Books and Tunes: What I Bought!

Recently, I went buck wild and bought as many books as I could afford to buy in one sitting and I bought a few tracks too!

I’ve always loved writing and reading romance, and (if you know me) it can’t be surprising to hear that I bought a bunch of romance books and searched ‘romance’ in iTunes to find two new songs to listen to.

Are you interested in finding out more about what I have bought lately? If your answer is ‘yes,’ then keep reading this post because you’re in for a real treat!

Books:

I read books one at a time, so bear with me as I read through these books (while writing my own)! Reviews will likely come! I’m reading a story by Erin Lawless (more on that below) and I’m loving it. Here are all the books that I’ve bought lately:

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Seventeen-year-old Lacey Burke feels like the last person on the planet who should be doling out sex advice. For starters, she’s never even kissed anyone, and she hates breaking the rules. Up until now, she’s been a straight-A music geek that no one even notices. All she cares about is jamming out with her best friends, Theo and Evita.

But then everything changes.

When Lacey sees first-hand how much damage the abstinence-only sex-ed curriculum of her school can do, she decides to take a stand and starts doling out wisdom and contraception to anyone who seeks her out in the girls’ restroom. Meanwhile, things with Theo have become complicated, and soon Lacey is not just keeping everyone else’s secrets, but her own as well.

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Megan Harper is the girl before. All her exes find their one true love right after dating her. It’s not a curse or anything, it’s just the way things are. and Megan refuses to waste time feeling sorry for herself. Instead, she focuses on pursuing her next fling, directing theater, and fulfilling her dream school’s acting requirement in the smallest role possible. But her plans quickly crumble when she’s cast as none other than Juliet–yes, that Juliet–in her high school’s production. It’s a nightmare. Megan’s not an actress and she’s certainly not a Juliet. Then she meets Owen Okita, an aspiring playwright who agrees to help Megan catch the eye of a sexy stagehand in exchange for help writing his new script. Between rehearsals and contending with her divided family, Megan begins to notice Owen–thoughtful, unconventional, and utterly unlike her exes, and wonders: shouldn’t a girl get to star in her own love story?

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For Charlie Preston “home” has never been the haven from the big bad world everyone claims; it’s just the place she sleeps at night. Music is her haven and, thanks to technology, her haven is always with her, making it the only thing she needs to survive yet another new school and finish her senior year. 

Surrounded by a loving family and great friends, star quarterback Maverick Hardy is the definition of all-American, right down to his vintage muscle car and football. On track for a career-launching senior year, Maverick’s only focus is to win games and impress the college scouts. Or it was until he plowed into a captivating auburn-haired beauty trying her hardest to be invisible. For the first time in his life, football fades to the background and all Maverick can think about is getting to know Charlie better. 

So close to finally breaking free from her father’s constant insults and criticizing, the last thing Charlie wants is to be noticed by anyone, least of all the most popular guy in school. Unprepared for the emotions Maverick’s attention stirs within her, she can’t help wondering if there’s some truth to the songs she’s found refuge in for so long. 

Drawing from the strength she’s found in an unexpected friendship, Charlie steps from the shadows and finally starts to believe there’s more to life than just surviving.

Jacket flap for Heart Strings:

Love Notes is the first book in the series but Heartstrings can be read as a stand alone. 

*Contains graphic situations*

Nothing can heal the wounds of a shattered soul – a fact Tori Easton knows better than most. After masking her pain and the truth behind her nightmares just to survive, the edges of her carefully constructed façade are beginning to fray, threatening to come crashing down and expose her secret, and with it the shame of who she’s become.

A lot of girls may have caught Will Montgomery’s eye, but only one has ever held him captive. The only date he had with Tori was a complete disaster, but something told Will the spark between them hadn’t been extinguished for good. Timing was everything, and while Will was content to wait for the moment to be right, he wasn’t about to let Tori forget he existed. Keeping his distance for more than a year, he finally had his moment, but he hadn’t expected to find a bitter shell of the girl that held his heart. 

Despite her efforts to push him away, Will becomes an unexpected source of strength, and when he’s still by her side after her world unravels, Tori finally understands the only way to heal a shattered soul is with an open heart.

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The bestselling author of Windfall and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight returns with a meet-cute romance about Hugo and Mae, two teens who are thrown together on a cross-country train trip that will teach them about love, each other, and the futures they can build for themselves.

It’s the perfect idea for a romantic week together: traveling across America by train.

But then Hugo’s girlfriend dumps him. Her parting gift: the tickets for their long-planned last-hurrah-before-uni trip. Only, it’s been booked under her name. Nontransferable, no exceptions.

