Tuesday, February 28, 2017

2017 Monthly Wrap Up : February

Another month has come and gone and these are the books I have had the pleasure or displeasure of reading.  I tried to stick close to the monthly reading list. I think I did well. And of course I wanted you to see the hauls & linked down below are a few of my favorite videos from the channel this month.
Stats
Yearly Goal: 365          Monthly Goal:  30            Books Read This Month: 10

Yearly Balance: 335

Monthly Reading Prompts:
  •  Christine Feehan Book: 
  • Non Fiction Book: 
  • J. D. Robb   Ritual In Death; Chaos In Death
  • Nora Roberts: 
  • Erotica Challenge Book Beyond Control by Kit Rocha, Menage Material by Serena Akeyrod
  • Book From My Shelves  Tomas, Cowboy Homecoming by Linda Warren; Baby Be Mine by Emily Mckay
  • YA Challenge Book: 
  • Paranormal Challenge Book: 
  • New Adult Challenge Book: 
  • Book from 52 Books in 52 Weeks Challenge: 
  • Ebook Challenge Books: Beyond Pain by Kit Rocha, Beyond Temptation Kit Rocha, Red Zone Sherri Hayes
  • Black Author's Challenge: 
  • Randomly Selected Book from previous monthly list: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
  • Witches and Witchcraft Challenge Book: 
  • Lora Leigh Challenge: Meghan's Mark Breeds Series Wolfe's Hope
  • Brenda Jackson Challenge: 
Yeah this month wasn't a huge reading month, and that could be because I as doing a lot of crocheting and exploring my netflix backlog of shows.  So many of my favorite shows are ending and I'm trying to keep up with them now.  Next month I'm going to be doing a New Adult month featuring my faves as well as for my reading lists.

If you have any new adult to share ith me share down below.  That's it!! What have you read, share in the comments down below.  It's always best to begin as you mean to go on.


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Book #Review: Need (Finding Anna:Series Book 2) by Sherri Hayes .@Sherri_Hayes

Book Title: Finding Anna # 2: Need 
Author: Sherri Hayes   |WebsiteTwitterFacebook|
Publisher: Smith Publicity --The Writer’s Coffee Shop
Format: Ebook 
Cost: $8.49
Pages: 231
How I got it: NetGalley 
Series/Standalone: Series Book 2
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Publisher
Publication Date: July 2012

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Synopsis:
As Brianna comes to terms with the realization that she is no longer a slave, she must figure out what she wants for her life. Forgetting her past isn’t an option. It is an integral part of who she is now, and it will forever shape her view of life. The one thing she knows is that she cannot imagine her life without the man who saved her, but can she be what he needs?

Stephan never imagined falling in love with the woman he rescued, but the thought of her no longer being part of his life is physically painful. The scars from her past continue to haunt her, and he is helpless to stop them. All he can do is try to help her work through the traumas of her past. Can he be everything she needs and help her move on?

The two must figure out how to navigate not only their relationship with each other, but also the outside world. A friend from Brianna’s past shows up where she least expects them, and Uncle Richard continues to enforce his well-meaning agenda to get Brianna more traditional help. As forces, both friend and foe, threaten to tear them apart, Stephan and Brianna have to navigate the turbulent waters and find what they need in each other.

This is a Repost from my now defunct blog, I still stand by my review and I still love the series.  

I have to gather my thoughts on this book. Clearly there is a book before it, and I need to read it, and now there is a book after that I have to read to get some serious answers.This is one of the first times I have actually read a book and thought to myself "hell I should have read the first one". Most times the author writes the book so there is a chance for you to know the story without feeling like you missed out. In this instance you can read the book, but you won't really get some of the references or the true real reason why Briana is the way she is.

I wasn't sure how to feel about the book for a while, as it was hard to get into the characters beyond feeling extremely sorry for Briana.  I do get why the Uncle thinks Briana needs help, it does kind of smack of Stockholm Syndrome that she is relying on him so much and not seeking help.  She has been free for only two months and she hasn't known anything but violence; so the little piece of happiness she does have she is going to cling to. 

