Phoebe with anyway. He was this self centered, constantly wavering jerk. He didn’t know what he wanted but wanted to keep everyone on standby just in case he decided to lean towards them for THAT day. I’m not sure if we were supposed to root for Phoebe and Luke but I definitely didn’t.

There was one thing that I really enjoyed in this book. Abbey and Luke trading random greeting cards with each other on special occasions was the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. It’s definitely something I want to start doing haha.

Overall, I truly wanted to love and enjoy this book. I tried my hardest to look at the positive side of things but it just didn’t work out.

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Review: The Chief by Monica McCarty

The Chief (Highland Guard, #1)

The Chief by Monica McCarty

5 Stars

The Chief such a fast paced thrilling ride!!! There was so much action!! It kept me on the edge of my seat most of the time. My jaw dropped on more than one occasion while reading this. It had so many scenes where I couldn’t turn the page fast enough!! It also slowed down when it needed to for those feels to set in, which I appreciated. I’m so glad I found this author and this series by chance. I love me some historical romance but hardly ever pick them up for some reason. This book changed all that because this series currently has 12 books in it!!! I love longer series because it allows me to stay in that world with those characters for a longer period of time. I cannot wait to read the rest in this series and hope they are just as great as this one was.

I learned fairly quickly that this was a book that I needed to jot things down for. I get overwhelmed quite easily when there are several characters in a book. I like to write down characters and other interesting facts as I’m reading just in case I need to go back over it later on. This is by no means necessary to understand the book, it’s just something that I like to do personally. When starting a new series, especially a longer one, the tend to give you a ton of information in book one. I don’t want to miss out on or forget things as I progress in the series so notes are my way of keeping track and organizing everything.

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. I also liked how there was more to him than meets the eye but I’ll leave that for you to discover.

Christina Fraser was all very protective of those she cared about. She didn’t have the easiest life but she has this fierceness about her that no one could break. I really enjoyed her character and how she loved with everything she had. We really saw her grow into this amazing woman who anyone would be proud to know and have at their side.

Overall this book had everything you could want in a story. We had a romance but we also had plenty of action scenes to keep us on our toes. I don’t want to go too deep into the story because I want you to experience everything for yourself. I’m more than happy that I discovered not just an amazing historical romance series but also an amazing writer. I can’t wait to read more by this author.

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Review: Blood Match by K.A. Linde

Blood Match (Blood Type, #2)

Blood Match by K.A. Linde

2 Stars

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

WOW!!!!!! That ending BLEW me away!!! I don’t have words….I wish the entire book was on the level the ending was on. I’m going to start this review with the things I didn’t like about this book and then work my way up to the things I enjoyed. Just to end it on a positive note.

The thing I didn’t care for the most in this story was it started to have this BDSM feel to it. Beckham became this domineering/dominate guy and Reyna was the submissive partner. It was really strange and not something that I enjoy reading in my romances. Beckham would make commands and Reyna would snap to it without much thought. Reyna would end up with bruises and feeling pain but thought it was okay/worth it. I just didn’t like that aspect at all. Reyna also had blinders on when it came to Beckham. No matter what he did now or previously was going to change her mind about him. Reyna had this image of who she thoughts Beckham was, her Becks, and nothing was going to sway her from that.

Also, there was a lot of science talk in this one. We had so much going on and trying to understand blood matches and blood types that it just became way too much. I also wasn’t a fan of Beckham in this sequel. He became a totally different guy from the one we met in the first book. It’s like we mainly saw Beckham….but not so much Becks anymore. The side he usually let come out around Rayna. The more human side if you will.

On the more positive side of things, I loved this story at its core. My jaw fell to the floor several times throughout this book. I loved the twists and turns. I was constantly on the edge of my seat when the story was upfront wondering where things would go. I think this story has so much potential but sadly veered off course too far for me to enjoy it. I did love the first book so very much and look forward to reading more from this author. Sadly, this just didn’t work for me.

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