My Bookish Art: Wolverine

Friday, July 21, 2017

I've been sharing my artwork on my blog for a couple months now, and I'm really glad I started to.  I was a little unsure about sharing it at first because this is primarily a bookish blog, so I decided to share my book inspired artwork to sort of tie it in.  I STILL haven't made the big jump and started an Etsy/Society 6 site but I'm starting to build up some courage now.  I'm just nervous to take that first step, I think.  This is the 5th painting of mine that I've shared so far on my blog.  So far I've shared: Daenerys and Jon SnowThe NotebookBlack Widow, and Iron Man. I've said it before, but I'm a HUGE comic book nerd so I've done quite a few other portraits of comic characters including: Hulk, Groot & Rocket (from Guardians of the Galaxy),  Catwoman, and Nancy Callahan (Sin City).  Right now, I just finished working on an acrylic painting of Wonder Woman.  I went with a bigger canvas than I normally do so it took me a little longer than I thought it would, but it's done now so I will be showing you that one next month.

(some progress shots because I think they are fun to share. lol)

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Next month I'll be sharing my Wonder Woman painting I just finished.  If you can't wait, I posted it on Instagram, along with some progress photos if you want to check that out.

Quickie Reviews: Unscripted Love & Summer Heat

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Unscripted Love by Aimee Nicole Walker
Synopsis: Kyle Vaughn had three goals in life: become a vet, find the man of his dreams, and start a family. He easily checked off the first item on the list when he took over his grandfather’s veterinary practice. Too bad he wasn’t as lucky in love.

Chaz Hamilton took a leap of faith when he decided to pursue a career in writing, but one best seller didn’t mean he could quit his day job. All work and no play threatened to make Chaz a very dull man when the only romantic action he saw was in the pages of his manuscript. Too bad he couldn’t write his own happily every after.

Circumstances pushed the two men together, and one magical kiss beneath fireworks and stars changed everything. Kyle knew his luck had finally turned around and Chaz found a man far better than any book boyfriend ever written. There was just one problem. Chaz has kept a secret from Kyle that could ruin their chance at a beautiful life together.

Kyle and Chaz learn that the best-laid plans often go awry, the heart has a mind of its own, and the greatest love is unscripted.
Review:  Unscripted Love is a spin off book of the "Curl Up and Dye" series.  It says that this one could be read as a stand alone without reading the other stories first, but I disagree.  I luckily read all of the books before this one, so I wasn't lost, but I think someone that was brand new to this one would be a little confused with all the different characters.  I was really looking forward to this one because they introduced these characters in the previous books and I wanted to see them get their happily ever after.  I enjoyed it but we have a case of "the big secret" that we hear about throughout the whole book that doesn't come out until the end.  I knew that was going to be a big thing with this one but I really wish Chaz would have just spilled the beans earlier so we didn't have to repeatedly hear about it.  It was also pretty anticlimactic when Kyle did find out.  They were really sweet together tho, so I still liked it.

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Summer Heat by Jay Northcote
Synopsis: A summer fling is an ideal cure for a broken heart. But when it’s with your best friend, things get complicated.

When Adam is dumped by his boyfriend, a week away at a beach resort seems like a great opportunity to get over his ex. Sun, sea, and no-strings sex will be just the boost he needs to move on with his life.

Adam’s best friend, Finn, agrees to accompany him at short notice. Finn’s had a crush on Adam for years, but is determined to put his feelings aside and be the perfect wingman in Adam’s time of crisis.

A spontaneous threesome with another guy forces Adam and Finn to confront their attraction to each other. Having a holiday fling together wasn’t part of the plan, and as their trip heats up, they soon realise that one night of fun won’t be enough for either of them.

The passion might be scorching, but their hearts and friendship are on the line. If their romance is going to survive the flight home, they have to be honest about what they want.
Review: A sizzling friends-to-lovers romance with no angst. Involves a threesome that serves as a way for them to end up really getting together. Lots of steamy scenes and some sweet moments, but nothing that really "wowed" me or that would make me remember this one a month or so from now.

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Excerpt: Smitty's Sheriff by Cardeno C.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017


Smitty’s Sheriff, a sexy, heart-warming MM romance by Cardeno C. is available now!

