Monday, July 18, 2016

Review: Six Month Rule by AJ Pine

Six Month Rule by AJ Pine
Series: Kingston Ale House #2
Published: July 18th, 2016
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
234 pages (eARC)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Acquired this book: Via NetGalley in exchange for honest consideration
Warning: May contain spoilers
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She created the game, but the rules are about to change.

Taurus: Hold fast to your single-minded nature today—no matter how long her legs or how lush her red lips.

Gemini: You were a shining star last night, but reality can be a real—well, you get the picture. Just remember: Tall, dark, and British equals no corner office for you.

Will Evans never wanted a reason to stay.

Holly Chandler wants nothing more than for him to go.

But neither one is prepared for what can happen in six months. Because it doesn't matter what you want when what you need walks out the door.

Holly’s been busting her butt to make partner at Trousseau and there’s no way she’s going to let some stuck-up British arsehole get in her way—no matter how drop-dead gorgeous he is. But that doesn’t mean she can’t have a little fun in the process. She has a six-month rule: date just long enough for the honeymoon phase to wear off, then walk away before anyone gets hurt. If they both know the rules up front, walking away will be a piece of cake. Or maybe not…

AJ Pine has done it again! Pine became one of my favourite authors last year, and with her newest book, Six Month Rule, she continues to make me fall for her characters and stories. Six Month Rule has sexy, funny, feel-good romance written all over it, and it was exactly what I needed. Plus, can I just say: hot British guy in a three-piece suit? SOLD.

I appreciated that Six Month Rule took a familiar trope - office romance - and made it different from the norm by not focusing on the ‘forbidden romance’ aspect. Even though there were stakes involving Holly’s job in particular, the conflict was focused elsewhere, which was a nice change. Holly and Will were both driven people, focused on their careers and their futures. Because of that, and because Holly has discovered relationships fizzle out quickly for her, she created the six month rule - no relationship can go past the six month mark. In those six months, she can have great sex, have fun with the guy, but not develop serious attachments or have romance get in the way of her career. Then Will came along. Will, who's charming, a bit distant and mysterious, and as passionate about his job as Holly is. And sexy. Let’s not forget sexy. (Did I mention the whole hot Brit in a three-piece suit thing?) I loved how their relationship progressed from reluctant colleagues to something more, then something much more. There were so many layers to the story and to these characters, which made them easy to root for individually and together. I couldn’t imagine how things were going to work out for them, which made for an extra element of tension that kept me captivated.

Holly is hilarious and adorable. She's this mixture of single-minded businesswoman and quirky girl next door. She said and did things that made me laugh and shake my head (in a good way - that affectionate way you do with your closest friends when they’re being weird and you’re reminded just how much and why you love them), but then she’d think or say something that made me want to hug her really tightly. I loved how she opened up to Will and slowly let him see parts of her true self, even when he held back. Will was a fantastic character, too. I loved that he wanted to make up for past wrongs without being the tortured, brooding hero. He was exactly what Holly needed.

If you’re looking for a charming, lighthearted, feel-good romance with real emotion, plenty of steam, and swoons aplenty, you need to read Six Month Rule. Even though this is technically a standalone and you don’t have to read The One That Got Away, I highly recommend that one as well. Jamie and Brynn are great characters, and it was like reuniting with old friends when they appeared in Six Month Rule.


Have you read Six Month Rule? What did you think? If you haven't read it, do you plan to? Have you read any of AJ's other books? Do you have a favourite office romance book? How about a favourite hot Brit? ;-)

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Blog Tour Review: Into the Blue by Chanel Cleeton

I'm thrilled to be part of the review tour for Chanel Cleeton's latest contemporary romance, Into the Blue. I absolutely loved this book. Read on for my full review!


Into the Blue by Chanel Cleeton
Series: Wild Aces #2
Published: July 5th, 2016
Publisher: Berkley
320 pages (eARC)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Acquired this book: Via the publisher in exchange for honest consideration
Warning: May contain spoilers
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Eric Jansen—call sign Thor—loves nothing more than pushing his F-16 to the limit. Returning home to South Carolina after a tragic loss, he hopes to fix the mistake he made long ago, when he chose the Air Force over his fiancĂ©e.

Becca Madison isn’t quick to welcome Thor back. She can’t forget how he shattered her heart. But Thor won’t give up once he’s set his sights on what he wants—and he wants Becca.

Thor shows Becca that he’s no longer the impulsive boy he used to be, and Becca finds herself irresistibly drawn to him. But will Thor be able to walk away from his dream of flying the F-16 for their love or does his heart belong to the sky?

The first book in the Wild Aces trilogy, Fly With Me, is one of my favourite books of 2016 so far. I was eager to carry on with the series, but couldn’t imagine loving the second book, Into the Blue, as much as the first. Not only did I love it as much, I might love it even more. It’s hard to say because they’re so different, but they’re both incredible in their own rights, and Into the Blue has definitely earned a spot on my favourites list right alongside Fly With Me.

