Review: The Upside of Falling by Meghan Quinn

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REVIEW: 

Despite it only being six months into the year, I think I have found my top read of 2018. I know a lot of people say that about various books, but I’m being incredibly honest right now. This. Book. Is. Everything.

Now I’ve been reading Meghan Quinn for a while now, and I’m completely used to her sarcastic dialogue, witty banter, and laugh-out-loud situations. But this book has proven that Meghan is no one trick pony. The emotions and feels (seriously all the feels) that this book invoked was incredible. She truly outdid herself with The Upside of Falling.

The Upside of Falling is the type of book that you want to go into without much information. Going in blind will truly add to your reading experience. So please – just stop reading this blog and go and download this book ASAP. Trust me, you’ll thank me later.  Oh and once you’re done reading PLEASE direct message me on instagram  so we can chat scream about that ending!!!!

SYNOPSIS: 

Tucked away at the base of the Rocky Mountains lived a little boy with one singular dream: leave this broken and battered home and become someone.

Be somebody’s hero.

That boy was me—Colby Brooks. Except I’m not that same little boy anymore.

My dreams might still be the same, but my reality isn’t.
I’m smarter. Stronger. A man.

And I learned a long damn time ago, the only way to achieve my dreams was to avoid distractions—at any cost.

Focus. Resolve. Determination.

But all it took was one single night. One night and my entire life…changed.
One night had me colliding head first with the biggest distraction of my life; Rory Oaks.

Smart. Charming. Beautiful.

Rory changed everything.

Quickly, my one-track mind started to bend.
Each kiss faded decade-long dreams.
And with one single incident, I fly off course.

GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40193273-the-upside-of-falling

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Badass_Headhot_smaller.jpgBorn in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if “It’s Raining Men” starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped. Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing… enter her first novel, Caught Looking. Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze!

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Review: Tattered by Devney Perry

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It’s here ! If you haven’t heard, Tattered, @devneyperry latest release is now available! Earlier this year I binge read her Jamison Valley series, so I was very excited to get back into this world. Her writing style is so effortless and you gain a true sense of authenticity with the characters she creates.

The love story between Thea and Logan was great. In fact, I was shocked to see Logan again after his brief stint in The Clover Chapel. He sort of rubbed me the wrong way in The Clover Chapel, so I was glad he got a sense of redemption in this book.

Devney’s witty dialogue, along with a well crafted plot, truly makes her books the epitome of “page turners”.

With everything combined, I give this book a solid 4/5 stars. Everything was great, but the single parent trope is always one I’ve struggled to connect with so I didn’t enjoy it as much as others. I still highly recommend! Devney has quickly become a top author of mine. And those book covers 😍.

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SYNOPSIS

Thea Landry has always known her place in modern-day society. It’s somewhere just above the trash can her mother dumped her in as a newborn but below the class where much comes easy. With her tattered shoes and bargain-bin clothes, her life has never been full of glamour.

So when a rich and charismatic man takes interest, she doesn’t fool herself into thinking their encounter is anything more than a one-night stand. Months later, she’s kicking herself for not getting his phone number. Or his last name. She’s given up hope of seeing him ever again.

Until one day, years later, Logan Kendrick waltzes into her life once more and turns everything she’s built upside down. This time around, she won’t make the same mistake. She’s going to fight to keep him in her life—not for herself.

But for their daughter.

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GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38456737-tattered

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Devney is the USA Today bestselling author of the Jamison Valley series. She lives in Montana with her husband and two children. After working in the technology industry for nearly a decade, she abandoned conference calls and project schedules to enjoy a slower pace at home with her kids. She loves reading and, after consuming hundreds of books, decided to share her own stories. Devney loves hearing from readers! Connect with her on social media.

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EXCERPT

He stared at me for a long moment. “You’re sure she’s mine?”

“She’s yours.”

“Then that’s good enough.”

“I—really?” I blinked. He didn’t want to verify paternity? He just . . . trusted me?

He nodded. “Really.”

“I swear, I tried to find you, Logan. On my life, I swear it. But the hotel wouldn’t give me your name no matter how much I begged. And you paid cash for your drinks and never mentioned your last name. I tried, but I just . . . didn’t know where to start.”

“It’s not your fault. I believe you.”

The sincerity in his voice made my throat burn. Goddamn it. I was going to cry.

I’d worked so hard not to cry today. I’d fought to keep my emotions in check and my head from spinning out of control. But this was going to make me break.

I wanted so badly for Logan to believe that I hadn’t kept Charlie from him intentionally. The fact that a man like him would trust someone like me without proof meant more than he’d ever know.

“Thank you,” I choked out past the lump in my throat.

“So, um, is Charlie inside with your husband? Or boyfriend?”

The urge to cry disappeared and I barked out a laugh. “Smooth.”

He chuckled. “It’s been a long day for me. Give me a break, will you? This morning I was in New York, then I came to Montana for a business meeting and discovered a daughter. I’m off my game.”

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Review: Bro Code by Kendall Ryan

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Happy Monday fellow bibliophiles!

