Month: April 2016

Apr 30
{Review} Your Captivating Love by @LaylaHagen

{Review} Your Captivating Love by @LaylaHagen

Your Captivating Love is the second book in the contemporary romance series, The Bennett Family by Layla Hagen. Each book in The Bennett Family series will follow a different couple, and will be a standalone story. I said it before with Aint’ She Sweet by Marie Force, and I will say it again and again. I love books that follow a large family. I just love the fun and joking dynamic that a bunch of siblings bring. I have not yet read book one in this series, but now I know that I need to. I loved Your Captivating Love, and I can’t wait to continue on with the other siblings. Layla Hagen is quickly becoming one of my go to romance authors. I always love her characters and the chemistry she created. It sizzles off of the page. Your Captivating Love is told in Dual narrative between Logan and Nadine. Logan is known as the protector of the family. He is fiercely protective of the people he cares about,… Read more »

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Apr 29
{Review} After We Fall by Marquita Valentine @marquitaval @readloveswept

{Review} After We Fall by Marquita Valentine @marquitaval @readloveswept

After We Fall is the third book in the contemporary romance series, Take the Fall by Marquita Valentine. I have not read either of the first two books in the series, but this one caught my eye. It was a heartbreaking story, but also a sweet one. It is told in dual narrative between Hunter and Evangeline. By the way, can we just talk about how pretty of a name that is? I just loved both of the characters names. Hunter is a strong name and Evangeline is so pretty. I thought they were very fitting. Evangeline knows Hunter as the cop who was there the night she finally escaped her abusive ex husband. I would have thought that would be a comfort to her to see him again, but it was much more of an embarrassment for her. But Hunter is not someone that is easily deterred. He stuck by Evangeline and was as patient as could be. I admired that about him. Hunter is just a good guy,… Read more »

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Apr 28
{Review+Giveaway} Painting Sky by @Rita_Branches

{Review+Giveaway} Painting Sky by @Rita_Branches

Painting Sky is a new adult contemporary romance standalone from Rita Branches. It is hard to believe that this is Rita’s debut novel because she really captured the essence of the characters so vividly. I didn’t initially know what to think of the story. On one hand, I was immediately drawn into the little bubble that seemed to be created around Keith and Jane every time they came in contact with each other. But on the other hand, I was hoping for something a little more drastic from his brother. I mean yes he was a jerk, but it didn’t seem so clear cut to me. In the end, it didn’t matter because I was completely, head-over-heels in love with Keith and Jane, who seems so much more like a Sky to me. Painting Sky is told entirely from Sky’s point of view, and while I loved watching her sort out her feelings for Keith and come into her own, I really really wanted to hear some snippets from Keith…. Read more »

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Apr 27
{Review+Giveaway} Love, Lies and Spies by @CindyAnstey @Swoonreads

{Review+Giveaway} Love, Lies and Spies by @CindyAnstey @Swoonreads

Swoon Reads has done it again! Love, Lies and Spies is one of my favorite books of 2016. It is a young adult historical romance by Cindy Anstey, and I refuse to believe this is actually Cindy’s debut novel. Young Adult historical is a genre that I don’t read too much of…not because I don’t enjoy it. When it is is well done, I love it. But I am super picky when it comes to the writing and world building in my historical books. And Cindy Anstey has the historical writing IT FACTOR in spades. I felt like I was reading a young adult Oscar Wilde. Love Lies and Spies to me is the modern day Importance of Being Earnest…you know, with spies. If you haven’t read it already, you need to read this book. It is hands, down, one of the best young adult historical romances I have ever read. I loved the Regency wit and charm. Flirting in their flowery way just seems so much more fun to… Read more »

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Apr 26
{Review+Giveaway} Demigods and Monsters by @RayeWagner

{Review+Giveaway} Demigods and Monsters by @RayeWagner

Demigods and Monsters is the second book in the young adult, Sphinx series by Raye Wagner. This is a series that must be read in order, so if you have not read Curse of the Sphinx yet, you need to check that out first. (you can find my review for Curse of the Sphinx HERE). Just like with the first book, in Demigods and Monsters,the mythology nerd in me was totally geeking out the whole time. I really, really love how much classic mythology is woven into the story. Raye Wagner clearly knows what she is talking about. Hope impressed me more in this book than she did in the first book. She is really coming into her own. I didn’t love her in the first book. I found her to be a little wimpy, and too much of a follower. She has proven me wrong. Now that we know a little bit about Apollo’s curse and who the players in the story are, Hope really can dive into the … Read more »

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Apr 26
{ARC Review+Interview+Giveaway} Weekend with her Bachelor by @Jeannie_Moon

