How do you find books & Julia Swoons is a Book Whore

I feel like everytime I finish a book series and go through the inevitable book hangover I have trouble figuring out what to read next. I always have a huuuuge list of book in my Kindle library and TBR list but I always think in my head, ‘God, nothing is EVER going to be that good.” Then I inevitably find another AMAZING book. There are just some really awesome ones out there. It’s made me question myself… Am I a book whore? OR am I just really good at finding good books?!

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When I am looking for the next AMAZING book to read I feel like I need to go to my favorite Facebook groups and make a post so I can get the scoop on the current HOTTEST books out there. As you have probably can tell I am really into fast burns. I do have quite a few medium burns I love but most of the time I’m like ‘HEY! LET’S GET TO THE BUSINESS!’ It’s why I had to get out of the YA book game. I would read and read these amazing books but still feel like well that was good and all but I really wanted more love. I want books to be 90% swoon and 10% story/action. Books like Hunger Games, Twilight, Divergent, Premontion series, etc are AMAZING books. Seriously, I love these freaking books but I always felt they were tame. There were plenty of parts where I’m creepily giggling at my desk at work and biting my lip like I’m the adorable MC but I still felt like I couldn’t deal with all the fade to black scenes. Thus moving onto romance and eventually reverse harem because what is not to love about a TON of guys. Srsly. 

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But back to the posibility of me being a book whore. I love a lot of the books I find. Like really love them. Some are okay and I’m fine with dropping off and not reading more of the series but most I fall desperately in love with. I honestly think I have been really good at finding some really amazing authors. This has a lot to do with my Facebook group stalkdom (new word) and befriending a lot of the authors in the genre. It’s probably my favorite part. I get to be all fangirly and feel like I’m actually part of something great. It’s amazing to talk to someone who wrote something truly remarkable that you love to pieces. 

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Sooooooo the question is how do you all find your favorite books? Do you scour Goodreads? Do you question Facebook groups? Do you go with Amazon recs? Let me know! 

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Keep swooning dolls ❤

Always,

Julia

Trying Reverse Harem for FREE… PLUS a couple giveaways!!

Good morning everyone! I know that jumping into a new genre can be hard, especially when it means spending your hard earned cash on something you may or may not like. Well since I LOVE the Reverse Harem genre so much I wanted to share some books that are FREE right now! Snatch these babies up while they are still FREE as I know some will not be for long!! PLUS, I have decided to throw a couple of GIVEAWAYS on here for books that aren’t free but I think are awesome and I want to spread the love! 😊❤

Click the title of the book to check it out on Amazon (some links go to websites other than Amazon)! ALSO — don’t forget to leave reviews when you finish a book… it’s the decent thing to do 😉 😁

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This is a favorite of mine. This book is so freaking good — see my review for it here!

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I also love this one! Again, my review… it’s right here! 😊

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This is a collaborative book by a bunch of AMAZING authors! I haven’t read all of this yet, I save it for a good go to when I’m going through a book hump *snort* and I need a really good sexy scene. PLUS it has added A LOT of books to my TBR list (because it’s obviously lacking….) 

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ALSO — since I want everyone to try this amazing genre and as these books aren’t free I wanted to set up a giveaway! 😁 

Enter HERE to win a copy of Perfect by Adell Ryan

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See my review for this amazing book here! 

Enter HERE to win a copy of Winter Princess by Skye MacKinnon

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See my review for this amazing book here!

