ARC, blog tour, contemporary, Erotica, fantasy, ya

⛱️ June TBR ⛱️

I could not bring myself to set up a tbr this month. I mean, I kind of have one? I have 21 books I want to read. I mean, I know I’ve been reading 12 a month, so that’s a little over half, but dang. I just can’t decide! Too many good things!

First let’s take a look at this month’s Words & Whimsy Reading Challenge!

I am so excited to be on the Autumn Court! We had a twist this month – it’s actually Seelie vs Unseelie! Unseelie FTW! Now, let’s get into these books I can’t wait to read.

There you have it. My super huge tbr. What do you think? Do we share any of the same books? What is your first book for June? Let me know in the comments below!
I’m starting with Seven Endless Forests!

Until next time…

adult, contemporary, Erotica, Historical Fiction, mystery, Sci-Fi, ya

Down the TBR Part 15

This book meme is currently active over at Zezee with Books. Here’s what you do:

“A meme where we decide whether to keep or remove books on our TBR. The rules: Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf. Order on ascending date added. Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Read the synopses of the books. Decide: keep it or should it go?”

I’ve started doing this a little different. Same concept, but to cover more ground I’m going through one day at a time. Today we’ll examine all the books I added on July 15, 2015.

….Oof. Maybe not. So, I started getting all the books in a tab and it just kept going and going. Guys. I added 156 books that day! Whaaaat. That’s too many for one post. Cause I wouldn’t even want to read that. Let’s divide this up into a few posts. I’ll do 20 books this post, which is still kind of a lot, but I need to clear out this day! What was I thinking or doing? Lord.

Okay, so we’re starting at 1867. I’ve added a lot of arcs and books I found on other blogs. But maybe we can cut that number down!

✔ What I Kept ✔

Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin

I have almost picked this book up many times. I need to get to it soon!

Creation in Death by JD Robb

This is #25 in the series, but it sounds so good. Do I need to read these in order? Can I commit to a 25+ book series?!

Salvation in Death by JD Robb

This one sounds good too! Please let me know if I need to read these in order.

The Stranger I Married by Sylvia Day

I love a good historical romance. This one sounds great!

Real Murders by Charlaine Harris

I love Charlaine, and I love a good cozy mystery.

✘ What I Deleted ✘

Night Terror by John Passarella

I’m gonna get flack for this, I know. But I’m just not that into Supernatural anymore? Sorry, fandom!

Before Sunrise by Diana Palmer

Just seems like typical chick-lit love story. Nothing jumps out at me.

The Final Kill by Meg O’Brien

This one started off sounding great, but then it kind of turned into a political thriller so it kind of lost me.

Free Spirit by Fern Michaels

Another chick-lit that isn’t sparking my interest.

Wish List by Fern Michaels

Another chick lit. Honestly, these seem like something my grandma would read, which isn’t bad. We just don’t have the same taste.

Dear Emily by Fern Michaels

Same as above.

The Vampire Diaries books 1 & 2

I loved the tv show. The books? Not so much. One of the rare instances where TV was better than the original. I DNF’d book 1.

The Vampire Diaries books 3 & 4

I couldn’t get through the first two soo…

Irish Trilogy Collection by Nora Roberts

They all just seem typical love stories. Nothing sticks out at me.

Birthright by Nora Roberts

It just sounded… eh.

Born in.. Series by Nora Roberts

These all take place in Ireland, which is cool, but they’re all just romances. I usually need a little more than just a typical romance.

Blue Smoke by Nora Roberts

Like the ones before, I guess. This sounded like it had more action, but it still didn’t really catch my attention.

The Dark City by Catherine Fisher

This is a YA series, but I’m just not really into secret relics and like, kind of historical science fiction? It’s kind of hard to explain, I just know this isn’t for me.

Horde by Ann Aguirre

Number 3 in the series, but the synopsis of the first didn’t really sound great.

Sara’s Song by Fern Michaels

This has a doctor MC, which is usually an automatic keep, but its just a weird love triangle. Which usually I like, but this one seems super weird.

So, here’s where we stand. I am ending the TBR at 1852. I deleted 15/20, so that’s not bad! I’m excited to do my next post! From what I have just glanced at, I’ll be deleting a lot from this day.

