What I’ve Been Reading [03/20/19]

Lately, my reading game has slowed down (you can say I’m in an impending slump). I’m busy with personal stuff. March officially marks my semi-hiatus from blogging (for real). I cannot keep up with the things going on with the blogosphere. Sorry for the little drama guys, there are times I want to quit from book blogging for unknown reasons. Pressure?Signs of aging? It makes me anxious and I hate it.

Anyway, since I won’t be regularly posting reviews, I’ll be doing this post whenever I can update. I’ve been busy with other things and trying to be optimistic. Here are the books I’ve been reading:

41450662The Kiss Thief  by L.J. Shen

I’m halfway done with this book and I know what will be my rating for this one. It certainly gave me mixed feelings after one scene and I was like “Oh no… what have you done?!”. At that point, I don’t think I’ll forgive Senator Keaton. If you have read this book, you know what part I’m talking about. This book reminds me of Ms. Shen’s other book, Sparrow.

 

2795053The Umbrella Academy vol. 1: The Apocalypse Suite by Gerard Way, Gabriel Ba, and David Stewart

It’s nice to see Gerard Way, former vocalist of My Chemical Romance, exploring graphic novels. I’m reading this series before I watch the TV series on Netflix. So far, I like the story but I cannot say the same for the illustrations.

 

32738755Sinner by Sierra Simone

I’m listening to the audiobook narrated by one of my all time favorite voice actors, Zachary Webber / Jacob Morgan and Morae Brehon. This book is about Sean Bell, Father Bell’s brother and his love interest is his best friend’s younger sister who’s becoming a nun, Zenny Iverson. God, this book is sinful and smutty. What’s up with Bell brothers and their dirty mouths? I’m not complaining but y’all I must finish this before Holy Week. LMFAO.

 

18713135Sugar Rush by Belle Aurora 

Single dad romance? Not really my go-to trope but yes please because it’s MAX and his daughter CEECEE. My precious child. I didn’t expect his love interest: Helena Kovac, Nat’s sister.

I’m at 3 % and it’s good.

 

 

25820414Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa

I just need a dose of her books while I’m waiting for War. Hopefully this will set my mood to read A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas.

I’m at 5 % and still adjusting for the fantasy world going on here.

 

 

40937000Risky Play by Rachel Van Dyken

I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This book is engaging but things progressed abruptly with the characters. Quite an insta-love but we’ll see how it goes.

 

 

 

25772000Cocky Bastard by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland

The hero had cameos in other books with his pet goat and I just want to meet them because they’re batshit hilarious. It’s long overdue. Hope this one will be good because that goat intrigued me.

 

 

 

How’s everyone doing? What are the books you’re currently reading? Let me know on the comments below. ❤ Have a blessed week everyone!

beatrice

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Love Thy Neighbour by Belle Aurora

18135318Pages: 358

Goodreads Rating: 4.20 / 5 stars

My Rating: 3 / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: June 26th 2013

Publisher: Self-published

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Asher ‘Ghost’ Collins and Natalie Kovac shared a passionate night together. One neither of them can forget.

So why is it so hard for them to be around each other?

With no hope of the two getting along they decide to go their separate ways. And somehow end up closer than they’ve ever been.

Will friendship ever be enough for the pair?

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Hate Notes by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward

38600870Pages: 301

Goodreads Rating: 4.23 / 5 stats

My Rating: 4.5 / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: November 6th 2018

Publisher: Montlake Romance

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From New York Times bestselling authors Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward comes an unexpected love story of secondhand hearts and second chances…

It all started with a mysterious blue note sewn into a wedding dress.

Something blue. 

I’d gone to sell my own unworn bridal gown at a vintage clothing store. That’s when I found another bride’s “something old.”

Stitched into the lining of a fabulously feathered design was the loveliest message I’d ever read: Thank you for making all of my dreams come true. 

The name embossed on the blue stationery: Reed Eastwood, obviously the most romantic man who ever lived. I also discovered he’s the most gorgeous. If only my true-love fantasies had stopped there. Because I’ve since found out something else about Mr. Starry-Eyed.

He’s arrogant, cynical, and demanding. I should know. Thanks to a twist of fate, he’s my new boss. But that’s not going to stop me from discovering the story behind his last love letter. A love letter that did not result in a happily ever after.

But that story is nothing compared to the one unfolding between us. It’s getting hotter, sweeter, and more surprising than anything I could have imagined.

Something new. 

But I have no idea how this one is going to end…

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Cover Reveal: Twisted Pride by Cora Reilly

Today we have the release day blitz of Twisted Pride by Cora Reilly. Check it out and be sure to grab your copy today!

Title: Twisted Pride

Author: Cora Reilly

Genre: Contemporary Romance

About Twisted Pride:

Remo Falcone is beyond redemption.

As Capo of the Camorra he rules with a brutal hand over his territory – a territory the Chicago Outfit breached.

Now Remo is out for retribution.

A wedding is sacred, stealing a bride sacrilegious.

Serafina is the niece of the Boss of the Outfit, and her hand has been promised in marriage for years, but kidnapped in her wedding dress on her way to church by Remo, Serafina quickly realizes that she can’t hope for saving. Yet, even in the hands of the cruelest man she knows, she is determined to cling to her pride, and Remo soon understands that the woman at his mercy might not be as easy to break as he thought.

A ruthless man on a quest to destroy the Outfit by breaking someone they are supposed to protect.

