Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Hidden Gems I Read in 2016

 

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 Hidden Gems I Read in 2016


1. Last Mile by Katie Ashley
2. Price of a Kiss by Linda Kage
3. If I Fix You by Abigail Johnson


4. The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata 
5. This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills
6. Shuffle, Repeat by Jen Klein


7. If I Only Had a Duke by Lenora Bell
8. Furious Rush by SC Stephens
9. Just What I Needed by Lorelei James


10. You Really Got Me by Erika Kelly 

Monday, January 16, 2017

Release Day Blitz: Egomaniac by Vi Keeland

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The night I met Drew Jagger, he’d just broken into my new Park Avenue office. I dialed 9-1-1 before proceeding to attack him with my fancy new Krav Maga skills. He quickly restrained me, then chuckled, finding my attempted assault amusing.

Of course, my intruder had to be arrogant. Only, turned out, he wasn’t an intruder at all.
Drew was the rightful occupant of my new office. He’d been on vacation while his posh space was renovated. Which was how a scammer got away with leasing me office space that wasn’t really available for rent. I was swindled out of ten grand.


The next day, after hours at the police station, Drew took pity on me and made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. In exchange for answering his phones while his secretary was out, he’d let me stay until I found a new place. I probably should have acted grateful and kept my mouth shut when I overheard the advice he was spewing to his clients. But I couldn’t help giving him a piece of my mind. I never expected my body to react every time we argued. Especially when that was all we seemed to be able to do.


The two of us were complete opposites. Drew was a bitter, angry, gorgeous-as-all-hell, destroyer of relationships. And my job was to help people save their marriages. The only thing the two of us had in common was the space we were sharing. And an attraction that was getting harder to deny by the day.





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About the Author
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Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times Bestselling author. With more than a million books sold, her titles have appeared in over fifty Bestseller lists and are currently translated in twelve languages. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.   

Book Review: Next to Never by Penelope Douglas

Next to Never (Fall Away #4.5) 
By Penelope Douglas
Release Date: January 17, 2017
Source: Publisher
New York Times bestseller Penelope Douglas introduces Quinn, younger sister to Jared, Madoc, and Jaxon, in the latest novella in the series that began with Jared and Tate in Bully....

Quinn Caruthers has several problems.

Her father, Jason, and her three older brothers, Jared, Madoc, and Jaxon.

Under the close watch of the men in her family, Quinn has found it nearly impossible to spread her wings—or even date—without them jumping in to hover. And when a family friend—several years older—from her childhood captures her heart, she knows they’re going to be a problem. Lucas Morrow is a man—experienced, sophisticated, and important. And knowing her brothers, he may as well be forbidden.

But Lucas left town years ago and shows no signs of returning. Quinn knows she shouldn’t wait for him anymore.

But then a package turns up on her doorstep with no return address and its contents reveal family secrets that threaten to turn Quinn’s world upside down. She’s never asked about the tumultuous path of her parents’ romantic history, but she soon learns their happy marriage had a very rocky and passionate start.

As she begins to see things around her with new eyes, Quinn will have to make tough choices about whether she’ll keep waiting…or finally go after what she really wants.
 

I finished reading this series last year and absolutely loved every single book and character that Penelope wrote. With such addicting romances, I was so excited to see that Penelope was releasing a new novella in the series. And that cover?! I knew I had to read it ASAP!

As the baby sister to three much older boys, Jared, Madoc, and Jaxon, Quinn is used to having a big family who would always have her back. Having so many overbearing men in her family, though, means that they are all protective to the extreme. When a package shows up on her doorstep with no return address, Quinn can't help but wonder if it's from Lucas, the guy she's always loved who's been gone for two years. From the first page, Quinn is sucked into the story of the couple who wanted to be together but could never just give themselves to one another. Quinn thinks about romance and relationships in a new way, and has to decide what she wants to do about her own life. 

