Book Review: The Dating Game by Jenny Proctor (Brenna Jacobs) 

Title: The Dating Game (ABCs of Love #0.5) The_Dating_Game

Author: Jenny Proctor (Brenna Jacobs) 

Published: June 2021 by Four Petal Press 

Source: Apple Books 

Type: ebook 

Blurb: 

Allie Carmichael is dating the wrong kind of man. To help Allie out of her dating rut, Allie’s sister, Cassie, challenges her to date 26 new men, all that have 26 different careers—one for every letter of the alphabet. 
 
When Eric’s neighbor, Allie, asks him for help with her new dating challenge, he’s reluctant to get involved. Mostly because he’d really like Allie to fall in love with him. She’s determined to finish out her dating challenge, but he’s a veterinarian. And V is at the end of the alphabet. 
 
Can Eric persuade Allie to abandon the list and see him as something more than just her best friend? 

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This is one of the best novellas I have read. Usually, I stay away from short books, mostly because the action happens very quick and I don’t have time to get used to the characters or to learn their stories. I admit that I am a bit scared of short stories. However, “The Dating Game” was a very pleasant surprise. The pace is perfect, we have enough background to understand who our characters are and we have enough action to become captivated.

Allie accepts her sister’s challenge to date outside her comfort zone, but she has to date guys with professions starting with each letter of the alphabet. She already covered “A”, for attorney. She has to find the rest. Since her friend and neighbor Eric is the guy who knows almost everybody in town, she asks for his support. Little does she know that Eric wants more than friendship between them. Too bad he’s a vet and has to wait an entire list of other guys until Allie can date him.  

What I mostly liked about this book is how comfortable it feels. The writing, while simple and easy, gave a cozy feeling and made me enjoy it even more. I had fun reading it and I felt every struggle our main characters went through.

Allie wants to find her special someone, a guy that can understand her commitment to her job, a guy that can be both polite and fun, good looking and intelligent, preferably not a dog owner. Eric wants to win Allie’s heart, but she must accept his two dogs Daisy and Bo. Slowly, he devises a plan and he counts on his two four-leg friends to help.

Cover Review: I like the colors and the fun and crazy that this cover depicts. The illustration works perfectly with the story. It’s a great choice.

Favorite Quote: “I ran because kissing Eric felt like finding my forever. And that is utterly terrifying.” Read more of my thoughts about this quote in my Weekly Quote article.

All in all, this was a beautiful book and my expectations were met almost completely. I would have liked to have a bit more fun during Allie’s blind dates, which is why I am not awarding my full 5 stars. Otherwise, I do encourage you to try it and let me know what you think about it.

Until next time, happy reading 😊

4 stars

About the Author:Jenny_Proctor

AFTER A RECENT MOVE to Charleston, SC I’m learning to love the beach as much as I love the North Carolina mountains where I grew up. It’s a little hotter here in the low country, but I’m embracing the heat and all that comes with it. I love to spend time outdoors with my husband, Josh, our six children, and a growing assortment of pets. But also? I love hanging out at home with a great movie or a favorite book and eating delicious food that, when I’m lucky, I didn’t have to prepare myself.

Website || Goodreads

P.S.: you can read more of my thoughts about The Dating Game in my Moody Melon article

 

Writing for a Magazine

Happy Tuesday!!!

I hope you have all started the week amazingly well and if not, there is still time to make the most of it! I have an amazing news to share with you today: I have been invited to write for an online magazine!!! This is so exciting!

One of the first authors that took a chance with me and my blog to word a review for her book, Julie Barris, recently published her online magazine called Moody Melon. She invited me to write as a permanent columnist. I am so excited and so scared at the same time. I hope to be able to provide meaningful content… and keep the deadlines!

Moody Melon is a magazine all about love. Read about breakups, make up lines, comfort food when your heart is aching and love advice. There is plenty of content published every day, so make sure you visit often. Reviews for romance books are posted twice per week, just in case you were wondering 😉

That’s my news for today, I wish you all an amazing rest of the week!

Weekly Quote #24

Hey all,

It has been quite a while. I hope it won’t take that long to my next article again. I won’t start by ,asking excuses, it’s just how life has been. On the good side, there is someone out there who keeps pushing for me to write. The Universe and The Powers That Be keep telling me that this is what I should do. So here I am, continuing the LBW journey.

This week’s quote is from a book by Brenna Jacobs, called “The Dating Game”:


I ran because kissing Eric felt like finding my forever.
And that is utterly terrifying.

