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{#SUMMERFEELS BLOG TOUR} Review of Summer Feels: A #romanceclass Anthology + Giveaway

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Welcome to the blog tour for Summer Feels: A #romanceclass Anthology. Today I have my review for this amazing book and a giveaway where you can win a gift card and a few books. You definitely have to join in on the fun!

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Publication Date: April 30, 2017

Genres: Romance, Contemporary and Anthologies

Rating: sliceofcake5sliceofcake5sliceofcake5sliceofcake5

Selling points: A lot of short stories, there is something for everyone to enjoy during the summer.

Purchase here: Amazon | Print Copy (the Philippines only)

Synopsis: Summer loving happens so fast, as you’ll find with Summer Feels, an anthology of 23 stories of love under the summer sun by #romanceclass authors. Savor the candied thrill of firsts—first loves, first kisses, first solo vacations—and the bittersweet triumph of second chances. Tour the Philippines as the stories take you to mountain retreats and island paradises. Let the magic of the hot sun, clear blue skies, and lots of love take you on a roller coaster ride of feels. With stories ranging from sweet to sexy, there’s sure to be something for any fan of romance.

Featuring stories by: Elea Andrea Almazora • Erleen Alvarez • Ella Banta • Rachelle Belaro • H. Bentham • Halina Cabrera • Charlie Dio • Mina V. Esguerra • Elizabeth Galit • Georgette S. Gonzales • Ami Granada • Irene Jurado • Catherine Lo • Arlene Manocot • Bianca Mori • Eris Peñaluna • Farrah F. Polestico • Kit Salazar • Miel Salva • Fay Sebastian • Kate Sebastian • Yeyet Soriano • Marian Tee

About #romanceclass:

#romanceclass is a community of authors who attended various writing workshops organized by Mina V. Esguerra, readers of books by those authors, and readers of English-language romance books by Filipino authors. Visit romanceclassbooks.com to see the full catalog of books!

Giveaway

For this giveaway, you have the chance to win a gift card, some swag and even a copy of the book. You don’t want to miss out on the chance.

Prizes:

  • International: Amazon gift card worth $25
  • Philippines Only: Print books from some of the authors:
    • My Dutch Billionaire by Marian Tee
    • Kate, Finally by Yeyet Soriano
    • Old Enemies Make the Best Lovers by Kate Sebastian

Enter the giveaway here: a Rafflecopter giveaway, and good luck to you, I hope you win!

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Thank you to the authors and editor Kate Sebastian for my e-ARC of Summer Feels and the chance to read and review this book for the blog tour!

Summer Feels is a book that’s cute and hot, and that makes you want to go to the ocean to take a dip to cool down. I doubt any other anthology will soothe your cravings for a good summer read like this one. The anthology starts out slow with short stories that are cute and lovely, and that will make your heart flutter and then gets hotter and hotter with every story. Towards the end, you will definitely need a fan and/or a dive straight into the ocean. The best part about this anthology was that I got the chance to read short stories both from #romanceclass authors I have loved and admired since before and also new ones where I want to devour every book they have ever written.

I do believe there will be at least one short story (but probably, very likely, a lot more) for everyone. We see so many tropes that I love in this one that I know if you are a romance fan, you will want to devour Summer Feels like you devour an ice cream on a hot summer’s day. Only this anthology lasts way longer, and will probably make you warmer instead of colder. However, you will love it. While I gave this anthology 4 cake slices as a whole, I had a lot of favorites that I believe are worthy of 5 cake slices and I really want to really highlight them here. They made me fangirl, squeal, laugh and just feel as if I was in the middle of the best summer ever which is just what I love about these short stories.

The following short stories were all favorites of mine. Fall for Me by Miel Salva made me fangirl and fall in love with the characters that I cannot wait to read more about in the future. Then there was The Game of Twenty Questions by Elizabeth Galit which was second chance romance with stargazing, a soft spot for me. Moreover, Guide for a Day by H. Bentham also really stole my heart away with this m/m romance where a tour guide and the journalist that was given the tour fall in love. Secondhand Wanderlust by Erleen Alvarez was amazing with its travel vibes, a backstory of sisterhood and a girl finding love while also stepping out of her comfort zone. Four Basic Principles by Bianca Mori was really unique and had second chance romance and beautiful ocean scenes. Wedding Night Stand by Mina V. Esguerra was a really hot short story that makes me want to read the full book where these characters are from, it was just the best. There is also An Overdue Adventure by Kate Sebastian which had a bit of a hate to love story with childhood frenemies together with a bittersweet backstory and beautiful nature scenes. Lastly, Butter Sunset by Halina Cabrera which was steamy and had lots of food references that made me crave seafood. These short stories were all beyond amazing, and I will definitely be checking out these author’s full books in the near future.

