Friday, December 9, 2016

Cover Lust, No. 48

Never in a million years would I have pictured myself as an axe-wielding, dragon lady, chopping up multi-colored flannel shirts into my very own plaid mulch. But here I am, chopping away my frustrations.

It all started when my brother, Paul, convinced me to go on one last family road trip across the Mother Road with him and my dad.. Just like old times, right? Wrong. What Paul fails to mention is his best man, Porter, will be joining us, who just so happens to be my childhood crush and the man who broke my heart four years ago.

What is supposed to be a fun, family bonding experience across Route 66 turns into a war of pranks, awkward moments and bathrooms full of dirty flannel shirts and day old beard clippings. Paul’s know-it-all attitude and Porter’s devilish charm brings me to the brink of my sanity on my seven day trek across the United States with three bearded men in a small 1980’s RV.

It's just so cute!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

TBR Thursday

Kimberly @ Kimberlyfaye Reads started a new weekly feature that I'm excited to join in! This feature is to showcase what's on your to be read shelf (or eReader, or Audible library) and see what others think of it. Have you read it? Should I read it or put it back on the shelf? It's a way to dust off the books on your self and decide if they're worth reading!

They don’t play for the same team. Or do they?

Jamie Canning has never been able to figure out how he lost his closest friend. Four years ago, his tattooed, wise-cracking, rule-breaking roommate cut him off without an explanation. So what if things got a little weird on the last night of hockey camp the summer they were eighteen? It was just a little drunken foolishness. Nobody died.

Ryan Wesley’s biggest regret is coaxing his very straight friend into a bet that pushed the boundaries of their relationship. Now, with their college teams set to face off at the national championship, he’ll finally get a chance to apologize. But all it takes is one look at his longtime crush, and the ache is stronger than ever.

Jamie has waited a long time for answers, but walks away with only more questions—can one night of sex ruin a friendship? If not, how about six more weeks of it? When Wesley turns up to coach alongside Jamie for one more hot summer at camp, Jamie has a few things to discover about his old friend...and a big one to learn about himself.

Warning: contains sexual situations, skinnydipping, shenanigans in an SUV and proof that coming out to your family on social media is a dicey proposition.

Yes, no, maybe so? ;)

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine and is a fun way to see what books other bloggers just can't wait to get their hands on!    

May 30th, 2017

The Hidden Legacy series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews continues as Nevada and Rogan navigate a world where magic is the norm…and their relationship burns hot

Nevada Baylor has a unique and secret skill—she knows when people are lying—and she's used that magic (along with plain, hard work) to keep her colorful and close-knit family's detective agency afloat. But her new case pits her against the shadowy forces that almost destroyed the city of Houston once before, bringing Nevada back into contact with Connor "Mad" Rogan.

Rogan is a billionaire Prime—the highest rank of magic user—and as unreadable as ever, despite Nevada’s “talent.” But there’s no hiding the sparks between them. Now that the stakes are even higher, both professionally and personally, and their foes are unimaginably powerful, Rogan and Nevada will find that nothing burns like ice …

Despite the atrocious-yet-typical urban fantasy cover, I am so excited to read this! I just finished the first book last week and it was so good. :D

Top Ten Tuesday: New to Me Authors for 2016

Hey, guys!

It's Top Ten Tuesday by The Broke and The Bookish! This week's topic is top new-to-me authors you read for the first time in 2016. Let's get to it!

10. Lauren Blakely

Funny, sexy, great male POV, and just really enjoyable reads.

9. Helena Hunting

My guilty pleasure author, and my god these books make me laugh!

8. Patricia Briggs

She'd been on my TBR for a while, and I finally took the plunge early this year. Such a great urban fantasy series!

7. Chloe Neill

She has a really enjoyable writing style and I'm kinda addicted.

6. Emma Chase

Where has this author been all my life?!

5. Diana Gabaldon

Okay, so this one was really just for the first one and more than a little bit because of the show, but... Jamie Fraser. Enough said. 

4. Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward

Together they're a good duo!

3. Kristen Callihan

I'm sure no one's surprised here! Sexy, perfect banter and my wet dream hero.

