For What It's Worth

Thursday, September 22, 2016

mini’s: adulting, hauntings, hitting the trail...

Adulting 101 by Lisa Henry

The struggle is real.

Nick Stahlnecker is eighteen and not ready to grow up yet. He has a summer job, a case of existential panic, and a hopeless crush on the unattainable Jai Hazenbrook. Except how do you know that your coworker’s unattainable unless you ask to blow him in the porta-potty?

That’s probably not what Dad meant when he said Nick should act more like an adult.

Twenty-five-year-old Jai is back in his hometown of Franklin, Ohio, just long enough to earn the money to get the hell out again. His long-term goal of seeing more of the world is worth the short-term pain of living in his mother’s basement, but only barely.

Meeting Nick doesn’t fit in with Jai’s plans at all, but, as Jai soon learns, you don’t have to travel halfway around the world to have the adventure of a lifetime.

This is not a summer romance. This is a summer friendship-with-benefits. It’s got pizza with disgusting toppings, Netflix and chill, and accidental exhibitionism. That’s all. There are no feelings here. None. Shut up. ~

Source: Purchased

My thoughts: Between Nick’s no verbal filter, the really embarassing sex interuptions/fiascos and the wonderful cast of friends/family - I think I gigled almost the entire time reading Adulting 101. I was laughing out loud but it also has a lot to say about growing up, trying to map out your future when you aren't sure what you want and dealing with anxiety/social interactions. Well done! I need more books like this in my life.

Under-Your-Spell-300x253Under Your Spell: A Romance Boxed Set of Masked Balls, Haunted Gardens, Magic, and More by Elana Johnson, Amanda Gale, G.G. Andrew , Sara Spencer, Rachel Shane, Bryn Donovan , Nicole Zoltack , Jessica Arden, Saskia Blake, Elizabeth Cole

Fall under the spell of ten up-and-coming romance authors. When the clock strikes midnight on Halloween, you’ll want to read every one of these all-new, original novellas. From enchanted gardens to mystic curses, you’ll find something to make your spine shiver and your heart beat faster. Fall in love with a cursed werewolf, a heartbroken ghost, a true southern gentleman, and many more. There’s something for everyone, with contemporary romance, historical romance, paranormal and shifter romance.

Everyday is Halloween with this spellbinding collection! ~

Source: e-arc provided in exchange for an honest review
My thoughts: I’ve only read the first four stories so far but they were quite good for getting into the fall/Halloween spirit.

#1 - The Killing Touch by Elana Johnson had an old fashioned kind of feel – a gentleman courting his love interest – but turns much darker after tradgedy strikes.

#2 – One Touch of Silver by Elizabeth Cole was a lot of fun. Cursed werewolves, gothic vibe, romance.

#3 – Sweet Lavvy by Amanda Gale was a bittersweet tale told by a mysterious man to a younger man making a big life decision as a warning not to take advantage of the love you have. Nice message but not as spooky as the rest.

#4 – To Hell with Love by G.G. Andrews. Andrews is the reason I read this antho and hers is my favorite of the group (so far). Fun, sexy, Greek mythology, curses, BOOKS and romance.

I do plan on reading the other 4 stories and reviewing on Goodreads – but probably closer to Halloween…mood reader lol but wanted to let you all know about it in the meantime.

28490317Overexposed (In Focus #4) by Megan Erickson

Love runs wild on the Appalachian Trail in the latest from the author of Out of Frame and Focus on Me...

Levi Grainger needs a break. As a reality show star, he’s had enough of the spotlight and being edited into a walking stereotype. When he returns home after the last season of Trip League, he expects to spend time with his family, only to learn his sister is coming back from her deployment in a flag-draped casket. Devastated, Levi decides the best way to grieve will be to go off grid and hike the Appalachian Trail—a trip he'd planned to do with his sister.

His solitary existence on the trail is interrupted when he meets Thad, a quiet man with a hard body and intense eyes. Their connection is stronger than anything Levi has ever experienced. But when Levi discovers the truth about what Thad is hiking to escape, their future together looks uncertain, and uncertainty is the last thing Levi needs. ~

Source: ARC- via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Thoughts: It’s Megan Erickson people – go read it! Ok – you probably need a little more. Overexposed is another emotional, heartfelt addition to the In Focus series with the Appalachian Trail as a backdrop to Levi and Thad’s haunting memories and blossoming friendship/romance.The In Focus series is one of all time favorite LGBQT/NA series. This is book #4 but can be read as a stand alone and I’m REALLY hoping that a certain character, who’s kind of an asshole  but I liked him, gets his own book.


  1. That's some selection. Not sure the first two are for me but I'm certainly intrigued by Overexposed if only because of the whole reality star thing and the asshole of a character who you'd nevertheless like to see have his own book.

    1. The second book in that series focused more on the reality show experience. This is more about after he leaves the show but I loved the Appalachian Trail setting.

  2. Adulting sounds cute - kind of NA, I guess? Have never read any Megan Erickson. Maybe I should check her stuff out!
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

    1. It is very NA. One guy is 18 the other mid-20's.

      Megan has books from several genres. Her YA's might be your speed.

  3. Going through your books I see :)

  4. I love Megan Erickson's m/m novels. She's great. I'm JUST now reading the third book, but I'm excited the fourth one is out or almost out!

  5. Adulting 101 really sounds so good to me right now. It just sounds like a book of fun. :) Also that anthology sounds like it is working up to be a good one. Can't wait to see what you think of the rest of it.

  6. Faulting sounds like a brilliantly funny read and I'm desperate for one of those at the moment. I haven't read anything by Megan Erickson yet, but her Focus series sounds wonderful. I'm a big fan of standalone books that can also be read as part of a series, so looking forward to checking it out. Wonderful reviews Karen, really enjoyed them <3

  7. Adulting 101 sounds funny. And a Halloween anthology sounds like a great pick for October!