Mia and the Bad Boy: Review & GiveawayMia and the Bad Boy (Entangled Crush) by Lisa Burstein
Series: Backstage Pass #2
Published by Macmillan on 2015-05-19
Genres: General, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 225
Format: eBook
Goodreads
four-half-stars
This good girl’s about to meet her match…

Ryder Brooks is living the dream—he’s famous, loved by millions of girls, and miserable. All he really wants is to write his own music, not Seconds to Juliet’s sugary sweet pop. In order to do that, though, the “bad boy” of the band will have to play by the rules. And that includes behaving with his new—and super cute—über-good-girl tutor.

Mia Reyes is in fangirl heaven. Tutoring her favorite member of her favorite band? It’s a dream come true…until it turns into a complete nightmare. Ryder is nothing like she thought. He’s crude, arrogant, and pretty much a total jerk. And the worst part? She’s roped into pretending to be his girlfriend so that no one finds out he’s being tutored. Fake kisses, plenty of PDA, and even sharing his hotel room…

But sometimes even the baddest of bad boys needs a little redemption.

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LINKS

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WHAT I THOUGHT

Ah! Give me a band and a great love story and you have me sold EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

Seriously, I love a good YA love story, and this one had all my favorites! The oh so good looking bad boy who doesn’t want any part of love. The good girl who falls head over heals, and BAM, put ’em together, and you get L-O-V-E.

Of course there are issues along the way, and nothing is perfect, they are teenagers, but that is what makes it such a great story.

This one is part of a series, and I am excited to go back and read number one in the series, AND, I already have number three loaded up and ready to roll!

Super cute, super fun Mia and the Bad Boy was a HIT!

About the Author

Lisa Burstein

 

Lisa Burstein is a tea seller by day and a writer by night. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers at Eastern Washington University and is glad to finally have it be worth more than the paper it was printed on. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her very patient husband, a neurotic dog and two cats.
She wrote her first story when she was in second grade. It was a Thanksgiving tale from the point of view of the turkey from freezer to oven to plate. It was scandalous.

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Nowhere But Here Blitz & Giveaway & My Top Ten

May
26
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I am so excited to Have a Release Blitz for

Nowhere From Here

on the Bookmark Blog Today! Check it out!

And go purchase the book! It is out TODAY!

no where but here

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The Story

An unforgettable new series from acclaimed author Katie McGarry about taking risks, opening your heart and ending up in a place you never imagined possible 

Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she’s curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn’t mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both.

Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They’re the good guys. They protect people. They’re…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club’s most respected member—is in town, he’s gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it’s his shot at his dream. What he doesn’t count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down.

No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home.

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About Katie McGarry

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Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.
Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON, BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine’s 2012 Reviewer’s Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.

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Excerpt from Nowhere But Here!

From Oz’s Point of View. Set up: Emily has been separated from her parents and after a long night of worrying, her emotions and exhaustion catch up to her and it causes Oz to have his first fluttering of emotion for Emily. 

 

WIND BLOWS IN FROM THE NORTH AND A FEW pieces of Emily’s dark hair sweep across her face. One min­ute Emily’s a bright flame, then a gust snuffs out her light. Her body sways like a top at the tail end of a spin and I lunge forward.

Emily’s knees give out and her eyes roll back into her head. I catch her inches before she crashes onto the porch. She’s light as I swing her into my arms and her head circles onto my shoulder, reminding me of one of those rag dolls Violet used to play with when we were kids.

“Emily!” Eli’s on top of me, attempting to yank her out of my arms. “Open your eyes.”

Her eyelids flutter, but remain closed as her hand limply clutches my shirt. Eli rams his arms underneath mine and he makes Emily a rope in a tug-of-war. I should let her go. I should want to let her go, but then Emily goes and screws it up for me. “Oz.”

It was a damn whisper, but I heard my name on her lips and so did Eli. His eyes flash to mine and Cyrus’s words repeat in my mind. That girl trusts you. And screw us both for that.

