ECF

This week’s Eye Candy Friday is Jake Becker from Sustained by Emma Chase. Sustained is the second book in the Legal Briefs series and it’s my absolute favorite book of the bunch…just like Jake is my favorite hero in that series.

I love how Jake went from this:

“So…what’s the typical schedule with the whole dating thing? How long before one gets to the actual fucking?”

“Three dates,” they all answer simultaneously.

My eyebrows raise. “Three dates? Seriously? Are you guys, like…more religious than I ever knew?”

To this:

“Oooh…Aunt Chelsea called Jake the D-word!”

Rory’s voice carries into the kitchen. “Dipshit?”

“No.”

“Dumbass?”

“No.”

“Douchebag?”

“What’s a douchebag?”

“Rory!” Chelsea and I yell at exactly the same time.”

And this:

“When you take everything else away — money, clothes, nice cars, big houses — all a man has is his word. That he says exactly what he says. If a man doesn’t have his word, he´s not a man.”

But mostly this:

“I want her – this fearless, stunning woman. And I want the kids. Those perfect, awful, amazing children – whom she loves with every inch of her soul. I want them to be mine. Mine to hold, mine to protect and teach. Their joy, their laughter, their love. I want to come home to it, bask in it, be the reason for it.

But even more than that, I want to deserve them.”

Seriously, this was me for most of this book:

I loved seeing the growth in Jake’s character. He went from being the womanizing bachelor to this really stand up guy who fell in love with not just the heroine of the book but her nieces and nephews…and there are a lot of nieces and nephews. I really loved how he became that family’s champion and he was ready to do anything and everything to make sure that they were alright.

This is how I pictured Jake in my head, complete with tattoos and kids:

Jake Becker

Jake Becker 2

If you haven’t read this book, I urge to fix that because it’s a definite treat. It’s charming, funny and just a whole lot of fun. You won’t regret it.


Sustained (Legal Briefs #2) by Emma Chase
August 25, 2015
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T5W

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at Ginger Reads Lainey but is hosted by Sam at Thoughts on Tomes. You can read more about this meme on the Goodreads Group here.

This weeks topic is:

August 24th: Books You Want to Read Before the End of the Year

This topic was a no brainer for me. I’m going to list the hell out of the top 5 books I’m hoping like heck that I get to read before the year is up. I’ve been looking forward to these reads for one reason or another and for some unexplainable reason, I haven’t gotten around to them yet.


1. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne.

Debut author Sally Thorne bursts on the scene with a hilarious and sexy workplace comedy all about that thin, fine line between hate and love.

Nemesis (n.) 1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome.
2) A person’s undoing
3) Joshua Templeman

Lucy Hutton has always been certain that the nice girl can get the corner office. She’s charming and accommodating and prides herself on being loved by everyone at Bexley & Gamin. Everyone except for coldly efficient, impeccably attired, physically intimidating Joshua Templeman. And the feeling is mutual.

Trapped in a shared office together 40 (OK, 50 or 60) hours a week, they’ve become entrenched in an addictive, ridiculous never-ending game of one-upmanship. There’s the Staring Game. The Mirror Game. The HR Game. Lucy can’t let Joshua beat her at anything—especially when a huge new promotion goes up for the taking.

If Lucy wins this game, she’ll be Joshua’s boss. If she loses, she’ll resign. So why is she suddenly having steamy dreams about Joshua, and dressing for work like she’s got a hot date? After a perfectly innocent elevator ride ends with an earth shattering kiss, Lucy starts to wonder whether she’s got Joshua Templeman all wrong.

Maybe Lucy Hutton doesn’t hate Joshua Templeman. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

I have been seeing this book all over the blogosphere and everyone that has reviewed (that I’ve seen at least) it has loved it. Even Ames really liked it so I’m hoping to get this book read soon. I’m excited.


2. Results May Vary by Bethany Chase.

She never saw it coming. Without even a shiver of suspicion to warn her, Caroline Hammond discovers that her husband is having an affair with a man—a revelation that forces her to question their entire history together, from their early days as high school sweethearts through their ten years as a happily married couple. In her now upside-down world, Caroline begins envisioning her life without the relationship that has defined it: the loneliness of being an “I” instead of a “we”; the rekindled yet tenuous closeness with her younger sister; and the unexpected—and potentially disastrous—attraction she can’t get off her mind. Caroline always thought she knew her own love story, but as her husband’s other secrets emerge, she must decide whether that story’s ending will mean forgiving the man she’s loved for half her life, or facing her future without him.

This is another book that I’ve been seeing everywhere and it’s receiving some fantastic reviews so I’m hoping to get this one read. It’s going to be one of my reward reads for when I get my review pile down. Wish me luck. 🙂


3. P.S. I Like You by Kasie West.

Signed, sealed, delivered…

While spacing out in chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favorite song lyrics onto her desk. The next day, she finds that someone has continued the lyrics on the desk and added a message to her. Intrigue!

Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters—sharing secrets, recommending bands, and opening up to each other. Lily realizes she’s kind of falling for this letter writer. Only, who is he? As Lily attempts to unravel the mystery and juggle school, friends, crushes, and her crazy family, she discovers that matters of the heart can’t always be spelled out…

I’m really looking forward to this book because 1) it’s a Kasie West book and 2) it’s getting a lot of great reviews. I’m really looking forward to digging into something light and fluffy and this one fits the bill just right.


4. Idol by Kristen Callihan.

Libby

I found Killian drunk and sprawled out on my lawn like some lost prince. With the face of a god and the arrogance to match, the pest won’t leave. Sexy, charming, and just a little bit dirty, he’s slowly wearing me down, making me crave more.

