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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! 

 

 

 

 

Book Review A Love So Sweet by Addison Cole

book review a love so sweet by addison cole

NEW RELEASE…….. 
Discover the magic of the Bradens, and fall in love with Addison Cole’s rich and romantic storytelling.

A Love So Sweet is a Sweet with Heat novel and conveys all of the passion you’d expect to find between two people in love without any graphic scenes or harsh language. If you’re looking for a spicier romance, pick up the steamy edition, Lovers at Heart, Reimagined, written by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster. Addison Cole is Melissa’s sweet-romance pen name. 


In A Love So Sweet…

Treat Braden wasn’t looking for love when Max Armstrong walked into his Nassau resort, but he saw right through the efficient and capable facade she wore like a shield to the sweet, sensual woman beneath. One magnificent evening together sparked an intense connection, and for the first time in his life Treat wanted more than a casual affair. But something caused Max to turn away, and now, after weeks of unanswered phone calls and longing for the one woman he cannot have, Treat is going back to his family’s ranch to try to finally move on.

A chance encounter brings Treat and Max together again, and it turns into a night of intense passion and honesty. When Max reveals her secret, painful past, Treat vows to do everything within his power to win Max’s heart forever—including helping her finally face her demons head-on.

My Review

Oh my goodness! This is a great start to a beautiful new series! I can’t say it enough about how much I love Addison Cole’s books! 

This one was an absolute treat (Pun intended). I loved watching Treat and Max’s relationship unfold they were so cute! But Max wasn’t always there after one night of sparks she runs. So, Treat gave up, which in my opinion was dumb. You should never give up on someone you love. 

When Treat decides to move on back on his family’s ranch. Well, another encounter between the two sparks passion all over again and I couldn’t get enough! These two will give you a run for your money but once they finally stay together you will love every minute of it! 

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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Book Excerpt

Watch for the upcoming November release of 

Our Sweet Destiny

Book 2 of Sweet with Heat: The Bradens at Weston Series

 

Discover the magic of the Bradens, and fall in love with Addison Cole’s rich and romantic storytelling. 

Our Sweet Destiny is a Sweet with Heat novel and conveys all of the passion you’d expect to find between two people in love without any graphic scenes or harsh language. If you’re looking for a more explicit romance, pick up the steamy edition, Destined for Love, written by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster. Addison Cole is Melissa’s sweet-romance pen name.

In OUR SWEET DESTINY…
After ditching a troubled relationship—and her veterinary practice in the process—Jade Johnson returns to the safety of her small hometown and finally finds her footing. That is…until her horse is injured and the son of the man her father has been feuding with for more than forty years comes to her rescue. She’s spent forever trying to deny her attraction to headstrong, too-handsome-for-his-own-good cowboy Rex Braden. The last thing she needs is that particular man complicating her life.

Fiercely loyal Rex Braden has never put anyone or anything before his family. Despite the irate family history, sparks fly between Rex and Jade, unleashing fifteen years of stifled, forbidden love—and causing the rebel in each of them to rear its powerful head.

Loyalties are tested, and relationships are strained as Rex and Jade find out if true love really can conquer all.

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More from Addison Cole!

 

About the author

SIGN UP for ADDISON’S Sweet with Heat newsletter. Fun, flirty romance with a dash of heat. www.AddisonCole.com/Newsletter

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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.

Addison enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups and welcomes an invitation to your event.

Addison’s books are available in paperback, digital, and audio formats.

 

Find Addison on the following sites….

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Life With PCOS Week Three

Hey Nerdy Peeps! It’s been a couple of weeks since my first update, so I thought I’d bring you guys up to speed on what I’m dealing with.


Updates

Started a medication called Provera to jump-start a period, but so far nothing. Yes, I’ll call the doctor soon I’m just waiting for the correct time limit. 

Diets suck! I’m practically eating nothing and I hate it, but I am getting the correct calories to lose weight in. 

Water and I do not mix. It just bores me. If you have any water infusing recipes I’d love to hear them! 

I’m still pretty tired all the time, but I’ve noticed that my naps are less frequent. 

I tried almond milk and I’m not a fan. It’s yucky. 

Like I said though, there might not be a cure, but I will win this fight! 

You can check out week one here: http://www.nerdybooklife.com/2018/08/29/life-with-pcos-week-one/

 

life with PCOS week three


So, what am I up to?

I go back to the doctor for lab work on the 19th, then I go back 21 days after I finally start my period. (Personal I know, but oh well.) As for now, I am just doing my research, writing some stories, and reading all the books. Especially The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, this book is amazing! 

Now to the good stuff! 

I am part of two anthologies that are finally published! 

And my book baby will be her September 18, 2018! Let me leave you some links! 

Our Secret Nook:  https://amzn.to/2M3YyJ5

life with PCOS week three 

Authors join together to support anti-bullying efforts with their words. Each has chosen one of three prompts and created a short story for your enjoyment.