“She’s exhausted,” I say. “Hasn’t slept at all tonight.”

Eli’s expression hardens as he glares at me. I’ve seen Eli throw a coma-inducing punch for less defiance and I readjust the sleeping girl in my arms. A reminder if he decks me now, he’ll be putting his daughter at risk.

Temporarily surrendering, Eli cups Emily’s face in his hands and angles her toward him. “Emily, please open your eyes.”

She does. It’s barely a crack and they’re completely glazed.

“Everything’s going to be okay,” Eli affirms.

“I want my mom and dad,” she mumbles.

“You’ll see them tomorrow.” Eli pushes a strand of hair from her cheek. “You’re safe here. I promise.”

She rejects Eli by curling into me. Her head fits perfectly in the crook of my neck and I loathe the wave of protective­ness that rumbles through my body. Emily’s fingers tighten their grip near my shoulders and the impulse is to shield her from the guys gawking at this intimate scene. Yeah, this is club business, but Emily never asked for any of this.

Nowhere but here

 

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Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Beach Reads

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

One of my favorites each summer! I love the beach! Favorite place to go, favorite place to relax and read!

daisy and the front man

Daisy and the Front Man Okay, just finished Mia and the Bad Boy and it was super cute! and Now I have this one on tap to read! Whoo-hoo! Give my a band and I am a happy girl, don’t know what it is! Fun and goofy and touring on the road!

Paradise City

Paradise City. Yep, already read it. Yep, can’t wait to read it again. I mean I have to do something until Paradise Road comes out. In AUGUST. That is FOREVER away. I’m dying… (see the drama I have learned from my children? Impressive isn’t it???) I would happily substitute an ARC of Paradise Road for Paradise City, just saying! Actually, any of CJ Duggan’s books would work for summer reads. There is something awesome about reading about Australian summers!

center ice

Center Ice come on, what better way to cool off than ice at the beach? Plus, this one looks like so much fun!

i still  love you

P.S. I Still Love You I loved the first book, and it kind of left things, well, hanging, so I am dying to know what happened… can’t wait to see!

things we know by heart

Things We Know By Heart Besides the fact that I love Jessi Kirby, this book just sounds so good, forming a relationship with the person who has your boyfriends heart? Come on, good stuff here….

tiny pretty things

Tiny Pretty Things There is something awesome about drama in ballet mixed together… this one makes a must read!

hello goodbye and everything in between

Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between Another favorite author, Jennifer Smith has penned a couple of my favs! The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and This is What Happy Looks Like and The Geography of You and Me… Whoo-hoo… excitement!!!!

jesse's girl

Jesse’s Girl Oh Miranda! How I adore your books! I would pack up and move and enroll my kids in Hundred Oaks if it was a real place. Definitely in the beach bag!

Most likely to Succeed

Most Likely to Succeed (Superlatives #3) I adore Jennifer Echols! Last summer I went through a serious Jennifer Echols phase and read all of her books (I think I have two left!) Anyway, I am super excited to sit down and read this latest in her Superlative series!

anything can happen

Anything Could Happen This one just looks so amazing! I can’t wait to read it!





Review: The Improbable Theory of Ana & Zak & What Are You Reading?The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak by Brian Katcher
Published by HarperCollins on 2015-05-19
Genres: Friendship, General, Humorous Stories, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Format: eBook
Goodreads
four-stars
Perfect for fans of Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak is Stonewall Award-winning author Brian Katcher's hilarious he said/she said romance about two teens discovering themselves on an out-of-this-world accidental first date at a sci-fi convention.

When Ana Watson's brother ditches a high school trip to run wild at Washingcon, type-A Ana knows that she must find him or risk her last shot at freedom from her extra-controlling parents.In her desperation, she's forced to enlist the last person she'd ever want to spend time with—slacker Zak Duquette—to help find her brother before morning comes.But over the course of the night, while being chased by hordes of costumed Vikings and zombies, Ana and Zak begin to open up to each other. Soon, what starts as the most insane nerdfighter manhunt transforms into so much more. . . .

