Saturday, September 21, 2019

BLOG TOUR: 5 stars to The Dugout by Meghan Quinn!


The Dugout by Meghan Quinn

Release Date: September 19th

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Christy's 5 star review: 
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“Different can be good.”

THIS is my favorite Meghan Quinn book to date. There was nothing I didn’t love about The Dugout. It made me laugh, made me cry, made me swoon, and made me smile so big. I never wanted to put it down, I had such a great time reading this book!

Milly Potter is the queen of baseball. She grew up with three brothers and she knows her stuff. Her biggest goal is to eventually be a coach. She and her two best friends, Shane and Jerry, never miss a baseball game at their college and she’s knowledgeable and a bit obsessed about the sport.

She’s now a senior and has her first big run in with a ball player. In the panini line of all places. It’s a bit of an awkward run in, and the next one isn’t much better. It doesn’t help that it’s with Carson Stone. Carson is one of the hottest players in school, but he’s had some trouble with his swing lately, due to an injury. Milly knows she can help, but she doesn’t know how to offer. Eventually, she becomes his personal coach and it changes his game and life forever.

This book made me laugh so hard. It was seriously one of the funniest books I’ve read this year. Carson and Milly were both hilarious, and I loved the banter she had with her two best friends.
Shane: She’s totally crushing.
Jerry: *Clasps hands together* Carson Stone is so dreamy.
Shane: *Fans self* All those muscles.
Jerry: *Wipes drool* And the way he grips his . . . bat.
Milly: Are you two morons done?
Jerry: Yes.
Shane: No.
Shane: *Tweaks nipples* Ohhhhh, Carson . . .
Shane: Okay, now I’m done.
It was so much more than just a hilarious rom-com. It was sweet, endearing, and punched me right in the gut more than once. I would say the first 75% is really light and fun, but that last 25% really got to me. I wasn’t expecting it to be that heavy, but it was. It got real fast and I was so emotional reading. It was a hard time for both of the main characters, but I could understand why it happened the way it happened and by the end I was happy with how everything turned out.

As much as I loved both Carson and Milly, one of my favorite characters of this book was Cory Potter. Cory… that sweet man needs his own book asap. I’m dying to read more about Milly’s older brother who just happens to be a single MLB player and the worlds best brother. He and Milly’s relationship was sibling goals and he was honestly the best!

If you’re looking for a hilarious sports romance that packs a punch, pick this up. The best sports romance I’ve read all year, for sure. I adored Milly and Carson and this book is a 5 star favorite!
“I mean that, you were the greatest thing to ever happen to me.”

Friday, September 20, 2019

FRIDAY FIVE: Most Anticipated Fall Reads


Fall officially begins in 2 days! It’s my favorite season and I’m excited for some new releases coming out the last few months of this year! Here are the top 5 I’m most excited about! What is your most anticipated read for the fall? Let me know so I can add some new books to my tbr!

xoxo Christy 

5- Headstrong Like Us by Krista and Becca Ritchie

Release Date: November 19th, 2019

Blurb: You’re cordially invited to the wedding of Maximoff Hale & Farrow Keene, and according to Celebrity Crush—the ceremony for this American prince and his tattooed bodyguard is going to be the event of the century. 

There will be no wedding crashers. 

Including but not limited to: hateful people, rabid fans, nosy paparazzi, and other so-called media. 

There will be no drama. 

None whatsoever. Because when you put three famous families and their hot bodyguards together, nothing will go down. 

There will be no fighting. 

No brawls, fists flying, verbal slingshots, or rifts that tear into craters. Lovers only! 

Everything will be perfect. 

Nothing will go amiss during the happiest, most anticipated occasion of the year. But then again… 

They don't call it the Hale Curse for nothing. 

4- The Play by Elle Kennedy 

Release Date: October 7th, 2019

Blurb: What I learned after last year’s distractions cost my hockey team our entire season? No more screwing up. No more screwing, period. As the new team captain, I need a new philosophy: hockey and school now, women later. Which means that I, Hunter Davenport, am officially going celibate…no matter how hard that makes things.

But there’s nothing in the rulebook that says I can’t be friends with a woman. And I won’t lie—my new classmate Demi Davis is one cool chick. Her smart mouth is hot as hell, and so is the rest of her, but the fact that she’s got a boyfriend eliminates the temptation to touch her.

Except three months into our friendship, Demi is single and looking for a rebound.

And she’s making a play for me.

Avoiding her is impossible. We’re paired up on a yearlong school project, but I’m confident I can resist her. We’d never work, anyway. Our backgrounds are too different, our goals aren’t aligned, and her parents hate my guts.

Hooking up is a very bad idea. Now I just have to convince my body—and my heart.

3- The Kingmaker by Kennedy Ryan

Release Date: October 27th, 2019

Blurb: “The world belongs to us and we have the sky to ourselves.”

In her upcoming duet, RITA® Award Winner and Top 25 Amazon Bestseller Kennedy Ryan, spins a tale of passion, betrayal and power spanning the globe from the iconic canals of Amsterdam, under Antarctica's midnight sun and all the way to Pennsylvania Avenue in America's capital.

2- Someday, Someday by Emma Scott

Release Date: November 7th, 2019

Blurb: How long would you wait for true love? 

