Down TBR Hole

Down the TBR hole #8

Hello friends and happy Monday! I hope you all had a good weekend. I didn’t do too much it was rainy and gross here the whole weekend. Perfect for getting some reading done, though! How was your weekend?

Down the TBR hole is a meme created by Lisa at lost in a story that revolves around cleansing your TBR of all those books you’re never going to read and sort through it all to know what’s actually on there. 

The Rules:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

And Then There Were None

by Agatha Christie

I want to read this one for sure!

Verdict: Keep

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Leah on the Offbeat

by Becky Albertalli

Ok, I was really excited to read this one at one point. Then, I, recently, read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and it was a major disappointment. Also, I’ve read some really negative reviews about this book.

Verdict: Go

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Tyler Johnson Was Here

by Jay Coles

I really want to own and read this book. Not only for that gorgeous cover but because this book is important. Also, that it has been compared to The Hate U Give, which, I loved.

Verdict: Keep

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Let’s Talk About Love

by Claire Kann

This book is about a bisexual ace character and I am here for it! I’m still very excited to read this one and can’t wait to get my hands on it!

Verdict: Keep

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Sawkill Girls

by Claire Legrand

One of the blurbs on Amazon for this book is:

“An eerie, atmospheric assertion of female strength.” —Mindy McGinnis, author of The Female of the Species

Um, YES! I one hundred percent want to read this!

Verdict: Keep

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And that’s my down the TBR hole post for today!
What do you all think of my list? Are any of these books your favorite?

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Mid-Year Reading Stats

Hello friends! I first saw this post over on Rachel Tea Reads blog and I thought it was pretty interesting so I decided to make a spreadsheet of all of the books that I’ve read this year, as well. Today, I’ll be sharing with you all my reading stats so far this year. Let’s get to it!

Books Read: 51

Pages Read (excluding audiobooks because goodreads doesn’t have page counts for those): 11,173

Average Rating: 3.72

I just want to add, here, that the zeroes are for books that I didn’t rate. I choose not to rate memoirs and biographies, most of the time, because it just doesn’t feel right putting a star rating on someone’s life/story/what have you.

So, looking back on this information; wow. I really didn’t think I was reading that much young adult! Bahaha Pffft, and I say I don’t read fantasy🙄 Ebook’s are definitely a go-to. I’ve had a really good reading year, so far, and I hope that trend continues.

I really enjoy looking at information in pie charts and graphs, etc. I hope ya’ll enjoyed this as well and if you decide to make some visual reading stats for us to look at, please let me know!

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019

Hello all and happy Tuesday! Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday post. Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s theme is:

Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019

I’ve had a few posts over the last few months talking about my most anticipated releases of 2019. You can check out my Six for Sunday post where I talk about some of them but let’s talk about some more of my most anticipated releases of this year!

Beyond the Black Door by A. M. Strickland

First of all, that cover is absolutely stunning! Second, this sounds like an amazing story and it’s about an asexual character!

Synopsis:

Kamai was warned never to open the black door, but she didn’t listen …

Everyone has a soul. Some are beautiful gardens, others are frightening dungeons. Soulwalkers―like Kamai and her mother―can journey into other people’s souls while they sleep.

But no matter where Kamai visits, she sees the black door. It follows her into every soul, and her mother has told her to never, ever open it.

When Kamai touches the door, it is warm and beating, like it has a pulse. When she puts her ear to it, she hears her own name whispered from the other side. And when tragedy strikes, Kamai does the unthinkable: she opens the door.


Desire and the Deep Blue Sea by Olivia Dade

This has a favorite trope of mine, fake dating. Also, librarian coworkers and fat girl representation. 😍 And on top of all of that the main male characters first name is my husband’s name, as well.

Synopsis:

They’re pretending. Until they aren’t. 

Thomas McKinney has never wanted a woman the way he wants Callie Adesso. Since she started working alongside him at the Colonial Marysburg Research Library, he’s spent his desk shifts fumbling pencils, tripping over his own feet, and struggling to remember both the Dewey Decimal System and the existence of her inconvenient boyfriend. Now, however, Callie is suddenly single–and in need of a last-minute faux-boyfriend for an episode of HATV’s Island Match. Thomas is more than happy to play the part…and in the process, convince Callie that a week together isn’t nearly long enough.

