Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday (208)


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

The Year We Fell Apart
By Emily Martin
Release Date: January 26, 2015
In the tradition of Sarah Dessen, this powerful debut novel is a compelling portrait of a young girl coping with her mother’s cancer as she figures out how to learn from—and fix—her past.

Few things come as naturally to Harper as epic mistakes. In the past year she was kicked off the swim team, earned a reputation as Carson High’s easiest hook-up, and officially become the black sheep of her family. But her worst mistake was destroying her relationship with her best friend, Declan.

Now, after two semesters of silence, Declan is home from boarding school for the summer. Everything about him is different—he’s taller, stronger…more handsome. Harper has changed, too, especially in the wake of her mom’s cancer diagnosis.

While Declan wants nothing to do with Harper, he’s still Declan, her Declan, and the only person she wants to talk to about what’s really going on. But he’s also the one person she’s lost the right to seek comfort from.

As their mutual friends and shared histories draw them together again, Harper and Declan must decide which parts of their past are still salvageable, and which parts they’ll have to let go of once and for all.

In this honest and affecting tale of friendship and first love, Emily Martin brings to vivid life the trials and struggles of high school and the ability to learn from past mistakes over the course of one steamy North Carolina summer.



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First off, this one definitely sounds like it's going to be an emotional one. I can't even begin to imagine how hard it is for Harper to deal with her mother's cancer. It sounds like she's coping in her own way, but that ruined one of the most important relationships she's had. I can't wait to see how Declan is when he returns and what happens when he is forced to face Harper and the friendship they once had. I love how this one is more about friendship than romance because that's so rare in books these days. I definitely can't wait to read this one! 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I Just Didn't Click With


This is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where each week bloggers share a list of books for the prompt given. So hopefully I'll have a new list to share with you all each week!

This Week's Topic: Top Ten Characters I Just Didn't Click With


1. Margo from Paper Towns by John Green
2. Sawyer from How to Love by Katie Cotugno
3. Reena from How to Love by Katie Cotugno


4. Conrad from The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
5. Eva from Don't Ever Change by M Beth Bloom
6. Cassia from Matched by Ally Condie


7. Earl from Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
8. Emma from Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott
9. Ellie from Virgin by Radhika Sanghani


10. Anastasia from Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James


Saturday, August 29, 2015

Stacking the Shelves (159)

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

From Publisher

Some fantastic books were sent my way to review this week and I am so excited for them!! I'm especially excited for Mary Balogh's newest book because it has been forever since I've read a historical romance and I can't get enough of her Survivor's Club series. 

Bought
I FINALLY own a copy of Losing It and I couldn't be more excited. I saw the movie edition of The Martian for only $6 and I've been wanting to read this one for so long now that I just couldn't resist. I've heard the best things about it, so hopefully I like it! 


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

Friday, August 28, 2015

Book Review + Giveaway: Sustained by Emma Chase

Sustained (The Legal Briefs #2)
By Emma Chase
Release Date: August 25, 2015
Source: Publisher
A knight in tarnished armor is still a knight.

When you’re a defense attorney in Washington, DC, you see firsthand how hard life can be, and that sometimes the only way to survive is to be harder. I, Jake Becker, have a reputation for being cold, callous, and intimidating—and that suits me just fine. In fact, it’s necessary when I’m breaking down a witness on the stand.

Complications don’t work for me—I’m a “need-to-know” type of man. If you’re my client, tell me the basic facts. If you’re my date, stick to what will turn you on. I’m not a therapist or Prince Charming—and I don’t pretend to be.

Then Chelsea McQuaid and her six orphaned nieces and nephews came along and complicated the ever-loving hell out of my life. Now I'm going to Mommy & Me classes, One Direction concerts, the emergency room, and arguing cases in the principal's office.

Chelsea’s too sweet, too innocent, and too gorgeous for her own good. She tries to be tough, but she’s not. She needs someone to help her, defend her…and the kids.

And that — that, I know how to do.

I have heard nothing but fantastic things about Emma Chase and her Tangled series. I hadn't even known that she had another series out, but when I had the chance to read the second book in The Legal Briefs series, I jumped at the chance. 

