Monday, October 31, 2016

Mini Reviews Monday

Happy Halloween, everyone!!!

I have a few mini reviews for you all today, since I'm far too lazy to get any full sized ones out. I did read one last week though that I think will earn a full sized review. Let's get to it!

When Kate Watts abandoned her law career to open a food pantry in Northeast Minneapolis, she never dreamed it would be this difficult. Facing the heartbreaking prospect of turning hungry people away, she is grateful for the anonymous donations that begin appearing at the end of each month. Determined to identify and thank her secret benefactor, she launches a plan and catches Ian —a charismatic hacker with a Robin Hood complex—in the act.

Ian intrigues Kate in a way no man ever has. But after learning he’s snooped around on her personal computer, she demands retribution. Impressed with her tolerance and captivated by her spirit, he complies and begins to slowly charm his way past her defenses. Time spent with Ian is never boring, and Kate soon finds herself falling for the mysterious hacker.

But Ian has enemies and they’re growing restless. In the hacking world, exploiting a target’s weakness is paramount, and no price is too high to stop an attack. And when Kate learns exactly how much Ian has paid, she’ll discover just how strong her love is for the man who has hacked his way into her heart.

3 stars!
This was such hard book to rate for me. On the one hand I really loved both characters and the banter was fantastic. On the didn't really do anything for the majority of the book. It was so overly detailed and really dragged down the novel. It was still cute, though!

From the New York Times bestselling authors of Stuck-Up Suitand Cocky Bastard, comes a sexy new standalone novel.

Money or love? Which would you choose?

You probably just answered the question in your head thinking it's an easy decision.

For me, it's not. Did I mention it's a lot of money? A hell of a lot.

I needed to go far away to think it through.

As I embarked on an impulsive trip, I hit a detour when I met sexy Carter in the airport lounge. We struck up a heated conversation.

Then, he left.

I thought I'd never see him again.

But fate had other plans.

Surprise! He was the pilot of my flight.

The bigger surprise was the adventure that followed after the plane landed.

Carter was dangerous and always on the move.

Even though our connection was magnetic, I knew it was only temporary.

He would give me tickets, and I would follow him around the world to exotic places.

A bevy of flight attendant exes and rumors about Carter's reputation were never far behind.

I didn't know what to believe.

But I was addicted. Nothing else mattered anymore. And I was going to get hurt. Because a part of me wanted to be the one to finally ground the playboy pilot.

At the very least, he was taking me on a thrilling ride.

All good things must come to an end, right?

Except our ending was one I didn't see coming.

4 stars!
This was such a great, fun and sexy read. Lots of swoon and plenty of heat, with enjoyable characters and a fantastic flow. One star knocked off because of a thing that happened, ugh. Why must authors go certain paths?!

Fate. Hate. Love. Lies.
Which four letter word will change their lives forever?

Sydney Paige was never so mortified to hear the words "wrong number" in her life. She meant to tell off the guy who broke her best friend's heart, but unleashed her anger on a perfect stranger instead. And now her world is turned upside down by the captivating man who wants to keep her on the line.

Brian Savage is living a life he's quickly come to hate-until Sydney's wild rant has him hooked and hungry for more. Soon the sexy woman on the phone becomes the lover in his bed. But Brian has secrets, and the closer he lets Syd get, the harder it is to shield her from the devastating mistakes of his past . . .

2.5-3 stars!
The writing was decent and a few of the side characters were great, but the hero ground on my last nerve. He reminded me so much of Kristen's Ashely's heroes: incapable of speaking in complete sentences, obnoxiously alpha and too full of angst. There were too many dramatic plot points for my taste, too.
There is one character whose story I can't wait for!

I awaken in a laboratory.
I don’t know who I am. 
I’m inexplicably drawn to the doctor who cares for me. She tells me I’ve been altered, that I’m stronger and faster, that I’ll be a key component in a war between corporations. She says I volunteered for this. She says I volunteered to be transformed, but I have no way of knowing if what she says is true. 
Something isn’t right. My memories have been taken, wiped clean, but dreams begin to slip into my conscious mind. I can’t let anyone know when that happens, or they’ll remove my memories again. Somewhere inside of me, I know I need to remember something important. 
I’m fighting a war I don’t understand, and the one woman I rely on can’t be trusted

4 stars!
A fantastic male POV post apocalyptic romance that kept me on the edge of my seat. Twisty and dark, with all kinds of emotions running high. One star knocked off for an open ending, because my god, I hate those. 

