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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Recommendation: The Lady of Royale Street - Thea de Salle: Wedding Planning and Hate to Love

In THE LADY OF ROYALE STREET, devout Alex comes to his brother's rescue as a makeshift wedding planner and really doesn't get along with the bridesmaid Theresa.

What intrigued me: I love all other companion novels. Favorite series and author!

Anxious Anger and No-Nonsense

THE LADY OF ROYALE STREET is such a rollercoaster. Alex and Theresa go through that typical hate-turns-into-love storyline that will have you biting your fingernails, getting  angry, and jumping up and down with excitement while swooning all the way through the story and ultimately being very sad that it's over. De Salle created fantastically unique characters with these two that feel absolutely real. I feel like I've said that in all my reviews of this series, ha.

Alex owns a hotel, loves to work out, and is also very religious-- and gets upset about everything. This guy will literally turn red in the face at every minor inconvenience, as a sort of defense mechanism for his anxieties. With characters like that in a romance it's easy to slip into abuse romanticization territory, especially when their significant other ends up forgiving them all the time, but I felt like De Salle made it very clear that Alex' behavior is unacceptable and that this is one of his flaws. He owns up to it multiple times and actively tries to better himself, I really enjoyed seeing him work on that. It's refreshing to see characters with flaws like that and Theresa is exactly the no-nonsense kind of girl that Alex needs and puts him in his place all the time, which I looooved.

All the feels

A huge part of THE LADY OF ROYALE STREET is obviously also the wedding to which it leads up. Every single character from the previous companion novels makes an appearance, including the protagonist pairings Sol & Rain and Maddy & Darren being happy in love, and you will be overcome by your feelings! Theresa and Alex are fun in their own ways, especially during the phase in which they absolutely despise each other, but I loved the side characters a little more. This was definitely my favorite part of the THE LADY OF ROYALE STREET, checking up with the other characters. It's really fun to see the developments since the previous novels unfold.

Theresa and Alex definitely have my favorite love story of the series-- their relationship progression feels so real and realistic and they are SO adorable together, the end truly had me shed a tear. Or seven. Shh. You can always count on De Salle shattering all your feelings with her wonderful happy endings. (Pun intended...?)

While THE LADY OF ROYALE STREET obviously works as a stand-alone, I definitely recommend reading them in order for maximum feels. I adored this.


Rating:

★★★★★

 



Overall: Do I Recommend?

THE LADY OF ROYALE STREET is the conclusion of my favorite companion series of the year and works as a stand-alone, too. Either way, it absolutely hit me right in the feelings, I loved to read about two devout Christians struggling to combine faith with having a naughty affair, even though this is usually totally not my genre. De Salle charmed me with anxious and angry Alex and chaotic and confident Theresa. I will miss these two!


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So I kind of also made a buzzfeed quiz?

...and of course I also made aesthetics for Theresa and Alex!




Additional Info

Published: August 21st 2017
Pages: 250
Publisher: Pocket Books
Genre: Adult / Romance
ISBN: 9781501156106
Series: Nola Nights (#3)

Synopsis:
"Alex DuMont is everything his brother Sol isn’t: regimented, serious, and devout. Between twelve-hour workdays, service to the church, punishing daily workouts, and bi-weekly therapy sessions, Alex is, as Sol once put it, “a kettle perpetually whistling as it boils itself to death.” So when Sol announces his marriage to Arianna Barrington, heiress and society sweetheart, Alex is the absolute worst choice to be his best man. Sol asks anyway and Alex reluctantly agrees. It’s only a week, after all, and Alex should be able to stop himself from throttling his big brother for a meager seven days. Probably. Maybe.

