Book Review: Checkmate: This is Effortless

Rating: 4.5 Bookworms

Goodreads Synopsis:

Courtney Bishop is as sugary sweet as her famous blueberry muffins.

Southern belle at heart, Cali girl by choice.

She barged into my life and easily became my best friend.

All was great as roommates and just friends, but then I fell for the girl who could chop firewood, deliver baby calves, and bail hay without breaking a sweat.

She’s the perfect mixture of sugar and spice, and I love her.
Being more than friends and trying to build our future isn’t as easy as it sounds.

Moving forward and creating memories is all I want for us, but when the past continues to come back and haunt me, I’m not so sure she’ll stay for the ride.
Loving her is easy, but losing her will break me. Burning passion combined with an undeniable chemistry constantly pushes and pulls us together. In the end, I’ll prove we’re worth the fight, even when the game is far from over.
Checkmate, sweetheart.

*This is book 2 in the Checkmate Duet Series–a friends to lovers romance. You must read book 1, Checkmate: This is Reckless first. Highly recommended to read the Checkmate Duet, This is War and This is Love first, but not necessary. This can read as a standalone duet.

My Thoughts 

Finally have this baby in my hands! This was definitely in my Top 5 most highly anticipated books for 2017 and it did not disappoint. From the very first page I was hooked! Pure intrigue, drama, and humor the whole way through. Oh! Let’s not forget about the sexy times because those are very important! I wish I knew who Kennedy Fox was so that I could squeeze them super hard for not only bringing back my favorite duo, sorry #Traviola, but for somehow making their story even better! My one meh thing is that Mia is still around. Yes, seriously! I want her gone as in G O N E.

Drew is just as hot as ever and yes, he’s still rocking the cop uniform. While he was adorably oblivious in Reckless he’s now the perfect doting boyfriend–he even cheats on his diet to eat her muffins, if that’s not love I don’t know what is. In this book we definitely see more layers to Drew, like I said he’s a doting boyfriend, protective, loving, playful, willing to go above and beyond to keep Courtney happy. I loved seeing all of those different sides of Drew, especially because I think it accurately portrayed what it’s like to fall in love. It even potrayed some of the turmoil one feels when someone they love is in danger.

Poor Courtney goes through so much in this book. Drew comes with some pretty big baggage and that baggage is named Mia. Mia has proven time and again that she’s not leaving without a fight and she makes that apparent right off the bat. In this book Courtney shows a more vulnerable side while simultaneously showing Drew and the world that she’s willing to fight for what she loves. I love that in all Kennedy Fox books the female characters are a not wholly vulnerable nor impenetrable because I think that most women, in reality, fall somewhere in between. Courtney in particular shows that there is a certain strength in being vulnerable around the ones you love.

I love that all of their characters have flaws because there is no such thing as a perfect person, although I do come pretty close (HA). We’ve been told that the sequel is never as good as the original but that rule does not apply to Kennedy Fox. Since day one I’ve only fallen more and more in love with them. Not only are they amazing writers but they are also they absolute sweetest people I have yet to meet (soon!). Continue along this epic love story with This is Dangerous, Logan and Kayla’s story–cover reveal coming soon!


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A secret duo of romance authors team up under the USA Today Bestselling pseudonym, Kennedy Fox who share a love of You’ve Got Mail andThe Holiday. When they aren’t bonding over romantic comedies, they like to brainstorm new book ideas. One day, they decided to collaborate and have some fun creating new characters that’ll make your lady bits tingle and your heart melt. If you enjoy romance stories with sexy, tattooed alpha males and smart, independent women, then a Kennedy Fox book is for you!

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Book Review: Checkmate: This is Reckless by Kennedy Fox

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Rating: 5 Bookworms

You guys I’m so excited to finally share with you my review of Checkmate: This is Reckless by Kennedy Fox! This dynamite duo have done it again with their latest release and they’re not done yet! Kennedy Fox has managed to do what many authors strive for: they get better with every release (pun intended). I’m so honored and humbled to be a part of their Instafam; these ladies sure know how to spoil us! Now without further ado here’s my review of Checkmate: This is Reckless.

Goodreads Synopsis

Drew Fisher is the type of guy every girl wants.
Noble police officer by day, charming prince by night.
He has no idea the effect he has on women, especially me—his little sister’s best friend.

I’m the blonde Southern belle who lives up to the cliché, except I have my own quirks. I’m smart as a whip, can change my own oil, and recite The Pledge of Allegiance backward, but he doesn’t see that girl.

It’d be easier to forget him if he wasn’t my roommate and if the first thing I saw in the morning wasn’t his shirtless body covered in tattoos. I’ve crushed on him since the day we met, but he’s made it perfectly clear where we stand. Just friends.

I know I need to move on and accept that his feelings will never be mutual, but every day he smiles at me, I’m left dreaming of what if.

He has girl issues, and I’ve got a crush I can’t deny.
We’re friends, but I want more.

