Thursday, October 20, 2016

Last 3 Romances I've Read...

I decided to highlight the last 3 romances I've read and feature them on the blog, as sort of a "mini-review" series.  I know for myself when I am wanting a new romance to read, I appreciate coming across a round-up of novels to either add to my TBR, or pass on by, thanks to other book bloggers.  So I am hoping this new feature does the same for you!

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
Published: August 9, 2016 by William Morrow
About the book: Debut author Sally Thorne bursts on the scene with a hilarious and sexy workplace comedy all about that thin, fine line between hate and love.

Nemesis (n.) 1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome.
2) A person’s undoing
3) Joshua Templeman

Lucy Hutton has always been certain that the nice girl can get the corner office. She’s charming and accommodating and prides herself on being loved by everyone at Bexley & Gamin. Everyone except for coldly efficient, impeccably attired, physically intimidating Joshua Templeman. And the feeling is mutual.

Trapped in a shared office together 40 (OK, 50 or 60) hours a week, they’ve become entrenched in an addictive, ridiculous never-ending game of one-upmanship. There’s the Staring Game. The Mirror Game. The HR Game. Lucy can’t let Joshua beat her at anything—especially when a huge new promotion goes up for the taking.

If Lucy wins this game, she’ll be Joshua’s boss. If she loses, she’ll resign. So why is she suddenly having steamy dreams about Joshua, and dressing for work like she’s got a hot date? After a perfectly innocent elevator ride ends with an earth shattering kiss, Lucy starts to wonder whether she’s got Joshua Templeman all wrong.

Maybe Lucy Hutton doesn’t hate Joshua Templeman. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.[goodreads]
I read this novel a little over a month ago, and it's been on my mind ever since.

My first thoughts after finishing it: "I could have raced through this book in a blink of an eye because it was so dang entertaining. But I took my time with it, savoring every hysterical witty banter, every irresistible look, & that holy smokes hot kiss in an elevator! Oh this book is what dreams are made of. I adored every single page. Please give me MORE, MORE, MORE." 

Yup, I fell completely head over heels in love with it!  And that love affair is still going strong.  If you're a fan of love-to-hate relationships like I am, then this novel is everything you've ever wanted.  The tension between these two characters builds and builds, yet revealing sweet moments here and there.  I love a good story that can deliver on both the physical and emotional attraction between two characters.  This is a definite must read!

Beautiful by Christina Lauren
Published: October 4, 2016 by Gallery Books
About the book: Featuring the entire BEAUTIFUL series cast for one final hurrah!


After walking in on her boyfriend shagging another girl in their place, Pippa Bay Cox ditches London for the States to go on a drunken road trip with Ruby Miller and some of her Beautiful friends.

Scaling the career ladder is the default way to deal with heartbreak—and to just deal—for Jensen Bergstrom. Absolutely buried by his drive and workload, he rarely takes time for himself. But when his sister Hanna convinces him to join the gang on a two-week wine tour, he has a rare moment of cutting loose. Of course, it’s only once he’s committed that he realizes the strange girl he met briefly on the plane is coming along, too. She might be too much for him…or he might realize his life has become too small and needs her to make it bigger, crazier.

With this circle of friends there’s always something going on: from Chloe and Sara’s unexpected personality swaps to Will’s new domestic side to Bennett’s text message barrage and George’s own happily-ever-after. In short, their adventures in love, friendship, and hilarity are nothing short of Beautiful. [goodreads]
Well, it's no surprise I am a total Christina Lauren fangirl.  Though their Wild Seasons series is my favorite, I've still really enjoyed their Beautiful Bastard series as well.  And just like the other, this one has now come to a close, too. Queue sad music and all the tears!

My first thoughts after finishing it: "What a sweet surprise at the very end :) Oh how I love this writing duo! Sad to see another series end, but I'm anxious for what they're giving us next."

I love their stories, because even though they're written as part of a series, each novel is its own unique story.  Do you have to read them in order? No. But will you understand all the side characters, and appreciate those little check-in's to see what they're up to now? Probably not.  And THIS novel is so much more than just Pippa and Jensen's story.  It's a culminating finale for each individual couple.  Such a BEAUTIFUL way to end the series and say goodbye.

