Autoboyography by Christina Lauren



Normal is just a dial on the washing machine!

Title: Autoboyography
Author: Christina Lauren
Number of pages: 407 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: It’s sweet and it gets you right in the feelings, so hard.
Bad things about this book: It made me hurt my heart so much.
Do I recommend it? Yes, of course.
Rate: 5/5

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Oh how this book enjoyed making me suffer. I can’t seem to have my feelings sorted yet and maybe I never will. I just can’t. My heart was taken from my chest and played with. I was happy when I was reading this beautiful book but in that happiness there was always anxiety. I’m a very anxious person so every smile, every kiss, was translated into the knowledge something bad was going to happen. I needed the joy so I knew it was not going to be easy to have it. I was positive it was going to have a happy ending but I knew that the journey was going to hurt. Oh boy, did it hurt!

Tanner is a bisexual boy who moved from a “live your life how you want” city to a “live your life in the closet” Mormon city. He had his fair share of girlfriends so hiding his sexuality wasn’t such a big deal at first. At least not until he sees Sebastian and he falls so hard it’s hard to breath. Their love story seemed to be destined to fail, so full of obstacles, but it also seemed worth everything, every tear, every heartbreak.

We’re just two dudes meeting to study. Bros. Bros don’t get nervous. Be a bro, Tanner.

Sebastian is polite, very religious, smart, gorgeous and, sadly, in denial. He wrote a fantasy book that’s going to get published and after the promotion tour, he is going to go to his mission for two years. Tanner ends up in The Seminar where Sebastian is mentoring the aspiring writers and the attraction is immediate. At first sight. Tanner has to write a book in four months to pass this class and he ends up pouring out his soul into a story about him and Sebastian. A story so sweet and heartbreaking it has to come with a giant warning sign.

His smile ruins me.

(At this I was losing it.)

Tanner doesn’t always make the wisest of choices and I was quite angry with him. I found myself shaking my head often because, come on, think a little, don’t let your pain make your decisions for you. I was frustrated and felt hopeless. Trust me, it was not a nice feeling. After finishing this book, which by the way I ended up loving, I promised myself to skip on the romance books for a bit. I was starting to see the cracks on my heart and maybe that wasn’t very healthy.

My perving is nothing if not efficient.

I loved Autoboyography because it showed me a side I didn’t know, the Mormon reality. It also showed me how love can win it all even if life seems to be always in your way to happiness. I’m now cleansing my soul, though; no more love stories for me for a few days. It’ll do wonders to my sanity. But do read this, by all means, it’s worth it.



The Pick Up by Allison Temple



“I need you. I need you to tell me when I’m being an idiot, and when my pickup lines cross the cheese threshold.”

Title: The Pick Up
Author: Allison Temple
Number of pages: 337 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: It’s adorable and sweet.
Bad things about this book: The misunderstandings really throw me off but I was patient and was rewarded in the end.
Do I recommend it? Yes, I do.
Rate: 4/5

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Every few months I go to NetGalley and request some soon-to-be-available titles that have cute covers and interesting stories. Every few months I get turned down for most but the few I get approved rarely disappoint me. The Pick Up had a super cute cover and a story that got me questioning how the two main characters could make things work. I was in for the happy ending that I was sure I was going to get. Come on, you don’t throw that kind of cover for a story that’s going to have a bitter ending, right? No way!

A few months after the death of his wife and best friend, Kyle is struggling with life so he packs his things and takes his daughter back with him to his dad’s house and the town he left behind after finishing high school. He meets Mr. Adam Hathaway, his daughter Caroline’s first grade teacher. It’s almost lust at first sight. Kyle is bisexual and his heart hadn’t made that much beating since he became a widow, and Adam wasn’t planning on finding someone like Kyle when all he wanted was to lay low and avoid unnecessary complications. Life has a way to make things work even in the messiest of lives.

I have to admit that I usually get a lot affected by the ratings. I try not to but the number gets stuck in my head. Seeing that this book had less than 4 stars got me a little anxious. I’m usually easily pleased so I wasn’t really worried. If this book didn’t have the elements I usually hate in books, then I was going to be okay. And I was. I was entertained, my heart did weird things, joy and sadness mixed well together and I was giggling, gasping, smiling softly at those two dumb men and their attempt to understand what was going on between them.

Losing someone you love is hard; everywhere you see their presence, you get daily reminders of their absence, thinking about them is easy yet so hard at times. Grieving never ends; it gets easy with time but you will forever miss that person and someone else will never fill the void they left. That doesn’t mean you won’t be happy anymore. As I said, life has ways to surprise you. Some may think that Kyle was getting himself involved with Adam too soon after the death of his wife but there’s no soon or late, there’s not a settled time to grief, there are no rules to your heart. You are not really moving on, you are only finding happiness when you thought happiness didn’t have a place in your heart at least for a while.

