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(un)Conventional Bookviews by Brandee @ (un)conventional Bookworm.. - 20h ago

Safe and Sexy

Thinking of my romances and safe sex at the same time started when I wrote my discussion post with the same name a long time ago! Not too long after, the idea of sharing quotes about that ensured that the feature Safe and Sexy was born. It’s where I will share a quote from a story I have read, and where there is a lot of hotness and sexiness, but where they still take the time to be safe! It’s important to me to read books that make me dream, but I also want them to be somewhat realistic. And to me, characters seem realistic when they take care of themselves and their partner(s)! Safe sex is a great way to do so, and when an author includes a couple of lines to share that they are indeed using condoms, I am such a happy reader. And I think it’s sexy when both new and ‘old’ lovers show that they respect each other by getting that condom, and possibly making using it both safe and sexy, hot and fun.

If you want to participate with your very own Safe and Sexy quotes, go right ahead. The more the merrier, and maybe your quote will help me add a new book to my bloated TBR shelf One can never have enough books, right? Without further ado, here’s my Safe and Sexy quote for this week. It’s from Karen Booth’s Tempted by Scandal. I just love it when a woman can be responsible for the protection.

My Safe and Sexy quote:

All she wanted was this closeness with him. “I have a condom in my bag,” she said, reaching inside and pulling it out.

Matt kissed her shoulder while she tore open the packet. Then he stood back and watched as she rolled in onto his erection. He got even harder in her hand and that made her ridiculously impatient. Matt again grabbed her hips, this time pulling her to the edge then guiding himself inside her once she was in the perfect spot.

Thanks for stopping by today. Don’t forget to include your Safe & Sexy post in the linky. Have a fantastic Friday and happy reading.

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(un)Conventional Bookviews by Brandee @ (un)conventional Bookworm.. - 3d ago

Y’all! I’m terribly sorry for being MIA. It started with getting ready for my trip (first ever!) to Europe and since getting back, it’s been a quick slide towards the end of high school for my kids! We’ve had last music concerts, last music competitions, last music banquets, PROM, and the trivial lasts like making the last lunch and picking up my son for the last time. There was also the simply getting ready for graduation. Then there was preparing for family to descend and for the graduation party. BUT I’m happy to report that everything went well and my two youngest kids are now “incoming freshman”. As you read this, I’m on my way back from Iowa (driving solo) where I dropped off my oldest for her last year of drum corps. She’s marching with the Blue Stars!

In an attempt to make it up to you (my absence, that is) I’m hosting 2 giveaways. One U.S. AND one international.

The first giveaway is U.S. only and it’s for a Mystery Box of Books & Swag!

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The second giveaway is International and it’s for a $20 giftcard to Book Depository.

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(un)Conventional Bookviews by Lexxie @ (un)conventional Bookworms - 4d ago
F*ck Marriage by Tarryn Fisher
Published by Selfpublished on 15 May 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 307
Format: Kindle
Source: Kindle Purchase

Two years ago, Billie Tarrow's husband left her for another woman. Shamed and divorced, Billie retreated to her family home in Port Townsend, far from her old life in New York. After a near-death encounter, Billie decides to return to the city that took everything from her.

But sometimes in the midst of heartache, hope suffocates the pain.

Satcher Gable has carried a torch for Billie for ten years. When she suddenly returns to New York a single woman, he can't believe his good fortune. But convincing her to walk away from her heartache is proving more difficult than Satcher anticipated. A changed woman, Billie's only goal is revenge.

F*ck Marriage is a raw, honest tale about Billie and her banked marriage. But it’s also about revenge, love, hope, and friends.

Story:

F*ck Marriage isn’t only about Billie, though, it is also about Woods and Satcher, who used to be best friends. That is, until Woods cheated on Billie and told her he wanted a divorce.

Most of the relationships in F*ck Marriage are rather complicated, once one layer is pealed off, there’s another one ready to be dissected, and that made it a little hard to get to know the characters at times.