Callie has never found a man as irritating as she finds Thomas. He may be brilliant, kind, and frustratingly handsome, but the absent-minded librarian also makes every workday an anxiety-inducing exercise in stress. Even seven days in paradise by his side won’t change her opinion of him. Really. No matter how attentive he is. And gentle. And sexy.

One plane ride later, the two of them are spending long, hot days under the sun and on display, pretending to be in love for a television show. This may be a vacation, but it’s also an act–as well as Thomas’s last chance to persuade the woman of his dreams to include him in hers. And soon, the island heat isn’t the only thing steaming up HATV’s cameras.


First of all, magic. Second, road trip. I mean, this is the kind of book that I need in my life!

Synopsis:

In a world where magic thrives in secret city corners, a group of magicians embark on a road trip—and it’s the “no-love-interest”, found family adventure you’ve been searching for.

Sixteen-year-old Blythe is one of seven Guardians: magicians powerful enough to cause worldwide panic with a snap of their fingers. But Blythe spends her days pouring latte art at her family’s coffee shop, so why should she care about having apocalyptic abilities?

She’s given a reason when magician anarchists crash into said coffee shop and kidnap her family.

Heartbroken but determined, Blythe knows she can’t save them alone. A war is brewing between two magician governments and tensions are too high. So, she packs up her family’s bright yellow Volkswagen, puts on a playlist, and embarks on a road trip across the United States to enlist the help of six strangers whose abilities are unparalleled—the other Guardians.


Along for the Rids by Mimi Grace

Another road trip and another one of my favorite tropes, enemies to lovers. This is going to be so good and I can’t wait to read it!

Synopsis:

THIS ROAD TO LOVE MAY HAVE A FEW SPEED BUMPS…

Former hot mess Jolene Baxter is committed to doing better. It’s why she offered to help her sister and brother-in-law move across the country. However, her goodwill is tested when last minute changes—mainly her father ditching her for an all-expenses paid vacation—forces her to make the journey with a man who is the human version of a pebble in her shoe.  

Jason Akana operates on lists and bitter coffee, but none of those things will help him on a sixteen-hour trip with the most infuriating woman. Maybe they can get along and forget their heated confrontation five years ago at his best friend’s wedding…when pigs fly.  

But the addition of vehicle problems, an unplanned pit stop in a small town, and chemistry that inconveniently tags along, shifts their perspectives. And once the dust settles after their trip, a tentative friendship emerges. 

Will these two stubborn people successfully navigate the unexpected feelings that follow close behind? Or will they hit a roadblock before reaching happily ever after?

Content Warning:
1. Deceased parent (died long before the start of the book)
2. Verbally pushy person who’s romantically interested in the heroine (NOT the hero) 


Grimoire Noir by Vera Greentea & Yana Bogatch

This is a graphic novel about a witches. I am here for it!

Synopsis:

It tells the story of a town where every woman is a witch, and what happens when one of them goes missing.


Color Outside the Lines by by Sangu Mandanna, Anna-Marie McLemore, Elsie Chapman, Karuna Riazi, Lydia Kang, L.L. McKinney, Lauren Gibaldi, Tara Sim, Caroline Tung Richmond, Kelly Zekas, Tarun Shanker, Samira Ahmed, Adam Silvera, Eric Smith, Lori M. Lee, Michelle Ruiz Keil

I think that this is going to be really hard-hitting and maybe eye opening, but also sweet and satisfying as well.

Synopsis:

This modern, groundbreaking YA anthology explores the complexity and beauty of interracial and LGBTQ+ relationships where differences are front and center.

When people ask me what this anthology is about, I’m often tempted to give them the complicated answer: it’s about race, and about how being different from the person you love can matter but how it can also not matter, and it’s about Chinese pirate ghosts, black girl vigilantes, colonial India, a flower festival, a garden of poisons, and so, so much else. Honestly, though? I think the answer’s much simpler than that. Color outside the Lines is a collection of stories about young, fierce, brilliantly hopeful people in love. —Sangu Mandanna, editor of Color outside the Lines


Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

I mean, this book is about swordplay, cut-throat politics and a lesbian necromancer. ✋ Say no more, fam. As soon as I heard that, I added it to my TBR immediately.

