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Top 8 Books I Read in 2018

Hey Nerdy Peeps! Here it is the top 8 books I read in 2018. They won’t be in any particular order but the last book I talk about will be my top favorite for 2018. First though let’s talk new posting schedule. Mental health and I are not getting along, and I know I’ve been absent, but that’s going to change. I plan on getting at least two posts out per month.

Since I’ve lost my job back in October it’s been a whirlwind of emotions, and I’ve had no motivation to do much, and that includes writing. I have some stories I need to work but I have no creative motivation and it sucks, but I plan on picking it back up soon. So, stay tuned for new stories!

Top 8 Books I Read in 2018 

Two’s Company
By Alice La Roux

This book was hot! I loved everything about it and it’s definitely one you need to pick up. It’s also a steamy office romance and who doesn’t like those? It also features the gorgeous Mira who is a girl with some curves, and I loved it! Alice outdid herself on this one! 

Backlash
By Sarah Darer Littman

This book falls under the YA category and I have steered away from those until I picked this one up and couldn’t put it down. Backlash deals with a lot of depression and online bullying which is something that needs to change in this world. I hated reading what Lara was going through, but I loved following her story. Bree was such an ugly “friend” to do what she did. This one is also a must read.

Instructions for a Secondhand Heart
By Tamsyn Murray

Oh now, this one will pull at your heartstrings (no pun intended). It was another book I couldn’t put down and you will love it if you pick it up. This book introduces you to Johnny, who needs a new heart. When Neve loses her twin brother, Leo, Johnny finally gets the heart he’s been needing. A new heart leads to a new relationship between Neve and Johnny. 

Ouija
By Katherine Turner

Here was my spooky read for Halloween. I was on the edge of my seat through every page. When Elaine loses her best friend from something that came out of the Ouija board she has to figure out how to make it go away. Definitely read this one with the lights on because you will be spooked.

Forbidden
By R.R. Banks

I love me some forbidden romances, especially those college professor/student relationships. Falling for your TA should be a crime, but Jude and Veronica wouldn’t let that stop them. Their relationship will pull at every emotion you have and you won’t put the book down.

She’s a Tiger Lily
By Tiffany Carby

Where do I even start with this one? This features the Griffin Gas Company and all their sexy employees. By sexy I mean shirtless hunks who work for a full-service gas station. She’s a Tiger Lily introduces you to the sexy son of Raleigh and Daphne, Wil, he is swoon-worthy and taken. That’s right ladies he’s taken by the gorgeous Lily, so if you want to hear their story… Read the book.

Stay a Little Longer
By Jess Bryant

This was my first male/male romance and I have got to say I’m a fan. Stay a Little Longer features famous country singer Trent Thorne who was outed without wanting to be. Now, he finds himself in the little town of Fate, Texas and next door to the hot cop who is still in the closet. That doesn’t stop them from starting a relationship, but every great relationship has its bumps. Definitely read the book if you want to find out those bumps.

Last but not least… The number one book I read in 2018 is…

Girl Wash Your Face
By Rachel Hollis

This book was a life turner for me. I learned so much about myself through this book. I’ve also worked on myself a lot since I’ve read this book. It has helped me overcome a lot of my insecurities and mental health issues. Of course, mental health is a long, hard journey, but I will get through and thanks to this book I will learn to love myself to get through it.


There ya have it! The top 8 books I read in 2018! These books were definitely my favorite to read for this year. I also plan on reading more from the above authors. Their writing styles and the stories they come up with they are always heartwarming and pull at all the right emotions. I can’t wait to share my 2019 reading list with all of you, so stay tuned for the next post! 

Thank you, Next Book Tag!

Hey Nerdy Peeps! I’M BACK!!! It’s been a while and I am so sorry I have been absent. Let me just tell you that mental health issues suck! I have been in the worst funk ever, but slowly but surely I am getting back on track! Anyway, let’s get to today’s post! That’s right I found a new book tag that goes along with Ariana Grande’s new song Thank You, Next! 

