Scoring The Player Release Day Teaser

Happy Release Day, Rebecca Jenshak! ❤🌺

The newest Campus Wallflower is now live!

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— BLURB —

Valley U’s hottest QB has heard in detail how I want to climb him like a tree.

One viral video and my life as a wallflower is over.

Felix Walters knows exactly how I feel about him—so does everyone else on campus.

It was supposed to be a private conversation between friends.

Now I’m the butt of every joke and everywhere I turn all eyes are on me.

It’s every shy girl’s nightmare.

Except now the hottest guy on campus wants to be my fake boyfriend.

Six weeks. Just pretend.

I’m a wallflower fake dating Valley U’s hottest player.

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— TEASER —

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— Scoring The Player by Rebecca Jenshak —

Campus Wallflowers (Book Three)

Release Date: May 23, 2023
Genre: Contemporary/ College Romance
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(Narrated by: Jason Clarke & Erin Mallon)

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— ABOUT THE AUTHOR —


Rebeca Jenshak

Rebecca Jenshak is a USA Today bestselling author of new adult and sports romance. She writes sexy, feel-good stories with lots of swoon-worthy moments.

Rebecca lives in Arizona. When she isn’t writing, you can find her cheering on local sports teams, hanging out with friends and family, or curled up with a good book.

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Scoring The Player by Rebecca Jenshak

⚠ This review contains a minor teaser!

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Original post from my IG @booksofthemuggleborn

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• BLURB •

Valley U’s hottest QB has heard in detail how I want to climb him like a tree.
One viral video and my life as a wallflower is over.
Felix Walters knows exactly how I feel about him—so does everyone else on campus.
It was supposed to be a private conversation between friends.
Now I’m the butt of every joke and everywhere I turn all eyes are on me.
It’s every shy girl’s nightmare.
Except now the hottest guy on campus wants to be my fake boyfriend.
Six weeks. Just pretend.
I’m a wallflower fake dating Valley U’s hottest player.

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• MY REVIEW •


“He has charm for days and that smile…damn that smile makes me forget my own name.”


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I am obsessed! This series gets more and more addictive with each new book. Just when I thought Gavin and Violet had cemented themselves as my favourite couple from the Campus Wallflowers series, Felix and Dahlia do a sneaky-sneak and steal the throne right from under them!

Amazing. Swoon-worthy. Un-frigging-putdownable. So many adjectives pop into my head when I think about this book and what it evoked out of me. But the one that probably sums it all up best for me is: PERFECT. (Yes, caps needed!)

It’s one of those romance books I wished lasted a little longer. It has world-building I easily pictured in my head and would totally watch on screen if it was ever made into a tv show or movie. It was vivid, constantly evolving, and with a college backdrop I’m lowkey jelly of as my university was never hustling and bustling with as much curricular activities as Valley U. 😅

Jenshak has taken the opposites-attract trope— which, in this case is the popular jock/ shy heroine and the fake dating relationship trope and created a magically delicious narrative. Felix and Dahlia are two fictional characters who I couldn’t fault. I love them to bits! Did they have hiccups, and mishaps, and tons of embarrassing moments between them? Yes. But you know what? It was a rom-com lover’s dream seeing these two interact, and getting insight into their internal monologues. I belly-laughed, I ooh-ed and ahh-ed, and dammit even the waterworks started up. There was a steady build-up to the developing relationship that really amped up the anticipation of their HEA. Although they intended it to be a fake-dating relationship, Felix and Dahlia develop a friendship that’s just as noteworthy and substantial as those already existing in their respective circle of friends.

I am certain this book will end up in my top reads of 2023. It’s well-paced storytelling and told from interchanging POVs. It can be read as a standalone, as is with the other books in the series but I recommend for a fuller reading experience to read in publishing order. Certain secondary characters that make an appearance in this book are already established couples and certain parts would make a lot more sense if you already know their backstory.

I rarely read NA romance books anymore, but this series called to me like a siren song right from the very first premise of the very first book. Now onto this third and I am floating on a cloud. I am all-in with these cool, fun girlfriends, and the charming young men they’re each crushing on.

It’s not hard to see why Dahlia had eyes only for Felix. He is the quintessential popular guy that stands out from the crowd. Not only because of his drool-worthy good looks and athletic prowess, but because of his caring, protective, and outgoing nature that gradually eases Dahlia out of her cocoon.

Dahlia toes the line between shy “nerd” and athlete; being a golfer. But this heroine has plenty more talents, and getting to know her personality was both highly entertaining and heart-warming. She’s thoughtful, down-to-earth, and I found to be such a genuinely relatable character.

I adored the friendships present in this book too. Both Dahlia’s close-knit friendship with her roommates, and from Felix’s banter-fueled friends and teammates. Not that this story needed any more comic-relief with the number of funny scenes included, but the group dynamics definitely added more amusement to the overall reading experience.

It’s an overall feel-good, comfort read that I can (and will) go back to time and time again and never tire of seeing Felix and Dahlia’s adorable relationship evolve.

With storytelling that was effortless to follow, intriguing characters that immediately hooked me in, and copious amounts of college-focused events, this book was buzzing with excitement from start to finish.

If you’re looking for a contemporary college romance, look no more! There’s a good balance of sporting elements, overall school setting, and personal growth. I can’t say enough positive things about this one. The characters are well-developed, the plot well-written and fleshed-out, and the romance department isn’t lacking either. Be prepared for some LOL moments, second-hand embarrassment, and heart-palpitating dialogue.

