TAKE THE LEAD BY ALEXIS DARIA

“You light me up. You helped me remember who I was before, and see clearly who I am now and who I want to be.”

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Title: Take the Lead
Author: Alexis Daria
Series or Standalone: Dance Off #1
Genre: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication Date: October 3rd 2017
Publisher: Swerve
Format: eBook
Source: Library
Star Rating: ★★★★☆
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Take the Lead is sizzling romance between a Puerto Rican professional dancer and Mountain man reality star who find love on a reality show centred around a dance competition. As all budding romances go between a bubbly female lead and a brooding love interest, this book hits all the beats you expect a good romance novel to hit. It’s flirty, fun, with just the right amount of smut. But Alexis Daria takes this book to the next level and does more than what’s expected of the average new adult novel. With important conversations about Latina women in the entertainment industry being type casted and over-sexualised, this book features many elements that make it an exceptional and fresh addition to the genre.

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THE VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD

A few months ago one of my favourite bloggers Alexandra at readingbystarlight kindly nominated me for The Versatile Blogger Award. Thank you for tagging me Alexandra! Side note, be sure to check out Alex’s blog if you get the chance, she’s one of the loveliest bloggers in this community!

The Versatile Blogger Award has a few simple rules….

  • Thank the person who nominated you (✓)
  • Leave a link to their blog (✓)
  • Tell us 7 things about yourself
  • Nominate 15 bloggers/bloggers you’ve discovered recently or follow regularly

Here are seven things about me:

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MY FAVOURITE RAINY DAY READS

I love how the discussion of Rainy Day Reads comes around seasonally. Of course, this topic can be interpreted differently by every reader, but that’s what makes it so much fun!

For me, my ideal rainy day read is simply something I find comfort in. Hearty books that aren’t too dense and don’t require using a lot of brain power to read. They might have fluffy romances & colourful characters that come off the page. This is what Rainy Day Reads are made for, at least in my world.

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FALLING IN LOVE WITH ROMANCE AGAIN THANKS TO ELLE KENNEDY

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Title: The Chase
Author: Elle Kennedy
Series or Standalone: Briar U #1
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Sports Romance
Publication Date: March 19th 2019
Publisher: Elle Kennedy Inc.
Format: eBook
Source: Library
Star Rating: ★★★★★

The Chase is the first book in Elle Kennedy’s new steamy hockey romance series. We follow Summer Di Laurentis, who was recently expelled from Brown University after an unfortunate incident. So she’s starting anew at Briar U. But upon her arrival to Campus, her housing situation fell through and she’s without a place to live.

Summer’s older brother Dean pulls some strings and soon after, Summer finds herself moved into a house with three of her brothers hockey teammates, and she has the butterflies for one: Colin Fitzgerald, the tattoo-covered, video-gaming and hockey-playing, nerd-jock. But Colin has troubles of his own, and he passes Summer off as someone who is flighty and superficial. That’s strike one against him.

But if her sexy brooding roomie wises up and realises what he’s missing, he knows where to find her.

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FILTHY GODS BY R. SCARLET

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Title: Filthy Gods
Author: R. Scarlet
Series or Standalone: Series
Genre: Adult Romance, New Adult, Contemporary
Publication Date: May 6th 2018
Publisher: Unsure, Maybe Self Published
Format: Kindle
Source: Amazon
Star Rating: ★★★☆☆

 

Filthy Gods is the novella prequel to R. Scarlet’s new American God series – a new adult series following Yale’s most attractive, wealthy and elite gentlemen. We follow Juliette Monroe, raised in the foster care system and on scholarship at Yale, she is not like her wealthy classmates. Yet, whilst working her ass off to afford living, she’s top of her pre-law classes.

Although she is constantly grappling for this title with her dangerously handsome rival Nathaniel Radcliffe, one of Yale’s elite. Between summers, Juliette finds herself working at the Hawthorn Country Club, a prestigious club that Nathaniel’s mother owns. It’s here that Nathaniel and Juliette face their rivalry – and their true desires for one another.

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THE KISS QUOTIENT BY HELEN HOANG

36199084Title: The Kiss Quotient
Author: Helen Hoang
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Genre: Adult Romance, Contemporary & Chick Lit
Publication Date: June 15th 2018
Publisher: Berkley
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
Star Rating: ★★★★☆

The Kiss Quotient follows Stella Lane, an accomplished econometrician that’s given her much more money than she knows what to do with and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old. It doesn’t help that Stella has Asperger’s and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice–with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can’t afford to turn down Stella’s offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan–from foreplay to more-than-missionary position.

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STALKING JACK THE RIPPER BY KERRI MANISCALCO

28962906Title: Stalking Jack the Ripper
Author: Kerri Mansicalco
Series or Standalone: Stalking Jack the Ripper #1
Genre: Young Adult Mystery and Historical Fiction
Publication Date: 20th of Septemner 2016
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson Books
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library
Star Rating: ★★★☆☆

Stalking Jack the Ripper follows Audrey Rose Wadsworth, a young teenager in the 1880s leading a double life practicing forensic medicine in her Uncle’s laboratory. All the while, shunning the life of social teas and dress fittings that befits her as a lord’s daughter in high society. Opting for the gruesome life, her work takes an unexpected when she is thrusted into an investigation following a series of murders by none other than the leather apron – aka Jack the Ripper.

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MY CURRENT FAVOURITE ROMANCE NOVELS

More often than not, romance books get a pretty bad rep for reasons such as their cheesy titles, soft porn covers and myriad of clichéd tropes.

I really enjoy books with romance as a strong subplot. (Six of Crows, anyone?) I typically don’t gravitate towards Romance as a genre. However February is a great time to appreciate the few romance books I’ve read and loved.

Don’t forget to let me know in the comment section if you’ve read any of these books or whether you can recommend some steamy romance books to me! 😜

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