Friday, March 22, 2019

On My Shelf: Rules Of Survival by: Jus Accardo

On My Shelf is a feature I started here on the blog and I'm sure there are a ton of similar ones out there, but basically I just wanted to start spotlighting some of the MANY backlist titles I have accumulated on my shelf and kindle. The idea is to spotlight an older book I have on my massive TBR. I also thought it would be a fun way to discuss these books with my fellow bloggers, get some of your thoughts and figure out which ones I need to read ASAP and which ones can wait a bit more. And if you want to join in too, I would love to see what is on your shelf! Just leave me a link in the comments.


I grabbed this a while ago because I had read other books by this author that I had enjoyed and then in all honestly I forgot I had it. I was scrolling through my Kindle and saw it and was reminded of it. I went back and read the synopsis and it does sound like a good one.

So tell me. Have you read it? Did you love it? Hate it? Was it meh?


Thursday, March 21, 2019

Recent Reads: Troublemakers and Princes

Recent Reads is feature here on the blog. The point is to feature books I've read recently in quick recap fashion with fun info-graphics. The info-graphics came from the Bookly app, which is a great app for bloggers. You can log quotes and thoughts and track your reading stats (and no I'm not paid for this, I just really like this app). Recently I dove into worlds of troublemakers and princes.


Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Release Blitz: Glass Castle Prince by: Nicole Williams (Review & Teasers)





"A glass castle shatters as easily as a glass house—all it takes is one stone.
Prince Edward has known this all of his life, and taken staunch measures to ensure he doesn’t give the public any reason to pick up their rocks. Or torches. Or pitchforks. As a twenty-two-year-old in line to ascend the throne, he lives more like a cloistered monk than his college-aged peers. Restraint is the tone of his life, resilience the theme.
That is, until he meets a young woman who couldn’t care less about his title—unless she’s poking fun at it. Charlotte Everly grew up a stone’s throw away from the royal family’s summer house, but her life was, and is, entirely different from the prince’s.
They clash at each turn, disagree on every topic, and bear a general contempt for one another. Until . . .
One night, accompanied by one proposal, leads to one lapse in judgment . . .
Results in a nationwide scandal neither of them will escape"



My Thoughts:

It is no secret now that I am a big Nicole Williams fan and once again she delivers the swoon. This is not your normal fairy tale and it has some serious The Prince and Me vibes and if you haven’t seen that movie please go rectify that. Charlotte and Edward were both such great characters and you root for this forbidden romance. 

Charlotte was such a feisty character and she just could not care about Edward’s Prince status, honestly she was a tad put off by it, which really just makes for a fun read. Edward though is not at all what you would expect. He isn’t the reckless Prince Charlotte thought, but rather someone who is very aware of his life and surroundings and lack of choices. And in the end it turns out that Edward and Charlotte had quite a bit in common, despite coming from very different worlds and that is when the chemistry started to crackle. 

My favorite thing about this book though was Charlotte’s interactions with Edward’s friends. They all cracked me up because they were all spoiled and never wanted to do things for themselves and Charlotte was having none of that and it was highly amusing. But I also loved how they came to love her and she just became part of the gang. James in particular was HYSTERICAL and I just adored him to bits and pieces and he stole whatever scene he was in. One thing I was not prepared for though was that there was a “I need to practice kissing/etc with you for someone else” aspect to the story and like I was not prepared for that or in the headspace for that and it’s not always my favorite. I kinda like to know going in when this is a plot point because I just have different expectations  and because I didn’t know it was coming I was like WHATTT for a bit. But it is done well and fits the story and kicks the pairing off, I just wasn’t entirely prepared for it… that’s on me though not the book. The ending to this book though was OH SO SWEET and it just puts a smile on your face. Nicole will put your heart through the wringer but she always fixes it in the end in the sweetest and best way.

All in all, Glass Castle Prince is such a quick and fun and swoony read. I loved escaping to this world for a while and would not mind visiting it again.





Nicole Williams is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of contemporary and young adult romance, including the Crash and Lost & Found series. Her books have been published by HarperTeen and Simon & Schuster in both domestic and foreign markets, while she continues to self-publish additional titles. She is working on a new YA series with Crown Books (a division of Random House) as well. She loves romance, from the sweet to the steamy, and writes stories about characters in search of their happily even after. She grew up surrounded by books and plans on writing until the day she dies, even if it’s just for her own personal enjoyment. She still buys paperbacks because she’s all nostalgic like that, but her kindle never goes neglected for too long. When not writing, she spends her time with her husband and daughter, and whatever time’s left over she’s forced to fit too many hobbies into too little time.
Nicole is represented by Jane Dystel, of Dystel and Goderich Literary Agency.
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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Book Review: Hometown Troublemaker (Havenbrook #2) by: Brighton Walsh

Release Date: March 14, 2019
from Bright Publishing LLC
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Source: I received a complementary copy of this book from the author and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"Aurora "Rory" Haven's life is in shambles. Her ex-husband's living with the woman he cheated with,
her oldest daughter blames her for the divorce, and she's broke. To make ends meet, she partners with the too-young, way too hot local contractor she has absolutely no business fantasizing about.

Nash King is working overtime so he can take over the family business. He doesn't need the distraction of his best friend's sister, but the hot-as-hell, pearl-clutching divorcée barrels her way into his everyday life. He's managed to ignore his attraction to her for a decade. What's another couple months?

The summer heat and forced proximity has tempers flaring…and their chemistry sizzling. But Havenbrook's gossip mill is churning full-force, and the last thing Rory needs is everyone finding out she's crushing on a man eight years her junior. Except crushing doesn't have anything on what's really going on...

What would happen if the townspeople found out paint wasn't the only thing being stripped?"

My Thoughts:

Seriously guys.... Brighton Walsh writes some of the best romance out there. She has yet to disappoint and Hometown Troublemaker was no exception. Her books are always filled with so much heart and feature such great characters. 

Personally my favorite thing about Brighton books are the heroines... because the heroine is always dynamic and strong and flawed and never ever loses herself in the hero. She finds her happiness and a guy she deserves but she is never swallowed whole by the hero and finds someone who loves her for her flaws as well as her attributes and Rory is no exception. Rory can be a lot and has made mistakes but she is working to better herself and finally do the things she has always wanted to do. I loved Rory for all her faults and insecurities and for her strength and perseverance and willingness to finally take a chance. 

Then there is Nash and guys Nash has got a MOUTH on him. In so many ways he is the complete opposite of Rory but they work so well together. I loved how devoted he was and that he just wasn't ashamed to show it. He was all in and was willing to take whatever Rory was willing to give, he moved at her pace and on her terms and Rory really deserved a guy like Nash after everything she had been through. And on top of all that their chemistry is insane.

All in all, Hometown Troublemaker was such a fun and sweet and all around great read. Swoony romance, great characters, and FANTASTIC banter all combined for an addictive read. 

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