Review: Listen To Me by Kristen Proby

11th Apr 2016 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2016, Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Listen To Me by Kristen ProbyListen To Me by Kristen Proby
Series: Fusion #1
Published by William Morrow
Pub Date: April 12th 2016
Pages: 336
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Goodreads
4 Stars

In New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristen Proby’s brand new series, five best friends open a hot new restaurant, but one of them gets much more than she bargained for when a sexy former rock star walks through the doors—and into her heart.

Seduction is quickly becoming the hottest new restaurant in Portland, and Addison Wade is proud to claim 1/5 of the credit. She’s determined to make it a success and can’t think of a better way to bring in new customers than live music. But when former rock star Jake Keller swaggers through the doors to apply for the weekend gig, she knows she’s in trouble. Addie instantly recognizes him—his posters were plastered all over her bedroom walls in high school—he’s all bad boy...exactly her type and exactly what she doesn’t need.

Jake Keller walked away from the limelight five years ago and yearns to return to what’s always driven him: the music. If he gets to work for a smart-mouthed, funny-as-hell bombshell, all the better. But talking Addie into giving him the job is far easier than persuading her that he wants more than a romp in her bed. Just when she begins to drop her walls, Jake’s past finally catches up with him.

Will Addie be torn apart once again or will Jake be able to convince her to drown out her doubts and listen to her heart?

I picked a copy of this book at ALAMW in Boston this January. I was browsing the HarperCollins booth when the cover instantly caught my eye. I picked it up, read the synopsis, and knew I HAD to get myself a copy. Sadly, they were not giving them out at that moment, so it kind of put a damper on my instabook high (yes, I just made this term up). Luckily for me, they put out A TON of them later on, and I made sure all my friends had this book on their radar and got themselves a copy too.

I’m happy to report that I was not let down! Listen to Me has really great, fleshed out characters. It’s the first book in a series, so we meet everyone, but it didn’t feel like a set-up for the others which happens quite often with first books in series.

Addison and Jake have really great chemistry from the start. Their banter was really great, as she is a smart-ass and he has this charming-cocky thing going on. I will admit I found some parts cheesy at times, like that song toward the end… I was also disappointed with their conflict and breakup/makeup toward the end because it felt so overblown. Neither of these things were enough to make an impact on my overall experience though, so still very much recommend you read it!

These two start out as friends but that quickly turns into more, and things got reeeeeeally steamy. This book turned out to be a lot racier than I was expecting! Not that that’s a bad thing, but I thought I should mention it in case it’s helpful to others. I liked that he was bossy in bed but a total sweetheart all the other times. That’s how all guys should me, amirite?! ;)

Addison runs a restaurant with her four best friends, and these girls are AWESOME. I loved all their scenes together, but there’s this one where they get drunk and that was my favorite because their dialogue was so funny.

I can’t wait to read each of other girls’ books but I may pick up Kristen Proby’s other books in the meantime because I enjoyed her writing very much.

 

 

About Kristen Proby

Kristen Proby

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Kristen Proby is the author of the bestselling With Me In Seattle and Love Under the Big Sky series. She has a passion for a good love story and strong, humorous characters with a strong sense of loyalty and family. Her men are the alpha type; fiercely protective and a bit bossy, and her ladies are fun, strong, and not afraid to stand up for themselves. Kristen lives in Montana, where she enjoys coffee, chocolate and sunshine. And naps.

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Review: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

6th Apr 2016 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2016, Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Ugly Love by Colleen HooverUgly Love by Colleen Hoover
Narrator: Deacon Lee, Grace Grant
Published by Atria Books, Simon & Schuster Audio
Pub Date: August 5th 2014
Pages: 324
Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
Format: Audiobook | Source: Library
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Buy the book! | Goodreads
3 Stars

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she doesn't think it's love at first sight. They wouldn't even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn't want love, she doesn't have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don't expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can't handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

So Ugly Love had my emotions on a rollercoaster. I felt just about everything under the sun for these two people. To me, “ugly love” is when two people in a relationship hurt each other but can’t seem to stay apart. And in that sense, is it really “love” though? I do know what it’s like to have a sort of thing close to what Tate and Miles had. I know what it’s like to be with a guy that doesn’t want anything beyond a physical relationship, and I saw a lot of my past self in Tate. I know what it’s like to stick it out hoping for more, and I know what it’s like to feel worthless and used after, and I know what it’s like not being able to stop myself from doing it again and again. I remember a friend saying to me, “You’re stupid.” And I was, and I knew it way before she said it to me. What I had with him was ugly… but it wasn’t love. Luckily I was able to break out of that cycle and find REAL love with someone worthy of my affections. So, I get Tate. But even though I “got” her, she also made me so frustrated a lot of the time. I wished so many times that she’d just tell him to fuck off and leave.

Now, Miles… Miles, Miles, Miles. Miles, for all his faults, is a good guy and he really did care about Tate, but not as much as he cared about continuing to feel bad about himself. I felt for him and everything he’d been through. But I thought he fought the thing with Tate for way too long and really made a mess of things with her. Now for those who have read the book, here’s another thought, a bit spoilery… View Spoiler »

With that said, I do want to point out that I feel this story would fall under the “exception” and not the “rule” (any He’s Just Not That Into You fans out there?!) for these types of relationships/situations/arrangements… me being proof of this. But as a fictional story goes, it made a compelling one for me.

Audiobook Notes

Tate was voiced by Grace Grant and she did a wonderful job. I really enjoyed her performance. Now, Deacon Lee’s Miles was a bit tough at first. I kept hearing a bit of a John Malkovich accent happening and I did not like it. Luckily there’s not as much of him as there is Grace, so I was able to stick it out and by the end I hardly heard it anymore. Overall I’m glad I did this one on audio.

 

 

About Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Slammed, This Girl, Point of Retreat, Hopeless, Losing Hope, Finding Cinderella, Maybe Someday, Ugly Love, Maybe Not, Confess, and November 9. She lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys.

