Thursday, February 23, 2017

Book Review: Preston's Honor by Mia Sheridan

Preston's Honor
By Mia Sheridan 
Release Date: February 19, 2017
Source: Publisher 
There were two brothers—identical twins—and though I loved them both, my soul belonged to only one.

Annalia Del Valle has loved Preston Sawyer all her life. The daughter of an impoverished migrant farmworker, she grew up as an outcast in what was no more than a tiny, cooped up shack in California’s Central Valley. But her heart found freedom in the land, in the wide-open spaces of Sawyer Farm, and in the boys who were her only friends.

Preston has yearned for Annalia since he was a boy. But a sense of honor kept him from pursuing her until he’s unable to hold back any longer and their worlds—and bodies—collide one hot summer night. A night that sets off a chain of events that will alter their lives forever.

Now Annalia is back in town after disappearing without a trace for six long months. Determined to reclaim her heart, her life, and the baby she left behind—the son who was created in a moment of lust and love and pent-up yearning.

Preston has survived grief, a ravaging drought, and the despair of heartache, but he’s not sure he can survive Annalia again. And he might be unwilling to try. Will pride and bitterness keep him from the one thing he’s always longed for?

How do you heal what is irreparably broken? How do you forgive that which is unforgivable? How do you discover that real honor comes not from circumstance, but from the place deep in our hearts where truth resides? And how do you move beyond the wounds of the past to discover that some loves are as solid as the ground beneath your feet, and as enduring as the earth itself?




Mia Sheridan has a way of writing completely unique and utterly emotional books. I was so excited to see she had a new book coming out that promised yet another heartbreaking story. 

Ever since she was born, Annalia has felt like a burden to her mother, who is an illegal immigrant, and has felt embarrassed about how poor she is. When she is with twins Preston and Cole, though, Annalia forgets about her problems and just enjoys being with her two best friends. Despite how close the three grow over the years, their friendship has never been in the public eye because Annalia knows no one would ever accept her. That doesn't stop Annalia from falling in love with Preston, or Preston from falling in love with Annalia. Preston, though, has never shown Annalia how he really feels because of his honor for his brother. As their chemistry builds after so many years denying what they feel for one another, one night of lust changes their lives forever and they are both drowning in emotions and how to face a future neither of them knows how to live. 

Since this book is told in a nonlinear fashion, you know what is going to happen in the future before being told their past and how Annalia and Preston fell in love. I love stories that do this because you know what's going to happen and you're just waiting for it to finally occur and you need to figure out how that moment was going to even happen in the first place. It was so heartbreaking watching Annalia grow up with absolutely nothing and feel like a burden to all of those around her. I loved how she could forget everything when she was with Preston and Cole. There is nothing more heartbreaking than watching two people love each other but not tell one another they love each other. Preston and Annalia were just kids, so it was so hard to see them have such strong feelings for one another but not communicate well and doubt what the other feels. 

I have to say that I think I enjoyed the years that Preston and Annalia were in high school more than afterwards when we catch up to what was told to us in the beginning of the book. When we got to where Annalia and Preston were after college, I thought it was more of them learning to love again and trust one another instead of them learning that they really did love each other. Things started to drag out near the end and I didn't love it as much as I did when they were trying to deny their feelings for one another. In the later years, they knew how they felt, but they just didn't know a healthy way to show it to one another. In the end, though, it was still a heartbreaking, raw story of two people who didn't know how to properly love each other. 

If you can't tell, this was another emotional, raw romance from Mia Sheridan. There were heartbreaking circumstances outside of our main characters' control and they really didn't know how to be together after years of being apart. There was also a lot explored when it came to being an immigrant and living in poverty, which I think made this book even more emotional and gave Annalia even more depth to her character. For a book that will pull on your heart string and have you rooting for the couple to achieve their HEA from the start, you definitely need to pick up Preston's Honor.



Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Cover Reveal: Mister Moneybags by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward

New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Authors Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward have teamed up once again to bring you another chance meeting, another Cocky Bastard who will charm his way into your heart on April 10th, 2017.

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I met Bianca in an elevator.

She was on her way to interview me when we got stuck.

The beautiful, raven-haired reporter assumed I was a delivery guy because of the way I was dressed.

She had no clue I was really Dex Truitt, the wealthy, successful businessman she’d dubbed “Mister Moneybags”—her afternoon appointment.

