Mafiosa by Catherine Doyle

MafiosaPages: 400

Goodreads Rating: 4.45 / 5 stars

My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: January 5th 2017

Publisher: Chicken House

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A blood war rages on the streets of Chicago.

Protected by an infamous mafia family, Sophie is living a dangerous lie, pretending to lead a normal life. But the deceit can’t last for ever. Her heart belongs to a killer and Sophie’s the prime target of a rival clan. She’s determined to seek revenge on her mother’s murderers, but can she pay the price – can she be a mafiosa?

The third and final instalment in the explosive YA Blood for Blood series which started with Vendetta and Inferno

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Inferno by Catherine Doyle

Inferno-for-website-665x1024Pages: 416

Goodreads Rating: 4.5 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: January 7th 2016

Publisher: Chicken House

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Romeo and Juliet meets The Godfather in the second installment of Catherine Doyle’s Blood for Blood series.

Sophie’s life has been turned upside-down, and she’s determined to set things right. But Nic, the Falcone brother who represents everything she’s trying to forget, won’t give up on their love – and it’s Luca’s knife she clutches for comfort. Soon another mafia clan spoils the fragile peace – and with her heart drawn in one direction and her blood in another, Sophie’s in deeper than ever.

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Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet by Jennifer L. Armentrout et. al

MCPages: 320

Goodreads Rating: 3.78 / 5 stars

My Rating: 3 / 5 stars

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance, Anthology

Publication Date: January 2nd 2018

Publisher: HMH Teen

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Whether or not you believe in fate, or luck, or love at first sight, every romance has to start somewhere. MEET CUTE is an anthology of original short stories featuring tales of “how they first met” from some of today’s most popular YA authors.

Readers will experience Nina LaCour’s beautifully written piece about two Bay Area girls meeting via a cranky customer service Tweet, Sara Shepard’s glossy tale about a magazine intern and a young rock star, Nicola Yoon’s imaginative take on break-ups and make-ups, Katie Cotugno’s story of two teens hiding out from the police at a house party, and Huntley Fitzpatrick’s charming love story that begins over iced teas at a diner. There’s futuristic flirting from Kass Morgan and Katharine McGee, a riveting transgender heroine from Meredith Russo, a subway missed connection moment from Jocelyn Davies, and a girl determined to get out of her small town from Ibi Zoboi. Jennifer Armentrout writes a sweet story about finding love from a missing library book, Emery Lord has a heartwarming and funny tale of two girls stuck in an airport, Dhonielle Clayton takes a thoughtful, speculate approach to pre-destined love, and Julie Murphy dreams up a fun twist on reality dating show contestants.

This incredibly talented group of authors brings us a collection of stories that are at turns romantic and witty, epic and everyday, heartbreaking and real.

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My 20 Favorite Books/Series of 2017

To wrap up this year, here are my 20 books / series that stand out this year. Some of them are part of a series or written by the same authors. Re-read books won’t be counted and in case it’s a series, it will be counted as one. My list will be in ascending order.

