Wednesday, August 16, 2017

New Release Review - RITUALS (Cainsville, #5) by Kelley Armstrong



Publisher: Random House Canada
Pub. Date: August 15,2017
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Finished Copy
Rating: 5 Stars


Blurb:
The fifth book and the exciting conclusion to bestselling author Kelley Armstrong's "impossible-to-put-down" Cainsville series, in which she mixes hard-hitting crime writing with phenomenal world-building to create a brand of fiction all her own.

Olivia Jones must make a choice. Caught between two rival supernatural forces, Liv was granted a brief period in which to make her decision. Now that time has run out. Whichever side she chooses, someone she loves will pay. Her lover, Ricky. Gabriel Walsh, the man she knows she cannot, must not love. Her parents, already trapped in prison.And now there is a new, terrifying power rising - one that doesn't distinguish between good and evil intentions. It feeds on chaos and destroys without mercy. Unless Liv acts fast, no one will survive. In this gripping thriller, international bestselling author Kelley Armstrong brings the Cainsville series to a powerful, richly rewarding climax.
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Review:
Rituals is good end to an even better series. When I picked up the first book, I was hooked. I quickly fell in love with all the gang because not only are they all smart, but they kept everything interesting. Liv is probably one of the most well rounded and strongest leading ladies in literature. She knew how to handle her own but at the same time, she knew when to ask for help. 

Gabriel has left a small piece in my heart. I enjoyed watching him grow (albeit, slowly) in the books. He takes emotionally unavailable to a whole other level. I loved him so, so much though! His story is one I won't soon forget. Now onto Ricky. Sigh. He's awesome. If I were to ever pick a book boyfriend to come to life, it would be him. Sweet, loyal, sexy, and an all around great guy. 

All three of them have made some of my days better. I'm so sad to see them go. There are many things that happen in Rituals that I want to shout on the rooftop! But I can't. Some of you are probably wondering about this infamous love triangle. As you know, a certain thing happened at the end of Betrayals. Liv, Gabriel, and Ricky are all part of a bigger plan. The story surrounding them was always a bit complex at times to me but I'm with Liv, she should definitely have the right to choose who she loves. Instead of fate deciding for her. 

When I first realized there was going to be a love triangle, I was disappointed. I hate them. But only because I feel like the author makes me love both and it hurts when I'm the end, the heroine or hero, 
has to choose and ultimately, hurting a character I love. Luckily, this story is about so much more than romance. It's why I feel like readers will love the books. It has some paranormal aspects, romance to tide a hopeless romantic like me, and the mystery storyline that keeps you guessing. The surprises in the book were everything! 

Overall, this is for readers looking for books that you can get lost in. This is for readers who like strong female characters who are intelligent and know exactly what they want. And sure as hell not afraid to get it. This is for readers who like a rich story that's able to weave folklore tales into a beautiful book. While I felt the series was slow at times, the author always had a way to pull me back. I'm so happy to have been able to read Liv's story and follow her on such an incredible journey. 

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

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About the Author:
Kelley Armstrong has been telling stories since before she could write. Her earliest written efforts were disastrous. If asked for a story about girls and dolls, hers would invariably feature undead girls and evil dolls, much to her teachers' dismay. All efforts to make her produce "normal" stories failed.

Today, she continues to spin tales of ghosts and demons and werewolves, while safely locked away in her basement writing dungeon. She's the author of the NYT-bestselling "Women of the Otherworld" paranormal suspense series and "Darkest Powers" young adult urban fantasy trilogy, as well as the Nadia Stafford crime series. Armstrong lives in southwestern Ontario with her husband, kids and far too many pets. 
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Blog Tour Review - A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck


Publisher: September 26, 2017
Pub Date: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Genre: YA Contemporary
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating:


Blurb:
The unrequited love of the girl next door is the centerpiece of this fiercely funny, yet heart-breaking debut novel.

Fifteen-year-old Matt Wainwright is in turmoil. He can’t tell his lifelong best friend, Tabby, how he really feels about her; his promising basketball skills are being overshadowed by his attitude on the court, and the only place he feels normal is in English class, where he can express his inner thoughts in quirky poems and essays. Matt is desperately hoping that Tabby will reciprocate his feelings; but then Tabby starts dating Liam Branson, senior basketball star and all-around great guy. Losing Tabby to Branson is bad enough; but, as Matt soon discovers, he’s close to losing everything that matters most to him. 

Humorous and heart-wrenching, A Short History of the Girl Next Door is perfect for readers who fell in love with All the Bright Places' Finch or Stargirl’s Leo.

