Friday, June 30, 2017

2017 Blogger Shame Challenge Mid Year Check In

Blogger Shame 2016

2017 Blogger Shame Challenge hosted by Herding Cats & Burning Soup

To learn more about this challenge visit



I am late in posting, in all honesty, I never knew that I should have done this post. Well, better late than never.

I had set a goal to read thirty (30) books, but I think I was a bit too over zealous when I made the decision. So far I have read five (5) books.

I now know I will not make the thirty (30) but I am hoping to squeeze in at least six (6) more books before the year ends.


Books read towards the challenge

    
 Broken Justice, Blind Love by [Koontz, Rena] ALLUSIVE Aftershock: A Young Adult Romance (Earthquake Survival, love, friendship and betrayal) by [Griscom, Susan]

Hart of His by Annie Arcane- Review

Full Contact by Sarah Castille- Review

Break the Rules by Claire Boston- Review

Broken Justice, Blind Love by Rena Koontz- Review

Allusive Aftershock by Susan Griscom- Review

Click the links to read my reviews.

Thanks to Anna @ Herding Cats and Burning Soup for hosting this challenge, thereby providing me with the opportunity to reduce my old review pile.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

BLOG TOUR: Read Write Love at Seaside







Title: Read,Write. Love at Seaside
Series: Seaside Summers #1
Publisher: World Literary Press
Released: June 14, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance 
Format: ebook
Pages: 298
Source: Author via Beck Valley Book Tours/ Purchased
Reading Challenges: Coyer

NEW RELEASE...

Sweet with Heat:
Seaside Summers features a group of fun, flirty, and emotional friends who gather each summer at their Cape Cod cottages. They're sassy, flawed, and so easy to relate to, you'll be begging to enter their circle of friends! All books can be read as stand-alone novels.

Read, Write, Love at Seaside by Addison Cole is the sweet edition of New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster's steamy romance novel Read, Write, Love. The stories and characters remain the same, and convey all of the passion you expect between two people in love, without any explicit scenes or harsh language.

In Read, Write, Love at Seaside...

Bestselling author Kurt Remington lives to write. He spends twelve hours a day in front of his computer, rarely leaving the seclusion of his beach-front property, where he’s come to finish his latest thriller — that is, until free-spirited Leanna Bray nearly drowns in the ocean trying to save her dog. Kurt’s best-laid plans are shot to hell when he comes to their rescue. Kurt’s as irritated as he is intrigued by the sexy, hot mess of a woman who lives life on a whim, forgets everything, and doesn’t even know the definition of the word organized.beach-front property, where he’s come to finish his latest thriller — that is, until free-spirited Leanna Bray nearly drowns in the ocean trying to save her dog. Kurt’s best-laid plans are shot to hell when he comes to their rescue. Kurt’s as irritated as he is intrigued by the sexy, hot mess of a woman who lives life on a whim, forgets everything, and doesn’t even know the definition of the word organized.

Leanna’s come to the Cape hoping to find a fulfilling career in the jam-making business, and until she figures out her own life, a man is not on the menu. But Leanna can’t get the six-two, deliciously muscled and tragically neat Kurt out of her mind. She tells herself she’s just stopping by to say thank you, but the heart-warming afternoon sparks an emotional and unexpectedly sweet ride as Kurt and Leanna test the powers of Chemistry 101: Opposites Attract.



Wednesday, June 28, 2017

What Are You Reading Wednesdays #16

WWW which is hosted by Taking on the World of Words

It’s open for anyone to join in and is a great way to share what you’ve been reading! All you have to do is answer three questions and share a link to your blog in the comments section of Sam’s blog.



Scroll down to see what I am currently reading, what I hope to be reading and what I read.

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The three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?


What do you think you’ll read next?

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Book Review: Next to Me by Jodi Watters















Title: Next to Me
Author: Jodie Watters
Series: Love Happens
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Indie
Published: 16 October 2014
Pages: 286
Format: ebook
Source: Purchased
Reading Challenges:  COYER

The past is hot on her heels...

On the run and out of options, a desperate Ali Ross knows two things for sure...
Her ugly past will eventually catch up to her. And when it does, she'll need a strong and loyal man to help her face the danger head on or risk losing everything.

The girl is hard on his heart...

Looking for love and having no luck, former Army Ranger Sam Gleeson knows two things for sure...
His beautiful new neighbor is under his skin. And no matter what secrets she's keeping, her seductive sweetness is wreaking havoc on his hardened heart.

