Thursday, September 3, 2015

In The Dark by Monica Murphy ~ Review

Source:  Received an eBook copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.



IN THE DARK (Book 2) August 25, 2015
Stuck spending the summer with his screwed up family, Gabriel Walker is bored out of his mind and looking for an adventure. And he seems to find it with the hot girl who lives next door. The attraction between them is instant. Electric. Soon they’re spending every stolen minute together. Talk about the perfect summer fling…

Lucy isn’t what she seems. She doesn’t live next door—she’s the girl who’s been hired to house sit for the summer while the family goes on a worldwide vacation. If Gabe wants to believe she’s a spoiled rich girl looking for some fun, she can go along with that. After the summer, she’ll never see him again.

They don’t count on running into each other at college. Now Lucy must keep up the pretense of being a rich girl—and it’s exhausting. She knows she’s falling in love with Gabe and she’s scared he feels the same. Will he still care about her when he discovers the truth?







Review...


I really enjoyed the first book in this series and was excited to read this one.  Gabe is a total player in the first book.  Once and done.  And the whole watching Shep fall for Jade - he didn't want any of that.  But then he spends the summer with Lucy.

It starts from him watching her and moves to him not able to resist her.  They have an interesting kinda fling for the summer.  But Luce is lying to him.  I always struggle when a character is lying.  And it was the same here.  I didn't really see the need for her lying.  She's not got money.  She's housesitting.  What will he do if he finds out?  She's expecting things to be a fling anyway, I just don't get what the difference would be.

I did like that she had some body image issues.  He's constantly telling her how much he loves her curves but she's always trying to loose weight.  That part felt real and important to me.

Loved Gabe.  He's fighting the falling thing tooth and nail but once he realizes that he really does want a relationship with Luce, he chases after her.  And these two are hot together.

Then the story shifts to be back at college and their reaction to seeing each other again was a bit surprising.  I loved the way Gabe reacted not so much with Luce.

The rest of the story felt just okay.  A kinda perdictable issue comes up for them.  I wasn't surprised at all.  It did feel like something they should have to tackle based on Lucy's youth.  I, also think it's what brought them finally to the same page.

This is a good sequel to the first book, though I enjoyed Fair Game a lot more.  I enjoyed Gabe's story even if I wasn't Lucy's biggest fan.  It's great New Adult with a healthy portion of hot and sexy.

If you read the first, you'll want this one too.  If you enjoy the extra hot New Adult, you want this one.




Swoon Thrusday ~ 9/3/15


The fabulous girls over at YA Bound created this super HOT meme.  Here's how it works.

From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering.

Shout it out on Twitter with the hashtag #YABound, post it here in the comments, or grab the adorable button above and share it on your blog! I want to know & so do the chicks at YABound!



I've been re-reading parts of the Sweet Trilogy as I read Sweet Temptation.  Had to share some Kai!

Sweet Evil (The Sweet Trilogy, #1) by Wendy Higgins

Embrace the Forbidden

What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?

This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.
Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She's aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn't until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He's the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.

Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?





Swoon...



My hands slid from the back of his neck to his face.  I ran my thumbs across his eyebrows and over his cheekbones.  He watched me in the dimmed light, searching me.  Our heated breath turned to fog in the cold air.   Then I stretched up to place a sweet, soft kiss on his lips.  He closed his eyes and we lingered there with our lips barely touching.  (Page 416-417)


Yes, I sigh for Kai.





First Days (The Ghost Bird, #2)
First Days (The Ghost Bird #2) by C.L. Stone

Sang Sorenson used to be the invisible girl in class. As a new student to Ashley Waters High School, Sang hopes that her new friends will be the change she’s been craving and will make fitting in a breeze.

But Academy students aren’t there to take it easy. The high school is overcrowded and rife with violence. When fights begin, Sang will uncover the true reason the boys traded in their private school life for a public one.

This year, Sang will no longer be invisible. This year, Sang is a target.

