Saturday, June 24, 2017

Stacking the Shelves (249)

 

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

From Book Depository 

Since I'm seeing Kandi in July, I wanted to get some more of her books to bring for her to sign. I've pre-ordered three others from her that I will pick up at the signing, but I got Weightless from Book Depository. I'm hoping to read this before meeting Kandi at the singing! 

From Half Price Books Warehouse sale

The Half Price Books Warehouse sale was this weekend, so I went right when they opened on Friday (9am) and it was packed! Everything was $2 and all mass market paperbacks were 50 cents. I ended up spending 2 hours there and grabbing these 14 books for only $20! I am so excited to own them and can't believe I found some of these books! I mean, Slammed?!? He Will Be My Ruin!?! So excited to have all of these! 



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

Friday, June 23, 2017

Book Review: Revenge by Lexi Blake

Revenge (Lawless #3)
By Lexi Blake
Release Date: June 20, 2017
Source: Publisher
Passion and danger collide in the latest contemporary romance featuring the Lawless siblings—from New York Times bestselling author Lexi Blake.

When Drew Lawless discovers a fatal flaw in his plan to avenge his parents’ deaths, he turns to the one woman he'd promised he wouldn't touch. He offers her a deal, one that will bring her into his investigation, his life, and his bed. 

Investigative reporter Shelby Gates never dreamed how twisted the case would become—or how fascinated she would be with Drew. Every day they spend together binds them. And every night brings her closer to realizing he might be the man for her. 

As Drew's feelings for Shelby grow, so does the danger. From the streets of Dallas to Austin’s high-tech business world, Drew and Shelby play a game begun twenty years before—a game they will win, or die trying.



This series is so much fun and after seeing Drew and Shelby bicker in book two, I could not wait to get my hands on their story in Revenge

Drew Lawless has given everything to protect his family after his parents were brutally murdered when they were young. When he discovered a secret that could destroy his siblings, he turns to the last women he should. Shelby has been digging into the Lawless murders and knows that she's close to finding something. So when Drew makes her a deal that could allow her to write a book about her findings, she knows she can't pass it up. But spending so much time with Drew has Shelby feeling things she should not be feeling for the nerdy, cold man. But Drew is also starting to feel things for the infuriating reporter and doesn't know if he can trust his heart with her and protect his family at the same time. 

This book picks up right where book two leaves off, so make sure you've read the previous two books in this series. What I love so much about this series is that while it does have a hot romance, there is also so much suspense and mystery between the murder of the Lawless siblings' parents. Who was really behind the murder? Who could they really trust? That all comes to a closure in this book and I loved watching Drew, the leader of the family, finally discover what really happened all those years ago. 

Since Shelby and Drew were hinted at in the previous book, I loved their banter and how much Shelby really challenged Drew. Drew was used to calling all the shots and never being denied, so it was fun watching Shelby put him in his place both romantically and with his life in general. Of course, they had hot, sizzling chemistry and their passion poured from the pages. I was a little bit disappointed with how things seemed to wrap up so quickly, specifically how we figured out what really happened and how the big climactic showdown went down. Other than that, though, this was such a satisfying conclusion to a suspenseful and passionate series!


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Book Review: Stand by AL Jackson

Stand (Bleeding Stars #6)
By AL Jackson
Release Date: May 22, 2017
Source: Author
Zachary Kennedy has never been known as a fighter, but he’ll never regret fighting for her…

I’m Zee Kennedy.
Quiet. Reserved. Predictable.
When my brother died, everyone thought I was just the good guy who stepped up to take his place in the band.

No one knew what I was hiding. The one thing I’ve been fighting for.

For seven years, I’ve never lost focus.

Not until one chance encounter with Alexis Kensington.

Now she’s become my greatest temptation.
I knew better than to touch her, but now that I’ve had a taste, I can’t get enough.
Her kiss becomes my air. Her body my salvation.

She needed a savior and somehow she became mine.

Taking her was a betrayal. But keeping her means risking everything.
One look at Alexis Kensington, and I know she’s worth the fight.
Will my past continue to keep me down or will I finally find the strength to pull myself up and Stand…



I have had my eye on this series for along time now, so when I was contacted if I wanted to review the newest release in the series, I didn't hesitate to say yes. I love my rockstar romances, so I couldn't wait to meet the men of Sunder! 

