Wrap Up || June

Hi loves,

And then we were at the end of June already.. What?! How did this year fly by so quickly? I topped off my June by reading my 108th book, what? I know I’ve been flying through books but I’m on a role and I will be taking advantage of it before I get in that reading slump and won’t get anything done! In June I read a total of 16 books, some on audio, some in physical form and others as ebooks. I am loving these wrap ups, because I get to reflect on my reading! So here we go;

Coldhearted Boss by R.S. Grey1. The first book I read in June was an arc I received of Coldhearted Boss by R.S. Grey. Now Rachel’s books always get me in the best mood while reading them and Coldhearted Boss wasn’t any different. I’ve said it before but I will say it again, I am a sucker for a good enemies to lovers story and combine that with Rachel’s witty storytelling and you got an incredible book. I gave this book a whopping Star_rating_5_of_5 stars so I started June pretty well!

2. After having listened to the Twist Me trilogy by Anna Zaires last month, I couldn’t waitCapture Me by Anna Zaires to start her next trilogy. The trilogy intertwines with the first one and I loved the storyline as well as revisiting familiar characters. Lucas and Yulia were incredible together. Capture Me is the first part and actually has some part of the last book in the previous trilogy in it but told from other perspectives which I loved. I ended up giving this one Star_rating_4_of_5 stars, the narrators of this trilogy are as perfect as the Twist Me narrators were!

Bind Me by Anna Zaires3. The next book in said trilogy is Bind Me , it continues on with the story of Lucas and Yulia right where we left off in the first book. The book takes us deeper into the relationship that the two are developing sometimes a bit against their will too. According to my Goodreads account I’ve already read this trilogy before but I can’t remember much of it if I have indeed. The second book got a Star_rating_4_of_5 star rating off of me as well!

4. Last in the trilogy is Claim Me. While Lucas and Yulia have long told themselves that Claim Me by Anna Zairesthey’re not in love with each other and they’re simply captor and captive, of course there’s so much more to this than that. After the events at the end of the last book, we enter new territory and I am here for it. I absolutely loved it! The conclusion to the trilogy gets Star_rating_5_of_5 stars from me!

Amour Amour by Krista Ritchie5. The fifth book I read in June was Amour Amour by the incredible Krista and Becca Ritchie. The book is part of the Aerial Etherial series and I LOVE them. Amour Amour was a reread for me as I read it last year as well but I loved this all over again. Nikolai is the perfect broody guy and Thora the perfect heroine. Together they were fireworks. I am still not sure if I will reread Infini in July but I will reread it soon as well. I hope there will be a lot more books in this series in the future as I love being part of the circus world! Amour Amour kept its Star_rating_5_of_5 star rating that I gave it last year.

6. One of Kendall Ryan’s June releases was up next. The Two-week Arrangement was The Two Week Arrangement by Kendall Ryanone that I didn’t expect to be in two parts. My sister read it first and was so frustrated as the second one wouldn’t come out until the end of the month which is why I decided to take a bit more time with it. I still read it pretty early on in June and ended up loving it a lot but yes I do agree it is a bit frustrating to not be able to continue in what feels like to be the middle of the story! I still loved it a lot though! Hence why it received Star_rating_4_of_5 stars from me!

Did I Mention it's 10 Years Later? by Estelle Maskame7. Estelle Maskame is a young author whose books I’ve been devouring. I love reading a bit of a forbidden romance and hers definitely is that. Tyler and Eden returned in a short story as part of a anniversary of her first book being written. Did I Mention It’s 10 Years Later was cute but way too short in my opinion, I would’ve loved to read so much more of this! DIM got Star_rating_3_of_5 stars from me this time around.

8. Next up was another arc. Also a book that I’ve been waiting for with a lot of Superfan by Sarina Bowenimpatience. Sarina Bowen is one of my favourite authors out there and her Brooklyn Bruisers story is one of my favourites. Superfan is the newest release and tells the story of Silas and his crush on famous superstar Delilah might just be one of my favourite books of the year. I devoured this and I am already looking forward to Sarina’s next release! Superfan of course got Star_rating_5_of_5 stars out of me.

