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Top of Her Game [Book Review]

Genre: LGBT Romance

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Format: Read via NetGalley

Thank you NetGalley and Bold Stroke Books for the advanced review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Sapphic soccer story. It’s a book I didn’t know I needed until I stumbled upon it by accident on NetGalley. I’m not even a sports person, but I love sports romances. It’s odd.

Kenzie is drafted to the Hurricanes. Her crush, Sutton, is team captain. There’s instant attraction, but Sutton has a girlfriend. She also seems to date people for like a soccer season and then end the relationship. Kenzie doesn’t want to break up a relationship or be the other person so she isn’t going to pursue Sutton despite the mutual feelings. They just don’t get together immediately after the reveal either, which is refreshing because it shows them as mature people assessing their feelings before just diving into a relationship.

There’s a lot of soccer stuff talked about, but it doesn’t detract from the story. This is probably a plus for someone who likes the sport…

I don’t so it was just kind of whatever to me.

Trigger warning for sexual assault in the book. I hate how it was just like skimmed over, I think it could have made an even stronger story by going in depth and empowering the character it involves to face what happened to her. As a survivor myself, I think it should be addressed better in books, including links to resources for people who need them because of that situation.

The relationship is fantastic. Kenzie is so likable the entire story, and Sutton gets better as the story moves along. I think anyone who has had a celebrity crush will love this story because it’s what you always wanted to happen to you so it’s a little of vicariously living through the characters as well. And the sex scenes are great. Always love good ones of those in a book. All in all, an awesome book and definitely a must if you love sports romance.

Definitely glad I picked this book up and I’d read more from this author.

Until I rant about books again,

If Only I Could Tell You [Book Review]

Genre: Contemporary, Women’s Fiction

Rating: 2/5 Stars

Format: Read via NetGalley

Thank you NetGalley and Harper Collins for the advanced review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

So this book should come with a big old trigger warning. All the warnings. For cancer, suicide, and miscarriage. They are all talked about extensively and somewhat graphically in my opinion.

I chose this book for the cover and because of the JoJo Moyes blurb. I thought it would be a nice familial drama that made me cry. Since this book has been out in England, there are a lot of reviews that are 4 and 5 stars. I guess some people really liked this book. I, however, am not one of those people. I am rather disappointed with this book because I was expecting a nice good cry, and I ended up with a whole lot of nothing

. I like sad books when the mood is right. This is why I requested this book, a change from all of the sweet romance I’ve been reading the last month. But this book was just a lot of sadness. I want to call it melodrama because the book just didn’t know how to stop being so ridiculous. It just seemed like everything would get worse and worse for the characters. There was not even a little glimmer of hope and happiness, it was just all dreary and sad until the ending. I feel like I wasted my time reading this book.

Jess and her sister Lily have been estranged for thirty years because of some secret. Their mom is dying and wants them to reunite before she is gone. Like it’s just over and over with the secret and you can’t figure it out because the mystery isn’t revealed til later, and it kind of really bugged me that was used as a plot device because it took away from the story. So you get sisters that are not speaking and a mother who wants to make it all better.

Then the book is really sad the entire time. I don’t want to give anything away and it’s impossible to really talk about the book without doing so. You just have a lot of bad events in this family, and then the book is over. The miscarriage scene is hard to read… the suicide is very descriptive… there’s even someone coming out and it’s just handled so poorly…

I ended up skimming the end of this book because I just needed closure. I suppose if you want a sad book with nothing happy at all, this is a good one for you. After this one read, I don’t plan to ever pick up a book by this author… it’s really not for me…

This book isn’t a good thing I’ve ranted about at all.

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Weekly Wrap Up [September 30-October 5th]

I didn’t actually complete as many books this week as I have been. I took a much needed break from NetGalley, and I have been reading books from Kindle Unlimited and books I own which I’ve had for ages. It’s just been an off week because I was watching some Hulu, but I think with Ethan being off work, I didn’t read as much since I don’t normally get to spend a lot of time with him. So I’ll just update you on the book I read this week and the books I’m currently reading. This won’t be much of a post, but I hope to have a better post next week.

Genre: Thriller

Rating: 4/5 Stars

My full review is available.

I am currently reading:

I’m liking this first book so far. I’m very interested in the manifestation of powers and how the politics of the land will play out.

