Tuesday, March 10, 2015

All About the Books - March

Hey Friends!! It's one of my FAVORITE blogging days; the day I get to talk about all of the books I've read over the past month and link up with Steph and Jana for recommendations outside my romance bubble!

Books are one of my fav topics, especially when I come off of a weekend where I spent the majority of the time reading, lol. At some point I'd like to start also recording my book thoughts on my Youtube channel but that hasn't happened just yet. No worries, I'll continue to list them out like I do here when or if I decide to follow through. Follow me on Goodreads!!

My rating system:
5 Stars = LOVED, Blew Me Away, May Read Again
4 Stars = Really Enjoyed but No Wow Factor, Probably won't read again
3 Stars = Bordered on being a DNF (Did Not Finish) but I did it.
Anything below that I rarely give out.

Book reviews, ratings, are all personal opinions. I rarely finish a book if I'm not enjoying it. There are too many books to read and not enough time. I love reading romance, especially contemporary and New Adult. 99% of the books I read are romance genre, so if you're a HEA love story junkie like me, let's be friends!!

Time for Love by Marie Force *****
Beautiful Secret by Christina Lauren *****
Be With Me by J. Lynn ****
Stay With Me by J. Lynn *****
Play by Kylie Scott ****
Slow Burn by K. Bromgerg *****
Hold on Tight by Abbli Glines ****
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me by Mindy Kaling ****
Reaper's Property by Joanna Wylde *****
Reaper's Legacy by Joanna Wylde ****
Devil's Game by Joanna Wylde *****
Reaper's Stand by Joanna Wylde ****
Once Perfect by Cecy Robson *****
Once Loved by Cecy Robson *****
Once Pure by Cecy Robson ****
Total: 15
Last Month Total: 17

Like I said earlier, I read A LOT this past weekend. I don't think I read as much this month as I did last time though. Shocking!

Time for Love by Marie Force is the ONLY Marie Force book I read this month because I was trying to take a break and not run out of books from the rest of this series and then be super sad. I have a love hate relationship with series for this reason. I really feel like I get to know a character when I see them continuously through a series, but then when it's over I want to start over and that's just not possible. This book, even though it was book #9 in the series, revolved around characters we were introduced to in the first book. One kind of got a bad rap, respectively for something he did and I feel like he did a good job of redeeming himself. This was a FIVE star book for me, I loved it.

Synopsis: Dr. David Lawrence has spent the last two years atoning for his sins and recovering from the devastating breakup with Gansett Island golden girl Janey McCarthy. As the island's only doctor, he's had ample opportunity to show his fellow island residents that there's more to him than the guy who disappointed Janey so profoundly. Now if only he could find a way to forgive himself, he might be able to move on with his life without the woman he'd expected to love forever...

Daisy Babson, probationary director of housekeeping at McCarthy's Gansett Island Inn, is in bad need of a fresh start after her relationship with Truck Henry took a violent turn, leaving her battered and broken—in more ways than one. As she recovers from her injuries, her days are made brighter by her visits with David Lawrence. The kind and caring doctor who tended to her after the attack has become much more than a friend to her in recent weeks.

Will these two wounded hearts take comfort from one another and move forward on a new path toward love together? Or will ghosts from the past derail them before they get the chance for their own happily ever after?

Catch up with many of your favorite characters from earlier books in the McCarthys of Gansett Island Series, and get set for another summer of love on Gansett!

Beautiful Secret by Christina Lauren has been a highly anticipated for fans of the Beautiful Bastard series. We get to see more of Niall Stella who many fell in love with in the novella, Beautiful Beloved that came out in February. He's the British brother of Max Stella who has MANY fans. My thoughts - I really didn't think Finn from Dirty Rowdy Thing could be topped. I absolutely could not stop thinking about him after I read that book through a couple times. Niall, this shy, one woman guy really Jekyll and Hyde kind of thing. He would be so subdued and then say the dirtiest thing and I loved it. Way more than FIVE stars for this one.


New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author Christina Lauren’s Beautiful and Wild Seasons series hook up in Beautiful Secret for an erotic intercontinental romp that celebrates the best of both worlds!