Pestilence by Laura Thalassa9. What am I going to tell you guys about the next book on my June list… Pestilence wasn’t.. good? I went into it expecting to at least like it a little bit, but it was just too much for me.. The idea is as followed; the four horsemen come to earth to kind of reset the earth and get rid of humanity as it keeps destroying the planet. One girl tries to kill the first Horsemen, Pestilence but fails to do so and he captures her. He takes her along his journey and while he keeps on wiping out all humankind, she starts falling in love with him. My only question was; why? He literally kills while she’s there, sometimes to take the house of people so she can sleep and just watches her take care of the people until they die in front of her… I don’t ever give ratings below three stars unless they’re really bad. Pestilence got Star_rating_2_of_5 only because the writing style that Laura used was something I liked. The story, just wasn’t for me.

10. After the previous one I was in the mood to read something that I knew I was going toPunk 57 by Penelope Douglas love reading and decided I’d pick up Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas. Rhian and Misha have been penpals since they were little, Rhian’s teacher thinking Misha was a girl and Misha’s teacher thinking Rhian was a boy. But when Misha finds out Rhian isn’t who he thinks she is he decides to mess with her and they go from penpals to enemies. Rhian none the wiser about who Misha really is to her. I loved this book, I was a bit bummed the story was set in high school but it made up for it and I couldn’t put it down once I’d started. It had been a while since I read a book by Penelope and this was a great one to pick up, I ended up giving it Star_rating_5_of_5 stars.

Under Locke by Mariana Zapata11. As I told you all in my last wrap up, I love a book by Mariana Zapata. I am slowly making my way through them and as I only had two left to go, I decided to go with the one that I had on my actual bookshelves. It being Under Locke, after reading about Dex and Iris in Kulti knowing now where they’d end up I couldn’t wait to find out how they got started. I love a good slowburn romance and Mariana is the queen of them, but oh my god this one nearly killed me. The tension was there and the moments were there but nothing ever happens until so late into the book! I loved it and couldn’t give it anything but Star_rating_5_of_5 stars.

12. Next up is another arc by one of my favourite authors, T.M. Frazier. Tracey writes the N9ne by T.M. Fraziermost amazing erotica romances. Her King series will forever by one of my top series and her newest release in the series, N9ne is a good next installment. What I might have loved most about this book was the return of so many favourite characters out of the previous books but most of all Preppy. Of course the book is the story of Preppy’s little brother Kevin so how could he not make an appearance. I can’t wait to find out what is going to be next! N9ne received a good Star_rating_4_of_5 stars from me!

Stay by Tia Louise13. The thirteenth book I read in June is one I should’ve read way earlier but for some reason hadn’t yet. The newest release by Tia Louise, Stay tells the story of single mum Emmy who takes care of her little boy after her divorce. When Stephen Hastings is suddenly in front of her again she’s not sure what to do. Emmy lost her virginity to her brother’s friend years before and after he left her like nothing had happened, Emmy decided she would never look at him again. Of course that’s not how it goes. When Stephen proposes a marriage out of convenience for benefits her son needs, Emmy starts looking at him different eventually. Stay was incredible and received Star_rating_4_of_5 stars from me.

14. And then there was part two in the Penthouse Affair duet by Kendall Ryan, Seven Seven Nights of Sin by Kendall RyanNights of Sin continues where The Two Week Arrangement left off. I was so happy to be able to continue the story as I was eager to find out what was going to happen next. Kendall did not disappoint. I really liked this duet, it was cute and rough and thankfully had a happy ending. I love the single dad romances. In my eyes there’s nothing cuter than a hot single dad hehe. Seven Nights of Sin got Star_rating_4_of_5 stars from me.

On Dublin Street by Samantha Young15. Nearly at the end of my list! My fifteenth book I read this month was another reread. I decided to reread On Dublin Street by Samantha Young as I was in the mood for one of her books and it had been a good while since I read anything from this series. I first read this book in 2015 so I though I’d be up for a reread. Joss and Braden are amazing, I love their banter and how they eventually get together because you could see that happening from a mile apart! On Dublin Street also kept the rating I gave it back when I first read it, Star_rating_5_of_5 stars.

