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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!

Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join them!

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What I read last week: Black Crown (#3 in the Darkest Drae series) by Raye Wagner & Kelly St. Clare and His Distraction by Tanya Gallagher.
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 What I am reading at present: Player by ML Sparrow! download (1).jpg

I plan on reading: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo and Because You’re Mine by Claire Contreas 
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What are you reading currently or what are you planning on reading this week? Comment & tell me! I love always finding more books! Have a good week! Xo!
katy

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Waiting on Wednesday

It has been a minute since I did a Waiting On Wednesday post! There are so many upcoming releases and I’m excited to my picks with you! 
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Blurb: Beth’s life hasn’t been the same since her sister died. Her parents try to lock her down, believing they can keep her safe by monitoring her every move. When Beth sneaks out to a party one night and meets the new guy in town, Chase, she’s thrilled to make a secret friend. It seems a small thing, just for her. Only Beth doesn’t know how big her secret really is…

Fresh out of juvie and determined to start his life over, Chase has demons to face and much to atone for, including his part in the night Beth’s sister died. Beth, who has more reason than anyone to despise him, is willing to give him a second chance. A forbidden romance is the last thing either of them planned for senior year, but the more time they spend together, the deeper their feelings get. Now Beth has a choice to make—follow the rules, or risk tearing everything apart…again.

Publication Date: June 26th 2018 // Add to Goodreads <— // Pre-order <—

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Blurb: Jackal Emerson has never taken himself seriously. Dubbed the “orgy king,” he’s renowned for his reputation as the wild End Man. But with the uprising on the horizon and his best friend missing, Jackal is having a hard time living the same carefree existence. And then he meets a thief and everything changes.

Phoenix Moyo, principal dancer of a notorious ballet company, lives a life of rigidity. When her world collides with Jackal’s, their chemistry is evident to everyone except her. Forced to work with him to steal the most precious commodity of the Regions, she realizes too late that there is no escaping Jackal’s charisma. 

When unimaginable crimes come to light, the Regions begin to crumble. No one is safe. Families divide and secrets are exposed, danger running rampant on every side. For some, sacrifice costs everything. (Book 2 in the End of Men Series)

Publication Date: June 29 2018 // Add to Goodreads <— // Pre-order <—

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Blurb: I will not be ruled by fear.
A depraved emperor. A wasted realm. A dying race. 
With Tyrrik by my side, I’ll lead the charge to remedy it all.

After discovering the rightful heir to the Phaetyn, an alliance with the healers should be easy as pancakes. But while the armies of Verald and Gemond march to the border for war, the emperor delivers a crushing blow that threatens to put everything at risk.

As I fight my father’s staggering power, I’m compelled to face evil on his terms. A twisted darkness worse than anything I’ve experienced. Nothing could’ve prepared me for this.
How far would you go to defeat a merciless sovereign?
I’ll lie to the liars.
I’ll betray the betrayers.
I’ll kill the killers.
I will conquer my fear.
(Book #3 in the Darkest Drae series)

Publication Date: June 30 2018 // Add to Goodreads <— // Pre-order <—

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Blurb: Bitsy: I might be only nineteen, but I know what I want. It’s Leka Moore. I don’t care that he took me in when he was barely more than a kid himself. I don’t care that he raised me. I don’t care everyone thinks being with him is wrong. I know we belong together, and the only person I need to convince is him.

Leka: I found her in the corner of a dark alley. If I hadn’t taken her with me, she would’ve died that night—or maybe worse. Before I knew it, she became the light in my dark life, the haven from the madness. I watched her grow up. I tried to teach her right from wrong. Now that she’s an adult, I’m feeling things that no good man should ever feel. But then…I’ve never been a good man. I have a chance at redemption by saving her from the greatest danger of all—me.

Publication Date: July 1st 2018 // Add to Goodreads <— 

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Blurb: 
It started as a game.  We flirted. We played. Most importantly—we won. 
Then I discovered who he was: Gambler. Famous playboy. Silver-eyed player who never plays to lose. …And my best friend’s soon-to-be brother in law, Cullen Carmichael. 
He needed a good luck charm, I needed a distraction. 
So we made a gamble and set off for Vegas—but pretty soon—I was in too deep. 
My heart, soul, and body weren’t supposed to be part of the deal. 
But somewhere between big wins and long nights, my house of cards started to tumble. 
What was this devil with those piercing eyes doing to me? 
I’d given up on love, but the wicked, all-in Cullen Carmichael was upping the ante and wouldn’t stop until he’d won it all. 
**This book contains characters from the Manwhore series but can be read as a complete standalone**

Publication Date: June 30 2018 // Add to Goodreads <— // Pre-order <—

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Blurb: Returning home for her father’s wedding was never going to be easy for Adele. If being sent away at eighteen hadn’t been bad enough, the mess she left behind when she made a pass at her dad’s business partner sure was.

Fifteen years older than her, Pete had been her crush for as long as she could remember. But she’d misread the situation—confusing friendliness for undying love. Awkward. Add her father to the misunderstanding, and Pete had been left with a broken nose and a business on the edge of ruin. The man had to be just as glad as everyone else when she left town.

Seven years on, things are different. Adele is no longer a kid, but a fully grown adult more than capable of getting through the wedding and being polite. But all it takes is seeing him again to bring back all those old feelings. Sometimes first loves are the truest.

Publication Date: August 7th 2018 // Add to Goodreads <— // Pre-order <—

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Those are my picks for this Waiting On Wednesday post! I’m sure I’ll add more as summer continues but I’m super excited for all these books! What are some books you are waiting on this Wednesday?
katy

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books I’ve Read So Far This Year

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010 out of a love of lists. In January of 2018 we decided it was time to close our doors. Top Ten Tuesday now lives with Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.divider 3

For this Top Ten Tuesday I’m focusing on my top picks for the best books I’ve read so far this year! 

10. Escort by Skye Warren
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Blurb: There is no shame in pleasure. And no love in business.
I have a blind date tonight, and I know with 100% certainty that I’m getting lucky. There shouldn’t be any surprises, not for one as jaded as me, but when I walk into the penthouse suite of L’Etoile, everything changes.

1) For one thing, Bea is heartstoppingly gorgeous. Pale green eyes and endless freckles. Curves I want to spend all night exploring, as if her body was made for me.

2) Her innocence makes me want to use my entire inventory of bedroom tricks on her and then invent a few more.

3) Except that . . . she’s a virgin.

I can initiate her into the world of desire without letting her get attached, can’t I? A few hours of tutoring, and at the end of the night a small fortune will be deposited into my bank account.Yes, you read that right. There are many words for what I do. After all, mine is the oldest profession. I’m an escort, which means this date is nothing more than a mutually enjoyable transaction. But once I realize one night with her won’t be enough, I’m the one who’s screwed.

My thoughts: This was my first Skye Warren book and I was truly blown away by how talented she is. I loved the story and Escort took a hold of my heart and ran away with it! Check out the buy links below & the link for my review! 

Buy Escort Today!

