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The Billionaire Needs a Bodyguard [Ravina Hilliard- Book Review]

Synopsis:

Alexandra “Lex” Granger is a private security consultant who has to go undercover to protect billionaire businessman Michael Thornton, pretending to be an escort. Michael does not think he needs a bodyguard, despite the death threats he has received from protesters against his takeover of a Danish company, but he does need protection against the predatory wife of the Danish ambassador. Lex knows that this assignment is dangerous, made more so because her client does not even know that he is being protected. 

She doesn’t know that he thinks she is a con-artist a gold-digger who takes rich men for everything that she can get. As sparks fly, and the attraction between the two go stronger, they face a deadly danger from an unknown assailant. Lex and Mike embark on a turbulent affair in the beautiful city of Copenhagen, with Mike realising that there is much more to the sexy seductress, her bewildering vulnerability evoking unfettered passion and feelings that he has never experienced before. Lex realises that she has committed the ultimate folly, that of falling in love with a man who despises her. Will she overcome the dangers to Michael to her breaking heart? 

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Genre: Romance

Rating: 4 stars ⭐️

Usually I am able to get through romance quickly and once again, that is the case with this book. I had no idea what to expect when I started, but I could not get enough once I had begun reading this story. The reason was because the premise was so unique. I did not really read the description when I started. I just kind of went in blind and was shocked to find it was a woman who was going to be the bodyguard. At first, I was a little surprised by this. But in the best way possible, women should be the heroes in books as well. It was awesome to see the story was turned around a little bit, with the woman being the one who had to do the saving.

The book starts out a little slow for me. I did not really like how self deprecating Lex was to herself. She was just hating all of her body and how she looked. She did not see anything good in herself, and this annoyed me because I don’t think this should be in a romance novel. I think it could harm those who deal with body image issues, and it is hard to see in a book when it is so blatant and the only solution is when a man says you are good enough. Despite this, I did enjoy the romance. I was just not pleased with the casual negative body image Lex has, and she never really deals with it in a healthy way.

The romance in this book is interesting though. It is a build up of hate to love. But also a little bit more complicated because he thinks she is an escort and doesn’t know she is a bodyguard. Michael treats her terribly often, calling her a slut and whore because he thinks she’s an escort. And he also thinks she is a gold digger so he just looks down on her. Sex workers are already looked down upon, and I think just another casual attitude to the way people treat them is also harmful because sex workers are people too. I know I did have some problems with this book, but I did enjoy it. The build up is worth it. Michael takes her shopping and buys her nice clothes. He teases her with passionate kisses and the chemistry between them is off the charts. Truly some of the hottest steamy scenes I have read in a long time.

The suspense was awesome as well. I was able to read this in one day, and I enjoyed it. I love romantic suspense stories, and I would suggest this to all the fans of the genre. It just seems like some of the words were a little strange, but I think it is because this book was not in English originally. Just a little bit of editing would make this book go smoother for the reader.

This was such an awesome romance, and it is a good way to spend an afternoon because it was so much fun. I highly recommend this book, and I can’t wait to read more like this.

Thank you to the publisher for the review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

A Whole New Me [Blog Tour]

Hi, friends! I am so excited to bring you an excerpt from a new book I am so excited about. It is written by a great person, and I have had my preorder in since the announcement. I’m going to be sharing an excerpt from the book along with information about the book, I hope you will order it and love it as much as I know I will.

Here is the excerpt from this awesome book:

The drive doesn’t even take ten minutes and we chat a bit on the way. He talks my ear off about football and I respond where it seems appropriate, because for the most part I have no idea what he’s talking about. I can’t wait to tell him I don’t really like football. That’ll be a fun conversation.

When we arrive back at his place, my nerves come back just a little bit. I don’t really want to run into anyone, like I said I’m not great at meeting new people. And this situation is kind of odd. I don’t want to have to answer any questions.

“So we should have the place to ourselves. Most of the guys are out getting a drink, rough practice today.” Instead of going to the front door, he leads me to the side of the house to another door. “My room kind of has its own entrance.” He takes out his keys and unlocks the door, going through first to show me the way. There’s a staircase going up another level and another door off to the side that I’m guessing leads to the main house.

I follow him up the stairs to another door and this time he pauses. He stands facing the door for a second before turning and regarding me with a searching look on his face.

“What,” I ask, suddenly nervous again. Though this is the butterflies in the stomach kind of nervous. Because his eyes have darkened and he looks a little bit desperate.

“Tessa, are you sure you want to do this?”