One drunken hookup leaves us with much more than a platonic friendship. Pretending it never happened proves to be more difficult than anticipated.

A crazy ex-girlfriend, a dangerous war of stolen glances, and passionate kisses leads to the most reckless battle yet. I won’t be a pawn in his game, but I’ll play by his rules if it will show him I’m the one worth breaking them for.

Checkmate, Prince Charming.


My Thoughts

Disclaimer: While this can be read as a standalone I suggest (and Kennedy Fox suggests) that you should read Checkmate: This is War and Checkmate: This is Love before starting this one.

One of my favorite types of books is a friends to lovers romance and that is exactly what you get with This is Reckless. You will absolutely fall in love with Drew and Courtney the way I have and at the end of the book you might have a strange yearning for blueberry muffins…

Oh Drew Drew Drew **happy sigh** there is little I love more than a man in uniform, throw in the handcuffs and Drew becomes sex personified in my mind (he’s also nice and caring and just all around perfect). Unfortunately, Drew has bad taste when it comes to the opposite sex. Case in point: he’s been dating Mia, she devil from hell, for the past couple of years even though everybody he is close to hates her. Typical guy right? Usually when a boy is as clueless about love as Drew is I get annoyed fairly quick but there was something about Drew that kept reeling me back in — I’m sure it had nothing to do with the cuffs he brings home… 

I think every girl can relate to Courtney: pining after a boy, stress eating, and trying to ignore all of the above. I think every girl has been in some sort of relationship limbo at some point (at least I know I have) and when Courtney starts going slightly crazy I could only laugh because been there, done that. Oh and don’t get me started on the stress eating/baking! Sadly so accurate. 

The chemistry between Drew and Courtney is off the charts and leaves readers begging for more. I’m so happy that Kennedy Fox wrote their story because since they were introduced in Checkmate: This is War I knew that I wanted more. They truly wrote the perfect friends to lovers book with compelling characters, humor, drama, and lots and lots of sex. 


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About the Author

A secret duo of romance authors team up under the USA Today Bestselling pseudonym, Kennedy Fox who share a love of You’ve Got Mail andThe Holiday. When they aren’t bonding over romantic comedies, they like to brainstorm new book ideas. One day, they decided to collaborate and have some fun creating new characters that’ll make your lady bits tingle and your heart melt. If you enjoy romance stories with sexy, tattooed alpha males and smart, independent women, then a Kennedy Fox book is for you!

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Book Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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Rating: 4 Bookworms

Goodreads Synopsis:

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

My Thoughts

Goodness! This had been sitting on my shelf for wayyy too long! However with the recent release of Crooked Kingdom (which I immediately bought upon its release) I knew that it was past time to sit down and read this beaut and I’m happy I did! One thing that I didn’t know going into it is that this is kind of a spinoff of Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha series but what is great is that this can be read as a standalone which is how I read it. I totally didn’t feel like I was missing anything by not having read the other series. Continue Reading

Book Review and Excerpt: Hit the Spot by J. Daniels

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Rating: 5 Bookworms

Goodreads Synopsis:

Is this love or just a game?

Tori Rivera thinks Jamie McCade is rude, arrogant, and worst of all . . . the sexiest man she’s ever laid eyes on. His reputation as a player is almost as legendary as his surfing skills. No matter how her body heats up when he’s around, she’s determined not to be another meaningless hookup.

Jamie McCade always gets what he wants. The sickest wave. The hottest women. And Tori, with her long legs and smart mouth, is definitely the hottest one. He knows Tori wants him-hell, most women do-but she won’t admit it. After months of chasing and one unforgettable kiss, it’s time for Jamie to raise the stakes.

Jamie promises that soon Tori won’t just want him in her bed, she’ll be begging for it-and he might be right. Somehow he’s found the spot in her heart that makes her open up like never before. But with all she knows about his past, can she really trust what’s happening between them? Is Jamie playing for keeps or just playing to win?


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Excerpt:

