Top Ten Tuesday #57 | Reasons Why I Love Adult Romance

Hello everyone! Today is another Top Ten Tuesday! I am loving today’s prompt because well let’s be real, I read a lot of YA books and review them on the blog… but I also love Adult books as well, especially romance! So I figured today we can make a list of why I love adult romance books so much.

This was an idea created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

The rules basically go a little like this:

  1. Jana creates a new topic every Tuesday to make your list, and you create your own Top Ten (or three, or five, or twenty, however many you choose!)
  2. Link back your posts to That Artsy Reader Girl so when others read your post, they’ll know where to go to get more info about future upcoming topics.
  3. There is a linky widget on Jana’s Top Ten Tuesday post so other’s can see your post as well as you being able to check out everyone else’s! So definitely leave your links!
  4. Don’t be afraid to add your own twist to it!

This week’s topic: Reasons Why I Love Adult Romance

(1) The Humor

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In most of the adult romance books I read, there is a lot of adultish humor. Books like The Unhoneymooners, Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating, and While It Lasts really showcase that humor. I remember reading The Unhoneymooners last year and was just dying laughing over some of the things that were going on and being said.

(2) Adult References

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I’m 21 years old, almost 22 and I have to say… I don’t always recognize the YA references in books nowadays, which honestly can make me feel old af. I do however get a lot of the references in adult romance books. I don’t get the TLC references, but the Destiny’s Child references I totally do.

(3) The…. romance *wink*

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I love me some good smut. I mean who doesn’t? In these books you don’t have to think hard, and yes the relationships tend to not be realistic or anything, but who doesn’t love some good ass smut, right?

(4) The MOVIES!!!

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If there is one thing I love more than adult romance, it is the adult romance books that get turned into MOVIESSSS!!! 50 Shades of Grey, The Notebook, After, basically all Nicholas Sparks movies. UGH! YES! I swear they are so good! Fifty Shades of Grey gives me life every time I watch them, I just love them so much. I need The Unhoneymooners to be made into a movie ASAP!

(5) The Covers 😍

I don’t know why but adult romance book covers just be so damn pretty!!! Some examples are The Unhoneymooners, The Kiss Quotient, and One Day In December. Just to name a few.

(6) The Relationships

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Obviously the main part of an Adult Romance is the relationships. I have so many relationships that I just think about before I go to bed at night and hope that they are happy and have families and living happily ever after. I know people, I know they aren’t real… but one can dream.

What do you guys like about adult romance books? What do you not like about them? Let me know in the comments!

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February 2020 TBR

Here it is! The month of love. So what does this mean for a reader like me? Time to read a bunch of romance novels.

I haven’t been in all that much of a reading mood, but last February I was on fire with the whole reading thing, and I hope that this month will kick me back into gear too.

I’ve been super excited to read some romance books this month. Last February I decided to read the Harry Potter series in February, and that kind of took any chance I had of reading romance books, and although I loved reading Harry Potter for the first time, I definitely felt like I was missing out. NOT THIS MONTH! This month will be different.

I quickly realized last month that I had put some romance novels on my January TBR, and since I barely read anything last month, I decided to push all those books to February and even add some more. So let’s get right into the February TBR plan!


Love and Other Words – Christina Lauren

Love and Other Words

Something Borrowed (Darcy & Rachel #1) – Emily Giffin

Something Borrowed (Darcy & Rachel, #1)

After (After #1) – Anna Todd

After (After, #1)

Red, White & Royal Blue – Casey McQuiston

Red, White & Royal Blue

The Selection (The Selection #1) – Kiera Cass

The Selection (The Selection, #1)

Heartless – Marissa Meyer

Heartless

Making A Play (The Field Party #5) – Abbi Glines

Making a Play (The Field Party, #5)

Love & Luck – Jenna Evans Welch

Love & Luck (Love & Gelato, #2)

