My best friend picks my TBR

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You know what my favourite thing about this community is? All the people I got to meet and friendships I got to make. I’ve met some of my bestest friends through my blog, and Laura @ Green Tea and Paperbacks comes on top. She’s the most genuine, caring and loyal friend anyone could ask for and just all around a ray of sunshine so it’s safe to say that I am blessed. And what do bibliophile best friends do? They spend half the time they talk yelling at each other to read the other’s favourite book. This isn’t a joke. Laura and I spend a ridiculous amount of time harassing each other about this. Continue reading

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TAG #44: Characters of the Year

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It’s been a hot minute since I’ve sat down and done a tag on here so that’s what we’re gonna do today. Especially since this Characters of Year book tag is one I’ve been eyeing since the end of last year but I missed my opportunity to do it then but I sure as hell won’t miss it again!! It’s basically just a chance for me to yell about all the characters I loved in 2018. And no I wasn’t tagged for this, and I can’t remember where I saw it (it’s been done by so many people, help) but if you know who originally made it, let me know so I can tag them. Continue reading

From Scratch – Ex-Military best friends meets Small Town’s new Baker

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Publication date : December 18th, 2017

Publisher : Self-published

Genre : Adult | Romance

Page Count: 221

Synopsis : Sea Port is a tiny southern town on the verge of collapse looking to entice people to move to the middle of nowhere and start life anew.
Mary Woods, stinging from her life as a failed academic, takes the opportunity by the reins and resettles in Sea Port to try her hand as a small town baker. A few days before the opening of her shop, Confections by Mary, she runs into small town cop, Miguel Santos, and small town fire chief, Billy Knox and there’s a whole lot of chemistry to go around.

Welcome to Sea Port, where the town baker, cop and fire chief fall heavily in lust. (From Goodreads)

Rating: 3.5 stars

*I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange of an honest review*

CW: explicit sex scenes, mentions of molestation and domestic abuse.

(No Spoilers)

Guess who is a dumbass and forgot to get a quote out of the book while reading it yet again? ME! This is literally the story of my life when I get sucked into a book, I get carried away and forget about everything but READ READ READ!! Ah well, this isn’t a bad thing, it just goes to show how addicting and fun this story actually is.

The writing in this one is pretty good, it’s simple but also lively, the main characters’ voices shine through every and each one of the POVs and the author did a great job at separating them and giving them each a distinct personality that show through the narration. The one issue I had with it though is NOT a style issue, which as we’ve established, I actually enjoyed very much. It was an editing issue, and listen, I’m not too fussy about editing especially when it comes to self-published and indie books because they don’t have the same resources, but when there are so many typos and errors that it starts bugging me, I have to bring it up. It read very raw and unpolished and that bummed me out a bit.

My favourite part of the book is Mary, HANDS DOWN, she’s such a strong, fierce and confident woman. She uprooted her whole life in Academia as a professor because it made her miserable and decided to move to a small town in the middle of nowhere to open a little bakery and finally be happy and that’s something I admire so much. I loved how the message of the book was that it’s never too late to decide that your career path isn’t working for you and decide to change it for something that really brings you joy. Another thing I appreciated is how in control she was, she’s the one who approached the guys and suggested they all should date each other, including Santos and Knox (with each other) because she could see how in love with each other these two disasters were before they even did. She’s flirty, straight forward and goes after the things she wants.

Santos is pansexual (confirmed by the author), he’s stern and grumpy but so soft, he’s also direct and blunt, which works in his favor more often than not. He loves taking care of both Mary and Knox and he gives me all the warm fuzzy feelings. He’s level-headed and makes sure they don’t get carried away and actually take care of themselves and one another. Then we have Knox, he’s bisexual (in text) and the exact opposite of Santos. He’s like a ray of sunshine, outgoing and quick to laugh, that being said, he has a lot of baggage and I really appreciated how his trauma wasn’t a mystery or a source of conflict but it just *was*. It impacted him and shaped him as a person but it didn’t get the best of him.

There’s no way around it, this is SMUTTY AF, hella hot and sexy and I was 100% here for it. The tension between all three of them was so palpable and the chemistry so well done, I couldn’t help but cheer for them start to finish. The romance felt like the next natural step in Santos and Knox’s relationship and Mary was the missing piece, she fit right in to make it work out. They all communicate so much with each other and the banter and relentless teasing made me grin like the biggest fool. They just work so well.

Can we just appreciate how the conflict was external and they had to work TOGETHER to solve it? That being said, I felt like it was very rushed, I wish it was introduced earlier in the story and we had time to care about it enough before it got its resolution. Another thing that felt VERY rushed to me is the beginning. I think that it would’ve worked better if there was some build up to three of them getting together, because the first thing Mary basically said to them after she met them is that she wants to be with both of them at the same time, they could’ve been serial killers for all she knows. Oops.

