January Book Haul

Hey Friends! I am here today with my January Book Haul! This does not include any books I thrifted for the month as that will be a separate post. I received/bought 14 new books this month which is quite a bit. I did participate in a few Valentine swaps and the books are included here since I got them in January.

( There is an extra book here that I thought I got in January but was from December )

Books from Book Boxes – 2

  • Lore by Alexandria Braken – Owlcrate (Currently Reading)
  • The Ruthless Lady’s Guide to Wizardry by C.M. Waggoner

Giveaway Wins – 3

  • Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay – Goodreads and Minotaur Books
  • Shipped by Angie Hockman – Goodreads and Gallery Books
  • Riley Thorne and The Dead Guy Next Door by Lucy Score – Instagram win

Gifts – 4

  • The Ex-Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon
  • Tools of Engagement by Tessa Bailey
  • Wild At Heart by K.A. Tucker ( Read – 5 Stars )
  • Forever Wild by K.A. Tucker ( Read – 5 Stars )

ARC’s From Publisher – 2

  • Jackson by Laquette – Gifted by Sourcebooks Casablanca
  • Friends Like Us by Sarah Mackenzie – Gifted by Forever Pub

Books I Bought – 3

  • The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne ( Read – 4 Stars )
  • The Hunter by Kerrigan Byrne
  • How To Fail At Flirting by Denise Williams ( Read – 4 Stars )

Did you get any new books this month?

February TBR

Hello Friends! How did everyone’s January go? Mine was pretty slumpy all around. I did read some good books but overall I felt distracted all month and watched a lot of TV which is not like me. Im hoping February goes better and to help with that I am going to try to pick less specific titles to red and more generalities. I am hoping to participate in the #blackauthorreadathon which is being hosted by a ton of youtubers and instagrammers. Here is the link to Steph’s Romance Book Talks announcement video. I am also doing a few buddy reads and I have some January and February ARCs that I need to get too as well.

Let me know what your reading plans are in the comments!

For my back list books (which is any book I bought prior to January 1st 2021)

  • Bitter Falls by Rachel Caine
  • Crazy Stupid Bromance by Lissa Kay Adams – I didn’t get to it in January.

I have some buddy reads as well this month and some will double up as clearing up some of my ARCs.

  • In Case You Missed It by Lindsey Kelk
  • Shipped by Angie Hockman – ARC
  • First Comes Like by Alisha Rai – ARC
  • The Dating Plan by Sara Desai

For Kayla’s Buzzword – This month is a color in the title

  • White Out by Adriana Anders

Here is a Bingo board for the readathon.

Some hopefuls for this.

  • Jackson by Laquette
  • Sweet Talkin Lovers by Tracey Livesay
  • Legendborne by Tracey Deon
  • A Duke, The Lady and A Baby by Vanessa Riley
  • Block Shot by Kennedy Ryan

Hoping February is a better reading month and I can get some of these books read! Happy Reading!!

January Reading Stats

Happy Sunday Friends! I was hoping to get one more book in this month but I am not far enough into any to be able to finish it today. So for January I read 11 books, considering I have been in a slump thats not too bad. One of things I am trying to do different this year is get rid of half star ratings, so I will have to decide if it leans more up or down in the rating. I decided to do this because Goodreads does not offer that option and I want to be more consistent across all my platforms. Do you use half stars or a different type of rating system?

Books I read in January

  • Physical Books – 6 Books
  • E-Books – 5 Books
  • Library Books – 3 Books
  • ARC’s – 3 Books

Genres

  • Contemporary Romance – 8 Books
  • Thriller/Mystery – 1 Book
  • Paranormal Romance – 1 Book
  • Historical Romance – 1 Book

( I am only putting each book in what I think is the most prominent category )

Star Ratings

  • 2 Stars – 1 book
  • 3 Stars – 1 book
  • 4 Stars – 8 books
  • 5 Stars – 1 book

2 Stars

Mystery Man by Kristen Ashley

3 Stars

Would Like To Meet by Rachel Winters

4 Stars

How To Fail At Flirting by Denise Williams

Only When Its Us by Chloe Liese – Reread

The Boy Toy by Nicola Marsh

Big Bad Wolf by Suleikha Snyder

The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne

Enjoy The View by Sarah Morgenthaler

Forever Bold by Kathleen Brooks

Accidentally Engaged by Farah Heron

5 Stars

Pretty Little Wife by Darby Kane

Until Next Time, Happy Reading!

