January and February 2019 Wrap-Up

monthlywrapupdivider3Hello lovelies! I know this is LATE, but I’m trying to stay organized and keep track of all the books I finish reading this year. It’s actually been a while since I did a reading monthly wrap-up. The last was July. The month before my grandmother had a stroke and eventually went to rest in peace. To say that I’m much better now would be a lie. Her birthday was actually a few weeks ago, March 7. I still miss her every day and sometimes think she’s going to come out of her bedroom. I feel sad every now and then, but I just try to remember her smiling and laughing and all the good memories. I know I’m always going to miss her and that’s okay.

*Takes a long deep breath…

Alright, well I wasn’t planning on getting personal or emotional on this post, but I hope you understand.

Now, let’s get back to my January and February Monthly Wrap-Up!

Remember to click the book titles to read my reviews and view the posts. 

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THE SECRET TO DATING YOUR BEST FRIEND’S SISTER

by Meghan Quinn

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A Deliciously Charming, Wonderfully Witty, & Satisfyingly Entertaining Romance 

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I’ve promoted a few of Meghan Quinn’s books before and added some on my TBR. I don’t why it took me SO LONG to actually read one, but I absolutely loved this book and her writing so I can honestly say that Quinn just made it to My Favorite New to Me Authors 2019. This book was incredibly amusing, sexy, adorable, hilarious, and just really fun! Definitely an awesome book to start the new year.

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RUTHLESS KING (KINGS OF RITTENHOUSE #3)

by Maya Hughes

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A wonderful and emotionally affecting second chance romance

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Maya really knows how to reel you in and get you hooked! I’m completely addicted to this series and loved so many things about Ruthless King. The writing was easy to read and incredibly affecting, the pacing was great, and the plot had me glued to the pages the entire time. I enjoyed the tension, the drama, the humor, the romance, the friendships, the sweet and sexy moments and the heart-wrenching scenes that had me in tears.

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MATCH ME IF YOU CAN 

by Tiana Smith

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Deliciously Fun, Charmingly Entertaining and Wonderfully Addictive 

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Deliciously fun and wonderfully addictive, Match Me If You Can was an absolute delight to read and I savored every moment until the very last page. As a debut author, Tiana Smith proved that she knows how to bring on the FEELS and she did it amazingly. She created an adorably charming, funny, and sweet story that had me glued to the pages.

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REND (RIVEN #2)

by Roan Parrish

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Intriguing and emotional, but in the end just wasn’t my cup of tea. 2hearts

Rend was an intriguing and emotional story that I unfortunately and eventually found to be quite exhausting and not in the way I wanted. I really don’t like it when I have to DNF a book…especially a book that a lot of people seem to really love.

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THE FALLBACK

by Mariah Dietz

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Charming and fun with the perfect dose humor, heart and so much happy

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Overall, I had fun reading this book. Charmingly predictable, funny, and adorable, The Fallback left had the perfect dose of humor, heart and so much happy. Not only was it romantic, but also inspiring, affecting, and a wonderful story about LOVE — love between family and friends, love for what you do in life, love for the person you want to spend your life with, and most importantly love for yourself.

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THE GILDED WOLVES

by Roshani Chokshi

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Absolutely dazzling, breathtakingly gorgeous, and deliciously thrilling.

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I didn’t post my review for this book on my blog, so I’ll be linking the one from Goodreads. I also really want to reread this one again cause I remember really enjoying it, but now I can’t seem to remember certain details.

I loved The Star-Touched Queen and Chokshi’s writing style is simply beautiful so I was beyond excited when I won an ARC of The Gilded Wolves from Bookish First. I was really looking forward to having an epic adventure and this book did not disappoint. The pacing was good and I never felt bored. Even if some parts were kind of weird and a little bit confusing, I was still completely enthralled by everything! From the wildly captivating writing, mesmerizing world-building, action-packed plot, and rambunctious characters, this book undoubtedly charmed me. Chokshi created such a fascinatingly gorgeous world I never want to leave. It’s full of wonder, mystery, danger and magic and I just couldn’t get enough.

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TWO THOUSAND YEARS 

by M. Dalto

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An Addictive and Magically Entertaining Tale that Captured My Heart

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I’m over the moon in love with this book and had so much fun. Aside from some minor hiccups here and there, I thought Dalto created a uniquely alluring world, a thrilling adventure, and fantastic characters that not only captured my interest, but also my heart. Her writing style was effortlessly intriguing and engaging. The plot was fast-paced and delightfully entertaining. It had the perfect mix of suspense, action, drama, twists, and humor that had me relentlessly flipping through the pages.

