Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Top Ten Books I've Read So Far in 2015


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish. This week's topic is Top Ten Books I've Read So Far in 2015. I've read so many great books so far this year, so this one is pretty easy (or hard, depending on how you look at it--which ones to choose?!). Here are my favorites, in no particular order:

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All the Ceruleans series, of course!

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What are your favorite books you've read so far in 2015?

Happy Reading!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Review: Second Chance Summer

Title: Second Chance Summer
23435151Author: Jill Shalvis
368 pages, publish date June 30, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Note: I received this book from NetGalley to facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own.

From Goodreads:

Cedar Ridge, Colorado, is famous for crisp mountain air, clear blue skies, and pine-scented breezes. And it's the last place Lily Danville wants to be. But she needs a job, and there's an opening at the hottest resort in her hometown. What has her concerned is the other hot property in Cedar Ridge: Aidan Kincaid-firefighter, rescue worker, and heartbreaker. She never could resist that devastating smile . . .

The Kincaid brothers are as rough and rugged as the Rocky Mountains they call home. Aidan has always done things his own way, by his own rules. And never has he regretted anything more than letting Lily walk out of his life ten years ago. If anyone has ever been in need of rescuing, she has. What she needs more than anything are long hikes, slow dances, and sizzling kisses. But that can only happen if he can get her to give Cedar Ridge-and this bad boy-a second chance . . .


My Review:

I've read and reviewed several Jill Shalvis books lately, and I do admit I enjoy them! Sure, they all follow  a similar, predictable layout of a typical romance novel, but....I love it.  It just doesn't matter that it's predictable because it's so comforting. You always know what to expect with a Shalvis novel--generally in the form of a hot man like Aidan Kincaid in this book. Firefighter? Search and rescue? SWOON! You just can't go wrong with a main character like that! I really liked Lily as a character as well. She was likeable and easy to root for.

I'm excited that this is the first in a new series (Cedar Ridge series, set in Cedar Ridge, CO). In addition, I definitely fell in love with the Kincaid family--especially the Mom.  Looking forward to future books in this series and hearing stories of the other family members!

This is the perfect summer read--it's a quick read with lots of romance that is so relaxing and fun to read.  If you're looking for this type of book, Second Chance Summer won't disappoint!

Overall rating for "Second Chance Summer": 4 stars

Happy Reading!


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

W...W...W... Wednesday

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W… W… W… Wednesday, how hosted by Taking on a World of Words, is a weekly meme showcasing what you just finished reading, what you are currently reading, and what you plan to start reading next.
 
What did you just finish reading?
 
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This one was just a 3 star for me.
I liked it, but didn't LOVE it. The writing was beautiful and flowed well (the best part of the book for me) and I enjoyed the characters. I just had a feeling the whole time that I'd read the book before--a bit too predictable and cliche.

What are you reading now?
 
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I'm halfway through this one and absolutely in love with it. The whole concept is brilliant and keeps you reading! My review of this one will be on the blog July 6.
 
What are you reading next?
 
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I just purchased The Summer of Chasing Mermaids, I just got Beach Town from the library...deciding which one to read next is tough!!
 
What are you reading this week? Happy Summer and Happy Reading!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Top Ten Topics!


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish. This week, Top Ten Tuesday is celebrating 5 years as a weekly feature! To celebrate, this week's theme is Top Ten Topics We've Done in the Past Five Years. I've only been participating in TTT for the last year and a half or so, so here are my favorites from my time with TTT (in no particular order):

1.  Top Ten Books from my Childhoold I'd Love to Revisit

2. Top Ten All Time Favorite Books from the Last Three Years

3. Top Ten Goals for 2015

4. Top Ten New to Me Authors in 2014

5. Top Ten Book Characters Sitting at my Lunch Table

6. Top Ten: Stranded on an Island, with Fictional Characters!

7. Top Ten Blogging Confessions

8. Top Ten TV Shows

9. Top Ten Books I'd Like to See Made into Movies/TV Shows

10. Top Ten Authors I REALLY Want to Meet!

What are some of your favorite TTT moments? Happy 5 year anniversary, Top Ten Tuesday!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Review: Wild Blue Yonder (Ceruleans #3)

25597155Title: Wild Blue Yonder (Ceruleans #3)
Author: Megan Tayte
312 pages, published May 31, 2015
Genre:YA paranormal romance

Note: I received this book from the author to facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own.