This is a novella of under 70 pages, a quick, easy and fun read. Lately I’ve been travelling a lot and I was looking for something fast to read during one of my 3 hour flights. I will tell you more in my next article, where I’ll also reveal something very exciting that happened to me last week.

Ok, back to our quote. It’s amazing how one can get scared when faced with the possibility of accomplishing something. In this case, Allie, our main character, realises that Eric may be the one she’s been looking for. Eric may be her partner for life. That is scary. I mean, you fell the 100%, but are you really ready? There are many of us out there (boys, girls, men, women) who want to enjoy life as much as possible before this commitment. The problem appears when you want to have fun, but not with the one who seems to be your soulmate. What do you do then? The 100% becomes fuzzy.

Of course, that’s not how the story is between our main characters. But this quote made me think. Yeah, I tend to twist words into millions of meanings.

Did you read something spectacular these days? Is there a quote that stuck with you? Write it down in the comments below and let’s chat 🙂

Until next time, happy reading !

Weekly Quote #23

As I was mentioning in a prior article even if I have not managed to review much of the books I’ve read, I did read! (haha, imagine that!). Aaaaaand I am late to the Tahereh Mafi party. Yup, I am reading the Shatter Me series. I’ve finished book 1 in July and now I am getting through the second.  

In the beginning, it was all a bit confusing There are still things that need to be uncovered. I’m not getting into a full review now (although, I’d better start writing my review for Shatter Me), but I want to share with you a quote that felt deep somehow. There are plenty of other amazing quotes in these books so far, but this one just stuck there:  

“Then what’s happening right now? Because something is happening right now and it doesn’t feel okay,” he says, his voice catching. “It doesn’t feel okay, Juliette, it feels like the opposite of whatever the hell okay is and I really just want to hold you-“ 

The way Tahereh managed to convey the desperation, the angst and the fear is just fantastic. I could feel it! Oh I cannot wait to finish this book. I’m now on page 112 of book 2, I own already book 3 and I need to get my hands on book 4 (yeah, yeah, shame me! I will buy it soon, okay?!) 

I hope you’re having an amazing start of the week. In my small corner of the world has finally started raining, although it will stop in 5 minutes probably…. Let me know in the comments below if you liked Shatter Me and what’s your opinion of book 1. Feel free to leave links to your reviews as long as they don’t contain spoilers. I’m interested to discuss them with you guys. 

Until next time, Happy Reading! 

Once a Book Lover, Always a Book Lover

Hey All,

(while I was working on this article, I’ve noticed that I have not posted anything since January! I cannot even remember if I’ve finished those books or not…)

It has been a while! My writing feels rusty somehow and my books have started to pile up. There has been a lot going on lately. I’d like to say things have settled down but I am still at a crossroad professionally and personally. Anxiety, stress and tiredness have settled in (quite comfortably I’d say). At some point, all will be OK. At some point, I will reach that point…

For now, I am coming back to the world that has never rejected me. I am coming back to reading and reviewing, with a heart more open than before. I’ve grown so much in this universe of beautiful covers, chapters and pages and I feel I haven’t given it enough. Lately I was looking at book reading and reviewing more like a chore. I took too much upon myself. Maybe I will read less but write more. Who knows? Of one thing I am certain: this blog is here to stay and this book blogger is eager to come back.

I am officially open to book reviews, author interviews and promos. I will keep open the paid promotions and beta reading services, so check out the services page for details – as mentioned before, these are in place to help maintain this blog.  I am looking forward to working with you all amazing authors out there 🥰

Come back for an update of my weekend reading list. My weekly quote articles will be back every Monday as usual. After that, may the amazing books guide my articles 🙂

Until next time, happy reading 📚!
(Oh, how I’ve missed that!)

Weekend Reading List

Hey guys,

How is your week so far? Mine was good so far. Work was good, although I still have some things to handle over the weekend. Sewing was not as good, but at least I managed to sew 1 winter blouse and two small pillow covers.  My reading progress is decent. I did read a lot, but not as much as I would have liked since I have a lot of catching up. I have some ambitious plans for this weekend in the form of 4 books:220107_Weekend Reading List

  1. The Hustler by Gina Azzi
  2. Beyond the Play by Kaylee Ryan
  3. The Temptation by Nikki Sloane
  4. Fall by Kristen Callihan – audiobook currently in progress

To a normal book addict, these are not so many books for a weekend. But taking into account I have a ton of things to solve for my job and also build a vision board for my sewing business, plus spending time with family and sleep for at least 4 hours a night, it’s already less time for reading… I like challenges.

What are your reading plans for this weekend? If you have a romance on your list and what to buddy read, let me know below – I’m all in 🙂

Follow my reading progress on my Facebook page and Twitter, if you want to see how I’m doing 🙂

Until next time, Happy Reading and Happy Weekend!

