Wednesday, August 8, 2018

[Spotlight Teaser] DIRTY HEADLINES by L. J. Shen

I've professed my love of all things L. J. Shen on this blog countless times...and you guys, I'm gearing up to rave about her some more. She has a new book called DIRTY HEADLINES coming in September...and I. AM. HERE. FOR. IT! 

It's an enemies-to-lovers romance and the leading dude is a playboy, he's ruthless...and he is HOT! 

I'll be sharing teasers leading up to the release of DIRTY HEADLINES...and ladies, here's the first one. ;) 


Célian Laurent.

Manhattan royalty.

Notorious playboy.

Heir to a media empire.

... And my new boss. 

Dirty Headlines, an all-new sexy, enemies-to-lovers romance from USA Today bestselling author L.J. Shen is coming September 7th and we have a sexy new teaser just for you! 

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Anybody else fanning themselves yet? ;)
Who else can't wait to read DIRTY HEADLINES?

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

[Release Day] BAD REPUTATION (Bad Bachelors #2) by Stefanie London

HAPPY RELEASE DAY TO STEFANIE LONDON—BAD REPUTATION IS OUT TODAY!

A few months ago, I read the first book in the Bad Bachelors series, Bad Bachelor, and I absolutely LOVED it! Because of that I was eagerly waiting for Bad Reputation...the second book in the series, and romance readers...today is our lucky day because today we can all get our hands on Wes Evans! And by hands I mean a copy of the book of course...geez, what did you think I meant. ;P

If you haven't heard about the Bad Bachelors series yet, it's centred around a group of three girlfriends (Darcy—from Bad Bachelor, Remi—from Bad Reputation, and Annie—who I can only presume will be the main character of the upcoming third book. ;) 

The stories themselves revolve around Bad Bachelors...an app where ladies can leave reviews...on the men that they've dated/encountered. Designed as a way for women to look out for each other, and feel more comfortable getting into the dating scene...Bad Bachelors causes countless problems for our leading dudes. In Bad Bachelor, Reed's reputation was destroyed by his negative reviews...but in Bad Reputation, Wes's reviews are all very flattering and very complimentary, but all that attention on his sex life starts to cause problems in his working life...read on to get a taste of the story, and let me know what you think in the comments!




Title: Bad Reputation
Author: Stefanie London
Series: Bad Bachelors, #2
Pub Date: August 7, 2018
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It's true, Wes is well-endowed.
But everything else is a huge misunderstanding...

Wes Evans, son of Broadway royalty, just wants to achieve something without riding his family's coattails. Too bad the whole world is talking about his sex life after the notorious Bad Bachelors app dubs him "The Anaconda". But when he sees a talented ballet dancer, he knows she is exactly what he needs to make his show a success.

Remi Drysdale only had one thought when she fled Australia for New York—never mix business with pleasure again. Ever. Working with Wes is the perfect chance to reclaim her career. Remi promises herself not to tangle with the guy who holds her career in his hands...no matter how enticing his reviews are on the Bad Bachelors app.

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A B O U T    T H E    A U T H O R

Stefanie London is the USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romances with humor, heat, and heart. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Stefanie now lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband. She loves to read, collect lipsticks, watch zombie movies and drink coffee. Her bestselling book, Pretend It's Love, was a 2016 Romantic Book of the Year finalist with the Romance Writers of Australia. You can visit her at www.stefanie-london.com

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And, get the latest dirt on Bad Bachelor #1 at the site badbachelors.weebly.com!  

  EXCERPT

  He leaned back in his chair, legs spread slightly apart. The pose was unabashedly male, and Remi shifted her gaze away from him, turning back to face the empty rows of seats representing the audience. The last thing she needed was the “Anaconda” staring back at her while she tried to nail these steps.

“Three, two, one.” She counted herself in and rose up into relevé.

Her toes protested, but she gritted her teeth. She couldn’t let Wes see she was struggling. Not when he’d placed so much faith in her.

She stepped up onto the chair, her floaty, chiffon skirt swirling around her thighs. Swish, swish, kick. Her foot sailed over his lap, missing him easily and she tried not to be distracted by the blue eyes trained intently on her. Swish, swish, kick. She turned, stepping into an arabesque, facing him, her back leg extended away from the chairs. Her ankle wobbled, the chair uneven enough that if she didn’t rise up in exactly the right spot, she couldn’t get a flat surface to balance on.

She wobbled again and fell forward, her hand coming down on Wes’s shoulder.

“Whoa.” He grabbed her easily, steadying her so she could bring her other foot down to the chair.

Humiliation burned in her cheeks. The other dancers seemed so much more at ease, so much more professional. They weren’t scared by the strangeness of the moves or the challenge of working with these props.

“I wanted to practice alone tonight,” she bit out. She was annoyed at herself for feeling so far behind, rather than at him for turning up unannounced. After all, he had every right to be there. “I’ll get it, I promise.”

“I know you will.” He stood, his hands still on her.

Her chest rose and fell, the deep breaths threatening more emotion that she desperately tamped down. Wes moved in front of her, his other hand coming up to smooth over her hip. He settled it on the other side of the waist.

“I’m going to hold you,” he said. “Go back into arabesque.”

Swallowing, she rose onto pointe and stretched into the position. Her back leg extended behind her, pulling up to create a perfect, elongated shape. Her arms floated in front, one slightly higher than the other as she looked out over her fingertips, concentrating on the crack in the beige wall on the other side of the studio.

She held the position, feeling safe with his hands holding her steady. It’d been so long since she’d had a partner to give her a safety net. To make sure she didn’t fall.
Remi didn’t dare look down, fearing that staring into Wes’s eyes might bring the most painful memories rushing back. She’d fallen in love once before in this very predicament—frightened of a new challenge, but with a strong, charming man holding her steady.

