Review: The Trouble with Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis

The Trouble with Mistletoe (Heartbreaker Bay #2)
Author: Jill Shalvis
Release Date: September 27, 2016
Publisher: Avon Books
Format: eARC
Source: Sullivan and Partners, LLC
Review by: Jenn
If she has her way…

Willa Davis is wrangling puppies when Keane Winters stalks into her pet shop with frustration in his chocolate-brown eyes and a pink bedazzled cat carrier in his hand. He needs a kitty sitter, stat. But the last thing Willa needs is to rescue a guy who doesn’t even remember her… …He’ll get nothing but coal in his stocking.

Saddled with his great-aunt’s Feline from Hell, Keane is desperate to leave her in someone else’s capable hands. But in spite of the fact that he’s sure he’s never seen the drop-dead gorgeous pet shop owner before, she seems to be mad at him…

Unless he tempers “naughty” with a special kind of nice…

Willa can’t deny that Keane’s changed since high school: he’s less arrogant, for one thing—but he doesn’t even remember her. How can she trust him not to break her heart again? It’s time to throw a coin in the fountain, make a Christmas wish–and let the mistletoe do its work…

4 stars out of 5 stars
*I received an eARC of this title from the publicist, however, my review is not influenced in any way by it.*

Jill has got me hooked with her newest book, The Trouble with Mistletoe. I fell for Willa within the first few pages with her sense of humor and the way she is with the animals and with her employee, Rory. Within the first few pages, I saw how good of a boss she is. When we meet Keane, he's carrying a bedazzled pink carrier and I was a goner. It was hilarious that his big, strong, alpha male was being dominated by a cat and needed help. These are the things that make Jill one of the best contemporary romance author. She takes these hot men and makes them even hotter by putting a cute and vulnerable cat/dog/baby in their hands. With Keane, he comes into Willa's shop for help with his aunt's cat and he is unaware that he shares history with Willa and that hurts her even more. However, their sexual attraction to each other cannot be ignored and neither can the fact that they certainly have their banter down pat. And since Willa has some very nosy friends, they won't let her ignore it either.

I loved seeing these two grow closer and closer and how they started making an impact on each other. Willa is hilarious and always keeps Keane on his toes. And I love how easy Keane just goes along with Willa's friends and their shenanigans. Also, their sexual chemistry is off the charts so when they finally got together, I was more than ready for it. And it was HOT!

I thought Willa and Keane's friendship/relationship was realistically done up to a point. Right from the beginning, we know Willa has sworn off men because she's been burned before and when she goes into a relationship she goes all in. With Keane, we know he has a hard time expressing himself because his family has never been one to show emotions. So I didn't understand why Willa kept saying he wasn't up to commitment and that she was. Her big epiphany of realizing that it was the other way around was a bit "are you being serious?" moment for me.

Also, Willa's friend were a bit too nosy. When they interrupted Keane and Willa during a big conversation just because they weren't aware of the topic was a little annoying. I know they mean well but at that point, it was like seriously, mind your business. You'll get all the deets later.

All in all, I really enjoyed The Trouble with Mistletoe. Jill has me waiting on Elle and Archer's book and wanting to go back and read Pru and Finn's story.

Quotes (#172)


Morning Swooners, 

Just when you think life is stagnant, it throws you a curve ball! There are a lot of changes coming my way very soon! I can't say much about it right now, but soon I will be able to  give more info. I hope you've had a great weekend. Lets start our Monday with one of my favorite authors!

"We want what we can't have. It's human nature."
~Cora Carmack, Losing It

"I am in love with this burrito. I would marry it if I didn’t want to eat it so badly.”
“The tragedy of true love,” Cade whispered."

~Cora CarmackLosing It

"Oh, I burned it with my straightener.”
“You burned your leg with your straightener? How long is your leg hair?"

~Cora CarmackLosing It 

"We should live like we smoke— inhale the present and exhale the past."
~Cora CarmackFaking It 

"I had no one, but Hamlet. Who hated me with the fire of a thousand suns."
~Cora Carmack, Losing It

"Even the good things from our pasts still only belonged in the past"
~Cora Carmack, Faking It

"Sometimes, it’s the scary things in life that are the most worthwhile.” I told him. I’m pretty sure I’d read that in a fortune cookie once upon a time. That made it wise, right?"
~Cora CarmackLosing It

Have a wonderful week!

On Our Nightstand (#8)

On Our Nightstand is where we show the state of disarray our nightstand look holding all the books we are currently reading.

