Saturday, July 23, 2016

Stacking the Shelves (203)


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

From Half Price Books

For the last week of the coupon week for Half Price Books, I went to to different stores and found both of these books! I was so excited to find them and get them for half off of their sale prices! They ended up being around $3.50 and I can't wait to read them!


My sister came along to the stores with me and she got two books for herself as well. I am definitely excited for the two books that she got and can't wait to read them myself! 


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

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Book Review: The Angel's Share by JR Ward

The Angel's Share (The Bourbon Kings #2)
By JR Ward
Release Date: July 25, 2016
Source: Publisher
In Charlemont, Kentucky, the Bradford family is the crème de la crème of high society—just like their exclusive brand of bourbon. And their complicated lives and vast estate are run by a discrete staff who inevitably become embroiled in their affairs. This is especially true now, when the apparent suicide of the family patriarch is starting to look more and more like murder…

No one is above suspicion—especially the eldest Bradford son, Edward. The bad blood between him and his father is known far and wide, and he is aware that he could be named a suspect. As the investigation into the death intensifies, he keeps himself busy at the bottom of a bottle—as well as with his former horse trainer’s daughter. Meanwhile, the family’s financial future lies in the perfectly manicured hands of a business rival, a woman who wants Edward all to herself.

Everything has consequences; everybody has secrets. And few can be trusted. Then, at the very brink of the family’s demise, someone thought lost to them forever returns to the fold. Maxwell Bradford has come home. But is he a savior...or the worst of all the sinners?

I was so in love with The Bourbon Kings when I read it last year. It read like a soap opera and I was addicted to the drama and secrets that plagued the Bradford family. I couldn't wait to jump right back into their lives and hopefully get some answers to the mysteries that popped up more and more at the end of book one. 

The Bradford family is THE family. They have everything they could ever ask for thanks to their bourbon company. But every family has their secrets and the Bradford's secrets run deep, especially when their father is found dead in the Ohio river. What appeared to be suicide soon turns to murder and everyone is a suspect, especially considering the man had a strained relationship with his own flesh and blood. As Lane tries to save the family business from going under, the four Bradford children are trying to deal with their own demons and accept that what they most desire out of life just isn't what they deserve. 

Okay, so as far as the drama goes, this book definitely had it. Unfortunately, the drama was more geared towards the business and less towards the characters and their illicit affairs. There was so much business talk and it was hard to keep my interest because I don't know a lot about business and I don't really care that much about it. I understand that Lane had to make sure that the family wasn't going to go bankrupt, especially since they were all used to being multi-millionaires, but all of the money talk just got to be too much by the end. 

All of the Bradford kids still had their serious problems, both with people they loved but couldn't have and with other members of their family. There are a lot of characters in this novel, so it may be hard to keep track of in the beginning, but once the story got going, you saw how all of the characters were hurting and growing and trying to figure out how to just survive their crazy, brutal world. But I was disappointed how we still didn't get anything about Max! He's the only Bradford child who we barely saw anything of and we still only got a glimpse of him in this book. Why is he a character if he's not even going to be in the story or the family's business at all? 

Overall, I still enjoyed this second installment in The Bourbon Kings series. There was still a ton of drama, secrecy, and dangerous affairs that I loved in the first book. While the story was a bit too business focused for my taste at times, I still loved seeing these crazy, damaged characters who have no clue how to just be normal people.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday (250)



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

Royally Screwed
By Emma Chase
Release Date: October 18, 2016
Nicholas Arthur Frederick Edward Pembrook, Crowned Prince of Wessco, aka “His Royal Hotness”, is wickedly charming, devastatingly handsome, and unabashedly arrogant—hard not to be when people are constantly bowing down to you. 

Then, one snowy night in Manhattan, the prince meets a dark haired beauty who doesn’t bow down. Instead, she throws a pie in his face.

Nicholas wants to find out if she tastes as good as her pie, and this heir apparent is used to getting what he wants. 

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Dating a prince isn’t what waitress Olivia Hammond ever imagined it would be.

There’s a disapproving queen, a wildly inappropriate spare heir, relentless paparazzi, and brutal public scrutiny. While they’ve traded in horse drawn carriages for Rolls Royces and haven’t chopped anyone’s head off lately—the royals are far from accepting of this commoner.

But to Olivia—Nicholas is worth it.

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Nicholas grew up with the whole world watching, and now Marriage Watch is in full force. In the end, Nicholas has to decide who he is, but more importantly, who he wants to be: a King... or the man who gets to love Olivia forever.


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Um, can we take a minute to admire this cover? Because, YUM. I haven't read anything by Emma Chase yet, but this book sounds right up my alley. I love how the guy is a prince who is used to girls throwing themselves at him, but he's finally met his match. Olivia sounds like such a fun protagonist and I can't wait to see how she deals with Nicholas. Plus, this premise reminds me a bit of The Prince and Me, which I LOVE. So I'm definitely excited for this one to be released! 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Release Day Blitz: Hitched Volume 2 by Kendall Ryan

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Arranged marriage? Check. 

