Sunday, August 18, 2013

Stacking MY Shelves ~ 8/18/13

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.  Make sure to checkout her post with links to all the other participates.

For Review

All of You by Christina Lee
(From Penguin Group through NetGalley)

In this powerfully emotional debut New Adult novel, Avery has just met her hot upstairs neighbor. He’s irresistible. Tattooed. And a virgin.

Nursing student Avery Michaels wants nothing to do with dating—she’s perfectly happy single.  Privy to too many of her mother’s bad decisions and even worse taste in boyfriends, all Avery can handle is a string of uncomplicated hookups whenever the mood strikes.

When she meets smoking hot tattoo artist Bennett, she wants him—for just one night. But he won’t accept a no-strings-attached arrangement. He lives by a straight-laced code of values based on his own troubled upbringing.

Bennett sees something special in Avery and he wants more from her. Way more. As Avery wrestles with her emotions for Bennett, danger and tragedy force them to open up to each other. And Avery must face the terrifying realization that she wants more from him, too.

So she needs to make a choice—let Bennett go or finally let him in.

The Darkest Part by Trisha Wolfe
(From the author - thank you)

Pressing the boundaries of both the psyche and the heart, Sam and Holden embark on a dangerous journey that will test the limits of love.

Sam Wintry’s life used to be almost perfect. She was engaged to her childhood best friend and high school sweetheart, Tyler Marks, planning an amazing cross-country honeymoon during her college break. But after a hit-and-run leaves her in ruin, she begins seeing Tyler’s fractured, ghostly presence, and her family believes she’s losing her mind. Not until she completes their journey, stopping along the way to scatter Tyler's remains, will Tyler be able cross over. Sam ready for him to leave her?

When the black sheep of the Marks' family, Holden Marks, returns to check on Tyler's case, Sam convinces him to give her his brother's ashes. Despite their shaky history, she needs, he owes it to Sam and his brother. What she doesn’t count on is Holden’s relentlessness to go on the trip.

On the road, Holden realizes just how unhinged Sam has become. Dealing with her psychosis forces him to confront his dark past, making it harder to keep secrets hidden that should remain buried. Especially from Sam, the only woman he’s ever loved. And as Sam starts to unravel the truth, she begins to question if the brother she's unwillingly falling for again is in an even darker place than her. 

Rule (A Marked Men Novel, #1) by Jay Crownover
(From the publisher - thank you)

Opposites in every way . . . except the one that matters

Shaw Landon loved Rule Archer from the moment she laid eyes on him. Rule is everything a straight--A pre-med student like Shaw shouldn’t want--and the only person she’s never tried to please. She isn’t afraid of his scary piercings and tattoos or his wild attitude. Though she knows that Rule is wrong for her, her heart just won’t listen.

To a rebel like Rule Archer, Shaw Landon is a stuck-up, perfect princess-and his dead twin brother’s girl. She lives by other people’s rules; he makes his own. He doesn’t have time for a good girl like Shaw-even if she’s the only one who can see the person he truly is.

But a short skirt, too many birthday cocktails, and spilled secrets lead to a night neither can forget. Now, Shaw and Rule have to figure out how a girl like her and a guy like him are supposed to be together without destroying their love . . . or each other.

Jet (A Marked Men Novel, #2) by Jay Crownover
(From the publisher - thank you)

With his tight leather pants and a sharp edge that makes him dangerous, Jet Keller is every girl’s rock and roll fantasy. But Ayden Cross is done walking on the wild side with bad boys. She doesn’t want to give in to the heat she sees in Jet’s dark, haunted eyes. She’s afraid of getting burned from the sparks of their spontaneous combustion, even as his touch sets her on fire.

Jet can’t resist the Southern Belle with mile-long legs in cowboy boots who defies his every expectation. Yet the closer he feels to Ayden, the less he seems to know her. While he’s tempted to get under her skin and undo her in every way, he knows firsthand what happens to two people with very different ideas about relationships.

Will the blaze burn into an enduring love. . . or will it consume their dreams and turn them to ashes?

Catching Liam by Sophia Bleu
(From the author - thank you)

Twenty-one year-old Jillian Nichols only has one rule when it comes to boys: catch and release. Boy-catching isn't just a game for Jillian and her friends, it's a lifestyle. After all, boys might be good for a dance or a drink and certainly a little under-cover action of the scandalous variety, but expect much else and you're bound for heart ache.