When Ruby Miller’s boss announces he’s sending her on an extended business trip to New York City, she’s shocked. As one of the best and brightest young engineers in London, she knows she’s professionally up to the task. The part that’s throwing her is where she’ll be spending a month up close and personal working alongside—and staying in a hotel with—Niall Stella, her firm’s top urban planning executive and The Hottest Man Alive. Despite her ongoing crush, Ruby is certain Niall barely knows she’s alive…until their flirty overnight flight makes him sit up and take notice.

Not one for letting loose and breaking rules, recently divorced Niall would describe himself as hopeless when it comes to women. But even he knows outgoing California-girl Ruby is a breath of fresh air. Once she makes it her mission to help the sexy Brit loosen his tie, there’s no turning back. Thousands of miles from London, it’s easy for the lovers to play pretend. But when the trip is over, will the relationship they’ve built up fall down?

Be With Me by J. Lynn is the second book in this series. I read the first book probably about a year ago, so I had to quickly get reacquainted with the characters we were introduced to in the first book. This is the little sister of the boy main character from Wait For You. It's also about his best friend. I love these kind of forbidden romances because that's like an unwritten rule for any guy. Never fall for your buddies sister, especially if she's younger but often it happens and it's usually pretty good. This was no exception. In fact, this has a HUGE secret that gets played with and I didn't actually see it coming which was nice. There was probably a little too much back and forth self loathing and that's why I had to give it four stars. Don't drag it out...just give me my HEA, k?

Synopsis: Teresa Hamilton is having a rough year—she’s in love with her big brother’s best friend, but he hasn’t spoken to her since they shared a truly amazing, mind-blowing, change-your-life kiss. She got out of a terrible relationship. And now an injury is threatening to end her dance career for good. It’s time for Plan B – college. And maybe a chance to convince Jase that what they have together is real.

Jase Winstead has a huge secret that he’s not telling anyone. Especially not his best friend’s incredibly beautiful sister. Even though he and Teresa shared the hottest kiss of his life, he knows that his responsibilities must take priority. He certainly doesn’t have time for a relationship. But it doesn’t help that all he can think about kissing the one girl who could ruin everything for him.

As they’re thrown together more and more, Jase and Tess can’t keep denying their feelings for each other. But a familiar danger looms and tragedy strikes. As the campus recovers, the star-crossed couple must decide what they’re willing to risk to be together, and what they’re willing to lose if they’re not…

Stay With Me by J. Lynn is the third book in the series and other than being friends with two of the girls from the previous books there isn't much connecting the books. In fact, you could read this one independently BUT not if you don't want to spoil the plot arcs of the other two books. I loved this one. I thought the characters were so different than the previous books and I loved the back story to Calla. Jax is very much an alpha male that wants to take care of her and she's NEVER felt that kind of attention from a guy. Loved it, FIVE stars!!

Synopsis: At 21, Calla hasn’t done a lot of things. She’s never been kissed, never seen the ocean, never gone to an amusement park. But growing up, she witnessed some things no child ever should. She still carries the physical and emotional scars of living with a strung-out mother, Mona—secrets she keeps from everyone, including her close circle of college friends.

But the safe cocoon Calla has carefully built is shattered when she discovers her mom has stolen her college money and run up a huge credit card debt in her name. Now, Calla has to go back to the small town she thought she'd left behind and clean up her mom’s mess again. Of course, when she arrives at her mother’s bar, Mona is nowhere to be found. Instead, six feet of hotness named Jackson James is pouring drinks and keeping the place humming.

Sexy and intense, Jax is in Calla’s business from the moment they meet, giving her a job and helping her search for Mona. And the way he looks at her makes it clear he wants to get horizontal . . . and maybe something more. Before Calla can let him get close, though, she’s got to deal with the pain of the past—and some very bad guys out to mess her up if she doesn’t give them her mom.

Play by Kylie Scott was more of a 3.5 star book for me. I really enjoyed Lick the first in the Stage Dive series and once I got past the weird, fake vibe Mal gave off in the beginning and found out WHY he was acting like that I liked the story. He was a good guy in the first book and I kind of felt like this was different character. In some ways it's a good, true characterization for what his character is like from being a side character to the main event. I'm looking forward to continuing the other books in this series.