Finding my sexy Hell Hounds in Restless Spirit

There is something about dark romance books that is just so… Swoon. Gahhhh I haven’t read a huge amount but I feel like I’m about to dive into more. My recent experience in the realm of dark romance is of course reverse harem. Restless Spirit by Briana Michaels is the first book in the Hell Hounds Harem series and I am fucking obsessed. I just finished the books and after reading the last line I said “ohhhhh fuuuuck” then furiously started downloading book two. Let’s. Get. Into. It. 
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Everly is a ghost trapped in the human world where no one can see or hear her. She spends all her time moving from town to town searching for who knows what and overall living a sad and lonely existence. The only company she has is the malanum. These terrifying creatures are dead, but not the same kinda dead Everly is, these are spirits that turned dark and they really want to do the same to her. She spends all her time constantly on the lookout for these dark spirits. In constant fear that they will catch her and turn her into one of them. She also has the fear that the longer she spends as a ghost that she will turn into a malanum organically. 
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She was killed 5 years ago in New Orleans and of course it was Halloween. The sucky thing about being a ghost is that what you die in is what you are stuck in. Sadly, Everly died on Halloween so she is stuck in her Voodoo Priestess costume which was cool and first but she is seriously getting tired of the skeleton makeup, corset, tophat, and cane that she is stuck carrying around. Sure she looks like a badass but what’s the point if she can’t be seen. This night though is Halloween so she might as well live it up in her costume and head out to dance at one of the bars in town. Not a whole lot else to do if you are a ghost, right? 
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Dancing at the Black Abbey club is going as every other night has gone in her lonely ghost existence, she is dancing like no one is watching because no one really is watching. Until someone might be. Much to her suprise and disbelief there is a very attractive man and he seems to see her. She knows he has to see her when he waves her over. Maybe Everly’s lonely existence isn’t going to be so lonely anymore? Especially since Jack can touch her. Going 5 years as a ghost without being touched, then all of a sudden this hot assed guy can not only see but touch her? Well let’s just say that A LOT of touching commences… A lot.  
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Jack and Everly run into some issues with the malanum which inconveniently interrupts round 2 of their sexy time. Ugh. Jack explains that he is a Hell Hound and his job is to force the malanum back into Hell. Obviously this is a very tempting job to Everly as it means she won’t be alone anymore and she can kill some of the horrid creatures that have been chasing her for five long years. A trip to Hell and help from the devil and she is a Hell Hound. Plus she is finally whole which means no more Halloween costume. Shit is finally going well. Jack is head over heels for her and he is taking her to meet his pack. The reception she receives isn’t exactly what she was expecting. Jack’s pack’s farmhouse feels a lot like home and all the guys seem to already know her, including Jack. She is greeted by a sexy swoonworthy kiss from one of the guys, Tanner. Kalen, Eli, and Tanner are calling her Sara and seem to know everything about her, except what happened to her five years ago. What the fuck is happening? Is this all a trick? Should she trust these people that work for the devil? Is she truly this Sara person? 
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I love love loved this book. I did not want to stop reading it and this last week at work was a struggle because I stayed up ways to late reading and therefore need a lot of coffee to get through the work day. When I started the book I was a little leery because it seemed A LOT like the books by Kristy Cunning, the first being Four Psychos (see my review here). We have a ghost who doesn’t know her name, finds out she has a pseudo relationship with the devil, finds men that she has had a past life with that she doesn’t remember, and the guys have reapersish jobs. There are a lot of similarities at the beginning but once the book starts going the similarities disappear. These books really are nothing alike in terms of story development, character personalities, etc. The guys are HOT HOT HOT. Like I love dark guys with dark souls. There is just something soooo freaking sexy about bad boys and these boys are all bad. Sexy bad. 
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Sara (aka Everly) is such a badass. I love her a lot. She doesn’t just fall head over heels for these guys because she is finally seen. Sure she feels the attraction but she is very skeptical of them and their stories at first. But as the story progresses and she begins to remember her old like and slowly fall in love and trust these guys again. Whew. It is swoony. Plus the guys are all so dark, sexy, and amazing. I love it. I, of course, am immediately obsessed with Kalen who appears to be the aloof asshole but turns out to be her amazing, protective wolf. Really I love them all. I’m terrified for the story to end because I don’t want to lose these characters and this is only the first book… Oh lord. Well come on, I have to have sold you on this by now. Swoon with me! ❤

Swooning over Mia’s Men

I have stayed away from contemporary for a long time and I have no idea why. I mean I still love paranormal but my love for contemporary romance, mostly reverse harem, has grown exponentially. My recent obsession? Mia’s Men by Lucy Felthouse. Ahhhh this book is good. Let’s get into it.

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Mia’s father has finally lost the battle to cancer and Mia is crushed. She is left to their huge estate by herself and has never felt so lonely. She has pretty much been running the estate single-handedly since her father started getting ill. She was under the assumption she had a pretty good handle on his father’s wishes and his will. That is until the will is read….

