Sunday, April 30, 2017

{Book Review} When Stars Collide by Micalea Smeltzer

When Stars Collide by Micalea Smeltzer
Published: August 30th, 2016
Series: Light in the dark #2
Source: Purchased
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 267

We were like two stars orbiting each other—dancing around the possibility that one day we might collide. When we finally did, we opened up a black hole, obliterating everything around us. No one would be the same.
Least of all, us.

Waking up in Vegas married to the guy of your dreams sounds like a good thing, right? Not when you’re Thea Montgomery and said guy is your brother’s best friend.

Thea and Xander have always avoided the connection between them because her brother would never approve. Now, they’re married— the strongest bond you can have as a couple—and they’re not even a real couple…unless they want to be.

Thea wants an annulment immediately, but Xander’s waited too long to see her become his and he won’t let her go easily.

If she wants a divorce, fine, but he wants the summer to convince her that he’s the one. If at the end of the summer she still wants to end their marriage he’ll sign the papers, but until then…

All is not fair in love and war.

First off, the covers in this series are absolutely gorgeous and I love how they tie all of these books together.  This was the one book out of the three that are currently out that I desperately wanted to read.  I love forbidden/secret romances and this one sounded right up my alley, but unfortunately, it didn’t blow me away.  I thought it was a good, cute read, but it fell a bit short and felt troupe-y to me.  I wish this book would have met all my expectations, but by the end, the story didn’t captivate me the way I wish it had.

Smeltzer’s writing was really good, just as good as it was in the first book, Rae of Sunshine.  I thought it flowed nicely and was easy to read.  I also really enjoyed that in this book, readers at least got a glimpse into Xander’s mind, with occasional chapters from his POV.  I think the thing that fell flat for me was that there just was not enough drama or exciting plot.  There were moments that sparked my interest, but were too many that did not feel trivial to the plot.  I liked that it really felt like ‘real life’ and how friends would just hang out and talk, but it became somewhat boring in spots.  I think I would have liked this book much better if there would have been more climactic moments, other than the beginning and end.

In my review of Rae of Sunshine, I wrote that Thea was one of my favorite characters from that book and that still holds true.  I thought her character was fun, bubbly and although she was dramatic at times, I found her lovable and cute.  I also thought Xander was amazing!  He was likable, sweet and took care of Thea without being overly protective.  I did enjoy getting to see how Cade’s and Rae’s relationship progressed in this book without overshadowing the relationship between Thea and Xander.

One of my favorite parts of this book was seeing how the relationship between Thea and Xander progressed from friendship to much more.  I liked that they were friends prior to this so that their relationship never seemed too rushed or fake.  I loved how Smeltzer added all the activities (Netflix marathons, eating ice cream, ect) that showed the bond that they shared not only romantically, but as friends.  Their chemistry was very obvious, but was never over-the-top. 

I want to mention that I considered skipping book one, Rae of Sunshine, and reading this book first and I would say don’t do that!  Although it says that these books can be read as standalones, I feel like readers would be missing very large chunks of information that would make this read less enjoyable.  I would HIGHLY recommend picking up Rae of Sunshine first, in fact, I think I may have liked the first book slightly more than this one.

Overall, I feel like this was a good read, but it was nothing unique.  I wish the plot would have been beefed up a bit and had some more exciting moments.  I found my mind wandering a lot during the middle of this book and I began skimming certain portions of it.  I am planning on continuing on with the next book, Dark Hearts, to see if I might enjoy it a bit more.


“Xander and I are like two starts colliding-I always thought we’d turn into a black hole, but right now, in this moment, I see that’s not it at all.  No, we’ve simply merged into one, making a larger, more magnificent star.”

Also check out the other books in the Light in the Dark series below (look at those gorgeous covers)!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

{Book Review} When I Fall by J. Daniels

When I Fall by J. Daniels
Published: March 17th, 2015
Series: Alabama Summer #3
Source: Purchased
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 343

For the past nine years, I’ve kept my heart as far away from my dick as possible.

Those two can’t be anywhere near each other. They don’t play nice, and one of them undoubtedly winds up getting hurt.

Not my dick. My dick is good.

The women I take home know exactly what they’re getting from me—sex. Nothing more. At least, that’s what’s supposed to happen. The sweet brunette from Kentucky I set my sights on tonight shouldn’t have been any different. I had her right where I wanted her. Where I needed her. But when my past comes walking into McGill’s pub, the woman in my arms decides to take things to a whole new level, putting me into a situation I never saw coming.

