Monday, June 19, 2017

Hello voyagers! I know I haven't been writing many posts before, I'm on a slump to be honest. I can't come up with anything cool or good for me you know? It feels awful but here I am. I decided to do a single parents in romance books list if you all are interested. This idea came to me because I was talking to Olivia, Cam and Sue about how we like reading about single dads and our favorite/least favorite tropes that come with it.

Don't you just love a hero with a baby? The level of interested goes to the thousands when I found out the hero in a book is a single dad. Plus the cuteness of course. Many of the times in age gap romances (that I also love) 1/2 of the ship has kids. So definitely keep that in mind in some of these books from the list because they might be age gap too.

Also can we talk about the new dad online game that it's coming out on July? This list also came up because of the news about that game *omg* I'm sorry not sorry. Everyone wants to play it, don't lieeeee. But let's put that aside for a bit, and start with this list of books you definitely want to check out.

Note: Keep in mind many of these books I haven't read. Kind people recommended me most of them so I took some that I found that you all can enjoy and the others I have had in my TBR for a while or people I really trust have told me about it, so I assure you they are good. I'm going to do a symbol guide to help you find easily books that you would like more. If a book has one that I didn't put, totally tell me so I can rectify it!

+ Books written by WOC
- Books with main characters of color 
M/M, M/F, F/F

Single mom
- + Wrong to Need You by Alisha Rai
I recently finished book one of this series and it was ah-mazing. Book two is about Livvy's twin brother, Jackson, and how he returns to their town after ten years of traveling the world. He has been in love with Sadia Ahmed, his former sister-in-law, since forever. Jackson decides to help Sadia with the coffee shop she has.
→ Bisexual heroine
→ M/F

- + Dare to Love by CP Santi
When hot, tatted anthropologist Alex Roces and restoration architect Gia Manahan start sharing a house, love starts to bloom.

Sustained by Emma Chase (Guardian to her orphaned nieces and nephews)
Chelsea McQuaid and her six orphaned nieces and nephews come into Jake's "icey" life. But then he's going to Mommy and Me classes, One Direction concerts, the emergency room, and arguing cases in the principal’s office. 

Last Will and Testament by Dahlia Adler
Lizzie knows how to party. But when her parents are killed in a tragic accident, she becomes guardian of her two younger brothers. She needs to fix her GPA, her lifestyle and her image if she wants them not to end up in foster care. She asks Connor, her history TA, to help her by tutoring her but Connor surprises her and helps her in so many other ways.

- + Chasing Waves by Bianca Mori
Thirty-two-year-old Mags Abarquez is a single mom to a preschooler with golden ringlets, and by God, she is going to be good. After a lifetime of only being interested in catching the next wave, she tries out for her company’s training faculty, determined to be serious and make it work this time. The only catch? Luke, her hot, younger training mentor.

- + Beastly Desires by Nikki Winter
Kamali's son is wanted dead and she’s wanted as a trophy for a man who craves taking everything her surname is attached to. Just when her battle begins and running seems to be the most viable option she stumbles into the presence of one pushy, overbearing, food obsessed tiger who doesn’t seem too interested in letting her go…

Bring Me Back by Karen Booth
He’s 6’4” of sexy British music legend. Twenty years ago, she was his adoring fan. Now her career depends on unlocking his secrets, but he's about to unlock her heart.

The Principal's Office by Jasmine Haynes
Rachel Delaney, divorced mother with two boys, isn't complaining. Her life is fine. Really. There is one thing that could make it better, though: a strong, warm, male body to help her make it through the occasional lonely night. But when she finds out her no-strings-attached fling is her son's new school principal, Rachel's life turns upside down.

- + North to You by Tif Marcelo
Camille Marino has got a full plate. As the sole guardian of her eighteen-year-old sister and the head chef and owner of a food truck, she’s used to life being a juggling act. With food to cook, social media accounts to manage, and a little sister to look after, she doesn’t have time for much else. That is, until Drew Bautista walks back into her life.
→ Trope: Foodie, second chance.

