Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday #147: Sweet Temptation by: Wendy Higgins

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, it spotlilghts upcoming releases that we are dying to read.

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"Bad boy Kaidan Rowe has never wanted for anything—money, popularity, musical talent…hot girls—but seducing them is part of his duty as a Nephilim, slave to the demon Dukes. As the son of the Duke of Lust, Kaidan has learned his father’s ways, becoming a master of passion, a manipulator of chemistry. Disobeying his father would mean certain death. Thankfully for Kaidan, he’s good at his job. And he enjoys it. 

Until he meets Anna Whitt—sweet, smart, feisty, and inexplicably good—the one girl seemingly immune to his charms. The daughter of a guardian angel and a fallen one, she has a certain power over him, one that makes him wish for more than he could ever deserve. 

Determined to save all the Neph from their dark lives as the influencers of sin, Anna joins forces with Kaidan to overcome the demons’ oppressive ways. In the light of her affections, Kaidan must undergo his toughest test of all, a battle of the heart.

Sensual and swoon worthy, this companion volume to the acclaimed Sweet Evil series from New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins, told from the perspective of the irresistibly sexy and mysterious Kaidan Rowe, gives readers revealing insights into his struggle, his intense connection to Anna, and most of all, the true emotions that drive him.

Author Note:
Sweet Temptation will encompass the entire trilogy in a condensed version, beginning with Kai's life before he met Anna, and taking readers through the epilogue of Sweet Reckoning. Sweet Temptation is a companion novel, not meant to be a stand alone story. It will definitely be a richer experience for those who have read the original trilogy."

I cannot wait to get my hands on this book! I adore Kai!

Sweet Temptation will be released on September 8, 2015.
What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Think Make Great Beach Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke And The Bookish.

Ahhh beach season is coming and I cannot wait. Here are some books I think are great to take to the beach with you.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Book Review: Nowhere But Here (Thunder Road #1) by: Katie McGarry

Release Date: May 26, 2015
from Harlequin Teen
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley/edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"An unforgettable new series from acclaimed author Katie McGarry about taking risks, opening your heart and ending up in a place you never imagined possible.

Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she's curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn't mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both.

Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They're the good guys. They protect people. They're…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club's most respected member—is in town, he's gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it's his shot at his dream. What he doesn't count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down.

No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home."

My Thoughts:

This book gave me a serious case of emotional whiplash and I loved every second of it. I went back and forth so much with what I wanted pretty much the entire book. Katie McGarry delivered another great read and I’m excited to see where she goes with this series.

Oz and Emily are polar opposites in the beginning and I absolutely loved watching their progression. They really kinda hate each other in the beginning, so watching them grow together was really awesome. Their varying perspectives is probably both my favorite and least favorite part of the book. I loved getting two sides to the story, but getting those two sides is what gave me emotional whiplash. I would read Emily’s perspective and completely agree and see myself nodding along. Then I would get to Oz’s perspective and completely agree with him. The problem was that in the beginning they both wanted completely different things and it made my head spin. Hence the whiplash. I loved the whiplash though. And their chemistry together is insane and I absolutely loved them as a couple and loved that they brought out the best in each other.

This book had so many secrets and lies and it kept me invested. I may have begged my bloggy Wifey multiple times to TELL ME ALL THE THINGS, because while I had good guesses that turned out to be right, the anticipation was killing me. Good thing my Wifey is strong and didn’t bend to my incessant “I NEED TO KNOW ALL THE THINGS” texts. In the end I loved unraveling the pieces slowly and finding them out was a ton of fun.

My only slight issue is with the adults in this book, because dayumm they all aggravated me at times. Except maybe Olivia, I adored her. But the rest of them made me crazy. So many secrets and lies and nobody wants to come clean. And so many times they acted like children. I may have yelled through my iPad at them to realize they are the adults in this situation. But this also added something great to the story. It showed that people make mistakes and that sometimes it is up to the next generation to learn from them.

All in all, Nowhere But Here was a great read and is one that can be devoured. I can’t wait to see where this series goes next.

Release Blitz: Revelry (Taint #1) by: Carmen Jenner

Title: Revelry
Series: Taint #1
Author: Carmen Jenner
Genre: Erotic Romance
Release Date: May 25, 2015

Cooper Ryan is living the dream. Between the parties with rock royalty, booze, groupies and performing to crowds of thousands with his band Taint, life seems pretty sweet. There’s just one thing missing: the feisty little red-head that took his baby and ran off with his heart. Throwing himself into music is the only thing keeping him sane.