This book is dedicated to the sporty ones, but I also think it’s for those, like me, who may have been the shy girl in school, the invisible girl, the girl who got teased, the girl who never got chosen for anything, the girl who wasn’t in the “clique”. Because Dahlia gets you. And Daisy, and Violet, and Jane.

Jenshak has a knack for writing unbelievably sweet, light-hearted romances that still deal with real-life struggles that plenty of readers may resonate with. This is book is love, family, and friendship. It’s wholehearted, and filled with positivity and solid pillars of support. Felix, Dahlia, and their story has left an imprint of happiness on me. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thank you Rebecca Jenshak and Valentine PR for the opportunity to read an advance copy!

🔔 Interested in reading Scoring The Player? Grab your copy here: Amazon  |  Apple Books  |  Nook  |  Kobo Coming Soon!

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💐 Campus Wallflowers

Original post from my IG @booksofthemuggleborn
Book One: Tutoring The Player by Rebecca Jenshak
Book Two: Hating The Player by Rebecca Jenshak

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Holiday With The Players (Spin-Off)

Original post from my IG @booksofthemuggleborn
Novella One: Snowed In With The Player by Rebecca Jenshak
Novella Two: Sneaking Around With The Player by Rebecca Jenshak

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Happy reading, guys! Catch you in my next one! Xo

2022 Favourite Reads

Yep, I’m doing another round-up of my favourite reads,. This will be my third year posting and it’s looking like it’ll be a yearly tradition. Wooo!

I had another rollercoaster year. I remember the first few months of 2022 wishing the year would roll by quick, and now that it’s finally time to ring in the new year, I have such a bittersweet feeling because the last two-to-three months elevated the year.

I say this every year because it really is true in my life… reading has and always will be my form of sanctuary and escapism from the daily grind. I’m your stereotypical introvert who prefers books to company. The older I get the more I’ve preferred a cosy night in with a swoon-worthy book, a favourite movie playing in the background, and tons of comfort food, and I don’t really see my preferences changing back to my younger years when I spent over an hour getting ready to go out and dance the night away (although on a rare occasion I might brush off the party dress and put on a friendly smile hehe).

Now! 👏 Are you ready to see the books I ended up loving the most from all the 100+ books I read this year? Even I surprised myself when I went back to compilate this list. 😲

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Here is my compilation of favourite reads of 2022. Ooh man, it was hard! Like last year, I ideally wanted to pluck out one favourite book from each month but damn it was hard! Some months had multiple stellar reads, so I tried had to do a little bit of finessing… *cough* cheating *cough* 😜😁

But I will say this, I have a bunch of different authors in this list, some are new-to-me authors that have quickly been added to my auto-buy authors list. So if you’re wondering if I’d recommend any… HELL YES!

(FYI: organised by romance sub-genre)

So here we go!

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• Contemporary Romance •

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📖 The Words by A. Jade

(Hate-To-Love, Second-Chances, Standalone, Rockstar Romance) *Trigger Warnings*

📖 Last On The List by Amy Daws

(Nanny/ Single Dad, Opposites Attract, Grumpy-Sunshine, Standalone in an Interconnected Series)

📖 Hating The Player by Rebecca Jenshak

(Hate-to-Love, Second Chances, Next-Door Neighbours, College Sports Romance, Standalone in an Interconnected Series)

📖 Shattered And Salvaged Duet by Anna B. Doe
Kiss To Shatter & Kiss To Salvage

(Brother’s Best Friend, Secret Romance, College Sports Romance, New Adult Romance, Standalone in an Interconnected Series) *Trigger Warnings*

Honorary Mention:
📖 Kiss To Belong by Anna B. Doe

(Best Friends-to-Lovers, Secret Crush, Close Proximity, Surprise Pregnancy, College Romance) *Trigger Warnings*

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• MC Romance •

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📖 Keeping The Throne by Nicole James

(MC Romance, Whirlwind Romance, Age-Gap Romance, Standalone in an Interconnected Series) *Trigger Warnings*

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• Mafia Romance •

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📖 Sinners Series by Michelle Heard
Taken By A Sinner (pictured)
Owned By A Sinner
Stolen By A Sinner
Chosen By A Sinner
Captured By A Sinner

(Dark Mafia, Suspense, Arranged Marriage, Enemies-to-Lovers, Hate-To-Love, Age-Gap, Standalones in an Interconnected Series) *Trigger Warnings*

📖 Sins Of The Orchid by Eva Winners

(Age-Gap, Forbidden Romance, Best Friend’s Brother, Suspense, Standalone, Italian Mafia) *Trigger Warnings*

📖 By Fate I Conquer by Cora Reilly

(Enemies-to-Lovers, Close Proximity, Forbidden Romance, Secret Romance, Suspense, Dark Romance, Standalone in an Interconnected Series) *Trigger Warnings*

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• Dark Romance •

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📖 The Devil’s Pawn Duet by Natasha Knight
Devil’s Pawn & Devil’s Redemption

(Dark, Beauty & The Beast Inspired, Suspense, Enemies-to-Lovers, Arranged Marriage, Close Proximity) *Trigger Warnings*

📖 The Rite Trilogy by A. Zavarelli & Natasha Knight
His Rule (pictured)
Her Rebellion
Their Reign

(Dark, Hate-to-Love, Forbidden Romance, Secret Romance, Brother’s Best Friend, Captor/Captive Romance) *Trigger Warnings*

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• Dystopian/ Paranormal Romance •

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📖 Deceitful by C. Reilly

(Paranormal, Sci-Fi, Crime Thriller, Superhuman Abilities, Suspense, Small Town, New Adult Romance, Interconnected Series) *Trigger Warnings*

📖 Cruelest Oblivion Duet by M.A. Heard
Cruelest Oblivion & Sweetest Awareness

(Dystopian Romance, Survival of the Fittest, Suspense, Close Proximity, New Adult Romance) *Trigger Warnings*

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There you have it! 😊 As you can see I’ve added a handful of books not pictured, but they were either part of a series or duet and needed mentioning.

