Tag: contemporary romance

Mar 17
{Review+Giveaway} Perfect Game by @Collette_West

{Review+Giveaway} Perfect Game by @Collette_West

Perfect Game is the fourth book in the Adult sports romance series, Night Games. The series each focuses on a different player on the baseball team, the New York Kings. Perfect Game focuses on Scott, who is a notorious womanizer. At this point, I am thinking that practically all the New York Kings are. The books  are each complete standalones, but I will warn you that this one picks up right in the middle of a scene so it feels like you are initially missing something, but you aren’t. That is just the way the book starts, but don’t worry, once you get past those first two scenes everything starts to make sense and you get backstory. As a side note Perfect Game and the whole series is really an adult sports romance series, but it straddles the line between New Adult and adult because of the age of a few of the characters. What I liked about Scott’s story was that it felt very natural. Scott doesn’t do commitment… Read more »

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Mar 13
{Review+Giveaway} Losing the Ice by Jennifer Comeaux @LadyWave4

{Review+Giveaway} Losing the Ice by Jennifer Comeaux @LadyWave4

Losing the Ice is the second book in the New Adult Ice Series. The Ice series is a contemporary romance series centering around ice skating pairs. You should read the first book, Crossing the Ice, before you read Losing the Ice as they both feature the same couple. Courtney and Josh. Crossing the Ice was one of my favorite books of 2014 so I feel confidant recommending it to fans of contemporary romance and ice skating everywhere. I love Jennifer Comeaux’s writing. If you remember the first book, Courtney and Josh each had a different pairs skater so they never really got to skate with one another much. In Losing the Ice they are finally paired up together and I was super excited to see them skating together. And don’t worry the skating is every bit as vivid and great as it was in the first book. But the tone of Losing the Ice was much more somber than Crossing the Ice. Something bad happens with Josh pretty early on… Read more »

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Feb 21
{ #Review } Pretty Smart Girls: Lace Up by @AuthorShaeRoss @EPEmbrace

{ #Review } Pretty Smart Girls: Lace Up by @AuthorShaeRoss @EPEmbrace

Pretty Smart Girls: Lace Up is a standalone (at least at this time) new adult contemporary romance from Entangled Embrace’s romance imprint. This is another one of Entangled’s imprints that I all seem to have great luck with.  And Pretty Smart Girls is a fun, flirty and well rounded romance story about a girls team from Michigan State and a guys team from University of Michigan competing against each other in an entrepreneurial competition. I really liked the competition setting and I liked the school rivalry theme woven throughout the book. I could easily picture this as a Florida State v. University of Florida thing and put myself right in that rivalry mindset. I also loved the title for this book, these ladies are pretty, yes, but first and foremost they are smart. And the play on the pretty smart and pretty, smart girls is explained throughout the book. This was my first opportunity to enjoy a book by Shae Ross, and I have to say I can’t wait to… Read more »

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Feb 18
{ARC Review+Giveaway} Stupid Boy by Cindy Miles @ cindymilesbooks

{ARC Review+Giveaway} Stupid Boy by Cindy Miles @ cindymilesbooks

Stupid Boy is the second book in the New Adult contemporary romance series, Stupid in Love. It is a companion book to Stupid Girl, and features totally new characters. Olivia and Brax, the couple from the main book showed up throughout the story and were connected to the two new characters in Stupid Boy, which was a nice addition. Stupid Girl made my favorites of 2014. I loved it so much! I really liked Stupid Boy a lot too, but it was hard to recreate the love that I felt for Olivia and Brax. So if I had to pick, I would say that I enjoyed this book less than the first book, but only by a little. One part that was bugging me, was that I couldn’t figure out where Harper connected from Stupid Girl. She wasn’t Olivia’s roommate from the first book, but she did seem to know Olivia and Brax, but I just couldn’t place her. Maybe it was never explained, maybe they just know each other… Read more »

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Feb 13
{Review+Giveaway} The Hooker and the Hermit by @LHCosway & Penny Reid @ReidRomance

{Review+Giveaway} The Hooker and the Hermit by @LHCosway & Penny Reid @ReidRomance

Obsessed. That is one word to describe how I have become with all of Penny Reid’s books. This is the third one that I have read from her and I think every single one of them got 5 star reviews from me. That is crazy! I am a huge fan of her blend of comedy, wittiness and romance. It is something that seems to work for me every single time. I didn’t even know this was a collaboration between Penny Reid and L.H. Cosway until I started to put this post together. Now I have another author on my radar. I must find some more of L.H. Cosway’s books to read. There are so many things that I loved about The Hooker and the Hermit, so I am just going to give you a few of the highlights. And before we start that, get your minds out of the gutter- this kind of hooker is the rugby equivalent of a quarterback. Ok, back to the things that I loved about… Read more »

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Feb 03
{Review} The Boy Next Door by Katie Van Ark @SwoonReads @kvanark