Review:
Oh my word... I was NOT expecting that, at all. I need to learn to pay attention to a blurb when it clearly states that the book will be heartbreaking. How am I supposed to get over the story when it made my heart whole then crushed it? Readers, don't be scared despite it being bittersweet; the story was so beautiful. The main character, Matt, struggles through unrequited love and pain. I loved him immediately because he's real, sarcastic, and such a romantic at heart. Such an endearing and well thought out character. 

The story seems simple. Two best friends that have grown up together, one falls in love with the other, while the other falls in love with a senior. A Short History of the Girl Next Door is not at all simple. Matt was just fine as the best friend of Tabby, until one day "bam!" he's hit with cupid's arrow. And it's all down hill from there. That's when my heart really started to break. But I couldn't stop reading until I finished the book. When I finally did, I was left with that bittersweet feeling. The one where you can see hope in the near distance but still have that empty hole in your chest. 

I absolutely believe readers will fall in love with this book. For the mere reason that it has such an incredible cast of characters. It's thoughtful and realistic at the same time. I have a new author to look forward to reading now. 


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

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About the Author:
Jared Reck lives in Hanover, Pennsylvania, with his wife and two daughters. He teaches 8th grade Language Arts, where he has been reading awesome books and writing alongside his students for the past twelve years. A Short History of the Girl Next Door is his first novel. 
Learn more about Jared at jaredreckbooks.com and follow him on Twitter @reckj.
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Blog Tour Review - Rules of Persuasion by Amity Hope


Publisher: Entangled Teen
Pub. Date: August 14, 2017
Genre: YA Contemporary
Source: E-ARC
Rating:


Blurb:
1) Take things slow (her rule)
2) Make it believable (his rule)

After tragedy hit her family, Meg Matthews officially crossed the line from “good girl” to “bad girl.” Motorcycle? Check. Graffiti? Check. The only thing Meg hadn’t planned on was blackmail. Too bad now a certain infuriating boy holds Meg’s future in his hands…

When Luke Prescott—star pitcher and town golden boy—catches Meg vandalizing the school, she’s given two choices: face the consequences or enter into a fake relationship with him to get his parents and his ex off his back.

But as Meg and Luke grow closer, they both realize they’ve been keeping secrets from each other. Their fake relationship might be doomed from the start—if they can’t learn to open up to the one person they never thought they’d trust.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains late-night graffiti sessions, flirty baseball lessons, and a never-ending list of relationship rules just made to be broken.


Review:
I had a goofy grin the entire time I read The Rules of Persuasion. Both Luke and Meg were beyond adorable; they had me feeling butterflies and thinking about the times of first love. The dialogue was both fun and witty. I can't tell 
you enough how much I love a feel good YA romance story. I'm always a such for the fake romance trope. It never gets old to me. 

Meg literally gets caught red handed by the towns golden boy. He's popular, spoiled, and rich. Or is he? Luke is so much more then meets the eye. He's funny, kind, and once you get to know him, he's a good guy. Meg is the unattainable and beautiful redhead. She's got her group of friends and that's all she needs. After a tragedy hit her family, Meg acted out by vandalizing abandoned buildings and of course her own school. Where Luke catches her. 

When Luke proposes a deal for them to fake date in exchange for keeping quiet about the incident, sparks fly. Meg and Luke have beautiful chemistry and it's not long before that attraction starts setting in. If you're looking for a book that will make you both happy and giddy, then this is perfect for you. 

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

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About the Author:
YA author, excessive coffee drinker, novice baker. The Rules of Persuasion will be releasing in August from . Repped by .


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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Blog Tour Excerpt - Irresistible You (Chicago Rebels #1) by Kate Meader


About the book:
IRRESISTIBLE YOU
Chicago Rebels series, Book 1
Kate Meader
Pocket Star EBooks
$1.99
ISBN 9781501168550

IRRESISTIBLE YOU kicks of the all new, scorching Chicago Rebels hockey series by Kate Meader, featuring her signature “steamy sex scenes, colorful characters, and riveting dialogue” (Romantic Times). Three estranged sisters inherit their late father’s failing hockey franchise and are forced to confront a man’s world, their family’s demons, and the battle-hardened ice warriors skating into their hearts.

Harper Chase has just become the most powerful woman in the NHL after the death of her father Clifford Chase, maverick owner of the Chicago Rebels. But the team is a hot mess—underfunded, overweight, and close to tapping out of the league. Hell-bent on turning the luckless franchise around, Harper won’t let anything stand in her way. Not her gender, not her sisters, and especially not a veteran player with an attitude problem and a smoldering gaze designed to melt her ice-compacted defenses.

Veteran center Remy “Jinx” DuPre is on the downside of a career that’s seen him win big sponsorships, fans’ hearts, and more than a few notches on his stick. Only one goal has eluded him: the Stanley Cup. Sure, he’s been labeled as the unluckiest guy in the league, but with his recent streak of good play, he knows this is his year. So why the hell is he being shunted off to a failing hockey franchise run by a ball-buster in heels? And is she seriously expecting him to lead her band of misfit losers to a coveted spot in the playoffs?