A woman intent on bringing a monster to his knees.

Two families that will never be the same.

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Before he left the room, he glanced over his shoulder at me. “Don’t try to run, angel. There are more men like Simeone waiting to get their hands on you. I’d hate having so send them after you and hurt you.”

As if anyone could hurt me worse than Remo would.

I forced a smile. “We both know you’re lying. You won’t let anyone hurt me.”

Remo cocked one dark eyebrow. “I won’t?”

“You won’t because you want to be the one to break me, to make me scream.”

Remo’s mouth pulled into a smile that raised the little hairs on my skin.

A smile that would haunt me forever.

“Oh, I will make you scream, angel. That I swear.”

Suppressing a shudder, I dug my nails into my palms, forcing out more words from my tight throat. “Don’t waste your time. Kill me now.”

“We all have to let part of ourselves die to rise up stronger. Now sleep tight. I’ll return later for a proper video message for your family.”

“Why did you even save me from Simeone? Why not let him start the torture you have in mind for me? Why bring me here to your mansion?”

Remo regarded me as if he too was wondering the same thing, and his silence told me that my guess had been right; this was indeed the Falcone mansion. It surprised me that he would risk bringing me into his family’s home.

“Like you said I will be the one to make you scream and no one else,” he said eventually before he shut the door.

I closed my eyes, and pulled the covers tighter around myself.

A power play. A twisted game of chess.

I wasn’t going to be a pawn or a queen, and Remo wouldn’t be the king

About the Author:

Cora Reilly is the author of the Born in Blood Mafia Series, The Camorra Chronicles and many other books, most of them featuring dangerously sexy bad boys. Before she found her passion in romance books, she was a traditionally published author of young adult literature.

Cora lives in Germany with a cute but crazy Bearded Collie, as well as the cute but crazy man at her side. When she doesn’t spend her days dreaming up sexy books, she plans her next travel adventure or cooks too spicy dishes from all over the world.

Despite her law degree, Cora prefers to talk books to laws any day.

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The Perfect Date by Evelyn Lozada with Holly Lorincz

TPDPages: 288

Goodreads Rating: 2.98 / 5 stars

My Rating: 2/5 stars

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: June 11th 2019

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

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Angel Gomez only wants to get through nursing school and earn enough to support her mother and her son, Jose. Her bartending job helps bring in some extra cash, and the last thing she’s interested in is flirting or men in general.

Caleb “The Duke” Lewis is an up and coming star for the Yankees, known for getting around. However, his last breakup left him distracted and made him turn to drink. When he’s caught by the Yankees manager at a party instead of training, he’s suspended and sent back to the Bronx to get his head straight.

Angel and Duke’s worlds collide one night at the club and sparks fly. Though Angel wants nothing to do with Duke, he has no intention of letting her slip through his fingers. She isn’t star-struck by his fame, and this might be just what he needs to get things in order. He’ll do anything to convince her…even make her an offer she can’t refuse.

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Too Late by Colleen Hoover

32972080Pages: 395

Goodreads Rating: 3.99 / 5 stars

My Rating: 3 / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult Dark Romance

Publication Date: November 13th 2016 (first published on April 2016)

Publisher: Hoover Ink

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Sloan will go through hell and back for those she loves.
And she does, every single day.
After finding herself stuck in a relationship with the dangerous and morally corrupt Asa Jackson, Sloan will do whatever it takes to get by until she’s able to find a way out.
Nothing will get in her way.
Nothing except Carter.

Sloan is the best thing to ever happen to Asa. And if you ask Asa, he’d say he’s the best thing to ever happen to Sloan. Despite Sloan’s disapproval of Asa’s sinister lifestyle, he does exactly what he needs to do in order to stay a step ahead in his business. He also does exactly what he needs to do in order to stay a step ahead of Sloan.
Nothing will get in his way.
Nothing except Carter.

From New York Times bestselling author, Colleen Hoover, writing as C. Hoover.
This book was originally written as a side project by the author. It previously appeared on other platforms under the same title, but has since been slightly edited from its original content and formatted specifically for kindle. Please note that the content of this book is more graphic than the content of other books written by this author, hence the distinction between the names. This title is recommended for mature audiences only due to extreme graphic content. Recommended for readers 18+.
Warning: For readers who might be triggered by sensitive subject matter, this book contains scenes which depict rape, murder and other graphic violence.

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Huge Deal by Lauren Layne

Huge DeaL2Pages: 259

Goodreads Rating: 4.11 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: February 12th 2019

Publisher: Montlake Romance

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Even for a top-gun banker, temptation this hot is quite a gamble, in a sexy Wall Street romp from New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne.

An alpha among the wolves of Wall Street, Kennedy Dawson rose to the top of the pack by striking the right contracts at the right times. But there’s one deal that’s been giving him a run for his money—a pact to never again let his assistant, Kate, get under his skin. She may be smart, gorgeous, and sharp as a whip, but she’s definitely off-limits.

Kate Henley isn’t a banker, but she knows a thing or two about risk management—specifically, about managing her attraction to her smolderingly sexy boss. She already fell once, and Kennedy showed no sign of paying a return on her investment. So when Kennedy’s brother starts pursuing her, Kate figures she has the best of both worlds. Jack is charming, rich, very attentive, and the spitting image of his older brother.

It’s also making Kennedy think twice. But to win Kate’s heart, he’ll have to broker the deal of a lifetime…and prove he’s worth the risk.

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