Idol by Kristen Callihan

Title: Idol by Kristen Callihan Kristen Idol.jpg

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Rating: 4.5 Stars


I found Killian drunk and sprawled out on my lawn like some lost prince. With the face of a god and the arrogance to match, the pest won’t leave. Sexy, charming, and just a little bit dirty, he’s slowly wearing me down, making me crave more.
He could be mine if I dare to claim him. Problem is, the world thinks he’s theirs. How do you keep an idol when everyone is intent on taking him away?

As lead singer for the biggest rock band in the world, I lived a life of dreams. It all fell apart with one fateful decision. Now everything is in shambles.
Until Liberty. She’s grouchy, a recluse—and kind of cute. Scratch that. When I get my hands on her, she is scorching hot and more addictive than all the fans who’ve screamed my name.
The world is clamoring for me to get back on stage, but I’m not willing to leave her. I’ve got to find a way to coax the hermit from her shell and keep her with me. Because, with Libby, everything has changed. Everything. Continue reading “Idol by Kristen Callihan”

Adding up the READ stack!


Hello Guys!

I can’t believe it is already the end of May, this is my first ever Wrap Up Post. I have never thought to do them in the past, but they are a super fun way to see what people have read in the past month so I figured I needed to get myself organised and finally put one of these together myself!

I read a total of 12 books this month which I am so happy with, 10/12 of these were New Adult Romances so you can see what trend I was taking, although 5 of these books also were part of 2 series. I’m going to try to incorporate more YA into June, i’m currently about 60% done with The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater… How late am I to the Raven Boys Party?!

Without further ado, here are the books I read this month:

Continue reading “Adding up the READ stack!”

College, Crime, Romance and Running!

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Author: Piper Lawson

Genre: NA Contemporary Romance

Rating: 4 Stars

*ARC received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*


Being a twenty-one-year-old screw-up has its perks. I can sleepwalk through class, drink all day and nail anything that walks.

Easy f#$%*ing peasy.

Sure, I used to be the fastest guy at Fielding College. I’ve broken more track records than anyone on the West Coast. But my life as an athlete feels like a different universe. A different Chase Owens.

Since my world fell apart last year, all I want is to be left the hell alone.

Ariel Hastings isn’t just a wrench in that plan, she’s a bomb. The quiet girl shows up out of nowhere and suddenly our fates are tied together. She wants to run with me, learn from me, even live with me…

Basically everything but f*ck me.

Now I’m spending too much time around her. I’m craving something she won’t give me and I sure as hell can’t ask for.

Because we’ve both got pasts that aren’t ready to let go. Even if I can survive hers, I know we can’t outrun mine.


Chased is a book split into two parts, part 1 is where you’re thinking this is going to be a light hearted bubbly new adult romance where two strangers, become friends then ultimately fall in love… [also throw in a lot of tension and angst] Part 2 is the book that throws you through the loop and the book takes a whole new turn. No longer is this just a romance, we have a character in prison, family drama and crime.

I really liked the complex characters featured in Chased, Chase himself is hard to decipher as he first comes off as a giant ass. He fits the model for the rude playboy, but as the story progresses we realise he isn’t actually like his hard exterior and there is more to him. Ariel and Chase both need each other in different ways, this is first established through their running connection where both characters primarily only need each other to help one another with their running – speed/timing and just to stay on the team. As the story progresses they begin to rely on each other in more ways, it’s also worth noting that the story isn’t an instant fall in love tale. There is true tension build up and you are waiting to see what will happen next between the pair.

Piper Lawson also plays around with some interesting plot choices which I haven’t experienced before such as Ariel being stuck in her dead mother’s shadow, I liked the incorporation of the stalkers and her over protective father. However I wish the stalker element was played into a little bit more, whilst the story features an Alternative POV it is more leaned towards Chase and his story rather than Ariel so that’s where the focus is continuously leading too.

Whilst the Alternative POV may lean favorably to Chase, the book begins to make up for the disappointment of missing more focus on Ariel with its ability to withdraw emotions from you as a reader. I found myself both shocked, laughing and basically wondering what the heck was going on and about to happen next. It’s definitely hard to predict, so it keeps you on your toes!

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Overall I enjoyed my reading experience of Chased by Piper Lawson, this was my first experience with her as a writer and I had no trouble getting into the story, the book itself was fast paced and a quick read. It is worth remembering that the book is split in TWO parts therefore you may wish to  have Part 2 handy as the book ends with a cliff hanger of sorts and you will want to start the next one to see what happens with Ariel and Chase and how their story ends. Luckily Netgalley kindly sent me both parts so I didn’t have to go through the pain of waiting to find out more!