From Goodreads:

When Scarlett Blake chose life-after-death as a Cerulean, she expected to grieve for all she left behind: her boyfriend, her best friend, her mother, her home. But at least Cerulea, her heaven, would be… well, heavenly. Right?

Wrong.

The world in which Scarlett awakens is very far from her idea of a utopia. Picturesque, sure, and serene. But there can be no paradise within the unforgiving walls of a prison, be they of cold, hard stone or beautifully blue water.

Now Scarlett faces her hardest decision yet: be a good, dutiful Cerulean, or be true to herself and fight for freedom.

And if she can find a way to escape, what then? Can she finally reunite with her lost sister? Can she save Sienna from the murderous Fallen? Can she evade her destiny with the Ceruleans?   Can Scarlett Blake ever reclaim her life-before-death… or must she let go of all she loves?


My Review:

Another fantastic book in the Ceruleans series! These books just keep getting better and better. This one was my favorite so far.  You get A LOT of answers to your questions from books 1 and 2--which is great! I was always so curious about Jude and wanted to learn more about him, and this book  definitely gave me that.  I ended up liking Jude a lot more and really understanding where he's coming from after reading this book.

As in the first two books, the writing is engaging, effortless, and leaves you wanting more. I was so invested in Scarlett and what she was learning about Cerulea and going through emotionally.  I felt like I was on the journey with her and was eager to learn more.

I don't want to give too much away here...but know that this book satisfies your need to know more about Cerulea, but still leaves you hanging on Scarlett's next moves in Book 4. It doesn't drag at all like books in series sometimes can.   I can't say enough good things about this series. It is a gem that deserves to be read--I'm anxious to read book 4!

Overall rating for "Wild Blue Yonder": 5 Stars

Happy Reading!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Release Blitz: Needing Him by A. Sloan


Title: Needing Him (Book 1)
Series: Longing for Love Series
Author: A. Sloan
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Erotica/ New Adult





One moment can change the path of your life. In that moment, you can see a new path you never knew could exist. You can see your present slowly change and morph into a future of complete happiness. You can look into someone’s eyes and see all that in a moment. 

For Colt, that moment came in the form of a pair of the bluest eyes he had ever seen. Everything he thought his life was, the son he loved more than his own life, his family’s ranch and the life he built. He wanted to wrap her in his arms, breathe her in and share it all with her. He knew when his eyes met hers that day, he needed Addison to complete his life that he didn’t know was incomplete, until that moment. 

In a moment, you can see your future happiness shatter right before your eyes. You can think that it was finally time for a happy ending and then it’s gone in a puff of smoke, violence, and drugs. The fear sets in and you begin to wonder if that happy you dreamed of as a little girl was in reality, a simple moment in time, which actually feels like a minute in your lifetime. 

For Addison, she felt like her minute was the time she spent with Colt. In such a short time, he made her believe that all the past drama with her ex-husband, was exactly that, in the past. He had moved on. Until she gets a phone call and it puts a halt to all of the happiness she got when she moved back home and was with Colt. All she wanted was to be happy and most importantly make her daughter happy. And when she was with Colt, she had felt that connection, like she needed him. 

You can search, unknowingly, your entire lifetime for a moment. Your life and all you’ve ever wanted or needed can appear in front of you, out of thin air, in a moment. 

Will Colt and Addison get their happily ever after?

Or will their moment be just a minute in a lifetime?


















My name Amanda Sloan / A. Sloan.  I’m a married to a pretty great guy. Who in turn is a pretty great daddy.  I have a totally awesome daughter. Two cats and two dogs. I also have a love for horses. 
I worked in retail for a total of fourteen years and was in management for ten of those years. About a year after I had my daughter. I became a stay at home mom. Which I love being able to be there for her. It’s an awesome feeling being able to attend every event for her as well as just being able to pick her up from school. I met my husband when I was twelve years old. We were friends we didn’t start dating till I was twenty one. Our lives taking us in different directions. But life has a funny way of bringing you were you’re meant to be. 
I’m from and still live in the Northern Panhandle of WV. I love that my child has got to grow up in the same neighborhood that I grew up in. I love that my daughter will grow up in a town where everyone knows everyone.
I lost my daddy suddenly in 2005. I miss and think about him daily. My mom is pretty awesome. She is also a breast cancer survivor. I never knew strength till I watched her and my family go through my father’s death and my mother’s cancer. I also have a pretty terrific brother. We grew up in a home with two very hardworking parents. Knowing we were loved and that they would always be there for us. We could be anything we wanted to be. We were and are lucky. I have a best friend I talk to daily. And we talk about everything.           
                                                                                 
I’ve wrote for years. It started out as short stories and poems. When I was younger. My kindle is like my phone. If I leave the house it’s with me. 
So that is me in a nutshell I’m pretty much what you see is what you get.








Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Review: Summer Secrets

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Author: Jane Green
320 pages, publish date June 23, 2015
Genre: Women's Fiction

Note: I received this book from NetGalley to facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own.

From Goodreads:

June, 1998: At twenty seven, Catherine Coombs, also known as Cat, is struggling. She lives in London, works as a journalist, and parties hard. Her lunchtimes consist of several glasses of wine at the bar downstairs in the office, her evenings much the same, swigging the free booze and eating the free food at a different launch or party every night. When she discovers the identity of the father she never knew she had, it sends her into a spiral. She makes mistakes that cost her the budding friendship of the only women who have ever welcomed her. And nothing is ever the same after that.

June, 2014: Cat has finally come to the end of herself. She no longer drinks. She wants to make amends to those she has hurt. Her quest takes her to Nantucket, to the gorgeous summer community where the women she once called family still live. Despite her sins, will they welcome her again? What Cat doesn’t realize is that these women, her real father’s daughters, have secrets of their own. As the past collides with the present, Cat must confront the darkest things in her own life and uncover the depths of someone’s need for revenge.


My Review:

I was so excited to get this book from NetGalley---I'm a huge Jane Green fan! I absolutely love this cover too--blue hydrangeas are my favorite! But despite the lighthearted cover and title that makes you think of a relaxing summer read full passion and romance, this book is completely not what I expected. But  I did love the book, so it was a good thing. 

What I liked so much about this book is that it was so much deeper than what I expected--Cat, the main character, has a serious lifelong struggle with alcoholism--and Green beautifully captures her heartbreaks, struggles, successes, and real raw emotions.  Cat is such a complex and real character, and that was the main thing that really made me love the book.  I also really liked how she structured the book--she jumped back and forth between years that at first was a bit confusing but then really made sense and made the story more interesting and impactful. I also loved the other characters as well, especially Cat's daughter, Annie.

As always, the writing was fantastic. It's why I love Jane Green so much! Though this one took me a little longer than usual to get sucked into, her books are always engaging, exciting, and page turning. I read the last half of this book in one day.  Jane Green has done it again and does not disappoint! The only problem was that after the ending, I wanted to know MORE about Cat's story...and Annie!  If you're a fan of Jane Green, you won't regret reading this one. If you've never read her books, this is a great one to start with!

Overall rating for "Summer Secrets": 4 Stars

Happy Reading!


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Top Ten Books on my Summer 2015 TBR


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish. This week's topic is Top Ten Ten Books on my Summer 2015 TBR! This was an easy one--as my blog says, so many books, so little time!! Here's the list, as usual, in no particular order (the first 5 are from NetGalley):







 


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What's on your summer TBR? Happy Reading!

Monday, June 15, 2015

PROMO: Jack Gets His Man by D.E. Haggerty (Giveaway!!)



Romantic Comedy
Date Published: July 1, 2015

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Jack’s life is awesome. His store is making money hand over fist and his best friend has found love. So what if he’s feeling a bit restless and put out about his upcoming birthday and his ex is being a pain in his fabulous behind? That’s nothing he can’t handle. But then his smoking hot new bookkeeper discovers things at the store aren’t actually as they seem. Someone is playing fast and loose with the finances. Jack’s bestie and his gal pals, the gray-haired knitting detectives, jump at the chance to solve Jack’s problems. When they aren’t re-enacting scenes from spy thrillers, they’re setting Jack up on dates and generally insinuating themselves into his love life. They’re determined to find love for Jack as well as his missing money. Will Jack catch a thief or find love? Either way Jack’s going to get his man.