  • (20) Legend by Katy Evans – After catching up on the Real series, it turns out Remington Tate isn’t my favorite. My heart goes to Maverick Cage! The story was simple, and both protagonists have great character developments than the rest of the leading couple. They truly stand out.
  • (19) Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins – Light-hearted and cute. It’s been a while since I’ve read a Stephanie Perkins book and I miss it. I must say this one is more mature than the first two books.
  • (18) Royally Endowed by Emma Chase – My most anticipated finale of Royally series didn’t disappoint me. I’m so happy Royal bodyguard Logan St. James and Ellie Hammond FINALLY got together! I LIVE FOR THE SWOON WORTHY MOMENTS! I seriously devoured every page. I can’t wait for the spin-off series woot woot! ❤
  • (17) Reaper by A. Zavarelli – I recently binge read the Boston Underworld series and its second book was my favorite. It’s character driven and angst-y. I love Ronan and Sasha’s chemistry.
  • (16) The Air He Breathes by Brittainy C. Cherry – Here’s to another series I binge read. The first book in the Elements series centers on grief. Tristan Cole and Elizabeth Cole lost someone in their life but gave another shot in love. They healed together and found happiness they deserved.
  • (15) Playboy Pilot by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland – Aside from the romance and awkward first encounter, I love the traveling part of this book. It’s so relaxing and enjoyable. The characters had so much fun on their adventure.
  • (14) Stuck-Up Suit by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward – I’m weighing between this book and Playboy Pilot but I go for this one because it’s an enemies-to-lovers story and  Soraya Venedetta is sassy and fierce af! I love whenever she and Graham exchange some banters. It adds more sexual tension.
  • (13) Wethering the Storm by Samantha Towle – I recently devour this rockstar romance series. Wethering the Storm is Jake Wethers and Trudy Bennett’s epilogue and their story brought me to tears. It’s sweet, touching and absolutely romantic.
  • (12) Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman – An amazing and realistic portrayal of mental illness: Schizophrenia. The story is engaging and its lines are straightforward. Neal Shusterman is one of my new to me authors this year and I’m looking forward to read more of his books.
  • (11) Scarlet Scars duet (Menace & Grievous) by J.M. Darhower – This is Monster in His Eyes spin-off duet and it’s about Ignazio Vitale’s frenemy, Lorenzo Gambini. You got to love that man’s dark sense of humor and he made me swoon especially on Grievous.
  • (10) Hideaway by Penelope Douglas – Penelope Douglas explores on Dark Romance / Romantic Suspense and I’m glad to say it’s really impressive. Hideaway is the second book of the Devil’s Night series and it’s about my favorite Thunder Bay’s Four Horsemen Kai Mori and Banks. Their story is gritty and edgy as the first book but this is more plot driven.
  • (9) Made by J.M. Darhower – J.M. Darhower is one of the best authors who can write mafia novels and for me this is the best one she’d written. The story is about Corrado Moretti a.k.a The Kevlar Killer and Carmine DeMarco’s uncle.  It’s recommended to finish Sempre and Sempre Redemption first before jumping to this one to avoid spoilers. Minimal romance that is still swoony and more mafia life. I guarantee you the last page will make you cry. 😉
  • (8) Behind the Bars by Brittainy C. Cherry – Elliott and Jasmine’s story was beautiful and touching. Brittainy C. Cherry knows how to stir her readers emotions and I love the father figures in this book.
  • (7) The Silent Waters by Brittainy C. Cherry – Among the Elementals series, this is my favorite book. It’s a close call between this book and Behind the Bars. Both are emotional and fantastically written in different ways. The Silent Waters has a cute and serious moments. It reminds me of Flipped and The Sea of Tranquility. If enjoyed those books, you might enjoy this book.
  • (6) Addicted After All by Krista & Becca Ritchie – I’m speechless and emotional on Lily and Lo’s epilogue. It’s so fucking beautiful and I sobbed while listening to the audio book.  It was a long journey and I’m proud of them for battling their addictions. I love their character developments.
  • (5) The Hating Game by Sally Thorne – An amazing office romance with glorious banters. Lucy and Josh will make you giggle and swoon at the same time.
  • (4) Warcross by Marie Lu – The story was thrilling and entertaining. The world building is incredible and I love the set of diverse characters. They’re all badass and I can’t wait to read its sequel next year! So good to be back reading Marie Lu’s novels since Legend trilogy.
  • (3) Sustained by Emma Chase – BEST. EMMA. CHASE. BOOK. HANDS. DOWN. Jake Becker just dethroned Drew Evans (sorry Drew!). Omg. Sustained is very swoon worthy. I love Jake. I love Chelsea. I LOVE THE MCQUAID KIDS. MY FAVORITE ADORABLE BABIES. HI REGAN!
  • (2) Fuel the Fire by Krista & Becca Ritchie – Connor Cobalt x Rose Calloway = FOREVER MY SHIP! ❤ Relationship goals. Married life goals. They conquered everything even at vulnerable moments. I can’t believe I’m done with their story. I don’t want it to be over!  (P.S.Top 2 and 3 are actually a battle of the best book husbands. Haha!)
  • (1) Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han – For the first time in two years(I think?), the crown is back on Young Adult Fiction! The TATBILB Finale held a special place in my heart and I’m incredibly satisfied with the ending. Thank you Jenny Han for not ripping my ship! ❤ ❤ ❤  I had a fantastic time writing my review too.

What are your favorite books this year? Let me know on the comments or you can leave the link of your post on your favorite books this year so I can check it out. Happy Holidays everyone! ❤

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Blog Tour: Behind the Bars by Brittainy C. Cherry

Behind the Bars 4.37.31 PMPages: 373

Goodreads Rating: 4.60 / 5 stars

My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: December 7th 2017

Publisher: Self published

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When I first met Jasmine Greene, she came in as raindrops.

I was the awkward musician, and she was the high school queen.
The only things we had in common were our music and our loneliness.

Something in her eyes told me her smile wasn’t always the truth.
Something in her voice gave me a hope I always wished to find.
And in a flash, she was gone.

Years later, she was standing in front of me on a street in New Orleans.
She was different, but so was I. Life made us colder. Harder. Isolated.

Caged.

Even though we were different, the broken pieces of me recognized the sadness in her.
Now she was back, and I wouldn’t make the mistake of letting her go again.

When I first met Jasmine Greene, she came in as raindrops.
When we met again, I became her darkest storm.

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Crow by A. Zavarelli

CrowPages: 314

Goodreads Rating: 4.2 / 5 stars

My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Dark, Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: February 8th 2016

Publisher: Self published

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An Irish mobster. A missing friend. Two loyalties, ripping me apart.

I had a plan.

Get in, get my information, and get out. Easy, right?

Turns out, infiltrating the Irish mafia isn’t exactly what I thought it would be. I just wanted a soldier. Someone I could flirt with to get me in the door.

