Waiting On Wednesday: Down by Contact by Santino Hassell.

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 Down by Contact (The Barons #2) by Santino Hassell.

33637825Down by Contact (The Barons #2) by Santino Hassell.
Expected publication: January 16th 2018.
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Blurb:
Two rival football players begin a game with higher stakes than the Super Bowl in this steamy romance from the author of Illegal Contact. 

Simeon Boudreaux, the New York Barons’ golden-armed quarterback, is blessed with irresistible New Orleans charm and a face to melt your mama’s heart. He’s universally adored by fans and the media. Coming out as gay in solidarity with his teammate hasn’t harmed his reputation in the least—except for some social media taunting from rival linebacker Adrián Bravo.

Though they were once teammates, Adrián views Simeon as a traitor and the number-one name on the New Jersey Predators’ shit list. When animosity between the two NFL players reaches a boiling point on the field, culminating in a dirty fist fight, they’re both benched for six games and sentenced to joint community service teaching sullen, Brooklyn teens how to play ball.

At first, they can barely stand to be in the same room, but running the camp forces them to shape up. With no choice but to work together, Simeon realizes Adrián is more than his alpha-jerk persona, and Adrián begins to question why he’s always had such strong feelings for the gorgeous QB…

I need this book by tomorrow okay? You don’t understand!!

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Book Review: The Bye-Bye Bouquet by Chi Yu Rodriguez.

28943244The Bye-Bye Bouquet by Chi Yu Rodriguez.
Published: February 2016.
Rating: 2/5
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Every month for the past year, like clockwork, Meile Simon has gotten orders at her shop for the same type of bouquet, from the same guy, delivered to twelve different girls. By the third month, she starts to take note. 

Warren Leigh likes women. He does. He knows there are too many beautiful women out there just waiting to be plucked by the right guy. But he firmly believes that personal relationships with them must have an expiration date. 

When the girl who likes to watch flowers bloom encounters the guy who’s only in it while the fragrance lasts, curiosity gets the best of both of them.

In the midst of intermittent weather, will their connection blossom or wilt?

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Review: Swept Off My Feet by Ines Bautista-Yao.

36278608Swept Off My Feet by Ines Bautista-Yao.
Published: September 19th 2017.
149 pages.
Rating: 4.5
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Blurb:
Why my life sucks 
by Geri Lazaro 

1. My dad left when I was a kid. 
2. My mom is in love (insert eye roll). 
3. With a guy who is like 10 years younger than her! 
4. My friends think he’s hot. (Gross) 
5. I love ballet but our dance studio has a leak and we have to dance in this smelly studio that doubles as an aikido dojo. 
6. There’s this Dojo guy who thinks the studio belongs to him. 
7. Friends think Dojo guy is cute. (Ew.) (Okay, objectively maybe but still, ew.) 
8. I’m failing algebra. 
9. Need to quit either basketball or ballet. Or both. 
10. Dojo guy keeps showing up! (Fine, he does aikido in the same building but whatever.) 
11. Dojo guy is asking me to dance with him. And maybe he is as cute as my friends say. 
12. I don’t know what to do anymore! 

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Cover Reveal: Making it Complicated by Clarisse David.

Are you guys as excited as I am for this book? I looooved the first one so I can’t wait to read more from these characters!

Today is the cover reveal for Making it Complicated by Clarisse David. This cover reveal is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The cover designer is Daniel Tinagan.

Making it ComplicatedMaking it Complicated (I Heart Iloilo #2)
By Clarisse David
Genre: Romance
Age category: Young Adult, New Adult
Release Date: October 16, 2017

Blurb:
No promises. No expectations. Just one night on a paradise island that could mean everything.

Nineteen-year-old Cam has a metric ton of emotional baggage and is in no mood to unload them on anyone. After her parents’ marriage imploded, stress-free is the only way she wants her life to be. And what could be more freeing than spending the summer on Boracay? Absolutely nothing… until she bumps heads with Hunter, the hot drummer who screams incoming heartbreak from a mile away.

