Sunday, May 31, 2015

Book Haul!

Finally! After Amazon held my books hostage for several days, my order is here. Only fellow bibliophiles can understand the ravenous excitement of tearing into that Amazon books and breathing in the smell of new books!

First we have Amour Amour by Krista Ritchie.


Love is a circus
"Every day," he says lowly, "I hold a person's life in my hands. The circus is based one-hundred percent off trust. I give it all to someone, and they give it all to me."

The best aerial technique won't land 21-year-old Thora James her dream role in Amour--a sexy new acrobatic show on the Vegas strip. Thora knows she's out of her element the second she meets Amour's leading performer. Confident, charming and devilishly captivating, 26-year-old Nikolai Kotova lives up to his nickname as the "God of Russia."

When Thora unknowingly walks into the crosshairs of Nikolai's after-show, her audition process begins way too soon. Unprofessional. That's what Nik calls their "non-existent" relationship. It's not like Thora can avoid him. For one, they may be partners in the future--acrobatic partners, that is. But getting closer to Nik means diving deeper into sin city and into his dizzying world.

 Thora wants to perform with him, but when someone like Nikolai attracts the spotlight wherever he goes--Thora fears that she's destined to be just background to his spellbinding show. 

This is a new adult romance that is described as "Cirque Du Soleil meets Center Stage", and I can't wait to start it. I was completely enthralled when I saw Cirque Du Soleil preform a few years ago, and I'm a huge fan of Ritchie's other series, Addicted to You. Plus, the cover's pretty!

Next up is Never Never: Part Two (Volume 2) by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher. I wrote a review of the first Never Never book that you can find here. This was an incredible read, even better than the first! I can't give a synopsis without spoiling the first book, sorry! They're only $2.99 on Kindle, though. ;)

Then we have the absolutely incredible book Fighting Silence (On The Ropes Book 1) by Ally Martinez. This originally released as an eBook only early this year, and I am beyond thrilled it was recently released in paperback form. I love having all my favorites lined up nice and pretty! An amazing, heartbreaking, and inspiring story that I devoured in one sitting.


Sound is an abstract concept for most people. We spend our lives blocking out the static in order to focus on what we believe is important. But what if, when the clarity fades into silence, it's the obscure background noise that you would give anything to hold on to? I've always been a fighter. With parents who barely managed to stay out of jail and two little brothers who narrowly avoided foster care, I became skilled at dodging the punches life threw at me. Growing up, I didn’t have anything I could call my own, but from the moment I met Eliza Reynolds, she was always mine. I became utterly addicted to her and the escape from reality we provided each other. Throughout the years, she had boyfriends and I had girlfriends, but there wasn't a single night that I didn’t hear her voice. You see, meeting the love of my life at age thirteen was never part of my plan. However, neither was gradually going deaf at the age of twenty-one. They both happened anyway. Now, I'm on the ropes during the toughest battles of my life. Fighting for my career. Fighting the impending silence. Fighting for her. Every night, just before falling asleep, she sighs as a final conscious breath leaves her. I think that's the sound I'll miss the most.

Here is Forbidden (Volume 1) by Megan Curd. I haven't read this yet, but I'm excited to get to it!


Levi's job is to protect his human until it's their time to go. That's what a Guard does. He's done it for years on end, and he'll spend his eternity doing the same, mundane thing, following the same, mundane rules.

...Watch from afar.
...Never share your name.
...And above all, never touch a human.

What Levi doesn't know is that his newest human to protect, Hannah, just might be the catalyst to tipping the scales between good and evil, and he will be forced to decide which side he belongs to. Which friends will he side with, and who will he ultimately protect: his human, or the delicate balance that hangs on stopping the heartbeat of the person he has sworn to protect?

And, when you're already condemned, what's there to lose by breaking the rules?

THE GUARDIAN CHRONICLES: FORBIDDEN will take you into a world of Guards and Guardians, Light and Darkness. What side will you take?

Lastly we have Empower (Embrace #5) by Jessica Shirvington. Without a doubt, it's my biggest guilty pleasure of the YA genre variety. I thoroughly enjoyed these books after the first one.

