Excerpt Reveal: We Shouldn’t by Vi Keeland

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Figures.

It was the gorgeous guy I’d seen in the elevator. And here I thought we’d had a little spark.

Bennett Fox grinned like he’d already been named my boss and ex-tended his hand. “Welcome to Foster Burnett.”

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TV Series Thoughts | The Haunting of Hill House

IMDB Rating: 8.8 / 10hill house

My Rating: 9 / 10

No. of episodes: 10

Running Time: 42 – 71 min / episode

Genre: Supernatural, Horror, Drama

Casts: Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino, Henry Thomas, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Kate Siegel, Victoria Pedretti, Lulu Wilson, Mckenna Grace,  Paxton Singleton, Julian Hilliard, Violet McGraw, Timothy Hutton

Producer: Mike Flanagan

Summary:

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Flashing between past and present, a fractured family confronts haunting memories of their old home and the terrifying events that drove them from it.

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2019: Blog Plans, Changes and Reading Challenges + Most Anticipated Books of 2019

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Happy New Year everyone! I hope you’ve had a wonderful celebration with your friends and family. May this year be filled with blessings, positive energy and more books. I had a fabulous reading year in 2018, and conquered my reading challenges. I also had a fair share of struggles in my life.   Let’s begin with my blog plans and changes for this year:

    1. I’m officially taking a semi-hiatus. Blogging for six years sharing my passion and love for books is never an easy task. There is one point in my life I want to take a break from book blogging because I’m feeling uninspired. This year is the perfect time and relax without an obligation to review every book that I read then cross post it here. It was exhausting. I’ll still be active on Twitter, Instagram and Goodreads.
    2. I’ll take part of the Goodreads Reading Challenge 2019 and setting my goal with 30 books. I decided to set my goal lower than my usual 50 or 100 books since I’ll be busy with other stuff.
    3. I noticed most of the books I’ve read were new releases and this year, I’d like to shed a light on the backlist titles by joining the 2019 Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge. As usual, I’m joining the Reading Women ChallengePopsugar Reading Challenge 2019 and New Adult Reading Challenge 2019. These challenges are my guide to read more variety of books.
    4. I’m officially on an ARC ban..for now. I apologize for being an irresponsible blogger. I have several unread e-ARCs from last year and my goal is to slowly trim down my ARC TBR until I can request again. Goodbye 80% feedback ratio! 😦  For now, I won’t be accepting ARCs for review. I’m sorry.
    5. I’ve started a book journal. I bought a planner in our local drug store since I’m new to this and I’m exploring on my set up. I’m not an artsy person and I like to keep it as simple as possible. I want to be more organize this year and I can still track my reading progress when I’m offline. I’ll do a flip through of my journal maybe around June. (I’m not as artistic as others, so it’s more of a minimalist book journal)

My 10 Most Anticipated Books of 2019

  1. The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
  2. 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne
  3. The Risk by Elle Kennedy
  4. Raw: Rebirth by Belle Aurora
  5. Kill Switch by Penelope Douglas
  6. Legend #4 by Marie Lu
  7. War by Laura Thalassa
  8. Eagle Elite #9 by Rachel Van Dyken
  9. Hart’s Boardwalk # 3 by Samantha Young
  10. The Edge of Never # 3 by J.A. Redmerski

You can check out the list I created for Most Anticipated Romance Novels of 2019. You can also vote for your most anticipated romance books there!

What are your bookish plans this year? Are you participating any reading challenges? If yes, what are the challenges are you excited for? What are the books you’re looking forward this year? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments. 

Beatrice

 

My Top 20 Favorite Books / Series of 2018

Cheers to another wonderful reading year! I’d like to share with you my favorite books / series this year. There are new-to-me authors who’d stood out and I’m glad I’ve finally read their books! This list will be in ascending order. Without further ado, let’s begin:

 

20. Royally Yours by Emma Chase – Gaaah! I never thought Queen Lenora’s story would be this sweet. She’s known in the series for having an icy persona but wow, her younger years was full of life. It’s really nice seeing her different side. | My Review

19. Professor Feelgood by Leisa Rayven – God… give me my own professor feelgood. Hahaha! Leisa Rayven is so good writing angsty romances and her poems are beautifully written. I hope she’ll consider writing a poetry collection. I swear, my feels. | My Review

18. Ruckus by L.J. Shen – I have a huge crush on Dean Cole and his story was better than Vicious and Millie. He and Rosie went through a lot. It was an imperfect relationship but Dean’s love for Rosie melted my heart and I was slightly emotional by it. | My Review

17. Bane by L.J. Shen – We have another L.J. Shen on my list. I’m really impressed by this finale because my least favorite character became my favorite. I totally didn’t see it coming. Such an underdog. | My Review

