Thursday, May 30, 2013

Trophy Husband by Lauren Blakely Blog Tour



***WARNING***This Book contains Mature Adult Content!***

Today I would like share with you all to check out my review for the Trophy Husband Blog Tour!! :)

From Goodreads:
Sometimes you can't help falling in love, even when you try to do the opposite...Successful fashion blogger McKenna Bell has spent far too long protecting herself after the way her ex-fiancé left her at the altar for a college chick he met the night of his bachelor party. Loving again, trusting again, well, that's just not in the cards. Especially now that her ex is back in town with his new woman, demanding custody of McKenna's favorite creature in the whole world--her dog. No effing way. McKenna's had enough of him, and she decides to even the score by finding her own hot young thing -- a Trophy Husband. Sure, she's only twenty-seven, but doesn't that make it even more fun -- and infuriating to her ex -- to pursue a younger man? When she declares her intentions on her daily blog, her quest quickly skyrockets in popularity, and that's when Chris enters the picture, and he’s got all the assets. He's handsome, successful, and turns her inside out with a kiss to end all kisses, the kind that makes you feel like a shooting star. But loving again could mean losing again, and it's so much easier to focus on getting even, isn't it? Unless, you just can't help falling in love. Which means McKenna will have to come face to face with what she really wants in life -- protecting her heart from hurt, or letting go of her fears of a new beginning.
My Thoughts:

Trophy Husband by Lauren Blakely was a cute contemporary romance novel, overall!

While at times there were things that bothered me a bit, I did, in the end, enjoy it!  It had a somewhat interesting concept!

However, one thing that really got to me in this book was the main character, McKenna.  I honestly, at times found her to be a bit irritating... For instance, why would you want a Trophy Husband at the age of 26?  Okay, so I know she explained it in the book, by saying that she was trying to do this whole empowering woman thing; but seriously?? 26?? How is that OLD today?

I thought it was cool that McKenna was trying to be an independent woman, however, I didn't think she was doing it for the right reasons.  While she should have been doing it for herself, she was doing it to prove something to her d-bag of an ex-fiance.  What he did is pretty much one of the most unacceptable things to do to end a relationship!  Actually it might just be the top worst thing!  

Whenever McKenna and her girlfriends mentioned the term Trophy Husband, there was word going through my head...D.I.V.O.R.C.E. Instant Divorce to be more exact.  The hole concept of Trophy Wife and Trophy Husband to me leads ultimately to divorce about 80% of the time in my opinion.  I'm not saying it NEVER works, but I mean seriously?  If you're holding a dating contest on your blog to meet a younger husband who you are pretty much going to be the sugar mama for...(in a singing voice)...divorce...

HOWEVER, by the end all of that changed!  The whole concept was pretty much thrown out the window, and like many of you know...because come on, a contemporary romance, every body knows that the reader will get their happy ending ;).

I was cheering for McKenna and Chris from the moment she heard his voice!  I mean come one...video game blogger+fashion blogger=happily ever after!!!!  

Chris sounded absolutely gorgeous!! While it took McKenna a couple epiphanies to realize Chris might possibly be the one, she finally realized something along the way, that could change her view on a lot of things!

Should getting back at your ex, for breaking your heart, decide everything in your life?

Overall rating: 

I loved the outcome of this book!  McKenna was able to learn from her past mistakes and live life the way it is supposed to be...your OWN way!  I recommend this book to my fellow contemporary adult romance readers!  It's cheesy, and I will warn contain quite a few women fantasies, involving both imaginary and real sex...so if you enjoy a good steamy read...check this out!

The Romance Bookie :)  



Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Faking It (Losing It #2) by Cora Carmack (ARC Review)

***WARNING!!! This Book Contains some Mature Adult Content not Recommended for anyone under the age of 17!!!!***

So before I share with you all my review for Faking It by Cora Carmack, I have something random to share with you all.  So this past weekend, on Saturday I went with a friend to go see The Hangover 3, which btw, is SO much different than the first two!! If you don't already know, that movie is Rated R, which means, technically, no one under the age of 17 is allowed into the theater.  Well, when I went to go buy my ticket, guess what happened?!

THEY ASKED FOR MY ID!!

