Thursday, July 1, 2021

What I'm Binge-Watching - 1 July 2021

What I'm Binge-Watching is a weekly meme to document all of our favorite binging obsessions. Follow along and let me know what you've been binge-watching lately!

Hey everyone! I haven't posted for a couple weeks because I haven't been watching anything new-new but I have a special movie series to share with you this week as well as a few new shows I'm watching.

Continuing


Current Episode: Season 1 Episode 4 - Birds of a Feather
Finally finished my last watching and I've started from the beginning. I always love the 2-part series premiere, The Murder of Sherlock Holmes and the episode I'm to now, Birds of a Feather is a fun one too. 

Current Episode: Season 2, Episode 2 - Family Dinner
I decided to give this show a second chance and I'm really liking it now!


New Obsessions & Recent Binges

Current Episode - Season 2, Episode 1: Nothing But the Blood
I just finished rewatching season 1 of True Blood. I both enjoyed it, and at times found it a little boring. I forgot how much I loved Lafayette but my lust for Jason Stackhouse has cooled considerably since I first watched this show.

Fear Street 3-Part Horror Movie Trilogy 
Netflix is airing a three-part horror movie series this month inspired R.L. Stine's classic Fear Street novels. I was lucky enough to win an early screening of Part One: 1994 in an Instagram Giveaway and got to watch it Tuesday night. It was great! Scream meets Goosebumps vibes with a slight amount of gore. Part One premieres on Netflix tomorrow (July 2nd!) with Part Two: 1978 premiering July 9th and Part Three: 1666 premiering on July 16th! 

Just Added to My Watchlist

None this week

What are you currently binge-watching? 
Let me know in the comments!
Happy binging!

Saturday, June 26, 2021

{Book Review} TIE ME DOWN by Melanie Harlow

  


Tie Me Down
Bellamy Creek Series Book 4
Melanie Harlow
Contemporary Romance, Friends to Lovers Romance


Blurb:
Just friends.
That’s all Beckett Weaver and I have ever been.

Sure, he’s a hot cowboy who left Wall Street behind to take over his family’s ranch. Yes, I’ve had a secret crush on him since we were seventeen. And who wouldn’t appreciate those strong hands, that massive chest, and the way he fills out a pair of Levis?

He makes a girl sweat just looking at him . . . and I look. A lot.

But I’m a single mom trying to move on with my life, and he’s running that ranch single-handedly while taking care of his elderly father. We don’t even live in the same state. I only returned to my hometown of Bellamy Creek to sell my late mother’s house, and he just invited me and my son to stay with him because he’s got a big heart.

That’s not the only big thing he’s got--which I discover the night I finally sneak across the hall to his bedroom and shed my inhibitions right alongside my pajamas. And once we give into each other, we can’t stop.

The hayloft. The bed of his truck. The dock by the pond.

Nothing has ever felt so right, but his past has taught him not to believe in happily ever after, and every perfect night I spend in his arms brings us closer to goodbye.

Like any cowboy, he’s good with a rope and knows exactly how to tie me up.

But what if I want him to tie me down?

My Review:

Beckett has been in love with Maddie, the girl across the street, since high school. But he never allowed himself to cross the line and tell her how he felt. Except for that one kiss during their senior year. But she had a boyfriend. 

Now all grown up, Maddie is coming back to town to get her late mother's house ready to be sold. Freshly divorced and with a six-year-old son she isn't looking for a relationship, even though she's always liked Beckett.

Beckett has his own responsibilities - an aging father with developing Alzheimer's disease and a a ranch to run all on his own. He can't make a move on Maddie when he has nothing to offer her - but why does it feel so right? 

I like friends-to-lovers romance and this one is perfect. You can feel the build-up of years of friendship, even when they weren't in touch they were still able to pick up their friendship like no time had passed. I love how accepting Beckett was of Maddie's son and Maddie was so good with Beckett's dad. 

Beckett's stubbornness bugged me a little but I still enjoyed this book. It was a great read and a nice tie-up of the series. 

My Rating:

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4.75 of 5 Stars!

