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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Blog Tour + Giveaway: Flirting With Scandal by Chanel Cleeton Review

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Flirting With Scandal
By Chanel Cleeton
InterMix, 267 pages
19th May, 2015

The author of I See London sets her sights on Washington, D. C., with a sexy new series about three sisters, the secrets they keep, and a powerful blog with a knack for exposing scandals...

Jackie Gardner knows all about dirty little secrets. The illegitimate daughter of one of the most influential senators in Washington, D.C., she grew up surrounded by the scandals and shadows of politics. Now that she's landed an internship with a powerful political consulting firm, she's determined to launch her career and take this city by storm.

William Andrew Clayton was born for politics. He knows the drill: work hard, play discreetly, and at all costs, avoid scandal. At twenty-six, his campaign for the Virginia State Senate is the first step to cementing his future. It's time for him to settle down, to find the perfect political spouse. He needs a Jackie Kennedy, not a Marilyn... 

When Jackie meets Will in the bar of the Hay-Adams Hotel, sparks fly. But the last thing Will needs is to be caught in a compromising position, and an affair with a political candidate could cost Jackie her career. When what began as one steamy night, becomes a passion neither one of them can walk way from, they must decide if what they have is really love, or just another dirty little secret...

- goodreads.com description

I don't even remember what was in the description when I read this book. I don't remember what made me read this book. It probably has to do with the word scandal on the title. But whatever made me read it, I never regret it.


This is one of my favorite romance books! It's soo good! This book is all about girl power and we need more books like this. 

Somehow I was expecting cliches along the way because romance books are always full of cliche. But instead Flirting With Scandal surprises me with every plots and scenes. This is far from your cliche romance books. When things go down, it's filled with raw emotions and you feel it in the pit of your stomach. 

All the sexual tension between the MC and all the angst, Chanel Cleeton got it all right. I never would've read a book revolving around politics and this book made me do it and LOVE IT. And I love how she keeps rotating the narrator between the two so you get to know both side's story.

I actually made a mistake of reading an excerpt of Playing with Trouble and now you have NO IDEA how much I wanna read the book. NEED. IT. NOW. 

Chanel Cleeton just got in my exclusive list of favorite authors. Any lover of romance books would definitely devour Flirting With Scandal down.


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AUTHOR INFORMATION: 

Originally a Florida girl, CHANEL CLEETON moved to London where she received a bachelor’s degree from Richmond, The American International University in London and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Chanel fell in love with London and planned to stay there forever, until fate intervened on a Caribbean cruise and a fighter pilot with smooth dance moves swept her off her feet. Now, a happily ever after later, Chanel is living her next adventure. 

Law school made Chanel realize she’d rather spend her days writing sexy stories than in a courtroom, and she hasn’t looked back since. An avid reader and hopeless romantic, she’s happiest curled up with a book. She has a weakness for handbags, her three pups, and her husband.

Chanel writes contemporary romances. She is published by Harlequin HQN, Penguin/InterMix, and Penguin/Berkley and is the author of the International School, Capital Confessions, and Wild Aces series.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak Review

By Ali Novak
Sourcebooks Fire, 336 pages
Expected Publication: 4th August, 2015
Source: Netgalley

"When I met Oliver Perry, I had no clue he was the lead singer for The Heartbreakers. And he had no idea that I was the only girl in the world who hated his music."
Stella will do anything for her sick sister, Cara—even stand in line for an autographed Heartbreakers CD...for four hours. She's totally winning best birthday gift this year. At least she met a cute boy with soft brown hair and gorgeous blue eyes while getting her caffeine fix. Too bad she'll never see him again.
Except, Stella's life has suddenly turned into a cheesy love song. Because Starbucks Boy is Oliver Perry – lead singer for the Heartbreakers. And even after she calls his music crap, Oliver still gives Stella his phone number. And whispers quotes from her favorite Disney movie in her ear. OMG, what is her life?
But how can Stella even think about being with Oliver — dating and laughing and pulling pranks with the band — when her sister could be dying of cancer?
Ali Novak wrote her debut novel My Life with the Walter Boys when she was just 15 years old, and has since penned her next book, The Heartbreakers. First a hit on the online community Wattpad, her second novel has over 38 million reads and is loved by readers around the world.
- goodreads.com description

Wattpad author love!


As soon as I read the description, I knew that this was wattpad already. And when I read the book, even the narrating feels quite different. There's a distinctive voice between a traditionally published writer and a wattpad writer. I haven't read any books from wattpad in ssoooo long that this book feels so good!



The relationship between the band members are so adorable. They are such guys! Like,this is how teenage guys are supposed to act. Playful, childish, teenagery. I love their conversations and their games and the pranks they play on each other. It is such a fun read. All the band members personalities are so different from each other and I like how the author make their personalities compliment each other. Like, teammates. 



As swoon worthy as Oliver Perry is, I would LOVE to read a story about JJ. A book written about JJ would just scream FUN! and all his dirty talks thrown in would make the book interesting xD



If you're looking for a fluff read, THE HEARTBREAKERS would be the book for you.


