Friday, June 30, 2017

On My Shelf: Fighting For Irish by: Gina L. Maxwell

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.


With the huge Entangled Brazen sale going on this week that has added a ton more books to my kindle, I decided to feature a Brazen that has been on my Kindle for a few years now. I have this problem where I collect Brazen titles and then never get around to most of them even though I want to. This is one in particular that really drew me in and idk why I haven't read it yet. I mean LOOK AT THE TATTOOS!!! So anyhoo I should probably read this one soon me thinks cause it still seems like a me read.

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

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Book Review: The Impossible Vastness Of Us by: Samantha Young

Release Date: June 27, 2017
from Harlequin Teen
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"I know how to watch my back. I’m the only one that ever has.

India Maxwell hasn’t just moved across the country—she’s plummeted to the bottom rung of the social ladder. It’s taken years to cover the mess of her home life with a veneer of popularity. Now she’s living in one of Boston’s wealthiest neighborhoods with her mom’s fiancĂ© and his daughter, Eloise. Thanks to her soon-to-be stepsister’s clique of friends, including Eloise’s gorgeous, arrogant boyfriend Finn, India feels like the one thing she hoped never to be seen as again: trash.

But India’s not alone in struggling to control the secrets of her past. Eloise and Finn, the school’s golden couple, aren’t all they seem to be. In fact, everyone’s life is infinitely more complex than it first appears. And as India grows closer to Finn and befriends Eloise, threatening the facades that hold them together, what’s left are truths that are brutal, beautiful, and big enough to change them forever…"

My Thoughts:

YA Contemporary and me don’t always get along, but this was Samantha Young so of course I needed to give this a shot and I’m so glad I did. This is the kind of YA contemporary I can enjoy. The characters are likable and it really captured the struggles and realties of being a teen well.

India, Finn, and Eloise were all wonderful characters and I loved the friendship that formed between these three. These are the kind of friends you wished you had in high school. The ones who have your back no matter what. I loved seeing this portrayed. But of course this is high school and not everyone is awesome. Teens can be so cruel. This is the kind of book that makes me glad I never ever have to go back to high school. Especially in today’s day and age of social media.

I will say though that The Impossible Vastness Of Us didn’t really surprise me in any way, and it’s not a bad thing, it just is what it is. I kinda guessed the majority of the plot super early on so I kept waiting and waiting for the things I knew were bound to happen to actually happen. So I did get impatient at times, but that was balanced by my love for these three so I didn’t really mind experiencing it all with them. But I could have used like one more chapter please! This is my biggest thing with YA contemporary, sometimes there is just too much open for my taste and ARGHHHH just a little bit more.

The Impossible Vastness Of Us is an enjoyable read with real and likable characters. My heart broke for each and every one of them and I loved watching them find one another. This is heartbreaking at times but also heartwarming. If you like a story with great characters this is one for you.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Waiting On Wednesday #231: Sinful Attraction by: London Hale

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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"She’s an original sin sort of bad
I never should’ve looked at my police officer neighbor the way I did. We were too mismatched, too different to even hope we could be together. Especially seeing as how he could arrest me at any moment for what I did for a living. But Connor couldn’t help being my knight in shining armor, and one last rescue makes me lose what little control I had. To be with him, I have to give up my job and, very possibly, my home on the island. Even then, I don’t know if he can ever forgive me for the sins I can’t wash away.

He’s one of the good guys
From the moment Lola moved into my apartment building, I’ve wanted her. She’s too sweet and seemingly innocent, but it doesn’t stop me from lusting after her. There’s something about the hours she keeps, though. Something about the life she leads that has warning bells going off in my cop brain. Yet I can’t stay away. Not when she needs my help. Not when she needs me. Even if being with her could cost me my future." 

Temperance Falls is my newest addiction and I cannot wait to get my hands on this one! These books are short and sweet and oh so steamy and I just devour them!