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2IBt3We
Amazon Universal: http://mybook.to/EscortSW
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Amazon Print: http://amzn.to/2DiPkUS
Add to GoodReads: http://bit.ly/2GIKWkU

Check out my Review here <—

#9 Sinner by Sierra Simone
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Blurb: I’m not a good man, and I’ve never pretended to be.  I don’t believe in goodness or God or any happy ending that isn’t paid for in advance.

What do I believe in?  Money. Sex. Macallan 18.
They have words for men like me—playboy.  Womanizer. Skirt chaser.

My brother used to be a priest, and he only has one word for me.
Sinner.

My thoughts: Sierra Simone is one of the best writers in the romance genre book world period, so it’s no surprise that Sinner makes the list! A mix of enthralling, sexual energy with emotional ties Sinner is definitely one Sierra Simone’s best. Check out the buy links below & the link for my review! 

Buy Sinner: 
Amazon: myBook.to/SeanTheSinner
iBooks: sierrasim.one/isinner
Kobo: sierrasim.one/kobosinner
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Goodreads: sierrasim.one/GRsinner
Check out my Review here <—

#8 Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas
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Blurb: JORDAN: He took me in when I had nowhere else to go.
He doesn’t use me, hurt me, or forget about me. He doesn’t treat me like I’m nothing, take me for granted, or make me feel unsafe.
He remembers me, laughs with me, and looks at me. He listens to me, protects me, and sees me. I can feel his eyes on me over the breakfast table, and my heart pumps so hard when I hear him pull in the driveway after work.
I have to stop this. It can’t happen.
My sister once told me there are no good men, and if you find one, he’s probably unavailable.
Only Pike Lawson isn’t the unavailable one. I am.

PIKE: I took her in, because I thought I was helping.
She’d cook a few meals and clean up a little. It was an easy arrangement.
As the days go by, though, it’s becoming anything but easy. I have to stop my mind from drifting to her and stop holding my breath every time I bump into her in the house. I can’t touch her, and I shouldn’t want to.
The more I find my path crossing hers, though, the more she’s becoming a part of me.
But we’re not free to give into this. She’s nineteen, and I’m thirty-eight.
And her boyfriend’s father.  
Unfortunately, they both just moved into my house.
*BIRTHDAY GIRL is a stand-alone, contemporary romance suitable for ages 18+.

My thoughts: Maybe it’s because there’s an age difference in my marriage but I am complete sucker for age gap romances. Especially forbidden ones too. The plot was super interesting with a touch of drama and of course lots and lots sexual tension. Douglas’ sense of humor is great too. Definitely one of my favorite age gap difference romances ever.  Check out the buy links below & the link for my review! 

Buy Birthday Girl: (Free on Kindle Unlimited)
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Amazon UK—> https://amzn.to/2vkEQ8z
Amazon AUS—> https://amzn.to/2H5Hfty
Check out my Review here <—

#7 The Swedish Prince by Karina Halle 
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Blurb:  I never believed in fairy-tales. Never held out for Prince Charming.
Growing up poor in small-town California as the oldest of six siblings, I knew I would never ride off into the sunset with anyone. That was even more apparent when a senseless tragedy took the lives of my parents, forcing me to become the sole guardian of our dysfunctional household at the mere age of twenty-three.

Then a fateful encounter literally brought Prince Charming to my dusty doorstep.At first I thought Viktor was just your average businessman passing through, albeit obscenely handsome, six-foot-five, blue-eyed, and mysteriously rich.

But soon I discovered the truth behind Viktor’s façade. Beneath his quiet, enigmatic gaze and cocky charm, is a man who is running away from who he really is. A role he’d rather not fulfill.

He is Viktor of House Nordin, His Royal Highness, The Crown Prince of Sweden.
Yet uncovering Viktor’s secret was only the first step.
I didn’t expect to fall in love with him.
I didn’t expect to have my whole life turned upside down.
When you’re from two different worlds, can your hearts meet somewhere in the middle?
Or do happily-ever-afters only exist in fairy-tales?
The Swedish Prince is a standalone romance inspired by Roman Holiday.

My thoughts: Besides the horrible cover, I really loved The Swedish Prince. I’ve been trying to expand my reading with authors and this was my first Karina Halle book! She’s funny and has a different sense of writing style than what I’m used to that I really liked. Her characters have this crazy, magnetic chemistry that made me fall head over heels for them! Check out the buy links below & the link for my review! 

Read The Swedish Prince Today!
Free with Kindle Unlimited
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2Gg4csH
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2ILuEJe
Amazon CA: http://amzn.to/2GRktCi
Amazon Universal: myBook.to/theswedishprice
Add to Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2FU5oBC
Check out my Review here <—

#6 Blood Oath by Raye Wagner & Kelly St. Clare
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Blurb: Everything I know is a lie.
I’m an ordinary mortal girl. Lord Irrik is a depraved dragon shifter. King Irdelron is an immortal tyrant. In the disease ridden land of Verald, life is mapped out much like the established rings of our kingdom. Everyone has a role…
Me? I’ll be uselessly serving potato stew for the rest of my life because I can’t make anything grow. But starvation brews rebellion.
When the king strikes, I’m captured by Lord Irrik. Instantly, I’m embroiled in a deadly game. One where I’m desperate to understand the rules. Because nothing makes sense anymore. Now, I’m not only fighting for my life . . . but a love that could be the key to my freedom. What if the truth means you’re not who — or what — you thought you were?

My thoughts: I’ve been really getting back in YA/Mature YA and thanks to Kindle Unlimited I found Blood Oath and was just blown away! I love romance books so much, but there is nothing better than a good YA/Mature YA, fantasy, romance read! Definitely one of my favorite reads of the two and I loved the second book, Shadow Wings too! Check out the buy links below and links to both of my reviews! 

**Blood Oath & the entire Darkest Drae series is available on Kindle Unlimited**
Buy Blood Oath:
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Check out my Review here <—

Check out my Review of Shadows Wings here <—

#5 A Court Of Frost & Starlight by Sarah J. Maas 
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Blurb: A companion tale to Sarah J. Maas’s #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series that takes place several months after the explosive events of A Court of Wings and Ruin Narrated by Feyre and Rhysand, this story bridges the events in A Court of Wings and Ruin and the upcoming novels in the series. Feyre, Rhys and their companions are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated – scars that will have a far-reaching impact on the future of their court.

My thoughts: There was A LOT of thoughts (both good and bad but mainly bad to be honest) on A Court Of Frost & Starlight but I really loved it. I thought it answered a lot of lingering questions from A Court Of Wings & Ruin, wrapped up things nicely for Rhys and Feyre and set things up for the future books. Also, it was a NOVELLA and just some of the reviews I read were just ridiculous to me, you are going put out that much negativity for a novella? Really? Craziness. Check out the buy links below & the link for my review! 

Read A Court Of Frost & Starlight:
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Check out my Review here <—

#4 Pestilence The Four Horsemen by Laura Thalassa
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Blurb: They came to earth—Pestilence, War, Famine, Death—four horsemen riding their screaming steeds, racing to the corners of the world. Four horsemen with the power to destroy all of humanity. They came to earth, and they came to end us all. 