16. The final book of June was also a reread. Stolen by Lucy Christopher was one of the Stolen by Lucy Christopherbooks that I bought when I visited San Francisco in June 2014 and I read it on my plane ride home from there. Maybe that’s why I loved it as much back then and gave it five stars. While I still liked the book, it was no longer a five star read for me, I ended up giving it Star_rating_3_of_5 stars which is a bit lower. Stolen will forever hold the best memories for me, because the trip to San Francisco was one that I absolutely loved taking!

And that was the end of this wrap up! I can’t wait to see what I get to read in July, but you will have to wait a month to find out! I hope you read as many incredible books as I did and will in the coming month.

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WRAP UP || MAY

Hey lovelies,

I’m a bit late with this post seeing I will be posting my June wrap up in a little over a week, but to be honest this was the first moment I had the time to actually sit down and write this post. It’s been a hectic couple of weeks with work and adopting a new kitten. Introducing my two ladies to the little one has been a challenge but now after nearly a week we are slowly getting here.
Anyway, let’s get on to my May wrap up, I ended up reading 18 books, 4 of those were audiobooks, 4 were a reread and the other 11 were either ebooks or physical ones. I enjoyed all of them so much!

The Big Book of Serial Killers by Jack Rosewood1. The first book that I ended up reading in May was The Big Book of Serial Killers which is basically an encyclopedia on every notorious serial killer that has been out there, although there are a lot of them from the US, this book being by an American author and all! I ended up giving this book Star_rating_3_of_5 . I love reading about things like this, to find out why a person does what he has done or what goes on in a person’s mind. Although this book didn’t really go into the depth of these cases. Just on some of the bigger ones, like Ted Bundy.

2. The second book that I read in May was the newest release by Abbi Glines, Best I’ve Best I've Ever Had by Abbi GlinesEver Had, which is part of her crossover series between the Rosemary Beach and the Sea Breeze series. I am loving these books. To get to know the children of the characters that I’ve loved so much. This book was no different. Eli was my favourite, I devoured this book and ended up giving it Star_rating_4_of_5.

Lucky Daddy by R.S. Lively3. What I love most about books is when I receive an email with book deals and mostly on books that you can get for free. The next three books I bought in a set of 5, but I read them separately so I could rate them separately as well! The first one is Lucky Daddy, written by R.S. Lively. This set was the first I’ve ever read by her but I wasn’t disappointed. I ended up giving Lucky Daddy a Star_rating_3_of_5 rating.

4. Not Over You was the second book in the box set, a second chance romance but also Not Over You by R.S. Livelywith children involved. Somehow I have a guilty pleasure for the “oh no, my one night stand got me pregnant” trope. This was another Star_rating_3_of_5 rating for me. It was cute, but I’ve read better ones.

The Protector by R.S. Lively5. The third book in the set I read is; The Protector. The heroine in this story was left for dead on the side of a mountain when the hero finds her. He takes her in and makes sure she’s okay and together they try to find out what has really happened her, with all the consequences it brings. Another Star_rating_3_of_5 for this one.

6. Once a year I try to reread the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. MaasThe previous years it was either when a new book released or when I just wanted to. As this year was the first year since 2015 that there was no new release in the series, I was just in the mood to. I just love this series and I think it might be one of my favourite fantasy series out there. I ended up giving the first book Star_rating_4_of_5 as I really dislike Tamlin and how ignorant he is to Feyre.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas7. Of course next up came A Court of Mist and Fury, also known as my absolute FAVOURITE in the series. I love how this book is written. How Feyre goes from being held captive in any sense of the way to breaking out of her shell and becoming the fierce High Lady that she was always meant to be. I can’t give this book enough stars, but Star_rating_5_of_5 will have to suffice for now!

8. A Court of Wings and Ruin is also on top of that list, but nothing will ever beat A A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. MaasCourt of Mist and Fury for me. I love the banter between characters, the love shared between Feyre and Rhysand, how badass Feyre is in her revenge against her former Court. Just about everything. The only thing I still don’t like happens at the end, which of course I will not spoil for anyone who hasn’t read this book. Then again, why haven’t you? Star_rating_5_of_5 all around!

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas9. The last “book” in the series for now is the novella A Court of Frost and Starlight which I adore. I loved coming back to my favourite characters, to finding out what happened next. The banter between Nessa and Cassian and I can’t WAIT to find out what is next in store for them! Star_rating_5_of_5 once again.