Synopsis:

Gideon the Ninth is the most fun you’ll ever have with a skeleton.

The Emperor needs necromancers.

The Ninth Necromancer needs a swordswoman.

Gideon has a sword, some dirty magazines, and no more time for undead bullshit.

Tamsyn Muir’s Gideon the Ninth unveils a solar system of swordplay, cut-throat politics, and lesbian necromancers. Her characters leap off the page, as skillfully animated as necromantic skeletons. The result is a heart-pounding epic science fantasy.

Brought up by unfriendly, ossifying nuns, ancient retainers, and countless skeletons, Gideon is ready to abandon a life of servitude and an afterlife as a reanimated corpse. She packs up her sword, her shoes, and her dirty magazines, and prepares to launch her daring escape. But her childhood nemesis won’t set her free without a service.

Harrowhark Nonagesimus, Reverend Daughter of the Ninth House and bone witch extraordinaire, has been summoned into action. The Emperor has invited the heirs to each of his loyal Houses to a deadly trial of wits and skill. If Harrowhark succeeds she will be become an immortal, all-powerful servant of the Resurrection, but no necromancer can ascend without their cavalier. Without Gideon’s sword, Harrow will fail, and the Ninth House will die.

Of course, some things are better left dead.


The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

Now, I was not one of those people who adored The Night Circus. I liked it, it just isn’t a favorite or anything but I’m still excited for Erin Morgenstern’s (the author of The Night Circus) new release.

Synopsis:

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Night Circus, a timeless love story set in a secret underground world–a place of pirates, painters, lovers, liars, and ships that sail upon a starless sea.

Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues — a bee, a key, and a sword — that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to an ancient library, hidden far below the surface of the earth.

What Zachary finds in this curious place is more than just a buried home for books and their guardians — it is a place of lost cities and seas, lovers who pass notes under doors and across time, and of stories whispered by the dead. Zachary learns of those who have sacrificed much to protect this realm, relinquishing their sight and their tongues to preserve this archive, and also those who are intent on its destruction.

Together with Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired protector of the place, and Dorian, a handsome, barefoot man with shifting alliances, Zachary travels the twisting tunnels, darkened stairwells, crowded ballrooms, and sweetly-soaked shores of this magical world, discovering his purpose–in both the mysterious book and in his own life.


Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan

Ok, so, if you saw my Mid Year Book Freakout Tag post then you know that the first book in this series was my biggest disappointment of the year. With that said, I’m still very much looking forward to this book because there have been several times where I actually like the second book in a series more than I like the first. I’m hoping that will be the case with this series, too.

Synopsis:

In this mesmerizing sequel to the New York Times bestselling Girls of Paper and Fire, Lei and Wren have escaped their oppressive lives in the Hidden Palace, but soon learn that freedom comes with a terrible cost.

Lei, the naive country girl who became a royal courtesan, is now known as the Moonchosen, the commoner who managed to do what no one else could. But slaying the cruel Demon King wasn’t the end of the plan—it’s just the beginning. Now Lei and her warrior love Wren must travel the kingdom to gain support from the far-flung rebel clans. The journey is made even more treacherous thanks to a heavy bounty on Lei’s head, as well as insidious doubts that threaten to tear Lei and Wren apart from within.

Meanwhile, an evil plot to eliminate the rebel uprising is taking shape, fueled by dark magic and vengeance. Will Lei succeed in her quest to overthrow the monarchy and protect her love for Wren, or will she fall victim to the sinister magic that seeks to destroy her?


The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

I’ve talked about this one before, in the Mid Year Book Freakout Tag, as well. I’m super bummed that I have to wait until, at least, November to read this.

Synopsis:

The first rule of this book club:
You don’t talk about book club.

Nashville Legends second baseman Gavin Scott’s marriage is in major league trouble. He’s recently discovered a humiliating secret: his wife Thea has always faked the Big O. When he loses his cool at the revelation, it’s the final straw on their already strained relationship. Thea asks for a divorce, and Gavin realizes he’s let his pride and fear get the better of him. 

Welcome to the Bromance Book Club.

