Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Recent Reads: Gladiators & Angst & Lost Boys & Cinderella Stories

Recent Reads is feature I recently started on the blog. The point is to feature books I've read recently in quick recap fashion with fun info-graphics. The info-graphics came from the Bookout app, which is a great app for bloggers. You can log quotes and thoughts and track your reading stats (and no I'm not paid for this, I just really like this app). Recently I dove into worlds of gladiators, angst, lost boys, and cinderella stories.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Release Day Blitz: Regret (Under My Skin #1) by: Christina Lee (Review, Excerpt, & Teaser)

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RELEASE DATE: 06.26.17

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When Brian “Brin” Schubert’s condo floods, he takes his co-worker up on the offer to stay on his crappy futon for a while. The last thing he expects is for his friend’s roommate to be the one guy he despises the most. The same guy who stomped on his heart senior year of high school. And by the looks of the girl on his arm, the same man who’s still deep inside the closet.
Nicholas Dell never predicted that eleven years later, one of his greatest regrets would show up on his doorstep down on his luck. Nick has made some terrible mistakes—story of his life—and he’s been paying for them ever since. And if the guilt and shame aren’t enough, his first crush had to turn into one of the sexiest men he’s ever laid eyes on.
Nick and Brin have weeks to steer clear of each other. Weeks to avoid strangling each other. But when stubbornness leads to skyrocketing sexual tension, hate-sex doesn’t seem like such an awful way to work through their frustration. Except hate is a powerful emotion, especially when it’s turned inward. And in Nick’s case he’s been drowning in a sea of self-loathing for so long, he can’t see his way out.
As Brin reconnects with Nick, his perception of what really happened in their past begins to change. He’s finally ready to forgive him and take a second chance on the one guy who stirs him like no other. But Nick’s demons are complicated, heart-wrenching…demanding. So devastating, he might never allow himself true happiness—even with the one man who’s always owned his heart.
Source: I received a copy of this book as part of the release blitz and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.

My Thoughts:

Christina Lee always delivers a good read and Regret was no exception. This was such a good hate to love romance and and I really liked that dynamic. It was also a second chance romance and I so love that trope. The combo of hate to love and second chance worked so well here and this read delivered!

Brin and Nick were both so easy to love. What I liked best was that I was never on either one's side. I could clearly see the situation from both points of view and that really made it work. Nick though truly broke my heart and I really felt for him. Like I said though, I loved them both and I wanted them to make it work in the worst way. Their chemistry was off the charts and the tension was so so so good. Christina Lee knows how to write amazing tension and chemistry. I also so loved that Brin worked with dogs! My puppy loving heart just ate that up. 

All in all, Regret was a good read and it was easy to devour. Christina Lee continues to deliver and I cannot wait to see what she writes next.    

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“Brin, let me introduce you to my roommate,” Elijah said as I followed him through the short hallway to the living room. “This is Nick and his friend, Sarah.” Sarah’s curly locks were nearly as blond as mine and Nick’s black hair was mostly tucked beneath a worn blue baseball cap. The two of them were cozy on the couch, Sarah sitting with her legs tucked under her and Nick with his ankle crossed over his knee. They were eating Chinese food off paper plates resting in their laps. Sarah simply waved as her mouth was full from a bite of food but Nick responded, “Hey, how you doing?” after swallowing a piece of what looked like an egg roll. The smell of fried rice hit my nostrils and when my stomach rumbled in response, I realized just how famished I was. I was dying to dive right into the second brown bag resting on the coffee table that more than likely contained my food, but I didn’t want to be rude. When Nick leaned forward with an outstretched hand, for some reason I zeroed right in on the neatly groomed scruff on his chin. When he tilted his face to look directly into my eyes, I froze, our fingers interlocked. A startled gasp sprang from my lips, and Nick’s eyebrows slammed together in confusion right before they lifted straight to his hairline. The same cherry-colored lips, with a center dimple drilled into his chin. Those sad, amber-colored eyes that shuttered out the world. Holy fuck. Elijah’s roommate was Nicholas Dell. The same Nicholas Dell from Jefferson High who practically ruined me for other guys. The same Devil’s third baseman that begged his math tutor to suck his cock in the locker room after practice. And given the female nestled up beside him, it was the same Nicholas Dell who was still deep in the closet. 
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Mother, wife, reader, dreamer. Christina lives in the Midwest with her husband and son--her two favorite guys. She's addicted to lip balm, coffee, and kissing. Because everything is better with kissing. She writes MM Contemporary as well as Adult and New Adult Romance. She believes in happily-ever-afters for all, so reading and writing romance for everybody under the rainbow helps quench her soul.