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Her loving father has determined that Mia will receive nothing unless she gets married to a man within a year. He must be a man of status, he must take her last name so that any children they have will carry the Harrington name, and he must sign a prenuptial agreement. Think late 90s movie, The Bachelor, with Chris O’Donnell Renee Zellweger. Obviously Mia is pissed, I mean let’s be honest I’m pissed too. My inner feminist is rioting and ready to burn shit down. How on earth could her father do this to her? If she fails to do this outrageous request she loses everything. The estate, everything she has worked for, to her greedy arrogant cousin.

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Mia, having been spending all her time taking care of the estate, does not have a love life. No boyfriends, no prospects, nothing. How on earth is she supposed to find a man of social standing within a year?! Only in fiction can this work. I truly hope this doesn’t happen in real life because how can anyone expect a prosperous happy marriage to happen if there are these crazy limitations put on it. Sure she has a year whereas the movie above the character had 24 hours but still. This shit should happen organically. Lucky for Mia she is able to land some pretty amazing men. Yup, men. Take that dad!

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After the death of her father Mia’s eyes are open to the estate’s gardener. Never has she looked at him sexually, but once she starts she likes what she sees. Mia’s attraction to Thomas is super hot and adorable. He is completely aware of her situation and that he can’t fulfill the terms of her father’s will, he isn’t a man of social standing but that doesn’t stop their secret love affair. I mean the entire time I am picturing John Rowland from Desperate Housewives because… god.damn. #swoon

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Mia meets two more of her men at a charity event she attends in honor of her father. The banter between Elias, Alex, and Mia will have you giggling like a school girl. Mia is a lot more proper than I am so I am sometimes annoyed by her rocking the boat but mostly because I don’t want the love to stop. Normally I would be cheering her independence and ability to stand up for herself. It immediately becomes clear to Mia that both guys are into her and she is into both of them. She can’t figure out who she is going to pick as they are both great candidates for husband and meet her father’s stipulations. It becomes clear through their flirty banter that Elias and Alex have a bit of a thing. They like to share women. Oh goodness, yes. Sold. During this auction Elias bids on a weekend experience with extravagant car after hearing that driving such a car is on Mia’s bucket list… He of course wins and sets up a weekend for their once in a lifetime experience. Which includes Alex and an overnight stay…. Who cares about the car, ammiright?!

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After being introduced to the idea of having a harem, a la reverse harem, Mia is completely down with the idea. Um duh. She goes from single to ready to mingle. Snort. I know, that was bad. So she has Thomas her swoony gardener, Elias and Alex the rich guys that are down with sharing, what’s one more guy right?! The man with the extravagant car, Arjun, is into Mia and she also fancies him. Now she just has to figure out if Thomas is okay with sharing, Elias and Alex are okay with sharing more than just between them, and if Arjun would be down with all this craziness? I mean does this happen in real life?! #WhyChoose

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I really enjoyed this book. It was really well written and had me laughing a lot. Mia is a smart independent woman that takes a shitty situation and makes it pretty damn amazing. This book feels very much like a modern day Pride and Prejudice. It really reads like Jane Austen and I love it. I like that Mia isn’t this tame woman that just rolls over for what her men want. She is very clear about what she wants and stands up for herself repeatedly. She may have been forced into a patriarchal predicament by her father but she is not retiring to be a timid housewife. I would definitely recommend this book ❤ As always, keep swooning! 

Healing my soul through Winter Princess. Plus accents. Yum.

