Wrap Up || August

Hi lovelies,

It’s that time of the month again. Time for another wrap up as the month is already over. What? I know! I can’t believe that August is already over and we’re heading into September. There’s only one month left until I fly off for a two week holiday in Wales, but for now we have another month of reading to do. Let’s get this wrap up out of the way. I read 21 books in August, I’ve not read that much since the beginning of the year. I read 17 ebooks, 1 audiobook and 3 physical books! Shall we look into it?

Baby For The Mountain Man by K.C. Crowne1. The first book that I read in August was a book by an author who was new to me. I read Baby for the Mountainman by K.C. Crowne. The plot is pretty simple. The hero in the story ‘inherits’ a baby as his best friend and his wife pass away. He moves to a small town and meets the heroine there. I loved this book. So much that I read another book by K.C. Crowne in August later on. Star_rating_4_of_5

2. The second book I read was Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. It was a reread for me, but Outlander by Diana GabaldonI was in such a mood to get back into the Outlander world that I couldn’t stop myself. I just love reading about Jamie and Claire, especially how they got started. I know I won’t read the entire series again before the new book will be released, but it was nice to read some again. I am so excited to see how they’re going to film season 5, as I found the fifth book one of the most boring ones in the series! Star_rating_5_of_5

Bad Stepbrother by Mara Leigh3. I read Bad Stepbrother by Mara Leigh next. I liked this book but it sure wasn’t one of my favourite ones. Harley and Zach were hit and miss at times and the book lost me at times. I like books like these but I have definitely read better ones. The fact that the dad kept putting Zach down was really something that I hated. He was so sure that his stepson was the worst guy ever and he wasn’t, he just made some bad decisions and made up for them eventually. Harley was a bit whiny at times.Star_rating_3_of_5 

4. I have had two books by Paige Toon on my bookshelves that I hadn’t Five Years From Now by Paige Toonread yet. Which just couldn’t be that way as Paige is one of my favourite authors out there. I started with the one that was released first, Five Years From Now. Nell and Vian/Van met as their parents fall in love, and as Van’s mother passes away after an accident he moves to be with his father in Australia. Nell and Van then start meeting up every five years and you get to see them fall in love. The hardship of only seeing each other every few years and being half a world apart on other times, it’s interesting and I absolutely loved and hated this. I hated this because I wanted them to be together so badly and it just took AGES. Read this book, I loved it! Star_rating_5_of_5

If You Could Go Anywhere by Paige Toon5. Next up was If You Could Go Anywhere , this book was so cute. The heroine finds out that her long lost father isn’t so lost after finding a letter when cleaning out her late grandmother’s house. Her father lives in Italy and as she has never left the outback in Australia, her community collects opals so she can pay for her travel there. When she’s there she doesn’t only meet her father but a whole lot more. Star_rating_5_of_5

6. When one of your favourite authors releases her newest book on a surprise date, what The Best Thing by Mariana Zapatado you do? Exactly, you stop everything and start reading it right away! That was the thing with Mariana Zapata’s new book, The Best Thing, the book had me laughing so hard I was getting tears, I cried with the characters and I loved every single second of it. I couldn’t wait to read it and was so sad that it was over.Star_rating_5_of_5

Say You Still Love Me by K.A. Tucker7. August was the month of new releases by my favourite authors. The next one, Say You Still Love Me, by K.A. Tucker was the next one I read. K.A. Tucker was an instant favourite of mine as soon as I read Ten Tiny Breaths back in 2014 and since then I’ve just about read every single book by her. Her newest release was an amazing read, one that I couldn’t stop reading when I’d started it.  Star_rating_4_of_5

8. And then came another new release. Krista and Becca Ritchie quickly became two of The Last Hope by Krista Ritchiemy favourite authors and their Facebook Group is a group I am most active in. Last year they released their first book through a publisher and this August the seclusion to the duology was released. The Last Hope was one I was anticipating the entire year as I couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen to Court, Mykal and Franny next and boy was I surprised! Star_rating_5_of_5

Thrive by Krista Ritchie9. Speaking of Krista and Becca, their series about the Calloways and their other halves is one of my absolute favourite series out there, by any author. I was listening to the audiobook to Thrive which is part of the addicted series and comes between part 2 and 3. I love listening to Lily and Loren’s perspectives. I forgot how much I loved them. This is an instant Star_rating_5_of_5 for me, and never will be anything else!