Todd is too flakey. Richard is too stubborn. Together, they're perfect. A May-December couple get a second chance at love.
Retired soldier Richard Davis wants a stable life in a quiet town with a forever man. Becoming the sheriff of Hope, Arizona, accomplishes two of his three goals, but instead of finding a serious partner, he falls for too-young-to-be-committed and too-flakey-to-be-serious Todd Smitty. Richard won’t find the right man if he’s obsessed with the wrong one, so he walks away from Todd.
It’s lust at first sight when Todd meets his sister’s army friend. He sets his sights on the worldly, strong, stable older man, and the more time he spends with Richard, the harder he falls. But after three years together, Richard cuts off all contact with no explanation.
When a mutual obligation requires Todd to move into Richard’s house, he’s thrilled at the opportunity to earn a second chance. Ignoring Todd from across town was hard enough. Can Richard resist temptation under his own roof?


“Todd.” Leanne snapped her gaze toward him. “You’re not too young to know the nickname people used to call guys named Richard, are you? “Uh.” Todd blinked and darted his gaze between Rich and Leanne. They were finally paying attention to him and all he wanted was to go back to being invisible. “Dick,” she said. “Big D got his nickname before we met, but some of us in my squad figured it wasn’t just about his last name being Davis. So we had a bet going.” She flicked her gaze to Rich again, as if expecting him to interrupt. He didn’t. “Problem is, we couldn’t agree on which side won because we couldn’t get solid evidence.” She focused on Todd. “But now I have an eyewitness.” “I, uh, I don’t—” Todd stammered, hating being in the middle of what felt like an argument. “Don’t let Sparky get to you,” Rich said, still completely unbothered. “Some of the guys saw Big D in the latrines, and they said he’s big all over, but when they tried to collect on the bet, the other side made a good point.” She narrowed her eyes menacingly at Rich. “If the man’s a show-er, that means he isn’t grow-er, so he doesn’t actually have a big D, now does he? That means the other side should win.” Todd drew his eyebrows together and tried to follow Leanne’s question. “Are you saying you guys have a bet going on the size of Rich’s dick?” “Yep.” Leanne leaned against the chairback, looking smug. “And you, little brother, are going to settle that bet.” Normally, Todd had no problem talking about a guy’s package. Hell, in the right situation, dicks were damn near his favorite topic. But he had never spoken to anyone about Rich’s body or, really, anything else related to Rich because he knew that was off limits. Of course, Leanne was asking him the question because she already knew he had the answer. Flicking his gaze toward Rich, Todd said, “Am I allowed to…” “It’s a simple question,” Leanne snapped. “Is he a grow-er or a show-er?” Rich didn’t tell him to stay quiet so Todd figured he had permission to answer. “Both.” She blinked. “Seriously.” He bobbed his head. “Length, girth.” He held his hands far apart. “It’s awesome.” As long as he had permission to share, he figured he should be thorough in his explanation. “His balls too.” Leanne coughed. “I mean it. They’re huge. Each one’s a mouthful by itself.” “Ehm.” Leanne cleared her throat. “Thanks.” Looking decidedly uncomfortable, she held her palm up in a stop motion. “I’m good on the details. You don’t need to keep going.” “Are you sure?” After a lifetime of being the butt of the joke with his siblings, Todd enjoyed turning the table. “I can sketch you a picture, but I’ll need one of those extra-long pieces of paper if you want it to scale.” “That won’t be necessary.” Leanne actually blushed. “I’m all set.” Rich threw his head back and laughed. “Thanks, Todd. Eighteen years these jackasses have had the silly bet going and I do believe you just put it to rest.” Thrilled with the praise and relieved to be playing and flirting with Rich again, Todd smiled broadly. “No problem. When it comes to your big D, I’m always willing to lend a hand.” He settled into the chair, comfortable for the first time that night, and when the conversation turned back to stories about people he didn’t know, he truly didn’t mind. Eighteen years was a long time. If Rich had cared about putting an end to the bet, he’d probably had a dozen different chances. That he did it now, meant his goal had been less about the bet and more about a point. Todd knew something about Rich that nobody else did, or at least nobody who mattered enough to meet his friends. That meant Todd mattered. Leanne knew that now. And so did he. SS-ANKU

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Cardeno C.—CC to friends—is a hopeless romantic who wants to add a lot of happiness and a few awwws into a reader’s day. Writing is a nice break from real life as a corporate type and volunteer work with gay rights organizations. Cardeno’s stories range from sweet to intense, contemporary to paranormal, long to short, but they always include strong relationships and walks into the happily-ever-after sunset. CardenoC.