Now, before you say, "What's the big deal?", well, here's the thing...I haven't been under 17 in over 5 years!! I am going to be 22 in July!!  

I was just reminded of that story as I wrote the big warning above lol, and just had to share!  I mean, honestly, I know I look fairly young, but under 17??? Yeah, I'm not so sure...

Anyway, done with random rant of the day...time for my review...

From Goodreads:


Mackenzie “Max” Miller has a problem. Her parents have arrived in town for a surprise visit, and if they see her dyed hair, tattoos, and piercings, they just might disown her. Even worse, they’re expecting to meet a nice, wholesome boyfriend, not a guy named Mace who has a neck tattoo and plays in a band. All her lies are about to come crashing down around her, but then she meets Cade.

Cade moved to Philadelphia to act and to leave his problems behind in Texas. So far though, he’s kept the problems and had very little opportunity to take the stage. When Max approaches him in a coffee shop with a crazy request to pretend to be her boyfriend, he agrees to play the part. But when Cade plays the role a little too well, they’re forced to keep the ruse going. And the more they fake the relationship, the more real it begins to feel.

My Thoughts:

Faking It by Cora Carmack, the second in her Losing It Series, was a pleasant surprise.  As I started this one, all that was going through my head was, "There is no way she can top Losing It", which I reviewed back in December.  Well, she definitely did!

I've mentioned this before, but I absolutely love it when series have each book be about a different main character, yet still incorporate the past characters, and/or involve one of the side characters from the previous novel in the series!  

Faking It is the story of Cade, the friend from school of Bliss, from Losing It.  

Cade starts off being depressed in this one, because he knows he's lost the girl who he thought was the love of his life to someone he just can't compete with...a guy with a British Accent...I mean, honestly, guys that accent is pretty darn sexy!

Anyway, as he's bandaging his wounded heart, Max storms into his life completely out of nowhere desperate for him to pretend to be her boyfriend, because her parents have made an unexpected visit into town.

What better than to use Cade's acting skills?! And to get practice!

Well, soon enough, Cade realizes he may not have to pretend after all.  He realizes, while damaged just like him, from her past, that she's an extraordinarily strong person, who just doesn't realize how strong she is yet!

Overall rating...
I really enjoyed this one!  Honestly, actually more than Losing It, only because it didn't seem to have as much cheesiness to it, like it's predecessor had.  I loved the serious aspects behind the back story of both main characters.  Both complex characters, that may not look like right for one another on the outside, but once they get to know each other, the inside is where they find their true common ground!

Highly recommend this one to fans of Losing It, but also fans of New Adult novels!  Cora Carmack has written a great series so far! 

You can get either preorder or wait until next Tuesday (June 4th) to download or order your copy off of Amazon or Barnes and Noble! :)

The Romance Bookie :) 

Sunday, May 26, 2013

IMM #20/Stacking the Shelves #1


And then from this week on, I will ALSO be participating in Stacking the Shelves, since Kristi is busy getting ready for her baby she hasn't had time to do IMM, and so I'll be linking up to SS too! :)  Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Review!

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From Publisher:





From Author:

Plus some awesome book related swag! :)

Won!:


A HUGEEEEEE THANK YOU TO Gallery Books, Lauren Clark, AND Alex over at A Girl, Books, and Other Things!!

Now to Ebooks:

From Netgalley:


     






From Edelweiss:


SO Excited to read this one!! Loved the first one! :)

Purchased from Amazon:


From Author:





So that's everything I got in books over the past month!!

Now to my recap! :)


Reviewed this month:
Alright, everyone! That's it from me this week!!

OH, before I forget! Don't forget to enter my 500 FOLLOWERS GIVEAWAY!!! :)
The Romance Bookie :)

Friday, May 24, 2013

Rebecca's Lost Journals, Volume 4: My Master by Lisa Renee Jones

From Goodreads:

An Inside Out novella...

A hot new erotic story by New York Times and USA Today Best Selling author Lisa Renee JonesConnection to The Inside Out Trilogy that has recently been optioned to STARZ for TV with Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland w/Johnny Depp) producing and includes exciting clues for the series readers but stands alone as it’s own exciting erotic story. The Inside Out Trilogy includes IF I WERE YOU, BEING ME, and REVEALING US In part four of Rebecca’s Lost Journals, My Master , it’s Rebecca turn to claim control and set the limits in her relationship.


