Friday, August 18, 2017

On My Shelf: Sneaking Candy by: Lisa Burstein

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.


This cover is so adorable and the synopsis is super cute! A secret author alter ego is just so fun. This sounds like simply a fun read and one to pick up when I need something light. Of course it has been sitting on my kindle for years now.

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

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Book Review: Long May She Reign by: Rhiannon Thomas

Release Date: February 21, 2017
from Harper Teen
Goodreads | Amazon
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via edelweiss and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"The Girl of Fire and Thorns meets The Queen of the Tearling in this thrilling fantasy standalone
about one girl’s unexpected rise to power.

Freya was never meant be queen. Twenty third in line to the throne, she never dreamed of a life in the palace, and would much rather research in her laboratory than participate in the intrigues of court. However, when an extravagant banquet turns deadly and the king and those closest to him are poisoned, Freya suddenly finds herself on the throne.

Freya may have escaped the massacre, but she is far from safe. The nobles don’t respect her, her councillors want to control her, and with the mystery of who killed the king still unsolved, Freya knows that a single mistake could cost her the kingdom – and her life.

Freya is determined to survive, and that means uncovering the murderers herself. Until then, she can’t trust anyone. Not her advisors. Not the king’s dashing and enigmatic illegitimate son. Not even her own father, who always wanted the best for her, but also wanted more power for himself.

As Freya’s enemies close in and her loyalties are tested, she must decide if she is ready to rule and, if so, how far she is willing to go to keep the crown."

My Thoughts:

This book surprised me in that I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. The premise here is so cool and the execution is not lacking. I love how this book blended fantasy with science and I LOVED how smart our heroine was.

Freya is a fantastic heroine. She is immediately likable and easy to root for. She is also incredibly smart, like genius smart. Freya is a scientist and that is how she approaches everything in life. She dreams of creating an invention that will enable her to get away from court life. But those dreams go up in smoke when the majority of the court is murdered and twenty-third in line Freya becomes Queen. This is nothing she ever planned for and she isn’t good at playing court life so she approaches this with her analytical mind and I loved that. I don’t think I’ve ever read about a Queen who was so methodical in her approach. And naturally she puts that mind of hers towards finding the murderer.

This book kept me guessing and I didn’t know who the murderer was until right before Freya did. The author did a fantastic job at keeping the reader guessing and questioning everyone’s motives. I won’t even discuss any secondary characters because I don’t want to give anything away. But I will say it has a great secondary cast of characters. Also, I loved Freya’s kitty.

The only tiny complaint is that I wish the romance had a tad bit more closure BUT I also get it. This book isn’t about the romance and it shouldn’t be about the romance. We get a pretty clear picture where things will go, but I just would have liked to seeeeee that. But that’s just the romantic in me.

Long May She Reign was a great read and I loved how it blended fantasy with a murder mystery and science. So far I’ve truly enjoyed everything from this author and I look forward to more.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Recent Reads: Queens and Action and Hollywood


Recent Reads is feature here 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 queens, action, and hollywood.

 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Monday, August 14, 2017

Release Blitz: Illegal Contact (The Barons #1) by: Santino Hassell (Review & Excerpt)

Release Date: August 15, 2017
from InterMix
Goodreads | Amazon
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"The rules of the game don’t apply off the field in this first Barons novel.

New York Barons tight end Gavin Brawley is suspended from the team and on house arrest after a video of him brawling goes viral. Gavin already has a reputation as a jerk with a temper on and off the field—which doesn’t help him once he finds himself on the wrong side of the law. And while he’s been successful professionally, he’s never been lucky when it comes to love.

Noah Monroe is a recent college grad looking for a job—any job—to pay off his mounting student debt. Working as Gavin’s personal assistant/babysitter seems like easy money. But Noah isn’t prepared for the electrifying tension between him and the football player. He’s not sure if he’d rather argue with Gavin or tackle him to the floor. But both men know the score, and neither is sure what will happen once Gavin's timeout is over…"

My Thoughts:

I need to have a serious talk with myself. I always talk about fluffy books and how much I love them, and I do, but then I get my hands on a real and gritty book and I just go head over heels for it and that is Illegal Contact in a nutshell. This book was so so good and it just felt so real.

