Posts Tagged: romance

Blog Tour: The Thing About Love – Kim Karr

January 3, 2018 Blog Tour, Book Review 0

Blog Tour: The Thing About Love – Kim KarrThe Thing About Love by Kim Karr
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Published on: January 3rd 2018
Published by: Self Published
Pages: 302
Genre: Romance
Format: eARC

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The Story
 (summary from Goodreads)

The whole stethoscope-and-white coat thing isn’t my cup of tea.

I prefer a man with an artistic vein in his body. 9 – 5 hours. And I can definitely do without the half-lidded, sleepy bedroom eyes. (Okay, so those are kind of sexy.)

Tall, dark, and handsome doesn’t change the fact that he’s arrogant, cocky, and rude.
Not that I care, but he’s made it clear he wants nothing to do with a quirky girl like me, which is why he said no.

Turns out no isn’t an option.

I have a quickie wedding to plan, and Dr. Jake Kissinger doesn’t have a choice. He looks at our situation like he’s stuck with me, but in reality I’m stuck with him. Stuck with his pouty mouth. His long, lean body. And stuck with those loose, low riding scrub pants. (Okay, so the doctor thing is growing on me.)

When spending time together turns into more than it should, I know I’m in trouble.
He isn’t supposed to make my heart pound.
I’m not supposed to make him look twice.
And we aren’t supposed to spend the night together. (Okay, so he has more than one artistic vein in his body, and other places.)

Falling for him is definitely a mistake.

Here’s the thing…
Jake is unavailable, and I know it.
Just not in the way you might think.

I guess you can’t have your cake and eat it too.

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My Thoughts

Firstly, release day sale…only 99c on amazon! Also available on Kindle Unlimited!

I love a good steamy romance to snuggle down with in the winter and this book was perfect for exactly that. An enemies-to-lovers romance that was packed with the perfect balance of feels, laughter and romance.

“All you need is love.”
I call bullshit.

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Blog Tour: “Confessions of an Undercover Girlfriend” – Kay Marie

October 13, 2016 Blog Tour, Book Review 1

Blog Tour: “Confessions of an Undercover Girlfriend” – Kay MarieConfession's of an Undercover Girlfriend by Kay Marie
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Published on: 11th October 2016
Published by: Self Published
Pages: 236
Series: Confessions #2
Genre: Romance
Format: eARC

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This book is part of the Confessions series. You can find reviews for the rest of the books below:
Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist (Confessions #1)
Confessions of an Undercover Girlfriend (Confessions 2)

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The Story

(summary from Goodreads)

So, I’m no longer a virgin sex columnist—thank you, Ollie—but if I thought that was going to make my life easier, boy was I wrong! John is back in town determined to win my forgiveness. Blythe is more ready than ever to take me down. Bridget is totally onto the new twinkle in my eye. And, well, Ollie is just as distractingly delicious as usual.

So, naturally, I have a few more confessions to make.

Confession #1: I came up with what I thought would be the perfect plan to keep my relationship with Ollie a secret—pretend to get back together with John!

Confession #2: It backfired. A lot.

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My Thoughts

I was slightly disappointed when I finished reading Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist that it ended on a cliffhanger. I really liked the first book and didn’t feel that it needed a sequel. In saying that, when I was offer the chance to take part in the blog tour for the sequel I jumped at the chance!

I really love Skylar as a character, she has to be one of my favourite when it comes to rom-com style books. She is like the modern day Bridget Jones! Queen of being clumsy, word vomit and just basically really bad ideas that result in us yelling at her through the pages about what an idiot she is being! This book was no different, more stupid decisions which made no sense to any sane person, but had me laughing through most of the book!

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My Favourite Romance Books of All Time!

September 13, 2016 Top Ten Tuesday 4

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke & The Bookish.
Each week they release a Top Ten Theme and invite everyone to join in and make their own Top Ten List.

Ahhhhhh! Life has turned totally chaotic recently. Work is just manic and I seem to be spending my days printing, laminating, photocopying, stapling…basically anything office related that is tedious and boring I’m doing it! So it is a blessing to take a break and think about books!

Whilst you’re here I thought I’d let you know about my brand new reading challenge, Bookopoly. The most fun you can have with a book! Sign ups are here.

So, this weeks TTT topic is all about favourite books in a certain genre. I decided to go for Romance because it’s not my go-to genre, I’m more of a fantasy/dystopian type girl, so thought it would be nice to recap some of my favourites!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Things I Like/Dislike About Romance Stories

February 10, 2015 Top Ten Tuesday, Uncategorized 0

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke & The Bookish.
Each week they release a Top Ten Theme and invite everyone to join in and make their own Top Ten List.

I LOVE LOVE! I’m a totally girl when it comes to romances, I love the butterflies and the swooning and of course the hot and sexy times too!

