Cuffed By You by Nikki Mays

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Kayla has had a pretty crappy year. Cheating husband? Check. Getting arrested for trying to drown him? Check. Getting handcuffed by the world’s hottest cop? Check. Raising four kids alone? Check. Cheating ex-husband being a complete nuisance? Check.
Obviously, it makes sense that she wants to stay as far away from the opposite sex as possible. The only thing she cares about is her family and work…well and maybe keeping her battery supply fully stocked. Of course, staying away from the opposite sex would be a lot easier if a certain Viking looking police officer didn’t seem to be everywhere that she is. It would also be a lot easier if he would just stop flirting with her. Doesn’t he understand that she’s a mess on the best of days? A mess with four kids! What man in his right mind wants a woman who’s crazy with a ton of kids?
Marc is the type of man who enjoys variety in life…if you know what I mean. But he hasn’t been able to get a certain crazy jilted woman out of his mind for the past year. Unfortunately for him, he likes a woman who’s a little crazy and Kayla has just the right amount. He knows that the last thing that she probably needs in her life is a man like him. But it’s like fate is even trying to help him. She is everywhere these days and he’s not going to look a gift horse in the mouth.
He’s a man who always has a plan. His newest one? To get Kayla to be his. Pretty simple right? Sure, if you don’t factor in that she doesn’t want a man. And that she has four kids. And that her ex-husband is the biggest piece of trash that he’s ever met. And if you don’t include meddling family members. Sure, this will be a piece of cake. What could go wrong?


*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Happy book birthday to Nikki Mays!

This book was pretty awesome. It was cute, steamy and funny as hell.

I don’t read a lot of adult romance. Like, settled women with kids type romances but I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. The four kids were hilarious and added an extra level of hilarity to it.

I had two tiny problems with this book. One, there were sooo many characters. Like I get it, people have big families but when you were given like 6 new names every other chapter it became way too much. You never really get to know the side characters because it’s bouncing around so much.

The other issue is that some of the dialogue just didn’t fit the situation. The love interest and his buddy were having a pretty deep discussion while watching the MC’s ex husband crawl around high and drunk. It just way didn’t fit.

Besides that, I really loved the no bs attitude the main character had. And her friends were amazing. I was totally not expecting the ending and loved the way the author handled it.

If you want a quick and hilarious read, check this one out!

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Until next time,

Bree

 

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February 2019 TBR

I am so so excited to read some of these books this month. With it being February and Valentines, I plan on reading a whole lot of romance. Granted, I never need an excuse to sit down with a steamy romance… but this month I am putting way more effort in on reading romances.

I’m hoping I can have as much of an amazing reading month as I did last month. I plan on continuing my rereading and checking out some KU romances.

I also have some plans of some romance recommendations! If you are looking for recommendations for a particular type or trope, let me know!


Until next time,

Bree

 

January 2019 Wrap-Up

You all know I suck at TBRs.

Seriously… if I write out a TBR, I will barely ever stick with it. But this month, I am super proud of myself because I read 9 of the 17 books on my TBR.

Which brings the totally count of books read in January to 27! Twenty Seven freaking books. I can hardly believe it.

Work has been super slow lately, which has allowed me to read quite a lot during the eight hours a day I’d normally be up to my ears in banking issues. It’s been a really really nice break after a solid 18 months of doing the workload of at least two people.

This month has been insane. As a little wrap-up of things none book related, I:

  • Watched a streamer play/watch everything you need to know about Kingdom Hearts before Kingdom Hearts 3 comes out (Highly recommend following Cohh Carnage if you like watching gameplay videos. He gave a shout out to Bring Me Home during his playthrough of Hades!)
  • Wrote 4000+ words of a new YA novel I’m working on.
  • Got a new Axolotl baby after figuring out that one of mine was male and having my tank full of eggs :/ Check instagram if you missed that debacle.
  • The new axolotl baby is a rescue and I am currently treating her for a few illnesses because of her mistreatment.
  • Started a Facebook author page to try to separate my author/blogging stuff. If you want to follow me there you can click here 🙂

Now for the books:

5 Stars

4 Stars

Now these last four books are books that I didn’t even give a rating to. I would first and foremost like to caution you about picking these books up. Although they are powerful to read, they are disturbing, disgusting, heartbreaking and just plain out horrible.

These four books go into detail regarding the emotional, physical and sexual abuse of the author. Please do not pick up these books unless you’re absolutely certain you can handle the content.


I hope you all had a fantastic reading month. I still don’t know how I managed to read so much but I (mostly) enjoyed every minute of it.

Happy reading!

Bree

Non-Stressful Books

I saw a post on Twitter about someone’s list of non-anxiety inducing books that they recommend reading and thought it would be a great idea to make a list of my own.

Unfortunately, I forgot to write down who it was so I can’t link them here, but if you know the post I’m talking about or you are the person, please DM me on Twitter or e-mail me so I can give you credit for this amazing idea.

I’ve always been open with the fact that I have anxiety, and yes, that does filter down to something as simple as the books I read. I have spent a week anxious and depressed on the couch because I read a really sad book series. It’s not something I’m proud of, since it bothers me that I can’t seem to have control over my own emotions, but that is my life.