The principal and vice principal are hot to take Sang down, and her own mother is determined to entrap Sang forever in her belief that the safest place to be is in the shadows. Despite this, Nathan, Luke, Kota, North, Silas, Victor, and Gabriel will discover Sang’s unyielding loyalty.

And they will sorely need it.

The Academy, supremely influential.

If you enjoyed Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard or the Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter, you may enjoy this series.



Swoon...


He laughed softly, his deep voice seemed to reverberate in my bones. He pulled me closer and pushed his nose to my hair as he said, "Sang, baby, you're beautiful."

Short and sweet and I freaking love it. This series is my newest addiction, and it's going well. I finished this book (gaaaah so good) and am starting right up on book 3. Brain candy at its finest, y'all! *happy dances*


Those are our swoons for this week! What do you think? Do you have a swoon? Leave us a comment and link us up!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Marvels by Brian Selznick ~ Available September 15th & Giveaway


THE MARVELS

by Brian Selznick

In stores September 15th




About the Book...


From the Caldecott Medal–winning creator of The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck comes a breathtaking new voyage.

In this magnificent reimagining of the form he originated, two stand-alone stories—the first in nearly 400 pages of continuous pictures, the second in prose—together create a beguiling narrative puzzle.

The journey begins on a ship at sea in 1766, with a boy named Billy Marvel. After surviving a shipwreck, he finds work in a London theatre. There, his family flourishes for generations as brilliant actors until 1900, when young Leontes Marvel is banished from the stage.

Nearly a century later, Joseph Jervis runs away from school and seeks refuge with an uncle in London. Albert Nightingale’s strange, beautiful house, with its mysterious portraits and ghostly presences, captivates Joseph and leads him on a search for clues about the house, his family, and the past.

A gripping adventure and an intriguing invitation to decipher how the two narratives connect, The Marvels is a loving tribute to the power of story from an artist at the vanguard of creative innovation.

*credit: Jamey Mazzie* 

About the Author
Brian Selznick is the Caldecott Medal-winning author and illustrator of the #1 New York Times bestsellers Wonderstruck and The Invention of Hugo Cabret which was adapted into Martin Scorsese's Oscar-winning movie Hugo. Selznick's books have garnered countless accolades worldwide, and have been translated into over 35 languages. He has worked as a set designer and a puppeteer. He lives in San Diego, California, and Brooklyn, New York.






TRAILER... 




YOU EITHER SEE IT OR YOU DON’T – TEASER TOUR...


Unlock the mystery of THE MARVELS.
Join Joseph, a young boy in 1990 London, as her pieces together clues found in his uncle’s mysterious house. Who are the Marvels? And how are they connected to Joseph?

Follow the YOU EITHER SEE IT OR YOU DON’T tour to hear mysterious recordings by Brian Selznick, get a sneak peek at artwork from the book, and discover souvenirs from inside THE MARVELS house. What do they mean? You either see it or you don’t.

September 7th – TheBookSmugglers.com
September 8th – Hypable.com
September 9th – SuperSpaceChick.com
September 10th – TheReadingRoom.com
September 11th – PopWrapped.com


INTERIOR ARTWORK...







LEARN MORE...


Visit The Marvels website
#TheMarvels

Giveaway...


THE BRIAN SELZNICK COLLECTION
One (1) winner receives:
·         The MarvelsWonderstruck, and The Invention of Huge Cabret.



Giveaway open to US addresses only.
Prizing and samples provided by Scholastic.



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Waiting On Wednesday ~ 9/2/15


This is our version of Waiting on Wednesday but with more cuddles, books we can't wait to cuddle for various reasons.

What are we waiting on this week?  THIS!


In the irresistibly sexy series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout, two free spirits find their lives changed by a one-night stand…

Some things you just believe in, even if you've never experienced them. For Stephanie, that list includes love. It's out there. Somewhere. Eventually. Meanwhile she's got her job at the mixed martial arts training center and hot flings with gorgeous, temporary guys like Nick. Then a secret brings them closer, opening Steph's eyes to a future she never knew she wanted—until tragedy rips it away.

