2017 Monthly Status Update: January

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Monthly Stats:
# books read this month: 9
# pages read this month: 3,090
# books read year-to-date: 9
# pages read year-to-date: 3,090

Favorite Books I Read:

The Wicked City by Beatriz Williams – 4.75 stars
Everything You Want Me To Be by Mindy Mejia – 4.75 stars

Books I Didn’t Particularly Enjoy: 

I have to be honest in that I didn’t really like The Road by Cormac McCarthy. We read it for book club and it was interesting just not my type of book!

Other Posts this month:

Ready, Set, Rogue BLOG TOUR!!
Two Days Gone BLOG TOUR!!

Status of 2017 Reading Challenges:

  1. Finish 2016 ARC’s from NetGalley that I missed – No progress on this one yet
  2. Participate in 2 reading challenges – Scheduled for May and August
  3. Other goals:
    1. Write shorter reviews – I’m trying!
    2. Continue establishing relationships – I think I’m doing it, we’ll see how it goes I guess!

Next Month TBR List:

For February my plan is the following:
-The Devil Crept In by Ania Ahlborn
-Close Enough to Touch by Colleen Oakley
– Beautiful Broken Girls by Kim Savage
-The Hidden Man by David Ellis
-Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach
-The Most Dangerous Place on earth by Lindsey Lee Johnson
-The River At Night by Erica Ferenick
-The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

 

2017 Book #9 – Some Kind of Magic by Mary Ann Marlowe

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Author: Mary Ann Marlowe
Date finished: 1/30/17
Genre: Contemporary romance, women’s fiction
Publisher: Kensington
Publication Date: January 31, 2017
Pages in book: 304
Stand alone or series: #1 in the Flirting with Fame series
Where I got the book from: NetGalley NOTE: I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.

Blurb from the cover:

In this sparkling debut novel, Mary Ann Marlowe introduces a hapless scientist who’s swept off her feet by a rock star—but is it love or just a chemical reaction?…
Biochemist Eden Sinclair has no idea that the scent she spritzed on herself before leaving the lab is designed to enhance pheromones. Or that the cute, grungy-looking guy she meets at a gig that evening is Adam Copeland. As in the Adam Copeland—international rock god and object of lust for a million women. Make that a million and one. By the time she learns the truth, she’s already spent the (amazing, incredible) night in his bed…
Suddenly Eden, who’s more accustomed to being set up on disastrous dates by her mom, is going out with a gorgeous celebrity who loves how down-to-earth and honest she is. But for once, Eden isn’t being honest. She can’t bear to reveal that this overpowering attraction could be nothing more than seduction by science. And the only way to know how Adam truly feels is to ditch the perfume—and risk being ditched in turn…
Smart, witty, and sexy, Some Kind of Magic is an irresistibly engaging look at modern relationships—why we fall, how we connect, and the courage it takes to trust in something as mysterious and unpredictable as love.

My rating:  3.0 stars out of a scale of 5

My review: I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. This book tells the story of Eden Sinclair, a biochemist working for a lab that is basically trying to make an airborne Viagara. Unknown to Eden, whose job is just to run the tests for levels of different hormones in mouse blood. So when the head scientist tells Eden she can take home a vial of perfume, she doesn’t think anything of it. Eden decides to wear the perfume to her brother, Micah’s, concert that night, where she meets Adam. Adam seems a little grungy at first and not really her type, and Eden can’t help but think he looks like a homeless musician. Turns out he’s a famous rock-star though, and he starts wooing her in a whirlwind romance that includes a trip to Europe for his international tour dates. When Eden finds out what the perfume’s chemical purpose is though, can she trust her feelings in Adam are genuine? And can she trust him enough to tell him the truth?
Overall I liked this book. It was a sweet read with some interesting new aspects. I liked the scientific aspect a lot, it was definitely something different and was nice to learn a little more about. And it was a sweet romance, although the characters both felt like they were super insecure to me. Adam and Eden both brought their own distinct and intense baggage to the relationship and while they worked through it in the end it was hard at certain points to see how it would end up ok. And some of the plot points seems too easy to me. I mean I know its fiction so a rock star falling in love with you is within the realm of possibility but still it just felt a little too easy to me. Overall though this was a sweet romance and I thought it was a good read and I would recommend it.

 

The bottom line: This book was sweet and was a pretty good read. It wasn’t my favorite read but I did enjoy it and I would recommend it!

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