Exquisitely Hidden Release Blitz & Series Review

Good morning everyone! Today I’m going to be talking about and reviewing Exquisitely Hidden by M Jay Granberry.

Since this is the second book in the romance series (though they can be read separately I recommend reading them in order), I am also going to briefly review Exquisitely Broken, the first book, before getting into the blitz and review of the second.

Exquisitely Broken follows Sinclair James and Jacob Johnson as they are “reunited” four years after they ended their six year relationship. It was a messy breakup and Sin was hoping to never see Jake again. But fate had other plans.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t get on board with this book. It wasn’t something that I enjoyed. I’m not really one for the tropes in this book and I don’t enjoy very heavily sex focused books. This was that and I just couldn’t enjoy it.

I ended up giving this book 3 stars because I could see other people enjoying it, but I just didn’t.

He was everything I needed when I thought I had it all…

As front man for the band everyone’s eyes are on me.
I bask in the spotlight
Because it hides the flaws.
Everyone has secrets.
Mine will ruin everything I’ve built.
My career, my music, my life…
But keeping this secret?
It’s breaking my heart.
I knew how we would end before we started
And still I can’t resist him.
Not everyone will understand.
But I do.
It’s simple.
He’s the man I’m meant to love.
How long can I deny who I truly am?
Should I keep my secret or risk it all?

This is a M/M romance between Adam, another member of the Sin City band, and Seth, one of the bodyguards. Adam is in the closet and doesn’t plan on coming out anytime soon, Seth is out in the open and doesn’t want to hide who he is.

My Thoughts

So, unfortunately I ended up DNFing this book at 41%. I wouldn’t say that it was a bad book, but it just wasn’t for me. I couldn’t bring myself to connect with the romance and I don’t like smutty m/m romances. It’s not my cup of tea. I like sweet romances in general for any type, m/m, m/f, f/f, etc.

I found myself not wanting to pick this up because it’s not sometihng I enjoy in general.

The reason I am still choosing to share this book with you all is because I know there are people out there that will enjoy it. If you like M/M smut, then give it a shot. The characters are interesting and so are their stories. It just wasn’t for me personally.

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M. Jay Granberry is first and foremost an insatiable reader.

Among her favorite things are classic fairy tales, smutty books where characters have heart, old lady sweaters (preferably chunky knit), gift baskets (giving not receiving), and charcuterie trays (green olives, smoked cheese, and Genoa salami).

She is a true Las Vegas native, the one in Nevada not New Mexico, and to answer the most frequently asked questions about growing up in Sin City…

  • No, she doesn’t live in a hotel.
  • No, she has never been a stripper although she does know some.
  • Prostitution is absolutely illegal in Clark County (Las Vegas)!
  • And what happens in Vegas does indeed stay in Vegas.

M. Jay earned a degree in words and stories, and after fifteen plus years of doing everything other than writing, she penned her first novel.

Giving a voice to characters, that are strong yet fragile, that are sometimes uncomfortably real, that express love in dirtiest ways with the sweetest sentiments is honestly a dream come true.

AUTHOR LINKS

Website: http://www.authormjaygranberry.com 
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EXCERPT

Prologue

Adam

I let my weight sink into the cushions of the chaise lounge as I eye the backyard. Trimmed hedges line the brick fence, towering palm trees rest in the corners. Wicker patio furniture with bright blue cushions decorate the covered patio and to round it off, is the infinity pool that overlooks the Las Vegas skyline. 

It’s perfect. 

Sometimes, I have the urge to pinch myself because I still can’t believe that this is my life. 

The heat from the sun warms my skin, soaking into muscle and bone relaxing me to the point of senselessness.  I take in the view behind mirrored sunglasses as a big body breaks the water’s surface. Seth’s lithe form cuts through the water, smooth and deliberate. His last stroke short as he nears the side. Instead of turning for another lap he places both palms on the edge of pool and lifts himself out.

