Thursday, December 31, 2015

ARC Review: Outside the Lines by Lisa Desrochers

Title: Outside the Lines

Author: Lisa Desrochers

Synopsis:

The first in an edgy new contemporary romance series that follows a family on the run, from the author of the USA Today bestselling A Little Too Far series…

As the oldest son of a Chicago crime lord, Robert Delgado always knew how dangerous life could be. With his mother dead and his father in prison, he’s taking charge of his family’s safety—putting himself and his siblings in witness protection to hide out in a backwater Florida town.

Fourth grade teacher Adri Wilson is worried about the new boy in her class. Sherm is quiet and evasive, especially when he’s around his even cagier older brother. Adri can’t help her attraction to Rob, or the urge to help them both in whatever way she can.

But the Delgados have enemies on two sides of the mob—their father’s former crew and the rival family he helped take down. It’s only a matter of time before someone finds them. And if Rob isn’t careful, Adri could end up in the crossfire…

***MY REVIEW***

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars

Ever since I read the A Little Too Far series I've been itching for something new by this author and I've got to say even though I had to wait over a year for this book it was definitely worth it.

Rob and Adri's love story was thrilling and swoon-worthy. I ended up reading until my eyes burned and I was forced to put the book down because the story was just too good. And then when I was up the next day I picked up the book first thing and read until I was finished.

I really loved the plot of this one so much. While I don't read many romances involving characters in witness protection, the ones I have read have all been really good and this one was the best that I've read. I also really loved the characters. Rob and Adri and the rest of the Delgado siblings were all characters that grabbed my attention. And while I might not have liked them all at first, they all grew on me by the end.

The romance in this one as I already mentioned made me swoon hard. Rob and Adri are one of those couples that you find in romance that don't seem like they would work because they are so different from each other, but they were so perfect for each other and I loved reading all of their interactions and seeing them fall in love. I especially loved how understanding and calm Adri was when she learned the full story of who Rob really was. I'm so happy that she didn't hold the fact that he had done bad things in the past against him.

But romance aside, what I loved most about this book was how devoted Rob was to his family and everything he was willing to do to keep them all safe. As well as, the way that Adri helped with Sherm as he dealt with everything he witnessed before the Delgados were forced to flee Chicago.

Overall, I really loved this book. It was oh so good and satisfied my craving for more of of Lisa Desrocher's writing. Now to try and wait patiently until book two is out.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye

My pick for "Waiting on Wednesday" this week is The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye!

Synopsis:

Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love . . . or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear . . . the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

The Crown's Game releases May 17, 2016!

Why I'm waiting:

When I was in college getting my degree in English, I minored in Russian Area Studies. Everything about Russian culture, history, and literature just fascinates me, so when I learned of this historical fantasy set in Russia I really just couldn't contain my excitement. Based on the blurb, this book sounds like it's going to be absolutely amazing and I'm really feeling the cover. I really wish it was May already, so that I can have this beautiful book in my hands!

So what are y'all waiting on this Wednesday?

***"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.***

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Release Day Blast: With Every Breath by Lia Riley


With Every Breath is finally live!

Synopsis:

BREATHE DEEP . . . AND JUMP IN
At the ends of the earth, Patagonia is a land where ambition trumps reason and the savage summit of La Aguja lures the most determined climbers. It's also the last spot a "play-it-safe girl" like Auden Woods expects to find herself. But she'll lace up her brand-new hiking boots and do whatever it takes to secure a dream job at an adventure magazine . . . even if it kills her. And it just might. When disaster strikes, her only chance at survival comes in the form of the surliest, sexiest mountaineer ever to come out of Scotland.

After a climbing accident cost him his brother, professional mountaineer Rhys MacAskill is at the end of his rope. Redemption is not in his future. That is, until a terrifying storm blows a budding journalist into his tent and it's up to him to make sure they both survive until morning. Despite the demons weighing on him, Rhys can't resist the temptation of the charming American and one wild night just isn't enough.

Auden and Rhys soon learn there are no shortcuts as they navigate their way between life, death, and atonement, and discover something they never expected-love. "Riley writes a captivating story from beginning to breathtaking end." -Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Inside Out


Excerpt:

I clear my throat and project my voice into a shouty rasp. “Sorry. I don’t mean to bother you, but—”



“What do you want?” A guy—not a very happy one by the sound of it—growls from inside.

“Sorry?” 

I bend closer to the nylon to hear above the deluge.



“What. Do. You. Want?”



My unwilling savior has a testy accent and a worse attitude. British maybe? No one does disdain like the English. Under normal circumstances, I’d swoon. I’m such a sucker for Mr. Darcy fantasies, but this isn’t Pemberley. It’s the Patagonian wilderness.



I lurch backward and trip over a tent peg. The flashlight slips from my grasp and hits the ground, shining on a coiled rope topped by a helmet. A mountaineer. Wonderful. He’s not exactly going to roll out the welcome mat for my inept ass, and I’m the type of girl who hates asking for help carrying groceries to the car. But what’s the alternative? Hypothermic death in a bog?



The tent unzips. My thoughts are jumbled, but there’s enough common sense left remaining to not fall to my knees and praise Jesus, Mary, and all the angels.



The diffuse light reveals the guy inside rising to his knees. Too dark to make out a face, especially when his headlamp burns my retinas. He seems very big, very shirtless, and very alone.



My nails cut into my palms, but no feeling remains in my hands. This damsel-in-distress business sucks. “My tent, see. It’s short a pole, and I can’t set it up. Can I…? Can I…?” Out with it, like ripping off a bandage. Strange my mouth can be so dry when the rest of me is drenched. I have to get inside that tent. “May I come in? Please. I don’t know what else to do.” I have nothing left to say. My social skills toolbox is empty.



A few seconds tick by. “Can’t leave you out there.” He sounds disappointed by the fact. “Come in, then, but those muddy boots stay in the vestibule.”



I step forward unsteadily, half wishing I could see him better, get a good look at the situation, and half not caring. At least I’m going to have shelter, and surviving is worth dealing with the uncomfortable situation. As I bend to unlace my boots, the glow from his headlamp reveals carved abs and low-slung pants barely hanging on to narrow hips. My throat constricts. Looks like tonight will be spent between a rock and a hard place.


