Lessons in Gravity by Jessica Peterson

LiG.jpgPages: 300

Goodreads Rating: 4.23 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4.5 / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: April 4, 2016

Publisher: Peterson Paperbacks

Summary (Goodreads):

Maddie Lucas is only looking for a one night stand…

While studying in Spain for her semester abroad, Maddie hopes to escape the drama surrounding her parents’ divorce—a divorce she may or may not have caused—while researching Spanish architecture for her thesis. And if she hooks up with hot Madrileños along the way? All the better.

But handsome Spaniard Javier Montoya wants so much more.

Guitarist Javier is ready to set aside his rock star ways and settle down for good with his gorgeous ex-girlfriend. But after a one night stand with sexy, passionate Maddie blossoms into genuine friendship, he begins to wonder if Maddie might be the forever girl he’s looking for.

Too bad Maddie believes forever is more fiction than fairy tale. Can Javier prove to her that fairy tales exist? Or is Maddie right to think she doesn’t deserve happily ever after?

LESSONS IN GRAVITY is a New Adult romance, suitable for mature audiences.

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Torture to Her Soul by J.M. Darhower

TtHS.jpgPages: 394

Goodreads Rating: 4.23 / 5 stars

My Rating: 5/5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Romantic Suspense, Dark

Publication Date: September 29, 2014

Publisher: Self Published

Summary (Goodreads):

Don’t say it unless you mean it…

It’s a simple concept, one I’ve said time and again, but something people don’t seem to comprehend. You should choose every syllable carefully, because you never know when somebody will hold you to your word.

Somebody like me.

I’m not a good man. I’m not. I know. I have enough darkness inside of me to rid the world of every stitch of light. But there’s one I could never harm, one light I couldn’t bring myself to snuff out.

Karissa.

She thinks I’m a monster, and maybe I am. I taunt her with my touch, get a thrill out of torturing her soul. But I’m not the only one. The world is full of monsters, and I’m not the most dangerous one out there.

Not even close…

God help me, I love her.

I do.

And God help anyone who tries to take her from me.

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Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

SYBG.jpgPages: 480

Goodreads Rating: 4.21 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction

Publication Date: May  5, 2015

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Summary (Goodreads):

Before Sloane, Emily didn’t go to parties, she barely talked to guys, and she didn’t do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best friend—someone who yanks you out of your shell.

But right before what should have been an epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. There’s just a random to-do list with thirteen bizarre tasks that Emily would never try. But what if they can lead her to Sloane?

Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.

Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not?

Kiss a stranger? Wait…what?

Getting through Sloane’s list will mean a lot of firsts, and with a whole summer ahead of her—and with the unexpected help of the handsome Frank Porter—who knows what she’ll find.

Go Skinny Dipping? Um…

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#MorganMatsoninPH : Morgan Matson Book Signing Event

September 17,2016 | Saturday | National Bookstore – Glorietta 1 : I always look forward for September because of Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) and book signing events. When I heard Morgan Matson is coming to Manila, I know I couldn’t miss it and this is my most anticipated book signing event this year. Morgan Matson is the New York Times Best Selling Author of Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, Second Chance Summer, Since You’ve Been Gone and her latest novel, The Unexpected Everything. She has also written novels under the name of Katie Finn.

I arrived at the venue around 8 AM and surprisingly, it’s less crowded than I have expected. It’s been a while since I’ve experienced a calmer and more organized book signing event. While on queue, I met up with the fellow ladies of #NALitLoversPH -It’s our book club in which we read and discuss New Adult novels – Rechellyn / Len of Infinite TBR List, Allie of A Literary Wanderer and Blessie of Mischievous Reads. I’m so glad to finally meet these ladies and we had a really fun chat about many things: Mostly books, non-stop dramas & shenanigans etc.. I really enjoyed our discussions.🙂 These ladies are awesome and really fun to talk with! Looking forward to meet our fellow #NALitLoversPH sisters Pearl, Ate Claire, Jam, Kat and Nicay (I met her on Victoria Aveyard’s signing.) soon!❤

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From L-R : Rechellyn, Allie, Blessie & Me❤

