Bite-sized Romances Feat. Veronica Larsen

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You and Me
by Veronica Larsen (Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook)
Self published on June 27th, 2016
Genres: New AdultRomance, Contemporary, Novella
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Just in time for summer: A Bite-Sized Romance! Everything you crave--banter, steam, romance--all in one quick, fun, and delectable standalone.

It all started in the pouring rain. His wet shirt plastered to his hard body. My drenched hair strewn across my face. We bantered. He held the door. I found out his name. And for a half a second, I fell hard. Then the record stopped. Forget his quick wit, those biceps, and insanely disarming clear blue eyes. The sexy sonofabitch proved he’d be just another mistake. But Jackson won’t give up that easily. He's determined to show me that opposites can not only attract, they can ignite. Can he and I become an us? Or did any chance we had at a future already get washed away?

I received a review copy courtesy of the author/publisher. This does not affect my opinion or views regarding the book whatsoever.

This has got to be the most favourite novella I've ever read. It's sweet, sassy and sexy--everything I look for in a romance! Veronica Larsen never disappoints.

You and Me follows Samantha as she moves in her sister's apartment... and funnily enough, gets drenched under the rain before she could even fully move in. Leave it to fate to make her day worse by bringing in a totally good looking guy while looking her worst. Although, I don't think Jackson wouldn't mind a wet T-shirt show, hah!

I absolutely enjoyed reading about Samantha. She's sassy and savvy and works as a midwife (which is totally not something I expected). Jackson is hilarious! A total charmer who would do anything to get what he wants. And he wants Samantha, even after he pissed her off when he unintentionally took a hit at her career. Jackson and Samantha are a hoot together--their banter is absolutely entertaining, with equally steamy scenes to match.

You and Me is such a fun read and I enjoyed every bit! Every turn of a page will leave you in giggles!


Him Or Me
Self published on July 19th, 2106
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Novella
Amazon US



There’s the boyfriend and there’s the friend. I’m the friend. The guy she leans on, laughs with, and complains to. The guy that gets all of her jokes and sees her at her worst. The guy with his hands shoved deep in his pockets to keep from touching her. The guy so good at hiding his feelings she’s never once suspected. Until the day I tip her hand and everything changes. Until the day I give her the choice that's been right in front of her this whole time. Him or me?

A bite-sized romance. Everything you crave in one delectable little standalone.

I received a review copy courtesy of the author/publisher. This does not affect my opinion or views regarding the book whatsoever.

Veronica Larsen's second bite-sized romance features Jackson's brother, Heath, who is madly in love with his best friend, Grace. The only catch is, she's not single. But her boyfriend, William, is a total douche.

I knew there was just something more between Grace and Heath when I first met them in You and Me, and I was so excited to read about them! Although I didn't expect an unrequited type of romance between the duo. But don't fret, it's not totally unrequited, because Grace obviously has some feelings for Heath as well.

While I enjoyed reading about Samantha and Jackson in You and Me, the fluff in Him or Me made me love it to bits! Grace and Heath are so adorable together and very much ship-worthy! Hearts all over! I loved reading about their friendship and how Heath continued to pine for Grace. Their banter is incredibly hilarious and I love how they try to catch each other off guard with random outbursts that are totally absurd and ridiculous. The ending is also the cutest thing I've ever read!

I totally recommend reading these bite-sized romances. Read it on the way to work, during your lunch break, or wherever! They're short, sweet and absolutely delicious, you'd want more! (Maybe a sequel-novella perhaps of both couples?)

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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon - "You're not living if you're not regretting."

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Everything, Everything
by Nicola Yoon (Goodreads, Twitter, Website)
Published by Delacorte Press on September 1st, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
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My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

I'm a very picky reader, and it's not everyday I come across a book I absolutely adore... and if I do, I celebrate it. Stumbling upon Everything Everything was unexpected. It was a boring day, waiting in line to catch a ride to get home. I've got to say, boredom has its perks sometimes...and it lead me to my new favourite novel.


Everything's a risk. Not doing anything is a risk. It's up to you.

An Unexpected Gem. 


Nicola Yoon's striking YA novel is an emotional roller coaster which focuses on weighing wants and needs—in a critical ordeal. Everything, Everything follows teenager Madeline 'Maddy', holed up in a very well protected home with a rare disease called SCID (thank you, Google), which makes her allergic to practically everything. She's grown up homeschooled, with a private nurse and completely unaware of the outside world. It's like a modern tale of Rapunzel, only our princess is struck with a severe disease.

