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Hey guys, I hope you had a fantastic Valentine’s Day. In case you’re wondering I spending it at home with family and some friends. A really lazy day because none of us was in the mood to cook something so we ordered take out and eat junky food while watching romantic chick-flicks. (Message Hidden: currently-single).
Now this post is not only to let you know what I did today, I was thinking in making a tiny list about the most romantics books I’ve read so far.
I went to my Read List of Goodreads and found these titles, hope you enjoy the suggestions.

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I’ve read a lot of romance novels and novels that have a bit of romance on them. But I don’t think I’ve read a book more lovey-dovey romance than this one.



And it’s maybe because I read it this year in January that I feel it was the sweetest story ever. But it’s true that Lara Jean is the most innocent girl I’ve read about. Too sweet for my personal taste, but I loved her all the same. The writing is great, the characters are funny and the story is quite unique. Go to grab a copy of this books if you love romance novels.
And why not? If you feel like having a little marathon go and read the second book in this series: P.S. I still Love You

Another good and wonderful novel for this time of the year is: Everyone of Colleen Hoover’s novels
And no, I’m not joking. Because from being a woman who said, roughly four years ago, that she wouldn’t write anything romantic she is quite well at it right now. Her novels are a work of art, I’ve fell in love with all of them I’ve read so far and I know I’ll definitely love the others. But for doing the decision easier for you I’ll recommend you the last book of her I’ve read.

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Now, don’t be afraid of the title because it doesn’t sound really romantic. The story itself is one of the best romance I’ve read this year so far and I know that is too soon to talk about it but Ugly Love has set a high threshold for all the romance novel I’ll read this year that it seems unfair.
I read a lot of historical romance books, I love stories that took time several years ago so why not recommend you one of them on this Valentine.
Unquestionably, Lisa Kleypas is my favorite author of this genre for several reasons but the most important being that Devil in Winter was the first HR book I read and it captivated me so much that now I read at least one HR per month.
For this reason, I want to recommend you her latest book:

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The story is great but the book I’m really excited to read is the next book in this series. I can’t wait until May for it.

So this is it, guy. My awfully tiny list of books to read this Valentine.
Share with me the books you read this time of the year 🙂 I love getting recommendations whenever I can.
See you in the next post!

 

 

REVIEW: UNRAVELED by Jennifer Dawson

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This is a must-read!


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Unraveled (Undone #2.5)

by Jennifer Dawson
Self-published
on January 19, 2016
Genres: 
Contemporary Romance
Rating:4stars
Steamy Level:5chilis(intense)

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Valentine’s night. Three women. A hot new club where anything can happen.

After a life changing tragedy Layla Hunter is finally happy. Michael Banks has pulled her back from the dead and given her a love she’d thought was lost to her forever. Now, all she wants is to return the favor and give him the one thing she swore she’d never do again.Jillian Banks is up for absolutely anything and her smoking hot fiancé, Leo Santoro, is determined to give it to her. After exploring her fantasies in the privacy of her own home, Jillian’s ready for more and Leo is going above and beyond to make her happy. In return, she’ll do anything to make him proud.Ruby Stiles isn’t sure what she’s doing at a sex party at one of Chicago’s most anticipated new clubs. Currently she’s blaming it on curiosity. All she wants is to disappear into the background, only her emotions have decided to go on a roller coaster ride and the last thing she expects is for Chad Fellows to pick up the pieces.
Sometimes even the best laid plans unravel…
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Review

Dawson’s Unraveled is a short story that takes place in Valentine’s Day. 145 pages full of funny, exciting and hot moments. It’s the perfect read for this time of the year.

Now, if you haven’t read the previous books in this series, then you can’t read Unraveled –unless you’re Ok with spoilers –. But if you have read them, this is the best way to know what happen after the I-love-you’s and happily ever after are said in Crave and Sinful.

Every relationship is a journey, and even these hot couples had a long trip ahead of them.  Layla needs to exorcise some demons from her past. Jillian is trying to understand how deep and darks are her fantasies; and Leo, how much he can endure for her pleasure.

And if that isn’t enough, Layla’s best friend, Ruby, is a curious girl who wants to understand what is the appeal of submission and domination.

Obviously, there is no better place for all this to happen than Brandon’s sex party.

Jennifer Dawson can transform a common plot in something spectacular. Her not-so-much-detailed descriptions are hot enough, the dialogues between characters are unique and her writing style is progressing so much with each book.

You don’t know how much I loved this novella. I loved it so much than now is official, from now on I’ll read every single book Jennifer Dawson writes.

This novella is a must read for fans of Jennifer Probst, Katy Evans, Emma Chase and Samantha Young.