I think Stephan needs to let her seek help from someone who knows about the BDSM lifestyle and knows how this can work to aide her in getting over her past. There are psychologist who are alternative lifestyle friendly, so he should look into that (I'm saying this like he's a real person, but I mean that the author should maybe setup the next scenario as him adding this into his little bag of tricks).

I like that the author shows how BDSM can help people heal, and the difference between abuse and true BDSM relationship.  I did love the characters though, I loved that the author use simple bare writing to carry the tale, instead of giving details that we wouldn't need.  For a man of only 24, Stephan seems to have it all together, it wasn't until I was reading someone else's review that I found out that Briana was only 18, which makes her story kind of both heartbreaking and sad, considering how she ended up where she did.

I'm not sure how to feel about their relationship developing so soon after her rescue, it makes me wonder how much of it is her trying to stay safe, or how much of it is truly her being happy to be there.  Everything that happens seems to point to her being a natural submissive, and then you think about how she was 'trained' and you have to wonder if it isn't just that training coming through.  His punishment for her transgression was pretty fair, considering it wasn't until the end of the punishment that she got the message; which I thought was pretty funny. I'm trying to understand how no one thought that it was wrong that she was under aged and being used that way, then of course I woke up and remembered what world we live in.  

There really wasn't a lot of full on sex, which doesn't make this a true 'erotica'.  She handled the scenario well, evoking some serious emotions for the characters and their plight and really left in a place where I was like. "Where is the next one" Sadly rumor has it that it doesn't come out until summer 2013. BOOOO!!
★★★☆☆
It's a pretty good read, well written, flows well. Characters are fully fleshed out, although it's taking a little while to know Briana.  I'm off to get the other book to read so I can catch up on their story. Happy reading & Be blessed.


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Snippet Book #Review: The Breed Next Door by Lora Leigh

Book Title: The Breed Next Door (Breeds 5, Felines 4)
Author:  Lora Leigh |WebsiteFacebook 
Publisher: Berkley
Genre: Erotic Romance
Series/Standalone: Series
Format: ebook
Cost: $2.99
Pages: 98
How I got it: Purchased
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Publisher
Publication Date:
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Synopsis:
Lyra’s neighbor can’t be for real. A man who makes her hormones stand up and scream every time she sees him. And he’s breaking through her reserve to invade her dreams at night. But Tarek Jordan is even more than he seems. A Breed Enforcer with a plan. First, find the Council Trainer he’s tracked to Fayetteville, Arkansas, and second, claim the woman next door as his own. She's fated to be his and his alone. He can feel it in his blood. Untl the danger that has shadowed his life suddenly casts a darkness over Lyra's as well. Now Tarek knows that he can’t wait any longer to claim the woman his heart and soul burns for. He has to tell her who he is, what he is, and what he wants. And Lyra will have to accept him as he is, on his terms, and now. Her life depends on it. The Breed Next Door originally appeared in Hot Spell.
I went into this one desperate for another breed romance, I don't read the synopsis anymore, I just read. I'd been denying myself these book so I could read others on my shelves and man I'm so glad I got to read.

As a shorter story in the Breed world Lora made this work by giving them a back story.  As neighbors for the past six months they had been doing a back and forth dance, as Tarek learned about being free and Lyra just wanted him to stop killing her plants.  I loved the interaction they had and how quickly they both got on the same page.  Tarek was unaware of the strength and depth of his feelings and Lyra wasn't sure what she was going to do with a man like him.  She was fun, funny and very spunky.  I'm looking forward to seeing them throughout the series.

Very quick read, with the mystery being solved quickly but enough tension that you wanted to keep reading.  Fun quick slump breaker.
 ★★★1/2
Happy Reading


Monday, February 20, 2017

Weekly Wrap Up February 1-10th 2017


Hi my loves it's February Wrap up time and I must share with you all the books I have taken on and read in the past few days.  I'll be sharing full reviews on most of them, let m know if you have read any of these and I will chat with you about them in the comment section.


I read a second chance cowboy romance that made me smile because of how the characters came together despite their families drama.  I loved that the author took on the subject of PTSD and ho it affects the men and women in the military but also how it affects their families as ell.  I really enjoyed this one so I gave it 3.5 stars.