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Challenges Update: March 2016!

2nd Apr 2016 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2016, Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge, Reading Challenges

Challenges Update: March 2016!

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Hi guys!!

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I didn’t do spectacularly these last couple of months with my one challenge, haha. I read three books for this challenge, and here they are:

Call Me, Maybe by Ellie Cahill4 Stars – This one was really cute!! Keep an eye out for a Bitsy Words post on this one soon. :)
November 9 by Colleen Hoover5 Stars – First CoHo read and it was a winner! Read my review HERE!
Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover3 Stars – Still mulling this one over but I think I’ll post something on it soon too.

 

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Still going strong! Between the last two months I read six romances.

Addicted to You by Krista Ritchie – 2 stars – I was really excited about this book and it turned out to be a total dud. I hated both the main characters and definitely wasn’t rooting for their unhealthy relationship.

Wild Reckless by Ginger Scott – 2 stars

Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid – 5 stars – I absolutely loved this book. It was an awesome romance and story about the main character figuring out who she is and what she wants.

November 9 by Colleen Hoover – 4 stars – Colleen Hoover is an author that never seems to let me down when it comes to romance. Jess wrote a great review for this book not too long ago.

Losing It by Cora Carmack – 3 stars – I liked this book, it was a really cute romance.

 

I read 9 books for this challenges, but some of the romance books crossed over.
 
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (Start a series) – 4 stars – I completely understand why everyone recommends this book. I loved every minute of it. Sarah J Maas never seems to disappoint.
Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Brennan (New release) – 3 stars – I was disappointed with this book. I just couldn’t get drawn into the story.
Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling (Goodreads winner) – 3 stars – This was funny, but I enjoyed her first book a lot more.
Wild Reckless by Ginger Scott (Goodreads nominee) – 2 stars – Nothing too special about this book. Typical bad boy/good girl romance.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (Book to movie) – 5 stars – Loved, loved, loved this book! Can’t wait to see the movie and read the sequel.
Zero Day by Jan Gangsei (Debut) – 4 stars – This was a really interest political drama.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (Start a series) – 4 stars
The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow (Start a series) – 3 stars – I wasn’t crazy about this book, it was ok but I don’t think I’ll be continuing the series.
Winter by Marissa Meyer (Finish a series) – 5 stars – I thought this was a perfect ending to the Lunar Chronicles series. I loved that we got to see pieces of every characters journey.

 

Have you read any of these? Tell me what you thought!

 

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Contemporary Romance Challenge: April Link-Up

1st Apr 2016 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2016, Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge

Contemporary Romance Challenge: April Link-Up

Helloooooo, friends!

Is it seriously April already?! Wow. This month I listened to a few romance audiobooks that I really enjoyed! Look for more on those tomorrow in my update post. :)  I hope March was a great romance reading month for you all.

If you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge, be sure to do so first HERE. If not, your entries will not count toward the giveaway. I know, right. Mean mom!

If you have March posts or reviews make sure you post your links in the March Link-up, which closes on Apr. 5th!

Monthly Link-Up And Giveaway Details:

  • Your thoughts on each book you read must be posted somewhere, like your blog, Goodreads, Amazon, YouTube, Tumblr, etc., in order for it to count towards this challenge. Ratings on Goodreads, LibraryThing, BookLikes, etc. will also work.
  • Monthly link-up posts will go live the first day of each month so you can add your links throughout the month as your posts go up. Each linky will remain open five days into each new month to allow you some time to get all your posts linked up!
  • In order for us to tell what you’re linking to on the monthly linky, the format for the links you enter need to be as follows:
    • UPDATE POST @ your name/blog name.
    • REVIEW: [BOOK TITLE] @ your name/blog name.
    • MONTHLY TOPIC @ your name/blog name.
  • Each month we’ll choose a lucky winner from that month’s linky to win a Contemporary Romance novel of their choice (up to US$10).
  • Each link you enter in that month’s linky will count as one entry into the giveaway.
  • Challenge and Giveaways are open internationally. (As long as The Book Depository ships to your country, you are eligible for a prize.)

Monthly Topics:

  • Each monthly link-up post will include a Contemporary Romance topic for you to participate in if you’d like.
  • Monthly Topic posts can go up anytime in the specified month. Link them up as follows: MONTHLY TOPIC @ your name/blog name.
  • These posts will also earn you an entry in the monthly giveaway as long as you link back to them.

 

This month’s topic:

Top Ten Contemporary Romances (of all time?)

Ok, so you can blame Danielle for the “of all time” part if it’s too hard for you, because I know this one was hard for me. haha Thanks, D!! 

Here’s 5 adult, and 5 YA romance titles I would consider favorites….

Adult

Waiting On You (Blue Heron #3) by Kristan Higgins
Until There Was You by Kristan Higgins
Sugar Daddy (The Travises #1) by Lisa Kleypas
Head Over Heels (Lucky Harbor #3) by Jill Shalvis
Yours to Keep (Kowalski Family #3) by Shannon Stacey

YA

Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Something like Normal by Trish Doller
This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

 

If you have any questions, please email Jess ([email protected]) or Danielle ([email protected]). Also, make sure you follow us on Twitter (@gonewiththeword & @loveatfirstpage) for challenge updates and reminders! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #ContRom2016 to follow everyone’s challenge updates on Twitter!

 

 

 

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Review: The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher

23rd Mar 2016 Tamara @ Gone with the Words 2016, Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge, Reviews, Reviews by Tamara

Review: The Opportunist by Tarryn FisherThe Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher
Series: Love Me with Lies #1
Published by Author
Pub Date: November 14th 2011
Pages: 278
Format: eBook | Source: Purchased
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Buy the book! | Goodreads
4.5 Stars

Olivia Kaspen has just discovered that her ex-boyfriend, Caleb Drake, has lost his memory. With an already lousy reputation for taking advantage of situations, Olivia must decide how far she is willing to go to get Caleb back. Wrestling to keep her true identity and their sordid past under wraps, Olivia’s greatest obstacle is Caleb’s wicked, new girlfriend; Leah Smith. It is a race to the finish as these two vipers engage in a vicious tug of war to possess a man who no longer remembers them. But, soon enough Olivia must face the consequences of her lies, and in the process discover that sometimes love falls short of redemption.

