Thursday, March 31, 2016

Book Review: Walk The Edge (Thunder Road #2) by: Katie McGarry

Release Date: March 29, 2016
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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.
"One moment of recklessness will change their worlds.

Smart. Responsible. That's seventeen-year-old Breanna's role in her large family, and heaven forbid she put a toe out of line. Until one night of shockingly un-Breanna-like behavior puts her into a vicious cyber-bully's line of fire—and brings fellow senior Thomas "Razor" Turner into her life.

Razor lives for the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, and good girls like Breanna just don't belong. But when he learns she's being blackmailed over a compromising picture of the two of them—a picture that turns one unexpected and beautiful moment into ugliness—he knows it's time to step outside the rules.

And so they make a pact: he'll help her track down her blackmailer, and in return she'll help him seek answers to the mystery that's haunted him—one that not even his club brothers have been willing to discuss. But the more time they spend together, the more their feelings grow. And suddenly they're both walking the edge of discovering who they really are, what they want, and where they're going from here."

My Thoughts:

Katie McGarry never disappoints and Walk The Edge was no exception. I adored Razor and Breanna and my heart hurt for both of them. This was a heartbreaking read but it was also so sweet in its own way.

My heart hurt for Breanna. Between school and her family, I wanted to hug her and make everything better. Her family is a real piece of work and I wanted to strangle them many times. Her parents in particular drove me insane. They put way too much on her shoulders. It was not on her to raise her younger siblings. I get it, as an older sibling I do, sometimes you have to babysit and help out, but its not her job to run the house and raise the other kids. You made the decision to have nine kids, not Breanna. That’s too much responsibility for any teen. And her siblings! My God. They were horrible too. There is teasing your sister and then being cruel and they were cruel. Your brothers/sisters are supposed to be your support and all they did was hurt her and then try to control her when she finally did something they didn’t approve of (also not their job or place to approve). And that goes for her parents too, you can’t just all of a sudden decide to care when something doesn’t go the way you planned. And then to not even listen to your daughter… it just put me in a rage spiral. So yeah. My heart hurt for Breanna and she deserved better.

Then Razor. Oh my heart Razor. My heart absolutely shattered for that boy. He has always been closed off but when he decides to love he goes all in. The MC may drive me insane with their secrets, because lets be honest if they didn’t keep all these damn secrets so many problems could be avoided, but they truly are a family and do have one anothers backs. Watching Razor and Breanna find one another when then needed someone most was so sweet. They were exactly what one another needed.

This book though made me so incredibly grateful I went to high school in the very early days of social media because it is terrifying. Every single one of us made mistakes in high school, but thankfully we didn’t have the threat they would follow us around forever. Our mistakes died once the rumors and whispers died down, but now they live forever. The first thing a college or job does is google you and its scary to think that one picture could haunt you forever. Which is SO WRONG because it leads to hurting the victim and not the person who attacked the victim, but that’s a rant for another day. Like I said, I’m glad I went to high school when we still chatted by passing notes folded up into cool squares.

As you can see, this book got under my skin. I loved Razor and Breanna. I liked Nowhere But Here but I really loved Walk The Edge. And now I am so ready for Chevy and Violet! I’m also ready for some certain other car loving character to finally make his way to Snowflake. Bring it on!

