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!

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.

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.

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.

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

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.


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.


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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Those are all my current KU loans and library holds. I’d love to know if you’ve read any of these and your thoughts. 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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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. 🙂


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


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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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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Reading 3 books with my least favorite trope: An Experiment

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! When I came up with this idea, I was SO hesitant as I knew it could end up being an epic fail. However, I knew that no matter what, I needed to confront my fear and eventually, give this trope a real try. Last month, I secretly decided to read books feature accidental pregnancy as their trope of choice.

Before getting into the books, I wanted to talk about this trope and why I dislike it so much. If you don’t know, this trope is exactly as it sounds as it’s all about one of the characters getting accidentally pregnant whether it be for a lack of birth control, broken condom or just some unforeseen circumstances.

With that being said, I’m someone who doesn’t plan on having any children and if I do, it will be planned. Secondly when I’m getting intimate with someone, I’m the girl who is literally throwing a condom at their head lmao and lastly, I just don’t see a reason why these accidental pregnancies can’t be prevented. Either way, let’s get into the books I read, my thoughts and if I enjoyed the trope or not.

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Book #1: The Goal

The first book that actually kicked off this experiment is The Goal by Elle Kennedy. This is Tucker and Sabrina’s book which was hinted at in the end of Book 3. Honestly, I felt like this book was entirely TOO long. Considering how big of a hint we got in Book 3, this book should have been cut in half as the accidental pregnancy trope didn’t even happen until a lot later in the story.

As for how the trope was handled, I feel like Elle Kennedy did too much and put these characters through the ringer for no reason. Sabrina had a shitty home life already and adding a baby into the mix didn’t help things. As for Tucker, he was a sweet guy but it felt like he got the short end of the stick, too. Easily my least favorite of the bunch. 3/5 stars

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Book #2: Pregnant By the Playboy

The next book I read was Pregnant By The Playboy by Jackie Lau. Jackie Lau is easily one of my favorite romance authors and this was the last book of hers I had left. This book follows Marissa and Vince as they have a passionate night, resulting in a broken condom thus an accidental pregnancy. I knew that if anyone would make me enjoy this trope, Jackie Lau was a sure-fire bet.

With that being said, I enjoyed how she did this trope. Firstly, both of the characters were smart and made important adult decisions which doesn’t always happen. Second, this book didn’t focus as heavily on pregnancy as some can get bogged down with it. Third, I enjoyed how the book didn’t automatically make the MC love being pregnant or show only the “good-side” but was rather realistic. Honestly, I feel like this book was delightful, did the trope justice and proved Jackie Lau is a favorite author. 4/5 stars

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Book #3: Oops!

The final book I read for this experiment was Oops! by Alexandra Warren. This is my first full-length Alexandra Warren and it focused on Camryn and Maverick who are “rivals” at work but can’t fight their attraction to one another, giving into their passion one night. Obviously, one thing leads to another and Camryn gets pregnant as the two didn’t use protection.

While normally that type of reckless behavior would turn me off, I felt like I understood why Camryn and Maverick gave in so easy. What I enjoyed most was how the two slowly came to know each other and fall in love. Once again, this book didn’t focus too heavily on her pregnancy but rather focused on their growth as individuals and a couple. There was some needless drama at times, but overall, it was an enjoyable read. 4/5 stars

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As someone who vehemently disdains this trope, I have to say that I’m pleasantly surprised by the results of my experiment. I really feel like it comes down to a few factors as to if I’ll enjoy it which are if it’s disclosed before the story starts, how the pregnancy impacts the story and if the characters lose themselves upon finding out about the pregnancy. Mostly, I’m just looking for a story where the pregnancy is made clear from the start but it isn’t the center of the story and there is still character/couple growth.

With all that being said, I don’t know that I’ll go looking for this trope but as long as it’s done well, I’ll check it out. However, I don’t think any will end up being a 5-star read. 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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My Top 3 Favorite Tropes + Recs + My Annual Birthday Post

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! I know that I”m not posting on my usual day and that’s because it’s my birthday. I decided to write up a post on my birthday as that’s something I’ve done every year. I know that some people don’t think their birthday is a big deal but that’s not me. It’s the one day that’s all about me and I’m just so self-centered so I knew I wanted to make a post.

For my birthday post this year, I decided to talk about my three favorite romance tropes and books I recommend with said trope. This is going to hopefully be a fun post so let’s get into it. 🙂

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1. Friends-To-Lovers

My favorite romance trope of all-time is friends-to-lovers. If you didn’t figure it out, this is a romance between friends who decide to take the next step and be lovers. I’ve always loved this trope whether it’s been in books, movies or fanfiction. Oddly enough, my boyfriend and I started off as more friends and then became more so this holds a special place in my heart.

