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.

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For Review...


Avon Addict Box!












Thanks go to...


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


Bought...

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...


Berkley



Bought...


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.



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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.



                                          

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Nanny Arrangement by Rachel Harris ~ Review


Their story would make one heck of a country song. 



THE NANNY ARRANGEMENT
Country Blues #2
Rachel Harris
Releasing May 22, 2017
Entangled Bliss


Soft-spoken and shy Hannah Fisher is determined to make the man she’s loved her entire life finally see her as a woman. With the help of a makeover, a new mission—Operation Find My Happy—and the convenient forced proximity of a tour bus, she vows to win her best friend Deacon’s heart.

Former bad boy and current fiddle player Deacon Latrell has the world at his fingertips: a new gig with a famous band, plus his best friend on tour as his son’s nanny. Life couldn’t get much sweeter. Now if only he could stop imagining kissing the daylights out of his childhood BFF…

With one friend set on pushing the boundaries and the other afraid to rock the boat, one thing’s for certain—their story would make one heck of a country song.




Deacon released a heavy breath. Sometimes the right thing felt a hell of a lot like nausea. Resolved with what he had to do, he looked at the door…then slowly dropped his hand.
He’d give it another few minutes.

Calling himself ten shades of coward, he redirected his steps. A hot shower would clear his head. Maybe he’d even pull a Hannah and rehearse what he’d tell her in advance. It always worked for her, helping her control her stutter, and though Deacon didn’t have that particular problem, he was nervous as hell. If her head was even half as muddled as his was, this conversation wouldn’t be easy.

Frustrated, he shoved open the bathroom door harder than necessary. Fog and heavily scented air rushed to greet him, and it took a second for the reason to register. When it did, he came to an abrupt stop with one hand on the doorknob and one foot still in the hall.
Candy and flowers.

As the steam disappeared through the crack in the door, a vision appeared, plucked straight from his recent fantasies. Creamy skin, pink from the shower and wet with liquid drops, topped anything his imagination could’ve conjured. Damp ginger curls clung to a slender throat that was arched back, making a sexy silhouette as full lips trembled in a silent speech to the ceiling. Dark, spiky lashes lay across a flushed cheek, hiding a pair of expressive eyes he’d know anywhere.

Torture, thy name was Hannah.

Gone was the girl he’d known in high school. Erased was the rock he’d depended on in college. The goddess in the shower was a woman, a beautiful woman, with tantalizing curves, shapely legs, and the most incredible smile he’d ever seen.

The arousal flowing through his veins mocked his previous so-called resolve.

Cherry.

Her name came on a choked breath, but Hannah’s eyes snapped open. Smooth skin turned to stone as she stared at the ceiling, wide-eyed, before slanting those green eyes toward him in horror.

“Deacon!” Frantic, she tried to cover her body, slinging one arm over her perfect breasts while reaching for the folded towel on the counter with the other, only to quickly draw back her hand and slap it over her lower half as well.

It was the hardest thing he ever did, keeping his eyes above her waist. Taking one step forward, he grabbed the terrycloth and handed it over, not trusting himself to get any closer. When she took it from his hands, she could hardly look into his eyes. Deacon’s chest gave a hard kick.

Hannah made quick work of the towel, wrapping the terrycloth around her torso and clinging to the edges. She bit her lip and stammered, “Wh-what are y-you doing?”
It wasn’t remotely funny. The reappearance of her stutter meant she was either stressed or anxious, two things he never wanted to be the cause of. But he couldn’t help the laugh that broke free at the innocent question.

A full-bodied, unstoppable laugh that threw his head back with the force of it.

“What am I doing?” he repeated in amusement, hearing the gruffness of his own voice and dragging in a deep, floral-scented breath. “Oh, Cherry… I’m losing my ever-loving mind.” 



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


I really enjoy a well written sweet romance and this author is one of the best at creating them.

The first book in this series introduced me to the country band Blue but it's not necessary to have read that book to enjoy this story.  I did love seeing the characters again and watching Charlie stumble through his question.  Hehe.  These characters are a great family that take care of their own.  I'm hoping there will be a couple more books forthcoming as a couple more guys need their happy!

Deke - oh this boy had me hard - he doesn't believe he's worth love.  The world has taught him that over a rough childhood and a fight to get anything in life.  But I wanted to shake him, really shake him.  Hannah, his Cherry, is exactly what he needs.  Of course he doesn't see it or even think he deserves it.  But they are adorable together.  Loved them together.

And Hannah, she's a girl who struggles with some challenges growing up including dealing with the bully's.  Deacon was always her superman in high school.  She's loved him for years.  They're best friends.  But it never occurs to Deacon that they could be more.

This story is the very best kind of friends to lovers and everyone deserves their happy story.  I read it straight through and was just happy.  It's got laughs, silliness, and muffins.  It has muffins.  Love this author and her sweet romance. 

This is the kind of book you just relax into and stay happily ever after.



                     



New York Times bestselling author Rachel Harris writes humorous love stories about sassy girls-next-door and the hot guys that make them swoon. Vibrant settings, witty banter, and strong relationships are a staple in each of her books…and kissing. Lots of kissing. 

An admitted bookaholic and homeschool mom, she gets through each day by laughing at herself, hugging her kids, and watching way too much Food Network with her husband. She writes young adult, new adult, and adult romances, and LOVES talking with readers!




Tasty Q&A with Rachel Harris

  1. Describe yourself in five words or less.
Silly, hopeful, romantic, and loyal.

  1. What do you like to do when you aren't writing?
When I’m not writing, I’m a homeschool mom (my main job and passion in life), so you can usually find me with a book in hand and cuddled with my children. Or in my SUV driving the streets of Houston to one of their extracurriculars and hoping like heck Google Maps knows where it’s going ;) Family time is very important to me and our days are hectic and full. If I’m not doing any of the above, I’ll be in drinking wine with my husband or in the bathtub reading a good romance (a yummy candle is a must!).

  1. A la Twitter style, please describe your book in 140 characters or less.
Love hides in the most surprising places: right under your nose, and sometimes, in the nanny's tour bus bunk #FallingForYourBestFriend #Oops

  1. What types of scenes are your most favorite to write?

I’ve recently discovered that I LOVE writing scenes where the heroine is slightly tipsy lol. It’s so much fun to see how my characters act, what they think, and definitely the things they say, where their guards are down and their confidence is high. Hilarious settings and situations are a definite plus!


  1. How long have you been writing, and what (or who) inspired you to start?

In some ways, I’ve always been a writer, but I never finished a story or ever considered it a potential career until about seven years ago. My husband bought me the Twilight books and I fell back in love with reading—and I read so much and talked my husband’s ear off so much that he suggested I try writing a book, too. It was summer break for our home school and my girls were very young, so I thought I’d give it a shot. I threw myself into research, studied my favorite books and read every blog post on writing from my favorite authors, and by August of 2010, I started what would later become The Fine Art of Pretending, one of my YA contemporary romances. I finished that by Thanksgiving, started My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by January, and that book released the following year. In 2012, my fabulous editor at Entangled suggested I try writing an adult romance for a new imprint that she was launching, and I’ve been having a blast writing both ever since.






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