Monday, January 26, 2015

Red Queen Book Club

I'm starting a book club! This is going to be completely online, so anyone can join! It will all take place on my-bookclub.com. Currently I am having a hard time figuring out how to add people to the club. I can search for you by your username to add you, but I can't find a way for you to join yourself. If anyone else knows how to do this please let me know! It may be easy for you to do if you just go to the link of the actual book club. (Click here).

This book club will begin on February 10, 2015. Of course you are welcome to begin reading this book already if you have a copy of it, and then share your thoughts with us as we go along. We will be reading Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.

I am so excited! This book sounds incredible and I cannot wait to start reading. Since it does not actually release until February 10th, that is the day this book club will officially begin. I think this is going to be so fun! Let me know if you are going to sign up!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Stacking the Shelves #5


Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

For Review:

Maya and the Tough Guy (Big Girl Panties #2) by Carter Ashby

Between Now & Never by Laura Johnston

Kissing Ted Callahan (and other guys) by Amy Spalding

Friday, January 23, 2015

Love Story


Love Story by Jennifer Echols

Goodreads Summary:
She's writing about him. he's writing about her. And everybody is reading between the lines..

For Erin Blackwell, majoring in creative writing at the New York City college of her dreams is more than a chance to fulfill her ambitions--it's her ticket away from the tragic memories that shadow her family's racehorse farm in Kentucky. But when she refuses to major in business and take over the farm herself someday, her grandmother gives Erin's college tuition and promised inheritance to their maddeningly handsome stable boy, Hunter Allen. Now Erin has to win an internship and work late nights at a coffee shop to make her own dreams a reality. She should despise Hunter . . . so why does he sneak into her thoughts as the hero of her latest writing assignment?

Then, on the day she's sharing that assignment with her class, Hunter walks in. He's joining her class. And after he reads about himself in her story, her private fantasies about him must be painfully clear. She only hopes to persuade him not to reveal her secret to everyone else. But Hunter devises his own creative revenge, writing sexy stories that drive the whole class wild with curiosity and fill Erin's heart with longing. Now she's not just imagining what might have been. She's writing a whole new ending for her romance with Hunter. . . . except this story could come true.

My Review:
This was my first book to read by Jennifer Echols, and I had heard nothing but great things about her and her books. So, I was really excited to start reading Love Story. I was a little disappointed by it though. Overall, it was good. I just expected more.

The book starts out as a story that the main character wrote. I was really confused by this. I thought it was the book. Later, you learn that it was just a story. I did really like how the stories were incorporated into the book though. Many times we learned about the characters through the stories that they wrote. There were a couple though that I did not understand. There was a lot of symbolism, and I guess I didn't pay close enough attention or something because that story didn't make sense to me. There were one or two like that.

The romance was sweet. I liked that they had known each other forever, but hadn't ever really known each other. I really liked Erin and Hunter together.

Overall, this book just fell flat for me. It wasn't anything exciting. It was enjoyable to an extent, but I had to push myself to keep reading.

3 stars

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Love and Other Lies Book Blitz + Giveaway

Love & Other Lies by Madeline Ash

Synopsis:
Small town vet Abby Benson has fled to the country to put her shameful past behind her. She’s just beginning to find her feet again when handsome stranger, Rue Thorn, arrives in town and begins to stir things up. Rue is gorgeous, kind and thoughtful and the two share an instant attraction. But convinced he’ll despise her if he learns about her history, Abby reluctantly keeps him at arms length.

Determined to win Abby over, Rue tries to reshape himself as the sort of guy he thinks she might be interested in. And for a while it seems his act is working. But when he finds out that Abby has been lying to him, it isn’t long before everything start to unravel …

A moving story of trust, forgiveness and the power of love from the author of Uncovered by Love and The Playboy’s Dark Secret.

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AUTHOR BIO
Madeline lives and writes in Melbourne. She is an author with Destiny Romance and Tule Publishing.
Online, she calls madelineash.net home, although she does have capricious blogging tendencies so might not always have fresh tea ready for visitors. That's not to say she doesn't welcome company.
She writes contemporary romance.

Author links:
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6856663.Madeline_Ash
https://www.facebook.com/MadelineAshAuthor
https://twitter.com/Madeline_Ash
http://madelineash.net/

