Good morning everyone! I hope your having a wonderful week so far. I meant to post the announcement for this Readathon on Sunday, but I didn’t get to it. It’s an Instagram based readathon so I’m not too worried.
So reallyquick, what is StackedbySeason?
It’s a readathon with the goal to read for a total of 24 hours over the course of 4 days. Usually this falls on the weekend. We’ve been testing out the days to see what works best. It’s been happening monthly since we started and if you all like that, we can always continue.
With how many we’ve hosted, I haven’t hit the 24 hours yet! I have a plan this time that will hopefully help me do that since usually two of the 4 days are homework days for me.
When is this?
It starts on December 12th at midnight and goes until December 15th at 11:59pm. So that’s this Thursday to this Sunday. You can use the whole 4 days or just use the weekend. It’s all up to you!
There are no reading challenges besides hitting the 24hrs, but there is a photo challenge! There’s a different challenge for each day of the readathon. You can find the photo challenge on the Instagram. This time around we will be sharing the photos on the StackedbySeason Instagram each day.
I want to finish reading The Toll and Christmas Wish. I have to finish Merry Me before I can start Christmas Wish though. And I want to at least start Queen of Nothing. I have 8hrs left in The Toll but I’m also listening on like 1.5-1.75 so it’s not going to take that long.
I do hope you can join us. I’ll try to run some reading sprints in the stories on Instagram to push both of us to read. Let me know if you are going to be joining. And make sure you’re following the Instagram!
Good morning everyone! I hope you had a good week and are enjoying your weekend. Today I’m discussing the books I read in November and how they counted toward Readathin.
First, thank you to everyone who joined! This round wasn’t the best for me, but I hope it went well for you.
So, let’s get into what books I read, the stats, and my rating. If I have a review, I’ll link it. Also, click on the cover of the book and you can purchase the book from my Amazon Associates Link. I will get a small percentage of your purchase and it will only cost you what Amazon is charging for the book. It helps me out and I’ll be eternally grateful!
Published August 2015
Dial Books Publishing (under Penguin Random House)
Overall Rating: 4 stars
*I received a free ebook copy of this book for my full, honest thoughts through Give Me Books Promotions*
Psychological Thriller (Not. A. Freaking. Romance. For. The. Love.)
Published June 2015
Book 1 in the You series
Published by Atria/Emily Bestler Books (under Simon and Schuster)
Rating: 3.5 Stars (because I’m feeling generous)
So that’s it. Yup. I read 2 books for Readathin. Two. I completed two challenges.
Read a new to you author by reading You by Caroline Kepnes and reading a spooky book I meant to get to in October by reading Slasher Girls and Monster Boys.
Like I said, I hope you all had a better reading month than me. Just a warning, December won’t be much better. Christmas romance movies have taken over my December 😂
Comment with your favorite read of November! I’ll definitely see you all, well, tomorrow with another announcement post! I have an announcment, then a TBR, the another announcement planned! So be ready to mark your calendars!
See you all then! Task for today: smile at someone. Many someone’s. You don’t need a reason. When you walk by someone, just give them a smile and if you’re feeling ambitious, tell them to have a wonderful day or holiday. It could mean more to someone than you’ll ever know. And it’ll help you. Even faking it until you make it can help when it comes to your mood.
I am giving you this task (and I hope to continue to do this, giving you all tasks to do that day to make your life brighter, happier, and more productive) because this morning when i was getting ready to leave work, I was in a horrible mood. I don’t know what happened. My mood just plummeted after my last break. To the point where my best friend asked if I was mad at him and another friend asked what was wrong. I don’t want to be that person. When I’m having a bad day, I don’t want other people to think it’s their fault or that I’m mad at them for something.
So smile today. Tell people to have a wonderful day and holiday. It could mean a lot. A coworker from another shift who I barely know and don’t talk to often asked me where something was supposed to go. After I told her, she looked me dead in the eyes and told me that I had beautiful eyes. I couldn’t help but to smile. It’s the little things that can make all the difference in someone’s day. Be that brightness for someone, even if that someone is yourself. Smile at yourself in the mirror this morning.
I appreciate you all and hope you have a wonderful day today.
I’ve never seen Emily Clarke as anything more than my little sister’s
best friend.One drunken mistake later, she’s my wife.My first thought is how to get out of this, except our wedding video has gone
viral and record sales are skyrocketing. My manager thinks following the
newlyweds on the second season of my band’s reality show will keep up the
momentum.I just have to get Emily to agree to faking this marriage for six months, and
then we can quietly divorce.
Nothing is quite that simple when feelings blur the line between a contract and
I ended up with more than just a hangover when I found myself waking up
Lisa Suzanne is a romance author who resides in Arizona with
her husband and two kids. She’s a former high school English teacher and
college composition instructor. When she’s not chasing her toddler or cuddling
her newborn, she can be found working on her latest book or watching reruns of Friends.
Good morning everyone. I’m back!! And with an announcement.
Today I’m going to be announcing the second round of NewYearsathon!
NewYearsathon is a readathon that I cohost at the beginning of the year with Donna from @momsbookcollection
We did it last year and had a lot of fun kicking off the year right! I do hope that you all can join us this year!
January 1st (12:00am) to January 7th (11:59pm)
Those are the reading challenges for the readathon. Obviously when it says last year we mean 2019.
For make a bookish resolution, you choose one thing you’d like to accomplish by the end of the year and read a book that works toward that. It can be as simple as reading a certain number of books in 2020, finishing a series (so reading a book in that series), doing a challenge like Romanceopoly, or whatever you can think of.
If you need some ideas, I will be posting my 2020 reading goals soon. I’m not sure exactly when but it’ll be up soon so make sure you’re subscribed to my blog to be notified when that goes up.
