April Wrap Up

Hello all my lovely fellow book nerds! I feel like I started out strong this month and then about halfway through I feel apart. I think I just needed a little bit of a breather. That being said I still ended up finishing 9 books this month.

I don’t have reviews up for all of these books BUT I will link you to the Goodreads site and you an read up on them there. I have just been busy and haven’t made the time to sit down and write out my thoughts. As always I’ll just leave the synopsis and basically a ‘yes, I liked it,’ or a ‘no, don’t waste your time.’

1) Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Crooked Kingdom is the companion novel to Six of Crows. I was personally very sad that this was only a duology. There is so much more I feel like I want to know about these characters. I wasn’t ready for it to end. Here is the synopsis:

When you can’t beat the odds, change the game.

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.

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Now if you are not familiar with Leigh Bardugo’s works she has also written the Shadow and Bone trilogy. You do not need to read those before you read this duology. It is the same world with the Grisha but at a different time with a whole new set of characters, HOWEVER it doesn’t really explain the Grisha and if you were to read the trilogy first it would help you better understand the world Leigh Bardugo created. I love her books and definitely recommend them! YES.

2) Simon VS. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

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We read this one for our monthly book club and I am sad to say I didn’t love it. I had heard so many good things but I had a hard time with the writing and the setting. There was so much swearing. The way the story went down just didn’t work. I dunno. I just wouldn’t recommend this one.  NOPE.

*Goodreads link to Simon VS by Becky Albertalli

3) The Luck of the BRIDE by Janna MacGregor

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I was luck enough to receive and ARC of The Luck of the Bride VIA Netgalley. I loved the first two books and was excited to continue the series. Janna didn’t disappoint! Here is the synopsis:

March Lawson has never had much luck, and in a desperate move to save her family, she’s been posing as the Marquess of McCalpin. But when she’s summoned to a meeting with the Marquess himself, March expects jail time…not to be bewitched by dark hair and sapphire eyes.

Michael Cavensham, the Marquess of McCalpin and heir to the Duke of Langham, finds himself drawn to March despite the judgments from his peers. He isn’t sure he can trust March, especially since Michael has a secret that could ruin him and his family.

But society conspires to keep March and Michael apart, and when March is accused of not being who she says she is, will Michael toss her aside or fight for the woman he’s come to love?

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YES. Read it my friends. In fact.. read it after you read the first two books because they are all fantastic! It releases tomorrow!!

*Link to Goodreads for The Luck of the Bride by Janna MacGregor

5) The Love Letter by Rachel Hauck

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I also received this ARC via Netgalley and was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. It goes back and forth from Revolutionary War times to modern day. It is about  2 different love stories but the way it comes full circle is amazing. I really enjoyed it. YES. READ IT. Here is the synopsis:

With the colonies at war and his country divided, Hamilton Lightfoot must choose sides: Fight for the British Crown or for the Independence of America. But after witnessing the death of his family at the hands of redcoats, he fears he’ll fight for revenge instead of honor. On the verge of a great battle, he pens a letter to Esther, the woman he loves.

Esther Longfellow is in love with Hamilton, but her father is a loyalist, living in upcountry South Carolina and working for a wealthy British lord. When the Revolutionary War comes to her doorstep she is forced to choose between devotion to her father and her love for Hamilton.

Chloe Daschle is the daughter of Hollywood royalty—a great director and an Oscar-winning actress. Yet her career has taken an unexpected turn: She’s the queen of death scenes. Trying to break out, she accepts a supporting role in a revolutionary war film. But she longs for the perfect role and the perfect real-life romance. Does happily ever after only exist in the movies?

After a life-changing tragedy, MIT graduate Jesse Gates decides to leave his life behind and move to LA to try his hand at acting and screenwriting. When he finds a page from one of his ancestor’s letters, he becomes consumed with the love he finds there. Determined to help his grandfather find happiness at the end of his life, Jesse writes and sells a screenplay based on the events surrounding the lost love of previous generations.

When Jesse meets the woman he has cast to play Esther Longfellow—his grandfather’s one true love—the stories of all four collide across time and space. The love letter from the past might have more power to affect the future than any of them could have imagined.

*Goodreads Link: The Love Letter by Rachel Hauck

6) The Brothers Freed Series by Bea Paige

Um.. where to start? If you like really hot and steamy romances then this series is for you. This is the first “reverse harem” series I have read which made things interesting…  If that is what you are into then this series was great. It follows a British girl, Louisa, who grew up with no father and a drunk for a mother. When she accepts an opportunity to get away she takes it and in turn meets the FREED brothers. It’s all sexy from there and I couldn’t put it down. But I’ll warn you that if this isn’t your thing then just skip this one!

