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Books and Bakes Tag

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! This week, I had a different post planned but I decided to push it back and instead, I’m going to be doing a book tag. I had a hard time, trying to figure out which one I wanted to do but I eventually decided on this one. I found this tag on Breakeven Books but I’m also including the creator so let’s get into it. 🙂

1. Cupcakes: Name a collection of short stories, poems, or anthologies where you couldn’t read just one section and had to go back for another

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For this one, I decided to go with Love All Year: A Holidays Anthology which features romances set during non-traditional holidays. I remember really loving almost all of these stories and even the ones I didn’t love were good. Of all the ones I read, I really adored It Happened One Yule as I’ve never heard about that holiday. Either way, this was a great anthology and as for cupcakes, I can’t get enough of them either lmao.

2. Lemon Pound Cake: Name a book that has 400 pages or more that you considered a comfort read and a classic

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The book I chose for this prompt is Twilight. I know that some people dog on it and rightfully so but this book is such a comfort to me. It’s so quick to get through and it’s cheesy and predictable but I like knowing what’s gonna happen sometimes. I honestly might reread this series again because I just think it’s fun. As for lemon pound cake, I’ve never tried it so I have no opinion on that.

3. Red Velvet Cake – Name a book that you bought was one thing, but ended up being something completely different

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When this book first came up on my radar, I was hyped as I knew it was a friends-to-lovers romance but it ended up being more about the MC and her family. It was a lot more family drama than actual romance which bummed me out. This book had the potential to be a great romance but focused too much on the other aspects. As for red velvet cake, that’s my favorite type of cake so I have nothing but good things to say lmao.

4. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough – Name a book or a book series that you can read over and over again even though you know that it’s bad for you

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For this one, I chose You Deserve Each Other. While this book isn’t personally bad for me, my boyfriend hates it so I’m counting it. Every time I talk about this book, he gets annoyed and makes sure his displeasure is known. As for chocolate chip cookie dough, I love it. lmao

5. Apple Pie a la Mode – Name a book that was really good but could have been better with a little bit of ice cream

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For the book, I went with The Unhoneymooners which I chose for two reasons. This book has such fun vacation vibes that it would be great to sit with an ice cream cone and read. It’s just so light and fun which is exactly what I want in a summer read. Secondly, I read this book during a spring afternoon, sitting outside and an ice cream would have been nice. While I don’t love apple pie, I do love ice cream so I’m split on this pairing.

6. Gingerbread Cookies – Do you like your gingerbread cookies crunchy or soft, If you like your cookies soft name a book that was squishy in the middle, but the beginning and the end were really good.

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For the book, I went with Press Play by Ash Dylan. This book had an incredible start as the concept features two roommates, making a sex tape while the end was them getting their own HEA. As for the middle, it was a lot of them dancing around their feelings and just not talking which annoyed me. As for gingerbread, I like it but don’t love it.

7. Brownies – Are you a corner piece or a middle piece?
1. If you’re a corner piece, name a book that starts off strong and then all comes apart.

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For this one, I went with The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren. This book started off so promising and it ended up being so disappointing. I don’t want to get into a ton of details, but the middle and end of this book just didn’t fit with what the tone should have been and how the story should have progressed.

8. Birthday Cake – Name a book series or an author that you feel like keeps coming out with a book, short story, novella every year

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For this one, I decided to go with Christina C Jones. When it comes to releasing books, CCJ is on top of it and she really goes all over the place. Sometimes, she releases novellas, other times she’s releasing full-length novels. While she usually stays in the romance genre, she doesn’t stick to one particular sub-genre. She can write dark romance, rom-coms, sports romances and hard-hitting romances. No matter what she does, she’s always coming out with something new and upping the stakes for herself.

9. Carrot Cake – Name a book that sounded healthy for you, but ended up being unhealthy either with content, or put you in a reading slump.

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For the final prompt, I decided to go with Priest by Sierra Simone. I picked this one for two reasons as it did put me in a reading slump and for some reason, it made me realize that I don’t enjoy religion in romance books. It really took me out of the story and made me enjoy the book less and less as I went on. As for carrot cake, I don’t enjoy it in the slightest lmao.

