Ringer

Title: Ringer

 

Series: Summer Series 3.5

 

Author: C.J. Duggan

 

Other Books by the Author: 

The Boys of SummerAn Endless Summer,

That One Summer

 

Release: 4/2/14

 

Genre: New Adult

 

 Source: Personal Library

 

LINKS

goodreads  |   amazon   |  barnes & noble  |  ibooks

THE STORY

They say it’s the quiet ones you have to worry about, and she was quiet, very quiet—when she wasn’t busy despising me with a burning passion.

Ringo ‘Ringer’ James has a no-strings-attached policy.

Love them, leave them, and remain the eternal bachelor.

After a summer in which every one of his mates has succumbed to settling down, or so it seemed, Ringer is on the lookout for a quick exit. Having had enough of the stomach-turning love fest witnessed over the past three months, Ringer jumps at the opportunity to help out his mate, Max, by heading to Max’s dad’s property for a working holiday.

It’s just what he’s looking for. A remote, dusty homestead in Ballan, with only hard work, a cold beer and a comfy bed to worry about – no women.

Until Miranda Henry.

The privately educated daughter of his boss has returned home from overseas and things are about to get very complicated, very fast. As summer draws to its end, Ringer is about to learn that sometimes attraction defies all logic, and that there really is such a thing as ‘enemies with benefits.’

WHAT I THOUGHT

See, once upon a time there was this series about a a boy and a girl falling in love, and I fell in love with them. I mean HEAD OVER HEALS in love with them.

C.J. Duggan has another hit again! Though Ringer is classified as a novella and is meant to fit in between books 3 and 4, Ringer fits perfectly into the series.  We go in not knowing a lot about Ringer.  He was kind of the odd man out, the one who always seemed to have a girl, but never a girlfriend.

But see, that all changed the day that he volunteered to help out Max and go to Max’s parents sheep farm.  While he is there he meets Max’s sister Miranda and see, things change. Big time.

Oh, and did I mention how well CJ writes a steamy scene? Whoo! Thank goodness she finally made some of the snow from this polar vortex melt!

I am a huge fan of CJ Duggan.  I love the boys of Onslow.  I forget how much until each book comes out! Though I have found myself randomly going back and rereading the books in between because I love them that much. These boys are hotness.  They just leap off the page.  And the girls? I am quite sure that they are the girls I would have been hanging out with!

CJ makes Australia come alive for me. I just can’t wait to visit! I’m sure she won’t mind when I show up at her house… cause those Onslow boys have to be around somewhere….

RATING

5/5

 

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Forever Summer

title: forever summer

 

author: c.j. duggan

 

series: summer #4

 

release date: july 2014

 

SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS:

You see there’s this boy.

He makes me smile, forces me to listen, serenades me out of tune and keeps me sane, all the while driving me insane. He’s really talented like that. But for the first time in since, well, forever, things are about to change. The question is, how much am I willing to lose in order to potentially have it all?

Enter a world of sweltering Aussie summers, fabulously addictive characters and sweet intoxicating romance in C.J Duggan’s FOREVER SUMMER!

Adam and Ellie’s Story

WHY I’M WAITING (MOST IMPATIENTLY!):

Now this one is a two fold.  See I have SO fallen in love with Onslow and the Onslow boys.  So I am inpatient to read the final chapter in Onlow Boys. I want to know Adam and Ellie’s story, and of course catch up on all my favorite boys, and see what trouble they have been getting up to!

But by the same token, I will be sad to leave Onslow for good. I mean, saying good by to this crazy group of friends that I have gotten to know over the past few years?

Thank goodness C.J. has another series in the works!

Add it your goodreads to read list

what are you waiting on?





Pivot Point: Review & Top Ten Tuesday

Mar
25
1 COMMENT • This post is filed under: 2014, paranormal, YA

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Title: Pivot Point

 

Series: Pivot Point #1

 

Author: Kassie West

 

Other Books by the Author:

The Distance Between UsOn The Fence

 

Release: 2/12/13

 

Genre: Paranormal/Fantasy

 

 Source: Personal Collection

LINKS

goodreads  |   amazon   |  barnes & noble  |  ibooks

THE STORY

Knowing the outcome doesn’t always make a choice easier . . .

Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.

In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through . . . and who she can’t live without.

