Sunday, November 30, 2014

Twelve Days of New Adult Giveaway Hop

Welcome to my stop on the Twelve Days of New Adult Giveaway Hop hosted by Stuck In Books. For my stop I decided to giveaway a copy of Whisper To Me by Christina Lee. I loved this book and it is the perfect read for New Adult fans!

-one winner will win a kindle copy of Whisper To Me by Christina Lee
-giveaway is open to anyone who can accept kindle books
-must be 18 years of age to enter
-winner will be chosen at random via rafflecopter and contacted via email
-winner will have 48 hours to respond before I pick another winner

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Weekly Recap 11/30/2014

So I am putting this post together before Thanksgiving (HOPE EVERYONE HAD A WONDERFUL THANKSGIVING!) so I am sure next week is going to include a bunch more books I grabbed on sale. But some of the sales started early which lead to a lot of these. First I grabbed Crash Into Me and Love At Stake as part of Entangled Black Friday Sale. Just couldn't pass those two up. I also grabbed Sweet Filthy Boy because it was on like a super sale and I needed to grab it while the price was dropped. I also grabbed Bad For You for the same reason... because one day I will catch up on the many Abbi books I have. The next book I grabbed was Power Players which is a bundle of four series by Cassia Leo and it was only 99 pennies... I'm sorry but four series for just 99 cents is a steal and I had to click. I also grabbed the Christmas novella anthology of Love Laughter and Merrily Ever After. Then I had ordered a signed copy of Queen of Zombie Hearts that arrived. That book is so damn pretty. And last but not least one of the coolest things EVER arrived. It is a signed and annotated copy of Fire & Flood. I won this in a giveaway and it is just so awesome! I so so so love it!

Goodreads Links:
Crash Into Me by: Tracy Wolff
Love At Stake by: Victoria Davies
Sweet Filthy Boy by: Christina Lauren
Bad For You by: Abbi Glines
Power Players by: Cassia Leo
The Queen of Zombie Hearts by: Gena Showalter
Fire & Flood by: Victoria Scott

Looking For Alaska by: John Green (Nicole Speaks)

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Winter TBR
Waiting On Wednesday: Kick by: Carmen Jenner

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Sloppy Seconds: Castle Hill (On Dublin Street #2.5) by: Samantha Young

Welcome to Sloppy Seconds which is a monthly feature hosted by myself and Michele of A Belle's Tales. Sloppy Seconds is a feature in which Michele and I buddy re-read some of our very favorite books and then post our thoughts and feels. So sit back, relax, grab a glass of wine, and re-live some great reads with us!

Release Date: December 3, 2013
from Intermix
Goodreads | Amazon

"A Joss and Braden Novella

Braden Carmichael never imagined he’d fall as hard and as fast as he did for Jocelyn Butler. He also could not have anticipated how difficult it would be to convince her to give in to love. But now that he has her, he’s never letting go. He’s got it all planned—the passionate proposal, the dream wedding, the sexy Hawaiian honeymoon—even the perfect family they’ll start.

After trying to flee from her painful past, Joss is finally allowing herself to embrace the future. But when things start moving faster than she anticipated, she finds herself panicking over something Braden can’t understand. After everything they’ve been through, Joss is sure that their love can survive even her worst fears. But, this time, she may push Braden too far—and risk losing everything all over again…"

**spoilers ahead**

Teresa Mary Rose
So Wifey... I think it is fitting that Braden would be the first SS where we visit characters a second time!

Michele Belle
Absolutely fitting!  We talk (gush) a lot about our book boyfriends in these discussions, but we always come back to Braden.  I think he is our book husband -- our forever guy   I feel confident that this won't be our last SS with characters from our beloved Dublin Street series.

Teresa Mary Rose
Braden really is the one we ALWAYS come back to and I am pretty sure all other book boyfriends are compared to him. I am positive this will not be the last SS from this series. We still have so many other books we can visit again!

Michele Belle
And again and again... lol.  So, I really loved this little novella even more the second time around.  We will never be able to get enough Braden and Joss.  Those two are meant for one another, and I love them!  I also adore the way Samantha Young writes this series and makes each character feel so special to the reader. Don't you just love the little cameos from other characters in this short story?

Teresa Mary Rose
The second time around really was better somehow. Joss and Braden will always be a favorite of mine and there is no such thing as too much. Wifey I remember how excited I was when I heard about this novella... it was such an amazing surprise! I adore the little cameos! There is one cameo in particular I want to talk about with this one and that is Liv's. 