Do you ever have books that look so good that you buy it but just let it sit in your kindle library? It’s the book that sits in your TBR list with its beautiful cover and intriguing blurb but you just don’t start it because your TBR list is so freaking long? Well this book was that for me. I honestly can’t believe it took me so long to read it because it’s soooo freaking good. 
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I recently had something horrible happen to me, I had my second miscarriage this year and I felt like reading something happy because life was crappy and I wanted to laugh. Although I definitely laughed at parts, I also cried, swooned, got mad, swooned some more, and couldn’t get a grasp on what the fuck was happening. It helped a lot. Books tend to do that. Help you escape the horrors of your life so that you can dive into a fictional world of wonder. I loved all these books so much I sped read through them all. Staying up waaaay past my bedtime because I just could not stop reading.
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Wynter has been living with her adoptive parents for as long as she can remember. She has gotten infrequent visits from her biological mother, Mother of Gods and Queen of Winter. Her visits from her mother have been cold and always leave her broken hearted. Hopefully things are about to change, because her biological mom has sent her a letter inviting her to the realm. She knows that soon she will be coming into her magic, because like her biological mother she isn’t human. Her mother is a goddess which makes Wynter a demigoddess. She has always been able to do small magical things, like shut the door or turn on the lights, but on the morning of her 22nd birthday shit goes haywire. Her magic starts throwing knives all around, catches her loft on fire, and even causes an earthquake destroying half of her block.
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It looks like Wynter is going to destroy everything around her as she has zero control of her magic. That is until 4 hunky men come ready to help her. Storm, Frost, Arc, and Crispin are four guardians sent by her mother to escort her to the winter realms. These guardians have powers of their own and are able to buffer Wyn’s magic. Wynter being a strong independent woman isn’t a huge fan of having to be protected by these men. She has to quickly learn that she needs all the help she can get to protect herself as the world is a lot bigger than she thought it was and the protection is much needed. This protection is solidified unbeknownst to Wyn. When the guys worked together to stop the earthquake at her parent’s house they pulled magic from her creating a bond between them. This creates a pull between her and the men. She finds herself really attracted to them. Like ready to start making out with them and jump their bones. Honestly, I don’t think I’d need the bond 😉 
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I love that this book is written by a Scottish author using a lot of  Scottish lingo. I have always had a fascination with Scotland. PLUS the men with their accents are fucking hot. Whew. Obviously this being said my favorite of the men is Arc who is always wearing a kilt and has a thick accent. Swoon. I find myself trying to adopt his accent in my head and sometimes out loud. My husband thinks I’m a freak, I don’t disagree 😊 But seriously all the men are hot. Frost, Storm, and Crispy are super swoon worthy — Arc just… Ahhhh 😍 Skye Mackinnon knows how to write sexy assed men with sexy assed scenes ❤
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Winter Princess has all anyone can want in a book. Badass women in the form of Goddesses/Demi-Goddesses, sexy assed Guardians, demons, magic, steamy as sin scenes, hilarious scenes, action, and obviously rainbow sex. Whew. It is amazing. You just need to jump in, then you’ll be swooning too ❤

It may be Unconventional, but I am IN LOVE!

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Oh don’t worry… I’ll be okay… That gaping hole in my heart?! Well it happens every time I’m reading an amazing book series and go to jump into the next book only to see the word ‘Pre-Order’. WHAT THE FUCK IS A PRE-ORDER?! I know. I know. I’m being selfish. Give the author a break, give her time… October 19th is only a few weeks away. You’ll be okay… BUT WILL I?! Well how about you all swoon with me over these two amazing books I have just inhaled and you too can feel the gaping hole in your heart that a pre-order button creates as you wait for book three with me….

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Grab it here on Amazon! (KINDLE UNLIMITED!)

Yes, I have found another contemporary romance series to fall in love with. Again, WHO KNEW THERE WAS SO MUCH AMAZINGNESS IS THE CONTEMPORARY GENRE?! WHO KNEW?! Plus, ANOTHER REDHEAD! #gingersunite  We have Giovanna who is just your average college student. Well maybe not so average, I would say your average college student is an semi-alcoholic who watches a lot of Adult Swim, never stops playing Call of Duty, and can’t be seen before noon. Weeeeelllll maybe that was just me. I jest. Sort of. Giovanna is adorably shy and doesn’t really have a lot of excitement in her life. That is until she is walking home alone one night during winter break. I know this sounds like it’s going to turn into a haunting story. No, she isn’t going to get kidnapped. This isn’t that kind of story. She is walking and hears someone yell ‘Hey there, library.’ She continues walking because honestly who wouldn’t. I’m not typically shy but even I would walk up to a stranger who was calling me ‘library’, that’s just rule number one in the stranger danger handbook…

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Well stranger danger aside, if I turned around and Maven was trying to get my attention I would stop. Giovanna doesn’t know it yet but Maven. Yum. She does stop because she is a kind person although a little awkward. She stands there in the cold talking to Maven, Chance, and Banyan completely stunned that they know who she is and are flirting with her. It’s adorable, I see hot guys and creepy factor goes out the window. I’m surprised I haven’t been murdered yet… Getting married early probably saved me from that. I haven’t dated anyone but my husband since I was 16. Giovanna has a good sense of stranger danger though and declines their offers to go into their frat house or even to a restaurant with them. Talk about willpower. Or maybe it’s just good self-preservation.