When Pestilence comes for Sara Burn’s town, one thing is certain: everyone she knows and loves is marked for death. Unless, of course, the angelic-looking horseman is stopped, which is exactly what Sara has in mind when she shoots the unholy beast off his steed. Too bad no one told her Pestilence can’t be killed. 

Now the horseman, very much alive and very pissed off, has taken her prisoner, and he’s eager to make her suffer. Only, the longer she’s with him, the more uncertain she is about his true feelings towards her … and hers towards him. 
And now, well, Sara might still be able to save the world, but in order to do so, she’ll have to sacrifice her heart in the process.

My thoughts: Pestilence was another book I found on Kindle Unlimited and OH MY GOODNESS. Again, I was completely blown away! Apparently 2018 is the year of getting back into science fiction/fantasy books again because Pestilence was EVERYTHING. I seriously need the second book War RIGHT MEOW. In all seriousness though, if you love science fiction, fantasy, post apocalyptic books with romance mixed in, Pestilence is for you. Check out the buy links below & the link for my review! 

Buy Pestilence (#1) The Four Horsemen series:
***Available on Kindle Unlimited***
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Check out my Review here <—

#3 Filthy Gods by R. ScarlettFilthy Gods
Blurb: Young. Wealthy. Elite. Attractive. The gentlemen’s secret society at Yale was filled with them. And Nathaniel Radcliffe, the bane of my existence, was one of them.

As the right hand of the American Gods, he was conceited and arrogant. A dangerously handsome man in a tailored custom suit and shiny black oxford loafers.

The classroom was our battlefield. We made a sport out of arguing and debating, ready to do anything in order to win over the other.

Deadly opponents, deadlier minds.
I’d sworn I’d never give him the upper hand, until…
The secret I’ve been hiding for the last three years?
He just discovered it…and now he has all the power.

My thoughts: Filthy Gods is a novella and the prequel for the Filthy Gods series. This was my first R. Scarlett book and before I heard nothing but good things and dang, she did NOT disappoint. Scarlett is an amazing writer that completely transported me into the world of the Filthy Gods and I am honestly so hyped for the rest of the series! 

Purchase Today for .99 Cents! Free in Kindle Unlimited
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Check out my Review here <—

#2 The Fallen World series by Laura Thalassa
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Blurb: In the future, the world is at war. For the last decade, King Lazuli of the Eastern Empire has systematically taken over the world. No one knows much about him other than a series of impossible facts: he cannot die, he has not aged since the conflict began, and he wants to rule the world.

All Serenity Freeman has known is bloodshed. War has taken away her mother, her home, her safety. As the future emissary of the Western United Nations, the last autonomous region of the globe, she is responsible for forging alliances where she can. 

Surrender is on the horizon. The king can taste it; Serenity feels it deep within her bones. There is no other option. Now the two must come face to face. For Serenity, that means confronting the man who’s taken everything from her. For the king, it means meeting the one woman he can’t conquer. But when they meet, something happens. Cruelty finds redemption. Only in war, everything comes with a price. Especially love.

My thoughts: Once I finished Pestilence by Laura Thalassa I needed more of her magical books so I borrowed The entire The Fallen World series through Kindle Unlimited. I was not prepared for how fast and hard I fell for these books. Serenity and Montes are one of the best couples I have ever read about and honestly I don’t think three books were enough to do them justice! Again if you love science fiction, fantasy, post apocalyptic books with romance mixed in, this book series is for you! I haven’t written an official review yet (I want to read them again!) but definitely check them out with the buy links below!

Buy The Queen Of All That Dies:
(The entire Fallen World Series is available on Kindle Unlimited) 
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#1 Mogul by Katy Evans 
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The hot Suit I had a one-night stand with one evening. 
I didn’t know anything about him, not even his name. 
Only that we shared a taxi, and he was staying at the hotel where I worked. 
We met in room 1103. Where he commanded not only my body but my soul. 
The next day he was gone and I only had a memory of him. 
I could still taste his kisses, feel his demanding touch. 
I searched for him for months. Daydreaming about him. Wondering if I’d ever find him. 
Until the day I find myself staring face to face with his jeweled black eyes again. 
He says lets keep it casual, and my heart knows that falling for this workaholic in a three-thousand-dollar suit is off the table.
Because he has a secret. One that’s a deal breaker for me. 
My Suit has a name.  Ian Ford. And this is our story.
*Mogul contains characters from Tycoon, but is written to be read as a standalone.*

My thoughts: It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that follows this blog that my #1 pick for the Top Ten Books of the year so far is Mogul by Katy Evans. Mogul was just so different from her other books and I really, really loved the change! It was still Katy but just different. Definitely one of my favorite standalones and a book you need to put on your TBR! 

Read today:
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Kindle: https://amzn.to/2rkEsll
BN: http://bit.ly/2DBXjMU
Kobo: http://bit.ly/2pmxo6M
Audio: https://adbl.co/2GB9EDt
Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2FR3COv
**Review will be posted May 31st**

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Phew! What a list and it’s so strange to look back at all the books I’ve read and reviewed the past 6 months! I mean can you believe that in a few days it’ll be June?! Craziness!! I’m excited for the rest of the year and all the books that I’ll read! What are some of your top books of the year? Tell me and share your favorites! Xo!
katy

 

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Top 5 Wednesday: Best Sports Romance Books

Top 5 Wednesday @ Goodreads (moderated by Lainey) – Each week is a different topic to pick 5 of your favorite/best for. There are a lot of topics but this week I wanted to focus on Sports Romance and talk about my favorite ones! 
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#5 Lucky by Carina Adams
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My thoughts: I don’t like football, at all. HOWEVER there is something about sports romance books that focus on football that I actually really like! Weird I know, but bare with me please! Lucky was a huge surprise for me but I loved this story and Adams is a fantastic writer with a great sense of humor. Not to mention the chemistry between Sunshine and Lucian is electric hot and the way they meet is just hilarious but I won’t spoil it for you. Lucien is also super, super sexy and honestly he just made me swoon! If you’re a fan of sports romance and football romance, you definitely need to read or add Lucky to your TBR list!

Blurb:  Everyone loves Lucky # 7.
He’s the whole package – smart, athletic, and sexy as sin.
A filthy talking bad boy, he can have any woman he wants.

Except me. A chance encounter. One unforgettable night.
That’s all we could ever have. At least, that’s what we tell ourselves.
 Fate has other plans.
 
If anyone found out, I would lose my job.
He could lose his scholarship.
Some things are worth the risk.
 
Sometimes, you have to cross your fingers,

Roll the dice, and hope lady luck is on your side.

Buy Lucky: (also available in Kindle Unlimited)
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2mt88N9
Amazon UK: goo.gl/48Bk85
Amazon CA: goo.gl/n6yTor

About the Author: Carina Adams has been writing and creating characters for as long as she can remember, allowing her to fall in love with the next man of her dreams with every new story. Thankfully, fate stepped in and granted her the ultimate wish – a life full of men. Carina lives in a picturesque New England town with her husband, the man who ruined the thought of all others, and two amazing sons who always keep her on her toes.