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So I have compiled a list of books that are very calm, happily ever after books. If there’s any conflict, it’s resolved quickly and smoothly and doesn’t leave a million questions hanging around in your head.

Enjoy 🙂

  • The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
  • Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan
  • The City of Ember by Jeanne LePrau
  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  • Weird Things Customers Say in Book Shops by Jen Campbell
  • Frigid by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Kissing Tolstoy by Penny Reid
  • Geekerella by Ashley Poston
  • Mooseletoe by Tiffinie Helmer
  • Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi
  • Let’s Get Textual by Teagan Hunter
  • Snow In Love by Melissa De La Cruz (and other authors)
  • Nothing Personal by Karina Halle

There it is.. the list of least stressful books on my Goodreads list haha

Any other low-stress books you’d recommend I check out?

Until Next time,

Bree

 

Re-Reading Books

It’s no secret that I love re-reading.

There’s something comforting about sitting down and reading a book that you know exactly what’s going to happen.

(This will tie into another post I’ll be making soon about non-stressful books. Keep an eye out for that!)

Because I love to reread so much, I’ve decided to make myself a list of books to re-read this year. Both so I can refer to it when I’m in a slump, but also so I can keep myself from re-reading these 2-3 times a year which is normal for me.

Rick Riordan

  • The Lightning Thief
  • The Sea of Monsters
  • The Titan’s Curse
  • The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • The Last Olympian
  • The Lost Hero
  • The Son of Neptune
  • The Mark of Athena
  • The House of Hades
  • Blood of Olympus

Colleen Houck

  • Tiger’s Curse
  • Tiger’s Quest
  • Tiger’s Voyage
  • Tiger’s Destiny
  • Tiger’s Dream

Jennifer Armentrout

  • Obsidian
  • Onyx
  • Opal
  • Origin
  • Opposition
  • Wicked
  • Torn
  • Brave
  • The Prince
  • The Darkest Star
  • The Dead List
  • Till Death
  • Frigid

C.S. Lewis

  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • Prince Caspian
  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  • The Silver Chair
  • The Horse and His Boy
  • The Magicians Nephew
  • The Last Battle

Sarah J. Maas

  • A Court of Thorns and Roses
  • A Court of Mists and Fury
  • A Court of Wings and Ruin
  • A Court of Frost and Starlight

Melissa Landers

  • Alienated
  • Invaded
  • United

Colleen Hoover

  • It Ends With Us

Mary Lindsey

  • Ashes on the Waves

Stephenie Meyer

  • Twilight
  • New Moon
  • Eclipse
  • Breaking Dawn

Simone Elkeles

  • Perfect Chemistry
  • Rules of Attraction
  • Chain Reaction

What are some of your favorite books to re-read? Or do you re-read at all?

Until next time,

Bree

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

fanstastic beasts and where to find themAn approved textbook at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry since publication, Newt Scamander’s masterpiece has entertained wizarding families through the generations. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an indispensable introduction to the magical beasts of the Wizarding World. Scamander’s years of travel and research have created a tome of unparalleled importance. Some of the beasts will be familiar to readers of the Harry Potter books – the Hippogriff, the Basilisk, the Hungarian Horntail … Others will surprise even the most ardent amateur Magizoologist. This is an essential companion to the Harry Potter stories, and includes a new foreword from J.K. Rowling (writing as Newt Scamander) and six new beasts


During my reread of Harry Potter, I came across a Kindle version of Fantastic Beasts. The best part of this and why I decided to buy it is because this Kindle version is animated and omg does it ever make this so much better.

Being able to see a Werewolf transform, a dragon breath fire and a Hidebehind disappear and reappear was awesome.

The illustrations are absolutely beautiful, and at the end of the book it shows you the stills so you can zoom in and out to your hearts content.

I would highly recommend spending the 11$ just to see the animated version, it’s totally worth it. But i can definitely understand wanting the physical book because I can only imagine how beautiful it is.

How the book is written aswell is amazing. The references to different laws and policies that have passed regarding different magical creatures is fascinating. So is the part where they pulled in Muggle sightings (like Loch Ness) pretty sure that was my favorite part.

Until next time,

Bree

Top Five Wednesday

Is this a book tag? I’m categorizing it as a book tag lol

So technically I’m doing last weeks prompt this week, but whatever.

I’m doing a lot of rereading lately. A lot of books that I have already reviewed or posted about so it seems kind of silly to do another post on them. Because of that, my posts have been a little sporadic.

Anyways, here are my five reading resolutions for 2019


1. Reread favorite books (ie: PJO, HoO, HP, Tiger’s Saga)

2. Read more books that I already have instead of using KU or Scribd or buying. (Physical or bought Ebooks)

3. Slow down on arcs for the year. I accept way too many arcs and get behind on them too much. Also, catch up on arcs I’m behind on from 2018.

4. Read every day. Even if it’s just a chapter or a page.

5. Reach GR goal of 200 books read this year.


There you have it, those are my bookish goals/resolutions for 2019. What are your resolutions?

