Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy edited by Ameriie

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Goodreads Rating: 3.6 / 5 stars

My Rating: 3 / 5 stars

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy

Publication Date: July 11th 2017

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA

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Leave it to the heroes to save the world–villains just want to rule the world.

In this unique YA anthology, thirteen acclaimed, bestselling authors team up with thirteen influential BookTubers to reimagine fairy tales from the oft-misunderstood villains’ points of view.

These fractured, unconventional spins on classics like “Medusa,” Sherlock Holmes, and “Jack and the Beanstalk” provide a behind-the-curtain look at villains’ acts of vengeance, defiance, and rage–and the pain, heartbreak, and sorrow that spurned them on. No fairy tale will ever seem quite the same again!

Featuring writing from . . .

Authors: Renée Ahdieh, Ameriie, Soman Chainani, Susan Dennard, Sarah Enni, Marissa Meyer, Cindy Pon, Victoria Schwab, Samantha Shannon, Adam Silvera, Andrew Smith, April Genevieve Tucholke, and Nicola Yoon

BookTubers: Benjamin Alderson (Benjaminoftomes), Sasha Alsberg (abookutopia), Whitney Atkinson (WhittyNovels), Tina Burke (ChristinaReadsYA blog and TheLushables), Catriona Feeney (LittleBookOwl), Jesse George (JessetheReader), Zoë Herdt (readbyzoe), Samantha Lane (Thoughts on Tomes), Sophia Lee (thebookbasement), Raeleen Lemay (padfootandprongs07), Regan Perusse (PeruseProject), Christine Riccio (polandbananasBOOKS), and Steph Sinclair & Kat Kennedy (Cuddlebuggery blog and channel).

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Five Ways to Fall by K.A. Tucker

FWTFPages: 319

Goodreads Rating: 4.32 / 5 stars

My Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: June 24th 2014

Publisher: Atria Books

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Purple-haired, sharp-tongued Reese MacKay knows all about making the wrong choice; she’s made plenty of them in her twenty-odd-years. So when her impulsive, short-lived marriage ends in heartbreak, she decides it’s time for a change. She moves to Miami with the intention of hitting reset on her irresponsible life, and she does quite well…aside from an epically humiliating one-night stand in Cancun with a hot blond bouncer named Ben. Thank God she can get on a plane and leave that mistake behind her.

Football scholarship and frat parties with hot chicks? Part of charmer Ben Morris’s plan. Blown knee that kills any hope of a professional football career? So not part of the plan. Luckily Ben has brains to go with his knockout looks and magnetism. After three long years of balancing law school with his job as a bouncer at Penny’s Palace, he’s ready to lead a more mature life—until his first day of work, when he finds himself in the office of that crazy, hot chick he met in Cancun. The one he hasn’t stopped thinking about.

If Ben truly were a smart guy, he’d stay clear of Reese. She’s the boss’s stepdaughter and it’s been made very clear that office romances are grounds for dismissal. Plus, rumor has it she’s trouble. The only problem is, he likes trouble, especially when it’s so good-looking…

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Dystopia and Derelict Dreams by Arvyn Cerézo

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Goodreads Rating: 4.53 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Genre: Poetry

Publication Date: September 15th 2017

Publisher: Londonderry Press

Illustrated by: Dessa Mae Jacobe

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Arvyn Cerézo’s debut poetry collection delves into the complexities of difficult themes such as death, depression, loss, and suburbia living. Often contemplative and questioning, the collection also explores the intricacies of neo diaspora and how it saves the poet’s life.

With poems written in short narrative verses, Dystopia and Derelict Dreams mostly tackles an important phase of being human—finding oneself after losing the sense of self-identity.

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Sneak Peek: Dear Bridget, I Want You by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland

Hello everyone! Here’s a sneak peek from New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Authors Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland on their upcoming contemporary romance novel Dear Bridgette, I Want You.  It will be released on September 18th 2017.

