Friday, October 21, 2016

Mini Reviews: Upside Down by Lia Riley; Price of a Kiss by Linda Kage; & Last Will and Testament by Dahlia Adler


Title: Upside Down
Author: Lia Riley
Published: August 5th 2014
Source: Won from Giveaway
Genre: New Adult Romance
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Caution: May contain spoilers
If You Never Get Lost, You’ll Never Be Found

Twenty-one-year-old Natalia Stolfi is saying good-bye to the past-and turning her life upside down with a trip to the land down under. For the next six months, she'll act like a carefree exchange student, not a girl sinking under the weight of painful memories. Everything is going according to plan until she meets a brooding surfer with hypnotic green eyes and the troubling ability to see straight through her act.

Bran Lockhart is having the worst year on record. After the girl of his dreams turned into a nightmare, he moved back home to Melbourne to piece his life together. Yet no amount of disappointment could blind him to the pretty California girl who gets past all his defenses. He's never wanted anyone the way he wants Talia. But when Bran gets a stark reminder of why he stopped believing in love, he and Talia must decide if what they have is once in a lifetime . . . or if they were meant to live a world apart.

My Thoughts:

Wow. I'm at a loss for words. I had heard how amazing this book (actually the whole series) is, but nothing prepared me for what I was given. Talia and Bran were spectacular. The way they fit together, understood each other, and cared was beyond expectation. I found myself tearing up near the end, not to mention a few heartwrenching moments not long before that. Talia's OCD was very well represented, I could feel her struggle as though it were my own. I just, wow. Great start to the series and I'm looking forward to reading more of these gorgeous words by Lia Riley.

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Title: Price of a Kiss
Author: Linda Kage
Published: August 15th 2013
Source: Purchased
Genre: New Adult Romance
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Caution: May contain spoilers
I don’t care what my cousin says; I am not the queen of impossible relationships. I mean, just because my last boyfriend tried to kill me and left a bit of a scar on my neck, then forced me to move across the country and legally change my name to Reese Randall to escape him, does not mean—

Oh, who am I kidding? For a freshman in college, I have to have the worst dating track record ever.

It’s no wonder love is the last thing on my mind when Mason Lowe enters my life. But the chemistry between us is like bam! Our connection defies logic. And he’s just so freaking hot. Being around him makes me feel more alive than I’ve ever felt before. I even like bickering with him. He could be my soul mate...except for one teeny tiny glitch.

He's a gigolo.

Boy, do I know how to pick them.

My Thoughts:

I signed up to read another book in Linda Kage's Forbidden Men series, With Every Heartbeat, and thought it was great. One night when I was scrolling through my ereader, I found this one that I'd downloaded awhile back. I started reading a few pages...and ended up reading the whole thing, keeping me up until nearly 4AM! I was so captivated by Reese and Mason's story, the way their lives were, how they intersected. They're two people who are meant to be, yet they can't just be. Not without losing everything else important in their lives. I loved how it all wove together, and even though some aspects may cause some to get upset, I completely understood the importance of them in telling the story. Price of a Kiss is a shining example of the new adult category!

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Title: Last Will and Testament
Author: Dahlia Adler
Published: December 9th 2014
Source: Purchased
Genre: New Adult Romance
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Caution: May contain spoilers
Lizzie Brandt was valedictorian of her high school class, but at Radleigh University, all she's acing are partying and hooking up with the wrong guys. But all that changes when her parents are killed in a tragic accident, making her guardian to her two younger brothers. To keep them out of foster care, she'll have to fix up her image, her life, and her GPA—fast. Too bad the only person on campus she can go to for help is her humorless, pedantic Byzantine History TA, Connor Lawson, who isn't exactly Lizzie's biggest fan.

But Connor surprises her. Not only is he a great tutor, but he’s also a pretty great babysitter. And chauffeur. And listener. And he understands exactly what it’s like to be on your own before you're ready. Before long, Lizzie realizes having a responsible-adult type around has its perks... and that she'd like to do some rather irresponsible (but considerably adult) things with him as well. Good thing he's not the kind of guy who'd ever reciprocate.

Until he does.

Until they turn into far more than teacher and student.

Until the relationship that helped put their lives back together threatens everything they both have left.