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ONE DAY

by A.M. Salinger

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Sinfully Sweet, Sultry and Fun

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I thought this story was interesting and the characters were all likable. However, I just don’t think I’m that into the series to go back and read all the other books. Yes, it was sweet, steamy, funny, and heartwarming and I really liked the writing, but it was just missing something. I don’t know, maybe if I did read the other books first I would be more invested…maybe. That being said, I do like the characters and their relationships. I thought the couple pairings were adorable and I enjoyed the friendships. The plot felt a bit cluttered at times, but it was still entertaining. There was plenty of drama, but also some lighthearted moments that kept me reading.

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february

After coming back from my vacation, I was sick and super jetlagged. Good thing it was President’s Day weekend and I had a few days to rest up and recover. I didn’t read until I was back working and believe it or not… I actually managed to get through 5 books in 7 days. I guess you could say I was extremely motivated…THAT and I’m still trying to catch up and review all the ARCs and requests I have. My March was even better, but I’ll get to that on my March Wrap-Up Post. I still have this weekend to read and I’m hoping to finish 3 books so we will see…

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THE CRUSH COLLISION 

by Danielle Ellison

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It’s been a while since I’ve read Entangled Teen Crush books and I’ve honestly really missed everything about these adorable stories. Okay, so they’re a bit predictable, mushy and cheesy, but in the best possible ways that will make you smile, laugh, feel young and giddy, and sometimes even cry. They’re delightful to read, entertaining, and wonderfully affecting. The Crush Collision was no exception and I fell in love with the story, the relationships, the characters and being back in Culler.

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DEAR ADAM 

by Kelsie Stelting

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Charming, Sweet, and Beautifully Affecting

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Dear Adam was an unputdownable story about friendship, honesty, self-discovery, and love. With plenty of adorably heartwarming scenes, light and fun moments, and a swoon worthy romance, this book had me smiling, laughing, and feeling all the wonderful FEELS. I highly recommend you add this delightfully entertaining book to your TBR!

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EMBER BURNING

by Jennifer Alsever

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 A Wickedly Mesmerizing, Utterly Thrilling, and Deliciously Twisted Tale  

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Alsever’s spellbindingly gorgeous writing style lured me in and never let go. It was wickedly mesmerizing, utterly thrilling and deliciously twisted and I was wonderfully entertained. I enjoyed the unique world-building, the mystery behind Trinity Forest, the supernatural elements, the intriguing characters, and the romance. This book without a doubt exceeded my expectations and I cannot recommend it enough.

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CHANCE

by Mark Feder

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An Oddly Fascinating and Thought-Provoking Coming of Age Story3hearts

This book was weirdly fascinating, occasional humorous, and quite entertaining. It was easy to read, the pacing was good, the characters were quirky and likable, and the plot was intriguing. However, I found myself having a difficult time connecting with the story and Jeremy. The writing style was decent, but some of the dialogue didn’t flow that well and there seemed to be a lot of “telling” rather than feeling and experiencing the story.

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HOLLYWOOD PRINCESS 

by Natasha Madison

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Deliciously Intoxicating and Absolutely Swoontastic 

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I finished this amazing and gorgeously written romance in less than 24 hours and it was such a delight and fantastic read. It’s the first book I’ve read by Madison and I’m already in love with her storytelling and cannot wait to read more! If you’re looking for a heart-pounding, deliciously intense, and steamy romance with plenty of playful bantering and swoony moments between a scorching hot alpha with a heart of gold and a feisty and lovable heroine, then you need to pick this book up right now. You will not regret it!

I just realized that I use “deliciously” A LOT in my reviews. I wonder if I’m always hungry when I’m writing… Whatevs now that I’m aware, it’s sort of bugging me, but I doubt I’ll stop using it haha. I love that word. 

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Well, that’s my January and February Wrap-up. Did you read any of these books? What did you think? Are any of these on your TBR? If not, are there any you’d add on your TBR? Let’s chat and leave me a comment down below.

Hope you lovelies have a beautiful and DELICIOUSLY fun and relaxing weekend!!

sincerelykjologo

ARC Review – You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn

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Happy Friday my lovelies! I hope you all had a wonderful week. Today, I have my review for You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn. This beautiful book absolutely touched my heart and made me feel so much swoons and warm fuzzies and I can’t wait to share Annie and Clay’s story with you.

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Expected Publication: April 2, 2019

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Genre(s): Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance April 2,2019

Format: Hardcover, 304 Pages

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AMAZONBARNES AND NOBLEGOOGLE PLAY – BOOK DEPOSITORY 

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Annie Mathers is America’s sweetheart and heir to a country music legacy full of all the things her Gran warned her about. Superstar Clay Coolidge is most definitely going to end up one of those things.