Weekly Quote #22 

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Happy new 2022 Monday!  

Happy new Weekly Quote article!  

I hope you all have started the week with a positive attitude and a good book. This is not just a new week, it’s the first of 2022, which means we have to make it amazing. I am definitely trying a new approach, with better vibes. Let’s see how long it lasts :)) 

Since last week I was telling you about Idol by Kristen Callihan, today I have two quotes from the second book in the series “Managed”. I a, telling you, this was such a delight! I will tell you more in my review, but until then, here are two of my favorite quotes: 

“Oh, I bet you’d find that marvelous; all of us helpless women just smiling and nodding. Though I’m afraid it would never work on me.” “Of course not,” he deadpans. “I’m stuck next to the one afflicted with an apparently incurable case of verbal diarrhea.” “Says the man who is socially constipated.”  

“You know, I’m not actually comfortable being an asshole to women.” “Really?” I say, biting the corner of my lip to keep from smiling. “But you do it so well.”  

Yes, it’s funny, with a bit of a serious side. It has a little of everything. Let me know in the comments if these quotes sparked your interest. My review will be up sometime this week 🙂  

Until next time, Happy Reading!  

Book Review: Idol by Kristen Callihan 

Idol by Kristen Callihan

Title: Idol (VIP #1)

Author: Kristen Callihan 

PublishedJune 7th 2016 by Plain Jane  

Source: Scribd 

Type: Audiobook 

Blurb: 

Libby 
 
I found Killian drunk and sprawled out on my lawn like some lost prince. With the face of a god and the arrogance to match, the pest won’t leave. Sexy, charming, and just a little bit dirty, he’s slowly wearing me down, making me crave more. 
 
He could be mine if I dare to claim him. Problem is, the world thinks he’s theirs. How do you keep an idol when everyone is intent on taking him away? 
 
Killian  
As lead singer for the biggest rock band in the world, I lived a life of dreams. It all fell apart with one fateful decision. Now everything is in shambles. 
 
Until Liberty. She’s grouchy, a recluse—and kind of cute. Scratch that. When I get my hands on her, she is scorching hot and more addictive than all the fans who’ve screamed my name. 
 
The world is clamoring for me to get back on stage, but I’m not willing to leave her. I’ve got to find a way to coax the hermit from her shell and keep her with me. Because, with Libby, everything has changed. Everything.   

Check it on Amazon & Goodreads 

My Review

This story is not only a romance, but as well a journey to rediscover oneself and become a better person. I may have enjoyed this last part more than the love story. But let me tell you more than what the blurb is describing. 

Libby meets Killian at (maybe) the lowest point in his life. Hiding away in an old house, in a small town where hopefully nobody will recognize him, he’s taking time away from his band, his fame and his life in general even. Oh, the drunk part you’ve already read about, but the scene in the book is fantastic! From the first pages we see Libby’s strength and her independence. The fact that she doesn’t recognize him makes Killian act more naturally and they begin a beautiful friendship, which in the end will lead to music – of the heart and the real kind as well. Will they stay together when reality strikes? That’s the million dollar question: will fame change everything? 

I was mentioning earlier that this is also a journey of self-discovery. Killian has lost his motivation and even his inspiration. He is tired, drained even. Recent events in their band affected all members, some in more ways than others. He is lost. Libby gives him a breath of fresh air, a chance to feel normal again. For her, Killian is the key to her own music. He opens the door to her dreams, but also her fears. They will find strength in one another, they will find even inspiration. This would be the first part of the story.  

The second part is focused on the life Killian has on stage, with his band, but as well on Libby’s career. I don’t want to get into details, as I may spoil a big part of the action, but there are challenges that their relationship will have to face and there are feelings that will be left unsaid. Loved it!  

In terms of the writing, even if this book has 339 pages (according Goodreads), it felt like a lot more. Not in a bad way, not at all. I was so drawn into the story and I was so caught up in the characters that I lost track of time. I love the fact that the author put a lot of attention into the reactions each character has to the major events, such as Libby finding out who Killian is, or later the team’s reaction to her presence or Libby’s attitude toward her potential career. It all felt natural.  

Since I listened to this book on Scribd, I can say that both narrators did a great job. I loved how each used the inflexions to portray key details of our characters’ personalities. I had no problem understanding who was who in the scenes where more characters appeared.  

Oh, and speaking about the rest of the characters, I have a feeling that the next books in the series will be fantastic as well. We find out a little about them, not about all but the main ones. I cannot wait to tell you about their stories as well (I’ve finished book 2 and I am almost half way into book 3 already).  