Carina received her MBA in May, but would much rather play with her imaginary friends (the voices in her head) than work her 8 to 5. When she isn’t trying to juggle being a working mom with karate and football practices, surprising her children with her sci-fi movie knowledge, or writing, you can find her with her nose pressed against her kindle, laughing with friends, or living life vicariously as her Derby Girl persona, Writers Block.

Carina is the author the of Bastards MC series and best selling Forever Red. She is currently writing Out of The Blue, the follow up to Forever Red. She loves to hear feedback from her readers, no matter what type. You can email her at: carinaadamswrites@gmail.com

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#4: Home Run King by Stacey Lynn
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My thoughts: I was SO excited when I first signed up to review Home Run King because honestly besides football, there wasn’t a lot of versatility when it came to sports romance and a lot of books were focused on just football. So when I saw that Stella was releasing a sports romance book about baseball, I was pumped! Home Run King was such a sweet, funny read and I love books that focus on blossoming relationships. Most of the time you start a book and BOOM! The couple are suddenly in love which isn’t the case for this book and I really liked that change. 

Blurb: My life was what country songs are made of: my Granny died, my girlfriend broke up with me, I knocked up her cousin, and I was inducted into the Major League Hall of Fame. Yup…just like every country song I’ve ever heard.

But let me start over…my name is Gage Nix. That’s all you need to know. Actually, there’s a lot more to Gage than meets the eye. My name’s Katie Crisp, and I had a front row seat and the inside scoop. In a moment of grief and desperation, I allowed the Home Run King to…well, hit a home run on my diamond. He not only knocked it out of the park, but he also knocked me up. 

Raising two babies—the one I was carrying, and Gage—wasn’t what I signed up for. But he gave me no choice. I only wish I hadn’t waited until the end of the season to see that he was my MVP. Oh, and the only hall of fame he’s ever been inducted into is his own. 

Grab Stella’s first book, Third Base! (Free in Kindle Unlimited)
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2iiyf54
Amazon UK: http://bit.ly/ThirdBaseUK
Amazon CA: http://bit.ly/ThirdBaseCA
Amazon AU: http://bit.ly/ThirdBaseAU
Add to Goodreads – http://bit.ly/2EqMl1e
Check out my Review of Home Run King here <— 

About Stella: When two romance authors, Leddy Harper and Stephie Walls, join forces…you know it’s going to be STELLA

Follow Author Stella:
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#3 Filthy Player by Stacey LynnFlithyPlayer-ANMy thoughts: Again another football sports romance but another favorite of mine! Stacey Lynn has this wonderful way of mixing real life problems within her books and it’s so relatable that it makes me feel closer to her characters. Beaux and Paige are one of my favorite fictional contemporary romance couples EVER and Beaux is one steamy, dirty talking, kind man. Definitely one of my favorites and there are other books in the series too! 

Blurb: The Raleigh Rough Riders are back, and this time Super Bowl Quarterback Beaux Hale finds himself playing the most important game of his life.

Every woman knows Beaux Hale is nothing but a player. Yet the first time he walks into Paige Halloway’s restaurant and flashes his sexy grin, she feels a heat between them spark. Too bad he opens his mouth and ruins it.

He may think his money, fame, and sexy looks will attract any woman—but he’s wrong.Paige doesn’t have time for a man. She’s too busy keeping a roof over her head and taking care of her father to care about relationships.

Lucky for Beaux, he’s a man who’s ready to use all the plays at his disposal. He didn’t bring his team a Super Bowl victory by giving up at the first block in his path—and Paige Halloway has just become his new long-game. Beaux also knows that sometimes, in order to win and claim your prize, you have to get a little bit filthy.

Buy Filthy Player:
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Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2yrl8Wn
iBooks: http://apple.co/2yVt3eP
Nook: http://bit.ly/2fMAlNs
Kobo: http://bit.ly/2xZn9vj
Add to Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2yVDxuL
Read my Review of Filthy Player here <—

Get Dirty Player for only 99¢ (#1 in the Raleigh Rough Riders series)
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Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2y9Go5h
iBooks: http://apple.co/2xmrnKY 
Nook: http://bit.ly/2y9ENfG
Kobo: http://bit.ly/2ygmsKU

About the Author: Stacey Lynn currently lives in Minnesota with her husband and four children. When she’s not conquering mountains of laundry and fighting a war against dust bunnies and cracker crumbs, you can find her playing with her children, curled up on the couch with a good book, or on the boat with her family enjoying Minnesota’s beautiful, yet too short, summer.

She lives off her daily pot of coffee, can only write with a bowlful of Skittles nearby, and has been in love with romance novels since before she could drive herself to the library.

Follow Stacey Lynn:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/staceylynnbooks
Twitter: @staceylynnbooks 

Website: http://www.staceylynnbooks.com
Stay up to date on Stacey’s latest news! Subscribe to her Newsletter today! http://www.staceylynnbooks.com/contact

#2 Team Player A Christmas Anthology
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My thoughts: Team Player is a great sports romance read because it is a long read but includes so many different kinds of sports! Baseball, football, MMA fighters, hockey, oh my! Lots of different stories and lots of love storys and hunks to swoon over. Perfect for anyone who wants a little taste of everything when it comes to sports romance. 

Blurb: Hot jocks. We love them all. Sexy baseball players. Intense footballers. Sweaty MMA fighters, and sizzling hockey hotties. Score!

The good news? Eleven bestselling authors have gathered to give you a set of stories focused on the men we love most—sports heroes. We bet you’ll love this thick…book. The bad news? The men in these novellas don’t actually exist.

*This anthology does not contain calories, just eleven original, never-before-seen stories by the following authors: Adriana Locke, Mandi Beck, Charleigh Rose, Kennedy Ryan, LJ Shen, Meghan Quinn, Rochelle Paige, Ella Fox, Kate Stewart, Emma Scott, and Sara Ney. We aren’t responsible for melted devices.

Read Today! (FREE in Kindle Unlimited)
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2j7MCK1
Amazon Universal: http://mybook.to/TeamPlayerAnthology
Add to GoodReads: http://bit.ly/2iVSpFW

#1 Real by Katy Evans
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My thoughts: If you read my blog and reviews, you should KNOW that I am a Katy Evans fangirl. I’m not afraid to admit it, I am! So it shouldn’t be a surprise to you that Real by Katy Evans is #1 for my Top 5 Wednesday Sports Romance. I love Remington Tate so much, he is the embodiment of athleticism, health goals and oozes sex appeal by just looking at you. Real is my favorite book of all time and every romance reader/sports romance lover should read Real! 

Blurb: Remington Tate has a bad-boy rep in and out of the ring, a granite-hard body, and a raw, animal power that sends his female fans into a frenzy. But from the moment their eyes lock, the only woman he wants is Brooke Dumas. His desire is pure, all-consuming, and REAL.