Hunter has grand plans, none of which include angry-at-the-world Cam, best friend to the girl he always thought he’d end up with. He likes his life steady, thank you very much. But steady has now become synonymous with boring. His grand plans don’t seem so grand anymore. So when Cam comes home to Iloilo City and reaches out to him, he surprises himself when the one answer he can think of is… yes. Definitely yes.

Sometimes, complications are the only things that make sense.

You can find Making it Complicated on Goodreads

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Clarisse DavidAbout the Author:
Clarisse David is a Young Adult and New Adult author from the land of epic heat waves a.k.a. the Philippines. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and cannot survive without red lipstick and books. When not hanging out on Twitter, she can be found working on her latest writing project.

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Calendar Girls #5: Best Paranormal Novel.

Calendar Girls is a blog event hosted by the bloggers Melanie Noell Bernard and Flavia the Bibliophile, inspired by Neil Sedaka’s 1961 song Calendar Girl. Just like in the song, they decided to use a specific theme for each month and choose a book based on these themes! The event is meant to incite discussions with other bloggers about books we’ve read and loved, to help bloggers interact with other bloggers, and also for bloggers and readers to find out about blogs which they normally may not have come across! If you’d like to know more you can check here and here.

October’s theme is Best Paranormal Novel

This genre used to be a huge no for me, although I didn’t really have a reason for disliking it, I just didn’t want to be like everyone else and love vampires and werewolves and omg angels. Oh my younger self, so stupid and naive. Fast forward a few years and I’m almost the poster child for this genre… okay, not really. But I love it so much *whispers* especially the paranormal romance, I’m a hopeless romantic, what can I say?

This month I’m going to try and not make a list of books that I love from this genre because it must be really annoying for you guys, so I’ll contain myself this time around. Without further ado, my top pick is…

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Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

Okay, in all fairness, this isn’t exactly my favorite paranormal novel, but I just had to give it to Obsidian, if nothing else, because of how surprising it was that I loved it as much as I did.

When I saw this series here and there I always rolled my eyes, I mean, seriously? aliens? *scoff* but boy did I eat my words. Truthfully, this was so entertaining and the plot is actually fantastic! Plus, this was the book that finally made me own up to my love for paranormal romance and stop referring to it as a guilty pleasure and being low-key embarrassed of liking it.

So here are some reasons for reading this series asap:

Haters to lovers trope !!!!!!!!!
✓ Katie is so freaking relatable, I mean, she’s a book blogger you guys.
✓ Aliens vs humans.
✓ Jennifer L. Armentrout can do no wrong, I love her stories so much!

How proud are you that I managed to only mention one book? This is a miracle, people! But there you have it! Let me know what you think of Paranormal Novels/Romance!

What about you guys? What’s your favorite Paranormal Novel?

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Review: My Imaginary Ex by Mina V. Esguerra.

6692512My Imaginary Ex by Mina V. Esguerra.
Published 2009 by Summit Media.
144 pages.
Rating: 5 stars.
Genre: Contemporary Romance.
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Blurb:
Here’s what happens when you play pretend.

When Zack asks Jasmine to pretend to be his ex-girlfriend, she gamely agrees, thinking it would be fun. A few years later, she still has to keep convincing people that they were never together! Then one day, she finds out he’s getting married—to someone she’d just met once! All of a sudden, things aren’t so clear-cut anymore. Can Jasmine sort out her feelings (sometimes, she can’t even tell real from pretend when it comes to her and Zack) before it’s too late?

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Ripped Pages Release Day: Playlist + Review.

Hello guys, long time no see! I’m finally having more time to read, I can’t believe it! But I’m here to tell you all to go get this incredible novelette, it’s out today and I 100% recommend it if you’re looking for some fluff f/f retelling! Let’s get into it.

