September Wrap Up & October TBR

September has not been such a great moth. I am again behind on my reading and reviews I need to post. I don’t know what happened – work was crazy, I was too tired to focus on books and I also had a lot of crocheting to do (I didn’t manage to finish my project, but I did make some progress). I fell in a bit of a reading slump in the last two weeks, so I did not manage to read as much as I would have liked.

I was preparing to write a list, but looks like I have only three books finished and only one is reviewed: Single Dad by Noelle Adams, The Rogue to Ruin by Vivienne Lorret and This! By C. G. Blaine. It’s terrible! I am so angry right now….

(3 hours later)

Ok, I am officially challenging and punishing myself to finish all the books started in August and to finish all the books from my October TBR. + 2 from my Yearly TBR:

  1. The Bar Next Door by Katia Rose (started and not finished)
  2. WaterColor Wishes by Melissa Chambers (started and not finished)
  3. The Rose & The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh (started and not finished)
  4. The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston (started and not finished)
  5. Chasing Beverly by Ashlynn Cubbison
  6. Everything Girl by Emily Mayer
  7. Claiming Sarah by Susan Stoker
  8. Say it Again by Catherine Bybee
  9. I See You by Mary Burton
  10. Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Racculia
  11. Secret Obsession by Ann Mayburn
  12. Guardians of Light Series by Renee Wildes (5 books in the series)
  13. Enamored by J.S. Scott
  14. A Lie for a Lie by Helena Hunting
  15. Woodhouse Hall by Sara Marks
  16. Taking Wing by Clemency Crow
  17. Grumpy Old Gods by Ronel Janse van Vuuren
  18. Once Upon a Cowboy Christmas by Soraya Lane
  19. The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae by Stephanie Butland
  20. A Wedded Arrangement by Noelle Adams
  21. Seduced by Kate Allure
  22. Killer Domes and the Chosen One by Gibbo Gibbs

The 2 from my long time TBR are still to be defined. I’m not sure which ones to pick. I know it looks quite ambitious but I am confident I can manage. I am anxious to read all these books and share my thought with you 😊 Stick around if you want to see the progress. For now, I wish you all a great week with lots and lots of amazing books (or at least amazing moments)! Happy Reading!

 

Weekley Quote #4

Hey Everyone!

How was your week? In my case, it was again quite productive on all angles. I did manage to crochet a good part of a blanket – still a lot to work at it but at least I see progress. Work was fine and I hope this week will be the same.

I have read a lot and even finished one audiobook (more on that a bit later in the week). But the quote I have for you today is from The Rose & The Dagger, by Renée Ahdieh. I am so addicted to this series. Renée has this way of creating magic with her writing and I feel more and more captivated with every page I turn.

“You’re better than beautiful.” Rahim took a careful breath. “You’re interesting. Never forget that.”

What made me select this line is how honest Rahim is, how he sees more than beauty when he looks at Irsa. It’s one of the best compliments!

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This is not the main character and since this quote I have found many others I love. It’s hard to choose!  I am struggling to finish it, as I am honestly afraid of the end and I am sure I’ll miss these characters immensely. I’m so happy I own the series!

That’s it for today. I wish you all a fantastic week and remember: find some time for a bit of reading. It does wonders!

Release Blitz + Review: Single Dad

 

Single Dad (Milford College #3) by Noelle Adams is available NOW!

Book Info:

Title: Office Mate

Series: Milford College #3

Author: Noelle Adams

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Trope: no-strings-attached; single dad

Summary

The last thing I want is to partner on a library exhibit with Max, a hot new art professor at my college, but it’s part of my job as librarian so I don’t have a choice. My attraction to him is intense and immediate, but I’m taking a break from dating so I can focus on myself. I don’t need a distraction like Max.

He’s a single father, and that’s the only thing he can focus on now. He’s never going to take a relationship with me seriously, no matter how much I want him to.

