Thursday, March 30, 2017

Books I can't wait to get my hands on ;) april edition

Hello hello my awesome people :) can you believe we're at the end of yet another month? :) come on... you knew I had to say it... I say it every month :) but it's true each time... ;) that end of month always surprises me ;) but once again we are here and I have four really amazing books to share with you guys that I'm looking forward to get, so without further ado, let us jump into them ;) in no particular order, but we have to start somewhere sooooo... :)


Let's start with "The gravity of us" by Brittainy C. Cherry :) it's book #4 in her Elements series, but they are all actually standalones, so you can read them in whatever order ;) I only read the first book in this series, but she has one of the most enchanting and beautiful writing styles I've ever read... :) that first book made me laugh and cry and just... it hit me in all the feels... :) I already have all the rest of them on my shelf, and absolutely cannot wait for yet another amazing contemporary romance to add to it :)


The next one is another favourite of mine... as in I adore Kristen Callihan and her writing style :) so I was very eagerly awaiting the newest installment in her Game on series :) and "The hot shot" is almost here *squeels with joy* ;) #NoShame :) she writes one of the most hot and hilarious sports themed romances, and this one sounds like the perfect addition to my collection ;)


Speaking of great authors... ;) in this upcoming month we have the new installment in Light in the dark series by Micalea Smeltzer :) "When constellations form" is book #4 in that series, but at the same time, it's the second novel about a couple who already got their story :) and that is perfectly fine with me, cause I loved them and can't wait to check out what's in store for them... although looking at that cover... ;)


Last but definitely not least, we have "Twist" by Kylie Scott, the sequel in her Dive bar series :) all of her books I've read so far made me laugh out loud... as in it didn't matter where I was reading them, I could not control my reactions... ;) I heard some mixed reviews about this one, because ARCs went out a while ago, but I am keeping my mind open... so far I loved all of her stories, and to be honest, I don't predict a different result this time around... ;)

XOXO

A

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Review: "Born of legend" by Sherrilyn Kenyon


Book 11 in series The league
Main characters: Dagger and Ushara

I think that the very first thing you need to know, before I get into all my thoughts and feelings about this book, is that this series is definitely one of my all time favourite series ever :) I love all those books and if were being honest, this particular installment, once I finished it, definitely jumped to my #1 favourite book in this series :) so am I really objective when I write this review? well, yes and no :) yes, because those are my honest thoughts about the book, but at the same time, I can acknowledge that because Sherrilyn Kenyon's writing style just really works for me, and I am a fan of her books, that usually mean that I may overlook some things, not intentionally, that might bother others :) so you can take it as you please, but I will still tell you all about how much I loved this book :)

All Sherrilyn's books can be technically read as standalones, even the ones in her series... you always get all the necessary informations to follow the plot and everything, but I highly recommend you guys to actually read them in order... that way you can really appreciate all the connections between characters... :) even if you don't remeber every little detail, it will still be better :) especially with this particular book... because the name of the main character, Dagger, is actually a pseudonym :) I can't tell you his real name, although if you are caught up with the series you know it :) but in case some of you are not, or are totally new to it, I won't spoil you that :) because let me tell you, when I heard who will be the hero of this book I was like: *WHAT?!?!?!?!?!?* ;) #TrueStory :) I had no idea how this will happen... and yet, once again, I should have just trusted Sherrilyn Kenyon to deliver a story that will hit me in all the feels :) but since a lot of stuff is very spoilerefic, writing this review will not be easy :) but I will do my best to convince you to give it a try without actually giving anything away :)

Let me start with a few words about the whole world this series is set in, in general :) see, this is one of the problems with writing review for a book in the middle of an on-going series :) I try my best to explain stuff to people who haven't read the books and yet not spend too much time on it so I won't bore the ones who are familiar with it to death :) so what I can say about this series in general, is that it's a mix of paranormal and sci-fi vibes :) it has many different planets and species in it, but I cannot even begin to get into all the connections between all of them :) what I can say, is don't be discouraged if that does not sound like something you usually read, because it took me months to convince my sister J to give them a try, and once she started, she inhaled all available books in record time :) it's a series full of action, surprising twists and turns, sarcastic humor, sizzling hot romance and swoonworthy characters :) it's one of my all time favourites for many, many reasons :)

Now about our main couple :) I can't really say too much about Dagger... if we're being honest, I pretty much can't say anything about him, because I refuse to spoiler you guys his identity... what I can share, is that I did not expect to care about him as much as I did... his story, once I was able to see it from his perspective... it broke my heart... the fact that he was still able to have a funny side or vulnerable one was amazing :) especially since it was sarcastic humor, which is my absolute favourite kind :) but as much as I adored him, I absolutely loved Ushara... oh she was such a bad-ass character :) strong, smart, ready to fight to the death for the ones she love... :) and very quickly that starts to include Dagger :) trust me, a furious Ushara is a stunning vision... :) I don't want to say too much about who she exactly is and what she is capable of, because damn... you have to experience it to truly appreciate it :) what I loved most about them as a couple, is that there is practically no drama between them in the book :) yes, there are horrible things happening, and yes, those things influence them, but they certainly don't break them apart... at least not for long :) it's one of the reasons why I love this book so much :)

Besides our main couple, there is also a bunch of phenomenal secondary characters :) and actually the majority of them are new, so you can witness firsthand all the connections they make with both Dagger and Ushara :) I don't want to name all of them, because the identitiy of a few and the importance of them to the story is revealed later in the book, but I have to mention Trajen :) he is like the big boss where Dagger is staying, and no, I can't explain more, because if I would start to describe all of it, we would be here all day :) so that super short explanation just have to be enough :) I can't wait to read a full lenght book about him, because seeing all those scenes with him only made me that much more curious :) there is a reason why he and Dagger understand each other so well :) besides him, I adored every scene with Ushara's sisters :) to be honest, I don't remember all of their names, because there are a few, but they were amazing :) and once they accepted Dagger they would fight for him almost as much as Ushara :) oh, and I almost forgot to mention Vasili, Ushara's son from her first marriage... the way he bonds with Dagger... I swear, some of those scenes were the ones that made me cry the most... :) again, there are sooooo much more people who play very important parts in this story, but I want to leave them as surprises for you guys to discover along the way... :) trust me, there are a lot of *aaaaawwwww* noises in your future once you start reading this book :)

Long story short, although I'm not sure if I can say it looking at the lenght of my review so far... ;) I absolutely loved this book :) and before I forget, I need to state something... and I need to do it publically, so there is no doubt about anything... :) J, you were absolutely right :) J is my sister who read this book months ago and kept telling me numerous times to get to it... and to show how long it actually took me to listen to her... there is a new installment in this series available already people... yes, I waited so long that there is an even newer book available... *sighs* I know, I know *hangs my head in shame* :) but I promised you J to say that you were right, and I am doing it right now :) she knew I would love it and as usual, she was right :) but moving on... ;) I really hope that I convinced you guys to give this amazing book, and this series overall, a try :) like I said, the writing style is fantastic... or maybe it just *clicks* for me... ;) it's full of interesting characters with many surprising layers... :) not to mention all the sarcastic banter and action... with so many little, and sometimes not so little, emotional and vulnerable scenes... :) I cannot say that enough times... this book was amazing, so do yourselves a favour, and pick it up :) you will not regret it :)

XOXO

A

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Review: "Holding" by Mignon Mykel


Author: Mignon Mykel
Title: "Holding"
Book 3 in series Prescott family
Main characters: Porter Prescott and Asher Spence

I got an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review :) you guys... this book... this story... the conclusion to everything... GAH!!! I have no words to describe how amazing it was... :) I mean, I will do my best to try and find at least a few words, because I need to express how phenomenal it is so you people will read it... but it's hard to form full sentences... oh how I loved it... :) it's definitely NOT a standalone book... you have to read at least "Altercation" before this one, since it's the first book in this duology, but I actually highly recommend you guys to read "Troublemaker" and "Breakaway" as well, because both novellas tell us a bit more about the pasts of our main characters... now that we have this little explanation out of the way, let me tell you a bit more about the book itself...

