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Release Week Blitz + Review: Too Beautiful to Break by Tessa Bailey

Romancing The Clarksons, #4
Tessa Bailey
On Sale: September 26, 2017
Publisher: Forever

A love of a lifetime . . .

Leaving Belmont Clarkson is the hardest thing Sage Alexander has ever done. From the moment they met, she knew Belmont was the one, and getting up close and personal with him on his family’s epic road trip has taken her desire to a new, even hotter level. But there’s no way she can go there—not without revealing secrets that could devastate them both.

Losing Sage is not an option. Belmont’s heart is hers, has always been hers. He knows she’s hiding something from him, but nothing will stand in his way of telling her just how much she means to him. Finding her is easy—saving her from her past could cost him everything.

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Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans, and laptop, and drove cross-country to New York City in under four days. Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend, and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention.

She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband and daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.

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Strap yourself in because this book is one emotional rollercoaster. I am not exaggerating when I say that because I actually started this book a few weeks ago and had to put it down after reading just the first 10% of it because of how much emotion and heaviness was being foreshadowed. This is just a friendly warning that this book will make your heartache or even goes as far as ripping it straight out of your chest, so have tissues ready.

Belmont Clarkson is the oldest of the Clarkson siblings and after meeting him in Too Hard to Forget, I could just sense that this man has been through A LOT in his life. He is elusive yet has such a remarkable presence. At the same time though, I could feel the sadness and darkness surrounding him as he tries to maintain control of his life which has been a little difficult given the cross country road trip he has been on with his siblings. But, there has been one person who has brought some light and stability to this trip and that is Sage Alexander, Peggy’s best friend. Sage and Belmont have this connection that is so palpable, I sensed it even from their small moments together in the previous book. That palpability skyrocketed within the first three chapters of this book as Sage leaves Belmont, to make the journey to New York on his own, while she faces her past back home in Sibley, Louisiana.

“His heart had made the decision, mind and body had approved, and her happiness had become a necessity. There was nothing simple about what Sage made him feel. But the importance of her took no effect to describe. And it never wavered. She was the most important.”

That is what Belmont felt for Sage after they met for the first time. It is the perfect example for me to give in order to show that Belmont is nothing like any hero I have ever read before. The feelings and thoughts that this man has are enthralling and also completely unexpected.  His mind, though weathered by what he has gone through in the past, still has the capacity to feel so profoundly especially after Sage came into his world. It is his connection and unquestionable love for Sage that drives him to follow her to Sibley and finish what began many moments ago.

I have purposely not talked about the plot that much because it is the emotions felt by Belmont and Sage, both individually and towards each other, that drive this book. This is not an easy read, I repeat, THIS IS NOT AN EASY READ. It is intense and heavy and may drain you emotionally until you are a crying mess curled up in your bed but it is also so very beautiful and well worth the pain it might put you through (Remember, I did warn you in the beginning). This is by far the most emotional book I have read in a while but I would like to thank Tessa Bailey for giving us Belmont and Sage’s story even if I am still recovering.

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BookTube-A-Thon TBR 2016

It’s that time of the year again! The BookTube-A-Thon has officially started as of yesterday and of course I am super late in getting my TBR together for it. Oops…

For anyone who does not know what the BookTube-A-Thon is, it is this absolutely amazing and utterly fantastic read-a-thon that was created by Ariel Bissett. This year, the read-a-thon runs from July 18th to July 24th and just about everyone I know in the Booktube community on Youtube is participating in it. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity either considering how much I love doing read-a-thons 🙂

For more information, check out the Youtube page for the BookTube-A-Thon here.

As always, there are reading challenges as well as video and Instagram challenges for each day of the read-a-thon. Considering how busy I am this week, I am going to be sticking to only the reading challenges. Trying to read seven books this week might be a bit of a stretch but I am going to see if I can do it. What can I say, I am always up for a challenge especially when it involves reading 🙂

Here are this year’s reading challenges and the books I have chosen for each one:

1. Read a book with yellow on the cover.
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I have been meaning to read this book for SO long especially since I have the chance to see Jacqueline Woodson speak about the book here in Boston and was able to get my copy signed by her! Jacqueline Woodson is a very well known author who writes about characters of color. This is also told in verse which is great because I do not read that much poetry

2. Read a book only after sunset.
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A book that I can only read after sunset lead me to look for a book that had two things: 1. vampires and 2. romance. I mean vampires and the dark go hand in hand plus reading a romance before bed sounds perfect to me 🙂

3. Read a book you discovered through booktube.
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Way before this book blew up because of the movie that just recently came out, I discovered it through many a booktuber so this book has been on my radar for a VERY LONG time. This was a possibility to use for the book-to-movie adaption challenge considering I haven’t seen the movie yet but I chose another one instead for reasons that will be known down below.

4. Read a book by one of your favourite authors.
Unknown-6Seaside Lovers by Melissa Foster

Melissa Foster is one of my more recent favorite authors after having the opportunity to read a couple of her books for blog tours I was a part of. I have been lucky once more because this is also an ARC for her new book that actually comes out TOMORROW! I am reviewing it for a blog tour next week so this the perfect time for me to read it 🙂

5. Read a book that is older than you.
Unknown-7The Spider Sapphire Mystery (1968) by Carolyn Keene

I was considering reading a classic for this challenge given the fact that a majority of them are definitely older than me but the ones I had in mind were too long. So instead I turned to the only other books I owned that were not only relatively short but also definitely older than me: my trusted Nancy Drew books. These books basically represent my childhood so I am so glad to be able to read one again.

