Weekly Quote #18

Hey there and Happy New Week!  

I hope you had a great weekend and that you are full of energy for the next 5 days 😊  

On my end, I’ve finished with Kat Ransom’s book on Saturday. I simply did not want to rush through it. I took my time reading all the scenes and memorizing all our character’s reactions. My review will probably be up in the coming days, so stick around to read my thoughts. Until then, here goes another quote from this great story:  

Ginny scoots toward the fire. “oh, please! No one’s shit gets fixed. That’s not how life works. You always have the same shit. It never goes away. You just learn how to live with it, how to cope. 

The entire camping scene was great, with our characters bonding and admitting a lot of their issues. Suffice to say, I cannot wait for the next book in the series.  

Enjoy your week everyone, and remember to stop by for your daily dose of bookish 😊  

Book Review: Naughty Boss by Whitney G.

Title: Naughty Boss 

Author: Whitney G. 

Published: December 15th 2016 by WGW Books, LLC 

Source: owned 

Type: e-copy 

Blurb

He definitely wasn’t supposed to get that email… 
 
Subject: My Boss. 
 
Have I already told you that I hate my boss today? 
 
Sexy as hell or not, this pompous, arrogant, ASSHOLE asked me to pick up his dry cleaning the second I walked through the door. Then he told me that I needed to take his Jaguar to a car wash that was ten miles outside of the city, but only after I needed to stand in a never-ending line to buy some type of limited, hundred-dollar watch. 
 
I honestly can’t wait to see the look on his face two months from now when I tell him that I’m quitting his company and that he can kiss my ass. KISS. MY. ASS. 
 
All those former fantasies about him kissing me with his “mouth of perfection” or bending me over my desk and filling me with his cock are long over. OVER. 
 
Your bestie, 
Mya 
 
PS–Please tell me your day is going better than mine… 
 
Subject: Re: My Boss. 
 
No, you haven’t already told me that you hate your boss today, but seeing as though you’ve sent me this email directly, I know now… 
 
Yes, I did ask you to pick up my dry cleaning the second you arrived to work to day. (Where is it?) And I did tell you to take my Jaguar to the car wash and pick up my thousand-dollar watch. (Thank you for taking five hours to do something that could be accomplished in two.) 
 
You don’t have to wait two months from now to see the look on my face when you tell me you’re quitting. I’m standing outside your office at this very moment. ( Open the door. ) 
 
No comment on your “fantasies,” although I highly doubt they’re “long over.” 
 
Your boss, 
Michael 
 
PS–Yes. My day is definitely going far better than yours… 

Check it on Amazon & Goodreads 

My Review

Oh, this is very steamy indeed!  

I was sold from the blurb. I know it would be great from the description. This was a very enjoyable read. Quick, fun and full of hot moments between our main characters, “Naughty Boss” was the perfect book to get me through my reading slump (I spoke about it more here).  

Mya definitely has a problem with her boss. Well two problems: he is very demanding and he is very attractive. Things get really heated up when her boss accidently receives an e-mail that was not addressed to him, but to Mya’s best friend. What happens next is a series of burning encounters, in which each of our characters tries to figure out the length to which they are willing to push this relationship.  

What made me devour this book was the easy writing style, with many witty lines and fun moments. The beginning was amazing, the e-mail exchange was fun to read about. I liked how Mya’s conflicting emotions were portrayed and I liked her relationship with her best friend.  

Maybe, just maybe, some of the elements in the book could have been less accentuated. For example, I believe Michael’s love life was a bit exaggerated, some of Mya’s expectations came too fast in the book. Sometimes she gives the impression of being materialistic.  

 However, I still enjoyed “Naughty Boss” and I still devoured it. It is indeed a quick read, one that I would advise reading with a glass of something cold to avoid burning out with the characters 😊  

Let me know in the comments below if you’ve read it, if you’ve enjoyed it or if you plan on reading it 😊 Until next time, happy reading!  

Cover Review: I like it! I like the mysterious man on the cover, is care-free attitude and I even like the contrast color of the title. Yup, a good one!  

About The Author 

Whitney G. is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author. Her books are currently published in over a dozen languages. 