After his brother died, Zee Kennedy did not hesitate to take his place and play the drums for Sunder in honor of his brother. He also promised to keep the band together and keep their family safe; he's always the protector. So when he finds Alexis Kensington in need of help, he doesn't hesitate to step in. And that one moment changes everything. Zee can't get Alexis or the feelings she stirs within him, feelings that have lain dormant for 7 years, out of his head. While Zee finds himself saving Alexis, he also finds himself being saved by her. But can his past allow someone as pure and life-altering as Alexis into his life? 

Like I said, this was my first book in the Bleeding Stars series, even though it's the final book. While it can be read as a standalone, I definitely felt the closure with the other characters and really wished that I had read their stories before seeing them at this point. Despite that, I really enjoyed how close the bandmates were in this book and actually wished I got more of them playing together and being together. We did get to see them all together and got a concert, but I feel like I wanted to feel more of the music and like I was really there instead of seeing a snippet and then following a character who wasn't actually involved in the music making. Give me my rockstars in their elements!

Alexis and Zee's relationship was very emotional and hard from the beginning. They both had their demons and couldn't explain what they were feeling with each other. While I really enjoyed the rawness of Alexis and Zee's relationship, it got a bit flowery and over the top in moments. They fell hard very fast and were suddenly the only thing allowing them to breath and feeling whole and complete. It was all very emotional and they talked about those emotions quite a bit. I also loved the suspenseful moments, but near the end the suspense happened and was over pretty quickly and I wished it was more drawn out and realistic. Other than that, I enjoyed watching Zee struggle over his past and his present with Alexis and try to be a good guy while dealing with his demons. 

While this was my first Bleeding Stars book, this is definitely not my last. I want to run out and grab the previous five books and gobble them up so that I can see how the amazing couples in this book met and fell in love.





Cover Reveal: Dear Bridget, I Want You by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward


We are excited to bring you the next cover from New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Authors Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland.

DEAR BRIDGET, I WANT YOU is the next standalone Contemporary Romance Novel from this sensational duo releasing on September 18, 2017!


   

Model: Philip Van den Hoogenband – Chadwick Models Melbourne
Photographer: Brian Jamie
Cover designer: Letitia Hasser, RBA Designs


Dear Bridget,

I’m writing this letter because it’s highly doubtful I’ll ever garner the courage to say this to your face.
So, here goes.
We’re totally wrong for each other. You’re the proper single mum with a good head on your shoulders. I’m just the carefree British doctor passing through town and temporarily living in your converted garage until I head back to England.
But here’s the thing… for some bloody reason, I can’t stop thinking about you in very inappropriate ways.
I want you.
The only reason I’m even admitting all of this to you right now is because I don’t believe it’s one-sided. I notice your eyes when you look at me, too. And as crass as I appear when we’re joking around about sex, my attraction to you is not a joke.
So, what’s the purpose of this note? I guess it’s a reminder that we’re adults, that sex is healthy and natural, and that you can find me just through the door past the kitchen. More specifically, it’s to let you know that I’m leaving said door cracked open from now on in case you’d like to visit me in the middle of the night sometime.
No questions asked.
Think about it.
Or don’t.
Whatever you choose.
It’s doubtful I’ll even end up sliding this letter under your door anyway.
--Simon           


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About the Author


Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author of thirteen novels. With over a million books sold, her titles have placed on the New York Times Bestseller list fifteen times. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 12-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 10-year-old boy. Penelope, her husband, and kids reside in Rhode Island.  

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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.  

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday (185)

 

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

Wish You Were Here
By Renee Carlino
Release Date: August 15, 2017
From the USA TODAY bestselling author of Before We Were Strangers and Swear on This Life comes a novel about a young woman who reunites with a soulful artist after their magical one-night stand…only to be faced with an impossible decision.

Charlotte has spent her twenties adrift, floating from interest to interest, job to job, and guy to guy, searching for a spark but never quite finding it. All she knows is that she won’t discover it working as a waitress at a pies-and-fries joint in Los Angeles or living with her fun but aimless best friend in a tiny apartment in the Arts District.

Then Charlotte collides with Adam, a gorgeous and soulful painter who seems just as lost as she feels. Their instant connection turns into a midnight drink…and a whirlwind night of champagne, Chinese food, and the kind of conversation that only happens in romantic comedies. But the next morning, Adam gives Charlotte the cold shoulder, leaving her confused and hurt—and wondering if the few odd moments between them the night before were red flags in disguise.

Months later, Charlotte hasn’t been able to shake Adam, so she decides to find out what happened the morning after their magical night together. This fateful decision rewrites their wild love story, but what Charlotte doesn’t know yet is that the ending has already been written.


