But first!! Wanna get to know Leslie M a little better? 😉
About book covers:
“Honestly, a good cover will attract me to a book I normally wouldn’t even try.”
About having internet “book-buds” (and why it’s so important!):
“I almost never have RL peeps who read my type books or share my enthusiasm for books. Once, some of my cousins read This Man series and when I started squeeing over it, they looked at me like I had 10 heads. Whateves to them. Only my book buds “get” squeeing!!”
About envisioning the characters:
“I can’t stand when I don’t have clear picture of mc’s in my head. I LOVE when authors post their inspiration and I will stalk their social media for pics. Oh and if book has a movie, I always picture the actors.”
And Leslie’s fun Christmas-quiz answers 😉
Christmas 20 questions:
Fake tree or real tree? Real in other people’s houses (I like the smell and they are beautiful) but fake in my house. Real trees are messy, expensive and I am petrified of fire.
Fat tree or thin tree? I always had thin tree due to lack of space but we bought new fat one last year and made room. (Its cool as its covered with “snow”)
Multicolor lights or white lights? My tree has white but I like both.
Candy canes or ribbon candy? Candy canes!!
A hula hoop or a plane that loops the loop? Hula hoop
B.B. gun or leg lamp? Ugh! I hate this movie.
Best dancer Snoopy or anyone else? Hmmm, all the peanuts can bust a move when Schroeder plays piano.
Should Frosty have been named Oatmeal? No way. (But I love that part in show)
If a bell rings does an angel get his wings? Duh, of course!
Is that you Santa Clause? Yes, that was the actual Santa Clause in Miracle on 34th Street. I loooooooved that movie when I was little. So magical!
READY FOR HER BEST OF LIST?
“2017 was a great reading year! My list may be a bit boring compared to everyone else’s since my tastes are limited to CR. However, I did make fun categories!”
Best End of Series/Sib Series – Some Kind of Perfect (Calloway Sisters) by Becca & Krista Ritchie <— I loved all 10 books in this series of flawed but loveable characters! Perfect conclusion that made me cry as I didn’t want to say goodbye.
Leslie M: Some Kind of Perfect by Becca & Krista Ritchie. What can I say about this series besides a-freaking-mazing?!? This was extended epilogue and end to series of 10 books. I am so in love with these flawed and beautiful characters that it actually hurt reading last book and saying goodbye.
Most Unputdownable/Best Preztel Tummy Inducing – The Ground Rules series by Roya Carmen <— I have never read about couple swapping and this was crazy, sexy, intense, emotional and I could not put it down!!! Also made me cry. (that ending!)
Leslie M: The Ground Rules series was unputdownable for me. One of those where I was kicking myself for waiting so long to read it. I think a lot of people’s disappointment with 3rd book is what held me off, but I was happy with the ending. …WOW! Total angst-fest and I had a few panick attacks, but it was unputdownable. 4.5 ****
Best Herione/Made Me Cry Like a Baby – Forever Right Now by Emma Scott <—I typically read romance for the swoony H but THIS also had an h I adored. Darlene wormed her way into my heart and every emotion punched me in the gut. I bawled sad tears, tears of pride, then happy tears.
Leslie M: …Those characters were so real and gave me all the feels. I don’t remember having that strong of a reaction since I read It Ends With Us. …actually my fave of the year
Best Broken H & h Who Heal Each Other – The Butterfly Project by Emma Scott <— Beautiful story with h who blames herself for her sisters death and ex-con who can’t get past his crime. (Darlene from Forever Right Now is side character in this one)
Leslie M: The theme of book (two broken people come together to heal each other) isn’t anything new, but the way story was told, their backgrounds, etc. was interesting and captivated me.
Best Pet Name/Hottest – Real Good Man & Real Good Love Duet by Meghan March
Leslie M: Sexy, dirty talking, mechanic from Kentucky, “Logan” meets sassy, city girl “Banner” over accidental text. This was super hot with no sex scene skimming! He calls her “Bruce” and despite smutty cover, it had a great story.
Best Forbidden/Travel/Jerky H – Heat Wave by Karina Halle <— The h loses her job and has no choice but to relocate to Hawaii to work for her dead sisters husband. He is Australian and jerky and yummy. Not only did I swoon but I felt like I was in paradise.
