Smutathon Winter 2020 Wrap-Up

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Even though it’s a little bit late, I knew that I wanted to post a wrap-up of my Smutathon reads. This is easily one of my favorite read-a-thons that I’m taking part in so I’m excited to share the books I read and what I thought of them. Unlike my other read-a-thon wrap-ups, I’m not breaking this up into days because I’m writing this up a little bit later. Either way, let’s get into the books I read!

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1. Birthday Girl 

The first book I finished was Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas and let me say that I was pleasantly surprised. This is a romance between a girl and her ex-boyfriend’s dad which sounds a bit awkward. However, I think that Penelope Douglas handled it respectfully without being too taboo. I really liked the development of Jordan and Pike’s relationship although the ending didn’t really work for me. 4/5 stars.

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2. Filthy Boss

This was by Penny Wylder and it follows a girl who gets caught writing things about her boss and the shenanigans that ensue because of that. This was pretty short and somewhat steamy but didn’t really do anything for me. Personally, I thought it was a little bit cheesy and cliche plus it had some typos. Overall, it had potential but just didn’t work for me. 2/5 stars.

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3. Anyone But You

I’ve heard really good things about Chelsea M. Cameron and this book was a freaking delight. It was an enemies-to-lovers story about two women, one who owns a yoga studio and the other who owns a Crossfit gym. Things start off rocky but the two eventually form a relationship and honestly, I thought it was SO good. The only complaint I had was that it felt a little bit rushed and at points, it felt like the author was just adding diversity for the sake of it. Maybe I was reading too much into it but that’s just what I thought. 4/5 stars.

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4. The Loner’s Lady 

The next book I read was The Loner’s Lady by Jessa Kane. This book was about a girl who poses as her best friend’s beard and ends up in a relationship with his dad. It’s a virgin story so I didn’t really enjoy it. Considering that it was only 60 pages, I wasn’t sure what I was expecting but it just wasn’t good. 2/5 stars.

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5. Let’s Get Textual

If you read my post about Ellyn picking my TBR, then you’ll know that this is a book she picked out for me. I’m SO excited that I decided to pick this book up as it ended up being super cute and fun. It follows a guy and a girl who think they’re texting someone else and how the misunderstanding brings them together. Unfortunately, the plot-twist at the end really irritated me so I docked it a star. It was still an enjoyable read, though. 4/5 stars.

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6. Ice Planet Barbarians

The next book I finished was Ice Planet Barbarians which is honestly probably the most out of my comfort zone book. This book follows a girl who gets abducted by aliens before getting dumped on a different planet and ends up being mated to an alien there. Yes, it is as weird as it sounds but also SUPER sexy. Personally, this book was a little bit darker than I thought and it didn’t end up being as great as I hoped. I do plan on continuing in the series, though. 3/5 stars.

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7. Whipped

As for the next book I finished, it was Whipped by Jenika Snow. It’s a romance between a girl who goes into a bakery and the guy who owns the bakery after the two are paired up when her company uses him as a caterer. It’s a typical smutty romance so it wasn’t anything new for me. Personally, I was getting to the end of my rope at this point lmao so this one was kind of meh. 3/5 stars.

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8. Desperate Measures

My next-to-last read was Desperate Measures by Katee Robert which is kind of like an Aladdin retelling in which Jasmine and Jafar are in a sexual relationship. I don’t really know how to describe it but honestly, this was just fun. It was super sexy and smutty but a little bit of romance and suspense. Overall, I thought it was good albeit not great so I didn’t really love it as much as I wanted to. 4/5 stars.

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9. From Scratch

The last book I finished for Smuathon was an M/M/F romance between a firefighter, a cop and a baker. I thought this book was super sexy as it focused a lot on the smutty side of their relationship and the challenges they had. However, the story did have some grammatical mistakes which took me out of the story and I think that the story could have been a bit more fleshed out. I do think that I’m going to continue on in the series, though. 3.5/5 stars.


Before I wrap-up, I wanted to talk about which books fit which challenges so let’s get into it. 🙂

  • Enemies to Lovers: Anyone But You
  • 2019 Release: Whipped
  • LGBTQ+: From Scratch
  • New to You Author: Desperate Measures
  • Forbidden: Birthday Girl
  • Workplace: Filthy Boss
  • Recommended to You: Let’s Get Textual
  • Fake Relationship: The Loner’s Lady
  • Out of Comfort Zone: Ice Planet Barbarians

As for my favorite book, I’d have to say that Let’s Get Textual was my favorite and my least favorite was probably Filthy Boss. I’m sure I kind of expected that but I’m pretty sure that I read for all new-to-me authors this week. That’s pretty cool so I knew I had to mention that.

Overall, I had a successful Smutathon and I’m excited about the next round. Hopefully, I’ll get a 5-star read the next round. Either way, I still had fun so I consider it a win!