Distraught and desperate, Gavin finds help from an unlikely source: a secret romance book club made up of Nashville’s top alpha men. With the help of their current read, a steamy Regency titled Courting the Countess, the guys coach Gavin on saving his marriage. But it’ll take a lot more than flowery words and grand gestures for this hapless Romeo to find his inner hero and win back the trust of his wife

And that’s my ten most anticipated releases of 2019. What do you think? Are any of these on your TBR? What are some of your most anticipated releases of 2019?

Down TBR Hole

Down the TBR Hole #7

Hello friends and happy Monday! I hope you all had a good weekend and a happy father’s day, if you celebrated. It was my husband’s birthday on father’s day. We didn’t do too much just stayed home, had grilled out and had a couple of his friends over. How was your weekend?

Down the TBR hole is a meme created by Lisa at lost in a story that revolves around cleansing your TBR of all those books you’re never going to read and sort through it all to know what’s actually on there.
The Rules

The Rules

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist

by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

Ok, this has one of my favorite tropes, fake dating. I definitely want to read this one and also see the movie.

Verdict: Keep

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The Lupanarium

by Adele Leigh

This is an indie book and it sounds really hard-hitting and impactful.

Verdict: Keep

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One Million Project

All of these books are separate books but because I want to keep them all on my TBR I’m combining them for this post. One Million Project is several different anthologies in different genres, but all of the proceeds (after production costs) goes toward cancer research and homeless charities.

Verdict: Keep

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Spilt Wine

by Michael Walsh

I haven’t even thought about this book since I added it to my TBR. It is, for sure, something that I’m not interested in anymore.

Verdict: Go

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Dietland

by Sarai Walker

I’m pretty sure I added this because it is, or was supposed to be (not sure if it ever aired) a TV show. I still want to read this, though.

Verdict: Keep

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Bloody Brilliant Women: The Pioneers, Revolutionaries and Geniuses Your History Teacher Forgot to Mention

by Cathy Newman

The two opening lines for the synopsis of this book are:

‘A litany of fresh heroes to make the embattled heart sing’ Caitlin Moran

and

A fresh, opinionated history of all the brilliant women you should have learned about in school but didn’t.

Um, YES! I 100% want to read this!

Verdict: Keep

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The Song of Achilles

by Madeline Miller

If you have been here for any amount of time, you know that I, mostly, don’t read historical fiction. Honestly, this sounds like a good book and something that I could potentially get into and enjoy but I just don’t think it’s for me.

Verdict: Go

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The Mindfulness Diet: Eat in the ‘Now’ and be the Perfect Weight for Life

by Patrizia Collard, Helen Stephenson

Yeah, I’m not going on any more diets. 😐 No thank you.

Verdict: GO

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The Bone Witch

by Rin Chupeco

I definitely want to read this one! I’ll be picking this up when autumn rolls around again.

Verdict: Keep

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The Witch’s Daughter

by Paula Brackston

The last line of the synopsis says this:

Part historical romance, part modern fantasy, Paula Brackston’s New York Times bestseller, The Witch’s Daughter, is a fresh, compelling take on the magical, yet dangerous world of Witches. Readers will long remember the fiercely independent heroine who survives plagues, wars, and the heartbreak that comes with immortality to remain true to herself, and protect the protégé she comes to love

This sounds really good and I’m definitely picking it up during autumn, too!

Verdict: Keep

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Whew! Usually I only do five books at a time but today I doubled that to try to clear some of them out faster. What do you think of this list? Are any of these a favorite of yours?

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The Mid Year Book Freakout Tag

Wow, can you all believe that it is already the middle of the year?!! 🤯 I’ve seen this tag floating around and I thought it would be fun to do it as well. I don’t know who started it but if you do know, let me know so I can acknowledge them. Let’s get to it!


Best book you’ve read so far in 2019

Omg I’ve read some pretty good one’s this year and I think I may have to list two for this question because it’s just too hard to choose!

I think I gushed enough about this book in my smutathon wrap-up post. If you want to know about why I loved this, check it out here.

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I definitely jumped on the hype train with this one, and I love this book to pieces.

Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2019

This is hands down the best sequel I’ve read this year. I loved this book! I was enthralled from the very beginning. Stephanie Garber’s way with words and descriptions had me entranced. I love the atmosphere in this book. I love the characters and the story.