I finally finished Maiden Flight (book 1 in the Dragon Knights Series) by Bianca D'Arc.  This one took me a little bit to get into because it was kind of hookey when it first started and I'm not really about that life.  I love romance but 2 second insta love makes me skeevy, however it does settle into a full world that she builds for us and it included dragons so I might go back to it, there were some pretty interest threads laid out that might make this world worth reading.  I have it 3 solid stars.


I also had this book on my shelves for over 14 years, and I made the decision to read it.  BABY BE MINE by Emily McKay.  I give the  book 3 stars and only because the male character saved the book, i got into a more in depth review, but ohmigawd, she was just so annoying and I anted to shake her, like girl what??


The next book I read includes my random.org pick for the month and I'm so freaking glad I read it, it actually became my fist 5 star read for the year so far and that is UGLY LOVE by Colleen Hoover,  My full review will be up on the blog next month for New Adult Month, but yeah I finally know why she's talked about so much among the new adult book lovers, this was awesome.


then i read RITUAL IN DEATH by JD Robb and I fell back into the In Death world with no problem, falling in love once again with our cast of characters and loving the mystery as it unfolded, I loved that there was a little bit of magic in this one even if Eve hates the Woo Woo stuff.  One of my favorites series, definitely a solid 4 star read.

I cheated and counted as a bonus read the next book from the In Death series CHAOS IN DEATH  this was a read I didn't expect and I totally LOVED the retelling that Eve has to face.  This was a cute story and a little bit crazy; I didn't know what to expect and I'm very glad I got to read it.  Another solid 4 star read.

There it is those are the books I have read for the first ten days of the new month. I can't wait to share with you the second weeks' wrap up.  How are you doing my loves?? Your reading goals working for you?? Share in the comments down below and we can motivate each other.




Saturday, February 18, 2017

Book #Review: Soul Deep (Breeds Series) by Lora Leigh

Book Title: Soul Deep ( Breeds 5, Coyote Breeds 1)
Author:  Lora Leigh |WebsiteFacebook|
Publisher: Ellorascave
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series/Standalone: Series
Format: Trade paperback
Cost: $9.99
Pages: 188
How I got it: Purchased on Amazon Secondhand Section
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble |
Publication Date: July 2008
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Synopsis:
* Book #5 of Breeds series / Book #1 of Coyote Breeds series

Mother Nature has a way of making the most unlikely couples ‘fit’. And what could be more unlikely than a sassy, independent President’s daughter who doesn’t know when to keep her mouth shut and a loner Coyote Breed with a hunger for a cute rosebud mouth that he’s determined to still.

The vote for Breed Law is coming down the pike. Kiowa’s job is to watch Amanda, the President’s daughter—look, but not touch. Just make sure the Goof Troop, the Secret Service detail assigned to protect her, do their job until the law is passed.

But when they don’t and the bad guys move in to take her out, Kiowa reluctantly slips in to the rescue, snatching her away to safety. But she isn’t going to come easy and it takes more than smooth talking to make her see his point of view.

For a man who’s had nothing, Amanda Marion is food for the hunger that has tortured him, the reality to every dream Kiowa never dared believe in. What he feels for her is more than heat, more than love. She breathes life into his hardened heart, melting the icy chill that has protected him all his life, and touches a part of him that he thought had died—his soul. And now he’ll kill anyone who tries to take her away from him.

But the one person he can’t fight is Amanda, and when she wants to leave…
I went into this story blind, it's a Lora book and a breed book that's all I need to want to read it   This was perhaps the most difficult book to read because of the unfolding of events.  I know the men don't know what is happening to them and they don't know why they feel the urge to do what they do. Which I personally think is wrong because you leave people vulnerable to making mistakes like in this case.  I think that's something the Pride is going to have to start sharing with the fighting members at lest so they know what can and will happen to them.

Kiowa's job is been to watch the President's daughter because she is the key to keeping the President honest and she's being targeted by those who don't want the President to make the Breeds legal. That is the basic setup, of course things go horribly wrong when she's betrayed by a friend and Kiowa has to rescue her.  In the process he bestows a kiss to silence her and that starts the chain effects, Neither of them are aware of what is about to happen to them and much like she states it's not her who wants this it's her body.  Kiowa is just as much at a loss as to why he wants this woman he doesn't really know and why he needs her so desperately, but her does and they do and bam the story gets rolling from there.

