Saturday, January 25, 2020

Stacking the Shelves & Sunday Post (56)

Hosted by:  Tynga's Reviews
Hosted by:  Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer

After reading how awesome Tweet Cute was from 
Sam@ WLABB, and Sophia@ Delighted Reader, I immediately went on Netgally and requested it.  I'm so excited that I got approved!  I've been working on my planner, by filling in all of the months and adding stickers, by picking a theme each month.  Next, I'm going to create a variety of visual reading/book trackers on the abundance of dot paper in my planner.  The cleanse is going well, and I'm now down 14lbs. Also, Tuesday's IEP was a success, and I'm so glad that it's over and done with!  I got to spend some quality time with my parents last night, and I always have a good time with them.  All in all, it was a good week!

Pictures from My New Planner:



On the Blog:
*Ruthless Knight by Ashley Jade (Blog Tour & Book Review)

Thanks to Social Butterfly PR, Siobhan Davis, Wednesday Books, Candi Kane PR, and A. Jade

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Blog Tour: Ruthless Knight (Royal Hearts Academy #2) by A. Jade

Ruthless Knight
Royal Hearts Academy #2

Ashley Jade

Release Date:
Jan. 23, 2020

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eARC from Candi Kane PR in exchange for a honest review

Book Summary:

Welcome to their kingdom. 

Cole Covington is the most popular heartbreaker at school. Every guy wants to be him and every girl wants to screw him. Except me. His devastatingly good looks, golden arm, and flirty smiles don't do it for me anymore...because I know what's lurking underneath the star quarterback's gorgeous armor. 

At least I thought I did. 

Sometimes the most beautiful people...hide the ugliest truths. And sometimes the only way to save someone... is to walk beside them through hell. 

Sawyer Church is the bible-thumping nerd of Royal Hearts Academy. Girls pick on her and guys don't notice her. Except me. Sweet, curvy, and sarcastic, she's impossible to ignore. No matter how much I try. Everyone at school has her pegged as the chubby, Jesus loving geek, but unlike them—Sawyer's real and never pretends to be someone she's not. 

Until I ask her to be my fake girlfriend. 

Sometimes the most beautiful souls...hide the greatest pain.

And sometimes the only way to save someone... is to fight for them. 

This is book 2 in the Royal Hearts Academy series. Please note: Although this is Cole and Sawyer's book, Cruel Prince (Jace and Dylan’s book) should be read first for a better understanding of the family dynamic. 

WARNING: Royal Hearts Academy is a New Adult/High School series of standalones filled with drama, a touch of angst, and boys who are bad to the bone. The characters are flawed. If you're looking for a safe, sweet romance with nice heroes and heroines who are perfect all the time, this series is NOT for you.


Royal Hearts Academy Series:
My Review

My Thoughts:

I am devouring this series!  Every time I pick up a Royal Hearts Academy story, I end up reading it in one sitting.  Each of these books features a different sibling, but can be read as a standalone.  The first story, Cruel Prince, was about eldest brother Jace, and his leading lady, Dylan.  In Ruthless Knight, we get middle sibling Cole, and his leading lady, Sawyer.

Cole is the most popular guy at his private high school.  He's the varsity quarterback, extremely good looking, has a charming personality, and a family that is extremely wealthy.  However, Cole put's on a facade.  Nobody knows the real him, and even his siblings, Jace and Bianca, don't know everything about him.  He has a dysfunctional family, a ton of baggage, deep feelings of guilt and emotional pain due to a traumatic past, and unfortunately he takes out his pain on others.

Sawyer is a do-gooder.  She has a deep Christian faith, and works hard in school, and at work.  She comes from a family that struggles financially, and her parents dislike each other, but stay married because of their religious beliefs.  Sawyer gets made fun of at school because she is a size sixteen, wears glasses, and doesn't dress or make herself up, in accordance to society's beauty standards.

The attraction between Cole and Sawyer was evident in the first book, but Cole cared too much about living his facade.  I was so excited to see these two get together, and watch everything play out.  This story brought me to tears, and filled me up with so many emotions.  I loved that Sawyer saw the real Cole, and called him out when he needed it.  I fell for the fact that Cole always did his best to reassure Sawyer of his feelings and attraction to her, even though he messed up a few times.

Cole and Sayer's story dealt with some very series themes; such as depression, suicide, losing a loved one, drug addiction, eating disorders, and positive body image. I was completely immersed in Cole and Sawyer's story, and didn't want it to end.  These characters came to life and felt so real.  Their story was entertaining, and had me rapidly turning pages and feeling so many emotions!  If you enjoy the New Adult genre, I highly recommend you check out this series! 

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About the Author:

Ashley Jade loves to tackle different genres and tropes within romance. Her first loves are New Adult Romance and Romantic Suspense, but she also writes everything in between including: contemporary romance, erotica, and dark romance. 

Her characters are flawed and complex, and chances are you will hate them before you fall head over heels in love with them. 

She’s a die-hard lover of oxford commas, em dashes, music, coffee, and anything thought provoking…except for math. 

Books make her heart beat faster and writing makes her soul come alive. She’s always read books growing up and scribbled stories in her journal, and after having a strange dream one night; she decided to just go for it and publish her first series. 

It was the best decision she ever made. 

If she’s not paying off student loan debt, working, or writing a novel—you can usually find her listening to music, hanging out with her readers online, and pondering the meaning of life.  
Check out her amazon page and Facebook page for future novels. She recently became hip and joined Twitter, so you can find her there, too. She loves connecting with her readers—they make her world go round’.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Waiting on Wednesday (114)

A Favor for a Favor (All In #2)
By: Helena Hunting
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Release Date: January 28, 2020

Book Synopsis:

From the New York Times bestselling author of Pucked and A Lie for a Lie, a new stand-alone romance about trading favors, battling wills, and winning love. 

When I joined Seattle’s NHL expansion team, I thought it was the start of something great. But nothing ever goes the way you expect. Take my introduction to my new neighbor. She came rolling in on the hot mess express at midnight, making a racket while she tried to get into my team captain’s apartment. Did I mention that he’s married to a woman who definitely was not her? 

Imagine my surprise when I end up with an injury that has me out of the game for weeks, and she’s the one to offer to help me. I should probably add that she’s not the captain’s mistress. She’s his sexy, pastel-haired younger sister. 

So we come up with an arrangement: she rehabs me so that I can get back on the ice sooner, and she can add a professional athlete that isn’t her brother to her client list. Seems simple enough. As long as I can keep my hands to myself and my hormones in check.

Why I'm Eagerly Waiting:

I really enjoyed the first book in this series, and I love the friend falling for his friend's sister trope.  Plus, Helena Hunting is an author I enjoy reading immensely!

What are you waiting on?