Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Blog Tour: Say You'll Remember Me by: Katie McGarry (Review, Excerpt, Teaser, & Giveaway)

   
From critically acclaimed author Katie McGarry, comes SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME—a story of two people from different worlds pushing themselves, and each other, to get what they deserve!
SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME is now available. Grab your copy today!

   
“Doesn’t matter who did it. Not anymore. I did the time. It’s over.”When Drix was convicted of a crime–one he didn’t commit–he thought his life was over. But opportunity came with the Second Chance Program, the governor’s newest pet project to get delinquents off the streets, rehabilitated and back into society. Drix knows this is his chance to get his life back on track, even if it means being paraded in front of reporters for a while.
Elle knows she lives a life of privilege. As the governor’s daughter, she can open doors with her name alone. But the expectations and pressure to be someone she isn’t may be too much to handle. She wants to follow her own path, whatever that means.
When Drix and Elle meet, their connection is immediate, but so are their problems. Drix is not the type of boy Elle’s parents have in mind for her, and Elle is not the kind of girl who can understand Drix’s messy life.
But sometimes love can breach all barriers.
Fighting against a society that can’t imagine them together, Drix and Elle must push themselves–Drix to confront the truth of the robbery, and Elle to assert her independence–and each other to finally get what they deserve.
    Order SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME here!


Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review

My Thoughts:

This book is so fantastic! It is easily my favorite from Katie McGarry since Take Me On. I love all of her books but this is definitely one of my favorites from her. Say You’ll Remember Me is a heart wrenching read at times and it shines light on some very serious issues.

I came to truly love both Drix and Elle. They both come from such different worlds but neither one has had it easy. Drix has had a truly terrible upbringing and he was headed down a very bad road, but he has a second chance and he has no desire to mess it up. I loved Drix for coming so far and trying to make good choices. He is a good kid who felt stuck and I was so happy he got that second chance. Then we have Elle who from the outside it seems like she is living the perfect life but really she is suffocating. She feels as if she is losing herself and her life is controlled down to the second. I loved how even though they both come from very different worlds, Drix and Elle were able to relate to one another because of what they have dealt with. I also loved watching them grow and become stronger both as individuals and together. I loved how they believed in one another and made one another stronger.

I adored the plot of this one and all of the moving pieces. It was an addictive read that moved at the perfect pace. The relationship between Drix and Elle had such a buildup and I loved how they really got to know one another. I also adored the side characters. Axel, Marcus, Dominic, and Henry especially stole my heart and I would not mind getting to know them a bit better.

Say You’ll Remember Me was a wonderful read. I am not the biggest YA contemporary fan but Katie McGarry is always an exception and I always eagerly look forward to her books. This is one of her best books yet and I cannot wait to see what she delivers next. 

           

Excerpt:

~Ellison~
The sights and sounds of the midway fade, and all I hear is buzzing. I close my eyes as more pissed-off tears fill my eyes. Why won’t they go away?
“You okay?” a guy asks.
I open my eyes and focus on the ground. My eyes are red, I know they are. I can feel the puffiness of my skin. I take a deep breath, look up to explain I’m okay, and freeze.
Holy hell. It’s the boy from Whack-A-Mole. He’s so much more breathtaking this close, and I have no idea how that’s possible.
“Are those guys bothering you?” he asks.
My forehead furrows. Yes, they are, but telling him the truth and inviting him into my problems seems wrong.
“Since you’re so talkative, I’ll start the conversation,” he says. “If you want to get rid of those guys then stand here and talk to me, and I’ll stand here and talk to you. You can smile like you know me because it’s tough to make me smile, and it will seem fake. Then I can try to win you a stuffed animal. Won’t be a snake, but it will do. Those losers will catch on we’re friends. Eventually, they’ll keep walking, and then they’ll return to their loser frat house where they’ll play with themselves for the rest of the night because they don’t know how to properly talk to a girl.”
I blink because all thought processes have taken a mini break. Either that or I’m having a stroke.
“Just a smile. Maybe a few mumbled words. Tell me anything. Doesn’t have to be poetic. Just your lips moving in my direction without your current blank expression.”
I blink again, many times, as the sights, sounds and smells of the midway blast back as if someone had pushed the play button on my life. I flash the perfectly practiced public smile I’ve used too many other times in my life.
“I don’t know how to get them to leave me alone.” I pause, then the bitterness leaks out as well as a grim grin. “At least not without a baseball and a well-placed throw. Some people shouldn’t be allowed to continue their genetics.”
The right side of his mouth tips up, and my eyes narrow on him. “I thought you didn’t smile easily.”
“I have a twisted sense of humor, and I didn’t think a girl like you could make me laugh. You’ve done it twice now. That’s a record for the past year.”
I bristle, still on the dangerous edge of anger. “A girl like me?”
“Yeah, one that’s out of my league. Listen, if you want to get out of this situation without it escalating, let me know. Otherwise, I’ll take a step back, and you can do whatever you need. I’m all about helping, but I’m not looking to get into a fight. Your call on how this goes down, but if it’s violence, you’re on your own.”
He says he doesn’t want to partake in violence, but there’s an essence about him that says he could drop anyone at any time and do it without breaking a sweat.
He’s looking at me, I’m looking at him, and the flutter in my chest returns.
         


            
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From the Pushing the Limits series, Noah, Beth, Isaiah, West and Logan are all grown up. Catch up with your favorite characters as one of them finally says, I do.
Pigpen, Eli and Addison from the Thunder Road series: Three separate personalities who still needed to find love…and still had someone important to meet.This is a limited time offer! So hurry! Registration ends on February 3, 2018! You must register your order to receive AND THEY ALL LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER.
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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.  
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Friday, January 19, 2018

Book Review: Moonlight Sins (de Vincent #1) by: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Release Date: January 30, 2018
from Avon
Goodreads | Amazon
Source: I received a copy of this book and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout delivers the unforgettable story of a woman whose new life has just begun—but may end in murder... 

Julia Hughes has always played it safe until she learned a very painful lesson. Now Julia’s starting over with a job in the Louisiana bayou—and a scorching encounter with a stranger, only to discover he’s Lucian de Vincent... her new employer. The de Vincent brothers share a massive fortune and a dark reputation. Julia cares for their troubled sister, but a menacing presence in the mansion—and the ever-present temptation of Lucian—prove dangerously distracting.

Lucian’s grandmother claimed de Vincent men fall in love once—and hard. Apparently, it’s Lucian’s turn. Julia’s compassionate care of his twin makes Lucian want to lay himself bare. But some secrets are better for Julia not to know.

The recent “suicide” of Lucian’s father is the latest in a string of deaths on the estate. Someone is eliminating the de Vincents. And the best way to get to Lucian may be through Julia..."

My Thoughts:

JLA does it once again with Moonlight Sins! This is a very promising start to a new series and I am loving the feel of this series. It has such a gothic and slighty creepy feel at times but it is also so hot and sexy and of course has some snark thrown in. 

I loved Julia. I think what makes her shine most is her compassion. She clearly cares for her patients and the people around her and I think that is such an admirable character trait. She is thrown into a crazy and intense situation and she handles it well. And of course Lucian is basically walking and talking swoon. I absolutely adored him and his sense of humor. The banter between Lucian and Julia was so so great and their chemistry was off the charts.

And of course the other de Vincent brothers intrigued me to no end! Gabe seems like he can be quite the charmer and Dev... well there is a lot more I wanna know when it comes to Dev. This family is steeped in secrets and I cannot wait to peel back more of them in future books. 

Moonlight Sins is another great read from JLA. Her books never fail to captivate me with great characters and a great story and I know I am going to love this newest series from her. 


