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Dating-ish, an all new standalone from the USA Today bestselling Knitting in the City romantic comedy series by Penny Reid is now LIVE!

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‘Dating-ish’ can be read as a standalone, is a full length 100k word novel, and is book #6 in the Knitting in the City Series.

There are three things you need to know about Marie Harris: 1) She’s fed up with online dating, 2) She’s so fed up, she’s willing to forego the annoyance and consider more creative alternatives, and 3) She knows how to knit.

After the most bizarre and irritating first date in the history of humankind, Marie is looking for an alternative to men. With the help of her friends, she quickly identifies a few possibilities:

Need a cuddle? Use a professional cuddler. Need affirmation? Get yourself a life coach. Need an orgasm? Try orgasm meditation! Why does she need the hassle of a romantic partner when she can meet all her needs with paid services?

But then her irritating date resurfaces. And he’s not at all the person she thought he was. And he suggests a different–and crazier–solution to her dilemma . . .

As everyone knows (or will soon come to realize), traditional relations between humans are a thing of the past. Robots are our future. And if robots are our future, then why do we need other people at all?

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Meet Penny Reid:

Penny Reid is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. When she’s not immersed in penning smart romances, Penny works in the biotech industry as a researcher. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.

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Epps: An Independent Author You Must Read!

Cold Sandwiches and All by E. M. Epps
Romantic Comedy

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Overall Rating: 4 (xoxo)

Quick & Dirty summary: Rosemary is a typical modern woman, if you think of the typical modern woman as one who reads a lot, has been employed in a lot of different jobs, and isn’t afraid to put her heart on the line. When Rosemary and her business partner and best friend get the (unfortunate) job of a lifetime redecorating a room in the King’s castle, she’s surprised to come across the King and promptly fall in love. Lucien, as the King, knows that he’s not the most handsome fellow in the world, so he’s just as surprised as Rosemary when the chemistry between them sizzles. Rosemary is everything that Lucien would want, but he can’t have her. Lucien is determined to push Rosemary away. Rosemary is determined to fight for the man she loves.

The characters in this novel are well developed and wonderful. Rosemary is ridiculous in the best possible way and Lucien is somehow both insecure and an alpha male, making the pair of them intriguing, loveable and funny as all get out. This is billed as a romantic comedy, and it definitely should be considered one, but it doesn’t follow all of the typical tropes of the genre. There is a bit of magic, a modern sensibility, and yet a historical edge to the whole thing that I find delightful.

The secondary characters are also well developed and delightfully described. I especially love Rosemary’s roommate, Sasha, and am hoping to see more of her in future novels. Rosemary’s neighbors are also painted vividly, as well as Lucien’s staff. There are a lot of people in this book to be enthralled with, making it a fun read.

So, you may be wondering why I gave it four stars instead of five. Well, the first is because the tone of the novel is a little distant. There’s some formality there that makes it hard to slide completely into the novel’s world. In my opinion, it’s typical of historical romances, but this isn’t exactly a historical romance. The second minor annoyance with the novel is that the single problem of the novel, the whole issue driving the plot, is somewhat superficial and terribly resolved in the end. It’s not that it’s unfeasible, the ending, it’s that it’s almost too simple. Part of it is too simple because Epps has written Rosemary’s character so well, that I as the reader roll my eyes because it’s obvious what the solution is. Sorry this critique is both vague and somewhat nonsensical, but I can only be clearer if I write spoilers and I hate that.

My last point is a bit of a pro and a con: while this is a romantic comedy, the romance is very light. Essentially it feels like their love story is just beginning at the end of the novel. This doesn’t bother me too much because that’s how life is, the real romance is after you’ve decided to let yourself be in love, but it means I’m hoping for an extra amazing sequel, which the author tells me she is currently writing. So I love this book, I am enthusiastic about this book, but I’m waiting for more.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $5.99)
Okay, so for a Kindle book this is kind of expensive, but still, I have to tell you to buy it anyway. This is such an unusual book. If you don’t think you’ll like it, then don’t risk it. But if this is up your alley then it is well worth the 6 bucks. If you’re like me and have Kindle Unlimited then it’s free! And, if you find that you love E. M. Epps (who goes by Emma) so much, you can actually become a “patron” (yes like in the Renaissance era) and get every single book and short story from her for free for as long as she publishes. And I think she’s pretty young, so that potentially means a lot of stories. Emma, if you read this review and I have the details wrong, please let me know.