The moment in Castle Hill where Liv shows up and is the first person to FINALLY listen to Joss and hear her out is one of my favorites and it is the moment I fell in love with Liv and knew she was going to be a special one.

Michele Belle
Oh, yes!  This novella was such a gift!!  And Liv!!  I absolutely adore her!!  She is so wise beyond her years, and I love the nurturing quality she has.  Joss needed her so much in that moment, and that interaction between the two of them is absolutely endearing.  My heart broke for Joss and Braden in this novella; and I found that whereas I was more on Braden's side of things in ODS, I had Joss's back in Castle Hill.  That caveman of ours -- he can be a stubborn brute!  Did you find yourself leaning more towards one than the other in each book?

Teresa Mary Rose
I just really loved that moment with Liv because she did exactly what I wanted everyone else to do!

I'm not surprised we are on the same page with this one. Get ready.... I have a rant coming... I adore Braden, we all know I do. He is my very favorite. But Wifey, he tried my patience in this one. I was on his side in On Dublin Street but with Castle Hill I had Joss' back one hundred percent. First, he did push Jocelyn a bit with the kids thing. I know he didn't mean to, but he did. He knew she wanted kids eventually but that she really needed the time to work up to it and while he tried to respect that he didn't fully succeed. Maybe he didn't do so with words, but he did with actions. Second he reacted very badly when Jocelyn told him she was pregnant. I understand why he got upset, what I don't understand is how he couldn't even talk to Jocelyn. He completely shut her out. He knows Jocelyn better than anyone and he couldn't see that she was struggling to put her feelings into words. What really gets me is that he didn't even give her a chance to talk it out with him. That was where I was so disappointed in him. 

That rant now brings me to Ellie.... why does it seem like whenever Ellie gets involved she causes problems between Joss and Braden? I love the girl but damn.

Michele Belle
Hahaha!  I just knew we'd see eye to eye on that, and I was ready for you to get ranty!!  I wholeheartedly agree.  And yeah, the pushing kids thing -- that bothered me.  And then? Well, he messed up.  Plain and simple.  And I know exactly why:  fear.  Which is pretty interesting considering that in On Dublin Street, he helped Jocelyn conquer most of hers.  But as strong as Braden is and as dedicated to Joss as he is, he was absolutely terrified of what he perceived the situation to be.  I think it really took him back to his childhood and growing up the way he did.  All he had to do was listen... but if he had, we wouldn't have had this book.  lol  I agree that it was disappointing, and I wanted to shake him.  And though it did send Joss reeling, it didn't send her into the downward spiral that it could have.  That made me proud of her and showed us just how far she's come since we first met her.  As frustrating as Braden's actions were,  I think he learned a very important lesson and it made their relationship even stronger.

Ellie.  Dear, sweet, lovely, TROUBLE-MAKING Ellie.  Sigh.  She just did not come through for our favorite couple. She was clearly dazzled by Adam. BUT, Liv made up for Ellie's shortcomings, and that's the best thing about this group of friends.  They are absolutely the best 'mates' to have!

Teresa Mary Rose
Agreed. He messed up big BUT in the end they worked it out. Thank you Liv! And I do understand why Braden reacted the way he did. He was terrified and just did not know how to handle it. It was very interesting seeing their roles reversed a bit in this one and it showed that nobody is perfect; not even our lovable caveman. And you are so right about Joss. I was proud of her too! She stayed strong despite her rock crumbling. 

Oh Ellie... I know she was worried... BUT if she didn't call Braden that day when Joss freaked out everything would have been fine. Jocelyn would have calmed down and went home and talked to Braden and that would have been that. I love Ellie, but I was a little upset at her for not respecting Jocelyn's request to be alone for a bit. 

I agree though. This is such a wonderful group of friends and they are so special.

Michele Belle
It was the ultimate role reversal; and it was pretty fascinating, although heartbreaking to watch.   
So true.  She's a little Nosy Rosy.  She was frightened for Joss, but her actions put the whole horrid thing in motion.  I do feel for her, though, because it's a terrible place to be in -- torn between your best friend who is your sister-in-law and the big brother you adore.  One thing is certain, Wifey -- it made for some damn fine reading!!!

Teresa Mary Rose
Oh I agree with you... definitely made for some amazing reading and it is a tough situation. Maybe I would have been more forgiving if it was the first time she did something like this but it's not so..... 

Okay let us talk about happier things. What is your favorite swoony moment from this novella?

