Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday (243)

This is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where every Wednesday bloggers highlight a book that they are eagerly anticipating the release of!

Results May Vary
By Bethany Chase
Release Date: August 9, 2016
Can you ever really know the person you love?

She never saw it coming. Without even a shiver of suspicion to warn her, Caroline Hammond discovers that her husband is having an affair with a man—a revelation that forces her to question their entire history together, from their early days as high school sweethearts through their ten years as a happily married couple. In her now upside-down world, Caroline begins envisioning her life without the relationship that has defined it: the loneliness of being an “I” instead of a “we”; the rekindled yet tenuous closeness with her younger sister; and the unexpected—and potentially disastrous—attraction she can't get off her mind. Caroline always thought she knew her own love story, but as her husband's other secrets emerge, she must decide whether that story's ending will mean forgiving the man she's loved for half her life, or facing her future without him.

Compassionate and uplifting, Results May Vary is a bittersweet celebration of the fact that in love and in life, we rarely get exactly what we bargained for.


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Other than the completely adorable cover, the thing that caught my eye about this book was that Goodreads compared it to something Emily Giffin would write. I love Emily Giffin, so I immediately took a second look at this one. This sounds like a very emotional book where the main character is going to learn a lot about herself and grow so much as a person. I can't wait for the chance to read it! 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Release Week Blitz + Giveaway: Charged by Jay Crownover

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From New York Times bestselling author Jay Crownover comes CHARGED, the latest in her sexy The Saints of Denver Series, releasing May 24th! Known for her strong heroines and alpha males, you won’t know what hit you as you read Avett and Quaid’s story. Keep reading for more about the Leagle Eagle and Avett and order your copy today.

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From the New York Times bestselling author of the Marked Men books comes the second installment in the Saints of Denver series featuring a bad girl and a by the book attorney who could be her salvation…or her ruin.

Avett Walker and Quaid Jackson’s worlds have no reason to collide. Ever. Quaid is a high powered criminal attorney as slick as he is handsome. Avett is a pink-haired troublemaker with a bad attitude and a history of picking the wrong men.


When Avett lands in a sea of hot water because of one terrible mistake, the only person who can get her out of it is the insanely sexy lawyer. The last thing on earth she wants to do is rely on the no-nonsense attorney who thinks of her as nothing more than a nuisance. He literally has her fate in his hands. Yet there is something about him that makes her want to convince him to loosen his tie and have a little fun…with her.


Quaid never takes on clients like the impulsive young woman with a Technicolor dye job. She could stand to learn a hard lesson or two, but something about her guileless hazel eyes intrigues him. Still, he’s determined to keep their relationship strictly business. But doing so is becoming more impossible with each day he spends with her.


As they work side-by-side, they’ll have to figure out a way to get along and keep their hands off each other—because the chemistry between them is beyond charged.

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Don’t worry, Sprite, bad decisions always make for good stories…
              I could hear my dad’s gruff voice, lightened with humor, in my ear as he told me those words every single time I got caught doing something I wasn’t supposed to do when I was growing up. I was always doing something I shouldn’t then and now, so I heard those words a lot from him. Unfortunately, as an adult, my bad decisions resulted in consequences far worse than a scraped knee or a broken wrist from falling out of the tree in the backyard he warned me repeatedly wasn’t sturdy enough to limb. And sadly, my dad reassuring me in his firm and gentle way, while calling me his little Sprite as he kissed my boo-boos, wasn’t going to help my current situation at all. 
              This boo-boo was big-time. 
              This boo-boo was life-changing. 
              This boo-boo was anything but a good story waiting to be told.
              This boo-boo very well could be the end of me, the end of the rope where my patient parents had dangled precariously for years, and it very well could be the end of any kind of future I may have had. A future I was well on my way to letting a lifetime of bad decisions and even worse choices screw up. At barely twenty-two, bad decisions had sort of become my stock in trade and were as familiar to me as my own face. I was almost legendary, at this point, for putting all my trust in the absolutely wrong kind of people. If there was a wrong path to take, I was going to skip gleefully down that road and not look back until I ended up exactly in the kind of situation I found myself in at the moment. It wasn’t like this was even a new dead end; it was the same one I ran into over and over again. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t get myself turned around, and the longer I was at this dead end, the darker and more wicked it became. 
              I knew better. I really did, even if there was a boatload of evidence contradicting that fact. 
              I wasn’t stupid, na├»ve, immature, or senseless. I might appear that way to anyone on the outside looking in, but I had my reasons for being a consummate failure and lifelong loser. All of those reasons had nothing to do with me not knowing better and everything to do with me knowing exactly what I deserved. 
              For a long time now I had been spiraling out of control, whirling, falling deep and deeper into a pit of really awful actions and consequences, each seemingly worse and more painful than the last. I also hadn’t made any kind of effort to try and pull myself out of it, so logically I knew the only place I was going to end up was right here, right at the lowest part of rock bottom. I never imagined the landing would be so jarring. 


