Thursday, August 16, 2018

Reads | Summer Recs!

Originally seen in the summer issue of #NEXTonSCENE Magazine!


Is there any better place than by the beach or pool to enjoy a good book? Reading in the sun is one of my favorite things to do. Not sure what to read? Don't worry, I have beach reads of all types for you! Below are my book recommendations for this summer. 



For the hopeless romantic:
A Thousand Letters by Staci Hart
Squeeze Play by Aven Ellis 
One Small Thing by Erin Watt
Yours to Bare by Jessica Hawkins
The Force of Gravity by Kelly Stevenson
To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
 

Thrillers & Mysteries-which are my personal fave genre to read on the beach:
Lie to Me by J.T. Ellison
Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy
The Heiresses by Sara Shepard
Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris
The Next Girl by Carla Kovach
You by Caroline Kepnes



Chick Lit:
It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
By Invitation Only by Dorothea Benton Frank
The Six: Kristy by Samantha March
Bon Bons to Yoga Pants by Katie Cross
Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella
Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner

Have you read anything good this summer? Let me know so I can add it to my growing TBR list, xo!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Beauty | Do's & Don'ts for the rest of summer!

Have you been loving summer?! Of course you have! I wanted to share some last minute Do's & Don'ts for summertime skin.  
 
Don’t skip the SPF cause you’re going full glam! Use a BB or CC cream that includes some; my fave is IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream, $38.

 
Do set your makeup even if it’s a light glam day; my pick is Tarte Ready, Set, Radiant Skin Mist, $25.

 
Do up your skin care game by putting your makeup wipes and sheet masks in the freezer for a nice treat after a day in the sun. My faves are: Simple Micellar Makeup Wipes, $6; KNCBeauty Collagen Lip Mask, $25; and Masqueology Intensive Moisturizing Rubber Mask, $4.



Don’t skip on mascara just cause you’re heading to the beach or pool-use waterproof mascara and take it off with baby shampoo later! 

 
Do go with a dewy look. Summer is the best time to glow; use a liquid highlighter mixed with your foundation like Cover Fx Custom Enhancing Drops in 'Moonlight,' $42.

 
Don't skip the beauty sleep, use a pillow spray before you rest your head. My pick is ThisWorks Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, $29. *Bonus tip: throw it in your fridge 15 minutes before spraying it!


Do use a DIY shimmer setting spray: Mix a loose highlight like Kylie Cosmetics  loose highlighter in 'Fiji,” $14, with a setting spray like my holy grail MAC Prep + Prime, $26, and shake it up. Viola, you have a DIY dewy setting spray!  

What's your favorite summer Do? Let me know in the comments or let's chat on IG, xo!

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Life update | Where have I been?

I know, I know-where the heck have I been?! But the good news is I'm back-well, I'm trying to figure out a schedule-but you get the gist! I think for the time being I'm going to post twice a week; Tuesday and Thursday. This was I can pre-plan content and not aim to have a Monday post. 

Now to talk about why I dropped off the face of the interweb, I've been busy. I know people say that and really they have a thing or two going on, but if you could've seen my July planner/calendar you would understand. I had something pretty much every single day-after my 9-5, on the weekends, etc. Between planning babytooth's bachelorette party & bridal shower (which were a month apart), to my Grandpa needing to see a surgeon in the city, to Miki getting ready to give birth, it's been nuts.  Now I know you're reading that saying okay, but you aren't going through these events, which is true, but planning parties and doctor's visits on top of working is tough work! 

I'm not complaining in the slightest (alright, maybe a teeny bit, I just need like 325 hours of sleep and I'll be good.), but it's taken me away from blogging which is my thing. The next few weeks are a tad crazy; my Grandpa is having surgery today, babytooth gets married on Sept 1st, and there will be a new man in my life v soon-Mik is due the 31st! (yep, my besties really like to pile on the life events!) I couldn't be happier for my family to grow by a brother in law and to become an aunt to a sweet little babeee!


bday dinner with my fave coworkers!  


showering my baby mama with love! 


loving on that bride-to-be who will soon be walking down the aisle!


sweatymesses with my fave roadtrip partner in Canada!

So bare with me, peeps! I promise I'll fall back into a swing of things and you'll be seeing a lot more on p&b real soon ;) in fact, Tuesday & Thursday for next week are in the que! In the meantime, tell me what's happening with you in the comments and be sure to follow me on insta: instagram.com/polishedandbubbly so you can see sneak peeks of posts to come, xo!

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Happy Release Day!