Hammerjacks was dimly lit and packed with bodies, some dancing together and others crowding the bar, waiting to get served. I started scanning the room as I came up beside Tori, who was doing the same even though she had no idea who she was looking for.
I saw Quinn almost instantly. She wasn’t hard to spot.
The bright pink spiked-out hair helped with that.
“There,” I said, pointing in the direction of the bar where my sister was sitting on a stool, head turned away from the group of shitheads swarming her.
She was alone. That pissed me off.
She was here, in town visiting, and she was looking for ass. That pissed me off, too.
Not much I could do about the second thing, I understood it, but she was gonna hear my feelings toward the other whether she wanted to hear them or not.
“What’s her name again?” Tori asked as we made our way over.
“Quinn,” I said.
She nodded, face serious. Then she tucked stray pieces of hair behind her ears and smoothed out the rest of her pony, pulled the one sleeve of her shirt down so it exposed her shoulder and bra strap, straightened her spine, tipped her chin up, and put on a smile before rushing ahead.
“Hey, sweetie. Sorry I’m late,” Tori chirped, squeezing in between my sister and the shitheads as if they weren’t standing there. She grabbed Quinn’s face, bent down, and kissed her cheek. “I missed you. Did you miss me?” she asked, bringing both hands to Quinn’s neck and holding there while standing between her bent knees.
Tori was smiling and playing the part, leaning close and making it seem like they were really together, or at least really feeling each other. My sister was blinking up at Tori, looking baffled but also looking like she was wanting to buy everything Legs was selling.
I wasn’t surprised. Quinn shared my taste in women. And I definitely had a taste for Legs.
“Whoa, are you two…damn. Is this your girl?” one of the shitheads asked from behind Tori, pointing at the back of her.
“Jesus,” another one chimed in, looking his fill. “What are the chances of me watchin’ you two go at it? This is fuckin’ hot.”
I stepped up then, not liking the tone of this guy and the shit coming out of his mouth, and wanting to make my presence known.
He saw me approach and shot me a hard look, asking, “You gotta problem?”
“Jamie.”
Teeth clenched and fists forming, I looked to Quinn, not taking the bait he was throwing out.
She was watching me, eyes serious and mouth tight, subtly shaking her head in warning ’cause she knew I couldn’t be fighting or doing anything that could draw negative attention. Then she turned her attention onto Tori when she twisted and slid into Quinn’s lap.

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“Fishing in the wrong pond, boys,” Tori informed them, sweeping her gaze over the three while putting her arm around Quinn’s shoulders and pressing close. “Get lost. We’re not interested.” Then she turned all of her attention onto my sister and amped up her game, giggling as she kept her face close to hers and running her fingers through her hair, smiling, whispering, really flirting and looking into it, all while blocking the view of the shitheads so they couldn’t watch.
And everything Legs was doing, my sister was eating up.
Wrapping her arms around Tori and holding on to her, smiling back, laughing, looking like she was falling in love and thinking this was real and something sustainable.
I was starting to regret incorporating Tori into this plan. She was a little too good at her game. Straight up. Maybe the best at it.
I was also starting to get mildly jealous watching my sister getting attention from the one woman who was hell-bent on ignoring my ass.
“Man, whatever,” the one guy said, grabbing his beer and looking to his friends. “Come on. I’m not wastin’ my time on lesbian pussy.”
His friends murmured their agreement, mentioned something about hitting up Roy’s, a bar down the street, then grabbed their beers and stepped away.
When they were out of earshot, I shifted my eyes to Legs, telling her, “Think you sold it. You can get off my sister now.”
Tori smiled proudly, lifting her shoulders with a little dance. Then she looked to Quinn, keeping the smile, and said, “Hey, I’m Tori. Your brother dragged me here, so I figured I’d offer my assistance instead of letting him handle it, since he can’t fight and all.”
“Can fight, just shouldn’t,” I corrected her. I jerked my chin. “Hop off.”
Quinn moved her hands up Tori’s back and licked her lips. “Wicked plan,” my sister told her. “I was totally into that.”
“I think it got the point across,” Tori replied. “I really like your hair, by the way.” She ran her fingers through it again. “The color looks great on you.”
“Really?”
“Absolutely. It really makes your eyes pop.”
“I was thinking about going purple…”
“Have you tried bleaching the roots and just painting the color on the ends? I think that would look amazing with purple.”
Jesus.
“Legs,” I barked.
Both of their heads whipped around and faced my direction.
“You feelin’ like gettin’ up so we can get the fuck outta here?” I asked, thinking only about the food back at her place I was wanting to eat and not about how comfortable my sister’s hands looked gripping on to Tori’s body.
“She’s fine,” Quinn offered, keeping her hands locked around Legs. “Really. She doesn’t have to move.”
I shot a glare at Quinn, communicating how I felt about that suggestion, then shifted that glare to Tori.
“I was getting up. Relax. We were just talking,” she huffed, moving off Quinn’s lap and coming to stand beside me. “You’re welcome, by the way,” she murmured.

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My Thoughts

#TeamLoser

I absolutely loved this book! I can’t get enough of Tori and Jamie a.k.a Legs and Loser. Every time I try to think about what I liked the most I come up with something different. I like that Tori isn’t quick to jump into bed with Jamie, no matter how hot he is, and I like that Jamie doesn’t care what people think about him and that he never gives up on Tori.

After being burned by her last boyfriend Tori isn’t in any rush to replace him but there’s just something about Jamie that calls to her, aside from his gorgeous face. She lives in denial of her feelings until she finally realizes that Jamie is the person she wants there when she’s hurting the most, not her best friend. Her denying her feelings becomes a game to them, in which Jamie is always calling her out on her bullshit. Regardless of her new found feelings though Tori is still skittish about her relationship with Jamie, primarily because of his reputation of being a bit of a manwhore. She has seen firsthand some of his romps and doesn’t trust that he’s all in with her, so when they get in their first big fight will she use this as an excuse to run?

