Ranking all the book I read this month aka My June 2020 Wrap Up

Reading Wrap Up

Hi everyone! June was a bit of a weird reading month for me, I read a lot less than the previous months, I only read 2 books that were on my June tbr, and I was in a reading slump for the last two weeks of the month. Nonetheless, I read some good books. I’m not gonna talk too much about most of them because I already review them, so I’m linking those posts and I’m spending a little more time talking about the books that I didn’t review.

As always, I rank all the books I read from my least favorite to my favorite book of the month. The ranking is not entirely dependent on rating, so there can be books with lower ratings that are higher on the list than books with higher ratings and that has to do with my enjoyment of the books.

Without further ado, here are the books I read in June:

*Click the book titles to go to the Goodreads page*

My Least Favorite Book of the Month

This month there wasn’t one book that I truly disliked, so for my least favorite of the month I chose a disappointing romance:

12. Loud Mouth by Avery Flynn (3,4 stars): The main characters were very two dimensional and they only had two or three conversations that were not about sex in the whole book, but somehow they still fell in love. They did have physical chemistry tho. While I was not invested in the romantic relationship in this book, I was so invested in the relationship between the brothers! There was so much angst and I liked how their relationship developed.

The “I Mostly Liked Them, But…” Books

These are books that I had significant issues with, but they had redeeming qualities that made me mostly enjoy them:

11. The Blind Date Diaries by Branda St. John Brown (3,5 stars): it took me a while to get into this, but I ended up liking the relationship.My issue with this is that it was unrealistic that they fell in love in 3 dates. (Review)

10. The Marriage Game by Sara Desai (3,5 stars): This was ok. I liked the main characters, but this suffered from telling and not showing when it came to the romance and the guy needed to grovel a lot more at the end. (Review)

9. The Change Up by Meghan Quinn (3,6 stars): A good friends to lovers story, I could definitely feel the chemistry and tension between the main characters and I enjoyed seeing the way their relationship developed. Nonetheless, I had issues with the conflict at the end. (Review)

8. We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal (3,6 stars): This was a fun and quick read, but I had a lot of issues with it. Mainly because the author had a lot of good ideas, but she didn’t execute them very well. (Full Review)

7. Want by Cindy Pon (3,7 stars): This book was a quick, entertaining read. The group of friends was great; the setting (future Tapei) was very cool and atmospheric; I liked the twist and turns the story took, and I liked the fact that this dealt with important subjects like the environment, pollution, and privilege. Nonetheless, this book was so short and it included so many important subjects that it only dealt with them in a superficial way; the romance played such a big part of the story and there wasn’t any real connection, emotion or development between the characters; this book didn’t build tension, it was going so fast that I didn’t have time to care or worry, and I don’t understand what happened between the characters at the end.

The Ones I Liked

The ones I liked are books that I had really small issues with, but after I finished them I had mainly positive feelings towards them:

6. The Billionaire’s Fake Fiancée by Annika Martin (3,7 stars): This book has a grumpy/sunshine romance, fake dating, and forced proximity. I slowly fell in love with the dynamic between the main characters and I ended up really enjoying their relationship. (Review)

5. Something to Talk About by Meryl Wilsner (3,7 stars): I enjoyed both of the main characters and their relationship from the very first page. I could feel the connection and tension between them. But I had issues with the conflict. (Review)

4. Xeni by Rebekah Weatherspoon (3,8 stars): I loved the two main characters in this book and I had fun reading about their marriage of convenience. They were so cute together and there were some very steamy scenes. (Review)

3. White Whisky Bargain by Jodie Slaughter (3,9 stars): This book was so good. The marriage of convenience plot worked perfectly and I loved both main characters, there was an instant attraction between them that made this entire book be filled with sexual tension. The hero was such a nice guy and I loved the way he treated the heroine and how much emphasis he put on communication. The heroine is a badass. While I learned a lot about moonshine, I liked that the business aspect and the conflict with the other family didn’t take over the story.

