Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Cover Reveal: Stars Over Castle Hill by: Samantha Young


STARS OVER CASTLE HILL
A JOSS & BRADEN NOVELLA
Cover Design: Samantha Young
Stock photos provided by Deposit Photos: © Konradbak & © StockCube
Release Date: March 30th 2017 in ebook on most e-retailer platforms (incl. Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, BN and Google Play)
Book will go live on all platforms day of release.

Joss and Braden Carmichael are blissfully married living in their townhouse on Dublin Street with their two beautiful children. It’s a life Joss never expected to have, and one she’s grateful for every day.
But… what if she never met Braden and Ellie Carmichael on that fateful day when she was only twenty-two years old?
When Joss is asked to write a story about how her life might have turned out if a pivotal moment in it never happened, she thinks of the day she met both Braden and Ellie Carmichael. If she had never met them where might she have ended up? Joss believes no matter where life may have taken her it would have inevitably led her to Braden. But what if she was thirty instead of twenty-two when they met? How would she have felt about risking her heart then?

And even if she was older and wiser and ready to fall madly in love, what if too much had happened to Braden to make him the man that would risk his heart to save hers?
Will time be their enemy… or is it possible that two souls are meant for one another in any reality?
Stars Over Castle Hill is an alternate reality novella of a romance that captured the hearts of readers all over the world. Joss and Braden are back with a story that is just as emotional, passionate and sexy as their first!


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Friday, February 24, 2017

On My Shelf: No Peace For The Damned by: Megan Powell

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 for my kindle ages ago because I absolutely loved the cover and it sounded like a Teresa read. Of course I got sidetracked by a bunch of other reads and never got around to it. I haven't seen too much feedback on this one so I'm curious if anyone has any feedback on it. 

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

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Book Review: Till Death by: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Release Date: February 28, 2017
from William Morrow
Goodreads | Amazon
Source: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"In New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s gripping new novel, a young woman
comes home to reclaim her life—even as a murderer plots to end it. . .

It’s been ten years since Sasha Keaton left her West Virginia hometown . . . since she escaped the twisted serial killer known as the Groom. Returning to help run her family inn means being whole again, except for one missing piece. The piece that falls into place when Sasha’s threatened—and FBI agent Cole Landis vows to protect her the way he couldn’t a decade ago.

First one woman disappears; then another, and all the while, disturbing calling cards are left for the sole survivor of the Groom’s reign of terror. Cole’s never forgiven himself for not being there when Sasha was taken, but he intends to make up for it now . . . because under the quirky sexiness Cole first fell for is a steely strength that only makes him love Sasha more.

But someone is watching. Waiting. And Sasha’s first mistake could be her last."

My Thoughts:

We all know that I am a big JLA fan so I’m sure it will come as no surprise that I loved Till Death. This book was a great blend of romance and suspense and it really keeps you turning pages. It has a great cast of characters and an on the edge of your seat plot.

Sasha is a great heroine and I loved her. I loved her because she is incredibly strong and a fighter. She has lived through horrors and she is so strong in facing her fears and learning to live. And of course I adored Cole. JLA is the queen of swoony book boyfriends and of course Cole was no exception to this rule. He is determined to break through Sasha’s walls now that he has a second chance and that determination of his is so endearing.

Till Death was great because it does a really good job of balancing the romance with the suspense. As a reader you will be equally invested in both. I loved watching Sasha and Cole get their second chance, but I also loved the suspense and the twists and turns along the way. I was pretty proud of myself for correctly guessing who the Groom was because I don’t think it was easy and I really doubted myself along the way. There are a ton of twists and turns and things that seem to be connected aren’t and things that seem to have no connection do. All the aspects connected to deliver an edge of your seat read. Once things really kicked into gear, I couldn’t stop reading.

Till Death was another great JLA read and I hope we get more suspense driven reads from her in the future. Once again she delivered a read that’s easy to devour.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Waiting On Wednesday #218: A Court Of Wings And Ruin by: Sarah J. Maas

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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"Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin's maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places. 

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all." 

I can't even begin to explain how excited I am for this book. I absolutely love this series and I am dying to get my hands on this book!

A Court Of Wings And Ruin will be released on May 2, 2017.
What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Cover Reveal: Bloodbound by: Amalie Howard


Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: March 2017


Love or freedom…the choice is hers.
VIENNA, AUSTRIA, 1892. Lady Leandra Von Kurzberg is a hellion. Raised with seven older brothers, there is only one thing Lena fears: marriage. She has no desire to give up her freedom to be any lord’s broodmare.
When Lena meets the dangerously attractive Devereux twins, she is smitten. Inexplicably drawn to both men, the brothers are polar opposites—as much as Christian is every inch the debonair Duke of D’Avigny, his brother Lucian is a roguish scoundrel bent on hedonism.
But the captivating twins aren’t what they seem…
As frightening truths are unveiled and a one-of-a-kind offer is made, Lena will have to decide whether love is worth the loss of her freedom, or if freedom is worth the ultimate cost…her life.