2. Jay Crownover

I've read a few that I've really enjoyed, but this one I absolutely loved and can't recommend enough!

1. Amy Harmon

I freaking loved this book and can't wait to read From Sand and Ash!

Monday, December 5, 2016

November Recap

Hi, ladies!

We're officially in December, and it doesn't seem possible. The year's flown by insanely fast! December is my favorite month, and I'm relishing in all the Christmas glory.

Let's jump right into the November recap! Good bit of historical romance this month. Well, one series and one novella type, but that's a ton for me. Also, it was all porn with plot. ;P

Books Read

Total - 19

Total for the year so far - 180*
*including rereads

Challenge Updates

178 of 130 / 137% complete / 58 books ahead of schedule

Audiobook challenge
The Player
Bad Judgement
Shame on You

58 for the year so far and goal met

Better When He's Bad
Shame on You
Darker Waters


Best of 2016

The one that made even me blush

The one that made me want to choke the heroine

The best narration

The one with the best banter

The guilty pleasure

Book Boyfriend of The Month

Gabriel! That quick witted, prickly, hotter than hell man. *swoons*

Sunday, December 4, 2016

The Sunday Post/It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

Hey, ladies!

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. It's Monday, What Are You Reading is a fun weekly meme hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date where we share what we've read and reviewed over the past week and what we plan to read next. 

This week was exhausting. "That time" of the month is always hard for me, but this time was especially bad and  I spent this week with my head in the toilet, or wishing my head was in the toilet (I'd rather vomit than be nauseous). The iron deficiency that goes along with that has left me exhausted, chilly, and with a chronic headache. 

Enough about that, though! I'm feeling better with the cooler weather, and something amazing happened this week: it rained. We've been in a drought for around three months, and the rain was incredible. 

I took Christmas photos for my other blog and Instagram yesterday, which was a blast and they turned out great. The tree gets picked out this week, too! December is my favorite month, and I'm loving it so far.

Steps this week:

Sunday - 566
Monday - 7,909
Tuesday - 10,999
Wednesday - 9,533
Thursday - 10,623
Friday - 10,037
Saturday - 12,762

Total - 62,429

This Week's Recap

Coming Up

November Recap

Top Ten Tuesday: New to Me Authors for 2016

Waiting on Wednesday

TBR Thursday 

Cover Lust, No. 48

Read This Week

5 stars!
Refreshing, gritty paranormal romance.
5 stars!
What a ride! Next book releases in May, and I can't wait. Fantastic narration, too!
3 stars!
Eh. I liked Trust much better. 
2.5 stars!
This series was basically the same plot and characters,  just with different names. Also, gynecology isn't an attractive field. It's just not. 

Currently Reading

3 hours into this audio, and it's pretty good so far!
Only a few chapters or so into this one, but the setting is absolutely stunning. 

What Will I Read Next?

Friday, December 2, 2016

(Mini Review) Rising Phoenix by Alice Floyd

“And when did you first know?”
His eyes glittered darkly, darker than the deepest pit of the hell I was currently in. “When did you know that your life would begin and end with her?”

How far would you go for a second chance at love? If the choices you made would cost you your soul, would you still make them?

Lucian Caine spends everyday at his best friend's side and every night in her arms. HIs life is pure bliss, until tragedy strikes, flipping his world upside down.
Late one night, an encounter with the darkest of strangers leads him to an impossible decision. He can have his happy life once again, but he must agree to the stranger's conditions.

Now Lucian must decide just how far he's will go to have his life back.

This new indie release immediately caught my attention with the synopsis. After lots of junk food reads (don't judge me!), I was in the mood with something a little more intense and suspenseful. Rising Phoenix more than delivered!

The story has a fast, minimally descriptive writing style that worked quite well for the plot. Instead of getting sucked into details, the more barebones take let me really fall into the story and the protagonist's emotions.

With a fresh take on the paranormal and several scenes that were delightfully twisted, it kept me on the edge of my seat and eager for each new page.

The romance is the driving force behind everything, and I truly believed in it.

It's a fairly quick read, but packed such a punch. I highly recommend!