Hot Asset by Lauren Layne

HAPages: 266

Goodreads Rating: 3.95 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: May 22nd 2018

Publisher: Montlake Romance


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A sexy agent hounds Wall Street’s hottest new wolf in an exhilarating novel from New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne.

Ian Bradley is the definition of a Wall Street hotshot: seven-figure salary, designer suits, and a corner office. His drive off the floor is just as potent. Every woman who knows him has felt the rush. But now he’s met his match in Lara McKenzie—a woman with the power to bring Ian to his knees.

An ambitious, whip-smart daughter of FBI agents, Lara is a rising star in fighting white-collar crime. Her latest case—the investigation of Ian Bradley for insider trading—could make her career. She knows a scoundrel when she sees one. Ian fits the bill: a cocky, ridiculously handsome bad boy with a slick swagger.

She’ll do anything to prove he’s guilty. He’ll do anything to prove he’s not. But it’s only a matter of time before their fierce battle of wits gets oh so hot and personal. Now, taking down Ian has become more than business for Lara. It’s become a pleasure—and there’s more at risk than she ever dreamed.

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Getting Schooled by Emma Chase

GScPages: 300

Goodreads Rating: 4.22 / 5 stars

My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: June 26th 2018

Publisher: Emma Chase LLC


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Head of the class…

Garrett Daniels has this whole life thing figured out.

The cocky, charismatic former high school star quarterback is an idolized football coach and “cool” teacher in the hometown where he’s not just a golden boy—he’s platinum. He has good friends, a great house on the lake, and the best damn sidekick a man could ask for: Snoopy, the albino beagle.

Then…Callie Carpenter comes home.

And knocks him right on his tight end zone.

Back to school…

Callie has a pretty sweet life herself…on the other side of the country. But circumstances—that she’d prefer to never speak of again—have brought her back home, helping out her parents and substitute teaching at her old high school.

Now she’s facing bickering, raging hormones, constant gossip, awkward weirdness, and drama galore…and that’s just the teachers.

Just like old times…

When Garrett offers to show his former high school sweetheart the secrets of his winning teacher ways, Callie jumps at the chance—and then has to stop herself from jumping him.

Good friends are all they can ever be.

Or…these teachers just might end up getting schooled—hard—by love.

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The Romance Reader Book Tag

I discovered this tag through Jessica from PeaceLoveBooksxo. I wasn’t tagged by anyone to do it so I’ll just right into it. Here are the questions:

1. What age did you start to read romance novels?

  • I can’t remember the exact age I started reading romance novels, I think I was in high school when Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer was hyped. During that time I was into YA Paranormal romances but my love for adult romance began when I was in college. I remember loving Nicholas Sparks and Nora Roberts’ books.

2. If you could pick one hero to meet from your favorite romance novels who would it be and why?

  • Connor Cobalt from Addicted / Calloway Sisters series by Krista & Becca Ritchie – #HUSBANDGOALS enough said. If you’ve read the series, you know what I mean.

3. Who are your favorite romance authors and why?

  • Nora Roberts; Her novels introduced me in adult romance and I enjoyed devouring her books. Sylvain Reynard; If anyone can write an exquisitely passionate novel, you can never go wrong with SR. His books are sometimes inspired with classic novels and history. Samantha Young; Any book SY writes, I’ll read. Her books are so romantic, angsty and steamy. Her writing style was so engaging. J.A. RedmerskiWhether it’s contemporary romance or romantic suspense, she writes it flawlessly and her books deserved a spotlight.

4. What is a favorite romance novel to re-read?

  • I rarely re-read books so let’s twist it to romance books I planned to reread. I’ll go for three books/series: Sustained by Emma Chase because hallelujah! Jake Becker and Chelsea McQuaid’s story is SWOONY plus the McQuaid kids are the cutest fictional children ever! ; To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy by Jenny Han. Since the movie is soon to be released, I need to reread it (if I have time). I miss Lara Jean and Peter.; The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. Lucy and Josh are GOLD. I miss their witty banters to be honest.

5. What book would you recommend to a non-romance reader?

  • Easy by Tammara Webber; The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski; On Dublin Street series by Samantha Young; The Hating Game by Sally Thorne; Tangled by Emma Chase; Three Sisters Island trilogy by Nora Roberts; Off-Campus series by Elle Kennedy; One Day Soon by A. Meredith Walters; On the Island by Tracey Garvis- Graves.

6. Which is your favorite, contemporary, suspense, or historical and why?

  • Contemporary and suspense. I love reading romance with a twist and I’m shamelessly addicted to mafia romance too. 😛

I am tagging these lovelies to do the tag: 

  1. Ari @ The Romance Corner
  2. Britt @ Blissfully Read
  3. Claire @ The Coffeeholic Bookworm
  4. Kayla @ Books and Blends
  5. Trish @ Heart Via Pages
  6. Kat @ Kat Reads

That’s all folks! What’s your all-time favorite romance novel and why? Feel free to share in the comments. 😉


Poetry Collections I Devoured (January – June 2018)

I have been reading poetry collections this year and I’m doing a mid-year (I know it’s July and I’m late!) check-in. Here are the poetry collections I devour from January – June 2018.