 

LINKS

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WHAT I THOUGHT

This book was a rolling good time.  Seriously, they were on the move so much it was really hard to keep up with exactly where they were in the book!

Ana has already lost one sibling due to controlling parents, so when here brother Clayton takes off to check out Washingcon Sci-fi fest that Zak talked up, she is determined not to loose him as well. So, she teams up with the one person who can find him, Zak himself.

The adventures that these two high school seniors have can only be read to be believed! They are crazy and are all over the map! But Ana ends up having the night of her life and meets some of the craziest people she has ever met, and finding out maybe Zak isn’t so bad after all. And maybe things aren’t always what they seem.

So, this book was a little far fetched for me, but it was a good read and I enjoyed reading it. It was enjoyable and I’m glad I read it. It was a cute story.

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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!)

So, I haven’t done one of these in a really long time, but thought I would since I have gotten so far behind, but here is where I am… I have been in a real reading funk, but I have been on a roll this week, and this is what I’ve finished!

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

FINISHED:

made you up leaving amarillo jesse's girl

Made You Up

Leaving Amarillo (#1 Neon Dreams)

Jesse’s Girl (Hundred Oaks #6)

the start of me and you the summer i found you the truth about us

The Start of Me and You

The Summer I Found You

The Truth About Us

CURRENTLY READING:

modern monsters  summer after you and me

Modern Monsters

The Summer After You and Me

NEXT IN LINE:

99 days saint anything modern monsters

99 Days

Saint Anything

Modern Monsters

spelled mia and the bad boy loving dallas

Spelled

Mia and the Bad Boy

Loving Dallas (Neon Dreams #2)

Pretty excited about P.S. I Still Love You and Nowhere But Here which come out this week (see below!)

NEW RELEASES THIS WEEK THAT I’M EXCITED ABOUT:

the cage I am princess x 21 stolen kisses

The Cage

I Am Princess X

21 Stolen Kisses

kissing in america tiny pretty things i still  love you

Kissing In America

Tiny Pretty Things

P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #2)

extraordinary means under the lights anything can happen

Extraordinary Means

Under the Lights (Boys of Fall #1)

Anything Could Happen

no where but here

Nowhere But Here (Thunder Road #1)

so what are you looking forward to?

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Tijan is one of my favourite authors! I highly recommend reading ALL of her books. I am so excited to be participating in this release day blitz and giveaway for Carter Reed 2.


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Title: Carter Reed 2

Series: Carter Reed #2

Author: Tijan

Genres: New Adult,Contemporary, Romance

Release date: 27/04/2015

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Blurb

Carter bought his way out of the mafia to protect Emma, but when an old ghost
returns to the Mauricio Family, a chain of events starts that can harm everyone.
While Carter must decide to return to the Mauricio Family or not, a face that is
oddly familiar to Emma comes into her life. She’s given the chance to discover
more about her family while tensions between the rivaling Mauricio and Bertal
Family comes to a head in an explosive way. The truce is officially off, and when
the two worlds collide, Carter’s decision is made.
He didn’t start this war, but he will end it.
He will do anything to protect Emma.

Book Excerpt

 

