My May Reads...

Funny enough, as a writer I am NOT a very stingy reader. So many authors struggle with reading because they disagree with plots or the book isn’t “smart enough.” Sorry friends, I am totally in love with guilty pleasure reads. I get wrapped up in characters even if the writing is so-so or the plots are ridiculous. This month I finished A LOT of out there, crazy plot books. It was delicious!!!

The Rebel of Raleigh High (Raleigh Rebels #1)The Rebel of Raleigh High by Callie Hart

Ohhhh, how I love a good juicy, guilty pleasure, bad boy read.
Beware of triggers.
Filthy Rich Boys (Rich Boys of Burberry Prep, #1)Filthy Rich Boys by C.M. Stunich

The plot is so ridiculously far fetched that you can't help but hang on every single word. I'm a sucker for rich kids and bad boys/girls series.
Bad, Bad Blue Bloods (Rich Boys of Burberry Prep, #2)Bad, Bad Blue Bloods by C.M. Stunich

Yup, I'm still drinking the kool-aid. Sue me.
The Envy Of Idols (Rich Boys of Burberry Prep, #3)The Envy Of Idols by C.M. Stunich

I am so confused. Who do I love?
I cannot tell a lie, I am such a sucker for these freaking books. It's a train wreck you can't look away from.
More of You (Confessions of the Heart, #1)More of You by A.L. Jackson

Here's a case of the blurb not matching the plot. At all. However, I liked the book in the end so whatevsss...
Be prepared for a mystery and questioning the iffy timing of this romance.
Her Defiant Heart (Damaged Hearts, #1)Her Defiant Heart by Monica Murphy

Holy cliffhanger! I'm up in the air on this one—invested enough to want to read on and see what happens but not sure when I'll grab book 2
Jens bugged me with the way she used Rhett after he was so nice, but I have a feeling Rhett isn't what he seems either.
His Wasted Heart (Damaged Hearts, #2)His Wasted Heart by Monica Murphy

I needed answers after that cliffy!
Damaged Hearts (Damaged Hearts, #3)Damaged Hearts by Monica Murphy

Hmmmm. Didn't love it, didn't hate it.
Had this been one novel I think I would have been happier with it. Jens secret ended up being anti-climatic by the end.
The Perfect First (Fulton U, #1)The Perfect First by Maya Hughes

This sweet and sexy book is exactly what New Adult should be (IMO)
Switch Hitter (Jock Hard #0.5)Switch Hitter by Sara Ney

Fun little novella.
Rebel Born (Secondborn, #3)Rebel Born by Amy A. Bartol
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Love.
Rebel Born was a bit more scientific than Secondborn or Traitor Born, but because Amy has a way of writing sci-fi plots for the non-sci-fi reader it didn't overwhelm the story or my simple brain ;)
After that cliffy from book two, readers are rewarded with a fast-paced, questions answered finale.

Also, this romance lover was totally happy with the romantic resolutions.
The Moth and the Flame (When Rivals Play, #2)The Moth and the Flame by B.B. Reid

Good, bad boy fun but not as enjoyable as Ever and Four's story. This one felt repetitive, and a lot of the reveals (the ones that began as part of Ever and Four's story) were confusing bc everything was from Lou and Wren's POV.
The overarching storyline still has a lot of holes to fill which means Jamie and Bette's story is next... not sure how I feel about that, but I'm sure I'll be reading it.

Hidden Creek Secrets (Hidden Creek High Book 1)Hidden Creek Secrets by Jaxson Kidman

As the cover alludes, there are a lot of secrets in Hidden Creek. Trouble is you won't find many answers in book one.
Typical rival bad boys and drama-ridden girls in this guilty pleasure read.
Punk 57Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas

I hate that it took me so long to read this one. Loved Ryen and Misha's story.

My recent reads...

In an effort to share books and authors you may be unfamiliar with, I’ll be posting snippet reviews every few weeks from my recent reads. If I post a review here it is because I enjoyed the story and suggest you give it a read. Happy reading!

Over the Falls (Ryder Bay Book 1)Over the Falls by Jordan Ford


Enjoyable surfer read with all the right YA components: drama, rich kids/poor kids, bad boys, breakups, makeups, and a whole lot of flirting.