Olivia and Caleb, these two are just one crazy and toxic couple. They both do some pretty extreme things in the name of love. Olivia and Caleb meet in college and their twisted story just spirals on from there. It’s hard to talk about details because there are so many twists and turns in this book that really shouldn’t be spoiled.

Olivia goes to extremes to get Caleb back and keep him. After their relationship ends, Olivia feel like she is getting another chance when she sees Caleb in a music store one day and he doesn’t seem to recognize her. She could tell him the truth or she could stick to her scheming ways and try to make things right with him again. Obviously, she chooses not to tell the truth and just go with it. Olivia is definitely complicated, she loves Caleb but she screws things up left and right.

Now lets talk about Caleb, he blames Olivia for a lot of things when he is equally guilty, if not a little more. I can’t say too much about what he does without giving things away, but let’s just say Olivia is not the only manipulative one. I had a problem with Caleb, he’s so quick to blame everything on Olivia but he’s not perfect at all. He made a lot of mistakes in their relationship and instead of owning it he just seems too pass the blame on to Olivia. He’s a pretty shady character himself.

Another major player in this book is Leah, she’s Caleb’s current girlfriend when he gets amnesia.  She is even more manipulative than Olivia and down right evil at times, it seems like Caleb has a type. She is not just sitting around letting Olivia have Caleb, she is fighting for him, and she’s fighting dirty. By the end of the book you just want her gone.

I’ve seen a lot of ranting about the ending of this book but I thought it was fitting. It was exactly how I thought these two would end up. It may not make everyone happy but I think it’s realistic.

Olivia and Caleb are not perfect, it’s hard to even tell if they’re good people. This isn’t a classic love story, sometimes it’s hard to root for them and it’s definitely not a fairytale. The Opportunist is a unique take on a love story where the two main characters are crazy about each other, but have no clue how to make things right.

 

 

About Tarryn Fisher

Tarryn Fisher

Tarryn Fisher is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of five novels, and is currently working on two more (Marrow and the second installment of Never Never). She is the co-founder of Clothed Caption, a fashion blog she runs with her friend, Madison Seidler. Tarryn resides in the Seattle area with her family. She loves rainy days, Coke, and thinks Instagram is the new Facebook. Tarryn is represented by Amy Tannenbaum of the Jane Rotrosen Agency.

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Review: November 9 by Colleen Hoover

21st Mar 2016 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2016, Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: November 9 by Colleen HooverNovember 9 by Colleen Hoover
Narrator: Zachary Webber, Angela Goethals
Published by Atria Books, Simon & Schuster Audio
Pub Date: November 10th 2015
Pages: 310
Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
Format: Audiobook | Source: Library
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Buy the book! | Goodreads
5 Stars

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.

Can Ben’s relationship with Fallon—and simultaneously his novel—be considered a love story if it ends in heartbreak?

Full disclosure: I went into this novel without even reading the synopsis. I just knew I wanted to read a Colleen Hoover book and my library had this audiobook available, so I went for it. Impulsivity success story!

I love stories where a couple has this amazing day/days together then part ways but keep reuniting or running into each other throughout the years, only to end up together in the end. I LOVE THEM. A Lot Like Love is a movie with such a story and it’s one of my favorites ever. Yes, even with Ashton Kutcher as the love interest. November 9 is also that type of story. YESSS! Well, except for the twisted parts.

See, there’s more to this story. There’s history and dark secrets and when all of it hits the fan, I really didn’t know how Colleen Hoover would turn things around to give us a happy ending. BUT before all of that, I got to fall in love with two characters that were so open to love but at the same time committed to this crazy plan. All I wanted was for them to love each other and be together but nooooo! Haha I appreciated their journey. The ups and downs they go through really stirred up my emotions which, if I’m being honest, hadn’t happened with a book in a long while.

I’m so happy I decided to finally read a CoHo book and to have started with this one. I’m looking forward to reading a lot more of hers now.

Audiobook Notes

Zachary Webber and Angela Goethals narrated this book wonderfully. They brought these characters to life with such real emotion and character. Really loved it!

 

 

About Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Slammed, This Girl, Point of Retreat, Hopeless, Losing Hope, Finding Cinderella, Maybe Someday, Ugly Love, Maybe Not, Confess, and November 9. She lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys.

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Contemporary Romance Challenge: March Link-Up

1st Mar 2016 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2016, Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge, Reading Challenges

Contemporary Romance Challenge: March Link-Up

Hi, friends!

I can’t believe February is over. It felt really fast, didn’t it?! Well I hope you read more romance books than I did. Keep an eye out for my update this coming weekend.

If you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge, be sure to do so first HERE. If not, your entries will not count toward the giveaway. I know, right. Mean mom!

If you have February posts or reviews make sure you post your links in the February Link-up, which closes on Mar. 5th!

Monthly Link-Up And Giveaway Details:

  • Your thoughts on each book you read must be posted somewhere, like your blog, Goodreads, Amazon, YouTube, Tumblr, etc., in order for it to count towards this challenge. Ratings on Goodreads, LibraryThing, BookLikes, etc. will also work.
  • Monthly link-up posts will go live the first day of each month so you can add your links throughout the month as your posts go up. Each linky will remain open five days into each new month to allow you some time to get all your posts linked up!
  • In order for us to tell what you’re linking to on the monthly linky, the format for the links you enter need to be as follows:
    • UPDATE POST @ your name/blog name.
    • REVIEW: [BOOK TITLE] @ your name/blog name.
    • MONTHLY TOPIC @ your name/blog name.
  • Each month we’ll choose a lucky winner from that month’s linky to win a Contemporary Romance novel of their choice (up to US$10).
  • Each link you enter in that month’s linky will count as one entry into the giveaway.
  • Challenge and Giveaways are open internationally. (As long as The Book Depository ships to your country, you are eligible for a prize.)

