Book Review: Three Blind Dates by Meghan Quinn

Title: Three Blind Dates
Author: Meghan Quinn
Series: Dating by Numbers #1
Publisher: Hot-Lanta Publishing, LLC
Publication date: January 4, 2018
Pages: 386
Source: Purchased
Summary (via Goodreads): A modern day take on You’ve Got Mail with a twist. This laugh out loud and heartwarming romantic comedy from bestselling author Meghan Quinn will keep you on the edge of your feet as you fall in love with each and every blind date. 

 

“Good Morning Malibu, it’s another beautiful day on the west coast! I’m Noely Clark, your host: and I’m in the market for love…” 

 

When the publicity team of the new local restaurant, Going in Blind, began their search for a hot, local celebrity to promote the wildly popular eatery, they couldn’t have found a better person than me. 

 

Outgoing? Check.
Single? Check.
Open to finding love? Check. 

 

I signed up immediately. 

 

A hopeless romantic with an exceedingly demanding schedule, I’ve found it impossible to find the man of my dreams—so Going in Blind seems too good to be true! That’s until they start setting me up on dates—three very different, very attractive, very distinct blind dates—and only one thing is for certain . . . 

 

I’m in big trouble. 

 

“Good Morning Malibu,
I’m Noely Clark, and I have a choice to make.
The question is who will I choose; the suit, the rebel, or the jock.” 

 

*** This is a full length novel, 115,000 words, with a happily ever after, no cliffhanger, no cheating, and full of heart, humor and, steamy heat. ***

 

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This one was so good! It’s my first book by this author, but definitely not my last. I liked Noely a lot…and let me tell you: The Suit, The Rebel, and The Jock are HOT! I’m giving this 5 out of 5 stars.

 

So the concept of this one was super cute! A modern You’ve Got Mail? Who doesn’t love that? Like I can’t even with how much this book made me smile. Without spoiling who she ends up with, I freaking love the guy. Where can I get one of my own? And honestly, all the guys are pretty freaking great…besides a few minor flaws like timing, and what was going on in their lives at the moment.

 

There’s some sexy times in this book, but honestly there was much more of a focus on courtship, on friendship, on finding yourself, and following your heart finally. I loved the epilogue, and I cannot wait for the next book. Super excited for that one! I signed up for an ARC, and I hope I get approved for it. *fingers crossed* Read this one if you like romantic comedies! It’s so entertaining, and a quick read.

Stacking the Shelves [56]

Stacking the Shelves

 

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. Stacking the Shelves is about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves. You can include books you buy in a physical store or online, books your borrow from the library or friends, review books, gifts and eBooks.

 

Here’s a series I bought recently (The Nevernight Chronicle) that I bought in anticipation for Amie and Jay’s book tour in March, several eARCs I got approved for on Netgalley, a couple eARCs that I downloaded through Edelweiss, and a book I borrowed from Jessica (thanks girl!).

 

With that said, here are the books I’ve bought, borrowed, and received:

 

Bought:

 

Netgalley:

    

 

Edelweiss:

 

Borrowed:

 

What are you Stacking the Shelves with this week? Any books you can’t wait to read?

First Lines Fridays [13]

 

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

 

 

Is today a good day to die? This is something I ask myself in the morning when I wake up.

 

THE FIRST LINES CAME FROM…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven 

The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this exhilarating and heart-wrenching love story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die.

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Elle Fanning!
 
Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

This is an intense, gripping novel perfect for fans of Jay Asher, Rainbow Rowell, John Green, Gayle Forman, and Jenny Downham from a talented new voice in YA, Jennifer Niven.

 

Would you read this book based on the first lines? Let me know in the comments!

Audiobook Review: Shameless by Lex Martin

Title: Shameless
Author: Lex Martin
Publisher: Audible Studios
Publication date: April 26, 2016
Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
Source: Purchased
Summary (via Goodreads): Brady…

 

What the hell do I know about raising a baby? Nothing. Not a goddamn thing. 

