Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Release Week Blitz: Fall With Me by: Jennifer L. Armentrout

I am so excited to bring you the Release Week Blitz for Jennifer L. Armentrout's, also known as J. Lynn’s, FALL WITH ME!! FALL WITH ME is a New Adult Contemporary Romance and is a part of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Wait For You Series, published by Avon Romance. I was lucky enough to read this book already and I cannot recommend it enough!

  Fall With me

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Eleven months ago, bartender and weird-shirt-wearing extraordinaire Roxy and Officer Reece Anders had a one night stand. Well, kind of. She’s been in love with him since she was fifteen, and he wishes that night they shared never happened. She’s sworn him off forever, but the past and future collide, forcing her to rely on the one man who broke her heart not once, but twice. Her best friend since birth has been in a long-term care facility since he became a victim of a hate crime years ago, and the person who put him in there is out of prison and wanting to make amends with him and Roxy. She’s not sure she has room for forgiveness in her and when she begins to receive frightening messages and is on the receiving end of escalating violence, she thinks she knows who is to blame. The man who already destroyed one life already. But Reece isn’t convinced. The threats are too personal, and even if Roxy doesn’t believe him, he’s not willing to let anyone hurt her. Including himself. He’s already messed up more than once when it comes to Roxy and he’s not going to let history repeat itself.   

Excerpt:

Someone—was it Melvin?—catcalled as Reece led me down the hall, and my cheeks flushed. “Okay, heman, I can walk all by my little self.”
He cast a look over his shoulder at me as he opened the office door. “I’m sure you can.”
Then he pulled me inside.
My gaze flipped to the roses—the roses!—but before I could say a word, he closed the door and my back was pressed against it, his hands planted on either side of my head and his face right in mine. Like right there, within kissing distance.
Wow.
“So, I was at my father’s place in New Jersey most of the day, and you know, he lives out near the Pine Barrens, so service is shit.”
I nodded even though I really wasn’t processing what he was saying as I was too busy staring at his mouth. Those lips, fuller on the bottom, drove me to distraction.
“I pull out of his driveway and I have all these messages from Dennis,” he continued, and I finally caught on to what he was talking about. “I honestly thought he was messing with me at first.”
I cringed. “He . . . um, he wasn’t.”
He shot me a bland look. “That much I figured out.” His hands slid on the door, stopping just shy of touching my shoulders. “What did he do to you?”
“What?” I blinked.
“What did that bastard do to make you throw a book through his windshield?”
Oh. Oh. My heart was now wiggling along with my stomach. “He really didn’t do anything. I just lost my cool. He wanted to talk to me, and I didn’t want to talk to him.”
“You don’t have to talk to him.”
“That’s what Dennis said, but I shouldn’t have damaged his car.”
A muscle flexed along his right jaw. “That’s true.” He shook his head. “Damn, Roxy, can’t say I’m surprised.”
My brows flew up. “You’re not?”
He laughed under his breath. “Babe, you’ve always had a hell of a temper on you.”
Ah, that was kind of true. “Is that a good thing or a bad thing?”
Reece cocked his head to the side. “A sexy thing, but vandalism and destruction of property doesn’t look good on you, sweets.”
“No. It doesn’t match my manicure.” I raised my hands, flashing him the blue nails.
He laughed again and then he sobered up, just like that. Cop Face was on, and yeah . . . the low coiling in my stomach told me I found Cop Face arousing. “You’re lucky. He could’ve pressed charges, and this conversation would be going in a whole different direction.”
My own half smile slipped off my face. “I know. It’s . . . I was just with Charlie, and he’s . . .” Unable to continue, I forced a casual shrug I didn’t feel. “What are you going to do with me?”
His lips parted as his chest rose with a deep breath, then his gaze dropped to my mouth, and his expression tightened. He looked . . . he looked hungry. “I have lots of ideas.”

      

About Jennifer L. Armentrout:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY 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, working out, 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. She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.
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Top Ten Tuesday: Books Recently Added To My TBR


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

So many books, so little time! But all of these sound awesome.



Monday, March 30, 2015

Book Review: The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner #1) by: James Dashner

Release Date: October 6, 2009
from Delacorte Press
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"If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.

Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.

Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.

Everything is going to change.

Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.

Remember. Survive. Run."

My Thoughts:

So recently I decided I wanted to try out audiobooks for my commute to and from work, and The Maze Runner was the first audiobook I decided to try. I had been meaning to get to this series for a while now and I figured this was the perfect excuse. I am so glad I finally got to this book because it was sooooo good! I loved it and I was addicted and I found myself listening at every single chance I could.