It's not gonna be easy, because I refuse to spoil you people, even if you haven't read anything by this lovely author yet, soooo... what I will say is a few overall things about the plot of those books and then my general feelings about this amazing ending :) so yeah, it might be a little bit shorter review than usual, but hey... this was actually closer to a novella than a full lenght book, so it's gonna be actually quite accurate ;) so this duology tells a story of Porter and Asher... Porter is this very stubborn, confident young men, who is the youngest out of all the siblings in a pretty big, hockey family... but even when he was very young he fought for his independence... Asher on the other hand, comes from the foster care system... her past is dark... I'm not gonna go into details, but her story broke my heart... so even though she's younger than Porter, she seems much older than him, keeping her distance and generally avoiding people... that is until her car accidentally gets hit by someone from the Prescott clan... but that is all I will say about it :) that one event changes everything... because at that very same day she meets Porter :) and even though at first they are in two different cities... and states ;) after a few months they both realize they keep thinking about one another... and it slowly grows from there :) I can't tell you more, mainly because the whole story takes place over the span of about five years... yes, you read that right :) and it is an absolutely spectacular story :) so now that I told you a little bit more, let me tell you about all my thoughts and feelings about this book, without spoiling you anything... :)

It is by far, the best work of Mignon Mykel I read... it blew my mind... :) we have 2 POVs, which allows us to get chapters from Porter's as well as Asher's points of view... and it was amazing to get glimpses into their thoughts and feelings... not to mention that the writing style is phenomenal in general with this story... it's raw and honest and it pulls you in from the start... I inhaled this conclusion in one sitting, especially after the ending of that first part... let me tell you... I was super glad that I didn't have to wait months and months, because it would be torture... ;) and the ending to their story was even better than what I hoped it would be... *sighs* I know that I haven't exactly told you guys a lot about what these books are about, but I truly believe the less you know, the more you will actually enjoy them... discovering along the way all the little things... being surprised just as I was with all the twists Mignon wrote... *sighs yet again because once is just not enough* these books will make you laugh out loud and cry... and by cry I mean sob like a baby... they will make you sigh dreamily and gasp with surpries... but all those emotions are vital parts of what make these books so special... and the ending... the ending will be worth it... that epilogue... oh you guys... I melted... :) I highly recommend you to check them out, and hopefully I did a decent job of convincing you to listen to me... come on, just one-click it already... it will be worth it :)

XOXO

A

Review: "Myths of Mish" by Katie Hamstead


Main characters: Hansel Herrscher and Wilhelmine "Mina" Norden

I got an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review :) and the first thing I need to tell you guys, is to not worry if you missed the first book, cause this one works perfectly well as a standalone... it takes place in another part of the world created by the lovely Katie, and if I remember correctly, actually before the events of said first book... but I might be mistaken, it's been a while since I read "Princess of Tyrone" :) anyway... :) what you need to know is that it was amazing and you should feel free to read it no matter if you are caught up in the series :) I will do my best to tell you more about this particular installment, but it's gonna be hard... ;) as in it's gonna be really hard to say my feelings without actually spoiling you some pretty big things... but as always, I will try :)

So first things first, what you need to know about this world in general, is that it's a mix of fantasy and sci-fi vibes :) because on one hand, we have all sorts of very cool retellings of fairy tales we know... with "Sleeping beauty" in that first book and now with "Hansel and Gretel" :) but in the meantime we get glimpses about other characters... and let me tell you... how curious those little teasers make me for other books in this series... ;) but all of them take place in this futuristic world, with spaceships and different planets and such... :) and it is a very interesting and entertaining mix :) and to be honest, I really liked the fact that this story takes place in a whole different part of the world, with a bunch of brand new characters... :) it really gives you an opportunity to see more of this very rich world :) now that we have the basics established, let me tell you a bit more about the characters :)

I will say, that we basically have the three main characters: Hansel and Gretel, the siblings who survived a pretty traumatic event when they were younger, and Mina, Gretel's friend... who has a big crush on Hansel... they are both in their early twenties, with Gretel around 17 years old... although there are moments when she acts like an even younger kid... but I kind of understood that about her... after all, she's been sheltered by her very protective brother the majority of her life... so she definitely has some adulting to do :) so why don't I concentrate on our main couple of the story :) since I adored Mina, I will start with Hansel... ;) because I was not the biggest fan of him throughout the first half of the book... he definitely acted towards Mina like... let's call him an insensitive jerk, because other things I would like to say cannot be said in public ;) Hansel is paranoid, acting like everyone is against him and have some secret, evil agenda... which is not entirely worng, but I can't get into more details ;) at first almost everyone think he's crazy, but later on, when *the truth* comes out... oh man, do they feel bad about it... because he was totally right :) Mina on the other hand... :) I loved her :) she was smart and resourceful, saving both Hansel and Gretel numerous times throughout the story :) by any means, she's not perfect and have secrets of her own that again, I can't share with you guys but it's nothing bad, I promise :) the romance part bewteen Hansel and Mina was... I'm still not really sure how I feel about it... she had a crush on him for the longest time, but he definitely did not treat her well... he was mean and those few sweet moments inbetween shouldn't have been enough for her to still have those feelings for him... but apparently with Hansel it was the there-is-very-thin-line-between-what-you-think-is-hate-and-what-is-in-fact-love types of situations... yeah... he's not very good at reading his own feelings... ;) cause quite a few people beside him figured that stuff out sooner ;) but once he realizes his feelings for Mina, he of course immediately change his behaviour towards her... so I'm on the road to forgive him for that awful things in the beginning :)

After reading the fist book in this series last year, and absolutely loving it, I was more than curious to get my hands on the sequel :) well, curious and a bit apprehensive, since I wasn't sure if it will be as good as the first book :) but I was not disappointed ;) this installment is once again full of adventures and action and all sorts of surprising and shocking twists and turns... and it's killing me to not be able to say anything else... I can't even give you the smallest hint, becuase it would ruin the surprise... :) so take my word for it... :) the whole explanation and the truth behind Hansel's paranoia was absolutely brilliant :) the writing style was once again sooo entertainig, it pulled me in from the very first chapter and made it really hard for me to be at work on time :) cause I read it on my way to and from work, and I had to be very careful to not miss my stop ;) I highly recommend you guys this book, and this whole series in general :) especially if you're looking for the mix of fantasy and sci-fi vibes with great humour and lots of adventures... you can't be bored while reading those books :) I already can't wait to get back to this world and see what kind of a story the lovely Katie will have for us next :)

