Blog Tour: Eulogy by Rachel Van Dyken

Pages: 448

Goodreads Rating: 4.8 / 5 stars

My Rating: 5/5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Romantic Suspense, Dark

Publication Date: February 20th 2018

Publisher: Self Published

Summary:

All is lost.
All.

I don’t recognize myself in the mirror anymore.

My thoughts are filled with hatred and dripping with rage.

I’ve lost my soul.

She took it to the depths of Hell with her and haunts me with images of what could have been.

Sixty lives are mine to take.

Sixty lives stand in the way of my vengeance.

Sixty lives plus one more.

Mine.

When the last drop of blood falls — mine will be spilled.

Only one person stands in the way.

She doesn’t realize I’ll kill her too.

I don’t own a heart.

And even if I did — I wouldn’t fall prey to its lies again.

I am Chase Abandonato.

Heir to a legacy of betrayal.

And I will kill them all.

Even if it means pointing the gun at myself.

A life for a life.

A soul for a soul.

Now I lay me down to sleep… I pray the Lord my soul to keep.

Blood in. No out.

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Most of All You by Mia Sheridan

MOAYPages: 352

Goodreads Rating: 4.19 / 5 tsars

My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: October 17th 2017

Publisher: Forever Romance (Grand Central Publishing)

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A broken woman . . .

Crystal learned long ago that love brings only pain. Feeling nothing at all is far better than being hurt again. She guards her wounded heart behind a hard exterior and carries within her a deep mistrust of men, who, in her experience, have only ever used and taken.

A man in need of help . . .

Then Gabriel Dalton walks into her life. Despite the terrible darkness of his past, there’s an undeniable goodness in him. And even though she knows the cost, Crystal finds herself drawn to Gabriel. His quiet strength is wearing down her defenses and his gentle patience is causing her to question everything she thought she knew.

Only love can mend a shattered heart . . .

Crystal and Gabriel never imagined that the world, which had stolen everything from them, would bring them a deep love like this. Except fate will only take them so far, and now the choice is theirs: Harden their hearts once again or find the courage to shed their painful pasts.

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Royal Ruin: A Second Chance Royal Romance by Jessica Peterson

rrjpPages: 244

Goodreads Rating: 4.12 / 5 stars

My Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars

Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: January 18th 2018

Publisher: Jessica Peterson Books

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SUBJECT: Engagement Contract (Marked Confidential)
From The Desk of His Royal Highness Prince Christopher

Emily—Thank you for joining me for dinner tonight. And for agreeing to my proposal, as ludicrous as it is. Desperate times call for fake engagements. At least in my family.

I am attaching the contract we discussed. Our lawyers asked that I highlight the following clauses:

• The engagement shall last ninety days
• Both parties are to appear genuinely in love at all royal appearances
• Beyond required public displays of affection, there shall be no contact of any kind between the parties

The first half of your payment will be deposited into your account upon the signing of this contract. Be sure to note your ring size. We would like to make prompt delivery of the family emerald. The Queen and I thank you in advance for your discretion.

Cheers,
Kit
P.S.—Sorry to hear about your divorce. Your ex sounds like a proper knob head.
P.P.S—You looked stunning tonight.

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The Man in the Black Suit by Sylvain Reynard

TMITBSPages: 437

Goodreads Rating: 4.18 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Genre: Adult, Romantic Suspense

Publication Date: December 19th 2017

Publisher: Argyle Press

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Acacia Santos excels at her job as concierge at the prestigious Hotel Victoire in Paris. When her superior, Marcel, is attacked in a supposed random mugging, she is tasked with serving one of the hotel’s most mysterious and attractive guests.

Nicholas Cassirer checks into the hotel under an assumed name every three months. Usually, he stays in the penthouse suite with a beautiful female companion but on this occasion, he arrives alone and is displeased in having to deal with someone new. A match of wits ensues as he tests Acacia’s expertise with a series of almost impossible demands. Her intelligence and creativity rise to the challenge, earning his respect.

They strike a tenuous accord until Acacia discovers a famous stolen painting in his suite, she contacts a former boyfriend who works for the elite BRB, a unit of French law enforcement that deals with art thefts.