Reading Round Up: January 11th-20th

Hello friends! How is everyone’s month going so far? Mine has been a little slumpy. I am finding it hard for a book to keep my concentration and I am also struggling to find the words to write reviews or instagram or blog posts. I am trying not tp put pressure on myself but sometimes it is hard. Im hoping things will turn around soon and I can get my mojo back. Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy!

Pretty Little Wife by Darby Kane – 5 Stars I have been sitting on this one awhile before I wrote my review because the book is still making me think about it. We have Lila whose husband goes missing one morning and no one knows where he went. We also follow the lead detective on the case as she thinks more is going on that what it seems. I don’t want to say too much about this book because it might spoil it. I loved the twists in this book and while I could see a few of them coming I was still surprised by the ending. I can’t wait to read more from Darby Kane!

The Boy Toy by Nicola Marsh – 4 Stars Samira hasn’t been home in nearly a decade after a divorce sent her wanting a change of scenery. She returns home to help her cousin as she sets up a new medical practice. Samira is an independent woman and does not want to follow the path that her traditional Indian mother would like her too and struggles with what she really wants out of life. While home she starts up a fling with An Australian stunt man who is 10 years younger her. Overall I really enjoyed this story and the relationship between Samira and Rory and Samir and her family. There are a few hard hitting topics in this book so you may want to look into trigger warnings if you are wanting to know more.

Big Bad Wolf by Suleikha Snyder – 4 Stars Wolf shifter romances are my absolute favorite type of paranormal romances! Joe is on trial for killing a handful of men and his new team of lawyers includes the very attractive Neha Ahluwalia who is there to dig more into who Joe really is. This is a fast paced romance where there is a lot going on from the very beginning. I loved learning about Joe’s history as well as the reason he is what he is. The romance between the two main characters was also quick but they explain why that is and it is also very steamy! For part of the story we have a second storyline about two other characters and I wasn’t as invested in them, it felt more like filler than essential to the plot. The group that is helping Joe and Neha which is called Third Shift was some of my favorite parts of the story and I am so happy that we will be getting more books for them! Overall this was a fun suspenseful romance and I am excited to read more from this author. Thank you Sourcebooks Casablanca and Netgalley for my complimentary copy for review!

The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne – 4 Stars This was a fun historical romance, I always enjoy stories about characters who think they are irredeemable. I enjoyed the romance between the two characters and also the friendships in the story. I am excited to pick up more from this series as I really enjoyed her writing. Also this one was pretty steamy if you like that in books!

Top 5 Tuesday: January 19th 2021

Hello Friends! I am here today with this week’s Top 5 Tuesday, this is a weekly meme that was created by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm, and is now being hosted by Meeghan reads. This weeks theme is our top 5 books that I will definitely (hopefully) read this year.

What are some books that you would like to read this year? Let me know in the comments below!

Crazy Stupid Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams – I put this on my tbr every month hoping I will get to it. Other books always seem to come first so this one gets pushed back but I REALLY want to read it.

God’s of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – I have already started this one but it is very different from what I normally read so I am taking it slow.

Bitter Fallls by Rachel Caine – Sadly Rachel Caine passed away last year and her upcoming book Heartbreak Bay is her last book in this series. I need to get through Bitter Falls first so I can finish the series.

An Ember In The Ashes by Sabah Tahir – I am trying to expand my reading this year and I hear good things about this series so I would like to try it.

The One by John Marrs – I really tried to get to this one last year but just couldn’t fit it into my reading. Hoping I can this year!

Reading Round Up: January 1st-10th

Hello Friends! I am here today with my first round up for the month. So far my reading is pretty slow this month. I have been in a small slump and it’s been hard to pick anything up. Im hoping the second half of the month goes a bit better but we will see.