 And I can’t help but to stare. Even now, when I know that body as well as I know my own.  I’ve caressed every sinewy inch, memorized every peak, kissed every valley but I’m still in awe of all things Seth Cody.

He walks toward me, eyes unblinking, chiseled jaw clenched, and I fight not to fidget under his gaze. He doesn’t stop walking until he’s right in front of me. Lowering, his solid weight settles near my hip and a soft pair of cool lips brush along the whiskers on my jaw in a slow tease before moving across my mouth. 

Seth leans into me, beads of water glisten on his tan skin and roll forward to splatter on my chest and arms, nimble fingers remove my sunglasses and I stare into sad eyes the color of aged whiskey. His hands move into my hair as he angles my head licking up the center of my lips asking permission before his rough voice whispers a demand.

 “Kiss me.” He says. 

But I shouldn’t. 

Last night we had words, spoke like two sensible adults, no yelling, no cursing, no tears. I made it clear that I don’t do relationships. Even when every fiber of my being is begging me to reconsider. I let him know that I have no intention of picking up the mantle and becoming a representation for gay men anywhere, let alone in the music industry. Regardless of the fact when I look into his eyes I see forever. I told him that being in Las Vegas, trying to get custody of my sister, being the leader and the glue for my band is more important than our fledgling relationship. Although the idea of never touching or kissing or simply being with him, really connecting as two human beings with lust and something that could be love is killing me. 

I try to turn my head away from the sweetest temptation but the hand in my hair hampers my halfhearted escape.  

“You want me, Adam. I’m right here.” He nibbles on my bottom lip. “Right in front of you. Take me.” He pleads. And this time when our lips meet, I let him in. I revel in the pressure of his mouth and the heady taste I get when his tongue finally breaks the barrier of my lips to twist with mine.

I ache for him. Always for him. Only for him. 

I groan into his mouth and curl a hand around the back of his neck pulling him into me. If this is the last time. I might as well make it count, right? 

I’m a glutton for this man. A whore greedy for his lust and desires. So, I take what he’s offering and plunder his mouth. I kiss him like it’s the last time, because it is. I kiss him like he’s precious and like I’ll miss him, because he is, and I will. I own his mouth the way I want to own his body, deep and sweet with the sting of pain. 

We part on a breath, and I look up into those pretty, pretty brown eyes and for the first time since I told him we were over. I regret it. 

He deserves better than me. 

He deserves a man that can love him out loud and in front of world. One he can build a life and a future with. 

I chose my path at seventeen and claiming a man for my very own has never been part of the plan. I have the music and my band, my family. I always knew fame would demand its due. It’s the way this world works

I trail my fingers across the thin red material of his swim trunks. His shaft twitches under my touch and air hisses from his lungs at the contact. I smile because I love that his body is so expressive, reacting to the softest touch. I work my hands under the waistband of his shorts and pull them down his hips. I see nothing as I kiss down his chest, but unfettered inches of honey kissed skin and a long thick dick lined with veins tapered to a flared crown.

“Adam it doesn’t have to end here. We… ahhhh—”

The words die on his lips as I open my mouth wide and moan around his length as it slides along my taste buds to the back of my throat. His hands cradle the back of my head, his hips involuntarily rolling with pleasure.

I suck him down like I mean it with succulent sounds and fuck me eyes. I suck until he haunches forward and my nose settles in the soft hair at the root of dick. I suck him until the muscles in his thighs shake and his shaft becomes impossibly hard and starts to pulse. 

“Don’t stop. I’m almost there. Just a little…”

I grip him in a tight fist my hand now working in tandem with my mouth. His eyes never leave mine as he shutters and releases deep in my throat.

Seth pulls himself free and those pillow soft lips immediately find mine. He tastes like chlorine and summer and something I recognize as uniquely him.

When he pulls back his eyes are glassy with unshed tears as he studies me.

“So this is goodbye then?” He asks.

“This is goodbye.” I parrot. 