WHAT I THOUGHT

I was going to post my review of Split Second and realized that I hadn’t posted my review of Pivot Point.  PROBLEM! So, I figured I would post this one first!

I can’t imagine being able to see into the future and not being able to use it all the time. I have trouble not flipping to the end of the book to check out the ending! It has spoiled several good books for me! So when Addie is faced with the toughest choice yet, should she go with her mother or her father when they split up, she decides to do her longest search yet and look into the future.

Oh my… what Addie finds surprises even her. Her future could go either way depending on which direction she choses.

I loved this book so much. Yes, this is a topic that has been explored, but Kassie West’s exploration of it is so great. Her writing style makes this one that you keep reading because you have to know what is going to happen and which course Addie is going to take.

I love the element of supernatural. To me it is just enough and not to over the top, which in some books it feels that way. I mean they have superpowers, but you don’t feel like you are reading about Superman and Wonder-woman. I also love the elements of romance. they are there, but not so totally in your face that you can’t get to the story.

Yeah, this one just makes me happy. Great story with a good theme and good characters. I love the interaction between Addie and the other supporting characters. Everything makes the story flow.

RATING

5/5

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Top 10 Tuesday

 

Top Ten Things On My Bookish Bucket List

 

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Go to a book blogging conference

 To meet up with more book bloggers. I live so much in my own world, I need more book people to hang out with.

Meet more authors

 Again with the book world. I believe that authors are my heroes.

I have learned that they are real people, but I still believe that they live on a plane above ours!

So I need to go to more book signings and other events to meet more authors!

Attend BEA

 Kind of the same as above, but I see the posts each year from the people who go, and

I REALLY want to go. It looks so cool! One day I will go!

Get in contact with authors whose books have made an impact

 I have done this some, and it is so cool to get responses back from authors! I love when they

leave messages on my site, or when I get an email from them. I need to do more personal contact with them!

Have a review posted/published by a national publication/website

 This would be so amazing! and the dream of a blogger to see a review picked

up and featured on a national or major site!

Be invited as a guest speaker for a blog/book-related conference

 How much fun would this be?

Connect with other book bloggers

 I want to make more book blogger friends!

Get serious about writing my book

 Yes I have started. And I love what I have written so far.

I just haven’t followed up and been as serious as I should have been. I want to make this a priority.

Have a book dedicated to me/ or have someone write “Thanks” to me in Acknowledgements

I read a lot of Acknowledgements, to find one that might have me mentioned? SO COOL!

To Have a Library in my House.

I remember watching Beauty and the Beast and thinking, yep, that’s it, I want

a library just like that one when I have my own house, and one day, it will happen.

Maybe when I move the children out and can take over their rooms.  (Hey, you gotta have dreams, right?)





Review: Sail Away With Me & What Are You Reading?

Mar
24
2 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: 2014, adult, romance

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Title: Sail Away With Me

 

Author: Kate Deveaux

 

Release: 12/31/12

 

Genre: Adult Romance 

 

 Source: TLC Tours

 

LINKS

goodreads  |   amazon   |  barnes & noble  |  ibooks

THE STORY

Sizzling shipboard romance — Jody throws caution to the wind as she lets go of her inhibitions and indulges in one magnificent week of pleasure. Passions surge, lovers tangle and two lives will never be the same again.

Jody knew she was in trouble the minute she stepped on board the gleaming cruise ship and into the arms of the sexy celebrity guest, Taggart Keith. For just one week, Jody gives into the seductive flames of desire and succumbs to Taggart’s charms. But when she returns to land, can Jody resist the temptation of even more pleasure?

WHAT I THOUGHT

Yeah, it has been a miserable, cold, yucky winter.  So, when I got the email to review a book about going on a cruise ship, I thought, sure why not? I would LOVE to escape from this cold, snowy, did I mention yucky winter for a while.

Oh, let me tell you Sail Away with Me worked for me.  I was ready to pack up and sail anywhere that Taggart wanted to go.  SIGN ME UP!

Jody is freshly divorced and heads out on the cruise with her girlfriends.  On said cruise, she meets Taggart. I loved seeing Jody trying to find her way and figure out if Taggert can be a part of her life.  See, Jody is quite happy to be on her own, she doesn’t feel that she needs a man, and when she stumbles upon Taggert, well, sparks really start to fly!

This was a great warm up in the middle of winter kind of romance!