Misbehaving by Tiffany Reisz
Published: February 11, 2014 by Cosmo Red Hot Reads from Harlequin
About the book: Wanted: Adventurous, open-minded man willing to try anything…

As a popular sex blogger, Beatriz gets paid to have orgasms. So being on deadline the week of her sister’s wedding isn’t as rough as it sounds. There’s just one hitch: Bea’s assignment is to write a review of a sex position manual, but she doesn’t have a plus one to play with.

The good news: Ben, the one who got away back in college, is also attending stag--and he's as temptingly gorgeous as ever.

The bad news: Ben turned down Bea’s offer of graduation night sex five years ago.

The best news: He’s not planning on making the same mistake twice. [goodreads]
I recently went on a binge of Cosmo Red Hot Reads and found this little gem. If you're ever in the mood for a quick, hot, enjoyable romance -- I definitely recommend checking these out!

My first thoughts after finishing it: "Whoa! That was hot! And unexpectedly entertaining. Short and sweet and to the point. Just what I needed."

There's no need to create an entire backstory for this novel.  Just enough details are given to place the characters exactly where they need to be in order to go forward with THIS particular story.  I think that takes a lot of skill as a writer to be able to not just TELL me what's been going on, but also to make me FEEL it.  And this author definitely delivered in that detail.

This novel is definitely for mature eyes only.  Sometimes the romances I read can be a bit too heavy on the actual romance-making scenes, and leave out the actual story on who these characters are.  Which is totally okay for some novels -- that may be the point of the story.  However, I need some depth before all the action begins.  This novel gave just enough details to produce a very entertaining read. I definitely recommend this one for readers who are looking for a quick romance, heavy on the romance-making part.

Monday, October 17, 2016

#BossBabes: Meet My Favorite Boss Babe + a Giveaway!

The lovely folks at Workman Publishing shared with me a copy of Boss Babes: A Coloring and Activity Book for Grown Ups.  It's a unique book filled with strong and empowering women wrapped up in a cool concept of fun activities such as crossword puzzles, coloring pages, and even matching games.  But what I really love most about this book is the inspiring message behind it.

Boss Babes: A Coloring & Activity Book for Grown-Ups by Michelle Volansky

About the book: A playful and play-filled ode to strong women, BOSS BABES is a coloring and activity book filled with fun facts and whimsical black-and-white line drawings celebrating female powerhouses from Beyonce to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Dolly Parton to Malala, Tina Fey to Serena Williams. On every page is a portrait to color or an activity to complete: Connect the dots to conjure J.K. Rowling’s patronus. Complete the Beyonce crossword (12-DOWN: Who run the world?). Decorate Flo-Jo’s nails, decode Cher’s most recent tweet, design a new jabot for RBG, color in Frida Kahlo’s flowers, and more! [workman publishing company]

To celebrate #BossBabes, and promote this new book, I want to feature one of my most favorite Boss Babes: my sister, Robin!  She's not only a loving wife & mom to two beautiful boys, but she's also a working mom, juggling two different careers.  I'm proud of the dedication she's put into her new business as a consultant for Rodan + Fields, in which she truly cares about their skin care products.  It shows in the amount of time and effort she puts into it, and how satisfied her customers are.

Robin Moore || Rodan + Fields Facebook Page
Robin is a true Boss Babe, setting a strong example for her kids on how hard work, dedication, and a positive attitude can bring the best rewards.  As her sister, I am so proud of her!!  Immediately when I received a copy of Boss Babes, I knew she'd be the person to share it with.

  • Workman Pub has put together a fun "Who's Your Inner Boss Babe?" quiz || check it out here!
  • There's also a playlist to listen to on Spotify for all you Boss Babes || listen here!

To celebrate my sister and all the #BossBabes, I am giving away a copy of the book as well!  Just fill out the rafflecopter below (giveaway participants must be US residents).  Good Luck!!