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Summer Heat by Rachel Van Dyken Series: Cruel Summer #1 Publication Date: August 2, 2018 Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Synopsis: Spoiled Princess is what he used to call me.
We were an inferno of hate and passion wound up with a dash of chaos.
For four years I watched him mow my lawn.
For four years I watched my friends make fun of him.
For four years I hated myself for wanting him, but even more for the way I treated him.
And then I had him.
For one night, we put all labels away and I spent the best night of my life in his arms.
Then the next day, with my secret night under lock and key, I looked the other way while my friends shamed him.
But now the jokes on me, because the scrawny lawn boy who I secretly loved from afar is now the director of Hollywood's most exclusive summer camp.
And I'm on his staff.
Now it's his turn to punish me.
His turn to make me pay.
His turn to take his revenge after years of humiliation.
He's no longer a boy you can ridicule.
But a college graduate who can have any woman he wants.
I want him to look at me the way he did that one night we had together, but right now
the look in his eyes tells me he's going to enjoy having me under him for two straight months.
I don't know where his hatred ends, his passion begins.
All I know is he wants revenge.
And I'm his lucky target.
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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Nails | Color Street Review & Giveaway!

This post was sponsored by Colorful Nails with Darci, all opinions are my own.

It's no secret that I loveeeee all things nails. Polish, stickers, art, doesn't matter, I'm into it. I will wear any and every color, nothing is off limits! So when Darci DMed me to say she always loved seeing my nail pics on Insta, I knew we had something in common.  She asked me if I've ever tried the Color Street nail stickers and I hadn't and seeing all of the options, I was curious! 

I picked out Toyko Lights and the rest is history. These are a pink, glittery dream and are perfect for my bday week :) 



Reasons why I think you need to try Color Street:
  • Easy to apply-so easy I did them quickly before bed (which is why I have no pics of the process...face palm).
  • NO dry time...they're stickers so they just pop right on!
  • I have bigger nails and these fit like a glove. They're easy to fit.
  • Remove with regular nail polish remover. I messed up one, but took some remover and ta-da it just came right off.
  • They have an color or design you could want! Even french manicures! Seriously, I have my eye on the Charleston Blush cause it's gorgeous!

Ready to order? Use this link and you'll have beautiful, no fuss nails in no time, xo!

Now on to my birthday #giveaway which includes a gorgeous blue set of Color Street stickers! This goes live on IG tomorrow, but if you DM me: Instagram.com/polishedandbubbly before it goes up, you'll get 3 bonus entries!!


Tuesday, June 26, 2018

a book in review!


Brief Summary:

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author duo of The Royals and When It’s Real comes a sensational new novel about a girl falling for the one boy she should never have met…

Beth’s life hasn’t been the same since her sister died. Her parents try to lock her down, believing they can keep her safe by monitoring her every move. When Beth sneaks out to a party one night and meets the new guy in town, Chase, she’s thrilled to make a secret friend. It seems like a small thing, just for her.

Only Beth doesn’t know how big her secret really is…

Fresh out of juvie and determined to start his life over, Chase has demons to face and much to atone for, including his part in the night Beth’s sister died. Beth, who has more reason than anyone to despise him, is willing to give him a second chance. A forbidden romance is the last thing either of them planned for senior year, but the more time they spend together, the deeper their feelings get.

Now Beth has a choice to make—follow the rules, or risk tearing everything apart…again.

Review:
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. When I see that Erin Watt has a new book coming out, it goes right on my to be read list. One Small Thing doesn't disappoint. Between Beth's sheltered life to Chase's secrets, it's a roller coaster ride. You'll feel for both of these main characters and want to knock some sense into everyone around them. This book will have you wondering how many times you put away your feelings so you can blend in with what everyone around you is telling you to believe/feel. I did predict the ending, but it doesn't make it that less special. One Small Thing has a bigger meaning and it's one I'm glad Chase shares with Beth, because it reminds us all to look for it. I recommend 4 star book to anyone who needs that good by the pool read, xo!

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Monday, June 11, 2018

bachelorette recap | week 2


Okay, let's get into these dates! 


Group Date; with Clay, Nick, Chris R, David, Jordan, Connor, Lincoln, Jean Blanc starting off with changing into tuxes with Becca having a hard time keeping her eyes off the eye candy. Jordan thinks women still wear pantyhose (real Princesses do, it's part of the royal code, but real women not so much!)...I cannot stand him. OMG BRYAN, HIIIIIIIYEEEEEEE! Missed you cutie, phew! Ah, I love a good obstacle course. The ice bath is hilarious, I love that they did that cause some of these guys are being such bitches about it! Lincoln is a complete cheater-sheesh, I'm super competitive, but play by the rules. 

Cocktail party after the course, I can't get a good read on Lincoln, is he being genuine? I'm not totally sure. Becca seems into the kiss, but also like he's being a little too aggressive. The guys are not happy about this photo! I feel like Clay is going to cry every time he talks. Lincoln is talking with the picture and kissing it, he is this season's Corrine. Connor throws the picture and breaks it and Lincoln gets more time. These guys are worse then the women. I really like the Becca just handles these things and steps up right away. Past seasons, they let it linger and talk to others rather then the culprit. I LOVE HER OUTFIT. Sorry for the caps, just realized. Jean Blanc gets the rose (even though it sounded like they were calling him Shawn...idk.)

Photogate is a hot topic amongst the men, no one can figure out if or when Lincoln will strike next. Or will Connor go home? Let's see..

