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Fall In Love With These Spicy New Romance Releases

It’s a new week, so that means some new reads to add to your TBR, and these romance novels are just what your bookshelf needs. Each novel has its own flare and unique story that will leave you wanting more. 

 

The Honey Don’t List by Christina Lauren

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The Honey Don’t List follows Carey and James. Carey has been working with remodeling and design couple, the Tripps, for almost a decade, and she’s played a part in helping them build their empire. Now, the Tripps are about to have their own T.V. show and they have a book being released soon. The only problem is how much they can’t stand each other, so Carey has to go on tour with the Tripps to keep them from killing each other. Along with James, who thought he was hired to be an engineer, helping Carey keep the Tripps together. Neither one of them can afford to quit so they play along, and keep the Tripps’ secrets. However, soon playing along starts getting in the way of the feelings Carey and James have for each other.

 

Last Couple Standing by Matthew Norman

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Last Couple Standing tells the story of Jessica and Mitch Butler who are a part of a big group of friends known as the Core Four. With four men, women, and couples. They have done everything in unison, marriages, kids, and now divorces. The Butlers don’t want to be a part of the divorce that has taken over their friends, so they try to think of a way to save their marriage. The main thing that ended their friends marriages is sex, so Jessica and Mitch come up with a radical idea, with terms and conditions of course. They set out to break the rules and they believe they have made the greatest breakthrough, however along the way it begins to feel like a big mistake. The journey is sexy, messy and eye opening, but doing all of this could lead to them finding out what truly matters. 

 

Yours in Scandal by Lauren Layne

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Yours in Scandal tell the story of the youngest Mayor in New York, Robert Davenport, who has set his sights on becoming Governor. However, the current governor has a perfect reputation, except for his daughter who is a bit of a wild child. Revealing the governor’s daughter’s past could just be what Robert needs to win. Unfortunately, Adeline, the governor’s daughter, is now the most exclusive event planner in New York, and her past is in the past. That doesn’t stop Robert from asking her to organize a party for him, and Adeline just can’t resist his charm, despite the fact that he’s her father’s opponent. As they work together to plan his party, Robert begins to fall for Adeline, and he has to choose between his campaign or Adeline.

 

 

Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams

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Undercover Bromance follows Liv Papandres, who has been blackballed in the restaurant industry after confronting her boss for harassing the hostess. This job was her dream job, a sous chef at Nashville’s hottest restaurant, and now that no one will hire her, so she has no choice but to enlist the help of Braden Mack. Braden is a nightclub entrepreneur, and since Liv is suspicious of his true motives, he gets his book club friends, the Bromance Book Club, to help.  Their novel of the month is helping them get their revenge on Liv’s ex boss, but Braden’s bros are also helping him figure out how to get to Liv’s heart, despite how much Liv loathes Braden. 

 

 

Moment of Truth by Kasie West

 

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Moment of Truth tells the story of swimming star Hadley Moore, who isn’t amused when someone dressed as Heath Hall, Hollywood’s latest action hero, shows up at her swim meet. Now, Hadley is determined to make sure this masked person doesn’t bother her again, and as she researches possibilities of who this masked man could be, like her ex-boyfriend, or her BFF’s crush, she begins to get caught up in this mystery. As she falls down the rabbit hole, Hadley begins to learn things about herself that she had considered hidden, like how she resents how much her brother’s death is still looming over her family. Also, how she isn’t as happy as she pretends to be. The worst part, she’s falling for someone she never thought she would like.

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Journal Your Way Through Quarantine with these 7 Guided Journals

If you need another activity to occupy yourself while in quarantine, why not try journaling? To keep things interesting, try one of these seven guided journals with different prompts to get your creative and reflective juices flowing!

 

1. 642 Tiny Things to Draw by Chronicle Books LLC

From the creators of 642 Things to Draw, check out 642 Tiny Things to Draw to awaken your inner illustrator! If you want to use this quarantine to try your hand at drawing and buff up your artistic skills, then this is the perfect journal for you. With 642 clever drawing prompts, you will never run out of ideas of what to draw and create. Let your imagination run wild with this journal!

 

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2. 52 Lists for Happiness: Weekly Journaling Inspiration for Positivity, Balance, and Joy by Moorea Seal

If you’re someone who needs to make lists in order to function, then try out 52 Lists for Happiness to bring the positive vibes during this time of quarantine. The perfect tool for list lovers, this journal will help you to reflect and bring balance to your life in these uncertain times. With fifty-two list prompts, this journal will have you discovering your own unique happiness while adjusting to this new normal.

 

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3. Breathe Self-Care Journal by Breathe Magazine

Quarantine is the perfect time to cultivate a self-care routine and Breathe Self-Care Journal is the perfect way to get started! With a collection of Breathe articles and easy, reflective exercises, this journal will help you slow down, cultivate new rituals, and craft a better state of mind. You’ll come out of this quarantine with a new outlook on self-care!