Once again we meet Simon and his ladies and I soooo need to know his story and how he ended up with the Ladies.  Simon is the one who comes to Kiowa's rescue and begins to clue him in on what's going on; neither he nor Amanda really believe it and we get their story from there.  The over arching story of the breed nation is being laid down as well, as with the start of some of the mystery about who is betraying the pride.  We learn a little bit more about the Counsel and how they picked the women who carried the Breed children.  We learned more about the Coyotes and why they were able to be turned while so many others weren't.

Amanda both annoyed me and made me love her.  She wanted to be strong and independent of the white house but at the same time she didn't see how privileged it made her until she was facing not being surrounded by it's protective hand.  I loved how she took Kiowa to task, how she confronted Callan when she needed to and how she was the stronger of the two when it came time to make decisions that would aide them as a couple and as a people.  I loved how she was with Dawn and the glimpses of Dawn we do get to see, I can't wait to get to her book but i'm sure it's going to be so damn devastating.  Amanda has a vision for her life and she was fighting for it and even when she realized it has to change she was willing to fight for a vision similar to it, either way damn you she's getting her dream.

Kiowa's story was so sad and even made more heart breaking when the truth comes out in the end.  I loved who he was and the glimpses of Cassie and what she told him.  I loved that he tried anyway to give Amanda what she needed.

I did have a few issues, however the characters themselves confronted those issues so it answered some questions I had. I still enjoyed it and can't wait to read more.
 ★★★★☆
Another great addition to the series and I can't wait to read more,  I hope you enjoy it and of course
Happy Reading my loves, 

Monday, February 13, 2017

#Giveaway & Book #Review: Riveted (Saints of Denver 4) by .@JayCrownover .@InkSlingerPR

Book Title: Riveted (Saints of Denver 3)
Author:  Jay Crownover |WebsiteTwitterFacebook|
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Genre: New Adult Romance
Series/Standalone: Series
Format: Ebook, paperback
Cost: $14.99
Pages: 368
How I got it: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Publisher
Publication Date: February 2017
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Synopsis:
From the New York Times bestselling author of the Marked Men books comes the next installment in the Saints of Denver series. Everyone else in Dixie Carmichael's life has made falling in love look easy, and now she is ready for her own chance at some of that happily ever after. Which means she’s done pining for the moody, silent former soldier who works with her at the bar that's become her home away from home. Nope. No more chasing the hot as heck thundercloud of a man and no more waiting for Mr. Right to find her; she's going hunting for him...even if she knows her heart is stuck on its stupid infatuation with Dash Churchill. Denver has always been just a pit stop for Church on his way back to rural Mississippi. It was supposed to be simple, uneventful, but nothing could have prepared him for the bubbly, bouncy redhead with doe eyes and endless curves. Now he knows it's time to get out of Denver, fast. For a man used to living in the shadows, the idea of spending his days in the sun is nothing short of terrifying. When Dixie and Church find themselves caught up in a homecoming overshadowed with lies and danger, Dixie realizes that while falling in love is easy, loving takes a whole lot more work…especially when Mr. Right thinks he's all wrong for you.
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I really loved this one. Romance, unrequited lov, a road trip, small southern towns and a bit of a mystery all rolled into one with another hot southern charmer in the Denver crew. Church is close to the main Marked Men because he is friends with all of them but especially with Rome as they served together in the Army. I loved that we didn't get the hints of Church's true story until the story really began on their way out of Denver.  I also loved that Jay recognized that there are instances where it really sucks to travel deeper into the heartland, and even had instances of scenarios where as a black person int he US we notice things that the white person traveling with us might not even be aware of.

This is Church's story and Church shared with us his hunt for finding a place as a biracial child in a small town that isn't always as open and forgiving as some  like to think.  We see instances of the camaraderie of a community as well as the instances of coldness with yo are clearly other.  I loved that even in these moments there were moments of acceptance for Church by the people who matter most.  

Con of the story:
The mystery wasn't fully formed;  it was a bit of just background noise ; it didn't have me at the edge of the seat.  I guessed pretty early who it was (huge mystery reader, so yeah).  The reveal still made me nervous because Jay isn't afraid to make our characters hurt and badly too.  But damn that was still unhinged and just dang why?? Why are people so horrible??