A couple of tears leak from the corners of his eyes, but he squeezes them shut cutting off the flow.

“Aw, baby…” I say. My thumb swiping over the ridge of his cheekbone. You’re breaking my fucking heart. He leans forward again kissing me one last time before he stands. His movements are slow and methodical. And there is a slight tremor to his hands when he pulls up his shorts. I see him start the process to morph into the ideal body guard and the elite soldier. His eyes lose their innate softness and his jaw sets in an unforgiving hard line. He pulls in all that emotion and stuffs its somewhere far away from the surface and a little part of me hurts that I’ve caused this.

“Seth…”

“Don’t. No explanation necessary I understand. I do. Let’s just…” he rubs the back of his neck. “Let’s just take it for what it is…I mean was.” He won’t look at me as he speaks and when I sit up, naturally leaning toward him, my hand coming out to rest the back of his knee, he skirts my touch immediately backing away. 

“I gotta go. Sin gets in today. I have to get to the hotel and make sure everything is ready.” He still refuses to meet my gaze as he steps into the house. Slipping quietly through the door. 

I drop back on the lawn chair with a thud. Fuck! Fuck! Fuck! Fuuuuuck! I punch my hands into the air and slam my head on the thick padding of the chaise.  I’ve never been a romantic. That’s my best friend Sin, not me. But dammit just this once I wish I was. I wish I had it in me to give him an epic kind of love. The kind that fills the pages of a notebook and inspires hit songs. 

Fifteen minutes later I catch a glimpse of his broad shoulders, now encased in layers of fabric, a duffle bag slung over his shoulder, radio piece in his ear, gun clipped to his belt. Those gorgeous brown eyes covered with dark sunglasses and those soft lips I kissed what now feels like forever ago are pressed tight into a thin stoic line. The sound of his boots beat a steady cadence on the wooden floor as he passes in the hallway. 

I stand just outside the open sliding glass door, hands pressed on either side of the metal frame.

“Seth?” I whisper. 

His footsteps pause halfway to the front door, but he doesn’t turn around. 

“I’m…” Terrified that when you walk out that door, you’ll take piece of me. A giant piece that I’ll never get back. 

“I’m sorry.” I say instead. His shoulders rise and fall with one big heaving breath before he continues toward the door. He doesn’t look at me or acknowledge my unbefitting apology. 

I let my head drop forward until it hangs heavy and the muscles between my shoulder blades pull tight. I can’t watch him walk out. Even though it’s the right thing. Possibly the best thing, I can’t watch it. I won’t.  My heart starts to beat faster as the footsteps move away. I hold my breath when the door opens, and when it closes, I exhale a long-frustrated stream of moist air.

So, this is what a real goodbye feels like? Like someone just placed my heart in a blender and pulverized it. 

Yep. This sucks!

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Comparing Book Covers

Good morning everyone! Happy Saturday! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend and it continues through to the end.

I am currently writing this before I head into work (which I don’t normally work Fridays but I picked them up this month for the holidays.

So because of this and my schedule being all sorts of messed up, I’ve been kind of off with posting. I’m sure you’ve noticed. But I’m back, trying to get back on track. So here’s an easy post where I compare different covers and you can vote for your favorites!

Some will be US vs UK, some movie adaptations vs normal, some collectors editions vs normal. We’ll see!

So, I decided to make this super easy for me and just looked through some young adult bestsellers! If they had other covers available on Book Depository, they are here.

Each US/normal cover will be linked to my Amazon Associates link. I will make a small portion of the proceeds, but it won’t cost you anything over what you’d pay normally.

This one

This one

Definitely this one!

This one. The font is 😍

Honestly, this one.
Then this one

Let me know in the comments which one of each cover you prefer. I don’t really have a reason for choosing the ones I did, but I like them the most. Of course I don’t think I own any of these editions, but I did find some more of The Outsiders that I need.

I’ll see you all in the next post. Remember you’re worthy of respect and love.