I found the tag through Peace Love Books on youtube! Thank You Next Book Tag


Thank You, Next Book Tag!

Name a book that you said “thank you, next” to i.e. DNF’d (did not finish)

The only book I never finished was Thirteen Reasons Why… This book was just way too much for my mental health and I couldn’t do that to myself. 

You can answer the next three together or separate 🙂

Name a book that taught you love

Instructions for a Secondhand Heart by Tamsyn Murray

This book has all the feels and I couldn’t love it more than I already do! 

Name a book that taught you patience

I actually just finished the perfect book for this! 
It would have to be Stay a Little Longer by Jess Bryant

Trent was outed before he was ready.
Lance was in the closet for good.
When these two met sparks flew.
They both had to be patient with the others feelings.
Especially Trent since Lance wasn’t ready to come out.

Name a book that taught you pain

I feel like this might be everyone’s answer but this one would definitely be The Fault in Our Stars! Oh boy, this book will make you cry all of the tears! 

Name a book that you loved at the time of reading but in hindsight, you do not like it as much anymore, but which you still learned some other quality from

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
At the time I loved this book but not so much anymore, but I still keep the “no matter what always be you” mentality this book taught me! 

Name a book you’re currently talking to, i.e. have the hots for

The Devil by Ashley Jade
Oh, holy hotness! This book is wow! 

Name a book that gon’ last – the book of you – the book that helped you love yourself a little bit more

Hands down… Girl Wash Your Face! This book is everything and more. I loved it so much and it helped me get through a rough patch in life! Definite must read! 


I tag anyone and everyone who wants to do this tag! Have fun! 

 

 

 

 

In Pieces by Christa Lynn Book Review

Hey Nerdy Peeps! Here’s another review and this one is a good one. I loved this book and I know you will too! 


Blurb

When Hope Becomes a Memory

Jo:

Thirteen years ago, I was ripped from my home and forced into servitude. My life was torn into pieces and became a living hell. Then, I was suddenly released into a different type of hell. A hell that knows no boundaries, that cares about no one. 
I will not trust anyone, I will not believe in anyone and I will not give in to anyone. 
I’m a survivor, and this hell, I will survive.

Kane:

The world changed thirteen years ago. My life, as well as everyone else’s, was turned upside down. While others pillaged for food and water, I pillaged for weapons and books. If the Heretics want to take over the world, then I’ll lead the Mercenaries to battle for our country. 
I will not surrender, I will not bow down and I will not break. 

Kane refuses to let Jo sacrifice herself to find her family and he will do whatever necessary to put her pieces back together. 
Will she learn to trust again?
WIll she learn to put the power into Kane’s hands?
Or are there too many pieces to put back together?

in pieces by christa lynn book review


Book Review

Now, dystopian is not my usual cup of sweet tea, but this book was everything I could love in a book. It was a complete page turner and I couldn’t put it down. Just be warned that in this book there is some abuse. The women are kept as prisoners for sex and reproduction.

That being said when Jo could no longer have babies they threw her out into the dark and scary world. She found herself in a situation where thankfully she was saved by Kane. By the way, I love a good boy who saves the damsel in distress. I also love the bad boy tendencies Kane has. 

Their love story was a beautiful one and the friendship that Lynn throws in with the other woman who went through the same Hell was amazing and totally made the story. 

You definitely want to give this book a shot! You won’t be disappointed! 

Get your copy – https://amzn.to/2wiSjvb


Now, if you’ll excuse me I am going to jump back into Missing Pieces, which is Christa Lynn’s second book in this series! 

Bayside Heat by Melissa Foster Book Review

 

Bayside Heat by Melissa Foster Book Review

NEW RELEASE……..

Fall in love at Bayside, where sandy beaches, good friends, and true love come together in the sweet small towns of Cape Cod.

BAYSIDE SUMMERS is a series of standalone steamy romance novels featuring alpha male heroes and sexy, empowered women. They’re fun, flirty, flawed, deeply emotional, always passionate, and easy to relate to.