In case the title of this post didn’t tip you off, I have a new book up for review! Bro Code by Kendall Ryan is  her newest contemporary release – and it was so good! In one sitting I completely binge read the whole thing!

I absolutely loved Ava and Barrett, the two main leads. Their chemistry was spot on, and despite some of the plot points being pretty cliche, there was a twist that I did NOT see coming. Once that point was revealed I was FUMING – I won’t spoil it for you, but it’s a gooder.

Honestly the only issue I had with this book was the setting/time of the story.  It was snowing and described as being super cold, which was weird as I was reading outside in 26 degree Celsius weather (79F for all you Americans out there)!

But all in all, this was another great contemporary romance read by Kendall Ryan. The trope was “brother’s friend”, which is one of my favourite romances to read. The slow-burn and trying to deny the growing attraction between the two main characters was so well done. Read the brief synopsis below, and be sure to add this book to your TBR!

SYNOPSIS:

From New York Times bestselling author Kendall Ryan comes a flirty new standalone about falling for your older brother’s best friend.

There’s pretty much only one rule when you’re a guy.

Don’t be a douche.

Turns out, the fastest way to break that rule is to fall for your best friend’s sister.

Ava’s brilliant, sharp-tongued, gorgeous, and five years younger than me.

She’s the sexual equivalent of running with scissors. In a word, she’s dangerous. And completely off-limits.

Falling for her could ruin everything.

Yet I can’t seem to stop, even when her company is threatened by a lawsuit, and my promotion hinges on representing the opposing client—and winning.

I can’t see a way out of this mess that doesn’t end in a broken friendship, a broken heart, or a ruined career.

I may have broken the bro code when I fell for Ava. But do I have the balls to handle what comes next?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She’s a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she’s appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

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Review: Needing Him by Kennedy Fox

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This review is going to be short and sweet – not because the book doesn’t deserve a novel length review (it does!) but because you need to quickly read my review and then go get the book and spend your time on that! (you can purchase the book here)

In typical Kennedy Fox form, Needing Him is a must read for any romance readers. The trope is enemies to lovers office/medical romance – which means there is SO MUCH ANGST AND GLORIOUS TENSION. You won’t be disappointed. Grey-Sloane Memorial isn’t the only hospital that utilizes the storage closet creatively.

What made Needing Him a must-read for me, was the fact that Evan (ah beautiful Dr. Bishop) overcomes some serious emotional baggage. This isn’t your typical wham-bam-thank you ma’am read. The fact that these wonderful authors can also create a story that plays with your heartstrings,  says so much about their talent.

Finally – UGH THAT ENDING. I need Chasing Him right now. I need things to be explained. I demand answers. And I’m not sure I can wait until June! Ugh the suspense is KILLING ME!

On that note (hehe) … Chasing Him is up for some presales here:

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Review: The Law of Tall Girls by Joanne Macgregor

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Review:

As soon as I read the title of this book – I knew this was a book for me. I’ve always been considered “tall” – though by the female protagonist, Peyton’s, standards I’m sure I’m just average height (I’m 5’10 whereas Peyton is over 6 ft.) However, I think those few inches separating us can be ignored based on our similarities.  Throughout the book Peyton’s challenges echoed my own experiences.  Struggling to shop for jeans that fit properly? Been there. Developing a height radar to judge how tall people are? Done that. And the ensuing frustrations that occur when you see a small girl with a tall guy? Hell hath no fury like a tall lady scorned.

So if you are looking for a cute, contemporary, young adult read then I do recommend this novel. While it is filled with a few standard high school cliches – the plot brings light to struggles that aren’t usually talked about – tall girl problems. It was relatable to me and I really enjoyed making those connections.   However, the height issues aren’t the main points driving the plot. There are some other intriguing and engaging side plots that make you feel a whirlwind of emotions. I won’t go into them for the sake of spoiling the book – you’ll just have to read it to find out for yourself!

The one daunting thing about this book was that it is a little bit on the longer side of a contemporary read. For me, I’m used to reading contemporary reads in just a couple hours but this one definitely took me longer. Despite the length though, the story line didn’t lag.

Over all, I really enjoyed this book. It was light and refreshing and included a lot of important messages. The Law of Tall Girls is out NOW and you can pick up the book here.

Synopsis:

When you really stand out, can you ever fit in?

Seventeen-year-old Peyton Lane is a tall girl. So tall, it’s the only thing most people notice about her.

On impulse, she accepts a bet to prove she can be as attractive and desirable as other girls. Now she just needs to go on four dates (including the prom) with one of the guys on her very short list of very tall boys.

Number one on the list is Jay Young – the new guy that Peyton already likes way more than she should. Because not only is Jay already taken, he’s also breaking her Law of Tall Girls, and he’s determined to discover the awful secret she’s been hiding for most of her life.

Funny and romantic, The Law of Tall Girls is a feel-good, heart-warming read for anyone who’s ever felt different, or like they just don’t belong. 

This young adult contemporary romance will appeal to fans of Kasie West, Stephanie Perkins, Jenny Han, Julie Buxbaum and Morgan Matson.