It's all come down to this.
It's time to stop running.
It's time to make a choice.
Two years ago, Violet Eden walked away from her home, her friends, the Academy, and hardest of all, she walked away from her soul mate, Lincoln.  Now Spence is gone, and Violet knows she is the best person to go after him. But doing so means facing everything and everyone she left behind.
Violet must find out who she really is-and exactly what she is capable of-before the abilities the angels gave her are turned against them. She is all that stands between the forces of good and evil.

And finally, these are my Saturday yardsale finds. 

- The Bibliophile Babe 

Saturday, May 30, 2015

This Is So True

So, so true. My biggest "guilty pleasure" read has got to be the Crossfire series by Sylvia Day. I can't get enough of it, and I devoured the books. Porn with a plot and lots of drama? Count me in!
Do you have any guilty pleasure reads?

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Book Buys - The Law of Moses

Hey, everyone! Today was suppose to be a book haul, but due to a slight issue (*cough*Amazon, you can suck my ass *cough*), I only have one new book for today. That's okay though, because I am so  excited to start this one!

The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon
Add to Goodreads

This book has an very high rating of 4.46 stars on Goodreads, and a few of my favorite reviewers have absolutely adored it. Here's the synopsis:

If I tell you right up front, right in the beginning that I lost him, it will be easier for you to bear. You will know it’s coming, and it will hurt. But you’ll be able to prepare.

Someone found him in a laundry basket at the Quick Wash, wrapped in a towel, a few hours old and close to death. They called him Baby Moses when they shared his story on the ten o’clock news – the little baby left in a basket at a dingy Laundromat, born to a crack addict and expected to have all sorts of problems. I imagined the crack baby, Moses, having a giant crack that ran down his body, like he’d been broken at birth. I knew that wasn’t what the term meant, but the image stuck in my mind. Maybe the fact that he was broken drew me to him from the start.

It all happened before I was born, and by the time I met Moses and my mom told me all about him, the story was old news and nobody wanted anything to do with him. People love babies, even sick babies. Even crack babies. But babies grow up to be kids, and kids grow up to be teenagers. Nobody wants a messed up teenager.

And Moses was messed up. Moses was a law unto himself. But he was also strange and exotic and beautiful. To be with him would change my life in ways I could never have imagined. Maybe I should have stayed away. Maybe I should have listened. My mother warned me. Even Moses warned me. But I didn’t stay away.

And so begins a story of pain and promise, of heartache and healing, of life and death. A story of before and after, of new beginnings and never-endings. But most of all...a love story.

The Bibliophile Babe

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Book Shelves: Organized! + I'm Now on Facebook and Instagram!

Hey, everyone! Yesterday I showed you the before of my shelves, and today I have you the after! Before I get to that though I want to do a quick mention that I'm now on both Facebook and Instagram! Instagram is quickly becoming an addiction for me. ;) You can click on either button to the right to go to my pages. 
Top shelf: random hardbacks and others that either don't fit into a specific category, I don't have enough of them to make a designated space, or they're overflow from another spot.

Second shelf L to R: smut, contemporaries (both adult and young adult), few that again don't have a specific place. 

Third shelf: paranormal/paranormal romance. 

Bottom shelf: crime/mystery/detective (and my dogs' flea and heartworm prevention)

These are almost all crime/mystery. 

Young adult. Top shelf: paranormal/paranormal romance, a random dystopian, and science fiction. This shelf didn't get touched since if you breath near it it'll crash down!
Second shelf: paranormal romance, vampires. 

Third shelf: paranormal romance, science fiction of some kind or other.
Fourth shelf: paranormal romance, dystopians. 

Favorites bookcase, top shelf. The Stephanie Plum Series by Janet Evanovitch. 

Favorite bookcase, second shelf. Humans of New York, and books by Karina Halle. If you can't tell, she's my favorite author. ;)

Favorites bookcase, third shelf. Favorites with no rhyme or reason. There's contemporary, erotica, post-apacolyptic and I'm-not-yet-sure-what-you-are. 

Favorites bookcase, fourth shelf. A few novellas, urban fantasy, paranormal romance. 

The last three shelves in order are:
To be read
Really enjoyed, but not favorites.
Photography and dogs/dog training, plus my library basket.

Come back tomorrow for a book haul! 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Book Shelves: Pre Organization

Hey, guys! I've been putting off organizing my shelves for quite a while (for a spastic clean freak, you wouldn't think I'd be this lazy with my books!), so I'll be doing that in the next few days. Perhaps I'll do a bit of a shelf tour after things get straightened out, but until then I figured I'll show y'all the before.