Single Dad is the third book in the Milford College series, novellas about the faculty and staff of a small liberal arts college.

Single Dad by Noelle Adams

 

My Review

                Let me be crystal clear here, I may be a little influenced by how well I related to Katrina and even young Rika. So my rating may be inflated with half a star.

                Our main female character is a school librarian (my ideal goal) and recently got out of a relationship for which she has put her life on hold. Now all she wants is to fulfill her own dreams, on her own. When the new art teacher (hot new art teacher) offers her a non-committed relationship, she is all for it. I mean a lady can resist a man’s charms and good looks to a certain extent. They are great together. They have an intense chemistry and fit right well into each other’s plans. At least apparently.

                Katrina is amazing. She is strong, determined to set her life on the right course and follow her dreams and passions. Max is supportive in so many ways and gives her the space she requested, while Katrina understands that Max’s priority is his daughter Freddy. I love the fact that the author kept the story focused on the main couple, without adding Max’s ex wife.

                I do have a couple of scenes that I believe were somehow off. At some point, the two of them spend some good time together, then suddenly he doesn’t have ten more minutes for cuddling. And something similar happens later in the story. The first time Max falls on his knees (not because of that reason you’re thinking about… and not the other one either) was a little off as well. It came in contradiction to his put together personality.

                I would like to mention the little girl Rika, who is absolutely a delight. Her passion for reading and smart discussions make her adorable to say the least.

                So while I would have expected a little more something, I did enjoy the story, especially because I can relate very well to Katrina. I felt that the rhythm was well created and the story well balanced. If you want to pass a couple of hours in an intense relationship, try “Single Dad”, or any other books in the series. They are fun to read for sure.

                If you are interested to read my thoughts of “Carpool”, check out my review here.

 

Enjoy a Fragment

I’m pretending to work on email but mostly giving myself a pep talk when there’s a tap on my half-open door.

I turn around with a practiced smile, only to freeze when I see Max standing in my doorway, dressed in tan trousers and a black Oxford with that intimate smile on his face.

It’s unseemly for a man to look that sexy. A universal injustice.

“I’m three minutes early, but surely you aren’t surprised to see me,” he says.

“Come on in. Of course I’m not surprised.”

“Then why do you look like you’ve been socked in the gut?”

“I don’t look like that.”

“How do you know? You can’t see yourself.”

I roll my eyes, my annoyance at this teasing overcoming the rush of attraction that had paralyzed me. I stand up. “Let me show you the books.”

“Ah. I’m back to being treated with cold-as-ice professionalism.” His smile is even warmer than before, so it’s clear he isn’t remotely offended.

I roll my eyes again. “I’m not treating you cold as ice.”

“It feels kind of icy to me. And here I was being nice and bringing you lunch.” He raises a bag he’s been holding that I only half noticed before.

“You brought me lunch?”

“I brought us lunch, but if you don’t want me to eat with you, I can take mine with me.”

“Why did you bring lunch?” I’m filled with another rush of pleasure.

“Because I figured I was using up your lunch break, and I thought you might be hungry. I’m a nice guy that way. You just haven’t realized it yet.”

“I know you’re a nice guy.”

“Do you?”

“Yes. I do.” I’m afraid I might be gazing at him fatuously, and he’s going to be able to see it. So I clear my throat and give myself a mental shake. “Why wouldn’t I?”

“I don’t know. Like I said before, I’m still trying to figure you out. So do you want some lunch?”

“What did you get?”

“I didn’t know what you would want, so I got two kinds of salad, three kinds of sandwiches, and some pasta salad. I’ll eat whatever you don’t want.”

I gape at him. “You’ll eat two salads and two sandwiches?”

He laughs as he pulls containers and wrapped sandwiches out of the bag. “I could, but I probably won’t. You’ll have to eat half this stuff.”

“I can’t eat half of all this. You do see the size of me, don’t you?” I’m checking the labels and getting excited at every one I see. They’re just half sandwiches, so I pick the chicken salad on sourdough and the small Greek salad.

