Books that I just wasn’t into

Hey guys. It’s been awhile now and I haven’t blogged much. To-be-honest, I just haven’t been into the books I’ve been reading, leaving the blog very neglected. I thought today I would just serve up the books I’ve read and give you my opinion on why I wasn’t into them, or if I liked one, but just haven’t blogged about it.

The Bone Witch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.

In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha — one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles…and make a powerful choice.

Memoirs of a Geisha meets The Name of the Wind in this brilliant new fantasy series by Rin Chupeco!

The Bone Witch releases in March and is a YA fantasy book. The Bone Witch needs a good edit. It was so slow. I learned so much about the character and the world that they live in, but not much about the plot. I couldn’t finish the book it was so slow. A really good edit will help this book and make it unique on the bookshelves. It has great potential.
Let me just take a moment for how beautiful the book cover is. Who ever did it deserves recognition. It is one of the best ever!

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Synopsis:

He’s won the hearts of millions. But is he willing to lose his?

I met the president’s son when we were both young. Matthew Hamilton was handsome, polished, and intelligent. I’d never met a guy like him.

He promised me that he’d never run for president. I promised that if he did, I’d be by his side.

Three terms later, an invitation to join Matthew Hamilton’s campaign is the most exhilarating opportunity I’ve ever experienced. I’m determined to make a difference; he is determined to win.

Focused on his goal, Matt is steadfast, ruthless, and disarming. All eyes are on him and his popularity is surging. But soon, the next possible president of the United States is possessing me in more ways than one—and despite the risks, I’m helpless to resist.

We’re stealing touches, stealing moments, and stealing away at night. But our chemical connection is quickly becoming dangerously combustive, putting not only my heart, but Matt’s chance at the presidency on the line.

Winning will take everything. Walking away will be the hardest thing of all.

I read this book right after reading Sierra Simone’s, “American Queen.” American Queen is the best book I read in 2016, and is a top all-time read for me. The books are similar as they are about Presidents, but I found Mr. President to be slow. I wasn’t feeling the relationship between the two main characters and felt like the book needed a kick in the pants. It was a did-not-finish read for me, which sucks because I usually love Katy Evans. I will say that while I loved Katy’s, “Real” series about Remy the boxes, I found her second series not-my-cup-of-tea either.

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Synopsis

September 11, 1973: Eleven-year-old Alejandro Penda watches from his apartment window as Santiago, Chile falls to a military coup, destroying his family and his childhood. Arriving alone in America, he’s taken in by the Larks: a prominent family in the town of Guelisten. Though burdened by unresolved grief for his disappeared parents, he becomes fiercely loyal to the Larks, eventually marrying one of their daughters, Valerie.

September 11, 2001: Javier Landes watches from his apartment window as New York City falls to terrorism. As one of Manhattan’s top-paid male escorts, this professional lover has never lacked for company and is loyal only to himself. But in the wake of 9/11, Jav is named guardian for an orphaned nephew in Guelisten and must open his carefully-guarded heart to pain he’s long suppressed.

Alex, Valerie and Jav meet first in their twenties, with a sudden attraction each finds strange and compelling. When they meet again in their forties, they discover not only is their bond still strong, but their life experiences are strangely similar. All have been shaped by separate 9/11’s, and their unfinished business from the past will change everything they know about love, loyalty and friendship.

“Life has rules. You cannot come in the middle of the night and take what we agreed isn’t yours.”

Across three decades and two continents, Suanne Laqueur’s fifth novel explores the unpredictability of sexual attraction, how family ties are forged, torn and mended, and how love’s downfall can turn to exaltation.

While my most trusted book friends raved about this book, it just wasn’t for me. I need a fast-paced book and this would be described more of a slow burn. I found myself bored reading it. It doesn’t mean it is a bad book, but it was just too slow for me.

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Synopsis

30 years of affection.
10 years of soul shattering love.
8 years of happy employment.
2 months of turmoil.
1 week of truth.
A lifetime of betrayal.

Would you have seen it coming?

Annabelle Fortin landed herself in a bit of trouble. Mandated to community service at an assisted living facility for early onset dementia she meets Jezebel, one of the residents. This is the story that unfolds over the course of Annabelle’s court ordered six month sentence. Nothing is what it seems.

I found this book so very slow. I kept reading it bc a trusted book friend swore it was amazing and had lots of twists.
I seen the twists coming and was not surprised.
The book picked up a bit around 69%. That’s a long way to wait for a story to start getting good. It was dry like a college class.

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Synopsis

Since the publication of his last book, Andy has toured the country with his sidekick Anderson Cooper, hit the radio waves with his own Sirius station, Radio Andy, appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher despite his mother’s conviction he was not intellectually prepared, hosted NBC’s Primetime New Year’s Eve special, guest edited Entertainment Weekly, starred in Bravo’s Then & Now with Andy Cohen, offended celebrities with his ongoing case of foot-in-mouth disease, and welcomed home Teresa “Namaste” Giudice, from a brief stint in jail. Hopping from the Hamptons to the Manhattan dating world, the dog park to the red carpet, Cardinals superfan and mama’s boy Andy Cohen, with Wacha in tow, is the kind of star that fans are dying to be friends with. This book gives them that chance.