Ok, time to wrap this up. I decided to give the book 4 out of 5 stars, mainly because at some point nothing happened and the action felt a bit slow. Also, the tension in the end was not as intense as I was expecting. This does not mean that I enjoyed it less, absolutely not. I loved the book and I loved the narration, but the reviewer in me is acting out. Let me know in the comments below if you’ve read the book or if you’ve read any other series by this author. For me it was the first book and I cannot wait to read her other series as well.  

Until next time, happy reading!  

Cover ReviewOh, I love the cover! It represents the story perfectly. The stage lights, Killian in the middle of it all, but keeping his mystery somehow. Yes, the cover is awesome.  

Favorite Quote: Baby doll, I could assert my manly dominance, thump my chest, and declare you’re mine. But it wouldn’t mean a damn thing if I’m not yours in return.  

4 stars

About The Author Kristen Callihan

Kristen Callihan is an author because there is nothing else she’d rather be. She is a RITA winner and three-time nominee and winner of two RT Reviewer’s Choice awards. Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and the Library Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers. Her debut book FIRELIGHT received RT Magazine’s Seal of Excellence, was named a best book of the year by Library Journal, best book of Spring 2012 by Publisher’s Weekly, and was named the best romance book of 2012 by ALA RUSA. When she is not writing, she is reading.  

2022 – Happy New Year!  

Happy 2022 bookish friends! I hope you’ll have an amazing year, will love, health, happiness and good people around! May each day smile upon you and may you discover 1000 other amazing worlds in the books you plan to read! 

I’ve drafted some of my bookish and non-bookish resolutions for the new year and hopefully I will manage to accomplish them. I’ve failed 2021 on so many levels. I’ve failed my book blogging activity, I’ve failed professionally and personally as well. At least more to the end of the year, I came to my senses, partially at least and I’ve established some goals:

Bookish Resolutions 

  1. Read and review 100 books: usually I would say “read at least 100 books”. Maybe I’ll surprise myself. 
  2. Increase my article diversity: a goal I had for 2021 but failed!
  3. Stay away from reading slumps: not yet sure how I’ll manage this
  4. Read more Fantasy: I would like to say I had this planned for 2021 as well, but it doesn’t matter. I hardly read anything last year… 
  5. Be consistent with my posting schedule: that’s a challenge. 

Non-Bookish Resolutions 

  1. Plan my days: I am the daughter of Chaos! If I don’t see my tasks for the day, I am lost! Lucky me, I found a pretty nice planner the other day in a library. It’s small, so I can carry it everywhere. No escaping ! 
  2. Continue developing my sewing skills: this means sewing constantly and also sewing something else besides the things I am comfortable sewing
  3. Be more productive at my daily job: yeah, next?
  4. Have stability, in my personal life: I wish I could give you details, but I’m not there yet.
  5. Grow my sewing business: I have a plan with a friend. Let’s see how far we can take it during 2022. 
  6. Linked with prior resolution: start a vision board for my sewing business. I am not sure how to start one but my favorite youtubers have some videos up which I’ll check for inspiration. 
  7. Leave the office at a decent time: could someone print this and mail it to me so I can sign it will blood? Cause I am not committing to this resolution otherwise!  
  8. Linked to item 1: organize my time so I don’t have to give up the things I enjoy. This means: time for my daily job, my sewing business, my blog and also my personal stability. 

2021 may not have been the best for me, but I plan on making 2022 better. The past is the past, we closed this chapter a few hours ago, time to write a new one. Be positive, be inspired and be amazing! 

Happy new year

Until next time (there WILL be a next time!), Happy Reading! 

Wishing you well…

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

And this is not just a line in a Christmas song. It really is a wonderful time, with good food, good people and good deeds. Or at least I hope it is the case for you all.

I’ve been out of the blogging world for quite some time. I have not read as much as I would have liked during my absence, but I am slowly catching up with e-mails and books I need to finish. Having a full (+over) time job, starting a sewing business and managing a book blog got a bit overwhelming.  My anxiety was to the highest levels. I am not saying things are better now, but I am willing to find a rhythm to make this work.

Enough talking, more actions! And this you will see in the coming days. I have three reviews pending to be posted, 3 books that were so, so good and I cannot wait to share my thoughts with you. I will get back to my bookish and non-bookish TBRs and wrap ups as well, with the first one being in January. I hope we will grow again together and I hope we’ll have lots and lots of bookish talks.

In the meantime, enjoy the holidays with the people close to your heart and spread the love to those who need it! Merry Christmas!

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