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  • The Best Choices Books: Part 4

    Hello everyone! I figured it was time for me to make another blog post talking about my favorite Choices books. I've been a VIP member since the program was rolled out which means I've worked through quite a few of the books in their library. I have adored reading the VIP stories with the exception of one - not bad considering their current lineup. In that same vein of thought, I've been even more excited since they announced an upcoming VIP book in August, Shipwrecked which sounds so cool. They've also hinted at a zombie book recently that I've been dying for since I started using the app. I'll surely be featuring them on my blog upon their release. With that, let's get into the stories. Disclaimer: This blog post will contain affiliate and referral links. I may earn a small commission to feed my book hoarding tendencies if you use these links to make a purchase. This in no way impacts my opinions of the books listed - they are all my own. Slow Burn - VIP Description: You're traveling the globe on a cooking show! Will it heat up in the kitchen with a hotheaded, passionate chef... or will it all burn down in flames? Genres: Romance, Adventure Slow Burn is the newest addition to the VIP library on Choices having just been completed at the time I'm writing this. It is a romance book revolving around your character working on a cooking show. I was beyond excited for another VIP exclusive book to be released since I hadn't been a fan of the last one, Wolf Bride. I can say wholeheartedly that it delivered on everything I was promised and more. I was beyond grateful for a VIP book that I actually ENJOY reading as it's being released. The character art and design in Slow Burn were my favorite part. Sometimes it feels like Choices CAN, not always, skim over these details when publishing a new story. However, in this one, every character was unique and intriguing visually along with below the surface. The outfit designs, which aren't necessarily direly important, took my breath away and had me buying every single one. I think this story was definitely the most stunning in terms of art, characters, and clothing that I've read. Laws of Attraction Description: A surprise job offer takes you from your small town law firm to New York’s most prestigious firm. Can you handle the highest levels of law… and love? Genres: Drama, Romance, Contemporary, Adult I had incredibly high hopes for Laws of Attraction, and it didn't disappoint. I'm eating up every scrap of this story with the weekly releases. It recently came back from a break and I couldn't be happier. It's the book I find myself most looking forward to at the moment. Between tough legal cases, rivalry, and romance, this book has a little bit of everything for any reader. And I, personally, can't get enough. Laws of Attraction is a drama-filled romance novel that ranks right up there with Open Heart in my opinion. I love its career focus in an interesting field. The book does focus less on the romance than I'd usually prefer, but honestly, I'm too busy enjoying the ride to care. This means fewer spicy scenes for certain love interests but the story more than succeeds in keeping you hooked from the start as a small-town lawyer to big-city hot-shot. My Two First Loves Description: Your senior year of high school starts tomorrow. Can you work up the courage to tell your best friend you’re in love with him? Genres: Romance, Comedy, YA Okay, so I know My Two First Lives has been completed for ages but I haven't made another post talking about my favorite Choices books since then. My Two First Loves was the epitome of a love triangle romance. It had daily releases that were a fun little dose of choices aside from their main posting days of Wednesday and Friday. I actually hope that at some point they'll create another book like this with more frequent releases and shorter chapters. My First Two Loves was everything I love about Choices' books. It harkened back to the days of The Freshman which was the first release I really got into on the app. The story was cute, fun, and almost nostalgic as you relive your younger years, or in this case high school. The daily releases always left the reader on a cliffhanger that had me anxiously waiting for the following day. I think getting to read it every day for a long time, as there were more chapters, deepened my connection to the characters. If you're interested in buying some new books be sure to check out Book Depository . Follow My Bookish Adventures: Instagram Twitter Goodreads Kofi - GoddessofBooks

