“That was why they called it temptation—it never presented itself as something ugly, or tepid, or harmless; no, it came in the guise of glorious feelings and a sense of utter rightness, even when it was wrong. That was why one needed principles.”
4.5 disco balls
Published: September 3, 2019 by Berkley
Category: Romance, Historical Fiction
A sassy spirited story that I enjoyed immensely. Read More »
“Relationships are a lot like houses: without a good foundation, they’ll crumble.”
4 disco balls
Publish date: March 24, 2020 by Gallery Books
Category: Romantic Comedy, Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction, Chick-lit
If you can’t tell by now, rom-coms are my jam. They can be silly, over-the-top, happily ever after overload, sugary sweet, delicious, delectable…oh wait, I think I may be talking about dessert now ha!
Writing duo Christina Lauren’s new one The Honey-Don’t List did not disappoint. True to form, it included witty banter, page-turning character chemistry, and a leading man that you will want to be your book boyfriend.They really do know how to write a male lead.Read More »
Author: Tara September
Narrator: Verla Bond
Length: 4 hours and 15 minutes
Publisher: Plus it Up
Released: Dec. 11, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance
2018 Contemporary Romance Writers’ Stiletto Finalist 2018 Tampa Area Romance Writers’ TARA Finalist 2018 Maine Romance Writers’ Strut Your Stuff Finalist – Second Place Contemporary Winner 2017 Cleveland Rocks Romance Contest – Second Place Winner
’Tis the season for an office romance!
Working beyond nine to five and barely getting by, Melanie Thomas is eager to celebrate the impending holiday season and to toast the start of her dream marketing job over drinks with her boyfriend. Unfortunately, he has different plans – like seeing other women.
Indulging in a pity party with tequila, Melanie confides in a sexy stranger at the bar. It’s almost Christmas. One night of letting go won’t hurt anything, right? Turns out, it just might, when the stranger is her new boss. Determined to succeed at her job, Melanie won’t be scared away. This is her chance, even if her hot boss has her feeling all merry and bright and wishing for a less-than-professional relationship.
Matthew Ryans is burned out and on thin ice at the company he helped build, unless he gets his head back in the game. Yet, his head, both upper and lower, are quickly becoming obsessed with his new assistant. Still, he can’t seem to fully begrudge Melanie’s distracting presence and the Christmas joy she brings with it. Especially considering that her enthusiasm has him re-energized.
For once, he is longing for Mondays, but with his heart and job on the line, he can’t risk blurring the lines no matter how strong the lure of holiday mistletoe is.
Will their holiday passion be able to fuel mutual career success, or will it only get in their way in the New Year?
There is no one book for everyone, and that is okay.
If there is a lot of hype around a book it can go either way: it can exceed the already high expectations you have set for it, or it can disappoint you. Not sure if it would have disappointed you if it wasn’t hyped up – or maybe it would have – but either way, how you respond and feel during and after reading a book is your own.
Below are three books that didn’t give me the 5 star feels it gave other readers; that is not to say they weren’t good, I just had a different reaction to either a small plot point or the whole book. If you read them, I hope you loved them, and if you decide to read them, I hope you love them! Read More »
Published: November 5, 2019 by Berkley
Length: 9 hours and 9 minutes, narrated by Andrew Eiden & Maxwell Caulfield
Category: Contemporary Romance
Recognize this man?
It’s Empire Records own Rex Manning; IRL he’s Maxwell Caulfield…one of the narrators of this audiobook!
The Bromance Book Club deserves all the fun, laugh out loud stars. A unique take on romance; where a group of men formed a book club and read romance to learn a thing or two about their women. It’s genius!Read More »
I told you I would be a one stop shop for holiday reads this December! I tried to read all the books in my Bookstagram tree, but after a few too many less than jolly reads I switched gears. I feel like Scrooge!
I’m terrible. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy them enough to DNF, its just that my reading was slow moving and I didn’t have that need to turn the next page feeling to whip through them. Darn it, I just realized I may be in a bit of a reading slump so don’t take my reviews to much to heart.
First up (the best of the bunch):
The Christmas Keeper (Happily Ever After #2) by Jenn McKinlayRead More »
Published: December 5, 2019 by Audible Original
Narrated by Andi Arndt and Sebastian York
Length: 2 hours and 54 minutes
Category: Contemporary, Romance, Holiday available through Audible: its free if you are an audible member
Outlandishly fun holiday novella!
My first two holiday reads didn’t bring the jolly spirit so this novella came at the perfect time to get my holly jolly Christmas vibes going! In just three hours the main characters turn up the chemistry. For fans of The Hating Game by Sally Thorne and Roomies by Christina Lauren.Read More »
“Why can’t everyone be like you?” “I can be enough of your world that it feels like everyone is.”
5 disco balls
Publish date: April 10, 2017 by Gallery Books
Length: 8 hours and 22 minutes, narrated by Erin Mallon
Category: Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction
When I discovered Christina Lauren books this summer I devoured The Unhoneymooners, Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Dating, and Roomies. I needed more of them and chose Love and Other Words next.
I will admit I was super hesitant to start it because I try to avoid love triangles and the like. It breaks my heart when someone has to pick between two people and the person left behind makes me cry (unless that person is a total tool). But, I took the plunge and gave this a go. Elliot was swoon worthy a few chapters in: this author duo knows how to write a charming character!Read More »