These are my floating shelves, where my non-favorite books live.
This was originally my Young Adult shelf, the Charley Davidson books and the Fifty Shades trilogy are there, too.

And this is the favorite bookcase. And the to be read shelf. And where I keep my camera. Oy. Needs an overhaul!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Most Anticipated June and July 2015 Releases

Hello, everyone! This coming month has some awesome releases, and these are the ones I am most looking forward to and will be preordering. :)

June 9th
Add to Goodreads
Amazon Pre-order

Their love is forbidden. But won't be denied... Can true love heal the deepest scars?

For Kat Lane, teaching inmates at a New York prison is her way of upholding the legacy of her beloved father, murdered fifteen years ago. But when new student Wes Carter walks into her classroom, she's shaken by the strength of her attraction to him. Carter is as handsome as he is dangerous, as mysterious as he is quick-witted - and he ensures people keep their distance. Yet vibrant Kat bypasses his defences and challenges him to reveal the real man behind the intimidating reputation. As their emotional barriers crumble, their inescapable but forbidden feelings cannot be ignored. But will Kat's discovery of Carter's role on the night her father died force them apart...or bind their hearts for ever?

A Pound of Flesh is a tale of loyalty, redemption and all-consuming love against the odds, introducing an irresistible bad boy hero...

I am so interested in seeing how this one goes! Carter sounds like he will quickly become one of my book boyfriends, and this unorthodox romance will be a great addition to my shelves.

June 9th
Add to Goodreads
Amazon Pre-order

Sixteen-year-old Nina Kane should be worrying about her immortal soul, but she's too busy trying to actually survive. Her town's population has been decimated by soul-consuming demons, and souls are in short supply. Watching over her younger sister, Mellie, and scraping together food and money are all that matters. The two of them are a family. They gave up on their deadbeat mom a long time ago.

When Nina discovers that Mellie is keeping a secret that threatens their very existence, she'll do anything to protect her. Because in New Temperance, sins are prosecuted as crimes by the brutal Church and its army of black-robed exorcists. And Mellie's sin has put her in serious trouble.

To keep them both alive, Nina will need to trust Finn, a fugitive with deep green eyes who has already saved her life once and who might just be an exorcist. But what kind of exorcist wears a hoodie?

Wanted by the Church and hunted by dark forces, Nina knows she can't survive on her own. She needs Finn and his group of rogue friends just as much as they need her.

While I was not a huge fan of the Vampire Academy books, this sounds very different and interesting. I'm curious to see what happens!

July 9th
Add to Goodreads
I can't find the damn thing on Amazon!

The only sure way to destroy a man is to take what he cannot live without.

Three years ago, I had everything.

A beautiful wife.
A son.
A reason for living.

Until a ruthless task force, assembled under Mayor Michael Culling, with a brutal strategy to make the streets of Detroit ‘safe’, ripped away everything I loved in a deadly hunt called The Culling.

They tried to kill me, too. I wish they had. Now I'm cursed by the memories of that night, and the words I whispered to my dying wife.

A promise—to avenge the wrong and set it right.

I’m no longer Nick Ryder. I’m a masked vigilante. Faceless. Loveless. Fearless. A man with nothing left to lose—one who's seen the dark and violent truth behind the city’s flawless veneer.

Michael Culling doesn’t know who I am. Or what I want. All he knows is that I’ve kidnapped his beautiful wife.

An eye for an eye—isn’t that how the saying goes? And Aubree Culling is the perfect pawn to destroy him.

If she doesn’t destroy me first.

Just look at that cover! He is absolutely gorgeous! Aside from that perfect piece of eye candy, this sounds fascinating, heartbreaking, and perfectly gritty. Very excited for this one.

July 28th
Add to Goodreads
Amazon Pre-order

From the USA TODAY bestselling author of Where Sea Meets Sky comes a new adult novel about a young woman who becomes a nanny in Capri and falls for her charges’ bad-boy brother.

It’s time for twenty-four-year-old Amber MacLean to face the music. After a frivolous six months of backpacking through New Zealand, Australia, and Southeast Asia, she finds herself broke on the Mediterranean without enough money for a plane ticket home to California. There are worse places to be stuck than the gorgeous coastline of southern Italy, but the only job she manages to secure involves teaching English to two of the brattiest children she’s ever met.