I am seriously kicking myself for waiting so long to get to this book. Beginning to end, this book just grabs you. It has been so long since I have read a dystopian that I really enjoyed but The Maze Runner changed that. The world is dangerous and crazy and kinda scary. The characters are both realistic and likable and the way they interact is so relatable and real. I loved the dynamics of the group and the dialogue.

Our main character Thomas is great and I really enjoyed his perspective. I love the way he took charge of every situation he found himself in and refused to give up. He asked questions and analyzed everything. He was brave and he fought but at the same time he was scared. He wasn’t just this fearless kid who was thrown into a crazy situation and then all of a sudden because awesome. No, he was awesome in spite of being afraid and lost and really having no clue what to do. That is what makes Thomas special.

I also loved the secondary characters: Newt, Teresa, Chuck, and Minho. I have a real soft spot for Teresa, mostly because she has an awesome name, but also because she seems like such a strong character and I feel like I am really going to love her as the story progresses. Chuck I loved even if he could be a bit annoying. And then I really like Newt and Minho and how they kept the other Gladers strong. 

I really loved how this story was pulled apart piece by piece. That as a reader you don’t have any more information other than what Thomas has. Discovering everything and watching all the pieces come together was a great ride for the reader.

Now while I don’t have much comparison for it, I really enjoyed the narrator for The Maze Runner. I was able to distinguish between characters well and I never felt myself fall into a lull as he was reading.

All in all, I am really glad I finally made time for The Maze Runner. This is an awesome book and I cannot wait to get to The Scorch Trials.   

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Weekly Recap 3/29/2015


I was pretty good again this week. I grabbed two freebies in Escaping Me and Wicked. Both of these sound great and I am especially excited for Escaping Me. I also grabbed The Year We Fell Down while it was one sale. I have heard amazing things about this book, so I just had to grab it. Then I got Beauty's Kingdom for review... it is Anne Rice... I just couldn't pass it up. Thanks Viking! I also got a surprise in Courtship of the Cake. I am super excited for this one; Dictatorship of the Dress was such a fun read. Huge thanks to Berkley! And I also got a pretty signed copy of Lion's Share! Rachel Vincent is one of my favorite authors so I am super excited to have this one for my shelf.

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Escaping Me by: Elizabeth Lee
Wicked by: Addison Moore
The Year We Fell Down by: Sarina Bowen
Beauty's Kingdom by: Anne Rice writing as A.N. Roquelaure 
Courtship of the Cake by: Jessica Topper
Lion's Share by: Rachel Vincent


Reviews:
Captive by: Brighton Walsh
Chase Me by: Tessa Bailey

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Book Review: Chase Me (Broke and Beautiful #1) by: Tessa Bailey

Release Date: March 17, 2015
from Avon Impulse
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"College drop-out, Roxy Cumberland, moved to New York with dreams of becoming an actress, but her dwindling bank account is quickly putting the kibosh on that fantasy. To make some quick cash, she signs up to perform singing telegrams. Her first customer is a gorgeous, cocky Manhattan trust-funder if she ever laid eyes on one. And what could be more humiliating than singing an ode to his junk, courtesy of his last one night stand? Maybe the fact that she’s dressed in a giant, pink bunny costume...

After a night out to celebrate winning his last case, lawyer Louis McNally II isn’t prepared for the pounding in his head or the rabbit serenading him from the front door. But the sassy wit and sexy voice of the girl behind the mask intrigues him, and one look at her stunning face—followed by a mind-blowing kiss against his doorjamb—leaves Louis wanting more.

Roxy doesn’t need a spoiled rich boy who’s had everything in life handed to him on a Tiffany platter. But there’s more to Louis than his sexy surface and he’s determined to make Roxy see it...even if it means chasing her all over NYC."

My Thoughts:

This is the kind of book you pick up when you need something steamy and quick and fun. I have been meaning to read a Tessa Bailey book for quite some time now and I am really glad I finally got around to it. I can definitely see the appeal and I know why people enjoy her books. Chase Me was such a fun time.

Roxy is such a fun character. I loved being insider her head and really admired her determination. I also loved her determination to do things by herself. I wanted her to open up a bit but I also kind of admired her for not doing so.

Louis was also a fun character. He seems like a stuck up rich boy, but he is really a lot more. Louis is caring and hardworking and really wants to do some good in the world. I liked that he was so much more than meets the eye.

The chemistry between Roxy and Louis was great and I especially liked their banter. I liked that they would go from joking around to steamy in the blink of an eye. The thing I struggled with though is how much crap Roxy put Louis through. Granted, Louis didn’t always think things through, but I still wondered what made him keep coming back. Also, he decided he liked her awfully quick. He was ready to settle down with Roxy almost immediately. The other thing I struggled with was the end. Everything wrapped up really quickly and I thought there were a few things that happened that I thought would turn out to be much more than they were. There were some things I would have liked to see a bit more of.

