🎄Friend Zoned by Jennifer Sucevic

Friend Zoned

Is it wrong to suddenly find yourself crushing on your best friend? The one person who has always been there for you? I’m kind of thinking that it is. What I know for sure is that absolutely no good can possibly come from it. My relationships tend to expire long before the gallon of milk sitting idly in my fridge. So why would I want to screw up the best relationship I’ve ever had?

No brainer- I wouldn’t.

And yet I can’t stop noticing the way his piercing blue eyes pin me right in place. Or the unexpected urge I have to drag my fingers through his short thick blond hair. And those killer abs I sometimes catch a fleeting glimpse of when he stretches that big muscular body of his next to me in class? Yeah, you know you’re in trouble when your panties instantly flood on the spot. And don’t even get me started on the way soft cottony t-shirts fit across his ridiculously broad shoulders…

Nope… I should most definitely not be noticing any of this. Nor should I want to claw out the eyes of the waitress who keeps flirting with him right in front of my face…

Clearly you can see why I’m starting to freak out here.

So, exactly how do I go about getting rid of these traitorous feelings that have oh-so-unexpectedly taken root? How do I rewind time to when I wanted nothing more than a platonic friendship with him?

I haven’t the faintest clue… I just know that I have to try my damnedest to stop these nonsensical feelings from becoming even more entrenched. Because Sam is the one person I can’t afford to lose. He’s my absolute everything. Without him… yeah, I can’t even begin to imagine my life without him filling it. I refuse to throw away eight solid years of friendship on fickle feelings of sexual attraction.

So, no matter what happens, I can’t give in to these feelings.

Piece of cake, right?

Wrong.

So, so very wrong.


Enemies to lovers and now friends to lovers? Fuck yeah I’m glad I continued reading this series.

Sam popped up briefly in King of Campus but nothing was really talked about him. Just a “hey, this is the roommate”, so I definitely wanted to know more. He was the sweetest love interest I think I have ever read.

His and Violets relationship was so amazing. Their friendship was rock solid and the way it turned into romantic feelings was so natural. There was no forcing anything.

This book was adorable and it’s definitely one of those feel good cozy romances that I highly recommend for the Christmas season❤

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🎄King of Campus by Jennifer Sucevic

King of CampusRoan King.

The uncrowned king of Barnett University. He’s like a freaking celebrity around here. It’s totally ridiculous. People, by which I mean grown women, actually stalk him on the internet. And around campus. Apparently he’s god’s gift to both football and the ladies (I’m using that term loosely). All he has to do is smile and girls just fall right onto their backs before spreading their legs nice and wide. I’ve heard that he’s already plowed his way through half the female population here at Barnett. I’m sure he’ll work his way through the second half before he gets drafted to the NFL later this year.

Yeah… I don’t plan to be one of them. The guy is nothing more than a conceited player. You know the type—a steroid infused meathead jock coasting through college on his football prowess.

Ugh.

I have three words for you—avoid, avoid, avoid.

Need I say more?

I don’t think so.

I’ve had the sad misfortune of running into him on campus. Literally. As in—I literally slammed into him before spilling my iced coffee drink all over that wide rippling chest of his (did I just say that?). What I learned from the experience is that Roan King is one hell of a cocky son of a—

I also learned that he has the most spectacular chest…

And don’t even get me started on those abs… I could probably cut diamonds on them.

Unfortunately for me, Operation Avoid-Roan-King isn’t going so well. Everywhere I go, there he is. If he wasn’t so ridiculously hot, he would be a hell of a lot easier to forget. With his dark hair, shocking turquoise colored eyes and (damn him) buff body, he’s easily the most gorgeous guy I’ve ever laid eyes on.

Crap… see what I mean?

Why do I suddenly have the bad feeling that Roan King is going to lead to my utter ruin and downfall?


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Not going to lie… I thought I was going to hate this book. At first, Roan was SUCH a douche canoe I couldn’t even see straight, he pissed me off so bad.

Like seriously… his first run in with Ivy was : Do you want to go back to my place? I have a couple hours to kill.

After she’s like… wtf O.o

He goes “I usually go for girls with a little more on top, but you’ll do.”

Ex-fucking-cuse me? Nah… I’m all for enemies to lovers and bad boys. Maybe a little cockiness or protectiveness, fine. But this? Naw.. that even pisses me off.

However, even though he’s the douchiest douche that ever was… I did end up enjoying their relationship and enjoying the story itself. So much so that I’m currently reading the second book (which is a companion).

