Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge – May Link-Up

HAPPY May My Lovelies!

Summer is coming so I have a feeling the 2017 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge is about to heat up! I hope you all have been getting your love fest reading on and have been linking up. If you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge,you can so so HERE. If you don’t sign-up, your entries will not count toward the giveaway and I have to disqualify you. Basically…SIGN-UP!

Monthly Link-Up and Giveaway Details:

  • Your thoughts on each book you read must be posted somewhere, like your blog, Goodreads, Amazon, YouTube, Tumblr, etc., in order for it to count towards this challenge. Ratings on Goodreads, LibraryThing, BookLikes, etc. will also work.
  • Monthly link-up posts will go live the around the first day of each month so you can add your links throughout the month as your posts go up. Each linky will remain open five days into each new month to allow you some time to get all your posts linked up!
  • In order for us to tell what you’re linking to on the monthly linky, the format for the links you enter need to be as follows:
    • UPDATE POST @ your name/blog name.
    • REVIEW: [BOOK TITLE] @ your name/blog name.
    • MONTHLY TOPIC @ your name/blog name.
  • Each month we’ll choose a lucky winner from that month’s linky to win a Contemporary Romance novel of their choice (up to US$10).
  • Each link you enter in that month’s linky will count as one entry into the giveaway.
  • Challenge and Giveaways are open internationally. (As long as The Book Depository ships to your country, you are eligible for a prize.)

Monthly Topics:

  • Each monthly link-up post will include a Contemporary Romance topic for you to participate in if you’d like.
  • Monthly Topic posts can go up anytime in the specified month. Link them up as follows: MONTHLY TOPIC @ your name/blog name.
  • These posts will also earn you an entry in the monthly giveaway as long as you link back to them.

This month’s topic:

Sports Romances

Today was supposed to be the release of one of my most anticipated sports romance releases. There has been a delay on it, but that got me thinking about my favorite contemporary sports romances. There are truly some gems out there. Back in April I did a general post on this topic, but now I’m getting specific. Here are 6 I love!


  1. Him – Sarina Bowen/Elle Kennedy
  2. The Score – Elle Kennedy
  3. All Broke Down – Cora Carmack
  4. The Hot Shot – Kristen Callihan
  5. Breathe, Annie, Breathe – Miranda Kenneally
  6. Scoring Wilder – R.S. Grey

What are your favorite sports romances?

If you have any questions, please email me (accessoriesbooksclothes@gmail.com) . Also, make sure you follow me on Twitter (@andiabcs) for challenge updates and reminders! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #ContRom2017 to follow everyone’s challenge updates on Twitter!

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Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge – April Link-Up

HAPPY April My Lovelies!

Congrats, the first quarter of the 2017 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge! I hope you all have been getting your love fest reading on and have been linking up. If you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge,you can so so HERE. If you don’t sign-up, your entries will not count toward the giveaway and I have to disqualify you. Basically…SIGN-UP!

Monthly Link-Up and Giveaway Details:

  • Your thoughts on each book you read must be posted somewhere, like your blog, Goodreads, Amazon, YouTube, Tumblr, etc., in order for it to count towards this challenge. Ratings on Goodreads, LibraryThing, BookLikes, etc. will also work.
  • Monthly link-up posts will go live the around the first day of each month so you can add your links throughout the month as your posts go up. Each linky will remain open five days into each new month to allow you some time to get all your posts linked up!
  • In order for us to tell what you’re linking to on the monthly linky, the format for the links you enter need to be as follows:
    • UPDATE POST @ your name/blog name.
    • REVIEW: [BOOK TITLE] @ your name/blog name.
    • MONTHLY TOPIC @ your name/blog name.
  • Each month we’ll choose a lucky winner from that month’s linky to win a Contemporary Romance novel of their choice (up to US$10).
  • Each link you enter in that month’s linky will count as one entry into the giveaway.
  • Challenge and Giveaways are open internationally. (As long as The Book Depository ships to your country, you are eligible for a prize.)