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December 2019 Wrap-Up

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! This is a surprise post as I didn’t want to bring my 2019 reads into 2020 so I decided to post my wrap-up today. In December, I read 14 books and honestly, I read a lot of books that I really loved this month albeit a few disappointing ones as well. With that being said, let’s talk about the books I read in December 2019.

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1. Wish List by Sylvia Day

The first book I read in December was Wish List by Sylvia Day and honestly, this book was so cheesy and cliche. I think that it had the potential to be good but it just didn’t do anything for me. It’s about a girl who writes a “sexy” wish list about a guy she works with and it’s basically him making her fantasies come true. However, there’s a weird plotline at the end that really took the enjoyment out of the story for me. 2/5 stars.

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2. The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

The second book I finished was a birthday gift from Ellyn. I’ve been waiting since August to read this and I really loved it. It’s a modern retelling of A Christmas Carol and honestly, this book was such a delight. While our main character was somewhat unlikeable, I think Hand told a compelling story. The only thing I didn’t enjoy was the ending as I think it could have been handled differently. 4/5 stars.

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3. 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston

I wrote a spoiler-free review of this one if you want to read it!

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4. One Hot December (Men at Work #3) by Tiffany Reisz

The next book I read was the conclusion of a series and that was One Hot December. As much as I loved the previous book in this series, this one was just meh. I did like that it was a romance between a boss and his employee but something about it was lacking. Maybe it was the chemistry between the two or the ending, but this one really missed the mark for me. 3/5 stars.

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5. Hoops Holiday by Kennedy Ryan

Keeping with the Christmas theme, I read Hoops Holiday which is a Christmas novella that Ryan wrote about a side-character. It follows the owner of the Waves and his relationship with a sports personality. Honestly, this one was pretty emotional yet still sweet at the same time. The romance was well-developed but it just wasn’t my speed if that makes sense. 4/5 stars.

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6. Bromance Book Club (Bromance Book Club #1) by Lyssa Kay Adams

Before reading this, I heard some mixed things about this book so I was a little bit nervous but I ended up, loving it. It follows a professional baseball player and his wife as they’re about to get divorced and he’s trying to win her back by joining the “bromance book club.” Honestly, this was super sweet while still being steamy and realistic which is why I loved it so much. Plus I love books where the love interest is an athlete so 4/5 stars.

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7. Christmas in the City

Next up is a Christmas short story collection released by a handful of popular romance authors and that’s Christmas in the City. These short stories all follow different characters and honestly, I loved all of them besides the first one. I don’t want to get into too much detail but this is a perfect Christmas romance collection. 4/5 stars.

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8. We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates

This was a book that I mentioned in a Top 5 Tuesday post and once I asked my friend Jav about it, she was down to read it. We decided to break it up into reading 2 essays a day which didn’t happen. It took a lot longer to read and ended up making me a bit slumpy even thought it was a solid read. The essays were written by Coates every year of Barrack Obama’s presidency and before each essay, Coates reflected on what was happening in his life. Overall, it was a very powerful read but could get dry at times. 4.5/5 stars.

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9. Haven (Beards & Bondage #1) by Rebekah Weatherspoon

After I finished the last book, I knew that I wanted something fun and less heavy so I decided to read Haven. If you didn’t know, I’ve been reading a lot of Rebekah Weatherspoon’s backlist and this was another one I enjoyed. Haven follows Claudia and Shep who meet under unfortunate circumstances that basically bonds them together and the romance they have. Overall, I thought this book was intense with its subject matter but featured enough romance and smut to still make it enjoyable. While not my favorite of hers, I definitely plan on continuing the series. 4/5 stars.

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10. Blitzed (Playbook #3) by Alexa Martin

This was easily my most anticipated release for 2019 and I have to say that for the most part, it lived up to the hype. It was obviously an NFL romance as the previous books have been but this one focused on Brynn who is a side character in the first two books. I really enjoyed this book as it had a great romance, incredible characters and made me so happy up until the very end. Unfortunately, the “plot-twist” at the end really killed my enjoyment and I wish that Alexa Martin had gone a different route with it. It pains me to say that it didn’t end up being a 5-star read because of that. 4/5 stars.

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11-14. The Curves for Christmas series by Various Authors

The last four books I read this year was on Christmas and it was the Curves for Christmas series. The series included 4 Christmas novellas that featured curvy women and their relationships with men they met around Christmas. Personally, I found them all disappointing as they were all virgin breeder romances which isn’t my thing. Either way, they were quick and fun reads so I can’t really complain. 2/5 stars.


Those are the 14 books I read in December! I think I had a pretty good reading month albeit a disappointment at the very end. Either way, I’m excited to see where 2020 takes me and see if I end up reading more than 157 books 😉

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November 2019 Wrap-Up

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Welcome to my belated November Wrap-up. At first, I was going to post this on December 1st but I knew that I still had a book out from the library that I was going to finish right before then. Either way, I’m still getting it up so I can’t really complain. Lol

Looking back at November, I had an excellent reading month. In November, I read 14 books and I have to say that I enjoyed almost all of them. I don’t think that I gave anything under 3 stars so that’s good news. With that being said, let’s get into the 14 books I read in November!

