Top Ten Tuesday (44): Top (Five) Books I’ve Added to my TBR List Lately

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Top (Five) Books I’ve Added to my TBR List Lately…

 

 

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CROOKED KINGDOM
 by Leigh Bardugo

I can’t wait to read what happens!

 

 

 

 

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ROYALLY SCREWED 
by Emma Chase

I haven’t read many of her books but SUSTAINED has become one of my favorite contemporary romances in recent years so I’m excited to learn she has a new series and it sounds very, very intriguing.

 

 

 

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Top Ten Tuesday (43): Top Ten Songs I Love

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Top Ten Songs I Love…

This week’s list is a bit different. It has almost nothing to do with books, though sometimes I have these songs in the background when I’m reading so there’s that.

There’s no particular order to them. And I’ve included two Korean songs here. I love them all and I love everything about them. But most specially, the lyrics and music.

 

LOST BOY by Ruth B

 

 

BETWEEN THE LINES by Sara Bareilles

 

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Catching Up With Me

 

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So first up, I’m currently reading these two books from two of my favorite authors of all time. They’re both part of a series and I have to say that it feels good reading something great from authors whose work you’ve followed since the beginning. I haven’t had that much time to read these past year but getting to read Lauren Layne and Kate Meader feels like coming home.

And now, for the Catch Up With Me time…

Hi guys! Long time, no… everything. I am so sorry to have taken such a long hiatus from blogging. I have no excuse but just to say that sometimes you get caught up in real life (lol) and I wasn’t able to maintain the balance I wanted when it came to blogging. To be honest, at this point, I’m still not sure how often I can post but I’ll try my best to share my love for books, still.

The semester’s about to start and they say the first one is the busiest but I will try to push through. Seriously, I’ve missed you guys. I’ve missed the community. I’ve missed reading. And I’ve definitely missed blogging. I also want to start blogging about my life in Japan. I think I’ve mentioned it before, around last year maybe, but yeah, again, I wasn’t able to accomplish that too. T____T I’m crossing my fingers this time around.

So that’s it for today. Tell me what you guys are reading lately. Send me your links and I’ll surely visit your posts and comment.🙂

e-ARC Review & Giveaway: HOW FOREVER FEELS by Laura Drewry

How Forever Feels_CoverTitle: How Forever Feels (Friends First #4)
Author: Laura Drewry
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: October 13, 2015
Source: eARC from publisher
Buy Links: Amazon | B & N | iTunes | Kobo

From USA Today bestselling author Laura Drewry comes a warm and witty new Friends First novel—perfect for readers of Jill Shalvis and Susan Mallery. How Forever Feels is a sweet tale about the one that got away . . . and the one that came back.

Maya McKay’s heart is as big as Jack Rhodes’s shoulders are broad. Their chemistry is out of control, but it could never work between them because Jack is more than just best friends with her cheating ex-husband—they’re like brothers. Maya, the sensitive, practical florist, has given up on love and is ready to settle for like. But now that Jack’s around again, he’s stirring up old feelings—and turning Maya’s fantasies into irresistible reality.

Jack blew his chance with Maya years ago when he stepped aside for his best friend, Will, and he’s still kicking himself about it. Maya was promised forever once before, and she got burned. But when Jack realizes that second chances aren’t going to fall out of the sky, he seizes the moment—and the woman he’s always loved—to show her how forever truly feels.

 

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e-ARC Review, Excerpt, & Giveaway: ROCK REDEMPTION by Nalini Singh

rock redemption coverTitle: Rock Redemption (Rock Kiss #3)
Author: Nalini Singh
Release Date: March 10, 2015
Source: e-ARC from publisher via TRSoR
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Kit Devigny could have loved rock guitarist Noah St. John. Their friendship burned with the promise of intense passion and searing tenderness…until the night Noah deliberately shattered her heart.

Noah knows he destroyed something precious the night he chose to betray Kit, but he’d rather she hate him than learn his darkest secret. All he has left is his music. It’s his saving grace, but it doesn’t silence the voices that keep him up at night. Chasing oblivion through endless one-night-stands, he earns a few hours’ sleep and his bad boy reputation.

When a media error sees Noah and Kit dubbed the new “it” couple, Kit discovers her chance at the role of a lifetime hinges on riding the media wave. Wanting—needing—to give Kit this, even if he can’t give her everything, Noah agrees to play the adoring boyfriend. Only the illusion is suddenly too real, too painful, too beautiful…and it may be too late for the redemption of Noah St. John.

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e-ARC Review: CRAZY ABOUT CAMERON by Katy Regnery

 

9780990900368Title: Crazy About Cameron (The Winslow Brothers #3)
Author: Katy Regnery
Publishing Date: September 22, 2015
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
Source: e-ARC from publisher
Buy Links: Amazon 

Crazy about Cameron is the third of four books about the Philadelphia-based, wildly-handsome Winslow brothers who are all on the look-out for love.

(Say what? Not so much…Brooks and Pres are OFF. THE. MARKET, and Chris is so distracted with his campaign, he can’t see what – or who – is right under his nose.)

