Saturday, September 22, 2018

ARCtober Reading Challenge ~ TBR

ARCtober Reading Challenge


A few of my bookstagram friends are hosting this challenge in October where the goal is to read ARCs. You know, ones you've gotten behind on, ones you have sitting around, ones you've been meaning to get to for a while now... Goodness knows I have many of those. So I've decided to participate! 

We all (should) know by now that I'm the worst at making TBRs. I never stick to them. So this post is less of saying which ARCs I will read, and more of listing some options that are looking mighty nice to me right now. Okay? Okay!

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein  The Darkest Star (Origin, #1)  The Kiss Quotient  Walk Through Fire (Chaos, #4)

Wicked White (Wicked White, #1)  You (You, #1)  Grim Lovelies  Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1)

Eight is a perfectly reasonable kind-of-goal, right? At the rate I've been reading since school started (which is: very slow) I'll be lucky to get through 2 or 3. But who knows? Maybe I'll get on a reading kick! And I did throw some easy ones in there--The Darkest Star...a KA book that I've read but need to review...so there's a couple I should be okay on right off the bat, yes? 


Have you read any of these books? Should I ABSOLUTELY MAKE SURE I get to any of them in October? And if you're interested in participating, click the banner at the top of the post and check it out! Let me know if you end up joining in ;)


Friday, September 21, 2018

When Stars Come Out by Scarlett St. Clair ~ Cover Reveal & Giveaway



When Stars Come Out 
Scarlett St. Clair 
Publication date: October 31st 2018
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult

Anora Silby can see the dead and turn spirits into gold coins, two things she would prefer to keep secret as she tries to lead a normal life at her new school. After all, she didn’t change her identity for nothing.
As it turns out, hiding her weirdness is just one of many challenges. By the end of her first day, she’s claimed the soul of a dead girl on campus and lost the coin. Turns out, the coin gives others the ability to steal souls, and when a classmate ends up dead, there’s no mistaking the murder weapon.
Navigating the loss of her Poppa, her mother’s unpredictable behavior, and Roundtable, an anonymous student gossip app threatening to expose her, are hard enough. Now she must find the person who stole her coin before more lives are lost, but that means making herself a target for the Order, an organization that governs the dead on Earth–and they want Anora and her powers for themselves.









Author Bio:
Scarlett St. Clair is a red-hot writer who writes stories for naughty women like her. Whether you're hiding beneath the sheets reading her stories or acting those fantasies out, she has something for you. She writes stories that combine emotional sparks with pleasure and pain, often focusing on the powerplay present in relationships - but that isn't all she likes to write! She dabbles in a little bit of everything sexy, and it can all be found on her author page.
When she isn't teasing the masses with hot smut, Scarlett is a student fantasizing about what it'd be like to have such hot professors. She also enjoys cooking, baking, and watching Netflix, but that usually isn't as dirty! Sign up for Scarlett's mailing list here to receive exclusive writing, information on upcoming stories, and other goodies: http://eepurl.com/bLf8nP



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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Swoon Thursday ~ 9/20/18


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.



Marlee thought she scored the man of her dreams only to be scorched by a bad breakup. But there's a new player on the horizon, and he's in a league of his own...

Marlee Harper is the perfect girlfriend. She's definitely had enough practice by dating her NFL-star boyfriend for the last ten years. But when she discovers he has been tackling other women on the sly, she vows to never date an athlete again. There's just one problem: Gavin Pope, the new hotshot quarterback and a fling from the past, has Marlee in his sights.

Gavin fights to show Marlee he's nothing like her ex. Unfortunately, not everyone is ready to let her escape her past. The team's wives, who never led the welcome wagon, are not happy with Marlee's return. They have only one thing on their minds: taking her down. But when the gossip makes Marlee public enemy number one, she worries about more than just her reputation.

Between their own fumbles and the wicked wives, it will take a Hail Mary for Marlee and Gavin's relationship to survive the season.





Swoon...

