Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Summer Reads

Hey guys!


It's Top Ten Tuesday by The Broke and The Bookish! This week's topic is summer/beach type reads. For me, that means funny, fast, and sexy. ;) Let's jump right in!

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Monday, May 22, 2017

New to My TBR

Hey guys!

I'm feeling lazy when it comes to in-depth post ideas, so I decided to do a "recent additions to my TBR" type of thing. Let's jump right in, and feel free to share any of yours below!

A heartwarming tale of terror in the middle of the zombie apocalypse.

Meet Sarah and David.

Once upon a time they met and fell in love. But now they're on the verge of divorce and going to couples' counseling. On a routine trip to their counselor, they notice a few odd things - the lack of cars on the highway, the missing security guard, and the fact that their counselor, Dr. Kelly, is ripping out her previous client's throat.

Meet the Zombies.

Now, Sarah and David are fighting for survival in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. But, just because there are zombies, doesn't mean your other problems go away. If the zombies don't eat their brains, they might just kill each other.


I, Ethan Antonio Giovanni Callahan, first son of the former head of the Irish mob, Liam Alec Callahan, and former head of the Italian mafia, ex-governor, Melody Nicci Giovanni Callahan, solemnly swear to ruthlessly protect our family name, business and way of life, no matter the cost to me or anyone else. I shall show no mercy; I shall offer no forgiveness; there will be no peace for those who stand against me.

I will live for my family.
I will kill for my family.
I will marry for my family.

I, Ivy O'Davoren, the only daughter of Shay O'Davoren, solemnly swear to ruthlessly and mercilessly exact revenge on the Callahans and all those who betrayed my father and family. 

I will live for revenge.
I will kill for revenge.
I will marry for revenge.

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You devoured the Ruthless People series. Now it’s time to revel in the reign of the Callahan children…

Stand-alone sequel series to Ruthless People series. You do not have to read Ruthless People series beforehand .



Nico Medina’s world is eleven miles away from mine. During the day, it’s a place where doors are open—where homes are lived in, and neighbors love. But when the sun sets, it becomes a place where young boys are afraid, where eyes watch from idling cars that hide in the shadows and wicked smoke flows from pipes. 

West End is the kind of place that people survive. It buries them—one at a time, one way or another. And when Nico was a little boy, his mom always told him to run.

I’m Reagan Prescott—coach’s daughter, sister to the prodigal son, daughter in the perfect family. 
Life on top. 
Lies.
My world is the ugly one. Private school politics and one of the best high school football programs in the country can break even the toughest souls. Our darkness plays out in whispers and rumors, and money and status trump all. I would know—I’ve watched it kill my family slowly, strangling us for years. 

In our twisted world, a boy from West End is the only shining light.
Quarterback. 
Hero.
Heart.
Good.
I hated him before I needed him.
I fell for him fast.
I loved him when it was almost too late. 

When two ugly worlds collide, even the strongest fall. But my world…it hasn’t met the boy from West End.



A new stand alone office romance from USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde...

I’ve always had one rule:

Don’t mix business and pleasure.

But then Landon Wright comes home to his family’s construction company with a broken back and a beaten heart and ends up as my new sexy boss. As the office gets heated, I’m thinking about throwing the rulebook out the window.

If only there weren’t a million reasons this could never work.

We may have shared a single perfect kiss, but I can’t let our intense connection cloud my judgment. Not with everything I’ve worked for on the line.

Dating your boss is so very, very wrong…even if he feels so Wright.
 


Seven years ago Kaylin fled the crime-riddled streets of Nightshade, knowing that something was after her. Children were being murdered — and all had the same odd markings that mysteriously appeared on her own skin...

Since then, she's learned to read, she's learned to fight and she's become one of the vaunted Hawks who patrol and police the City of Elantra. Alongside the winged Aerians and immortal Barrani, she's made a place for herself, far from the mean streets of her birth.

But children are once again dying, and a dark and familiar pattern is emerging, Kaylin is ordered back into Nightshade with a partner she knows she can't trust, a Dragon lord for a companion and a device to contain her powers — powers that no other human has. Her task is simple — find the killer, stop the murders... and survive the attentions of those who claim to be her allies!
 


He's got one shot to make it right...

He's Landon Rhodes.
The Renegade they call Nova.
Sinfully gorgeous, broody, tatted-up, professional snowboarder.

