Book Review: “Beautiful Disaster” by Jamie McGuire

Beautiful Disaster

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
Series: Beautiful #1
Genre: Romance, New Adult, Contemporary
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Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby wants—and needs—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match. Continue reading


Book Review: “Full Steam Ahead” by Valerie Chase

Full Steam Ahead

Full Steam Ahead by Valerie Chase

Full Steam Ahead by Valerie Chase
Series: Sea Swept #1
Genre: Romance, New Adult, Contemporary
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Seven days aboard a luxury cruise.
The perfect getaway from it all.
At least, that’s what Georgia Cantwell is hoping for…

With her inbox filling with menacing emails, Georgia just wants to run away from her shattered life on her sorority’s winter break cruise. What she doesn’t need is green-eyed Jace McLaren seeing through her tacked-on smile and stealing her breath away with each tantalizing kiss.

Growing up with a father in jail, Jace knows from experience that if you’re going through hell, there’s no way out but through. He has always steered away from girls like Georgia with her ice-queen attitude, but she’s in real trouble, and despite himself he pushes past her walls.

As much as Georgia tries to ignore it, Jace won’t let her pretend with him. But she can’t tell him the truth. Her past would ruin his trust, her family, her future—everything.

But out on the open ocean, there’s nowhere to hide. And when Georgia’s secrets come tumbling out, it might take more than Jace to get her through the storm. Continue reading

My Portable Kismet begins…

When you encounter something by chance that seems like it was meant to be, then it could be kismet, your destiny.

I can recall the days as a young child when I would anxiously await the midnight release of the newest Harry Potter Book with my mom – and the following days where I’d be locked up in my room until the book was complete. I could get lost in a world between my fingertips. A place where imaginations ran wild and I’d find myself reading a passage several times, not because I didn’t understand, but simply to relive the excitement.

That was my childhood, teenage years, and my life in young adulthood (not that I’m saying I’m old, as I have barely passed my mid twenties! lol) It was an exhilarating adventure between romance, young adult, thriller, mystery and paranormal novels.

I can’t even tell you the number of books I’ve read in my lifetime… but who could really?

What I can tell you is that up until this fall I hadn’t read a book in 6 years. You heard me. SIX YEARS. And I’m not meaning a children’s book, as I read those regularly for the kids at bedtime and sometimes just because. But I’m talking a real full length novel just for me.

Six years.

Its unfathomable. Especially for someone like me…

But life happens. And in my case, a family happened and I got swept away.

Not that I blame them, I just found a love for other things and continued the wonderous fairytale that was my life. Of course I missed reading, but instead of spending my free time between the pages of the latest romance novel, I spent my time with them.

I’ve heard that you never really know how much you loved something until its gone… but for me I realized.. I never remembered how much I truly loved reading until I got it back!

Mu husband made a simple gesture by purchasing me a simple reader for Christmas. He knew how much I loved books, and hated tablets, and I’ve avoided them for YEARS, and honestly it was the last thing I would ever think he’d purchase for me. It had been years since I read a book that wasn’t part of storytime for the kids and if anything I would have expected a Barnes & Noble gift card before I’d ever expect a nook.

But that’s how wonderful of a surprise it was to me. He toot a chance, and apparently did his research because he told me “This was the closest thing I could find without colors and HD crap, but you can’t sniff it like you do your books.” yes i sniffed my books, Didn’t you? I love the smell! Nothing like the smell of fresh pages. okay I’m weird I know. But oh well.

All I know is I was instantly swept into a new world of bad boys and rock stars, and the wondrous world that is New Adult. I don’t know where it came from, but I do know that I was hooked and I haven’t put it down.

So now, while the little ones doze into slumber and after my husband kisses me goodnight – I can pull out my nook, turn on my lamp, flip pack the hot pink covered emblazoned with the words “Life itself is the most wonderful Fairytale” and devour my latest novel.

My portable Kismet.

This new blog is just part of my journey, as my way to reach out to others who are just as in love with this genre as me! And in hopes that I will of course find new reads to indulge, and make new friends to chat with about the new hottie between the covers.  Book covers that is.

Book Review: “Taking Chances” by Molly McAdams

Taking Chances

Taking Chances by Molly McAdams

Taking Chances by Molly McAdams
Series: Taking Chances #1
Genre: Romance, New Adult, Contemporary
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Eighteen-year-old Harper has grown up under the thumb of her career marine father. Ready to live life her own way and to experience things she’s only ever heard of from the jarheads in her father’s unit, she’s on her way to college at San Diego State University.

Thanks to her new roommate, Harper is introduced to a world of parties, gorgeous guys, family, and emotions. She finds herself being torn in two as she quickly falls in love with both her new boyfriend, Brandon, and her roommate’s brother, Chase. Despite their dangerous looks and histories, both men adore Harper and would do anything for her, including taking a step back if it would mean she’d be happy Continue reading