Synopsis: Readers the world over fell in love with sexy drummer Mal in Kylie Scott’s first Stage Dive novel. Now, Kylie Scott is back, and this time it’s bad-boy Mal’s turn to fall in love.

The drummer in a wildly successful rock band, Mal’s never had trouble with the ladies. It doesn’t hurt that he’s sexy as hell with a wicked sense of humor. But as much as Mal loves his ladies, romance and happily-ever-after just isn’t in his set of cards. Until one night, Mal meets the woman of his dreams. But can this cynical rocker ever trust in love?

Slow Burn by K. Bromgerg; just do yourself a favor and check out my full review of this. I was one of those crazy girls that LOVED Driven. It's a different kind of take on the Alpha male, troubled childhood ala Fifty Shades. I would say you do NOT need to read the Driven series but it does give a nice back story. This was traditionally published, while Driven was indie. This is about the main guy/gal from Driven BFFs.

Synopsis: One Night. That's all it was supposed to be.

Reeling from the sudden loss of her sister, Haddie Montgomery has sworn off relationships. All she wanted from Beckett Daniels was a sexy distraction to help her escape her pain for just a little while....There weren’t supposed to be any strings attached—so why can’t she shake the memory of that unforgettable night from her thoughts? Or the taste of his kiss from her lips?

No matter how hard Haddie tries to forget about him, Becks relentlessly tries to prove that she should start living for today. But she is determined to avoid romantic commitment, and she can always use her ex-boyfriend’s reappearance to help snuff out the slow burn within her that Becks has sparked....

Or will fate force her to realize that this kind of connection doesn’t come along very often and a chance at love is worth the risk?

Hold on Tight by Abbli Glines is a book I didn't realize I missed. She's pretty much a go to author, BUT lately I can see she's not wowing me. With that being said, I loved this one. I only gave it four stars because again...no wow factor. It was a typical Abbi book for me. It would have been a three star book, BUT it had a kid and I love a good DILF or DILF stand in taking care of someone else's kid, especially when it's not theirs.

Synopsis: Six years ago, Dewayne Falco's life changed. He lost someone he never expected to lose. Resigned to punish himself for something he felt he could have prevented, he goes through life without getting too close to anyone.

What he didn't expect was for the girl across the street to move back home and remind him of what they both lost: Dewayne's younger brother Dustin. However, when a miniature version of Dustin opens the door to greet him, Dewayne realizes he might not have lost everything after all.

Sienna Roy loved Dustin Falco most of her life. He was the boy next door, the high school basketball star and her best friend. But when his life was cut short, she realized he left a part of himself behind.

Now, she's back in Sea Breeze, thankful to have a home for her and Dustin's son, but not sure if she can ever forgive the people across the street who abandoned her when she needed them the most — The Falcos.

Betrayal, lies, and forbidden attraction might end Dewayne and Sienna's story before it's even begun.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me by Mindy Kaling is an audio book I started on the plane to London last August and just now got around to finishing it. I've been waiting on a different autobiography from the library and this one became available first. I'm still trying to be open to more than just romance stories, and this way works for me. I also love that it's the author reading them because they're their stories and best told by them.

Synopsis: Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?”

Perhaps you want to know what Mindy thinks makes a great best friend (someone who will fill your prescription in the middle of the night), or what makes a great guy (one who is aware of all elderly people in any room at any time and acts accordingly), or what is the perfect amount of fame (so famous you can never get convicted of murder in a court of law), or how to maintain a trim figure (you will not find that information in these pages). If so, you’ve come to the right book, mostly!

In Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, Mindy invites readers on a tour of her life and her unscientific observations on romance, friendship, and Hollywood, with several conveniently placed stopping points for you to run errands and make phone calls. Mindy Kaling really is just a Girl Next Door—not so much literally anywhere in the continental United States, but definitely if you live in India or Sri Lanka.

