Saturday, February 17, 2018

Review—Restoring Us by Fabiola Francisco

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My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Honestly, I don’t know what to feel but anger. I love books with angst, cheating, manwhores with a heart of gold... but this book rubbed me the wrong way. Ava has cancer and the love of her life leaves her. Then two years later, after beating cancer and going to Europe, she’s back. And being in Ethan’s head as he tries to justify leaving Ava made me hella uncomfortable.

This is a direct quote from Ethan’s friend
“Yeah, but you were also twenty-two and scared. You need to stop obsessing over the fact that you abandoned her. Shit happens. You can’t change what you did. Let’s go have drinks when you finish ‘analyzing your reports,’”

Shit happens?! Excuse my language but fuck that.

This is a direct quote from the heroine’s own brother
“Don’t act all naïve. You know Ethan is in love with you. The guy’s been a mess ever since you left for Europe. He regrets what he did.”

And another one
“It may not be clear to you, but I’m telling you what I know. I’m not defending him. You’re my sister. Trust me, I kicked his ass when I ran into him the first time I saw him after he broke you. I’m just saying that you’ve got a second chance.”

Again...fuck that. It’s never bothered me when a H is a manwhore and the h remains celibate. It enraged me in this book though. Her “soulmate” wasn’t thinking of her as he fucked as many women as he could to “forget” her. Ha. How convenient.

I will not continue the rest of the series.

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Release Blitz—The Runner’s Daughter by Jessica McCrory

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The Runner's Daughter

by Jessica McCrory

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Blurb: FBI agent Caid King has fought long and hard to end the corruption within his organization. After the fall of Clayton Matthews, he returns to New York with his head held high and his eye on the next target. He never could have imagined that the dangerous man he’s set his sights on would have ties to the beautiful blonde he found himself instantly drawn to. Jemma Saige thought she had it all figured out. Her rules for survival were simple. Keep your head down, your bags packed, your running shoes on. But when she meets a man at her local gym, their attraction threatens to break the last and most important of those rules: don’t get tied down. Now with Jemma’s secrets out in the open and both her and Caid’s lives on the line, can they find a way to work together? Or will Caid turn his back on the runner’s daughter?

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I was born in California and moved to Texas with my family when I was a teenager. I have always been an avid reader and have been writing stories since I was a kid! It has always been a dream of mine to have my stories published and it is beyond exciting to see that dream coming true!
I have a caffeine addiction, I am a wine (red!!) lover (my favorite being Crush by Dreaming Tree!) and I love T-shirts (the kind with the hilarious sayings on them). I am OBSESSED with the TV show Scrubs and I watch it constantly. I have an amazing husband who is more supportive than I could have ever hoped for, two sweet kiddos (who keep my life wonderfully eventful), three dogs, a rabbit, and most recently Hefty Smurf the beta fish.
Growing up, reading was my way to escape reality whether it was good or bad at the time and I want my stories to offer readers the same kind of adventure I have sought out in between the covers of a book.
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Blog Tour Review—She Regrets Nothing by Andrea Dunlop


ABOUT SHE REGRETS NOTHING

In the tradition of The Emperor’s Children and The House of Mirth, the forgotten granddaughter of one of New York’s wealthiest men is reunited with her family just as she comes of age—and once she’s had a glimpse of their glittering world, she refuses to let it go without a fight.

When Laila Lawrence becomes an orphan at twenty-three, the sudden loss unexpectedly introduces her to three glamorous cousins from New York who show up unannounced at her mother’s funeral. The three siblings are scions of the wealthy family from which Laila’s father had been estranged long before his own untimely demise ten years before.

Two years later, Laila has left behind her quiet life in Grosse Point, Michigan to move to New York City, landing her smack in the middle of her cousins’ decadent world. As the truth about why Laila’s parents became estranged from the family patriarch becomes clear, Laila grows ever more resolved to claim what’s rightfully hers. Caught between longing for the love of her family and her relentless pursuit of the lifestyle she feels she was unfairly denied, Laila finds herself reawakening a long dead family scandal—not to mention setting off several new ones—as she becomes further enmeshed in the lives and love affairs of her cousins. But will Laila ever, truly, belong in their world? Sly and sexy, SHE REGRETS NOTHING is a sharply observed and utterly seductive tale about family, fortune, and fate—and the dark side of wealth.

