Saturday, March 31, 2018

Raining Romance Books Giveaway Hop

Welcome to my stop on the Raining Romance Books Giveaway Hop hosted by Stuck In Books.
I am giving away Lone Wolf Lawman by Delores Fossen and A Fare To Remember by Opal Carew.


-one winner will win paperbacks of Lone Wolf Lawman by Delores Fossen and A Fare To Remember by Opal Carew
-giveaway is open to the US only
-must be 18 years of age to enter
-I am not responsible for lost or damaged items
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Friday, March 30, 2018

On My Shelf: Tangled by: Emma Chase

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 have heard nothing but amazing things about this book and I even got the series signed years ago at Romance Riot, but I haven't made time for it yet. I have a feeling I will love this one though.

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

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Book Review: The Fate Of The Tearling (The Queen Of The Tearling #3) by: Erika Johansen

Release Date: November 29. 2016
from Harper
Goodreads | Amazon

"In less than a year, Kelsea Glynn has grown from an awkward teenager into a powerful monarch and a visionary leader.

And as she has come into her own as the Queen of the Tearling, she has transformed her realm. But in her quest to end corruption and restore justice, she has made many enemies - chief among them the evil and feared Red Queen, who ordered the armies of Mortmesne to march against the Tear and crush them.

To protect her people from such a devastating invasion, Kelsea did the unthinkable - naming the Mace, the trusted head of her personal guards, Regent in her place, she surrendered herself and her magical sapphires to her enemy. But the Mace will not rest until he and his men rescue their sovereign from her prison in Mortmesne.

So, the endgame has begun and the fate of Queen Kelsea - and the Tearling itself - will be revealed...

With The Fate of the Tearling, Erika Johansen draws her unforgettable story full of magic and adventure to a thrilling close."

My Thoughts:

The ending to this series has left me speechless. There is a part of me that loves it and a part of me that hates it with every fiber of my being. This did not go the way I was expecting it to go AT ALL but in so many ways it feels like it was the right way, but that doesn’t mean I can’t grumble about it.

I love Kelsea. She is so strong and always willing to do what needs to be done. She always puts her kingdom first and I loved how strong she was and that she didn’t need anyone to be strong. I also love the Mace and love his back and forth with Kelsea. Pen still holds my heart and I adore him. Andalie is also fantastic and I loved her strength. And we finally got our answers regarding the Fetch and well so not what I expected and I loved that. I also loved getting to know more about the Red Queen. Villain motivations always intrigue me.

This book constantly surprised me. There were so many twists and I was never able to truly guess where it was going. This book just pulls together so many layers and pieces and it always combines in a way I don’t see coming. And that’s the thing with this ending. It was not at all what I expected. It’s a happy one but it’s also bittersweet. All of our questions are answered and the pieces that were laid out all fall into place but there are parts of it that just make me incredibly sad.

I do love though how much this book shows that history is important and if we don’t learn it we are doomed to repeat it. It didn’t take long for those who came over in the crossing to forget everything they learned and the process was sped up because they never taught the next generation the failures of the past and they were doomed to repeat it. It’s something we need to remember in today’s society. Our history is important because it has lessons we need to learn from so we don’t do the same stupid shit all over again.

The Fate Of The Tearling was an addictive read and I devoured it in one sitting. This series was so good and I loved getting lost in it.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Waiting On Wednesday #257: Almost Impossible 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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"Fans of Sarah Dessen, Stephanie Perkins, and Jenny Han will delight as the fireworks spark and the secrets fly in this delicious summer romance from a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author.

When Jade decided to spend the summer with her aunt in California, she thought she knew what she was getting into. But nothing could have prepared her for Quentin. Jade hasn't been in suburbia long and even she knows her annoying (and annoyingly cute) next-door neighbor spells T-R-O-U-B-L-E. 

And when Quentin learns Jade plans to spend her first American summer hiding out reading books, he refuses to be ignored. Sneaking out, staying up, and even a midnight swim, Quentin is determined to give Jade days--and nights--worth remembering.

But despite their storybook-perfect romance, every time Jade moves closer, Quentin pulls away. And when rumors of a jilted ex-girlfriend come to light, Jade knows Quentin is hiding a secret--and she's determined to find out what it is." 

I love everything Nicole Williams, so of course I'm excited for this one.

Almost Impossible will be released on June 19, 2018.
What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Recent Reads: Warlocks and Charmers and Rebellions and Titans


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 Bookly 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 warlocks, charmers, rebellions, and titans. 





Monday, March 26, 2018

Mini Review: The Client by: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Release Date: March 27, 2018
Goodreads | Amazon
Source: I received a copy of this book via NetGalley and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"Temptation can be a dangerous thing.

See what happens when you are lured into the lairs of spirited, stunning, and spectacular SaSSy Sirens who will entice and tantalize you. Some will give you the satisfaction you will crave while others may have you begging for more! Passion is not for the faint of heart.

Do you have the courage proceed?