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Audiobook Review: Game for Marriage by Karen Erickson

Game for Marriage
By Karen Erickson
11th January, 2013
Entangled Publishing (Brazen), 170 pages
Source: Received from Wordsmith Publicity in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.


A sexy category romance from Entangled's Brazen imprint...

He’s going in deep to make her his…

Struggling artist Sheridan Harper never imagined she’d spend a sizzling night with Jared Quinn, the smoking-hot star quarterback of her local professional football team, the San Jose Hawks. And she’s even more shocked when Jared’s publicist offers her a proposition: a fake marriage to keep Jared out of the gossip mags. Being that close to Jared would be too tempting, so to protect her heart, she insists on secretly including a clause forbidding sex between them.

Jared just wants to keep his starting QB job and keep it in San Jose. His reputation as a ladies’ man has landed him in the headlines one too many times, but there’s something about his kind, passionate new wife that tempts him beyond reason. Any sort of intimacy between them is completely forbidden, but as their bodies fall in deep, will their hearts follow suit?


- goodreads.com description

I am such a sucker for books about marriage!

The format of fake marriage are all the same. Fake marry, love-hate relationship, then they spend time together, slowly falling in love, none of them would admit it, then BAM! They both fell in love when things suddenly go wrong. Every single book I read on fake marriage has the same format yet I never get tired of them.

The sexual tension between Jared and Sheridan just skyrocketed. The sexual tension between them was just there from the beginning. If there was one thing I don't like though was how cheesy and corny and cliche(like all romance books so I guess it didn't bother me much) it was in the beginning.

Just focus on the romance, guys. Because that's what romance books are all about. And the romance between Sheridan and Jared didn't fail me. Their conversations always brought a smile to my face. I love how they build up their relationship, that it's not all just lust.

I was having trouble with Deanna Hurst's narrating a little bit in the beginning. She didn't quite get Jared's tone right and it felt awkward at some parts. But as the story gets better, so did she.

A short and light romance read. A recommended one too!

*I received an audiobook in exchange for an honest and unbiased review*

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Blog Tour + Giveaway: Swept Away by Michelle Dalton Review


Swept Away
By Michelle Dalton
320 pages, Simon Pulse
5th May, 2015


Beachfront love blossoms in this refreshing summer romance, in the tradition of Sixteenth Summer and Seventeenth Summer.


Mandy Sullivan isn’t exactly looking forward to the summer months as tourists invade her seaside hometown on the coast of Maine. Her best friend, Cynthia, has abandoned her for camp and her older brother just announced he’ll be staying at college taking classes for the summer, leaving Mandy with nothing to do and no one to hang out with. Hoping to keep herself busy, Mandy takes a volunteer job at the Rocky Pointe Lighthouse. On her very first day, Oliver Farmingham asks for a private tour. A new—and incredibly cute—face in Rocky Pointe, Oliver seems more interested in Mandy than the lighthouse and its history.



Without her best friend at her side, Mandy is scrambling to act the right way and say the right things when Oliver is around. Cynthia—not Mandy—has always been the confident, flirtatious girl that everyone wanted to be around. As Mandy and Oliver spend more time together exploring the coast, biking through the woods, and attending the local summer festivals, their budding friendship becomes much more. But with Mandy’s insecurities creeping to the surface, can she open her heart to someone who will only be in town for three months?


- goodreads.com description


Yay! Summer reads! I'm always game for summer books. 

This is such a festive summer books with lots to do! I wish my place is as festive as this. I love reading about the adventures Mandy and Oliver went on. Also, I love how they aren't a couple that's lovey dovey all the time. Not that they have issues. Like, couples fights too even when they like each other and I like how they work around each other through fights.

I like how relate-able the issues is. As easy as it may sound, it's not that easy to stand your ground and be opinionated. At least once in your life, you'd adjust yourself to someone because you're afraid of what they'd think of you. I know that happened to me. And it still happens from time to time. 

Swept Away was such a cute and fun read. Looking for a light summer romance? Here it is!


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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Blackout by Chris Myers


New Adult Romance
Release: April 2015

Some memories should be buried…
The blackouts started happening when I was eight. There are long periods of my youth I don’t remember. I’ve woken up in strange places, feeling disoriented and unaware of how long I’ve been out.
After two years abroad attending a private school and sessions with a top-notch psychiatrist, I’ve been deemed cured. The blackouts have ceased, or so I thought, until I wake up in a ditch back home in North Carolina. Dare, the guy pulling my broken body from the wreckage, has a restraining order against him. He’s no longer the clean-cut boy I went frog gigging with but road-hardened. His lean, muscular arms, riddled with tats, drag me out of the SUV. I should fear him, but instead, his touch sparks memories that tell me I once worshipped him with all my heart.

About the Author
Chris Myers suffers from an overactive imagination. She spent her high school years writing torch songs for fantasy guys then moved onto writing thrillers, new adult, and young adult. She has a real job but would love to write full time. Her books have won and placed in the finals and semifinals for several awards including Paul Gillette, Rocky Mountain Gold, and Amazon Breakthrough Novel. Chris lives in Colorado with her daughter, her better half, and BeBe, a rambunctious Bichon.