My Thoughts:

Rebecca's story continues in Lisa Renee Jones's fourth volume in Rebecca's Lost Journals, Volume 4: My Master.  This novella series, while getting more and more intriguing with each book, as the reader attempted to decipher WHO IS THE MASTER??

While trying to FINALLY claim some control her, okay let's admit here people...F*&^ed up relationship with "The Master", she is finally attempting to get some sort of control!  As this series gets more and more intense when it comes to their relationship, I can't help but feel, while giving her...  cough...satisfaction, is in many ways sort of abusive...

I just hope we find out soon who this "Master" is...and possibly get to find out if Rebecca gets control...or possibly loses her "master"?

The Romance Bookie :)



Thursday, May 23, 2013

Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits #1) by Katie McGarry

Wow, this was a great book!!!

From Goodreads:

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal.But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.

Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

My Thoughts:

I am just going to get straight to the point...I LOVED THIS BOOK!!  This book has me adding yet another great one to my favorites!  I know I say this a lot, but I swear I only do when it's true!  Katie McGarry's debut novel Pushing the Limits has everything I look for in a book! Great characters, great story line,  and a touching element to get the readers to weep!  EVERYTHING!

I cried, I laughed, I gawked, I wanted to scream!  These characters had me cheering for them, weeping for them, and just laughing with them at times!

Echo, what an awesome name by the way!, is such a complex character.  What she has been through, no girl...heck no person! should ever have to even witness, let alone go through!  Noah, what a tough stubborn guy!  But you gotta love him!  Also having been through some extremely tough issues that no one should ever have to witness or go through, he learns that not everything has to be as bad as he's used to.  Life definitely sucks at times, but I think both characters, at the end, realize that their are definitely still good things to look forward to in life.

Overall rating...I'm sure you've already guessed:

I ABSOLUTELY loved this one!  I highly recommend this one to everyone!  Okay, so I know probably not EVERYONE is going to love this one...because what book is loved by EVERYONE? But I would definitely recommend this one to young adults, ages 14 and up.  This book deals with some touching issues that some may relate to! :)

Thanks everyone!!

The Romance Bookie :)

PS: Don't forget to enter my 500 Followers Giveaway!! :)

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Music Tuesday #71

Hello!! Music Tuesday Time!! :)

This week's song is a favorite for the shower!  So I know it isn't the usual style of music that most people want to listen to when listening to their iPod, but what most of you may not know about me is that I am a huge Musical junkie! Love them!

So here's one of my favorites! Especially for the shower, where everything echos nicely! :)


Think of Me from Phantom of the Opera!  (This is the movie version sung by Emmy Rossum!)

The Romance Bookie <3

Monday, May 20, 2013

True by Erin McCarthy (ARC)

***WARNING***This book contains mature ADULT content!!!***

Hey Everyone!! :)

Today I want to share with you all my review of Erin McCarthy's True! :)

This is an ARC review, but the actual finished book was released on May 7th, 2013! :)

From Goodreads:


When Rory Macintosh’s roommates find out that their studious and shy friend has never been with a guy, they decide that, as an act of kindness they’ll help her lose her virginity by hiring confident, tattooed bad boy Tyler Mann to do the job…unbeknownst to Rory.

Tyler knows he’s not good enough for Rory. She’s smart, doctor smart, while he’s barely scraping by at his EMT program, hoping to pull his younger brothers out of the hell their druggy mother has left them in. But he can’t resist taking up her roommates on an opportunity to get to know her better. There’s something about her honesty that keeps him coming back when he knows he shouldn’t…

Torn between common sense and desire, the two find themselves caught up in a passionate relationship. But when Tyler’s broken family threatens to destroy his future, and hers, Rory will need to decide whether to cut her ties to his risky world or follow her heart, no matter what the cost…



My Thoughts:

I found this book to be very intriguing!  The characters each had something very interesting and unique about them, that I enjoyed reading about.  Rory, love that name!, is a very strong independent woman who knows what she wants, she's got two friends, who happen to be her roommates, who I honestly would have had some problems with, if they would have done what they did to me.  Her friends, honestly, pissed me off at times.