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Dear Bridget,
I’m writing this letter because it’s highly doubtful I’ll ever garner the courage to say this to your face.
So, here goes.
We’re totally wrong for each other. You’re the proper single mum with a good head on your shoulders. I’m just the carefree British doctor passing through town and temporarily living in your converted garage until I head back to England.
But here’s the thing… for some bloody reason, I can’t stop thinking about you in very inappropriate ways.
I want you.
The only reason I’m even admitting all of this to you right now is because I don’t believe it’s one-sided. I notice your eyes when you look at me, too. And as crass as I appear when we’re joking around about sex, my attraction to you is not a joke.
So, what’s the purpose of this note? I guess it’s a reminder that we’re adults, that sex is healthy and natural, and that you can find me just through the door past the kitchen. More specifically, it’s to let you know that I’m leaving said door cracked open from now on in case you’d like to visit me in the middle of the night sometime.
No questions asked.
Think about it.
Or don’t.
Whatever you choose.
It’s doubtful I’ll even end up sliding this letter under your door anyway.
–Simon

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Every time I considered leaving my room, I would grab the framed picture of Ben and stare at it. The urge to go to Simon was so strong; I basically hadn’t put down the framed photo of my deceased husband in an hour. I was lying in my bed, holding a picture of a dead man while fantasizing about one who was very much alive and in the other room. With the door cracked open waiting for me. There was one part of Simon’s note that I just kept reading over and over.

I want to make you come. Hard. I want you to get lost in me and I want to hear you say my name over and over while we fuck.

While we fuck.

While we fuck.

I was pretty sure that Ben had never used the word fuck like that before. Did we even fuck? We made love, sure. Our sex life was normal—at least, I think it was normal. Don’t get me wrong, the passion wasn’t the same as when we first got together. But after ten years, both of us working full time and raising a child, it was normal to have some of the desire dwindle, wasn’t it?

While we fuck.

I looked at the picture of my husband and sighed. We didn’t fuck. Not even in the beginning.   And I felt guilty for that now. Maybe we should have been fucking. I certainly didn’t do anything to entice him to want me the last few years. Was it my fault our sex life had gotten boring? I rested the picture of Ben over my heart and laid my hand over it. I could feel my heart beating out of control beneath my fingers.

Shutting my eyes, I tried to force thoughts of Simon from my mind. But it was no use. Visions of his hard, sculpted body hovering over me had infiltrated my brain. So, here I was, a thirty-three-year-old, single mother lying in my bed all alone with a picture of my dead husband held to my heart while I visualized fucking another man.

Fucking.

Not making love.

I needed my head examined.

After two hours and no sleep in sight, I decided the only way I was going to be able to get any rest was if I got everything I was feeling off of my chest. Flicking on the light, I carefully set the framed photo of my beloved Ben on my nightstand and then opened the drawer and dug out a pen and piece of pretty stationery. I would write down my thoughts to clear my mind. I had no intention of actually giving the letter to Simon, so there was no reason to filter anything I said.

Dear Simon…

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Penelope Ward

Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author of thirteen novels. With over a million books sold, her titles have placed on the New York Times Bestseller list seventeen times. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 12-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 10-year-old boy. Penelope, her husband, and kids reside in Rhode Island.

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Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times Bestselling author. With more than a million and a half books sold, her titles have appeared in over eighty Bestseller lists and are currently translated in seventeen languages. She lives in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

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Arm Candy by Jessica Lemmon

ACPages: 220

Goodreads Rating: 4.14 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: September 5th 2017

Publisher: Loveswept

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Last call! At the end of the night, a clean-cut hunk and a rebellious bartender act on their unlikely chemistry in this frisky standalone novel from the author of Eye Candy.

Davis: I’ve had my eye on Grace Buchanan for a while now. Unlike the bubbly blondes I usually date, the feisty, flame-haired bartender both intrigues and bewilders me. Something about Grace—the tattoos? the nose ring?—makes every part of me sit up and beg. There’s only one problem: She hates me. Trading insults and one-liners has become our M.O. But when Grace bets me that I can’t get a date with a non-blonde if my life depends on it, I’m determined to prove her wrong by landing the ultimate non-blonde: her.