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Blog Tour: Aimee and the Heartthrob by Ophelia London Review


Aimee and the Heartthrob
By Ophelia London
Entangled: Crush, 223 pages
14th April, 2015


He never noticed her before, but now she’s all he can see…

Miles Carlisle is every teen girl’s fantasy. His rugged good looks and exotic British accent have helped catapult his boy band, Seconds to Juliet, to super-stardom. But after two disastrous and very public breakups, Miles isn’t interested in dating just any girl; he wants The One. And the only girl he’s interested in is not only his best friend’s little sister―and off-limits―but won’t even give him the time of day…

As a kid, Aimee Bingham had a huge thing for Miles…until he made fun of her for always tagging along. Now that she’s outgrown both him and her pigtails. the prospect of spending two weeks on tour with the childhood crush who broke her heart isn’t exactly enticing. Except now Miles seems interested. Very interested. And no matter how hard Aimee tries to resist him, her crush is definitely making a comeback.

But everyone knows that falling for a heartthrob is a backstage pass to heartbreak...


- goodreads.com description



Aimee and the Heartthrob got me hooked from the beginning. I read the whole book in one sitting. 

I love the sneaky rendezvous Aimee and Miles had. Sneaking in private bus tours, into kitchens and running down hotel corridors. And how comfortable they are when bantering with each other. And their way-back-then history with each other. However, what I don't like is the many times they kept going down memory lane. Once, or twice was enough. But after that just feels repetitive and slightly annoying. But that didn't happen throughout the whole book so no worries.

I love how the author kept switching from Miles then to Aimee's POV back and forth. But I wished she had put more scenes with the side characters in it. I didn't feel any connection there with the side characters like with Aimee's brother, Nick. The brotherly touch was nice but I just wished he was more there in the picture.

This was such an adorable and lighthearted read. A classic cute contemporary that will put a permanent smile on your face by the end of this book. Also, perfect for readers to take a break from heavy books or heavy real-life problems ;)

Also, sign me up in Miles High Fanclub! The boy is so swwooooonnwwooorrrttthhhyyyy!!


USA Today bestselling author Ophelia London was born and raised among the redwood trees in beautiful northern California. Once she was fully educated, she decided to settle in Florida, but her car broke down in Texas and she’s lived in Dallas ever since. A cupcake and treadmill aficionado (obviously those things are connected), she spends her time watching arthouse movies and impossibly trashy TV, while living vicariously through the characters in the books she writes.

Ophelia is the author of DEFINITELY, MAYBE IN LOVE; ABBY ROAD and CROSSING ABBY ROAD; the Perfect Kisses series including: FALLING FOR HER SOLDIER, PLAYING AT LOVE, SPEAKING OF LOVE, and MAKING WAVES; and the upcoming AIMEE AND THE HEARTTHROB for Entangled’s Teen Crush. Visit her at www.ophelialondon.com, but don’t call when The Vampire Diaries (or Dawson’s Creek) is on.
Twitter: @ophelia_london : Facebook : Website : Pinterest : Goodreads

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Audiobook Review: Flat-Out Celeste by Jessica Park

By Jessica Park
22nd May, 2014
CreateSpace, 336 pages
Source: Received an audiobook version of this book in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.


For high-school senior Celeste Watkins, every day is a brutal test of bravery. And Celeste is scared. Alienated because she’s too smart, her speech too affected, her social skills too far outside the norm, she seems to have no choice but to retreat into isolation.

But college could set her free, right? If she can make it through this grueling senior year, then maybe. If she can just find that one person to throw her a lifeline, then maybe, just maybe.

Justin Milano, a college sophomore with his own set of quirks, could be that person to pull her from a world of solitude. To rescue her—that is, if she’ll let him.

Together, they may work. Together, they may save each other. And together they may also save another couple—two people Celeste knows are absolutely, positively flat-out in love.

Whether you were charmed by Celeste in Flat-Out Love or are meeting her for the first time, this book is a joyous celebration of differences, about battling private wars that rage in our heads and in our hearts, and—very much so— this is a story about first love.


-goodreads.com description


This would be one of my fav contemporaries of all time. It has everything a contemporary book should have. And it is AMAZING!

This book is so funny and cute and adorable and emotional and thrilling and swoon-worthy. There are just so many scenes that I love so much. I just love every aspect from this book. 

Both of the author & audiobook narrator captured Celeste's voice perfectly. She was very sheltered in the beginning of the book and I love the way she tried to break out of her shell little by little until she became a full-fledged duckling(is this even the right metaphor?). There are definitely character growth for all of the characters in this book. And all of the characters were so lovely and there is not one thing I hate about the characters. 

In all of the funny, cute, emotional scenes, ect. There's a message that Jessica Park is trying to deliver. This book is about acceptance towards yourself. Accept who you are, love who you are, be yourself, don't change yourself for society and I think she nailed that.

A must-read to every contemporary lovers. And just everyone, literally. Like, really. Read it. I guarantee you, there'll be no regrets involved by the end of this book.



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