“Seriously though, we have to work on your blushing thing.”
“I don’t blush!” Adam said, while his face heated up more.

Kyle didn’t thought he was going to feel so much for Adam, he wasn’t looking for love when he looked at him that first time. Kyle has so much going on with Caroline, with his job, with the memories of his wife and the panic attacks that not having a clue what to do with his life causes him. But maybe, just maybe, even if loving Adam wasn’t planned and it came when it wasn’t ideal, it was exactly what Kyle needed. Maybe he will find his place in this new world without his wife, with a six-year-old girl obsessed with princesses, a father who sighs loudly at his vegetarian cuisine, and a man who teaches the food groups but only buys from the frozen isle at the supermarket.

I was happy to get to know the both of them better with the two different POVs narration. Getting to know both sides, both inner monologues, make it easier to empathize and understand what’s really going on. It also makes you angrier because you can clearly see the misunderstandings forming and you can’t do anything but wait and hope they speak and work it out.

I am happy I read this book and I liked a lot the writing style. Will I be coming back for more from this author? You bet I will!


[ARC] New Heights by Quinn Anderson



There’s gotta be something wrong with me. A stranger is glaring at me, and I think it’s hot.

Title: New Heights
Author: Quinn Anderson
Expected publication: March 12th 2018
Number of pages: 140 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: It’s a sweet and adorable and very easy to get into it.
Bad things about this book: Nothing, I enjoyed everything.
Do I recommend it? Yes
Rate: 4/5

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ARC given to me by NetGalley

An adorable little book with two cute guys, feelings all over the place, and with the right amount of cheese. I kept smiling and it made me feel good. Will I find my soul mate at the airport one day? Will they be there for me to find? I sure hope so; I’m in need of a little cheese in my cheeseless life.

James is just like me, anxious about the little things, afraid of being late, of missing his flight back home, of forgetting something at the hotel. He is a thousand hours early to the airport and if that’s not me, I don’t know what is. You never know what can happen so it’s best to be early and wait rather than run for your life not to miss your flight.

“No! Someone as fun and easygoing as you doesn’t drink ? I never would have guessed.”
“Hey, I’m fun.”
“Uh-huh. You put the ‘fun’ in ‘funeral.’”

Totally opposite to James is Mika. He travels for work, is carefree and really could be at the airport one minute before embarking and he’d still be chill about the whole situation. I don’t know if I envy him or if he makes me more anxious than I usually am. He hates people mispronouncing his name and I can understand it because, come on, Mika is clearly not Micah. It’s so easy that it’s really infuriating people not saying is right. I feel for you Mika, even if my name is not one that tends to be said wrong.

James and Mika start a sort of airport war after their flight gets delayed and they are forced to take turns to charge their electronic stuff. Little pranks, conversations and a few drinks later, it’s pretty obvious they want to be in each other pants and I don’t blame them. They’re both hot, single, they have time to kill, so why not? Oh well, you have to read it to see the feelings flying around an airport I didn’t know existed until yesterday. How they change a bit in just a few pages and it’s not forced, not rushed. It’s a short book yet everything is in the right place.

“I didn’t notice the color of his eyes, sir.”
Of course you didn’t. Because you’re not as weird and inappropriate as I am.

You think, yes, this can happen. This maybe has already happened to somebody. Because, why not? Airports are not really a place where you meet someone you can fall in love with, but it’s not impossible, right? Hard, yes but if fate tries to set you up, why would you turn down the opportunity?

Adorable and funny, short and hard to put down once you start it. It’s the perfect book to read if you need a little bit of cheese and if you need to smile a bit. I needed it.


[ARC] How Do You Like Me Now? by Holly Bourne



‘You can be difficult, and yet someone will find it so easy to love you.’

Title: How Do You Like Me Now?
Author: Holly Bourne
Expected publication: June 14th 2018
Number of pages: 368 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: It’s a great representation of being a woman in her 30s.
Bad things about this book: The kindle version of this ARC had some issues but they won’t be present on the final product so that’s okay.
Do I recommend it? Yes, worth a read.
Rate: 4/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

ARC given to me by NetGalley

I requested this ARC because I love Holly Bourne and how she writes. She usually strikes a nerve with every single book I read and this wasn’t the exception. I am 32 years old like Tori and I don’t know exactly what it is that I want to do with my life. And I’m afraid, just like her, that it may be too late and that I have to settle with whatever or whoever stumbles upon my way because then I’ll be an old lady and nobody will want me anymore.

