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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Sleepover by Serena Bell

Two single parents living next door.. yon can guess where this one is going... yet it's so much MORE than that. To quote Sawyer "We did everything backwards - Crazy monkey sex first, foreplay later, getting to know each other third". See 2 months ago before Sawyer moved to the house next to Elle, they met in a bar. Elle was two weeks after finalizing her divorce, in a need of getting back to who she was before the whole mess with her ex, and Sawyer, as usual was looking for a "relief" from the constant ache of losing his wife 2 years prior. He offers a night without a repeat and up until Elle it worked fine. Yet seeing her again, with a plate full of cookies as a good neighbor should, makes him for ONCE question his resolve.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

November 2018 Reading List

Though I had high hopes for the month of my Birthday, October wasn't what I had hoped for health wise though at least it was on the amount of books I consumed so THAT is a sort of a blessing.. This month I'll have my hands full with studies yet I hope like the previous two months I'll find more than enough time to read - what I'm trying to say - besides studying I'm planning quite a chilled out month (which I'm all for, give me "boring" routine anytime!).

Okay, so maybe BORING isn't the right word for this month because there IS something special planned - a new tattoo! It started in my head, close to 10 years ago (what can I say, I like planning ahead ;)) yet it had to change since my tattoo artist didn't like my idea (and one thing for sure - I'm not changing HER!). I fell in love with the new concept so I say INK ON! It's a big project, the biggest thus far. I'm not even sure we'll finish it this month.. It's going to be big, it's going to be wonderful and artistic and it's going to be about me and who I am. Can't wait to start!

There are SO MANY exciting reads for me this month! First off, new releases by Garrett Leigh, Mary Calmes, Serena Bell and Charlie Cochet (!) which is no brainer I'm reading ASAP (P=Published ;)). But naturally there's a more from Cari Z. and a bit by Annabeth Albert as well as a new to me author - Pamela Ford with a Historical Romance (it's been a while since I read one of THOSE!)
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    ♥ Contemporary Romance 
         
    ♥ Paranormal Romance 
        
    • His Consort By Mary Calmes (MM)
    • Where There's Smoke (Panopolis, #1) By Cari Z. (MM)
    • Where There's Fire (Panopolis, #2) By Cari Z. (MM) 
    • Where There's Will (Panopolis, #3) By Cari Z. (MM) 
    ♥ Romantic Suspense 
      
    ♥ Historical Romance 
     
    • To Ride a White Horse By Pamela Ford (MF)

    Wednesday, October 31, 2018

    Holding Court by Cardeno C.

    Short and sweet but also extremely HOT. Esav Walters is quite shocked to find a painting of himself, 10 years younger, at a new bar in town his friends dragged him to. He remembers the night he spent with Court Swanson so very clearly. It was amazing to say the least yet they were at a different time in life and a relationship wasn't an option.

    Shades of Wicked (Night Rebel #1) by Jeaniene Frost

    It started in the summer of 2014 (at least for me..) when I found Cat and Bones. It used to be my absolute favorite UF series, yet then came the spin-off "Night Prince" of Vlad and I fell in love even harder. Putting Ian against Vlad isn't a fair game.. So I'll just say I LOVED this book. It was AWESOME. Can't believe how much I missed all these characters.. Jeaniene made us wait a whole year and a half since the last installment of Vlad and Leila's story and though it was a long wait it was totally worth it!

    I'll just say that if you haven't read any of the "Night Huntress" books YOU TOTALLY SHOULD, but actually it's not a must.. you'll just get to know many of the characters in advance.. and there are naturally a few spoilers.. up to you. Chronologically speaking this book continues right after the end of "Into the Fire", the 4th and last installment of the "Night Prince" where Ian made a bargain he shouldn't have and now it seems he has very short time to live before his soul goes to the Demon he bargained it for - Dagon yet he didn't see Veritas coming.. NOT AT ALL.

    Tuesday, October 30, 2018

    Fireworks (True North #6) [Benito & Skye] by Sarina Bowen

     We've met Benito a bit, mostly in Zara's book and I was curious to who will capture his big heart. Turns out, she already did YEARS ago on the one year Skye spent living in the trailer park Benito and his family used to live in. It wasn't the most beautiful time of their lives and yet it was because together things WERE different, there was a sort of unspoken hope that sadly disappeared when Skye left town without a word..