If you love the Fall Away series, you are going to absolutely love this book. All of the characters from the series are now adults with kids who are in high school, so you get to see them as parents and fall in love with them all over again. The kids are so much fun and have tons of drama on their own, which I loved seeing. And with Quinn as the baby sister, you got to see the men you fell head over heels for in their own books as adorable, overprotective big brothers. It was like saying hi to old friends and I loved every minute of it. 

This was a story within a story, so we got a lot of the book that Quinn was reading and got to follow the love story of a couple who wasn't meant to be together and couldn't actually be together. You follow them over a long time and actually get to see moments that happen in the previous novels of this series from a different perspective. It was cool being able to get a different look at the stories that I love and understand some of the decisions that certain characters had made. 

Every single person who has read the Fall Away series needs to read this novella. You get the characters you know and love, as well as a new set of characters that you'll fall in love with as well. I am dying for another book in this series (*cough* Quinn and Lucas *cough*) and more time in this world. If you haven't even started this series yet, get your hands on Bully and fall into an addicting series you won't be able to put down.




Saturday, January 14, 2017

Stacking the Shelves (227)

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

From Publisher

An ARC of this book showed up in my mailbox and I was so excited! I really enjoyed the previous book in this series and I love everything by Lorelei James, so I am definitely excited to read this! 

From Thriftbooks

I earned a $5 off coupon for having spent $50 on the thriftbooks website, so I made a new order and I am so excited for the books I got! They were all $5 or less with free shipping and I can't wait to read them!! 

From Amazon

I have been seeing this book all over Instagram and, since I love poetry, I finally decided to get my own copy to see what the hype is all about. I hope I enjoy it as much as everyone else! 


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

Friday, January 13, 2017

Blog Tour + Review: Safe Bet by Monica Murphy

Safe Bet (The Rules #4)
By Monica Murphy
Release Date: January 10, 2017
Source: Publisher
Sydney Walker’s new job is perfect. As the live-in nanny to the most famous quarterback in the NFL and his beautiful wife, she couldn’t have it any better. Their kids are adorable. Her bosses are more than generous. Plus, there are hot football players at the house all the time. Life can’t get much better than this. 

Until her life turns into an absolute nightmare. The media is abuzz with rumors that she and her boss Drew Callahan are having a torrid affair. Everyone knows the truth—except the public. So Drew’s wife Fable comes up with the perfect idea. 

She creates a fake relationship between Sydney and one of the rookie players on Drew’s team. Wade Knox is forever indebted to Drew and Fable and readily agrees to the set up. Pretending to be in a romantic relationship with the hot nanny for a week—how hard can it be? 

Crazy how it only takes one week for two people to fall head over heels in love… 

I've only read one book in the One Week Girlfriend series, but I really enjoyed it. I know that this is book four in The Rules series and crosses over with some characters from the other series, but I was still able to enjoy the story as a newbie to the world and the characters. 

After having a falling out with her family, Sydney Walker can't believe she gets the job as a nanny for a famous pro football player and his wife. While Sydney has no experience with kids, she's grateful for the job and really enjoys the family she's working for. But when photos of Sydney and her employer are taken the wrong way, they decide that Sydney needs to start a fake relationship with Wade Knox, a rookie player who feels like he owes his life to Sydney's employers, and he readily accepts. Wade and Sydney find that they have an instant chemistry, but they know that what they have is only pretend. Or is it? 

Right away, I was so excited to read a book about a girl pretending to be in a relationship with a hot new football player. I liked Sydney well enough, but I didn't feel as connected to her as I normally am with the main character of a book. Sydney was really spoiled growing up and I found it hard to believe that she had turned around as drastically as she said she did. She was pretending to go to college while taking her parents money because she was a spoiled brat. They cut her off and now she's humble and self-efficient? That seemed a bit extreme to me. 

While I enjoyed Sydney and Wade's relationship, it did have the cliche "do they like me really or is it all part of the act?" that fake relationship stories have. I did think that Wade was sweet and I liked learning about his back story, but I wish that we got more to Wade and what he really went through. We got some surface glimpses, but I didn't feel like I really got to know Wade in the story. 