One on One; Blake. He looks very young to me, it says 28, but he looks 24. Becca let Chris Harrison plan the date. Blake and Bec show up at a warehouse where Chris tells them they get to demolish stuff, which to me sounds like a fun time! She is making those coveralls look good with that belt. Everything they are going to eff up is stuff from her past with Arie. I'm all about an ex purge, but not with your new potential man! Becca is definitely going to smash things if they turns badly for her again, so beware boys. 

Dinner (even though they don't eat) portion of the date and I think they are having a great time. Blake seems level headed, fun, and a tad reserved which balances Becca's outgoing & bubbly presence. They are having a great conversation and I can see them together. I think he is a front runner, I'm DEF rooting for him! He gets a rose-well duh!

Group Date; with Garrett, Trent, Leo, Wills, Colton, Ricky, Christon, John, I missed a name or two... a school bus picks these guys up and they are headed to play dodgeball. It was fun to watch them and Leo is a great competitor. 

Cocktail party, next to the pool with Garrett. I like them together, he is very cute. They complement each other nicely. Ut ohhh, some drams is headed our way. Colton dated cute little Tia from last season (who we all know I loved!). Bec and Tia are friends, yikes, this could get bumpy. Oh wait, he said " a weekend together" sooo, not a relationship per se, but still messy. She is DEAD quiet when he tells her, she says he's really attractive, but this is putting her in a strange position. Wills gets the rose which surprises me, but their one on one time was good.

Rose Ceremony; Clay's one on one time was kinda cute, but he is still so MEH for me. Becca looks great in blue! I thought John's poem was going to end with "I promise you I'm a big nerd" instead of "I promise you I'll never get you hurt". Connor redeems himself by having her launch his photo. Jordan decides to go out to his one on one time with Becca in his underwear...cause he's a male model. WHY DO WE HAVE TO KEEP SAYING MALE MODEL? We get it, he is a male. His time with her is weird and then he argues with whoever he stole her away from (sorry, I missed his name!) Jordan has got to go, I get why they need him (to draw in all the viewers to see what dumb shit he'll do next, but come on!) Oh she kept Colton! Let's see where this leads...cause if anything it'll make for great TV. Alex was this season's first crier, they breakdown earlier and earlier it seems.

Next week looks good with some cute moments and it looks like my fave Blake is having great times with her. TIA IS HERE. If I hear one more time that Jordan isn't "here for the right reasons", I'm gonna lose it. See you then babes, until them DM me, comment, email, whatever let's just DISCUSS this episode, xo!


Wednesday, June 6, 2018

a book in review!

 

Brief Summary:
The second novel in this darkly sexy contemporary series from bestselling author Monica Murphy wraps up an emotionally powerful two-part tale of forbidden love.
 
The truth hurts, they say—and my pain cuts deep. While I was falling for Ethan, he was deceiving me the entire time. He held a huge secret, protected by his lies. When I discovered what he was hiding, the truth shook my world, threatening to ruin us forever. Ruin me. But I soon realized that what we share can’t be destroyed.

The connection between us is too strong. It always has been. I can’t deny him any longer. And I can’t deny my truth: I’m in love with Ethan.

I don’t want to let him go.

While we’re trying our best to make this relationship work, other forces are fighting against us. My family, who wants to keep me safe. The media obsessed with my tragic past. The public that feeds off of it. Even Ethan’s father—the man who nearly destroyed me all those years ago. He’s doing his best to finish the job.

Despite my love for Ethan, the doubts creep in, clouding my mind. Is he worth the pain? Will our love survive, or will we have no choice but to end it—end us—once and for all?

Review: 
I love Monica's writing style so when I saw she wrote a two-parter (the first one ends on a cliffhanger so this book is a MUST read.) and I had no plans on a Sunday, I was all in. This story literally picks up where the last one left off. Where are the first book was a rollercoster heading forward, this is that same coaster and now it's heading in reverse. There's as many ups and downs as the first book and you will be turning the pages to see how it ends up for Katie and Ethan. I highly recommend this 5 star book to anyone who needs a book they will not be able to put down, xo!

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Monday, June 4, 2018

bachelorette recap | week 1

 

 Here we go! Becca is taking on the role as Bachette and I'm SO excited for her season. She is a real chick and someone I could totally see myself grabbing brunch with her! If you missed out on my IG story where I explain why I am posting my recaps on Monday's, here's a refresher: I've decided I will watch the Bachette on Sundays and post my blog post on Monday. You can consider it a refresher before you watch the new episode! I just seem to have a lot going on and last season I was watching episodes at 1am to scramble to have this up on Tuesday. Once we get to the finale, I'm pretty sure I will watch that last night live and recap for Tuesday, but stay tuned-I will keep you informed. 

Yay, past Bachelorettes including my ALL TIME FAVE JoJo...her and Jordan are COMPLETE GOALS. I like the girls advice, they are being real with her and giving her sound advice of remembering to think outside of this bubble. Who knew Rachel was so funny? All of their first impression roses when to the GUY, wow how freaking cute and TELLING?! I'm keeping a very close eye on this...