Monthly Topics:

  • Each monthly link-up post will include a Contemporary Romance topic for you to participate in if you’d like.
  • Monthly Topic posts can go up anytime in the specified month. Link them up as follows: MONTHLY TOPIC @ your name/blog name.
  • These posts will also earn you an entry in the monthly giveaway as long as you link back to them.

 

This month’s topic:

Favorite Romance Tropes/Themes

 

If you have any questions, please email Jess ([email protected]) or Danielle ([email protected]). Also, make sure you follow us on Twitter (@gonewiththeword & @loveatfirstpage) for challenge updates and reminders! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #ContRom2016 to follow everyone’s challenge updates on Twitter!

 

 

 

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Review: In Real Life by Jessica Love

29th Feb 2016 Rubi @ Gone with the Words 2016, Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge, Reviews, Reviews by Rubi

Review: In Real Life by Jessica LoveIn Real Life by Jessica Love
Published by St. Martin's Griffin
Pub Date: March 1st 2016
Pages: 240
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Buy the book! | Goodreads
3 Stars

Hannah Cho and Nick Cooper have been best friends since 8th grade. They talk for hours on the phone, regularly shower each other with presents, and know everything there is to know about one another. 

There's just one problem: Hannah and Nick have never actually met.

Hannah has spent her entire life doing what she's supposed to, but when her senior year spring break plans get ruined by a rule-breaker, she decides to break a rule or two herself. She impulsively decides to road trip to Las Vegas, her older sister and BFF in tow, to surprise Nick and finally declare her more-than-friend feelings for him.

Hannah's surprise romantic gesture backfires when she gets to Vegas and finds out that Nick has been keeping some major secrets. Hannah knows the real Nick can't be that different from the online Nick she knows and loves, but now she only has one night in Sin City to figure out what her feelings for Nick really are, all while discovering how life can change when you break the rules every now and then.

My first thought when I read this synopsis was “OMG… CATFISH!!!” I had to know what Nick’s big secret was! Is Nick really a girl? Does he look totally different from what Hannah thinks he’s supposed to? Is he older and married?! Etc. A million possibilities crossed my mind and I just had to know!

In Real Life is a super cutesy read about a millennial love story of two people, Hannah and Nick, who were matched up to be friends by their siblings. Hannah’s sister and Nick’s brother met at a concert, hit it off, and both felt their siblings would hit it off as well. For four years now Hannah and Nick have built a super solid friendship filled with tons of inside jokes and real support for one another. Only problem is they’ve never met. She lives in Orange County and he lives in Las Vegas. Hannah is one to always abide by the rules, but it only takes a little bad influence from her hometown bff Lo and her rebellious sister Grace to embark on a roadtrip to Sin City and surprise Nick!

One of my favorite things about this story is the super diverse characters! We have Hannah and Grace who are both Korean, Nick who’s white, and Lo representing Mexicans. A little bit of everything! Hannah plays the more common role of super smart, senior class president, abides by the rules Korean while Grace is the boy crazy black sheep. I loved that Jessica Love didn’t follow any script and really made this story her own.

I’ve got two things to say about Nick that made me really dig his character: His profile picture was the House of Stark logo (#WinterIsComing #TheNorthRemembers) and he went to a super fancy restaurant and ordered tacos. LOL My kind of man!

Although this story is aimed for a younger age group, I could at times relate to some of the characters. Hannah and I are both over thinkers and I found it hilarious how things as simple as someone being an hour late would make her instantly think they must have been kidnapped! I’m not proud of this, but an overactive worrisome imagination is something I suffer from at times. Lol They couldn’t have possibly just ran late; they were obviously in a car accident on their way home and what if the person they crashed with got so angry that they kidnapped them and now have them tied up in their basement!! Haha I shit you not, this really goes through my mind. All in a span of 10 seconds! Those kind of moments when an author writes about something you can really relate to helps you bond with their book in a special way.

There were two major things that really put a damper on the story for me. The first was how bratty and whinny Hannah could be at times. We get it. This is a roadtrip that would not have happened if it wasn’t for you, but bring it down a few notches. I understand that her character is young so I cut her a lot of slack for that, but she really pushed it at times. The second thing I disliked were some of the things done about Nick’s big surprise. I’m keeping this totally spoiler free, so I can’t go into details, but once you read the story you’ll know exactly what I mean. I just wasn’t okay with how things went down and I wish they would’ve been handled better.

All in all, this is a really quick read with a youthful feel. I’ve heard before that reading is a cheap way to travel and this book nails it in that department! Jessica Love does such a great job with description and will have you feeling like you’re in Vegas yourself!

 

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Bitsy Words: The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes

26th Feb 2016 Morgan @ Gone with the Words 2016, Bitsy Words, Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge, Reviews, Reviews by Morgan

Bitsy Words: The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes

Bitsy Words: The Art of Lainey by Paula StokesThe Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes
Series: The Art of Lainey #1
Published by HarperTeen
Pub Date: May 20th 2014
Pages: 376
Format: Paperback | Source: Purchased
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Buy the book! | Goodreads
5 Stars

Soccer star Lainey Mitchell is gearing up to spend an epic summer with her amazing boyfriend, Jason, when he suddenly breaks up with her—no reasons, no warning, and in public no less! Lainey is more than crushed, but with help from her friend Bianca, she resolves to do whatever it takes to get Jason back.

And that’s when the girls stumble across a copy of The Art of War. With just one glance, they're sure they can use the book to lure Jason back into Lainey’s arms. So Lainey channels her inner warlord, recruiting spies to gather intel and persuading her coworker Micah to pose as her new boyfriend to make Jason jealous. After a few "dates", it looks like her plan is going to work! But now her relationship with Micah is starting to feel like more than just a game.

