2018 Reading Wrap-Up

Hey Guys,

So, I managed to surpass my Goodreads Reading challenge. I set my goal to 24 books, last year was 12, and I managed to read a whopping 37 books. I’m really proud of myself because in the past I was having trouble keeping up with my reading.

Here’s a rundown of all the books I read this year.

1. https://www.amazon.com/Wargasm-Payne-Brothers-Romance-Book-ebook/dp/B07DC58TMM/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1545860480&sr=1-1&keywords=wargasm

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

2. https://www.amazon.com/Boyfrenemy-Payne-Brothers-Romance-Book-ebook/dp/B07BBLHGPK/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1545860527&sr=1-1&keywords=boyfrenemy

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

3. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0797Z3R43/ref=series_rw_dp_sw

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

4. https://www.amazon.com/Throttle-Me-Men-Inked-Book-ebook/dp/B00JCXG4SS/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1545860624&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=throttle+me

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

5. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/150286519X/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i35

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

6. https://www.amazon.com/Going-Down-Easy-Billionaire-Boys-ebook/dp/B01EVJ9OES/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1545860761&sr=1-3&keywords=going+down+easy

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

7. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BQYNYTS/ref=x_gr_w_glide?caller=Goodreads&callerLink=https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17937373-the-problem-with-paddy&tag=x_gr_w_glide-20

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

8. https://www.amazon.com/Owned-Hitman-Romance-Alexis-Abbotts-ebook/dp/B01B54DU3S/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1545860853&sr=1-1&keywords=Owned+by+the+Hitman

Rating: ⭐️⭐️

9. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00UK6WCDW/ref=x_gr_w_glide?caller=Goodreads&callerLink=https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25126985-consolation&tag=x_gr_w_glide-20

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

10. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01BU7PHA4/ref=x_gr_w_glide?caller=Goodreads&callerLink=https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29152078-claiming-her-seal&tag=x_gr_w_glide-20

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

11. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01B0QXBA8/ref=x_gr_w_glide_ku?caller=Goodreads&callerLink=https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28689606-bodyguard&tag=x_gr_w_glide_ku-20

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

12. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35673868-billionaires-ballerinas

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

13. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00WWAHWNE/ref=x_gr_w_glide_ku?caller=Goodreads&callerLink=https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25459229-charlene-s-soldier&tag=x_gr_w_glide_ku-20

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

14. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00Z318GNY/ref=x_gr_w_glide?caller=Goodreads&callerLink=https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25712599-again-alabama&tag=x_gr_w_glide-20

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

15. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ICP63XI/ref=x_gr_w_glide?caller=Goodreads&callerLink=https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20768360-angel-s-halo&tag=x_gr_w_glide-20

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

16. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071W5YK3P/ref=x_gr_w_glide?caller=Goodreads&callerLink=https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35289589-billionaire-in-vegas&tag=x_gr_w_glide-20

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

17. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01BX85Y3A/ref=x_gr_w_glide?caller=Goodreads&callerLink=https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29221069-billionaire-biker&tag=x_gr_w_glide-20

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

18. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01LFP3UF0/ref=x_gr_w_glide?caller=Goodreads&callerLink=https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31926009-big-shot&tag=x_gr_w_glide-20

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

19. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33545548-alter-ego

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

20. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01C3NDZQC/ref=x_gr_w_glide_ku?caller=Goodreads&callerLink=https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29254835-bishop-s-war&tag=x_gr_w_glide_ku-20

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

21. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MRC34OM/ref=x_gr_w_glide?caller=Goodreads&callerLink=https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34200350-lost-and-found&tag=x_gr_w_glide-20

Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

22. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33235410-larson

Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ 

23. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N4CI2RZ/ref=x_gr_w_glide?caller=Goodreads&callerLink=https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33309208-fame-is-a-killer&tag=x_gr_w_glide-20

Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

24. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35237670-scandal

Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

25. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0794BDVTK/ref=x_gr_w_glide?caller=Goodreads&callerLink=https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38207698-mcdowell&tag=x_gr_w_glide-20

Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ 

26. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JIJDJU2/ref=x_gr_w_glide?caller=Goodreads&callerLink=https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21897228-undercover&tag=x_gr_w_glide-20

Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ 

27. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B013J509Q2/ref=x_gr_w_glide?caller=Goodreads&callerLink=https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26118692-the-billionaire-s-kiss&tag=x_gr_w_glide-20

Rating: ⭐️⭐️

28. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01HN63XV6/ref=x_gr_w_glide_ku?caller=Goodreads&callerLink=https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30835521-leopold—part-one&tag=x_gr_w_glide_ku-20