Review:
When I was first contacted to read She Regrets Nothing, all I saw in the subject line was “Blair Waldorf would certainly approve”. That was it for me—I didn’t even need to read the rest of the blurb. Gossip Girl is my guilty pleasure—I started watching the show in high school and to this day, I still watch it. Sue me. If someone says Blair freaking Waldorf approves of something, you bet your ass I’m reading it! Drama? Yes! Scandalous? Hell yes! Betrayal, secrets, and lies, oh my! I loved this book from start to finish. 

The book starts off with Laila putting her mother to rest—and meeting cousins she never knew existed. Liberty, Nora, and Leo are three fabulously wealthy socialites from New York. They live the life that Laila deems rightfully hers. Her father, Gregory, became estranged to the Lawrence family when they had a falling out of some kind. Resulting in all the cousins not knowing the other existed. That is, until Liberty heard her parents talking about Laila. That’s when they decided to go and meet her.  

Once Laila makes it to New York, we start seeing her true colors, so to speak. I’ll admit, Laila’s character made me very uncomfortable. While she is well-written, her manipulations and greediness made me want to shake her. I don’t like how fake she is. If you want to be a bitch, own it; don’t hide behind a shy and naive demeanor. Other than that, every time her name came up, I was unable to stop reading or look away. There’s something about Laila that just pulls you towards her. Even if her character is a shady bitch. 

 What is it about the young, wealthy, and beautiful that makes them so intriguing? The drama is deliciously juicy and at times sexy. So many times I got lost in the glamorous parties and nights at ritzy nightclubs. The writing makes it so easy to believe that you’re right there along with the characters. There were times when I was giddy and other times where I actually got angry and almost threw my kindle across the room. I don’t know about you, but that’s always a good sign to me. 

I have really high hopes for New York when I go to visit one day. It’s obviously a city with character—so many movies and books are based there. Overall, loved the book, it kept me reading well into the night. But that ending... You’ll just have to see for yourself. 

*Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy for an honest and unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Andrea Dunlop is the author of Losing the Light and Broken Bay, a novella. She lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington, where she works as a social media consultant.

SHE REGRETS NOTHING by Andrea Dunlop
Washington Square Press/Atria Books | On Sale: February 6, 2018 | ISBN: 9781501155987 | 400 pages | $16.00

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Cover Reveal—Kiss Collector by Wendy Higgins


KISS COLLECTOR 
from HarperTeen and Wendy Higgins
YA Contemporary Romance

Blurb: 
When seventeen-year-old Zae Monroe gets cheated on by the only guy she’s ever loved, then watches her parents' marriage crumble, she decides to forget about relationships and turn the tables on the boys of the world. It’s time to take what she wants, and what she wants are kisses. Athletes, musicians, poets, and bad boys—their lips are all on her agenda, and it's time to collect. 
Zae proposes a contest with her friends to see who can kiss the most boys during spring break. But what starts as a harmless competition leads to a downward spiral she can’t seem to break free of. As family, academic, friend, and guy drama come to a head, Zae is forced to face the reasons behind her boy angst, and starts to wonder if she was wrong about the male race...or at least some of them.

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Blog Tour Review—The Penthouse Pact by Cathryn Fox


Meet the Author:


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Cathryn is a wife, mom, sister, daughter, and friend. She loves dogs, sunny weather, anything chocolate (she never says no to a brownie) pizza and red wine. She has two teenagers who keep her busy with their never ending activities, and a husband who is convinced he can turn her into a mixed martial arts fan. Cathryn can never find balance in her life, is always trying to find time to go to the gym, can never keep up with emails, Facebook or Twitter and tries to write page-turning books that her readers will love.

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About the Book:


Billionaire software developer Parker Braxton knows everyone wants something from him. That's why he made a multi-million-dollar bachelor pact with his friends to never marry. But he never counted on running into, literally, the quiet but sensual Layla Fallon.