Madeline just turned 18 and for the first time, she's struck with cupid's deadly teenage crush; her new next door neighbour, Olly. The more she sees him through the window from her room, the more she wants to get to know him. But she can't leave the house and strict measures are to be followed before anyone gets to enter her sterilised home. Soon, she's breaking the rules just to have a glimpse of what if feels like to be a teenager in love and alive.

It's all about the #YOLO


Nicola Yoon takes the meaning of 'selfishness' to a whole different level, especially with Maddy. Her wants are not materialistic. All she wants is to live. She wants to fall in love, see the world, go to school, make friends. Maddy lives in an unfair life and there's nothing she can do about it. Yoon's ingenuity makes you relate to Maddy through a variety of things. There's always going to be an intangible want in your soul for something you feel you can never have.

For the first time in a long time, I want more than I have.
I applaud Yoon for writing a very realistic character in Maddy. She's a strong and courageous person, in spite of her illness, which made me feel empathetic towards her at the very beginning. She made the worst decisions, just for the sake of living. Also, fun fact: Maddy's half African-American and Japanese! How cool is that? And let's not forget the boy she falls in love with: Olly. Good lord, what a charmer. Although, there's more to him than just the cute boy next door who's a total daredevil. He's got his own issues, but with Maddy, it's like they never existed.

Maddy and Olly are just so precious together. Yoon is definitely in my good books for writing a beautiful romance in this powerful novel. Also, can I just say how much I love Yoon for bravely incorporating sex into this beautiful novel. MASSIVE APPLAUSE. Don't be irked, it's nothing explicit. Really.

The plot is very fast-paced with intriguing chapters. A few of Yoon's chapters are written in a combination of Maddy's diary entries, illustrations, as well as cute and flirty texts between her and Olly. Her illness wasn't the focal point of the story, as this is a romance story and there is a concrete reason behind why it wasn't entirely explained in the novel.

Wait, a MOVIE?!


YES! Everything, Everything is being turned into a movie by MGM! But of course, you guys should've known about this already. Except for me. The upcoming teen YA novel adaption is set to be directed by Stella Meghie, starring Hunger Games' Amandla Stenberg and The 5th Wave's Nick Robinson as Maddy and Olly! Filming just began last week, so this movie is probably going to hit the theatres by 2017!

Movie updates can be found on Nicola Yoon's instagram! Go give her a follow!

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I'm really excited for this movie. This book turned my cold heart (hah!) into mush. Nicola Yoon is a genius, and I definitely can't wait to check out her new novel, The Sun Is Also a Star!

Read this book already? Let me know your thoughts! If you haven't, this book is highly recommended! (Take it from a picky YA reader *wink*)

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The Billionaire Bachelor by Jessica Lemmon — 'You may kiss the 'fake' bride'.

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The Billionaire Bachelor (Billionaire Bad Boys #1)
by Jessica Lemmon (Goodreads, Twitter, Website)
Published by Forever on June 28th, 2016
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Chick Lit
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Manwhore. That's what the board of directors-and the tabloids-thinks of billionaire bachelor Reese Crane. Ordinarily he couldn't care less, but his playboy past is preventing the board from naming him CEO of Crane Hotels. Nothing-and no one-will keep him from his life's legacy. They want a settled man to lead the company? Then that's exactly what he'll give them.

Merina Van Heusen will do anything to get her parents' funky boutique hotel back-even marry cold-as-ice-but-sexy-as-hell Reese Crane. It's a simple business contract-six months of marriage, absolute secrecy, and the Van Heusen is all hers again. But when sparks fly between them, their passion quickly moves from the boardroom to the bedroom. And soon Merina is living her worst nightmare: falling in love with her husband...

I'm back, my lovely fellow mischievous readers! Excuse my current review style, I'm a little out of my element. I haven't been back on the blog for three months, so I'm currently struggling with creative writing. I've been writing news summaries all day at work, so I'm going to need to work on lengthy descriptions once again.

When did I ever doubt Jessica Lemmon? NEVER. I can absolutely vouch her writing gets better and better with every release.

