Friday, July 31, 2015

Monthly Wrap Up: July 2015

Anothe month has come and gone and we are so much closer to BEA 2015!!! I'm so excited aren't you?? That's so crazy. Well since it's gone here are the books I have read, the reviews I have written and a recap of all the awesomeness that came my way.

Book Hauls
Stacking the Shelves 22

Reviews on the Blog This Month:

Books Read This Month: 14
Yearly Goal: 200   Monthly Count: 19   Balance: 122

These are the prompts to help me read in the month of July:
  • Christine Feehan Novel  (Dark Demon)
  • Brenda Jackson ( Quade's Babies)
  • Finish a YA Novel I already started
  • Finish a series Rogue Gina D'amico
  • Start a series Caged Warrior ( Dragon Kings Series)
  • Catch up on a series from my shelves Breakable by Tammara Webber (Contours of the Heart)
  • Over 300 pages
  • From a Genre I haven't read this year
  • a Classic Novel
  • An ARC from BEA 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015  ( Saga Volume 1, Scorched, )
  • A Pre-ordered book from Jan- June 2015  Sweet by Tammara Webber
  • 15 ebooks ( 3 purchased: Random Act of Trust, Random Act of Fantasy, Frigid, Cupcakes & Ink)
  • 12 NetGalley/Edelweiss)

  1. Caged Warrior, 
  2. Cowboy In My Pocket, 
  3. Cowboy Behind the Badge,
  4. Your Voice Is All I Hear
  5. Slave Girl Lisa Cach

  •  Book been on my shelf more than 3 years
  • Nora Roberts book I haven't read before
  • New Adult I have already started
  • 5 books from my shelf
I'm Participating in the #JenniferJuly  challenge on Youtube.  This is a challenge geared towards those who have a few Jennifer L Armentrout books left on their unread shelves,  It's hosted by Cool Beans Books and my TBR can be seen here.
  1. The Proposal 
  2. Frigid (Frigid Book 1)
  3. Scorched (Frigid Book 2)
Using I choose a number to signal a letter. Just to keep it interesting, I ended up with "y" being the letter chosen for this month:
  1. Yoga for emotional trauma
  2. You Know Who I Am
  3. Your voice is all I hear
Last month I only had 12 books in the category "C" and I finished a few of them. I'm thinking since "Y" only has three that I will add the unfinished "c" into this month and just knock them off the list.  Including:
  1. Children of Hoarders (non Fiction)
  2. Christmas Brides
  3. Caged Warrior
  4. Coming Back Together (non fiction)
  5. Cowboy Behind the Badge
  6. Cowboy in my pocket
  7. Cracks in the Armour
  8. Coveted
For the Challenges I signed up for at the beginning of the year I need to complete these to stay on track:
I still also need to pick two book for my Erotica Reading Challenge.  I've neglected this so far this year. I want to get back to this my first love of the romance genres.  

What I'm Currently Watching:

This came out last month and I have been watching every chance I get. I'm a huge Supernatural Fan, so I'm so excited when I saw this.  The ending is perfect for every little fangirl.  I can't wait until the next season starts, hopefully it will be worth the wait.

I've also been watching Sons of Anarchy slowly but surely because that shows has a bit of violence, and my heart broke recently when a favorite of mine was killed so I slowed up even more on watching it.  I already know two more faves are going to die so I'm not looking forward to that at all.

I also started and finished in one night Sense8 (and I freaking loved it!!!) I can't say enough good things about this show, I just didn't want the series to end. I have so many questions, and I can't wait until the second season gets done. Hopefully soon. If you haven't watched it, it's a Netflix original and man are they doing some big things.

I also finished East Los High which only just came back but I have a Hulu plus subscription (can you tell I don't have cable??) and I watched all 12 episodes in 1 day (it was my day off and I had nothing to do and nowhere to go so I spent it with my favorite Latinos I absolutely love this show so much) I couldn't believe the show was done and that I had so many more questions to ask. *Sob* it's going to a be a whole other year before they come back. *sob*

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday: ( July 2015) (30) Wired by Julie Garwood & Every Last Breath by Jennifer L Arementrout,

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.  