The Fling by Rebekah Weatherspoon (Guardian to her sister + grandma helps)
Three months before her wedding to her post-college sweetheart, reality show producer Annie Collins finally acknowledges her dormant desires. Wrapped in the arms of another woman—her trainer, Oksana Gorinkov—Annie experiences a physical heat she never knew existed.
→ F/F

Flat-Out Sexy by Erin McCarthy
The last place widowed single mother Tamara Briggs wanted to find a man was at the racetrack. Been there, done that. But rookie driver Elec Monroe sure does get her heart racing.
→ Trope: Sports

Love Me Again by Jaci Burton
When Loretta Simmons returns to Hope, Oklahoma, after a disastrous marriage, she’s determined to remain independent for the sake of her daughter. The only thing standing in her way is Deacon Fox—the man she loved and walked away from years ago.
→ Trope: Heroine owns a bookstore.

Boss on Notice by Janet Lee Nye
Josh Sanders just wanted to help. After all, Mickie Phillips is a struggling single mom who needs a job…and a friend. Fortunately, her administrative skills are perfect for the new branch he's running of the Cleaning Crew—a company of guys who clean houses. The downside? Mickie's a petite, blue-eyed temptation he definitely needs to resist.

The Littlest Boss by Janet Lee Nye
Successful ER nurse Tiana Nelson has sacrificed a lot to provide for her daughter, Lily. She won't let anything, or anyone, jeopardize all she's accomplished. Not even handsome and charming engineer DeShawn Adams. But she's running into him everywhere, and when he connects with Lily, ignoring their attraction is impossible.

- + Love in the Red Zone by Love Belvin
Jade Matthews is doing everything she can for herself and her young son, Kyree. After journeying through her own bumps in the road, she’s finally getting it together. Meet Trent Bailey, who is fighting for the right to continue his stellar professional football career after enduring striking legal woes in the recent past.

Snowfall on Haven Point by RaeAnne Thayne
It's been two rough years since Andrea Montgomery lost her husband, and all she wants is for her children to enjoy their first Christmas in Haven Point. But then Andie's friend asks a favor—to keep an eye on her brother, Sheriff Marshall Bailey, who's recovering from a hit and run.

Hypnotizing Chickens by Julia Watts
Leaving home was the best decision Chrys Pickett ever made. She lost her rural accent, got a PhD and made something of herself, promising she’d never go back to her roots. But when your Nanny needs you and your heart has been smashed to pieces, promises are easily dismissed.
→ F/F

+ - Keile's Chance by Dillon Watson
When Hayden Davenport’s partner walked out on her in the midst of planning their family, she decided to go it alone. When her missing son is found by a stranger at the park, she’s grateful to the young woman. When her gratitude blossoms into something more, her first impulse is to protect her child—and her battered heart.
→ F/F

Fearless by Shira Glassman
Lana Novak hasn’t played violin in over twenty years, her musical life these days confined to being a devoted band mom to her clarinet whiz daughter Robin. She didn’t think she could get back into it after this long, but Melanie Feinberg, the outgoing, enthusiastic, and very cute butch orchestra director from Robin’s school, has other ideas.
→ F/F

Marine for Hire by Tawna Fenske
Sam Kercher is every inch a wickedly hot Marine. Tall. Sexy. Lethal. When his best friends call in a favor, Sam is forced to face an entirely new line of duty—playing nanny for their newly divorced sister and her squirming seven-month-old twin boys. If Sam can disassemble an M16 in his sleep, diaper duty should be a cakewalk…right?

Can't Hurry Love by Molly O'Keefe
Victoria Baker, the penniless widow of a disgraced financier, is ready to stand up, be counted, and make a new life for herself and her beloved son in Texas. She’s taking over Crooked Creek ranch, her birthright, and turning it into something special. All that stands in her way is Eli Turnbull, a rugged, too-handsome cowboy who wants the land just as badly.
→ Trope: Enemies to lovers.

Last First Kiss by Lia Riley
Annie Carson returns to town Brightwater, California, and back in front of her former boyfriend, Sawyer Kane. Rival families, selling a farm, Annie just wants to start a new life with her son.