16. Sisters’ Entrance by Emtithal Mahmoud – Such an authentic poetry collection. Only few have read this and I think people should give it a try. It talks about war, racism, genocide and religion. The poems are well constructed and beautiful. | My Review

 

15. Kulti by Mariana Zapata – My first Mariana Zapata book didn’t disappoint. This book is pretty chunky and it’s truly a slow burn romance. I love the build up between Sal and Kulti. I am excited to read more of Ms. Zapata’s novels. | My Review

14. On Hart’s Boardwalk by Samantha Young – My favorite couple in On Dublin Street series is as sweet as ever. OMFG. True ship. Liv and Nate forever! | My Review

13. Spiders in the Grove by J.A. Redmerski – After reading this book, I don’t know what to expect on the last three (?) books in the series. I DON’T WANT THIS TO END. What a roller coaster ride. Truly an underrated series that everyone should give a try. | My Review

12. Arrogant Devil by R.S. Grey – To me, this is by far R.S. Grey’s best work. A classic enemies-to-lovers romance with the right amount of angst. | My Review

11. No Matter the Wreckage by Sarah Kay – Flawlessly written. That’s all I can say. | My Review

 

10. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen – The only YA novel qualified on my list. This is by far my favorite Sarah Dessen book. I love the romance aspect was secondary and focuses more on important issues. It’s an empowering story. | My Review

9. Disgrace by Brittainy C. Cherry – One of the best emotional books I’ve ever read. It’s no surprise because it’s Ms. Brittainy Cherry. It’s about forgiveness, self-discovery, healing and love.  | My Review 

8. Roomies by Christina Lauren – Christina Lauren surged on my list. Their books are impeccably fun to read and their writing style was engaging. The characters are great together and I’m excited for this book’s movie adaptation. | My Review

7. Ghosted by J.M. Darhower – Ms. Darhower is known for mafia romance books and her take on contemporary was amazing. Ghosted is a second chance romance. It’s gradually developed. | My Review

6. Pestilence by Laura Thalassa – Never would I’ve thought a New Adult Fantasy would make it on my list. Gaah 4 horsemen of the apocalypse? GIVE IT TO ME. | My Review

 

5. Eulogy by Rachel Van Dyken – Eagle Elite series has grown so much and its plot has become more character driven and darker. Chase Abandonato is my second favorite hero in the series and my god, his transition was challenging to witness. I love how things turned out as Chase got what he deserved. | My Review

4. Rush duet by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward – I can’t pick one book in this duet. The story was heartwarming with a touch of little drama. Rush and Gia are one my favorite couples on books co-written by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward. Check out my full review for Rebel Heir and Rebel Heart.

3. Grip series by Kennedy Ryan – This was my bookish plot twist of 2018. When I finished Grip, I had to reshuffle my favorites this year. A passionately slow-burn interracial romance tackling social and racial issues. It was realistically told and definitely not sugarcoated. I learned a lot from this series. It’s prerequisite to read its prequel, Flow to understand better what went down between Bristol and Grip. –> These two characters are amazing! (By the time I wrote this, I’m not done with Still) |My Review

2. Saga vol. 9 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples – Jesus Christ. This graphic novel series keeps getting better and the plot twist in this volume ripped my heart in pieces and shook me to my fucking core. My ass can’t wait for volume 10 because Brian K. Vaughan got some explaining to do! I feel so betrayed. | My Review

1. The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang – SCREAMING. This book was the highlight of the year. Overall, this romance book has everything I’m looking for. I swooned and I’m touched by Stella and Michael’s story. My god. This debut novel exceeds beyond my expectations. I. LOVE. IT. | My Review

These are my favorite books of 2018. Have you read any of these books? What are your favorite books this year? I’d love to know in the comments or if you have any post, drop the links below.

Beatrice

#Smutathon v. 2.0: TBR and Book Recommendations

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Yaaassss! Lainey @ gingerreadslainey and Riley @ Riley Marie are hosting Smutathon Round 2 this coming December 10th – 16th 2018. Check out their videos for the mechanics and categories. You have the choice to pick the 7th trope by voting here.  Though I might start on the last 2 days of the readathon and here’s my ambitious TBR:

  • Enemies to Lovers : Nero by Sarah Brianne
  • Friends with Benefits : Sincerely Carter by Whitney G.
  • Fake Relationship : Hitched by Kendall Ryan
  • Forbidden Romance : Twist Me by Anna Zaires
  • Slow burn Romance : Burn For You by J.T. Geissinger
  • Different Worlds : Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa
  • Workplace Romance : Still by Kennedy Ryan (I’m continuing the series and I’m not ready for this series to end. This counts right because Bristol is Grip’s manager… haha) P.S. I hope this prompt wins.

