Saturday, October 22, 2016

Honor by Jay Crownover ~ Review

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

Don't be fooled.

Don't make excuses for me.

I am not a good man.

I've seen things no one should, done things no one should talk about. Honor and conscience have no place in my life. But I've fought and I've survived. I've had to.

The first time I saw her dancing on that seedy stage in that second rate club, I felt my heart pulse for the first time. Keelyn Foster was too young, too vibrant for this place, and I knew in an instant that I would make her mine. But first I had to climb my way to the top. I had to have something more to offer her.

I'm here now, money is no object and I have no equal. Except for her. She's disappeared. But don't worry, I will find her and claim her. She will be mine.

Like I said, don't be fooled. I am not the devil in disguise… I'm the one front and center.


Here's the thing - I like bad boys but I always want some good in them.  Something that makes them not so bad.  Not gonna find that in Nassir.  He's not gonna be a better person.  This book opens with his back story.  Never been a fan of him though now I can see why he is the way he is.  It explains a lot about who he is.  And while I get that, it wasn't a story I enjoyed hearing.  Nassir is a true bad guy.  He has done what he's had to to survive but it doesn't make him good.  I just never cared enough about him to enjoy his story.  That made me sad.

Keelyn has done what she had to to survive too.  She's afraid to be Nassir's girl.  She ran from him.  She doesn't get that swooning feeling in her heart just seeing him again.  She's attracted to him but he scares her.  Don't get me wrong, she's not all sweetness and goodness.  She stripped in the Point to survive.  She misses her sexy underwear and spiked shoes.  That's just who she is.  I get that.  I just don't enjoy reading about her.  She doesn't really appeal to me.

This book is gritty, dark and hard.  The characters are real and there are no excuses for who they are.  They are certainly attracted to each other and Nassir wants Key.  But it didn't feel like a devoted want - more of a possessive want.  It matched the location well.  The Point is a dark place but these people have made their lives there.  They fit that place.  It's just not a place I want to go to even in a book.

I enjoyed the first book in this series and the third.  Both of those had characters I cared about so despite the harsh environment, my heart got involved.  Not so much this time.  When I don't care about the characters, I struggle to like the book.

Of course this is a great story and the writing is all Jay Crownover.  It just wasn't for me.


Other's loved it more than me.

All Lined Up by Cora Carmack ~ A Stuck In Books Giveaway

SIGNED copy of All Lined Up by Cora Carmack 
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack follows up her trio of hits—Losing It, Faking It, and Finding It—with this thrilling first novel in an explosive series bursting with the Texas flavor, edge, and steamy romance of Friday Night Lights.

In Texas, two things are cherished above all else—football and gossip. My life has always been ruled by both.

Dallas Cole loathes football. That's what happens when you spend your whole childhood coming in second to a sport. College is her time to step out of the bleachers, and put the playing field (and the players) in her past.

But life doesn't always go as planned. As if going to the same college as her football star ex wasn’t bad enough, her father, a Texas high school coaching phenom, has decided to make the jump to college ball… as the new head coach at Rusk University. Dallas finds herself in the shadows of her father and football all over again.

Carson McClain is determined to go from second-string quarterback to the starting line-up. He needs the scholarship and the future that football provides. But when a beautiful redhead literally falls into his life, his focus is more than tested. It's obliterated.

Dallas doesn't know Carson is on the team. Carson doesn't know that Dallas is his new coach's daughter.

And neither of them know how to walk away from the attraction they feel.

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Friday, October 21, 2016

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What We Find by Robyn Carr

Between the urban bustle of Denver and the high-stress environment of a career in neurosurgery, Maggie Sullivan has hit a wall. When an emergency, high-risk procedure results in the death of a teenager, Maggie finds herself in the middle of a malpractice lawsuit—and experiencing levels of anxiety she’s never faced before. It’s in this desperate moment that Maggie’s boyfriend decides he can’t handle her emotional baggage, and she’s left alone, exhausted and unsure of what her future holds. One thing is certain, though: she needs to slow down before she burns out completely, and the best place she can think to do that is Sullivan’s Crossing.

Named for Maggie’s great-grandfather, the land and charming general store at the crossroads of the Colorado and the Continental Divide trails have been passed down through the generations and now belong to Maggie’s estranged father, Sully. Though raised by her mother and stepfather after her parents divorced, Maggie has always adored Sully—despite his hands-off approach to fatherhood. When she shows up unannounced in Sullivan’s Crossing, he welcomes her with opens arms, and she relishes the opportunity to rebuild their relationship.

