I have combined these two in a Weekly Wrap-up post because I’m a lazy bum.
Last week I didn’t have time to post my Weekly Wrap-up. Probably good, too, because I went a little one-click crazy again. I just can’t resist those sales. Let’s see how this week went, shall we?
BOOKS I BOUGHT
And last but not least because I’m a nerd
I actually need this one for school and I love reading in it! It has purdy pictures and the study material is really well explained. There is one that is even bigger, called Concepts of Genetics but since I’m a zoology major this one is plenty.
Studying biology is my passion. I do it beside work (please forgive me if I can’t reply to your comments right away) and I’m really trying to juggle studying, working and blogging but it’s hard.
That wasn’t too bad, was it?
ARCs I RECEIVED
A big Thank You to the publishers and authors!
Marlee thought she scored with the man of her dreams only to be scorched by a bad breakup. Now there’s a new player on the horizon and he’s in a whole league of his own…
Marlee Harper is the perfect girlfriend. She’s sure had enough practice, dating her NFL-star boyfriend for the last ten years. But when she discovers her wide-receiver boyfriend has been tackling other women on the sly, she vows to never date an athlete again. Only one problem: Gavin Pope, the new hotshot quarterback and a fling from the past, has Marlee in his sights.
Gavin fights to show Marlee he’s nothing like her ex and what a future can be like for them. Unfortunately, not everyone is ready to let her escape her past. Gavin’s teammates’ wives, who never led the welcome wagon, are not happy with her return, and they have only one thing on their minds: taking her down. But when their gossip attack makes Marlee public enemy number one to the rabid fans of the team, she worries about more than just her reputation.
Fearing she’s causing Gavin’s life more harm than good, she tries to ignore the articles and the comments. However, when Gavin makes a life changing decision without her, she’s hit with the fact that she’s allowed herself to fall back into the back-seat life of an NFL girlfriend she promised to leave behind. Marlee must learn how to balance loving Gavin without losing the independence and respect she’s worked so hard to gain; otherwise their relationship may not survive the season.
I am super excited for this one – I think there aren’t enough books about POC so whenever I come across a blurb that intrigues me I jump at the chance. Plus, sports romance? Score!
Security expert Beckett Tate has met his match in colleague Gia Sinclair. He longs to run his hands over each and every one of her lush curves. She’s wicked smart and wicked hot. He’s given her time to get used to the idea of “them,” but her time is up and he’s ready to go all in on claiming what’s his.
Despite her love of all things girlie, Gia’s no typical Southern belle. She’s built her skills and reputation in a field normally dominated by men, and now she has a kick-ass career she loves. She certainly doesn’t need a man to take care of her—especially not one who’s pure alpha. Still, Beckett’s the one man who can satisfy the desires she’s hidden under her tough exterior, and she’s hooked.
Letting Beckett take the lead in the bedroom comes naturally to Gia—not constantly proving herself to him professionally is more of a struggle. And when someone attacks her character and career, Gia and Beckett will have to find a balance: her willingness to let go just a little, with his trust in her abilities and his deep, primal need to protect his woman.
I read three of the four already released books and really dig Rhenna Morgan’s brand of heroes and heroines. Carina Press has always been a little stingy with ARCs when I requested them so I’m pumped that I got this one!
Gillie Trewlove knows what a stranger’s kindness can mean, having been abandoned on a doorstep as a baby and raised by the woman who found her there. So, when suddenly faced with a soul in need at her door—or the alleyway by her tavern—Gillie doesn’t hesitate. But he’s no infant. He’s a grievously injured, distractingly handsome gentleman who doesn’t belong in Whitechapel, much less recuperating in Gillie’s bed.
Being left at the altar is humiliating; being rescued from thugs by a woman—albeit a brave and beautiful one—is the pièce de résistance to the Duke of Thornley’s extraordinarily bad day. After nursing him back from the brink, Gillie agrees to help him comb London’s darker corners for his wayward bride. But every moment together is edged with desire and has Thorne rethinking his choice of wife. Yet Gillie knows the aristocracy would never accept a duchess born in sin. Thorne, however, is determined to prove to her that no obstacle is insurmountable when a duke loves a woman.
I am a huge fan of Lorraine Heath so that was finally approved for this one makes me incredibly happy.
When Wicked Comes Calling…
When a mysterious stranger finds his way into her bedchamber and offers his help in landing a duke, Lady Felicity Faircloth agrees—on one condition. She’s seen enough of the world to believe in passion, and won’t accept a marriage without it.
The Wallflower Makes a Dangerous Bargain…
Bastard son of a duke and king of London’s dark streets, Devil has spent a lifetime wielding power and seizing opportunity, and the spinster wallflower is everything he needs to exact a revenge years in the making. All he must do is turn the plain little mouse into an irresistible temptress, set his trap, and destroy his enemy.
For the Promise of Passion…
But there’s nothing plain about Felicity Faircloth, who quickly decides she’d rather have Devil than another. Soon, Devil’s carefully laid plans are in chaos, and he must choose between everything he’s ever wanted…and the only thing he’s ever desired.
Sarah Maclean is also one of my favorites and this is the start of a new series. That blurb totally reeled me in.
God, this week has been busy yet it feels like I didn’t do much. Well OK, I started working out again on a regular basis, which feels really good. I feel like my aches and small twinges have improved a lot. Also, it feels amazing when you know you’ve done something for yourself.
On the blogging front I decided to cut back a little on the promo stuff. I’ll still do those but I want to focus more on content and memes.
REVIEWS I POSTED
- Intrepid by Keri Lake: If you’re a fan of Dark Romance I can’t recommend Keri Lake enough. She is one of the best in my opinion and deserves much more acknowledgement than she gets.
- The Real by Kate Stewart: She is hands down one of my favorites. I haven’t rated a single book by her lower than 4 stars. This author always has something special in her stories, something that’s uniquely her.
- The Understatement of the Year by Sarina Bowen: I listened to the audiobook of this one. It’s MM Romance and just wonderful. If you read MM Romance I can’t recommend this enough.
- The Score by Elle Kennedy: Another audiobook and another favorite. The whole series is hilarious yet also makes you think a little.
NEXT WEEK ON THE BLOG
- I just finished reading My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan which I was very excited about because it was out of my wheelhouse. I am done with that review and it’s ready to be posted next week. I’ll let you know though that it’s a top favorite of 2018
- I’m currently reading Midnight Wolf by Jennifer Ashley. I took a long break from this series but I’m thrilled that I’ve gone back.
- I’m listening to Jayne Frost’s Lost For You and loving it. This review should be posted next week as well
- My review for Kylie Scott’s Chaser will be up on Monday (I think).
- I need to pick my next audiobook.
That’s it for now. Plenty to do, not enough time.