Sinful Attraction will be released on July 11, 2017.
What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Recent Reads: Gladiators and Angst and Lost Boys and Cinderella Stories


Recent Reads is feature I recently started on the blog. The point is to feature books I've read recently in quick recap fashion with fun info-graphics. The info-graphics came from the Bookout app, which is a great app for bloggers. You can log quotes and thoughts and track your reading stats (and no I'm not paid for this, I just really like this app). Recently I dove into worlds of gladiators, angst, lost boys, and cinderella stories.



Monday, June 26, 2017

Release Day Blitz: Regret (Under My Skin #1) by: Christina Lee (Review, Excerpt, & Teaser)

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REGRET
CHRISTINA LEE
M/M ROMANCE
RELEASE DATE: 06.26.17

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COVER DESIGN: KANAXA

When Brian “Brin” Schubert’s condo floods, he takes his co-worker up on the offer to stay on his crappy futon for a while. The last thing he expects is for his friend’s roommate to be the one guy he despises the most. The same guy who stomped on his heart senior year of high school. And by the looks of the girl on his arm, the same man who’s still deep inside the closet.
Nicholas Dell never predicted that eleven years later, one of his greatest regrets would show up on his doorstep down on his luck. Nick has made some terrible mistakes—story of his life—and he’s been paying for them ever since. And if the guilt and shame aren’t enough, his first crush had to turn into one of the sexiest men he’s ever laid eyes on.
Nick and Brin have weeks to steer clear of each other. Weeks to avoid strangling each other. But when stubbornness leads to skyrocketing sexual tension, hate-sex doesn’t seem like such an awful way to work through their frustration. Except hate is a powerful emotion, especially when it’s turned inward. And in Nick’s case he’s been drowning in a sea of self-loathing for so long, he can’t see his way out.
As Brin reconnects with Nick, his perception of what really happened in their past begins to change. He’s finally ready to forgive him and take a second chance on the one guy who stirs him like no other. But Nick’s demons are complicated, heart-wrenching…demanding. So devastating, he might never allow himself true happiness—even with the one man who’s always owned his heart.
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Source: I received a copy of this book as part of the release blitz and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.

My Thoughts:

Christina Lee always delivers a good read and Regret was no exception. This was such a good hate to love romance and and I really liked that dynamic. It was also a second chance romance and I so love that trope. The combo of hate to love and second chance worked so well here and this read delivered!

Brin and Nick were both so easy to love. What I liked best was that I was never on either one's side. I could clearly see the situation from both points of view and that really made it work. Nick though truly broke my heart and I really felt for him. Like I said though, I loved them both and I wanted them to make it work in the worst way. Their chemistry was off the charts and the tension was so so so good. Christina Lee knows how to write amazing tension and chemistry. I also so loved that Brin worked with dogs! My puppy loving heart just ate that up. 

All in all, Regret was a good read and it was easy to devour. Christina Lee continues to deliver and I cannot wait to see what she writes next.    

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Excerpt:

“Brin, let me introduce you to my roommate,” Elijah said as I followed him through the short hallway to the living room. “This is Nick and his friend, Sarah.” Sarah’s curly locks were nearly as blond as mine and Nick’s black hair was mostly tucked beneath a worn blue baseball cap. The two of them were cozy on the couch, Sarah sitting with her legs tucked under her and Nick with his ankle crossed over his knee. They were eating Chinese food off paper plates resting in their laps. Sarah simply waved as her mouth was full from a bite of food but Nick responded, “Hey, how you doing?” after swallowing a piece of what looked like an egg roll. The smell of fried rice hit my nostrils and when my stomach rumbled in response, I realized just how famished I was. I was dying to dive right into the second brown bag resting on the coffee table that more than likely contained my food, but I didn’t want to be rude. When Nick leaned forward with an outstretched hand, for some reason I zeroed right in on the neatly groomed scruff on his chin. When he tilted his face to look directly into my eyes, I froze, our fingers interlocked. A startled gasp sprang from my lips, and Nick’s eyebrows slammed together in confusion right before they lifted straight to his hairline. The same cherry-colored lips, with a center dimple drilled into his chin. Those sad, amber-colored eyes that shuttered out the world. Holy fuck. Elijah’s roommate was Nicholas Dell. The same Nicholas Dell from Jefferson High who practically ruined me for other guys. The same Devil’s third baseman that begged his math tutor to suck his cock in the locker room after practice. And given the female nestled up beside him, it was the same Nicholas Dell who was still deep in the closet. 
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Mother, wife, reader, dreamer. Christina lives in the Midwest with her husband and son--her two favorite guys. She's addicted to lip balm, coffee, and kissing. Because everything is better with kissing. She writes MM Contemporary as well as Adult and New Adult Romance. She believes in happily-ever-afters for all, so reading and writing romance for everybody under the rainbow helps quench her soul.
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Friday, June 23, 2017

