For What It's Worth

Monday, May 29, 2017

monday minis



This week I have a batch of M/M romance minis!



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Faking It  (A Ringside Romance Novel) by Christine D'Abo

Max Tremblay should be happy. His nightclub, Frantic, is one of the most popular gay clubs in Toronto, and his childhood refuge, Ringside Gym, is well on the way to reopening. But when he finds yet another drunk in the alley beside the bar, Max isn’t sure this is the life he truly wants.

Grady Barnes has it all. He’s rich, famous, and wants for nothing. Well, nothing but a good relationship with his father. When he discovers that his father is going to force him into an arranged marriage, Grady has had enough. He tracks down Max, the man who got him to safety after a night of overindulgence, and makes him a proposal: pretend to be his fiancé for two weeks and he’ll invest in Ringside Gym.


When the pair travel to Vancouver to attend a family
wedding, the flames of their mutual attraction ignite, and they discover that the only difference between pretend and reality is how well they can fake it. ~
Goodreads

Source: Purchased

My thoughts: I really enjoyed this!

Excellent fake fiance story, charismatic MC's, sexy, lots of humor.

My only nitpicks are - I wish the ending was fleshed out a bit more so we could see more of Max and Grady as a solid couple. And Justin the "babysitter/scandal fixer" side plot was a bit unbelievable to me. Grady did put Justin through the ringer with his bad behavior but he was so nasty to Grady. It kind of got brushed off but I wasn't buying the resolution. I'm guessing he needed to be redeemed a bit for a future book??

Definitely rec this one for a quick, sexy read and I'm going back to read the first book in the series.


34469554Autumn (Crow City #2.75) by Cole McCade

There are worse things in life than loving a man who hates you.
Unfortunately, Walford Gallifrey can’t think of many. ~
Goodreads

Source: Purchased

My thoughts: Despite the purple prose, metaphor filled style of writing, that I don’t enjoy, I could not tear my eyes away from the authors gut wrenching, no holds barred romance. McCade digs DEEP into the emotions of her characters and they have to work for their HEA.
Both men are so afraid of being left and the reasons are so easily overcome yet not because of how their pasts are intertwined.

I also loved her portrayal of dealing with a disability in romance. It wasn't glossed over. There were times when it was not in the cards because of the pain Joseph was in from his MS. Wally juggling both the care taking and lover roles was handled beautifully.

And both heroes were in there 40’s!


34939537Enemies Like You (Enemies with Benefits #1) by Annika Martin, Joanna Chambers

They're dangerous men. Absolute enemies. And totally hot for each other.
Will has never met anyone like Kit. He’s arrogant. Gorgeous. Lethal. The most expensive bodyguard money can buy.


And Will can’t seem to resist him.


A simple command in Kit's cut-glass accent makes Will want things he’s never wanted, do things he’s never done. Their red-hot chemistry is off the charts.


Just one problem: Will has vowed to kill the billionaire that Kit is hell-bent on protecting.


And Kit has secrets, too—his own reasons for sacrificing his soul, piece by painful piece, to keep one of the worst men on earth alive.


Source: Purchased

My thoughts: 😍 Enemies Like You was everything I love in my romance. High stakes, sexual tension, and obstacles that are so high you aren’t sure they can be overcome.

This book was 5 alarm fire hot and while sex sometimes takes away from a plot – the sex in this story was an important part of the plot. Every time Kit and Will had one of their all too brief encounters they were sexy but the level of trust and submission they gave to each other was extraordinary. And then they would go back to trying to kill each other. Good times. lol

Oh how I wish there will be more to this series and Kit And Will. They have a solid HFN but it was a tad rushed and I can totally see them having more death defying spy capers! I had SO much fun with this one. My favorite romance of 2017 so far!

*The Enemies With Benefits: a prologue is free on Kindle if you wanted to sample first. If you’re sure that you want to jump right in just get the full book since the prologue is the first 8 chapters of Enemies Like You.

Friday, May 26, 2017

friday fast 5…




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Sylvan Esso
Die Young

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Bookmarked Tattoos Etsy shop | Instagram

Fun place to shop for bookish temporary tattoos from series like HP, Shadowhunters, Illuminae, ACOTAR and custom tattoos to name just a few. I believe she also ships worldwide.

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Blushing Geek

I loved the Blushing Geek’s post: “16 Blogging Tools I Can’t Live Without.”