Young Adult/New Adult

Every Last Breath (Dark Elements 3)  by J. L Aremntrout 
Some loves will last ’til your dying breath Every choice has consequences—but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust. Layla has a new problem, too. A Lilin—the deadliest of demons—has been unleashed, wreaking havoc on those around her…including her best friend. To keep Sam from a fate much, much worse than death, Layla must strike a deal with the enemy while saving her city—and her race—from destruction. Torn between two worlds and two different boys, Layla has no certainties, least of all survival, especially when an old bargain comes back to haunt them all. But sometimes, when secrets are everywhere and the truth seems unknowable, you have to listen to your heart, pick a side—and then fight like hell…
Due Date: July 28th
Print: ebook, paperback
Pages: 400
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
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I'm now addicted to JLA's writing and pretty have added all her books to the tbr including the new ones because yeah, she's awesome.

Adult Fiction/ Romance / Erotica

Wired (Buchanan -Renard 13) by Julie Garwood
A beautiful computer genius and a bad-boy FBI agent must collaborate—in more ways than one—in the sexy, suspenseful new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood. Allison Trent has always had a special talent for computers. When she’s not cleaning up after her troublemaker younger brother, Jason, she spends her days writing code and navigating the intricacies of the Internet. In fact, she’s working on a new program that will revolutionize the tech industry, and when she attends a prominent seminar, word begins to spread. FBI agent Liam Scott discovers how brilliant Allison is and wants her to help hunt down a cyber criminal he’s been after for two years. He invites her to tour the bureau’s state-of-the-art cybercenter in Boston. Once she arrives, he thinks he can convince her to join the team. But Allison doesn’t want to work for the government—until Liam makes an offer she can’t refuse: work for the FBI for one year, and they will expunge Jason’s illustrious criminal record. Allison tries to deny her growing attraction to Liam, but just before her year in the FBI is over, she discovers someone has stolen the computer program she developed. Now she needs Liam’s help in tracking down the thief. And as they begin to close in on the culprit, they also begin to give in to each other...
Due Date: July 28
Print: Hardcover, ebook
Pages: 336
Publisher: Dutton
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I have been a huge fan of this series for a while now. I love Julie's writing, she always gives us fun characters, and wonderful character development and of course some wild situations. I can't believe it's book 13 already, but I definitely want it.

Are you a fan of Julie as well?? If you love romantic suspense I highly recommend this series. You don't even have to read it in order ( I certainly didn't)   That's all I'm anticipating right now, I'm sure there are a million books coming out but I really want this one. Are you getting this one?? What's on your book lust list?? Share in the comments down below!!
Happy Lusting

Friday, July 24, 2015

Book #Review: Commanded by Stacey Kennedy .@Stacey_Kennedy .@TastybookTours .@readloveswept

Book Title: Commanded ( Club Sin 6)
Author: Stacey Kennedy |WebsiteTwitterFacebook|
Publisher: LoveSwept (Random House)
Genre: Erotic Romance
Series/Standalone: Series
Format: ebook, 
Cost: $3.99
Pages: 195
How I got it: NetGalley
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Publisher
Publication Date: July 7th, 2015
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Club Sin comes alive once again in this decadent new romance from USA Today bestselling author Stacey Kennedy, perfect for fans of Fifty Shades of Grey. A dedicated cop, Sawyer Quinn blows off steam by immersing himself in his role as a Master at the hottest club in Las Vegas. But when Sawyer goes after the perp who brutally beat his sister, he teams up with Chloe Nash, a sexy private investigator who awakens a sweet new need: to keep her to himself, away from the dungeon of Club Sin. Chloe is beautiful, smart, and too innocent for the BDSM lifestyle. Sawyer’s never wanted a woman like this before. Is her love worth swearing off the one thing that keeps him sane? There’s something different about Sawyer: a commanding strength that pulls Chloe into a vortex of heady desire. But when she learns about his double life as a Dom, she’s shocked—and afraid she could never complete him. Then he saves her life, and just like that, Chloe knows she will be able to give him anything he desires. She is his—wherever and however he wants to take her.
I both liked and disliked this story, and the dislike had more to do with a character's point of view which didn't seem to mesh with what had happened before he made that comment.  So his point of view made me lower the stars to three and a half instead of four.

I really liked the characters, especially Chloe, who was quick witted and smart, when faced with danger her reactions were all real and smart, she did what was necessary without trying to be a superhero, or any tstl (too stupid to live) moments.  I loved that she took a leap of faith in dating Sawyer because it gave us a really great story.