10. I read Always With You by Layla Hagen next. I am lucky enough to be on Layla’s VIP Always With You by Layla Hagenlist and get the chance to read her books before it gets released. At one hand that’s incredible, at the other hand it is a shame because this way I finished it half a month before it even releases. I did love it so so much though. The Connor family is such a cute family and I loved reading about them falling in love one after the other. Just like I did with the Bennett family. Star_rating_4_of_5

Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella11. After seeing the trailer for the Can You Keep A Secret movie with Tyler Hoechlin and Alexandra Daddario I was instantly in the mood to reread this book. This book by Sophie Kinsella is such a funny read. I can actually imagine spilling all my secrets to a stranger when you think you’re dying but then finding out they’re your new boss would be my absolute nightmare! Star_rating_5_of_5

12. I was lucky enough to receive an arc to Ilsa Madden-Mills newest release, I Hate You, I Hate You by Ilsa Madden-MillsIlsa is a go to author for me and I loved this book like I loved every single other book I’ve ever read by her. I love a good hate to love trope and this one was a great one. Add that to the fact that the hero was an athlete and yup, you’ve got me hook, line and sinker. Go read this book you guys, I’ve absolutely loved it. Star_rating_4_of_5

Playing for Keeps by Kendall Ryan13. Kendall Ryan releases just about a book a month and while I have no idea how she does it, I love nearly every single one of them. Playing For Keeps was no different. Part one of her newest series, this was one I was looking forward to. And of course when the jock falls in love with his teammate’s younger sister, jup, you’ve got me. Elise and Justin have known each other for years, as Justin and Elise’s older brother were best friends since they were little kids. They have always had a thing for one another but they never did anything with it due to the brother being there. I loved this and I can’t wait for the next book in this series. Star_rating_4_of_5

14. I normally post the covers with the book I’ve read but this one doesn’t have one. The Bedroom Experiment is a short novella by Kendall Ryan that was linked in the Playing For Keeps book after finishing it. I loved it but it was way way way too short. But luckily enough Kendall already told us there will be more. I loved a good stepsibling romance and this had the writing of a good one! Star_rating_3_of_5

15. Dating Mr. Right is a collection of three love stories. One that I liked but I don’t reallyDating Mr. Right by Lauren Blakely like reading insta-love stories and this… was definitely that. Lauren Blakely was a new to me author and I know she has full length books as well, which I haven’t read yet. Maybe I should start on at least one of them before I tell myself that I don’t like her books. Because telling myself that on only one book which wasn’t a full length novel on just the one couple, isn’t really fair. However it was cute, I definitely liked the first one in the book. Star_rating_3_of_5

Taboo Daddy by K.C. Crowne16. My sixteenth book in August was by the same author as the first one. K.C. Crowne writes some good books, I really liked them. Taboo Daddy was definitely one of them. The hero and heroine meet through her talking to his daughter. His daughter is deaf and she seems to feel at ease with her. His daughter wants to decorate her room and she is an interior designer that needs a job. A whole lot of things happen but of course they fall in love. I liked this, it was cute, angsty and it was a good read. Star_rating_4_of_5

17. I don’t know what made me pick this book, but Filthy Rich Boys by C.M. Stunich is a Filthy Rich Boys by C.M. Stunichhigh school bully/ reverse harem romance. Marnye transfers to a preppy boarding school after receiving a scholarship. The school is ruled by the Idols, 3 boys and 3 girls and their posse that make the rules and tell you who is in and who is out. Marnye is quickly seen as the basket case as she is there on a scholarship and they won’t let her forget it. Marnye gets bullied and all comes to a head. I enjoyed this book but it wasn’t the best way to start a series. Of course I was too involved to stop after this and dove straight into the second book. Star_rating_3_of_5