Theresa Ivarson is Arianna’s best friend and the maid of honor. A decorated photojournalist who interrupts her globetrotting to stand beside her friend, Theresa is beautiful, witty, and unafraid to speak her mind. So when she is faced with working with the best man from Hell, a Viking who doesn’t know how to smile, is bossy, and about as pleasant as a cactus, the sparks are bound to fly—and not in the good way. To make matters worse, Sol and Rain's wedding planner was hit by a bus the week before their special day, and Alex and Theresa find themselves at the center of a list-ditch effort to pull the wedding together. But when you can’t decide if you want to kiss or kill someone, something’s bound to break. "
(Source: Goodreads)

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Best Books, Sequels, Releases, Most Anticipated, EVERYTHING about My 2017 Reads | Mid-Year Book Freakout TAG

I saw this over on AJ's blog and liked it so much that I decided to do it as well! I'm definitely having a mid-year book freakout at the moment because I've barely read 50 books this year so far! 

All time low! Don't know what's happening. I gotta catch up.

#1. Best book read this year
This is very hard to say, I guess THE WOMEN IN THE WALLS by Amy Lukavics. I loved this so much that I can't stop talking about it!

#2. Best sequel this year
You guys probably know I don't do sequels, I've actually only read one so far this year and wasn't very impressed with it, WAKING GODS by Sylvain Neuvel. Ancient space robots though, yeahhhh

#3. New release I haven't read yet, but want to
DEAR MARTIN by Nic Stone. I am working on it! I'm waiting for the perfect time because this book will break my heart and I want to give it the fairest shot possible. Can't afford to not love this!

#4. Most anticipated release for second half of year
WICKED LIKE A WILDFIRE by Lana Popovic. *eye emoji* I'm waiting. I love witchy books.

#5. Biggest disappointment
ACROSS THE UNIVERSE by Beth Revis. What happened there? I love space and I was really looking forward to loving this, but I really, really did not.

#6. Biggest Surprise
THE HOLLOW GIRL by Hillary Monahan. I am so impressed with this book. It really shouldn't have suprised me that I ended up loving this to be honest because I have such a long history of adoring witchy books, haha.

#7. Favorite new author (Debut or new to me)
Thea de Salle! I'm neckdeep in her NOLA nights series and I need more people to talk about this with, I'm dying here! If you love intersectional romance, pleaseeeeeeee


#8. Newest fictional crush
Sol DuMont from THE KING OF BOURBON STREET by Thea de Salle. Duh. My flamboyant bisexual boyfriend is everything.

#9. Newest favorite character
*looks to the floor* Sol DuMont...

#10. Book that made me cry
Mh, I don't think there was one. Still waiting on a tear-jerker.

#11. Book that made me happy
HOW TO MAKE A WISH by Ashley Herring Blake. Love me some black biracial bisexual representation.

#12. Favorite book to film adaptation
I HAVEN'T SEEN A SINGLE ONE THIS YEAR! At least none of a book that I actually read. I'm terrible at this tag.

#13. Favorite post I've done this year
I've had the honor of hosting a Q&A with an author I admire, Hannah Moskowitz, after lovingggggg her Deaf bisexual romance WILD.

#14. Most beautiful book I've bought or received this year


  • Physically? The German edition of LAST SEEN by Lucy Clarke is the prettiest book I've ever seen. 
  • Content-wise? HOW TO MAKE A WISH by Ashley Herring Blake

#15. Book I need to read by end of the year
More like bookS.
  • TASH HEARTS TOLSTOY by Kathryn Ormsbee
  • THE LADY OF ROYALE STREET by Thea de Salle
  • THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN by Paula Hawkins
  • THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY by Douglas Adams
  • THE DIVINERS by Libba Bray
  • DARK VISIONS by L.J. Smith
... so many and that's only like the top six. I'm working on it.

If you decide to do the tag, please link it in the comments so I can stop by and read!



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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Recommendation: The King of Bourbon Street (NOLA Nights #1) - Thea de Salle: Bisexuality, Rich People, and a Fat Heroine

In THE KING OF BOURBON STREET, heiress Rain travels to New Orleans to get a break from her mother and falls in love with hotel mogul Sol.

What intrigued me: I adored another book by the same author under a different pen name and was thirsty for more by her.