Hired to keep his perfect body working like a machine, Brooke finally has the lucrative sports therapy job she’s been dreaming of. But as she tours the dangerous underground fighting circuit with Remy and his team, Brooke’s own body becomes alive with the most primal of hungers. If what happens between Brooke and Remy is ever as light as a flirtation, it quickly becomes an erotic obsession for them both, and promises so much more.

But their white-hot lust has a dark side—and when Remy’s deepest secret comes to light and Brooke’s familial duties demand action, will the pair be able to hang on, or will everything that once seemed so real suddenly fade away like an illusion?

Buy Real: 
Amazon (Paperback)
Amazon (Kindle)
Barnes & Nobles
Kobo
iBooks
Nook
Check out my Review here <–

And check out the entire rest of The Real Series here <–

About the Author: Katy Evans is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her debut REAL shot to the top of the bestselling lists in 2013 and since then 9 of her titles have been New York Times bestsellers. Her books have been translated into nearly a dozen languages across the world

Connect with Katy:
Email: katyevansauthor@gmail.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorKatyEvans
Twitter @authorkatyevans

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That’s my Top 5 Wednesday for top Sports Romance! I’m looking forward to doing more of Top 5 Wednesdays in the future! In the meantime, what are some of your favorite sports romance? Comment below and share your picks with me! Xo!
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Monthly Series Mention: The Stage Dive Series by Kylie Scott

Sometimes I like to pick out competed series because let’s be honest, no one likes waiting around for books! So I thought why not review a completed series? I used to do this all the time when my blog was on blogger instead of wordpress but I’m bringing it back! For May   I am choosing the Stage Dive series by the fabulous Kylie Scott! I am so excited to share this series with you guys! It is one of my absolute favorite series with characters and stories that I adore. Kylie is incredibly funny, the kind of funny that makes you laugh out loud days later after finishing one of her books. Something else that I really admire about Kylie’s writing is the fact that she has diverse female heroines, especially with their looks. Newsflash, not every woman in this world is size two and that is something that is evident in the Stage Dive series which I really appreciate. I love all of the stories, characters in this series and speaking of characters, the chemistry between these characters in this series,!! Oh my goodness you guys! I can guarantee you are going to fall head over heels just like I did! So let’s dive in!
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The CoverThe Stage Dive series has some of my favorite covers EVER. I tend to either love or hate a cover, there is no in between and I’m very picky when it comes to book covers. Frankly, sometimes people only buy books based on covers so I think it’s important for authors nowadays to have kick ass covers that relate to their story and characters. The Stage Dive series does this perfectly; each book represents different members of the band Stage Dive, Lick represents David (the guitarist), Play represents Mal(the drummer), Lead  represents Jimmy(the singer) and Deep represents Ben(the bassiest). My favorite cover is Play because I love Mal and the story within Play very much. A+ covers guys!

Basics: The Stage Dive series is a total of four books, usually between 300 and 200 pages long. Lick is the first book, followed by Play, then Lead and ending with Deep. The books were published between November 2013 and March 2015. They were published by St. Martin’s Griffin. Genre wise The Stage Dive series belongs to contemporary romance. 

Description:  LicK: Waking up in Vegas was never meant to be like this.

Evelyn Thomas’s plans for celebrating her twenty-first birthday in Las Vegas were big. Huge. But she sure never meant to wake up on the bathroom floor with a hangover to rival the black plague, a very attractive half-naked tattooed man in her room, and a diamond on her finger large enough to scare King Kong. Now if she could just remember how it all happened. One thing is certain, being married to one of the hottest rock stars on the planet is sure to be a wild ride.

***Note: I’m only going to post the description of Lick, all of the characters in each other (but especially in Lick) are all intertwined so I don’t want to spoil anything for future readers! ***
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Overall thoughts: The Stage Dive series is such a fun series full of bad situations with bad pasts and history, but it’s lovely and interesting to read about how hot rocker male’s fall in love fighting falling in love or just falling in love and overcoming their demons and hardships. Kylie Scott writes beautifully, her writing is laugh out loud funny and the romance is perfect and steamy. I think everyone can relate to several situations and characters in this series which is one of the reasons why I love it so much, I felt connected to the books. These books will have a piece of my heart forever and I hope the Stage Dive series touches you the way it has touched me.

Character Chemistry Rating 5/5 Shells
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Favorite Quotes:
  “Love isn’t always smooth or straightforward. It can be messy and painful … Doesn’t mean it isn’t still the most incredible thing that can ever happen to you.” -Lick

“We’ve broken my bed,” I said, stating the obvious.
“In battle, sacrifices must be made, pumpkin.” -Play

“The truth is, I’m all about you, Lena. You’re my best friend. You’re my girl.” -Lead

“Dicks don’t have brains. It’s why men get into trouble”  -Deep

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About the Author:
 Kylie Scott is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013 & 2014, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet.

Follow Kylie Scott:
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Twitter
Goodreads
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Contact her at info@kyliescott.com

katy

 

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My TBR List

Happy Friday friends! April and May have been super busy for me ARC wise so it’s been a bit difficult to read and review books I’ve picked out on my own. It’s such a privilege to get ARC’s but my TBR list is crazy long at this point! I’m hoping to tackle more books off my TBR list at the end of May and June so I thought I would share some of those books with you guys! 🙂 Enjoy!

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Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan
Blurb: A FORBIDDEN LOVE SET IN THE EXPLOSIVE WORLD OF THE NBA… 
Think you know what it’s like being a baller’s girl? 
You don’t. 
My fairy tale is upside down.  A happily never after. 
I kissed the prince and he turned into a fraud. 
I was a fool, and his love – fool’s gold. 
Now there’s a new player in the game, August West. 
One of the NBA’s brightest stars. 
Fine. Forbidden.  He wants me. I want him. 
But my past, my fraudulent prince, just won’t let me go.
Add Long Shot to your Goodreads here <—

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Blurb: Badass Athlete: I dare you to…Delaney Shaw: Who is this?
The late night text is random, but “Badass Athlete” sure seems to know who she is…
Delaney Shaw: Good girl, lover of fluffy kitties and Star Wars. Curious.
His dare? Spend one night in his bed—a night he promises will be unforgettable—and she can solve the mystery of who he is. She knows she shouldn’t, but what else is she going to do with her boring Valentine’s Day? One sexy hook-up later, her mind is blown and the secret’s out.
Maverick Monroe: Bad boy, the most talented football player in the country. Just ask him.
Too bad for him Delaney’s sworn off dating athletes forever after her last heartbreak.
But Maverick wants more than one night and refuses to give up on winning Delaney’s heart. She isn’t one to be fazed by a set of broad shoulders. 
Will the bad boy land the nerd girl or will the secrets they keep from each other separate them forever?
Add I Dare You to your your Goodreads here <—

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Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Blurb: Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price–and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…
A convict with a thirst for revenge.
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.
A runaway with a privileged past.
A spy known as the Wraith.
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.
Add to Six Of Crows to your Goodreads here <—

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Blurb: As the bad boy drummer for the multi-platinum band Vail, Ethan Fuller thinks he’s invincible. He acts on impulse and has committed to the stereotypes of the rock star life with no regard for consequences. The one girl who had the power to tame him is just a distant memory. 

