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5 books I’ve #bookedged and ultimately loved

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Welcome to another week of blog posts and this week, I’m doing a post about books that I’ve #bookedged and ended up really loving. This is actually a term I learned on Bookstagram and it was coined by Amanda from Talk_About_Swoon who has an incredible romance bookstagram.

The entire book is that you wait to read a book until you either absolutely have to or you just wait because you know you’re going to love it.

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1. From Lukov With Love

The first book that came to mind for me was From Lukov With Love by Mariana Zapata. Since I saw this book on sale, I knew I wanted to get it since it was cheap. However, it’s been sitting on my Kindle since September 27, 2020 and I finally picked it up almost a year ago. This was such an incredible slow-burn romance but I feel like I had a valid reason for waiting since her books are just SO long. Either way, I loved it so I’m annoyed I waited almost a whole year to read it.

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2. Act Your Age, Eve Brown

The next book I’ve #bookedged is Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert. I’m caught up on her entire backlist so I really wanted to wait on this. I actually waited an entire month after its release until I read it. I ended up loving it so much and I’m sad I waited so long to read it. I am annoyed that I have nothing else of hers left to read, though.

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3. If She Says Yes

The next book I did this with was If She Says Yes by Tasha L. Harrison. This book is an age-gap interracial romance I used for #SpringIntoLoveBingo, I think? Either way, I waited to read this as it was my last spot on the bingo board. However, I ended up absolutely adoring it. It’s such a beautiful yet sexy story. Ugh, easily one of my biggest bookish regrets is waiting to read this for so long.

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4. Only When It’s Us

The next book I waited for SO long to read is Only When It’s Us by Chloe Liese. This is a book I waited to read because of the hype and I’m so annoyed with myself. While this isn’t my favorite book of the series, this series quickly became a new favorite. I especially loved how emotional this book was and how adorable the romance was. Definitely more than a little annoyed that I drug my feet so much on this one.

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5. Make A Scene

The final book that I #bookedged was Make A Scene by Mimi Grace. I saw this cover back when it was released and immediately preordered it. When it finally came out in September 2020, I was so excited to pick it up and then didn’t. Rather, I waited until the start of 2021 to finally pick it up. It ended up being a five-star read so I’m mad I decided to wait but I’m also happy I finally gave in and read it.

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My Rating Scale + How I Rate Books

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For this week’s Friday post, I was originally going to write a review but I’m going to be honest. Thus far in September, I don’t have a book I’m extremely excited to talk about. It’s sad, but sometimes that happens. Instead, I wanted to talk about my rating scale and how I decide to rate books what I do.

I know that everyone’s rating scale is slightly different so I wanted to write up a key if anyone was ever curious about my feelings and wondering why I rated a book in such a way without explaining myself so let’s get into the first part where I discuss how my rating scale goes.

Let’s start off by saying that I’m not a person who DNFs books usually nor do I give out 1-star reviews unless the book is absolute utter garbage to me so I don’t really have much to say about 1-star books so let’s get right into my 2-star rating.

2-Star Ratings

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For me, giving a book 2-stars is another rarity but it’s something I’ve become more comfortable with doing. The major reason why I give a book two-stars is that it was marketed as something and it wasn’t. As evidenced by the book above, it was marketed as a romance and focused nothing on the trauma around the 75% mark so I felt like I was purposely tricked into thinking this book was one thing and it wasn’t.

If it wasn’t a bad pitch, it might have been something like a writing style I didn’t jive with, a plot I didn’t like or it just wasn’t a book for me. Either way, the book had at least one thing going for it but I still hated it lmao.

3-Star Ratings

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Next up are 3-star reads which for me are reads that were average. They weren’t bad but they weren’t great either. They did what the book told me they were supposed to but nothing more in some cases. Another reason I might give a book a 3-star is because I didn’t love the writing, didn’t love the romance or didn’t enjoy a major aspect of the book. For me, this one is tough because a 3-star can mean a lot of different things but generally, I mostly liked the book but didn’t love it and I would recommend it but not very often.

