Top Ten Tuesday: Sexy Romances



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.




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.



Thank the folks who nominated you and provide links to their blogs
Answer the 7 questions asked by your nominator(s)
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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.



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:








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. 

















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!

Book Review: Four Letter Word by J. Daniels

Title: Four Letter Word
Author: J. Daniels
Series: Dirty Deeds #1
Publisher: Forever
Publication date: October 4, 2016
Pages: 417
Source: Purchased
Summary (via Goodreads): “Love! That’s the four letter word to describe how I felt about this unique, sexy story. J. Daniels’ hottest book to date.”—Penelope Ward, New York Times bestselling author


Fate. Hate. Love. Lies.
Which four letter word will change their lives forever?


Sydney Paige was never so mortified to hear the words “wrong number” in her life. She meant to tell off the guy who broke her best friend’s heart, but unleashed her anger on a perfect stranger instead. And now her world is turned upside down by the captivating man who wants to keep her on the line.


Brian Savage is living a life he’s quickly come to hate-until Sydney’s wild rant has him hooked and hungry for more. Soon the sexy woman on the phone becomes the lover in his bed. But Brian has secrets, and the closer he lets Syd get, the harder it is to shield her from the devastating mistakes of his past . . .




I enjoyed this book, especially due to the characters. They were entertaining, and I loved the interactions between them. The romance felt a little fast to me though. I’m giving this 4 out of 5 stars.


I liked Sydney and Brian a lot. They both persevered when things got rough, and the way they “met” was hilarious. But to be honest, I kind of liked the other characters more. Like Tori and Jamie, for example.


One thing to note, this is definitely a book for a mature audience. Lots of sex, some violence, and quite a bit of swearing to name a few things. Also, it’s kind of emotionally heavy at parts. I was expecting it to be more happy-go-lucky, but it’s not like that all the time. There’s actually real life issues the characters have to deal with, so be prepared for some feels.


I found myself laughing, and smiling, while reading, so major props for that. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series! The writing was great, I think I just need characters I connect with a little more.


Waiting on Wednesday [74]

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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: Love Songs & Other Lies
Author: Jessica Pennington
Publication date: April 24, 2018
Summary (via Goodreads): It’s summer romance and second chances, the songs that stay in your head, and the boy you’ll never forget.

Two years after rock-song-worthy heartbreak, Virginia Miller is looking forward to a fun, carefree summer. Her friends just landed a spot on a battling bands reality show, and Vee is joining them for her dream internship on tour. Three months with future rockstars seems like an epic summer plan. Until she learns she’ll also be sharing the bus with Cam. Her first love, and her first heartbreak. Now Vee has more than just cameras to dodge, and Cam’s determination to win her forgiveness is causing TMZ-worthy problems for both of them. With cameras rolling, she’ll have to decide if her favorite breakup anthem deserves a new ending. And if she’s brave enough to expose her own secrets to keep Cam’s under wraps.

Why I Chose This Book:

I joined the street team for this book, and I’m super excited to read it in the near future. It sounds adorable! There’s just something about music based books that I almost always love. Fingers crossed that this will be another favorite to add to my list!


What upcoming releases are you most excited about?

Release Day Launch: Wanderlust by Lauren Blakely



Available exclusively in audio for the first six weeks – and narrated by Richard Armitage and Grace Grant – comes a breathtaking new romance from #1 New York Times best-selling author Lauren Blakely that will sweep you away! Get an exclusive interview with Lauren with your Audible purchase! Grab your copy of this swoony and romantic Audible Original today!




They say Paris is always a good idea…

You know what I say? Paris would be a much better idea if I spoke the dang language. I can’t even board the metro to visit the Louvre without ending up at the Moulin Rouge, and let’s not even mention how I’ll ever make it through a day at my new office.

Fortunately my company hooks me up with my own personal translator. Ooh la la. Or should I say bloody hell? Because he’s charming, witty, and British, and he brings the city to life for me. Soon, I can order a croque monsieur hold the ham, discuss perfume with my co-workers, and barter at the outdoor market. I can also tell the sexy Brit by my side how much I want him to kiss me under the streetlamps.

Except there’s a catch – Paris might be all we have.


One more assignment before I can take off on my big adventure…

And it’s a good farewell gig too since my newest client is a fetching American who loves to explore the cafes and cobbled streets while I teach her the language of love. We fall into a fast and flirty friendship, but Paris has a way of making lovers out of friends, and soon we’re spending our nights together too – très risqué. The trouble is, my wanderlust is calling to me, and soon I’ll be traveling the globe to fulfill a promise I made long ago.

What could possibly go wrong with falling in love in Paris? Nothing…unless one of you is leaving.

*Includes a special bonus interview with the author!*




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A #1 New York Times Bestselling author, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that’s hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than 85 times, and in March she’ll release WANDERLUST, a breathtaking new romance that will sweep you away. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter!



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Audiobook Review: This is Reckless by Kennedy Fox

Title: This is Reckless
Author: Kennedy Fox
Series: Checkmate Duet #3
Publisher: Audible Audio
Publication date: February 7, 2017
Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
Source: Purchased
Summary (via Goodreads):  Introducing book 1 in the new Checkmate Duet Series from a secret duo of bestselling authors! This friends to lovers romance will have you swooning and laughing from the first to the last page! Are you ready to play the game?


Drew Fisher is the type of guy every girl wants.
Noble police officer by day, charming prince by night.
He has no idea the effect he has on women, especially me–his little sister’s best friend.
I’m the blonde Southern belle who lives up to the cliché, except I have my own quirks. I’m smart as a whip, can change my own oil, and recite The Pledge of Allegiance backward, but he doesn’t see that girl.


It’d be easier to forget him if he wasn’t my roommate and if the first thing I saw in the morning wasn’t his shirtless body covered in tattoos. I’ve crushed on him since the day we met, but he’s made it perfectly clear where we stand. Just friends.


I know I need to move on and accept that his feelings will never be mutual, but every day he smiles at me, I’m left dreaming of what if.
He has girl issues, and I’ve got a crush I can’t deny.
We’re friends, but I want more.


One drunken hookup leaves us with much more than a platonic friendship. Pretending it never happened proves to be more difficult than anticipated.


A crazy ex-girlfriend, a dangerous war of stolen glances, and passionate kisses leads to the most reckless battle yet. I won’t be a pawn in his game, but I’ll play by his rules if it will show him I’m the one worth breaking them for.


Checkmate, Prince Charming. 


*Recommend for ages 18+ due to sexual content and adult language.*
**This is book 1 of 2 in the Checkmate Duet Series–a friends to lovers romance. Highly recommended to read the Checkmate Duet, This is War and This is Love first, but not necessary. This can read as a standalone duet.**




I really enjoyed this one. Drew and Courtney are adorable! I’m giving it 5 out of 5 stars.


I read the first Checkmate Duet series last year, and I couldn’t wait to listen to this one. I think Drewtney might be more of a favorite than Traviola, but I still have one more book to read before making a final decision.


The friends to lovers trope is something I don’t read that often, but as you can tell from my rating, I enjoy it. I liked being able to see Courtney’s brothers especially since they have their own series coming this year. I also liked that we got to see where characters in the previous duet are at now.


Drew is kind of clueless for many years, so that is a slight blemish on his mostly perfect specimen. I don’t think I could date a cop, but that occupation is okay for a book boyfriend haha. I totally called that ending though. Gah. I need to listen to the second book in this duet ASAP!