    Benito Rossi is on a mission and he plans on delivering it ASAP, though he is all about the job - catching a drug dealer who messes around with his drugs making them more lethal then they suppose to be - it's actually personal on so many levels.. When he was growing up, his family had a tormentor - the cop living in the trailer park with them. He made Zara's life such a living hell they had to move her to another place and their lives weren't easy with so many times the police were on their case when they really shouldn't... It got even worse on the last year of school when Skye and her mother moved in with said cop.. He was horrible to Skye, she was frankly TERRIFIED of him and for good reasons.. So now when Benito is the cop and he has his sights on FINALLY arresting Jimmy Gage.

    Friday, October 19, 2018

    Innocence by Suki Fleet

    It's hard for me to actually write it but it's my truth so I gotta - I didn't like this book AT ALL. It was all over the place with Christopher running around in circles, in his head but also in real life. It FELT like the YA I stay clear of and frankly I don't get what a 29 years old guy would find in someone 10 years younger. Their whole relationship was BEYOND strange. Not to mention with the book finished I still don't think I know anything about Malachi besides he's a mechanic who loves to play and sing music (there's also a dark secret, but it's a spoiler-free-zone here so I'll let you figure it out..).

    This is Christopher Grey's story for sure. We follow him around as he tries to find a place in this world he can call his own. He have been living with his dad and younger brother on a boat all of his life. When he was 5 years old, the 3 years old Jay got burned by accident which consequented in their mother leaving for good. Doesn't sound like the exemplary mother, does she? and their father isn't that much better even if he have been taking care of them since then. it's not black and white I guess.. he is who he is, and he's doing what he thinks is the right thing even if his reasoning aren't the best.  Jay is the focus of Christopher's life, he would do right around anything for him, he is his number one priority even if the one thing he craves - finding their mother - is not something Christopher is mad about. He doesn't feel there's a point and also where to start?

    Wednesday, October 17, 2018

    Handle with Care by Cari Z.

     This was such a sweet novel! I LOVED it! I read it almost in one sitting. Aaron and Tyler where simply adorable together. There's this one sentence I read and then re-read - "I could have had this sooner, couldn't I?" and I thought to myself this is IT. This was everything falling into place for both of them. They have known each other for 10 years, most of that time as best friends and now they are ready to take the next step for them to become a couple. 

    Aaron McCoy had a difficult life growing up. Yet while he ended up in the system his little brother Zach, the one he tried his best to care for while his mother had other things (and addictions) in mind, found a great home. Aaron was too resentful to appreciate what he could have had with the same family so he somehow drifted away from Zach not knowing how to gap the distance between them.. Yet a few years later, almost at 18, he found himself the best home in the Howards family. The two older siblings in the family were already out of the house so all he had was the 16 years old Tyler. It took them time to form a friendship - not for lack of want from Tyler's side, but once it stuck both knew they won't ever let go. So while They grew up, found themselves in life, college, work, in the end, whenever both needed someone it was obvious who they'll turn to. 


    Tuesday, October 16, 2018

    Wildflowers by Suki Fleet

    We learn to appreciate what we truly want only when it's practically gone - and then what? What do we do when we realized we made a HIGH mistake and now time is running short? How do we love without the fear of losing? Losing the one we love and ourselves. Xavi doesn't know and neither do I. This was a sweet yet sad story about waiting a bit too long to appreciate love.

    It's quite a short novella but I think what we can take from it is LIVE. Live in the now and say what we want to say. Sitting in silence the way Xavi and Sam did for most of their time together only cost both of them pain. They've met 4 years ago when they lived in the same commune. Sam was already living there though hated by most of the others and when Xavi came with his boyfriend. It was an open relationship but it was still hard for Xavi to act upon his growing emotions towards the sweet Sam. It's more than attraction between them, what they share together means more to Xavi than he can deal with when he already has a boyfriend he is suppose to be in love with. Which is part of the reason they leave (not surprisingly their relationship doesn't last long after).