XOXO

A

Monday, March 27, 2017

Blog tour: "Wedlocked" by Brooke Blaine and Ella Frank




Title: "Wedlocked"
Book 3 in series PresLocke
Main characters: Ace Locke and Dylan Prescott

Synopsis

Because you have believed in them,
Celebrated with them, 
Loved and encouraged them, 
Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine invite you to join

Ace Samuel Locke
And 
Dylan Prescott

Saturday the Twenty-Fourth of May
At Six-O’Clock in the Evening 
The Grand Floridian Hotel
4406 Palm Way
Orlando, Florida

For Love, Laughter and Happily Ever After

If you missed my full review of this phenomenal conclusion to an amazing series, you can find it right -> here <- :)

Excerpt

“SO YOU’RE GONNA want to keep your toes on the tail of the board and grip the rails under your chest like this,” Dylan said as he lay across the surfboard to show me the basics of his favorite pastime on the secluded stretch of beach. Not that I was paying much attention to the words coming out of his mouth. I was much more interested in the way his muscles flexed beneath the skintight Body Glove wetsuit he wore.
As he pushed himself up into a standing position, my gaze traveled down the broad expanse of his back and down to his ass.
“See how my dominant leg is in the back, and— Ace? Are you paying attention?”
“Mhmm,” I murmured as I bit down on my lower lip and continued my perusal.
Dylan turned to face me, and his hands went to his hips. “Oh yeah?” he said when I looked up. “What did I just say?”
Taking a step forward, I gave him a cocky grin and tugged him off the surfboard and onto the sand until he was flush against me. Then I let my hands roam down over the firm, round muscles of his ass. “Something about being a dominant in the back,” I said, nipping at his lobe. “So why don’t you turn around?”
A groan of frustration left Dylan then, but his head tilted to the side to let my lips trail down his neck. “You’re not gonna feel so cocky when you can’t get up on that board.”
“Oh, I can always get it up, don’t you worry.”
His hands covered my chest and he gently pushed me away. “How about you prove it, hotshot?” Then he pointed to the longboard I’d rented for the weekend. “Why don’t you show me how it’s done.”
“It’s more fun watching you.”
“Ace. Get your ass on that board.”
I squinted in the sun and grinned. “You gonna be this bossy all weekend?”
“If you’re lucky.”
I took a step back so I was by my board, and crossed my arms. I had my wetsuit on, but it was still undone and hanging around my hips while Dylan walked me through this process step by step, and my move had the desired effect. He rubbed a hand up the back of his neck and over his hair, leaving it tousled and oh so sexy.
“What?” I asked. “I’m back on my side of the board.”
“Don’t try and act innocent with me, Locke. I’m trying to teach you a new skill. One that will keep you from hurting yourself. And you’re standing there being all…” He waved his hand up and down, gesturing to my exposed upper body.
“Yes?”
“See. Stop it,” he said, and then pointed to the board. “And zip up that damn wetsuit so I can’t see all your muscles.”
I arched a brow as I moved to slip my arms through the stretchy synthetic material, and when I reached for the zipper and pulled it up to the base of my skull, Dylan groaned.
“Okay, that’s almost worse than no wetsuit.”
“I’m sorry. You’re not checking me out, are you? Because you’re supposed to be paying close attention to teaching me something that could save my life,” I said as I turned around and made a show of bending down to get on the board.
“You having fun right now?” Dylan asked.
“Maybe a little.”
“Yeah, well, let’s hope that holds true when the wave dumps you on your ass.”
I let out a sigh and gripped the board just as he’d told me, because the truth of the matter was, I had never surfed a day in my life. I grew up in Chicago, for God’s sake. But Dylan, with his sun-kissed hair, long, lean body, and eyes the color of the sea, looked right at home with the sun shining down on him as his feet sank into the sand by my head.
“Let’s try this a couple more times here on land, and then we’ll get you out in the water. We won’t have you trying to stand up just yet. But if you can get the hang of at least catching the wave into the shore, we might be able to progress.” He crouched down and said, “Remember, toes on the tail of the board and grip the rails, and then push up.”
As I did as he instructed, I paused in the push-up position and was rewarded when he leaned in and took my lips in a sweet kiss.
“Again,” he whispered, and I moved back down to repeat the move, and this time when I paused, I was rewarded with a deeper kiss. When he pulled away too soon, I grumbled and he laughed, straightening. “Any more of that and we won’t make it into the water. On your feet, Locke, it’s time to hit the waves.”







And don't forget about the first two books in the series :)

#1 Aced

#2 Locked

About the author -> Ella Frank:

Ella Frank is the author of the #1 Bestselling Temptation series, including Try, Take, and Trust and is the co-author of the fan-favorite erotic serial, Sex Addict. Her Exquisite series has been praised as “scorching hot!” and “enticingly sexy!”

A life-long fan of the romance genre, Ella writes contemporary and erotic fiction and lives with her husband in Portland, OR.

Find her online: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads

About the author -> Brooke Blaine:

You could say Brooke Blaine was a book-a-holic from the time she knew how to read; she used to tell her mother that curling up with one at 4 a.m. before elementary school was her 'quiet time.' Not much has changed except for the espresso I.V. pump she now carries around and the size of her onesie pajamas.

Brooke enjoys writing sassy contemporary romance, whether in the form of comedy, suspense, or erotica. The latter has scarred her conservative Southern family for life, bless their hearts.

If you'd like to get in touch with her, she's easy to find - just keep an ear out for the Rick Astley ringtone that's dominated her cell phone for ten years.

Find her online: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads

XOXO

A

Random ramblings of a bookworm ;) #57

New favourite movie of all time
Resolutions update
And
Songs of the moment

Hello my wonderful people :) damn, I can't believe how fast the time flies, and that yet another week is behind us... and how in the world march is already ending?!? I mean, I feel like just yesterday january was upon us... ;) why am I mentioning january? well, mainly because I just realized some stuff... and it's actually related to one of those headlines, so how about we dive straight into them, this time embracing the chaos and starting in the middle... :)