This book started out pretty terrible, but if you stick it through, it’s actually quite sweet and a nice romance. Ivy doesn’t let Roan use her or walk all over her. She’s just as sassy as can be and I think that seriously saves this book.

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Also.. I totally picked up this book because the cover models are the same as on the Lux books.

haha

Until next time,

Bree

🎄Bring Me Home Excerpt

Hey all!

Since I did an excerpt for Blogtober, I thought I’d do one for Blogmas as well. So here you go!

My book is currently on a Blog Tour, so make sure to check out all these wonderful supportive bloggers ❤

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When the old man walked up to Cole I was able to get a good look at his face. A strong jaw covered with stubble, broad cheekbones, and an expressive mouth. His lips looked so soft, marred only by a thin hoop of metal pierced through the right side of his lip. I wondered what it would be like to kiss him. Would I be able to feel that ring?

I shook my head, trying to rid myself of those thoughts. This was my friend. Not some random guy I could check out.

It almost worked, until Cole’s brown eyes met mine and I nearly melted in my chair. His eyes widened before a huge grin split his face.

Thanking the cashier, he took the coffee and walked over to my table. I thought he was going to sit down across from me, but he placed his cup on the table and pulled me out of my seat before hugging me tightly to his muscled chest.

“Kail…” he whispered into my hair. “God, I have missed you.”

Feeling the heat from his body soak into mine, I tried to speak but found myself tongue tied. I hugged him back tightly.

Cole pulled away from me, a hand on each shoulder and gave me a slow once over. I could feel his eyes as he took in my long hair piled in a messy bun, the fitted sweater and jeans I was wearing, down to my painted toes peeking out of my sandals.

“You…” he smiled, “haven’t changed a single bit.”

I felt myself deflate a little bit, kind of bummed out that he would still see me as his nerdy friend from high school. Sure I’d changed. Well, I thought I did anyway. My hair wasn’t as flat and messy anymore once I figured out what a hair straightener was. That fixed that problem. I stopped wearing oversized sweaters and swapped my glasses for contacts whenever I was in public.

I laughed to cover the awkwardness. “Gee thanks Cole, how sweet of you.”

“I just mean you’re still gorgeous of course.”


Until next time,

Bree

 

🎄Flirting With Fire by Piper Rayne

40802615Everyone knows that if you play with fire you’ll end up getting burned…

What happens when you attend a first responder’s bachelor auction with your best friends? Well, if your name is Madison Kelly like me, your friends end up bidding on a date for you with your high school crush.

That’s right. Even back when I was ‘Fatty Maddie’ to all my classmates, I had eyes for the quarterback of our football team. Not like I was the only one.

Mauro Bianco may fight fires for a living, but he still sets my heart ablaze. One look at the rugged, muscular man he’s turned into and I want to slide down his pole.

One date. That’s all I’m committed to. A few hours and I can tuck him back into that tattered old shoebox in my closet.

As always, the universe has other plans. I never would’ve predicted that in a matter of days he’d turn from my dream guy into my business partner — and that’s when things got interesting.


Oh. My. Fuck.

This book is freaking adorable! This is a second chance romance that seriously makes you think of every unrequited crush you had in High School.

Okay… so maybe that is the cringiest thing ever. At least for me. But that butterflies-wont-stop-cant-stop feeling? Yeah, that’s what this book gives and I loved it.

Not only was it super sweet and adorable but I loved how it actually took a bit of a serious turn. Not over the top but certainly enough that makes you want to grab the next book so you can see what happens.

Mauro and Madison are great together and I adore how they help each other deal with their past issues. Mauro with his ex cheating on him and Madison with her self esteem issues from high school. But it’s not the main focus. It’s just a lovely little side note that makes these characters feel like real people.

The level of relationships in this book whether platonic or romantic or familial was on point and I’m definitely going to be picking up the next book ASAP

Until next time,

Bree

🎄Bookish Naughty or Nice Tag

Hey all!

I saw this on Books In The Skye‘s blog and I had to give it a try. Make sure you go check out her answers as well!

This tag was originally created by Jenniely!

  1. Tag & link the person who tagged you
  2. Tag & link me/this post (which if you do this from mine – let me know! I’d love to read your answers)
  3. Tick/cross off the ones you’ve done
  4. Tag another 10 people

1. Received an ARC and not reviewed it ✔

Okay… I’m kind of bad for this sometimes. The thing is, is I never request or accept an ARC unless I’m legitimately interested in reading it. So I have that going for me. But I also have a freaking TERRIBLE memory. Seriously, I could accept an ARC and then it just sits somewheres forever.