Pros of the story:

The well developed characters.  I threw a challenge out there when I read Better When He's Bad, asking authors to create complex characters and make them black, we have the same issues you do, we may not talk about it as openly but we still have the, our motivations aren't any different from yours, an we all then to want the same things for ourselves and our families (you know the ones of us who aren't garbage human beings) and she answered by giving us a good strong story with great characters and well rounded and developed story lines.  The characters motivations were complex and felt realistic to how a teenager would react, to how many of us "adults" react to having our hearts broken.  Hell some of us are still working through shyt from childhood, so yeah I get him being so closed off.

I loved that Church's reasons were just as complex and convoluted as any of the other characters in the series.  He wasn't any kind of stereotype and I loved that even though his home life wasn't pretty it wasn't for any stereotypical reasons.

My favorite is realizing that Dixie's motivations were just as complex as Church's, she hid hers better but she was just as in need of self care as he was.  I loved their love. I loved her sparkle and I loved that he saw her for who she was;  I loved that his family recognized how much harder it is to be happy in the face of all that pain and that he cherished her even when he tried to deny their love. Dixie was willing to love Church even when he didn't believe he deserved it, and when she realized he couldn't give her what she wanted she decided she was worth more, and I loved her so much for that.  It's one thing to say you love someone and allow them to destroy you and end up hating them and yourself in the end it's another to love them from afar. I loved that Dixie gave herself the space to make her decisions but knew that she was going to have a time when she was going to make a real choice.

Jay wrote that she might revisit the town. I hope she does because I would love to see more from his family including his dad.   Can't wait for our other couples that are being shown, especially Wheeler's story. I can't wait until we get more from her sister as well. I hope we get it soon unless they are going to solve her sister's issues in Wheeler's story as well.
 ★★★★1/2☆
Happy Reading


Friday, February 10, 2017

Book #Review: Tomas: Cowboy Homecoming by Linda Warren


Book Title: Tomas: Cowboy Homecoming (Harts of the Rodeo)
Author:  Linda Warren |WebsiteTwitterFacebook|
Publisher: Harlequin American Romance
Genre: Romance
Series/Standalone: Series Book 6
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Cost: $5.25
Pages: 219
How I got it: BEA 2013
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Publisher
Publication Date: December 2012
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Synopsis:
Marine Staff Sergeant Tomas "Tuf" Hart is beginning to understand why they say "you can never go home again." Still grappling with the mental scars of battle, Tuf's just learned that Thunder Ranch is in trouble. Now, the Harts are banking everything on their stallion, Midnight, winning the National Finals Rodeo. The only easy part of Tuf's homecoming was falling for his high school crush all over again.Cheyepnne Sundell has always been drawn to Tuf. But as a single mom of twin daughters, she's wary of getting involved, especially with another military man. Cheyenne's disastrous marriage taught her that war changed men, and not always for the better. Tuf and Cheyenne have been through hell and back. But with a little hope and a lot of holiday spirit, they just might find a way to heal themselves…and each other.
This is a solid strong story about second chance romance and I'm totally here for it.  Tomas is a Marine heading for home for the first time in over 6 years, he's avoided home due to the way the war has changed him and he's not sure how everyone back home is going to treat him. On his way home he runs into a little girl walking all by herself and when he stops to help discovers her mama is none other than his high school crush Cheyenne and she's also home for the first time in a long time.

The characters were well written even though at times the story was dominated by Tomas's side it was still told by both of them.  Tomas's story was a stronger tale and he was way more detailed than Cheyenne was so I liked him more because I felt we got more from him than from her.  Cheyenne is home for the first time in years and is trying to rebuild because her life didn't quite go the way she expected.  Home with a set of twins who are determined to establish themselves and are putting her at her wits end, she doesn't have time for a marine cowboy even if being with him has always been her wish.

When they were young their parents feud kept them from establishing a good relationship no matter how much they both wanted it, and so they moved on a little bit dented but not broken .  Pride and family drama kept them apart then, but they do a terrible job of maintaining their friendship later and once again let pride and an inflated sense of protectiveness drive them apart.