Jake Becker is the kind of lawyer who gets the job done, no matter who the client is. And as far as is love life goes, it's in and out with no strings attached. Until the nephew of Chelsea McQuaid pulls him into her life, that is. One day spent with Chelsea, along with her crazy mess of six nieces and nephews, and Jake is a goner. Chelsea is a sweet, young woman who is left raising her deceased brother's kids, so to say she's in over her head is an understatement. Jake seems to fit in perfectly with their life, but Jake isn't looking to settle down, let alone settle down with six children. Can he walk away from Chelsea or is he already far too attached to ever let go? 

From the start, Jake is a cold-hearted man who is in no way looking for a serious relationship. He's a hot shot lawyer who protects the slimiest of rich people because he's the best, which also means he gets paid the best. I loved it, though, how he ended up meeting Chelsea and being completely taken by her. Chelsea is so sweet and just wants to give her nieces and nephews a good life, no matter how angsty they act towards her. And wow, are those kids a riot. They each have their own personality that is so distinct and add so much to love in this book. It was so cute how Jake started to care about them and act like an adult with a real relationships and commitments for once.  

I think that the romance was very adorable and definitely steamy, but I think that Jake's insecurities were a bit cliche and it just got annoying whenever he would run away because he didn't want that commitment. There's only so many times a guy can run away, go back, and then run away again before it gets old. So I wasn't a big fan of the times when Jake ran away and acted predictable based on his background as a guy who only sleeps around. However, I did enjoy the moments he got to know Chelsea and how much their relationship grew before it actually even turned into something.

Overall, this was definitely a fun read. I loved how Jake was a lawyer and his job helped him get closer to Chelsea. There was a family dynamic in the novel that you don't find in a lot of books and I loved how there were so many characters that heavily affected the main storyline. This may have been my first Emma Chase read, but it definitely won't be my last!


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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Release Week Blitz + Giveaway: Tough Love by Lori Foster

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We are absolutely thrilled to bring you the Release Week Blitz for Lori Foster's TOUGH LOVE! TOUGH LOVE is a Contemporary Romance and is a part of Lori Foster’s Ultimate Series, published by Harlequin HQN. Grab your copy today! And if you haven't before, make sure you grab the other books in this fantastic series!
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Praise for TOUGH LOVE
“Foster brings her signature blend of heat and sweet to her addictive third Ultimate martial arts contemporary. Foster ably tosses out red herrings and also seamlessly lays the foundation for the next book in this series. This luscious tale will appeal to Foster’s legion of fans and attract new ones—even those who aren’t fans of professional fighting.”- Publishers Weekly

Brushing his thumb over her knuckles, he asked gently, “Nervous, then?”

She shook her head. “No.”

“You’re shaking.”

Lifting his hand to her mouth, she lightly bit a knuckle, then kissed the spot. Gaze sincere, she whispered, “Because I’m eager.”

Well, hell. She’d just done it again, made him taut with her words. Needing to explain to her, just in case he jumped the gun, he said, “The first time…”

“Fast and hard,” she finished for him. “I know.” Her smile slipped into place even as her eyes darkened and her voice went all breathy. “It’ll be worth it if I get to watch you. I’ve been thinking about that forever.”

Jesus.

“After that,” she murmured, “then it can be my turn.”

Trying to give a little more room to his growing erection, Stack stretched out one leg. If she kept that up, he wouldn’t make it to her place. Hell, he was so close to losing it, the idea of pulling over for a quickie in the car appealed in a big way. It should have embarrassed him, how she stole his control. But knowing Vanity pushed him on purpose only made him more determined to blow her mind with sex.
Reaching for long-lost patience, he drew in a deep breath and put both hands back on the steering wheel. “You’re playing with fire. You know that, right?”

“I’m playing with you, Stack Hannigan, and it’s the most fun I’ve had in a very long time.”
He liked her like this, so open about what she wanted—namely, him. “Like I said before, you’ll pay for the play.”

“I’m hopeful.” She laughed, and even that turned him on.

Vanity was the one of the sexiest women he’d ever known, but she was also real. Bold. He didn’t have to wonder at her thoughts, because she spelled out what she wanted and how she wanted it.
She also made it clear that their time together had a short time frame, and after they’d settled the lust, she fully expected him to mosey on out of her life.

Should’ve been perfect, only…it nettled him that she didn’t push for more.

Both of them now silent, he turned a corner onto a dark street—and immediately saw the collision. Two vehicles, one in a ditch, the other overturned. Headlights cut the dark of the night at odd angles. Even as Stack slowed his car, searching the scene, the overturned car ignited and flames licked into the air.