Release Blitz: Down To My Soul by: Kennedy Ryan

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She doesn't wear my ring. We never stood before a preacher. The only vows exchanged were between our bodies; between our souls. But she was mine and I was hers until I ruined it. I have to believe that every day, every step, every breath brings me closer to making things right. To making her mine again. KAI I've seen promises broken. I know love makes no guarantees. But things were different for Rhys and me, until he lied, and I walked away. Only there's a chain between our hearts that I can't break. Even if I forgive him, a shadow from my past hangs over us; over this love that reaches all the way down to my soul.
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“Rhys?” His name rushes from my mouth on a breath, and I’m off the bed, hurling myself at him top speed. Somehow my legs wrap around his waist and my arms tangle behind his neck. I couldn’t hold back and play this cool if I wanted to. Every part of me that’s been fighting to stay focused, to keep working, to be on, collapses against him. Surrenders to the feel of him in my arms and the smell of him. My fingers lace through his hair. I scatter kisses across his face, the sharp angles and taut skin warm beneath my lips. “So I take it you’re happy to see me?” He chuckles, pressing his forehead to mine, hands squeezing my thighs. “Happy?” I release something that’s half a sob, half a laugh, pulling back a few centimeters to let him breathe. “What gave you that idea?” We stop grinning at the same time, laughter dissolving, our bodies exchanging sensual information. My breasts flattened to his chest. His erection growing and hardening against my core. Our breaths mingling and hearts tattooing beats through our clothes and into the other’s skin. I move first, leaning in to capture his bottom lip between mine, sucking and pulling between my teeth. Licking into his mouth like there’s honey hidden inside. He groans into the kiss, walking backward until we reach the bed and dropping me so I bounce a little, his eyes roving over me head to toe. “Pep, what the hell are you wearing?” Humor and desire tussle in his eyes. I look down, laughing when I see the young Jackson brothers emblazoned across my chest, my legs ending in the footed bottoms. “If I’d known you were coming, I could have made sexier arrangements.” “Arrangements?” He quirks a dark brow, placing a knee on either side of my legs, hovering over me like a promise. “Lingerie would have been nice. Other rock stars have girlfriends who wear lingerie.” “Oh, are you referring to yourself as a rock star now?” I grin up at him, feeling whole for the first time since he kissed me goodbye a week ago. “That’s not egomaniacal at all. Is there a club? You guys have rock star meetings? Does one of you take rock star minutes?” “You are sitting in here listening to my music in the dark.” He leans forward to tug at the zipper beneath my chin. “Maybe you’re actually one of my crazed fans. Or a groupie. I might even find a Mrs. Rhyson Gray t-shirt around here somewhere. My girlfriend doesn’t like those.” “No, she doesn’t.” I shake my head, eyes never straying from his. A small frown jerks his brows together. He tugs again at the zipper, but it doesn’t budge. “Pep, it’s stuck,” he says. “Sometimes it does that,” I answer easily, enjoying the frustration spreading over his expression as he keeps pulling and it keeps staying. He places my hand over his cock, hard and poking through his jeans. “Well, it’s not exactly a good time for it to do that.” I laugh, grasping my zipper and tugging. Wow, it really is stuck. These are vintage PJs, older than I am and threadbare in places. I’m surprised the zipper hasn’t rusted before now. I sit up, bringing our bodies closer as I jiggle the little hook a few times. Nothing. “Just how attached are you to this Jackson Five onesie?” His glance burns hot across my subtle curves visible through the thin flannel, telegraphing his intentions. “Well this is Michael’s original nose.” I release a fake exasperated sigh. “But I do have my sewing kit.” “All I needed to hear.” Sorry, boys. He grabs the two ends of the collar separated by the zip line and pulls until there’s a ripping sound, the panels falling back to reveal my naked breasts and my panties. A wicked grin spreads across lips. “You naughty girl.” He runs a finger over the writing on the front of my calendar panties, carrying a current that simultaneously hitches my breath and gets me wet. “Wearing Monday panties on a Thursday. My little rebel.” 

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I just can't write about myself in third person for one more bio! I'm a wife, a mom, a writer, an advocate for families living with autism. That's me in a nutshell. Crack the nut, and you'll find a Southern girl gone Southern California who loves pizza and Diet Coke, and wishes she got to watch a lot more television. You can usually catch me up too late, on social media too much, or FINALLY putting a dent in my ever-growing To Be Read list! I love to hear from readers at kennedyryanwrites@gmail.com.
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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Release Week Blitz: Walk The Edge by: Katie McGarry

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One moment...

That’s all it takes to change your life.

What happens when your entire future is on the line because of one reckless moment? This is what Breanna Miller and Thomas “Razor” Turner have to face in Katie McGarry’s WALK THE EDGE. Blackmail, family secrets, future plans on the verge of collapsing, two people who aren’t supposed to be together fall in love, and the power of social media in defining who you are when you’re not even sure who that person is yet…Join the Club and and immerse yourself in the world of the Reign of Terror. Pick up WALK THE EDGE today!

