Trusting Tanner by Lexi Lawton

TTLLPages: 344

Goodreads Rating: 3.90 / 5 stars

My Rating: 2 / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: May 8th 2017

Publisher: Entagled: Embrace

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Tanner Collins is the embodiment of perfection—tall, dark, sinfully sexy—and completely out of Juliana Shea’s league. Knowing she’d never survive a repeat of her last disastrous relationship, she parks Tanner firmly in the friend zone. But man, he’s hard to resist.

Juliana is exactly what Tanner wants, and he’s determined to win her over with his kindness and humor… But one night—a night he can’t even remember—threatens to take it all away.

With the flick of a “send” button, their hope for a future together is shattered. But Tanner isn’t the type to give up on what he wants—and he wants Juliana.

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Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

SpeakPages: 208

Goodreads Rating: 4.0 / 5 stars

My Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction

Publication Date: April 1st 2001

Publisher: Puffin

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“Speak up for yourself–we want to know what you have to say.” From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda knows this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school. She is friendless, outcast, because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her. As time passes, she becomes increasingly isolated and practically stops talking altogether. Only her art class offers any solace, and it is through her work on an art project that she is finally able to face what really happened at that terrible party: she was raped by an upperclassman, a guy who still attends Merryweather and is still a threat to her. Her healing process has just begun when she has another violent encounter with him. But this time Melinda fights back, refuses to be silent, and thereby achieves a measure of vindication. In Laurie Halse Anderson’s powerful novel, an utterly believable heroine with a bitterly ironic voice delivers a blow to the hypocritical world of high school. She speaks for many a disenfranchised teenager while demonstrating the importance of speaking up for oneself.

Speak was a 1999 National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature.

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Spookathon TBR (2017)

October is the perfect month to read either horror or thriller novels, even dark romances and I decided to participate on Spookathon starting October 16th – October 22nd. This readathon is hosted by Lala @ BooksandLala , Shannon @ Bookerly , and Paige @ Paige’s Pages.

Here are the books I plan to read (The books are subject to change and there’s a possibility I’ll combine categories just in case) :

1. read a thriller – The Girl in the Spiders Web by David Lagercrantz
2. read a book with a spooky word in the title – Killing Sarai by J.A. Redmerski (rereading)
3. read a book based on a childhood fear – True Philippine Ghost Stories vol. 29 edited by Alexie Cruz (Ghosts)
4. read a book with an orange cover – The Ghostwriter by Alessandra Torre
5. read a book that has a spooky setting – The Woman in Black by Susan Hill (Haunted house)

Are you joining the #Spookathon? What are the books do you plan to read or what are some scary books you’ll be reading this Halloween season?

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Hideaway by Penelope Douglas

HideawayPages: 446

Goodreads Rating: 4.44 / 5 stars

My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Dark, Romantic Suspense

Publication Date: October 1st 2017

Publisher: Self published

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DEVIL’S NIGHT is returning! Hiding places, chases, and all the games are back…

BANKS

Buried in the shadows of the city, there’s a hotel called The Pope. Ailing, empty, and dark—it sits abandoned and surrounded by a forgotten mystery.

But you think it’s true, don’t you, Kai Mori? The story about the hidden twelfth floor. The mystery of the dark guest who never checked in and never checks out. You think I can help you find that secret hideaway and get to him, don’t you?

You and your friends can try to scare me. You can try to push me. Because even though I struggle to hide everything I feel when you look at me—and have ever since I was a girl—I think maybe what you seek is so much closer than you’ll ever realize.

I will never betray him.

So sit tight.

On Devil’s Night, the hunt will be coming to you.

KAI

You have no idea what I seek, Little One. You don’t know what I had to become to survive three years in prison for a crime I would gladly commit again.

No one can know what I’ve turned into.

I want that hotel, I want to find him, and I want this over.

I want my life back.

But the more I’m around you, the more I realize this new me is exactly who I was meant to be.

So come on, kid. Don’t chicken out. My house is on the hill. So many ways in, and good luck finding your way out.

I’ve seen your hideaway. Time to see mine.