As for my 3.5 star reads, they were slightly better than being a 3 as something tipped them over the edge. However, they definitely aren’t going to be new favorites. Rather, they were more enjoyable than a 3 but weren’t as good as a 4-star.

4-Star Ratings

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Moving onto four-star reads, this one is another tough one to explain. Usually, my four-star reads are books I loved but don’t see them as a new favorite or something held them back from being a five-star read. Right now, I feel like I’m giving out a lot of four stars since I have a pretty good handle on my reading tastes. A lot of my four-star reads are actually based upon my experience reading as the experience can really make-or-break how I’m going to rate a book.

As for A Lady of Rooksgrave Manor, I thought this book was hot and started off great but it fell a little flat towards the end and the conflict felt incredibly intense. However, I still really enjoyed it so it ended up being a 4-star read instead of a 5.

Then there are my 4.5 star reads which are just slightly better than a 4 but have something holding them back from being a five. Recently, I read Battle Royal by Lucy Parker which I loved but the long chapters and sometimes drawn-out plot made it a 4.5 for me rather than a five.

5-Star Ratings

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Last but certainly not least are my five-star reads. For me, five-stars can mean multiple things as it can be the perfect book for me, a book that I had an enjoyable time reading or a book that made me feel something. Looking back at all my five-stars in 2021, I can say that all of them had great romances and generally made me happy inside. For me, five stars is the ultimate compliments and it might end up being a new favorite of all-time.

Obviously, I had to use a Talia Hibbert book for this and Act Your Age, Eve Brown is the perfect example for me.

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Recommending romances based on your favorite Fear Street movie

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For this month’s “romance recs based on…” series, I decided to go with a spooky theme. I had another idea I wanted to save for October so this one is getting used for September.

For September, I decided to go with the Fear Street movies on Netflix. These movies are based on R.L. Stine’s Fear Street series and they’ve been everywhere this year. Personally, I marathoned all of them with my boyfriend and it was a lot of fun. In honor of them being so good and unforgettable, I decided to recommend romances based on each part.

Some of these might be a bit far-fetched, but I tried my best. Hopefully, if you loved Fear Street, you can find a romance book that won’t leave you feeling scared when it ends :P.

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Fear Street Part One: 1994 (The Weight of the Stars)
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For Part 1, I knew I wanted to feature an f/f romance as Sam and Deena’s relationship is a key part of the story. Additionally, both of these stories feature characters with difficult home lives, mysteries to solve, and lots of angst. Between the two, I’d say that The Weight of the Stars feels a bit more high-stakes. Plus neither really have the romance at the forefront either but rather, it’s just a part of the story. Plus it’s YA and Fear Street follows teenagers, too.

Fear Street Part Two: 1978 (Wonder)
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The next one is Part 2 which follows Ziggy’s backstory and how she connects to everything. I feel like this one is perfect because these two both feature strong sister relationships, a slightly forbidden romance, lots of action, and an adventure neither of the characters wanted to go on. It also does something new with a somewhat overused story with 80s slasher films for Fear Street and Alice in Wonderland for Wonder.

Fear Street Part Three: 1666 (Budding Romance)
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The final part in the series is set in 1666 and it’s Sarah Fier’s story which was heavily discussed in the previous installments. Once again, this follows another f/f relationship and I decided to go with one that has similar vibes. Budding Romance does feature older characters with slightly less to lose and less angst, but things are pretty similar. Both stories focus on a somewhat taboo relationship for the time, feature two unique heroines and have satisfying endings but not without the characters going through some trials.

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5 long romance book recs + 5 on my TBR

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For this month’s “5+5” post, I wanted to feature some long romance books. Personally, I don’t always love reading long romance books but sometimes, they really do hit the spot. While I do love short books, it’s nice to read some longer books and get a bit more development than I’m used to.

Before I get started, I consider basically any romance book over 350 pages as a “long” romance book but that’s just me. You might have a different opinion, but I wanted to give that small disclaimer so let’s get into the recs!

