Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Waiting On Wednesday ~ 8/24/16


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!




The rules of (fake) engagement . . .

Leah Martin has spent her life trying to avoid temptation. But she's sick of low-fat snacks, counting calories, and her hyper-critical mom. Fortunately, her popular new bakery keeps her good and distracted. But there aren't enough ├ęclairs in the world to distract Leah from the hotness that is Sam Cooper - or the fact that he just told her mother that they're engaged . . . which is a big, fat lie.

Sam sometime speaks before he thinks. So what started out as defending Leah's date-ability to her judgmental mother soon turned into having a fiancee! Now the plan is to keep up the fake engagement, stay "just friends," and make Leah's family loathe him enough to just call the whole thing off . But Sam has an insatiable sweet tooth, not only for Leah's decadent desserts but her decadent curves. Her full lips. Her bright green eyes. Yep, things aren't going quite according to plan. Now Sam has to convince Leah that he's for real . . . before their little lie turns into one big, sweet disaster.





Coming November 29th from Forever

I so love fake relationships that turn real!  My very favorite trope!  So I'm looking forward to this one!!!


That's what we're waiting on!  What about you?  Leave us a comment.




Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Wild Embrace by Nalini Singh ~ Release Day & Review

Source:  Received paperback ARC from publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.


The “alpha author of paranormal romance”* presents a stunningly sensual collection of four all-new Psy-Changeling novellas, in which taboos are broken, boundaries are crossed, and instincts prove irresistible...

Echo of Silence
In a deep-sea station, Tazia Nerif has found her life’s work as an engineer, keeping things running smoothly. But she wants nothing more than to break down the barrier of silence between her and her telekinetic Psy station commander...

Dorian
A changeling who can never shift lives a life of quiet frustration—until he learns how to let his leopard come out and play...

Partners in Persuasion
Still raw from being burned by a dominant female, wolf changeling Felix will never again risk being a plaything. But for dominant leopard Dezi, he’s the most fascinating man she’s ever met. She just has to convince this gun-shy wolf that he can trust the dangerous cat who wants to take a slow, sexy bite out of him…

Flirtation of Fate
Seven years ago, Kenji broke Garnet’s heart. Now the wolf packmates have to investigate the shocking murder of one of their own. And the more Kenji sees of the woman Garnet has become, the deeper he begins to fall once more. But even his primal instincts are no match for the dark secret he carries...

*Booklist, starred review








Review...



Echo of Silence

Stefan!  This is Stefan's story.  He lives deep beneath the ocean surface on Alaris.  He's as close to being an Arrow as you can be without being one.  What kept him from being an Arrow is why he lives out of site from the rest of the Psy world.  There only humans and changelings down on Alaris.  His telekinetic power a measure of safety for the crew.  But what is he hiding?  I've wanted to know for a while.  He shows up from time to time with some of my favorite psy, Judd and the Arrows.  Now I know what's up with Stefan and I totally loved it.

This one is a short sexy story of how two people are drawn to each other even when they are sure they aren't right for each other.  Tazia, a human, is living her dream job at the price of her families approval.  Stefan is scarred.  Both are drawn to each other.  As they are put in a position to help others, they learn about each other and the feelings that have been developing for months leak out.  Both are healed from their past.  Both are the other's strength.  It was wonderful.  


Dorian

Warning:  Spoilers for Hostage to Pleasure.

I admit to being surprised a novella about Dorian was tucked in this book.  We have his story in Hostage to Pleasure but I'm so glad this little gem is there. 

It's not a repeat of anything we know but a few glimpses of things that are only hinted at.  We see Dorian as a young child dealing with the pain of not being able to shift.  We see Dorian as a teen determined to be the best.  We see Dorian after his initial shift on the camping trip.  And we see Dorian as his alpha and the other Sentinels challenge him to finally release all of his leopard.   

It was pure joy to read. 


Partners in Persuasion


This is Desiree's story.  A strong solider who still needs to call her mom to let her know she's safely home from a night shift, I was excited to see who this dominate cat would fall for.  And I was surprised.