As I held the gun, alone now, some of the old memories came back to me. But they
were never very far away.
I had killed two men.
“Jeremy.”
My voice had been soft when I called to him. He’d been raping my roommate, and
he was going to kill her. I had no choice. When he turned around and saw the gun
in my hand, I shot him. The bullet hit the center of his forehead.
I swallowed now, remembering Mallory as she had watched me, pinned to the wall
by his hands. Her eyes had been so lifeless. They were the opposite of Ben’s. He’d
been pleading for his life, but minutes earlier he’d been planning to kill Amanda,
then me. My stomach churned, remembering that he was going to take me to
Franco. He wanted to barter, trade me in for more money, more drugs.
He was the one who killed Mallory, but the Bartel family set all of it in motion.
I drew in a ragged breath, cradling the gun in my hands like a precious baby. This
little piece of metal had caused so much havoc in my life, and it was Carter’s
weapon of choice. He’d killed plenty with it when he worked for the Mauricio family.
Somehow, I knew this weapon would have a place in our lives again. I didn’t want
it to, but I knew it would. And with that last thought, my hand closed over it, and I
raised my arms, aiming with my feet apart, my shoulders rolled back. I shot, one
after another, until my clip was done.
All except one hit the bullseye. The other one, the outlier, was just outside the
inner circle on the target.
I’d have to get better.
Tijan

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Author Information

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I didn’t begin writing until after undergraduate college. There’d been storylines and
characters in my head all my life, but it came to a boiling point one day and I HAD
to get them out of me. So the computer was booted up and I FINALLY felt it click.
Writing is what I needed to do. After that, I had to teach myself how to write. I
can’t blame my teachers for not teaching me all those years in school. It was my
fault. I was one of the students that was wishing I was anywhere but at school! So
after that day, it took me lots of work until I was able to put together something
that resembled a novel. I’m hoping I got it right since someone must be reading this
profile! And I hope you keep enjoying my future stories.

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Guest Post: The Summer After You and Me

Apr
29
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summer after you and me

 

Title: The Summer After You and Me

 

Author: Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

 

Release Date: 05/01/2015

 

Publisher: Sourcebooks

 

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THE STORY

Will it be a summer of fresh starts or second chances?

For Lucy, the Jersey Shore isn’t just the perfect summer escape, it’s home. As a local girl, she knows not to get attached to the tourists. They breeze in during Memorial Day weekend, crowding her costal town and stealing moonlit kisses, only to pack up their beach umbrellas and empty promises on Labor Day. Still, she can’t help but crush on charming Connor Malloy. His family spends every summer next door, and she longs for their friendship to turn into something deeper.

Then Superstorm Sandy sweeps up the coast, bringing Lucy and Connor together for a few intense hours. Except nothing is the same in the wake of the storm, and Lucy is left to pick up the pieces of her broken heart and her broken home. Time may heal all wounds, but with Memorial Day approaching and Connor returning, Lucy’s summer is sure to be filled with fireworks.

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What 5 apps would you find on Lucy’s phone?

This is such a great question!! It makes me want to go back and include this detail in the book. Unlike nearly all of her peers, you won’t find any social media apps on Lucy’s phone. It’s not really her thing. And I know for certain, since I sort of made these people up, that none of Lucy’s friends will have these give apps on their phones.

 

  • Audubon Guides. A Field Guide to North American Birds, Mammals, Wildflowers and Trees. Lucy mostly uses this app to identify and record her sightings of coastal birds and mammals in and around her hometown of Seaside Park. She loves osprey, piping plover, and harbor seals. Though there is an option to share her findings and connect with other nature nerds, she doesn’t. With her job at Breakwater Burrito and her volunteer work with Reclam Our Waters, she doesn’t have much time for socializing.

 

  • SAT Prep. Lucy has an app that includes practice tests and flashcards for SAT vocabulary words. Sometimes the school bus gets stuck waiting for the drawbridge that spans Barnegat Bay to open and Lucy doesn’t like to sit around wasting time.

 

  • AP Calculus Practice Test. It’s Lucy’s dream to become a marine mammalogist and her first choice for college is Princeton, where she’d like to major in biology before going to grad school. She’s taking AP calc during upcoming senior year, and wants to get a leg up on her competition for valedictorian.

 

  • Tank Watch: Good Fish/Bad Fish. Lucy’s salt water fish tank was one of the many casualties when Superstorm Sandy came barreling through the first floor of her family’s home. She hopes to have new tank one day, right after she finishes sorting out all her relationship troubles, and this app helps her identify which fish are best suited for cohabitation. If only they had an app like this for people!

