RECENT KINDLE ROMANCE HAUL

Weekly Wrap Up (4)

Hello Friends! It has been a while since I shared a Kindle haul with you, so I thought today I’d let you know what’s new on my kindle.

This Christmas by Sarah Spade, which is book 2 in her Holiday Hunk series. Back In October I read and loved Halloween Boo which is book one and followed Dani and Zack. In This Christmas we are following Dani’s older brother Max and Allison and so far it is so, so good! I feel like I may like it just a little bit more than Halloween Boo, but we’ll see once I finish. If you’re wondering, “I have heard those names before,” it’s because you have; they are from Hocus Pocus. If you are subscribed to Kindle Unlimited, this and I believe the entire series, is available to KU users.

F*ck and Fall In Love by Nicole Falls. This will be my first romance by this author and I am very excited! This is another one that is available to Kindle Unlimited users. I don’t know much about it other than it is a novella, and I am in the mood for something short and sweet! I will keep you posted on what I think of it.

Frosted Whipped Buttered by Christina C. Jones is another novella I have downloaded, know nothing about, but am so excited for. I feel like I am going to be in for a real treat with this one. Just going off the title alone, I feel like maybe there will be some foodie action in this romance and I am totally here for it! This one is also available to Kindle Unlimited users, so definitely take advantage if you’re subscribed!

Dirty Letters by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward. I downloaded this one after seeing my friend Lisa from RemarkablyLisa on Youtube mention it, but I am slightly nervous now.. She started it and last time we chatted, she was DNF’ing it because something made her uncomfortable. This one I downloaded via Kindle Unlimited and paid 1.99 for the audiobook, so definitely take advantage of this deal and give it a try for yourself if you are already fans of these authors. I have yet to read anything by them but am still going to give this one a try.

Insatiable by Melanie Harlow, which is book 3 in her Cloverleigh Farms series. I cannot wait to start this one; I don’t know why I haven’t yet. This series has been such a joy to make it through. Harlow gives the right balance of small town charm and just the right amount of sexy. I can’t wait to see whose story we get in Insatiable. This title is available to Kindle Unlimited users as well, enjoy.

Those are my recent Kindle downloads friends. Let me know what you have hauled recently. I hope today is amazing for you, we will chat again soon.

xx.

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I Hooked Up with Kindle Unlimited (Again!) Here’s what I One-Clicked

I have a very ‘it’s not you, it’s me‘ relationship with Kindle Unlimited. I know I should, but I don’t pay too much attention to all of the dramas going around surrounding Amazon and what it does for the book business. I just know for a busy Mom, who loves to read, having my Kindle is very convenient. and my relationship with Kindle Unlimited has proven to be complicated.

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The thing with Kindle Unlimited for me is simple: Your Girl doesn’t like paying for something she doesn’t tend to use. There have been months and months where I pay for KU, one click away throughout the month but never actually read any of the books. This presented an issue for me. Why am I paying for something I don’t use? I questioned myself on this. I questioned myself on, do I keep it so that I don’t feel like I’m missing out? Because let’s be real here, as a romance reader, there are so many damn good romances on KU! Well, I went with the decision to get rid of both Kindle Unlimited and Audible Escape. I figured between the library and Scribd, I’d be okay.

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That lasted about a week. I hooked back up with Kindle Unlimited. The good thing about KU is that you can break up and get back together as conveniently as needed, and as of now, he isn’t going anywhere. I haven’t gotten back together with Audible Escape because honestly, while I still have the Audible App, very rarely did I actually use Audible Escape for my audiobooks. Yes, there would be times I’d get on there and binge a series, or listen to novellas, but those times were few, far and in between. I actually have purchased most of the audiobooks on my app and most of them were super cheap because I had them downloaded via Kindle Unlimited. So right now, I am comfortable with my decision.

My intention is this: I am paying for it, so I need to read at a minimum, two Kindle Unlimited books per month. If I read more than that, great! That is the ‘expectation,’ though. I truly believe in getting what you’re paying for. And I encourage you, if you’ve been thinking of this late, to ask yourself, is it worth my hard earned money if I’m not using it? That money could be saved or spent elsewhere.

Now that I’m back though, here are the titles I’ve one clicked so far:

Of course I had to one click away on one of my favorite authors, Melanie Harlow. I clicked three titles by her:

First is, From This Moment which is book 4 in the After We Fall series.

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Next is Irresistible which is book 1 in her Cloverleigh Farms series

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Followed by Undeniable which is book 2 in the Cloverleigh Farms series

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One that I have already started is my first ever Kandi Steiner romance and that’s On The Rocks

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So far I have kept it simple and haven’t gotten out of control. These are four books I’ve really wanted to read so I decided to put them first and go from there. I will definitely be getting to these this month!

So yes friends, I am back with Kindle Unlimited as of now, and I’ll keep you posted on the status of our relationship. Will we successfully stay together and find a groove that works, or will we not work out, yet again. Only time will tell.

xo.

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#AhotMess 3 Star Read

No Two Ways by Chi You Rodriguez

Published April 27, 2019

Average Goodreads Rating: 4.00 Stars

My Rating: 3 Stars

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Synopsis:

AJ Felipe makes the most of being the head information security engineer for a local law firm with the help of her loyal team of nerds. Their job isn’t really the most fun, but things take a turn when one of her junior security engineers decides to nominate her for a makeover show.