This story progressed really quickly, and although it was a part of a series it didn't feel like you had to have read the others to get the story and understand the characters.  Chloe and Sawyer met and felt an instant connection to each other, however Chloe was involved at the time and they didn't do anything about their attraction.  When the story starts, Sawyer is in need of a good private investigator to help find a criminal who is being hidden by everyone who should be turning him in.  Chloe is so happy to get to help, and not just because she wants to spend time with Sawyer, but especially because she learned even more from the victim than Sawyer had and this gave her an even greater need to help.  It was great to see how everyone rushed to help Sawyer when he needed it and the mystery unfolds quickly and is apart of the story without overwhelming it nor getting lost behind the romance that is also building.

I enjoyed reading the two characters confront the fact that they are from two different sexual experiences.  Chloe isn't a part of the lifestyle and Sawyer is a Dom, it was interesting to watch their relationship unfold, especially because of their two different desires.  Chloe didn't believe they could mesh and Sawyer did his best to show her how well they connected; and boy did they connect. I enjoyed how Sawyer was able to find a way to balance his need to be a Dominate and Chloe's non submissiveness.  It was great to see them bend BDSM to their lives and not feel the need to meet the preconceived notions of what it was.   This isn't a BDSM heavy book, it's mostly mentioned as something that gave Sawyer structure when coming out of the military, the couple however doesn't really engage in many scenes, it is however written in a way that lets you know that they would engage later in life as the relationship grows.

I liked the glimpses of previous characters and their relationships in progress.  I enjoyed that they learnt that they could also still remain friends even thought they may not share the same things all the time.

I disliked  Sawyer's attitude that submissive in a club aren't innocent or pure.  Lookie here sir having sexual experience and experimenting with your sex life doesn't make you unpure or not innocent.  It just didn't seem to mesh with what he had been thinking at the very beginning of the story.  It also didn't seem to fit because he is a Dom and a Master at a Club, and has been for years.  It felt too close to slut shaming when he was celebrating it earlier in the book.
Happy Reading and share your comments down below.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Stacking The Shelves (22 ): July 2015: #Paperbackswap, #Bookoutlethaul,

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks! If you want to find out more about Stacking The Shelves, please visit the official launch page!

These are the books I'm talking about in the video:

I made a promise to myself that this year I would collect the authors that I love. Each month picking a different author's catalog and attempt to collect all the ones I have read and those I want to read.  This month I'm playing catch up, in June I ordered the following Linda Howard books to complete my collection, I believe I only have 5 more anthology titles to go and I will own all the books she's ever written and published.  

Paperbackswap Haul
I didn't pay for this, I had some credits I wanted to use up so I grabbed this for my shelves:

  • A Mother's Touch by Linda Howard
Boston Author Event Haul:
 Julia Kent's Random Acts of Trust

Bookoutlet Haul

Omar Tyree:

* I'm returning these because they aren't the covers I'm looking to collect*
  • Sweet St Louis
  • A Do Right Man
Just Say No  *Keeping this one

From Brenda Jackson I got
  • A Family Reunion
  • Let's Get it on
Kimberla Lawson Roby's Novella
A Deep Dark Secret

A book I haven't hear much about but it's a Corretta Scott King Winner so I'm hoping it's interesting:
Mare's War Tanita S Davis

I picked up Shiloh Walker's other series 
  • Deeper Than Need 
  • Sweeter than Sin
Tina Reber's books were on the site, since I own them in ebook and really wanted them on the shelves I was happy to see this

  • Love Unscripted
  • Love Unrehearsed
Then my all time favorite books of the 2014 new adult category, well at least one of them was on the site and that was
True ( True Believers 1 )  by Erin McCarthy.  If they had had Sweet I might have died a little then revived just so I could order it.

I'm hoping they can resolve the issue with the Omar Tyree covers because I ordered the old covers on purpose.  I wasn't a happy camper about the wrong covers and yes while I know it's a first world problem if I"m spending my money?? It better be right.  ***When I wrote this post I was waiting to hear back form Bookoutlet, they have since sent a the correct copy of one book and credited me for the second.  I want to thank them for their speedy service in correcting the issue, I can't wait until my new book comes in***

And that's it, I'm sure there a few ebooks but that's work I don't even feel like doing right now.  What did y'all get this week??  Share your links and I will come on over. Lots of love and happy reading and haulin'

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Book #Review: Crown Prince, Pregnant Bride by Kate Hardy | Bewitching Bibliophile

Book Title:  Crown Prince, Pregnant Bride
Author:  Kate HardyWebsiteTwitterFacebook|
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series/Standalone: Standalone
Format: Ebook, MM
Cost: $5.99
Pages: 256
How I got it: NetGalley
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble |
Publication Date: August 2014
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A royal surprise! One look into the stranger's dark, mysterious eyes and Indigo Moran knows she's made a mistake in taking his picture. But who does he think he is? A prince? That night Indigo discovers that's exactly who he is: Crown Prince Lorenzo Torelli of Melvante. To Lorenzo, duty lies with his country—he can't offer Indigo forever. The trouble is…once he's kissed her, one unforgettable night will never be enough. And now Indigo's little secret is about to turn his carefully ordered world upside down!

