The Sweetest Oblivion by Danielle Lori

TSOPages: 380

Goodreads Rating: 4.42 / 5 stars

My Rating: 3 / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Mafia Romance

Publication Date: June 20th 2018

Publisher: Self published

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She’s a romantic at heart, living in the most unromantic of worlds . . .

Nicknamed Sweet Abelli for her docile nature, Elena smiles on cue and has a charming response for everything. She’s the favored daughter, the perfect mafia principessa . . . or was.

Now, all she can see in the mirror’s reflection is blood staining her hands like crimson paint.

They say first impressions are everything . . .

In the murky waters of New York’s underworld, Elena’s sister is arranged to marry Nicolas Russo. A Made Man, a boss, a cheat—even measured against mafia standards. His reputation stretches far and wide and is darker than his black suits and ties. After his and Elena’s first encounter ends with an accidental glare on her part, she realizes he’s just as rude as he is handsome.

She doesn’t like the man or anything he stands for, though that doesn’t stop her heart from pattering like rain against glass when he’s near, nor the shiver that ghosts down her spine at the sound of his voice.

And he’s always near. Telling her what to do. Making her feel hotter than any future brother-in-law should. Elena may be the Sweet Abelli on the outside, but she’s beginning to learn she has a taste for the darkness, for rough hands, cigarettes, and whiskey-colored eyes. Having already escaped one scandal, however, she can hardly afford to be swept up in another.

Besides, even if he were hers, everyone knows you don’t fall in love with a Made Man . . . right?

This is a standalone forbidden romance.

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Fight or Flight by Samantha Young

FoFPages: 384

Goodreads Rating: 4.08 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: October 9th 2018

Publisher: Berkley

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A series of chance encounters leads to a sizzling new romance from the New York Times bestselling author of the On Dublin Street series. 

The universe is conspiring against Ava Breevort. As if flying back to Phoenix to bury a childhood friend wasn’t hell enough, a cloud of volcanic ash traveling from overseas delayed her flight back home to Boston. Her last ditch attempt to salvage the trip was thwarted by an arrogant Scotsman, Caleb Scott, who steals a first class seat out from under her. Then over the course of their journey home, their antagonism somehow lands them in bed for the steamiest layover Ava’s ever had. And that’s all it was–until Caleb shows up on her doorstep.

When pure chance pulls Ava back into Caleb’s orbit, he proposes they enjoy their physical connection while he’s stranded in Boston. Ava agrees, knowing her heart’s in no danger since a) she barely likes Caleb and b) his existence in her life is temporary. Not long thereafter Ava realizes she’s made a terrible error because as it turns out Caleb Scott isn’t quite so unlikeable after all. When his stay in Boston becomes permanent, Ava must decide whether to fight her feelings for him or give into them. But even if she does decide to risk her heart on Caleb, there is no guarantee her stubborn Scot will want to risk his heart on her….

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The Beauty and the Beast Book Tag

I was tagged forever ago by Ari of The Romance Corner to do this tag. Thank you for tagging me, Ari! Sorry I’m so late for this. (>.<)  Definitely go check out her blog if you love awesome book discussions and book recommendations especially romance novels.

Rules:
-Thank the person who tagged you.
-Mention the creator → Kirsty @ Kirsty and the Cat Read.
-Match a book to each of the songs/characters below.

-Tag as many people as you like.

“Tale As Old As Time” – A popular theme, trope or setting you’ll never get bored of reading

  • Enemies to lovers will forever entertain me. This trope is my jam because I love stories with angst and tension. The romance is always explosive and I’m a sucker for this.

Belle – A book you brought for its beautiful cover that’s just as beautiful inside too. 

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  • I got One Day Soon by A. Meredith Walters for the #NALitLoversPH monthly buddy reads and my goodness, this book has a stunning cover and its story is emotionally beautiful. I SOBBED.

Beast – Book you didn’t expect much from but pleasantly surprised you.

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  • The Host by Stephenie Meyer isn’t as well loved as the Twilight Saga. I dive in with low expectations and this chunky book is twice better than Twilight Saga in terms of  writing, characters, plot and romance.

