Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Teaser Tuesday ~ 5/30/17

This is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.

To participate you:
* Grab your current read
(Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

“Trust me, I’ve wanted to punch you in the face a time or five.”

When the man you worshipped as a kid becomes your coach, it’s supposed to be the greatest thing in the world. Keywords: supposed to.

It didn’t take a week for twenty-seven-year-old Sal Casillas to wonder what she’d seen in the international soccer icon—why she’d ever had his posters on her wall, or ever envisioned marrying him and having super-playing soccer babies.

Sal had long ago gotten over the worst non-break-up in the history of imaginary relationships with a man that hadn’t known she’d existed. So she isn’t prepared for this version of Reiner Kulti who shows up to her team’s season: a quiet, reclusive, shadow of the explosive, passionate man he’d once been.

Nothing could have prepared her for the man she got to know.

Or the murderous urges he brought out in her.

“Sal, please don’t make me visit you in jail. Orange isn’t your color.”

This was going to be the longest season of her life.


"...So as long as you don't say something so stupid again, I can live with it this once, Reindeer."
The look he gave me was blank for so long, I wasn't expecting him to react the way he did.  I thought for sure he'd argue with me some more about how I needed to get over being pissed at him, however small the amount.
He didn't.
Instead almost a minute after I finished talking, the doors were opening to the main level of the office building, Kulti burst out laughing.  I swear he said something like "Reindeer" under his monster laughs. (Kindle location 4086)

They call each other names.  It's hysterical really.  The German is quiet and the book is a very slow burn but I'm loving it.

Tradition Be Damned (Last Hope, #1)It is the end of days…

Taken from her family at birth, and raised by the mystic Sisterhood, Anne understands she will fight the demons for the rest of her life. Often referred to as the Weird Sister, Anne longs for a life she knows she can never have and dreams of her five guards affections although she believes they hold her in disdain.

She couldn’t be more wrong.

Bryant, Mason, Garrett, Kieran and Milo see Anne for who she is and they’ve loved her every day they’ve known her, although they can never see her face. Fate has chosen them as her beloveds and when the already destroyed world falls apart, they will see they are meant to be…and that maybe all hope is not lost at all. Maybe it is just the beginning.


All of them sucked in their breaths, but it was Mason who spoke. "You think we hate you? You think I hate you?" 
The implication was there. How could I think that after last night? "Mason, I decided last night you didn't." 
Bryant touched his heart. "I could never hate you." 
Garrett shook his head. "Never." 
Kieran stepped forward. "Not for one single moment."

So glad I finally have some time to sit down and read this book because I am LOVING it!

Those are our teasers for this week! What do you think? Do you have a teaser to share? Leave us a comment and link us up!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Falling for the #JerkNextDoor by Theda Monroe ~ Feature & Giveaway

Falling for the #JerkNextDoor

by Theda Monroe Publication Date: April 27, 2017 Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Read for FREE in KindleUnlimited: Amazon

A sex-starved journalist finds herself in the love jail. Will she cop a plea? Zelda Sullivan is a successful news journalist living with PTSD. The disorder causes her to have agoraphobia, an anxiety disorder, which makes her hide herself away from the world. Santiago Ryan recently moved to Zelda’s small town from Ireland to work as a cop. He’s Zelda’s neighbor, and someone she loathes because he turns her life into a noisy nightmare with his antics next door. Unknown to Santiago, Zelda tweets about him using the hashtag #JerkNextDoor. When Zelda’s boss assigns her a big story that involves working with the local police department, it’s a career offer that Zelda can’t turn down, even if that means being forced to work outside of her safety zone. In time Zelda discovers there’s a lot more to the tall, dark, and handsome Santiago than meets the eye. He knows how to handle her curves and helps bring out a long-suppressed boldness in her.

About Theda Monroe

Theda Monroe is the pen name of two writers who love romance. Each brings their own fresh and fun take to the romance genre.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Stacking OUR Shelves ~ 5/28/17

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.  Make sure to checkout her post with links to all the other participates.

Click covers for Goodreads links

For Review...

Avon Addict Box!

Thanks go to...

Avon Impulse
Kylie Scott (through Inkslinger) 
Simon Schuster
Pocket Books
St Martin's Press (Swerve)
Grand Central
Entangled Teen


So, I may have got carried away buying audio this week!
Part of it was a 2 for 1 sale
Part of it was reading Stand and needing the rest of the series and more from this author
And Part was needing to have Kristen Ashley's new audio only book!

Lots of walking books for this summer now!

For Review...

Revenge (Lawless, #3)Silver Silence (Psy-Changeling Trinity, #1; Psy-Changeling, #16)

Thanks go to...



Tradition Be Damned (Last Hope, #1)

That's what we added to our shelves this week! What do you think? What did you add to your stacks? Leave us a comment and link us up!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

The Favor by Blaire Edens ~ Review

Source:  Received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Single mom Anna Bishop doesn’t want help from anyone, but she does need a superhero for the birthday party she’s has planned for her seven-year-old. Luckily, her best friend’s brother agrees to suit up and play the role.