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1, 2 and 3. PrideA Very Large Expanse of Sea and A Heart in a Body in the World

The first 3 books I read this month, I did mini-reviews of. If you want to know my in-depth thoughts about them, then be sure to check that post out.

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4. Block Shot (Hoops #2)

The next book I read was Block Shot which is the second book in the Hoops series. This book follows the love interest’s stepbrother from the first book and the romance he has with a rival agent. This book was a hate-to-love second chance romance and honestly, I thought it was really good. I loved all the sports talk, how sexy it was and how much Jared was willing to give up for Banner. What I didn’t love was the cheating aspect as I think the book would have been better without it. 4/5 stars.

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5. A Lesson in Thorns (Thornchapel #1)

This was easily one of the most hyped books on Booktube and honestly, I didn’t get it. I know that everyone talked about how sexy it was. For me, I think that the book had too much exposition tog et up to the sexy stuff. Maybe I just didn’t realize how long it would be until we got to that but this book felt like a snooze fest. While it was pretty good smut, I wouldn’t say it was the best of the best. Overall, this book fell flat with its characters, their relationships and the smut. 3/5 stars.

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6. Dirty Little Secret (Forbidden Desires #1)

I set a little challenge for myself to clean out some of the books on my Kindle and this was a free one that I found. I’ve never read anything by Kendall Ryan so I was a little bit skeptical. This book follows our MC Emma who harbors a secret crush on a guy who goes to the same coffee shop as her and it’s basically how they meet and she ends up getting embroiled in his business.

While I did think this was some pretty good smut, I didn’t love the romance. I thought Emma was better suited to Gavin’s brother. I know that he gets a book but I wish those two would have gotten together. Either way, this was just an okay read. 3/5 stars.

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7. Know My Name by Chanel Miller

I put a hold on this book almost immediately after it came out. If you didn’t know, this book is a memoir by Chanel Miller who was sexually assaulted by Brock Turner. I honestly had no idea what this book was going to cover. However, I was surprised by how much Chanel was willing to share and the courage she had in sharing her story. It was such a powerful read and one that I’d highly recommend reading.

I only wish that the book wouldn’t have jumped so vastly from topics. One second, we were hearing about the case and the next, we were hearing about her childhood. It was a little bit jarring but other than that, it was an excellent read. 4/5 stars.

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8. Bittersweet (True North #1)

This was another book that was free on Kindle so I snagged it. This is the first book in a series of companion books, following side characters. This book follows our MC Audrey as she gets sent on a work trip to an old hookup’s farm and it’s basically the two of them reconnecting. While I thought this was a cute and fun read, I didn’t really think that anything about it was high-stakes. It was more of just a fluffy and fun romance which was nice but I would’ve preferred a bit more depth. 3/5 stars.

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9. Royal Holiday (The Wedding Date #4)

I put a hold on this even though I haven’t really loved any of Jasmine Guillory’s books and this one was no exception. This book follows the MC from book 3’s mother and the romance she has with a royal employee. Overall, I thought this book was cute albeit not as steamy as the others. What really annoyed me was the conflict between the two characters who were well past playing childhood games with each other as the man refused to talk about his feelings.

Maybe it’s something about how Guillory writes the conflicts between the couples, but it always ends up annoying me. I really should give up on her books but they’re addicting so we’ll see what I decide. 3/5 stars.

 

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10. Breaking Dawn (Twilight #4)

I really don’t have much to say about this book. Ellyn and I reread the entire series together and we’re just over it. It was just okay and that’s pretty much it. 3/5 stars.

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11. Hook Shot (Hoops #3)

For the weekend round of the Contemporary-A-Thon, I decided to pick up Hook Shot and honestly, what a great decision. Of all the books in the series, this one is my favorite. This book follows the cousin of the MC in book 1 and the teammate of her husband. Hook Shot featured such an incredible romance between Lotus and Kenan who I was rooting for immediately. It was so sweet to see that their age gap didn’t define them and that the two would able to overcome almost all of their issues as a couple. It was just so refreshing to see in romance.

The only thing that annoyed me was how overdramatic this book felt. Somehow, Kennedy Ryan always has to kick you in the gut at least once. This book had multiple moments like that and it was a bit tiring. By the end, I was just ready for this book to wrap up and have a happy ending lmao. 4/5 stars.

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12. Her Naughty Holiday (Men at Work #2)

This month, I moved on to the next book in the Men at Work series and this one centers around Thanksgiving. This time, it’s between Clover, a 30-year-old and Eric who she uses as a fake boyfriend to get her family off her back. Honestly, this book was such a delight as it was both smutty while still being sweet. Plus it’s rare to read a Thanksgiving romance so this was the perfect read for a Sunday night. Even though Thanksgiving is over, I’d still highly recommend it. 4/5 stars.