Happy reading 🙂

Bree

Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage

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Sweetness can be deceptive.

Meet Hanna.

She’s the sweet-but-silent angel in the adoring eyes of her Daddy. He’s the only person who understands her, and all Hanna wants is to live happily ever after with him. But Mommy stands in her way, and she’ll try any trick she can think of to get rid of her. Ideally for good.

Meet Suzette.

She loves her daughter, really, but after years of expulsions and strained home schooling, her precarious health and sanity are weakening day by day. As Hanna’s tricks become increasingly sophisticated, and Suzette’s husband remains blind to the failing family dynamics, Suzette starts to fear that there’s something seriously wrong, and that maybe home isn’t the best place for their baby girl after all.

From blazing new talent Zoje Stage, Baby Teeth is a story about a perfect-looking family, and a darling little girl who wants nothing more than to kill her mother.


What the actual fuckity fuck is this shit.

If I needed another reason not to have a little demon spawn of my own… this would give me the perfect reason.

Maybe it’s because my husbands name is Alex and I just sat there going.. yep, that would be my luck. I would end up being the one with a sociopath for a kid.

Also… pro tip: do not read this book in the middle of the night. I will never understand why I decided to start reading this at 4 in the morning. FML I will never sleep.

This book was amazingly creepy. Honestly, it was creepier than You and that shit fucked me up for weeks. I think it’s just the fact of reading from the antagonists perspective that makes this so creepy.

One thing I did notice is that the language used was definitely not that of a young girl. I don’t know if the author just bumped it up for creep factor, or what. But it almost made it worse.

The difference between Baby Teeth and You (I know I’m comparing these books a lot, but it’s really the only other thing I’ve read that’s similar) is that you almost feel sympathetic towards Hanna. Kind of. Her main issue with her mother was jealously. It was sad, sure.. but I feel like the parents definitely could of done more to reassure her.

If you have any recommendations of books that are similar to this or You, please leave them in the comments here!

Until next time,

Bree

90’s Movie Book Tag

I’m a 90’s baby. So of course I had to do a 90’s tag when I saw it! I feel like it’s required lol.

Enjoy 🙂


She’s All That: Name a book that is an odd pairing but they still fit perfectly

I’m sitting here trying to decipher whether this question means two characters or two books? :/

I’m not going to choose a specific book or couple, but I will tell you that the whole country boy and city girl thing is one of my favorite mish-mashed couples ever.

10 Things I Hate About You: A book/series that you have a love/hate relationship with

Right now I would have to say the Stalking Jack the Ripper series. I loved the first two books so much but the third one left a bad taste in my mouth. Now I’m debating whether I want to read the last one.

Clueless: A character that is totally clueless but you love them anyway

Kelsey from the Tiger’s Saga. Good lord, that girl could use a swift kick sometimes. Ugh. Drives me crazy.

Titanic: Name a book that made you cry

Tiger’s Dream when a particular character made a reappearance. I think that was the last time I cried. Before that I think it was when I sobbed like a baby at TFIOS.

American Pie: A book that makes you laugh

Nothing Personal by Karina Halle was hilarious. Almost cheesy, but pretty freaking great.

Can’t Hardly Wait: A book with a crazy party

I cannot think of a single book I’ve read with a party. Probably doesn’t help that I’m doing this book tag at ten to 7 in the morning after not sleeping… I’m fine *eye twitch*

Cruel Intentions: Name a character that you can never fully trust

The first one that comes to mind is Mara Dyer. She is the most amazing unreliable narrator that I have ever read. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and The Evolution Mara Dyer were freaking amazing.

Drive Me Crazy: Name your favorite “boy next door” or “girl next door”  couple

Oh… Daemon and Katy from Obsidian. Did you expect any other answer from me?

Scream: A book with a memorable villain

I recently got into reading those Twisted Tales novels by Liz Braswell. Those are definitely books that give an amazing insight on the well known villains from fairy tales. I think that’s what makes it so memorable is you get such a good perspective of their story.

Also Hanna from Baby Teeth. Fk that kid *shudders*

The Craft: Name a book with witches

I do not read witch books. I’ve never really been able to get into any at all. Unless you count Harry Potter. So Harry Potter, I guess.


I’m way behind doing this tag (as normal with tags) so if you haven’t done this one, I tag you to do it. It was fun!

Until next time,

Bree

January 2019 TBR

This year is going to be a good one.

I have a goal to read 200 books. I made my goal 150 last year and then read over 200, so I figured I’d push it this year. Maybe it’s going to work, maybe it’s not. I’m not overly concerned to be honest. I love reaching my Goodreads goal, but I don’t stress about it. The only thing that matters is that I enjoy reading.

But… to reach my goal, I will have to read at least 17 books a month. So that’s what my TBR will hold!

This month, I plan on finishing my reread of the whole Percy Jackson series. Plus at least the first three of the Heroes of Olympus. Also, I want to continue my Harry Potter reread. After that, I have a few books that I want to read that I got for cheap on Kindle.

Check out all the books I want to read:


Well.. there it is. I certainly have my work cut out for me this month. But vacation should help a lot.

What do you plan on reading this month!?

Until next time,

Bree