Sundays In Bed With… Shine by Jessica Jung

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Welcome to the Sundays In Bed With… Meme! The meme that dares to ask what book has been in your bed this morning? Come share what book you’ve spent time curled up reading in bed, or which book you wish you had time to read today! This meme is hosted by Midnight Book Girl.

This weekend I’m reading Shine by Jessica Jung. I still can’t believe Simon & Schuster Canada granted me access to an advance copy on NetGalley! This is by far one of my most anticipated books of the year. A book about kpop? Yes. A book about kpop written by THE Jessica Jung from Girls Generation? UM HELL YES. So far I’m really enjoying it. It’s one of those books that just fly by because it’s impossible to put down.

Title: Shine

Author: Jessica Jung

Series: Standalone

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Release Date: September 29, 2020

A Korean American teen is thrust into the competitive, technicolor world of K-pop, from Jessica Jung, K-pop legend and former lead singer of Girls Generation.

What would you give for a chance to live your dreams?

For seventeen-year-old Korean American Rachel Kim, the answer is almost everything. Six years ago, she was recruited by DB Entertainment—one of Seoul’s largest K-pop labels, known for churning out some of the world’s most popular stars. The rules are simple: Train 24/7. Be perfect. Don’t date. Easy right?

Not so much. As the dark scandals of an industry bent on controlling and commodifying beautiful girls begin to bubble up, Rachel wonders if she’s strong enough to be a winner, or if she’ll end up crushed… Especially when she begins to develop feelings for K-pop star and DB golden boy Jason Lee. It’s not just that he’s charming, sexy, and ridiculously talented. He’s also the first person who really understands how badly she wants her star to rise.

Review: Baller by M.A. Foster

Title: Baller
Author: M.A. Foster
Series: Heritage Bay #5
Publisher: Self-published by author
Publication Date: August 21, 2020
Genre: Contemporary romance
Source: Received a copy in exchange for an honest review

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Rating: 5 stars

They say if you love someone, set them free, and if they come back, it’s meant to be.
I didn’t exactly set Vanessa free.
I screwed up.
She left.
Five years later, she’s back wearing another man’s ring.
And this time I have no choice but to let her go.
But fate has other plans for us.
And once again, I find myself face-to-face with the love of my life.
I take that as a sign from the universe that we truly are meant to be.
She wants me to let her go.
Believe me, I tried. Not once but twice.
It broke me.
It broke her.
It broke us.
I won’t make the same mistake again.
Because if you truly love someone, you don’t set them free.
You hold on to them with everything you’ve got.

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Before I started the story and saw a mile long character list, I’ll admit I was a little apprehensive. My immediate thought was: all of these characters were about to mentioned? Lord, what did I just get myself into starting this series at book 5???? I’m going to spend more time flipping back to the character list than reading the actual story.

But in my usual fashion, I was prematurely dramatic and very wrong. It’s really not hard to keep up with who is who and how they tie into Liam and Vanessa’s lives. The most impressive thing that M.A. Foster achieved with all of these side characters is how easy it was to remember who was who because they all had such distinct personalities. It’s not often side characters add a lot to the story or have much of a personality beyond a few good lines here and there, but my god, M.A. Foster created such vivid characters who shone so brightly, but also never outshone Liam or Vanessa.

I’ve come to realize that I’m such a sucker for second chance romances and this book was everything I wanted. It was the perfect kind of emotional and pulled on my heartstrings. Liam and Vanessa were a couple worth cheering for. I adored them so much.

M.A. Foster is a wonderful writer. She writes some killer one liners (which is my ultimate weakness in contemporary romance books) and knows how to tug on your emotions. I can’t wait to pick up the rest of the Heritage Bay series and read about all of the other characters. I’m sure I’ll love them all as much as I loved this one.

About M.A. Foster:

M.A. Foster was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. She’s married to her high school sweetheart and mother to two grown boys. She loves fur babies, chocolate, lattes and all things sparkly. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s either catching up with friends and family or chatting with her readers and fellow author friends on Facebook.

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Sundays In Bed With… The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

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Welcome to the Sundays In Bed With… Meme! The meme that dares to ask what book has been in your bed this morning? Come share what book you’ve spent time curled up reading in bed, or which book you wish you had time to read today! This meme is hosted by Midnight Book Girl.

This weekend I’m spending my Sunday curled up with The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. I’m about 60% through so far and I’m loving it. It’s so whimsical and absolutely perfect for this rainy Sunday.