About the Author:

Lia Riley writes offbeat New Adult and Contemporary Adult romance. After studying at the University of Montana-Missoula, she scoured the world armed only with a backpack, overconfidence and a terrible sense of direction. She counts shooting vodka with a Ukranian mechanic in Antarctica, sipping yerba mate with gauchos in Chile and swilling XXXX with stationhands in Outback Australia among her accomplishments.

A British literature fanatic at heart, Lia considers Mr. Darcy and Edward Rochester as her fictional boyfriends. Her very patient husband doesn't mind. Much. When not torturing heroes (because c'mon, who doesn't love a good tortured hero?), Lia herds unruly chickens, camps, beach combs, daydreams about future books, wades through a mile-high TBR pile and schemes yet another trip. Right now, Icelandic hot springs and Scottish castles sound mighty fine.

She and her family live mostly in Northern California.

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Monday, December 28, 2015

Virtual Tour: One-Eyed Dukes are Wild by Megan Frampton


One-Eyed Dukes are Wild, the third book in Megan Frampton's Dukes Behaving Badly series, releases tomorrow!!!

Synopsis:

When does proper behavior deserve a deliciously improper reward?

The scandalously unmarried Lady Margaret Sawford is looking for adventure-and is always up for a challenge. Her curiosity is aroused by a dangerous-looking stranger with an eye patch, an ideal companion for the life she longs for, no matter what Society might say. So when the piratical gentleman turns out to be a duke-and just as boringly proper as any other nobleman-she can’t help but incite him to walk on the wild side.

Well-heeled, well-mannered, and well beyond any interest in society’s expectations, the Duke of Lasham is tired of being perfect. Margaret’s lush beauty and gently laughing eyes are an irresistible temptation to embrace the imperfect-and her. But if a little misbehavior is appealing, unleashing his wild side is completely seductive-as long as the lovely Margaret is the object of his passion…

Excerpt:

1844

A London ballroom

Too many people, too much noise

Lasham took too big a swallow of his wine, knowing his headache would only be exacerbated by the alcohol, but unwilling to forgo the possibility that perhaps, for just a few minutes, his perception would be muffled, blurred a little around the edges.

So that he wouldn’t be in a state of constant keen awareness that he was the Duke of Lasham, that he was likely the most important person wherever he happened to be—according to everyone but him—and that he was under almost continuous surveillance.

The ballroom was filled with the best people of Society, all of whom seemed to be far more at ease than he had ever been. Could ever be, in fact. He stood to the side of the dance floor, the whirling fabric of the ladies’ gowns like a child’s top.

Not that he’d been allowed anything as playful or fun as a top when he was growing up. But he could identify the toy, at least.

“Enjoying yourself, Your Grace?” His hostess, along with two of her daughters, had crept up along his blind side, making him start and slosh his wine onto his gloved hand. Occurrences like this weren’t the worst part of having lost an eye—that obviously would be the fact that he only had one eye left—but it was definitely annoying.

“Yes,” he said, bowing in their general direction, “thank you, I am.”

The three ladies gawked at him as though waiting for him to continue to speak, to display more of his wondrous dukeliness for their delight. As though he were more of an object than a person.

But he couldn’t just perform on command, and his hand was damp, and now he would have to go air out his glove before bestowing another dance on some lady he would be obliged to dance with, being the duke, and all. Because if his glove was damp, it might be perceived as, God forbid, sweaty, and sweaty-handed dukes might mean that the duke had gotten said sweat because he was enthralled with the person with whom he was dancing, which would lead to expectations, which would lead to expect a question, and Lasham knew he did not want to ever have to ask that question of anybody.

It was bad enough being the object of scrutiny when he was out in public. At home, at least, he was by himself, blissfully so, and taking a duchess would require that he be at home by himself with somebody else, and that somebody would doubtless have ducal expectations of him as well.

“Excuse me,” he said to the silent, gawking ladies. He sketched a quick bow and strode off, trying to look as though he had a destination rather than merely wishing to depart.

About the Author:

Megan Frampton writes historical romance under her own name and romantic women’s fiction as Megan Caldwell. She likes the color black, gin, dark-haired British men, and huge earrings, not in that order. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband and son.



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Sunday, December 27, 2015

Rambling Down the Book Hole - December Wrap-Up / January Intro


The month is now over, so let's do a quick recap of the posts that Ashley and I did for A Court of Thorns and Roses!


And check out Ashley's monthly wrap-up over on her blog!

Now that our December book club is over, it's time to look ahead to January. For the month of January Ashley and I have decided to read Jay Crownover's new book, Built, the first book in her Saints of Denver series, which is a spinoff of one of my favorite series the Marked Men series.

Since Zeb the hero of Built has a rough background we have decided that this month's theme is going to be Bad Boys of Romance and we have some fun post scheduled featuring some of our favorite NA recs, my playlist inspired by the world that Jay Crownover created in both the Marked Men series and the Saints of Denver series, and Ashley will be doing a fun post highlighting why we love bad boys so much.


Synopsis:

From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men books comes an electrifying new spin-off series, Saints of Denver, featuring all the characters fans have been dying to read about.

Sayer Cole and Zeb Fuller couldn’t be more different. She’s country club and fine-dining, he’s cell-block and sawdust. Sayer spends her days in litigation, while Zeb spends his working with his hands. She’s French silk, he’s all denim and flannel.

Zeb’s wanted the stunning blonde since the moment he laid eyes on her. It doesn't matter how many smooth moves he makes, the reserved lawyer seems determinedly oblivious to his interest—either that or she doesn't return it. Sayer is certain the rough, hard, hot-as-hell Zeb could never want someone as closed off and restrained as she is, which is a shame because something tells her he might be the guy to finally melt her icy exterior.

But just as things start to heat up, Zeb is blindsided by a life altering moment from his past. He needs Sayer’s professional help to right a wrong and to save more than himself. He can’t risk what’s at stake just because his attraction to Sayer feels all consuming. But as these opposites dig in for the fight of their lives, battling together to save a family, the steam created when fire and ice collide can no longer be ignored.