Friday, June 25, 2021

{Book Review} CALL ME CRAZY by Melanie Harlow

 


Call Me Crazy
Bellamy Creek Series Book 3
Melanie Harlow
Contemporary Romance, Marriage of Convenience Romance
320 Pages

Blurb:
It was the perfect plan.
I needed a wife—temporarily—in order to inherit the family business.
And she needed a favor—the kind that takes nine months to deliver.


We had it all worked out, from the no-touching policy on our wedding night (her rule) to the no-falling-in-love decree (mine). She’d marry me, I’d give her the means to have the baby she’d always wanted, and one year later we’d amicably part ways with no hassle, no demands, and certainly no regrets.

After all, Bianca DeRossi and I are experts at infuriating one another—we’ve been doing it since we were kids. Trouble is, she grew up gorgeous and feisty, and she still knows exactly how to get under my skin.

And that wedding night? Well, it doesn’t exactly go down hands-free.

Then she moves in with me, and I really start to lose my mind. From her sexy little pout to her wicked sense of humor to those meatball sandwiches she makes just because she knows they’re my favorite . . . I find myself wanting to break every rule we put in place.

Our story was never supposed to end with happily ever after.
But call me crazy, I just might be in love with my wife.

My Review:

Enzo and Bianca are my favorite couple of the series!

They hated each other as kids, you saw their banter in Make Me Yours, now prepare to fall in love with Enzo and Bianca! 

Enzo needs a wife. Not because he wants one or is in love or wants to settle down or anything crazy like that. But if he doesn't get married before he turns 35 his father will leave the family business to his incompetent brother Pietro. 

Bianca wants a baby. But with health issues it won't be easy. She's ready to do it the untraditional way by using a sperm bank, but when she runs into Enzo after his failed proposal to his girlfriend of the month she comes up with a better plan.

It wasn't supposed to be real. They were not supposed to want each other this month. And they definitely weren't supposed to fall in love. Until they did.

This is my favorite book of the series, I loved everything about Enzo and Bianca's relationship. Their families reminded me of the big, crazy Italian family I wish I had, and my mouth watered at all of the food Bianca cooked throughout the book. I also like that this author always puts recipes at the end of the books. I can't wait to try some out! Bianca and Enzo have amazing chemistry, I love their banter, and my heart broke for Bianca with her troubles conceiving. It was definitely well portrayed on the page. 

My Rating:

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5 of 5 Stars!

Thursday, June 24, 2021

{Book Review} MAKE ME YOURS by Melanie Harlow

 


Make Me Yours
Bellamy Creek Series Book 2
Melanie Harlow
Contemporary Romance
371 Pages

Blurb:
He’s my brother’s best friend.

The hot single dad next door.

And one accidental sext later, my massive crush on him is no longer a secret.

It’s my own damn fault. I’m thirty years old, for heaven’s sake. I’m a kindergarten teacher and a (reasonably) responsible adult. I should know better than to get tipsy and draft a fake text listing all the dirty things I wish Officer Cole Mitchell would do to me.

I wasn’t supposed to hit send.

He wasn’t supposed to see it.

And he definitely wasn’t supposed to text back telling me to go on . . .

Because after that, things escalate quickly.

Cole is everything I’ve ever wanted. He’s sexy and protective. A devoted father to his little girl. A dedicated cop the whole town adores. The kind of guy you can trust to keep his hands to himself, even when you’re desperately hoping he won’t.

I’m not the girl he thought he’d end up with, but after all this time, I might finally get the chance to say the words I’ve always dreamed of . . . make me yours.

My Review:

This series is so bingeable and book 2 is just as enjoyable of a read as book 1. 

Cole is a single father to a 9-year-old daughter after his wife died in childbirth. His friends and his mother have been trying to get him back out there for a while now but he made a promise to his daughter when she was 5 that he wouldn't get remarried. Not that he doesn't still have needs...

Cheyanne has been in love with Cole for as long as she can remember. She either dates guys that remind her of him or his opposite and it never works out. But when she accidentally sexts him what she desires and he answers back it ignites a spark between them. But will Cole be brave enough to act on it? Or will his fear of losing someone else he loves make him pump the breaks?

