17 February 2018

Brooklynaire by Sarina Bowen & Excerpt!

Brooklynaire (Brooklyn Bruisers #4)
by Sarina Bowen
Published by Rennie Road Books on February 12th, 2018.
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Sports

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You’d think a billion dollars, a professional hockey team and a six-bedroom mansion on the Promenade would satisfy a guy. You’d be wrong.

For seven years Rebecca has brightened my office with her wit and her smile. She manages both my hockey team and my sanity. I don’t know when I started waking in the night, craving her. All I know is that one whiff of her perfume ruins my concentration. And her laugh makes me hard.

When Rebecca gets hurt, I step in to help. It’s what friends do. But what friends don’t do is rip off each others’ clothes for a single, wild night together.

Now she’s avoiding me. She says we’re too different, and it can never happen again. So why can’t we keep our hands off each other?

I received a review copy courtesy of the author/publisher. This does not affect my opinion or views regarding the book whatsoever.

Brooklynaire is a sure treat for avid Sarina Bowen readers, especially those who love the Brooklyn Bruisers series. I recently binge-read the whole series, which has left me incredibly hungover and praying for this series to never end... and for Sarina Bowen to never stop writing.

In Brooklynaire, Sarina Bowen finally gives her readers what they've been screaming for: Nate and Rebecca's happy ever after.

This fourth Brooklyn Bruisers novel can be read as a standalone, but I strongly suggest because why would you eve want to skip the rest of the books advice reading the previous books, especially Pipe Dreams (book three) because they're both set in the same timeline--just based off different couples.

In the previous books, Sarina Bowen has teased her readers with glimpses of a possible budding romance between Nate--tech tycoon and owner of the Brooklyn Bruisers hockey team--and Rebecca--his assistant and the team's office manager. Fair warning; lots and lots of pining involved in this friends to lovers romance. It's so good, it just hurts so bad. Like a LANY song.

While these two aren't my favourite couple (Patrick and Ari all the way!), falling in love with Nate and Rebecca as individuals and as a couple are just too easy. Funnily enough, they're quite the definition of opposites attract. With Nate being the nerdy tech genius, who mostly likes to keep to himself and often gets lost in his own thought bubble, it's just so hard not to want to keep him in my pocket forever. Becca, on the other hand, is such a relatable character. Despite being quite the klutz, she's really good with looking after people and putting others' needs first, especially with Nate and her freeloading family.

The slow burn is real. First of all, Nate has been pining for Becca for seven years ever since she started working for him as his assistant, while she just has. No. Idea. It's such a struggle watching Nate pine for Becca because all you just want is to pray for Nate to finally confess his feelings. An opportunity arises when Becca injures herself quite seriously and Nate steps up to make sure she gets the best possible care i.e. making her stay in his mansion and getting checked by a head injury specialist. If that's not romantic, I don't know what is.

Brooklynaire will make you ooh and ahh over lots of witty banter, sweet stolen kisses, steamy hotel room romps... and hockey, of course. Meeting Bingley, the Siri-like robot system created by Nate (think Iron Man--Jarvis!), is also a treat! Everyone from the previous books makes a regular appearance too.

If you're a romance reader and haven't read this series, you're totally missing out. The Brooklyn Bruises series is incredibly addicting and unputdownable. Personally, I'd never want this series to end but Sarina Bowen does seem like she's got more tricks up her sleeve. All we gotta do is just... wait.

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READ AN EXCERPT

I grab a towel off a waiting stack of them and toss it onto the edge. “You can sit and put your feet in.”

She’s wearing a short little knit dress that’s been making me crazy all evening, so it would be easy enough for her to strip off those stockings, sit on the towel, and drop both feet in. 

And that’s what she does. She eases one stocking down over a smooth knee and tugs it off.

I don’t want to stand there staring like a middle-school boy. Okay, I do want to. But I don’t want to make her uncomfortable. So I go over to the sound system instead, and I set my phone on the speaker and cue up a really old playlist. One she’ll recognize. 

When I turn around again, she’s seated on the towel, both legs hanging down into the churning water.  “Ah. Wow.” She looks up at me, her eyes sparkling. “Nice place you got here.”

“Isn’t it?” I toe off my shoes and kick them to the side.

