Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Book Review: No Kissing Allowed by: Melissa West

Release Date: July 28, 2015
from Entangled Embrace
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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.
"No kissing. No touching. And definitely no falling in love...

Armed with her besties, an embarrassing number of shots, and her list of 10 Wild Things To Do Before Adulthood, recent grad Cameron Lawson is partying it up before she starts her dream job at New York's biggest ad agency. Her last task? Hook up with a random guy. And while it's so not her style, the super-sexy guy sitting next to her is definitely game. No names. No details.

At least, that was the plan.

On her first day of work, Cameron discovers her hook-up is none other than Aidan Truitt—her new boss's boss. Talk about failing the “no fraternizing with coworkers” policy on an epic level. Especially when Aidan makes it clear their one night was only the beginning. Falling for him could cost her everything, but sometimes the only way to get what you want is by breaking a few rules..."

My Thoughts:

This book is the perfect read for New Adult fans! It has everything I love about the genre, without feeling like every other New Adult book I’ve read. Melissa West’s characters are always likable and her guys are always swoony. No Kissing Allowed was an addictive read and one I was able to finish in a few short hours.

Cameron is an awesome heroine and I related to her in so many ways. I was Cameron not too long ago; starting a new job in NYC and while unlike Cameron I have lived here my whole life, it is still a crazy life change. We are both independent and take pride in our success and the competitive streak is something I understand well. So yeah. Me and Cameron would get along just fine and I really loved that about her. I love seeing myself in a character and I saw a lot of myself in Cameron.

Aidan, our love interest, is so so swoony. It’s very easy to fall for him. He is driven and successful, but he is also charming and sweet and a great guy. He isn’t an alpha bad boy and I loved him all the more for that. He is simply a good guy and a realistic guy and one that any girl would be lucky to find. He has his hang ups, but everyone does. What I liked about Aidan is that he is willing to work and evaluate and admit when he is wrong. So yeah. Aidan is great.

Aidan and Cameron are great together. They are the kind of couple that makes each other stronger. They push one another to be better and don’t try to hold each other back. Despite Aidan being her boss, he never treats her as if he is superior or shows her any preferential treatment. I also loved the low level of angst in this one. Their relationship has the normal ups and downs, but there is no drama and angst just for the fun of it. It was so refreshing to read a book like that and it made me love it even more.

All in all, No Kissing Allowed was a great read and New Adult fans should definitely check this one out. Its quick and fun and swoony and not one to miss.

Release Week Blitz: Every Last Breath by: Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Epic Finale in Jennifer L. Armentrout’s

Dark Elements Series...Who Will She Choose?

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Every choice has consequences—but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust.

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Roth cleared his throat. “Shortie, look…look at your hand.”
Look at my hand? Why in the world would he be asking me to do that in the midst of all the cray?
“Do it,” he said quietly and too gently.
The dread exploded in my gut like buckshot, and my gaze dropped to my left hand. I expected to see the weird marbling of black and gray, a mixture of the demon and Warden that existed inside of me and a combination I’d become almost familiar with by now. My nails had lengthened and sharpened, and I could tell they were hard enough to cut through steel, as hard as my skin, but my skin…it was still pink. Really pink.
“What the…?” My gaze traveled to my other hand. It was the same. Just pink. My wings twitched, reminding me that I had shifted.
Zayne swallowed. “Your…your wings…”
“What about my wings?” I almost screeched, reaching be‑ hind me. “Are they broken? Did they not come out—” The tips of my fingers came into contact with something as soft as silk. My hand jerked back. “What…”
Stacey’s watery eyes had doubled in size. “Um, Layla, there’s a mirror above the fireplace. I think you need to look in it.”
I met Roth’s gaze for a second before I spun around and all but ran to the fireplace I was sure Stacey’s mom had never used. Clutching the white mantel, I stared at my reflection.
I looked normal, like I did before I shifted…like I was going to class or something. My eyes were the palest shade of gray, a watered-down blue. My hair was so blond it was almost white, and a mess of waves that went in every direction like usual. I looked like a colorless china doll, which was nothing new, except for the two fangs jutting out of my mouth. I wouldn’t show them off at school, but that wasn’t what caught my attention and held it.
It was my wings.
They were large, not as massive as Zayne’s or Roth’s, and normally they were almost leathery in texture, but now they were black…black and feathered. Like legit feathered. That soft, silky thing I’d felt? It had been tiny feathers.
“Oh my God,” I whispered at my reflection. “I have feathers.”
“Those are definitely feathered wings,” Roth commented.
I whipped around, knocking over a lamp with my feathered right wing. “I have feathers on my wings!”
Roth cocked his head to the side. “Yeah, you do.”
He was absolutely no help, so I turned to Zayne. “Why do I have feathers on my wings?”
Zayne shook his head slowly. “I don’t know, Layla. I’ve never seen anything like this.”
“Liar,” hissed Roth, shooting him a dark look. “You’ve seen that before. So have I.”

