Sunday Coffee

Happy Sunday friends. Grab your Sunday morning drink of choice and let’s catch up, shall we..

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It’s been a while. A lot has happened. life is changing. If you follow me on my social medias, then maybe you know..I retired from the military!

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I’m very excited but also nervous as hell. This is what I’ve been doing since I was 18 years old. The learning to adjust struggle is real. I still wake up entirely way too early. Now that my job doesn’t depend on how physically fit I am, I have to dig deep and find the motivation to get back into some kind of work out routine. Waiting for everything financially to flow how it’s supposed to has me a little nervous..but I am staying positive that everything is going to work out. *fingers crossed* they always do.

I started making youtube videos again. Crazy, but I really missed talking to a camera. I went back and forth with, do I go back or not, for a while. I reflected a lot on my niche, what lane do I want to be in? I honestly struggle mentally when I come to the realization that I have cornered myself, or put myself in a box, so at this point I am determined to film the videos I want to film and create what I want. Consistency and Transparency are what matters most to me at this point. Put out content and be as real as possible.

I’m in my first online course in over a year and I feel like it’s kicking my butt. Once upon I fell in love with history and convinced myself that teaching it is what I wanted to do with my life! Someone should’ve shaken me! My current class deals with the U.S.’s involvement in the Vietnam War which truly fascinates me but it’s so masculine at the same time..I’m over it. If I have to read one more time about Presidents who didn’t want to be the one to lose a war or anyone else’s ego, I am going to flip!

The fall is here and I couldn’t be happier. I have broken out the crockpot already and started making different fall vibes recipes. I could eat soup at any time during the year but there’s something perfect about the fall season that just screams *make soup in the crockpot* to me. The joys of having leftover taco soup while lounging on the couch watching some paranormal ghost hunting show are unreal and hard to describe, but sometimes just what I need. It’s been so lovely.

Today is the last day of the Contemporary-a-thon which is hosted by some lovely book tube ladies. This is my first time every participating in this readathon, and I quite enjoyed myself. I have been vlogging and posting a video every 2 days *except Friday through Sunday, just posting them together.* Vlogging everyday is some work. Especially when I vlog a bit then edit a bit, thinking that it will free some time at the end. My reading did start to slow down though toward the end. Friday, I didn’t read anything. I think I was just really mentally checked out after having to read for school Friday morning. After that, I was like No way!

I did start two books yesterday though. Penguin Teen sent me a copy of Looking For Alaska with the movie cover as the cover to the book.

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I’m only a few pages into it, but so far so good.

And I downloaded the audiobook to Irresistible by Melanie Harlow. I was in the mood to return to an old faithful favorite who I knew would pull me out of whatever rut I felt myself going in.

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In a nutshell, that’s what’s been up with me. I have a few articles on Frolic coming out soon, hopefully, that I’m very excited about. I have an idea for Youtube that I think will be a lot of fun, and a series that I can also learn a lot while making. So *fingers crossed* that all works out.

Here is my latest video:

 

But that’s all from me. Let me know what’s been up with you. What are you currently reading or loving at the moment. Be Kind to yourself. Take care of yourself. We will chat again soon. until next time, xo.

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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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Quick Read Recommendations

Once upon a time when I was suffering from a terrible case of book snobbery, I wouldn’t dare read a “novella,” or “short story.” I wanted the bragging rights of saying “Oh yeah, you know, I read xxx many novels this year.” *insert eye roll* So happy am I, to say that once I began reading romance, I got over that really quick..because oh gee would I be missing out!

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I get it! When you’re reading a book that’s less than 200 pages, there is that fear that you’ll get hooked to the story, attached to the characters and then before you know it..the story is over. I’ve seen some authors work magic though..leaving me completely satisfied in a short amount of pages. Here are a few:

A recent read for me, which came in at about 255 pages was Imperfect Match by Melanie Harlow and Corinne Michaels.

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Imperfect Match is a friends to lovers romance following Willow and Reid. Willow wants to take over her Mom’ match making business and uses Reid as her guinea pig basically. She swears to both him and her Mom that she will set him up with the right girl, he’ll fall in love..and that should convince her Mom to let her take over the business. What she doesn’t expect is for her and Reid to fall in love. It was magical, sexy, so much fun..I loved it..I would’ve read 100 more pages if that’s what the authors decided to do. Can’t recommend it enough.

My next recommendation literally has *at the time of me typing this* 97 ratings, and 32 reviews on Goodreads which is crazy to me because I freaking loved it! That is The Devil’s Heart which is book 1 in The Dark Tide’s series by Candace Osmond.