Reapers MC Series

These next FOUR books all make up a series of bad biker guys that fall in love with their "old ladies" and OMG it really made me miss Sons of Anarchy and ache to find something else just as good. I got to see the different dynamics of an entire new club, learn about new guys and dude as soon as the head old lady came into the picture all I could picture was Jemma Teller. Perfect! if you love Sons of Anarchy you HAVE to check out this series.

I wanted to talk about this series individually, but I think it's just easier to talk about as a whole.

The Reaper's MC is a book series I had heard about and seen when I would check out various book pages and posts of romance reading friends. I didn't fall in love with the MC world until last Summer when I became obsessed with Sons of Anarchy, so a series like this never would have even crossed my mind and I didn't really have high hopes for this series.

Yeah, the covers look hot but the names of the characters, like Horse were different than Sons names and the guys seemed more hard edge than I was used to. In the first book it takes a while to find out that Marie has been given the option of becoming Horse's old lady and basically thrown it in his face. Most of the girls in this series did NOT grow up around a motorcycle club and their lifestyle, so it's all very foreign to them. Unlike SoA where I don't think we saw any of the guys introduce a female into their way of life. Even Tara pretty much knew what to expect and "got it". She was shocked about some things but it wasn't a new concept.

The only exception to this is the THIRD book which unites two different clubs, so that was cool to see and changed things up.

I lied, I think in the SECOND book Sophie kind of has an idea because she's been in and out of Ruger's life but HE's not willing to take on an old lady and has a kid so could have been a five star easily but Ruger was way too back and forth for me. *shrug*

I don't know if there are more books in THIS series, but Joanna Wylde is starting another series based out of the Silver Valley and it STARTS with an MC book, so yay!! I think that comes out at the end of this month and I can't wait to read it!!

Reaper's Property by Joanna Wylde

Synopsis: Marie doesn’t need a complication like Horse. The massive, tattooed, badass biker who shows up at her brother’s house one afternoon doesn’t agree. He wants Marie on his bike and in his bed. Now.

But Marie just left her abusive jerk of an ex-husband and she’s not looking for a new man. Especially one like Horse—she doesn’t know his real name or where he lives, she’s ninety percent certain he’s a criminal and that the “business” he talks with her brother isn’t website design. She needs him out of her life, which would be a snap if he’d just stop giving her mind-blowing orgasms.

Horse is part of the Reapers Motorcycle Club, and when he wants something, he takes it. What he wants is Marie, but she’s not interested in becoming “property of”.

Then her brother steals from the club. Marie can save him by giving Horse what he wants—at home, in public, on his bike… If she’s a very, very good girl, she’ll get lots more of those orgasms only he can offer, and he’ll let her brother live.

Reaper's Legacy by Joanna Wylde

Synopsis: Reaper's Legacy is a raw and intensely erotic tale in Joanna Wylde's Reapers Motorcycle Club series.

Eight years ago, Sophie gave her heart-and her virginity-to Zach Barrett on a night that couldn't have been less romantic or more embarrassing. Zach's step-brother, a steely-muscled, tattooed biker named Ruger, caught them in the act, getting a peep show of Sophie he's never forgotten.

She may have lost her dignity that fateful night, but Sophie also gained something precious-her son Noah. Unfortunately, Zach's a deadbeat dad, leaving Ruger to be Noah's only male role model. When he discovers Sophie and his nephew living in near poverty, Ruger takes matters into his own hands-with the help of the Reapers Motorcycle Club-to give them a better life.

Living with outlaw bikers wasn't Sophie's plan for her son, but Ruger isn't giving her a choice. He'll be there for Noah, whether she wants him or not. But Sophie does want him, has always wanted him. Now she'll learn that taking a biker to bed can get a girl dirty in every way.

Devil's Game by Joanna Wylde

Synopsis: Liam "Hunter" Blake hates the Reapers MC. Born and raised a Devil's Jack, he knows his duty. He'll defend his club from their oldest enemies-the Reapers-using whatever weapons he can find. But why use force when the Reapers' president has a daughter who's alone and vulnerable? Hunter has wanted her from the minute he saw her, and now he has an excuse to take her.