Let me know in the comments if when reading a New Adult Romance do you prefer an instant love relationship or a tension filled build up? 


Useful Links : Goodreads – Chased Part 1 | Chased – Part 2 | Piper Lawson


Title: HustlerHustler

Authors: Meghan Quinn and Jessica Prince

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Rating: 3.5 Stars

*E-Arc provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*


Book Summary:

I make my living as a hustler, and I’m great at it.
I don’t have a single tell and I use that to my advantage to manipulate any situation.
I’ve always known what a person is about to do before they’ve even decided.

That is, until I met Penelope.
I can’t get a read on her, and what’s worse, she doesn’t want anything to do with me.
Which only makes me want her more.

Now I’m in for the hardest hustle of my life.
Somehow I have to convince her she belongs with me.
Good thing I’m always up for a challenge.


Hustler is a book which has left me on the fence, I liked it but I also found I wasn’t a fan of bits as well. Firstly I did like Meghan Quinn and Jessica Prince’s incorporation of popular culture references such as the New Girl reference which Scott and Penelope/ Nell have when he quotes Winston’s ‘Shame, Shame. I know your name’. I’m a big fan of New Girl so I gave the books props for this, it also incorporated with the modern America – Las Vegas setting and drove home that these characters are in their twenties.

Something I wasn’t a fan off was the pacing of this book, I found it to be very skittish – it seemed to jump from one thing to another and as a whole I found that the book lacked build up between Penelope and Gavin. There wasn’t that tension there for me. One example in the book which I would use to show how the book was a bit jumpy was when Nell is about to leave Gavin’s apartment crying because Graham mentions how much Gavin sleeps with other Waitresses, so we begin to see her experience feelings of hurt, questioning if she is just another one of those girls. But then suddenly everything’s OK, she seems to forget all about that in response to Gavin saying he likes her. To me I think this part was a bit unrealistic, I would have liked for the authors to approach this with a bit more detail, perhaps spending some more time on their being conflict between the two as then that may have built up some more tension.


Hustler Alternates POV between Gavin and Penelope, which allows us to get a stronger grasp on the story as we get to experience both protagonist’s thoughts and emotions. This is something I like from a New Adult Romance Book because then I feel like I get a fully rounded reading experience.  In terms of the characters themselves, I almost felt like they switched roles. This book doesn’t include stereotypical male characters who are the 100% masculine, ‘I get what I want’ types they are more feminine and in touch with their feelings whereas other books within this genre seem to have men who are hiding from their feelings. Penelope’s character on the other hand takes on a somewhat masculine role, one that you would stereotype as being masculine in the very least as she is a little closed off and wary of emotions. She is also feisty and she knows what she likes and doesn’t like.

Scott is actually a prime example of how the male characters are not stereotypical males as he is described as being extremely muscly but he also bonds with Nell over New Girl and he constantly wants to talk about feelings and talk to the other guys about relationships. This is a character we don’t necessarily ever see in other N/A Romances, it is a new experience for me as it is usually the female characters presented like this.

Overall Rating

I would give Hustler 3.5 stars, this book just fell a bit short for me. I think with a little bit more detail and tension build up between the characters I would of enjoyed it a lot more, I was a fan of the gambling context and Penelope playing a Gymnast wanting to reach her goals as it was something I haven’t read before. This, alongside the subversion of the typical gender roles did make the book have some unique elements. However it did just fall short on the tension and romantic build up.


Useful Links

Goodreads – Book Page | Goodreads – Jessica Prince AuthorGoodreads – Meghan Quinn Author

Driven -straight to readers heaven.


Driven Series by K. Bromberg| 5 Stars | New Adult Romance 

Summary for book one:

From New York Times Best-Selling Author K. Bromberg comes an unforgettable series about lust, love, redemption, and healing…

Our paths should never have crossed.

Colton Donavan was arrogant, exuded that bad boy vibe, and embodied everything I never wanted. And yet all it took was one night, one hallway, and one stolen kiss for me to know I hated him and desired him instantly.

My heart was healing. His soul was damaged. But with one bid, one little boy, and one carnival date, I couldn’t walk away and he wouldn’t let me in.

This is our story. Our fight. Our perfectly imperfect love.


This post is dedicated as a mini review for the first two books in the Driven series by K. Bromberg; Driven and Fueled.

