WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday – 8/15/18

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

Nothing. Finished a book last night and didn’t get to start my next one yet.


What I Recently Finished

Not So Nice Guy by R.S. Grey. Sweet, fun book.

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Sweet Dreams by Nina Lane. This book was just ok.

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The Charm of You by Jennifer Probst. Really enjoyed this book – read it in one day. Review will be published next week.

the charm of you


What I Plan to Read Next


What is on your list this week?

Happy reading.

Romance Books

Not So Nice Guy by R.S. Grey

not so nice guy

Title: Not So Nice Guy
Author: R.S. Grey
Rating: 4 stars
Genre: Romance
Where I got it: Kindle Unlimited

Goodreads Summary

“Oh my god. Who that?”
I get asked this question a lot.
“Oh him?” I reply. “That’s just Ian.”

Just Ian is the biggest understatement of the century.
Just the Mona Lisa. Just the Taj Mahal. Just Ian, with his boring ol’ washboard abs and dime-a-dozen dimpled smile.

Just Ian is… just my best friend.

We’re extremely close, stuck so deep inside a Jim-and-Pam-style friendzone everyone at works assumes we’re a couple – that is until one day, word spreads through the teacher’s lounge that he’s single. Fair game. Suddenly, it’s open season on Ian.

He should be reveling in all the newfound attention, but to our mutual surprise, the only attention he seems to want is mine.

He’s turning our formerly innocent nightly chats into x-rated phone calls. Our playful banter sports a new, dangerous edge.

I want to assume he’s playing a prank on me, just pushing my buttons like always – but when Ian lifts me onto the desk in my classroom and slides his hands up my skirt, he doesn’t leave a lot of room for confusion.

I’m a little scared of things going south, of losing my best friend because I can’t keep my hands to myself. So, I’m just going to back away and not return this earth-shattering kiss – oh who am I kidding?!

Goodbye Ian, ol’ buddy, ol’ pal!

Helloooo mister not so nice guy.

Review

After Arrogant Devil, which I loved and gave 5 stars, I was very excited to get my hands on R.S. Grey’s new book. While it wasn’t a 5 star read, it was a solid 4 star for sure.

Sam and Ian have been best friends for 3 years. They teach at the same school. Oh, and they are secretly in love with one another. I don’t know about you, but I’m a firm believer that men and women can’t be friends unless they are in committed relationships. But that’s just me.

This book took a few turns I was not expecting, but I really enjoyed it. Ian. Just Ian is so amazing. I loved him so very much. He was so sweet and considerate to Sam. He loved his mom and dad. He coached soccer. I mean really, what’s not to like!

Sam is a great character as well. She’s a little spitfire. She was a little insecure, and felt she wasn’t good enough for Ian, but she as really great and sweet. I didn’t love her parents – there were pretty awful – well, her mom was.

It seemed that the other teachers, the females, were pretty accurately written.  I felt like this was an accurate representation of teachers in a high school.

This book also had a great epilogue. So that made me happy:)

Overall, this was a cute read and I would recommend.

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Release Blitz ~ First a Lady by Jade Cary

First A Lady by Jade Cary is AVAILABLE NOW!

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The President of the United States has been assassinated.
Grace Coolidge is now a widow.

She will never forget the horror of that day.
Or the betrayal of those who were sworn to protect the president.

But she’ll also never forget John Marin, the Secret Service agent who carried her to safety and saved her sanity.
Now she is forced to accept protection in order to fulfill her public duties, and he is the only man she can trust to protect her.

After the President was assassinated on his watch, John sold everything he owned and left town. He wants no part of that life, and is perfectly content with good rum and willing women.

But when Grace tracks him down and begs him to protect her, he finds it hard to resist the beautiful, haunted woman. He knows there is more to this than leading her through crowds with his hand on her back. She is hiding something, and he will stop at nothing to get to the truth.

Whatever her past, she is a lady first, and he will protect her with his life, no matter the cost.

It was only two weeks, she said. But he knows better.
A lifetime wouldn’t be enough with this woman.

About the Author:

Jade Cary wrote elaborate fantasies in her head from the time she was a small child. The fantasies included strong men and strong, loving relationships. She discovered romance novels quite by accident, once she’d devoured everything by Stephen King and Joseph Wambaugh. Desperate for something new to read, she picked up The Other Side of Midnight by Sidney Sheldon. After that, she found Scruples, by Judith Krantz. A whole new world opened up, and she buried herself in everything these authors wrote. She was fascinated with how the stories were able to capture her and take her to another place. But, more than that, she paid attention to how the words, the writing, made her feel.

She discovered a talent for writing later in life, after careers were had and kids were moving about on their own. She falls in love on a daily basis with her characters, and hopes readers will do the same.

Her first novel, The Point of it All, is the story of two people brought together under extraordinary circumstances. An unapologetic alpha hero who will stop at nothing to keep the woman he loves safe, and a strong, intelligent heroine who finds his supercilious, high-handed ways trying at best, find each other as both fight for freedom, independence, and ultimately love.

A Southern California girl born and bred, her travels to exotic locales inspire rich storytelling, her husband inspires the romance, and her kids inspire the laughs. Jade lives in SoCal with her family.

Connect with Jade!

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/260182178059410/
Website: http://www.jadecaryromance.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/authorjadecary
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JadeCaryAuthor/
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Music Monday – 8/13/18

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.


