Fav Reads: March - July 2018

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So, as you may have noticed, it's been awhile! I normally like to post these lists every month, but this year has been crazy. So crazy and busy, my site has been down for a few months as I redesigned it, and really just life. But I'm back, yay! If you've read any of my previous posts, you also know I usually write micro reviews for the books I loved each month. You won't find that here this month, and I'm honestly not sure if I will go back to that. Time will tell. 
With all that being said, I read a lot of fantastic books while I was away and I want to share my favorites with you here! Have you read any of these? What did you think? Anything I'm missing out on? Let's discuss in the comments!!!


Simon vs The Homosapien Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Tempt the Boss by Natasha Madison

Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas


Unconventional by Isabel Love

Unforgivable  by Isabel Love

The Year We Hid Away by Sarina Bowen

The Hot Shot by Kristin Callihan

Bad Intentions by Charleigh Rose

The Eagle by Jillian Dodd

The Society by Jillian Dodd

Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas


Welcome to the Dark Side by Giana Darling

Sombra by Leslie McAdam

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Roomies by Christina Lauren

Piece of Work by Staci Hart

An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole


The Bombshell Effect by Karla Sorensen

Snapshot by Rebel Farris


Perfect Vision by L.M. Halloran

Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

Ricochet by Krista & Becca Ritchie




My Favorite Reads of 2017

So, I'm a little late with this list, but man 2018 has been a little crazy so far! And while most of us are in the full swing of a new year, I'm still looking back, fondly, at the books I read and loved last year. Let me tell ya, I loved a lot. I'm talking so many books that it was a huge struggle to get my list down to 27 standalones, 3 duets, and 5 series! It feels like every year I find more and more amazing books. The talent out there is crazy, y'all!

So here is the list of my favorite reads of 2017. The books listed didn't all come out in 2017, they were just books I read for the first time in 2017. Also, In order to save time and space, I decided not to write my thoughts on each book, but I have linked each listing to the post it originally appeared on that does have my thoughts, if you're interested. Also, just a quick note: I have broken things up by standalones, duets, and series. There will be some books that appear on the standalone list that are part of a series. Those books can be read as standalones. There are books that appear on my duets list that might have one or two other books in the series, but I felt like you couldn't read one of these without reading the other, so they felt more like a duet to me. Just felt like I should disclose that from the start!

If you've read any of these books, I would love to hear your thoughts and discuss in the comments! These are in no particular order and my hope, as always, is that you might find a new book or author that you love too! 

And, in no particular order:




Fav Reads: November 2017

November was a crazy, crazy month y’all! As some of you may know, in addition to this writing thing and the mom-ing I do, I also have an online shop where I make and sell super cute crochet items. I’ve managed to avoid doing any craft shows in the five years I’ve been in business for various reason (main one being my super clingy 2.5 year old). I was invited to take part in a local show with other mom-owned small businesses and decided to take the leap. I had almost no stock, so November consisted of me crocheting my fingers off and trying to maintain my sanity. Thank God for the two seasons of Nashville I needed to catch up on and a nearly endless supply of Hallmark/Lifetime holiday movies to get me through the late nights.

Okay, so the point of all that is: all that work left me with very little time to write or read. Which made me kind of sad. But the books I did read? A-fuckin-mazing. Seriously. 


The New Camelot series (American Queen / American Prince / American King) by Sierra Simone

I’ve grouped these books together because you can’t read one without reading the others. If you’ve read my book wrap-ups before, you probably already know that I tend to veer away from highly hyped books. Reality for me never lives up to the hype, so why disappoint myself? Well this is a case where something greatly hyped not only lived up to it but surpassed it. I only knew a few things going into this series: that it was a modern take on the King Arthur legend, that it was highly emotional, and it was super filthy. These books were all those things and so much more. I can’t and won’t say much because these need to be experienced with as little spoiled as possible and I still have trouble articulating all the things I felt reading these books. They were so well-written, so smart, and so fucking filthy (seriously the filthiest books I’ve ever read). And the heart. There is so much heart and emotion and heartbreak (yes, I even shed a few tears). It’s so rare to get a book, let alone a series, that contains all of these elements. Read these, and then feel free to reach out to me for some hair stroking and conversation when you’re done.