I, too, worry about new little wrinkles on my forehead and under my eyes. I, too, worry that my body is getting old to have children and the pressure I feel seeing people younger than me or my age already with big families and so very much in love, is barely tolerable. I, too, am a strong woman with principles like I defend with whatever I can but I have weaknesses and insecurities that more often than not make me question my whole existence.

Tori is a very relatable character. She lies to herself and to the world to maintain an image she wants to portrait and that it’s not the person she is. It takes millions of selfies for her to get the right one to share in which she looks naturally beautiful but that it needed the right light, angle, filter and natural make up to achieve. She has written a self-help book about what a mess it is being in your 20s and now that she is in her 30s, the mess is still there, only mutated. But Tori can’t afford to disappoint her fans telling them that she isn’t happy in her long term relationship, that she starves herself to look the right kind of thin, that she doesn’t have any idea about her next book, that she sees her friends getting married and having children and that she secretly wants it for herself even if, at first, she wasn’t so sure.

It’s not fair to set people tests and then get annoyed when they fail them.

I may not agree with Tori’s decisions or how she acts but I can see why she did what she did. But being 32 is not decrepit old, like Tori seems to think. We are not falling apart, we are not nearly expired. There’s no schedule. No deadline. No pressure. Even if the world seems to expect so much from us and it’s overwhelming. Don’t get me started on panic attacks. Freaking out is part of the process, I suppose. Tori could be selfish, very insecure and egocentric. Always pursuing the idea of happiness she had in her mind. Tori made lots of mistakes and I often wanted to slap her (with love) to wake her up from the fantasy she was living. She could be pretty annoying but we all are, right? That’s not her flaw; it’s one of our many endearing qualities. Right?

I am a fan of YA book even if I’m very much not a young adult anymore. I do feel still pretty young, though. But I’m also always happy to read books about characters my age, someone I can really relate to. Life is hard and after 30 it doesn’t magically fix itself and let you live the life you’ve always dreamt. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work like that and it takes you by surprise with twists and tons of obstacles be them money, love, anxiety, or the sweet sweet fear of not being able to achieve what we were hoping to achieve before we were too old. One day you’ll wake up and think, yes, I’m old, and no, I’m not doing what I thought I’d be doing. And your brain will short-circuit for a bit. Again, this is part of the process of surpassing your 30s.

Turning thirty is like playing musical chairs. The music stops and everyone just fucking marries whoever they happen to be sitting on.

Long story short, this is a great book for everyone, not only for women in their 30s like myself. I think it can help giving you an insight of the future if you are younger, or giving you memories, bad or good, about your past if you are older. It’s for you either if you are living the dream or if you are struggling. It may help you understand more about what you do every day unconsciously and it may help you see things through a different light. I know it helped me. It gave me hope. I’m not late for anything; I’m just getting wherever I’m getting at my own pace and I don’t have to feel ashamed for not doing what everyone else thinks you’re supposed to be doing at my age. I will let myself be me. With love. With strength. With a big smile on my face.

I hope you’ll give it a chance and read it as soon as it comes out in June because it’s worth the little time it actually takes to read it once you start it and realize you can’t put it down. Trust me.


Down by Contact by Santino Hassell



“We’re gonna be awesome, Simeon. For real.”
“How do you know?”
“Because . . .” I squeezed him in a bear hug. “Something that feels this good can’t go wrong.”

Title: Down by Contact
Author: Santino Hassell
Series: The Barons #2

Number of pages: 220 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: Once it’s there, it’s a cheese fest and I loved it.
Bad things about this book: Nothing of importance.
Do I recommend it? Yes, the two books of this series are great.
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

It’s so hard to put down a Santino book; I know this even if I’ve only read Illegal Contact and the first super long book of the In the Company of Shadows series. It was so hard to put down even when my eyes were so blurry I couldn’t see much. I did find the strength to do it at midnight the day before finishing it but the day after, with all the interruptions of my little niece who wanted to play, I managed to finish it. And I loved it like I knew I would have. So cheesy and sexy. Denial and frustration galore. Stubborn boys built like mountains. There was little not to love.

Simeon and Adrián are not friends; their hate started after Simeon left the Predators to go play with the Barons and has been on fire for years. Now they have to work together for a punishment and they need to tolerate each other. Being so close will make them question their eternal hate and understand exactly why they behave the way they do. There is so much more hidden beneath the muscles and the boys must dig in and show each other who they really are and what do they want.

As usual, I didn’t understand anything about football. For me it was pointless to understand how the matches, if they are called that, worked. I wanted to see these beautiful creatures far from their natural habitat and see why the hell Adrián was being homophobic and hurtful for no apparent reasons and why Simeon was trying his best to flirt with him to mess with his mind, and body.

