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Friday, September 30, 2016

September 2016 Goals & Recap (in one..)

Though I basically didn't plan a lot for this month due to the fact I STILL haven't finished  last month's reading (the "Bluewater Bay" series) this month started with a huge heart break. My beloved Eric died. I couldn't concentrate enough to read and when I finished a book (only twice this month) I found myself crying because he always used to KNOW I finished a book and not just closing the kindle because I wanted to - go to the bathroom / look something up on my phone / go to sleep.. I used to think it was a special sigh I made for a fulfilling end but I'm still not sure. 

Besides that I brought home a new puppy, she wasn't exactly planned, or at least not for NOW. She is the sweetest, really, but waking up early or in the middle of the night for her, sleeping light to hear what's going on with her, all of that, on top of losing him made me literally incapable of concentrating on a book. Not to mention I have two essays to write in two different courses I recently finished. These took A LOT of my energy as well.. 

So what I was left with really? two books.. 
A Contemporary Romance novel of friends to novel which was EXACTLY what I needed, a light read, beautiful, sweet, lovable and yet realistic MC. Highly Recommended! 
I gotta say I LOVED reading Christina's NA novels but the previous CR I read wasn't exactly "it" for me, THIS one gave me everything I wanted it to be <3
Usually I'm a BIG fan of Garrett's book, they are angsty and always have a morbid vibe to them but they are worth the torture FOR SURE. This one was a nice read, but too depressing I think. I mean, l liked it, I enjoyed it, but I'm not such a fan of the "Pretty Woman" story-line, also I think the connection was building too quickly for my liking. 

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The beginning of next month I have an essay to write but since it's the New Year here, at least I'll have the days off to write it. After that I have a WHOLE MONTH OFF (from studying) and my next course will be self awareness course I'm really excited about. Hope it means I'll be getting back to myself and to reading more. Truly I feel I NEED my reading, it gives me a sort of piece of mind I'm lacking the past two months.  

Check out more of my Recap and Goals of the past months!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Rented Heart by Garrett Leigh ~~~ ★ ★ ★ ★ ~~~

I liked this book but can't say I loved it. I enjoyed the writing as I always do with Garrett's books but the total vibe of the book was too, mmm, well, sad? depressing? Also though I could feel the connection between the two characters I think they connected too quickly and too much on the basis of "acceptance" and "loneliness" and less because it was Liam and Zac if it makes any sense.. 

Liam recently lost his husband whom he loved dearly. He left him the business they founded together but doing his ex's work doesn't fill him with accomplishment it just leaves him sad and lonely. Meeting by chance Zac - the rent boy - brings him a night he is not as lonely as he was before. 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Twelve Truths and a Lie by Christina Lee ~~~ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ~~~

It's been a while since I had the time to just sit and relax with a great book. So when I knew I have a sort of a weekend "off" I intended to do exactly that. I'm so happy I chose this one :) It was exactly what I needed. This story was HOT as hell and the story itself, the characters were a JOY to read. I loved both MC, there was something so real about them and they TOTALLY deserved one another. 

Cameron Miller and Aurora Jones met through mutual friends. It didn't seem as though there could be anything going on between the two considering Aurora isn't the kind of girl to fool around and she isn't dating ANYONE this year due to bad boyfriend decisions and Cameron isn't doing any one-night-stands for half a year and relationship? he had one of those and it didn't end well to say the least. 

Saturday, September 10, 2016

An End & A New Beginning

I've been away from this blog and generally from reading the past month. I don't even know what was happening before last week.. it's all a blur at the moment...

Last week, on the 1st of September I lost my precious Eric. He was 7 years old Blue Great Dane, happy, full of life and energy and yet, something deep inside of him wasn't okay and so in minutes he was gone and I was left broken hearted. 

Eric was born at my house, in my arms. I used to call him - "my happiness", and that he was. We had an amazing connection. We understood each other, we accepted one another with our flaws and difficulties. Losing him was so hard. 