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Anyways, that’s my tag for this week and I don’t have much else to say. Before you finish reading my post, please take the time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter.

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May The Force Read With You Round 1 TBR

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! This is a little bit of a late post because I had planned on partcipating in a different readathon but then I changed my mind. In hindsight, this readathon is a better choice for me as a reader so I decided to go with it. This is basically a Star Wars themed readathon in which you read books to be part of the Jedi Order or the Sith Order.

Basically, it’s a choose-your-own adventure type of readathon which I feel like is a lot of fun and I’m going to link the video below. For me, I decided to go with the Dark Side. Personally, I feel like I’d be on the Light Side but the Dark Side prompts are a lot more fun to me lmao.

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Rule of Two: Read a book from a duology

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The first prompt is to read a book from a duology. For this one, I decided to go with The Point of It All by Christina C Jones. I read the first book in this duology and enjoyed it plus it’s a book I have on audio. I think this book follows the best friend of the MC from book 1 and I know it’s going to feature hard-hitting topics. This was also one of my spring reads so it should work out nicely.

Lightning: Read a book under 300 pages

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For this prompt, I decided to go with Small Town Curves by Deanna Grey. This book is a small-town romance featuring the friends-to-lovers trope. This is a book I’ve had out from KU for a while and I’ve really been wanting to read it. It’s also just over 150 pages so it works out perfectly for this prompt.

Force Vision Manipulation: A book with political intrigue or royalty

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For the next prompt, I’m going with The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi. I know that this book probably isn’t what anyone would expect. However, it’s a book Ellyn picked out for me so I’m cautious but I know I’m going to have to read it lmao. Plus I’m pretty sure it fits with this prompt somehow.

Seduction: Romance Book

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For the romance book, I decided to go with The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon. This is a book I plan on buddy-reading with Ellyn. I’m pretty sure I’ll have this one done by the time this post goes up so this was an easy one.

Corrupted: Book with a black cover

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The next book I have picked out for this one is Fuck and Fall In Love by Nicole Falls. Since this cover is black and white, I decided to go with this one. I know that this is a friends-to-lovers romance and I’m very excited. I have this one on Kindle as it was a freebie and I can’t wait for it lmao.

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Those are the books I have picked out for May the Force Read With You readathon and I’m so excited to finally be posting my TBR. I’d like to know if you recommend any of these books and if you’re participating in any readathons in May. Before you finish reading my post, please take the time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter.

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May 2021 Reading Plans

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For this month, I didn’t feel like writing up a TBR. I know that I’ll be participating in a readathon at some point this month. However, I haven’t decided on one yet and so I don’t have a set number of books or any books I want to read. For me, this is a little bit off-the-wall as I’m not usually a mood reader. I like to have a TBR in mind since I’m somewhat indecisive when it comes to reading.

With all of that being said, I’m going to try and set some small reading plans/goals for myself in May so let’s get into those four goals. 🙂

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1. Read another Jackie Lau book

The first reading goal I have for May is to read another Jackie Lau book. If you’ve been following me, then you’ll know I’ve been making my way through her backlist. Jackie Lau is easily one of my favorite romance authors and I’ve been having so much fun, reading her books. Right now, I have three of her books left and I’m trying to read at least one a month so I can hold myself over until her November release lmao.

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2. Read at least 4 Kindle books

The next reading goal I have for May is to read at least 4 Kindle books. I have a ton of books on my Kindle that are unread and I just need to get that number down. Considering how much books I bought and ones that are on KU, I should have an easy time, reaching this goal. I do hope that I can finally clear out my KU shelf as I’ve had a few borrows out for weeks.

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3. Finish Jodie Slaughter’s backlist

The next goal I have for May is to finish Jodie Slaughter’s backlist. I’ve read all of her books aside from this one and I feel the most nervous about it. Even though I read a hitman romance last month, I’m anxious about this one. Either way, I want to finally read her entire backlist and be caught up before her next release.