Life Struggles | Triggers: Infertility, Depression, Miscarriage

Good evening everyone. So I was going to do a post about books that I would like to see as wall art, but I wanted to sit down and have a bit of a discussion with you all.

If you’re following my Instagram (and if not, you should!), then you probably know that I’ve been going through a bit of a lot recently. Last week I hit an all time low in my depression and even now I’m still stuck there, but I’m doing a lot better.

I’m sure you all have seen, but I discussed a couple months ago about my struggles with infertility and a miscarriage I had in June.

Briefly, I have been struggling to get pregnant for my second child since Jan 2016. In May 2019, I found out I was pregnant for the first time since coming off the depo shot (after only getting it twice and I was due for my third shot in Jan 2016). So, May comes, I’m pregnant! Yes! We couldn’t have been more happy. End of May, we tell my mom because we needed her to take time off work for the first ultrasound to watch my munchkin man.

The week before we were due for our first ultrasound (June 6th, to be exact). I woke up and was bleeding. We went in, got an ultrasound at 6 weeks, heartbeat was found but was low. We were told there was a high probability that we would lose the baby.

Went back the next week (the day of our original ultrasound) and discovered we lost the baby. No heartbeat. I made the choice to let everything pass naturally instead of getting a D&C. So, come beginning of July, everything finally passed. We were (and still are) heartbroken.

I bring this up again because it’s the basis for why I’ve been feeling the way that I have. I was due in January. It’s November. I would be two months away from having my second child. Two months.

But that wasn’t the case. We have been trying again. Tracking ovulation with ovulation strips (I know temping is better for all of you who know about tracking), doing to dirty as often as we wanted (and especially around ovulation). But haven’t had any luck.

This month it just hit me a lot harder when I started my period and discovered that once again, I wasn’t pregnant. Then add in the fact that I have a coworker who announced her pregnancy shortly (and I mean by days) after we were told we lost ours.

So I’ve been watching her grow and gush and complain. It’s been hard. She deserves this. I’m happy for her. I truly am. But it’s hard. Especially since I have been working more directly with her recently over normal.

Seasonal depression on top of all of that has been rough. Add in the fact my job has been making me miserable and you just have the whole shebang.

But I’m doing better. Let me just make sure I say that again. We’re back to trying, but not tracking anything. My period tracking app that usually shows ovulation and such, I’ve stopped using besides going into the discussion section to connect with other ladies that are struggling.

We’re just enjoying the process and hoping for the best.

I’m also internship searching! Which means I’m working on my resume which is a whole load of stress itself. I wanted to have it done today but I decided to take a step back to work on school work and posting something here.

I’m behind again. I know. I’m sorry. I’m sorry this wasn’t book related. I just needed to get it off my chest again. Thank you all for sticking around and supporting me. Thank you.

I’ll see you all in the next one! And it will be a lot happier, I promise! Remember to drink your water and smile any chance you can. If you every need to chat, especially if you’re feeling you have no one to talk to, please message me. If you’re going through infertility, you’re not alone and I support and love you.

Buzzwordathon TBR | November 2019

Good evening everyone! How are you all doing? It’s time to share my TBR for Buzzwordathon.

This is hard for me. I decided that I’m going to start working on my “Getting to Know My Reading Preferences.”

I originally had a bunch of books planned out to read. Except I’m going to be pushing most of them to the side to focus on my anthologies.

So I’m going to share with you all the anthologies that I have on my TBR for this challenge of mine and then a couple of the other books that I would like to get to. Those will probably be audiobooks, though.

Also, I’m going to start including Spotify playlists at the bottom of my posts. Feel free to play them while you are reading this!

This readathon is hosted by BooksandLala and you can view her announcement here.

So, outside of those books, I also would like to get to these ones. Minus 5 to 1. I’m holding off on that one. And Dear Bully is included in the last list. Sorry. This was the original photo I took before rearranging my TBR.