I’m sorry.

2. Have less than 60% feedback rating on Netgalley ✔

Netgalley is the devil. -.-

3. Rated a book on Goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did) 

Not this year! I have rated a book and not cross-posted the review… but I haven’t promised a review.

4. Folded down the page of a book

I am… a complete book snob.

I don’t care what you do to your book. That is none of my business, but when it comes to my books: I keep them in pristine condition.

5. Accidentially spilled on a book

Nope. Definitely not this year.

6. DNF a book this year ✔

Yes. And I’m totally not sorry. I refuse to try to finish a book when I’m seriously not enjoying it.

7. Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it

Because I read mostly ebooks and have very rarely bought physical books, this is a hard no.

8. Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else (like homework) ✔

On a regular basis.

9. Skim read a book ✔

If I’m losing patience with the book or it’s getting close to dnf status, yes. I will skim.

10. Completely missed your Goodreads goal

NOPE! I completely tanked my goal this year!

11. Borrowed a book and not returned it to the library 

Maybe when I was a kid. But it’s been years since I stepped foot in a library.

12. Broke a book buying ban

I no longer impose those on myself because I suck.

13. Started a review, left it for ages then forgot what the book was about ✔

Yes. And it’s the worse thing ever.

14. Wrote in a book you were reading

Never!

15. Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads ✔

I’m usually pretty good at adding everything, but there has been a few this year that I didn’t add.

16. Borrowed a book and not returned it to a friend ✔

I have had my friends copy of 13 reasons why for four years.

I’m not sure she actually remembers I have it xD

17. Dodged someone asking if they can borrow a book

I have no friends. So no.

18. Broke the spine of someone else’s book

See above xD

19. Took the jacket off a book to protect it and ended up making it more damaged

Whenever I read hardcovers… I take the dust jacket off and put it back where the book belongs. No damage ever occurs.

20. Sat on a book accidentially ✔

I mean… sure haha But it’s usually my Kindle if that counts, so there’s not much damage that happens

9/20

So I totally didn’t do too bad!

If you haven’t done this tag, please do it and tag me in it! This was so much fun and I’m curious to see what everyone’s answers are!

Until next time,

Bree

🎄My New Pets!

I announced on Twitter and Insta that I got two new pets.

Everyone seemed pretty confused about what they are and that they even exist, so i thought I’d do a little post about them.

Meet Mudkip and Wooper the Axolotls. Axolotls are a type of salamander, also known as a Mexican Walking Fish. They absolutely adorable, ranging in colors from white to speckled brown and basically everything in between. They have red gills on each side of their face. They kind of remind me of those dinosaurs… but cute.

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But they’re absolutely amazing.

They’re very much endangered, due to their habitats being destroyed and large fish that eat them being introduced, but their thriving in captivity.

These are very laid back pets that don’t actually require a whole lot of care. They eat anywheres from once a day to once every 3-4 days depending on their ages. Mine are babies that need to be fattened up, so I’m currently feeding them twice a day. They eat salmon pellets or earth worms. They also love uncooked shrimp.

The only thing really particular is the aquarium. They don’t like running water, so a weak filter is best. They prefer low light environments, so you don’t need an aquarium with a bright fluorescent light. They also love a lot of space. These little guys are very similar to Koi fish. The bigger their environment and the more space they have, the bigger they’ll get. I have 2 babies (about 5 inches long) in a 20 gallon tank. But they’ll be upgraded to a 30 gallon as they get older.

They also can’t have pebbles or decorations smaller than their heads. They have big mouths and they can be a little stupid sometimes and try to eat anything they can get their mouths on. So sand is the best thing to have at the bottom of their tanks.

The best thing is, you don’t have to do full water changes. It’s actually really bad if you do because they need a certain bacteria in their water that you would destroy. So 15-20% water changes every week or so and making sure to scoop out any food or debris every day.

Axolotls are permanently in their larvae stage. So think of them as tadpoles that never become frogs. The most interesting thing I find about them is (although it means that their water conditions are not ideal) they can actually become land dwelling. They start to lose their gills, grow eyelids and want to be on land. At that point their very similar to mole salamanders. But I need to stress that this is bad. Anyone who tries to force this change will 99% of the time kill their Axolotls.

I can’t wait until we can get their entire tank set up. They’re happy though… at least they seem happy to me.