I really loved the strong familial bonds they both had, & that their families were willing to help them anyway they could.  Tomas was doing everything to make himself whole again after what happened during his last mission, hes dealing with PTSD and I loved the way the author handled the discussion of therapy and  medication without over dramatizing it but neither making it some dirty secret.  It takes Tomas a while to come to terms with being the cowboy and the marine and how those would make him the man for Cheyenne.

I loved that Cheyenne knew right off the bat that they needed to work on themselves before they threw in together but was willing to do the work anyway.  Scared an Scarred by her past, she has her own level of PTSD to work trough and she's managed not to confront it because she has her daughters to worry about, but as the story progresses she starts to work on her own things as well.

The girls were a sweet and cute addition to the story and I loved how distinct they were.  I love how their casual acceptance of Tomas helped to make him closer to being whole and they didn't realize how much that meant.

I really loved the description of the Rodeo season and how that played an important part in the story. It wasn't overly glamorized the Rodeo was just another part of the story and it helped to move them further along, and that final scene is definitely one of my favorites.  Even though it's a small book Linda packed a lot in a really gave them the time needed to make this story really work. I love it.

 ★★★1/2
If you love cowboys, Marines, and second chances, then you're going to love this.  
Happy Reading my loves, 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Book #Review: Quade's Babies (The Westmorelands 14) by Brenda Jackson .@AuthorBJackson


Book Title: Quade's Babies (The Westmorelands 14)
Author: Brenda Jackson |WebsiteTwitterFacebook|
Publisher: Harlequin Silhouette
Genre: Romance
Series/Standalone: Series Book 14
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Cost: $4.25
Pages: 192
How I got it: Purchased at Library Book Sale
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Publisher
Publication Date: December 2008
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Synopsis:
Quade Westmoreland's one-night love affair with Cheyenne had branded him body and soul, but he'd never even learned her last name. Almost a year later, driven by memories and one incriminating photo, the sexy operative had finally tracked her down--and discovered three little babies bearing his features. Learning he was a father made Quade even more determined: he would claim Cheyenne Steele in every way. Shockingly, the irresistible beauty seemed intent on resisting him. But the Westmoreland destiny was at stake, and Quade would fight for what was his....

I'm so behind on this series it's not even funny.  I dived into this one without reading the back, just knowing it's a Westmoreland book and that's all I needed.  This one of the family saga is a crossover book between the Westmorelands and the Steels which is another family saga Brenda writes.  I haven't read that one so I wasn't as invested in the back characters that showed up and now I'm going to go read their stories as well, I mean it was on the to do list but now they have moved all the way up.

This is a second chance romance, Cheyenne and Quade met overseas and had a brief affair.  Cut to a eleven months later, Quade is looking at a pregnancy magazine in his sister's home and on the cover is a heavily pregnant Cheyenne, he does some digging to find out who she is and where she is and goes on the hunt to find out if this is his baby.

Cheyenne in the meantime decided not to search for the man who she had that brief affair with and is going to raise her babies in Jamaica, but is staying the states close to family until the children are a little older and she's gotten a handle on being a single mom.  With the door bell ring, all of those plans come crashing down because on the other side is her baby's father.  And he's got questions.

I loved that Cheyenne was a strong independent woman, that she had more depth than even her family knew about. As she had a good career and used her privilege to do more than anyone knew. I loved that they had such a strong connection, it was tangible and left off the pages, I was excited to see them come back together and not just remember.  This story is told from both of their points of view with lots of flashbacks explaining how they met, what happened and how the affair ended.

Very steamy and now I want to go read the siblings stories and fall in love with all the family, because omigosh I loved how they loved her and how they were all about making sure she was safe, even if it smothered her sometimes.

Very quick read and another great love story.
 ★★★1/2
Happy Reading my loves,  and don't forget to check out the other books in the series.  


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

WOW (2): Riveted by Jay Crownover, & Roman Sawyer Bennett

Hosted by: Jill over at Breaking The Spines.  This is a weekly book lust prompt, asking for us to share our absolute can't wait to get our hands on a copy books. Swing on over to find out how to participate and to see what others are sharing.

