Light vs. Dark Romance Readathon

We have another romance readathon this coming May 1st – May 4th and I’m really excited for it! It’s gonna be excited because this is a team competition between Light Romance readers and Dark Romance Readers. This readathon is hosted by these ladies:

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Weekend Smutathon Plans

TGIF everyone! Smutathon is back this weekend and it’s hosted by Riley @ Riley Marie and Lainey @ gingerreadslainey. This readathon is only for two days and thankfully, those are my rest days. These are the potential books I might read. I’m horrible following a TBR.

  • Your Dad Will Do by Katee Robert – Just in time this was recently published and DAMN the teasers
  • Theirs for the Night by Katee Robert – I haven’t read MMF romance for a while. This one looks promising.
  • Sweet Filthy Morning After by Christina Lauren – I have the audiobook on Scribd and I’m about to revisit my bae Ansel Guillame!
  • Raze by Tillie Cole – I’m in a huge mood for a mafia romance and this book is on my radar for years! I’m buddy reading this with Kat @ Reading After Ten and Elena @ The Queen Reads. I’ll start this once the clock struck midnight.
  • Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore – I rarely explore historical romance. Maybe this is my gateway to it? I’m excited to buddy read this with Eunice @ Nerdy Talks Book Blog

Those are my plans for the weekend and anything varies depending on my mood. We’ll see if I can manage to read as many as I can. 🙂 Happy Smutathon folks!

Beatrice

What I’ve Been Reading | 4/9/2020

Hey guys! It’s been a busy and gloomy week for me and I don’t have time to write a post on my blog. I hope everything is well to you and your family. Lockdown has been extended here on my place and I miss going out. It’s a routine for me: work-read-eat-sleep. Reading keeps my stress away. I want this week to be over. I’d just post a quick update to what books I’m reading this week.

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My Least Favorite Books of 2019

It’s unpopular opinions time! There are some books I’ve read last year that neither disappointed me nor didn’t live up to my expectations. If I mentioned your favorite book, please don’t be mad at me.  Anyways, let’s jump into my least favorite books of 2019.

  • In Paris with You by Clementine Beauvais – This is a quick read but the sensitive subjects in this book were horribly tackled. Check out my review here.
  • Solace Island by Meg Tilly – Unfortunately, I DNF this book. The heroine is overdramatic, clumsy and childish. I am not a huge fan of the writing as well. For a romantic suspense, it didn’t give me an adrenaline rush. It’s frickin’ bland.
  • The Perfect Date by Evelyn Lozada with Holly Lorincz – I couldn’t hide my frustration over this book. The hero is an asshole and he disrespected the heroine multiple times.
  • The Kiss Thief by L.J. Shen – Ooh la la. I know many people loved this book and I’m just in a minor group who disliked this one. The hero is a problematic asshole and he did something that filled me with rage. I don’t like he treated the heroine like a goddamn child too.
  • Shifting Bone by Alison Malee – An underwhelming poetry collection. The poems are repetitive and there’s no emotional drive to it. *inserts poker face*
  • Crybaby by K. Webster – It’s uncomfortable reading this one. What’s more frustrating is that the heroine is EXTREMELY temperamental. The title itself perfectly describes her.
  • Love thy Neighbour by Belle Aurora – Don’t get me wrong, I gave it 3 / 5 stars which is an acceptable rating as a book I liked. However, this book has my favorite couple in that series and I hated it dragged on. Some parts are so petty and it’s infuriating.
  • Mobster’s Girl by Amy Rachiele – You know how much I love mafia romances but this one is bland as a potato. This one has a great potential and there’s a lot to be explored between the main characters’ relationship.
  • Risky Play by Rachel Van Dyken – The characters lacked the chemistry, the hero is a jerk and the romance escalated quickly. Damn it.

That’s all folks! What are the books that disappointed you last year? Let’s talk about it in the comments or drop a link of your post so I can check it out. 🙂

beatrice

My Favorite Books of 2019

I guess it’s better late than never? The last months of 2019 got me busy and I have been on an indefinite hiatus. It’s time for me to catch up on the posts I’m supposed to published. One of those is my favorite books last year and these books are in no particular order.

Without further ado; here are my favorite books of 2019:

  • Still by Kennedy Ryan – The conclusion to the Grip series is one of the most unforgettable and emotional book I’ve read in my life. It was powerful, gripping and truly heartfelt. I was an emotional mess towards the end. Grip’s passion for music and fighting racism was amazing and his love for Bristol left me speechless.
  • The Bride Test by Helen Hoang –  My heart soars for Esme and Khai! ❤ Those two are so frickin’ adorable. This book excels on many things: Romance, family dynamics, mental health, grief, love, acceptance, healing and cultural diversity. The best one for me is the character development.
  • The Risk by Elle Kennedy – I lived for Jake and Brenna’s banters and sexual tension. It was an amazing enemies to lovers. You can never go wrong with Elle Kennedy on sports romances.
  • Kill Switch by Penelope Douglas – Who would have thought I will love the guy I used to hate in the series? Something is fucking wrong with me. Anti-heroes are my weakness. Seriously, I am obsessed with Winter Ashby and Damon Torrance’s love story. They tied up with Kai and Banks. Sorry Michael and Erika

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What I’ve Been Reading – 01 / 07 / 2020

Happy New Year everyone!