The kiss starts out gentle . . . reluctant even. I’m not usually the forward one, but he asked for a kiss, so a kiss I’ll give him. When I part my mouth and I suck at his bottom lip, the hesitation he was showing disappears. He nips at my lips and then takes full advantage of my mouth opening with the gasp I let out. Our tentative tongues join in this wild, wonderful dance. Slowly, the kiss becomes more urgent, more demanding. Our tongues are tasting. The hands that were satisfied only with touching are now grabbing and pulling at the other. It consumes me. I forget we’re standing on the sidewalk outside of a building with my ex inside until the gentle clearing of a throat snaps me back to reality. (Page 86)

I love these guys together.  They aren't perfect.  They both make mistakes.  It made it feel so real.   Don't miss my Review of this book and the giveaway I have going for it. 


That's our swoon this week!  What about you?  Leave us a comment & a link.




Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Waiting On Wednesday ~ 9/19/18


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 stakes are higher than ever in this third installment of The Amatuers, as Aerin finds herself kidnapped by the killer she knows all too well, and her friends must work to solve a puzzle laid out by the villain in order to save her.

At first, the mystery they're tasked with seems to have nothing to do with Aerin or her kidnapper. But as Seneca, Maddox, and Madison hit the Jersey Shore to gather clues, they begin to uncover the true background of the killer and the horrors that shaped him into who he is. The scavenger hunt leads them to the family of a recently kidnapped boy, a serial child-snatcher, and dark secrets they could never have seen coming. As Aerin struggles to play nice with the person who killed her sister in order to buy herself time, her friends work feverishly against the ticking clock that could mean her life, and every clue they uncover leads Seneca to suspect she's more connected to the killer's history than she ever realized.

With nail-biting suspense, twisted secrets, and non-stop action, this final installment in #1 New York Times best-selling author Sara Shepard's The Amateurs series will shock even the savviest of readers with its big reveal.


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Available 11/6 from Freeform

Praise for The Amateurs:
“Chilling and romantic and full of surprises.”
—Cecily von Ziegesar, New York Times best-selling author of the Gossip Girl series

“A delicious and suspenseful page-turner. I want more!”
—I. Marlene King, Executive Producer, Pretty Little Liars


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
SARA SHEPARD is the author of the first and second book in this series, The Amateurs and Follow Me, as well as two New York Times bestselling series, Pretty Little Liars and The Lying Game, and the series The Perfectionists. She graduated from NYU and has an MFA from Brooklyn College. Visit her online at @sarabooks on Twitter and Snapchat, and @saracshepard on Instagram.


Definitely looks interesting!





Trailer Park HeartTrailer park born and raised. It’s my legacy. That’s how my mama lived. And that’s how her mama lived. It’s the life I was born into and it’s the life I swore I would leave the second I was old enough to make it out.

Only legacies have a funny way of sneaking up on you. An innocent decision the night of high school graduation led to a series of complications in my plans to escape.

Seven years later, I’ve resigned myself to this small town and the roots I’m tied to. Nothing could make me leave. And nothing could make me spill the secrets that keep me here.

Until he walks back into town with a chip on his shoulder and a stupid hunch nobody else in town has been smart enough to follow.

Levi Cole is my opposite. Born on the right side of the tracks with family money to spare, he’s the kind of black sheep that can afford to be rebellious—because his family will always pay for his mistakes. He’s also the only living heir to Cole Family Farms, after his brother Logan was killed in duty seven years ago.

He sees something in my life that he thinks he has a right to. But he’s wrong. And obnoxious. And he needs to take his stubborn good looks and that intense way he looks at me and go back to wherever it was he came from.

I know better than to trust men like him. I was born and raised in a trailer park, I know nothing good happens to girls like me—girls with trailer park lives and trailer park hearts. Especially from gorgeous, kind, pigheaded men like him. 


Releases October 23rd, 2018!

Why am I waiting? I think this is going to be such a great romance! Goodness knows I'm a total sucker for those :)


That's what we're waiting on this week! What do you think? What are you waiting on? Leave us a comment and link us up!


Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Stuck In Books Featured Releases & Giveaway



From Rick Riordan Presents...



A contemporary adventure based on Maya mythology from Rick Riordan Presents!

Booklist Starred Review: "Cervantes wastes no time getting right into the action, and her conversational tone and suspenseful pacing will keep the pages turning as the tension escalates and the characters face deepening stakes. A Rip-roaring adventure. "

School Library Journal Starred Review: "Fantastic and villainous creatures from Mayan folklore combine with clever, realistic, and heartwarming characters. VERDICT A page-turning and well-written trip into the world of Mayan mythology."

