Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Stuck In Books Featured Releases & Giveaway

From Avon Books...

"The first installment in the Love on Cue series is charming, witty, and consistently funny. . . [A] sharp romance that begs to be savored." —Kirkus Reviews

"Combine Sosa’s gift for creating easily relatable characters and her engaging, witty prose with some off-the-charts sensual love scenes and you have a knockout start to the author’s new Love on Cue series." —Booklist

After a very public breakup with a media-hungry politician, fitness trainer Tori Alvarez escapes to Aruba for rest, relaxation, and copious amounts of sex on the beach—the cocktail, that is. She vows to keep her vacation a man-free zone but when a cute guy is seated next to her on the plane, Tori can’t resist a little harmless flirting.

Hollywood heartthrob Carter Stone underwent a dramatic physical transformation for his latest role and it’s clear his stunning seat mate doesn’t recognize the man beneath the shaggy beard and extra lean frame. Now Carter needs help rebuilding his buff physique and Tori is perfect for the job. It doesn’t hurt that she makes his pulse pound in more ways than one.

Sparks are flying, until a pesky paparazzo reveals Carter’s identity. Tori is hurt and pissed. She wants nothing to do with another man in the limelight, but she’s still got to whip him into shape. Can Carter convince Tori he’s worth the threat to her privacy that comes with dating a famous actor, or will Tori chisel him down to nothing before he even gets the chance?

Grab the popcorn…

From William Morrow...

On the eve of Pearl Harbor, impetuous and overindulged, Lucy Stanhope, the granddaughter of an earl, is living a life of pampered luxury in Singapore until one reckless act will change her life forever.

Exiled to England to stay with an aunt she barely remembers, Lucy never dreamed that she would be one of the last people to escape Singapore before war engulfs the entire island, and that her parents would disappear in the devastating aftermath. Now grief stricken and all alone, she must cope with the realities of a grim, battle-weary England.

Then she meets Bill, a young evacuee sent to the country to escape the Blitz, and in a moment of weakness, Lucy agrees to help him find his mother in London. The unlikely runaways take off on a seemingly simple journey across the country, but her world becomes even more complicated when she is reunited with an invalided soldier she knew in Singapore.

Now Lucy will be forced to finally confront the choices she has made if she ever hopes to have the future she yearns for.


From Pocket Star... 

Katerina Dawson knows exactly what she wants from life. And as the new associate at the top law firm in the city, she’s ready to live out her dreams of becoming a criminal lawyer. But going on coffee runs and babysitting kids during the day was definitely not what she had in mind. She knows that anyone else would kill to be in her shoes, but she has to draw the line somewhere. That’s easier said than done, though, when Kat has to confront her handsome boss…

Tristan Channing and Jaxon Bentley run a successful law firm together and the two partners couldn’t be busier right now. When Jaxon suddenly takes a leave of absence, Tristan begrudgingly assumes responsibility of the new associate, the hot new associate, who has curves for days. Needing to keep his distance from her, Tristan sends Kat on needless errands and has her doing work even an intern wouldn’t touch, like picking up his kids. But his plan backfires when he sees his children grow attached to Kat and sees her getting comfortable in his home. It triggers something deep within him, and it feels right to have her there. Will Tristan be able to keep his work and personal lives separate, or will he find that his heart holds the final verdict?

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Teaser Tuesday ~ 9/19/17

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!

Re-read this one in preparation for Brave's release later this year!

Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans.

Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.

Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.

But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.


The guy couldn't be very much older than me or it was the head full of curly brown hair that made him appear so young.  One matching eyebrow arched as I stared into eyes the color of leaves in the spring, a rich almost unnatural green.  Cheekbones were broad, jaw strong and cut like it was made of marble, and those lips were impossibly full as they curved into a slow grin on one side, revealing he had a deep dimple in his right cheek.  (Kindle location 424)

You know I love this one but here's the 5 star review if you hear me gush again!  Hope you've read it and are ready for book three later this year.

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, September 18, 2017

Dark Heat (The Dark Kings Stories) by Donna Grant ~ Review

Source: Purchased the audio book

The Dark Kings are sworn to defend an ancient legacy of dragon magic. But their fiercest challenge lies in the modern world, where a woman’s love conquers all. These are their stories.

This book contains the first 3 Dark Kings prequels + a bonus story, "Passion's Claim":

"Dark Craving"

Fueled by ancient magic—and enflamed by human desire—the Dragon King known as Hal can transform himself at will into one of the legendary winged creatures he is sworn to protect. But one thing he can never do is fall in love...with a mortal woman.