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4. Read at least two YA books

The final reading goal I have for May is to read at least two YA books. Lately, I’ve been getting away from YA but the last two I read, I really enjoyed. With that being said, I wanted to try and incorporate more into my reading life. I also want to see if I can pinpoint which YA books work for me and which don’t so I can have an better handle when it comes to picking up books. I only set my goal for two so I don’t stray too far way from what I normally read, though.

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Those are just some small reading goals for May. Personally, I love making TBRs but I felt like mixing things up this month so I went with reading goals. May is probably going to be a busy month for me but I know that I should have a decent amount of reading time. Either way, I’d love to know if anyone else has reading goals for May as well. Before you finish reading my post, please take the time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter.

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April 2021 Wrap-Up

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! I’ve been eager to do my April Wrap-Up as I unfortunately didn’t have the best reading month. April ended up being a really busy month for me and I knew that my reading really took a hit. I also felt a bit overwhelmed but I’m hoping that May is much better and it ends up being a much better reading month for me. 🙂

April 2021 Reading Stats

  • Books Read: 18
  • Star Breakdown: 5-stars (3), 4-stars (8), 3.5 (3), 3 (4)
  • Format Breakdown: Physical (1), Audio (4), Ebook (13)
  • Total Page Count: 4,486

3 Disappointing Reads from April 2021

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1. The Beast

The first disappointing read I had in April was The Beast by Katee Robert. This is an m/f/m romance that I’ve been dying to read. However, this book fell flat for me. It just felt like the relationship wasn’t as strong as I wanted it to be and the book went by too fast. Plus it wasn’t nearly as steamy as I hoped for. I’m sad because I love this series but I’m keping my hopes up for the next book.

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2. The Intimacy Experiment

The next disappointing read for me was The Intimacy Experiment by Rosie Danan. I saw so much hype for this and it just didn’t work for me. This book is a romance between Naomi and Ethan who is a rabbi and maybe i’ts just me but I didn’t love the religious aspects in the book. I also didn’t buy their romance as I didn’t feel like the two had chemistry. I’m sad as I loved The Roommate but I’m not ready to give up on this author yet.

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3. Office Hours

The final disappointing read for me was Office Hours by Katrina Jackson. This book follows a romance between two professors and I don’t know if it was just slow or I couldn’t get into the writing style but this book just didn’t work for me. I’m sad because I love Katrina Jackson but thankfully, I didn’t rate it too low as it was still a 4 but I was hoping for it as 5-star read.

My 3 Favorite Reads of April 2021

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1. Act Your Age, Eve Brown

My favorite book of April 2021 has to be Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert. I’m sure this comes as no surprise to anyone since I love Talia Hibbert. I also have a full post about this book and why you should read it. 😀

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2. Ever After Always

The next book I loved in April was Ever After Always by Chloe Liese. This is the Bergman Sister book and I adored it. This book had amazing mental health rep, featured a marriage-in-trouble story line and gave me everything I wanted. Considering that I’m pretty anxious about something and this book talked about pregnancy, I ended up not loving it nearly as much. It was still a 4.5 read though so it wasn’t that bad.

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3. Miss Meteor

My final favorite book of April was Miss Meteor by Tehlor Kay Mejia and Anna-Marie McLemore. I talked about this during my #ReadFatPositive wrap-up and it had two friends-to-lovers romance which I adored. Plus it had a great female friendship which was everything to me. As per AMM’s books, there is also a small magical realism story line if you were worried about that. 🙂

Biggest Surprise Read of April 2021

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My most surprising read from April was Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston. This is book 3 in the Once Upon A Con series and I loved it. This was such a cute Beauty and the Beast retelling featuring one of the side characters from the first two books. This was super short with a great audiobook and had the perfect amount of BATB references without being annoying. I know I don’t read YA much anymore, but I feel like I’m doing a great job in picking ones I know I’ll enjoy.

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Those were my reads from April. Like I said, I didn’t have the best reading month but I plan on trying to change that in May. Either way, I’m not unhappy with the books I’ve read and I’m extremely happy that I branched out when it came to formats this month. Before you finish reading my post, please take the time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter.