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“Hands in the air. Drop to your knees,” was shouted at them. Blinded by a flashlight, it was impossible to identify the speaker.
Martha huffed. “There is no way I’m going to my knees, young man.” She yelled at the light.
“Me either. I’ll never be able to get up again.” Ally agreed and put her hands on her hips in protest.
Jack shook his head but quickly dropped to his knees. Only he would get caught while snooping with two grandmas who refused to listen to the police. He hung his head and pretended he was somewhere else, anywhere else.
The cop lowered his flashlight and brought out a pair of cuffs. He started walking towards the group but stumbled when he took in Ally and Martha. He shook his head. “Are you ladies willing to go quietly into my squad car?” He asked.
Ally and Martha took one look at the cop and nodded. “Wherever you want to go officer,” Martha responded. Oh great. Now they were flirting with the arresting officer. Jack waited patiently on his knees until the cop reached him. He was cuffed and then dragged to his feet.
“Come on ladies,” the officer stated while pulling Jack to the cop car.
There were two squad cars in Damien’s driveway. Betty, Rosemary, and Rose were already sitting in the backseat of the other car. They waved as Jack passed with Ally and Martha in tow. Jack shook his head at them and looked for Izzy. She sat in her car and mouthed sorry but didn’t make a move to help them. Jack knew it wouldn’t help anything if Izzy got out of the car. She’d just get arrested as well but still he stuck his tongue out at her. The cop scanned the area to see where Jack’s tongue was pointed. Izzy immediately started up the car and, with a squeal of the tires, took off. Jack chuckled.
“Aren’t you going to turn on the siren,” Martha asked once the cop was back in the patrol car and they were headed to the police station. Ally bobbed her head in excitement. Jack hung his head.
The cop chuckled. “Normally perps don’t like the siren on.”
“Why not?” Ally leaned forward to get a better look at the officer.
“They don’t want to be seen being hauled to the police station,” was the officer’s perfectly acceptable answer.
Ally and Martha huffed. They leaned back and crossed their arms across their chests. “Well, that’s just boring,” Martha said to Ally. Ally nodded in agreement.
The quiet didn’t last long. “So, officer,” Martha began. “Are you single?” Jack tried to make himself disappear at this point but unfortunately closing his eyes and wishing he was anywhere else in the world but in the back of a cop car that smelled like piss with two elderly troublemakers turned matchmakers was a bust.
“I’m single ladies,” the officer readily answered. “But don’t get your hopes up for your granddaughters. I’m also gay.” Jack prayed for a hole in the floor of the sedan to open up and swallow him whole.
Ally and Martha clapped in glee. The officer turned around in surprise before quickly returning his attention to the road. The quick look was all Jack needed. It appeared that he’d been arrested by a man hot enough to be Mr. January in the police calendar. Although it was dark in the car, he couldn’t miss the curly brown hair and eyes the color of rich chocolate. He’d bet the man was made of muscles as well. He nearly sighed but caught himself just as he saw Ally and Martha looking at him for a response. He buried his face in his chest. Luckily, they had arrived at the police station.





About the Author



I was born and raised in Wisconsin, but think I’m a European. After spending my senior year of high school in Germany, I developed a bad case of wanderlust that is yet to be cured. My flying Dutch husband and I have lived in Ohio, Virginia, the Netherlands, Germany and now Istanbul. We still haven’t decided if we want to settle down somewhere – let alone where. Although I’ve been a military policewoman, a commercial lawyer, and a B&B owner, I think with writing I may have finally figured out what I want to be when I grow up. That’s assuming I ever grow up, of course. Between tennis, running, traveling, singing off tune, drinking entirely too many adult beverages, and reading books like they are going out of style, I write articles for a local expat magazine and various websites, review other indie authors’ books, write a blog about whatever comes to mind and am working on my sixth book.


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Saturday, June 13, 2015

PROMO: Every Choice by Samantha Rey (Giveaway!!!)


New Adult
Date Published: June 13, 2015

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Red.
Red is everywhere.
Not just red, blood.
Blood is everywhere.
It is all over me.

Cassie Whitlock has relived that day countless times in her dreams for the past four years. It left more than just physical scars, it has caused her to close herself off to everyone. She no longer believes in love. Love only ends in pain.

