WOW, did January just fly by or what?
I’ve found some really cute books lately in my never-ending reading pile, and here are a few Short & Sweets on my recent reads!
~ Let’s Get Textual (Text #1) by Teagan Hunter ~
Release Date ~ September 6, 2017
A wrong number is supposed to be just that—a wrong number.
Do not continue to text. Do not flirt.
A wrong number shouldn’t be the first person on your mind in the morning, or the last at night…and you’re definitely not supposed to talk them into buying a baby goat.
Because that would be weird.
When Zach Hastings and I get into a wrong-number mix-up, we don’t follow the rules. We keep texting and flirting, because he’s wicked funny and perfectly nerdy and a wonderful distraction.
I’m not looking for love, and Zach definitely had the wrong number.
Maybe he’s the right guy.
A standalone romantic comedy.
Let’s Get Textual is my first introduction to Teagan Hunter, and how much fun was this?? I can’t recall reading a book based on meeting each other through a texting relationship, and I totally loved this story! Delia and Zach were such unique characters, and their witty banter back and forth was so fun to follow. This was such a surprising and delightful read, and I really look forward to the rest of this series, as well as more books by Teagan Hunter!
~ Player by Staci Hart ~
Release Date ~ October 11, 2018
He’s a player.
He plays the bass with expert fingers. He plays women with intoxicating charm. And he’ll play me with the ease of a virtuoso.
Who better to teach me to play than the master himself?
I’m his model student, front row, pencil sharp. Pick up lines? I’ve got them. Free drinks? By the dozen. Kissing? Let me grab my chapstick.
But the most valuable lesson I’ve learned is that there’s so much I don’t know. Like why his touch sets off a chain reaction straight to my nethers. Or how I’m certain each kiss is the best I’ll ever have, until the moment his lips take mine again.
There’s so much I don’t know.
Like the fact that I’m only a bet.
But we are what we are. He’s a player, through and through.
And I’m the fool who fell in love with him.
Player by Staci Hart was such a sweet story! I loved Val’s quirky and imperfect character, but mostly I loved that she still exuded so much confidence. Sam was so charming and sweet, although I really didn’t feel he was that much of a ‘player’. I really enjoyed Val and Sam’s dedication and passion for music, which also made them fit perfectly and naturally together. Although the story did seem a little drawn out, I loved how Hart caught me up in all the swells of the music and dancing with her beautifully descriptive writing. This was such a refreshing read!
~ Four Letter Word (Dirty Deeds #1) (Audible) by J. Daniels ~
Release Date ~ October 4, 2016
Sydney Paige was never so mortified to hear the words “wrong number” in her life. She meant to tell off the guy who broke her best friend’s heart, but unleashed her anger on a perfect stranger instead. And now her world is turned upside down by the captivating man who wants to keep her on the line.
Brian Savage is living a life he’s quickly come to hate-until Sydney’s wild rant has him hooked and hungry for more. Soon the sexy woman on the phone becomes the lover in his bed. But Brian has secrets, and the closer he lets Syd get, the harder it is to shield her from the devastating mistakes of his past . . .
Four Letter Word is my first book by J. Daniels, and I ended up with a lot of mixed emotions. I really liked Sydney and Brian’s characters, and they felt very relatable. Although they had a lot of great conversation on the phone for quite a while, I felt really surprised at the ‘insta’ sex/love when they finally met in person. It was a very quick transition and felt out-of-place for me on Brian’s behalf.
I did enjoy the unique plot, and the way in which they met over the phone definitely made for a fun and interesting story. However, I wasn’t really fond of the writing in the sexy scenes, which seemed a little crass and took away from the romance aspect of the story to me. I’m also not sure if it was because of the narration, but the story really drug on for me and took me a long time to finish. I really enjoyed Kate Russell as Sydney’s voice, but Sebastian York didn’t seem like a good fit for me as Brian’s voice.
I do wonder if my overall thoughts would have been different if I had read the book. I did really enjoy the secondary characters in the story, and I’m still curious to know about them in the other books in the series!
~ Feel Free to Quote Me by The Captain ~
Release Date ~ November 27th, 2015
Satirical wit, unapologetic observation, and relentless tough love — this book is exactly what it claims to be: commentary, commas, and cursing. With topics ranging from fake gluten allergies, to the practice of safe sex, and dogs being, well, way better than cats, it’s ideal for awkward first dates, late nights, and dinners with friends. (Oh, and did we mention it contains a ton of F-words?)
I’ve been following The Captain on Twitter and Instagram for quite some time now, and if there’s anyone who can ever give me a laugh, it’s this guy! Feel Free to Quote Me is 365 days of social commentary, serial commas, and cursing, and this definitely had me cracking up. Yeah, his quotes are super blunt and honest, but hey, that’s the good stuff! If you’re looking for super witty and offbeat motivation, this is definitely one to snag up. You can check out one of my favorite Monday quotes here!
Purchase Let’s Get Textual by Teagan Hunter!
Purchase Player by Staci Hart!
Purchase Four Letter Word by J. Daniels!
Purchase Feel Free to Quote Me by The Captain!
Have you read any of these, or did you find any good January reads to recommend?
Let me know in the comments below!
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