Tyler was interesting, in that he was a bad boy on the outside, but inside this complete vulnerable guy who just wanted to take care of everyone.  In the end, while Rory kept being worried about Tyler feeling he needed to not only take care of his dysfunctional family, but also her, I felt she was actually taking care of him too.  Supporting him in all the  endeavors that he focused on.

My overall rating:


 I truly enjoyed this one!  While I believe Rory should have been a bit more confrontal towards her friends, in the end I felt she knew what she doing when it came to handling situations.  The reader will find themselves routing for her and Tyler to work things out!

This book does contain some mature content involving sex, talk of drugs and virginity, so keep that in mind when deciding if you want to read it or not.

You can get your copy at Amazon or Barnes and Noble! Both places have it for only $3.99 for the ebook! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

Sunday, May 19, 2013

The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard (#1 The Danaan Trilogy) (ARC)

When I got an email a couple of weeks ago from Laura Howard asking me to read her new novel The Forgotten Ones, I read the synopsis, and knew I would find it intriguing!

From Goodreads:



Allison O'Malley's plan is to go to grad school so she can get a good job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She has carefully closed herself off from everything else, including a relationship with Ethan, who she's been in love with for as long as she can remember.

What is definitely not part of the plan is the return of her long-lost father, who claims he can bring Allison's mother back from the dark place her mind has gone. Allison doesn't trust her father, so why would she believe his stories about a long forgotten Irish people, the Tuatha de Danaan? But truths have a way of revealing themselves. Secrets will eventually surface. And Allison must learn to set aside her plan and work with her father if there is even a small chance it could restore her mother's sanity.


My Thoughts:

When I first started this novel, I absolutely instantly fell for...Ethan!! That sounds like one hunky man!

Allison was such an intriguing character, because she is living this very unique life.  Her mother grew almost unresponsive when Allison was a very young age, and now, at the age of almost 22, she is wanting to do nothing else but taking the load of herself and her mother off her grandparents and aunt and uncle.   Her family loves, but she thinks that it's time to start a life on her own, and take care of her own mother for a change.

To be honest, while the whole secret life of Allison's father, who randomly appeared back into her life, came out, while interesting and enthralling at times, I was more concerned about something else...When was Allison going to realize that Ethan was not the guy she thought him to be!

Overall rating:


The entire story was very intriguing!  It was almost two different genres in one...contemporary and paranormal/fantasy! I loved both aspects, however...me being the contemporary romance fan...was totally waiting and waiting for more, More, and MORE Ethan parts!!!

I am definitely looking forward to the second book, where hopefully we'll be seeing MORE ETHAN!!! :)

This is a fun short read, with fantasy creatures with wings, hot guys, and an intriguing story line! :)

You can get your copy at Amazon (it's only 99 cents right now!!)

The Romance Bookie :) 

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Inhale, Exhale by Sarah M. Ross Blog Tour (ARC Review)



Hey Everyone!
So today I'm a part of the Inhale, Exhale Blog Tour!!! :)

I am doing a review on the ARC edition!  The came was released officially on the seventh, so if it's something that might sound interesting to you, you can find the buy links below! :)

From Goodreads:


Jillian had a plan: celebrate the end of her first year of college with an amazing summer full of beaches, barbeques, and bonfires. When her mom insists she needs a summer job, and her boyfriend spends more time with his band than with her, Jillian’s plans go down the drain.

Grant had a plan: finish his Masters, get a great job at Google, and get the hell out of Georgia. He might be giving up some of the fun of his youth, but he knows his all work and no play method would be worth it when his dreams came true.

But things never go according to plan.

When temptation brings them together and tragedy tears them apart, Jillian and Grant will be forced to choose: fight for their dreams, or fight for each other.

My Thoughts:

inhale, exhale by Sarah M. Ross was a cute book!  It was a lot like what I like to read! Characters around my age, a good story line involving a love story of some kind without paranormal aspects.  

Jillian was a great character, whose had quite a bit of luck in her life, I feel like.  She's been in one relationship since she was a sophomore in high school, she has a great family who adores her, and she gets lucky when her mom gets her that job!  

That's where she meets Grant!  Grant, on the hand, hasn't had the most simple life.  His mom died when he was sixteen, and since then he's pretty much been taking care of father, making sure he doesn't he go downhill completely, while going to school and working on computers for a living.  He's extremely smart when it comes to computers!  