 

Yet here I am, the sole guardian of my niece. I’d be lost if it weren’t for Katherine, the beautiful girl who seems to have all the answers. Katherine, who’s slowly finding her way into my cynical heart.

 

I keep reminding myself that I can’t fall for someone when we don’t have a future. But telling myself this lie and believing it are two different things. 

 

Katherine…

 

When Brady shows up on a Harley, looking like an avenging angel—six feet, three inches of chiseled muscle, eyes the color of wild sage, and sun-kissed skin emblazoned with tattoos—I’m not sure if I should fall at his feet or run like hell. Because if I tell him what happened the night his family died, he might hate me. 

 

What I don’t count on are the nights we spend together trying to forget the heartache that brought us here. I promise him it won’t mean anything, that I won’t fall in love.

 

I shouldn’t make promises I can’t keep.

 

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So freaking good! This was my first book by this author (in anticipation for the ARC I received of Reckless), and it definitely won’t be my last. I’m giving this 5 out of 5 stars.

 

I listened to the audiobook, and really liked the narrators overall. Especially the female narrator’s interpretation of Brady’s voice. That Boston accent she did for him was wicked awesome! I absolutely adored both Katherine and Brady, along with a lot of the other minor characters. And Izzy was super cute!

 

So this book is kind of emotionally heavy, which you can probably tell from the summary. I didn’t cry while reading, but my heart kind of broke at spots. Brady and his family, and even Katherine, are going through a tough time after losing loved ones, along with some other setbacks life throws their way. And if anyone’s life is completely turned upside down, it’s Brady. I feel bad for the poor guy, and everything that’s dumped on his plate. But everything works out in the end; I’m so glad he gets a happy ending!

 

I loved how the connection between these two characters unfolded, how Brady was with his niece, and the raw emotions we got a glimpse of here and there. And the epilogue was so good. I can’t wait to see a little more from these characters in Reckless…which I need to devour ASAP! I highly recommend checking out this book if you’re a romance lover. I can’t wait to go back and read the other books this author has written when I have a little free time.

 

Waiting on Wednesday [75]

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly awaiting.

 

There are so many books I’m excited about, so I’ll definitely keep doing Waiting on Wednesday. With that said, here’s my pick that I can’t wait for.

 

Title: Blood Type
Author: K.A. Linde
Publication date: April 24, 2018
Summary (via Goodreads): A startling new vision of paranormal romance: When a human ventures into the world of vampires—a decadent milieu of blood-bonds and betrayal—she discovers that not all is what it seems.

For Reyna Carpenter, giving up her body isn’t a choice. It’s survival.

In a civilization laid waste by poverty and desperation, Reyna accepts a high-paying position with the wealthy and hungry vampire elite. Her new job is as the live-in blood escort for the intimidating, demanding, and devilishly handsome Beckham Anderson. He’s everything she expected from a vampire, except for one thing—he won’t feed off her.

Reyna soon discovers that behind Beckham’s brooding, wicked façade lies a unique and complex man. And that, in a dark and divided world, she is more valuable than she ever would have believed.

For with each passing night, Reyna can’t shake the sensation that it’s Beckham who’s afraid of her.

Note: Reyna and Beckham’s story continues in Blood Match.

This ebook includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.


Why I Chose This Book:

If you don’t already know this about me, I freaking LOVE vampire romances. I haven’t read a ton, but they are my jam regardless of that fact. And this one sounds, and looks, amazing. So yes please! I requested an ARC, and I have my fingers crossed that I get approved to read it.

 

What upcoming releases are you most excited about?

Top Ten Tuesday: Sexy Romances

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme previously hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Every week there’s a new topic for a top ten list.

 

This week’s topic is Love Freebie (Romances, swoons, OTPs, kisses, sexy scenes, etc.). I went with Sexy Romances.

 

        

1. Taming Him by Kennedy Fox  This book was AMAZING! And let’s not even get me started on the sexy as heck cowboy(s) within these pages. Cowboys aren’t usually my thing, but I make an exception for these men. *fans self*

2. Stage Dive series by Kylie Scott  I loved this series so freaking much, so if you haven’t read it yet, get on it! The books follow the members of the band Stage Dive, and their love interests. Each man is amazing, although I’m partial to Mal and David myself.