Bianca told me how much she hated Dex’s type—snobby, over educated, silver- spooned men who didn't appreciate the simple things in life.

So, after the elevator finally started moving again, I cancelled the interview and let her believe I was someone I wasn’t—a bike messenger named Jay. I loved the way she looked at the fake me and didn't want it to end.

I began dating her as “Jay”—all the while letting her interview the real me over email.

I didn’t expect that our chemistry online would be just as hot.

I didn’t expect the mess I’d gotten myself into.

I didn’t expect that Jay and Dex would fall in love with her.

And she was falling for two men.

Only, both men were me.

And when she found out, we were both going to lose her.

Nothing could have prepared me for that day. And I certainly wasn't prepared for what came after.

All good things must come to an end, right? Except our ending was one I didn't see coming.




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About the Authors

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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.  


 

Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She’s a fifteen-time New York Times bestseller of twelve novels. Having grown up in Boston with five older brothers, she spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 12-year-old girl with autism and a 10-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island.  

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Waiting on Wednesday (173)

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

Foolish Hearts
By Emma Mills
Release Date: October 3, 2017
A contemporary novel about a girl whose high school production of A Midsummer Night's Dream leads her to new friends—and maybe even new love.

The day of the last party of the summer, Claudia overhears a conversation she wasn't supposed to. Now on the wrong side of one of the meanest girls in school, Claudia doesn't know what to expect when the two are paired up to write a paper—let alone when they're both forced to try out for the school production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

But mandatory participation has its upsides—namely, an unexpected friendship, a boy band obsession, and a guy with the best dimpled smile Claudia's ever seen. As Claudia's world starts to expand, she finds that maybe there are some things worth sticking her neck out for.


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I absolutely loved the other two YA novels that Emma Mills has written and I flipped out when I saw the cover of her newest novel. Look how cool it is! Reading the synopsis, I was excited to see that it revolved around a high school production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, one of my favorite Shakespeare plays. It sounds like this one deals with both friendships and romance, which is a staple in Emma's books, and I can't wait to finally get my hands on it! 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Release Day Launch: Royally Matched by Emma Chase

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Some men are born responsible, some men have responsibility thrust upon them. Henry Charles Albert Edgar Pembrook, Prince of Wessco, just got the motherlode of all responsibility dumped in his regal lap.
He’s not handling it well.
Hoping to force her grandson to rise to the occasion, Queen Lenora goes on a much-needed safari holiday—and when the Queen’s away, the Prince will play. After a chance meeting with an American television producer, Henry finally makes a decision all on his own:
Welcome to Matched: Royal Edition.
A reality TV dating game show featuring twenty of the world's most beautiful blue bloods gathered in the same castle. Only one will win the diamond tiara, only one will capture the handsome prince’s heart.
While Henry revels in the sexy, raunchy antics of the contestants as they fight, literally, for his affection, it’s the quiet, bespectacled girl in the corner—with the voice of an angel and a body that would tempt a saint—who catches his eye.
The more Henry gets to know Sarah Mirabelle Zinnia Von Titebottum, the more enamored he becomes of her simple beauty, her strength, her kind spirit…and her naughty sense of humor.
But Rome wasn’t built in a day—and irresponsible royals aren’t reformed overnight.
As he endeavors to right his wrongs, old words take on whole new meanings for the dashing Prince. Words like, Duty, Honor and most of all—Love.
  



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About the Author

 

 Emma Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the hot and hilarious Tangled series and The Legal Briefs series. Emma lives in New Jersey with her husband, two children and two naughty (but really cute) dogs. She has a long-standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Book Review: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

The Hating Game 
By Sally Thorne
Release Date: August 9, 2016
Source: Amazon
Nemesis (n.)
1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome;
2) A person’s undoing;
3) Joshua Templeman.
Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.

Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

I have heard so many amazing things about this book, so I didn't even hesitate to order it from Amazon. While it took me a little bit longer to read it, I couldn't wait to dive into this laugh out loud, enemies to lovers romance. 