The Ones I Really Liked

I consider books I really liked the ones I really enjoyed, but they are not new favorites:

2. White Rage by Carol Anderson (4 stars): The way the author did a great job of showing how white rage has manifested in history after big “wins” for Black people and how they have essentially undermined and invalidated those triumphs. This book was brilliant and also exhausting. (Review)

My Favorite Book of the Month

My favorite books of the month can have different ratings depending on how good a particular reading month was. This month my favorite was a 4 stars romance book that made me so emotional!

1. Only When It’s Us by Chloe Liese (4 stars): this book is one of my new favorite romances. I LOVED the main characters so much. They had a frenemies to lovers, slow burn, angsty and emotional romance that I absolutely loved. (Review)

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5 Amazing Self-Published Romance Books

Hi everyone! I think it’s not a secret for anyone that follows this blog that I read A LOT of romance and recently I was curious about whether I was reading more traditional published, indie published or self-published romance books. I don’t actually pay attention to that when I pick books (at least when it comes to romance), to me it’s all the same and it turns out I read basically the same amount of traditional and indie published books, and even when I read a little less self-published books, the difference is not very significant.

Since I don’t usually pay attention to which books are self published, I don’t know if I tent to enjoy them less, more or the same amount as trad or indie books. And since I know self-published books often get a bad rep or are thought as “less good than” traditionally published books, I thought I would read 5 self-published books that were on my tbr and I would let you know how I felt about them. Spoiler alert: I really liked all of them and I even have a new favorite romance!!

Without further ado, here are the books in the order I read them:

A Gentleman in the Street by Alisha Rai

The main characters in this book were step siblings for a year when they were already grown ups who didn’t live with their parents and, since the beginning and still years later, their relationship has been filled with sexual tension, which has made them both pretend to not like each other to avoid revealing how they much want each other.

This book is SO STEAMY!! One of the steamiest romance novels I have read. The main characters have so much chemestry and such a captivating dynamic of bickering and fighting and pretending they don’t like each other. The hero’s family plays a big role in this book, since he finished raising his siblings, and the exploration of his relationship with them is well done and it adds a great element to the book.

One of the best part of this story is how incredibly sex positive it is. The heroine, who is japanese and bisexual, hosts sex parties and things get wild and she has found a community of people who enjoy the same things as her and don’t judge each other. Also, the hero who has always tried to repress the things he wants sexually, comes to terms with them and stops feeling ashamed, which I think sends a very powerful message.

The Blind Date Diaries by Branda St. John Brown

This book is definitely my least favorite out of all of them, but it was still good. The premise of this book is really interesting, the heroine works for a magazine and to save it from having to go digital, she agrees to go on blind dates with guys that the readers vote for and write about it, but for the first date her boss has to chose the guy and she chooses her son, who the heroine hates.

At the beginning, I didn’t like the main characters and I didn’t understand why they were so antagonistic and defensive towards each other. But the dynamic between them changed as they got to know each other and I ended up actually enjoying their relationship. They were sweet together and they had chemistry. Also, there’s a grand gesture in this book that was very sweet and it worked perfectly with the premise of the story.

My main complain with this is that they only hanged out like 3 times and even when the hero liked the heroine since before, I still think it’s way too fast to say that they fell in love by the end of the book.

Only When It’s Us by Chloe Liese

This is my favorite out of all of this books and it’s a new favorite romance for me. This book revolves around a female soccer star and her lumberjack  college classmate, who after a bad first impression have to work together on a project and quickly realize that they don’t actually hate each other, they are just destined to be frenemies.

This book was fantastic. It took me a couple chapters before I started to like Willa, but I ended up really admiring her strenght, dedication, loyalty and her vulnerability. It was cool to see a female character being the one playing a sport and being great at it, and while the storyline with her mom was devastating, it added so much to the story. On the other hand, I liked Ryder from the very first time he appeared on the page and I loved his storyline so much, his life changed drastically a couple years before the book starts after an illness and I wasn’t expecting his emotional and powerful journey. It gave this book depth and a unique element.

Willa and Ryder have a frenemies to lovers, slow burn, angsty and emotional romance that I absolutely loved. The pranks, the bickering, the fighting, the trust, how caring they were, made their realtionship fascinating. There’s a bit of lack of communication but I could defenitely understand why both characters were being reserved since they have very big, difficult things happening in their lives. Honestly, there are so many elements that made this a highly emotional book and it ended up making me cry, which very rarely happens.