3. Four Letter Word by J. Daniels – I enjoyed this book a lot, and can’t wait to read the other two in the series that have been published already. You’re in for a lot of sexy times, and laughs, with this one.

4. Off-Campus series by Elle Kennedy – I’ve yet to read book 4 of this series, but the first 3 are fantastic! I loved Garrett and Dean so much. Logan was good, but not my favorite.

5. Hooking Up by Helena Hunting – I didn’t know this was book 2 in a series, but regardless, I still ended up loving it. It was so good! I love the mystery guy. Where can I get one for myself?

        

6. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne  There were definitely some sexy times in this one, but I feel like most of the sexiness came from the witty back and forth banter, and the sexual tension. This is one of my absolute favorite books! READ IT!

7. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas – This one isn’t a conventional romance book, but some of the scenes in this book are fiah!!!!! I want to re-read this one ASAP, so I can finally read ACOWAR.

8. Doc by S.M. Lumetta – Once again, I didn’t know this was book 2 in a series, but I still adored this one. Check out my review that posted yesterday here. Doc was amazing, and pretty dang sexy.

9. The Perfect Play by Jaci Burton – There’s quite a bit of sex in this one, but the plot also has a lot of other elements to it as well. I really enjoyed this book overall, and I can’t wait to read more of this series.

10. Shameless by Lex Martin – I just finished the audiobook of this one this past weekend, because I have an ARC of Reckless, which is set in the same world with overlapping characters. It was so good! I smiled and laughed quite a lot, even if the book has a bit of a darker subject matter.

 

Have you read any of the books I listed here? If so, what’d you think of them?

ARC Review: Doc by S.M. Lumetta

Title: Doc
Author: S.M. Lumetta
Series: Bodhi Beach #2
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication date: February 12, 2018
Source: Publicist/author
Summary (via Goodreads): Nora Bennett doesn’t need a man.

 

She is sure of this—except perhaps when it comes to the sexy stack of Aussie that is her ex-fling, Declan “Doc” Wellesley. He’s the one she can’t quite shake loose. And when her emotions go unexpectedly haywire after her best friend becomes a mother, her lingering connection with Doc becomes even harder to ignore.

 

Doc has a thorn in his paw when it comes to Nora. She’s the one that got away. The sex was hot, their chemistry off the charts, and he’s convinced there were—and still are—sparks of something deeper.

 

Even as Doc convinces a skittish Nora to give dating him another try, she confounds and confuses him every step of the way. One minute their connection is amazing, but then, Nora withdraws.

 

As Nora tries to shove Doc away once and for all, she tips her hand, revealing a dark secret. This forces her to realize there are only two options: face her past and embrace her man, or risk losing him for good.

 

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So freaking good! My first book from this author, but definitely not my last. I’m giving it 4.5 out of 5 stars. Thanks to the publicist/author for providing me a copy in exchange for a honest review.

 

So I’m a little annoyed that I wasn’t aware this was book two in a series when I requested the ARC (and Goodreads didn’t show it as part of a series back then either), but that said, I think it can be read as a standalone! The characters from the first book are in this book, and it would have been nice to read their story first, but it wasn’t really necessary. I might go back someday and read book one, but who knows. At this time, it kind of feels pointless.

 

This was a fun romance with the guy chasing the girl. Props for that, because it’s more often the other way around. In my opinion, we definitely need more men chasing women! I loved the characters. Declan (Doc), Nora, Sophie, Fox, Cameron, etc. I laughed at least a few times while reading this, and it was a thoroughly enjoyable read. I mean it would have to be if I read it in two nights, right?

 

I wouldn’t say this is a dark book, but there’s some parts that make your heart ache a bit. Overall, it’s an amazing read. I can’t wait to read another book by this author. I’m wondering if there’s going to be at least one, or two, more books in this series with some of the other characters. I can’t wait to find out!