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How amazing does this book sound?! It's kind of a second chance romance, but the second chance is at the one night that our main character cannot forget. I'm so intrigued by Adam and why he brushed Charlotte off and never sought her out again. What was he hiding? And what's going to happen when Charlotte actually finds him? I can't wait until August to have this book! 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Book Review: Stay by Elle Kennedy and Sarina Bowen

Stay (WAGs #2)
By Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
Release Date: June 20, 2017
Source: For Review
Can you fall in love with someone you've never even met? 

Hailey Taylor Emery has a hunch that her favorite client at Fetch—an anonymous virtual assistant service—is actually hockey star Matt Eriksson. 

Although it's against the rules for her to check his file, she's 95% sure she spends at least part of each day texting with her lifelong crush and catering to his every need. Still nursing a wounded heart thanks to her recent breakup, Hailey is perfectly content with some harmless online flirting... until she has to meet her client. Face to face. Cue: utter panic.

Matt Eriksson is no stranger to heartbreak. He's still not over the destruction of his marriage, and it sucks to be the only guy on the team who knows the truth—that hockey and long-term relationships are a toxic mix. He barely sees his kids, and dealing with his ex makes him feel insane. The only person in his life who seems to understand is someone who won't show her pretty face.

But it's nothing that a pair of fourth row hockey seats can't fix. Hailey can't resist the offer. Matt can't resist Hailey. Good thing he doesn't have to. Fire up the kiss cam!

Warning: Contains rabid hockey fans, misunderstood dick pics, hockey players at the opera and exploding ovaries.


YES. That's all I can think when I see a new Elle Kennedy and/or Sarina Bowen book released. I really enjoyed the first book in this series and fell in love with the professional hockey romances these ladies have created for us. I couldn't wait to read Eriksson's story! 

Hailey Taylor Emery did not expect to be divorced from the man she's loved all of her life. Nevertheless, they've separated and both still thrown themselves into their service/delivery business, working to satisfy their growing costumer base. Hailey doesn't typically personally run errands for the costumers, but she has a hunch that one of them, one she chats with online quite frequently, is Matt Eriksson. Hockey player for her favorite hockey team. Hailey knows that she would be violating client confidentiality if she ever tries to meet him, but some flirting online leads to a very intrigued hockey player. Recently divorced and working hard to be a good father to his two kids, as good as he can be while traveling so much for the team, Matt can't stop thinking about the woman he messages for his delivery service. Taking a chance, Matt gives Hailey an offer she can't refuse and the two find themselves face to face for the first time. Can someone like Matt really like Hailey? And can they both give themselves into another relationship when they've already failed at one once? 

From the beginning, I loved the premise of how Hailey was anonymously messaging with someone who she could only guess was Matt Eriksson. Their subtle flirting was so cute and I loved how slowly this romance started. They met multiple times before any feelings were involved, which I felt was very realistic and I really enjoyed. It was fun, too, how much of a hockey fan Hailey was, so she truly loved seeing the hockey games and following how Matt was doing in his games. 

While the first book in this series was about younger characters, I really appreciated how both Hailey and Matt were divorced and trying not to make the same mistakes in their new relationship that they made in their failed ones. It was so heartbreaking in Matt's case because he felt like he could never be a good husband or father because he was gone all the time, a fact that he believed had broken his pervious relationship. I loved how their exes were both still very present in their lives and affecting their new relationships. I also loved how we got to see my favorite characters from the previous book and see the men that I knew and loved from the hockey team. 

This was such fun addition to the WAGs series and all hockey romance lovers HAVE to pick up this series. I am already looking forward to reading more about these hockey players and seeing my favorite couples show up in the later books!


Release Day Launch + Giveaway: Salvaged by Jay Crownover



New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jay Crownover continues her delightfully sexy Saints of Denver series with the next thrilling standalone, SALVAGED! Don’t miss this amazing new novel and grab your copy today!

   

Hudson Wheeler is a nice guy. Everyone knows it, including his fiancĂ©e who left him with a canceled wedding and a baby on the way. He’s tired of finishing last and is ready to start living in the moment with nights soaked in whiskey, fast cars, and even faster girls. He’s set to start living on the edge, but when he meets Poppy Cruz, her sad eyes in the most gorgeous face he’s ever seen hook him in right away. Wheeler can see Poppy’s pain and all he wants to do is take care of her and make her smile, whatever it takes.