With her stiff posture, black-rimmed glasses and chestnut waves in a tight bun, Cameron Winslow’s downstairs neighbor, Margaret Story, has long been the unaware star of his filthiest dirty-librarian fantasies. But with a floundering business eating up all his time, Cam doesn’t have the open road he’d need to date a lady like Margaret.

Margaret, who grew up down the road from Cameron, has always thought of him as a cross between a bully and a tease, as likely to pull her braids as pull her leg. But he’s grown up to be a smokin’ hot businessman, and Margaret can’t help daydreaming about what it would feel like to be under, um, with someone like him.

When hot-headed Cameron and buttoned-up Margaret start using the same shady contractor for apartment renovations, Margaret may find herself in some unexpected trouble, which forces long-hidden feelings to come out of hiding…and might just make way for two unlikely fantasies to finally come true.

Return to the world created in the English Brothers books with this fresh foursome of scorching hot Winslow Brothers!

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e-ARC Review & Giveaway: IRRESISTIBLY YOURS by Lauren Layne

 

IY_CoverTitle: Irresistibly Yours (Oxford #1)
Author: Lauren Layne
Publishing Date: October 6, 2015 (Loveswept)
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, New Adult
Source: e-ARC from publisher
Buy Links: Amazon | B & N | iTunes | Kobo

Meet the men of Oxford magazine! In the first captivating spin-off of Lauren Layne’s Sex, Love & Stiletto series, a not-so-friendly battle of the sexes turns into a scorching office romance.

Hotshot sports editor Cole Sharpe has been freelancing for Oxford for years, so when he hears about a staff position opening up, he figures he’s got the inside track. Then his boss drops a bombshell: Cole has competition. Female competition, in the form of a fresh-faced tomboy who can hang with the dudes—and write circles around them, too. Cole usually likes his women flirty and curvy, but he takes a special interest in his skinny, sassy rival, if only to keep an eye on her. And soon, he can’t take his eyes off her.

Penelope Pope knows all too well that she comes off as just one of the guys. Since she’s learned that wanting more usually leads to disappointment, Penelope’s resigned to sitting on the sidelines when it comes to love. So why does Cole make her want to get back in the game? The man is as arrogant as he is handsome. He probably sees her as nothing more than a barrier to his dream job. But when an unexpected kiss turns into a night of irresistible passion, Penelope has to figure out whether they’re just fooling around—or starting something real.

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e-ARC Review: ANTICIPATION by Sarah Mayberry

 

anticipationTitle: Anticipation (Brothers Ink #2)
Author: Sarah Mayberry
Publishing Date: April 1, 2015
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Source: e-ARC from author
Buy Links: AmazonB & N | Kobo | iTunes | Smashwords

Blue Sullivan knows a player when she sees one. And Eddie Oliveira—charm and sex personified—was born to play. She never wanted him to say goodbye, so for the last ten years she’s ignored the sizzling attraction between them and focused on being the best sidekick a guy could have. Smart girl, right?

Then Blue has a serious accident, and overnight Eddie changes. Suddenly he’s more intense and singularly devoted…to her. With all this sexy attention, it’s hard to stay within the boundaries she’s scrupulously drawn. The temptation, the anticipation builds and, finally, she has to have what he’s offering. Of course Eddie proves to be brilliant. Now, she worries he’s ruined her forever…and she might regret leaping from friends to lovers.

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Sunday Post (62): Heavy rains and an earthquake!

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Last Week on the blog

This has been a very rainy week here in Tokyo. There was a typhoon that hit Japan and sadly caused devastating destruction in prefectures north of Japan. It was heartbreaking watching videos of towns flooded and houses just swept, literally swept away by flood waters. And on Saturday, I experience my third (or was it fourth?) earthquake. I was brushing my teeth at 6:00 in the morning (because I was going out of town) when I heard this thundering noise and I initially thought that people were breaking in (which is really wide imagination on my part) but it turned out that the floorboards and the glass doors to the kitchen were rattling because of the earthquake. It wasn’t that big in intensity, around 5.4 magnitude I heard. But the epicenter was pretty close to Tokyo so maybe that’s why it felt stronger than it actually was. Don’t worry, everything’s great. As you all may know already, earthquakes are pretty common experiences here in Japan.

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e-ARC Review: TRADE ME by Courtney Milan

 

trade meTitle: Trade Me (Cyclone #1)
Author: Courtney Milan
Publishing Date: January 19, 2015
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, New Adult
Source: e-ARC from publisher
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Tina Chen just wants a degree and a job, so her parents never have to worry about making rent again. She has no time for Blake Reynolds, the sexy billionaire who stands to inherit Cyclone Technology. But when he makes an off-hand comment about what it means to be poor, she loses her cool and tells him he couldn’t last a month living her life.

To her shock, Blake offers her a trade: She’ll get his income, his house, his car. In exchange, he’ll work her hours and send money home to her family. No expectations; no future obligations.

But before long, they’re trading not just lives, but secrets, kisses, and heated nights together. No expectations might break Tina’s heart…but Blake’s secrets could ruin her life.

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