Monday, May 2, 2016

Release Day Blitz: The Summer Games: Settling the Score by RS Grey

Title: The Summer Games: Settling the Score
Author: R.S. Grey
Genre: Sports Romance/Romantic Comedy
Release Date: May 2, 2016

As an Olympic rookie, Andie Foster has spent far more time in her cleats than between the sheets. For 21 years, her Fridaynights have consisted of blocking shots rather than taking them. But now that she's landed in Rio, she's ready to see for herself if the rumors about the Olympic Village are true:

The athletes are all sex-crazed maniacs...The committee passes out condoms like candy…The games continue long after the medals have been handed out…As Andie walks the line between rumor and reality, she's forced into the path of Frederick Archibald, a decorated Olympic swimmer and owner of a sexy British accent—too bad he's unavailable in a way that "it's complicated" doesn't even begin to explain.

In other words: off limits.

It doesn't matter that he has abs that could bring peace to the Middle East and a smile that makes even the Queen blush; Andie fully intends on keeping her focus on the soccer field. But the Village is small.
Suffocating. Everywhere Andie goes, Freddie happens to be there—shirtless, wet from the pool, and determined to show her a whole new meaning of the phrase "international affairs".

I am a lover of books, chocolate, reality TV, black labs, and cold weather. Seriously, if I had it my way, I would be curled up on the couch with all of those things... everyday.

I live in Texas where I spend my free time writing and reading. My favorite authors include Mindy Kaling & Jonathan Safran Foer. I'm a comedy geek and love all things "funny". Women like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Mindy Kaling are definitely the biggest inspirations for my writing, though I think my work tends to skew a bit smuttier than theirs.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Stacking the Shelves (191)

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

From Publisher

The first two of these showed up together and I am definitely intrigued! They aren't the normal genre I turn to, but the summaries sounded interesting so I think I'll give them a try! I also received an e-ARC of Settling the Score by one of my absolute favorite authors and I am still freaking. I plan on reading that one until the very last page before putting it down. I can't wait! 

From Half Price Books

These two were on clearance at Half Price Books and I couldn't resist! Just look at how gorgeous they both look! And $3 for the pair? I was sold :)

Bought from the Author

On Monday at school, I got a call from the office during 3rd period letting me know that they had a YA Dystopian author in the building who was free to talk to any of my classes. I was immediately excited and invited her to talk to my two honors classes about writing and publishing as an indie author. The author's name was Tracy Lawson and she was absolutely wonderful! I loved hearing her speak and my students were great for her. Tracy was selling her books for $5 each, so I bought the first two in the series! I can't wait to read them! 

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

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Book Review: Shy Kinda Love by Deanna Eshler

Shy Kinda Love
By Deanna Eshler
Release Date: February 26, 2015
Source: Author
When I was eleven, my best friend died in a car accident. When I was twelve, my mom walked out, leaving only a note to say goodbye. When I was eighteen, I was forced into witness protection. 

My new name is Shyanne Adams. To protect myself, and painless existence, I do not live. I do not laugh. I do not love. For the last three years, the only meaningful thing I’ve done is care for the horse I rescued. 

But now, at the age of twenty-one, the one person from both my past and present is pushing me to start living. Before I know it, I’m moving in with new friends who make me laugh. And next door is Kade Cross, the guy who wants me to love. 

Kade knows that I will complicate his life, but he welcomes the challenge. He sees that I’m broken, but he doesn’t try to fix me. When he knows I’m trying to push him away, he braces for the impact. 

What Kade doesn’t know is that I could have to relocate at any time. So I have to decide: is experiencing love for a short time worth the pain of losing it? 

As a new adult fan, I was excited to see what Deanna could bring to the genre. I had the pleasure of meeting Deanna two years ago at a Colleen Hoover signing and we bonded over our love for all things new adult. She contacted me a little bit later asking if I wanted to read her book and I couldn't resist. I mean, just look at that cover! That being said, though, my review is (as always) completely honest and is in no way swayed by the fact that I personally know this author. 

Shyanne Adams wasn't always Shyanne Adams. That's the witness protection identity she received after finally standing up to her father and the men her father let use her for her body. Broken and untrusting, Shyanne lives the next three years seeking solace with her horses and her best friend Ryker. When Kade Cross appears in her life, though, Shyanne starts shedding her guarded layers and finds herself making friends and learning to trust others. As soon as she let's go of the pain of her past, though, it comes rushing back, reminding her of who she used to be…

Holy moly, talk about an emotional new adult. Shyanne was seriously damaged because of her father, so she was so broken and found it very hard to trust others. I loved the moment she met Kade, aka Patron, and was freaked out over having feelings over someone. Kade is the image of my perfect guy- nerdy, smart, caring, and impossibly good looking. My only problem with Kade, though, is that I felt like we barely got to know anything about him! What did he used to do before Shyanne got there and where was he from and what was his family like? I felt like his only identity was that he was a nerd and I wish that we got to know him as much as we had gotten to know Shyanne. 

But back to the emotion. There were some very, very intense scenes in this book, especially near the end when Shyanne's past started to catch up to her. And how connected Shyanne was with her horses? So heartwarming and heartbreaking. I loved how Shyanne used her own broken past to connect with broken horses. Any book with animals just completely steals my heart. Oh, and I can't forget Shyanne's newfound friends! Keagen and Gemma were amazing characters and I loved the flare they added to the story. 