Thank you so much for joining me! I hope you have a wonderful day and join into Buzzwordathon! It’s going to be a lot of fun.

Don’t forget to let me know what you’re reading for this lovely readathon!

Check out my Instagram to connect with me more and stay up to date on what I’m reading. And subscribe to be notified when I do post my next post! See you all in the next one!

Mid-Month Check-in | November 2019

Good evening everyone! I’m sorry this post is going up so late in the day. I’ve been really busy lately. Aka I haven’t been managing my time well. But here we are. Let’s talk about the books I’ve already read this month, whether they count for Readathin or not, the books I’m currently reading, and the rest of the books on my TBR.

My Buzzwordathon TBR will be going up with weekend, so I won’t be talking about those books, but let’s talk about everything else!

Remember, all the covers are linked to the Amazon page through my Amazon Associates links. You can click the link, buy the books and anything else you wanted, and I’ll get a portion of the proceeds for sending you there. It’s an affiliate link and I would be eternally grateful if you used it! Thanks in advance!

Books I’ve Finished

I got this book from Entangled Publishing for my honest review. Thank you so much Entangled Teen for sending me this book.

I did review it and you can check out that review here.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I do hope that you check it out!

Stats

Pub Year: 2019
Page Count: 400
Genre: Romance
Age Range: Young Adult
Location: California, United States
Rating: 5 stars

This was actually one of my favorite anthologies I’ve read. I plan on reading more anthologies for my “Learning My Reading Preferences” series I’m doing.

But I liked more of these stories than ones I didn’t like. Which is always a good thing. Normally it’s a mix of both ones I like and ones I don’t. But this one was a nice collection of ones I liked. There were a couple I didn’t like, for example a zombie one, but that’s because I don’t care for zombies in general.

Pub Year: 2015
Page Count: 400
Genre: Horror, Short Stories
Age Range: Young Adult
Location: N/A
Rating: 4 Stars

I got this book from Give Me Books Promotions to review for the release of the second book in this series, Exquisitely Hidden.

Unfortunately I couldn’t connect with this book. I couldn’t root for the relationship and I just wasn’t into the story. I’m excited to read the sequel, though. It follows two characters I’m really interested in the story of.

Pub Year: June 2019
Page Count: 272
Genre: Romance
Age Range: Adult
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Rating: 3 Stars

I got this book from Give Me Books Promotions to read and review for its release.

You can read my full thoughts in my release blitz post here.

I loved this book so much. It was hot, steamy, and relatable. These characters are so wonderful. I love them and wish I had more of them.

Pub Year: Nov 11, 2019
Page Count: 267
Genre: Romance
Age Range: Adult
Location: United Kingdom
Rating: 5 Stars

Books I’m Currently Reading

Books Left on My TBR

This book is free on Kindle Unlimited

I have more on my TBR but these are priority. So I’m going to be working on those first.

Thank you so much for joining me. Let me know in the comments what books you’ve finished so far this month.

In relation to how these fit with Readathin, You and Slasher Girls and Monster Boys will count. That’s about it. Oh, and The Elite. I hope to get more read throughout the month, but we’ll see since we’re already half done.

Again, thanks so much for joining and I’ll see you all in the next one.

Unread Book Tag | Tag Tuesday

Good morning all! Today I’m going to be doing the TBR & Unread Book Tag. I felt like this tag was perfect to do right now because I just update my GoodReads with (most of) my unread books! Mainly because I reorganized my shelves.

Remember that if you want to buy any of these books (to hopefully buddy read with me), click on the cover of the book. That will bring you to Amazon through my Associate’s link and I’ll make a small profit off your purchase to help me get more books!

So, this tag was created by Danni Darling on YouTube back in 2015.

So, let’s just get into this tag.

How many unread and read books do you have?

Um, I feel attacked? I don’t know the exact number because I didn’t get all my unread and I didn’t get update my read, but my GoodReads says 298 owned total and 185 unread owned. So math that. And I know just by looking that I’ve unhauled some and read some. Either way, I have way more unread.