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1. Tweet Cute: 368 pages

The first book is the only non-adult romance on my list, but I read it last year and loved it. This is a rival-to-lovers story about two teenagers who run their family’s restruant Twitter accounts and it’s their feuds along with them communicating on an app from their school without realizing who they’re talking to. It sounds a bit confusing, but this book was just excellent.

For being a YA, it didn’t feel like it was dumbed down and it just felt really modern. I especially love how much food was mentioned in this book. Plus the romance was just so dang cute.

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2. Neon Gods: 380 pages

The next book is the complete opposite of the first. It’s a Hades and Persephone retelling and it’s just delightful. I especially loved the deal that Persephone and Hades came up with. Plus it’s Katee Robert so it’s incredibly smutty and just excellent overall. This is one that I’d recommend both physically and on audio because I split my time listening and reading with my eyes but it just blew me away.

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3. From Lukov With Love: 540 pages

Of course, I’d have to include a Mariana Zapata on this list. She’s the queen of long and slow-burn romances. This one is between Lukov who is Jasmine’s best friend’s brother and it’s them deciding to become figure-skating partners together. They don’t really get a lot either so it’s more of a dislike-to-love, too. These two were straight assholes to each other, but I adored it. While it did feel a bit long at times, this book was another incredible one by Mariana Zapata.

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4. Beautiful Player: 402 pages

The next book I have to rec is Beautiful Player by Christina Lauren. This is Book 3 in their Beautiful series and it’s definitely a new fave of theirs. This is a brother’s best friend romance between Will and Hanna. It also features sex lessons, lots of sexual exploration by the couple and of course, lack of conversations. Either way, I felt like this was such a solid addition to the series and it just made me so happy.

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5. Written In the Stars: 384 pages

The final long romance book I have to rec is Written In The Stars which is an f/f fake-dating story. Darcy and Elle have a disastrous first date but decide to fake date to appease Darcy’s brother. The story goes from there, but it just made me so happy. This book also talks a lot about astrology which I thought was awesome. Plus with the holidays coming up, it’s an easy one to add to your TBR.

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1. Her Soul To Take: 458 pages

With Halloween coming up, this one is high on my TBR. If I’m remembering correctly, this is a demon romance and it’s also pretty dark. I’ve read The Dare by Harley LaRoux and loved it so I’m excited to read one of her longer stories. Plus that cover just looks so cool.

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2. Reel: 432 pages

No surprise I decided to feature a Kennedy Ryan book on here. Her books are always long and usually emotional. This year, she decided to release Reel which is a Hollywood love story and it sounds so amazing. I have a few of her backlist books to get caught up on but this one is definitely a high priority.

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3. The Bad In Each Other: 442 pages

The next long romance book I have on my TBR is The Bad In Each Other by Tasha L. Harrison. This is Birdie’s book and I’m so excited to finally get to it. I know that Birdie’s a chef so no doubt this is going to focus heavily on food. I recently read book 1 and loved it so I’m excited to see what Tasha L. Harrison does in book 2.

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4. The Care and Feeding of Waspish Widows: 398 pages

The next book is another sequel to a book I’ve read recently. This one follows Agatha who is a side character in book 1 and it’s her romance with a bee-keeper, I think? Of all the books in the series, this one seems like the least exciting. Either way, I’m going to read it since I feel like Olivia Waite writes incredible f/f romances.

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5. Kulti: 570 pages

The final long romance book I have on my TBR is Kulti by Mariana Zapata. I’ve already talked about her before and this one is a soccer romance between a girl and her coach that she used to admire. Honestly, I’m just excited to read more of her backlist so this one is probably not happening until 2022. Her books are something I have to prepare myself for lmao.

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September 2021 Reading Plans

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Welcome to another post and this week, I’m doing something a little bit different. Looking at my plans this month, I don’t really have a set TBR so I wanted to just talk about a few reading plans I had for the month. I don’t intend on this post being very long but I normally write up a TBR and I didn’t want to have nothing go up.