The first song comes on, and it’s a Macklemore tune that we used to play far too often in our first office. Rebecca laughs immediately. “You didn’t! I haven’t heard this playlist in forever. But I’ll bet I still know every transition. Lady Gaga is next.”

“She sure is.”

Rebecca kicks her feet, making a splash. “I have a little confession to make.”

“What’s that?” I loosen my tie and slide the knot out.

“Well…” She grins up at me. “I used to have a crush on you. Back in the early days.”

My hands freeze on the tie silk. “Get out of town. You did not.”

“No, I really did.” Her cheeks are pink. “That first year especially. But you were taken, and you were my boss. Those two things made it pretty easy to tamp down, when you’re a practical girl like me.” 

I walk over and drop down beside her, my back to the water, though, because I’m still wearing trousers and socks. “So how does that work, exactly?”

“What?” She gives me a sidelong glance, but then looks away again and won’t meet my eyes.

“How do you stop wanting someone? I’m a practical person, but I don’t see how that makes it any easier. Nothing seems to mute the raging attraction I have for you.”

Her chin turns quickly toward me, and I seize the opportunity to kiss her. And it only takes one kiss—one slide of my lips over hers, and I’m on fire again. 

We’re facing opposite directions, so it’s awkward as hell. But I don’t even care. I take greedy sip after greedy sip of her mouth, until she pulls back to stare at me. Her color is high and her eyes are bright and happy. “This is like Twister.”

“It’s better,” I correct. Lady Gaga comes on, just as Becca said she would. “Are we getting into this pool or what?” 

Becca kicks a foot in the water. “I’m tempted. But I don’t have a bathing suit.”

“Oh, snap.”

She smiles and shakes her head. “Are you really getting in?”

“We don’t have to.” I’m never going to pressure her.

Her fingers trail across the surface of the bubbling water. “But this is an adventure, right?”

“Right.” I stand up and remove my socks. She’s watching me. And I can’t read her expression. “What?”

“Just wondering what else you’re going to take off.” She smiles. 

“Come here.” The order rolls off my tongue. 

But Rebecca doesn’t blink. She gets up and turns toward me, curiosity in her eyes. 

“You tell me. What am I taking off?”

She puts two hands tentatively on my chest, and I make myself be patient. Everything I ever wanted is on the other side of this moment. I just need us to break through this awkwardness—the “will we or won’t we” tension.  

Her fingers find the top button of my shirt. “I’m not getting in the water unless you are.”

That’s a compromise I can live with. I find my lower shirt buttons and work upwards, until we meet in the middle. She pushes the two halves of my shirt apart and runs a hand down my bare chest. 

My inner caveman stands up and cheers.



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ABOUT SARINA BOWEN

Sarina Bowen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and New Adult fiction from the wilds of New England. Sarina enjoys skiing, coffee products and a nice glass of wine. She lives with her family, six chickens and more ski gear and hockey equipment than seems necessary.

Her Ivy Years and Brooklyn Bruisers books are hockey romance novels. These two connected series began breaking hearts in 2014 with The Year We Fell Down. Her book HIM co-written with Elle Kennedy won the Romance Writers of America's RITA® Award.


03 February 2018

Most Likely to Score by Lauren Blakely

Most Likely to Score
by Lauren Blakely
Published on January 8th, 2018
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Sports

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It seemed like a good idea at the time...

As the team's publicist, I need a football player to be the face of our charity calendar, and Jones Beckett needs a savvy PR woman to manage his new sponsorship deal. A simple give and take, and I'm sure I'll have no problem following my iron-clad rule -- don't date a player. And never ever fall for one. No matter how charming, big-hearted and devilishly clever the man is.

But you know what they say about best laid plans...

Once I start spending my off-season days and nights with Jones, I'm following a whole new playbook, one that has me falling hard for the incorrigible flirt -- heart, body and mind. That's against the rules, and now what seemed like a bright idea has turned into a dangerously forbidden one.

It was supposed to be an I-scratch-her-back-she-scratched-mine kind of arrangement. And man, did Jillian ever drag her nails down my back on one hell of a hot night. Okay fine, it was several hot nights on the road. Now we're back in town and it's time to set the play clock back to when we were simply player and publicist. Given the way the last few years have gone, I can't risk this deal. Trouble is, I want more than just another night with her. What's a guy to do when he's always been most likely to score, but the woman he's falling for is off limits?