On My Shelf: Angel's Ink by: Jocelynn Drake

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.


There was a lot about that book that drew me to it. First being that cover... I so love that cover. Second because that it is paranormal/urban fantasy which I will forever love. Third being TATTOOS. So I really don't know why I haven't gotten to this yet, except maybe that I am a slacker. I have been in need of a new paranormal series, so maybe this is it (after Mercy Thompson of course, I could hear Michele yelling at me as I typed that haha). 

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

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Book Review: Until It Fades by: K.A. Tucker

Release Date: June 27, 2017
from Atria Books
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"A sexy new romance about a small-town woman who saves the life of a mysterious man, and finds herself unexpectedly thrown into a whirlwind love affair, featuring bestselling author K. A. Tucker’s signature “well-constructed, pulse-pounding suspense” (USA TODAY).

Twenty-four-year-old truck stop waitress and single mother Catherine Wright has simple goals: to give her five-year-old daughter a happy life and to never again be the talk of the town in Balsam, Pennsylvania: population two thousand outside of tourist season.

And then one foggy night, on a lonely road back from another failed attempt at a relationship, Catherine saves a man’s life. It isn’t until after the police have arrived that Catherine realizes exactly who it is she has saved: Brett Madden, hockey icon and media darling.

Catherine has already had her fifteen minutes of fame and the last thing she wants is to have her past dragged back into the spotlight, only this time on a national stage. So she hides her identity. It works.

For a time.

But when she finds the man she saved standing on her doorstep, desperate to thank her, all that changes. What begins as an immediate friendship quickly turns into something neither of them expected. Something that Catherine isn’t sure she can handle; something that Catherine is afraid to trust.

Because how long can an extraordinary man like Brett be interested in an ordinary woman like Catherine…before the spark fades?"

My Thoughts:

This book is such a combination of sweet romance and slow burn and I really liked the way those two balanced one another. This really is a modern day fairy tale and sometimes that is exactly what the soul needs. I adored Brett and Cath and I adored the whole cast of characters.

Cath is so much stronger than she gives herself credit for. She has built a life for her and her daughter by herself and it may not be much but it’s hers. What she dealt with in that town made me see red, but I loved that she became stronger because of it. And I also loved her daughter Brenna. She was adorable and such a little scene stealer. Brenna is the queen of twenty questions.

Of course Brett is swoony. He is so easy to love and the way he tried to win over Cath will make you melt. And his interactions with Brenna were also heartwarming. Brett and Cath together were great and their fairy tale romance was adorable. It took a while for these two to finally come together, but once they did the payoff was so worth it.

Until It Fades was a sweet read and was pretty low on the angst. This is definitely light for K.A. Tucker and I liked seeing this side to her writing. There is a whole secondary cast of characters here that I also loved and one can only hope they get books. I’d especially love for Jack (Cath’s brother) to get a story cause I loved him. All in all, this is a great romance that will make your heart happy.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Belated Blogoversary Celebration!

Well... because June is flying by I somehow missed my Blogoversary but I decided I needed to celebrate belatedly because this is five years and is a big milestone. I really cannot believe I have been doing this so long now and it really has become such a part of my daily life. It is still one of my best decisions and I love my blogging community. 

