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Romanceopoly

Romanceopoly is a reading challenge game hosted by Under the Covers and Peace Love Books.

The game is based loosely on Monopoly and set in the fictional city of Romanceopolis. You can roll a die to make your way around the board or just do each task which is how I’m going to play.

The website the creators have made is so helpful with tasks. They have a list of recommendations for each task here which I have found great because there are a few tasks that require books I wouldn’t normally read.

Tasks & TBR

LEATHER LANE Urban Fantasy Read an urban fantasy where the series is already completed

Alpha (Shifters, #6)

KICKASS LANE Urban Fantasy Read an urban fantasy with a picture of a kickass heroine on the cover

Magic Rises (Kate Daniels, #6)

DOWNTOWN Subway Read a rock star romance

Rock Addiction (Rock Kiss, #1)

GROWING PAINS PLACE Young Adult Read a young adult book (fantasy or contemporary)

Arcana Rising (The Arcana Chronicles, #4)

MEMORY LANE Historical Fiction Read a historical fiction novel

With This Ring  (Vanza, #1)

WOMEN’S AVE Women’s Fiction Read a women’s fiction novel

The Woman Who Stole My Life

DUNGEON Corner Read a book with a hero in prison or who is an ex-con – OR – Read a book on UTC’s or PLB’s Book Boyfriends List.

Second Grave on the Left (Charley Davidson, #2)

COLLEGE ROW New Adult Read a new adult book set in college

Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful, #1)

BUS Transport Read a book where the character(s) have to go on a journey
which involves travel (this includes fantasy)

Wicked Abyss (Immortals After Dark, #18)

LGBT LANE LGBT Read a new adult LGBT romance

Him (Him #1)

FREEDOM FRIARS LGBT Read an adult LGBT romance

Lover at Last (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #11)

SWEET STREET Contemporary Romance Read a sweet or small town contemporary romance

Truth or Beard (Winston Brothers, #1)

BAD BOY CIRCUS Contemporary Romance Read a contemporary romance with a bad boy hero or bad gal heroine

The Dark Calling (The Arcana Chronicles, #5)

EROTIC EAVES Erotic Romance Read a smoking hot erotic contemporary romance

The Master (The Game Maker, #2)

FIRESTATION Corner Read a book with a firefighter hero/heroine – OR – Read an ON FIRE HOT erotic romance (can be other than contemporary)

Consumed (Firefighters, #1)

WARRIORS WAY Paranormal Romance Read a paranormal romance that involves a band of warriors

Lover Mine (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #8)

MAGIC ROW Paranormal Romance Read a paranormal romance where the hero/heroine can wield magic

Waking the Witch (Women of the Otherworld, #11)

CREATURE CRESCENT Paranormal Romance Read a paranormal romance where the hero/heroine isn’t human (shifters, vamps, angels, demons, gargoyles, etc)

River Marked (Mercy Thompson, #6)

COZY CORNER Mystery Read a mystery or cozy mystery

For the Love of Mike (Molly Murphy, #3)

MILITARY MEWS Romantic Suspense Read a romantic suspense with a military hero/heroine

Deadly Game (GhostWalkers, #5)

TAXI Transport Read a book on UTC’s or PLB’s Recs List (any genre).

Angels' Blood (Guild Hunter, #1)

MURDER MILL Thriller Read a thriller or romantic thriller

Final Girls

HEARTBREAK HOSPITAL Corner Read a book with a doctor hero/heroine – OR – Read a tearjerker

Lover Unleashed (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #9)

FARAWAY LAND Fantasy Read a fantasy romance or a fantasy novel

Lover Reborn (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #10)

LONDON STREET Steampunk Read a steampunk romance or steampunk novel

Heart of Steel (The Iron Seas #2)

ALIEN AVENUE Sci Fi Read a sci fi romance or a sci fi novel

Last Kiss Goodnight (Otherworld Assassin, #1)

AUSTEN ROW Historical Romance Read a classic romance – OR – Read a historical romance on UTC’s or PLB’s Recs List.

Jane Eyre

UPTOWN Subway Read a chef/foodie romance

Hyde and Seek (Hyde #1)

MAYFAIR Historical Romance Read a historical romance where there is a class disparity

Beauty and the Blacksmith  (Spindle Cove, #3.5)

Be sure to check out the website if you’re interested in the challenge. It is seriously the most informative site I’ve seen for a reading challenge.