He’d have a better chance of leading Harper on a merry skate to his bed…

Excerpt:
Two things happened simultaneously: Harper’s eyes went wide, and Remy realized he was cold. Both of these things were related.
He’d answered the door completely naked.
And his boner was back, urgent as ever, though he wondered how long that would last because it was pretty fucking chilly out here.
“I’ve interrupted something,” she said, her gaze greedily roving his still-damp body.
“Only a pity party in my shower.”
She swallowed audibly, and just that sliver of vulnerability had him ready to fall to his knees for her. She was here, yet he had the distinct feeling that rushing her would be bad. This woman was like a high-strung filly that needed gentling and every ounce of TLC he possessed.
“Minou, talk to me.”
A shallow breath was followed by . . . another shallow breath. Before he could worry about which would happen first—Harper’s panic attack or his dick dropping off like an icicle—she spoke, her voice scarcely above a whisper. 
“I shouldn’t be kissing you. I shouldn’t be touching and licking and stroking your hard body. I shouldn’t be begging you to take me all night long. I shouldn’t be fantasizing about the player I signed to save my team and career because this could be the very thing that tanks my team and career.”
His sexy little minou was hurting, and the only cure was the thing that might destroy them both. 
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Release Blitz Excerpt ft Giveaway - Grand Slam by Heidi McLaughlin




ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: GRAND SLAM
Author: Heidi McLaughlin
Series: The Boys of Summer, #3
On Sale: August 15, 2017
Publisher: Forever
Trade Paperback: $14.99 USD
eBook$4.99 USD
Audio: $21.98
**Now Available in Print for the First Time!**

Win the game. Lose your heart.

Everyone knows who I am and that I could have any female fan I want. That's supposed to be the "perk" of playing left field for the Boston Renegades. But I don't want just any woman; I want her.

She should be just another face in the crowd, but I can't stop thinking about the one night we spent together-and her look of regret the morning after.

Because Saylor Blackwell is the kind of woman who haunts a man. Smart, sexy as hell, and one of the best managers in the business. She's every ballplayer's dream woman. And I'd do anything to make things right with her. 

I'm done sitting on the bench when it comes to Saylor Blackwell. Time to swing for the fences.


GRAND SLAM EXCERPT

Whenever I wake up with a hangover, I often ask myself why I drank so much and promise that I’ll never do it again. That promise is something I’ve been breaking for the past few days, and up until now, I didn’t care.

I had hoped the booze would muddy my memory of last night, but it hasn’t. Every word she said, every expression she had, every punch to my chest to get me out of her apartment is crystal clear. I fucked up, and I don’t even know how. All I know is that the sobs I heard on the other side of Saylor’s door last night were enough to sober my stupid ass up.

For hours, I sat against her door, until a resident suggested I leave or they were going to call the police. If I hadn’t been arrested ear- lier, I probably would have encouraged them to dial Boston’s Finest. Another man might understand my plight. The woman that I want to be with kicked me out of her house, and while I probably deserved it, I didn’t want to leave until she stopped crying. I didn’t want to be the one to walk away in her time of need.

But as egos goand believe me, mine is hugeI couldn’t let it get in the way any longer, so I walked my drunk ass back home with my tail between my legs, only to stay up all night while the booze wore off, knowing that I had to live with whatever I’d done to Saylor.

She’s the last person in the world who I want to hurt, and she’s the one person who can save me. Not only from a life behind bars, but from myself. When I’m with her, I’m a different person. The cocky son of a bitch whom everyone is used to doesn’t exist when she’s near me, and frankly, that is the man I like, or at least I used to. It’s easier being a fucking douche. It’s second nature to me and comes with the territory of being named one of the citys most eligible bachelors.


Except when I’m with Saylor, I can be the man who hides in the shadow of that Travis Kidd. I can be the kind of man who doesn’t have to have a one-liner available or wink in order to get a phone number. When I’m with her, life outside of baseball starts to have a meaning, a fucking purpose.

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THE BOYS OF SUMMER SERIES

THIRD BASE, #1
HOME RUN, #2
GRAND SLAM, #3


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Heidi is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author.


Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband and two daughters. Also renting space in their home is an over-hyper Beagle/Jack Russell, Buttercup and a Highland West/Mini Schnauzer, JiLL and her brother, Racicot.

When she's isn't writing one of the many stories planned for release, you'll find her sitting court-side during either daughter's basketball games

Heidi's first novel, Forever My Girl, is currently in production to be a major motion picture.

To stay connected with Heidi visit www.facebook.com/authorheidimclaughlin or heidimclaughlin.com


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