35423342Ripped Pages by M. Hollis.
Published September 22nd 2017.
60 pages
Rating: 5 stars.
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Blurb:
Princess Valentina lives a reasonably comfortable life, but after her mother’s death, her father gets tired of taking care of her and locks her in a tower. She spends years on her own, talking to the birds on her windowsill, and reading books with adventures she will never experience. Her plans of running away are usually left for another day because she knows the vast forest surrounding her tower is too dangerous to cross alone.
Until one day, another girl passes by on her horse and Valentina wonders if she’s finally brave enough to seize her chance of freedom.

Ripped Pages is a Rapunzel F/F retelling in the format of a novelette.

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Problematic Books, How to Deal?

Okay so if you know me at all, you probably know I’m weak for problematic books and relationships. That’s not to be confused with racist/homophobic/sexist/abusive books or relationships. When I say I love problematic stories, I mean in a sense of like disturbing age gaps (+15years), “incest” (step-siblings, step-parent, cousins, anything in game of thrones lol), hooking up with brother/sister/best friend’s exes, murderous couple (shout out to ruthless people), polygamous relationships… this kind of problematic.

I used to feel so bad about the series that I read and weren’t exactly in the “ideal” side of things, people use the word problematic a lot to describe these things, and I get it… to some extend, but I’ve also come to realize that it’s all a question of point of view; what’s fucked up for you, it’s the lifestyle for someone else. So I try to be more open minded about it.

I’m also not saying all of it is okay, I’d obviously never think it’s okay to just murder people in real life, but most of it’s just a matter of opinion and taste.

Some of the books I’ve read that has a problematic undertone and you probably heard of are; The Royals, Ruthless People and Stepbrother Dearest. I’ll break it down what it seems to bother people the most about those books from what I’ve seen around in reviews, twitter, etc. Spoilers ahead.

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Calendar Girls #4: Best Contemporary Novel.

*comes out of a rock* Hey guys, how are you? Please don’t hate me! I know missed last month’s Calendar Girls, and I feel so bad, my life was pretty chaotic and I’am slowly coming back into blogging and reading (I haven’t read a new book in a month, I AM DYING SEND HELP). So here’s the girls’ picks for Best Historical Romance, they’re all pretty amazing!

Flavia – The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue  by Mackenzi Lee
Melanie – The Devil’s Queen by Jeanne Kalogridis
Katie – The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
Adrienne – The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman
Shanah – City of Thieves by David Benioff
Lauren – Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Mandy – Out of the Easy by Ruta Septeys
Dawlyn & Krista – The Book Thief by Markus Zusack
Sophie Fall of Giants by Ken Follet
Deanna The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Calendar Girls is a blog event hosted by the bloggers Melanie Noell Bernard and Flavia the Bibliophile, inspired by Neil Sedaka’s 1961 song Calendar Girl. Just like in the song, they decided to use a specific theme for each month and choose a book based on these themes! The event is meant to incite discussions with other bloggers about books we’ve read and loved, to help bloggers interact with other bloggers, and also for bloggers and readers to find out about blogs which they normally may not have come across! If you’d like to know more you can check here and here.

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5 Times My OTP Wasn’t Endgame.

We all love to have our favorite ships be endgame, right? But can we talk about how shitty it is when that doesn’t happen? Like seriously, it makes me so bitter that no matter how much time passes I’ll always be bitching about it. And I’m not talking about when one of them dies and it breaks our hearts in a thousand pieces… It’s more of a they picked the wrong person, how could they?

01. Delirium.

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I read this series soooo long ago, and I’m still bitter about the fact that Lena ended up with Alex. I mean, it wasn’t really a surprise but I still hoped she would pick Julian. I didn’t really enjoy the trilogy all that much so I just blocked everything out of my mind, but that still bothers me.

02. The Secret Circle (the books, not the show).

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There was a time in my life where I was so obsessed with The Secret Circle (TV show) that when it was cancelled I lost my shit. So as any rational human being, I went deep into everything related to it, and that’s when I decided to start the book series. Honestly best decision I’ve ever made, because it’s honestly so good? And also very different from the show, I love both so much, but in different ways.