While I enjoyed Billie, it was also a bit difficult to relate to her. She didn’t know what she wanted. And she didn’t really know herself anymore – so her self confidence was not the best. I liked it when Billie stood up for herself – especially when it came to Pearl whom I wanted to pummel!

What made me not give F*ck Marriage five stars, though, was that I would have loved the ending to be a little bit longer so a true resolution could come to light.

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

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(un)Conventional Bookviews by Lexxie @ (un)conventional Bookworms - 5d ago

Warning: This book includes mature content such as: sexual content, and/or drug and/or alcohol use, and/or violence.
American Queen by Sierra Simone
Series: New Camelot Trilogy #1
Published by Selfpublished on 25 October 2016
Genres: Adult, BDSM, Contemporary, Erotica, Suspense
Pages: 392
Format: Kindle
Source: Kindle Purchase

It starts with a stolen kiss under an English sky, and it ends with a walk down the aisle. It starts with the President sending his best friend to woo me on his behalf, and it ends with my heart split in two. It starts with buried secrets and dangerous desires…and ends with the three of us bound together with a hateful love sharper than any barbed wire.

My name is Greer Galloway, and I serve at the pleasure of the President of the United States.

This is the story of an American Queen.


Warning: This book includes mature content such as: sexual content, and/or drug and/or alcohol use, and/or violence.
American Prince by Sierra Simone
Series: New Camelot Trilogy #2
Published by Selfpublished on 7 March 2017
Pages: 330
Format: Kindle
Source: Kindle Purchase

I’ve been many things.

I’ve been a son and a stepbrother. An Army captain and a Vice President.

But only with Him am I a prince. His little prince.

Only with Maxen and Greer does my world make sense, only between them can I find peace from the demons that haunt me. But men like me aren’t made to be happy. We don’t deserve it. And I should have known a love as sharp as ours could cut both ways.

My name is Embry Moore and I serve at the pleasure of the President of the United States…for now.

This is the story of an American Prince.




Warning: This book includes mature content such as: sexual content, and/or drug and/or alcohol use, and/or violence.
American King by Sierra Simone
Series: New Camelot Trilogy #3
Published by Selfpublished on 31 October 2017
Pages: 485
Format: Kindle
Source: Kindle Purchase

They say that every tragic hero has a fatal flaw, a secret sin, a tiny stitch sewn into his future since birth. And here I am. My sins are no longer secret. My flaws have never been more fatal. And I’ve never been closer to tragedy than I am now.

I am a man who loves, a man whose love demands much in return. I am a king, a king who was foolish enough to build a kingdom on the bones of the past. I am a husband and a lover and a soldier and a father and a president.
And I will survive this.

Long live the king.


The New Camelot Trilogy is hot, it’s filled with intrigue, taboo, politics and suspense, and it’s not certain that all the players will still be there in the end…

Story:

The New Camelot Trilogy is my Can You Read a Series in a Month Challenge – and I totally nailed it. As soon as I started reading, I was drawn in – to the mystery, the steam, the friendships, and the war. The main characters were introduced in a great way, and I felt a connection to them even if they were all very different from me.

There is a political intrigue going on, but there’s also something that appears to be slightly supernatural happening. Especially because both Greer and Maxen have this feeling of deja vu more than once. And as you can probably get from the title The New Camelot Trilogy has something to do with an old tale of a king.

I loved how Simone was able to weave the tales of Arthur into her New Camelot series, because it’s a tale I’ve studied quite a bit during my years at University. And the way she brought this to a modern time, including Merlin made things seem a little less contemporary at times, and I enjoyed that!

Characters:

Greer Galloway is young at the beginning of the trilogy, but she is still seen as a political princess. She’s the granddaughter of a former vice president, and she is extremely good at reading people.

Embry has so many different parts of his personality it was a bit difficult to get to know him. Keeping himself slightly apart, he was the character who intrigued me the most in The New Camelot series.