Overall, I felt like the characters were nice but they could have used more depth and development. The relationship was sweet, but it did have a bit of the cliche fake-romance-to-real-romance stories have. You might enjoy this book more if you're a follower of the series and want to catch up with the old couples and watch a new couple come together.



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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Cover Reveal: The Play Mate by Kendall Ryan

THE PLAY MATE is the upcoming friends to lovers standalone from New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author Kendall Ryan releasing on March 14, 2017 and we have the spectacular cover to reveal for you!
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Smith Hamilton has it all—he's smart, good-looking and loaded. But he remembers a time when he had nothing and no one, so he's not about to mess up, especially with his best friend’s little sister. That means keeping Evie at arm's length … even though the once pesky little girl is now a buxom bombshell. A sexy blonde who pushes his self-control to the limit the night she crawls into bed with him.

Evie Reed knows she's blessed—with an exclusive education, a family who loves her, and a new job managing social media for her family's lingerie company. But she wants more, like a reason to wear the sexy lingerie herself. She has just the man in mind to help with that. She's crushed on Smith forever. Surely tricking her way into his bed will force him to see her in a new, adult way.

Except that when Evie's plan leads to disaster, she and Smith must decide—ignore the attraction sizzling between them, or become play mates and risk it all.


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A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two 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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Book Tour + Review: Lucian Divine by Renee Carlino


Lucian Divine
By Renee Carlino
Release Date: January 9, 2017
Source: Publisher
“My guardian angel is a drunk.”

Evelyn Casey's life is at a standstill. She's in her mid-twenties, struggling with the dating scene in San Francisco. Nothing seems to be working out, and she’s starting to think that she’ll live out her days in her crummy apartment with her overbearing roommate, Brooklyn. It's absurd, but sometimes Evey longs for a guardian angel to show up and save the day.

And then he does. Seriously. His name is Lucian and he's a guardian angel, been on the job for two thousand years. His sudden presence in her life is both good—he's brilliant, witty, and warm—and bad—he's brilliant, witty, warm, and hot as ----. But as perfect as Lucian seems, he’s got problems of his own. He’s taken up drinking and he’s brazenly inserted himself into Evey’s life, going against the greatest cosmic law ever created.

For Evey, the rules are simple: You are not allowed to hook up with your guardian angel. But sometimes fulfilling your destiny requires a leap of faith, a confrontation with God.

Yes, God as in God.
 

I've really enjoyed every book I've read by Renee and this one had me so intrigued. I haven't read a book about angels in soooooo long, so I couldn't wait to see Renee's adult twist on a guardian angel who falls for the woman he's assigned to protect. 

Evelyn Casey is tired of waiting for the right guy and just wants to put herself out there. If she doesn't, she'll live the rest of her life rooming with Brooklyn, her best friend who doesn't necessarily have her best interests at heart. So when she meets her guardian angel, she is shocked by how hot he is. Yes, he's also hot mess, but she can't ignore the attraction between them. Lucian has been an angel for over two thousand years and knows that no angel can be with a human, but that doesn't stop him from feeling what he does for the only soul he's assigned to guard with his life. 

From the start, I loved how flawed Lucian was. He had done something that put him on probation, so he was assigned only to look over Evey while most angels had multiple people to watch over. When he started having strong feelings for Evey, he turned to alcohol to cope and has no idea how to be her guardian angel without ever letting her know who he is. I really enjoyed when they met and how destined for each other they were, no matter how much there was at work trying to tear them apart. 

There were a few things I wasn't a fan of, like the cliche best friend who was really actually insecure and jealous of you, which was Evey's best friend. The ending seemed a bit rushed and I wish it had slowed down instead of having months pass in a quick succession. I did enjoy how both Lucian and Evey had to pay grave consequences in order to be together because it made their romance that much stronger and real. 

This was such a unique read and I'm already pining for more angel romances. Lucian was so imperfect, which made him such a perfect hero for this book. While this was a forbidden romance, it took a refreshing, addicting twist and I didn't want to put this book down!





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