Blurb: Gender is at the forefront of our cultural landscape today. From pronouns to politics to pop culture, people are finally finding a new freedom in the fluidity of identity. Now more than ever, it’s important to understand, embrace, and intelligently discuss the many sides of gender.
She/He/They/Me is a unique and engagingly creative take on an increasingly complex concept. A nontraditional, nonlinear structure allows readers to choose their own path, from a patriarchal culture to a scenario where sex doesn’t even exist, and beyond.
This method of individual exploration will help readers gain the understanding and confidence they need to engage in meaningful conversations about gender.
Release Date: 5th, March, 2019.
Length: 320 pages.
Genre: Non-Fiction. QUILTBAG.
Read as: eBook.
My Thoughts: Think of She/He/They/Me as a ‘Choose Your Own Gender Adventure’ book. You start the book off making decisions about your sex, gender, identity, and where you are within human history – from here you explore the world around you and what your life would be like with these factors.
Blurb:It’s typical of video game programmer Josiah Simmons to be the last one on the plane on the way to the biggest meeting of his career. Though he’s (mostly) coping with his ADHD, he can’t handle another distraction. But he also can’t ignore his rugged seatmate—especially once he learns the military man’s a fan of his game.
Ryan Orson refuses to let his severe injuries pause his career as a navy SEAL. He’s got hours of grueling physical therapy ahead of him, and no time for anything that might get in the way of his return to active duty. But that doesn’t mean he’s above a little first-class flirtation with geeky-cute Josiah.
When a delay strands the pair in St. Louis, they agree to share a hotel room and a night of gaming. Neither expects their new connection to move to the next level in the light of day. Opposites may attract, but is this game over before it’s even begun?
Length: 245 pages.
Series: #gaymers #3
Genre: QUILTBAG. M/M Romance.
Read as an: eBook.
My Thoughts: Reeeally loved this couple. I loved the dynamic between them and how they both viewed the relationship – it added an emotional depth to the pair. The unstable ground between them mixed with their easy compatibility was so great. Especially when you combined this with the emotional journeys the characters were on, Josiah and his leadership issues and Ryan with his rehabilitation.
I knew while I was reading this that it was not only amazing but that it was one of my favourites for the year ❤
Smut Level: Lots of off-screen action and relationship development but I enjoyed this aspect of the novel. The sexy scenes were great and really emotionally charged.
I loved seeing the emotional development of Ryan throughout these scenes as he learned that he can still be the same sexual being he was previous to his accident.
Blurb: Roomies with benefits and the potential for so much more in Marriage Lessons by Katie Ruggle, writing as Katie Allen
Falling for your boss—no matter how fast he makes your pulse race—is such a cliché. But it’s one Annabelle Shay can’t seem to avoid. Gallery owner Louis Dumont is stupid hot. Plus, he’s sweet, sensitive and a brilliant artist. But he’s also oblivious. Which is good because Annabelle loves her job too much to risk it.
Louis hasn’t been with a woman since he was wounded in Afghanistan, remaining guarded about his body and his heart. But Annabelle is different. She keeps him grounded. Which is why protecting her—first pretending to be her husband to ward off unwanted attention, then inviting her to move in after her landlord kicks her out—feels so natural, even if it invites rampant temptation.
Try as Annabelle might, there are some desires you simply can’t shake. Louis repeatedly joke-asking her to marry him isn’t helping, especially when their unbearable attraction upgrades them to roomies with benefits. But Louis is still keeping pieces of his past to himself, leaving Annabelle to wonder if he’ll ever truly be vulnerable with her—or if she stands to lose everything.
Length: 221 pages.
Series: Off Guard #3.
Genre: Romance. Erotica.
Read as an: eBook.
My Thoughts: Marriage Lessons is a quick and enjoyable read. I started this book in the afternoon and had demolished it by the evening. The two main characters, Annabelle and Louis are charismatic, lovable, and fun to read together. Featuring the characters both met and mentioned from Baking Lessons, the book follows the story of Annabelle Shay as she settles into her new job with renowned artist Louis Dumont.
When the Lusitania sank, one survivor became a changed man, giving up his life as a petty thief – but keeping the small silver statue he lifted, a family heirloom to future generations. Now, nearly a century later, that priceless heirloom, one of a long-separated set of three, has been stolen. And Malachi, Gideon, and Rebecca Sullivan are determined to recover their great-great-grandfather’s treasure, reunite the Three Fates, and make their fortune.
The quest will take them from their home in Ireland to Helsinki, Prague, and New York, where they will meet a brilliant scholar who will aid them in their hunt – and an ambitious woman who will stop at nothing to acquire the Fates.
It’s February and due to my love of the genre, I’m focusing this month on the romance genre! I would be remiss if I didn’t include of the greats of the genre, so here is my Long Lost Review of one of my favourite Nora Roberts books.