What do you think about what I kept and deleted? Did I make any mistakes? Do I have to read the JD Robb series in order? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time…

adult, contemporary, Erotica, Four Star Book, Romance

Idol Thoughts Review

  • Title: Idol Thoughts
  • Author: J. S. Lee
  • Publisher: Axellia Publishing
  • Publish Date: Dec 3, 2018
  • Pages: 256
  • Book Form: E-Book
  • Genre: Romance
  • Dates Read: Jan 23 – Jan 27
  • Rating: ★★★★

I was supposed to manage them. I wasn’t supposed to fall in love with them.

Six months ago, I discovered I was the illegitimate heir to one of the K-Pop industry’s biggest entertainment companies. I didn’t want anything to do with the empire I had the chance to inherit.

Then I discovered how my jerk of a half-brother was currently running things. I might not want the job, but I damn well deserve it just as much as him. All I need to do is prove my worth by managing a failing boy band, H3RO, back to stardom.

Easy, right?

Tae, Dante, Minhyuk, Nate, Kyun, and Jun are as talented as they are good looking. Abandoned by their company, they’ve lost faith in everything and themselves. It’s down to me to save their careers – and their dreams – by delivering a number one single.

And yet, somehow, the bigger miracle will be not falling in love with all of them…

– Goodreads

Idol Thoughts was originally recommended to my friend, Hannah. She is a huge K-Pop fan. However, when I saw this book in Words & Whimsy, I knew I had to give it a try. I’ve been in about a two week slump. Nothing was grabbing my attention. My usual slump busters are smutty books, and this is a reverse harem, so I was like, ok let’s try. I’m so glad I did.

Now, a K-Pop fan I am not. Not that I dislike it, I just don’t listen to it. I know one song by BTS. There were a lot of words used in the book that I wasn’t sure of the meaning, but I felt there was enough context that it didn’t take anything away.

Holly, the MC, finds out that her dad is a manager of a huge K-Pop empire. He wants her to come to Korea and join the family business. Her half-brother is none to thrilled and gives her a task to save a group’s career. She thinks it will be impossible, but she pulls out all the stops once she meets the band. And fools around. With all of them.

I’m all for the reverse harem. It’s one of my favorite smut genres. But I was never sure if all the guys knew what was going on or if she was sneaking around. I just wanted everyone to know and be ok with it, honestly. The sex scenes were nicely written, as well as the growth of feelings between Holly and all the members of H3R0.

Idol Thoughts was the first of a trilogy, and I will for sure be reading the next two. I have to see how things turn out with the members of H3R0 and Holly’s brother!

Do you have any other reverse harem recs? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time…

adult, ARC, contemporary, Four Star Book, mystery, Romance, three star book, ya

WWW Wednesday!

What did I just finish reading?

Grey by EL James

My review is posted here. Safe to say the first book of 2020 was long and disappointing.

I’m a Therapist and my Patient is Going to be the Next School Shooter by Dr. Harper

The title is a mouthful but a much better book. I thought this was a true story – it isn’t – but it was so entertaining.

What am I currently reading?

The Center of the Universe by Ria Voros

This started off iffy, but once the mystery picked up I haven’t been able to put it down.

Call Me God by Jim Clemente

Trying out nonfic audios again this year and I’m really enjoying this one! It’s the story of the DC Sniper. I am loving all the FIB Profilers in this!

What am I reading next?

Don’t Read the Comments by Eric Smith

This is an ARC I received that is releasing on Jan 28! I love that it features an online game and streamers!

What is your WWW Wednesday? Have you read any of these? What were your thoughts? Let’s get to know each other in the comments!

Until next time…

adult, Erotica, Romance, three star book

Grey Review

  • Title: Grey
  • Author: EL James
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • Publish Date: June 18, 2015
  • Book Form: Ebook
  • Pages: 576
  • Genre: Romance, Erotica
  • Dates Read: Dec 31, 2019 – Jan 5, 2020
  • Rating: ★★★

Christian Grey exercises control in all things; his world is neat, disciplined, and utterly empty—until the day that Anastasia Steele falls into his office, in a tangle of shapely limbs and tumbling brown hair. He tries to forget her, but instead is swept up in a storm of emotion he cannot comprehend and cannot resist. Unlike any woman he has known before, shy, unworldly Ana seems to see right through him—past the business prodigy and the penthouse lifestyle to Christian’s cold, wounded heart.  