His touch burned through the fabric, sending sparks showering over her. The frayed edges of her nerves left her open, susceptible. They made her an easy target, like a rabbit caught in the glare of headlights. Ready to be flattened. Her breath hitched in the back of her throat, her heart slamming against her rib cage.

This wasn’t the effects of a memory.

It was the very real chemistry she’d walked away from the night they’d met at the bar. The kind of chemistry that was often imitated, rarely experienced. She knew choreographed chemistry, orchestrated chemistry. But this…this would burn her alive if she let it.

“Did you prove your point?” Her voice wobbled. Traitorous thing.

“What do you think my point was?” he asked.

Gone was the easy, humorous crinkles that normally bracketed his blue eyes. Gone was the cheeky smirk that lifted his lips, the one that always made her tummy flutter. Instead, he stared at her intently. Studying. Assessing. Like he could see a hell of a lot more than she wanted him to.

“To show me I can conquer my fears and all that. Was it meant to be a teachable moment?” She hated herself for trying to tarnish the flickering connection between them by being a sarcastic bitch. But Remi didn’t do vulnerable. She didn’t do open. Not anymore.

“I’m here to help you,” he said, frustration giving his tone a sharp edge. “Call it a ‘teachable moment’ if you like. Call it whatever the hell you want. But the reason I’m here is because I want this show to be a resounding success, and in order for that to happen, I need to make sure you slay whatever demon is lurking in your head.”
Yeah, he saw way too much.

“No demons,” she lied. “Just a fear of props.”

“Bullshit. We both know there’s more to it than that.”

He was still touching her, and she was still letting him. His strong hands made her waist look fragile. Made her look fragile.

You don’t want to be bloody fragile. You want to be a strong, badass ballerina who doesn’t need a man to save her.

But she was failing miserably.

“Help me down?” she asked, forcing a smile. She needed to break this spell. ASAP.
“Only if you stop feeding me bullshit,” he replied. “I know you probably come from a place where keeping your mouth shut is the only way to get ahead. I’ve been there too. But I can’t help you if you’re acting like I’m the enemy.”

“What if you can’t help me at all?” she whispered.

He tightened his hands around her and helped her down from the chair, the change in angle casting shadows across his face. Remi wasn’t short by any means, but Wes towered over her. He leaned forward, his dark hair flopping across his forehead. Without thinking, she reached up and brushed it back.

“I will keep pushing, Remi. I will poke and shove and I will make you angry enough to get out of your own head.” He pinned her with his stare. “I won’t let this show fail.”

Disappointment stabbed at her chest. Of course it was all about the show—she was doing the same stupid thing that she’d done before. Misinterpreting signs. Reading too much into things. Hearing what she wanted to hear.

Wasn’t that what Alex had said to her? If you thought I loved you, it was because you wanted to think that. Not because I meant it.

“I won’t let you fail.” Wes’s voice had turned rough. Gritty.

Don’t fall for it. Don’t fall for him.


Thoughts?

Does BAD REPUTATION sound like something you'd like to read?
Has anyone else already started the Bad Bachelors Series?

Monday, August 6, 2018

[Pre-Order Blitz] NOT SO NICE GUY by R.S. Grey - Only $0.99!


R.S. Grey's next romantic comedy, NOT SO NICE GUY, releases August 9th! 

Preorder your copy now for just $0.99 before the price goes up on release day!   



About NOT SO NICE GUY (available August 9th!)
:

“Oh my god. Who is that?” I get asked this question a lot.

“Oh him?” I reply. “That’s just Ian.”

Just Ian is the biggest understatement of the century. Just the Mona Lisa. Just the Taj Mahal. Just Ian, with his boring ol’ washboard abs and dime-a-dozen dimpled smile.

Just Ian is…just my best friend.

We’re extremely close, stuck so deep inside a Jim-and-Pam-style friendzone everyone at work assumes we’re a couple—that is until one day, word spreads through the teacher’s lounge that he’s single. Fair game. Suddenly, it’s open season on Ian.

He should be reveling in all the newfound attention, but to our mutual surprise, the only attention he seems to want is mine.

He’s turning our formerly innocent nightly chats into X-rated phone calls. Our playful banter sports a new, dangerous edge.

I want to assume he’s playing a prank on me, just pushing my buttons like always—but when Ian lifts me onto the desk in my classroom and slides his hands up my skirt, he doesn’t leave a lot of room for confusion.

I’m a little scared of things going south, of losing my best friend because I can’t keep my hands to myself. So, I’m just going to back away and not return this earth-shattering kiss—oh who am I kidding?!
Goodbye Ian, ol’ buddy, ol’ pal!
Helloooo mister not so nice guy.

Add NOT SO NICE GUY to your Goodreads list here!
NOT SO NICE GUY releases August 9th!
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About R.S. Grey


R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of thirteen novels, including THE FOXE & THE HOUND. She lives in Texas with her husband and two dogs, and can be found reading, binge-watching reality TV, or practicing yoga!

Visit her at rsgrey.com

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I absolutely adore R.S. Grey! Her books are hilarious, and NOT SO NICE GUY has been on my TBR since I heard about it months ago now! I can't wait to read it! :)

What about you?
Does NOT SO NICE GUY sound like something you'd like?
Any other big R.S. Grey fans out there?

Friday, August 3, 2018

[2018 ARC August] To Read List!