And don’t miss the first titles in The Saints of Denver Series!
 

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About the Author
Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men, The Point,and the Saints of Denverseries. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she’ll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.      



   
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Monday, May 23, 2016

Book Review: Amour Amour by Krista and Becca Ritchie

Amour Amour 
By Krista and Becca Ritchie
Release Date: December 12, 2014
Source: Amazon
The best aerial technique won’t land 21-year-old Thora James her dream role in Amour—a sexy new acrobatic show on the Vegas strip. Thora knows she’s out of her element the second she meets Amour’s leading performer. Confident, charming and devilishly captivating, 26-year-old Nikolai Kotova lives up to his nickname as the “God of Russia.”

When Thora unknowingly walks into the crosshairs of Nikolai’s after-show, her audition process begins way too soon. Unprofessional. That’s what Nik calls their “non-existent” relationship. It’s not like Thora can avoid him. For one, they may be partners in the future—acrobatic partners, that is. But getting closer to Nik means diving deeper into sin city and into his dizzying world. 

Thora wants to perform with him, but when someone like Nikolai attracts the spotlight wherever he goes—Thora fears that she’s destined to be just background to his spellbinding show.



I fell in love with Krista and Becca's ability to write an addicting romance in Addicted to You, so when Amour Amour was on sale for 99 cents on Amazon, I couldn't resist. I had no idea what the book was about, but I knew I couldn't wait to read another book by them. 

21-year-old Thora James is tired of doing something she doesn't love, so she's taking the risk of her life and going to Las Vegas and trying out for an acrobatic show. Her first night there, she meets the mesmerizing Nikolai Kotova, a russian devil of a man, and finds herself losing a bet to him where a piercing is the punishment of choice. The next day, though, Thora has to get down to business and focus on her tryouts for the acrobatic shows. The last person Thora expects to see there is Nikolai. There is an undeniable chemistry between Nikolai and Thora, but can they keep it professional while Thora tries to face her fears of putting herself out there and finally doing something with her life worth living for? 

Holy moly, from the first page of this book I was hooked. First of all, Thora attended Ohio State, which is literally where I grew up and lived my entire life (Go Bucks!), so I loved that Thora was from Ohio. Second, Nikolai. Can we leave it at that? Seriously, there is a reason the man is nicknamed the God of Russia because he is this intoxicating, dominating presence that you just don't want to leave. I loved the moment he and Thora met and I couldn't wait to watch them fall for each other. And the fact that he happened to be the person Thora was trying out to partner with just made it that much better. 

While Nikolai looked like a God on the outside, it was so intense how much Thora got to see of his personal life. Nikolai's family is such an integral part of this book and I loved being able to meet them and watch them interact with Nikolai. There was a whole other side to him that Thora didn't know when she first met him and it added so much dimension to Nikolai's character. I absolutely loved his sister and his brothers were a hoot. Thora became just as important to Nikolai and his ability to cope with his own life as Nikolai was to Thora. 

I am happy to report that this is another addicting, sexy, and irresistible book from Krista and Becca Ritchie. The romance was intense from the start and only built from there. I could not stop reading this book and didn't want to leave Thora and Nikolai for a second. Did I mention how much I loved the fact that the main characters were acrobats? That's definitely a first for me! If you haven't yet read anything from the Ritchie twins, you must pick up Amour Amour! You won't regret it!



Sunday, May 22, 2016

Summer Series Binge TBR


Summer is exactly five days away for me and I am so ready for the two and a half months of reading and cuddling with my puppy. My first year of teaching was definitely a learning experience, but I am so happy to come out of this year confident in my career choice. I am going to miss so many of my students and I can't wait to watch them grow and graduate in two years. I am already looking forward to my second year of teaching, but I have some pretty big plans for my first official summer off! One of those plans? Catching up on some series that have been sitting on my shelves for far too long. 