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One moment of recklessness will change their worlds
Smart. Responsible. That's seventeen-year-old Breanna's role in her large family, and heaven forbid she put a toe out of line. Until one night of shockingly un-Breanna-like behavior puts her into a vicious cyberbully's line of fire—and brings fellow senior Thomas "Razor" Turner into her life.
Razor lives for the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, and good girls like Breanna just don't belong. But when he learns she's being blackmailed over a compromising picture of the two of them—a picture that turns one unexpected and beautiful moment into ugliness—he knows it's time to step outside the rules.
And so they make a pact: he'll help her track down her blackmailer, and in return she'll help him seek answers to the mystery that's haunted him—one that not even his club brothers have been willing to discuss. But the more time they spend together, the more their feelings grow. And suddenly they're both walking the edge of discovering who they really are, what they want, and where they're going from here.
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“I’m here about your mother.” The asshole knows he has me when my eyes snap to his. 
“She’s dead.” Like the other times I say the words, a part of me dies along with her. 
This guy has green eyes and they soften like he’s apologetic. “I know. I’m sorry. I’ve received some new evidence that may help us discover what caused her death.”
Anger curls within my muscles and my jaw twitches. This overwhelming sense of insanity is what I fight daily. For years, I’ve heard the whispers from the gossips in town, felt the stares of the kids in class, and I’ve sensed the pity of the men in the Reign of Terror I claim as brothers. It’s all accumulated to a black, hissing doubt in my soul. 
Suicide.
It’s what everyone in town says happened. It’s in every hushed conversation people have the moment I turn my back. It’s not just from the people I couldn’t give two shits about, but the people who I consider family. 
I shove away those thoughts and focus on what my father and the club have told me—what I have chosen to believe. “My mother’s death was an accident.”
He’s shaking his head and I’m fresh out of patience. I’m not doing this. Not with him. Not with anyone. “I’m not interested.”
I push off the railing and I did out the keys to my motorcycle as I bound down the steps. The detective’s behind me. He has a slow steady stride and it irritates me that he follows across the yard and doesn’t stop coming as I swing my leg over my bike. 
“What if I told you I don’t think it was an accident,” he says. 
Odds are it wasn’t. Odds are every whispered taunt in my direction is true. That my father and the club drove Mom crazy, and I wasn’t enough of a reason for her to choose life. 
To drown him out, I start the engine. This guy must be as suicidal as people say Mom was because he eases in front of my bike assuming I won’t run him down.
“Thomas,” he says. 
I twist the handle to rev the engine in warning. He raises his chin like he’s finally pissed and his eyes narrow on me. “Razor.”
I let the bike idle. If he’s going to respect me by using my road name, I’ll respect him for a few seconds. “Leave me the fuck alone.”
Damn if the man doesn’t possess balls the size of Montana. He steps closer to me and drops a bomb. “I have reason to believe your mom was murdered.”

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"There's something about McGarry's writing that's totally enthralling. Her characters are vivid, flawed and riveting, making this is a truly amazing read!"

~ RT Book Reviews "Katie McGarry is a master of her craft! Raw emotion, pure grit, I hang on every word. Her characters are real people with real problems and I cheer them every step of the way. Ready for a new addiction? Look no further than Katie McGarry's books."

~ Gena Showalter, Bestselling author of Firstlife "I finished WALK THE EDGE by the amazing Katie McGarry. It was SO good that now I feel bereft. I already miss Razor & Bre - I need to know more! She is by far my #1 favorite author. She paints a picture with the words, puts you IN the story... LOVE.~ Lori Foster, New York Times Bestselling Author

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Katie McGarry - author pic  Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan. Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON, BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine's 2012 Reviewer's Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr | Pinterest | Goodreads

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Top Ten Tuesday: My Most Recent 5 Star Reads


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

FUN TOPIC! Okay so, I don't use ratings on my blog but I do use them on Goodreads because I have a compulsion and cannot leave it blank. So here are the last ten books I gave 5 stars, not including re-reads. 



Monday, March 28, 2016

The Monday Musts 3/28/2016

The Monday Musts is a weekly feature hosted by the awesome Jessica at Lovin Los Libros. This is a fun way to share a must read book, a must listen to song/album/artist, and a must see (can be anything). I'm really excited to be taking part in this feature and I'm sure it will be a ton of fun.

Must Read:
Decided to feature Chasing River this week because I adore this book and want everyone to read it.

