All For The Game Series by Nora Sakavic: My Newest Obsession

“I didn’t say anything then because I knew I’d look out for only me when the world went to hell. I don’t want to be that person anymore.
I want to go back for you.”

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GUYS.

GUYZZZZZ.

There’s this, like, weird ache happening in my chest? And my eyes are like…. dripping and wet? AND HELP SOMEONE HELP I HAVE SO MANY FEELINGGGGSSS!!

NORA SAKAVIC WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO ME, YOU MONSTER?!

I just sent my brain to her room for not making me read this sooner.

I know I didn’t seem too ecstatic in my review for book 1, but HOLY HELL if I knew what was to come after book 2, I’d gladly rewind and pick this up the SECOND I heard about this series. It took until book 2/3 for me to understand what the hype was all about, but the build up to all that happens in The King’s Men (book 3) IS. SO. WORTH. IT. The feelings this book pulled from me..wow. I haven’t felt this obsessed with characters since I’ve read The Raven Cycle.

“This,” Neil flicked his finger to indicate the two of them, “isn’t worthless.”
“There is no ‘this’. This is nothing.”
“And I am nothing,” Neil prompted. When Andrew gestured confirmation, Neil said, “And as you’ve always said, you want nothing.”

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I know the blurb makes this sort of sound like a sports YA novel, but don’t be fooled. IT IS NOT. It is so so soooo much more.

In summary the All For The Game Series is about:

A group of college students who have been dealt the absolute shittiest cards in life, who have been put together to play a sport that serves as an escape for some but a prison for others, who don’t know how or care to get along, but decide to fight and band together and learn that family isn’t always what you’re born into, but can be who you choose. It’s about recovery, and struggles, and not forgetting your past but learning to deal with it and finding out that sometimes, leaning on the ones around you can make it just a little bit easier to get through the day and sometimes, love comes unexpectedly.

But mostly, it’s about a lost boy named Neil who only knows how to run, but finds people who give him so many reasons to stay.

“I’ve never belonged anywhere or had the right to call anything my own. But Coach gave me keys to the court, and you told me to stay. You gave me a key and called it home.”

It was sexy and surprisingly romantic and scary and brutal and funny and touching and not at all what I expected and just..just..EVERYTHING.

“Yes or no?”
“It’s always yes with you,” Neil said.

yes

NO#ADREILFORFUCKINGLIFE

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Review: Everyday History by Alice Archer

“This is the kiss I’ve been searching for.”

Everyday History by Alice Archer – 5 Stars!

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I’m not even going to attempt to properly review this, not with the tears obstructing my vision or the fact that this was SO FUCKING BEAUTIFUL there is no way anything I say will do this justice.

Beautiful.
Unique.
Touching.
Beautiful.
Gut wrenching.
Did I say beautiful?

The writing in this is superb. The prose is perfection. The last twenty percent had my heart in my throat, tears in my eyes, and left me with a smile so fucking big it may never leave my face.

Loved it and highly recommend it!! | http://amzn.to/2BLOmAn

*I realize this review is ridiculously short and offers no useful info. But if you like m/m romance, age gaps, and the prose of Suanne Laqueur and the slow burn love Mariana Zapata writes, this may just be for you 😉 

“Yes, it was love, I finally admit as I walk away, my body heavy with sadness and the relief of truth. It was love that wrecked me even as it saved me.”

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FAV READS OF 2017! *warning: this is a short list*

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As I was drafting my annual ‘FAV reads of the year’ post, I realized there’s like only 9 books on this list, guys. In one whole year, I only really enjoyed 9 books and I read somewhere around 80. (I’m counting series as 1, and last year I had like over 20 on my favs list).

Here’s to 2018 being a better reading year and the books that actually made my favs list!:

✸Damaged Like Us (http://amzn.to/2BR0aRL) and
Lovers Like Us (http://amzn.to/2AQAZl1) by Krista & Becca Ritchie

✸Infini by Krista & Becca Ritchie http://amzn.to/2BrgX1m

✸The Becoming Of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin http://amzn.to/2kMOxb1

✸Flow (http://amzn.to/2Bn1NKR), Grip (http://amzn.to/2A6oBtW), & Still (http://amzn.to/2iK3yGg) by Kennedy Ryan

✸Ghosted by JM Darhower http://amzn.to/2iI3OFO

✸Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios http://amzn.to/2kMAsuh

✸The Queen and The Cure by Amy Harmon http://amzn.to/2AHCcZM

✸Captive Prince Trilogy by C.S. Pacat http://amzn.to/2B5xBTW

…..and that’s it! 😆What were your top reads this year??

