Friday Round-Up

Welcome to this week's book round-up.  First, I want to take a moment to ask for prayers, positive thoughts, good vibes, or whatever you do in a  time of need for a friend of mind.  On Wednesday, the Down syndrome community experienced indescribable heart break and shock as one of our own passed away.  A facebook friend of mine's daughter suffered from a brain aneurysm last Friday.  Aneurysms are unpredictable and can happen to anyone.  About 50% of people who have an aneurysm rupture die immediately.  Emily, being the strong 9 year-old girl that she was, fought hard.  She is a beautiful angel who touched so many people's lives and inspired many.  Her family is grieving and my heart hurts terribly for my friend.  Please keep them in your thoughts.  Thank you.


Given everything that has gone on this past week, I managed to read 5 books - a rockstar romance, a hilarious romcom, a slow burn sports romance, a contemporary romance, and a 2nd chance romance.

Rockstar Romance:

4 stars This rockstar romance is the fifth and final book in this Terri Anne Browning's Tainted Knight series ands has been highly anticipated by her fans as this is Jace and Kin's story.  These two had a short book (Rocking Kin) in the Lucy and Harris series, but it can be read as a standalone.  I enjoyed this book and I like how the author revealed the secret relatively early on in the book. My review goes more into what my thoughts were on the characters and the storyline. For those of you who have read her other rockstar books, you will be pleased with how prominent some of the other secondary characters are in this book.

Through ups and downs, Jace and I have faced everything head on. 

Until he started keeping secrets. 

I loved him too much to just give up on us, but when I was confronted with proof I could no longer ignore, I left. 

Yet having Jace clear up what he was hiding didn’t magically mend my heart back together. 

His secrets broke us completely. 

Now the forever I dreamed of us having was tainted.

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Romantic Comedy:

5 stars Is it possible to die from laughing?  If it were, I'd be 6 feet under as I was laughing so hard that I was both crying and snorting in a hospital waiting room while waiting for my daughter to come out of surgery.  Emma Hart has the unique ability to come up with crazy situations, witty characters, and the most amusing/hilarious dialogue between characters.  I don't know why by I sort expected Cameron to be a jerk of a boss, but he never came across that way to Mallory or his coworkers.  He was an all around good (and sex) man.  You know, a good book boyfriend.  I'm not going to say anything else other than if you need a good laugh, check out Catastrophe Queen.

It’s not you. It’s me.
No, seriously. It is me. Not only does my name literally mean “unfortunate,” but that’s the story of my life. 
Everything I touch turns to cr*p. An apartment fire—that I swear I was not responsible for—means I’m living back at home with my s*x-mad parents. Yay, me!
Which is why I need my new job as personal assistant to Cameron Reid to get back on my feet. Three months in this job and I can move back out and, hopefully, remember to turn off my flat iron once in a while. 
On paper, my job is easy. Make coffee. Book appointments. Keep everything in order.
Until I walk in on my boss, half-naked, wearing nothing but the kind of tiny white towel that dreams are made of.
Now, nothing is easy—except our mutual attraction. But he’s my boss, and you know what they say about mixing work and pleasure: unless you do p*rn, it’s just not worth it.
Or is it?

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Second Chance, Rockstar Romance

3 stars  This book was just okay for me.  I liked the characters and I liked the themes of second chances and work-life balance as I think we can all related to the 2nd theme, but I just didn't feel the chemistry between Remi and Alastair . When I read the blurb, I thought it was a romantic comedy with an underlying rockstar theme.  Instead, there really wasn't much humor and the rockstar aspect was very much in the background.  That is absolutely not bad, but it just wasn't what I was expecting.  For more on my thoughts, check out my Goodreads review or come back next week for my full blog post.

Releases: February 5, 2019

TO: The guy who dumped me because of my career
FROM: The woman hired to advance yours
RE: I am 150,000% over you.

I’m on the 11:14 train out of London, so I’ll be there by 3:00. To make this as painless as possible, I thought it would help to establish key ground rules:
1. No rehashing our past relationship. Yes, we were engaged, but it’s been twelve years and I’m over you.
2. I’m very good at my job and that job is to help you shed the “reclusive” part of the whole “reclusive rock star” vibe you’ve got going on. Brace yourself.
3. My plan is to have this wrapped up by Friday, so save your smoldering looks until I’m gone, please. (I assume you still smolder?) I’m immune now. See item #1.
4. My cousin is getting married and guess who's a bridesmaid? Funny, huh? Almost as funny as the fiancΓ©e you dumped because you thought she was married to her job now saving yours.

Always a bridesmaid, never a bride. Except almost. That one time.

P.S. Have I mentioned I’m totally, completely 150,000% over you?

coming soon. . . 


Contemporary Romance:

4 stars I fell in love with Crystal Kaswell's book when I first discovered her 2 rockstar series - Dangerous Noise and Sinful Serenade.  Losing It takes placed in her Ink Heart series and I enjoyed it thoroughly.  I have to say that Quinn may be one of the most adorable heroines I've ever encountered.  She likes things a certain way and to be predictable, which made her pretty relatable seeing as I am similar!  Wes is the sexy, cocky tattoo artist, but there is way more to him. Losing It had just the right amount of humor, a bit of seriousness, and a lot of steam making it an enjoyable read.

Dear Wes, let's skip pleasantries.
I'm not going to med school a virgin.
I want to learn everything, and I want you to teach me.
I've looked at all the men in my life, made a list of pros and cons, found you the most suitable. Sure, a lot of that was your gorgeous blue eyes and your charming smile. The strong arms and the tattooed torso don't hurt either. I swear, I don't have a thing for bad boys. Just you.
There's no way in hell I'm ever sending this. I can't believe I'm even writing it.
But, god, I really, really do want to study under you.
Is that too formal?
How am I supposed to phrase this?
Wes, please, teach me how to fuck?
I promise I'll study hard.
I'm an excellent student.
And, well, I'm pretty sure I don't need to spell out why this is win/win.
- Quinn

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Sports Romance:

4 stars Only Work, No Play is a fun, slow-burn sports romance by Cora Reilly.  I had the privilege of receiving an ARC of this book and I was thoroughly entertained.  I nearly devoured it in one sitting as I liked the storyline and I loved both Evie and Xavier.  It is my first book by this author and I am already looking ito reading her other books.

Releases: February 12, 2019

After two years of taking care of her heartbroken father, Evie needs a new start. Leaving the States and following her sister to Australia to work as the personal assistant of rugby star Xavier – The Beast – Stevens seems like the right kind of distraction.
Tall, muscled and devilishly handsome, Xavier is the lov’ em and leav’ em kind of guy. He never forgets a girl’s name because he never bothers to remember it in the first place.
Evie soon realizes that being Xavier’s assistant is a 24/7 job; the man seems unwilling to even set an alarm for himself.
As she watches him move from one woman to the next, Evie is glad that her heart is safe from his attention. After all, she’s a far cry from the size zero models he usually takes to his bed.
But soon being around Xavier doesn’t feel like a job, and seeing him walk around his apartment half naked all the time isn’t helping either. Evie knows that giving in to her attraction will lead to heartbreak, but when Xavier starts treating her as more than just his assistant, resisting his charms seems like an impossible task.



Released This Week:
The Break-Up Bet by Cat Carmine - Review
Losing It by Crystal Kaswell
The Catastrophe Queen by Emma Hart
No Escape Claws by Sofie Ryan

Releasing Next Week:
Broken Hill High by Sheridan Anne - review coming soon
Maid in England by Brenda St. John Brown
Legend by Sawyer Bennett