Michele Belle
Are you calling Ellie a repeat offender??  'Cause I think I might just have to agree with you!  LMAO

There are SO many swoony moments!  For such a short story, you wouldn't think I'd have so much highlighted, but I do!  Well, there's tons of steamy with extra heapings of hot swoons, but I think the ones that had me blinking back tears were the ones that came at the most unexpected moments. When Joss comes back to bed after doing some writing and she watches Braden sleep, she's just overcome with love for him.  She wonders if he knows just how much he means to her.  Joss doesn't like to admit these things out loud.  Our girl is not the mushy gushy extra feely type.  But when Braden wakes and she whispers "You're my everything.  You know that right?" Oh. My. Heart.  I sobbed.  That was such a big moment for them.  And then Braden's response??  Stick a fork in me 'cause I was DONE.  Gaahhhhh.  

Teresa Mary Rose
Yes *nods head* that is exactly what she is!

Right? So much swoon in one little package and I loves it! The unexpected ones are always the best. That moment you described is a wonderful one. It makes my heart all happy. Those two! I think my favorite moment was Braden's speech at the wedding ceremony. Brought tears to my eyes and it made me laugh! 

Michele Belle
That's another one!!  That speech!  And before that -- at the altar?  Same reaction -- tears immediately followed by laughter.  That's why I love them so much!!  And only Braden would drop the f-bomb in front of the minister.  Mercy.

Teresa Mary Rose
Ohh I almost forgot about the altar! That was wonderful. He just knows her so well and can practically read her mind. I loved it. You know what other moment I absolutely loved? When Clark walks Joss down the aisle and the moments leading up to it. I just thought it was so sweet. OH and Clark's speech. I'm done Wifey just done.

Michele Belle
Clark!!!!  And his speech after!!!!  YESSSSSSSS!!!!!!  I was just a blubbering mess at that point.  It's such a bittersweet moment -- it's devastating that Joss's family isn't with her on such a special day.  But to realize that after all those years, she has found a family again and they love her so very much.  Even the little things like not having a groom's and bride's side shows how they care for her.  I love them all.

Teresa Mary Rose
So much love for them! They truly just brought her into their family and I love that. I love that Jocelyn finally found somewhere to belong again after losing her family. 

Okay is there anything else you want to discuss or is it quote time?

Michele Belle
You are going to make me cry again!!!  Aaaah, that is so beautifully put!

The main thing I want to do is just read it all over again because discussing them just makes me want to be with them.  I may have a problem.  Hello, my name is Michele, and I suffer from Bradenitis, and I'm okay with that. 

Here are a few of my favorite quotes from this delicious novella: 

"But Braden knew I loved him. Sometimes I wondered, though, if he knew how much. I wondered if he knew that just watching him sleep made me scary happy, breathless even. I wondered if he knew that he was absolutely, without a doubt, everything to me." 

"A minute or so passed and just as Braden was drifting back off I whispered, 'You’re my everything. You know that right?'" 

"'Jocelyn,' his voice was rough, like he was struggling to get the words out. 'You’re my best friend. My everything. I love you and I want to be with you always. Marry me. I promise to try not to f*** it up if you promise to try not to f*** it up.'" 

"'Everything but the ring..." (rawr!) 

"'Why didn’t you say anything?' 'Because you seemed happy. It’s sort of my life mission to make sure you stay that way...'" 

"'There will be times,' he murmured against my lips, 'when we don't like each other very much, but I need you to know that I will never stop loving you.'"

I can't wait for your quotes!  Hit me!

Teresa Mary Rose
Well then... I think I suffer from Bradenitis as well... 

Oh Wifey I love those... especially the "happy" one *swoons*

“Over two and a half years ago,” he began, his voice deep, his tone serious, “I shared a taxi with a complete stranger. A young woman with a smart mouth and”—he smirked down at me—“a great pair of legs.” The guests chuckled as I shook my head slightly at him, a small smile playing on my lips. “I knew then,” Braden spoke loudly to the guests, but his eyes remained on my face, “my life had changed. I just wouldn’t know until you walked out of Ellie’s bathroom without a towel on how happy I was with that coming change.” I rolled her eyes, feeling my cheeks burn as everyone laughed. “I’m not joking.” Braden turned back to them. “The second time we met, Jocelyn was starkers. Up to that point it was the best day of my life. “Even after being caught in the buff she gave me attitude.” He grinned down at me again, and I felt the warmth inside my chest turn into a burn of overwhelming emotion. “You’ve challenged me since the day I met you. No woman has ever challenged me more. Nor made me laugh harder. There is not a moment that passes where you don’t make me feel more alive than I ever thought I could, and today you gave me something I thought was lost a long time ago for the both of us. You’ve given me peace, babe. You’ve given me everything.” The timber of his voice had deepened with emotion and I swear to God I was close to bawling my eyes out as he lifted a glass of champagne from the table and raised it in the air. “To my wife, Mrs. Jocelyn Carmichael.”