Nicholas is questioned by police and released when it is revealed the painting is a reproduction. Irked with her behavior, Acacia’s supervisor demotes her threatening dismissal and the cancellation of her work permit.

But Acacia has already attracted Nicholas’s attention. Remorseful that she may lose her job on his account, he offers her a choice – she can wait until her supervisor dismisses her, or she can leave the city of lights behind and become his personal assistant.

Acacia initially refuses his offer, but Nicholas is persistent. He reveals himself as a man who quietly acquires stolen art in order to restore it to its rightful owners. Faced with mounting familial debts and the possibility of dismissal and deportation, she agrees to work for him.

Nicholas opens up a whole new world of beauty and intrigue to Acacia as they travel the globe. Soon the line between employer and assistant is blurred, and the two lonely people embark on a passionate relationship.

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Mafiosa by Catherine Doyle

MafiosaPages: 400

Goodreads Rating: 4.45 / 5 stars

My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: January 5th 2017

Publisher: Chicken House

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A blood war rages on the streets of Chicago.

Protected by an infamous mafia family, Sophie is living a dangerous lie, pretending to lead a normal life. But the deceit can’t last for ever. Her heart belongs to a killer and Sophie’s the prime target of a rival clan. She’s determined to seek revenge on her mother’s murderers, but can she pay the price – can she be a mafiosa?

The third and final instalment in the explosive YA Blood for Blood series which started with Vendetta and Inferno

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Inferno by Catherine Doyle

Inferno-for-website-665x1024Pages: 416

Goodreads Rating: 4.5 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: January 7th 2016

Publisher: Chicken House

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Romeo and Juliet meets The Godfather in the second installment of Catherine Doyle’s Blood for Blood series.

Sophie’s life has been turned upside-down, and she’s determined to set things right. But Nic, the Falcone brother who represents everything she’s trying to forget, won’t give up on their love – and it’s Luca’s knife she clutches for comfort. Soon another mafia clan spoils the fragile peace – and with her heart drawn in one direction and her blood in another, Sophie’s in deeper than ever.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books I Didn’t Get to Read in 2017

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 about the books I planned to read in 2017 but I didn’t have a chance to and here are my top 5 on my list:

  • The Man in the Black Suit by Sylvain Reynard  – SR is one of my favorite romance authors of all time and his latest novel was one of my most anticipated books last year. It’s a romantic suspense and I’m excited how everything will turn out.
  • Most of All You by Mia Sheridan – It’s been a while since I’ve read Archer’s Voice. It’s wonderful to go back in reading Mia Sheridan’s novels. I’m currently buddy reading it with Rachmi. 🙂
  • Dear Bridget, I Want You by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland – Catching up on this duo’s co-written novels and I’ll be buddy reading this with Sharon 🙂
  • Without Merit by Colleen Hoover – I was about to read this book last year but due to the mixed reviews, I decided to hold it off. Crossing my fingers this is good.
  • Ghosted by J.M. Darhower – Ms. Darhower  stepped outside the mafia realm and explores in second chance romance. I’m confident I’m going to love this. Also going to buddy read it with my dear friend Rachmi 😀

What are the books you’re supposed to read in 2017 but haven’t? Feel free to share your thoughts on the comments below. Have a wonderful week everyone!

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Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet by Jennifer L. Armentrout et. al

MCPages: 320

Goodreads Rating: 3.78 / 5 stars

My Rating: 3 / 5 stars

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance, Anthology

Publication Date: January 2nd 2018

Publisher: HMH Teen

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Whether or not you believe in fate, or luck, or love at first sight, every romance has to start somewhere. MEET CUTE is an anthology of original short stories featuring tales of “how they first met” from some of today’s most popular YA authors.