Overall, this was a stellar debut from Deanna Eshler. She brought the emotions, fun characters, and a heartbreaking romance. While it leaned on being the cliche-broken-girl-new-adult, it held it's own and added lovable elements like the horses and Kade's adorable character. If you want an emotional new adult full of growth and a tender relationship, you should pick up Shy Kinda Love.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday (239)

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

You Before Anyone Else
By Julie Cross and Mark Perini
Release Date: August 2, 2016
New York City model Finley is fed up with hearing the same feedback at castings: she needs to take some serious action to wipe the "good girl" stamp from her resume if she wants to launch to stardom.

Enter Eddie Wells. He's shallow, predictable…and just as lost as Finley feels. Deep down, Finley is drawn to Eddie's bravado, his intensity. Except Eddie is hiding something. A big something. And when it surfaces, both loving and leaving Finley will become so much harder.


I love love love Julie Cross. Whatever Life Throws at You is one of my favorite books, so when I saw she had a new book coming out, I was definitely excited. I've never read a book about a model before, so the summary for this one intrigued me. Of course, one of the characters is hiding something big and I can't wait to find out what it is! 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookworm Delights

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 Bookworm Delights

1. Meeting one of my favorite authors. Some of my personal highlights have been Colleen Hoover, Jamie McGuire, and Rainbow Rowell. I've met Colleen and Rainbow twice and every time I feel like I'm meeting a celebrity. I seriously get so nervous before meeting an author and it's so amazing to meet these incredibly talented people in real life!

2. Meeting amazing people over books. I have met some great people thanks to blogging and I wouldn't have met them if it weren't for books. 

3. Seeing all of my beautiful books. Since I started blogging in 2011, my personal collection has blown up and I have an entire wall of books in the living room of my apartment. I love looking at it every day and having so many words at my fingertips. 

4. Sharing my passion for reading and hearing people love books because of me. I love it when someone comments on my blog or my youtube channel saying that they read a book that I had recommended and loved it. Spreading the love of reading is my passion and I love it when people find a great book because of me! 

5. Finding a new favorite author. I love the feeling of reading a fantastic book and wanting to devour absolutely everything by that author. This happened to me with RS Grey and recently with Erika Kelly. I get so excited when I start a new book by them and I feel like it's Christmas morning when I open up that first page. 

And that's my list for this week! It's only five, but they're five pretty awesome moments as a book reader. What do you love about being a bookworm? 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Cover Reveal: Worked Up by Tessa Bailey

We are loving this cover for Tessa Bailey’s WORKED UP, the third novel in Tessa’s bestselling romance Made in Jersey series. WORKED UP is being published by Entangled Brazen in August 2016. Check out the sexy cover below and add it on Goodreads today!

  WORKED UP - cover

ABOUT WORKED UP (Made in Jersey #3):
New Jersey factory mechanic Duke Crawford has watched his loved ones’ marriages fail, time and time again, so he’s not interested in a relationship. Who could have guessed Samantha Waverly, a fellow commitment-phobe—and his new boss’s off-limits sister—would make him question his dedication to bachelorhood? And get him good and worked up in the process…

And don’t miss the first three books in the Made in Jersey…







About the Author

    Tessa Bailey - headshot
Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans and laptop, driving cross-country to New York City in under four days. Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention. She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband of eight years and four-year-old daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.  

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Book Review: Quinn by JC Cliff

By JC Cliff
Release Date: February 23, 2016
Source: Publisher
Fearless and determined, Quinn is the perfect man for the job the Moretti mob has in mind: track down missing mafia princess, Alexis Moretti, and bring her home.

What starts out as a simple task to repay an old debt turns into so much more than he bargained for... And so does she.

As Quinn and Lexi grow close, she becomes more than just his mission. But Lexi and Quinn are both keeping secrets--secrets that could destroy their blossoming romance just as quickly as it ignited. When Lexi's past catches up with them, secrets and lies will be revealed, and the ultimate test of forgiveness will be upon them both.

The moment I read the summary for this book, I was excited to read it. I love romances where someone gets close to someone for bad reasons and they end up falling for each other. This one looked like it would promise some serious heat, too, and I couldn't wait to read it!

When Quinn gets a phone call from a mob boss asking for him to cash in on an owed favor, Quinn doesn't want to get involved. But he's the perfect man for the job of finding a runaway mafia daughter wanted for murder. When Quinn finds her, though, she's far from the mob princess he was expecting. Lexi is running from a horrible situation with some horrible men, so when she meets Quinn, she is surprised by how sweet and protective he is. As they spend more time on the Appalachian trails together, the more they start to fall for each other. But can Quinn keep her safe and keep her trust when she finds out who he really is? 

This book had so much promise. It started out pretty good and I loved how moved Quinn was when he finally found Quinn and got to know her. They didn't want to like each other because of their real identities and pasts, but they just couldn't help it. I loved how Quinn was trying to go slow with her because he knew that she was different than all of the other women that flew in and out of his life. 

The problem I had with this book, though, was how slow it ended up being. Yes, it was sweet how Quinn didn't want to go too fast, but I found myself skimming sections and becoming bored with the story by the end. It was obvious where the ending was heading and I just wanted even more of a connection between Quinn and Lexi than we got. 

Overall, this one had promise and started off pretty good, but the middle and end were lacking for me. I wanted more development from the main character and a less predictable ending.

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