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ARC Review | Make Me Bad by R.S. Grey

MakeMeBadEbookCover About MAKE ME BAD 

I was issued a warning: stay away from Ben Rosenberg.

As Clifton Cove’s resident “king”, he thinks he’s entitled to anyone and anything.

The trouble is, I’ve spent my whole life following the rules and playing it safe. I know what it feels like to be the good girl. I’m the police chief’s daughter and a librarian—for adorable children, no less. My wardrobe consists of colorful sundresses and baggy jeans. I might as well have a Post-it stuck to my forehead that reads: Yup, she’s a virgin.

An all-nighter with a fictional hunk is about as exciting as my life gets, until one day, fate decides to take pity on me and shove me straight into the path of Mr. Off-Limits himself.

Oof.

Just as I suspected, every inch of him promises to be my demise. Up close, he’s tall, menacing, dangerously handsome—the type of man who’s never spent a single moment worrying about the opinions of others. A well-behaved girl would do as she’s told and avoid him at all costs, but I’m overdue for a little rebellion.

No more Friday nights sprawled out on the couch in my comfiest pajamas. No more wishing I had the courage to misbehave.

Everyone thinks Ben is going to ruin me.

They think he’ll chew me up and spit me out.

Well, Ben…go ahead.

Tempt me. Taunt me.

Make me bad.

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If you’ve been with me for quite some time now you already know that I consider R.S. Grey as one of my RomCom Queens. She’s really out there, writing romantic comedy novels oh so well and Make Me Bad’s certainly an addition to my top tier romcom favorites.

While R.S. Grey just keeps on getting better and better at cracking us up with the witty banters, funny situations her characters find themselves in, she’s also progressing in giving them depth. What makes this book mean so much more, for me, is because it delves more into Madison’s, our female lead character, self-exploration and how she learns to break-free from the pattern aka life. All of us could relate to that. Reading her story gave me such an exhilarating feeling; seeing how she’s getting to know more about herself, her wants and her preferences.

She soon learns that she can also be crazy and playful. Just like recruiting Ben Rosenberg, our resident hottie, to be in-charge of her Make Me Bad mission. 

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ARC Review | The Risk (Briar U #2) by Elle Kennedy

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SYNOPSIS

A sexy standalone novel from New York Times and international bestselling author Elle Kennedy. THE RISK takes you back to the world of hot hockey players, feisty heroines, bro banter, and steamy scenes…

Everyone says I’m a bad girl. They’re only partly right—I don’t let fear rule me, and I certainly don’t care what people think. But I draw the line at sleeping with the enemy. As the daughter of Briar’s head hockey coach, I’d be vilified if I hooked up with a player from a rival team.

And that’s who Jake Connelly is. Harvard’s star forward is arrogant, annoying, and too attractive for his own good. But fate is cruel—I require his help to secure a much-coveted internship, and the sexy jerk isn’t making it easy for me.

I need Connelly to be my fake boyfriend.

For every fake date…he wants a real one.

Which means this bad girl is in big trouble. Nothing good can come from sneaking around with Jake Connelly. My father would kill me, my friends will revolt, and my post-college career is on the line. But while it’s getting harder and harder to resist Jake’s oozing sex appeal and cocky grin, I refuse to fall for him.

That’s the one risk I’m not willing to take.

GOODREADS

AMAZON | B&N | iBOOKS

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After months of waiting for the release of The Risk, it has graciously landed on my Kindle app. All thanks to Nina Bocci for the ARC. Thank you. Thank you. As I publish this post, maybe The Risk has reached your Kindles too! All the waiting for its release is worth it, I tell you.

I’ve been an avid reader of Elle Kennedy since she released The Deal and the rest of her Off-Campus Series. I love the way she writes, how real and fun her stories are. She got me so hooked with her college and hockey-based stories, friendship and couples and so there were no questions asked when she dropped Briar U series. I know I need to read it. I know I need to sign up for the ARC of this book.

The Chase, the first book of Briar U series, was an okay read for me. I wasn’t that crazy over Summer and Fitz. Me thinks that I should reread it and thoroughly reflect on my thoughts about it once again, though. But one thing that I know and clearly remember about that book was – how I was seriously teased by Brenna Jensen and Jake Connelly. Every time they show up, I just want them to go and make out already. That’s how high the tension between them is. From that point, I know and I’m very confident that they’d be taking the next story of the series. Because how can Elle Kennedy waste such characters and steam like that, right? The exact moment they encountered each other, I know they were going to be such an explosive duo. The question left there is – how will their characters get tangled up?

Kennedy drops The Risk’s synopsis and all I focus on is “I need Connelly to be my fake boyfriend. For every fake date…he wants a real one.”. Basically, aside from Enemies to Lovers trope that would fit them, we also get fake dating. Imagine the tension from all sides and the headlines: Brenna Jensen, the daughter of Briar U’s hockey coach, goes out on a date with Jake Connelly, Harvard’s team captain and star foward, her enemy (her hockey team’s rival).

The Chase perfectly built up the tension, chemistry and burn that exists between Brenna and Connelly and it was so easy to slip into The Risk. She’s feisty. He’s cocky. Together, they are such a riot. We already have a grasp of their characters and making every scene that transpire between them a very anticipating one. Every scene feels like it is a climax.

Please proceed with caution as some parts may have the teeny tiniest spoilers.

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Blog Tour {REVIEW} | Catastrophe Queen by Emma Hart

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cq-cover3.3ABOUT CATASTROPHE QUEEN

It’s not you. It’s me.

No, seriously. It is me. Not only does my name literally mean “unfortunate,” but that’s the story of my life.

Everything I touch turns to cr*p. An apartment fire—that I swear I was not responsible for—means I’m living back at home with my s*x-mad parents. Yay, me!