Felix is the horticultural expert in SnowDancer and a submissive.  Of course, he does a good job of getting things organized for a major re-planting that needs to take place.  Nothing gets between him and his seedlings.  I really like him and, frankly, I was happy to see a submissive male and a dominate female tangle.  It's not a common pairing and I really enjoyed that.  A bad experience with a dominate female in the past has Felix resisting Desiree and this story just got a whole lot more interesting. 

There's all the fun that you expect in a story from this series with a novella length that can be enjoyed in an hour.  I just can't get enough of this world or these characters.  I want every little pairing there is to have.  I want every story there is to be told.  

Sexy with a twist of different that makes this one a pleasure to read. 



Flirtation of Fate


I've met Kenji and Garnet before and everyone wondered what was up with those two.  They certainly seemed like they should be together but she's mad and he's teasing.  So I was curious to read this one.

It's clear there is chemistry between these two as well as some strong feelings.  While Garnet didn't know, I saw enough of Kenji to figure out his issue early on and while I got why he pushed her away, I was sure she would still want him.  Of course I was right.  It just took some forced time around each other and a joint focus that had the feeling from the past well in play to get them both to decide it was time to let the truth out.  I enjoyed both the little mystery they solved together and the second chance at love between them.

I adore this world and these little stories that add so much to the world itself.  I would love to live in this world, in one of these packs where people take care of their own and problems get worked out.  It's a happy place for me to be.



Of course I loved all of these stories and am so glad to have read an early copy of this book.  If you love this world as much as I do, then make sure you have this one to add to your collection.  If you haven't discovered just how wonderful this series is, then here's an excuse to start.  This book can be read out of order but it will only have you wanting more.




                               






Happy Release Day...

From William Morrow...


New York Times bestselling author Molly McAdams delivers another heart-wrenching, emotional novel in her Thatch series…

After her first love was ripped from her grasp four years earlier, Charlie Easton was sure she would never be able to trust anyone with the shattered pieces of her heart again. That is, until Deacon Carver forces himself into her life, and makes those pieces swirl in chaos. But Charlie doesn't know how to let him in… until a stranger stumbles upon a notebook filled with her innermost secrets, and shows her how.

Deacon Carver is known for sleeping his way through the town of Thatch, as well as the surrounding cities—something he used to take pride in. But that persona has haunted Deacon ever since he decided to leave that life behind for the girl he wants more than anything: Charlie Easton.

But when another girl falls into Deacon's life, allowing him to be himself without judgment for his past, will their conversations hinder his relationship with Charlie … even if he's never seen her?







From Berkley...

The “alpha author of paranormal romance”* presents a stunningly sensual collection of four all-new Psy-Changeling novellas, in which taboos are broken, boundaries are crossed, and instincts prove irresistible...

Echo of Silence
In a deep-sea station, Tazia Nerif has found her life’s work as an engineer, keeping things running smoothly. But she wants nothing more than to break down the barrier of silence between her and her telekinetic Psy station commander...

Dorian
A changeling who can never shift lives a life of quiet frustration—until he learns how to let his leopard come out and play...

Partners in Persuasion
Still raw from being burned by a dominant female, wolf changeling Felix will never again risk being a plaything. But for dominant leopard Dezi, he’s the most fascinating man she’s ever met. She just has to convince this gun-shy wolf that he can trust the dangerous cat who wants to take a slow, sexy bite out of him…

Flirtation of Fate
Seven years ago, Kenji broke Garnet’s heart. Now the wolf packmates have to investigate the shocking murder of one of their own. And the more Kenji sees of the woman Garnet has become, the deeper he begins to fall once more. But even his primal instincts are no match for the dark secret he carries...





From Entangled Crush...


Truth or Dare was never this much fun...

Annie McFarland is sick of being a shy nobody. A session at summer camp seems like the perfect opportunity to reinvent herself—gain some confidence, kiss a boy, be whoever she wants to be. A few days in, she’s already set her sights on ├╝ber-hottie Kyle. Too bad her fear of water keeps her away from the lake, where Kyle is always hanging out.

Jacob Fazio is at Camp Pine Ridge after one too many screw-ups. Junior counseling seems like punishment enough, but the rigid no-fraternizing-with-campers rules harsh his chill. When a night of Truth or Dare gets him roped into teaching Annie how to swim, she begs him to also teach her how to snag Kyle.