With that being said, I’m going to try to find a readathon to participate in and at this point, I have a few ideas. I also have some books on hold at the library and they’re all ones I’m really excited about including Battle Royal by Lucy Parker for one. I also have Ellyn and my’s book club pick of The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang to read.

Additionally, I’m going to try to read some books for this year’s round of #FallIntoLoveBingo which you can find on Twitter.

While I usually have TBRs for each month, I’m feeling like being a bit more free with my reading and just reading what I feel like. I’m sure I’ll end up reading a decent amount of books but I don’t have any particular books I want/need to read aside from what’s above. Since we’re heading into fall though, I’m sure I’ll end up picking up some more dark/paranormal romances to get ready for ~spooky~ season. 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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August 2021 Wrap-Up

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! This week’s post is actually one I’m doing on the fly since I had a lot of days off this week and spent them all with my boyfriend. With that being said, I knew I had to hurry up and write this post up so it could go up like my normal Friday post so it might not be as chatty as usual so let’s get into the books I read.

August 2021 Reading Stats

  • Books Read: 34
  • Star Breakdown: 5-stars (8), 4-stars (21), 3-stars (5)
  • Format Breakdown: Physical (1), Audiobook (14), E-Book (19)
  • Total Page Count: 8,308

3 Disappointing Reads from August 2021

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1. Horrorstör

My first disappointing read of August was Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix. This is a book I chose via my co-worker’s suggestion to read a horror. This is about a group of co-workers in an IKEAesque story and the horrors they get sucked into. While it was scary, this had too much buildup for the big reveal and all of the horror elements to happen. 3/5 stars

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2. Sun of A Beach

I decided to give Audible a try in August so I could read some of the originals and honestly after reading this one, I gave up lmao. This is a short little novella about two co-workers who “dislike” each other and then they hook up while on vacation. This was just entirely too short and I didn’t have time to buy into their romance before it was over. 3/5 stars

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3. Yes & I Love You

This is a book I saw recommended a few places so I decided to pick it up but I just didn’t like it which made me sad. This is a romance between a girl who is a popular reviewer in New Orleans and a guy who does improv/is her new barista at her office space. Honestly, it just felt entirely too slow for me and it felt like some elements were too predictable. I’m sad because I really wanted to enjoy this. 3/5 stars

My 3 Favorite Reads of August 2021

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1. Twisted Love

My favorite read of August was easily Twisted Love by Ana Huang. This book is a brother’s best friend romance between Alex and Ava. This also features the grumpy-sunshine trope along with a hero who is “touch her and you die.” Honestly, I adored this book, loved the romance and I especially loved how sexy it was. I know it’s gotten mixed reviews, but it’s a new fave for me. 5/5 stars

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2. Love, Unsolicited

My next favorite read of August was Love, Unsolicited by Alexandra Warren. This is a Pretty Woman retelling in which Joella tries to rob Keanu but he catches her and they come to an agreement. I really loved how sex-positive this story was and how the romance developed. I do wish the characters had talked more but I loved it either way. 5/5 stars

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3. From Lukov With Love

Obviously, the one Mariana Zapata I read this month would be on here. This is a figure-skater hate-to-love romance between Jasmine and Ivan. Obviously, it’s a slow-burn but I adored these two. While it took me a few days to read, I think Jasmine and Ivan are definitely going to stay in my mind. 5/5 stars

My Biggest Surprise Reads of August 2021

Usually, I only pick one read but I had a few books that surprised me in a good way in August so I wanted to feature them. 🙂

  • Stripped by Zoey Castile. A male-stripper romance with the sweetest romance and plenty of steam. Plus it was a five-star read for me.
  • Beautiful Player by Christina Lauren. Probably my favorite of the series. Super smutty and excellent brother’s best friend romance.
  • The Professor Next Door by Jackie Lau. Another favorite in a series and such a sex-positive story featuring neighbor who overhears his neighbor having sex.
  • The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite. An excellent f/f historical romance with an age-gap and great start to a series.
  • A Lady of Rooksgrave Manor by Kathryn Moon. A solid reverse harem featuring one human and many monsters. Super sexy albiet a bit long.
  • Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon. Easily my favorite YA book of Rachel Lynn Solomon with an excellent rivals-to-lovers high school romance.
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My Kindle Unlimited Loans + My Library Holds (2)