What I meant, is that I recently realized, that we are 1/4 into the new year and my resolutions... well... it could have been going better... :) don't get me wrong, when it comes to my book-ish resolutions... I'm doing all right :) but the rest? yeah... there's definitely room for improvement there ;) I mean, I'm definitely embracing it as being my "yes year" cause I have all sorts of cool events in the upcoming months that I'm looking forward to go to :) there's "Mamma mia" musical in the theatre at the beginning of april... then near the end of that same month a live concert of music from different movies played by an orchestra and accompanied by a cool visual show :) then in may I'm going to see Bruno Mars live for the first time ever :) *squeels with joy* I'm so excited :) I have a few other things planned, but until I have tickets in my hand, I won't share any of that, I don't want to jinx it ;) but the rest of my resolutions? well, they are all in the background... why? oh I'll tell ya :) because I read too much *cue the gasps* ;) I know, I'm shocked too, that I was actually able to admit that :) but it's true... there's no point denying it anymore... I absolutely love to read, it's my go-to response when I want to escape from the world... to just curl up with a book and forget about everything else... and it's sooooo easy to do... but at the same time, I know that it keeps me from doing all sorts of other stuff... and all of that won't change itself... it's gonna involve making some very conscious decisions and working hard for it, because truth be told, I'm an introvert, and I don't mind being home alone... most of the times I like it :) but every time I actually do force myself a little bit, and go outside, meet with friends and just generally do stuff... I always enjoy it... :) so you can see my dilemma... *sighs* and now that the weather is getting warmer and the sun shines a little bit brighter each day... I'm getting an itch to change stuff again :) so that's exactly what I'm planning to do... dust off that resolutions list and start crossing stuff off of it :) after all, no one is gonna do it for me :) if I want to change things, I need to work on that by myself :)

Now let us circle back to the beginning of those headlines... you guys, I finally saw on friday "Beauty and the beast" :) originally I was supposed to see it a week earlier, on the day it premiered, but certain things got in the way and I was delayed... but now that I saw it... *sighs dreamily* it is most definitely my new favourite movie of all time :) you know how usually when I mention I saw a movie in one of my #RandomRamblings posts I just say a sentence or two and move on? well... it's not gonna be like that this time :) so now I have a quick warning for you guys :) if you haven't seen it yet, but you're going to and you don't want any spoilers whatsoever, just skip the next paragraph :) but if you already saw it, or you don't mind some spoilery thoughts, then keep on reading to know all my thougts and feelings about it :) but before I get into all that, how about we watch that beautiful trailer for the n-th time ;)


Ok, this is your last warning people, all sorts of spoilery thoughts ahead... :) let me start by saying, that I was afraid to watch this movie... the animated version is my favourite fairy tale of all time, and that story is in general one that is very close to my heart... I mentioned on more than one occasion how much I adore to read re-tellings of it... so from the moment I heard there is going to be a live action version of it... throughout finding out more and more details about it, and then finally watching the trailer... I was getting more and more excited about it... :) but the closer to actually seeing it on the big screen, I started thinking... *there is just no way that this can be as good as I'm hoping it would be... I've built this up way too much in my head, and I'm almost sure I'm gonna be disappointed by something...* so I did my best to curb my expectations at least a little bit... but you guys... I shouldn't have been worried at all... because this movie... they took everything I loved in the animated version and they made it even better :) all the things I adored were still there, and all the things that bothered me, were perfected here... *sighs happily again* :) <- this is what I've been doing for the last few days... just sighing from time to time, thinking about it :) #TrueStory :) ok, so how about now I will actually get into all the spoilery thoughts about it :) although it's hard to pick a place where to start :) so maybe I'll start with the characters... and I'm not gonna mention all actors by name, just the characters they were playing ;) I loved everyone :) I mean, I was pretty sure I would like Belle... ;) but to actually see with my own eyes that my predictions were true... *sighs happily* Beast was great as well, but Gaston... :) he was the perfect villain :) but what surprised me the most, is how much I loved Maurice and LeFou :) I have to admit that I wasn't their biggest fan in the animated version, but here? they were soooo much better :) not to mention all the inhabitants of the castle... :) I swear you guys, there was not one weak addition :) and don't even get me started on the music... *sighs dreamily* although I have one complaint... as much as I loved all the songs and the score, I am definitely not a fan of the new version of "Beauty and the beast" song... don't get me wrong, I have nothing against John Legend or Ariana Grande, in fact I think their voices are wonderful, but the music arrangement? sounds cheap and cheesy and ugh... I can't listen to it... especially since in the trailer, near the end, there is this much better, epic version of that song, with orchestra and I loved it... :) but let's go back to all the awesomeness of the music in the actual movie... I feel like you're getting tired of me repeating myself, but I can't help it... I loved it :) and don't even get me started on the sets and scenography... *sighs dreamily* it was magical... costumes were wonderful as well... I swear you guys, I spent the entire two hours of the movie... which gone by way too fast in my opinion, smiling from ear to ear and absolutely enjoying every minute :) I highly recommend it for you guys to see on the big screen... I think there's actually quite a big chance that I will go see it once more myself ;) yes, it was that good... I also have a feeling that I will watch it many, many times as soon as it will be out on dvd... just to make sure it's just as wonderful as I think it is... ;)

Last but not least, I want to share with you guys two songs that I got stuck in my head... and I am actually quite proud of myself that both of them are pretty new :) which means it didn't take me months to discover something that the world already fell in love with :) the first one I found by accident, which is very fortunate, cause I love both of those lovely ladies... ;) and I have to thank my wonderful sister J for the second one :) she played it to me and from that very first time I was a goner... ;) hope you guys will enjoy both of them :)



Ok, that is a wrap people :) I'm off to conquer the world... just kidding ;) but I promise to do something else besides reading today ;) I love to connect with you guys, so be sure to leave a comment here, on my Facebook page or Goodreads account, I check those every day :)

XOXO

A

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Release blitz + Review: "Wedlocked" by Brooke Blaine and Ella Frank


Title: "Wedlocked"
Book 3 in series PresLocke
Main characters: Ace Locke and Dylan Prescott

Synopsis

Because you have believed in them,
Celebrated with them, 
Loved and encouraged them, 
Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine invite you to join

Ace Samuel Locke
And 
Dylan Prescott

Saturday the Twenty-Fourth of May
At Six-O’Clock in the Evening 
The Grand Floridian Hotel
4406 Palm Way
Orlando, Florida

For Love, Laughter and Happily Ever After

I got an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review ;) I was very eagerly awaiting for the conclusion to this absolutely amazing trilogy, because yes, it’s one of those situations when you really have to read all the books in order… ;) but let’s be honest, would you buy a book and start readng it from 70 %? no ;) and this whole trilogy revolves around the same couple, so I definitely recommend you, if you haven’t already, to read the first two books before diving into this one ;) it’s not like it will be a chore, because they are just as amazing as this one… ;) now that we have this little explanation out of the way, let me tell you guys a little bit more about this particular installment ;) and I will do my best to tell you some things about our main couple and the plot in general without spoilers if you are new to this series ;) plus some of my thoughts and feelings about everything ;)

So let me start with Ace and Dylan ;) *sighs dreamily* oh how I love those two… *sighs again because once is just not enough* ;) I will give you a little insight into how they met, because there’s not much about the actual plot of this installment that I can tell you without giving everything away ;) so Ace is a big movie star… he came out as gay about a year before the start of that first book… so he’s still struggling a bit, not really feeling absolutely comfortable with everything… but there is one person who caught his eye… yes, you guessed right, I’m talking about Dylan ;) or to be more precise, the huge poster of Dylan on one of the billboards ;) so imagine his surprise after few weeks of admiring him, when he actually meets him on the set of his newest movie… and by meets him I mean he almost runs him over with his car ;) #TrueStory ;) Dylan is definitely much more open and comfortable with his sexuality ;) I loved them both for different reasons, but the best scenes of those books were of them together… especially after some time, once they got to know each other better and opened up ;) Ace in particular ;) like I mentioned before, I don’t really want to say too much about all the events in these books, because first of all, it would be way too spoilerific and second of all, the less details you actually know, the better the surprises along the way will be ;) what I can share with you, is that their relationship is absolutely amazing ;) I adored how they started with this insanely hot attraction and from that it evolved into so much more… and the more I read about them, the more I wanted, so I’m definitely happy we got three books instead of just one about them… if were being totally honest, I could totally read a few more… ;)

