Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Release Day Launch: Riveted (Saints of Denver #3) by Jay Crownover



From the New York Times bestselling author of the Marked Men books comes the next installment in the Saints of Denver series.



Everyone else in Dixie Carmichael’s life has made falling in love look easy, and now she is ready for her own chance at some of that happily ever after. Which means she’s done pining for the moody, silent former soldier who works with her at the bar that’s become her home away from home. Nope. No more chasing the hot as heck thundercloud of a man and no more waiting for Mr. Right to find her; she’s going hunting for him...even if she knows her heart is stuck on its stupid infatuation with Dash Churchill.

Denver has always been just a pit stop for Church on his way back to rural Mississippi. It was supposed to be simple, uneventful, but nothing could have prepared him for the bubbly, bouncy redhead with doe eyes and endless curves. Now he knows it’s time to get out of Denver, fast. For a man used to living in the shadows, the idea of spending his days in the sun is nothing short of terrifying. When Dixie and Church find themselves caught up in a homecoming overshadowed with lies and danger, Dixie realizes that while falling in love is easy, loving takes a whole lot more work…especially when Mr. Right thinks he’s all wrong for you.   


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Church

She kissed me.


Her lips touched mine and she destroyed me. This tiny ray of light that seemed determined to chase the darkness inside of me away unraveled me with nothing more than the brush of her very soft lips against mine.


I should’ve pulled away, either that or gone all in. The attraction between us was only going to end one way, with me inside of her as we scorched through one another, so a real kiss with tongues and teeth and grabbing hands was inevitable, especially if she was holding the door wide open in invitation. I was already struggling with the friend thing and this wasn’t helping at all. I stood there, holding her, feeling her as she rubbed her mouth over mine, the barest hint of pressure as she took a taste, as she feathered her lips against mine like she was trying to memorize the shape, the feel, the flavor of them. It was the singularly softest touch I’d ever experienced and yet it had the power to make my knees weak and my blood pop with a desire so sharp it felt like it could pierce right through my skin.


Her hand cradled my jaw, her fingers shaking with some of the same things I was feeling. This thing that lived between us was hungry and tired of being ignored. It buzzed around us, electric and hot, refusing to be cooled by the chill in the night air that surrounded us. If we weren’t careful the passion that was hungry and needy between us would consume us, devour us, and leave us nothing more than hollow husks filled with fading satisfaction and jagged disenchantment because no matter how good we were together it couldn’t and wouldn’t last. I didn’t want any part of me to be responsible for burning her out. I liked that her light chased my shadows away and that meant I wasn’t going to have any kind of hand in dimming her internal glow.


Her breasts pressed into the center of my chest as she leaned more fully into me and I could feel the pointed peaks of her nipples stab into my skin. The sensation made my dick twitch behind my zipper and had all the available blood that was still above my belt rushing south. I’d always liked the way Dixie was built. She was on the shorter side, but every single part of her small frame was curved and lush. She looked like a woman that you could grab ahold of without having to watch yourself. She was delicate but in no way did she come across as fragile or breakable. She looked like she could take everything I had to give her, all the pent-up longing, all the nights of frustration I spent hard and alone, all the denied hunger that made me want to eat her up and then go back for seconds and thirds because I knew there was no way I was going to have my fill of her honeyed lips and velvety skin in one go.


There was so much of her to experience, and I wanted to know what all of it felt like, tasted like, sounded like. I wanted to watch her come from every possible position I could get her in, and then I wanted to find some new ones, ones no man had ever had her in before, and watch her come in those, too. Because I knew once I got her she would let me have her in ways she hadn’t let anyone else. Her eyes, so pretty and dark, made me all kids of promises, and I wanted to take her up on every single one of them. But there wasn’t anything I could promise in return, and that always kept me from crossing the invisible line.