Max Kaufman was kicked out of his home as a teen and his life has been an uphill battle ever since. From addiction and prostitution, to recovery and putting himself through nursing school, he’s spent the last ten years rebuilding his shattered sense of self. Now he’s taken a job as a private caretaker to Edward Marsh III, the president and CEO of one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. Max soon learns Marsh’s multi-billion-dollar empire is a gold and diamond-encrusted web of secrets and lies.

The longer Max works and lives with the Marsh family, the tighter the secrets tangle around him. And his heart—that he’s worked so hard to protect—falls straight into the hands of the distant, cold, and beautiful son of a dynasty…

Silas Marsh is set to inherit the family fortune, but his father is determined his heir be the “perfect” son. Before Silas can take over the company and end its shady business practices, he must prove himself worthy…and deny his true nature.

Silas must choose: stand up to his father by being true to himself and his undeniable feelings for Max. Or pretend to be someone he is not in order to inherit everything. Even if it means sacrificing a chance at happiness and real love.

1- Landon and Shay by Brittainy C. Cherry 

Release Date
: October 30th, 2019

Blurb: Shay Gable hated my guts, and I hated hers, too.
We went out of our way to avoid one another at all times. When she came my direction, I went the other. When we locked eyes, she’d turn and walk away.
All of that changed the day I was presented with a challenge. It started out as a stupid bet: make Shay fall in love with me before I fell in love with her first.
That was an easy bet for me to win. 
I didn’t love, I hardly liked.
Yet slowly the game started to shift. Shay made me crave things I never knew I wanted.
The closer we grew, the more she challenged my darkness, and the parts I kept locked away.
The hurts.
The pains.
The truth.
The game between us became too real, our feelings intermixed, and the risks of hurting one another grew higher.
But you know what they say... 
All’s fair in the game of love and war—especially the heartbreaks.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

5 stars to NEAT by Kandi Steiner!

My life is over.⁣

I swore I would never work at the whiskey distillery with my last name on it, that I would never be a part of my father’s legacy. But when I graduated with my art degree and realized there were no jobs, the devil appeared, and I sold my soul, agreeing to work in the family business if he’d give me the art studio I’d always dreamed of.⁣
It can’t be that bad, I thought. ⁣
Until I realized my new boss was Logan Becker.⁣
The Becker brothers have a reputation for being trouble, and since I love trouble, it’s no surprise to me that I’m infatuated by that forbidden fruit the first day I walk into the distillery. That lean, whiskey-eyed, too-hot-for-his-own-good man hates me — and I can’t blame him. His family has been at war with mine for decades, and for good reason.⁣
The Beckers and the Scooters are the Montagues and Capulets of Stratford, Tennessee.⁣
But if he’s Romeo, and I’m Juliet? Well… we all know how that story ends — and for that reason, I tell myself to steer clear. ⁣
Because if my father finds out I’m falling for Logan Becker, my life actually will be over.⁣
And Logan’s will be, too.⁣


Christy's 5 star review:

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Neat is the second Becker brother’s book, and as much as I enjoyed the first one, I loved this one so much more. And let me tell you why… Logan freaking Becker! Logan is the Becker brother to beat. And good luck to the other two left because it will be a hard feat. I loved this boy so much!

The Becker family and the Scooter family have been feuding for decades over the whiskey distillery in town that their families founded together. Only the Scotters’ took all the credit for it, leaving the Beckers high and dry. Logan Becker is one of the middle Becker brothers and doesn’t date seriously. No one in town can hold his attention long enough. Then Mallory Scooter comes back to town. Mallory has always fascinated him, but he can’t ever go there.
We were the son and daughter of a bitter rival sparked to life decades ago and still burning hot today. There was no option for me to entertain my infatuation with her…

But now, he’s stuck training her. Mallory is a bit of a rebel, especially when it comes to her family. She’s never wanted to be a part of them or the distillery but when her dad offers her an art studio that she’s desperate for in exchange for working at the distillery for a few years, she begrudgingly decides to take him up on it. She doesn’t expect to like it there, but then again, she never expected someone like Logan Becker to be training her.

You know that bad boy/good girl troupe? Take that and reverse it. I loved that twist! Logan was definitely the good guy and Mallory had that bad girl attitude. Towards the start Mallory acted immature and unprofessional, and I wasn’t sure if I would like her. There was one scene in particular where she came to work acting all kinds of crazy and I was like nooooo, but she did end up winning me over as I got to know her better. She had a huge heart and I completely understood why she was a rebellious type of person.

Then there was Logan. Logan is particular, organized, and for lack of a better word, a neat freak. He loves to read and learn in his spare time and always gives 100% to his job and his family. I found everything about him so endearing. I adored him. When they say opposites attract, well, these two prove that to be true. Even though both of them know it’s a bad idea, there is this pull between them, this chemistry they can’t deny. And they both get tired of fighting it. But where could things possibly go between them? Only time can tell…
“Mallory?” “Yes?” “Do you think there’s a universe that exists where you could be mine?”
“Let’s make one.”

Neat had so many things I love in a romance. Small town setting, enemies to lovers, Romeo/Juliet style forbidden love. It was sweet, fun, sexy, and emotional. And it had the perfect hero. Kandi’s writing always blows me away and this is one of my favorite books she’s written. I can’t recommend this book highly enough and I’m so looking forward to reading more of the Becker brother’s books!
We were inevitable, me and him. And maybe we knew it from the start.

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