Now that she has landed the opening gig on Vail’s next tour, Maci Dane is on the path to everything she always wanted. Fame, success, and money are trivial compared to her real objective: to break the heart of the one who broke hers.

When they meet face to face for the first time in nearly two decades, Ethan is reminded of the one who got away while Maci works tirelessly to hide her past. As she attempts to even the score, feelings from the past are rekindled. Will she give into love or use her power to break him?
Add The Power To Break to your Goodreads here <—

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Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Blurb: Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans.
Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.

Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.

But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.
Add Wicked to your Goodreads here <—

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So many good books out there, so little time! Is your TBR list crazy long? These are just SOME of the titles I want to read but honestly we are only at the tip of the iceberg haha! What is on your TBR? Happy reading friends! 

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Waiting on Wednesday

Hello friends! It’s been a hot minute since I’ve done a book blogging meme post! Waiting On Wednesday is a book blogging meme that was first started by the book blog Breaking the Spine. It describes a book/books you are waiting to read and haven’t been released and for this entry I have a few to share with you! 

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Blurb: Narrated by Feyre and Rhysand, this bridges the events in A Court of Wings and Ruin and the upcoming novels in the series.

Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated–scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.

Publication Date: May 1st 2018 // Add to Goodreads <— // Pre-order <—

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Blurb: He’s my most delicious secret.
The hot Suit I had a one-night stand with one evening.
I didn’t know anything about him, not even his name.
Only that we shared a taxi, and he was staying at the hotel where I worked.
We met in room 301. Where he commanded not only my body but my soul.
The next day he was gone and I only had a memory of him.
I could still taste his kisses, feel his demanding touch.
I searched for him for months. Daydreaming about him. Wondering if I’d ever find him.
Until the day I find myself staring face to face with his jeweled black eyes again.
He says lets keep it casual, and my heart knows that falling for this workaholic in a three-thousand-dollar suit is off the table.
Because he has a secret. One that’s a deal breaker for me.
My Suit has a name. 
Ian Ford.
And this is our story.

Publication Date: May 31st 2018 // Add to Goodreads <— // Check out the cover real & pre-order info here <—

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Blurb: Beth’s life hasn’t been the same since her sister died. Her parents try to lock her down, believing they can keep her safe by monitoring her every move. When Beth sneaks out to a party one night and meets the new guy in town, Chase, she’s thrilled to make a secret friend. It seems a small thing, just for her.

Only Beth doesn’t know how big her secret really is…

Fresh out of juvie and determined to start his life over, Chase has demons to face and much to atone for, including his part in the night Beth’s sister died. Beth, who has more reason than anyone to despise him, is willing to give him a second chance. A forbidden romance is the last thing either of them planned for senior year, but the more time they spend together, the deeper their feelings get.

Now Beth has a choice to make—follow the rules, or risk tearing everything apart…again.

Publication Date: June 18, 2018 // Add to Goodreads <— click here. 

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I don’t know about you but I am SUPER impatient when it comes to waiting for books, that’s my main issue with Young Adult books. You read one and you have to wait up to a year or longer for the next one which I think is kind of crazy to be honest. At least with romance books you only have to wait a few months or probably even less. I think the longest I’ve waited for a romance book was was six months which is pretty much my limit. Anyway, what book or books are you waiting on this Wednesday? Let me know!

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Review: Overall Review of January Books 2018

Can you freaking BELIEVE that January is basically over? Like….already? It’s over! I mean doesn’t it feel like January 7th or something? Where did the time go? To be honest I didn’t read as much as I wanted to this month but the books I did read were pretty good! 
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I had the opportunity to read and review three ARC’S this month. All three books were very different and I enjoyed all of them. First up was Prince Charming by CD Reiss, a book about an FBI agent falling in love with a hacker and it was the surprise book of the month for me.  There is something about couples that aren’t supposed to be together, that forbidden aspect of their relationship is very attractive to me and spices up the story and makes me want to keep reading till I finish the book. I high recommend Prince Charming by CD Reiss and if you aren’t sold on it yet, please check out my review with all the buy links here <—

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My second ARC of January was Fake Wife by Stacey Lynn. There are tons of tropes in the romance book world and being in a fake relationship/marriage but eventually falling for each other is a huge one for the romance book world. When it’s done right and written well it works, but not always and I adore Stacey Lynn but I was worried Fake Wife wouldn’t deliver. But I was wrong and Fake Wife was well written with some pleasant surprises and I thought it was great read. If you’re interested in reading and buying Fake Wife, please check out my review with all the buy links here <—

 

My third ARC for January was Midnight Blue by LJ Shen. She is one of the best writers in the romance book world hands down, but man do her male characters drive me up the dang wall! BUT LJ Shen is a master storyteller and I was able to get over my annoyance with Alex freaking Winslow. Midnight Blue is a story about an ordinary girl dealing with a life long tragedy hired to deal with the hot mess rocker that is Alex Winslow. What could go wrong and what could go right? Check out my review and the buy links for Midnight Blue here <—- 
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And as to other books I’ve been reading this month? To be honest I’ve been doing a lot of re-reading of books I’ve read before! I’m currently re-reading A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas so I can properly write reviews for them. I’ve also been been re-reading Priest by Sierra Simone since the the sequel Sinner will be out in March. But the one book that was new that came out this month that I want to talk about is Fire In His Fury by Ruby Dixon. 
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Let’s talk about dragons shall we? First of all, I don’t know about you but I all about paranormal, sci-fi and especially post apocalyptic books, add romance to those genres and I am SOLD. Ruby Dixon is the QUEEN of everything sci-fi, she stole my heart with Ice Planet Barbarians series but she completely owned my heart when she came out with a series about DRAGONS. I am a huge nerd, I love fiction and fantasy and her Fireblood Dragon romance books just blow me away. There are four books total in the series so far and Fire in His Fury just came out a few weeks ago. I loved it of course and honestly I wish Ruby Dixon would ditch the Barbarians and just focus on her dragons I am that hooked! Anyway, I haven’t written reviews on this series but I might soon! Here is a blurb for the first book and the link to Ruby’s website! 

Fire In His Blood: Years ago, the skies ripped open and the world was destroyed in fire and ash. Dragons – once creatures of legend – are the enemy. Vicious and unpredictable, they rule the skies of the ruined cities, forcing humanity to huddle behind barricades for safety.

Claudia’s a survivor. She scrapes by as best as she can in a hard, dangerous world. When she runs afoul of the law, she’s left as bait in dragon territory. She only has one chance to survive – to somehow ‘tame’ a dragon and get it to obey her.

Except the dragon that finds her is as wild and brutal as any other…and he’s not interested in obeying. What he is interested in is a mate.

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That’s all I have for January folks! I’m hoping to read and review more in February and to also post some reviews of my favorite re-reads and of course some Kindle Unlimited books! I hope you enjoyed this review and you should definitely check out these books!  Thanks for reading! 🙂

katy

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Waiting on Wednesday

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted on Breaking The Spine book blog, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

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There are so many great releases that are coming out lately but I wanted to share a few releases that I am REALLY excited for! 