In BAYSIDE HEAT…

Drake Savage has always done the right thing, especially where beautiful and fiercely determined Serena Mallery is concerned-even when it means keeping his feelings for her to himself. Serena has always wanted more than what their small town of Wellfleet, Massachusetts has to offer, and Drake’s roots are so deeply entrenched in the Cape, it’s all he can do to watch her pack up her life and move away.

Serena has always had big dreams. As a teenager, she dreamed of becoming an interior designer and marrying smart, musically inclined, sexy-as-sin Drake Savage. Now she’s finally landed a killer job with a top interior design firm, but though she has spent the last four years working side by side with Drake, he’s never made a move. Four years is long enough for her to accept reality, and her new job in Boston is the perfect way to move on.

A weak moment leads to sizzling, sensual kisses, opening a door through which they’ve both been aching to walk. But Serena’s determined not to give up her shot at the career she’s always dreamed of, and Drake has loved her for too many years to stand in her way. With true love at their fingertips and a world of unstoppable passion igniting between them, can the two star-crossed lovers find their way to their happily ever after?

My Review

Drake has always had feelings for the beautiful Serena, but of course, he would never let her know. They’ve been working together for the past four years and when an amazing opportunity for Serena pops up he loves her too much to get in the way. 

Since neither of them will act on their feelings Serena decides it’s time to move on and take the job in Boston. Even though Drake holds his feelings back he decides that he can’t let her go after all. 

Drake and Serena’s friendship was absolutely adorable, and every time they wouldn’t let their feelings get in the way I was like “oh come on now tell each other!” but nope Melissa left us waiting. I loved it though! When they finally do tell each other it was the cutest thing ever. I’m always up for a good love story and Melissa never disappoints. So, if you haven’t already you definitely need to give her stories a shot! 



**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

 

All BAYSIDE SUMMERS books can be read as standalone novels or as part of the series:

Bayside Desires Book 1
Bayside Passions Book 2
Bayside Heat Book 3
Bayside Escape (releasing 6th Feb, 2019)

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Bayside Heat by Melissa Foster Book Review

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Bayside Desires (Bayside Summers #1)

As the co-owner of Bayside Resorts, Rick Savage has a fabulous job working with his best friends and brother, and a thriving business in Washington, DC, which he’ll be returning to at the end of the summer. Spending time with his family is great, but being back on Cape Cod has unearthed painful memories. When sweet, smart, and overly cautious Desiree Cleary moves in next door, Rick is drawn to the sexy preschool teacher, and she just might prove to be the perfect distraction.

Running an art gallery was not in preschool teacher Desiree Cleary’s plans, but after being tricked into coming to her impetuous, unreliable mother’s aid, she’s stuck spending the summer with the badass half sister she barely knows and a misbehaving dog. If that’s not frustrating enough, she can’t escape the sparks igniting with her strikingly handsome and pushy neighbor, Rick, who makes all her warning bells go off.

Passion ignites as Desiree and Rick spend long summer nights sharing heartfelt confessions and steamy kisses. For the first time in years Rick is enjoying life again instead of hiding behind mounds of work miles away from his family. Desiree has touched him in a way that makes him want to slow down. Only slowing down means dealing with his demons, and he isn’t sure who he’ll be when he comes out the other side.

 

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

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Bayside Passions (Bayside Summers #2)

Bayside Passions (Bayside Summers Book 2) by [Foster, Melissa]

When Emery Andrews’s best friend, Desiree, moves away, falls in love, and opens an inn all in one summer, she feels her absence like a missing limb. Until she visits over the holidays and meets sinfully hot Dean Masters, who’s as easy on the eyes as he is to talk to. After returning home, what starts as a flurry of late-night flirtations quickly turns into a deep connection and unexpected friendship. Now, months later, Desiree offers Emery a job teaching yoga at the inn. Adventurous Emery jumps at the chance and heads for Wellfleet, Massachusetts, to reunite with her BFF and her new close friend, Dean.

After months of sharing their lives, and their secrets, over video chats and phone calls, Dean’s ready to move things to the next level. The fact that Emery seems oblivious to the sparks between them and has recently put her foot down about dating friends just means he’ll have to bide his time.