So when her best friends and fellow boy catchers start dropping like flies junior year, Jillian is determined to keep boys in her bedroom and out of her heart. Until she meets Liam McAvoy, the kind of guy that sticks around to make waffles and who can't—or perhaps won't—take a hint.

Study abroad student Liam doesn't want to be another notch on Jillian's bedpost. Actually he has much more interesting ideas for Jillian and her bedposts, but his student visa's set expiration date means he can't promise her forever. That doesn't mean he's going to walk away from the challenge of discovering why Jillian is hell-bent at keeping people at a distance.

Before long, neither is sure who is catching who—or if they're playing for keeps. Jillian knows one thing though: falling in love will not only break the only rule of boy-catching, it could also break her heart.

The Best Man's Baby by Victoria James
(From the publisher - thank you)

Florist Claire Holbrook has always played by the rules her entire life, but breaks them to spend one night with sexy lone wolf Jake Manning, a man she's adored since she was a teenager. Six weeks later things get complicated when she discovers they created a bond that will last a lifetime...Jake has never played by the rules. Getting Minister Holbrook's daughter pregnant wasn't part of any life plan, but he won't run from his responsibilities. He'll step up and be the best man he can, even if he doesn't have a clue where to begin. The more time he spends with Claire, though, the more he wants her, and the harder it is to get close because that would mean sharing the one thing he hasn't with anyone--the truth and his heart. 

Iron Traitor (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten, #2) by Julia Kagawa
(From the publisher - thank you)

In the real world, when you vanish into thin air for a week, people tend to notice.

After his unexpected journey into the lands of the fey, Ethan Chase just wants to get back to normal. Well, as "normal" as you can be when you see faeries every day of your life. Suddenly the former loner with the bad reputation has someone to try for-his girlfriend, Kenzie. Never mind that he's forbidden to see her again.

But when your name is Ethan Chase and your sister is one of the most powerful faeries in the Nevernever, "normal" simply isn't to be. For Ethan's nephew, Keirran, is missing, and may be on the verge of doing something unthinkable in the name of saving his own love. Something that will fracture the human and faery worlds forever, and give rise to the dangerous fey known as the Forgotten. As Ethan's and Keirran's fates entwine and Keirran slips further into darkness, Ethan's next choice may decide the fate of them all.

Price of a Kiss by Linda Kage
(For an upcoming tour post - thank you)

I don’t care what my cousin says; I am not the queen of impossible relationships. I mean, just because my last boyfriend tried to kill me and left a bit of a scar on my neck, then forced me to move across the country and legally change my name to Reese Randall to escape him, does not mean—

Oh, who am I kidding? For a freshman in college, I have to have the worst dating track record ever.

It’s no wonder love is the last thing on my mind when Mason Lowe enters my life. But the chemistry between us is like bam! Our connection defies logic. And he’s just so freaking hot. Being around him makes me feel more alive than I’ve ever felt before. I even like bickering with him. He could be my soul mate...except for one teeny tiny glitch.

He's a gigolo.

Boy, do I know how to pick them.

Everything For Us (Bad Boys, #3) by M. Leighton
(From publisher through NetGalley- Thank you)

When it comes to passion this hot, it’s all or nothing.

Olivia Townsend’s wealthy cousin Marissa had everything a girl could ask for—a great job, a privileged life, and all the friends she wanted. Or, at least, all the friends money could buy. But one case of mistaken identity has turned her privileged world upside down.

An abduction gone wrong lands her right in the lap of the sexiest, most dangerous man she’s ever met. To Marissa, he’s an enigma, but one to whom she’s irresistibly, inexplicably drawn.

With him comes a new world of freedom and passion, of dark shadows and dangerous secrets, a world where nothing is what it seems—except for the blind passion that Marissa can’t escape—or maybe even survive.

A Little Too Far by Lisa Desrochers
(From publisher through Edelweiss - thank you)

Have you ever gone just a little too far?

Lexie Banks has.

Yep. She just had mind-blowing sex with her stepbrother. In her defense, she was on the rebound, and it’s more of a my-dad-happened-to-marry-a-woman-with-a-super-hot-son situation. But still, he’s been her best friend and confidant for the better part of the last few years … and is so off limits. It’s a good thing she’s leaving in two days for a year abroad in Rome.

