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!

Purchase Links

US: https://amzn.to/34Kvksr
UK: http://1click.bz/TornAMZNUK 
CA: http://1click.bz/TornAMZNCA 
AU: http://1click.bz/TornAMZNAU 
B&N: http://bit.ly/2PPTAoP 
Kobo: http://bit.ly/32dYzlK 
Apple Books: https://apple.co/32lZeSe
Books2Read: https://books2read.com/u/3npv66

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.

Giveaway

Author Links

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HarperPhoenix16 
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/HarpersStonePack 
Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/cXsxs1 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/harperphoenix1 
Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/harper-phoenix 
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16257486.Harper_Phoenix
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/Harperphoenix2016

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?

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.

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

Book Depository

Entangled Publishing (eBook only)

Lisa Brown Robert’s Website

GoodReads


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!

November TBR | Readathin

Good morning everyone! I’m back again. I’ve left and returned more times that any of us can count so I’m not going to bother with a reintroduction.

But I did move all of my lifestyle stuff over to my other blog/website so make sure you go check that out!

Click here to go to my Lifestyle Blog.

So this TBR will be for just Readathin. It won’t be counting Buzzwordathon, but that’s going to be in there as well.

On top of Readathin, I have been hosting another readathon called StackedBySeason. The goal for this one is to read 24 hours worth of reading in 4 days.

So let’s just get into this.

ARCs

Readathin

So that’s it for now! Let me know in the comments what you’re reading in November. I hope you’re joining into Readathin.

I will definitely see you all in the next one! Bye!

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