10. Boyfriend Bargain by Ilsa Madden-Mills was my first ARC of the Boyfriend Bargain by Ilsa Madden-Millsmonth of May, one that I loved reading. For some reason I’m kinda digging books with tropes like these more and more. I finished the book way too quickly for my liking but I did love it so much! Boyfriend Bargain received Star_rating_4_of_5 from me!

Twist Me by Anna Zaires11. May seemed to be a month of rereading books that I loved in the past. I used my April Audible credit on the Twist Me trilogy by Anna Zaires. A series that I first read when I was in Spain back in 2016, then read as an ebook, now listened to. I loved the narrators of this series, they were spot on and I digged the whole scene that I was creating in my head. Twist Me kept it’s Star_rating_4_of_5 that it had gotten the last time.

12. The twelfth book that I read in May was the newest release by Samantha Young. That Things We Never Said by Samantha Youngbeing Things We Never Said. The book is part of the Hart’s Boardwalk series. The book can be read as a standalone but it does feature characters from the previous two books. I absolutely love the series and this one was no exception. It was cute, it was mysterious and I can’t wait to find out if there will be more to this series after this. A solid Star_rating_5_of_5 from me.

Ronja de roversdochter by Astrid Lindgren13. Next I picked up one of my childhood favourites, Ronia the Robber’s Daughter by Astrid Lindgren. She also wrote the Pippi Longstocking book and Ronia was right up there with Pippi when I was smaller. As I said in an instagram post back when I was reading this, I might love the illustrations even more than I loved the story although both are incredible. I read the book in Dutch, as that’s how I remember it. While I do love reading the original book, I still can’t read Swedish!Star_rating_3_of_5

14. Christina Lauren have been two of my absolute favourite romance authors for years The Unhoneymooners by Christina Laurennow, their books are always instareads for me. The Unhoneymooners was no exception to that. The story between two enemies growing to a romance is still one of my favourite tropes. This book was so cute, the cover was so tropical and that made me feel like wanting to go to an island in the ocean somewhere. “Sadly” enough I was only heading to Edinburgh after I finished this book haha. Just kidding I loved being in Scotland, this book just helped me dream some tropical dreams. I gave it Star_rating_4_of_5.

Keep Me by Anna Zaires15. Whilst travelling to Scotland I decided to listen to an audiobook, as I hate reading on the train and I didn’t want to get myself sick whilst on my first visit to the city. I ended up listening to the second book in the Twist Me trilogy by Anna Zaires, that being Keep Me. I loved continuing on with Nora and Julian’s story. It was hot (literally), sexy and I LOVED it even more the second time around. A solid Star_rating_4_of_5 from me.

16. In October of 2018 I first picked up a book by Mariana Zapata, one that I kept seeing Kulti by Mariana Zapataon one of my favourite bookstagram accounts. That being From Lukov with Love. Since then I have slowly been making my way through her books until I only had three left to go; Kulti, Under Locke and Wait for It. Because I kept seeing all kinds of mentions to Kulti on her facebook group, I decided to go for that one first. Kulti was INCREDIBLE. I love slowburn romances, the tension, the aggravation and the ultimate release of feelings are so much better in my opinion that books with instalove. Kulti was no exception, it had the slowburn, it had the agegap that I love reading about and ultimately it so much more. Mariana will never receive less than Star_rating_5_of_5 from me.

Hold Me by Anna Zaires17. Whilst going around Edinburgh, what better thing to do then listen to an audiobook. I have seriously listened to more audiobooks in the week I was there than in the three months before that and I love it. The last book in the Twist Me trilogy was next, Hold Me. Hold me is the conclusion to the trilogy and ultimately tells what happens to Nora and Julian and their slightly forbidden romance that has happened in the course of the three books. I loved this, I do see myself reading it again one day. For now it got Star_rating_4_of_5.

18. If you know me, then you know I hate being late to things. I would rather be half an The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkienhour early than 1 minute too late. When I had to get to the airport to fly back home, the weather was horrendous, and whilst I had the morning to spend in the city still, I decided to go to the airport and just wait there until my flight. I decided to start listening to The Hobbit a book that I have had on my shelves for literally years but yet had never read. The narrator had such a nice voice to listen to and I ended up finishing the book as well before I even got home. Star_rating_4_of_5 brilliant stars from me.