6. Read and watch a book-to-movie adaptation.
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by Nicholas Sparks

I knew straight away that I wanted to read this book for this challenge because it is hands down my #1 favorite Nicholas Sparks movie. Yes, I saw the movie before I read the book and yes, I think it was better than The Notebook (Two words: Scott Eastwood). I recently found a copy of this for under $2 at a thrift store and was so excited because I have wanted to read so that I could have an excuse to watch the movie again and see how it holds up to the book.

7. Read seven books.
Unknown-3Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

Picking a seventh book was very hard considering I have over 300 books to pick from. I ended up choosing Tell Me Three Things because the cover is so adorable and also because Jessica from PeaceLoveBooksxo said she really liked it. PeaceLoveBooksxo is one of my favorite booktubers. She is a fellow romance lover so we have very similar tastes in books which so great because not many booktubers like to read romance.

Fingers crossed that I can read all of these books this week!!

Check back in at the end of the week for my wrap up to see if I was successful 🙂

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Booktube-A-Thon Wrap-up

So this post may be super late, but nonetheless here is my Booktube-A-Thon 2015 wrap-up.

My expectations for this read-a-thon did not match up with reality as this is my first post since my Booktube-A-Thon TBR and when I posted my TBR I talked about how I would be doing daily updates/progress blogposts throughout the read-a-thon. Obviously that did not happen, nor did it happen for my last read-a-thon but that is an entirely different issue. Even though my expectations in regards to posting on this blog fell flat, I still managed to read 3 books and complete 3 challenges for the Booktube-A-Thon which I am very satisfied with. I am always ambitious with my reading for read-a-thons so it really should come at no surprise that I wouldn’t get to all the books I planned on reading for Booktube-a-thon considering I was on vacation with my family but that is only going to make me try harder for the next read-a-thon.

Here are the challenges and the books I planned on reading for each. Let’s see how I did:

1. Read a book with blue on the cover. The Veil by Chloe Neill
2. Read a book by an author who shares the same first letter of your last name Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano COMPLETED
3. Read someone else’s favourite book Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen (Bekah AwesomeBookNut‘s favorite book)
4. Read the last book you acquired Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren COMPLETED
5. Finish a book without letting go of it This One Summer by Jillian and Mariko Tamaki COMPLETED
6. Read a book you really want to read Beautiful Player by Christina Lauren
7. Read seven books Beautiful Stranger by Christina Lauren

Total pages read: 850 pages

I enjoyed the books that I read but only one of the books really stood out to me as one that will be going on my favorites list. Here are my ratings for each of the books:

Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano – 4.5/5 stars
Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren – 3/5 stars
This One Summer by Jillian and Mariko Tamaki – 3.5/5 stars

**Reviews for these books will be up ASAP**

If you would like to hear what I thought about any one of the books above let me know in the comments!

Overall, I enjoyed participating in the Booktube-A-Thon for the first time. I learned a lot of things that will help me when I participate in the next one, which of course I will be doing. Hope everyone else who participated had a good time as well!

If you did participate in the Booktube-A-Thon, leave a comment down below and tell me how you did, or what your favorite book was that you read. Mine was definitely Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano. I am already reading the second book in this dualogy, Nearly Found, that is how much I loved it.

Until next time…. Happy Reading 🙂


Booktube-A-Thon 2015 TBR

It’s that time of year again… time for Booktube-A-Thon!!

Booktube-A-Thon is an annual read-a-thon that was created by the unbelievably energetic Ariel Bissett. She is an awesome booktuber on YouTube and I totally recommend that you check out her channel. This is the third year that Booktube-A-Thon has taken place and it is a very popular event amongst the booktube community. There is even a YouTube channel for this read-a-thon for anyone who is interested in participating and you can find that channel here. Ariel has done a wonderful job providing videos about the read-a-thon, the challenges, and who will be hosting throughout the week.

Booktube-A-Thon is happening from August 3rd to August 9th and I am so excited to participate. This will be my first year and I can’t wait to start reading and tackling those challenges. I probably have mentioned this a few times but I LOVE participating in read-a-thons and this one is no exception. In addition to the reading challenges for Booktube-A-Thon, there are also video challenges that are posted everyday for people to do. I am currently on vacation with my family in Cape Cod which is just perfect timing in regards to this read-a-thon because I will have tons of time to read but I do not plan on doing the video challenges. I think it will be too much and I don’t want to take time away from reading especially when I am going to be extremely ambitious to try and complete all 7 reading challenges.

The 7 reading challenges for this year’s Booktube-A-Thon are:

1. Read a book with blue on the cover.
2. Read a book by an author who shares the same first letter of your last name
3. Read someone else’s favourite book
4. Read the last book you acquired
5. Finish a book without letting go of it
6. Read a book you really want to read
7. Read seven books

Like I said above, I am going to be very, very ambitious for this read-a-thon. Amongst the books I have selected, I am attempting to read the first 3 books of the Beautiful Bastard series by Christina Lauren along with finishing Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano which I am almost halfway through. Here are all the books I plan on reading:

1. Read a book with blue on the cover. The Veil by Chloe Neill
2. Read a book by an author who shares the same first letter of your last name Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano
3. Read someone else’s favourite book Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen (Bekah AwesomeBookNut‘s favorite book)
4. Read the last book you acquired Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren
5. Finish a book without letting go of it This One Summer by Jillian and Mariko Tamaki
6. Read a book you really want to read Beautiful Player by Christina Lauren
7. Read seven books Beautiful Stranger by Christina Lauren

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Anybody else participating in the Booktube-A-Thon?? If yes, comment down below.
Unlike my last read-a-thon, I will be doing daily update blogposts.

See you tomorrow, and as always, happy reading 🙂