Four beautiful days. Three steamy nights. One breathtaking love. 

Levi Michaelson. He wanted four dates. Four opportunities to prove I could trust him. Four chances to change my mind about him. 

I agreed. 

Probably not my smartest decision. He was everything I knew to avoid—gorgeous, charming, sexy as hell—but I couldn’t help myself. When he touched me the whole world disappeared. I should’ve known I could lose myself to him, that he could be the one man to destroy me. 

I guess it’s true what they say—some things are too good to be true. And Levi Michaelson might just be one of them. 

Unzip this sexy, southern contemporary romance that’s guaranteed to make you sweat and make you swoon! 

Standalone. HEA. Intended for mature readers.

2.5-3 stars!
Started out cute and sweet, then got so sugary I could feel cavities starting. Then add in an insane amount of drama, a propensity for stuttering when the heroine does not actually have a stutter, and an overall predictable plot. Oy. 

On the plus side, it didn't take any concentration to read it and the writing was decent.

Nicholas Arthur Frederick Edward Pembrook, Crowned Prince of Wessco, aka His Royal Hotness, is wickedly charming, devastatingly handsome, and unabashedly arrogant; hard not to be when people are constantly bowing down to you.

Then, one snowy night in Manhattan, the prince meets a dark haired beauty who doesn't bow down. Instead, she throws a pie in his face.

Nicholas wants to find out if she tastes as good as her pie, and this heir apparent is used to getting what he wants.

Dating a prince isn't what waitress Olivia Hammond ever imagined it would be.

There's a disapproving queen, a wildly inappropriate spare heir, relentless paparazzi, and brutal public scrutiny. While they've traded in horse drawn carriages for Rolls Royces, and haven't chopped anyone's head off lately, the royals are far from accepting of this commoner.

But to Olivia, Nicholas is worth it.

Nicholas grew up with the whole world watching, and now Marriage Watch is in full force. In the end, Nicholas has to decide who he is and, more importantly, who he wants to be: a King... or the man who gets to love Olivia forever.
4.5 stars!
Emma Chase is now officially on my auto-buy author list. I just love her writing! This was so sexy, swoony, addictive and made me happy. I think this was Emma Chase's raunchiest book to date. ;)
A bit predictable, but that was okay with me. I can't wait for Henry's book!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

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

Hi, 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.

A pretty laid-back week, which is always nice. I cannot believe Halloween is tomorrow! It's my favorite holiday aside from Christmas, and I am so excited. We're doing a little Halloween party this evening, so that'll be fun.

It's still so hot here. So, so hot. It's brutal, and doesn't feel like it's nearly November. Still in desperate need of rain, too. 

Girl problems make me want to do nothing but curl up in bed for the last couple days. 

Sunday - 10,790
Monday - 11,397
Tuesday - 11,787
Wednesday - 10,888
Thursday - 10,961
Friday - 7,711
Saturday - 7,689

Total - 71,223

This Week's Recap

Coming Up

Happy Halloween!

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books to Read if Your Book Club Likes Erotic Romance

Waiting on Wednesday

TBR Thursday

Cover Lust, No. 46

Read This Week

3 stars!
I'm not sure what I think about this. It was quite strange, and the heroine drove me nuts. Interesting world building and an enjoyable hero, though.  
5 stars!
Holy shit. This was one of the best erotic romances I've ever read, and I've read a lot of them.  I didn't understand the hype around this author until I read this story. It was incredible. On my Best of 2016 list.
One of the better done love triangles, though it dragged on a bit. 

Currently Reading

45% in and I'm in love. If it keeps up like it's going I'll have another year's best on my hands. 

What Will I Read Next?

A favorite author of mine! I have high hopes for a fabulously filthy read. 
I need more of this world.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Cover Lust, No. 45

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

This reminds me of those swirly things you'd draw as a kid. Anyone remember those things?
Love the colors, will pass on the story.

Thursday, October 27, 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!

