Saturday, July 14, 2018

Whatcha Reading? (July 14th)

Thursday marked one month. I'm still here, but no, I'm not really doing any better.

We finally got some rain this week, which was nice. Thing is, even though it poured for a while, within 20 minutes the ground was dry again because we're that deep into a drought here. Still, it was nice to enjoy the slightly cooler temps -- though not the humidity, ugh! -- and the amazing smell of rain. 12/10 would recommend. :)

If you've ever been interested in trying out Kindle Unlimited, you can sign up for 3 months for $0.99 each right now. You can then cancel any time (after 3 mo, it goes to $9.99!). Hurry, this deal runs out on Tuesday!

This week I welcomed another reviewer to the team, Chelsea. You can check out her first review HERE, find her on Twitter, and don't forget to check out the awesome podcast she co-hosts.

As to my reading week, it was pretty good. 4 books and only one was a dud, with two being Royal Picks. My first high ratings in more than a month, I think, so yay for that.

What I Read:

Mr. Hotshot CEO by Jackie Lau
4 1/2 Stars
July Royal Pick

✦ 1st POV
✦ CW: Depression, talk of suicide
✦ STEM heroine (biomedical researcher)
✦ CEO (financing)
✦ He hires her to teach him how to have fun - temporary roommates!
✦ Fun, charming and sexy + emotional and relatable
✦ I loved the Julian wanted to help her and care for her and understood that he couldn't fix her depression -- which, yes, made him upset at one point, but even then he kept his head out of his ass enough to still realize that this is her battle to fight and she knows best. But he can totally be there for her and that's what she needs -- love and support.
✦ I very much look forward to reading more from Lau. I have book 1 still sitting on my Kindle (bad TBQ, bad!)
     ✦ But I also loved Julian's interactions with his brothers, especially his playboy younger brother, and I need him to get a story. And the middle brother, too (author). JUST GIMME ALL THE BOOKS, JACKIE, KTHXBYE

Find all the quotes I shared HERE

Between the Devil and the Duke by Kelly Bowen
Narrated by Ashford McNab
4 Stars

✦ She needs money, plays cards at a club
✦ He owns the club – might also be a spy of sorts?
✦ Offers to hire her as a dealer
✦ Plot switches to other mysteries in her family though, which disappointed me a bit only because I thought I was getting more of the Kickass Lady Dealer story instead. :(
✦ Sex was pretty hot (not more than 2 or 3 scenes, but I didn't care, I was happy with what we got)
✦ Solid read, good on audio -- I have enjoyed this series overall.

Find a thread with some quotes and a hot sex scene HERE

A Gentleman Never Keeps Score by Cat Sebastian
4 1/2 Stars
July Royal Pick

✦ CW: Hint at child molestation and abuse
✦ Pub owner
✦ Disgraced gentleman; has issues with touch
✦ Sexy, sweet, and charming
✦ Dildo as a gift? Romantic AF. Trust me
✦ So much consent (yes!)
✦ And hand/glove porn (yes please)
✦  I admit some of the plot things were not settled by the end -- like, at all -- but I'm assuming those plots roll into the next books

Find all the quotes I shared HERE

Kindle | NOOK | Kobo

Irresistibly Yours by Lauren Layne
Narrated by Lucy Malone
2 Stars

✦ Rivals to lovers: competing for the sports editor position at a magazine
✦ Mixed feelings: it was fine sometimes, but I hated it others – tons of sexist and misogynistic comments/views from the hero, etc.
✦ Didn’t fully believe the romance either (so much of it is spent Not Together, then a break up towards the end -- not that they were ever really together at that point -- and more time apart and then BAM, the end and HEA. Nah, give me more
✦ Sex was just okay as well

Currently Listening To:

Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean

Finally! My library hold came in. :)

✦ Bastard son of a duke / king of London’s dark streets
✦ She’s a “plain” wallflower (with a love of lock picking!)
✦ He needs her help for his revenge

Currently Reading:

Better Off Red by Rebekah Weatherspoon

I'm currently trying out a trial of Kindle Unlimited and saw that this F/F title was in the program. Sadly the rest of the books are not, but oh well, you can't have it all, right?

✦ 1st POV
✦ Freshman studying kinesiology suddenly finds out vampires are real & the sorority she’s joined protects that secret
✦ Falls for the head sister-queen vampire

So what are YOU currently reading? 


Until Next Time,

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