Thursday, August 25, 2016

Bout of Books 17: Reading Updates

Bout of Books
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 22nd and runs through Sunday, August 28th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 17 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

Hey guys! This post is up a little later than I normally would post it, but oh well. My husband ended up getting a random day off work so I didn't get any reading done and at 11:55pm last night, as I was getting into bed, I realized that I hadn't done my post OR the challenge for the day!

So, unfortunately, I forgot to link up my progress for day two as well and now it won't count for that day towards the readathon giveaways. :(

Oh well. Hopefully today will turn out better. How did you guys do for day three?

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Day Three Reading Updates

Strikethrough = finished
The First Taste by Jessica Hawkins
Tryst by S.L. Jennings (read 17 pages)

Total Books Finished: 1

Total Pages Read: 139

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Bout of Books 17: Challenge #2 & Reading Updates

Bout of Books
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 22nd and runs through Sunday, August 28th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 17 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team


Day two is done! I haven't started a book from the beginning yet because I have a few that I've been reading for a couple weeks between moving and unpacking. I really need to finish some of those books so I'm using the Bout of Books motivation to get them done! I did manage to finish one book so I'm excited and decently on track! :)  How did you do on day two of the readathon? Are you on track, running behind, or just going along for the ride? Let me know in the comments!

Hosted by Bout of Books
Mix 'n Match
Pick out 10-15 books from your shelf, from your local library, or from a local bookstore. They can be any genre, any language, and any length. In each book, flip to a random page and pick the 1st word (articles such as "the", "and", "an", "or", etc. don't count as the 1st word). Use all these 1st words to try to create an actual sentence
So here are my words!
this
kill
eerie
back
down
church
married
Macy
relief
Snape

And my sentence:
"To kill relief, Macy and Snape married down in the back of this eerie church."

And the books I used:
Night of The Living Dummy by R.L. Stine
Impossible by Nancy Werlin
The Carniverous Cavern by Lemony Snicket
Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
Belly Laughs by Jenny McCarthy
True Love by Thich Nhat Hanh
Dangerous Girls by R.L. Stine
Goddess by Josephine Angelini
Pride and Prejudice & Zombie by Seth Grahame-Smith
Harry Potter and The Cursed Child by JK Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne

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Day Two Reading Updates

Strikethrough = finished
The First Taste by Jessica Hawkins
Tryst by S.L. Jennings (read 17 pages)

Total Books Finished: 1

Total Pages Read: 139

Review: The First Taste by Jessica Hawkins

The First Taste
Cover Source: GoodReads.com
Title: The First Taste
Author: Jessica Hawkins
Version Reviewed: ARC, eBook
Website: www.jessicahawkins.net
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

GoodReads Synopsis:
Andrew Beckwith has already devoted his life to one girl—and as far as he’s concerned, she’s all he needs. The rough-around-the-edges bad boy left his reckless ways behind six years ago when his daughter Bell was born. To the female population’s dismay, he’s unapologetically single. When Bell’s mother walked out on them years ago, he vowed never to let another woman close enough to hurt them again.
Amelia Van Ecken isn’t just another woman. She’s an independent, smart, and savvy businesswoman who doesn’t have time for sex, much less love. In the midst of a drawn-out, bitter divorce, all she wants is to bury herself in work. But when sharp-tongued Amelia and stubborn Andrew cross paths, sparks fly—and burn. Two things are obvious in an instant: they want each other, and they’re from different worlds. It’s the perfect formula for an off-the-charts one-night stand. After all, it’s not as if opposites ever attract.
Review:
Alright, so I was first introduced to Andrew Beckwith in the book Slip of The Tongue. That book completely ripped my heart out but Andrew played a very small role in the story. I was so insanely excited when Jessica Hawkins announced that she was giving him his own book.  Even with such a small role in the previous novel, he was easy to fall for. I mean, what's better than a badass, sexy man that happens to be great in the bedroom and is an awesome father to top it all off? Yeah, he was easy to fall for

In this story, we also get to learn a little more about another character that made an appearance in Slip of The Tongue, Amelia, who is the boss of Andrew's sister, Sadie.  I admit that I wasn't crazy about her before reading this book but it was so great to learn more about her character and begin to understand exactly why she has the personality that she does. She was a much more likeable character than I had originally given her credit for and it didn't take me long to fall in love with her as well.

The First Taste was an amazing book. It was a beautiful story of two people with nothing in common but their broken hearts and how they manage to find love and happiness in the most unlikely of places. I absolutely loved this book and I couldn't get enough of Andrew and Amelia.

Rating: 5 Stars.