***And as always, if you're a blogger who wants to join our online book club blog hop please don't hesitate to contact me or Ashley.***

Saturday, December 26, 2015

ARC Review: A Weekend of Misbehaving by Carmen Falcone

Title: A Weekend of Misbehaving

Author: Carmen Falcone

Synopsis:

When fantasy becomes reality…

The last thing nanny Alice Sommers needs is to be caught skinny-dipping by her sexy, cranky-pants boss—in his pool. Her sister owes a crap-load of money to a slimy loan shark and Alice really needs this job if she has any hope of saving her family. Fortunately, her boss is richer than sin and needs her just as much.

Art dealer Lorenzo Baldi will lose his prestigious career if his anarchist father’s paintings are revealed to the art world. He’s determined to persuade the paintings’ eccentric owner to sell them to him, even if to pull it off, he’ll have to blackmail his daughter’s nanny—a woman with the sexy curves of a Botticelli masterpiece—into being his fake fiancé.

The gorgeous island of Capri inspires some major misbehaving. But even as the loan shark breathes down Alice’s neck and the paintings move closer to the art scene, Lorenzo drops one more bomb that will change everything.

***MY REVIEW***

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

4 out of 5 stars

A Weekend of Misbehaving is really nice and quick read. While both character were dealing with some serious issues that kept the plot interesting and moving, the book had a really flirty and lighthearted tone that I really liked.

The one thing I would have liked in this book that wasn't there was some build up to the romance. We are told from the beginning that Alice is crushing on her boss but we don't really get much from Lorenzo until they are in Capri and things get steamy really fast. On that note, the steamy sex scenes were the highlight of this book for me. I read a lot of books with explicit sex scenes and the one's in this book are definitely favorites of mine.

In regard to the plot, it was pretty straightforward. Things unravel exactly the way you expect them to without any surprises which was perfect because I was really in the mood for a romance that wasn't too busy and that is exactly what A Weekend of Misbehaving was.

Overall, I really liked this book. It was a nice and quick sweet but steamy romance and I highly recommend it.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

This week my pick for "Waiting on Wednesday" is The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury!

Synopsis:

She is the most powerful Jinni of all. He is a boy from the streets. Their love will shake the world… 

When Aladdin discovers Zahra’s jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn’t seen in hundreds of years — a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra’s very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes. 



But when the King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity—only to discover she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: is winning her freedom worth losing her heart?

As time unravels and her enemies close in, Zahra finds herself suspended between danger and desire in this dazzling retelling of Aladdin from acclaimed author Jessica Khoury.

The Forbidden Wish releases February 23, 2016!

Why I'm waiting:

So I've got to admit that I've been a really bad YA fan this year thanks to my love for new adult and adult contemporary romance books, but I'm looking to change that in 2016 and finally get back into YA. And out of all the YA books coming out next year, the one that is particularly calling to me is The Forbidden Wish. From that stunning cover to the blurb, this book looks and sounds like it's going to be an amazing and I can't wait until the copy that I pre-ordered is in my hands in late February!

So what are y'all waiting on this week?

***"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.***

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Rambling Down the Book Hole (Dec '15) - A Court of Thorns and Roses Review


Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Synopsis:

A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it... or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

***MY REVIEW***

5 out of 5 stars

This book. THIS BOOK. I don't think there's a word strong enough to describe how much I really loved this book. It was absolutely fantastic. Once again Sarah J. Mass has written a phenomenal fantasy novel that has made me feel all the things and now I don't know what to do with my life now that I'm done.

Everything about this book was basically perfect. It was the type of book that reminds me that while I might have been reading more contemporary books lately that the fantasy genre will always be my comfort genre and for good reason. I was completely captivated by Feyre's story. The way she went from being someone of no importance to the only hope that the High Fae had of breaking free from the control of Amarantha had me on the edge of my seat. And don't get me started on the epic love story that unfolded between Feyre and Tamlin. It was absolutely beautiful and from the moment that Tamlin comes for Feyre until the very end their interactions made me all giddy and got my heart racing.

The only thing this book was lacking was some more awesome female characters. Aside from Feyre and Amarantha all the major players in the novel where male. That's not to say I didn't the guys. Tamlin, Lucien, and Rhysand all managed to worm there way into my heart. I loved them all!

Overall, I loved this book with every fiber of my soul! It was absolutely amazing! But that is not all that surprising since this is the author who also gave us Throne of Glass!

*****

Thanks for checking out my review and don't forget to check out Ashley's review for A Court of Thorns and Roses!

Teaser Blast: With Every Breath by Lia Riley


We are now only a week away from the release of Lia Riley's new novel With Every Breath and what better way to get geared up for it than with a hot teaser!


Synopsis:

BREATHE DEEP . . . AND JUMP IN
At the ends of the earth, Patagonia is a land where ambition trumps reason and the savage summit of La Aguja lures the most determined climbers. It's also the last spot a "play-it-safe girl" like Auden Woods expects to find herself. But she'll lace up her brand-new hiking boots and do whatever it takes to secure a dream job at an adventure magazine . . . even if it kills her. And it just might. When disaster strikes, her only chance at survival comes in the form of the surliest, sexiest mountaineer ever to come out of Scotland.

After a climbing accident cost him his brother, professional mountaineer Rhys MacAskill is at the end of his rope. Redemption is not in his future. That is, until a terrifying storm blows a budding journalist into his tent and it's up to him to make sure they both survive until morning. Despite the demons weighing on him, Rhys can't resist the temptation of the charming American and one wild night just isn't enough.

Auden and Rhys soon learn there are no shortcuts as they navigate their way between life, death, and atonement, and discover something they never expected-love. "Riley writes a captivating story from beginning to breathtaking end." -Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Inside Out

About the Author:

Lia Riley writes offbeat New Adult and Contemporary Adult romance. After studying at the University of Montana-Missoula, she scoured the world armed only with a backpack, overconfidence and a terrible sense of direction. She counts shooting vodka with a Ukranian mechanic in Antarctica, sipping yerba mate with gauchos in Chile and swilling XXXX with stationhands in Outback Australia among her accomplishments.