I really liked all the secondary characters, specially Ryder’s family, and I can’t wait it read the next book in the series, which will be about one Ryder’s brothers.

The Billionaire’s Fake Fiancée by Annika Martin

This book is about a Billionaire who needs to have a more family friendly image for a client, to do it he needs a fake fiancée and he wants someone too annoying to tempt him, so his team ends up hiring his hairdresser to pretend to be his fianceé because she is everything he thinks he doesn’t want.

I had a hard time with the beginning of this book because I didn’t like the heroine, but as the book went on I discovered that there was so much more to Tabitha beyond the first impression and I ended up really liking her as a character. There was so much depth to her, she was understading, compationate, smart, observant and kind. Her obssesion with soap operas was pretty funny and the role it plays in this book was very cleverly done. I wasn’t expecting to have a soap opera worthy plot, but it was really fun.

This book has a grumpy/sunshine romance, it includes fake dating and forced proximity, which are all things that I love. The characters had so much chemestry, I slowly fell in love with their dynamic and I ended up really enjoying their relationship. Tabitha brought out a less serious, less asshole-y version of Rex and he saw beyond her happy, positive facade.

Xeni by Rebekah Weatherspoon

This is book tells the story of Xeni and Mason, who are left money in the will of Xeni’s aunt but to claim it they have to get married to each other and since both of them need the money they decide to do it. They had no plans to actually fall in love, but things don’t go as they expected.

The main characters in this book are both adorable, Xeni has a tendency of blurting out everything she likes about Mason when he’s around her and Mason does magic, cooks, plays the bagpipes  and like a 100 other instruments, and it’s so understanding and caring with Xeni. Also, Mason is a bisexual fat Scotsman and Xeni is a bisexual Black woman.

This book handled instant attraction very well and it didn’t become insta-love. Xeni and Mason had so much chemestry and they opened up to each other and were vulnerable with each other in a way that was very sweet to read about. Honestly, they were so cute together. And there were some very steamy scenes!

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My Favorite Romance Books by Black Authors

Hi everyone! Happy Valentine’s Day! I thought today was a good day to recommend some romance books and since February is Black History Month, I came up with a list of my favorite romance books written by Black authors.

You can read all of the series mentioned in this post out of order if you don’t mind spoiling the previous books or you can skip one of the books without problem if you are more interested in other books in the series

Without further ado, here they are:

*Click the book series titles to go to the Goodreads page*

Reluctant Royals Series by Alyssa Cole

If you like romance books about royalty, there’s no better choice than the Reluctant Royals series by Alyssa Cole, which includes three books about members of the royalty falling in love and two novellas about people that are connected to royalty in one way or another also falling in love. This series includes Black rep, disability rep, Asian rep, ADHD rep, Latinx rep and one of the main subject that is discussed throughout the series is immigration. If you are looking for an incredibly diverse and inclusive series with complex and lovable characters and swoon-worthy romances, this series is for you!

Fit Series by Rebekah Weatherspoon

If you are looking for short, sweet and steamy romance novellas, I have two perfect recommendations! Fit and Wrapped by Rebekah Weatherspoon have swoony heroes, mentions of delicious food since the heroines have jobs that in one way or another are related to the food industry and some really sexy scenes between the main characters.

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

If you like heroes that are adorable softies, this book is for you! Get a Life, Chloe Brown is a fantatic book that manages to be cute, funny and steamy and at the same time it also includes important discussions about chronic pain, abusive relationships and mental illness. This book has a strong, smart and hilarious main character and a hero that’s kind and talented and their banter is fantastic!

The Wedding Date Series by Jasmine Guillory

If you like weddings, this series is perfect for you! An entire romance series in which all three companion novels in one way or another revolve around weddings. Books two and three are specially good, but the entire series is funny, sexy and entertaining. The first two books in the series have interacial couples and race is a subject that’s discuss thoughtfully throughout the series.

Honorable Mentions

This are honorable mentions because I already included these authors in my post about Romance Books by Latinx Authors, but I thought it was a good idea to include them here as well in case anyone missed that post. These books have Afro-Latinx main characters and they are written by Afro-Latinx authors.