Hiding from a violent ex-husband, Ali knows the law can't help her. She also knows someone like Sam can. Fearing her freedom, she hatches a shamelessly impulsive plan that's as old as time. She's willing to do anything to ensure her safety, and that includes doing the sexy soldier next door. But when their searing chemistry unexpectedly bonds them together, Ali's hidden agenda seals an unimaginable fate.

I purchased this book a while back but never got around to reading it before now. I must admit that if it were not for Quirky Blind Date group, I would not have remembered that I own this book.  I cannot believe I waited so long to read this book. Next to Me by Jodi Watters is the first book in the Love Happens series and it can be read as a stand-alone.

What the story is about.
Ali Ross is on the run from her abusive ex-husband, but she knows she can only outrun her past for so long.  To protect herself and secure her freedom, she believed her newest neighbour, Sam Gleeson, former army ranger, would make the perfect protector. To have him protect her, she plans to sleep with him and get him to care for her and he would be compelled to protect her. However, she will discover that best-laid plans often go awry.

Ali fascinated Sam Gleeson, former Army Ranger and co-owner of Scorpio Securities Inc., when he first laid eyes on her.  Tired of short-term hook-ups he is looking to have a relationship that is built on substance and Ali may just be the perfect candidate.


My Perspective

The Story
Next to Me turned out better than I expected. I enjoyed every moment spent reading this title. I would not consider it to be unique, but I thought the story was well written.   The story engaged me from the start and it got better with each page turn.  Not only was it engaging it was suspenseful and perfectly paced.  I enjoyed spending time with characters and sharing in their camaraderie. There were fun moments that had me laughing and by the time the story ended I was satisfied with how it all played out.

There was another story within the main story, but it had no bearing on Ali and Sam’s story. It was geared towards the work that Sam does as a security consultant. This too was nicely wrapped up and it in no way detracted from the main story.

The story reminded me that genuine love sees beyond faults and accepts a person unconditionally. It is told in dual third persons POV.

The Characters

Although I did not agree with Ali’s actions, I understood why she felt she had to hatch this diabolical plan.  I felt there were other ways to achieve her goal, but I guess she felt this way was the best. I refused to judge her because desperation makes people do irrational things. I empathised with the struggles she faced when she discovered that what she felt for Sam was the real deal. However, I found her actions frustrating as she had every opportunity to come clean but she failed to take it.  Her fears and her struggles came through the pages of the book.

Sam is such a sweetheart.  He is the type of man most women desires. He is intelligent, caring and protective. He certainly did not deserve the deception that Ali dished out to him. He knew she was hiding something, but he was willing to wait for her to trust with what had her so scared. That made me admired him so much more.  He could find out all he wanted to know about her by conducting a simple search, but he decided to wait for her to come clean.


The Romance
The connection between Ali and Sam was instantaneous, explosive, hot and passionate.  This is one of those times whenthe  insta- love connection works out well. They were in sync and it was evident that they cared for each other.

Recommendation
Overall, this was a satisfying read and one I would recommend to readers who enjoy romance filled with heat and suspense. I would definitely read more from this author.



Monday, June 26, 2017

Book Review: Law and Disorder by Heather Graham















Title: Law and Disorder
Author: Heather Graham
Series: The Finnegan Connection #1 
Genres: Romantic Suspense 
Publisher: Harlequin
Published: 17 January 2017 
Pages: 256
Format: ebook
Source: Barnes and Noble Serial Read
Reading Challenges: 2017 New Release

Trust the enemy?

Desperate to escape her kidnappers, Kody Cameron can turn to only one man…and he's holding a gun. Outnumbered and trapped in the deadly Everglades, she has little recourse, but something in this captor's eyes makes her believe she can trust him. Does she dare to take the risk?

Undercover agent Nick Connolly has met Kody before and knows she might very well blow his cover. Though determined to maintain his facade, he can't let Kody die. He won't. And his decision to change his own rules of law and order are about to make all hell break loose.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

CURRENT BOOK DEALS

TOTALLY ADDICTED TO READING


All deals are current at the time of posting

 Prices and availability may differ from one region to another.  These titles were chosen because I read and enjoyed them, or due to their positive reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.

