Mailbox news: all the bookish things I’ve learned this week!

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(Edition of November 30th to December 07th)

So, the Bookish News has a name! Isn’t this fabulous? Of course it is. Also, we have a header! I’m too proud of myself at the moment. I don’t own any of the pandas, just put everything together at Photoshop, haha! The big lovely panda was designed by @elsystudio and I found the the panda stamps at Google =) But it’s kind of illustrative, right?

But enough blabbering and let’s go to the news! With Christmas so near, authors are going crazy with their newsletters and I think I’ll need to dothis thing actually TWICE a week… As my OCD won’t allow me to do differently always, you will find the author’s news in alphabetical order of their first names!

In this issue, you’ll read news about: Andrea Dalling, Annabeth Albert, Avery Ford, Bonnie Dee & Summer Devon, Cherokee Randolph, Grace Burrowes, Jody Holford, K. J. Charles, Lisa Oliver, Margo Bond Collins, May Sage, Parker Elliot, Posy Roberts, Rayne Wagner, Rebecca Hamilton, Tessa Bailey

 ANDREA DALLING

Andrea just released her Romeo & Julian romance at ARE! Check it out here

  • Romeo & Julian

Release date: Dec. 02th (ARE store)

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Fate brought them together. Family could tear them apart.

Love at first sight…

Nick Romeo’s first glimpse of Julian Capelle sends him tumbling into unquenchable passion. Shy and serious, Nick’s not sure he deserves someone with Julian’s charismatic charm…but the other man’s blue eyes and angelic smile are too gorgeous to resist.

A courtship in the limelight…

Julian is just as captivated by Nick’s dark good looks and smoldering gaze. When the young lovers are cast as the leads in an all-male production of Romeo and Juliet, it amplifies the electric desire between them.

With trouble waiting in the wings…

Julian’s older brother, Tyler, is part of a long-standing feud that turns him against Nick. Ty’s unceasing stream of insinuations water the doubts in Julian’s mind. When the truth surfaces, can he and Nick find a way to be together, or will the secrets of the past destroy their future?

This steamy gay romance has an HEA ending and no cliffhanger.

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ANNABETH ALBERT

An author I had the pleasure of meeting at Big Gay Romance Giveaway =) She just released a Christmas themed gay romance!

  • Wrapped Together, Portland Heat #5

Release date: Dec. 06th

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In the bustling restaurants, shops, and cafés of Portland, Oregon, things really heat up for the hard-working men behind the scenes when the holidays come into town …

For a stationery store owner, the holidays are great for business. But for Hollis Alcott, Christmas reminds him of the tragic events of three years past, and the last thing he wants to do is take part in Portland’s over-abundance of festive cheer. But Sawyer Murphy, a hunky gift shop owner whose brother is married to Hollis’s sister, has made it his mission to pluck Hollis out of his holiday blues. And his plan is beginning to work. Wrapped in the warm glow of newfound passion, the former business rivals hit up Portland’s finest holiday traditions—and Hollis’s icy attitude begins to melt like snowflakes on his tongue. But he isn’t sure he can trust anyone with the only gift he has—his heart—without breaking it like an antique ornament. Unless he can find the courage to take a leap with the one lover he never expected…

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AVERY FORD

Another author I had the pleasure of meeting at the Big Gay Romance Giveaway some weeks ago❤ I still need to read my freebie, but while I struggle with my TBR as all good readers, why not take a look into her newest Christmas themed release? =D

  • Blue Christmas

Release date: Nov. 29th

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“I feel like I’m destined to be alone…so I may as well isolate myself…”

Xander Hart has always dreamed of living on the beach – and thanks to a bequest from his grandfather, a home on a private island in desperate need of repair, and some hard-earned construction skills, he’s planning to spend Christmas alone on his new property, preparing it to host his family after the New Year. The last thing he needs is the distraction of a lover.

“My past has always haunted me…how will it shape my future?”

Frederick ‘Bing’ Thurgood has it all – a stake in the family fortune, a beautiful fiancée, and a loving family all gathered in town for his upcoming Christmas wedding. So what if he has a feeling in his gut that something’s not quite right? On the surface, it’s all perfect. Then Bing walks in on his fiancée with his best friend, and his perfect future comes crumbling down.

Both are running away, but can they stop to see that what’s perfect, is in front of them?

When Bing flees the disaster his life has become, he takes shelter in his family’s secluded beach house, intending to drink the holidays away. That is, until he comes face to face with the only other man on the island – his new neighbor.

Blue Christmas is a standalone novella of approximately 25,000 words.

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BONNIE DEE & SUMMER DEVON

For those who want beautifully written gay historical thematic romances to read this month, my divas Bonnie and Summer just released the Victorian Holiday Hearts Box Set, including all four books in the series of the same name❤ Also, you save a lot of money by buying the box set instead of book per book, as some panda blogger did, haha!

  • Victorian Holiday Hearts Box Set

Release date: Dec. 5th

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Four seasons, four novellas about one theatrical family. A boxed set of love.

They were the source of entertainment in a world without movies or television. Magic, singing and dancing, acting—the adopted and biological sons the Andrews family could do it all. And in the warmth of their eccentric and large family circle, they could be anyone they wanted or love whomever they wished. In a world where men loving men was a crime, the Andrews and their friends found refuge for true love.

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Simon and the Christmas Spirit

Will and the Valentine Saint

Mike and the Spring Awakening

Delaney and the Autumn Masque

Simon and the Christmas Spirit: The holiday spirit has forsaken Simon Harris. A recent reminder of the man who used then left him sends lonely Simon on a glum visit to his club where a breath of fresh air in the form of Christopher Andrews enters his stale life. Simon and Christopher enjoy a few hours of pleasure, never expecting to see each other again, but Simon’s new resolution to change may transform both men’s lives.

Will and the Valentine Saint: Will Andrews wants to escape the lunacy of his bohemian family and have an orderly life. Presenting false letters of recommendation for staid employment, the last thing he expects is to fall for his genteel employer, Hugh St. John. As the pair plans a Valentine charity dinner, they grow ever closer to surrendering to Cupid’s arrow. But when Will’s background is revealed, will Hugh forgive his lies?

Mike and the Spring Awakening: Young Micah Cordett’s privileged life explodes when he is caught naked with a schoolmate. Running away from disgrace, he blunders into a trap and endures months of abuse before escaping and joining the Andrews family. Just as he begins to climb out of his fear, a reminder of his happier past arrives in the form of Lucas Spring. Mike might never be ready to explore the possibility of love despite Lucas’s gentle coaxing.

Delaney and the Autumn Masque: Delaney, a member of the Andrews theater clan, performs magic tricks at a fancy dress ball where he’s struck by the dramatic figure of the Grim Reaper. He follows Death to a quiet room for a glorious, lustful encounter. With his identity hidden, impoverished gentleman Bartholomew Bancroft dares to indulge in an impulsive liaison, but can he find love with the magician when the masks come off?

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CHEROKEE RANDOLPH

I met this author through the Kindle Scout program and voted for the book Facing Extinction to be published – unfortunately, it wasn’t this time. Despite not getting that particular publishing deal, the book arrived this week into the world =)

  • Facing Extinction

Release date: December 05th

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The inhabitants of Phoenix City do not know what happened to the Old World. They know all its systems failed and suddenly all support systems were gone. Electric power, the internet, communications systems, the entire infrastructure of their cities, all were either destroyed or otherwise ceased to exist. No one knows what happened. With the Old World gone, a few straggling survivors were left alive to start a new city and a new society.

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GRACE BURROWES

Grace and I have met shortly after I started the blog, haha! I mean, I got acquited with her sugared historical romances by then, I still pin for actually meeting her? #crazygirl Anyway, she has new books in the oven and that is ALWAYS good news to meee /o/ I personally love the covers for her books on 90% of the time❤

  • The Trouble with Dukes (Windham Brides #1)

Available at Dec. 20th

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THEY CALL HIM THE DUKE OF MURDER…

The gossips whisper that the new Duke of Murdoch is a brute, a murderer, and even worse—a Scot. They say he should never be trusted alone with a woman. But Megan Windham sees in Hamish something different, someone different.

No one was fiercer at war than Hamish MacHugh, though now the soldier faces a whole new battlefield: a London Season. To make his sisters happy, he’ll take on any challenge—even letting their friend Miss Windham teach him to waltz. Megan isn’t the least bit intimidated by his dark reputation, but Hamish senses that she’s fighting battles of her own. For her, he’ll become the warrior once more, and for her, he might just lose his heart.

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  • Too Scot to Handle (Windham Brides #2)

Available at July 25th, 2017

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Colin MacHugh is trying to come up to scratch as the brother and heir of a newly minted duke, but Polite Society isn’t keen on a former army captain acquiring even a courtesy title. At the suggestion of an aristocratic friend, Colin takes an interest in a charitable home for urchins. Miss Anwen Windham is devoted to the same institution, and as Colin and Anwen work together to save the failing orphanage, their interest in each other becomes passionate.

When the orphanage’s troubles take a criminal turn, everybody is suspect, from Colin, to the children, to Anwen. If Colin blows retreat and heads home to Scotland, the orphanage will surely fail. If he stays to fight the accusations coming at him from all sides, he could lose a future with Anwen–and his life…

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JODY HOLFORD

I think I’ll never end this post, as I just dicovered this author through one of my Entangled Plublishing newsletters, haha! *signs up for author’s newsletter in the process* I love friends to lovers books, especially if they are sugared and sound cute!

  • More Than Friends

Release date: Dec. 05th

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Owen Burnett planned on a quiet, easygoing Christmas, hanging out with his best friend and neighbor, Gabby Michaelson. So when his mom pressures him to come home for the holidays, he tells a little white lie…that he’s spending the holidays with his new girlfriend. But when his family shows up unexpectedly, Owen pulls the best friend card and asks Gabby to play his fake girlfriend.