"I held on tighter. Braden shook against me, his tone rumbling with laughter as he asked, “Am I not allowed out of bed this morning?” “Nope,” I mumbled against his skin. “If you move, I’ll have to move. If I have to move it means facing the fact that we’re no longer in Hawaii. I don’t know if I’m ready to deal with that.”"

"I smoothed my hand over my stomach thinking how weird it was that there was a little person inside of me whom I already loved beyond reason. Now if only my husband would give me a chance to tell him that."

Michele Belle
Well, it's a good thing we have each other.  This can be a debilitating illess.  It can cause loss of hours in the day, low Kindle battery, hot flashes, and smexy dreams.  We'll manage.  *snort* 

Those are perfect picks!!  I love them -- especially the first one. *dies*

Wifey, you are the one who nudged aka forcibly pushed me to read On Dublin Street two years ago, and I cannot thank you enough.  I have loved sharing this entire series with you and especially our re-reads and discussions of our favorite caveman.

Teresa Mary Rose
Yeah we will survive somehow... 

I am just so glad you loved this series as much as I did and I have loved sharing this series with you. I love that we can discuss and flail over this series to no end and neither one of us gets tired of it! I cannot even begin to express how much that means to me!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Mini Review: How To Catch A Wild Viscount by: Tessa Dare

Release Date: August 13, 2014
Goodreads | Amazon

"She's on the hunt for a hero...

Luke Trenton, Viscount Merritt, returned from war a changed man. Battle stripped away his civility and brought out his inner beast. There is no charm or tenderness in him now; only dark passions and a hardened soul. He has nothing to offer the starry-eyed, innocent girl who pledged her heart to him four years ago.

But Cecily Hale isn't a girl any longer. She's grown into a woman--one who won't be pushed away. She and Luke are guests at a house party when a local legend captures their friends' imaginations. While the others plunge into the forest on a wild, stag chase, Cecily's on the hunt for a man. She has only a few moonlit nights to reach the real Luke...the wounded heart she knows still beats inside the war-ravaged body...or she could lose him to the darkness forever.

This is a novella of approximately 20,000 words, or 80 pages. It was originally published under the title The Legend of the Werestag."

My Thoughts:

So this was my first dip into historical romance and it was a whole lot of fun. This was just such a quick and fun novella and it is perfect for an afternoon where you want to just sit around and enjoy a story from beginning to end. This is a novella, so obviously it moves at a pretty quick pace and while sometimes that can be annoying, it just worked with this story. We quickly learn that the two characters have some history and then the story just goes from there. I’m always a sucker for second chance romances and apparently that hold true with historical romances as well. Luke and Cecily were so good together and I liked rooting for them. All in all, this was a fun novella and I’m glad I read it. I’ll definitely be checking out some more historical romances. 

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Swoon Thursday #122: How To Catch A Wild Viscount by: Tessa Dare

Swoon is a weekly meme hosted by YA Bound.

From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering.

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"If their game was taunting, victory was hers. Grasping her by the hips, he crushed her to the wall and kissed her with abandon. And unlike a typical kiss, which started with superficial contact and then deepened by degrees, this kiss began at the end. He devoured her in those first desperate seconds, prying her jaw wide, stroking deep with his tongue; but then he soon retreated to gently explore her mouth. And then he was worshipping just her lips— reverently tracing their shape with his tongue, blessing them with feather- soft kisses as she stroked his hair." 

This was super quick and fun!

What made you swoon? Link me.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday #125: Kick by: Carmen Jenner

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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"When I was ten, my father indoctrinated me into the family.

A brotherhood who would fight, protect, and give their lives for one another. A club whose ties ran thicker than blood, murkier than the dirt and grime that tainted my soul. Stronger than the bonds that connected me to my own family.

A band of brothers where loyalty was kept and paid in a currency of blood.

When I was twenty-seven, I betrayed that brotherhood.

I’ve spent every day since running, avoiding paying back that debt.

My name is Daniel Johnson, and I have betrayed everyone I ever loved.

This is my story—if you’re screwed up enough to want to read it.

Warning: KICK contains graphic violence, profanity, drug use, and explicit sexual situations of a taboo nature. Intended for an 18+ audience only. Not intended for pussies."

I adore Carmen so of course I am excited for this one!

Kick will be released on January 26, 2015.
What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Entangled Black Friday Sale!