What's a girl to do when what she wants is totally different from what she needs? How do you figure out the person you're meant to be with if you're still figuring out the person you're meant to be? 

One of my favorite contemporaries from the past couple years is The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes (I’ve read it twice!), so in honor of Valentine’s Day this month, here are a few reasons why:

  • It is very swoony and full of banter, and fake dating, and hate-to-love. Basically all of my favorite romantic tropes.
  • I loved Lainey’s character arc, watching her transform from who she thought she should be to who she actually is. It was very well done.
  • I loved the secondary characters, including Lainey’s spacey family, her friend Bianca, and Micah’s sister.
  • MICAH. I. LOVED. MICAH. He was something else. He’s sarcastic but secretly sweet, he’s mysterious, he’s a baker (!!). And the sizzling chemistry he has with Lainey is undeniable.
  • Time to board the ship!!! I marked a bazillion of my favorite Micah/Lainey moments, including my always favorite soccer scene.
  • There is a minor character that reminds me of Chris Evans, always a plus.

Micah would most definitely not approve, but Does He Know by One Direction totally makes me think of this one particular scene between Micah and Lainey at a music show. It reminds me of Lainey coming out of her shell and how she lets Micah see that side of her, a side that she kept hidden from her ex Jason. So now whenever I hear it, I can’t help thinking of Lainey and Micah :)

Do you agree? Have you read The Art of Lainey? Let me know!

 

 

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Challenges Update: January 2016!

6th Feb 2016 Tamara @ Gone with the Words 2016, Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge, Reading Challenges

Challenges Update: January 2016!

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Contemporary Romance Challenge‎

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Last month I read four books for this challenge. Unfortunately, some of them were just disappointing and made me hate romance just a little.

When I’m Back & When I’m Gone by Abbie Glines

2 stars. I think I may be done with this series and with Abbi Glines for a while. These books were both two star ratings from me. I just feel like it’s the same story over and over again. Boy and girl fall in love, boy is a huge player, girl is virginal, innocent and has a shady past, but then she meets the guy and he fixes everything. Every book in the Rosemary Beach series seems to follow this pattern. So no more for me.

The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher

4 stars. This book was really awesome and original. A really twisted love story with characters that you’re not quite sure you should root for. I have a review for this one coming up.

Confess by Colleen Hoover

5 stars. This is only my third Colleen Hoover book by she is turning into one of my favorite. I love her stories and the characters she creates. I really like that she can write love stories that seem new and creative, without being repetitive.

For this month I think I’m going to try to read four more books for this challenge:
Surviving Ice by KA Tucker
Addicted to You by Krista Ritchie
Wild Reckless by Ginger Scott
The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica

6 Square Challenge

I read four books for this challenge and I’m still in the middle of reading Winter, wow that book is long! I had lots of luck with the books I read for this challenge because I ended up loving all of them. Two 5 stars reads in one month, that almost never happens with me!

The Wicked + The Divine Vol 2 (Goodreads Nominee)

5 stars. I loved, loved, loved, this graphic novel. This series just keeps getting better and better. I totally recommend this to everyone even if you’re not into comics.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

4 stars. Even though I heard a lot of great things about this book I was a little hesitant to read it. I am one of the few people who really didn’t like The Grisha series. So, I didn’t know how I would feel about this one. Luckily I really loved this book, the characters were amazing and even though it’s set in the same world as Shadow and Bone, the stories are independent.

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

4 stars. Another great book, I have a review for this one coming up.

Confess by Colleen Hoover

5 stars. I already mentioned this book above but it counts for both challenges since it’s a romance and a Goodreads winner.

Here’s the list of books I’m going to try to read this month. Hopefully, I’ll enjoy them as much as last month’s reads:
The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow (Start of a series)
The Cage by Megan Shepherd (Start of a series)
Zero Day by Jan Gangsei (New Release Debut)
Winter by Marissa Meyer (Finish a series)

 

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I started off the year right and got to knock out quite a few books for my January reading challenges!!

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Goodreads Bookshelf

The 5th Wave  – 4 Stars
The Infinite Sea – 2 Stars

For January, I chose The 5th Wave series since the movie was getting released and I had yet to read the books! Although I had some problems with the first book, I still really enjoyed it and gave it 4 stars. The second book was a real downer for me though and only scored 2 stars. :( I’m still looking forward to reading book 3 when it’s released.

#ContRom2016

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Goodreads Bookshelf

In Real Life – 3 Stars

This was a super cute read about two friends who have never met in person and have only ever talked through phone calls, text, video chats. Hannah finally decides it’s time to meet Nick, so she drives to Vegas to surprise him! What could go wrong right?

#FlightsofFantasy

Goodreads Bookshelf

Soundless – 3 Stars

I actually just had a review for this book go up on the blog yesterday so check it out HERE!

A Thousand Nights – 2 Stars

I think I just went into this story expecting something different and I ended up pretty disappointed.

A Game of Thrones – 5 Stars

Can’t say enough good things about this book!! Not only is the writing fantastic, but the characters are phenomenal! I loved being able to learn even more history of characters that I’ve came to love from watching the tv show.

#RockmyTBR

Goodreads bookshelf

Soundless – 3 Stars

Check out my review on the blog HERE!

The 5th Wave  – 4 Stars

I loved the concept of aliens taking over in “waves” where the humans were left not knowing what to expect next as opposed to bam… flash… everyone DEAD! The last couple of chapters were intense and I was left ready for more…

The Infinite Sea  – 2 Stars

…. but then I read book two (lol) and was not a happy camper. I was confused almost 50% of the time and really had to push myself to finish it. :/

Never Never – 5 Stars

Not only was this book AMAZING, but it was left with such a cliffhanger that I couldn’t be bothered to write a review. I just HAD to hurry and read the next one!