Want to know more about this series?

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Crave (Undone #1)
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Sinful (Undone #2)
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Debauched (Undone #3)
Upcoming Release: April 26, 2016

About the author:

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Jennifer Dawson is the author of the popular Something New series; spicy, small town romance released with Kensington, and pens the dark and edgy contemporary romance series Undone. Jennifer grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and graduated from DePaul University with a degree in psychology. She met her husband at the public library while they were studying. To this day, she still maintains she was NOT checking him out. Now, over twenty years later, they are married and living in a suburb right outside of Chicago with two awesome kids and a crazy dog. These days Jennifer can be found sitting behind her computer, writing her next novel, chasing after her kids, keeping an ever-watchful eye on her ever- growing to-do list, and NOT checking out her husband. Jennifer loves connecting with her readers and invites you to check out her website, Facebook page, and join Dawson’s Darlings, her private Facebook Fan group. Sign up for her monthly Newsletter for exclusive insider peeks, new release information and more.

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REVIEW: THE THINGS WE KEEP by Sally Hepworth


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by Sally Hepworth
Published by St. Martin Press
on January 19th, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Drama
Rating: 4stars
Steamy Level:3chilis
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Anna Forster, in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease at only thirty-eight years old, knows that her family is doing what they believe to be best when they take her to Rosalind House, an assisted living facility. She also knows there’s just one other resident her age, Luke. What she does not expect is the love that blossoms between her and Luke even as she resists her new life at Rosalind House. As her disease steals more and more of her memory, Anna fights to hold on to what she knows, including her relationship with Luke.

When Eve Bennett is suddenly thrust into the role of single mother she finds herself putting her culinary training to use at Rosalind house. When she meets Anna and Luke she is moved by the bond the pair has forged. But when a tragic incident leads Anna’s and Luke’s families to separate them, Eve finds herself questioning what she is willing to risk to help them.

This book took me out of my comfort zone and I enjoyed every minute of it

I took my time to write this review, like really took my time. Because this book, the story and the writing, affected me in so many levels. I didn’t want to write an extremely biased review so I took three weeks of break, picked it up again and re-read the most important bits in the book. And here I’m right now trying –in the next words –to convince you read this novel.

We’re told hundreds of times not to judge a book by its cover, but when you came across with covers like this one is impossible not to want it, even before you read the blurb. That’s what happened to me, I saw it and fell in love with it. Love at first sight exists, but just with book covers.

So, as you may have predicted, I requested it on NetGalley without reading the blurb just because I could. And, thankfully, my request was accepted.

What I didn’t expect was for this book to take me out of my comfort zone. Nor enjoy every single minute of it.

Thirty-something Anna Forster has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, she and her twin brother decide to put her in an assisted living facility, Rosalind House, which is the only facility in USA where there is another resident of roughly her same age, Luke.

While their diseases continue to progress, Anna and Luke fight against their conditions and their families to keep themselves together.

Eve has lost everything. As a single mother, she looks for a job at Rosalind House to keep her family-of-two afloat. And after meeting Anna and Luke she is overwhelming by how against everything they had forged a special bond.

A two POV story that touches a complicated topic with a series of flashbacks. Sally has made a terrific job at keeping the balance between the poignant and joyful moments of the story. I enjoy the writing style and the capacity of the author to keep me hooked to the story with every chapter.

Yes, this is a book likely to make you cry, sad and happy tears. But it’s well worth a reading, because overwhelming stories like this isn’t easy to find every day.

For Reneè Carlino, Collee Hoover, Elizabeth Strout and Sharon Guskin fans and readers that love beautiful covers. The Things We Keep is a book you definitely will want on your bookshelves.

 Favorite Quotes

Love is more like a river -it wants to flow. And if one path is blocked, it simply finds another.

 

The brain is like a filthy, stinkin pile of crap. When the sun comes out, it stinks worse that you can imagine, and when it’s cold or cloudy, you can barely smell it at all. Then there are days that, if the wind is coming from a certain way, you might catch the cold scent of a spruce for a few hours and forget the crap is even there.

 

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Me talking to the book…

 

 

About the Author

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Sally Hepworth is the bestselling author of THE SECRETS OF MIDWIVES (St. Martin’s Press, U.S. paperback releasing December 29, 2015) and the upcoming THE THINGS WE KEEP (January 19, 2016), a love story about a man and woman with dementia. To share your experience with how love transcends dementia, please visit the below link: THE THINGS WE KEEP

Sally has lived around the world, spending extended periods in Singapore, the U.K., and Canada, where she worked in Human Resources.

Sally lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and two children. Sally is currently working on her next novel.