If The Andy Cohen Diaries was deemed “the literary equivalent of a Fresca and tequila” by Jimmy Fallon, Superficialis a double: dishier, juicier, and friskier. In this account of his escapades—personal, professional, and behind-the-scenes—Andy tells us not only what goes down, but exactly what he thinks of it.

I was excited to read my first Andy Cohen book. It is written just like a diary with very short notes. I am not a fan. The book was more about him eating pot lolli’s and worried about his dog than any real tea being served about celebrities. I wanted some meat to the book, but I had to listen to Andy’s low self-esteem about just about everything. I did not finish this book because I couldn’t stand listening to him talk about the dog, Wacha. The style of writing, while in diary form, needed more expounding on the stories to make them interesting.

the nowhere man

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis

Evan Smoak, the Nowhere Man, returns in the sequel to the breakout national bestseller Orphan X.

Spoken about only in whispers, it is said that when the Nowhere Man is reached by the truly desperate, he can and will do anything to save them.

Evan Smoak is the Nowhere Man.

Taken from a group home at twelve, Evan was raised and trained as part of the Orphan program, an off-the-books operation designed to create deniable intelligence assets—i.e. assassins. Evan was Orphan X. He broke with the program, using everything he learned to disappear and reinvent himself as the Nowhere Man. But the new head of the Orphan program hasn’t forgotten about him and is using all of his assets—including the remaining Orphans—to track down and eliminate Smoak.

But this time, the attack comes from a different angle and Evan is caught unaware. Captured, drugged, and spirited off to a remote location, heavily guarded from all approaches. They think they have him trapped and helpless in a virtual cage but they don’t know who they’re dealing with—that they’ve trapped themselves inside that cage with one of the deadliest and most resourceful Orphans.

Continuing his electrifying series featuring Evan Smoak, Gregg Hurwitz delivers a blistering, compelling new novel in the series launched with the breakout national bestseller, Orphan X.

3.75 stars. I loved the way it started but 3/4th of the way it kinda stalled. I was ready for the action, but it took forever to get there.
I was disappointed with one specific part of the storyline, but I can’t say what since it is a surprise. I said in my head,”really? That was lame.”
The very end was a little flat. It needed more. It was all wrapped up in the very last pages of the book. Like the very last pages. Then in an almost after thought, it was left open to continue the series.
I feel like he could have still continued the series and wrapped this story up tight, but he didn’t. It rubs me the wrong way when I can tell the author is leaving stuff just so they can write another book. This series doesn’t need that option. You don’t need characters left over to come back, you can have a completely new storyline and not have any problems. He’s an assassin. That leaves a lot of options for the story.
Overall I liked the book, but the last third of the book could have used some more work.

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Synopsis

The definitive book about Joan Rivers’ tumultuous, victorious, tragic, hilarious, and fascinating life.

Joan Rivers was more than a legendary comedian; she was an icon and a role model to millions, a fearless pioneer who left a legacy of expanded opportunity when she died in 2014. Her life was a dramatic roller-coaster of triumphant highs and devastating lows: the suicide of her husband, her feud with Johnny Carson, her estrangement from her daughter, her many plastic surgeries, her ferocious ambition and her massive insecurities. But Rivers’ career was also hugely significant in American cultural history, breaking down barriers for her gender and pushing the boundaries of truth-telling for women in public life.

A juicy, intimate biography of one of the greatest comedians ever-a performer whose sixty year career was borne, simply, out of a desire to make people laugh so she could feel loved-LAST GIRL BEFORE FREEWAY delves into the inner workings of a woman who both reflected and redefined the world around her.

I was excited to read this book. I love Joan Rivers! However, I was reading the introduction and it summed everything up in the book. I actually got bored reading the intro. It was very sterile, like the author had no interest in writing the book, but was writing a book report of sorts.
Starting chapter one, it was a recap of what I just read, without anymore interesting detail.

 

American Queen by Sierra Simone Book Review

American Queen by Sierra Simone Book Review
It starts with a stolen kiss under an English sky, and it ends with a walk down the aisle. It starts with the President sending his best friend to woo me on his behalf, and it ends with my heart split in two. It starts with buried secrets and dangerous desires…and ends with the three of us bound together with a hateful love sharper than any barbed wire.

My name is Greer Galloway, and I serve at the pleasure of the President of the United States.