“Yes. I see the size of you.”

My breath hitches at his shift of tone. When I lift my eyes to meet his, I’m trapped by the heat of his gaze. His eyes are running up and down me, from my loose hair to my sandals. I’m wearing a long, soft skirt today in a pretty, feminine print. It’s not a sexy outfit, but I feel that way under his possessive gaze. My whole body starts to pulse.

When I realize what I’m feeling, I wrench my eyes away from his and focus down on my food again. I sit in my desk chair with an awkward flop.

He appears in better condition than me, but he doesn’t say anything else as he takes the turkey club and the pasta salad. He hands me a napkin and utensils, and we begin to eat.

“Thank you for this,” I say, after I’ve swallowed a bite of sandwich. It’s really good.

“You’re welcome. Thanks for your help with the exhibit.”

“No problem. The books are over there.”

“Great. We can look at them after we eat.”

His suggestion makes sense since we obviously don’t want to get food all over the books I’ve collected for him. But it extends our time together longer than I was hoping.

It would be so much easier and better for my state of mind if I could get him out of here in ten minutes.

No such luck.

 

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Weekly Quote #3

Good Monday to you all!

How was last week? I have no words to describe mine. My brain felt like exploding with so many thoughts and ideas and planning and… not sleeping very well!

I am proposing for this week a quote from “This! By C.G. Blaine”, a book that will be released on September 27th (come visit my blog to check my review). While it may not seem as a positive quote to start with, the book is quite funny and with great characters.

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Turns out a safety net under the tightrope only matters if you fall. It does nothing to save you from slipping and hanging yourself on the wire.”

Remember to mark September 27th in your calendar and visit my blog on that day for more quotes. Until next time, Happy Reading and have a happy week!

August Wrap Up & September TBR

Do I really want to remind myself how far away I am from my initial August TBR list? – NO!

Do I know the date today? – September 15th.

Do I really want to have a wrap up and TBR in the middle of the month? – Yes (trying to be responsible here).

Ok, check list done and guilty feelings aside, I am quite happy with what I managed to read in August. Definitely, I am far from the titles I must have read, but I’ll catch up eventually!

  1. Dead Sexy by Lulu M. Sylvian
  2. Gathering Frost by Kaitlyn Davis
  3. Withering Rose by Kaitlyn Davis
  4. Chasing Midnight by Kaitlyn Davis
  5. Knowing Michele by Tinsley Sellers
  6. Kings of Mayhem by Penny Dee
  7. Hearts of Darkness by Catherine Wiltcher
  8. Futuri III by Irina Binder
  9. Pana la Sfarsit by Irina Binder

I am listening to the audiobook for “The Rogue to Ruin” by Vivienne Corret and I have also started the folowing books:

  • The Bar Next Door by Katia Rose
  • WaterColor Wishes by Melissa Chambers
  • The Rose & The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
  • The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston

Now, for September I am going to list here the books I still have to read until the end of the month, but I am hopeful I will manage to catch up with my books from the TBR pile:

  1. Single Dad by Noelle Adams
  2. Fires of the Dead by Jed Herne
  3. The Black Widow Temptation by Jasmine Lace
  4. This! by C.G. Blaine
  5. Most Ardently Book Set

That’s it for now. I hope to read more than these 5 books and I do hope to finish the ones already started in August. Let’s see what the end of the month will bring. Until tomorrow, Happy Reading!

Book Review: Chasing Midnight (Once Upon a Curse #3)

Hey Everyone!

Finally, the moment I’ve been waiting for is here!I’ve been dying to share with you my thoughts on “Chasing Midnight”, book 3 in the Once Upon a Curse series by the amazing author Kaitlyn Davis! You already know how crazy I fell in love with the series and with its author, so without further prolonging the moment, here goes my review 🙂

About the book:Chasing Midnight

 

Title: Chasing Midnight (Once Upon a Curse #3)

Author: Kaitlyn Davis

Published: August 26th 2019

Source: ARC received from the author

Format: eBook

Blurb:

This faerie godmother has an agenda of her own… Don’t miss CHASING MIDNIGHT, a fantasy romance from bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis that reimagines the classic fairy tale of Cinderella.