New Books are added each week. Check out the latest deals below.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Book Review Tour: Thursday Afternoon by Beth Rinyu































Title: Thursday Afternoon
Author: Beth Rinyu
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Indie
Published: 22 June 2017 
Pages: 384
Format: eARC 
Source: Author
Reading Challenges: 2017 New ReleaseCOYER
Buy:  Amazon 


I'm just your typical working girl who never mixes business with pleasure. Although some may say my business is all about pleasure. 

For the past four years, I’ve allowed my profession to define me, distancing myself from family, friends and most of all love. Hating the reflection I see staring back at me in the mirror, I muddle through each day with my heart sealed off like a tomb, until two strangers enter my life.

One teaching me the true meaning of friendship.
The other teaching me the true meaning of love. She’s everything I’m not. Humble, loving, and devoting her life to others. We’re an unlikely duo who are polar opposites, but at the same time so alike.

Never in a million years could I be friends with someone like her...until I was....until I was....until I was....until I was.

Then there’s him. He’s my Thursday afternoon client. Just like all the others: handsome, rich and charmingyet so very different.yet so very different. Trying to overcome a painful past, he seeks out my services as a refuge, only to find that we’re opening our hearts to each other in ways that neither of us could've imagined.

I could never fall in love with someone like him...until I did. ...until I did.  And now I'm finding myself longing for it to be Thursday afternoon all week long.

Cover Design by Marisa at Cover Me Darling

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

What Are You Reading Wednesdays #15



WWW which is hosted by Taking on the World of Words

It’s open for anyone to join in and is a great way to share what you’ve been reading! All you have to do is answer three questions and share a link to your blog in the comments section of Sam’s blog.

Scroll down to see what I am currently reading, what I hope to be reading and what I read.

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The three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?


What do you think you’ll read next?


My reading has improved since I last did this post.   I read three books, two of which I enjoyed immensely.  I am on my fourth book, hoping that it gives me the same pleasure.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Spotlight and Review: Run to Ground by Katie Ruggle














Title: Run to Ground 
Author: Katie Ruggle 
Series: Rocky Mountain K9 Unit #1 
Genres: Romantic Suspense 
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca 
Published: 6 June 2017 
Pages: 416 
Format: eARC 
Source: Publisher via Netgalley
Reading Challenges: 2017 New ReleaseNetgalley and Edelweiss, COYER
Buy :  Amazon |BNiBooks


He lost his mentor. He lost his K9 partner. He almost lost his will to live.
But when a ruthless killer targets a woman on the run, Theo and his new K9 companion will do whatever it takes to survive—and save the woman neither can live without.

Grieving the death of his partner, Theo Bosco has no room in his life for distractions. Though his instincts scream that he should avoid Juliet ‘Jules’ Jackson, he can’t seem to stay away. It doesn’t help that Theo’s new K9 companion has fallen head over paws with Jules’s rambunctious family. Or that when he’s with her, Theo finally knows peace.

When Jules rescued her siblings, whisking them away to the safety of the beautifully rugged Colorado Rockies, she never expected to catch the eye—or the heart—of a cop. Yet as Jules struggles to fight her growing attraction to the brooding K9 officer, another threat lurks much closer to home…

And this time, there’s no escape.


Monday, June 19, 2017

Book Review: Dark Stranger by I. T. Lucas















Title: Dark Stranger
Author: I. T. Lucas
Series: The Children of the Gods #1
Publisher: Createspace
Published: June 27, 2015
Genres: Urban Fantasy /Paranormal
Source: Amazon Prime
Buy: Amazon

Smart and Spicy, The Children of The Gods Paranormal Romance Series will keep you at the edge of your seat!

A fascinating blend of Mythology, Cyber-war, and a tender Shades of Grey Romance, Dark Stranger – The Dream captivates the hearts and minds of readers around the world.

Since the dawn of human civilization, two warring factions of near-immortals – the descendants of the gods of old – have been secretly shaping its destiny. Kian's small clan championing progress, freedom and peace; their powerful enemy propagating ignorance, hate, and war.