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Time travel. Romance. Pirates. Unexpected love. Family secrets. This 233 page book had it all for me and Don’t get Me Started on the cliff hanger at the end! The ending had me immediately one clicking whatever else was available on amazon at the time because I had to have them readily available for when I was ready to jump back into this world. Do yourself favor and go one click this book. Like now, please!

My next recommendation is one I found via the Audible Romance package and coming in at 107 pages, managed to listen to in it’s entirety one day after work while stuck in traffic.

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Wednesday by Kendall Ryan was dark, emotional and oh, so sexy. It’s a friends to lovers’ish romance. The love interest is a widower and after the death of his wife, he basically comes and has sex with his best friend, the heroine, every Wednesday. She starts wanting more. He doesn’t think he has it in him to give it to her..you know how it ends, but damn it was good getting there!

Can’t Escape Love by Alyssa Cole is 128 pages and one of my five star ratings of the year.

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Reggie and Gustave were perfection. Reggie is a blogger, whose website Girls with Glasses has really taken off and has caused her to have a serious case of insomnia. The only thing that used to help her sleep was this guy Gustave’s voice via his YouTube video. She tracks him down. You help me, I’ll help you type of situation happens and shortly after blooms a romance. I loved these two. I want to be besties with Reggie. I totally could’ve read more of this story had it ben a full length novel but Alyssa Cole worked her magic and it was perfect just the way it was.

I have learned after reading three of her books to never underestimate the power of Taylor Jenkins Reid. Like ever. She is bad ass at what she does. I couldn’t make a recommendations list of shorter stories and not recommend Evidence of the Affair by her.

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In Taylor Jenkins Reid style, the formatting alone of this book is different. It is entirely told through letters..which in my opinion, itself makes it a quick read. The book is a whopping 115 pages and took me no time at all to make my way through. If you don’t read this one in one sitting, it’s because you’re not trying. It’s addicting. There’s just so much wrong and you keep reading because you have to know what the hell is going to happen next. How is this all going to be rectified? So good. I need more short Stories from Taylor Jenkins Reid. Please and thanks.

So those are a few short story recommendations from me. Share some of your favorites with me if you have any..I’d love to add them to my tbr. Take care of yourself, we’ll chat again soon. xo.

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Imperfect Match by Melanie Harlow & Corinne Michaels

Imperfect Match by Melanie Harlow and Corinne Michaels

Published April 26, 2019 by Love & Olives Ink

Average Goodreads Rating of 4.12 Stars

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

Synopsis:

Rule number one for a professional matchmaker?

Don’t fall in love with your client.

I screwed that up when I fell for my best friend, Reid Fortino. He’s gorgeous, successful, and sexy as hell. I figured it would be easy to find him a match—and save the family business at the same time.

But the more time I spend attempting to find the perfect girl, the more I realize how much I want him for my own. What’s the harm if we give in for just one night?

I should have known that would never be enough.

Now I’m on the verge of losing my job and my heart.

We were an imperfect match from the start, but I don’t know how to let him go.

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My Thoughts:

I’m at the point where Melanie Harlow can just do no wrong, so I was excited to see that she not only had a new release coming out, but a new release that she co-authored with Corinne Michaels who I am new to.

I knew immediately after reading the synopsis to this book that I had to read it and that I’d love it. Imperfect Match was fun, it was sexy as hell and it also dealt with some pretty heavy, important topics as well..I love when a romance can balance different aspects and tie everything together nicely in the end.

“I’ve always dreamed of children, marriage, and the picture-perfect happily ever after, with a little chaos thrown in. The problem? I have the worst taste in men ever. I’ll think a guy is great, enjoy the first date, and then he asks for anal or something ridiculous on the second date…and boom, single again. Yet another example of how much I suck at matchmaking…I can’t even find myself someone worthy of a second date.”

Friends to lovers is casually making it’s way to the top of my favorite tropes list. There are just so many ways authors can be creative and spin it. I like how in Imperfect Match, Willow and Reid have been best friends for a few years now. I caught on pretty quickly that Reid, who may have a reputation for being a bit of a player, has secretly always had a thing for Willow though. With the hopes of taking over her mother’s matchmaking business, there arises this whole idea of if Willow can set Reid up with a girl he likes and can fall in love with, within 6 months, then the business is hers. I liked that this plan to find the perfect girl for her bestie leads to Willow realizing that there may be something a little bit more there as far as she is concerned as well. Reid was always pretty much crazy about her, but it really took some time for Willow.