When it comes to secondary characters in this book… well, now the situation gets a bit more complicated… but don’t worry and just let me explain ;) this trilogy is actually the first story written by any of these authors that I had the pleasure of reading… definitely not the last, because of reasons I will get to right now ;) what I mean is that since I wasn’t familiar with their individual work, the majority, if not all of the secondary characters from this book and the whole trilogy, were actually brand new to me… ;) but after doing a little bit of research… and by that I mean it was written at the end of this book ;) I quickly discoverd that basically every couple mentioned in these stories basically already got their own book ;) which on the one hand, was definitely a plus to all you people who knew them, because then those scenes meant that much more ;) but on the other hand, for people who knew no one… well, there were moments when I was a bit overwhelmed by all the details about all of them shared on a page or two… ;) don’t get me wrong, it definitely worked, in a way that I will absolutely read ALL those other stories, because those couples were awesome ;) but sometimes it was hard to remember all the details ;)

This third installment, just like the previous two, was written in 2 POVs, which means we got parts of the story from Ace’s perspective, and other parts from Dylan’s point of view… and it was done so amazingly well… not to mention that I still can’t believe that those stories are written by two separate authors… ;) these two do such a phenomenal work of blending together their styles that… *sighs happily* I inhaled all three of those books in record time, because I just couldn’t put them down… ;) and especially this third one is like a big epilogue ;) not to mention that there is an actual epilogue at the end of it, that totally made me cry… happy tears, don’t worry ;) I have only great things to say about this book, and this series in general ;) it’s sexy, and by that I mean *fans myself* do NOT read it in public, trust me… ;) it’s hilarious… I burst into laughter more than once, and it didn’t matter if I read it on my way to work and started laughing out loud on the subway, but I just couldn’t help myself ;) but it’s also very sweet and emotional when you least expect it… there are some vulnerable scenes that got straight to my heart… ;) so basically it gave me all the feels… all of them I tell ya ;) so if by any chance you haven’t read it yet, definitely remedy this situation right now, and go one-click the whole series… it will be worth it… ;) go on, do it now, you can thank me later… ;) I promise I won’t gloat about how right I was… ;)




And don't forget about the first two books in the series :)

#1 Aced

#2 Locked

About the author -> Ella Frank:

Ella Frank is the author of the #1 Bestselling Temptation series, including Try, Take, and Trust and is the co-author of the fan-favorite erotic serial, Sex Addict. Her Exquisite series has been praised as “scorching hot!” and “enticingly sexy!”

A life-long fan of the romance genre, Ella writes contemporary and erotic fiction and lives with her husband in Portland, OR.

Find her online: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads

About the author -> Brooke Blaine:

You could say Brooke Blaine was a book-a-holic from the time she knew how to read; she used to tell her mother that curling up with one at 4 a.m. before elementary school was her 'quiet time.' Not much has changed except for the espresso I.V. pump she now carries around and the size of her onesie pajamas.

Brooke enjoys writing sassy contemporary romance, whether in the form of comedy, suspense, or erotica. The latter has scarred her conservative Southern family for life, bless their hearts.

If you'd like to get in touch with her, she's easy to find - just keep an ear out for the Rick Astley ringtone that's dominated her cell phone for ten years.

Find her online: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads

XOXO

A

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Review: "Goodbye paradise" by Sarina Bowen


Author: Sarina Bowen
Book 1 in series Hello goodbye
Main characters: Caleb Smith and Joshua "Josh" Royce

I got an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review :) although technically it's not really an ARC... let me explain... this book was actually published before under a pseudonym and a different title, but the author herself told us all about it in her blog post that I'm gonna leave the link for right -> here <- :) so instead let me concentrate on telling you all about this story :) because, and that is a given when it comes to Sarina and her books, I absolutely loved it... was it perfect? not exactly, but I couldn't help inhaling it and absolutely loving every minute of it :) #NoRegrets :) are you guys ready for some more details? worry not, spoilers free as always :)

I have to start with our main couple... Caleb and Josh grew up in a cult... in the middle of nowhere... they were best friends for the longest time, but Josh definitely had other feelings for Caleb... so imagine his surprise when after Josh has been kicked out and dropped like a thing and not a person on the side of the road, which Caleb warned him might happen, he is joined by none other than the man of his dreams himself... apparently the run-away-together plan was always in the works... as friends of course... ;) so they decide to get to one place they know they'll get help, to Maggie's farm... who also run away a few years before them... I know that this explanation is all vague, but I don't want to get into too many details, especially since it's all described sooo much better in the book :) so instead let me tell you how much I adored both Caleb and Josh... since Caleb's family was more important in the cult, he is much more independent and knows more about the outside world... that makes him also more confident... Josh is definitely much more insecure, but after running away from that horrible place, his confidence slowly starts to grow... I adored both of them :) especially that there is a reason, which is pretty obvious for us readers, but it takes Josh a moment to realize, why Caleb was so determined to join Josh on the run... ;) they are absolutely wonderful together, and seeing them discover all those feelings between them... *sighs dreamily* Sarina did such an amazing job with it :) I sort of don't really want to tell you much more about what exactly happens with them and how they come to terms with everything that happened with them and around them, cause I think it will be a much better experience for you if you actually know less... ;) if that makes sense.. ;)

Another great thing I need to mention when it comes to a book written by the lovely Sarina is... secondary characters :) no matter how many of them there are in the story, they always add soooo much :) in case of this particular story I want to mention Maggie and her husband Daniel :) they welcome both of them into their home with open arms, helping them adjust to living in the outside world, and teaching them everything they need to know to become more independent... they have troubles of their own along the way, but are so supportive... :) there were actually quite a few more, but I want to leave them as a surprise for you... :) after all, it would be boring to know every important person to the story before actually reading it, now would it? ;)

Long story short, I absolutely loved this book... :) it was yet another easily given 5 stars rating... :) I can't quite put my finger on it, but there is just something about Sarina's writing style... her unique brand of mixing hilarious and sexy scenes with much more serious and emotional ones... her way of creating flawed characters that we cheer for from the very start... even if they make mistakes along the way that makes us want to smack them on their heads... ;) #TrueStory ;) this particular book is written in 2 POVs, which means that we get parts of the book from Caleb's perspective, and then other parts from Josh's point of view... and that is definitely my favourite writing style :) I inhaled this book very quickly, and can definitely highly recommend it to you guys :) it's was such a warm story, that made me wanted to curl under a blanket and hug both of the main characters... :) so absolutely go one-click this gem, so you can see for yourselves how lovely it is :)

XOXO

A

Review: "Altercation" by Mignon Mykel


Author: Mignon Mykel
Book 2 in series Prescott family
Main characters: Porter Prescott and Asher Spence