This is the story of an American Queen.
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OMGEEE this book. This book is all the things. I have not thoroughly enjoyed a book in months. Months! I have been in the worst book funk, and I even stopped reading for awhile.
I signed up to review American Queen, so I figured I better read it. I mean, I loved Sierra’s book, Priest, so I knew there was a good chance I would like American Queen.
The book hooked me from the very first paragraph. I mean, if you read the blurb, that should have you 1-clicking this book. It opens up to Greer walking down the aisle to marry The President of The United States and her panties in the Vice President’s jacket pocket. Yes people! Yes!
Even with this powerful of an opening, the book did not wane. Oh no. It did not. It got hot. And hotter. And hotter. It ended on the hottest scene in the book. Sierra can freakin’ write them.
Seriously, I cannot stress this enough. Read this book.

five-stars

The Trouble With Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis Review

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From New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis comes a captivating story of love, second chances and new beginnings…

We are thrilled to bring you the review & excerpt tour for THE TROUBLE WITH MISTLETOE, the second standalone novel in Jill Shalvis’s Heartbreaker Bay Series! Check out each stop on the tour and grab your copy of this fantastic new novel today!

Excerpt:

A guy stood on the other side of the glass, mouth grim, expression dialed to Tall, Dark and Attitude-ridden. He was something too, all gorgeous and broody and –hold up. There was something familiar about him, enough that her feet propelled her forward out of pure curiosity. When it hit her halfway to the door, she froze, her heart just about skidding to a stop.

“Keane Winters,” she murmured, lip curling like she’d just eaten a black licorice. She hated black licorice. But she was looking at the only man on the planet who could make her feel all puckered up as well as good about her decision to give up men.

In fact, if she’d only given them up sooner, say back on the day of the Sadie Hawkins dance in her freshman year of high school when he’d stood her up, she’d have saved herself a lot of heartache in the years since.

On the other side of the door, Keane shoved his mirrored sunglasses to the top of his head, revealing dark chocolate eyes that she knew could melt when he was amused or feeling flirtatious, or turn to ice when he was so inclined.

They were ice now.

Catching her gaze, he lifted a cat carrier. A bright pink bedazzled carrier.

He had a cat.

Her entire being wanted to soften at this knowledge because that meant on some level at least he had to be a good guy, right?

Luckily her brain clicked on, remembering everything, every little detail of that long ago night. Like how she’d had to borrow a dress for the dance from a girl in her class who’d gleefully lorded it over her, how she’d had to beg her foster mother to let her go, how she’d stolen a Top Ramen from the locked pantry and eaten it dry in the bathroom so she wouldn’t have to buy both her dinner and his, as was custom for the “backward” dance.

“We’re closed,” she said through the still locked glass door.

Not a word escaped his lips. He simply raised the cat carrier another inch, like he was God’s gift.

And he had been. At least in high school.

 

 

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If she has her way…

Willa Davis is wrangling puppies when Keane Winters stalks into her pet shop with frustration in his chocolate-brown eyes and a pink bedazzled cat carrier in his hand. He needs a kitty sitter, stat. But the last thing Willa needs is to rescue a guy who doesn’t even remember her…

…He’ll get nothing but coal in his stocking.

Saddled with his great-aunt’s Feline from Hell, Keane is desperate to leave her in someone else’s capable hands. But in spite of the fact that he’s sure he’s never seen the drop-dead gorgeous pet shop owner before, she seems to be mad at him…

Unless he tempers “naughty” with a special kind of nice…

Willa can’t deny that Keane’s changed since high school: he’s less arrogant, for one thing—but he doesn’t even remember her. How can she trust him not to break her heart again? It’s time to throw a coin in the fountain, make a Christmas wish–and let the mistletoe do its work…

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Review

The Trouble with Mistletoe is the 2nd book in the Heartbreaker Bay series.  Willa runs a pet shop South Bark.  One morning Keane drops by with his Aunt’s cat hoping for daycare services on short notice.  But he wasn’t expecting Willa and is instantly captivated with her personality and big heart.  Willa however isn’t as sold on Keane as they have a history that Keane doesn’t remember.  When the truth comes out about what really happened back in high school, Willa drops her guard and decides to see where things go with Keane.  With Keane, Willa is finally seeing that she is worth a lot more than she thinks she is and doesn’t know if she is actually capable of loving someone.

This is a sweet romance with some very hot scenes, one including their first time together.  And yes, it isn’t always the guy who makes the mistakes and needs forgiveness.  I always have loved reading Jill Shalvis with just how easy she makes love story jump off the pages. The  Trouble with Mistletoe is a great easy read, one that I couldn’t put down and devoured in a couple hours once I started reading.