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If you have any questions, let me know below and I will try to answer them to the best of my ability. I’m still learning.

Until next time,

Bree

🎄Moonlight Scandals by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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It takes a fearless woman to love the most scandalous man alive in New York Times Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s breathtaking novel

Even a ghost hunter like Rosie Herpin couldn’t have foreseen the fateful meeting between two mourners that has brought her so intimately close to the notorious and seductive Devlin de Vincent. Everyone in New Orleans knows he’s heir to a dark family curse that both frightens and enthralls. To the locals, Devlin is the devil. To Rosie, he’s a man who’s stoking her wildest fantasies. When a brutal attack on her friend is linked to the de Vincents, he becomes a mystery she may be risking her life to solve.

Devlin knows what he wants from this sexy and adventurous woman. But what does Rosie want from him? It’s a question that becomes more pressing—and more dangerous—when he suspects her of prying into the shadows of his past.

Now, the legends surrounding the de Vincents may not be myths at all. But if she’s to discover the truth, she must follow them straight into the arms of the man she can’t resist—the handsome devil himself.


Moonlight Scandals was the book in the trilogy that I was looking forward to the most. Devlin was such a dark, cold character in the other three books. Because of that, I was absolutely intrigued with how Jennifer would turn him into a swoony book boyfriend. But oh my life, did she ever.

I loved Rosie. I love how she didn’t take any shit. I love how she argued with Dev and wasn’t just awe struck by his status and name. She gave as good as he did and the tension between them was freaking intense.

I loved the paranormal aspect of it. If you’re a wimp like I am, definitely don’t read this at night when no ones home. But the whole ghost and haunting parts if this was absolutely amazing.

I know it’s the last book of the trilogy, but I want more. It was steamy, sweet, adorable, hilarious and everything I’ve come to expect and adore in JLAs books ❤

I was so lucky to receive a copy of this book for review from the author!

If you’re interested :

Goodreads
Amazon CA
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Until next time,

Bree

🎄Bring Me Home Blog Tour

Hey all!

Majorly exciting news! The blog tour for my books starts today!

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It kind of felt like this day was never going to happen. But it went by super slow and super fast at the same time.

So here is the Blog Tour graphic and also the link to the first stop! Adrianna has an awesome spotlight post to show you!

Again, I can never thank you all enough for the amount of support you have shown me during this adventure. Even though this is a book review blog and it will always be a book review blog, I am so happy that you are all willing to bear with me through the writing posts so I can document this journey!

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Check out Adrianna’s stop at For The Love Of Books

Until next time,

Bree

 

🎄A Late November Wrap-Up

Hey All 🙂

I am a tad behind in all my typical planned posts for the month, which means, here is a pretty late November wrap-up.

I had a pretty good reading month in November. Considering I was supposed to be participating in NaNo which totally didn’t happen. But I also managed to get everything ready for the blog tour for my book! So November was still a success!

But now for the wrap-up:

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Well, there it is. I hope you all had a fantastic reading month in November! ❤

Until next time,

Bree

🎄Falling By The Firelight by Rose Ivory

42755037There’s nothing in the world that Kate Green loves more than Christmas. The baking, the music, the drinking too much wine with friends and family in the name of cheer, all of it. Even though she’s been single for the past three years, at Christmas, she’s never felt alone.

But when all flights are grounded on Christmas Eve, Kate finds herself trapped in Seattle. With her family celebrating back east, she resolves to spend the holiday in blissful, relaxing solitude. A consolation celebration that might have worked…if not for the power outage.

In the blackout, Kate finds herself shacked up with Nolan, her new a-hole neighbor with a tendency to make her skin crawl. Or, more often, tingle. With his condescending tone, tall brawny build, and sharp jaw so often clenched in disdain, he should be the last person with whom she’d want to ride out a blizzard.

He should be. But when his molten gaze begins to thaw a part of Kate that she hasn’t felt in years, awakening a passion she’d pushed down to cope with the pain, she realizes that she might not mind being trapped. That being stuck just might bring her everything she’s been too scared to seize.


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Yaaaas! My first actual Christmas read that feels like an actual Christmas book. Adorable, sweet af and to top it off and make it so much better… a trapped together romance.

Well… kind of.

I love how this novel was super short, like only 103 pages but you seriously felt so connected to the characters. It was freaking adorable. And steamy. And sweet. And yeah, I may have just found my new Christmas reread.

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It just came out November 10th, so if you’re interested:

Goodreads
Amazon CA
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Until next time,

Bree