Sunday, August 17, 2014

Book Tour: The Lover's Secret


Genre: Mature New Adult/ Adult Contemporary Romance
Recommended for ages 18 and up.
Full Length Novel

When a sexy encounter comes like a dream...

Brooke Stewart thinks she's finally safe and can move on from her past. But after one night at the Trio Hotel and meeting the sexy stranger with the green eyes that can steal one's soul, her life is changed forever. Passions run deep. The fun is supposed to be for one night with no strings attached.

Sexy millionaire Jett Mayfield can have any woman he wants, but the night he sees Brooke, he knows what he has to do. Brooke has something Jett desperately wants, something he can't admit to the woman he tries to get to surrender. He has a secret so deep it would upend her life if she found out too soon. He's almost reached his goal, and then she gets a letter she was not meant to read. Suddenly, secrets get a completely new meaning.

When two hearts collide, at least one is bound to shatter.


A man who takes what he wants
A woman who's ready to give him one night
One bet that turns into a game of seduction
But Mr. Sexy drives in the fast lane. And he has a secret that could destroy her

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Ramblings and Readings: August 15th 2014

I have decided to rename "Update Friday" to"Ramblings and Readings"

Ramblings
  • I've been in a weird book slump lately. Not that I don't feel like reading but more like I'm not sure what books to read. However, I did recently read If I Stay and I'm pretty into the Realistic Fiction genre now
  • My schedule has been so busy lately so sorry if my posts are kind of everywhere, I have yet to sit down and create a schedule
Readings
Here are a list of books I finished, am currently reading, or plan on reading next so you can expect these book reviews in the near future 
  • If I Stay by Gayle Forman (Read)
  • Where She Went by Gayle Forman (To Read)
  • Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  • Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • The Maze Runner by Jay Dashner


Thursday, August 14, 2014

{ARC} Review: Hold on Tight by Serena Bell

Hold on TightHold on Tight by Serena Bell
Published: June 17th 2014
Publisher: Loveswept
Rating: Loved It!!!
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*An ARC of this book was given for review purposes*
Fighting for his country gave Jake Taylor’s life shape and meaning. Now as an injured war hero he struggles to find purpose, until he runs into the gorgeous woman he dated briefly—and disastrously—before being deployed eight years ago. Turns out Jake doesn’t just need to figure out how to be a civilian . . . he also needs to learn how to be a dad. Eighteen, pregnant, and totally lost, Mira Shipley couldn’t track down the soldier who fathered her child, so she put college on hold and focused on making a good life for her son. Now she’s determined to be something more than Sam’s mom, her parents’ daughter, or Jake’s girl—as hot as she finds her old flame’s take-charge attitude in and out of bed. Soon Mira and Jake realize that their passion didn’t disappear when Sam was conceived—and that instead of running away, sometimes it’s better to hold on tight.
My Thoughts
I really loved Hold on Tight by Serena Bell! Like I mentioned before, I love a broken hero story! Plus, I am a sucker for a secret baby trope. Put those two together and we have the perfect combination! While not perfect, Serena Bell sure did come close.

The Good
The relationship between Jake and Mira was the cutest. I appreciated the fact Bell went into detail about their past so we could see the history they shared. It did make up a little for the fact they kind of just jumped into the relationship. But, more on that later. I also adored the relationship between Jake and Sam. Seeing Jake be around his son for the first couple of times had me laughing and bringing a smile to my face. I liked the fact that we didn't have to wait too long to see a relationship between these 3.

The Not so Good
There wasn't much build up to the relationship between Jake and Mira. I get that they had a history, but I did expect a little more reluctance on Mira's part. The same thing with Sam and Jake. In most of the secret baby tropes I read, the main character does have a hard time letting the hero around their child-which is completely understandable. In Hold on Tight, after a couple of meetings, Jake was babysitting Sam. I don't know, maybe it's just me.

Overall
I did enjoy Hold On Tight and can see me reading more of Bell's work in the future!

Monday, August 11, 2014

{ARC} Review: Broken by Lauren Layne

Broken (Redemption, #1)Broken (Redemption #1) by Lauren Layne
Expected Release Date: September 2nd 2014
Publisher: Flirt
Rating: Why is it Over???!!!???
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*An ARC of this book was given for review purposes*