A British literature fanatic at heart, Lia considers Mr. Darcy and Edward Rochester as her fictional boyfriends. Her very patient husband doesn't mind. Much. When not torturing heroes (because c'mon, who doesn't love a good tortured hero?), Lia herds unruly chickens, camps, beach combs, daydreams about future books, wades through a mile-high TBR pile and schemes yet another trip. Right now, Icelandic hot springs and Scottish castles sound mighty fine.

She and her family live mostly in Northern California.

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Friday, December 18, 2015

ARC Review: The Best of Me by Elisabeth Barrett

Title: The Best of Me

Author: Elisabeth Barrett

Synopsis:

In the follow-up to Once and Again—hailed by bestselling author Claudia Connor as “a beautiful second-chance love story”—Elisabeth Barrett returns to the Briarwood, an unforgettable place where legacy and longing make dreams come true.

Jane Pringle never meant to fall for her boss. After landing a job as a pastry chef at the exclusive Briarwood Golf and Yacht Club in Eastbridge, Connecticut, she just wants to keep her son in a good school district and find some peace and quiet, far away from her manipulative ex-husband. But when Briarwood’s charismatic co-owner takes an interest in her, Jane’s best-laid plans go awry . . . in the sweetest way possible.

Rich and handsome, the grandson of one of the most powerful men in New York City, Preston North hasn’t lived quite the charmed life everyone believes. His family taught him everything he needs to know about betrayal—and Press wants no more of it. What he wants is Jane. The gorgeous single mom is selfless and kind, plus she’s got a backbone. To win her trust, Press just needs to shake off his playboy reputation.

They’ve each been burned in the past. But now Press and Jane will have to choose between letting their fears get the best of them . . . or breaking free and following their hearts.

***MY REVIEW***

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

4 out of 5 stars

The Best of Me, the second book in Elisabeth Barrett's Return to Briarwood series was a pretty solid romance. It was the first book by this author that I have read and it really got my attention. Jane and Press's story was a nice and sweet romance that really tugs at my heartstrings.

I really loved the characters in this one and I really loved how they interacted with each other. Press was so much different that I expected him to be given his background. He handled is struggle with alcoholism really well and he was so good and patient with Jane as their romance developed and I just loved him because of it. And as for Jane I loved hardworking and independent she was. I especially loved how good a mother she was to her son Andy. Everything she did was to make sure her son Andy was safe and had a god life and I admired that, but at the same time it really bothered me that she never really did anything for her own wellbeing and I loved that Press got her to start doing stuff that not only benefited her son but made her happy.

Overall, I really liked this book. The romance as well as the overall plot was really interesting and made me feel a wide-range of emotions as I read, which is just how I love my romances. Now I'm really looking forward to reading Barrett's other books.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

ARC Review: Her Secret Lover by Robin Covington

Title: Her Secret Lover

Author: Robin Covington

Synopsis:

Kelsey Kyle will do whatever it takes to get into the management trainee program at the casino where she works. So when she’s given the opportunity to get a VIP customer’s endorsement for the program, she jumps at the challenge. All she needs to do is arrange a one-on-one fan experience with the woman’s favorite author, tall-dark-and-intense Micah Holmes.

An entire week at a Vegas romance readers’ convention, surrounded by hundreds of people, is Micah Holmes’ idea of hell. But one look at Kelsey, his assigned hotel concierge, and the attraction is immediate. Maybe this week won’t be so bad after all…

Anything beyond a “strictly professional” relationship will get Kelsey fired, but she needs to get close to Micah to get the super fan experience her client wants. Hot sex in her apartment pool begins a game of “undercover lover” that quickly escalates to something more. But when Micah discovers her secret agenda, all bets are off.

***MY REVIEW***

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars

Her Secret Lover, Robin Covington's contribution to Entangled's Lovestruck's What Happens in Vegas series is a really great romance. Like seriously what's not to love about a book set in Las Vegas during a romance book convention where the male protagonist is a hot and nerdy romance author. 

I loved Micah Holmes so much. He was burned emotionally by his ex-wife and despite saying that he doesn't believe in love, he manages to write hot, sweet romances that everyone is in love with and takes a chance at love when he meets the heroine, Kelsey Kyle. I also absolutely adored Kelsey. It was so easy to relate to her character. She was driven and independent women who knew what she wanted out of life, but at the same time even though she was a "do whatever it takes" kind of woman she was loyal and despite her thinking in the beginning of the book, when it came down to it she didn't betray Micah when push came to shove.

I really loved Kelsey and Micah as a couple in this one and it's not just because of the illicitness of their forbidden romance. The relationship was overall really sweet and the connection between the two of them felt very real. They were too adorable and their HEA had me swooning hard.

Overall, this book was a really fun romance. It had all the steaminess and sweetness that I love in my romances and grabbed my attention with its outrageous  and funny plot centered around a romance book convention. While this may be the first book by this author I have read because of it I have become a fan for life.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Dragonmark by Sherrilyn Kenyon

My pick for "Waiting on Wednesday" this week is Dragonmark by Sherrilyn Kenyon!!!

Synopsis:

Centuries ago, Illarion was betrayed– a dragon made human against his will, then forced to serve humanity as a dragonmount in their army, and to fight for them in barbaric wars, even while he hated everything about them. Enslaved and separated from everyone he knew and from his own dragon brothers, he was forced into exile in a fey realm where he lost the only thing he ever really loved.

Now he has a chance to regain what’s been lost— to have the one thing he covets most. But only if he gives up his brothers and forsakes the oaths he holds most dear. Yet what terrifies him most isn’t the cost his happiness might incur, it’s the fact that there is just enough human in his dragon’s heart that he might actually be willing to pay it and betray everything and everyone– to see the entire world burn and the Were-Hunter clans fall– to sacrifice his own brothers– for his own selfish desire.

Long ago, Edilyn saved Illarion’s life and almost tamed the feral beast. Now she must stop him from fulfilling the Dragonmark prophecy or do what she was trained to do. Slay the dragon who spared her life to save the rest of humanity. Something that should be easy for a dragonslayer of her skills, yet nothing is ever as simple as it seems. And sometimes, just sometimes, the key to salvation lies not in the hands of your most trusted friends, but in those of your worst enemies.