Layla isn't afraid of hard work. Still, there is no light at the end of her student-loan tunnel. When Stuck-Up Suit—Parker Braxton—accidentally runs her over, it's the last things she needs. She refuses his help, but he's persistent. He’s also handsome, kinder than she ever expected, and she’s doing her best to ignore her attraction. Which is harder than it sounds when she’s recuperating at his penthouse.

Sparks fly. Hearts flutter. But falling for Layla could cost Parker more than just several million dollars.

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Review:
The Penthouse Pact is sexy, sweet, and the perfect read for the one day a year dedicated to love. Our boy Parker Braxton made a million dollar bet—and I mean millions—with his friends to never marry. The stakes are obviously high and Parker has no problem following it until he meets Layla. Layla is a college student that works at the coffee shop that Parker frequents. Layla doesn’t think that Parker even knows who she is; since he’s such a stuck-up jerk. 

Then he goes and runs over Layla with his car. Parker then takes Layla to his apartment where he struggles with having his true feelings come to light. He wants. And he wants her bad! I liked that Layla didn’t put up with his crap and the tension between the two was sizzling and fun. 

What’s even more cool is that the more they spend time together, the more they learn about the other one. Layla and Parker have so much more to them that they’re able to explore. And to think it may not have happened under different circumstances. I recommend this book to those that like light and easy banter, great chemistry, and a wonderful setup to a series that’ll be both sexy and fun. 

*Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy for an honest and unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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Blog Tour Review ft Excerpt—A Week to be Wild by JC Harroway




Title: A Week to Be Wild
Author: JC Harroway
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 1, 2018
Publisher: Harlequin DARE
Digital ISBN: 9781488082351

A daring game of temptation

She’ll play his game—but only by her rules!

Alex Lancaster is an adrenaline junkie. He’s also a sexy British billionaire who should 
come with his own warning signs. When Libby insists she’s done with men who live on the edge, Alex coaxes her out of her comfort zone—professionally and very, very personally. Libby’s taking a high-stakes gamble, but the payoff could win her everything

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Review:
The perfect and sexy Valentine’s Day read that you have to it on your kindles. A Week to be Wild is a story about sizzling, instant connection between two people who know exactly what they want—and aren’t afraid to go after it. 

“His mouth burned to kiss her. To see if her plump, pouty lips tasted as good as they’d looked when she whispered the word fucking.”

This is a pretty quick read, so as soon as it starts, the sooner you realize that your finished with the book. Libby and Alex come to terms both in a professional setting, as well as a personal one. By personal, I mean sex. Lots of passionate and intense sexual yearning that could only be scratched by the other. 

Libby is definitely a character to love. As I stated above, she knows exactly what she wants. But no man is going to boss her around. Her attitude makes Alex want all the more. I have to agree with him; it’s always a good thing to see a woman take charge the way she does. 

“If we’re working together…’ her eyes flicked to his crotch, still displayed before her ‘…and fucking, I won’t be bossed around.”

Alex is sexy as hell. Characters like his—arrogant, dirty talking, charming, etc—are the reason I love bad boys. Overall, I thought this was fun and look forward to reading more books from DARE. I think readers will love this as well because it has a feisty woman who doesn’t take shit, and the a man that she’s brings to his knees. Who wouldn’t love that?

*Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy for an honest and unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Excerpt: Copyright © 2018 A Week to Be Wild by JC Harroway


