Romance Books

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

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Title: The Hating Game
Author: Sally Thorne
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Genre: Romance
Where I got it: Library



Goodreads Summary

Nemesis (n.)
1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome;
2) A person’s undoing;
3) Joshua Templeman.

Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.

Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.


I checked this book out of library sometime last year, read a little and returned it. Now I’m wondering why I did that, because this is a delightful book.

Josh and Lucy are both assistants to the CEO and after a merger of their two companies, the have to work together. Josh is a tough guy to like – he’s scary, short with people and a little socially awkward. Lucy is the polar opposite – Lucy is a people pleasing delight and everyone who meets her, loves her.

That’s not where their differences lie. Josh is 6 foot 4 and Lucy is five whole feet tall. He calls her Shortcake and Tiny. He pushes every single one of her buttons – all the time.

A promotion at works opens up, and both Lucy and Josh want to go for it. They are both qualified, and both of their bosses think they are the ideal candidate. So the competition between the two of them reaches a breaking point – ending up in a kiss to end all kisses.

The first thing you need to know is this is a SLOW burn. I would say it’s more chick lit than romance, but that’s just my opinion. The banter between Josh and Lucy is really funny. You learn why Josh is the way he is, and it makes him even more likable.

Yes, despite being a hard ass, Josh is a great character. It’s so obvious (to everyone but Lucy) how he feels about her. He was so sweet to her when she ended up sick and he nursed her back to health. He did a lot of things that were swoon-worthy and he didn’t even know it. He was a very well-written character.

I really liked Lucy too. She was funny and spunky and LOVED Smurfs (yes, the little blue creatures). She and Josh had such great chemistry throughout the entire book.

What I didn’t like was:

  • The story was told entirely from Lucy’s POV. I love first person POV, but I really wanted to hear this story from Josh’s side. That would have made it a five star read.
  • Josh’s dad.
  • NO EPILOGUE! Everyone who reads this blog knows I hate that. And there were a few storylines that needed to be wrapped up and weren’t. I found that disappointing.

This was a very cute story and I’m glad I gave it a second chance. I would recommend it.

Happy reading.

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Cover Reveals/Blitzes

Release Boost ~ Loyal Subjects by Eva Charles

This is the one you don’t want to miss!
Loyal Subjects by Eva Charles is LIVE!!!

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Allegiance, faithfulness, honor…
Loyalty goes by many names.
Emmie Landon is off-limits. She has a young son, works with my brother Jake, and lugs around enough baggage to fill an entire football stadium. But I can’t resist her long, shapely legs and thick, soft curls, begging to be wrapped around my hands.
Mark Harrington is too-everything. Too good looking, too funny, too charming, too brutally honest, too impulsive. He’s accustomed to getting his way, and never afraid to throw down the gauntlet. So what if I can’t stop thinking about his devilish blue eyes and his lip-smacking happy trail?
He needs someone to love.
She needs someone to love her.
Two seemingly incompatible lives…
Two hearts capable of total devotion.
**Despite being volume five in The New American Royals Series, Loyal Subjects may be read and enjoyed as a standalone contemporary romance.**

About Eva

After being a confirmed city-girl for more than thirty-five years, Eva moved to beautiful Western Massachusetts in 2014. There, she found herself living in the woods with no job, no friends (unless you count the turkey, deer, and coyote roaming the backyard), and no children underfoot, wondering what on earth she’d been thinking. But as it turned out, it was the perfect setting to take all those yarns spinning in her head and weave them into romantic tales.
When she’s not writing, trying to squeeze information out of her tight-lipped sons, or playing with the two cutest dogs you’ve ever seen, Eva’s creating chapters in her own love story.

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Romance Books

Cowboy Up by Harper Sloan

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Title: Cowboy Up
Author: Harper Sloan
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Genre: Romance
Where I got it: Library



Goodreads Summary

As the eldest Davis, Clayton has always tried to lead by example. He takes his job as head of the family businesses seriously, making sure the farm and auto shop are running smoothly—along with keeping an eye on his brother and sister. For him, there’s a time and place to let go of the control he holds with an iron grip. And with the way he grew up, coupled with disastrous end to his last relationship, he’s just fine with his quiet, solitary life.