Fighting For You by Layla Hagen19. The last book that I read in May was another ARC. I am lucky enough to be on the VIP list for Layla Hagen’s books and I was SO happy to receive Fighting For You in my email. Fighting for You was the book that I was looking forward to the most in the Connor Family series. Jace and Brooke were incredible. Now that’s all I’m going to say about it, seeing the review went up yesterday on this book! Go read it, for now it got Star_rating_5_of_5 from me!

And that’s it. That’s all 19 books that I’ve read in May. Now you will be able to look forward to my June wrap up coming in the first week of July and hopefully at least one more post in the mean time, but knowing me there will be no guarantee haha. For now, I bit you farewell!

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REVIEW || Fighting For You

FIGHTING FOR YOU, the next book in Layla Hagen’s Connor Family series, is available now! Get your hands on Jace and Brooke’s story today!

About FIGHTING FOR YOU

Jace Connor has received many titles in his career, and enjoyed them all. Although, he’s working on changing the last one. There’s more to Jace than the media portrays—a man who loves his tight-knit family, being his nieces’ and nephews’ favorite uncle.

The reformed party-boy is now steering clear of anything that could blemish his reputation. But when the coach’s gorgeous daughter is hired on as the team’s new sponsorship manager, keeping on the straight and narrow becomes impossible. Her warm and bubbly personality coupled with her sexy-as-sin body makes her irresistible.

Brooke Derringer wants to prove to everyone that she wasn’t hired due to her personal connections. She’s determined to keep things strictly business and focus only on work. She learned the hard way that the office isn’t the place to make friends.

But a certain smoking hot–and bossy–soccer player is determined to change her mind. Surprising her with clandestine dinners and late-night gym sessions, Jace is inescapable.

For the first time in his life, Jace wants more. He wants the whole package…with the one woman he can’t have. But Jace doesn’t let that deter him. He’s determined to fight for her. And he will.

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About Layla Hagen

Layla Hagen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance.

She fell in love with books when she was nine years old, and her love affair with stories continues even now, many years later.

She writes steamy and romantic stories and can’t wait to share them with the world.

She is represented by fabulous Louise Fury (The Bent Agency)

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my review

Finally the book I was waiting on, I’ve loved Jace in every single mention in other books and I am so happy to finally read his book! The Connor family have crept their way into my heart and I think I might’ve been rooting for Jace from the very start.

His romance with the coach’s daughter was a must read from the get go. Now you might know that I love sports romances and especially when there’s a small element of a forbidden romance in it, I just love it so much more.

Jace and Brooke were cute and adorable from the start, amazing in the middle and breath taking at the end. I hope to read a lot more from them in the future, even if it’s just mentions in other books by Layla!

I can’t believe there’s only one more book left in the Connor family series, but I can’t wait to find out what Layla is going to come up with next. Every single book that I have read by Layla since I first read any thing by her, have been absolutely incredible and I feel so lucky to receive these books. I love devouring them and always feel sad afterwards when I’ve finished them!

 

R&R || Coldhearted Boss

R.S. Grey’s next romantic comedy, COLDHEARTED BOSS, is available now – be sure to grab your copy today!

About COLDHEARTED BOSS

I’m desperate and destitute when Lockwood Construction rolls into my small town with an offer too good to pass up: high wages to any able-bodied man willing to join their crew.

Say no more. I throw on baggy clothes, tuck my long hair under a baseball hat, and apply for a job. Unfortunately, my half-baked idea of disguising myself as a guy is flawed from the beginning. As Shakira says, these hips don’t lie.

Still, I like to think I might have pulled the whole thing off save for one thing:

I know my boss.

Last month, we met at a bar, and after a fiery first encounter, it seems we’re destined to be sworn enemies.

Ethan Stone is ruthless and arrogant, a man I never would have crossed had I known how much he likes to toy with his prey.

He should just fire me and be done with it. Instead, he decides to make me his personal slave. Oh right, I think they’re calling it personal “assistant” these days.

It’s torture, all of it—his bad attitude, his ruggedly chiseled face, his desire to grind me into dust.