    Monday, October 15, 2018

    Te quiero (Falling for You #1) [Ally & Levi] by Suki Fleet

    This short novella was THE SWEETEST THING! I've read Suki referred to this one as the fluffiest novella she have ever written - and it is! But that's a good thing! :) Ally and Levi's story was warm and fuzzy even if Ally wasn't at his best. It was a chance for a HEA when things were looking down which actually made this short novella so much more than just two guys learning they share and want more than each of them realized.

    Ally is devastated. His ex posted a bunch of NAKED photos of him on multiple porn sites. What would he do now? It's more than feeling naked it's being abused as well. Since his laptop crashed last week he sits in the physics lab hoping he can somehow make the photos go away but though he wrote the sites, they haven't gotten back to him and to top it all Levi just came into the lab asking what he's doing there (since he left the department a while back). Not knowing what to do he antagonizes Levi before he simply disappears leaving behind a short unfinished love letter in Spanish (Ally's mother tongue).

    Sunday, October 14, 2018

    Three Fates by Mary Calmes, Amy Lane & Andrew Grey

    The legends talk about three sisters, The Fates, they are immortal being spinning the wheels of fate. Sometimes, they take interest in some of the Fates they "create". Like they decided to help Cheyenne a bit so he can find his true love, though sometimes like with Cassidy and Raza they needed more than a little pursuading. With Lief and Hacon I'm not even sure what they THOUGHT would happen but they were willing to give it a chance and through it a love story was formed.

    I liked the idea behind the Anthology, but the novellas didn't really work for me. They were all nice but somehow lacking, each for it's own reason. The first two were shorter (I'd guess round 80 pages each, together getting to the middle of the book) with the last one giving us a much more developed story (taking the whole other half of the book).

    Friday, October 12, 2018

    Wild Summer (Love Story Universe, #1.5) [Crash & Summer] by Suki Fleet

    I enjoyed this book though it felt very different from the previous one. For once I wished this story would have been a little bit MORE, mostly more of Christopher (Crash) and Summer as they first met. I wished they had more time together, it would have been easier for me to understand the hold they had on each other for the 4 years they were apart.

    We've met Crash in the previous installment and when we start this one it's already about a year (I would guess) after Romeo and Julian found their place in Cornwall. Though Romeo chose to have a different life than Crash did when arriving at the same foster home, they become fast friends and now Crash is spending the time with both of them trying to deal with what seeing Summer again, 4 years after their downfall, have done to him.

    This Is Not a Love Story (Love Story Universe, #1) [Romeo & Julian] by Suki Fleet

    The tears haven't even dried yet but I feel somehow I have to write my feelings now before my mundane life snatches the storm of emotions I have right now. This book was so heart breakingly beautiful. It was a HORRIBLE ride of cold, wet and heartless London with kids who should have had a home and yet they don't. On their own, trying to live with barely hope they can survive the next night. This is not a love story, yet it is. Romeo and Julian means the WORLD to one another, but the world needs to give them a break so they can actually build a life together. One that promises more than hungry, sick, penniless roaming the streets.

    The whole story is told from Romeo Danilov's POV. He is 15 years old, living on the street after being left by his mother. He has nothing and no one until Julian Lavelle jumps to his rescue from tugs who enjoyed tormenting a mute who can't even scream for help. From that moment Romeo and Julian become almost inseparable. Yet there is very little they can actually DO to survive which is why Julian keeps selling his body to buy them food and a little shelter from the cold. They have a friend in the owner of a cafe - Cassey. She helps as best as she can, but she too has her limits. They also have Gem - Julian's friend but she too has her own problems to deal with. They can barely make it, truly, but together they find little glimpses of light mostly in each other.

    Wednesday, October 10, 2018

    Light Up the Dark by Suki Fleet

    Though the title offers to light up the dark, it offers us SO MUCH darkness to endure before hand. Nicky's story is more than heart breaking. Maybe because he isn't the only one and the horror of everything keeps unfolding and becoming even more terrifying with every detail unraveling. I could feel the darkness swallowing Nicky but as Cai (and also Soph and Loz) started to become a permanent part of Nicky's life things started to shift little by little until they banished the darkness and offered him ever lasting light. His past will always be a part of him, and I'll expect him to be in therapy for YEARS but with them by his side he more than have a chance for true happiness.