Dreamers series by Adriana Herrera: This series is about a group of four friends that are Afro-Latinx and each book is the story of one of them falling in love. Fantastic friendships, sweet romances, mentions of amazing Latinx food and music, conversations about important subjects like domestic violence and police brutality are some of the reason why I would recommend it! The fourth book is coming out March 30th but I read an arc and I can tell you it’s amazing.

Love on Cue Series + The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa: The Love on Cue series is a series of companion novels that includes great dialogues, lovable characters, complicated family dinamics and the second book discusses diversity in the movie industry. The Worst Best Man just came out in Febuary 2020, it has a really sweet hero, lots of chemistry between the main characters and it includes an amazing #ownvoices depiction of Brazilian culture including mouthwatering description of food.

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Ranking all the books I read this month aka my January 2020 Wrap Up

Reading Wrap Up

Hi everyone! Like you can tell by the title of this blog post, in 2020 I’ll be doing something a bit different for my wrap ups because I’ll be ranking all the books I read from my least favorite to my favorite book of the month and I’m really excited and a bit nervous because I know it’s gonna be hard. The ranking is not enterily dependent on rating, so there can be books with lower ratings that are higher on the list than other books with higher ratings.

A couple of weeks ago, I posted my January tbr and I’m so happy to say that I read most books on it except for The Outsider by Stephen King, which I chose not to read because Stephen King tweeted some disappointed things and made me not want to pick up his book right now, and also Wherever You Are by Krista & Becca Ritchie, which I did start but I didn’t manage to finish it on time. So I read 6 books on my January tbr + 3 more book had were not on my tbr. Here’s how I ranked them:

*Click the book titles to go to the Goodreads page*

My Least Favorite Books of the Month

I didn’t read any truly terrible books in January, but there were two books that I had issues with. The first one I liked a lot of things about but strongly disliked one element of the story, which affected my overall enjoyment of the book and the other one was plain boring and I had a hard time caring about anything that was happening.

9. Reign of Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh (3,2 stars): This has an interesting world and magic system, as well as lovable character, but a really boring villain and a TERRIBLE romance (Full review)

8. Mr. Hotshot CEO by Jackie Lau (3,3 stars): This was so boring and I think it wasn’t the plot, it was the flat and repetitive writing style specially from one of the two perspectives. Also, the steamy scenes were always rushed through and the ending felt rushed.

The “I Mostly Liked Them, But…” Books

The “I mostly liked them, but…” books are the ones I give between 3,5 and 3,7 stars to and they are books that have small things I disliked or I had small issues with them, but they are never books that I have one element that I strongly dislike.

7. Whatever It Takes by Krista & Becca Ritchie (3,6 stars): I have been waiting for this book for so many years and I had huge expectations for it, which were not met. I still love both of the characters, I love how different they seem from one another but how strong their connection is and I love that their story is angsty and bittersweet, but I didn’t enjoy the dual timelines and also this felt like a bunch of disjointed scenes put together instead of a more cohesive and fluent narrative. 

6. Wrapped by Rebekah Weatherspoon (3,7 stars): this novella started really promising, it was cute and funny and it had a kind and understanding hero. But then it dragged a bit, I was kind of annoyed with the main character, the conflict felt a bit forced and the ending was rushed.

5. Love Her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey (3,6 stars): This book started strong, the heroine was amazing and even when I had issues with the hero because of his internalized toxic masculinity which he needed to work on, their chemestry was fantastic and the story of how they worked to fix their marriage was beautiful, but my enjoyment was severely affected by the conflict in the second half of the story, which relied on miscommunications (Full Review)

4. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera (3,7 stars): This book is hard to get into and the beginning was just ok, but then it takes a couple of twist and turns that are very intriguing and made the book so much more interesting and then the ending was heartbreaking and bittersweet and shocking.

The Ones I Really Liked

I consider books I really liked the ones I give a rating somewhere between a 3,8 and a 4,4 stars.

3. Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire (4 stars): The writing was fantastic,the characters from previous books showed up in this, which was amazing, and most of them were strange and vicious and it was easy to see how much going to their worlds skewed the way they think. This book also had outstanding mental health rep.