And as usual, if you want to see ALL my reads for the year, check out my Monthly Wrap-Ups with links to my reviews. Just note, I’m lazy lol, and I don’t have reviews up for all them but hopefully my star ratings will be enough.

Check out my December wrap-up that I just posted earlier too! It was my biggest month of reads— hey, what did I tell ya? This year really has ended on a positive.

I hope you’re all enjoying the Christmas/ End of year holidays! My thoughts go out to those who are working over this crazy, hectic time— don’t overwork and make sure you take time for yourself. Hope everyone is staying safe and wishing a beautiful New Year’s Eve/ Day! 😘🎉

Thank you for the support you’ve all given me for my reviews and my book blog in general! I’m in awe of the amazing people I’ve met through this complex bookish community, and the copious amounts of books I’ve discovered over time. I’m truly thankful for the friendships I’ve made, as well as the opportunities I’ve been fortunate enough to be a part of.

Fingers crossed 2023 will be a year of happy bliss, love, good health, and good fortune for us all!

Happy reading, and as always catch you in my next one! Xo

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Kiss To Salvage by Anna B. Doe

⚠ This review contain minor teasers!

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Original post from my IG @booksofthemuggleborn

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• BLURB •

Prescott Wentworth is my brother’s best friend and teammate.

We hate each other.

But we also can’t keep our hands off each other.

The day I met the star wide receiver, he was acting like a grumpy ass, and I was so over big, bulky men messing with my life. He was gorgeous, with wide shoulders, a chiseled jaw hidden behind a week’s worth of scruff, and the meanest glare I’ve seen in my life. So what if he was injured during a game? At least he’s alive, not that he appreciates it.

Now it’s a new school year, but some things never change.

Like the sizzling tension between Prescott and me every time we’re in the same room. But the more we fight, the more I want to shut him up. With my mouth.

Then he sees me on a date with someone else, and something in him snaps.

The deal is simple: it’s just sex, and nobody can ever find out. Especially not my brother.

But then the demons from my past come back to haunt me. The darker they become, the more I need Prescott. And I’m beginning to feel like he needs me too.

NOTE: Kiss To Salvage is book two in Shattered & Salvaged Duet. You need to read Kiss To Shatter in order to understand this book. Shattered & Salvaged Duet contains dark and mature themes appropriate for readers 18+. For the full list of trigger warnings please visit http://www.annabdoe.com/trigger-warnings.

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• MY REVIEW •


“You make me want to be better. Only you.”


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I don’t know how else to describe reading Jade and Prescott’s story other than its therapeutic. It puts you through the wringer but by the end it leaves you feeling emotionally lighter. If there’s one story that fits the meaning of “emotional rollercoaster” to a T, then it’s this one without a doubt. I went from crying, to smiling, and back again with each chapter I’d read. All the push-and-pull and all the ups and downs between them definitely took an emotional, mental, and even physical toll on me, but man, was it worth it.

Doe stepped it up and killed it with this one. It’s another epic addition to the Blairwood University series that I will go back to over and over again. I can’t fault the writing— it’s well-written, well-developed, and totally encompasses you in its world-building. The premise caught my curiosity, the narrative sucked me in, and the characters took hold off me until it was time to part ways.

Not only has Doe written something thought-provoking, inspiring, and truly heartfelt, but she’s brought to life characters who’ve managed to make those who read it a part of their journey. I came away from this book feeling as if Jade and Prescott were real people who I knew and absolutely cared for.

I found this duet to be one of the rare exceptions where both books had solid storytelling from start to finish. It’s rich, vivid, with constantly evolving characters. The dual POVs gave so much insight into both Jade’s and Prescott’s mentality, their emotional state, and most importantly showed how far and how deep they’ve grown as individuals.

It’s well-paced, with tons of twists and turns that had me in suspense for the entirety of the time. I wish I could experience reading their story for the first time again. Jade and Prescott are a pair of all-consuming characters that deserved (and rightly received) my undivided attention. Their stories are full of genuine, relatable experiences, some of which I could completely relate to and sympathise with. These characters are flawed but there’s nothing about them I didn’t love.


“You were there when it mattered. When I was at my lowest, you were there, and you helped me cling to reality. Cling to life.”


This is one of Doe’s best work and reading it, it’s evident how much time and effort, heart and soul she’s put in ensuring Jade and Prescott’s story was a worthy one. And it is. From the grittiness to the fragility, I was blown away by the multitude of layers it contained and how well-balanced all the elements were within. Whilst the intense romance is undoubtedly an element I was gripped by, the entire cast of secondary characters came a close second in elevating Jade and Prescott’s world. The contrast and group dynamics in itself was a powerful presence and helped cast the atmosphere.