When Emery finds a naked man in her kitchen the first morning she’s there, Dean doesn’t hesitate to move her into his guest room. Maybe now Emery will see what’s right before her eyes–although that guy she’s got a date with might be a problem.

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Bayside Heat by Melissa Foster Book Review



About the author

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance and women’s fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Readers adore Melissa’s fun, flirty, and sinfully sexy, award-winning big-family romance collection, LOVE IN BLOOM featuring the Snow Sisters, Bradens, Remingtons, Ryders, Seaside Summer, Harborside Nights, Wild Boys and Bad Boys After Dark, and the Montgomerys. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented– perfect beach reads for contemporary romance lovers who enjoy reading about loyal, wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines with complex and relatable issues.

Melissa also writes sweet and clean romance under the pen name Addison Cole.

Melissa has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Her interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.

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Sweet Heat at Bayside Book Review

Sweet Heat at Bayside Book Review

NEW RELEASE……..

Fall in love at Bayside, where sandy beaches, good friends, and true love come together in the sweet small towns of Cape Cod. Bayside Summers is a series of standalone romance novels featuring fiercely loyal heroes and sassy, empowered women. They’re fun, flirty, flawed, and easy to relate to.

In Sweet Heat at Bayside…
Drake Savage has always done the right thing, especially where beautiful and fiercely determined Serena Mallery is concerned—even when it means keeping his feelings for her to himself. Serena has always wanted more than what their small town of Wellfleet, Massachusetts has to offer, and Drake’s roots are so deeply entrenched in the Cape, it’s all he can do to watch her pack up her life and move away.

Serena has always had big dreams. As a teenager, she dreamed of becoming an interior designer and marrying smart, musically inclined, sexy-as-sin Drake Savage. Now she’s finally landed a killer job with a top interior design firm, but though she has spent the last four years working side by side with Drake, he’s never made a move. Four years is long enough for her to accept reality, and her new job in Boston is the perfect way to move on.

A weak moment leads to sizzling, sensual kisses, opening a door through which they’ve both been aching to walk. But Serena’s determined not to give up her shot at the career she’s always dreamed of, and Drake has loved her for too many years to stand in her way. With true love at their fingertips and a world of unstoppable passion igniting between them, can the two star-crossed lovers find their way to their happily ever after?

My Review

Drake has always had feelings for the beautiful Serena, but of course, he would never let her know. They’ve been working together for the past four years and when an amazing opportunity for Serena pops up he loves her too much to get in the way. 

Since neither of them will act on their feelings Serena decides it’s time to move on and take the job in Boston. Even though Drake holds his feelings back he decides that he can’t let her go after all. 

Drake and Serena’s friendship was absolutely adorable, and every time they wouldn’t let their feelings get in the way I was like “oh come on now tell each other!” but nope Addison left us waiting. I loved it though! When they finally do tell each other it was the cutest thing ever. I’m always up for a good love story and Addison never disappoints. So, if you haven’t already you definitely need to give her stories a shot! 




About SWEET WITH HEAT novels…
Sweet with Heat books are the sweet editions of the Love in Bloom steamy romance novels by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster. Sweet with Heat books convey all of the passion you expect between two people in love, without any explicit scenes or harsh language.

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Also available in the Sweet with Heat: Bayside Summers Series

Sweet Love at Bayside

Sweet Passions at Bayside

Sweet Heat at Bayside

Sweet Escape at Bayside

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Addison Cole is the sweet alter ego of New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. She writes humorous and emotional sweet contemporary romance. Her books do not include explicit sex scenes or harsh language. Addison spends her summers on Cape Cod, where she dreams up wonderful love stories in her house overlooking Cape Cod Bay.

Addison is proud to be part of the Main Street Romance family, a partnership with bestselling authors Nancy Naigle, RaeAnne Thayne, and Chris Keniston, bringing sweet happy-ever-after love stories to the Main Street Romance community. Join them at www.MainStreetRomance.com ~ open 24/7 just for you.

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