Maxen is the president – in the present. He is also an adopted child who didn’t know his parents, an army captain, and mostly a decent human being.

Merlin wields a lot of power, and he doesn’t always appear to use that power for good!

Writing style :

Each book follows one of the main characters, and the narration flows very easily.

Feels :

In the first book of the New Camelot series, I felt so much excitement, and also quite a bit of hot! But there was more than that – the suspense was well done, and I enjoyed understanding some things thangs to my knowledge of Arthurian legends.

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(un)Conventional Bookviews by Lexxie @ (un)conventional Bookworms - 1w ago

Weekend Wrap-up is where I share my new books, as well as what happened here at (un)Conventional Bookworms and elsewhere in the blogoshpere. I’m linking up with the usual suspects, AKA Team Tynga’s Reviews and Caffeinated Reviewer.

STS #278

Stacking The Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality is all about the latest additions to my library – virtual or actual, with books that are  bought, borrowed, won or ARCs  I will (probably) be reading soon. Without further ado, here’s what I added to my bloated shelves this past week, and I feel like I’ve been very good!

The Sunday Post #228 – Weekend Wrap-up

Kim @ The Caffeinated Reviewer, is our hostess with the mostest for the weekly Sunday Post where I’m wrapping things up. It is the perfect opportunity to share what happened here on my own blog, as well as some of the happenings elsewhere in the Blogosphere.

This week was very windy – even I could almost fly away (see what I did there?). On Tuesday night, Mr. Lex and I went to see Lenny Kravitz in concert, and it was truly awesome. He played a lot of ‘old’ hits, and we were in the groove for over two and a half hours while he was singing for us

This Week’s Puppies in Action: Hercules and Freddy exploring


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Lilyn G. has NOT written a review over on Sci-Fi and Scary

Booksnest has an awesome post about Bookblogging Myths.

Gayathri @ Elgee Writes talks about 10 Weird Things All Bookworms Do, and you should definitely check it out.

Did you get some good books last week? What have you been up to this past week? Thanks for stopping by, I hope you’re enjoying your weekend, and that next week will be filled with awesome!

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(un)Conventional Bookviews by Brandee @ (un)conventional Bookworm.. - 1w ago

*I received a free copy of Tumble from Montlake Romance via Netgalley. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *

Tumble by Adriana Locke
Series: Dogwood Lane #1
Published by Montlake Romance on February 26, 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 279
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley

After being burned by her dream job in New York City, sports journalist Neely Kimber suddenly finds herself jobless and paying a long-overdue visit to her hometown in Tennessee. Her plan? Relax, reset, and head back up the corporate ladder. There’s just one unexpected step. Neely’s back in Dogwood Lane for barely a day when she sees the man she ran from nine years ago: the bad boy next door who was her first kiss, her first love, and her first heartbreak.

Devoted single dad Dane Madden knows he hurt Neely in the worst way. He’s got a lot to make up for. And as passionate as their reconnection is, it’s a lot to hope for. Having her back in his arms feels so right. But falling in love all over again with a woman who wants to live a world away is bound to go so wrong.

What’s it going to take for Neely to give him—and Dogwood Lane—just one more chance?

If y’all hadn’t figured it out yet, I’m a sucker for second chance romances. ALocke served up a nice one in Tumble. Neely and Dane had been high school sweethearts but when it came time to leave their small town for college, Dane broke up with Neely. And then he proceeded to really break her heart. So Neely moved on, got her degree and her dream job in NYC. Just when she thought she was going to get her chance to really make a difference, she was betrayed and she, therefore, quit. And when life serves you a blow like that, there’s only one thing that can make you feel better…Mama. Being from a small town like Dogwood Lane, it doesn’t take long before everyone knows Neely’s back – including Dane. He just needs her to give him an opportunity to really apologize for his mistakes…and maybe win her back.