One of my favourite reads of the year. It’s the type of contemporary romance read that I effortlessly got invested in. It may fall under the New Adult umbrella but make no mistake these college students are well beyond their years. The friendships are goals just as much as the romantic relationships. It can be read as a standalone but this series is interconnected through its characters, and I highly recommend reading them all. Whilst each book has some form of angst, drama, and personal struggles, this story in particular deals with another level of heaviness and heartbreak. It contains sensitive subject matters that may be triggering or disturbing for some readers to deal with. Please proceed with caution.

As it is a continuous storyline, Kiss To Shatter needs to be read first before starting this one. But all in all, I recommend the hell out of this duet. It’s a reading experience that has surprisingly taught me a lot about self-worth, love, and sacrifice. If you’re in need of a good cry and in the mood to hunker down with a hearty romance story, then add this one to your immediate TBR. It delivers. If I could rate it higher, I would.

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thank you Anna B. Doe for the opportunity to read an advance copy! 💗

🔔 Interested in reading the Shattered and Salvaged Duet? Grab the books here:

Book One | Kiss To Shatter: Universal Link  |  Amazon US  |  Amazon UK  |  Amazon AU  |  Amazon CA
Book Two | Kiss To Salvage: Universal Link  |  Amazon US  |  Amazon UK  |  Amazon AU  |  Amazon CA

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📷 Shattered & Salvaged Duet! 🏈

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Book One: Kiss To Shatter by Anna B. Doe

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🏈🏒 Blairwood University Series🏀

Prequel: Kiss Me First by Anna B. Doe
Book One: Kiss To Conquer by Anna B. Doe
Book Two: Kiss To Forget by Anna B. Doe
Book Three: Kiss To Defy by Anna B. Doe
Book Four: Kiss To Remember by Anna B. Doe
Book Five: Kiss To Belong by Anna B. Doe

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Happy reading, guys! Catch you in my next one! Xo

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Sneaking Around With The Player by Rebecca Jenshak

⚠ This review contains a minor teaser!

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• BLURB •

It was supposed to be a quick conversation with a cute boy at the airport while I dodged my ex and his new girlfriend.
We weren’t supposed to trade numbers.
He wasn’t supposed to be a football player.
And I definitely wasn’t supposed to fall for him since he’s attending a college a thousand miles away.
I saw past his jersey. And he saw past my last name.
Now it’s semester break, and by some Christmas miracle, he’s going to be close. So close.
I want to meet him again, but there’s just one problem.
My older brother can’t, under any circumstances, find out I’m dating his rival.

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• MY REVIEW •


“Talking to you always makes me feel better. You get me. It’s… nice.”


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I seriously could not stop smiling reading Stella and Beau’s story. Whereas Holly’s and Teddy’s little rom-dezvous 😉 in Snowed In With The Player was comforting in all its warm and fuzzy feels, Stella’s and Beau’s was utter giddiness in its unpredictability. I loved the instant chemistry from their meet-cute, all the flirtatiousness, to them just casually getting to know one other. It all felt very organic and genuine that was reminiscent of those romance stories I had read back in my teen years that were simple, but no less swoon-worthy.

It can easily be finished in one sitting, and definitely a perfect novella to get the holiday season underway! For the most part it’s a cheery contemporary romance but with a touch of suspense thrown in. I was invested from start to finish. Although it’s a short story, there was plenty of developments throughout the storyline and with Stella and Beau’s budding relationship. Secondary characters added further dimension and a contrast of dynamics within the group. I thought there a great mixture of elements from the romance, to the friendships, to the families, to the sports the MCs are associated with, all within a youthful, collegiate atmosphere.

You can’t read Sneaking Around With The Player without reading Snowed In With Player. Not only do the stories interconnect through certain events and timelines, but more so, Stella and Holly are twins that have such a strong relationship— not just as sisters, but also as best friends and it’s evident in both of their novellas. Besides the romantic element, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I found Stella’s close-knit family and their collective Christmas spirit so endearing to see. The epitomise the stereotypical loving family who enjoy spending time together and are a constant support system in each other’s lives.

The more books I read by Jenshak the more I get hooked on the fictional world she creates and the characters she brings to life. Her writing is constantly hearty, relatable, and so effortless to get into.

Jenshak has managed to pack a punch in such a short length narrative. It didn’t feel abrupt or lacking in developments whatsoever. It’s well-paced, with subplots simultaneously developing in the background. The dual POVs and inner monologues included added more personality to the MCs, and the vivid backdrop left me in complete wanderlust. Both Stella and Beau are lovable characters that you could easily relate to in one way or another.

Most of Stella’s and Beau’s relationship is developed through long-distance, which is a refreshing change of pace from the romance books I usually read that entails close/ forced proximity between its MCs. They navigate through genuine concerns of distance, conflicting schedules, physical contact, and limited time together, yet their determination is one of the reasons as to why I ended up so invested in seeing where their relationship would lead.

I adored reading this holiday romance and I highly recommend it. It was fun, light-hearted, and uplifting. 😊 If you’re a fan of the Campus Wallflowers series, certain characters from these holiday novellas are from the same world. Stella’s and Beau’s (and Holly’s and Teddy’s) stories are addictive reads and an exciting segue to the next book in the series (which is the twins’ older brother Felix’s story).