And I gotta tell you, Taggert is on my yummy man list.  Whoa baby! Sweet, smart, oh so sexy! Huh! Jody could sure find a worse man out there.

A great story about finding love where you least expect it.

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RATING

5/5

 

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What Are You Reading? 

It’s Monday! So, I get to talk about books I’m reading, planning on reading or just finished, and books I’m excited that are coming out this week (kind of my week in review and what’s coming up!)

What Are You Reading? is hosted by One Persons Journey through a World of Books.

Finished:

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Ringer

 

 

 

 

 

Twenty Boy Summer

the program

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Currently Reading:

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Next In Line:

 I know, SO many, how will I choose???

how to lovepromise of amazinghope flamesimpossible knife of memorydon't even think about it#16 things i though were truethe art of being of laineynantucket reddeeperboys like youpanicthe sound of letting go

New Releases This Week That I’m Excited About:

 Not a lot this week, but this one looks interesting!

the summer of letting go

so what are you reading? what are you looking forward to?

 

 

     





    An Update & A Review: Better Off Friends

    Mar
    21
    1 COMMENT • This post is filed under: 2014, update, YA Romance

    An Update on Me….

     

    So, if you come to my blog, you will see it has been a little while since I last posted. Yeah, it has been kind of crazy around my house lately!

    See, back in early February I applied for a job that I really wanted and a few days later I got a call for an interview and then a few days later I got a call that I got the job. A week later I started training! So what am I doing? I live in Virginia, in the heart of early American History, so I work at one of the local living history centers! I lead tour groups through one of the living history centers and talk about Jamestown as the English would have found it when they came over.  The best part is that it works great with my kids schedule! However training kind of through us all into a crazy schedule as it was kind of unexpected! So we were working on that, and there was a LOT of reading to go along with the training, which meant that my ‘for fun’ reading kind of got put on hold.

    Plus, all my running of the kids, and gymnastics meets and all the other crazy stuff my kiddos do, well, yeah, that stuff didn’t slow down, so, I had to kick that into a higher gear.  Let’s just say my house looked like a bomb went off as I tried to get my schedule down. The good news is that my training is over! Yeah! and I am settling into a schedule and beginning to get my feet under me leading kids on tours!

    So, you should begin to see more regular updated posts from me back here!  I apologize for the break, but I am beginning to catch up on my break. I did do some reading during my time off and I can’t wait to tell you about the books that I read! I had some amazing find during my time off!

    It is so great to be back!

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    Title: Better Off Friends

     

    Author: Elizabeth Eulberg

     

    Other Books by the Author:

    The Lonely Hearts Club &

    Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality

     

    Release: 2/25/14

     

    Genre: Contemporary 

     

     Source: Library

     

    LINKS

    goodreads  |   amazon   |  barnes & noble  |  ibooks

    THE STORY

    For Macallan and Levi, it was friends at first sight. Everyone says guys and girls can’t be just friends, but these two are. They hang out after school, share tons of inside jokes, their families are super close, and Levi even starts dating one of Macallan’s friends. They are platonic and happy that way.

    Eventually they realize they’re best friends — which wouldn’t be so bad if they didn’t keep getting in each other’s way. Guys won’t ask Macallan out because they think she’s with Levi, and Levi spends too much time joking around with Macallan, and maybe not enough time with his date. They can’t help but wonder . . . are they more than friends or are they better off without making it even more complicated?

    From romantic comedy superstar Elizabeth Eulberg comes a fresh, fun examination of a question for the ages: Can guys and girls ever really be just friends? Or are they always one fight away from not speaking again — and one kiss away from true love?

    WHAT I THOUGHT

     So, while I haven’t been posting, I HAVE been reading, and crazy enough I HAVE been reading a lot of Elizabeth Eulberg. She is fast becoming one of my favorite authors.  I have, this year, read THREE (yes THREE!!!) of her books! And her books are nothing short of AWESOME!

    I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Better Off Friends, cause, well, you may have read my story, but, my husband and I started out as friends, and are still going strong 15 years later, after dating for 5.  So folks, good things come from being friends.  And you know what? I was right.  This story was SO, SO, SO GOOD! Which is probably why I have overused the capitalization.

    See Macallan and Levi meet in middle school and everyone thinks they are a couple.  I mean how could they not be? They are together all the time. They finish each others sentences, they are best friends and just are always there for each other.