 

 

 

 

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Real Neat Blogger Award

 

I was nominated for this award by Jessica over at Reading with Jessica. Thanks for the tag girlie! I have no idea who created the award, so I can’t give credit where it’s due.

 

Rules:

Thank the folks who nominated you and provide links to their blogs
Answer the 7 questions asked by your nominator(s)
Nominate any number of other bloggers to share the award and give them some linky love
Notify the nominated folk
Ask the nominees 7 questions of your own

 

Their Questions:

What do you find most challenging about blogging?

Finding the time to do it? I try to schedule my posts ahead as much as possible, but between a full-time job, reading, watching TV, and life in general, blogging can be super hard. And finding the motivation to blog can be rough some days.

 

How do you get word out about your blog?

I don’t really advertise my blog that much to be honest. I have my Twitter and blog linked together, so each blog post automatically goes to Twitter. And then I join some blog tours, street teams, etc. and hope that my blog gets out there more. I also have a great group of people that I’m in a comment pod with who always show love for my blog.

 

What is your most anticipated book for 2018?

Hmm, probably The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. I’m sad I haven’t had time to read it yet. Ugh. Another book I’m super excited about is What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera.

 

What’s your most recent favorite book series?

For an actual series that I’ve read more than one book of so far, probably the Checkmate Duet series by Kennedy Fox. I haven’t read the last two books, but it’s been pretty great so far.

 

What’s a book you haven’t read yet but it seems like everyone else has?

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead? The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas?

 

How many bookshelves do you own?

6…but they’re not technically bookshelves. They’re those cube organizers where you can put fabric cubes in the shelves. And I could use about 5-6 more haha.

 

What’s your favorite holiday?

Probably Christmas. I get a week off of work, and it’s nice to spend some time with the family. Although I really don’t like that it’s cold, and there’s usually snow, during that holiday.

 

Nominations:

Anyone who wants to be nominated!

 

My Questions:

  1. What’s your favorite fandom?
  2. How many books do you plan on reading this year?
  3. What’s your favorite genre to read?
  4. Have you DNF’ed (did not finish) a book?
  5. What’s your favorite kind of blog post to do? Reviews, tags, weekly memes, discussions, etc.?
  6. If you could only recommend one book to everyone, which would you choose?
  7. What’s your favorite color?

Stacking the Shelves [55]

Stacking the Shelves

 

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. Stacking the Shelves is about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves. You can include books you buy in a physical store or online, books your borrow from the library or friends, review books, gifts and eBooks.

 

Here’s a book I bought recently from Half Price Books plus the Starbound series that I bought in anticipation for Amie and Jay’s book tour in March, and two eARCs I got approved for from Netgalley.

 

With that said, here are the books I’ve bought, borrowed, and received:

 

Bought:

 

 

Netgalley:

 

 

What are you Stacking the Shelves with this week? Any books you can’t wait to read?

First Lines Fridays [12]

 

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

 

 

Stalker. When you put it that way, what I did for a living sounded despicable. 

 

THE FIRST LINES CAME FROM…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A Crazy Kind of Love by Mary Ann Marlowe

Celebrities hold zero interest for photographer Jo Wilder. That’s a problem, since snapping pics of the stars is how the pretty paparazza pays the rent. So when Jo attempts to catch a money shot atop the broad shoulders of a helpful bystander, the only thing she notices about the stranger she straddles is that he’s seriously hot. Only later does Jo learn that he’s also Micah Sinclair–one of rock’s notorious bad boys…

Soon Jo is on the verge of getting fired for missing a Micah Sinclair exclusive. Until she’s suddenly being pursued by the heartthrob himself. But how can she be sure the musician’s mind-blowing kisses are the real deal? Her colleagues claim he’s a media whore, gambling on some free PR. But something has Jo hoping Micah’s feeling the same powerful pull that she does. A pull so strong, she can’t resist becoming his latest love, even if it means she might become the media’s latest victim . . .

 

Would you read this book based on the first lines? Let me know in the comments!