Thursday, January 18, 2018

ARC Review: "A Scandal By Any Other Name" (A Tale of Two Sisters #2) by Kimberly Bell


A Scandal By Any Other Name by Kimberly Bell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

Jasper De Vere doesn't do sad. Ever since the death of his parents, he’s devoted himself to life’s many pleasures—while making sure to avoid attachments. It’s difficult to avoid your own grandfather though, especially when you’re the heir to his Dukedom. Unable to sit by and watch one of the few people he cares about wither away, Jasper flees to his friend Nicholas’s country estate.

Julia Bishop leads a life of glorious excitement—in her head. The spinal injury she was born with makes her a permanent pariah in society, so despite being the daughter of an earl, she's spent her life in the country with just her family to keep her company. When her brother-in-law’s flirtatious—and devilishly handsome—friend mistakes her for an untroubled debutante, Julia isn’t about to let an opportunity for some real, live adventure slip away.

Delicious distraction and flirtation turn into an all-out affair, and slips dangerously close to something more when family intrudes. Can Jasper and Julia return to their separate lives in isolation, or will they take a risk and choose each other?



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I received an e-ARC from NetGalley & Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review. 

First of all, I'd like to thank Jen from Book Avid for the recommendation. They had posted many times about the importance of the book and about the heroinE, Julia.

The story takes place in the Victorian era, in the early days of the Queen's reign. Julia Bishop is the daughter of a wealthy family, she is beautiful, educated and has a loving family. But she is shunned by the 'good' society because of her 'issue'. You see, Julia was born with spina bifida, a birth defect where there is an incomplete closing of the backbone and membranes around the spinal cord (as dear old Google says).

To live like this at THAT time period had to be horrible and despite the liberty, the author takes, which she also mentions in the end of the book, it must have been horrible to have children and not being able to save them.

Then Julia meets with Jasper DeVere, soon to become a duke, and sparks fly between them. Despite the book being the second in the duology, it felt like a good stand-alone and I really enjoyed it. Also, Jasper deals with grief and the need to have someone who can understand him, so the couple dynamic worked very, very well. Also keeping in mind the social forms of the era, the author weaves a heated romance, which evolves in quite the love story.

I want to have more books like that. There is a presence in the YA world but in this genre, it would also become a strong breakthrough. Truly recommended!




About the author:

Author of The Countess Scandals w/BerkleyRomance.

The Importance of Being Scandalous EntangledSelect out July 2017.

Release Day Blitz+Giveaway: "Hidden Seams" by Alessandra Torre




Hidden Seams
By Alessandra Torre
Genre: Erotic Romance
Standalone, 336 pages

Synopsis


A billion-dollar fashion empire, and it’s about to be mine...
I've worked a decade for this. I've sold my soul and my reputation. I've lived a lie, smiled for the cameras, and hated myself, all for this inheritance. And then ... she pops up. A mysterious heir with a rap sheet, combat boots, and a mouth that I want to pin shut with my— It doesn’t matter. I’ve played this game for a decade. I can continue the charade a little longer, keep my hands to myself and her body out of my mind. I can keep my secret until the ink dries and everything is mine.Or not.

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About Alessandra Torre


Alessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of fourteen novels. Her books focus on romance and suspense. Torre has been featured in such publications as Elle and Elle UK, as well as guest blogged for the Huffington Post and RT Book Reviews. She is also the Bedroom Blogger for Cosmopolitan.com.

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Cover Reveal: "Recovered" by Jay Crownover

 

From New York Times bestselling author Jay Crownover comes RECOVERED, a standalone contemporary romance that will keep you turning the pages long into the night! 

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About RECOVERED (Coming 3/27/18):

It was hate at first sight... 

Affton 

I hated Cable James McCaffrey. He was entitled, spoiled, a user…and an addict. He was out of control and didn’t bother trying to hide it. He had everything anyone could want but still seemed miserable and lost. Every move he made, every mistake he stumbled his way through, rubbed me the wrong way. However, I couldn’t stop myself from trying to save him from himself when no one else would. In the sweltering heat of the summer, Cable taught me that having it all means nothing if you can’t have the one thing you want more than anything else. 