The book that has sat on your shelf the longest?

I went all the way back to the beginning of when I started posting on Instagram and found my first complete TBR photo. This one, The Great Gatsby and American Psycho are the only ones that I’ve kept and haven’t read. But I started the other two so I’m choosing this one.

Number 1 book on your TBR that you want to read but haven’t got around to yet?

This book is so high on my TBR right now that I just can’t express how badly I want to read it. I can’t wait.

A book you want to read more than anything but don’t own yet?

So, for this, I couldn’t choose just one. I want to catch up on JA Low’s books. I have the second book in the Dirty Texas series, Suddenly Together, but I haven’t read it yet. But I need to read the rest of these! I feel like I can’t call myself a true fan without having read the rest of these.

A book you don’t remember buying but haven’t read yet?

So, I buy a lot of books from BookOutlet, well I used to. I don’t so much anymore. But I used to and that always ended up with me getting books I don’t remember getting. And like all of the books on my Kindle or iBooks that are not ARCs. I have a problem when it comes to free eBooks. Oops. But I can’t think of any off the top of my head or scrolling through that I don’t remember buying.

A book you have that you don’t think you’ll get around to reading buy haven’t gotten rid of yet?

I have a special shelf for those books. That’s where I keep my Stephen King (which I’m gradually working on), Game of Thrones, mass markets, and other random books that I just don’t think I’ll get to or don’t want to show off.

A book you feel guilty for not reading yet?

All my classics. I’m an English major. I should have at least have read these for school?! But I haven’t. Soooooo…

A book or series you heard about non-stop but have no interest in reading?

The best answer I can give for this one is Berserk or any, like, action manga. If there’s no romance, I don’t really want it. Unless it’s gonna break my heart. Then I do. But I try to give any book a chance, and let’s be real, I give into the hype way too easily.


Okay! That’s it for this one. I hope you enjoyed.

Comment down below with your highest anticipated TBR read!

Thanks so much for joining and see you soon!

Torn by Harper Phoenix Release Blitz & Spoiler-Free Review

Good morning all! Today I’m back with my first release blitz since I started posting here again. I’m sorry that I’ve been gone this past week. I just got behind on everything, but I’m going to get better this week!

Also, I posted a video on my YouTube! Make sure you check it out and let me know any books that you have read that deal with loss of innocence.

Speaking of innocence, let’s get to this release blitz!!

Just so you all know, the Amazon US links are for my Amazon Associates. In other words, by using that link, I will get a certain amount from the sale. It helps me out. You can use this link by clicking on the photo of the cover and the Amazon US link in the list of purchase links in this post. I will be eternally grateful!

I stopped doing release blitz for Give Me Books Promotions because they always seem very hit or miss for me. The books usually chosen aren’t one’s that I would normally pick up. They focus a lot more on the smutty romances rather than the more tame ones that I prefer.

This one was right in the middle. The sex scenes were hot, but tame enough. And THANK YOU Harper Phoenix for being very actively mentioning protection and the like.

Blurb

She was sworn off men…

… Until an accidental meeting changed everything.

Alissa sacrificed everything for her husband and child. While he climbed the corporate ladder, she made them a nice home and became the perfect wife.

Until he broke her trust.

Broke her spirit.

Since a tragic accident changed his existence, Luke has had to fight his demons on a daily basis. Despite the heartbreak that haunts him he is determined to live his life to the fullest.

A promise he can’t break.

No matter the pain.

When fate throws Alissa and Luke together, it’s the very last thing either of them are looking for. Is there a chance its could be everything they need?”

Be warned that this book does have trigger warnings for anxiety and the death of a child. So know that going into that.

My Thoughts

So, overall I really loved this book. I had read a book that I didn’t really love right before this one and I was really nervous going into it.

I started reading it and fell in love with these characters. I connected with Alissa and understood her anxiety. You could tell that the author has been through this themselves while reading it.

