segunda-feira, 20 de maio de 2019

Bout of Books 25 - Wrap Up


WRAP UP

So, I wasn't able to finish Padeira de Aljubarrota, but I did read a lot of it...
I also listened to an audiobook in the Read Me Romance podcast.

Total pages read: 279
    223 pages of Padeira de Aljubarrota by Maria João Lopo de Carvalho
    56 pages of Because of You by Jenika Snow



I updated my progress almost everyday (I got distracted on Saturday...) and I also participated in all the challenges except the one about sharing the love... I also participated in the instagram challenges except the one about our favorite feel-good read, because I don't really have one. I'll see you again in August!

domingo, 19 de maio de 2019

Bout of Books 25 - Days 6 & 7


DAY 6 - Saturday, May 18th


STATS

Pages read: 0

Total pages read: 163
    78 pages of Padeira de Aljubarrota by Maria João Lopo de Carvalho
    56 pages of Because of You by Jenika Snow

I didn't read anything yesterday, I binge watched half of season 3 of Life in Pieces...


CHALLENGES

∞ Blog challenge:
    Share the love!
Share the books, websites, etc., you've discovered this readathon.
I haven't been very social this readathon and I'm still trying to finish that one book, so no recommendations from me...
          


∞ Instagram challenge:
    Must Read Author



DAY 7 - Sunday, May 19th


STATS

Pages read: 145
     145 pages of Padeira de Aljubarrota by Maria João Lopo de Carvalho

Total pages read: 279
    223 pages of Padeira de Aljubarrota by Maria João Lopo de Carvalho
    56 pages of Because of You by Jenika Snow


CHALLENGES

∞ Blog challenge:
    Stretch Goal
It's the last day of the readathon, so today's challenge is to take a look at the goals you set for the week (if you have them) and decide a) how you can stretch yourself to complete them or b) how you can revise them so you can meet them. Because yes, you can revise your goals! If you didn't set goals for the week, set a small one for yourself today!

My only goal was to finish Padeira de Aljubarrota by Maria João Lopo de Carvalho. That's not gonna happen... But I'm going to read as much as I can today.



∞ Instagram challenge:
    Shelfie




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sexta-feira, 17 de maio de 2019

Bout of Books 25 - Day 5


DAY 5 - Friday, May 17th


STATS

Pages read: 85
     29 pages of Padeira de Aljubarrota by Maria João Lopo de Carvalho
     56 pages of Because of You by Jenika Snow
Total pages read: 163
     78 pages of Padeira de Aljubarrota by Maria João Lopo de Carvalho
     56 pages of Because of You by Jenika Snow


CHALLENGES

∞ Blog challenge:
    Favorite hero/favorite villain
You got this. Who's your favorite hero? Favorite villain? Share each for today's challenge.
Favorite hero: Mr. Darcy
Favorite villain: Snape
     

∞ Instagram challenge:
    Favorite Feel-Good Read

I don't really have one, so I didn't participate.

quinta-feira, 16 de maio de 2019

Bout of Books 25 - Day 4


DAY 4 - Thursday, May 16th


STATS

Pages read: 4
     4 pages of Padeira de Aljubarrota by Maria João Lopo de Carvalho
Total pages read: 49
     49 pages of Padeira de Aljubarrota by Maria João Lopo de Carvalho


CHALLENGES

∞ Blog challenge:
    If you like this, try that
Put your recommendations hat on, #boutofbooks-ers. For this challenge, pick a book, author, or trope (or whatever!) from your TBR and suggest similar books.
If you like enemies to lovers, you're gonna love these:

          


∞ Instagram challenge:
    Auto-Buy Author

quarta-feira, 15 de maio de 2019

Bout of Books 25 - Day 3


DAY 3 - Wednesday, May 15th


STATS

Pages read: 27
     27 pages of Padeira de Aljubarrota by Maria João Lopo de Carvalho
Total pages read: 45
     45 pages of Padeira de Aljubarrota by Maria João Lopo de Carvalho



CHALLENGES

∞ Blog challenge:
    Book plot emoji
Tell the plot of a book (recent read, favorite, whatever) with emojis. If you need a little emoji help, try emojipedia.org.

I'm not very good with emojis, but here is my try for Jane Eyre:
👧🔒👪
👧🏫
👧👋😷👧
😷👧👼
👧👷👨🏡
👧💗👨
👨💗👧
👩🔥🏡
👨😷
👧💔🏃
👧👂😷👨
💑

∞ Instagram challenge:
    Cover Love

terça-feira, 14 de maio de 2019

Bout of Books 25 - Day 2


DAY 2 - Tuesday, May 14th


STATS

Pages read: 0
Total pages read: 18

I woke up an hour ealier than usual to attend a series of workshops so I didn't get any reading done today...