I got an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review ;) this book… *sighs* this book gave me all the feels… I can honestly say that out of all the stories I read from her, this one is my favourite… without a doubt ;) and I say that without even knowing how it will end… ;) let me explain ;) this particular book is the first part of a duology ;) and said duology is actually part of a bigger series about members of one family… but those two books revolve around the same couple… and worry not, even if you haven’t read anything else written by her, you can definitely enjoy this story… although I would highly recommend you to read at least two novellas, each of them shining light on the pasts of our main couple: „Troublemaker” is about Porter and „Breakaway” is about Asher… you don’t have to read them, but I truly believe it will give you a much better insight into both of them from the very start… ok, now that this whole explanation is out of the way, let me tell you a bit more about the book itself… ;)

I am still trying my best to gather all my thoughts about this story… so how about I will tell you a bit more about our main couple first, maybe that will help ;) Porter is the youngest… I want to say sibling, because I’m sure he’s definitely the youngest brother, but I don’t think there’s anyone younger than him when it comes to his sisters as well ;) anyway… ;) he’s part of this huge family, and even though everything wasn’t perfect between them all the time, you can’t deny that they love and support each other when it really matters ;) Porter is definitely stubborn, confident, and he has been fighting for his independence from his early years, acting rebelious and such ;) but he is a good guy at heart… and he actually acts in a very mature way, especially if you take into consideration the fact, that at the beginning of this novel he’s only 19 ;) he’s a hockey player, which is no surprise, considering that basically his whole family is connected to that sport in one way or another ;) he meets Asher, when he’s about to move away to join a hockey team ;) now when it comes to Asher… *sighs heavily* oh how my heart broke for that girl… because I read her novella before, I knew exactly what kind of demons haunted her… but if you won’t, you will slowly figure out what happened to her… she’s 17 when we meet her, almost 18… and if you’re wondering why she’s on her own, all I can say without spoilers is that she was a foster kid and now she’s emancipated… she met Porter when someone from his family crashed their car into hers… ;) don’t worry, it’s nothing serious or life-threatening ;) but his whole family immediately gathered her under their wings when they learn that she’s on her own without an actual plan or anything… she’s very closed off and distant, not really knowing what to do with a hurricane that is the Prescott clan ;) we get to know her more along with Porter… I don’t really want to say anything else about either one of them, mainly because…

The book takes place over the span of about five years… yes, that’s right, you read that corectly… five years… and that’s not even the end of their story… ;) but it’s only logical, since theirs is definitely a slow burn romance… as in very slow… ;) there is definitely that little spark of interest when they initially meet, but it takes a few weeks for both of them to admit… although at the beginning only to themselves internally ;) that they keep thinking about each other… and it takes a few more months, and one very sneakily organized visit ;) for them to admit that to each other ;) I absolutely loved how patient he was with her… because once he realized that there is something special about her, and that he is so drawn to her, he prepared a plan… a long term plan ;) and to be honest I don’t really want to get into too many details about anything else… ;) what I can say, is that it was absolutely amazing to see how he and his patience helped her get out of her shell… how she opened up to him more and more with time… and since we have the opportunity to see them over the course of five years, we can truly see those changes… it was a beautifully written, honest relationship with its ups and downs… all sorts of hilarious, sexy moments, as well with truly heartbreaking and emotional ones as well… I have only praises to say about how Mignon portrayed them here… this is deifnitely one of those situations where the less you know about what’s gonna happen, the better your experience will be… because I did not know what to expect out of this story, and it absolutely blew my mind… ;)

The main couple is definitely not the only bright part of this book ;) there were lots of secondary characters that absolutely stole my heart… the biggest group of them all of course the whole Prescott family… I am NOT gonna name all of them, because we would be here all day, but I will say that I absolutely hope that at least some of them will have their own stories at some point in the future, because certain things are teased and mentioned here, and I would love to know more… ;) all the different interactions between them were definitely one of the best parts of this story ;) but I need to mention one more person, Nico ;) he’s Porter’s teammate and roommate throughout the bigger part of the story and I absolutely loved him ;) I definitely wouldn’t mind reading about his happily ever after ;) again, I don’t really want to say to you guys about any particular details and / or situations regarding those people, because that way I would definitely spoil you some surprises along the way ;)

Long story short… although I’m not sure I can say that looking at my review… ;) but either way, I absolutely loved this book… it has 2 POVs, which means we get parts from Porter as well as Asher perspectives throughout it, and that’s definitely my favourite writing style ;) not only that, but Mignon did such phenomenal job with their story… *sighs happily* I laughed, aaawww-ed and cried when I read it… or to be more precise, I sobbed… so I’m really glad that I read that particular part of it at home… this story gave me all the feels… and that ending… damn… just… damn… I can’t tell you anything about it, not even a hint, but let me just say, I am very glad that the conclusion to their story comes out next week… trust me, even that week will be too long to wait to see how all of this will end… I highly recommend you guys this book… if you know Mignon’s writing style, you can at least guess what to expect of it… compelling characters who are flawed in the most honest and human way and a story that will keep you glued to the pages… to all of you who are new to her… you guys, this is the best way to start your journey with this amazing author… ;) go one-click this gem right now :)

XOXO

A

Monday, March 20, 2017

Random ramblings of a bookworm ;) #56

Book haul
Biggest room-cleanse ever
And
Yet another book-buying-binge 

Welcome my awesome people :) I have so many fun things to share with you guys... well, definitely fun for me ;) hopefully you'll be able to join me in my enthusiasm and all... ;) and since I don't want to waste any time today, let us jump straight into those headlines :) and yes, today we will go with a proper order :) so let's start at that beginning :)

I have another book haul to share with you guys today :) it's the one from my march book budget :) and I am soooo happy with all the books I got, because more than half of them are the ones I haven't actually read yet, so I will have the pleasure of reading them for the first time the way I love doing it the most :) with an actual book in my hands instead of an e-book :) so let me start with the few I already am familiar with, and then I will end with another few I am very eager to read in the near future :)

The first book I want to show you is "Blaze of memory" by Nalini Singh :) it's another installment in her Psy-changeling series :) it's a paranormal / urban fantasy world too complicated for me to get into all the details right now :) this particular book is not one of my favourite ones in this series, but I got it now, cause it was on a fantastic sale :) and hey, since I want to have all of them at some point in the future, why not take advantage of the situation :)


The second story I want to share with you is "Romancing Mr Bridgerton" by Julia Quinn, part of her Bridgertons series of historical romances, where each book revolves around a different sibling from one hilarious family :) I don't love all her books, but this series is absolutely amazing :) and this one is my favourite book in it :) so naturally I had to have it on my shelf :)


The last book I already read, and don't worry, we have four others left in this book haul ;) is "Cloak and silence" by Sherrilyn Kenyon, a novella from her The league series :) it's my second favourite story in this paranormal series with some sci-fi vibes in it :) I love it, because all those books are filled with sarcastic humor, surprising twists, action and characters to die for :) I highly recommend for you guys to check them out :)