Mystery Man by Kristen Ashley -2 Stars The premise for this one was a bit off for me, we have the main character Gwen who has been sleeping with a mystery man for a year and a half. The mystery man only comes at night while she is asleep and she has no idea how he gets in. One day she lands herself in trouble by going to the local Motorcycle Club looking for information on her sister. When she gets home mystery man is there waiting for her, he broke in again! One of my big problems with this story is the insta love all the men have for our main character. We have mystery man who she is sleeping with, then after 5 minutes the MC President wants to make her his and the police officer who is helping her out wants her too. I am not a fan of stories that have the main character wanted by all within so little time, plus they end up throwing in a 4th guy who is her best friend and it was just too much. I will try another book by the author but probably not in this series.

How To Fail At Flirting by Denise Williams – 4 Stars This was a fun romance that had some hard hitting topics mixed in, I like when an author can weave both lightheartedness and seriousness in the book. Our main character Naya has been recovering from a bad relationship for the last three years and her friends finally persuade her to start going out again. While out she meets Jake and the two spend the evening together. Turns out Jake is also involved in some stuff going on with Naya’s job. The two must decide if what they feel for each other is worth it when their jobs are conflicting. I really enjoyed this book and the struggles Naya goes through in trying to get over past. If you are looking for a great romance that isn’t very fluffy then I would highly recommend this one.

Only When Its Us by Chloe Liese – Reread – 4 Stars This was a reread for me and I enjoyed it just as much this time as the first. Chloe writes her characters so real and I love that. Willa is a surly soccer player who is behind in a class and tries to get help from Ryder, the guy who sits next to her in class. Willa thinks he ignores her when he doesn’t respond to her questions but it turns out that Ryder lost his hearing. After the misunderstanding the two form a tentative friendship that ends up growing into more. Ryder’s family is one of my favorites and I love that we get to see so much of them in these books. This entire series so far is great!

Top 5 Tuesday – January 12th

Hello friends! How is everyone’s day going? Things are good here just ready for my kids to be back in school, remote learning is not working great and I don’t want them to fall behind. I am here today with Top 5 Tuesday and our topic today is my most anticipated books for 2021. What books are you excited for? Let me know in the comments below! Top 5 Tuesday was created by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm, and now being hosted by Meeghan reads.

Quiet In Her Bones by Nalini Singh – February 23rd 2021 Nalini Singh is an auto buy author for me and I really enjoyed her first thriller and can’t wait for this one.

Act Your Age Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert – March 9th 2021 First two were great and I would expect this one to be as well.

Isn’t It Bromantic by Lyssa Kay Adams – July 20th 2021 We are finally getting The Russians story and I CAN NOT WAIT!!!!!

A Good Day For Chardonnay by Darynda Jones – July 27th 2021 Darynda Jones’ first in this series last year was a lot of fun and I am looking forward to reading more from those characters.

Heart Principal by Helen Hoang – August 17th 2021 Again the first two in this series were great and I am excited to read Kai’s story!

21 Books I want to read in 2021

Happy Monday Friends! I am here today with a quick post sharing 21 books that I would like to read in 2021. I chose books that I actually think I will be able to read off my shelves. I am hoping to be able to do checkins through out the year to see how I am doing with these books! I also chose these books to help me with my backlist challenge for the year.

  • Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner – Contemporary Fiction
  • A Duke, The Lady and A Baby by Vanessa Riley – Historical Romance
  • A Rogue of One’s Own by Evie Dunmore – Historical Romance
  • The Last Train to Key West by Chanel Cleeton – Historical Fiction
  • Bitter Falls by Rachel Caine – Mystery/Thriller
  • A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro – YA Mystery
  • Beartown by Fredrick Backman – Adult Fiction
  • Crazy Stupid Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams – Contemporary Romance
  • Love Her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey – Contemporary Romance
  • Don’t You Forget About Me by Mhairi McFarlane – Contemporary Romance
  • Last Tang Standing by Lauren Ho – Contemporary Romance
  • The Lemon Sisters by Jill Shalvis – Contemporary Romance
  • An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir – YA Fantasy
  • A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik – YA Fantasy
  • God’s of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – Historical Fantasy
  • Recursion by Bake Crouch – Science Fiction
  • Horrid by Katrina Leno – YA Horror
  • The One by John Marrs – Science Fiction/Thriller
  • Blacklisted by Jay Crownover – Contemporary Romance
  • This Cowboy of Mine by R.C. Ryan – Contemporary Romance

Six For Sunday – January 10th

Happy Sunday book friends! I am here today with Sunday’s meme Six for Sunday which was created by A Little But A Lot. Today’s topic is bookish wins for 2020. Bookish wins for me is reading books outside my normal comfort, whether this was by genre or representation in the books. so here are 6 of my bookish wins from last year.