Most of the time.

What he hadn’t counted on was cute, quirky, shy bookstore owner, Caroline Michaels. She’s the proverbial woman next door—well, the next town over, that is. Caroline hasn’t lived an easy life, but after escaping an abusive ex, she’s finally living it for herself. The last thing she ever expected was a one-night stand with Clay Davis, a night she can’t stop thinking about.

So when she falls on hard times and Clay comes out of nowhere to her rescue, she realizes just how impossible it’ll be to stay away from him. Now all she has to do is convince him to live a little…

Will Clay be able to give up the reins and finally settle down? And, more importantly, will Caroline muster enough courage to lasso him up?



This is my second Harper Sloan book this week, but unlike the first, this is the finale in a series.

Clay Davis is the oldest of the Davis siblings and runs the family ranch. He’s a workaholic and hasn’t been in a serious relationship for a while. One night, he’s in Hazel’s, a local bar, and he meets a woman who “wants to be bad”. They end up going to a motel for a night of passion, but the woman doesn’t know who he is. The whole night was spent in darkness.

Caroline Michaels can’t get her “dark cowboy” out of her mind. Imagine her surprise when she realizes it Clay, someone she had a crush on when she was younger. Once Clay sets his eyes on Caroline, he’s not letting her out of his sight again.

Caroline was in an abusive relationship and had a really shitty childhood. She has some real insecurities, and can’t understand what a man like Clay sees in someone as “plain” as her. But Clay is hearing none of that. He’s decided he wants her “bad” all the time.

Clay has taken care of his brother and sister forever, but they are both married and on their own, so he has no one to take care of. When Caroline starts having problems in her life, Clay of course steps in and offers to help her out. Caroline resists at first, because she’s stubborn and proud.

Caroline became a much stronger woman over the course of this book, thanks to Clay’s love and affection. Clay was the ONLY alpha male in this series and took charge when it came to Caroline. Clay also changes – he becomes less focused on work and more focused on his happiness, which involves Caroline.

The drama at the end was a little over the top in my opinion, but it didn’t take away from the story.

I loved the epilogue – it was the perfect ending to the series. I would recommend the series to anyone.

Happy reading.

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WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday – 6/20/18

WWW is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

What I’m Currently Reading

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. I just started it this morning. I watched the Netflix movie “The Set Up” and it kind of reminds of me of that so far.

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What I Recently Finished

Cowboy Up by Harper Sloan. Honestly the best book of the series.

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Getting Schooled by Emma Chase. LOVED this book. Full review will be published next week.

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Dr. ER by Max Monroe. Another good book, but I didn’t love the heroine as much in this one.

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Personal Delivery by Ainsley Booth. This was a very cute read.

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What I Plan to Read Next

I’m not sure. I have one ARC I have to read by the end of next week, so that for sure and then it’s up for grabs!!!

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What is on your list this week?

Happy reading.

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Other Memes

Mid Year Freak Out Tag

Mid Year Freak Out Tag

I can’t believe this year is almost half over! It has FLOWN by. I saw this tag and thought it would be fun, so here we go….

Best book you’ve read yet in 2018

Three Blind Dates by Meghan Quinn. I LOVED this book. It was so funny.

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Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2018


Two Wedding Crashers by Meghan Quinn.  A sequel that was just as good as the first.

two wedding crashers

New release you haven’t read yet but want to

Stay with Me by Kristen Proby. One of my favorite series of all time.

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Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

Kissing Jenna by Kristen Proby (notice a trend?)

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Biggest Disappointment

Hard to pick one, but I’ve read some real bad books from Netgalley. Certainly not knocking Netgalley, because I have also read some good books as well. The worst was probably Accidentally in Love. It was clearly translated from another language and it was done poorly.

Biggest surprise

Something So Unscripted by Natasha Madison. I absolutely loved this beautiful story.

Something So Unscripted Ebook


Favorite new author


If I’m just doing new to me authors this year, then Danielle Norman. I’ve read two of her books this year.

Newest fictional crush


Zack Morrow from Something So Unscripted. LOVED him. (see above)

Newest favorite character

Noely Clark from Three Blind Dates. God, that girl was funny.