Plan to delight your senses in this breathtaking selection of SCORCHING short stories highlighting some of today's Bestselling Authors from a featured group of Attending Authors of #SaSS18 Norfolk Sexy and Sassy Signing.

All proceeds from The Sirens with SaSS Anthology will benefit VETSports and will only be available for a limited time."

My Thoughts:

So full disclosure, I only read The Client by Jennifer L. Armentrout, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a super quick and super steamy read. I absolutely LOVE vampires and we all know that JLA is one of my all-time favorite authors. So getting to see her take on vampires was awesome and she did not disappoint. This was a really quick read, but I loved it all the same. It was sexy and sweet and just a quick and dirty good time. 


Friday, March 23, 2018

On My Shelf: Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy by: Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, & Robin Wasserman

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 LOVE the Shadowhunter world, but I kinda feel behind and I so need to catch up. This collection is one I am actually excited for because I love me some Simon. 

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

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Blog Tour: Second Chance Charmer by: Brighton Walsh (Review, Excerpt, & Teaser)

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Second Chance Charmer by Brighton Walsh 
Publication Date: March 19th, 2018 
Genre: Contemporary Romance


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"Willow Haven’s content. Okay, that’s a lie, but she has tried her damndest. Trouble is, it never sticks. Second oldest in a family her town was named after, she’s always felt the pressure. From the townspeople, from her sisters, but most of all from her daddy—the original Good Old Boy and Havenbrook’s reigning mayor. The only time she didn’t feel that stress had been those blissful months spent in the arms of the resident bad boy. The same one who broke her heart beyond repair when he left without a word.
Life hasn’t come easy for Finn Thomas. He’s had to claw and fight for everything he’s ever had—and truth be told, it hasn’t been much. He spent the first eighteen years of his life living so far from the wrong side of the tracks, he couldn’t even see them through his trailer window. The only thing that ever came easy for him and made his sorry ass happy was the one girl he loved with all his heart. And the one thing he had no choice but to leave behind.
When an opportunity arises to return to his tiny, southern hometown and open the first bar in a formerly dry county, he jumps at the chance. That won’t win him points with the mayor, who’s hell bent on making Finn’s life a nightmare for sullying his namesake. Too bad for Mayor Haven, Finn’s got his sights set on more than just the town, and this time he won’t be scared off quite so easily."
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Source: I received a copy of this book as part of the blog tour and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.

My Thoughts:

Brighton Walsh does not know how to disappoint. From the moment I read Caged In Winter, I knew I had found a go to author in Brighton and she has yet to let me down. Second Chance Charmer was full of heart and delivered the swoon.

I love a good second chance romance trope, but it’s also one that can be a hard sell. It’s not always easy to sell a second chance if there is just too much hurt or something unforgivable that messed up that first chance, but Brighton balanced it so well. Nobody is absolved of past mistakes, but at the same time the reader is able to fully understand how it all went down and that is what makes it work. You root for Finn and Willow from the get go and you want nothing more than for them to get their HEA.

Willow and Finn have crazy chemistry and I loved them both so much. They have wonderful banter and they are just fun to watch. Willow is great and I loved her determination. And Finn is just walking talking swoon. He is not willing to let Willow get away this time and my gosh it is something else. It’s hard to not have a ridiculous smile on your face as you read this. Willow and Finn don’t have it easy, but what they have is worth it and I loved them both dearly.

Second Chance Charmer was such a great read and it was so addictive. I adored Willow and Finn and I adored this town and I cannot wait to visit the town again.


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Excerpt:

Without any conscious thought, Willow’s fingers started tracing the lines of ink on Finn’s skin, and all she could do was watch. He was so solid and warm under her fingertips, his puffs of air growing faster and faster against her neck, then her cheek, then her lips. And even though it’d been a long time, she knew what was coming a split second before he pressed his mouth against hers. Her sound of protest was lost in the space between their mouths as he swiped his tongue against her lips. And then there was nothing but Finn and his sinful mouth and his body flush against hers. He swept his tongue inside her mouth, and Lord, had he always tasted this good? Had he always kissed this good? Never breaking away from her mouth, he walked them until Willow’s back was pressed against the wall, and then he just sort of…settled in. His hips held hers against the wall, the length of his erection pressing into her, proving this wasn’t at all one-sided as his hand continued its maddening path along her hip. But then—Lord, then he slipped his thumb under the waistband of her shorts until there was nothing between his rough fingertip and the part of her body forever marked as his. If it were possible, the soft caresses had her melting even further into him. He kissed her like he was a starving man feasting on his first meal in a month. She’d forgotten how he’d always put his whole body into it, the heat and solidness of him pressing against her, making her feel safe and secure. Finn groaned into her mouth as he deepened the kiss even more, and all she could do was clutch him, one hand fisting the front of his shirt and the other pressed against his side where her tree was eternally imprinted. “You feel so damn good,” Finn said against her lips. Willow murmured her agreement into his mouth because there was no denying it. Her body was on fire, her nipples hard points pressing against his chest, her skin lit up from the inside out. And then Finn’s thumb, rubbing maddeningly against her tattoo, slipped to the right until he was as close to the Promised Land as he’d been in a long time. He didn’t try to push it any further, just ran his thumb back and forth right above where she was wet and ready for him until she thought she’d die.