She ran the tip of her nose along the edge of my jaw and that little nuzzle made my entire body shudder. She had the ability to bring down all the walls I’d so carefully built up around us in order to keep both of us safe. She didn’t have any clue the kind of damage I could do if I ignored all the warning bells ringing loudly in the back of my mind. I knew the ways in which I could wreck the women in my life that I cared about and there was no way on God’s green and often unforgiving Earth that I would subject her to that. I barely survived the loss of the last woman I loved. I knew if I let Dixie sneak her way inside my heart and something happened to her there would be nothing left of me. There wouldn’t be anyplace left for me to run.











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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Excerpt Tour: Riveted (Saints of Denver #3) by Jay Crownover



From the New York Times bestselling author of the Marked Men books comes the next installment in the Saints of Denver series.

  

Everyone else in Dixie Carmichael’s life has made falling in love look easy, and now she is ready for her own chance at some of that happily ever after. Which means she’s done pining for the moody, silent former soldier who works with her at the bar that’s become her home away from home. Nope. No more chasing the hot as heck thundercloud of a man and no more waiting for Mr. Right to find her; she’s going hunting for him...even if she knows her heart is stuck on its stupid infatuation with Dash Churchill.


Denver has always been just a pit stop for Church on his way back to rural Mississippi. It was supposed to be simple, uneventful, but nothing could have prepared him for the bubbly, bouncy redhead with doe eyes and endless curves. Now he knows it’s time to get out of Denver, fast. For a man used to living in the shadows, the idea of spending his days in the sun is nothing short of terrifying. When Dixie and Church find themselves caught up in a homecoming overshadowed with lies and danger, Dixie realizes that while falling in love is easy, loving takes a whole lot more work…especially when Mr. Right thinks he’s all wrong for you.   




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Chapter One

I shifted my weight on my feet and bit back a sigh. I should have known she was going to be persistent, but I was done playing nice for her when it was clear her son was so beaten down that he was too scared to make a move or even speak for himself. She was a tyrant and I wasn’t going to subject myself to her vile company anymore. As soon as I slipped inside my apartment I was going to delete all the dating apps I had on my phone.

“I have a dog and she’s leery around strangers.” That was partly true. I did have a dog, a massive blue pit bull that I rescued from a shelter just days before she was supposed to be put down. Dolly looked like a brute, but she was a sweetheart and had never met a human she didn’t want tummy scratches and love from. We were kind of kindred spirits in that way. I mean I didn’t need my ears scratched or my belly rubbed, but I was afflicted with the same pressing need to be liked and accepted by pretty much everyone I came in contact with. It was ingrained in me to at least try to make everyone a friend, and if they didn’t reciprocate my kindness it only forced me to try harder. Sometimes I hated that about myself, and sometimes it was my favorite personality trait because the men and women in my life weren’t the easiest nuts to crack. They all loved me and let me in because I’d refused to let them shut me out.

Well, all except for one man.

I couldn’t hold back my flinch when he crossed my mind because he had warned me about online dating from the get-go, and I hated that he was right about it. I also hated that he was the reason I was desperate to find a man . . . a man who wasn’t him . . . in the first place.

Mommie Dearest shook her head and clicked her tongue at me. “Joseph is allergic to dogs. Your pet will have to go as things progress between the two of you.”

I felt my eyes pop wide and the forced smile I had plastered on my face for the entire evening finally slipped away. I already knew she had a few screws loose, but she was taking her crazy to another level if she thought she could tell me to get rid of my dog or what to do with anything in my life.

I straightened my shoulders and tilted my chin up. It was a look that worked on the drunks and unruly college kids that I hustled out of the bar where I worked every night.

“That’s not going to be a problem because things are not progressing beyond my front door. Thank you both for dinner, but if you’ll excuse me I’m going to go inside and cuddle my dog and erase every online dating app there is.”

The woman narrowed her eyes and stepped around her son. The young man made a noise low in his throat and his eyes widened. I thought he was scared of his mom, but the closer I looked at him the more obvious it became that he was scared for me as the woman advanced. He reached out a hand to grab his mother’s elbow, but it fell away before making contact like he knew the repercussions for intervening would be severe and drastic.

“Listen here, you little . . .” I lifted my hand before she could throw at me whatever insulting word she was going to label me with. I don’t think the woman was used to anyone standing their ground with her because she gasped and fell back a step.