“Yes, I am. Why? Did you change your mind, because if you did I totally understand. I mean I know this whole thing is kind of crazy and I’m sure I seem crazy for even suggesting it. An-“

I’m suddenly cut off mid sentence by his lips against mine. I respond instantly, pressing my lips against his while his hand cups the back of my head. After a few seconds, he pulls away slightly and whispers, “I want to do this, I really do.” He grabs my lips with his again pushing me up against the door


About this wonderful book:

Summary

Tessa has something to prove and she wants to use Ricky to do it.

She’s not surprised when he agrees to her friends with benefits plan, but she is surprised when it seems like Ricky wants more than she’s willing to give. 

Can she keep Ricky without giving him hope for something more?

Because Tessa won’t let this be love.

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About the author:

Adrianna is a 27 year old wife, mommy, book lover, and librarian. She has a deep love for romance books and an unhealthy obsession with iced tea. She can quote almost any Disney movie, she’s in love with Kylo Ren, and she lives for Harry Potter. When she’s not reading or writing, she loves spending time at home with her son, husband, 5 cats, and one tiny dog.

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Thank you so much for letting me be a part of this blog tour. I cant wait to get my hands on this book!

The Flatshare [Book Review]

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Format: Audio book via Scribd

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary is a debut novel about two people who share a bed but have never met. Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

Tiffy and Leon share a flat
Tiffy and Leon share a bed
Tiffy and Leon have never met…

Tiffy Moore needs a cheap flat, and fast. Leon Twomey works nights and needs cash. Their friends think they’re crazy, but it’s the perfect solution: Leon occupies the one-bed flat while Tiffy’s at work in the day, and she has the run of the place the rest of the time.

But with obsessive ex-boyfriends, demanding clients at work, wrongly imprisoned brothers and, of course, the fact that they still haven’t met yet, they’re about to discover that if you want the perfect home you need to throw the rulebook out the window…


It seemed like a month ago everyone was reading this book so I needed it. My library didn’t have it available on audio so I decided to try out Scribd, and they had the book. So I dived right into The Flatshare to see what the big deal seems to be. And I’m so pleased I did.

This book is so unique because Tiffy and Leon are different people. The perspectives are very different, and it was even better via audio. O’Leary excels at writing two different voices, there’s never a confusion with who is who and how they aren’t the same person. This is something I struggle with at times in books, how characters can sound the same. Despite two narrators, it was easy to follow along with the story. In fact, this made it much more engaging to see how Tiffy and Leon each saw the flat share situation from start to finish.

This story isn’t just about the romance either. There are other storylines that involve each character, and despite how much seems to be packed into the book, all of the story lines were done in a way they each had a conclusive ending. Sometimes there are loose ends, but this book ties up all the stories very well. I do think I would have loved for the book to just keep going because I became so invested in all of the characters and their lives. Especially Mr. Prior, I just loved him a lot.

I loved the occupations Tiffy and Leon have as well. She works as an assistant editor for DIY books, which I think is so awesome. I feel like DIY needs to be talked about more. Leon is a palliative care nurse, which I didn’t really know about. I thought it was where people went to die, but this book depicts how the care is so much more.

The romance is fabulous. I have never been obsessed with friends to lovers, but oh my god this book makes you want Tiffy and Leon to be together so badly. They start out as strangers who share a flat at different times, then start with post it notes, and it just progresses. There’s no insta love, and the first time they meet is very funny. Overall, the build up of the romance make this book extra appealing. O’Leary is definitely being added to my favorites among British romance writers.

Okay, but there should also be said there’s some deep things in this book. I would definitely add a trigger warning because Tiffy has an emotionally abusive ex boyfriend who stalks her and gaslights her. So if that’s an issue for you, I don’t think this would be a good fit. I dealt with the same issue about two years ago, and I’m glad this book addresses the issue. Tiffy learns she has post traumatic stress disorder, and she seeks help. She doesn’t use her new relationship to just move on, so it’s nice to see how they took time with each other and didn’t rush at all.

This book was such a sweet book, I couldn’t stop listening. The audio is fantastic, and I just adore the story. The slow burn is so worth it. I can’t recommend this enough.

Xeni [Book Review]

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Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Format: Read via eARC from author

I was very lucky to have been given a copy of this book to review on my own choice from the author. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Wow, I can see why everyone has been reading this book and talking about it. I fell behind in my reading, hence my late review despite the fact I was sent an eARC. Sometimes my life is a mess. Oops. But seriously, this book is amazing and everyone should read it ASAP.