Whenever I'm in need of a book with the perfect balance of swoon and ache, Jessica Lemmon is the key.

The Second Chance series author brings the bad boys back in motion; billionaire bachelor edition. Brooding billionaire (think Oliver Queen!) meets passionate and tough as nails heroine and go through one of the best romance tropes ever: fake relationships or in this case, marriage. Reese Crane needs to be CEO, but his manwhore reputation isn't exactly the x-factor his father's company board is looking for. Enter Merina Van Heusen--hurt after her parents sold their beloved Van Heusen hotel to the multi-millionaire hotelier Cranes without her knowledge. Reese has a plan, but he'll need Merina's full co-operation if she wants her family hotel back.

Oh gosh. Lemmon's writing is outstanding as ever—characters, plot and all. I adore Reese's brooding yet flirtatious persona. Strong, and stoic, but a broken hero—a perfect complement to Merina's spirited nature, which I commend the most. Merina is a character who wears her heart on her sleeve but in the typical naive manner, a Lemmon trademark. But don't be fooled. This isn't the rich guy falls for poor girl romance. Merina is a confident, no holds barred business woman—sassy, sexy and passionate. Everything I look for in a heroine.

JL's characters complemented each other, bouncing from flawed to flawlessly perfect when together. I can absolutely argue Reese and Merina are the best couple she's ever written. It's a unique frenemies to lovers romance, featuring hilarious banters and a sh*t ton of eye f*cking. Their romance is incredibly spicy, steamy and oozing with the perfect chemistry. Their relationship—extremely flawed, stemming from a business agreement all for the sake of convenience, but blooms into something raw and tender as past secrets begin exposure. The pacing? Just right. It's the perfect balance of a slow burn and an explosive romance.

Let's not forget how this romance author inserts the most perfect supporting characters aka the Cranes brothers, the next in the Billionaire Bad Boys series. I'm stoked, I tell ya! Lemmon's works are addicting, I always fall in love with every single couple. I'm excited for the next thing this series will bring. Tag Crane, I'm coming for you next.

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Mosquitoland by David Arnold — Odd One Out!

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Mosquitoland
by David Arnold (Goodreads, Twitter, Website)
Published by Headline on March 3rd, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
Edition: Paperback (368 pages)
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"I am a collection of oddities, a circus of neurons and electrons: my heart is the ringmaster, my soul is the trapeze artist, and the world is my audience. It sounds strange because it is, and it is, because I am strange."

After the sudden collapse of her family, Mim Malone is dragged from her home in northern Ohio to the "wastelands" of Mississippi, where she lives in a medicated milieu with her dad and new stepmom. Before the dust has a chance to settle, she learns her mother is sick back in Cleveland.

So she ditches her new life and hops aboard a northbound Greyhound bus to her real home and her real mother, meeting a quirky cast of fellow travelers along the way. But when her thousand-mile journey takes a few turns she could never see coming, Mim must confront her own demons, redefining her notions of love, loyalty, and what it means to be sane.

Told in an unforgettable, kaleidoscopic voice, "Mosquitoland" is a modern American odyssey, as hilarious as it is heartbreaking.

Realistic fiction isn't something I regularly pick up, and frankly speaking, I've only read a few, and with just a small number of those added in the 'double thumbs up' pile. My last realistic fiction read, Underwater, depicted a story of a young girl with mental illness. Mosquitoland (although follows the same prospect of a teenager suffering from mental illness) is a lot different. First and foremost, Mim, the main character of David Arnold's coming of age novel, suffers from schizophrenia, but it isn't entirely the highlight of the novel.

Mosquitoland follows Mary Iris Malone, or rather, 'Mim' as she travels alone all the way to Cleveland to see her sick mother. At first glance, Mim sounds like any regular young adult character--a rebellious teenager with anger management issues but there's more depth to her character as a brave soul, which I enjoyed the most, particularly her eccentricities and weirdly hilarious quirks featuring her unapologetic dry humor.

At the beginning, Mim writes a letter to an 'Isabel'. Who she is, no one has a clue but subtle clues pop up randomly as we take a trip with Mim starting from her first board on the Greyhound bus, along with other particularly eccentric characters—from the hippie lady to the creepy poncho man and a incredibly attractive lad with a rockabilly swagger plus an adorable little fella.

