Thursday, August 25, 2016

#IndieReadathon2016 TBR

My BFF Sarah from Words With Sarah is hosting a readathon with the lovely Angie and Lacey. This readathon is the #indiereadathon2016, which means that the goal is to read independently published books! I recently got a few self-published books for my birthday, so I knew that I had to participate in this readathon. It takes place from August 29th to September 12th and the goal is to read as many self-published books as you can! I am so pumped for this readathon and had so much fun putting my TBR list together! Here are the books I'm definitely going to read: 

The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon
A Thousand Boy Kisses by Tillie Cole
Paper Princess by Erin Watt
With This Heart by RS Grey
Moonshot by Alessandra Torre
HardBall by CD Reiss
The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata

I know that this is a pretty ambitious TBR, but just look at all of the beautiful books! I have been dying to read these books and I'm so happy to have the excuse to finally do it! Are any of you participating? What are you going to read? 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday (155)

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

Just Friends
By Tiffany Pitcock
Release Date: August 1, 2017
Jenny met Chance for the very first time when she was assigned as his partner in their Junior Communications class. But one clever lie to rescue a doomed assignment later, and the whole school was suddenly convinced that Little-Miss-Really-Likes-Having-A's and the most scandalous heartbreaker in school have been best friends forever.

It’s amazing how quickly a lie can grow—especially when you really, really want it to be the truth. With Jenny, Chance can live the normal life he’s always kind of wanted. And with Chance, Jenny can have the exciting teen experiences that television has always promised her. And through it all, they hold on to the fact that they are 'just friends.' But that might be the biggest lie of all.


No, that release date is not a type. This book does not come out for AN ENTIRE YEAR. Seriously? Why tease us with that gorgeous cover and super intriguing synopsis? I mean, how cool does this book sound? This story sounds like it's going to be very interesting and I can't wait to see how two opposites like Jenny and Chance go about being friends and denying their feelings for one another. It needs to be next year now! 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Book Review: Furious Rush by SC Stephens

Furious Rush 
By SC Stephens
Release Date: August 23, 2016
Source: Publisher
For Mackenzie Cox, racing motorcycles is in her blood. Born into a family legacy, she's determined to show the world that she has inherited her father's talent in this male-dominated sport. The last thing Kenzie needs is to be antagonised by her rival team's newest rider, Hayden Hayes. Hayden, exceedingly arrogant and outrageously attractive, immediately gets under Kenzie's skin and she can't help but be distracted.

As Kenzie and Hayden push each other on the track, the electric energy between them off the track shifts into an intense - and strictly forbidden - attraction. The only rule between their two ultra-competitive teams is zero contact. Kenzie needs a win, and she also needs to stay away from Hayden. Unfortunately for her though, one thing has become all too clear: she can't.

Fuelled by passion, driven by desire, Hayden and Mackenzie both want to win more than anything else. Except for, maybe, each other. But anger, jealousy and extreme competitiveness aren't their only obstacles . . .

Words cannot even begin to describe how excited I was when I heard that SC Stephens was writing a new book  that wasn't associated with her Thoughtless series. Don't get me wrong, I love every book in that series, but I was excited to see SC Stephens write all new characters in a completely new world. 

Racing is in Mackenzie Cox's blood, and it's finally her time to race for her dad. The last thing Mackenzie needs is a distraction, especially in the form of the gorgeous man that is Hayden Hayes. Even if Mackenzie did want to admit her attraction to Hayden, he just so happens to be the newest racer for her father's enemy, the man who ruined her family and who Mackenzie despises more than anyone else. As Mackenzie works to help save her dad's racing company, she soon realizes that nothing causes her to race faster than racing against Hayden. Mackenzie needs to keep her mind of the track and off of the man who is the last person she should be feeling anything for. 

I LOVED THIS BOOK. Okay, sorry, I had to say that right away because I SERIOUSLY loved this book. It shouldn't be a surprise seeing as I love SC Stephens, but the whole racing world and insanely passionate chemistry our two main characters had sealed the deal. Let's start with the racing first. I love sports romances and motorbike racing is no exception. I loved how dedicated both Mackenzie and Hayden were to the sport and the adrenaline rush they had while racing, especially when they were racing each other. From the first race Mackenzie races in this book, I was hooked on the action and literally could not take my eyes off the pages until the race was over and I knew the outcome. I was rooting for Mackenzie to just win and prove to everyone, including herself, that she really was good enough. 

But let's move on to the real reason I loved this book. HAYDEN. Oh. My. Gosh. The chemistry between Hayden and Mackenzie was through the roof, but they took forever to act on it because they were both trying so hard to resist each other since they raced for rival companies. It turns out I love books that make you crazy when the couple just won't get together yet because that makes their romance that much more addicting. I gobbled up every moment they spent together and needed them to finally get together! 

Overall, Furious Rush has it all-- a sizzling romance, intense sports action, and a main character that I really cared for. Mackenzie was so relatable and I was hoping for the best for her. And Hayden! YUM. The ending of this book left me begging for the next book and I am already waiting for more of this world and its amazing characters! 

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On Your Shelf Since Before Blogging That You STILL Haven't Read

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 On Your Shelf Since Before You Started Blogging That You STILL Haven't Read Yet

I have been blogging since May of 2011, which is over FIVE YEARS AGO. How crazy is that? My book collection has exploded since then, but I have had a decent amount of my books since before I started blogging. Sadly, there are still some books on my shelves that I haven't read yet. Here are some of the ones that have been on there for more than five years! 