Leslie M: You know how we say we love certain things but “only in books”? I just read Heat Wave by Karina Halle (h is in love with her dead sisters widower) and I loved it!!! The premise “sounds” icky but I realized I must love the “forbidden-ness” of it because I’ve enjoyed other books with this trope.
Best Why Didn’t I Read This Sooner – Tristan & Danika series by R.K. Lilley <— SERIOUSLY???? What is wrong with me?! Nothing to say since every other romance reader on the planet already knows the awesomeness of this.
Leslie M: …book #2 hooked me. What a train wreck this was!! (but in a good way) I don’t always go for this much angst, but I fell hard for Tristan.
I am not good with pairing songs with books either. But….I am one of those people that bawl when I hear an emotional song that triggers a memory. Even if its a fictional book memory. THIS song is perfect for Tristan & Danika. (Or any heart wrenching romance book break up) I can’t listen to this without sobbing. In fact, I couldn’t finish video while searching for it on YouTube just now.
Best Rockstar/Grandmotherly Advice – Forget & Blur by N.A. Alcorn
Leslie M: The h loses her beloved grandmother who wills her a trip to Paris along with a bucket list. (the letter from the grandmother??? *sobs*) During the trip she meets and falls for local musician. Emotional, angsty and major swoonage.
Best Celebrity H/Cutest Kid Ever/Flashbacks – Ghosted by J.M. Darhower
Leslie M: I love celeb H/regular h stories. Throw in an adorable kid, flashbacks via journal that will gut you, 2nd chance romance and you have this emotional masterpiece. (Ok, so I teared up writing this) “Never make someone else the main character in your own story” *sniffles* THIS IS A MUST READ.
Best Athlete/Slow Burn – Until It Fades: A Novel by K.A. Tucker <— THIS IS HOW SLOWN BURN IS DONE PEOPLE! This is not boring or too long or drawn out. I love this single mom meets famous hockey player story with a twist.
Leslie M: I looooooved Until it Fades. I don’t usually like slow-burnish types, but this one was not at all boring or long winded…perfectly paced and fabulous and swoony.
Best Worst Cover/Hot for Teacher/Made Me Laugh & Cry – Beautiful Mistake by Vi Keeland <— I hate the cover. It’s tacky and makes book look like silly story. I am glad I took chance reading this. It gave me all the feels. Laughs, tears and swoons.
Leslie M: I finished Beautiful Mistake and I loved it. 4.5
**** Maryse, it is dual POV..not sure how you feel about that? But it’s mostly the h. 41 chapters total and like 11 of them are the H.
This was my cup of CR tea. It had “feels” but def not a marmy/ugly cry. I laughed, teared up, was “titillated” *snort* by the sexy times, swooned and didn’t skim or eyeroll once! It was perfect mix of funny, heartwarming & sexy for me.
Best YA/Bev Rec/Feel Good About Your Body No Matter Your Size – Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy <— THIS is what YA should be! Teenagers acting like teenagers. Although I am not a fan of this genre, I fell in love with story of positive body image. Thanks Bev! I would have passed over this if not for your rec.
Leslie M: Dumplin’ was not only a good audio, it was a good story. It was perfect YA for me. Not OTT annoying drama, but realistic situations and characters you can relate to no matter how old you are. My only complaint, I wanted more. I needed an epilogue. It would have been 5 star if it had one.
Best Politician – Off the Record series by K.A. Linde <— Sexy & forbidden political romance with a dash of love triangle.
Best Mind F@#$/This Family is Cray Cray- Infidelity series by Aleatha Romig <— Despite the name, this is not about cheating. For those who hated Tony from Consequences, this H is NOT abusive. This is one wild ride of suspense, crazy family drama and surprises. Addicting and fascinating story.
Leslie M: Infidelity Series by Aleatha Romig
1. It was hard to put down and exciting.
2. One of the twists was jaw dropping
3. Fun BR with my ho bag sistah Ela.
…Shocking stuff in anything Aleatha Romig writes.
Wanna know more of Leslie’s favorites?
- Reader Favorites – Leslie’s Favorite Low Angst Romance Books
- Reader Favorites – Leslie’s Favorite Audiobooks