    RATING

    5/5

     





    A Little Too Hot: Review & Giveaway

    Jan
    30
    0 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: 2014, adult, review, romance

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    Title: A Little Too Hot

     

    Series: A Little Too Far #3

     

    Author: Lisa Desrochers

     

    Other Books by the Author:

    A Little Too Far & Personal Demons

     

    Release: 5/21/13

     

    Genre: Contemporary 

     Source: Rockstar Book Tours 

    Click on the banner below to follow the entire A Little Too Hot Tour!

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    Links

    Goodreads  |   Amazon   |  Barnes & Noble  |  iBooks

    The Story

    If you play with fire…

    Tossed out of college and cut off by her parents, Samantha West is in pretty dire straits. So when her rocker best friend hooks her up with a job dancing at a gentlemen’s club, who is she to turn it down? Plus, there are rules to dancing at Benny’s: No touching, keep your clothes on at all times, and never get closer than three feet. Unfortunately for Sam, her first private client makes her want to break every single one of them.

    Harrison Yates is scorching hot, but he’s got a past that involves being left at the altar not too long ago. Sam is determined to make him forget about his ex, but when she makes her move, it flings her life into a spiral of chaos she never saw coming.

    Because Harrison Yates isn’t who he seems to be. And his secret will probably get her killed.

     

    What I Thought

    So I had heard a lot about these books, but never read them.  When I saw the tour with Rockstar books, I thought, why not.

    Wow am I glad I gave this one a go!!!!

    This book was everything I had heard it was! Fun, hot and entertaining! Sam is smart and energetic, and when her parents throw her out, she gets a job dancing.  And then in walks Harrison.  She is instantly drawn to him, but well… maybe she shouldn’t.

    But then there is that sneaky little plot twist thrown in that just makes everything more fun, and I do mean everything more fun.

    This book is number three in the series, and I will admit to not having read books one or two.  But I will also state for the record, that, after reading this one, that one and two are going on my to be read list, cause I loved this book!

    I  loved Desrochers writing style and how the story evolved. This was a seriously couldn’t put down kind of book! Pick it up, you won’t be sorry!

    Giveaway

    a Rafflecopter giveaway

    Rating

    4.5/5

     

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    the book of broken hearts

    Title: The Book of Broken Hearts

     

    Author: Sarah Ockler

     

    Other Books by the Author:

    Twenty Boy Summer & Bittersweet

    Release: 5/21/13

     

    Genre: Contemporary 

     

    Source: Personal Library

    Links

    Goodreads   |   Amazon   |  Barnes & Noble  |  IBooks

    The Story

    When all signs point to heartbreak, can love still be a rule of the road? A poignant and romantic novel from the author ofBittersweet and Twenty Boy Summer.

    Jude has learned a lot from her older sisters, but the most important thing is this: The Vargas brothers are notorious heartbreakers. She’s seen the tears and disasters that dating a Vargas boy can cause, and she swore an oath—with candles and a contract and everything—to never have anything to do with one.

    Now Jude is the only sister still living at home, and she’s spending the summer helping her ailing father restore his vintage motorcycle—which means hiring a mechanic to help out. Is it Jude’s fault he happens to be cute? And surprisingly sweet? And a Vargas?

    Jude tells herself it’s strictly bike business with Emilio. Her sisters will never find out, and Jude can spot those flirty little Vargas tricks a mile away—no way would she fall for them. But Jude’s defenses are crumbling, and if history is destined to repeat itself, she’s speeding toward some serious heartbreak…unless her sisters were wrong?

    Jude may have taken an oath, but she’s beginning to think that when it comes to love, some promises might be worth breaking.

    What I Thought

    Have you ever read a book that you just loved so much you couldn’t wait to tell people about it? I have to admit that it doesn’t happen often with me.  I am usually a muller and a stewed over books. I want to immerse myself and enjoy my book hangover. But I came out of this book with such a happy glowy feeling that I came straight to the blog to write about how much I loved this book.

    See the book is a lot about Jude.  She is the youngest of 4 sisters. The one that was always told she was too young, was always protected from everything.  But when her father is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s, she is the one that is at home to take care of him. She is the one that has to talk him down from his panics. She is the one that has to retrieve his socks from the microwave when he tries to cook them. And she is the one that comes up with the brilliant plan to restore Valentina, the motorcycle that her dad used to ride when he was younger, because that is the only thing that seems to have an impact on him.

