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Review: The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren

The Soulmate Equation
by Christina Lauren
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: May 21, 2021
Genre: Romance
Rating:

Single mom Jess Davis is a data and statistics wizard, but no amount of number crunching can convince her to step back into the dating world. Raised by her grandparents–who now help raise her seven-year-old daughter, Juno–Jess has been left behind too often to feel comfortable letting anyone in. After all, her father’s never been around, her hard-partying mother disappeared when she was six, and her ex decided he wasn’t “father material” before Juno was even born. Jess holds her loved ones close, but working constantly to stay afloat is hard…and lonely.

But then Jess hears about GeneticAlly, a buzzy new DNA-based matchmaking company that’s predicted to change dating forever. Finding a soulmate through DNA? The reliability of numbers: This Jess understands. At least she thought she did, until her test shows an unheard-of 98% compatibility with another subject in the database: GeneticAlly’s founder, Dr. River Pena. This is one number she can’t wrap her head around, because she already knows Dr. Pena. The stuck-up, stubborn man is without a doubt not her soulmate. But GeneticAlly has a proposition: Get to know him and we’ll pay you. Jess–who is barely making ends meet–is in no position to turn it down, despite her skepticism about the project and her dislike for River. As the pair are dragged from one event to the next as the “Diamond” pairing that could make GeneticAlly a mint in stock prices, Jess begins to realize that there might be more to the scientist–and the science behind a soulmate–than she thought.

 

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Konnichiwa!

I’m linking this post to Sunday Post, Stacking the Shelves, and It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

 

Thank you guys for bearing with me while I went through a huge move. I know that my blogging and communication has been lacking for a long time, but that move was insanely stressful. We had three separate movers come throughout the month of May to get our stuff. Our small shipment arrived the other week which contained my computer. However, my desk is still somewhere in transit. Thankfully, the Mister set up my computer last night on the kitchen table so that I could get back to work.

So let me catch you guys up…

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To New Adventures!


I’m linking this post to Sunday Post, Stacking the Shelves, and It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

 

Life is currently crazy. I had planned to try to keep up with blogging right up until we left, but that hasn’t worked out. Not only am I not reading, but there’s just no time to do anything that isn’t related to the move. In April, my mom flew out to CA and then helped us load all the shell babies in the vehicle and then drove across the country to NY. If you follow me on Instagram, then you saw how that trip went. Basically, that massive rain/tornado storm that swept through the southern US up to the east… yeah, we drove through that. One morning, after staying up until midnight trying to get out of the storm, my husband woke us up telling us we needed to move and get on the road ASAP. He kept talking about wanting to beat the rain that was coming in. I should have known something was up when I went to check out and EVERYONE was turning in their room keys and saying they were trying to get out of the area. It wasn’t until a couple hours later that my husband fessed up that his phone got a tornado warning alert and he was trying not to panic me and my mom. Which would have totally happened because I am terrified of tornadoes. Aside from the craptastic weather, the road trip was fun. We got to see the Grand Canyon, have some delicious creole food in New Orleans, I got to see Villalobos, and even spotted Kanini heading to work.

Once we got to NY it was pretty much GO GO GO! I had three separate enclosures to set up. I’m eternally grateful to everyone who helped out. My uncle built Hailey (my tortoise) a massive tortoise table. My best friend and husband helped me build the hermit crab enclosure. Not to mention my mom willingly took on a tortoise, hermit crabs, fish, and isopods for the next handful of years while we are in Okinawa.

As I type this, the movers haven’t come yet. Once they arrive, my computer will be gone and I won’t see it for a couple months. However, if you want to keep up to date on my adventures during this move, check out my Instagram. I will be updating everyone via the stories section. 🙂

 

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Review: Sins of the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Sins of the Night
(Dark-Hunter #7)
by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication date: July 1, 2005
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Rating:

In the realm of the Dark-Hunters there is a code of honor that even immortal bad boys must follow:

Harm no human. Drink no blood. Never fall in love.