ARC August is a yearly challenge hosted by the bloggers of Read. Sleep. Repeat: Octavia, Shelly, and Angie!
Hey fellow bookworms! :D 

I've been a very lazy blogger lately, but I wanted to take part in this year's ARC August hosted and created by the lovely bloggers over at Read. Sleep. Repeat. It's the 6th Annual ARC August, but it's my first taking part and let me tell you...I'm sooo excited! :D

Here's my tentative to-read list for ARC August (in no specific order):
  1. Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
  2. I, Claudia by Mary McCoy
  3. Open Mic Night at the Westminster Cemetery by Mary Amato
  4. Jane Austen by Manuela Santoni (Graphic Novel)
  5. Josh & Hazel's Guide to Not Dating by Christina lauren
  6. Legacy of Light (Effigies #3) by Sarah Raughley
  7. Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
  8. Boy Toy (Man Hands #3) by Sarina Bowen & Tanya Eby
  9. Bad Reputation (Bad Bachelors #2) by Stefanie London
    • Finished August 2, 2018
  10. Not So Nice Guy by R. S. Grey
  11. Losing the Girl (Life on Earth #1) by MariNaomi (Graphic Novel)
    • Finished August 3, 2018
  12. Sheets by Brenna Thummler (Graphic Novel)
  13. Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich
  14. Burning Up (Flirting with Fire #1) by Jennifer Blackwood
  15. Hot Asset (21 Wall Street #1) by Lauren Layne
I made this list a couple of days before August started...and since I'm posting it three days into the month, I've actually finished two of these. ;) 

I'm going to make a note when I finish each book, and I'll add to the list if I add more ARCs to my TBR. ;)
My goal for ARC August is to finish at least 10 books on this list! 


As I mentioned, this will be my first time participating...and I'm super excited! I have wayyyy too many ARCs to read (both physical and digital), so it's the perfect reason for me to play some serious catch-up! ;)

Are you planning to participate in ARC August? 

If yes, what's on your TBR?
If no, what would you add to your list if you did participate?

[Cover Reveal] FLIRTING WITH FIRE ( Blue Collar Brothers #1) by Piper Rayne


Flirting With Fire
(Blue Collar Brothers #1)
By Piper Rayne
Release Day: Sept 13

DESCRIPTION

Everyone knows that if you play with fire you’ll end up getting burned…

What happens when you attend a first responder’s bachelor auction with your best friends? Well, if your name is Madison Kelly like me, your friends end up bidding on a date for you with your high school crush.

That’s right. Even back when I was ‘Fatty Maddie’ to all my classmates, I had eyes for the quarterback of our football team. Not like I was the only one.

Mauro Bianco may fight fires for a living, but he still sets my heart ablaze. One look at the rugged, muscular man he’s turned into and I want to slide down his pole.

One date. That’s all I’m committed to. A few hours and I can tuck him back into that tattered old shoebox in my closet.

As always, the universe has other plans. I never would’ve predicted that in a matter of days he’d turn from my dream guy into my enemy.
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ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

Piper Rayne, or Piper and Rayne, whichever you prefer because we’re not one author, we’re two. Yep, you get two USA Today Bestselling authors for the price of one. Our goal is to bring you romance stories that have "Heartwarming Humor With a Side of Sizzle" (okay...you caught us, that's our tagline). A little about us... We both have kindle’s full of one-clickable books. We're both married to husbands who drive us to drink. We're both chauffeurs to our kids. Most of all, we love hot heroes and quirky heroines that make us laugh, and we hope you do, too.

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Woo hoo! I've been excited for this new series ever since I read Break the Ice (the third Bedroom Games book), where the Bianco brothers were introduced! And this cover...and that description totally have me sold! This looks (and sounds) like it's going to be an intense, "fire"-y read! 

What do you think?
Do you like the cover, and does FLIRTING WITH FIRE sound like something you'd want to read?

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

[Blog Tour] SANCTUARY (Sanctuary #1) by Caryn Lix - Review + Q&A


Source: Received an ARC from Simon & Schuster Canada to participate in the
blog tour and give my honest review.
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: July 24, 2018
Number of Pages: 480 (Hardcover)

DESCRIPTION

Kenzie holds one truth above all: the company is everything.

As a citizen of Omnistellar Concepts, the most powerful corporation in the solar system, Kenzie has trained her entire life for one goal: to become an elite guard on Sanctuary, Omnistellar’s space prison for superpowered teens too dangerous for Earth. As a junior guard, she’s excited to prove herself to her company—and that means sacrificing anything that won’t propel her forward.

But then a routine drill goes sideways and Kenzie is taken hostage by rioting prisoners.

At first, she’s confident her commanding officer—who also happens to be her mother—will stop at nothing to secure her freedom. Yet it soon becomes clear that her mother is more concerned with sticking to Omnistellar protocol than she is with getting Kenzie out safely.

As Kenzie forms her own plan to escape, she doesn’t realize there’s a more sinister threat looming, something ancient and evil that has clawed its way into Sanctuary from the vacuum of space. And Kenzie might have to team up with her captors to survive—all while beginning to suspect there’s a darker side to the Omnistellar she knows.
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REVIEW


I've been a fan of space stories for as long as I can remember, and I'm always a sucker for superpowers and survival stories, so when I heard Sanctuary pitched as The 100 meets Aliens in space with superpowers...I was absolutely sold! I didn't end up absolutely loving Sanctuary like I hoped I would, but I did really, really like it!

I'm going to start off by telling you about the things that made me really like Sanctuary!

First, I absolutely loved Kenzie. I loved seeing her reactions to everything, and I loved her as a character. She was smart, thoughtful, and tenacious. I really enjoyed seeing how she reacted as her world was shifting around her, and I loved how she actively considered everything. She didn't just continue to blindly believe what she'd been told. She considered every angle, and when she was shown how the truth differed from what she'd seen from her privileged worldview, she wasn't afraid to admit that she'd been wrong...I freaking loved that! One of my favourite aspects of sci-fi is that it often acts as a lens or a mouthpiece for the author to show the dichotomy between the truth and how skewed our viewpoints can be based on whatever perspective we come from. I think Caryn Lix handled that perfectly in Sanctuary...and with how people are often judged, stereotyped and persecuted in our current world for things that are often out of their control, I think this is super vital. In fact, I think it's more important than ever for us to re-examine our preconceived notions and biases...and I hope that books like this help YA readers (both younger and older) see how they can re-examine their own worldviews through perspectives like Kenzie's.

