Sunday, March 31, 2019

Romance Shelfie + Apollycon Book Haul

I am not usually a book buyer but so far this year I've acquired quite a few books digitally and in print.  Last week Jess and I went to Apollycon and I somehow managed to come back with more books than I took with me!

K.E 's Apollycon Haul

Ruled by Elle Kennedy 
This is one of my highest rated romances and I had a total mind blank and forgot to take it with me to ApollyCon! It's okay though, Jess went to the signing and had Kennedy sign a matching bookmark for me.

Into The Blue by Chanel Cleeton 
I loved Fly With Me and can't wait to start this one!

The Marriage Contract by Katee Robert
Katee Robert ended up not being at Apollycon and since it would actually cost me money to return this book to Amazon I'm holding onto it. The most recent book in the series is a Rita finalist so I plan to read it.

Nightchaser by Amanda Bouchet 
I haven't read much sci-fi romance and this one sounds intriguing. Bouchet was so nice when I met her.

The Corner of Forever and Always by Lia Riley 
At Apollycon I chatted with Riley about being an Avon Addict and about a coffee shop in her book. She was so nice and took this book off the display and gave it to me.

Wild by Sophie Jordan
This was in my final Avon Addicts box so I brought it along to be signed

Signed by Marni Mann
Her story in the Mixtape anthology left me wanting more so I picked this up. Her husband seemed super supportive and was at her table acting as a great publicist.

Josh and Hazel's Guide To Not Dating by Christina Lauren.
I didn't think I'd meet them but an hour before the signing ended they had literally no line. I rushed out to got this but the on-site store had sold out of books. However, Christina Lauren's publicist, Kristin, was very nice and tipped me off more were coming and made sure I got one!

Dusk Til Dawn by Andie J. Christopher
I loved her interview on Wicked Wallflowers and I am so excited for her new book. Plus, she brought her dog along.

Steadfast by Sarina Bowen
I went to see if I could just get a bookmark signed and she told me I could purchase the copy of Steadfast she had on display! She was so nice about it and we even chatted about having the same clear credit card that is always getting lost. I can't remember anything book-ish we talked about but it was a pleasure meeting her and narrator Tanya Eby.

Kindle Shelfie

It Started With A Shelfie by Nicole Falls
On Pointe and Her New Groove by Shelly Ellis

I saw this great deal on Twitter for a 2 month Kindle subscription for .99 so I loaded up on some titles.

Writing Her In by Holley Trent
I requested this on NetGalley and didn't realize I'd been approved so I'm catching up. I believe it is f/f/m romance.

Mixtape Anthology
I've already read this and have a review coming soon!

First Rule of Hook-Ups by Nina Crespo
I purchased this because Crespo was going to be at Apollycon but I either missed her or didn't see her.

London Celebrities
I could not pass this deal up. For 2.99 you get all three books in Lucy Parker's series.

Be Mine by Savannah J. Fierson
Review coming soon for this multicultural m/m/m/f novella!

But Wait There's More

I also acquired The Matchmaker's List by Sonya Lalli for book club and I won Rafe by Rebekah Weatherspoon on Twitter.

I also picked up these cute magnetic bookmarks made by Wonton In A Million from Michaels Arts and Crafts!

Jess' ApollyCon Haul

When You Are Mine By Kennedy Ryan
I picked this book up at a used book sale before Ryan was nominated for a RITA. It's the first in her Bennett's series.  After meeting her and hearing all the buzz I wanted to go back and get a copy of Longshot but her line was long, so I'll have to check it out on Kindle.

Roomies By Christina Lauren
I did not think I would get to meet them at ApollyCon because of how big they are! But I was able to get a ticket plus their line opened up. I choose this one because it's going to be made into a movie with a Latino hero.

Winterblaze by Kristen Callihan
I enjoyed the first book in this series and since I started the second one, I grabbed the third one so I can get a jumpstart on the series. It's a nice blend of paranormal and historical.

Midnight Target and Midnight Action by Elle Kennedy
Killer Instincts is one of my favorites suspense series and Kennedy seemed excited to talk about this series and how Midnight Action (Which is my fav) was controversial among her fans.

Extreme Honor and Hidden Impact By Piper J Drake
Extreme Honor was a freebie on the swag table and I grabbed Hidden Impact beforehand because I need to find a new suspense series before I catch up on the Killer Instincts series. Drake is pretty smart and had a stamp for her signature!

Novelly Yours Candles, Cliffhanger - Sandalwood is one of my favorite scents!