Driven is something that you are either going to love or your going to hate, thats what goodreads is telling me anyway. Some people absolutely loved it, [hi friends] whilst others couldn’t even finish it. It’s all down to opinion, some have said that it can be cliche at times but I honestly thoroughly enjoyed my reading experience. I was looking for a romance novel and I got one!

Ultimately I am loving this series so much and I wish I had started it sooner. Don’t worry i’m kicking myself as I type this for not doing so. I am currently on book 3 which I plan on racing through [is that a pun for a book about racing… I think so] because I just can’t put it down.

Firstly this was my first reading experience with K. Bromberg’s work and I had no trouble falling into the story and finding myself hooked. So much so I was glad I had downloaded the next two so I could start them once I had finished the first, I must mention that they do end on sort of cliff hangers therefore you are left dangling in suspense and you will want to have the others close by to read on.

Colton and Rylee are our two protagonists and each of them are very complex, both characters have been through traumatic experiences in the past and they must work on healing themselves in these books. Book one, Driven is more focused on Rylee’s journey to heal herself and lose her own guilt and blame. Whilst Book 2, Fueled goes into Colton’s background more and we learn about his traumatic childhood and what has resulted in him hating the idea of love and hiding behind the many women.

This series has basically driven me to a big emotional rollarcoaster, I have laughed, cried and become frustrated. The frustration is from Colton, as his many exes all verbally attack Rylee in someway or insult her, he never seems to notice as he is on the opposite side of the room busy. I found myself mentally shouting, where the heck is Colton?! I wish he would just come back and notice what is going on, then he might understand why Rylee is acting the way she is.

I hate Tawny… for those who have read this series you will understand. She is absolutely psychotic, thinking she can be so manipulative and just hang in the background waiting to take Colton again… erm… 

As a whole Driven is a series that deals with so much more than simple romance, you have Rylee who is ultimately suffering from survivors guilt and flashbacks from her past and Colton an abuse survivor, runaway who was adopted. There are so many levels to this story therefore you are kept on your toes wondering what will happen next. Which is something I really enjoy, I like the unpredictable nature of a book. I don’t like being able to second guess an ending.

5 Wonderful Stars for me…. I must be off to read the third book now. Big things are happening…

Let me know if you have read this series in the comments, I would love to discuss your thoughts on it and see what you guys thought! Also what do you guys think about the title for this post? I read Becca’s @Beccaandbooks blog post about Originality and it really struck a cord with me. I want to try make my posts stand out a little more by making new titles, throwing bits of me and my personality into my posts so let me know what you think.


Goodreads – Driven | Goodreads- Fueled.


Dirty by Kylie Scott.

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Author: Kylie Scott

Genre: N/A Romance

Rating: 4 Stars



The last thing Vaughan Hewson expects to find when he returns to his childhood home is a broken hearted bride in his shower, let alone the drama and chaos that comes with her.

Lydia Green doesn’t know whether to burn down the church or sit and cry in a corner. Discovering the love of your life is having an affair on your wedding day is bad enough. Finding out it’s with his best man is another thing all together. She narrowly escapes tying the knot and meets Vaughan only hours later.

Vaughan is the exact opposite of the picture perfect, respected businessman she thought she’d marry. This former musician-turned-bartender is rough around the edges and unsettled. But she already tried Mr. Right and discovered he’s all wrong-maybe it’s time to give Mr. Right Now a chance.



Dirty is the first book in the Dive Bar series by Kylie Scott, New York Time Bestselling Author. Like many of my other recent reads, this was my first experience with Kylie Scott as an author and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book.

Dirty is a fast paced, light hearted romance novel that took me no time to finish reading, it is definitely a book I would recommend for those looking for something easy to get into, a book to wind down with.

Firstly when I say the book is fast paced, I truly mean that things move very quickly for Lydia and Vaughn. Although this fast pace doesn’t hinder the story to a large extent, the introduction Lydia has to Vaughn means they already know somewhat intimate details of each other lives. I mean Vaughn finding Lydia in his bath in her wedding dress having just ran out of her wedding and through his bedroom window surely means they are ahead in the getting to know each other scale… a little bit at least.

I decided to rate Dirty 4 stars because I had hoped for the pace to slow down so we could experience certain elements to the story in more detail, for example Lydia’s fiance is revealed to be gay (this isn’t a spoiler because it is in the books summary ) which his father pays Lydia generously to hide from the press in order to save their reputation. Yet he then jets off onto the honeymoon he was meant to have with Lydia with his best man/lover… Then we don’t seem to hear anything else about what happens next, I had hoped for more of a conflict or more detail regarding this element to the story however it almost felt like it was brushed under the carpet whilst Vaughn and Lydia took center stage.