Monthly Topics:

  • Each monthly link-up post will include a Contemporary Romance topic for you to participate in if you’d like.
  • Monthly Topic posts can go up anytime in the specified month. Link them up as follows: MONTHLY TOPIC @ your name/blog name.
  • These posts will also earn you an entry in the monthly giveaway as long as you link back to them.

This month’s topic:

Favorite Road Trip Books

With summer around the corner (well hopefully anyway, it is currently snowing in Boston!) there is nothing better than a great contemporary road trip book. I have read some great road trip books over the years that cover a variety of topics and I love them for their own reasons.


  1. Two-Way Street – Lauren Barnholdt
  2. Open Road Summer – Emery Lord
  3. The Disenchantments – Nina LaCour
  4. Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour – Morgan Matson
  5. Just Visiting – Dahlia Adler
  6. Saving June – Hannah Harrington

And since last month people were so helpful with ideas for first kisses, I thought I would throw it out to Twitter again. A lot of you said Amy & Roger and Open Road Summer. You have great taste. 🙂

And Lauren even included a link to her own Goodreads shelf just for Road Trips

If you have any questions, please email me (accessoriesbooksclothes@gmail.com) . Also, make sure you follow me on Twitter (@andiabcs) for challenge updates and reminders! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #ContRom2017 to follow everyone’s challenge updates on Twitter!

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A Month in Review: Challenge Update – December & 2016 Post Wrap-Up

Along with my Goodreads Challenge (you can find my progress on the side bar) I also challenged myself to 3 other challenges for 2016. Every month I will check in with my challenge updates.

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Love at First Page and Gone with the Words 2016 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge. You can find out all the details you need to know HERE. There are different levels to this challenge and I decided to go for the grand slam level.

 

Title: The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You
Author: Lily Anderson
Dates Read: December 5 – 10

Thoughts: I really enjoyed this one. It was suggested to me and I had a great time with it. I reviewed it HERE. My one complaint is that title. Man is it a tongue twister.

 

 

Title: Hard Hitter
Author: Sarina Bowen
Dates Read: December 12 – 15

Thoughts: I loved this one so much more than the first in the series. I wasn’t sure what I would think since Rookie Move was kind of a disappointment, but these two had such good chemistry and everything felt natural between them. See my review HERE.

 

 

Title: Alex, Approximately
Author: Jenn Bennett
Dates Read: December 15 – 20

Thoughts: SWOON, SWOON, SWOON. I seriously loved this book. Porter is so adorable I couldn’t help but fall for him. And I loved the story. Review is a long ways off, but if this isn’t on your TBR, ADD IT.

 

 

Title: Fireworks
Author: Katie Cotugno
Dates Read: December 21 – 27

Thoughts: This is Katie Cotugno’s best book IMO. The friendship, the romance, the setting, the tome frame? It all just worked for me. I seriously loved everything about this book. Review to come sometime next year.


So I guess I read 4 more romances in December. NAILED IT!

I  finished this challenge of strong. I read 37 books. Which makes me a:

GRAND SLAM

Well done to anyone that even attempted it!

And if you missed the news, I am the new host for the 2017 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge. Danielle and Jess have passed the reigns on to me. You can sign-up HERE. And feel free to grab the button and post it on your blog.

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Sarah at The YA Book Traveler is hosting Rock My TBR challenge. It is no secret that as book bloggers we have a lot of books that don’t get read. We get busy or getting something new and shiny (we are an easily distracted bunch) and things we were excited about reading don’t actually get read. This is my chance to change that and to read some of the books that have been collecting dust since before I was blogging. You can find more information HERE

 

I did not ROCK MY TBR this month. OOPS

 

So I failed at Rocking MY TBR. I read 4. I mean well, I really do, but I get easily distracted by new shiny books. Sorry TBR. I still love you.

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Lauren from Bookmark Lit is hosting The Must Read in 2016 “Challenge”. This challenge isn’t really a challenge per say. More a way to push yourself to read some books you were excited about in 2015 that you just never got to. Find out more HERE. This challenge will over lap a lot with Rock My TBR. Because of that I am just going to post a picture of what I read in the month from my original post:

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I also totally sucked at this challenge. I tried but See Rock My TBR. New shiny gets me everytime. Oh well, 4 ain’t too bad. :-).