“She picks up her head and looks down at me. Can she feel how fast and hard my heart is beating? For a moment, I feel like I can’t breathe, like I’m suffocating, like there’s not enough oxygen in the room and it’s affecting my brain, which must be true because there’s no other explanation for what I do next. I kiss her.”

I really like Reid and it is easy to get a little nervous that he’s perfect in the best friend zone..so why ruin it? He’s also pretty stubborn for a while. Willow really, really wants to have kids and for a big part of the story has an appointment with a fertility clinic. Reid however, is against having kids. With the crappy upbringing he’s had, he wants no parts in having children because he doesn’t think he knows how to be a good dad. I really enjoyed seeing how the authors explored just how real, and long lasting, the way you’re raised can affect you, your thought processes and the decisions you make. Seeing Reid have to deal with and overcome his family issues added a more serious element to the story that I thought fit perfectly.

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“Please understand, you’re the best friend I’ve ever had, and I don’t want to lose that. I need you on my side for the rest of my life, and if I open myself up to you, and you decide I’m not what you want, I’ll never recover. It’s not worth the risk.”

I think this story did a fantastic job of capturing the nervousness and hesitation behind taking that leap with someone you’re already close to but also that moment you realize you already know so much about the person and all the reasons you do fit. I overall really loved this book. It was fun, perfect for spring. I loved the side characters *and am secretly hoping maybe we get Aspen and Leo’s romance, I just feel like they belong together!* I highly recommend checking it out.

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#SmutAThon Round 3 Wrap Up

Okay, here’s what I managed to read for round 3 of #SmutAThon which is hosted by Lainey and Riley over on the bookish corner of Youtube.

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First I listened to Wednesday by Kendall Ryan on audiobook. It is available on the Audible Romance package.

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I rated this one 3/5 stars. It was a quick, sexy read that deals with some heavy grief issues. I really liked it.

My next read was Imperfect Match by Corinne Michaels and Melanie Harlow.

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I rated Imperfect Match 4/5 stars. This was a fun, sexy, friends to lovers romance and I loved it, so much.

Next I finished A Duke By Default by Alyssa Cole!

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I rated this one 4/5 stars. It was another wonderful interracial romance delivered to us from Alyssa Cole with issues that need working through, friendships, familial crap and a few sizzling moments all wrapped up into one really awesome story.

I literally finished my next pick in one sitting..in the car.

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Smooth-Talking Cowboy by Maisey Yates is book 1 in her Gold Valley series. This is another series I have read completely out of order but at this point that’s to be expected. *shrug* This was a pretty sexy enemies to lovers romance following a girl who recently broke up with her boyfriend and comes up with this plan to pretend date this guy she’s never really cared for..with the hopes that this will persuade her ex to get his crap together. In true romance fashion, things don’t turn out the way she intended and there is a happy ever after. I loved it.

My last read is also part of a series. It is the second book in Alisha Rai’s Forbidden Hearts series which I read book one to literally a year ago.

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Wrong To Need You while reading feels so wrong, so forbidden yet you want Jackson and Sadia to just freaking go for it already because it’s very apparent that these two have basically always been made for each other and never got their chance. A very serious vibe to it. Kind of dark and emotional yet so sexy. I really liked it.

 

So yeah, those are the books I managed to read for round 3 of #SmutAthon. I didn’t manage to get to my Sierra Simone pick or Emma Hart but there is another romance readathon coming up in June..so you never know! We’ll see what my picks are for it.

xo.

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#SmutAThon TBR

Round 3 of #SmutAThon is kicking off tomorrow and your girl is excited. This has become one of my favorite readathons, so shoutout to Ginger from GingerReadsLainey and Riley from Riley Marie on Youtube for making it happen!

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This go around the ladies created a Bingo card to utilize throughout the week..

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Being that I work all week I’m not going to stress myself out even more and focus on the actual Bingo card or necessarily any of the prompts but I do have a few books Id like to get read and we’ll just kind of see how it goes.

First, on audio I’ll be listening to Imperfect Match by Corinne Michaels and Melanie Harlow.

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I am a total Melanie Harlow fan and have yet to read a Corinne Michaels romance so I’m excited to see what together these ladies will do. I also have this on ebook so I’ll be able to follow along.

My next pick, is Wrong To Need You by Alisha Rai.

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Currently I have the audiobook for this downloaded on Scribd, but I’m not getting my hopes up. I’m already listening to a book on Scribd so I have a very big feeling that in their usual douchebaggery..this one will disappear as soon as I’m finished with my current read. If so, I do own a physical copy and checked out the ebook from the library to tag team it.

