Month: May 2016

May 31
{ARC Review+Giveaway} The Way to Game the Walk of Shame by @JennP_Nguyen @SwoonReads

{ARC Review+Giveaway} The Way to Game the Walk of Shame by @JennP_Nguyen @SwoonReads

The Way to Game the Walk of Shame is a young adult standalone contemporary romance by Jenn P. Nguyen. It is a swoon reads romance, so I knew that it was going to be a hit with me. And it was. The Way to Game the Walk of Shame is a cute read that I thoroughly enjoyed. The Way to Game the Walk of Shame is told in dual narrative between good girl, Taylor, and notorious bad boy, Evan. A rumor gets started about the two of them, and Taylor decides that instead of letting people think the worst about her, she would work the situation to her advantage. I love the title of this book, because that is what she tries to do. She tries to game the situation into something she would like. The Way to Game the Walk of Shame is a fake relationship book. (I have said it before and I will say it again…2016 is the year of the fake relationship trope. I have read… Read more »

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May 30
{ARC Review} Hunted by the Dragon by Michelle M. Pillow

{ARC Review} Hunted by the Dragon by Michelle M. Pillow

Hunted by the Dragon  is the fourth book in the adult paranormal (sci fi?) series, Captured by a Dragon-Shifter by Michelle M. Pillow. I have only read one book by Michelle in the past- Love Potions, and it was a very different kind of story. So while I didn’t love Hunted by the Dragon as much as I loved Love Potions (which had hot scottish warlocks…umm hello?!) I did really enjoy it. It is about a race of dragon shifters that are from another planet. They have to come to earth to find their mates in human women, because their race doesn’t have very many women. I came into this series a little late, and while I had no problem following the storyline, I do think I would have benefited from reading the first three books in the series. I think it would have given me some more context into the history of the dragon shifters and their world. Hunted by the Dragon takes place primarily on earth, so I still don’t… Read more »

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May 28
{ARC Review} At Any Cost by Mandy Baxter @MandyJBaxter

{ARC Review} At Any Cost by Mandy Baxter @MandyJBaxter

At Any Cost  is the fourth book in the adult romantic suspense/thriller series called the U.S. Marshals,by Mandy Baxter. I have not had the pleasure of reading any of the first three books, but after reading At Any Cost I know that is something I must change immediately. I really enjoyed this book. And can I first start with something unconventional that I enjoyed? I really appreciate the fact that the guy on the front cover of this book has a shirt on. I know, I know…just hear me out. I love a shirtless guy as much as the next lady (or guy) but I am getting sick of seeing them all the  time on the cover of books. I think it sends the wrong message. Like the book doesn’t have much substance. And so many times, I think that is sad and just plain wrong. I might be in the minority on this one, but I much prefer a cover with the cover models clothed. Because the focus of… Read more »

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May 27
{Giveaway} Splash Into Summer #Giveaway Hop!

{Giveaway} Splash Into Summer #Giveaway Hop!

Welcome to my stop on the Splash Into Summer Giveaway hop! ———————— I love summer, and I love summer reads. Today, for my stop on the hop, I have a summer book with a twist. At first glance, there is nothing more summer than a book on a cruise. BUT this is not your ordinary cruise. Not at all. And that is kind of what I loved about Sweet. You can check out my review HERE {Review} Sweet by @EmmyLaybourne @FeiwelFriends One winner will get the shiny new paperback edition of Sweet by Emmy Laybourne, with the new cover that I am in LOVE with! To enter, fill out the rafflecopter below to win the new paperback edition of Sweet by Emmy Laybourne. Open to US/Can only Note: Book Briefs Contest Policy applies.  All of the prizes, terms and conditions of the giveaway should be contained in the rafflecopter below. No Purchase necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. a Rafflecopter giveaway

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May 26
{Review} Completing The Pass by Jeanette Murray @KJMurrayBooks

{Review} Completing The Pass by Jeanette Murray @KJMurrayBooks

Completing the Pass is the fifth book in the Santa Fe Bobcats series. The Santa Fe Bobcats series is an adult sports romance series about a professional football team. I have not read the first three books in the series, but I did read the fourth book, Romancing the Running Back, and I really enjoyed it. In fact, I liked Josiah from that book so much that one of the only things I disliked about Completing The Pass was that I hardly got to see him at all in this one. It mostly features Trey, from book one, and because I have not (yet) read his story, I didn’t have as much of a connection with him. Although, I have to say he seems like a great guy and after seeing how crazy in love him and Cassie are, I can’t wait to read his story. After reading two of the books in the middle of the series, I can now confidently say three things. 1) These books really can be… Read more »