Readers will experience Nina LaCour’s beautifully written piece about two Bay Area girls meeting via a cranky customer service Tweet, Sara Shepard’s glossy tale about a magazine intern and a young rock star, Nicola Yoon’s imaginative take on break-ups and make-ups, Katie Cotugno’s story of two teens hiding out from the police at a house party, and Huntley Fitzpatrick’s charming love story that begins over iced teas at a diner. There’s futuristic flirting from Kass Morgan and Katharine McGee, a riveting transgender heroine from Meredith Russo, a subway missed connection moment from Jocelyn Davies, and a girl determined to get out of her small town from Ibi Zoboi. Jennifer Armentrout writes a sweet story about finding love from a missing library book, Emery Lord has a heartwarming and funny tale of two girls stuck in an airport, Dhonielle Clayton takes a thoughtful, speculate approach to pre-destined love, and Julie Murphy dreams up a fun twist on reality dating show contestants.

This incredibly talented group of authors brings us a collection of stories that are at turns romantic and witty, epic and everyday, heartbreaking and real.

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2018: Reading challenges, Most Anticipated books and Bookish Plans

Happy New Year lovely bookworms! I hope you had a wonderful and blessed celebration with your  love ones. 2018 is a new chapter and there are several things I’m looking forward to. Let’s begin with the reading challenges I’m participating:

  • Goodreads Reading Challenge – setting my goal to 65 books
  • 2018 New Adult Reading Challenge – This challenge is hosted by Catia of The Girl Who Read Too Much (Click to check out the challenge announcement) and I’m pledging to read 36 books and NA reading bingo
  • Around the Year in 52 Books – Check out the Goodreads Group here.
  • 2018 Popsugar Reading Challenge – Click this link to view this year’s prompts.

This year is supposed to be chill and full of good vibes😊🙌🏼. I’m doing these challenges for fun and based on my reading pace. I don’t expect to complete each prompts. Definitely no pressure. Next up: Most anticipated books of 2018. I’m too lazy to make a separate post especially if the internet keeps in lagging 😑😩

  • Spiders in the Grove by J.A. Redmerski (Yaaas!! I’m so ready for this!! I want it ASAP)
  • Kill Switch by Penelope Douglas
  • Cracked Kingdom by Erin Watt
  • One Small Thing by Erin Watt
  • The Chase by Elle Kennedy
  • Dirty Charmer by Emma Chase
  • Sex, Not Love by Vi Keeland
  • The Comfort Zone by Sally Thorne
  • Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi
  • Warcross #2 by Marie Lu
  • The Argument by Pepper Winters
  • Secret Lucidity by E.K. Blair
  • Eulogy by Rachel Van Dyken
  • Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren
  • All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover

Lastly, my bookish plans. I’ll be posting my reviews more on Goodreads than my blog. It’s easier for me to write  reviews there and cross posting them on my blog is time consuming. I decided to schedule my posts depending on my availability. I am not sure how many posts I’ll have per week / month but we’ll see. For the ARCs, I’m limiting it this year. I won’t be able to accept all review requests due to the pending ones I need to read and review. Also, I want to read more backlist titles and books that I have on my shelf for years. There are underrated books out there that needs more boost and get the hype they deserved. I’m deleting some books on my Goodreads to-be-read pile. I’m removing books I’m no longer interested in reading. I haven’t done a clean-up for a while.

It’s gonna be a busy and exciting year for me. Have a fun filled year everyone and wishing you all good luck with your reading goals! ❤

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Challenge Wrap Up #3: 2017 Popsugar and Diverse Reading Challenge

Here’s the last batch of my reading challenge wrap up! Here are the 2017 Popsugar Reading Challenge and Diverse Reading Challenge hosted by Mishma @ Chasing Faerytales and Shelly @ Read Sleep Repeat.