If you’re looking for a quick, feel-good romance read with a secret/ forbidden romance trope, add this one to your TBR. It has just the right amount of swoon and anticipation, with an ending that I can hope is only the beginning of their love story. It’d be great if Jenshak revisits these couples again in the future, but either way the Holiday With The Players novellas have HEAs that’ll leave you in happy contentment.

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐½

Thank you Rebecca Jenshak and Valentine PR for the opportunity to read an advance copy! 💙

🔔 Interested in reading Sneaking Around With The Player? Grab your copy here: Amazon  |  Apple Books  |  Nook  |  Kobo  |  Google Play

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Holiday With The Players

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Original post from my IG @booksofthemuggleborn

Book One: Snowed In With The Player by Rebecca Jenshak

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More books by Rebecca Jenshak!

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🌼 Campus Wallflowers

Book One: Tutoring The Player by Rebecca Jenshak
Book Two: Hating The Player by Rebecca Jenshak

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Happy reading, guys! Catch you in my next one! Xo

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Kiss To Shatter by Anna B. Doe

⚠ This review contain minor teasers!

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Original post from my IG @booksofthemuggleborn

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• BLURB •

Prescott Wentworth is my brother’s best friend and teammate. We hate each other. But we also can’t keep our hands off each other.

The day I met the star wide receiver, he was acting like a grumpy ass, and I was so over big, bulky men messing with my life. He was gorgeous, with wide shoulders, a chiseled jaw hidden behind a week’s worth of scruff, and the meanest glare I’ve seen in my life. So what if he was injured during a game? At least he’s alive, not that he appreciates it.

Now it’s a new school year, but some things never change.

Like the sizzling tension between Prescott and me every time we’re in the same room. But the more we fight, the more I want to shut him up. With my mouth.

Then he sees me on a date with someone else, and something in him snaps.

The deal is simple: it’s just sex, and nobody can ever find out. Especially not my brother.

But then the demons from my past come back to haunt me. The darker they become, the more I need Prescott. And I’m beginning to feel like he needs me too.

Author’s Note: Although not a dark romance, this duet contains DARK THEMES! You can find the full list of trigger warnings (which can contain spoilers) on my webpage: https://www.annabdoe.com/trigger-warnings

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• MY REVIEW •


“I inhale her sweet scent—lavender mixed with sun and grass from hours spent on the field. She smells like home.”


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Kiss To Shatter is a siren song. I need more. Jade and Prescott are two characters I had always thought would only play minor roles; secondary characters who helped create the world-building centring around a group of friends navigating through college, but after reading this book my mind is completely reeling at the fact that it was so not the case. Jade and Prescott’s personal stories are gritty, complex, and just as (if not more) thought-provoking as some of the previous books in Blairwood University.

There’s a lot to unpack with this first half of the duet, but it was attention-grabbing from start to finish that I’m now eagerly anticipating the next book. There’s a sweet balance between darkness and lightness within this story that kept me engaged. It could easily have been a heavy-set melancholic narrative but Doe carried comic relief amongst the cast of characters, witty banter, as well as uplifting moments all throughout.

It’s well-paced storytelling with dual POVs that heightened the MCs thought process and emotions, and incorporated internal monologue. I recommend readers interested in starting this duet to first look into the trigger warnings as Jade and Prescott’s story deals with a handful of sensitive subject matters.

As someone who has gone through a similar experience as Prescott, I found myself instantaneously connecting with his character and sympathising with his dilemma despite his prickly persona. Jade faces a completely different set of hurdles but they’re just as real life, genuine matters that plenty of people can relate to. Although I found her reckless personality a little frustrating at times, the reasoning behind her behaviour is understandable. They bring about an emotional journey that’s full of unpredictability and impulsive choices that set the course of their evolving relationship.


“That’s what we are. Completely destructive, but unable to stay away from one another.”


Jade and Prescott both have strong personalities that have a way of clashing yet meshing together at the same time. It’s a hate-to-love trope that builds in anticipation and leaves you pining for more.

It’s a hearty, character-driven storyline filled with angst and drama. It can be read as a standalone but I strongly recommend you start from the beginning of the series as characters and relationships are interconnected, and the world-building is extensive. It’s a New Adult/ College backdrop that easily toes the line into Adult Romance with the seriousness and mature themes included.

I loved it. It’s another gripping addition to Blairwood University. Each book in this series has consistently been a winning read. Doe’s writing is mighty, complex, and well-developed. The storylines always reflect real-life matters and contain striking characters that tend to leave lasting impressions. The group dynamics in this series is something I’ve come to look forward to seeing other than the MCs developing romance as there’s a genuine sense of friendship and support system. Kiss To Shatter is a quality contemporary romance that I’m happily recommending to fellow romance readers. It’s the type of read you can really hunker down and get lost in. I can’t wait for Kiss To Salvage!

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐½

Thank you Anna B. Doe for the opportunity to read an advance copy! 💗

🔔 Interested in reading Kiss To Shatter? Grab your copy here: Universal Link  |  Amazon US  |  Amazon UK  |  Amazon AU  |  Amazon CA

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🏈🏒 Blairwood University Series ⛸🏀

Prequel: Kiss Me First by Anna B. Doe
Book One: Kiss To Conquer by Anna B. Doe
Book Two: Kiss To Forget by Anna B. Doe
Book Three: Kiss To Defy by Anna B. Doe
Book Four: Kiss To Remember by Anna B. Doe
Book Five: Kiss To Belong by Anna B. Doe

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Hating The Player by Rebecca Jenshak

⚠ This review contains a minor teaser!