Zane has always enjoyed exploring the dormant volcano near his home in New Mexico, even though hiking it is challenging. He'd much rather hang out there with his dog, Rosie, than go to middle school, where kids call him Sir Limps a Lot, McGimpster, or Uno—for his one good leg. What Zane doesn't know is that the volcano is a gateway to another world and he is at the center of a powerful prophecy. A new girl at school, Brooks, informs him that he's destined to release an evil god from the ancient Maya relic he is imprisoned in—unless she can find and remove it first. Together they return to the volcano, where all kinds of crazy happens. Brooks turns into a hawk, a demon attacks them in a cave, and Rosie gives her all while trying to protect Zane. When Zane decides to save his dog no matter the cost, he is thrust into an adventure full of surprising discoveries, dangerous secrets, and an all-out war between the gods, one of whom happens to be his father. To survive, Zane will have to become the Storm Runner. But how can he run when he can't even walk well without a cane?

Feisty heroes, tricky gods, murderous demons, and spirited giants are just some of the pleasures that await in this fresh and funny take on Maya mythology, as rich and delicious as a mug of authentic hot chocolate.





From Avon... 


New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands brings the heat in this new Argeneau novel, as one woman is rescued by an irresistible immortal …

“Vampires...”

When Raffaele Notte pulls a barely dressed, disoriented woman from the ocean, the last thing he expects is for her to utter that word. The immortal has come to the island resort to help his cousin, but now, it seems, there are rogue vampires dining on unsuspecting tourists. And he soon realizes that not only is Jess a target, she’s also the life mate he’s been waiting for…

Vampires are real. Jess would’ve never believed it until she saw them with her own eyes. She knows she has to get off the island, and her gallant rescuer has offered to help. There’s something about Raffaele that’s unlike any man she has ever met, and his touch sends pleasure through her that is beyond all imagining. But when Jess discovers who he really is, will she risk life as she knows it for a chance of forever by his side?







From Avon Impulse...



Kellan Maguire's on the run from the mob, living a secret life. The only bright spot is his U.S. Marshal handler. Yeah, he wants to handle her....a lot. And in spite of all the rules it would break, Federal Marshal Delaney Evans secretly fears she’d risk everything for one night with Kellan. Even though Delaney’s career, her entire world, could implode if she admits how important he is to her. And all that is before the biggest complication of all hits...








From Forever...


In the New York Times tradition of Lori Wilde and Carolyn Brown comes the first book in a new western romance series from Forever debut author Carly Bloom about a no-strings cowboy fling with a fairy tale twist.

Who's afraid of the big, bad cowboy?


After one too many heartbreaks, Travis Blake hung up his cowboy hat and put Big Verde, Texas, behind him. But when he gets the call that his young nephew needs him, he knows he has to return home. His plan is to sell the family ranch and hightail it back to Austin, but there's a small problem: the one person who stands in his way is the one person he can't resist.

Maggie is pretty sure she hates Travis Blake. He's irritating, he's destroying her business, and . . . and he's just so frickin' attractive. But when they're forced to work together, Maggie discovers that the Most Annoying Man in the World is more than he seems. He's sweet with his nephew, he helps out in the community, and he makes her heart flutter. Maggie doesn't want to risk everything on a man who wants to leave, but what if she can convince this wayward cowboy to stay.






From Frayed Pages...



International bestselling author Anna Todd returns with a gripping novel about a young woman's journey towards love, and the obstacles life throws up at every turn.

Karina knows the harsh realities of military life. And like anyone who has grown up around an army base, she knows the background noise that follows a soldier home from war. That's why she's forging her own quiet life in her own little house. But she hasn't turned her back on her family. She's the glue that holds them together--when her father is deployed, when her brother, Austin, has another brush with the law.

Karina knows that she has to look after herself, that she can't always fix what's broken. But when Austin's behavior worsens and her father's reactions grow more extreme, Karina feels her own edges beginning to fray. That's when she meets him--a closed book she's desperate to open.

At just twenty, Kale is a handsome, brooding soldier struggling with the aftermath of two tours in Afghanistan. He's emotionally damaged and closed off. Quiet doesn't begin to describe him. But as Karina gets used to his stable presence, she finds it hard to ignore the way he makes her feel. In their time together, she finds the stillness she has always wanted and never found. She lets down her guard. And she lets herself fill in the blanks about this mysterious man.