Other than those few things, I really did enjoy Chase Me. It was a lot of fun and was really sweet too. I’m definitely excited for more from this series and I also can’t wait to make time for more from this author.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Swoon Thursday #130: Fall With Me by: Jennifer L Armentrout


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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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"Before he swung his legs off the bed, he kissed my cheek and then my temple. The act was both sweet and tender, and really made me want to flail around the room like a broken ballet dancer."

This book was full of swoons, so picking one was not easy, but there was just something sweet and adorable about this swoon that I had to share.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday #140: Daughter Of Dusk by: Livia Blackburne

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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"After learning the truth about her bloodlines, Kyra can’t help but feel like a monster.

Though she’s formed a tentative alliance with the Palace, Kyra must keep her identity a secret or risk being hunted like the rest of her Demon Rider kin. Tristam and the imprisoned assassin James are among the few who know about her heritage, but when Tristam reveals a heartbreaking secret of his own, Kyra’s not sure she can trust him. And with James’s fate in the hands of the palace, Kyra fears that he will give her away to save himself.

As tensions rise within Forge's Council, and vicious Demon Rider attacks continue in surrounding villages, Kyra knows she must do something to save her city. But she walks a dangerous line between opposing armies: will she be able to use her link to the Demon Riders for good, or will her Makvani blood prove to be deadly?

In this spellbinding sequel to Midnight Thief, Kyra and Tristam face their biggest battle yet as they grapple with changing allegiances, shocking deceit, and vengeful opponents. "

I really enjoyed Poison Dance and Midnight Thief so I can't wait to get my hands on this one.

Daughter Of Dusk will be released on August 4, 2015.
What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Book Review: Captive (Captive #1) by: Brighton Walsh

Release Date: March 24, 2015
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.
"He’s the most dangerous man she’s ever met…and she’s falling in love with him.

Madison Frost is desperate to escape her life. Daughter of a prominent businessman, she has everything a girl could ask for. Except for a family who’s present in her life, and anyone to talk to outside the four walls of the prison she calls home. Madison dreams of one day leaving her life behind. She never thought being kidnapped is how it would happen.

Now she’s being held captive by a man who’s as frightening as he is sinfully gorgeous. Enormous, muscular, and filled with secrets, the man they call Ghost is an enigmatic mercenary, and Madison is trapped with him. She doesn’t know who hired him or why, but the more time she spends at his mercy, the more she realizes he’s not what he seems. Beneath his rough exterior lies an unexpected gentleness and a heart as broken and battered as her own.

But as Madison lets down her walls, Ghost holds tight to his, hiding secrets that could destroy everything."

My Thoughts:

I love books that push my boundaries and Captive is definitely one of those books. It is one of those books that pushes me, as a reader, outside my comfort zone and that made me enjoy the book even more.

Let’s be real, it’s not easy to sell the reader on a love interest that is also the kidnapper, but Brighton does it. It’s a complicated story and there are a ton of layers. But those layers and complications make the characters who they are and who they are makes the relationship work. I’m not going to lie and say I was all for this relationship going into the story, because I wasn’t, I was wary of Ghost and what was happening. However, as I learned more and more I saw a different side to Ghost, and well, it works. I can’t say much else without spoiling it. The only other thing I’ll say is that Ghost is so damn hot!

I also absolutely loved Madison and my heart broke for her. The situation she is in is horrendous and horrible and I felt that fear right alongside her. But I loved that she didn’t give up. She was smart and determined and constantly analyzing the situation. She didn’t just sit and take it, even when it seemed like she was being complacent, she was constantly thinking about her next move. It takes a lot for her to open up to Ghost and it’s not until he truly proves it that she starts to believe him and I loved that. I loved that Madison didn’t just fall for him because he was good looking and what not.

I will admit that I pegged that bad guy early, but I think this is just a case of I read a lot so I look for the twist that a regular reader might not. But even with that, I was still glued to the pages and was speeding through the book to see if I was right. Not going to lie, I didn’t want to be right so I was devastated when I was. It was a crazy and killer storyline. Naturally I loved that, but it still hurt.

Captive is an addictive read and one I definitely recommend to people looking for something different from the new adult genre. It’s still steamy and has characters growing up, but it also has a unique flair to it. After Caged In Winter I wanted more from this author, but with Captive Brighton Walsh sealed her spot on my auto buy author list, because no matter what she writes I know it’s gonna be good.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books From My Childhood/Teens That I Would Love To Revisit


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