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The Birthday List (Maysen Jar, #1)The Birthday List by Devney Perry


My one frustration was I wanted Poppy to move on a little faster. << That's a ridiculous statement to make when you're the widow, but Cole was so amazing! It was hard to watch him go out of his way to help her fulfill the birthday list. It sometimes felt like she was using him more than seeing him as a man who'd fallen for her.
Grieving is an individual process and this story was lovely.

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Rock Bottom GirlRock Bottom Girl by Lucy Score


90s Flashbacks

High school was hard. Reading Marley's story felt like reliving those days. Bad boys, bullies, inadequacy, laughter, and tears... My first Lucy Score book will not be my last.

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The Worst Best ManThe Worst Best Man by Lucy Score


There's a crazy bit of drama that surrounds the wedding at the beginning that was a bit out there for me but once we moved beyond that I truly enjoyed Aiden and Frankie's story. Laugh out loud moments, great characters, sexy times, and I hero you can easily fall in love with.

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My Life in Shambles: A Standalone RomanceMy Life in Shambles: A Standalone Romance by Karina Halle


Possibly my favorite Karina romance. One thing I love about her characters is they are almost always "flawed" physically. Are you shocked the entire world isn't filled with perfectly sculpted, thin, and gorgeous people?
I also commend Halle for tackling an issue you don't see very often in romance novels. Loved this one.

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ARC Review of #TraitorBorn by Amy A. Bartol

I've mentioned I don't often review books. I share what I'm reading, I tend to tell you if I love something, but I try not to formally review other authors work. I will make an exception every now and then, and today is one of those days. 

I received this pretty little ARC from 47North and Netgalley. If you've followed me for any length of time or looked back at my author story, you know Amy holds a place in my heart. I was thrilled to read an ARC of Traitor Born. I loved Secondborn and could not wait to continue Roselle's story. If you haven't already, you should totally check this series out. 

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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

In typical Amy A. Bartol fashion, Amy writes a story that takes readers on a wild ride. Action packed, brilliantly descriptive, heartbreaking, and character focused. I thoroughly enjoyed Traitor Born. As a girl who likes romance in my reads, Amy did it again. I was dying over Roselle's suitors and unsure of whom she would pick. Guys, the ending!! Gah!!! Jan 2019 can't come soon enough.

Buy Secondborn on Amazon HERE and don't forget to check out Amy's other series:
The Premonition Series and The Kricket Series while you're at it. 

 

#Review In This Life by Christine Brae

First, my disclaimer. I do NOT read to review books. I read books I want to read, and sometimes I write a review. I've read books for my very best friends that I have LOVED beyond words and not written them a review. I have also read books that I do not care for and not written a review. I am not paid in money, favors, likes, chocolate or anything else to leave reviews for books. 

Often times we are told as authors to not review other authors books. I HATE that mentality because I have always been a reader and as a reader I have an opinion. What I do believe in, is never bad mouthing a book. What I love you might hate, and what I hate you might love. Opinions are just that. Opinions.
This year I'm attempting to share more of the books I do love. I've always shared what I'm reading with you—through Pinterest and Goodreads—but I will now work to leave a few reviews.

NOTE: If I do not review a book that does NOT mean I didn't like it. 

 

My review:

Quite simply a beautiful love story.

In This Life, isn't your normal girl meets boy and falls in love tale. It's a story of friendship and betrayal, of love and pain. And very much a story of fate and master plans.

I firmly believe there are times in our lives when we have no say in the matter. When our paths are mapped out by someone much more knowledgeable than us and we can't fight it. Falling in love isn't always a choice.

Ms. Brae has taken this idea and mixed it with beautifully flowing prose. She weaves fantastic description in with heart-wrenching and warm dialogue using just the right balance.
Her believable characters may frustrate you as they make their decisions, but that is the mark of a great book. A book that a 2AM had me reading through tear-blurred eyes and sniffles.

In This Life, is worth the trip around the world Ms. Brae takes you on.

 

 


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In This Life
Christine Brae
Contemporary Romance, Adult
Released: Jan 22, 2016

Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere,
They’re in each other all along.
— Rumi