Thursday, January 18, 2018

On My Shelf: Unseen Messages by: Pepper Winters

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 got this book back when I was still subscribed to the Bookworm Box. This book is HUGE! It also has rave reviews and I know this author is a favorite of so many. But I will admit that the length is daunting, normally I don't read romances that are so long.

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

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Waiting On Wednesday #253: Heart Of Iron by: Ashley Poston

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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"Seventeen-year-old Ana is a scoundrel by nurture and an outlaw by nature. Found as a child drifting through space with a sentient android called D09, Ana was saved by a fearsome space captain and the grizzled crew she now calls family. But D09—one of the last remaining illegal Metals—has been glitching, and Ana will stop at nothing to find a way to fix him.

Ana’s desperate effort to save D09 leads her on a quest to steal the coordinates to a lost ship that could offer all the answers. But at the last moment, a spoiled Ironblood boy beats Ana to her prize. He has his own reasons for taking the coordinates, and he doesn’t care what he’ll sacrifice to keep them.

When everything goes wrong, she and the Ironblood end up as fugitives on the run. Now their entire kingdom is after them—and the coordinates—and not everyone wants them captured alive.

What they find in a lost corner of the universe will change all their lives—and unearth dangerous secrets. But when a darkness from Ana’s past returns, she must face an impossible choice: does she protect a kingdom that wants her dead or save the Metal boy she loves?" 

This book sounds ridiculously good!

Heart Of Iron will be released on February 27, 2018.
What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Book Review: Down By Contact (The Barons #2) by: Santino Hassell

Release Date: January 16, 2018
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.
"Two rival football players begin a game with higher stakes than the Super Bowl in this steamy romance from the author of Illegal Contact.

Simeon Boudreaux, the New York Barons’ golden-armed quarterback, is blessed with irresistible New Orleans charm and a face to melt your mama’s heart. He’s universally adored by fans and the media. Coming out as gay in solidarity with his teammate hasn’t harmed his reputation in the least—except for some social media taunting from rival linebacker Adrián Bravo.

Though they were once teammates, Adrián views Simeon as a traitor and the number-one name on the New Jersey Predators’ shit list. When animosity between the two NFL players reaches a boiling point on the field, culminating in a dirty fist fight, they’re both benched for six games and sentenced to joint community service teaching sullen, Brooklyn teens how to play ball.

At first, they can barely stand to be in the same room, but running the camp forces them to shape up. With no choice but to work together, Simeon realizes Adrián is more than his alpha-jerk persona, and Adrián begins to question why he’s always had such strong feelings for the gorgeous QB…"

My Thoughts:

Down By Contact was a fantastic read and I absolutely loved this book. Simeon and Adrian are both fantastic characters and their chemistry was ridiculous. I adored this book from beginning to end and when I was done all I wanted was more. I could have read about these two forever.

Hate to love is one of my favorite tropes, but it’s also a really hard sell for me, but holy wow does Santino Hassell execute it perfectly. I’m not sure if I’ve ever read hate to love done as well as he did it in this series. Simeon and Adrian have such an intense relationship, both when they hate one another and when that hate turns to love. This book was so raw and gritty and I lost my damn mind over it. And I also LOVE how he portrays NYC. It is so authentic. I always nitpick books in NYC since I live there and it’s so hard to really capture the city, but Santino really nails it. Also the book is downright filthy and damn I wanted more.

I adored both Simeon and Adrian. I had already come to love Simeon in Illegal Contact, but I came to love him even more. He is such a charmer and is so much fun. And Adrian! That boy is so dramatic and I loved it. Their banter was fantastic and I love how they played off one another. The pacing of their relationship was perfect and I love how everything played out. Their story was filled with funny moments and heartbreaking moments and serious moments and dirty moments and I loved watching them work through their trials and tribulations, both together and alone. I also loved checking in with Gavin again because I forever love him and his cranky self.