Book Recommendations

I listed down books I recommend for each category and possible categories they might fit into. I hope this’ll help you and fellow readers for your #Smutathon TBR. I don’t want to elaborate much of these books’ synopsis because some of them are best to read blind.

Enemies to Lovers

  • Paper Princess by Erin Watt – This series reminds me of Meteor Garden / Hana Yori Dango. If you love that manga / tv series, you might love this. It’s loaded with drama. You’re not going to worry about the cliffhangers since it’s completed.
  • Hero by Samantha Young –  Aside from On Dublin Street, this is one of my favorites by Ms. Young. She’s great in writing angsty romances especially enemies to lovers. We have a feisty heroine and an asshole CEO. Lots of family drama and the sex scenes? Fiery and sexy. (It can also fit to workplace romance / friends with benefits — they’re quite frenemies in this book)
  • Bully by Penelope Douglas – A New Adult romance author who’s great in writing enemies to lovers is none other than Ms. Douglas. I devoured this book and I hope you’ll love Jared Trent and Tatum/Tate Brandt’s story. It’s really angsty.
  • Hot Asset by Lauren Layne – This is one of the books I finished in #Smutathon Round 1. Damn the sexual tension in this book is freaking good! I love the banters between the characters as well. It’s about an investment broker who’s been accused of insider tipping and a SEC investigator was assigned to monitor his activities.  (It can also fit on Forbidden Romance)
  • Stuck-Up Suit by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward – For this one, you’re in for drama and angsty-filled story. Soraya and Graham’s sexual tension = LIT.  Ms. Keeland and Ms. Ward can balance the romance and drama.
  • Anything You Can Do by R.S. Grey – It’s both hilarious and a bit annoying but it’s lighthearted. If you need a quick read, this one is great. (It can also fit for Workplace Romance)
  • The Hating Game by Sally Thorne – I don’t need to explain why you should read this right? Lucy and Josh will make you swoon. (It can also fit for Workplace Romance)

Friends with Benefits 

  • Bad Things by R.K. Lilley – This is a spin-off series for Up in the Air series but you can jump into this without reading that series. I find this hotter and sexier than James and Bianca’s story. Remind me to continue this series. 😉
  • Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover – I had a good ugly cry in this book. Colleen Hoover’s books are always emotional and a box of tissue must be ready.
  • Before Jamaica Lane by Samantha Young – Here’s another Samantha Young entry. This one is my favorite book in the On Dublin Street series. I ship Nate and Liv so hard. It’s by far the best friends-with-benefits book I’ve read ever read.

Fake Relationship

  • The Billionaire Bachelor by Jessica Lemmon – My first Jessica Lemmon book didn’t disappoint. The succeeding books in the series gets better. (It can also fit for workplace romance.)
  • One Week Girlfriend by Monica Murphy – This is one of the quick reads I enjoyed years ago. It’s very lighthearted and cute.
  • The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang – Another book I don’t have to explain why you should read it. I guarantee you, Stella and Michael’s story will make you swoon. Definitely one of my favorites of 2018.
  • The Matchmaker’s Playbook by Rachel Van Dyken – I read this during Smutathon round 1. It’s not my favorite but the story is a guilty pleasure read. It’s rare I encountered books with a guy running a dating service. He’s a love guru who helps women to boost their confidence so their match will fall for them.

Forbidden Romance

  • Rush by Maya Banks – Brother’s best friend and Best friend’s younger sister? YES PLEASE. Maya Banks writes sexy erotica novels and this one has BDSM in it.
  • Priest by Sierra Simone – Sinfully seductive and kinky af. I do recommend this in audiobook because ZACHARY WEBBER’S VOICE IS EVERYTHING. You may want to bathe in holy water because Father Bell… 😉 bwahaha
  • Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard – One of my all time favorite romance novels. SR’s writing is enticing and this book gave me butterflies. I swooned! I can’t recommend this book enough. You’ll appreciate it more if you’re familiar with The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri. 😉 This is a student – teacher romance. (It can also fit for Slow Burn romance)
  • Beautiful Mistake by Vi Keeland – Here’s another student-teacher romance. This one isn’t as angsty as others and it’s really heartwarming. I recommend it.
  • Unteachable by Leah Raeder / Elliot Wake – This student-teacher romance is very underrated and I think people should read this one more. Love the angst and romance.