But when Sully has a sudden heart attack, Maggie’s world is rocked once again. Consumed with his care, she’s relieved to find that Cal Jones, a quiet and serious-looking camper, has been taking over many of Sully’s responsibilities as he recuperates. Still, Maggie is suspicious of this mysterious man’s eagerness to help—until she finds out the true reason for his deliberate isolation.

Though Cal and Maggie each struggle with loss and loneliness, the time they spend together gives Maggie hope for something brighter just on the horizon…if only they can learn to find peace and healing—and perhaps love—with each other.

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Blog Tour: Shutter by Laurie Faria Stolarz ~ Review & Giveaway

Blog Tour: Shutter [Top 10 & Giveaway]

ShutterShutter by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Source: ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. 

• Julian Roman, age sixteen, is an escapee from the Fairmount County Juvenile Detention Facility.
• His parents, Michael Roman and Jennifer Roman, are dead.
• Julian is wanted for murder.

• Why is Julian Roman on the run?
• Just how dangerous is he?
• And who did kill Michael and Jennifer Roman, if not Julian?

Seventeen-year-old Day Baker views life through the lens of her camera, where perspective is everything. But photographs never tell the whole story. After Day crosses paths with Julian, the world she pictures and the truths she believes-neatly captured in black and white-begin to blur.

Julian is not the "armed and dangerous" escapee the police are searching for, but his alibis don't quite add up, either. There is more to his story. This time, Day is determined to see the entire picture . . . whatever it reveals. Did he? Or didn't he?

Day digs deeper into the case while Julian remains on the run. But the longer her list of facts becomes, the longer the list of questions becomes, too. It's also getting harder to deny the chemistry she feels for him. Is it real? Or is she being manipulated?

Day is close to finding the crack in the case. She just needs time to focus before the shutter snaps shut.

I've been a fan of Laurie Faria Stolarz's books for a while. She's one of the authors I read back in my early YA reading days---when I went from Twilight to L.J. Smith and branched out. I have such fond memories of reading both the Blue if for Nightmares books and the Touch series, and then later Bleed, so I was super excited when I got the chance to read Shutter. Lucky for me, Shutter did not disappoint.

The premise of Shutter was intriguing. A boy on the run accused of murdering his father and the girl determined to find out what really happened. It makes for a great mystery set up and I was drawn in right away. Then as the story proceeded and more information was given and things became unclear, it was literally impossible to put this book down. I read the entire thing in one sitting. No breaks or anything.

The writing was intense and paced well. Things were revealed at appropriate times where I didn't have a chance to get disinterested in the story. I had to keep reading to find out what was true, what was twisted, and who actually murdered that man. Plus, Stolarz's writing is great in general. There's a special quality to it that makes the novel feel so well crafted---because it is. This is a well written mystery that I enjoyed.

The main characters, Day and Julian, were so interesting. Day is the girl who decided to try to uncover the truth of Julian's dad's death, and while that may seem like an unwise endeavor (because DANGER), I'm actually kind of in awe. She's smart and determined and has a strong sense of what's right and what's wrong--and she stand up for what's right and fights against what's wrong. It's admirable.

As for Julian, he's on the run and accused of murdering his father. His story is murky and dark and I felt for him so much. It was a huge need for things to turn out how they should with him that added to driving me forward while reading. He was in such a terrible situation and I wanted him to be okay. I especially enjoyed the snippets of the novel that were in Julian's point of view---his journal writings. They gave great insight into his mind, even if they weren't always clear.

The minor characters, Day's friends, were less intriguing to me and while I understand that her moments with them helped in grounding her and setting her side of the story, I wasn't a huge fan some of the moments with them. Parts were necessary to the plot, which were good, but I found it hard to care about the parts pertaining to them that didn't have to do with Julian's case. That said, I do understand why they were included and they didn't really take away from my desire to continue reading the novel. I still read it in one sitting without a problem.

Overall, Shutter is a well crafted mystery that I was unable to put down. From the first page to the last, I was utterly invested in this story. Day and Julian were deep characters with complex stories whose relationship I loved watching evolve, and the murder case was intriguing. Shutter was enjoyable and well worth the read!

4 stars - An utterly captivating mystery I was unable to put down!

~About the Author~ 
laurie-faria-stolarzLaurie Faria Stolarz grew up in Salem, MA, attended Merrimack College, and received an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College in Boston.

Laurie Faria Stolarz is an American author of young adult fiction novels, best known for her Blue is for Nightmares series. Her works, which feature teenage protagonists, blend elements found in mystery and romance novels.