Every one of our friction-filled battles burns hotter than the last.

A girl can only hold out for so long. Soon, I’m bound to go up in flames.

My objective? Survive the heat long enough to send home a paycheck.

My real objective? Stop having X-rated fantasies about my coldhearted boss.

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R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of thirteen novels, including THE FOXE & THE HOUND. She lives in Texas with her husband and two dogs, and can be found reading, binge-watching reality TV, or practicing yoga! Visit her at rsgrey.com

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my review

Coldhearted boss might have been my all time favourite by Rachel. I’ve absolutely loved every single second of it and I couldn’t stop reading. Taylor and Ethan were a hit from the get go and let’s be honest, I am a sucker for a good enemy to lovers trope in a romance book. Taylor has been dealt a hand full of crap in life and the way she deals with it is admirable. Ethan is such an ass to her, based on what happens in the start of the book I can understand this, but you know, it is a brilliant start to the book!

This book was all I wanted in a good book, Rachel doesn’t disappoint once again. Thank you so much for this book and I can’t wait to find out what else you come up with. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of Coldhearted Boss, in exchange for an honest review.

 

REVIEW || The Boyfriend Bargain

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“Who can turn down a sexy hockey star with a big . . . stick? Zack is hot hot hot, and Sugar is the perfect blend of sweet and sassy! Their chemistry sizzles in Boyfriend Bargain!”

— Melanie Harlow, USA Today bestselling author

Boyfriend Bargain, an all-new sexy and emotional sports romance from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills, is available now!

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Wanted: one hot guy with rock-hard abs and a big stick

Broke and desperate, Sugar Ryan has no use for arrogant, bad boy athletes . . . until she’s forced to bargain with the cockiest of them all.
If only he knew she was alive.
Her mission? Get on this hockey player’s radar any way possible.
Zack Morgan is the king of the ice and the bedroom—but nothing prepares him for the mystery girl who shows up everywhere he does—frat parties, his favorite bar, and finally his front door with an offer he can’t refuse. The only rule in her boyfriend bargain: no falling in love.
But after one (um, two) smoking-hot hookups, he’s done with pretending and vows to make their fake relationship real. Too bad she can’t trust a player with a reputation for breaking hearts.
Will this hockey star score his forever girl or will their Boyfriend Bargain end in heartbreak?

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Excerpt:

“We should kiss, just get it out of the way and move on,” I say, sure of the crazy idea as each second passes.
There’s a hitch in Z’s breath, and his eyes go straight to my lips. “Works for me.”
“But just one. None of that fancy tongue work.”
“Afraid of falling in love with me?” He grins.
Well. My eyes take in the broad shoulders and the dragon tattoo on his muscled chest. He’s definitely my type: pure, grade A male hotness—exactly what I don’t need. “I won’t fall in love.”
Another grin. “Liar.”


About Ilsa Madden-Mills

Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and USA Today best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills is best known for her contemporary romances ranging from new adult angst to romantic sports comedy.
Seven of her ten novels have placed in the Amazon US Store Top Six Best-seller List: Dirty English hit #1; Fake Fiancée and I Dare You hit #2; I Bet You, Filthy English, and Very Bad Things all placed #6 in the Amazon US Store.
The Last Guy, her collaboration with Tia Louise, hit #4.
A former high school English teacher, she adores all things Pride and Prejudice, and of course, Mr. Darcy is her ultimate hero.
She’s addicted to frothy coffee beverages, cheesy magnets, and any book featuring unicorns and sword-wielding females. Feel free to stalk her online.
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my review

Ilsa has been one of my go to authors for a few years now, ever since I was lucky enough to receive an arc to her Dirty English book. She writes with a style that just pulls me in and that doesn’t let me go even after I’ve finished the book.
The Boyfriend Bargain isn’t anything different. I love a good book with the main characters either having a bargain or some kind of deal going on. Especially when the deal involves not falling in love with the other person, because duh, of course that happens anyway.
Zack and Sugar were such a cute couple from the get go, even when they were just pretending to be. I loved their banter and how everything was set up.
And hello, add this all to Zack being a HOT hockey player and it’s everything I love wrapped up in one incredible book. I was so upset when I finished the book, because as usual, I finished it way way way too quickly.

