For What It's Worth

For What It's Worth

Monday, March 27, 2017

Monday mini’s…


I’ve been reading way more than I’ve been reviewing lately. I’ve been enjoying most of my review books (yay!) but I do like to read just for fun so that I don’t burn out. Yet, I hate overlooking all those books for review. It feels wasted? Like those poor titles are being ignored. I don’t know…#BloggerProblems lol

I saw someone was doing a post with mini reviews on Monday’s. I forget where I saw it and I wish I could remember. If any of you know who it is let me know so I can give credit. Apologies if I’m stepping on anyone’s toes as well and if they would like me to stop using this feature let me know.

Anyway….it seems like a good way to do a quick rundown of books I’ve read and give them a little love without all the effort of a full review. So here we go!


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Paint the Stars (Free Fall #3) by Christina Lee and Nyrae Dawn ~ Goodreads

Daevonte and Ezra’s opposing personalities, Dae – the outgoing, chill yoga instructor vs Ezra’s uptight, brooding artist made this a slow burn, sweet and sexy read. The end was a bit sappy but…still a good read.

I’ve always enjoyed Dawn’s writing and the 1st book in this series, Touch the Sky, was great as well.

Check out this series if you’re looking for diverse characters (in this case – interracial couple and an MC that identifies as demisexual – earlier books have touched d on mental illness, bisexuality)

                                       

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Madly (New York #2) by Ruthie Knox ~ Goodreads

I adored the first book in this series, Truly, and I love how Knox writes complex, flawed characters but Madly felt like being forced to spend time with a group of relatives you can’t stand over the holidays.

The romance was actually very good but there’s so much intrusion from outside sources (family, ex’s) that I couldn’t enjoy it as much as I would have liked.





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At Attention (Out of Uniform #2) by Annabeth Albert ~ Goodreads

I love me some Annabeth Albert and the Out of Uniform series is quickly surpassing my love of her Portland Heat series. Albert's books are always gripping and emotional and oh so sexy.

The quick of it: Lieutenant, widower and single dad, Apollo Flores falls for his new live in helper, Dylan, who is also the younger brother of his BFF.

I wasn't sure about the single dad aspect but it really works here, especially with Dylan as the children's caregiver. He’s a childcare professional, so it’s not just some young stud muffin moving in, and the kids are, obviously, an integral part of their lives but aren't so precocious as to overwhelm the story.

It covers a few tropes (single, widowed dad, best friends brother) in a way that's shows and respects Apollo's struggles to move on.

Dylan could be a little pushy at times but in the end I loved how he realized that both he and Apollo needed to find their own ways before becoming something new - together.

Another stand out book from Albert. I can't recommend her books enough.

26 comments:

  1. Mini reviews are awesome for this then :)

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    1. I hate reviewing my fun reads but this could work :-)

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  2. Not much to say about this batch of books because I don't do romance, but since this is my first exposure to your new banner, I have to tell you that it's really cute (and on point). You even incorporated the glasses LOL. But soon you'll have to substitute the warm drinks with cold ones! ;D
    The chocolate candy on the minis' banner is a nice touch. It is a mini in itself!

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    1. WHY DON'T WE READ THE SAME THINGS? lol

      You noticed the new pic! I was looking for something for the Monday mini banner and found that. Everything else is the same in the header - just slapped the new graphic on.

      Thank you for commenting even if the post content isn't your thing :-))

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    2. Is there something as sci-fi romance? LOL

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    3. There is! But I'm sure you wouldn't like it lol

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    4. Oh gosh. I thought I was joking. *dies laughing*

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  3. oh I love this idea!!! And great mini reviews you have here. I have heard some fantastic things about the way that Ruthie Fox writes, and I love complex character, so I definitely plan on picking up Madly soon.

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    1. Thanks! This book by her didn't work for me but her writing is gorgeous!

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  4. Love the idea of the mini reviews, haven't seen it on anyone's blog that I follow :)

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    1. I wish I could remember where I saw it! I don't want to be stealing anyone's feature. I couldn't find it by googling either. I just found mommy blogs using it.

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  5. This is a great idea, especially when there is so many books with so little time. Thanks for sharing and stopping by my blog.

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    1. Thanks. I would like to feature more books but not get bogged down by reviews and picking a day keeps me on track :-)

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  6. I've wanted to read Touch the Sky and I do think I'll make sure I have all the Out of Uniform series on that list as well. Both of these sound so good!

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    1. I LOVE Albert's series. I love them both but I would start there.

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  7. I love mini reviews. I think it's a great idea. I finished Madly last week and it's the first book of Ruthie's that I didn't love. I thought she did a great job with Winston, but I didn't find the romance between him and Allie believable, mainly because Allie was so immature and self-absorbed that I don't think she's capable of a long-term commitment at this point in her life. I really wanted Winston to ditch her and find someone better.

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    1. Same here. I love the way Knox writes flawed or what's considered unlikable characters but this family...I just hated being around them. I mean the ENTIRE premise for Allie's conflict is flawed because she won't talk or listen to anyone.

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  8. "Madly felt like being forced to spend time with a group of relatives you can’t stand over the holidays."

    Well that's not good.

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  9. Someone else spoke highly of Truly, I'll have to try it out...but maybe forget about Madly? Haha.

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    1. I loved that one (with a few tiny niptpicks) but Madly just pissed me off

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  10. Oh man. Yeah forced to be with family at the holidays...not a fab feeling. lol LOVE Christina Lee's M/F books. She's a fun author. :)

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    1. I've only read read callabs with Dawn so far.

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  11. I completely agree, sometimes I just want to read for fun but I feel way too guilty if I don't review all my books! Clearly the answer is to write mini-reviews, haha. Such a bummer about Madly, because Ruthie Knox has been killing it lately. I recommend About Last Night and Ride With Me by her if you haven't read them already. :)

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    1. I was bummed about Madly because I LOVE Knox's writing. The relationship was good - just all other stuff was annoying and unfortunately it played a big part.

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  12. I have Madly on my tbr-list, but two other books are new-to-me. Thanks for putting them on my radar, I’ll check them out further.

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