    But the problem is that restoring the bike puts her directly in site of a Vargas boy.  The one family that she has sworn to never fall in love with, due to the relationships that her sisters have, and how the Vargas’ have broken their hearts.  But what if this Vargas is different?

    Oh my, this book was so amazing! I have actually started and wandered away from 20 Boy Summer, and I think I have Bittersweet as one of my ebooks to read.  Yep, you can bet I’m going to rectify that immediately! I loved, loved, loved Ockler’s writing style.  I fell head over heals for a certain Vargas boy myself and found myself a little misty eyed following along with Papi’s decline. This story really touched something with me, and man, it was just amazing!

    Rating

    5/5

     

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    #16 things i thought were true

    name: #16thingsithoughtweretrue

    author: janet gurtler

    release date: 3/4/14

    publisher: sourcebook fire

     

    SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS:

    Heart attacks happen to other people #thingsIthoughtweretrue

    When Morgan’s mom gets sick, it’s hard not to panic. Without her mother, she would have no one—until she finds out the dad who walked out on her as a baby isn’t as far away as she thought…

    Adam is a stuck-up, uptight jerk #thingsIthoughtweretrue

    Now that they have a summer job together, Morgan’s getting to know the real Adam, and he’s actually pretty sweet…in a nerdy-hot kind of way. He even offers to go with her to find her dad. Road trip, anyone?

    5000 Twitter followers are all the friends I need #thingsIthoughtweretrue

    With Adam in the back seat, a hyper chatterbox named Amy behind the wheel, and plenty of Cheetos to fuel their trip, Morgan feels ready for anything. She’s not expecting a flat tire, a missed ferry, a fake girlfriend…and that these two people she barely knew before the summer started will become the people she can’t imagine living without.

    WHY I’M WAITING (MOST IMPATIENTLY!):

    I love the way this is looking to be a social media kind of book, but also it sounds like such an amazing story! I can’t wait to get my hands on this one!

    This sound like such a great story!!!

     

    what are you waiting on?





    The Merchant of Venice Beach: Review & Giveaway

    Jan
    23
    3 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: adult, review, romance

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    Title: The Merchant of Venice Beach

     

    Series: Venice Beach

     

    Author: Celia Bonaduce

     

    Other Books by the Author:

    A Comedy of Erinn

     

    Release: 8/1/13

     

    Genre: Contemporary 

     

    Source: Itching for Books Tour

     

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    Purchase Links

    Goodreads   |   Amazon   |  Barnes & Noble  |  IBooks

    The Story

    The Rollicking Bun–Home of the Epic Scone–is the center of Suzanna Wolf’s life. Part tea shop, part bookstore, part home, it’s everything she’s ever wanted right on the Venice Beach boardwalk, including partnership with her two best friends from high school, Eric and Fernando. But with thirty-three just around the corner, suddenly Suzanna wants something more–something strictly her own. Salsa lessons, especially with a gorgeous instructor, seem like a good start–a harmless secret, and just maybe the start of a fling. But before she knows it, Suzanna is learning steps she never imagined–and dancing her way into confusion.

    What I Thought

    I was kind of torn on this one.  On one hand I really, really liked the friendship between Suzanna, Eric, and Fernando.  And I could totally see where living with you three best friend for several years could get to be a bit draggy after a while and you begin to look for a way out.  And this book had such perks and moments to it.  Seriously, there were moments to this book that I really really liked this book.

    And then as a flip, I would kind of find myself skimming through and getting on, looking for the good parts of the book. I kind of saw what was coming with the book, and it just didn’t excite me all that much. I didn’t feel it and want the happily ever after in this one like I do some times in books.  And trust me, I LOVE when two friends get together and find that amazing love. I really do, but in this one? not so much.

    It was a cute story, and looking at others reviews, it looks like so many people did love it, so I’m wondering if I just missed something? Or maybe it is the dreary weather that just put me in a funk and reading about happy people living at the beach and enjoying beautiful weather while I am sitting in the snow (and dealing with grumpy children, one or either of which is now for sale as I write this, make me an offer PLEASE!!!)

    Overall, I just think that with a few adjustments and edits the story would be great and have a wonderful tone.