    The story starts with the night that changed Nicky's life from a careless guy who loved dancing to a little mouse living in a house with a strange man who promised to keep him safe. Yet he somehow also kept Nicky inside, afraid to even open the door. Staying in the shadows of this neglected house in the middle of nowhere. After two weeks of being all along after he founds his keeper dead, his only resolve is to make a little bit of the darkness disappear. He won't venture outside but he can pay for someone to take down the over grown vegetation and offer a bit of light into his eternal darkness. He didn't expect Cai - hard working yet knowing nothing about gardening.. 

    Monday, October 8, 2018

    Ante Up (Four Kings Security #2.5) [Seth & Kit] by Charlie Cochet

    This was short and sweet :) It's light and sexy. Seth and Kit have been working at "Sapphire Sands" an exclusive gay club (owned by Frank whom we met in the 1st installment in the series). As per Frank's rules, workers aren't allowed to have relationships with each other so Seth working the bar watching Kit move his body seductively on the small stage in front of his eyes everyday isn't easy..

    Sunday, October 7, 2018

    Familiar Angel by Amy Lane

    This book just isn't working for me and honestly it's pretty difficult for me to say exactly WHY. The story feels a bit "fogy", a lot of missing pieces confusing facts concerning the world building. Not to mention our hero, as well as his two best friends turned somewhat siblings are all CAT shifters. I don't like cats - AT ALL - so them being sort of the main heroes isn't really that appealing to me, not to mention they behave like FAR more than your regular house cats (which they are). I'm not sure if it's the magic abilities they have or some other enhancement but I REALLY have a hard time imagining some of the scenes with cats being SO brutal they can take a man down or a wild boar. No. Nope. No way.

    Saturday, October 6, 2018

    Timing (Timing #1) [Stefan & Rand] by Mary Calmes

    I guess I have rather high expectations where Mary is concerned as I've read and enjoyed most of her books, so I'm really sad this book didn't work out for me. Our MC and sole POV Stefan Joss was BEYOND perfect in a way which felt totally unbelievable so while I was trying to accept that's the way he is, came his romantic partner in this book and I was just not feeling it. I didn't like Rand Holloway or care for him in any way. He ran too hot and too cold.

    Stefan Joss came to Texas to attend his best friend's wedding Charlotte Holloway. He is thrilled to see her and her soon to be husband but less happy to see her brother - Rand - who have always been mean and degrading towards him (and her at times..). Yet he is the bride's older brother, naturally he attends her wedding.. Stefan and Rand would just have to find a way to get along even if they hadn't in the past.. especially with Rand asking for a truce. Yet ever since asking that he has been coming on to Stefan. I guess it wasn't obvious for him at first but for me it felt like it and it totally felt off and wrong, especially how bossy he was towards Stefan. It might be his character but it didn't fit Stefan or the situation between them.

    From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata

    While it took me a while to warm up to Jasmine, once I did - I LOVED her. Though I loved Ivan even more. I SO wish we could have gotten his POV and not only hers. There is so much more to him than meets the eye. He is SUCH a great guy. Even though Jasmine THOUGHT she knew him for the past 14 years, she really hadn't AT ALL. She is up for a surprise.. one that will change her life forever. It's another wonderful slow burn novel by Mariana, It's the last book she published and with it, I've finished her book list. All I can say is I can't WAIT for her next one.

    Jasmine Santos - the name rings a bell? If you've read "Dear Aaron" - that's it! Jasmine is Ruby's younger sister, the one she have been loving and dreading and also sawing beautiful costumes for her ice skating competitions. We've already met this tenacious young woman who sees mostly one thing - her passion for Ice Skating. It's what she have been doing since she was 3 years old and if it's up to her she would never stop even if at 26 she has little to no victories to show her name and for the last year - no partner to work with. But if there is one thing to know about Jasmine is - she NEVER quits! The other is beware of annoying her - you will get KICKED! and if not - then PUNCHED in the face. Jasmine doesn't take bullshit from anyone!