 

*for a list/buy links of my ALL TIME FAVS and most recommended books, visit here!*
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 ❤ Below are some of the graphics I made for my fav reads this year ❤

 

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Unpopular Opinion Alert: Ruthless King by Meghan March

Ruthless King by Meghan March – 2 stars

****WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW***

This is one of those books that’s got rave reviews, everyone talking about how exciting and amazing this was and then… there’s me.

Bored as fuck.

Completely unimpressed with the lack of originality, the flat characters, the weak storyline, the cringe-worthy dirty talk from the hero, the god awful inner monologues from our heroine who felt the need to incessantly repeat how much of a “BASTARD” the hero is and how much she hates him but oh my godddddd why are my panties wet?

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How many times can she repeat how the distillery is in debt? How she refuses to let it fail? How much she hated her husband? How much she won’t let the hero fuck with her head?
I can answer that. TOO MANY TIMES.

Speaking of the hero: what a sad excuse for an anti-hero. Not once did we actually SEE the big bad man he’s made out to be. All we get is chatter from the other characters about rumors they’ve heard and things he’s supposedly done. Am I supposed to connect with or believe this guy is some cut throat killer when we get, like what, 4 lines out of him? And most of them are empty threats? Stop telling me what a badass he is AND SHOW ME.

Even if this changes in books 2 and 3, I wasn’t impressed with the writing enough to even want to continue.

“When was the last time you were fucked by a real man? Someone who knows what you need. Someone who’ll take control from you and give you what you’ve been dying for.”

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“Property of no man?
Bullshit.
Keira Kilgore is mine.”

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The ‘Husband comes back from the dead’ twist?

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And from what I’ve been told, this twist is barely mentioned in the next book and really serves no purpose. So it’s basically added as shock value and to lure readers to book 2?

“I’m going to fuck you like you’ve been begging a man to fuck you your entire life…”

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All around – weak.

Review: Whore by Willow Aster

“I think my whole life has been leading me to you.”

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Whore by Willow Aster- 4 Stars

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This book was such a pleasant surprise. Having found out about this from another author, I was actually nervous to read it. There seems to be a lot of mixed opinions, with people saying they either loved it or hated it. For me, I most definitely enjoyed this story, especially after the halfway mark.

Short summary of the book: Whore is about Lilith. Her occupation: I think you can guess, right? She’s a prostitute forced to work in a whore house run by her own selfish and vindictive mother. Her ex Nico is in the mafia, and though they haven’t communicated in years, he’s still oddly infatuated with her. But there’s another unexpected man who comes into her life. Soti. I don’t want to say much about either man or what happens in the story, but I will say this took some unexpected turns and had some mystery woven in. And while there were some slow moments, the author would just drop in little unexpected bombs (one moment you think all is fine and then the next sentence, BAM!) that had me speed reading to see how it’d all turn out.

What I loved: I couldn’t put this damn book down. Though the writing is a little … odd (I honestly can’t think of the word for it. It was sort of choppy, sort of simplistic? It also did that whole “telling not showing” thing most people hate but I don’t know why, it kind of worked here. At some points, it kind of reminded me of Tarryn Fisher’s writing.) I NEEDED to know what was up with Lili’s mother and why Nico was doing what he was. I ADORED Soti. What a fucking man.

“I want to right every wrong that’s ever been done to you. Not because of obligation, but because my heart burns for you, Lili—you’ve given it a reason to start beating.”

And his and Lili’s insta-lust-love-whatever actually kind of worked, too. I’m usually the first person to proclaim how much I hate insta-anything. But I swear to Christ their relationship was making me stupidly emotional.

“His lips are my redemption, laying claim on something in me that hasn’t been alive until now.”

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Maybe it was the way Soti so fiercely wanted to protect Lili. Maybe it was the way he just so easily went all in for her. Maybe it was the way they were just so sure about the other. Whatever it was, I was ALL about them together.

“Our bodies leave no room for doubt. She engraves her name on my heart; I know exactly when it happens. She leans back just long enough to look in my eyes, as if checking to see if this is real. What she sees there reassures her, and we both shake with the knowledge of it. Two lost souls, found.”