Gabby’s been hopelessly in love with her best friend Owen for what feels like forever, but playing his “fake” girlfriend when the entire boisterous Burnett clan visits is easier said than done. The more she tries to deny the attraction between them, the more obvious their chemistry becomes. But even though she’s not the only one feeling it, putting their friendship on the line is a risk she can’t take.

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K. J. CHARLES

I’ve met K. J. Charles through Ava March’s twitter because I’m that big of a stalker? #sorrynotsorry Despite owning two or three of her books, I have yet to read any of them #shameonme. On her last newsletter, she gave us a release date for Wanted, a Gentleman, and revealed the covers for books 1 and 2 of her new trilogy, Sins of the Cities!❤

  • Wanted, a Gentleman

Available at January 9th, 2017

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By the good offices of Riptide Publishing KJ Charles’s new Entertainment WANTED, A GENTLEMAN Or, Virtue Over-Rated the grand romance of Mr. Martin St. Vincent . . . a Merchant with a Mission, also a Problem Mr. Theodore Swann . . . a humble Scribbler and Advertiser for Love Act the First: the offices of the Matrimonial Advertiser, London where Lonely Hearts may seek one another for the cost of a shilling Act the Second: a Pursuit to Gretna Green (or thereabouts) featuring a speedy Carriage sundry rustic Inns a private Bed-chamber *** In the course of which are presented Romance, Revenge, and Redemption Deceptions, Discoveries, and Desires the particulars of which are too numerous to impart

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  • An Unseen Attraction, Sins of the Cities #1

Available at Feb. 21th, 2017

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Lodging-house keeper Clem Talleyfer prefers a quiet life. He’s happy with his hobbies, his work—and especially with his lodger Rowley Green, who becomes a friend over their long fireside evenings together. If only neat, precise, irresistible Mr. Green were interested in more than friendship. . . .

Rowley just wants to be left alone—at least until he meets Clem, with his odd, charming ways and his glorious eyes. Two quiet men, lodging in the same house, coming to an understanding . . . it could be perfect. Then the brutally murdered corpse of another lodger is dumped on their doorstep and their peaceful life is shattered.

Now Clem and Rowley find themselves caught up in a mystery, threatened on all sides by violent men, with a deadly London fog closing in on them. If they’re to see their way through, the pair must learn to share their secrets—and their hearts.

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  • An Unnatural Vice, Sins of the Cities #2

Available at June 06th, 2017

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Unwanted desire flares between two bitter enemies as the fog of Victorian London conceals deadly dangers. An Unnatural Vice is the second novel in K. J. Charles’s Sins of the Cities trilogy.

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LISA OLIVER

Lisa is another author I’ve met at the Big Gay Romance Giveaway and she has a new book in the wild and is working on the Cloverleah Pack series book 10, entitled “On The Brink”! The girl is ON FIRE!

  • Don’t Bite, Stockton Wolves Book #4

Release date: Dec. 06th

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Trent Summers keeps a smile on his face, even though he feels like he’s dying inside. Since he was horribly knifed by a killer bear he’s had trouble with anxiety and panic attacks. Knowing most of his friends are shifters and immune to such things doesn’t help. Mace’s mating with Roan gives him some hope, but a mate of his own is just a pipe dream. In the meantime, he has to put aside his fears and help his friends find rogue vampires – not exactly a cure for stress.

Prince Alexi Vandermot is getting more than a little pissed off at his coven leader. There are rogue vampires in town and he’s ready to hunt them down. The problem is, his cousin keeps saying no. Things aren’t improved when the police come to call, bringing a consultant with them. Shifters are one thing, but Alexi is floored to find the consultant is his mate…human, scared and straight.

Claiming a mate is one thing; keeping him safe is another. When the rogues are found to have family ties to the coven and one of them fancies a bite out of Trent, the coven and the pack have to work together to make sure the body count doesn’t get any higher. When problems start to erupt inside of the coven as well, Alexi wonders if he’ll ever have any time to get to know his anxious mate.

Warning: This book is M/M, contains graphic content and coarse language. Trent suffers from panic attacks which some people might find a trigger and keep an eye on Kalel; he’s taken to stealing hats.

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MARGO BOND COLLINS

I honestly can’t remember how I’ve found myself into this author’s newsletter, but I AM SO GLAD I AM! She just told us about the pre-order of her next romance, written along with N. R. Larry! This sounds good, people. Take the word of someone that isn’t really into heterosexual romances as a rule, LMAO! You can pre-order it on Amazon.

  • Immortal Winter

Available on Dec. 16th

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Jayla Storm woke up next to a dead body, with no memory of how it got there. Then Kip Stanton blew up her ice tower—the only home she’s ever known—and kidnapped her, insisting it was for her own good.

Now she’s stuck with a group of rebels hell-bent on usurping the queen who saved Jayla’s life. As her memories resurface, she’s afraid to trust anyone, even while her feelings for Kip grow stronger.

But wherever Jayla goes, the monstrous ravagers follow. If she’s going to survive, and perhaps save Kip and the others, she’ll have to learn to trust someone—maybe especially herself.

A princess locked away in an ice tower.

A handsome kidnapper who insists her savior-queen is a liar.

And a chance to break the curse that’s bound them all.

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MAY SAGE

Cover chance allert! May notified us that she decided to change the cover of Beauty and the Beast, third book in the Not Quite the Fairy Tale series! I personally can’t chose a favorite cover, as both are AMAZING! I don’t know why she changed it, though, she didn’t say on the e-mail I saved to build this post…

  • Beauty and the Beast, Not Quite the Fairy Tale #3

Release date: March 11th

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“Let me tell you one thing, Beast: if your Prince ever returns, watch his back. There are thousands who would gladly throw daggers at it.”

And Belle would be first in line.

Ten years ago, he was Prince Aiden, heir of Jereena, at the top of the world – now, they call him Beast.

Aiden has landed on his feet, his exclusive club is the place to be, he makes hundreds of thousands a night.

What else could he possibly want?

Belle grew up during the Anarchy, and the corrupted system screwed her, big time, but she managed to get by. Then, her stupid brother goes and steals from the Beast, who demands her as payment. Well, her, a pile of cash, or her sister – option two and three aren’t acceptable.

Beauty and the Beast is the third volume of Not quite the Fairy Tale, however it’s a standalone.

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PARKER ELLIOT

I’ve actually just met this author while doing this post… What’s wrong with me? Hahaha! But his romances sound the epitome of CUTENESS!❤ Scroll down if you do not believe me.

  • Manny Overboard

Release date: Nov. 29th

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All Derek Huntzberger knows is business. He loves his kids, Delilah and Blake to death but that doesn’t necessarily mean he knows how to be the best father. Since the death of his wife five years ago he’s buried himself in his work, only making time for his children but never daring to have his own fun. When his children’s much loved and needed nanny backs out of their Caribbean vacation, Derek’s desperate for a replacement. When Noah shows up at the port, he’s more than a little sceptical.

Noah Parks is in need of cash which means working all summer break is a given. It might not be so bad after all when he’s set up with a nannying job on a cruise ship vacation. With plenty of fun in the sun, island excursions and poolside relaxing, looking after adorable Delilah and Blake is almost too easy. It just so happens that the only hard part of Noah’s new job is with his gorgeous workaholic boss and the unexpected pull he feels towards him.

Stuck on a cruise ship, it’s not so easy to hide from your feelings. When cabin fever gets the better of Derek, it’s downtime that he needs and Noah’s all too willing to show him a good time. But fitting into the life of someone as busy as Derek isn’t easy. With Blake and Delilah coming first and business second, Noah knows he doesn’t have a place in Derek’s life. Or does he?

Manny Overboard is a light-hearted first time gay romance novel featuring adorable kids, holiday romance and a satisfying HEA.

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POSY ROBERTS

Another wonderful author met through Big Gay Romance Giveaway – seriously, I loved that deal! I met soo many wonderful authors! My digital shelves are falling apart and my credit card is crying blood, but WHO CARES?! I AM HAPPY! Anyway, Posy told us about the newest release on her catalogue this week, check it out:

  • Analog to Digital

Release date: December 1st

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For years, Ethan and Toby have said they’ll never marry, despite Ethan’s secret wishes. So leaving sunny California for snowy Minnesota to witness his sister’s vow renewal is not how he wants to spend his Christmas Eve. It’s the second time she’ll say “I do” in less than a year, when Ethan saying those words to Toby even once is hopeless.

In the run-up to the ceremony, Toby seems to avoid Ethan, and doubts grow in his absence. Ethan can’t help noticing Toby spends more time with Ethan’s family than with him. Little does Ethan know, Toby has desires of his own. But if Toby doesn’t find a way to reveal them, Ethan could leave for home without him.

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RAYNE WAGNER

I’ve met this author sometime between last year and this one at a blog tour that I hosted for the first book of The Sphinx series, Curse of the Sphinx! This week, she releaved to us the cover and blurb for the third book, Myths of Immortality, and showed us the new covers for books 0.5, Origin of The Sphinx, and 2, Demigods and Monsters❤ One thing at a time, haha!

  • Origin of The Sphinx, The Sphinx #0.5

Release date: June 06th, 2016

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Rayne explained all cover changes: It’s been an interesting process as I’ve “branded” the series, and my cover designer may have wanted to kill me, but I couldn’t be happier with the results! With the series branding, Demigods and Monsters got a new cover, and this is a real treat! Origin of the Sphinx got a facelift as well. It’s the prequel novella about how the curse came to be. I’m really loving how it turned out”. I’m with you there, Rayne! Those are WONDERFUL!❤

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In Ancient Greece, the invocation “May the Gods watch over you” was more than a spoken blessing. It was an entreaty for divine benevolence.

Phoibe, daughter of Hera, is content. Raised by her aunt, her life is quiet, filled with milling grain and spinning wool. But after her Hestia celebration, Eros, god of love, visits the small town of Belen.