How did you do in your December Challenges? How did you do for the year?

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December Wrap-Up: Post Edition

Year Wrap-Up: 2016 Post Edition

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A Month in Review: Challenge Update – November

Along with my Goodreads Challenge (you can find my progress on the side bar) I also challenged myself to 3 other challenges for 2016. Every month I will check in with my challenge updates.

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Love at First Page and Gone with the Words 2016 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge. You can find out all the details you need to know HERE. There are different levels to this challenge and I decided to go for the grand slam level.

I Read Only 7 books, most which were romance but I won’t be reviewing so a zero for November.

So far this year I have read 33 for this challenge.

And if you missed the news, I am the new host for the 2017 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge. Danielle and Jess have passed the reigns on to me. You can sign-up HERE. And feel free to grab the button and post it on your blog.

 

ROCK-1

Sarah at The YA Book Traveler is hosting Rock My TBR challenge. It is no secret that as book bloggers we have a lot of books that don’t get read. We get busy or getting something new and shiny (we are an easily distracted bunch) and things we were excited about reading don’t actually get read. This is my chance to change that and to read some of the books that have been collecting dust since before I was blogging. You can find more information HERE

 

I did not ROCK MY TBR this month. OOPS

 

So far I have read 4.

must-read-2016-banner

Lauren from Bookmark Lit is hosting The Must Read in 2016 “Challenge”. This challenge isn’t really a challenge per say. More a way to push yourself to read some books you were excited about in 2015 that you just never got to. Find out more HERE. This challenge will over lap a lot with Rock My TBR. Because of that I am just going to post a picture of what I read in the month from my original post:

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Still only at 4. I really need to read another one of these.

How did you do in your November Challenges?

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November Wrap-Up: Post Edition

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A Month in Review: Challenge Update – October

Along with my Goodreads Challenge (you can find my progress on the side bar) I also challenged myself to 3 other challenges for 2016. Every month I will check in with my challenge updates.

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Love at First Page and Gone with the Words 2016 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge. You can find out all the details you need to know HERE. There are different levels to this challenge and I decided to go for the grand slam level.

goal

 

Title: The Goal
Author: Elle Kennedy
Dates Read: September 30 – October 2

Thoughts: I was sadly disappointed in this final installment. I feel like something was really off with Tuck and Sabrina’s story and it just made me sad, The other 3 books were so strong, even when I wasn’t in love with the 2nd one, but this one was just a get down. I hope the spin off series is better.

 

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Title: By Your Side
Author: Kasie West
Dates Read: October 3 – 5

Thoughts: This was also a let down. There is so much I want to say about the disappointing parts of this story. If I could change some stuff at the end I think I would have been happier. I did really like the boy in this one though so that made me happy.

 

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Title:  On Broken Wings
Author: Chanel Cleeton
Dates Read: October 12

Thoughts: THE BEST OF THE SERIES! I almost started crying more than once because parts were so heartbreaking. But Easy is really swoony and I loved the chemistry here and the struggle to make it all work. Honestly I want to read it again and probably will.

 

I read about 11 books in October but only 3 of those are ones that I decided to include in my challenge as I will completely review them at some point. So far this year I have read 33 for this challenge. And speaking of this challenge stay tuned in November for something special to be happening.

 

ROCK-1

Sarah at The YA Book Traveler is hosting Rock My TBR challenge. It is no secret that as book bloggers we have a lot of books that don’t get read. We get busy or getting something new and shiny (we are an easily distracted bunch) and things we were excited about reading don’t actually get read. This is my chance to change that and to read some of the books that have been collecting dust since before I was blogging. You can find more information HERE

 

I did not ROCK MY TBR this month. OOPS

 

So far I have read 4.

must-read-2016-banner

Lauren from Bookmark Lit is hosting The Must Read in 2016 “Challenge”. This challenge isn’t really a challenge per say. More a way to push yourself to read some books you were excited about in 2015 that you just never got to. Find out more HERE. This challenge will over lap a lot with Rock My TBR. Because of that I am just going to post a picture of what I read in the month from my original post:

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Still only at 4. I really need to read another one of these.

How did you do in your October Challenges?

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