CHALLENGES

∞ Blog challenge:
    Bookish favorites
Today is all about sharing your favorites. Get wild. Share your favorite author, audiobook, book, series . . . if you have a favorite anything, today's the day to shout it out.

My favorite bookish podcast:
Read Me Romance - the love child of authors Tessa Bailey and Alexa Riley. It brings us original novellas, professionally narrated, in five episodes, Monday through Friday. We also get to listen to the authors talk with the each other, which is always hilarious.



∞ Instagram challenge:
    Diverse Reads

segunda-feira, 13 de maio de 2019

Bout of Books 25 - Day 1


DAY 1 - Monday, May 13th


STATS

Pages read: 18
     18 pages of Padeira de Aljubarrota by Maria João Lopo de Carvalho
Total pages read: 18


CHALLENGES

∞ Blog challenge:
    Introduce Yourself #insixwords
The challenge is simple: introduce yourself on Twitter, Instagram, or on this post using six words, no more, no less. Use the hashtags #boutofbooks and #insixwords so we can learn all about you.

∞ Instagram challenge:
    Currently reading

I did both on Instagram:

domingo, 12 de maio de 2019

Opinião: "Bombshell"

Autor: Jen Frederick
Formato: Audiolivro
Narrador: Erin Mallon
Editor: Read Me Romance
Edição/reimpressão: Dezembro de 2018
Páginas: 67


Sinopse: My brain exploded at the supermarket. One minute I was arguing with my three-month-old about sticking grapes in her tiny mouth and the next minute I was staring at the face of the father of my child.

The guy ghosted me after I told him I was pregnant. I sent him texts, called him and even posted a certified letter but received zero response. While he was down for the baby-making activities, he had zero desire to accept the consequences.

So I did what any other like-minded woman would’ve done in my position. I reached into my cart and started hurling things at him.

To my surprise, he not only paid for the damage but followed me home. Now, he’s telling me he never got my messages or my letter and that he’s ready to be a father.

He’s patching drywall, doing the laundry, and carrying the trash to the curb, and I’m remembering what it was like when he was loving me every night. A few heated stares and a few brushes of his hand against mine and my long-dormant female parts are roaring to life. Everyone’s going to think I’m a few French fries short of a Happy Meal if I let him back into my life, but my heart can’t keep asking what if…


A minha opinião: Kate está no supermercado às compras com a melhor amiga e a filha de três meses quando vê um fantasma: o pai da filha, que as abandonou às duas depois de saber que saber que ela estava grávida... E quando ele age como se não a conhecesse, ela passa-se e começa a atirar-lhe tudo o que tem no carrinho de compras.

Mas a reacção dele deixa-a atordoada. Não só paga todo o estrago que ela fez, como a segue até casa e comunica-lhe que, a partir de hoje, quer assumir as suas responsabilidades como pai. Ele insiste que nunca recebeu nenhuma das suas mensagens e, afinal, tem um bom motivo para se ter afastado dela. Contudo, a proximidade pode ser perigosa para o coração dela, já que ele se revela um pai extremoso e parece empenhado em reconquistá-la e formar uma família com ela e com a filha.

Bombshell foi uma das minhas novelas favoritas do podcast, mas tem óbvios problemas de credibilidade... Tendo em conta que a sinopse umas vezes refere que a bebé tem três meses e outras que tem três anos, parece-me que a autora começou por escrever uma versão em que tinha três anos e depois mudou de ideias, mas esqueceu-se de alterar alguns pormenores... Para começar, um bebé de 3 meses não põe uvas na boca, até porque não as consegue arrancar do cacho. Depois não aponta para um pai que não conhece, nem percebe quando a mãe não está bem... E há também a questão da Kate ainda estar a recuperar da cesariana três meses depois.

Felizmente o Jack é um protagonista fantástico e compensa tudo isso. A frase que está no teaser abaixo tem todo um contexto que é simplesmente 😍😍😍😍😍

Fiquei com muita vontade de ler mais alguma coisa da autora.