And now Phoibe will have to choose— If she marries a mortal, she risks eternal solitude for a moment of love. If she follows her heart, she risks spurning a god.

The gods are enormously powerful, but they don’t fix problems. They make bigger ones.

Uncover the curse. . .

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  • Demigods and Monsters, The Sphinx #2

Release date: April 25th, 2016

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Here’s a little something of what the author had to say about this particular cover: “The cover ‘model’ is Josh “The Punk” Thomson, an actual fighter in Bellator MMA. I thought it truly divine that Xan, demigod son of Ares, be represented by a skilled martial artist. Did you catch my nerdy reference to deity there? lol”. We did got your reference, Rayne! SO CLEVER❤

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Can Apollo’s curse be broken?

Seventeen-year-old Hope Nicholas is done running. Apollo’s curse has ruled her entire life, limiting her choices and robbing her of the things that matter most. But she refuses to live in fear any longer. In fact, she’s ready to do whatever it takes to break the god’s power over her existence.

When the goddess Artemis instructs Hope to impersonate a demigod and infiltrate a conservatory to get access to the Olympian library, she doesn’t hesitate. As she sees it, there’s nothing left to lose.

But once inside, Hope discovers the only way to get what she needs is to work with her sworn enemies. As the lines between demigod and monster are crossed again and again, Hope has to dig deep for the courage to accept her fate or fight for the freedom to save herself.

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  • Myths of Immortality, The Sphinx #3

Available on January 12th, 2017

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In the realm of the dead, there are no lies.

Hope Nicholas is desperate to believe that the truth will set her free from the bindings of Apollo’s curse. But to get the truth, she must travel to the Underworld, a feat near impossible for the living. The gods there have their own agendas and, forced to forge alliances with the most unlikely allies, Hope will find that death is not the worst torment of the Underworld.

Athan Michael spent months chasing Hope, only to have her disappear once again. And when he discovers her destination, he knows the treacherous journey to the Underworld is one he cannot take alone. Forced to put aside his past with Xan and Dahlia, the three demigods embark on their own quest. But the past will not stay buried, and Athan must decide how much he’s willing to sacrifice to help Hope break the curse.

Told in duel points of view, Myths of Immortality is a tense, action-packed story that will leave you begging for the next installment of The Sphinx series.

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REBECCA HAMILTON

I honestly can’t recall how I got acquited with Rebecca’s books, but I have been on her newsletter for LONG now, haha! Her newest book is already up for pre-order at Amazon and, needless to say, it sounds AWESOME.

  • Something like Voodoo

Release Date: Feb. 07th

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High School can be a witch.

A teen girl with the ability to predict deaths through her drawings shouldn’t need to lie constantly to make her life sound interesting. But that doesn’t stop Emily from spinning stories faster than she can keep up.

After transferring to a new school, Emily’s ‘dull’ life is shaken by the appearance of a boy who seems unfazed by her far-fetched stories. A too-handsome-for-his-own-good senior, Noah has some secrets of his own. He needs Emily’s special gift to save him from Sarah, queen bee of the school’s It Girls, whose own supernatural abilities have forced him into a life of silence and solitude.

But when Emily tries to free him from Sarah’s voodoo curse, things go belly up, landing Emily on Sarah’s hit list. Soon, Emily and Noah are on a collision course with the It Girls, leading to a shocking revelation that ties them together in unimaginable ways. If their powers remain unchecked, this teenage popularity contest could spell the death of them all …

Romantically charged and eerily chilling, Something Like Voodoo weighs the choice of saving your life versus fighting for a life worth saving. This paranormal romance will put a spell on you.

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TESSA BAILEY

I just met this author this week through Entangled Publishing’s newsletter and her new book sounds AWESOME – one more newsletter for me to subscribe to!

  • Wound Tight, Made in Jersey #4

Release Date: Dec. 05th

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When CEO Renner Bastion walks into a room, everyone keeps their distance. Well, everyone but the sarcastic, tattooed, Boston-bred security guard whose presence has kept Renner in New Jersey longer than intended. As if the unwanted attraction isn’t unsettling enough, Renner finds out his protector isn’t as unavailable as originally thought.

Milo Bautista just came out to his wealthy, ultra-confident boss, a man he secretly respects and admires…in more ways than he’ll admit. Worldly, experienced Renner would never look in his direction, let alone share some of that confidence he wears like a cloak, so Milo has set his sights on someone else to be his first.

Until Renner offers him private lessons in seduction…

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Honestly, I didn’t think there was SO MUCH to tell since last Wednesday! #craziness #holidaysfever #byemoney Hahaha! I’ll be back with more news Friday or Saturday on a special edition of this section. I swear I don’t usually receive so many emails? I think? Maybe 200-300 per day? Oh, well, I’ll survive LMAO

Thanks so much for reading! What are the bookish news you’ve learned this week? If you make posts too, please leave the link in the comments, so I can read it and subscribe to another 728394904 newsletters!

With love,

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BOOK BLITZ: Alterations, by Stephanie Scott

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Hello, everyone! Nice Tuesday for you =D Can you all feel the winds of my blog reborn? I can! /o/

Today it’s my pleasure to celebrate the book birthday of one of my babies from my December wishlist: Alterations, by Stephanie Scott! Happy Book Birthday to Stephanie YA Bound Book Tours and it’s my pleasure to be a part of it =D

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Alterations 

by Stephanie Scott

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

Release Date: December 6th, 2016

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If anyone saw the prom boards Amelia Blanco makes on her favorite fashion app, they’d think Ethan Laurenti was her boyfriend. They wouldn’t know that all the plans she’s made for them are just dreams, and that she’s the girl who watches him from the kitchen while her parents cook for his famous family.

When Amelia’s abuelita enrolls her in a month-long fashion internship in NYC, Amelia can’t imagine leaving Miami–and Ethan–for that long. As soon as she gets to New York, however, she finds a bigger world and new possibilities. She meets people her own age who can actually carry on a conversation about stitching and design. Her pin boards become less about prom with Ethan and more about creating her own style. By the time she returns to Miami, Amelia feels like she can accomplish anything, and surprises herself by agreeing to help Ethan’s awkward, Steve-Jobs-wannabe brother, Liam, create his own fashion app.

As Liam and Amelia get closer, Ethan realizes that this newly confident, stylish girl may be the one for him after all . . . even though he has a reality TV star girlfriend he conveniently keeps forgetting about. The “new and improved” Amelia soon finds herself in between two brothers, a whole lot of drama, and choice she never dreamed she’d have to make.

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Guys, seriously. This cover. This blurb. THEY SCREAM “READ ME”!! How can I say no to such a strong call?? I can’t!!

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For now, Alterations is only available in ebook format at our favorite booksellers =)

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | Google Play

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 the author

Hello! I write Young Adult stories about teens who put their passions first. I’m an active member of Romance Writers of America and its online YA chapter YARWA, and I mentor writers in online pitch contests. I love dance fitness and cat memes, and Pinterest is driving me broke. I live outside of Chicago with my tech-of-all-trades husband. You can find me most often online on twitter and Instagram at @StephScottYA. My debut ALTERATIONS about a fashion-obsessed loner who reinvents herself releases 12/6/16 from Bloomsbury Spark, and I’m a contributor to the young adult short story anthology WELCOME HOME out in spring 2017.

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 giveaway

Yes, we have a giveaway! Yay! A lovely international person will take home a $20 Amazon Gift Card! To enter, just click the link bellow =D

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 That’s it, guys! Are you excited about Alterations?! If you’re not, well… That’s okay! I can be excited for both of us❤

With love,

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TBR of the Week: The Key to Rondo, by Emily Rodda (Rondo #1)

JUST LOOK WHAT IS BACK!! THE TBR OF THE WEEK, OMG!!!❤

Sorry, it was kind of rude to begin the post screaming at you lovelies, but last time I was able to do a TBR of the Week post was on June 19th. SO. LONG. AGO. I needed to celebrate, haha! Hope everyone is having a kick ass weekend!

My chosen book of the day is The Key to Rondo, first book in the Rondo series by awesome Emily Rodda! I just started it last night, to be honest, but it’s too interesting for me to pass the opportunity of talking about it, haha! My cousin Walter was cool enough to lend his copy for me, so thanks, Walter =D Love you, man!

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summary

There are three rules to the old painted, music box: Wind the box three times only. Never shut the box when the music is playing. Never move the box before the music stops.

Leo wouldn’t dream of breaking these rules, but does his stubborn cousin Mimi listen? She winds the box four times — and suddenly the paintings on its side come to life and a powerful witch is released. Now its up to Leo and Mimi to stop the witch, if only they can find the key to the music box — and the magical world it controls.

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In case you are beyond bothered because the author’s name seems familiar, but you can’t quite place it, never fear. She’s the same author of Deltora Quest and Rowan of Rin series!

Read here my reviews for the Rowan of Rin series up to book 3!

RODDA, EmilyRowan of Rin, Rowan of Rin #1 (review here!)

RODDA, EmilyRowan and the Travelers, Rowan of Rin #2 (review here!)

RODDA, EmilyRowan and the Keeper of the Crystal, Rowan of Rin #3 (review here!)

That’s it, thanks for reading and welcome back, TBR of the Week!

What are you guys reading this week?

With love,

assinatura

The Farther He Runs, from Lynda Aicher (Kick #3)

Good night, people! Are you ready to rock?!! I hope so, as the book I’ll be reviewing Tonight r o c k e d my world❤ I’m talking about the third book of the Kick series, from Lynda Aicher: The Farther He Runs! Please, on’t get sad that we are “already” on the review for book 3! All books in the Kick series can be read as standalones, so you can pick your favorite and devour it without worrying about losing content =D

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, so buckle your seatbelts and let’s do this! Thanks so much to Loveswept for my copy, I loved it!