  • Dark Romance Couples As Taylor Swift's Reputation Lyrics

    Hello everyone! How are you guys doing? If you weren't aware, I've been trying a blog schedule of posting every Wednesday and Saturday of the week. This is the schedule I've found works best for me over the last almost two years of book blogging here and on other platforms. I need you guys to hold me accountable to that in the future though. And today, as I stock up on writing posts, I've come to you with another Dark Romance Couples As Taylor Swift's Reputation Lyrics. In this post, I'll be talking about Cora Reilly and LJ Shen books. Disclaimer: This blog post will contain affiliate and referral links. I may earn a small commission to feed my book hoarding tendencies if you use these links to make a purchase. This in no way impacts my opinions of the books listed - they are all my own. Bound by Honor by Cora Reilly Description: A modern mafia fairytale. Born into one of the leading mob families in Chicago, Aria Scuderi is a mafia princess known for her beauty. What many consider a gift means her doom when she’s forced to marry Luca Vitiello to bring peace between two mafia dynasties. Luca is the future Capo of the New York Famiglia, a man known for his brutality—and for crushing his cousin’s throat with his bare hands. Aria is terrified of marrying a monster like him. He may be one of the most sought-after bachelors in New York, thanks to his good looks, wealth and predator-like charisma. But Aria knows the bad boy aura isn’t just a game; blood and death lurk beneath Luca’s striking gray eyes and arrogant smile. In her world a handsome exterior often hides the monster within; a monster who can just as easily kill as kiss you. Yet, there’s no escaping the arranged bond, much less a man like Luca. He’d follow her to the end of the world. Her only chance to survive in a marriage with Luca is to gain his affection and work her way into his heart—even when rumor has it that Luca doesn’t have a heart to begin with. A mafia princess known for her beauty given to a monstrous man. Even monsters have a heart. She has every intention of working her way into his. Luca: I've made mistakes, and made some choices that's hard to deny // After the storm, something was born on the fourth of July // I've passed days without fun, this endgame is the one // With four words on the tip of my tongue, I'll never say - Endgame, Reputation Aria: Inescapable, I'm not even gonna try // And if I get burned, at least we were electrified // I'm spilling wine in the bathtub, you kiss my face and we're both drunk // Everyone thinks that they know us, but they know nothing about - Dress, Reputation Playing With Fire by LJ Shen Description: A broken boy on the path to destruction. A scarred girl without direction. A love story carved in secrets, inked with pain and sealed with a lie. Grace Shaw and West St. Claire are arctic opposites. She is the strange girl from the food truck. He is the mysterious underground fighter who stormed into her sleepy Texan college town on his motorcycle one day, and has been wreaking havoc since. She is invisible to the world. He is the town’s beloved bad boy. She is a reject. He is trouble. When West thrusts himself into Grace’s quiet life, she scrambles to figure out if he is her happily-ever-after or tragic ending. But the harder she pushes him away, the more he pulls her out of her shell. Grace doesn’t know much about anything beyond her town’s limits, but she does know this: She is falling in love with the hottest guy in Sheridan U. And when you play with fire—you ought to get burned. Grace: You squeeze my hand three times in the back of the taxi // I can tell that it's going to be a long road // I'll be there if you're the toast of the town babe // Or if you strike out and you're crawling home - New Year's Day, Reputation West: This is why we can't have nice things, darling // Because you break them, I had to take them away // This is why we can't have nice things, honey // Did you think I wouldn't hear all the things you said about me? - This is Why We Can't Have Nice Things, Reputation Sweet Temptation by Cora Reilly Description: The first time Cassio met his fiancée, she called him ‘Sir’. After losing his wife, Cassio is left to take care of two small children while trying to establish his rule over Philadelphia. Now he needs a mother for his children, and someone who can warm his bed at night. But in a traditional world as his, choosing your wife is duty not pleasure. Rules have to be followed. Traditions heeded. That’s how he ends up with a woman—a girl barely of age. She might not be what he and his children need, but she’s wicked lovely and a sweet temptation he can’t resist. Giulia always knew she’d marry a man her father chose for her. Only she never expected to be given to someone much older. Suddenly she’s supposed to be a mother to two small children when she hasn’t even held a baby in her life. Giulia quickly realizes that Cassio isn’t interested in a relationship on equal footing. Her mother always warned her that men of power like Cassio don’t tolerate insolence; yet, tired of being treated as a nanny and clueless child-bride, Giulia decides to fight for her vision of a happy family. Giulia: I-I-I see how this is gon' go // Touch me and you'll never be alone // I-Island breeze and lights down low // No one has to know - Ready For It, Reputation Cassio: Ocean blue eyes looking in mine // I feel like I might sink and drown and die - Gorgeous, Reputation If you're interested in buying some new books be sure to check out Book Depository . Follow My Bookish Adventures: Instagram Twitter Goodreads Kofi - GoddessofBooks