Late-night swim sessions turn into late-night kissing sessions...but there’s more on the line than just their hearts. If they get caught, Jake’s headed straight to juvie, but Annie’s more than ready to dare him to reveal the truth.









Teaser Tuesday ~ 8/23/16

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



To participate you:
* Grab your current read
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!
(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!




WHEN AN ALPHA MEETS HIS MATCH . . .

Between singlehandedly running her bakery and raising her teenaged nephew, Becca Weitz thought she had a decent grip on "normal." Then her nephew vanishes, and life as she's known it changes forever. Local legends are true: bear shifters exist . . . and her nephew is part of their clan. As is Carl Carman, the sexy, larger-than-life man who has sworn to find her nephew-and the other young shifters who've gone missing.

As the leader of his clan, Carl is surrounded by enemies. He's learned the hard way that keeping a firm leash on his inner beast is key to survival, though his feelings for Becca test his legendary control. Then danger stalks too close, and Carl realizes he must unleash the raging, primal force within to protect everything he holds dear. But can Becca trust his grizzly side with her life-and her heart?






Teaser...


A platform had been built around the lowest branches.  The perch was high enough to see the distance, but low enough for a bear to jump down without problem, and the other trees had been cut back to give a good 360-degree view.  And, best of all, a cell tower stood near enough to keep all five bars of his phone happy.  (kindle location 844)

Bears are interesting creatures. Review coming.


That's our teaser for this week! What do you think? Do you have a teaser to share? Leave us a comment and link us up!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Happy Release Day

From Carina Press...

When a mysterious stranger is your only hope…

The scars of the past have left their mark, both physical and emotional, on former military pilot Seth Erickson. Off-grid in the far reaches of the bitter Alaskan wilderness, he wants only to be left alone with his ghosts. But he can't ignore a woman in need—beautiful, stranded and nearly frozen with fear.

Summer Silva never imagined that the search for her missing sister would leave her abandoned on a wintry back road, barely escaping with her life from a cold-blooded killer for hire. Now, hiding out in the isolated cabin of the secretive wounded warrior who saved her, Summer knows she must do what she fears most. Putting her trust in a stranger is all she has left.

All defenses are down

After a fiery first night together, Seth and Summer are bound by a need as powerful as a Bering Sea superstorm—and vulnerable to enemies just as fierce. For Seth, reawakened by desire, there is no sacrifice too great, no memory too dark, to keep Summer safe. But murder and treason lurk everywhere and Summer may not survive Alaska's ruthless winter.





From Entangled:  Crush...


Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains multiple PDAs, after-school detentions, and gambling on the side. Warning: betting on a boyfriend is bad for your health.

Zoe Cain knows that Grant Evertide is way out of her league. So naturally, she kisses him. Out of spite. Not only is Grant her brother’s number-one nemesis, but he has zero interest in being tied down to one girl. She’s shocked—and secretly thrilled—when they start spending more time together. Non-exclusively, of course, but that doesn’t mean Zoe can’t change his mind, one PDA and after-school detention at a time.

Zoe’s brother claims Grant is trying to make her his “Ringer,” an oh-so-charming tradition where a popular guy dates a non-popular girl until he hooks up with her, then dumps her. Zoe threatens to neuter Grant with hedge clippers if he's lying but Grant swears he isn’t trying to trick her. Still, that doesn’t mean Grant is the commitment type—even if winning a bet is on the line.








Sunday, August 21, 2016

Stacking OUR Shelves ~ 8/21/16


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...







Thanks go to...

Berkley
St. Marin's Griffin
St. Martin's Paperbacks
Signet
Forever
Forever Yours

Bought...







For Review...


The One Real Thing (Hart's Boardwalk, #1)Rookie Move (Brooklyn Bruisers, #1)Furious Rush

Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle, #1)Show Me How (Thatch, #3)



Thanks go to...


Berkley
Forever
Thomas Dunne Books
William Morrow Impluse


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, August 20, 2016

Hamilton Book Tag

The Hamilton Book Tag is something I found over on Jenuine Cupcakes in March. It was originally created by Maureen (with some extras from Angie and Meg). Obviously, I was like I NEED TO DO THIS....but then I never got to it. Until now. Yay!