It doesn’t help that the children are under the care of their brooding older brother, Italian ex-motorcycle racer Desiderio Larosa. Darkly handsome and oh-so-mysterious, Derio tests Amber’s patience and will at every turn—not to mention her hormones.

But when her position as teacher turns into one as full-time nanny at the crumbling old villa, Amber finds herself growing closer to the enigmatic recluse and soon has to choose between the safety of her life back in the States and the uncertainty of Derio’s closely guarded heart.

Karina Halle is my favorite author and will always be on my "automatic buy" list. Her books are so different, refreshing, intense, and often times make me want to drop everything and just travel around the world for the rest of my life. Can't wait to get my hands on this. 

Have a safe and happy Memorial Day, and thank you to all the service men and women of our country.

- The Bibliophile Babe

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Weekly Wrap Up

Hey, everyone! Hope y'all are having a good weekend. :) I've read a total of five books this week, which is pretty average for me while being as busy I am with my work and running my other blog.

Two new releases, a series conclusion, a series start, and a deliciously smutty (and currently free on Amazon!!!) compilation marks this week. Check em out below!

Never Never (Never Never #2) - Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher
New adult, contemporary, romantic suspense
5 stars! Review to come within the next three days.
Maximum Ride Forever (Maximum Ride #9) - James Patterson
Young adult, adventure, romance, science fiction
2.5 stars. Review coming soon. This is one of the series that really got me into reading, and I'm so torn on the conclusion. 

Taste Me - A Collection of 27 Scenes from 2015
Adult, erotica and erotic romance
4 stars! I really enjoyed this deliciously dirty read. Review coming this coming week!
Free link!
The Retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #3) - Michelle Hodkin
Young adult, paranormal romance
3.5 stars. An enjoyable conclusion with one of the best sex scenes I've ever seen in YA, but left lots of questions unanswered. 
Life Blood (Cora's Choice #1) - V. M. Black
Adult, paranormal romance
3 stars.
Free on Amazon!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Ugly Love Official Teaser (2015) #UGLYLOVEMOVIE

So last night, that little beauty you just watched debuted! The first official teaser for Colleen Hoover's Ugly Love movie adaptation. It stares Nick Batemen as Miles Archer, the oh-so-sexy leading man in the story. If you haven't read Ugly Love, go pick it up, read it, and then come back and share your thoughts!

This'll be really quick today since my internet is being a bitch (again...), but I wanted to share my initial reaction to the trailer. Overall, I really, really liked it! The pacing is good, it's simplistic but sexy and well done, and I love the music used. It does remind you of the 50 Shades of Grey soundtrack though, does it not? That's okay for me, as I loved the  FSoG music (movie and book...not so much), and it fits nicely to the tone of the trailer.
Nick Bateman...I'm on the fence about him as Miles. He's an attractive man, no doubt about it, and his voice is great. He was in the running to play Christian Grey in 50 Shades, and I personally think he would've been better than Jamie Dornan. I'm thrilled with how involved he is in the process, and seems to be working along side Hoover quite well. The only thing I'm stuck on is his look: I've always pictured Miles to be a bit more rugged, less pretty and more handsome. That's my only quirk though, and I'm excited we have such a good looking guy to watch on screen who also has some talent. ;)

Support the Ugly Love movie here!
- The Bibliophile Babe

Friday, May 22, 2015

Free Book Friday

Hey, everyone!

I'm cheap thrifty. I love deal hunting, and for the most part I hate spending money; books, nail polishes and dog products being the notable exceptions. I love when I find out about free books, mainly through BookBub and Aesta's Book Blog's Facebook page. If you aren't using and following those two, go do it!
Since I love when I don't have to spend money, I'm dedicating Fridays to share with you the free books I've gotten for my Kindle App throughout the week. I haven't read all of them, but I book hoard. Here's this week's!

Club Private - M. S. Parker

The Woodlands - Lauren Nicolle Taylor
Taste Me - Alessandra Torre
Want It Bad : A Kinky Romance - Melinda DeChamp
That Night With My Boss - Hellen Cooper
Darker Things - Rob Cornell
Killing Honor - S. M. Butler
Against the Dark - Carolyn Crane
Dream On - Anne Conley
Grounded - G. P. Ching
The Tycoon's Revenge - Melody Anne
Ruin Me - Jessica Sorensen

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

My Top Five Biggest Book Peeves

Hey, everyone! Happy Hump Day!

