The Love Solution by Ashley Croft (arc)

Oh, how I wish I could give this one a higher rating, because I enjoyed the writing style very much. In fact, that’s why this book gets 2.5 instead of 1.5 stars in the end. I can’t ignore that the storytelling was very smooth, but unfortunately I can’t ignore that this book has a problematic plot element either. One akin to drugging and emotional abuse. It doesn’t matter that one of the two main characters has a legitimate reason to be desperate and not thinking clearly, but it’s a long way from thinking to actually trying to achieve the means to do it. And the other main character has no excuse, other than being a sister and there’s a lot I would do for my siblings, but there are limits. I mean, I understand that there are individuals in the real world that lack this filter, that actually do horrible stuff to other people, but these two main characters just didn’t read that way at first. There are so many ways the author could have spun this plot element without crossing the line. It’s weird really, I can read about murder, psychopaths and violence without much trouble, but this plot element, in this type of book, made me pause. Maybe it’s because I didn’t expect it, wrong context or something, it’s supposed to be a contemporary romance right? A bit of heart ache and drama is expected, but planning on taking away another’s will? Akin to drugging them? It made me question if they were good at all and whether they deserved their happily ever afters. Not what you usually feel in a romance novel, even if a character misbehaves and make mistakes. Like I said, it could have been a really cute addition in the story, maybe a joke throughout the book or something. And maybe I’m reading to much into this, but that’s how I felt and in the end this book wasn’t for me.
The above aside, I did like the writing style enough that I won’t hesitate to pick up another book by the same author.

Release date: 15 August 2019

Publisher: Avon Books UK

Rating: 2.5 stars

Beyond the Limit by Cindy Dees (arc)

This was the GI Jane story I didn’t know I needed. I knew that I was going to like it, but not how much (which is always a good kind of surprise) and I think it is a great addition to the women in military category.

We follow two main protagonists. First being Skylar who gets selected together with two other women to become the first ever female Navy SEALs and their grueling training in the hands of the Reaper SEAL platoon and their leader Griffin. To prepare both the military and the rest of the world for female SEALs they train in secret to ascertain that the women that that’s been selected have what it takes before they take on the real SEAL training that have a very high failure rate in general.

Skylar knows all about being a media officer for the Navy, but she wants to go out on real missions in the field. She knows that she has what it takes, but the question is if she can convince others, especially the arrogant and obnoxious platoon leader that is determined to fail her.

As the Reaper platoon leader, Griffin can’t foresee anything but trouble if women joined the SEAL teams and it’s not only about gender aptitudes. Now this pageant beauty queen think she’s got what it takes?

Then one mission goes haywire and drags them both into it’s maw. Will they overcome their differences in time and trust each other enough to survive the coming troubles?

I loved the chemistry between everyone, not only between the main characters. There’s also a charming bonding between the three women and a cheeky camaraderie between the Reapers. I loved that everything between characters (feelings, concessions and actions) plus responses to situations felt believable within the premises of the story.

This was a great start on a series and I hope we get to know the other women and Reapers in the coming installments.

Published: June 25th

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey

Adorable, quirky and fun, this may be one of my favorite rom coms of 2019. As you may know by now, or maybe not, I’m a sucker for expertly written quirky main characters. Make Me Bad is another favorite of this year and surprise, it also has a quirky female lead. It’s my fave personality trait when reading a book. It doesn’t have to be romance either. Quirky characters in whatever genre and gender, and I’m sold. Hook, line and sinker.
The MC in Waiting for Tom Hanks is obsessed with rom com culture and is looking for her soulmate. In her mind Tom Hanks stars in some of the best rom coms out there (yeah, he kind of does) and thus is the epitome of how a soulmate should be. This leads to many obsessive moments, good reflections and emotional scenes. My favorite part was the endearing cast of characters and the relationships between them. I absolutely loved all the interactions, which felt very small town (at least the fiction/movie version of one) and I’m so happy that there will be a second companion book in the series so I can visit these characters again. Especially Gary from the diner, he was absolutely hilarious!

Rating: 4,5 stars

Release date: 2019-06-11

Publisher: Berkley

Coldhearted Boss by R.S. Grey

R.S. Grey continues to top her own writing. With every new book she raises the level and you think that THIS is your favorite book by her, and it is, so far at least… then she writes another one and you have to widen your scope from favorite to favorites. Because it’s impossible to choose just one!
Coldhearted Boss was everything I want when reading an enemies to lovers rom com. There’s no insta-love, like “I have to be mean because I know instantly that I love her and I’m going to marry this woman someday”. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for some insta-love now and again, but in this case we get the sexy slow burn of a hate-to-love relationship with a good reason why they do not get along in the beginning of the book. Overall, I thought that the friction, the good kind of lusty angst and lovely getting to know each other storyline was delightful. The whole thing felt well paced and made me go through a spectrum of emotions, which (for me) is a good sign of good storytelling. My absolute favorite part was the epilogue. That sucker punched me right in the feels and gave me everything I wanted in a Happily Ever After ending.

Release date: June 6th 2019

Rating: 4.5 stars

Cover reveal: Coldhearted boss by R.S. Grey

About the book

I’m desperate and destitute when Lockwood Construction rolls into my small town with an offer too good to pass up: high wages to any able-bodied man willing to join their crew.

Say no more. I throw on baggy clothes, tuck my long hair under a baseball hat, and apply for a job. Unfortunately, my half-baked idea of disguising myself as a guy is flawed from the beginning. As Shakira says, these hips don’t lie.

Still, I like to think I might have pulled the whole thing off save for one thing:

I know my boss.

Last month, we met at a bar, and after a fiery first encounter, it seems we’re destined to be sworn enemies.