Classificação: 4

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Bout of Books 25 - Sign Up

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 13th and runs through Sunday, May 19th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, Twitter chats, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 25 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

My only goal is to finish the book I'm reading since March: Padeira de Aljubarrota by Maria João Lopo de Carvalho.
I'm going to try posting reviews since I'm behind once again, and I'm also going to try participating in all the challenges. 

sexta-feira, 10 de maio de 2019

Opinião: "Breath of Fire"

Autor: Kathryn Nolan
Formato: Audiolivro
Narradores: Lucy Rivers e Rock Engle
Editor: Read Me Romance
Edição/reimpressão: Dezembro de 2018
Páginas: 44


Sinopse: Inhale.

My name is Sage McAllister and my life is about to change remarkably.

I own a thriving yoga studio in Los Angeles.

I have a celebrity client list a mile long.

I’m followed. Fawned over. Adored.

And I’ve just been offered a TV show that could rocket me to stardom.

Exhale.

The choice should be easy.

I have absolutely nothing to lose.

Until a student walks into my class that sets my heart aflame.

Olivia Nguyen, my high school sweetheart.

And the woman I’ve loved my entire life.

Inhale. Exhale.

My name is Sage McAllister and I’ll be your yoga teacher this evening.

Let’s begin.


A minha opinião: Breath of Fire é um spin-off de um outro livro da autora, Riptide, mas não é necessário lê-lo previamente. Conta-nos a história do reencontro de Sage McAllister e Olivia Nguyen, namorados no secundário, seis anos depois de ela ter terminado a relação.

Olivia mal podia esperar por deixar Playa Vieja e ir para Los Angeles e Sage estava perfeitamente satisfeito com a vida como era... Agora, é ele que vive em Los Angeles e é um mestre de yoga famoso, com um estúdio sempre lotado e uma lista de celebridades como clientes, enquanto ela voltou a Playa Vieja. E quando ele a vê a fazer a aula que ele está a dar no hotel do amigo, decide que irá, finalmente, saber o porquê de ela ter terminado tudo entre eles.

A vida não correu como esperado a nenhum deles e parece que nunca querem a mesma coisa ao mesmo tempo... Conseguirão agora ter uma chance para um final feliz?

Não foi o meu preferido dos que já ouvi no podcast, mas ajudou bastante toda a conversa à volta do Yoga (que já pratiquei) e o cenário paradisíaco onde se passa a história. 


Classificação: 4

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quarta-feira, 8 de maio de 2019

Opinião: "Close to Home"

Autor:
Editor: Auto-publicado
Edição/reimpressão: Dezembro de 2013
ASIN: B009Z21KDK
Páginas: 324


Sinopse: “Welcome to Westen. I’m Lorna Doone. Yep, spelled just like the cookie and I own the Peaches ‘N Cream Café here in Westen. You might think nothing much happens in a small mid-western town, but as my friend Harriett says, things aren’t always what they appear. Take our girl Emma for example…”

Emma Lewis has a lot on her plate. The single mother of two precocious twin boys and an aging mother who is having trouble getting through each day, the last thing Emma needs is a man in her life, especially a doctor. So when the town’s doctor goes on vacation and his handsome nephew takes over, Emma is shocked to not only find him standing in her bedroom, but accusing her of being a neglectful parent.

Clint Preston came to Westen for the year to fill in as the town doc while his uncle took a long needed vacation. Clint also needed a sense of peace and calm to try to find his passion for medicine burned out by long shifts in an urban hospital’s ER. Angered to find two boys in his clinic with broken wrists and no accompanying parent, he is determined to confront their mother. The feisty redhead he meets quickly dispels his belief that she’s a neglectful mother, but he can see her situation is more critical than she wishes to face and finds himself volunteering to help care for her sons and the remodeling of her home.

As Emma and Clint forge a relationship among the slightly off-beat characters that inhabit Westen a menace from Emma’s past threatens her and her sons. Clint and Emma join forces to prevent the loss of either boy and the love they’ve discovered in each other’s’ arms.


A minha opinião: Clint Preston resolveu aceitar a proposta do seu tio e assegurar o funcionamento da clínica dele em Weston durante um ano. Será uma muito bem vinda mudança de cenário e, se tudo correr bem, permitir-lhe-á recuperar o gosto pela medicina que começou a perder ao trabalhar nas urgências de um hospital de uma grande cidade. Quando descobre dois miúdos gémeos no seu consultório, ambos com um pulso partido, e sem acompanhante, rapidamente presume que são vítimas de maus tratos. E resolve confrontar os pais deles...