Cocky new husband? Check. 

It's a marriage of convenience—one I’m determined to keep strictly professional. I can't be stupid enough to fall for this sexy playboy's charm or advances. I have to be strong, even if he is my husband. 

Except he has a huge cock with an even bigger ego, and his main goal in life seems to be getting me to stroke both. The arrogant bastard is like sweet, sugary candy for my libido. I know he’s bad for me.

But I want to devour every wicked inch of him. With his sexual prowess and experience, I know he’ll be explosive in the bedroom. And since we’re stuck together for the foreseeable future—keeping up this marriage charade long enough to turn the company profitable again—I deserve something to look forward to at the end of a long workday, right? 

What could one little taste hurt? 

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       “What’s wrong?” I ask.
       “Just a little tight, is all.”
       I inhale through my nose. I have to shove the pregnancy stuff to the back corner of my brain. We’re a long way off from Olivia letting me pump her full of my semen anyhow, so why am I stressing about it now? The first step is showing her how compatible we can be.
       And that starts now.
       I smile at her. “Sit tight. I’ll be right back.”
       I grab a bottle of massage oil from the hall closet and return to the living room. The soft jazz music seems to float in the air, creating a pleasant buzz in the atmosphere.
       Olivia’s eyes widen when I rejoin her on the couch, but she doesn’t question me.
       “I’ll give you a massage,” I suggest. “Take off your sweatshirt.”
       Olivia flinches, chewing on her lip while she watches me. “But I’m not wearing anything underneath.”
       That’s the idea. “I promise not to look.”
       She hesitates for another second, then turns her back to me and pulls her shirt over her head, dropping it to the floor. The creamy canvas in front of me is one to be admired. The twin dimples in her lower back near the band of her leggings would make lesser men weep.
       I warm a few drops of oil between my palms and rest my hands on her stiff shoulders.
       “Relax. Okay?”

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Marry the girl I’ve had a crush on my whole life? Check. 

Inherit a hundred-billion-dollar company? Check. 

Produce an heir… Wait, what? 

I have ninety days to knock up my brand-new fake wife. There’s only one problem—she hates my guts. 

And in the fine print of the contract? The requirement that we produce an heir. 

She can’t stand to be in the same room with me. Says she’ll never be in my bed. 

But I’ve never backed down from a challenge and I’m not about to start now. 

Mark my words—I’ll have her begging for me, and it won’t take ninety days.   

On the heels of her smash hit and New York Times bestselling SCREWED series, Kendall Ryan brings you HITCHED, a romantic comedy that delivers heart and heat. A NYC playboy turned business mogul has ninety days to win over the woman he's always desired in order to save his father's company. One tiny problem: She hates his guts.  

   
          
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A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She's a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she's appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

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Cover Reveal: The Rule #4 by Monica Murphy

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Safe Bet by Monica Murphy Series: The Rules #4

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Synopsis

SAFE BET features Sydney (Gabe's little sister from IN THE DARK, The Rules #2) and Wade from the One Week Girlfriend series (Owen Maguire's best friend!). This is my mashup book, peeps, and I am so incredibly excited to share Sydney and Wade's story with you. It's been a lot of fun, bringing together two series. Plus, readers have been requesting a book about Wade for YEARS and I'm finally doing it! What else is exciting? You'll get to catch up with Drew and Fable and the gang, as well as some of the characters from The Rules series. More information is coming soon (including preorder links, etc.) so watch for it!  


Pre-order on exclusively on iBooks

 
 

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Synopsis
FAIR GAME: 

When your boyfriend bets YOU in a poker game, you better know when to run… 

Bad enough Jade Frost’s boyfriend drags her to a boring poker game. Even worse that he actually threw her into the betting pot during an intense round…and lost. Talk about the perfect excuse for Jade to make him her ex-boyfriend. 

Now she supposedly belongs to the ultra rich, extremely gorgeous Shep Prescott. He could have anything he wants yet he seems to be in hot pursuit of her. No matter how rude, how snarky, how impossible she acts, it doesn’t stop him. More like her horrible behavior seems to make him want her more. 

When she finds herself starting to fall for him, Jade’s confused. There’s more to Shep than the carefree rich charmer he portrays. No way could he want a serious relationship with her…or could he? 

IN THE DARK: 

The girl next door isn’t what she seems… 

Stuck spending the summer with his screwed up family, Gabriel Walker is bored out of his mind and looking for an adventure. And he seems to find it with the hot girl who lives next door. The attraction between them is instant. Electric. Soon they’re spending every stolen minute together. Talk about the perfect summer fling… 

Lucy is living a lie. She doesn’t live next door—she’s the girl who’s been hired to house sit for the summer. If Gabe wants to believe she’s a spoiled rich girl looking for some fun, she can go along with that. After the summer, she’ll never see him again. 