Mosquitoland is a roller coaster ride and a burst of realistic yet whimsical adventures, revolving from past to present—perfectly woven through Arnold's writing. There's a short romantic twist involved, which feeds my hungry romantic soul (thank you, David Arnold)—a perfect addition to balance out the incredible character growth in our young girl, Mim.

This book fueled by love for realistic fiction, with its beauty and hilarious oddity, is surely something that will keep you turning page after page. Its quirky and brilliant nature will never keep you bored, because honestly, if you love adventure, then I've got four words for you: Pick. This. Up. Now.

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The Distance From A to Z by Natalie Blitt — Enchanté!

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The Distance From A to Z
by Natalie Blitt (Goodreads, Twitter, Website)
Published by Epic Reads Impulse  on January 12th, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Edition: e-Book (352 pages)
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This full-length novel by debut author Natalie Blitt is a pitch-perfect blend of Stephanie Perkins and Miranda Kenneally that proves the age-old adage: opposites attract.

Seventeen-year old Abby has only one goal for her summer: to make sure she is fluent in French—well, that, and to get as far away from baseball and her Cubs-obsessed family as possible. A summer of culture and language, with no sports in sight.

That turns out to be impossible, though, because her French partner is the exact kind of boy she was hoping to avoid. Eight weeks. 120 hours of class. 80 hours of conversation practice with someone who seems to exclusively wear baseball caps and jerseys.

But Zeke in French is a different person than Zeke in English. And Abby can’t help but fall for him, hard. As Abby begins to suspect that Zeke is hiding something, she has to decide if bridging the gap between the distance between who she is and who he is, is worth the risk.

I've finally found a book to get me out of a reading slump, and this is it! If you're a big fan of Stephanie Perkins' Anna and the French Kiss series, or Jenn Bennett's The Anatomical Shape of a Heart or just basically a big sucker for adorable fluffy romance, then this Natalie Blitt debut novel is what you should pick up next on your 'to be read' list.

This book blew me away. Well, no, that's a little extreme, but as someone who's very picky when it comes to Young Adult Contemporary novels (and debut novels), The Distance From A to Z surely knocked me off the wagon and exceeded my expectations.

Blitt's writing is incredible. It's fun and refreshing, filled with witty dialogue and coupled with a romantic twist au francias—definitely out of the ordinary. Her characters are also wonderfully created and undeniably realistic with a tinge of awkward and quirky.

We follow Abby and Zeke at a French summer program at a college where they're practically fetuses as high school seniors surrounded by quasi grown ups in the form of frat boys and high on caffeine undergraduates; and as the only two high schoolers in the class, they're forced to be partners. Basically a teenage romcom with non-stop french conversations, baseball trivia and x-rated French films (woops).

Abby is a French enthusiast and is incredibly in love with its culture. She's an inspiring character who learnt to speak a foreign language through her own means and dreams to one day step foot in the land of immense culture and romance. Funnily enough, she has a hilarious dislike towards anything sports, particularly baseball, which got a tad annoying a few times. Though, imagine growing up in a household which screamed the sport from every single nook and cranny, I'd obviously be sick of the thing. Leaving home for this summer program was a literally a breath of fresh air for Abby. No sports, no baseball, everything French aka Paradise. But her sanctuary of peace gets ruined once she meets her summer partner.

Zeke, on the other hand, looks like your typical jock teenager. He's smooth and suave, and a total looker. He's that cute boy with the nice hair and the backwards hat and regularly clad in baseball team shirts; and Abby's French class partner, much to her luck. But don't let the jock-boy tendencies fool you because this lad here is another dedicated French enthusiast and an incredibly charming persona.

Their romance is one of the best I've read in YA books. It's an entertaining slow burn, from a friendship filled with clever banter and a whole lot of flirty-flirt which bloomed to a no holds barred romance. While these two didn't instantly click as friends at the beginning, they exuded amazing chemistry and will make you feel giddy with every turn of a page.

And while the romance was one of my favorites, another thumbs up to Blitt's ingenuity in her writing style was the way she smoothly wove a foreign language into the story, with Zeke and Abby speaking in French about 80% of the time. Don't be confused—the story isn't written in french, but rather coupled with quite a number of phrases patterned into their conversations with English translations, and never did I get confused at all.