    Monday, October 1, 2018

    October 2018 Reading List

    Happy Birthday to me! 37 years old! (almost wrote 27.. hehe). I don't "feel" 37, I feel, basically ME. I have to say, I'm enjoying my 30s much more than I did my 20s (and CLEARLY more than my teenage years!). Looking forward to this year with all it's challenges. As they say - I hope this one would be a better / improved one.

    As a little Birthday present for me, I organized my book so I'll be finishing a bunch of author's booklists. I actually have 5 (!) - Amy Lane and Mary Calmes - been working a few YEARS to finish these two and Suki Fleet, Charlie Cochet and Mariana Zapata I've basically started last year. I've also got an ARC by Sarina Bowen and a two more novels by Cari Z. (also working on finishing her booklist but still have quite a few left). Hope I'll get to these this month AND a new release by Jeaniene Frost? MAYBE I'll even get to this one which was a LONG time expected - Ian's story! YIKES!

    This month I'm returning to my studies so I'm not sure how much time I'll actually have.. Unlike last month - I was reading like a racing horse with all the free time during the holidays and also around them. I might do the same till my courses start ;)

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    Statistics (will be filled at the end of the month)
    Total Books: 13 (+ 2 DNF)
    Total Pages: 3080
    Pages per day: ~99
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    ♥ Paranormal Romance 
       
    ♥ Contemporary Romance 
          
          

    Sunday, September 30, 2018

    Falling Suki Fleet

    Another beautifully written book by Suki. Like the previous one, it's not a light read AT ALL. It deals with difficult issues of mental health yet it does it in a very tender sweet way. Being inside Josh's head (our only POV) wasn't easy with how cloudy his life and mind is, but I think it's a crucial experience to us as readers to understand his world. What he is going through and WHY it's so difficult for him. He is the sweetest guy, loving and warm even if he looked and at times behaves like the opposite. He is just not sure how to express what he is feeling or know how to manage all these confusing emotions. Angus is a good example. Everything about him speaks and screams to Josh, but he is afraid of acting upon it and being swallowed and overwhelmed by his feelings for him.

    After dealing with depression for years, and being hospitalized for it as well, Josh finds his place in a small apartment forming a brave and sweet friendship with his neighbor Eleanor. Eleanor brought him out of his shell, taught him how to manage life and became a close friend throughout years of solitude. He has his job in a shoe store, but his life is mostly about being alone in his apartment.  When Eleanor's 18 years old son Angus comes to stay with her things start to change. Eleanor might have helped Josh with his fears yet she has her own demons. She is dealing with Agoraphobia and Anxiety disorder which are crippling her and it's only getting worse. They are also affecting her son Angus who isn't sure how to deal with her symptoms.

    The Glass House by Suki Fleet

    This one was extremely RAW and heart breaking and yet it had so much hope beneath and above each line. Sasha had a pretty awful life and he might be getting a sort of a break the past 9 months living with his sister Corrine, but it's not that simple for neither of them to connect and understand what each need in general and especially from one another. The sunshine in this book was without a doubt Thomas. One not very bright day he appeared on Sasha's side and it seemed he is going to stay even if Sasha has no idea why.

    This short book is all about friendship and love, compassion, understanding. The very basics every one of us needs to survive. Without Thomas, Sasha felt he had nothing at all. He could forget himself sculpting beautiful statues made of broken glass but once his work is done he has nothing in his life but emptiness and pain. He might be 17 years old but he felt 100. Weary of life and disappointments, feeling there is no hope for anything better for him not now and not in the future.

    Saturday, September 29, 2018

    rock by Anyta Sunday

    OUTSTANDING. This book took me on such a heart breaking ride I was SO not expecting. It's a story about two boys and their journey to friendship, acceptance and love and while we start with two teenagers we have the privilege of seeing them grow into men who are brave enough to follow their hearts.

    There's a sentence I snatched from this book which for me sums up so much of it - "Broken home, broken rules". It's such an innocent sentence yet it somehow enables Cooper and Jace and us as well, to accept what happened between them. Though I know a lot of people won't like this turf, I URGE you to give it the right chance because as the many tears I've shed in this book clearly showed - IT'S SO WORTH IT!