Never Never Part 2 – 4 Stars

So I did! And I really enjoyed book 2! These were super short reads and the story had tons of mystery. I wasn’t the biggest fan of book 3, but I still recommend this series.

 

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I had an ok start to the year. Let’s break it down…

Leaving Amarillo (Neon Dreams, #1) by Caisey Quinn – 2 Stars – Not bad, just… Ok. I’ll still be reading book 3, especially since I read book 2 first by accident and it was a 3 star read. Maybe book 3 will be 4 stars! :)

Listen To Me (Fusion, #1) by Kristen Proby – 4 Stars – Sooooo good! It was just what I needed after that 2 star read. Fun and sexy. Look for a full review closer to the release date in April!

 

 

Tamara @ Gone with the Words

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Contemporary Romance Challenge: February Link-Up

1st Feb 2016 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2016, Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge, Reading Challenges

Contemporary Romance Challenge: February Link-Up

Hello, Fellow Romance Lovers!

Hope you guys are reading some great contemporary romances so far! I know I am. :) If you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge, be sure to do so first HERE. If not, your entries will not count toward the giveaway. I know, right. Mean mom!

If you have January posts or reviews make sure you post your links in the January Link-up, which closes on Feb. 5th!

Monthly Link-Up and Giveaway Details:

  • Your thoughts on each book you read must be posted somewhere, like your blog, Goodreads, Amazon, YouTube, Tumblr, etc., in order for it to count towards this challenge. Ratings on Goodreads, LibraryThing, BookLikes, etc. will also work.
  • Monthly link-up posts will go live the first day of each month so you can add your links throughout the month as your posts go up. Each linky will remain open five days into each new month to allow you some time to get all your posts linked up!
  • In order for us to tell what you’re linking to on the monthly linky, the format for the links you enter need to be as follows:
    • UPDATE POST @ your name/blog name.
    • REVIEW: [BOOK TITLE] @ your name/blog name.
    • MONTHLY TOPIC @ your name/blog name.
  • Each month we’ll choose a lucky winner from that month’s linky to win a Contemporary Romance novel of their choice (up to US$10).
  • Each link you enter in that month’s linky will count as one entry into the giveaway.
  • Challenge and Giveaways are open internationally. (As long as The Book Depository ships to your country, you are eligible for a prize.)

Monthly Topics:

  • Each monthly link-up post will include a Contemporary Romance topic for you to participate in if you’d like.
  • Monthly Topic posts can go up anytime in the specified month. Link them up as follows: MONTHLY TOPIC @ your name/blog name.
  • These posts will also earn you an entry in the monthly giveaway as long as you link back to them.

This month’s topic:

Contemporary Romance for Newbies

For this month’s topic we wanted to highlight books and/or authors people could start out reading if interested in dipping their toes in contemporary romance. If you’re a newbie to the genre you could talk about which ones you’re starting out with.

I’m going to give you a list of authors I think are great for newbies…

Adult

Kristan Higgins | Susan Mallery | Jill Shalvis

 

New Adult

Tammara Webber | Christina Lee | Dahlia Adler

 

Young Adult

Sarah Dessen | Stephanie Perkins | Miranda Kenneally | Huntley Fitzpatrick

 

If you have any questions, please email Jess ([email protected]) or Danielle ([email protected]). Also, make sure you follow us on Twitter (@gonewiththeword & @loveatfirstpage) for challenge updates and reminders! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #ContRom2016 to follow everyone’s challenge updates on Twitter!

Link up!

Jess @ Gone with the Words

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Bitsy Words: Anything for You by Kristan Higgins

29th Jan 2016 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2016, Bitsy Words, Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Bitsy Words: Anything for You by Kristan Higgins

Bitsy Words: Anything for You by Kristan HigginsAnything for You by Kristan Higgins
Series: Blue Heron #5
Published by HQN
Pub Date: December 29th 2015
Pages: 410
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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5 Stars

Before you get down on bended knee…

…you should be pretty darn sure the answer will be yes. For ten years, Connor O'Rourke has been waiting for Jessica Dunn to take their on-again, off-again relationship public, and he thinks the time has come. His restaurant is thriving, she's got her dream job at Blue Heron Vineyard—it's the perfect time to get married.

When he pops the question, however, her answer is a fond but firm no. If it ain't broke, why fix it? Jess has her hands full with her younger brother, who's now living with her full-time, and a great career after years of waitressing. What she and Connor have is perfect: friends with an excellent benefits package. Besides, with her difficult past (and reputation), she's positive married life isn't for her.

But this time, Connor says it's all or nothing. If she doesn't want to marry him, he'll find someone who does. Easier said than done, given that he's never loved anyone but her. And maybe Jessica isn't quite as sure as she thinks…

And thus, one of my favorite Contemporary Romance series comes to an end. *queue the tears*

Connor and Jessica have always been a bit of a mystery, and in Anything For You we find out why! They’ve kept their on-and-off relationship a secret from everyone for YEARS. Jessica had a really rough childhood. She’s grown up having to take care of herself and her brother. She’s super guarded and headstrong (ok, maybe stubborn is the better word), and she also doesn’t believe her and Connor could ever have a real future, due mostly to the fact that her brother HATES him. There’s a whole childhood flashback story that explains the sad circumstances as to why this is the case that totally made me cry. I’m a sucker, ok! There was a dog involved.

Connor is overly positive that if Jessica just let him try, her brother could get past it. He goes above and beyond in this book, but sometimes behind her back and yes, it backfires at a certain point. It felt like Connor was always trying and Jess was always shutting him down, so of course they frustrated me at times. But it all works out in the end! Connor stops trying so hard and Jess learns to let go of the tightly held reigns of her life and they are able to work things out… in the very end. :)

I’m sad to see this series come to a close but it was a great ending. I look forward to seeing what new characters Kristan Higgins will make me fall in love with next.

About Kristan Higgins

Kristan Higgins

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristan Higgins writes down-to-earth romantic comedies…real life, true love and lots of laughs.