New release you haven’t read but want to

I’ve already talked about this one as well in my post Six for Sunday: 2019 books I’m excited for. So, if you want to click over there and see what I have to say about this one and it’s synopsis then go ahead and do that.

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

I think I’m going to have to go with The Bromance Book Club.

For one, this is set in my hometown of, Nashville, Tennessee. I never come across books that are set in Nashville so I’m sooo excited for that! Also, basically, Sarah’s review sums up what this book is about, “A book about a bunch of guys creating a book club to read romance as they try to understand their wives better? Oh this is going to be hilarious!”

I think this is going to be really sweet and funny and I can not wait to read it!

Biggest Disappointment

Honestly, it was Girls of Paper and Fire, and let me tell you, I want to love this sooo much. This book has gotten so much hype from literally everyone but it just didn’t do it for me and I’m still sad about it. I can appreciate what it was trying to do but, again, I didn’t like it.

Biggest surprise

I think I’m going to have to go with Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee. I had heard some kind of not so good reviews about this one, by some pretty popular booktube folks and a couple of other reviewers that I follow, but this turned out to be a five star for me. I loved this one!

Favorite new author

Thea De Salle hands down. I read The King of Bourbon Street last month and absolutely loved it. I can’t wait to read the rest of this series and anything else that Thea De Salle writes!

Newest fictional crush

Ryan “Renegade” Kepler. I mean, that cover though😍 also he was just the perfect guy.

Newest favorite character

Simon from Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda. He’s just so adorable and lovable.

Book that made you cry

Um, I’m not really a crier at books so I don’t think that I have an answer for this one.

Book that made you happy

I loved this graphic novel so much! It definitely made me happy and if you haven’t checked it out yet, I highly recommend it!

Favorite book to film adaptation

I think I have two for this answer but the first is for sure Big Little Lies.

And I know I had Love, Simon for another answer but this is one of my favorite book to film adaptations as well.

Favorite post you’ve done this year

Hmmm. I feel like I’ve had a few that I really liked and thought that I did really well on them. I think my Unpopular Bookish Opinions was my favorite, though.

Most beautiful book you’ve bought this year

Honestly, I’ve bought a lot of beautiful covers this year but I think I’ll go with The Smell of Other People’s Houses as the most beautiful of the year.

What book do you need to read by the end of the year

I don’t really have an answer for this one either because I don’t really put a timeline on my books. I just get to them when I get to them. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Well, that’s all for the Mid Year Book Freakout Tag! Happy Sunday and Happy Father’s Day, if you celebrate. I hope you all have a good week!

Reviews

#Smutathon Wrap-Up

Hello friends! Happy Friday! I hope you’ve had a good week. So, Smutathon ran from June 3 until June 9, but I had an unintentional extra day because I thought it ended on the 10th. Oops. If you want to know more, you can click here and I will go over what this readathon is and what I had planned to read. Today, I’ll bring you my wrap-up where I’ll talk about what books I read and some of my thoughts about each one. I had 5 books and one short story on my TBR for this readathon. I finished reading four of the books, but didn’t get to one book and the short story. Alright, let’s get to my ratings and thoughts!


The King of Bourbon Street (NOLA Nights #1) by Thea de Salle

LGBTQ+ ll New to you author

Hotel chain mogul Sol DuMont is about to learn that some of life’s biggest surprises come in deceptively small packages—namely a petite heiress named Rain who’s hell-bent on upsetting her family’s expectations—in this first book in the all new series by Thea de Salle, set against the sultry backdrop of New Orleans.

Thirty-seven-year-old Sol DuMont is a divorcee and the owner of a mid-sized hotel chain in New Orleans. Since Hurricane Katrina, his father’s death, and the decision that he and his ex-wife Maddy are far better off friends than lovers, he’s lost interest in almost everything he held dear—parties, people, and pushing limits.

All his limits.

Then Arianna Barrington checks into his hotel.

Twenty-four-year-old Arianna “Rain” Barrington could have been society’s sweetheart. Her family is moneyed, connected press darlings, and make sweeping headlines from coast to coast for reasons both good and bad. But when her mother shoves her at Charles Harwood—the obnoxious, entitled heir of Harwood Corp—to cement a billion-dollar business merger, Rain does the only thing she can think of to escape: she creates a scandal so big Harwood doesn’t want her anymore before fleeing to New Orleans for much-needed rest and relaxation.