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That night things don’t go well. She wakes up to fire alarms and it is not a drill. Her dorm is on fire and she has to flee the building. Luckily, when she gets outside the three hotties from earlier are there. They being chivalrous knights came to see if any help was needed. Swoon. They sweep Giovanna off to their frat house, so she has somewhere to stay for the night. This begins something wonderfully swoonworthy, completely sexy, and just plain adorable. Being there was a fire in her dorm it is inevitably closed until school starts back up after winter break in a couple of weeks. Giovanna, Maven, Chance, and Banyan spend this whole time together making the group decision to be friends. Friends with benefits that is. None of them want relationships. Who has time for relationships with finals around the corner? Well I mean I did but… 😊

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Their no-strings attached relationship brings life to Giovanna. Not that women have to be lifeless drones before they get a man in their life, get real I’m a feminist WE DON’T NEED MEN. But there is just something that love does to a person. Even if its of the no-strings attached variety. The friendship that sparks between Giovanna and these three practically brothers is adorable and hilarious. I love all the guys and their amazing personalities. I love that they all ramble and say too much. Take it from a rambler, we are just tons of fun 😉 Plus the sex is hot. H-O-T, hot. Hawt. It’s really sexy. We’ve also all seen how these no-strings attached relationships play out. Will things stick to strictly friendship with some sexy time or will these four amazing individuals fall in love? I guess you’ll just have to read it yourself. Trust me, reading these amazing books you’ll be swooning with me ❤

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Can this vampire lover like this Vampire Hunter?! Shattered Illusions.

I decided to purchase this book after the author had a quiz in a Facebook Group that told you which of her book characters you were. I took the quiz and found out I was Ashryn Baker so of course I had to buy the book. I was a little skeptical if I would like it because Ashryn is a vampire hunter. What?! I love vampires, please don’t kill them! Some of my favorite book boyfriends are vampires! You stay away from them Ashryn! I don’t care how alike we are 😊 Well let’s lose a little of the fear there dolls, because I am here to tell you that this is really good book. Let’s get into it ❤

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Ashryn has been raised by the guild, her and most of the other members were raised from young children to be vampire hunters. That seems safe, right? Ashryn isn’t just any vampire hunter, she is one of the best. So, it’s not surprising that she gets a really difficult task from the commander of the guild. Not surprising but definitely odd, since her task is a solo one against 10 vampires. A mission that usually consists of three hunters, but it’s just her. Seems pretty sketch. Also seems like the commander might be a douchebag but maybe that’s just me.

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Ashryn arrives at the location and is ready to kick some vampire ass. I’ve spoken before that I do have a sweet spot for one vampire hunter, Blade, so I’m thinking maybe I can get behind this. Maybe these vampires are really big assholes. Like killing children and shit. You know, the assholes on True Blood in the first season that really freak out Sookie. Oh! Or the vampires in The Strain. Those vampires are the worst. Plus, really fucking terrifying. Literally, things of nightmares. Trust me, I’ve had the nightmares! I STILL DO! But as you can probably tell, I love vampires. BUT the point is I’m still on board with Ashryn as a vampire hunter. Get it girl.

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Well she gets into the location where the 10 vampires she is supposed to get rid of are. She runs into some issues because of course this mission is built for 3 hunters and even though she is a badass she isn’t Thor. Not everyone can be Thor. So.. something unthinkable happens. The mission fails. What happens when a vampire hunter fails her mission? Death? Probably, but not what happens. No, she gets turned. WHAT?! Fuck. Yes. Ashryn is now a vampire and has to figure out how to navigate these waters. No sunlight? Craving blood? Sexy vampires? YES!

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I really enjoyed this book. It isn’t long, but it is a very interesting story that I haven’t run into before. The vampires she meets are super sexy and swoony. How does she handle becoming the thing she was raised to hate? Will she start mixing with any of the vampire men? WHAT ON EARTH IS GOING TO HAPPEN?! This is a must read for you vampire lovers, I can’t wait to jump into the second one. Swoon with me dolls ❤

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