“I could redeem myself if I wanted to. I could help them. But I won’t. I’m the villain of their story, because it’s the only way to be the hero of mine.”

Hundreds of years ago, humans learned the secret to sealing magic beneath their skin and stole it from the world. Faeries reverted back to flowers. Shifters remained trapped in their animal forms. Mermaids turned to foam. And the magical creatures who survived vowed revenge.

Nymia is one of those survivors, a faerie brought back to life by the return of her magic. When she finds a human girl named Ella with her sister’s power trapped beneath her skin, she’ll do anything to get her back, including kill.

There’s only one problem.

This isn’t the world she remembers. Humans here have a power all their own — technology. And when a human prince sees her using magic, he’ll use every invention at his disposal to track her down. The countdown is on, and time is running out. Nymia needs to find Ella, take back her sister’s magic, and escape the determined prince before the clock strikes twelve, or she might not make it out of his city alive…

*This is the third book in Once Upon a Curse, a series of interconnected stand-alone novels all set in the same fantasy universe.

Check it on: Amazon  & Goodreads

My Review

This book was completely unexpected. This really blew my mind! We see all the worlds from the previous books coming together under the same story. Nymia is a faery, 100% born and raised in the magic world, before everything collapsed. She has spent her entire life revenging her sister’s naivety in falling for a human king that stole her magic. Now that she found it, she has no intention of letting it go, especially since killing Ella, Omrose’s sister, can bring back her own.

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Yes, we have a faery whose soul is now blackened, filled by revenge. Can love and innocence bring back the light? Somehow, Nymia reminds me of Jade, from Gathering Frost, but also Omrose, in her love for her sister. Indeed, this story somehow connects, Snow White, Prince Charming, Beauty and the Beast with Cinderella. The link is actually the Fairy Godmother.

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Another beautiful and smart story, Chasing Midnight has two powerful messages that cannot be ignored. The first one is how we must reinforce our connection with Nature, because all that we have comes from this Planet. We need to cherish and protect it, to remember that our roots lie deep in its core. The second message is that we fight too much, we argue too much, instead of working together and finding the balance.

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After three books, I do have many more things to say. To be completely honest, looking back, I did find things that may have been left unexplored, but I honestly do not care. Because this series is so close to my heart and I do not wish it to be over.  Please read it, please read any book by Kaitlyn Davis and come back with your thoughts. I do have some spoilers I’d like to discuss about! Happy reading!

Oh, by the way, any Kaitlyn Daivs fans out there? I would really really like to start a fan page!

 

About the AuthorKaitlyn Davis

Kaitlyn Davis, a bestselling author with over a quarter of a million books sold, writes young adult fantasy novels under the name Kaitlyn Davis and contemporary romance novels under the name Kay Marie. Publisher’s Weekly has said, “Davis writes with confidence and poise,” while USA Today has recommended her work as “must-read romance.”

To learn more about her contemporary romance novels, visit her Goodreads author page for Kay Marie here.

Always blessed with an overactive imagination, Kaitlyn has been writing ever since she picked up her first crayon and is overjoyed to share her work with the world. When she’s not daydreaming, typing stories, or getting lost in fictional worlds, Kaitlyn can be found playing fetch with her puppy, watching a little too much television, or spending time with her family.

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Book Review: Withering Rose (Once Upon a Curse #2)

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Title: Withering Rose (Once Upon a Curse #2)

Author: Kaitlyn Davis

Published: May 17th 2016

Source: Scribd

Format: eBook

Blurb:

What if Beauty was cursed, and the Beast was the only one who could save her? Don’t miss WITHERING ROSE, a dystopian romance from bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis that reimagines the classic fairy tale of Beauty & The Beast.