Emma Lewis é uma mãe solteira que vive na sua cidade natal de Weston com a mãe e os dois filhos gémeos. A vida não é fácil para ela, sem qualquer ajuda, a trabalhar em dois empregos, e com uma casa para remodelar. Ainda por cima agora que a mãe parece dar indícios de não estar bem, esquecendo-se de coisas frequentemente. A última coisa que ela precisa é encontrar um estranho no quarto a acusá-la de maltratar os filhos que adora...

Não é preciso muito para Clint perceber que estava enganado e, pressentindo que Emma precisa de uma mão amiga, tenta redimir-se oferecendo-se para ajudar a tomar conta dos gémeos e na remodelação da casa.

Nenhum deles está à procura do amor, mas quanto mais tempo passam juntos, mais difícil se torna negar os sentimentos que começam a sentir um pelo outro... É suposto a passagem de Clint por Weston ser passageira, mas quando a vida de Emma e dos gémeos é ameaçada por alguém do seu passado, ele não consegue deixar de lutar pela família que encontrou!

Gostei muito de Close to Home. Já tinha lido uma novela desta série e, definitivamente, vou continuar a ler. O romance entre a Emma e o Clint é convincente e adorei os gémeos e a mãe dela! E há uma série de outras personagens da cidade que espero voltar a encontrar noutros livros...

Só achei a parte do suspense fraquinha e o vilão demasiado caricatural, mas como também se resolveu relativamente rápido, não estragou a parte do romance.


Classificação: 4


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Desafios:

  • Bingo Profissão do Herói 2019: Médico
  • Booked2019: REMINDS YOU OF YOUR HAPPY PLACE (Home)
  • Kimberly Kincaid 2019 Reading Challenge: a sexy romantic suspense to thrill you

segunda-feira, 6 de maio de 2019

Book Blitz: Then Came You by Kate Meader


Then Came You
Kate Meader
(Laws of Attraction #3)
Published by: Loveswept
Publication date: May 7th 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
In the courtroom, they’re rivals. In the bedroom, they’re . . . divorced. But could the road trip from hell lead to a second chance at love?

“I love Kate Meader’s books!”—Kelly Jamieson
Aubrey Gates is the hottest divorce lawyer in Chicago, a barb-tongued stiletto with legs that go on for miles. When her cool gray eyes meet mine across the battlefield, I want her like I’ve never wanted anyone or anything. Then I remember who she is: the woman who brought me to my knees. The woman who destroyed my faith in relationships.
The woman I used to call . . . wife.
And she needs a favor from me, Grant Lincoln.
It seems my ex forgot to mention the demise of our marriage to her dear old grammy, and now we’re both expected to attend her ninetieth birthday party. In Boston. And because it isn’t already awkward enough, Aubrey and I are driving there together from Chicago. That’s more than a thousand miles of tension, heartbreak, and barely concealed lust.
A little piece of paper might say we’re over, but this road trip is the true test. I intend to get my wife back . . . and I won’t stop until “I do.”
Kate Meader’s super-sexy Laws of Attraction novels can be read together or separately:
DOWN WITH LOVE • ILLEGALLY YOURS • THEN CAME YOU
EXCERPT:
“Ms. Gates.”
Damn, the man himself has to appear and ruin a perfectly fine fantasy. He looks like the Terminator in Tom Ford. I can assure you that he didn’t dress so well before I met him. He didn’t even use chopsticks.
“Mr. Lincoln.”
“Oh, hold up, please!” Just before the elevator doors close, Serena Gleason, one of my colleagues at Kendall, joins us inside. She flashes a grin. “Aubrey, heard you got your ass handed to you by—Grant! Didn’t see you there.” Unlikely, given that the man is about as impossible to miss as a redwood.
“Serena, how you doin’?” Grant’s syrup drenches the entire car and he leans in to buss her cheek. “A little birdie told me some lucky guy’s scooped you right up. Congratulations.”
Serena flashes her hand, showing off a rock the size of a planet. She’s marrying her hunky personal trainer. “Thanks, he is lucky.” Sighing for a couple of seconds at the sight of her ring, she raises her gaze and frowns at me. “What happened to your arm?”
“Nothing.”
“Doesn’t look like nothing.”
“She won’t say,” Grant offers. “I’m thinking maybe a tryout for the Hawks.”
My eye roll is epic.
“Oh, there’s a story here.” Serena narrows her eyes in suspicion. I’ll be a source of gossip, visits from senior partners, and hopefully a tray of cupcakes by five.
The elevator reaches the lobby—finally—and we all step out and stand around awkwardly like we need to discuss our next moves. Sushi or Italian, friends?
Serena divides a look between the two of us. “Should I play referee? Or maybe something else?”
I shut that nonsense down immediately. “I’ll walk back to the office with you, Rena.”
“Got a minute, Bean?”
Again, with that Bean business. I can’t. Not now.
Serena mouths “Bean” at me. I want to thump her and stuff that rock on her finger in an uncomfortable place.
Instead, I say sweetly, “No—I need to get back. I’ve got a client’s financials to investigate, remember?”
“Been thinkin’ on your dilemma,” Grant says, his voice ridiculously lazy and sexy.
“My dilemma?”
“Thanksgiving, traveling with the beast, heading into the Lion’s Den.”
I shoot a look of not here at him, but Serena has already sniffed blood. “The Lion’s Den? Color me intrigued!”
He looks amused. “Think you’d prefer we discuss this in private.”
“Discuss what? How you tried to bypass discovery in Judge Jamieson’s court like a first year associate?”
“Nah. Me driving you to Boston for Thanksgiving so you can pretend to your grandmother that we’re still married.”
I gasp, which sets off a chain of unfortunate events. Slightly panicked, I move closer to Grant instead of farther away, inhale how good he smells, become light-headed with the pleasure of it, then step back. I look like a dancing fool and Serena definitely notices, her eyes going wide with wonder at my smoothness.
“Rena, I’ll catch you later.”
“Yeah, you will, girl.” Serena toddles off to get the rumor mill grinding at the office.
I shoot stabby eyes at Grant. “Nice going, idiot.”
“No problem. Let’s get coffee in the food court. Won’t take long to sort out the details.”
What details? This isn’t happening. Yet I turn, trancelike, toward the escalator.
I know he’s watching my ass with those dark blue eyes of his. I’m not much taller than five four and I need heels to strike fear and envy. But I’ve always had a very well-proportioned behind that looks good in pencil skirts and Grant has always been an ass-man.
Like the recent reawakening of my long-dormant sexuality, the sway of my hips as I walk ahead of my ex-husband fills me with power. I know it’s ridiculous to feel this way because of a male gaze, but I can’t help it. It’s his gaze that fuels me.


