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Saturday, December 5, 2015

Bubbles and Books Subscription Box Review and Giveaway

I was really excited to get this Bubbles and Books Box when we were offered the chance to review it, because I had never seen anything like this before. While book boxes are all the rage right now, this is the first that I have seen to offer bath products as well. Who doesn't love to pamper themselves a bit and also get some great new books? I have always been a sucker for yummy smelling soaps, so the fact that I can combine that with my love for books was something that grabbed my attention right away. I think that these boxes are actually a really great value for the money as well. Not only is shipping included (within the US), but the books are full size novels as are the bars of soap. These bars of handcrafted soap as well as the indie books can get quite expensive when purchased on their own, so to get them in this reasonably priced box was something I thought was a really good deal!

Unlike some of the other book boxes available, the books I received were unsigned. While this isn't a problem for me, I feel like potential subscribers should know that upfront so they aren't expecting signed books. These are indie published books with beautiful covers, and any paranormal romance reader will enjoy getting these novels for their shelves.

I wish you could smell this box! When I first opened the box, I couldn't believe how good everything smelled! I immediately wanted to go take a shower or bath and get into these amazing smelling products. Not only did they smell great, but they are so pretty.

I will say that the only thing that was a bit of a drawback for me was the genre of the books. While I do like paranormal romance, I read mostly contemporary and new adult romance books. I am excited to be introduced to some new authors and books that I might not have heard of, but I would love it if the boxes came with a mix of sub-categories within the romance genre, or that Bubbles and Books offered boxes based on your preferred genre.
Bubbles and Books is a subscription book box that also gives subscribers handcrafted soaps each month. They currently have two options for subscribers to choose from, the first option is The Luxe Box. This is one book and one Soap and runs $19.95 per month. The second option is The Shifters Do It Better Box, and contains two novels and two soaps for $34.95 per month. Shipping in the US is free. Once you sign up for a subscription, your box will auto-renew every month until you cancel. So there is no need to try and remember to secure your box each month. Right now Bubbles and Books only offer paranormal (shifter) romance novels in their boxes. The soaps included in the boxes are handcrafted, small batch artisan soaps and aren't ones you will find in stores. These boxes make great gifts for your paranormal romance loving friends, or if you want to treat yourself a little each month.

November Shifters Do It Better Box

Included in my Shifters Do It Better Box: Awakened by Senna Tate (unsigned), Dragon's Melody by Ophelia Bell (unsigned), Black Raspberry Vanilla Soap from Rock Bottom Soap Co., Pear Vanilla Soap from Bee Butter, Pumpkin Pie Soap from Melen Soap Shop, Sleeping Dragons bookmark with dragon charm from Ophelia Bell, Hidden Gems Romance bookmark, cards with information on each of the soap companies and their products, business card from Bubbles and Books letting you know who prepared your box and where to follow them, Samples of Goat Milk Soap, Sweet Love Soap and Black Soap from Melen Soap Shop, and Samples of Sweet Pea Soap and Pear Vanilla Lotion from Bee Butter.   

Awakened by Senna Tate 

Gemma Fellings a recently canned school teacher, is looking for a fresh start. She’s never allowed herself to have friends, relationships, or even fun. Carson Sanchez has an abundance of friends, but he’s plagued by the skeletons in his closet and no one can help him escape his past.

A chance encounter leaves them both fantasizing, but they never even exchanged names!

When Gemma’s new friend – Carson’s sister – goes missing, the two find themselves thrust together again. It can’t be a coincidence, can it?

The strange happenings in town are much bigger than Gemma or Carson imagined and they’ll need to use their connection to each other to harness new paranormal abilities in order to save the ones they love.

Purchase: | Amazon | Kindle | B&N | Book Depository |

Dragon's Melody by Ophelia Bell 

All or nothing.

It was supposed to be a simple job transfer interview, but it was far from simple. After the most mind-blowing ‘interview’ of Melody’s life, she signs a contract with a gorgeous man named Skye, who she believes is much more than he seems. The trouble is, Skye's assistant Garen is every bit as enticing as his boss. Garen is just as inhumanly gorgeous and just as hungry for what Melody has to offer.