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THIS IS BEAUTIFUL by Kennedy Fox

reviewIt is with a heavy, but fulfilled heart, that I’m here today to share with you the end of a glorious era. It has been a whirlwind of a year – but all great things must come to an end. And while the absence of these amazing characters will leave a donut-size hole in my heart – I know these authors are just making room for bigger and better things (*cough* BISHOP BROTHERS *cough*)

If you haven’t guessed already, I’m talking about the conclusion of the third Checkmate Duet – THIS IS BEAUTIFUL, that was released yesterday. For just over a year, Kennedy Fox (co-authors Brooke Cumberland and Lyra Parish) has been tugging at our heartstrings. They’ve developed female leads that I want to be best friends with … and they’ve created strong men that have raised the standard for future boyfriends. There are cliffhangers that make you want to throw things (seriously – I almost LOST it between THIS IS WAR and THIS IS LOVE ..) and emotional moments that make you feel things (all these couples go through so much!) Overall the reading journey is so complete that you will be left begging for more (literally – I’ve DM’d Kennedy Fox demanding for more stories).

Since there are three Duets, with three different couples, it is inevitable that you will have your favourites. I know I developed my favourite couple early on (Travis and Viola – Duet #1 This is War/This is Love) but Logan and Kayla’s story, which concludes with THIS IS BEAUTIFUL, literally made me cry. Their story — *ugh* my heart couldn’t handle the ending of THIS IS DANGEROUS, the first book in their Duet.

If my vagueness in regards to storyline bothers you, I do apologize! I do this with a purpose because I want you experience these books in a unique and organic matter. I find that it’s really easy to talk about what the book is about (see synopsis below) and lose sight of how the book made you feel. And these books made me feel ALL THE FEELS.

If my begging and pleading hasn’t encouraged you to pick up these books based on the characters and storylines (PLEASE READ THEM .. I need more people to share my love with) THEN DO IT FOR THE FOOD CRAVINGS. Seriously. Each book makes you want to either devour a field of strawberries, bake an insane amount of blueberry muffins, or try new things (hehe) with donuts.

Overall, I can’t recommend this series enough. If your a fan of engaging, new adult reads, then you should add this to the top of your TBR list. Each Duet can be considered stand-alone, but for the optimal reading experience I do suggest this reading order:

Checkmate Duet #1-2 (Travis and Viola)
– This is War
– This is Love

Checkmate Duet #3-4 (Drew and Courtney)
– This is Reckless
– This is Effortless

Checkmate Duet #5-6 (Logan and Kayla)
– This is Dangerous
– This is Beautiful

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★★★NEW RELEASE​!!★★★

​Checkmate: This is 
​Beautiful (Logan & Kayla, #​2​) is #LIVE on all platforms!
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The anticipated conclusion in the Logan & Kayla saga of the Checkmate Duet Series is now #LIVE on all platforms!!


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Kayla Sinclair is a saint and real-life angel.
She wears her heart on her sleeve and inspires me to be a better person.

Rescuing dogs, feeding the homeless, and volunteering at the local food pantry are just a few of the ways she gives back to others, although no one has ever been there for her. Falling for her was inevitable, losing her will destroy me. 

Letting someone in didn’t come easy, but she made me want to try for the first time in years. Her bubbling personality and kind spirit make it impossible to forget a girl like her. But when tragedy strikes and she loses all memory that our relationship ever existed, my worst nightmare comes to life. 

I’ll do anything to remind her of the love we shared. I know it’ll be an uphill battle, but I won’t walk away without a fight. Whoever said all is fair in love and war never played by my rules. 

Checkmate, Angel.

**This is book 2 in the Logan & Kayla Saga. This is Dangerous must be read first. However, you don’t need to read any of the other Checkmate duet series to enjoy this one, but is always recommended as they are both introduced in the earlier books.**
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Kennedy Fox InstaFam Unboxing!

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Happy Fri-Yay all you lovely bookish people! Today I’m excited to show you the amazing box I received from Kennedy Fox. If you don’t know, I was chosen to be a part of their AWESOME InstaFam to help promote THIS IS DANGEROUS. When I found out I was receiving this amazing box of goodies – I honestly was so excited.

This box is available for purchase – including a “spa” add on for an additional 10$ USD. I highly recommend this box and I can’t wait until the rest of the series is in my possession. I’m currently trying to curb my bookish shopping sprees … but I need the other Duets in my life. Just a few adulting bills to pay off and #teamTraviola and #teamDrewtney will be MINE!

Here is a link to the shop: Kennedy Fox Shop

And here are some pictures of what comes in it!

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This is my first bookmark by Marked by Mary … I need more in my life!!!
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My cookie cracked … but it still tasted great!
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This notepad has a Taylor Swift quote on it … I’m obsessed! 
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Those pins though!!!
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This is the add-on you can place on the Mega Box for an extra S10! 
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SO MANY GOODIES!!!! ❤️

Doesn’t this box look amazing! Be sure to check out the website to place your own order (you can choose which books you want!) There are so many different options and packages that I’m sure you will find one that suits your needs!

ALSO: If you made it this far – you should use my bookstagram buddy Brie’s coupon code for a discount! It’s chapter_break15 !