 Lena bit her lip as Arabella shot her a naughty wink and ambled off to meet Fabian who had moved to the far side of the room. He handed his blades to the waiting footmen before receiving her. Lena stood, rooted to the spot as Lucian approached after greeting her brother. She half wished she wasn’t wearing a ratty pair of breeches that looked as if they’d been trampled by a herd of angry elephants. 
“Wagner said you would be down here,” Lucian said. “And Arabella who arrived at the same time offered to show me the way.” He paused, his eyes drifting closed for a scant second, a sublime look crossing his face. “You smell…delicious.”
Lena couldn’t help it—she laughed. “You do say the oddest things, my lord. And I assure you, I am as sweaty as a sheep on a hot summer day.”
“Do sheep get sweaty?” he asked without missing a beat. 
“One can imagine they would under all that wool.”
“I suppose,” he said and leaned in slightly as if to scent her. Her pulse soared and Lena fought the urge to move back a step, not because she was afraid, but out of some sudden desire for sheer self-preservation. While Christian had been reserved, she was certain that this brother did not hold himself to the same code. No, Lucian took. He was a man who sought pleasure wherever it was for the taking. It didn’t matter that her brother stood a few feet away, despite being distracted. “Sheep aside, your perfume is delightful.”
“Soap and sweat, my lord.” She expelled a shallow breath. “Nothing more.”
“The purest essence of woman.”
“Why are you here?” she asked, blushing. He made those five words sound like something dirty. She was grateful that Fabian and Arabella were both out of earshot.
Lucian bowed with a flourish. “Why, to prove myself, of course. And what better way than to allow a capable woman the chance to slit my throat.”
“You wish to die, Lord Devereux?”
An unfathomable expression crossed his face, but it was soon eclipsed by a brilliant smile. “Alas, my extraordinary skills preclude that very outcome.”
“Confident, are we?” Lena said and raised her blades. “You do realize that I could defeat you blindfolded.”
Lucian’s gray eyes widened. “Is that a challenge?”
“Only if you want it to be.”
Their clash of wills was interrupted by Fabian and Arabella who announced that they were going to take a stroll in the gardens. Lena rolled her eyes at the bright blush that covered Arabella’s cheeks. An evening stroll was just another way of saying that they were going to do what engaged couples did in secluded gardens. Kissing and whatnot. An unexpected spurt of envy curled through her. Perhaps Lord Devereux would also welcome such a stroll. She slid a glance to him, noting the dissolute turn of his mouth and revised her earlier desire. A stroll in the garden with this man would involve nothing less than complete and utter ruination.


AMALIE HOWARD grew up in Trinidad & Tobago where she spent most of her childhood with her nose buried in a book or running around barefoot, shimmying up mango trees, and dreaming of adventure. 25 countries, surfing with sharks, and several tattoos later, she has traded in bungee jumping in China for writing the adventures she imagines instead. She isn’t entirely convinced which takes more guts.
An aspiring writer from a young age, Amalie’s poem “The Candle,” written at age twelve, was published by the University of Warwick press. At fifteen, she was  a recipient of a Royal Commonwealth Society Essay Award (a global youth writing competition). A Colby College graduate, she completed dual Honors Theses in both French and International Studies, and graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. At Colby, she was cited for her research contribution to Raffael Scheck’s article, “German Conservatism and Female Political Activism in the Early Weimar Republic,” and his subsequent book, Mothers of the Nation. She also received a distinction in English Literature from the University of Cambridge (A-levels) as well as a postgraduate certificate in French Literature from the Ecole Normale SupĂ©rieure in Paris, France. Traveling the globe, she has worked as a research assistant, account executive, and global channel sales director for a Fortune 500 company.
She is the award-winning author of several young adult novels critically acclaimed by Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, SLJ, VOYA, and Booklist, including Waterfell, The Almost Girl, and Alpha Goddess, a Spring 2014 Kid’s INDIE NEXT title. Her debut novel, Bloodspell, was a #1 Amazon bestseller, and the sequel, Bloodcraft, was a national silver IPPY medalist and a silver Moonbeam award winner. She is also the co-author of the adult historical romance series, THE LORDS OF ESSEX. As an author of color and a proud supporter of diversity in fiction, her articles on multicultural fiction have appeared in The Portland Book Review and on the popular Diversity in YA blog. She currently resides in Colorado with her husband and three children.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Loved More Than I Thought I Would


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

This is a fun topic! I love it when books surprise me and exceed my expectations.





Friday, February 17, 2017

On My Shelf: Shift by: Rachel Vincent

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 read the first four books in this series and loved them, but then I never picked this one up. I think it's because I know what is coming and I know my heart is not going to handle it well. There is angst and drama and heartache coming and I'm not ready for it.