1. Legally Blonde by Amanda Brown
2. Lucky T by Kate Brian 
3. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

4. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
5. Crazy Wild by Tara Janzen
6. Cocktails for Three by Madeleine Wickham

7. The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks
8. The Choice by Nicholas Sparks
9. Something Blue by Emily Giffin

10. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Book Review: Archer's Voice by Mia Sheridan

Archer's Voice
By Mia Sheridan 
Release Date: January 25, 2014
Source: Amazon
When Bree Prescott arrives in the sleepy, lakeside town of Pelion, Maine, she hopes against hope that this is the place where she will finally find the peace she so desperately seeks. On her first day there, her life collides with Archer Hale, an isolated man who holds a secret agony of his own. A man no one else sees.

Archer's Voice is the story of a woman chained to the memory of one horrifying night and the man whose love is the key to her freedom. It is the story of a silent man who lives with an excruciating wound and the woman who helps him find his voice. It is the story of suffering, fate, and the transformative power of love.

It's official. Mia Sheridan is AMAZING. I've read two books by her now and am completely in love with her storytelling and her deep, emotional characters. Archer's voice was a romance unlike any other romance I've ever read and I loved it. 

Bree Prescott is running from her past after her father died and arrives in the sleepy town she visited as a kid. Adjusting to life in a small cottage with the job as a waitress, Bree is trying to find peace. When she runs into a big and gorgeous, yet silent man, Bree is intrigued. Archer Hale has not spoken since tragedy struck his family when he was a little boy and he tries his best to stay alone and unnoticed. When he runs into Bree, though, he finds himself drawn to her and wanting to actually get close to another person. Bree and Archer slowly start a relationship that tests them both in ways they had never imagined. 

Wow, this book. It seems like every romance now has the cocky main character who has tons of experience and has all the right moves. That is definitely not Archer. Archer has grown up not speaking to anyone and only interacted with his uncle who was a little on the strange side. So when Bree started popping up at his place, Archer had no idea how to act, he just knew that he really liked Bree. Their relationship was so adorable and I loved every moment they spent together. Archer really started to open up and Bree was able to find the peace she needed after what had happened to her in her past. 

While there was a sweet romance, there were also some suspenseful and mysterious parts that really had me hooked to the story. We had no idea what had happened in Archer's past or what was going to happen to Bree since she ran away from home, which kept me invested in their story, just dying to know their secrets. 

Overall, Archer's Voice has made me the newest member of the Mia Sheridan fan club. I loved the unique storyline, the super sweet man that Archer was, and the slow development of the relationship between our two main characters. For a refreshing and sweet romance, you definitely need to read Archer's Voice!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Stacking the Shelves (207)

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

From Amazon
I loved Leaving Amarillo so much that once I finished it, I made sure that I got the third book on Amazon so that I could binge the next two books in the series. I can't wait to read it! 

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

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Book Review: Leaving Amarillo by Caisey Quinn

Leaving Amarillo (Neon Dreams #1)
By Caisey Quinn
Release Date: March 17, 2015
Source: Own Copy 
Dixie Lark hasn’t had it easy. She lost her parents in an accident when she was young and grew up in a ramshackle house on a dirt road in Amarillo with her ailing grandparents and overprotective older brother. Thanks to her grandfather, Dixie learned to play a mean fiddle, inspired by the sounds of the greats—Johnny and June, Waylon, and Hank. Her grandfather’s fiddle changed Dixie’s life forever, giving her an outlet for the turmoil of her broken heart and inspiring a daring dream.

Ten years later, Dixie and her brother, Dallas, are creating the music they love and chasing fame with their hot band, Leaving Amarillo. But Dixie isn’t enjoying the ride. All she can think about is Gavin, the band’s tattooed, tortured drummer who she’s loved since they were kids. She knows he feels the connection between them, but he refuses see her as more than his best friend’s little sister.

Convinced that one night with Gavin will get him out of her system, Dixie devises a plan. She doesn’t know that her brother has forbidden Gavin from making a move on her-a promise he swore he’d always keep . . . a promise that once broken will unexpectedly change the future for Dixie, Gavin and the band.

I absolutely love rock star romances and have been gobbling up any book of that genre that I can get my hands on. A few people have recommended Leaving Amarillo and said that I would love it, so I decided to pick it up and give it a chance. AND I LOVED IT. SO MUCH. 

After her parents died, Dixie and her older brother, Dallas, grew up with her grandparents, living a meager life together. When they meet Gavin, a kid who had it even rougher than them, the three of them become best friends. As they get older, they create a band called Leaving Amarillo and are chasing their dream to make it big. Dixie has loved Gavin since they were young, but Dallas has made it clear that Gavin cannot touch her. Dixie has decided it's time to put herself first, but will Gavin put his relationship with the man who is basically his brother to give into the intense connection he's never had with another girl before? 

First off, the reason why I really loved this book is because Dixie, our main character, was actually in the band. Dixie played the fiddle and we got to see her in her element and really feeling the music and connecting with her bandmates up on stage. That created a very intense connection with Gavin that was even stronger than it was off the stage. And what an intense connection that was! This connection has been building for YEARS and I was cheering on Dixie every step of the way she decided to finally go after what she wanted with Gavin. 

Gavin definitely sealed the deal for me in this book. I absolutely loved his character and the little glimpses we got into his past that explained why he was the way he was now. He was so loyal to Dallas, which made it that much harder for him to admit that he felt anything for Dixie. While Dallas was annoying for getting in the way of Gavin and Dixie being together, I still really admired how much he loved Dixie and how much he loved music. I am excited to read his story in the next book!

As far as rock star romances go, Leaving Amarillo has moved into the category of one of my favorites. We got a girl who was actually in the band and was finally taking the risk and going after the guy she wanted. Gavin is totally my newest book crush and I just want him and Dixie to be happy! If you want a book with a relationship that will have you BEGGING for them to finally give into their attraction, you have to read Leaving Amarillo.

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