#ConfessionsOfANerdoholic by Savannah Blevins
Genre >> #NewAdult #ContemporaryRomance
Publisher >> Limitless Publishing
Release Date >> January 24, 2016
Eloise Duncan has a type. Skinny jeans and black rimmed glasses. She’s a nerdoholic and she isn’t ashamed…
Eloise isn’t the party all night, keg stand kind of college girl. She works part-time at the Sugar Cube bakery to pay her rent, and keeps her nose in a book. Even with her perfect academic record, and above par study habits, she manages to still have a failing Anatomy grade at midterms. To cheer herself up, and make the extra study hours a little less torturous, she stops by the library a few hours a week to check out, Oliver Edwards, the guy of her dreams that doesn’t realize she exists. At least, not yet.
Eloise has a plan. Every guy, even nerds, can’t resist a good cupcake, and Eloise makes the best cupcakes on earth…
She leaves one of her famous strawberry cheesecake cupcakes on top of Oliver’s chemistry book when he takes a bathroom break. In fact, she does it every day for a week. And every day, Oliver’s smile at her kind gesture gets bigger and bigger. It’s enough to brighten her mood, but not enough to bring her grade up. That is until she accidently hits Oliver in the crotch with her anatomy book. Turns out, Oliver isn’t just hot, he’s also nice and forgiving. He offers to tutor Eloise in exchange for an endless supply of sugary treats.
It doesn’t take long for study sessions to turn into make out sessions. It’s a daydream come true, except for the fact that if Eloise doesn’t pass Anatomy, her father will jerk her out of school…
Her father never wanted her to go to her mother’s alma mater at Maryland State. He wants her back on the west coast, following in his foot steps at Pepperdine. He’ll use her bad grade to bring her home. Will Eloise be able to tame her nerd lust long enough to make the grade she needs to pass her class, or will she have to leave her new love behind in…
Confessions of a Nerdoholic.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Savannah was born in Hyden, Kentucky. She received her M.S in Speech Language Pathology from The University of Mississippi in 2009. She’s been writing since the early age of nine when she begged her parents for a type writer for Christmas.
She now lives in Corbin, Ky with her husband of eight years, John, and their two wonderful daughters, Delilah and Gracie.
When she isn’t working, or running after her kids, she spends her free time traveling the country with her husband. There is nothing better than a day of football in the grove, a late night of basketball at Rupp Arena or slapping the glass to celebrate another Washington Capitals goal.
She is a strong believer that with enough hard work and determination you can accomplish anything.
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Keeping the Distance (I Heart Iloilo #1)
By Clarisse David
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: February 6, 2017
No bets. No fake relationships. Just a very real one that has to be kept under wraps.
Seventeen-year-old Melissa wants to dye her hair cotton candy pink and focus on her ukulele instead of Physics. But she can't. As the daughter of a Catholic school principal, living up to her model student image 24/7 is a must. Something's about to give under all the pressure. She only hopes it isn't her.
Getting involved with a troublemaking basketball player is the last possible thing she needs...
Lance is used to getting what he wants. With a pretty face he uses to full advantage and his role as co-captain of the basketball team, the easy way is the only way he's ever known. Until the day he notices the prim Melissa he's known forever is actually hot and decides to ask her out. He has no idea he's about to learn the lesson of a lifetime.
Not getting what he wants might exactly be what he needs.
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Clarisse David is a Young Adult and New Adult author from the land of epic heat waves a.k.a. the Philippines. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and cannot survive without Taylor Swift songs, red lipstick, and books. When not hanging out on Twitter, she can be found working on her latest writing project.
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Set in the backdrop of the most romantic places on Earth – and one of the reasons I heartily agreed to review this book – college grad, Ashley Coratini sets her sights on Florence. For three weeks, she immerses herself in her dream of living, breathing, sketching; all things Florence. And bless, Marianne Evans, her words catapulted me to the city of my dreams. I have always wanted to go to Italy, with Florence, the Vatican, and Rome on my itinerary. I can tell you years have been spent reading romance and watching movies that show off Florence and Italian life. Evans painted the city for me, in her lovely words. I imagine myself walking along side Ashely; seeing what she sees, falling in love with both the city, and widower Luca DeRosa.
Conflicts arise, of course, like every romantic story, out there. But this one takes it a bit deeper. One of the biggest theme is Faith. It’s trust in His offers. If you’ve prayed for your dreams, and ask God to bless your heart, but let His will in all of it be done, and then one day you wake up and realize that it is possibly staring at you in the face, do you jump in, or do you hesitate?
Isn’t it always the case that when our entire dreams come true, we wonder how it’s possible that it is even better than what we could ever hope for? We pray, we live, we dream; we pray some more and our dreams slowly start realizing and aligning themselves. I think, in spite of all our prayers and faith, we all have a bit of cynicism, a bit of doubt woven into our fabric.
And I love that Christmas is right around the corner to remind Ashley and Luca to not be afraid; to trust in the Lord, always. This was such a wonderful “swoon” worthy Christian novels I have ever had the pleasure of reading. I was in love the second I turned on my kindle. Of course, it helps, if you’re already in love with Florence and Christmas!