The results were both anger and delight. Both of them were stubborn so it took a while for Adrián to question his homophobic behavior. From what we knew at the beginning, no spoilers here, Adrián was allegedly straight, but he seems to have strong feelings for Simeon. Everything seemed to fall into the bisexual bubble and I was overjoyed but then something felt wrong. There are so many ways to identify oneself and if Adrián felt that bisexual fit then it’s 100% perfect, but maybe I wanted this to be looked into a bit more. Maybe another shoe would’ve fit better, I don’t know. If not, welcome aboard Adrián!

That little issue aside, I found the book perfect and it delivered exactly what it promised. I wasn’t disappointed. I wonder if there’s going to be another book. I’ll stalk the socials for clues!


Fence #3 by C.S. Pacat, Johanna the Mad & Joana Lafuente



When he fences, you can’t look at anyone else.

Title: Fence
Author: C.S. Pacat (Author), Johanna the Mad (Illustrator), Joana Lafuente (Illustrator)
Series: Fence #3

Number of pages: 27 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: The story is so good I can’t wait to know more.
Bad things about this book: As usual, not really a bad thing, but it’s too short!
Do I recommend it? Yes!!
Rate: 5/5

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Each month I highly anticipate the new volume of Fence and each month I’m left both heart-eyed and frustrated. I really wish comics were a little bit longer; are 50 pages asking too much of both writer and illustrators? I know I’m being unreasonable but this comic is so good I’m always super sad when I reach the last page and realize I have to wait a whole month for a little bit more of the story. Patience usually comes easy to me. Lately? Not so much.

Screenshot_20180117-130500These dorks are going to make us suffer!

Seiji and Nicholas are still arguing about being roommates and they’re been punished for whining. Maybe they can start knowing each other a little bit more but maybe it’s still too early to the romance to start blossoming. Tryouts (is that the right sports word to use? I’m not sure) are on and Nicholas has to face with some ugly truths. He needs to step up his game to be able to make the team and keep his scholarship. I’m sure he will give a thousand percent to do just that. I just hope he won’t overexert himself and end up hurt.

Screenshot_20180117-130802Is that you blushing, Nicholas???

I loved all the pages with the bits about how is it to be in a dorm and how difficult this new school system is making Nicholas crazy. I have never been to boarding school but it has always fascinated and also scared me a little bit. I want to know more about the characters. We know Aiden is a playboy and he demonstrates it all the time. We know Seiji is severe looking and very serious but I think there’s more to it and I can’t wait to see the walls around him go down, for Nicholas and for all his teammates. Mostly for Nicholas; I’m ready for some love here. Always ready for some love.

Next month is so far away! Wait for me, fencers!!


Desperately Seeking Santa by Eli Easton



You can’t stand outside a restaurant forever. And you can’t stand on the cusp of almost having it all. You have to take the chance and step forward.

Title: Desperately Seeking Santa
Author: Eli Easton
Number of pages: 160 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: It was a lovely Christmas story.
Bad things about this book: Random spanish words that were too much to bear.
Do I recommend it? Of course!
Rate: 3/5

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I remembered out of the blue, like a holiday epiphany, I bought this ebook to read before Christmas but the past couple of weeks have been so chaotic I didn’t even realize it was already Christmas Eve Eve. Time really flew by unnoticed, like a ninja. I guess I’ll have to read a couple of festive books after the holidays because there just isn’t the time to do everything, and I don’t want to wait another year to read them.

I have always liked the books I’ve read by Eli Easton, and this was no different. It also featured the two main characters from Superhero and I was glad to see how the both of them were doing.

This story features Gabe, the newspaper piece he’s working on of a Christmas charity dinner, a mystery Santa, and a mountain of a boy called Mack he seems to have a huge crush on. The story was enjoyable, even if a tad predictable, cute, and romantic. I was bothered but the random Spanish of Gabe, thought it was forced. Felt forced. I am Ecuadorian living in a country with a different language and I don’t say that many Spanish words every single day; I do say a few words that don’t have a translation in Italian but only at home, with people who understands them. That detail annoyed me more than I wanted and it just kept getting worse for me. I cringed reading those parts; it ruined a little bit of the experience for me.

He’s a huge, fit, muscular guy who works out all the time, eats super healthy, and is an undefeated college wrestling star. Whereas I live on tortilla chips, salsa, and pizza, and the closest I come to athletic activity is walking between my classes.

Other than that the story was fresh and simple. It was just perfect for a few hours of relax. I liked the characters and how they interacted with each other. I liked how easy it was for the happy ending to come, how little drama there was to overcome to be truly happy. It was never cheesy but it was plenty sweet, and I loved that about the story. It kept me glued to the pages and it made the little time I spent reading, happy and light. This may not be the most perfect book there is, but it has what it takes to win a little piece of your heart. I might want to read more books by Eli Easton; I’m sure I’ll love all of them.