Thursday, September 18, 2014

Book Review: In His Sights by Jo Davis

In His Sights (Sugarland Blue #3)
by Jo Davis
Release Date: September 2, 2014
Source: Publisher
Summary: When a dangerous criminal targets those whom Sugarland detective Chris Ford holds dear, nothing will stop him from hunting down his man.…

Chris is one the best and brightest at the Sugarland PD, but lately a mysterious illness has him struggling to get through the day. When his symptoms land him in the care of brilliant and sexy Dr. Robyn Lassiter, Chris realizes that he is the latest victim in a rash of mysterious poisonings in the area—most of them fatal. Figuring out who’s causing the fatal outbreak has become a very personal—and deadly—race against time.

Despite battling her own personal demons and painful past, Dr. Robyn Lassiter can’t fight her attraction to her new patient. But as she struggles to help Chris track down the sick mind behind the deaths, she’s not only at risk of losing her heart but of falling headlong into a lethal plot that could take her life.…

Review: Good thing I was in the mood for a light, breezy romance with a little bit of mystery and murder thrown into the mix, because that's exactly what you get with Jo Davis's newest release. While not the most intense or emotional read, Jo Davis gives us some endearing characters who have to solve a mystery that's turned far deadlier than they had ever imagined. 

Chris is normally at the top of his game as a detective for the Sugarland PD, but lately he just can't seem to shake an illness that has left him feeling weak and fatigued. No matter how sick he's feeling, though, Chris isn't letting anything stopping him from doing his job, which involves tracking down the culprit who's been breaking into homes all around town over the past several months. But when Chris meets Dr. Robyn Lassiter, nothing can take his mind off of the beautiful and intelligent woman. With a rocky past of her own and an adorable daughter who's her world, Robyn isn't sure she's ready to let a man back in her life. With Chris, though, she finds it easier and easier to let her guard down and really fall for him. When a mysterious link between recent deathly illnesses pops up at the hospital and claims Chris as its latest victim, Robyn works with Chris to find the culprit before she risks having her heart crushed all over again. 

Like I said, this was a very light and easy romance. I flew through the pages and thought that Robyn and Chris had very sweet relationship. While I think that their attraction might have happened too quickly in an "oh my gosh, she was the most beautiful creature ever" sort of way, I think they were a perfect fit for each other. I loved how easily Chris fit into Robyn's life and accepted her daughter Maddy. I think Maddy's character was very cute and really made Chris decide if he wanted a real life with Robyn and her daughter instead of the bachelor life he'd been living. Robyn, on the other hand, knows what it's like to have a rocky relationship and have her heart broken, so Chris definitely has to prove he's worthy before she even comes close to letting him into her and her daughter's life. 

Along with the romance, the mystery behind the illnesses and break-ins going on around town definitely added a level of intrigue and suspense to the novel. Who was behind the break-ins? Why were so many seemingly healthy people dying? Early on, we get a small passage from the viewpoint of the killer, so we know some seriously shady business is going on, we just have no idea who it is or why they're doing it. When Chris's illness gets worse and worse, his relationship with Robyn is put to the test and they're forced to realize how much they really care about each other. I enjoyed how they had to work together with their different backgrounds and both brought something to the table when they were solving the mystery. Robyn is a very intelligent person and was definitely never a damsel in distress in the relationship, which is refreshing in a romance novel with a detective as the male lead, a normally dominating character role. Chris and Robyn balanced each other out and had more than their relationship to deal with in this novel, which only brought them closer together. 

Overall, I really enjoyed Jo Davis's latest Sugarland Blue novel. It is definitely a lighter read, but I enjoyed the simplicity of the relationship and the added suspense to the story. With a hot detective chasing a murderer while falling for an intelligent woman with an adorable daughter, In His Sights is a fun romantic suspense you won't be able to put down once you start.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday (161)

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

Darling Beast (Maiden Lane, #7)
By Elizabeth Hoyt
Release Date: October 14, 2014
Summary: A MAN CONDEMNED . . .

Falsely accused of murder and mute from a near-fatal beating, Apollo Greaves, Viscount Kilbourne has escaped from Bedlam. With the Crown's soldiers at his heels, he finds refuge in the ruins of a pleasure garden, toiling as a simple gardener. But when a vivacious young woman moves in, he's quickly driven to distraction . . . 


London's premier actress, Lily Stump, is down on her luck when she's forced to move into a scorched theatre with her maid and small son. But she and her tiny family aren't the only inhabitants—a silent, hulking beast of a man also calls the charred ruins home. Yet when she catches him reading her plays, Lily realizes there's more to this man than meets the eye.


Though scorching passion draws them together, Apollo knows that Lily is keeping secrets. When his past catches up with him, he's forced to make a choice: his love for Lily . . . or the explosive truth that will set him free.