So to quicky recap, here are some of my favorite posts from the past year:

I've said it before, but blogging would not be the wonderful thing it is without the people. It was through blogging that I found my person Michele and I will forever be thankful for that. Everyone should be lucky enough to find a friend like I have found in Michele. And of course there is Jessica who I love and who is now my NYC buddy. And Vi, who I simply adore. And I can't forget Magen, my very first blogging friend. And it is because of blogging and our shared loved of M. Leighton that I found my minxes who are just amazing. And there are so many other bloggers who I love and love gushing over books with. You are all my people. 

And now for a giveaway. 


I'm giving away a signed copy of Ten Tiny Breaths by KA Tucker!!!


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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Release Blitz: Trusting You & Other Lies by: Nicole Williams




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USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Nicole Williams delivers a seductive summer romance worth swooning over. Perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Stephanie Perkins.
Phoenix can't imagine anything worse than being shipped off to family summer camp. Her parents have been fighting for the past two years--do they seriously think being crammed in a cabin with Phoenix and her little brother, Harry, will make things better?
On top of that, Phoenix is stuck training with Callum--the head counselor who is seriously cute but a complete know-it-all. His hot-cold attitude means he's impossible to figure out--and even harder to rely on. But despite her better judgment, Phoenix is attracted to Callum. And he's promising Phoenix a summer she'll never forget. Can she trust him? Or is this just another lie?


Trusting You & Other Lies is a fantastic read and Nicole Williams dip into YA contemporary was a success. YA contemporaries and I don’t always get along, but I so loved this book. This is one I highly recommend and its perfect to bring on a summer beach trip. Read more of my review here.





Nicole Williams is the New York Times and USATODAY bestselling author of contemporary and young adult romance, including the Crash and Lost & Found series. Her books have been published by HarperTeen and Simon & Schuster in both domestic and foreign markets, while she continues to self-publish additional titles. She is working on a new YA series with Crown Books (a division of Random House) as well. She loves romance, from the sweet to the steamy, and writes stories about characters in search of their happily even after. She grew up surrounded by books and plans on writing until the day she dies, even if it’s just for her own personal enjoyment. She still buys paperbacks because she’s all nostalgic like that, but her kindle never goes neglected for too long. When not writing, she spends her time with her husband and daughter, and whatever time’s left over she’s forced to fit too many hobbies into too little time.Nicole is represented by Jane Dystel, of Dystel and Goderich Literary Agency.
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Monday, June 19, 2017

Mini Review: Sinful Temptation (Temperance Falls: Selling Sin #1) by: London Hale

Release Date: June 20, 2017
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the author and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"She’s too sinful to resist
I escaped my hometown the second I could, only to be brought back by my late grandmother’s will. The Christian bookstore and tea shop she bequeathed to me was the perfect place to open the island’s only adult toy store. Being across the street from a church is a bonus. Even better? The new to town, hot as sin pastor I’d love nothing more than to sully. Pastor Noah may be off-limits, but that won’t stop me from tempting him.

He could lose it all if he gives in
Sin is my greatest obsession and my congregation’s biggest distraction. Harper—the owner of the aptly named adult store—is too forward, too overtly sexual for such a quiet island town, which is why I can’t keep my eyes off her. One chance encounter, one moment of surrender, and my fate is sealed. No amount of praying will absolve me of these sins."

My Thoughts:

Sinful Temptation is yet another good read from London Hale. They are quickly becoming a go to for me when I need something short and sweet and dirty. Ever heard the saying “prince in the streets and a beast in the sheets”? That is Noah to a tee. Holy wow he was something else. He was so ridiculously dirty and steamy but he was also such a gentleman. Oh and did I mention he is a Pastor? Cue some serious The Thornbirds flashbacks… except much much dirtier. I adored him and Harper together and their dynamic was fantastic. And Harper? She is the owner of the local sex shop. A pastor and a sex shop owner probably don’t seem like a great pair, but these two belong together. They complement one another so well and just fit. I loved the taboo-ness of their relationship and I especially enjoyed watching Noah tell the world to eff off. Temperance Falls is such a wonderful place and I never want to leave.