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May 25
{Review+Giveaway} The Rule Book by Jennifer Blackwood @Jen_Blackwood @EPEmbrace

{Review+Giveaway} The Rule Book by Jennifer Blackwood @Jen_Blackwood @EPEmbrace

The Rule Book is the first book in the New Adult (Or maybe adult- I consider this one a cross over that would appeal to readers of both age groups) in the Rule Breakers series by Jennifer Blackwood. The Rule Breakers reminded me of The Devil Wears Prada with a male boss, and a whole lot more romance. I really enjoyed it! And I want more. Specifically, I want more from this couple pairing, so I am hoping the next book is about them too. (Side note: I don’t think it will be, but I am keeping my fingers crossed anyway…) Lainey and Brogan are the two main characters. Lainey is a recent grad student looking to move up in a PR/social media management firm. Brogan is the super young CEO of the company, and he has a rule for just about everything. Including no garlic in the office. Lainey seems to think all of the rules are crazy. I really liked the setup. It felt like Devil Wears Prada… Read more »

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May 23
{Review} Hell on Heels by Victoria Vane

{Review} Hell on Heels by Victoria Vane

Hell on Heels is the first book in the adult contemporary romance series, Hotel Rodeo by Victoria Vane. It is the story of two bull headed, stubborn individuals  named Monica and Ty. Right from the start, I knew this was going to be a back and forth battle between the two of them. And I was right-it sure is a fiery story. This series is a bit of an interesting setup. Books 1 and 2 are both about Ty and Monica, so there is a cliff-hanger at the end of this one. And then, book 3 is about another couple. (I am unsure if their story is going to be a one or two book deal.) But Hell on Heels is a fun read that is very quick. You could easily read books 1 and 2 in one day if you wanted to wrap up Monica and Ty’s story. I kind of wish I had book 2 on hand, so I could do just that. Hell on Heels deals with… Read more »

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May 22
{Guest Post+Giveaway} Raining Embers by @JessicaDall @RAPublishing

{Guest Post+Giveaway} Raining Embers by @JessicaDall @RAPublishing

Today I have author Jessica Dall here to talk about the world she created for her Order and Chaos series.  I am super excited because The Renaissance and Ancient Rome two of my very favorite time periods! Welcome Jessica! The World of Raining Embers One of the things I love most about writing fantasy is the chance it gives to build an entire new world while writing. Since I’ve always been a history buff, a lot of the world of Raining Embers takes its cues from “real” world history. Unlike many high fantasy novels, though, I didn’t want to use Medieval England as my jumping off point. As much as I love the middle ages, moving time periods allowed me to not only learn more about new time periods but allowed me to get away from the Tolkien-esque feel that I didn’t feel suited my novel. So, instead, I started blending two different time periods: The Italian Renaissance: The largest single influence on my world building was certainly the renaissance…. Read more »

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May 21
{Giveaway} Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Book Pack

{Giveaway} Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Book Pack

~~~~~~ HUGE $2000 Giveaway! ~~~~~~~ Welcome, fans of the Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy genres! This one is just for you!  And really, it is! 21 best selling authors have come together to provide this EPIC giveaway, and they have devised the perfect plan for vetting winners and making sure these awesome prizes go to true fans of the genre–so if that’s you, don’t worry, we won’t let giveaway bots or cheaters steal your prize!   Our only rules for winning: 1 Entry Per Person (plus the additional entries you get for referring friends) and You Must LOVE Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy! By entering this giveaway, you will be subscribed to the newsletters of sponsoring authors for opportunities to snag more great deals, giveaways, and freebies, though you can unsubscribe at any time. Find the link to the giveaway at the bottom of the page. Join the facebook event here:     Not only will one grand prize winner snag a $2000 Gift Card, there are also a TON of fabulous… Read more »

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May 20
{Review+Giveaway} The Moorigad: The Complete Age of the Hybrid series by @DebraKristi

{Review+Giveaway} The Moorigad: The Complete Age of the Hybrid series by @DebraKristi

The Age of the Hybrid series by Debra Kristi is a three book trilogy called The Moorigad. Now you can get the complete story with all three books-in-one, including additional chapters. I had never heard of the series before I saw the complete all in one collection, and honestly this is the way I would have preferred it. I am not sure I would have kept up with the series one book at a time, but being able to read them all in one, with the extra chapters was great. I really enjoyed this story. It was a cool fantasy with lots of interesting magical elements and creatures. The carnival setting was perfect for the story as well, and it led to some vivid scenes. The Moorigad series is classified as adult, but I think it is more new adult age group. Either way, I think fans of both age groups will enjoy this series. One of my favorite aspects of this series was the setting. All three of the… Read more »

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