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My cat Figment had to have dental surgery this week (he’s fine – 2 extractions and some strong pain meds - thanks for all the well wishes!) and my vet has cat/dog factoids in the exam rooms. This one made me laugh.

”Basically, cats have a lower social IQ than dogs but can solve more difficult cognitive problems when they feel like it.”

It’s the “when they feel like it” that got me. So true lol

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Apparently my yard is becoming a haven for wildlife. We’ve always had the rabbits – but they are starting to give zero fucks about the dogs and seem to be openly mocking them at this point lol But the wild turkey is new. We also nearly stepped on a rattlesnake on our walk with Fonzi. I did NOT stop to take a picture of it!

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ICYMI – on the blog this week:




Anything I should be reading/watching/listening to/buying this weekend?




Tuesday, May 23, 2017

tell me something tuesday...

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Tell Me Something Tuesday is hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings and discusses a wide range of topics from books to blogging.

I’ve been meaning to join this feature for awhile but I’m just now getting out of a long term blogging slump and putting together a {somewhat} regular posting schedule.

I’m going to kick off my participation by answering both this and last weeks questions since I had drafted but didn’t post last Tuesday and they do seem to tie in together.


Question from 5/16
How do you keep up your blog?

Question for 5/23
What do you do when you hit a blogging wall?

The short answer is…I don’t. Or just barely. lol

December will mark my 8th year of blogging and I’ve gone from posting 7 days a week, hosting charity auctions and challenges to barely one post a month to my current level of 3 days per week.

I think most bloggers like schedules and planners and can offer brilliant insight on how to be a better blogger. I’ve learned that doesn’t work for me - I’m a pantser and I don’t fight it anymore. I’ve also learned variety is the spice of life and I blog about whatever I feel like now – instead of forcing myself to talk books when I’m in a TV, movie, food blogging kind of mood.

To break it down a bit…here’s how I read/blog

Reading:

I read really fast so I can read up 5-7 books per week. Double that if they're novellas. I have started making sure I squeeze in fun reads. I’ve cut WAY down on ARC’s and I don’t review everything I read anymore. That’s what helped me get out of my epic 2 year reading slump. I accept no more than 2-3 books for review per month and those are usually from authors I’m pretty sure I’ll love and one take a chance on new to me author.

I’ve been posting a picture of my monthly TBR pile at the beginning of each month (usually about 6 books) . I don’t knock myself if I don’t stick to it but it’s helped keep me on target since my goal for 2017 is to knock down my older books TBR pile.

Including fun/non review books - I typically read up to 20 books per month.

Blogging:

Like I said I’m a pantser. Currently I do 3 posts per week.

Monday: Either Monday Minis – mini reviews or Monday Musings where I discuss my reading struggles or bookish news (cover reveals, netgalley finds, book mail etc).

Tuesday: - I might try to do this feature weekly or at least monthly - we'll see how it goes.

Wednesday: a full book review from my scheduled TBR pile

Friday: Friday Fast Five: A collection of things that I’ve either done for the week or things that I’m hoping to do for the weekend – like TV/movies, food, my pets…really anything that brings a smile to my face and reminds me of my One Word New Years resolution – Joy

Drafting/scheduling posts:

20170522_114815Again. Pantser!

I write everything the day before or if I’m really ambitious TWO days before lol I’ve gotten really wild and had posts ready for up to two weeks but that’s rare and honestly I’d rather be spontaneous. I know…I know…but it works for me.

I don’t keep detailed lists or charts. I keep track of my reading on Goodreads and have a post-it on my computer screen to remind me of scheduled reviews and items for Friday Fast Five.

Miscellaneous:

I visit blogs to comment in the morning every or every other day – time permitting. I don’t use any of the readers. Instead I have my regulars bookmarked and run through the list and click on interesting posts links via Twitter. I try to find new blogs through comments and fold in a few new people each week. 

I answer emails and review requests 1-2 times a week. You can read my post from last year here about how I handle requests along with the form letter I use.



I’ve almost given up and closed down the blog several times during the past few years. I seem to be catching a second wind though. I think the days of posting daily are over and stats/numbers etc aren’t important in the same way as they were to me back in my heyday but I’m having fun with it now. It’s a hobby for me and I’ve learned to let go of anything that makes it more job like. Ironically – whenever I get in the IDGAF mindset – the blog does better lol I think because I’m being truer to myself and having fun and it shows.

So that’s pretty much how I blog and how I knocked down my blogger wall.

I'd love to hear what works for you!