    Though I will say it has always been a dream of mine to own a bookstore and bakery.  I could handle a teashop with it!

    Giveaway

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    Rating

    3.5/5

     





    Rome

    Title: Jet

     

    Series: Marked Men #3

     

    Author: Jay Crownover

     

    Other Books By Author:

    Rule & Jet

     

    Release: 1/7/14

     

    Genre: New Adult

     

    Source: TLC Book Tours

    Purchase Links

    Goodreads  |  Amazon  |   Barnes & Noble  |  Ibooks 

     

    Click here to follow the entire Rule tour!

    The Story

    Sometimes the wrong choice can be just right . . .

    Fun and fearless, Cora Lewis knows how to keep her tattooed “bad boy” friends at the Marked in line. But beneath all that flash and sass is a broken heart. Cora won’t let herself get burned again. She’s waiting to fall in love with the perfect man—a baggage-free, drama-free guy ready for commitment. Then she meets Rome Archer.

    Rome Archer is as far from perfect as a man can be. He’s stubborn, rigid, and bossy. And he’s returned from his final tour of duty more than a little broken. Rome’s used to filling many roles: big brother, doting son, supersoldier—but none of those fit anymore. Now he’s just a man trying to figure out what to do with the rest of his life while keeping the dark demons of war and loss at bay. He would have been glad to suffer through it alone, until Cora comes sweeping into his life and becomes a blinding flash of color in a sea of gray.Perfect may not be in the cards, but perfectly imperfect could just last forever . . .

    What I Thought

    I have been so excited to dive into Rome.  After reading the first two books in the series, (check out my review of Rule here and my review of Jet here.) I jumped for joy when this one showed up in my mail box.  I have been so excited to read Rome’s story. I loved him and wanted to know more about him. I have to admit that Cora wasn’t my favorite of the girls, but I figured that I would grow to love her as much as I had loved the others.

    Guess what? I was right!

    See, Rome was even more complicated that the other two boys put together.  He was the glue that held the Archer family together, and when the family started falling apart, so did he.  He was in combat when his brother died and he didn’t take the news that his brother was gay very well.  He was the big bad protector, and not being able to protect, well, he had a lot of trouble with that.

    And Cora, she was kind of an alpha too. So turning over her complete trust to another person, especially when someone had broken her hearts bad in the past was hard.  But these two are so perfect for each other in the long run.

    Yep, I fell pretty hard for these two and I loved this book.  Jay did it again and it was an amazing read.

    And according to Goodreads, we have three more to go, Nash, Rowdy, and Asa! I can’t wait!

     

    Rating

    5/5

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    better off friends

    name: better off friends

     

    author: elizabeth eulberg

     

    release date: 2/25/14

     

    publisher: point

     

    SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS:

    For Macallan and Levi, it was friends at first sight. Everyone says guys and girls can’t be just friends, but these two are. They hang out after school, share tons of inside jokes, their families are super close, and Levi even starts dating one of Macallan’s friends. They are platonic and happy that way.

    Eventually they realize they’re best friends — which wouldn’t be so bad if they didn’t keep getting in each other’s way. Guys won’t ask Macallan out because they think she’s with Levi, and Levi spends too much time joking around with Macallan, and maybe not enough time with his date. They can’t help but wonder . . . are they more than friends or are they better off without making it even more complicated?

    From romantic comedy superstar Elizabeth Eulberg comes a fresh, fun examination of a question for the ages: Can guys and girls ever really be just friends? Or are they always one fight away from not speaking again — and one kiss away from true love?

    WHY I’M WAITING (MOST IMPATIENTLY!):

    There is something about two people who start out as best friends.  Maybe because that is how I started out with my husband. This one just looks so sweet and romantic.  I am so excited for this one and can’t wait to read this one!

     

    what are you waiting on?

     

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    Top Ten Things On My Reading Wishlist

    Yesterday’s top ten list was the top then things on my reading wish list, or if you could make authors write about these things you would. I was trying to get ready for the mega snow storm that hit our area, (read about 4 inches, give me a break I live in Virginia!) and didn’t get it posted, but I wanted to, so here goes!

    Keep in mind that most of my focus is on YA, so that is where this is aimed.

    1. Teenage travel.

    I love reading about kids traveling.  I think it is amazing to read about kids going places and I think more should be written about that. I think it will inspire more kids to travel and go outside of their comfort zone.