My first pick is Racer by Katy Evans
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Blurb:  A bad boy with something to prove.
A woman with a mission.
The race of their lives.
The love of a lifetime.

I don’t think his parents expected him to live up to his name—Racer Tate—but once he felt the adrenaline rush behind the wheel, he was addicted.

He’s the fastest, fiercest driver around.
Scouting new talent brings me to his doorstep… but his smile sends me to my knees.

The sexy, mysterious Racer Tate is not the kind of man a girl like me falls for. He’s secretive, reckless, elusive. But his proximity pushes me beyond reason, and his kiss….

This is our last chance to win, and he is our only hope. I’m supposed to watch him—make sure he doesn’t get into trouble. But it’s an impossible task. And now the one in heart wrenching, toe-curling, soul-crushing trouble is me. Because when your heart belongs to someone, their truths become your own, and their secrets become your salvation…or your curse. 

He says he wants me. He says I’m the One. But he also thinks he’ll break my heart, one piece at a time until it’s gone.
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Seriously you guys this book might be my FAVORITE of the year it’s that good. I didn’t think anyone could live up to Remy but of course his son would step up and take over his spot! Inspired by Katy Evan first series, Real….Racer is a must read.

Pre-order:
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2vdmnsx
Amazon UK: https://goo.gl/u6Afj4
iBooks: https://goo.gl/s1EHS7
Nook: https://goo.gl/zoTe8X
Kobo: https://goo.gl/WgX9oJ
Add to GoodReads: https://goo.gl/JFvQ6D

My second pick is American King by Sierra Simone
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Blurb: They say that every tragic hero has a fatal flaw, a secret sin, a tiny stitch sewn into his future since birth.  And here I am.  My sins are no longer secret. My flaws have never been more fatal.  And I’ve never been closer to tragedy than I am now.

I am a man who loves, a man whose love demands much in return.  I am a king, a king who was foolish enough to build a kingdom on the bones of the past. I am a husband and a lover and a soldier and a father and a president.

And I will survive this. Long live the king.
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I adore Sierra Simone and her books and out of this world beautiful writing and characters. I fell head over heels in love with this series when I finished American Queen that being said….after I finished American Prince I was so heartbroken and ruined that I couldn’t read anything for almost two months. SO American King probably is my most anticipated release of the entire year and honestly if it doesn’t end well I’m gonna have to add more sessions with my therapist. Seriously…this series is that amazing and horrible because it makes you FEEL things!

Pre-order Today!
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2fhflxN
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2yaQks4
iBooks: http://apple.co/2xcYYJT
Nook: http://bit.ly/2xcggGK
Kobo: http://bit.ly/2f8X2ao
Add to GoodReads: http://bit.ly/2x3HjUG

Those are my picks for this week’s Waiting on Wednesday! What book are you waiting on?! 

katy

 

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Top Ten Tuesday / Summer Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!
 

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post and, if you want to, add your name to the Linky widget on that day’s posts (typically put up midnight EST on Tuesday) so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It’s a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

For this week’s theme I am choosing the Top Ten Books of the Summer that I’ve read so far! I don’t know where you are, but I live in the South and Summer pretty lasts from May to October so we are just hitting the halfway mark here.

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1st. My Best Friend’s Ex by Meghan Quinn

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Release Date: June 1st 2017

Blurb: When I found an eviction notice taped on my apartment door, I had two options: find a comfortable cardboard box to call home, or move in with Tucker Jameson.

Seeing that cardboard makes me feel itchy, I chose the latter. Which shouldn’t be that big of a deal since Tucker is one of my good friends. And because he’s still pining after his ex-girlfriend and I’m trying to finish my nursing degree, there is nothing to worry about in the romance department, making my last semester an easy one to conquer.

Boy, was I wrong.  Rules are set, dinners are made, conversations are had, and a shirtless, swoony roommate walks around in nothing but a pair of black briefs, ruining me for every other man.  Before I know it, I turn into a panting, lust-filled woman begging for Tucker to kiss me, touch me, and show me exactly what is hiding under those briefs.

But with great orgasms, comes great consequences.

Tucker might be my friend and roommate but he’s also my best friend’s ex-boyfriend, making him completely off-limits. At least that’s what my brain is telling me, my heart is speaking an entirely different language.

Why I picked it: Meghan Quinn is laugh out loud funny, her writing is very well done and I love her characters and I love their quirks and awkward beginnings and happy endings.

My Rating: 5/5 Shells

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2nd. Sexy Stranger by Kendall Ryan

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Release Date: May 23rd 2017

Blurb: From New York Times Bestselling author Kendall Ryan comes a sexy and sizzling, enemies-to-lovers romp with bite.

He’s rude. Arrogant. And too hot to handle.  And she’s stranded with him for an entire week.

He knows the sexy stranger doesn’t belong in his small town, but he’s determined to keep her there. The second she opens her smart mouth, he wants to swap a whole lot more than insults with her. She’s got a secret. But he’s got his own agenda.

Buckle up.

Why I picked it: Sexy Strange was short, sweet and to the point. I love contemporary romances that start off having couples not like each other to falling for one another later. It’s a weakness of mine and I love it. I also really like the blurb and the foundation for the story too because it was different from what I’ve read lately too. Plus Kendall Ryan always makes me smile.

My Rating: 5/5 Shells

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3rd. Strong Enough by Melanie Harlow and David Romanov

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Release Date: June 19th 2017

Blurb: I wasn’t looking for Derek Wolfe.

I wasn’t looking for anybody. All I wanted was to start a new life in America. But when I found myself stranded here with no place to go, he came to my rescue, offering me a place to stay.

He’s smart, successful, and sexy as hell—I can barely sleep knowing he’s right down the hall. And when the chemistry between us explodes one night with fierce, fiery passion, it’s hard to deny there’s something real there.

But he does.

He says he was drunk. He says it was a one-time thing. He says he’s not into guys and what we did meant nothing.

He’s lying. Because it happened again, and again, and again. And it’s better every time.

I know we could be good together, and I want the chance to try, but I’m done hiding. If he’s not strong enough to admit the truth, I’ll have to be strong enough to walk away.

Why I picked it: Strong Enough was my first M/M contemporary romance read and I really loved it. I’m starting to see more M/M contemporary romances in the romance book world and I’m really glad for it because it’s nice to read something different for a change. Plus Harlow and Romanov are magic together. 

My Rating: 5/5 Shells

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4.  When It’s Real by Erin Watt

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Release Date: May 30th 2017

Blurb: Wealth, fame and a real-life romance she never expected—seventeen-year-old Vaughn Bennett lands it all when she agrees to become a pop star’s fake girlfriend in this smart, utterly addictive novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author duo Erin Watt 

Under ordinary circumstances, Oakley Ford and Vaughn Bennett would never even cross paths. 

