Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Lazy Days of Summer Giveaway Hop



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The Prince by Jennifer L Armentrout ~ Now Available


From #1 New York Times Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout, comes THE PRINCE, a new novella in her Wicked Series, brought to you by 1,001 Dark Nights! Be sure to grab your copy today!

 

From #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes a new story in her Wicked series…

She’s everything he wants….

Cold. Heartless. Deadly. Whispers of his name alone bring fear to fae and mortals alike. The Prince. There is nothing in the mortal world more dangerous than him. Haunted by a past he couldn’t control, all Caden desires is revenge against those who’d wronged him, trapping him in never-ending nightmare. And there is one person he knows can help him.

She’s everything he can’t have…

Raised within the Order, Brighton Jussier knows just how dangerous the Prince is, reformed or not. She’d seen firsthand what atrocities he could be capable of. The last thing she wants to do is help him, but he leaves her little choice. Forced to work alongside him, she begins to see the man under the bitter ice. Yearning for him feels like the definition of insanity, but there’s no denying the heat in his touch and the wicked promise is his stare.

She’s everything he’ll take….

But there’s someone out there who wants to return the Prince to his former self. A walking, breathing nightmare that is hell bent on destroying the world and everyone close to him. The last thing either of them needs is a distraction, but with the attraction growing between them each now, the one thing he wants more than anything may be the one thing that will be his undoing.

She’s everything he’d die for….

 

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  EXCERPT:

Did it make you a bad friend if you were completely, a hundred percent envious of that friend? Yes? No? Kind of?
I figured it was somewhere in between.
That’s what I was mulling over as I watched Ivy Morgan brush thick, red curls over her shoulder, laughing at something her boyfriend Ren Owens had said to her.
At least I wasn’t envious of that—their love. Okay, well, that wasn’t entirely true. Pretty sure anyone who was as single as me would be envious of all that warm and fuzzy that was passed back and forth with each long look or casual brush of skin. The two could barely tear their gazes away from one another to eat the dinner we’d grabbed at the cute little diner inside the shopping center on Prytania Street.
I honest to God couldn’t be happier for them. They’d been through so much—way more than two people should ever have to go through to be together, and here they were, stronger and more in love than ever, and they deserved that happiness.
But their epic love story wasn’t the source of a current case of the green-eye monster that was sitting on my shoulder.
Ivy was just such a… badass.
Even right now, relaxed in the chair, surrounded by twinkling Christmas lights with her hand in Ren’s and her belly full of a cheeseburger deluxe and crinkle fries and half of my tater tots, she could kick ass and take names along with addresses, telephone numbers, and social security numbers.
If the proverbial poo hit the fan, you called Ivy or Ren.
If you needed to know what streets Royal intersected with, you called… me. Or if you needed coffee or fresh beignets but were currently busy, you know, saving the world, you’d call me.
The three of us were all members of the Order, a widespread organization that was literally the only thing that stood between mankind and complete, utter enslavement and destruction by the fae. And not the super cute fae found in Disney movies or some crap like that. Humans thought they were on top of the food chain. They were wrong. The fae were.
The only thing pop culture got right about the fae was their slightly pointy ears. That was it. The fae were more than just beings from another world—the Otherworld—they were capable of glamouring their appearance to blend in with humans. But all Order members, even me, were warded at birth against the glamour. We saw through the human façade to the creature that lurked beneath.

 
 





 



About Jennifer L. Armentrout: # 1 New York Times, USA Today and international bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.  

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Teaser Tuesday ~ 8/14/18

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!





Calla Fletcher wasn't even two when her mother took her and fled the Alaskan wild, unable to handle the isolation of the extreme, rural lifestyle, leaving behind Calla’s father, Wren Fletcher, in the process. Calla never looked back, and at twenty-six, a busy life in Toronto is all she knows. But when Calla learns that Wren’s days may be numbered, she knows that it’s time to make the long trip back to the remote frontier town where she was born.

She braves the roaming wildlife, the odd daylight hours, the exorbitant prices, and even the occasional—dear God—outhouse, all for the chance to connect with her father: a man who, despite his many faults, she can’t help but care for. While she struggles to adjust to this rugged environment, Jonah—the unkempt, obnoxious, and proud Alaskan pilot who helps keep her father’s charter plane company operational—can’t imagine calling anywhere else home. And he’s clearly waiting with one hand on the throttle to fly this city girl back to where she belongs, convinced that she’s too pampered to handle the wild.