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13. Get a Life, Chloe Brown (The Brown Sisters #1)

The next-to-last book I read in November was Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert. I read one of her Christmas novellas last year and didn’t love it. While I heard a bit of hype around this book, I didn’t know what to think. However, this book ended up being a favorite for me and a major surprise.

This book follows our MC Chloe who after dealing with a near-death experience decides to branch out and make a list so she can “get a life.” Along the way, she starts up a friendship and maybe more with Red who works in her building. Honestly, this book was such a delight and I really loved their chemistry, the sexy moments and basically everything about it. 5/5 stars.

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14. Wrapped (Fit Trilogy #3.5)

In my Top 5 Tuesday post, you’ll notice that I brought Rebekah Weatherspoon and how I’ve been reading her backlist. This is the final book in the Fit series and it’s easily my favorite of the series. It follows the cousin of the MC of the last book and honestly, this was such a delight. Somehow, it ended up being exactly what I wanted and everything about it put me in a Christmas mood. It was a sexy, sweet and short novella that’s perfect for the holiday season. 5/5 stars.


Those are the 14 books I read in November! Personally, I plan on reading at least 9 books in December so I can read one more book than I read last year. Last year, I read 150 so I plan on reading at least 151 this year. Overall, I’ll just be happy to get through the mountain of Christmas books I saved up until this point. 🙂

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October 2019 Wrap-Up

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For once, I’m posting my wrap-up on the 1st of the following month. Since I have a pretty set schedule, I usually don’t post it until a few days later. However, I was lucky this month as the 1st of the month falls on a Friday which is when I do a random post. Lol

Anyways, let’s get into some stats for the month. During October, I read 17 books and it was such a successful reading month for me. I enjoyed over half the books I read and don’t think I rated anything under 3 stars which is great. With that being said, let’s get into the books I read in October!

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1. The Wallflower Wager (Girl Meets Duke #3)

The first book I finished this month was a library read and it was The Wallflower Wager which is the 3rd book in the Girl Meets Duke series. This book follows one of the girls, Penelope and it’s basically her falling in love with a duke. If you’ve read this series, then you know how these books go and this one was almost as good as the others.

It would have been 5 stars if it weren’t for the conflict at the end. If you’ve read the book, then you know what I’m talking about. Personally, I thought it was completely out of place and shouldn’t have been in there at all. 4/5 stars.

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2. Rafe: A Buff Male Nanny (Loose Ends #1)

The second book I finished this month was on audio and it was Rafe by Rebekah Weatherspoon. Slowly but surely, I’ve been making my way through her backlist and this was just glorious. This book follows Dr. Sloan Copeland as she hires Rafe to be the nanny of her two girls and the eventual relationship the two have.

This book was sexy, sweet and had one of my favorite relationships I’ve read this year. I only wish that I could have a Rafe of my very own. 4/5 stars.

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3. Treasure

Speaking of Rebekah Weatherspoon, I also read TreasureTreasure is an f/f romance between two college students: one who is rich while the other is a stripper. While I thought this was cute and a little bit sexy, I wasn’t that memorable. It was also pretty short so it was a quick read. Either way, I’d recommend it if you want to read an f/f romance. 3/5 stars.

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4. Flow (Grip #0.5)

I read this book over a year ago and I saw that Hoopla had it so I decided to give it a try on audio. Overall, I had similar feelings as I did with the ebook which was that I didn’t enjoy the ending. However, it made me want to pick up the rest of the series so at least it achieved that. 4/5 stars.

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5, 6 & 7 The Briar U series

This is a buddy-read that I did with Ellyn. I also wrote a HUGE review of them if you want to know more about my thoughts. I really go in-depth there so feel free to check that out. 🙂

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8. When A Scot Ties the Knot (Castles Ever After #3) & 9. The bonus epilogue

When I was waiting for my friend to get me from the train station, this book came off hold at the library and I picked it up. This book follows Madeline who makes up a fiance, only to find out that he’s real and it’s their relationship. This was such a charming read and I couldn’t help but fall in love with the romance.

Considering that I didn’t enjoy the 2nd book in the series, I was skeptical but had no reason to be. Their relationship was adorable, the dialogue was hilarious and everything about this made me smile. 4/5 stars.

On Goodreads, I noticed that the book has a bonus epilogue that follows some of the side characters and gives us an update on the main couple. Personally, I thought it wasn’t anything special and I can see why it was only available on her website. I also didn’t rate it.

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10. The Flatshare 

For some reason, these next few books are all pretty hyped as almost all of them came from the library. This book follows a girl and a guy who share a flat with one sleeping during the night while the other sleeps during the day. I loved watching their relationship develop and the way the two eventually met was hilarious. This book also wasn’t just a romance as it focused a lot on the characters and what was going on in their lives. 4/5 stars.