Meh, I give this 2 stars, because I wasn't a fan of the 'heroine'.  There is a fine line between obstinate and being stupid and being independent and she liked to dance over the edge a few too many times.

She whined a lot too.  2015 and you're telling me you don't know about Princess Diana, or Duchess Fergie, Queen Noor, or Princess Angela, Rania Queen of Jordan, Duchess Katherine, Princess Letizia of Spain, or all of the other men and women who are commoners who have married into royalty
if we need to go back even further than Queen Noor of the 1970s let's look at Grace Kelly Princess of Monaco, or even Duchess Wallis who got a King to abdicate in favor of marrying her.  Why is she acting like a commoner marrying a royal is new and she would be breaking ground?? Biotch please.  What rock you live under??

She was so confident in everything else in her life then turned into a whiny wimp when it came to her love life *which I can understand we may not all have it together all the time but really though??** Then she turned around and compared the two great loves of her life,  then said she wasn't but continued to compare the two 0_o Yeah no.  I'm not buying it.  Lorenzo gave you no reason other than being male to compare him to the first guy.

She literally whined the last half of the book about the same thing even during the last scene but I'm supposed to buy the HEA.  I would have liked it more if the alternative ending we started to get, which was much like the alternate ending in the Prince and I (oh my gosh I love that movie so much), and seen it as a fond memory of a time she dated a Prince, but y'all aren't together because she can't see past her fears, then maybe years later y'all meet again and she has wised up.

I would have loved that ending better, but nope, magically fixed by the Prince's heart felt monologue.

Say it again with me love doesn't fix it all, love makes life tolerable, it heals and it gives shelter but love is WORK and if only one person believes then only one person is doing the work.  I wanted to like this book because for once the male isn't a jerk who becomes redeemed, no they were a couple who decided to have an affair and then he realized he wasn't ready to quit and he started to fight for her.  They were on equal footing and she had some really great qualities, but she used that one flaw and consistently would do the same thing over and over again then wonder why her life was going the way it was. UGh Don't play stupid then expect me to cheer for you.

Sadly they can't all be for everyone and this one wasn't for me. Have you read it?? Did you like it?? Share why down in the comments my loves.  Why not check it out and come back and tell me if I'm being a bit harsh, or am I missing something.  Happy Reading

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday (July 2015) (27) : SEAL Wolf Hunting by Terry Spear & Hell Or High Water by Julie-Ann Walker

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.  

Adult Fiction/ Romance / Erotica

SEAL Wolf Hunting by Terry Spear
Paul Cunningham is one of the only bachelors left on the SEAL wolf team, and he's less than thrilled to hear he's been volunteered for a local charity bachelor auction. Lori Greypaw suspected that her grandmother would use the auction as an opportunity to fix her up. So she's not surprised when she "buys" Paul to help Lori renovate her mountain cabin for a week. Lori's had a crush on the sexy SEAL wolf for years, but he proves to be handy with more than a hammer when two fugitives come knocking and he'll do anything to protect the woman he's falling for...
Due Date: July 7th, 2015
Print: ebook, paperback MM
Pages: 384
Publisher: Sourceboks Casablanca
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Been a Terry fan for years and I love to start and stop this series, giving her time to write a few so I can catch up all at once. I love to marathon her books. I'm excited another one in the series is coming out. This now gives me three books that I haven't read which means time to dive back into the world!!

Hell Or High Water (Deep Six 1) by Julie-Ann Walker
In a world on the brink... Six men. One sunken Spanish galleon. Millions in gold and silver coins lying on the ocean floor. And a past that refuses to let the guys of Deep Six Salvage forget the Navy SEAL motto: the only easy day was yesterday... There's more than one kind of treasure... The nation's security has always been CIA agent Olivia Mortier's top priority. But a mission-gone-wrong has begun to make her wonder if there's more to life than risking hers. And more than one secret at the bottom of the sea... Only two things could make Leo Anderson abandon his hunt for the legendary lost ship, La Santa Christina, and return to the world of weapons and warfare he swore to leave behind: a capsule of enriched uranium, lost on the ocean floor, and a plea for assistance from the one woman he can't seem to forget...
Due Date: July 7th, 2015
Print: ebook, MM paperback
Pages: 384
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Julie's an autobuy author for me, I love her military men and the strong women she writes. So new book must buy.  