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• BLURB •

Gavin Leonard is the worst.
He lives in the best party house off campus at Valley U, overrun by jocks galore.
I live next door, watching Jane Austen adaptations with my sketchbook in hand.
He stays on his side of the fence.
I stay on mine.
Now we’re accidentally on a camping trip together, but there’s only one tent left.

Gavin Leonard is the worst.
And he’s the last guy who broke my heart.

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• MY REVIEW •


“It scares me how easy it is to be with him again. Hating him was simpler.”


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When you combine a next-door neighbours, hate-to-love romance trope with a sports, college backdrop that’s full of emotion and dimension in a well-executed narrative, you have yourself Hating The Player! This is the second book in the Campus Wallflowers series and also my second book by Jenshak, and it’s a complete slam dunk! 🏀

I got addicted to this read real fast! The entertaining banter, the sizzling tension, and needing to know their backstory had built up the excitement in seeing their relationship blossom… and it did not disappoint!

This book can be read as a standalone but I recommend you start from the beginning of the series with Tutoring The Player to get the full introduction of the world-building, the friends, links amongst certain characters, and the overall dynamic of the groups.

My all-time favourite romance tropes are unquestionably enemies-to-lovers/ hate-to-love, and Jenshak has incorporated this theme into an overall light-hearted atmosphere. There’s a lot of angsty moments and remorse involved that could easily have given this a more heart-breaking tone, but the friendships played a big role in adding comic relief, moral support, and general positive vibes. Although it’s essentially a New Adult romance, it also inspires genuine hope and forgiveness cementing Gavin and Violet’s journey as one of second chances and fresh beginnings. It’s such an engaging read! 😊

The handful of elements included are well-balanced, having the romance, friendships, school and sports-related aspects all throughout kept the story constantly developing. Gavin and Violet are complete opposites and as they gradually evolve from friends to lovers, you see how their differences worked for and against their budding relationship.

Don’t let the jock status fool you, because Gavin is one swoon-worthy cinnamon roll! He’s more than meets the eye and once you discover his story, you’ll know just how complex his life really is. Violet is one tough heroine, and I applaud her for sticking to her guns, yet also knowing when to take a leap of faith. These two are such a sweet pairing and their story have set the bar for the rest of the series.

Besides the growing romantic relationship, these characters deal with relatable real-life matters that I easily connected and could sympathize with. Familial drama, stresses with juggling school and personal life, on top of which having to delve deep into future goals.

Whilst I had some mixed feelings about the first book, this one however has me eager to continue with the series. The world-building has considerably expanded from book one to book two with existing secondary characters having more presence, as well as the introductory of new characters that will most likely appear in future books.

This was definitely my type of contemporary romance read. The premise caught my eye and the story itself delivered! Jenshak’s writing is effortless to follow and pulls you in immediately. Gavin, Violet, and the rest of the crew are diverse personalities, without a doubt give-off authentic college student vibes, and are all likable, intriguing characters. It’s told from dual POVs, and gives you insight into both protagonists’ inner dialogue. This book is smile-inducing, and with the added bonus epilogue Gavin and Violet come full circle.

I loved it and think it’s a must-read for fans of NA contemporary romance. It has a comfort-read quality about it and I, for one know it’ll be a book I’ll reread again and again.

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐½

Thank you Rebecca Jenshak and Valentine PR for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! 💜

🔔 Interested in reading Hating The Player? Grab your copy here: Amazon  |  Apple Books  |  Nook  |  Kobo  |  Google Play

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💐 Campus Wallflowers Series!

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Book One: Tutoring The Player by Rebecca Jenshak

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Tutoring The Player by Rebecca Jenshak

⚠ This review contains a minor teaser!

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• BLURB •

A sexy opposites attract standalone novel from USA Today bestselling author Rebecca Jenshak.

I have a type.
I love the good guy.
Responsible and stable. Safe.
So when a beer-drinking, quick-witted, tattooed hockey player asks me to tutor him, I’m suddenly thrust into the world of bad boys and bad decisions.
Jordan is a renowned player on campus.
He doesn’t take anything seriously, except hockey and partying.
But he gives me butterflies.

I’m a wallflower tutoring Valley University’s hottest player.

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• MY REVIEW •


“I wonder, what would it take for a campus wallflower to climb the fence and be seen?”


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My very first Jenshak! 😊 Tutoring The Player was cute as hell and a complete smile-inducing college romance! I knew I was going to like this one the second I read the dedication: “For all the quiet girls. I hear you.”

As a fellow shy, introverted chick, I resonated with the “wallflowers” in this story. Although it’s your stereotypical opposites-attract, nerd/jock romance storyline, I still think Jenshak has managed to put her own little magic into it. It may be a romance trope that has been done countless times before but this is good example as to why it’s still such a favourable romance type.

With its relatively fast-paced storytelling and dual perspectives, I thought Jenshak’s writing was effortless to follow, with the main characters immediately grabbing my attention. I love cosy, feel-good chick-flicks and rom-coms, and I think the vivid world-building and the cast of characters within are made for the screen. If the books to follow are just as entertaining with swoon-worthy couples and easy-going friendships, then yeah this series definitely needs a movie franchise or tv show! 🙏

I guess you can say Daisy is your quintessential bookish nerd who’s fascinated by the popular jocks and party-goers alike constantly rocking up next door— in particular Liam; hockey captain, all-around nice guy, and fellow classmate. What Daisy didn’t see coming was Liam’s good friend Jordan; a fellow hockey player, hardcore partier, and college playboy taking an interest in her.