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! It’s been about five months since I did my last KU and Library loans post. Since then, a few things have changed. Firstly, Kindle Unlimited now allows us to borrow more than 10 titles a month which is awesome. I usually don’t check out many as I return them as soon as I read them. Either way, I have tons I want to check out. Second, I got a new library card for the Brooklyn Public Library so I have a lot of anticipated books on hold at the library.

With that being said, let’s talk about my KU loans and then get into my library holds. 😀

Kindle Unlimited Loans

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1. Sacrifice (Bloodline Vampires #1)

The first book I have out from KU is Sacrifice by Katee Robert. This is one of her recent additions to KU and I’ve been eager to check it out. I know that this one is a reverse harem/poly romance which sounds really incredible. Plus it’s Katee Robert so of course, the smut is going to be amazing. I just need to finally pick this one up.

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2. Love Unsolicited

The next KU loan I have out is Love Unsolicited by Alexandra Warren. This book is a Black love romance and it’s basically a Pretty Woman retelling. Honestly, that just sounds amazing. I know it’s going to be steamy and hopefully, a new favorite. Plus it’s on my August TBR so I have to get to this one.

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3. Crave Part 1

The next KU book I have out is Crave Part 1 by Shae Sanders. This is another one I have on my August TBR so hopefully, I’ve read it by now lmao. Either way, this is another reverse harem and it’s about a girl hooking up with one of her favorite childhood bands, I think? Honestly, it sounds super fun and smutty so I’m excited.

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4. A Lady of Rooksgrave Manor (Tempting Monsters #1)

The next KU loan is one I picked out for a reason. I saw that Amazon was going to pull this book so I knew I had to get it from KU. I also didn’t realize that this is another reverse harem but apparently, I’m planning on giving that a try this month. It’s also a monster romance and I’m just excited to see if this one lives up to the hype.

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5. Twisted Games (Twisted #2)

The final book I have out from KU is Twisted Games by Ana Huang. This is Bridget’s story and it’s a princess-bodyguard romance. I am SO excited to read this one as I loved book 1. I really hope I love it even though it’s super long. I do plan on picking it up during my birthday week so I’m crossing my fingers I’m done with it when this post is published. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

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Library Holds

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1. Renovation Of Love (Love On Madison Island #1)

The first library loan I have is on Meka James’ Renovation of Love which is one I’ve been so excited to read. I saw that the Brooklyn Public Library had this one so I didn’t have to buy it so I was of course, ecstatic. I think this is a second-chance romance with two older characters which is a rarity for me. Nevertheless, I like this author so I can’t wait.

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2. Yes & I Love You (Say Everything #1)

The next library hold I have is on Yes & I Love You by Roni Loren. This book is one I don’t know much about. However, someone posted some steamy scenes from it on the RomanceBooks subreddit and since then, I’ve been wanting to read it. I don’t know much about this one, but this will be my first Roni Loren so I’m anxious to see if I enjoy her writing.

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3. A Taste of Her Own Medicine (Small Town Romance #1)

Thankfully, the BPL is coming in clutch with these indie romances and after reading If She Says Yes, I knew I wanted to read more of Tasha L. Harrison’s books. I honestly don’t know much about this but I adore the cover. I just love Tasha L. Harrison’s writing and she writes delightful smut so I want to see if this book is as enjoyable as her other one I’ve read.

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4. Beautiful Beginning (Beautiful Bastard #3.5)

The next book I have on hold is Beautiful Beginning which is book 3.5 in the Beautiful series by Christina Lauren. This book is another novella in the series and it follows Chloe and Bennett’s wedding. These are mostly cheesy fun but I want to read this series in its entirety so I’m reading them in order.