Nick's self-assured surface shields a past no one needs to know about. His mind-blowing connection with Steph changes all that. As fast as he's knocking down the walls that have kept him commitment-free, she's building them up again, determined to keep the hurt—and Nick—out. But he can't walk away. Not when she's the only one who's ever made him wish for forever . . .

Available September 29th from Avon



You can also order a signed (and personalized) copy by clicking HERE

AND if you preorder (at all, not just with a signed copy--you can preorder anywhere), you can fill out the form HERE for a bonus Cam and Avery scene!


Why am I waiting? Well, it's by JLA. That part is self explanatory. But beyond that, I am so, SO excited for Nick and Steph's story. Plus, this series is full of awesome--laughs and swoons and feels and so much more--and I just cannot WAIT for another installment in all that. And to see the previous characters again! Ahhhh! *flails*


That's what we're waiting on this week! What do you think? What are you waiting on? Leave us a comment!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Sleeping With The Enemy by Tracy Solheim ~ Review

Source:  Received copy from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

The author of Risky Game returns with a football team owner who’s a real player, and the woman who’s ready to call him out on everything...

Dot-com millionaire Jay McManus is discovering that owning a pro football team like the Baltimore Blaze isn’t easy. An anonymous blogger is out to destroy his reputation, and now his team is being sued by its own cheerleaders. If Jay’s not careful, he could lose big—and not just financially.

Bridgett Janik’s brother may play for the Baltimore Blaze, but she’s not thrilled to be defending Jay McManus, the man who broke her heart. It’s bad enough she has to mingle with Jay during games, but working beside her former lover may be too much for her body—and her heart—to resist.

Jay’s determined not to let Bridgett slip away from him a second time. But, as the two follow the mysterious blogger’s trail, secrets—both past and present—are revealed, and Jay and Bridgett must decide if their relationship can be something more than just sleeping with the enemy.




Now Available



Review...



Did someone say football?  Oh, I'm such a sucker for football in my romance books.  So choosing to read/review this one was an easy choice.

I haven't read the rest of the series, something I need to change.  But I had no issue reading this as a stand alone.  Knowing the other couples would have been nice but not necessary.  

Now, let me tell you about the brilliance that is the book.  It's a second chance story.  These two met right out of college in Italy one summer and fell in love.  It's not clear what happened at first but they both clearly blame the other for the end of the relationship.  And here is the brilliance - I've read a lot of miscommunication and misunderstanding kinda stories and they all seem weak to me.  But this one...this one is pure brilliance.   This one has some depth.  This one has some real reasons why there was miscommunication and misunderstanding.  This one has me loving both of these characters and feeling the pain they both went through.  This one makes sense.

And these characters...love them.  Both were devastated by the loss of the other.  They both dealt with it in different ways but when they meet up again, it's clear the chemistry is still there.  Jay thinks a purely physical relationship can work.  Bridgett is trying to protect her heart again.  So she resists.  And Jay chases.  And it's so fun because Bridgett cannot resist him once his hands are on her even at 30,000 feet.

More than romance, this story has a great plot with lots of depth.  There are subplots and intertwined plots.   They all get nicely tied up at the end.  I loved that.  

I loved the writing.  It goes back and forth between the two main characters POV but it's third person.  I don't normally like third person but this was great.  I felt connected with the characters and happy.

I read this mostly in a day.  I had looked at it a little the day before but when I sat down to read, I didn't stop till I was done.  I didn't want to stop.  And now I want to read the rest of the series.

Such great romance, with great characters, great story and steamy romance.  If you love your second chance stories, then don't miss this one.







Release Day...


From Harper Teen...


Sometimes the past is better off buried.

Senior year is finally over. After all they’ve been through, Dan, Abby, and Jordan are excited to take one last road trip together, and they’re just not going to think about what will happen when the summer ends. But on their way to visit Jordan’s uncle in New Orleans, the three friends notice that they are apparently being followed.. And Dan starts receiving phone messages from someone he didn’t expect to hear from again—someone who died last Halloween.

