Thursday, March 28, 2019

Chapter Reveal: Glass Castle Prince by: Nicole Williams



A glass castle shatters as easily as a glass house—all it takes is one stone.
Prince Edward has known this all of his life, and taken staunch measures to ensure he doesn’t give the public any reason to pick up their rocks. Or torches. Or pitchforks. As a twenty-two-year-old in line to ascend the throne, he lives more like a cloistered monk than his college-aged peers. Restraint is the tone of his life, resilience the theme.
That is, until he meets a young woman who couldn’t care less about his title—unless she’s poking fun at it. Charlotte Everly grew up a stone’s throw away from the royal family’s summer house, but her life was, and is, entirely different from the prince’s.
They clash at each turn, disagree on every topic, and bear a general contempt for one another. Until . . .
One night, accompanied by one proposal, leads to one lapse in judgment . . .
Results in a nationwide scandal neither of them will escape

Chapter 1:
I grew up next door to the royal family’s summer house on the banks of Lake Genovese.
Not because my family was rich and could afford one of the sprawling estates near Valmont Manor, or due to some trace of royal blood in our heritage.
​I grew up next door to Valmont because my father was the groundskeeper, our humble quarters tucked into the trees on the south end of the grounds. I grew up surrounded by privilege and wealth, but my parents had cocooned me—as overprotective types with only one child did. I never interacted with the royal family or any of the distant relations who flocked to Valmont in the summer months for the legendary parties Her Royal Highness put on. My dad left his groundskeeper position the fall I turned ten in favor of a job in the north as a park manager.
It had been a decade since I left Valmont as the groundskeeper’s daughter, but little, if anything, had changed. Royal families were like that; change came gradually, if at all, to everything from their estates to their hemlines.
​“Do you understand your position here?” The prune-faced woman, in her matronly tweed suit, came to an abrupt stop in the grand foyer, interrupting my nostalgia.
​I slipped on the same competent expression I’d worn the day I’d been interviewed for the job. “I understand.”
​“You’re quite young. The last off-season house manager was twice your age.” The woman, Mrs. Hutchinson, appraised me, the corners of her mouth turning down.
​“What I lack in age, I make up for in work ethic and energy,” I said, checking my shoes to see if I’d somehow managed to step in horse dung when I passed through the Queen Angeline Ballroom, as Mrs. Hutchison’s brow suggested. “And I spent the first ten years of my life on Valmont’s grounds. I know my way around the place.”
​“Your father was the groundskeeper, which means he wouldn’t have stepped foot in the castle.”
​“Correct.” I made sure to smile as I said it, not wanting to anger the person who was technically my boss. Thank the gods she’d be joining the royal family back at their primary estate, Stratford Castle, as soon as she left here.
​“There’s a great deal of difference between keeping the lawn green and shrubs shaped and winterizing sixty-two rooms while keeping an eye out for any signs of snow or ice damage.”
​I held my smile and reminded myself she probably didn’t mean to talk down to me. “I’m a quick learner.”
​Mrs. Hutchinson’s eyes suggested We’ll see before she walked toward one of the side doors. “Prince Edward and you are the same age, right? Did your paths ever cross when you were growing up here?”
​My nose scrunched up, since her back was to me. “He’s two years older, and no, our paths never crossed.”
Thankfully. Prince Edward was a pompous, lazy playboy whose smirk embodied everything that was wrong with society—entitlement and smugness.
​“That’s too bad. He’s such a lovely fellow.”
​“The loveliest,” I said flatly.
​When we stopped at the door, she checked to make sure the giant black binder was still clutched in my arms. She’d assured me it would answer any question I might have about my responsibilities here, as well as detail every duty, from covering the furniture with sheets to setting the thermostats.
​“Why did you decide to take the year off from Whitbridge?” she asked, slipping into her beige trench coat after checking the glum weather out the window. “It’s the most prestigious university in the country. Was the course work too rigorous?”
​My hands slid into the front pockets of my overalls. “No. I scored top marks both my first and second year.” I wasn’t sure how much I should say. “I just needed a year to decide what I want to do with my life before I commit to another two, or ten, years of college.”
​Mrs. Hutchinson chuckled, slipping on her leather gloves. “Doctors go to school for ten years, dear.”
​“Not groundskeepers’ daughters?” I said, verbalizing her probable thoughts.
​She waved me off as though I were making a bigger deal than necessary. “You know what I mean.”
​“I do,” I stated, because I did understand the way people viewed one another based on social standing and pedigree. My parents had never come right out and admitted it, but I knew my dad giving up his job as a royal groundskeeper had a lot to do with not wanting to raise me around such stunted, old-fashioned views.
​“Well, I’ll leave you to it now.” Mrs. Hutchison gave me another look, one that suggested she wasn’t sure if Valmont would be reduced to ashes when she returned with the royal family at the start of summer.