Now about those brand-new-yet-unread-by-me-books :) the first one of those is "Dark hearts" by Micalea Smeltzer, the newest addition to her Light in the dark series of contemporary romances :) they all can be read as standalones, but I highly recommend you to read them all, preferably in order ;) my lovely sister J already read it, and has nothing but praises to tell about it, so I am very much looking forward to inhale this amazing story... and then tell you all about it :)


The last three books I want to share with you guys are all part of one series :) and I am talking about the three available as of now stories in The Ravenels series by the amazing Lisa Kleypas :) it's her newest historical romance series, and I absolutely cannot wait to dive into it :) I love her writing style, especially in that genre, so why limit myself to just one book... I decided to get all of them... :) usually I wait for the entire series to come out before I start reading it, but I just couldn't wait any longer... especially after I heard who will be the hero of that third book :) I won't spoil it for anyone who might not be familiar with her other work, but people who read *that* story... you know... *sighs happily* you understand me :)


Now that my collection is getting bigger and bigger, I no longer can squeeze all my books on two shelves... so now I have three, with potential for future development... ;) *sighs dreamily* look at all the pretty books :)


That book-shelves change is actually connected to much bigger ones... :) let me explain... :) I spent... well, not just me, but me and my amazing sister J :) by the way, I owe her sooo much for that :) because we spent the majority of sunday on the biggest cleanse of my room ever... :) #NoJoke :) I got rid of about 10 garbage bags of stuff from my room... not to mention the few hundred books I have now piled in one place (and two boxes) and will be selling online in the upcoming weeks :) I told you it was the biggest room-cleanse ever :) and even though I'm so tired after all that, I also feel... truly amazing :) like there's this weight lifted off of me :) it's hard to explain :) I've been thinking about doing it for quite some time, and it finally was the right moment :) and I have a feeling that this is just one of the first changes around me... ;) to be continued... ;)

The last thing I want to share with you guys today is... well... it's a confession actually... :) I mentioned it a few times before, but if you don't remember, I will say it again :) I have a problem when it comes to buying books :) I love it, and that is the main reason why I have to have a strict monthly budget :) and I do my best to stick to it each month :) and usually I'm doing sooooo good... but recently I got a little bit more income in my account and we all know what that means... yes, I decided to spend all that extra money on books :) #NoShame #NoRegrets :) I bought another seven books :) *squeels with joy* I absolutely cannot wait till they get to me, so I can add them on my shelves... so yeah... expect yet another book haul in the upcoming few weeks... ;)

Ok, that is a wrap people :) I hope you enjoyed my #RandomRamblings this week :) as always, I absolutely love to interact with you guys, so be sure to leave a comment here, on my Facebook page or Goodreads account, cause I am there every day :)

XOXO

A

Friday, March 17, 2017

Review: "Managed" by Kristen Callihan


Title: "Managed"
Book 2 in series VIP
Main characters: Gabriel "Scottie" Scott and Sophie Darling

I honestly think that there is only one way for me to start this review... J, you were absolutely right :) now let me explain that ;) this book came out quite a few months ago, and J, my awesome sister, read it pretty quickly after that... as soon as she finished, she said that I should get to it ASAP, because I would love this story... as you can see by the date of this review, I did not listen to her... and I really should have... ;) because this book could not have been more perfect for me, unless they would write "for A" as a dedication inside... ;) I loved every aspect of it :) so now it's time to fall on my knees and beg for forgiveness to my oh so much smarter sister... J, you were sooo right... :) I'd say that in the future I would always listen to your recommendations, but I think we both know I can be pretty stubborn, so those types of situations will definitely happen again ;) but you can always look forward to me admitting you were right in my reviews, so there's that :) now that we have this part out of the way, let me just add, before going into all the awesomeness of this book, that even though it's the second story in a series, it works perfectly well as a standalone, so you don't need to catch up on the previous book to totally enjoy this one :) now let me tell you a bit more about our main couple... :)

We met Gabriel, because I can never again call him just "Scottie" after reading this story... *sighs dreamily* anyway... :) we did met Gabriel in that first book, but he appeared just in a few scenes, so even if you haven't read it, you haven't missed much :) Gabriel is the manager of Kill John, one of the hottest rock bands... they all went to school together, so they are also friends... I will go back to the members of the band a bit later :) Gabriel is the epitome of elegance... always in a suit, with his british accent, and that keep-your-distance attitude... he knows everything about everyone and takes care of everyone as well... his nickname could easily be mother hen ;) it all comes from certain events in his past that I can't share here, but after I read about them, I understood him so much better... Sophie on the other hand... oh, she was such a fun character :) I loved how honest she was :) she was also very talkative... as in you never know what's gonna come out next out of fer mouth :) and I abolutely loved that about her :) she meets Gabriel on a plane, on her way to a job interview and they have a very... interesting journey together :) I'm not gonna say aything else... you have to experience it for yourselves :) little does she know, she's gonna be working for him as a photographer and social media consultant for the band on their new tour :)

Theirs is definitely a slow burn romance... it all starts with Sophie being practically the only one who's not really afraid of him and who just sort of ignores his cold demeanor and all the walls he has around him that keep people at a distance... and even though he might not admit it out loud, he enjoys it... so they start off as a very unlikely friends... but the more time they actually spend together, the more all those feelings between them grow... and once those sparks start to fly... *fans herself* be prepared to burst into flames people ;) but what I think I love most about them, is how honest they are with each other... yes, sometimes it takes a while for them to open up about some very private and secret parts of their lives, but there are no games between them... they actually act like adults they are... you know, talking and communicating with each other using words and all that... :) it's not as common as I would like it to be in books :) so I'm very happy every time I see it :)

When it comes to secondary characters in this story, there were quite a few of them, but none as entertaining as the members of Kill John :) there's Killian, along with his significant other Liberty :) they were the main characters in that first book :) plus we have also Jax, Whip and Rye :) all of them with very distinctive personalities :) I honestly have to say that I really enjoyed that first book in this series, but this one is definitely much better, and I think a huge part in me feeling that way is connected to all the interactions with those guys... :) they were practically absent in that first story, which is connected to some stuff that happened, that I won't spoil you in case you haven't read it yet... but here, we have all of them in one place, on tour, spending time with each other and those scenes... those scenes when they are all together, making jokes and supporting each other... those were some of my favourite ones in the entire book :) I cannot wait to see which one of them will get the next story in this series :) although I want to read all of them, so it doesn't really matter :)

If you're still not sure about my feelings about this book, let me say it one more time :) it was absolutely amazing :) written in 2 POVs, which gave us an opportunity to get inside both Sophie's an Gabriel's heads, is definitely my favourite writing style :) not only that, but I am a huge fan of Kristen Callihan... she is such a phenomenal author... always able to create the perfect mix of hilarious, sexy and vulnerable... giving us stories and characters we immediately fall in love with and then read chapter after chapter with zero regard to the time passing by or our other obligations, because we simply need to know how it will all end :) so if you are looking for a contemporary romance that will sweep you off your feet and make you forget about anything else, look no further and pick this one up right now :) learn from my mistakes... :)

XOXO

A

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Review: "Pull me close" by Sidney Halston