Poppy can’t remember a time when she didn’t see strangers as the enemy. After a lifetime of being hurt from the men who swore to protect her, Poppy’s determined to keep herself safe by keeping everyone else at arm’s length. Wheeler’s sexy grin and rough hands from hours restoring classic cars shouldn’t captivate her, but every time she’s with him, she can’t help being pulled closer to him. Though she’s terrified to trust again, Poppy soon realizes it might hurt even more to shut Wheeler out—and the intense feelings pulsing through her are making it near impossible to resist him.


The only thing Poppy is sure of is that her heart is in need of some serious repair, and the more time she spends with Wheeler, the more she’s convinced he’s the only man with the tools to fix it.







     I didn’t want her to be scared of anything ever again.
     Things at home had been rocky, rougher than class-five rapids in winter, but I was paddling for my life and prepared to ride it out. I couldn’t let go. I wouldn’t let go. I saw Poppy the day she walked through my shop and I started to feel how sore my hands and my heart were from holding on. 
     Her head was down, focused on the tips of her shoes. Her shoulders were hunched over and her long hair hid her face. She was skinny, so skinny, nothing but skin and bones. She was nothing that I should have noticed, not because she was clearly doing everything in her power to be invisible, but because I was supposed to have my eyes locked on my future and doing whatever I could do to salvage it. But I did notice her and I couldn’t look away once I did. 
     She was obviously terrified, clearly out of her element and uncomfortable, but it wasn’t her unease that called to me…it was her loneliness. I could feel it filling up the space that separated us. Stretching, growing, expanding until it was all I was breathing in and exhaling back out. It was bitter on my tongue and heavy across my skin because I knew the feeling well. I lived with it pressing me down and pushing me forward every minute of every day. The reason I was so set on the way things had to be, the reason I was singlemindedly set on settling down and building a life with the girl that was slipping through my fingers was because I never again wanted to be as alone as this girl was. I didn’t want to be left and forgotten. I’d barely survived it the first time. 
     I did my best to sell her a car that was as beautiful as she was…a classic with clean lines and a flawless finish. She picked something practical and boring but that was ultimately safe and reliable. I understood her choice but it grated and annoyed me long after she left the shop. When she wasn’t standing in front of me, she should have been easy to forget; after all, everything in front of me, everything I had been working for and toward, was falling down in front of my eyes. My world was collapsing in on itself and everything I thought I was so goddamn sure about turned out to be nothing more than lies and illusions. In the middle of all of it, I couldn’t forget her sad eyes and shivering, shaking form. Her loneliness clung to me, unshakable and unforgettable. I didn’t think I would see her again and against my better judgment I often found myself wondering how she was doing and if she had gotten a handle on all the things that seemed to be crushing her under their inescapable weight. 
     I was wrong about seeing her again, just like I was wrong about thinking that doing everything in my life differently from how my mother had lived hers would ensure my happiness and a future built on an unshakeable foundation. I was wrong about hard work and sacrifice being enough. I was wrong about holding on when what I was holding on to desperately wanted me to let go. All I was left with was bleeding palms, rope burns around my heart and scars on my soul. 
     The next time I saw Poppy Cruz it was my loneliness that was filling up the space, suffocating me, choking me, making me forget to handle her with care. I was nothing more than a vast, open wound. One that was raw, aching, throbbing, and leaking my heart and shattered emotions out everywhere. I felt like I’d lost everything, like my entire life had been nothing but a waste of time, nothing more than building blocks knocked over with the swipe of a careless hand. The girl I loved didn’t love me back, my future was ultimately nothing more than a fuzzy, fractured blur. I couldn’t see anything clearly other than waste and ruin. 
     But I saw her. And I saw that I scared her. 
     It was the last thing I wanted to do but my loneliness was just as big and just as consuming as hers was. It spread out, hungry and angry, looking to consume anyone that might try and challenge its reign. 
     I tried to pull myself together, apologized because I knew our paths would cross again now that she lived next door to my best friend. I didn’t want to be another man that she was terrified of. I locked the loneliness down, wrestled it into submission, and tried to quiet down the wild inside of me that was howling, screaming at the loss of its mate. I wanted to be nothing more than gnashing teeth and tearing claws but I swallowed those instincts and allowed myself to be like a kicked puppy that just wanted to whimper and cry. 
     Poppy had been through more than I could imagine. She was the one I couldn’t look away from, but even then, she managed to slip past me and disappear. She looked like honey but she moved like a ghost. I memorized everything about her even though she hardly let me see her face. 
     I wasn’t supposed to be looking at anything other than how to salvage the mess my life was in, but she was all I could see.



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About the Author


Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men, The Point, and the Saints of Denver series. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she'll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her dogs.        


   
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