 

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2 One Click Chicks – Review & Excerpt

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Bridget’s Book Bungalow – Review

Four Chicks Flipping Pages – Review

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This Wacky Momma Reads! – Review & Excerpt

September 27

Book Angel Booktopia – Review & Excerpt

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I Love Romance – Review & Excerpt

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September 28

21st Century Once Upon A Times – Review

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Delish, Devine and All Mine – Review & Excerpt

Embrace the Romance – Review & Excerpt

Reviews from the Heart – Review & Excerpt

Queen of All She Reads – Excerpt

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Theory of A Dreamer – Review & Excerpt

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Bea’s Book Nook – Review & Excerpt

Beneath The Covers Blog – Excerpt

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Aly’s Miscellany – Excerpt

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A Literary Perusal – Review

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Romance Reviews and More – Review & Excerpt

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Books, Coffee & Passion – Excerpt

Ellesea Loves Reading – Review & Excerpt

Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents – Excerpt

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Writing My Own Fairy Tale – Review & Excerpt

Southern Yankee Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt

Talking Books Blog – Review & Excerpt

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Books and Things Blog – Review & Excerpt

Two Book Pushers – Review & Excerpt

Jax’s Book Magic – Review

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The Girl with the Happily Ever Afters – Review & Excerpt

With Love for Books – Review

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BFF Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Adventures in Writing – Excerpt

Oh My Shelves – Review

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Lightning City Book Reviews – Review

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BJ’s Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

KT Book Reviews – Excerpt

I Heart YA Books – Review & Excerpt

The Travelogue of a book addict – Review

Read-Love-Blog – Review & Excerpt

October 7

Books Need TLC – Review

Ripe for Reader – Review & Excerpt

Ramblings From This Chick – Excerpt

What Is That Book About – Excerpt

Romance Readers Retreat – Review

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Alphas Do It Better Book Blog – Review

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Wrapped Up In Reading – Review

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s sexy contemporary and award-winning books wherever romances are sold and click on the blog button above for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

 

 

 

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Review Wilder by Rebecca Yarros

 

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Wilder

Rebecca Yarros

September 19, 2016

 

 

Synopsis

 

He’s Paxton Wilder.

 

Twenty-two-year-old, tattooed, smoking-hot leader of the Renegades.

 

Five time X Games medalist.

 

The world is his playground—especially this year—and for the next nine months I’m stuck as his tutor on the Study at Sea program.

 

He’s too busy staging worldwide stunts for his documentary to get to class.

 

But if I can’t get him to take academics seriously, I’ll lose my scholarship…if I don’t lose my heart first.

 

Six unlikely friends on a nine-month cruise with the Study at Sea program will learn that chemistry is more than a subject and the best lessons aren’t taught in the classroom…but in the heart.

 

 

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Wilder is just proof of why I love Rebecca Yarros.  She takes you on an adventure and at the same time can provide a sweet romance with a little bit of angst and suspense that is guaranteed to get your heart rate going.

Paxton Wilder is the leader of the Renegades.  He lives for the rush and excitement that doing extreme sport stunts that him and friends perform.  Doing the School at Sea program will allow him to do stunts all over the world and be able to finish college.  That’s where Leah Baxter comes in.  In order to pay for the program, Leah is signed up to be a tutor and is assigned to Paxton for the year.  Leah, who has been a recluse for the past couple of years, is using this as an opportunity to come out of that with her best friend Rachel.  She definitely wasn’t expecting that within a few minutes of meeting Paxton she would become part of his stunt.

I absolutely loved this book. With Paxton we get guy who lives for the dangerous, while Leah is almost content in staying in her comfort zone.  The attraction between the two is there from the start, but I love that it is slow build starting with friendship.  We find with Paxton, there are two sides to him.  We have Wilder who plays to the crowd, and Paxton who is honestly is a smart, hard-working, thoughtful and passionate guy.  Leah can definitely hold her own with him, and doesn’t let Paxton get away with anything.

As the story progresses, we find out just why Leah was handpicked to be Paxton’s tutor and I just have to say….plot twist.  I amnot going to give anything away because I want you to read and experience with wild ride that only Wilder can provide. This defintitely  got 5 stars as this a book that I would want to read over and over while wishing that I could experience it like its the first time.

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About Rebecca Yarros

Rebecca Yarros is a hopeless romantic and a lover of all things coffee, chocolate, and Paleo. She is the author of the Flight & Glory series, including Full Measures, the award-winning Eyes Turned Skyward, Beyond What is Given, and Hallowed Ground. She loves military heroes, and has been blissfully married to hers for fourteen years.

When she’s not writing, she’s tying hockey skates for her four sons, sneaking in some guitar time, or watching brat-pack movies with her two daughters. She lives in Colorado with the hottest Apache pilot ever, their rambunctious gaggle of kids, an English bulldog who is more stubborn than sweet, and a bunny named General Fluffy Pants who torments the aforementioned bulldog. They recently adopted their youngest daughter from the foster system, and Rebecca is passionate about helping others do the same.

Rebecca is represented by Louise Fury of the Bent Agency.

Shopping for an Heir by Julia Kent Review

Shopping for an Heir by Julia Kent Review
Gerald Wright works for billionaires. He never imagined he’d become one.The former Navy Seal is a chauffeur by day, artist by night, so when hotter-than-ever ex-fiancée Suzanne Dayton interrupts his nude model sculpting class to serve him with inheritance paperwork from a man he’s never heard of, he assumes it’s a joke.Turns out the joke’s on him. There’s just one catch. A big one.And it might be Suzanne — in more ways than he ever dreamed.* * *Shopping for an Heir is the 10th book in the New York Times bestselling Shopping for a Billionaire series by Julia Kent.