Despite having felt like the story could of been more developed and detailed in some instances I did still thoroughly enjoy Dirty, I liked Vaughn and Lydia’s relationship. I liked how  despite having just met he took her under his wing and protected her knowing she had been manipulated and used by the people she thought loved her. As you can probably work out in places the story felt like it lacked something, it picked up in others especially in the personal relationship blossoming between our two protagonists.

One to check out for those who are fans of light hearted, easy to read New Adult Romances



Useful Links:

Goodreads – Dirty | Goodreads: Kylie Scott Author Page


A little note from me…

Hi Guys!

As of today I have 2 weeks until my last exam then I shall be free for summer and you know what that means? I shall be free to read! 

Yaaay I have so many books on my TBR which I hope to tackle, obviously I will also have my reading list for third year to tackle as well as my job but I will have more time to dedicate to my blog and keeping up to date 🙂

Are you currently taking exams too? Let me know in the comments how your getting on or when you finish. What are your plans for summer?


Waking Olivia – Elizabeth O’Roark

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Author: Elizabeth O’ Roark

Rating: 4.5 Stars

*E-BOOK copy received via Net galley for an honest review*

Summary: Goodreads

“That girl isn’t just trouble of the not-a-team-player, not-a-reliable-runner variety. She’s trouble of the devious, manipulative, too-f***ing-hot-for-her-own good variety. She’s the kind of girl who causes trouble merely by existing, and then makes sure to cause more.
And the last thing I need right now is more trouble.”

A failing farm.
His father’s debt.
And a struggling college track team.
Will Langstrom has too many responsibilities, and the last thing he needs is Olivia Finnegan, a beautiful but troubled new transfer student.

A smart mouth.
A strong right hook.
And a secret that could destroy her.
Olivia is her own worst enemy, with a past she can’t seem to escape, and the last person she wants help from is a cocky track coach she can never seem to please.
Refusing to be pushed away, Will is determined to save her.
And determined to resist an attraction that could destroy them both.



Waking Olivia was introduced to me by 2 different bloggers; My Tiny Obsessions and The Girl Who Read Too Much. They each have reviews of this book also up on their blogs so be sure to check them out as their reviews are what intrigued me to give this book a read myself.

Waking Olivia is my first experience with Elizabeth O’Roark as an author and I had no trouble getting into her writing style and falling into the story, in-fact I was hooked on the story from the beginning and I wanted to continuously read to find out what was going to happen next.

Firstly I think the most notable element to this book is Elizabeth’s incorporation of issues such as PTSD, Survivors Guilt and other psychological issues such as memory repression. I found these elements to the story very interesting as it added another dimension to Olivia’s character and having studied Psychology for my A-levels and GCSE’s I found it very interesting to see these in a fictional story. Olivia suffers from PTSD, at first we are introduced to this element from her sleep-running at night, ending up with no shoes, her feet battered and bruised and herself in the middle of nowhere. It isn’t until further into the novel we establish that she is in-fact suffering from PTSD, not simply an extended version of sleep walking. Later on in the book we also establish that she has repressed some traumatic childhood memories that are triggered by a visit from the police and the discovery of human remains.

The discovery of human remains is what begins Olivia’s Survivors Guilt, for those remains are of a relative.This discovery shows how this story is more than just a romance, it has elements of mystery tied to it. As a reader we are constantly questioning the novel, firstly we are wondering why Olivia runs in her sleep, what is she running from? then we begin to question what really happened in her childhood. As the reality sets in that Olivia had suffered in the past, it wasn’t surprising to find myself feeling sympathy and sadness for her. Elizabeth O’Roark’s writing allows you to get close to her characters and you feel emotional for them.

Alongside this element to the story, Elizabeth also incorporates a will they – wont they relationship through Will and Olivia’s characters.Olivia is Will’s newest student to coach running, therefore this is almost a forbidden relationship. This added a tension to the novel as they fought off there feelings for one another and as a reader you begin to question if anything would happen between the couple.

As you can see I decided to rate Waking Olivia 4.5 stars, I couldn’t rate a full 5 stars because I was left a little disappointed by the ending. I felt like it was almost a little rushed for me, I would of liked to read more about Olivia’s father and later on how Olivia begins to work on her own fears. However overall this story was a lovely easy read, the use of psychology topics sets the book apart from other romance novels and adds more to the overall story.

Definitely one to check out if you are interesting in a romance book that offers a little more than boy meets girl. 




Useful Links:

Goodreads – Waking Olivia | Goodreads – Elizabeth O’Roark |Amazon – Waking Olivia