Three Fates was a double whammy for me, I love romance novels but I also have an interest in Greek Mythology. Of the gods, the ones that were always a favourite of mine were the Moirae, or the Three Fates. So this book not only combine my love of romance and mythology but also featured my favourite goddesses!
Blurb: A free-spirited baker becomes the best kind of mess in her uptight landlord’s perfectly ordered life in this next installment of the Off Guard series by Katie Ruggle writing as Katie Allen
Leah loves everything about her bakery—the heavenly smells, the satisfaction of feeding people and, of course, unlimited cookies. The only thing she doesn’t like is her uptight landlord’s daily visits. Sure, the man’s drop-dead gorgeous, but for someone with an insatiable taste for treats, he’s anything but sweet.
Army vet Hamilton knows he comes off as rigid. He just can’t seem to bite his tongue around Leah—he might be a virgin but he can imagine a dozen better ways to use his mouth. But when the woman he considers absolutely delicious is threatened by an unwanted admirer, Hamilton intervenes, captivating Leah with his softer side.
Now the man Leah couldn’t avoid is swiftly becoming the one she can’t resist. Unrelenting temptation soon overwhelms them both, leading to an indulgence in everything they’ve been craving. But when past actions bring a fallout neither imagined, they’ll be forced to confront whether their affair is half-baked—or something to savor forever.
Length: 340 pages.
Series: Off Guard #2.
Genre: Romance. Erotica.
Read as an: eBook.
I loved it!
From start to beginning, I was in love with this book. The characters, the plot, and the baking all combined to make this a really enjoyable read that already has me wanting to give it a re-read.
My library is currently running a three month long Crime Fiction event and I am hating it 😛 I don’t like crime, murder, or mystery stories and I gotta say after two months worth of crime content, I am done.
So ROMANCE MONTH! Look forward to lots of Smut Lovers Reading Group features, a loved up Long Lost Review, and an amorous Anticipated Arrival. Hopefully you enjoy the posts and aren’t as opposed to romance as I am to crime. I mean, who can say no to happy endings?
Blurb: Get your personal and career goals in shape with You Goal, Girl!
There’s no better feeling than when you complete a task and get to check it off your to-do list, right? This goal-setting workbook combines that feeling of productivity with the motivation you need to actually get stuff done. You Goal, Girl is a personal tool kit for making your goals a reality.
With this guided workbook, you will design your own goals and break them down into small, actionable steps. Because it’s not enough to simply write down your goals and call it a day, prompts, tips, and worksheets help to determine and then track your goal’s progress every step of the way, in addition to providing plenty of space to capture doodles, notes, and brainstorms. Included in this action-oriented workbook are:
Habit-tracking and reflection pages to measure progress
Gratitude logs to stay positive
Daily and weekly prompts to help you self-assess
You Goal, Girl is designed to help plan, track, and achieve your most important goals– because you absolutely deserve the life you want, you just have to put in the work!
Release Date: 11th December, 2018.
Length: 188 pages.
Series: The Totally Approachable, Not-Scary Guides.
Genre: Self Help. Non-Fiction.
Read as an: eBook.
My Thoughts: You Goal, Girl is a really great motivational and inspirational workbook. Set out as a resource to (potentially) last a year, You Goal, Girl, encourages readers to define goals, set plans, maintain your progress, and re-evaluate. What sets this book aside from others of the self-help market is the engaging and approachable way in which the book is written.
Due to such a great response to my Book Bingo Post, I thought I would share the love and post a blank Bingo Card for people to use.
To use this card, all you need to do is click the image, ‘Save image as,’ and then go to town filling in the blanks. There are many different ways you can edit this image, if you have the software you can use the Adobe Creative Suite, use Canva which is free and in browser, or simply pop it into paint and add text to your hearts content.
If you do use the below blank card, be sure to let me know! I’d love to see what you’re challenging yourself with this year!
It’s that time of year again! Reading challenges were met, I’ve finished reading Christmas themed romances, and now I am looking to the new year. I figured that since I focused on my Comfort Zone Challenge last year, I would go back to Book Bingo this year.
I had a fun time trying to expand upon my last Book Bingo Card and really challenge myself. I did find last time though, that I was struggling to fill the spaces as I wasn’t really looking forward to reading books that would fit the squares, so this time I made sure to give myself wiggle room.
Squares such as Shifters, Western Romance, Sports, Fae, and Paranormal are all kind of vague. This vagueness and lack of specificity should help me keep my motivation throughout the year as I can easily find books to my taste to fit those genres.
If you are wondering, MC means Main Character and Poly Romance is referring to a polyamorous relationship.
If anyone is interested in using this bingo card, go ahead. I only ask that you attribute the blog if you post it anywhere 🙂 You should look forward to sporadic updates about my progress as the year proceeds. As always, happy reading!