*Link to Avalanche of Desire to Goodreads for synopsis.

7) Lord of Temptation by Erica Ridley

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This is also a NetGalley ARC and I liked it. I think I was hoping for something a little more. Sometimes these historical romances end up being so similar that I find it lacking. However I feel that isn’t fair to say this wasn’t good just because I read so many romances. I like it. The story was a good one even if it wasn’t my favorite. If you like historical romances then give this one a try! Here is the synopsis:

Be careful what you wish for…

When Lord Hawkridge inherits a penniless marquessate, he must abandon his courtship of the lowborn girl he loves. Years later, she rises from commoner to textiles heiress. Hawk has never banished her from his heart. Here’s their chance to share his home! But how can he convince a woman whose trust he destroyed that he desires her far more than her money?

Faith Digby’s chaotic world is too full to bother with men. She controls half a boarding school, one life-endangering secret, and two recently gentrified parents. There’s no time for the old flame roaring back into her life. Not when admitting she still loves him would imperil everything and everyone she holds dear….

*Link on Goodreads for Lord of Temptation by Erica Ridley

9) A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

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I decided to reread this series since the 4th book is going to be release tomorrow!! My sister is the sweetest and painted me my very own custom set for my birthday! I am rereading them and highlighting my favorite parts and quotes. I’m kinda marking the crap out of them. Maybe I’ll even review these after each reread since I had stared my blog after they came out and never wrote a review! I adore Sarah J Maas and all her books. Both of here series I have LOVED. Here is the synopsis:

Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

*Here is the Goodreads link to ACOTAR by Sarah J Maas

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Well friends.. I hope you enjoyed April because it is GONE. I am looking forward to May. It is such a busy month but I hope I can still get my reading on because I have a list of books that could probably wrap around the Earth a few times. Ha ha.. Jokes. Enjoy your day friends! Thanks for reading!

xoxo,

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The Bride Who Got Lucky by Janna MacGregor

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Title: The Bride Who Got Lucky

Author: Janna MacGregor

Published: October 31st 2017 by St. Martin’s Press

Genre: Romance, Adult, Historical Romance

Stars: 4             Content Rating: 7

Synopsis:

The son of a cold-hearted duke, Nicholas St. Mauer isn’t one to involve himself in society…or open his own heart to anyone. But driven by honor, the reclusive Earl of Somerton feels obliged to keep a watchful eye on Lady Emma Cavensham. She possesses a penchant for passions unbecoming a woman that finds Nick in constant peril of losing his well-structured solitude. She even dared kiss Nick once―an utterly unladylike, and delightful, lapse…

Emma can’t deny the appeal of the earl’s attention, and occasional affection, but she has no need for a man. There are worse fates than spinsterhood, as Emma knows too well. She still mourns the loss of her dear friend Lena, and is determined to prove Lena’s husband responsible for her death before he lures another innocent woman into a brutal marriage. But as Emma pursues her prey, a compromising moment upends all her plans. Now, with gossip swirling and her reputation in tatters, Nick may be the only man brave enough to join in Emma’s cause.. and fight for her heart.

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Hello BookNerds! It has been awhile since I wrote a review. I read Crooked Kingdom and it put me in a deep, dark place that I couldn’t leave. I mean, the worst book hangover EVER. I will write a review on that one soon enough. Right now I need to tell you all about the book that got me over my hangover!

First, Janna MacGregor is the sweetest to send me a copy. It arrived right when I needed it. Talk about fate! I loved the first book of this series, The Bad Luck Bride, as it was a great story and introduced Emma and Nick. I just adore romances that put so much thought into the character and world building. I like my romances to be deeper. A great story with a little bit of heat vs heat, fire, more heat and then pretty much we know nothing but the characters name. (Am I right?)

Emma is who she is. She has a will of steel and a heart of gold and has family and friends. No need to change for society because she is also very intelligent and loves to read. Emma is happy with her life. She wants to make a difference in the world and help women who find themselves a predicament have a place to go. Her friend Lena was one of those women, she needed help and now it is too late to save her, but maybe she can save someone else. She knows if she gets married her choices will be taken away and the chances of her being in a happy marriage are not likely. Emma decides that spinsterhood with a purpose is better and no one is going to convince her otherwise. I LOVED Emma. I don’t know why I connected with her so much but I did.

