Genre: Romance

My Bestie Picks My TBR [March 2020]

Posted March 1, 2020 by Stephanie in TBR / 0 Comments

So, Dana and I had this brilliant idea to choose books each other’s TBR’s. We each chose 8 books for each other to attempt to read for the month of March and I am super excited about this! At the end of the month I’ll make a post on how many I got through and whether or not I liked them or agreed with Dana. Usually, if Dana enjoys a story there’s a 90-95% chance that I’ll enjoy the story just as much as she did. There have been a few here and there that we disagree on. But more often than not, our likes and dislikes for books are pretty similar. So, without further adieu here are the choices Dana chose for me!

Dana: I’ve got four romances, three SFF reads, and a literary fiction for you. I think a few of these might be great audiobook reads since I know you love listening on your rides to work. Definitely some of my favorite books from the past few years, but also books I think you would connect with too.

My Bestie Picks My TBR [March 2020]Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children, #1) by Seanan McGuire
Published by Tor.com on April 5, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 173
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Dana: Since you love Alice in Wonderland and fairytales, I think you would adore this book about the kids who come back from magical quests and have to learn to live normal lives. Some miss what they experienced and some are forever changed. It’s a novella and should be a fast read for you.

My Bestie Picks My TBR [March 2020]Furyborn by Claire Legrand
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on May 22, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 501
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Dana: One of my favorite fantasy reads of recent years. I think from a writer stand point you’ll be amazed at the interwoven plots that Claire has. The world is really unique and so developed. The stakes are high and the female characters are badass.

 

My Bestie Picks My TBR [March 2020]A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole
Published by Avon on February 27, 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 360
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Dana: OBSESSED with Alyssa Cole and her Reluctant Royals series. I think I like the second two more but this companion series needs to be read in order. We both love a royal romance with a fake country ala hallmark and this one features amazing diversity.

 

My Bestie Picks My TBR [March 2020]Pestilence by Laura Thalassa
Published by Amazon.com Services LLC on March 20, 2018
Genres: Adult, Romance, Fantasy
Pages: 381
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Dana: Probably the most bonkers book on the list for you. You may love or hate this one. I binge read it in one night and just couldn’t put it down. This series follows the four horsemen of the apocalypse as they come to earth and then fall in love with women. It’s got some unhealthy romantic things going on, but it hooked me in and I kind of just want your thoughts on it.

My Bestie Picks My TBR [March 2020]The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Published by Atria Books on June 13, 2017
Genres: Adult, Historical, Romance
Pages: 391
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Dana: This was a more recent read for me and I really loved it. You need to listen to it via audiobook, because the interviewing style just lends itself to it. I know this is on your TBR and I think you should get to it sooner rather than later.

 

My Bestie Picks My TBR [March 2020]The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez
Published by Forever (Grand Central Publishing) on June 11, 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 372
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Dana: One of my favorite books of 2019, this romance novel is going to make you cry so prepare yourself with tissues and lots of chocolate. The main character deals with uterine fibroids and I think that aspect of seeing a woman dealing with this makes this romance really unique and powerful. Plus, the best friend relationship is fantastic.

My Bestie Picks My TBR [March 2020]A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
Published by Bloomsbury YA on January 29, 2019
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retelling, Romance
Pages: 484
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Dana: This is the second YA fantasy of the list so you don’t have to read both, but I know how much of a sucker we both are for a beauty and the beast retelling and this one is great. I loved that it features disabled representation. There’s a lot of twists and turn that made this one a super fun read.

My Bestie Picks My TBR [March 2020]Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai
Published by Avon on July 25, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 371
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Dana: GURLLLLLL!! Alisha Rai is my queen and this book is *chef kiss* perfection. This is a second chance romance with a twist. Two childhood sweethearts broke up and went their separate ways after something dramatic happened with their families business, but every year on the heroine’s birthday they have hot hot sex. But this birthday she doesn’t call him….and then they see each other again and SPARKS FUCKING FLYYYY

Let’s Talk About It

Have ya’ll read any of these and do you agree with Dana? Which ones should I put at the very top of my list?

xo

Stephanie
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A Deep Dive Into R.S. Grey

Posted December 6, 2019 by Stephanie in Discussion, Spotlight / 0 Comments

Guys, this past November was not only a great writing month for me, but it was also a great reading month. I read a total of 8 books, which is not really a whole lot in the scheme of things but I read 8 books during the month of NaNoWriMo. And what do they all have in common? All 8 books were written by R.S. Grey.

R.S. Grey is an author I first discovered in February earlier this year. I read her book Not So Nice Guy and I really enjoyed it. So much that I put quite a few of her books on my TBR. Well my friends, I’m happy to say that she is now an author that I want to read her books the second they become available. Her writing is engaging and funny and easy to delve into the world she creates. It was seriously so easy to binge read her books because she just captures you. Either from a funny moment or something serious happening. Her books definitely remind me of watching a romantic comedy movie.