Along with Kenzie, I loved Rune and Alexei! I really liked Cage, too, but Rune and Lex were my standout favourites out of the secondary characters. I have to admit that I wanted sooooo much more of Alexei in this story, but I did really love what was there! :D There was a pretty big cast of characters in the story, and it was really interesting to see the different dynamics. We saw the prisoners interacting with one another, and the guards in their own group, and we also saw how Kenzie fit in both groups. My favourite dynamics were definitely with the core group of prisoners though. I loved getting to know them through Kenzie, and I really enjoyed discovering all of their superpowers with her.

Now that I've gushed over the characters I liked, I'm going to reveal the smaller things that kept me from absolutely loving this one. There were a couple of secondary characters that kind of blended together for me: Matt and Tyler. Once the story progressed, they did get more defined, but when they were introduced, I honestly felt like they came out of nowhere. All of the sudden there were two new names and I had no idea who these two new guys were...and unfortunately that led me to feel rather disconnected to their characters. The other smaller thing that I felt was a bit lacking for the characters was getting to see them use their actual powers. There were a few powers that we saw pretty frequently, but I'm still a little put out that we didn't get to see much of the big powerhouse powers...I was waiting for it. haha

Plot-wise I thought that the story was really compelling! I was desperate to know what was going to happen to all of the prisoners on the ship, and I didn't want to put my book down at all. I loved all of the superpower parts that we did get to see and I absolutely loved all of the different details about the prison ship: Sanctuary. Most of all, I loved the space setting!

Overall, I really enjoyed Sanctuary! The characters and setting were extremely interesting, and the story kept me on my toes the entire time! I thought that it was a compelling and lively sci-fi that fans of The 100, Aliens, X-men, and any sort of survival story will also thoroughly enjoy! If you love space, superheroes, prison breaks...and stories that flip a character's worldview on its axis, leaving them with a good ol' dose of the always relevant inner questions of "Who am I?" and "What is my place in this world?," then Sanctuary is definitely for you!


Q & A with Caryn Lix

First, let's start with your inspiration. What inspired you to write Sanctuary or where did you find your inspiration from?
A lot of my stories start with a single character, image, or idea. In this case it was Sanctuary, and Kenzie staring out the window. But the characters in the prison actually came to me fully developed first, as I asked myself what kind of people would live in this prison, and what sort of effect prison would have on them. I was getting back into writing after a bit of a break, so Sanctuary had a fresh and inspired feeling that I hope carried over!

I always love learning about how writers work, so what's your writing process like?
I always say I don’t have a process! But I do. I write when I’m inspired or when I’m on deadline, but one thing I always do is write a full chapter and then write the first paragraph to page of the next chapter. That way I get to start in media res and it’s not like I’m starting from scratch! I also have this driving need for something caffeinated at my side, no matter what time it is.

What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
It’s not very original, but read and write! Read everything you can, in your genre and not, read and read and read and read. And when you’re done reading, write. Don’t worry if it’s great, just write the stories you want to read so that you’ll enjoy going back through them during the interminable editing process!

I'm always looking for new music...so I'm curious, if you had to create a playlist for Sanctuary, what songs would be on it?
I actually did write Sanctuary with a playlist running, but it had nothing to do with the story. I just listen to whatever I’m in the mood for. Most of the sequel was written to the Attack on Titan soundtrack. Sanctuary itself was an eclectic mix, but I think Lindsey Stirling featured pretty heavily on there.

If Sanctuary were to be developed for TV or film, who would be in your ultimate dream cast?
Oh wow. You know, I’m not even sure with this one. The idea of Sanctuary on screen is so cool that I’m scared to even consider it. 

I don't know about you, Caryn, but I always love sharing what I'm reading and loving with other readers, so now's your chance to share if you'd like! What book or books would you recommend to other readers?
There are just so many amazing books out there. This year I was really lucky to get involved with the Class of 2K18, which is full of fantastic debut MG and YA authors, and that exposed me to a lot of genres I maybe wouldn’t pick initially but that turned out to be amazing stories. So I would start there when looking for new reads. I’m also a huge fan of Six of Crows and Ember in the Ashes right now.

Finally, what do you hope your readers come away with after having read Sanctuary?
Mostly I hope they just have a great time with the adventure! That said, there are a lot of themes in Sanctuary about questioning your perspectives, being open to other people’s ideas, looking at both sides of morally gray issues and coming to terms with yourself and what you’re willing to do to survive. If people just want to enjoy running from aliens, that’s cool, but if the story makes them think about some of those ideas, so much the better!

ABOUT CARYN LIX

Caryn Lix has been writing since she was a teenager and delved deep into science fiction, fantasy, and the uncanny while working on her Masters in English literature. Caryn writes novels for teens and anyone else who likes a bit of the bizarre to mess up their day. When not writing, Caryn spends her time obsessively consuming other people’s stories, plotting travel adventures, and exploring artistic endeavors. She lives with her husband and a horde of surly and entitled animals in southern Alberta.

Connect with Caryn:
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What do you think?
Are you a fan of sci-fi stories?
Does Sanctuary sound like something you'd like?
What did you think of my Q&A with Caryn?

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

[Review] ALL YOUR PERFECTS by Colleen Hoover

Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Atria Books
Release Date: July 17, 2018
Number of Pages: 320 (Paperback)

DESCRIPTION

Colleen Hoover delivers a tour de force novel about a troubled marriage and the one old forgotten promise that might be able to save it.

Quinn and Graham’s perfect love is threatened by their imperfect marriage. The memories, mistakes, and secrets that they have built up over the years are now tearing them apart. The one thing that could save them might also be the very thing that pushes their marriage beyond the point of repair.