But every now and again a Dark-Hunter thinks himself above the Code. That’s when I’m summoned. Who am I? I’m the one thing the fearless fear. Step over the line and it’s my wrath you will face. Nothing can touch me. Nothing can sway me. I am relentless and unfeeling.

Or so I thought until I met a female Dark-Hunter who goes by the name of Danger-it’s not just her name, it’s how she lives her life. She doesn’t trust me at all. And who could blame her? She alone knows that I’m here to be judge, jury and most likely executioner of her friends. Yet she is my key to saving some of them. Without her, they all will die.

Dangereuse St. Richard is a deadly distraction. Something about her is reawakening a heart I thought was long dead. But in a race against evil, the only hope mankind has is that I do my duty. And how can I do my duty when it means that I will have to sacrifice the only woman I’ve ever loved?

 

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Review: The Dating Plan by Sara Desai

The Dating Plan
(Marriage Game #2)
by Sara Desai
Publisher: Berkley romance
Publication date: March 16, 2021
Genre: Romance
Rating:

Daisy Patel is a software engineer who understands lists and logic better than bosses and boyfriends. With her life all planned out, and no interest in love, the one thing she can’t give her family is the marriage they expect. Left with few options, she asks her childhood crush to be her decoy fiance.

Liam Murphy is a venture capitalist with something to prove. When he learns that his inheritance is contingent on being married, he realizes his best friend’s little sister has the perfect solution to his problem. A marriage of convenience will get Daisy’s matchmaking relatives off her back and fulfill the terms of his late grandfather’s will. If only he hadn’t broken her tender teenage heart nine years ago…

Sparks fly when Daisy and Liam go on a series of dates to legitimize their fake relationship. Too late, they realize that very little is convenient about their arrangement. History and chemistry aren’t about to follow the rules of this engagement.

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Sneak Peek Wednesday: The Half-Orphan’s Handbook by Joan F. Smith (giveaway)

The Half-Orphan’s Handbook
by Joan F. Smith
Publisher: Imprint
Publication date: April 20, 2021
Genre: Young Adult

It’s been three months since Lila lost her father to suicide. Since then, she’s learned to protect herself from pain by following two unbreakable rules:

1. The only people who can truly hurt you are the ones you love. Therefore, love no one.

2. Stay away from liars. Liars are the worst.

But when Lila’s mother sends her to a summer-long grief camp, it’s suddenly harder for Lila to follow these rules. Potential new friends and an unexpected crush threaten to drag her back into life for the first time since her dad’s death.

On top of everything, there’s more about what happened that Lila doesn’t know, and facing the truth about her family will be the hardest part of learning how a broken heart can love again.

 

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Sneak Peek Wednesday: The Billionaire and the Princess by Katherine E. Hunt

The Billionaire and the Princess
(Sag Harbor, Book #1)
by Katherine E. Hunt
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing
Publication date: March 21, 2021
Genre: Romance

When a British journalist gets her dream job in The Hamptons she doesn’t expect to find her dream man too.

All Caitlyn has to do is catch a plane, move to Sag Harbor and start her new job as editor of a brand new society magazine. That’s what she’s promised herself. No more Mr. Wrong, no more pandering to everybody else’s needs. New life, new Caitlyn.

So when she meets a handsome gentleman on the plane, after a couple of drinks, she’s going to walk away, right? She’s certainly not going to try and join the mile-high club with him.

If it turns out he’s her new boss, Hank Baresi, the youngest son of one of the biggest media moguls in America, no matter, he doesn’t appear to remember her, anyway.

She’s just going to do her job. No serenading him. No succumbing to his sweet charms and absolutely no falling in love with him.

And, well, if he happens to fall in love with her, she’s just going to say no, right?

