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Happy New Year!

3. January 2021
Happy New Year

I wish you all a happy and first of all healthy new year! 2020 was quite a challenge for all of us. Let’s hope that 2021 will be better and we can find a bit of normality again.

Apart from that, I wish us all great stories in wonderfully written books. I’m sure our favorite authors and those who may become so this year will contribute quite a bit. In any case, I am very much looking forward to many new exciting stories!

Have you set a goal for 2021? I’ll try again with 52 books, as in the years before. One book per week on average. I’ll hopefully be able to reach the goal this year…. We’ll see.

All the best and have a good start into January!

 

Monthly Wrap up

December wrap up: six books read at the end of the year

31. December 2020
December wrap up

Allright, 2020 is almost over and therefore it’s time for a little wrap up. I’m pretty proud of myself because I was able to read six books this month. This is definitely above average for me. So here are the books I read in December:

Sicko by Amo Jones (5 stars)

The Not-Outcast by Tijan (4 stars)

Look the Part by Jewel E. Ann (5 stars)

The Christmas Pact by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward (4 stars)

Royal Bully by Rachel van Dyken (3 stars) and

The One That Got Away by Karina Halle (5 stars)

I will add all the reviews here as soon as possible. As you can see, there were three 5 star reads for me.

The book I enjoyed the most was definitely “Look the Part” by Jewel E. Ann. This author was new to me and was recommended by a fellow bookstagrammer. This book was really great!

On the contrary, I was a bit disappointed by “Royal Bully”. I’ve seen this series being recommended all over bookstagram, so I decided to give it a go. This is supposed to be the first book, a novella, which introduced the setting and the characters. But unfortunately it didn’t convince me and I’m not planning on reading the other books any time soon.

Anyway, 2020 was an interesting year. I did not reach my goal of reading 52 books. I only managed 42 out of 52. But there is always next year and my goal of 1 book per week stands again for 2021! I’ll keep you posted about it…

 

Reviews

Book Review: The One That Got Away by Karina Halle

31. December 2020
The one that got away_Karina Halle

The last book I read in 2020 was “The One That Got Away” by author Karina Halle. It’s a standalone second-chance sports romance novel. As you might know, I love sports romance very much, so I was very excited to start reading this one. It’s about Ruby, an American sports journalist (and former soccer player) and Luciano, a famous portuguese soccer player. Here is the blurb:

Ruby Turner was never meant to be mine.

When I first met her, she was a fresh, young, American sports journalist trying to find her footing in a new life abroad. She was the one interviewing me for an article, yet I wanted to know more about her. She captivated me.

But she went home with Marco that night. My agent. My brother. And I did what I could to pretend I was fine with it.
After all, I’m Luciano Ribeiro. As the captain of Real Madrid, and Portugal’s National Team, it’s my job to be cool, calm, and collected, not easily rattled. Only what I felt for Ruby over time, shook me to my very core.

It made me do things I never imagined I would do. It started with a stolen kiss in the middle of the night. It led to a passionate tryst. It created a burden of guilt that I had to carry, as Ruby came in and out of my life until she left for good, leaving her mark on me.

Now, seven years later, she’s back. She was the one that got away. I don’t think I’ll let her go this time. But I might not have a choice. Because my heart still belongs to her. And her heart might belong to my brother.

I really enjoyed the story of Ruby and Luciano. Both characters are very likeable and the fact that there are always new circumstances complicating their story makes the book interesting. I really like the author’s writing style, it was a smooth and easy read. I read through the book pretty quickly because I really wanted to know what happens next. So all in all, this book gets 5 stars from me and I can definitely recommend this one to you!

 

Reviews

Book Review: Look the Part by Jewel E. Ann

30. December 2020
Look the part_Jewel E Ann

This year I’ve read a few books by authors that were new to me before. Jewel E. Ann’s “Look the Part” is just another example. I have to thank a fellow bookstagrammer for this recommendation and I’m so thankful for this read. But first, here is the blurb (Link to Goodreads):

Flint Hopkins finds the perfect tenant to rent the space above his Minneapolis-based law office. All the t’s are crossed and i’s dotted on Ellen’s application. Her references are good. And she’s easy on the eyes.

Until …

Flint discovers Ellen Rodgers, Board-Certified Music Therapist, plays music. Bongos, guitars, singing—not Beethoven administered through noise-cancelling headphones.

The cut-throat attorney serves up an eviction notice to the bubbly, constantly humming redhead who’s too sexy for her own good. But luck is on Ellen’s side when Flint’s autistic son, Harrison, takes an instant liking to her. A single dad can’t compete with guitars—and rats. Yes, she has pet rats.