Grace: I’m used to regulars hitting on me, and I’ve turned them all down, except for one: Davis Price. I like giving him a hard time, and he’s kind of cute in his suit and tie—if you’re into that kind of thing. Anyway, I don’t care how many blondes he takes home . . . until one of them sidles up to him in my bar. Nuh-uh. But after my little bet with Davis backfires, our first date lands us in the sack. So does the second. And the third. Neither of us wants more than the best sex of our lives. The trouble is, it’s not a question of what I want. It’s what I need. And what I need is Davis.

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My Most Read Authors

Hello lovelies! Recently, I watched one of Jess’s videos (PeaceLoveBooksxo) and came up with an idea of sharing with you my most read authors. If you want to check out your most read authors, go to your Goodreads bookshelves then on the left side, click “Most Read Authors”. You’ll see the authors along with the number of books (including novellas) you’ve read.

I’m going to mention my top 10 authors and it will be in ascending order. I’ll write an update next year if there’s any change with the ranking.

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Nora Roberts – 12 books

  • She’s a best-selling author who has written tons of novels. Her books got me into reading and loving adult romances. Whether it’s paranormal, fantasy and contemporary. I still have to read her romantic suspense series which she’d written under the name of J.D. Robb.
  • I’ve Read: The Key Trilogy, Three Sisters Island trilogy, Bride Quartet series, The Gift, Blue Smoke.

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Christina Lauren – 13 books

  • You’ve got to love the dynamic duo behind Christina Lauren – Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings – when it comes to hot male leads and steamy romances.
  • I’ve Read: Beautiful series and Wild Seasons series (except Wicked Sexy Liar)

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Kristen Proby – 13 books

  • If you’re looking for a quick, addictive and guilty pleasure read as Abbi Glines’s books, you definitely should check out Kristen Proby’s books. Her books are great to binge-read.
  • I’ve Read: With Me in Seattle series and Boudreaux series (only the first three books)

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Emma Chase – 13 books

  • This is a surprise for me. I didn’t realize I’ve read a lot of Emma Chase’s books and kept up to date. Her books will make you swoon and laugh at the same time. She’s one of the best New Adult authors who can write amazing male point of views.
  • I’ve Read: Tangled series, The Legal Briefs series and Royally series

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Pepper Winters – 13 books

  • I discovered Pepper Winters back in 2014. I recommend her books if you love reading Dark Romance. She’s one of the best in terms of plot, characterization, sizzling scenes and taboo. It can be a hit or miss depending on your comfort zone so please read at your own discretion. The thing is, I’m invested with her books.
  • I’ve read: Monsters in the Dark trilogy, Indebted series and Truth and Lies duet

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Colleen Hoover – 15 books

  • It’s no surprise for Colleen Hoover to be included in this list. She’s one of the pioneers in the New Adult genre and became one of my all time favorite authors  since I’ve read Slammed. Her books always put me on an emotional roller coaster and I love it!
  • I’ve read: All of her books except Too Late and Without Merit (October 2017).

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Samantha Young – 16 books

  • Majority of Samantha Young’s books made me swoon and another one of my all time favorite authors. Whether it’s enemies to lovers, second chance romance, best friends to lovers etc., I will read anything by her.
  • I’ve read: On Dublin Street series, Hart’s Boardwalk series (on-going), Into the Deep and Hero.

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P.C Cast and Kristin Cast – 17 books

  • When I finished Twilight Saga, I was looking for a new vampire series to read and discovered House of Night. I love that series and forever will be part of my teenage years. Merry meet, Merry part and Merry meet again NerdHerds!
  • I’ve read: House of Night series, House of Night Novellas (except Kalona’s Fall) and Fledgeling Handbook 101.

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Rachel Van Dyken – 17 books

  • Rachel Van Dyken is one of my favorite authors when it comes to contemporary romance and romantic suspense. In terms of plot and writing style, she’s improved through the years and I really recommend her books especially Eagle Elite series.
  • I’ve read: Ruin trilogy, Eagle Elite series (on-going), Consequence series (first two books) and The Bachelor Auction.

