Thursday, November 19, 2020

Ho-Ho-Ho Readathon 2020: Santa's Scavenger Hunt Mini Challenge

Today is the kick-off of the HoHoHo Readathon hosted by Kimberly from Caffeinated Reader! I've been participating in this readathon on and off since the beginning and it's always so much fun. This year I'm pleased to be returning as an elf with a mini challenge for participants.

If you'd like to join the readathon, it's not too late! Visit this post on Kimberly's blog for the sign-up linky as well as a list of all the other mini-challenge hosts.

My mini challenge is Santa's Scavenger Hunt. Here's what you have to do: find holiday book titles that fit Santa's clues and then fill out the Rafflecopter below with the titles. If you need any hints, you can find my holiday book list on Goodreads here.

🎄A book with Santa in the title or on the cover

🎄A book with 'mistletoe' in the title

🎄A book with snow or snowflakes in the title or on the cover

🎄A holiday-themed book with food in the title or on the cover

🎄A holiday book with a place in the title (city, country, shop, street, etc)

🎄A book with 'winter' in the title

🎄A book with a Christmas tree on the cover

🎄A book with the word 'cozy/cosy' in the title


GIVEAWAY

Santa's randomly selected winner from the Rafflecopter below will win a personalized fabric bookmark in the colour of their choice with the name or saying of their choice up to 20 characters. Open internationally! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I hope you had fun with this challenge! If you'd like to see what I'm reading this week, I'll be posting updates on bookstagram and Twitter. If you're sharing updates, don't forget to use the hashtag #HoHoHoRAT.

A bit of shameless self-promo here: if you're looking to add to your TBR for the readathon or into December, I have three Christmas novellas and one full-length contemporary romance with a sprinkling of Christmas magic.

🎄A Very Perry Christmas (just released on November 16th!)

🎄Only You

🎄Mistletoe Kiss

🎄The Most Wonderful Time of the Year






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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Book News: A Very Perry Christmas is Coming This November!

Surprise! I have a new book coming out next month!

I love reading and writing Christmas books. I have two Christmas novellas, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year and Mistletoe Kiss, and my contemporary romance Only You has a sprinkling of Christmas magic.

Late last year I had an idea for a new Christmas romance, but I didn't have time to write it. I hoped to write it this year, but as 2020 went on in all its bizarre, stressful glory, I thought I'd have to push it off another year. Then one day I was looking at stock photos when I should have been writing my current WIP and I found the absolute perfect illustration for the idea I had last year. Suddenly the characters started talking to me and insisting I write their story. So I did. I didn't know if I'd be able to write it in time to publish it this year, but I tried, and I succeeded. Writing has often felt like pulling teeth since the pandemic began, so it felt like a huge accomplishment.

A Very Perry Christmas - a sweet, steamy, funny novella full of the holiday spirit and the chaos that comes with family gatherings - will be coming out on November 16th. It's a lighthearted and feel-good story; those are the types of books I've been drawn to this year, and I hope it will leave people smiling and feeling festive.

Gwen's Christmas with the Perrys is turning into a holiday to remember...for all the wrong reasons.

 

Hot chocolate by the fire. Christmas carols. Stolen kisses in the snow. When Gwen's boyfriend Evan invites her to spend Christmas with his family, she pictures a perfect Hallmark holiday scene, complete with all the happy sighs and swoons.

 

But between Evan's brother who schedules the family’s every move, his sister who’s never met a mirror she didn’t like, and the amorous newlyweds who flaunt their sexcapades, Gwen finds herself dodging the Perrys like it's her job. The more Evan's family brings their own brand of chaos to Christmas, the more Gwen wonders if she's in over her head, and if the Christmas of her dreams is going to turn into a nightmare.


*****


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Thursday, October 1, 2020

The Roommate by Rosie Danan: Humour, Scorching Sexytimes, and All the Feels

The Roommate by Rosie Danan
Published: September 15th, 2020

Publisher: Berkley Romance

Tropes: Forced proximity, opposites attract, roommates

Heat level: 🔥🔥🔥

# of pages: 336

My rating: 5 stars

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Buy: Amazon Canada || Amazon US || Indigo

 

House Rules:

Do your own dishes

Knock before entering the bathroom

Never look up your roommate online

 

The Wheatons are infamous among the east coast elite for their lack of impulse control, except for their daughter Clara. She’s the consummate socialite: over-achieving, well-mannered, predictable. But every Wheaton has their weakness. When Clara’s childhood crush invites her to move cross-country, the offer is too much to resist. Unfortunately, it’s also too good to be true.

 

After a bait-and-switch, Clara finds herself sharing a lease with a charming stranger. Josh might be a bit too perceptive—not to mention handsome—for comfort, but there’s a good chance he and Clara could have survived sharing a summer sublet if she hadn’t looked him up on the Internet...

 

Once she learns how Josh has made a name for himself, Clara realizes living with him might make her the Wheaton’s most scandalous story yet. His professional prowess inspires her to take tackling the stigma against female desire into her own hands. They may not agree on much, but Josh and Clara both believe women deserve better sex. What they decide to do about it will change both of their lives, and if they’re lucky, they’ll help everyone else get lucky too.


  

 

The Roommate has been so hyped over the last few months, I was honestly a bit nervous to read it. I also didn’t know what a ‘raunch-com’ was, and I didn’t read the synopsis or any reviews before starting, so I had no idea what was in store for me.


So, what was in store? A whole lot of laughs and swoons. Great characters that were easy to root for. Sexytimes that nearly set my Kindle on fire. Without a doubt, The Roommate completely lived up to the hype and is one of my favourite books of 2020 so far.

 

I loved Clara. She was wonderfully quirky and she made me giggle so much. She was someone I could see myself being friends with, and I wanted her to see how wonderful she was and that she deserved good things, despite feeling like her family was cursed. She’d lived a safe life doing what was expected of her and doing her best to live up to the family name. The first spontaneous, out-of-character thing she ever did was move across the country to live with her best friend - and unrequited crush - only to discover he was actually ditching her right from day one to go on tour with his band.

 

Enter Clara’s new roommate, Josh. Oh, Josh. He was so swoony! Total book boyfriend material. He and Clara were so different, but they had sizzling chemistry and their banter was hilarious. I loved how the way he saw Clara was so at odds with how Clara saw herself, but he slowly pulled her out of her shell and made her see that she deserved better than unrequited love and living only to please her family.

 

I also loved how sex-positive this book was. It shone a light on the porn industry and humanized sex workers when a lot of people are quick to dismiss and demonize the industry and all people involved. I especially appreciated the emphasis on women’s pleasure and how women deserve to enjoy sex as much as anyone else. You know how people often refer to romance in derogatory terms like ‘lady porn’? Well, this book was lady porn in all the best ways and was simultaneously a love letter to romance and also a big eff you to everyone who talks crap about the genre and the things that bring women pleasure.

 

So yes, The Roommate completely lived up to the hype. I loved the characters, I loved the romance, I loved the banter, the flirting, the sexual tension, and all the emotions. The Roommate is a fun, flirty, fantastic must-read for all romance fans.



Have you read The Roommate? What did you think? What's the last sex-positive book you read?




*Please note I'm an Amazon affiliate, and some of the links in this review are affiliate links. All income made through affiliate sales goes directly back into maintaining Ramblings of a Daydreamer. Thank you for your support!

 



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