If you follow my blog, you know I am a romance reader. This is a perfect song for a romance reader:

Woman, Amen by Dierks Bentley

Every night I should be on my knees
Lord knows how lucky I am
I’ll never say near enough
Thank God for this woman, Amen

I think every woman wants to think her man feels this way, but it’s nice to know Dierks does for sure.

Enjoy!

Happy Monday!

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Release Day Launch ~ Unbreak my Heart by Lauren Blakely

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I didn’t break her heart, and she didn’t break mine — we broke each other’s.

I never stopped loving her, but time and distance played its cruel role in ripping us apart three years ago when she moved halfway around the world. Now after all those endless miles away, she’s returned . . . but I’m not the guy I was before.

Beautiful, kind, and loving, she’s the same — my hope. The only one who can make a day better, who can make me feel again with one kiss, one touch, one night.

There’s so much I have to put back in place now that I’m alone and on my own. Things I never wanted at the age of twenty-five. When I receive an unexpected letter that might hold the clues to everything I desperately need to understand about my family, I’m sure I have to follow it. But that means leaving her once more.

She says she’ll come with me, and having her by my side will unbreak my heart . . . or destroy it.

That’s the chance I have to take.

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About Lauren Blakely:

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 95 times, and she’s sold more than 2.5 million books. In August she’ll release UNBREAK MY HEART, an emotional new standalone romance. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter

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Romance Readers Book Tag

I saw a few of the blogs I follow do this fun tag, so I knew I had to jump on the bandwagon, since all I read is romance!!

WHAT AGE DID YOU START TO READ ROMANCE NOVELS?

Honestly, it’s been in the last five years, which is funny, because I’m in my mid-forties!

IF YOU COULD PICK ONE HERO TO MEET FROM YOUR FAVORITE ROMANCE NOVELS, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY?

Oh my god, there are so many I would pick, but honestly I would pick Matt Montgomery from Tied with Me by Kristen Proby. I absolutely fricking loved him and re-read the end of that book about 50 times.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE ROMANCE AUTHORS AND WHY?

I have so many! Kristen Proby is my favorite. I also like Sawyer Bennett, Harper Sloan, Aurora Rose Reynolds, Max Monroe, Meghan Quinn, Melanie Harlow and many others. For romantic comedy, Meghan Quinn is a must read. Kristen Proby writes great male characters – I haven’t met one I didn’t love.

WHAT IS A FAVORITE ROMANCE NOVEL TO RE-READ?

I am not a re-reader.

WHAT BOOK WOULD YOU RECOMMEND TO A NON-ROMANCE READER?

I would recommend the With Me in Seattle series by Kristen Proby for many reasons. One, I love a series about a family. Two, as stated above, she writes great men, and three, there are nine books in the series.

WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE: CONTEMPORARY, SUSPENSE, HISTORICAL AND WHY?

I love contemporary. I like suspense, but a good romantic suspense is hard to find. I don’t read historical romance. Just haven’t gotten into it.

Calling all romance bloggers: TAG YOU’RE IT! If you’re a romance blogger then you should totally join in on the fun and do this tag! Feel free to let me know in the comments which book sparked your love for the romance genre and who some of your favorite romance authors are!

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Romance Books

Sweet Dreams by Nina Lane

sweet dreams

Title: Sweet Dreams
Author: Nina Lane
Rating: 3 stars
Genre: Romance
Where I got it: Kindle Freebie

Goodreads Summary

Sugar Rush Candy Company CEO Luke Stone is a devoted businessman who doesn’t do relationships. He does short-term affairs with clearly defined rules. But when a sexy bohemian angel propositions him in a bar, Luke is tempted to want more.

Polly Lockhart is horrified when she wakes the morning after her twenty-third birthday to realize she made a fool of herself with a sinfully delicious man. She tells herself she doesn’t have time for romance anyway, as she’s fighting to keep her mother’s beloved bakery afloat and finish her culinary studies. That all changes when her class tours the famed Sugar Rush headquarters, and Polly collides with her dream man again.

As she succumbs to their hot attraction, Polly soon realizes her bakery isn’t the only thing that needs saving. Luke, driven and unyielding, will burn out unless someone convinces him to taste the sweetness of life. But can Polly remember this sugar rush is only temporary?

Review

I got this as an Amazon freebie, was in between ARC’s and waiting for the new R.S. Grey to come out, so I thought I’d give this book a try.

Polly’s life was in a rut – she was dating a boring guy who never went out (sounds like my first serious boyfriend, whom I’ve dubbed the “world’s youngest coach potato”). Her friend tells her to get out and have some fun. At a bar, she gets drunk and meets Luke Stone, kisses the crap out of him, then proceeds to puke all over his shoes. She’s mortified.

Polly’s also in a culinary class (she owns a bakery) and her class takes a field trip to Sugar Rush, a local candy company. While on a tour, she comes face to face with the man she puked all over – and he’s happy to see her again.

Polly and Luke’s story was cute, but man was it LONG. This book could have been one hundred pages shorter and it would have been much more enjoyable. Way too much inner dialogue on both sides (especially since the story was told in the third person).

There were a few side stories I didn’t really care for – one involving Polly’s sister, and one involving Luke’s aunt. I liked Luke’s dad Warren, and his brother Evan, who the next book is about – but I’m not sure I liked them enough to read on. I’ll have to see.

This was a “sweet” story. There wasn’t an epilogue, which was a bummer, but I enjoyed the ending. Luke’s character development was much better written than Polly’s as well. Overall, the story was just ok for me.

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