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BLOG TOUR Why I Loathe Sterling Lane (Review, Giveaway + Guest Post)

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Hi, readers and welcome to my blog post for the Why I Loathe Sterling Lane blog tour. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and cannot wait to share my review with you guys. Also, don’t miss a guest post by the author Ingrid Paulson in which she shares five rules to create the perfect prank. There’s also a giveaway, don’t miss it.

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Why I Loathe Sterling Lane by Ingrid Paulson

Publication Date: June 6, 2017.

Publisher: Entangled: Teen.

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, and Romance.

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Purchase here: Amazon | Book Depository | B&N | KoboiBooks

Synopsis: Per her 537 rules, Harper Campbell keeps her life tidy—academically and socially. But the moment Sterling Lane transfers into her tiny boarding school, her twin brother gets swept up in Sterling’s pranks and schemes and nearly gets expelled. Harper knows it’s Sterling’s fault, and to protect her brother, she vows to take him down. As she exposes his endless school violations, he keeps striking back, framing her for his own infractions. Worst of all, he’s charmed the administration into thinking he’s harmless, and only Harper sees him for the troublemaker he absolutely is.

As she breaks rule after precious rule in her battle of wits against Sterling and tension between them hits a boiling point, she’s horrified to discover that perhaps the two of them aren’t so different. And maybe she doesn’t entirely hate him after all. Teaming up with Sterling to save her brother might be the only way to keep from breaking the most important rule—protecting Cole.

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Thank you, Entangled Teen, for my advanced review copy of Why I Loathe Sterling Lane. I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review; this does not affect my opinion. Any quotes mentioned below are taken from the ARC and are subject to change upon publication.

Why I Loathe Sterling Lane is a book that really surprised me. I did not expect to feel as invested in this book and the main characters as I was. However, it did take me a while to get there. Why I Loathe Sterling Lane is about Harper, her twin brother Cole, and Sterling, the new guy at their boarding school. Harper and Sterling are opposites and quickly become rivals, constantly trying to up one on the other through masterful pranks. Things get pretty wild. However, despite this, they decide to cooperate to help Cole get out of the trouble he’s gotten himself into. I really liked Why I Loathe Sterling Lane a lot because it brought something new. The way the book is structured is unique because the chapters aren’t named chapter 1, chapter 2, etc. but instead, the chapter headings are reasons why Harper loathes Sterling. They really make you anticipate every time a new chapter begins. It was awesome.

“I’m glad you found someone to stroke your already sizable ego. But I think you’ll find I’m not susceptible to your games.”

“You know, that almost sounds like a challenge.” There was a quiet menace in his voice that made the hair on the back of my neck stand on end.

The best part about Why I Loathe Sterling Lane is definitely the fact that it’s the trope hate to love. The masterful pranks are amazing, the chemistry and tension between Harper and Sterling is legendary, and the banter is on fire. I love it when rivals/enemies turn into lovers. It’s one of the best tropes out there. I also liked how in the beginning Harper was very much alone, her only friend her twin brother Cole. However, as the events of the book progressed Harper went more and more out of her comfort zone and did things she never had before. I really love the friendship that developed between Harper and Kendall. I also love the sibling dynamics in this book. The fact that Harper would do anything for her brother is just beautiful. I love it when characters have each other’s backs. More of this in Young Adult books, yes, please.

Even if I ended up loving Why I Loathe Sterling Lane I have to say that the first half of the book did not impress me. It took me about 50 % of the book to get invested in the characters and the story. Also, some of the character’s actions were at times infuriating. I definitely wish the dynamics between the characters and more of their motives had been clearer from the start since that would have improved the first half of the book. Nonetheless, it really did turn around and the second half was truly magnificent. Another downside was the fact that the words crazy and lunatic were used once which was really unnecessary.