2.Tweet Cute by Emma Lord (4 stars): This was a fun and witty book, with lovable main characters that were very different from one another but had an adorable relationship. This was full of mouth-watering food, snarky tweets and complicated family dynamics. (Full Review)

My Favorite Book of the Month

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My favorite books of the month can have different ratings depending on how good a particular reading month was, but the books I consider new favorites are the ones that get a rating of 4,5 stars or more and they are books that I truly loved .

1. The Eye of The World by Robert Jordan (4,5 stars): the world building and magic system in this are impressive, the characters are interesting and lovable and the plot is engaging. The pace slows down in the middle of the book and it gets a bit repetetive, but it picks back up and the ending is fanstastic.

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August 2019 Wrap Up

Reading Wrap Up

Hi everyone! August was a really good month especially since we announced the second edition of the Latinx Book Bingo, which will take place form September 15 to October 15. Reading wise, I feel like I got back on track after not reading much in July. So I’m excited to share some of my thoughts for the 13 books I read this month:

Diverse Romance

Fit by Rebekah Weatherspoon (3,7 stars): This was a fast, steamy and sweet read with a interesting female protagonist. Black main character and Black author (full review).

Acting on Impulse by Mia Sosa (3,7 stars): I loved the female protagonist, I had some issues with the guy at the beginning but at the end he turned out to be sweet and they had lots of chemestry. Afro-Latinx main character and Afro-Latinx author.

Pretending He’s Mine by Mia Sosa (3,7 stars): I really liked both main characters in this one and their chemestry was great. Also, I really like the way this incorporated discussion about diversity and representation in Hollywood. Black hero and Afro-Latinx author.

The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai (3,7 stars): I enjoyed this book and I think it touches important subjets, but I couldn’t really get fully into the story at any point. Black heroine and Samoan hero.

Only for a Night by Naima Simone (3,7 stars): This is a short novella and it’s really, really steamy! Even if it’s mainly sex scenes, there’s enough of the character’s backstory to make evident the connection and love between them. Black author.

Romance

Surprise, Baby by Lex Martin & Leslie McAdam (3,6 stars): This book was both steamy and sweet, my only issue is that it relied too much in miscomunication (full review)

The Penalty Box by Odette Stone (3,5 stars): This was really steamy and really angsty, my main issue with it was that guy got a bit too posessive for my taste (full review)

Temporary Groom by J.S. Scott (2,8 stars): The writing in this was terrible and I only finished it because it was so short.

The Knocked Up Plan by Lauren Blakely (3,8 stars): This book was fun, steamy and angsty and I would totally recommend it!

Others

Depression and Other Magic Tricks by Sabrina Benaim (3 stars): This poetry collections deals mainly with mental illness and it does it well, but I would say the only outstanding poem is “Explaining Depression to my Mother”, the one that went viral, everything else is just ok. 

A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna (4,5 stars): This was amazing, there was an underlining tension thorughout this book that made it really hard to put down because I was always waiting for something bad to happen. I loved how complex the relationships in this were and the ending was heartbreaking. I can’t wait for the next book.

Nocturna by Maya Montayne (4 stars): I really enjoyed this book, I liked the main characters, I loved the way Spanish was incorporated and the way Latinx culture was reflected in the story. Also, the way this book addresses colonialism and its effects in the colonized countries is very interesting. My only issue is that I think the pacing could have been better.

The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro (3,8 stars): This was a fast and entertaining read, but the mystery left something to be desired and I was so confused the entire time and I was left confused after I finished. Still, I loved Holmes and Watson and their complicated, angsty relationship. I read this as part of a buddy read with Rebecca @ Bookishly Rebecca and Jenna @ Bookmark Your Thoughts

How was your reading in August? Any new favorite books? Have you read any of the books I mentioned? 
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Romance Report: Let’s Talk about Surprise Baby, The Penalty Box & Fit

Romance Report

Hi everyone! Today I bring you another Romance Report. I’m having so much fun writing this feature,  I read so many romance books and this is the perfect way for me to talk about them here on the blog.