My only two complaints: I wanted more backstory on Nico!! As the antagonist of the story, we really get so little on him, his motives, his personality, his background. I for one love getting inside the head of the bad guy. Especially those in the mob. I really think the book would have benefited from getting his POV or just more info on him. The author also heavily used time jumps to move the story forward, which I’m just personally not the biggest fan of.

But I have to say the ending of this made the book for me. I loved it. It started a little slow, and with little given in the blurb, I wasn’t sure where this story would go. It turned out to be a really good read and I just love when you wind up devouring a book, not thinking you’d even really enjoy it.

“Our kiss feels like saltwater and sunshine and blood and pain and bliss, culminating in two hearts finally syncing up to the same heartbeat. Believing.
To believe in love is to accept it, to be sure of it.
I finally believe.”

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Review: Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood #2) by JR Ward

“All I know is, she’s a pounding in my chest I can’t ignore.”

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Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood #2) by JR Ward – 4 Stars

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My thoughts on book 2 of the Black Dagger Brotherhood Series:

Totally obvious who John will turn out to be. But that’s okay.

Rage and Mary’s first meeting made me cringe a teeny tiny bit. But that’s okay.

I HATED what happened right before the first time they got together. But that’s okay.

I actually kind of *GASP* didn’t really like Mary. I’m awful, I know. But that’s okay.

This book was actually pretty slow and lacked action. BUT THAT’S OKAY.

Because Rhage’s sweet side made up for most of it (his devotion to Mary was just amazing) and just like book 1, the rest of the brothers are keeping me so intrigued. ESPECIALLY Butch. He is just everything and I love him so much. I know everyone goes mental for Z, but Butch’s moments in this book just solidified my adoration for him.

Are these books turning out to be as mind blowing as some have made them out to be? Mehhhhh not really. BUT, they def are entertaining. I am hoping the rest don’t take as long to pick up as the first two did.

💙Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood #2) 💙

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Snowflakes & Fire escapes by JM Darhower

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Snowflakes & Fire escapes by JM Darhower –  5 STARS!

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“I may not have seen any stars that night, but this couldn’t really be Hell, I thought… not when I looked at him and swore I could see Heaven.”

I kind of want to punch myself for not reading this sooner. Like anything this woman writes, this story was freaking incredible! NO ONE, and I mean NO ONE, can cause such angst and pull so much emotion from the stories she creates.

“You can break people apart, but you can’t rob them of what’s them. You’ll never be without me, because I’ll always be part of you, just like you’re in me, Gracie. You’re my soul, love.”

This perfect little magnificent novella carried more love, more emotion, and more feelings in it than some full length novels I have read. This right here is why JM Darhower is my favorite author! Everything she writes is brilliant and this was no exception.

💙❄️ Snowflakes & Fire Escapes is the perfect snowy day read ❄️💙

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COVER REVEAL! THE SMALLEST PART by Amy Harmon

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I am SO SO SO excited for Amy’s newest book! & that blurb! 😲😱

Pre-order links:

Special pre-order price of $3.99. Price will go up to $5.95 upon release.

➜ Kindle: http://amzn.to/2BK97gx
➜ Kobo: http://bit.ly/2z90iip
➜ Nook: http://bit.ly/2yNSaQp
➜ iBooks: http://apple.co/2yNKNbn

Release date: February 13, 2018

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BLURB

“In the end, only three things matter. How much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.” – Unknown

It was a big lie. The biggest lie she’d ever told. It reverberated through her head as she said it, ringing eerily, and the girl behind her eyes—the girl who knew the truth—screamed, and her scream echoed along with the lie.

“Are you in love with Noah, Mercedes?” Cora asked. “I mean . . . I know you love him. You’ve been friends forever. We all have. But are you in love with him?”

If it had been anyone else—anyone—Mercedes would have stuck out her chest, folded her skinny arms, and let her feelings be known. She would have claimed him. But it was Cora. Brave, beautiful, broken Cora, and Cora loved Noah too.
So Mercedes lied.
And with that lie, she lost him. With that lie, she sealed her fate.
She was the best friend, the bridesmaid, the godmother, the glue. She was there for the good times and the bad, the ups and downs, the biggest moments and the smallest parts. And she was there when it all came crashing down.

This is the tale of the girl who didn’t get the guy.