Also from the library, I have the audiobook of A Duke By Default by Alyssa Cole.

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Between having the physical copy along with the audiobook, I’m pretty sure I can finish reading this one during the readathon. I have been completely reading this series out of order. I recently finished Can’t Escape Love, which is from Reggie’s perspective and Reggie is the sister of Portia..who is the heroine in A Duke By Default. Portia was kind of a hot mess in A Princess in Theory so I’m excited to read her story.

I needed some Emma Hart on this list!

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I for real want to read everything by Emma Hart at some point, but The Roommate Agreement seems like it’ll be the perfect mixture of fun and sexy which if this next week is anything like last week..I’ll need.

Lastly, some Sierra Simone.

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I wish so badly that there was an audiobook to A Lesson In Thorns by Sierra Simone. I have read a few pages into it and it seems very dark, and atmospheric and all around the kind of story I could get swept away by while listening. I do though, own both the physical copy and ebook and if I had to pick a main book for the week to accomplish, this would be it. It has been sitting on my nightstand for over a month now.

To everyone reading this and participating in the readathon, good luck to you! Let me know what you’re reading.

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Some Sort of Love by Melanie Harlow

You know the feeling when you’ve read the first two books in the trilogy, and you’re Positive that there’s no way that the this book is going to live up to the first two? Like, there’s no way all three books can be good? I was very nervous as I began reading Some Sort of Love by Melanie Harlow. The first two books in this trilogy were basically awesome and that made me weary about the third. Melanie Harlow yet again, has me gracefully taking several seats because not only did I love Some Sort of Love, but it’s my favorite out of all three reads.

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Synopsis:

From the outside looking in, I had it all—a career I loved, a supportive family, the Nixon metabolism but not the Nixon ears, and a salary that supported my lavish taste in designer shoes, fine wine, and lacy lingerie … but I had no one to share it with.
Until the day I ran into him—my one night stand from college with the crooked smile, let’s-get-out-of-here eyes, and dirty, dirty mouth.
Cute and cocky then, today Levi Brooks is six feet four inches of hot bearded fantasy. A sexy single dad with broad shoulders, strong hands, and a fantastically big … heart. (I mean, it’s massive. And generous. And it pumps so hard … um. Sorry. Lost my place.)
Being a good father means everything to him, but he’s keeping me at a distance because he thinks I deserve someone better — a man who can give me more time, more attention, more of himself. He doesn’t believe he could ever be enough.
But he’s wrong.
He’s everything

 

My Thoughts:

Some Sort of Love felt like riding the biggest ride at the state fair, in the front seat with a blind fold on! Jillian and Levi had a one night standish/in the closet/in college situation once upon a time and haven’t seen each other since. Until years later and they find themselves as guests at the same wedding.

The romance picks up very quickly. Things get hot and heavy pretty quickly. These two are perfect for each other, and I realized that very quickly. What stirred up my emotions in this book though was Levi. Levi is a single father taking care of his son Scottie who is autistic. As the mother of a special needs child, I felt his frustrations and hesitations in my core. I felt Harlow did a wonderful job writing Levi and Scottie. As the reader you really get to see Levi struggling to find the balance between being attentive with Scottie who he has always put first because he needs him, and falling in love with Jillian.

I enjoyed seeing things from Jillian’s perspective. I was very frustrated on her behalf because Levi at a certain point began treating her like a “side dish,” as her sisters put it. He was so nervous about introducing Jillian to Scottie that all she was getting from him was there Friday night rendezvous.

“I didn’t need everything but I needed more.” 

This romance really explored the concept of trusting someone. Levi had to let his guard down and trust Jillian. Thanks to Scottie’s Mom, he has his reasons to be hesitant the way he is and I enjoyed seeing the many different backlashes from mistrust after being hurt.

With this following three sisters and their romances, I was happy to finally get older sister Jillian’s romance. I admire the sisterhood between the three characters. It was refreshing to read. In a world where the more strain the relationship the better, it is so nice to read of a sisterly bond with no drama.  I also really liked Levi’s sister and how supportive she is.  Levi’s Mom too. She and Levi had been a bit strained due to his outlook on how she periodically stepped her boundaries when it comes to Scottie. My respect for her grew though.

I am sad to see this trilogy come to a close, but it makes me excited to continue on with what I can find by Melanie Harlow. I loved this book. I loved the families. I loved the romance. Its definitely worth the read if you’re looking for a romance you can easily get lost in and finish in a day or two.

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