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

Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas

39555142Pages: 349

Goodreads Rating: 4.24 / 5 stars

My Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: April 17th 2018

Publisher: Self-Published

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From New York Times Bestselling author Penelope Douglascomes a new forbidden love story…

JORDAN

He took me in when I had nowhere else to go.

He doesn’t use me, hurt me, or forget about me. He doesn’t treat me like I’m nothing, take me for granted, or make me feel unsafe.

He remembers me, laughs with me, and looks at me. He listens to me, protects me, and sees me. I can feel his eyes on me over the breakfast table, and my heart pumps so hard when I hear him pull in the driveway after work.

I have to stop this. It can’t happen.

My sister once told me there are no good men, and if you find one, he’s probably unavailable.

Only Pike Lawson isn’t the unavailable one.

I am.

PIKE

I took her in, because I thought I was helping.

She’d cook a few meals and clean up a little. It was an easy arrangement.

As the days go by, though, it’s becoming anything but easy. I have to stop my mind from drifting to her and stop holding my breath every time I bump into her in the house. I can’t touch her, and I shouldn’t want to.

The more I find my path crossing hers, though, the more she’s becoming a part of me.

But we’re not free to give into this. She’s nineteen, and I’m thirty-eight.

And her boyfriend’s father.

Unfortunately, they both just moved into my house.

*BIRTHDAY GIRL is a stand-alone, contemporary romance suitable for ages 18+

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Bro Code by Kendall Ryan

BCoPages: 340

Goodreads Rating: 3.91 / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

My Rating: 4 / 5 stars stars

Publication Date: May 1st 2018

Publisher: Self Published

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There’s pretty much only one rule when you’re a guy.

Don’t be a douche.

Turns out, the fastest way to break that rule is to fall for your best friend’s sister.

Ava’s brilliant, sharp-tongued, gorgeous, and five years younger than me.

She’s the sexual equivalent of running with scissors. In a word, she’s dangerous. And completely off-limits.

Falling for her could ruin everything.

Yet I can’t seem to stop, even when her company is threatened by a lawsuit, and my promotion hinges on representing the opposing client—and winning.

I can’t see a way out of this mess that doesn’t end in a broken friendship, a broken heart, or a ruined career.

I may have broken the bro code when I fell for Ava. But do I have the balls to handle what comes next?

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Bane by L.J. Shen

BANEPages: 354

Goodreads Rating: 4.47 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4.5 / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: May 10th 2018

Publisher: Self published

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A COMPLETE standalone and a Sinners of Saint spin-off.

Bane
Naked surfer. Habitual pothead. A con, a liar, a thief and a fraud.
Last I heard, he was extorting the rich and screwing their wives for a living.
Which is why I’m more than a little surprised to find him at my threshold, looking for my friendship, my services, and most puzzling of all—looking humbled.
Thing is, I’m on a boycott. Literally—I cut boys from my life. Permanently.
Problem is, Bane is not a boy, he is all man, and I’m falling, crashing, drowning in his sweet, perfect lies.

Jesse Carter
Hot as hell, cold as ice.
I wasn’t aware of her existence until a fat, juicy deal landed in my lap.
She’s a part of it, a little plaything to kill some time.
She is collateral, a means to an end, and a side-bonus for striking a deal with her oil tycoon stepdad.
More than anything, Jesse Carter is a tough nut to crack.
Little does she know, I have the teeth for it.

*This book contains material that might be offensive for some or elicit a strong emotional response.

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