The hate to love trope can be one of my very favorites, but it is also so hard to execute. Illegal Contact executes the hate to love perfectly. It is such a wonderful build up and their banter is amazing. They are at each other’s throats and they call one another on their crap constantly and it’s awesome. And over time it slightly changes until they genuinely want to be with one another. It was such an amazing dynamic and I adored it.

Both Noah and Gavin are great characters and I loved them together. And while I liked Noah, it was Gavin who really stole my heart. Gavin is such a cranky asshole, but there is also a vulnerability to him and he just grabbed me. I loved him and I loved his give no fucks attitude, because underneath it all he has a huge heart. I think it also helped that I fully agreed with his football is practically a religion attitude. Basically I feel like Gavin and I would get along, even with his cranky ass.

What I also loved about this one was how authentic NYC it is. Living in the city, I often nitpick books set in NYC that don’t get it quite right, but there is nothing to complain about here. It was perfect and even the smallest things were on point.

Illegal Contact is one of those books that caught me off guard and knocked me on my ass. I cannot wait for more from this series. This is my first Santino Hassell book, but it definitely won’t be my last.


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Friday, August 11, 2017

On My Shelf: Article 5 by: Kristen Simmons

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 snagged this one from Book Outlet (as I do so many books) a while ago. It sounded like a really amazing dystopian. But then I kinda got out of the dystopian phase and never got around to this one. I still enjoy dystopians when I do read them though so maybe this is one I should get around to one of these days.

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

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Book Review: Mister Hockey (Hellions Angels #1) by: Lia Riley

Release Date: July 11, 2017
from Avon Impulse
Goodreads | Amazon
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via edelweiss and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"Her biggest fantasy is about to become a reality. . .

Jed West is Mr. Hockey. The captain of the NHL’s latest winning team, the Denver Hellions—and the hottest player on the ice—at least according to every magazine. .and Breezy Angel. Breezy has been drooling over Jed at games for years, and he plays a starring role in her most toe-curling fantasies. But dirty dreams don’t come true, right?

Then Jed saunters through the doors of her library, a last minute special guest for a summer reading event, and not only is he drop dead gorgeous up close, his personality is straight up swoon-worthy. He even comes to the rescue when she has an R-rated “Super Book Worm” costume malfunction. But when he mistakenly assumes she’s more into books than pucks, she’s too flustered to correct his mistake. And then comes a big kiss, followed by a teensy-tiny problem. Jed’s dating policy is simple: Never date a fan.

So what’s a fangirl going to have to do to convince her ultimate crush that he’s become less of a perfect fantasy, and more like the perfect man. . .for her?"

My Thoughts:

I am pretty sure this book was written just for me. I am a huge hockey fangirl and a bookworm too, so this book called to me and I am so glad I found it because it was just what I needed. This book was light and fun and simply good for the soul. It was everything I want when I pick up a contemporary romance. 

I’m going to start with Breezy because I absolutely loved Breezy. I related to Breezy so so so much. I mean, to start we are both Ravenclaws, and we are also both huge hockey fans and bookworms. She collects funkos and is a bit quirky and when she met Jed for the first time, all I could think is that this is how I would be acting and internally freaking out if this was me meeting my favorite athlete. There was other stuff about Breezy too that I related to and I just really adored her character. But basically, I loved Breezy and loved seeing her get to experience her own kind of fairy tale.

Then there is Jed, who is pretty close to perfect and I loved him. He is this mega hockey star but he is also just a regular good guy and I loved that balance. He was the perfect blend of ridiculously sweet and ridiculously filthy. He has hit a crossroads in his career and my heart hurt for him at times. I loved watching him and Breezy come together at a time when both of them really needed it. They were so great together. Their chemistry was crazy and I loved how they both just fit together.

I cannot even stress enough how much I enjoyed this book because it felt so real to me because of the hockey fangirling and the book love. Sometimes you just find a book that you really relate to in your soul and this is one of those. It is fluffy and fun and sweet and it was just what I needed.