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Fall Away series who never fails to deliver a “powerfully written contemporary love story…”*

Former tennis player Easton Bradbury is trying to be the best teacher she can be, trying to reach her bored students and trying to forget her past. What brought her to this stage in her life isn’t important. She can’t let it be. But now one parent-teacher meeting may be her undoing…

Meeting Tyler Marek for the first time makes it easy for Easton to see why his son is having trouble in school. The man knows how to manage businesses and wealth, not a teenage boy. Or a young teacher, for that matter, though he tries to. And yet…there is something about him that draws Easton in—a hint of vulnerability, a flash of attraction, a spark that might burn.

Wanting him is taboo. Needing him is undeniable. And his long-awaited touch will weaken Easton’s resolve—and reveal what should stay hidden…


I've yet to read anything by this author, but I've heard good things. Thoughts?

Wednesday, October 26, 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!

February 21st, 2017

Some men are born responsible, some men have responsibility thrust upon them. Henry John Edgar Thomas Pembrook, Prince of Wessco, just got the motherlode of all responsibility dumped in his regal lap.

He’s not handling it well.

Hoping to force her grandson to rise to the occasion, Queen Lenora goes on a much-needed safari holiday—and when the Queen’s away, the Prince will play. After a chance meeting with an American television producer, Henry finally makes a decision all on his own:

Welcome to Matched: Royal Edition. 

A reality TV dating game show featuring twenty of the world's most beautiful blue bloods gathered in the same castle. Only one will win the diamond tiara, only one will capture the handsome prince’s heart.

While Henry revels in the sexy, raunchy antics of the contestants as they fight, literally, for his affection, it’s the quiet, bespectacled girl in the corner—with the voice of an angel and a body that would tempt a saint—who catches his eye.

The more Henry gets to know Sarah Mirabelle Zinnia Von Titebottum, the more enamored he becomes of her simple beauty, her strength, her kind spirit... and her naughty sense of humor.

But Rome wasn’t built in a day—and irresponsible royals aren’t reformed overnight. 

As he endeavors to right his wrongs, old words take on whole new meanings for the dashing Prince. Words like, Duty, Honor and most of all—Love.

I freaking loved Henry in Royally Screwed and cannot wait for his story! Plus, that cover. Damn. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Halloween-y Books

Hey, everyone!

It's Top Ten Tuesday by The Broke and The Bookish! This week is a Halloween freebie, and I'm doing a hodgepodge of books that put me in the spooky mood. Content, covers,'s a free for all!

In no order....


I love this fall-like cover!


Such a good and creepy twist on vampires!


I've been feeling an itch to reread the Mercy Thompson series as Halloween inches closer.


Currently reading this one, and it's had a few creepy moments!


Demons. Enough said. 


This was the scariest book I've ever read. It kept me up all night, and I slept with the lights on for a week after. 


This should be a TV. It'd be completely addictive!


I've yet to enjoy a book from this author (I really don't see the hype?), but I admit to being curious about this 2017 paranormal romance release. 


And of course, my first paranormal romance love. 


All the paranormal! Also, I want a sword. 

Sunday, October 23, 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.

I can't believe we're nearly to Halloween! Friday the temps dropped from upper 80s/low 90s down to the mid-upper 70s. It's lovely, and not suppose to get above 83 for the next 10 days. Still in desperate need of rain, but I'm happy with the cooler weather. 

I was sick with a stomach bug most of the week, so nothing much happened and I couldn't manage much in the way of FitReaders. Feeling mostly better though, finally!

Steps this week:

Sunday 7,545
Monday - 6,073
Tuesday - 6,736
Wednesday - 10,064
Thursday - 14,178
Friday - 14,809
Saturday - 10,225

Total - 69,630

This Week's Recap

Coming Up

Mini Reviews OR Book Haul

Top Ten Tuesday: Scary Reads

Waiting on Wednedsay

TBR Thursday 

Cover Lust, No. 45

Read This Week

3 stars!
This was kind of weird for me, since I liked the story and I liked the characters. However, it was just...too much detail. Could've been half the length it was!
4 stars!
Loved this one, and narration was fantastic as always!

4.5 stars!
Loved this one! A tad predictable, but such an enjoyable read. Emma Chase is now on my auto-buy author list.

Currently Reading

Um...trying to figure that out.

Trying to read this one...we'll see. 

What Will I Read Next?



Friday, October 21, 2016

Cover Lust, No. 44

On her eighteenth birthday, Princess Evelayn of Eadrolan, the Light Kingdom, can finally access the full range of her magical powers. The light looks brighter, the air is sharper, and the energy she can draw when fighting feels almost limitless.