Not that she had a lot of alternatives. There were never a lot of people to apply for a position like taking care of a massive estate in the off-season in one of the most isolated places in the country. A person could go weeks here in the dead of winter without seeing another living soul, animal included.
​But I’d had my reasons for applying.
​“If anything comes up, I can be reached on my cell day and night.” Mrs. Hutchinson stepped through the door, frowning at the gray, mottled sky.
​“I’m sure everything will be exactly as you left it come June.”
​She waited under the awning for the driver equipped with an umbrella to fend off the drizzle. “I’m hopeful it will be,” she said before she climbed into the back seat of the black Aston Martin.
​There was a vehicle reserved for me to use while I was here, but it was not an Aston Martin. It was more like an old rumble-bucket truck that a person would sell turnips out of the back of.
​Standing in the doorway of Valmont, I waved at the retreating car, saying farewell to any signs of life for at least a few good weeks. Time I could use to deconstruct the funk littering my brain and hopefully find my reset button. The one that would put me back to my original factory settings, the place before life, with all of its complexities and expectations, had shoved me off my intended course.
​The magic place where I was me and knew exactly what I wanted to do with my life.
​With an excited squeal, I spun inside, locking the door to keep out the rest of the world. Alone at last.
The first thing I did was kick off my sneakers and throw my long hair into a ponytail. Then I slid through room after room, flipping on lights as I went, living out my childhood fantasy of dancing through every room I’d only seen from the outside looking in.
​It wasn’t a brief task.
​I managed to frolic my way through half of the rooms on the main floor before I gave myself a side-ache and declared my childhood fantasies fulfilled.
​Catching my breath at the bottom of the grand staircase, I decided it was time to get to work. The majority of the rooms would be sealed up during my stay, the third floor of the west wing remaining open for my use. The black book of all things Valmont instructed I was to start in the ballroom, but the inherent rebel inside me decided to start in the dining room.
​I preferred to get the biggest chores done first, saving the easiest ones for last. The dining room could take a solid week of work, judging by the list in the binder.
​Setting my portable speaker on one of the windowsills, I selected my favorite playlist, rolled up my sleeves, and got to work.
​The playlist was on its third replay and my elbows felt like the size of grapefruits when the clock chimed twelve times. Blowing wisps of hair from my face, I assessed my progress. The silver candlestick holders had been polished and tucked away into one of the mahogany buffets. The massive table had been shined to glass, as had the actual windows, which were now drawn by curtains.
​I took a few minutes to throw fresh white sheets over the furniture before deciding a cup of something warm was in order before bed—cocoa, coffee, milk, tea, I wasn’t picky.
​The staff kitchen was tucked into the back of the house, where a small gravel lot was used for staff members’ cars during the summer. The kitchen was dark and still smelled of bleach and lemon cleaner. I was about to flip on the lights when an unexpected sound came from the direction of the side door coming off the staff entrance.
​Holding my breath, I waited, hoping it was the wind making funny noises, rather than a home invader. There was no shortage of royal nutters out there, plus those looking to make some extra cash by selling a heisted painting on the black market.
​The doorknob jiggled. A definite, deliberate jiggle. So much for the wind theory.
​Crouching, I grabbed the closest item that seemed self-defense worthy, cursing myself for leaving my phone in the dining room playing Joan Jett yet again.
The stainless steel skillet was heavier than I expected, and it took both of my hands to wield. After stumbling across the house, I positioned myself to the side of the front door, in the ideal spot to either knock out the intruder or make a run for it myself.
​The doorknob rattled again, right before the door whined open. Adrenaline flooding my system, I raised the skillet above my head and waited...
​For half of a second.
​“Die!” The word shot out of me on its own as I drove the skillet down on the black-hooded head that had skulked inside.
​The person dropped instantly, limbs sprawling across the white-tiled floor.
​“I got him,” I whispered, still clutching my weapon of choice.
​Several figures came rushing through the doorway, followed by another handful more.
​“Freeze!” I hollered, winding the pan back for another swing.
“What the hell?” One of them gasped when they noticed the motionless form on the floor. “Who are you?”
“Who are you?” I replied, my fingers fumbling for the light switch that was somewhere beside me.
A rumble of what could have been sighs or laughter passed between the three as I finally found the switch. Light flooded the kitchen, illuminating the scene . . . and my mistake.
“I’m the Duke of Westington,” the one closest to me answered, as the other two crouched beside the one I’d cracked with the skillet. “And that, splayed out on the floor thanks to your skill with kitchenware, is Prince Edward.”