Ethan Stone is ruthless and arrogant, a man I never would have crossed had I known how much he likes to toy with his prey.

He should just fire me and be done with it. Instead, he decides to make me his personal slave. Oh right, I think they’re calling it personal “assistant” these days.

It’s torture, all of it—his bad attitude, his ruggedly chiseled face, his desire to grind me into dust.

Every one of our friction-filled battles burns hotter than the last.

A girl can only hold out for so long. Soon, I’m bound to go up in flames.

My objective? Survive the heat long enough to send home a paycheck.
My real objective? Stop having X-rated fantasies about my coldhearted boss.

COLDHEARTED BOSS releases June 6th – you’ll be able to preorder your copy for .99c beginning June 3rd!

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Cover Reveal: Playing For Keeps

PLAYING FOR KEEPS
Hot Jocks, Book 1
By Kendall Ryan
Exclusive Audible Release: May 28th
Release Day: August 13th

About the Book

I’ve never been so stupid in my entire life.

Elise Parrish, my teammate’s incredibly sweet and gorgeous younger sister, should have been off-limits, but my hockey stick didn’t get the memo.

After our team won the championship, our flirting turned physical, and I took her to bed. Then shame sent her running the next morning from our catastrophic mistake.

She thinks I don’t remember that night – but every detail is burned into my brain so deeply, I’ll never forget. The feel of her in my arms, the soft whimpers of pleasure I coaxed from her perfect lips….

And now I’ve spent three months trying to get her out of my head, but I’m starting to understand she’s the only girl I’ll ever want.

I have one shot to show her I can be exactly what she needs, but Elise won’t be easily convinced.

That’s okay, because I’m good under pressure, and this time, I’m playing for keeps.

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Again but Better by Christine Riccio (arc)

Again But Better was a good read, similar feeling and premise as Anna and the French kiss. In the first half the MC has this nervous energy that took some getting used to, but it gets endearing when you do and there’s a twist a little over halfway through that I did not see coming but that was amusing. Towards the end there’s a wonky bit that didn’t feel consistent with the story that far, the focus shifted abruptly, and I got a bit confused. The whole book revolves mostly around one aspect and suddenly she doesn’t talk or even think about it at all? I wish I could let something go so completely too! But in the end, the author manages to straighten out the story, I really liked the ending and I definitely enjoyed it as a whole! 🙂

Publication date: May 7th

Publisher: Wednesday Books (S:t Martin’s Press)

Rating: 3.5

Coming soon: Junk Mail by Kendall Ryan

It all started with a sexy selfie.
Texted to the wrong number.
Oops. 😉

Not my finest moment—but I have nothing to be ashamed of.

She thought I was no better, and I quote, than the knuckle-dragging douche-bags she was never dating again.

It was a stupid dare from a girl I’d met online, but since she’d given me a fake number, I didn’t feel bad that my interests were suddenly focused elsewhere—on the fiery and sharp-tongued, Peyton that I found myself sparring with over text for the rest of the evening.

The following day, my case of mistaken identity came back to bite me in the banana.

When I strolled into the office, I was introduced to Peyton as the new client I needed to win over. The Peyton , in case you’re not tracking.

And let’s just say she had my full attention.

Brains? Check.

Beauty? Oh yeah.

And the best part? She hated me on sight.

Dear God, do I love a challenge.

Let the games begin.

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Update Goodreads Challenge

I’m just staring at this and wondering if I read more or quicker than I used to, or if I’m hiding in books due to the bad headspace I’m having again. But for whatever reason, I haven’t read this many books in three months since… I can’t even remember haha.

I’ll just be happy with it and not analyze it too much 😉

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Make Me Bad by R.S. Grey (ARC)

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This book was the epitome of how I want my rom coms; quirky and relatable with all the feels.

It follows Madison, a quirky children’s librarian who’s been a good rule abiding girl all her life, as she decides that enough is enough. It’s time to step out of her comfort zone and try to live life to its fullest. The question is, how to begin. So, when an unexpected opportunity steps into her library, she takes it.

R.S. Grey has a delicious sense for tension and an endearing knack for portraying relationships (both romantically and other) that makes the whole story even more addicting. Throw in some great references, swoon worthy scenes and believable storyline, it’s no wonder that Make Me Bad swaggered up to the top of my rom com favorites before I’d even finished half the book! If you like reading romance or are curious about romantic comedy, this is your candidate. Be prepared to smile a lot. I know I did! 😊

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SYNOPSIS:

I was issued a warning: stay away from Ben Rosenberg.

As Clifton Cove’s resident “king”, he thinks he’s entitled to anyone and anything.

The trouble is, I’ve spent my whole life following the rules and playing it safe. I know what it feels like to be the good girl. I’m the police chief’s daughter and a librarian—for adorable children, no less. My wardrobe consists of colorful sundresses and baggy jeans. I might as well have a Post-it stuck to my forehead that reads: Yup, she’s a virgin.

An all-nighter with a fictional hunk is about as exciting as my life gets, until one day, fate decides to take pity on me and shove me straight into the path of Mr. Off-Limits himself.

Oof.

Just as I suspected, every inch of him promises to be my demise. Up close, he’s tall, menacing, dangerously handsome—the type of man who’s never spent a single moment worrying about the opinions of others. A well-behaved girl would do as she’s told and avoid him at all costs, but I’m overdue for a little rebellion.

No more Friday nights sprawled out on the couch in my comfiest pajamas. No more wishing I had the courage to misbehave.

Everyone thinks Ben is going to ruin me.
They think he’ll chew me up and spit me out.

Well, Ben…go ahead.
Tempt me. Taunt me.
Make me bad.