Lauren Blakely has done it again! I've always looked forward to her books, especially her recent releases because they've all been the bomb dot com, and Most Likely to Score is no exception.

Everything about Most Likely to Score is a total favourite: a steamy off-limits romance between a sexy football superstar and the team’s smart and savvy publicist featuring a few adorable furry friends.

While Lauren Blakely has already teased some subtle flirting between Jones and Jillian in Most Valuable Playboy, nothing about it has prepared me for all the sizzling attraction and explosive chemistry between these two in Most Likely to Score.

There’s no denying Jones Beckett has it real bad for Jillian Moore. He’s done everything to get her attention, from posing (and strutting) bare naked (very subtle) and throwing his towel—quite literally… but she just won’t budge. Funnily enough, Jillian also feels the same way but dating a football player while being the team’s publicist isn’t exactly professional. But a new project involving cleaning up Jones’ wild-child image and a few adorable pets that have got them working together closer than ever just shows their self-control isn’t exactly as strong as they thought.

Jones and Jillian are the type of characters you’d root for to be together. They’re just so perfect for each other! While I’m all for total alpha male heroes in my romance novels, there’s still nothing way better than a man who’s both charming and incredibly grounded. Jones Beckett is the dream. He might initially come off as the typical flirty football superstar with a slight penchant for hooking up, but he’s incredibly kind, a total witty goofball, and a family man (and my ovaries just burst right then and there).

Jillian Moore would have to be one of my favourite characters ever written by Lauren Blakely. First things first, she’s Chinese and was adopted by an American couple as a baby. I love that she’s seriously driven when it comes to her career and her job as the PR person for The Renegades, but she never comes off as icy. As a matter of fact, she’s adored for her nice personality. Her love for her family and her adorable quirks, especially her fascination for Chinese lucky charms, are other things to love about her.

Most Likely to Score is all types of fun and flirty; a sports romantic comedy you shouldn’t dare miss out on. You’ll fall in love with both Jones and Jillian, and their sexy Secret Love Song-ish romance. Don’t fret, the romance is definitely free of over-the-top drama but will surely leave you swooning. A total page-turner you won't regret picking up!

BUY LINKS: Amazon / Barnes & Noble

ABOUT LAUREN BLAKELY

A #1 New York Times Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that's hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than 85 times, and she’s sold more than 2 million books. In December she’ll release THE V CARD, a sinfully sexy standalone.

23 January 2018

About That Kiss by Jill Shalvis + Excerpt!

Happy Book Birthday to Jill Shalvis' latest addition to the Heartbreaker Bay series, About That Kiss! I've been so in love with the Heartbreaker Bay series so I'm excited to share with you my review and an exclusive excerpt of this new swoon-worthy romance!

About That Kiss (Heartbreaker Bay #5)
by Jill Shalvis
Published by Avon Books on January 23rd, 2018.
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Chick Lit.

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When love drives you crazy . . .

When sexy Joe Malone never calls after their explosive kiss, Kylie shoves him out of her mind. Until she needs a favor, and it’s a doozy. Something precious to her has been stolen and there’s only one person with unique finder-and-fixer skills that can help—Joe. It means swallowing her pride and somehow trying to avoid the temptation to throttle him—or seduce him.

the best thing to do . . .

No, Joe didn’t call after the kiss. He’s the fun time guy, not the forever guy. And Kylie, after all she’s been through, deserves a good man who will stay. But everything about Kylie makes it damned hard to focus, and though his brain knows what he has to do, his heart isn’t getting the memo.

… is enjoy the ride.

As Kylie and Joe go on the scavenger hunt of their lives, they discover surprising things about each other. Now, the best way for them to get over “that kiss” might just be to replace it with a hundred more.

I received a review copy courtesy of the author/publisher. This does not affect my opinion or views regarding the book whatsoever.

The Heartbreaker Bay series is a new favourite of mine. Ever since I watched The Trouble With Mistletoe on Passionflix, I knew I had to get my hands on this series and voila, I binge-read the books because I just couldn't put them down! They're just that good. I can't get enough of Jill Shalvis' writing and I'm totally disappointed I didn't pick up her books sooner.

