ARC Review – Side Game by Nicole Loufas


Here’s another book I finished a while back and reviewed on Goodreads and Netgalley. I think I read this around Decemeber last year and just somehow forgot to post it here so viola!!! Better super duper late than never.




Published: September 30th 2018

Genre(s): Romance

Format: Paperback, Ebook




Adulting is a foreign concept to a man who spends all of his money on designer underwear and body waxing.

Giovanni’s life is funded by the women who pay top dollar for his company.
Being wanted isn’t the same as being loved.

And being desired doesn’t mean you’re needed.

When his best friend’s ex shows up in the middle of the night begging for a shoulder to cry on; Gio isn’t prepared for what happens next. Not in his bed and certainly not in his heart.



A sexy and fun quick read that you can devour in one sitting

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Side Game by Nicole Loufas was a nice little treat – a sexy fun quick read that you can devour in one sitting.

The beginning seemed really promising, so I was expecting endless of swoons and spice. There were plenty for sure, but I have to admit… I wasn’t crazy about everything. I thought the storyline was good, the characters were interesting, and the drama was quite intense. It was just missing that “it” factor for me. Maybe I need to read the first book or maybe I just wasn’t particularly fond of how the story was set up. That being said, even though I wasn’t ridiculously hooked, I was still intrigued enough to keep going and I’m really glad I did because the ending was satisfyingly delicious and so heartwarming. I also really enjoyed the humor and there were some really outrageous moments that made me laugh out loud. By the end, I definitely felt like I had gotten what I needed from this book – a sexy, relaxing, and entertaining few hours.

The romance wasn’t what I thought it would be, so I actually didn’t know how to feel about it…at least not at first. I was into it in the beginning, then I wasn’t and then I was and then not. I don’t know why, but for more than half of the story, I just didn’t like Gio and Leeyan together that much. I didn’t feel the sparks right away and even when they were in the friend zone, I couldn’t understand how they were just okay with each other. But, just as the story got really spicy towards the end, so did the chemistry between Gio and Leeyan. So yes, they won me over and as cheesy as it was, I liked the way their relationship turned out. Not perfect, still complicated, but full of love, laughter, and hope.

The characters were all relatable in their owns ways. I really liked Leeyan from the start and thought she was uniquely interesting. I liked that she wasn’t afraid to admit her flaws and insecurities. I admired her opinion on things and her determination to right her wrongs. I wouldn’t say I was instantly drawn to Gio, but he had this charming sex appeal and personality that kept me interested. I did want to slap him a few times, but in the end, I was totally swooning over him. Without a doubt, my favorite character was Lulu. She’s just too smart, spunky and so cute.

Overall, I wasn’t head over heels in love, but I felt the swoons, got a few laughs and had a a really fun time reading this book. Oh and the Twilight references were just the best!! So if you’re looking for a quick romance story to read, then pick this up!

I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. All thoughts, opinions, and feels are my own.



Nicole was born and raised in California. She claims to be a San Francisco native, however she’s lived in both Northern and Southern California. She credits her creativity to the fact that she attended 12 schools between kindergarten and her senior year in high school. Her nomadic childhood allowed her to reinvent herself often. Some might call her a liar. While others see the stories she told as a coping mechanism. Twelve schools, six cities, in thirteen years – give her a break. Today she channels her storytelling ability into writing novels.

Long story short – kids that lie become writers.




As always, thanks for reading and have a fantastic day loves!


ARC Review – Accidentally in Love with the Pilot by Teri Anne Stanley


Hello Loves and Happy Thanksgiving!! Hope everyone is having a wonderful day so far. Today, I’m sharing my review for Accidentally in Love with the Pilot by Teri Anne Stanley. I had this in my drafts for months now and totally forgot that I hadn’t scheduled it to post, so here I am. Happy Reading Bookish Friends! divider4




Publication Date: September 13th 2018

Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC (Lovestruck)

Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance

Pages: Ebook 255 pages




Fighter pilot Ben Rutledge loves his solitude. Which means spending a month of leave in overcrowded, over-glitzy Las Vegas isn’t up his alley, especially after his friend ditches him. His first inclination is to bow out, and quickly. Instead, he finds himself sharing drinks—and a whole lot more—with a sexy woman celebrating her birthday. After all, it’s just one night, and he can go back to his quiet life tomorrow.

Megan Shuttlekrump doesn’t have time for a boyfriend, much less a husband. But a night of celebratory drinks with a handsome stranger ends with a ring on her finger—and no memory of how it got there. Her new “husband” is over the top hot, but he’ll be out of her life once his leave is over. As long as they can find out which of the thousand or so chapels in Vegas married them…




Charming, Witty, and Irresistibly Entertaining!

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Accidentally in Love with the Pilot by Teri Anne Stanley was a delightfully addictive read. It’s charming, witty, and irresistibly entertaining.

I’m so incredibly smitten with this book! Within the first few pages, I knew I would enjoy this and I really did. It’s not emotionally intense or moving, but the storyline was so absurdly fun and humorous. And even if it wasn’t an emotional or heart-rending story, there were some good moments that had me tearing up. Sometimes, an easy and fast paced fluffy read is just what I need when life gets too hectic and stressful. Accidentally in Love with the Pilot was adorable, funny, and a very refreshing and relaxing book and I had such a wonderful time reading Ben and Megan’s story.

With drunken shenanigans, accidental marriage, loud and rambunctious family members, steamy scenes, and all the hilarious and heartwarming moments, this book was an exciting read until the end. The writing was engaging, lighthearted and captivatingly fun. The plot was quite predictable, but was well-paced and perfectly balanced with humor, charm and swoons that I didn’t really mind if there weren’t any crazy twists. I smiled, laughed, and got a healthy dose of swoons and warm fuzzies, and honestly, that’s a big win for me. I do have to say that the author gave the readers a lovely little surprise in the end… oh wait.. I mean surprises…

Megan and Ben’s chemistry was seriously off the charts and I rooted so hard for them. Yeah, these type of stories has been done before, but there was just something so adorable between these two that it was so fun watching them deal with their wonderfully awesome mishap. They were also incredibly likable that it was so easy to care about what would happen to them. And that ending… that was really an amazing way to wrap up their story.

I was also very fond of Megan’s crazy family. They were needy, loud, rambunctious, and overly dramatic sometimes, but they all had Megan’s best interests at heart. You could just feel the love and admiration they had for each other and that was so endearing. Ben’s mother and grandmother were amazing too and I enjoyed the scenes with them. I actually wished that they had been more present in the story cause they seemed like interesting and wonderful characters.

This book swept me off my feet and had me soaring through plenty of heartwarming, sexy and swoontabulous feels. Accidentally in Love with the Pilot was a lot of fun to read and Ben and Megan were just so adorably cute together. If you love easy to read romantic comedies with a lot of sweetness and little spice, humor, charm, and the crazy butterflies, then this might just be the perfect read for you.

I received an advance reader copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. All thoughts, opinions, and swoons are my own.



teriannestanleyTERI ANNE STANLEY has been writing since she could hold a crayon–though learning to read was a huge turning point in her growth as a writer. Teri’s first stories involved her favorite Saturday morning cartoon characters, followed by her favorite teen idols.  Under her day job name, she has co-authored many scientific articles, and was The Three Ingredient Gourmet recipe columnist for ten years. Now she writes sassy, fun romance about strong, smart women and hunky, heroic guys.

Along with a variety of adult offspring and dogs, she and Mr. Stanley enjoy boating and relaxing at their weekend estate, located on the Southern shores of the Ohio River, within spitting distance of Rabbit Hash, Kentucky.





I hope you enjoyed reading my review.

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