The more these protagonists interact and their two worlds began to meld together, the further the plot thickens and emotions get entangled. Although it’s a light-hearted read, there’s moments of angst and drama that keeps you glued to the pages to see where it’ll all lead to.

Not going to lie, there were parts of this book I was of two minds about. There were some developments I found fairly predictable, some that I wasn’t completely sold on, and developments towards the end that I felt were a little abrupt. But looking at the bigger picture, I still found Daisy and Jordan to be likable individuals and their budding relationship adorable.

Whilst it’s not a perfect read, I do think this book will do its job at grabbing readers’ attention. It has great bones and the potential to become an exceptional college sports romance series. This story introduced a solid cast of characters that I wanted to know more about. It had a nice balance of romance to its sports counterpart set in a college campus backdrop. I liked how Jenshak has managed to feature a variety of athletes and students all of whom having different interests and studies. It has a genuine hustle and bustle of a campus setting that gave this story added dimension and realism. With close-knit comradery, secret crushes, and anxiety that comes with college life, it gave me such nostalgia! 🤭

I was in-between reads when I gave this one a try and found it to be a bit of a mood-booster. I’m curious to see how the rest of the series goes and which set of characters’ stories are up next. Add this one to your TBR if you like college romances and looking for your next casual read. It has a sweet HEA that’ll leave you happy sighing.

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐¾

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💐 More Campus Wallflowers

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Book Two: Hating The Player by Rebecca Jenshak

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🏒 Sports Romance Reads! 🏈⚽

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Off-Campus Book One: The Deal by Elle Kennedy
Blairwood University Prequel: Kiss Me First by Anna B. Doe
Harris Brothers Standalone: Blindsided by Amy Daws
Hellfire Club Book One: Wicked Idol by Becker Gray
Black Mountain Academy Standalone: Pretty When She Cries by A. Zavarelli
Standalone: Till It Hurts by Cora Brent

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Only Work, No Play by Cora Reilly

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• BLURB •

After two years of taking care of her heartbroken father, Evie needs a new start. Leaving the States and following her sister to Australia to work as the personal assistant of rugby star Xavier – The Beast – Stevens seems like the right kind of distraction.

Tall, muscled and devilishly handsome, Xavier is the lov’ em and leav’ em kind of guy. He never forgets a girl’s name because he never bothers to remember it in the first place.

Evie soon realizes that being Xavier’s assistant is a 24/7 job; the man seems unwilling to even set an alarm for himself.

As she watches him move from one woman to the next, Evie is glad that her heart is safe from his attention. After all, she’s a far cry from the size zero models he usually takes to his bed.

But soon being around Xavier doesn’t feel like a job, and seeing him walk around his apartment half naked all the time isn’t helping either. Evie knows that giving in to her attraction will lead to heartbreak, but when Xavier starts treating her as more than just his assistant, resisting his charms seems like an impossible task.

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• MY REVIEW •

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What a charming read. I laughed a few times and had a few lip-trembling-teary-eyed moments too from a few scenes of the book. It’s was a nice quick sports romance that you could easily devour in a day or read in-between books.

Oh man, I think I’m so used to the darker side of contemporary romances that I’m actually thinking this book was a pretty tame read in comparison. Haha. Although definitely not YA (there are lots of mature sexual content/ scenes intended for readers 18+ only)!

In my opinion the pace was a little on the slower side but didn’t drag on. I know this is the first book in the series so I’m hoping the world-building will grow more-so in the following book. I would’ve liked more of the “sports” aspect in this sports romance… a game or two, or maybe more interaction with the team..? 🤔

I was imagining Xavier to be more “bloke-y”, a little more rough around the edges— especially for a rugby player. He’s not the most charming of heroes and he does a lot of questionable things throughout that makes you think if he’s a worthy hero. But despite all that, it didn’t exactly stop me from liking him as character overall (even if he is a player). 😬🙈 But I saw some redeemable qualities in him. The way he cared for Evie and the things he says to her to snap her out of her insecurities… *cue in 3,2,1… SWOOOOOOON!*

I found Evie to be such a relatively relatable character. We have similar personality traits that I actually found myself connecting with her instantly. I liked that Evie has the ability to be strong when she needs to be but also has a vulnerable, insecure side to her that makes her a down-to-earth genuine person. In my opinion, Cora’s a pro at creating characters who grow throughout the book (or series).

The build-up to Evie and Xavier getting together had my stomach fluttering the entire time. Buuuuut… I felt after 2/3 of the way events that transpired left me a little underwhelmed. I was waiting for something big and angsty to happen before I reached the ending but it never really happened (again, after having read darker romance, this felt soo… hmm… mild haha).

There’s certain side characters who I absolutely adore (and secretly hoping would be in future books), and then there’s certain characters that had me 🙄🙄 and almost wanting to scream “shut up! shut up! shut up!” lol —sorry for the vagueness but no spoilers here. 🤐

I thought it was a refreshing change of pace from Cora, and all in all, I enjoyed reading Only Work, No Play. Yes, it’s nothing like Cora’s mafia romance books but I liked that it was a lighter contemporary romance. A few issues here and there with how the story developed but it didn’t diminish Cora’s writing style. Whether it’d be dark or contemporary romance, it’s effortless to follow, the atmosphere in place, and the characters are intriguing to get to know.