So yeah. Here goes...


The Room Where it Happens


"I've got to be in the room where it happens."
(Book world you would put yourself in)

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #2)Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #3)

It's not often that I read a book and go "oh man, I wish I could live there," other than wishing for the fact that I could live in a world where certain characters were real, but I LOVED the world Laini Taylor created in this trilogy. I haven't read the third book yet, and--okay, I know there's kind of a war going on and whatnot...but my answer stands. Blame Laini Taylor's gorgeous writing. (Though honestly, the more I think about this, the more I'm remembering how I TRULY adore this world and yeah, it would be so cool to be there. You know, minus the war.)



The Schuyler Sisters


"You want a revolution, I want a revelation."
(Underrated female character)

The Demon's Lexicon (The Demon's Lexicon, #1)The Demon's Covenant (The Demon's Lexicon, #2)The Demon's Surrender (The Demon's Lexicon, #3)

I was just thinking about this series the other day (one of my favorite trilogies OF ALL TIME, by the way, and you should definitely check it out if you haven't read it) and it occurred to me that Mae would be the PERFECT answer for this question. I don't really hear people talking about these books much as it is, let alone focusing on how awesome of a character Mae is. She's brave and kind and seriously, y'all, you need to read these books!



My Shot


"Hey, yo, I'm just like my country, I'm young, scrappy, and hungry and I'm not throwing away my shot!"
(A character that goes after what they want and doesn't let anything stop them)

Titans

Astrid from Victoria Scott's Titans comes right to mind when reading this prompt. She wants to help her family and to do that, she's determined to win the Titan Derby. So she works her butt off to make it happen. She's fantastic and this book is so freaking good and yeah. She definitely fits the description of a character who goes after what they want and doesn't let anything stop them.



Burn


"You and your words flooded my senses, your sentences left me defenseless, you built me palaces out of paragraphs, you built cathedrals."
(The most heartbreaking end to a relationship you've ever read)

True Love: I'll Be Seeing You / Don't Die, My Love / A Rose for Melinda

This is actually an omnibus (as the bottom states, THREE NOVELS) so I could actually be talking about two books for this one. (Because I'll Be Seeing You is actually oddly happy for a Lurlene McDaniel book.) But right now, I'm specifically talking about Don't Die, My Love. This is my favorite of McDaniel's books and I re-read it whenever I need a good cry because THAT is how devastating it is for me. It's so sad but also SO GREAT. I love Julie and Luke and I will re-read this book forever--but my heart totally breaks every single time.



The Reynolds Pamphlet


"Have you read this...?"
(A book with a twist that you didn't see coming)

Hourglass (Evernight, #3)

I had to think hard about this one because it's rare that I'm SERIOUSLY SURPRISED by twists, but maaaan this book. There were two twists in this one that I went crazy over. It was like "there's no way that could happen...right?" But oh goodness, it did and then MORE happened and then it ended and I had to waaaait for the last book to releeeasseee ahhhhh. So yeah. This book. (I'm being intentionally vague to avoid spoilers, obviously. The Evernight series is another great one, by the way. So...you know....read it.)



You'll Be Back


"You'll be back, soon you'll see, you'll remember you belong to me..."
(Sassiest villain)

The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds, #1)

I'm kind of hesitant to say the villain's name here, because that's kind of a surprise when you're reading and if you haven't read this book yet YOU MUST. I know I'm saying this a lot right now, but I promise that I mean it. I adore this book. But anyway, back to the villain. If you've read the book, you obviously know who he is. And I'm sure you agree that he can be pretty sassy. All "I would have walked" and whatnot. (And then he's like "I lied" and I'm like OMG.) Totally sassy.



Non-Stop


"How to account for his rise to the top? Man, the man is non-stop!"
(A series you marathoned)

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)Frostbite (Vampire Academy, #2)Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy, #3)

Blood Promise (Vampire Academy, #4)Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy, #5)Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy, #6)

After friends telling me that I NEEDED to read these books in middle school, I finally got around to picking up the first one while I was in high school--and I. Was. Hooked. I flew through these books as fast as my name on the hold lists at my local library would let me, and I regret nothing.