All she wants is jazz piano, beignets, and to sail the Mississippi. What she gets is Sol DuMont, a whirlwind affair, and a hands-on education in sex, power play, and pushing limits.

All her limits.

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I’m sooo happy that I chose to pick this one up!

I 𝒶𝒸𝓉𝓊𝒶𝓁𝓁𝓎 love this book sooo, so much.  💖

The characters are done really well. You will fall in love with them. Sol is bisexual, hot as hell, super funny and witty. I was laughing out loud at this book! Arianna is bubbly and just so adorable. She is also fat and never once was that seen as a bad thing or as a hindrance from her point of view (or any one else’s) and I loved that sooo much. I have so much love for these two that I wish they were actual people and we were friends.

The atmosphere, omg. I’ve been to New Orleans and it truly is a magical, beautiful place and you can totally feel the vibe and spirit while reading this book. It had me yearning to go back! 

Also, the sex scenes. Whew. I need a cold shower🚿😂🤷🏻‍♀️


Renegade (Moonshine Task Force #1) by Laramie Briscoe

Forbidden romance ll One word title

When you fall in love with the most unexpected person, at the most unexpected time……

Ryan “Renegade” Kepler 

I’m the type of man who knows what I want. I make up my mind and stay in my lane, never veering off the course I set for myself. 

Going into the military? Did it. 
Serving overseas? Did it. 
Youngest member of the Moonshine Task Force? That’s me. 
Get my best friend’s older sister in bed? It was my pleasure. 
Convince the older sister to give me a chance? Working on it. 

Age means nothing to me. I’ve seen and done things men half my age never will. What I want more than anything is someone to share my life with. The work I do is dangerous and knowing I have someone at home might keep me under control. Everybody says I need a woman, and I know I do, but I also know which one I want. 

That woman, whether she admits it or not, is Whitney Trumbolt. 

Whitney Trumbolt 

Ryan is ten years my junior, but damn, being a cougar never felt as good as it did the night we spent together. Now all I want to do is go back to how things were before. 

But Ryan is my younger brother’s best friend, and where Trevor goes, Ryan goes. Instead I put my head in the sand and do my best to go about my life. 

Build up my confidence from a horrible divorce? Working on it. 
Make my wedding planning company the best in the south? Did it. 
Ignore the way my body trembles when I see Ryan? Epic fail. 
Freak out when I see a positive pregnancy test staring back at me? Complete with mascara running down my face and clutching my pearls. 

Looks like things aren’t gonna go back to the way they were. There’s a man in my life that won’t take no for an answer. Gone is sweet Ryan, and in his place is the one who makes my blood run hot, my cheeks turn red, and my heart beat heavily within my chest. 

The one I’m up against is the one I can’t say no to. Not when he becomes Renegade

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I’m really happy that I chose to pick this one up too!

I loved this story from the steamy first chapter until the sweet, satisfying end.

I fell in love with these characters as well. Ryan is so patient and loving and it is real hard not to fall in love with him. Whitney is sweet and lovable and I love these two together. Even the side characters are well developed and they are very supportive to the main characters. They aren’t overbearing or pushy in any kind of way towards the relationship or the unplanned pregnancy.

This is just a really adorable story and it left me with all the feels and not wanting it to end.


Addicted to You (Addicted #1) by Krista and Becca Ritchie

Fake Dating II Read a host’s fave romance ll Out of your comfort zone

She’s addicted to sex. He’s addicted to booze…the only way out is rock bottom.

No one would suspect shy Lily Calloway’s biggest secret. While everyone is dancing at college bars, Lily stays in the bathroom. To get laid. Her compulsion leads her to one-night stands, steamy hookups and events she shamefully regrets. The only person who knows her secret happens to have one of his own.

Loren Hale’s best friend is his bottle of bourbon. Lily comes at a close second. For three years, they’ve pretended to be in a real relationship, hiding their addictions from their families. They’ve mastered the art of concealing flasks and random guys that filter in and out of their apartment.

But as they sink beneath the weight of their addictions, they cling harder to their destructive relationship and wonder if a life together, for real, is better than a lie. Strangers and family begin to infiltrate their guarded lives, and with new challenges, they realize they may not just be addicted to alcohol and sex. 