 Nick grew up alone. No siblings. His mother died giving birth to him and his father can’t stand him. He was sent off to school at 5 years old and forgotten about. He has made his way and doesn’t rely on anyone but himself. He would rather be alone. He has all the family he needs being Godfather to Alex and Claire’s twins. Plus Emma is there, as she is Claire’s cousin and Godmother to the same twins. I absolutely love that they know each other. They are around each other. They are friends. They are drawn to each other’s intelligence and banter. It takes them awhile to see that they care for each other. Especially since neither one wants to marry. I loved their story and journey to love. Janna did an amazing job with this one the world and characters are so fun to read about and I am so excited to read the next one!

Thanks for reading!

xoxo,

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April: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

APRIL BOOK CLUB ANNOUNCEMENT!!

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Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

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March Wrap Up

 

Hello there book nerds! I hope everyone is enjoying the fact that SPRING is here. Finally. Unfortunately we started off this wonderful weather and Easter weekend with the flu. It was not fun. I thought I might die. It worked its way through my whole family and it seems we are all finally on the mend. Thanks goodness. I realize I missed a few things that I like to do, so I know it’s April 2 but here is my March Wrap Up. I had a pretty good month. I somehow managed to read 12 books the month of March. I haven’t written a review for all the books I read this month but I will leave a star rating on this post and as always give it a YES, read it or NO, not worth your time.

Here we go..

wintersong

I put off this book thinking it would live up to the hype it was getting. I didn’t really know what it was about but I am so glad I gave it a chance and I want to read the Shadowsong soon. It is a gothic romance set in the world of music and the Goblin King. It has a Jane Eyre feel to it and if you are wanting a love story that is a little bit different then give this one a chance! I gave it 4/5 stars. You can read my review here —> Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

dotsq

DoTSQ was such a fun read. I had been looking forward to it’s release for pretty much the whole year after I read Daughter of the Pirate King. This story is only a duology but I am telling you that you will wish there was more. I loved the characters and the idea of an all female crew. If you want a good action story with a side of romance then get these two books! They are both pretty quick reads! I gave them both 5 stars. Here are my reviews —> Daughter of the Pirate King, Daughter of the Siren Queen

thehatinggame

The Hating Game is sexy contemporary romance set in a publishing companies office. These two have to work together every day and they are complete opposites. They do everything differently yet are both great at what they do. When a promotion comes up they are both fighting each other for it but it doesn’t take much to cross the line from hate to love. I really loved this romance. I thought the writing was witty and fun. I gave it 5 stars because I am pretty sure I will be reading it again.

 

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This historical romance takes place in America during the Revolutionary War. Edward and Cecelia have been exchanging letters though her brother and his best friend Thomas. When Thomas goes missing Cecelia does the only thing she can think of and heads off to America for answers. Only the only person that can help her is in a coma and in order to see him she says she is his wife! I loved this story and can’t wait for the next in this series. Julia Quinn has done it again with this one! I gave it 4 stars! My Review —> The Girl with the Make Believe Husband by Julia Quinn

Thecuriouscharmsofarthurpepper

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper is novel about finding yourself, no matter your age. Arthur Pepper is a 69 year old man that has never wanted to leave his little town in England. He has his routine that he sticks to no matter what. Now that his wife has passed away he has decided to go through her things and what does he find? A charm bracelet that she had before they were married. One that he has never seen in all the 40 years spent together. As he tried to figure out her past and what the charms mean, he finds himself. I rated it 3.5 stars and really enjoyed his journey to self discovery.

 

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Stalking Jack the Ripper is an historical fiction set in Victorian England’s Whitechapel district.  I loved how Keri Maniscalco wove between what we really know of Jack the Ripper and fiction. She turned it into a thriller that kept me turning pages as I tried to figure out the mystery. I am going to be reading the next one as well because this one was amazing. I rated it 5 stars.

thebadluckbride

I was lucky enough to receive The Bad Luck Bride for a fun Instagram Tour event for the up coming release of the last book of the series. I thoroughly enjoyed this historical romance. The world building and the character development was fun to watch come together. I can’t wait to read the next books in this series. I gave it 4 stars.

forcastleandcrown

For Castle and Crown is a proper romance that I didn’t make time for a review BUT it was a really good one! As second son to a Dukedom, Edmund left with King Richard on the crusades only to return home to his father dead and his brother and new wife murdered. As he tries to figure out who would do such a thing by navigating the politics between Prince John and King Richard he finds he needs his childhood friend Pippa. When he finally finds her in a Convent, (after being badly burned by the fire that killed his brother) he finds that he needs her more than ever and together they can find who is behind all the harm done to the keep. I gave it 4 stars. The history was interesting and not one I usually read about. It made for a fun historical romance.