Cover design: By Hang Le – http://www.byhangle.com/

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About the author:

Amy Harmon is a Wall Street JournalUSA Today, and New York Times Bestselling author. Amy knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and she divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story. Her books are now being published in eighteen different languages, truly a dream come true for a little country girl from Levan, Utah.

Amy Harmon has written eleven novels — the USA Today Bestsellers, The Bird and The Sword, Making Faces and Running Barefoot, as well as The Queen and The Cure, From Sand and Ash, The Law of Moses, The Song of David, Infinity + One, Slow Dance in Purgatory, Prom Night in Purgatory, and the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue. Her next novel, The Smallest Part, will be released February 13, 2018.

Find Amy online:

Website: www.authoramyharmon.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authoramyharmon

Facebook fan group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/amyharmon

Twitter: https://twitter.com/aharmon_author

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Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Amy-Harmon/e/B007V3HXUY

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5829056.Amy_Harmon

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Roomies by Christina Lauren is here!! Review & PB giveaway!

“Mo stóirín, I fear I’ll like you too much.”

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Roomies by Christina Lauren – 4 Stars!

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Reading a book by Christina Lauren is ALWAYS a treat and a guaranteed awesome read. Light, fun, touching, and with their signature humor, Roomies was no exception.

First things first. From here on out, I only want to be referred to as ‘“Mo stóirín.” Because Irish speaking musicians is my new favorite thing.

Roomies tells the story of Holland Bakker (told primarily in her POV), whom I would like to point out is hysterical. I lived for her dry humor. Holland works in theater thanks to her well known uncle. In fact, most things Holland has are in thanks to her uncles. She’s perhaps just a little spoiled, but NEVER unappreciative. So when the opportunity to help her uncle comes in the form of marrying a virtual stranger, she jumps at the chance because 1.) she’s a little bored with her life and 2.) it doesn’t hurt that she’s been pining for her soon to be husband from afar for months as she’s been listening to him perform street music.

Holland convinces Calvin to go along with a fake marriage (don’t want to give too many specifics as to why 😉 ).

“He blinks, and a beat of silence passes between us where I think he’s asking, Well? Are we doing this? His fingers rub my waist gently, as if to remind me there’s no pressure.
I swallow, giving him a smile that says: Fuck yes we are.
Calvin turns back to Devon. “Dev, this is my fiancée, Holland. Holls, this is Devon.”
Fiancée.
And I die.”

There’s something about the “marriage of convenience” trope I LOVE. And reading about Holland and Calvin go from trying to figure out how to navigate a fake marriage to falling in love while also trying to chase their own dreams was just so damn adorable.

“But he kisses me like it’s love, and as he pushes faster into me, he sounds like a man overcome with love, and when he rolls so I’m on top of him, he watches me with something that looks a lot like love in his eyes.”

I already pointed out how much I adored Holland. But Calvin..he was something else. Christina Lauren has written a range of heroes in the past: Asshole, player, comic book nerd, smooth talking lover. But Calvin was just …just a GOOD guy. A genuinely sweet, good, caring, patient amazing guy.

“I think you might be the best girl there ever was.” .

I loved Holland and Calvin together. Loved the humor. Loved the side characters. Roomies was a super fun and entertaining read and something fans of Christina Lauren will no doubt enjoy!

 💙 Roomies is out TODAY! | http://amzn.to/2jqoINh 💙


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Review: Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1) by J.R. Ward

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Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1) by J.R. Ward – 4 Stars

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Keeping my review for Dark Lover short and sweet because, well, I have like 16 freaking books in this series to get through!&&!((@! If you are one of the only people left on the planet who hasn’t read this series, it’s about vampires. Big, alpha, leather wearing, crazy vampires and their women.

I hate hate hate insta-love. Over the years I’ve started to kind of hate alpha males. I hate cheesy lines. If I read the phrase “you’re mine”, my eye starts twitching.

Did this book have all of that? Yep.

Did I care? Nope. Given this was written in 2005, I’m letting it slide.

I’m like stupid intrigued with the rest of the brothers, when I found out Butch gets his own book I did a little happy dance (I already have such a soft spot for that meathead) and this just seems like a series that gets better as it goes on. We shall see.

It did take me until like 60% to really get into the story and it wasn’t as intense as I was expecting or would have liked it to be, but it was still entertaining and I’m excited to get to book 2! I have a feeling Rhage is going to be my fav 😉

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