All Your Perfects is a profound novel about a damaged couple whose potential future hinges on promises made in the past. This is a heartbreaking page-turner that asks: Can a resounding love with a perfect beginning survive a lifetime between two imperfect people?
G E T   Y O U R   C O P Y   N O W !
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REVIEW

Wow.

I honestly wasn’t sure if I’d end up loving or even liking
All Your Perfects because there were times where it completely tore me up inside and I was an absolute, utter wreck...but I took a bit of a breather and picked it back up, and it managed to pull me back together. I didn’t want to stop reading, but I just wasn’t in the headspace to read such an emotional story. I’m glad I put it down for a bit because I think it helped me appreciate it more when I picked it up again.

I absolutely loved
All Your Perfects. It was heart-wrenching, raw and oh so, emotional. I won’t say I loved every moment because I didn’t, but what I did love was that despite those moments that tore me up and made me sad, All Your Perfects, still made me happy. It made me see things in a different way, and made me consider how sometimes looking at the things that are going wrong...or are flawed in our lives...can keep us from seeing all of the good. It can keep us from appreciating what we do have, and focusing on those flaws can keep us closed off from finding happiness.

While I’m nowhere even close to being in Quinn and Graham’s shoes, Colleen Hoover managed to make me feel as if I were in the same position. I felt all that they did and I saw how their life was crumbling. I did have the blessing of foresight and wanted them to talk sooooo much because I knew it would help, but I also saw why they behaved as they did. What I loved about this story was that even if you don’t feel as if you can relate to their situation, Colleen makes it so that you do relate to Graham and Quinn. You feel for them. You hope for them. You love with them. And that is why I loved this book so much. I loved it even more now that I’ve turned to the last page than when I read the lines that were my favourite, and I think I’ll love it even more the longer I think it over.

Highly, highly recommend All Your Perfects! It may tear you up inside, but trust me...it’ll also help put you back together. 




Thoughts?

Any other CoHorts out there?
If you haven't yet read a Colleen Hoover book, does ALL YOUR PERFECTS sound like a book you'd enjoy?

Monday, July 2, 2018

[Cover Reveal] BOY TOY (Man Hands #3) by Sarina Bowen & Tanya Eby

Hello fellow romance lovers! 

If you're a rom-com fan, I have a series that you definitely need to know about!

Sarina Bowen and Tanya Eby are releasing the third book in their Man Hands Series, Boy Toy, next month! The first two books in the series, Man Hands and Man Card, were super sexy and absolutely hilarious! The series features a group of three friends and each book focuses on one of them finding love. In Man Hands, Brynn fell for hunky handy reno-TV king, Tom, and in Man Card, Ash and Braht go from business rivals to loving bedfellows. ;)

Now, in Boy Toy, it's Sadie's turn and today, I have the cover and description to share...take a peek and let me know what you think!



BOY TOY (Man Hands #3) by Sarina Bowen & Tanya Eby
Pub Date: August 14, 2018
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Romantic Comedy

DESCRIPTION

A new romantic comedy from your favorite snort-laughing duo!



Liam


The moment Sadie Matthews walks through the daycare center door, I feel my world tilt in her direction. Again. I fell for her when I was fourteen, and I’m still not over her. Problem: she still thinks of me as a teen she used to babysit. But I’ve learned a few things about pleasing a woman in the last fifteen years. I can’t wait to show her how good it could be. I need to move quickly before I lose her again. This is more than a game to me, but I still plan to win.



Sadie


I’ve just survived the worst year of my life. As a single mom of twin toddlers, I don’t have time for a man. I barely have time to finish a thought. Who knew that Liam McAllister would grow up to be so devastating? He’s everything my husband was not: tall, built, and willing to have a tea party with my girls. 

I can’t possibly get involved with him. He’s too young for me. Too handsome. But he’s so persuasive...

P r e - O r d e r   Y o u r   C o p y   T o d a y!


About the Authors

SARINA BOWEN is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. She lives in Vermont's Green Mountains with her family, six chickens and too much ski gear and hockey equipment.

In 2016, Sarina became a Rita Award winner! The Romance Writers of America honored HIM by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy with Best Contemporary Romance, Mid-Length.

TANYA EBY is a member of SAG/AFTRA. She is a narrator and has over 500 titles to her credit. She also narrates under the name of Tatiana Sokolov for books that are particularly saucy (AKA erotica books). When not narrating, she’s working on her own writing. Check out her books: Easy Does It, Blunder Woman, Pepper Wellington and the Case of the Missing Sausage, Foodies Rush In,  Tunnel Vision, and Synchronicity. She also has a food blog at dips.tanyaeby.com.

Connect to Tanya: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Goodreads | Newsletter


What do you think?
Have you read MAN HANDS or MAN CARD yet?
What do you think of the cover for BOY TOY?

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

[Review] MY LADY'S CHOOSING by Kitty Curran & Larissa Zageris

Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Quirk Books
Release Date: April 3, 2018
Number of Pages: 352 (Paperback)

DESCRIPTION

This scandalous chooseable-path romance novel demands you determine your own romantic adventure-and satisfy all your earthly desires along the way!

Endless scenarios of high romance, deep desire, and quivering...comedy await your tender caress in this chooseable path romance novel. You are the plucky but penniless heroine in the center of 19th-century society, the courtship season has begun, and your future is at hand...

  *  Will you flip forward fetchingly to find love with the bantering baronet, Sir Benedict Granville?
  *  Or turn the page to true love with the hardworking, handsome, horse-loving highlander, Captain Angus McTaggart?
  *  Or perhaps you will chase through the chapters a good man gone mad, bad, and scandalous to know, in the arousing form of Lord Garraway Craven?
  *  Or read recklessly on to take to the continent as the "traveling companion" of the spirited and adventuresome Lady Evangeline?
  *  ...or yet another intriguing fate?

Whether it's forlorn orphans and fearsome werewolves, mistaken identities and swashbuckling swordfights, or long-lost lovers and pilfered Egyptian artifacts, every delightful twist and turn of the romance genre unfolds at your behest! Prepare to open your heart, open your mind, and open-this book.