That’s why when she meets Luca, she is surprised by the immediate and undeniable attraction between them. She doesn’t want complicated and she knows he’s about to make everything complicated. As their lives become more intertwined, it becomes harder to hide her secrets, and harder to resist him, but when she discovers he has secrets of his own, she begins to question everything. Cassie has to make a choice: hold on to the ghosts of her past or be brave enough to imagine a future.



Excerpt

“You don’t know what you’re talking about,” I said.
Luca smirked. “You tell me that a lot. But the way I see it, I know exactly what I’m talking about and you don’t like it. You can’t stand that I get under your skin and you can’t stop thinking about me.”
He was closer now and I desperately needed him to back up. He was right about everything, and when he was that close, it made my brain stop working.
“You are an arrogant son of a bitch.”
“Throwing insults at me won’t make me oblivious.” He leaned in closer and whispered in my ear. As I felt his breath move the small hairs falling onto my cheek, a tremor ran the length of my body.
“Don’t think I haven’t noticed how your body reacts to me.”
“Fuck you,” I spat, although it came out breathier than I had intended.
“You wish, Cassie,” he laughed quietly as my mouth hung open. He ran his thumb along my bottom lip as his fingers lifted my chin. “But I meant what I said before, I don’t do emotions.”
His touch went straight to the spot between my legs and I was suddenly thankful that the door was at my back, propping me up and keeping me from becoming a puddle at his feet. It took all of my energy not to arch off the door and push our bodies together. My hands were trapped behind my back so they couldn’t reach out and pull him to me. My body was a battlefield of turmoil; I despised this man yet I couldn’t think of anything that would feel better than him at that moment.
His eyes had grown darker in the past few minutes, becoming a dark navy that wanted to swallow me whole. Just when I thought I wouldn’t be able to last another second, he stood up and started to turn back to his things by the stairs.
I felt his loss instantly and without permission, a strangled cry broke through my lips, “Luca!”
My shout still echoed in my ears as he pounced and my back hit the door with a loud thump. The breath that was knocked out of me at the impact was swallowed up by Luca as his lips crashed into mine. I opened my mouth without much resistance and let his tongue invade. I wasn’t thinking anymore, I couldn’t think. Every part of my brain had shut down except the part that was tuned in to Luca and what his touch was doing to me.
I felt as if energy was exploding at every point where we were connected. His hands grabbed my cheeks as he tilted them sideways, completely in control. His fingers tangled in my hair and pulled slightly to get my head tilted up higher. He was so much taller than me, but it didn’t matter at that moment because we fit together perfectly.
My small fingers wrapped around his wrists as if holding on to them made it seem like I still had some control over what was transpiring. Every moan I unconsciously made was claimed by Luca and only seemed to spur him on. It was as if I had been starving for days, years even, and a banquet dinner was displayed in front of me with everything I had ever wanted. Something in the back of my mind told me I was going to regret gorging myself like this, but it was silenced as Luca’s hand slid from my hair down to my breast.
My nipples were tight and pushing against the silk of my bra uncomfortably. He pinched and a shot of pain ran deliciously straight down. He seemed to know exactly how to push my buttons to have me begging in no time. Everything I swore I would never allow myself to do with him was suddenly all I could think about doing.
His teeth tugged on my swollen bottom lip as he broke off the kiss without warning and dropped his hands from my body. I was pretty sure I made a whimpering noise that I should have been embarrassed about but again, that part of my brain had been shut off.
 Breathing as heavily as I was, he looked me straight in the eye and a small smirk played on his red lips. “If you decide to forfeit the war, you know where to find me. Otherwise, your move, sweetheart.”
He turned his back on me, picked up his bag from the floor, and disappeared through his door without a backward glance. I was frozen in disbelief. It was the second time Luca had blown my mind without much more than a kiss and then left me wanting.
And it was the first time I realized I was going to inevitably lose the war.


About the Author


Samantha Rey graduated from the University of Mary Washington in Virginia with a degree in theatre and a Master’s in elementary education. While her full-time job is currently teaching third grade just outside of Washington, D.C., her love of theatre, entrancing characters, and never-ending drama has not subsided. She has always loved creating stories and the Every series is culmination of a lot of hard work and following her dreams. When she is not writing, she is reading way too much, choreographing musicals, grading papers, and spending time with her husband and their dog, Paisley. You can follow Samantha on Twitter @authorsamrey, on her website, samantharey.com, or on Facebook, facebook.com/authorsamantharey.

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