Waiting On Wednesday #6: Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali.

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine where bloggers can showcase books that they are eagerly waiting for. This week I’m waiting on Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali.

31123249Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali.
Expected publication: June 13th 2017.
353 pages.
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Saints and Misfits is an unforgettable debut novel that feels like a modern day My So-Called Life…starring a Muslim teen.

How much can you tell about a person just by looking at them?

Janna Yusuf knows a lot of people can’t figure out what to make of her…an Arab Indian-American hijabi teenager who is a Flannery O’Connor obsessed book nerd, aspiring photographer, and sometime graphic novelist is not exactly easy to put into a box.

And Janna suddenly finds herself caring what people think. Or at least what a certain boy named Jeremy thinks. Not that she would ever date him—Muslim girls don’t date. Or they shouldn’t date. Or won’t? Janna is still working all this out.

While her heart might be leading her in one direction, her mind is spinning in others. She is trying to decide what kind of person she wants to be, and what it means to be a saint, a misfit, or a monster. Except she knows a monster…one who happens to be parading around as a saint…Will she be the one to call him out on it? What will people in her tightknit Muslim community think of her then?

Everything about this book seems so incredible, I cannot wait for it to come out!!!

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Trope Tuesday #11: Office Romance.

Trope Tuesday is a meme/series created by Lacy Literacy. On Tuesdays, the goal is to discuss one trope that you dislike, love, are indifferent to, hate, currently annoyed by, think is problematic, etc. You can learn more about Trope Tuesday here.

Office Romance is a very well-known trope, especially in New Adult books. Very often fiction that features characters in a work environment will have at least one instance of on the job romance. It’s usually played as against the rules and off limits, however, it can be within the employment policy. Characters can get called on it or even get fired. If the pairing fails, there can be a lot of awkwardness in the aftermath.

Sleeping with the Boss is a sub-trope that is largely popular and probably what makes me uncomfortable about this trope. The “hot for supervisor” version is forbidden in job rules to avoid ethics problems. If this does occur, one character may wind up changing shifts or departments or quitting the job.

The Hating Game is definitely my favorite book from this trope. It has everything I love in a romance book; enemies to lovers, lovable characters, great writing, etc. and I cannot wait for more from this author. I have said it before, but I’ll say it again, Emma Chase is one of the best romance authors out there, and two of her books that fit into this category are Overruled and Tangled.

I’m not really that interested in this trope, but I do like how realistic it is. I mean, most married couples I know have met in their workplace or something of the kind so that’s the nice aspect of it. But some books push it too much into the “sleep your way to the top” which is something I really disapprove.

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Review: Haven (Beards & Bondage #1) by Rebekah Weatherspoon.

34745311Haven (Beards & Bondage #1) by Rebekah Weatherspoon.
Published: April 25th 2017.
228 pages.
Rating: 4/5
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City girl Claudia Cade’s carefree life is plunged into chaos when a camping trip with her brother in the national forests of Northern California turns into a deadly dash for her survival.

A solitary world turned upside down…

Nature photographer Shepard Olsen has resigned himself to a quiet existence, with only his dog by his side, until a woman in need of his protection shows up on his doorstep and throws his universe into disarray.

Two lives linked by tragedy…

Claudia is desperate to heal from her traumatic loss, but can’t stop thinking about her run-in with evil….or the grizzled mountain man whose quick thinking and good aim saved her life. When she shows up on Shep’s doorstep again, she finds she isn’t the only one who can’t move on.

…saved by bliss.

The two begin an intense, passionate relationship of Dominance and submission, pleasure and pain, but with dark memories haunting them and decisions about the future rapidly approaching, Claudia can’t help but wonder…how long can they be each other’s haven?

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Review: Touch of Fondness by Joy Penny.

33526180Touch of Fondness (Stay in Touch #1) by Joy Penny.
Published: May 2nd 2017.
335 pages.
Rating: 3.5/5
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Four friends. Four college grads. Four people figuring out that life doesn’t always turn out the way you expected.

Brielle Reyes may not have post-college life planned out like some of her friends do, but she figures she’ll work for her mother’s home cleaning service while job hunting for something that makes use of her history and philosophy degrees. It’ll work out as long as she doesn’t fall in love. Her last relationship was a disaster and she has no idea where she’ll be in a few weeks, let alone the rest of her life. Since the only guy in her age range she sees now on a regular basis is cantankerous if handsome client Archer Ward, she probably won’t have a hard time sticking to that vow. Probably.