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

29. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XTYKCJY/ref=x_gr_w_glide?caller=Goodreads&callerLink=https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34682235-wifed-1&tag=x_gr_w_glide-20

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

30. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01L4KDMT0/ref=x_gr_w_glide_ku?caller=Goodreads&callerLink=https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32617181-dirty-at-30&tag=x_gr_w_glide_ku-20

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

31. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071FNQWLC/ref=x_gr_w_glide_ku?caller=Goodreads&callerLink=https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35278558-makeover-romance-series&tag=x_gr_w_glide_ku-20

Rating: ⭐️⭐️

32. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07C4WHDHN/ref=x_gr_w_glide?caller=Goodreads&callerLink=https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39815130-baby-daddy-everything-i-want&tag=x_gr_w_glide-20

Rating: ⭐️

33. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0718ZQJ8J/ref=x_gr_w_glide_ku?caller=Goodreads&callerLink=https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35004803-cinderella-com&tag=x_gr_w_glide_ku-20

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

34. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IVLLKB8/ref=x_gr_w_glide?caller=Goodreads&callerLink=https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21483577-all-about-you&tag=x_gr_w_glide-20

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

35. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071JBZZNT/ref=x_gr_w_glide_ku?caller=Goodreads&callerLink=https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35127856-all-the-things-we-lost&tag=x_gr_w_glide_ku-20

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

36. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01L9C1JMK/ref=x_gr_w_glide?caller=Goodreads&callerLink=https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31826245-you-make-me-weak&tag=x_gr_w_glide-20

Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️

37. https://www.amazon.com/Gender-Game-Bella-Forrest-ebook/dp/B01I77SNR4/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1545862026&sr=1-1-spons&keywords=The+Gender+Game&psc=1

Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️

There you have it. All the books I read in 2018. Here’s to an even better reading year in 2019.


Book Discussion – Bodyguard

Hey 172 followers,

Here with a new book discussion.

Remember to grab a copy before continuing because there may be spoilers.

Kindle – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01B0QXBA8/ref=x_gr_w_glide_ku_bb?ie=UTF8&tag=x_gr_w_glide_ku_bb-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B01B0QXBA8&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2

Paperback – https://www.amazon.com/Bodyguard-Snake-Eyes-Tabatha-Kiss/dp/153353828X/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

I gave this book four stars. It was a good book. That is with that fact that I am choosing to ignore the stepbrother/stepsister aspect.

That’s right. Fox and Dani and related. Well, Fox’s mother married Dani’s father. They shared a kiss on Dani’s eighteenth birthday and Fox was kicked out by his stepfather. He joins the army. Dani becomes a famous actress using the stage name Roxie. Fox “dies” in service. Dani is attacked and Fox comes back to rescue her. Of course the two have strong feelings for each other that hasn’t faded away over the five years they were apart and eventually Fox takes Dani’s virginity.

Again, we’re going to ignore the fact that they lived as brother and sister once upon a time.

There was action. Romance. Drama and of course, sex. This wasn’t overly long and it wasn’t too short. I managed to get through this pretty quickly but it didn’t leave me with a feeling that I was missing something.

I got a well rounded story and I really enjoyed it. Four stars enjoyed it.

What did you guys think? Let me know in the comments.

Talk to you later.

Book Discussion – Billionaires & Ballerinas

Hey 172 followers,

Back with another book discussion.

Remember to grab a copy before continuing because there may be spoilers.

Now onto the discussion…

I gave this book three stars. It was alright. A bit too short. Rose is a ballerina and she is planning to retire because her knees are getting pretty bad. Drew is a lawyer working for her big shot brother. They have basically been forbidden to see each other so they spend most of their time trading glances, until they decide to sneak around behind her brother’s back.

The book ended with them hooking up at Rose’s new place. That was it. After Drew got hit by a truck, he decides to push Rose away. Then he ends his partnership with her brother and seeks her out again.

The end.

That was a little disappointing because I think that there should have been more of a story surrounding her brother and his feelings about their relationship. The whole point of why they spent years staying away from each other and then sneaking around because they didn’t know how her brother would react and all we got was an ultimatum, him trying to prevent her from moving out and that was it. That entire conflict lasted about an entire chapter.

I never understand the point of novellas. Trying to fit so much into such a confined space. There was a lot missing from this story and so it left me wanting more.

That’s all for now.

Talk to you later.

Short Story – The Five Sisters – Revealed – Chapter Five

Eve walked through the entrance to the Coney Island Aquarium. New York City wasn’t the easiest place to live but it was where she felt she needed to be and because she wasn’t much of a party girl, she settled on spending her twenty-first birthday at the aquarium.