But the entire endeavor goes south when she finds herself falling for both elusive men and their otherworldly charms. Melody never considered the possibility of love. She rejected romance for most of her life, because love was her enemy. Love left her mother wanting and left Melody nothing but loneliness for two decades.

The realization that she has to choose between them sends her running scared. She refuses to choose, but the only other option is to refuse and risk even worse heartbreak. Will she follow her heart or lose it all?

Garen and Skye follow, too consumed by love to do anything but compromise for Melody's sake. In the arms of them both, she makes her choice—the choice Fate intended all along.

Purchase: | Amazon | Kindle | B&N | Book Depository |

Black Raspberry Vanilla Soap from Rock Bottom Soap Co.

Purchase: Rock Bottom Soap Co. |

Pear Vanilla Soap from Bee Butter

Purchase: | Bee Butter Soap |

Pumpkin Pie Soap from Melen Soap Shop

Purchase: | Melen Soap Shop | 

So what do you think of my November Bubbles and Books Box? Want to try one for yourself? Bubbles and Books has offered our readers the chance to win a box exactly like this one! If you are wanting to try this box out, make sure that you enter the rafflecopter below for your chance to win!

Don't want to leave it up to chance? Bubbles and Books has offered the RFTC readers a special discount. To get 25% off your first subscription box, just make sure to enter this promo code: RAMBLINGS25 Just be sure to hurry as this code is only good through 1/19/16.

Check out what's up for grabs.

Up For Grabs:
  • 1 Bubbles and Book November Box

To Enter:
  • What do you think about book subscription boxes? Love em' or are they not for you?
  • Please fill out the Rafflecopter form.

Good Luck!

Special thanks to Books and Bubbles for sponsoring this giveaway.
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  1. I know about 'fruit of the month', but I'd not heard of this particular type of box of the month!

  2. I heard of them, but am reluctant to spend money on books sight unseen. I'm really only a contemporary reader at this point in time, with a few favorite historical authors thrown in

  3. I have been looking at them and think it's a great idea and I would love to be able to afford to get them. Thank you for this giveaway.

  4. I love em and the idea of them. I've not had one before. This one is really awesome. Thanks for the chance

  5. I've never tried them, but it looks pretty interesting!

  6. I'm looking forward to trying this subscription

  7. I like subscription boxes for bath/beauty products because it's fun to try new things. I'm a little more hesitant with book box subs because I may not enjoy some of the books. I got a little bored with some old book club subs for that reason.

  8. They look good, but I've never these!

  9. They look lovely but I'd probably not subscribe. I'm very picky when it comes to my books and since I have a TBR mountain range around my home, I can't add books that I might not read. But I'd definitely take the soaps! Thanks for sharing!

  10. They look awesome!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  11. I have not tried a book subscription box because I'd be worried I'm not interested in the book. This one would be good for me as I love PNR :) AND the soaps seem like fun to try.

  12. I think it's an interesting idea, but I'm not sure they would generally work for me.

  13. I think it's a great idea but I don't think it would be for me because I'm a picky reader.

  14. I think it's a great idea, that way you can find new books that you might not know about it.

  15. I think they're a great idea... And definitely a great way to discover new authors. Like you, I'm surprised the books wouldn't be signed though :/

  16. I never knew they had these kind of subscription boxes. Sounds interesting. Thanks for the awesome giveaway chance
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  17. I never knew they had these kind of subscription boxes. Sounds interesting. Thanks for the awesome giveaway chance
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  18. I love the idea of subscription boxes. I have yet to order one as there are so many to choose from. Plus I alwats tend to spend my monthly allowance for extras on books. We are a one income family because I am disabled so money is always scarce.

  19. I love soaps. The Pear Vanilla Soap from Bee Butter sounds good. The others look good.

  20. I've never gotten one but I did order a bunch for Christmas so I'm excited to see what other people got!