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From L-R: Allie, Rechellyn, Blessie & Me
I got number 90 and the last time I have a number less than 100 was ages ago. I wish it’s always like this. Hahaha! I want to thank the admin of @MorganMatsonPH for the free bookmark!🙂

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I met up with the Book Girlfriends PH : Ate April, Ate Elaine, CeeBee and Ate Lindsay. It’s been a while since I’ve seen these lovely ladies and I’m usually with them when there’s a book signing event. I miss the other ladies and wish we are complete! It’s always fun to be with them🙂❤

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From L-R: Ate April, Ate Elaine, CeeBee, Me & Ate Lindsay

Also, I met PH YA Bloggers:  Hazel of Stay Bookish whom I have known on Goodreads for years, JM of Book Freak Revelations who is the host of The Sun Is Also A Star PH Blog Tour and one of the admins of Nicola Yoon PH fans club (Btw, The Sun Is Also A Star is an amazing YA Contemporary book. It’s a must read!) and  Inah of The Bibliophile Confessions, who is also the admin of Nicola Yoon PH (Inah, we shall take a photo together when we see each other again!). So wonderful to meet and talk to you guys!🙂

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From L-R: Hazel, JM, Allie and Me

Around 2pm, the moment we have all been waiting for: Ms. Morgan Matson arrived at the event and it’s hosted by Ms. Pam Pastor. I wish she’ll conduct the author interviews in the future. The interview segment is fantastic, lively and interactive.

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During the interview segment, Ms. Matson talked about her trip in the Philippines. She enjoyed the Mangoes in Cebu and the chocolate versions of her books on the hotels she stayed at. It’s so adorable to hear her talk about her experience with a smiling face and she really had a fun trip. We sang “Happy Birthday” to her because she’s going to celebrate it on Monday – Sept. 19, her flight back home to America. Happy Birthday again, Morgan Matson and Best Wishes! According to her, she had magical trip to the Philippines and appreciates all her Filipino fans for being the best.

She had a non-spoiler discussion about her books and its themes like love, friendship, and family. She’ll have a new book next year, May 2017 and she mentioned that there’s a hint from The Unexpected Everything. Also a Q&A Segment where us readers have a chance to ask her questions.

Book signing time! 

Since it’s not that crowded, my conversation with Morgan Matson is record breaking. This is the longest chat I had with an author on a book signing event and I’m really happy about that.

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Morgan Matson signing my book. [Please excuse my hands]

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I talked to her about Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour which I’ve read years ago. I told her I really enjoyed it, how my reading experience made me feel like I’m part of the road trip in America with Amy & Roger and had an instant trip to America through the book. She said she’s glad that I enjoyed the book and  asked if it’s my favorite, I said yes. She replied that it’s most people’s favorite.

I also asked her if she has any plans on writing an Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour sequel and unfortunately she’s not going to write on.. BUT she says that there’s something on Since You’ve Been Gone (which I’m still reading) that will answer my question. I smell cameo on this one! (She loves character cameos on her books)

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Here’s a photo of me and Ms. Morgan Matson. She’s one of the most adorable and sweetest authors I’ve ever met. If you’ll have a chance to meet her, don’t miss it. She’s super nice! Thank you for visiting the Philippines and signing my books! I hope you’ll come back in the future!❤

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Thank you to National Book Store for bringing authors in the Philippines! I’m looking forward on the upcoming book signing events🙂 Lastly, thank you to all my book signing buddies. I really had an amazing time talking to you all and I hope to see you guys soon.❤  Have a great day everyone!

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Target on Our Backs by J.M. Darhower

TooB.jpgPages: 357

Goodreads Rating: 4.47 / 5 stars

My Rating:  5 / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Romantic Suspense, Dark

Publication Date: February 23, 2016

Publisher: Self Published

Summary (Goodreads):

The best way to keep your word is never to give it.

Not long ago, in a chapel in Vegas, I swore to love Karissa for the rest of my days. But nobody’s promised an infinite number of tomorrows. Nobody’s promised forever. Sometimes, all we have left is today.

Carpe Diem
Seize the day.