 

  • Surf Report. Lucy and her twin brother Liam have been surfing with their friends since they were eight years old. Like many surfers, she’s obsessed with the weather. This free app gives Lucy the daily surf reports, conditions, and tide charts.

 

 

So Excited to read this one!!!!!





Paradise City: Review & Release Day Blitz & GiveawayParadise City by C.J. Duggan
Series: Paradise #1
Also by this author: Stan, Max
Published by Little, Brown Book Group Limited on 2015-04-28
Pages: 336
Format: eBook
Goodreads
five-stars
When her parents decide a change will be good for her, seventeen-year-old Lexie Atkinson never expected they'd send her all the way to Paradise City. Coming from a predictable life of home schooling on a rural Australian property, she's sure that Paradise will be amazing. But when she's thrust into a public school without a friendly face in sight, and forced to share a room with her insipid, hateful cousin Amanda, Lexie's not so sure. Hanging out with the self-proclaimed beach bums of the city, sneaking out, late night parties and parking with boys are all things Lexie's never experienced, but all that's about to change. It's new, terrifying . . . and exciting. But when she meets Luke Ballantine, the sexy bad-boy leader of the group, Lexie can't help but wonder if Luke is going to be good for her . . . or very, very bad?

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LINKS

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WHAT I THOUGHT

One of the best things I ever did was email a new, Australian author to ask to review a book that she was publishing.  I did that back when I was starting off blogging.  I didn’t know that I would strike up an amazing friendship with said author, or that I would discover this semi-hidden jewel.  See, C.J. Duggan hadn’t been really discovered at that point, she was self-publishing, and writing kind of as a hobby. But whoa baby, you have come a long way since then!

Paradise City is published by Hatchette Australia! Such an amazing accomplishment for a self published author. I know a lot of Pepsi Max and chocolate went into this book. Way to go C.J.!

Okay, onto the book! I am tearing myself away from the Onslow Boys to bring you this update. But I can promise you it is ALL GOOD.  Oh yeah. Except for the ending.  That is a bit of a cliff hanger, but I digress…

See, Lexie decides to go to school in Paradise.  She has been homeschooled all her life, so this is a big deal.  The biggest.  And she finds herself the center of attention, and especially catching the eye of one Luke Ballentine. The guy in school.

All I gotta say is I’m glad I got this one when there was snow on the ground cause this book was super hot.  And, this book also made me forget that I’m thirty something. It totally took me back to the days of high school and crushes and sneaking out and first kisses and all that crazy angsty high school stuff that I never want to live again, but at the same time just seems so great when you read it, ya’ know? I lost a lot of sleep reading this book, but it was so worth it.  And I am now DYING to read the second book (and, yes, I am well aware that I sound exactly like my overly dramatic ten year old to who I would tell that I am not ACTUALLY dying and I WILL live until the book comes out, but still!) I sit here oh so not patiently, waiting in agony to know what is going to happen, cause it it not nice to leave a reader hanging like that.

But seriously, this one is not to be missed. Trust me.

ABOUT C.J. DUGGAN

CJ Duggan

C.J Duggan is a number one internationally bestselling Australian author of seven independent titles of her popular New Adult Summer series. In addition to her chart-topping indie novels, C.J is set to publish two titles with Hachette, Australia with her brand-new Paradise Series in 2015 (Paradise City and Paradise Road).

C.J lives with her husband in a rural border town of New South Wales, Australia. When she isn’t writing books about swoony boys and 90s pop culture you will find her renovating her hundred-year-old Victorian homestead or annoying her local travel agent for a quote to escape the chaos.

