Swinging at Love by Kendra C. Highley

SaLPages: 240

Goodreads Rating: 4.0 / 5 stars

My Rating:  4 / 5 stars

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Sports Romance

Publication Date: March 13th 2017

Publisher: Entagled Teen

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Outfielder Tristan Murrell has a problem. As the number two slugger for the Suttonville Sentinels, his team is counting on him to make their very first run at the state championship. But he has a secret—his swing has totally deserted him. As in, he can’t hit anything. He needs to fix the issue, and fast, but how?

Ballerina Alyssa Kaplan has a problem, too. The shiny new sports complex in town has left her family’s batting cage business on the verge of going under. Nailing her audition for a prestigious dance company is everything, but there’s no way she’s letting her some shiny big-box company destroy her family’s livelihood.

Tristan needs a miracle. So does Alyssa. And maybe, just maybe, Tristan’s secret weapon might be the girl of his dreams…

Disclaimer: This book contains hot, shirtless baseball players, kisses that bring a ballerina to her knees, and a lot of baseball smack-talk.

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Cover Reveal: Sex, Not Love by Vi Keeland

We are thrilled to bring you the next standalone novel from #1 New York Times Bestselling Author, Vi Keeland. SEX, NOT LOVE will release on January 15th, 2018

Blurb:

My relationship with Hunter Delucia started backwards.

We met at a wedding—him sitting on the groom’s side, me sitting on the bride’s. Stealing glances at each other throughout the night, there was no denying an intense, mutual attraction.

I caught the bouquet; he caught the garter. Hunter held me tightly while we danced and suggested we explore the chemistry sparking between us. His blunt, dirty mouth should’ve turned me off. But for some crazy reason, it had the opposite effect on me.

We ended up back in my hotel room. The next morning, I headed home to New York leaving him behind in California with the wrong number.

I thought about him often, but after my last relationship, I’d sworn off of charming, cocky, gorgeous-as-sin men. A year later, Hunter and I met again at the birth of our friends’ baby. Our attraction hadn’t dulled one bit. After a whirlwind trip, he demanded a real phone number this time. So I left him with my mother’s—she could scare away any man with her talks of babies and marriage—and flew back home.

I’d thought it was funny, until the following week when he rang the bell at Mom’s house for Sunday night dinner. The crazy, gorgeous man had won over my mother and taken an eight-week assignment in my city. He proposed we spend that time screwing each other out of our systems.

Eight weeks of mind-blowing sex with no strings attached? What did I have to lose?

Nothing, I thought.

It’s just sex, not love.

But you know what they say about the best laid plans…

Model: Fabian Castro

Photographer: Rafael Catala

Cover designer: Sommer Stein, Perfect Pear Creative

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Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. With millions of books sold, her titles have appeared in over eighty Bestseller lists and are currently translated in nineteen 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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Top 5 Wednesday: Nostalgic Book Boyfriends

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. For this week’s topic: Nostalgic Book Boyfriends. Here are my favorite book boyfriends I swooned over years ago.

  • Bryce Loski from Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen – He’s the only good boy on this list. How can I not love Bryce? He’s just so adorable and Callan McAuliffe portraying in the movie was splendid.
  • Alex Fuentes from Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles – Here’s one of my favorite bad boys in YA Fiction. I love the angst between him and Brittany. He may be rough on the edges but the way he treats Brittany’s sister will make you appreciate and love him more.
  • Noah Hutchins from Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry – Noah, Noah, Noah. Another favorite bad boy of mine. I love the chemistry he shared with Echo. He’s a resilient foster kid. He protects all those people who mattered to him and makes sure they’re safe.
  • Lucas from Easy by Tammara Webber – My first favorite NA book boyfriend. Lucas has this bad boy image (but he’s not really a bad boy) and he made me swoon a lot.
  • Andrew Parrish from The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski – Before my obsession with In the Company of Killers, here’s Andrew Parrish is legit one of the most swoon worthy book boyfriends ever.

Who are your Nostalgic Book Boyfriends / Girlfriends? Feel free to share it on the comments below.

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Wicked Sexy Liar by Christina Lauren

WSLPages: 384

Goodreads Rating: 4.23 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: February 2nd 2016

Publisher: Gallery Books

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For two people ambivalent about dating and love, they sure get naked around each other an awful lot . . .

London Hughes is very content to surf daily, tend bar, hang out with her group of friends, and slowly orient herself in the years after college. Everything’s going great and according to the non-plan.