Nicole Williams is the New York Times and USA TODAY 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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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

On My Shelf: Unknown by: Wendy Higgins

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 really enjoy Wendy's books, but I am a bit behind on some of them. This series sounds so good and she always delivers the swoon. I really need to make time to catch up.

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


Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Audio Freebie: Favorite Audiobooks

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke And The Bookish and now hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl.

This week I get to feature my favorite audiobooks! In all honesty, I could fill this list with all of Jeaniene Frost's audiobooks because Tavia Gilbert is amazing but I limited myself to just ONE from the Night Huntress Universe (and I picked the most recent one because Ian is EVERYTHING).


Monday, March 25, 2019

66 Thoughts I Had While Re-Reading Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Release Date: August 7, 2012
from Bloomsbury USA Children's
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"In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king's champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass—and it's there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena's fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world."

My Thoughts:

1. Spoilers for the series.
2. And here we goooooo.
3. It’s crazy to think, but sending her to Endovier. saved her… had things gone as planned, Arobynn would have “saved” her and she would have been back in his grasp.
4. DORIAN!
5. UGH PERRINGTON HAS OBSIDIAN EYES AND HE’S RIGHT THERE.
6. Man, I forgot how terrible Dorian and Chaol were here treating Celaena like a thing.
7. “She would go through the gates of the wyrd and hell itself if it meant her freedom” wow just wow.
8. Early Chaol makes me insane… he sees so much in black and white.
9. I adored Celaena’s note to Dorian about the library. So perfect.
10. AND HIS RESPONSE. I love how well Celaena and Dorian get along and that they get along like that forever.
11. Ahh Kaltain… one thing I’ll always love about this series is that SJM fooled us. She presented us with these seemingly vapid, stereotypical characters, who turned out to be so much more. All that stuff was a mask they wore.
12. Chaol so cranky.
13. Aww Brullo!
14. Nox! Love him. Love him so much.
15. I know this was something so many people didn’t love about Celaena, but I loved her “arrogance”. She was confident in herself and her abilities and she should be. We always expect women to be meek and shy and not confident in themselves and I loved that Celaena was the complete opposite of that.
16. And I also love that Celaena is so tough and rough and an assassin, but also loves pretty things and dresses and chocolates. Women contain multitudes and can be more than one thing.
17. Ugh Nehemia. I’m probably the only one who doesn’t really love her. She practically wraps up Celaena for slaughter.
18. In hindsight I feel SLIGHTLY bad for Caine because he clearly has a ring on and has been an experiment of sorts.
19. I loved Nox. I wish he had stuck around.
20. “What did you do to deserve it?” Such a shit statement from Chaol… and shows how he views the world right now.
21. Chaol is so closed minded sometimes.
22. Poor Kaltain. She got played so well.
23. “That somewhere between the notes was Sam.” *sobs*
24. More evidence in my “Celaena was not selfish” argument – she risks losing the tournament that holds her freedom to save Nox who she barely knows at this point.
25. And again, this moment of kindness will come back to help her later.
26. I think what bothers me most about Nehemia is that Celaena tried to trust again and make a friend and it turns out this friend placed herself there on purpose. And whether Nehemia truly considered Celaena a friend or not doesn’t take away that this was all a set up for her to be sacrificed in the end.
27. Chaol forever scolding Dorian *snorts*
28. Ugh Elena.
29. None of this would have happened if Elena hadn’t been so dumb all those years ago.