Shopping for an Heir is the 10th book in her Shopping series.  Gerald Wright has been the security/chauffeur for the McCormick’s, and he shows the sensitive side he has through sculpting and his art classes.  He is the benefactor of an artifact that he helped smuggle into the country years ago to keep safe.  Suzanne Dayton is Gerald’s ex who he broke things off with 10 years ago and hasn’t seen since.  She is now a lawyer that is charge of making sure that the instructions with the inheritance has been carried out.  For the both of them, the past and the present collide, as they realize those sparks have never stopped between them.

I absolutely love this series.  The cast of characters are wonderfully flawed and never to fail with the hilarity of situations they find themselves in. Though we don’t deal with the main characters of the Shopping Series, they do make appearances along with Marie and newbie Agnes who proves herself just as feisty as the other characters.  Julia interweaves both seriousness and comedy in this book with the discussion of PTSD that Gerald has gone through from his days in service.  I love how she brings it to attention without making it too heavy or weighted down. I give this book 4 1/2 stars.  I loved how seamlessly the story flowed and introducing new and old characters of the series wasn’t that far of a stretch.

If you love a slew of great characters and situations that you wonder can happen in real life, then the Shopping series is for you.  I love the expansion into the series with Gerald and Suzanne’s story, and can’t wait for the next book in the series.

 

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About Julia Kent

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Julia Kent writes romantic comedy with an edge, and new adult books that push contemporary boundaries. From billionaires to BBWs to rock stars, Julia finds a sensual, goofy joy in every book she writes, but unlike Trevor from Random Acts of Crazy, she has never kissed a chicken.

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Gerald Wright works for billionaires. He never imagined he’d become one. 

The former Navy Seal is a chauffeur by day, artist by night, so when hotter-than-ever ex-fiancée Suzanne Dayton interrupts his nude model sculpting class to serve him with inheritance paperwork from a man he’s never heard of, he assumes it’s a joke. 

Turns out the joke’s on him. There’s just one catch. A big one. 

And it might be Suzanne — in more ways than he ever dreamed. 

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He leaned in, kissing her softly. Smoochy stirred, sat up, and toddled off, jumping off a very distracted Gerald’s lap.

 

“Let’s take this,” she said, breathless between kisses, “one step at a time.”

 

“Define ‘step.’”

 

“Spend the night with me.”

 

“I like that step.”

 

“Make me breakfast in the morning.”

 

“Is that step two?”

 

“Sure.”

 

“I always respond well to a clearly defined set of procedures.”

 

“How about a map?”

 

“Even better.”

 

Neither one moved. The offer, once accepted, was almost enough. Acting on it felt so big. So was he, though. As she crawled into his lap, connected to him by their eager mouths, she pulled her skirt up so she could straddle him, his arms wrapping around her waist. The heat of sinking into him, the intimacy of having his body so close, made her mind rest.

 

Her body took over.

 

“You taste so good,” he murmured between kisses, his hands sliding up her spine in tandem, then moving across her shoulders in synchronized perfection to remove her suit jacket. The shiver she gave came less from the temperature change and more from the delicious feel of how he touched her. With Gerald, a touch wasn’t just the stroke of a finger, the brush of a palm, the flick of a tongue, or the thrust into her. Never one to waste movement, he reveled in it, living fully in dimensions she couldn’t even see.

 

He pulled her shirt out from her waistband just as she returned the favor, seeking the raw warmth of his skin. Her hands flattened against his thick shoulders, the connection grounding, her body moving in a slow, involuntary rhythm against him as he kissed her hard.

 

So hard.

 

As he cupped her breasts over her bra, her nipples tightened, the ache spinning down in a spiral, tearing through years of pain and craving. Her breath hitched and his kiss became more urgent, his intent clear. It was so good to kiss a man who knew how to hold her just so, who used a feather light touch where she wanted it, and who pressed where a tighter squeeze made a difference.

 

Gerald had been joyfully unrestrained in bed, hours of pleasure unending, as if there were no events marking time— no final orgasm, no steps in a schematic— but only the undefined fuzzy logic of imperfect art played out in moans and sighs, in the light stroke of a fingertip against responsive flesh, in the wave of tongue against arched hips and the push and pull of love cried out in ecstasy.

 

In minutes, they would be back in that dimension. S

 

he shivered with anticipation.

 

“What are we doing?” she whispered, the tone playful, his hands sinking into her long waves.

 

“Whatever it is, it’s been a while,” he rasped. “I’ve missed you. I’ve missed this.”

 

 

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About Julia Kent

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Julia Kent writes romantic comedy with an edge, and new adult books that push contemporary boundaries. From billionaires to BBWs to rock stars, Julia finds a sensual, goofy joy in every book she writes, but unlike Trevor from Random Acts of Crazy, she has never kissed a chicken.