But unfortunately for Clay, if he can’t convince Annie to join his summer tour, his music label is going to drop him. That’s what happens when your bad boy image turns into bad boy reality. Annie has been avoiding the spotlight after her parents’ tragic death, except on her skyrocketing YouTube channel. Clay’s label wants to land Annie, and Clay has to make it happen.

Swayed by Clay’s undeniable charm and good looks, Annie and her band agree to join the tour. From the start fans want them to be more than just tour mates, and Annie and Clay can’t help but wonder if the fans are right. But if there’s one part of fame Annie wants nothing to do with, it’s a high-profile relationship. She had a front row seat to her parents’ volatile marriage and isn’t interested in repeating history. If only she could convince her heart that Clay, with his painful past and head over heels inducing tenor, isn’t worth the risk.

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Stunning and an unforgettable love story that will tug at your heartstrings

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Totally crying ugly, but happy tears here. Oh and also smiling like a dork cause this book was absolutely amazing! You’d Be Mine by Erin Hanh unexpectedly captured my heart and I am forever going to be in love with Annie and Clay! I loved their story, their personalities, their struggles, their success, their romance, and just… I LOVED EVERYTHING about this wonderful book and I just can’t stop gushing about it.

Filled with irresistible charm, intriguing drama and tension, deliciously adorable swoons, and so much HEART, I found myself enamored and glued to the pages. It was intoxicating, moving, and consuming and I enjoyed every moment. The prose was absolutely gorgeous and made me FEEL so much more than I expected. My heart ached painfully and I honestly could not stop my tears from falling. The storyline was well-developed, captivating, and wonderfully emotional. The alternating POVs were fantastic and reading Annie and Clay’s thoughts, feelings, fears, and insecurities was utterly heartbreaking at times, but also so real, raw and beautiful.

I adored all the characters and had so much fun getting to know them. Annie and Clay were fantastic leads and I rooted for them the entire time. They were both carrying so much pain, anger, and grief and it was so heartwarming to see that their passion for music brought them together. I liked the supporting cast too and thought they were charming and likable. I loved the friendship, loyalty, and support they gave each other. I also really liked that they weren’t always put together and showed their vulnerabilities. They all just seemed so relatable and real and I really loved all their interactions, bantering, and sweet moments.

An unforgettable debut that will tug at your heartstrings, You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn was truly a pleasure to read. It was beautifully written, absolutely magnetic, incredibly touching, and adorably sweet. It’s such a lovely story about family, forgiveness, passion, music, and love. Clay and Annie sang their way into my heart and I could not have pictured a better ending for them. This stellar book is destined to be a favorite and a must-read this summer and I cannot recommend it enough.

If you love books that can make you laugh, cry, swoon, and have so much love and hope in your hearts, then you need this book on your TBR!!!!

I received an advance reader copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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(These were taken from the ARC. Final publication may be different. Please don’t read if you don’t want spoilers).

I’m shaken and thunderstuck and electrified to the point of jittery. He’s a fiery summer storm and I’m in the middle of an open field.

No, what we have is somehting more; we have magnetism. Chemistry is give-and-take; magnetism sucks you in like a black hole. Annie sucked me into her universe back at the fair-grounds last summer, and her hold has yet to release me.

“Oh, I want you. Never doubt that. But now isn’t the right time. So I’m going to turn around, walk through that door” — his mouth twitches in the corner — ” and pretend to sleep while replaying that kiss until I give up and drown myself in  a cold shower.

This song is a confession and a condemnation in one; regretting something that was over before it even began. But I know, I know, it would have been big. It would have been real and true and sappy as hell. We would have been a love story for the ages.

That settles it. I can’t let him walk away from me now. Or ever, probably. Everything about him and me and this moment and his lips and that smile and the way his words are like balm to my soul — all of it — means I can’t let him go. He’s mine now. In a way, it feels like we’ve belonged to each other all along. even back when he was just a voice over the loudspeakers at Youngstars, my heart knew it was done for. We just had to grow up some. Stilld do, I’m sure. Only now, I’m ready to grow alongside him if he’ll let me.

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(Mini bio and photo taken from author’s website)

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Erin Hahn spent the first half of her life daydreaming in a small town in northern Illinois. She fell in love with words in college when she wrote for the campus paper, covering everything from drag shows to ice fishing and took way too much liberty with a history essay on the bubonic plague.

She started writing her own books when her little sister gave her shade about a country music-themed Twilight fanfic. By day, Erin gets to share her favorite stories with her elementary students. By night, she writes swoons. She married her own YA love interest whom she met on her first day of college and has two kids who are much, much cooler than she ever was at their age. She lives in Michigan, aka the greenest place on earth and has a cat, Gus, who plays fetch.

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Hope you enjoyed reading my review and get to meet Annie and Clay. I really enjoyed this story and cannot wait to read more from Erin Hahn.

Have you read this book? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you.

sincerelykjologo