Bad, Bad Bluebloods by C.M. Stunich18. After the end of the schoolyear and all that happened, Marnye is out for blood. She is going after the Bad, Bad Blue Bloods and make sure they’re going down after all they have done to her in their first year at Burberry Prep. This book was better than the first book, I liked that Marnye finally stands up to her bullies and won’t let them get away with it. Her friends help her out where possible. I did like that the 3 Idol boys turn themselves around and stand with Marnye. Star_rating_4_of_5

19. The third book in the series, The Envy of Idols, starts at the beginning of Marnye’s The Envy of Idols by C.M. Stunichthird year at Burberry Prep. She has the three boys and her friends by her side (and maybe there’s so much more happening than just that… But she still has the 3 girls against her. However Marnye’s list of revenge is not finished yet and the third year at Burberry is set out for another great adventure. Marnye finds herself not in love with just one guy, but five and how is she ever going to choose? Star_rating_4_of_5

In the Arms of the Elite by C.M. Stunich20. And then it was time for Marnye’s final year at Burberry Prep and things are coming to an end. In the Arms of the Elite was one of the best books in this series. I loved that Marnye is happy with all five guys. I didn’t think that I would like it as much as I did. I like the ending to this book and oh my god I do hope that there will be more books with them in college as I will read them as quickly as I read this series! Star_rating_4_of_5

21. And then we are on the final book of August. It’s the newest release by Abbi Glines. Making a Play by Abbi GlinesHer “The Field Party” series is a great series if you want to get started on her books. The fifth one, Making a Play, was a great one. Aurora is deaf and starts at her twin brother’s “normal” high school. She has an instant connection with Ryker, her brother is too overprotective and her dad is a racist. However this book was incredible and I am curious to find out if there will be more books to this. Star_rating_4_of_5

And then we were through! I can’t wait to find out what I’ll end up reading in September. So many incredible books coming out this month, I am well excited for it! See you at the end of this month!

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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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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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WRAP UP || MARCH 2019

Hi everyone!

Welcome to my third wrap up of 2019. I had an amazing reading month and I can’t wait to let you know which books I read. I didn’t read as many books as I read in the previous two months, but I did end up reading books that I really really enjoyed. I read a total of 17 books in March in the span of 31 days. I read the following books in March, with a little thought on them and my star rating on them! Here we go, in order:

Preppy by T.M. Frazier1. The first book I finished in March was the second book in a trilogy that I love and reread this year. Preppy (or The Life and Death of Samuel Clearwater) is written by one of my favourite authors out there, T.M. Frazier. If you love adult romance with a lot of extra things, go read it. It is not for the faint hearted though! Star_rating_5_of_5

2. The second book that I read was one I received as an arc. R.S. Grey is Make Me Bad by R.S. Greyone of my go-to authors when it comes to romantic comedies. I love her books and Make me bad was one that is up in my top 10 by her. To be fair, I don’t think I’ve found a book by her that I hated! I ended up giving this Star_rating_4_of_5 stars, my review is already up on my blog, if you’re interested in more!

Preppy by T.M. Frazier3. After Make Me Bad I made sure to finish out the trilogy by reading the final part in Preppy and Dre’s story. I forgot so many details about these book that I was so happy to dive back into them. I loved revisiting with my favourites and rekindling friendships with others. This was another Star_rating_5_of_5 stars from me.