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11. Sorcery Of Thorns

I got this book as a birthday gift and I saved it for October since it was a spooky read. Boy am I glad that I did because I enjoyed it. This book is hard to explain, but it’s basically about a girl who wants to save libraries. That’s a pretty basic description, but I don’t want to give away too much. Overall, I thought this book was SO amazing and I’m glad that Lysette bought it for me. I was so pleasantly surprised by it, 4/5 stars.

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12. Capturing the Devil (Stalking Jack the Ripper #4)

Finally, I picked up Capturing the Devil and it was SO good. I don’t want to give away any spoilers since it’s the 4th book in a series. However, I ended up loving this book as I thought it wrapped up the series nicely and it did a great job of intertwining the romance with the mystery. Somehow, Kerri Maniscalco manages to weave those two things together flawlessly and this book was no expectation. It was a lovely conclusion and might end up being my favorite of the series. 5/5 stars.

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13. American Royals (American Royals #1)

This book came off hold at the library and I decided to pick it up before I went back to work from vacation. It’s basically an alternative history in which George Washington became king instead of the president and it was like reading a soap opera. There are so many characters and it was basically that everyone was in love with everyone and there was so much drama.

This book was seriously addicting and I couldn’t get enough of it. I didn’t want to put it down and I read over the course of one day. I wish that Netflix would adapt it because I think it would make a great TV series. 4/5 stars.

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14. Her Halloween Treat (Men at Work #1)

Since I was off the Thursday before Halloween, I decided to pick up Her Halloween Treat since it was on hoopla. This book was pretty short but it followed a girl who got dumped and she’s back in town for her brother’s wedding in which she meets up with an old friend and they have a romance. Honestly, I thought this book was pretty good as it was short, sweet and also super smutty. This book was downright filthy at some points, but it was such a great seasonal read. 4/5 stars.

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15. Xeni (Loose Ends #2) 

Earlier this month, I recommended that my library buy this book and they listened to me so I was first in line for it. Thankfully, it came off hold pretty quickly and I picked it up almost immediately after Her Halloween Treat. This book follows Xeni who is best friends with Sloan from Rafe and this book was a damn delight. It was basically Xeni’s aunt arranging a marriage between her and Mason, a man who works in the small town her aunt lives in.

Both main characters were bi and it was explored in the book. I thought this book was adorable and sexy without being over-the-top or insta-lovey. Xeni was another great Rebekah Weatherspoon book and I’ll go crazy until I read the rest of her backlist. 4/5 stars.

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16. Eclipse (Twilight #3)

If you’ve been following me for a few months now, you’ll know that Ellyn and I are doing a buddy-read of the Twilight series. This month, we tackled Eclipse and honestly, I really enjoyed rereading this. Maybe it’s because I love Jacob Black but this book was a lot more bearable than the others. There were definitely some consent issues in this book, but I’m a sucker for Jacob Black. Plus I forgot a lot about this book so it was a somewhat surprising read lol. 4/5 stars.

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17. Halloween Boo (Holiday Hunk #1)

After reading Her Halloween Treat, I wanted to read another Halloween romance so I decided to pick this up because it was cheap. Overall, I thought this book was cute but not very memorable. It’s a Halloween romance between a spirit and a mortal woman but it’s slightly inspired by Hocus Pocus. There are a lot of references to the movie so if you like that movie, then you’ll probably like this.

Overall, I thought it was fun albeit a little bit short. Probably won’t reread it but I might continue on in the series. 3/5 stars.


Those are the 17 books I read in October and it was a lot of fun. I can only hope that November is every bit as successful as October was.

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Contemporary-A-Thon Round 5 Wrap-Up

Hello friends and fellow Contemporary-A-Thon lovers! Welcome to my CAT wrap-up and boy am I glad to be here. I’ve been eagerly awaiting CAT for months and I’m happy to finally be posting my wrap-up. If you’ve read my previous CAT wrap-ups, I split it up by days and include the books I read. I have no plans on changing that for this round so let’s get into the hosts, challenges and then my wrap-up.

Contemporary-A-Thon is hosted by Chelsea, Julie, Natasha, and Melanie. All of these ladies are wonderful and I’d highly recommend their channels. Of course, I’m sure that most of you already know who they are. 🙂

The Challenges

  • Read a 2019 release
  • Read a contemporary with yellow on the cover
  • Read a diverse contemporary
  • Read a contemporary with an illustrated cover
  • Read a dark/hard-hitting contemporary
  • Read a contemporary with plants on the cover
  • Read a contemporary beloved by a member of the book community (shout out the creator, if you want!)


Day 1: September 23rd

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Starting with day 1, I had the day off today so I decided to read my longest book today and fortunately, I finished it. Similar to my previous wrap-up, I’m going to include 2 things I liked and one thing I liked. I really loved the main character, Cameron who is a bitch and she just didn’t care which was EVERYTHING. I also liked the unexpected romance that happened.