When Olivia Middleton abandons the glamour of Park Avenue for a remote, coastal town in Maine, everyone assumes she’s being the kind do-gooder she’s always been. But Olivia has a secret: helping an injured war veteran reenter society isn’t about charity—it’s about penance. Only, Olivia’s client isn’t the grateful elderly man she’s expecting. Instead, he’s a brooding twenty-four-year-old who has no intention of being Olivia’s path to redemption . . . and whose smoldering gaze and forbidden touch might be her undoing. Paul Langdon doesn’t need a mirror to show him he’s no longer the hotshot quarterback he was before the war. He knows he’s ugly—inside and out. He’ll do anything to stay in self-imposed exile, even accept his father’s ultimatum that Paul tolerate the newest caretaker for three months or lose his inheritance. But Paul doesn’t count on the beautiful twenty-two-year-old who makes him long for things that he can never have. And the more she slips past his defenses, the more keeping his distance is impossible. Now Paul and Olivia have to decide: Will they help each other heal? Or are they forever broken?
My Thoughts
This book was a favorite! I could already tell by the synopsis, that I was going to love this book. I'm a sucker for the scarred hero story lines and Layne did not disappoint! Broken was everything I imagined and more. I fell in love with all the characters and found myself deeply invested in this novel!

Olivia was the pampered princess of Park Avenue who could do no wrong. Or that's what everyone thinks. However, it's still a shock when she heads out to Maine to help "this old man" get back to everyday life. But, this old man is not so old. When Olivia arrives to Maine, she finds Paul. And it starts from there.

The chemistry between Olivia and Paul was strong and recognizable through the pages. There were so many times that I just wanted to shake them and scream "JUST GET TOGETHER ALREADY". Of course, like all characters who can't recognize that they should be together, Paul and Olivia did drive me a little crazy. With their assumptions and sometimes, stupid mistakes. However it was so worth it in the end! I mean Olivia was perfect for Paul and he for her. The way Olivia taught him that he was beautiful, scars and all, and Paul showed her that it's okay to make mistakes. They have to go down in history as one of my favorite couples.

Not everything is so easy, though. We do have to deal with exes and close friends. Plus, the stupid mistakes and assumptions that I mentioned earlier.

I really enjoyed the secondary characters as well! I even liked Paul's father and how their relationship progressed throughout the story.

Overall, I really enjoyed Broken and I know it will be one of my rereads!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I'd Give To Readers Who Have Never Read YA

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly Meme hosted by the wonderful Broke and the Bookish crew!
This week's Top Ten list is:

Top Ten Books I'd Give To Readers Who Have Never Read Young Adult

I know more than a few people who refuse to read Young Adult novels because they feel the book is too childish or too focused on romance which is why I chose a group of books that feature romance and action!


Obsidian (Lux, #1)
Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Obsidian always had something crazy happening!

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)
Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead
This whole series was action packed, one of the reasons I was drawn to it

Collide (Collide, #1)
Collide Series by Shelly Crane
Considering the world is ending-there is going to be conflict

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins
Of course I have to mention this one

Divergent (Divergent, #1)
Divergent Series by Veronica Roth
And this one...

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)
The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare
TMI was the perfect mix of love and war

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
I would really reccomend this one to show people that YA's can be insightful

The Outsiders
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
The Outsiders was more about brotherhood and rarely focused on romance. A book that breaks out of the YA stereotype.

To Kill a Mockingbird
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
A classic

The Fault in Our Stars
The Fault in Our Stars
A great book dealing about real issues

Are you a YA reader? Have you read any of these books? Let me know down below!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Promo Post: At the Edge of the World by L.C. Spoering