"Night’s Awakening"

The dark immortal warriors were never meant to experience human desire. But when Guy, a member of an ancient order of shape-shifting warriors, meets Elena—a mere mortal whose beauty and blind ambition shakes him to his core—all bets are off...

"Dawn’s Desire"

For centuries, the Dragon Kings have hidden their shapeshifting powers from the world. But when a mortal enemy threatens to expose them, the warrior Banan must leave his secret lair in the Highlands to risk his life for the dragons within—and resist the temptations of human love.

"Passion’s Claim"

Banan has been waiting for centuries for someone like Jane. Guy knew it was love at first sight with Elena. Can two Dragon Kings commit to two immortal women for eternity? Or does fate have something else in store?

I've been in such a paranormal mood lately.  I decided it was finally time to dive into this series.  I read a novella that's later in the series already but wanted the whole thing!  So glad because I love the world the Dragon Kings make up and will want to visit it often.

This book is the first three novella that start the series in one place.  It actually includes a little more with Passion's Claim at the end.  But the stories perfectly set-up this world and introduce us to the main characters.  Each story emphasizes a different king and his discovery of the women that changes him forever.  I loved them all.

Dark Craving is Hal's story.  He is drawn to Cassie when she comes to stay at her brother's cottage.  It's not normal for a dragon king to fall in love because that part of them has been blocked with magic.  Something is not right here.  We don't learn the reason - it becomes part of the overarching series question along with the silvers moving.  It leaves some mysteries and interest to keep me reading but it does tie up Hal and Cassie.  I enjoyed their story, though it was too short.

Night's Awakening is Guy's story.  Elena gets forced into a caving outing that changes her life.  Meeting Guy there and trying to understand what's going on has her confused and hurt.  But she is one strong women - you have to be to survive a dragon king!  This story ties up Guy and Elena but adds to the series questions.  Why are the kings being targeted and by whom?  And we have the ongoing questions about kings falling in love.

Dawn's Desire is Banan's story.  He meets Jane as they try to unravel the questions left from Guy's story.  Jane works at the same place as Elena and there has to be answers there.  Banan is adorable in his effort to avoid the little issue of falling in love but these dragon kings fall hard so he had no hope.  All of the women who captured a dragon kings heart have been strong and capable.  They proved themselves before a dragon king of kings.

The bonus story of Passion's claim actually ties up the stories for Guy and Elena, and Banan and Jane.  It also does a good job and bridging the novellas and the rest of the series.

I enjoyed the world building for this series.  Dragons have always been here.  Man is the interloper.  But the drama that was caused by the arrival of man continues to have ripples.  The characters are all well developed and the story has had me wanting the next book as soon as I finish one.

If you enjoy paranormal and haven't gotten to this series yet, you should.  It's well worth the time.


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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Stacking OUR Shelves ~ 9/17/17

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...

Box from Avon!

Box from Penguin/Random House (Berkley)

The rest

Thanks go to...

Entangled Teen
Lake Union Publishing
Atria Books
Sourcebooks Casablanca
St Martin's Press


Picked up for FREE

October's Owlcrate arrived

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, September 16, 2017

A Stuck in Books Giveaway ~ Essential Maps for the Lost by Deb Caletti

Jess has an extra ARC by one of her favorite YA contemporary authors she's been meaning to give away for a while -- and we figured now's as good a time as any to pass it along to one of you lovelies. Check out the awesome book below and enter to win! :)

Essential Maps for the Lost

When Madison makes a startling discovery, the body of a dead woman floating in the middle of a lake, the summer after her senior year becomes more complicated than she ever expected.

Madison (Mads to everyone who knows her) is staying with her aunt and uncle in Seattle after graduating from high school. Being away from her needy, unstable mother who's been pressuring her to take over the family business is such a relief. Now all Mads has to worry about is taking classes, swimming laps, and fighting off the sadness that threatens to overtake her.

That is, until the traumatic moment Mads collides with a body in the middle of the lake. After swimming the body back to shore, Mads becomes obsessed with uncovering the identity of the woman and what drove her to leap off of the Aurora Bridge. Determined to discover more, Mads parks outside the woman's home and sees the woman's son: the sweet and tormented Billy Youngwolf Floyd.

Through a series of not-so-happenstance meetings, Mads and Billy realize that desperate mothers and rescue missions are not the only thing that bonds them. Billy carries a map in his pocket; the one of the museum from The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler; and it's his dream to visit the museum one day. And though book-loving Mads is expected to return home to her already-decided future, her dream is to run away to a life of her choosing.

As the unlikely pair fall hard for each other and as the summer draws to a close, Billy and Mads must decide whose story to follow: their family's or their own.

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- US only