One thing I didn’t like was how Cameron treated her mom for most of the story as she was really all the family she had. It really annoyed me especially when we found out more backstory on her mother. Overall though, I LOVED this book and it’s one of my favorite contemporaries I’ve read this year. 5/5 stars

I also started Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins and I’m about 50% done with it. I work 3-9 tomorrow so I plan on finishing it before work. If I’m Being Honest fulfilled the challenge of reading a contemporary with yellow on the cover. (1/7)

Day 2: September 24th

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On day 2, I worked 3-9 so I ended up having time before I went to work and I ended up finishing Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked this book and how much I enjoyed the romance as Flora wasn’t the most likable character.

As for the 2 things I liked, I really loved the setting of this book as it was set in Scotland and everything felt so lush and atmospheric. I also enjoyed both the friendships and romance in the book. Both made me happy and I couldn’t get enough of them. I’d also really like to see Saks get her own book eventually.

As for the thing I didn’t like, I didn’t really enjoy the conflict and I thought it was kind of annoying especially how Millie acted. It was a good read though so 4/5 starsHer Royal Highness completed the challenge of reading a diverse contemporary. (2/7)

Day 3: September 25th

On Wednesday, my lazy butt didn’t read anything. I worked 8:30-5, came home and worked on my articles. Then I showered, eat and watched TV for the rest of the night before I went to sleep. I’m writing this on Thursday, though so I’m happy to share that I made more progress on Thursday.

Day 4: September 26th

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Finally, I’m all caught up and can talk about what I did on the day I’m writing this. I decided to pick up Well Met since I was off today and I spent the afternoon, reading it in one sitting. This book is honestly a new favorite and could be in the running for one of my new favorite books of the year.

The 2 things I liked in this book is hard to pin-point because I loved a lot of things. I loved the characters, the romance and the settings (to name three things!) I also really loved how their relationship played out for a majority of the story without anything happening and everything sort of fell into place in the last 100 pages which are great. The one thing I didn’t enjoy was the conflict and how it portrayed Simon who seemed entirely different from a certain point but 5/5 stars. Well Met completed the challenge of reading a contemporary with plants on the cover. (3/7)

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The second book I completed on Thursday was Falling from Gravity by K.K. Allen and this is a prequel novella. Even though it was short, I think the book did a great job of establishing their relationship and even featured some sexy times. The only thing I didn’t like was how abruptly it ended but I guess that’s to be expected. It did make me want to pick up the next book so it was a job well done, 4/5 stars. Falling From Gravity completed the challenge of reading a 2019 release. (4/7)

Day 5: September 27th

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On Friday, I was scheduled 2-8 but left at 7 because it was slow and I didn’t read anything before work because I was watching vlogs. Instead, I got everything done once I got home and sat down to read Giant Days Vol 3. Of all the volumes so far, this one is probably my favorite. I might need to do a reread though as I forgot a lot about the series but it was still fun.

I read it pretty quickly so I don’t have much to pinpoint what I did and didn’t like. I thought it was good but don’t have much else to say, 4/5 stars. Giant Days Vol 3 completed the challenge of reading a contemporary with an illustrated cover. (5/7) 

Day 6: September 28th

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On Saturday, I worked 4-9 and before work, I decided to read Only For A Night by Naima Simone which was the group book for Smutathon. This book follows a girl who goes to a sex club that her ex owns and it’s basically a one night of passion for them. As for the 2 things I liked about this book, I really enjoyed all the sexy parts and how strong of a character Harper was.

One thing that disappointed me was that I expected the book to be a little darker. It did feature some dark and emotional moments, but I guess I thought it would be a lot more emotional than it was. Honestly, I was a little disappointed in this book and I wanted more from it, 3/5 stars. Only For A Night completed the challenge of reading a dark/hard-hitting contemporary. (6/7)

Day 7: September 29th

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On the last day of the Contemporary-A-Thon, I decided to save Fence Vol 1 as I knew it would be a super short read and it was. I sat outside to read this and ended up really enjoying it. As for 2 things I liked, I LOVED the art style and I loved the characters as most of them were pretty likable. The one thing I didn’t like was how slow-moving it was but I’ve heard a lot of people mention that.

Overall, Fence Vol 1 was a major surprise for me as I didn’t think I was going to love it but I did, 4/5 stars. Fence Vol 1 completed the challenge of reading a contemporary beloved by a member of the community. (7/7) 


Contemporary-A-Thon Stats

Challenges: 7/7 challenges completed

Star Ratings: 5-stars (2), 4-stars (4) and 3-stars (1)

Average Rating: 4 stars

Favorite Read: This is tough because I loved both If I’m Being Honest and Well Met so I’m going with those two as my favorite reads.