C.J.’s Series: 

The ‘Summer Series’
The Boys of Summer (December 2012)
Stan (October 2014)
An Endless Summer (July 2013)
Max (February 2015)
That One Summer (December 2013)
Ringer (March 2014)
Forever Summer (December 2015)

The ‘Paradise Series’
Paradise City (April 28th, 2015)
Paradise Road (August 28th, 2015)

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The Consequence of Loving Colton Review

Apr
27
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The Consequence of Loving Colton ReviewThe Consequence of Loving Colton by Rachel Van Dyken
Published by Amazon Publishing on 21/04/2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Pages: 304
Format: eBook
Goodreads
five-stars
It’s all fun and games…until someone’s heart is broken.

They’re not kids anymore, but Milo Caro is certain that Colton Mathews will only see her as his best friend’s little sister for the rest of their lives. After all, he made that clear the night before she left for college. But four years later, her brother is getting married and Colt’s the best man—and guess who is the best man’s last-minute date?

Milo vows to use the wedding to either claim the smoldering firefighter’s heart or douse this torch for good. When Max—her best friend from college, who may be carrying a torch of his own—crashes the party, they devise a plan to make Colt see what he’s missing. But after Colt catches on, he decides to cook up his own revenge.

Now it’s personal. Colt and Milo are at war, and between Max’s questionable acting methods, an unfortunate trip to jail, and a maniacal fiancée, what could possibly go right?

What I Thought

Rachel Van Dyken is another of my favourite authors. I’m a part of her group on Facebook, Rachel’s rockin readers. Rachel is always interacting with us readers and its a fun and friendly group to be a part of. We all also got a dedication in the front of this book.

So to the book! Milo is super clumsy and has been in love with her brothers best friend, Colton, for forever. After being rejected by him at 16, after trying to kiss him, Milo has felt humiliated ever since. Years later, aged 21, Milo has to return home for the weekend for her brothers wedding and will have to face Colton. Milo wants Colton to see her as the woman she now is, Not the little tomboy he grew up with.

So there is another kiss. This time it is initiated by Colton. Straight away he is apologising for it happening. Rather than have Colton think she is crying over the second rejection, She makes up having a boyfriend and being upset over cheating on him. Enter her best friend Max. Max goes along with her lie, Turning up for the weekend for the wedding. Secretly plotting to help Milo get her man.

Colton tries to fight his secret feelings, Wanting to be loyal to his best friend, Milo’s brother, Jason.

This book had me crying tears of laughter, I was receiving some very strange looks from my husband when i would all of a sudden burst into laughter. The feelings and back and forth between Milo and Colton was adorable.  Add in the secondary characters, A gay/not gay best friend, A horny grandma and a psycho bride to be and it just makes this book so much more fun to read! Its full of crazy lies, such witty banter and outrageous and hilarious shenanigans.

I read this book in a few hours. Once i started there was no way i could put it down. Eh…housework could be done another day. Bring on Max’s book!

Links

Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Goodreads

five-stars





Nowhere But Here Trailer Reveal!

Apr
15
1 COMMENT • This post is filed under: 2015, reveal, trailer
by Katie McGarry
Also by this author: Crash Into You, Pushing the Limits, Take Me On

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I am a HUGE Katie McGarry fan! And I am SUPER stoked about her new series Thunder Road coming out and the first book is Nowhere but here coming out May 26th! I am also SUPER excited to reveal the trailer today!

 

I can’t wait to get my hands on this one!!!!

 

WHAT IT’S ABOUT

An unforgettable new series from acclaimed author Katie McGarry about taking risks, opening your heart and ending up in a place you never imagined possible

Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she’s curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn’t mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both.

Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They’re the good guys. They protect people. They’re…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club’s most respected member—is in town, he’s gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it’s his shot at his dream. What he doesn’t count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down.

No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home.

 

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KATIE McGARRY’S LINKS

 

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Also, check out this deal!!!!

Nowhere but here deal

 

ABOUT KATIE MCGARRY

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Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON,  BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine’s 2012 Reviewer’s Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.