Will being with Ana dispel the horrors of his childhood that haunt Christian every night? Or will his dark sexual desires, his compulsion to control, and the self-loathing that fills his soul drive this girl away and destroy the fragile hope she offers him?

– Goodreads

Grey was another book that I kept from my Down the TBR posts. It’s the second one I have read, and the second one I have not been impressed with. So right now I’m 0/2 and planning to read a third, Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen, this month. I hope that one will be better!

I kept Grey because when the 50 Shades books came out, I enjoyed them. I loved being part of the hype of a hot new series. I know everyone wanted to know what was going on in Grey’s mind. Now that I know, I wish I didn’t. However, this book may be fun to read alongside 50 Shades. I think it would be cool to compare scenes and see it from both Grey and Ana’s points of view.

So back in the day, I thought Grey was hot shit. I now see again that my tastes have changed. Physically, sure, he’s probably attractive. But personality wise? Nah fam. He’s so controlling and stalker-ish. A lot of the thoughts he had about Ana and their relationship had me cringing and thinking, ‘who is this guy?! Like, just because you have money doesn’t mean you can talk/think that way!’

The first half of this book seemed to drag on forever. It was like I couldn’t get into it and I was just mad at everything Grey was. After the 50% park it picked up and I enjoyed it a lot more. I loved the emails between Grey and Ana. Honestly, if the whole book was just that, I would have loved it. I also liked seeing the flashbacks from Grey’s childhood. They didn’t really make me realize why he is the way he is, I just thought they were interesting.

This was also my first book of 2020, and it’s safe to say I was disappointed. It took me forever to read – six days! I was mad at Grey for 80% of the book. I wanted to slap Ana – and not in the way Grey does – and ask her what she is thinking being with him?!

Unfortunately, I won’t be recommending this book. Even though I loved the emails and flashbacks, it just wasn’t enough to redeem it.

Have you read Grey? What were your thoughts? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time…

adult, contemporary, Erotica, Four Star Book, Romance

Dr. Dan Review

  • Title: Dr. Dan
  • Author: K. Webster
  • Publisher: Independently Published
  • Publish Date: Sept 26, 2019
  • Book Form: Ebook
  • Pages: 251
  • Genre: Romance, adult, Erotica, Doctor
  • Dates Read: Dec 26 – Dec 28, 2019
  • Rating: ★★★★

Lauren will do anything besides face reality.
Her truth won’t set her free because it’s too busy hunting her.
It chases her into the ER more often than she can count.

Dr. Venable is hellbent on finding answers for his most frequent hospital visitor.
Even when his stunningly beautiful patient is difficult and resistant.
He’ll uncover her pain because he wants nothing more than to heal the sassy young woman.

Long nights.
Rising temperatures.
Feverish needs.
They spend more time than ethical on their quest for answers.
His position. Her age. Nothing will keep them apart.
Not until they get what they came for.

Love may not be a cure, but they’re going to test it anyway.vel! Blurb and cover coming soon!

– Goodreads

Oooooo-weeee. This was my first Taboo Treat. I picked this one because K. Webster had been recommended to me by my friend, Jayce. I saw this one on kindle unlimited, noticed there was a doctor in it and BAM! I got it and immediately started reading. Little did I know, this is actually the last of the Taboo Treats series. Luckily, they can all be read as stand-alones, but you get nifty little cameos from characters in the other books!

Another thing I thought of after learning this tid bit, was man. These people all live in the same town – this is one freaky place! haha, I kid. But it did make me giggle.

Now, on to the book review! I loved this book. It was a quick, steamy read. Dr. Venable – or Dr. Dan as Lauren calls him – keeps having Lauren come into the ER. She’ll get patched up and leave without a complete work up. Dr. Dan is concerned – but mostly cause he thinks Lauren is super attractive. Never mind the fact that she is 18 and he is in his 30s. There’s part of the taboo! Also, doctor-patient relationships of the physical kind are very frowned upon. But who hasn’t fantasized about a hot doctor they had?

So Dr. Dan tracks Lauren down. She finds reasons to go to the ER. Things progress and get physical. Then emotional. He loves her sass and she loves his body and the way he treats her.