But illusions quickly made are quickly shattered. That's when Karina has to find her own courage--to untangle the truth from the lies, and decide what she's going to do about it.

A riveting story about love and lies, THE BRIGHTEST STARS will stay with you long after the last page has been turned.







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Teaser Tuesday ~ 9/18/18

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!




Marlee thought she scored the man of her dreams only to be scorched by a bad breakup. But there's a new player on the horizon, and he's in a league of his own...

Marlee Harper is the perfect girlfriend. She's definitely had enough practice by dating her NFL-star boyfriend for the last ten years. But when she discovers he has been tackling other women on the sly, she vows to never date an athlete again. There's just one problem: Gavin Pope, the new hotshot quarterback and a fling from the past, has Marlee in his sights.

Gavin fights to show Marlee he's nothing like her ex. Unfortunately, not everyone is ready to let her escape her past. The team's wives, who never led the welcome wagon, are not happy with Marlee's return. They have only one thing on their minds: taking her down. But when the gossip makes Marlee public enemy number one, she worries about more than just her reputation.

Between their own fumbles and the wicked wives, it will take a Hail Mary for Marlee and Gavin's relationship to survive the season.



Teaser...

He pushes the elevator button and says no more.  I hate the silence.  I need there to be noise.  Maybe I could sing?
As soon as the thought crosses my mind, the quick clicks of high heels hitting the tile echo through the cold hallway.  The quiet hum of conversation grows louder as the footsteps get closer.  I sneak a quick glance over my shoulder and when I do, I wonder what int he hell I did in a past life to deserve this.  Because coming my way, with her hair floating behind her like she's freaking Beyoncé or something, is Madison the Snow Bitch.  And next to her?  Gavin.  Fuck my life so hard. (Page 24)

Marlee is so funny even when things are falling apart.  I really enjoyed her as a character.  Don't miss my Review of this book and the giveaway I have going for it. 


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 17, 2018

Intercepted by Alexa Martin ~ Review & Tour Stop


Marlee thought she scored the man of her dreams only to be scorched by a bad breakup. But there's a new player on the horizon, and he's in a league of his own...

Marlee Harper is the perfect girlfriend. She's definitely had enough practice by dating her NFL-star boyfriend for the last ten years. But when she discovers he has been tackling other women on the sly, she vows to never date an athlete again. There's just one problem: Gavin Pope, the new hotshot quarterback and a fling from the past, has Marlee in his sights.

Gavin fights to show Marlee he's nothing like her ex. Unfortunately, not everyone is ready to let her escape her past. The team's wives, who never led the welcome wagon, are not happy with Marlee's return. They have only one thing on their minds: taking her down. But when the gossip makes Marlee public enemy number one, she worries about more than just her reputation.

Between their own fumbles and the wicked wives, it will take a Hail Mary for Marlee and Gavin's relationship to survive the season.








To say I loved this book is just not strong enough! #LaughSmirkSmileLove

This story is so fun to read.  It's packed with witty banter that had me so amused and seriously stuck in it's pages!  I adored Marlee!  There is just no other character I've ever read that's quite like her.  She's strong but she's also a mess.  Picking herself up after a really hard ending to a long relationship has her reeling.  And the girl has it bad for carbs and wine!  Gotta love her.

As for the character I hate most, that would be Chris.  Talk about a number one jerk!  Yeah, he figures things out in the end but I don't even feel sorry for the boy.  He got what he deserved.  Karma is a ...well you know what it is.

As for Gavin.  I so love him.  He makes mistakes but he's a good guy.  He's patient and definitely real.  AND the boy can fill out a pair a jean...or football pant...or well nothing at all.  Just dreamy.  I was impressed with him, though.  Things aren't all rosy all the time but there is a fair amount of quality couple time.  That's something that not all books have and I so appreciate it when it happens.  There needs to be couple time.  And romance.  This guy has that down for sure.  Can you say mile high club???  Sexy beast he is.

I can't remember the last contemporary that captivated me as much as this one did.  I kept thinking I knew what was up but nope I didn't.  At the end I was wanted to sit and cry with them.  There is this crying scene so legit, I wanted to join in.  But the ending was perfection.  I'm impressed with the author and will definitely pick up the next book.

Good stuff.  #DontMissThisOne #ForReals