Which is why I need my new job as personal assistant to Cameron Reid to get back on my feet. Three months in this job and I can move back out and, hopefully, remember to turn off my flat iron once in a while.

Ahem.

On paper, my job is easy. Make coffee. Book appointments. Keep everything in order.

Until I walk in on my boss, half-naked, wearing nothing but the kind of tiny white towel that dreams are made of.

Now, nothing is easy—except our mutual attraction. But he’s my boss, and you know what they say about mixing work and pleasure: unless you do p*rn, it’s just not worth it.

Or is it?

GOODREADS

AMAZON | APPLE BOOKS | AMAZON WORLDWIDE | NOOK | KOBO 

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It all started with an awkward encounter with THE boss and the WOULD-BE personal assistant…

Emma Hart hits it big with her latest release, Catastrophe Queen, and making it my first five star read for the year 2019. With the perfect dose of romance and comedic scenes, this book and its characters easily wormed its way into my fluffy heart. I love the lightness, fluffiness, quirkiness, humor, sarcasm and everything else about it. 

“I don’t like it described any way, but if you ask Jade, I’m either a hot mess, a walking disaster, or a catastrophe queen.”

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Book Review | Hotshot Doc by R.S. Grey

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About HOTSHOT DOC

Dr. Russell has a bad reputation around our hospital. The scrub techs say he’s cold-blooded, the nurses say he’s too cocky for his own good, and the residents say he’s the best surgeon in the world—really, just a swell guy!—on the off chance he’s within earshot.

I try to avoid him and his temper at all costs. It’s just as easy to admire his sexy, grip-it-while-he’s-ravishing-you hair and chiseled jaw from a healthy distance, preferably from the other end of the hallway…half-hidden behind a plant.

Unfortunately, my plan crumbles when my trusty ol’ boss decides to swap his white coat for a Hawaiian shirt. His retirement leaves me with two terrible options: switch specialties and spend months retraining, or take an open position as Dr. Russell’s surgical assistant.

That means I have to stand near him in the OR for hours on end and anticipate his every need without letting his biting words and bad attitude intimidate me. Oh, and as if that’s not difficult enough, my silly crush on him—the one I’ve tried to stomp on until it disappears—might just be reciprocated.

It’s fine.

I’m fine.

I take my job seriously. There will be no smoldering bedroom eyes across the operating table, no angry almost-kisses in the storage closet. (Well, no more of those.)

What’s the phrase? An apple a day keeps the doctor away?

Maybe I should go for a whole damn bushel.

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About R.S. Grey:

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 insides are made of ooey-gooey mush.”  (Bailey Jennings) Well, that’s certainly me before, during and after reading the Hotshot Doc by R.S. Grey.

If you’ve been with me and my reading journey for quite some time, you must know that I truly enjoy and love R.S. Grey and her books. (I need to collect her books in physical format soon. I must save up first. Haha!) I’ve been with her since what, Scoring Wilder days? and ever since then have read her releases. Gobbled them up. There might have been some hits and misses along the way but I couldn’t deny the fact that R.S. Grey is one of my go-to and trusted authors. Especially, someone who takes the romantic-comedy genre seriously. She knows me and her readers so well. She knows the perfect formula to get the “kilig” out of us.

…and she got me, once again, with Hotshot Doc.

Surgeon. Surgical Assistant. Hospital. Enemies-Lovers. You got to give it to this author for really exploring (and even combining) a lot of fun and exciting tropes out there. Mind you, she really gives justice to every single bit of it. Hotshot Doc was a combo of electrifying friction between the main characters, Bailey and Matt, and that freakin’ slow buuuuurn. The build up of their relationship was an interesting read, considering they still have to work through their work relationship before even progressing to that other type of relationship. Their personalities couldn’t be more different than what was portrayed and resulted with me being eager to know how their dynamics as workmates and as ahem lovers will progress.

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Book Review | The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker

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SYNOPSIS

Calla Fletcher wasn’t even two when her mother took her and fled the Alaskan wild, unable to handle the isolation of the extreme, rural lifestyle, leaving behind Calla’s father, Wren Fletcher, in the process. Calla never looked back, and at twenty-six, a busy life in Toronto is all she knows. But when Calla learns that Wren’s days may be numbered, she knows that it’s time to make the long trip back to the remote frontier town where she was born.

She braves the roaming wildlife, the odd daylight hours, the exorbitant prices, and even the occasional—dear God—outhouse, all for the chance to connect with her father: a man who, despite his many faults, she can’t help but care for. While she struggles to adjust to this rugged environment, Jonah—the unkempt, obnoxious, and proud Alaskan pilot who helps keep her father’s charter plane company operational—can’t imagine calling anywhere else home. And he’s clearly waiting with one hand on the throttle to fly this city girl back to where she belongs, convinced that she’s too pampered to handle the wild.

Jonah is probably right, but Calla is determined to prove him wrong. Soon, she finds herself forming an unexpected bond with the burly pilot. As his undercurrent of disapproval dwindles, it’s replaced by friendship—or perhaps something deeper? But Calla is not in Alaska to stay and Jonah will never leave. It would be foolish of her to kindle a romance, to take the same path her parents tried—and failed at—years ago. It’s a simple truth that turns out to be not so simple after all.

GOODREADS

AMAZON | B&N | Google Play 

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Set in the picturesque background of Alaska and seeing it through Calla’s eyes was certainly a fun experience. Also new and unfamiliar to the place, her sense of wonderment and puzzlement consumed me to the core and made me feel like I’m exploring it alongside with her. I love how the striking differences between the simple Alaska and fast-paced city life were described so well in the book. Alaska may be years behind in terms of advancement but the sense of contentment & community unquestionably makes up for it.

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