An issue I had with a couple of the stories was that a few slurs and harmful words were used. The words crazy, gypsy and queer were all used in inappropriate and harmful ways and were completely unnecessary for the stories. They could have easily been deleted.

All in all, this is a summer themed anthology you should definitely have on your radar. If you love reading romance and finding new authors at the same time, there is no better choice than this anthology. There are so many adorable and hot stories in Summer Feels: A #romanceclass Anthology, you will most likely fall in love with a lot of couples in it. In Summer Feels you will see enemies turned into lovers, childhood friends, romances with second chances, men with beards, female soccer players and so much more.

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Freebie Friday #9

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Happy Friday my readers!

How are you all doing? I hope this fine day is treating you just the best, which is exactly what you deserve. This week I’ve been working hard on my English grammar course so there hasn’t been a lot of time for blogging. But, it’s Friday today and you know what that means, is that a drumroll I hear in the distance, FREE BOOKS! This week the two free books I’m recommending are Caught Up in Love by Mia Black and Counterfeit Dreams by Sasha Ravae. Both of these two books are adult romances written by marginalized authors. They have great ratings on Goodreads so I’m excited to read them. Check out the books below.

Remember guys, the books I recommend are free the moment I publish my post but I can never guarantee they’re free for long so once you see it, grab it! That’s what I do.

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Five Days of Romance: Day 1 – Romance Book Recommendations

Hi fellow readers, and welcome to Five Days of Romance. For five days, including today, I’ll be posting romantic bookish posts in celebration of Valentine’s Day, and this lovely time of romance. I’ll be posting the following posts,

  • Romance Book Recommendations (today, see below)
  • Romantic Book Postcards (Feb 12, 2017)
  • Book Girlfriends (Feb 13, 2017)
  • Recipe for the Perfect Date (Feb 14, 2017)
  • Anticipated Romance Reads (Feb 15, 2017)

Stay tuned the following week, because you don’t want to miss these posts and get that romance on. There is something for everyone!


This first day of Five Days of Romance I have some romance book recommendations for you all. I specifically have 14 books that I’ve read and loved. These books are a mix of Young Adult, New Adult and Adult books, and they all have diverse characters in one way or another.

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These 14 Romance novels are ones that I really love. They all vary a lot in style, age of protagonist and story, but they have all mesmerized me in one way or another. I really recommend them, and they’re perfect in time for Valentine’s Day. A good romance novel is just what you need when love is in the air.

  1. The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen. New Adult, sports, disabled protagonist.
  2. Rumor Has It by Farrah F. Polestico. Young Adult, theater, Filipino main characters.
  3. We Awaken by Calista Lynne. Young Adult, Fantasy, asexual protagonist.
  4. Keeping Her Secret by Sarah Nicolas. Young Adult, camp, bisexual Indian protagonist.
  5. Everything Leads To You by Nina LaCour. Young Adult, Hollywood, gay biracial protagonist.
  6. The Melody of You and Me by M. Hollis. New Adult, pansexual protagonist.
  7. The Unforgettables by G.L. Tomas. Young Adult, Haitian-American protagonist.
  8. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkes. Young Adult, forbidden love, Mexican love interest.
  9. Complementary and Acute by Ella Lyons. Young Adult, boarding school, gay protagonist.
  10. Roller Girl by Vanessa North. Adult, sports, trans lesbian protagonist.
  11. More Than Fashion by Elizabeth Briggs. New Adult, reality TV, Korean-American protagonist.
  12. Interim Goddess of Love by Mina V. Esguerra. Young Adult, Fantasy, Filipino main characters.
  13. Tell Me Again How A Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan. Young Adult, gay Persian protagonist.
  14. Prep and Prejudice by Miren B. Flores. Adult, Filipino main characters.

Have you read any of these books, are you excited to read any of them? Do you want to get that romance on with a cozy book?

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Review of First Position by Melissa Brayden

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Publication Date: August 16, 2016

Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Adult, Lesbian

Rating: sliceofcake5sliceofcake5sliceofcake5sliceofcake5

Selling points: Diversity in ballet, opposites attract and beautiful character development.

