Tag: favorite

Oct 18
{Excerpt+Series Giveaway} In Safe Hands by @KatieRuggle @SourcebooksCasa

{Excerpt+Series Giveaway} In Safe Hands by @KatieRuggle @SourcebooksCasa

Hello Book Brief-ers. Today is my birthday. (I am not going to tell you how old, but let’s just say I am still in my 20s…though not for too much longer…) And to celebrate my birthday, I have lots of giveaways planned for this week. There will be lots of prizes and lots of opportunities to win 1 2 or even 3 or 4 prize packs. So here is giveaway number 1! But I wanted to do something for today too, so I am partnering with Sourcebooks to share an excerpt and series giveaway from one of my favorite adult romances series of 2016- the Search and Rescue series by Katie Ruggle! If you are new to the series, you can check out my review of Hold Your Breath(book 1) and My review of Fan the Flames (Book 2) for more information.   I think my favorite book so far has to be book 1, Hold your Breath. And the reason is simple….Callum. I love Callum so, so much. He… Read more »

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Oct 13
{ARC Review} Tonic by Staci Hart @imaquirkybird

{ARC Review} Tonic by Staci Hart @imaquirkybird

Tonic is a new adult romantic comedy by Staci Hart. I would put this one more in the vein of a contemporary romance because it takes some time for the comedy part of the romantic comedy to gear up. But either way, I loved Tonic. I was in the mood for a really great romance and it totally hit the spot. I have been wanting to read another Staci Hart book for a while now, because I knew that I would really enjoy it and I was right. She is right up there with Penny Reid and Meg Cabot as my romance go to authors. I loved the perspective that Tonic took. I am a reality tv show junky and Tonic is about a tattoo shop that is getting it’s own reality show. But the story itself is told in dual narrative between Annika and Joel. Joel is the shop owner and Annika is a tv show producer. That is the interesting perspective I am talking about. I think it… Read more »

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Oct 05
{Review+Giveaway} 12 Steps to Mr. Right by @CindiMadsen @EntangledPub

{Review+Giveaway} 12 Steps to Mr. Right by @CindiMadsen @EntangledPub

12 Steps to Mr. Right is a fantastic romantic comedy by Cindi Madsen. I really, really loved this book. It reminded me of a mash up of (the sister of) How to Lose a Guy in 10 days and He’s Just not That into You. I think 12 Steps to Mr. Right is screaming to be made into a movie. Savannah’s voice would make an amazing rom com movie character. If you are a fan of romantic comedies, this is a must read book for you. (and if you are like me and stuck in a hurricane watch/state of emergency, this is the perfect book to snuggle under the covers with and watch the rain and wind blow all around you.) 12 Steps to Mr. Right is told from Savannah’s point of view, and I absolutely LOVED her. She is smart, and driven and so poised. Not to mention she has a great sense of humor. That was what I liked the most about the dynamic between her and Linc…. Read more »

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Oct 03
{Release Day Review+Giveaway} Checkmate: This is War by @KennedyFoxBooks

{Release Day Review+Giveaway} Checkmate: This is War by @KennedyFoxBooks

Checkmate: This is War is the first in the checkmate duet by author Kennedy Fox. It is an enemies to lovers story that is right up my alley. I was hooked from the very first moment I read the opening lines of the summary. I mean, come on, how could you not be? This book just screams a good time. I had so much fun reading it. Fans of bickering, fighting and URST galore will eat Checkmate: This is War right up. I cannot wait for the second half of the duet. My only complain is that I wish it was a trilogy or series instead of a duology. I want more more checkmate! Checkmate this is war is told in dual narrative between Viola Fisher and Travis King, two childhood friends turned heated enemies. I don’t know what it says about me, but I just love this kind of dynamic in stories. I think it is because the rights and low blows just crack me up. I love to… Read more »

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Sep 26
{Review+Giveaway} Stroked Long by Meghan Quinn @AuthorMegQuinn

{Review+Giveaway} Stroked Long by Meghan Quinn @AuthorMegQuinn

Stroked  Long is the second book in the a new adult contemporary romance series, Stroked, by Meghan Quinn. I loved the first book, Stroked, a LOT, so I went into Stroked Long expecting to enjoy it, but I got so much more than that. This book LEVELED ME. I love this book, and Bodi so hard. It is without a doubt, the best book I have read in 2016. Hands down. I don’t even know how to adequately express my love for this book. This is not just a book for romance lovers, or a book for sports romance lovers. This is a book that everyone needs to read! I loved Reese from book one, but Bodi made me say Reese who? I can’t even decsribe how deep my love for Bodi and Stroked Long goes. This book affected me on a very deep level. The care and liove that Meghan Quinn took describing Bodi’s struggles were evidence on every single page. I have seen so many books with OCD characters, and… Read more »