My Thoughts:

This story starts off very strong, hitting you right in the feels and giving you insight into Lizzie's personality immediately. As the story progresses, her struggles to take care of her brothers after their parents died become known, and their daily life isn't easy peasy by a long shot. The friendship into more that Lizzie develops with her TA, Connor, is swoonworthy for sure. When I reached the end of the story, I found myself torn between how I felt about it. On the one hand, it felt authentic, and on the other hand, it felt unrealistic. I think the whole forbidden teacher student romance can go two ways. The romance is great, but sometimes it feels like the happily ever after doesn't always come with a price and that throws me off. I thought that the writing itself was fantastic and Dahlia Adler delivers her stories quite well. Last Will and Testament a pretty good start to the Radleigh University series.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Review: If the Hat Fits by Eliza Boyd

Title: If the Hat Fits
Author: Eliza Boyd
Published: September 28th 2016
Source: Copy given by author for honest review
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Caution: May contain spoilers
The hats tell the story...
And I wear them all.
The widow hat.
The single-mother hat.
The overworked-woman hat.

I spend my days trying to adjust and fit them all.
Without ever dropping one.
Or worse:
Losing one.

And then he comes along.
Offering another hat.
One I haven't seen in a long time.


And, sure, it's tempting and intriguing.
Because he's tempting and intriguing.
Yet he's forbidden and off-limits.


He's everything and more.
But nothing I should have.
And all I want.

Can I wear just one more hat?

My Thoughts:

I'd been hearing the buzz about this story from several of the early readers, everyone kept going off about Jake. And I was like I MUST KNOW what it is about Jake! When I started reading, I was surprised with something I never even anticipated. But let me start from the beginning...

Diana is widowed with a daughter named Carissa. She's stretched thin with life--dealing with the grief of losing her husband, the questions from her daughter about her father, working hard on an important project at work. She has no time for anything else. And then she meets Jake. Diana is attracted to him, but he looks too young for her. She's 28, and she soon discovers that Jake is 18... and still finishing the last few months of high school. On the surface the age difference might feel a bit staggering, but Jake is different.

Pretty soon Jake is in Diana's life as her babysitter. Yet the two of them have a pull like nothing else. An emotional connection, a romantic connection. There are so many factors to take into consideration if she wants him as something more. Is she ready? Is he ready?

If the Hat Fits was a beautifully honest story that tugged at my heart throughout. I couldn't stop reading for longer than a couple minutes sometimes, it was that deeply embedded. Diana and Jake were magical, their story inspiring. I teared up more than once because the emotions were so strong. I could feel Diana's struggles as if they were my own. Another powerful, amazing story from the wonderful Eliza Boyd.

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Indie Spotlight on Marie Landry

This Indie Spotlight features Marie Landry, one of my favorites. I've read every single one of her books and I'm always recommending them to everyone who's looking for a new book to read. She has a book for everyone! Young Adult, New Adult, Women's Fiction, LGBTQ... Marie covers everything and consistently brings us the sweet romances you can't help but love.

About Marie

Marie has the best job in the world—one where she gets to make stuff up for a living and shamelessly eavesdrop on everyone around her. She writes happily ever afters while dreaming about the day she’ll have her own epic love story to tell. Most days you can find her writing, reading, fantasizing about traveling the world, listening to U2, watching copious amounts of TV on DVD, or having grand adventures with her nephews and niece.

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Her life hasn't gone as planned, but she's about to realize that sometimes the best things happen when you stop expecting life to be a certain way...

When Rose Morgan put off her college plans to help her mother through a difficult time, she thought it would just be a bump in the road of her journey. She got a job to help pay the bills and started picking up the slack at home. But three years later, her bumpy ride hasn’t smoothed out yet, and Rose feels stuck. She’s working at a job she hates and living with a manipulative mother. She’s tired of feeling like her life has stalled, tired of the resentment and anger building inside her with each passing day.

Then Declan Connelly appears in her life, and even though the hot Irishman is seriously tempting, Rose is determined not to let him in. She’s afraid to suck anyone into her bizarre life, especially someone who seems too charming for his own good. She soon learns there’s more to Declan than his sexy accent and charismatic personality, though. He’s a good man, and he wants Rose in his life, baggage and all. He’s got his own, and he isn’t scared away like she originally feared he would be.

Everything in Rose’s life is changing quickly. It’s finally her time--time to figure out what she wants and what her future holds. Time to get swept off her feet and not fight it. But when her plans might take her away from all the amazing new things in her life, including Declan, Rose has to make a choice. Is she willing to chase her dreams, even if it means letting go of love?

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Dual Review: Kiss the Sky ~AND~ Hothouse Flower by Krista & Becca Ritchie


Title: Kiss the Sky
Author: Krista & Becca Ritchie
Published: February 20th 2014
Source: Purchased
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
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Caution: May contain spoilers
Virgin. Sex addict. Daredevil. Alcoholic. Smartass … Jackass. Her five friends are about to be filmed. Reality TV, be prepared.