Stolarz found sales success with her first novel, Blue is for Nightmares, and followed it up with three more titles in the series, White is for Magic, Silver is for Secrets, and Red is for Remembrance, as well as a companion graphic novel, Black is for Beginnings. Stolarz is also the author of the Touch series (Deadly Little Secret, Deadly Little Lies, Deadly Little Games, Deadly Little Voices, and Deadly Little Lessons), as well as Bleed and Project 17. With more than two million books sold worldwide, Stolarz's titles have been named on various awards list.


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~Tour Schedule~ 

Week 1:

Join the Campaign Trail with BEDMATES!

From the New York Times bestselling author of Suddenly Royal comes the first in a sparkling new series about America’s favorite royal—the First Daughter.

Everyone makes mistakes, especially in college. But when you’re the daughter of the President of the United States, any little slip up is a huge embarrassment. Maddie McGuire’s latest error in judgment lands her in police custody, giving the press a field day. Agreeing to do community service as penance and to restore her tattered reputation, Maddie never dreams incredibly good looking but extremely annoying vice president’s son, Jake Simmon, will be along for the ride.

Recently returning from Afghanistan with a life-altering injury, Jake is wrestling with his own demons. He doesn’t have the time or patience to deal with the likes of Maddie. They’re like oil and water and every time they’re together, it’s combustible. But there’s a thin line between love and hate, and it’s not long before their fiery arguments give way to infinitely sexier encounters.

When Jake receives devastating news about the last remaining member of his unit, the darkness he’s resisted for so long begins to overwhelm him. Scared to let anyone close, he pushes Maddie away. But she isn’t about to give up on Jake that easily. Maddie’s fallen for him, and she’ll do anything to keep him from the edge as they both discover that love is a battlefield and there are some fights you just can’t lose.
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Interview with Carolina:

1. How do you handle being in the spotlight and having people watching you 24/7?
Well, I’ve been away at school for several years, which has meant I’m not in the middle of everything.

2. What do you do to "get away" from it all?
Movies! I love to watch movies. And read. I’m a big reader.

3. What has been the best thing about being in the world of politics?
Oh, well, seeing all the great things my mother has accomplished. Yes, that has been great.

4. Would you ever want to run for office yourself?
No, I don’t think so.

5. If you ran for office, what would your campaign motto be?
“Let’s get it right.”

Nichole Chase’s BEDMATES Campaign Trail Tour Schedule

About Nichole Chase:
Nichole Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Suddenly Royal, The Accidental Assassin, Flukes, The Dark Betrayal Trilogy, The American Royalty Series and several short stories.
Nichole lives in Georgia with her husband, energetic daughter, two rescue dogs, Sulcata tortoise, and two cats. When not writing, you may find her reading, painting, crafting, or chasing her daughter around the house while making monster noises. 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Honor (The Breaking Point, #1) by Jay Crownover ~ Release Week Blitz & Giveaway


New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jay Crownover returns with her most complicated hero yet, in the first book in the romantic suspense series The Breaking Point.


Don’t be fooled.

Don’t make excuses for me.

I am not a good man.

I’ve seen things no one should, done things no one should talk about. Honor and conscience have no place in my life. But I’ve fought and I’ve survived. I’ve had to.

The first time I saw her dancing on that seedy stage in that second rate club, I felt my heart pulse for the first time. Keelyn Foster was too young, too vibrant for this place, and I knew in an instant that I would make her mine. But first I had to climb my way to the top. I had to have something more to offer her.

I’m here now, money is no object and I have no equal. Except for her. She’s disappeared. But don’t worry, I will find her and claim her. She will be mine.

Like I said, don’t be fooled. I am not the devil in disguise… I’m the one standing front and center.