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Excerpt:
Wednesday morning, Abby checked her watch as she hurried out of the bakery, paper bag in hand, ten minutes late for work. All Rue’s fault. If he would stop being seen around town – browsing the market, enquiring about nature walks, eating lunch with a healing Spindle in tow – everyone would leave her alone. But this was the third morning in a row that she’d been sidled up to and asked whether he’d persuaded her yet.
These people seriously had no shame.
She slid the change into her wallet and glanced up to see Rue leaning against her four-wheel drive, parallel parked on Main Street. She halted, stomach hitching. He was looking away, one ankle crossed over the other, hands in the pockets of those faded denim jeans. He wore sunglasses, the burnt brown lenses and thin gold rims working with the dishevelled hair to push him into clandestine superstar territory.
He’d been detected. Curious faces peered through shop windows, and Tanya loitered on the street corner, typing on her phone with eyes set on Rue. When she noticed Abby, she gave an outrageously obvious wink.
This was going to necessitate an official change in her working hours.
Abby hadn’t seen Rue since he’d visited the vet. Two days with nothing but a light on across the street to show he was still in town. Two days to remember how darkly she could hurt people and know for absolute certain she couldn’t run the risk of hurting him too.
As she considered hightailing it, he spotted her. He pushed off the car and started towards her. His walk was smooth, assured. The possibility that he was going to ask her out again sent nerves sprinting from her heart to her toes and back again.
She would have to say no.
No to that determined stare meeting hers as he shoved his shades onto his head. No to that kind heart and beautiful body. No to everything she wanted. Just no.
When he was a few strides away, she inhaled. ‘Rue—’
‘Hold that thought,’ he murmured as he reached her, sliding a hand behind her head and bringing his mouth down to hers.
Startled, Abby dropped the bakery bag. His body came closer, hand still cradling the back of her neck, the other skimming down her waist to tug her fully against him. Heat and contact met her skin and shot deeper, raging in her chest, tangling in the base of her stomach. He slanted his head and the warmth of his mouth shifted, tongue sliding over her bottom lip, not demanding entrance, but working for it. Working, playing, teasing – whatever he was doing, he did it like no man had before.
She could smell his skin. Hear the pounding of her pulse. His thumb caressed the hollow behind her ear and the tenderness of that touch tore through her body like a scream.
Deafened by it, she opened her mouth and drew him in.
His taste was an ache against her tongue, so pure and perfect that she missed it even as he pushed deeper. She circled her arms around his middle, holding on, feeling her breasts and belly and thighs press against muscle. She felt like she could never speak again and that would be all right, if she could stay right here. No lies, no restraint, just Rue’s kiss and the truth of her body’s response.
He’d probably be okay with that.
Those wide hands slid down to grasp her hips. Holding her steady, he broke away from her mouth and kissed up and along her right cheekbone. Abby closed her eyes as his lips reached her ear, tingles breaking out down her spine.
‘I hardly know you,’ he murmured, nudging the curl of her ear with his nose. ‘So how is it that I feel like I’ll always know you?’
She didn’t speak. Didn’t dare.
‘I can feel you in my head,’ he said, forehead on her temple. ‘You make me feel like there’s something urgent I haven’t done yet, and I can’t put my finger on what it is, but every day that I get closer to leaving this place, I get more uneasy. So I need to do something about it. About you.’
His mouth found hers again and it occurred to Abby that everything Rue knew about her was real. There was a pit of things he didn’t know – but the things he did know, those were real.
She had never kissed a man who knew real things about her.
He pulled back again, tucking hair behind her ear, and her pulse tumbled. ‘You must like being the subject of gossip,’ she murmured.
His back was to the street. A sparkle lit his eyes. ‘Observers?’
‘Loads.’
‘All armed with opinions about such a lascivious public event?’
‘Over-armed, I imagine.’
‘Friday,’ he said. ‘I’ll pick you up at seven.’
‘About that—’
‘Okay, seven-thirty.’ Then, as suddenly as he’d kissed her, he lowered his sunglasses and turned away, cutting past the delighted spectators. Abby watched his retreat, breath short. Arousal kneaded at her body from the inside out, like greedy fingers reaching after him.
As far as truth went, her response to Rue was absolute. It felt whole and untainted, pounding hot through her veins. It felt honest.
‘Well,’ she said, accepting her fate. ‘Seven-thirty, then.’

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday


Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine.

I Remember You by Cathleen Davitt Bell
Publication Date: February 10, 2015

Goodreads Summary:
For fans of THE FUTURE OF US comes an engrossing story of two teens, whose love for each other is tested by time and fate.

Lucas and Juliet couldn’t be more different from each other. But from the moment Lucas sees Juliet, he swears he remembers their first kiss. Their first dance. Their first fight. He even knows what’s going to happen between them—not because he can predict the future, but because he claims to have already lived it.

Juliet doesn’t know whether to be afraid for herself or for Lucas. As Lucas’s memories occur more frequently, they also grow more ominous. All Juliet wants is to keep Lucas safe with her. But how do you hold on to someone you love in the present when they’ve begun slipping away from you in the future?

Why I'm Waiting:
This book sounds kind of weird, but just weird enough that it could be really good. I usually tend to lean more towards light, contemporary romances. So, this is a little bit of a stretch for me. I think it sounds really good though, and I want to give it a shot!


Are you looking forward to this book? What else are you waiting on?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Teaser Tuesday


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:


• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teaser:
"To disguise the profiles, I place them inside a college envelope. I match each boy with a school that best represents what he has to offer for a particular date." -One of the Guys by Lisa Aldin (Don't know what page. At 52% mark on kindle.)

I'm halfway through this book, and I am really enjoying it so far. It is a fun, cute read! Review to come. Goodreads page can be found here.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Stacking the Shelves #4


Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

For Review:
Proof of Forever by Lexa Hillyer (Goodreads)

The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi (Goodreads)

The Revenge Playbook by Rachael Allen (Goodreads)

Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway (Goodreads)