30. “I’m not who you think I am.”
31. Chaol thinks he’s the boss of everyone.
32. Elena has to be so secretive about everything because Elena is the worst.
33. OF COURSE CELAENA IS ANGRY. SHE HAS BEEN THROUGH HORRORS.
34. I love and appreciate Dorian more and more with every re-read.
35. Celaena is scary smart sometimes and I love it.
36. So many tiny Perrington hints.
37. “But you and I are on the same side.” I mean sure Elena if you consider the same side a side where you’re manipulating her because of your past mistakes.
38. Fleetfoot!
39. Lies lies lies all lies.
40. AH LOVE YULEMAS!
41. I love the scene where Celaena goes through all the candy.
42. When Dorian weighs the candy. I cant. Best scene.
43. Whittle baby present Fleetfoot.
44. Deanna’s arrow!
45. There was something very sweet about Dorian and Celaena.
46. Love little baby Fleetfoot.
47. “We all bear scars” “mine just happen to be more visible than most” her scars were always important to her which makes Kingdom of Ash more devastating.
48. My badass Celaena destroying crazy monsters.
49. This Nehemia not trusting Celaena stuff is bs… from the person who’s manipulating everyone.
50. Maybe you shouldn’t trust the King Chaol. Idk he’s fucking crazy.
51. Nox is so great. I’m gonna miss him. See you in six books.
52. I love how so often when Celaena is thinking of her past there is a mention of fire somewhere.
53. “I will not be afraid” Sam is always with her in big moments.
54. Frickin cheaters.
55. Knew they could never beat our badass assassin without cheating.
56. “They called to her” “a dangerous name”
57. “Get up”
58. Still one of the best scenes.
59. “As fast as an arrow of Deanna”
60. BYE CAINE
61. I mean Kaltain was wrong, but they manipulated her and threw her under a bus.
62. Lies Nehemia lies.
63. Aww and that’s the end of Dorian and Celaena, but I love that they become SUCH amazing friends.
64. And I love how he doesn’t fight her or push her on it and respects her choice.
65. “You could rattle the stars, you could do anything if you only dared.”
66. “Blood ties can’t be broken.”

Wrap Up:
I love this book and going back they all seem so young and have so much ahead of them. I also love how much foreshadowing there is in this book. It’s just insane. Love it forever.

Friday, March 22, 2019

On My Shelf: Rules Of Survival by: Jus Accardo

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 grabbed this a while ago because I had read other books by this author that I had enjoyed and then in all honestly I forgot I had it. I was scrolling through my Kindle and saw it and was reminded of it. I went back and read the synopsis and it does sound like a good one.

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


Thursday, March 21, 2019

Recent Reads: Troublemakers and Princes

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 troublemakers and princes.


Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Release Blitz: Glass Castle Prince by: Nicole Williams (Review & Teasers)





"A glass castle shatters as easily as a glass house—all it takes is one stone.
Prince Edward has known this all of his life, and taken staunch measures to ensure he doesn’t give the public any reason to pick up their rocks. Or torches. Or pitchforks. As a twenty-two-year-old in line to ascend the throne, he lives more like a cloistered monk than his college-aged peers. Restraint is the tone of his life, resilience the theme.
That is, until he meets a young woman who couldn’t care less about his title—unless she’s poking fun at it. Charlotte Everly grew up a stone’s throw away from the royal family’s summer house, but her life was, and is, entirely different from the prince’s.
They clash at each turn, disagree on every topic, and bear a general contempt for one another. Until . . .
One night, accompanied by one proposal, leads to one lapse in judgment . . .
Results in a nationwide scandal neither of them will escape"



My Thoughts:

It is no secret now that I am a big Nicole Williams fan and once again she delivers the swoon. This is not your normal fairy tale and it has some serious The Prince and Me vibes and if you haven’t seen that movie please go rectify that. Charlotte and Edward were both such great characters and you root for this forbidden romance. 