They say a girl broke him once--
That's why he's so reckless, so driven, so careless with his conquests.
But I'm that girl.
They can call me his curse all they want.
He and I both know the truth--
He's the one who destroyed me,
And I'm too smart to let that happen again.



Sunday, May 21, 2017

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

Hey guys!



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.


Thank you for all the birthday wishes! I had a lovely day yesterday, with family, good food and fireworks. I got a Polaroid 300 from my parents and I am obsessed.

Unfortunately, my Kindle met its demise this week, slowing my reading waaaay down. Almost all my books are in e-format, and since I don't like reading on my phone, it's pushed my reading to nothing but audio. I need to get another one ASAP.
To fill in the time, I've started poking around on Netflix for something. I'm ridiculously late to the party, but I'm currently loving How I Met Your Mother. Been watching a little of The 100, and while I'm not sold yet, it's definitely entertaining, if a little violent. 
Got any show suggestions for me?




Fitness

Steps

Sunday - 12,497
Monday - 14,126
Tuesday - 12,872
Wednesday - 14,844
Thursday - 11,682
Friday - 20,932
Saturday - 8,648

Total - 95,601


This Week's Recap








Coming Up

June Releases

Top Ten Tuesday: Summer Reads

Waiting on Wednesday

TBR Thursday

Cover Lust, No. 64



Read This Week

4 stars!
Some middle book syndrome, but overall enjoyable.


Currently Reading

About half way into this one and enjoying it. I love Sprig so much. <3


What Will I Read Next?

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Five Things Friday, No. 5

Hey, ladies!


I've seen the Five Things Friday posts on KimberlyFaye Reads and Brandie is a Book Junkie, and they're some of my favorite post types, so I wanted to jump on the bandwagon. Also, I'm lazy and was getting bored of Cover Lust. ;)

Let's jump right in!




1. Book of The Week

Well it's the only book I read, but at least I finished it! It was good, though definitely had a touch of Middle Book Syndrome.


2. New to My Shelf

It's suppose to be great!


3. Fun This Week

My weekend was yesterday and the day before, and it was so great. The weather has officially reached the "sweet holy fuck, I am dying" stage and I'm already over it. I need a pool, stat.



4. Pic of the Week



5. Looking Ahead

My birthday is tomorrow, and while I'm working, I'm excited for it! In the evening it'll be dinner and then fireworks, because my family takes any excuse possible to blow stuff up. 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

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!

Drew Evans is a winner. Handsome and arrogant, he makes multimillion dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. He has loyal friends and an indulgent family. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed?

He’ll tell you he has the flu.

But we all know that’s not really true.

Katherine Brooks is brilliant, beautiful and ambitious. She refuses to let anything - or anyone - derail her path to success. When Kate is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father’s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy’s life is thrown into a tailspin. The professional competition she brings is unnerving, his attraction to her is distracting, his failure to entice her into his bed is exasperating.

Then, just when Drew is on the cusp of having everything he wants, his overblown confidence threatens to ruin it all. Will he be able untangle his feelings of lust and tenderness, frustration and fulfillment? Will he rise to the most important challenge of his life?

Can Drew Evans win at love?

Tangled is not your mother’s romance novel. It is an outrageous, passionate, witty narrative about a man who knows a lot about women…just not as much as he thinks he knows. As he tells his story, Drew learns the one thing he never wanted in life, is the only thing he can’t live without.
 




I've read the Legal Brief series (kinda liked, absolutely loved, liked) and the Royals series (loved and liked), but I haven't gotten around to this one yet. How is it?

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

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!   


October 10th, 2016

From subway to Broadway to happily ever after. Modern love in all its thrill, hilarity, and uncertainty has never been so compulsively readable as in New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Christina Lauren’s (Beautiful Bastard, Dating You / Hating You) new romance.

Marriages of convenience are so…inconvenient. 

Rescued by Calvin McLoughlin from a would-be subway attacker, Holland Bakker pays the brilliant musician back by pulling some of her errand-girl strings and getting him an audition with a bigtime musical director. When the tryout goes better than even Holland could have imagined, Calvin is set for a great entry into Broadway—until he admits his student visa has expired and he’s in the country illegally.

Holland impulsively offers to wed the Irishman to keep him in New York, her growing infatuation a secret only to him. As their relationship evolves from awkward roommates to besotted lovers, Calvin becomes the darling of Broadway. In the middle of the theatrics and the acting-not-acting, what will it take for Holland and Calvin to realize that they both stopped pretending a long time ago?