Dragonmark releases August 2, 2016!

Why I'm waiting:

I have been a die-hard fan of Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunter series for almost a decade now and while I have slacked in the past year or so when it comes to keeping up with her releases, recently my love for this author and all things paranormal romance has been renewed and as a result this book is at the top of my to-read list for 2016! Although I might have have to do a re-read of this entire series before I dive into this book next year because I have forgotten a lot of the little details and need to refresh my memory, so that I can figure out were Illarion and Edilyn fit into the grand scheme of things.

So what are y'all waiting on this week?

***"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.***

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

ARC Review: Never Tear Us Apart by Monica Murphy

Title: Never Tear Us Apart

Author: Monica Murphy

Synopsis:

Perfect for readers of Colleen Hoover, Jay Crownover, and K. A. Tucker, the first novel in this darkly sexy contemporary series from bestselling author Monica Murphy kicks off an emotionally powerful two-part tale of forbidden love.

Crazy how eight years can disappear in an instant. One look at Katie Watts, and I’m a fifteen-year-old again—the one who risked everything to save a terrified girl from her twisted kidnapper. She’s grown-up now—beautiful, quiet, composed—and telling her story to the world. A story that involves me in more ways than you can imagine. She used to call me her guardian angel. Sure, I risked my life, but she was worth dying for.

I need to make contact with her. Just to ensure that she’s safe.

Somehow we reconnect. We become friends . . . but I want more. I want to make her mine. And she wants me too. Does she know who I am? Has she figured me out? Not yet. But she will. In the meantime, I need to make sure that whatever hold that animal had on her is gone.

So, yeah, I’m stealing these moments with her. Savoring them. Knowing, dreading, that she’ll soon find out who I really am. And everything will fall apart. All because of that twisted, perverted monster sitting on death row. Her kidnapper. A convicted serial killer.

My father.

***MY REVIEW***

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars

This is one of those books that I really wish that I could give more than 5 stars to because it is truly phenomenal. I mean I knew I was going to like this book for sure since I tend to like twisted romances like this plus Monica Murphy is the author, so there was no way it would disappoint, but I was still so unprepared for how much I ended up loving this book.

This book really took me on a emotional roller coaster ride. One minute I was the verge of tear while the next moment I was swooning hard over Ethan. And let's talk about Ethan for bit. I have so many thoughts about Ethan. I absolutely loved his character. Although he wasn't physically abused in the same way that Katie was, he still had a lot of emotional scars left by the treatment he endured at the hands of his father and despite growing up with a father who was a serial rapist and murderer he was a really good guy who despite his fears from the very beginning all he wanted to do was protect Katie. But despite his good intentions, I still had my issues with some of his actions. The fact that he doesn't tell Katie who he is from the very beginning when they come into contact again  after eight years apart made me want to smack him. I'm mean I get that him keeping this secret from her is a big part of the plot and is needed, but God did I want to smack him. But despite that as I said I really did love his character. His imperfections made him more lovable and I was rooting for him to win Katie's heart from beginning to end.

Now let's talk about Katie. Her character survived something so horrific that you can't help but feel for her. I thought that the way that the author portrayed her struggle to move on with her life and attempt to be happy to be realistic and impactful and really gets you thinking. I admired how brave she was even when she thought she was broken and ruined as well as the fact that she took a chance on falling in love even with all the memories still haunting her. I also really loved her attempts to stand up to her mother and sister and stop them from dictating what she could do based on what they seemed safe. They were really suffocating and I was really loved that she went against them in order to live her life and be normal.

Aside from the two amazing main characters what I especially loved about this book is how the author chose to tell this story. The dual point of views really allowed me as a reader to fully understand both Katie and Ethan and their struggles. And the way that we get to see both the past and present allowed the book to have that extra emotional punch that had me on the verge of tears through most of the book.

Overall, as I said already I loved this book more than life. It was such an emotional story that really sticks with you and I can't wait until the second book is released so that I can see if Katie and Ethan are able to achieve their HEA because trust me these two characters deserve it.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Cover Reveal: Roman Crazy by Alice Clayton and Nina Bocci

Today I have the pleasure of sharing the awesome cover of ROMAN CRAZY! This book is written by one of my fave authors Alice Clayton along with Nina Bocci and unsurprisingly I'm crazy excited for this to be release September 13, 2016!!!


Synopsis:

Avery Bardot steps off the plane in Rome, looking for a fresh start. She’s left behind a soon-to-be ex-husband in Boston and plans to spend the summer with her best friend Daisy—away from home and licking her wounds…and perhaps a gelato or two. But when Daisy, an American expat now living in Rome, throws her a welcome party on her first night, Avery’s thrown for a loop. She falls, quite literally, at the feet of a man she never thought she’d see again: Italian architect Marcello Bianchi.

Marcello is a man from her past—the man, the one who got away. And now her past is colliding with her present, a present where she should be mourning the loss of her marriage and the life she once had and—hey, that fettuccine is delicious.

And so is Marcello…

Avery slips easily into the good life that is summertime in Rome. She spends her days exploring a city that would make art historians swoon, and her nights swooning over a whirlwind what was old is new again romance. It’s heady, it’s fevered, it’s wanton, and it’s crazy. But could it really be her life? Or is it just a temporary reprieve before returning to the land of twinset cardigans and crustless sandwiches?

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NINA BOCCI

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Rambling Down the Book Hole (Dec '15) - A Court of Thorns And Roses Inspired Playlist


So for today's book club post I was supposed to share my playlist inspired by Sarah J. Maas's A Court of Thorns and Rose but because I was crazy busy this week and didn't get the chance to read as much of the book as I would have liked I was unable to create my playlist. :( But thankfully my BFF, who has already read this wonderful book already and loved it, came to my rescue and agreed to share her playlists of songs that she thought fit the book.
  • "How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful" by Florence + The Machine
  • "Colors" by Halsey
  • "Once Upon A Dream" by Lana Del Rey
  • "Out of he Woods" by Taylor Swift
  • "Never Let Me Go" by Florence + The Machine
  • "Pompeii" by Bastille
  • "Haunted" by Beyonce
When asked why she picked these songs my oh so wonderful BFF said that she chose these songs because some of these songs remind her of Tamlin and Feyre's relationship from the sweet moments to the dark while others remind her of the world that Sarah J. Mass created. 