This series has literally blown up Youtube and I own both of them. My sister read A Court of Thorns and Roses and is in the middle of A Court of Mist and Fury and she is really enjoying the series. I have heard nothing but phenomenal things about Sarah J Maas' series, so I really need to read this fantasy retelling of Beauty and the Beast


As a huge JLA fan and new adult fan, I have no idea how I haven't read this series yet. I own all four of these books and they have been on my shelves for almost two years now (at least the first two have been). I NEEEEEEDDD to read these! It kills me every time I look at them because I know that I'm just going to love them!


I had the pleasure of meeting Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon at Books By the Banks in the fall and that's when I picked up these two books. They're a retelling of Brigadoon, which I had never heard of before, but I love retellings so I'm excited to see how these turn out. I've heard great things about this series on Youtube, so I can't wait to read them for myself! 

 

I only own While it Lasts (book #3 in the series), but I have wanted to read this series for so so so long. I met Abbi Glines two years ago and had only read one of her books then. I recently read The Vincent Boys and really like it, so I want to read more books by her before I go to her book signing in July. Hopefully this series turns out as good as it looks!


Since I already have to read A Court of Thorns and Roses, I might as well add Sarah's most well-known series to my summer list! I have heard nothing but phenomenal things about this series and it's about time I picked it up! I own all four and my sister has read them all and I am tired of her reading everything that I haven't! We'll see how much I enjoy this fantasy series!



And those are all of the series I am planning on binging this summer! Let me know what you think of these and if you have any other series to recommend! 

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Stacking the Shelves (194)

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews where bloggers share what books they got throughout the week!

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I have become addicted to the kindle app on my iPad. Seriously, I follow blogs and Facebook for ebook deals or freebies and I get so excited when I get another good read! I got Heart-Shaped Hacked for 99 cents and I could not resist because I have heard so many great things about it! The rest were random freebie finds that I was happy to add to my ebook collection! 

From Author

I got an email from an author saying that she was coming out with a new book under a pen name and that she was actually a best selling author. I was intrigued, so I agreed to review her book, but I have no idea who the author actually is! I hope I enjoy this book and find out who the author actually is!


That's it for me! What did you all add to your shelves this week? 

Friday, May 20, 2016

Book Review: Boomerang by Noelle August

Boomerang (Boomerang #1)
By Noelle August 
Release Date: July 8, 2014
Source: Amazon
Welcome to Boomerang.com, the dating site for the millennial gen with its no-fuss, no-commitments matchups, and where work is steamier than any random hook-up

Mia Galliano is an aspiring filmmaker. Ethan Vance has just played his last game as a collegiate soccer star. They’re sharp, hungry for success, and they share a secret.

Last night, Ethan and Mia met at a bar, and, well . . . one thing led to another, which led to them waking up the next morning—together. Things turned awkward in a hurry when they found themselves sharing a post hookup taxi . . . to the same place: Boomerang headquarters.

What began as a powerful connection between them is treated to a cold shower courtesy of two major complications. First, Boomerang has a strict policy against co-worker dating. And second, they’re now competitors for only one job at the end of summer.

As their internships come to an end, will they manage to keep their eyes on the future and their hands off each other, or will the pull of attraction put them right back where they started?




This book has been sitting on my book shelf for so long, so I was very excited when I pulled this from my TBR Jar as my read for January. Based on the cover, I knew I was in for a cute, fun New Adult romance and that's exactly what I got! 

Mia is an aspiring filmmaker who is banking on the internship with Boomerang.com to finally land her a job. Ethan is just looking to pay off his debts and make a living, so he needs the opportunity of a job after his unpaid internship. After a one night stand, the last thing Mia and Ethan expect is to show up at the same internship competing for the same job. With undeniable chemistry, Ethan and Mia must outdo one another in order to earn the job they both need while adhering to the no dating coworkers rule. Can Mia and Ethan deny one another when that one night together won't leave either of their minds anytime soon? 

From the first page, this book was just addicting! I loved how Mia and Ethan woke up and couldn't remember what happened between them the night before. All they knew was that they're extremely attracted to one another. Oh boy, and what an attraction! The chemistry between those two was undeniable and it was so funny watching them drive each other crazy, especially when they had to try out the dating website themselves and watch each other date strangers. You just wanted them to be together already but you knew they couldn't. It drove me crazy!

While they had insane chemistry, Mia and Ethan also really understood each other. They were thrown into these situations and showed each other that they could really care for one another. Something devastating happened to someone close to Mia and Ethan stepped up and was there for her. It was so heartwarming and I loved how there was substance along with the physical attraction of their relationship. 