Book 1 in series Panic
Main characters: Nico "Nick" Moreno and Katherine Wilson

I got an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review :) and I can't believe it took me this long to pick this one up... it's been sitting on my kindle for a few months and damn... now I'm kicking myself for not reading it sooner :) because it was absolutely fantastic :) it was my very first book ever written by the lovely Sidney Halston, and trust me... it will definitely not be the last, because I fell in love with her writing style ... *sighs happily* :) so without wasting any more time, let me dive into everything that I loved about this book :)

First, I have to tell you a bit more about our main couple... *sighs dreamily* they were both oh so amazing... and don't mistakenly think that I meant by that, that they were perfect, far from it... but both being in their early thirties, they actually have some experiences behind them that shaped them into people they are today... Katherine for example suffers from severe anxiety and panic attacks... it's connected to certain events she was a part of years earlier, but I absolutely cannot get more into it in this spoiler-free review... she meets Nico when she has a panic attack in his night club and faints... you might wonder, what she was doing there with her anxiety... well, she did her best to be a part of her sister's bachelorette party... Nico, like I mentioned before is co-owner of "Panic", a famous night club with his brother Matt... more about him in a second ;) and when she meets Katherine for the first time, she just thinks she's another junkie that might ruin the reputation of his club... it's Matt whose much nicer to her from the start... it takes much more time for Nico to even start to believe that there is more to her story than what he originally thought... it's definitely connected to all the stuff that happened to him in the past, but again... since no-spoilers rule I won't say anything else :)

Theirs is definitely a slow burn romance... at least at first... :) because it takes time for him to really understand her situation and to give them a try.. and even after that, it's not easy... actually, the portrayal of Katherine's fears and anxieties is one of the best parts of the book... I don't have personal experiences with those types of things, but the way Sidney Halston wrote her, and all those scenes when she suffers from panic attacks or when her fears overwhelm her... it was heartbreaking... but at the same time she showed us that Katherine is still a sassy person, with courage, who wants to get better :) the journey she goes through in this book is absolutely amazing :) equally amazing as the relationship she starts with Nico :) I don't want to get into too many details about each of them, because I think the less you know going into this book, the better for your experience :) although I need to add that I found my second favourite term of endearment in this book... first being "luv" *sighs dreamily* I don't know if something will top that :) but now my second favourite one is the way Nico calls her "corazon" and I swear, every time I read it, my own heart melted... *sighs dreamily*

Not only our main couple was amazing, but the secondary characters were great as well :) but out of them all, my attention was only on Matt :) Nico's twin brother was such a fun person to be around :) he seems like this easy-going guy, but there is more to him than that :) especially since we got certain glimpses in this book about different sides of him and one or two teasers about what his book might be about and let me tell you... I need that book, like right now :) at least it's already confirmed that he will get the next story, and we just have to wait a few more months... *sighs* the wait is defintiely gonna be long, but at least it's coming :) so you have to read this book, so we can suffer together ;)

This was a book written in my favourite style, with 2 POVs, which means we got chapters from both main characters points of view... and I always adore when we get to see what's inside their heads... :) not to mention that the writing style in general was flawless... I mean... absolutely phenomenal... the way she wrote about Katherine and her struggles felt so honest, raw and real... it definitely helped me understand how those kind of problems feel... and Nico... *sighs dreamily* he was no boy, not even a guy... he was a man... :) in control, who knew what he wanted and worked towards reaching those goals... it was so refreshing to read about adults acting like adults and not hormonal teenagers :) no, they weren't perfect, but they were flawed in the most real way... I adored every part of that book and can highly recommend you to pick it up ASAP, because you all need this amazing story in your lives... and once you read it, you can help me spread the word and help others find it as well :)

XOXO

A

Monday, March 13, 2017

Random ramblings of a bookworm ;) #55

What-to-read-next dilemma
Sick again
And
My newest guilty pleasure

Hello my lovely people :) this week once again we will go and embrace that chaos ;) because I've been a little bit MIA lately, and it's very connected to the middle of those headlines, so how about I will start right there :)

I spent the bigger portion of last week sick... ugh... I hate when that happens... you're going on about your life, busy as always, and then your body says *not this week* :) no worries, it wasn't anything serious, just a nasty cold, but still... I had to stay home and fight with a stupid fever and other not so pleasant stuff... which turned me into a lazy sloth and my brain to mush... but all is much better now :) that is the reason why I wasn't as active here or on my social media this week... I just didn't have the energy for it... I hope you will forgive me for that... but when it comes to much better news, once I started feeling better, I got to work on catching up with all my reviews... because there were quite a few of them waiting for me to finish... or to be more precise, to actually write and then edit them :) but it's all good now, and you will definitely see some of them this week ;)

Now how about we circle back to the beginning of those headlines... the ever present what-to-read-next dilemma... *sighs* ;) I may joke around about it, and you may not really understand it, but there are times when that particular question can almost give me anxiety... #NoJoke... let me try to explain... I love to read... that's pretty much a given, because I wouldn't have a book blog if I didn't love it :) and trust me, I am NOT complaining that I am able to get ARCs of upcoming books from different sources and / or free books from authors... but what it does, is definitely make my decisions about what to read next that much harder... because on the one hand, I have all those ARCs and others, and some of them with a deadline... but on the other hand, there are so many books I just simply *want* to read... and the dilemma is very real... :) so I've decided to change my reading schedule a bit to accomodate all those feelings... :) I used to read many books at once, but that was a very long time ago... and very quickly I realized that I can't focus my attention properly on them when I read so many... so I changed it to one-book-at-a-time... and it worked wonderfully for me for the longest time... but now, I think I need to change it again... so I will compromise, and change it to two books at a time :) which will definitely be a very common occurence in the upcoming months :) that way, one of those books will always be an ARC and such, so I won't get stressed out thinking I'm failing as a book blogger :) but the second one will be one of my own paperbacks that I really want to get through or one of the e-books that have been on my #BookWishlist forever, but I always put them aside thinking I don't have the time... now I will just make time, because I refuse to keep putting them off for any longer... :) it might seem silly to you, but honestly, I'm feeling sooo much better after making that decision :) how are you guys deciding what to read next? do you have monthly to-be-read lists? because that doesn't work for me personally :) my reading mood changes so frequently that I absolutely cannot plan in advance what to read :) but I'm very curious about how you guys decide all that :) let me know :)

Last but not least, I need to tell you guys about my newest guilty pleasure.. I discovered this TV show by total accident, watched the trailer online, decided to give it a try and... well, it's my newest obsession :) I binge-watched all available episodes over the weekend and now I'm hooked :) jugde all you want, because I simply don't care :) I thought I was too old to enjoy this sort of drama show, but truth be told, it's totally addictive... :) #NoShame :) and the show I'm talking about is "Riverdale" :) I will have the trailer for it below :) and if after watching it, you will be as obsessed with the music from it as I was, I'll have that song below for you as well :)



Ok, that is a wrap people :) I hope you enjoyed my post today :) I promise to be more active this week, now that I'm almost one hundred percent healthy again :) after all, I have all sorts of great plans for this week... but I will tell you all about them next time ;) I love to interact with you guys, so be sure to leave a comment here, on my Facebook page or Goodreads account cause I'm there every day :)

XOXO

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