And I got to say that based on these song choices I am even more excited to finish this book this week!

Now that you have seen this wonderful playlist what do you think of my BFF's song choices. If you have read the book already, do you like the selections or if you haven't read this book yet, do the songs mentioned make you want to?

And as always don't forget to check out Ashley's post this week! 

Friday, December 11, 2015

ARC Review: A Brazen Bargain by Laura Trentham

Title: A Brazen Bargain

Author: Laura Trentham

Synopsis:

Love soothes the deepest of scars.

Minerva Bellingham is at her wits' end. Her younger brother, Simon, will have them penniless and on the streets if his extravagant gambling habit isn't curtailed. An enormous debt to Lord Rafe Drummond is the final indignity.

Signing over her dowry is their only choice. Until Lord Drummond suggests something much more scandalous. She can keep her dowry-in exchange for the Bellinghams working three months as a housemaid and stable boy.

Scarred from his service to the Crown, Rafe recognizes the young Simon Bellingham has the makings of a good duke. Minerva is a different story. Her pure, delicate beauty only underscores Rafe's tarnished, bleak soul.

Yet he delights in cracking Minerva's icy reserve to reveal a fiery, stubborn woman. And Minerva discovers the gruff master of Wintermarsh has the heart of a poet. But before they can find a future safe in each other's arms, a menace from Simon's licentious past slithers back into their lives, forcing Rafe to plan the most important rescue mission of his life.

***MY REVIEW***

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars

I've been itching to read a Laura Trentham book for some time now and so I jumped at the chance to read an ARC of this lovely book. A Brazen Bargain is the second book in her Spies and Lovers series but it can standalone which worked out well for me because I haven't had the chance to read the first book in this series yet. 

I loved both of these characters to pieces. Minerva was my favorite kind of historical romance heroine. She was strong-willed and got shit done on her own. And Rafe was my favorite kind of historical romance hero. He was tortured and scarred but deep down he was a good man and I fell in love with his character almost immediately. The romance that developed between the two of them was both sizzling and sweet. The way everything progressed from their mutual disdain for each other at the beginning to love had my heart racing especially towards the end.

The overall plot with Minerva and her brother Simon having to work off his debt and the whole situation with Lord Hampton was interesting and kept me flipping the pages. I also really loved the tiny subplot with Jenny trying to win Tom's heart. It was so cute.

Overall, this book was a really fantastic historical romance. I've read a lot of exceptional historical romance lately and A Brazen Bargain is definitely a top favorite and I highly recommend it.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

ARC Review: One Rogue at a Time by Jade Lee

Title: One Rogue at a Time

Author: Jade Lee

Synopsis:

USA Today bestselling author Jade Lee continues her saucy, vibrant Rakes and Rogues Regency romance series with a high-society outsider who may have met his match…

A brown-eyed bastard with nothing to lose

As the illegitimate son of a duke, Bramwell Wesley Hallowsby grew up tough, on the fringes of society, learning to hide his hurt and cynicism with charm and Town polish. He’s carved out a place for himself as a mercenary, serving as bodyguard and general strong arm for the peerage. Bram has nothing to lose… and he’s exactly what Maybelle “Bluebell” Ballenger needs.

Meets his match in a blue-eyed beauty with everything to hide

Maybelle needs a mentor to teach her to speak and act like a lady, so she can claim the place in society she was denied. As they team up to take on the ton, Bram knows she’s hiding something even from him. Despite the deception he sees behind those sparkling blue eyes, Bram wants to believe that Maybelle’s love is no lie. But it seems fate has served him up his just desserts in the likes of this determined damsel.

***MY REVIEW***

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars

One Rogue at a Time is the first book by Jade Lee that I've read and I'm so kicking myself for taking so long to read one of her books because this book was fantastic. Bram and Maybelle's story was sweet and funny and kept me enthralled from start to finish that I ended up neglecting another book I was supposed to be reading for this book.

Maybelle and Bram were two complicated characters. Some of the decisions that Maybelle makes left me a little exasperated but with the shadow of whether or not she was a bastard hanging over her it was all understandable and even if it wasn't, her character is just so damn likable that you can't really hold anything against her. And as for Bram, I really felt for him. The way he was treated just because he was a bastard was kind of sad. Granted, things could've been worse but still the crap he had to put up with made me understand his actions preventing me from hating him for his behavior. This also contributed to me being able to root for Bram and Maybelle as a couple. Their romance never felt forced and it progressed at a pace that allowed me, as a reader, to truly believe that the two of them were in love. And it was all topped off by the big "I love you" moment at the end that had me screaming with joy because it was all so PERFECT.

Overall, I absolutely loved this book. It was such an excellent historical romance and I think this author is going to be one of my top got-to authors in this genre for the foreseeable future.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: To Win Her Heart by Mackenzie Crowne

This week my pick for "Waiting on Wednesday" is To Win Her Heart by Mackenzie Crowne!

Synopsis:

In order to protect her, they’ll both have to let their guards down…

Country music’s It Girl Jessi Tucker is fed up with her family’s stifling security measures. The threat of a dangerous stalker has gotten the men in her life—including her football star cousin, Tuck Tucker—monitoring her every move. To get the freedom she yearns for, Jessi hatches a plan to recruit Max Grayson, Tuck’s sexy brawler best friend, to play the role of her new boyfriend. But if her scheme works, will she be forced to hide her true romantic feelings for the sake of her independence? Or will she finally steal the heart of her dream man?...

Max has been pining for Jessi for years and would do anything to protect her, but a professional cage fighter with too many skeletons in his closet has no business being with one of America’s sweethearts. Yet while Max does his best to keep Jessi at arm’s length, the Tucker family persuades him to accept her offer.

Max believes he can keep Jessi safe from danger, but can he shelter her from his own dark secrets, the media’s unforgiving spotlight—and a mutual desire that’s harder to resist each day…

To Win Her Heart releases April 12, 2016!