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

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Waiting On Wednesday #217: Beauty Of The Beast by: Rachel L. Demeter

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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"Experience the world’s most enchanting and timeless love story—retold with a dark and realistic twist.

A BEAST LIVING IN THE SHADOW OF HIS PAST

Reclusive and severely scarred Prince Adam Delacroix has remained hidden inside a secluded, decrepit castle ever since he witnessed his family’s brutal massacre. Cloaked in shadow, with only the lamentations of past ghosts for company, he has abandoned all hope, allowing the world to believe he died on that tragic eve twenty-five years ago.

A BEAUTY IN PURSUIT OF A BETTER FUTURE

Caught in a fierce snowstorm, beautiful and strong-willed Isabelle Rose seeks shelter at a castle—unaware that its beastly and disfigured master is much more than he appears to be. When he imprisons her gravely ill and blind father, she bravely offers herself in his place.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Stripped of his emotional defenses, Adam’s humanity reawakens as he encounters a kindred soul in Isabelle. Together they will wade through darkness and discover beauty and passion in the most unlikely of places. But when a monster from Isabelle’s former life threatens their new love, Demrov’s forgotten prince must emerge from his shadows and face the world once more…

Perfect for fans of Beauty and the Beast and The Phantom of the Opera, Beauty of the Beast brings a familiar and well-loved fairy tale to life with a rich setting in the kingdom of Demrov and a captivating, Gothic voice.

Disclaimer: This is an edgy retelling of the classic fairy tale. Due to strong sexual content, profanity, and dark subject matter, including an instance of sexual assault committed by the villain, Beauty of the Beast is not intended for readers under the age of 18." 

I am copying my Wifey once again... she featured this last week and I immediately got all grabby hands over it. WANT!

Beauty Of The Beast will be released on March 15, 2017.
What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Slow Burn Romances


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

I absolutely love a romance that is a slow burn... I just adore the buildup! 


Monday, February 13, 2017

Book Review: Midnight Action (Killer Instincts #5) by: Elle Kennedy

Release Date: November 4, 2014
from Signet
Goodreads | Amazon

"She’s got a broken heart...
and a fully loaded arsenal....

Ex–army ranger Jim Morgan leads a team of elite mercenaries, but eighteen years ago in Paris, he was part of a black ops unit whose mission was to hunt down a rogue operative. In order to trap the criminal, Jim seduced Noelle, the man’s daughter—a ruthless act that cost him the love of his life and turned her into a mortal enemy. Now he can’t trust her, but he still desires her. He also needs her help....

Older, wiser, and unwilling to play the fool again, Noelle runs a group of highly skilled assassins. And she’s just been offered the hit of the century: Eliminate Jim Morgan. History gives them no reason to trust each other, but with their lives in jeopardy at the hands of a common enemy, the lines between love and hate are soon blurred. Now Noelle and Jim must face the past if they want to have a future—let alone a future together."

My Thoughts:

I will never get over how insanely addictive this series is. I’m going to be honest here, Noelle and Jim have never been my favorite characters, so I went into this one fully expecting to enjoy it but prepared not to love it as much as the rest of the series. Welp I was wrong. This one turned out to be one of my favorites. It’s probably only beat out by Midnight Captive and Midnight Games. This book was just crazy addictive.

Like I said, Noelle and Jim were never my favorites (and honestly there are still other characters I love more) but holy crap their chemistry is off the charts. There is a fine line between love and hate and Jim and Noelle constantly straddle that line. Their past is full of hurt and betrayal, but despite all that they are clearly drawn to one another and as a reader you want them to make it work so badly. This was one of the few times where I really doubted if they could make it work. It just seemed so unlikely but I wanted it so damn badly and that made the story so much sweeter. And the chemistry was just insane. There was so much tension between Jim and Noelle and it made their scenes explosive.

What also made this book addictive was the suspense angle. This story had so many twists and turns and I loved watching it all play out. I also loved finally finding out what went down with Noelle and Jim all those years ago. The story kept me on the edge of my seat and turning pages because I had to get my answers.

Of course this series wouldn’t be what it is without the secondary characters. I loved that this one had a decent amount of Sean time because he is my favorite. And I loved seeing Bailey too because she is awesome. Of course Sully and Liam and their entire story has me captivated. I love those two hard. I also love our new rookie Ash and Cate is another wonderful addition. I just love every single character.

Midnight Action was a crazy addictive read and now that I’m all caught up to where I originally started the series I’m at a loss. I never want this series to end. Seriously I want to put this book in everyone’s hands. Don’t miss this series.

Friday, February 10, 2017

On My Shelf: Love Unrehearsed by: Tina Reber

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 read Love Unscripted years ago and I really enjoyed the story but I thought it was a bit too long so I didn't feel the need to dive into the sequel immediately. Then of course I just never got around to the sequel. I think I'm still interested to see how it all wraps up, but I may need a refresher on book one. 

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

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