Behind Closed Doors by J.L. Berg Blog Tour Review

Behind Closed Doors by J.L. Berg Blog Tour Review
My name is Roman Cavenaugh and I’m kind of an asshole. 
Running a company isn't easy, especially when everyone expects you to fail, so being a jerk? It comes with the territory. 
I don't have time to mess around, and I sure as hell didn’t see her coming.
Cara Hamilton—she was supposed to be off limits…a temporary employee brought in during my assistant’s maternity leave. 
But, in the blink of an eye, she became so much more. 
An obsession I couldn’t shake.

So yeah, I may be an asshole, but now, I finally had a purpose, and soon, she would be mine. 
All’s fair in love and war…
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Roman Cavanagh is known for being an arrogant conceited jerk.  But he’s had to prove himself his whole life to his father, now taking over the company that he was never even considered to do. He is brother to Jude who was in J.L. Berg’s previous books Within and Beyond These Walls.  This is a complete standalone and you don’t need to read those previous books.

Cara Hamilton is trying to find her footing after following her boyfriend to NYC.  She accepts a temporary position as Roman’s secretary, as his regular one is out on maternity leave.  She is a free spirit and is someone who actually stands up to Roman when he is acting like an arrogant jerk.  Slowly she works past the walls that Roman has erected to protect himself and they find themselves in a boss/employee friendship.  Through this friendship, Cara’s eyes are open to her partner’s true colors.  Soon lines are blurred and the consequences of those actions have to be faced by both.

This isn’t the typical guy meets girl, or girl meets guy, falls in love and have their HEA.  This is a story that both Roman and Cara delve deeper into themselves and see parts they don’t like and work to change that for the better.  When they realize their feelings run deeper than just boss/employee or even friendship, they fight to show the other that they are the one they are meant to be with.  I am being vague because there is a twist in BCD that you have to read to find out yourself, so there will be no spoilers here.

I love J.L. Berg and have since I first read When You’re Ready.  She has a way of getting into your head and pulling at the emotions that you didn’t even know that they were there. Or she taps into an emotion that you don’t want to confront but you have no choice but to confront.  I love that about her and this is a perfect book to start with if you have never read her before and then move onto her other series.

I give it 4 ½ stars, I really wanted to give it 5 but sometimes with Roman I was put off more often than not with his behavior.  But this is a book that will stay with me and I will reread at some point, and I think it will be the same for you if you decide to give this book a go.

 

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About J.L. Berg

J.L. Berg is the USA Today bestselling author of the Ready Series, The Walls Duet, and the Lost & Found Duet. She is a California native living in the beautiful state of historic Virginia. Married to her high school sweetheart, they have two beautiful girls that drive them batty on a daily basis. When she’s not writing, you will find her with her nose stuck in a romance novel, in a yoga studio or devouring anything chocolate. J.L. Berg is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, LLC.

Claiming the Enemy by Lauren Hawkeye Book review and Release Day

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ABOUT CLAIMING THE ENEMY

 

Piper Dawson has spent a lifetime living by other people’s rules.

She’s worked hard to get what she wants—a residency at her first choice hospital—and no one will ever tie her down again, not even her severe yet incredibly sexy supervisor, Dr. Alexander “Ace” Lennox.

Ace is done with love. He’s had his heart shattered, and he never wants to go there again. But when he’s inexplicably enticed by the sexy, tattooed woman with blue streaks in her hair and a perpetual smile on her lips, he figures that maybe he can keep it to just sex.

The problem? He thrives on control, and Piper dances just around the edges of it.

But when they’re together, control is the first thing to go…

Each book in the Pulse series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.

Series Order:
Book #1 Engaging the Bachelor
Book #2 Seducing the Boss
Book #3 Claiming the Enemy

 

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EXCERPT:

“Are you just teasing me? Going to poke fun at me tomorrow for being all over you?”

Ace just stared at her for a moment—she was pretty sure she’d shocked him, but she had no idea why. Finally, a dark laugh escaped his throat, and those granite eyes locked with her own.

“I find this situation anything but amusing.” He closed the distance until there was nothing more than a slender ribbon of space between them. “I don’t get tempted…ever. And yet, ever since you kissed me today, all I can think about is what you’d look like with your legs wrapped around my neck.”

He did not just say that.

“Jesus, Ace.” Piper’s mouth went dry, and she ran the tip of her tongue over her lower lip. His eyes tracked the movement intently, and she felt a surge of moisture between her legs. “How the hell are we supposed to work together tomorrow?”

“No idea.” Sucking in a deep breath, he pressed his forehead to hers. “All I know is that I want you.”

Against every shred of good sense that she possessed, Piper felt her knees weaken. That wasn’t fair. Saying things like that while he stood there looking all smoldering and delicious—how was she supposed to put up a fair fight?

Danger, danger.

“I…” Closing her eyes, Piper stretched out a hand for the last shreds of self-control in her arsenal. “It’s a bad idea. A really, really bad idea.”

I can’t give in. I won’t.