Purchase here: Amazon | The Book Depository 

Synopsis: Anastasia Mikhelson is the rising star of the New York City Ballet. She’s sacrificed creature comforts, a social life, as well as her own physical well-being for perfection in dance. Even her reputation as The Ice Queen doesn’t faze her. Though Ana’s at the peak of her career, competition from a new and noteworthy dancer puts all she’s worked for in jeopardy.

While Natalie Frederico has shown herself to be a prodigy when it comes to ballet, she much prefers modern dance and living on her own terms. Life is too short for anything else. However, when the opportunity to dance with the New York City Ballet is thrust upon her, it’s not like she could say no. Dealing with the company’s uptight lead is another story, however. When the two are forced to work side-by-side, sparks begin to fly onstage and off.

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Thank you Bold Strokes Books for my copy of First Position!

First Position is a really great book. It’s a book I want to say I love, even if it has its flaws. This book explores the ballet community, injuries, love, emotions, and unexpected change, and it does it so well. First Position is a book about opposites attracting, the passion within, and in the end, it also explores what’s truly important in life.

“Jeans and a soft-looking white T-shirt. No dance clothes. No shoes. Ana looked like a person. A very pretty person, in fact. Her hair was down, and it fell just past her shoulders in subtle waves, thick and dark.”

What I love about First Position is slowly but surely getting to know Ana and Natalie. This book is about rivals turning into lovers, and to see that in a ballet environment with two girls is absolutely amazing. They go through so much, both good and bad, and at times this book even made me cry. It is raw, genuine and isn’t afraid to explore topics that professional athletes often face. Seeing Ana and Natalie grow, both as individuals and as a couple is something I love about First Position. They constantly challenge each other, support each other, and their love for each other is one I think is really important.

“The music began and they leapt into motion. Dancing side by side. Ana took her by the hand and led her upstage, never breaking eye contact. Natalie moved into her body and then away, just as always, only this time her temperature climbed. She spun. They danced, Ana’s hands on her waist, her stomach, her thighs. The flashes of emotion, the give and take of the characters, added a whole other element, and dancing through that dynamic with Ana…had her body thrumming beneath Ana’s touch.”

This story is electric, magical and if you are a fan of books about ballet then First Position is a must read in my book. It shows its reader that ballet does not have to be a white and straight space, where there is only room for classic dances between men and women. This book shows us that there can be so much more, and that is the most captivating thing about it. This book breaks boundaries within the ballet and dancing world, and it is not afraid to do so.

The biggest flaw this book had, and the reason I cannot give it five cake slices, is Audrey, one of the major side characters. In the book, she made several comments that really just felt wrong. Honestly, I wish her character had been completely cut out from the book, or just changed because she served no purpose and did more harm than good.

“What? Do I look worried? I’m not worried. That is just my Russian face.”

All in all, First Position is a story about love, acceptance, trauma and finding where you belong in the world. It’s beautiful, funny and a little bit sad, but what First Position really managed to make me feel is hopeful. Sometimes life doesn’t end up the way you expect it to, but that just means new doors open, and a beautiful new thing is waiting for you.

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Cover Reveal for Hollywood Homicide by Kellye Garrett #HollywoodHomicide

Hi everyone, today I have a cover reveal for a book that looks absolutely amazing. It’s an adult cozy mystery with a black main character, and the cover is breathtaking. You don’t have to take my word for it, just look for yourself and swoon with me. I personally have a huge soft spot for mystery books since I used to read those books way before I ever read YA books as a kid, so I know I’ll be getting my hands on this one. You should too! However, without further ado, I shall now show you the cover for Hollywood Homicide,

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Title: Hollywood Homicide

Book 1 in the Detective By Day Series

Publisher: Midnight Ink

Release Date: August 8, 2017

You can read the book blurb for Hollywood Homicide by Kellye Garrett here:

Dayna Anderson doesn’t set out to solve a murder. All the semi-famous, mega-broke black actress wants is to help her parents keep their house. After witnessing a deadly hit-and-run, she figures pursuing the fifteen-grand reward isn’t the craziest thing a Hollywood actress has done for some cash.

But what starts as simply trying to remember a speeding car soon blossoms into a full-on investigation. As Dayna digs deeper into the victim’s life, she wants more than just reward money. She’s determined to find the poor woman’s killer too. When she connects the accident to a notorious Hollywood crime spree, Dayna chases down leads at paparazzi hot spots, celeb homes and movie premieres. She loves every second—until someone tries to kill her.