If you like reading contemporary sports romance stories with alpha-hole heroes, then you might want to give this one a try!

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐¾

📎 Please Note: Only Work, No Play was released back in February 2019 when this review was posted. It was originally only posted on my Goodreads page but have now included it here on my blog.

Thank you Cora Reilly and Emily Alice for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! 💙

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More Contemporary Romance from Cora Reilly!

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Not Meant To Be Broken by Cora Reilly


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2021 Favourite Reads

Guess who’s back with another favourite reads post!?

Yep. Last year I posted a round-up of my favourite reads, and this year I decided to do it again! Could it be the start of a new tradition… Who knows? 😊

Ha! I thought 2020 was a tough year to get through. Sheesh. If I knew how sucky 2021 ended up being, I wouldn’t welcomed it with open arms. Lol.

But like I said last year and every year I’ve been reading… it’s always been my form of sanctuary and escapism. I’m your stereotypical introvert who prefers books to company. Who prefers a cozy night in with a swoon-worthy book and comfort food over late-night partying with outfits that’s all-too binding, uncomfortable shoes, and the stench of sweat in the air. 😅

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This year, I’ve compiled my top 12 favourite reads of the year. Ideally, I wanted one favourite book from every month but… some months had doubly amazing reads, whilst others had mediocre ones not completely worthy of this list.

Even though I had a few reading slumps along the way (nothing new), after compiling my top reads, I realized that the majority of the books were from new-to-me-authors, so despite a few hiccups along the road, this year introduced me to some incredible authors who’ve quickly become auto-buy authors!

So here we go!

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• Contemporary Romance •

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📖 Kiss Me First by Anna B. Doe

(Small Town, Coming of Age, Sweet New Adult Romance)

📖 Kiss To Remember by Anna B. Doe

(Second-Chance, Sports Romance, Love Triangle, New Adult Romance)

📖 The Hate Love Duet by Lauren Rowe

(Hate-to-Love, Rockstar, New Adult Romance)

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*Not Pictured* (Honorable Mention):
📚 The Reed Rivers Trilogy by Lauren Rowe

(Age-Gap Romance, Friends-with-Benefits, Workplace Romance)

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📖 Brutal Blueblood by Becker Gray

(New Adult, Enemies-to-Lovers, Bully Romance, Academia Setting)

📖 Sweet Devil by Becker Gray

(New Adult, Hate-to-Love, Secret Crush, Academia Setting)

📖 Till It Hurts by Cora Brent

(Second-Chance Romance, First Love, Fake Relationship Trope)

📖 Lessons In Sin by Pam Godwin

(Taboo Romance, Forbidden, Secret Romance, Age-Gap, Academia Setting)

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• MC Romance •

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*Not Pictured* (Honorable Mentions):
📖 Saint by Nicole James

(MC Romance, Suspense, Marriage of Convenience, Age-Gap Romance)

📖 Climbing The Ranks by Nicole James

(MC Romance, Suspense, Whirlwind Romance) *Trigger Warnings*

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• Mafia Romance •

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📖 With This Ring by Natasha Knight

(Dark Mafia, Suspense, Arranged Marriage, Enemies-to-Lovers)

📖 Kiss Of Death Duet by L.P. Lovell

(Suspense, Enemies-to-Lovers, Forbidden Romance, Russian Assassins/ Italian Mob)

📖 Tears of Salvation by Michelle Heard

(Enemies-to-Lovers, Suspense, Dark Romance) *Trigger Warnings*

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*Not Pictured* (Honorable Mention):
📚 The Saints Series by Michelle Heart

(Suspense, Marriage of Convenience, Arranged Marriage, Opposites Attract, Assassins, Dark Romance) *Trigger Warnings*

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📖 A Vow Of Lust & Fury by L.P. Lovell

(Dark Romance, Arranged Marriage, Age-Gap Romance, Enemies-to-Lovers) *Trigger Warnings*

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• Dark Romance •

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📖 Secret Beast by Amelia Wilde

(Beauty & The Beast Retelling, Suspense, Enemies-to-Lovers, Forbidden Romance, Captor/Captive Romance)

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Annnnnd… there you have it! Yes, I snuck in a few books that technically did not make it to my top 12 list but came a very close (hence the mentions)!

Like last year, if you want to see all my reads for the year, check out my Monthly Wrap-Ups. I posted my December one earlier and I wanna say I have reviews up for all the books I read this year… but sadly there’s some still waiting to be written. Sigh. But links are up for those available.

I hope you all had a relaxing Christmas (if you celebrate), and now enjoying the holidays (hopefully you have holidays)! I sincerely wish everyone a safe yet happy New Year’s Eve/ Day! 🎉

Thank you for the support you’ve all given me for my reviews and my book blog in general! I’m in awe of the amazing people I’ve met through this bookish community and the copious amounts of books I’ve discovered over time. I’m truly thankful for the friendships I’ve made. As well as the opportunities I’m fortunate enough to be a part of.

I truly hope 2021 will be a year of nothing but happiness, love, good health, and good fortune for us all!

Happy reading, and as always catch you in my next one! Xo

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