REVIEW

I went through MY LADY'S CHOOSING and tried out three different versions of the story, and I absolutely loved every single one! I've always been a fan of "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories, and I love, love, LOVE romance, so this was right up my alley! I loved that it didn't take itself seriously and that the authors had so much fun with the genre and with various tropes/stories that they were inspired by. It was a blast to read and you could tell they had a lot of fun putting it all together!

Now I'll tell a bit about each of the versions that I tried out. :)

The first time I chose Captain Angus "Mac" McTaggart: the rugged, philanthropic red-headed Scot...who also happens to share many similarities with a well beloved character some people know as Jamie Alexander Malcolm Mackenzie Fraser...or Jamie Fraser if you've never read Outlander. Mac was definitely similar to Jamie in some ways, but he was also still uniquely Mac! He was wonderful and constantly had me swooning, and the story was super sweet! It also had a bit of mystery going on which was a lot of fun!

The second time I chose Sir Benedict Granville, the Mr. Darcy character of the bunch! He was a bit of a broody butthead when the story started, but I won him over with my....assets. We partook in some witty banter and hung out in some secluded alcoves. This version had some mystery, too, and quite a few of those alcoves/dark corners that I spoke of. I had a lot of fun with this one and I loved that this version of the story had a ball, card games, and witty banter...all the fixings of some of my favourite Austen novels!

And the third and final time that I ran through MY LADY'S CHOOSING, I chose Lord Craven, who was the Mr. Rochester of the bunch. This one was definitely the most ridiculous and outlandish out of all of the storylines that I chose, but it was super amusing! I also loved the commentary on my choices from the authors...even though they did call me a hussy. :P This one also had some mystery, but it mostly just went full on gothic and it gave me serious Northanger Abbey, Jane Eyre, and Wuthering Heights vibes. I loved it!

In addition to the three storylines that I tried out, there's also a storyline where you can choose to be a companion to your female friend in case anyone is looking to try out a same-sex relationship. The companion and Lord Craven storylines pop up during the Sir Benedict and Mac storylines, so if you're looking to play out either of them, make sure to keep your eyes peeled! :)

Overall, I had a blast reading through the various storylines of MY LADY'S CHOOSING. I loved that each one pulled inspiration from classics and popular stories, but that they still managed to be unique so that you were still left with surprises. I really enjoyed all of the storylines, but I have to admit that Mac's was definitely my favourite! :D




What do you think?

Are you a fan of "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories?
Does MY LADY'S CHOOSING sound like something you'd enjoy?
And if you've read it/tried it before, what did you think?

Friday, June 8, 2018

[Blog Tour] SAVE THE DATE by Morgan Matson - Review + Written Piece


Source: Received an ARC from Simon & Schuster Canada to participate in the
blog tour and give my honest review.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release Date: June 5, 2018
Number of Pages: 432 (Hardcover)

DESCRIPTION

Charlie Grant’s older sister is getting married this weekend at their family home, and Charlie can’t wait—for the first time in years, all four of her older siblings will be under one roof. Charlie is desperate for one last perfect weekend, before the house is sold and everything changes. The house will be filled with jokes and games and laughs again. Making decisions about things like what college to attend and reuniting with longstanding crush Jesse Foster—all that can wait. She wants to focus on making the weekend perfect.

The only problem? The weekend is shaping up to be an absolute disaster.

There’s the unexpected dog with a penchant for howling, house alarm that won’t stop going off, and a papergirl with a grudge.

There are the relatives who aren’t speaking, the (awful) girl her favorite brother brought home unannounced, and a missing tuxedo.

Not to mention the neighbor who seems to be bent on sabotage and a storm that is bent on drenching everything. The justice of the peace is missing. The band will only play covers. The guests are all crazy. And the wedding planner’s nephew is unexpectedly, distractingly…cute.

Over the course of three ridiculously chaotic days, Charlie will learn more than she ever expected about the family she thought she knew by heart. And she’ll realize that sometimes, trying to keep everything like it was in the past means missing out on the future.
G E T   Y O U R   C O P Y   N O W !
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REVIEW

I've been a huge fan of Morgan Matson ever since I stumbled upon a copy of Amy & Roger's Epic Detour in the library during my first year of University. Amy & Roger hooked me on Morgan's writing, and I've eagerly picked up every book that she's written ever since! Needless to say, as soon as I heard about Save the Date, I was super excited! It immediately reminded me of Father of the Bride, a favourite movie of mine growing up, and it was from Morgan Matson, so double yay!

Unsurprisingly, as soon as I started Save the Date, I didn't want to put it down! I was pulled in right from the first chapter. All of the characters were so vibrant and well defined, especially Charlie's siblings and parents! I absolutely adored Charlie, and I loved every single moment with her family. I loved how we clearly got to see her relationship with each of her siblings, too...and I really loved how different they were! I grew up with one brother, so big families with a bunch of siblings have always sort of fascinated me...and I loved getting to see Charlie's! I loved how each of the siblings had different ways that they connected with each other...and I loved how they had so many shared jokes, games, and memories. It actually made it feel like you were a Grant right alongside Charlie! I loved all of the siblings, but I definitely had a soft spot for JJ and Danny! JJ constantly had me laughing, and I think I loved Danny and Charlie's relationship the best!

In Morgan's previous books the romance has always been one of my favourite elements, and I did love the little romantic elements that were in Save the Date, but I definitely loved the family parts even more. Partly because the romance isn't really as big in this book as her previous ones, but for the most part it was because this book was so centred around Charlie and her family. It really did remind me of Father of the Bride that way. There were so many unexpected roadblocks, and I loved seeing the family come together and tackle them all.