Twice In A Blue Moon – Christina Lauren

Twice in a Blue Moon

Roomies – Christina Lauren

Roomies

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Book Review: The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

Title: The Unhoneymooners

Author: Christina Lauren

Pages: 395

Format: paperback

Genre: adult contemporary, romance

Publication Date: May 14, 2019

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

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Olive is always unlucky: in her career, in love, in…well, everything. Her identical twin sister Ami, on the other hand, is probably the luckiest person in the world. Her meet-cute with her fiancé is something out of a romantic comedy (gag) and she’s managed to finance her entire wedding by winning a series of Internet contests (double gag). Worst of all, she’s forcing Olive to spend the day with her sworn enemy, Ethan, who just happens to be the best man.

Olive braces herself to get through 24 hours of wedding hell before she can return to her comfortable, unlucky life. But when the entire wedding party gets food poisoning from eating bad shellfish, the only people who aren’t affected are Olive and Ethan. And now there’s an all-expenses-paid honeymoon in Hawaii up for grabs.

Putting their mutual hatred aside for the sake of a free vacation, Olive and Ethan head for paradise, determined to avoid each other at all costs. But when Olive runs into her future boss, the little white lie she tells him is suddenly at risk to become a whole lot bigger. She and Ethan now have to pretend to be loving newlyweds, and her luck seems worse than ever. But the weird thing is that she doesn’t mind playing pretend. In fact, she feels kind of… lucky.

  • Twin Relationship – So this part of the book I really enjoyed. A lot of times when I read twin relationships, it’s always one twin basically can’t live without the other. It’s a major trope, and I HATE it! Luckily, this book didn’t have that trope, so a major plus for me.
  • Love Interest – Honestly, I thought Ethan was awesome. He was so funny, and enjoyable to really get to know his character. I find a common thing in these types of adult contemp./romance books is the man is super strong, doesn’t really show and weaknesses. It doesn’t bother me all that much, but during the book Ethan showed time and time again he wasn’t some jerky guy that had no fears, no true personality. He completely didn’t show any of those traits. I hope in future books author’s start to write men like how Ethan is.
  • Pacing Was Excellent/ Ending Not Rushed – What’s really common in these adult contemporary books is that the ending’s are very, very rushed. This book though?, no rushed ending. Actually the ending was a pretty long ending, not dragged out but it definitely was longer than I expected. I thought the whole book was paced perfectly, and that made every moment with the two of them even more amazing for the reader to see and experience the true love these characters shared.
  • Lack of Setting Description – Pretty self explanatory, but this was really the only problem I had with this book. I thought since we were in Hawaii, we would get a really nice description of it, but it was a little lack luster compared to what I was hoping for.

Does this book sound of any interest to you guys? I think it’s a perfect summer read, and I’ll definitely be recommending it to people in the future.


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My Favorite Books of 2019… So far!

Hello to all of my bookish friends. Since we are already a little over halfway through the year, I wanted to talk about some of my favorites that I’ve read so far. Typically if I give a book a 5 star rating, it’s added to my ‘favorites’ list in my head. 5 star books are books I typically tend to read and after I read them, I know I’ll pretty much remember their main story line. So let’s just get right into the list of my favorites so far this year!


(1) Legendary (Caraval #2) – Stephanie Garber

Yes, of course we are going to start off this list with one of my favorites! This series is honestly amazing, and even though I’m really not that into fantasy, I definitely don’t mind reading these books at all. Caraval I gave a 4 star rating, but Legendary is 100% a 5 star rating. One of the great instances where the sequel is better than the first book in the series. Can’t wait to get to Finale!

(2) Romanov – Nadine Brandes

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Such a great book! I got the chance to read this in January and ugh! It was amazing. This was my first read from Brandes and I fully intend to pick up anything she writes in the future. The writing was amazing, the characters were so empowering, honestly just pick this one up if you guys have the chance. It won’t let you down!