And here are the photo challenges!
We are mainly on Instagram and you can follow the NewYearsathon Instagram here.
I do hope that you all get the chance to join us and kick off the year with a bang! Let me know in the comments if you plan on joining and/or any reading goals you have been thinking about for next year.
Thanks so much for joining me. I’ll see you all in my next post. Have a lovely day, drink some water, and take your medicine ❤️
Title: Snowed in Love Series: A Holiday Romance Novel #4
Author: Amanda Siegrist
Genre: Contemporary/Holiday Romance Release Date: December 3, 2019
A blizzard. A cabin. A cup of hot chocolate.
The perfect mixture to fall in love.James Brennen is nothing but a screwup. At least, in the small town of
Mulberry, that’s what everyone thinks of him. As a recovering alcoholic,
he’s trying his best to turn his life around, to be a better man. All of
his hard work comes crashing down when he’s fired from his job at the
hospital—accused of stealing drugs. Nothing ever changes and he’s done
trying to prove himself. Needing time alone, his friend’s cabin in the
middle of the woods provides the perfect escape. He knows he’s found deep trouble,
not only when he gets stranded during a brutal snowstorm, but that he’s
stuck with the one woman he’s wanted since the first day he laid eyes on
her. The passion burns bright between them, but it doesn’t matter, as soon
as Christmas is over, he’s leaving for good.
Note from Me (A Court of Books and Love)
UnfortunatelyIwill not be reviewing this series within this post. For one, it will make the post too long. For two, I’vebeen really sick the past couple of weeks so Ihaven’t had the chance to finish everything.
I’mcurrently reading the second book and LOVING this series. The first was wonderful and currently so is this one.I’ll get the reviews out as soon as I can. There will be a blog post reviewing the entire series with a huge focus on Snowed in Love since that’s what has been released the most recently. Either way, I recommend checking out this series if you’re looking for cute Christmas romances.
The thought of warmth, of sitting by a fire—if she was lucky—forced her
to increase her pace. And like a miracle sent from heaven, she was within twenty
feet of a small cabin decked out with a short porch, just enough room to fit a
Her steps slowed.
She was freezing. Maybe to the point of hypothermia. Okay, probably a
little exaggeration on her part, but she was bone-deep cold.
Yet, she walked like a snail, taking her time to the front door.
What would she say?
Better yet, what would he say?
Well, James wasn’t a cruel man, he wouldn’t turn her away. He’d let her
in. Let her warm up.
But would he accept her apology? Could they go back to their easy
camaraderie? Could they still be friends and hang out even if he didn’t work at
the hospital anymore?
Only one way to find out.
Moving faster, she walked right up to the door and knocked loudly. No
hesitation. No thinking about his reaction.
Shivering, more than she had when she had been walking, she wondered if
she didn’t knock hard enough. She thought she had. But why wasn’t he answering?
Raising her gloved fist again, she swung it forward, nearly tripping on
her feet when the door swung open. Losing her balance from the surprise, her
fist knocked into his chest instead of the door.
James caught her around the waist, holding her steady.
The shock in his eyes mesmerized her. A mixture of confusion, surprise,
“Erin? What…” His brows puckered low. “What are you doing here?”
That long treacherous walk she just completed, she had all the time in
the world to come up with something good to say.
And nothing. No words came out. Not even her apology she wanted to
Although she couldn’t feel anything through her large winter coat, his
soft touch, his sweet hands on her waist was rendering her speechless.
She had never been in his arms before. Not even in a small hug.
Right now, right here, in this moment, she wanted to be completely in
his arms. She wanted to close the distance and soak up his warmth, his
kindness, his sweetness. Let him know in that one big gesture how much she
cared about him. Because no matter what anyone said or thought about him, he
was a sweet, kind, thoughtful man.
When was the last time someone other than his sister told him how
important he was in their lives?
Without a word, she dropped her fist from his chest, stepped forward
and wrapped her arms around him.
I’m a USA Today Bestselling Author that
loves to write sweet contemporary romance and romantic suspense novels,
although I am partial to romantic suspense. Honestly, I love anything that has
to do with romance. As long as there’s a happy ending, I’m a happy camper.
And insta-love…yes, please! I love baseball (Go Twins!) and creating
awesome crafts. I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice,
working in that field for several years before I became a stay-at-home
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Thanks for reading!
From the NYT Bestselling Author of
Breathless With Her comes a fake relationship romance that’s all too real.
Professing her love to her best friend while wearing only her favorite panty
set and coat probably wasn’t the best decision Amelia Carr has ever made. In
fact, it’s perhaps the worst. But when her family becomes their overprotective
selves while encroaching on her life, she makes a rash decision: her brother’s
best friend will just have to be her beard. Too bad, he has no idea what he’s
Tucker Reinhard loves women, and they tend to love him even more. Despite the
love, he never would have expected Amelia to come up with the plan she poses to
him. He’ll go along with it, but only because he doesn’t want to see her
hurt—even if that means fighting his best friend.
In the midst of her scheme, Amelia realizes she doesn’t know Tucker as well as
she thought. And neither of them are prepared for what happens when they let
the façade go and see what truly lies beneath.
Ryan is the New York Times and USA
Today bestselling author of contemporary, paranormal, and young adult romance.
Her works include the Montgomery Ink, Redwood Pack, Fractured Connections, and
Elements of Five series, which have sold over 3.0 million books worldwide. She
started writing while in graduate school for her advanced degree in chemistry
and hasn’t stopped since. Carrie Ann has written over seventy-five novels and
novellas with more in the works. When she’s not losing herself in her emotional
and action-packed worlds, she’s reading as much as she can while wrangling her
clowder of cats who have more followers than she does.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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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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.
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.
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!
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