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Abbi Glines – 32 books

  • Every time I have a reading slump, Abbi Glines’s books are my go-to reads to get me out of it. Her books are so addictive and most of it I can finish it in one sitting. Note: Supposedly it’s 31 books but I’ve read two versions of Breathe (Sea Breeze #1) — YA version and New Adult version.
  • I’ve read: Sea Breeze series, Rosemary Beach Series, The Vincent Boys duet, Once She Dreamed Parts 1 & 2, The Field Party series (on-going), Sea Breeze meets Rosemary Beach (on-going).

These are my most read authors, folks! Have you read any books by them? What are your favorites? and Who are your most read authors? Feel free to share it in the comments. 😀

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Corrupt by Penelope Douglas

CorruptPages: 460

Goodreads Rating: 4.03 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Dark, Romantic Suspense

Publication Date: November 17th 2015

Publisher: Self published

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Erika

I was told that dreams were our heart’s desires. My nightmares, however, became my obsession.

His name is Michael Crist.

My boyfriend’s older brother is like that scary movie that you peek through your hand to watch. He is handsome, strong, and completely terrifying. The star of his college’s basketball team and now gone pro, he’s more concerned with the dirt on his shoe than me.

But I noticed him.

I saw him. I heard him. The things that he did, and the deeds that he hid…For years, I bit my nails, unable to look away.

Now, I’ve graduated high school and moved on to college, but I haven’t stopped watching Michael. He’s bad, and the dirt I’ve seen isn’t content to stay in my head anymore.

Because he’s finally noticed me.

Michael

Her name is Erika Fane, but everyone calls her Rika.

My brother’s girlfriend grew up hanging around my house and is always at our dinner table. She looks down when I enter a room and stills when I am close. I can always feel the fear rolling off of her, and while I haven’t had her body, I know that I have her mind. That’s all I really want anyway.

Until my brother leaves for the military, and I find Rika alone at college.

In my city.

Unprotected.

The opportunity is too good to be true as well as the timing. Because you see, three years ago she put a few of my high school friends in prison, and now they’re out.

We’ve waited. We’ve been patient. And now every last one of her nightmares will come true.

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Four Seconds to Lose by K.A. Tucker

FSTLPages: 345

Goodreads Rating: 4.21 / 5 stars

My Rating:  4.5 / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: November 4th 2013

Publisher: Atria Books

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When a gorgeous young dancer walks through his door, a strip club owner must decide whether to follow his rules or his heart in the third novel by the author of One Tiny Lie and Ten Tiny Breaths.

Owning a strip club isn’t the fantasy most guys expect it to be. With long hours, a staff with enough issues to keep a psych ward in business, and the police regularly on his case, twenty-nine-year-old Cain is starting to second guess his unspoken mission to save the women he employs. And then blond, brown-eyed Charlie Rourke walks through his door, and things get really complicated. Cain abides by a strict “no sleeping with the staff” rule. But being around Charlie challenges Cain’s self-control… and it’s been a long time since any woman has done that.

Twenty-two-year-old Charlie Rourke needs a lot of money, really fast, in order to vanish before it’s too late. Taking her clothes off for men makes her stomach curl but Charlie tells herself that at least she’s putting her acting and dancing skills to good use. And though her fellow dancers seem eager to nab their sexy, sophisticated, and genuinely caring boss, she’s not interested. After all, Charlie Rourke doesn’t really exist—and the girl pretending to be her can’t get distracted by romance.

Unfortunately, Charlie soon discovers that developing feelings for Cain is inevitable, and that those feelings may not be unrequited—but losing him when he finds out what she’s involved with will be more painful than any other sentence awaiting her.

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The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

TUEPages: 519

Goodreads Rating: 4.07 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4.5 / 5 stars

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: May 3rd 2016

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

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Andie had it all planned out. When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future. Important internship? Check. Amazing friends? Check. Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks).

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life. Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected. And where’s the fun in that?

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Warcross by Marie Lu

WrcPages: 416

Goodreads Rating: 4.4 / 5 stars

My Rating:  5 / 5 stars

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Publication Date: September 12th 2017

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

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For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

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