I started this on audio because some friends were reading it as well. It’s a piece of trash full of dumb tropes, and I hate it. Of course I’m going to complete listening, but I just have a lot of issues to complain about in regard to this series.

I like this one, but I also am kind of cringing at certain elements. The enemies to lovers is so freaking strong, and I understand high school kids can have sex and behave this way. I just think I would have liked this book better if it was set in more of an adult setting rather than high school. I blame this on me getting old but still wanting decent new adult books, too.

I’m hoping to finish all these current books this week and possibly add a few more. But I also want to watch a lot of The Goldbergs so I don’t know what’s going to happen with reading once I decide to turn on Hulu. I’m weak, okay?

I’d love to hear about what you read this week and what your upcoming plans are for books. I’m enjoying Blogtober too. It’s quite fun. I can’t wait for Blogmas.

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Bookish Autumn Bucket List [Blogtober]

So, I had linked the wrong Blogtober post so I had to update my original post and redo my post for today. I’m very excited about this topic since autumn is favorite season. Coming up with bookish lists are fun, but extra fun when it’s autumn themed.

  • Read Intercepted by Alexa Martin. I have been hearing so many people talk about this series recently, and it’s made me need to read the first book at least. Since it’s football related, it fits perfectly into fall because that’s the start of football here in America. And we all know how serious people are about their football. I’m from Wisconsin so Go Pack Go!
  • Read Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo. I am eagerly anticipating a new Bardugo book, specifically since this is her adult debut. Something about secret societies and college just screams autumn to me. This is a must to read at least by the end of November.
  • Cook with squash and zucchini. Fall veggies are some of the yummiest, and I want to make some meals for us with them before they are out of season. I’m making a zucchini stir fry this weekend I’m very thrilled about. We are vegetarian so it’s always a fun adventure to try new veggie dishes, especially with Ever getting older and able to eat more foods.
  • Watch Curious George and Winnie The Pooh Halloween specials with Ever. He’s only six months old, but I’m so pumped to start a tradition of watching fall things with him.

I can’t wait to see what everyone else has on their bucket lists. Autumn is the best time of the year. Hoodies, leaves falling, and pumpkin spice. There’s nothing better.

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WWW Wednesday [October 2]

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived here on Taking on a World of Words.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently reading:

I’ve just started both of these books. The Young Elites has been sitting on my shelf for so long. Thin Air was picked up because I needed a break from romance so I decided to go through the thriller route.

Recently finished:

Finished this one not too long ago. I thought I was going to love it, but I was disappointed. I have a review with my thoughts posted.

Reading next?!

I’m planning to read the next book in The Young Elites trilogy. Just makes sense. I’m looking forward to completing this series in the month of October.

I’d love to see if you’re doing WWW Wednesday. Let me know if you are. This is such a fun weekly post.

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Another Mash Up Post [Mini Reviews]

Genre: Paranormal Romance

My rating: 4/5 Stars

Format: Read via NetGalley

Thank you NetGalley and Source Books Casablanca for the advanced reader copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Since this is the ninth book in the series… I was a little lost. Oops. It definitely will make more sense reading all the prior books because things are mentioned that you miss or may not understand. Meghan and Peter want to mate for life since they are silver wolves. But Meghan is scared to tell peter she sent a fellow wolf to prison and peter doesn’t know how to tell Meghan he’s been mated before. Also, Meghan can talk to ghosts. So they both have secrets they are keeping from each other, making them unsure about their future.

This is an adorable holiday romance. The couple do belong together. They just have some issues to work through, but there’s no doubt they should be mated for life. They still have been mated officially because of the secrets going on. Of course there’s Christmas going on too. The pack has a great relationship so I was loving that. They just wanted all of the secrets and issues to end so the couple could be together. I love when the town has a personality, it adds so much to the story.

Overall, this is a good read. It begins slow, but the pace picks up eventually. You just have to stick it out when you start because I was bored at the start bu when the paranormal and suspense kick in, you won’t be able to stop reading. You can read this book alone, but it probably works better as part of the series so you can get another look at previous mentioned book couples.