The Sweet Spot by Elley Arden
Helen Anne Reed is being pulled in a million different directions, dealing with a struggling bookstore, her father's Alzheimer's, a controlling ex-husband, PTA madness, and now her daughter Macy's desire to play baseball with the boys. Helen Anne is far more comfortable with pearls and aprons than cleats and gloves, but then sexy ballroom dancer-turned-baller Giovanni unexpectedly comes to her rescue.

Single dad
- + His Perfect Partner by Priscilla Oliveras
Ad executive Tom├ís Garcia shouldn't even be thinking about his daughter’s alluring dance teacher, Yazmine Fernandez. Burned by a shattering divorce, he's laser-focused on his career—and giving his young daughter, Maria, the secure home she deserves.

Fast Connection by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell
Dominic decides to start using Grindr after returning to his home. He encounters one sexy silver fox and starts seeing him more often. Luke is a divorced guy with two teenager kids, he has been betrayed by a past love but when Dominic starts appearing more and more in his life, he starts to think that maybe it isn't that bad.
→ Trope: Age gap.
→ Bisexual main characters.
→ M/M

- + Back to the Good Fortune Diner by Vicki Essex
Tutoring Chris's son is the perfect temporary job. Except, Chris finally seems interested in her—and is hinting about a less temporary arrangement. Talk about bad timing! Because Tiffany's not staying and nothing will stop her from getting back to her real life.

- + Bear's Gold by Yvette Hines
With the First Frost Moon Festival on its way and pheromones saturating the air, Theo Kodiak is a sniff away from going feral. As the father of two boys, it doesn’t leave him a lot of time to find a companion to help raise them. Low and behold, fate shines down on him and presents a sensuous woman at his door. Riley is cold, scared and in danger, but she just maybe exactly what he needs in his life.

Beneath the Stars by Lynn Charles
At a turning point for his growing fashion line for transmen and butch women, Sid Marneaux receives a life-altering phone call. His father, who raised his family alone after his wife passed, is in failing health. When he goes home, he meets the new fire chief, Eddie Garner, and his son Adrian.
→ M/M

Spying on the Boss by Janet Lee Nye
A difficult childhood left Sadie Martin more interested in work than anything else, including romance. But she'd be a fool not to notice that her newest employee is scorching hot. Wyatt Anderson and his adorable niece are always on her mind now. When attraction turns into more, suddenly everything is a lot more complicated...

+ - A Dose of Passion by Sharon C. Cooper
Pediatrician Macy Carter has been so busy expanding her practice she's had no time to build the family she craves. Her late, much-loved surrogate father apparently had some matchmaking in mind when he arranged for a sexy architect to take over his home and company. Too bad Derek is a single dad who's been there, done that, and intends to remain unattached.

Friendly Fire by Cari Z.
When Lennox's ex’s sister asks him to set her boss up with a security system, he isn’t expecting anyone like Elliot McKenzie — a man who captures his attention and makes him feel relaxed for the first time since leaving the service.
→ M/M

Back to You by Priscilla Glenn
Eight years later, when Lauren begins her new job at Learn and Grow Day Care, Michael is the last person she expects to see. Refusing to revisit the hurt and confusion of their past, Lauren vows to keep her distance from him. But staying away from Michael proves to be more difficult than she thought.

Paper Hearts by Claire Contreras
This is a story about redemption, forgiveness, and how far one will go for a second chance at a love that just won’t fade away.

+ - Driving Heat by Zuri Day
Cynthia has been successful in her career and unlucky in love. But those two worlds collide when Byron ends up in her office on business.

Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas
One day, a woman appears on Jack's doorstep with fury on her face and a baby in her arms. It seems Jack is the father and this woman is the baby's aunt. The real mother has abandoned the child to her more responsible sister. And now, Jack is being called upon to take responsibility for the first time in his life.

Taming Natasha by Nora Roberts
When Spence Kimball sets eyes on Natasha Stanislaski, he's thunderstruck by the intensity of his attraction to the foreign beauty. While the former ballet dancer turned toy shop owner has a fiery temperament that keeps most men safely at bay, Spence can’t seem to resist her. But he isn’t sure Natasha would be interested in a single father.