Cable 

I was obsessed with Affton Reed. She was rigid, uptight, and no fun. There was something about her innate goodness that called to me. She acted like she was above all the normal faults and failures that clung to the rest of us like the scent of smoke after a fire. I was infatuated with her, but that didn’t stop me from acting like she didn’t exist. In the scorching heat of summer, Affton taught me that there is always a way back from the brink of despair. She showed me that the trick to having it all was realizing that it was already there, in my hands. All I had to do was hold onto it. The road to recovery is full of twists and turns no matter who is in the driver’s seat.

   

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  About Jay Crownover: Jay Crownover is the international and multiple New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men Series, The Saints of Denver Series, the Point Series, the Breaking Point Series, and the Getaway Series. Her books can be found translated in many different languages all around the world. She is a tattooed, crazy haired Colorado native who lives at the base of the Rockies with her awesome dogs. This is where she can frequently be found enjoying a cold beer and Taco Tuesdays. Jay is a self-declared music snob and outspoken book lover who is always looking for her next adventure, between the pages and on the road.    



  

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Short Double ARC Reviews: "Onyx and Ivory" by Mindee Arnett & "The Final Six" by Alexandra Monir


Onyx and Ivory by Mindee Arnett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Summary from Goodreads

They call her Traitor Kate. It’s a title Kate Brighton inherited from her father after he tried to assassinate the high king years ago. Now Kate lives as an outcast, clinging to the fringes of society as a member of the Relay, the imperial courier service. Only those most skilled in riding and bow hunting ride for the Relay; and only the fastest survive, for when dark falls, the nightdrakes—deadly flightless dragons—come out to hunt. Fortunately, Kate has a secret edge: she is a wilder, born with magic that allows her to influence the minds of animals. But it’s this magic that she needs to keep hidden, as being a wilder is forbidden, punishable by death or exile. And it’s this magic that leads her to a caravan massacred by nightdrakes in broad daylight—the only survivor her childhood friend, her first love, the boy she swore to forget, the boy who broke her heart.

The high king’s second son, Corwin Tormane, never asked to lead. Even as he waits for the uror—the once-in-a-generation ritual to decide which of the king’s children will succeed him—he knows it’s always been his brother who will assume the throne. And that’s fine by him. He’d rather spend his days away from the palace, away from the sight of his father, broken with sickness from the attempt on his life. But the peacekeeping tour Corwin is on has given him too much time to reflect upon the night he saved his father’s life—the night he condemned the would-be killer to death and lost the girl he loved. Which is why he takes it on himself to investigate rumors of unrest in one of the remote city-states, only for his caravan to be attacked—and for him to be saved by Kate.

With their paths once more entangled, Kate and Corwin have to put the past behind them. The threat of drakes who attack in the daylight is only the beginning of a darker menace stirring in the kingdom—one whose origins have dire implications for Kate’s father’s attack upon the king and will thrust them into the middle of a brewing civil war in the kingdom of Rime.




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I received an e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. 

A high stakes fantasy with magic, some kind of mutant bad dragons and forbidden romance! I enjoyed the book with its rich world-building and well-developed characters. And there are horses! So many horses in this book!

Kate and Corwin had a lot to go through in this book and while some tropes were too familiar to me I enjoyed the action and the details Mindee Arnett gave to her plot and society. As also the politics of this empire.

Not to mention that the cover is gorgeous and hints something mystic in the story.




About the author:

YA Author of THE NIGHTMARE AFFAIR, a contemporary fantasy coming March 5, 2013 from Tor Teen (Macmillan) and AVALON, a YA sci-fi thriller coming Winter 2014 from Balzer+Bray (HarperCollins). Represented by the fabulous Suzie Townsend of New Leaf Literary. Addicted to jumping horses and telling tales of magic, the macabre, and outer space.