Morning Swooners,

Nahomi's nightstand is one hot mess. It filled with books that her kindergartener is currently reading. 

How does your nightstand look?

Review: Three Simple Words by A. J. Pine

Three Simple Words
Author: A. J. Pine
Release Date: October 17, 2016
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Format: eBook
Source: Entangled Publishing
Review by: Nahomi
She's holding out for a happy ever after.

I know where to find my happily ever after—between the pages of a romance novel. It’s why I sell books, why I blog about them, and why I’ll never get disappointed by love.

So what if my brother’s best friend from high school is now a bestselling author? Or that he just blew back into town on a Harley, filling out a pair of jeans like he never did before? Or that he’s agreed to do a signing at my bookstore on such short notice? Because despite all his adoring female fans, I kind of hated his book.

The last time I saw Annie Denning, she was a senior in high school, three years older than me and way out of my league. Now I’m her last-minute date to a wedding, and what started as a night of pure fun has turned into something more real than either of us anticipated.

Annie is my muse. When I’m with her, my writer’s block fades away, and the words finally flow.

The only problem? She wants the fairy tale—her very own happily ever after—and anyone who’s read my book knows the truth. I just don’t believe they exist.

Rating: 5 stars out of 5 stars
*I received an early copy of this title from the publisher, however, my review is not influenced by it in any way.*

    A.J. Pine’s writing has a way of sucking me into her stories. I am a fan of Pine’s work, and when I read the synopsis of Three Simple Words I just had to read it! I fell in love with the story and its characters from the get go. Three Simple Words is funny and heart warming.

   Annie and Wes are remarkable characters. Pine transformed them from what seemed like typical romance characters to characters that are unique and three dimensional. Annie is funny, smart and sarcastic. Wes, is HOTT, egotistical and witty. Together Annie and Wes had amazing chemistry! The love scenes were extremely sexy and intimate.

   I enjoyed the dialogue in the story. Several times I found myself laughing out loud. There are several book references that were really entertaining. I loved the elements of forbidden love. A. J. Pine does a phenomenal job of creating an environment for her characters that makes me as a reader feel at home.

   Three Simple Words is a beautifully crafted story that I would recommend to anyone who loves to read romantic comedies.

Waiting on Wednesday (#158)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spinethat spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Morning swooners!

This week pre-publication "can't wait to read" selection is:
Expected Release Date: October 24, 2016
My name is Amanda Conrad and I. Am. A doctor.

When my cousin Liv whisked me away to South Africa to be maid of honor in her super-secret celebrity wedding, I was about to begin a five-year residency at NYU and was on my way to becoming a plastic surgeon. My plans definitely did not include a rock-star best man sweeping me off my feet.

But what happened in South Africa needed to stay there—he’d return to his touring and I’d start my residency, with our fond memories of a whirlwind, fairy-tale week. But now nothing feels right—I’m questioning my once solid plans, and I can’t stop thinking about him. Our lives are so different… Am I ready to risk everything I’ve worked for since I was thirteen—and put my heart on the line? To dream bigger than I ever thought possible? To believe I can have it all? That’s the thing about growing up...sometimes you have to be brave enough to redefine happily ever after.

I AM SUPER EXCITED BELIEVE IS ALMOST HERE!! I love Katie Delahanty's books and I can't wait to read more about Liv's cousin Boots!!

What are you "Waiting on?"

Review: Bridesmaid Blues by Boone Brux

Bridesmaid Blues (Wedding Favors #1)
Author: Boone Brux
Release Date: June 30, 2015
Publisher: Entangled Lovestruck
Format: ebook
Source: Personal Copy
Review by: Jenn
A wedding. An ex. And a secret.

Maid-of-Honor Dani Brown can handle anything that comes her way when it comes to her best friend’s wedding. That is, until the bride asks for a huge favor-Dani needs to distract the best man, who happens to be Dani’s ex. The ex she has fantasized dismembering for a year now. The ex she’ll have to suck it up and play nice with if this wedding is to go off without a hitch.

Businessman Jamie Kingsland is back in Seattle for a wedding. There’s just one problem – the maid of honor wants him dead. Except she doesn’t. Even though he knows he broke her heart last year when things got too serious and he panicked and left, she’s being way too nice about it now. And it scares him.

Something is up with his favorite bridesmaid, and he’s determined to find out what…

2.5 stars out of 5 stars

When I first picked this book, I read the first chapter before clicking buy for .99 cents. The first chapter hooked me on Dani and Jamie's story because she seemed to be very level headed and he wasn't this overly cocky and arrogant guy. I wanted to get more of these two and see where their story took them. However, what quickly started off as a strong beginning, I quickly started skimming over some of the characters actions.