Are you getting any of these?? What's on your book lust list?? Share in the comments down below!!
Happy Lusting

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Book #Review: Thrill Ride by Julie Ann Walker | Bewitching Bibliophile

Book Title: Thrill Ride
Author:  |WebsiteTwitterFacebook|
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Format: ebook, paperback
Cost: $7.99
Pages: 352
How I got it: NetGalley, 
Purchase: AmazonBarnes & Noble | The Book DepositoryPublisher
My Rating:★★★★1/2
Erotica Rating: 
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**This is a review that was originally posted on my first blog, I am currently transitioning all the posts to here**
He's Gone Rogue Ex-Navy SEAL Rock Babineaux’s job is to get information, and he’s one of the best in the business. Until something goes horribly wrong and he’s being hunted by his own government. Even his best friends at the covert special-ops organization Black Knights Inc. aren’t sure they can trust him. He thinks he can outrun them all, but his former partner—a curvy bombshell who knows just how to drive him wild—refuses to cut him loose. She Won't Back Down Vanessa Cordova hasn’t been the team’s communication specialist very long, but she knows how to read people—no way is Rock guilty of murder. And she’ll go to hell and back to help him prove it. Sure, the sexy Cajun has his secrets, but there’s no one in the world she’d rather have by her side in a tight spot. Which is good, because they’re about to get very tight…
I'm so in love with the Black Knights. Where can I meet them?? This is the second book by Julia Walker I have read and I love her writing.  Rev It Up was my introduction to her and I loved the Jake the Snake so much I went and got all the other books in the series that I didn't have right away.  I really loved the glimpses of Rock and Vanessa we got in the book.  I love that each book gave you a preview of the next Black Knight to fall in love.  I'm so intriqued I can't wait to read the next one.

In reading Rev It Up, I had some serious expectations for Rock & Vanessa's story and Julie delivered on them all.  Rock is just that man who is so awesome but doesn't take himself too seriously, he's confident but not arrogant, and he fell hard for Vanessa although he didn't think he should act on it.  Vanessa fell for the hot cajun the minute she walked into the Black Knights building, she wanted to be a tough operator and she did her best to toughen up so she could fit in.  She totally kicked ass when she needed to, and even though her goal was 'tough operator" she was still in touch with her feelings; & still knew when she was totally out of her depths and allowed Rock to lead where Rock led.

That moment in Eve's house?!?!?!?! OMGawds, even though I knew what was happening I was still devestated right along with her. I was totally invested in the story and couldn't put it down, Poor Vanessa, she probably lost like ten years off her life.

It took one day to read this because I dived right in and didn't come up for air until I finished it.   The characters are so well written and it's so engaging, the wit, the funny stories, I can't wait to read Steady's story by the way, "details are superflouos" indeed, I loved those glimpse into each character's personality.  I loved the inner monologue of both Rock & Vanessa, they are so awesome, I so couldn't stop reading that garage scene then when Ghost caught them?!!! The laugh was pretty loud when I read that scene. Heck I'm smiling now writing about it.

Eve looks like shs's going to be a great character as well. I can't wait to read the story between her and her guy, it should be totally interesting. Now excuse me while I catch up with the rest of the Black Knights I'm heading to Becky's first then I hear Ali's story is kick ass as well. See you guys. Have fun!!

***FTC Rules require I state that I received this as a review copy from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review**** 

Monday, July 6, 2015

Book #Recommendation: Persephone Retelling | Bewitching Bibliophile

Hi my loves

This week I wanted to share my love of myths with you.  One of my favorite myths comes from Greece and it is the Persephone Myth.  I am a huge fan of the real story told and of course a few retellings because I loved to see what authors can do with the Classical myths.

Here are a few of my favorite Persephone Retellings:

The Goddess Test Series by Aimee Carter including:
Goddess Summoning Series by PC Cast
  • Goddess of Spring (Summoning )
The Goddessess Series  by Alicia Fields
  • Love Underground (Goddesses 1)

TBR Pile ( Books I haven't read but have heard about) 
  • The Goddess Legacy by Aimee Carter   (these are the novellas that I hadn't read while reading the series, but I want to read them now).
  • Everneath  by Brodi Ashton  This is a series that I have heard about for several years and I really want to read them so bad.
  • Metamorphoses by Ovid  The classical tale and I wish to read this.  
Have you read any of these?? Share in the comments any you have read and wish for me to add to my list.    I'm really looking for some adult and romance retellings, the only ones I have seen are from PC Cast, if you know of anymore share down below please.   Let me know if you have read any of these let's discuss below.