I always love that Morgan's books have so many layers, and Save the Date is no exception. Even though it mostly only takes part over the span of three days, so much happens for Charlie, and I loved seeing how all of the elements that were changing in her life helped her evolve over such a small span of time. I ended up reading the book over the span of a few days and it made the story flow in a really organic way, and I loved that! I also cannot finish this review without mentioning Waffles, the aforementioned unexpected dog from the description. I'm a sucker for a dog in a story, and Waffles was adorable! The entire book was adorable. It had me laughing, smiling, and it even had me crying.

Overall, I absolutely loved Save the Date! It was a wonderful story that was extremely funny and gave me all the feels! I think anyone who already loves Morgan Matson will be a fan, and I think it'd be perfect for any readers looking for a family-centric young adult novel! If you're like me and you absolutely loved movies like Father of the Bride growing up, I'm also pretty sure that you're going to absolutely love Save the Date, too! 


WRITTEN PIECE

FINDING INSPIRATION & POP CULTURE
I asked Morgan, "Where do you find inspiration for your novels? Does popular culture come into play, or do you find inspiration within pop culture?"

And here was her fabulous response:
The inspiration for my novels always seems to come from a different place with each one – and usually when it’s least expected or convenient.  The kernel of the idea for Save the Date actually did come from a place of pop culture, as I was thinking a lot about the newspaper comics I’d grown up reading, like FoxTrot, Zits, and For Better or For Worse.  I was thinking about what it would be like to have grown up seeing your life transformed into a comic strip, and the idea flowed from there – the idea of a big family, one big event, and everyone returning home for it.

Pop culture plays more of a part in Save the Date than in any of my previous books.  The idea of a big, messy family wedding where things go wrong is one of my favorite movie genres, and I love films like Father of the Bride, Sixteen Candles, The Philadelphia Story/ High Society, and Rachel Getting Married. I definitely rewatched these movies – and a number of other screwball comedy films – as I prepared to start writing Save the Date. I wanted it to have that same fun, madcap feel, but grounded by real characters, emotions, and change.

The inspirations for my other novels have come from a variety of places, and never the same one twice. I got the idea for The Unexpected Everything when I was on book tour in Washington, DC, and started thinking about what it must be like to grow up in the shadow of politics, and always thinking about political ramifications – and the idea of Andie, a Congressman’s daughter, began to emerge.  And I got the idea for my next book after seeing a photograph on a wall during a school visit. So you never know where inspiration is going to come from.  After five books, I try and be open to the fact that it can come from anywhere – and will pop up when you least expect it to!

ABOUT MORGAN MATSON

Morgan Matson was born in New York City and grew up there and in Greenwich, Connecticut. She attended Occidental College as a theater major, but halfway through, switched her focus to writing and never looked back. She received an MFA in Writing for Children from the New School, and then a second MFA in Screenwriting from USC.

She is the New York Times bestselling author of five books, all published by Simon & Schuster.

She currently lives in Los Angeles with her rescue terrier, Murphy, in a house with blue floors that’s overflowing with books.

Connect with Morgan:
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I think that Morgan managed to capture the fun, madcap feel of the messy family wedding and screwball comedies that she mentioned in her written piece, and I definitely loved getting some insight into where he inspiration comes from! :)

What did you think of Morgan's written piece?
If you've already read Save the Date, do you think Morgan captured the same essence of those films?
If you haven't read it yet, is it on your to-read list?

Friday, May 18, 2018

[Blog Tour Review] BANE by L. J. Shen


Bane, the highly-anticipated next standalone in the Sinners of Saint Series by L.J. Shen is LIVE!


Bane by L.J. Shen
Source: Received a copy from the author to
give an honest review.
Release Date: May 10, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Designer:  Letitia Hasser at RBA Design
Photographer: Pavel Lepikhin
Model: Vadim Ivanov

DESCRIPTION 

Bane

Naked surfer. Habitual pothead. A con, a liar, a thief and a fraud.

Last I heard, he was extorting the rich and screwing their wives for a living.

Which is why I’m more than a little surprised to find him at my threshold, looking for my friendship, my services, and most puzzling of all—looking humbled.

Thing is, I’m on a boycott. Literally—I cut boys from my life. Permanently.

Problem is, Bane is not a boy, he is all man, and I’m falling, crashing, drowning in his sweet, perfect lies.

Jesse Carter

Hot as hell, cold as ice.

I wasn’t aware of her existence until a fat, juicy deal landed in my lap.

She’s a part of it, a little plaything to kill some time.

She is collateral, a means to an end, and a side-bonus for striking a deal with her oil tycoon stepdad.

More than anything, Jesse Carter is a tough nut to crack.

Little does she know, I have the f****** teeth for it.


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VICIOUS

REVIEW

Ever since I read L. J. Shen's VICIOUS she's been one of my absolute favourite authors. Her books never fail to touch every single one of my emotions. I love her writing, and I'm constantly impressed by just how much she manages to pull me into her stories. BANE was no exception! It was amazing and I couldn't put it down!

I'd been eager to read BANE ever since L. J. Shen announced it after SCANDALOUS released...and it was soooo worth the wait! It was raw, passionate, intense, and addictive! I loved it so much! Roman “Bane” Protsenko was absolutely magnificent! I was pretty sure when we met him in SCANDALOUS that I'd love him, and I was so right! He’s brash, and a bit ruthless, but underneath it all he’s unerringly good and kind. It was an interesting dichotomy when you think about him in comparison to Vicious. They’re both pretty cruel when you get on their bad side, but while Vic never cares about other people’s feelings (Emilia being the rare exception for the most part), Bane always tries to be “nice” about things, even if it’s just on the surface sometimes. ;) I loved the power and dominance he wielded, and I really loved how he interacted with Jesse right from when they first met to when he was utterly consumed with her...sooooo good! And Jesse: I hurt for her so much throughout the story, but I also admired her and was so proud of her. She was so strong, and I absolutely loved her wit and definitely related to her love of romances! 