“Oh, my God.” Vanity sat forward to stare. “There!” She pointed to the side of one car. “There’s a body!”

Stack jerked the car to the curb, slammed it into park and released his seat belt at the same time. “Call 911.”

She already had her purse in her hands, digging through it. “Be careful,” she called after him as he hurriedly left the car.

He’d only taken one step when Stack heard a woman’s weak screams.

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She's playing hard to get…to win the MMA fighter of her ultimate fantasies in a sultry new novel from New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster Vanity Baker loves a good, clean match, but she's not above playing a little dirty. She's wanted Stack "The Wolf" Hannigan from day one. Seems as though the best way to corral the famously commitment-phobic fighter is to insist on keeping it casual. And her plan works—deliciously well—until Stack's past steps out of the shadows. Stack learned early to stay free of attachments. But with sexy, forthright Vanity, he's the one always left wanting more. Then his troublemaking family comes back into the picture, threatening everything Stack cares about—Vanity included. Suddenly he realizes they're much more than friends with benefits. He's ready to go to the mat for her…but will it be in time to protect the woman who's tamed him for good?


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About the Author
Since first publishing in January 1996, Lori Foster has become a USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly and New York Times bestselling author. Lori has published through a variety of houses, including Kensington, St. Martin’s, Harlequin, Silhouette, Samhain, and Berkley/Jove. She is currently published with HQN. Lori hosts a very special annual “Reader & Author” event in West Chester, Ohio. Proceeds from the event have benefited many worthy causes, including the Hamilton County YWCA Battered Women’s Shelter, the Animal Adoption Foundation, The Conductive Learning Center for children with spina bifida and cerebral palsy, and The One Way Farm, Children’s Home. Each year Lori donates all proceeds from one book to charity. You can see the benefit romance books here: http://lorifoster.com/benefit-books/  

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Would Be On My Syllabus if I Taught Contemporary YA 101

This is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where each week bloggers share a list of books for the prompt given. So hopefully I'll have a new list to share with you all each week!

This Week's Topic: Top Ten Books That Would Be On My Syllabus if I Taught Contemporary YA 101

Contemporary YA was my first love and will always have a special place in my heart. Throughout my life, I have read A LOT of contemporary YA. I teach 10th grade English and I want my students to see how amazing reading is and how many good stories are out there. So here are 10 contemporary YA books that I would love to have my students read to see how amazing the genre really is


1. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
2. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
3. Open Road Summer by Emery Lord


4. Crash Into You by Katie McGarry
5. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles 
6. Just One Day by Gayle Forman


7. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
8. Waiting For You by Susane Colasanti


10. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday (207)

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

See Me
By Nicholas Sparks
Release Date: October 13, 2015
Colin Hancock is giving his second chance his best shot. At 28, he's focused only on walking a straight line - getting his teaching degree, working out at the gym religiously, and avoiding all the places and people that proved so destructive in his earlier life. The last thing he's looking for is a serious relationship. But when Maria Sanchez crosses paths with him on a rainswept night in North Carolina, his plans are upended in a way that will rattle the foundations of his carefully structured life. As for Maria, the hardworking lawyer and daughter of Mexican immigrants, Colin will challenge every notion she's ever had about herself and her future, making her question what truly makes her happy.

Before the couple has a chance to envision what a life together might look like, however, menacing reminders of events in Maria's past begin to surface. And as the threat of violence begins to shadow her every step, she and Colin will be tested in increasingly terrifying ways. Will demons from their past destroy the tentative bonds they have forged, or will their love protect them, even in the darkest hour?

SEE ME is a story of obsession, reinvention and a love that defies every expectation, reminding us that destiny often rests in our own hands-even in matters of the heart.


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NICHOLAS SPARKS HAS A NEW BOOK. Someone pinch me. First off, I have to address the horrendous cover. I mean, who thought that was pretty?!? There was a fan vote between two covers for this new book and I thought they were both horrible. This one is just soblah. It doesn't even go with the last 4 books he's releasedwhy change the design now?? Ugh. Putting my dislike of the cover aside, I cannot wait to read this new book!! This one sounds like it will have an intense romance and some intense drama to test that romance. I need this book now!!! 
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