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Ranking my top 4 Talia Hibbert heroes

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For my final post of April, I decided to write up a post about one of my favorite authors of all time. If you couldn’t tell by my post about Act Your Age, Eve Brown, I absolutely adore Talia Hibbert and her books as a whole. For me, I wanted to talk to some of my favorite romance heroes from her books and honestly, I’ve read all of her books so this is going to be hard to narrow down.

However, I’m going to try and do my best to talk about my favorite heroes without repeating myself. Either way, I feel like I’m going to be gushing in the end so let’s get into it.

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4. Zach Davis

Kicking off my list is a hero from the Ravenswood series by Talia Hibbert and that’s Zach Davis. Zach Davis is the younger brother of the hero from book 2 and of all the heroes in the series, I absolutely adored Zach. He was such a sweet cinnamon roll which is what i loved about him. He’s also demisexual which is when you only feel attraction to someone when you have an emotional bond with them. I honestly feel like Zach would be the perfect boyfriend and the development of his relationship with Rae was just beautiful. I loved how much he was willing to help her especially when it came to the convention.

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3. Nikolas Christou

The next love interest I have to talk about is Nikolas Christou from the Just For Him series. This is one of Talia’s more underrated series and I wish that more people would read it. My favorite of the series has to be Sweet on the Greek which is Nik’s book and he’s just so great. He’s so sweet and supportive of Ari plus they’re crazy attracted to each other. I just couldn’t get enough of these two and I feel like Nik would be an amazing boyfriend. It also helps that he’s rich and a former professional athlete so that’s basically a recipe for heart eyes for me.

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2. Zafir Ansari

The next hero on my list was tough to decide. All of the men from the Brown Sisters series are just so swoonworthy and it wasn’t easy to narrow down my favorite. Of all the men in the series though, Zafir Ansari was my favorite of the bunch as he’s basically everything I would want. Not only is an incredibly sweet cinnamon roll but he also reads romance novels in his spare time, is a former athlete and is very into charity work. He also worships the ground that Dani walks on which is everything I want in a man lmao. He was definitely pretty close to being at my top spot but someone else beat him out.

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1. Luke Anthony

Of all the heroes from Talia Hibbert’s books, my favorite has to be Luke Anthony who is the love interest from Mating the Huntress. We find out that Luke’s a werewolf and he is just the cutest sweetest man. Not only does he absolutely adore the heroine but he will literally sustain anything to be with her. The connection these two have is just top-tier and he just loves her on such a deep level. This is one of her more underrated books so if you’re looking for a paranormal romance, then you need to check this one out.

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I know this is a slightly random post, but I needed something to fill in the gaps for the end of the month and this post was a lot of fun. As someone who has read all of Talia Hibbert’s backlist, I feel like this is such a fun way to rank her books. Hopefully, someone enjoyed this post or is willing to share their favorite Hibbert heroes 😛 Before you finish reading my post, please take the time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter.

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5 characters who give me “All Your Exes” vibes

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Confession time: I absolutely love Julia Michaels. If you don’t know who she is, you’re seriously missing out. Julia Michaels is most famously known for being a songwriter but she’s also a singer. She’s actually releasing her first full album on April 30th and honestly, I’ve loved all of her EPs and the songs she’s released from the album thus far.

One of my favorite songs of hers has to be “All Your Exes” which is basically her talking about her boyfriend’s exes and how she wants them all to be dead. Obviously, this is satire and slightly toxic which I can relate to. Since I love this song, I decided to come up with some bookish characters who give me that vibe. Basically, you’re mine and only mine but not in a cringe possessive way lmao.

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5. Shepherd

The first character I thought of when I saw this was Shepard from Text Me Baby One More Time. This is his second-chance romance with Denver and it’s basically him trying to fix the damage he did. It’s obvious in the way he acts and how he talks to Denver, he’s absolutely obsessed with her and can’t even imagine her being with someone else. Even hearing her call someone else by his nickname gets him upset so no way he wouldn’t feel this way about Denver. Not that he’d ever admitted it though lmao.