New Adult


Riveted by Jay Crownover
Everyone else in Dixie Carmichael's life has made falling in love look easy, and now she is ready for her own chance at some of that happily ever after. Which means she’s done pining for the moody, silent former soldier who works with her at the bar that's become her home away from home. Nope. No more chasing the hot as heck thundercloud of a man and no more waiting for Mr. Right to find her; she's going hunting for him...even if she knows her heart is stuck on its stupid infatuation with Dash Churchill. Denver has always been just a pit stop for Church on his way back to rural Mississippi. It was supposed to be simple, uneventful, but nothing could have prepared him for the bubbly, bouncy redhead with doe eyes and endless curves. Now he knows it's time to get out of Denver, fast. For a man used to living in the shadows, the idea of spending his days in the sun is nothing short of terrifying. When Dixie and Church find themselves caught up in a homecoming overshadowed with lies and danger, Dixie realizes that while falling in love is easy, loving takes a whole lot more work…especially when Mr. Right thinks he's all wrong for you.
Due Date: February 14th
Print: Trade paperback, ebook
Pages: 368
Publisher: William Morrow
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I'm excited because it's Church's story and I've been waiting on this since Rome!! I can't wait to dive in and enjoy all that is Jay's awesomeness.  ** Since writing this I got an ARC and I absolutely love this and have already pre-ordered my own physical copy.  **

Adult Fiction/ Romance / Erotica

Roman by Sawyer Bennet
In a league full of troublemakers, Cold Fury defenseman Roman Sýkora stands out—at least when it comes to negative publicity. When he’s not chilling in the penalty box, the sizzling Czech skate demon is racking up tabloid headlines for his scandalous behavior with the ladies. But now Roman’s feeling the burn from management to clean up his act, or else. Luckily he’s got an enticing distraction: a fun-loving barista who plays the ukulele and brings out a side of Roman he didn’t know he had. Lexi Robertson came to Raleigh, North Carolina, to finally meet her father, Brian Brannon, and her half sister, Gray, both of whom work in the Cold Fury’s front office. That’s where she first meets sexy, intimidating Roman—who’s really a big softie at heart. As one relationship takes off, another begins: Brian seems to be clicking with Lexi’s boss at the coffee shop. But when the friction between Roman and her new family heats up, Lexi wonders whether she’s a pawn in their game. Feeling hurt and foolish, Lexi’s ready to quit while she’s ahead. Trouble is, Roman’s not ready to quit on her. Don’t miss any of Sawyer Bennett’s electrifying Cold Fury novels: ALEX | GARRETT | ZACK | RYKER | HAWKE | MAX | ROMAN
Due Date: February 21
Print: Ebook, 
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Publisher: Loveswept
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I've had the pleasure of reading several of the books in this series and can't wait to red Roman's story because hello bad boy!!! And it's Sawyer's writing so yeah sign me up.  

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Book #Spotlight: Riveted by .@JayCrownover

Book Title: Riveted (Saints of Denver 3)
Author:  Jay Crownover |WebsiteTwitterFacebook|
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Genre: New Adult Romance
Series/Standalone: Series
Format: Ebook, paperback
Cost: $14.99
Pages: 368
How I got it: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon Barnes & Noble | Publisher
Publication Date: February 2017
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Synopsis:
From the New York Times bestselling author of the Marked Men books comes the next installment in the Saints of Denver series. Everyone else in Dixie Carmichael's life has made falling in love look easy, and now she is ready for her own chance at some of that happily ever after. Which means she’s done pining for the moody, silent former soldier who works with her at the bar that's become her home away from home. Nope. No more chasing the hot as heck thundercloud of a man and no more waiting for Mr. Right to find her; she's going hunting for him...even if she knows her heart is stuck on its stupid infatuation with Dash Churchill. Denver has always been just a pit stop for Church on his way back to rural Mississippi. It was supposed to be simple, uneventful, but nothing could have prepared him for the bubbly, bouncy redhead with doe eyes and endless curves. Now he knows it's time to get out of Denver, fast. For a man used to living in the shadows, the idea of spending his days in the sun is nothing short of terrifying. When Dixie and Church find themselves caught up in a homecoming overshadowed with lies and danger, Dixie realizes that while falling in love is easy, loving takes a whole lot more work…especially when Mr. Right thinks he's all wrong for you.