 

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4. A.M. + P.M Guided Journal by Lady Jayne

If you want to start and end your day with a little reflection, then check out A.M. + P.M. Guided Journal. This guided journal features four alternating spread designs with different prompts and exercises to help you write and reflect. This is the perfect way to start journaling during this quarantine!

 

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5. One Question a Day for You and Me: Daily Reflections for Couples: A Three-Year Journal by Aimee Chase

If you are currently quarantined with your partner, then now is the perfect time for both of you to start One Question a Day for You and Me: Daily Reflections for Couples. By answering the same questions every day for three years, you can watch as your relationship evolves right before your own eyes. This is a great way to strengthen your relationship between you and your partner and a beautiful keepsake to look back on one day when life goes back to normal!

 

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6. A Daily Dose of Gratitude Journal by Peter Pauper Press, Incorporated

Now, more than ever, is the perfect time to practice a little gratitude. A Daily Dose of Gratitude Journal will help you recognize the little things you have to be grateful for each and every day, even in the middle of a global pandemic. With uplifting quotes throughout, this journal will help you to stay positive and be grateful during this uncertain time.

 

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7. My Bucket List Journal by Peter Pauper Press, Incorporated

Now is the perfect time to get started on your bucket list! My Bucket List Journal has a main section dedicated to trips and experiences and a smaller section devoted to books, movies, things to learn, and more! While in quarantine, start checking off those movies you always wanted to watch and those books you wanted to read, while you begin to plan your bucket list trips and experiences for once we can come out of quarantine!

 

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WATCH: ‘Game of Thrones’ Star Iwan Rheon Reads for Kraken Rum

Enjoy story time with the Game of Thrones star Iwan Rheon, who played the evil Ramsay Bolton on the hit HBO show, reading the famous classic 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne. This is a new weekly YouTube series by the maker of the spirit Kraken Rum.

 

Other celebrities, such as Mark Strong and Carl Barat from The Libertines have also read nautical-themed stories. Other stories have featured in the series, the most fitting tale of those being “The Kraken” by Alfred Lord Tennyson has been read, which is very on-brand for The Kraken Rum!

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Rheon’s reading of Verne’s classic is the third installment in the series, with more to come!

 

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5 Movies for Quarantine Based on Books

Finding yourself in front of the TV a lot these days?  If you can’t think of what to watch next, here are some bookish suggestions for every member of the family.  These titles are classics; heard, watched, and referenced so many times that I bet you didn’t know they were originally based on books!  So after you watch them again, read up!

 

  1. Mrs. Doubtfire

It is impossible to forget Robin Williams in this family favorite. However, six years before Mrs. Doubtfire hit the big screen in 1993, teens in the UK were reading Anne Fine’s 1987 novel Madame DoubtfireFine’s story about a crossdressing nanny working for a family with divorced parents was well received.  In fact, within a year of publication Madame Doubtfire was shortlisted for a number of awards, including the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, the Observer Teenage Fiction Prize, and the Whitbread Children’s Book Award.

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  1. Forrest Gump

This feel-good favorite starring Tom Hanks was originally adapted from Winston Groom’s novel of the same name.  Simple and truthful, Winston’s Gump who “can’t think things no good” was beautifully played by Hanks eight years later in the Academy Award winning film.  The 228-page novel was not fully covered in the movie, and if you don’t read the book you’ll miss out on Gump’s NASA career, his brief stint with island-dwelling cannibals, and a companion orangutan named Sue.  The movie “took some rough edges off,” admits Winston, but both are spectacular works.

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  1. Eyes Wide Shut

Starring real-life couple at the time Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, this risqué fantasy film may be better viewed after the kids go to sleep.  Eyes Wide Shut was Stanley Kubrick’s last film, thematically inspired by Austrian writer Arthur Schnitzler’s Novella Traumnovelle or Dream Story. Fun fact, all of Stanley Kubrick’s films after Lolita are literary adaptations!

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  1. The Shawshank Redemption

This Academy Award nominee was based on a Stephen King novella entitled “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption” from his 1982 collection Different Seasons. King’s story is entirely narrated by the character Red, who would later be played by the one and only Morgan Freeman. If you’ve forgotten the plot, here’s a refresher (*spoiler alert*). Banker Andy Dufresne has been wrongly convicted for the murder of his wife and her lover, and sentenced to a double life sentence at Shawshank State Penitentiary.  Former geologist, Andy uses rock hammer over the next 28 years to dig a tunnel out of his cell wall and escape!

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  1. Shrek

Enough drama, Shrek is our last cinematic masterpiece on the list.  We are so grateful to author William Stieg for bringing us this family favorite story from his 1990 children’s book.  The movie helped establish DreamWorks as a prime competitor to Disney and Pixar in 2001, but it was indeed Stieg who taught us all our greatest childhood lesson: ogres are like onions, ogres have layers.

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