It should’ve been over, we should’ve been happy, but people are making it hard for me to live in peace. I’ve got so much blood on my hands they’ll never be clean, and somebody out there seems to want me to pay for it. Happily Ever After always comes at a cost, one any real man would be willing to pay. But that doesn’t mean I’m just going to roll over and accept these consequences.

Because when it comes to the woman I love? The life I’ve fought for?

Nobody is safe.

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Lick by Kylie Scott

lickPages: 303

Goodreads Rating: 4.16

My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: October 11, 2013

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Summary (Goodreads):

Waking up in Vegas was never meant to be like this.

Evelyn Thomas’s plans for celebrating her twenty-first birthday in Las Vegas were big. Huge. But she sure never meant to wake up on the bathroom floor with a hangover to rival the black plague, a very attractive half-naked tattooed man in her room, and a diamond on her finger large enough to scare King Kong. Now if she could just remember how it all happened.

One thing is certain, being married to one of the hottest rock stars on the planet is sure to be a wild ride.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books I Want as TV Shows

This weekly meme is created by Lainey of Ginger Reads Lainey and with its new host, Sam of Thoughts on Tomes . You can check out the weekly topics on the Top 5 Wednesday – Goodreads Page. This week’s topic is: Books I Want as TV Shows.

  • In the Company of Killers series by J.A. Redmerski – You are probably tired of me talking about it over and over again. This is the number one on my list as a TV show. I WANT IT SO BADLY. LET ME SEE MY FAVORITE ASSASSINS ON TV. I swear, this is a badass series that will put you on the edge of your seats.

  • Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead The movie adaptation flopped. I think it will be good as a TV series given with proper casting for the characters. Give justice to this awesome vampire series!

  • Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas – More assassins. I may have only read the first book but this series has a great potential to become one.

  • Crossfire series by Sylvia Day – You might be screaming at me for wanting an erotica series to be a TV show. Calm down peeps. This series has a great sexy romance and I enjoy the conflicts going on with this series. TV shows nowadays have explicit scenes.

  • Addicted / Calloway sisters series by Krista & Becca Ritchie – This is going to be one entertaining series if it happens. OMFG. Seeing Lily, Rose and Daisy Calloway? DAMN QUEENS then  Loren Hale, Connor Cobalt & Ryke Meadows on screen? I will shamelessly touch or kiss the fucking TV screen.

What are the books or series you want as TV shows? 

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Spanish Lessons by Jessica Peterson

slPages: 260

Goodreads Rating: 3.90 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: March 2016

Publisher: Peterson Paperbacks

Summary (Goodreads):

Vivian Bingley has big plans for her semester abroad in Spain…

Along with her BFF, Maddie, Vivian hopes to indulge her inner Art History nerd by visiting the best museums in the world. She also wants to tackle more practical concerns—like a less than stellar GPA in her major, Economics—with the help of a Spanish tutor.

But falling for her studly Spanish tutor definitely isn’t one of them.

Madrileño Rafa Montoya is the stuff study abroad dreams are made of: super studly and super smart. He also happens to be super into Vivian. With his wicked dancing skills and his passion for the arts, he tempts her to throw caution to the wind and live out her wildest dreams.

Only problem? Maddie wants Rafa, too, and Vivian promised herself she’d never settle for second best again…not after a hookup-gone-awry last semester left her heartbroken. Is it best for Vivian to protect her heart at all costs? Or is letting Rafa in worth the risk?

This book is a New Adult contemporary romance, suitable for mature audiences.

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A Bad Romeo Christmas: A Starcrossed Anthology by Leisa Rayven

A BAD ROMEO CHRISTMAS: A Starcrossed Anthology by Leisa Rayven – November 21, 2016

From the Internationally bestselling author of BAD ROMEO, BROKEN JULIET, and WICKED HEART comes an anthology of never-before-released novellas of beloved characters Ethan and Cassie, Liam and Elissa, Josh and Angel, plus the gang from The Grove.