Lucy and Josh are the definition of enemies. Working in the same room as assistants to the co-CEOs of a publishing company that is the product of two separate companies merging, Lucy and Josh dedicate their lives to their work and one-uping one another. When a promotion is announced, the competition between Lucy and Josh becomes even more intense, but Lucy starts noticing something else becoming more intense and it's a feeling she's never had towards Josh before…

Oh, this book. A lot of time, enemies to lovers romances are insta-attraction that turns into insta-love. At the beginning of this book, Lucy hadn't even ever thought of Josh that way and only saw him as an annoying enemy she had to beat. Their competition was so much fun and I loved how Lucy was so observant over everything Josh did and became so annoyed by it. While she may have hated Josh, I also loved how loving and just plain-old nice Lucy was. Lucy's kindness balanced out Josh's harshness well, but they still challenged each other and pushed each other to be each other's best.

What I loved most about this book, though, was when Lucy and Josh started to hang out after work and slowly start to fall for each other. This is definitely a slower romance and I loved how Lucy started to feel weird about how she felt about Josh. Their interactions were so fun and I loved seeing Josh show his vulnerable side as Lucy discovered his past and understood why he was the way he was. 

How is this Sally Thorne's debut novel? This novel had laugh-out-loud moments and a slower romance that evolved the more the characters really got to know each other. I loved both of the main characters and how feisty, yet vulnerable they could be with each other. Lucy was such a relatable character and I loved how flawed and real she was. For a fun, charming, and entertaining romance, you have to pick up The Hating Game.


Saturday, February 18, 2017

Stacking the Shelves (232)

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

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I have received SO MANY amazing e-books lately! I think they all arrived on my kindle on the same day and I couldn't be more excited. All four of these authors write phenomenal romances, so I can't wait to read them! 

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I have heard fantastic things about Amy Harmon, so when I saw this book on sale, I snatched it up. I hope I can get to it soon! 

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

Friday, February 17, 2017

Cover Reveal: Say I'm Yours by Corinne Michaels

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From New York Times Bestseller, Corinne Michaels, comes a new second chance standalone romance.

I spent twenty years waiting for Trent Hennington to open his eyes and see me. But it was all for nothing. He chose to keep himself guarded and let me walk away, proving that my time and efforts were wasted.

I'm done being invisible.
It's time to move on.

A single dance sets my new reality into motion, and I welcome it. After all, Cooper Townsend is perfect. He's kind, sexy, and attentive--everything a girl could want.

I thought I got it right this time.
That my heart could mend, and I would be happy.
Apparently, some things really are just too hard to walk away from.

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Corinne Michaels is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author of The Salvation Series and Say You'll Stay. She's an emotional, witty, sarcastic, and fun loving mom of two beautiful children. Corinne is happily married to the man of her dreams and is a former Navy wife. After spending months away from her husband while he was deployed, reading and writing was her escape from the loneliness. 

 Both her maternal and paternal grandmothers were librarians, which only intensified her love of reading. After years of writing short stories, she couldn't ignore the call to finish her debut novel, Beloved. Her alpha heroes are broken, beautiful, and will steal your heart. 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Book Review: Dare to Lie by Jen McLaughlin

Dare to Lie (The Sons of Steel Row #3)
By Jen McLaughlin
Release Date: February 7, 2017
Source: Publisher
As an undercover DEA agent in the most powerful gang in Boston, Scott Donahue accepts the risks of living a double life. But when Tate Donovan, leader of the Sons of Steel Row, assigns Scotty to take his place in a bachelor’s auction sponsored by his sister’s sorority, he’s exposed to a whole new level of danger. Even though Tate makes it very clear—Skylar is off limits—the second Scotty sees her, he’s a goner. But how does he tell Sky she’s falling for a man who doesn’t exist?

Sky can’t resist Scotty’s cool confidence or the raw, edgy power oozing from his perfect body. She’s always been the good girl, but he brings out the bad in her. And even though she knows so little about who he really is, Sky’s willing to take the biggest risk of all. But putting her heart on the line is no guarantee that Scotty won’t slip through her fingers
 
Who doesn't love a good undercover cop story? When Scotty's true identidy was revealed at the end of book one, I knew I had to have his story. Well, book three has finally released and I couldn't wait to gobble up Scotty's story! 

As an undercover DEA agent, Scotty knows that his life is on the line every second. Posing as a member in the Sons of Steal Row, Scotty is trying to clean up the city and bring down drug dealing gangs. But when the Son's leader, Tate, assigns Scotty to protect his sister, a sister no one knew he had, Scotty realizes he's in much more danger than just becoming discovered. Tate warns Scotty to keep his hands off of Sky, but the moment they meet there is an undeniable attraction and Sky feels something for a man that she's never felt before. Too bad Sky has no idea what her brother does and what kind of business Scotty deals in. But that doesn't stop the two from spending more time with one another and testing their limits. 