    Friday, September 28, 2018

    Hour of Darkness (Hunter Legacy #2) [Cain & Marina] by Lara Adrian

    I gotta say I was quite disappointed with this one. First, I didn't like the hero, almost right from the start, and second the story line and the whole interaction felt predicted, you know this pattern and you've read it in too many PNR books. I don't read as many PNR as I used to these days, mostly stick to Contemporary so many that's part of my problem. Big-ass-bad-Vampire, moody, arrogant, killing-machine, alpha, aggressive, over-protective, knows what's best for the heroine. You've met "him" SO MANY TIMES, especially with being hurt in the past so doesn't want to get near the female to protect his heart. I wish this was somehow different but it was SO Predictable I was just bored when I wasn't annoyed with his over bearing behavior.


    Tuesday, September 25, 2018

    A Few Good Fish (Fish Out of Water #3) by Amy Lane

    This book just wasn't for me.. The first chapter started with a different couple as a sort of "introduction" and I just hated it. In the next chapter we got back to Jackson and Ellery I wasn't pleased either. I think that's the exact moment I realized just HOW damaged Jackson is. There IS such a thing as too damaged. It doesn't make the character more appealing, it just makes you realize why therapy was invented and why there are times when it's a good thing to have and there are other times when it's CRUCIAL for a man's future, if he wants to have one that is.. Which is why after just these two chapters I had to take a three week break before I could continue reading the book right to the end.

    There's a lot of action in this one though there are also a bit of time of Jackson and Ellery trying to make the best they can from their time together. Ellery is truly doing his best to take care of Jackson but as I've just said, sometimes therapy is needed.. Sadly this book didn't promote it, it promoted religious help which is nice and all for believers but it doesn't change one's reality or perspective about THEMSELVES. If there is, or isn't a higher power - I'll leave this debate for others. What I WILL say is believing doesn't change your reality, your fears and insecurities. "Dumping" your emotions on a rabi or a priest is similar to therapy in the exact same way it helps to talk to a friend - it won't HEAL you, it won't make a CHANGE in you but it will make you feel better probably... Which is why it's USELESS for HEALING.

    Sunday, September 23, 2018

    (In)visible by Anyta Sunday

    When you find the person that can see you, you don't let go. ~sigh~ I really need my next book to be a lighter read.. this book was beautiful and yet it was soul crashing at how sad it was, mostly for Rune but also so much for Scott. I didn't know what to expect with this one. The synopsis was pretty strange and the book started with two teenagers. I REALLY didn't know if this is going to be a very strange kind of YA, yet it wasn't. It was mostly heart breaking and sweet mixed together. I had tears in my eyes a few times. These two SO needed a break and a REAL chance of being together. Happy.

    On the summer before Scott turned 14 years old he watched a kid save his dog. He didn't know the significance of this act, for him, for the 15 years old boy who was trying to end his life and most of all for the two of them.

    Saturday, September 22, 2018

    Fragments of Ash (A Modern Fairytale #7) [Ash & Julian] by Katy Regnery

    Beautiful though not an easy read at all! For the first few chapters my stomach was cramping from Ash's life situation. The lack of love and safety she had to endure for most of her life and the HORRIFIC future her stepfather has in mind for her. I ACHED for her. She was so young and naive and yet she was much more mature than she seems. This book suppose to be a retelling of Cinderella and while there ARE a lot of similarities it's so very unique. Also love the beautiful connections between Cinder(ella) and Ash(ley).

    Ashley Ellis has been living under her mother's shadow all of her life, only for more than just appearances most of everyone thinks Ash is the younger sister of Tigin the supermodel. When Teagan Ellis was 15 years old she got pregnant, her parents where so ashamed they preferred to have the baby as "their" mostly to shelter themselves from criticism, yet they didn't want anything to do with the baby. When Teagan is discovered and becomes the famous "Tigin" she takes her daughter away to her awful yet glamorous world. Teagan in hectic and all over the place, she isn't exactly motherly material and as she starts using drugs it even worsen their situation. Teagan stops getting jobs and when an opportunity to marry the VERY rich (and much older) Mosier Raumann she accepts not realizing the HUGE mistake she is making in this bargain.