Jillian, while always have been pretty lucky, runs into a couple of rough patches in her life throughout inhale, exhale.  She realizes her high school sweetheart boyfriend of four years isn't exactly the guy she thought he was..., her grandmother goes ill, and there is that small problem of staying away from Grant to avoid the physical attraction that is clearly there between them!

While, I truly enjoyed this story, there was one thing that sort of bothered me, and while it also bothered Jillian, herself, that she did it, it was a little sad to me...not ending her relationship with her boyfriend before starting something new with Grant.

I get it, Grant was there for her, and I was definitely hands down 100% routing for them, however, I honestly didn't think it was right!  I mean, she supposedly loved her boyfriend! AND they had been together for a long time!  It was the decent thing to have done, in my opinion.

However, luckily Jillian felt very guilty about it herself!


Overall rating: 


This is hands down a cute contemporary New Adult novel!  I would recommend it for the 17 and up age group, since it does involve some graphic elements involving sex, as well as physical abuse.  It's got a set of great characters, that obviously have some serious chemistry between them! And it's the perfect read for a romancaholic seeking a great book! :)

The Romance Bookie :)


Friday, May 17, 2013

500 Followers Giveaway!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

OH MY GOODNESS!!!

You guys are honestly the best EVER!!!!

I know it's taken me a while to write this post, but I've honestly been CRAZY busy!

Anyway, you may have noticed but I achieved a HUGE milestone last week!!

I hit  500 FOLLOWERS!!!!!!!!!!

You guys are honestly amazingly AWESOME!!!!

In honor of this HUGE milestone, I want to first share with you some of the amazing memories so far on The Romance Bookie...

-I started The Romance Bookie 2 1/2 years ago, in December of 2010.
-Because of The Romance Bookie I have been to a few VERY AWESOME signings, including the one where I got to meet my all time favorite author, Meg Cabot (whom I also got to have a conversation with)!  Along the way, I've also met: Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson, Marissa Meyer (and gotten to eat lunch with her!), Gayle Forman, Stephanie Perkins, and quite a few others!
-Along with Diana over at Little Miss Drama Queen, we came up with the idea behind Meg-A-Readers!
-I've gotten to interview some AMAZING authors, such as Meg Cabot, Miranda Kenneally, Kody Keplinger, and Lisa Renee Jones!
-I've gained a HUGE signed book collection, and just overall a HUGE collection!
-I've gotten publishers and authors contacting me, asking me to read their books!
-Gotten FREE books sent to me, before their releases!
-Had my name in the Acknowledgements of a couple of awesome books!  Including Lauren Clark's Dancing Naked in Dixie, Anthea Sharp's third "Feyland" novel, and in the paperback of Marissa Meyer's Cinder!!
-I've gained some awesome friends whom I talk to regularly!  Liz over at Books I Think You Should Read and I talk probably about at least once a day, about one thing or another! And Diana over Little Miss Drama Queen and I are constantly in contact thinking of new and exciting ways to make Meg-A Readers even better! And then I've gotten to meet at signings Montana over at The Book Belles (I'm very proud to share that I was actually like her 5th follower or something like that!  Now she has over 1,000!! And I only met her a little over a year ago! :)), and then also Alysia over at Little Pocketbooks! She is so sweet and awesome!! :)
-And last but not least...you guys!  The Followers!  I know bloggers are always saying..."Followers shouldn't matter, the number isn't what's important, it's the love of blogging."

Well, you know in a way it definitely is true!  I LOVE to blog, but something that definitely keeps me motivated is YOU all!  You guys support me by reading and commenting on my posts! By tweeting about The Romance Bookie, by following!  You are honestly amazing!

Which is why, as a thank you, I am giving away something that I've been saving for quite some time!

I got this last year when I went to Passion and Prose, where I got to meet Meg Cabot, Marissa Meyer, and...The Breathless Panel of 2012!

The Breathless Panel of 2012 consisted of authors: Marie Lu (Author of Legend), Beth Revis (Across the Universe), Jessica Spotswood (Born Wicked), and Andrea Cremer (Nightshade Series)!


And while I got my own poster signed, which happens to be personalized, I also happened to get an EXTRA ONE!!!!