Jamie is your stereotypical surfer dude. Tall, blonde, and ripped he turns heads no matter where he goes. When he sets his sights on Tori he knows that he has to have her and that her early rejection is just a minor setback. As someone that’s used to getting what he wants he takes Tori’s rejection as a challenge that he’s determined to conquer. After 9 months of a cat and mouse game he finally see’s a chink in her armor, that is until she tries to run him over with her car. Vowing that he’s through with her he refuses to see her or even talk to her. When they are forced together at a friends house Jamie comes up with, what in his mind, is the perfect proposition: no sex, no masturbating, no nothing until one of them gives in and begs. Knowing that he must win he steps up his game tenfold making it so that Tori has no option but to notice him but will his old womanizing ways be his downfall?

Doesn’t it sound SO. DAMN. GOOD? That’s because it is!

All I have to say is that this book is real. It covers everything from dealing with insecurities to facing consequences to conquering fears, this book has it all.  It’s lighthearted and funny but has moments of depth that warm your heart, or rip it apart either way. The love these two have for each other transcends the pages making you feel it in your bones.

Though a part of the Dirty Deeds series this book can be read as a standalone. However in the first book, Four Letter Word, we are introduced to the characters and get a feel for the dynamic between them (plus it’s also really good).

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J. Daniels is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Sweet Addiction series, the Alabama Summer series, and the Dirty Deeds series.

She would rather bake than cook, she listens to music entirely too loud, and loves writing stories her children will never read. Her husband and children are her greatest loves, with cupcakes coming in at a close second.

J grew up in Baltimore and resides in Maryland with her family.

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Book Review: Stuck-Up Suit by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward

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Rating: 4 Bookworms

Goodreads Synopsis:

It started out like any other morning on the train.
Until I became mesmerized by the guy sitting across the aisle.
He was barking at someone on his phone like he ruled the world.
Who did the stuck-up suit think he was…God?
Actually, he looked like a God. That was about it.
When his stop came, he got up suddenly and left. So suddenly, he dropped his phone on the way out.
I might have picked it up.
I might have gone through all of his photos and called some of the numbers.
I might have held onto the mystery man’s phone for days―until I finally conjured up the courage to return it.
When I traipsed my ass across town to his fancy company, he refused to see me.
So, I left the phone on the empty desk outside the arrogant jerk’s office.
I might have also left behind a dirty picture on it first though.
I didn’t expect him to text back.
I didn’t expect our exchanges to be hot as hell.
I didn’t expect to fall for him―all before we even met.
The two of us couldn’t have been any more different.
Yet, you know what they say about opposites.
When we finally came face to face, we found out opposites sometimes do more than attract―we consumed each other.
Nothing could have prepared me for the ride he took me on. And I certainly wasn’t prepared for where I’d wind up when the ride was over.
All good things must come to an end, right?
Except our ending was one I didn’t see coming.

My Thoughts

“Mr. Grey will see you now.” Oh, wait wrong book! Fans of Fifty Shades are going to love Stuck-Up Suit! Although instead of the shy and timid Anna Stuck-Up Suit has the super sassy Soraya that gives the stuck-up suit a piece of her mind, although we still get the cocky and hot CEO. You also get all the drama of the Fifty Shades trilogy in one book.

Soraya

Soraya notices him right away on her way to work. His commanding presence fills the train car and she can’t look away. By the way that he’s talking to whoever is on the other end of the phone she can tell that he’s a ‘stuck-up suit’ and coins the nickname “Mr. Big Prick” for him. When he gives her shit she dishes it right back without hesitation. Just when everything seems to be going their way the unexpected happens she is faced with some tough decisions that will make or break them.

Oh man, Soraya is sassy! She definitely gives Graham a run for his money because does not put up with his shit. When he acts like he doesn’t have time for her she makes it clear to him that she won’t be sitting around waiting for him while also showing him exactly what he’ll be missing. I think that Graham is drawn to her because he never knows what she going to do or what is going to come out of her mouth. As someone who is used to dating boring models she’s a breath of fresh air.

Graham

As someone used to people bowing to his every whim Graham isn’t sure how to react when Soraya comes crashing into his life. At first he tries to treat her like he treats everyone else: bossy and rude. However, when he gets pushback from her he finds that he likes it and is instantly drawn to her. The chemistry between them is off the charts and explodes off of the page. What starts out as a casual relationship quickly turns into something else, something totally unexpected. Things take an unexpected turn when a past relationship comes back to haunt him and secrets are revealed.

Eeeeep! I loved Graham and Soraya! The tension! The heartbreak! The suspense! They are the epitome of opposites attract and yet they work so so well together. Even when they’re arguing/bickering they are perfect. Now I think that Soraya makes some stupid decisions along the way and takes advice from unsavory characters but, like all of us, she’s only human. Truthfully it just adds to her overall character and makes me like her even more.The same goes for Graham when he acts like an asshole, once you get to know him you learn that it’s all a front and that he’s a genuine and lovable person underneath.