The Final Six by Alexandra Monir
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

When Leo, an Italian championship swimmer, and Naomi, a science genius from California, are two of the twenty-four teens drafted into the International Space Training Camp, their lives are forever altered. After erratic climate change has made Earth a dangerous place to live, the fate of the population rests on the shoulders of the final six who will be scouting a new planet. Intense training, global scrutiny, and cutthroat opponents are only a few of the hurdles the contestants must endure in this competition.

For Leo, the prospect of traveling to Europa—Jupiter’s moon—to help resettle humankind is just the sense of purpose he’s been yearning for since losing his entire family in the flooding of Rome. Naomi, after learning of a similar space mission that mysteriously failed, suspects the ISTC isn’t being up front with them about what’s at risk.

As the race to the final six advances, the tests get more challenging—even deadly. With pressure mounting, Naomi finds an unexpected friend in Leo, and the two grow closer with each mind-boggling experience they encounter. But it’s only when the finalists become fewer and their destinies grow nearer that the two can fathom the full weight of everything at stake: the world, the stars, and their lives.





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I received an e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. 

A strong, diverse and well-written sci-fi with characters I could relate with. There was a lot of romance which in some cases shadowed the plot.
One thing that this book made me scream about? The cliffhanger.
I really hope for a sequel!





About the author:


Iranian-American author and recording artist Alexandra Monir has published five novels for young adults, including her popular debut, Timeless. A Barnes & Noble bestseller and one of Amazon’s “Best Books of the Month,” Timeless and its sequel, Timekeeper, have been featured in numerous media outlets and been published in different countries around the world. She followed the duology with Suspicion and The Girl in the Picture, both standalone YA thrillers. Her upcoming science fiction novel, THE FINAL SIX (March 6, 2018) was acquired by HarperCollins and Sony Pictures on the same week, in two major pre-emptive deals. 

Alexandra is also a singer/songwriter who often integrates music into her books’ pages. She wrote and recorded three original songs to accompany Timeless and Timekeeper, which were released as the album The Timeless EP and distributed by Jimmy Buffett's record label, Mailboat Records. She also recorded a song that was released with the publication of Suspicion, and is composing a stage musical geared toward Broadway. Her musical roots are deep, as she is the granddaughter of the late Monir Vakili, the foremost Iranian opera singer.

Alexandra Monir is a frequent speaker at middle schools and high schools across the country and at major events including fan conventions, women’s leadership conferences, and book festivals. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and newborn son. To learn more about Alexandra, visit her online at www.alexandramonir.com.






Cover Reveal: "Fireball" (River Street Bar #1) by Nazarea Andrews


Today we are celebrating the cover reveal for FIREBALL by Nazarea Andrews. Fireball is an adult contemporary romance, standalone novel, and it kicks off the brand new River Street Bar series. It will be released on March 8!


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FIREBALL by Nazarea Andrews

A Standalone Contemporary Romance

(River Street Bar series, #1)

Coming March 8

Blurb:

He’s infuriating…
Dempsey Jones has been a nuisance my entire life, the straight-laced Boy Scout grown up to be a firefighter, of all things. He was the one helping kittens out of trees and old ladies cross the road while I was lighting cherry bombs with my best friend in abandoned buildings, and now that we’re all grown up—even if my Dad doesn’t agree—he’s still just as annoying.

She’s impossible…
Taite Ridley has been a constant my whole life, the curly haired mischievous daughter of the police chief, charming and devious and alluring. She was wild in ways I never dared to be and too big for our little town. But she’s here, a small town cop, and I can’t avoid her, even if I wanted to.
And I don’t want to.
It’s like mixing fire and gasoline and when these two collide, someone is gonna get burned…




                       

Excerpt:

I grew up in River City.
It’s a good place for a kid to grow up—small town enough that I could wander without causing much worry, as long as no one counted my father.
He counted himself, but I stopped a while ago.
But it’s small enough that there’s not enough crime that I couldn’t wander, and big enough that it didn’t bore even me to tears. It was this intoxicatingly perfect mix of small town and big city, where everyone knew everyone and we didn’t have to drive an hour to go to a mall or museum.
And I never wanted to leave it. River City was home. I wandered away for college, and promptly came back, and I loved it—it’s where every good memory I had was, a place I cared about with a ferocity that only a native could. It knew my secrets and my history and it kept both safe.
But right this second, as I stood on Mrs. Rudolph’s front yard in the sideways rain—she was perched on her covered porch with a cup of coffee clasped in her wrinkled hands—I was questioning literally every decision I’d ever made in my life.
“Ma’am, we checked your crawlspace last week.”
“That Harper checked it,” Mrs Rudolph says, dismissive as fuck and I hear a muffled snort behind me. My smile feels brittle as she smiles brightly at me. “But I know you’ll do a good job. You don’t mind, do you, Taite?”
And that’s why.
I love River City with all my heart, but I swear to god, becoming a cop in a city that watched me grow up was probably the worst idea I’d ever had.
And I’d had a long and illustrious career of bad ideas, as Daddy was very helpful to point out.
A choked noise came from behind me and I fixed my plastic smile a little bit wider before saying, “Gimme just one second, Mrs Rudolph, Officer Delgado and I need to talk.”
She nods agreeably and takes a sip of her damnable coffee and I turn to pin my partner with a glare.
Miguel doesn’t even have the good grace to try to hide his smile.
“Don’t look at me like that,” he says, smile wide and cheerful.
“It’s your turn to go crawling under houses.”
“How do you figure that?” he asks, attempting to school his expression.
“I went up the tree for the Foster girls’ kitten last week!”
“Didn’t Dempsey—”
I snarl and he very wisely shuts his mouth. His eyes are still a little too bright, though, and I kinda want to punch him. I do not stomp my foot. “You promised not to bring him up,” I snap.
“I know,” he gives me apologetic eyes. “I slipped, sorry.”
I glance back at the house, at Mrs Rudolph waiting anxiously.
“I have to go, don’t I?” I say, resigned.
Miguel nudges me with one shoulder. “If you don’t, we’ll be here next week. She’s not gonna believe any of us until you tell her there’s nothing down there.”
“But—”
This. This is the problem. I grew up here, the only daughter of the police chief, a fucking widower and somehow became the town mascot. Even when I want to be taken serious, it’s like all anyone sees is the knobby kneed, ratty haired fourteen year old running the streets with Miguel and getting into trouble.
I huff a curse and shrug out of my waterproofed jacket. The rain immediately starts biting into my uniform and I resign myself to spending the rest of my shift wet and muddy.
Maybe Miguel would let us swing by my apartment to change before we headed back to the station.
“I hate this,” I mutter and he nods.
But he doesn’t quite hide his grin as I drop to my knees and crawl under Mrs Rudolph’s damn house.
“I went to school for this. The fucking Academy. So I could crawl around in the mud looking for—fuck. Miguel, what the fuck am I even looking for?” I shout, my voice muffled.



                                 

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Nazarea Andrews (N to almost everyone) is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. Which means she writes everything from zombies and dystopia to contemporary love stories. When not writing, she can most often be found driving her kids to practice and burning dinner while she reads, or binge watching TV shows on Netflix. N loves chocolate, wine, and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. N is a self-professed geek and enjoys spending her spare time lost in her favorite fandoms and can often be found babbling about them on social media. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, spoiled cat and overgrown dog. She is the author of World Without End series, Neverland Found, Edge of the Falls, and The University of Branton Series. Stop by her twitter (@NazareaAndrews) and tell her what fantastic book she should read next.


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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: My 2018 Bookish Resolutions! (Which are not Ten)


This meme is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
This week’s topic is Top Ten Tuesday #134: 2018 Bookish Resolutions! 

For this week's topic, the title is: my resolutions as a blogger for 2018! I don't have that many resolutions as a blogger since I'm quite broke after the holidays but I hope to achieve the below:


1) Get the upcoming book "A Thousand Perfect Notes" by C.G. Drews: No one knows how much I've been expecting this book! It has music, tragedy and romance!



2) Finish my Sarah J. Maas collection! 2018 will be the year where we'll say goodbye for now to the "Throne of Glass" series! I'm also expecting for ACOFAS and the upcoming Catwoman novel!