From the start, I really enjoyed Sky's character. She was dedicated to school and saw Tate as the overbearing big brother who she loves, not the hard, deadly gang leader he really is. No matter how many good, boring guys Tate throws her way, Sky has never really felt that all-consuming attraction for another man. Until Scotty. I loved how Scotty knew that Tate would literally kill him if he laid a hand on sky, but he couldn't resist such an interesting, fiery girl. They clicked so well and I loved all of their moments together. 

And talk about action! There is even more action in this book with Scotty trying to finally take down another gang for drug dealing and attacking the Sons and those he loves. More people tried to kill Scotty and he had to keep an eye over his should every second, not just for himself but for Sky as well. I loved Chris from book two and I was so happy to see so much of him in this book. Love my Sons! I think I loved Chris and his story so much, though, that I didn't love this book as much as book two. Scotty didn't live up completely to what I thought he would be and I just adored Chris so much that I didn't enjoy this one as much as I expected to. 

Overall, this was a fantastic addition to one of my favorite romantic suspense series. I love these characters and how they lead bad, dangerous lives, but they're really romantics on the inside who want to change. I really hope there are going to be more of this series because I can't get enough of these men!



Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday (172)

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

What to Say Next
By Julie Buxbaum
Release Date: July 11, 2017
From the New York Times bestselling author of Tell Me Three Things comes a charming and poignant story about two struggling teenagers who find an unexpected connection just when they need it most. For fans of Sophie Kinsella, Jennifer Niven, and Rainbow Rowell.

Sometimes a new perspective is all that is needed to make sense of the world.

KIT: I don’t know why I decide not to sit with Annie and Violet at lunch. It feels like no one here gets what I’m going through. How could they? I don’t even understand.

DAVID: In the 622 days I’ve attended Mapleview High, Kit Lowell is the first person to sit at my lunch table. I mean, I’ve never once sat with someone until now. “So your dad is dead,” I say to Kit, because this is a fact I’ve recently learned about her. 

When an unlikely friendship is sparked between relatively popular Kit Lowell and socially isolated David Drucker, everyone is surprised, most of all Kit and David. Kit appreciates David’s blunt honesty—in fact, she finds it bizarrely refreshing. David welcomes Kit’s attention and her inquisitive nature. When she asks for his help figuring out the how and why of her dad’s tragic car accident, David is all in. But neither of them can predict what they’ll find. Can their friendship survive the truth?


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I absolutely adored Julie's YA debut Tell Me Three Things, so of course I was excited when I saw she had a new YA contemporary coming out. Not only is the cover adorable, but the story sounds like it's going to another amazing story about new beginnings and discovering truths about people. David and Kit's story sounds so unique and I can't wait for it to come out! 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Release Day Launch + Giveaway: Riveted by Jay Crownover

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From the New York Times bestselling author of the Marked Men books comes the next installment in the Saints of Denver series.

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Everyone else in Dixie Carmichael’s life has made falling in love look easy, and now she is ready for her own chance at some of that happily ever after. Which means she’s done pining for the moody, silent former soldier who works with her at the bar that’s become her home away from home. Nope. No more chasing the hot as heck thundercloud of a man and no more waiting for Mr. Right to find her; she’s going hunting for him...even if she knows her heart is stuck on its stupid infatuation with Dash Churchill.

Denver has always been just a pit stop for Church on his way back to rural Mississippi. It was supposed to be simple, uneventful, but nothing could have prepared him for the bubbly, bouncy redhead with doe eyes and endless curves. Now he knows it’s time to get out of Denver, fast. For a man used to living in the shadows, the idea of spending his days in the sun is nothing short of terrifying. When Dixie and Church find themselves caught up in a homecoming overshadowed with lies and danger, Dixie realizes that while falling in love is easy, loving takes a whole lot more work…especially when Mr. Right thinks he’s all wrong for you.  


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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 three dogs.      


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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Hate to Love Romances

 

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 Favorite Hate to Love Romances


1. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
2. Bully by Penelope Douglas
3. Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas


4. Kiss the Sky by Krista and Becca Ritchie
5. Wallbanger by Alice Clayton
6. Paper Princess by Erin Watt


7. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
8. Checkmate: This is War by Kennedy Fox
9. The Deal by Elle Kennedy


10. Until You by Penelope Douglas
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