1. You’re alone in your home and you keep hearing someone call out your name. What do you do?

2. Walking through an art gallery you come across a painting of yourself as a child, but it was painted more than 100 years ago.
How is this possible?

3. Driving on a dark, deserted road, your car breaks down, there is no cell service. A guy stops and offers you a ride. Do you take it? 

The Plus Signhttps://amzn.to/2PLLUAJ 

life with PCOS week three life with PCOS week three

Time seems to drag. Shaking fingers, racing hearts, difficulty swallowing. Some have done this for months, each time their hearts breaking just a bit more. Others never imagined themselves in this position, disbelieving how they let it happen. They take a deep breath, willing the seconds to move just a bit faster until finally, time’s up.

It’s positive.

Take a journey through the ups and downs of pregnancy with these fourteen tales of love, loss, and hope. Featuring tears of joy, shattered dreams, newborn cries, and even a vampire, each heart-warming story is as unique as a pregnancy itself, capturing the hearts of its readers. While the ending is never predictable, one thing is for certain.

It all starts with a plus sign.

Proceeds from this anthology go directly to The Winchester Beacon of Hope Emergency Shelter. For more information visit: http://beaconofhopeky.org/

Deadly Lovehttps://amzn.to/2OeARzq

life with PCOS week three

Lexi Madison wasn’t the girl she used to be in Detroit. She did her best to leave her past where it belonged in the past. That even meant leaving the man she shot there. There was no way she was going to marry her father’s drug dealer’s son, even if she knew him.

Derek never wanted to live in his father’s footsteps, but he knew he wanted Lexi, even if it meant tricking her. The only thing he didn’t see happening was being shot by the one woman he loved. They may have been best friends, but now he was pissed.


So, there ya go Nerdy Peep! I have been one busy girl lately. I’m working on three other anthologies for this year, and I’m fighting PCOS, so I got this! I hope (hehe). I will keep you all updated to the best of my ability. And don’t worry I have lots of reviews coming your way! 

Angelica Stone by Susi Osborne Book Review

Hey Nerdy Peeps! Sit back for this one because it was not what I expected! Seriously though I could not put this book down and I can’t wait to share this review with you. Here is Angelica Stone by Susi Osborne Book Review!


angelica stone by susi osborne book review

Angelica Stone

Following years of sexual abuse, Angelica is brought up in care. As a teenager, she absconds, living on the streets, before eventually being forced into prostitution to survive. She learns to rely solely on herself and is reluctant to allow anyone to get close to her until she forms an unlikely bond with Lola. In contrast, Lola is from what appears to be a happy middle-class background – but all is not what it seems…

Slowly, as their friendship grows, cracks start to appear in Lola’s life, and a series of events leave her on the verge of ruin. Can these women break the cycle of their lives? Or will they succumb to the path laid out before them? Angelica Stone is an emotional rollercoaster of laughter and tears as the women embark on a journey of self-discovery, with the support of one another.

Purchase Links 

Angelica Stone – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Angelica-Stone-Susi-Osborne/dp/1911320947/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

                                                           Secrets, Lies & Butterflies – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Secrets-Lies-Butterflies-Susi-Osborne/dp/1846248914/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

                                                             Grace & Disgrace – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Grace-Disgrace-Susi-Osborne/dp/1846244633/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

                                                              The Ripples of Life – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ripples-Life-Susi-Osborne/dp/1846241804/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

My Review

First, let me start by saying this book may have some trigger warnings for anyone who has dealt with sexual abuse. 

angelica stone by susi osborne book review

So, after reading the blurb for this book I was all in for a good friendship between two women who help each other through their healing process, but I was wrong. This book was a lot darker than I thought it would be, but that’s what kept me hooked. Susi did an amazing job of making the scenes job off the page. Angelica and Lola’s relationship was a perfect friendship they built each other up and you get to see Angelica from Lola’s perspective. From there you see how different their lives are, but also how that makes their friendship stronger. 

I love how Susi intertwined the laughs with the dark. It made the dark more bearable to read. So, don’t be fooled by the blurb, just pick the book up and read it. You won’t be disappointed. 

Author Bio – Susi Osborne is the author of The Ripples of Life, Grace & Disgrace, Secrets, Lies & Butterflies and Angelica Stone. She lives in Cheshire with her Scottish husband, her actress daughter, and their two mischievous little dogs. Susi also has an adult son and a grandson who live nearby. Amongst friends, their house is known affectionately (she hopes!) as the Osborne madhouse, for obvious reasons.

Before she became a writer, Susi worked in libraries for many years. She also worked as a classroom assistant in a junior school. In addition to her writing, Susi organizes Northwich LitFest, which she has been running for the past seven years. Alongside the writing of her latest book, Angelica Stone, Susi has been raising money for Centrepoint, the charity for youth homelessness, and has set up a Just Giving Page for the charity in her name.

Susi is a firm believer in the fact that it’s never too late to do anything. ‘You only have one life – go out and grab it with both hands!’

Social Media Links –

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