*Hideaway is a romantic suspense suitable for ages 18+. While the romance is a stand-alone, the plot is a continuation of events that began in CORRUPT (Devil’s Night, #1). It is strongly recommended that you have read Corrupt prior to reading this.

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To Love Jason Thorn by Ella Maise

TLJTPages: 356

Goodreads Rating: 4.15 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: December 3rd 2015

Publisher: Self published

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Jason Thorn… My brother’s childhood friend.

Oh, how stupidly in love with that boy I was. He was the first boy that made me blush, my first official crush. Sounds beautiful so far, right? That excitement that bubbles up inside you, those famous butterflies you feel for the very first time—he was the reason for them all. But, you only get to live in that fairytale world until they crush your hopes and dreams and then stomp on your heart for good measure. And boy did he crush my little heart into pieces.

After the stomping part he became the boy I did my best to stay away from—and let me tell you, it was pretty hard to do when he slept in the room right across from mine.

When tragedy struck his family and they moved away, I was ready to forget he ever existed.

Now he is a movie star, the one who makes women of all ages go into a screaming frenzy, the one who makes everyone swoon with that dimpled smile of his. Do you think that’s dreamy? I certainly don’t think so. How about me coming face to face with him? Nope still not dreamy. Not when I can’t even manage to look him in the eye.

Me? I’m Olive, a new writer. Actually, I’m THE writer of the book that inspired the movie he is about to star in on the big screen. As of late, I am also referred to as the oh-so-very-lucky girl who is about to become the wife of Jason Thorn.

Maybe you’re thinking yet again that this is all so dreamy? Nope, nothing dreamy going on here. Not even close.

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Play On by Samantha Young

POPages: 426

Goodreads Rating: 4.07 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4.5 / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: September 12th 2017

Publisher: Self published

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Nora O’Brien chased a dream from Indiana to Scotland, so sure it was the right thing to do. Three years later she was left in her adopted country with nothing to her name but guilt and regret.

Until Aidan Lennox entered her life.

Older, worldlier, a music producer and composer, the sexy Scot should never have made sense for Nora. But somehow, in each other, they found the light they were looking for, the laughter and the passion—the strength to play on despite their past losses.

But when life dealt Aidan another unlucky hand, instead of reaching for her he disappeared. The agonizing loss of him inspired something within Nora. It fired her spirit— the anger and hurt pushing her forward to take control and reach for her dreams.

Finally pursuing a career on stage while she put herself through college, everything is how Nora wants it. She’s avoiding heartbreak and concentrating on her goals.

Sounds easy but it’s not. Because Aidan is back. And for some reason he hates Nora.

He’s determined to be at war with her. And she has absolutely no idea why.

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Legend by Katy Evans

LegendPages: 272

Goodreads Rating: 4.4 / 5 stars

My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance

Publication Date: February 9th 2016

Publisher: Gallery Books

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Maverick “the Avenger” Cage wants to rise to the top and become a legend in the ring. Though he keeps his identity well guarded, he’s known on the fighting circuit as the new kid with a chip on his shoulder and a tattoo on his back that marks him as trouble. He’s got a personal score to settle with the Underground’s one and only Remington “Riptide” Tate.

As Mav trains, he meets a young girl—the only other new person in the town–and sparks fly. When things get heated between them, he finds out she’s none other than Reese Dumas, the cousin of Remington Tate’s wife. A girl who’s supposed to root against him and a girl he’s supposed to stay away from.

But Maverick fights for the woman in his heart, and the monsters in his blood. The world’s eyes are on them and the victor will go down in history as the ultimate fighting champion; the ultimate LEGEND.

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Bound by Vengeance by Cora Reilly

bbvPages: 207

Goodreads Rating: 3.73 / 5 stars

My Rating: 1 / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Romantic Suspense

Publication Date: January 20th 2017

Publisher: Self published

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Growl
He’d never had something to himself, never even dared to dream about owning something so precious. He was the unwanted bastard son who’d always had to content himself with the leftovers of others. And now they’d given him what only a few weeks ago had been out of his reach, someone he wasn’t even allowed to admire from afar, one of their most prized possessions. Thrown at his feet because he was who he was, because they were certain he would break her. He was her punishment, a fate worse than death, a way to deliver the ultimate punishment to her father who had displeased them so greatly.