About That Kiss is a swoon-worthy, slow-burn romance, coupled with a little bit of mystery. If you've read the previous books, you'll understand Kylie and Joe are friends... well, sort of...and it seems like there's a little bit of tension going on between them because of a 'kiss' which apparently happened not too long ago. So, when Kylie enlists Joe's help to find the penguin carving that's been stolen from her, they're both forced to put their 'differences' aside.

Frankly speaking, the idea of Joe and Kylie as a couple was never under my radar when reading the previous books, but there's no denying I was really intrigued as to how Jill Shalvis was going to bring these two headstrong characters together.

I really enjoyed getting to know Kylie and Joe's character more. In the past books, Kylie has been introduced as the cute and quirky friend with an adorable rescue named Vinnie (I've been imagining him as a teacup chihuahua mix because he fits in her pocket but apparently he isn't! My whole life has been a lie!). She's the type of girl who doesn't really care much for appearance, especially being someone who works in a male-dominated industry--she's a woodworker! I love that we get to see more of her quirky side, especially when she begins to spend more time with Joe during their 'stakeouts' as they search for her missing penguin.

Meanwhile, it's no surprise Joe comes off as a total alpha male, especially because of his career as a former soldier, but he's also a total goofball and a sweetheart. He's serious and makes sure his head is in the game when needed. We also find out that he's a very family-oriented person, because not only does he watch out for his younger sister, Molly, he also cares deeply for his father who suffers from PTSD. It's very heartwarming to read about characters who care so much about their family.

Jill Shalvis writes slow burn romances so good, she'll definitely leave you satisfied. I absolutely loved how Kylie and Joe's relationship developed slowly as they continue to spend time with each other. No complications--none of that annoying push and pull. I just wish we caught a glimpse of how the 'kiss' happened because there's barely any interaction between just the two of them in the previous books. Not unless they're with friends. But there's no denying the chemistry between them is off-the-charts hot! The sexy times are an absolute thumbs up!

And speaking of friends, a Heartbreaker Bay novel isn't complete without the rest of the squad! These are my people and I love them so much! Jill Shalvis sure knows how to write lovable characters you'll never forget... not to mention their adorable fur-babies. I just can't get enough of them!

About That Kiss will definitely go down as a memorable read this 2018. It's a romantic read coupled with steamy scenes, witty dialogue, a little bit of action (Maybe Jill Shalvis should consider writing romantic suspense novels) and lots and lots of kissing! I want more of this series, I don't want it to ever end!

EXCERPT

“What kind of a kiss?” he asked. She was momentarily bewildered. “I don’t know. It was a kiss. A normal kiss. A nice kiss.” She cocked her head at him. “How many kinds of kisses are there?”

He just looked at her for a long moment before coming toward her. He backed her to the wall and pressed his big hands on either side of her head. “There are many kinds of kisses,” he said.

Her breath had backed up in her throat, where her heart had lodged, pounding wildly.

“S-s-such as?”

“Such as this one.” And then he leaned in and covered her mouth with his.

Only when he’d thoroughly plundered and pillaged and left her boneless did he lift his head and look into her eyes.

“Wow,” she whispered, fully aware she was still holding on to him like he was a lifeline, but the bones in her legs had liquefied. “I mean . . .” She shook her head. “Wow.” 


He nodded. “Yeah. So to be clear, that wasn’t ‘a normal kiss’ or even ‘a nice kiss.’ It was a ‘wow’ kiss. Any questions?”


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

JILL SHALVIS

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website, www.jillshalvis.com, for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.



16 January 2018

Three Blind Dates by Meghan Quinn

Three Blind Dates (Dating By Numbers #1)
by Meghan Quinn (Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook)
Published on January 4th, 2018.
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Humor
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"Good Morning Malibu, it’s another beautiful day on the west coast! I'm Noely Clark, your host: and I'm in the market for love…”

When the publicity team of the new local restaurant, Going in Blind, began their search for a hot, local celebrity to promote the wildly popular eatery, they couldn’t have found a better person than me.

Outgoing? Check.
Single? Check.
Open to finding love? Check.

I signed up immediately.

A hopeless romantic with an exceedingly demanding schedule, I've found it impossible to find the man of my dreams—so Going in Blind seems too good to be true! That’s until they start setting me up on dates—three very different, very attractive, very distinct blind dates—and only one thing is for certain . . .