She walked the boardwalk and looked around. At the people, the animals, the amusements. It was the most excitement she’s had in a while.

Eve came to a halt in the middle of the boardwalk as a chill ran up her spine. She felt dizzy and lightweight. She stumbled forward as a man bumped into her.

“I’m so sorry,” he said turning to face her. He smiled. “Hi.”

“Hi,” Eve said absentmindedly. She turned around scanning the area.

“My name is Adam.”

“Anthony,” Eve breathed out as he eyes fell on the brother she hadn’t seen since their birthday five years ago.

“No, it’s Adam.”

As if sensing her, Anthony looked up and they locked eyes. He handed the small girl in his arms to the woman beside him and moved through the crowd away from them. Eve moved away from Adam and in the direction Anthony was headed.

She found him in an empty corner.

“Anthony,” she said excitedly.

“Hey, Eve,” he said as he took her in his arms. “What are you doing here?”

“I live here.” Anthony released her. “Do you live here?”

“No, birthday present from my wife. More for my daughter than for me,” he chuckled.

“I saw them. When can I meet them?”

“You can’t, because not that I know you’re here, we’re going to have to leave.”

“You don’t have to go.”

“Yes we do. Do you release that I sensed you. Before I saw you, I knew you were here. I can’t stay.”

“Please Anthony. I’ve been by myself for three years and it’s my birthday. It’s our birthday. Don’t make me be alone.”

“I’m sorry Eve,” Anthony said sadly. “My wife has already taken my daughter and got a head start. Please don’t follow me. Happy birthday.”

Anthony disappeared and Eve found herself staring at the empty space.

“What the hell was that?”

Eve spun around throwing her hand up. Adam went flying into a wall. She ran over to him, a ball of fire floating in the palm of her hand.

“Who are you?” she asked.

“Adam,” he choked out. “The question is, who are you?”

“Why are you following me?”

“I was trying to talk to you. Thought you were cute.”

Eve shook her hand and the fire went out.

“I’m sorry for throwing you.”

“That’s okay. It’s not everyday a pretty girl whips me around without touching me.” He got to his feet. “Now, will you tell me your name?”

Eve laughed, shaking her head. “It’s Eve.”

“Nice to meet you, Eve.”

Book Discussion – Again, Alabama

Hey guys,

Back with another book discussion. Remember to grab a copy before continuing with this post in case there are spoilers.

Kindle – https://www.amazon.com/Again-Alabama-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00Z318GNY/ref=sr_1_1_twi_kin_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1532373061&sr=1-1&keywords=again%2C+alabama

Paperback – https://www.amazon.com/Again-Alabama-Susan-Sands/dp/1942240929/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1532373061&sr=1-1

Now onto the discussion…

Cammie has to go home to run her families business and help take care of her mother after her back surgery. She is dreading being home as the center of the town’s gossip and to make matters worse, her siblings failed to mention that her ex boyfriend has also moved back home. Even worse, he’s doing repairs on the family home and business.

Now as someone who has left home and dreaded the moment I had to return, I can fully relate to her not wanting to come home. I can also relate to how it ended up being a good thing.

Cammie gets to bond with her family. Something that’s been missing for a while. As much as she tries to stay away from her ex Grey, It’s hard to do with him working on her house.

Grey and Cammie were like the perfect couple when they were younger and pretty much fated to be to marry, but after a stupid fight, Grey got drunk and then slept with Cammie’s best friend Deb. Neither of them said anything until Deb wound up pregnant and then she spun a tale about Grey taking advantage of her and Cammie ate it up. Then she fled and only returned for holidays.

Deb’s dead and Grey is raising his daughter with the help of his father. Once they reconnected as lovers they addressed the issue of Grey sleeping with Deb (she was jealous and seduced him of course) and then they were able to move on. One thing that didn’t get addressed was Grey using the name that he and Cammie picked out for their child for his daughter with Deb. I don’t know but that bothered me and I wanted to hear his explanation. First he sleeps with her best friend. Get’s her pregnant. Deb miscarries. He marries her anyways. Obviously sleeps with her again and gets her pregnant. Then names his daughter Samantha, which was the name he would have used had he and Cammie ever had a daughter. It was mentioned once or twice but then never really addressed. I still kind of want to know why he did it.

Other than that this was a cute story and I really enjoyed it. I gave it four stars and I’ve already added the second book to by wish list.