Least Favorite Read: Only For A Night

Those are all the books I read for Contemporary-A-Thon and honestly, I’m pretty happy with myself. I really do love this read-a-thon and even though I struggled with the challenges at first, I was able to complete them all. Plus it was a relatively good reading week too so I can’t complain. 😛

Did you participate in the Contemporary-A-Thon? If so, how did you do and what books would you recommend that you read? 

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September 2019 Wrap-Up

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! While August was a pretty big reading month for me, September was a little bit slower. I’ve been trying to take a little bit of a break from reading and read less for quanitay and more for quality. Then again when you’re reading this, I’ll be participating in Contemporary-A-Thon so we’ll see if that happens. I’ll be doing a separate wrap-up for that so be on the lookout 😀

Without further ado, let’s get into the 5 books I read and my 1 DNF in September (Geez didn’t think my reading month was that bad but oh well!)

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1. Ayesha At Last

The first book I finished in September was Ayesha At Last by Uzma Jalaluddin. If you didn’t know, this book is a retelling of Pride and Prejudice but with Muslim characters and I really enjoyed it. I thought it was a unique spin on the original story and I loved watching the relationship form between Ayesha and Khalid. This book was really sweet but nothing overly special. 4/5 stars.

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2. The Wedding Party (The Wedding Date #3)

The second book I finished this month was The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory and I can’t lie, this book might make me give her a second chance. I wasn’t a fan of the first two books in this series, but this one was probably my favorite. I loved both Maddie and Theo as individual characters but loved them even more as a couple since they were such polar opposites but managed to be together regardless.

This book did feature the miscommunication trope as in she heard something and misinterpreted it and it was just extremely dramatic. Either way, I thought this book was really fun and I’m up for giving the rest of the series a chance. 3.5/5 stars.

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3. Becoming The Dark Prince

I don’t have much to say about this book since it was less than 100 pages but I wanted to read this novella before reading Capturing the Devil. This is basically the events between the 3rd and 4th books in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series but told from Thomas Cresswell’s POV.

I think most of the book blogging and Booktube world loves Thomas Cresswell and I’m right there with them. It was nice to get a glimpse into Thomas’s world and to finally see things from his perspective. 5/5 stars.

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4. A Prince on Paper (Reluctant Royals #3)

I’ve had a hold on this book forever and it finally came off so I was SUPER hyped to read this book. Thankfully, it didn’t disappoint as it had almost everything I love in romance books. This book follows Ledi’s cousin, Nya who is mentioned in the first book and Johan who is a friend of Ledi’s husband. These two honestly might be my favorite couple of them all.

This book did feature a lot of tropes but it didn’t feel like they were cliche. Alyssa Cole put a new spin on them and I enjoyed that. For some reason, once the book hit the 75% mark, I started to get a little bored which knocked off a star but overall, this was another great installment in the series. 4/5 stars.

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5. A Question For Holmes (Charlotte Holmes #4)

The last book I finished in September was A Question For Holmes which is the last book in the Charlotte Holmes series and honestly, I’m sad to see this series go. It was so fun to buddy-read this series with Jenna and Sofia which I’m going to miss. Anyways, getting into what I thought of the book, I think it was a good but not amazing conclusion to the series.

While I liked how everything wrapped up, I only wish that I wouldn’t have been so abrupt. If you’ve read this book, then you know what I mean. Personally, I wish it would have been a little bit longer and explored just a little bit more for me to really enjoy it but it was still good. 4/5 stars.


Those are the 5 books I read in September, not including my Contemporary-A-Thon reads and thankfully, I enjoyed all of them. When I’m typing this, it’s the first day of Contemporary-A-Thon and so far, I think I’m shaping up to have an amazing read-a-thon but we’ll see. You’ll have to check out my CAT wrap-up, though 😉

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August 2019 Wrap-Up

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! In August, I wanted to only read books that I knew I would love. Unfortunately, the books weren’t in my favor. That being said, I did read 12 books and had 1 DNF so not bad. Overall, it was a pretty good month and I’m hoping that September ends up being as successful as August was.

With my intro out of the way, let’s get into the book I DNFed first and 12 books that I actually finished. 🙂


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1. The Perfect Date

Since I mentioned my DNF, I figured I’d talk about it first. The book I DNFed this month was The Perfect Date. This book is just a hot mess in every single way. The writing wasn’t good. The characters were unlikeable and nothing about it made sense. I don’t think I even got 25% in before I decided to DNF it. I’ll gladly be donating or reselling this book.

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2. So Right (Sugar Baby #2)

On my TBR post, I mentioned that I wanted to finish the Sugar Baby series so the first book I read was So Right. This is the second book in the series and I enjoyed it almost as much as the first book. It followed the same characters and I loved watching their relationship progress throughout the novel. Plus this book featured the love interest buying a basketball team so I was sold from the start. 4/5 stars. 