3) Try to save in order to buy an ACOFAS themed book box and maybe a book sleeve! So far I have some great recommendations about The Bookish Box and the Etsy shop My Bookszleeves.




4) Get the sequel of "Zero Repeat Forever" by G.S. Prendergast! This book left me with aching emotions and a sense for the tragic. Not to mention the romance!



5) Listen to more audiobooks: On 2017 I had managed to listen to almost every book by Ilona Andrews as an audiobook! I plan to listen to many more, or re-read some titles as audiobooks!


6) WRITE! Due to the studies of my Master program, I had to leave writing behind this year. But, I plan to get into the edits of my SF/F and maybe continue the Urban Fantasy that I've been planning.



Monday, January 15, 2018

ARC Review: "American Panda" by Gloria Chao


American Panda by Gloria Chao
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

An incisive, laugh-out-loud contemporary debut about a Taiwanese-American teen whose parents want her to be a doctor and marry a Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer despite her germophobia and crush on a Japanese classmate.

At seventeen, Mei should be in high school, but skipping fourth grade was part of her parents’ master plan. Now a freshman at MIT, she is on track to fulfill the rest of this predetermined future: become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, produce a litter of babies.

With everything her parents have sacrificed to make her cushy life a reality, Mei can’t bring herself to tell them the truth—that she (1) hates germs, (2) falls asleep in biology lectures, and (3) has a crush on her classmate Darren Takahashi, who is decidedly not Taiwanese.

But when Mei reconnects with her brother, Xing, who is estranged from the family for dating the wrong woman, Mei starts to wonder if all the secrets are truly worth it. Can she find a way to be herself, whoever that is, before her web of lies unravels?

From debut author Gloria Chao comes a hilarious, heartfelt tale of how unlike the panda, life isn’t always so black and white.





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I received an e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. 

This delightful debut novel by Gloria Chao was devoured during bus rides, eating dinner and laughing out loud in between! I kid you not! It had been a while since I had seen a character like Mei with who I could relate so much in some of my everyday habits and I could root so hard for!

I AM OFFERING FREE HUGS TO EVERYONE WHO FEELS LIKE MEI!



(takes a deep breath)

I order to understand the background of this book, you have to approach it with an open mind and try to understand the psychology and the culture behind it. Mei is a 17 years old girl who has skipped her last year of high school in order to attend MIT, become a doctor and fulfil her parents' dreams of gaining a good husband and having lots of Chinese *cough boys* children.

Too bad that she has germophobia, she feels insecure about her behavior and on top of that, she has to go through the misguided attitude of others who don't understand her culture and origins. Which is downright a prejudice against her and all of American-Chinese people.
Also, Mei has a crush on Darren, who is American-Japanese.
Yeah her parents won't have a coronary.



In the end, Mei's attempt to get used to her new uni and try to make her parents proud will lead her to question her need for obedience to her parents' wishes and her place in society.

There are lots of amazing, funny and very informative scenes in this book. I did relate to Mei in many occasions from the horrible sound of the bone saw (which reminds me of the dentist) to the glorious after-midnight spoonfuls of Nutella. I liked how Mei evolved and tried to find her own place stabilising between her love for being Chinese and the overbearing duties and heritage that come with it.

Her parents, to be honest, were horrible to me but towards the end of the book, I could understand the reasons behind the behavior and their own burdens forced on them from both their community and the opinion of the outsiders.

The most amazing part was the final note by Gloria Chao who says that many incidents of this book were inspired by true stories. I dread to see how many Ying-Na episodes are noted every day!
I do want more books like this one! It is a time when many authors can show their cultural heritage and be proud of it, instead of feeling outcasted or persecuted.

I can't wait for more books by Gloria Chao!





About the author:

Gloria Chao is an MIT grad turned dentist turned writer. AMERICAN PANDA is her debut novel, coming out February 6, 2018 from Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster. 