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Review: Road-Tripped by Nicole Archer

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Title: Road-Tripped
Author: Nicole Archer
Series: Ad Agency, #1
Genre: MF Romance
Publication Date: August 1st 2016

 What’s worse than driving a phallic-shaped RV across the country with a coworker you hate? Falling in love with them.

Copywriter Callie Murphy has a bad attitude, a vicious tongue, and a serious aversion to Shimura Advertising’s resident manwhore, Walker Rhodes. Know where he can stick his good looks and Southern charm? She can think of a few creative places. Avoiding him wouldn’t be a problem, except her boss threatens to fire her if she doesn’t go along with him on their RV client’s cross-country tour. 

Burnt-out art director, Walker, is sick of his job, tired of women, and in a big old creative rut. The upcoming client road trip is just what he needs to shake things up and rediscover his lost passion. But his plans go south when his partner drops out at the last minute, and Callie, the foul-mouthed tiny terror, takes her place. Unless he can find a way to thaw his icy coworker, he’s looking at two months of pure hell. 

Callie is trying to start over at her friend's advertising agency after coming out of a bad situation.  Her past has left her angry, bitter, and very withdrawn from everyone around her.  When her friend/boss tells her she is going to be going on a road trip on a campaign for one of their clients with Walker and they have to pretend to be in a relationship, she is not thrilled.  She thinks of him as the manwhore of the office.  He always has women hanging all over him, and after what she's been through, she doesn't want anything to do with him.  Walker isn't thrilled about being stuck in an RV with Callie either.  They don't get off on the right foot at all, and continue to throw barbs at each other throughout the trip.  Walker is tired of his job at the ad agency and wants to try to make it as a photographer as soon as the trip ends.  As the trip continues, things become more and more volatile between them but the anger starts to turn into lust and they start to thaw a little towards each other.  They both feel the chemistry between them, and decide to give in to it but they both have some emotional baggage to work through if they want to make it work between them, or not strangle each other before the road trip ends.

When I first started this one I was a little confused because the title on Goodreads called this a romantic comedy, and this was a lot deeper than that.  Don't get me wrong, there were some pretty funny moments, but I found this much more angsty than I was expecting.  Callie's emotional baggage is a huge obstacle in this story.  She's just left an emotionally abusive situation with her ex fiance,  had her bank account drained and belongings stolen by her twin sister who is a drug addict, and suffers from panic attacks.  She's trying to completely start over and has formed an emotional wall around herself that keeps everyone out.  There was a lot of banter between them but I wouldn't call a lot of it playful at first, most of it was biting and really cutting.  They did have some funny interactions mixed in later tho.

Walker was the southern gentleman type, who tried his hardest not to even swear.  He had his very ungentlemanly moments/comments but he also had the southern charm.  With one smile, he could charm the pants off of anyone.  Callie was very much the opposite.  She had a very abrasive attitude and often picked fights.  I felt for Callie's situation, but she was a hard character to like sometimes.  She was just so mean and nasty almost all of the time.  I liked Walker a bit more but at times I wanted to hit him too.  These two were very frustrating! lol

I think this one was honestly just more of a case of "it's not you, it's me".  I went into this one expecting a light-hearted comedy and got something completely different instead.  While that's not necessarily a bad thing, it just wasn't what I was hoping for.  There were also some unbelievable moments in this one as well that I thought took a little away from the story (office drinking parties, pot smoking and vulgar granny, swinger campers, etc.).  I still thought there were some sweet moments between the two of them, and there was some great character growth on Callie's end.  

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10 Series I Still Need To Finish

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

I've already shared the 12 Series I've Been Meaning To Start But Haven't Yet so I figured I should also show you all of the series that I've started but haven't quite finished yet.  I know there are probably way more than the ones that I've listed but I kept my list down to 10 for now.

So far, I've read Cinder and Scarlet but haven't gotten to the other books yet.  I own them all so hopefully I can make time to pick them up soon.

I've only read the first book in the series so far, and I really loved it.  I was actually avoiding the other books because I was so worried that the author was going to ruin it. lol!  I'm basically crazy.

I've read the first two books in the series and absolutely loved them so I want to pick up the rest in the series.  I just got one of the other books in the series through Kindle Unlimited so hopefully I can check another one off soon.