Overall, this was a great read! I really enjoyed the dynamics between all of the characters and the twist towards the end truly makes the book and was totally unexpected. I would definitely recommend this one although maybe read it in private *wink wink*


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Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times Bestselling author. With more than a million books sold, her titles have appeared in over fifty Bestseller lists and are currently translated in eight languages. She lives in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

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penelope wardPenelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling
author. She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor before switching to a more family-friendly career. Penelope lives for reading books in the new adult/contemporary romance genre, coffee and hanging out with her friends and family on weekends. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 11-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 9-year-old boy, both of whom are the lights of her life. Penelope, her husband and kids reside in Rhode Island. She is the author of RoomHate, which hit #2 on the New York Times Bestseller list and #1 on the Wall Street Journal Bestseller list. Her novel, Stepbrother Dearest, also spent four consecutive weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list. Other works include the New York Times bestsellers Stuck-Up Suit and Cocky Bastard (co-written with Vi Keeland), Sins of Sevin, My Skylar, Jake Undone, Jake Understood and Gemini.

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Book Review: So Much More by Kim Holden

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Rating: 4.5 Bookworms

Goodreads Synopsis:

Love is strange. It comes out of nowhere. There’s no logic to it. It’s not methodical. It’s not scientific. It’s pure emotion and passion. And emotion and passion can be dangerous because they fuel love…and hate.

I’m now a reluctant connoisseur of both—an expert through immersion. I know them intimately.

When I fell in love with Miranda, it was swift and blind. She was the person I’d elevated to mythical status in my head, in my dreams.

Here’s the thing about dreams, they’re smoke.

They’re spun as thoughts until they become something we think we want. Something we think we need.

That was Miranda. She was smoke.

I thought I wanted her. I thought I needed her.

Over time reality crept in and slowly dissected and disemboweled my dreams like a predator, leaving behind a rotting carcass.

Reality can be a fierce bitch.

So can Miranda.

And I can be a fool…

who believes in dreams.

And people.

And love.

My Thoughts

This is unlike any book I’ve ever read. The closet I can come to is maybe something from Tarryn Fisher but truly this book is wholly unique. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up this book. It came in my Bookworm Box and the synopsis is fairly vague and although I have only heard good things about it I hadn’t heard much else, about the plot or otherwise. I was riveted from the very first sentence in the prologue I just had to keep going.

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Seamus is the ultimate book boyfriend/husband/father. He’s attentive, caring, and selfless and his world revolves around his three kids. He was so blinded by love that he didn’t see any of the numerous red flags when it came to Miranda, his college sweetheart. Now he finds himself a single dad, Miranda having run off with her boss thousands of miles away without a second thought to her family. He’s struggling to make ends meet on a guidance counselors salary and three little mouths to feed but his oddball neighbor sure makes life more interesting.

Gosh you just can’t help but fall in love with Seamus throughout this book. He’s just one of those people that are completely selfless and even though life has taken an unexpected turn he doesn’t lose that side of himself. Miranda (I’ll get to her later) makes it her life’s mission to destroy Seamus and she’s almost successful but his love for his kids motivates him to keep fighting making him a true hero in my mind. I love that even though he’s this beautiful person inside and out he still struggles with not hating Miranda and to try and be the bigger person, even when she does some truly horrible stuff. Because let’s be real, nobody is perfect and we struggle sometimes so I like that he’s not 100% perfect.

Miranda

Oh, Miranda. So much to say. She never hides the fact that she’s a manipulative shrew and an all around horrible person but that doesn’t make her character any easier to tolerate. It’s rare to find a character so unapologetic for being horrible but Miranda is well aware of every calculated move she makes. Even Saints would have a hard time forgiving her so it’s no surprise that Seamus is at the end of his rope. Although she’s a terrible person it’s very interesting to follow her thought process. You really get to see just how calculating she is and it’s almost chilling. It doesn’t take long for her choices to come back and haunt her and she starts to realize that maybe the life she has built for herself isn’t all its cracked up to be.

Miranda was unlike any character I’ve ever encountered before. While I’ve read books with evil characters before (Umbridge, anyone?) I’ve never been able to read their innermost thoughts which makes it very interesting. While I could barely stand the other characters I didn’t find myself actively hating Miranda. Now don’t get me wrong, the stuff she does is beyond messed up. Not even knowing her thought process behind her decisions helps excuse her but there’s just something about knowing her intention that stops me from completely hating her.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was different from what I normally read which made me love it even more. The characters are well developed and each one is unique. I love that we get to see things from different perspectives without it feeling overwhelming. There’s some nice plot twists at the end that really wrap up this book beautifully.


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I (Kim Holden) live in the greatest city in the world: Denver, Colorado. Some of my favorite things: reading, writing, the two coolest guys on the planet (my husband and son), my bicycle, Facebook, iced coffee, and music. I also love dreaming. And speaking of dreaming, I have a bit of advice for anyone reading this … follow your dreams. It’s never too late. Get started today … heck get started RIGHT NOW! Make your dreams reality.I love to hear from fellow readers. Love. It. Please come find me. We’ll hang out.