 Intros; Clay the football player-talks funny, seems like a nice guy. Garret the goofball-based off looks, they'd make a cute couple. Jordan the model-you already know what I think about him, how can one person be this annoying?!? He's gotta go. Lincoln the one with the accent-seems nice, super fit! Joe the grocer-reminds me of the guy they have to have on each season, thinks he's more than he is. Jean Blanc the collector-sigh. Colton the football player who dated Aly the olympian-I loved how he courted Aly, so maybe he'll have a cute story with Bec! (Also, I follow him on IG because of the whole Aly thing..) 

Arrivals; She looks stunning in the white gown! Colton is first out and I like the confetti cannons-super cute and a great ice breakers. Grant seems like a regular guy, like him. Not into Clay and her comment about him was "he's so nervous"-eek. Jean Blanc teaching french with "let's do the damn thing!"-cute. Connor no socks, short, and proposing-he's a cutie tho. Joe is a meh, meh, meh. John looks like Benjamin Button-old! Leo with the WILD hair and he's a stunt man. Jordan the model, oof, he SCREAMS he is here to further his "brand" or "IG endorsement career". Rickey just like the tie. Alex another meh. Nick in a racing suit, wtf? An Arie cutout-yikesss Mike. A minivan? Wow, Garrett showing her the minivan? EEK. Don't these guys say to their friends "this is my idea for a first impression" and no one says "dude, do not do that." Blake on a horse, they had a cute little moment at ATFR, cute little moment now. Lincoln has a cute smile! Christon, meh. Wills the closet nerd, meh. Jason with the handshake-cute intro. I didn't catch 60/40s name, but he won't be around. No socks and no bowtie for Jake who apparently she knows from home? Hurst guy, yikesssss, Trent. Missed one I was snapping. Then David the chicken came and well, he isn't the winner so...Now there's a guy (Chris maybe?) who brought a choir, cute that they are dancing. I can see her with him (also he looks really familiar.)

Shorty-Connor stole her. He's cute and seems genuine.  Clay brought out the clay and I just can't. I believe in this process cause my Grandparents got married after 3 weeks! So ha-Chris, take your grandparents 2 months and shove it. Okay, Christon that was epic! Last thing they should do is bring out something to make them more competitive on night one! The poem guy looks like the guy from Rach's season..Eric! He looks like him! I keep getting nervous that someone is going to kiss her, but she won't want to kiss them. Her and Blake are having a really nice chat and connection. Man she is such a good sport-doing the chicken dance with David. Oh shit, DRAMAAAAA, with Chase and Chris. Chase was at ATFR, his ex said that he is trying to revamp his marking career and use the show to help him. "Here for the right reasons" should be a trademarked by ABC, they will make BANK. He isn't denying it, he's just talking about his ex and how they weren't really together. Yikes, I don't think I trust Chase one bit. 

Okay, now she's sitting with Jake who hangs in her circle at home. She is not into what he is saying/isn't saying. Like he should be saying "omg, I've been dying to get to know you and always have seen you and wanted to.." Oh he had a transformative year, wow, great, super. Sending Jake H-O-M-E...CYA and that two-fold bowtie. 

Minivan gets the 1st impression rose-remember this people! Oh, they're kissingggggg. AHHH-I could see them together for sure. 

Rose Ceremony; she's keeping lots of guys I could see her with. Why did they make the chicken put the head back on? I don't have much of a front runner, but I do see Garrett, Connor, David, Chris, and Colton going far.

Preview looks FULL of drama- I mean we already had lots of drams night one and I'm so excited for this season. Stay tuned for my recap next Monday and leave your picks in the comments, xo!


Wednesday, May 30, 2018

a book in review!



Brief Summary:

Perfect for readers of Colleen Hoover, Jay Crownover, and K. A. Tucker, the first novel in this darkly sexy contemporary series from bestselling author Monica Murphy kicks off an emotionally powerful two-part tale of forbidden love.
 
Crazy how eight years can disappear in an instant. One look at Katie Watts, and I'm a fifteen-year-old again--the one who risked everything to save a terrified girl from her twisted kidnapper. She's grown-up now--beautiful, quiet, composed--and telling her story to the world. A story that involves me in more ways than you can imagine. She used to call me her guardian angel. Sure, I risked my life, but she was worth dying for.

I need to make contact with her. Just to ensure that she's safe.

Somehow we reconnect. We become friends . . . but I want more. I want to make her mine. And she wants me too. Does she know who I am? Has she figured me out? Not yet. But she will. In the meantime, I need to make sure that whatever hold that animal had on her is gone.

So, yeah, I'm stealing these moments with her. Savoring them. Knowing, dreading, that she'll soon find out who I really am. And everything will fall apart. All because of that twisted, perverted monster sitting on death row. Her kidnapper. A convicted serial killer.

My father.

Review:
I love Monica's writing style so when I saw she wrote a two-parter (the this one ends on a cliffhanger so the second book is a MUST read.) and I had no plans on a Sunday, I was all in. This story has tons of drama and dark moments which make for a gripping read, but it has more than that. This story has heart, you will be rooting for hard for Katherine. What happens to her is heartbreaking and following her along on her journey really makes you think about what happens to victims of these sort of crimes. I recommend this 5 star read to anyone who is looking to get lost in a very well written page turner, xo! 