Something else you might enjoy:
I feel like I recommend Amy Harmon books a lot, but if you like Cold Sandwiches then you’ll probably like The Bird and the Sword. It’s not a romantic comedy, but it has some similarities with magic, a kingdom and “truth” that you might find interesting. You can read my review of it here to see if you’d like it.

Book Challenge: A Great First Line

2017 Book Challenge

 

A book with a great first line

 

Shopping Series by Julia Kent

Shopping for a Billionaire (Book 1)

 

First line: “I am eating my ninth cinnamon raisin bagel with maple horseradish cream cheese and hazelnut chocolate spread. Don’t judge me.”

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Synopsis: Shannon Jacoby meets Declan McCormick in the men’s room. With her hand down a toilet. In clothes that belong on a homeless person or a college student. Somehow, they keep running into each other and sparks fly.

Okay, so it’s a great first two lines, but still, who wouldn’t want to continue reading, if only to figure out what the heck is going on?! I happened upon this book by chance. I received it for free from the author. I think I may have won it on Facebook… maybe… I can’t remember. In any case, it was really fun to read. So funny and interesting! One of those books that you can just relax into. However, I’m sad to learn this is just the intro to a 10 book series. Yes, you read that correctly—10 BOOKS!! Now, I’m not afraid of a long series; I did read all of the Sookie Stackhouse books, after all, but still. I’ll have to figure out how I can fit 10 more books into my schedule because these light-hearted, sassy stories need to be in my life.

 

1984 by George Orwell

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First line: It was a bright day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.

Winston Smith (party member #6079), knows that there was a time when Oceania was at war with neither Eurasia nor Eastasia. Unfortunately, he can’t find anyone old enough to confirm and he doesn’t want to risk Big Brother overhearing. Winston knows that the past/his memories don’t lie, he only needs to find evidence that the Party hasn’t already destroyed.

I thought 1984 was required school reading for anyone who went through the American school system. Somehow I was never assigned either of Orwell’s most famous novels, and having read Animal Farm on my own, it was time.

The idea of the clock striking thirteen was eerie and mystical to me; the reality that the line merely refers to a society that goes by military time, written in an era before digital clocks was disappointing. There is no question that the themes in this novel are impactful and may serve as an introduction in critical-thinking towards government, but I couldn’t help myself from thinking Orwell wrote this novel as an excuse to have his 30-page essay on socialism and totalitarianism (Goldstein’s The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism) read on a mass scale. However, I hope that my sons are required to read it in school so they understand the importance of questioning those in a position of power (except my authority, which is unquestionable). How else are they going to understand why the reality show is called Big Brother?

Did you join us in this book challenge? Have you ever picked up a book simply based on the first sentence? Tell us about it!

Up Next: A book with a lion, a witch or a wardrobe. We’ll let you know what book we chose and how we liked it on May 26. Pick your own book so you can read along with us!

Cover Reveal: Sweet Spot

Title: Sweet Spot
Author: Stella Rhys
Genre: Romantic Comedy/Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Sara Eirew
Release Date: March 30, 2017
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Our first meeting as neighbors was screwed from the start.

He was hot. I was naked. And we had no chance in hell at ever being platonic. 

I’ll be the first to admit that I live at extremes. After going ten years locked in what felt like a dysfunctional marriage, I’m now decidedly boy-free. In nearly three years I’ve had no boyfriends, no flings, no dates and no sex. For the sake of my dream career, the sacrifice has been easy.

At least it was.

Until Lukas came along.

He’s rude, gorgeous, arrogant – a stone-carved wall of muscle and distraction. He’s everything I know to avoid but there’s no avoiding your next-door neighbor. Oh yeah. The man now lives three steps from me and to make matters worse, he crashed into my life while I was soaked in the tub. Mortifying to say the least and it went something like this: I ran out exposed. He looked. He laughed.

And then I locked myself out. 