Jonah is probably right, but Calla is determined to prove him wrong. Soon, she finds herself forming an unexpected bond with the burly pilot. As his undercurrent of disapproval dwindles, it’s replaced by friendship—or perhaps something deeper? But Calla is not in Alaska to stay and Jonah will never leave. It would be foolish of her to kindle a romance, to take the same path her parents tried—and failed at—years ago. It’s a simple truth that turns out to be not so simple after all.



Teaser...


"I think the time difference is messing with my appetite," I admit.  "Plus Jonah's trash panda ruined my lunch, so I didn't eat much today."
My dad frowns. "Trash panda?""Raccoon."
"Ah."  My dad nods knowingly, smiling.  "So you've met Bandit." (Kindle location 2937)

Hehe.  Bandit stole her lunch so that's why she's calling him "Trash panda".  It's a great read.


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 13, 2018

The Simple Wild by K. A. Tucker ~ Review



Calla Fletcher wasn't even two when her mother took her and fled the Alaskan wild, unable to handle the isolation of the extreme, rural lifestyle, leaving behind Calla’s father, Wren Fletcher, in the process. Calla never looked back, and at twenty-six, a busy life in Toronto is all she knows. But when Calla learns that Wren’s days may be numbered, she knows that it’s time to make the long trip back to the remote frontier town where she was born.

She braves the roaming wildlife, the odd daylight hours, the exorbitant prices, and even the occasional—dear God—outhouse, all for the chance to connect with her father: a man who, despite his many faults, she can’t help but care for. While she struggles to adjust to this rugged environment, Jonah—the unkempt, obnoxious, and proud Alaskan pilot who helps keep her father’s charter plane company operational—can’t imagine calling anywhere else home. And he’s clearly waiting with one hand on the throttle to fly this city girl back to where she belongs, convinced that she’s too pampered to handle the wild.

Jonah is probably right, but Calla is determined to prove him wrong. Soon, she finds herself forming an unexpected bond with the burly pilot. As his undercurrent of disapproval dwindles, it’s replaced by friendship—or perhaps something deeper? But Calla is not in Alaska to stay and Jonah will never leave. It would be foolish of her to kindle a romance, to take the same path her parents tried—and failed at—years ago. It’s a simple truth that turns out to be not so simple after all.







This author.  She has a way of weaving a story so packed with emotions and real life that I find real tears streaming down my face.  And this one is no different.

I went in blind, having no idea what this book was about.  I just saw the authors name and knew it would need to be devoured.  The prologue was hard.  I almost  wasn't sure I could face it.  But this is not a simple story.  And it's one that's hard to put down once you start.

The characters are perfection.  Calla is her mothers daughter but she's more.  She may arrive in Alaska being more of her mom than anything else, she grows while she's there.  I love how she's strong yet genuine.  Sometimes authors try to make women strong by making them mean with a capital B.  But Calla is genuinely strong.  She isn't sure how do deal with her father.  Real.  And relying on the words of her Simon, her step father, she finds a way to get to know him.  Brave.  And her banter with Jonah is amazing.  She reacts to his bitter resentment of her and yet they become friends.  It felt so real.  I was just so satisfied. with her.

Jonah is not Wren.  But he does have Alaska running through his veins.  He cares for Wren and he respects him.  He's not going to let this city girl push him around or push Wren away.  He was strong and protective in a very masculine way yet he didn't disrespect Calla.  And when he was wrong, he admitted it.  Their relationship went from irritation and misunderstanding to friendship and respect.  He did get the last ha though.  Just his way, the dang Yeti.

The romance is always key for me.  This story isn't slow burn.  It isn't in your face romance.  It's real life.  It's trying to figure out how you fit or if you fit.  It's experiencing things together and learning about each other.  It's not being picked up in a bar or stolen glaces.  It's about being there for each other.  Teasing each other.  Learning you can't live without the other.  Understanding each other and doing what's right for each other.

I thoroughly loved this story.  I laughed.  I cried.  I couldn't stop reading it.  I didn't want it to end.  I needed to know the end.  I loved every moment.

If you've never read K.A. Tucker, hold on for one emotional read that will pull your heart through the wringer and help you see choices that aren't there.  It's a great choice for anyone who loves a good story.





                                             


White Tiger by Jennifer Ashley ~ Re-review

A woman is lured into the shadows of a dangerous manhunt...
Wanted and on the run...