He could be mine if I dare to claim him. Problem is, the world thinks he’s theirs. How do you keep an idol when everyone is intent on taking him away?

Killian

As lead singer for the biggest rock band in the world, I lived a life of dreams. It all fell apart with one fateful decision. Now everything is in shambles.

Until Liberty. She’s grouchy, a recluse—and kind of cute. Scratch that. When I get my hands on her, she is scorching hot and more addictive than all the fans who’ve screamed my name.

The world is clamoring for me to get back on stage, but I’m not willing to leave her. I’ve got to find a way to coax the hermit from her shell and keep her with me. Because, with Libby, everything has changed. Everything.

I’ve been looking forward to reading this book since way before it came out. I read an excerpt for it and immediately wanted it so don’t ask me why I haven’t read it yet even though it’s been out for months. Clearly I have issues.


5. Kulti by Mariana Zapata.

“Trust me, I’ve wanted to punch you in the face a time or five.”

When the man you worshipped as a kid becomes your coach, it’s supposed to be the greatest thing in the world. Keywords: supposed to.

It didn’t take a week for twenty-seven-year-old Sal Casillas to wonder what she’d seen in the international soccer icon—why she’d ever had his posters on her wall, or ever envisioned marrying him and having super-playing soccer babies.

Sal had long ago gotten over the worst non-break-up in the history of imaginary relationships with a man that hadn’t known she’d existed. So she isn’t prepared for this version of Reiner Kulti who shows up to her team’s season: a quiet, reclusive, shadow of the explosive, passionate man he’d once been.

Nothing could have prepared her for the man she got to know.

Or the murderous urges he brought out in her.

“Sal, please don’t make me visit you in jail. Orange isn’t your color.”

This was going to be the longest season of her life.

My Bestest Blog Buddy Ames at Bookish Ames has read and loved this book. It comes highly recommended and she never steers me wrong so I’m hoping to get this book before the year is up.

What books are you hoping to read before the year is up?

Week in Books v2

Brenna came home for the weekend to play in a co-ed basketball tournament (for fun) that we committed to and then forgot about. Here’s our team picture from that. We didn’t do too bad. We went 2-1 (we were short a guy in the first game so we lost that one) and our MVP of the tournament would have gone to Mister Take 100 shots in a game, Jonathan Hong (bottom left).

Team PolyNAsians

It was really good to have Brenna home for the weekend. I miss her heaps when she’s away but we need breaks from each other. It’s always just the two of us and we can definitely get sick of each other so we need the break. This tournament was a good one for the girls because they were finally able to play with each other instead of against each other. Heads up family, North (Bren & Cher) will play against Redondo (Kenna) on January 3rd so mark your calendars and save the date!

Seth

One more piece of news before I move onto the books is…SETH GOT HIS MISSION CALL! He’ll be serving in the Mexico City mission and he reports for his mission on 11/15 which is exactly 8 days before his brother RJ comes home. Four years will have passed before they’re able to see each other again. Seth hurt my heart when he teared up reading his report date but I know that he’ll do amazing things for Mexico City. They’re lucky to get him for two years. Love that kid!

Currently Reading


The Trouble with Mistletoe (Heartbreaker Bay #2 ) by Jill Shalvis.

If she has her way . . .

Willa Davis is wrangling puppies when Keane Winters stalks into her pet shop with frustration in his chocolate-brown eyes and a pink bedazzled cat carrier in his hand. He needs a kitty sitter, stat. But the last thing Willa needs is to rescue a guy who doesn’t even remember her . . .

He’ll get nothing but coal in his stocking.

Saddled with his great-aunt’s Feline from Hell, Keane is desperate to leave her in someone else’s capable hands. But in spite of the fact that he’s sure he’s never seen the drop-dead-gorgeous pet shop owner before, she seems to be mad at him . . .

Unless he tempers “naughty” with a special kind of nice . . .

Willa can’t deny that Keane’s changed since high school: he’s less arrogant, for one thing—but can she trust him not to break her heart again? It’s time to throw a coin in the fountain, make a Christmas wish—and let the mistletoe do its work . . .

I didn’t get any reading done this weekend except to finish my re-read of The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen for my book club meeting today so my plan is to start this book after book club tonight. Wish me luck on that.

Read

Rookie Move (Brooklyn Bruisers #1) by Sarina Bowen | 4 out of 5
Who’s That Girl? by Mhairi McFarlane | 2.75 out of 5
The Year We Fell Down (Ivy Years #1) by Sarina Bowen (re-read) | 4.25 out of 5

Book Boyfriend


Leo Trevi from Rookie Move (Brooklyn Bruisers #1) by Sarina Bowen.

She tasted like his.

This guy was everything in this book. I had some frustration with Georgia and with her father but never with Leo. Leo was everything that I love in a romance novel hero and he was my absolute favorite thing about this book. The way that he loved Georgia (and how absolute he was in his feelings) made me melt at every turn and seeing what he went through, what he continued to struggle with when he finally got to the NHL made me love him all the more. He was such a freaking great hero and I loved the hell out of him.

Reviewed

Ruthless by Lexi Blake
Torch by Karen Erickson

New

I’ve been so focused on other things, including my review pile that I haven’t looked at what’s out that I need to buy. That will probably change next week…maybe.

For Review

Just One Week by Alice Gaines
Four Letter Words (Dirty Deeds #1) by J. Daniels

There you have it, my week in books. How did your week go?