 

theladymostwilling

I hadn’t read this Julia Quinn novel yet and how could I not when Eloisa James and Connie Brockway are also in on it? It is a fun steamy romance where 4 men need 4 brides but where shall they find them? Just kidnap them from the nearest ball and get snowed in all weekend. Things get interesting and more than one man falls in love. I gave it 3.5 stars!

dukeofruin

Darcy Burke has written a series and this book happens to be the 8th book. I haven’t read any of her works before but I did enjoy this story! It was a quick read, or maybe I just fly through romances because I love them so much. Either way I enjoyed it! It just came out March 27th and I do feel intrigued to read more of her stories! I rate it 3 out of 5!

simmeringheat

Simmering Heat comes out May 8th. If you want some heat this one has it. It is a steamy contemporary romance about FIREMEN. Leo has known Jazz since they were children since his mother worked for her parents and are both Doctors who had no time for her. Years later he is back in town they both happen to be in the same wedding party. Things are hotter than ever but can Jazz handle it and stand up to her parents? I thought this book was.. okay. It lacked the depth that really makes it special. It come out May 8th and is part of the Braving the Heat series. I gave it 2 stars.

licks

This one is described as a SEXY SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE. Yes my friends. It is all of those things. It started off a little shaky. I wasn’t sure if I would like where this one was going but I really did. The characters and story were one of kind. It is full of betrayal and love and second guessing. I loved the sexual tension and how honest it felt. They both had real issues that they had to work thought and over come to be together. It come out April 4 and if the mood suits you I would recommend. I gave it 4 stars.

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Sheesh! I must have been in the mood for some romance this month! I really loved most of everything I read. A few of the romances weren’t quite up to par, but this month was really a good one! Now I have a series to tackle the month of April and I heard it is good so I can’t wait! I hope you all are making a dent in those TBR piles. Thanks for reading!

xoxo,

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The Bad Luck Bride by Janna MacGregor

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Title:   The Bad Luck Bride  (The Caversham Heiresses #1)

Author: Janna MacGregor

Published: May 2nd 2017 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks

Genre: Historical Romance, Adult

Stars: 5            Content Rating: 6

Synopsis:

All were shocked at the announcement of the “cursed” Lady Claire Cavensham to Lord Alexander Hallworth, the Marquess of Pembrooke, especially since she is already engaged to another unfortunate Lord. Perhaps she will make it to the altar this time with one of these fine gentlemen! —Midnight Cryer

No one is left breathless at the imperious pronouncement of her engagement to Lord Pembrooke more than Claire. She hardly knows the dangerously outrageous man! But after three engagements gone awry and a fourth going up in glorious flames, she isn’t in a position to refuse…

Alexander requires the hand of his enemy’s fiancée in marriage in order to complete his plans for revenge. It’s his good fortune that the “cursed” woman is desperate. However, what begins as a sham turns into something scandalously deeper…

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Alright.. you guys know me, I’m a sucker for a good romance. I love a happy ending and little saucy in between the pages. Alex and Claire’s story is such a good one! First I need to thank the author, Janna MacGregor and the girls at The Bookend Tours for sending me a copy. It is so fun to be part of an event. Keep your eye out for our posts on Instagram.

This is the first book in the Caversham Heiress series. The next book is out with the 3rd one coming out in May. I will be snagging the next two books because Janna has got me all caught up with these characters and I need to see how it all plays out!

Alex is all out for revenge on the man that destroyed his sister’s life and he will stop an nothing. After he has taken said man’s fiance for his own he realizes that he actually likes her. He doesn’t know how he could live with out her and doesn’t want to lose her.. so naturally he tells her nothing of how the manipulated everything and was using her to get back at another man. Silly Alex..

Claire is a dukes daughter who lost her parents in a terrible accident when she was young and she still has nightmares. She has been engaged 4 times and something tragic has happened to each man. The gossips of the ton have called her cursed and it doesn’t matter what she does or how far she goes the curse follows her. Alex seems to have stepped in and saved her. As she starts to lose her heart to him and face the demons of her past she find out what he has done and nothing will be the same.

I love the struggle. It’s terrible to say but I liked it. It was more realistic than the Prince or White Knight saving the damsel in distress and riding off into the sunset. Sometimes romances are really quick and there isn’t much depth to the world building or characters. Janna did a great job with this. I feel like you really got to know the characters and their struggle.

Claire had been through so much and still had fears. She was beautiful on the inside as well as on the outside. Yet she struggled with her past and with trusting Alex. Alex in turn had to also face the past, with is sister’s death. He learned to love and to fight for it and to face up to his mistakes. It was a wonderful story and I am dead serious about getting the next two. I read the synopsis and am so excited to read those particular characters stories.  I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Thanks for reading!

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