Leading the clandestine battle from his luxurious L.A. high-rise, Kian is surrounded by family, yet he feels alone. Descending from a single goddess – the only one to survive the ancient cataclysm that wiped out the gods and most of their immortal offspring – clan members are forbidden to each other. And as the only other known immortals are their hated enemies, Kian and his kin have been long resigned to a lonely existence of fleeting trysts with human partners. That is, until Kian's sister Amanda – a researcher of paranormal abilities – makes a game changing discovery; a mortal seeress who she believes is a dormant carrier of their genes

Ever the realist, Kian is skeptical and refuses his sister's plea to attempt the Dormant's activation. But when his enemies learn of the highly coveted soothsayer's existence and attempt to grab her, he rushes her to the safety of his keep. Inexorably drawn to Syssi's shy beauty, Kian is startled by feelings he had sworn off long ago. Tormented by past mistakes, he wrestles with his conscience as he is tempted to explore her budding interest in the spicy passions he favors.

When Syssi's paranormal foresight lands her a job at Dr. Amanda Dokani's neuroscience lab, it fails to predict, not only that her boss is an immortal who would drag her into a secret, millennia-old battle over humanity's future, but the professor's imposing brother who would alter her own.

Despite his better judgement, will Kian succumb to Syssi's irresistible pull? And will Syssi discover that the man igniting her startlingly dark desires is a nearly two-thousand-year-old immortal?

Warning. This book contains hot scenes and adult themes. Reader discretion is advised.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

CURRENT BOOK DEALS

TOTALLY ADDICTED TO READING


All deals are current at the time of posting

 Prices and availability may differ from one region to another.  These titles were chosen because I read and enjoyed them, or due to their positive reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.

New Books are added each week. Check out the latest deals below.

Friday, June 16, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: HART OF HIS by ANNIE ARCANE















Title: Hart of His (Hart #2)
Author: Annie Arcane

Publisher: Indie
Release Date: November 21, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Author via The Romance Review

Reading Challenges: 2017 Blogger Shame
Purchase: Amazon

It's been two months since I moved in with Mickey Hart. Here's what I've learned:

 1. 523 square feet is really f*cking small. 

2. Sharing a bathroom is the worst idea ever.
 Especially when you're a damn paraplegic. 

3. Never lie. No matter what. 

Oh, and one last thing... I love her. More than ever.
 Even if I'm still a workaholic. And stubborn as all hell. 

Warning: Strong language, mature content, drama, and angst included. Shirt sold separately. 
This novella is an adult contemporary romance featuring a disabled hero who (still) happens to be a rich and sexy alpha male with a potty mouth. 

Cale and Mickey: Book 2 of 4

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

What Are You Reading Wednesdays #14

WWW which is hosted by Taking on the World of Words

It’s open for anyone to join in and is a great way to share what you’ve been reading! All you have to do is answer three questions and share a link to your blog in the comments section of Sam’s blog.

Scroll down to see what I am currently reading, what I hope to be reading and what I read.

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The three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?


What do you think you’ll read next?


I hit a slight slump in my reading. I managed to read two books in the past week. This was mostly due to me not being in the mood for reading, which was rather strange for me. I chalked it up to the fact that I was emotionally and physically drained. I
hope to regain my momentum in the coming week.

CURRENTLY READING


Dark Stranger The Dream: New & Lengthened 2017 Edition (The Children Of The Gods Paranormal Romance Series) by [Lucas, I.T.]


Smart and Spicy, The Children of The Gods Paranormal Romance Series will keep you at the edge of your seat!

Since the dawn of human civilization, two warring factions of near-immortals – the descendants of the gods of old – have been secretly shaping its destiny. Kian's small clan championing progress, freedom and peace; their powerful enemy propagating ignorance, hate, and war.

Leading the clandestine battle from his luxurious L.A. high-rise, Kian is surrounded by family, yet he feels alone. Descending from a single goddess – the only one to survive the ancient cataclysm that wiped out the gods and most of their immortal offspring – clan members are forbidden to each other. And as the only other known immortals are their hated enemies, Kian and his kin have been long resigned to a lonely existence of fleeting trysts with human partners. That is, until Kian's sister Amanda – a researcher of paranormal abilities – makes a game changing discovery; a mortal seeress who she believes is a dormant carrier of their genes.

Ever the realist, Kian is skeptical and refuses his sister's plea to attempt the Dormant's activation. But when his enemies learn of the highly coveted soothsayer's existence and attempt to grab her, he rushes her to the safety of his keep. Inexorably drawn to Syssi's shy beauty, Kian is startled by feelings he had sworn off long ago. Tormented by past mistakes, he wrestles with his conscience as he is tempted to explore her budding interest in the spicy passions he favors.
When Syssi's paranormal foresight lands her a job at Dr. Amanda Dokani's neuroscience lab, it fails to predict, not only that her boss is an immortal who would drag her into a secret, millennia-old battle over humanity's future, but the professor's imposing brother who would alter her own.