This woman … She’s annoyingly happy with a constant need to touch him—adjust his tie, button his shirt, invade his space, and mess with his mind. Still … She must go.

This book was definitely a 5 star read for me! I was so happy with “Look the Part” and fell in love with Ellen and Flint right from the beginning! To me, this shows once again, that one should read a bit more outside of the own comfort zone and give new to you authors a chance. I‘m so happy I did this a lot this year. I discovered great books, for example „The First Time I Saw You“ by Emma Cooper or The Crowned Duet by Amo Jones.

So, if you want to call this a new year’s resolution, then I’m planning on reading more books by new to me authors in 2021!

Reviews

Book Review: Crowned by Fate by Amo Jones

9. December 2020
Crowned by Fate by Amo Jones

Alright, so in “Crowned by Fate” we’ll find the conclusion to Bryant’s and Isa’s story. I told you in my last post – this story is pretty twisted and all in all a very thrilling dark romance ride by Amo Jones. Before you get my short review, here’s the blurb (Link to Goodreads):

He asked me to love him, so I engraved his name onto my heart.
He craved my loyalty, so I let him feast on my soul.
I wanted a husband, but he gave me a monster.
So, I made it my pet.
The lines between what was real and what wasn’t were blurred.
Our story was a lie.
Until now.

This book (or the whole duet) definitely gets 5 stars from me. I love reading dark romance from time to time and this one was quite outstanding because it wasn’t predictable at all, not even for a minute. I really enjoy these kinds of emotional rollercoaster where you’ll never know what happens on the next page. So let me assure you, if you’re a dark romance reader, you’ll not regret reading this story. I can fully recommend it to you!

 

Reviews

Blog Tour: The Not-Outcast by Tijan

4. December 2020
The Not-Outcast by Tijan

The Not-Outcast – an all-new emotional slow burn romance from New YorkTimes bestselling author Tijan is available now!

Cutler Ryder was everything I wasn’t. He was the hockey star. I was an outcast. He was best friends with my stepbrother, that same stepbrother who hated me. His two parents loved him. My mom was a junkie. My dad barely knew me. Years passed. I got my life together. Cut went onto NHL stardom. Then there was a text. I was drinking. There was a party. Cut was there… I loved Cutler Ryder since the first moment I saw him. The only problem? He never knew I existed.

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Excerpt

“Stars. You made me meet them.” I was still seeing them. His eyes. So smoldering. He continued to stare at me, as if seeing me for the first time. I tensed. Maybe he was regretting this? Was my one-night stand a one-night finger banginstead? I tried to stem the disappointment, but… Okay. A girl had coping mechanisms. I could pull mine up, if I needed to. I was hoping I didn’t need to. I didn’t know how I’d handle that either. Then he must’ve made his decision. He readjusted his hold on me, standing back from the door and his mouth twitched. “One rule.”“Yeah?” I was about to see stars again. “Don’t call me dude again.”

About Tijan

Tijan is a New York Times Bestselling author that writes suspenseful and unpredictable novels. Her characters are strong, intense, and gut-wrenchingly real with a little bit of sass on the side. Tijan began writing later in life and once she started, she was hooked. She’s written multi-bestsellers including the Carter Reed Series, the Fallen Crest Series, and the Broken and Screwed Series among others. She is currently writing a new YA series along with so many more from north Minnesota where she lives with a man she couldn’t be without and an English Cocker she adores. Connect with Tijan:

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Monthly Wrap up

November wrap up: Happy about a great reading month

3. December 2020
November wrap up

So, it’s time again for another monthly wrap up! I’m pretty happy with all my November reads. I had three 5 star reads and two 4 stars in total. So many, many hours of reading fun.

It startet with a re-read of Artful Lies by Jodie Ellen Malpas, followed by book 2 in the Hunt Duology “Wicked Truths“. Both were 5 star reads and I enjoyed every single page! Afterwards I read “Happily Ever After” by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward.

At the end of November I read the Crowned series by Amo Jones: “Crowned by Hate” and “Crowned by Fate“. Amo Jones was a new-to-me-author and I am so happy that I picked up her books. This series was dark romance and so twisted, I often thought “WTF” while reading! That was really great. I can only recommend her books, when you’re in the mood for something darker.

Now it’s already December, the year is coming to an end and I’m trying my best to read some more books. But with the upcoming holidays, I’m not quite sure how many I can fit in. I guess, we’ll find out soon enoughin December’s wrap up…