She lives deep in the Tennessee woods and spends most of her time drinking coffee while penning dirty-talking alpha males. 

Find out more about her next project at www.whitneygbooks.com 

2020 – Goodreads Stats

Hey Guys,  

Happy Sunday! Finally I decided to accept my fate when it comes to my Goodreads statistics – a disaster. In 2020, my objective was to read and review 100 books. Well, I managed to have reviews up for 39 of them. Yes, I did read more than this, but as I was mentioning in one of my previous articles, if it not official, I am not counting it.  

39 books read, with a total of 7,072 pages, according Goodreads is still something. I mean… I could have read way less right?! (no, I am a book reviewer, I need to read more, not less).  

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This is my journey in books for 2020! 
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My shortest book had 55 pages and my longest 512 – The Raven and The Dove by Kaitlyn Davis (an amazing book, by the way – check out my review here). But wat surprised me was the average book length: 181 pages. I was expecting somewhere in the range of 230? Come on, I read medium size books…  

Most popular and least popular books are no surprise. Honestly, I did not like Reble Heir that much and Outer Space and Its Colors is indeed a weird book.  

Average rating: 4.3 stars. Let’s see if this year I am as generous (spoiler alert: I have just finished a 1 star book…) 

There are currently 7 books marked as “Currently Reading” on my Goodreads page, 6 of which are completed since months and one that I have just started. I am not considering the 6 in this statistics but here are all the other 39: 

For 2021 my goal is to read 120 books, which would mean 10 books per month in average. Seams doable. I would also like to improve my average page count and this can also be achieved, since I plan on reading at least 4 books that are more than 500 pages. Stick around to see how this goes 9I know I am curious 😀 )  

Until next time, let me know in the comments below what is the longest book you’ve read in 2020 and if you have a number of books planned for 2021.  

Happy Reading! 

Cover Reveal: Cole by Eden Summers

Finally, it’s here! From International bestselling author, Eden Summers, comes the thrilling conclusion to the Hunting Her series.

Blurb

These men don’t build bridges… They bury bodies.

I fell for the enemy. A man whose actions resembled the devil so closely it was sickening. But I learned from my mistakes.

At least I thought I had. Until I’m tempted back into his life with a case I can’t refuse.

Cole Torian needs my help. And I’m unable to deny him.

This time I voluntarily put my career on the line. Along with my safety. My heart. My sanity. I risk everything for him and his family of accomplished criminals.

But succumbing to my tormentor comes with more than a personal price. Everyone will pay for my mistakes with Cole. And not all will live to tell the tale.

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My Reading Slump: Reasons and Remedies

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Hey guys, 

I’ve been MIA for a while, longer than expected or intended. Unfortunately work became unbearable these past couple of months and I was struggling opening up a book, or even touching the keyboard to write. I’ve stressed myself to a point I was not able to rest (and I still do) and no book could help me forget about it.  

So I’ve experienced the most awful reading slump I’ve ever had to deal with. I could not, for the love of God, find a book to keep my interest longer than 3 minutes. After the first few pages, I would switch to a game similar to Candy Crush. My mind would not allow me to focus on anything else. Psychologically, it was painful and it still is. I know I should seek professional help in these situations and I am very aware that with every emotional crisis it gets harder to come back, but so far I can still face them.  

After slowly recovering from this ugly phase, I have a few advices that worked for me and that maybe would work for you as well: 

  1. Admit you have a problem: this is the beginning of any healing process. I admitted I had a problem concentrating on my reading which, initially fueled my stress levels even more. E-mails were  piling up, deadlines were not met. I was a failure! Ok, fine. What was I going to do about it? I took a step back and decided to ride the wave for a while.  
  2. Keep reading: it may not be the next book on your TBR, but at least continue reading. I read articles online and even a non-fiction book. I read cooking books, magazines, anything that would keep me connected to reading 
  3. Start doing something else: draw, play games, do random stuff. My sewing classes kept my mind away from my reading slump and thus I avoided becoming even more pessimistic or absorbed by it. 
  4. Watch Booktube: believe me, this actually works. You may not be in the mood to read a book or to read book reviews, but hearing someone else talk about books or show off their recent purchases is great! It made me so eager to buy books and talk about them. My favorite booktubes became my inspiration. And I will talk about them soon on my blog.  
  5. Start planning your comeback: it doesn’t have to be strong, it doesn’t have to be all at once. Plan, write articles and see how that go. So far, for me it looks good.  