Mae is still reeling from being rejected from USC’s film school. When she stumbles across Hugo’s ad for a replacement Margaret Campbell (her full name!), she’s certain it’s exactly the adventure she needs to shake off her disappointment and jump-start her next film.

A cross-country train trip with a complete stranger might not seem like the best idea. But to Mae and Hugo, both eager to escape their regular lives, it makes perfect sense. What starts as a convenient arrangement soon turns into something more. But when life outside the train catches up to them, can they find a way to keep their feelings for each other from getting derailed?

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Lila McCormick first met Lincoln Turner when tragedy struck both their lives. But she never expected their surprise encounter would lead to two years of exchanging letters-or that she’d fall for the boy she’s only seen once. Their relationship is a secret, but Lila feels closer to Lincoln than anyone else. Until she finds out that he lied to her about the one thing she depended on him for the most.

Hurting Lila is the last thing Lincoln wanted. For two years, her letters have been the only thing getting him through the day. Admitting his feelings would cross a line he’s never dared breach before. But Lincoln will do whatever it takes to fix his mistakes, earn Lila’s forgiveness-and finally win a chance to be with the girl he loves.

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Janie has no idea Quinn is her boss . . .

There are three things you need to know about Janie Morris: 1) She is incapable of engaging in a conversation without volunteering TMTI (Too Much Trivial Information), especially when she is unnerved, 2) No one unnerves her more than Quinn Sullivan, and 3) She doesn’t know how to knit.

After losing her boyfriend, apartment, and job in the same day, Janie Morris can’t help wondering what new torment fate has in store. To her utter mortification, Quinn Sullivan- aka Sir McHotpants- witnesses it all then keeps turning up like a pair of shoes you lust after but can’t afford. The last thing she expects is for Quinn- the focus of her slightly, albeit harmless, stalkerish tendencies- to make her an offer she can’t refuse.

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A Groundhog Day meets Pretty in Pink mashup that tells the tale of a shy, introverted high school girl who must relive the first day of school over and over again until her first kiss can break the curse … she hopes.

Andie is the type of girl who always comes up with the perfect thing to say … after it’s too late to say it. She’s addicted to romance movies—okay, all movies—but has yet to experience her first kiss. After a move to Punxsutawney, PA, for her senior year, she gets caught in an endless loop of her first day at her new school, reliving those 24 hours again and again.

Convinced the curse will be broken when she meets her true love, Andie embarks on a mission: infiltrating the various cliques—from the jocks to the nerds to the misfits—to find the one boy who can break the spell. What she discovers along the way is that people who seem completely different can often share the very same hopes, dreams, and hang-ups. And that even a day that has been lived over and over can be filled with unexpected connections and plenty of happy endings.

Pretty in Punxsutawney:

  • Addresses topical issues of self-discovery, navigating cliques, and ignoring stereotypes
  • Is an homage to beloved 80s movies, such as John Hughes’ The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, and Pretty in Pink 
  • Is the perfect gift for birthdays and high school or college graduation
  • Will captivate young adult readers of all ages with its universal coming-of-age themes about struggling to fit in, navigating the tough high school years, first kisses, and first crushes

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A gorgeously romantic and hilariously funny rom com about love in all its forms, the power of friendship and f*cking up in your 20s…

Boy meets girls…

Alex Bradley can’t help but feel that life is rather passing him by. And not just life – promotions, invitations, romance; the girl he loves only has eyes for his flatmate and his 9-5 job as the Immigration department skivvy is slowly numbing his soul. Until he meets Nadia.

Girl meets boy…

Nadia Osipova is running out of time. With no money, no lawyer and a totally fictitious boyfriend, she’s got one last summer and one last appeal before the British government deport her back home.

Girl gets deported?

It’s going to be a bumpy ride, one she’s dragging her new friend Alex along for. As Nadia races through a list of all her favourite London adventures, for what may be the last time, Alex can’t help but start to see the city, and his life, through Nadia’s eyes.

From hazy summer days on the Common and heady nights in Soho’s basement bars, to twilight walks along the Southbank, will Alex realise what he’s got before it’s too late?

I’ve recently begun reading this story and I love it already. It’s told from more than one point of view, it’s set in London, and it’s got a lot of humour, wit, and lots of charm. I’m loving it!

Music:

I spent most of my money on books so when it came time to buy some music, I thought I should stay on theme and buy some hot and heavy music.

So, when I searched romance on iTunes, the Fifty Shades of Grey album came up and I went mainstream, buying two songs with my remaining $3.29 credit:

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* Love Me Like You Do by Ellie Goulding

* Where You Belong by The Weeknd

I’ve been going back and forth between both songs because they’re both so good!

And that’s it! What have you been buying and loving lately? Let me know (in one way or another)!

Adaora

 

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