Archer Ward likes very few things: illustrating as a somewhat-celebrated comic artist and his privacy. When his meddling mother hires him a cleaning service on an almost daily basis because she doesn’t fully trust her son to live on his own with his disability, he’s at first annoyed—even if his house cleaner is the most beautiful woman he’s ever spent more than a few minutes with. When he realizes her dreams may take her far outside of his restricted orbit, he has to decide whether to stifle his interest in her or risk messing up her plans to explore if there’s something more between them.

Neither can deny they’re growing a little fond of each other, even if falling in love just now makes no sense whatsoever. But how often does love ever make perfect sense?

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Trope Tuesday #10: Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl.

Trope Tuesday is a meme/series created by Lacy Literacy. On Tuesdays, the goal is to discuss one trope that you dislike, love, are indifferent to, hate, currently annoyed by, think is problematic, etc. You can learn more about Trope Tuesday here.

I probably don’t even have to explain anything about this trope, the name says it all. Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl happens when the brooding, angsty, loner boy ends up with a sweet, gentle, caring girl who will patiently coax him out of his moody ass shelf. Now, I know this is a cliche, but aren’t cliches cliche for a reason?

While the appeal of the brooding boy probably has something to do with the fact the “girls love bad boys”, the brooding boy isn’t necessarily bad, he’s just… moody. Like, maybe he has a dark and troubled past, maybe he made terrible mistakes, or maybe he simply takes his responsibilities more seriously than he’s supposed to. Whatever the case, he’s just waiting for someone to draw him out of his shell, to understand him and yada yada yada, that person being the gentle girl.

The heroine “gentle girl” doesn’t try to actively shake the brooding boy out of his moodiness. Her approach is more subtle; she patiently and persistently offers kind words, shy or gentle smiles, hugs, companionship, and hope. In the end, “the power of love” will eventually heal the brooding boy, and she might learn some things about herself as well, since she usually has some demons about herself that she needs to face.

As this is a popular trope to say the least, I have read quite a few books from it. So I’ll just talk about my favorites. Pretty Face is definitely very high on my list, I love the author, I love the plot, I love the characters, and also AGE GAP! But seriously, this is such a masterpiece, 100% recommend anything from Lucy Parker. Another one that is very high on my list is Flat-Out Love, okay okay, I know this is getting repetitive but I love this book way too much and I just can’t help myself, I need to put it in every list that it can be a part of.

I should also recommend ManagedI’ve Got Your Number and Miracle on 5th Avenue (this one is a holiday book though, yay), these three books are so precious to me, if you haven’t read them yet, you should totally add it to your list because it’s definitely worth it. They have a special place in my heart and I’ll always love them.

What do you guys think? Already done with this trope? Or still up for more books with it?

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Review: Keeping the Distance (I Heart Iloilo #1) by Clarisse David.

33198076Keeping the Distance (I Heart Iloilo #1) by Clarisse David.
Published: February 6th 2017.
172 pages.
Rating: 4.5/5
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No bets. No fake relationships. Just a very real one that has to be kept under wraps.

Seventeen-year-old Melissa wants to dye her hair cotton candy pink and focus on her ukulele instead of Physics. But she can’t. As the daughter of a Catholic school principal, living up to her model student image 24/7 is a must. Something’s about to give under all the pressure. She only hopes it isn’t her.

Getting involved with a troublemaking basketball player is the last possible thing she needs…

Lance is used to getting what he wants. With a pretty face he uses to full advantage and his role as co-captain of the basketball team, the easy way is the only way he’s ever known. Until the day he notices the prim Melissa he’s known forever is actually hot and decides to ask her out. He has no idea he’s about to learn the lesson of a lifetime.

Not getting what he wants might exactly be what he needs…

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Waiting On Wednesday #5: Internet Famous by Danika Stone.

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine where bloggers can showcase books that they are eagerly waiting for. This week I’m waiting on Internet Famous by Danika Stone.

Inter31145123net Famous by Danika Stone.
Expected publication: June 6th 2017.
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High school senior and internet sensation Madison Nakama seems to have it all: a happy family, good grades, and a massive online following for her pop-culture blog. But when her mother suddenly abandons the family, Madi finds herself struggling to keep up with all of her commitments.

Fandom to the rescue! As her online fans band together to help, an online/offline flirtation sparks with Laurent, a French exchange student. Their internet romance—played out in the comments section of her MadLibs blog—attracts the attention of an internet troll who threatens the separation of Madi’s real and online personas. With her carefully constructed life unraveling, Madi must uncover the hacker’s identity before he can do any more damage, or risk losing the people she loves the most… Laurent included.