This one is going to be for one of YOU guys!!


This is the official 2012 Breathless Panel Poster! It is signed by all four authors...Marie Lu, Beth Revis, Jessica Spotswood (Jessica's signature is SUPER tiny, but I promise you, it is there!), and Andrea Cremer!

I'll even prove I got it signed in person, with this photo...

From Left to Right: Sarah Etienne Wilson (Harbinger), Marie Lu, Jessica Spotswood, Andrea Cremer, Beth Revis, and ME! :)


So yeah that's what I will be giving to one of you!  This poster is pretty darn awesome in my opinion, and an amazing piece of memorabilia for books nerds, like myself! :)

And on top of that awesome prize, I'll even throw in some awesome swag that's I've collected over the past couple of years! :)

PLUS here's the best news about this giveaway...

IT'S INTERNATIONAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


So enter with the Rafflecopter below! :)


Thank you again everyone so much!! This giveaway will be running until June 21st! :)
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The Romance Bookie :)

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Rebecca's Lost Journal, Volume 3: His Submissive (Inside Out Novella #3)

***WARNING!!! THIS BOOK CONTAINS MATURE CONTENT! NOT INTENDED FOR ANYONE UNDER THE AGE OF 18!!!***

From Goodreads:

An Inside Out novella...

A hot new erotic story by New York Times and USA Today Best Selling author Lisa Renee Jones

Connection to The Inside Out Trilogy that has recently been optioned to STARZ for TV with Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland w/Johnny Depp) producing and includes exciting clues for the series readers but stands alone as it’s own exciting erotic story.

The Inside Out Trilogy includes IF I WERE YOU, BEING ME, and REVEALING US

In part three of Rebecca’s Lost Journals, His Submissive , Rebecca must decide just how far she will go for the darkly intense man who she is falling in love with. And does she dare believe that he too, will ever love her?

My Thoughts:

Yay, finally got to read the third one!! And I've got #4 and the SECOND in the Inside Out series waiting on my Kindle as well!! :)

I know this is going to sound weird, and a lot of are probably thinking, "Wow, what a pervert for reading this!" but the reason why I'm so intrigued with this series, as well as the Fifty Shades of Grey books, is because I'm interested to find out how these people became the way they are.

Both main characters from both series enjoy let's just say not the average sexual experience...

Let's just leave it at this...they like it rough.

ANYWAY, this book really got the reader to get to know this mystery character, that Rebecca refers to as "The Master" in her journals.  We got to, through Rebecca, have him take their "relationship" to a whole new level.  Show her the secret house, so to say.

It was weird! But in a strange way fascinating, because now what's going through my head is:  "How does one become like that???"  I mean, in Fifty, we learned the reason for why Christian is the way he is, but so far not in this series.  But I am looking forward to finding out!!

Overall rating:

I'm intrigued...

One problem I'm having is dealing with the fact of how Rebecca gets into this stuff.  Because like I said, it's INTENSE!  And weird!  It will be interesting to find out further how she deals with this situation in the future.

So if you're interested in finding out more about this series, here are the link to get your copies:

-If I Were You (#1 in Inside Out Trilogy)

The Romance Bookie :)

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Music Tuesday #70

Hey!!

So this song, my mom got me totally hooked on, because she loves this band and bought their newest CD!  I hope you like! :)

It's called "Counting Stars" and it's by OneRepublic!

The Romance Bookie :)

Monday, May 13, 2013

The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler (ARC Review)

Dementia...aka Alzheimer's...really does = "the Devil" or "el demonio".  What a HORRIBLE disease this is!  I personally have had fairly little experience with this terrible disease, but I've heard some awful stories!  We new a lady who it attacked so fast, we didn't even know.  We knew her for years, and one day we saw her with her husband and she honestly had no idea who we were!  In fact, she looked scared that we were talking to her.

My great-grandmother who will be 94 next month, was diagnosed with dementia a few years ago.  I unfortunately haven't been to my country of origin, Germany, to visit her, but my brother visited a couple of years ago, and he stayed with her for a couple of days throughout his visit.  Every single time he saw her, she didn't remember him!

So anyway now to my review...since you maybe wondering "What does this have to do with your review?"