Today kicks off the huge Black Friday sale from Entangled! There are a ton of deals on some great books. I know there are a few I will be grabbing!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Winter TBR

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

Over the summer during busy season I fell a bit behind on some of the ARCs I had gotten and then with my exam I just never got around to catching up on them, so I am using December to get through them so I can start January off fresh and have a balance between review books and me books. But I also have a few new reads I am excited for!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Nicole Speaks: Looking For Alaska by: John Green

Every now and then my sister drops by the blog to join me in my book rambling and share her thoughts. If you want to know more about Nicole, click here.

Release Date: December 28, 2006
from Speak
Goodreads | Amazon

"Before. Miles "Pudge" Halter's whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the "Great Perhaps" (Fran├žois Rabelais, poet) even more. He heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.

After. Nothing is ever the same."

Nicole Speaks:
When I first started Looking For Alaska there were two things I couldn’t stop thinking about: 1. There was no way this would be nearly as good as The Fault in Our Stars and 2. There was no way I wasn’t going to be a puddle of tears by the end of this book.  And well I was half right.  

Alaska, Miles “Pudge” and Chip “The Colonel” were such an interesting trio.  They were all so different, yet similar at the same time.  They needed each other more than any of them realized and that’s what makes their friendship so important.  They’re there for each other through all of the rough twists and turns they go through throughout their time at school. They don’t have it easy, but they have each other. 

I cried… a lot.. and it was absolutely incredible.  I thought that this book was possibly even more heartbreaking than The Fault In Our Stars.  Now I know a lot of people wouldn’t agree with me on that one, but I have my reasons.  When you pick up a book about two sick teenagers with cancer you know it’s going to be sad, but in my opinion their love story and the fact that they had each other through their battles was amazing. They were each other’s strength and that isn’t heartbreaking.  By no means am I saying that The Fault In Our Stars wasn’t sad, but Looking For Alaska shouldn’t have been sad! They were a bunch of relatively normal, seemingly happy teenagers.  When you lose someone you were never supposed to, or never expected to lose it seems so much worse.  These kids would’ve had a long life ahead of them, but tragedy strikes and takes one of them away.  I don’t want to spoil the most heartbreaking part of the book, but the unexpected seems so much sadder than something you’ve braced yourself for throughout the entire book.  

This book was heartbreaking, but it was absolutely amazing.  John Green really knows how to break you apart, but keep you reading through it all.  I would tell anyone to read it, but be prepared to ball your eyes out and fall in love all at the same time.  

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Weekly Recap 11/23/2014

YAY for books! The first book I grabbed was Untamed by Victoia Green and Jinsey Reese. First, it was a freebie with a pretty cover BUT also Jinsey Reese is the pen name for J Meyer's New Adult stuff. I really enjoyed her YA books so I'm excited for this one. I grabbed The Write Stuff since it was free on iBooks and I have been wanting this one for a while now. I also got Reforming the Cowboy as a freebie from Entangled's newsletter. Then for review I got Chase Me (thanks Avon Books!!!). I have heard amazing things about Tessa, so I am really excited for this one. I also got Hero (thanks Berkley!!!). SOOOOOO excited for this one, Samantha never disappoints. Then I got Crimson Bound and Illusionarium off of edelweiss (thank you Harper TEEN). SO excited about Crimson Bound- I adored Cruel Beauty. Then I grabbed some Christmas novella anthologies since it is that time of year; so I grabbed All I'm Asking For and Let It Snow. I also got a paperback of Wild because I adore that series. Then I got another giant order from book outlet because I have an addiction to that site. So I got Shatter Me (needed to new cover), Unearthly, Hallowed, Boundless, Shadows In The Silence, Collide, Of Triton, and Foretold. 

Goodreads Links:
Untamed by: Victoria Green and Jinsey Reese
The Write Stuff by: Tiffany King
Reforming The Cowboy by: Marisa Clevland
Chase Me by: Tessa Bailey
Hero by: Samantha Young
Crimson Bound by: Rosamund Hodge
Illusionarium by: Heather Dixon
All I'm Asking For by: Brighton Walsh, Christi Barth, Kat Latham
Wild by: Sophie Jordan
Let It Snow by: John Green, Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle
Shatter Me by: Tahereh Mafi
Unearthly by: Cynthia Hand
Hallowed by: Cynthia Hand
Boundless by: Cynthia Hand
Shadows In The Silence by: Courtney Allison Moulton
Collide by: Gail McHugh
Of Triton by: Anna Banks


Top Ten Tuesday: Sequels I Can't Wait To Get
Waiting On Wednesday: Crimson Bound by: Rosamund Hodge
Swoon Thursday: Wild by: Sophie Jordan

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