Friday, June 23, 2017

On My Shelf: Angel's Ink by: Jocelynn Drake

On My Shelf is a feature I started here on the blog and I'm sure there are a ton of similar ones out there, but basically I just wanted to start spotlighting some of the MANY backlist titles I have accumulated on my shelf and kindle. The idea is to spotlight an older book I have on my massive TBR. I also thought it would be a fun way to discuss these books with my fellow bloggers, get some of your thoughts and figure out which ones I need to read ASAP and which ones can wait a bit more. And if you want to join in too, I would love to see what is on your shelf! Just leave me a link in the comments.

There was a lot about that book that drew me to it. First being that cover... I so love that cover. Second because that it is paranormal/urban fantasy which I will forever love. Third being TATTOOS. So I really don't know why I haven't gotten to this yet, except maybe that I am a slacker. I have been in need of a new paranormal series, so maybe this is it (after Mercy Thompson of course, I could hear Michele yelling at me as I typed that haha). 

So tell me. Have you read it? Did you love it? Hate it? Was it meh?

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Book Review: Until It Fades by: K.A. Tucker

Release Date: June 27, 2017
from Atria Books
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"A sexy new romance about a small-town woman who saves the life of a mysterious man, and finds herself unexpectedly thrown into a whirlwind love affair, featuring bestselling author K. A. Tucker’s signature “well-constructed, pulse-pounding suspense” (USA TODAY).

Twenty-four-year-old truck stop waitress and single mother Catherine Wright has simple goals: to give her five-year-old daughter a happy life and to never again be the talk of the town in Balsam, Pennsylvania: population two thousand outside of tourist season.

And then one foggy night, on a lonely road back from another failed attempt at a relationship, Catherine saves a man’s life. It isn’t until after the police have arrived that Catherine realizes exactly who it is she has saved: Brett Madden, hockey icon and media darling.

Catherine has already had her fifteen minutes of fame and the last thing she wants is to have her past dragged back into the spotlight, only this time on a national stage. So she hides her identity. It works.

For a time.

But when she finds the man she saved standing on her doorstep, desperate to thank her, all that changes. What begins as an immediate friendship quickly turns into something neither of them expected. Something that Catherine isn’t sure she can handle; something that Catherine is afraid to trust.

Because how long can an extraordinary man like Brett be interested in an ordinary woman like Catherine…before the spark fades?"

My Thoughts:

This book is such a combination of sweet romance and slow burn and I really liked the way those two balanced one another. This really is a modern day fairy tale and sometimes that is exactly what the soul needs. I adored Brett and Cath and I adored the whole cast of characters.

Cath is so much stronger than she gives herself credit for. She has built a life for her and her daughter by herself and it may not be much but it’s hers. What she dealt with in that town made me see red, but I loved that she became stronger because of it. And I also loved her daughter Brenna. She was adorable and such a little scene stealer. Brenna is the queen of twenty questions.

Of course Brett is swoony. He is so easy to love and the way he tried to win over Cath will make you melt. And his interactions with Brenna were also heartwarming. Brett and Cath together were great and their fairy tale romance was adorable. It took a while for these two to finally come together, but once they did the payoff was so worth it.

Until It Fades was a sweet read and was pretty low on the angst. This is definitely light for K.A. Tucker and I liked seeing this side to her writing. There is a whole secondary cast of characters here that I also loved and one can only hope they get books. I’d especially love for Jack (Cath’s brother) to get a story cause I loved him. All in all, this is a great romance that will make your heart happy.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Belated Blogoversary Celebration!

Well... because June is flying by I somehow missed my Blogoversary but I decided I needed to celebrate belatedly because this is five years and is a big milestone. I really cannot believe I have been doing this so long now and it really has become such a part of my daily life. It is still one of my best decisions and I love my blogging community. 

So to quicky recap, here are some of my favorite posts from the past year:

I've said it before, but blogging would not be the wonderful thing it is without the people. It was through blogging that I found my person Michele and I will forever be thankful for that. Everyone should be lucky enough to find a friend like I have found in Michele. And of course there is Jessica who I love and who is now my NYC buddy. And Vi, who I simply adore. And I can't forget Magen, my very first blogging friend. And it is because of blogging and our shared loved of M. Leighton that I found my minxes who are just amazing. And there are so many other bloggers who I love and love gushing over books with. You are all my people. 

And now for a giveaway. 

I'm giving away a signed copy of Ten Tiny Breaths by KA Tucker!!!

-one winner will win a signed copy of Ten Tiny Breaths by KA Tucker
-giveaway is open to the US only
-must be 18 years of age to enter
-I am not responsible for lost or damaged items
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