Next Year In Havana  by Chanel Cleeton
After hearing Chanel Cleeton talk about this book on Smart Podcast, Trashy Books and seeing it chosen for the Reese Witherspoon Book Club, this was an easy book to suggest during my short stint at a bookstore.

Storm and A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kremmer
Storm was on sale and I had to pick up Curse after seeing all the YA blogger buzz.

Girls With Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young
Program Series Variant Covers
This looked like an interesting Handmaid's Tale inspired book. Suzanne Young had pictures of the variants covers for The Program series that looks amazing

Needless to say, I've put myself on a book buying ban for the next few months,  but tell me, what new and exciting books are in your shelfie?

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

We're Going To Apollycon 2019

On Saturday the bloggers behind Romance and Sensibility will be at ApollyCon ! This will be our first big romance event. This is a huge event and the organizers really have it down pat! I can't wait to get books signed by Elle Kennedy, Brigid Kremmer, Kristien Callihan and maybe Christina Lauren? If you're going we hope to see you there !

- Kat and Jess

Saturday, March 9, 2019

The Whole Package by Marie Harte

Rating: ★★ | 352 pages | Contemporary | Sourcebooks Casablanca | Release Date: 1/29/2019
When Vets on the Go!, retired Marine Reid Griffith’s moving company, get some unexpected good press, Naomi Starr sees them as the perfect client for her new PR firm. She wants to keep it professional since mixing business and pleasure caused her some trouble in the past, but when she meets Reid there is an inescapable instant attraction!

I went on a journey with this book. Marie Harte wrote some of my favorite contemporary romance novels so when I first picked up this book I was excited to be back in her world. The dialogue was snappy, the characters were ambitious and complex, Harte’s knowledge from her own time in the Marines shone but then….this book turned into a giant clunker.

There were just all these weird side storylines that bloated the story and never get fully resolved. We have the poorly executed mentally ill mom plotline, family drama, ex-boyfriend drama, work drama, abusive pasts,  oddly aggressive middle-aged man bullies and then they foil a robbery? There are also just so many characters. I’m not sure why we have to meet every mover they hire and get the tedious intricacies of how they work with another mover. I looked it up, none of these movers get their own book and most don’t even have much dialogue.

I was also really irked at just how poorly the inclusivity in the book is executed. It felt like every minority character had a point where they turn to this cishet white man and verbally tell him that they are black or gay or a lesbian. We then get Reid saying he doesn't care they are a minority (which I think is supposed to make him look like a good guy but saying you "don't care" someone is a minority is literally the least you can do )  and then we never hear from that person again. I  also think it was extremely tone deaf make your one explicitly Latinx character end up being a criminal.

I wanted to like The Whole Package but it left a bad taste in my mouth.

*Received for review from NetGalley

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Cover Reveal: Hook Shot by Kennedy Ryan

We are so excited to host the cover reveal for Hook Shot by Kennedy Ryan. Hook Shot is a deeply emotional standalone set in the worlds of professional basketball and high fashion coming out on March 28th! 


Divorced. Single dad. Traded to a losing squad.
Cheated on, betrayed, exposed.
My perfect life blew up in my face and I'm still picking up the pieces.
The last thing I need is her.
A wildflower. A storm. A woman I can't resist.
Lotus DuPree is a kick to my gut and a wrench in my plans
from the moment our eyes meet.
I promised myself I wouldn't trust a woman again,
but I've never wanted anyone the way I want Lo.
She's not the plan I made, but she's the risk I have to take.
A warrior. A baller. The one they call Gladiator.
Kenan Ross charged into my life smelling all good, looking even better and snatching my breath from the moment we met.
The last thing I need is him.
I’m working on me. Facing my pain and conquering my demons.
I've seen what trusting a man gets you.
Don't. Have. Time. For. This.
But he just keeps coming for me.
Keeps knocking down my defenses and stealing my excuses
one by one.
He never gives up, and now...I'm not sure I want him to.

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KR W Bckg Verti.jpgA Top 30 Amazon Bestseller, Kennedy Ryan writes about women from all walks of life, empowering them and placing them firmly at the center of each story and in charge of their own destinies. Her heroes respect, cherish and lose their minds for the women who capture their hearts. She is a wife to her lifetime lover and mother to an extraordinary son. She has always leveraged her journalism background to write for charity and non-profit organizations but enjoys writing to raise Autism awareness most. A contributor for Modern Mom Magazine and Frolic, Kennedy’s writings have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA Today and many others. The founder and executive director of a foundation serving Atlanta Autism families, she has appeared on Headline News, Montel Williams, NPR and other media outlets as an advocate for families living with autism.

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