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Happy Release Day with a review!



Brief Summary:
Kristy Martin is twenty-something, single and living it up in Chicago. She has a crew of close girlfriends to keep her social calendar active, and is celebrating finally securing employment in her chosen field. While always free-spirited, Kristy is getting tired of the revolving door – or more accurately, bed – of random guys and failed dates, and comes up with a plan to get her act together when it comes to the opposite sex. That idea is quickly shot down by her bestie Breely Laver and replaced with a bet she can’t refuse – a free trip to Paris with her yoga instructor BFF if she can go six months without sex.

Enter in charming, sexy, delicious Grey Grahl. Kristy tries to navigate a spicy new relationship without giving away her bet, while also dealing with an incredibly sensitive crisis at her job. Her first year as a full-time elementary school guidance counselor starts off with a devastating situation with a young student, and Kristy finds herself struggling to stay above water in both her professional and personal life. With her girlfriends as a support system, Kristy navigates troubled times at the school and agrees to come clean with Grey.

This first book in a six-part girlfriend series introduces you to Kristy, Breely, Nora, Lauren, Tinsley and Scarlett, and takes readers on six individual stories about relationships, career choices, personal conflict and the bond of friendship. 

Review:
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. Samantha is one of the best story tellers who goes into detail, but not overly where you can still create your perfect views of the characters in your head. Her writing style will hook you and you will need to read everything she writes! When she decided to take on a series featuring a group of girlfriends, I was all in. I love series and this book is so realistic, it's unreal. Kristy is the perfect lead to start off the series; she's likeable, real, vulnerable, and you will think of her as a girl in your circle. If you want your first beach read, look no further than this 5 star book, xo!

Purchase:
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a book in review!

A Royal Shade of Blue Tour Kit
Modern Royals #1
292 pages
Publisher - Self Published
Release Date - 16th May 2018
Blurb

When art history student Clementine Jones receives a message complimenting her latest internship project, she doesn’t hesitate to answer it.

She never dreamed that this decision would not only change her life but the future of the British monarchy as well.

Her response leads Clementine to the mysterious CP Chadwick, a British man studying history at Cambridge. Clementine finds CP charming, smart, and unlike any man she’s ever met. Most of all, when she confides her medical past to CP, his perception of her doesn’t change. He doesn’t treat her as fragile like her parents do. CP sees her as normal, which is something she cherishes.

Clementine, however, has no idea that CP is actually Prince Christian of Wales, who has never had a “normal” life. Christian is at a crossroad. His destiny is to be a working royal, but he is desperate to fill that role in his own way. Wary of others, he’s kept himself closed off from the world—until he lets Clementine in.

A royal romance is never a fairy tale, but Clementine and Christian are determined to write their own version. Can they overcome their own fears—as well as the constraints of a royal life—to reach their own happily ever after?

Review:
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I love the Royals, there's something so glamorous about the regal life, so when Aven decided she was going to tackle the monarchy I was ALL IN! Clementine is the everyday, average girl and she has an ordinary thing happen to her, she gets a DM on IG from a stranger. But this stranger is about to change her whole life. This story has everything a romantic comedy should have; a prince, tons of funny moments, a relatable heroine, and hope in love. Clem and Christian's story made me fall in love with romance all over again. If you have a Royal Wedding hangover, pick this up and swoon all over again. I promise this 5 star best seller will be everything you need in your next favorite love story, xo!
About the Author
I live in the Dallas area with my family. I enjoy clipping out recipes I will never get around to trying, working out, and chatting with friends on social media. I’m a hockey nut (Go Stars!) and watch as much as humanly possible. I also love shopping and fashion and admit to being obsessed with whatever the Duchess of Cambridge is wearing. In addition to be obsessed with the Duchess, I’m equally obsessed with any show or cookbook featuring Gordon Ramsay.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Happy Release Day & Review!

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Damaged Hearts by Monica Murphy Release Date: May 24, 2018 Series: Damaged Hearts Genre: New Adult Romance
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Synopsis:
After all we’ve been through, things are finally good between us. So good, I think I’m falling for Rhett, and I hope he’s falling for me. Once my enemy, he could now be my forever. But I’m still keeping a big secret from him. One that threatens to destroy us…
Jensen has stopped running away from me. She’s realized that we’re actually meant for each other. I need her, and I think she needs me too. Yet there are still secrets between us—will she hate me when she finds out the truth?
All the lies, all the secrets come to an explosive finale in the last book in the Damaged Hearts series!

Review:
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. This was the dessert to the 3 course meal...I look for a few things in a series and this one had it all! Drama, heart wrenching scenes, sexy moments, and everything in between and Monica doesn't disappoint. I also love when series button everything up-I won't give you any more details than that ;) I recommend this 4 star book to anyone who is looking to read a complete and quick series by the pool this summer, Rhett and Jensen will give you everything you need, xo!
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Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is both self-published and published by Random House/Bantam and Harper Collins/Avon. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance.
She is a wife and a mother of three who lives in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere along with their one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she's not writing, she's reading or hanging out with her husband and kids. She's a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to putting her characters through angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.
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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Try It Tuesday!