Here’s the synopsis:

She just wanted to claim her inheritance. What she got was a husband…

Xeni Everly-Wilkins has ten days to clean out her recently departed aunt’s massive colonial in Upstate New York. With the feud between her mom and her sisters still raging even in death, she knows this will be no easy task, but when the will is read Xeni quickly discovers the decades old drama between the former R&B singers is just the tip of the iceberg. The Secrets, lies, and a crap ton of cash spilled on her lawyer’s conference room table all come with terms and conditions. Xeni must marry before she can claim the estate that will set her up for life and her aunt has just the groom in mind. The ruggedly handsome and deliciously thicc Scotsman who showed up at her aunt’s memorial, bagpipes at the ready.

When his dear friend and mentor Sable Everly passed away, Mason McInroy knew she would leave a sizable hole in his heart. He never imagined she’d leave him more than enough money to settle the debt that’s keeping him from returning home to Scotland. He also never imagined that Sable would use her dying breaths to play match-maker, trapping Mason and her beautiful niece in a marriage scheme that comes with more complications than either of them need.

With no choice but to say I do, the unlikely pair try to make the best of a messy situation. They had no plans to actually fall in love.

– Via Goodreads

So this book deals with Xeni dealing with the aftermath of losing her favorite aunt and finding out this huge family secret. The secret isn’t easy for her to process… but having Mason around will ease the pain. Because he’s Scottish and thicc. Seriously yummy 😋

I love marriages of convenience because it is always kind of crazy. But I’m such a sucker for a good love story, I can never get enough. And why would I wanna? Rebekah Weatherspoon writes a story so damn good, you won’t want to stop reading any time soon. She writes witty characters and swoony romance. She also knows how to have Xeni deal with her grief while still being able to get married to a total stranger and have them grow closer without any of it seeming forced or fake.

Okay, so I’m going to talk about the romance and the sex scenes so be prepared. Like… wow. I loved how they were just like right off the bat like you’re my wife and you’re my husband and calling each other baby and dear. Yes, just so much yes. They just have this chemistry and beautiful intimacy between them you just can’t stop. Mason reveals he’s bisexual and Xeni is like same. They just accept one another, and I adore it so much because I feel like more books need to be like this. And they have an awesome sex life. I’ve never read a book where a woman pegs a man and it’s just part of their sex life. I was like yes, please let’s have more of this in the world. I’m living for how two bisexual people are in a soft, caring relationship and they just understand each other. They’re open about who they are, and I just weep thinking about the amount I love this book.

I did love this book a lot. There’s just some small issues I had which is why I did not rate it as 5 star. I felt like all of the family drama was like way too much… she was like hella mad at her mom and then she wasn’t and it was just like a lot to handle. I guess maybe it’s because I didn’t have parents growing up so I don’t understand the dynamic. Just honestly… it was way more drama than I was here for so I did roll my eyes some of the time. Also, Xeni being kinda vegetarian was annoying to me. Either you eat meat or you don’t. I don’t see it as a middle ground. But I’m a big advocate of no animal cruelty or products used so this is a super personal issue. I’m just saying you can’t eat chicken and say you’re sometimes vegetarian. No, that’s not how that works. I also kind of struggled with the book in the beginning… but it does pick up. I also didn’t exactly love the whole break up and not talk for six months either… but there’s a HEA so I can’t rant too badly.

Fantastic book. Definitely suggest just for the pegging alone. Such good sex scenes. Everyone read this immediately.

Until I rant about books again,

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,

How To Date Your Dragon [Book Review] Blogtober

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Format: Read via Audible Escapes.

I really like this book. My only question is how do you have a book series of standalone stories? Oh, well. Still really awesome. I recommend this for sure.

Jillian is sent to Mystic Bayou by the league to look at how the community thrives as a mixed population of magical creatures and normal humans. There are some who are thrilled she’s there, while others are less than. Bael is the sheriff (I think?), and he is not exactly thrilled to have Jillian there. He’s protective of his town, but he also takes an interest in Jillian. But of course he does because it’s a romance, and there would be no story otherwise… I think Jillian and Bael are cute as a couple. I liked this book, but I laughed so hard when they had sex on his treasure hoard. I think it was supposed to be steamy, but the sex scenes made me laugh because they are either having sex on gold coins or his scales are coming out. I know it’s about a magical community, but I’m just finding it super hilarious that he’s a dragon and the sex life aspect. Clearly this isn’t what gets me hot, but cool if it works for you.

There’s a murder mystery too… shifters are being killed around the time Jillian arrives, and she was planning to interview them so there’s some type of connection. Bael wants to discover what’s going on in his town before someone else is killed.

This is a great book. A magical community, the bayou setting, and a great romance. It’s so good on audio, I enjoyed every minute of the story immensely. It’s seriously worth the time. I’m excited for the next one… I can’t wait to see what else going happen. Thank you Stephanie for the suggestion, this book hit just right. But I’m still dead from the dragon sex. Oops. I don’t know why that’s so amusing.