After breaking up and not speaking for a year, Dani and Jamie are reunited for their friends' wedding. They start hanging out together at the request of the bride, Dani's best friend, for a reason I find a little weird. So once they start hanging out, I really liked their chemistry. Again, Dani was this logical and level headed girl and Jamie was a nice, hot guy. However, once they started a friends-with-benefits/fling type of thing, I honestly didn't see her reasoning of how she could keep her heart out of the situation. It didn't seem like something she would act upon considering what we've learn from her.  Especially the way she acted after the night, how open up for anything she was. It didn't ring true to her character.

Also, while I enjoy being in Jamie's head, I couldn't for the life of me understand why he just allowed his parents to treat him the way they do. Or allowed them to control his life to such an extreme. He seems to be pretty put together and smart so I wouldn't have expected that from him. But considering why he breaks up with Dani, I guess it makes sense why he allows the controlling parents.

Towards the end, we learn of a secret that really bothered me with how quickly Dani managed to forgive. It was done with "good" intentions but I really don't like how this character behaved. It felt like such a condescending move because they did it because they knew what a good nudge it would be for Dani but didn't think she could do it on her own or without any meddling.

All in all, I enjoyed the book but the way the characters acted in the middle and the end, it didn't ring true to the characters we meet in the beginning. The ending all felt a little contrived and a little unbelievable just because of Jamie's actions. I know I'm probably being picky but it just things that really bothered me and would have been otherwise enjoyable had they not happened.

Quotes (#171)


Morning Swooners, 
I swear this will be me today. I have laser focus... oh, who am I kidding. It's Monday and I'll be lucky if I survive the day! I'm so excited because I broke a two month reading slump this past weekend!!! I had started three books in the course of the last few months and I finally finished one of them! I'm so happy that I finally got lost in the pages of a good story again that I could hardly sleep last night. On to our quotes.

“Sometimes I felt like I was waiting for my life to begin and more than anything, in that moment, I wanted to force some kind of beginning. I wanted things to be different than usual. I wanted to bend reality.”
~Holly BlackMy True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories

“People treat you with as much, or as little respect as you allow them to.”
~ Rachel Hollis, Party Girl

“Maybe the hardest part of life is just having the courage to try.”

~ Rachel Hollis, Party Girl

“Your integrity is the only thing they can't take away from you.”

Rachel Hollis, Party Girl

“Maturity isn’t something you wrap around you like a coat. Maturity is like the T-shirt you get for walking in a 5K: you can only put it on if you go through the experience first.”

~ Rachel Hollis, Smart Girl

“I used to read those bits about finding your other half, and I totally bought into it. But that's not the way it works. Two half people don't make a whole. You've got to be completely whole on your own before you can be one half of anything.”

~Rachel Hollis, Smart Girl

“You don’t share me. You own me.”

~ Gayle Forman, Where She Went

Have a fantastic week!

Let's Chat: Reading Slumps

According to my Goodreads profile, I am currently reading six books. Two of those books, I haven’t picked up in almost four years and the other four, I’ve haven’t picked up in over a month. I certainly read plenty of books throughout all of those years and I’ve read two books last month so it not like I haven’t read. Now, the two books I haven’t picked up in almost four years, I haven’t “officially” given up on them if because I hope to return to them one day. So I’m not really going to talk about that right now. That’s a different subject for a different day.

The four books that I am reading but haven’t picked up in over a month, I WANT to read them. Like, all them. The problem is that I start them and get hooked but then I put it down and get busy with something and when I go to read, I pick up a different book. And started the whole process all over again.

At first, I know I put them down in order to study for an important test I had. Also, I am dealing with some continuous family health emergency. Now, I’m free of the exam and I’m free from the constant hospital visits but still dealing with family stuff but I still haven’t picked up any of my books. I guess my attention is not on them but I’ve never been in reading slumps like this before. After thinking about it, I know there are several reasons why this reading slump is persisting.

One, since I moved back home in mid-August, I’ve been busy dealing with family issues which may have helped me in reading at first as a distraction but now I can no longer use that excuse. Since things are returning to normal, I’m just so busy in the transition of helping out, that there is no time to read.

Second, since said move, I’ve been living at parents' home and there is always people stopping by so there’s no real quiet time or alone time unless I’m going to bed. These are the times when I miss my small apartment that my husband and I were living in.