Overall, this is another New Adult hit for me. There was laughter, but there was also a serious side to the story that tested Mia and Ethan. If you want a fun New Adult between two people who drive each other crazy, but definitely in a good way, then you must check out Boomerang!


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Release Week Blitz + Giveaway: The Problem With Forever by Jennifer L Armentrout

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER - a young adult title about friendship, survival, and finding your voice. This incredible book is available today! Read more about this stunning new novel below and be sure to order your copy today to receive an amazing FREE fan pack while supplies last!


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About the Book
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes a riveting new story about friendship, survival, and finding your voice.

For some people, silence is a weapon.

For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield.

Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime.

Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of—that she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.

It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory must make a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants, and the truths that need to be heard.

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The expression on her face said he gave great full frontal, and when he laughed, her pink lips split into a wide smile. Her smile transformed her from pretty to beautiful, but my attention swung away from her as tiny hairs rose all over my body. That laugh…it was deep, rich and somehow familiar. A shiver crept over my shoulders. That laugh…
              He was walking backward, and I was rather amazed that he didn’t trip over anything, actually somewhat envious of that fact. And then I realized he was heading toward the last half circle. Toward me. I glanced around. There were only a few seats open, two on my left. The girl was following him. Not just following him. Touching him. 
              Touching him like she’d done it a lot. 
              Her slim arm was extended, her hand planted in the center of his stomach, just below his chest. She bit down on her lower lip as her hand drifted farther south. Golden bangles dangling from her wrist got awful close to the worn leather belt. My cheeks heated as the boy stepped out of her reach. There was something playful about his movements, as if this dance was a daily routine for them both. 
              He turned at the end of the desks, stepping behind the occupied chair, and my gaze tracked up narrow hips, over the stomach the girl had touched, up and up, and then I saw his face. 
              I stopped breathing. 
              My brain couldn’t perceive what I was seeing. It did not compute. I stared up at him, really saw him, saw a face that was familiar yet new to me, more mature than I remembered but still achingly beautiful. I knew him. Oh my God, I would know him anywhere, even if it had been four years and the last time I’d seen him, that last night that had been so horrible, had changed my life forever. 
              It was too surreal. 
              Now the reason why he’d popped in my head this morning made sense, because I’d seen him, but hadn’t realized it was him.
              I couldn’t move, couldn’t get enough air into my lungs and couldn’t believe this was happening. My hands slipped off the desk, falling limply into my lap as he dipped into the seat next to me. His gaze was on the girl who took the seat next to him, and his profile, the strong jaw that had only been hinted at the last time I’d seen him, tilted as his eyes moved over the front of the room, across the wall-length chalkboard. He looked like he had back then, but bigger and with everything more…more defined. From the eyebrows darker than the mix of brown and black hair and thick lashes to the broad cheekbones and the slight scruff covering the curve of his jaw.  
              Goodness, he’d grown up in the way I’d thought he would when I was twelve and started to really look at him, to see him as a boy. 
              I couldn’t believe he was here. My heart was trying to claw itself out of my chest as lips—lips fuller that I remembered—tilted up, and a knot formed in my belly as the dimple formed in his right cheek. The only dimple he had. No matching set. Just one. My mind raced back through the years, and I could only think of a handful of times I’d seen him relaxed. Leaning back in the chair that seemed too small for him, he slowly turned his head toward me. Eyes that were brown with tiny flecks of gold met mine. 
              Eyes I’d never forgotten.
              The easy, almost lazy smile I’d never seen on his face before froze. His lips parted and a paleness seeped under his tawny skin. Those eyes widened, the gold flecks seeming to expand. He recognized me; I had changed a lot since then, but still, recognition dawned in his features. He was moving again, leaning forward on his seat toward me. Four words roared out of the past and echoed in my head. 
              Don’t make a sound. 

              “Mouse?” he breathed.

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Praise for THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER:

“The intensity between Mouse and Rider is palpably sizzling… romance aficionados [will] lose themselves in Mouse and Rider’s smoldering glances and steamy kisses.” –
Kirkus

“Armentrout’s effort to gradually coax her protagonist from her shell via a supportive, loving community succeeds, and readers looking for an inspirational comeback story will find Mallory’s to be satisfying and hopeful” –Publishers Weekly


About the Author
# 1 New York Times and #1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA. She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.  


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