{Review} The Boy Next Door by Katie Van Ark @SwoonReads @kvanark

The Boy Next Door is the first book I have had the pleasure of reading from the new crowd-sourced Macmillan imprint, Swoon Reads. I absolutely love the idea behind Swoon Reads. It is a community that anyone can join online for free, writers can upload their manuscripts and readers can read them and vote on their favorites and leave feedback. It’s great because teens and readers in the Swoon Reads Community are telling the writers and publishers what they like and what they don’t, and they are helping to pick the next books that are going to be published. It is such a great concept. The Boy Next Door is an ice skating romance, that reminded me of Jennifer Comeaux’s Crossing the Ice– which I absolutely loved. So I was super excited to dive right into another pairs figure skating romance. And The Boy Next Door was a great one! There were some skating struggles, but there weren’t as many on ice problems as there were in Crossing the Ice,… Read more »

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Jan 26
{Review} Her Backup Boyfriend by @AshleeMallory @entangledpub @RomanceIsBliss

{Review} Her Backup Boyfriend by @AshleeMallory @entangledpub @RomanceIsBliss

Her Backup Boyfriend is the first in a new contemporary romance/romantic comedy series from author Ashlee Mallory and the Entangled Bliss  imprint. It is my personal opinion that this is less a romantic comedy and more just a sweet contemporary. I was really excited to find out that this was the first book in a series about Dominic’s family, The Sorensen Family, because we got to meet many of the other members and I love their family dynamic. It is so nice to see a happy and functioning large family depicted in a book. Too often I feel like they focus on the dysfunctional, which don’t get me wrong, has its’ place as well, but with a HEA romance, it is pleasant to see a great family group as support. Her Backup Boyfriend follows a lawyer in a large  corporate defense firm- which in case you didn’t know, gets the rep. of being the “bad guys”. I am not here to talk about whether they are or aren’t, but in… Read more »

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Jan 20
{ARC Review} The Rules According to Gracie by @Stefanie_London @LovestruckEP @entangledpub

{ARC Review} The Rules According to Gracie by @Stefanie_London @LovestruckEP @entangledpub

The Rules According to Gracie is a quick feel good adult contemporary romance book. Just like all the books in Entangled’s lovestruck line, these stories are satisfying “feel good” reads. I normally like to turn to a book like this right after I read a darker or heavier story. It just helps to balance me out and put a smile back on my face. Or heck, sometimes I will grab one of these after a long work day. When you work 12 or 13 hours, sometimes you just want a book that you can knock out in under 2 hours and you know you will get your HEA at the end and everyone will walk away happy. The Rules According to Gracie is just that- a cute read that will get you smiling. Gracie is a successful and independent young woman. She is on track in her professional life, but her dating life if kind of a mess. On the surface she seems to be very in control and type-A… Read more »

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Jan 19
{Excerpt+Giveaway} Impulse Control by @AmandaUsen @IndulgenceBooks

{Excerpt+Giveaway} Impulse Control by @AmandaUsen @IndulgenceBooks

Aries (March 21-April 19): Impulsive Aries, haven’t you learned your lesson yet? Your list of regrets is almost as long as your list of accomplishments, but you still ram your way to the top of every mountain. It’s part of your charm, I guess, but do me a favor: stop blaming yourself. Don’t let the past rule your future. You’re not perfect, even if you think you are. Your life is in front of you. Romance is highlighted! Pull your head out, man! Welcome to the IMPULSE CONTROL release blitz! I’m thrilled to introduce Book One of the Men Of The Zodiac Series for Entangled Indulgence. Russ Donovan is an Aries, and he embodies all the best—and worst—traits of the sign. He’s a survivalist, a former Green Beret, twice-voted the toughest man alive, but a past mistake is eating him up inside. He honored his younger brother’s dying request: to check him out of the hospital and take him on the trip of a lifetime. But after his brother’s death,… Read more »

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Jan 17
{Flashback Review+New Giveaway} Best Kind of Broken by @ChelseaFine @InkSlingerPR

{Flashback Review+New Giveaway} Best Kind of Broken by @ChelseaFine @InkSlingerPR

I think by now, you guys all know how much I love the Finding Fate Series by Chelsea Fine! It is the only series that had all three books make my my favorites list of 2014, and I am not the only one that thinks so. So many people love this book that it is being released in paperback! So leading up to its’ paperback release, InkslingerPR is hosting a flashback tour to share some of the reviews from people that really loved Best Kind of Broken and I am super excited to be a part of it. If you have not read the finding fate series by Chelsea Fine yet, you need to. I have not met or talked to a single person that has read these books and not absolutely loved them. March has been the month of epic contemporaries for me so far. Best Kind of Broken is emotional and sad and completely beautiful. It is a story of tragedy and guilt, healing and love. But the… Read more »

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