I started this feature because I’m usually looking for very especific elements in romance books depending on my mood (like a especific trope, a certain level of angst, a certain level of steam, etc) and I think a lot of people feel the same way, so in the romance report that’s the kind of information I’ll include as a way to make it easier for people to decide if a romance book is the one they are looking for or not. I’ll also include comments about the things I enjoyed or didn’t enjoy in the book, as well as my rating.

Without further ado, here are the books I want to talk about today:

Surprise, Baby by Lex Martin & Leslie McAdam

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  • Series: Standalone
  • Synopsis: Two characters that dislike each other get stuck together for a weekend and it results in a suprise pregnancy (Goodreads)
  • Pages: 358
  • Trigger warnings: Mentions of alcohol and drug use.
  • Representation: Drew, one of the main characters, has diabetes and it’s a big part of the story. The book really tries to show how much this disease impacts Drew’s life.
  • Point of View (POV):  dual perspective in first person
  • Relationship: female/male
  • Tropes: Accidental pregnancy, dislike to like to love
  • Romance: There is a lot of chemistry between the characters, but what makes this especial is that there are a lot of sweet moments between them as well. Their conversation and their banter is highly entertaining.
  • Steam level: This book is hot, all the scene are really explicit not just the first one or the last one (which happens sometimes in books)
  • Angst level: Medium-high. There’s a lot miscomunication, which is the cause of the main conflicts in the book and it becomes a bit frustrating because it happens again and again, usually when the main characters are doing better and their relationship is evolving.
  • Comments: This book talks about pregnancy in a different way than many romance books, it definitely includes the positive aspects of it but it also discusses how hard it can be with the tiredness, the vomit, the strech marks, the weight gain and the hormones.
  • The writing is good, the writing styles of both authors are similar enough that you can’t tell it’s two people writing instead of one and the entire book feels very cohesive writing wise.
  • Rating: 3,6 stars

The Penalty Box by Odette Stone

The Penalty Box

  • Series: The third book in the Vancouver Wolves Hockey Series
  • Synopsis: Marriage of convenience between a hockey player and the assistant of his publicist (Goodreads)
  • Pages: 369
  • Trigger warnings: Kidnapping, stalking, sexual assault, mentions of death of a child and death of a parent figure.
  • Point of View (POV):  dual perspective in first person
  • Relationship: female/male
  • Tropes: marriage of convenience
  • Romance: The dynamic between the main characters is full of tension and nerviousness – especially at the beginning – which works really well with the plot of the story. That tension and chemistry are mixed with some sweet moments and it makes this a great love story. My one problem with the romance is that the guy becomes extremely posesive at one point, which doesn’t work for me.
  • Steam level: This book was really hot, very explicit and detailed.
  • Angst level: high, there’s a lot of back and forth from the main male character about wether he wants to be with her or not outside of their arrangement. Also, he went through a very traumatic situation when he was a child, which marked him and causes a lot of angst thoughout the book.
  • Comments: There were two scenes that made me uncomfortable while I read this because both characters at different points in the book started to have sex with the other person while the other character was still asleep and since there wasn’t a previous conversation between them about wheter that was ok or not, I felt like the consent wasn’t clear even if both characters were fine with it at the end.
  • Rating: 3,5 stars

Fit by Rebekah Weatherspoon 

Fit

  • Series: The first book in the Fit series
  • Synopsis: A producer for The Food Channel wants to get in shape and ends up falling for her trainer (Goodreads)
  • Pages: 160
  • Trigger warnings: Minor fat shaming
  • Representation: Chinese Fat main character
  • Point of View (POV):  female perspective in third person
  • Relationship: female/male
  • Romance: This book has a relatable female main character and a really considerate and caring love interest and that makes the romance so sweet. There’s also a lot of chemistry between the characters.
  • Steam level: This book is steamy, it’s explicit and detailed and it includes bdsm, which is a big part of the story.
  • Angst level: Low, there’s a conflict at the end but since this is a short book, it’s resolved pretty quickly.
  • Comments: I read this book to give Rebekah Weatherspoon a second chance after reading one of her books called Rafe last year and not enjoying it that much. I’m so glad I took another chance on her, because her writing in this book is so much better and I ended up enjoying Fit a lot. If you didn’t enjoy one of her books in the past and are wondering if you should read another one, I’d say: go for it!
  • Rating: 3,7 stars
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December 2018 Wrap Up: Queer Lit Readathon, Smutathon & Shortathon