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3. So For Real (Sugar Baby #3)

Unfortunately, I really hated the conclusion to this series. As much as I loved the build-up, the payoff just wasn’t for me. I don’t want to give any spoilers, but this book featured a trope that I really can’t stand. Personally, I think it’s a lazy plot device and I wish the book would have taken a different route. Regardless, it was easily my least favorite read of the series. 3/5 stars.

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4. Fix Her Up (Hot & Hammered #1)

Keeping with the romance trend, I finally read Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey and friends, the hype is SO REALThis book featured so many things I love including a retired athlete as the love interest, amazing female friendship, unique family dynamic and loads of smut. At times, I even had to put this book down because it was filthy. Nevertheless, I really loved the relationship between Georgie and Travis, especially how supportive they were of each other. Some things felt a little far-fetched but this book was just SO dang good. 5/5 stars.

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5. The Unhoneymooners

I feel like everyone was reading this book at the beginning of the year and I finally got to it. This was probably my 3rd favorite read of the month and that’s saying something because I read a lot of amazing romance books. Of course, it’s by Christina Lauren so it was a must-buy for me. This is a hate-to-love romance with fake-dating and a midsize main character (like me!) so basically, it was everything I wanted.

What I didn’t love was the conflict towards the end of the book. It felt like our MC was being beaten down for no reason and I wish they would have taken a different route. Otherwise, The Unhoneymooners is another solid story by CL. 4/5 stars.

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6. A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes #1)

I buddy-read this with Jenna and we did a special review for it. Be sure to check that out if you want to see my thoughts!

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7. Ghosted in L.A. #1

In August, I read one comic book on Hoopla and that was Ghosted in L.A. This series follows a girl who moves into a new place that’s haunted by ghosts. In this first issue, we learn that she’s been broken up with and that she moves into this haunted room. Nothing much else happened but I really enjoyed the art style. 4/5 stars.

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8. New Moon (Twilight #2)

As I’ve previously mentioned, Ellyn and I are buddy-reading the Twilight series together…well re-reading for both of us and our first buddy-read of them. I remember reading this book when I was younger and immediately becoming Team Jacob. That sentiment still holds true because I fucking loved Jacob in this book and that’s basically all I loved. I did appreciate Bella’s theatrics though as it felt very true-to-life especially with how I felt about my breakup. 3/5 stars.

 

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9. There’s Something about Sweetie

When I first started my blog, I read When Dimple Met Rishi and LOVED it so there was no way I was going to miss There’s Something About Sweetie. This book follows Sweetie and her relationship with Ashish who is Rishi’s brother. This book had the same charm as its predecessor but I wish that it was more of Sweetie’s story rather than a romance. I did enjoy Sweetie and Ash but Sweetie was clearly the stronger character and she deserved to be in the spotlight alone. 4/5 stars.

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10. Maybe This Time

I have a love-hate relationship with Kasie West’s books. Thankfully, Maybe This Time was a major hit for me. This book follows a girl who works as a florist and the nine events she works at with her best friend and a new guy in town. Normally, I think Kasie West’s books are a little childish but this one was sweet, funny and cute. I know this might not be for everyone but I think this book was the perfect summer read. 4/5 stars.

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11. The Last of August (Charlotte Holmes #2)

As I didn’t love the first book, I was nervous to read this and rightfully so as I didn’t really enjoy this book. I can’t give away many details as it is a sequel but I found it to be a lot more confusing than the first book. I couldn’t really follow what was happening and I still don’t understand why the ending had to happen. It just made so sad and I wish Brittany Cavallaro had gone a different route. 3/5 stars.

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12. The Right Swipe (Modern Love #1) by Alisha Rai

This was the Dragons and Tea book club pick for August and oh my goodness, I’m so happy that I read it with them. This book follows Rhi who created her own dating app and the reunion she has with the guy who ghosted her. That might seem like a basic premise but oh my god did I love this book. It had so much depth and focused on a lot of topics that most romance books don’t even touch.

Most notably, it featured a retired NFL player as the love interest and I was basically ready to give it 5-stars immediately. I never knew that was a trope that I loved but apparently, it is. Either way, this might end up being my favorite book of the year but we’ll see. 5/5 stars.

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13. The Case for Jamie (Charlotte Holmes #3)

On the very last day of August, I finished The Case for Jamie in two sittings and honestly, it’s my favorite book of the series so far. This book managed to untangle all the webs of the first two books and featured 2 incredible plot twists that I couldn’t believe. I especially liked the circumstances our two MCs found themselves in and I think it really helped the pace of the story. As good as it was, I just didn’t feel like it packed as much of a punch so I gave it 4/5 stars.


Those are the 12 books I read and 1 that I DNFed. Honestly, I’m pretty happy with how my reading month went especially since I read a ton of great romances. August was such a wonderful month for me in general so I hope the same is true for September. If not, then the year’s almost over 😛

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