January Wrap-Up

Well if January is any indication, I’ve got a really great year of books ahead of me. This year I’m really focusing on balancing mood reading with all the arcs I request and can’t say no to. Off to a good start so far!

📱Resolutions by Lucy Eden ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

📚Well Met by Jen DeLuca ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

📱Boys of Brayshaw High by Meagan Brandy ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

📱Trouble at Brayshaw High by Meagan Brandy ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

📱Reign of Brayshaw by Meagan Brandy ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

🎧All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

📱A Favor for a Favor (arc) by Helena Hunting ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

🎧On Dublin Street by Samantha Young ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

🎧Truth or Beard by Penny Reid ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

🎧📚The Wives by Tarryn Fisher ⭐️⭐️⭐️

📱One Look by Harlow James ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

🎧Meet Cute by Helena Hunting ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

📱Only Mostly Devastated (arc) by Sophie Gonzales ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

🎧The Locker Room by Meghan Quinn ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

🎧Not So Nice Guy (re-read) by R.S. Grey ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

🎧Pucked Off by Helena Hunting ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Favorite read of the month was The Locker Room by Megan Quinn. What was yours?

Hump Day Hits: Make Me Bad by R.S. Grey

It’s been a minute since I did a Hump Day Hits post, and since I’m gearing up for the release of Rachel’s newest RomCom, Doctor Dearest, I thought I’d highlight one of my top reads from last year 🖤❤️

Scroll through my feed or hit up my goodreads to read my review but the gist is Madison can’t take another minute of her boring life. She turns to the town’s resident bad boy to help make her life more exciting. Hilarity ensues. I love all of Rachel’s books, but this one is one of my faves.

And pro tip: if you’re a big fan and you haven’t listened to any of her audiobooks, then check them out! It’s a different experience and she always chooses the best narrators!

Have you read any books by RS Grey? Which is your fave?

Cover Reveal: More Jade by Laura Pavlov

I LOVE THIS COVER & I can’t wait to read this book!

Blurb:

And then I met Cruz Winslow…

He’s everything I’m not, and then some — a budding musician, he’s cocky and arrogant. He’s at ease in every situation and treats me like I’m the only person who exists.

Together we’re in sync with everything we do and I’m falling hard and fast for him.

He’s also a complicated boy and although I can’t begin to understand the life he’s lived, I want to be there for him in every way possible.

And that’s how it happened.

Slowly but surely, he’s captured my heart —

One I wasn’t prepared to give away…

 

Jade Moore is not my type…

She’s a good girl and has her entire life mapped out. I’ve never met anyone like her.    

The girl is disciplined and determined.

I’m not.

She follows the rules.

I don’t.

She’s sunshine and girl next door.

I’m sex and booze.

We don’t mix.

But from the minute I lay my eyes on her, I’m done for. She’s everything I never knew  

I wanted…

And now all I want is…more Jade. 

Comes out February 25th!

Review: Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales

Genre: YA Romance

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

“Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda meets Clueless in this boy-meets-boy spin on Grease.” So like, is a review even necessary?

Okay, but Oliver & Will meet over the summer and fall hard and fast. They part hoping to see each other again but knowing that probably won’t happen. Then Will ghosts Oliver and he’s super bummed and confused. THEN, his aunt’s health starts declining and his family moves from California to North Carolina to help take care of her small children. Not happy at all about leaving his progressive and accepting school and friends behind for a new school in the Bible Belt during his senior year, Oliver latches on to a small group of girls who take him in as their own. After unknowingly outing Will to his new friends, he runs into him at a party and what do you know? Will goes to Oliver’s new school and is one thousand percent a closeted basketball playing, popular jock. Hilarity, teenage angst, and drama ensue.

This was a fun YA read that I really enjoyed! I loved seeing the characters grow and learn, fight, and stand up for each other. I rooted for Ollie & Will, but loved the friendships he formed with each of his new friends as well. While this is kind of a mashup of previously told stories, the author’s refreshing take on it is so fun and cute complete with a few grand gestures lovely little moments that made me smile.

Thanks so much to Netgalley, St. Martin’s Press, and the author for the e-arc. Only Mostly Devastated hits shelves March 3rd!

Review: The Locker Room by Meghan Quinn

Genre: Contemporary Sports Romance

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Steam Level: 🔥🔥🔥

Y’ALL. This book was EVERYTHING. I laughed, I gasped, I laughed some more, and I swooned. A LOT. Knox Gentry, where in the book boyfriend hell have you been all my life?? Never thought I would love a character I would describe as a “good ol’ boy” but man oh man. This guy is just that. And in the best way possible. Inappropriate but in a funny way, not a gross way. Honestly, just too cute for words. Emory is smart and sassy and I loved reading how Knox broke down her walls by being patient and kind and above all, hilarious. This book has been on my TBR since it came out and I am so glad I finally made time for it. It is sports romance at its finest and if you’re into that, then I HIGHLY recommend.

Review: One Look by Harlow James

What a fun and steamy treat this was! My first book by Harlow did not disappoint. I love a good sports romance and this one was so stinkin’ good!

When Jake & Dani lock eyes during Jake’s Major League debut, they both feel sparks and a connection like never before, but neither of them realize just how meaningful that connection will be. As their relationship becomes more serious, the pressure of being in the spotlight takes its toll. And when Dani’s world is turned upside down by tragedy, she has to do what she thinks is best for her younger brother, even if that means parting ways with Jake. She’s always been told to follow her path, and she hopes it will lead her back to Jake when the time is right.

If you’re a sports romance fan definitely check this one out!

Star rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

Steam level: 🔥🔥🔥🔥

Review: A Favor for a Favor by Helena Hunting

Genre: Contemporary (Sports) Romance

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Steam Level: 🔥🔥

After leaving her cheating ex and flying across the county, the night Stevie moves into her brother’s penthouse is not one of her finer moments. She’s disheveled, embarrassed, and frustrated. When she’s confronted by the half-naked beast of a man who lives across the hall, his attitude and general existence get under her skin immediately. When professional hockey player, Bishop pulls his groin on the ice he’s put on the bench and forced to watch from the sidelines as his team prepares for the season. When Stevie, a physical therapist, and brother to Bishop’s team captain, realizes she can help rehab Bishop and get experience with a professional athlete without using her brother’s connections to get ahead, the two put their differences aside and work together. Tensions (sexual and otherwise) run high but soon they fall into a routine and learn to appreciate and even like each other. But Bishop is grumpy and Stevie’s been hurt before, so the favors may have to stop before their feelings get the best of them.

Helena does it again! I always forget how much I love a good forced proximity trope. Add in enemies to lovers (my fave), and a sports romance, AND some cameos from my girl, Violet?? Yep, safe to say I LOVED this book! I loved Stevie’s sass and take no shit attitude just as much as Bishop’s surly and grumpy moods. It was so sweet to see how Bishop truly tried to change and work on himself as his feelings for Stevie developed and I love a couple who can can be playful and fun together.

This is the second book the the standalone All In series and comes out January 28th. Thanks so much to the author, Netgalley, and Montlake for the e-arc!