{ARC Review+Interview+Giveaway} Weekend with her Bachelor by @Jeannie_Moon

Describe Weekend with her Bachelor in a tweet (140 characters or less) Brought together by a winning bid, Gavin & Ally have one weekend to see if old sparks can turn into new flames. What are your favorite kinds of books/tropes to read at the moment? I’m a sucker for second chance romances and give me a good secret baby story, and I’m a happy girl. Tell us something about a character from the book that we wouldn’t have known. The character of Vivi actually based on a real person, and author friend of mine, who is also named Vivi. She talks very fast and likes to keep people organized. What is the most fun part of the writing process for you? I love fleshing out characters. Building them from the ground up and making them breathe. After that I love revising, especially when I have feedback. If we had an author talent show, what would your talent be? I build amazing heroes. I’d totally win the event. Weekend with… Read more »

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Apr 25
{Bookish News} Fierce Reads Newsletter Signups are Open!

{Bookish News} Fierce Reads Newsletter Signups are Open!

You guys Know how much I love Fierce Reads! I have been a featured blogger on one of their author tours, and have participated in many of their blog tours in the past. They are always doing new and exciting things with their authors and they offer some of the best exclusive content, in my opinion. And now they are letting the readers become even more involved with their Fierce Reads Newsletter! I just got the heads up that the newsletter is open for signups and I couldn’t wait to share it with all of you. The newsletter is really cool for not only bloggers and other authors, but also readers because there will be tons of exclusive content from your favorite authors that you won’t be able to find anywhere else. And not only that, but you get to tailor the newsletter to your preferences when you sign up. I love that idea. Here is what Fierce reads says about their newsletter: Discover the hottest new young adult books,… Read more »

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Apr 25
{Two Truths and a Lie+Giveaway} #STATIC by @EricLaster

{Two Truths and a Lie+Giveaway} #STATIC by @EricLaster

Welcome to Day #6 of the #STATIC Blog Tour! To celebrate the release of #STATIC by Eric Laster (4/19/16), blogs across the web are featuring exclusive content from Eric and 10 chances to win a copy of #STATIC, as well as a chance to win a 6-in-1 Bluetooth Entertainment Center in the Grand Prize Giveaway! Two Truths and a Lie Part 2 by Eric Laster 1. Two Lies and A Truth about Eric Laster: a. My family and I lived in one house from my birth until I was eighteen years old. b. When I worked as a ghostwriter, I would dress for the part before sitting down at my desk every morning. c. I prefer to write with a pencil, after which I enter changes into my computer, print up the work, and revise the printed pages (again, with a pencil). Then I enter these revisions into the computer and the pattern repeats until a book or story is done. Answer (highlight to reveal): Answers (a) and (b) are the lies!… Read more »

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Apr 24
{ARC Review} Ain’t She Sweet by @MarieForce @BerkleyRomance

{ARC Review} Ain’t She Sweet by @MarieForce @BerkleyRomance

Ain’t She Sweet  is the 6th book in adult contemporary romance series, called the Green Mountain series by Marie Force. While, I have not read any of the previous books in the series, I now have to go back and get my hands on every single one of the first five because this is exactly the kind of series I have been loving lately. The Green Mountain series is about a big family with a ton of siblings. Throw in a meddling father and grandfather who like to do some covert match-making, and you have a great time. I love big family books where each of the installments is focused on a different family member. Aint’ She Sweet is the story of Charley (she’s the family member) and Tyler. Tyler has had a crush on Charley for forever, and she is constantly shooting him down. But Tyler is crazy persistent and he never gives up. I actually really admired that about him, because I sure as heck wouldn’t keep going… Read more »

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Apr 23
{Review} Romancing the Nerd by @LeahR_Miller @EntangledTeen

{Review} Romancing the Nerd by @LeahR_Miller @EntangledTeen

Romancing the Nerd is the second book in the Nerd series by Leah Rae Miller. Each of the books can be read as a standalone, and while the first book looks really cute and has been on my TBR pile since its’ release, I have yet to read it. However, I had no problem jumping right in with this book. I think the connection with the two is Dan. He was a minor secondary character in The Summer I became a Nerd. I loved Dan. I really liked Zelda too, but Dan held a special place in my heart. As is my preference with contemporary romances, Romancing the Nerd is told in dual narrative between Zelda and Dan. This book is cute and really funny read. Zelda and Dan are both nerds at heart, and while Zelda is also a what she would consider a nerd on the outside, Dan is a nerd turned popular jock. They each have had a crush on the other for years, which is adorable…. Read more »

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