Well my friends, this is all I wanted to share with you at the moment. Reading slumps are ugly as hell, mental blockage is ugly as hell, but there are some simple steps to take to find the light again. Let me know in the comments below how did you deal with your last reading slump, if you have experienced one, and how long it lasted. 

Until next time, Happy Reading! 

Book Review: Office Grump by Nicole Snow

Title: Office Grump Office Grump by Nicole Snow

Author: Nicole Snow

Published: November 13th 2020 by Ice Lips Press

Source: Received in exchange for an honest review

Type: e-copy

Blurb:

 

My “interview” with bosshole supreme was anything but normal.

He picked the worst day ever to chase me off my favorite park bench.

I retaliated with a spray of cinnamon latte all over his Italian shoes.

Then—for some unholy reason—Magnus Heron offered me a job.

 

Even his name sounds like a piece of work.

Guess what? He is.

But when you’re single, broke, and barely surviving in Chicago, you hop on the gift horse offering a six-figure salary and ride.

I picked the stallion on a one-way trip to hell.

 

It’s not the impossibly long hours working under Grump-zilla.

It’s not the fact that he’s snarly, demanding, horribly rich, and chiseled.

It’s not even the pesky way he makes me blush every flipping time we’re together.

Mag is my boss. I’m his lowly assistant. Some rules are carved in stone.

 

That’s my mantra until we’re sharing a sunset too beautiful for life.

Alone with wandering lips, whispered secrets, and disaster in the making.

The plan was simple: punch the clock, get paid, and keep hating my boss.

What’s the blueprint when the office grump brings me to my knees?

 

Full-length enemies-to-lovers romance with the banter, intrigue, and slow-burn love worthy of a Happily Ever After. The bossman from Hades meets the hellion he totally can’t stand—until he can’t live without her.

 

Check it on Amazon & Goodreads

 

My Review

This was such an amazing read! I loved this book with all my heart and I would reread it times and times again. It made me laugh, it made me immerse completely into the story and the romance was very very good.

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">Sabrina is all that Magnus needs from the first pages. After another failed job, she finds herself accepting the position of Assistant CEO at Heron Communications, precisely for the arrogant guy she meets in one of her worst days. Little did she expect to make an impression on THE Magnus Heron (of whom she knows nothing about). With no experience in such an important position, she is determined to succeed and face the crazy hours her boss asks from her. As for Magnus, he is constantly fighting his attraction for the best assistant he ever had. Still, things have a way of getting out of control.Sabrina is all that Magnus needs from the first pages. After another failed job, she finds herself accepting the position of Assistant CEO at Heron Communications, precisely for the arrogant guy she meets in one of her worst days. Little did she expect to make an impression on THE Magnus Heron (of whom she knows nothing about). With no experience in such an important position, she is determined to succeed and face the crazy hours her boss asks from her. As for Magnus, he is constantly fighting his attraction for the best assistant he ever had. Still, things have a way of getting out of control.

When it comes to the action, this is a slow-burn romance. Our characters have time to know each other and to win watch other’s confidence. If Brina is closer to an open book, Magnus has sides he is not willing to shed light upon so easy.  She is so determined to prove her worth and to prove to her boss she can be a trusted employee. I loved this about her. I loved the way she kept her professional attitude (for the best part of the novel) and how she did not let Magnus push her around. I admire Magnus as well, for the way he manages his business and how he manages to keep the respect of his employees.

At some point, things change between them. All it takes in one small step and a beautiful sunset. But Magnus has to let the past go and also he has secrets to face. If Brina will be there for him personally and professionally… it remains for you to uncover.

Indeed, there are moments of miscommunication, she is sometimes acting like a spoiled child. Her best friend as well. But these items make this book a little less dull and a little more fun. And I had fun.