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Short Story – The Five Sisters – Revealed – Chapter Four

Eve stood in the doorway of her now empty bedroom. She had lived in that room since she was three and now at eighteen she was leaving it all behind. She was leaving everything behind. She carried the box in her arms out of the room and down the stairs. Eve passed through the kitchen and fought back tears as she passed all of the kitchen furniture unplugged and covered in white sheets. Making it through the living room was just as hard as she passed more furniture draped in white sheets.

Eve stepped out of the house and unto the porch. Marcus was shutting the trunk of his car after having loaded everything he deemed important enough to take with him. He walked over and took the box from Eve as she made her way down the porch steps.

“Do you know where you’re going?”

“Not really,” she answered. “I was thinking-”

“No,” Marcus cut her off. “Don’t tell me. It would be better if I didn’t know.” He put the box in her car and shut the door.

Eve breathed a heavy sigh. Marcus walked over to his car and removed a small box. He walked back over and held it out.

“This is everything you need to start your life over.”

Eve took the box from his and looked down at it. “So this is it huh? The last time we’ll ever see each other.”

“If I could change it, I would, but I can’t so we just have to accept it and move on.” Marcus raised her chin and gave her a kiss on the cheek. “So long Pretty Girl.” He turned and walked back to his car, climbing in. Without looking back, he waved out the window and drove away.

Eve turned back and looked at the house that she had grown up. The house that she so desperately wanted to spend the rest of her life in. She looked off in the direction Marcus’ car had headed. Who would know if she went back inside, she asked herself.

“Don’t do it.”

Eve turned her head and let out a gasp. “Mommy?” she asked staring in the face of woman who had given birth to her and whom she had buried so many years ago. “How are you here?”

“I’ve always been here. You can see me now,” Carol Battle said. “You need to go Eve.”

“Why?” Eve asked. “Why can’t I stay here and live out the rest of my life?”

“Your place is not here anymore, child.”

“You,” Eve said in a whisper. The other woman walked over and stood beside Carol. Eve stared at eyes that were so much like her own. A mystical swirl that looked like someone had dumped several colors on a canvas and painted eyes for Eve’s. Eyes that none of Eve’s siblings shared. “Lillie.”

Lillie and Carol smiled at each other. Lillie placed her hand on Carol’s shoulder before passing her and stepping over to Eve. She took Eve’s hands in her own.

“Your destiny is not here,” Lillie said.

A shudder ran through Eve’s body. She suddenly felt compelled to get into her car and drive away. The desire to remain in her childhood home was no longer there. Lillie released Eve and stepped back. Without another word, Eve climbed into her car and drove away.

Book Discussion – Angel’s Halo – Book One

Hey guys,

Back with another book discussion.

As always remember to grab a copy before continuing in case there are spoilers.

Kindle – https://www.amazon.com/Angels-Halo-MC-Book-ebook/dp/B00ICP63XI/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1531150114&sr=1-1&keywords=angel%27s+halo

Paperback – https://www.amazon.com/Angels-Halo-Terri-Anne-Browning/dp/1500901849/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1531150114&sr=1-1

Audiobook – https://www.amazon.com/Angels-Halo/dp/B0792B7X5N/ref=tmm_aud_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1531150114&sr=1-1

Now onto the discussion…

Raven is the only girl with four older brother’s who are very protective of her. They are a motorcycle family who run a bar which is the hangout for their gang Angel’s Halo. There is just one rule in this gang. Nobody touches Raven. Except Bash of course. Bash is the gang’s enforcer and after Raven turns eighteen he makes his move on her. They sneak around until her brothers find out and the oldest, who happens to be the club president, beats Bash to a bloody pulp before given his consent for the two of them to be together. But instead of claiming his prize, Bash takes off for two years. Now he’s back as club president when current president asks him to take over in his absence.

I gave this book four stars. I read a few of the reviews and people weren’t happy about the multiple points of views but I didn’t have a problem with it. It sets up the rest of the books by focusing on the other characters as well. I also felt like it helped make the story more well rounded.

Raven was a bit of a spoiled brat. Sure, Bash up and left her without so much as an explanation. Sure, he had a child and didn’t tell her, but the way she acted upon learning that news irked me. It wasn’t until she met the little girl that she warmed to the idea of being a step mother. Before that she was all up in arms about how he could leave her for his child. This was even after learning why he did it.

Felicity running off was interesting and I was a bit interested in learning what was going on with her and Hawk but then the author had to introduce Gracie and you just know the two of them are going to be an item.

I want to read the rest to learn what is going on with all of them. It was a pretty good book.

That’s it for now. Until next time…