Happy Reading

Friday, July 3, 2015

Book #Review: Carved In Stone by Kate Douglas | Bewitching Bibliophile

Book Title: Carved In Stone
Author:  Kate Douglas |WebsiteTwitterFacebook|
Publisher: Beyond The Page Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series/Standalone: Stand alone
Format: ebook
Cost: $2.99
Pages: 215
How I got it: NetGalley
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound
Publication Date: 9/13/2013
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Archeologist and folklore expert Nate Murdock has discovered ancient stone carvings that will either revolutionize thinking in his field or get him laughed out of it entirely, and he’s hired world-renowned photographer Alex Martin to document his find and bolster his claim. When the alluring Alexandra Martin, not Alex, shows up for the job, Nate’s not sure whether to send her packing or take her into his arms. Alexandra Martin, the daughter of the famed photographer and just as talented with a camera, is a dark-haired and dark-eyed beauty. Years ago her father built his reputation on photographs he’d stolen from her, and she’s out to prove once and for all that she’s the real deal. When the opportunity to work with the celebrated and ruggedly handsome Nate Murdock falls into her lap, she jumps at the chance—whether he likes it or not. As tempers flare and accusations fly, the two dig in for a battle of wills and an uneasy truce at their remote mountainside camp. But when drug smugglers trap them in a cave and leave them to die, Nate and Alexandra realize they must trust each other—and the fiery passion growing between them—and surrender to a mysterious force as it guides them through a perilous escape and the acceptance of a powerful love as primal and compelling as the mountain itself.
Let me preface this with a bit of background I studied anthropology, with an eye on doing archaeology later after my first degree, with Native American Studies as my focus.  I've said this before, I ended up leaving the program and moving on to something else (which is why I took longer to graduate than my classmates) even though academia wasn't going to be for me, I still and will always love both anthropology and archaeology.  So when I say I have a high standard to which I hold books dealing with this topic?? Yeah my tolerance level for ignorance and cultural appropriation, and misrepresentation is hella low.

The plot started off so good then she got stupid and he's a chauvinistic pig and then yeah I no longer cared.  I finished because the bigger mystery was originally going good.  The back and forth of her emotions were exhausting.  She wanted to be taken seriously for her art, then freaked out when he tried to give her instructions, she took everything to heart like he was judging her when he was simply assessing her skill level to do the job,  Alex is there because of a mix up and she's acting like he personally asked her there then told her to leave.  Then there is his childish move to prove she didn't get the drop on him and I just wanted to push them both over the edge into the river.

They both seemed to get worse as the story progressed instead of better, especially after they've been rescued.  The second they make it, she goes back to being a dumbass and I really am not here for it.  You can't have it both ways.  You can't say he's nothing like your dad or your ex boyfriend then decide he's exactly like them because hes a man.  Seriously?? Can't you think like any deeper than that??  That's a bullshyt copout.  Then she kept demanding to be in charge, bitch I'm the boss, I'm the one paying you. I'M THE BOSS!!!!!! Errrggggg she was soooo stupid.

1) Who is stupid enough to take on drug dealers with machine guns with no back up. Bitch??!!! You have no military experience, you aren't into martial arts so what the heck did you expect would happen?? She has,way, too many too stupid to live moments but manages to live, no stupid I need you to die. Don't pass on your idiot genes just die already.

2) how are you going to get mad that the person with you call you an effing idiot for your "plan" that's just about a death wish??  Seriously your plan is to what??!! Shout at them that they are being criminals?? Chile... have some seats you're officially a moron.  This is all so you can prove you're in charge and not under someone's thumb .  Bish what??!!! Shut the hell up You big dummy (yes I used a Sanford and Sons quote because it so fits).

" It wasn't going to be easy, lusting with a feminist" location 607 at 13%

3) what the fudge does this quote mean??  What does he mean he can't lust after a feminist??? Are you serious?? Bruh?!! And this is a hero??
Then there is their time in the caves, Le Sigh, what happened to spiders, rodents, snakes, and all kinds of insects that make caves their home, Did they go on vacation this week?? Nah these caves are clean so let's roll around on the floor, and in water that we don't know the source of. Let's also drink this water that we don't know is uninfected with all kinds of germs or bacteria of which we have no way of killing off since we have no purifying tablets, but by all means let's take a bath and expose all of our orifices to these potentially deadly things just so we can get our rocks off.