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Book Review: Settling the Score by R.S. Grey

 

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Rating: 4 Bookworms

Goodreads Synopsis:

As an Olympic rookie, Andie Foster has spent far more time in her cleats than between the sheets. For 21 years, her Friday nights have consisted of blocking shots rather than taking them. But now that she’s landed in Rio, she’s ready to see for herself if the rumors about the Olympic Village are true:

• The athletes are all sex-crazed maniacs…
• The committee passes out condoms like candy…
• The games continue long after the medals have been handed out…

As Andie walks the line between rumor and reality, she’s forced into the path of Frederick Archibald, a decorated Olympic swimmer and owner of a sexy British accent–too bad he’s unavailable in a way that “it’s complicated” doesn’t even begin to explain.

In other words: off limits.

It doesn’t matter that he has abs that could bring peace to the Middle East and a smile that makes even the Queen blush; Andie fully intends on keeping her focus on the soccer field. But the Village is small. Suffocating. Everywhere Andie goes, Freddie happens to be there–shirtless, wet from the pool, and determined to show her a whole new meaning of the phrase “international affairs”.

My Thoughts

If you’re like me you’re currently going through serious olympics withdrawals. SO. MANY. ABS. Lucky for you then that I found the perfect remedy to our withdrawals: R.S. Grey’s Summer Games: Settling the Score! This is what we hope happened behind the scenes in Rio: budding relationships and steamy romances. After all the Rio Olympic Committee bought 450,000 condoms just for the Olympic Village! That is 42 condoms per athlete. Mind you the Olympics are only 17 days long, like what?! They even had a guy whose sole job was to carry around a big bag of condoms and hand them out to whoever wanted/needed one! Anyways getting back on track this book has steamy romances and would-be relationships in spades and I was hooked from the very first page!

Andie has heard rumors about how crazy the Olympic village is but she doesn’t quit believe it until she sees it. But Andie could care less about the man candy wandering around she has her eyes on the prize and refuses to get distracted that is until she crosses paths with Frederick Archibald, sexy british swimmer extraordinaire. With an old injury flaring up she can’t afford any more distractions especially when things with Freddie start getting beyond complicated.

I love Andie because she knows what she wants (the gold) and she goes for it no holds barred. She has trained her whole life for this opportunity and she won’t let silly boy troubles get in her way. Her grit, determination, and talent has earned her her spot on Tean USA and she won’t let them down.

Frederick “Freddie” Archibald is hawt. All the guys want to be him and all the ladies want to do him. Everything in Freddie’s life is pretty perfect expect for the teeny tiny fact that he’s engaged. Right. Well if you ask him it’s complicated. You see because it’s an arranged marriage, one he desperately does not want to be a apart of. He’s decided to put it on the backburner while he trains and during the games but when he meets Andie he suddenly has motivation to take care of this engagement once and for all.

Freddie is your typical boy/man: as clueless as he is handsome, in a charming way of course. He can’t get a read on Andie and that frustrates him beyond belief. Then things go from bad to worse and he doesn’t know how to fix everything, all he knows is that he can’t keep a certain soccer player of his mind.

Overall, I liked this book because although the characters have their ups and downs its relatively lighthearted and fun. It took me out of my post-olympics funk and allowed me a, fictional, look behind the scenes. Perfect to take to the beach and pretend that you’re in Rio with Andie and Freddie and the rest of the hunky olympians.


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rsgreyI am a lover of books, chocolate, reality TV, black labs, and cold weather. Seriously, if I had it my way I would be curled up on the couch with all of those things… everyday.

I live in Texas where I spend my free time writing and reading. My favorite authors are Mindy Kaling & Jonathan Safran Foer. I’m a comedy geek and love all things “funny”. Women like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Mindy Kaling are definitely the biggest inspirations for my writing, though I think my work tends to skew a bit smuttier than theirs.

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Book Review: Sing by Vivi Greene

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Rating: 4 Bookworms

Goodreads Synopsis:

America’s most famous pop star flees the spotlight to recover from her latest break-up in Maine—only to fall for a local boy and be faced with an impossible choice at the end of the summer: her new guy, or her music.

Multiplatinum pop icon Lily Ross’s biggest hits and biggest heartbreaks (because they are one and the same):

1. AGONY. (That feeling when her ex ripped her heart out of her chest and she never saw it coming.)
2. GHOSTS. (Because even famous people are ghosted by guys sometimes. And it sucks just as much.)
3. ONCE BITTEN. (As in: twice shy. Also, she’s never dating an actor or a musician ever again.)

But this summer’s going to be different. After getting her heart shattered, Lily is taking herself out of the spotlight and heading to a small island in middle-of-nowhere Maine with her closest friends. She has three months until her fall tour starts-three months to focus on herself, her music, her new album. Anything but guys.