Suffice to say I read it in one sitting (yes, one sitting! ) I could not put it down. It’s addictive and heart-warming. I hope you’ll enjoy it at least as much as I did.

Until next time, Happy Reading!

Cover Review: I am not such a big fan of the cover. I see Magnus a bit less … gentle. I would have preferred a more “corporate” cover.

Favorite Quote: I have so many to many to mention here, but I’ll stick with:

“Garlic wards off evil spirits and vampires. Like my boss, for one.”

About The Author

Nicole Snow is a Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author. She found her love of writing by hashing out love scenes on lunch breaks and plotting her great escape from boardrooms. Her work roared onto the indie romance scene in 2014 with her Grizzlies MC series.

Since then Snow aims for the very best in growly, heart-of-gold alpha heroes, unbelievable suspense, and swoon storms aplenty.

Current fan favorites include her Enguard Protectors series, accidental love novels, plus long beloved MC romance thrillers like the Grizzlies and Deadly Pistols.

Find more about Nicole here:

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Book Review: A Favor for a Favor by Nat Chelloni

Title: A Favor for a Favora_favor_for_a_favor_nat_chelloni

 

Author: Nat Chelloni

 

Published: August 28th 2020

 

Source: received from the Author in exchange for an honest review

 

Type: e-copy

 

Blurb:

 

A time for love can’t be more deadly…

 

Julia Leonardi thought she put her past behind her. The widow of a mobster, all she wants is to steer clear of the criminal elements. Then she meets Domenico Bonacci…

 

Dom is handsome, charming, and intense. The world knows him as a prominent businessman, but Julia sees him as everything she fought to escape.

 

Once the scion of a powerful Mafia family Dom left the world of organized crime after his father’s death. And he swore he would never go back.

 

No matter how hard she tries, Julia can’t seem to ignore the powerful spark of attraction between them and her growing feelings for him. But when Dom’s shady past catches up with him, the two forbidden lovers find themselves trapped in a deadly game.

 

Will Dom renege on his vow and lose the woman he loves, or he will manage to break free of his past for once and for all? 

 

 

Check it on Amazon & Goodreads

My Review

I was mentioning in one of my previous reviews that I have not read as many mafia romances as I would have liked. Well, I was lucky enough to receive a copy of “A Favor for a Favor” from the author and what a great read it has been! I was captivated from the opening scene and I could not put it down. It was an addictive read.

The story is told on the third person, from our main characters’ perspective. This was refreshing and somewhat help me have the full picture. Julia has done her best to be as far away from the Mafia world as possible. After losing her husband in mysterious ways, she is now focused on making her business a success. However, a family incident brings her to Domenico Bonacci’s club. Their first encounter is fiery, to say the least, with both characters trying to act as bold as possible. True emotions will quickly come to light however.

I loved how Julia and Dom interacted, but especially how he was trying to mix his own affairs with convincing Julia of his feelings. I would divide the story in two parts. The first one is mixing romance, action and politics with Dom being on top of both. I see him as the center of the book, with Julia being more of a love interest. The second part is centered more on the political side. Both parts are entertaining and kept me on the edge.

As much as I loved the characters and the plot, I must mention that it was a bit difficult to keep track of all the families and connections. It would have been easier having like a genealogy tree with each member belonging to which family or fraction. At some point I was a little lost among all the political interests. Another thing that made me decrease my rating was the ending. For how well the biggest part of the plot was developed, I would have expected a more complex ending, with more action.

Overall, this was a great debut novel. Nat Chelloni is a fantastic writer and I cannot wait to read more from the series. I think I have an idea of who we will have next, but let’s see if I’m right 🙂 Keep your eyes out for this book, as well as the next ones, I’ll sure be doing that 🙂

Until next time, happy reading! 

Cover Review: Here is where I may have an issue. I am not very fond  of the cover. It does remind me of old mafia movies but it’s too much like those old ones. Dom is the center of the cover, Julia comes in a small corner – I would expect her to be at his side though. The colors are aligned and create a balanced image.

4 stars

About The Author

 

Nat Chelloni is a TV personality, a screenwriter, a film critic, an avid book reader across all genres, and now a published author of a debut novel A Favor For a Favor.