Em has lived her entire life in the shadow of the Reapers. Her overprotective father, Picnic, is the club's president. The last time she had a boyfriend, Picnic shot him. Now the men in her life are far more interested in keeping her daddy happy than showing her a good time. Then she meets a handsome stranger-a man who isn't afraid to treat her like a real woman. One who isn't afraid of her father. His name is Liam, and he's The One.

Or so she thinks.

Reaper's Stand by Joanna Wylde

Synopsis: As Reapers Motorcycle Club president, Reese “Picnic” Hayes has given his entire life to the club. After losing his wife, he knew he’d never love another woman. And with two daughters to raise and a club to manage, that was just fine with him. These days, Reese keeps his relationships free and easy—he definitely doesn’t want to waste his time on a glorified cleaning lady like London Armstrong.

Too bad he’s completely obsessed with her.

Besides running her own business, London’s got her junkie cousin’s daughter to look after—a more reckless than average eighteen-year-old. Sure she’s attracted to the Reapers’ president, but she’s not stupid. Reese Hayes is a criminal and a thug. But when her young cousin gets caught up with a ruthless drug cartel, Reese might be the only man who can help her. Now London has to make the hardest decision of her life—how far will she go to save her family?

Shattered Past Series

Right now, this series revolves around three members of the Tres Santos family; two abused sisters and their ex-con, ex-military brother. It's definitely an alpha-male series and Kerry has done book reviews on the first two. I only received the THIRD from Netgalley so I won't be doing full reviews of any except Once Pure. Check out her reviews of Once Perfect (1) and Once Loved (2) because she's the reason I read them in the first place.

I love book 1 and I loved book 2. It was unfortunate that book 3 didn't stay up there, but that's just how the stories went. I am super excited to find out there are going to be other books in this series, BUT we don't know who they're about or when they'll come out yet so that could change. I loved Killian (the hero from book 3) I just felt like the first two were SO good, the third just didn't live up to them. I'm anxious to see what Kerry thinks because she had FIVE stars for the first two as well.

Once Perfect by Cecy Robson

Synopsis: His life was never easy. Hers wasn’t supposed to be this hard. They come from different worlds, but fate lures them together in a way neither expected in Cecy Robson’s raw, steamy New Adult debut—perfect for fans of Monica Murphy and J. Lynn.

Evelyn Preston’s future once looked perfect—until her wealthy father was caught in an embezzlement scandal and took his own life. Alone and struggling to pay her college tuition and bills, Evelyn finds a job as a waitress at the ultra-hip nightclub Excess, where she used to have more in common with the privileged private-school clientele than her fellow staff members. But something attracts her to the sexy six-foot-four bouncer and underground MMA fighter Mateo Tres Santos. Although they’ve led different lives, their troubled pasts bonds them in both survival and love.

Mateo is ex-army who wound up in prison for assaulting the man who harmed his sister. Now he’s feeling the same protective impulse for this petite blond waitress. When Evelyn experiences a panic attack at the club, Mateo comes to her rescue. And when Mateo is wounded shielding her from a brawl, Evelyn returns the favor and comes to his aid.

As their attraction intensifies, Mateo is determined to find out what nightmares are lurking in Evelyn’s past—even if that means tackling his own to save her.

Once Loved by Cecy Robson

Synopsis: He’s the campus golden boy. She’s picking up the pieces of her broken past. But in Cecy Robson’s scorching novel of second chances—perfect for readers of Monica Murphy and J. Lynn—their differences only make their connection more explosive.

Every memory Lety Tres Santos has from her childhood comes with a scar—some emotional, some physical. Her father is an abusive drug addict, and her mother enables his destructive behavior. College offers Lety a fresh start . . . until her father finds a way to ruin that, too. Now, after losing her scholarship to kick off junior year, Lety must somehow stay in school, pay tuition, and turn a deaf ear to the whispers that follow her. And she intends to do it all without Brody Quaid’s help.

Brody is a lacrosse star, a 4.0 student—and as a freshman, he fell hard for the beautiful and spirited Lety. But their relationship crashed and burned because he couldn’t break through the walls she’s put up around her heart. With Lety hurting more than ever, Brody strives to win her back and make her believe in real love and true partnership. That will mean opening up secrets locked away in his own past—and trusting someone more than he’s ever dared.

