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New Release/Review: Hooking Up by Helena Hunting

I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

New Release/Review: Hooking Up by Helena HuntingHooking Up by Helena Hunting
on November 7, 2017
Pages: 444
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Amalie Whitfield is the picture of a blushing bride during her wedding reception–but for all the wrong reasons. Instead of proclaiming his undying love, her husband can be heard, by Amalie and their guests, getting off with someone else. She has every reason to freak out, and in a moment of insanity, she throws herself at the first hot-blooded male she sees. But he’s not interested in becoming her revenge screw.

Mortified and desperate to escape the post-wedding drama, Amalie decides to go on her honeymoon alone, only to find the man who rejected her also heading to the same tiny island for work. But this time he isn’t holding back. She should know better than to sleep with someone she knows, but she can’t seem to resist him.

They might agree that what happens on the island should stay on the island, but neither one can deny that their attraction is more than just physical.

Filled with hilariously scandalous situations and enough sexual chemistry to power an airplane from New York City to the South Pacific, Hooking Up is the next standalone, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy from Helena Hunting, the New York Times bestselling author of the Pucked series and Shacking Up.

Hooking up hooks you right at the beginning. Amie is supposed to be happy and glowing on her special day, but feels off. Then she, along with all her wedding guests, hears her new husband with someone else.
Lex doesn’t want to be at the wedding. He doesn’t understand why Amie is marrying his cousin.

What starts as a hook up, turns into more in this laugh out loud romance. Helena Hunting is a great writer. The story flows seamlessly and is told in both Amie and Lex’s POV. – Reviewed by Christina

New Release/Review: The Forbidden by Jodi Ellen Malpas

New Release/Review: The Forbidden by Jodi Ellen Malpas

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New Release/Review: The Forbidden by Jodi Ellen MalpasThe Forbidden by Jodi Ellen Malpas
Published by Forever on August 8th 2017
Pages: 368
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A new story of dangerous temptations from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the This Man trilogy.

Annie has never experienced the 'spark' with a guy-that instant chemistry that renders you weak in the knees. That is, until a night out brings her face to face with the dangerously sexy and mysterious Jack. It's not just a spark that ignites between them. It's an explosion. Jack promises to consume Annie, and he fully delivers on that promise.

Overwhelmed by the intensity of their one night together, Annie slips out of their hotel room. She is certain that a man who's had such a powerful impact on her must be dangerous. She has no idea that he belongs to another. That he's forbidden.

The author explains in the beginning not to judge that she just had to tell the story and once I began I thought this is gonna make me mad but the way it’s presented you don’t.
Annie Ryan doesn’t have the time or patience for a relationship as she is a sought after architect and her past relationships have been not worth her time. Her friends Lizzy, Mickey and Nat convince her to have a night out where she meets Jack and the sparks that come between them is insane.

Annie spends hours in a hotel with him but scoots out before she has to have a awkward conversation in the morning, she just takes her feelings and goes. The problem is that in the weeks that follows she is thinking about Jack constantly but life goes on she has a gallery to finish designing and a housewarming party to have. She invites the customer she is working with who says he is meeting with the builder and she tells him to bring them but what she sees when she opens the door makes her lose all color…
This story is so well written that you really become engrossed with characters and how each one of them feels even though it’s written from Annie’s point of view. I love Annie and how hard she tries to do the right thing but her heart takes over and she lets it.

“Thank you for your help,” I say quietly, studying him, definitely detecting that he’s deep in thought. Don’t ask, don’t ask, don’t ask. I need to get back into my apartment without engaging with him, which could prove tricky when he’s blocking the doorway and looking like he has no intention of shifting to let me in.

“Annie,” he breathes. “I’m struggling so badly.”

“I’m not doing this.” I swallow, pushing my way past him. He grabs me by the top of my arm and holds me in place. “Let me go, Jack.”

“I’ve already told you I can’t do that. Annie, I’m drowning here. I’m going out of my mind, and the more time I spend with you the fucking worse it’s getting. Listening to you, talking to you, sharing a passion with you that goes way beyond the amazing time we had in bed together.”

“You have to forget!” I yell, knowing anger is the only way forward. Be angry with him. Let it dominate me and rule me, because the alternative scares me to fucking death.

He pushes me into the hall and slams the door behind us, forcing me to back up. “No,” he says, straight and even. “No,” he repeats, moving one more step forward, except this time I don’t retreat. Because I can’t. Because he has me locked in place with those grey eyes, and now they’re back to their full glory. Sparkling, even if it’s with anger. He reaches for his shirt and starts unbuttoning it before shrugging it off and throwing it to the floor, revealing the chest that’s haunting me.