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CHAPTER ONE EXCERPT:



I shifted my weight on my feet and bit back a sigh. I should have known she was going to be persistent, but I was done playing nice for her when it was clear her son was so beaten down that he was too scared to make a move or even speak for himself. She was a tyrant and I wasn’t going to subject myself to her vile company anymore. As soon as I slipped inside my apartment I was going to delete all the dating apps I had on my phone.

“I have a dog and she’s leery around strangers.” That was partly true. I did have a dog, a massive blue pit bull that I rescued from a shelter just days before she was supposed to be put down. Dolly looked like a brute, but she was a sweetheart and had never met a human she didn’t want tummy scratches and love from. We were kind of kindred spirits in that way. I mean I didn’t need my ears scratched or my belly rubbed, but I was afflicted with the same pressing need to be liked and accepted by pretty much everyone I came in contact with. It was ingrained in me to at least try to make everyone a friend, and if they didn’t reciprocate my kindness it only forced me to try harder. Sometimes I hated that about myself, and sometimes it was my favorite personality trait because the men and women in my life weren’t the easiest nuts to crack. They all loved me and let me in because I’d refused to let them shut me out.

Well, all except for one man.

I couldn’t hold back my flinch when he crossed my mind because he had warned me about online dating from the get-go, and I hated that he was right about it. I also hated that he was the reason I was desperate to find a man . . . a man who wasn’t him . . . in the first place.

Mommie Dearest shook her head and clicked her tongue at me. “Joseph is allergic to dogs. Your pet will have to go as things progress between the two of you.”

I felt my eyes pop wide and the forced smile I had plastered on my face for the entire evening finally slipped away. I already knew she had a few screws loose, but she was taking her crazy to another level if she thought she could tell me to get rid of my dog or what to do with anything in my life.

I straightened my shoulders and tilted my chin up. It was a look that worked on the drunks and unruly college kids that I hustled out of the bar where I worked every night.

“That’s not going to be a problem because things are not progressing beyond my front door. Thank you both for dinner, but if you’ll excuse me I’m going to go inside and cuddle my dog and erase every online dating app there is.”

The woman narrowed her eyes and stepped around her son. The young man made a noise low in his throat and his eyes widened. I thought he was scared of his mom, but the closer I looked at him the more obvious it became that he was scared for me as the woman advanced. He reached out a hand to grab his mother’s elbow, but it fell away before making contact like he knew the repercussions for intervening would be severe and drastic.

“Listen here, you little . . .” I lifted my hand before she could throw at me whatever insulting word she was going to label me with. I don’t think the woman was used to anyone standing their ground with her because she gasped and fell back a step.

“Stop. I thought I was talking to Joseph. I thought he was a nice guy, maybe a little sheltered and awkward . . . but a nice guy. Obviously it wasn’t him running his dating profile and there was some other agenda here from the start. I’m well past the age where I need a mother’s approval or permission to date her son, so I’m going to go into my apartment and end this date before either side gets nasty.” I looked at the shell-shocked young man hovering behind his mother and mouthed good luck before turning my back on both of them and inserting my key into the door. Dolly barked loud and deep from the other side, which was both comforting and reassuring.

I turned the knob on the door and pushed into the apartment without looking back. Once the door was shut and my dog was happily rubbing against my legs, I tossed my head back and let out a sigh that felt like it was tied to my soul. I was tired, so tired.

I have had the pleasure of reading this in advance and OMGAWD guys it's amazing.  

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Jay Crownover continues her Saints of Denver series with RivetedavailableFebruary 14th, 2017
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Pre-order Riveted today and on February 14th, you'll also receive a glossy Saints of Denver poster and an exclusive first-look at Chapters 1 and 2 of Avenged, her forthcoming Mackenzie Family novella. 

Avenged combines the grit of Saints of Denver series with the all-out heat of The Point series with a mind-blowing, mystery, yet-to-be-revealed, couple combining both of these worlds. Be one of the first to find out who it is, pre-order Riveted today. 
Posters will be mailed the week of February 14th and Avenged chapters will arrive via email. 


About Jay Crownover:

Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked MenThe Point, and the Saints of Denver series. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she'll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.