That’s when Lachlan Crow noticed me. Problem was, he wasn’t a soldier. No, he was next in line for the throne of the Irish underworld. And he was determined to hate me from the outset. My sob story about needing a job? Yeah, he wasn’t buying that either.

Too bad for him, I won’t let anyone get in the way of my mission.

Who cares if we have some kind of crazy chemistry? He’s the worst kind of wrong- and I would never in a million years be with a guy like him.

Because they took her from me, and I’m going to make them pay.

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Cover Reveal: Secret Lucidity by E.K. Blair

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Title: Secret Lucidity
Author: E.K. Blair
Genre: Student/Teacher Forbidden Romance
Cover Design: Hang Le
Release Date: February 26, 2018

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This wasn’t supposed to happen.
But it did.
This wasn’t supposed to be my life.
But it was.

I was just a typical girl, living a typical life. Nothing was out of the ordinary until tragedy threw me into a turnstile I couldn’t see my way out of. That was, until him.

I never could’ve imagined my heart falling the way it did. Hard, fast, and with unbounding beauty.

The only problem?
He was off limits.
Forbidden.

But he became my everything, and I became his, so we risked it all. It was only a matter of time until I realized that our risk came with unimaginable consequences.

My name is Camellia Hale and his is David Andrews, and this is our love story.

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E.K. Blair, takes her readers on an emotional roller coaster with her dynamic and intense writing style. Noted for her ability to create fleshed-out characters that will evoke a realm of reactions, you can be assured that her stories will linger with you far beyond the last word.

A former first grade teacher with an imagination that runs wild. Daydreaming and zoning out is how she was often found in high school. Blair tends to drift towards everything dark and moody. Give her a character and she will take pleasure in breaking them down, digging into their core to find what lies underneath.

Aside from writing, E.K. Blair finds pleasure in music, drinking her Starbucks in peace, and spending time with her friends. She’s a thinker, an artist, a wife, a mom, and everything in between.

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Missing from Me by Jayne Frost

MFMPages: 405

Goodreads Rating: 4.55 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Rockstar Romance

Publication Date: November 8th 2017

Publisher: Sixth Street Press

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One mistake. Four years of regret.  A second chance worth fighting for.

When I traded one dream for another, she was the price. My Anna. But I never forgot her. Never let go. And no amount of drumming could drown out my love for her. Her music is my head.

Still…Always

And when I see her again, it’s so clear. Anna is mine. She’ll always be mine. I just have to convince her.

Missing From Me is an epic story about second chances, redemption, undying love, and music. Because every great romance deserves a soundtrack.

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Racer by Katy Evans

RacerPages: 358

Goodreads Rating: 4.19 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Sports Romance

Publication Date: September 28th 2017

Publisher: Everafter Romance

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A woman with a mission.
The race of their lives.
The love of a lifetime.

I don’t think his parents expected him to live up to his name—Racer Tate—but once he felt the adrenaline rush behind the wheel, he was addicted.

He’s the fastest, fiercest driver around.

Scouting new talent brings me to his doorstep…
but his smile sends me to my knees.

The sexy, mysterious Racer Tate is not the kind of man a girl like me falls for. He’s secretive, reckless, elusive. But his proximity pushes me beyond reason, and his kiss….

This is our last chance to win, and he is our only hope. I’m supposed to watch him—make sure he doesn’t get into trouble. But it’s an impossible task. And now the one in heart wrenching, toe-curling, soul-crushing trouble is me. Because when your heart belongs to someone, their truths become your own, and their secrets become your salvation…or your curse.

He says he wants me. He says I’m the One. But he also thinks he’ll break my heart, one piece at a time until it’s gone.

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Taming the Storm by Samantha Towle

TTSPages: 335

Goodreads Rating: 4.33 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Rockstar Romance

Publication Date: July 1st 2014

Publisher: Self published

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Lyla Summers hates men. Okay, maybe hate is a strong word … Lyla intensely dislikes men.

Her father has let her down her whole life. Her brother betrayed her in the worst way possible. And her past relationship experiences with men have been less than great.
Lyla is focussing all her energy into her band, Vintage, so when they receive an offer to sign with TMS Records, it seems that things are finally turning around for her. The last thing she wants is a man getting in the way.

Tom Carter loves women. Okay, love might be pushing it … Tom enjoys screwing lots of women.

When tragedy befalls his best friend, Tom finds himself making a promise to the big man upstairs – he’ll change his ways, if he saves the woman his best friend loves.
Tom’s prayer is answered. Now he has to change. Which means no sleeping around.

After Vintage’s manager breaks her leg skiing, Tom steps in as tour manager, and Lyla finds herself on tour with the man whore of rock.

Put one perpetually horny Tom and one sex resistant Lyla together, equals a recipe for disaster. Or so you’d think…

But an unexpected friendship is formed. A closeness neither of them expected. Putting one chastity belt and one lamp that is in desperate need of rubbing, to the test.

Will the sex storm that is Tom Carter, finally find himself tamed by the rock chick with a hardened heart, or will he go back to his womanizing ways…?

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