Read here my reviews for the previous books in the series!

The Harder He Falls (Kick #1) | The Deeper He Hurts (Kick #2)

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the story

Finn’s survival and recovery from a tragic accident with his cousin and best friend ten months ago can only be described as miraculous. After many months spent into a comma and struggling to recover his movements and basic motor coordination, anyone would be happy to know they are alive.

Not Finn. His Marine pride insists on reminding him all that he had lost in the accident. His shape. His dignity. His best friend. Finn was now just a broken and shallow vessel of the man he used to be – the man he loved to be. And now his remaining best friend and long-term platonic crush, Tanner Dorsey, came home after deployment.

How is Finn supposed to look Tanner in the eye and feel worthy of his attention now?

If anyone ever cares to find out how a true bitch-slap from life can hurt, just ask Tanner Dorsey. After months with barely any communication outside the military world, Tanner comes home to find out one of his best friends is dead and the other, broken.

Tanner has mixed feelings about the tragic accident that took Chris’ life away. While his heart won’t stop bleeding for his best friend any time soon, it’s also his one in a million chance to show Finn, his platonic soul mate, that he is no lesser of a man for relying on others. For relaying on Tanner. However, how could he prove to Finn he would always be there for him?

How is Tanner supposed to convince Finn they could work together?

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Me after finishing this book

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the analysis

Just remembering that those were my impressions and opinion as a reader🙂

This was without any shade of doubt the best book in the whole series! Aicher is that kind of author that visibly evolves from one work to another and she managed to capture my heart from page 1 to 224❤ In the past, I used to have reservations about the BSDM content on her books, as this isn’t quite my cup of tea, but in The Farther He Runs, I was panting at EVERY SCENE! I can securely say that Aicher doesn’t only know her business when talking about it, she can make you understand the pleasure in her character’s pain and she makes you enjoy it with them.

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Aicher also touches her readers’ hearts with the military background of her main characters, how deeply they were touched by the army’s teachings. Complex characters, hot as hell sex scenes, and real and heartbreaking situations made this book a full five stars for me.

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The narrative is third person with switching points of view between Finn and Tanner, just like the previous books with their respective couples. Aicher’s writing style is involving, but sometimes she beats too much around the same bush for my tastes. Oh, well.

I must admit that drama isn’t my go-to genre, even when it’s just a genre among many others inside a book and not the focus. To read a quite dramatic series as Kick turned out to be a delightful challenge, as I was able to test my mental strength, per say. Finn and Tanner’s story brushed so much with reality – their story was so boys-next-door – that moved me and had me tearing up a bit.

Let me explain: on fictional works, military men and women mostly are portrayed through their stereotypes, like all the other professionals in their respective fields. You have the hot marine, the sassy journalist, the hunky doctor, the nerdy IT guy, etc. It’s alright, it’s okay, as Ashley Tisdale would say. The Farther He Runs was the first contemporary romance that I have read that knocked all of this down. Finn and Tanner were hot marines? Yes. But, among anything else, they were real men, with real scars and suffering, with real feelings. We get to glimpse behind all their meticulously built walls and it was amazing, emotional and enlightening.

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Even when the drama became too much, I couldn’t let go. I needed to see the light in the end of the tunnel for them, you know? My heart bleed with them, I needed the reassurance as much as they did. This feeling is indescribably awesome❤

As a dramatic romance, it’s to be expected that the plot isn’t anything out of this world – none of Kick books has a complex plot. And it’s okay. I may have said once or twice, but when you find yourself in social situations such as Finn and Tanner lived on, life itself is a challenge. You don’t need an extra mystery to top your worries or keep you up all night reading because society itself can be a mystery and people keep doing unexpected things for good and bad. This is all the mystery we need under such grim circumstances.

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I kind of already went on about the characters, but let me just make a comment or two about Finn and Tanner to move on, alright? Hahahha!

I really liked both men, as they have the perfect balance of flaws and blessings on their personalities, and I wouldn’t know how to choose among them, haha! I loved them as a couple, as the dynamics friends-to-lovers is one of my favorite elements in any book❤ Even their sex was fun at times, not to mention the delicious switching. I loooove when gay couples don’t have ‘permanent’ roles in bed – Ava March spoiled me with all her delicious notions about true and free love, #sorrynotsorry hahaha

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However, I must admit that Tanner is my true social hero between those two. Instead of going on and on about what he did/said, I’ll just break my own protocol and leave this here:

“No one ever came out as straight, so he’d never seen the point of informing anyone about whom he preferred to sleep with. (…) His sexuality didn’t affect his job or change who he was. It’d never been his identity, only a component he’d blended with the rest to form the whole him. The second he came out, he’d have one more stereotype to battle, and he was so fucking tired of defending who he was.”

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I HAVE FINALLY FOUND A BOOK THAT SAYS EXACTLY WHAT I THINK ABOUT ANYONE’S SEXUALITY!

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Ahem. Back to the book.

Did I mentioned the sex scenes? They aren’t only real, they are HOT AND DELICIOUS and beware of the BSDM, because it’s faint, but it is there. I admit I’m not a regular fan, but this book made me a believer, hahaha!

Also, we all should take a few moments to just gaze at this cover. At hose hard abs. At his gorgeous guy involved in such a gorgeous art. I’m in love. #justsaying

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To wrap things up, I’d like to highlight some cool and kickass quotes to help you see the light convince you that you need to read The Farther He Runs:

“So many should’ves he just didn’t have it in him to do.” – Finn’s thoughts

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“Assimilating back into normal was hard as hell when you couldn’t remember what normal was.” – Tanner’s thoughts

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“He had to remember what was important. Friendship. Trust. A bond that extended years and had held strong through many challenges.” – Finn’s thoughts

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And this winning dialogue:

Rig: Why are you just standing there?

Finn: I like lording over my minions.

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If you like gay contemporary romance, army men, steamy hot sex and beautiful stories, you MUST read The Farther He Runs!

5star

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Thank you so much for reading my review and, once again, thanks to Loveswept for the invitation to review this book! It was my pleasure =D

With love,

assinatura

December’s new books! (A.k.a some of the books Santa could drop under my Christmas tree)

Hello, there! Nice Friday for you =) As I had warned yesterday, here it comes my selection of the best books to hit town in December – you know, all in my humble opinion, after checking Goodreads’ lists, haha! This is a mix of what’s coming from authors in my shelves + popular books added by the community, so here we go! I’ll probably share even more titles with you on the following weeks, as my inbox keeps screaming at me, full of authors’ news =)

DAY 1

  • Last Wish, by Helen Harper (Highland Magic #4)

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It’s not easy pretending to be dead – especially when it feels as if you have the weight of the world on your shoulders. Between an unfulfilled prophecy, the demon-occupied Lowlands, the continuing power of murderous Aifric Moncrieffe – not to mention her constant yearnings for Byron – Integrity Adair has a lot to worry about.

Still, how hard can it really be to save Scotland, maintain her morals, get the guy and keep her sense of humour?

This is the fourth and final book in the Highland Magic series

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Read my review for Gifted Thief, Highland Magic #1, here!

Read my review for Last Wish, Highland Magic #4, here!

Why should I wait for this book? Well, this particular book can wait, but you really should pick up the first book of the Highland Magic series if you’re into urban fantasy, strong and badass females, fun reads, adventure and magic, of course!❤

  • Upon A Time, by R.L. Stedman

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Escape into enchantment!

“In the middle of a shattered city grows a wild wood. Enter two children, following the scent of gingerbread. And a hunter, determined to stop them…”

In this collection of retold fairytales you’ll find an assassin with a deadline, a Charming Ball, a fairy godfather, a sleeping beast and more. All stories of fantasy and romance, mixed with just a hint of magic.

Welcome to Upon a Time, a spellbinding story collection.

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Why should I wait for this book? Because it’s a collection of fairy-tales retellings! Do you need more reason? Er… Well, I was sold on the retellings part? #sorrynotsorry

DAY 6

  • Alterations, by Stephanie Scott

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If anyone saw the prom boards Amelia Blanco makes on her favorite fashion app, they’d think Ethan Laurenti was her boyfriend. They wouldn’t know that all the plans she’s made for them are just dreams, and that she’s the girl who watches him from the kitchen while her parents cook for his famous family.

When Amelia’s abuelita enrolls her in a month-long fashion internship in NYC, Amelia can’t imagine leaving Miami–and Ethan–for that long. As soon as she gets to New York, however, she finds a bigger world and new possibilities. She meets people her own age who can actually carry on a conversation about stitching and design. Her pin boards become less about prom with Ethan and more about creating her own style. By the time she returns to Miami, Amelia feels like she can accomplish anything, and surprises herself by agreeing to help Ethan’s awkward, Steve-Jobs-wannabe brother, Liam, create his own fashion app.

As Liam and Amelia get closer, Ethan realizes that this newly confident, stylish girl may be the one for him after all . . . even though he has a reality TV star girlfriend he conveniently keeps forgetting about. The “new and improved” Amelia soon finds herself in between two brothers, a whole lot of drama, and choice she never dreamed she’d have to make.

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Why should I wait for this book? This plot reminds me so much of Sabrina, the classic movie with Audrey Hepburn, that I JUST NEED TO READ IT!❤ Sounds like a fun and lovely YA!

  • The Farther He Runs, by Lynda Aicher (Kick #3)

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After years away from home, Tanner Dorsey is back and sorting through feelings that have him in a stranglehold. The hardened Marine will do anything for a fallen comrade, so when an accident leaves Finn Kelley fighting for his life, Tanner’s eager to be there for him. In fact, Tanner’s ready and willing to do anything Finn asks—especially if it means finally acting on the sexual tension that’s always kept him craving more.