This is really shameful.  I read the first book in the series and enjoyed it so I scooped up the second one on NetGalley and then never read it....and then I also got the third book on NetGalley too.  So now I have the next two books sitting on my Kindle.  I'm the worst.

I read this series completely out of order. Luckily it didn't matter too much.  I started with the most recently published book and then worked my way back. lol.  The only book I have left now is the first one, and I would love to check that off.

This is another series that I started late with.  I ended up reading the last book of the series, and loving it so much that now I want to read the previous ones.

I've read the last two books in this series but not the first two, and I want to change that. lol.  I love nerdy main characters and basically everything from Megan Erickson so I NEED to check this series off of my list.

I'm definitely seeing a pattern here.  There are 3 books in the series and I've read the last two.  I'm perpetually late to the party when it comes to series romances. lol  I love Kindle Alexander so I definitely want to read the first of the series so I can get their story

Finally one that I've started from the beginning!  I've read the first two books in the series, but there are 7 more to go!  I really loved the world and the characters that Cochet created in this one so hopefully I can get to all of these.

There are 3 books in this series and I've read the last two, so I want to read the first one to check this one off my list too.

I'm sure there are way more than that.  A lot of series that I'm making my way thru are still coming out with more books, so I didn't include them in the list because I won't technically be finished if they come out with another book. lol!

Have you read any of these?

Review: Working It by Riley Hart & Devon McCormack

Monday, July 17, 2017

Title: Working It
Authors: Riley Hart & Devon McCormack
Series: Metropolis, #2
Genre: MM Romance
Publication Date: March 11th 2017
Find It Here: Goodreads, Amazon

After his boyfriend dumps him, Hayden is in need of a place to live. Thanks to his buddies, he has a great lead to room with a guy named Cody in Metropolis, the hottest condominium in town. But things get a little uncomfortable when Hayden shows up for the interview and discovers he and Cody share an awkward up close and personal experience from their past. 

Cody doesn’t have a problem living with Hayden. He’s had his share of help when he was down and out, and he wants to do the same for this guy. It’s not long until Cody realizes how great it is having someone around. Sometimes, they watch movies together…and other times, they help get each other off—one of the perks of living with a guy who’s as laid back about sex as he is. They hit off so well Cody even decides to act as wingman for Hayden while he gets used to hitting the town again. 

Before they know it, they’re spending more time with each other than with anyone else. But Hayden just got out of a relationship and should be spending his nights having fun and working it around town, not jumping into something serious again. Cody’s always just gone with the flow, believing if it’s meant to happen, it will. But life doesn’t always work that way, and if they don’t fight for what’s right in front of them, Hayden and Cody might be over before they have the chance to even get started.

Working It is the second book the the Metropolis series, but all books can be read as standalones.  I will say that they would probably be more enjoyable if you read them all in order because we see characters from previous stories in the current book.  I think you better get to know all of their personalities if you start at the beginning, since we see a lot of the same characters throughout the series.  I just posted my review for the first book in the series last week, and I have to say that I did enjoy that one a teeny bit better than this one.  That's not to say that I didn't enjoy this one, because I really did.  I just felt a little more of a connection between the characters.

Cody and Hayden's story is a definite friends-with-benefits to more type of romance.  Hayden is newly out of a failed relationship and isn't ready to rush into anything serious, and Cody doesn't do serious.  He never has.  Both Hayden and Cody have rocky pasts but have turned things around and done things to better themselves.  While Hayden also has a past, I really felt for Cody.  He was so good at putting on that mask to let the world know that nothing ever gets to him that I think he started to believe it himself for a while.

There were a couple things that bothered me a little with this one, and ended up bringing down my rating a little.  We have the typical huge jerk of an ex that randomly shows up at the most inopportune times just to belittle the character and make him feel horrible.  I could understand if it happened once, but the guy kept popping up everywhere!  Another thing that I didn't love quite as much as the first one was the connection between the characters.  While they had A TON of chemistry, I wanted a little more from them romantically.  Cody is supposed to be the one that is typically really casual about sex, but I thought Hayden came off as a little more detached than he did.  We get to hear about Cody's feeling a lot but not quite as much from Hayden.  I felt like Cody was more invested.  There were a couple other minor things that I wasn't too keen on but I don't want to give too much away.

That being said, I did still enjoy the book and I am on to read the next book in the series about Derek!  I'm really excited about his story, so fingers crossed!!