Why I'm waiting:

I have read both book one and two in this series and have enjoyed them both, so naturally I'm really looking forward to book three especially since it's about Max and to my surprise Jessi. Plus with that blurb, I'm more than 100% sure that To Win Her Heart is going to end up being my favorite of this series, so April really can't arrive soon enough!!

So what are y'all waiting on this week?

***"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.***

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Cover Reveal: As You Breathe Again by Molli Moran


Today, I have the pleasure of helping reveal the the cover of the second novel in Molli Moran's Walker Boys series, As You Breathe Again. The first book in this series, As You Turn Away is one of my top 10 favorite romances of all time, so the fact the the release of the second book is getting close has me crazy excited! And this beautiful cover is just fueling my excitement to record levels.


Synopsis:

She’s never had the courage to hold on to anyone. He never learned how to let go of what he wants.

Delaney Shaw isn’t looking for anything complicated. After her teaching career is put on hold, she decides to spend the summer in Georgia with her best friend. Lanie lives for the here and now, and she isn’t thinking past the end of the summer. She’s never had any problem being unattached, because she learned a long time ago that life is safer that way.

Until Reece Walker decides to change her mind.

Almost a year after his ex-wife’s death, Reece is still reeling from her passing. He’s devoted himself to raising their son and working his family’s farm to keep himself grounded. Reece feels like he’s lost sight of the man he used to be, and he’s not sure how to find his way back.

Everything changes when the woman he’s unsuccessfully tried to forget walks back into his life.

Even though she’s fighting their sizzling chemistry, Lanie is losing the war. But love isn’t always like it is in the movies, and they have real issues. Lanie is terrified Reece’s small town won’t accept their interracial relationship, and she doesn’t know how to let him in.

Lanie has had years to build her defenses, but Reece isn’t the sort to give up without a fight. If he can counter Lanie’s fears with the future only he can offer her, maybe they can both learn to breathe again.

AS YOU BREATHE AGAIN releases Feburary 4th, 2016!!!

You can pre-order your copy now on Amazon!


About the Author:

Molli is a Southern author who doesn't consider her day complete if she hasn't written. She loves coffee and talking fast, things she attributes to being raised by Gilmore Girls. She's a romantic at heart, and brings that to her books, which are usually about characters chasing after their happily ever after. Although content when reading, she can often be found watching and flailing over Doctor Who, cuddling her various pets, or spending time with friends, family, or her girlfriend. Molli loves Oxford commas, country music, Stefan Salvatore, and scarves.

Molli is the author of The Walker Boys series, about a trio of rowdy brothers, their growth and individual journeys, and the sassy girls who love them. She's also written a New Adult standalone novel, ONE SONG AWAY, with other books constantly on her mind. You can keep in touch with Molli on Twitter, where she hangs out as @MissMolliWrites.

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ARC Review: Malibu Secrets by MK Meredith

Title: Malibu Secrets

Author: MK Meredith

Synopsis:

Every girl has a secret (or two)…

On the verge of losing the Malibu home she inherited from her great-aunt, Addi Dekker is completely failing to prove to her family she can make it as a writer. Not exactly how a girl proves her independence. If she doesn’t want to give up her dream and go back to the soul-sucking job she just left, Addi has to swallow her dislike of Hollywood and rent the house out to the sexy-as-hell film producer.

And maybe (shhhh!) save money by secretly living there, too.

Roque Gallagher is pouring his heart and savings into his first independent film to make the industry acknowledge him for his talent and not just his family name. Addi’s home is perfect for the shoot, but she’s far too tempting. He’s never been able to handle work and a relationship, and this is the film of a lifetime. Between a shrinking budget and his director quitting, the last thing he needs is a sexy-as-sin tease like Addi. And he has a feeling there’s something she’s hiding…

***MY REVIEW***

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

4 out of 5 stars

Malibu Secrets, the second book in MK Meredith's Malibu Sights series was a nice and fresh romantic read. The characters for the most part were likable and kept you interested in their story. Despite his ridiculous name, I really loved Roque although some of the things he did in the book left me shaking my head. And as for Addi, she was a pretty feisty character and I loved how determined she was to keep her aunt's house at all costs. But that said, it really annoyed me that she lied to Roque. I won't go into it since it's a big part of the plot and I don't want to spoil it for anyone but let's just say had she not realized how horrible her actions were on her own and went out of her way to make it right, I might have ended up hating her, but thankfully she redeemed herself in the end. As well as Roque.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one. The book was steamy, humorous and a smidge dramatic and the plot really stood out to me making it one refreshing and satisfying read.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Release Day Blast: Crashed Out, His To Take, AND Say You're Mine


Today Entangled Brazen, released three books, CRASHED OUT, HIS TO TAKE, and SAY YOU'RE MINE by three of my all-time favorite romance authors, Tessa Bailey, Katee Robert and Diane Alberts! If you haven't one-clicked them yet, I highly recommend you do ASAP because these three are sure to be some crazy steamy romances!

Synopsis:

Jasmine Taveras is the reason Sarge Purcell grabbed his six-string and bailed the hell out of New Jersey four years ago. She's the fuel for every song he's ever written—each one laced with bitter, hard-edged, hungry lust. Now, with his hugely successful band on temporary hiatus, Sarge is determined to prove to Jasmine that this “kid” turned into every inch the man she's always needed...

Men are slim pickings for a single factory girl in Hook, New Jersey…until tall, broad-shouldered hotness walks—or rather storms—into Jasmine's life. Sarge's return shouldn't affect her this way. He's her best friend's much younger kid brother, and the kind of rough, gritty, sexiness Jasmine has no right to taste for herself. Even if he lets her.

But lust is a blinding, insatiable force. And when it crashes, it will take both Sarge and Jasmine down with it...    

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Synopsis:

Erin Robinson is having an epically bad year. Her blossoming career on Broadway tanked, forcing her to crawl back to home to Wellington. The icing on her failure cake? Her former on-again, off-again fling is in town, and the sexy Marine is taking up way too much space. 

