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My October-December 2017 Book Haul!

So here’s my final book haul for the year 2017! Whoot hoot! I’ve actually read of all them already but as I’ve said – I loved having my own copies – it’s sort of easier when I’d like to reread them (I am actually rereading the Andrew Brawley now in between books haha)

If you are not familiar with the titles, five of these seven books are all young adult titles save for Texas Pride by Kindle Alexander and On Dublin Street by Samantha Young – both are spectacular reads and both were purchased from Book For Less (along with the Official Illustrated Movie Companion of Beautiful Creatures)

The other four came from Fully Booked which amounted to around 2600-2700 pesos. I discovered though, that Mackenzi Lee’s The Gentelman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is P185 cheaper at the National Bookstore – a shame really cuz I saw it first in Fullybooked! I’m still happy though because I enjoyed the book plus, Fullybooked offers more LGBTQ+ title than the National Bookstore.

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On Dublin Street – Samantha Young
Jocelyn Butler has been hiding from her past for years. But all her secrets are about to be laid bare …

Four years ago, Jocelyn left her tragic past behind in the States and started over in Scotland, burying her grief, ignoring her demons, and forging ahead without attachments. Her solitary life is working well – until she moves into a new apartment on Dublin Street, where she meets a man who shakes her carefully guarded world to its core.

Braden Carmichael is used to getting what he wants, and he’s determined to get Jocelyn into his bed. Knowing how skittish she is about entering a relationship, Braden proposes an arrangement that will satisfy their intense attraction without any strings attached.

But after an intrigued Jocelyn accepts, she realizes that Braden won’t be satisfied with just mind-blowing passion. The stubborn Scotsman is intent on truly knowing her . . . down to the very soul.

Texas Pride – Kindle Alexander
When mega movie star and two time Academy Award winner, Austin Grainger voluntarily gave up his dazzling film career, his adoring fan base thought he’d lost his mind. For Austin, the seclusion of fifteen hundred acres in the middle of Texas sounds like paradise. No more cameras, paparazzi, or overzealous media to hound him every day and night. Little did the sexiest man alive know when one door closes, another usually opens. And Austin’s opened by way of a sexy, hot ranch owner right next door.

Kitt Kelly wasn’t your average rancher. He’s young, well educated and has hidden his sexuality for most of his life. When his long time wet dream materializes as his new neighbor it threatens everything he holds dear. No way the ranching community would ever accept him if he came out. With every part of his life riding on the edge, can Kitt risk it all for a chance at love or will responsibility to his family heritage cost him his one chance at happiness?

He Forgot to Say Goodbye – Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Ramiro Lopez and Jake Upthegrove don’t appear to have much in common. Ram lives in the Mexican-American working-class barrio of El Paso called “Dizzy Land.” His brother is sinking into a world of drugs, wreaking havoc in their household. Jake is a rich West Side white boy who has developed a problem managing his anger. An only child, he is a misfit in his mother’s shallow and materialistic world. But Ram and Jake do have one thing in common: They are lost boys who have never met their fathers. This sad fact has left both of them undeniably scarred and obsessed with the men who abandoned them. As Jake and Ram overcome their suspicions of each other, they begin to move away from their loner existences and realize that they are capable of reaching out beyond their wounds and the neighborhoods that they grew up in. Their friendship becomes a healing in a world of hurt.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue – Mackenzi Lee
Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life – Benjamin Alire Sáenz
The first day of senior year:

Everything is about to change. Until this moment, Sal has always been certain of his place with his adoptive gay father and their loving Mexican-American family. But now his own history unexpectedly haunts him, and life-altering events force him and his best friend, Samantha, to confront issues of faith, loss, and grief.

Suddenly Sal is throwing punches, questioning everything, and discovering that he no longer knows who he really is—but if Sal’s not who he thought he was, who is he?

Beautiful Creatures : The Official Illustrated Movie Companion – Mark Cotta Vaz
xplore the making of the film Beautiful Creatures in this ultimate visual companion, lavishly illustrated with full-color photos of the cast, locations, and sets. This beautiful paperback edition celebrates the on-screen creation of Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl’s fascinating world, brought to life by screenwriter and director Richard LaGravenese.

With never-before-seen images, exclusive interviews and personal stories, Mark Cotta Vaz takes you behind the scenes with cast and crew, uncovering intimate details of the filmmaking process.

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I cannot wait to reread all of these books and I am excited for next year’s hunt!

Book Review: Moonlight on Nightingale Way (On Dublin Street #6) – Samantha Young

Moonlight on Nightingale WayPublished June 02, 2015
Format: Novel
Genre: Romance / Contemporary / New Adult
Length: 336 pages, ebook
Publisher: NAL
Ebook ASIN: B00Q5DLY42
Characters: Grace Farquhar, Logan MacLeod

I’ve read the first five books of the series last year and this is definitely my favorite in it! The solid story line with ample backstories for both MCs and that wonderful epilogue – it simply is perfection!

In this story, we meet Logan – ‘manHoor’ Logan. We met him back in the Echoes of Scotland’s Street. He was Shannon’s brother who put the guy who tried to rape her into a coma and subsequently served two years in prison for it. Poor, poor Logan. He’s trying his very best to bring his old self back [and tried to make up for the lost two years in the sex department. Uhm…okay.]

And then there’s Grace who escaped from her manipulative family by moving to a new city. Their path collided when they found themselves living next to each other. Will they ever have a chance at love when their past keeps getting in the way?

I love Grace! She’s super-fantastic and does not have all the super-filled angst characterization of the previous female characters in the first five books despite having a nasty family on the side (eerr like Logan – but at least the McLeod’s are “trying.”)

I thought Logan’s comment about fucking around with all those girls he brought home (who are exclusively blondes) was a bit misogynistic but yeah – boys will be boys – or NOT.

I also loved “Joss’s squad” / tribe (I started referring to them as Joss’s squad since she’s got the first story) and their meddling, as usual! This time, it’s not nearly as annoying as in the previous books!

And then there’s Maia! I loved her! What an absolute darling! This story is indeed a perfect way to end the series! Everything came full circle for all of the characters and it felt like their journey was my journey as well!

With this being the last in the series, I’d like to give few awards for the series as a whole.

Favorite Female MC : Grace
Favorite Male MC: Cole (since he was a wee lad.)
Story You Want To See In the Big Screen – Echoes Of Scotland Street
Most Annoying and Adorable Character [At The Same Time]: Ellie ❤
Most Annoying Female / Male MC: Nate / Shannon
Best Backstory: Grace
Best Cover: Echoes of Scotland Street
And finally…
To whom will you do the sausage swapping with? (lol! I forgot where I’ve read this one): Cole or Logan ^__^

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Buy Links:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble

About The Author
Samantha Young is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author from Stirlingshire, Scotland. She’s been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award 2012 for Best Author and Best Romance for her international bestseller ON DUBLIN STREET, Best Romance 2014 for BEFORE JAMAICA LANE, and Best Romance 2015 for HERO. ON DUBLIN STREET is Samantha’s first adult contemporary romance series and has sold in twenty-nine countries.

Visit http://authorsamanthayoung.com for more information.