Nowhere but here

 





The Truth About Us: Review

Apr
12
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The Truth About Us: ReviewThe Truth about Us by Janet Gurtler
Published by Sourcebooks, Inc. on 2015-04-07
Genres: Friendship, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 320
five-stars
The truth is that Jess knows she screwed up.
She's made mistakes, betrayed her best friend, and now she's paying for it. Her dad is making her spend the whole summer volunteering at the local soup kitchen.


The truth is she wishes she was the care-free party-girl everyone thinks she is.
She pretends it's all fine. That her "perfect" family is fine. But it's not. And no one notices the lie...until she meets Flynn. He's the only one who really sees her. The only one who listens.

The truth is that Jess is falling apart – and no one seems to care.
But Flynn is the definition of "the wrong side of the tracks." When Jess's parents look at him they only see the differences-not how much they need each other. They don't get that the person who shouldn't fit in your world... might just be the one to make you feel like you belong.

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LINKS

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WHAT I THOUGHT

I recently read (and loved!) #16thingsIthoughweretrue by Janet Gurtler. So I was super excited to read The Truth About Us. It was on my TBR list and when Sourcebooks emailed me to review it, I jumped on the chance to read it.

Let me just tell you it was everything I hoped it would be!

Jess was the good girl, actually the good rich girl, but her family has had some troubles and she has done the typical teen thing and acted out.Flynn is not exactly from the right part of town, actually Jess meets him when she is forced to volunteer in a soup kitchen as punishment by her father.  But it turns out that he is a great guy, and they seem to fit together really well. Jess also meets a lot of other incredible people along the way and learns a lot about herself and who she is, and that money isn’t everything.

I gotta tell you, this one had me bawling at one point. Such a great book! I loved it and definitely worth the five stars I’ve rated it! Holy cow, I can see this one being on my favorites of 2015! Such a sweet, lovely story!

I tell you this book stole my heart and won me over. The Truth About Us…

five-stars





The Incredible Callaway Tour, Review, & Giveaway!On a Night Like This by Barbara Freethy
Series: Callaways #1
Published by Fog City Publishing, LLC on 12/26/2012
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, General, Romance, Suspense
Pages: 280
Format: eBook
four-stars
From #1 NY Times Bestselling Author, Barbara Freethy, comes a romantic new contemporary series about the Callaways, a big, blended Irish family born to serve and protect.

The second oldest of the Callaway clan, Aiden Callaway veered from the family tradition of urban firefighting and became a smokejumper, never questioning his choice until the job took the life of his friend, Kyle, and left Aiden with injuries and fractured memories. Everyone blames Aiden for what happened, but he doesn't remember, nor is he sure he wants to remember. The truth may clear Aiden of blame but destroy Kyle's reputation and hurt the people he left behind. Aiden seeks help from an unlikely ally ... Sara had always been untouchable, sweet, innocent, his sister's best friend, and the girl next door. But one reckless night in their youth took their relationship to a new level. Sara has never forgiven or forgotten the way Aiden brought it crashing down, but she's no longer that girl with the crazy crush. She's a woman in search of her own truth. The sparks between Aiden and Sara have been smoldering for a very long time. Sara is afraid to take another chance on a man who broke her heart, and Aiden knows better than anyone how dangerous an intense fire can be. As teenagers they weren't ready for each other. Are they ready now? ** ON A NIGHT LIKE THIS is the first book in an eight book connected contemporary romance series featuring the intriguing Callaway family. Love, mystery, adventure -- the Callaways have it all!

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LINKS

goodreads | amazon | barnes & noble | ibooks

goodreads link to the callaway series

WHAT I THOUGHT

Something in me has a HUGE soft spot for heroes. The everyday kind, police officers, firefighters, you know, the kind that go to work everyday and just do their job? Maybe that is what drew me to this series, cause the WHOLE family is in that line of work.

Aiden is a smoke jumper.  Yep, he WILLINGLY jumps out of planes into burning forests to put out fires, and like the rest of his family, he is good looking.  Sara has always had a crush on Aiden, but he was always her best friends older brother, but maybe there was something more there.  And, well, Aiden comes home after something happens on the job and he is trying to deal with it, and Sara need to try and mend some fences of her own, and maybe neither one is as immune to the past as they think.