A Night to Surrender by Tessa Dare Review

A Night to Surrender (Spindle Cove, #1)Title: A Night to Surrender

Author: Tessa Dare

Genre: Historical Romance

Series: Spindle Cove #1

Goodreads Rating: 3.78/5

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Synopsis: Welcome to Spindle Cove, where the ladies with delicate constitutions come for the sea air, and men in their prime are… nowhere to be found. Or are they?

Spindle Cove is the destination of choice for certain types of well-bred young ladies: the painfully shy, young wives disenchanted with matrimony, and young girls too enchanted with the wrong men; it is a haven for those who live there.

Victor Bramwell, the new Earl of Rycliff, knows he doesn’t belong here. So far as he can tell, there’s nothing in this place but spinsters… and sheep. But he has no choice, he has orders to gather a militia. It’s a simple mission, made complicated by the spirited, exquisite Susanna Finch—a woman who is determined to save her personal utopia from the invasion of Bram’s makeshift army.

Susanna has no use for aggravating men; Bram has sworn off interfering women. The scene is set for an epic battle… but who can be named the winner when both have so much to lose?

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What I thought about the book: Maybe 2.5 stars. I found this quite boring but I really enjoyed her other books so I think this one is the exception, not the rule.

It’s a very fluffy book so if that’s what you’re looking for, you got it.

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Afterburn & Aftershock Book vs Movie

Welcome to the first post in my Elaine Reads Romance series 🧡 This is a new post series and an Instagram page focusing solely on romance. The Instagram page will be updated regularly and there will be occasional posts here on my blog.

I want to delve deeper into the romance genre and explore all the tropes/topics that I love (and hate) without changing the overall feel of my blog which is why I made the Instagram page. The majority of my reviews will be posted there along with discussions about authors, new releases, tropes and whatever else we feel like talking about.

So, if you’re a romance fan, come join me on Instagram and let’s chat romance 💕

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“I’d face all that and more for a guy who really loved me,” I told him coldly. “But I’m not putting up with this shit from a jerk.”

Afterburn & Aftershock by Sylvia Day covers

Afterburn & Aftershock (Jax & Gia #1-2)

by Sylvia Day

Never mix business with pleasure. Never bring politics into the bedroom. In a way I did both when I took Jackson Rutledge as a lover. I can’t say I wasn’t warned.

Two years later, he was back. Walking into a deal I’d worked hard to close. Under the tutelage of Lei Yeung, one of the sharpest businesswomen in New York, I had picked up a thing or two since Jax walked away. I wasn’t the girl he once knew, but he hadn’t changed. Unlike the last time we’d drifted into each other’s lives, I knew exactly what I was dealing with… and how addictive his touch could be.

The inner circle of glamour, sex, and privilege was Jax’s playground–but this time, I knew the rules of the game. In the cutthroat business world, one adage rules all: keep your enemies close and your ex-lovers closer…

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Genre: Contemporary Romance

Series: Jax & Gia #1-2

Goodreads Rating: 3.95/5

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Review: This is a steamy one. A steamy steamy one.

Gia is one of the best leading ladies in contemporary romance I’ve read. She’s independent and goal orientated working to improve her career in the restaurant world when an old flame, Jax, resurfaces. He’s a directly involved in her latest business dealing meaning they have to spend a lot of time together.

Jax seems surprised by Gia’s attitude towards him but she isn’t afraid of letting him know what she’s feeling.

“Damn it. I didn’t know you were in love with me, Gia.”
My eyes closed against the pain of hearing those words from his lips. “If that’s true, you didn’t know me at all.”

He’s closed off emotionally and we don’t know why until they reach boiling point and something gives.

Their relationship is tumultuous, racy and deeply loving. I really enjoyed reading it 💕

My Rating: ★★★★☆

Get the book: Amazon | Book Depository 

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Get the movie on Amazon.

IMDB Rating: 5.3/10

Review: The acting from the main cast is solid (some of the supporting cast are a bit hinky) and the guy playing Jax is suitably yummy. It’s a bit less steamy than the book but that’s bound to happen unless they make porn.