Order HONOR in ebook or paperback, releasing 10/18/16

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              Maybe if I hadn’t spent the last six months slinging pancakes and greasy hash to hungover hipsters and avoiding the too-curious eyes of the cops who like to hit up the diner for early-morning breakfast, I would have noticed the ominous shift in the air.
              Before I came to Denver six months ago, my senses had been honed to pick up on the slightest threat. Before, anything that might be dangerous, that might put me in peril, had made my skin tingle, made everything inside of me vibrate with awareness. Now I had settled into a simple, dreary rhythm. Every day was the same as the one before it and there was no outside threat constantly hounding me, hunting me, haunting me. I let my guard down. I had gone soft, and as a result the biggest danger of them all managed to slip into my new normal without giving any kind of hint he was there.
              My nonslip shoe—that were probably the ugliest things ever made but absolutely necessary considering the greasy food the tiny kitchen pumped out—squeaked on the laminate floor as I made my way over to the lone patron who had taken the last available seat in my section. The massive plastic menu completely covered his face, but the Rolex on his wrist and the perfect cut of his suit jacket let me know he wasn’t my typical kind of customer. There wasn’t a flannel shirt or police blues in sight, and as I got closer, a whiff of something exotic and familiar engulfed my senses and stopped me in my tracks. Of all the things I had left behind, he was the one I had tried hardest to forget.
              The tingling across my skin spread. My tummy tightened. Blood rushed loudly between my ears. My shaking fingers curled around the pen in my hand like a weapon. Before I could pull it together and walk away, the menu lowered and I was pinned to the spot, immobilized by eyes the color of spice rum.
              They were wicked eyes. Eyes that saw far too much and gave nothing away. Eyes I daydreamed about. Eyes that caused me to wake up in a cold sweat. Eyes that turned me inside out and shook me up as they made a slow perusal from the top of my head to the tips of my god-awful shoes, returning to my face and staying there as I struggled to keep my shit together.
              He slowly put the menu down on the cracked tabletop and leaned back in the booth. He was strikingly out of place here and I absolutely hated how that sexy twist of his mouth, a mouth that I dreamed about almost every night, made my traitorous heart flutter and my pulse kick.
              I was also strikingly out of place here, but I’d learned to fake it. He, obviously, never bothered to fake anything. He wasn’t a man with virtuous intentions and he never pretended to be.
              Gone were the mile-high stilettos that I always wore. In their place I now donned work shoes that prevented me from falling on my ass as I ran food and dirty dishes to and from the kitchen. I was hiding in plain sight, knowing that the last place on earth anyone who might come looking for me would check out would be this greasy spoon. This was the opposite of me and the life I had always lived, so even though I could afford better, craved more, this was where I needed to be…until he showed up.


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

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Swoon Thursday ~ 10/20/16

Who doesn't LOVE a good swoon?!  We love them for sure!  Check out our swoon below and then add to the fun.

Post anything that made you swoon, past or present read.  Include the cover, blurb and links.  Please no spoilers.

The pleasure of your company is requested at Warbury Park. Four lovely ladies will arrive… but only one can become a duchess.

James, the scandalously uncivilized Duke of Harland, requires a bride with a spotless reputation for a strictly business arrangement. Lust is prohibited and love is out of the question.

Four ladies. Three days. What could go wrong?

She is not like the others…

Charlene Beckett, the unacknowledged daughter of an earl and a courtesan, has just been offered a life-altering fortune to pose as her half-sister, Lady Dorothea, and win the duke’s proposal. All she must do is:

* Be the perfect English rose [Ha!]

* Breathe, smile, and curtsy in impossibly tight gowns [blast Lady Dorothea’s sylph-like figure]

* Charm and seduce a wild duke [without appearing to try]

* Keep said duke far, far from her heart [no matter how tempting]

When secrets are revealed and passion overwhelms, James must decide if the last lady he should want is really everything he needs. And Charlene must decide if the promise of a new life is worth risking everything . . . including her heart.

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His hand cupped her face, his fingers splayed across her cheek, gently guiding her head back to give him more access.  When his tongue slid along her lips, she tasted of chocolate and a warning hint of red chili.  The slow, teasing kiss made it difficult to remember why she would ever want to stop him.  Instead, she wanted more. 
She opened her lips and he answered the invitation, his tongue slipping deeper.  Strong fingers tugged at the ribbon tying her braid, loosening the tangles until her fair fell around her shoulders and heat swept through her body. 
Gathering her curls in his fists and pulling her bead back, he stared into her eyes.  "God help me, I want you," he groaned.  (page 124)

How long can either of them resist?  Good question.  Loving this book.

Fire & Brimstone (Neighbor from Hell, #8)What happens when a Bradford with questionable OCD, a tempter and a reputation for making his employees cry falls for the woman that refuses to accept the fact that he’s fired her and was terrifyingly more of a Bradford than he was?

Well, we can’t share that here, because it would be seriously inappropriate, but we’re sure that you can see where this is leading…

To the altar or a stint in the slammer, either one is possible when it comes to the Neighbor from Hell Series.


Brushing her lips with his, and denying her the kind of kiss that she needed right now, he said, "Thought you might want to know that I'm falling for you, too," he announced and before she could say anything, or freak out since that's what she was most likely going to do given the circumstances, his lips were back on hers and he was kissing her with everything he had.

This series is hilarious and I LOVE the romance. I'm having so much fun reading this book!

Those are our swoons this week! What about you? Leave us a comment & a link.