Genre: Romance

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Format: Read via NetGalley

Thank you NetGalley and Harlequin for the advanced review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Imogen owns a fancy hotel in the Canadian mountains. Specifically the Rockies. She’s grown up around famous people so she’s had a lot of celebrity acquaintances and gotten a lot of autographs. She’s the only one still living in her small town since her sisters left and her parents moved to a warmer place. So this hotel is often visited by the rich and famous, and there’s a prince coming to visit. She’s getting the hotel ready when the prince shows up early in helicopter.

So Prince Luca shows up in his helicopter and she’s a little bit panicked because the hotel isn’t fully ready yet and it looks like it’s going to snow so the chef gets supposed to have may be late. Then one of the hotel staff goes into early labor so she’s taken by helicopter to the hospital in the city. It starts to snow so it’s just Imogen and the Prince. The Prince is dealing with his marriage not happening because of a family secret. Imogen is still healing from an engagement ending when it’s found out she can’t have babies. Both of them are dealing with a lot of baggage, but the snow and Christmas magic are going to bring them together. Except Imogen’s best friend may know something about the family secret the Prince is dealing with so it’s going to be interesting.

This is part of a trilogy so you know more is going to be happening. Imogen and the Prince have sweet interactions with each other. It’s even more lovely when Imogen is like I’m going to give you a hallmark type Christmas to Luca because he was deprived of the chance since he was like a super fancy prince and that doesn’t happen to them, I guess. Even though it’s still too early for Christmas, this book sets the holiday tone and you’ll want to put up the tree and enjoy some hot dogs by the fire (this makes sense when you read the book).


Thank you for checking out my mini reviews. I’d love to know if you’ve read these or would be interested in either. They are both awesome Christmas romances. I know it’s early, but start stocking up on those Christmas books now.

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Top Ten Tuesday [Books with Numbers in the Title]

Top Ten Tuesday was started way back in June 2010 by The Broke and The Bookish because of a love of lists and books. In January 2018 it was taken over by That Artsy Reader Girl. Jana assigns each Tuesday a different topic for discussion, she has a scheduled lists of topics on her blog.

So I’m just going to do this like the rapid fire book tag and list the books I can think of with numbers in the title. I may come up with a lot, I may come up with just a few. Either way, it’s fun to do these posts and see what everyone comes up with.

  • 1984… that’s a lot of numbers and a really good book. In the current social climate, it’s definitely a relevant read. Highly suggest this book if you haven’t read it yet.
  • Six of Crows… one of my favorite YA series, no doubt. I think everyone should read it. No mourners, no funerals.
  • One Day… I have read the book, but I don’t recall it. I know I liked the movie though.
  • The Ten Thousand Doors of January… this is a book everyone seems to be talking about. I don’t know anything about it in the least. It’s the last one I could think of with numbers.

So, I’m not really good at this week’s post, but it’s still a ton of fun! If you’re doing this, I would love to see what number titles you come up with.

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September Swoons 2019 Wrap Up [Reading Challenge]

I set a goal for myself to only read romance in September because it’s a genre I used to love, but I’ve gotten away from it. I’m glad to be back to it. I’d like to give you some suggestions of where I get my romance suggestions from

Bree at Falling for Romance and her YouTube channel, Bree Hill.

Stephanie from Steph’s Romance Book Talk on YouTube.

Sarah from Tea Hags on YouTube.

Chandler Ainsley from YouTube.

Here’s all the romance I read this month. It’s a lot! They are not in order of when I read them or what I liked most. I just kinda put them in the post and that’s how they are going to stay because I’m lazy. I’m just going to talk about each of them briefly. You can find all the reviews for them on previous posts. It was a good month for reading romance, and I know it’s going to continue for a long time. It’s great to be back reading a genre I love so much.

Christmas and royalty are so great together. This one will definitely get you into the holiday spirit. It’s the first one in a trilogy as well.

This is like book eight in a series so there’s a lot of mentions of other characters from prior novels. I stopped trying to keep track. I liked this one mostly… just wish the rivals to lovers aspect was stronger.

Brother’s best friend. I love it. Just kinda over the awkward yet pretty protagonist all of the time. This wasn’t a bad read, just rather formulaic.

The mystery of a serial killer in a small town. What’s not to love? Even better when you add in romance.

Will these people finally get their happy ending? The conclusion to their story had their wedding being planned… but it may not go according to plan.