If you don't follow me on IG, you TOTALLY missed my story where I talked about how I got the deal of the century...I'm talking about when I got 24 collagen sheets masks for $10.99! (yes, you ready that right...!) 



So for the next 24 weeks, I will be using one of these bad boys. Some weeks, I may do more than one cause I love me a sheet mask, duh! Let me know what you want me to try and I'll give it a go, xo!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Happy Release Day!


A Royal Shade of Blue Tour Kit
Modern Royals #1
292 pages
Publisher - Self Published
Release Date - 16th May 2018
 
Blurb

When art history student Clementine Jones receives a message complimenting her latest internship project, she doesn’t hesitate to answer it.

She never dreamed that this decision would not only change her life but the future of the British monarchy as well.

Her response leads Clementine to the mysterious CP Chadwick, a British man studying history at Cambridge. Clementine finds CP charming, smart, and unlike any man she’s ever met. Most of all, when she confides her medical past to CP, his perception of her doesn’t change. He doesn’t treat her as fragile like her parents do. CP sees her as normal, which is something she cherishes.

Clementine, however, has no idea that CP is actually Prince Christian of Wales, who has never had a “normal” life. Christian is at a crossroad. His destiny is to be a working royal, but he is desperate to fill that role in his own way. Wary of others, he’s kept himself closed off from the world—until he lets Clementine in.

A royal romance is never a fairy tale, but Clementine and Christian are determined to write their own version. Can they overcome their own fears—as well as the constraints of a royal life—to reach their own happily ever after?

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About the Author
I live in the Dallas area with my family. I enjoy clipping out recipes I will never get around to trying, working out, and chatting with friends on social media. I’m a hockey nut (Go Stars!) and watch as much as humanly possible. I also love shopping and fashion and admit to being obsessed with whatever the Duchess of Cambridge is wearing. In addition to be obsessed with the Duchess, I’m equally obsessed with any show or cookbook featuring Gordon Ramsay.

