Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Book Review: Hope Ignites by Jaci Burton

Hope Ignites
By Jaci Burton 
Release Date: March 25, 2014 
Source: Publisher
Summary: Logan McCormack likes his isolated life on the ranch, until a movie crew starts filming there. When actress Desiree Jenkins blows into his life, she wrecks it harder than the Oklahoma winds with her brutal honesty and soft touch. Des knows this is a temporary stay, but she loves the open freedom of the land, and for the first time in her life, Des feels like she might have found a place she can call home, with a man she might be falling in love with. But Logan’s heart is tougher than the soil beneath them—can she convince him that they belong together?

Review: I absolutely loved Luke and Emma's story in Hope Flames, the first book in this series. And when we met Logan in that book, I instantly fell for Luke's brooding cowboy character. Needless to say, I couldn't wait to read his story in Hope Ignites. 

Logan has dedicated his life to running the family ranch after his dad died and mom left to start an entirely new family that had nothing to do with raising animals and working the land. Hurt from his mom's hatred for their livelihood, Logan can't imagine letting any woman into his life, only to have her hate the ranch and abandon him yet again. But when Logan agrees to let a movie production company use his land for their latest film, the last thing he expects to find is to be enticed by the lead actress Des. Des is a fiery woman who speaks her mind and puts her heart and soul into her career. And when she meets Logan, she can't wait to see what lies under that hard exterior and figure out the mystery to the stubborn man. Logan starts to enjoy the time he spends with Des, despite pushing her away when they first meet, but can he doesn't know if he can truly trust she won't leave him when he needs her the most. 

Gah, these men in Hope are just so yummy! Seriously, first a police officer and now a cowboy? They're definitely doing something right in that small town! And while I normally don't like books that have to do with "celebrities," I really liked Des's character. She didn't let fame get to her head and she was a really headstrong girl. Even when Logan was pretty rude to her, she didn't let that faze her at all, but rather met his stubbornness head on. I loved how she could break down Logan and really get to know the man who has become so closed off to the rest of the world. 

With two strong characters who were very dedicated to their own livelihood, it was great watching them finally learn to share their lives with someone else. Des realizes that a career as an actress is great, but not something she can see herself doing forever. What about a family? What about having an actual home? Logan has all of that, but he's definitely not ready to trust a city girl who can end up being just like his mother. Logan and Des are two people who have met their match with each other, and it's up to them to decide if they're finally ready to let someone else in. 

While Hope Ignites has the small town romance that I love, it also brings in two dynamic characters who really test each other. The passions were strong, the emotions were real, and the characters were fun to follow. And we even get a bit more of Luke and Emma from the first book, which made me super excited. Any fan of contemporary romances needs to pick up a Jaci Burton novel right away. If you haven't read this series yet, your definitely missing out! So pick these books up now so you can catch Carter's story when it comes out in September. I can't wait!

Waiting On Wednesday (140)

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 Lost
By Angie Stanton
Release Date: May 6, 2014
Summary: Dragged on a family trip to Europe’s ancient cities, Becca wants nothing more than to go home. Trapped with her emotionally distant father, over-eager stepmother, and a brother who only wants to hook up with European hotties, Becca is miserable. That is until she meets Nikolai, a guy as mysterious as he is handsome. And she unknowingly finds herself with a runaway prince.

Nikolai has everything a guy could ask for-he's crown prince, heir to the throne, and girls adore him. But the one thing he doesn't freedom. Staging a coup, he flees his kingdom and goes undercover on his own European tour.

When Nikolai and Becca meet, it’s their differences that draw them together. Sparks fly as they share a whirlwind of adventures, all the while dodging his royal guard. But Becca's family vacation ends in a matter of days. Will Nikolai and Becca be forced to say goodbye forever, will his destiny catch up to him, or will they change history forever?


How adorable does this book sound? First, it takes place in Europe, and I love books that have to do with traveling abroad. Then, throw in a runaway prince, and I just have to get my hands on this book. I love the idea that Becca meets Nikolai and they spend their time having adventures around Europe while trying to dodge his body guards. I have a feeling this is going to be a super sweet contemporary romance that I'm going to love! 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I'd Love to Be Best Friends With

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 Characters I'd Love to Be Best Friends With

1. Cath from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
2. Elizabeth from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
3. Hermione from Harry Potter by JK Rowling 

4. Simon from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
5. Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
6. Hazel and Augustus from The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

7. Sky from Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
8. Caroline from Wallbanger by Alice Clayton
9. Katy from Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout

10. Jane Jameson from Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs by Molly Harper

Monday, April 21, 2014

Weekly Roundup [4/15-4/21]

Um, didn't April just start like yesterday? How is it already the 21st? Well, the good part about April flying by is that yesterday was finally Easter! I got some very delicious chocolate in my Easter basket this year and look forward to eating all of my goodies! I have a super busy next three weeks as the semester comes to an end and summer is finally going to begin! And in between those final papers and projects I have a half-marathon to run next weekend! Ah, I'm so excited! Let's just hope I can survive the mounds of work I have left until I finally have an entire summer to relax! 

Book Reviews
What We Hide by Marthe Jocelyn
Will & Whit by Laura Lee Gulledge



Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter! I hope you guys are enjoying your Easter Sunday! The Easter bunny was very good to me this year and left me some goodies…

And seeing as I haven't had any chocolate since March 5th, when Lent started, I am so ready to chow down on all of this chocolate. Haha, doesn't it look amazing? We take our chocolate very seriously in my household, so I have some delicious goodies to look forward to for the next couple of weeks! 

Now I'm off to eat some delicious ham and scalloped potatoes for our Easter lunch and it's back to school for me. Happy Easter! 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Stacking the Shelves (97)

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

From Barnes and Noble

I love Colleen Hoover and lately I've been hearing nonstop praise for her newest release. My sister is a fan too (she actually discovered her before me!), so we decided to buy her newest book from Barnes and Noble with the 20% off coupon that had come in the mail. I can't wait to read it and see if it's as good as everyone says!

From publisher

Wow, so many good books came for me over the past three weeks! I'm so excited! There is a good mix of genres too, so I know I won't be bored with what I'm reading any time soon. Looks like I have some fantastic reading ahead of me! Can't wait!

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

Friday, April 18, 2014

Follow My Book Blog Friday (132)

This is a meme hosted every Friday by Parajunkee, where book bloggers answer a question each week and check out how others answered it. It's a cool way for bloggers and viewers to connect and learn more about each other!

Question: Spring Break. Where would be your favorite destination spot if you could join in the Spring Break festivities? 

Answer: Haha, my Spring Break was actually three weeks ago….but I spent the week at home and it was glorious! There's nothing like just relaxing at home, away from the stress of classes, projects, and exams, and just cuddling with your puppy. I was so beyond excited to spend the week at home too. Seriously, the entire two hours it takes me to drive home, I was just like

Because nothing can beat an entire week of watching bad reality TV with your dad, seeing a million movies with your sister, going shopping with your mom, and staying up wayyyy past your bedtime to finish as many books as you can. Why did it have to go by so fast?? But I wouldn't have traded any Spring Break destination in the world for some much needed quality time with my family :)

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