I gushed about Bane and Jesse already a bit, but I have to continue to gush a bit more about Bane! My ultimate L. J. Shen book is still VICIOUS and Vicious is still my favourite of her leading men, but I have to admit that Bane has come the closest to topping my love of Vicious--both character and book-wise! He's so sexy, and this book was soooo good! I loved the romance between Bane and Jesse, and I loved how Bane helped Jesse realize her own strength and grow! I loved their friendship, but I loved when it became a full-fledged romance and relationship even more. The chemistry between the two of them was sizzling! As far as plots go, BANE was pretty heavy. Jesse had a some pretty rough moments in her past, and Bane grew up being pretty much the only kid on the wrong side of the tracks in a town where there wasn't really a lower class. I loved how they helped each other move on from their hang-ups from their pasts...and while parts of BANE were tough to read and face, L. J. Shen did a wonderful job telling this story.

Overall, I absolutely loved BANE! It's moved right up to the top of my favourite L. J. Shen books alongside VICIOUS, and I think that romance readers who like their romances a little rawer, darker, and on the sexier side will absolutely love BANE! And just in case this is your first experience with L. J. Shen, BANE can be read as a standalone, but it also fits into her series of standalones, the Sinners of Saints, so feel free to choose this as your first L. J. Shen book! And then if you love it, you can go back and see where her stories set in Todos Santos all began. ;)



About LJ Shen

L.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat.

Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets peoples’ birthdays and never sends Christmas cards.

She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.

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Have you read anything by L. J. Shen yet?
If you've read Bane already, what did you think?
If you haven't read it, do you plan to?

Friday, May 11, 2018

[Review] ARROGANT DEVIL by R. S. Grey

Source: Received a copy from the author to
give an honest review.
Release Date: May 10, 2018

DESCRIPTION

Everyone in Cedar Creek, Texas, knows Jack McNight is an arrogant devil. Physically, I get it: he’s tan and fit, with coal-black hair that’s clearly been scorched by hellfire. Oh, and his personality? It burns just as hot.

When I show up on the doorstep of Blue Stone Ranch, I’m run-down and rockin’ my last pair of underwear. I’m hoping for a savior, but instead, I find him.

My opinion of Jack is marred by a dismal first impression, but his opinion of me is tainted even before I arrive. He’s heard I’m a spoiled princess there to take advantage of his goodwill. To him, I’m more trouble than I’m worth.

Our button-pushing banter should get under my skin. His arrogance should be a major turn-off. Problem is, devils are known to offer their own form of temptation.

Every one of his steely glares sends a shiver down my spine.

Every steamy encounter leaves me reeling.

Sure, it could be the Texas heat messing with my head, but there’s no way I’ll survive the summer without silencing him with a kiss and wrestling him out of those Wranglers.

Who knows…going to bed with the devil might just be the salvation I’ve been looking for all along.

Buy It Here: Amazon 


REVIEW

I first stumbled upon R. S. Grey during the Rio Summer Olympics when she wrote two Summer Games titles. I absolutely LOVED them, so I quickly one-clicked some of her other titles, and I haven't looked back since! She quickly became one of my favourite rom-com authors, and her books always have me laughing, smiling, and swooning! As soon as I heard she had a new book coming out, I added it to my to-read list...I have to admit that with Arrogant Devil, I didn't even read the description...just automatically added it on Goodreads. That's how much I love her books...doesn't matter what she writes, I'll read them, and she never disappoints!

Just as I expected, Arrogant Devil was absolutely wonderful! From start to finish it was extremely funny, and it constantly had me laughing. When I was reading it on the bus, I was struggling to keep a big goofy grin off my face almost the entire time. I didn't realize just how much I was craving laughter and something a bit lighthearted until I started reading Arrogant Devil and it instantly made me feel more relaxed and refreshed...even though I stayed up way too late during the work week because I didn't want to stop reading. ;)
  
One of the things that I always love about R. S. Grey's books is the fact that she really, really knows how to write dual POVs. She does an amazing job of showing both characters and she manages to make sure you get both sides of the story while never making a story feel repetitive! In the case of Arrogant Devil, Meredith and Jack were fantastic! I absolutely loved Meredith! I wanted to hug her close and I wanted to protect her from everyone who was judging her. She was so sassy, and sooooo funny! I loved her snappy lines, and I really loved how she interacted with Jack! And Jack...holy hot cowboy! I'm a sucker for an amazing rom-com...throw in a sassy heroine and a sexy hero...especially one who's a bit broody, distant, and so, so, strong and I'm so there for it. Chemistry-wise,  Meredith and Jack were absolutely off-the-charts! Their dynamics were fiery and I loved seeing them battle each other with their banter! I also loved the calmer moments between them...it all left me feeling so content and happy! I finished Arrogant Devil with a seriously big grin on my face and I'm already looking forward to the next R. S. Grey book that I read!

Overall, I loved Arrogant Devil! It was hilarious, sexy, and packed full of so much swoon-worthy goodness! Once I started reading, I didn't want to stop! I'd recommend Arrogant Devil (and any of R. S. Grey's other wonderful books) to readers who like stories that are full of humour and heart with some good ol' steamy sexiness thrown in!



ABOUT R.S. GREY

R.S. Grey
is the USA Today bestselling author of thirteen novels, including THE FOXE & THE HOUND. She lives in Texas with her husband and two dogs, and can be found reading, binge-watching reality TV, or practicing yoga!

Visit her at rsgrey.com

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So I guess I'm just going to sit here and eagerly wait for R. S. Grey's next rom-com, but while I wait, I'll just have to keep encouraging all of y'all to read her books! (Couldn't resist the y'all after reading Arrogant Devil. :P I've always wanting to "say" it you know. haha)

What do you think?
Are you a fan of rom-com books?
Does Arrogant Devil sound like one that you'd like?