Showing posts from December, 2013

The Best of 2013! Plus Challenge Wrap up!

2013!!! Where have you gone???  It feels like just yesterday that I was doing the countdown with my friends for 2013! Now I'll be doing it AGAIN tonight! 2013 was such an interesting year! When it comes to reading I started the year strong, but then it sort of dwindled around summer time. But personally I think I have a pretty good excuse for that...I met someone this year.  And while I still read, I will admit it isn't my number one priority anymore.  And to be honest, it's kind of a relief!  The last couple of years reading has become a chore to me.  Authors, publishers, agents, etc. sending me request after request, and me being the type of person who can't so no...I finally realized something...READING IS SUPPOSED TO BE FUN!! So what now? you may be asking.  Is there still a future for The Romance Bookie? ABSOLUTELY! Of course!! The Romance Bookie is my baby! I have put so much hard work into getting The Romance Bookie to where is it today! But none the les

Racing Savannah (#4 in Hundred Oaks Series) by Miranda Kenneally

I'm so excited that I was able to able to finish Miranda Kenneally's latest novel, Racing Savannah, before the end of the year!  I had no other choice...I got it in the mail late last week, after having ordered it off of Amazon for only $5.99, and of course had to read it immediately! Miranda has become one of my favorite authors! From Goodread : They’re from two different worlds. He lives in the estate house, and she spends most of her time in the stables helping her father train horses. In fact, Savannah has always been much more comfortable around horses than boys. Especially boys like Jack Goodwin—cocky, popular and completely out of her league. She knows the rules: no mixing between the staff and the Goodwin family. But Jack has no such boundaries. With her dream of becoming a horse jockey, Savannah isn’t exactly one to follow the rules either. She’s not going to let someone tell her a girl isn’t tough enough to race. Sure, it’s dangerous. Then again, so is dating

Shut Out by Kody Keplinger (Audiobook Review)

Hey Guys! So I didn't think I would be finishing another Audiobook this year, but thanks to the 45 minute commute to take my final last night, I finally finished listening to Kody Keplinger's Shut Out ! From Goodreads : Most high school sports teams have rivalries with other schools. At Hamilton High, it's a civil war: the football team versus the soccer team. And for her part, Lissa is sick of it. Her quarterback boyfriend, Randy, is always ditching her to go pick a fight with the soccer team or to prank their locker room. And on three separate occasions Randy's car gas been egged while he and Lissa were inside, making out. She is done competing with a bunch of sweaty boys for her own boyfriend's attention.   Lissa decides to end the rivalry once and for all: she and the other players' girlfriends go on a hookup strike. The boys won't get any action from them until the football and soccer teams make peace. What they don't count on is a new sor

Three YEARS for The Romance Bookie! (Giveaway!!)

Hey Everyone! I just can't believe it...but it's been THREE YEARS since I started The Romance Bookie!! Wow, I know I say this every year, but what an incredible three years! This past year brought on my first major publisher sending me books (Atria and Gallery, which are publishers through Simon and Schuster). Over the the past three years I have written almost 250 reviews! 250!!  I just counted them up...and can I just say I'm a little bit in a state of shock! Unbelievable! 250!!!!!!! Before I say thank you to everyone that has helped me with this blog over the last three years, I just want to say again how sorry I am about neglecting The Romance Bookie the last six months! You see 2013 was a year of many firsts for me.  Among them was getting my drivers license, which has allowed me a lot more freedom, getting TWO news jobs, and also meeting an incredible guy.  Before this year, I had always been a bit of a loner.  I will admit at the time I preferred it th

A Beautiful Wedding (#2.5 in Beautiful Disaster Series) by Jamie McGuire

Hey Everyone!! So Jamie McGuire made a super awesome announcement a couple of weeks ago, that had me squealing like a serious fan-girl! Fans of Travis Maddox, from the Beautiful Disaster  series will be thrilled to know that on December 10th (next Tuesday! One Week from today!!), the story of Abby and Travis's wedding will be revealed when Beautiful Wedding is released! Well, thanks to the wonderful publishers at Atria I was lucky enough to get an advanced finished copy of the book last week, so of course, me being the squealing fan-girl started to devour it right away! From Goodreads: You know that Abby Abernathy unexpectedly became Mrs. Maddox. But what do you really know? Why did Abby pop the question? What secrets were shared before the ceremony? Where did they spend their wedding night? Who else knew about it . . . and didn’t tell? Everything about Abby and Travis’s elopement was top-secret . . . until now. Fans of Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster will get