PROLOGUE
THE MESSAGE THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING

I pop open my umbrella, trying to shield myself from the unrelenting rain that is cascading down on Palo Alto. I move around to the back of my Ford SUV, which is nearly as old as the sun, and open the hatch to find my dog waiting impatiently.
“Come here, Bear,” I say, stifling a yawn as I wait for my Airedale rescue to come to me. I juggle the umbrella, sticking the handle under my arm, and grab Bear’s collar. Bear begins to lick my face, and despite the fact that I’ve just left work, and it’s three o’clock in the morning, and I’m standing in the cold rain, I smile. “You’re such a good boy. I’m lucky I can take you to work with me, you know that?”
I help Bear down and slam the hatch shut. I re-adjust the umbrella, and l walk through the parking lot, shivering as the rain pelts my face. Northern California is chilly this January night, the temperature below forty now. I see my breath escape in puffs in the damp air, and even though it’s late, and I have class at nine tomorrow—er, today, actually—I want a cup of hot chocolate before bed.
I grin despite the weather and the hour. My beverage selection hasn’t changed since I was five. You can keep your fancy coffees and exotic teas. I’ll take a cup of hot chocolate with whipped cream for the win every time. Besides, when you walk down the street with a cup full of hot chocolate from a coffee shop, nobody is the wiser that it’s not some fancy latte.
I take a minute to let Bear do his business before directing him toward my building. I close my umbrella as soon as we’re under shelter, and Bear leads me up the stairs, pulling me along because he doesn’t like the rain. I glance up at the fourplex where we live, built in the 1940s and not far from the Stanford campus where I’m in my last semester of school. I love living here. I share a two-bedroom corner unit with my best friends at Stanford, Bryn Ryan and Chelsea Beckwith. Since Bryn has a steady boyfriend, she has a room to herself. At least that is what Chelsea and I told her. The fact that she talks in her sleep all night long and never shuts up is the real reason, however.
Sometimes a little white lie is a super handy tool.
I put my key in the lock and turn it gently. I’ve become a pro at making a quiet entry since I started my internship at the Fashion Mall of San Jose. The upscale shopping center has a curated art collection that rotates museum-level art throughout the mall, giving the public free access to incredible pieces. I assist the art coordinator with the exhibits and community art outreach programs. Even if I have to do sculpture installations in the middle of the night and go to classes half-dead the next day, it’s been a great learning experience.
My dream job, however, is working with antiques in either an auction house or a museum. I love the stories objects can tell, and how they can be used to pass down history from generation to generation. It’s fascinating to me, and that is the focus I want to pursue after graduation this June.
I open the door and step inside, grabbing a towel out of the basket next to the door. I take a moment to wipe his paws and belly before letting Bear off his leash. As soon as I shut the door behind us, I hear the squeaking of a bed and the sound of it banging against the living room wall.
“OH, GRAHAM! YES!” Bryn screams. “RIGHT THERE! RIGHT THERE!”
Before I’m even out of my coat, I’m fumbling for my phone and earbuds. Please let me get them in before she reaches the height of orgasm.
“GRAHAM! YOU ARE SO G—”
Bryn’s cries are cut off by the sounds of Harry Styles singing “Sign of the Times” in my ears. Whew! That was a close call, I think, as I slip out of my trench coat and kick off my wet Converse kicks.
But now I’ll never know if Graham is:
So Good
So Gorgeous
So Gigantic
So … Godly?
Sometimes it’s best for things to remain shrouded in mystery.
I head into the kitchen, grab a hot chocolate cup for the Keurig, and place my favorite mug underneath it—my Disney mug with Princess Ariel on it. My older sister, Paisley, got it for me because she said I reminded her of Ariel, with my long, flaming-red hair and love of the water. Mom missed her opportunity to name me after a Disney princess, choosing Clementine instead. She said the first time she saw my little head with its patch of red hair I reminded her of a sweet orange. Hmm. Maybe it says something that she thought not of princesses but of food when she first laid eyes on me. I probably should be offended, but glancing down at my ripped jeans and favorite charcoal V-neck sweater, I’m definitely closer to a citrus fruit than a princess.
If I were to be a princess, though, I’d be more like Fiona from Shrek. I love her. Fiona is spirited. Independent. Strong. She can save herself, which makes her fabulous.
Soon my hot cocoa is ready, and I take it over to the sofa and sink down into the cushions. Harry continues to sing to me as I reach for the remote and flip on the TV.
Another great mystery of the universe that remains unsolved to me is how I can have hundreds of TV channels at my disposal and still find absolutely nothing to watch. I skim over horror movies—no thank you; adult cinema, which I have playing in the room next door if I care to hear a live version; TV shopping; old sitcoms I don’t like; and news. Meh.
I stop on some wildlife hunter trying to capture a dangerous rattlesnake and leave it there as background light. It’s now ten after three. I’m going to give myself until four to unwind, drink my hot chocolate, and climb into bed. I take a sip of my steaming drink, closing my eyes as the warm liquid sides down my throat, and feeling the much-needed warmth. Ah. Bear jumps up on the sofa and drops his big head into my lap, and all feels right in my world.
I put my thumb on my phone to unlock it and see I have some notifications. Some are for Facebook, and there’s a text from Paisley, and a slew of emails from companies that I signed up for to get a discount and now get bombarded daily as a reminder to never again give out my email for ten percent off. I have some Instagram likes and a direct message in my inbox from someone I don’t know.
Curiosity gets the better of me, and I decide to read it. The profile pic from the stranger is of a beautiful setter-type dog. Inside is my picture from last month’s The Ritual of Tea exhibit, when we installed a piece that represented the bamboo tea whisks that are used to make matcha tea. The message reads: Ms. Jones,
I was scrolling through Instagram recommendations—yes, I realise I don’t have a life if this is what I’m doing at night instead of going to a pub quiz, so let’s get that out of the way upfront—and came across your account. The idea of tea whisks two stories tall inside of a shopping centre is quite fascinating, more so because I prefer matcha to English Breakfast or Earl Grey. You had me with the tea whisks, and I confess to spending the rest of the night checking out the art installations on your Insta. I don’t know why I’m writing to you; you probably think I’m a stalker. Well, I guess if I spend the night going through your Insta account I am, but I assure you it’s not in a creepy way but rather in a “this-is-interesting way.” Regardless, it looks like you have a job you love, and for that, you are one incredibly lucky woman.
CP
I stare at the message in shock. This is the first one I’ve ever received about my work. And this CP—whoever he or she is—has a sense of humor. I click on CP’s account and read the profile: Student of History and Politics at the University of Cambridge. Lover of dogs and odd-flavoured M&M’s. Appreciates a good pint with his mates and beating them soundly on pub quiz nights.
Hmm. The account is set to private. He’s a male. At least that is what he says. I mean, who knows if any of this is real? CP could be an elderly woman in a retirement home for all I know. But CP does have fifteen followers. Fifteen? Wow. This person is very picky about who they allow to follow them. I elect to allow the message and decide to test this “CP” and message him back: CP,
Thank you for your kind words. I’m happy to know someone appreciates the work we do to bring art to the public in an easy, free, accessible way. We hope to expose people to art who never might have gone out of their way to look for it. I feel like a kind of commando in that regard.
I crept on your page, but I can’t see much since it’s private. You say that you study at Cambridge. First, I would like to see proof that this is true. You might be in a retirement village in Boca for all I know, or some woman named Mildred chatting with me and laughing with her friends around the four o’clock early bird dinner. Or you could be a cheating husband from Houston looking for a piece on the side. I need verification that you are indeed a student of history and politics at Cambridge, or the jig is up, CP.
CJ
P.S. What is a pub quiz? You mentioned it in your message, and it’s in your profile. Obviously, you have some kind of thing for it.
Then I hit send.
I take another sip of my hot chocolate, getting some whipped cream on my nose. I rub Bear’s head affectionately and feel the vibrating on the other side of the wall has stopped. Yay, I won’t have to sleep with earplugs in tonight. Victory is mine!
Beep!
I glance down at my phone. CP has sent me another direct message on Instagram.
I set my mug on our circa 1991 end table, swiped from my mom’s storage unit, and eagerly open the message.
It’s one picture.
A sign above a glass door reads the “Alison Richard Building,” and the landscape is dusted with snow. In fact, falling snowflakes dot the picture. There’s a hand extending forward, the left hand, holding up a textbook of a political nature. A silver Rolex watch adorns his wrist, peeking out from underneath what looks like a black cashmere overcoat.
I eagerly read his message:
Ms. Jones,
As you can see, I am standing outside of the Alison Richard Building at Cambridge. Google should provide validation that this is not a retirement village. You can also see I’m holding my textbook for part of my year three studies and, according to my watch, it’s twenty past eleven my time. Now my hands are about to go numb, as I had to take off my gloves to type this, so my other validation pictures will come after my lecture.
CP
P.S. I will answer the pub quiz question later, if you are inclined to send me a follow request. As you did admit to creeping on my account, you know I have fifteen followers. We’ll see if you make that sixteen, if you are curious about a bloke in Cambridge who likes dogs and mysterious pub quizzes.
Ooh!
My heart flutters. CP is sharp. He’s British and at Cambridge, and he has to be near my age, right? He loves dogs, and he’s not wearing a parka but an overcoat.
With epic watch porn.
It takes me less than one second to make my decision.
I click follow on his profile.
As soon as he accepts my request, I’ll be CP’s sixteenth follower.
A weird sensation fills me, one I’ve never felt before.
I think this decision, to follow the mysterious CP, will change my life.
I don’t know why, but something in the stars must be aligned for a guy from Cambridge to randomly stumble on my Instagram feed and begin a conversation that already has my heart fluttering.
How it will change things remains unseen.
But I’m curious to see where it goes.