The movie follows the book quite closely. The dialogue is moved around in some places and it doesn’t really fit on one of these occasions.

Overall it’s good but not as good as the book.

My Rating: ★★★★☆

“You’re toying with one of my people,”
she said coldly, watching impassively as he lifted her hand to his mouth.
“You never used to be cruel”
“I used to have a heart,” he drawled “and then someone broke it.”

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The Matchmaker’s Playbook by Rachel Van Dyken Review

The Matchmaker's Playbook (Wingmen Inc. 1) [Kindle in Motion]Title: The Matchmaker’s Playbook

Author: Rachel Van Dyken

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Series: Wingman Inc. #1

Goodreads Rating: 3.99/5

Goodreads Link

Synopsis:  Wingman rule number one: don’t fall for a client.

After a career-ending accident, former NFL recruit Ian Hunter is back on campus—and he’s ready to get his new game on. As one of the masterminds behind Wingmen, Inc., a successful and secretive word-of-mouth dating service, he’s putting his extensive skills with women to work for the lovelorn. But when Blake Olson requests the services of Wingmen, Inc., Ian may have landed his most hopeless client yet.

From her frumpy athletic gear to her unfortunate choice of footwear, Blake is going to need a miracle if she wants to land her crush. At least with a professional matchmaker by her side she has a fighting chance. Ian knows that his advice and a makeover can turn Blake into another successful match. But as Blake begins the transformation from hot mess to smokin’ hot, Ian realizes he’s in danger of breaking his cardinal rule.…

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What I thought about the book:

This was ok. Not an amazing story and I wasn’t too keen on the main male character. He was a bit too much of a fan of himself and the book as a whole was very tropey.

I did really enjoy the banter between the characters. It was a fun relationship to watch grow and the supporting characters have a strong presence.

Ticks all the boxes for contemporary romance formula fiction so if you’re into that you will probably enjoy this.

Though it’s certainly not the best romance book I’ve read I did enjoy it enough to read the whole thing and I will most likely read the next book in the series.

My Rating: 3 star review

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The Matchmaker’s Playbook has been adapted into a movie by Passionflix

Shadow’s Seduction by Kresley Cole Review

Shadow's Seduction (Immortals After Dark, #17; The Dacians, #2)Title: Shadow’s Seduction

Author: Kresley Cole

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: Immortals After Dark #17 / The Dacians #2

Goodreads Rating: 3.91/5

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Synopsis: In this scorching Immortals After Dark/Dacian novel, #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole brings together a wicked vampire prince used to getting everything he desires and a demon warrior who always felt like an outcast.

A night of debauchery . . .
Prince Mirceo Daciano and his new friend, Caspion the Tracker, comb the streets of Dacia, drunkenly seeking out pleasures of the flesh. In what should have been a typical night, they coax a bevy of nymphs to bed. To impress their females, the demon and the vampire kiss on a dare.

Changes them forever . . .
Once they finally break away from their soul-searing kiss, they find themselves alone—and shaken. Had they imagined their explosive chemistry? Obstacles—ranging from a death sentence to exile in a war-torn dimension—threaten to destroy their lives . . . and the vulnerable promise in that one kiss.

How long can they resist the fire that blazes between them?
Even if Mirceo can accept Caspion as his fated mate, the seductive vampire still must convince the stubborn demon that their bond is forever. And any royal Dacian union must receive the blessing of King Lothaire, an unpredictable and savage killer…

 

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What I thought about the book:  

This one was a bit different to previous books in the series. It’s Cole’s first M/M romance and it was just as swoon-worthy as all the others.

I’m not as into the Dacian’s as the other supernatural groups in the world. I miss the Valkyries and not even Nix showed up in this one which disappointed me but overall this is a great paranormal romance.

It’s typical Kresley Cole style with sexy banter and alpha males but with double the impact. Unusually for books in this series, there is a cliffhanger but we still get a HEA. I’m hoping the conclusion to this cliffhanger (which is due out in 2020) will tie into a previous one. Since she rarely writes cliffhangers I’m wondering if they’re connected.

“You’re under my skin, Mirceo. When we parted, you took my heart with you. Go easy with it, okay?”

“I’ll protect it forever, just as you’ll protect mine.”
― Kresley ColeShadow’s Seduction

My Rating: 4 star review

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