“Stop. I thought I was talking to Joseph. I thought he was a nice guy, maybe a little sheltered and awkward . . . but a nice guy. Obviously it wasn’t him running his dating profile and there was some other agenda here from the start. I’m well past the age where I need a mother’s approval or permission to date her son, so I’m going to go into my apartment and end this date before either side gets nasty.” I looked at the shell-shocked young man hovering behind his mother and mouthed good luck before turning my back on both of them and inserting my key into the door. Dolly barked loud and deep from the other side, which was both comforting and reassuring.

I turned the knob on the door and pushed into the apartment without looking back. Once the door was shut and my dog was happily rubbing against my legs, I tossed my head back and let out a sigh that felt like it was tied to my soul. I was tired, so tired.



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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Release Day Launch: Long Way Home (Thunder Roads #3) by Katie McGarry




The highly anticipated third book in Katie McGarry’s Thunder Road Series is being released today! LONG WAY HOME is a Young Adult Contemporary Romance being published by Harlequin Teen! Grab your copy of the next book in this emotionally charged series, and don’t miss Violet and Chevy’s story!

   


Seventeen-year-old Violet has always been expected to sit back and let the boys do all the saving.

It’s the code her father, a member of the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, raised her to live by. Yet when her dad is killed carrying out Terror business, Violet knows it’s up to her to do the saving. To protect herself, and her vulnerable younger brother, she needs to cut all ties with the club—including Chevy, the boy she’s known and loved her whole life.

But when a rival club comes after Violet, exposing old secrets and making new threats, she’s forced to question what she thought she knew about her father, the Reign of Terror, and what she thinks she wants. Which means re-evaluating everything: love, family, friends . . . and forgiveness.

Caught in the crosshairs between loyalty and freedom, Violet must decide whether old friends can be trusted—and if she’s strong enough to be the one person to save them all.

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  CHEVY

            The instructions of the English homework I didn’t do hangs out from the top of my folder: Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both.
            Story of my life.
            According to my football coach, I chose wrongly on the two crap paths I had to face last week. I just ran into Coach on the way to English, and he ripped into me for my sorry decision-making skills when it came to me choosing to stand up for the Reign of Terror Motorcycle Club instead of a member of my football team.
            I didn’t just get my ass chewed out, his tirade made me late for English with no tardy note. Which is great since my English teacher hates late students like I hate riding  my motorcycle in forty degree weather while it rains.
            I round the corner, then peek through the small window on the door of my class. Ms. Whitlock stands in front of her desk in her patented white button-down shirt, gray pencil skirt, and dark-rimmed glasses. From the back row, my best friend Razor meets my eyes and shakes his head. Damn. That means she’s in one of her moods where she’s refusing to let anyone in.
            I’m not a tail-tucked-between-my-legs type of guy, but this lady is one of the few who can reduce me to begging. If she doesn’t let me in, then she’ll mark me as absent, the front office will think I skipped, and that means I won’t be able to play at tonight’s football game.
            The window rattles when I knock. The entire class turns their heads in my direction, but Ms. Whitlock doesn’t. The muscles in my neck tighten. She is one of the hardest core people I know and my grandfather is the president of a motorcycle club. That says something.
            She starts for the white board and I knock on the door again. This time, Ms. Whitlock does look my way and she grants me the type of glare reserved for people who kick puppies. I got it. I’m late. I’m the scum of humanity, so let my ass in so I can play football.
            There’s this guy in my club, Pigpen. He’s about the same age as Ms. Whitlock, late twenties, and he’s a walking hard-on for this woman even though she would never give him the time of day. He practically runs into walls when she’s around because he’s too focused on checking her out. I don’t see gorgeous—all I see is seriously pissed off and the person standing between me and playing.
            Ms. Whitlock points at the clock over her desk. She’s telling me I can wait. If I’m lucky, she’ll open the door after the quiz that I’ll receive a zero on. If I’m not so lucky, she won’t open the door at all.
            Two pathetic paths and I could only travel one. Nowhere in that stupid poem did it mention there was good and bad to both paths and that sometimes it’s best not to choose, but to set up camp at the fork and do nothing at all.
            I slam my hand into the nearest locker, almost relishing the sting.
            “Feel better?”
            A glance across the hallway and I freeze. Doesn’t matter how many times I see her in a day, she still manages to take my breath away.