Of course, this book has a HEA. You find out why Lauren keeps going to the ER. The ending was super sweet. I usually give romances a 3 star because they’re usually just -eh. Another romance. This was not the case. Dr. Dan got a whole 4 stars from me.

This was a great first endeavor into K. Webster’s world and I can’t wait to jump back in!

Have you read Dr. Dan or any of K. Webster’s other works? What would you recommend? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time…

adult, ARC, Erotica, Four Star Book, graphic novel, LGBT

Super Fun Sexy Times ARC Review

  • Title: Super Fun Sexy Times
  • Author: Meredith McClaren
  • Book Form: E-ARC
  • Pages: 128
  • Publisher: Limerence Press
  • Genre: Graphic Novel, Romance, Short Stories
  • Rating: ★★★★

Cartoonist Meredith McClaren (Hinges) tells five short, sexy stories featuring superheroes, supervillains, sidekicks, and the people who love them.

Showing consent and character-driven erotic relationships, Super Fun Sexy Times answers the age-old question: what happens when the mask comes off? 

Two sidekicks on opposite sides get stuck in an underground lab together, and find a great way to pass the time. A tactician and superhero discuss their desires, limits, and kinks before their first time, and perhaps get a little too excited in the process. A pair of supervillains explore gender and sex together, while growing closer in their relationship. Lesbian heroes try out a kinky rolepaying scenario, and discover how to make it work for both of them. And an exhausted assassin relaxes after a long day with the kind (yet firm) attentions of his husband.

Told with care, sex-positivity, and humor, and featuring a wide variety of sexualities and bodies, Super Fun Sexy Times aims to create an erotic reading experience that lives up to its name!

– Goodreads

Thank you to Netgalley for providing a free copy of this graphic novel in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and feelings are my own. 

This graphic novel was surprisingly… graphic. 

Not that it’s a bad thing! But the first anatomy I saw kind of took me aback. I loved it though! I mean, I read erotica and romance all the time. But something about seeing it on the page. I don’t know. It’s like a weird mix of porn and erotica books.

This was a graphic novel of 5 short stories. There was SO MUCH lgbt rep. I loved it. It explores all kinds of sex positive things. Consent, safe words, trying and failing new endeavors. It was SO GOOD. I can’t recommend this enough. So much positivity throughout this book. That’s the thing that stuck out most to me, and also what I loved the most. It shows it’s okay to try new things. It’s ok if things don’t work out. It’s GREAT to have conversations before getting in too deep.

But beware, it is nsfw and has nudity.

Until next time…

adult, Erotica, Romance, three star book

Yield: Emily & Damon Review

  • Title: Yield: Emily & Damon
  • Author: Lilia Moon
  • Book Form: Audio
  • Pages: 246
  • Publisher: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Genre: Erotica, Romance, Adult
  • Rating: ★★★.5

Emily Madigan is Seattle’s best wedding planner. Her superpower is managing a thousand details without dropping a single one, and her deepest desire is an hour-long bubble bath and a foot rub. 

Until her newest clients want to get married at a BDSM club. 

Damon Black owns Fettered. He’s proud of who he is and what he does, and nothing scares him – until two of his favorite people want to get married at the place where they fell in love, no matter how many spanking benches they have to move out of the way to do it. 

Damon knows as soon as he lays eyes on Emily that she doesn’t belong in his world. A quick tour of his club will prove it. 

Except it doesn’t…

– Goodreads

This is the only way to describe this book. Hot. I was listening at work and oh man, at parts I knew I was blushing.

Emily is good. She’s put together, wears dresses with matching floral shoes. She’s everything a BDSM club is not. Then she meets Damon.

Of course, she instantly falls for him. Realizes somehow she’s turned on by all the BDSM play while walking through the club, then gets thrown into a world she’s scared of but excited by.

Damon agrees to a 24 hour contract to show her what it’s all about. Once the 24 hours are over, they are over. No more. But it never works that way, does it?

The main thing I liked about this book was the focus on consent. Damon takes pride in making sure his club is safe. That carries over to Emily too. He explains everything. Let’s her know she can opt out at any time. Has safewords in place. But over and over throughout the book, they mention consent consent consent. I think that’s very important for a novel with content such as this one.

Overall, I enjoyed it. It was a typical at-first-sight romance. It got points added for consent. If you want an easy read/listen, this is a good choice.

Until next time…