Gloria currently lives in Chicago with her ever-supportive husband, for whom she became a nine-hole golfer (sometimes seven). She is always up for cooperative board games, Dance Dance Revolution, or soup dumplings. She was also once a black belt in kung-fu and a competitive dancer, but that side of her was drilled and suctioned out. 

Visit her tea-and-book-filled world at gloriachao.wordpress.com and find her on Twitter @gloriacchao.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Blog Tour+Excerpt+ARC Review: "Hot Shot" (North Ridge #3) by Karina Halle

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Hot Shot by Karina Halle 
Release Date: January 9th, 2018 
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Cover Design: Hang Le

Delilah Gordon has a secret.
She’s been in love with her best friend and the boy next door, Fox Nelson, since she was six years old.
And while most of her friends and family know about her unrequited crush, the one person who remains oblivious is Fox himself. To Delilah, it’s better this way. She’d rather pretend that they’re just friends, even though her feelings for the moody rugged mountain man are anything but tame.

Fox Nelson has a secret too.
As a wildland firefighter or “hot shot,” Fox parachutes into danger every day he’s on the job, risking all to fight wildfires that threaten ranches, forests and thousands of lives. But while Fox’s job is only for the brave, inside he feels anything but. The more he grapples with his raging demons, the more he realizes Delilah is the only one who can put out the flames.
As the two friends grow closer – and more intimate – than ever before, the more complicated their relationship becomes.
And Delilah has one more secret to reveal.
A secret that will change both their lives…forever.



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Excerpt:
It’s dark now and quiet except for the crickets. In the distance, the town of North Ridge glows, the lights giving way to the dark mountain ranges behind it and beyond that, a clear, starry sky. I immediately feel better but it’s not enough. I need to walk, to get my head on straight, to get my heart to stop caving in. I head down the slope to the barn. It’s second nature to want to come here during hard times. Growing up, if anyone in the house was fighting—and it was usually Shane and Fox—this was where you’d find them afterwards, licking their wounds. Right now the barn is empty, all the horses are either in their paddocks or the pastures. I glance up at the hayloft and contemplate going up there when I hear footsteps behind me. I immediately stiffen. It’s funny how you can feel someone’s specific presence without seeing them. “What’s wrong with you?” Fox asks gruffly from behind me. 
Typical. 
Even if he’s concerned, sometimes he comes across like it annoys him to be concerned. I take in a deep breath and turn around. 
“I don’t know,” I say, my voice measured. “Just felt a bit nauseous.”
  He studies my face intently, so intently that I look away, my eyes drifting over the empty stalls. 
“I thought maybe I’d pissed you off somehow,” he says.
Is he baiting me? I meet his eyes. “Why would you think that?”
  “You could barely look at me during dinner,” he says, taking a step toward me until he’s a foot away. “Was it something I did? Is this about Conan?”
  He’s so damn earnest in that last question that I have to laugh. I fold my arms across my chest. “No, Fox. This isn’t about your squirrel. It’s not about anything. I’m just…tired.” I can tell he doesn’t believe me and the intensity has changed in his eyes. They’ve become more focused on me, like he’s seeing me for the first time and nothing else around us matters.
  “I like this,” he says, his voice sounding thick. He takes a strand of my hair between his fingers and runs them down. 
“Your hair is so long. You should wear it down more often.” I roll my eyes and hope I’m not blushing. 
“You guys are all the same. A girl wears her hair down and puts on some makeup and suddenly you realize that she’s actually hot. It’s like She’s All That come to life.”
  Oh shit. I probably shouldn’t have said that last bit out loud since it’s a whole bunch of assumptions and I’m not one to flatter myself like that. But he just grins. One of those cheeky, warm smiles that makes his eyes crinkle at the corners, the dimples appear in his scruff. He doesn’t smile like that very often and every time he does for me, it makes me feel…invincible.
  “Del, I’ve always thought you were hot,” he says, still smiling. No awkwardness or hesitation. He just comes out and says it.
  And now I am blushing. “Yeah right.”
  “What?” he asks, tucking my hair behind my ear and—hell—his touch causes warm shivers to wash down my back. 
“It’s true. I mean, look at you.” Don’t read into it. Don’t read into it.
  “Do you remember that birthday party where we played spin the bottle?” I ask him, my voice sounding broken. He nods. 
“Kind of.” But he doesn’t remove his hand, keeps playing with my hair. I don’t know why I’m feeling brave all of a sudden but I am. 
“Well you spun the bottle and it stopped right at me. No mistake about it. And you got up and said it was stupid and left. Fox, we were good friends and you acted like kissing me was the worst thing on earth.” His dark brows knit together but his eyes stay warm. 
“You remember that?”
  “Fox. I’m a woman. I’m always going to remember when a boy rejects me, especially my best friend and especially at a young age.”
  “But we were young. And I was pretty stupid back then.”
  “You thought I was gross.” He lets out a soft laugh. “I can promise you I did not think you were gross.” 
His hand then leaves my hair and trails down my arm to my hand. Sometimes Fox holds it and I know I shouldn’t think anything of it but every time he does I wonder if he realizes what it does to me. Then again, I’m starting to think he’s oblivious to absolutely everything.
  “I didn’t kiss you,” he goes on, “not because I didn’t want to. I did.” He swallows, shrugs. “I just didn’t want our first kiss to be from spin the bottle.”
  Hold up…what?
  “What do you mean? Our first kiss?” I repeat, my pulse quickening.
  “I don’t know, Del. Back then, I kind of assumed that we would end up together at some point. You know all through high school I had just been waiting to make my move and ask you out. At least figure out if you liked me or not. But then you started going out with that guy with the big ears, what was his name, Ryan McGee? And that’s when I realized that it was probably all in my head. You were just a friend. A sister, even. And I was just a brother to you.”
  Holy. Fucking. Shit. This is way too much to process. Fox thought we’d end up together. He actually liked me back in high school! “You look shocked,” he says, raising a brow. 
“I thought it was pretty obvious.” “Obvious?” I blurt out. “No. No it wasn’t.” He lets go of my hand and shrugs with one shoulder. 
“It’s funny how life goes, isn’t it? It was probably for the best anyway. Could you have imagined us dating? Being a couple.”
  Yes, fucking yes.