I really liked how the author portrayed Cole's anxiety issues throughout the book, it was very well done. And I really loved watching Cheyanne and Cole's relationship develop, they definitely deserved it. The chemistry between them was electric. 

Overall,  I really enjoyed this book. It's sexy, it's sweet, and parts of it will break your heart and put it back together. 

My Rating:
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
4.75 of 5 Stars!

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

{Book Review} Flipcup by Kim Hartfield

  


Flipcup
Vino and Veritas Book 7
Kim Hartfield
LGBT Romance
188 Pages

Blurb:
Could swearing off men lead Chelsea to the perfect woman?

After being rejected one too many times, Chelsea makes a bold vow: No more men. Her friends doubt a boy-crazy party girl can handle not dating for a year, but that only makes Chelsea more determined.

Tara has made a vow, too. After growing up in foster care and suppressing herself to please others, she's going to live her truth. When she sees a beautiful woman, she'll make her attraction known.

Chelsea appreciates Tara's flirtatious compliments, not to mention her androgynous beauty. There's a loophole in Chelsea's vow, and it's more tempting every day...

My Review:

Ugh, this book. I put it on my TBR a few months ago when I saw it in a newsletter and was really excited to read it. I thought Pride Month would be the perfect time. But this book is a classic case of unlikeable characters who should not be a couple.

Chelsea is this guy-crazy, heavy-drinking immature woman who decides on a whim to try hooking up with a woman because she's tired of meaningless sex with guys that never leads to a relationship. She clearly has no idea how to adult because she actually asks Tara after she gets her own apartment what she's supposed to do with the garbage, isn't someone going to come get it and take it out of her apartment. πŸ™„

Then there's Tara, who is described as an "androgynous beauty" in the blurb. She's overly flirty toward Chelsea but when Chelsea takes interest it's like she gets all offended. I believe there is a word for people like that but I won't say it here. Despite being flirty, Tara is startlingly closed-off because of her childhood in the foster care system (seriously, another one of those books... aren't there a ton already that show how shitty the system is? We get it already!)

Another thing I didn't like was that the author bases most of the book around Chelsea and Tara's physical relationship. It's like they're the only characters that matter in the book. We see no interaction between Chelsea and her parents, Chelsea and Tara's friends are one-dimensional, people that come into Tara's life like her guitar teacher or aunt are mentioned but we don't really learn much about them or build that connection. 

Overall, I didn't like this book. For such a short book it took forever to read. I will not read another book by this author. As for the series, I'd have to take it on a book by book basis, as each can be read as a standalone and each is written by a different author. 

My Rating:
🌟🌟
2.75 of 5 Stars!

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

{Release Day Blitz} GLITTER by Abbi Glines

 Today I'm helping The Next Step PR and one of my favorite authors, Abbi Glines, spread the word about her newest release, GLITTER!

 

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Lies, Deceit, Vengeance, Desire, and Hate…wrapped up in a faΓ§ade of all that sparkles and shines.

A pretty face, a fetching smile, a fabulous gown, a flutter of lashes at just the right moment – Miriam had been taught she must do all these things to land a wealthy husband. Much preferring the company of books to people, the only thing that stopped Miriam from fleeing to the countryside was her younger sister - who was counting on Miriam to make a match that would ensure she could care for her mother and sister properly.

He knew his duty to his title and he would do as was necessary.

Although Hugh Compton, Earl of Ashington, hadn’t wanted his father’s title at the age of nine and twenty, he gained it two years ago when his father died unexpectedly. The only good that had come of that was Hugh had been able to move his father’s wife to the dowager house.

Now it was time to marry. 

 Many disliked the arrogant Earl of Ashington but none so much as his brother. 

After his mother was sent off as if she were trash to be disposed of, Nathaniel swore he’d even the score. With the intent of charming the boring Lydia Ramsbury right out of his brother’s arms, Nathaniel discovered it was a new face that had captured his brother's attention - a one Miss Miriam Bathurst. 

Vengeance had never looked so sweet. 

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“Stop giggling. You sound ridiculous,” the older of the two girls said.

 “You’re just sour Lord Ashington didn’t attend,” the younger girl replied.