And there are no second takes in real life.

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Kellye Garrett spent 8 years working in Hollywood, including a stint writing for the CBS drama Cold Case. People were always surprised to learn what she did for a living—probably because she seemed way too happy to be brainstorming ways to murder people. A former magazine editor, Kellye holds a B.S. in magazine writing from Florida A&M and an MFA in screenwriting from USC’s famed film school. Having moved back to her native New Jersey, she spends her mornings commuting to Manhattan for her job at a leading media company—while still happily brainstorming ways to commit murder. Her first novel, Hollywood Homicide, will be released by Midnight Ink in August 2017. It’s the first book in the Detective by Day series.

Connect with Kellye

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Blog

You can pre-order the e-book and print edition on Amazon.

What do you guys think about the cover for Hollywood Homicide? Will you be pre-ordering it? I know I’m just dying to get my hands on it.

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Review of Roller Girl by Vanessa North

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Roller Girl by Vanessa North

Publication Date: July 23, 2016

Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Sports and LGBT

Rating: sliceofcake5sliceofcake5sliceofcake5sliceofcake5

Selling points: Female empowerment, amazing f/f ship, and derby.

Purchase here: Amazon | The Book Depository

Synopsis: Recently divorced Tina Durham is trying to be self-sufficient, but her personal-training career is floundering, her closest friends are swept up in new relationships, and her washing machine has just flooded her kitchen. It’s enough to make a girl cry.

Instead, she calls a plumbing service, and Joanne “Joe Mama” Delario comes to the rescue. Joe is sweet, funny, and good at fixing things. She also sees something special in Tina and invites her to try out for the roller derby team she coaches.

Derby offers Tina an outlet for her frustrations, a chance to excel, and the female friendships she’s never had before. And as Tina starts to thrive at the derby, the tension between her and Joe cranks up. Despite their player/coach relationship, they give in to their mutual attraction. Sex in secret is hot, but Tina can’t help but want more.

With work still on the rocks and her relationship in the closet, Tina is forced to reevaluate her life. Can she be content with a secret lover? Or with being dependent on someone else again? It’s time for Tina to tackle her fears, both on and off the track.

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Thank you Netgalley and Riptide Publishing for my e-ARC of Roller Girl!

Roller Girl is a story with heart. It’s a story that’ll make you smile and feel all warm and fluffy inside. What I love the most about this book is how well done it is, this lesbian romance is about so much more than just love (which all in itself is absolutely amazing). Roller Girl is about companionship, friendship, and women supporting other women.

Wearing the team shirt makes me feel like part of something larger than myself- an “us,” where I’ve been thinking of the other girls as “them.”

What I love about this book is that it’s so positive. Tina Durham, the main character, is a trans woman and throughout the book, we see a lot of what she has gone through and everyone around her is supportive, kind and sees her as an inspiration. Tina is such a lovely person, through and through, who just tries to navigate her life after a divorce. Tina cares so deeply for others and only wants to stand on her own two feet while at the same time be a part of something bigger than herself. A derby team. A group of women who work together, support each other and always have each other’s backs. Tina is a lovely addition to the team and has a positive impact on everyone around her. She inspires others and helps others, without even realizing it.

“You worry that you need people too much, but the way I see it, other people need you- to motivate them, to show them where to find their courage. Yes, they still have to put in the work, but they want to because you believe they can.”

However, in the end, this is a lesbian romance and wow does this book deliver. This romance is sexy, sweet and totally ship worthy. This book will make you go crazy with feels one minute because of something really cute, and the next minute you’ll hope for everything to work out the way you want it to. Read Roller Girl and let all the precious moments fill your heart. You’ll not regret a second of it.

Something in her smile feels like a hello, and a blessing, and a hug all at once.

Welcome To Olivia Chanel’s Book Restaurant

Ladies and gentlemen welcome to Olivia Chanel’s book restaurant. Are you looking for a bite to read? To take a sip of a summer read or just take a dish of a dark and complex heroin for dinner? Then this is the restaurant for you! Down below you can see this week’s menu. We have a wide range of dishes, desserts, drinks and wines you can choose from.

This week’s House Special is a very adventurous and sexy dish, one that will make you taste the dreams of Las Vegas. This week the chef has chosen Amour Amour by Krista and Becca Ritchie.