The man occupying her thoughts swept up beside her on a cloud of freshly showered deliciousness, his hand taking a proprietorial hold of the back of her barstool and his smoky, heavy-lidded smile stripping her naked.
Alex.
‘Hi.’ Libby closed her slack-jawed mouth and swivelled to face him, turning her back on the stranger, never one to pass up a golden opportunity. She hated rudeness, but if Beer Breath was too stubborn or thick-skulled to take the hint...
Alex kept his stare on her, his smile genuine and warm enough to melt her underwear clean off, and then signalled the waiter with a flick of his wrist.
Libby sensed the moment when Beer Breath slinked away, and the hairs on the back of her neck settled—but only temporarily, because Alex hadn’t taken his eyes off her. In fact, he was looking at her as if he was seconds from devouring her whole.
She shivered, delicious tendrils snaking to all her erogenous zones. ‘What are you doing here?’ Libby took a slug of her previously untouched drink, the burn calming her enough to meet his bold stare with one of her own.
‘I came to invite you out for a late supper. I was on my way to Reception and then I spotted you here.’ His hand slid from the back of her stool, and he settled into the one next to her, passing his order to the waiter before returning his disconcerting focus to her.
She stared back, lost for words and missing the proximity of his hand on her chair. He was close enough that his warmth traversed the space between them, but far enough away that she battled her body’s urge to sway closer. And keep on swaying.
‘What?’ One corner of his mouth kicked up. ‘What kind of host would I be if I left you to fend for yourself on your first night in a strange city?’
She couldn’t help the snort that left her. ‘The non-stalker kind...?’
He took the jibe with a cocksure arch of one brow, sipping wine while his poised stare flicked over her face from feature to feature.
Libby flushed hot all over. The ‘stalker’ comment had been beneath her. He hadn’t once touched her, hadn’t bought her drink, hadn’t tried to grab her phone, hadn’t even chased away her unwanted admirer—he had simply given her the out she’d wanted. The rest was all her.
What was wrong with her? Rudeness to a generous host and influential employer? All because he’d awoken needs within her? Needs too long dormant. Needs she’d never had before. Needs threatening to overwhelm her in their intensity.
Hardly his fault.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Review—The Glass Forest by Cynthia Swanson


Publisher: Touchstone 
Published: February 6, 2018
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Source: E-ARC
Rating: 3 Stars




Blurb:
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Bookseller comes a gripping literary suspense novel set in the 1960s about a deeply troubled family and three women who will reveal its dark truths.

In the autumn of 1960, Angie Glass is living an idyllic life in her Wisconsin hometown. At twenty-one, she’s married to charming, handsome Paul, and has just given birth to a baby boy. But one phone call changes her life forever.

When Paul’s niece, Ruby, reports that her father, Henry, has committed suicide, and that her mother, Silja, is missing, Angie and Paul drop everything and fly to the small upstate town of Stonekill, New York to be by Ruby’s side.

Angie thinks they’re coming to the rescue of Paul’s grief-stricken young niece, but Ruby is a composed and enigmatic seventeen-year-old who resists Angie’s attempts to nurture her. As Angie learns more about the complicated Glass family, staying in Henry and Silja’s eerie and ultra-modern house on the edge of the woods, she begins to question the very fabric of her own marriage.

Through Silja’s flashbacks, Angie’s discovery of astonishing truths, and Ruby’s strategic dissection of her parents’ state of affairs, a story of love, secrets, and ultimate betrayal is revealed.

Review:
Hmm...that was not at all what I expected. I’d like to point out that if you’re looking for a fast-paced thriller/mystery aspect, you aren’t going to get it with this book. It’s achingly slow. To the point I almost stopped reading a few times. The twists are interesting but way too predictable. The ending left me...jarred. I have to say, The Glass Forest is creepy as hell. 

The storyline follows Angie, a 21 year old newlywed and mother, Ruby, a teenager and child of our last narrator, Silja. Silja and Angie are sister-in-laws to the charming and Cary Grant look-a-like, Paul and Henry. There are so many secrets surrounding these characters and one thing I truly did love about it, was the fact that it was so character driven. It was just too slow for my liking. 

There’s so much I could say about the book but it’s hard when anything I do write and say could potentially ruin the book for you, if you do plan on reading. The author writes very well, and great enough to keep my interest. While it wasn’t as fast as I would have liked, it still was decent. Let me know what you think about the book below! And if you finished hit up my email so we can discuss. 

*Thank you the publisher for providing a copy for an honest and unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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About the Author:
Cynthia Swanson is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Bookseller, which is soon to be a motion picture starring Julia Roberts. An Indie Next selection and the winner of the 2016 WILLA Award for Historical Fiction, The Bookseller is being translated into over a dozen languages. Cynthia's second novel, The Glass Forest, released from Touchstone / Simon & Schuster in February 2018. She lives with her family in Denver, Colorado.
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