4. After reading Make You Mine back in December last year, I couldn’t waitMake Me Yours by Tia Louise to find out more about Remington and what he would get up to. Add that to a daddy/nanny trope and I am absolutely sold! I loved this books so much, there was sas, there was a cute child and there was a hot romance. Heck yeah I was there for it! Star_rating_4_of_5

Surprise, Baby! by Lex Martin5. Fifth was another arc that I received. I was lucky enough to receive an arc by Lex Martin last year and when I saw this one, I couldn’t not ask for it. The book was so funny and going from hate to love in a snowstorm and what follows was what I loved about Surprise, Baby. The book, written by Lex Martin and Leslie McAdam was so funny and witty. I gave it: Star_rating_4_of_5

Extra Credit by Sarina Bowen6. When my sister told me that there was a book coming out with three novellas by Sarina Bowen, I jumped on it and read it. We already knew two of the novellas as they were previously published, but there was a new one for Graham and Rikker and oh my heart.. It was the cutest, most heartbreaking novella and I had heart eyes the entire time. Star_rating_4_of_5

Rhythm, Chord & Malykhin by Mariana Zapata7. Seventh up in March was another book by Mariana Zapata. During the last few months I’ve been slowly making my way through her books and Rhythm, Chord & Malykhin was one of the few I still had left to go. I liked this a lot although not as much as I’ve loved others by her. None the less this book received a full Star_rating_5_of_5 from me.

8. I had heard a lot of buzz about Daisy Jones & the Six and absolutely jumped on that Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reidbook when it arrived on my doorstep. It released this month and all the reviews I’d seen and heard about it absolutely did it justice. This book was all I love in a book. There will be a full review coming this week, but Star_rating_5_of_5 all the freaking way!

The Hookup Handbook by Kendall Ryan9. After reading Boyfriend for Hire last month, I was so curious about Case and his story that I pre-ordered that book straight away. I was a happy camper when the book appeared on my kindle app at midnight and I was able to dive straight in. Case and Sienna were so cute and funny and I liked this book a lot! I kinda want Sienna’s brother to have a book now as well, we’ll see if that is going to happen! Star_rating_4_of_5

10. I have not always been the biggest poetry fan, but Amanda Lovelace and Rupi Kaur The Mermaid's Voice Returns in This One by Amanda Lovelaceare up there amongst my favourites. When I found out that Amanda was coming out with a new bind up, I HAD to get that book badly. It arrived on my doorstep and I dove straight in. Her poetry is raw, builds up and sometimes is all too familiar. Her lines are so beautiful and I can’t wait to find out more. Star_rating_4_of_5

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid11. After loving Daisy Jones, I was really curious about The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. I had heard a LOT of good things about this book but had yet to pick it up until that point. I regret waiting that long because god was Reid able to write a gutwrenching beautiful story about a Hollywood actress and all that she went through, but maybe even more the author of her biography and her story. I am so excited to find out what Taylor Jenkins Reid comes up with next! Star_rating_5_of_5

12. Next up is a book that I received through a Dutch publisher to review for De Leesfabriek. De eeuwige tijd by Deborah HarknessI have been a reviewer for them since 2014 and I am loving most of the books that I receive through them. I gave this book Star_rating_3_of_5 stars because I liked it but I was confused through a lot of the book and I didn’t really enjoy this as much as I enjoyed the original trilogy.

Fantastic Beasts the Crimes of Grindelwald by J.K. Rowling13. To read another book that was on my TBR pile for a long time, I read the screenplay to the second Fantastic Beasts film, The Crimes of Grindelwald. I liked reading it but what made the book for me were the illustrations that are seen throughout this book. Those were adding the third star for me.Star_rating_3_of_5

14. By now, I own 5 books by V.E. Schwab and had yet to read one of them. Vicious by V.E. SchwabAfter watching a booktube video that also talked about Vicious I decided to finally pick it up and dive in. I LOVED this so much, there was action, revenge, supernatural and I love how the EO’s come to be in this story. I will have to pick up Vengeful soon to find out what is going to happen to Victor and Eli next. I am very excited! Star_rating_4_of_5

The Understatement of the Year by Sarina Bowen15. At the start of the year I began a reread of the Ivy Years by Sarina Bowen, as I didn’t continue on after the second book and after finishing the novellas earlier this month I was so excited to dive into Rikker and Graham’s story again. They held back their attraction so much and when I finished I realised why I loved reading their novella so much, because we find out what happens after this book. The Understatement of the Year received a full Star_rating_5_of_5 stars from me!