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Title: The Starless Sea

Author: Erin Morgenstern

Publisher: Doubleday Books

Release Date: November 5, 2019

Far beneath the surface of the earth, upon the shores of the Starless Sea, there is a labyrinthine collection of tunnels and rooms filled with stories. The entryways that lead to this sanctuary are often hidden, sometimes on forest floors, sometimes in private homes, sometimes in plain sight. But those who seek will find. Their doors have been waiting for them.

Zachary Ezra Rawlins is searching for his door, though he does not know it. He follows a silent siren song, an inexplicable knowledge that he is meant for another place. When he discovers a mysterious book in the stacks of his campus library he begins to read, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, lost cities, and nameless acolytes. Suddenly a turn of the page brings Zachary to a story from his own childhood impossibly written in this book that is older than he is.

A bee, a key, and a sword emblazoned on the book lead Zachary to two people who will change the course of his life: Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired painter, and Dorian, a handsome, barefoot man with shifting alliances. These strangers guide Zachary through masquerade party dances and whispered back room stories to the headquarters of a secret society where doorknobs hang from ribbons, and finally through a door conjured from paint to the place he has always yearned for. Amid twisting tunnels filled with books, gilded ballrooms, and wine-dark shores Zachary falls into an intoxicating world soaked in romance and mystery. But a battle is raging over the fate of this place and though there are those who would willingly sacrifice everything to protect it, there are just as many intent on its destruction. As Zachary, Mirabel, and Dorian venture deeper into the space and its histories and myths, searching for answers and each other, a timeless love story unspools, casting a spell of pirates, painters, lovers, liars, and ships that sail upon a Starless Sea.

Hooked on Her by Stacey Lynn – Release Day Blitz

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Title: Hooked on Her
Author
: Stacey Lynn
Series
: Ice Kings #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 23, 2020

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Tessa Chauncy is the best kind of trouble. Beautiful, sweet and completely off limits. I’ve sat by and watched other men drool after her and forced myself to stay in check. Hey, I’m in the NHL… I have self-control in spades. 

Except when it comes to her.

With the bat of her lashes and quick whip of that sharply pointed tongue Tessa can knock grown men to their knees. I’ve seen them wither and crumble under her confident stare— something I’m pretty sure she learned from sparring with me, thankyouverymuch.

But I’m not just falling for her. I’m down for the count. 

She’s the girl I wanted, when wanting her was wrong.  

She’s also my new roommate–

And oh yeah, my best friend’s little sister.

Heaven help me, I’m probably going to get his fist to my face or his hockey stick shoved in very dangerous places for what I’m about to do, but I don’t think I care anymore.

I’m in love with my best friend’s little sister….and I’m done waiting.

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About Stacey Lynn:

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Stacey Lynn likes her coffee with a dash of sugar, her heroes with a side of bossy, and her wine a deep shade of red.

The author of over thirty romance novels, many of which have been best-selling titles on Amazon, AppleBooks, and Barnes & Noble, she loves being able to turn her vivid imagination into a career that brings entertainment and joy to her readers. Focused on sports romance and emotional, small-town romance, she also loves stretching herself in different genres.

Born in Texas and raised in the Midwest, she now makes her home in North Carolina and loves all things Southern. Together with her ultimate tall, dark, and handsome hero, she has four children. Her life is a chaotic mess that fights with her Type-A, list-making, neurotically organized preferences and she wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Can’t-Wait Wednesday: The Quantum Weirdness of the Almost-Kiss by Amy Noelle Parks

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Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Wishful Endings, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

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Title: The Quantum Weirdness of the Almost-Kiss

Author: Amy Noelle Parks

Publisher: Amulet Books

Publication Date: January 5, 2021

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Caleb has always assumed that when she was ready for romance, Evie would choose him. Because he is her best friend, and he loves her, and he has almost kissed her 17 times…

Seventeen-year-old Evie Beckham has never been interested in dating. She’s been fully occupied by her love of mathematics and her frequent battles with anxiety (and besides, she’s always found the idea of kissing to be a little bit icky). But with the help of her best friend and her therapist, Evie’s feeling braver. Maybe even brave enough to enter a prestigious physics competition and to say yes to the new boy who’s been flirting with her.

Caleb Covic knows Evie isn’t ready for romance but assumes that when she is, she will choose him. So Caleb is horrified when he is forced to witness Evie’s meet cute with a floppy-haired, mathematically gifted transfer student. Because Caleb knows the girl never falls for the funny best friend when there’s a mysterious stranger around, he decides to use an online forum to capture Evie’s interest. Now, he’s got Evie wondering if it’s possible to fall in love with a boy she’s never met.