“It’s a horrible idea,” Ace agreed, and when she opened her eyes the feral glint in his eyes had her pulse stuttering. “But right now, when I can see your pulse beating at the skin of your throat? When I can see the flush on your skin and know that it’s because of me? I don’t care.”

“Ace.” Piper’s voice was weak. “If we do this, it will be really hard to go back to what we usually are.”

“And what are we, usually?” Ace’s voice held no trace of the humor she’d expect during this absolutely bizarre conversation. No, he was completely serious.

Serious about seducing her.

“Pains in each other’s asses.”

 

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Claiming the Enemy is the first book I read by Lauren Hawkeye. It is the third book in her Pulse series.  The synopsis was really good and I love an enemies to lovers story.  But while this did have amazing sexual chemistry and scenes, I felt the interaction between the two really fell short.

We find Riley at the local bar drinking the day away after a hard shift at the hospital that she is a Dr.  There she runs into an ex, and upon seeing Dr. Ace Lennox, she uses him to ward off the attention of her ex.  But then the tables are turned when Ace, needing help from his meddling mother, gives the impression of a relationship between the two.

They agree to the premise of a no strings relationship because really neither wants to be tied down again.  For Ace, he doesn’t want to open up to the heartache of loss again after his wife died a few years before.  And for Riley, she simply doesn’t want the connection and the complications that go along with a relationship especially when it goes bad.  The sexual scenes are hot and do not disappoint.

However, there could be more desired from the interactions between Ace and Riley.  They rarely talked about anything except what a bad idea it was to get involved because they are scared the other will want more despite them wanting more from that person.  They didn’t talk about their past, or even see how they were enemies in the first place.  The last chapter had the most feeling and conversation between them than the whole book except when they were having sex.

I really wanted to love the book but I can only give it 3 ½ stars.  I would have given it more if there was more character development with Ace and Riley. But like I said I don’t discount the sexual chemistry between the two, it was very palpable and I looked forward to when they got together.  Despite my rating, do give this book a chance, you may have a different opinion of this book.

three-half-stars

About Lauren Hawkeye

Lauren Hawkeye/ Lauren Jameson never imagined that she’d wind up telling stories for a living… though when she looks back, it’s easy to see that she’s the only one who is surprised. Always “the kid who read all the time”, Lauren made up stories about her favorite characters once she’d finished a book… and once spent an entire year narrating her own life internally. No, really. But where she was just plain odd before publication, now she can at least claim to have an artistic temperament.

Lauren lives in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, Canada with her husband, toddler, pit bull and idiot cat, though they do not live in an igloo, nor do they drive a dogsled. In her nonexistent spare time Lauren can be found knitting (her husband claims that her snobby yarn collection is exorbitant), reading anything she can get her hands on, or sweating her way through spin class. She loves to hear from her readers!

Wide Open Spaces by Aurora Rose Reynolds Review

Wide Open Spaces by Aurora Rose Reynolds Review
That moment your life changes.

That moment that changes your life.

That moment you love someone more than you love yourself.

That was the moment we gave our son up for adoption and the moment I was left bare. A wide-open space that would forever be empty.

There are moments that define you as a person, moments that prove just how strong you are, moments you push yourself to keep going forward when all you really want to do is give up. It was in one of those moments when I reached out and found him waiting for me.

When Shelby Calder left home fifteen years ago, she never planned on returning to the Alaskan town she left behind. But after the death of her grandfather and a bitter divorce, she hopes going home will be a fresh start for her and her ten-year-old son.

Zach Watters has made a lot of mistakes in his life. But when he sees Shelby Calder, looking more beautiful than ever, standing outside her childhood home, he promises himself that letting her go won't be a mistake he ever makes again.

Some things never change and love is one of them.
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Wide Open Spaces is the second book in her Shooting Stars series.  You don’t have to read the first one to be able to read Wide Open Spaces.  I’ve read Fighting to Breathe, the first book, and honestly couldn’t wait for this book to be released.

Shelby left her home fifteen years determined to never return. But a turn of events, her divorce and her grandfather’s passing, has her returning home and facing the reasons she left in the first place.  One of those reasons was Zach, and on her first day home learns that he is her next door neighbor.  Over the past fifteen years, Zach has not forgotten Shelby nor the love that he has for her. Now that she is back, he is not letting her slip through his fingers again.

It is not an easy feat for Shelby to take that chance again.  Years ago, both her and Zach had to make a torturous decision and she is still feeling the after effects, and isn’t sure she can open her heart to Zach again the way he wants her to.  Add in ex’s who make things difficult on both ends, you wonder if they are truly meant to be.  But as Zach and Shelby deal with the repercussions of their decision, they find that they are truly healing themselves and each other.  That empty void both Zach and Shelby have is filled by their love for each other.