Rose Calloway thought she had everything under control. At twenty-three, she’s a Princeton graduate, an Academic Bowl champion, a fashion designer and the daughter of a Fortune 500 mogul. But with a sex addict as a sister and roommate, nothing comes easy.

After accepting help from a producer, Rose agrees to have her life filmed for a reality television show. The Hollywood exec is her last chance to revive her struggling fashion line, and boundaries begin to blur as she’s forced to make nice with a man who always has his way.

Twenty-four-year-old Connor Cobalt is a guy who bulldozes weak men. He’s confident, smart-as-hell and lives with his equally ambitious girlfriend, Rose Calloway. Connor has to find a way to protect Rose without ruining the show. Or else the producer will get what Connor has always wanted—Rose’s virginity.

My Thoughts:

In the Addicted series, this book (and Hothouse Flower) fall in place after Addicted For Now and before Thrive. Kiss the Sky follows Rose as she subjects herself and her friends to being on a reality TV show about their lives. It's an intriguing premise at the start and even though I'm not a huge fan of reality TV, this book showcases it quite nicely. A lot of people seem to love Connor, and I can see his appeal, he's just not way up there on my book boyfriends list. Something I can say for him is the chemistry between him and Rose... wow-and-a-half! Talk about a little bit of a surprise when it comes to their bedroom sexy-times, but I enjoyed it very much. I certainly didn't realize what would happen near the end, that was entirely... Let's just say Scott, the producer of the reality show, has some tricks up his sleeve to get what he wants. Unfortunately for him, he won't tear down Rose or Connor enough to keep them from doing what they want.

All in all, Kiss the Sky was full of the things you want to see in this series: love and growth and determination and strength. I love how Krista and Becca Ritchie keep this series going without it ever getting dull, not to mention bringing us such powerful characters.

My Rating:


Title: Hothouse Flower
Author: Krista & Becca Ritchie
Published: March 28th 2014
Source: Purchased
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
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Caution: May contain spoilers
Ryke Meadows, meet Daisy Calloway ... she’s all grown up.

Twenty-five-year-old Ryke Meadows knows he’s hard to love. With a billion-dollar inheritance, a track-star resume, and an alpha-male personality—he redefines the term likable asshole. But he’s not living to make friends. Or enemies. He just wants to free climb three of the toughest mountains in Yosemite without drama or interruption.

And then he receives a distressed call from a girl in Paris—a girl that he has never been allowed to have.

Daisy Calloway is eighteen. Finally. With her newfound independence, she can say goodbye to her overbearing mother and continue her modeling career. Next stop, Paris. Fashion Week begins with a bang, and Daisy uncovers the ugly reality of the industry. She wants to prove to her family that she can live on her own, but when everything spirals out of control, she turns to Ryke to keep her secrets.

As Daisy struggles to make sense of this new world and her freedom, she pushes the limits and fearlessly rides the edge. Ryke knows there’s deep hurt beneath every impulsive action. He must keep up with Daisy, and if he lets her go, her favorite motto—“live as if you’ll die today”—may just come true.

My Thoughts:

I think I looked forward to Daisy's story more than anything because I've been a huge Daisy-Ryke shipper for... well, since the series started and it was hinted that the two of them could be something more. So the thought of seeing this finally shown on page? Oh yes, I was alllllllll over it. Daisy is the kind of girl I see myself being: fearless and daring. She's young, so she doesn't completely know what's out there in the world, but she wants to follow her dreams and experience new things, which is completely awesome. And there's just something about Ryke that I can't help but fall for, even though I know I shouldn't. Put the two of them together and it's so electric you don't know if you can hold on any longer. Their chemistry is that good.

Hothouse Flower delivered exactly what I wanted! Krista and Becca made Daisy and Ryke's story worth the wait, not to mention get us pumped for what's in store in their futures, as well as the rest of the gang in the Addicted series.

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Friday, October 7, 2016

Top Five Books I Really Want to Read Soon

I want to shake things up a bit on the blog by including some Top Three and Top Five posts regarding books. Each time there will be a theme, and I've gone with an easy one this time around:

Top Five Books I Really Want To Read Soon.


1. Swimming to Tokyo by Brenda St. John Brown

This one came highly recommended from a friend (along with another by the same author) and I snagged it up when I found it on sale.

2. Leopold, Part One (Royal Heartbreakers #1) by Ember Casey and Renna Peak

I've been following Ember Casey for a long time, loving all of her stories. I won this one in paperback from a giveaway she had, so I need to get on it immediately.