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Stacking the Shelves & Sunday Post

Saturday, July 15, 2017

I am linking up again this weekend with Tynga at Tynga's Reviews for Stacking the Shelves and Kimberly at Caffeinated Book Reviewer for Sunday Post to share all of the books I picked up lately, share my posts for the past week, and also share what's coming up soon! 

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Life Lately:
I'm still on my book requesting freeze, so I managed to avoid all of the pretty new books for another week.  I'm trying really hard to keep up with all of my ARCs but I'm struggling! lol.  I really did go overboard with requesting for a while there.  I've also been trying really hard to squeeze in some books from my backlist.  I really want to start working some of the books I bought over the past month or so into my reading schedule.  Some times I kind of just want to say screw it, and just read whatever I want, when I want. lol!

Last week I said I was going to have a "10 Series I Still Need To Finish" post but completely forgot to schedule it.  I had it written but I guess it wasn't scheduled because it was in my "Drafts".  Oops!  So I will have it this coming week!  This coming week is also another art post week!  I will be posting my Wolverine painting.  I've also have a Wonder Woman painting in the works right now.  I'm slowly chipping away at it, and I'm planning to post it next month.  I've been posting progress photos of my painting on Instagram if you are curious! lol

I've fallen a little behind this week with visiting other blogs, but I'm going to try to catch up this weekend.  Between the new painting, summer plans, and the kiddo  it was really hard to find time.  I will try to be better this coming week.  I have caught up a little bit more with scheduling posts in advance so I think that will free up a lot of my time.

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Coming up next on my blog:
Working It by Riley Hart & Devon McCormack - Review
10 Series I Still Need To Finish
Road-Tripped by Nicole Archer - Review
Smitty's Sheriff by Cardeno C. - Promo
Unscripted Love by Aimee Nicole Walker & Summer Heat by Jay Northcote - Quickie Reviews
Art Post: Wolverine

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Review: Paper Hearts by Ali Novak

Friday, July 14, 2017

Title: Paper Hearts
Author: Ali Novak
Series: The Heartbreakers Chronicles #2
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: July 1st, 2017

 “When I met Alec Williams, I nearly fainted. Totally embarrassing, but how often does a regular girl get to meet a famous heartthrob?”

Felicity has been living in the shadow of her best friend Lucy since they were kids. But things change when she is introduced to a quiet guy named Alec. At first Felicity is intimidated by his fame, but as the two grow closer she starts to realize that Alec just might be the guy of her dreams. No other guy has ever made her feel so alive. 

The only problem? Lucy has different plans for Alec—plans that start with prom. 

Felicity quickly realizes that she will have to make a decision. Will she choose her best friend who has always been there for her, or the mysterious boy that she can't stop thinking about? Whatever her choice, someone is going to be left broken hearted.

Meet... The Queen of Hearts.

Paper Hearts is the second book in Ali Novak's The Heartbreaker Chronicles, but can be read as a standalone.  The Heartbreakers are a band and each book focuses on a different couple but we do see the characters from the previous book.  I really loved the first book in the series, and was really excited when I saw that the second book was finally out, especially since it includes a road trip. I love road trip stories! Unfortunately, I didn't think this one lived up to the first book.

I didn't feel like I connected with the main characters as much as I did with the couple from the first story.  Alec was so closed off and emotionless that it was hard to tell how he was feeling about anything.  I think the author was going for the shy, "mysterious" type but he just came off kind of flat to me.  Felicity is hard-working, money-conscious and very focused on her education. She had a lot of drama going on around her to focus on, and I just didn't end up feeling any spark between them at all.  I  feel like I ended up loving the secondary characters more than the main characters in this one.  I was more interested in Boomer and Asha's relationship than Alec and Felicity's.

The ongoing theme in this book is miscommunication, or just not communicating at all.  It drove me a little crazy if I'm being honest.  First we have the whole mystery of where Felicity's sister disappeared to and why, secrets her mom is keeping, then we have Felicity's best friends not telling her that they are secretly dating, then Felicity assumes all the wrong things about Alec instead of talking to him like a normal was a bit repetitive.  If I'm being honest a lot of the drama felt a little unbelievable and soap opera-ish at times too.

While I didn't end up loving this one nearly as much as the first one, I didn't absolutely hate it either.  I ended up settling on 3 stars because I did enjoy most of the characters.  The secondary characters are what ended up making this one for me.  I liked when Felicity finally got things figured out about her sister too.  I just didn't feel any chemistry or spark between the main characters so I couldn't get behind the romance side of things.