Always Only Us by Chloe Liese – Representation for a person with a physical disability.

Ties That Tether By Jane Igharo – Main character of color struggling in today’s society with her parents ideals.

Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade – Positive body representation.

Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall – Characters who identify differently than me.

Marriage Game by Sara Desai – A book about a culture other than my own.

Mexican Gothic – A Horror book, this one made me realize I might like more in this genre than I thought. It also was about a place and time that I know nothing about.

Book Blitz: Unplugged by Sigal Ehrlich

Unplugged
Sigal Ehrlich
(Unplugged, #1)
Publication date: March 10th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

An against-all-odds & forbidden rockstar romance

After surviving the long and excruciating recruitment process, I thought I would end up working for Madonna or the CIA at the very least.
Boy, was I wrong.

Even in my wildest dreams I couldn’t have imagined what I was in for. What my heart was in for.

I couldn’t have possibly fathomed the lifestyle, the responsibility, how much it would take out of me, the inner battles, and mostly, the emotional whirlwind.
I could never have imagined, prepared myself for, or anticipated…

Him.

It was supposed to be a job. Just a temporary job. Just a few months. Just a short stop before the journey I was about to take to follow my dream.

It was supposed to be a lot of things…but not this.
Little did I know it would be the one event that would shape me, would change me, would bring on such a shift in the balance of my world.
Would bring…

Him.

Would bring…

Them.
Both.
Into my life.

*UNPLUGGED is the first part in a two-part series; it has a cliffhanger-ish ending.

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EXCERPT:

I hold one of the monstrous fridge doors open, taking inventory of the profusion of goods on display. I twitch my lips, moving them from side to side, as I muse what can best serve as a natural sedative. I stoop slightly forward for the carton and stop dead. More precisely, I find myself being stopped by an iron grip. Instinctively, I suck in a breath as a firm arm slides to wrap around my waist. A warm, hard body presses against me in tandem to someone’s lips nuzzling me right below my ear. A momentary stupor enfolds me as a few things register concurrently. The prickly feel of the scruff on my neck, and the smell hovering near that is a mixture of part masculine, part alcohol. Heavy alcohol. The most tantalizing fact, though, would have to be that the body pressed against my back is very much naked, as I can distinctively feel every part of the firm torso through my thin, cotton tee.

Still utterly startled, I chance a hesitant glance at the strong arm embracing me. Suntanned and large, it could be easily mistaken for a canvas crowded with colorful, detailed illustrations. The other hand, the one not holding me firmly, is another art creation in the form of a human limb extended toward the OJ carton.

“Open that for me, babe,” a raspy, low voice demands. And I do. The carton is lifted above my shoulder, and right after a pause, it is set in my stunned hand. Lightly moist, cold lips, bordered by a prickly beard, kiss my neck next. “Come back to bed, babe,” says the utterly seductive voice. A light smack on the butt jolts me, and I’m left by myself. My heart is beating in my ears, and my lips part in shock. I swallow hard and slowly turn to see who just groped-spanked me. There’s so much to take in. The lion’s head tattoo covering the right shin, the dark hair messily knotted, the toned arms, the musical notes tattooed on the left shoulder blade. But one thing calls for my full attention. A delectable, as in an award-winning, butt.

Author Bio:

Sigal Ehrlich is a bestselling author of refreshing, fun, and sweet romance books. She loves books, cold weather, and the occasional bubbly drink. Living as an expat for most of her life, Sigal has been lucky enough to visit many exotic places and meet some unique people from all corners of the world, while experiencing the sweet triumphs and travails of trying to acclimate to new “homes.” Currently, Sigal calls the Czech Republic home where she lives with her husband and three kids.

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