Warren Davis always knew Erin was special, which is exactly why he can’t have her. A girl like her deserves something permanent—something neither of them wants. But now that they’re both back in town and she’s right there in front of him, a challenge in her eyes he’s never been able to resist, he’s questioning everything.

That challenge quickly escalates into an epic game of Truth or Dare. Erin’s sure she’s got him on lock, but as the night progresses, Warren’s dares intensify, drowning her in lust. But with the past still breathing down their necks, there’s no way either of them can win…

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Synopsis:

Navy SEAL Steven Thomas has only ever been able to count on three things: waking up in the morning, going to sleep sometime during the night, and Lauren Brixton. She’s been his best friend since grade school, and what they have is the only relationship he’s managed not to ruin. 

Until one drunken night puts that all in jeopardy.

Lauren’s watched Steven flit from one-night stand to one-night stand, seemingly not interested in something more. So when the long-ignored attraction between the two of them blows up in their faces, she does the only thing she can—she pretends she doesn’t want him. But all’s fair in love and war, and Steven’s not about to lose the only person in his life who matters…



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ARC Review: Life, Love, and Babies collection by Samantha Chase

Title: Life, Love, and Babies collection 

Author: Samantha Chase

Synopsis:

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, an exciting reissue of all three novellas in the beloved Life, Love, and Babies series from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Samantha Chase
For anyone who’s ever lost their heart to a man, or a baby…or both

The Baby Arrangement
Derek Sloan is more than shocked when someone mysteriously delivers a baby to his office. Kayleigh Mitchell naturally steps up to help her boss, and soon hopes he’ll see her as more than just a temporary solution.

Baby, I’m Yours
When Nicole Taylor rediscovers the father of her child three years after their one wild night of passion, Josh Masterson is determined to prove there’s still a chance for their own happily-ever-after.

Baby, Be Mine
Jake Knight came home one night to find trouble on his doorstep—times two. With infant twins to care for, Jake desperately calls on a heartbroken ex for help…and the more time he spends with Olivia, the more he wants this makeshift family to be permanent.

***MY REVIEW***

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

4 out of 5 stars

I was originally going to write separate reviews for the three novellas included in this collection but since my thoughts for all the three are similar I think this one review will suffice. All three of the novellas included in this collection were incredibly adorable and sweet romances. The three main couples were all couples that I could really root for and I really loved how all their relationships progressed because despite how cute these stories were it wasn't all sunshine and rainbows at the beginning. These three couples really had to work for their HEAs all the while dealing with the life changing aspects of having and raising children and that made the romances in this collection all the more worthwhile.

Overall, these novellas were really enjoyable, They were the perfect light and sweet romances and while this is the first work that I have read by this author, if these are the type of stories I can expect from this her I really need to get started on the rest of her backlist.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Rambling Down the Book Hole (Dec '15) - Retelling Recommendations


Since our theme for this month's book club is retellings and we're reading A Court of Thorns and Roses by the amazing Sarah J. Maas, today I'm going to be talking about some other retellings old and new that I have loved or am dying to read.

First, I figured we should start off with the Throne of Glass series also by A Court of Thorns and Roses's author. I have read the first two books in the Throne of Glass series so far as well as some of the prequel novellas and while it's not what I would call your typical retelling, Sarah J. Maas has said that she was inspired by Cinderella. Regardless, the Throne of Glass books are some really exceptional fantasy novels and if you haven't read them yet, you really need to get on them ASAP. I'd bet my entire book collection that you won't be disappointed by those books.

My second recommendation is Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix. This is an older book based of Cinderella that I read back when I was in middle school and here we are a decade later and it is still a favorite of mine. While I was never the biggest fan of Cinderella as child because the character always seemed so week to me but the Ella that we see in Just Ella was strong and independent and got things done in order to insure her own happily ever after even if it was completely the opposite of what everyone was expecting. I read that book cover to cover many times and it is usually my go-to rec when someone asks me for retelling suggestions.

My third and last recommendation is actually a book that I haven't even read yet given that it doesn't release until February 2016 and that book is The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury. The Forbidden Wish is a retelling of the story of Aladdin and while I have never read the original tale, the Disney movie is a favorite of mine and given that I have really loved this author's writing in the past naturally I am crazy excited for this book and have actually already pre-ordered my copy, which is something that I rarely do nowadays. But, yeah, even though I haven't read this book it's one of my top retelling recommendations because I have such faith that this book is going to be nothing short of amazing and I think that everyone should join me as I anxiously await this books release.

Now that you have seen my retelling recs, tell me what are some of your favorite retellings?

And don't forget to check out Ashley's post this week!

Friday, December 4, 2015

ARC Review: On His Watch by Katie Ruggle

Title: On His Watch

Author: Katie Ruggle

Synopsis:

In the remote Rocky Mountains, lives depend on the Search & Rescue brotherhood. But in a place this far off the map, trust is hard to come by and secrets can be murder…

Ice rescue diver Derek Warner never meant to be a hero. But when two little girls go missing, he’s the first in line to bring them home—even if that means scouring the wilderness with the woman he once loved and lost, Artemis Rey.

Artemis has never stopped wanting Derek. Now, racing to find the girls before it’s too late, minutes turn to hours. Night falls. Old flames rekindle. And a danger grows in the darkest wilderness that may be more than even the Search and Rescue brotherhood can hope to face…

On His Watch is the pulse-pounding prequel to the riveting Search & Rescue series by Katie Ruggle.

***MY REVIEW***

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

4 out of 5 stars

On His Watch, the prequel to Katie Ruggle's Search & Rescue series, like the description says, really was a pulse-pounding read. Derek and Artie's story hooked me from the very first page and I couldn't put the book down until I was finished because I needed to know how everything was going to play out.

The romance in this book was really good. I really liked Artie and Derek. They had excellent chemistry and while it is kind of weird that the two of them would reconnect while searching for two missing girls in the woods in the snow, it actually really worked for this book. And in all honesty the only thing I was disappointed about with this story was that Derek and Artie are only getting a novella because I really wanted to see more of them.

Overall, I really liked this book. It was really good introduction to this new series by Katie Ruggle and it has left me anxious for what's to come next. I'm sure it's going to be good.