Goodreads Rating: 4.04 / 5 stars
My Rating: 5 / 5 stars
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: June 5th 2018 (First published: May 30th 2018)
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A heartwarming and refreshing debut novel that proves one thing: there’s not enough data in the world to predict what will make your heart tick.
Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases–a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old.
It doesn’t help that Stella has Asperger’s and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice–with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can’t afford to turn down Stella’s offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan–from foreplay to more-than-missionary position…
Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but to crave all the other things he’s making her feel. Soon, their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic…
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Publication Date: September 19, 2017
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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We met on a Tuesday.
Became best friends, then lovers, on a Tuesday.
And everything fell apart on a Tuesday…
Charlotte Taylor has three automatic strikes in my book: 1) She hates me. She also claims that I’m a “domineering jerk with a huge, overbearing ego.” (I do have something huge. It’s not my ego, though.) 2) She takes our mandatory tutoring sessions way too seriously. 3) She’s sexy as hell…And a virgin.
At least, those were her strikes before our study sessions started lasting longer than they were supposed to. Until one innocent kiss became a hundred dirty ones, and until she became the first woman I ever fell hard for.
Our future together after graduation was supposed to be set:
Professional football for me. Law school for her.
But she left me at the end of the semester with no explanation, and then she completely disappeared from my life.
We met on a Tuesday.
Became everything, then nothing, on a Tuesday.
And now it’s seven years later, on a Tuesday…
*This is a full length second chance romance, inspired by Adele’s “When We Were Young”
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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.
Goodreads Rating: 4.0 / 5 stars
My Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
Publication Date: April 1st 2001
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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.
Goodreads Rating: 4.15 / 5 stars
My Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: December 3rd 2015
Publisher: Self published
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Jason Thorn… My brother’s childhood friend.
Oh, how stupidly in love with that boy I was. He was the first boy that made me blush, my first official crush. Sounds beautiful so far, right? That excitement that bubbles up inside you, those famous butterflies you feel for the very first time—he was the reason for them all. But, you only get to live in that fairytale world until they crush your hopes and dreams and then stomp on your heart for good measure. And boy did he crush my little heart into pieces.
After the stomping part he became the boy I did my best to stay away from—and let me tell you, it was pretty hard to do when he slept in the room right across from mine.
When tragedy struck his family and they moved away, I was ready to forget he ever existed.
Now he is a movie star, the one who makes women of all ages go into a screaming frenzy, the one who makes everyone swoon with that dimpled smile of his. Do you think that’s dreamy? I certainly don’t think so. How about me coming face to face with him? Nope still not dreamy. Not when I can’t even manage to look him in the eye.
Me? I’m Olive, a new writer. Actually, I’m THE writer of the book that inspired the movie he is about to star in on the big screen. As of late, I am also referred to as the oh-so-very-lucky girl who is about to become the wife of Jason Thorn.
Maybe you’re thinking yet again that this is all so dreamy? Nope, nothing dreamy going on here. Not even close.
Godreads Rating: 3.99 / 5 stars
My Rating: 2 / 5 stars
Genre: New Adult, Romantic Suspense
Publication Date: November 11th 2014
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Once the most feared member of an Italian Mafia crime family, Gabriel Moretti returns to New York at the request of his mentor, Russian crime boss Vasily Tarasov. Vasily needs someone he can trust in Seattle to protect his estranged daughter, Eva Jacobs, while he avenges the murder of the young woman’s mother. Gabriel is unstoppable in a fight, whether he’s using fists, blades, or bullets; but innocent, onyx-haired Eva may just be the most dangerous—and beautiful—thing he’s come up against.
Intense sparks fly between the two, tempting Gabriel to mix business with pleasure while in the Emerald City. But once word gets around that Gabriel has shown up in New York, Stefano—his vengeful brother and the de facto head of the family—decides that Eva is the key to ending the feud between them…permanently.
In this pulse-pounding romantic thriller set against the backdrop of New York City’s storied underworld, loyalties will be tested, secrets will be told, and mob justice will be served.
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Goodreads Rating: 4.31 / 5 stars
My Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Genre: Adult, Erotica, Suspense, Dark Romance
Publication Date: January 31st 2017
Publisher: Self published
Since I ran away for the night, danced in New York streets, and almost got killed in an alley by two thieves. Until he showed up and saved me.
Since I threw a drink at the man my father expected me to marry, then found myself slammed against a wall with Penn Everett’s seductive voice whispering a proposal I couldn’t refuse.
To fall into hate with the man who reminded me of so many things and hid so much behind his lies. He couldn’t be the man who saved me three years ago…but there’s something so familiar…
For our relationship to switch from no-strings to marriage. He announced it to my father—he’s ecstatic. He told my friends—they’re shocked. But he didn’t ask me, he commanded me—and I’m livid.
For his lies to slowly steal my heart and make me believe, hope…trust.
For his truth to destroy me
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