Gaston – A book that everyone loves that you don’t

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  • I still don’t get why people love this poetry book. It’s uninspiring, bland and ordinary.

Lefou – A loyal sidekick you can’t help but love more than their counter part

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  • MY BOY KENJI KISHIMOTO from Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. I love this dude. No explanations needed.

Mrs. Pott, Chip & Cogsworth  – A book that helped you through a difficult time or that taught you something valuable

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  • During my teenage years, I had difficulties socializing with people and one time I was left out. It was a terrible feeling. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky taught me to be honest with yourself and don’t be afraid to express your feelings.

“Something There” –  A book or a series that you wasn’t into at first but picked up towards the end

 

  • L.J. Shen’s books are a hit or miss for me but I grew to love her Sinners of Saint series. I wasn’t even a fan of the first book but its second (Ruckus) and final book (Bane) were my favorites.

“Be Our Guest” –  A fictional character you’d love to have over for dinner

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  • I’d love to have a dinner with my favorite swoon-worthy male lead Professor Gabriel Emerson from Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard. Maybe a private intimate dinner in the orchard.  Let me have a moment with my Dante. Sincerely, Beatrice 😉

I am tagging:

Tiffany @ Read by Tiffany

Justine @ Bookish Wisps

Shaine @ Wanderer in Neverland

Kelly @ Another Book in the Wall

If you haven’t done this tag, I am tagging you. 😉

Beatrice

Flirting with Forever by Kendall Ryan

FWFListening Length: 5 hours 12 minutes

Goodreads Rating: 4.02 / 5 stars

My Rating: 3 / 5 stars

Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: September 3rd 2018

Publisher: Self published

Narrated by: Andi Arndt & Zachary Webber

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I’ve waited years for the perfect girl, yet she was right in front of me all along.

My best friend, Natalie, has been by my side through everything. Leaning on my shoulder, borrowing my sweatshirts…and making my pants too tight when she flashes me that sassy smile that drives me crazy.

But she has no idea about that last part. She doesn’t have a clue I’ve felt this way about her for years.

Until one night after too many cocktails, we fall into bed together.

I’m flirting with my forever…she just doesn’t know it yet.

This book is a sexy, slow-burning best-friends-to-lovers romance with a guaranteed HEA and no cheating. Dive in, and get ready to melt for Cam!

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What’s In My Bookshelf Tag

Copy of The Romance

I was tagged by the lovely Justine of Bookish Wisps to do this. Thank you again for tagging me! 🙂

Rules:
1. Link back to the original creator, Naty @ Naty’s Bookshelf
2. Also link back to the person who tagged you!
3. Name one book for each category. Try not to repeat books to make this more fun!
4. Tag at least 5 people.

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Not So Nice Guy by R.S. Grey

NSNGPages: 273

Goodreads Rating: 3.94 / 5 stars

My Rating: 2 / 5  stars

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy

Publication Date: August 9th 2018

Publisher: Self published

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“Oh my god. Who is that?”
I get asked this question a lot.
“Oh him?” I reply. “That’s just Ian.”

Just Ian is the biggest understatement of the century.
Just the Mona Lisa. Just the Taj Mahal. Just Ian, with his boring ol’ washboard abs and dime-a-dozen dimpled smile.

Just Ian is… just my best friend.

We’re extremely close, stuck so deep inside a Jim-and-Pam-style friendzone everyone at works assumes we’re a couple – that is until one day, word spreads through the teacher’s lounge that he’s single. Fair game. Suddenly, it’s open season on Ian.

He should be reveling in all the newfound attention, but to our mutual surprise, the only attention he seems to want is mine.

He’s turning our formerly innocent nightly chats into x-rated phone calls. Our playful banter sports a new, dangerous edge.

I want to assume he’s playing a prank on me, just pushing my buttons like always – but when Ian lifts me onto the desk in my classroom and slides his hands up my skirt, he doesn’t leave a lot of room for confusion.

I’m a little scared of things going south, of losing my best friend because I can’t keep my hands to myself. So, I’m just going to back away and not return this earth-shattering kiss – oh who am I kidding?!

Goodbye Ian, ol’ buddy, ol’ pal!

Helloooo mister not so nice guy.

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