In short, Lukas Hendricks was smirking, swaggering trouble from the start. And me?


I was – for the first time in years – about to be screwed.

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Stella Rhys is an author of contemporary romance and can’t help but write it hot, steamy and borderline filthy (just kidding, it’s flat-out filthy). Writing aside, she lives for coffee, the Yankees and cooking recipes way out of her league. She was born and raised in New York and now lives there with her husband and charmingly entitled fur baby.
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Review of the Cad and the Co-Ed

The Rugby Series by Penny Reid and L.H. Cosway

Romantic Comedy/Contemporary Romance

 

The Cad and the Co-Ed (Book 3)

 

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. You can read my review of book 2 in the series, The Player and the Pixie, here on my blog. While this book is a standalone novel, scenes relevant to this story are included in the end of book 2.

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Overall Rating: 4 (sXe)

 

Quick & Dirty summary: Bryan Leech used to live up to his famous rugby persona. He was wild and loved a good party. He’s not really that guy anymore though, and while it makes a few of his friends and family uncomfortable, he’s happy with who he is becoming. Eilish Cassidy might seem like a spoiled princess, but she’s fought hard to finish her degree, land an internship, and take care of her little boy. She’ll do anything to protect him and keep him with her, even if it means hiding him from the boy’s father. But as Eilish gets to know the “new” Bryan, she can’t help but feel guilty, because every little boy deserves to know his father.

The best thing about this novel, by far in my opinion, is that it doesn’t fall into many of the traps of unexpected pregnancies. I am the kind of person who rolls their eyes when an unexpected pregnancy appears in a book. I’m not a big fan of those plotlines because it seems a little too convenient. There’s a kind of manipulation that I hate. But, I’m happy to report that this novel didn’t make my eyes roll in quite the same way. Yes, there are some hurdles that have to be crossed when the premise of the novel is set up this way, but it didn’t drag on unnecessarily and it didn’t feel like baby momma drama. So if you’re like me, don’t let the basic premise of the novel scare you off—it’s really well done.

Another awesome thing about this book is it’s real depiction of the day-to-day struggle to stay sober. Getting to see Bryan on his journey is incredible and the story walks this fine line of explaining Bryan’s backstory while also holding him accountable for his actions. Bryan 100% won my heart in this story and I think he’s probably one of the most likable leading men in the entire Rugby series.

That being said, I love love love Sean in this book! He’s such a complex guy and that continues in this story. Even though Sean has his own book (book 2), he remains a consistent character full of facets and quirks that I enjoy.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $4.99)

Yes! It is a very well written novel that just makes your heart squishy. Also, if you have Kindle Unlimited, it’s FREE!

Something else you might enjoy:

If you want a twist of the unexpected pregnancy plot, try Reaper’s Legacy by Joanna Wylde. It’s the second book in her Reapers MC series, but you can read it as a standalone.

Cad & the Co-Ed Release Blitz

The Cad and The Co-Ed, an all-new romantic comedy from Penny Reid & L.H. Cosway is LIVE

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THE CAD

Bryan Leech is a cad.

Or, he *was* a cad.

No one is quite certain.

Once the quintessential playboy, Bryan claims he’s done with wild parties and weekend benders. No more one night stands leading to mornings he can’t remember; no more binges and blackouts; no more exploits plastered all over the tabloids and rag sheets. According to Bryan, he’s cleaning up his act.

The only problem is, no one believes him.

THE CO-ED

Eilish Cassidy never thought she’d be a mother at nineteen or still in college at twenty-four. Cut off from every member of her family except her favorite cousin, she’s finally managed to put her life back together. Stronger and wiser, Eilish enters her last semester of university determined to stand on her own. Now she just needs to find an internship.

The only problem is, her best option—by far—places her directly in the path of her son’s father, and he doesn’t remember her at all.

THE PLAN

Bryan is determined to prove he’s changed. Eager to settle down with the right woman, he’s got his sights set on the gorgeous redhead who seems terribly familiar.

Eilish is determined to hide her secret. She’ll do anything to keep her child safe, even if that means ignoring her own wishes and desires.

But what happens when Bryan starts to remember? And what will it take for Bryan to convince the girl he forgot that she’s unforgettable?