(3) Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3) – J.K. Rowling

I know, kind of crazy I’m just getting around to these but I’m so glad I did! I read the first 4 books so far this year, and I actually plan to read the rest around Christmas time, since I’ve noticed a pattern of celebrating Christmas in almost every book. Book #2 and #4 were good, I gave them 4 stars, but not as amazing as book’s 1&3. Can’t wait to get to rest of the series later this year.

(4) Undead Girl Gang – Lily Anderson

This book was an unexpected love for me. I knew it was going to be good, but wow was I so surprised on how much I really did love it. Again, first time I’ve ever read anything from her, and I’m really glad I did. Zombie type material really doesn’t interest me all that much, but I’m glad it wasn’t as zombified as I thought. Overall, really good and I hope you guys have time to pick this up if you haven’t already.

(5) Daisy Jones & The Six – Taylor Jenkins Reid

Yes! This is probably one of my favorite books OF ALL TIME! I mean this book was absolutely incredible, it took my breath away at how beautiful this was. A must read this 2019!

(6) The Unhoneymooners – Christina Lauren

Last but certainly not least, The Unhoneymooners. This was a book that was so hyped honestly I was a little scared to read it, but after 20 pages, I was in love with it. I mean, I read it in a day, which really says a lot about a book… especially if it’s roughly 400 pages! The writing, the characters, the story, the humor and the love, everything about this book was amazing. I can’t wait to look more into Lauren’s writing and pay attention to her future releases.

What have been some of your favorite’s that you’ve read this year? Let me know in the comments below!


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Book Review: Fumbled (Playbook #2) by Alexa Martin

Hello everyone! How is this month of June treating you so far? It’s been going pretty well for me. I’ve been getting a good amount of reading done and I’ve almost hit my 2019 reading goal of 40 books! This book today I’ve been wanting to review because I’ve actually been enjoying the series so far. They aren’t amazing books that are always going to be my favorites, but the two that I have read have really been enjoyable, hopefully this post will lead you to try them out as well! Let’s get onto the review!


Title: Fumbled (Playbook #2)

Author: Alexa Martin

Pages: 336

Format: paperback

Genre: adult, romance, contemporary

Publication Date: April 23, 2019

⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

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Single-mother Poppy Patterson moved across the country when she was sixteen and pregnant to find a new normal. After years of hard work, she’s built a life she loves. It may include a job at a nightclub, weekend soccer games, and more stretch marks than she anticipated, but it’s all hers, and nobody can take that away. Well, except for one person.

TK Moore, the starting wide receiver for the Denver Mustangs, dreamt his entire life about being in the NFL. His world is football, parties, and women. Maybe at one point he thought his future would play out with his high school sweetheart by his side, but Poppy is long gone and he’s moved on.  

When Poppy and TK cross paths in the most unlikely of places, emotions they’ve suppressed for years come rushing back. But with all the secrets they never told each other lying between them, they’ll need more than a dating playbook to help them navigate their relationship.

Okay first thing I loved about this book was the family values. I loved that although there was some drama in the beginning, they still quickly became a family unit and it was so enjoyable to read. I thought Martin wrote this so delicately compared to the first book, Intercepted. There wasn’t as much drama throughout which was great, where as the other book it was like every chapter was a new issue.

Second, no hashtags! Throughout the first book there was random hashtags sprinkled throughout and I hated it! This book… no hashtags! Thank you! haha.

Third, Ace and TK’s relationship. So cute. So adorable. I literally wish I could read it forever.

So, I did notice something between the first book and this one, it has a very similar layout. I noticed by page 50-60, they are a couple. By page 100 they are pretty intimate, and by page 250 there’s an issue. By the last 3 pages, the problem is completely solved. Very similar book layout, which made things kind of predictable based on where I was page wise.

Also, another rushed ending! The ending was so rushed, but at least in this book the issue that was created was a pretty legitimate issue that Poppy felt needed to be addressed. In the first book, the whole conflict at the end was kind of ridiculous, so I’m glad we got a good reason in this book!


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