But when a wave knocks her for a loop one morning, then Luke Sutter’s flirtatious smile knocks her for another that evening, she veers slightly off course…and into his path. Sure, he’s a total player, but the Why not—it’s only one night is a persistent voice in her ear.

For his part, Luke’s been on hookup autopilot for so long that he rarely ever pauses to consider what he’s doing. But after an amazing time with London, he realizes that he hasn’t been moving on from a devastating heartbreak so much as he’s been drifting to wherever—and whomever—the current takes him. With London he wants more.

Every relationship involves two people…plus their pasts. And as much as she enjoys her fling with Luke, when London learns about his past—more specifically, who’s in it—everything becomes the brand of complicated she strives to avoid. It’s up to Luke then to change some things in order to try and ensure he’s not something she’ll outright avoid as well.

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Chasing Xander by Lexi Lawton

CXLLPages: 341

Goodreads Rating: 3.72 / 5 stars

 My Rating: 2 / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: October 16th 2017

Publisher: Entangled: Embrace

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Kylie Quinn is positive nothing could be more embarrassing on her first day of college than having her unmentionables go sprawling across campus. She was wrong. Very wrong. Having a super-sexy co-ed twirl them around his finger like he’s privy to all of Victoria’s Secrets is so much worse.

Xander Collins has met his match with Kylie—she’s gorgeous, smart, sarcastic as hell, and doesn’t give a damn that he’s loaded. She’s also a virgin. And he doesn’t do virgins. Been there, done that, and he’s still paying for it. But that doesn’t mean they can’t be friends, despite the fact her flirty moves leave him with balls a shade of blue he never knew existed.

Kylie is special, and she deserves more than his typical “one and done” routine. But as his life implodes and his not-so-brilliant plan to take things slow blows up in his face, he’s at risk of losing everything—including Kylie. Now he must decide if everything he’s been fighting so hard for is worth it without her by his side.

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Kavanagh Christmas by Sarah Robinson

KCPages: 182

Goodreads Rating: 4.83 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: November 7th 2017

Publisher: Season Publishing

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The heartfelt holiday conclusion to the Kavanagh Legends family saga revisits all the couples that readers have fallen in love with throughout the series. An angsty and loving Christmas novella, it’s the perfect goodbye to these Irish MMA fighters and a glimpse into what the future holds for them.

With the Christmas season fast approaching, the entire Kavanagh family is feeling anything but the holiday spirit. Commitments are questioned, relationships are tense, and bickering is nonstop.

However, when a crisis strikes and the family realizes that they might lose one of their own, they’ll come together to remember the reason for the season is first, and foremost, love and family.

With their own heartwarming HEAs, Sarah Robinson’s Kavanagh Legends novels can be read together or separately:
BREAKING A LEGEND
SAVING A LEGEND
BECOMING A LEGEND
CHASING A LEGEND
KAVANAGH CHRISTMAS

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Spookathon Wrap Up

It’s been days since Spookathon ended and I managed to read 4 out of 5 books. I really enjoyed reading the books though I wasn’t truly a horror fan. I was able to read the books on my TBR list except I switched last minute on one book. Here are the books I finished:

  • Read a Book Based on Childhood Fear: True Philippine Ghost Stories vol. 29 edited by Alexie Cruz (4/5 stars) – Majority of the ghost stories gave me goosebumps.
  • Read a Book that has a Spooky Setting: The Woman in Black by Susan Hill (3/5 stars) – I expected this will be terrifying because Eel Marsh House is a great setting then there goes the black lady. I’ve listened to the audiobook which was narrated by Paul Ansdell. Excellent narration but the story wasn’t that scary. The plot twist in the end was good. Instead of two stars, I gave it three.
  • Read a Book with a Spooky Word on the Title: Killing Sarai by J.A. Redmerski (5/5 stars) – I’m rereading In the Company of Killers series in preparation for the seventh book that’s set to be released anytime this year (!!!!). Ari and I were discussing possible things can happen and who’s going to betray on Spiders in the Grove. We’re still brainstorming and connecting the dots. My rating stays five stars because this book still gave me the adrenaline rush.
  • Read a Thriller: Reviving Izabel by J.A. Redmerski (5/5 stars) – I’m having a slow progress on The Girl in the Spiders Web (I’m still reading this one) so I decided to make a last minute switch and pick ITCOK sequel. Again, five stars. I SHIP VICTOR FAUST AND IZABEL SEYFRIED REALLY HARD PEEPS.

 

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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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