Book that made you cry

Something So Unscripted made me cry hard. It’s such a beautiful book. You should read it.

Book that made you happy


Personal Delivery by Ainsley Booth. Just a sweet story with no drama.

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Favorite book to film adaptation

I have seen nothing this year:(


Favorite post you have done this year

Not sure but I have found a new meme I really like called Music Monday. Coming up with a new song every week for that has been fun.

Most beautiful book you’ve brought this year


I don’t buy books, but the prettiest cover of a book I I’ve read is An Imperfect Heart by Amie Knight.

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

All the ARC’s I’ve signed up for!! I’m so close to being caught up – it’s very exciting!!

Since I wasn’t tagged, I’m not going to tag anyone. If you’d like to do it, enjoy!!

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Other Memes

Music Monday – 6/18/18

Rules from Lauren:
Every Monday share one or two of songs you’ve been enjoying lately.  It doesn’t have to be a specific genre, new, or one of your favorites – just something you’d like to share with others.  If possible, share a music or lyric video of the song and your thoughts on the song(s), artist(s), and/or music video(s).

If you would like to participate in Music Monday, please join the link up by sharing your post’s url over at this week’s post on Always Me.

It’s Monday and I have a great song for you all today – I hope you like it as much as I do.

Springsteen by Eric Church

This song is about how a song brings you back to a memory – this happens to me all the time! Music is a huge part of my life and I will hear a song that reminds me of a scene in a movie or an event in my life and it always makes me smile.

When I think about you, I think about seventeen
I think about my old jeep
I think about the stars in the sky
Funny how a melody sounds like a memory
Like the soundtrack to a July Saturday night, Springsteen


Happy Monday!

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Cover Reveals/Blitzes

Cover Reveal ~ Handle with Care by Nina Croft


“Heat, heart and plenty of happy sighs.”

— Avery Flynn, USA Today bestselling author

Handle with Care, an all-new romantic standalone from Nina Croft is coming July 30th, and we have the gorgeous new cover!

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What if all you want is the one thing you can’t have?

First grade teacher Emily Towson always does the right thing. The sensible thing. But in her dreams, she does bad, bad things with the town’s baddest boy: Tanner O’Connor. But when he sells her grandmother a Harley, fantasy is about to meet a dose of reality.

And then he goes and calls her “sensible”…

Tanner can’t believe sweet Emily is standing in his shop. Yelling and waving her hands and looking so god damn sexy he’s having trouble focusing. He’d spent two hard years in prison, with only the thought of this “good girl” to keep him sane.

He really should send her away…

Before either one thinks though, they’re naked and making memories on his tool bench with apparently the oldest condom in history. Now Tanner’s managed to knock-up the town’s “good girl” and she’s going to lose her job over some stupid “morality clause” if he doesn’t step up.

But can this bad boy teach his good girl they’re perfect for each other in time?

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About Nina:

Growing up in the cold, wet, north of England, Nina Croft spent a lot of time huddled under the blankets dreaming of faraway sunnier places and ponies. When she discovered both could be found between the covers of a book, her life changed forever.

At the age of eighteen, in an attempt to turn dreams into reality, she headed south in search of the sun. She quickly picked up the perfect husband along the way, and developed a taste for red wine and holidays in warm places.

Soon holidays weren’t enough, and together they volunteered to work in Africa where they both discovered a love of traveling and a dislike of 9-5 work. Afterward they spent a number of years travelling (whenever possible) intermingled with working (whenever the money ran out.) Eventually they stumbled upon a remote area in the mountains of southern Spain where they bought the small almond farm they now call home.

No electricity, no neighbors, no chocolate shops, but on the plus side, stunning scenery, a vineyard to make her own red wine, and far enough away from anywhere to satisfy Nina’s hermit tendencies. She shares the farm with her husband, and an ever increasing number of animals, including Piggles, a three-legged Vietnamese pot-bellied pig.

Nina now spends her days riding her mare Gencianna under the blue Spanish skies—sunshine and ponies. She reckons this is proof that dreams really can come true if you want them enough.

She still travels, but usually only in her imagination, and can often be found lying under a fig tree, wine in hand, plotting stories of love in faraway places.

Nina believes love can come to anyone, anytime, anywhere and her books reflect this.


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