16. I couldn’t not continue on this series after finishing Understatement. Bella was one of The Shameless Hour by Sarina Bowenmy favourite characters throughout that book and I was so excited to find out what was going to happen to her in this book. I was not disappointed one bit. Bella and Rafe were so cute together. When Bella goes through her hardships, Rafe was the perfect friend to her and I too would’ve fallen hard for him! Star_rating_4_of_5

The Fifteenth Minute by Sarina Bowen17. And then the last book of March and the last book in the Ivy Years series. After meeting Lianne in the previous book I was, again, really curious to find out what her story would be. I got so angry at her agent, I loved her relationship with DJ Trevi, although I would’ve loved it if he would’ve just told her from the start what was going again, because I think out of ALL his friends, Lianne would’ve been the one to understand him. This book was incredible! Star_rating_4_of_5

And that is my reading bit of March wrapped up! What do you think? How many books did you end up reading this month, were there any good ones or bad ones that you really didn’t enjoy? Let me know in the comments!

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REVIEW || WHY MUMMY DRINKS

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Title: Why Mummy Drinks
Author: Gill Sims
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published on: 31 May 2018
Pagecount: 352
ISBN: 978 000 824 1094

 

 

 

It is Mummy’s 39th birthday. She is staring down the barrel of a future of people asking if she wants to come to their advanced yoga classes, and polite book clubs where everyone claims to be tiddly after a glass of Pinot Grigio and says things like ‘Oooh gosh, are you having another glass?’
But Mummy does not want to go quietly into that good night of women with sensible haircuts who ‘live for their children’ and stand in the playground trying to trump each other with their offspring’s extracurricular activities and achievements, and boasting about their latest holidays.
Instead, she clutches a large glass of wine, muttering ‘FML’ over and over again. Until she remembers the gem of an idea she’s had…

The summary for Why Mummy Drinks by author Gill Sims was one that pulled me in right away. Gill already wrote on her blog Peter and Jane, but her debut novel was one that brought motherhood with a bit of humour, recognizable situations and other fun anecdotes. I am not a mother myself, but even I recognized some of these very much so, and I’ve only been an au pair to kids.

Why Mummy Drinks is incredibly honest about how it is to be a working mother, that children are oh so good in making you look like a fool but also that consuming too much alcohol might just be a consequence of having those children. The book starts out with ‘the ideal day’: children that get up without complaining and have breakfast before walking to school completely calm. Of course it is nearly always the complete opposite, children that refuse to eat, because they’re ‘busy’ with their iPad or other electronics and then have to rush to school to make it before the bell. I have to be honest and say that most of the time it is a combination of the two. One day will always go better than another day, but isn’t that the case with everything?

Pretty quickly we learn about Ellen’s chaotic life. It exists of raising Peter and Jane, learning how to deal with the irritating habits of her husband, her job of course the mothers in the school yard. She befriends Sam, one of the fathers and with him and her friend Hannah she spends time with a glass of wine, complaining about everything and everyone, especially when family is staying at her house on top of everything.

The book is written like some kind of journal, which makes it over the top to read but it’s so good! Because Ellen writes it like she experiences it and that might not be how it is in reality. Ellen could be absolutely anyone. She lives towards a big milestone in her life and tries to be the best mother and wife she can be. And of course it’s not always as easy as it seems, no matter how much she wants to be the perfect mother most of the time it’s a dream that will never be coming true.

All in all I really loved this book, it was fun and easy to get through. I had a few laugh out loud moments about what happened in Ellen’s life. If you like a book that is a bit like Bridget Jones, then this is the book for you!