As the strange occurrences escalate, Dan is forced to accept that everything that has happened to him in the past year may not be a coincidence, but fate—a fate that ties Dan to a group called the Bone Artists, who have a sinister connection with a notorious killer from the past. Now, Dan’s only hope is that he will make it out of his senior trip alive.

In this finale to the New York Times bestselling Asylum series, found photographs help tell the story of three teens who exist on the line between past and present, genius and insanity.





From Signet...


Gwen Day has never been lucky in love, but now she’s betting on one man ready to care for her like no one ever has…

Fresh off of the most humiliating romantic disaster of her life, Gwen sees no reason not to get tipsy and throw herself at her sexy bad boy neighbor. But she never expected their one night stand to have consequences that would keep them together...or for his concern to turn into something that feels like it could last.

Dominic Brady has always admired Gwen from afar, and now that she’s single, he has no reservations about saying yes to one wild night. Soon he’s interested in a real relationship. But when their future is uncertain, Dominic is determined to show her that he takes care of what’s his. And that no matter what happens, he’s one man she can’t lose.






From Berkley Sensation...



Naasir is the most feral of the powerful group of vampires and angels known as the Seven, his loyalty pledged to the Archangel Raphael. When rumors surface of a plot to murder the former Archangel of Persia, now lost in the Sleep of the Ancients, Naasir is dispatched to find him. For only he possesses the tracking skills required—those more common to predatory animals than to man.

Enlisted to accompany Naasir, Andromeda, a young angelic scholar with dangerous secrets, is fascinated by his nature—at once playful and brilliant, sensual and brutal. As they race to find the Sleeping archangel before it’s too late, Naasir will force her to question all she knows...and tempt her to walk into the magnificent, feral darkness of his world. But first they must survive an enemy vicious enough to shatter the greatest taboo of the angelic race and plunge the world into a screaming nightmare…







From Berkley...



The author of Risky Game returns with a football team owner who’s a real player, and the woman who’s ready to call him out on everything...

Dot-com millionaire Jay McManus is discovering that owning a pro football team like the Baltimore Blaze isn’t easy. An anonymous blogger is out to destroy his reputation, and now his team is being sued by its own cheerleaders. If Jay’s not careful, he could lose big—and not just financially.

Bridgett Janik’s brother may play for the Baltimore Blaze, but she’s not thrilled to be defending Jay McManus, the man who broke her heart. It’s bad enough she has to mingle with Jay during games, but working beside her former lover may be too much for her body—and her heart—to resist.

Jay’s determined not to let Bridgett slip away from him a second time. But, as the two follow the mysterious blogger’s trail, secrets—both past and present—are revealed, and Jay and Bridgett must decide if their relationship can be something more than just sleeping with the enemy.





In the new novel by the #1 New York Times bestselling “queen of paranormal romance,” (J.R. Ward) a wounded warrior and a woman on the run find salvation, passion and unimaginable danger in the ghostly darkness of the Carpathian Mountains…

He wasn’t civilized or tame. He had his own code and he lived by it.

Monk. Bounty hunter. Vampire slayer. Andre Boroi has spent centuries battling the undead, holding out against the dark with honor. But now, gravely wounded by master vampire Costin Popescu, Andre will be easy to track—his spilled blood marking the killing trail for Popescu and his hungry band of underlings. Andre’s only chance is to disappear into the gray mist of the Carpathians. To wait. To hope.

She had a healing touch and a scent that was his lifeblood.

In the mountains in search of a precious crystal, geologist Teagan Joanes suddenly finds herself hunted by those she once trusted. Then she comes across the warrior—wounded, wanting and irresistible. Andre has been craving her for an eternity: his lifemate. Her warmth envelops him. Her scent pulsates. And with every beat of her heart, Teagan surrenders to a passion she can’t possibly comprehend.

Now they are bound by destiny, but is it enough to keep them safe from a stalking, relentless darkness that threatens to swallow them alive?