Book Review: Cowgirl Next Door by Lacy Williams

Title: Cowgirl Next Door (Sutter’s Hollow #3)53710575. sy475

Author: Lacy Williams

Published: August 4th 2020

Source: Received from the author, in exchange for an honest review

Type: ARC, e-copy

Tags: #smalltown

Blurb:

She’s a reminder of everything he lost.

He can’t escape the darkness.

Unlocking the past can only end in heartbreak.

Cancer stole everything from Jilly. Now she’s taking her life back by force, choosing an unconventional path to motherhood, and gambling it all to purchase the farm she’s always dreamed of. Her reclusive neighbor might be a jerk, but that’s a minor problem. Until her foster kids turn it into a major problem…

Noah likes being alone. It’s safer that way. But his new neighbor—who happens to be his former rival—has no boundaries and it isn’t long before she starts stirring up his past—a past that’s better left forgotten.

Check it on Amazon & Goodreads

My Review

The third and final book in the Sutter’s Hollow series is the best, in my opinion! I read these books in the same month and now all the pieces fall together in a beautiful complete picture. Finally, we get Jilly and Noah’s story and I am so happy the author decided to bring them together.

Both have scars from their past but, while one is trying to move forward and create a future, the other is stuck in a place that can provide a limited comfort. It takes three misbehaving children to give a little push in the right direction.

The story is one full of emotion. Jilly has had to deal with cancer and, after surviving is battle, she now wants to continue her life and adopt the three little (not so) angles that are currently living with her. Noah, on the other hand, still deals with the consequences of an accident that happened years ago, the accident that took away his sight. He lives isolated from the world and refuses contact with almost everyone. Their connection is so beautiful and the way their relationship evolves feels so natural. I really really enjoyed this book!

The author addressed three important themes with this book: we have a cancer survivor that learned to cope with her illness. We have Noah’s sigh issues and we how he learned to adapt and live a life as close to normal as possible. Additionally, we have the adoption of the three kids and how they try to adapt to a new home, struggling to attach themselves or not to their new potential family. Throughout all these themes there is an optimistic tone in just the right amount.

I must mention the only thing that made me give 4 stars to this book. And it’s the same reason I decreased my rating in the previous ones also: I don’t think that Noah received the proper closure for the accident. I believe this conflict (it’s not a real conflict, more like a turning point in our main characters’ lives) was not resolved for cord, Callum or Noah.

Overall, I definitely enjoyed “The Cowgirl Next Door” the most from the series. It’s a book with a lot of emotional baggage, that deals with significant themes, but with a lovely love story. The entire Sutter’s Hollow series has beautiful stories and it’s a great series if you want to relax with three beautiful couples.

Cover Review: I like the cover. We see the consistency with the small-town background, even if I would have imagined Noah and Jilly a little different. But overall, I like it.

About The AuthorLacy Williams

Lacy Williams wishes her writing career was more like what you see on Hallmark movies: dreamy brainstorming from a French chateau or a few minutes at the computer in a million-dollar New York City penthouse. In reality, she’s up before the sun, putting words on the page before her kids wake up for the day. Those early-morning and late-night writing sessions add up, and Lacy has published fifty books in almost a decade, first with a big five publisher and then as an indie author. When she needs to refill the well, you can find Lacy birdwatching, gardening, biking with the kiddos, or walking the dog. Find tons of bonus scenes and reader extras by becoming a VIP reader at www.lacywilliams.net/vip .

Website  http://www.lacywilliams.net

Twitter  lacy_williams

Genre  RomanceHistorical Fiction

Book Review: His Small-Town Girl by Lacy Williams

Title: His Small-Town Girl (Sutter’s Hollow #1)52647791. sy475

Author: Lacy Williams

Published: May 12th 2020

Source: Received from the author, in exchange for an honest review

Type: ARC, e-copy

Tags: #smalltown

Blurb:

She’s sweet and wholesome. And hiding something.

He’s back home, resurrecting old ghosts.

One of them is going to get hurt.

Molly arrives in Sutter’s Hollow out of gas and out of options. The rundown ranch seems like a perfect place to hide. Except the man who owns it seems just as dangerous as what’s chasing her.