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Life Update 
  • December was such an amazing month. I went on a trip to Barcelona with my best friend and we had an amazing time. There are so many things to do and it’s such a vibrant and beautiful city, it’s a new favorite place for me.  We were there for only 4 days and I really want to go back some day!
  • Since I’m living in Spain and I had to spend Christmas and New Year’s eve away from my family that is back in Colombia, my best friend and I planned a trip to Paris for Christmas, then Milan and then Rome for New Year’s Eve (Spoilers for January:  I also went to Florence and Venice at the beginning of 2019, I just got home yesterday!). Paris is my new favorite city, I had the best time there, we stayed for 6 days and got to see so much of that beautiful place. I can’t wait to go back!
  • Even after traveling so much, I managed to read the 16 books that I needed to complete my goal of reading 150 books in 2018, so that’s really exciting as well!
What I Read
Queer Lit Readathon

 

What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera (3,6 stars) 

It took me a while to get into this books, I didn’t really enjoy the first part of it, but once it got to part two, I found it a very cute read. (full review)

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo (4 stars)

I really enjoyed this book, I think it was interesting that instead of a coming out story, this was about a trans girl living her life. I liked the way this book explored the relationships between Amanda and her parents and the way those relationships developed.  I think the main conflict was a bit unnecessary and I wish things could have gone differently, but overall this was a great read.

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera  (3,8 stars) 

It took me a while to get into this book, but when both of the main characters finally meet it gets better. While I didn’t really feel the chemistry, overall I really liked their relationship and I think the way they both grew in this book was amazing. I don’t understand what was the point of the chapters told from other people’s perspectives, since I didn’t feel like they added anything to the story, but nontheless, I fount his to be a thought provoking book.

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Rafe by Rebekah Weatherspoon (3 stars) 

This was just ok, sadly the writing style wasn’t for me and I felt like the characters had no chemistry, they had their sweet moments though.

Big Rock by Lauren Blakely (3,7stars) 

This was a short and fun read, steamy and low on angst. The fake relationship trope is one of my favorites and that part of the story was really well done. Also, the fact that this was friends to lovers made it even better. The characters had so much chemistry and I really enjoyed their interactions.

Mister O by Lauren Blakely (3,7 stars)

After reading Big Rock, I wanted to read the sequel right away. I really liked this couple, their dynamic is playfull and fun and they have lots of chemistry. This book handles the best friend’s little sister trope really well, because it avoids the whole ‘you’re my best friend but you don’t deserve my sister’ narrative.

 

A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole (3,7 stars) 

At first I thought I wasn’t gonna like this, because the prince in this story comes off as a entitled jerk, but at the end I enjoyed seeing his development. I really liked the fact that the main character was a woman in STEM and I think the topic of sexism in her field was handled really well. My problem with this was that the last part of the book goes in a weird direction and it didn’t worked that well for me.

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne (4 stars) 

I really enjoyed reading about Josh and Lucy’s relationship. Enemies to lovers is one of my favorite tropes and this book did it so well. I really liked Josh as a love interest, he is introduced as an asshole, but ends up being such a soft guy and I want to cry just thinking about it!

From Lukov With Love by Mariana Zapata (4 stars) 

This is the most beautiful enemies to friends to lovers relationship of all times. The main character, Jasmine, goes through so much character development and it’s amazing, and she and Ivan are perfect for each other. I usually don’t get crushes in fictional characters, but I have a huge crush on Ivan Lukov.

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Filthy Gods by R. Scarlett (3,4 stars) 

I had low expectations for this one, but I found it entertaining and it actually left me intrigued about the next books in this series. A short and steamy romance, it has good characters and it has low levels of angst.

Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen (4 stars)

This was so relatable!!! I really enjoyed this one, it was cute and funny and I wanted to take pictures of so many pages and send them to my friends.