From Goodreads:


When all signs point to heartbreak, can love still be a rule of the road? A poignant and romantic novel from the author of Bittersweet and Twenty Boy Summer.

Jude has learned a lot from her older sisters, but the most important thing is this: The Vargas brothers are notorious heartbreakers. She’s seen the tears and disasters that dating a Vargas boy can cause, and she swore an oath—with candles and a contract and everything—to never have anything to do with one.

Now Jude is the only sister still living at home, and she’s spending the summer helping her ailing father restore his vintage motorcycle—which means hiring a mechanic to help out. Is it Jude’s fault he happens to be cute? And surprisingly sweet? And a Vargas?

Jude tells herself it’s strictly bike business with Emilio. Her sisters will never find out, and Jude can spot those flirty little Vargas tricks a mile away—no way would she fall for them. But Jude’s defenses are crumbling, and if history is destined to repeat itself, she’s speeding toward some serious heartbreak…unless her sisters were wrong?

Jude may have taken an oath, but she’s beginning to think that when it comes to love, some promises might be worth breaking.


My Thoughts:

This was my first ever Sarah Ockler book!  I've had her previous novels on my wishlist for about as long as each of them has been available, however, just hadn't gotten the chance to read them!  Bloggers and readers should know what I'm talking about! lol

Anyway, Sarah has a gift!  And I am so glad I got the opportunity to read this book, thanks to Edelweiss.

Jude was such a great character.  She pretty much had to grow up really fast, over a short period of time, as soon as she found out the terrible news that new father was suffering from Alzheimer's.

That disease, or "el demonio" as she refers to it as, changed her life.  It both ruined her, and her family, but also in one sense may have given her a gift.  The power to speak up for yourself, and also meeting a young man whom her sisters and her made a pact to avoid (his entire family in fact) due to past issues, not involving Jude.

Emilio Vargas...what a dream boat!  No seriously! A bad boy biker, with tan skin and lovely rippling muscles...yeah, like I said...dream boat!!!

Overall rating:
This book is a favorite of mine! Such a great story!  It's got everything I look for in a book!  Plus it takes place in the summer, which is always a nice touch for me! I just love that feeling of reading about summer in a book, maybe because it is so relate able to the climate where I live, where currently it is scorchingly hot!

I recommend this one to fans of Simone Elkeles!  I honestly think you all will appreciate this book, because the writing style and character reminded me a bit of Simone's books!

Highly recommend it also to contemporary romance fans!  It's a great young adult novel!

Check it out on May 21st, when it hits stores.  You can get your copies at Amazon or Barnes and Noble! (Barnes is already shipping out, it looks like!)

Thanks everyone! :)

The Romance Bookie :)


Sunday, May 12, 2013

No Attachments by Tiffany King Blog Tour


Today I'm so excited to be a part of the No Attachments Blog Tour!!!

I can't even tell you how much I enjoyed this book!!...oh Wait, YES I CAN!!!

From Goodreads:


Ashton Garrison walked away from a privileged life in order to hide from the one thing she's not willing to face. She knows she left behind a trail of pain, but in the long run, her betrayal will hurt less than the truth. She now has one goal: Live life to the fullest with no regrets and no attachments. She has high hopes that a move to new surroundings will provide the escape she desires, but what Ashton doesn't count on is how fate always seems to find a way to screw up any good plan. Sometimes, when love comes knocking, the pull is too strong not to answer. Suddenly, what she thought she wanted to escape from is what Ashton now wants more than anything.

Nathan Lockton has one mission: find his target and complete the task he was hired to do—no attachments and no emotion necessary. He's done it over and over again. What he thought was a typical lost-and-found job has turned into a life examining moment as Nathan is forced to deal with something he has always ignored--his feelings. Now faced with a decision, Nathan must choose to either follow his heart or complete the job.

Love can come when you least expect it. The question is: If the odds are stacked against you, how far are you willing to go for the one you love?


My thoughts:

Wow! You guys, this book took me by surprise! Absolutely by surprise!

This book was amazing! The characters, the story, everything!  It was just great!

Ashton and Nathan are such amazing characters, both with such a tough past, and holding so many secrets, especially Ashton, that the reader finds herself/himself falling for these characters as they're falling for each other!

I was not only surprised by how much I fell in love with this story but by one of the truths that is revealed...in fact that was THE secret of the book!!