When architect Clark Wainwright agrees to do his sister a favor, he never expects to end up in a pair of tights…not to mention the tight spot he ends up in when he creates trouble for his sister’s best friend. Clark is a fixer, and he’ll do whatever it takes to fix the problem he causes for Anna and help her keep her son…whatever it takes…even of it means proposing.

Anna could do with a little rescuing…but it just might be Clark who gets saved in the end.

Now Available from Entangled

The premise for this one is so charming.  It has a touch of pretending, which are my favorites.  So I was very excited to read it.  And it was good.  But just good.

I like Clark.  It's cute that he dresses up to pretend to be a superhero for a birthday party with a real name like Clark.  But the real Clark is much more than a superhero.  He has a fixer personality and takes on way too much guilt.  He tries so hard to make things right for the ones he cares about that he sometimes goes overboard.  But it's endearing.  And I loved him so much.

Anna is sweet and wants to keep her son at all costs.  She agrees to the fake marriage in hopes that it will turn the tide and allow her to keep her son.  The thing is, I just didn't feel like we knew much about Anna.  She doesn't have much depth.

Really the story is lacking in depth.  It's a surface story like water skiing compared to scuba diving.  There's a lot of tell not show in this book and it costs the characters.  They're too flat.  Made of pages of a book, they just don't feel real.  

The story has the same issues.  Too much of it is summarized.  There were lots of times that I was sad events didn't get experienced.  The last two weeks in the cabin is a great example.  It would have made for some great scenes where these characters battled with their feelings but instead we got a sentence or two about how hard it was.

I'm not sure if this will end up a series.  If not, I really wish the author had tied up the the Taylor and Jake questions.  Both of those characters have great potential but just miss.

I actually feel like I missed a great story and settled for just a good story.  The premise is so good.  I can see it all playing out with a guy just like Clark - a fixer who feels guilt too deeply.  But it missed the mark.  It settled for just a good story.

If you have a few hours, it's a nice distraction but it left me feeling unsatisfied. 


Friday, May 26, 2017

Stand by A.L. Jackson ~ Review

Source:  Received an ARC from the author is exchange for a fair and honest review.

A Bleeding Stars Standalone Novel

Zachary Kennedy has never been known as a fighter, but he’ll never regret fighting for her…

I’m Zee Kennedy.
Quiet. Reserved. Predictable.
When my brother died, everyone thought I was just the good guy who stepped up to take his place in the band.

No one knew what I was hiding. The one thing I’ve been fighting for.

For seven years, I’ve never lost focus.

Not until one chance encounter with Alexis Kensington.

Now she’s become my greatest temptation.
I knew better than to touch her, but now that I’ve had a taste, I can’t get enough.
Her kiss becomes my air. Her body my salvation.

She needed a savior and somehow she became mine.

Taking her was a betrayal. But keeping her means risking everything.
One look at Alexis Kensington, and I know she’s worth the fight.
Will my past continue to keep me down or will I finally find the strength to pull myself up and Stand…

I will admit that I haven't read this whole series (something I will fix very soon) so I haven't wondered about Zee and wished I knew his secrets.  BUT, I did wonder the whole of this book.  

What an emotional ride!  Zee is tortured by a past he feels is all his fault.  His penance is the present and his lack of a personal future.  He lives for the band.  He lives only part of the rock stars life.  And he captures the heart of Alexis.  She will never be the same again.

This book has an almost fantasy feel as these two try to outrun fate.  Because fate has had enough of being out run.  And the sparks that fly between these two are not to be denied.  They are each other's half and together they make a whole.  Not istana love at all but instana sparks and a draw that won't be quieted.  I loved it all.

Obviously, I loved the characters.  They feel real.  And I loved the way that Zee's secrets revealed his character.  Yes he made mistakes but I forgave him.  Mostly it is his reactions to those in need that tell me what I need to know about him.  And he's so real to me.  I simply adore him.

Alexis too is real and feels like a good friend.  She wants her twin back but doesn't have a tough love bone.  So she keeps giving herself no matter the risk.  Zee and Alexis?  They are meant for each other.  They deserve each other.  

The story unfolds with the present being the most dominate aspect.  Flash backs to the past occasionally pop up to reveal some of what happened to Zee and his brother.  I began to have an idea of what went down but I was missing big chunks because the past was complex.  I enjoyed unwrapping it piece by piece hoping to find the loophole that would free Zee.

I read this one quickly because I wanted to know every detail and I was so hoping for Zee's happy.  It's a series ending book so there were a lot of tying things up that happened.  And while I haven't read the stories of all the band mates, I did appreciate the bow on the series as a whole.  And I now own all the books in the series.  They shall be devoured.

This one stands alone but what it really does is bring the need to read them all.  

It's a great romance that's more than the sum of it's parts.  It has great romance, lots of sparks flying and sexy times.  It has a hot band.  It has a great story with emotions and pain.  It reads fast with the pages flying.  It has real characters that you cheer for and cry for.  But when you put all those together, this book is more.  A must read for the romance reader.  Loved it.