REVIEW

I received an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

Having read almost every book by Karina Halle, I could understand that this one was going to be different. The final instalment of the North Ridge series had love, sexy scenes and lots of heartbreak.

Delilah has always been in love with Fox the older and most easy-going of all the brothers. But Fox's life as a hot shot, who fights against the forest fires, is far darker than he lets to show. As Delilah and Fox come closer, emotions will be revealed and a secret will be born between them.

I really enjoyed this book. There was a surprise with Fox and his inner world, which rarely I see in a male character. I can only account Amy Harmon's male characters in a similar fashion. But the most important thing from this book was the power of family, of unity and of love. Love heals in time and grief can be fought as long as you can believe in yourself and to those who support you and love you.

Truly amazing and worth reading!







Meet Karina: 

Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.
Halle is represented by the Root Literary and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.



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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Release Day Blitz: "Hot Shot" (North Ridge #3) by Karina Halle

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Hot Shot by Karina Halle 
Release Date: January 9th, 2018 
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Cover Design: Hang Le



Delilah Gordon has a secret.
She’s been in love with her best friend and the boy next door, Fox Nelson, since she was six years old.
And while most of her friends and family know about her unrequited crush, the one person who remains oblivious is Fox himself. To Delilah, it’s better this way. She’d rather pretend that they’re just friends, even though her feelings for the moody rugged mountain man are anything but tame.

Fox Nelson has a secret too.
As a wildland firefighter or “hot shot,” Fox parachutes into danger every day he’s on the job, risking all to fight wildfires that threaten ranches, forests and thousands of lives. But while Fox’s job is only for the brave, inside he feels anything but. The more he grapples with his raging demons, the more he realizes Delilah is the only one who can put out the flames.
As the two friends grow closer – and more intimate – than ever before, the more complicated their relationship becomes.
And Delilah has one more secret to reveal.
A secret that will change both their lives…forever.