Finn senses it too—when he brushes against Tanner’s stubbled jaw, when he inhales the scent of the T-shirt that clings to Tanner’s body like a second skin. Now that he’s more vulnerable than ever, Finn knows the time is right to take control, even if it means risking the heart and soul of their friendship. The bond they share goes beyond desire; it’s a bond of brotherhood, forged under conditions few could imagine. But once they cross that line, there will be no more secrets. No more boundaries. And no turning back.

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Why should I wait for this book? BECAUSE IT’S THE BEST ONE I HAVE EVER READ BY LYNDA AICHER!!!❤ This series is made of standalone books that can be read independently. If I had a choice, I’d have stuck with The Farther He Runs /o/ If you like deep and emotional gay romance with a good ounce of drama, this book will be your perfect Christmas read!

Read here my reviews for: The Harder He Falls (Kick #1) | The Deeper He Hurts (Kick #2)

  • How Will I Know You?, by Jessica Treadway

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On a cold December day in northern upstate New York, the body of high school senior Joy Enright is discovered in the woods at the edge of a pond. She had been presumed drowned, but an autopsy shows that she was, in fact, strangled. As the investigation unfolds, four characters tell the story from widely divergent perspectives: Susanne, Joy’s mother and a professor at the local art college; Martin, a black graduate student suspected of the murder; Harper, Joy’s best friend and a potential eyewitness; and Tom, a rescue diver and son-in-law of the town’s police chief. As a web of small-town secrets comes to light, a dramatic conclusion reveals the truth about Joy’s death.

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Why should I wait for this book? HAVE YOU READ THIS BLURB? I arrest my case. This sounds like an awesome thriller❤

  • The Lunar Chronicles Coloring Book, by Marissa Meyer and Kathryn Gee (Illustrator)

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People, places, and scenes from Marissa Meyer s bestselling and beloved intergalacticadventure come to life in this enchanting coloring book. Castles, costumes, andcharacters inspired by fairy tales are detailed with intricate anddecorative drawings perfect for coloring. Along with new text from the author, including never-before-published commentary about the series, this is a volumethat Lunartics (old fans and new) will want to own.

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Why should I wait for this book? I’m on neutral ground here, as I still haven’t picked up The Lunar Chronicles, but I’d love to know from you guys if there are princesses to color on this book – I really like princesses, haha!

  • Perfume: A Century of Scents, by Lizzie Ostrom

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Join Lizzie Ostrom on an olfactory adventure as she explores the trends and crazes that have shaped the way we’ve spritzed. One hundred perfumes and scents in all their fragrant glory reveal a fascinating social history of the past century. From the belle epoque through the swinging sixties, to the naughty nineties and beyond, Ostrom brings intelligence and wit to this most ravishing of subjects.

There was the patriotic impact of English Lavender during World War I and perfumes that captured the Egyptomania of the 1920’s. Estee Lauder created “Youth Dew” and with it, distilled the essence of 1950’s suburbia. Patchouli Oil—the “anti-perfume” of the 1960s—was sure to keep money out of the hands of corporations and “the man.” And who could forget the fervor created by the grunge androgyny of CK One? Scent is truly the passport to memory, making Perfume both a lush treat and an insightful examination of the twentieth century through the most mysterious of the five sense.

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Why should I wait for this book? If you, like me, it’s crazy about fashion, beauty and their history, this book is not only a must-read, but also a must-have! Perfumes are one of my favorite beauty products, along nail polishes, lipsticks and mascaras, so naturally SANTA NEEDS TO BRING THIS TO MEEEE *whiny*

 

DAY 20

  • Red Queen: The Official Coloring Book, by Victoria Aveyard, Yvonne Gilbert (Illustrator) & Ryan Hamrick (Letterer)

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The world of Red Queen comes to life in this stunningly illustrated coloring book companion to the #1 New York Times bestselling series by Victoria Aveyard. With both original black-and-white line drawings and beautiful hand-lettered quotes, this coloring book brings to life the high-stakes moments in Mare’s journey, which continues to thrill and captivate readers. Relive every adventure, from Mare’s first night as the little lightning girl to the royal betrayal that changed everything—and get ready to rise, Red as the Dawn.

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Why should I wait for this book? I’m not Red Queen’s biggest fan, but again, I’d love to hear from you guys your opinion on those coloring books inspired in books alone and, of course, if there are princesses and beautiful dresses to color inside this volume. I’m not kidding when I say I love those #childhoodneverwentaway

Read here my review for Red Queen (Red Queen #1)!

 

DAY 27

  • Wild Wicked Scot, by Julia London (Highland Grooms #1)

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Born into riches and groomed in English luxury, Margot Armstrong didn’t belong in a Scottish chieftain’s devil-may-care world. Two years ago she fled their marriage of convenience and hasn’t looked back–except to steal memories of moments spent in wild, rugged Arran McKenzie’s embrace. But as their respective powerful kingdoms unite and political upheaval rings around them, she’s forced to return to her husband in order to interrupt his secret plans to invade her country.

Red-haired, green-eyed Margot is a beautiful threat. The bride Arran lost has haunted him for ages. As the Highlands tremble with whispers of her people’s plot to seize McKenzie territory, he must outmaneuver her in games of espionage…and seduction. Yet as their secrets entwine and their lands fall prey to a political war, there’s nothing to prevent love from capturing them both and leading them straight to danger.

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 Why should I wait for this book? Because we always need more sugared historical romances, of course❤ I’m a sucker for those, you guys have nooooo idea!! Hahahaha

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For now, we are done. But stay tuned on my weekly edition of the Bookish News to hear more about new books =D Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on these particular releases!

Are you pinning for a special release this month? Tell me everything and hide nothing, haha!

Love you all,

assinatura

Last Wish, from Helen Harper (Highland Magic #4)

(alternative title: INTEGRITY, I’LL BE GOOD, BUT PLEASE DON’T LEAVE MEEEEE)

Good night, lovelies! I know you all are too gracious to have ever noticed, but I can be slightly crazy sometimes – for example, I was sure that Last Wish, the fourth and last book in the Highland Magic series (#tears), from my goddess Helen Harper, would only be published on Dec. 6th. Guess what? THE DEAL IS TODAY!

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I don’t even know why I thought it was on the 6th! Honestly, I wonder what goes on inside my mind most of the time, ugh. Point is, you all get to see my opinion on this wonderful (spoiler?) conclusion sooner! Helen sent me a copy of Last Wish in exchange for an honest review and here we go!

Oh, no, scratch that, please. First, in case you aren’t living on the same world as I haven’t checked out my reviews for the previous books in the series, you can do it first:

Gifted Thief (Highland Magic #1) | Honour Bound (Highland Magic #2)

Veiled Threat (Highland Magic #3)

Now we’re good =) Let’s start!

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the story

When Integrity Aidar decided to play dead for the sake of her master plan to bring down her sworn enemy, Aifric Moncrieffe, no one told her the deed would be so. Annoying. Do you know how hard it is to run a reform without being able to be seen by pretty much anyone outside your clan? Integrity can tell you: a pain in the ass.

And let’s not forget the damn prophecy that dictates she’ll save the world. Or the fact that her crush, Byron, seems to be already arranging a weeding despite just watching Integrity ‘die’. Talk about a turn off in the relationship.

Among so many uncertainties and pressure, there is only one thing Integrity knows for sure: she is so screwed.

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Me after finishing the book:

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the analysis

Just remembering that those were my impressions and opinion as a reader🙂

If I had to define Last Wish with just one word, it would be: OMGTHATWASSOAWESOMEWHYDIDITHADTOEND?! #cheating #sorrynotsorry Alright, let’s be serious for a moment: this was a stunning and breath-taking end to one of the most kickass series that I had the pleasure of reading in a looong time! Integrity Aidar will forever be one of my all-time favorite female protagonists and I can’t even start on how much I’ll miss her REALLY BAD jokes and her passion for hot pink. I’m in denial, don’t try to make me feel better.

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The book didn’t get 5 full stars, however, because I felt Harper lost a little her touch with the lightness of the book. So far, in all three books, no matter how bad things got – there were always moments of fun and laughter here and there, because that’s who Integrity is: she always cheers up the people she loves. I missed seeing this on Last Wish and I was a little disappointed with that thing that happened right before the happy ending and that I never quite saw Integrity’s face after that other deal in the end, so… Four wonderful and brilliant stars to close off one of my favorite series!

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The narrative follows once more our darling Integrity Aidar, first person styled. While I will love Integrity forever, I must say this book dragged a little on some parts, as Integrity is too shaken to cheer herself up – imagine cheering her friends. Her peace and love mood is seriously breaking and she wants to remain true to her beliefs no matter what, so she turns into someone quieter and jaded. Still awesome and kickass, but less funny and flirty, and her chance reflects deeply into the story pace – still quick and delightful, but heavy.

As I already sort of started talking about characters here, I’ll just jump to it and then we talk plot, okay? #rebel Many people surprised me on Last Wish, but no one more than Bob, the little genie. I knew he was friends with Integrity, but only on this book we really understand how true and faithful he is and I can’t lie, it got me tearing up a bit. Of course there’s also betrayers and too many innocent deaths for my tastes, but nothing felt “too much”. Harper makes her reader understand on their hearts why those people were gone, in a way or other, and eventually, we accept it. Just like Integrity. That’s how much of a connection we form with her❤

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Regarding the plot, well, that’s where one star was truly lost. I was highly unimpressed with two points in the story. I can’t go on a full ranting mode because it would be too much of a spoiler, but the first case, right before the end, wasn’t consistent with Integrity’s personality. She is a pacifist, but she is also an opportunist in the best way, but she didn’t try to retrieve some things that someone stole from her – and she could have, as the person dies right after. Let’s just say she allowed the person to die thinking they had won and it was so not Integrity! First, because she would do all in her power to prevent the death and second, she would never allow anyone to think they had the upper hand if she doesn’t need to.