Mister Hockey was such a good read and it was so much fun. It was low on the angst and drama while still tugging at your heart. Read it please!


Cover Reveal: Play On by: Samantha Young


PLAY ON

Cover Design By Hang Le

Nora O’Brien chased a dream from Indiana to Scotland, so sure it was the right thing to do. Three years later she was left in her adopted country with nothing to her name but guilt and regret.

Until Aidan Lennox entered her life.
Older, worldlier, a music producer and composer, the sexy Scot should never have made sense for Nora. But somehow in each other they found the light they were looking for, the laughter and the passion—the strength to play on despite their past losses.
But when life dealt Aidan another unlucky hand, instead of reaching for her he disappeared. The agonizing loss of him inspired something within Nora. It fired her spirit— the anger and hurt pushing her forward to take control and reach for her dreams.
Finally pursuing a career on stage while she put herself through college, everything is how Nora wants it. She’s avoiding heartbreak and concentrating on her goals.
Sounds easy but it’s not. Because Aidan is back. And for some reason he hates Nora.
He’s determined to be at war with her.
And she has absolutely no idea why.


Out September 12th 2017

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Waiting On Wednesday #237: Exes With Benefits by: Nicole Williams

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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"He wants a second chance. I want a divorce. To get what I want, I’ll have to give him what he does. 


From New York Times & USA Today bestselling author, Nicole Williams, comes a new standalone romance in the same vein as Roommates with Benefits. Releasing September 18th, 2017. 

Full description to come." 

I love everything and anything Nicole Williams, so naturally I need this book ASAP!

Exes With Benefits will be released on September 18, 2017.
What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Recent Reads: Badass Queens


Recent Reads is feature here 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 badass Queens.


Monday, August 7, 2017

Book Review: The Flirtation (Submissive #10) by: Tara Sue Me

Release Date: August 8, 2017
from Berkley Books
Goodreads | Amazon
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"New York Times bestselling author Tara Sue Me is back with a scorching new romance--tenth in the
Submissive series.

Lynne has not wanted for anything since she began working as Nathaniel and Abby's nanny--until the night they invite her to a group BDSM meeting. The abrupt breakup she had with her last Dom made her turn her back on the lifestyle, but now she's ready to dive back in. When she starts chatting on online BDSM message boards, she's shocked to discover Simon, her former Dom, is a frequent poster--and even more shocked at herself when she creates a secret identity and strikes up a conversation.

After messaging with a mysterious submissive online, Simon forms an immediate connection. Lynne and Simon's D/s relationship grows in intensity, but can their relationship survive after the truth is exposed, and Lynne's identity is laid bare?"

My Thoughts:

We are now ten books into this series and it continues to deliver. Simon and Lynne were both so great and I loved them together so much. As always, the book was ridiculously steamy but it still had a ton of heart.

Lynne and Simon are a second chance romance and that is one of my favorite tropes. I loved them both individually and together and I so loved that they were exactly what one another needed. Their chemistry was crazy intense and I loved that even though they had drama they were never over the top angsty.

So a big part of this book relies on secrets between the couple and I’ll be honest, secrets are not something I deal with well, especially when I am in on the secret. It’s just a plot line that typically makes me crazy. However, Tara Sue Me made it work. She sold me on something I don’t typically love and I think that says a lot. The key is that it doesn’t drag forever and the fall out is realistic and painful, but also dealt with maturely.

One thing these books always tech me is that I am SOOOOOO not submissive in nature, cause oh my how the guys drive me insane. I get so cranky with them and I typically argue with them in my head and try to make the heroine say what I’m saying. But at the same time, I always love the dynamic between the characters. Just goes to show you don’t always have to fully relate to a story to love it.

The Flirtation is another great addition and I love getting to check in on past characters again. I swear, I could read about these characters forever and never get bored and I kinda hope I get to.