Satisfied


"He was right, you'll never be satisfied."
(Favorite book with multiple POVs)

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)

I'm a huge fan of multiple POVs, so there are many answers I COULD put here, but the first to come to mind (and the one I'm most inclined to put here anyway because, you guessed it, this is another favorite) was The Raven Boys. This booooooook. I love it beyond words. The characters, the writing...magnificent. 



Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story


"But when you're gone, who remembers your name, who keeps your flame?"
(A book/series you feel will remembered throughout history)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

Golly gee, I WONDER what the answer to this one should be? I haven't read these books, but I'm gonna go with the rest of the universe and answer with Harry Potter because...obviously. It's HARRY POTTER.



Helpless


"Look into your eyes and the sky's the limit, I'm helpless."
(A relationship you were pulling for from the very start)

Sempre (Forever, #1)

I thought through a lot of couples before I landed on this answer (Roth & Layla, Levi & Cath...) but now I'm pretty firm on Carmine & Haven. If I wanted to shift my mind to another book in this series (Made), then I'd be talking about Corrado and Celia but I can't take those emotions right now so CARMINE AND HAVEN IT IS. From the moment he said "sorry" in the kitchen, I was all in. They deserve to be together and happy (with the great support of Celia and Corrado because they're the best people ever). 



Ten Duel Commandments


"Time to get some pistols and the doctor on site."
(Favorite fight scene)

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

I had to think really hard about this because I'm not too crazy about fight scenes. I mean, I read them, but I don't really think of them as favorites. But after digging through my brain, I've decided that I highly enjoy the fight scene near the end of Throne of Glass. Funny, though, because it's not because of the fighting. It's because of "Get up." 

(I'm sure if I'd thought harder, I'd have been able to come up with a fight scene within the Strange Angels series by Lili St. Crow. Just so ya know.)



Say No To This


"Lord, show me how to say no to this, I don't know how to say no to this..."
(Guilty pleasure read)

Colters' Woman (Colters' Legacy, #1)

This book, heck the entire Colters' Legacy series, along with everything and anything that could be considered reverse harem. I love it so much. 

...and fanfiction. I'm guiltily addiction to fanfiction.



What Comes Next


"You're on your own, awesome! Wow! Do you have a clue what happens now?"
(A series you wish had more books)

Twilight (Twilight, #1)

No, I am not crazy. I seriously wish there were more Twilight books. Not because I'm in dire need of more Edward and Bella, but because I'd LOVE a spin-off or whatever about the wolf pack. And their imprints. And alll of the thingsss. 



Right Hand Man


"Here comes the General and his right hand man..."
(Favorite BROTP)

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)

I didn't want to repeat answers but I can't help myself--the Raven Boys. Duh. (Though Liam and Chubs from The Darkest Minds, which has also been used already, was a close second.)



What'd I Miss


"I've been in Paris meeting lots of different ladies. I guess I basically missed the late eighties."
(A book or series you were late to reading)

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2)Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3)Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)

I'm actually still reading this series now, so I'm continuing to be way late on reading these books. Which is funny because I read Cinder before Scarlet released. Only problem was that I wasn't too fond of book 1, so I questioned picking up book 2. Now, years later, I've finally done it and man am I glad I did. SO. GOOD.



Wait For It


"I'm not falling behind or running late. I'm not standing still, I am lying in wait."
(A book that was worth waiting for)

Jealousy (Strange Angels, #3)

My answer for this was almost I HAVE NO IDEA, but then I caught sight of my shiny Strange Angels books over on my shelf and I knew this was my answer. I read the first book from my local library when I was in middle school. Then the library didn't have the second book, so I bought it from Borders. Then I had to wait until the third book, Jealousy, released and I basically died during that time. But then I finally got it in my hands and it ended up being my favorite of the series. This entire series is basically a gem, but this particular book...so much love. 



And that's it!


Since it took me forever and a half to do this tag and I'm sure everyone's already done it, I'm not going to tag anyone specifically. But if you by chance have not done this tag and would like to, go for it! :)