A couple things that are worth mentioning before I wrap this review up, is the excellent discussion of police corruption, considering how Santos joins the police force and is very reluctant to do so at first because of how corrupt the system is. The other -very unrelated to my last point- thing that I want to mention is Mary’s best friends, THEY’RE SO GREAT AND SUPPORTIVE! We only got glimpses of them through phone conversations but I could already tell their separate personalities apart and I say they all need their HEA.


That’s it until next time.

Did you read From Scratch? If so, what did you think?

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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Down the TBR Hole #2

Down the TBR Hole

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I’m back with a new edition of Down the TBR Hole. Apparently I add way more book than I read AND delete, and I somewhat pride myself in always cleaning up my TBR…but apparently not enough, since it’s longer now than it was at the start of 2018. Someone help me. PLEASE.

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New Year, New Goals!

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I wasn’t one to ever set goals for myself in the new year, but it’s a habit I’ve gotten into and enjoyed increasingly since I’ve started blogging, so here I am today, setting goals for myself for the third year in a row, that I’ll hopefully get to accomplish! My goal setting method this year is drastically different from what it was the last couple of years but I’ll get into that later on in the post. First, let’s check on how I did on last year’s goals! Continue reading

A Princess in Theory – STEM Heroine and her Fairytale Happy Ever After

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Series: Reluctant Royals #1

Publication date : February 27th, 2018

Publisher : Avon | Harpercollins

Genre : Adult | Romance

Page Count: 360

Synopsis :  Between grad school and multiple jobs, Naledi Smith doesn’t have time for fairy tales…or patience for the constant e-mails claiming she’s betrothed to an African prince. Sure. Right. Delete! As a former foster kid, she’s learned that the only things she can depend on are herself and the scientific method, and a silly e-mail won’t convince her otherwise.

Prince Thabiso is the sole heir to the throne of Thesolo, shouldering the hopes of his parents and his people. At the top of their list? His marriage. Ever dutiful, he tracks down his missing betrothed. When Naledi mistakes the prince for a pauper, Thabiso can’t resist the chance to experience life—and love—without the burden of his crown.
The chemistry between them is instant and irresistible, and flirty friendship quickly evolves into passionate nights. But when the truth is revealed, can a princess in theory become a princess ever after? (From Goodreads) Continue reading

Word Wonders’ Blogging and Reading Round-up – 2018

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I’m honestly so proud of myself for getting these yearly wrap-up posts on time for the first time since I started blogging! I was determined to not take a hiatus even with exams around and I HAVE SUCCEEDED, some posts take me multiple days to write but at least I didn’t neglect my blog completely AND stayed on schedule. Like the title picture says I had an amazing reading year, I discovered audiobooks, read more than I have ever before and added some new all time favourites to my forever growing list. But my blogging SUFFERED, but eh, I decided to stop being hard on myself for that and just try to do better moving forward. Continue reading

The Black God’s Drums – Alt-history Afro-futuristic literary goodness

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Publication date : August 21st, 2018

Publisher : Tor.com

Genre : Adult | Historical Fiction/sci-fi

Page Count: 211

Synopsis : Creeper, a scrappy young teen, is done living on the streets of New Orleans. Instead, she wants to soar, and her sights are set on securing passage aboard the smuggler airship Midnight Robber. Her ticket: earning Captain Ann-Marie’s trust using a secret about a kidnapped Haitian scientist and a mysterious weapon he calls The Black God’s Drums.

But Creeper keeps another secret close to heart–Oya, the African orisha of the wind and storms, who speaks inside her head and grants her divine powers. And Oya has her own priorities concerning Creeper and Ann-Marie… (from Goodreads) Continue reading

22. Twenty two things I’ve learnt this past year

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TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY! Which…you probably have already guessed reading the title of the post. But anyway, I turn twenty-two today, and I’m currently spending my birthday studying for my exam tomorrow BUT I have a sushi date with my mom and sister to look forward to tonight so YAY!

Not going to lie, this year has been one of the hardest, most traumatic and challenging years of my life, I went into 2018 wanting to make her my bitch but she made me her bitch instead. And that’s saying something, because I’ve been through Some Things in the past as well. But it’s all okay, I decided to at least get something out of this past year. And it’s the 22 lessons below. Like I said, it’s been a rough one, so they’re not incredibly happy but there are some hopeful ones in there. This year has been one of growth and self-discovery but in the harshest ways imaginable. And all I can do is hope, hope for a better twenty third year of life. Hope for a gentler 2019.

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