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Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan. Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON, BREAKING THE RULES, NOWHERE BUT HERE, and WALK THE EDGE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine's 2012 Reviewer's Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.      



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Monday, January 23, 2017

ARC Review: Caraval (Caraval #1) by Stephanie Garber

Summary: Whatever you've heard about Caraval, it doesn't compare to the reality. It's more than just a game or a performance. It's the closest you'll ever find to magic in this world . . . 

Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever. (Via Goodreads.com)

Pages: 402

Expected Release Date: January 31st, 2017


Rating: 4.75/5 Stars


Review:


For the last seven months, I have heard nothing but rave reviews for Caraval and I have seen its beautiful cover all over social media. I was fortunate enough to receive a UK ARC of Caraval from Nazima at the Enchanted Bookcase last month and it absolutely lived up to the hype surrounding it. Caraval is an enchanting tale that lingers with the reader even after they have finished the novel. It is hard to believe that the author, Stephanie Garber, is a debut author. I have read countless novels from bestselling authors that have published several books, but very few can compare with Caraval. It is stunningly beautiful inside and out.

Stephanie Garber's writing is beautiful; however, it was occasionally too much. I could see her growth as an author throughout the pages of Caraval. She occasionally described emotions, scents, and visuals in a manner in which did not make sense. But she slowly stopped it as the story progressed. Her writing is utterly captivating, but those occasional moments yanked me out of the story because the descriptors made no sense in the context of what she was describing. Others might find those descriptors more whimsical, but it confused me and made me question what she was describing. I did read an advanced copy so I am hopeful that those descriptors have been changed or removed. 

While Caraval is an atmospheric read, the characters and their backstories are even more enchanting. Stephanie was able to seamlessly tie in backstories while the plot was moving forward. I never felt overwhelmed or underwhelmed. She slowly feeds the reader needed information that you never knew you needed. She was able to perfectly pace the novel so everything felt important. The novel never hit a dry patch or lost my attention. Stephanie was also able to neatly tie up the novel while beginning a brand new tale. I can only imagine what book two will have up it's sleeve.

Caraval is a magical book with an enchanting plot, but the novel is much more than that. It is a book about love, family, and the importance of imagination. It features a fantastic sister duo and a simmering romance. Caraval is such a whimsical and magical novel, but remember, nothing is as it seems. I highly recommend adding Caraval to your to-be-read pile and preordering it. The story has gained such a following before the novel has even been released, I can only imagine where this story will go once it is officially released.



Friday, January 20, 2017

Books I Want to Read in 2017



These are not books that are releasing in 2017, 
you can read about my most highly anticipated releases here, these are previously released 
books/series that I am hoping to read this year.

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I started the Mara Dyer trilogy in 2012 when I found a copy of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer at my local library. Once I started the novel, I immediately fell in love with the characters and plot. Soon afterwards I started and finished the second novel. I remember how I went berserk after finishing The Evolution of Mara Dyer and immediately researching the release of book three. I remember "patiently" waiting for the release of The Retribution of Mara Dyer and the hopelessness when its release date was pushed back. When its release finally came around, I protested a day because of the anger I still felt towards it; but then I put aside my pettiness and started it. I reached the first page and immediately put it back down. I could not handle the first page and apparently I am still not strong enough to handle it. I have never tried to read it again.

Last summer, I had hoped to reread the first and second novel and finally finish book three before I met the author, Michelle Hodkin, at San Diego Comic-Con. I only managed to get through book one and half of book two. This year, however, I will finally finish the trilogy. The Shaw Confessions, a spin-off series that is from the perspective of Noah Shaw comes out this year and I am beyond excited. This is the year I will finally finish this trilogy and move on with the spin-off series. I believe I am finally strong enough to finish the trilogy! After more than four years, I am finally ready to say goodbye to one of my favorite trilogies.