    2. Religious themed.

    I have a strong religious background growing up. That has lead me to lead youth mission trips that last 7 of 8 years, which has had a huge impact on me as well as the youth that I have taken on these trips.  I have loved the few (I think I have read 2 or 3!) books that have tackled some of these issues.  I would love to see more of these types of books.

    3. Christmas themed books.

    I love the holiday season, but there just aren’t that many books with a holiday theme to them.  I don’t know why not, but I’d love to see more!

    4. Sports themed books. 

    there are a few out there, but mostly themed at boys. I love to read the ones that are out there, and have even read quite a few of the boys books because I love them so much! I have even read several of the biographies and autobiographies of the gymnasts because that is such a popular theme in our house. But I would LOVE more YA girly books about sports that are not football or baseball!

    5. Non-American setting books.

    I love reading about different cultures and even one of the challenges that I am doing this year is to read books set in different countries than America to get out of my American mindset! I think it would be great to see books set in India or China or other not a popular countries. (Especially the not so popular European countries that we hear so much about!)

    6. Books set in states other than California or New York.

    It seems to me that the same states usually get the credit over and over.  I noticed this when I participated in a book hop earlier this year and chose my home state of Virginia.  It was hard to find YA books set in Virginia! Branch out and find new exciting states.  Virginia has SO much going for it! It is such a cool state. That said, I am trying to write, a book set here, I just need to buckle down!

    7. Friendships that don’t turn into romance.

    just a good ole’ friendship story.  It doesn’t have to be the epic love story, just a good ole friendship would be okay with me.

    8. Another series like Twilight, or Harry Potter, that has you eagerly awaiting the next book.  

    Dying to know what is going to happen to the characters.  Anxious to know the fate of all the people involved. Discussing it with everyone around you.  Creating new words and worlds to go with it.

    9. A romance that has you crying its so sweet and sad and wonderful.

    What more can I say? I just want that perfect romance that just hits you.

    10. A totally awesome, funny, romantic comedy that you just can’t wait until they make the movie so you can drag your girlfriends to the theater for a girls night out. 





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    Title: A Perfect Mistake

     

    Series: A Perfect Secret #2

     

    Author: Zoe Dawson

     

    Other Books By the Author:

    Going to the Dogs Series & Brave

     

    Release: 12/16/13

     

    Genre: New Adult Romance 

      

    Source: AToMR Tours

     

    Click on the banner below to follow all the stops on A Perfect Mistake Tour!

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    Purchase Links

    Goodreads   |   Amazon   |   Barnes & Noble

    The Story

    How can they have a future when their past is based on a lie?

    The perfect preacher’s daughter, Verity Fairchild, has something that only she and God know about and she wants to keep it that way. Her mistake was easy to keep secret when she was out of town, but now that she’s come back to Hope Parish for the summer, she comes face-to-face with the guy responsible for it all. Boone Outlaw nearly ruined everything for her and despite the fact that he’s now working at her father’s church, she’s determined to stay as far away from him as possible.

    Boone Outlaw doesn’t understand Verity’s anger towards him. He barely knows her. In high school she was Holy Mary Verity and she was off limits – except in his dreams where Verity seems way too real. Most of the time he was wasted in high school, not the type of boy Verity would ever look at twice, but he can’t shake the feeling that something might have happened between them. He’s going to break his own rules to get the answers he needs straight from Verity.

    What will Verity do when she finds something in Boone that she never knew existed and her perfect mistake is the only thing that could stand between them and their happiness? Will she sacrifice Boone to keep her secret?

    What I Thought

    Holy Smoking Cow! I was intrigued when I read about this series, and once I started reading the books? Yep, I was hooked!

    In A Perfect Mess, we get little snippets of what is going to happen in A Perfect Mess, but this book just lays it all out there.  Verity is the perfect girl. The ministers daughter and totally untouchable.  But there has always been sparks between Verity and Boone, and then something happened between them last summer.

    Verity has been gone for a year, and when she gets back to town, the last person she wants to be around it Boone.  Too bad he has other plans.

    In this book, we get such a small town feel.  The boys have to constantly stand up for themselves. Luckily they are not afraid of a good fight. And the tension and everything else between Verity and Boone is sizzling HOT!