They don’t count on running into each other at college. Now Lucy must keep up the pretense of being a rich girl—and it’s exhausting. She knows she’s falling in love with Gabe and she’s scared he feels the same. Will he still care about her when he discovers the truth? 

SLOW PLAY: 

He's the player of all players... 

Newly broke girl Alexandria Asher just wants to live a normal life. After her parents are sent to prison on embezzlement charges, she enrolls in college under her mother’s maiden name and tries her best to pretend she’s someone else. 

Tristan Prescott is everything Alex is trying to avoid. A seemingly egotistical, lazy, rich jerk, she dumps her beer on his head when he comes on to her one night at a party. This only spurs Tristan into action. He loves nothing more than a challenge. And the beautiful Alex is exactly the type of challenge that intrigues him. 

Despite her reluctance, Alex finds herself quickly involved with Tristan. Underneath that playboy exterior is a good guy, a sweet and sexy guy who she is undoubtedly falling for. What they both don’t realize is the actions of Alex’s parents are the reason for so much tragedy in Tristan’s family. And when Tristan discovers who Alex and her family really is, can he forgive and forget?



Top Ten Tuesday: Books Set Outside the US

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 Set Outside the US

I don't know about you, but I love books that take place outside of the US. They always make me want to travel and I get so sucked up into not only the story but the vivid descriptions of the setting as well. I already made a post about my favorite new adult/adult romance books with travel last month, but here are my favorite books outside of the US across all genres. 


1. Love, In English by Karina Halle
2. Racing the Sun by Karina Halle
3.  Finding It by Cora Carmack


4. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
5. Just One Day by Gayle Forman
6. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins


7. Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill
8. Unleashing Mr. Darcy by Teri Wilson
9. Spanish Holiday by Kate Can


10. Unflixable by Tessa Bailey 

Monday, July 18, 2016

Book Review: All the Time in the World by Caroline Angell

All the Time in the World
By Caroline Angell 
Release Date: July 12, 2016
Source: Publisher
When a devastating accident befalls the family she nannies for, a young composer faces a choice between her promising career and the well-being of the two little boys she has come to love

Charlotte, a gifted and superbly-trained young musician, has been blindsided by a shocking betrayal in her promising career when she takes a babysitting job with the McLeans, a glamorous Upper East Side Manhattan family. At first, the nanny gig is just a way of tiding herself over until she has licked her wounds and figured out her next move as a composer in New York; she doesn't mean to stay with the family for long. But, as the reader quickly becomes aware, Charlotte is naturally gifted with children and as deeply fond of the two little boys as they are of her. When an unthinkable tragedy leaves the McLeans bereft, Charlotte is not the only one who realizes that she's the key to holding little George and Matty's world together. She finds herself facing an impossible choice between her lifelong dreams and a torn-apart family she's come to love as her own. By turns funny, sexy, and heartrending, Caroline Angell's generous and unforgettable debut is the story of a young woman's discovery of the things that matter most.
 

I have to admit, the reason I was so drawn to this book and wanted to read it was because of the cover. I mean, just look at that gorgeousness! Then, I saw that it was about a girl who babysits these little boys and has to take on a very large role in their lives when their mother dies. It definitely sounded like an emotional read and I was excited to dive in. 

Charlotte is a gifted musician who went to school for composing, but after being cheated out of a career, Charlotte started to babysit for two adorable little boys. Becoming a major part of their lives, Charlotte has accepted her life as a baby-sitter. But when the boys' mother dies, their family starts to crumble and Charlotte becomes an even important figure for the boys and just might be the key to holding the family together. 

Starting off, I did enjoy Charlotte's character and her chemistry with Matty and Georgie, the two little boys she takes care of. Since I knew that the mother died from the summary, though, I was just waiting for the mom to finally die and I was not a fan of the waiting and waiting for the bomb to drop. This book is told out of order and goes back and forth between before the death, after the death, and years in the past in order to slowly give details of the whole story. I'm still not sure if I liked the timeline of this book, but it did make the story more unique and interesting. 

The one thing that really turned me off was the boys' father's and uncle's relationship to each other and with Charlotte. I don't know, the progression of the relationship between Charlotte and the father and Charlotte and the uncle (not necessarily romantic) was confusing with the pacing and I wanted more information at some parts that left me more confused than anything else. And as a romance lover, the relationships in this book left me feeling, as I said, confused and not completely satisfied. 

While the author did explore what it means for a family to lose and grieve for someone that was so important to the family's dynamic, the pacing was a bit weird and I did not like how the relationships played out once the mother actually did die in the book. This wasn't a completely unpleasant read, but I was expecting more from the story.


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