One of my best friends had introduced me to the Lorien Legacies in 2011 with the movie I am Number Four. After watching the movie, I was hooked and immediately borrowed the books currently released in the series. Over the years, I have read up to the fifth novel, The Revenge of Seven; however, I never got around to reading the last two novels, The Fate of Ten and United as One. I had originally boycotted The Fate of Ten because it was supposed to be the last novel in the series, but the series was extended with one more novel. This year, I want to reread the first five books in the series and then finish the other two books. It is time for me to finish the Lorien Legacies.

In late June of this year, Generation One, the first novel in the Lorien Legacies Reborn series will be released. I forget if it is a spin-off or prequel series to the Lorien Legacies, but I am excited for the novel nonetheless. I am excited to finish one of my favorite series. Although it will be bittersweet, I would love to wrap-up the story with these particular characters. While I have grown attached to them over the years, it pains me to see them suffer throughout the series. I want to end their story so they can live in peace and I can have finally have closure with those who unfortunately did not make it through the series.





Susan Dennard is one of my absolute favorite authors. I am fortunate enough to be on the Street Team for her current series, the Witchlands, which is one of my favorite series. I started Something Strange and Deadly last year during a read-a-long with fellow Street Team members but I was unable to keep up with the read-a-long due to my schedule. 

This year, I want to finally read the entire Something Strange and Deadly trilogy. I love the plot, world, and characters of Susan's Witchlands series, which is a newer YA fantasy series. I really want to see her take on Historical Fiction and Zombies. I am also excited to read the series that launched her career. Something Strange and Deadly had attracted my attention in bookstores for years; however, I never had the desire to buy it because I am not a huge fan of Zombies. I never understood the craze. Having read Susan's other series, I know her writing style and her abilities. I am interested to see how she has grown as an author and if her storytelling differs from genre to genre.







Markus Zusak is my favorite authors. I have read two of his novels, The Book Thief and I am the Messenger. Unfortunately, I have never read his Underdogs series. It always disappoints me that I am such a huge fan of his, but I have not read all of his published books. However, I am hoping to change that this year. When I met him in March of last year, he had talked about his first signing, for the first Underdogs book, and how no one attended the event. It was amazing to learn that such a renowned author started his career with no one at his first book signing.

Only two people that I follow on social media have mentioned that they read his Underdogs series. They both enjoyed it, but they are books that are hardly mentioned or seen in bookstores. I have no expectations for the Underdogs novels. I have no idea what the series is about and the two novels I have read by Markus are extremely different from one another. While I have no idea what to expect, I am interested to see how he has progressed as an author and if this series will make it to my favorites list. Although Markus is currently working on a novel, I have no idea if it will ever be published or when it will be. This could possibly be the last new work of Markus' that I read. I really want to savor them. 






I have currently read the first three books in the Outlander series, Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, and Voyager. Although I would love to be caught up with the series, the series is massive and I would be forced to wait for the publication of the next novel in the series. I started Drums of Autumn, the fourth book in the series, in June of 2016; however, I was unable to attach myself to the story. Although I am invested in the characters and their story, Drums of Autumn contains a few different plotlines and perspectives, one of which I was more interested in. It was hard to force myself to read through chapters I did not want to read. 

Due to the problems I was having, I put off reading the novel because, at the time, I was already more than a book ahead of the television series on Starz. Season three will be returning this spring and I would love to start the fourth novel sometime this year so I am ready for season four, which has already been renewed, in 2018. I prefer being one book ahead of the current season, especially if the producers of the show decide to steer away from the novel or add in plot points from later books in the series. Adaptions of book series are not always faithful so I would like to be ready for the next season or what possibilities are ahead in the third season.





There are so many upcoming and past releases that I am excited to read this year! I might not read some or any of these novels, but these are some of the books and series that I would like to read in the upcoming year. Please comment below what books you are excited to read this year and if we have any in common. Also let me know if you have read any of these books and what you thought of them. I hope your reading year is going well!














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