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Meet Karina: 

Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.
Halle is represented by the Root Literary and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.



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ARC Review: "Society of Wishes" (Wish Quartet #1) by Elise Kova & Lynn Larsh


Society of Wishes by Elise Kova
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

First book in the Wish Quartet, a new-adult, urban fantasy series

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR.

Josephina Espinosa makes her living as a hacker-for-hire in the Lone Star Republic, a remnant of the fractured U.S.A. That is, until the day she and her best friend are gunned down in a government raid.

With her dying breath, Jo uses magical lore passed down from her grandmother to summon a wish-granter. Her wish? To save her friend’s life. Except wishes have costs, and for Jo, the price is the erasure of her entire mortal existence.

Now, as the most recent addition to the mysterious Society of Wishes, Jo must form a new “life” alongside the seven other members, one of which being her savior himself. Living as an occupant of the Society’s lavish mansion should be quite the perk, but while it is furnished with everything its inhabitants could possibly need, it lacks one thing—freedom.

Her otherworldly identity crisis takes a backseat, however, when Jo learns that the friend she sacrificed everything for is headed down the same path to ruin. Jumping in head-first, Jo uses her newfound magical abilities to protect him, only to realize that the ripples of her actions have far-reaching consequences. When the Society’s aloof leader Snow decides to give her a taste of his own ancient magic, Jo discovers that there are threads woven into the tapestry of her new reality that reach far beyond the wishes she is now required to grant. Ones that, if tugged on, could mean the unraveling of the world itself.





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REVIEW

I received an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

The first part of a quartet of books was a delightful collaboration between two authors! Elise Kova and Lynn Larsh manage to create a worldbuilding good enough in order to support the upcoming books. Jo is a hacker who lives in a world which has suffered the Third WW.

She makes do by taking on jobs that are dangerous along with her friend Yuusuke. When a job leads them both to their deaths Jo will invoke the power of a man (being?) strong enough to grant her a wish. And thus Jo begins her new life as a member of the Society of Wishes.

There is a good and diverse cast which will appeal even to the most demanding. Truly this book was a journey through time, space and the multiverse, as Jo tried to understand her new powers and make new friends. I really liked Wayne and Elsar and I can't wrap my mind around Snow and who he really is.

The good part is that all the books will be published on 2018 so I won't have time to wonder for long! As a new attempt for Elise to step into the urban fantasy, time travel genre she made it quite well. And for Lynn to debut through this series, I truly can't wait to also read more from her!




About the authors:


Elise Kova is the USA Today bestselling author of the Air Awakens series, Loom Saga, and Wish Quartet.

In her past lives, she has graduated from an MBA program, lived in Japan for a bit, and worked for a Fortune 500 technology company. However, she finds herself much happier in her current reincarnation as full-time author. When not writing, she can usually be found playing video games, drawing, watching anime, or talking with readers on social media. She’s happy to call Saint Petersburg, Florida, her home, but is always looking forward to her next trip.



Lynn Larsh considers herself to be a serial hobby-dabbler. She got a bachelors degree in music (which she used for all of four months), studied aerial acrobatics and classical piano for many years, worked briefly as a stunt woman in a Wild West stunt show (it's a long story), and eventually settled down into the bar tending business in St. Petersberg, FL. When she's not acting as a purveyor of fine libations, you can find her diving head first into her newest venture as a New Adult author, or simply writing Voltron fan fiction on Archive of Our Own.

Currently, Lynn is looking forward to her debut novel, SOCIETY OF WISHES (Wish Quartet, #1), out January 2018.

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Meant To Read In 2017 But Didn't Get To


This meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s topic is Top Ten Tuesday #133: This is a list of titles I wanted to read in 2017 but either I didn't get the chance to buy the book or I read reviews that left me with no interest to read them. But surely I'll try to tackle the remaining 2017 books of this list at some point!





















I have to admit that my greatest challenge will be to finish the Outlander series. It's bad to see the reviews about the 4th book, knowing that I am going to annoyed reading it! But I have to finish the series! I'll seriously try to read the books listed above and the graphic novel!