    This was a great story about second chances and of course I love that romance with the bad boy.

    Giveaway

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    Rating

    4/5

     

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    Top Ten Debuts.

    Again this year I am doing the Debut Author Challenge, so check out my full list here!

    But here are my Top Ten Debuts that I am excited about!

    Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

    Open Road

    Open Road Summer

    A road trip with your best friend who happens to be a country music singing star? Really? Sounds awesome to me!

     

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    Side Effects May Vary

    Just for this quote:

    Harvey laughed to himself in a sad way and rubbed his eyes. “You want me to help you with a list of things you won’t disclose to me.” He leaned forward and bit the skin around his thumb. “Classic.”
    “You won’t regret it.”
    “But—”
    “Harvey,” I said, my voice low. “Trust me.”
    I knew what this looked like. It looked like I was using Harvey. But here was the reality of the situation: the minute my life went from semi-permanent to most likely temporary, I decided to latch on to everything in my world that had always been permanent, and for me, Harvey was so permanent he was concrete.

    Wish You Were Italian

    Wish You Were Italian

    Spending the summer in Italy and falling in love.  Yep, sounds like a fun, romantic love story!

    The Art of Lainey

    The Art of Lainey

    The old story of the boy who breaks up with you and the girl is going to get him back, but is he really worth it in the long run? Or is there something better?

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    Definitely, Maybe in Love

    In order to get her thesis published, Spring has to work with the uber rich Henry.  It’s a modern take on Pride and Prejudice and looks awesome!

    I See London

    I See London

    Another case of what we think we want isn’t always what we end up with.

    boys like you

    Boys Like You

    Two lost souls that find each other. This one looks so good!

    breakfast served anytime

    Breakfast Served Anytime

    This one just intrigues me.  It seems really different. A camp for smart people.

    the chance you won't return

    The Chance You Won’t Return

    There is something kind of intriguing about teens who have to take care of their parents.  The MC in this one, her mom thinks she is Amelia Earhart. So she deals with normal teenagery stuff, but also this kind of thing, worried about her mom.

    let's get lost

    Let’s Get Lost

    Another road trip one, but this is a little different. We don’t know a lot about this one, just that the main character is driving to Alaska. And that she encounters a lot of different people on her way. I think it is supposed to be pretty vague. Sound interesting!





    Heart Breaths: Review

    Jan
    10
    1 COMMENT • This post is filed under: 2014, review, romance

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    Title: Heart Breaths

     

    Author: K.K. Hendin

     

    Release: 11/2/13

     

    Genre: YA Contemporary 

     

    Source: Itching for Books Tour

     

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    Purchase Links

    Goodreads   |   Amazon   |  Barnes & Noble

    The Story

    After a tragedy nearly ripped 21 year old Madeline Darlington-Gray’s life in half, she’s spent the past three years trying to put the pieces back together. But pieces never just fit back together, and when she’s betrayed by those she trusts, everything crumbles. Shoving everything she owns into the trunk of her car, Maddie drives south, trying to run from her past.

    Eno, North Carolina seems like the perfect place to hide. Working at a local café is light years from Maddie’s Manhattan existence and for the first time in a while, she’s finding her family. There’s Grandma, the café owner; Samantha, the hairstylist next door with plans to make Maddie’s life unsuck and Noie, the three year old girl who’s stolen Maddie’s heart.

    And then there’s Gabriel Mendez, Noie’s single dad. He’s intrigued Maddie since the first time she met him, and while he has his own secrets, he wants more from her than just friendship. But the past never stays past, and all too soon, Maddie realizes she can’t hide from hers. If she can’t put the pieces of her shattered life together this time, she’ll have no hope for a future.

    A future she desperately wants.

    What I Thought

    You know that feeling you get when you read a Nicholas Sparks novel? Yep that was the same thing I felt after reading this one. It was good. Really good.

    Maddie has not had the best life, but she has decided it is time to put her life back together. And she is working on it. In North Carolina (can I tell you that Eno is not far at all from me?)

    I fell into Heart Breaths and just loved the story. The writing and tale that Heart Breaths tells is gorgeous. It pulls you in to the point that you just flow along with the story and find yourself involved. I felt myself part of Eno and pulling of this couple (and totally charmed by Noie!)

    This book is a great debut and I can’t wait to see what Hendin has in the future!

    Rating

    4/5

     





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