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5. The Rehearsals

This is the book I’m most nervous for as far as library holds go. This is a book I saw compared to You Deserve Each Other so I immediately put a hold on it. I think this is about a couple who wants to call off this wedding since it’s a disaster but it ends up being like a Groundhog Day situation. I’m just crossing my fingers that I like it.

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Last 5: A look at my last 5 non-romance reads

Hello friends and fellow book lovers!! For this month’s Last 5 post, I decided to go with a unique theme and that’s to talk about the last five books I’ve read that weren’t romance. I know that romance is mostly what I talk about and 99% of what I read. However, sometimes I do get in the mood to read other things such as thrillers and non-fiction mostly.

With that being said, I figured I’d talk about some of my non-romance reads this month so let’s get into my last five non-romance reads. 🙂

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5. He Started It

The first non-romance read I have to talk about is He Started It by Samantha Downing. This is a thriller so I don’t want to give away TOO much about it. Basically, it follows siblings all on a road trip together to honor their later grandfather’s wishes. It’s full of twists and turns that I really didn’t see coming. However, I severely disliked the ending so it didn’t end up being as impressive as I hoped. 3/5 stars

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4. The Last Time I Lied

The next non-romance book I read was The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager. This is another thriller and it’s one I don’t want to give too many details about. Similar to the previous book, it’s about a girl who goes back to a summer camp where she dealt with a tragedy 15 years ago. It follows that story along with the present which actually surprised me. I especially didn’t see the twist in the final chapter coming either. I was very impressed with this one by Riley Sager. 4/5 stars

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3. The Silent Patient

The next one I read is yet another thriller and that’s The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides. This is one I don’t want to say anything about. However, I did predict what ended up happening in the book and I was so pleased with myself. I usually suck at guessing those plot lines so for once, I was incredibly happy. 4/5 stars

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2. Horrorstör

The next non-romance book I read was Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix which is a horror book. I sometimes let my co-worker pick a genre for me and he chose horror. This one is about people who work in this IKEA-esque story and how they all team up one night to try and find out why mysterious things are happening at night. While it’s a fun concept, this book moved entirely too slow for me and seemed to only pick up with the horror elements well past the 50 percent mark which I didn’t love. This is scary but not anything that overly impressed me. 3/5 stars

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1. She Come By It Natural: Dolly Parton and the Women Who Lived Her Songs

The last non-romance book I read was She Come By It Natural: Dolly Parton and the Women Who Lived Her Songs by Sarah Smarsh. This book is 50% info about Dolly while the other half is about Sarah Smarsh’s life. While I did enjoy her commentary and all the info about Dolly, I felt like some of it was heavy-handed. Maybe a bit of an overestimation on Smarsh’s part but it was short and an enjoyable audiobook listen. 4/5 stars

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Twisted Love: A Spoiler-Free Review

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Welcome to another edition of I decide to randomly review one book a month as I hate writing reviews. Either way, here we are again and this time, I’m writing a review of Twisted Love by Ana Huang. I know this book is popular on both BookTok and BookTube thus culminating in me reviewing it so let’s get into it.

This is my spoiler-free review of Twisted Love.

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Alex Volkov is a devil blessed with the face of an angel and cursed with a past he can’t escape.

Driven by a tragedy that has haunted him for most of his life, his ruthless pursuits for success and vengeance leave little room for matters of the heart.

But when he’s forced to look after his best friend’s sister, he starts to feel something in his chest:

A crack.
A melt.
A fire that could end his world as he knew it.

Ava Chen is a free spirit trapped by nightmares of a childhood she can’t remember.

But despite her broken past, she’s never stopped seeing the beauty in the world…including the heart beneath the icy exterior of a man she shouldn’t want.

Her brother’s best friend.
Her neighbor.
Her savior and her downfall.

Theirs is a love that was never supposed to happen—but when it does, it unleashes secrets that could destroy them both…and everything they hold dear.