That is . . . until Lily meets sweet, down-to-earth local Noel Bradley, who is so different from anyone she’s ever dated. Suddenly, Lily’s “summer of me” takes an unexpected turn, and she finds herself falling deeper and harder than ever before. But Noel isn’t interested in the limelight. She loves Noel-but she loves her fans, too. And come August, she may be forced to choose.

My Thoughts

This book was super cute! It’s lighthearted and fun; the perfect pool/beach read. I was able to read this book in one sitting because it reads really well. I was originally drawn in by the cover and was sold once I read the synopsis. I love books about superstars falling in love with normal people although maybe that stems from me wanting that to be reality (heyyy Dwayne Johnson).

Lily is just a regular girl, who happens to be a pop icon, looking for love. Just when she thinks that she’s found the one he breaks up with her out of the blue leaving her devastated. After a suggestion from her best friend she decides to take a break and takes the summer off. There’s only two things she needs to focus on while she’s gone: 1. write a new album (the old one was all her, now failed, relationship) and 2. NO BOYS. However for Lily these things are easier said than done.

I think that every girl is going to be able to relate to not only Lily’s heartbreak but her recovery (for lack of a better word). Lily always keeps it real and even though she makes mistakes along the way she always owns up to them. Her life is a mess and she is getting pressure from all sides to write a new album and stay away from boys but she somehow navigates her way through it, all while learning some valuable lessons along the way.

After their mother runs away Noel makes the ultimate sacrifice and comes back from college in order look after his little sister and help his dad with his fishing company. Noel is just a simple country boy that is startles when he discovers Americas favorite pop star in his hometown. After their initial spark Noel is captivated by Lily. Although she’s super famous she also happens to be down to Earth and fun to be around. He takes her fishing and on picnics and it’s easy to forget who she is to the rest of the world. That is until word gets out of where she’s at and the paparazzi start swarming. On top of the paparazzi mayhem her impending tour is a constant thundercloud over them.  When a family secret is exposed a relationship with Lily, and constantly being in her limelight, seems impossible.

Noel is just a simple small town guy; super laid back but hardworking and dedicated to his family. When his simple life is disrupted by the hurricane that is Lily’s fame he starts questioning things and with Lily going on tour soon is he willing to leave his family and his life behind? Noel’s character is pretty stable throughout the book. He doesn’t transform into someone else, even with all of the craziness surrounding Lily (and by association, him) he remains the same. In a way Lily frees him of his mundane life that seems to be going nowhere.

Overall, this is probably my top beach read for this year! My tastes in books tend to go a bit darker but every once in a while I want something light and fun and this was the perfect book for that.


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Vivi Greene is a pop-culture addict and lives year-round on an island off the coast of New England. (This is weirdly the only info available on her)

Book Review: Moonshot by Alessandra Torre

Moonshot

Rating: 4.5 Bookworms

Goodreads Synopsis:

Baseball isn’t supposed to be a game of life and death…

The summer that Chase Stern entered my life, I was seventeen. The daughter of a legend, the Yankees were my family, their stadium my home, their dugout my workplace. My focus was on the game. Chase… he started out as a distraction. A distraction with sex appeal poured into every inch of his six foot frame. A distraction who played like a god and partied like a devil.

I tried to stay away. I couldn’t.

Then, the team started losing.
Women started dying.
And everything in my world broke apart.

My Thoughts

Moonshot was definitely more than I expected. Since I went into it blind I initially thought that this was just a regular sports romance but it’s about a lot more than baseball. There’s tons of drama and suspense that will keep you glued to the edge of your seat the entire book. This book is the definition of a page-turner.

Ty is the daughter of a baseball legend and when her mom dies she begins to travel with her dad and his team. In typical tomboy fashion she is now a ballboy(girl) and is seen as one of the boys. The team has become her family but there’s one player she has her eye on… When Chase is transferred to the team she knows that she needs to keep her distance but the more she resists the bigger the allure is until it becomes to much. There’s just something different about him that keeps drawing her in.

I love Ty because she’s ballsy (pun intended). She can hold her own against gruff guys twice her age and not even flinch. Growing up on the road surrounded by guys has taught her not to take any crap from anyone and how to stand up for herself. When any of the guys give her crap she can dish it right back. She’s not afraid to go after what she wants and that includes Chase Stern.

“He couldn’t. Never again, not with anyone else. Nothing would ever, after that moment, compare. Not with her cry, not with her reaction, not with her kiss. A woman shouldn’t be created in such heartbreakingly beautiful combinations. A woman shouldn’t, in fifteen minutes, have the ability to ruin him for life.”

Chase is your typical bad boy/jock. He always seems to be in the middle of a scandal and doesn’t seem to care about the consequences. That is until his latest scandal forces his team to put him up for trade. Fortunately for him he gets traded to the greatest team in the business (their words not mine) the New York Yankees and before he even realizes who Ty is he is hitting on her. When he finally finds out who she is he tries to keep his distance but their connection is unlike anything he’s ever experienced before.