Charlotte was such a feisty character and she just could not care about Edward’s Prince status, honestly she was a tad put off by it, which really just makes for a fun read. Edward though is not at all what you would expect. He isn’t the reckless Prince Charlotte thought, but rather someone who is very aware of his life and surroundings and lack of choices. And in the end it turns out that Edward and Charlotte had quite a bit in common, despite coming from very different worlds and that is when the chemistry started to crackle. 

My favorite thing about this book though was Charlotte’s interactions with Edward’s friends. They all cracked me up because they were all spoiled and never wanted to do things for themselves and Charlotte was having none of that and it was highly amusing. But I also loved how they came to love her and she just became part of the gang. James in particular was HYSTERICAL and I just adored him to bits and pieces and he stole whatever scene he was in. One thing I was not prepared for though was that there was a “I need to practice kissing/etc with you for someone else” aspect to the story and like I was not prepared for that or in the headspace for that and it’s not always my favorite. I kinda like to know going in when this is a plot point because I just have different expectations  and because I didn’t know it was coming I was like WHATTT for a bit. But it is done well and fits the story and kicks the pairing off, I just wasn’t entirely prepared for it… that’s on me though not the book. The ending to this book though was OH SO SWEET and it just puts a smile on your face. Nicole will put your heart through the wringer but she always fixes it in the end in the sweetest and best way.

All in all, Glass Castle Prince is such a quick and fun and swoony read. I loved escaping to this world for a while and would not mind visiting it again.





Nicole Williams is the New York Times and USA TODAY 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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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Book Review: Hometown Troublemaker (Havenbrook #2) by: Brighton Walsh

Release Date: March 14, 2019
from Bright Publishing LLC
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Source: I received a complementary copy of this book from the author and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"Aurora "Rory" Haven's life is in shambles. Her ex-husband's living with the woman he cheated with,
her oldest daughter blames her for the divorce, and she's broke. To make ends meet, she partners with the too-young, way too hot local contractor she has absolutely no business fantasizing about.

Nash King is working overtime so he can take over the family business. He doesn't need the distraction of his best friend's sister, but the hot-as-hell, pearl-clutching divorcée barrels her way into his everyday life. He's managed to ignore his attraction to her for a decade. What's another couple months?

The summer heat and forced proximity has tempers flaring…and their chemistry sizzling. But Havenbrook's gossip mill is churning full-force, and the last thing Rory needs is everyone finding out she's crushing on a man eight years her junior. Except crushing doesn't have anything on what's really going on...

What would happen if the townspeople found out paint wasn't the only thing being stripped?"

My Thoughts:

Seriously guys.... Brighton Walsh writes some of the best romance out there. She has yet to disappoint and Hometown Troublemaker was no exception. Her books are always filled with so much heart and feature such great characters. 

Personally my favorite thing about Brighton books are the heroines... because the heroine is always dynamic and strong and flawed and never ever loses herself in the hero. She finds her happiness and a guy she deserves but she is never swallowed whole by the hero and finds someone who loves her for her flaws as well as her attributes and Rory is no exception. Rory can be a lot and has made mistakes but she is working to better herself and finally do the things she has always wanted to do. I loved Rory for all her faults and insecurities and for her strength and perseverance and willingness to finally take a chance. 

Then there is Nash and guys Nash has got a MOUTH on him. In so many ways he is the complete opposite of Rory but they work so well together. I loved how devoted he was and that he just wasn't ashamed to show it. He was all in and was willing to take whatever Rory was willing to give, he moved at her pace and on her terms and Rory really deserved a guy like Nash after everything she had been through. And on top of all that their chemistry is insane.

All in all, Hometown Troublemaker was such a fun and sweet and all around great read. Swoony romance, great characters, and FANTASTIC banter all combined for an addictive read. 

On My Shelf : A New Hope - The Princess, The Scoundrel, And The Farm Boy by: Alexandra Bracken

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 adore Star Wars, so naturally I had to have this one right when it released. For some reason I have not read this one yet and I really should because it is always fun to escape into Star Wars.

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


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