The Distance From A to Z is a wonderfully captivating read and will surely keep you hooked until the very end. This book will make you swoon and fill you with butterflies. If you haven't read this book, then what are you waiting for? Get rid of that terrible reading slump with this beaut and get reading!

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Arrows by Melissa Gorzelanczyk — A Valentine Blog Tour!

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HAPPY POST-VALENTINES DAY, MY LOVELIES!

I hope you all had a great valentines! I did have a great time because it was my best friend's birthday. Yep, people make babies in honor of my best friend on her birthday, hah!

Anyway, did y'all miss me? I'm sure you did (humor me). I've been MIA for a couple of days because of a new job (which I'm really enjoying, so yay!) but now I'm trying to manage my time so I don't end up neglecting my blog, so now I'm back with another 2016 debut by Melissa Gorzelanczyk (that's a super mouthful name, I don't even know how to pronounce it)—so cute and filled with fluff, it'll make your heart flutter.

Arrows
by Melissa Gorzelanczyk
Published by Delacorte Press on January 26th, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Fantasy


A modern cupid story set in present-day Wisconsin combining the fantastical elements of Greek mythology with the contemporary drama of MTV's Teen Mom.

People don’t understand love. If they did, they’d get why dance prodigy Karma Clark just can’t say goodbye to her boyfriend, Danny. No matter what he says or does or how he hurts her, she can’t stay angry with him . . . and can’t stop loving him. But there’s a reason why Karma is helpless to break things off: she’s been shot with a love arrow.

Aaryn, son of Cupid, was supposed to shoot both Karma and Danny but found out too late that the other arrow in his pack was useless. And with that, Karma’s life changed forever. One pregnancy confirmed. One ballet scholarship lost. And dream after dream tossed to the wind.

A clueless Karma doesn’t know that her toxic relationship is Aaryn’s fault . . . but he’s going to get a chance to make things right. He’s here to convince Danny to man up and be there for Karma. But what if this god from Mount Olympus finds himself falling in love with a beautiful dancer from Wisconsin who can never love him in return?

This fast-paced debut novel explores the internal & external conflicts of a girl who finds herself inexplicably drawn to a boy who seemingly doesn't reciprocate her feelings, touching on the issues of love, sex and responsibility, with a heroine struggling to control her destiny--perfect for fans of Katie McGarry's novels and MTV’s 16 and Pregnant.

This is one of the books I've been looking forward to read this year, because, check out that synopsis though! Just the mention of Teen Mom and Greek Mythology, I was sold immediately. I mean, who doesn't love Greek mythology? It's definitely a nerd's guilty pleasure.

So for today's promo post, I've come up with a playlist I believe that fits the whole "I love-you but apparently I really don't but I've been hit with a love arrow so I can't stop love you but now cupid is apparently in love with me too" shebang. It's a handful, but that's pretty much the gist. So, with my impeccable taste in music, I give you a little bit of songs to pop, lock, swing, and groove to while reading this super-duper adorable book.



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MELISSA GORZELANCZYK

Melissa Gorzelanczyk is a former magazine editor and columnist who loves strong coffee, live music, and arrow jewelry. She lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin, with her husband and two teenage children, one of whom is named after a Greek goddess.


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I Wish You Were Mine by Lauren Layne — Off-limits Romance!

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I Wish You Were Mine (Oxford #2)
by Lauren Layne (Goodreads, Website, Twitter)
Published by Loveswept on February 2nd, 2016
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Chick Lit
Edition: eARC (283 pages)
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Perfect for fans of Alice Clayton and Emma Chase, Lauren Layne’s Oxford series heats up in this story of forbidden desire as a brooding jock hoping for a comeback falls for a woman who’s strictly off-limits.

A year ago, Jackson Burke was married to the love of his life and playing quarterback for the Texas Redhawks. Now he’s retired, courtesy of the car accident that ruined his career—and single, after a nasty scandal torpedoed his marriage. Just as he’s starting to get used to his new life as a health and fitness columnist for Oxford magazine, his unpredictable ex shows up on his doorstep in Manhattan. Jackson should be thrilled. But he can’t stop thinking about the one person who’s always been there for him, the one girl he could never have: her younger sister.