Until a run-in with a nonplussed, package-wielding PA throws everything off balance.

Ali Jones is having a craptastic life. Her grandmother died, leaving her homeless, penniless, and alone, and her boyfriend left her for a tramp who takes her clothes off for money. That’s why when she lands her dream job at a record company it seems like it’s too good to be true.

Because it is.

Slapped with an ultimatum, Ali must decide if facing the horror of the unemployment line is a fate worse than going on the road with four rowdy rockers hell-bent on making her life misery.

He’s adored by millions.

She’s not even loved by her cat. Can they ignore their hatred long enough to survive the tour from hell? Or will their chemistry force everything to come crashing down around them?


Carmen Jenner is a thirty-something, USA TODAY and international bestselling author of the Sugartown, Savage Saints, and Taint series.

Her dark romance, KICK (Savage Saints MC #1), won Best Dark Romance Read in the Reader’s Choice Awards at RWDU 2015.

A tattoo enthusiast, hardcore MAC addict and zombie fangirl, Carmen lives on the sunny north coast of New South Wales, Australia, where she spends her time indoors wrangling her two wildling children, a dog named Pikelet, and her very own man-child. A romantic at heart, Carmen strives to give her characters the HEA they deserve, but not before ruining their lives completely first … because what’s a happily ever after without a little torture?


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Book Review: This Shattered World (Starbound #2) by: Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Release Date: December 23, 2014
from Disney Hyperion
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"The second installment in the epic Starbound trilogy introduces a new pair of star-crossed lovers on two sides of a bloody war.

Jubilee Chase and Flynn Cormac should never have met.

Lee is captain of the forces sent to Avon to crush the terraformed planet's rebellious colonists, but she has her own reasons for hating the insurgents.

Rebellion is in Flynn's blood. Terraforming corporations make their fortune by recruiting colonists to make the inhospitable planets livable, with the promise of a better life for their children. But they never fulfilled their promise on Avon, and decades later, Flynn is leading the rebellion.

Desperate for any advantage in a bloody and unrelentingly war, Flynn does the only thing that makes sense when he and Lee cross paths: he returns to base with her as prisoner. But as his fellow rebels prepare to execute this tough-talking girl with nerves of steel, Flynn makes another choice that will change him forever. He and Lee escape the rebel base together, caught between two sides of a senseless war"

My Thoughts:

I’m not going to lie, going into this book I was a bit bummed that it wasn’t Lilac and Tarver, as I am sure most people were. I loved those two and I would have loved to get more of them front and center. But the more I think about it, the more I am glad that This Shattered World focused on a different couple. One because we got to visit a whole new planet and see how far reaching certain Companies are and also because that means Lilac and Tarver are happy and I don’t have to see them go through any more drama. This Shattered World was a great addition to the Starbound series.

Our main gal Jubilee Chase is a tough cookie. Honestly, it took me a bit to warm up to her because she was so tough. She doesn’t show emotion, not even to herself, so as a reader it is hard to connect to her. But as she opens up bit by bit I really came to like this crazy, tough, and super strong girl. She is a great leader and a great person and she is willing to make the tough choices and I admire her so much for that.

Then there is Flynn Cormack, who is basically Jubilee’s opposite in every way. Other than her being a soldier and him a rebel they are just polar opposites. Jubilee jumps first and ask questions later where Flynn wants to discuss and then act. She is tough and loud while he is strong and silent. Both of them are strong and good people, just in very different ways. What brings them together is that they are both willing to put others before themselves and they are willing to work together for the betterment of others. And then once they get to know one another they realize they may not be all that different where it really matters. The romance is such a slow burn and these two start off hating each other. It was so awesome watching them come together and realize how awesome they can be together.

This Shattered World gets off to a bit of a slow start and it was a bit tough for me to connect This Shattered World to These Broken Stars. They just seemed not at all connected in the beginning and it was hard for me to get invested immediately. But then you get to a point and all of a sudden everything makes sense, you see the connection and it is basically a mind blown moment. It was pretty epic. And then all of a sudden Tarver is there and you want to hug him and tell him how much you missed him. And then you see Lilac and your heart is all happy and just *sigh*.

All in all, This Shattered World is a good addition to the Starbound series and I cannot wait to see how everything comes to a head in the final book. Lilac and Tarver may still be my favorite, but Jubilee and Flynn are a great pair too. And because I have to mention it… those covers are amazing and the insides live up to the amazing exterior.

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