I can’t wait to find out more from Ilsa in any other books that she will write and put out into the world.

 

WRAP UP || April

Hi everyone,

And then it was the end of April and with that comes another one of my wrap ups. I’ve been really enjoying doing these every single month. It sort of lets me rethink about the books that I read. I am a fast reader and sometimes by the end of the month I forget some of the details that I have read in the books. These wrap ups make me rethink on them and kinda relive the books in my head. But that being said, here we go. I read a total of 14 books this month, 6 physical books, 6 ebooks and 2 audiobooks. I am really loving this so much. Let me take you through all that I ended up reading.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling1. The first book that I read this month, was a reread. I really want to reread the Harry Potter series this year and I was already up to book four so that’s the one I started out with. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire has always been one of my favourite books in the series. I just love the element of the tournament and the magic that goes through these books. I can’t wait to get started on book five and see if I still love that one as much as I’ve done previous times I’ve read it! Star_rating_5_of_5

2. The second book was one that I bought on a lim, because I saw it while The Last Letter by Rebecca Yarrosscrolling through my feed on instagram. One of the people that I follow was raving about this book and I trust her opinions a lot which lead to me buying the book. I bought, received and FLEW through this book. I finished The Last Letter by Rebecca Yarros at 2.30am whilst completely in tears for the last 50 pages or so. This book was SO incredible that I instantly took it with me the next time I saw my sister because like I do, she loves military romances as well. And frankly, I wanted her to read this book and be broken like I was! Star_rating_5_of_5

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan3. Another series that I really want to reread, is the Percy Jackson series. I read this series back whilst I was an au pair in 2014. I flew through the series but I just really love the vibe the series gives up. I’m a sucker for Greek mythology and this book just gives it all. I bought the series through my kindle app, as I love that I can make the annotations and high lights in the books. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief is the first in the series and thereby the first in my reread. Star_rating_4_of_5

4. The fourth book I read is a picture book. The bookshops here in the Kikker is Kikker by Max VelthuijsNetherlands have started this thing where every few months or so they will release a book, most of the time a really popular children’s book and you buy it for only €2. I have bought all the books up until now because I love books and I have read all of those books when I was little. Anyway, this time if was a book about Frog and Frog is one of my favourite picture book series out there. Star_rating_4_of_5

Crazy for Your Love by Lexi Ryan5. Next up is the newest release by Lexi Ryan. Crazy for Your Love was one of my most anticipated for April and I dove straight in as soon as I received it on my kindle app. I have been loving this series so much and the fifth book was no exception. I can’t wait for the next one that is coming in September. Lexi has gained a new fan in me! Star_rating_4_of_5

6. Whilst Defy Me came out this month, I still have to read it. I did Shadow Me by Tahereh Mafihowever read the novella that Tahereh released. It’s in Kenji’s POV and I loved it so much! Shadow Me was way too short and I can’t wait to read the other novella that will be releasing in his pov. I love reading about him. He was always one of my favourite characters and I love that he has his own novellas. Star_rating_4_of_5

The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare7. And then The Red Scrolls of Magic arrived on my doorstep. Cassandra Clare is releasing these books in such a quick pace that I haven’t even all caught up in the Shadowhunter world yet. However I will gladly take a pause and read about Magnus and Alec at any time. I loved going back to the period between the books in the Mortal Instruments series where Magnus and Alec go on a trip around Europe and of course get into trouble. I really liked this book, I hope the second book will be here before we know it! Star_rating_4_of_5

8. Next up is the first audiobook that I listened to/read this month. Damaged Like Us by Damaged Like Us by Krista RitchieKrista and Becca Ritchie is the first book in the Like Us series and starts off a few years after the end of the Addicted/Calloway Sisters series. It can be read separately from those, but I recommend just reading it all because they’re amazing! Maximoff and Farrow are just two of the most incredible characters and while Moffy is eerily like me with his overthinking, I just can’t help but love him so much. The audiobook was incredible and I can’t wait to dive into the second one soon! Star_rating_5_of_5