Down By Contact was such a fantastic read and I need more from this world. This series is a new favorite of mine and I cannot recommend it enough.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Blog Tour: Keep Her Safe by: K.A. Tucker (Review)

KEEP HER SAFE

by K.A. Tucker
Atria Books Paperback | On-sale: January 23, 2018 | 448 pages
ISBN: 9781501133404, $16.00
eBook: 9781501133428, $7.99

Release Date: January 23, 2018
from Atria Books

"Making a Murderer meets Scandal in this story of police corruption, family secrets, and illicit affairs from bestselling author K.A. Tucker, celebrated for her “propulsive plot twists and searing seduction” (USA TODAY).
Noah Marshall has known a privileged and comfortable life thanks to his mother, the highly decorated chief of the Austin Police Department. But all that changes the night she reveals a skeleton that's been rattling in her closet for years, and succumbs to the guilt of destroying an innocent family's life. Reeling with grief, Noah is forced to carry the burden of this shocking secret.
Gracie Richards wasn't born in a trailer park, but after fourteen years of learning how to survive in The Hollow, it's all she knows anymore. At least here people don't care that her dad was a corrupt Austin cop, murdered in a drug deal gone wrong. Here, she and her mother are just another family struggling to survive...until a man who clearly doesn't belong shows up on her doorstep.
Despite their differences, Noah and Gracie are searching for answers to the same questions, and together, they set out to uncover the truth about the Austin Police Department's dark and messy past. But the scandal that emerges is bigger than they bargained for, and goes far higher up than they ever imagined.

Complex, gritty, sexy, and thrilling, Keep Her Safe solidifies K.A. Tucker's reputation as one of today's most talented new voices in romantic suspense." BUY LINKS (US): Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books-a-Million | IndieBound | Apple | Blio | Google  BUY LINKS (UK): Apple | Amazon | Kobo | Google | Waterstones


Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.

My Thoughts:

Holy twists and turns Batman. Keep Her Safe kept me on my toes. This was an engaging and addictive read and K.A. Tucker did it again.

Keep Her Safe is the kind of book where all along it seems as if it’s going to be a relatively straight forward answer, until it slams you in the face and goes a way you never expected. The book made me audibly gasp and really took me by surprise. And even when I thought I had finally nailed everything down, the book smacked me in the face once again. I will admit that it took me a bit to get into, but once I got hooked there was no stopping me from finishing. And as I write this review super late at night, I don’t see myself regretting the loss of sleep tomorrow.

Noah and Gracie are both great characters and I loved that their romance wasn’t the main story, but a side story where the angst is left behind. It made me love them even more for finding something in such a crazy and unhappy situation. Noah is just a good guy and I adored him. It helps that he is super charming too. And Grace is just awesome. She is determined and headstrong and she will not back down.

This book is a bit different from the other K.A. Tucker books I’ve read, but I really liked this direction. It doesn’t give you that happy all neat and tidy with a bow ending, but a realistic one and I think that makes the book stronger. This book deals with some tough issues and it’s not always an easy read, but sometimes those are the best books.

Keep Her Safe was addictive and the ending really took me by surprise. It was a great plot with great characters and some romance to make you smile. It’s not one to miss.



About The Author:

K.A. Tucker writes captivating stories with an edge. Her books have been featured in national publications including USA TODAY, The Globe and Mail, Suspense Magazine, and Publishers Weekly. She currently resides in a quaint town outside Toronto with her husband and two beautiful girls. http://www.katuckerbooks.com/ | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Thursday, January 11, 2018

On My Shelf: Chasing Impossible by: Katie McGarry

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't believe I haven't read this one yet! I adore all things Katie McGarry and this series is my favorite of hers. I got this one back when it was a bonus for purchasing Nowhere But Here, but of course I just never got to it because there is always so much to read. I deff want to get to this one soon though.

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

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Recent Reads: Grinches and Danger


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 with grinches and danger.


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