I quickly look down at the pile of material, my mind reeling. His chest. His perfect damn chest. “What are you doing?”

“I have no fucking idea.” He reaches for me and slides a hand around my neck, pulling me to him. Our chests meet, and my determination to repel him vanishes under our connection. Wrongs turn into rights. Conflict turns into craving.

“I can’t get you out of my head, Annie.” His forehead meets mine, his palm massaging away the tightness in my neck muscles, softening me up until I relax in his hold. “I want you all over again, and I can’t even find the will to worry about how much more that’ll make me want you.” He breathes down on me. “I’ve played that night on repeat. I’ve dreamed of holding you in my arms again. I’ve craved the sound of your voice, the feel of your touch, the softness of your lips on mine. I know I shouldn’t want you. But I do. Nothing has ever made me feel this insane with need. Nothing has taken up so much space in my head. I can’t fucking help it, Annie.” His grey gaze sinks into me, my heart steadying to an even thrum. His head starts to shake mildly, his splayed hand moving up to the back of my head and fisting my hair. “I don’t want to help it,” he growls. “I want you. I don’t care how wrong it is.” His clenched fist tightens, gripping my hair harshly. “I know I’ve been on your mind since I fucked you every which way in that hotel room. Stop denying it. Don’t insult me and tell me you don’t crave that amazing feeling all over again. I can see it in your eyes every damn time I look into them. You. Want. Me.”

It’s me who moves in first. All me. I lunge forward and smash my lips to his, the magnetic force winning. His words winning. Jack winning. My heart winning. I coax his mouth open with hard, hungry kisses. I’ve lost my mind to a craving too powerful to fight off. And, like Jack, I don’t care how wrong it is.

Lost.

Yet as he walks me backward until my back slams into the wall, I feel found again.

I cry out, and Jack moans. We’re clumsy and desperate. He’s pushing me up the wall with the force of his kiss, then he’s rolling away, taking me with him until it’s his back slamming into the wall. It’s the elevator all over again. The atmosphere is sizzling. I’m on fire. He scoops me up, pinning me to him, and carries me into my bedroom. I focus on him. Only him and the return of feelings that I’ve fantasized about since that unforgettable night. All the guilt is abandoning me, and I let it, unprepared to let anything stop me from taking the forbidden.

Review: The PageHabit Subscription Box

Ooooo…all. the. PRETTIES!

First off a HUGE thank you to the PageHabit team for sending this box of awesomeness to me in exchange for an honest review.

I want to start off with mentioning about my guilty pleasure. No, no…not just books. I’m talking about these dang subscription boxes! There’s something so oddly satisfying every time the mail is delivered. When the item comes in a box? I start jumping up and down like a 10 year old and break out the box cutter to hear the gratifying sound of blade meets packing tape sound before I dig into every single nook and cranny.

Once I opened up this pretty, I was actually pretty shocked how this box came across in the most personable way. How the boxes are curated where the authors are able to connect with the readers by including the following (Let me use Pagehabits words because they’ve placed a lot of thought into their boxes):

Every PageHabit box includes the following: 
– A brand new release, annotated by the author 
– A written letter from the author 
– A beautifully designed bookmark 
– Delightful bookish goods 
– A donation to support children’s literacy around the world 

Quarterly PageHabit boxes are curated by the featured author and include all of the above, as well as: 
– Two additional books handpicked by the featured author 
– Thoughtful bookish goods selected by the author 

Yes, you’ve read that right. They’ve delivered on every one of those items. What’s even better is you have the option of receiving a monthly OR quarterly box! I was previously using a monthly subscription box and it was becoming too much. In terms of shelf space and perhaps wanting goodies on a quarterly basis.

Some of the things I’ve wanted to point out in the box I received specifically:

I received a newer release by Christina Lauren – Dating You/Hating You. I’m a huge fan of Christina Lauren so to say I was excited to receive this beauty is an understatement, BUT that’s not all! There are post-it notes throughout the book with THEIR notes! The authors!!! I’m loving the personal touch that’s beyond the TWO page letter. There’s the cutest heart crystals, the most adorable bag, head massager, a cute thing-in-ma bob where I can make heart shaped eggs for breakfast.

I have to say, in terms of subscription boxes, Pagehabit has brought their best game in spades. I shared the opening of the box and the contents throughout our social media platforms and was thrilled to see as many people as curious and excited as I am and for the same reasons I love this box so very much.

So run…don’t walk to PageHabit’s site and check them out! I’ll help you out even, just click HERE.

I’m going to go cuddle my Pagehabit box now. *smile*

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