+ - A Gentleman in the Street by Alisha Rai (Guardian to his younger siblings)
Billionaire businesswoman Akira Mori can get anything and anyone her heart desires. Anyone, that is, except for a certain aloof author who has been dominating her dreams for over a decade.
→ Bisexual heroine
→ M/F

Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor by Lisa Kleypas (Guardian to his niece)
The last thing Mark Nolan needs is a six-year-old girl in his life. But he soon realizes that he will do everything he can to make her life whole again. As the owner of a toy shop, Maggie lives what she loves. And when she meets Holly Nolan, she sees a little girl in desperate need of a little magic.

The Artist and the Devil by Shira Glassman
Noah's life is thrown into confusion when he encounters a mysterious burly businessman one day in the park. Noah keeps finding clues that the man is Satan--and the worst part is, he's growing more attracted to him every day.
→ M/M

As You Breathe Again by Molli Moran
Almost a year after his ex-wife's death, Reece is still reeling from her passing. He's devoted himself to raising their son and working his family's farm to keep himself grounded. Everything changes when the woman he's unsuccessfully tried to forget walks back into his life.

The Nanny with the Skull Tattoos by Elizabeth Barone
When Max's best friend jokingly suggests he post an ad for a live-in nanny on Craigslist, he goes for it. After all, he has nothing to lose... right?

King of Wall Street by Louise Bay
He has two worlds. At work he is the King of Wall Street. At home he is a single dad trying not to think his daughter is growing up so fast. The heroine, Harper, starts working in his firm and everything starts to fall down. His two worlds are about to collide. 

Madly by Ruthie Knox
Allie Fredericks isn’t supposed to be in Manhattan, hiding in the darkest corner of a hip bar, spying on her own mother—who’s flirting with a man who’s definitely not Allie’s father. Then Winston Chamberlain walks through the door, with his tailored suit, British accent, and gorgeous eyes, and Allie’s strange mission goes truly sideways.
→ Trope: Age gap, rich heroine + hero. 

Playing for Her Heart by Megan Erickson
Grant and Chloe have a one-night stand... in cosplay! They didn't know each other but then Grant finds out Chloe is his business partner's little sister.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Hello, voyagers! If you don't know the NBA Finals are happening right now. It might be over tonight but it might not??? It is so good, this is what I can tell you. 

So I wanted to make a list with five books I think need to get all the attention. And we all know how basketball romances don't get half the attention that hockey books do *lmao* I hope you all check them out and enjoy them! Some I've read and the rest I have on my TBR. They all sound so good that's for sure. 

1. Settle the Score / Hustle Play by Tara Frejas

College senior Garnet Figueroa lives and breathes basketball. A reliable asset to her varsity team, she is equipped with the skills and smarts to get the De La Sierra Lady Hunters closer to this year’s championship title. But Garnet soon finds out that her good friend (and long-time crush), cheerdancer Charles Crisostomo, is being cheated on by his girl, and she lets her emotions get the best of her.

Will she be able to come up with a game plan to save herself from heartbreak before the buzzer signals Game Over? 

Running on pure adrenaline and working with game strategies is something a basketball player like Garnet Figueroa is trained for. On the court, she is unbeatable. Off the court... that's a completely different story.

Because falling in love is trickier than a ball game, and Garnet finds herself fumbling over her feelings for Charles Crisostomo. The fact that her attention gets divided between him and rival school hard-court hottie Chris Barcelo doesn't help.

Or does it?

2. Full Court Seduction by Synithia Williams

Straitlaced conservationist Danielle Stewart is known for passionately protecting the Florida coastline. Only one man knows about the other side of Danielle, the one she keeps concealed behind prim cardigans and glasses. Back in college, Danielle shared a sizzling night with Jacobe Jenkins. Next day, he left for the NBA draft, and his talent for troublemaking has made him as infamous as his on-court skills. Now chance has thrown them together again, and Danielle sees a perfect way to boost awareness for her favorite cause. 

He's older, wiser and a lot more notorious, but one thing about Jacobe hasn't changed: his deep attraction to Danielle. Supporting her conservation efforts could improve his public image—and give him a second chance with the woman he still regrets leaving behind. But the lasting kind of love takes more than a trick shot. Will he overcome his bad-boy reputation and put his heart on the line for what could be the biggest play of his life?