 

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The Start of the Big Move


I’m linking this post to Sunday Post, Stacking the Shelves, and It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

 

Well, this month has been pretty stressful. Hence why I haven’t been blogging. The month started with the June flight schedule being released. Within an hour of our travel office opening, all pet spots for the month of June were gone. Fortunately, they were able to book us two in-cabin spots for our cats. With that being said, we need to hire a pet shipping company to ship my dog out. For his 22lb self, the cheapest I can find is over $3,000. *dies a little inside* So, yeah, this month started out with a huge blow. Then the people who handle the check-in process for our flight have changed their mind 3x now on the size of carrier they accept for in-cabin. The latest, from last week, was a carrier size that is so small, it doesn’t exist. So, I’ve been dreading what is going to happen when we arrive at the airport because our carriers are half an inch over the current allowed size. To say that I’ve been stressed out this month would be a massive understatement.

So it should come as no surprise that I haven’t been reading this month. I finished one book this month… ONE! I just can’t bring myself to pick up a book and read it. I keep trying, but I get a sentence or two in, and then I find myself scrolling through tiktok, putzing on Facebook, or turning on the TV. I just can’t seem to sit down and focus. I think it’s safe to say that not a lot of reading will be getting done over the next few months. There’s just so much going on, so many things running through my head, that I just can’t seem to focus on anything. With that said, while the blog might be a little silent during this huge move, I will be active on Instagram. I will be sharing stories of what I’m up to on there and you guys can always reach out to me.

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Sneak Peek Wednesday: Royally Drained by Fritzi Cox (Giveaway)

Royally Drained
(V.I.L.F. #1)
by Fritzi Cox
Publisher: Self-published
Publication date: March 23, 2021
Genre: Paranormal Romance

From jilted princess bride to a revenge plot fit for a king, this charming couple is royally screwed …

As I lived my best royal life, my only job as a princess was to find and marry a handsome prince. Too bad Prince Theo turned out to be more of a toad.

After I began losing my powers, he lost interest in our upcoming wedding. Not only did Theo leave me at the altar, but he also banished me and my merry band of misfits from the Kingdom of Poppycock forever.

Talk about a walk of shame!

From enchanted castle to crumbling cottage, I’m now stuck in Morningwood, struggling to plot my next move.

This strange little town, full of mischief and magic, is the perfect place to hide while I practice my spells and hopefully regain my powers.

What could possibly go wrong?

Other than accidentally summoning a mysterious male vampire who throws me off my quest and gets my blood boiling in all the right places.

And my blood is exactly what Vail and his brotherhood need for their top-secret laboratory.

Who would have thought my charming royal genes could help their dangerous mission?

As long as Vail keeps his fangs to himself, we won’t have a problem.

His hands though?

That’s another story entirely.

My taste for revenge is strong, but his taste for me is stronger.

Could this be my fairy-tale ending? Or am I destined to live a nightmare?

 

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Review: The Warrior King by Abigail Owen

The Warrior King
(Inferno Rising #3)
by Abigail Owen
Publisher: Entangled
Publication date: March 8, 2021
Genre: Paranromal Romance
Rating:

Meira Amon is the most reserved of the phoenixes, finding computers easier to deal with than people and their messy emotions. But she wants revenge against the Rotting King Pytheios for the murder of her parents just as much as her sisters. Offering herself as a queen for their ally, dragon shifter King Gorgon of the Black Clan, only makes sense.

Just one problem…

Samael Veles worked his lowborn ass off to become the fiercest warrior of the Black Clan. He has pledged his life to protect his king at all costs. Yet somehow, in the middle of war, he took one look at a woman in a reflection and gave up his heart. When that woman turns out to be the phoenix promised to mate his king and help bring peace to their kind, he has no choice but to accept it.

Until her fire unexpectedly destroys the king after they’ve wed. Now Samael must choose between his loyalty to his clan and protecting the queen who might be his mate from his people’s wrath, one of which will unlock a destiny no one could have ever imagined…
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