Popsugar Reading Challenge 2017

  1. Book recommended by a Librarian – Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum (Michelle @ Undeniably Book Nerdy)
  2. Book that’s been on your TBR list for way too long – Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick
  3. Book of LettersStolen: A Letter to my Captor by Lucy Christopher
  4. AudiobookAddicted After All by Krista & Becca Ritchie (Narrated by Erin Mallon & Charles Carr)
  5. Book by a Person of ColorAlways and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
  6. Book with one of the four seasons in the titleSomeone Else’s Summer by Rachel Bateman
  7. Book that is a story within a storyNext to Never by Penelope Douglas
  8. Book with Multiple AuthorsWicked Sexy Liar by Christina Lauren
  9. Espionage thriller – N/A
  10. Book with a cat on the cover – N/A
  11. Book by an author who uses a pseudonymWhen It’s Real by Erin Watt (Elle Kennedy & Jen Frederick)
  12. Bestseller from a genre you don’t normally readAn Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (YA Fantasy)
  13. Book by  or about a person who has disabilityThe Bastard Billionaire by Jessica Lemmon (MC w/ amputated leg)
  14. A book involving travelPlayboy Pilot by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland
  15. Book w/ a subtitleBecause You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy edited by Ameriie
  16. 2017 book Separation Games by C.D. Reiss
  17. Book involving a mythical creatureRot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry (Zombie)
  18. A book you’ve read before that never fails to make you smile –
  19. Book about food – N/A
  20. Book with a career advice – N/A
  21. Book from a nonhuman perspective – N/A
  22. Steampunk novel – N/A
  23. Book w/ a red spineMister Moneybags by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward
  24. Book set in the wildernessInto the Light by Aleatha Romig
  25. Book you love as a child –
  26. Book by an author from a country you’ve never visitedEvery Little Thing by Samantha Young
  27. Book with a character’s name in the titleKiro’s Emily by Abbi Glines
  28. Novel set during wartime – N/A
  29. Book with an unreliable narratorChallenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
  30. Book with picturesTrue Philippine Ghost Stories vol. 29 edited by Alexie Cruz
  31. Book where the main character is a different ethnicity than youSomeone Like You by Sarah Dessen
  32. Book about an interesting woman – N/A
  33. Book set in a two different time periods – N/A
  34. Book with a month or day of the week in the title – N/A
  35. Book set in hotel / innEasy Charm by Kristen Proby
  36. Book written by someone you admireWarcross by Marie Lu
  37. Book that’s becoming a movie in 2017 – N/A
  38. Book set around a holiday other than Christmas – N/A
  39. The first book in a series you haven’t read beforeBound by Honor by Cora Reilly
  40. Book you bought on a trip – N/A

*I didn’t proceed with the advanced prompts*

Diverse Reading Challenge

Here are the diverse books I’ve read this year. It wasn’t a lot but I managed to read as many as I can.

  1. Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman (Mental Illness: Schizophrenia)
  2. A List of Cages by Robin Roe (Mental Illness: ADHD / Disability: Dyslexia)
  3. Salt by Nayyirah Waheed – (Own voices)
  4. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (POC lead)
  5. Trese vol. 1: Murder on Balete Drive by Budjette Tan & KaJo Baldisimo (Philippine Myth and Urban Legends)
  6. Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han (Biracial lead)
  7. Warcross by Marie Lu (Biracial protagonists / 2017 Release)
  8. Drunk Dial by Penelope Ward (Biracial lead)
  9. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (Mental Illness: Depression) *though the story centers on sexual abuse and silence, the protagonist has been depressive.
  10. The Bastard Billionaire by Jessica Lemmon (Mental Illness: PTSD)
  11. Hideaway by Penelope Douglas (Biracial protagonist)
  12. The Love Letters of Abelard & Lily by Laura Creedle (Mental Illness: ADHD, Asperger Syndrome, Disability: Dyslexia, 2017 Release, Own voices)
  13. Ms. Marvel vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona (Muslim MC)
  14. Take Me With You  by Andrea Gibson (LGBT poetry)
  15. True Philippine Ghost Stories vol.29 edited by Alexie Cruz (Nonfiction, Non-Western Setting)
  16. True Philippine Ghost Stories vol. 30 edited by Alexie Cruz (Nonfiction, Non-Western Setting)
  17. Behind the Bars by Brittainy C. Cherry (POC lead)

Overall thoughts:

  • Popsugar Reading Challenge 2017 have difficult categories this year and I just did my best completing it based on the books I’ve read this year. As for the Diverse Reading Challenge, I’m on relax mode too. I’ve only read 17 diverse books which isn’t a bad number for me.

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