My heart is about to get f**ked. My dick can sit this one out.


I have said it a million times and I will say it again…I love anything and everything that J. Daniels writes.  She is my go to author when I need a little pick-me-up.  Her writing always consumes me, sucking me in and allowing me to escape the everyday.  The Alabama Summer series is so far, my absolutely favorite books by her.  They are full of amazing characters, interesting plots, captivating writing and relationships full of friendship and love. 

As always, J. Daniel’s writing is superb.  I love getting swept away by her words that practically flow off the page.  I LOVED that this book is told in duel POV’s, alternating between Beth and Reed.  Their voices were so distinct; I would have been able to tell whose perspective I was reading in without the labels.  I found that the pacing was great and I found myself speed reading at times to see what was going to happen next.

I love all of the characters in this series, but Reed was one of my favorites!  He is the player of the group who is scared of becoming too attached to someone in fear that they would hurt him.  I thought that it was a typical trope, but Reed’s history and personality put an original spin on it.  Beth was first introduced in this book, which was a nice refresher from the characters in the previous books.  I did struggle with Beth’s character occasionally because she came off very weak at times.  Her character’s past was dark and traumatizing, but I wish that she would have become more independent and strong. 

I also loved seeing the other Alabama boys with their girls.  I felt like even though their stories had passed, readers still were able to get expansions and see how their relationships were progressing.  I will say that Ben and Mia were in this book a lot, which surprised me.  I really like Ben and Mia, but I thought at times, that it took away from Reed and Beth’s story.  

The romance was great and I really enjoyed that it featured multiple romances.  The relationship between Beth and Reed felt very raw and deep.  Reed slowly opening up and letting Beth in came off genuine.  The connection and passion between these two was very evident.  I can’t wait to see how their relationship evolves in the next books!

Like I have said before, this series is one of my favorites!  It is fun, sweet and great to read in the summer or on the beach.  I think that it is impossible not to fall in love with each and every one of the Alabama boys.  I am very excited about where this series is headed and I am going to be VERY sad when it ends.

“Hope is a funny thing.  Even when you think you have none, it refuses to lie down quietly.”

Also check out some of J. Daniels’s other books below.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

{Release Blitz} This is Efforless by Kennedy Fox

Title: Checkmate: This is Effortless
Series: Checkmate Duet Series (Drew & Courtney, #2)
Author: Kennedy Fox
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Trope: Friends to Lovers
Photographer & Designer: Sara Eirew
Release Date: April 25, 2017

Introducing book 2 in the new Checkmate Duet Series from a secret duo of romance authors who teamed up under the USA Today Bestselling pseudonym, Kennedy Fox! This friends to lovers romance will have you swooning and laughing from the first to the last page! Are you ready to play the game?
Courtney Bishop is as sugary sweet as her famous blueberry muffins.
Southern belle at heart, Cali girl by choice.
She barged into my life and easily became my best friend.
All was great as roommates and just friends, but then I fell for the girl who could chop firewood, deliver baby calves, and bail hay without breaking a sweat.
She’s the perfect mixture of sugar and spice, and I love her.
Being more than friends and trying to build our future isn’t as easy as it sounds.
Moving forward and creating memories is all I want for us, but when the past continues to come back and haunt me, I’m not so sure she’ll stay for the ride.
Loving her is easy, but losing her will break me. Burning passion combined with an undeniable chemistry constantly pushes and pulls us together. In the end, I’ll prove we’re worth the fight, even when the game is far from over.
Checkmate, sweetheart.
*Recommend for ages 18+ due to sexual content and adult language.*
**This is book 2 in the Checkmate Duet Series–a friends to lovers romance. You must read book 1, Checkmate: This is Reckless first. Highly recommended to read the Checkmate Duet, This is War and This is Love first, but not necessary. This can read as a standalone duet.**





A secret duo of romance authors team up under the USA Today Bestselling pseudonym, Kennedy Fox who share a love of You’ve Got Mail and The Holiday. When they aren’t bonding over romantic comedies, they like to brainstorm new book ideas. One day, they decided to collaborate and have some fun creating new characters that’ll make your lady bits tingle and your heart melt. If you enjoy romance stories with sexy, tattooed alpha males and smart, independent women, then a Kennedy Fox book is for you!
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Email: kennedyfoxbooks(at)gmail(dot)com

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