Cara
She had always been the good girl. It didn’t protect her.
She didn’t know his real name. People called him Growl to his face, and the Bastard behind his back. Both were names he couldn’t possibly have chosen for himself. His eyes were empty, a mirror to throw back her own fear at her. He was a brutal hand of the Las Vegas Camorra.
And now she was at his mercy.

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I Am A Guilty Reader Book Tag

Hello everyone! I decided to do the I Am A Guilty Reader Book Tag created by Chami @ Read Like Wildfire. I think this is a great tag to confess the things we’re guilty of as a reader. *evil laughs*

Have you ever regifted a book that you’ve been given?

  • NOT GUILTY. I treasured all the books that were given to me and they’re all sitting on my shelf. I’ve read some of them and some are still on my TBR pile for years.

Have you ever said you’ve read a book when you haven’t?

  • NOT GUILTY. I hate pretending or lying I’ve read a certain book when technically I haven’t.

Have you ever borrowed a book and not just returned it?

  • GUILTY. I borrowed The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving from my classmate when I was in High School and never returned it. My classmate let me have it anyway after a lot of convincing.  Also in college, I borrowed The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks from one of my closest classmate and I haven’t returned it but she has my Richard Bach novel (this counts right?).

Have you ever read a series out of order?

  • GUILTY. To think this is one of my bookish pet peeves. Whether it’s a companion or spin-off series, I like reading it in chronological order and I hate confusion or missing out something. It happened when I was reading Tan Lines by Katherine Applegate (I’ve bought this book at our local bargain store). There are parts I’m so confused and I relied on the snippets of the author gave which confirms I’m reading a sequel. Another one is More by Lea Griffith (eARC) and good thing it can be read as a standalone but STILL!

Have you ever spoiled a book for someone?

  • GUILTY. I accidentally mentioned a spoiler from Harry Potter series. I’m so sorry and don’t Avada Kedavra me! 😦

Have you ever doggy eared a book?

  • GUILTY. I have bookishly sinned. I did this on my books bought from bargain stores and textbooks.

Have you ever told someone you don’t own a book when you did?

  • GUILTY. I’m lowkey don’t want to lend my book this person because I know she/he was careless. I don’t want to risk my book and have damages upon return.

Have you ever told someone you haven’t read a book when you have?

  • NOT GUILTY. No point of lying if I read a book whether they hate or love it. 🙂

Have you ever skipped a chapter or section of a book?

  • GUILTY. I read books cover to cover but I’ll make an exception if there are scenes that were excruciatingly boring, dragged on and unnecessary to the story, I skimmed pages.

Have you ever bad mouthed a book you actually like?

  • GUILTY. I bad mouthed House of Night series for dragging on but I really like it and managed to finish the series. My dedication is real. Haha!

That’s all guys! I am tagging these lovely ladies to do this tag:

If you haven’t done this tag, feel free to do it. You are officially tagged if you’ve read this post 😉

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After the Game by Abbi Glines

AtGPages: 320

Goodreads Rating: 3.93 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: August 22nd 2017

Publisher: Simon Pulse

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Two years ago, Riley Young fled from Lawton, Alabama. After accusing the oldest Lawton son, Rhett, of rape, everyone called her a liar and she had no option but to leave. Now she’s back, but she’s not at Lawton High finishing up her senior year. She’s at home raising the little girl that no one believed was Rhett’s.

Rhett is off at college living the life he was afraid he’d lose with Riley’s accusation, so Riley agrees to move back to Lawton so she and her parents could take care of her grandmother, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. But the town still hasn’t forgotten their hate for her, and she hasn’t forgotten the way they turned on her when she needed them most.

When town golden boy Brady Higgens finds Riley and her daughter, Bryony, stranded on the side of the road in a storm, he pulls over and gives them a ride. Not because he cares about Riley, of course, but because of the kid.

But after the simple car ride, he begins to question everything he thought he knew. Could Brady believe Riley and risk losing everything?

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