Cleeton did a fantastic job of setting up the Wild Aces trilogy with the first book. We got a look at what it’s like to be a fighter pilot, to be in the military, and to be a partner to someone in the military. We got the highs and lows, the complications, and the triumphs. In Into the Blue, we still got to see elements of that life, but it was more of a straight-up romance than a ‘fighter pilot romance’. Cleeton also did a great job of setting things up for the final book, On Broken Wings.

I loved Becca and Thor, together and separately. I’m a sucker for a well-written second chance romance, and this one is my new favourite. It was absolutely beautiful. Becca and Thor had so much history, so many past hurts from their childhoods and from each other, but also great memories together, plus that lingering sense of love and family they found with each other as kids. They also had sizzling chemistry; this book was hella sexy. There was a perfect combination of emotion, steam, and humour. I couldn't put this book down, and I would have happily continued reading about Becca and Thor forever. I loved how everything was wrapped up perfectly without feeling too perfect/neat or unrealistic. Everything came together in a way that felt right and had me happy sighing and wiping away a few tears.

Into the Blue was a beautiful, engrossing story about second chances and true love. It was sexy, funny, sweet, romantic, and emotional. After just two books, I feel like I’m part of the Wild Aces family, and I can’t wait to see more of these amazingly complex, real characters.

Originally a Florida girl, CHANEL CLEETON moved to London where she received a bachelor’s degree from Richmond, The American International University in London and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Chanel fell in love with London and planned to stay there forever, until fate intervened on a Caribbean cruise and a fighter pilot with smooth dance moves swept her off her feet. Now, a happily ever after later, Chanel is living her next adventure.  
Law school made Chanel realize she’d rather spend her days writing sexy stories than in a courtroom, and she hasn’t looked back since. An avid reader and hopeless romantic, she’s happiest curled up with a book. She has a weakness for handbags, her three pups, and her husband. 

Chanel writes contemporary romances, women's fiction, and thrillers. She is published by Harlequin HQN, Penguin/InterMix, and Penguin/Berkley and is the author of the International School, Capital Confessions, Assassins, and Wild Aces series.

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Read my 5-star review (plus an excerpt!) of Fly With Me, book #1 in the Wild Aces trilogy

Watch for book #3 in the  Wild Aces series, On Broken Wings, coming January 3rd, 2017! 

Alex “Easy” Rogers is used to fighting enemies in the skies, but on the ground, he’ll soon be fighting his feelings. It’s a battle he just might lose...

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Have you read Fly With Me or Into the Blue? What did you think? If you haven't read them, do you plan to? Have you read any books with characters who are in the military?

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Pride Month: LGBTQ+ Recs

Happy Pride Month!

I meant to do this earlier in the month, but time sort of got away from me. Anyway, I know a lot of people are always on the lookout for LGBTQ+ recs, so hopefully this list will be useful all year round!

At first I was going to include all the LGBTQ+ books I’ve read, regardless of whether I’d actually recommend them or not, but then I decided to just do ones I enjoyed and would recommend. If you want to see all the LGBTQ+ books I’ve read (plus the ones on my TBR) you can visit my LGBTQ shelf on GoodReads.

Trust the Focus by Megan Erickson
Focus on Me by Megan Erickson
Out of Frame by Megan Erickson

Under the Lights by Dahlia Adler
Out on Good Behavior by Dahlia Adler
Black Iris by Elliot Wake (writing as Leah Raeder)
Cam Girl by Elliot Wake (writing as Leah Raeder)

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

The Summer I Wasn't Me by Jessica Verdi (YA)
Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour (Upper YA/NA)
Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown (out August 30th, 2016)

The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie (YA)
Bottle Rocket Hearts by Zoe Whittall (NA)
Kiss the Morning Star by Elissa Janine Hoole (Upper YA)
Path of Angels #1: Michael by Patricia Josephine (NA)
Hushed by Kelley York (NA)
Midnighter by Stever Orlando (comic book)

And, for a little shameless self-promo, my own LGBTQ book!
 Take Them by Storm by is f/f NA. It's on sale for just 99 cents for the month of June (and probably a few days into July).
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Friday, June 24, 2016

Bookstagram Weekly Digest #4

Bookstagram Weekly Digest is a new feature here at Ramblings of a Daydreamer. Ever since my Instagram account morphed into a Bookstagram one a few months ago, I've wanted to do a weekly recap feature, and I decided it was finally time! Every Friday or Saturday I'll share the pictures I posted on Bookstagram the week before. I've seen a few other people posting weekly recaps, most recently Evie from Bookish Lifestyle, so be sure to check out her feature, too. If you'd like to follow me on Instagram and see my daily bookish pictures, I'm SweetMarie_83.



Every week I'll be featuring a favourite Bookstagrammer who I'd recommend to people who love looking at bookish pictures as much as I do!

This week's feature Bookstagrammer is mizgillianberry. I adore Gillian. I've known her since around the time she started blogging (be sure to check out her blog, Writer of Wrongs). She's HILARIOUS, super creative, and just a lovely person. Her Instagram feed is absolutely stunning. We love a lot of the same stuff, so I'm always drooling over not only her books, but her props as well. She also has a Society6 store; the Ravenclaw mug I use often as a prop is her design.
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