Enter Jackie Niño, the one-night stand AJ didn’t expect to meet again—who also happens to be the makeup artist who’s going to get her all dolled up on national television.

More complications arise after the episode is aired and another ghost from her past comes back to haunt her: Axel Herrera, the ex-boyfriend who still thinks she left him because she’s a lesbian.

Spoiler alert: She isn’t.

Being bisexual is hard enough. How will AJ navigate new feelings while finding closure for old heartaches?

 

My Thoughts:

Oh where to start. Okay, I don’t know why, but I had high hopes for No Two Ways. I have had pretty good luck with shorter books so far this year. It’s authored by a woman of color, follows a woman of color and has a whole cast of diversity that was so refreshing and awesome and just what I wanted at the time.

Long story short though, there were a few things I liked about this book but a whole LOT that I couldn’t get down with.

Okay, AJ, our heroine and Jackie hook up. Jackie gets super pissed and offended afterwards when she learns that AJ is bisexual. AJ works as an information security officer with a team of people she loves and one day learns that her team has nominated her, submitted her, to be on this reality make over type show. Well guess what dear friends? Take a wild guess as to who her makeup artist is for the show..If you guessed Jackie, then you guessed right! So bam! Now these two have sort of reconnected.

So the show airs and BOOM, enter blast from the past, Axel..AJ’s ex boyfriend who believes that she broke up with him because she is a lesbian. The summary to this book made me feel like Axel entering the picture was really going shake things up. Wrong! All Axel did was bring him and AJ the “closure,” they needed. It added no value to the story. It didn’t make the story any more complicated. There is a scene where AJ and Axel are basically at His mom’s birthday party and I was super anxious for some drama to happen *how dare you break my son’s heart all those years ago* type drama..and NOTHING FREAKING HAPPENS! Yet, Axel is the least of our problems.

My biggest issue was AJ being a chump and Jackie being my least favorite person in the world. Sorry, not sorry.

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Let me just share with you some of the crap that comes out of Jackie’s mouth:

“You’d be so perfect if you weren’t bi. Like, I imagine you wearing one of my shirts sometimes, you know? Standing by my bed in the morning. You’d drown in any of my clothes and it’s so cute to think about, my heart hurts.”

I seriously have no idea why it wasn’t this exact moment that AJ told Jackie to kick rocks and to dismiss herself. And this is after Jackie asks her, “Why did you have to be biiiii”

Next is a text message from good ol’ Jackie to AJ. This text comes after the two link up and have sex in the bathroom of a bar that they coincidentally both end up at: AJ by herself and Jackie with a group of friends. After their bathroom sexcapades, Jackie goes back to her group and AJ sits at a bar. Some guy comes and sits next to her and next thing we know she’s going home..but Jackie, *insecure much* flips out on her!

“Am I just some straight girl fantasy to you? Are all the women you’ve slept with just fantasies you needed to fulfill? You know, AJ, I kinda can’t resist you, But watching you with that dude at the bar made my stomach turn, you know? Like, what are you even doing?”

Now as someone who doesn’t identify as bisexual I am by no means claiming to understand what living as someone who does, must be like. In the beginning of this book I could totally understand and feel the frustration AJ felt when it came to having to explain herself. People not understanding..I mean reading their frustration was frustrating to me for her. I got it. But also with just being a decent human being, I thought Jackie was kind of a shitty person and I thought AJ was dumb for going around and around in circles with her. Like AJ is obviously an intelligent person, but when it came to Jackie her book smarts and street smarts just weren’t leveling up for me. I want to see more heroines that stick up for themselves. I wanted AJ to freaking own her sexuality but it felt like she just sat idly by waiting for Jackie to either get with it or be on her way. Which fine, it worked I guess.. but in the end I felt like she settled. 

Jackie admits that she read some articles and educated herself..she tells AJ, “I read about you.” So AJ is all like, “I’m not famous enough for there to be anything out there on me,” but what Jackie really meant was, she read some stuff on bisexuality and Ta-Da things are up hill from here friends! *eye rolling*

I would’ve been very happy with Jackie taking the initiative to educate herself and be a better human but this book is less than 200 pages so obviously with it being short, there is the risk of certain characters not really being fleshed out. That was the case with Jackie *and Axel* but hey, he’s literally in the book for 2.5 seconds. Had I maybe gotten a few chapters from Jackie’s perspective, maybe the turn around and the happily ever after at the ending would’ve been believable, but I didn’t and it wasn’t. What should’ve been a happy moment because yay for happily ever afters, was one roll of the eyes after another. I was rooting for the female/female love story but hell I would’ve chosen Axel in this case and he was honestly, no better! AJ could’ve ended up alone and I would’ve been happy.

I think if you’re going to write a book and advertise it as female/female but yet have one of the females be biphobic, you really need to showcase their growth as a character and the work they put in to understand and do better. I don’t think it’s fair to write a passage where they say I DID THIS and then things are magically better. Like hell no, especially with all of the pretty bad things Jackie said to AJ throughout the book..I felt she deserved to prove herself a bit more.

In the end I gave this one 3 stars because although the bad outweighed the good by a long shot..there was some good. I am so happy this book followed an intelligent woman who not only has this cool job you don’t read about much, but was also the Boss. I loved that this followed a woman of color in her native country and I loved AJ’s family. Love love Loved them. I found myself anticipating more scenes with them. Both blood family and friends who became family.

I will continue to keep a lookout for more stories by this author. I’m rooting for her, but this one was just okay to me.

 

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