Mollie Carrington can’t say no to Madison. After all, her older sister practically raised her. So when Madison begs for help in winning her ex-husband back, Mollie’s just glad she got over her own crush on Jackson ages ago—or so she thought. Because as Mollie reconnects with Jackson, she quickly forgets all her reasons to stay loyal to her sister. Tempted by Jackson’s mellow drawl and cowboy good looks, Mollie is sick and tired of coming in second place. But she can’t win if she doesn’t play the game.


 *I received a review copy courtesy of the author/publisher. This does not affect my opinion or views regarding the book whatsoever.

I don't even question why Lauren Layne's one of my go-to authors, and everytime she's got a new release. This time around, LL brings back the Oxford crew with another hilarious and heartwarming romance that will leave you giggle-snorting and all too giddy.

I must admit, I was hoping the second installment of the Oxford series would be about the unapologetic manwhore extraordinaire, Lincoln Mathis, but it seems Lauren Layne has different plans for him and we’re not getting his story yet until the third book. There was a reason why Jackson was introduced at the very end of the first book, Irresistibly Yours, as the angry sports celebrity bombarded by reporters as they try to get a scoop on his recent divorce.

★ A Scientist walks into a bar while an ex-Quarterback sulks in the corner and...
I Wish You Were Mine follows Jackson's career as a Fitness Editor for Oxford Magazine in New York, post-Football and divorce, and while he gave me the impression of an angry, brooding superstar in the last few pages of Irresistibly Yours, it's apparent that's how he really is as a character which made warming up (to him) a little difficult because of his different personality from LL's usual heroes from the Stiletto/Oxford series.

Of course, it was intentional of LL to create a closed off and stoic character who prefers to keep to himself, especially after having recovered from an unfortunate turn of events in his life that ended his career and his marriage. Jackson was literally a big grumpy bear surrounded by a bunch of hyperactive pups (which, case in point would be the infamously hilarious Oxford crew--Oh, good lord, I so missed them!) as they have been trying to get him into their circle ever since he got on board the Oxford ship.

Mollie, on the other hand, was such a likeable character, although my favorite Oxford lady would have to be Penelope (so far), she was adorable in her own way. She's quirky, hilariously awkward, fun and babbles about biology and animal mating when nervous, hah! Also a career woman (a scientist at that, although I wish her career would've been explored more in the plot). However, with her evil older sister (Jackson's ex-wife) currently in the picture, I surely had a couple of issues, especially about her loyalty towards her sister and Jackson.

Schistosoma mansoni worms for life
This might sound confusing, but apparently, according to Mollie, when worms find their mate, they stay together for life, and if that's not beautiful, I don't know what is.

I love how Jackson and Mollie's relationship progressed from friends to lovers. Their initial relationship, even as ex-in-laws had them acting as best of friends, which led to a sexy and steamy friends with benefits arrangement, which of course, is bound to get complicated because... former sports superstar shacks up with ex-wife's sister, well damn. The romance was a slow burn, even though Mollie's been in love with him for ages, the whole progression was just the right and perfect pace.

★ I pledge allegiance to the flag of the Oxford club
The Stiletto ladies will always have a special place in my heart, but I adore the Oxford crew more. They're funny and dorky for a bunch of sexy men featuring Penelope as the only Maid Marian. Though, we've got only one (?) more bachelor left, and I can't wait to hear Lincoln's story!

Reading I Wish You Were Mine was an emotional rollercoaster. While Jackson and Mollie cannot replace Cole and Penelope as my favorite Stiletto/Oxford couple, I still enjoyed reading about their relationship. Every turn of a page was filled with hilarious banter and witty dialogue that had me cracking up the whole time, and a whole lot of bromance.

If you haven't read anything by Lauren Layne and are a big fan of romance, well, what are you waiting for?! Go! Shoo! Buy her books, you won't regret it!

Read my review of Irresistibly Yours (Oxford #1)

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Long Overdue Book Haul Pt. 2 [Stacking The Shelves #11]

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I know, I know. I haven't done this since August 2015, and I obviously have hoarded more books from that point on. 5 months! Imagine how many books I've bought in that period of time. Don't answer that. That was rhetorical.

But seriously though, jobless I may be, I still manage to keep squeezing book money from my monthly allowance (thank you, parentals. I owe my first salary to you--I mean, of course, duh), and I can imagine how my folks would just sigh out loud and chant in their heads, "at least it's books, not drugs."