 
Links
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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Cover Reveal!


Brief Summary:
Kristy Martin is twenty-something, single and living it up in Chicago. She has a crew of close girlfriends to keep her social calendar active, and is celebrating finally securing employment in her chosen field. While always free-spirited, Kristy is getting tired of the revolving door – or more accurately, bed – of random guys and failed dates, and comes up with a plan to get her act together when it comes to the opposite sex. That idea is quickly shot down by her bestie Breely Laver and replaced with a bet she can’t refuse – a free trip to Paris with her yoga instructor BFF if she can go six months without sex.
Enter in charming, sexy, delicious Grey Grahl. Kristy tries to navigate a spicy new relationship without giving away her bet, while also dealing with an incredibly sensitive crisis at her job. Her first year as a full-time elementary school guidance counselor starts off with a devastating situation with a young student, and Kristy finds herself struggling to stay above water in both her professional and personal life. With her girlfriends as a support system, Kristy navigates troubled times at the school and agrees to come clean with Grey.
This first book in a six-part girlfriend series introduces you to Kristy, Breely, Nora, Lauren, Tinsley and Scarlett, and takes readers on six individual stories about relationships, career choices, personal conflict and the bond of friendship.


About Samantha:
Samantha March is a published author, blogger, and has been passionate about creating stories since a young girl. After starting her blog ChickLitPlus in 2009, she set out to make a childhood dream a reality, and published her debut novel in 2011. She now has six published novels – Destined To Fail, The Green Ticket, Up To I Do, A Questionable Friendship and Defining Her – and one holiday novella, The Christmas Surprise, and Kristy, book 1 in The Six series. In addition to her bookish pursuits, she is also a beauty blogger with a growing Youtube channel and shares her love for makeup and beauty in review and tutorial videos. When she isn’t reading, writing, or creating videos, you can find her cheering for the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Cubs. Samantha currently lives in Iowa with her husband and Vizsla Aries.

Links:
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Royal Wedding Fever!



As someone who always thought they were a Princess (okay, I probably still think I am one...) I was BEYOND thrilled when Aven decided to take on her very own Royal story and guess what?? You can now pre-order this sweet story and it will drop on your kindle on May 16th! 


Blurb:
When art history student Clementine Jones receives a message complimenting her latest internship project, she doesn’t hesitate to answer it.
She never dreamed that this decision would not only change her life but the future of the British monarchy as well.
Her response leads Clementine to the mysterious CP Chadwick, a British man studying history at Cambridge. Clementine finds CP charming, smart, and unlike any man she’s ever met. Most of all, when she confides her medical past to CP, his perception of her doesn’t change. He doesn’t treat her as fragile like her parents do. CP sees her as normal, which is something she cherishes.
Clementine, however, has no idea that CP is actually Prince Christian of Wales, who has never had a “normal” life. Christian is at a crossroad. His destiny is to be a working royal, but he is desperate to fill that role in his own way. Wary of others, he’s kept himself closed off from the world—until he lets Clementine in.
A royal romance is never a fairy tale, but Clementine and Christian are determined to write their own version. Can they overcome their own fears—as well as the constraints of a royal life—to reach their own happily ever after?