Lety knows how painful it can be to depend on the wrong man. She also knows how much Brody wants to do this the right way. But it takes more than sizzling desire to move on and build a future together.

Once Pure by Cecy Robson

Synopsis: She bears the scars of the past. He blames himself for things he can’t control. Their defenses are up, but in Cecy Robson’s latest Shattered Past novel—perfect for fans of Monica Murphy and J. Lynn—true love lands a knockout punch.

Sofia Tres Santos remembers a time before her life went sour, before her innocence was ripped away, before she began punishing herself with risky behaviors and unworthy men. Now, at twenty, she just hopes she’s ready to rebuild some of what she lost. One way or another, it always comes back to her childhood friend and longtime crush, Killian O’Brien.

As strong as Killian is, Sofia has always been his one weakness. He knows Sofia has suffered and wants to ensure she’s never hurt again—not like before, and definitely not under his watch. When Sofia agrees to work at his mixed martial arts gym, Killian seizes the opportunity to help and protect the sweet girl he’s always cared for. And yet, as he trains Sofia to defend herself using his hard-hitting MMA techniques, he’s drawn to the vulnerable beauty in ways he never expected.

As Sofia grows stronger, she also grows brave enough to open herself up to love. And along the way, she challenges everything Killian believes to be true, showing him that no matter how much he dominates in the ring, the real battle is fought in the heart.

What I'm reading next?!

Finishing up audio book of You by Caroline Kepnes - creepy stalker book that I only have a few chapters left.

Two audio books that recently became available on Overdrive from the library: Sometimes it Lasts by Abbi Glines and Lead by Kylie Scott. Both series continuations I mentioned books from above.

Thoughtful by SC Stephens which is a his POV of the Thoughtless series that I read in 2013?

After and After We Collided by Anna Todd. The Wattpad sensation. Eh, this isn't drawing me in like I was told it would/expected myself since it's boy band fanfiction. It's very long and back and forth which you probably know makes my rating system TANK.

If I manage to get through those, I have more books on hold. I'll need more books on audio for our road trip back home Easter weekend. Luckily I'm flying one way so I'll only be stuck in the car for 21 hours and not 40+.

What are you reading and loving?

Don't forget I have a $175 Paypal Cash giveaway with some friends for my Birthday/Blogiversary. I'm also doing a giveaway specifically for my blog readers that have shown me a lot of love so if you've been around for a while and commented make sure you leave me a comment on this post to be entered. I will be checking that you have at least ONE previous comment to be eligible to win.


  1. I think Mindy Kaling reading her own book would be the best thing ever!! I cant even get over how many books you read last month!! Great job girl! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

  2. Wow, that's a lot of books! Good job! Looks like you've had a good month in books. Romance isn't my genre but Mindy's book is on my to-read list :).

  3. I miss Sons so badly. It took me two weeks to get over the finale.

    I enjoyed Mindy's book but I don't know if I could handle listening to her read it as an audiobook. Her voice plucks my nerves after too long. Other than that, I think she's incredibly awesome and groundbreaking and everything else and I'm looking forward to her next book.

  4. I might have to check out the Reapers. I miss Sons!

  5. I didn't care for Mindy's book - sadly :(

  6. I loved Mindy's book. I definitely cracked up a lot while reading it. I wonder if its more or less funny when read aloud?

  7. I have seen so many people reading Marie Force, I think to get on it and read some. The Mindy book sounds funny, she has such a sharp wit. The Reapers books sound interesting! Totally bummed you didn't like the 3rd book as much! That was the story I was hoping would be next because of their Chemistry but it sounds like it fell flat. :( Looking forward to reading it and seeing if we agree.

  8. I haven't read any of these, though I have heard good things about Mindy's book! I listened to both Tina Fey's & Amy Poehler's books, I love when the authors read them! The Shattered Past series sounds interesting, though I hate when the 3rd book falls flat.

  9. Ummm usually I have read some on everyones list ... With the exception of Mindy Kalings book I haven't read any, haha. Ill just add them to my list no worries.

  10. Mindy's book is on my in progress list. Now I know where to come for my romance/smut recommendations! :)


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