There’s nothing ordinary about Oakley. This bad-boy pop star’s got Grammy Awards, millions of fangirls and a reputation as a restless, too-charming troublemaker. But with his home life disintegrating, his music well suddenly running dry and the tabloids having a field day over his outrageous exploits, Oakley needs to show the world he’s settling down—and who better to help him than Vaughn, a part-time waitress trying to help her family get by? The very definition of ordinary

Posing as his girlfriend, Vaughn will overhaul Oakley’s image from troublemaker to serious artist. In return for enough money to put her brothers through college, she can endure outlandish Hollywood parties and carefully orchestrated Twitter exchanges. She’ll fool the paparazzi and the groupies. She might even start fooling herself a little. 

Because when ordinary rules no longer apply, there’s no telling what your heart will do…

Why I picked it: I am a big fan of Erin Watt and I was really excited for the first standalone. I thought the synopsis was interesting and immediately fell in love with this story and great couple. 

My Rating: 5/5 Shells

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5. Outwait by Lisa Suzanne 

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Release Date: June 1st 2017

Blurb: From the outside, Carson King looks like he has it all. He’s next in line to be CEO of King Communications, he’s hot and single, and he’s at the center of the New York social scene. He has a different woman on his arm every night, and he wouldn’t change a single thing about his life…until Sylvie Baker storms into his boardroom.

Sylvie Baker actually does have it all. She balances a successful career with the perfect boyfriend—a man she plans to marry someday. She wouldn’t change a single thing about her life…until Carson King challenges everything with one simple confession.

Sylvie is intent on fighting her feelings. Carson’s convinced it’s just a waiting game. 

But how long is he willing to wait for her?

Why I picked it: Lisa Suzanne has quickly become one of my favorite authors of 2017 and I honestly like her writing style, characters and books so much that I will honestly try and read/review all of her books. But I really wanted to add Outwait in here because I loved the story so much. Usually its the woman who waits around for the man, not the other way around. 

My Rating: 5/5 Shells

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6. Tycoon by Katy Evans

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Release Date: June 20th 2017

Blurb: A sexy new standalone contemporary romance by NYT and USA Today bestselling author Katy Evans.

He wasn’t always this rich. This hot. This difficult.
Aaric Christos was a guy who protected me. Wanted me. Maybe even loved me.
That man is gone.
In his place is the most powerful real estate tycoon in the city.
He’s a cold, ruthless, aggressive businessman.
The only one who can save me and my startup from ruin.
It takes every ounce of courage to put my pride aside and ask for his help.
I didn’t expect him to offer it easily.
And he doesn’t.
Instead, he vets me harder than he’s vetted anyone.
Don’t invest in what you don’t know, he says.
He’s assessing every piece of me, to the point I’ve never felt so bare.
I yearn for the boy I once knew, whose touch once craved me.
Putting it all on the line will be worth it, I tell myself.
Until I realize—too late—that some risks are not worth taking.

Why I picked it: Katy Evans is my favorite author so it’s no surprise that her first standalone would make my Top Summer reads. I’m usually not a big fan of standalones because either they are too short for me or I love them and I’m sad because I want the story to continue but it’s a standalone! See my dilemma? Nevertheless, Tycoon is one of my favorite summer and reads and will make the list for my top reads of the 2017. 

My Rating: 5/5 Shells

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7. Twisted Fate by Ace Gray

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Release Date: March 22nd 2017

Blurb: Once upon a time, in a land far, far away… 

Okay, maybe it’s not a long time ago, or even very far away, but present day Chicago has it’s fair share of heroes and villains. Unlike the tales of old, they don’t wear shining armor, golden crowns or even dragon scales – they’re human. Gloriously flawed and dangerous humans with an appetite for both blood and lust.

A twist of fate brought Cole Ryan and Elle Laroux together in an orgasmic first encounter, but all too fast their futures became deeply entwined. Being forced together wouldn’t be such a bad thing if a dark web wasn’t being woven around Cole and Elle – simultaneously taut and tenuous – leaving their very lives to hold on by the thinnest of fate’s strands. 

Why I picked it: I picked up as a suggestion from another blogger and I had NO IDEA what I was getting into! Haha! This is one of the darkest contemporary romances I have ever read but I really love this book and the second book in this duet, Twisted Death. But be warning, it is definitely not for the faint of heart. (It’s also part of Kindle Unlimited!)

My Rating: 5/5 Shells

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8. Ruckus by LJ Shen

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Release Date: May 23rd 2017

Blurb:  Rosie: They say that life is a beautiful lie and death a painful truth. They’re right.
No one has ever made me feel more alive than the guy who serves as a constant reminder that my clock is ticking.
He is my forbidden, shiny apple.
The striking fallacy to my blunt, raw, truth.
He is also my sister’s ex-boyfriend.
One thing you should know before you judge me;
I saw him first. I craved him first. I loved him first.
Eleven years later, he waltzed into my life, demanding a second chance.
Dean Cole wants to be my bronze horseman. My white knight has finally arrived. Hopefully, he isn’t too late.

Dean: They say the brightest stars burn out the fastest. They’re right.
She sets my mind on fire.
All smart mouth, snarky attitude and a huge heart.
In a world where everything is dull, she shines like Sirius.
Eleven years ago, fate tore us apart.
This time, I dare it to try.
Getting to her is a battlefield, but man, that’s why they call me Ruckus.
Rosie LeBlanc is about to find out how hard I can fight.
And conquering her will be the sweetest victory.

Ruckus is a complete standalone and a part of the Sinners of Saint series

Why I picked it: So I read the first two books in this series and didn’t like them at all, but I’m not the kind of woman to quit when it comes to books so I wanted to give the Sinners of Saint series one more try. And I’m so glad I did. I loved Ruckus, Dean is perfection and this just goes to show that you can’t judge the first few books in a series and quit on it. 

My Rating: 5/5 Shells

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9. Glamour by AL Jackson, Sophie Jordan, Aleatha Romig, Skye Warren, Lili St. Germain, Nora Flite, Sierra Simone with Nicola Rendell. 

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Release Date: July 18 2017

Blurb: Once upon a time…

Remember the fairy tales your parents read to you when you were little?

These are NOT those fairy tales.

From modern day royalty to metaphorical dragons, contemporary castles to sexy heroes, these bestselling authors twist tales as old as time into something new.

Why I picked it: I love fairytales and I’m always interested in re-tellings so I wanted to see what it would be like. Not all the stories interested me but I did enjoy Glamour and think it’s a great collection of stories. 

My Rating: 5/5 Shells

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10. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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Release Date: May 5th 2015

Blurb: When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin–one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world. 

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin–and his world–forever.

Why I picked it: OH MY GOSH YOU GUYS. I am SO LATE with this book and series but WOW. This book was on sale at Target and I read the synopsis on the back and fell in love with it’s cover so I thought why not? You should know that I pretty much gave up on Young Adult books because I was so disappointed two Young Adult books last year. BUT NOT ANYMORE. This book and series have completely changed me and brought back my dead Young Adult soul back to life. Stay tuned for a full review because woo buddy, I have a lot to say and bigger feelings. Love, LOVE this book!!! 

My Rating: 5/5 Shells

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And that is all for my Top Ten Tuesday Summer Reads! Hope you check these amazing books out sometime soon and hopefully you’re enjoying summer too! 

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