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REVIEW: IN THIS LIFE by Christine Brae

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In This Life

by Christine Brae
Self-published
on January 22, 2016
Genres: 
Contemporary Romance
Rating:5stars
Steamy Level:4chilis

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Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere,
They’re in each other all along.
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It starts out so simply. Anna runs away to Thailand, drags her best friend Dante with her and spends a few weeks away, taking on other people’s problems while getting away from her own. She meets the enigmatic Jude Grayson, and for as long as it’s clear to both of them that it ends when they leave, she thinks she’s got the perfect fling planned out.
Or does she?
Anna returns home to find that her life is no longer the way it once was, and that she can’t stop thinking about him. She learns through tragedy that nothing she’s ever believed in has turned out to be true. The worst part? The people she loved were keeping a secret from her. And that no matter what she does, no matter how hard she fights against it, every path she takes keeps leading her back to Jude.
This is a story about love, found in a faraway place by two very unlikely people. It is also a story about friendship and loyalty and fighting for what you have despite the illogical mystery of fate. With the struggle between morality and guilt, faith and acceptance, there comes a learning that even the best-laid plans are powerless against the alignment of the universe.
From the beaches of Thailand to the streets of New York, three friends, Anna, Dante, and Jude will learn the hard way that once providence steps in, there is nothing in the world that can change what is truly meant to be.
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 Descriptive and well written story full of wisdom and beautiful quotes

In This Life by Christian Brae is a standalone self-published story. Brae tells us a story about a girl named Anna, that develops between two of the most beautiful and different cities, Ban Nam Khen, a village located on the coast of the Andaman Sea; and New York City.

Since this is the first book written by Christine Brae I have read, I knew that it was for the best that I didn’t have high expectations. But since the lovely Colleen Hoover recommended it. It was obvious I was going to read it.

But then I received this life-changing email which said that I’ve a gifted copy of “In This Life” –the kindle version if you’re wondering –and I just needed to fill a form, and the rest is story. As soon as Amazon told me I’ve a gift from Christine Brae I was reading the book.

I knew little or nothing about the plot and I think –at least for me –it worked.

Anna runs away from New York to Thailand because she can’t deal with the problems that are destroying her family. And because she needs moral support she drags her best friends, Dante, with her on a medical mission to help the less fortunate. In this village she meets Jude, this gorgeous and mysterious guy, and is obvious they are both attracted to each other, but the timing isn’t right. So they decide that whatever is going on between the two of them will end when they leave the village.

The perfect fling, right? Turns out it wasn’t.

Anna is a complex character but it doesn’t mean you don’t feel identified with her and her issues. The 40% of the time I wasn’t ok with her decisions, but humans are fools and make mistakes from time to time. Jude is an enigma from the moment he appears, a heartbreaking mystery, he is the reason why you can’t put the book down because you don’t have any idea what will happen next.

There are hundreds of ways this book could have gone wrong, but Christine Brae develops the story in the right way making of this book one of the best new adult romance stories I’ve read in my entire life.

This is a descriptive and well written story full of wisdom and beautiful quotes. I was overwhelmed during all the reading. I even cried in public transport because, as masochistic as I am, I couldn’t put the book down to take a break.

Do you think I’m overreacting? Well, maybe I am, but remember that books are like art, it can get a different reaction of each one of us.

For fans of Colleen Hoover, Sally Hepworth, Gayle Forman and Reneè Carlino this book is a must read.

Favorite Quotes:

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He is a force that pulls me towards him, a cliffhanger in a story in need of an ending.
The compassion in his eyes grabbed a hold on me in the middle of my storm and set me safely on solid ground.
They said that love is found in the darkest moments, when you’re lost and alone, in desperate search of answers.
I could have given up my entire life for you, followed you anywhere in the world.
If  only you had chosen me.
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Faithfulness. Love. Commitment. She gave it all to someone else. Fuck her.
“Tell me who do you worship now?”
“You, only you. I only worship you.”
There was nothing more liberating than knowing you belong.
She was mine and I was hers, not in the next life, nor in the future life, but here and now. In This Life.

 

About the author:

Christine Brae is a full time career woman who thought she could write a book about her life and then run away as far as possible from it. She never imagined that her words would touch the hearts of so many women with the same story to tell. Christine is the author of The Light in the Wound, His Wounded Light and Insipid. Her new book, In This Life, is set to release in January 2016.

When not listening to the voices in her head or spending late nights at the office, Christine can be seen shopping for shoes and purses, running a half marathon or spending time with her husband and three children in Chicago.

Christine is represented by Italia Gandolfo of Gandolfo Helin Literary Management.

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