I’m in big trouble.

Good Morning Malibu,
I'm Noely Clark, and I have a choice to make.
The question is who will I choose; the suit, the rebel, or the jock.

Good Morning, Mischievous Readers!
I'm Blessie... and you're watching Disney Channel.

Just Kidding.
HAH.

Good Morning Malibu host Noely Clark wants to find her forever... and she's got a list of her what she's looking for in a potential boo... someone who's a good cuddler, who can make her laugh and swoon, who will challenge her... He's also got to be a fan of hockey and Tom Hanks.

When Noely's boss puts her on the job to check out the new online dating app Going in Blind, Noely thinks she might finally get a chance to get her own happy ever after. I mean, the app literally gives her 'You've Got Mail' feels, her most favourite Tom Hanks movie! Signing up as 'ShopGirl', she comes across three perfectly matched, handsome, mouth-watering men: the Suit, the Rebel, and the Jock. Who is she going to choose? I'm telling you, it's like a dating quiz on Cosmopolitan.com.


Jack aka WindsorKnot definitely looks like he's just stepped out of Wall Street, rocking that impeccably polished suit and tie. He's the kind of man you'd assume to be assertive, in the boardroom and most definitely in bed. Talk about irresistible. Although he's quite broody and is a private man, he's quite the witty charmer who sure knows how to woo a woman with his romantic ways. He's the man who would take you out to fancy champagne-filled dinners, slow dancing, and soft walks on the beach. Winning!


Beck would have to be my guilty pleasure pick for Noely. He's the total rebel, with tattoos and a revving motorcycle to match. He's got the whole dirty grunge vibe, coupled with a taste of adventure and adrenaline. He's the super sexy wild ride every girl must've dream of at least once in her life. The resident bad boy you just can't resist. He doesn't seem like the type to take home to mama, but you know he's got your back. It's ride or die with this ultra sexy biker boy. 


Hayden 'fucking' Holmes would have to be my top pick among these three men. He's a really talented hockey player but so incredibly down to earth. He's sweet, charming and the cute boy next door kind every girl must have crushed on. He's definitely the type you can bring home to mama and she'll immediately start talking about weddings and grandbabies. He's uncharacteristically adorable and will surely charm your pants off. Everything about him screams the 'best bet' and don't mind if I let him score a goal (Is that how hockey works?).

Meghan Quinn is such a genius in writing Three Blind Dates! It's so unique and filled with twists, you wouldn't know what's coming. You've Got Mail is one of my favourite classic movies, especially because I really enjoy watching Meg Ryan act (Sorry, Tom Hanks).

Noely's character is absolutely relatable, especially for most young single women out there. She's smart, vivacious, and quite headstrong. Her dates with these three very different yet charming men have also been... well... different, but she surely connected to them in some way. It's a unique twist as to how Noely finds her happily ever after even when her dates with these men have failed. 

Also, let's not forget the other characters that made Three Blind Dates such a laugh out loud read! Noely's brother, Alex and his wife, Lauren, are fucking hilarious and I'm totally not kidding. Think Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne from The Neighbours. It's a miracle how I managed not to crack a rib while reading this book because these two are just unstoppable. 

Three Blind Dates is going down as a favourite read this 2018. It's hilarious, filled with laugh out loud humor and witty banter, coupled with unforgettable romantic and steamy scenes. This book will devour you, and you're gonna love it. Don't worry, I know you're thinking it and I hate to burst your bubble, but the twist isn't some sort of menage, hah! I wouldn't be opposed to that idea though.

I can't wait to read more of Meghan Quinn's works. If you've read my previous post, you'll see she's a newcomer to my favourite authors list. If Passionflix ever gets a hold of this book, you know I'm so down for that.

P.S. I added a few graphics, yay or nay?


13 January 2018

Mischievous Reads' 2017 Favourites | Happy New Year!


Happy New Year, mischievous nerds!

I'm back and hopefully without having to go on another hiatus again, hah! Work and my personal life have taken a massive toll on being a blogger. I've had less time to actually sit down and write words because I'm either too drained from my writing job and being the family driver, lol.