Kristan fell in love with romance at the age of 13, when she stole her grandmother’s copy of Shanna by Kathleen Woodiwiss. Much of her adolescence was spent mentally rewriting the end of Gone With the Wind. After a career in public relations and advertising, she started writing fiction when her children graced her life with simultaneous afternoon naps. She is the author of seven romantic comedies and absolutely loves her job. Mom of two great kids, wife of a heroic firefighter and owner of a very cute mutt, Kristan lives in Connecticut.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

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Review: Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira

25th Jan 2016 Morgan @ Gone with the Words 2016, Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge, Reviews, Reviews by Morgan

Review: Bookishly Ever After by Isabel BandeiraBookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira
Series: Ever After #1
Published by Spencer Hill Contemporary
Pub Date: January 19th 2016
Pages: 350
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Buy the book! | Goodreads
4 Stars

In a perfect world, sixteen-year-old Phoebe Martins’ life would be a book. Preferably a YA novel with magic and a hot paranormal love interest. Unfortunately, her life probably wouldn’t even qualify for a quiet contemporary. But when Phoebe finds out that Dev, the hottest guy in the clarinet section, might actually have a crush on her, she turns to her favorite books for advice. Phoebe overhauls her personality to become as awesome as her favorite heroines and win Dev’s heart. But if her plan fails, can she go back to her happy world of fictional boys after falling for the real thing?

I really enjoyed reading Bookishly Ever After, it was sooooo cute! Relatable, swoony, diverse, and the perfect book to start off 2016.  Phoebe reminded me so much of my high school self, as I’m sure many other bookworms can relate. I didn’t read YA in high school (2000-2004, I’m ancient) but I did read a lot of Harry Potter and spy thrillers; I was quiet, somewhere in the middle of the social hierarchy, had a great group of friends (def crushed on one of them), and had a fantasy crush on a super hot guy one year older than me who didn’t know I existed. So yes, I relate :P

One cool thing about this book is that we got to read parts of Phoebe’s favorite books! She was using all the romance tropes and tips in her fantasy and paranormal books for dating advice, and honestly I wanted to read those books too! I really appreciated that the author didn’t name drop current titles, which would make the book feel dated. Instead, she created original titles and excerpts with very familiar characters and storylines, so you definitely got the point. And Phoebe is a YA nut, I love it! I’ve had the feelings she experiences while reading and talking about books, and the scene waiting for her favorite author’s book signing was pitch perfect. I loved the way Bookishly Ever After embraced bookworm culture.

I also loved that Phoebe was’t just a bookworm though; she knits, she practices archery, she goes to dances, and she has close relationships with her friends and family. I loved her group of friends! They tended to be cliches on the outside but so much more once you got to know them. Grace is a popular blonde cheerleader with a girlfriend, Em is the dramatic but loyal theater geek, Alec is a quiet Jewish guy (and the character I feel like we got to know the least), and Dev is the Indian love interest with a flair for musical theater and good natured teasing. It’s a well-rounded group! The background characters aren’t as notable; there are mean girls, vapid jocks, and run of the mill parents. Also you guys: the romance and flirting and omg-I-think-my-friend-has-a-crush-on-me-do-I-like-him-back was SO GREAT! Phoebe was awkward but not in a cringeworthy way and Dev was adorable. I loved their relationship when Phoebe actually let her guard down once in awhile and acted like herself.

There *is* quite a bit of miscommunication which made me want to shake Phoebe because OH MY GOD GIRL, but you know how these books go. And the journey was flirty and cute as heck. We even get a really fun camp counselor sequence in the second half! It reminded me of working with 5th graders and talking Twilight and Harry Potter with them. Connecting with favorite books is great no matter the age of the reader.

Unfortunately, the formatting of the eArc almost made it unreadable- words were out of order and missing, it was irritating. However, I’m glad I kept reading and I’m happy that I preordered a finished copy. I also didn’t love the (totally believable) miscommunication and Phoebe was frustrating at times (sadly reminding me of myself as a teen haha), but I really loved the friendships, the romance, and the diversity of the characters themselves and their hobbies. Bookishly Ever After is a super cute fluffy contemporary that I definitely recommend for fans of The Art of Lainey, Meant to Be, and Anna and the French Kiss. It’s the first in a series of what I’m hoping are companion books. I’d love to get to know more about Alec and I’m sure Em will get her own book too!

 

 

About Isabel Bandeira

Isabel Bandeira

Isabel Bandeira grew up surrounded by trees and lakes in Southern New Jersey, right on the edge of the Pine Barrens. Her summers were always spent in Portugal, where the cathedrals, castles, and ancient tombs only fed her fairy tale obsession. Between all those influences and her serious glitter addiction, it wasn’t a surprise when she started writing stories of her own.

In her free time between writing and her day job as a Mechanical Engineer who designs and develops medical devices, she reads, dances, figure skates, and knits.

Isabel lives in New Jersey with her little black cat, too many books, and a closetful of vintage hats. She is represented by Carrie Howland of Donadio and Olson, IncBOOKISHLY EVER AFTER is her debut novel.

Morgan @ Gone with the Words

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Gone with the Reading Challenges: 2016

13th Jan 2016 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2016, Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge, Reading Challenges

Gone with the Reading Challenges: 2016

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So this year I’ve decided to only participate in one challenge: Contemporary Romance 2016 Reading Challenge, hosted by myself and Danielle @ Love at First Page. Last year I did a bunch and didn’t really keep up with updating and such, so this year we’re going simple. The level I’m picking is: Grand Slam: read 21+ books, which I crushed last year so I’m hoping for a repeat.
Hashtag: #ContRom2016

 

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This is my first year to actually sign up for reading challenges! I signed up for two. Yay for firsts!

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This year Jess (our blog president and founder) of Gone With The Words and Danielle of Love at First Page are hosting this challenge, so of course I had to partake. I typically read some contemporary romances every year, it’s not my most read genre but I do enjoy them a great deal! I also found I own lots of great ones that I haven’t gotten around to reading. I am excited!