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This week’s Main Dishes are dark and complex reads, where the ending might not be as happy as one normally would want. The characters are relatable and flawed, and the books also have themes of addiction, murder and mental illness. They are books you’ll want to sink your teeth into. This week you can choose from the following main dishes,

The Desserts to choose from this weeks are all sweet and fluffy reads selected by the chef. They are about romance, a little bit of magic in the real world and stories that will just make you feel like cotton candy inside. I can promise you that the following desserts are delicious and will fill you with incredible sweetness,

The Warm Drinks Olivia Chanel’s book restaurant offer this week are fantasy reads about magical worlds and intriguing storylines. There are monsters, untamable deserts, uncontrollable nature, impenetrable darkness and wishes that can become curses. If you are looking for a warm and magical drink your choices this week are,

However, if you need some cooling down then perhaps one of the Cold Drinks is a better choice for you. If you pick one of the cold drinks you are in for a treat. All of these reads are about summer. There is ice cream, beaches, adventures involving water and swimming as well as magical movie sets. Take a sip of the summer of our lives by ordering one of the following drinks,

The Wines of the week are damn fine and obviously only for adults. If you pick one of these you are promised a sexy read, where the heroines and heroes are both in and out of love. It’s hot, it’s messy and it’s definitely 18+ but I can promise you that a glass of wine is sometimes just what you need. If you want something sexy then one of the following wines is just for you,

As mentioned earlier, the House Special is the dish of the week chosen by the chef of Olivia Chanel’s Book Restaurant. Picking the House Special this week will show you the ups and downs of Las Vegas, a wild adventure, the circus and love that is fierce. The heroine is a fighter and this book also features a large and incredible Russian family. The House Special this week is,

What will you be ordering at Olivia Chanel’s Book Restaurant? What do you think of the menu? Please let me know in the comments below!

On Wednesdays We Wear Pink

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Hey guys, I hope you’re having a fetch Wednesday today!

The sun is currently shining here, which can be rare in Sweden, so I’m in a great mood. I’m currently reading an amazing book that I’ll review later this week and I can’t wait to tell you guys all about it. If you’ve seen Mean Girls (I’m almost certain you have and if you haven’t then go do it) then you know that the phrase “On Wednesdays We Wear Pink” means that Wednesdays are reserved for pink. That is why I’ve decided to recommend you books I’ve read or am dying to read all with pink covers. Amazing right? I have 6 pink books that you absolutely have to read!

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Here Are My On Wednesdays We Read Pink Books Recommendations

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A French Girl in New York by Anna Adams

Add it on Goodreads.

Buy it on Amazon and The Book Depository.

A French Girl in New York and Shut Out are both young adult books. A French Girl in New York is about a girl that travels to New York where she discovers music, love, family and the truth about her past.wednesdaypinkq3wednesdaypink1

 

Shut Out by Kody Keplinger

Add it on Goodreads.

Buy it on Amazon and The Book Depository.

Shut Out is about a high school rivalry between the soccer and football team and the girls that decide to go on a hookup strike because of it. Unexpected tensions arise.

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Sweet Addiction by J. Daniels

Add it on Goodreads.

Buy it on Amazon and The Book Depository.

Sweet Addiction and Batter Up are two adult books that are funny, sexy and got that perfect touch of sparkle to them. Sweet Addiction is about a woman who struggles with keeping things casual whereas the man never wants to let her go.wednesdaypinkq2wednesdaypink3

Batter Up by Robyn Neeley

Add it on Goodreads.

Buy it on Amazon.

Batter Up is about a woman who can predict love with a batter and the man who wants to expose her as a fraud, however before he knows it, he is head over heels for her.

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Tell Me Again How A Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan

Add it on Goodreads.

Buy it on Amazon and The Book Depository.

Tell Me Again How A Crush Should Feel is a young adult with girls crushing on girls. It’s about a persian girl that starts taking more risks when a new girl starts in school, but things aren’t as they seem and what she soon learns is that people are often more than what first meets the eye.wednesdaypinkq1

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Everything Leads To You by Nina LaCour

Add it on Goodreads.

Buy it on Amazon and The Book Depository.

Everything Leads To You is also a young adult about girls falling in love. It is a book about a girl that’s a film buff and a romantic and a mysterious letter that leads her to a girl unlike anyone she has ever met. She will come to expand her understanding of love, family and acceptance.

There you have it, 6 books that are pink and about girls, romance, food, sexy tension and everything else that you could possibly imagine!

Let me know if you get any of these or if you’ve read them before.