3. The Summer of Lost Wishes by Jessa Gabrielle

The author is a good friend of mine and I've had absolute LOVE for this gorgeous cover, so it's a must read very soon. 

4. Stripped Bare (Stripped #1) by Emma Hart

I haven't read an Emma Hart book in way, way, way too long (I still have to finish a series), so it's high time I fix that. 

5. Sincerely, Carter (Sincerely Carter #1) by Whitney G.

I've had this one on the TBR for a long time because so many of my friends adored this book. I can't put it off any longer.


What books do you really want to read soon?


Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Review: Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen

Title: Adulthood is a Myth
Author: Sarah Andersen
Published: March 8th 2016
Source: Purchased
Genre: Comics/Humor
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Caution: May contain spoilers
Are you a special snowflake?

Do you enjoy networking to advance your career?

Is adulthood an exciting new challenge for which you feel fully prepared?

Ugh. Please go away.

This book is for the rest of us. These comic document the wasting of entire beautiful weekends on the internet, the unbearable agony of holding hands on the street with a gorgeous guy, dreaming all day of getting home and back into pajamas, and wondering when, exactly, this adulthood thing begins. In other words, the horrors and awkwardnesses of young modern life.

My Thoughts:

I can't remember when I started seeing the comics from Sarah's Scribbles, but I did a Google search for words in the comic to find the origin of this brilliance. When I learned Sarah Andersen was publishing the comics in a book, I nearly tripped over myself to get a copy in my hands. Luckily at the time I had literally just enough on a gift card to buy it.

You know those books that you want to savor because they're so good, but since they're so good you can't stop reading? That's what Adulthood is a Myth was for me. I could relate to sooo many things in the comics, I even took a picture of one to send to a friend because we had just talked about it. I couldn't stop chuckling and thinking "It's me!" throughout the whole thing. The only complaint? IT'S TOO SHORT AND I WANTED MORE. Hahaha! But, how can you blame me when you read comics like this:

^ That was the first one I saw of her comics and it will forever be the truest thing for me.

So if you like hilarious comics for your wonderful twenty-something (or early thirty-something in my case) self, take a gander at this gem. I know that from now on, I will be consistently tripping over myself to get the next book by Sarah Andersen. That's the truth. In fact, she has a new one coming out in March that I'll probably be pre-ordering at some point very soon called Big Mushy Happy Lump. Happy reading!

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Monday, October 3, 2016

I'm Back, Baby!

That's right, folks! After a *counts* practically 7 month hiatus, I'm back to blogging. It's been tough, you guys. Blogging has been part of my life for a LONG time. I was nearing my 5 year blog-o-versary when I had to take a break (I think I'll have a giveaway for that soon since I missed it).

Five years. I've been blogging for FIVE YEARS.

Kinda mind-boggling, isn't it? I know there are a lot of people who have blogged for longer than that, but it still feels so... unreal, you know? Like 1/6 of my life has been spent blogging. LOL. And that's pretty cool.

I attempted to relaunch this blog back in August, but it was to no avail because I didn't have enough time in the months before to get posts set up and written. So, I switched it to October since that felt more manageable.

What have I been up to?

All sorts of things! Okay, not really. But I have been busy. I spent a few months working 6 days a week at my job. They're only half days, so hour-wise it wasn't bad, but it left me very little free time. My eBay business has been picking up, which has caused my tiny apartment to become an almost hoarder's paradise. Just kidding! It's not that bad, just a little full. I'm still making bottle cap charms, and consistently designing new ones. Also, the boyfriend I mentioned before? We're now engaged!

So, I guess things have been a little busy. Ha!

Now that I'm back at Thoughts, I'm going to be changing things up a bit. There will still be reviews, of course, but I want to expand a little bit. I've decided to start some bookish Top 3 and Top 5 lists, mostly recommendations and themed. Plus there will be discussion posts (reading and writing related) and random posts (I want to share some real life stuff around here occasionally). I even made some new pretty post headers, too. See??? *points down*

All in all I want to keep everything light and casual so that I'm not all-consumed and fall into another hiatus because it's too overwhelming. There are going to be moments where I'll need a small break (like a week or two off for real life things), but I'm going to keep those to a minimum and make sure I have something scheduled so that it isn't that long between posts. I mean, I am getting married and need to have some time off for that, right? Not to mention we're going to be buying a house and moving.

But I don't want to leave like this again! I'm surprised I managed to stay away this long without completely going crazy. ^_^

Anyways! It's good to be back! I'm planning on making October an easy month where I do just a little bit to get back in the groove, but starting in November I'll have a few more posts.

Talk to you guys more soon!!!