Why I Loathe Sterling Lane is perfect for young adult readers who love a good hate to love story. They will fall in love with the banter, the pranks, and the ship. I know I did. There are amazing sibling vibes in this one, lovely friendships and a rivalry between the two main characters that will blow you away. It is very electric. If all of that is your thing, you definitely need to check Why I Loathe Sterling Lane out.

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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.

Publisher: Bold Strokes Books.

Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Adult, and Lesbian.

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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 review copy of First Position. I received this review copy in exchange for an honest review; this does not affect my opinion. Any quotes mentioned below are taken from the review copy and are subject to change upon publication.

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 Anything But Love by Abigail Strom

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Publication Date: July 12, 2016.

Publisher: Montlake Romance.

Genres: Adult, Contemporary and Romance.

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Selling points: Good backstory, sexy couple, and magical Bermuda.

Purchase here: Amazon | The Book Depository

Synopsis: Socialite Jessica Bullock can’t catch a break. After a lifetime of chasing perfection, hoping to please her parents, all her hard work is set to pay off. But on her wedding day, her fiancé leaves her high and dry. Humiliated, she finds her calm, cool facade beginning to crumble…until an unexpected wedding guest, her childhood best friend and crush, offers to help her pick up the pieces.

Never in his wildest dreams would Ben Taggart have imagined he’d be escorting Jessica on her honeymoon to Bermuda. Although they haven’t seen each other in years, he can’t leave her to fall apart. Agreeing to keep things platonic, they vow to make the most of their spontaneous vacation—until an unplanned kiss sparks a powerful passion.

They tell themselves that what happens in Bermuda will stay in Bermuda. But when old secrets are revealed and new feelings ignite, will Ben and Jessica be able to leave their romance behind?

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Thank you, Montlake Romance, for my advanced review copy of Anything But Love. I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review; this does not affect my opinion. Any quotes mentioned below are taken from the ARC and are subject to change upon publication.

Anything But Love is an amazing story that’s both cute and sexy. It’s about Jessica and Ben, who used to be best friends and then became enemies in high school. Ben never got to know why that was and what made Jessica turned her back on him.

“One was a memory of Jessica from Junior High, when the two of them had still been friends. The other was a memory from high school, when they’d been enemies.”

The story starts with Jessica being left at the altar by her fiancé, and Jessica is embarrassed. She decides to put on a brave face, and on her wedding reception meets Ben again after all these years. Through an encounter, they end up talking and Ben decides to join Jessica on her honeymoon in Bermuda.

Their trip is all about Jessica finding her passion for life again after living an empty and hollow one, one where she only lived for others. After being molested as a child, she reinvented herself and that’s why she turned her back on Ben. However, nobody knows this, including Ben. On their trip to Bermuda things take an unexpected turn when old feelings emerge, but what happens in Bermuda stays in Bermuda. Or so they say.

What I love about Anything But Love is seeing the romance grow between Jessica and Ben. They decide to trust each other, and Jessica starts a journey that was long overdue. You get to see all of those emotions that taunted them as teenagers come back all over again, and it’s just amazing to see how that’s dealt with.

“He knew the mind and heart and soul behind that beauty. He knew Jessica’s strength and vulnerability, her fears and her courage, and the light inside her that had refused to die.”

Seeing Jessica and Ben’s feelings arise, their passion burning bright, and them learning the truth of the past is something that really makes you root for them so much more. You want them to get their happy ending, even when it seems impossible. These characters make each other grow and make each other braver, in ways that seem impossible in the beginning of the story.

Anything But Love is about finding your inner passion, learning to love and also letting yourself choose your own happiness and love. This contemporary romance is cute and sexy, but also provides you with a complex backstory to the relationship between the characters. It’s a book I really recommend.

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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.

Publisher: Riptide Publishing.

Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Sports, and LGBT.

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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, Riptide Publishing, for my advanced review copy of Roller Girl. I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review; this does not affect my opinion. Any quotes mentioned below are taken from the ARC and are subject to change upon publication.

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.

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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

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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.