At heart Chase is a good guy but he’s battling some serious demons that make having a relationship with him difficult. Those demons eventually put everything he has in jeopardy and he has to shape-up or lose everything. I love his character development the most in the book because even though we love a bad boy I love a bad boy with a heart of gold even better. He’s not perfect by any means but I grow to love him all the same.

The murder/suspense aspect of the book doesn’t start until halfway through but it works. It gives readers a chance to connect with the characters before all of the craziness starts. This is one of the super rare stories in which I don’t mind the…… SPOILER ALERT: affair. Yeah normally I hate books that feature affairs of any kind (the book Thoughtless comes to mind) but when an author can create such an authentic and powerful connection between characters I don’t seem to mind it that much. In addition to that Ty didn’t make up a million reasons as to why she was justified in having the affair and didn’t go around feeling super guilty either. Of course she loves her husband and feels bad but she knows that Chase is the love of her life and takes all the necessary steps to start the process of leaving her husband. I can’t stand it when they have an affair and the whole time they’re just trying to justify it by vilifying the person their spouse. If you’re going to have a (fictional) affair just own it and that’s what Ty does.

Overall, it was a great read. I truly felt connected to the characters and was hooked from the very first page. When the serial killer is revealed I had no clue it would be that person which is super refreshing! I Love what Alessandra has done with this book: bringing together sports romance and suspense. A must read regardless of what your favorite genre is.


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About The AuthorAlessandra Torres

Alessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of twelve novels. Her books focus on romance and suspense, all with a strong undercurrent of sexuality. Torre has been featured in such publications as Elle and Elle UK, Dirty Sexy Funny with Jenny McCarthy, as well as guest blogged for the Huffington Post and RT Book Reviews. She is also the Bedroom Blogger for Cosmopolitan.com.

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Book Review: It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

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Rating: 3.5 Bookworms

Goodreads Synopsis:

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up—she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan—her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

My Thoughts

These types of reviews are always the hardest for me; the ones where it seems as though the rest of the world loves it and I’m in the super small minority that didn’t. I believe that for me the insane about of anticipation and promotion leading up to the release of this book tainted my reading experience. There was months and months of build up making it nearly impossible not to hear something about this book. I have never seen so many ARCS given out to promote a book meaning that before it was even officially published there were dozens of reviews available. All over social media people were posting pictures of their tear stained faces and raving about how this book is the absolute best book that they’ve ever read and how it has changed their life, so no pressure right?

Colleen kept stressing that she thought that when starting this book you should go in blind and I think that for the most part I did. I questioned reading this book so soon after its release because I knew that with the amount of build up going in to it it would be hard for it to live up to the hype. The synopsis is wholly misguiding because it makes it sound like a love triangle is involved when that is not the case.

Lily, in the beginning, seems a bit lost. A couple chapters in she seems to have hit her stride: opening her own business, having her mom close by, made some friends. We learn more about her past, and her past relationship, when she starts to read an old journal of hers and this is where we meet Atlas, which is a great name don’t you think? While this is happening she seems to fall in to a sort of easy relationship with Ryle, someone that she run-in with months prior and now seems endlessly tangled with her life. Her life seems to be coming together perfectly until a chance encounter with Atlas. As her relationship with Ryle develops she starts to question some of his actions. I think overall Lily was a very strong character doing the best she could in an impossible situation. My only problem is that I had trouble connecting with her. While I had no problems with her decisions there was just something about her that made it impossible to connect; that allowed me to see her situation as though I was in her shoes.

I don’t want to say much about Ryle and Atlas because I don’t want to give it all away. That being said Ryle is quite the complex character. I like that he, in time, is able to admit his faults and prove that at the end of the day he really does have Lily’s interest at heart. He doesn’t always make the best decisions but as he says:

“There is no such thing as bad people. We’re all just people who sometimes do bad things.”

Atlas knows what it is like to need a hand which is why as an adult he is fiercely protective. Even though we learn a lot about him through Lily’s journal Atlas the adult is a whole different animal. After being homeless Atlas is now an award winning chef with a bit of a chip on his shoulder. His love for Lily has never gone away and his infinite patience with her allows her to blossom, even if they are not together. I like the layers that make up Atlas: his soft side, his defensive side, his protective side. All put together they make one hell of a package.

I know when I have read a good book when I’m so moved by it that I’m simply unable to move on and unfortunately I didn’t have that problem here. It was a nice story but didn’t quite hit the mark for me.


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About the Author5430144

Colleen Hoover is the New York Times bestselling author of nine novels, including the #1 bestseller, Hopeless. She lives in Texas with her husband and three children. She is the founder of The Bookworm Box, a book subscription service which donates 100% of its proceeds to charity. She also owns The Bookworm Box, a specialty bookstore located in Sulphur Springs, Tx.

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