So here are my Likes and Dislikes when it comes to romances in books:

(I was looking for cute love gifs for this post and loads of Carl & Ellie, from Up, kept appearing, so I couldn’t help myself! They are like the cutest thing ever!)

Dislikes

Insta Love – This is going to be on A LOT of lists this week and that is because it is just plain stupid! It is not cute, or romantic, or sweet or realistic or sexy or ANYTHING if people fall in love after just one day. Yes, ok so Cinderella fell in love with the Prince after dancing with him but that was a fairytale! Love at first sight is only acceptable in Disney films! I have gotten to the point now that if I am reading a book and it contains insta-love then it immediately gets put down. No thank you!

Love Triangles (squares or any other type of shape!) – We don’t like them, we don’t want them, we don’t need them. Please stop giving us awesome couples and then throwing someone else in the mix! It’s not nice!

White Knight Complex – I hate romances where the guy suddenly thinks he has to go all protector on his new girlfriend. She managed fine before you buddy, I’m sure she can still look after herself now you guys are dating! Sure, it’s nice every so often for a guy to swoop in and rescue a girl, but she does not need carrying everywhere, her shoelaces tying or just basically anything that she can already do for herself!

I love you, I hate you, I love you… – I just recently read a book in which this girl and guy were totally meant to be together but decided that they couldn’t because (according to her) he wasn’t over his ex (who totally broke his heart btw!) So they decided not to be together, and then a few days later things get all steamy and they have a totally hot make out session and for about 6 hours they are all pro relationship. Then suddenly she decides that they can’t be together because of his ex. A few days later we get the steamy time once again, the few hours of ‘Yeay, lets be a couple’ and then we are back to ‘we can’t be together’. This happens over and over for about 70% of the book. No one needs that, let alone me as a reader! Just make up your darn minds already!

Finally get together…The End – My favourite part of a romance is the whole build up, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to see part of the happily ever after! Too many books (and films for that matter) seem to end just as the couple get together, this is so frustrating when we have stuck with the couple for 300 pages and we don’t get to see anything more. I mean, it doesn’t take too long to write a ‘1 year later’ epilogue just to give us a glance does it?!
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Likes

Healing romances – The person you love is meant to bring out the best in you, so I like it when people heal from their past or just become better people once they are in a relationship. It just confirms how perfect a couple is for each other when they make each other better.

Friendship to Relationship – I really like romances when they emerge from people who have been friends FOREVER but never quite made it there. Things like best friends since they were 5 or the girls brothers best friend, those type of romances I love and they don’t feel insta love-y because the couple have a totally solid and believable basis for their love story.

Hate to Love – These are often some of the most best types of romance. We all know that they are going to end up together, but it’s not the ending thats the best bit, it’s the banter and the flirting and just everything that happens on their way to the moment when they finally realise that they actually don’t hate each other anymore!

Second Chance Love – When a couple gets together in high school and then for some reason gets pulled apart and then they see each other like 5 years later and realise that they never quite got over each other. I love these ones because there is all that history and the whole re-discovery of each other. It just makes it feel like their love is even stronger now.

The Forbidden Romance – Trying to force two people who love each other apart only makes them love each other more, and only makes us as readers love them even more. Although these types of love stories can be totally heart breaking at times they are also normal the most intense and powerful.

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What do you think of my choices? Do you agree/disagree?

What do you like/dislike about romance stories?

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Review: “Where Rainbows End” / “Love, Rosie” – Cecelia Ahern

October 8, 2014 Book Review, Initial Reaction 4

Review: “Where Rainbows End” / “Love, Rosie” – Cecelia AhernWhere Rainbows End/Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern
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Published on: November 8th 2004
Published by: HarperCollins
Pages: 585
Genre: Romance
Format: Paperback

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(summary from Goodreads)

From naughty children to rebellious teenagers, Rosie and Alex have stuck by each other through thick and thin. But just as as they’re discovering the joys of teenage nights on the town and dating disasters, they’re separated. Alex’s family move from Dublin to America – and Alex goes with them. For good.

Rosie’s lost without him. But on the eve of her departure to join Alex in Boston, Rosie gets news that will change her life forever – and keep her at home in Ireland.

Their magical connection sees them through the ups and downs of each others lives, but neither of them knows whether their friendship can survive the years and miles – or new relationships. And at the back of Rosie’s mind is whether they were meant to be more than just good friends all along. Misunderstandings, circumstances and sheer bad luck have kept them apart, but when presented with the ultimate opportunity, will they gamble everything for true love?

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3am initial reactions videos always make me look like an idiot. At least in this one my hair isn’t sticking up all over the place, although thats only because it’s hidden under my duvet which I had wrapped myself up in due to it being SO COLD! Hello winter!

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