Dane – he’s such a solid guy. Sure he made his mistakes but he wouldn’t change things because he got a beautiful and spunky little girl out of the deal. Breaking up with Neely wasn’t his only sin. But he’s had time to grow up and change. And spending time with Neely – allowing hope and emotions and feelings to blossom there – enable even more introspection and understanding of his errors in judgement. It also allowed for more growth.

Neely, having this time away from work, is able to see there might be more to life than her career. And maybe that there are other things she’s always wanted – besides her job – that are actually more important and more fulfilling.

ALocke developed a wonderful cast of secondary characters to surround the main two. None more charming than Dane’s daughter, Mia. I admire an author who can incorporate a child into a romance as something more significant that a plot device so kudos to ALocke. Mia is feisty yet introspective and sensitive. She rounded out a colorful cast that has me completely invested in the inhabitants of Dogwood Lane.

Tumble was my first read from ALocke and it certainly won’t be my last! I loved the small town setting for this wonderful second chance romance. I adored the characters (look forward to more from them in future books!) and character growth for Neely (especially her) and Dane. And Mia! Goodness but I couldn’t help but love that little girl! Tumble was engaging, well-paced, had just the right amount of angst, and fun!

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

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(un)Conventional Bookviews by Lexxie @ (un)conventional Bookworms - 2w ago

Weekend Wrap-up is where I share my new books, as well as what happened here at (un)Conventional Bookworms and elsewhere in the blogoshpere. I’m linking up with the usual suspects, AKA Team Tynga’s Reviews and Caffeinated Reviewer.

STS #277

Stacking The Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality is all about the latest additions to my library – virtual or actual, with books that are  bought, borrowed, won or ARCs  I will (probably) be reading soon. Without further ado, here’s what I added to my bloated shelves this past week:

The Sunday Post # – Weekend Wrap-up

Kim @ The Caffeinated Reviewer, is our hostess with the mostest for the weekly Sunday Post where I’m wrapping things up. It is the perfect opportunity to share what happened here on my own blog, as well as some of the happenings elsewhere in the Blogosphere.

I have been so very tired this week! I feel like I could sleep all weekend long, but I sadly have too much to do for that to actually happen…

This Week’s Puppies in Action: Hercules and Freddy want some snacks


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Michelle and Berls @ Because Reading have the sign-up post for Summer COYER ready – you should join us!

Did you get some good books last week? What have you been up to this past week? Thanks for stopping by, I hope you’re enjoying your weekend, and that next week will be filled with awesome!

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Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts

Welcome to Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts, an original weekly meme hosted here at (un)Conventional Bookworms. So many of the books we read have food or drinks in them, some we’d love to try, and others we’d never ever want to taste… and we thought it could be interesting and fun to share some food and / or drink quotes…  If you want to participate, you can grab our logo if you’d like, or you can make your own, but please link back to us in your own post.

The idea of Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts is to share a quote with food or drinks that showed up in a recent read, as well as if it’s something you think you’d like or not. Please share the title of the book it happened in, as well as the character who ate or drank the special little something you discovered between the pages of a good read. Please link up beneath, and visit other bloggers who are participating in Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts as well.

My quote this week is from Polaris Rising and fair warning…you’re going to want some breakfast.

A gleaming industrial kitchen lined the back wall. A state-of-the-art commercial food synthesizer was placed next to an old-fashioned fridge and stove. The extra weight alone proved that this was Richard’s personal ship – no merc captain would bother with real food prep when a synthesizer could do it for a fraction of the cost and weight.

Loch sat at the end of the table and gestured me to a seat with a covered plate. I sat and removed the thermal cover. I was greeted with steaming eggs, bacon, and toast. I looked up in awe. “Thank you,” I said.

The corner of Loch’s mouth tipped up. “While I appreciate the fact that you think I can cook, you should thank Veronica. I just saved you a plate before Tiny ate it all.”

I took my time and savored the first real food I’d had since the Mayport. Though simple, the eggs and bacon were delicious.

Thanks for stopping by today, I look forward to reading your Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts quote. Have a terrific Thursday and don’t forget to link up.

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