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The second point was the end itself. I don’t deal well with open ends for closing books and standalones, so I was highly bothered that I didn’t even get to see Integrity’s full reaction to the last happening of the book. I’m one of those crazy old ladies that need closure in life, you know? I know many people love wide open endings, but I’m not one of them >.< Sorry!!

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Now that my ranting moment is over, back to the plot! OMG, THE TWISTS! I love books that can mix predictable twists with face-slap twists! You think you got it all figured out and BAM, Harper pulls your metaphorical carpet and laughs to your face. Boy, I love this woman❤

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Also, this was one of those rare cases in which I read and could connect the book to a song! Of course it’s Beth’s fault, as we won’t shut up about music together, but still! Every time I came across scenes of Integrity and Byron and their so-not-everyday love, Tremors, from Angels & Airwaves, started to play on my head, haha!

Hmm, now that I think of music (Beth, this is sooo on you!), I think that is safe to say that Integrity’s theme song is How To Be a Heartbreaker, from Marina & The Diamonds. Like, through the whole series, haha! She doesn’t get around in any way, but she plays Byron to such levels!

Alright, so let’s get going. Can I just call your attention to the BEAUTIFUL cover?❤ I think the only cover I didn’t love in the series was for book number 2 – Integrity’s eyes got a little weird. My favorite, for sure, it’s book’s three cover – those orange shades made such a nice contrast with Integrity❤ Which one do you think it’s best??

To wrap this up (I SWEAR!), I’ve got a handful of quotes to convince you why you need to read the Highland Magic series❤

“(…) rationality has no place when it comes to affairs of the heart;” – Integrity’s thoughts

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“I rather liked the idea of being Hercule Poirot; maybe I could invest in a moustache to twirl at appropriate moments. Hot pink, of course” – Integrity’s thoughts

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“Revenge isn’t psychotic, Uh Integrity, it’s noble. This world has been built on the pillars of revenge.” – Bob

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“Love isn’t about possession.” – Integrity’s thoughts

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And those winning dialogues:

Morna: Does the Scrymgeour lass know that she’s screeching at the source of all magic?

Integrity: Oh yes. She has no qualms about who she yells at.

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Taylor: How often do the good guys win?

Integrity: Sometimes it might take them a while but they always win in the end.

Taylor: How do you know?

Integrity: George Lucas.

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Everybody is properly wooed to read the Highland Magic series now and, if you aren’t still convinced, I can throw the book in your face tell you that, if you like Urban Fantasy, Kickass females, adventure and an emotional ride full of gorgeous men and lovely sidekicks, YOU WILL LOVE IT!

4star

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AND WE ARE DONE! Omg, I can’t believe you made it all the way here! Thanks so much for reading, hope you enjoyed the review and that we can fangirl about Integrity together someday =D Also, thank you again to Helen Harper for all my copies from this series❤ You made my life unbeliaveable more happy!!!

With love,

assinatura

Bookish news: a cool summary of what I’ve seen on my inbox this week!

Hi, guys! Hope everyone is happy and ready for Friday, because it’s almost here!❤ To help you see the light and to make the week go by faster, I prepared another edition of the Bookish News that I receive on the comfort of my inbox, haha!

You see, I’m a sucker for newsletters. I’m positive I’m signed up to over a hundred of them easily enough, haha! Mostly are bookish, as you’d expect, and sometimes I get to see really nice releases or news from authors that deserve to be shouted to the world❤ And that’s what I’ll be doing today =)

Just as I did last time, you’ll find the bookish news sorted alphabetically by the author’s first name because I want it that way, haha! #backstreetboysfeelings

On this post, you’ll find news about: Amy McNulty, B. Kristin McMichael, DeAnna Knippling, Lucy Abbot, Michelle Madow, R. J. Scott and Riley Knight.

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As you may have noticed, I just reviewed the whole Never Veil series, from Amy McNulty, during this month, haha! We go way back and I’m really happy to call Amy a friend, as she always listens to my babbles and always has a spare moment to reply to my e-mails❤ Thank you, Amy! So, I’m here today to announce that the first book in the Never Veil series, Nobody’s Goddess, is currently priced 99 cents! Yes, less than a dollar! And subscribers of Kindle Unlimited can read it for free =) I gather this offer is valid only until December 1st, but I’m not really sure as no one said anything, haha! (My only clue is that the book is part of a November Fair – check here, so it would be only logical that it ends on Dec. 1st?) MY POINT IS: GO GRAB IT NOW!!❤

You can read here my review for Nobody’s Goddess!

  • Nobody’s Goddess (Never Veil #1)

Release Date: Sep. 21th

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In a village of masked men, each man is compelled to love only one woman and to follow the commands of his “goddess” without question. A woman may reject the only man who will love her if she pleases, but she will be alone forever. A man must stay masked until his goddess returns his love—and if she can’t or won’t, he remains masked forever.

Seventeen-year-old Noll’s childhood friends have paired off and her closest companion, Jurij, found his goddess in Noll’s own sister. Desperate to find a way to break this ancient spell, Noll instead discovers why no man has ever chosen her. She is in fact the goddess of the mysterious lord of the village, a man who refuses to let Noll have her right as a woman to spurn him.

Thus begins a dangerous game between the choice of woman and the magic of man. The stakes are no less than freedom and happiness, life and death—and neither Noll nor the veiled lord is willing to lose.

Winner of The Romance Reviews’ Summer 2016 Readers’ Choice Award in Young Adult Romance.

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B. KRISTIN MCMICHAEL

McMichael and I met when I bought the ebook for The Legend of the Blue Eyes (which I naturally haven’t yet, unfortunately), and since then I’m a subscriber of hers too. She has a new release in town and *waits for the drums* IT’S A MERMAID BOOK!!❤ In case the caps lock didn’t give me up, I’m a sucker for mermaid books *–* Come and meet the first book of The Merworld Trilogy!

  • Water and Blood (The Merworld Trilogy #1)

Release date: Nov. 20th

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Beaches, sun, and swimming was what Whitney thought she’d get when she moved all the way across the country to the Atlantic Coast. It was a chance to start over, a fresh start outside the paranormal night human world she grew up in. She was ready to be a normal human; one who didn’t have to worry about drinking blood or all the fighting that went on in that world.

Perfectionist Sam did everything well. He protected his family and friends as he swore he would. He had jobs to help everyone survive while they hid in plain sight. He even taught swimming lessons. His life was perfect, at least until Whitney showed up in his town. Without thinking of the consequences, Sam makes a choice to follow his heart for a change. That choice changes everything, maybe for better or for worse.

After one year of getting used to her new reality, Whitney discovers that maybe she was never meant to leave the night human world after all. Deciding to take swimming lessons, she is paired with high school hottie, Prince Sam as her friends called him. That one decision changes her life, and she’s quickly thrown right back into the night human world she thought she was getting away from. The only question is: Can she survive going back?

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DEANNA KNIPPLING

I’ve met DeAnna last year, at a Goodreads giveaway for her book Alice’s Adventures in Underland: The Queen of Stilled Hearts =) Since then, I’m a subscriber to her newsletter and her our tale begins, haha! This week, DeAnna released a short story that promises to be mind blowing:

  • How Smoke Got Out of the Chimneys

Release Date: Nov. 22th

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London, England. 1840.

Gangs of four- and five-year-old orphans are being used as “apprentice” chimney sweeps–they’re the only ones who can fit down the narrow chimneys, taking brushes and baskets down with them into upper-class Victorian homes to scrape out the creosote.

It’s good for ’em, don’tcher know?

Caroline, a.k.a. the infamous Smoke, is one of the older orphans, who help lift and lower the smaller ones, handle the customers, and keep the gang runner, Hasty Wallace, from flying off the handle. But rumor is, it’s time to shuffle the sixteen-year-old orphan off to other business ventures. Ones with mattresses. Lots of mattresses. If it were up to Hasty (and it is), Caroline will disappear into a brothel in Whitechapel…or a ditch. Honestly, he doesn’t care which.

It’s time for Caroline to get out of the chimney business. And maybe it’s time that Hasty Wallace learned a thing or two about orphans…

As the book doesn’t have a Goodreads page yet, I’ll leave you guys with the direct link for it on Amazon, here =)

LUCY ABBOT

I’ve came across this release on Lovelight Press’ newsletter =) I had never heard of this author before, but her new paranormal gay romance is already on my shelves on Goodreads and on my December list for ebook buying (I’m not gonna lie, the thing is getting so huge… I hope I can buy at least half of the ebooks I want this year, haha!).

  • Preacher’s Summit

Release Date: Nov. 25th

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In a chaotic world of passion, there is no place for logic.

Joshua ‘Preacher’ Rhodes lives his life one moment at a time. Passion and desire are as important to him as the safety of his pack alpha, and in his uncomplicated life of sex and alcohol, he’s found an easy balance for his life. But complacency is taking its toll, and Preacher wonders if there’s more out there than the small world he’s hidden himself in for so long.

In an ordered world of magic, there is no place for disorder.

Asher ‘Ash’ Erics operates with efficiency and effectiveness. Logic and rationale are his watchwords. Loyalty runs deep as he supports the efforts of his boss and his organization of Mages he’s one day to lead. But something is lacking in his buttoned up world of order, something Ash has no time for. As far as Ash is concerned, he has everything he needs.

What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object?

When a dangerous outside force comes against the supernatural factions, Preacher and Ash must put aside their differences to recover a kidnapped supernatural and root out the traitor in their midst. But in a world half-truths and omitted information, can they overcome different agendas and find that place in the middle ground to get the job done, and find the love they both need?

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MICHELLE MADOW

And my ebooks from Michelle keep piling up on my e-reader, omg! She just released the fifth and last book in her Elementals series and I haven’t even started the first, #SHAMEONME! In case you haven’t heard of Michelle yet, I politely ask you where have you been on the blog world since last year? I leave here the Goodreads profile for the first book in the Elementals series and her official website, where you can grab the book FOR FREE! EXACTLY, NO COSTS AT ALL! =D

  • The Hands of Time (Elementals #5)

Release Date: Nov. 25th

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Time is running out. War will be waged. Sacrifices will be made.