Despite his better judgement, will Kian succumb to Syssi's irresistible pull? And will Syssi discover that the man igniting her startlingly dark desires is a nearly two-thousand-year-old immortal?

Warning. This book contains hot scenes and adult themes. Reader discretion is advised.


I received this Dark Stranger through the Amazon Prime program. I found the premise intriguing. It is definitely different from what I have come to expect from the paranormal/urban fantasy genre. As I am writing this post I am 35% into it, and so far it is ok.


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Trust the enemy?

Desperate to escape her kidnappers, Kody Cameron can turn to only one man…and he's holding a gun. Outnumbered and trapped in the deadly Everglades, she has little recourse, but something in this captor's eyes makes her believe she can trust him. Does she dare to take the risk?

Undercover agent Nick Connolly has met Kody before and knows she might very well blow his cover. Though determined to maintain his facade, he can't let Kody die. He won't. And his decision to change his own rules of law and order are about to make all hell break loose.

I am reading Law and Disorder courtesy of Barnes and Noble serial reads.  I am currently at chapter 6 and I am yet to be wowed.  


RECENTLY FINISHED

White Hot (Hidden Legacy, #2)  Hart of His: A Wounded Hero Romance (Cale & Mickey Book 2) by [Arcane, Annie]



Review

 NEXT ON MY LIST


Bittersweet Darkness: A Novel of The Order by [Croft, Nina]  Run to Ground (Rocky Mountain K9 Unit Book 1) by [Ruggle, Katie] 34845082

What have you read, what are you currently reading and what do you plan to read next? 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

INTERVIEW and GUEST POST: BRENDA NOVAK

Today I have the pleasure of hosting Brenda Novak author of 
Finding Our Forever




Title: Finding Our Forever
Author: Brenda Novak
Series: Silver Spring
Publisher: Harlequin
Published: March 21, 2017
Buy: Amazon


New York Times bestselling author Brenda Novak welcomes readers to the town of Silver Springs, where surprises wait around every corner!

The search for her birth mother brought Cora Kelly to the New Horizons Boys Ranch. Getting a job there was easy enough, but confiding in Aiyana, the ranch's owner, that she's really her daughter? Cora's not sure she can do that, not unless she's confident the news will be welcomed. And once she gets to know Elijah Turner, Aiyana's adopted son and ranch manager, that decision becomes even more difficult.

Although Elijah can't deny his deep attraction to Cora, he's always struggled with trust. Anyone with his past would, and there's something about the ranch's newest employee that isn't exactly as it seems. But if the feelings she awakes in his guarded heart are any indication, she might be just what he's long been waiting for.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

CURRENT BOOK DEALS: Freebies and Bargains.

TOTALLY ADDICTED TO READING


All deals are current at the time of posting

 Prices and availability may differ from one region to another.  These titles were chosen because I read and enjoyed them, or due to their positive reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.

New Books are added each week. Check out the latest deals below.

Friday, June 09, 2017

REVIEW TOUR: WHITE HOT by ILONA ANDREWS


The Hidden Legacy series continues as Nevada and Rogan
navigate 
a world where magic is the norm . . . and their relationship burns
hot.


Title: White Hot 
Author: Ilona Andrews 
Series: Hidden Legacy #2 
Publisher: HarperCollins 
Published: May 30, 2017
Genres: Urban Fantasy 
Source: Edelweiss
Reading Challenge: 2017 New ReleaseNetgalley and Edelweiss


The Hidden Legacy series by #1 New
York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews continues as Nevada and Rogan
navigate a world where magic is the norm . . . and their relationship burns
hot.

Nevada
Baylor has a unique and secret skill—she knows when people are lying—and she's
used that magic (along with plain, hard work) to keep her colorful and
close-knit family's detective agency afloat. But her new case pits her against
the shadowy forces that almost destroyed the city of Houston once before,
bringing Nevada back into contact with Connor "Mad" Rogan.

Rogan is a
billionaire Prime—the highest rank of magic user—and as unreadable as ever,
despite Nevada's "talent." But there's no hiding the sparks between
them. Now that the stakes are even higher, both professionally and personally,
and their foes are unimaginably powerful, Rogan and Nevada will find that
nothing burns like ice.