I read books four and five in the Maiden Lane series and completely fell in love with Elizabeth Hoyt's novels. I haven't had the chance to pick up the sixth book and the seventh book comes out so soon! I'm going to have to try to catch up on this series as soon as I can because the upcoming release looks so good! I'm excited that the heroine is a London actress because I don't think I've ever read a historical romance about an actress. This sounds like a great, steamy romance and I can't wait to get my hands on it! 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I've Only Read One Book From But NEED to Read More

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 Authors I've Only Read One Book From But NEED to Read More

Gosh, I always read books and say that I need to either finish the series or read more from that author. But that's just so hard to do with how many books are in my TBR pile! Like after I finished Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire? I literally wanted to lock myself away in my room and not come out until I've read all of her books because her writing is so freaking good. Sadly, I have school, clubs, homework, family, I can't spend my time reading 24/7 like I wish I could. But here are authors that I have absolutely loved and can't wait to read more from (most of which I already own more books from and just haven't gotten to yet)!

1. John Green 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Cover Reveal: Wicked by Jennifer L Armentrout

Hey, everyone! I have a gorgeous cover to revel to you all today and I couldn't be more excited. Jennifer Armentrout's Wicked is a New Adult Paranormal Romance and is part of her Wicked Trilogy. It will be released on December 8th, 2014, so make sure you check it out on Amazon to preorder! 



WICKED Synopsis: Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans.

Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.

Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.

But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.

About the Author

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY 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, working out, 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.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

Weekly Roundup [9/9-9/15]

Happy Monday, everyone! Another week has come and gone and now we're almost halfway done with September. Where has the time gone? I don't know about you, but I absolutely love the cool weather that has come in over the past week. I'm definitely much happier wearing sweaters everyday than sweating every time I step out the door. On top of the gorgeous weather, it was a pretty good week! I read some fabulous books, most of which were New Adult, and caught up on some Outlander. I'm four episodes in and while the first couple of episodes were a bit slow in order to set up the series, I really love it now. Ugh, I wish I could just skip class and catch up on the show because I'm dying to see what's going to happen. If only I didn't have homework…oh well! Maybe I'll miss out on some sleep to get my Jamie fix :) And that's what's been going on with me! Here's what happened on the blog this week in case you missed anything...

Book Reviews
The Highlander Next Door by Janet Chapman
Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
Shatter by Erin McCarthy
Shelter Me by Catherine Mann


Sunday, September 14, 2014

Book Review: Shelter Me by Catherine Mann

Shelter Me (Second Chance Ranch #1)
By Catherine Mann
Release Date: August 5, 2014
Source: Publisher
Summary: Nestled in the sunny fields of Tennessee lies the McDaniel family’s Second Chance Ranch Animal Rescue. Two new arrivals are on their way, but only one is the four-legged kind. 

Staff Sergeant Mike Kowalski wants only one thing after he gets home from Iraq: to sleep in a king-sized bed with clean sheets. But first, he has to hand off his fallen commander’s dog, Trooper, to his family without handing off his heart to Sierra…

Sierra McDaniel needs a break. Her family life is crazy, and when she’s not mucking out kennels, she’s slogging through grad school. Sierra certainly doesn’t want another dog, especially one that reminds her of her father. And she definitely doesn’t want to see Mike with that charming smile of his…

But Trooper has a mission of his own. Before too long Mike is moving to the ranch to lend a hand—and hoping for his own second chance with Sierra.

Review: First off, let me start out by saying that I'm a sucker for a good romance that involves animals. Seeing as Shelter Me takes place at Second Chance Ranch, an animal rescue the main character's mom runs out of their home, I knew I just had to read it. 

After learning her father passed away while serving overseas for yet another tour, Sierra McDaniel and her family are devastated. Hanging by a thread, her mother is trying to save their animal rescue while her little brother recedes further and further away from them and her grandfather's Alzheimer's grows worse with each passing day. When Staff Sergeant Mike Kowalski returns home with the dog her father took in while overseas, the last thing Sierra expects is for him to hang around. Sierra and Mike have a past that they're both not quite over, but Sierra doesn't know if she can have a future that turns out like her mother's, living a lonely life in fear of losing her husband every day that he's gone. When Mike moves in and helps out around the ranch, though, Sierra finds it harder and harder to fight her feelings, especially when a pesky dog decides it's his job to make the family happy once again...

Like I said, animals just tug at my heart strings. I loved how Trooper was a character in himself and even had some passages from his point of view. Instead of being juvenile and cliche as some animal perspectives passages are, Trooper's perspective added so much more love and substance to the novel. I adored his character and how loyal and smart he was with Mike and Sierra and her whole family. I also loved how passionate Sierra and her mom were about saving animals. There were moments when they felt so helpless with all of the animals that needed their help that they had to deny because they couldn't take on too much at once. Those moments just tugged at my heartstrings and I could connect with their love for animals and desire to help the adorable creatures. 