Author Bio:
USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR
Originally from Ireland, Kate cut her romance reader teeth on Maeve Binchy and Jilly Cooper novels, with some Harlequins thrown in for variety. Give her tales about brooding mill owners, oversexed equestrians, and men who can rock an apron or a fire hose, and she's there. Now based in Chicago, she writes sexy contemporary romance with alpha heroes and strong heroines who can match their men quip for quip.

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quinta-feira, 2 de maio de 2019

Balanço Mensal (Abril 2019)

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E heis que Abril também passou a correr... Só publiquei uma opinião aqui no blogue e quanto às leituras, também não foi um mês famoso... Ainda estou a ler Padeira de Aljubarrota de Maria João Lopo de Carvalho e ouvi três audio-livros: Securing Brenae de Susan Stoker, Halfway Girl de Tessa Bailey e Snowfall de M. Never.




Estes foram os livros que comprei em Abril:

 






Finalmente organizei a estante!!! E começo a não ter espaço para livros novos...








Este mês estreou o filme que esperava ansiosamente há um ano, Avengers: Endgame. Foi muito bom, pensei que ia chorar muito mais, contudo não foi tão mau como eu pensava... Mas agora tenho uma sensação de vazio enorme. De repente não tenho nada para antecipar. Tudo o que venha a seguir nunca será o mesmo (claro que eu vou ver na mesma...) e eu não sei o que fazer da minha vida! #firstworldproblems

Por isso vou-me agarrando ao que posso e é por isso que vos trago recomendações de romances baseadas na vossa personagem favorita dos Avengers. E sim, já adicionei todas as do Capitão América à minha lista de livros que quero ler...







2019 Reading Challenge


Já li 22 livros e continuo 11 livros à frente...


Desafio Serial Killer 2019




Não li nenhum livro do cartão...


Goodreads recomenda 2019


Tinha planeado ler Breaking All Her Rules de Maisey Yates em Abril, mas não li...

Em Maio, vou tentar ler Sunday de Kaia Bennett.




Bingo Profissão do Herói 2019


Nada este mês...



Booked2019


O atraso já é tão grande que vou desistir deste desafio...



Kimberly Kincaid 2019 Reading Challenge


Como esperado não li o livro de Abril: the book that's been on your TBR longest.

Para Maio, o desafio é ler a friends to lovers book to make you swoon. Vou tentar...