I’m picking level 3rd Base: read 11 – 15 books. I am hoping I can read a bit more than my goal but I don’t want to overwhelm myself. Below are the ones I have chosen!
Hashtag: #ContRom2016

Alexa Loves Books and Rachel of Hello, Chelly are hosting the Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge 2016! I am so stoked for this challenge since this is always my most-read genre! I can’t wait to connect with other fellow fantasy-lovers and read all their great recommendations and reviews.

I am challenging myself to read at least 20 fantasy books this year. I have chosen the below books to read for this challenge. I am almost certain this list will grow, but I think this is a good start!
Hashtag #flightsoffantasy

 

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This will be my first year participating in reading challenges and I think I’ve really picked some winners! I will be doing a total of 4 challenges and I’m excited to have each one of them really push me in 2016.

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The Contemporary Romance reading challenge is hosted by our very own Jess @ Gone with the Words and Danielle @ Love at First Page. I reads tons of contemporary so I have chosen the Grand Slam level which means I will be reading 21+ books from this genre!
Challenge Hashtag: #ContRom2016

 

The Rock My TBR reading challenge is hosted by Sarah K @ The YA Book Traveler and the goal is to read at least 1 book per month that you already own. My wallet and I are beyond excited about this challenge because it will really help me remember to show love to my shelves. I’m actually setting a personal goal of 3+ books a month for this challenge!
Challenge Hashtag: #RockMyTBR

 

Danielle @ Love at First Page is also hosting the A Series a Month reading challenge! The goal is to read a series a month with at least 2 full length books. I really pushed myself to read series last year and read a total of 16. Getting another 12+ knocked out in 2016 will be awesome!
Challenge Hashtag: #ASeriesAMonth

 

My final challenge will be Flights of Fantasy which is hosted by Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books and Rachel @ Hello, Chelly. In this challenge, you set yourself a number of fantasy books you’ll read in 2016 and I have set myself the goal of reading 15+. Out of the 4 challenges I signed up for, this will be the one to really push me. Every year I walk away wishing I had read more fantasy and 2016 will be that year!
Challenge Hashtag: #FlightsofFantasy

 

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This year I’m participating in two challenges. I’ve never participated in any challenges before so this is all new to me and I’m just going to jump right in. I wanted to try to read more of a variety of books, and I love a good challenge so this will keep me on my toes. :)

The first challenge is the Six Squared Reading Challenge hosted by Amber at BookstackAmber. There are six categories in this challenge and you have to read six books in each category for a total of 36 books. I’m really excited about this one because this will help me get to all those debuts I’m looking forward to and those I missed from last year.

I’m taking this challenge month by month, I just know there’s no way I will stick to a set list so I’m just going to try to pick a few each month and see how it works for me.
Hashtag#sixsquaredchallenge

 

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My second challenge is the Contemporary Romance 2016 Reading Challenge hosted by our own Jess! I love this challenge! Last year I started to realize that I read a lot of contemporary romances and I didn’t even realize it. This seems like a good way to keep track. I’m going for a Home Run (16-20 books), I think I can do this and maybe even more! I’m taking this challenge month by month too because I know I change my mind too often to plan out the whole year.
Hashtag: #ContRom2016

 

 

Jess @ Gone with the Words

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Contemporary Romance Challenge: January Link-Up

1st Jan 2016 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2016, Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge

Contemporary Romance Challenge: January Link-Up

HAPPY NEW YEAR, FRIENDS!

Today is our first challenge link-up of the year! If you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge, be sure to do so first HERE. If not, your entries will not count toward the giveaway. I know, right. Mean mom!

Monthly Link-Up and Giveaway Details:

  • Your thoughts on each book you read must be posted somewhere, like your blog, Goodreads, Amazon, YouTube, Tumblr, etc., in order for it to count towards this challenge. Ratings on Goodreads, LibraryThing, BookLikes, etc. will also work.
  • Monthly link-up posts will go live the first day of each month so you can add your links throughout the month as your posts go up. Each linky will remain open five days into each new month to allow you some time to get all your posts linked up!
  • In order for us to tell what you’re linking to on the monthly linky, the format for the links you enter need to be as follows:
    • UPDATE POST @ your name/blog name.
    • REVIEW: [BOOK TITLE] @ your name/blog name.
    • MONTHLY TOPIC @ your name/blog name.
  • Each month we’ll choose a lucky winner from that month’s linky to win a Contemporary Romance novel of their choice (up to US$10).
  • Each link you enter in that month’s linky will count as one entry into the giveaway.
  • Challenge and Giveaways are open internationally. (As long as The Book Depository ships to your country, you are eligible for a prize.)

Monthly Topics:

  • Each monthly link-up post will include a Contemporary Romance topic for you to participate in if you’d like.
  • Monthly Topic posts can go up anytime in the specified month. Link them up as follows: MONTHLY TOPIC @ your name/blog name.
  • These posts will also earn you an entry in the monthly giveaway as long as you link back to them.

This month’s topic:

Ten Most Anticipated Romances for First Half of 2016

1. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

2. What You Always Wanted by Kristin Rae

3. Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories by Various Authors (Edited by Stephanie Perkins)

4. The Way to Game the Walk of Shame by Jenn P. Nguyen

5. Never Tear Us Apart by Monica Murphy

6. Loud is How I Love You by Mercy Brown

7. Call Me, Maybe by Ellie Cahill

8. Sweet Little Lies by Jill Shalvis

9. Dating the Guy Next Door by Amanda Ashby

10. Best of My Love by Susan Mallery

If you have any questions, please email Jess ([email protected]) or Danielle ([email protected]). Also, make sure you follow us on Twitter (@gonewiththeword & @loveatfirstpage) for challenge updates and reminders! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #ContRom2016 to follow everyone’s challenge updates on Twitter!

Link up!

Jess @ Gone with the Words

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