I love internet related romance so I’m incredibly excited for this omg!!!!

What about you guys? Are you excited for this book as much as I am?

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Trope Tuesday #9: Opposites Attract.

Trope Tuesday is a meme/series created by Lacy Literacy. On Tuesdays, the goal is to discuss one trope that you dislike, love, are indifferent to, hate, currently annoyed by, think is problematic, etc. You can learn more about Trope Tuesday here.

Opposites Attract is not only extremely popular in the fandom territory but it’s also a major thing in real life. Really, who has never heard that opposites attract? The trope happens when two characters who are diametric opposites miraculously work well together.

I’m very conflicted about this trope because I have read great books with it, but I find the idea fundamentally ridiculous. Especially in real life. I mean, how does one talk to someone who they have nothing in common with? Even better, how do they develop a relationship? I can’t imagine it’s easily accomplished.

I’ve seen Opposites Attract being confused with Enemies To Lovers which I can understand, and sometimes it can be the case — like in The Hating Game — but usually the latter happens when the characters are too similar and compete with each other, not always though, of course.

Since this trope is so popular, I have read quite a few books with it, taking that into account, I’ll just give you my top five, yay. I will also be excluding books that could categorize as Enemies To Lovers as well.

01. Under Locke by Mariana Zapata — I love all of Zapata’s books, I swear she’s the queen of slow burn, so that automatically makes her the queen of my heart. I was so reluctant to start this book because 1) I really dislike bikers and motorcycles in general. And 2) I thought this would be darker than I wanted at the time. But I was proven wrong in the best way possible and now this is one of my favorite NA book.

02. Managed by Kristan Callihan — This book was nothing like I expected it to be and it was just so good I couldn’t put it down. Yes, the plot is great, but the characters are what really captivated me, I wanted more and more of them and nothing was enough. Callihan’s writing has gotten so much better since Firelight, or even The Hook Up that is more recent.

03. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell — The first time I read this book I didn’t understand what the fuss was about, it didn’t seem all that appealing to me. But last year I re read it for whatever reason, and honestly how could I have missed how amazing this book is? I loved everything about it to be honest.

04. The Backup Boyfriend by River James — I actually already made a review for this book, you can check it out here.

05. The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata — Another Zapata’s book, not surprising. This one was actually the first book I read by her and it still holds a special place in my heart. I love its characters and FAKE DATING!!!!! so yea, you can guess how good this book was. Fake dating + slow burn + great writing = my happy place.

What about you guys? Do you also have a love/hate relationship with this trope?

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Blog Tour: Summer Feels: A #romanceclass Anthology.

34817829Summer Feels: A #romanceclass Anthology.
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Published April 30th 2017.
383 pages.

Featuring stories by:
Elea Andrea Almazora • Erleen Alvarez • Ella Banta • Rachelle Belaro • H. Bentham • Halina Cabrera • Charlie Dio • Mina V. Esguerra • Elizabeth Galit • Georgette S. Gonzales • Ami Granada • Irene Jurado • Catherine Lo • Arlene Manocot • Bianca Mori • Eris Peñaluna • Farrah F. Polestico • Kit Salazar • Miel Salva • Fay Sebastian • Kate Sebastian • Yeyet Soriano • Marian Tee

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Waiting On Wednesday #4: Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee.

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine where bloggers can showcase books that they are eagerly waiting for. This week I’m waiting on Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee.

29414576Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee.
Expected publication: June 6th 2017.
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After a shout-out from one of the Internet’s superstar vloggers, Natasha “Tash” Zelenka finds herself and her obscure, amateur web series, Unhappy Families, thrust into the limelight: She’s gone viral.

Her show is a modern adaptation of Anna Karenina—written by Tash’s literary love Count Lev Nikolayevich “Leo” Tolstoy. Tash is a fan of the forty thousand new subscribers, their gushing tweets, and flashy Tumblr GIFs. Not so much the pressure to deliver the best web series ever.

And when Unhappy Families is nominated for a Golden Tuba award, Tash’s cyber-flirtation with Thom Causer, a fellow award nominee, suddenly has the potential to become something IRL—if she can figure out how to tell said crush that she’s romantic asexual.

Tash wants to enjoy her newfound fame, but will she lose her friends in her rise to the top? What would Tolstoy do?

What about you guys? Are you excited for this book as much as I am?

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