Te story was going so great too.  Then they just started doing the dumbest things.  The part that change my like of the story was her complete about face once they make it.  In the caves she changes started to grow to open up to see beyond the stupid stereotypes, they make it and BAM back to being a dummy. Le Sigh Really. Like the second they step outside she starts judging him like she hadn't seen any changes or growth not for herself or for him.  I kinda wanted to push her off the cliff.

" once you let a man take control, your independence was gone, kaput"
You need to take your head out of your hindparts.  He needed to do what needed to be done, Isn't that the point of y'all risking your lives?? Had it been me I would have left your to your fate and gone about my business but no he stayed to help you with your stupid idiotic "plan".  Then when she gets checked at 74% and it's pointed out to her that's she's (irrationally and childish * nah I wish that had been said* ) being unreasonable since bitch I'm paying you!! I'm like DUUUHHHHH  Are you sure you're an adult?? Because these reactions are that of a teenager, it's smacks of some serious immaturity issues.  the  as we read more and learnt more about her back ground you can see she gets her stupidity honestly, and that is why she needs to die.

In the end it was just ugh, not an experience I will repeat again personally.   The main reason I kept reading was the over arcing mystery which is solved in like half a paragraph and I'm not satisfied with the way that was done.

To me the characters weren't fleshed out, they were two cardboard pieces shouting at each other from across a canyon.  They couldn't hear each other and neither had enough depth to their personalities to warrant me caring.  They were full of angst from the get go & both of them were so blinded by their own issues that it was impossible to really see the full story.  Who brings their baggage to work with them?? You are right now about to climb some scary mountains and risk life and limb but still dragging around stuff than you distract your and literally get you killed.

There were so many inconsistencies within the archaeological aspects of the story that it almost lost me even more.  Then each character would do something as dumb as the other.  It felt like she was supposed to be a 'spicy Latina' persona and it didn't come off well.  She was psychically connected to the ruins which we haven't proven are really what he thinks they are, but she's part Latina so she is connected. What?!! I just naaahhh bruh nope. All the nope that even been noped.
Something ain't for everyone and this right here?? Is one of them. It clearly was not meant for me.  

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Jennifer July TBR: & Giveaway (2015) #JenniferJuly | Bewitching Bibliophile

Hi guys

I'm participating in Cool Beans Books Read a thon this month, all so I can catch up on my Jennifer L Armentrout books, and I have quite a few of her books on my shelves and TBR Pile/

Here is all the information you need to participate if you would like to do so as well.   Hosted by Cool Beans Books on her Youtube channel, running throughout the month of July.  Here is the rest of her links to falk to her on twitter or instagram as well.
If You Want to See What I'm Doing:
Goodreads: (Friend Me!!!)
Instagram: @cbbooks

Here is my video :

and then the full written out My TBR:
  • The Return * a titan novel* a Covenant Series Spin off
  • Lux Series: Origin, Onyx, Obsidian, Opal
  • Fall with me (Wait For You )
  • Trust in me (Wait For You 1.5)
  • The proposal (Wait For You 2.5)
  • White hot kiss 
  • stone cold touch
  • scorched
  • frigid
And for those participating I will be hosting a giveaway from July 23th to the 31st,  and I will be giving away a copy of Fall with Me by J Lynn, one of the newest installments in the Wait For You series

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Are you participating?? Share in the comments down below so I can come see and cheer you on.!!
Good Luck and Happy Reading

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Monthly To Be Read (TBR) Pile: July 2015 | Bewitching Bibliophile

My goal this year is 200 books, if I break that down it comes out to 19 books per month , and  4/5 books a week. Totally doable in my books, so as the proverb says, you can eat an elephant one bite at a time, so here's my first few bites:

Read So Far this Year: 64
2015 TBR Goal  :200
Monthly Goal: 19
TBR Balance: 136

I did amazing last month, I got a few more NetGalley books read and reviewed and cleaned up that pile a bit ( I still have a large stack to go through but I'm doing great.)

