Hot Asset by Lauren Layne

HAPages: 266

Goodreads Rating: 3.95 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: May 22nd 2018

Publisher: Montlake Romance

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A sexy agent hounds Wall Street’s hottest new wolf in an exhilarating novel from New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne.

Ian Bradley is the definition of a Wall Street hotshot: seven-figure salary, designer suits, and a corner office. His drive off the floor is just as potent. Every woman who knows him has felt the rush. But now he’s met his match in Lara McKenzie—a woman with the power to bring Ian to his knees.

An ambitious, whip-smart daughter of FBI agents, Lara is a rising star in fighting white-collar crime. Her latest case—the investigation of Ian Bradley for insider trading—could make her career. She knows a scoundrel when she sees one. Ian fits the bill: a cocky, ridiculously handsome bad boy with a slick swagger.

She’ll do anything to prove he’s guilty. He’ll do anything to prove he’s not. But it’s only a matter of time before their fierce battle of wits gets oh so hot and personal. Now, taking down Ian has become more than business for Lara. It’s become a pleasure—and there’s more at risk than she ever dreamed.

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Getting Schooled by Emma Chase

GScPages: 300

Goodreads Rating: 4.22 / 5 stars

My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: June 26th 2018

Publisher: Emma Chase LLC

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Head of the class…

Garrett Daniels has this whole life thing figured out.

The cocky, charismatic former high school star quarterback is an idolized football coach and “cool” teacher in the hometown where he’s not just a golden boy—he’s platinum. He has good friends, a great house on the lake, and the best damn sidekick a man could ask for: Snoopy, the albino beagle.

Then…Callie Carpenter comes home.

And knocks him right on his tight end zone.

Back to school…

Callie has a pretty sweet life herself…on the other side of the country. But circumstances—that she’d prefer to never speak of again—have brought her back home, helping out her parents and substitute teaching at her old high school.

Now she’s facing bickering, raging hormones, constant gossip, awkward weirdness, and drama galore…and that’s just the teachers.

Just like old times…

When Garrett offers to show his former high school sweetheart the secrets of his winning teacher ways, Callie jumps at the chance—and then has to stop herself from jumping him.

Good friends are all they can ever be.

Or…these teachers just might end up getting schooled—hard—by love.

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Friend-Zoned by Belle Aurora

FZPages: 315

Goodreads Rating: 3.98 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4/5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Romantic Comedy, Contemporary

Publication Date: April 12th 2013

Publisher: Self-published

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Nikolai Leokov never thought he’d fall in love with the only girl he’s ever befriended.

Valentina Tomic has issues with commitment after the ultimate betrayal.

When Tina decides to make broody Nik’s day better, she never thought she would end up friends with the hard man.

Nik has never had a woman be so affectionate to him without expecting something in return.

Nik and Tina cordially invite you to read Friend-zoned.

A story of friendship, humour and love.

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#Smutathon TBR

Hey guys! I am participating on #Smutathon hosted by Lainey @ gingerreadslainey and Riley @ Riley Marie. This is readathon begins on July 9th to 15th and the prompts are romance tropes. Here are the books I plan to read:

 

  • Hot Asset by Lauren Layne – Enemies to Lovers
  • The Studying Hours by Sara Ney – Friends to Lovers
  • Getting Schooled by Emma Chase – Second Chance Romance
  • Play by Kylie Scott – Fake Dating / Fake Relationship

 

  • The Sweetest Oblivion by Danielle Lori – Arrange Marriage
  • 72 Hours by Bella Jewel – Stranded Together
  • The Matchmaker’s Playbook by Rachel Van Dyken – Love Triangle

These books are subject to change depending on my mood. I have my backup TBR just in case I didn’t enjoy the book. Feel free to share on the comments if you’re participating on the readathon and the books you’ll be reading. Also, can you recommend me books on Stranded Together trope aside from On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves? This is my top choice but I’ve read this one already. Thank you in advance! By the way, it’s really good.

Beatrice

 

Anything But Minor by Kate Stewart

ABMPages: 272

Goodreads Rating: 3.94 / 5 stars

My Rating: 3 / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Sports Romance

Publication Date: July 12th 2016

Publisher: Self-published

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“She’s a nerd.”
“Heyyyy!”
“Okay, she’s a flight instructor.”
“Better.”
“He’s a ballplayer.”
“The best that ever was.”
“Technically, you aren’t according to MLB stats.”
“See? Total nerd. She also has no filter.”
“He’s no southern gentlemen.”
“I had one last season to prove my worth.”
“I’d never seen a game.”
“He told me he was a player.”
“She told me she was a lesbian.”
“But you fell in love with me anyway.”
“Yeah, baby, I totally did.”