ATEOTW400x600At the Edge of the World by L.C. Spoering
Release Date: August 26 2014
Publisher: Lilt Literary
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Lost in the chaos of Venice Beach, among the homegrown freaks and weirdos, the tourists and life’s forgotten people, one runaway is just another face in the crowd—and this is just how Shane likes it. Torn between the home he left behind and lure of the ocean he ran to, something has tied his fates to the beach, and he is not the only one. She is a famous mystery: the Venice Skater Chick. Shane has loved her since his first night on the beach. Others are watching her, too—and at least one wants her dead. A mystery unfolds between the famed boardwalk, a dusty record store, a cramped apartment and a hidden cave. Under the gathering storms, Shane makes a desperate attempt to protect the girl he loves, and the life waiting for him on the other side.
EXCERPT
“Hey!”
The voice came from far off, and right behind him at once. Shane startled, stumbling back so he landed on his butt, the damp earth seeping through the abused fabric almost instantly. He would be upset about that later, but, for the moment, he was feverishly scanning the canal for whatever neighbor had finally noticed his encroachment.
No one.
His gaze lit on something silvery on the other side of the canal, crouched behind a paddle boat, glossy fingers clutching at the side, hair a wild mess over her shoulders.
“What are you doing?” he demanded before he could think of something else to say.
Her eyes darted from side to side, and then her focus retuned to him. “What are you doing?” was her return, like an echo.
That was a better question, maybe. Maybe she lived there, and it was Shane sneaking around where he didn’t belong.
“I’ve never really looked at them,” he said, finally, shifting his legs closer and tucking his feet under him; his ass was already wet, there was nothing to do about that.
“The canals?” Again her gaze swept up and down the expanse of water and then — then — she smiled. It was the first smile he’d ever seen on her face, and it made his heart stop cold in his chest, painful and swollen.
“They’re not really for… people like me,” he finished, gesturing down at his long body, the jeans that were a permanent shade of grey, the frayed and stained hoodie.
She studied him from across the water. The sun glinted off it at crazy angles, moving stars in front of his eyes even as he squinted against the glare.
“You never come back here because you don’t belong?” She sounded surprised by this, as if the words sounded strange in her own mouth.
“I guess you could put it that way,” he agreed, scratching at the back of his neck, the sweat gathering there, making his fingertips sticky.
“Oh.” Her fingers curled against the hard plastic of the paddle boat and, for a moment, he thought he glimpsed gloves on her hands, the usual, but in some kind of shimmering green.
They disappeared behind the boat. “Turn around,” she commanded him.
There was no reason for him to obey, but he did anyway, shifting up on his knees, moving in the mud and moss, so that he was facing the house on the side of the canal. It was larger than anything he’d ever lived in, thousands of dollars of real estate filled with furniture that, from his vantage point, looked un-sat-upon, perfect and magazine ready. He counted his breaths, each one in and out, ten, and then twenty, and at thirty, he vowed to turn at fifty, sure he was being had, and at forty-two, he felt a tap on his shoulder.
With his knees on the ground, she stood above him like a sentry, more so than she had on the beach. He saw her feet were bare again, and the jeans she wore were soaked to the knees, clinging to her skin like a second layer. She was wearing a tank-top, blue, and gloves, but yellow, knit and odd against the wet of her skin.
“How’d you get across?” he asked, struggling to his feet, slipping in the moss.
She looked over the water with a sort of casual disinterest, even as her hand shot out to catch his arm and bring him up to his full height, taller than her, but only just.
“I just did.”
Excerpt #2:
On each hand she pulled on the fingerless gloves. She tied the skates with those in place, legs covered by jeans, stomach and breasts by the tank top that stuck to her like skin. Maya fastened each piece to her like armor, rose to her feet like a giraffe first testing its legs, before she found her balance and rolled forward, picking up speed down the first slope that led towards the main part of Venice Beach.
It was comfort as much as it was a way to move: the wind on her skin and that rumble of wheels over the sidewalk. She never fell, but she suspected she would welcome that, as well, the connection to the earth, like a ribbon keeping her from breaking free entirely.
She never timed herself, but it was ten every morning when she appeared at the end of the boardwalk. The air was not too warm yet, and so maybe that was it: it still smelled salty from the ocean tide, the concrete holding the chill of the night. She could see herself at those times, like a bird, and she raised her hands just once, a wave to those she went past and never spoke to.
There was much speculation about what she did in the hours between ten and four, between four and ten, and the truth was: not a whole lot. She skated into the city sometimes, and back, but she couldn’t make herself move too far from the ocean at any time. She tried, a little bit at a time, like a child trying out steps away from her mother’s hands, but there was a pull that brought her in sight of the water, and her lungs always ached for the salty air, the wind that brought it in off the white caps. The city was full of smoke and harsh noises and grimacing faces, and though there were things she tried to see, to stare at, stand in, her feet always found her home.
Home was Venice. She skated over the little ornate bridges over the canals, up and down the streets of expensive houses and cars, past the flowers and leaning trees and smartly-dressed children.
And sometimes she did take the skates off. She stashed them in rental lockers and under abandoned stairs, in gardens no one was currently tending, and she let her feet meet the earth: the scalding surface of blacktop and the cool of grass, the grit of sand. She only did this when no one was around, when her hands were her own and her body was unnoticed.
Only Shane had glimpsed her this way. She knew why, and she didn’t, and why she didn’t rush away at first glimpse.
She simply couldn’t.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
L.C. Spoering (generally known as Lorrie) lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband, kids, and too many pets. She has a degree in English writing from University of Colorado, and a lesser degree in sarcasm earned from the days of yore on AOL. A storyteller since she started talking, she now spends her days writing, reading and contemplating the universe through various pop culture lenses
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Friday, July 25, 2014

Update Friday: July 25th 2014


Ramblings

  • I am currently on vacation (thank you for scheduled posts) so hopefully I am having a very relaxing time
Readings
Here are a list of books I finished, am currently reading, or plan on reading next so you can expect these book reviews in the near future 

  • Anomaly by K.A. Tucker (Currently Reading)
  • City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare (To Read)
  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner (To Read)
  • Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout (To Read)
Thank you so much for commenting! I appreciate each one and try to respond to every comment.

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