Friday, August 4, 2017

On My Shelf: Four by: Veronica Roth

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 loved the Divergent trilogy and I hold the unpopular opinion that Allegiant was a great read. So I'm not really sure why I haven't read this one yet. I adore Four and I would love to get inside his head! I think I'm holding back because I know where it is all going and it hurts my heart. One of these days I think I'll need to suck it up and read this collection.

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

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Book Review: The Great Pursuit (Eurona Duology #2) by: Wendy Higgins

Release Date: March 7, 2017
from Harper Teen
Goodreads | Amazon
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via edelweiss and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"Lochlanach has traded the great beast for something far more terrible, a Lashed enemy veiled in
beauty, deception, and a vengeance passed down through generations: Rozaria Rocato. And she’s offering the hunter Paxton Seabolt power and acceptance he could never receive in his homeland. Pax must decide how far he’s willing to go under her tutelage, knowing she is the opponent of Princess Aerity Lochson.

In a land where traditionalists dread change, the Lochlan throne must contend with mysterious foes and traitors, while attempting to keep revolt at bay. As dire circumstances strike the royal family, matters of the castle are left in Aerity’s hands. It's time to put aside her fears and grasp the reign, taking actions that have the potential to save or destroy her people.

One hunt has ended, but the pursuit for love and justice continue. In this sequel to The Great Hunt from New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins, political intrigue and romance intensify in another thrilling fantasy. Princess Aerity embraces a quest for identity and passion before making the ultimate sacrifice for her kingdom."

My Thoughts:

The Great Pursuit is a solid conclusion to the Eurona duology. All the pieces came together and we got our answers to our burning questions. Wendy Higgins foray into high fantasy was a successful one.

I won’t lie though. This book and I got off to a rocky start and I had to push through in the beginning. This is a long book and in my opinion there is a lot that happens in the first half that I’m not entirely sure was needed. At about the 40%/50% mark, that was where the book hooked me. There is some stuff in the beginning with Leif that drove me insane, which I admit detracted from my enjoyment in the beginning. Also, Aerity’s adventure in the beginning just felt, I don’t know, it felt prolonged. Once Aerity gets back home is where she shines. She isn’t the kind of heroine who is kick butt in the fighting sense, but she shines when she rules and that is what I loved watching her do.

This book delivers a great secondary cast and honestly I love some of them more so than I do Aerity and Paxton. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I adored Paxton and Aerity. Aerity is a great ruler. And Paxton is strong and sweet and willing to make huge sacrifices. Wendy knows how to write a hero. But for me, the secondary characters stole the show. I love Wynn and I so love the strong friendship between her and Aerity. I also loved Harrison. But my two favorites were Tiern and Vixie. There were times when I wanted those two to be the main characters. Leif though… him I do not like… and even later redemptive actions will not change my opinion.

Now I do have some reservations when it came to this one and its mostly around the female characters. I had a real hard time with the way they were treated at times. For example, Aerity is going to be Queen. She is ready and she is smart. But then she will do something ridiculously stupid just to fit the plot. I just had a real hard time believing that a smart girl like Aerity would get into a carriage with people she does not know because they claim to be there to help her. Just. Not smart no matter who you are and it felt like a forced plot device. I also fully hated that marriage was a constantly used threat. That Aerity was constantly being forced to marry this person or that person and that it was just normal. And then there is Rozario, our villain. She is evil yes, but she is also smart and strong and a badass villain and in the end what brings her down is a pretty face in Paxton. I just. It bugs me that a boy is what brought her down. That of course she would fall for a boy and it would ruin her. I just, there were a lot of subtle things about the way the girls were written that all added up and rubbed me the wrong way. And like sure all of this is okay BUT GOD FORBID a heroine break up with someone and fall in love with someone else CAN’T HAVE THAT CAN WE.

All in all though, The Great Pursuit is a good read and a good conclusion. Even with my gripes it delivered in the end.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Cover Reveal: Exes With Benefits by: Nicole Williams



Coming September 18th


He wants a second chance. I want a divorce. To get what I want, I’ll have to give him what he does.

From New York Times & USA Today bestselling author, Nicole Williams, comes a new standalone romance in the same vein as Roommates with Benefits. 





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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