* I received an ARC of this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are own.  *

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Review: Adorkable by Cookie O'Gorman

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Title: Adorkable
Author: Cookie O'Gorman
Genre: Young Adult 
Publication Date: March 31, 2016

 Adorkable (ah-dor-kuh-bul): Descriptive term meaning to be equal parts dorky and adorable. For reference, see Sally Spitz. 

Seventeen-year-old Sally Spitz is done with dating. Or at least, she's done with the horrible blind dates/hookups/sneak attacks her matchmaking bestie, Hooker, sets her up on. There's only so much one geek girl and Gryffindor supporter can take. 

Her solution: she needs a fake boyfriend. And fast. 

Enter Becks, soccer phenom, all-around-hottie, and Sally's best friend practically since birth. When Sally asks Becks to be her F.B.F. (fake boyfriend), Becks is only too happy to be used. He'd do anything for Sal--even if that means giving her PDA lessons in his bedroom, saying she's "more than pretty," and expertly kissing her at parties. 

The problem: Sally's been in love with Becks all her life--and he's completely clueless. 

This book features two best friends, one special edition Yoda snuggie, countless beneath-the-ear kisses and begs the question: 

Who wants a real boyfriend when faking it is so much more fun? 

Sally is tired of her best friend and her mom trying to set her up on dates, so she comes up with a plan to have a fake boyfriend.  She figures if she has a boyfriend she won't have to worry about them sneak attacking her with dates.  She has the perfect person in mine for the job of fake boyfriend, her best friend Becks.  The only flaw in her plan is that she has always had feelings for him, so it's really hard for her to remember that they are just playing pretend, or are they?

I have a huge soft spot for both nerdy characters and friends to lovers romances, so I knew I absolutely had to read this one.  This is my first read from Cookie O'Gorman so I wasn't sure what to expect but I thought this was really cute.  It had a few unbelievable moments but it didn't take away from my enjoyment of the story.

I really enjoyed both of the main characters even if I wanted to shake them at times.  Sally is a huge fangirl of all things nerdy.  She wears her Gryffindor jersey at least once a week, relaxes in her Yoda snuggie, and talks movie quotes.  Basically she is my twin! lol!  Becks is the opposite.  He runs with the popular crowd, is an athlete, and can charm the pants off of anyone.  They have been best friends since they were kids, but never anything more than that.  I loved Sally's awkwardness when they first started pretending.  She's never had a boyfriend before so she is completely out of her element.  I thought they were both a little too clueless at times, but it built suspense for the final revelation.

I really enjoyed some of the secondary characters, but there were a couple of them that drove me really nuts.  Hooker is Sal's "best friend" but is pretty much a giant jerk that continually tries to pimp her out and puts her in really awkward situations.  Honestly, I kind of hated her. lol!  While I think it's great that we have a supportive parent (her mom) in this one, I didn't really like her much either.  She was involved in her daughter's life, which is great, but she's TOO involved. And also really immature.  What mother conspires with a teenager to set her daughter up on really uncomfortable dates.  It was weird.  Some of the secondary characters that I DID love were Becks family.  They were really funny and close-knit.

One of the things I REALLY loved about this one was that Sally didn't go through any grand transformation to get Becks' attention.  Too many times in young adult books they do a "Cinderella-style" makeover and it catches the guy's eye.  In this one, Becks doesn't want to change anything about her and likes her the way she is, and I loved that!

While I really loved the geekiness, I had to bring my rating down a little for Hooker and the mom's behavior.  It really bordered on cruel at times.  I just don't see someone acting that way towards someone they are supposed to care about.  I did enjoy the super sappiness tho.

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Review: Heart of the Steal by Avon Gale & Roan Parrish

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Title: Heart of the Steal
Authors: Avon Gale & Roan Parrish
Genre: MM Romance
Publisher: Philtre Press
Release Date: July 11th, 2017

Responsible, disciplined William Fox channeled his love for art and his faith in the rules into being an FBI Art Crimes agent. Right and wrong, justice and injustice—the differences are clear, and Will has spent his career drawing a line between them. Maybe his convictions have cost him relationships, but he’s not willing to compromise what he knows is right. Until the night he meets Amory Vaughn.