Months ago, Nicole Cassidy’s life was turned upside-down when she discovered that she was a witch descended from the Greek gods. She and the four other witches gifted with elemental powers fought all over the world—and in another dimension—to battle the supporters of the Titans and fight for the people they love.

Now the Elementals must stop Typhon—the most dangerous monster in the world—from rising, and seal the portal to the dangerous prison world of Kerberos. But they won’t be able to do that without facing their hardest decision yet… a sacrifice so great that it may be one they’re not willing to make.

Get ready for the stunning, action-packed conclusion to the bestselling Elementals series, with twists and turns that you’ll never see coming!

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R. J. SCOTT

I’ve met R. J. Scott only recently through the Big Gay Giveaway that over 85 authors held together during Thanksgiving week and I haven’t reached her book yet, oops! The fact is that she seems to write just my kind of gay romance and, until proven otherwise, I’m a follower of hers, haha =D But let’s talk about updates: Scott has two books in the oven, with expected publication in December! Isn’t this wonderful? Of course it is, haha!

  • Snow in Montana (Montana #4)

Available on Dec. 7th

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An actor in the closet, a sheriff in love, and memories that won’t stay hidden.

Jordan Darby is known as the King of Christmas. The star of eight made-for-TV Christmas movies, the leading man who always gets his girl. Filming at Crooked Tree Ranch in Montana, in the ice and snow, Jordan is fighting to make a go of his new company and dealing with fears of exposure over one huge secret. After all, who the hell would buy into him being a romantic straight lead if rumors about him being gay were proven to be true?

Sheriff Ryan Carter is advising on the new movie being made at Crooked Tree. He hoped this would be one day of work and nothing more. Until, that is, he meets the hero. But while Jordan is sexy, he’s also very much stuck in the closet—everything that Ryan doesn’t need in his life. And then lust becomes part of the equation, and Ryan’s quiet life is thrown into turmoil.

Their story unfolds against the chaos that overtakes the ranch, with Adam regaining memories that terrify him and make him look at Justin differently, and Justin leaving the ranch to make things right. Only through trusting in love and friendship can Justin and Adam learn to look to the future instead of letting the past destroy everything. But will they ever see clearly enough to do that? And will Crooked Tree Ranch settle back into its usual Montana tranquility?

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  • The Road To Frosty Hollow

R. J. Scott & Meredith Russell – Available on Dec. 14th

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Nick and Cameron face old demons, and find new love, on a Christmas road trip.

Former Marine Nick Sheridan is at a crossroads. With his entire life ahead of him he struggles to find direction and his place in the world. Car sharing to get home for his sister’s Christmas wedding seems like a good idea at first. Spending the time with the man he kissed and left years before, maybe not so much.

Cameron Bennett lost most of his teenage years to cancer and he now lives every day to the fullest. He decides to drive from Seattle to Vermont for his best friend’s wedding and capture moments of it on film. He hadn’t planned on car sharing with the man who kissed him ten years ago, but somehow he ends up with a brooding Nick by his side.

Along the way, the men learn that sometimes life plans mean nothing in the grand scheme of things. Love can be found in the most unexpected of ways, and facing your demons head on is sometimes the only way to live.

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RILEY KNIGHT

Riley Knight is an author from Lovelight Press and I’ve came across this delightful gay Christmas release on their newsletter =) I’m not familiar with the author, but I already added the book to my Goodreads list and to my ebook list to be bought in December, haha!

  • Snow Angels

Release date: Nov. 25th

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Sometimes, what you really need can be found where you least expect it … Even in your own house.

Billy and James both work more than they do anything else. Billy is a firefighter, James a paramedic, and both of them have dangerous, stressful jobs that leave little time for anything else, such as romance or even dating.

Then Polly, an adorable little black and white kitten that they rescue, comes into their lives and changes everything. James has always thought he was straight, but soon, he has reason to question that, and everything else, when he realizes that he’s falling for his best friend.

Will a blast from James’s past ruin everything that they’ve started to build, or can the magic of the holiday season give them the best gift of all?

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And that’s it! I’m also preparing my list of hot new releases happening in December, based on the Goodreads newsletter, just stay tuned to see more cool books that are about to leave the oven =D For obvious reasons, the titles featured on this post won’t be present on my Goodreads one, but I’m working on a way to catalogue all monthly releases into the same place for easy access. I’ll get there. Or maybe I just need to go back to therapy because the OCD is getting worse? Oh, well. Point is: thank you for reading, you can expect more from me tomorrow and see you around!

With love,

assinatura

November’s Wrap Up + Book Haul + December’s TBR!

Hello, beautiful people! Welcome to my November Wrap Up and thanks for being here today❤ All in all, November was pretty good for me, being my first month where I felt in control of my life since I started the new job and since I lost my beautiful darling Lady. The month flew off the window and I can’t believe we have just 23 days now until Christmas❤ I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE MY FAMILY AGAIN!❤❤

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Soo, November was a so-so month for my standards. I’ve read 10 books, 22 volumes of manga and a comic book. I should have known I wouldn’t be able to beat my records of September (book-wise, haha!) and October (pages-wise, haha!). Maybe my reading slumped a little exactly because of all the intensity of the other months… #mystery

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*titles with links are already reviewed, isn’t this a miracle?!! =O*

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BOOK HAUL

I usually don’t remember when I buy my books, but I didn’t go out much this month, so I was able to place all my trips to the bookstore and what I got from them, haha! Also, I usually don’t keep track of my ebook buying, but as the only purchase I did this month was last week, the titles are still fresh on my memory❤

*~.Physical Haul.~*

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  • Harry Potter and The Cursed Child (Hardcover, Brazilian edition)
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Illustrated Edition)
  • Quidditch Through the Ages (Brazilian edition)
  • Carry On, by Rainbow Rowell (blue cover edition)
  • The Unfairest of Them All, by Shannon Hale (Brazilian edition)
  • Fullmetal Alchemist, volume 4 (Brazilian edition)
  • Manual do Tio Patinhas (Disney Brazilian sort-of comic book)

*~.Ebook Haul.~*

  • A Christmas Hex, by Jordan L. Hawk
  • The 13th Hex, by Jordan L. Hawk
  • Fighting for a Chance, by Linda Oaks
  • Worldwide, by Jacqueline E. Smith

There are still so many ebooks I’d like to add to my e-readers that I could cry.

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December’s TBR

I think I was highly successful at my pic of November’s TBR, as the only book I still haven’t finished from that list is The Picture of Dorian Gray (please don’t kill me, Jess!). I’ll repeat my choice of adding few books to my formal TBR and to just go with the flow through the rest of the month, haha! In no particular order:

  • The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde – currently-reading
  • Worldwide, by Jacqueline E. Smith
  • The Way Home, by Linda Oaks (re-read)
  • Persuasion, by Jane Austen
  • Daughter of Magic, by Teresa Roman (re-read)

I’ll figure out the rest as the month goes by, haha!

BONUS: November’s blogging!

After a reeeeeally long winter [haha], I’ve come back to blogging and managed to write 10 posts! Despite knowing the month had 30 days and I’ve blogged for 1/3 of it, I’m still feeling like a champion, haha! In case you missed any of the posts, here they are:

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That’s it, guys! Thanks so much for reading❤ How was your reading month? What are you planning to read in December? =D

With love,

assinatura

This is My Genre, Tell Me Yours! #booktag

Good night, lovely people! I was going to bother you all only tomorrow morning, but as Beth, from Betwixt The Pages, so kindly reminded me three times, she tagged me on the This is My Genre, Tell Me Yours! #booktag =D If you don’t know Beth yet, you totally need to #justsaying, so go check her own post and blog here, please! She rocks all the right books and jams❤ Beth, once again, thank you for the tag!

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  • Credit Drew @ TheTattooedBookGeek as the creator of the tag, either use the created tag name graphic or create your own and link back to the blog;
  • Answer the questions;
  • Tag as many people as you want!

QUESTIONS

  1. What’s your favourite genre?

I’d say romance, but that’s a lie. I could say historical romance, but that is also not right. The truth is I’m picky with both, so I’ll just stick with the universal truth: gay romance. If we’re talking about a good and sugared gay romance, then I’m in heaven.

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  1. Who’s your favourite author from the genre?

I hate when I have to choose among my children, but if for some monstrous reason I got stuck reading the same author forever and ever, it would be Ava March. She’s my goddess on earth and she knows it. Or at least she should, as I’ve been bothering her by messages on Goodreads and e-mails since I was 17 – I’m 22 today, so the math proves how much patience Ava has with me, haha! Seriously, ALL HER BOOKS ROCK. I should know, as I have read them all. #psychotic #Ilovetoohard #sorrynotsorry

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  1. What is it about the genre that keeps pulling you back?

This question actually needs to be answered in three parts, if you all don’t mind lol Dear Annelise, of course we mind! Do you think we don’t have anything better to do than to read your babbles?

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Sorry, I’m still answering it on three parts, please bear with me❤

Part I: Historical Romance

Since I was a child, I’m a sucker for historical romances, especially the ones set in London, 19th century. At first, I only knew the heterosexual romance world – which I love dealy to this day – and what keeps pulling me back to it is to be able to see how you can find ways to rebel even when society is against you. To see how people behaved and how difficult everything was back then – can you imagine being hungry and not knowing how to turn on your own stove to bake yourself something? I honestly can’t and that’s why I keep coming back to this genre. I love to see how people were able to live and be happy with way less. How much simpler things were. If they had good toilets and tampons, I’d totally go back in time!