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4. Denver

I swear this one wasn’t on purpose but the love interest from the pervious book has the same name as the character for this one. This is a short little novella in which Denver works to get back with his wife. The two of them dealt with a major tragedy and it’s basically them coming back together. For Denver, he can’t imagine not going through life without Kensa and he knows that she’s the only woman for him. Honestly, this song can be extreme at times and that’s exactly how Denver’s actions are perceived in this book.

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3. Tink and Hook

The next one I’m using is actually the couple from A Worthy Opponent which are Tink and Hook. At first, it seems like Hook is the only one who feels this way but eventually, we grow to find out that Tink feels the same way about Hook. In this case, these two end up having a marriage-of-convenience and they truly start to not be able to live without each other. Once their romance blossoms, it’s obvious the two of them can’t imagine being with someone else.

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2. Dani Brown

The next character I decided to go with might surprise some people and that’s Dani Brown. In the start, it seems like Dani isn’t going to want to be with Zafir but eventually, she warms up to him and it’s so incredible. I especially loved how Dani would get jealous and then be confused as to why she was so jealous. It’s such a satisfying feeling and in the end, it’s obvious she can’t imagine anyone but herself being with him. I know that everyone talks about Talia Hibbert’s heroes, but I feel like her heroines are extremely underrated.

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1. Lana Myers

The final character I had go with shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone if you’ve read this series and that’s Lana Myers. Lana is the heroine of the story and she’s also a serial killer. If she wants to get rid of someone from Logan’s past, she could do it and she truly can’t see herself being able to live without him. It’s such an intense love from her and I honestly can’t get enough of these two. I know that it’s probably not the healthiest and the two aren’t exactly realistic, but I feel like Lana is the embodiment of this song lmao.

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I know this isn’t my traditional type of post, but I wanted to do something a little bit different. I might even do a post based on her album. Either way, this was a lot of fun and I was able to show off some books and a song I love. Hopefully, someone enjoys it at the very least. Before you finish reading my post, please take the time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter.

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5 romance books I read in one sitting

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! When trying to come up with a post for this week, I decided to go on YouTube and look at some videos. While I was on there, I found a few suggested videos from Bree who is In Love & Words. I’ve been watching Bree for about a year now and I absolutely love her channel. She has such a bubbly and positive energy and watching her videos always puts a smile on my face.

In honor of her, I decided to go with a concept she used for one of her older videos. The video featured her listing off some romance books she read in one sitting/one day. As soon as I saw that, I knew I wanted to write up a post with the same set-up so here we are. 🙂

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5. Get A Life, Chloe Brown

The first book I had to feature was of course, a Talia Hibbert book. If you didn’t know, she’s my favorite romance author and her books are addicting. As soon as I pick them up, I devour them and the first one of hers I devoured was Get A Life, Chloe Brown. I got this book from the library and I read it on my Kindle within a matter of hours. This book truly made me fall in love with Talia Hibbert and it really opened my eyes into what kind of romance books I enjoy.

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4. Soft on Soft

The next book I finished in one sitting is Soft on Soft by Mina Waheed. This is a book I found on WOCinRomance and for a long time, it wasn’t available. However when it finally was, I jumped on it and it was such a quick read. While I only rated this one 3-stars, I really thought it was such a cute and soft read. It’s an f/f romance between a plus-sized model and her makeup artist and it was a perfect spring read. Plus it’s super short as it’s less than 150 pages.

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3. Teach Me

The next book I finished in one sitting is Teach Me by Olivia Dade. This is a romance book between two teachers who get off on the wrong foot and then slowly, get closer before their relationship blossoms. This is another soft book and is pretty low-angst but it does talk about some intense topics such as divorce, bullying and general shittiness from the MC’s boss. I honestly fell right into this book and couldn’t put it down until I finished it. Once again, another perfect summer/spring read.