I’ve also listened to the audiobooks during my driving commutes and the narrators do a great job as well. As soon as I read two of her books in November, I quickly knew that I was diving deep into the world of R.S. Grey and I want all of you to join me! A lot of the settings take place in a small town in Texas or the main characters are from there, etc. The main characters are relatable and funny and unique in their own ways. And R.S. Grey is not afraid to knock her characters down and I really liked how I felt like the main character could be a version of myself. That’s how relatable they can be.

I still have quite a few of her books to read so I’m only in the middle of this journey but I can guarantee you that the second R.S. Grey has another book published, I’m getting my grabby paws on it! So, who is with me? Who wants to take a deep dive into the world of R.S. Grey?!

The next one on my docket to read of hers, is her latest release:

A Deep Dive Into R.S. GreyHis Royal Highness by R.S. Grey
on November 14, 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 326
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I’ve spent eight years wishing I’d fall out of love with Derek Knightley. Blowing out birthday candles, chasing after shooting stars, making it rain spare change into mall fountains—every time it’s the same wish: forget about Derek.

But the day he walks back into my life, I realize there are two things time has yet to soften: my feelings for him and his chiseled jawline.

It’s infuriating that my heart still races when he walks into a room. I refuse to fall prey to old unrequited love, so I decide the less I’m around him, the better. Avoidance is key.

Unfortunately, Derek isn’t going to make it easy. As a teenager, I would have crawled on my hands and knees to attract his attention. Now I can’t seem to escape it.

I’m not sure why he’s bothering. He’s not just out of my league—he’s out of my tax bracket. As the sole heir to the Knightley Company, he’s as close to American royalty as you can get. As for me, I’m just a part-time princess at Knightley’s flagship magical theme park.

I spend my days playing make-believe, but Derek has no use for fairytales. His unwavering confidence makes it clear he thinks I’ll surrender in the end.

He’s just biding his time.Making me sweat.

His Royal Highness always gets what he wants.And he wants me.

xoxo

Stephanie
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Stalking Jack the Ripper [Review]

Stalking Jack the Ripper [Review]

Posted December 30, 2017 by Stephanie in Review / 1 Comment

My Thoughts Oh my, why did I wait so long to read this?! I was lucky to have gotten an ARC of this at BEA16 when it was in Chicago and I cannot believe that I not only waited to read this after it published but after its sequel published! I loved it so much […]

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Geekerella [Review]

Geekerella [Review]

Posted December 29, 2017 by Stephanie in Review / 2 Comments

My Thoughts You guys… this book was super cute! And it totally made me rewatch A Cinderella Story (with Hillary Duff and Chad Michael Murray)! Cinderella isn’t usually my favorite retelling only because there are so many Cinderella retellings, but I get why. It’s a great plot line and easy to change up and make […]

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WoW [118]

WoW [118]

Posted November 8, 2017 by Stephanie in Meme / 2 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday (aka: WoW) is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, spotlighting releases we are waiting for eagerly. This Week’s Victim Pick…. My Thoughts Kasie West has become one of my autobuy authors and this book is at the top of my list to get this Christmas season! And now…over to you: […]

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WoW [114]

WoW [114]

Posted October 11, 2017 by Stephanie in Meme / 3 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday (aka: WoW) is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, spotlighting releases we are waiting for eagerly. This Week’s Victim Pick…. My Thoughts Oh my god, guys! I am so incredibly excited for this book! I just really need to finish the third book in the Mara Dyer trilogy before I […]

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The Fill-In Boyfriend [Review]

The Fill-In Boyfriend [Review]

Posted July 27, 2017 by Stephanie in Review / 0 Comments

My Thoughts Oh my goodness, I loved this book! I’m slowly getting through all of Kasie West’s books and I am loving them! So far I’ve read: The Distance Between Us, By Your Side, and now The Fill-In Boyfriend. I have On The Fence on my TBR pile for this month and then I have […]

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A Court of Wings and Ruin [Review]

A Court of Wings and Ruin [Review]

Posted July 25, 2017 by Stephanie in Review / 2 Comments

My Thoughts Okay so this is going to be a pretty short review for a couple of reasons: It’s the third installment in a series I read half of it and then skimmed through the last half… Yea, you read that right. I think I am at the point that I have totally just given […]

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Welcome to Your Life [Review]

Welcome to Your Life [Review]

Posted July 20, 2017 by Stephanie in Review / 2 Comments

My Thoughts Welcome to Your Life was a lovely read and I’m not just saying that because the author is one of my dear friends. I’m saying that because it really was a lovely read. I loved Tonya, the main character. I loved her so much. Tonya decides to break up her relationship with her […]

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WoW [112]

WoW [112]

Posted July 19, 2017 by Stephanie in #PRHPartner, Meme / 2 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday (aka: WoW) is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, spotlighting releases we are waiting for eagerly. This Week’s Victim Pick…. My Thoughts Oh my goodness guys! Penguin sent me a PARTIAL ARC of this and let me tell you… The first 151 pages are great!!! I NEED TO KNOW WHAT […]

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