I've got a massive collection, ranging from Fantasy to Contemporary, to Romance, paperbacks and hardcovers, physical and digital copies, and all I can say is this is going to be a looooong, looooong post.


Drown by Esther Dalseno (Thank you, Esther!)
Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover (Reviewed - 5 Stars!)
Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover (Reviewed - 4.5 Stars!)
The Heat of Betrayal by Douglas Kennedy & The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins (Thank you, Daddy!)
Vicious by V.E. Schwab
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Illuminae by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (FINALLY!)
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo


November 9 by Colleen Hoover
Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
Mosquitoland by David Arnold
The Rest of Us Live Here by Patrick Ness
Night Film by Marisha Pessl
Fairest by Marissa Meyer
Landline by Rainbow Rowell


Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling
More Than This by Patrick Ness
Burying Water series by K.A. Tucker

EBOOKS

The Distance from A to Z by Natalie Blitt
Montana Men series by Jennifer Ryan
The Girl Who Fell by Shannon M. Parker
Underwater by Marisa Reichardt (Reviewed - 5 Stars!)
I Wish You Were Mine by Lauren Layne
Arrows by Melissa Gorzelanczyk
Where You'll Find Me by Natasha Friend
Hopeless and Maybe Not by Colleen Hoover
F*ck Love, The Opportunist, Mud Vein and Marrow by Tarryn Fisher
Touch Me Not by Apryl Baker
Mechanics of Love series by Megan Erickson
Emmy and Oliver by Robin Benway
The Score by Elle Kennedy
Big Rock by Lauren Blakely
Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry
The Game Plan by Kristen Callihan
Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson


It's a lot... I know. And I'm not even sure when I'll be able to pick up any of these books, because I keep buying more and more and I seriously have no respect for book buying bans.

So, let's chat! 
Are any of these books familiar to you? (Okay, no dumb question). Help a girl out, and if any of these reads are a big thumbs down, WARN ME!!!

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Mischievous Reads' Most Anticipated Releases in 2016

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I remember saying this back in 2015 when January rolled in: "More books. Woopsies!" I can't believe I'm saying the same thing again, this 2016which is no surprise, actually. 

We've got tons of debuts which people have been raving about all over the blogosphere and on Twitter and sequels everyone's been itching to get their hands on after waiting for so long, and I'm one of those itching to get their hands on these soon to be released reads of various genres I've taken a liking to: Fantasy superstars writers Sarah J. Maas and Maggie Stiefvater. Add in V.E. Schwab and some of my auto-buy Romance authors whom I'd literally grovel over: K.A. Tucker, Lauren Layne, Jessica Lemmon and Kylie Scott.
I've read the first of the Raven Cycle series and I loved it. Hopefully within the year, I would get to read on to the next books, so I can get on to The Raven King and I'm looking forward to it!

I also read A Court of Thorns and Roses last year, and it's actually the one of the two three Fantasy books I read last year, and for a Sarah J. Maas first-timer, my experience was not bad at all. I look forward to reading more of her books, particularly the Throne of Glass series, which I have not yet tackled. 

To be frank, I haven't read any V.E. Schwab novel, but I've heard so many good things about her work. According to a lot, she's one of the greatest young adult fantasy writers out there, so I'm excited to get my hands on her books. So far, all I have is Vicious, although still unread and is sitting pretty on my bookshelf.

Kylie Scott's Dirty is one of my highly anticipated reads this year. After having read all the books to her latest series, Stage Dive, and loved every single one of them, especially the audiobook versions, because let me tell you, Andi Arndt is one of the greatest audiobook narrators I've ever heard (and the only one that made me stick and listen attentively as I've got the attention span of a five year old loaded on sugar). 

Also with Jessica Lemmon and K.A. Tucker, two of my newly discovered romance writers who are amazing with their works, these two just popped out of nowhere and took me by surprise. If you want romance, Lemmon's your girl, and if you want a little dash of suspense, K.A. Tucker is here to the rescue. Her upcoming novel, He Will Be My Ruin is her most suspenseful book so far, and I'm so excited!

I've been lucky enough to be granted ARC copies of I Wish You Were Mine and Arrows (Thank you, Penguin Random House!) and thank you to Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books for my Passenger giveaway win! It's on its way to my mailbox and I'm very excited to get my hands on it!

What are your anticipated reads this 2016?