*I received this book in exchanged for an honest review.
“Do you think no matter what we do, we are still forgiven?” Somewhere between Francesca Battistelli's He Knows My Name and Casting Crown's I Will Praise You In The Storm, Andy finally spoke. “I mean.” Andy stopped.
The last song had reached its thunderous ascent and rolled towards the finish. Alex had barely heard her and for a second, thought that perhaps she had imagined it. Almond shaped brown eyes locked briefly in the mirror with a pair of big blue eyes and Alex waited, expecting Andy to go on.
She didn’t. Instead, Andy broke eye contact and turned her head to face the window.
“Yes.” She finally replied. Andy jerked up, and the two caught each other’s gaze again before Alex had to look back at the road again, frowning. “We can be forgiven as long as we ask for forgiveness, and repent and promise not to do it again.”
Another song began and once again replaced the gap of silence. Alex turned her head this time to see Andy’s eyes closed, headphones on, effectively dismissing her. She sighed out loud and set her sights on the horizon.
Lord, I pray this won’t be the last time she asks about forgiveness.
Skyscrapers of oil and energy giants glistened as they neared downtown Houston. After some guidance with the GPS, her car pulled up into the tightly spaced parking lot of the Women’s Clinic. The brick building was among other non-descript buildings that they could have easily passed by. A lot better than a little backroom, Alex surmised.
“How did you find this place?” Lori asked reluctantly. Alex got out of the Volkswagen and immediately wanted to retreat back inside. The thought of what took place inside started to make her stomach churn. Despite the blaring sun and Texas humidity, she shuddered.
“The internet.” Andy mumbled the answer as she was getting out of the car.
The three of them stood in the parking lot, in a small circle, looking at their surroundings, the traffic behind them, and nervously at each other.
Alex fixed her eyes on Andy. She wanted to say that ‘You have to forgive yourself and then ask for forgiveness.’ But her lips couldn’t form the words. She had three hours on the drive to craft the perfect words to get through to Andy and yet, here they all were, under the Texas heat, in the middle of a parking lot, shivering with nerves and barely registering each other.
After a brief period of silence, Alex cleared her throat. “Andy, you can still change your mind.”
“I know.” Came the softest reply.
Alex’s jaw tightened, and she looked at her feet to hide her feelings once more. Again, her brain tried to tell her lips to formulate the words it wanted and she looked up to open her mouth again and frowned when no words would come. Again.
This time, Alex searched her friend’s beautiful face and prayed that somewhere in those blue eyes, she could find the one thing for her to go ‘Aha! You’re just as scared as I am. You’re just as doubtful about this thing. Let’s get out of here.’ Her heart sank when instead of those things she hoped to find in her friend’s eyes, she found a quiet and settled determination.
She swallowed the defeat, shoulders hunched down and felt there was only one more thing left to say. “You are loved, Andrea Grace Taylor, remember that. Find your courage.”
Andy just nodded with the faintest smile on her lips.
“Okay, you guys.” Alex said trying to keep her voice light and tried to respond to Andy’s smile. It wasn’t working. “I’ll be at the Barnes & Noble we saw on the way here. Call me when you’re done.” She was heading for the car, when she turned around and added, “Call me if you change your mind.”
A few minutes later, she maneuvered in and out of traffic, half concentrating on finding the bookstore. The other remained back at the parking lot of the clinic. A bright green Scion cut in front of her with a slew of bumper stickers. Coexist and Got Jesus, but Alex fixed on the yellow sign with black letters that read “Headed in the wrong direction? God allows for U-Turns.” Andy. Dear God, am I doing the right thing?
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I've been hesistant to read this book, in part, because it's my husband's favorite author and what could I say if I ended up hating it?? I took my time and read this slowly, and did my best to avoid the 'where-are-you-at-in-the-book-and-what-did-you-think' questions.
Because my husband would often put this on as an audiobook during our roadtrips home, I would hear James Marsters as Dresden. Marsters had been doing the narration for the Dresden files, so if you need an audiobook that glues you in more than the story - pick the audiobook. You'll love his voice. I promise.
Back to the story.
Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is a wizard and a private investigator. He investigates lost things, people, random things that can't be explained. His humor is dark, dry and sarcastic. He narrates his encounters with people, and the magical creatures he sees.
This book is fast paced. Its bracing for a storm of possibilities, and I felt like being in the eye of the storm. I could see Dresden; the frown, his duster, his staff. I could make out his outline and the energy he weilded with his whole being, simmering and readying to combust. I could make out shadows in the distant of things, creatures and people he was up against.
It's calm in the center. But with it, you know the thunder, lightning, rain will come. You know this calm is just to brace yourself for whats coming.
I like how Jim Butcher begins this story with a storm; a metaphor of things that'll come. I love how wound up Dresden is throughout the book and I love the climax that storm brought in.
I'm taking notes. This is how you begin a series.
Book Club Pick:
I use Goodread's rating scale
1 star – didn’t like it
2 stars – it was OK
3 stars – liked it
4 stars – really liked it
5 stars – it was so amazing, it's on my reread pile!