Overall rating:
Truly enjoyed this one!  I highly recommend it to readers over the age of 17, because it does contain some mature adult content, involving sexual activities.  It made me cry a bit, so keep that in mind!! :)


The Romance Bookie :)





Saturday, May 11, 2013

Beautiful Stranger (Beautiful Bastard #2) by Christina Lauren

***WARNING***ADULT CONTENT INVOLVING INAPPROPRIATE SUBJECTS FOR ANYONE UNDER THE AGE OF 18!!!***

Hey Everyone! How is everything going?? :)

Today I'll be reviewing Beautiful Stranger by Christina Lauren, which is the second book in the Beautiful Bastard Series!

From Goodreads:



A charming British Playboy. A girl determined to finally live. And a secret liaison revealed in all too vivid color. Book two in the NYT Bestselling series. 

Escaping a cheating ex, finance whiz Sara Dillon's moved to New York City and is looking for excitement without a lot of strings attached. So meeting the irresistible, sexy Brit at a dance club should have meant nothing more than a night's fun. But the manner--and speed--with which he melts her inhibitions turns him from a one-time hookup and into her Beautiful Stranger.The whole city knows Max Stella loves women, not that he's ever found one he particularly wants to keep around. Despite pulling in plenty with his Wall Street bad boy charm, it's not until Sara--and the wild photos she lets him take of her--that he starts wondering if there's someone for him outside of the bedroom.Hooking up in places where anybody could catch them, the only thing scarier for Sara than getting caught in public is having Max get too close in private.

My Thoughts:

Seriously? How is it that an author (or in this case TWO authors) can make a sequel to a great book, and it turns out to be an EVEN BETTER BOOK THAN THE FIRST??????

WOW!
That is pretty much what happened to me as I read Beautiful Stranger! Christina and Lauren have once again created some kick-ass characters!  Steamy, hot, amazing, BRITISH!!!, and just overall a sexy read!

I mean seriously?!  Max is BRITISH!! Which means British accent, and let's admit it here...who doesn't get turned on by a British accent???

While Beautiful Bastard was about the relationship between a stubborn woman and her jackass of a boss, which turned into a super cute hot read all on its own; Beautiful Stranger gets together a normally playboy and a recently heart broken innocent-on-the-outside-but-secretly-running-wild-fantasies-through-her-head type of girl.

Max got pretty creative there, if you know what I mean ;). (Wink, wink LOL).

Overall rating:
This one is for the 18 and over crowd.  I would recommend to those of you who like these types of reads.  If you enjoyed Fifty Shades, then you'll most likely go for this one.  I prefer this series though.  It's well written, and while it also started off as Twilight fan-fiction, it first of all, came out even BEFORE Fifty, AND just gives almost a more relate-able vibe, when it comes to the characteristics of the characters.

Check it out!
You can download your copies either at Amazon or at Barnes and Noble! :)

Talk to you all later! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

Friday, May 10, 2013

FIRST KISS by Ann Marie Frohoff Cover Reveal






Short Synopsis of FIRST KISS
It was all about the band, until the girl next door. Her innocence is tempting. A sexually charged coming of age story set in the throes of stardom. 
About an up and coming teenage rocker on the verge of stardom, when the girl next door becomes something more; they're forced to face the harsh realities on his road to fame and the expectations of their friends and family. Sacrifices are made as everything changes as they know it.
Title: First Kiss (Heavy Influence Trilogy, #1)
Author: Ann Marie Frohoff
Release Date: June 11, 2013
Pages: 483
Find it: Amazon & Goodreads
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary


About Ann Marie Frohoff:
Ann Marie ("Annie") Frohoff grew up in sunny Southern California. As a teen and young adult she spent her time frequenting and living in nearly every beachside city up and down the coast.
The first installment in her Heavy Influence Trilogy, FIRST KISS, is tentatively set to release June 11, 2013 — The series is a story about young, reckless love between a rising rock star and his younger muse, spanning 10 years of their tumultuous and passionate relationship. Each book in the Trilogy will come with a soundtrack of original music, of which the lyrics will appear in the pages of the books.
Annie is now settled in the South Bay area of Los Angeles with her family.
First Kiss (Heavy Influence Trilogy, #1) 


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