Today's post, as you might've guessed by the title, is going to be my most grating book peeves. You know what I mean: you're reading along, happy as a pig in shit, and then you stumble across it. That horrid monstrosity that makes you grit your teeth, makes your hands tighten on your page, and gives you a brief fantasy of pitching the book against the wall. At least, I hope it's not just me who feels like that.....

#5. Third Person Point of View

Admittedly, this is one of my lesser annoyances, and it doesn't stop me from reading a third person book if it's fast paced, well written, or deliciously smutty (preferably all three). The style just bothers me. I find it extremely difficult to connect with the characters, and it doesn't hold my attention as well as first person does. It's not as engaging, and as such it makes me infinitely more critical of every tiny little thing in the book.

#4. When The Next Book in The Series is a Different Hight

Good god, this one messes with my OCD on so many levels. I have floating shelves that cover three walls, and a jammed packed bookcase. I love seeing my books set up all lovely, and seeing series lined up together makes me moan like a wanton hussy... unless the damn things are a smidgen different in height. And I'm not talking a paperback vs a hardback! No, this is two paperbacks in the same series! Refer to the below photo, and if this doesn't make you twitch....I don't even know. 
Look at the Nocte trilogy books. They're amazing books with beautiful covers, and it's one of my all time favorite series, but I can barely stand to look at in on my favorites shelf. You can't un-see it!

#3. When your character starts out "fun" and "quirky", and a few books later is just downright annoying

This one always disappoints me, as I usually wind up really liking the series/character at first. The Charley Davison books by Darynda Jones immediately come to mind with this. Charley, the female protagonist, starts out as a bit spacey, but funny and insightful at the same time. I really enjoyed her character during the first four books, but as the series wore on I was getting fed up. The author laid it on too thick, and kept adding to an already existing trait that didn't need any adding. Does she really need to name every goddamn thing under the sun? If you've read the books, you know what I mean. If not, and you're a fan of light PNR (paranormal romance), I highly recommend the first four books. After that, proceed at your own risk.

#2. Suddenly introducing flipping POVs just for the hell of it

Grrr, this one! It was neck and neck with my number one peeve, but got nudged down. It was close, though! I can't stand it when you're reading a series that has been set in one person's point of view for a few books, and we get a well established rhythm going, and then in the next book we suddenly have  dual point of views for absolutely no reason at all. An excellent example would be Captivated By You by Sylvia Day, the fourth book in the Crossfire series. I love the books, but the that one bugged the crap out of me. I liked reading from Eva's POV solely, and as much as I love Gideon, I don't want to read his part. It takes away something from his character, in my opinion. The image I built up of him twisted a bit as I read him, and that frustrated me. 
I'm not against dual POV stories at all (like Colleen Hoover's and Tarryn Fisher's stunning love child Never Never), or suddenly flipping POVs in a series for a good reason (like in Karina Halle's final Experiment in Terror book, Dust to Dust), but when people start doing it willy-nilly it grates on me like nails on chalkboard.

And finally....drumroll please.....

#1. Love Triangles

Stop it, stop it, stop it!!! This one, without question, is my biggest and most intense peeve. Stop. It. It's especially popular in the YA genre, and I have no idea why. I just do not get it, especially when it's in a romance based book or series. You harp on and on about your undying love for the other person, now you're eye-fucking someone else and waffling back and forth between whom you should choose. Drives me insane.

This is one thing that will have me quitting the book and series if there is one, 99.99% of the time. I can think of two books where I persevered, and that's because they weren't really even love triangles! The first is Karen Marie Morning's Fever series, and it's a stretch to call it a love triangle. The second is Karina Halle's A-fucking-mazing The Artists Trilogy. I recently found out from the author that she never intended for people to get the love triangle vibe from the book, and I find that so interesting. The "other guy", if you will, is one of the most fascinating characters I've ever had the pleasure of reading, even though he's a very firm antihero. 

So there you have it! What are some of your biggest issues when reading? Have you ever pushed past one of them simply because the book was that good?

- The Bibliophile Babe