But while 2017 has been an emotional rollercoaster that gave me so much whiplash (I'm honestly so over 2017, I swear), I still wouldn't trade all the beautiful and memorable things that happened this year: being with family, celebrating my first work anniversary, getting a new car, new friends, and amazing travels (Osaka is gorgeous!).

While I haven't been active on the blogging scene, I've definitely been lurking on Goodreads and Twitter. I also got to finish my Goodreads Reading Challenge this year! (I honestly thought I would be able to read 20 books this year, but apparently, I can, hah!). This year, I've increased my goal to at least 50 books. I'm confident I'll be able to reach this goal, but I doubt I'd be able to surpass it.


I'm really hoping 2018 will at least be a decent blogging year for me. I've missed this... and all of you amazing people so much! Keep your fingers crossed for me?


FAVOURITE BOOKS AND READS IN 2017

So it's pretty obvious I've been in a massive blogging slump. I've barely posted any reviews on the blog for 2017, but I did get to do a lot of reading. Funny enough, I even managed to read at least 35 books last year, both new and backlisted titles. Woohoo! 


Tarryn Fisher sure knows how to fuck with people's heads. Bad Mommy would have to be the first Tarryn Fisher book I read from start to finish (Sorry, Fuck Love, I just couldn't get into reading past chapter two). Bad Mommy left me all shookt (in a good and cray way), especially with the idea the book is based on someone Tarryn new personally. This book is INSANE and I fucking love it!

I've also learned most of Tarryn's books are either inspired by her life or someone else's. Case in point: Atheists Who Kneel and Pray. I'm so in love with this novel. It's beautiful and incredibly poetic, with a touch of melancholy--like a song put together by Hozier and Lana Del Rey. It's glorious and feels like you've stepped into the garden of Eden. FREAKING PERFECTION.


ATHEISTS WHO KNEEL AND PRAY - Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble




Colleen Hoover has always been one of my favourite NA authors because she delivers all. the. damn. time. Ugly Love and Maybe Someday broke me, but boy, Confess and November 9 sure never failed to add to that heartbreak. 

I read Confess a few weeks before the short web-series was released and I LOVED IT! Everything about Confess is amazing, especially the art. It's freaking glorious. I also think they did a great job with the web-series, especially with sticking to the actual plot, as well as choosing the actor to play Owen because, OMG (see what I did there? *wink*), Ryan Cooper is hella F-I-N-E. Confess, both the book and the TV series gave me so much feels and pulled at my heartstrings. 

No lie, since Colleen Hoover is notorious for breaking readers' hearts with every book she's written, I definitely tried to put this off for as long as I could... until Kat from KatReads thought of reading it, then I said, 'What the hell? Let's get our hearts broken together!' and so we did. 

November 9 made me cry. And again. And again and again. 






When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got engaged, I definitely got so much 'Royally Screwed' feels. I felt so giddy and kept thinking to myself, 'OMG, it's an Emma Chase novel IRL!!!!!!!!!' 

I love, love, love the Royally series! It's definitely so ingenious, because we usually get the Billionaire CEOs as heroes and royals are mostly for historical romances (or maybe I just haven't explored enough, ehe~) but Emma Chase brought us the Young Royals and boy, did my insides feel all tingly because Prince Nicholas, Prince Henry, and Logan St James are all total dreamboats and on my top 10 book boyfriends list.





Okay, so obviously the Top 10 Book Boyfriends list isn't real... because the list is INFINITE. These three dreamboats are also on that list because lemme tell you, Meghan Quinn sure has a talent for making you fall in love with her characters. Especially the heroes. Also, even though MQ is a new author to me, her writing got me binge-reading almost all of her books. That's how good she is!

Co-Wrecker was adorkable. My Best Friend's Ex made me swoon. Twisted Twosome made me feel butterflies. Bam. The End. 

CO-WRECKER - Goodreads | Amazon
MY BEST FRIEND'S EX - Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository



THE HATING GAME by Sally Thorne

Sally Thorne needs to write another novel, STAT. I'm so in love with this gem! The Hating Game came out late 2016, and I'm a little pressed I didn't learn about it until mid-2017 and boy, this book is everything I look for in a romance. It's a hate to love romance (as it says so in the title, obviously) featuring two rival co-workers and it's all types of adorkable! Josh Templeman is totally bae. If you haven't read this, you're totally missing out because it's the Best. Thing. Ever. 