Cord’s mantra growing up? Get out of Sutter’s Hollow. Now he’s back in town, but only long enough to get rid of his grandma’s ball and chain—the ranch. He doesn’t need a complication like Molly, who reminds him of an injured baby bird. He’s no protector. So why can’t he tell her to get lost?

Check it on Amazon & Goodreads

My Review

Finally I start a series at book 1 and finally I can tell you I did manage to complete all the three books in the same period! Lacy Williams is amazing at creating characters and developing back stories and my love for this series increased with each title.

Book one in the Sutter’s Hollow series focuses on Cord and Molly. He is back in town to sort out some family affairs – selling his grandmother’s ranch and she is running from her past. Well, actually Cord is trying to run from his past in a way. What he actually wants is to finish the renovations of the ranch, sell it and be done with it. He is not in town to make friends or to reconnect. Still, when he sees Molly, he immediately understands there is something wrong – sleeping in her old truck, scarred.

They have a connection which Cord is not willing to admit for most of the book. Molly may seem a bit nosy, as she constantly tries to fix something, weather this something is a truck, a tractor, his life or lifestyle. There is also a bit of an age gap and I like that it is also visible in how the characters act. Molly feels a bit like a teenager sometimes and this gives Cord the breath of fresh air he needs.

Both characters have an intense and interesting past, but Cord’s story is the one that is continues throughout the series, as it affects not only him, but also the other characters that we will read about in books 2 and 3. When he speaks about that difficult night and when he finally has the courage to let it all out, it’s like a weight has been lifted. The atmosphere in the book changes, if you can understand what I mean.

I loved “His Small Town Girl”. It’s an easy and sweet romance, noting on the tense side of the Romance genre. Yes, I think the romance happened a bit too fast and yes, maybe there was not a big enough conflict here, but it is a great book to pass some time, it’s a great town and it speaks about new beginnings. Give it a chance 😉 4 out of 5

Cover Review: It pains me to say I do not like it that much. I like the small town image in the background, I like the colors and the font – it’s all optimistic. But the lady on the cover seems not to belong there somehow. The idea of the book is not necessarily a small town girl. It’s more than that. He is also a small town guy so… ? Title and cover vs content – may be not that great.

Favorite Quote: “It’s okay for you to not be okay”

About The AuthorLacy Williams

Lacy Williams wishes her writing career was more like what you see on Hallmark movies: dreamy brainstorming from a French chateau or a few minutes at the computer in a million-dollar New York City penthouse. In reality, she’s up before the sun, putting words on the page before her kids wake up for the day. Those early-morning and late-night writing sessions add up, and Lacy has published fifty books in almost a decade, first with a big five publisher and then as an indie author. When she needs to refill the well, you can find Lacy birdwatching, gardening, biking with the kiddos, or walking the dog. Find tons of bonus scenes and reader extras by becoming a VIP reader at www.lacywilliams.net/vip .

Website  http://www.lacywilliams.net

Twitter  lacy_williams

Genre  RomanceHistorical Fiction

Weekly Quote #16

Hey there my lovely readers and booklovers! 

A lot has bren going on in the last month or so since I have not posted. Suffice to say that work kept me away from the things I really enjoy doing and it threw me off balance for a big while. I’ve been doing my best to combine my three main activities (work, book blogging and sewing) and it takes a lot of effort. Still I am not willing to give up, so here I am, with new reviews and new articles.  

Even if my reviews and my articles have not neen posted, I can tell you that I did read A LOT. It keeps my thoughts away from work issues and since those thoughs seem to be more frequent, I also need my “medicine” more often.  

For this week the quote that I am proposing is from “Shook” by Sonya Jesus. This is book 1 from the Internet Famous Collection and it is an interesting retelling of Cinderellla.  

“Mom always says life isn’t meant to be counted by the tears we cry, just the smiles.” 

The reason why I have sellected this particular line is because regardless of how hard sometimes life may get, we should always keep our eyes focused on our target. Happiness is in each small thing around us, we just have to look closer to see it. Stay positive, keep a smile on your face and make time for the people and things you love.  

 

Until next time, Happy Reading!