A great story and great heat, literally! I really enjoyed this one. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series, which I have sitting on my Kindle just waiting for me! Don’t be surprised to see the rest of them appear on the blog as reviews!

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AN INTERVIEW WITH BARBARA

Barbara Freethy

What do you love most about being an author?

Being able to tell stories! I’ve been a voracious reader since I was a child, and having a job that allows me to create my own worlds, characters and plots is a dream come true.

What first inspired you to write the Callaways? Where did you get the initial idea for the series?

I had wanted to write a family series for a while, and I wanted the family to be blended, just to make the dynamics a little more interesting. Jack Callaway was a widower with four small boys when he met Lynda Kane, a divorcee with two small girls. They fell in love, got married and had twins. The eight siblings are now adults and range in age between 35 and 25. I also wanted the Callaways to stand for something. So there’s a family tradition of “serve and protect”. All the kids are raised with the idea that they need to serve the community, to help others and to always protect the family as well as anyone else in trouble. And the Callaways always seem to find trouble, even when they’re not looking for it.

Which of the Callaway siblings is the most like you? How are the two of you similar?

There is a piece of me in every character that I write, which makes it impossible for me to ever pick a favorite. I do like Emma a lot, because she’s the one person in the family who has a close relationship with every sibling. She’s also independent, brave and loving, which are all great traits.

Your characters all have such fascinating jobs, and, in reading your novels, it feels like I’m right there with them. How do you perform your research in order to make careers such as a smoke jumper, homicide detective, or Coast Guard rescue pilot so authentic?

I’ve read quite a few nonfiction books and articles written by smoke jumpers, firefighters, cops, etc. And I have a writer friend who is also a police detective, so I often ask her for help with the more technical aspects. But what’s really fun about writing is discovering new things—so I love to write about people in careers I don’t know that much about. In THAT SUMMER NIGHT, one of the characters is tied into the pharmaceutical industry, and I had never written a book that delved into that area. I found some of the true whistleblower stories that I read in preparation for writing that book to be fascinating. I think enjoying research is probably a big part of being a successful writer. I was born with a curiosity and an imagination. Writing is a great outlet!

The Callaways all have such beautiful, unique love stories. How do you get in the mindset for writing them? Are any of their stories inspired, at least in part, by your own real-life love story?

I have a wonderful husband who always takes credit for being my inspiration. And while that’s true, as a writer I do love to explore stories beyond my own personal experience. I like to bring together couples who complement each other but also drive each other a little crazy. I think love is about finding that one person who pushes you to be better, who challenges the way you think, supports you no matter what and gives you that heady, dizzy, wonderful feeling that comes when you fall in love.

I love that your novels are not only awesome romances but also have gripping suspense as a central part of the story line. How do you start planning your novels with the romance or with the suspense—or with something else altogether?

I enjoy writing romance that brings a little extra in terms of a plot. So every Callaway novel features a great love story, a puzzling mystery, some family drama and a little nerve-tingling suspense. I don’t outline in great detail, but I always have a general idea of the suspense plot points before I begin. The story takes shape and changes as I put myself into the characters’ heads. That’s part of the fun of writing!

Congrats on your groundbreaking, new partnership with Ingram to get the paperback editions of the Callaways out to the world. What about this opportunity has you most excited?

Since I formed my own publishing company and began independently publishing my books outside of the traditional New York publishing industry, it’s been a challenge to get my books into print and into physical bookstores across the country. Late last year, I entered into a groundbreaking partnership with Ingram Publisher Services to sell and distribute my books into retail outlets like Target, Barnes and Noble, airport bookstores and supermarkets, as well as other bookstore chains. I know there are lots of readers who still prefer to read in print, and I’m thrilled that they’ll now be able to read my bestselling digital series in their favorite format!

 

four-stars





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