This is so cute. I could not stop reading this book. Puppies and Christmas together make for a great time. Definitely add to your holiday romance books.

If you want a badly written Gossip Girl type book, you can try this book. I don’t recommend it. The romance isn’t great, and the book is not that well written.

Cute contemporary Christmas romance. I’m happy how it ended, but I kinda wish it had been more Christmas oriented than it shows on the cover.

Amy Miller is a new fav contemporary author. Both of her books have romance. I did not like one of them, but you may find you do so she’s definitely worth checking out.

So the main heroine in this book was so oblivious I wanted to scream the entire time I was reading the book. Honestly this kind of turned me off Penny Reid because it was just not great. The romance is kind of annoying and just… I would say try her Winston Brothers series instead. Even though I still need to finish that one…oops.

Adorable. This was like the first romance I read for the month, and it set a decent pace. I can’t wait to read more max Monroe.

Both of the above were good Christmas books. Mostly. Let It Snow was a little less annoying because it wasn’t like subtlety full of Jesus and making me want to hit my head against the wall. But both deal with family situations so if you’re looking for those, try both of these out.


So I did read a lot more romance than I expected to. I still have so many NetGalley romances to go through. I also need to take a library trip eventually so I can have all of the romances. But I do have Kindle Unlimited so I think I’ll be okay. I’m so thrilled to be back into reading romance, but I’m also craving a thriller so I’ll be reading some of those in October. Have you read any good romances lately or read any of these? I’d love to talk about them with you.

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Goodreads Monday [September 30]

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme that was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners. The meme is pretty easy to follow, to participate simply choose a random book from your TBR and explain why you want to read it!

Here’s the book of the day…

Synopsis:

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Two starcrossed magicians engage in a deadly game of cunning in The Night Circus, the spellbinding bestseller that has captured the world’s imagination.

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance.

I’ve had this book on my TBR for so long. I think I picked it up because everyone was talking about it or I liked the cover. I know it’s a book people have mixed feelings on. I constantly say I’m going to read it yet I still haven’t even tried? I guess we will see if I do get to this book anytime soon or not. It looks like I will love it. Someday I will read it… I swear.

What is on your Goodreads shelf to read? If anyone is doing this, I would love to see your book choice so I can add more books to my own TBR.

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Weekly Wrap Up [September 22-28]

I had a decent week of reading. I’ve been glued to my iPad and Kindle app to make a dent in my NetGalley books, but it’s definitely worth my time. I’m always finding time to read between taking care of the baby or I’d lose my mind. My Hulu shows are suffering, but they will still be there so I’m content. This week I read six books. All romance. I can’t believe September Swoons is almost done. I’ll be doing a Wrap Up Post for that coming very soon. Here are all the books I read this week:

What Ethan thinks this book is about: A dude whose wife leaves him, and this puppy saves him right before Christmas.

My rating: 4/5 stars

You can find my full review here.

What Ethan thinks this book is about: A couple moves into a house, and they go into the attic. These Christmas lights entangle them and transport them to Christmas hell land.

My rating: 4/5 Stars

I did a mini review of this you can find here.

What Ethan thinks this book is about: A couple goes to Antarctica because the world is ending. They dig under the ice, a million spiders emerge, and kill everyone.

My rating: 4/5 Stars

My review is linked above.

What Ethan thinks this book is about: A woman tries to get with a guy, risking everything, but he is uninterested.

My rating: 4/5 stars

Review linked above above.

What Ethan thinks this book is about: A guy returns to his family during the holidays and says he’s a wolf but they reject him. Essentially twilight with Christmas.

My rating: 4/5 Stars

I have a mini review of this coming soon. But let’s just say if you like paranormal and Christmas, this book should be on your TBR.

What Ethan thinks this book is about: A cheating woman who falls in love with a servant.

My rating: 4/5 Stars

This will also be part of my mini review upcoming. I would say if you want to start a Christmas trilogy with princes and castles, this is the book for you. It was so sweet and made me want a vegetarian hot dog.


So that’s everything I read this week. I had a good reading week in comparison to what I had last week. I think I’m just trying to get through these NetGalley books so my ratio stops being so low. And I’m hoping to keep improving so I can maybe someday get a book from Berkeley. Ah, wishful thinking at its finest.

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