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2. Your Dad Will Do

The next book I finished in one sitting is Your Dad Will Do by Katee Robert. I think I bought this book on a whim and it makes sense that I’d pick it up on a whim, too. I read this book last November and it was so easy to fall into. I immediately got sucked into the story and honestly, all of these books are just so fun that I immediately marathon them. This one is probably my favorite of the bunch as it really set the stage for what we could expect next and it’s just a smutty fun time.

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1. Truth or Dare

The final book I finished in one sitting is Truth or Dare by Danielle Allen. This book is a friends-to-lovers vacation romance. Even though it’s almost 200 pages, it’s such a quick read as it focuses on a friend group but the romance is still at the forefront. Even though there was a little bit of drama and angst, it helped move the plot forward and only made me want to root for the couple more. If you haven’t read this book, you need to add it to your TBR because it’s just amazing.

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Those are just five romance books I’ve read in one sitting. I tried to pick a variety of books as I feel like I talk about the same books over and over again. Hopefully if you’re either looking for a quick read or want something for a readathon, you’ll come back to these. Before you finish reading my post, please take the time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter.

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Recommending books based on Taylor Swift’s Fearless vault tracks

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! If you didn’t know, I’m a huge Taylor Swift fan. I loved her country music when she first debuted and then fell off of the wagon for a little bit. Now, I’m back on it and I don’t see myself jumping off anytime soon. In particular, I’ve really been loving her re-release of Fearless as that album is just iconic.

In addition to all of the original songs on the album, she also released some songs from “the vault,” which are basically songs she wrote and never released. While I’m not sure which one is my favorite yet, I knew I wanted to do something with this album and decided to recommend songs based on these tracks so let’s get into them. 🙂

You All Over Me: Beautiful & Dirty

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The first vault song is “You All Over Me,” which actually features Maren Morris on back-up vocals. This song is about a person being with someone and realizing that they’ll truly never “be clean” of them even though they aren’t necessarily together. It’s a light and pretty song so it would make sense that I’d pair it up with Beautiful & Dirty by Katrina Jackson which is an incredibly dark book.

This book is about a girl who is on vacation and the tryst she has with a mafia boss who she can’t seem to stop thinking about after they pair. This book is incredibly dark as it features murder, cheating and torture. However, I feel like this song really reminds me of Shae as it feels like she can’t erase any mark that Sal left on her.

Mr. Perfectly Fine: Text Me Baby One More Time

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I feel like of all the vault songs, this one is the most popular as it’s obviously a song she wrote about Joe Jonas after their breakup. Lyrically, I love the song but the instrumentals don’t really work for me. Honestly, this song really makes me happy and want to dance around even though it’s a bit of a depressing song. Still fun so I can’t really complain lmao.

As for the book I paired up with this song, it’s Text Me Baby One More Time by Teagan Hunter. This is a second-chance romance between Denver who is still reeling from Shepard being a jerk and he seems to be “perfectly fine” after they broke up. While this book does have an HEA, I feel like this song goes along with the tone of most of this story.

We Were Happy: The Devil’s Submission

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This is actually an unreleased song that I used to listen to, a lot. She really didn’t change any of the lyrics either so I was all over it. It’s basically her reminiscing on an old relationship and how they used to be happy but the relationship fell apart. It’s such a beautifully sad song and the way she sings it now is just so much more heart-breaking.

The book I chose to pair up with this song is The Devil Submission which is another second-chance romance between a married couple. While they were happy at the start, things started to fall apart. Ultimately, we find out why it happened and then they’re able to come back together in the end. While it does feature an HEA, I feel like this book also has a lot of them reminiscing on their relationship.

That’s When: Miss Meteor

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The next song is probably my favorite even though I don’t love Keith Urban’s vocals on this one but the lyrics are beautiful again. I don’t know why Taylor didn’t release some of these songs but the lyrics are just incredible. For this one, it’s basically about a couple breaking up and realizing they can come back together anytime. Personally, I feel like this song could be related to friendships too which is why I paired it up with this book.