3. Right of First Refusal by Dahlia Adler

On the lacrosse field, Cait Johannssen gets what she wants. Off the field is another story. Because what she wants is the school's hot new basketball student-coach, Lawrence Mason, who also happens to be the guy who broke her heart in sports camp two years earlier. 

But it's Cait's new roommate who's got him. 

Cait and Mase agree it's best to keep their past a secret, but she doesn't expect him to completely ignore their history...or how much it'll hurt when he does. So when a friend on the basketball team asks her to pose as his girlfriend for a night, Cait can't turn down the opportunity for distraction. (Okay, and a little spite.) But what starts as an evening of fun turns into a fake relationship with more lies than the usually drama-free Cait can handle, and it's only keeping her from the one truth that's nagged at her for years: Why did Mase cut her out of his life to begin with? 

And is it really too late to get him back?

4. The Deal with Love by Jamie Wesley

When filmmaker Christian Monroe runs into fiery—and frustrating—Elise Templeton at a party, the night quickly becomes the hottest one-night stand of their lives. But then her boss hires Christian to make a publicity film about Elise, and suddenly they’re in each other’s space. All day. Every day. And things are getting hotter… 

Outside the bedroom, the two have nothing in common. Elise is focused solely on becoming the NBA’s first female general manager. And Christian learned long ago that being a work-a-holic—or being with one—is a recipe for disaster. 

But the more Elise reveals her deepest desires and fears to Christian—something she’s done for no man, ever—the more Christian wonders how much longer he can keep his hands off the infuriating woman who rocked his world…

5. Fast Break by Regina Hart

It's 24/7 money, fame, and game on-and off-the court. But the real action is behind the scenes in Regina Hart's sizzling new pro b-ball series, where the stakes are everything and winning means playing for keeps. . . 

He's a two-time MVP and three-time championship winner. He lives to be the best. And now that he's a first-time coach, DeMarcus Guinn will lead the NBA's worst team to the top his way-or no way at all. But the team's fiery franchise owner, Jaclyn Jones, is fighting him at every turn. And their unexpectedly seductive one-on-one is the kind of game time he can't resist. . . 

Turning her family's team into winners is Jaclyn's only hope of saving them and her community. She's used to being in control, but DeMarcus' determination-and the way he makes her feel-are like no moves she's ever seen. And with everything they care about on the line, they'll have to play to win . . . or lose their hearts.


Friday, June 9, 2017

Hello! I am so happy and excited to share this blog post with you. It's not a surprise that you find me talking about this book. I absolutely loved it and had such a great time getting to know these characters and the story. If you had seen my little review about it, you know that there are many fun stuff happening and many tea spilling. Broody is definitely someone you want to get to know more.

But today I won't be talking about Broody (oops! sorry, my love). This post is about a very special girl that tries to make Broody understand how problematic he can act in his books and such. She's the best thing about this book. I loved her and I hope you all adore her just as much as I did. 

Title: Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me
Author: Carrie DiRisio
Illustrator: Linnea Gear
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Release date: October 3, 2017


Have you ever wished you could receive a little guidance from your favorite book boyfriend? Ever dreamed of being the Chosen One in a YA novel? Want to know all the secrets of surviving the dreaded plot twist?
Or maybe you're just really confused about what "opal-tinted, luminous cerulean orbs" actually are? 
Well, popular Twitter personality @broodingYAhero is here to help as he tackles the final frontier in his media dominance: writing a book. Join Broody McHottiepants as he attempts to pen Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me, a "self-help" guide (with activities--you always need activities) that lovingly pokes fun at the YA tropes that we roll our eyes at, but secretly love. 
As his nefarious ex, Blondie DeMeani, attempts to thwart him at every turn, Broody overcomes to detail, among other topics, how to choose your genre, how to keep your love interest engaged (while maintaining lead character status), his secret formula for guaranteed love triangle success, and how to make sure you secure that sequel, all while keeping his hair perfectly coiffed and never breaking a sweat.

We have today the most awesome, greatest illustrator, Linnea Gear, who created Broody's new image and illustrates the whole novel. And today in the blog we are revealing the beautiful and "not-here-for-your-sh*t-Broody" Blondie DeMeani, the one who always gets written as the mean girl, ex-girlfriend of Broody, but in fact she wants to be a main character and find love. 