Friday, June 16, 2017

On My Shelf: The 5th Wave by: Rick Yancey

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.


A few years ago I went to a signing because Richelle Mead was there, but she was joined by a couple other authors and Rick Yancey was one of them. So I grabbed this while I was at the signing. At the time it was getting a ton of hype and it sounded like a book I would enjoy. Of course it has now been sitting on my shelf for years and hasn't been touched. I kinda forgot about it until I was rearranging my shelves recently.

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

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Book Review: Trusting You & Other Lies by: Nicole Williams

Release Date: June 20, 2017
 from Crown Books for Young Readers
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the author and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Nicole Williams delivers a seductive summer
romance worth swooning over. Perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Stephanie Perkins.

Phoenix can’t imagine anything worse than being shipped off to family summer camp. Her parents have been fighting for the past two years—do they seriously think being crammed in a cabin with Phoenix and her little brother, Harry, will make things better?

On top of that, Phoenix is stuck training with Callum—the head counselor who is seriously cute but a complete know-it-all. His hot-cold attitude means he’s impossible to figure out—and even harder to rely on. But despite her better judgment, Phoenix is attracted to Callum. And he’s promising Phoenix a summer she’ll never forget. Can she trust him? Or is this just another lie?"

My Thoughts:

I’ve said it before, but I’m saying it again, Nicole Williams never disappoints. Trusting You & Other Lies was an addictive read and one I easily finished in one sitting. This is a perfect summer read. It has great characters and such a sweet summer romance.

Phoenix is a wonderful heroine. She has been dealing with so much between school and her family and it’s given her some serious trust issues. I loved Phoenix because she was real and flawed. She is a great person and her drive is something to be admired. I also loved how she was with her younger brother. She cared so much for him and in those moments you saw who Phoenix really was.

Of course I also loved Callum. Callum has his own set of issues, but he too is a great guy. He works so hard and cares so much about his job and wants to do well. This camp is the one place where he is really good at something and my heart hurt for him. I loved him and like with Phoenix I loved how real he was and I felt for everything he had to endure.

Callum and Phoenix together were great. Neither of them were looking for anything over this summer but they still found it. They both gravitated to one another because they both needed someone who got it. I loved that they weren’t afraid to call one another out and they had a great push and pull. Also they were simply adorable together and their romance was just so so so sweet.

Trusting You & Other Lies is a fantastic read and Nicole Williams dip into YA contemporary was a success. YA contemporaries and I don’t always get along, but I so loved this book. This is one I highly recommend and its perfect to bring on a summer beach trip.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Waiting On Wednesday #230: The Midnight Dance by: Nikki Katz

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 music stops, the dance begins.

Seventeen-year-old Penny is a lead dancer at the Grande Teatro, a finishing school where she and eleven other young women are training to become the finest ballerinas in Italy. Tucked deep into the woods, the school is overseen by the mysterious and handsome young Master who keeps the girls ensconced in the estate – and in the only life Penny has never known.

But when flashes of memories, memories of a life very different from the one she thinks she’s been leading, start to appear, Penny begins to question the Grand Teatro and the motivations of the Master. With a kind and attractive kitchen boy, Cricket, at her side, Penny vows to escape the confines of her school and the strict rules that dictate every step she takes. But at every turn, the Master finds a way to stop her, and Penny must find a way to escape the school and uncover the secrets of her past before it’s too late." 

Look at that cover! I need this book in my life!

The Midnight Dance will be released on October 17, 2017.
What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Recent Reads: Roommates and Fae and Temptation and Lies


Recent Reads is feature I started on the blog. The point is to feature books I've read recently in quick recap fashion with fun info-graphics. The info-graphics came from the Bookout app, which is a great app for bloggers. You can log quotes and thoughts and track your reading stats (and no I'm not paid for this, I just really like this app). Recently I dove into worlds of roommates, fae, temptation, and lies.



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