 “The night is young yet,” the mother added, as if this was, in fact, the issue the eldest daughter was having.

 “Even if he does arrive, he will seek out Lydia Ramsbury. Everyone knows he has called on her and taken her for a ride in the park this week. I even heard she went to the opera with him and sat in his box.” The youngest girl seemed to be enjoying herself.

 I wanted to roll my eyes, but then I was the one eavesdropping on a conversation that wasn’t mine to listen to. I should be rolling my eyes at myself.

 “Nothing is certain,” the mother said with a tone that made me shiver slightly.

 “Lydia Ramsbury would make a perfect countess,” the older girl said grudgingly.

 “As would you,” the mother said. 

It had been obvious that Lord Ashington had been interested in Lydia Ramsbury at the last ball. The next morning, his visit to me had been surprising. His abrupt departure had not been. Not that any of this mattered. I was not interested in the affairs of Lord Ashington. Not in the least. He would make a most difficult husband.

 Feeling as if I were a lurker in their conversation, I took one last deep inhale of the lovely fragrance before turning to go back into the ballroom. Just as I stepped inside, I scanned the room for Aunt Harriet, but my gaze locked on Mr. Nicholas Compton. He was here and he was dancing… with Lydia Ramsbury. 

Disappointment stung and I truly hated to admit it. When just a few days ago I was sure I didn’t care for him at all. Yet he was here and he wasn’t just dancing with anyone. He was dancing with the girl his brother had spent the most time with this week. I wasn’t naΓ―ve and I understood completely what was happening. Which was why the sting of disappointment. 

Reality was something I had learned to face at a young age and I knew now that the brief attention I had received from him had nothing to do with me at all but with his brother. Mr. Compton was indeed playing a game. A vicious hurtful one meant not only to affect his brother but others along the way. I had thick skin and a blow such as that wouldn’t wound me the way it would others. Sheltered girls who had lived easy lives with security wouldn’t survive such a scandal.

 It was in that moment, I decided I truly hated Nicholas Compton. He wasn’t interesting but spiteful and cold. I truly hoped Lydia Ramsbury was smart and didn’t fall for his charming smile and attractive face. There was something I disliked more than arrogance and it was cruelty.

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Abbi Glines is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and International bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, Boys South of the Mason Dixon, and The Field Party Series. She is also the author of the Sweet Trilogy and the Black Souls Trilogy. She believes in ghosts and has a habit of asking people if their house is haunted before she goes in it. Her house was built in 1820 and she’s yet to find a ghost in it but she’s still looking. She drinks afternoon tea because she wants to be British but alas she was born in Alabama although she now lives in New England (which makes her feel a little closer to the British). When asked how many books she has written she has to stop and count on her fingers. When she’s not locked away writing, she is entertaining her preschooler, she is reading (if the preschooler will leave her alone long enough), shopping online (major Amazon Prime addiction), running because she eats too many tacos, and planning her next Disney World vacation.

You can connect with Abbi online in several different ways. She uses social media to procrastinate.

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Monday, June 21, 2021

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Bookish Wishes

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish and currently hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl.

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Bookish Wishes
This week’s TTT falls on Jana's birthday. Happy Birthday Jana! So for the theme, we're doing books on our wishlist! Here are 10 books on my Amazon wishlist... (link here: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/HWRQVU0NYWKK?ref_=wl_share and at the bottom of the list)

1. A Wicked And Beautiful Garden by Katie McGarry


2. About Tomorrow by Abbi Glines

3. The Mary Shelley Club by Goldy Moldavsky

4. The Vines by Shelley Nolden

5. A Touch of Darkness by Scarlett St. Clair

6. Rise of the Sea Witch by Stacey Rourke

7. Gravebriar by Casey L. Bond

8. The Novella Collection by Katie McGarry

9. Love Song by Kylie Scott 

10. The Hunting Wives by May Cobb
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What books are on your wishlist? I'm between jobs so I may not be able to grant a ton of wishes but I'll try for a few!
Let me know in the comments or drop a link to your TTT!
Happy Reading Bookdragons!
-Taylor

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