The previous Thursday I had him cremated and now he sits peacefully in my room and it almost helps, feeling as if he is physically here somehow. 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The Burnt Toast B&B (Bluewater Bay #5) [Ginsberg & Derrick] By Heidi Belleau & Rachel Haimowitz ~~~ ★ ★ ★ ½ ~~~

When I started this one I really enjoyed it, I could see how fun this one would be even from the synopsis yet something somehow went wrong for me. I think it was too slow to develop or maybe too much of an inner dialogue, one I would almost predict for each of them. The story was sweet, I enjoyed seeing Derrick change and grow as a person, enabling to become more accepting of himself and through that accepting of others. I liked the fact Ginsberg was a trans, it added more dimension to the story, to Ginsberg insecurities or rather his lack of patience to anyone who can't accept him for who he is and how he is. Strangely enough, Derrick didn't mind that much he was actually wonderful about it,  it was everything else he was a jerk about.. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Lone Wolf (Bluewater Bay #4) [Hunter & Kevin] By Aleksandr Voinov & L.A. Witt ~~~ ★ ★ (DNF 25%) ~~~

I had high hopes for this one..  I added this series initially because I loved the collaboration I've read of L.A. Witt with Aleksandr Voinov. I thought the other books in the series would be a nice bonus so when I started this book and almost from the start couldn't connect with either Hunter or Kevin I didn't know in which unknown parallel universe I'm at.. I know this book will appeal to certain people, but I'm not one of them :( I tried giving this book enough of a chance but at the 25% point I decided to finally let it go. 

This book is a sort of the total wet dream of people who are into FanFic and SURELY for anyone who've wrote any. I have never read FanFic before and don't actually feel like reading any. I do appreciate the whole idea behind it, and I think new authors can start there and grow with a known universe at first, before jumping into writing their own fiction, but generally speaking, it never drew me in. I love many authors, I wish I could meet them but it doesn't seem likely (being across an ocean and a sea..) but I don't think I've ever read a series I was THAT obsessed about to truly participate in group discussions. I do follow some authors' groups but I'm not really active. It's just great getting the updates and such and naturally meeting more people who are into the genres I read. But the authors? Yeah they're great but I don't idolize them. I appreciate them, I respect the hell out of them. But it stays there.. which is why (I think..) this book passed right by me without making an impact 

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Hell on Wheels (Bluewater Bay #3) [Nash & Spencer] By Z.A. Maxfield ~~~ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ~~~

What a sweet sweet story! I loved everything about it! It was an easy read, wasn't angsty and yet there was enough emotion and the relationship buildup, much like the first one, it was about friendship before it was about love. Nash and Spenser were sweet together, they had so much in common but also they had so much to give one another, teach each other without even realizing the great lesson in life their short friendship brought to both of them.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

There's Something About Ari (Bluewater Bay #2) [Buck & Ari] By L.B. Gregg ~~~ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ~~~

This novella was absolutely beautiful! I enjoyed every minute of it! This is my first (and won't be the last!) from L.B. Gregg, honestly it's been a while since I've read a book by an author I don't know, I just somehow got stuck on reading full book lists of my favorites and so I'm happy I've read this one and got acquainted with someone new to "hunt" ;) This story was solely told from Buck's POV which was perfect. Yeah getting both POVs is always nice but I think the full impact of their relationship and emotions was done beautifully through Buck's eyes and mostly his mind since he is a man of few words (unlike Ari..)

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Starstruck (Bluewater Bay #1) [Levi & Carter] by L.A. Witt ~~~ ★ ★ ★ ★ ~~~

This was a nice start to the series. It felt honest and sweet from both Levi and Carter's POV. It took me a while to get through this one even though it's not long, when I think about it, it's me having hard time concentrating and so reading less, but also though I really did enjoy Levi and Carter, the story was somehow missing. I'm not sure what really, because I really enjoyed the writing and the way Levi and Carter started and the way the relationship progressed. 

Monday, August 1, 2016

August 2016 Goals

It's been mmm I don't know more that a year for sure since I did something like I'm attempting this month - to read an ENTIRE series and not one with 5-7 books but 14 (!).
I might not actually GET to read them all, and I'm actually not sure how it's going to be like since each book it written by a different author.. some I know and love and others I haven't read.. 

So here it goes! 

    The Bluewater Bay series is a Contemporary MM Romance Series taking place in a small ghost town who got "bombed" by publicity after been chosen as a site for a successful TV show. 
    Each novel is focused on a different couple and written (mostly) by a different author.
    I LOVE Amy Lane and Aleksandr Voinov, also excited to read more by Anne Tenino, SE Jakes & L.A. Witt. Hope the new (to me!) authors are going to be great as well :) 

    In the end I only got to read the first 5 books in the series this month and so I reschedule the rest for December.

    Check out more of my Recap and Goals of the past months!
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