The Lost Sisters by Holly Black9. Next up is another novella that I read. I knew it was out there but I never read it until I saw one of my bookish friends read it. The Lost Sisters is part of the Folk of the Air series, which also include The Cruel Prince and the Wicked King which I read last year and in January. The Lost Sisters is told from Taryn’s perspective and ugh I just can’t stand her. She makes such stupid decisions and I just want to yell at her! Star_rating_4_of_5

10. I received the next book in my March fairyloot box and I hadn’t read itTo Best the Boys by Mary  Weber yet. Again the same bookish friend as the last book was reading this and she said it was so good. I was inbetween books at the time and decided to dive into it. Boy, am I glad I decided to do so. To Best the Boys is such an amazing book. I’ve loved every single second of it and I sincerely hope that there will be a book two for it! I hadn’t read anything by Mary Weber before so I was so excited when I finished and loved this so much as I did. Star_rating_5_of_5

Top Secret by Sarina Bowen11. And then suddenly there was Top Secret by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy. Two of my favourite romance/new adult authors and they made this magical book appear on my kindle. Top Secret tells the story of Keaton and Luke. Keaton has been happy with his girlfriend for years and is kind of shocked when she asks him for a threesome. He goes on this app to find a suitable guy and finds Luke (who is also one of his frat brothers and they reaaaaally dislike each other). They start chatting and eventually hit it off. Of course it isn’t as simple as that but I’ll let you find out the rest for yourself. I LOVED this book so much! I am a sucker for hate-to-love tropes, for text messages in books and for M/M romances like these. Star_rating_4_of_5

12. Back in 2015 I did my first read through of A Game of Thrones which I liked but A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martinwasn’t really into all that much. When I noticed one of my fellow bookstagrammers FLYING through the series, I started talking to her and eventually decided to give the series a second go. I picked up the first book in the series again and flew through it myself. I don’t know if I was just in the mood for it, or if it’s the tv series almost ending. I am loved this so much. I really want to continue on with the series this time around, because I am set on finishing it at least once! Star_rating_4_of_5

Junk Mail by Kendall Ryan13. Kendall Ryan’s newest release dropped just in the last week of April and was so excited to read it. Junk Mail starts out with a text message sent to the wrong person and turns into so much more. I really liked this book but it wasn’t my favourite by Kendall. Then again, it was still an incredible book that really had so much funny moments in it. My favourite character had to absolutely by Gram. She was such a spitfire and I kinda wished I had a grandmother like her. Star_rating_3_of_5

14. The last book I finished in April was another audiobook. I have always To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Hanwanted to get started on the series but for some reason I never did. When Netflix released the movie on the first book last year, I must’ve watched it at least 6 times already. To All the Boy I’ve Loved Before is such a funny book. I really really liked this one. Sadly I only owned the first book and I had to rectify that as soon as possible. I ended up ordering the second and third book as soon as I finished the first one. Lara Jean and Peter are so cute. I really want a sister like Kitty and I can’t wait to find out what happens next! Star_rating_4_of_5

And that’s it. That’s all the books that I ended up reading in April. How was your reading month? Did you read any good one? Any recommendations on what I should read next? I can’t wait to find out what I end up reading in May! I’m off to a good start, having already finished 2 books on just the first day! But which ones those are, you’ll have to wait for them and see in my next wrap up! See you all next time.

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TEASER || Junk Mail

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JUNK MAIL
By Kendall Ryan
Release Day: April 23

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About the Book
It all started with a sexy selfie.
Texted to the wrong number.
Oops.
Not my finest moment—but I have nothing to be ashamed of.
She thought I was no better, and I quote, than the knuckle-dragging douche-bags she was never dating again.
It was a stupid dare from a girl I’d met online, but since she’d given me a fake number, I didn’t feel bad that my interests were suddenly focused elsewhere—on the fiery and sharp-tongued, Peyton that I found myself sparring with over text for the rest of the evening.
The following day, my case of mistaken identity came back to bite me in the banana.
When I strolled into the office, I was introduced to Peyton as the new client I needed to win over. The Peyton , in case you’re not tracking.
And let’s just say she had my full attention.
Brains? Check.
Beauty? Oh yeah.
And the best part? She hated me on sight.
Dear God, do I love a challenge.
Let the games begin.

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About Kendall Ryan
A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than three dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 2.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world.
Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than 70 times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.
She lives in Texas with her husband and two sons.

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