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#IfThisWasAMovie: The Girl Who Fell by Shannon M. Parker Dreamcast + Giveaway!

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I'm a very big fan of movies, and I'd definitely consider myself as a movie junkie. Just give me a bag of popcorn (cheese flavored, of course) and sit me on a comfy couch or on my bed, propped up with tons of soft, fluffy pillows and I'm good to go! 

But as an avid book reader, I love to imagine every part of a book into a movie scene, from the location setting all the way to the camera angles. In fact, I've got the whole screenplay panned out! And of course, let's not forget the actors and actresses, which I pick out to fit every single character in said novel. Sometimes I even imagine the characters into my favorite actors/actresses (most of the timeparticularly the time I got so hooked with Olicity (Oliver and Felicity from, Arrow, the popular superhero hit TV show from the CW, I visualized them as every couple in every romance book I read... and moving on). 

 So, in lieu for my promo post for a blog tour, I've created the feature, If This Was Movie, where in I create a dream cast for a book I've read, with me, as the director, of course, because, duh.

So for my first ever guinea pig, Shannon M. Parker's upcoming Young Adult Contemporary novel, The Girl Who Fell, which will be released on March 1st, so stick around to check out my "movie casting" and get a chance to win a giveaway!

The Girl Who Fell
by Shannon M. Parker
Expected publication on March 1st, 2016 by Simon Pulse
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary


His obsession. Her fall.

High school senior Zephyr Doyle is swept off her feet—and into an intense relationship—by the new boy in school.

Zephyr is focused. Focused on leading her team to the field hockey state championship and leaving her small town for her dream school, Boston College.

But love has a way of changing things.

Enter the new boy in school: the hockey team’s starting goaltender, Alec. He’s cute, charming, and most important, Alec doesn’t judge Zephyr. He understands her fears and insecurities—he even shares them. Soon, their relationship becomes something bigger than Zephyr, something she can’t control, something she doesn’t want to control.

Zephyr swears it must be love. Because love is powerful, and overwhelming, and…terrifying?

But love shouldn’t make you abandon your dreams, or push your friends away. And love shouldn’t make you feel guilty—or worse, ashamed.

So when Zephyr finally begins to see Alec for who he really is, she knows it’s time to take back control of her life.

If she waits any longer, it may be too late.

LIGHTS. CAMERA. ACTION!


Zephyr "Zee" is our main heroine! She's seventeen, and is in senior high. Athletic teen and is co-captain of the school hockey team! Young Nina Dobrev is definitely a perfect fit, because of her bright personality, aye? 


Here's Gregg, who's one of Zephyr's best friends and neighbour. Gregg's a loyal best friend, but also a total ladies man. He's funny, athletic and one of the popular kids in school. Check out that Kellan smirk though!


Here's Alec, the new boy in town, and Zephyr's new beau, and a mysterious handsome boy. I definitely think The 5th Wave's Alex Roe is the perfect Alec (because Alex = Alec, duh?). Also, who's excited for The 5th Wave?!


Another of Zephyr's best friends, there's Lizzie, the school journalist. She's seen all the time with a camera, and writing for the school paper. If she gets wind of anything juicy, best believe it's going to be out on the bulletin! Easy A's Emma Stone is the total sassy and hip, free-bird high-schooler character and the perfect fit for Lizzie!


Of course, a YA novel isn't complete without the parentals, especially the main characters. We've got Zee's mom. Sweet lady, that she is. And Zephyr's dad, although he's not in the picture most of the time, as Zee's parents are divorced, he does play a vital role in the book. This couple from Switched at Birth are definitely the perfect parents for Zephyr!





So there you have it! I pretty much have the core characters casted. To those who's had the opportunity to read The Girl Who Fell, can you visualize the movie yet? 'Cause I can totally see it now! High school, lockers, skating rink, hockey jerseys, locker rooms! I'm so stoked!

The Girl Who Fell comes out on March 1st! Pre-order the book now!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR



SHANNON M. PARKER

Shannon Parker lives on the Atlantic coast with a house full of boys. She’s traveled to over three dozen countries and has a few dozen more to go. She works in education and can usually be found rescuing dogs, chickens, old houses and wooden boats. Shannon has a weakness for chocolate chip cookies and ridiculous laughter—ideally, at the same time. The Girl Who Fell is her first novel. Find her at www.shannonmparker.com


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