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: The Latest Books That Have Been Recommended To Me

For this week's Top Ten Tuesday, I decided to round-up the latest books on my to-be-read list that have been recommended to me.  A lot of what I read comes from other readers.  I love nothing more than when someone enjoys a book and then wishes to spread that joy with others.  It excites me and reminds me why I love reading so much.  Not every recommendation is going to be a hit though.  But I'll never know how I feel about them until I give it a try.  So keep those rec's coming!

If you see a book below that you've read and feel strongly about (either good, or bad), please let me know in the comments!  Or... if you have something else to recommend, I am always open to it.

1. Wild Swans by Jessica Spotswood [add to goodreads]
2. All in Pieces by Suzanne Young [add to goodreads]
3. Third Degree by Julie Cross [add to goodreads]

4. 738 Days by Stacey Kade [add to goodreads]
5. This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills [add to goodreads]
6. Fly With Me by Chanel Cleeton [add to goodreads]
7. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys [add to goodreads]

8. The Memory Book by Lara Avery [add to goodreads]
9. How to Say I Love You Out Loud by Karole Cozzo [add to goodreads]
10. Every Breath by Ellie Marney [add to goodreads]

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Giveaway: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Solving Murders is Dirty Work Prize Pack:

One (1) winner will receive the following...

 - a copy of Stalking Jack the Ripper
- Skull & Roses Bubble Bath and soap collection to clean up after such a bloody good read!

Giveaway open to US addresses only.
Prizing and samples provided by Jimmy Patterson Books.

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About the book: Presented by James Patterson's new children's imprint, this deliciously creepy horror novel has a storyline inspired by the Ripper murders and an unexpected, blood-chilling conclusion...

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord's daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father's wishes and society's expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle's laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

The story's shocking twists and turns, augmented with real, sinister period photos, will make this dazzling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.

About the author: Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside New York City, where her fascination with gothic settings began. In her spare time she reads everything she can get her hands on, cooks all kinds of food with her family and friends, and drinks entirely too much tea while discussing life’s finer points with her cats. Stalking Jack the Ripper is her debut novel. It incorporates her love of forensic science and unsolved history.
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Monday, September 26, 2016

Less is More: 6 Years of Book Blogging

Six years ago today, I posted my first book review here at GReads!  Never did I anticipate that I'd still be here, in my little corner of the internet, talking about books all these years later.  I've read some amazing things; stories that have made me laugh, cry, and connect on such a personal level.  Expressing my thoughts and feelings on the books I read is a constant in my world, and one I hope that will never change.  Though I haven't been as active as I used to be, I'm still sharing my voice in this community, for whoever wants to listen.  Sometimes less can be more.  I'm a firm believer that life should be about quality, not always quantity.

In 6 years of book blogging I've learned... to read a little less, and really value the stories that I take the time to read.  My reading time is precious and I'd much rather spend those hours with something that entertains me, consumes me, makes me laugh, or fall in love.  If I'm not feeling a certain book, it's okay to put it aside.

In 6 years of book blogging I've learned... to engage less when drama soars high. It's important to have a voice, and to share those opinions when you think they matter.  But I've also learned that taking a step back, evaluating my thoughts, and thinking before I speak (or type, text, etc.) may be a better option than adding to the chaos.

In 6 years of book blogging I've learned... less content with more personal thoughtfulness holds increasingly more impact on readers than something that is being written, or posted, just to be written, or posted.  I'd much rather write a sincere book review, or share a personal list few and far between, than produce words that hold no value in my reading world.

In 6 years of book blogging I've learned... worry less about the latest & greatest book hype, and focus more on the beautiful words I have the pleasure of reading in front of me now.  Y'all, I've had the opportunity to read some really amazing things in these six years.  It still takes my breath away that I had the chance to experience these author's gifts and talents in the form of words.  THIS is what it's all about.

To celebrate these past six years, I am offering a giveaway, featuring my most favorite books from the last six years.  Now, this was insanely difficult to narrow down.  So, I decided to go back & check out my end of year surveys in order to decide which books would be part of the giveaway.  One lucky winner will have the chance to choose one book from the following list.  This opportunity is open to international readers, but please make sure book depository ships to you!

The One That Got Away by Bethany Chase
Breakfast Served Anytime by Sarah Combs
Golden by Jessi Kirby
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
Where Things Comes Back by John Corey Whaley

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