I truly fell in love with this couple and I wanted them to get their happy ending. After everything they’ve been through, that’s just what they deserved.

This tells the story of these two through heartbreak and their dark times and show that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, if you just work toward it.

Definitely 5 stars from me!

Scroll to the bottom of this post for a giveaway and an excerpt from the novel!

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Get To Know The Author

I’m a born and bred East Yorkshire lass. Where I still live with my husband and our children.
A self-confessed night owl, that’s usually when I do my best work, lucky for me home-schooling my daughter gives me plenty of time to catch up on those late-night hours writing, although my irrational love of full sugar coke can help with that too—don’t tell the sugar police.

I wrote my first book when my daughter was born back in 2004, but it stayed on my laptop for years while I worked out what to do with it. Things were sure different back then, and to be able to publish a manuscript you’d poured your soul into seemed a far-off dream, one that I didn’t know would ever come true.

While my first book baby festered on my hard drive, I went on to study a Creative Writing and English degree, while also growing our family with not only children but more puppies and dog’s than a sane woman should have.

With a degree under my belt, those original characters, tucked safely far away from sight, still called to me like old friends. Using my new skills and knowledge I decided to give them the attention they deserved. Forbidden Love is the result of those long years of maturing and I couldn’t be prouder of how my first novel turned out.

What began as one story, fifteen years ago, grew to become a series and in 2016 I took the plunge and dove into the indie publishing world releasing Forbidden Love to feedback that blew my mind.
And here I still am, loving every minute, bringing characters that hold a place in my heart to life.
All I can do now, is hope you are here to join me for the ride.

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Thank you all so much for joining me. I truly hope that you check out this book. I really loved it and I hope that you do as well.

Keep reading for the excerpt from the book!

Excerpt

Prologue

Alissa

When your whole world implodes and in the matter of hours and your happily ever after turns to dust, life sucks.

I’m left holding the baby. Literally.

The baby being my eleven-month old daughter, Nora, who knows nothing of her father’s failure to be a decent husband… man… well human-being really. He’s a shitty person and that’s all there is to it. Our story started out like your typical fairy-tale. Goosebumps still prickle my skin when I remember the way he chased me throughout Senior school, and the years of romance that followed. And the proposal and wedding? Just call me Cinde-fucking-rella. But my perfect life came crashing down as quickly as that pink line appeared on the pregnancy test. Apparently a tired, puffy and hormonal wife didn’t exactly make my husband’s dick stand to attention. So, in a move I can only imagine was driven by his little head (and I do mean little,) he decided my ex-best friend was a better option.

That’s right I said ex because before she did the dirty with my husband she was the best friend. I told her everything, confided in her and cried on her shoulder about my non-existent sex life and all the while her own sex life was heating up with my husband. Weekends away on ‘business trips’ and doing all the things a wife should be doing with her husband. Except she was his slutty side piece with a big fat mouth and a huge spent pussy the whole football team had ridden so often they called her the local bike.

Yeah, I’m bitter and I don’t care. I’ve been wronged by the two people I trusted the most. Now I’m a single mother with no social life to speak of, and my only conversation is in baby gobbledegook. I actually look forward to the delivery woman ringing the doorbell when I order groceries online. Yeah, I have them delivered. Have you ever tried juggling a crying baby and a shopping cart while concentrating on what comfort food you plan to stuff your face with that night while crying over chick flicks? Yeah, I’m miserable, it’s obvious, right?

Getting To Know My Reading Preferences

Good morning all! I had a different blog post planned for today, but I have been having a stressful week so I wanted to do something a bit more mindless.

So I’m going to introduce this new series I am going to start! The name? Yeah. I have no clue 😂

But the general point of it is to figure out what I like in reading and what I might not like. There’s a lot of times when I say I don’t like a certain genre or trope but then realize there are a few books I do like within that genre or trope. Or some that I’m not too sure about.