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What I enjoyed about Twisted Love

  • The tropes! This book was tropes galore as it featured some of my favorites and done so well. It featured brother’s best friend, grumpy-sunshine and opposites attract. It was just SO delightful and I couldn’t put it down once I started.
  • Ava was everything. The main reason why I adored this book was because of Ava. She was such a sweet and lovable character who dealt with so much. I was just happy to see her getting a chance to be happy. Sigh, I want her as a best friend.
  • The steam. Obviously, this book featured a lot of steamy moments. However, the steam was out of this world like top-tier steamy moments. I especially loved how much dirty talking Alex did throughout the book.
  • The friend group. Ava had such an adorable group of friends. I know who book 2 follows and I can’t wait to pick it up. However, I adored every single one of them and I hope they each get their own book.
  • Alex. The love interest, Alex was a sociopath and possibly a psychopath but oh my god. He was so similar to my SO that I couldn’t help but love him. He was so unexpectably sweet and lovable specially towards Ava. Plus he would have killed for her and literally burnt down the world if she asked.
  • The portrayal of phobias. This book featured for a phobia for Ava and honestly, I could relate to it. While our phobias weren’t the same, it was obviously how debailitaing it was for her and I can relate to that. I especially loved the work she and Alex did to help her together.

What I didn’t enjoy about Twisted Love

  • A little longer than I wanted. For me, the one downfall of this book was that it felt like a little long at times. Maybe it could have been cut down by 30ish page or so but I’m not to mad about that.
  • Alex’s “change.” If you’ve read this, I’m sure you konw what change I’m talking about as in the meeting with his uncle. I understnad why he did it but it still annoyed me. I felt especially sad for Ava and wanted to punch Alex for not getting it together or just opening his mouth.
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Either way, I absolutely adored this book and I’m still thinking about it. It was just SO good. It was dark but had such a lovely romance that I couldn’t put it down. It just made me so happy and I can’t wait to read more from Ana Huang. I gave Twisted Love 5 out of 5 stars.

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Books

Introducing: The Hoemance Book Club + our September Book Pick

Hello friends and fellow book lovers!! I’m so excited to finally be making this post and it’s about Ellyn and I starting a book club. Our book club is called The Hoemance Book Club and it’s basically a play on the Bromance Book Club series by Lyssa Kay Adams. Basically, it’s a way for Ellyn and I to buddy read romances together along with anyone else who wants to join us.

Basically, Ellyn pitched me this idea and I was DOWN before she even finished sending out the message lmao. With that being said, we’re so excited to kick things off but before we get started, I wanted to include our social media links if you want to connect with us. We have a Twitter, Instagram and Discord

For each month, we’re going to be doing a rotating theme with one month being a new release while the next will be a backlist title. We’re also going to be announcing the titles pretty early so you have time to acquire the book in your preferred medium. Last but not least, we have a Google form where you can make suggestions/requests for books you want use to read. 🙂

And the September Book pick is…

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For September, the book club pick is going to be The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang which I’m including the synopsis of below.

When violinist Anna Sun accidentally achieves career success with a viral YouTube video, she finds herself incapacitated and burned out from her attempts to replicate that moment. And when her longtime boyfriend announces he wants an open relationship before making a final commitment, a hurt and angry Anna decides that if he wants an open relationship, then she does, too. Translation: She’s going to embark on a string of one-night stands. The more unacceptable the men, the better.

That’s where tattooed, motorcycle-riding Quan Diep comes in. Their first attempt at a one-night stand fails, as does their second, and their third, because being with Quan is more than sex—he accepts Anna on an unconditional level that she has just started to understand herself. However, when tragedy strikes Anna’s family she takes on a role that she is ill-suited for, until the burden of expectations threatens to destroy her. Anna and Quan have to fight for their chance at love, but to do that, they also have to fight for themselves.

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With all of that being said, I think that’s all the core information you need. If not, I know Ellyn will have all the details I’ve forgotten. Either way, I’m excited to get reading and especially to kick off the book club with this hopefully new favorite 😛 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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