Spider by Ilsa Madden-Mills

I enjoy a good rock-star romance, and Spider does not disappoint. It actually takes the rock star trope and the step-brother trope and creates a story I wasn’t expecting. This isn’t a typical rock star story; while it’s what Spider does, it’s not a huge focus of the story. The forbidden love aspect of the story goes beyond Spider and Rose being step-siblings. At the heart of this book, it’s a story of how two broken people find love and healing in each other. I loved reading their journey and that epilogue made me smile in a way few have.

Bad Habit by Charleigh Rose

Oh angsty goodness! I read Misbehaved earlier this year by Rose and absolutely loved it, it’s one of my top reads of the year. When I heard about Bad Habit I anxiously awaited its arrival, and I was not disappointed. I adore all the sexy, angsty goodness that is a usual hallmark of NA books, and Bad Habit has that in spades. As much as I liked Briar, I loved Asher. Seriously, he was not at all the stereotypical alpha asshole so prevalent in NA. After finishing this book in less than two days I’m left waiting for the follow-up books with some of the side characters. Anyone else dying to find out Dare’s story?!?

Fav Reads: January 2017

I never set a reading goal for myself. I would love to do a reading challenge (if you have one you recommend, please share it in the comments), but I have yet been able to complete one. Last year I read a shit ton of books, and while I would love to match that number this year (200), it probably won't happen. The plan is to publish my first novel this summer, so in order for that to happen, reading will likely have to take a bit of a backseat to editing, promotion, and all the other things that go along with self-publishing a book!

Sooo, anyway, I managed to read 15 books in January. I was a little surprised by that number until I realized I was crazy sick for at least half the month, so I was super lazy and spent most of that time with my nose in a book (or Kindle, whatever). If you had any amazing reads in January, I would love to know what they were!

Out of the 15 books, there were 5 that stood out as my favorites. Here they are, in no particular order:

1 -  Taking Turns by JA Huss

Taking Turns was so fucking good. I couldn't put it down, finished it in a day good. Don't be fooled, while the book is dark, deep, and unbelievably filthy and sexy, at its core it is a love story. If you have read any of her other books (and if you haven't I HIGHLY recommend that you do), you have a bit of an idea of what you might be in for. I don't know how she does it, but every freaking time I'm hooked from start to finish. The only negative is that I have to wait for the next book in the series (it comes out in April)!

2 - November 9 by Colleen Hoover

I am noticing a theme on this month's list: three of these books are by author's that I love. I know I was a little late to the game reading this one, but it was well worth my long wait. Colleen is a master at writing beautiful, emotional, and moving stories. Her words stay with you long after you've finished the book. November 9 is no exception. Taking place on the same day over several years, I loved seeing where the years took Fallon and Ben.

3 - Fugly by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

I'm not sure what I was expecting really when I started this book, but I found it being so different than the light, easy read I thought it might be. This book isn't a comfortable read or easy read, but it is a unique, unconventional, and interesting love story. It ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, and I can't wait to see what comes next for Lily and Max.

4 - Dissonance by Tracey Ward

Two things I love: a good Rock Star romance and Tracey Ward's writing. She is so good at writing flawed yet relatable characters that you root for, and Jace and Greer are no different. In Dissonance she creates a rock star romance that I found different than others I've read. I finished this in two sittings because I found myself not being able to sleep until I found out how it would all turn out.

5 - All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

This book is exactly what the title says: Ugly and wonderful. It is also beautifully written. While the subject matter may be dark and disturbing, I couldn't help but find myself feeling sympathetic towards certain characters and relationships in the book. That is the all due to the beautiful, vivid, and engaging writing.