Okay, enough gushing about the animals and onto the romance. While I really liked Mike and Sierra's relationship, I wish we had more information about their past. All we knew was that they were together for about 3 months, which were described as some pretty hot and heavy months, before Mike was deployed and that they broke up before he left. He comes back and they have to tiptoe around their feelings for each other and try to deny their intense chemistry, especially with Mike around so much. I got their attraction in the present, but I was completely lost as to what their relationship or breakup was like in the past. I think that took a bit away from their relationship, but I still liked how Sierra had to figure out if she really wanted to have a military family when she grew up witnessing how difficult it was with her parents and brother. I loved how her family was so important and involved in the story because that meant the novel was about so much more than Sierra's love life. She had real problems at home with her brother's withdrawal from the family, her mom's grief over losing her husband, and her grandfather's increasing illness. Oh, and Sierra is also a grad student. Talk about having your plate full. Sierra has to deal with the real world and I was able to care about her character a lot more and really hope everything turned out for the best. 

In the end, Shelter Me ended up being an adorable animal rescue story with a sweet, emotional romance and fleshed out characters that became like real people to me. By the end, I was so touched with how sweet all of the characters were and how much of an impact Sierra and her mom had on their community. If you want a story with some raw emotions, adorable animals, and an uncertain romance, you should definitely pick up a copy of Shelter Me by Catherine Mann. It's a romantic treat you don't want to miss!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Book Review: Shatter by Erin McCarthy

Shatter (True Believers #4)
By Erin McCarthy
Release Date: September 2, 2014
Source: Publisher
Summary: Kylie Warner prides herself on being optimistic, but after finding her best friend in bed with her boyfriend and flunking chemistry, her upbeat attitude has taken a dive. Even an impromptu hook-up with her sexy new chemistry tutor only brightens her mood slightly. After all, it’s not like she’ll ever see the tattooed scholar again…

While he’s a whiz at complex equations, Jonathon Kadisch has trouble when it comes to figuring out women. So when Kylie tells him that she’s pregnant after their night of passion, he’s at a complete loss. He’s prepared to be a good father—unlike his own deadbeat dad—but he’s less prepared to fall for the genuine and alluring blonde bearing his child.

With emotions running high, Kylie wonders if Jonathon’s devotion is out of growing love or looming obligation. And when heartbreak threatens to tear them apart, Jonathon will have to fight for the only girl who’s ever made him feel whole…

Review: I went into Shatter thinking it was going to be a cute story about a girl and a guys with an intense physical connection that are forced to find something deeper. In the end, though, there was so much more emotion and feeling than I had anticipated, but definitely in a good way. 

Kylie Warner knows that she's not the sharpest tool in the shed, but she likes to think she's happy with her life. Until her boyfriend cheats on her with her best friend and she's failing chemistry, that is. Kylie decides to find a chemistry tutor to at least try to fix one of her problems and ends up finding the incredibly smart, yet incredibly sexy Jonathon Kadisch. The last thing she expects, though, is to wind up pregnant after one passionate night with Jonathon. Jonathon's prepared to fill in the shoes of a loving father, something his own father never did, and help Kylie out with their future baby. Kylie knows not to expect an actual relationship with Jonathon, but the more time they spend together, the harder it is to resist the intense attraction they gave into on that one, life changing night. 

From the start, Kylie is pretty impossible not to like. She's such a bubbly, optimistic person and truly tries to find the good in people. Sure, she's not exactly book smart, but she tries hard and values the relationships in her life. Jonathon, though, is what really sealed the deal on this book with me. Talk about hot. Jonathon is pretty much a genius but doesn't let that go to his head. He's an incredibly sweet guy who doesn't want to end up like his cold-hearted father, so he tries his best to give Kylie what she needs while she carries his baby. The chemistry between him and Kylie is undeniable and I love how adorable they are together. He really cares about her and does the sweetest things in his own super-smart way. It did get a bit annoying by the end, though, with how insecure Kylie became with her lack of intelligence. She becomes super sensitive about how she isn't as smart as Jonathon and I could have down without that constant insecurity. 

Onto the more serious side of the book. Things happen (I don't want to give away too much) that really test Kylie and Jonathon and the relationship they've started. Can they really bring a baby into this world as just friends? Kylie and Jonathon are forced to change their lives after one night together and that really changes their individual persons as well. While I think things wrapped up a little too sweetly and neatly in the end, it was still emotional watching Kylie and Jonathon deal with the hurtles life threw their way. 

As my first novel from Erin McCarthy, I'm satisfied to say it was quite an enjoyable one. There was romance, passion, emotion, and a sexy and smart man to fall in love with. Fans of the new adult genre should definitely check out Erin McCarthy's True Believers series. I'm excited to get my hands on the first three novels of the series to see how Kylie's friends all fell in love and became the adorable couples they come to be in this novel. 

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