I’d love to know if you have read this and what you think. It’s such a great start to a series, I can’t wait to listen to all of them.

Until I rant about books again,

Taken By The Elven King [Book Review]

Genre: Romance, Fantasy

Rating: 1/5 Stars

Format: Read via Audible Escapes

Disclaimer: This review is full of spoilers. Avoid if you want to read this series.

Alright. Let me begin by saying, these are my own thoughts and opinions. None of them are meant to make anyone angry or annoyed. I don’t have anything against the author. This book just wasn’t for me, which is okay. We don’t have to enjoy the same books, that’s why so many exist in the world. Right?

Alright, so this is marked for spoilers so please don’t read this if you’re interested in the book and don’t want it ruined. There’s your warning now. The rest of this will be full of spoilers.

So Emily is kidnapped from her apartment in the middle of the night and she finds herself in a land where there are elves. She was brought to the land of the elves, called She, or something, to literally be a breeding mare for the king. Never mind she had a life of graduate school and becoming a person with a career. No, she’s going to be a freaking breeding cow for the king since elves can’t have their own kids but bringing in human women can maybe jump start the whole process all over again so the elves are saved. Okay. Sure. Honestly the elves sound cool. I just hate the trope of a woman being used as a breeding thing. If you want that so badly, you can go on porn hub and watch some crappy video about it, not waste your time on a four book series about a human who’s pretty much raped and told she’s going to have multiple children. She’s never given a choice. It’s just super rape like to me and absolutely vile. I can’t believe Emily falls in love with Sethian so much as he rapes her into compliance and she’s got a major case of Stockholm Syndrome.

The book is supposed to be oh my goodness, yay smut. Sure, I enjoy smutty books. This is meant to be trashy and enjoyable. To me, it’s poorly written sex scenes bordering on rape with major sympathizing with the kidnapper to the point you delude yourself into falling in love with him.

This book has all the tropes too. Let’s see… elf king with a good dick and really hot. Of course Sethian is married to someone else but Emily is more important because she could be carrying the heir someday. But of course the other wife is a cold bitch who wants to destroy Emily. Always the villain and never given like an actual personality where you could be like, maybe she has the right to be angry since she is being forced to watch her husband rape another woman and act like it’s acceptable. I would be angry as well. Just saying. Then of course…

Emily gets pregnant. And the elf baby is like magical and Sethian can feel its soul and be connected. Elf babies never cry and are so magical. Blah, blah. Everyone is like not happy Emily is pregnant and all that. And the evil wife is like get rid of the baby and leave and she’s like no, I’m happy with my life here and it’s all good. How dare you be upset about this baby despite you not being able to have a baby. Another trope. The only purpose women have in this society is to have kids and if you don’t, you fail and need to be bitter and angry your whole life. It doesn’t matter the queen is probably hurting from her infertility issues… because she’s just a bad guy and why even bring up she could be multidimensional.

But then of course the best trope… sarcasm… comes when she’s giving birth and Emily and Sethian realize they are soulmates. Because of course. It’s not enough that Emily was his kidnapping breeding concubine. Now they are soulmates and it’s wonderful and love and all that stuff that you want in a book but seems so stupid in this book.

Of course their baby is a boy and he’s super magical. Because he has to be like the last magical elf he’s similar to, and he’s going to save the world and so many other tropes I’m sure would emerge if the author kept writing. Then Emily is super bonded to the baby and it’s the most amazing thing to be a mother, because that’s how she’s suppose to feel after losing her entire life and being a propagater for the king. She has an awesome perfect baby she’s so attached to and her life is the best. She even has more kids and her life is so happy. Then Sethian is cursed and almost dies so she gets put in jail by the actual queen. But her magic son saves her and his dad, and she saves Sethian. And the evil queen and the other bad guys are killed. And it’s all happily ever after because they have sex even though she just almost died. But it’s okay because they have gentle sex just to be safe. And Emily is going to have a happy lifetime with her magic son and other kids and husband.

This book is just a lot of bad tropes and not great smut. The fantasy element wasn’t well done either. Nothing about this entire story wasn’t a giant pile of garbage. I do not recommend this book at all. I am curious to see if the author writes anything else and how that would be, but I’m hesitant for a reason.


I haven’t disliked a book this much in a very long time. I’m not sure what to say except it reminded me of personal experiences (the main guy reminded me of my abusive ex and I have bad postpartum depression so the way pregnancy and babies are handled in this book just irk me). If you read this whole review, I appreciate you taking the time to do so. I’d love to hear your thoughts if you have read this or anything else from Christina Rayne.

Until I rant about books again,

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.

Until I rant about books again,

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.

Until I rant about books again,

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.

Until I rant about books again,