I totally just found out Sally Thorne's got a new book coming. Best believe I got 99 Percent Mine already on pre-order! 



THE RIVALRY by Nikki Sloane

Nikki Sloane is another new author to me and I'm not gonna lie, I definitely added this book to my TBR because THAT COVER THO. Them arms, back muscles, and that booty, damn, somebody get me some water because #TheThirstIsReal. I love everything about The Rivalry because unlike most sports romances, this one actually talked and played sports. 

The Rivarly is the bomb dot com. It's a modern-day Romeo and Juliet, only that it's about rival schools and two die-hard football fans. There's so much witty banter and explosive chemistry in this novel, I could definitely say every page SIZZLED and gave me all the burns. I'm so in desperate need of a sequel because I just can't get enough of this book!



MISS FIX-IT by Emma Hart

So Emma Hart's Miss Fix-It definitely got me dying to read single daddy romances. I'm so in love with everything in this novel, starting with Kali Hancock, our heroine who's a headstrong handywoman, single daddy Brantley Cooper, and a set of cutie-patootie toddler twins! I could not put this book down! My cheeks hurt from all the grinning and the giggles I made with every turn of a page. Though I have to admit, this book finished a little too quickly for me and I want more! I'm hoping Emma Hart grants my wish for a novella (at least). 



ROOMIES by Christina Lauren

The last Christina Lauren book I read was the Beautiful series and while they were good reads, they didn't make it to the favourites list. So I barely paid attention to their following releases (sue me), but some sure did catch my eye (I'll be reading Dating You, Hating You soon!). Until Roomies. This novel, hands down, is definitely my most favourite read for 2017. It's absolutely perfect and I know I'm going to love it forever! Funnily enough, I dove into this book blind as a bat, with barely an idea of what it's about. Even the rings on the cover didn't clue me in... or maybe it's because I never noticed the rings until it was mentioned in the story, sorry not sorry. 

If you like a marriage of convenience romance starring a very sexy Irish musician, then you definitely shouldn't miss out on this novel. 

Shoutout to Tika from FANGIRL Confessions for buddy reading this book with me! 



ALEX APPROXIMATELY by Jenn Bennett
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Y'all know I'm a full-fledged romance reader so I barely pick up any YA books (even though I keep buying them for the sake of it). But a couple of decades some time ago, I raved about Jenn Bennett when I picked up The Anatomical Shape of a Heart. That book is glorious. And Alex, Approximately sure didn't disappoint. I'm so in love with this book, especially because of classic movies and Porter. Jenn Bennett writes the best YA contemporary romances that will leave you swooning.

And yes, this is the only YA book I read in 2017. Sue me.



THE MOTHER ROAD

The Mother Road is the last book I read in 2017! I don't know if I mentioned this earlier but Meghan Quinn is freaking hilarious!!! I really enjoyed her humour in this book. The Mother Road is a family book... or so we think it is, hah! Marley is invited by her dad on a final family road trip to before her brother gets married and honour their late mom's wishes. Funny thing is, her childhood crush, Porter, is also apparently joining in on the ride.

The Mother Road will make you LOL. Like belly-clutching and giggle-snort laughter. And I freaking love it. Fair warning, this book has a lot of cussing, comical family banter, weird-ass bromances, and quite a lot of sexy times. 



THE KNOCKED UP PLAN 

How could I forget?! Lauren Blakely is one of my favourite romance authors and I've never been so excited to hear news about her new releases, and boy, did she grace us with a lot of awesome romcom releases last year. The Knocked Up Plan would have to be my favourite among them all. It's super sexy and incredibly naughty 'I need a baby donor but let's do it the traditional way' story. HAH. Nicole and Ryder have so much chemistry together and it makes everything perfect. Also, adorable babies and fur-babies!


What were your favourite reads from last year? Let me know in the comments below! Happy 2018!

28 September 2017

The Learning Hours by Sara Ney + Exclusive Excerpt!

The Learning Hours (How to Date a Douchebag #3)
by Sara Ney
Published on September 26th, 2017.
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
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He's not a douchebag; but that doesn't stop his friends from turning him into one.

MY FRIENDS WANT ME TO GET LAID.