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Blog Tour: Disgrace by Brittainy C. Cherry

DisgracePages: 402

Goodreads Rating: 4.64 / 5 stars

My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: June 26th 2018

Publisher: Self-published

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Each day I prayed for my husband to love me again.

After fifteen years together, he walked away from me, and into the arms of another.

I didn’t know how to cope. I didn’t know my worth. I didn’t know how to exist without him by my side.

All I wanted was for him to come back to me.

Then, Jackson Emery appeared.

He was supposed to be a distraction for my mind. A summer fling. A confidence boost to my bruised heart.

We were perfect for one another, because we both knew we wouldn’t last. Jackson didn’t believe in commitment, and I no longer believed in love. He was too closed-off for me, and I was too damaged for him.

Everything was fine, until one night my heart skipped a beat.

I didn’t expect him to make me laugh. To make me think. To make my sadness somewhat disappear.

When our time was up, my heart didn’t know how to walk away.

Each day I prayed for my husband to love me again, yet slowly my prayers began to shift toward the man who wasn’t right for me.

I prayed for one more smile, one more kiss, one more laugh, one more touch…

I prayed for him to be mine.

Even though I knew his heart wasn’t destined to love.

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Gracelyn Harris feels hopeless and broken after numerous miscarriages which caused her fifteen years of marriage with her husband Finley to fall apart. Coping with the pain of losing her babies and her husband is too much. She returns to her hometown in Chester for the summer in Judy’s (her younger sister) and the pain doubles when she found out Finley cheated on her.

It’s easy to sympathize with Grace and I truly feel sorry she’s experiencing this. She becomes lonelier and lost.  Being one of the pastor’s daughter, townspeople expected her to be a perfect role model. When gossip spreads about her and Finley, people can be judgmental based on what they heard. Then, she meets the town’s bad boy  Jackson Emery.

“It’s easy to judge others from afar. It’s easy to look outside your world and make blanket statements and judgents on who those people are. Because when you see others’ flaws, you somewhat justify that your flaws are better than theirs. But when you zoom in, when you truly look at the person beside you, you’ll see many of the same things. Hope. Love. Fear. Anger. Once you zoom in, you realize  we are all similar in so many ways. We all bleed red and even monster’s hearts can break. Just gotta remember to always zoom in.” 

Jackson and his alcoholic father were treated like outcasts. Ever since his father caused a scene inside the church, people became harsh on them and no one ever cares about their well-being. Grace sees beyond the monster they labelled on him. He’s a lonely guy but genuine and loyal by default.  It’s impossible not to love Jackson. The way he cares for his father and his dog Tucker. You will just fall in love because of his unconditional love for the people he cares. Despite of his rudeness, Grace was nothing but patient on him. That’s one of the qualities I love about her aside from her resilience, kindness, sincerity and transparency.

These characters are flawed but they all have an astonishing character developments. Even the side characters who got in my nerves like Grace’s mother, Loretta Harris and Jackson’s father, Mike Emery. Loretta will get more on your nerves than Mike. She’s so manipulative and she gives more importance on their family’s reputation than her daughter’s feelings. Her audacity on convincing Grace to fix her marriage with her cheating husband was unnerving. OMG. *Rolling my eyes* I have minimum tolerance on people who weren’t practicing what they preach. However, hearing their own story toned down my anger. Somehow, they redeemed themselves became a better parent to their respective children.

Disgrace is about forgiveness, grief, self-discovery, healing and love. It’s truly one of the best emotional books I’ve ever read.  It’s challenging to write a review because it messed up my emotions. I SOBBED. Jackson and Grace’s story  is raw, beautiful and emotionally heartfelt. I LOVE IT! It wrecked and mended my heart at the same time, it’s freaking worth it.

Beatrice

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

JLPages: 371

Goodreads Rating: 4.06 / 5 stars

My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Speak

Publication Date: April 6th 2006 (First Published)

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Last year, Annabel was “the girl who has everything” — at least that’s the part she played in the television commercial for Kopf’s Department Store.

This year, she’s the girl who has nothing: no best friend because mean-but-exciting Sophie dropped her, no peace at home since her older sister became anorexic, and no one to sit with at lunch. Until she meets Owen Armstrong.

Tall, dark, and music-obsessed, Owen is a reformed bad boy with a commitment to truth-telling. With Owen’s help, maybe Annabel can face what happened the night she and Sophie stopped being friends.

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