Merry Inkmas by Talia Hibbert (3 stars) 

My main problem with this was that I didn”t understand why the characters got together, they had cero chemistry and honestly the guy was a jerk most of the time and it was excused because of his tragic past. Also, the writing wasn’t for me. At the end, it got better and when the guy wasn’t being a jerk, they actually had some nice moments, but nothing beyond that.

The Adventures of Superhero Girl by Faith Erin Hicks & Kurt Busiek (3 stars) 

This was ok, it did nothing especial, but it was entertaining. I honestly don’t have anything else to say about it.

 

Soft on Soft by Em Ali (4 stars) 

This was so adorable and soft. I loved both of the main characters and their relationship, even if I did feel like they got together out of nowhere. A f/f romance that I would totally recommend!

Knit One, Girl Two by Shira Glassman (3 stars)

This is a f/f romance novella and I think it was ok, it had some cute moments, but I felt like it tried to cover too much in very few pages and somethings felt both unnecessary and unresolved.

For Every One by Jason Reynolds (4,5 stars) 

I really enjoyed this book, it was the perfect book to end the year because it left me feeling hopeful. A beautiful book written in verse about working to accomplish your dreams and not giving up.

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Smutathon TBR

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Hi everyone! December is defintely the month of readathons for me, I decided to participate in 3 of them before I remember that I have so much school work for the first half of the month and I’m going to be traveling during the second half. I’m probably gonna fail all these readathons, but I’m trying anyway!

About the readathon: SmutAThon is a romance focused readathon hosted by Riley @ Riley Marie and Lainey @ Ginger Reads Lainey and it will take place from December 10th-16th.

There’s six challenges and I chose a book for each one of them. So here they are:

The hating game

Enemies to Lovers: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Lucy and Joshua are competing for the same job after the companies where they worked merge. At the beginning they hate each other but they end up falling in love. 

I have heard mixed things about this, some people love it and others have issues with it because of that, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read it, but at the end, some people I trust really liked it so I’m giving it a chance!

 

Dirty Rowdy Thing

Friends with Benefits: Dirty Rowdy Thing by Christina Lauren 

Harlow and Finn were married for 12 hours after a trip to Las Vegas. They still see each other occasionally and they still have a lot of chemestry.  When they see each other, they either end up fighting or having sex.  Until it turns to more. 

I’m a huge fan of Christina Lauren’s books, so I’m pretty sure I’m gonna enjoy this one. It’s the second book in the series and I haven’t read the first, but I think it’s not a big deal.

 

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00074]Fake Relationship: Big Rock by  Lauren Blakely

A playboy, whose father needs him to cool it for a bit because of some conservative investors, asks his best friend/business partner to be his fiancée for one week and she agrees. Then all the pretending in public leads to something more.  

I’m a bit nervous about this one, because the main guy (the description of the books is written from his pov) sounds like he’s a bit too cocky. I like cocky protagonist, don’t get me wrong, but he sounds like he may crossed the line to inssuferable. Also, that cover is SO BAD! Still, I’m willing to give it a chance.

 

From Lukov with love

Slow Burn: From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata

Jasmine and Ivan are figure skaters and they hate each other, but end up competing as a team and then their relationship evolves to something more. 

I have heard from several people that Mariana Zapata is the queen of slow burn, so I knew I had to read one of her books for this challenge. Also, I love figure skating so I’m excited!

 

 

Rafe

Forbidden: Rafe: A Buff Male Nanny by Rebekah Weatherspoon

Sloan is one of the youngest black female surgeons and single mom to twin girls, she ends up hiring Rafe, a big, bearded and tattooed guy to be their nanny and things happen between them. 

The premise of this one made me want to read it, thinking about this big, bearded and tattooed guy taking care of two little girls makes me smile everytime! I have heard this is fluffy and fun and it sounds like exactly what I need, especially since it seems like I’m gonna be extremely busy during the readathon.

 

A princess in theory

Different Worlds: A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole 

Ledi, a grad student in a STEM field, starts to receive emails telling her she is some sort of african princess, she ignores them until Prince Thabiso shows up to tell her they are supposed to get married.

I have heard great things about this one and I can’t wait to read it! A black women in STEM and an african prince falling in love?! What more could I ask for?!

 

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