Note: Don't let the cover fool you, this has a fat heroine!!!

Fantastic Writing and Characters

THE KING OF BOURBON STREET is definitely very different from what I usually read - you may know that I'm primarily a YA reader, but I don't mind pushing my comfort zone a little. Even if you're not really into Adult books and just enjoy Romance, you will probably fall hopelessly in love with this. De Salle is such a talented writer, I originally only planned to take a peak at a sample, but the voice, the characters, the setting, the pace - everything about the craft is so perfect that it sucks you in and you won't want to leave. Genuinely, this book is so amazingly well-written that it's seriously inspiring and an absolute delight.

De Salle needed about 5 pages for me to fall in love with the hero, Sol, who is, in lack of a better way to put this: an absolutely irresistible little shit. He's refreshingly openly bisexual, hilarious, he's snarky and flamboyant, and I am so, so, so in love. I found myself laughing out loud at honestly pretty much everything he says. He's so funny without meaning to and you'll fall in love with him before you know it and miss him terribly once you've finished the book.

Perfect Read for Rookie Adult Romance Readers!

As irresistible as the hero is - the heroine, Rain, is just as awesome. She's rebelling against her rich parents and just sunshine bottled up. THE KING OF BOURBON STREET is one of the most organic and fantastic romances I've ever read. Rain and Sol have incredible chemistry from the second they meet and you'll find yourself not being able to decide who you like more. In general, the characters and their relationships are very fleshed out, so much so that I honestly want a spin-off for every single character that appears in this series (which it looks like we might be getting to at least some extent? Fingers crossed). Parting with this book and finishing it honestly felt to me like I lost a couple dear friends, you'll find yourself wanting to read as slowly as possible so you'll be able to spend as much time with the characters as possible. 

I feel like I should also mention that this is a very adult Romance that contains a dom/sub relationship and a lot of sex. That's not usually what I go for, but I loved Rain and Sol so much that I didn't mind that at all. Even if you don't necessarily read a lot of Adult Romance, this might serve as a transitional read to get you more into the genre. THE KING OF BOURBON STREET is definitely one of my favorite reads of the year and I cannot wait to get started on the sequels.


Rating:

★★★★★

 




Overall: Do I Recommend?

If you love Adult Romance and are looking for something sex-positive and intersectional, this is a must-read. This is extremely well-written, almost intimidatingly so, and with a bisexual hero and a fat heroine, I am so, so, so happy I stumbled upon this series. 

More of this, please.



Additional Info

Published: February 13th 2017
Pages: 304
Publisher: Pocket Star
Genre: Adult / Romance
ISBN: 9781501156076

Synopsis:
"Hotel chain mogul Sol DuMont is about to learn that some of life’s biggest surprises come in deceptively small packages—namely a petite heiress named Rain who’s hell-bent on upsetting her family’s expectations—in this first book in the all new series by Thea de Salle, set against the sultry backdrop of New Orleans.

Thirty-seven-year-old Sol DuMont is a divorcee and the owner of a mid-sized hotel chain in New Orleans. Since Hurricane Katrina, his father’s death, and the decision that he and his ex-wife Maddy are far better off friends than lovers, he’s lost interest in almost everything he held dear—parties, people, and pushing limits.

All his limits.

Then Arianna Barrington checks into his hotel.

Twenty-four-year-old Arianna “Rain” Barrington could have been society’s sweetheart. Her family is moneyed, connected press darlings, and make sweeping headlines from coast to coast for reasons both good and bad. But when her mother shoves her at Charles Harwood—the obnoxious, entitled heir of Harwood Corp—to cement a billion-dollar business merger, Rain does the only thing she can think of to escape: she creates a scandal so big Harwood doesn’t want her anymore before fleeing to New Orleans for much-needed rest and relaxation.

All she wants is jazz piano, beignets, and to sail the Mississippi. What she gets is Sol DuMont, a whirlwind affair, and a hands-on education in sex, power play, and pushing limits.

All her limits. "
(Source: Goodreads)

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