As the head of his family’s philanthropic foundation, Vaughn knows very well that being rich and powerful can get him almost anything he wants. And when he meets endearingly grumpy and slightly awkward William Fox, he wants him more than he’s wanted anything. Vaughn is used to being desired for his name and his money, but Will doesn’t care about either.

When Vaughn falls back on old habits and attempts to impress Will by stealing a painting Will admires, their nascent bond blows up in his face. But Vaughn isn’t willing to give up on the glimpse of passion he saw the night he took Will apart. Before Will knows it, he’s falling for the man he should have arrested, and Vaughn has to realize that some things can’t be bought or stolen. Love has to be given freely. But can a man who lives by the rules, and a man who thinks the rules don’t apply to him, ever see eye to eye? 

Heart of the Steal is a standalone romance with a happy ending. It features a Southern gentleman who thinks he’s always right, a buttoned-up FBI agent who secretly likes his buttons unbuttoned, and wall sex. And desk sex. And picnic blanket sex.

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I've seen both Avon Gale and Roan Parrish's name around a lot of Goodreads but I still hadn't gotten a chance to read any of their romances, so I jumped on the chance when I saw this one.  If you've been around my blog for a while, you know that I love "opposites-attract" romances.  That is definitely the case with these two.

William and Amory Vaughn first met at an art gala event that William's sister is catering.  The chemistry between them is sizzling and they don't even make it out of the event before things get a little physical between them.  They both feel a strong connection but before Amory can get William's number he disappears.  In an effort to make a impression on William, Amory steals the painting they were admiring and leaves it on his doorstep with a message on where to meet him for a date. There's just one really big problem with that; William is an FBI agent in the Art Crimes department.  William is torn because he really likes Amory but he also feels he needs to uphold the law and arrest him for what he's done.  It isn't long before he succumbs to Amory's charms, but can they make it work when they are so different.

I really loved these two together.  William is a very analytical and often awkward type, that has trouble catching on to sarcasm and flirting.  Amory is suave and has a likable personality.  He can come off a bit snobby at times, but he grew up with money and has no idea what it's like to do without.  He has an easygoing nature, but he also doesn't stand for things that don't seem right.  He can be a bit manipulative when it comes to his power and money, but he does things with the best of intentions.  Their differences lead to some difficulties between them but they balance each other out really well.  There was no shortage of steamy scenes between these two.  The chemistry between them were scorching and there is some role playing fun.  I really loved the how the authors were about to show that while both when were really tough and let things roll off of them, they each had their vulnerabilities.  It was nice seeing them both slowly open up to each other more and more.

Heart of the Steal is very much centered about their building relationship.  I think I expected maybe a little more of a plot, but these two were so sweet and steamy that I didn't mind too much.  I think I expected a little more action because William was an FBI agent and Amory was a thief, but that was dealt with pretty early on and then left alone.  Overall I enjoyed this one, and I will be sure to keep on the lookout for books from these two authors in the future.

* I received an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own. *

About the Authors:
Avon Gale wrote her first story at the age of seven, about a “Space Hat” hanging on a rack and waiting for that special person to come along and purchase it — even if it was a bit weirder than the other, more normal hats. Like all of Avon’s characters, the space hat did get its happily ever after — though she’s pretty sure it was with a unicorn. She likes to think her vocabulary has improved since then, but the theme of quirky people waiting for their perfect match is still one of her favorites.
Avon grew up in the southern United States, and now lives with her very patient husband in a liberal midwestern college town. When she’s not writing, she’s either doing some kind of craft project that makes a huge mess, reading, watching horror movies, listening to music or yelling at her favorite hockey team to get it together, already. Avon is always up for a road trip, adores Kentucky bourbon, thinks nothing is as stress relieving as a good rock concert and will never say no to candy.
At one point, Avon was the mayor of both Jazzercise and Lollicup on Foursquare. This tells you basically all you need to know about her as a person.
Avon is represented by Courtney Miller-Callihan of Handspun Literary Agency.

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Roan Parrish lives in Philadelphia where she is gradually attempting to write love stories in every genre.
When not writing, she can usually be found cutting her friends’ hair, meandering through whatever city she’s in while listening to torch songs and melodic death metal, or cooking overly elaborate meals. She loves bonfires, winter beaches, minor chord harmonies, and self-tattooing. One time she may or may not have baked a six-layer chocolate cake and then thrown it out the window in a fit of pique.
She is represented by Courtney Miller-Callihan of Handspun Literary Agency.

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