So here’s the deal. I’m going to choose a few books within a certain trope or genre and read them. Then I’ll tell you all my thoughts on each book and my overall decision if it’s something that I’ll continue to pursue or not.

I’m sure that sometimes I’ll figure out if it’s something I like within a few books or I won’t know even after a bunch. But I figure I’ll try different formats and methods of reading these books and see what works best.

So, that’s about it. I don’t know what the first one will be or when, but recommend your favorite genres and tropes in the comments!

That’s it for this one. I hope you enjoyed and I hope you all stick around (and subscribe) for this journey.

The Bookworm Crush by Lisa Brown Roberts | Spoiler-Free Book Review

Good morning everyone! It’s time to review:

This review will be completely spoiler-free!

I got this book from Entangled teen for my honest review. all thoughts are my own!

This book follows book lover Amy as she is trying to win a competition to meet and interview her favorite author. But she doesn’t have the confidence to win. That’s when surfer Toff comes in. He’s a playboy who is great at winning competitions. But also Amy’s crush.

Can Amy win this competition while keeping her feelings for Toff in check? What about when she starts questioning if how he’s acting toward her is him feeling the same or just part of the coaching?

Just know, this is a spinoff of The Replacement Crush and the couple featured in that book is prominent in this one.

I LOVED this book. It was so cute and these two were definitely OTP worthy.

The writing was wonderfully done. There were times when phrases were mentioned that I didn’t understand (despite being an avid romance reader), but they were explained. Not in a way that felt info-dumpy, but in a way that fit with the story.

I felt like this book was a wonderful look at romance as a genre that isn’t just about the sex or “lesser than” any other genre. Amy is a lover of romance books and that helped me to feel even more connected to her. I felt like this book could have been me at that age.

You get both POVs, so you can watch as Amy struggles to get her “swagger” on and as Toff battles his own inner demons. The breakup between the POVs was done well and I feel like every scene in each POV was best to be told in that POV, if that makes sense.

I was left hanging though. I wish I had the photos these two took together. They were described so well that it felt like the author was just describing a picture. So, like, I need them. Thank you.

So, overall, I’d give this 4.5 stars. Wasn’t perfect, but definitely something I adored and would recommend.

This is directly from the author bio on the book.

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Thank you so much for joining me! I hope you enjoyed this post and the set up of this review. Expect more reviews to come soon.

Thank you again to Entangled Teen for sending me this book for review. I’m sorry it’s going up so late.

Let me know in the comments some of your favorite romance tropes!

NaNoWriMo 2019 Plans

Good morning everyone! It’s day 2 of NaNoWriMo and it’s time to share with you my plans for this month in relation to my writing.

I am horrible at writing.

That’s all there is to it. I feel I’m a decent writer, but I suck at actually sitting down and writing. So that’s why I’m participating in NaNoWriMo.

What is NaNoWriMo?

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. You can sign up for it at https://www.nanowrimo.org 😁

It’s a month where a bunch of writers come together on the internet to try to write an entire novel in the month of November. That being said, it’s not expected to necessarily become something that is published. Having the first draft is always one of the hardest parts to finish. It’s a large step and conquering that during one month is such an accomplishment.

So, what are you doing for nanowrimo?

I’m writing a short story collection! If you are on my website, you know that I am have two in progress stories listed, a young adult one and a short story collection.

I’ve spent my school career working on the young adult book, so I’m going to focus on my short story collection.

I have a board on Pinterest with a bunch of photos for inspiration for my stories. You can click here to check that out!

It’s going to be a bunch of adult romances that take place in the winter around Christmas!

P.s. I don’t know what movie that is from, but if you know, please tell me. I love winter romance movies.

My ultimate goal is just to start writing every day, or at least close to it. Even if I get like a hundred words out every day, it’s a start. I’m excited to start writing again and I hope that this helps!


If you’re ready to, let me know your goals for NaNoWriMo! Are you even joining? Are you editing/revising?

Thanks so much for joining and good luck with NaNo!