Slow Burn Romance 

  • Grip by Kennedy Ryan – I recently finished this book when Ari and Britt recommend this to me. Such a wonderfully written and eye-opening interracial romance. I was speechless. It’s a must read. Enough said. You must read the prequel first before you proceed to this.
  • Professor Feelgood by Leisa Rayven – An editor searching for a potential best selling author and she stumbles into a guy’s Instagram account a.k.a Professor Feelgood with poetic captions. All I’m gonna say is that the story is greatly executed and the poems in this book are beautiful and passionate. My feels! (It can also fit for enemies to lovers)
  • Kulti by Mariana Zapata – This is a pretty chunky book and is indeed a SLOW BURN romance. The characters didn’t get together until 70-80% of the book as far as I can remember. It’s about a female football player and her football legend idol becomes her coach. (It can also fit for forbidden romance or enemies to lovers)
  • Behind the Bars by Brittainy C. Cherry – Another interracial romance I loved. The story is emotional. Aside from romance, it’s also about forgiveness, grief, family and acceptance.
  • Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan – It’s one of those story you’ll slowly devour. The male protagonist is mute and he’s quite aloof with everyone. The romance was beautifully done and with the heroine’s patience, everything worked out. So good! I highly recommend.

Different Worlds 

  • Pestilence by Laura Thalassa – If it wasn’t for Marla Mei and Maria, I wouldn’t have discovered this book. I rarely read New Adult books outside contemporary romances and this post-apocalyptic book is surprisingly good.
  • Killing Sarai by J.A. Redmerski –  This underrated series was a roller coaster ride of plot twist. One of the best series of all time and I’m waiting for the 8th book. Trigger warning: Violence, gore, drugs
  • Tears of Tess by Pepper Winters – When it comes to dark romance, Ms. Pepper Winters is my go-to. Sometimes her books can be overwhelming but damn they’re all intense. Q & Tess are your unconventional couple. Trigger warning: Kidnapping, abuse, violence, BDSM.
  • Captive in the Dark by C.J. Roberts – This is one of the books I’ve read when I was new to dark romance. It really pushes me out of my comfort zone. It’s a gradual start but the series gets better. Trigger warning: Kidnapping, abuse, violence

Road Trip, Workplace Romance, One Night Stand

  • The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski – This is the only road trip book that pops out of my mind. Gaaaah! One of my favorite New Adult books of all time. You can never go wrong with Ms. Redmerski whether it’s contemporary or romantic/crime suspense.
  • Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren – Originally, it’s a Twilight fan fiction (I remember reading that version). This one is SO ANGSTY and full of sexual tension. LOL. (It can also fit on enemies to lovers)
  • Egomaniac by Vi Keeland – This one is funny and sweet at the same time. It’s about a divorce lawyer and a marriage counselor who shared an office space. Then polar opposites attract.
  • Bared to You by Sylvia Day – This should’ve been adapted into a movie than Fifty Shades of Grey. It’s twice better in terms of the plot, writing, romance and characters. Gideva forever! ❤
  • Lick by Kylie Scott – The mc married a rock star after her 21st birthday celebration. At first I wasn’t a fan of the heroine but her character development is good. This rock star romance was a great start for the series. I need to continue the series too.
  • Beautiful Stranger by Christina Lauren –  The second book in the Beautiful Bastard series. I find this better than the first book and Max Stella and Sara Dillon’s chemistry is great! (They’re also kinky. haha!)
  • Fight with Me by Kristen Proby  – This is the second book in With Me in Seattle series but you can read this as a standalone. Ms. Proby’s books are quick to read. You can finish this in one sitting.

My TBR changes depending on my mood. Are you guys participating #Smutathon? Let me know on the comments / link your post on your TBR! Have a wonderful week ahead everyone!

Beatrice

 

Release Day Blitz: Royally Yours by Emma Chase

Princess Lenora Celeste Beatrice Arabella Pembrook had an unusual childhood. She was raised to be a Queen—the first Queen of Wessco.

It’s a big deal.

When she’s crowned at just nineteen, the beautiful young monarch is prepared to rule. She’s charming, clever, confident and cunning.

What she isn’t…is married.

It’s her advising council’s first priority. It’s what Parliament is demanding, and what her people want.

Lenora has no desire to tie herself to a man—particularly one who only wants her for her crown. But compromises must be made and royals must do their duty.

Even Queens. Especially them.

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Years ago, Edward Langdon Richard Dorian Rourke, walked away from his title and country. Now he’s an adventurer—climbing mountains, exploring jungles, going wherever he wants, when he wants—until family devotion brings him home.

And a sacred promise keeps him there.

To Edward, the haughty, guarded little Queen is intriguing, infuriating…and utterly captivating. Wanting her just might drive him mad—or become his greatest adventure.

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Within the cold, stone walls of the royal palace—mistrust threatens, wills clash, and an undeniable, passionate love will change the future of the monarchy forever.

Every dynasty has a beginning. Every legend starts with a story.

This is theirs.

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Emma Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the hot and hilarious Tangled series and The Legal Briefs series. Emma lives in New Jersey with her husband, two children and two naughty (but really cute) dogs. She has a long-standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.

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