Miss Meteor features an incredible friendship that needs to be repaired. Watching these two come back together and realize how important their friendship is was incredible. I also felt like there was a similar sentiment when it came to one of the relationships. Honestly, this book just hit it out of the park with me and I can’t believe it’s YA as I haven’t read much YA so far this year.

Don’t You: The Beast

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The next song is called “Don’t You” and it’s basically about running into your ex and realizing that you still love them even though they’ve moved on. It’s a tough pill to swallow and I’m sure some of us can relate to that. This was one of the tougher songs to try and pair a book up with as it’s a pretty bleak and somewhat depressing song.

I decided to pair it up with The Beast as it feels like this song could be how either Beast or Gaeton would have felt, seeing the other with Isabella. It also could have been how Isabella seeing the two men she loved moving on. While I didn’t love this book, I feel like those conflicting feelings really make sense in this story although it does end up being a ménage between the three of them.

Bye Bye Baby: The Roommate

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The last vault song featured is “Bye Bye Baby,” which is basically an ode to an old relationship that just didn’t work out. It’s basically them saying goodbye to everything in the relationship and closing that chapter in their life. Personally, I feel like this is a decent song but it doesn’t stand out like the rest of them. It’s a little too on-the-nose for me so maybe it’s a me problem with this song lmao.

As for the book I chose to pair with it, I picked The Roommate by Brandy Bush. This book is a short and steamy novella about a girl who hooks up with her roommate’s parents and that’s basically the whole story. There’s not really an resolution and it’s a little bit sad plus this one does not have an HEA. Either way, it does work out well with this song and it’s just a lot of fun.

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Honestly, this was a lot of fun to do and it was a little bit challenging. I had a hard time, trying to connect the dots on some of these. Either way, I knew I wanted to do a post, focusing on the vault songs so hopefully someone enjoyed this. Before you finish reading my post, please take the time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter.

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5 reasons to read Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! This week, I’m trying some new things with my reviews. Rather than talking about what I feel about the book and my thoughts, I’m going to talk about reasons why you should pick this book up. I know this isn’t an original idea but it’s something I’ve really been wanting to do so this could be an exciting new series for my blog.

With that being said, I knew I wanted to start with a book that I knew I was going to love so I had to feature Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert. This book is the third one in the Brown Sisters series and honestly, I’m just excited to say I have this book in my hands and have finally read it. Without further ado, let’s get into the 5 reasons why you should read Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert.

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1. The callback to the previous books

The first thing I really adored about this book is that it featured a lot of callbacks to the previous books in the series. Talia Hibbert’s Brown Sisters series is easily her most popular and each book seems even better than the last. Considering how beloved it’s become, it would only be right for her to include a few of the characters from previous books including Chloe and Dani as they are Eve’s sisters. Plus it was nice to see the rest of the Brown family even though the circumstances were less-than-ideal when they met the love interest.

2. Eve’s character

The other reason I think you should pick up this book is because of Eve. All of the Brown Sisters are absolutely delightful but there’s just something about Eve. She calls herself a “hot mess” and she kind of is but she’s so damn lovable. It’s clear that she’s trying as hard as she can but things never seem to work in her favor. No doubt that’s something a lot of us can relate to and it’s part of why Eve is such a great character. While I know that not everyone will love the messiness of her, I feel like she was just awesome.

3. Grumpy/Sunshine Vibes

The next reason why you should pick up Act Your Age, Eve Brown is because this book has such a delightful grumpy/sunshine dynamic. Obviously, Eve serves as the sunshine part of this dynamic and Jacob is the grumpy one. However, I really love the two of them and seeing how their walls really tumble down when they finally get to know each other. These two just really captured my heart and I couldn’t help but fall in love with both of them and their dynamic. If you love this trope, then you need to pick this book up!

4. Steamy steamy steamy

If there’s one thing that Talia Hibbert excels at, it’s writing incredibly great steamy scenes. While I’m pretty sure this book only featured two, they were both so delightful. The first one was pretty unique as I’ve never read a book that featured that and honestly, it was surprisingly refreshing. I also felt like it was quintessential Eve scene and then the other steamy scene was basically as normal sex scene, but Talia Hibbert know how to write such spicy scenes. I don’t know how she does it but she knocks it out of the park with these sexy scenes.