  • Romance Books I Always Go Back To So I Can Cry Uncontrollably

    Hello everyone! I can admit to myself that I may reread books a little too much. I will constantly go back to books I've previously read that got me emotional. I'm really good at remembering the microscopic moments that punch me in the chest, mainly going by my memory. Being a glutton for punishment, I of course frequently go back to these books when I'm wanting to be a wreck - which is more often than I care to admit. I decided today that I would break down the details of books that have hit me the hardest and the ones I go back to the most. There will be spoilers in this for key or pivotal moments in the books below. Read with caution if any of these are on your tbr and you don't want to be spoiled. Included will be Twisted Pride by Cora Reilly, Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines, and Fragile Longing by Cora Reilly. In this list, two-thirds of the choices are Cora Reilly's books because they are often the source of my self-imposed pain. Disclaimer: This blog post will contain affiliate and referral links. I may earn a small commission to feed my book hoarding tendencies if you use these links to make a purchase. This in no way impacts my opinions of the books listed - they are all my own. Twisted Pride by Cora Reilly Description: Remo Falcone is beyond redemption. As Capo of the Camorra he rules with a brutal hand over his territory – a territory the Chicago Outfit breached. Now Remo is out for retribution. A wedding is sacred, stealing a bride sacrilegious. Serafina is the niece of the Boss of the Outfit, and her hand has been promised in marriage for years, but kidnapped in her wedding dress on her way to church by Remo, Serafina quickly realizes that she can’t hope for saving. Yet, even in the hands of the cruelest man she knows, she is determined to cling to her pride, and Remo soon understands that the woman at his mercy might not be as easy to break as he thought. A ruthless man on a quest to destroy the Outfit by breaking someone they are supposed to protect. A woman intent on bringing a monster to his knees. Two families that will never be the same. Twisted Pride is one of the first books I reread when I want to have a good cry. Specifically, the last half is what gets me. It stems from the freeing and abandonment of Seraphina. The circumstances she finds herself in are horrifyingly heart-wrenching as she recovers from her love of Remo in a world that views her as tarnished goods. It doesn't take long for her to find herself pregnant, unable to contact him for fear of shaming her family. Her children are considered pariahs because of the events from which they were conceived. When Remo is captured in a plan for revenge in her honor, Seraphina is there to save him and tell him for the first time about his children. They head back to the place where it all started for Remo and Seraphina with their babies in tow. It's a long-overdue reunion and a chance to reflect on missed opportunities that they both helped to create. The pair must come to terms with their mistakes that left them separated for so long. Once they do, the hesitant domesticity of the family is incredibly endearing and may result in a little eye-misting. PURCHASE LINKS Amazon // Barnes & Noble // Book Depository Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines Description: To want what you’re not supposed to have… She is only nineteen. She is his new stepfather’s daughter. She is still naïve and innocent due to spending the last three years taking care of her sick mother. But for twenty-four year old Rush Finlay, she is the only thing that has ever been off limits. His famous father’s guilt money, his mother’s desperation to win his love, and his charm are the three reasons he has never been told no. Blaire Wynn left her small farmhouse in Alabama, after her mother passed away, to move in with her father and his new wife in their sprawling beach house along the Florida gulf coast. She isn’t prepared for the lifestyle change and she knows she’ll never fit into this world. Then there is her sexy stepbrother who her father leaves her with for the summer while he runs off to Paris with his wife. Rush is as spoiled as he is gorgeous. He is also getting under her skin. She knows he is anything but good for her and that he’ll never be faithful to anyone. He is jaded and has secrets Blaire knows she may never uncover but even knowing all of that… Blaire just may have fallen too far. The Fallen Too Far series is my OG choice for a good cry. I read these books around 2012 and since then I reread them almost yearly. The three books in the main series follow the couple, Rush and Blaire. I think the first book tiptoes along the line of being cry-worthy as it describes Blaire's inability to fit into his world. It completely crosses the line as bombshell revelations are dropped in Blaire's lap after already losing everyone she loves. The second and third books are both about repairing what is broken in the first book. Whenever you think Blaire and Rush have found a path to proceed forward, something irrevocably ruins their chances. You sob alongside the characters, specifically Blaire, as they fight for a semblance of a good life. Throw a baby into the mix and Rush's hate-spewing evil sister for the perfect recipe for disaster. PURCHASE LINKS Amazon // Barnes & Noble // Book Depository Fragile Longing by Cora Reilly Description: Sofia knows how it feels to be the consolation prize. Too young. Not blond. And definitely not an ice princess. Her sister is—was all those things. Perfection. Until she wasn’t. Until she ran off to be with the enemy and left her fiancé behind. Now Sofia is given to Danilo in her sister’s stead, knowing she’ll never be more than second best. Yet, she can’t stop longing for the love of the man she’s been crushing on even when he was still her sister’s. Danilo is a man who’s used to getting what he wants. Power. Respect. The sought-after ice princess. Until another man steals his bride-to-be. Danilo knows that for a man in his position losing his woman can lead to a loss of face. Wounded pride. Thirst for revenge. A dangerous combination—one Danilo can’t leave behind, not even when a girl just as precious takes her sister’s place to placate him. Yet, she’s got one flaw: she’s not her sister. Unable to forget what he’s lost, Danilo might lose what he’s been given. Fragile Longing is quite literally the sister novel to Twisted Pride. It follows Seraphina's sister, Sophia, as she grows up in a world incomplete without her lost sibling. She finds herself offered as a "consolation prize" to Seraphina's former fiancé which messes with her from day one. This book is emotional from the first page onward as you see Sophia struggle to find her own identity all the while believing that everyone wishes her sister was in her place. She does everything in her power to replace the sister who remains larger than life. In the process, she sacrifices herself in the name of proving to her fiancé, parents, and brother that she is equal to Seraphina. The true tragedy is the loss of who she is and the damage it inflicts upon her. I think it's an incredibly relatable storyline even given its exaggerated circumstances. We all know how it feels to never feel like we're enough and watching Sophia battle this from the time she is ten onward is undeniably anguishing. Being inside her head through first-person narration really drives home the self-deprecating and downright heartbreaking thoughts inside her head. The book is one of the few I've found that can grab you at the very beginning and leave you a sobbing mess as you flip through every page. PURCHASE LINKS Amazon // Book Depository If you're interested in buying some new books be sure to check out Book Depository . Follow My Bookish Adventures: Instagram Twitter Goodreads Kofi - GoddessofBooks

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