So much so that they plastered my ugly mug all over campus, in bold printed letters:

Are you the lucky lady who's going to break our roommate's cherry?
Him: socially awkward man with average-sized penis looking for willing sexual partner. You: must have a pulse. He will reciprakate with oral. Text him at: 555-254-5551

The morons can't even spell. And the texts I've been receiving are what wet dreams are made of. But I'm not like these douchebags, no matter how hard they try to turn me into one.

THIS ISN'T THE KIND OF ATTENTION I WANT.

One text stands out from hundreds. One number I can't bring myself to block. She seems different. Hotter, even in black and white.

However, after seeing her in person, I know she's not the girl for me. But my friends won't let up--they just don't get it. Douchebags or not, there's one thing they'll never understand: GIRLS DON'T WANT ME.

Especially her.

I received a review copy courtesy of the author/publisher. This does not affect my opinion or views regarding the book whatsoever.

Confession: Reading this book made me binge read the rest of Sara Ney's books. Well, most of them.

If you're not new to the romance novel scene, I'm pretty sure you're well aware douchebags are a thing to fangirl on. Like there's just something about that alpha male hero who's all broody and intimidating on the outside and a giant cupcake on the inside. And there are also those guys who refute the idea of love until this one girl comes along and shit hits the fan.

Oh, gotta love romance novels. All the fantasies you can conjure, hah!

After being thrust into the stories of how 'douchebags' Sebastian Osborne and Zeke Daniels found the love of their lives in the previous How To Date a Douchebag books; Sara Ney brings us the story of another 'douchebag' wrestler in The Learning Hours... plot twist: he's not really a douchebag.

The hero in the Learning Hours is incredibly different from the heroes of the previous books. He's a total gentleman and a sweetheart. Definitely a swoon-worthy hero you'd want to keep in your pocket and protect at all costs. He, admittedly, is an unconventional character and is a little rough around the edges, particularly with his looks. The heroine, on the other hand, is also an unexpected addition. Her personality at the beginning of the novel made it a little hard for me to warm up to her character, but her development definitely made up for what she initially lacked.

Also, can I just say, Sara Ney can definitely write stories that are a punch in the gut and gives you all the feels. The Learning Hours did just that. It was like reading an emotional rollercoaster especially as the pair's relationship begin to bloom from an adorable friendship into full-blown romance!

The Learning Hours is a fantastic addition to the How to Date a Douchebag series. I devoured this book in one sitting and I still can't stop grinning. It's a perfect mix of sexy, angsty, and laugh-out-loud hilarious; everything I look for in a romance. I seriously can't get enough of this book and I can't deny I was disappointed to finish this book so quickly--I WANT MORE! I'm honestly hoping for another book to this series because I never want it to end!



READ AN EXCERPT

He’s seated at a table in the far corner when I spot him from the door. He’s not hard to miss—not with his purple t-shirt in a sea of black and yellow, and wavy mussed hair.

He’s slouching, hunched over his table.

Defeated. Tired.

My stomach rolls with nerves, nerves that have me rooted to the spot in the doorway, watching him.

Just watching.

For the entire four minutes I stand here, he sits immobile, studying his laptop, eyes moving along the screen, completely transfixed by whatever he’s reading.

Learning.

“Just go over there,” I whisper to myself, blowing out a puff of pent-up air.

I put one foot in front of the other and begin toward him, spine ramrod straight, steeling myself, prepared for another argument.

Twenty feet.

Fifteen.

Eight.

Two.

“Hi.”

No reply.

“Do you mind if I sit here?” I lay my hand on the back of the wooden chair across from him, intending to pull it out.

He stiffens but doesn’t lift his head. “Yes I mind.”

“Would you mind if I sat at the table next to you?” I’m pushing his buttons, looking for a reaction, but he only spares me a brief glance.

Shrugs. “Free country.”

I bite my lip to hide a smile, glad he didn’t tell me to take a hike...




Read the other books from the How To Date a Douchebag series!


THE STUDYING HOURS: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE
THE FAILING HOURS: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
SARA NEY
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Sara Ney is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the How to Date a Douchebag series, and is best known for her sexy, laugh-out-loud New Adult romances. Among her favorite vices, she includes: iced latte's, historical architecture and well-placed sarcasm. She lives colorfully, collects vintage books, art, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British.

She lives with her husband, children, and her ridiculously large dog.