  • Sea of Strangers by Lang Leav (3 stars) – Finished my first book for 2018. In Lang Leav’s new poetry collection, Sea of Strangers is about love, breakups and healing. These topics are common from her previous collections and delivers each prose with emotions. Gladly she explores inspirational and empowering poems. It’s refreshing and I like it. It’s good but cliché (Especially about breakups. Majority of them are monotonous) Thank you Andrews McMeel for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 
  • Bloom by Beau Taplin  (3 stars) – There was something in Beau Taplin’s words touched my soul. I discovered him years ago on Instagram and I enjoyed reading his poems. I’m glad I had a chance to read his latest collection because some of the poems were relevant to my life. I enjoyed it a lot especially about life lessons. It brings positivity and drive to face new challenges. Overall, this is a great collection. Thank you Andrews McMeel for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 
  • the witch doesn’t burn in this one by Amanda Lovelace (2 stars) – After my disappointment with the princess saves herself in this one, I crossed my fingers I’ll like this more. Amanda Lovelace’s newest poetry collection centers on feminism. Topic wise, it’s good but the poems were still empty, rundown sentences. Some poems are written differently but the thought was just the same. It’s quite unimpressive. Do I feel empowered or inspired by this collection? Sadly, no. I guess Amanda Lovelace’s poems aren’t for me. Thank you Andrews McMeel for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 
  • Mind Platter by Najwa Zebian (4 stars) – Here’s a piece of advice: Read this book. It’s a wonderful collection of self-reflective poetry. Majority of the poems were about life lessons. Relatable and truly meaningful. Najwa Zebian is a new to me author and her words are captivating. I shall look forward on her upcoming poetry collection. Thank you Andrews McMeel for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 
  • Wild Beauty: New and Selected Poems by Ntozake Shange (3 stars) – I like this collection. It was raw, straightforward and authentic. However, I had difficulties connecting on some poems. Thank you Atria for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 
  • love & you by Gretchen Gomez (3 stars) – Finished it in one sitting. It may not be the best poetry collection I’ve read because I’m not a fan of the writing style but I like each poems are emotionally palpable. Which is a good thing that’s why I gave three stars instead of two. Here’s one piece that stands out to me. (Click to view)
  • No Matter the Wreckage by Sarah Kay and Sophia Janowitz [Illustrator] (5 stars) -The word “beautiful” is an understatement to describe this poetry book. Sarah Kay’s poems are evocative, relatable and masterly written. They’re simple and candor at its best. I was hooked from the start and unsurprisingly finished it in hours. Check out my full review to see my top five poems (Click to view).
  • Worlds of You by Beau Taplin (3 stars) – Worlds of You is a poetry collection about all kinds of love. It varies from relationship, heartbreaks, friendship and life-altering moments. The poems are easy to follow and inspirational. I like it but it wasn’t as impactful as I’ve thought. Some of them are ordinary and fell flat. Thank you Andrews McMeel for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 
  • Sisters’ Entrance by Emitithal Mahmoud (4 stars) – I discovered this poetry book through my friend Shealea. (Click her name to check out her post for more poetry collections from female voices!) She gave this book five stars and I was instantly intrigued. Sisters’ Entrance explores the brutal realities about war, racism, genocide and religion. It’s written in the most spontaneous, achingly beautiful way you’ll feel the rawness and authenticity of each piece. I love it. Thank you Shealea for recommending this book! 💕 Thank you Andrews McMeel for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

These are the collections I devoured. Have you read any of these books? Feel free to share in the comments and if you have recommendations, I would love to hear it! I’m looking for more poetry books to read especially underrated ones. 



Friend-Zoned by Belle Aurora

FZPages: 315

Goodreads Rating: 3.98 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4/5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Romantic Comedy, Contemporary

Publication Date: April 12th 2013

Publisher: Self-published


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Nikolai Leokov never thought he’d fall in love with the only girl he’s ever befriended.

Valentina Tomic has issues with commitment after the ultimate betrayal.

When Tina decides to make broody Nik’s day better, she never thought she would end up friends with the hard man.

Nik has never had a woman be so affectionate to him without expecting something in return.

Nik and Tina cordially invite you to read Friend-zoned.

A story of friendship, humour and love.

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Anything But Minor by Kate Stewart

ABMPages: 272

Goodreads Rating: 3.94 / 5 stars

My Rating: 3 / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Sports Romance

Publication Date: July 12th 2016

Publisher: Self-published


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“She’s a nerd.”
“Okay, she’s a flight instructor.”
“He’s a ballplayer.”
“The best that ever was.”
“Technically, you aren’t according to MLB stats.”
“See? Total nerd. She also has no filter.”
“He’s no southern gentlemen.”
“I had one last season to prove my worth.”
“I’d never seen a game.”
“He told me he was a player.”
“She told me she was a lesbian.”
“But you fell in love with me anyway.”
“Yeah, baby, I totally did.”

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