5. The cozy atmosphere

The final reason why you should read this book is because it’s an amazingly cozy read. If you haven’t read the synopsis, you won’t know that it’s set at a bed and breakfast, making for such a cozy atmosphere. It really does feel like a big warm hug when you read about certain things and it was especially cute to see how well Eve really fell into the routine and made the place her home. Jacob was the perfect man to own it and despite being somewhat prickly, I absolutely loved him and how particular he was. Plus this book featured what it is probably my favorite meet-cute of all time but I don’t want to give away too much as that’s the fun of it all. 🙂

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Those are just five reasons why I think you should read Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert. I know this isn’t how I typically write my reviews but I feel like this was a lot more fun than talking about all the things I loved. Either way, I adored this book and it was obviously 5 stars which I’m sure surprised no one lmao. Before you finish reading my post, please take the time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter.

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5 books I plan on checking out this spring (2021)

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For April, I knew I wanted to feature a post about books I plan on checking out from the library or Hoopla during this season. I know that some people have books they crave during a certain season and I can see that. Personally, I’m in a huge dark romance mood but I feel like that’s just my mood right now. With that being said though, these books are all pretty light-hearted and fun so I feel like they’re going to be perfect for the springtime.

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1. He’s Not My Boyfriend

The first book I plan on checking out from the library this spring is He’s Not My Boyfriend by Jackie Lau. If you haven’t been following me since the beginning of the year, then you won’t know this. However, I have been making my way through Jackie Lau’s backlist. I’m pretty sure that I only have 3 or 4 books left to read with He’s Not My Boyfriend being one of them. I know that this book features a side character from book 1 in this series and I’m just excited to see if it ends up being as solid as her other books.

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2. The Baller

The next book I plan on reading during this spring is The Baller by Vi Keeland. This book features a romance between an NFL player and a journalist, I’m pretty sure?? As someone who is a sports journalist, this sounds like a pipe dream but also a nightmare in some regards. Either way, I’ve been wanting to pick up more football romances and this one seems like a decent one to start with. This is definitely going to be a Hoopla pick as I think Hoopla has both the eBook and the audio so I could go down either route.

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3. The Point of It All

The next book I plan on reading this spring is The Point Of It All by Christina C Jones. I’m pretty sure that I read the first book in this series last summer and enjoyed it. Since then, I’ve been eager to pick up the next book as this one follows a girl who ends up deciding to run a vinery. I’ve never read a book set at vinery or featuring someone who has that job so it sounds pretty summery. I’m sure that this will have a hard-hitting element like the first one did but I’m not mad about it. Once again, this is another Hoopla audio pick as that’s what I did for the first book.

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4. Bookish and the Beast

The next book I plan on checking out from the library has to be Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston. I know that I’ve mentioned before that I’m not a huge YA reader anymore. With that being said, I’ve been wanting to pick it up as I feel like this series is a lot of fun. I loved book 1, didn’t enjoy book 2 and I want to give this one a chance. All I really know is that it’s a Beauty and the Beast retelling and that I’m buddy-reading it with Lysette. I feel like a broken record here but I’m very excited and I feel like this book is going to be cute.

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5. Playing House

The final book I have on my Spring TBR is Playing House by Ruby Lang. I don’t know anything about this book but I know that my local library has the entire series. I’ve had it on my “tagged” list since I got a library card and have been wanting to read it forever. I’m pretty sure this book follows two people who are neighbors and they agree to fake date? I might be totally wrong but this cover just gives me such fun spring vibes. My library also has the whole series if I end up loving this one. 🙂

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Those are just a few of the books I plan on checking out from the library this spring. I might end up doing a seasonal post as there are a lot of books I know my library has that I want to read. This is mostly just a post to hold myself accountable to finally read these books and end up seeing if I enjoy them. I do have another similarish post coming up with KU so be on the lookout. Before you finish reading my post, please take the time to look over these attached links to help with Black Lives Matter.

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