Must Listen:
I am on a real Broadway kick lately, so this week I bring you my favorite song from the Wicked soundtrack- As Long As You're Mine. This play is phenomenal! I saw it years ago now but I am dying to go again but I am also scared. I saw the play with the original cast aka the unmatched Idina Menzel and I just don't know if anyone can measure up to her.

Must See:
This one is for all of my fellow Hamilton fans. I am featuring the movie 1776 as my must see. This is the original American musical. If you haven't seen it yet, I highly suggest you do. I mean, even Hamilton references this musical with the "Sit Down John" line. Also, Mr. Feeny plays John Adams... and now you know why it was John Adams High in Boy Meets World. I was first introduced to this when I was a kid. I saw it on Broadway during its revival run. It was the first time I saw a play with front row seats and it was a wonderful experience. Little Teresa was forever changed. I then of course fell in love with this movie so I could relive it again and again. I've always been an American history geek so it's no wonder I love this and Hamilton. 

Release Day Blitz: Touch The Sky by: Christina Lee & Nyrae Dawn

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Touch the Sky
Free Fall, Book 1
Christina Lee & Nyrae Dawn
New Adult M/M Romance

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COVER DESIGN: Natasha Snow
PHOTOGRAPHY: Giovanni Dall’Orto
RELEASE DATE: 03.28.16
 
Lucas Barnett and Gabriel Stewart didn’t have it easy as kids. They were only trying to deal with bad situations at home when they became lifelines for each other. Their pipe dream was to someday meet in LA, where Lucas would design skyscrapers, and Gabriel would learn to fly. But then Gabriel disappeared without so much as a goodbye, and Lucas got himself in trouble with the law.
Five years later, both men are at a loss when they run into each other at a Hollywood bar. Lucas is still angry, but it’s not as if Gabriel could control how his mind and body had betrayed him. Being found on the ledge of that bridge had changed everything.
The attraction is immediate, but it’s more than their inability to keep their hands off each other. Neither man expects the fierce connection pulling them together. Unfortunately, ignoring their problems doesn’t make them disappear. Gabriel’s internal struggles are serious…dangerous. And no matter how much Lucas wants it to be true, saving Gabriel won’t make up for not being able to save his mom. If they don’t find the strength to face their own demons before the darkness takes hold, they risk more than just losing each other forever.
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EXCERPT
I grab a piece of pizza and we finish the whole box, while drinking soda and watching a horror flick on TV. With each minute that passes, Gabe gets closer to me. It’s not one of those lame-ass things you see in movies, where the distance keeps shrinking while they get the balls to make a move. I just think Gabe craves contact—skin and flesh and warmth. And even though I’m not typically like that, I suddenly want to give it to him. Or maybe I’m just a selfish bastard and I’m fooling myself because I really just crave him. So I do it, blatantly just move closer. Our legs touch, jeans against jeans. Our arms though? That’s skin against skin and I think maybe I really do crave skin and flesh and warmth the same way he does. At least when it’s him, I do. The movie ends, and out of the corner of my eye, I see his head turn. Feel his gaze on me. I want to taste him. Me taste him. I’ve felt his lips twice and both times were both Gabe’s doing. This time it’ll be mine. I turn to him, touch his cheek with my left hand, let his hair slide through my fingers and then grab on. Then I’m leaning forward, my tongue at the seam of his lips. Gabe opens up for me and I thrust my tongue inside. The feel of him, the taste of him goes straight to my head—both my dick and the one on my shoulders. He moans into my mouth as I push closer to him. Reading my body language, Gabe turns, lies down so that he’s on his back and I’m between his legs, leaning over him. My dick aches. I feel his, hard and thick against my stomach as I kiss him deeper. “I can’t believe you’re here,” I say as my lips slide down his neck. I can’t believe I just said that either. Gabe’s hand tightens in my hair and his hips move, as he rubs his erection against me. “I can’t believe it either.” He’s breathless, his voice hoarse with lust. It rocks through me and I suddenly want nothing more than to see what he looks like when he comes.  