*looks at those pumps!!!*

ME: Linnea, how did everything start? How did you get approached to do this amazing thing? 
Linnea Gear: Carrie DiRisio and her editor, Alison Weiss, asked me to help do their cover and illustrations. I was so excited they asked me to, because I've been looking everywhere for an opportunity to be able to illustrate a book. It's been one of my dreams! 

ME: How has been like to draw Broody?
LG: I love Carrie and have done several commissions for her over the past couple years. Two include doing Broody's twitter icon, where everyone voted for their favorite "Broody Look," and then the "Thank You for voting" post of Broody. I can't believe I get to draw such a character, and only want to get him right since he has so many fans! His twitter is hilarious and I can't wait for everyone to see this book in all its finished glory!

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Today I bring you my tour stop in the MATURE CONTENT blog tour. This book is amazing and you'll see all my thoughts about it in my review down below, but definitely get it, and if you haven't start this series, what are youuuu doooooing. The second book, Fast Connection, is currently on sale on Kindle. (They're all standalones)

Title: Mature Content
Series: Cyberlove #4
Author(s): Megan Erickson, Santino Hassell
Release date: June 2, 2017


My life plan is to be brutally honest all the way to the bank. Don't believe me? I run a popular YouTube channel called TrashyZane, and my claim to fame is oversharing about every aspect of my personal life. Sometimes while tipsy. Not everyone loves my style, but I have a long history of icing out people who can't handle me. I have no time for judgmental foolishness.
Except, apparently, when it comes to Beau Starr. His channel is the polar opposite of mine, and so is he. Wholesome, inspirational, and clean-cut. Everything about him should turn me off, but when we hook up following a confrontation at a convention, my world flips upside down. Not only does Beau Starr turn me on, he uses the exact combination of dirty talk and roughness needed to turn me out.
But we still hate each other. I think.

Cyberlove series gets better with every new book. Though my favorite still is Fast Conection, Mature Content grabbed my attention really fast and I totally binge read it in one day/hours. It came really close, but Dom and Luke still have my heart. I did pull an all nighter and finished at 2 in the morning just to see that happy ending tho so Mature Content is SO GOOD.

It was so worth it. 

Zane and Beau have that hate to love relationship some of us enjoy so much in romance books. They truly hate each other and even say stuff that they regret later on and get call out and apologize for it. I love seeing hate/love relationships develop because when the characters realize they love one another it's like they are so surprised and don't want to but they can't stop feeling that luuuuuv. This happens with Zane and Beau, it starts as hate sex and then turns to something that really /means something/ for them. 

Also a little detail: If you're looking for Jewish MC, this book has it. Zane is Jewish and actually talks about it in some ways in the book. Zane is my favorite and can actually say that he is top #2 in my list of fave characters in this series, below Dominic. He's everything and he dresses with fishnet tights and lives his life fully. 

What I love most about this series is the central theme that is social media taking part of the relationships between the characters. This time is Youtube. Both of them are Youtube stars with thousands and thousands of followers. Each of them are so different in their channels so this is why they sometimes fight in the beginning. But they both learn and grow in the spam of the whole book so it's so great to see them do that. 

Me after finishing: Is there going to be another book *whispers*

Megan Erickson is a USA Today bestselling author of romance that sizzles. Her books have a touch of nerd, a dash of humor, and always have a happily ever after. A former journalist, she switched to fiction when she decided she likes writing her own endings better.

She lives in Pennsylvania with her very own nerdy husband and two kids. Although rather fun-sized, she's been told she has a full-sized personality. When Megan isn't writing, she's either lounging with her two cats named after John Hughes characters or... thinking about writing.

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Santino Hassell was raised by a conservative family, but he was anything but traditional. He grew up to be a smart-mouthed, school cutting grunge kid, then a transient twenty-something, and eventually transformed into an unlikely romance author. 

 Santino writes queer romance that is heavily influenced by the gritty, urban landscape of New York City, his belief that human relationships are complex and flawed, and his own life experiences.

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