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Sep 13
{Review+Series Giveaway} Fan the Flames by @KatieRuggle @SourcebooksCasa

{Review+Series Giveaway} Fan the Flames by @KatieRuggle @SourcebooksCasa

Note: This is the second book in a series that must be read in order. This review might contain spoilers from book one. If you are new to the series, please check out my review of Hold Your Breath for more information. Fan the Flames is the second book in the adult romance series, called Search and Rescue, by Katie Ruggle. Oooeee, do I love this series. I had so much love for the first book, Hold your Breath. I loved the concept of a series centered around various responder units (Hold your Breath is about a search and rescue dive team, and Fan the Flames is about the firefights in the town), and I love that throughout the series there is an over-arching plot line mystery to solve. Fan the Flames is told in dual narrative between Ian and Rory. We got a little sneak peak of Ian in the first book. You will remember him as the firefighter, but in Fan the Flames we also learn that Ian… Read more »

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Sep 10
{Review} The Possibility of Somewhere by @AuthorJuliaDay @GriffinTeen

{Review} The Possibility of Somewhere by @AuthorJuliaDay @GriffinTeen

The Possibility of Somewhere is a young adult contemporary romance by Julia Day. I loved The Possibility of Somewhere. It is a fantastic young adult standalone novel, that will make you fall in love with the characters and will have you genuinely wondering how the story will turn out. It is the kind of story that you know does not guarantee a happy ending. This is a book that I would re-read in a heart beat. I can’t wait to read more from Julia Day. She has really impressed me with her skill. I don’t often reach for young adult dramatic contemporaries anymore, because often the characters play into stereotypes, and I find them lacking…something. I have been turning more and more to new adult for my contemporary romances. But, sometimes I love a good dramatic read. The key word here being good. I don’t like drama for drama’s sake. I don’t like it to feel forced, but I never felt that way with The Possibility of Somewhere. And there… Read more »

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Sep 09
{Review+Giveaway} Jackaby by William Ritter @AlgonquinYR @Willothewords @RFJackaby

{Review+Giveaway} Jackaby by William Ritter @AlgonquinYR @Willothewords @RFJackaby

Jackaby is the first book in the young adult paranormal detective series by author William Ritter. The first three books in the series are already out, and believe me when I tell you, this is a series you are going to want to binge read. I LOVED Jackaby. It is one of my favorite books of the year, and hands down my favorite young adult book I have read in 2016. I need to start Beastly Bones ASAP. If you are new to the series, never fear, I have a giveaway you can enter at the bottom of the post to win a copy of the first book so you can become as addicted to this awesome series as I am. Jackaby is like a mixture of Sherlock and the anime Ghost Hunt (which, btw, is one of my favorite anime’s EVER. If you haven’t watched it yet, shame on you! It is on Netflix, so get to it! Even if you don’t like Anime’s- watch Ghost Hunt. I will… Read more »

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Sep 02
{Review} Worked Up by Tessa Bailey @mstessabailey @BrazenBooks

{Review} Worked Up by Tessa Bailey @mstessabailey @BrazenBooks

Worked up is the third book in the adult contemporary Made in Jersey series by Tessa Bailey. I loved this book so hard. I stayed up until 2 am reading, and it is the first thing that has put a smile on my face in days. (it has been a tough couple of days…) Worked up works well as a standalone. I have not read either of the previous two books in the Made in Jersey series, and while we do see glimpses of the couples, they do not distract from Duke and and Sam’s story. The focus is always on the two of them. Worked up is the perfect beach or poolside read for people looking for a romance as hot as the Florida sun. Worked up is told in dual narrative bewteen main characters Duke and Sam. Duke is always taking care of everyone around him. His best friend’s family lives with him, and he is resident babysitter to their four year old daughter. And Duke’s four divorcee… Read more »

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Sep 01
{Pre-Release Excerpt} The Lost Codex by Heather Lyons @hymheather @InkSlingerPR

{Pre-Release Excerpt} The Lost Codex by Heather Lyons @hymheather @InkSlingerPR

By now, I think all of you know how much I ABSOLUTELY ADORE the Collectors’ Society series by Heather Lyons. It is one of my favorite book series ever, right up there with Harry Potter. If you are new to the series, check out my review of The Collectors’ Society HERE  my review of the Hidden Library HERE my review of The Forgotten Mountain HERE These books need to be read in order. Book 4, The Lost Codex is coming out soon, and words cannot express how very excited I am! And if you are as excited as I am, you will love this excerpt from the book. Read on, and enjoy 🙂 “You mentioned the need to take a symbolic object within the dream,” I say as I hover over his work, “one I must destroy. Yet, you have given no instruction on what that object must be.” He nudges his half-moon glasses up his bulbous nose, barely sparing a glance toward me. “I did.” Which means I must… Read more »

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