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Part II: Gay Romance

I have such a fondness for LGBT love in general because I feel this is the last true social barrier for a relationship to actually work. If I’m reading contemporary romances and it is all about the couple getting together with some insecurity drama to it, I just don’t feel like reading it. I don’t see a valid problem, you know? But a LGBT couple has yet to deal with a lot of shit from society – many times, from their own homes. This sense of forbidden love makes me pin harder for them, in hopes that, one day, those labels won’t matter anyone and love can be truly free.

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Part III: Historical Gay Romances

After Greeks and Romans turned into History [haha], pretty much all relationships posed challenges. The taboo levels varied according to the times, but no couple was safe – I hope you are seeing a pattern here, haha! On the 19th century, people loved to think they were oh-so-civilized and modern, but relationships were still very complicated. Nobles and servants together? Nope. Peasants and nobles? Nope. Royalty and beggars? NOPE. Birth itself was a barrier and there were serious punishment for marrying off your social position. Now, imagine the taboo levels for two men in love with each other when they can barely choose the women to hold their hearts? I FAINTED.

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  1. What’s the book that started your love for your favourite genre?

gravitationI’ve been a book lover from the crib, with no particular trigger to my adoration. However, what truly awakened the gay romance lover in me wasn’t a book, but a manga series called Gravitation, by Maki Murakami. To be honest, it isn’t even that good, but I didn’t know it was a gay romance when I first bought it and started to read it. I was 13, I think, and totally ignored the big +18 on manga covers since I was 8, so you can imagine my face-fall as I reached volume 2 and the male protagonists had sex. I wish I could have a gif of that moment, it was priceless, haha! I already had a soft spot for beautiful bffs males, so the thing just naturally evolved and officially got out of control as I entered college and met J. L. Langley’s books. Life as I knew back then was over, hahaha!

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5. If you had to recommend at least one book from your favourite genre to a non-reader/someone looking to start reading that genre, what book would you choose and why?

Actually, I have already been there with Jess, from the Mud and Stars! If you want to immerse yourselves on the wonders of historical gay romance, I must recommend you All In With The Duke, from the goddess Ava March! It’s simply the best historical romance of my life. I hope this is reasoning enough, but in case it isn’t… Here’s my review for it!

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  1. Why do you read?

Why do I breathe? Why do I eat? Why do I sleep? All those questions have the same answer: despite being highly enjoyable, I NEED TO DO IT, LMAO. Books are my safe heaven, the hobby I hop on when I’m tired, bored, happy, sad, excited, hopeful, in need of a hug… Books are my life. I actually own more books than clothes and shoes put together, haha! (Just to clarify: I’m only talking about physical books. Don’t even get me started on the digital shelves, haha!)

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George R. R. Martin definitely rubbed on me, I can’t even make a tag post something short… Sorry, guys! For this one, I’ll tag…

Amanda, from the Cover2CoverMom

Jess, from the Mud and Stars

Because I’m really sure they are ok with tags, but anyone is welcome to do it! You can even say I tagged you on your post =D Jess and Amanda, please don’t feel obligated to do this if you don’t feel like it❤

I guess that’s it, people! Hope you found this post where I just talk about my royal panda self all the time interesting❤ What is your favorite genre?

With love,

assinatura

Junior Jolt, from Elaine Ashford (Straight College Guys #3)

(Alternative title: Oh boy, how do I love fake relationships!!)

Hello, my precious people! Just like the goddess Kelly Clarkson, piece by piece I’m slowly getting back to a nice posting pace =) I know you are all too proud of me, but please, hold your horses. I’ll accept the congratulations and all when we go back to 1-3 posts per day, haha!

We’re here gathered today to witness my first book review for one of Elaine Ashford’s romances after months of blind fangirling! A big moment, my people! As I told you yesterday on the biggest bookish news post of my history as a blogger, I ended up on Elaine’s ARC mailing list somehow and received a copy of the third book in the Straight College Guys series, released on this Monday, Nov. 21th, in exchange for an honest review: Junior Jolt! Thanks so much once again to Elaine and her team for selecting mee!! I still don’t understand why it happened, but OMG THANK YOU! I don’t need to understand, I’ll settle for just being insanely happy, haha!

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the story

Parker Gagner is one of those guys who knows exactly what he wants and where he’s going. As the captain of the college’s Hockey team, Parker knows his priorities and lives by the code of honor inside and out of the ice rings. That’s why he steps up in the middle of Eli’s fight with his ex-lover and promptly sends the guy off by telling him that Parker and Eli are together. Not because Parker can’t stop thinking about Eli those last weeks and how good a kisser he might be. Nope, definitely not – after all, Parker is straight… Isn’t he?

Eli Martin still doesn’t understand what’s happening on his life. Since Parker meddled on his fight with his ex, the Hockey captain came in crashing Eli’s world. How can it be so easy to pretend to date a man with so many responsibilities and so incredibly popular with pretty much everyone? And how can a fake boyfriend put up such an effort to make Eli feel cherished when none of his real previous dates did so?

On one thing, Parker and Eli can agree on: their lives won’t ever be the same.

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the analysisJust remembering that those were my impressions and opinion as a reader🙂

THIS WAS EVERYTHING I’VE BEEN HOPING FOR ON AN ELAINE ASHFORD’S BOOK AND MORE! #discretion #youwontfindhere This book was really short, with only 23k words, but I made a point of taking my time reading it, to savor all the cuteness, the romance and the really funny quotes. It was exactly what my heart called for and it would have made to the big five stars if Elaine hadn’t used the oh-so-famous-line “I released a breath that I didn’t even realize I was holding” not once, but twice (with slightly different wording, but still sounding too similar to the deal-breaker for my tastes). All in all, four beautiful stars❤

The narrative was first person styled, with switching points of views between Parker and Eli. If you have been around for a review or two and, as I’m really discreet about my tastes, it just may ring you a bell when I say I first person isn’t my usual go-to kind of narrative – you know, it leaves too much space for hate for the characters on my head, haha! Junior Jolt was another delicious exception for this concept of mine and I loved getting inside Parker and Eli’s heads. I admit, Eli and I had our tough moments, as the guy screws up a little on some part during the story I’m so precise, I know, but nothing too serious for me to roll up my eyes and hate him❤ Also, the fact that this is a short book helped as well. I would have loved to see more of Eli and Parker’s world, but the story had the perfect size, truly.

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I have to say that I fell in love with the lightness and cuteness that flows through Ashford’s writing style. She managed to build real, strong and funny characters without needing many pages and deep intense thoughts on their parts – come on, that’s just fabulous. And I didn’t even get to tell you yet about all the pop culture references inside the book!!

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The plot was simple and fluffy, with all the cuteness my heart had been craving from my latest gay reads. Don’t get me wrong, I love deep and complex stories (I actually have an offline friend that likes to say I “breathe complexity”, haha!), but sometimes I miss the harmony between sad/tense/intense/rough moments with fluffy/cute/funny/light moments. After all, isn’t this what makes a real relationship? Ups and downs? A rollercoaster that never allows you to get down and vomit in peace? #what #gross

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Sorry, that metaphor didn’t quite go as expected, haha! My point is, despite the lack of real depth in Junior Jolt, I do prefer reading them to the completely dramatic ones. Offline life itself is already full of drama, so I don’t feel like absorbing a hit to my guts that was meant for someone fictional that I really care about. I need to stay strong for my friends, for my family, but books are supposed to be strong for me. Otherwise, how am I going to keep sane?

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However, of course, I stray from my original path. Nothing new, but I’m sorry nevertheless! Let’s discuss our characters, right?🙂 As this is the third book of the series, despite the tranquility of reading it as a standalone, I don’t feel safe to say much about sidekicks, sorry! This time, exceptionally, I’ll just talk about the main couple.

Parker is your dream gentleman hidden beneath his hockey player captain status. He always puts his friends and the people he cares about before himself and go really out of his way to make them happy. I loved how he protected and wooed Eli without Eli even realizing it all before it was too late, haha! I really loved that Ashford was able to build such a male and gentle guy at the same time, burling the stereotypes like a boss❤

Regardless of my feelings for Eli’s life decisions or panics, he was also very well constructed. He was funny and charismatic without pulling the effort and charmed his way into any social group, which is mildly fantastic! Especially if you, like me, prefer to walk always with the same people, haha! (Don’t get me wrong, I swear I have plenty of friends, but my coolest parties are always with the same girls, oops! I’d totally include Eli on my parties from now on, tho!)

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Also, I feel like is my duty to inform this book has steamy hot scenes and it’s not for those faint of heart. Parker and Eli go good at each other and I really like their chemistry pretty much all the time, haha!

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Now, how about some quotes? Of course we have cool quotes! How else would I woo you guys into fangirling about it with me?? =O Here we go!!

“I’m a fucking catch, thank you very much. Except I remember that Parker just insinuated he’s my boyfriend, and wait, what?” – Eli’s thoughts

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“It takes a little while for my brain to get back online, distracted by Parker’s…everything.” – Eli’s thoughts

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“I’m full of excellent decisions, what can I say?” – Eli’s thoughts

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“Opening the door, I motion for him [Eli] to go in first. He fake curtsies, and I laugh. Just force of habit, I guess – I open the doors for everyone, male or female.” – Parker’s thoughts

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“You just said you needed a diagram to fully explain it. That sounds pretty complicated, Parker.” – Eli

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“I still don’t know what I’m doing, but a little bravery never hurt anyone, right?” – Parker’s thoughts

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To wrap things up: if you are a gay romance lover, a fake relationships lover, a fluffly books lover and you’re ready for that quick and delicious read to relax you all over, you MUST read Junior Jolt❤

5star

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Thank you for reaching the bottom of this review! It always means a lot to me to know you came all the way down❤ Also, thanks so much again to Elaine Ashford and to her team for selecting me for this ARC, I was made a very happy and satisfied girl!

Love you all and see you around!

assinatura