And third, I’ve got a really long list of reviews that I need to do. At the end of August, I had 30 reviews that I needed to write. THIRTY. Yes, you read that right. In that hiatus that Nahomi and I took back in May and June, instead of writing reviews, I was reading like a fiend. So, I never did get caught up. I’m glad to say that the number has gone down to 21 but it’s still a lot to write.

So while this reading slump is not necessarily to blame on the books themselves being boring or not what I’m looking for, I can only blame real life and myself for this slump. I hope to get myself sorted on the reviews front and hope life becomes kind to me and get back to normal as much as it can. I really want to get back and finish these novels because I know they’ll be exactly the kind of read I’d enjoy.

How about you, what kind of reading slump have you gotten in? What do you do to get out of said slump? Let’s chat, comment down below!

Swoony Boy of the Month: Rowan Whitehorn from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Swoony Boy of the Month is our feature where we spotlight a favorite and/or swoony boy from the books we have read.

Hello October, I can't believe this year is going by so fast! We are currently swooning over Rowan Whitehorn from the Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas. This Fae Prince warrior slowly wormed his way into our hearts. He is not one for many words but when he does speak Holy Cannoli I get weak in the knees. 

“I kept thinking about how you might never know that I missed you with only
an ocean between us. But if it was death separating us … I would find you. I don’t care how many
rules it would break. Even if I had to get all three keys myself and open a gate, I would find you
again. Always.” 


“I claim you, Aelin. To whatever end.”


“Tell me that even if I lead us all to ruin, we’ll burn in hell together.'

'We’re not going to hell, Aelin,' he said. 'But wherever we go, we’ll go together.” 


“I spent centuries wandering the world, from empires to kingdoms to wastelands, never settling, never stopping—not for one moment. I was always looking toward the horizon, always wondering what waited across the next ocean, over the next mountain. But I think … I think that whole time, all those centuries, I was just looking for you.” 

For more Rowan read the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas.

Review: Rookie Move by Sarina Bowen

Rookie Move (The Brooklyn Bruisers #1)
Author: Sarina Bowen
Release Date: September 6, 2016
Publisher: Berkley
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Source: Berkley
Review by: Jenn
In high school they were the perfect couple—until the day Georgia left Leo in the cold...

Hockey player Leo Trevi has spent the last six years trying to do two things: get over the girl who broke his heart, and succeed in the NHL. But on the first day he’s called up to the newly franchised Brooklyn Bruisers, Leo gets checked on both sides, first by the team’s coach—who has a long simmering grudge, and then by the Bruisers’ sexy, icy publicist—his former girlfriend Georgia Worthington.

Saying goodbye to Leo was one of the hardest things Georgia ever had to do—and saying hello again isn’t much easier. Georgia is determined to keep their relationship strictly professional, but when a press conference microphone catches Leo declaring his feelings for her, things get really personal, really fast....

4 stars out of 5 stars
*I received an early copy of this title from the publisher, however, my review is not influenced by it in any way.*

When I first read the synopsis of Rookie Move, it captured my attention and I had to get my hands on this book ASAP. So when Berkley sent it to me, I managed to read it in two days. As my first Sarina Bowen's book, I am definitely interesting in following how the rest of the series goes and maybe check out her previous novels as well.

Georgia and Leo were interesting in getting to know. I really liked Georgia's character and how strong and determine she is. She's been through a lot but I like how she isn't closed off to life. Yes, she is in a love rut but she has friends, a job she love, and a dad who is slightly closer than she would like. Most New Adult books have main characters go through something extremely traumatic and most have buried their head in the sand and not deal with the emotional trauma. However, Georgia dealt with her issues and has fought to get back some semblance of control of life and I love how well done it was portrayed.

And I couldn't help but love Leo. He is so sweet and patient, both with his job and when it comes to Georgia. I really couldn't find a flaw that bothered me about him. Even his interactions with the other team members, you could see how he was trying to be respectful to everyone but still hold his ground. Sarina could have written him off as the cocky new player who thinks he deserves to be front and center and cause a lot of conflict but Leo is not that guy and I love that even more.

The plot follows along at a steady pace and it was so quick and easy to get through. Sarina manage to make 360+ pages go by so fast that I simply couldn't put the book down for any long period of time. The sexy times in the book were certainly hot so I can't complain on that front.

I read the first chapter for the next book, Hard Hitter, and I'm can't wait for it be released. I'm already hooked on it! So this new series is definitely one that needs to everyone's list because Sarina did not disappoint me in hooking me in with her storytelling.

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