  1. Christine Feehan Novel  (Dark Demon)
  2. Brenda Jackson ( Quade's Babies)
  3. Finish a YA Novel I already started
  4. Finish a series
  5. Start a series
  6. Catch up on a series from my shelves
  7. Over 300 pages
  8. From a Genre I haven't read this year
  9. a Classic Novel
  10. An ARC from BEA 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  11. A Pre-ordered book from Jan- June 2015
  12. 15 ebooks ( 3 purchased, 12 NetGalley/Edelweiss)
  13. Book been on my shelf more than 3 years
  14. Nora Roberts book I haven't read before
  15. New Adult I have already started
  16. 5 books from my shelf
I'm Participating in the #JenniferJuly  challenge on Youtube.  This is a challenge geared towards those who have a few Jennifer L Armentrout books left on their unread shelves,  It's hosted by Cool Beans Books and my TBR can be seen here.

Using I choose a number to signal a letter. Just to keep it interesting, I ended up with "y" being the letter chosen.  
  1. Yoga for emotional trauma
  2. You Know Who I am
  3. Your voice is all I hear
Last month I only had 12 books in the category "C" and I finished a few of them. I'm thinking since "Y" only has three that I will add the unfinished "c" into this month and just knock them off the list.  Including:
  1. Children of Hoarders (non Fiction)
  2. Christmas Brides
  3. Caged Warrior
  4. Coming Back Together (non fiction)
  5. Cowboy Behind the Badge
  6. Cowboy in my pocket
  7. Crack in the Armour
For the Challenges I signed up for at the beginning of the year I need to complete these to stay on track:

I still also need to pick two book for my Erotica Reading Challenge.  I've neglected this so far this year. I want to get back to this, my first love of the romance genres.  

And that's it, these are all the ones I want to read.  There are so many more new books coming out I can't wait.

Waiting On Wednesday: (July 2015) (26): Taming Lily by Monica Murphy & The Collar by Tara Sue Me | Bewitching Bibliophile

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.  

Adult Fiction/ Romance / Erotica

Taming Lily (Fowler Sisters Book 3) by Monica Murphy
Perfect for fans of Christina Lauren, Emma Chase, and Maya Banks, the anticipated finale in New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy’s sexy contemporary romance series about three fiery and determined sisters with their own ideas about life and love. I’m in trouble. Again. And instead of facing my problems head on, I’ve run away. Far away this time, and no one can catch me—not my two younger sisters, Violet and Rose, not my father, my grandmother, or that witch Pilar who wants to take control of my family’s cosmetics company. Now I’m in Hawaii, enjoying the sun and the sand and water, where nobody knows the hot mess known as Lily Fowler. And I’m loving every minute of it. But someone is watching me. Following me. He’s gorgeous. And soon we’re talking, and against all my instincts, I reveal bits and pieces of myself to Max. It feels good, though I know he can’t be the man for me. These sudden feelings we share are way too complicated, too fraught, too intense. Then everything explodes and I’m forced to return home. My intentions have always been true, but now everyone’s mad at me. I don’t know who to turn to anymore . . . except to Max. He’s who I want to trust. But I’m not so sure I should. Maybe it’s worth the risk—and what-ifs be damned. . . .
Due Date: July 7
Print: ebook,  trade paperback
Pages: 240
Publisher: Bantam
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I have read the other sisters' stories and loved them and I can't wait to get my hands on this one. At first I was worried and I needed have been because Monica created some great characters with flaws and a seriously steamy relationships. Even a few crazy characters as well, so I can't wait to see how this one pans out the full story. 

The Collar (The Submissive Series 5) by Tara Sue Me
Nathaniel and Abby are struggling to navigate the challenging waters of their own relationship, when they get a surprising phone call from their partners in play, Dena and Jeff, who are in need of a helping hand… Seven years ago, blonde, beautiful lawyer Dena Jenkins was tired of her carefully controlled life. Desperate for something exhilarating to help her escape the pressures of her demanding job and her senator father, she joined a steamy, local BDSM club as a submissive. There she met brooding Dominant, Jeff. The attraction between them was undeniable, and, despite Dena’s doubts, they couldn’t stay away from each other. Except, as the years have passed, their blazing connection has proven difficult to maintain. Dena and Jeff have a history they’d rather forget, but Dena can’t let go of the past, and Jeff is ready to move across the country to give her space. Now, to save their passion, they’ll have to rediscover what it means to trust each other—and give themselves to each other completely…
Due Date: July 7
Print: paperback, ebook
Pages: 352
Publisher: NAL
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I have loved this series forever, and I was super pumped when they said that they were adding two more books. I can't wait to get more from Abby and Nathaniel and all their friends. It's going to be epic and i can't wait!!

Are you getting any of these?? What's on your book lust list?? Share in the comments down below!!
Happy Lusting