In the books, I rooted for Nick and Cassie so hard. They’re perfect for each other and you can’t tell me otherwise after the last book where Nick —not perfect Adam— loved Cassie enough to break away from the ghosts.

I know people just don’t care for this series, but oh well, I’m still not over it.

03. Altered.

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Okay so this is another not that popular series that I loved. And also left me bitter af.

Here we have four guys who are kept as experiments to this scientist, and other than him they basically only interact with his daughter Anna. We have brooding bad boy Nick, fun-loving and easy-going Cas, Anna’s best friend and sweetheart Trev, and lastly, we have Sam who is suppose to be the shit, the perfect guy that Anna has had a crush on since always.

Now Anna and Nick’s love/hate relationship is amazing and how their relationship develops is so on point. When I was reading the second book I was so sure they would be endgame by the way things were progressing and how they were spending so much time together. Talk about a bucked of cold water thrown at you when she actually ends up with Sam.

This sucks because for one the story is amazing and could’ve reached another level if the author didn’t go with the obvious and expected choice of pairing up Anna and Sam at the end. Nick and Anna had a past together as kids that was erased from their memory, they were actually pretty close, and seriously how perfect would this be? Also Nick is the only one of the boys that Anna can’t control. TALK ABOUT OTP GOALS.

04. The Grisha Trilogy.

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This is probably the one that frustrated me the most. I mean, I love Leigh Bardugo’s writing and her stories are great. But will I ever be over the fact that queen Alina ended up with fucking Mal? Nope. Never.

Look you can say whatever you want to be like “they have always been friends and blah blah blah” but that’s not going to change my mind because a) Mal never saw Alina that way until people started paying attention to her, b) he doesn’t support who she really is and always makes her feel bad for it, and c) he’s just a trash character altogether who doesn’t deserve my sweet child Alina.

Although I dislike Mal, I don’t mean that she should’ve ended up with The Darkling either. Would I have loved that? Oh, yes, yes I would. But I do see the problematic side of it and even though it’s a guilty pleasure of mine, I understand how that would be fucked up —but just putting out there that The Darkling saw Alina as an equal, didn’t want her to pretend to be someone she wasn’t and loved her for who she really was.

I really think Alina should’ve ended up with Nikolai, they aren’t exactly my otp from the series, but they could’ve been amazing together and honestly anything is better than Mal.

05. Harry Potter.

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Oh yes, I’m one of the Harmony shippers out there. Look, I don’t hate Ron or am particularly mad at this like I am with the other ones. But I still wish Harry and Hermione ended up together, it would’ve been perfect and you can’t tell me otherwise, even J.K. thinks so, so there’s that.

Bonus: TV shows OTPs.

Lucas and Maya (Girl Meets World), I CAN’T EVEN WITH THIS.

Hyke and Jackie (That 70’s Show), don’t get me started on this couple. They literally invented hate to love relationship and I’m not okay.

Tim and Lyla (Friday Night Lights), is anyone out there over it? I doubt it. I’ll die bitter about this fantastic relationship not being endgame.

Seth and Kate (From Dusk Till Dawn), I’m too weak for them, sorry.

Clay and Shelby (Quantico), ugh why am I weak for problematic and fucked up relationships? I DON’T KNOW.

Nate and Serena (Gossip Girl), SERIOUSLY THOUGH, WHAT THE FUCK? Not over it.

Rory and Logan (Gilmore Girls), I suffered for this for way too long and the revival wasn’t exactly what I had in mind. I do love Jess and Rory as well.

Klaus and Caroline (The Vampire Diaries)*, they’re my favorite tv show pairing of all time, easily. Let’s see how things go in this last season of The Originals, I’m keeping my expectations very low though.

Buffy and Angel (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)*, I’m actually still following the development through the comics, but in the tv show they weren’t endgame, so I’ll always be bitter about it.

* OTPs that still has a chance of ending up together, but probably won’t.

What about you guys? Any OTP that broke your heart by not being endgame?

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