Their real vice may be each other.

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⭐⭐⭐.5

Honestly, I was really conflicted on what to rate this. I was unsure if I wanted to rate it a 3 or a 4, so I settled on 3.5

I guess what really had me second guessing my rating was that I just didn’t connect, really, with the narrator and one main character, Lily. She is just absolutely infuriating. Also, it was hard to connect to the other main character, Loren, in a way, because the story is told entirely from Lily’s point of view. They’re addicts, they’re trust fund babies and they are broken individuals.

I don’t want to do a super long review here, but if you’re interested in more of what I thought about this book, this review pretty much sums up my feelings about it.


A Prince on Paper (Reluctant Royals #3) by Alyssa Cole

Author of color II Takes place in a foreign country ll Bad girl/Bad boy

The Reluctant Royals series returns with a good girl searching for the life that’s not too big, and not too small, and the bad boy prince who might be just right for her…

Nya Jerami fled Thesolo for the glitz and glamour of NYC but discovered that her Prince Charming only exists in her virtual dating games. When Nya returns home for a royal wedding, she accidentally finds herself up close and personal—in bed—with the real-life celebrity prince who she loves to hate.

For Johan von Braustein, the red-headed step-prince of Liechtienbourg, acting as paparazzi bait is a ruse that protects his brother—the heir to the throne—and his own heart. When a royal referendum threatens his brother’s future, a fake engagement is the perfect way to keep the cameras on him.

Nya and Johan both have good reasons to avoid love, but as desires are laid bare behind palace doors, they must decide if their fake romance will lead to a happily-ever-after.

⭐⭐⭐⭐

I really, really liked this book!

I picked this one up thinking it was the first book in this series when it is actually the third and final (as far as I know), oops, again. 🤦‍♀️ I haven’t read any of the previous books in this series but I didn’t have a hard time enjoying this one or the characters. I guess I just didn’t have the full portrayal of the characters as I would have if I read the other books first.

Johan is a playboy prince, who has a soft side for Nya. Nya is a sassy, inexperienced woman trying to navigate her feelings for Johan.

Overall, I really enjoyed seeing their relationship develop. They are adorable together and the ending is just so mushy and had me grinning from ear to ear.

I am one thousand percent picking up the other books in this series and I can’t wait to devour them as well!

And that’s my smutathon wrap-up. Have you read any of these? If so, how did you feel about them? What are some of your recent reads and recent favorites? I’d love to know!

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Unpopular Bookish Opinions

Hello all and happy Tuesday! Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday post. I haven’t posted a Top Ten Tuesday meme in a while and I guess I picked the best time to start (again) with this one!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s theme is:

Unpopular bookish opinions

Classic books are boring.
Ok maybe not all classics are boring but, just in general, they aren’t for me.

A popular genre I rarely reach for:
I think the key word, here, is rarely because there are those rare times when I will pick up this genre but I mostly ignore it. It’s fantasy. I just can’t get into it, especially those authors that seem to be everyone’s favorites like Cassandra Clare, J. K. Rowling and J. R. R. Tolkien.

Reading books is not a competition.
If you read one book per month or twenty you’re still a reader and you’re doing you’re best sweetie.

Audiobooks, graphic novels, manga, etc.
Are all books! If it’s on goodreads it counts as a book and, honestly, this whole debate is just stupid.

I don’t hate angsty teen love.
Yeah maybe their a bit overdone, but I don’t care.

Bookish subscription boxes and merch is overpriced
and mostly useless.

I don’t like Harry Potter, there I said it.
The movies, that is, but also I haven’t and never will read the books.

I don’t hate a love triangle.
I will admit that this trope is overdone, as well, but I still don’t care.

Popular series’ that I won’t read.
There’s plenty of those, the Grishaverse, The Game of Thrones, The Shatter Me series, Twilight, The Hunger Games, Divergent. There’s probably so many more that I just can’t think of right now but that list will do, yeah?

They’re your books, do what you want to them.
If that means dog-earring, highlighting, writing in margins or leaving it pristine. It’s yours.

I’m sure that I have a few more unpopular bookish opinions in me, but, alas this is top ten Tuesday after all. So, this is the end of my unpopular opinions for today. What are some of your unpopular bookish opinions?