Brighton Walsh spent nearly a decade as a professional photographer before deciding to take her storytelling in a different direction and reconnect with her first love: writing. When she’s not pounding away at the keyboard, she’s probably either reading or shopping—maybe even both at once. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and two children, and, yes, she considers forty degrees to be hoodie weather. Her home is the setting for frequent dance parties, Lego battles, and more laughter than she thought possible.
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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Waiting On Wednesday #256: Furyborn by: Claire Legrand

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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"Follows two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, who hold the power to save their world...or doom it.

When assassins ambush her best friend, the crown prince, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing her ability to perform all seven kinds of elemental magic. The only people who should possess this extraordinary power are a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light and salvation and a queen of blood and destruction. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven trials to test her magic. If she fails, she will be executed...unless the trials kill her first.

A thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a mere fairy tale to bounty hunter Eliana Ferracora. When the Undying Empire conquered her kingdom, she embraced violence to keep her family alive. Now, she believes herself untouchable--until her mother vanishes without a trace, along with countless other women in their city. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain on a dangerous mission and discovers that the evil at the heart of the empire is more terrible than she ever imagined.

As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world--and of each other." 

This sounds fantastic!

Furyborn will be released on May 22 2018.
What are you waiting on?

Monday, March 19, 2018

Book Review: The Prophecy (Titan #4) by: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Release Date: March 20, 2018
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Source: I received a copy of this book and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"History is on repeat…

Seth never thought he’d have a future. But now he’s on the brink of having it all with Josie: A tomorrow. A family. A forever. And all that's standing between him and that forever is the Titans. If he helps Josie entomb them -- without killing them, a nearly impossible task for him -- everything he could ever want will be in reach. But he soon realizes that as a god, every little choice he makes can reshape the world for the better… or worse. And in meddling with the Titans, Seth may have just set into motion catastrophic consequences that will force the Olympians to enter the mortal realm and reshape the delicate balance of power that keeps the world from total collapse.

A price must be paid…

Entombing the Titans is Josie’s top priority. After all, it was what she was born to do. But the plans her father put into play to help her are no longer an option, and the odds she and Seth face in forging their own path are grim. The escalating violence between halfs and pures only increases the danger closing in on them and their friends. Josie knows their chances of succeeding in their task are slim at best -- and if they fail, they might lose everything. But she also knows she's not fighting just for herself -- she's fighting for the man she loves, for their future, for the world. Together with the Army of Awesome, Josie and Seth will face the unthinkable. And to win this war, the ultimate sacrifice must be made.

For the end is here and the Prophecy will be fulfilled…."

My Thoughts:

Look it is no secret that I love pretty much everything from Jennifer L. Armentrout, but I will always hold a special place in my heart for her Covenant and Titan series, so I was really looking forward to this book. I have to say that this book delivered. I didn’t know how all of the crazy was going to get solved but somehow this book pulled everything together in ways I never expected the story to go.

I’ll admit that going into this series I was never sure if Seth would be able to fully win me over, but he really did. He has come such a long way and has really come to terms with everything he did and tried his best to make amends. At the end of the day he is a good guy who is trying to do the right thing and keep those he loves and cares about safe. At the same time though he is still the same Seth. He still has that witty banter and smart ass mouth and still tends to lose his shirt. I loved that Seth was able to grow as a character while still remaining himself in a lot of ways. Also have to talk about Josie because I love her so much. She is so so strong and does not know how to back down. She is always willing to do what is right and what needs to be done, even when it terrifies her. She too has grown so much over the course of this series. She got thrown into this new world and she adapted to it so well.

Along with Josie and Seth this book has such wonderful secondary characters. Of course I love Alex and Aiden and seeing them again is fantastic. Those two will always hold a special place in my heart and seeing them together and strong just makes me incredibly happy. Deacon is forever one of my all-time favorite characters. He somehow manages to steal every scene he is in and I love that. He brings some much needed laughter and lightness to some very bleak situations. And seeing Deacon with Luke makes me so happy.

The plot to The Prophecy was like a punch to the gut. There are a lot of ups and downs and it’s hard to see how everyone is going to make it out alive. This book broke me and I’m not ashamed to say I sobbed. The book moved at a great pace and it really kept me turning pages. And of course the romance between Josie and Seth was both sweet and sexy.

The Prophecy was a great conclusion to the Titan series and I am so sad to say goodbye to these characters. This series will always hold a special place in my heart.

Friday, March 16, 2018

On My Shelf: Crossing The Line 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 love Katie Mcgarry and I bought this novella right when it released, but then I somehow never got around to it. I really need to circle back and read this one because McGarry never ever lets me down.

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

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