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Penny Reid is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. When she’s not immersed in penning smart romances, Penny works in the biotech industry as a researcher. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.

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Meet L.H. Cosway:

L.H. Cosway has a BA in English Literature and Greek and Roman Civilisation, and an MA in Postcolonial Literature. She lives in Dublin city. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favorite things in life include writing stories, vintage clothing, dark cabaret music, food, musical comedy, and of course, books.

She thinks that imperfect people are the most interesting kind. They tell the best stories.

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Loving the Player in the Player and the Pixie

Rugby Series by Penny Reid and L.H. Cosway

Contemporary Romance/Romantic Comedy

 

The Player and the Pixie (Book 2)

 

If you’d like my opinion on the first book in the series, The Hooker and the Hermit, you can find it on Goodreads by clicking this link. I wrote this before I began this blog and so the format is different and the evaluation system is a bit different, so please read it with a grain of salt. The third book in the series, The Cad and the Co-Ed, is scheduled to be released Feb. 14 so I suggest reading the first two books now so you’re all caught up. While each book is technically a stand-alone novel, they are much better read in sequence. And as a side note: if buy books on Kindle, then the new book won’t be available for pre-order. If you read on other platforms it is available for pre-order, but once Feb. 14 hits, it will go off those platforms to be exclusively available on Kindle. In summary, if you read on Kindle you will have to wait to buy it till it’s release date. If you don’t, you need to pre-order it NOW.

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Overall Rating: 4.5 (sXe)

Quick & Dirty Summary: Sean Cassidy is the player everyone hates, especially after he betrayed his teammate Ronan and violated the bro code. Sean has it out for Ronan and he isn’t above using Ronan’s little sister, Lucy, to mess with him. Lucy may have rainbow colored hair, but she’s not a child. She knows that she has problems and she’s doing her best to fix them, but when Sean blackmails her into having dinner with him, she might have added one more problem to her list. When Lucy discovers that Sean is terrible in bed, she finds an enjoyable way to kill two birds with one stone. But when emotions get out of hand, it’s Sean who has the problem of convincing Lucy to give him an honest shot at becoming more than just a player.

I enjoyed this novel so much! It probably had something to do with the unique storyline of the player being bad in bed. It’s hilarious to think of all the women who use Sean for his celebrity and have to pay for it in bad sex. I do wish the storyline had gone into a little more depth as to WHY Sean is bad in bed. It speculates a little, but it’s made out to be more a matter of technique than actually paying attention to how a woman is responding to a man’s touch. This aspect of the book reminded me a little of the movie Don Jon with Joseph-Gordon Levitt. If you aren’t afraid of sex scenes and porn, the movie has an interesting “lesson” of a similar vein.

The psychological aspects of this book are immense, what with Lucy’s problems with her mother, Sean’s childhood emotional neglect, and the whole needing to get “warm.” If you enjoy thinking about human nature, then reading this book is fascinating.

The progression of Lucy and Sean’s relationship is another strong selling point for me. While it started off with a kind of tense anger, it slowly evolved into a friendship of sorts. This incremental development to their relationship was believable and enjoyable.

Overall, this book is a great journey. It moves from Ireland to Spain to New York and then back to Ireland and each place seems to represent a different phase of Lucy and Sean’s relationship. Oh, and the sex scenes are pretty great too and they also traverse spaces.

One other small critique I had of the book is the resolution of the central conflict for Lucy. In the end, it seems too easily solved after Lucy spent weeks upon weeks, and even a few tears, worrying about it. This aspect of the plot didn’t bother me as much as it could have, though, because Sean is so earnest in his attempts at being with Lucy. I love it when a man is cute and vulnerable and needy (in a healthy way).

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $1.99)

Yes, get it now while it’s on sale! The third book in the series releases on Feb. 14 and prices will probably go up after that so hurry. And bonus, if you have Kindle Unlimited it’s free!

Something else you might enjoy:

There are a lot of reforming-the-player themed books, but none of them have a storyline where the hero is bad in bed. In fact, I can’t think of a single book where the sex isn’t just magically wonderful. Has anyone else read a book where the partners have to work at learning what each other likes?