I just need this, ASAP. Christina Lauren, musician, illegal activity, and roommates? It's like my own personal nirvana. 


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Book Moms

Hey guys!


It's Top Ten Tuesday by The Broke and The Bookish! Since this past weekend was Mother's Day, this week's TTT is a Mother's Day related freebie. I'm going with some of the best and worst moms in books, so let's jump right in!


The Bad 

Unfortunately, books seem to be really lacking in the good mother department, so there was a big pool to draw from here. 


Both Lo and Lily's mothers were terrible. 

I don't actually remember much about about the mother in this story, other than a general sense of dislike. 

The mother did manage to somewhat redeem herself at the end, but still. 

Cat and her mother's relationship broke my heart on so many occasions, both in good and bad ways. 


While she was definitely supportive and kind to her daughter, I had serious issues with the way she handled things around Eva and her lack of notice in her childhood traumas. 




The Downright Ugly

Oh my god, I wanted to strangle the mother here. Also, this book made me so. damn. uncomfortable.
Ugh, Charley's stepmom. Who else loves to hate that woman, and with good reason?! Every time she had any page time she set my teeth on edge. 
Nothing quite like exploiting your child in the most horrible way.







And The Good

While not the biological mother, Chelsea was such an amazing mom to those kids!

Lake's mother...oh my gosh, I cried so hard in this story. 
Yay for a strong, single mom!






Monday, May 15, 2017

Mini Reviews Monday

Lily O’Connell, a succubus, owns Lily Bound, an elite sex salon in the Blood Night District of Seattle. When a client is murdered in her house, a patch of skin missing from his chest, she knows there’s something evil afoot. Then comes the news that the Souljacker—a tattoo-artist-turned-vampire—has escaped from an institution for criminally deranged Supernaturals. And he’s hunting and killing everyone he has ever inked.

With one of the Souljacker’s tattoos on her thigh and nowhere else to turn, Lily hires Archer Desmond, a chaos demon and PI, to help her track down the vampire before he finds her and her friends. But Lily didn’t plan to fall for Archer. And as the old tales say—a succubus who falls in love will destroy the heart of the one she seeks to claim.
 


3 stars!

This had a lot of potential as far as plot and characters go, but something about it just fell a little flat. Whether or not that was due to the slightly dry narration in the audiobook or if it was a fault of the book, I can't say. Regardless, I didn't connect with the heroine.
While the premise was really interesting in the beginning, it took a safe and boring turn and didn't live up to all it could be.
I am curious about what will happen in the second book though, and will likely continue and give it a second chance.



We fell in love on a beach, got married in paradise, and I carried her off into the sunset. It should have been perfect, but saying “I do” doesn’t guarantee a happily-ever-after.

Two years later, I barely recognize either of us behind the walls we’ve built.

It’s time to bring it full circle. Back to a tropical paradise. Back to find out if we can still make this work.

I’m not willing to give her up, but to save us, I have to risk everything. 

Two damaged people. 

Countless secrets. 

The fight of our lives.

We might be broken, but we’re not done.


4.5 stars!

Sexy, fun, gripping at times and highly emotional at others. This left me with some serious desire for seafood, islands and boats. ;)
I was pleasantly surprised with how much I loved this story, and blew through the audiobook in a day. Fantastic narration, too!



A new standalone from New York Times bestselling authors Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward. 

I met Bianca in an elevator.
She was on her way to interview me when we got stuck.
The beautiful, raven-haired reporter assumed I was a delivery guy because of the way I was dressed.
She had no clue I was really Dex Truitt, the wealthy, successful businessman she’d dubbed “Mister Moneybags”—her afternoon appointment.
Bianca told me how much she hated Dex’s type—snobby, over educated, silver- spooned men who didn't appreciate the simple things in life.
So, after the elevator finally started moving again, I cancelled the interview and let her believe I was someone I wasn’t—a bike messenger named Jay. I loved the way she looked at the fake me and didn't want it to end.
I began dating her as “Jay”—all the while letting her interview the real me over email.
I didn’t expect that our chemistry online would be just as hot. 
I didn’t expect the mess I’d gotten myself into.
I didn’t expect that Jay and Dex would fall in love with her.
And she was falling for two men. 
Only, both men were me. 
And when she found out, we were both going to lose her.
Nothing could have prepared me for that day. And I certainly wasn't prepared for what came after.
All good things must come to an end, right?
Except our ending was one I didn't see coming.