Nyrae Dawn picNyrae Dawn can almost always be found with a book in her hand or an open document on her laptop. She couldn’t live without books—reading or writing them. Oh, and chocolate. She’s slightly addicted.
She gravitates toward character-driven stories. Whether reading or writing, she loves emotional journeys. It’s icing on the cake when she really feels something, but is able to laugh too. She’s a proud romantic, who has a soft spot for flawed characters, who make mistakes, but also have big hearts.
Whether she’s writing young adult, new adult, or adult you can always count on a healthy dose of romance from her books. She likes to tackle tough subjects, and believes everyone needs to see themselves in the stories they read.
Nyrae is living her very own happily ever after in California with her gorgeous husband (who still makes her swoon) and her two incredibly awesome kids.
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Christina Lee picOnce upon a time, I lived in New York City and was a wardrobe stylist. I spent my days shopping for photo shoots, getting into cabs, eating amazing food, and drinking coffee at my favorite hangouts.
Now I live in the Midwest with my husband and son—my two favorite guys. I've been a clinical social worker and a special education teacher. But it wasn't until I wrote a weekly column for the local newspaper that I realized I could turn the fairytales inside my head into the reality of writing fiction.
I write Adult, New Adult, and M/M Contemporary Romance. I'm addicted to lip gloss and salted caramel everything. I believes in true love and kissing, so writing romance novels has become a dream job.
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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Wekly Recap 3/27/2016


I got some incredibly exciting books this week! I had a package show up from Penguin and I flailed. It had The Reader, The Rose and the Dagger, and Lotus and Thorn. All sound awesome but I am most excited for Lotus and Thorn. Thanks so much Penguin Teen! I also got the latest Harry Potter coloring book and it is glorious. Thanks Scholastic! Then I got a pretty paperback of Collared and to make it even more exciting it is signed. I absolutely adore that book and if I'm honest, its been hard reading anything since I've finished reading that wonderful book. Thanks so much Nicole! Next up my preorder of The Fallen Prince arrived early and this cover is stunning. And then last but not least, I spent a B&N gift card on Twice Tempted and the new Star Wars books. 

Goodreads Links:
The Reader by: Traci Chee
The Rose And The Dagger by: Renee Ahdieh
Lotus And Thorn by: Sara Wilson Etienne
Collared by: Nicole Williams
The Fallen Prince by: Amalie Howard
Twice Tempted by: Jeaniene Frost

Reviews:
Thirteen Reasons Why by: Jay Asher (Nicole Speaks)

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Release Day Blast: Collared by: Nicole Williams

Friday, March 25, 2016

On My Shelf: Cinder by: Marissa Meyer

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.



I can feel people getting ready to yell at me as I type this. I have heard nothing but amazing things about this book and series and I really cannot believe I haven't read this one yet. It sounds so so good and I know all of the praise cannot be wrong. I won this book at an event a few years ago (along with Scarlet and Cinder) and it has just sat prettily on my shelf since then.

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

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Waiting On Wednesday #185: Bright Smoke Cold Fire by: Rosamund Hodge

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 the mysterious fog of the Ruining crept over the world, the living died and the dead rose. Only the walled city of Viyara was left untouched.

The heirs of the city’s most powerful—and warring—families, Mahyanai Romeo and Juliet Catresou share a love deeper than duty, honor, even life itself. But the magic laid on Juliet at birth compels her to punish the enemies of her clan—and Romeo has just killed her cousin Tybalt. Which means he must die.

Paris Catresou has always wanted to serve his family by guarding Juliet. But when his ward tries to escape her fate, magic goes terribly wrong—killing her and leaving Paris bound to Romeo. If he wants to discover the truth of what happened, Paris must delve deep into the city, ally with his worst enemy . . . and perhaps turn against his own clan.

Mahyanai Runajo just wants to protect her city—but she’s the only one who believes it’s in peril. In her desperate hunt for information, she accidentally pulls Juliet from the mouth of death—and finds herself bound to the bitter, angry girl. Runajo quickly discovers Juliet might be the one person who can help her recover the secret to saving Viyara.

Both pairs will find friendship where they least expect it. Both will find that Viyara holds more secrets and dangers than anyone ever expected. And outside the walls, death is waiting. . . ." 



I am so ridiculously excited for this book! It sounds amazing and I have enjoyed the other books from this author. Also pretty cover is pretty.

Bright Smoke Cold Fire will be released on September 27, 2016.
What are you waiting on?

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