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After three months of book blogging hiatus, I guess I’m back? To be honest, I miss you all and I miss reading like I’ve been for the past years but life gets busy. I had the worst case of reading slump. However, I enjoyed spending time to do things aside from reading like spending more time with my family and friends, watching TV shows, work and traveling. I haven’t even posted my favorite books and least favorite last year! (I shared my favorite books of 2019 on my Instagram stories. In case you missed it, I’ll write one when I am not too busy)

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Romance Authors Whose Books I Haven’t Read Yet

Through the years I began venturing on romance genre, a lot of my friends recommended me great romance novels. I have read some of them but others remain sitting on my TBR pile. It’s either I was distracted from other hyped books or I forgot to read them. I’d like to share my list of authors whose books has been on my radar but never had a chance to start.

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Cover Reveal: Pretty Reckless by L.J. Shen

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Pretty Reckless, the first standalone in the highly anticipated All Saints High series from USA Today bestselling author L.J. Shen, is coming April 29th and we have the gasp-worthy cover!

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We were supposed to be best friends

But turned out to be worst enemies…

Penn

They say revenge is a dish best served cold.

I’d had four years to stew on what Daria Followhill did to me, and now my heart is completely iced.

I took her first kiss.

She took the only thing I loved.

I was poor.

She was rich.

The good thing about circumstances? They can change. Fast.

Now, I’m her parents’ latest shiny project.

Her housemate. Her tormentor. The captain of the rival football team she hates so much.

Yeah, baby girl, say it—I’m your foster brother.

There’s a price to pay for ruining the only good thing in my life, and she’s about to shell out some serious tears.

Daria Followhill thinks she is THE queen. I’m about to prove to her that she’s nothing but a spoiled princess.

Daria

Everyone loves a good-old, unapologetic punk.

But being a bitch? Oh, you get slammed for every snarky comment, cynical eye roll, and foot you put in your adversaries’ way.

The thing about stiletto heels is that they make a hell of a dent when you walk all over the people who try to hurt you.

In Penn Scully’s case, I pierced his heart until he bled out, then left it in a trash can on a bright summer day.

Four years ago, he asked me to save all of my firsts for him.

Now he lives across the hall, and there’s nothing I want more than to be his last everything.

His parting words when he gave me his heart were that nothing in this world is free.

Now? Now he is making me pay.

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Cover Designer: Letitia Hasser, RBA Designs

Model: Austin Victoria

About LJ Shen:

L.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat.

Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets people’s’ birthdays and never sends Christmas cards.

She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.

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My Dream Author Collaborations (New Adult and Adult Romance)

Hello fellow bookworms! Today I’d like to share a list of my dream author collaborations for the New Adult and Adult Romance category. I’ll make a separate list for the Young Adult category. Without further ado, here are my top ten pairs in no particular order:

A. Emma Chase and Vi Keeland

  • With Ms. Chase exceptionally writing male POV while Ms. Keeland on female POV,  it’ll be great to see them team up for an office romance / romantic comedy. Their books will not only make you swoon, it’ll make you laugh and emotional as well.

B. J.A. Redmerski and J.M. Darhower

  • Either contemporary romance or romantic suspense, I’d love to see Ms. Redmerski and Ms. Darhower collaborate. It’ll be fantastic if they’ll write a mafia romance series. These two ladies are amazing in characterization, romance and plot twists. #MafiaQueens

C. Samantha Young and Penelope Douglas

  • BRING ON THE ANGST! They’ll be awesome in writing an enemies to lovers romance. With their charismatic male leads and feisty heroines, I’m sure it’s swoon worthy. 😉

D. Sylvia Day and Maya Banks

  • They are exceptionally great authors in writing quality erotica romances. I’m not sure if they’ve written in this subgenre but I’d love to see them collaborate in an erotica thriller. I think they can

E. Pepper Winters and E.K. Blair

  • I badly want my dark romance queens to collaborate.  If this happens… HOLY SHIT. You’re in for a ride and it’ll be insane. They know how to stir those dark twists and push you out of the comfort zone.

F. Amy Harmon and Sylvain Reynard 

  • I had a lot of thinking on who am I going to pair Ms. Harmon with for a novel. It was a close-call between two authors my gut says Mr. Reynard. Both authors are complex. Whether it’s paranormal, historical or contemporary, this pair can deliver a passionate, romantic novel with a unique twist.

G. Brittainy C. Cherry and Kennedy Ryan

  • I’d love to see Ms. Cherry and Ms. Ryan to collaborate in a novel. They have a lot to showcase and explore thought provoking issues, not just romance. I am confident they’ll make us emotional too.

H. Tarryn Fisher and Alessandra Torre

  • It’ll be interesting to see these lovely authors to write a romantic thriller / romantic suspense. Expect for unreliable narrators and mind blowing plot twists from them. 😉

I. Sierra Simone and R.K. Lilley

  • I swear these two authors write sexy and kinky sex scenes. I want any trope but I prefer them to write an angsty forbidden romance. 😛

J. Elle Kennedy and Sara Ney

  • These two write brilliant sports romance novels and of course I want them to write from that trope. Imagine hockey players and wrestlers together but instead of the guys, I want female athletes.

These are my dream author collaborations for new adult and adult romances, who are your dream author collaborations? What trope or genre would you like them to explore? I’d love to know in the comments. 🙂 ❤

Beatrice