4 stars!

Ah, there's nothing quite like the sexy times and drama that comes from a Keeland/Ward mashup. This writing duo is such a guilty pleasure of mine, and this didn't disappoint. 
Despite the hero's antics during the first part of the book, I really felt for him and enjoyed his character throughout the story. Couldn't really connect with the heroine, but I didn't have any major problems with her either way. 
And oh, that drama....it was so good in an insane kind of way. ;)





When his younger brother loses interest in online dating, hot, bearded, bartender extraordinaire, Joe Collins, only intends to log into his account and shut it down. Until he reads about her.

Alex Parks is funny, friendly, and pretty much everything he's been looking for in a woman. And in no time at all they're emailing up a storm, telling each other their deepest darkest secrets... apart from the one that really matters.

And when it comes to love, serving it straight up works better than with a twist.


4 stars!

First, I absolutely loved this heroine! She was strong, smart, funny and her voice was easy and enjoyable to follow. The hero got on my nerves a lot towards the end and I could never really reconcile his behavior, but for the first half I was absolutely swooning.
Fantastic side characters, especially Val!
I blew through this very well done audiobook and really enjoyed it overall. 



First we were friends. Then we were roommates. Now I want more…
What can I say about Chess Copper? The woman is capable of bringing me to my knees. I know this about five minutes after getting naked for her.
No one is more surprised than me. The prickly photographer my team hired to shoot our annual charity calendar isn’t my usual type. She’s defense to my offense, a challenge at every turn. But when I’m with her, all the regrets and darkness goes away. She makes life fun.

I want to know Chess, be close to her. Which is a bad idea.

Chess is looking for a relationship. I’ve never given a woman more than one night. But when fate leaves Chess without a home, I step up and offer her mine. We’re roommates now. Friends without benefits. But it’s getting harder to keep our hands off each other. And the longer we live together the more I realize she’s becoming my everything.

Trick is… Now that I’ve made her believe I’m a bad bet, how do I convince her to give this player a true shot at forever?



5 stars!

I loved every single thing about this book. It was the perfect contemporary romance for me. Friends to lovers, sweetest man ever, strong heroine, roommates (!!!), believable angst that wasn't over the top, and the whole relationship progression felt very natural and genuine. I loved it. 




Sunday, May 14, 2017

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

Hey guys!


Happy Mothers' Day to all the moms out there! I hope you have a wonderful day. :) I'm spending the day with my own wonderful mama (I never hear anything southern in me until I say that....), so this'll be short.

I can't believe I'm saying this, but I didn't finish a single book this week. Nope, nada, nothing. I've listened to maybe two hours of my current book and haven't so much as picked up my Kindle. I'm feeling slumpy again, and my normal audiobook time has been sucked up with music, on top of being insanely busy. Hoping I can find something to spark the interest again!


Fitness

Very happy with this week's stats!

Sunday - 17,424
Monday - 17,104
Tuesday - 11,829
Wednesday - 17,714
Thursday - 14,983
Friday - 20,285
Saturday - 12,120

Total - 111,459 steps


This Week's Recap







Coming Up

Mini Reviews Monday

Top Ten Tuesday

Waiting on Wednesday

TBR Thursday

Cover Lust, No. 64



Read This Week

See above

Currently Reading


3 hours left in this audiobook. It's okay, but definitely has a touch of middle book syndrome. 


What Will I Read Next

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Cover Lust, No. 63

Love is timeless…

Nash Nation loves zeroes and ones, over-sized monitors and late office hours. He’s too busy taking over the world to make time for relationships—that is, until his new neighbor Willow O’Bryant barges into his life, and now Nash can’t shake the feeling that this isn’t the first time she’s interrupted his world.

Then, the dreams start. And in the dreams—memories.

Memories of a girl named Sookie who couldn’t count on love or friendship, never mind forever. Memories of a library and a boy called Isaac and secrets made in private that destroyed his world.

The memories seem real, but who do they belong to?

When Nash and Willow discover the truth, life as they know it unravels.

The bridge between this life and the next is shored up by blood and bone and memory. Sometimes, that bridge leads to the place we’ve always wanted to be.


I'm a sucker for anything galaxy-y and with a pretty font. Also, though it's a little cheesy, I'm curious about the book itself, too. Releases later this month!