I was glad that I kept tissues nearby because a few times I had to stop because tears were freely falling.  Aurora wrote a beautiful second chance love story that deals with something that many people face in society.  She truly pulls at your heartstrings and you wonder just how much love you have in your heart for the people in and not in your life.  It is a second chance romance in many ways, along with redemption and acceptance.  I give this book 5 stars because even after I read it, it stayed with me for several days and is easily on my list of rereads.  I have read all of Aurora’s books and I think with the material written about, this is the best she released.  I can’t wait to see what more we can expect from her.

five-stars

About Aurora Rose Reynolds

Aurora Rose Reynolds is a navy brat who’s husband served in the United States Navy. She has lived all over the country but now resides in New York City with her Husband and pet fish. She’s married to an alpha male that loves her as much as the men in her books love their women. He gives her over the top inspiration everyday. In her free time she reads, writes and enjoys going to the movies with her husband and cookie. She also enjoys taking mini weekend vacations to nowhere, or spends time at home with friends and family. Last but not least she appreciates everyday and admires it’s beauty.

Mr Corporate by JA Huss Book Review

Mr Corporate by JA Huss Book Review
Weston Conrad is the best headhunter in the business. That handsome smile goes a long way towards convincing most people to trust him with their future.
I’m not most people. I’m his direct competition. And it doesn’t hurt to be just the kind of woman he’s been looking for.
I’m gonna flash you these legs, Weston Conrad.
I’m gonna wear low-cut shirts and micro-mini skirts.
I’m gonna dazzle you with wit and conversation and kiss those lips like they’re exactly what I’ve been waiting for.
So don’t hate me when you figure out my secret.
You understand, right? You’re Mr. Corporate and this is just business.
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I’m in love with this series by Julie, just like all her books. She has this thing for writing a standalone and it having it’s own story, but then have that standalone be part of a series with an overall story arc to it. Julie is doing it again with her Mister (Mr.) series.

The story takes place on a deserted island in the exotic Exuma Cays. Look at this yumminess. Nice place to be deserted, right? Let’s just take a moment and have a mini vacation right now…..

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Okay. Back to business. Victoria and Weston have been sent to the island via a wild goose chase. They are both sent to head hunt the same guy, and he is supposed to be on his island, but he’s not. After they seen a massive storm brewing and acknowledge that their pilot isn’t coming back for them, they are forced to face reality. The reality is their relationship, their businesses and their life in general.

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“Mr. and Mrs. Corporate. It’s just business, Mister style.”

I’m not sure what to ever say in a review. You don’t want me to wrap the story up. That’s why you’re reading it, right? When I read a review, I want it to be short and sweet, but I see others write these long diatribes and I don’t know how they do it. I’m going to try and meet in the middle.

What I like about the writing in the story is that it is faced paced. Lots of up and downs, and there is alway this question lingering that you just can’t figure out. It’s mostly because of lack of information, not because you can’t put two and two together.

I didn’t find myself bored like I sometimes do with other romance books. It fits the formula, but there is something about Julie’s writing that makes it fresh, and I just can’t figure it out. I find myself rating a lot of books 3 stars because while they are okay, they aren’t great, and they aren’t bad. They were just boring.

Mr. Corporate had that give and take with the relationship; which I want to add that Victoria/Tori was my least liked heroine to-date. Ugh. I was so tired of her by the middle of the book that I was wondering what the hell Weston saw in her. She is a real bitch. Her lack of trust in Weston was beyond being independant. It was a whole level of she needs to see a counselor.

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Weston has to be a masochist to be able to take that, and for the length of time that he did. To have to be constantly reassuring someone and arguing about having a little faith in him has to be exhausting. Christ.

“I just need you to now that…I love us. And if you think we even have the slightest chance at making this work, then please, just give in to me. I promise to be careful with you. I promise to go slow. I promise everything. I promise to be patient, and I promise to listen to you. I will do anything-whatever it takes-to make you mine forever.” -Weston

Moving on from the one thing I had to tell you about. We got to see some cameos in this book, either by name or in person. You will have to read to find out. I found that to be uber exciting.

Would I recommend this book to you to read? Absolutely. It’s really a great book.

Well, why the hell did I give it 4.5 stars instead of 5? Because only books that blow my mind, make my heart feel like it is going to burst or makes me think about it for days get a full 5 stars. I just don’t give them out that much. Other reviewers give those reviews 6 stars, but in my world 6 stars don’t exist. 5 do, so I give Mr. Coporate 4.5 stars because it’s that good. A unique story and plot that is fast-paced, a little sexy and a whole lot of lie. A fantastic combination to keep any person reading. A must read!

The Mister Series reading order:

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Mr Corporate http://amzn.to/2b88r8c

Mr Mysterious http://amzn.to/2bxS3xa

Mr Match No-preorder yet released October 12, 2016

 

four-half-stars

About JA Huss

JA Huss is the author of the Amazon bestselling Rook and Ronin series, the epic science fiction I Am Just Junco series, and hundreds of kid-friendly science books in subjects such as biology, physics, anatomy and physiology, astronomy, and forensics. She has an undergraduate degree in equine science and a master’s degree in forensic toxicology. She has never taken a creative writing class and she hopes she never will.

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