For twenty years, Kendrick, a white tiger Shifter, has been the Guardian of un-Collared Shifters who spend their lives living in secret—and in fear of being shunted into Shiftertowns. When Kendrick’s group is discovered and forced to flee, Kendrick is more desperate than ever to protect them

His only salvation was in a beautiful stranger.
In a diner in the middle of nowhere, lonely waitress Addison Price has seen a lot of unusual drifters come and go, but none has ever captivated—and intimidated—her like the imposing fugitive who wields a broadsword with incredible skill. But when he risks all to protect her, Addison’s fear turns to empathy—and empathy to desire as she learns more about her savior. Soon she’s more than willing to help the crushingly sensual white tiger and his cubs in a passionate bid for freedom. Whatever the cost.






The first time I read this book, I read it stand alone.  I'd not read another book in this series.  It was right before this book came out more than two years ago.  I enjoyed it.  It was great shifter romance.  But I did not experience it that way I did with this read.  I've read the whole series before this book now.  I knew so much more and I enjoyed it so much more.  What I don't understand is why I didn't start reading the series then.  I must not have been in the serious shifter mood like I'm in now.  And this book is good on it's own but it's even better as part of the series!

I understood what had happened to Kendrick and his shifter before he met Addison.  I got the unease in the shifter community.  I knew who Zander was and what a miracle it was for him to be there.  I understand who Dylan was and that his group of shifter where good people.  And I really understood Tiger.  Not the white tiger, Kendrick but Tiger.  Two tigers together is amazing and I got that.  I understand how this world worked and what a Guardian was.  And because I got all of this, I was able to just enjoyed the story of Addison and Kendrick.  

I love how protective Kendrick is and how deeply he cares.  I appreciate his two little tiger cubs so much.  Tigers are rare shifters and to have a set of twins is so awesome.  Kendrick is adorable as he tries to protect Addie from himself by trying to stay away from her.  Yeah, that didn't work.  They were adorable together.

And Addie is an amazing leaders mate.  She care for everyone and defends people.  She stands up to Kendrick but she worries about him like no one else does.  He's the leader and everyone wants something from him.  Addie just wants to take care of him.  I loved them together.

I have to say that this book is my favorite of the series and because I appreciate it more having read the rest of the series first, it has to have more stars than the rest.  

This is some of the best kind of shifter romance.  Good stuff.  The best.  Don't miss this series. 



                                            

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Stacking OUR Shelves ~ 8/12/18


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...








Won...


Thanks Goes To...

Avon
William Morrow
Harlequin
Entangled
Berkley
Harlow Layne



Bought...







For Review...


The Prince (A Wicked Trilogy, #3.5; 1001 Dark Nights, #85)



Thanks go to...


Jennifer L. Armentrout



Bought...


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)


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 11, 2018

A Stuck in Books Giveaway ~ Music in the Madness & Magical Intentions


This week has had some awesome releases, and there are a couple RH (reverse harem) romances that have released that Jess wants to a) tell y'all about & b) give away to one of you lucky ducks! Read more about them and enter below! :)


Music in the Madness by Rae Tina


Music in the MadnessKahli’s life changes forever when she joins her friend’s band. Will the music that pounds in her heart find an answering song, or will it leave her shattered?

Kahlani Grey has spent most of her adult life behind a bar. When her older brother comes to visit for the summer, he convinces her to support her best friend's dream of starting a band, and Kahli agrees to take a leap of faith. But the revelation of a startling family secret forces Kahli to rethink her views on life, love, and music.

Being in a band with four guys presents its own set of problems. One of the men has been a part of Kahli’s life since she was young, one for several years, and two are new to her. Can Kahli hold the group together, or will jealously be their undoing?

Take this journey with Kahli and her guys as they work to navigate the madness of life to find the heart of the music.




Magical Intentions by Jaliza A. Burwell


Magical Intentions (Biomystic Security Book 1)Working in the bowels of Biomystic Security, Dr. Laila Porter is content as a magical lab technician. To her, nothing is more exciting than figuring out how to use both magic and technology in innovative ways to help the security experts at BMS stay alive.

After a small incident involving one of her prototypes, Laila is offered a job she can’t turn down: boost the company’s defenses in preparation for a visit by an important client everyone wants dead. Eager to put her skills to the test, she accepts. But once she begins, she realizes she needs to brush up her skills in one critical area: teamwork.

Teamwork has always been a foreign word to Laila. As a magical genius with a rocky childhood, she’s learned the only person she can rely on is herself. But that isn’t how Biomystic Security operates. In order for her to be successful, she needs to learn to trust those around her.

Their client, Cyril Shanton, is relying on that teamwork. If everyone in the company isn’t able to work together flawlessly, Biomystic Security will be remembered as the company that got one of the last remaining dragons killed.



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