But even thousands of miles away, Lexie can’t seem to escape trouble. Raised Catholic, she goes to confession in hopes of alleviating some of her guilt … and maybe not burning in hell. Instead, she stumbles out of the confessional and right into Alessandro Moretti, a young and very easy-on-the-eyes deacon … only eight months away from becoming a priest. Lexie and Alessandro grow closer, and when Alessandro’s signals start changing despite his vow of celibacy, she doesn’t know what to think. She’s torn between falling in love with the man she shouldn’t want and the man she can’t have. And she isn’t sure how she can live with herself either way.


Received unexpectedly from the publisher:

Written in the Stars by Patricia Rosemoor & Sherill Bodine
From Ignite (Entangled Press)

In 1601, Lady Elizabeth York's star-shaped birthmark proclaims her a
child of magic. When she arrives at Dunham Castle to marry Carlyle,
heir to the Duke of Lennox, she finds enchantment in the eyes and
touch of Will Grey, the Duke's bastard son. Bewitched by Elizabeth,
Will defies all for their love, and his jilted half-brother places a
curse on them both.

Searching for a treasure ship sunk long ago, present-day marine
archeologist Cordelia Ward is pursued romantically by both salvager
Innis Foley and treasure hunter Morgan Murphy. She is haunted by a
murderous nightmare where one man is the killer and the other the
victim. But which man is her enemy--which one her soul mate? Can a
journal that belonged to her ancestress, Lady Elizabeth York show her
the time to save her true love?

Chased by evil, two women discover their own magic to fight a
villain's curse on the Posey rings that draw them to the men they are
destined to love.

Received as a gift

From the author

Kinda lots this week 0_0

What about you?  What's stacking your shelves?  Leave me a comment.


  1. Isn't it great when something turns up by surprise!

  2. Catching Liam and The Iron Traitor! Both sound incredible, and I hope you enjoy them!

    - Tabitha @ Tabitha's Book Blog

  3. Oh wow Val. You got so many awesome books! I loved Catching Liam and I can't wait to read The Darkest Part, All of You, and Everything For Us! Happy reading!

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  4. Fun collection! I finally trimmed down my TBR a bit by reading three books over the weekend (DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth, IN HONOR by Jessi Kirby, and AMELIA ANNE IS DEAD AND GONE by Kat Rosenfeld) but my shelves are still totally stacked. Right now the ones calling to me the most from my shelves are SMALL DAMAGES by Beth Kephart, UNBREAK MY HEART by Melissa C. Walker, FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS by Diana Peterfreund, and ASK THE PASSENGERS by AS King. There need to be more hours in the day just for reading!

  5. Oh, you got a TON of awesome books this week! Dying to read Everything for Us!

    Confessions of a Vi3tBabe
    Deity Island

  6. Gracious you got a ton! Can't wait for Everything for Us

  7. Wow! You got a lot. I got approved for a few from NetGalley that I'm excited to read. Thanks for sharing your windfall.

  8. The Darkest Part looks really good I'm so jealous! I also got a copy of Catching Liam I'm excited to start reading! I hope you enjoy everything. Happy Reading! :)

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  9. Thanks quite a collection of books you got there! Hope you'll enjoy them! And getting swag is always an awesome feeling!

  10. So much awesome there, Pal! I just started Everything for Us, and cannot wait to see what you think of The Darkest Part. Enjoy!

  11. Awesome haul this week! You got quite a lot. I'm hoping to get caught up on Julie Kagawa's series pretty soon. I've heard such great things about it and I've only read The Iron King!

  12. We got All of You too! I can't wait to read it! Great haul this week. I love Rule + Jet, and I hope you do too!

  13. Great haul!

    Catching Liam was AMAZING. I cried SO much. It affected me in a way I never EVER expected.

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  14. Oh wow lots of great looking NA!I really need to catch up on the Iron Fey series, I'm really behind.

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  15. SO many awesome books this week!! I bought Catching Liam a few weeks ago and can't wait to read it. I have heard it's really good. Hope you enjoy all the books you got hon!!

  16. Is it weird that I'm excited to read about the guy virgin??? Something different please! I looooooooved Rule so freaking much, hope you do too! I still have to read Jet. And not too sure about the gigolo book…is it that much of a stretch than most manwhores? I would like to read about a girl prostitute…

  17. You have some great books there. I have a few of the same. Enjoy!

  18. Wow so many good books. Rule was soooo good! He is awesome sawesome! A Little Too Far and Everything For Us!! I am so jealous! Hope you love them all!

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