But while her mother, the queen, remains busy at the war front, in the Dark Kingdom of Dorjhalon, the corrupt king is plotting. King Bain wants control of both kingdoms, and his plan will fling Evelayn onto the throne much sooner than she expected.

In order to defeat Bain and his sons, Evelayn will quickly have to come into her ability to shapeshift, and rely on the alluring Lord Tanvir. But not everyone is what they seem, and the balance between the Light and Dark comes at a steep price.

Kinda want that crown. Releases in May 2017!

Thursday, October 20, 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!

She’s the only one who ever loved him—and the only one he can never have.

Jude lost everything one spring day when he crashed his car into an apple tree on the side of the road. A man is dead, and there's no way he can ever right that wrong. He’d steer clear of Colebury, Vermont forever if he could. But an ex-con in recovery for his drug addiction can’t find a job just anywhere.

For Sophie Haines, coming face to face with the man who broke her heart is gut-wrenching. Suddenly, he’s everywhere she turns. It’s hard not to stare at how much he’s changed. The bad boy who used to love her didn’t have big biceps and sun-kissed hair. And he’d never turn up volunteer in the church kitchen.

She knows it’s foolish to yearn for the man who returned all the heartsick letters she wrote him in prison. But the looks he sends her now speak volumes.

No one wants to see Sophie and Jude back together, least of all Sophie's police chief father. But it's a small town. And forbidden love is a law unto itself.

I've heard mixed reviews on this series, but I like the sounds of this angsty read. Thoughts?

Wednesday, October 19, 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 9th, 2017

In a world where everyone is the same, one girl is the unthinkable: unique. A high-stakes fast-paced series launch from New York Times bestselling author Rachel Vincent.

We have brown hair. Brown eyes. Fair skin.
We are healthy and strong and smart.
But only one of us has ever had a secret.

Dahlia 16 sees her face in every crowd. She's nothing special—just one of five thousand girls created from a single genome to work for the greater good of the city.
Meeting Trigger 17 changes everything. He thinks she’s interesting. Beautiful. Unique. Which means he must be flawed. When Dahlia can't stop thinking about him—when she can't resist looking for him, even though that means breaking the rules—she realizes she's flawed, too. But if she’s flawed, then so are all her identicals. And any genome found to be flawed will be recalled.
Getting caught with Trigger would seal not only Dahlia's fate, but that of all five thousand girls who share her face. But what if Trigger is right? What if Dahlia is different?
Suddenly the girl who always follows the rules is breaking them, one by one by one. . . .

Not the biggest fan of the cover, but I'll read anything Rachel Vincent puts out!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Characters I'd Name a Pet After

Hey, everyone!

It's Top Ten Tuesday by The Broke and The Bookish! Today's topic is all about character names we'd use for kids/pets/cards/whatever you fancy. Since I don't want a child in the immediate future, I'm going with names I'd use for pets.

I currently have three dogs and one cat: Nola (dachshund), Pike (toy aussie), Layla (Mastiff) and Salem (cat). Pike, the only boy, is actually named after a character from Robert Crais' Elvis Cole mystery books.

Because I'm completely crazy, dog obsessed (it is part of my job, so there's that excuse) and dying for pup #4, I'm seriously excited for this week's theme! 

In no real order....

10. Fraser from Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

I love this name, and feel it's pretty gender neutral. It's at the top of NextDog list.

9. Fallon from November 9 by Colleen Hoover

Even though the character is a woman, I'd still use it for either gender. 

8. Archer from Archer's Voice by Mia Sheridan

Love this for a boy. I think it flows well with the other dogs' names, too. 

7. Alex from Burying Water by K.A. Tucker

I'm one of those weird people that really likes human names for pets, and would use this for boy or girl. 

6. Miles from Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

I'm not sure if I'd actually use this, since one of my brothers has the same middle name, but I do love it for a boy. 

5. Calla from Nocte by Courtney Cole

Cute, short girl name. A bonus is that is has the A ending my other two girls have. 

4. Mercy from Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs

This would be so fun and spunky for a girl.

3. Hemingway, after the novelist 

This would be for either. 

2. Merit from Chicagoland Vampires by Chloe Neill

For a girl. 

1. Kate from Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews

Girl, of course!