As for some of my favorite books featuring this trope, I’d be remiss to not include Inevitable Conclusions by Christina C Jones which is between life-long friends. She also has Maybe This Time which is about two friends who get married in Vegas. Another favorite is Go Deep by Rilzy Adams along with The Roommate Risk by Talia Hibbert. These are all favorite so I’d highly recommend if you enjoy this trope as I do.


2. Grumpy-Sunshine

The next romance trope I adore is one that snuck up on me and that’s grumpy-sunshine. This one is a new discovery in 2021 and it’s become one I can’t get enough of. Once again, this mirrors my own relationship as my boyfriend is the grump and I’m the sunshine. Something about the dynamic between the two just makes me melt.

Obviously, the example I have for this one is Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert. There’s also Twisted Love by Ana Huang, Always Only You by Chloe Liese, It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey and Written In the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur.

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3. Bad Boy Romances

The final trope I’ve been loving this year is bad boy romances. Basically, all of my favorite heroes this year have been bad boys in some capacity. Once again, my SO isn’t a “bad boy” but he’s one of those “Touch Her and I’ll Kill you” types. However, there’s just something about a morally grey hero I’ve been loving this year. Obviously, this one isn’t for everyone but is another fave for 2021 so far.

The books I have for this one are Run Posy Run by Cate C. Wells which is a mafia romance featuring a sociopath love interest and the lengths he’ll go to be with the woman he loves. As per the last trope, I also have to rec Twisted Love by Ana Huang, Neon Gods by Katee Robert and The Hitman by Katrina Jackson.

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That’s my 2021 birthday post talking about my favorite tropes from this year. Honestly, I feel like my tastes have shifted but also not. Either way, I hope you enjoyed this bonus post and maybe you’ll find a new book to check out. 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 Tips on How to Read More each month

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For this week’s Friday post, I knew I wanted to talk about something related to reading and how I manage to read so much. While there are no doubt others who read more than me, I feel like reading 20+ books a month isn’t a typical month for everyone. With that being said, I wanted to include some tips on how to read more each month and hopefully, help others out if they want to ramp up their reading.

1. Participate in Read-A-Thons

My first tip for reading more in a month is to participate in read-a-thons. If it’s your first time trying one out, it can be intimidating. However, read-athons are a good way to not only help you read more but plan a specific TBR. For me personally, it’s a good reading boost and keeps me motivated to read as I usually set a goal for the read-a-thon.

If you watch Booktube, I’m sure you’ll find some on there or even on Twitter. You can also always refer to the Read-a-Thon calendar made by The Little Book Owl. If there’s something you love out there, there’s probably a read-a-thon based on it or you can even make your own. Either way, read-a-thons have been a huge help for me.

2. When in doubt, try a new format

For some, reading can only mean one thing and that’s reading a book physically. One of my biggest tips is to try an entirely new format for reading. Whether it’s audiobooks or ebooks, you might end up surprising yourself. Personally, I never used to be an audiobook reader but lately, I’ve been devouring them. In the end, you might surprise yourself and find an entirely new and fresh way to consume books.

3. Try a new genre while you’re at it

One thing I recommend for those either looking to read more or facing a reading slump is to try a new genre. While it doesn’t necessarily have to be something totally different, it’s nice to mix things up. For someone who is primarily a romance reader, you might want to try a thriller or a horror. If you don’t usually read romance, try it out and see if you can find one you like. This one is more suited to your own reading tastes, but it’s something I’ve been employing. I read a ton of romance, but lately, thrillers have been peaking my interest. Either way, it’s nice to step out of your comfort zone in that realm.

4. Doing busy work? Pick an audiobook

My new favorite tip actually came about because of work. When work is feeling particularly slow or busy, I end up putting my earbuds in and listening to an audiobook. Just today while I was working, I finished two audiobooks during my 8-hour shift. Both weren’t very long but kept me entertained while I was having a rough day. Honestly, it’s nice to be able to tune out work for a bit and get lost in the story. Obviously, as someone who cuts meat, I can’t tune out completely but it’s nice to think about not being freezing for once.

5. Don’t be afraid to read shorter books

This is something I honestly do a ton and that’s read shorter books. I’m all about reading novellas, short stories, and graphic novels. I feel like there’s something so satisfying about reading a book and being able to finish it in a matter of hours. While it’s nice to read longer books, it’s also nice to read shorter books.

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Ultimately, the best way to read more is to not put pressure on yourself. Reading is supposed to be fun and if you make it a chore, it won’t be fun. For me, reading is a great way to escape reality. If I had a long day, it’s nice to curl up with a book. Either way, I hope my tips helped in some way. 🙂 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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