9780373211142_prd_proof_FCSome loves will last ‘til your dying breath Every choice has consequences—but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust. Layla has a new problem, too. A Lilin—the deadliest of demons—has been unleashed, wreaking havoc on those around her…including her best friend. To keep Sam from a fate much, much worse than death, Layla must strike a deal with the enemy while saving her city—and her race—from destruction. Torn between two worlds and two different boys, Layla has no certainties, least of all survival, especially when an old bargain comes back to haunt them all. But sometimes, when secrets are everywhere and the truth seems unknowable, you have to listen to your heart, pick a side—and then fight like hell…
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--#1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines on White Hot Kiss

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JLA_Author-photo # 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA. She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.
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Top Ten Tuesday: Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds

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

Love the topic this week!

Tessa, Hazel Grace, Will

Katy, Bella

Jocelyn, Hermione, Abby

Grace, Samantha

Monday, July 27, 2015

Blog Tour: Exposed (Captive #2) by: Brighton Walsh (Review)

Release Date: July 21, 2105
from St. Martins Griffin
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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.
"Love can be lost but never forgotten.  Beautiful, sophisticated, and engaged to the son of a Senator, Evie Masterson has the perfect life. Except for one thing: it's all based on a lie. Five years ago, she created a new identity for herself and cut all ties to her criminal past. But she can't run forever, because something she witnessed years ago comes back to haunt her. And the only person there to help is the man she thought she left behind forever—the one man she's never been able to forget.

Devastatingly gorgeous and just as ruthless, Riley Everett is the criminal for hire who once stole Evie's heart. Years have gone by, but he's never been able to forget her either. Now her life is in jeopardy, and even after all this time, he'd still do anything to protect her, even if that means breaking into her mansion and stealing her away.

As they hide from the world, their long-lost passion reignites. But despite their undeniable chemistry, Evie can't give up the perfect life she's been working toward...and Riley has no part in it."

My Thoughts:

I have yet to read a book from Brighton Walsh that I didn’t enjoy and Exposed was no exception. While I didn’t enjoy Exposed as much as Captive, I still liked Riley and Evie’s story.

I adore second chance romances, so I really loved that aspect of this story. The chemistry between Riley and Evie is strong and it is clear that even though five years have gone by, they both still have strong feelings for one another. It was nice to watch these two find each other again and see how much they have changed over the years. But despite all of those changes, they still fit together perfectly. I do wish they had communicated a bit better, because they did have a tendency to use sex as avoidance, but they both come around. The backstory in this one made my heart hurt and I admired Evie for her strength.

I also enjoyed the suspense element. It wasn’t overly prominent, but it was a nice addition to the story. I was able to guess one of the twists, but I found it didn’t take away from the impact it had on the story. Brighton did a good job of blending the mystery, suspense, and romance to make an enjoyable read.

All in all, Exposed was a good read and I expected nothing less from Brighton. If you haven’t read anything from this author yet, you should change that.

About The Author:

Brighton Walsh is a storyteller at heart. Love is her first love, and writing about it is a dream come true. When she's not overwhelmed by the incessant chatter in her mind, you can generally find her with her nose buried in a steamy book or partaking in some retail therapy in the Midwest where she lives with her own real life hero and her two energetic kids who (fortunately) know nothing about the naughty things she puts down on paper.  Website | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest | Goodreads | SMP Romance on Twitter

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Weekly Recap 7/26/2015

I was so good and didn't buy a single book this week! I did grab Beauty From Pain while it was free since I have heard good things about the book. For review I got Playing For Her Heart, which I am SUPER excited for. Nerdyness and schmexy times here I come! Big thanks to Entangled! Then I got a wonderful surprise prezzie from my bloggy Wifey in I Hunt Killers. She adores that book and I cannot wait to read it. Then I got some surprise books in Fishbowl, No Such Person, and Show And Prove. Thank you Random House and St Martins! Then last but not least, I got The Vampire Combat Field Guide Coloring Book which I am insanely excited over because I am a giant child! Thank you Berkley! 

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Beauty From Pain by: Georgia Cates
Playing For Her Heart by: Meagan Erickson
I Hunt Killers by: Barry Lyga
Fishbowl by: Bradley Somer
No Such Person by: Caroline B Cooney
Show and Prove by: Sofia Quintero

Oblivion by: Kelly Creagh
The Scorch Trials by: James Dashner


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