 Have Yourself A Sexy Little Christmas: An Ethan and Cassie Novella

Ethan and Cassie’s first Christmas with the Holt family should be nothing but jolly. Sure, Cassie’s a mess trying to impress her future in-laws with the perfect casserole, but when an unexpected blast from Ethan’s past shows up beneath the tree, the season gets a whole lot more serious—and sexy.

 The Naughty List: A Liam and Elissa Novella

 After being apart for months, Liam and Elissa are making up for lost time on a secluded island, where they think they’re free to explore each other’s bodies in peace. But when it turns out their Christmas sanctuary isn’t as deserted as it first seemed, and pictures of a hot, naked Liam surface to break the internet, their Christmas dreams turn into a nightmare.

 Happy, Sappy New Year: A Grove Novella

When the gang from the Grove gets together at a lavish New Year’s Eve party, it’s like no time has passed. Except Elissa and Josh are dating Hollywood royalty, Jack and Zoe have been hooking up in secret, Connor’s new girlfriend wants to murder Cassie, and Erika’s mystery man has everyone talking. Before midnight, shocking revelations are made, industry tongues are wagging, and the poor mistletoe is ready to pass out from overuse.

COMING NOVEMBER 21, 2016.

AMAZON PRE-ORDERS NOW OPEN!

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PRAISE FOR THE STARCROSSED SERIES

 “Hilarious, heartwarming and unique,

the Starcrossed series is highly recommended.”

–USA TODAY

“Loved. Loved. Loved Bad Romeo and Broken Juliet. I now have a serious book hangover. Leisa Rayven – thank you for all the feels.”

 – E.L. James, #1 New York Times best selling author of 50 Shades of Grey

“I’m in love with Leisa Rayven, and the rest of the world needs to be, too.”

–  Colleen Hoover, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Ugly Love

“Leisa Rayven crashes onto the romance scene: laughing, flirting, and just daring us to put Bad Romeo down. I couldn’t!”

– Christina Lauren, New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Bastard

“An unputdownable debut! Filled with delicious tension that will make your palms sweat, toes curl and heart race.”

– Alice Clayton, New York Times bestselling author of Wallbanger

“The perfect combination of hot and hilarious. Utterly dazzling!”

– Katy Evans, New York Times bestselling author of Real

“I gobbled this book up in one sitting. The emotions between the characters were superb. The new hottest book couple!”

– Jennifer Probst, New York Times bestselling author of The Marriage Bargain

 

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Purchase the e-bundle of BAD ROMEO, BROKEN JULIET, and WICKED HEART, and you’ll save 20% off the usual purchase price of all three books!

AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 29, 2016.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Characters I Want as a Family

This weekly meme is created by Lainey of Ginger Reads Lainey and with its new host, Sam of Thoughts on Tomes . You can check out the weekly topics on the Top 5 Wednesday – Goodreads Page. The topic for this week is: Characters I Want as a Family.

  • Ryke Meadows  (Addicted / Calloway Sisters series by Krista & Becca Ritchie) – I want Ryke as a big brother. He’s a caring, protective, loving guy and no one wants to mess with him or else he’s gonna kick your ass. He defends his love ones and watches over you like a mother hen. He may look scary and intimidating when he cuss words, but he’s definitely a sweet guy.
  • Arthur and Molly Weasley (Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling) – Without any doubt, I want them as my parents. They’re the coolest parents ever. They treat people so good as if they’re part of the family.
  • Kel Cohen (Slammed by Colleen Hoover) – I want him as my little brother. If you read Slammed, he’s Layken’s younger brother who talks backwards and says basagna instead of lasagna (one of my favorites ever). I adore this kid so much.
  • Ella Harper (Paper Princess by Erin Watt) – She’s gonna be the best badass sister ever. She’s fierce, kind, selfless, hardworking and strong but when someone messes up with her or anyone she loved… you better watch out.
  •  Kat and Denny Hall (If I Stay by Gayle Forman) – I want Mia Hall’s parents as my aunt and uncle. These two shared passion for rock music. They’re supportive on whatever choices you make and make you feel accepted. They’ll encourage you to pursue your dreams and be at your best.

Who are the characters you’d want as a family? Feel free to share your thoughts! If you have a T5W post, you can put your links on the comments. 

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