“As the heat finally disappeared, I felt the bloom blossom in the very core of my soul, a rose just like my name–a ticking clock hidden behind a façade of beauty. From that moment on, my life would become a countdown, and all I could do was wait and watch as the petals of time slowly started to fall.”

Omorose Bouchene has a secret–magic. There’s only one problem. At the age of seven, an earthquake struck, catapulting her into a new world. A land made of skyscrapers and cell phones. Fast cars and fluorescent lights. A land where magic isn’t supposed to exist and anyone who wields it is the enemy.

But after ten years of hiding, she’s desperate to find a place where she can be free. Because all magic comes with a curse, and her curse is time–every ounce of power she uses strips days off of her life. The clock is winding down, and the only option left is to escape to the realm of the Beast. But the king of monsters isn’t what he seems. And the more Omorose opens her heart, the more she comes to realize that the only person she may need to fear is herself.

*This is the second book in Once Upon A Curse, a series of interconnected stand-alone novels all set in the same fantasy universe.

Check it on: Amazon  & Goodreads

My Review

 

Beauty And The Beast is by far my favorite story of them all. While most girls want a ball gown and a prince, I would feel safer with a kind hearted beast and its library J So what do you think? Did I like this book? No, of course not! I adored it!

Our Bella is called Omrose and her magic is beautiful. She can give life to nature, she can bloom flowers and make grass grow. She is a life giver. But with every enchantment she makes, her curse spares no moment. Her life will run out, same as her magic. While these stories can be read as standalones, I would not advise it, since the universe just gets bigger and bigger.

From that moment on, my life would become a countdown, and all I could do was wait and watch as the petals of time slowly started to fall.

Omrose has lived under her father’s protection, with little contact with the outside world. But once she realizes she cannot escape her fate, she dares venture out of his protection, to a land they know is under the rule of a beast. Omrose wants to learn about her magic, to see how she can escape her curse, while the beast only wants to be safe, to stay away from humans and their weapons.

This is again another intelligent story. We have two characters that may appear as being from the same world, since both come from the same universe. Yet their magic is so different. One has lived under the guidance of family, the other has had to learn to rule his kind. We have shape shifters, we have magic, we have the characters from book 1 and a love that builds slowly, but surely.

“Jade!” Asher rolls his eyes and throws a sidelong glance at the girl, whi is suddenly looking up at the ceiling as though it’s the most interesting thing she’s ever seen. “I thought we talked about this.” he teases. “Speak first, shoot second. Or, you know, shoot never.”

Another thing that makes me appreciate Kaitlyn Davis as a writer is the way she keeps consistency with her characters. We get to see Asher and Jade again and their way of communicating, their personalities are same as in book 1. Again, the reinterpretation of a classic story is done incredibly well!

So, The moral of the story is, don’t give up. Not yet. Because there’s an answer somewhere – we just need to find it.

So I was charmed again. 5 stars over and over again and you have no idea what Book 3 has in store. It blew my mind! Come back tomorrow for more of this series, more of this amazing universe and more Kaitlyn Davis. Until then, Happy Reading!

 

About the AuthorKaitlyn Davis

 

Kaitlyn Davis, a bestselling author with over a quarter of a million books sold, writes young adult fantasy novels under the name Kaitlyn Davis and contemporary romance novels under the name Kay Marie. Publisher’s Weekly has said, “Davis writes with confidence and poise,” while USA Today has recommended her work as “must-read romance.”

To learn more about her contemporary romance novels, visit her Goodreads author page for Kay Marie here.

Always blessed with an overactive imagination, Kaitlyn has been writing ever since she picked up her first crayon and is overjoyed to share her work with the world. When she’s not daydreaming, typing stories, or getting lost in fictional worlds, Kaitlyn can be found playing fetch with her puppy, watching a little too much television, or spending time with her family.

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