Friday, July 3, 2020

#REVIEW: White Whiskey Bargain By Jodie Slaughter

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White Whiskey Bargain By Jodie Slaughter
Release Date: June 29th, 2020
Format: ebook
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ 

“I want to give you my gratitude someplace other than that pretty mouth of yours.” - Javier Meza
The sudden and tragic death of her mother throws Hannah Hawkins into a position she doesn’t feel at all prepared for. With the duty of leading her family’s decades-long moonshining business weighing heavy on her shoulders, the last thing she needs is something making her transition even harder. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what she gets. A band of vicious new players has arrived in small-town Harlan, Kentucky, and while what they really want remains a mystery, it quickly becomes clear they’re willing to stoop to dark lengths to get it. To fight off a beast, Hannah realizes she needs to join forces with a rival. 
Javier Meza may be the sole heir to his family’s moonshining empire, but he’s certainly no leader. He has no head for business or diplomacy, preferring to spend his days in the trenches, making corn liquor with the rest of the “cooks.” That doesn’t mean he isn’t more than willing to step up and take charge when his family finds themselves in danger. Forming a shaky partnership with the Hawkins family is one thing, but marrying Hannah Hawkins to keep their deal on the straight and narrow is something else entirely. 
From All Things Burn author, Jodie Slaughter comes a multicultural romance about illegal white whiskey, a marriage of convenience between decades-long rival families, and Black Appalachia. Readers of Kenya Wright, Theodora Taylor, and Lucy Score & Claire Kingsley will enjoy this full-length romance novel with a strong heroine, swoon-worthy hero, and a very satisfying HEA.
This is definitely a book that got sold to me via social media. I've never heard of this author before, and I definitely am going to read more of her work. This one was a cool modern arranged marriage book but also about moonshiners? What? That's cool!


Thursday, July 2, 2020

#REVIEW: All Wrapped Up For The Holidays

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All Wrapped up For The Holidays
Release Date: Nov. 30th, 2019
Format: ebook
My Rating: 
GoodReads  

Six standalone holiday short stories!

The Merry Mistake by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward

Note to self: Ask Santa for glasses this year. When I accidentally mistook a gorgeous man resting outside my building for a homeless person in need of lunch, we got into it. I’d only been trying to do a good deed around the holidays, but he called me righteous. I called him something far worse. If only I didn’t have to see him again. But fate had other plans.

Finding Perfect by Colleen Hoover

A short story that brings back several of Colleen’s most beloved characters. Told from the point of view of Daniel from Finding Cinderella, readers will finally get the story they’ve been begging for more of. For the best reading experience, make sure you’ve read all three books that come together to make up this heartwarming and fun holiday short story; Finding CinderellaHopeless and All Your Perfects.

A Rock Chick Christmas by Kristen Ashley

What's Christmas with the Starks like? Get a peek into the Rock Chick world and how Luke copes with Ava going Christmas gaga and just what he will, and won't, do for his girls during the holidays.

Just Say When by Jill Shalvis

When the one you want …

Is the one you can’t seem to have…

Can love conquer all?

The Pact by Elle Kennedy

Thanks to my hectic schedule as a pro hockey player, my girl and I are spending more time apart than together. Luckily, I have a solution—a romantic New Year’s Eve getaway in the mountains, just me and Grace and plenty of sexytimes. Except this blizzard has other ideas...

The Package by K. Bromberg

Christmas week can’t get any worse for Jules Jilliland. Dumped by her boyfriend, rear-ended on the freeway, and fired from her job, she finds herself stuck in an elevator with a handsome stranger. When their packages are accidentally swapped, will it end up being a misfortunate accident that suddenly brightens her holidays?


I can't remember but I think this anthology was like a newsletter freebie. It's not even on amazon anymore, so I think that's how I got it. Also, this is a tricky one to review. I think if you enjoy all the authors in here you will like it, but I've only read Elle Kennedy.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

#AudiobookReview: Iron Gold by Pierce Brown

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Iron Gold By Pierce Brown
Publisher: Recorded Books
Release Date: Jan, 16th, 2018
Format: Audiobook
My Rating: ★ 1/2
GoodReads ★ Amazon 

Honor and betrayal fuel a caste-shattering revolution in the action-packed new novel from the number one New York Times best-selling author of the Red Rising Trilogy.

Ten years after the events of Morning Star, Darrow and the Rising are battling the remaining Gold loyalist forces and are closer than ever to abolishing the color-coded caste system of Society for good. But new foes will emerge from the shadows to threaten the imperfect victory Darrow and his friends have earned. Pierce Brown expands the size and scope of his impressive Red Rising universe with new characters, enemies, and conflicts among the stars.


This is going to come to a shock for a lot of people and I am definitely in the minority, but I HATED this book. I loved the original trilogy so I was a little wary when I saw there was a follow up book. So I put off reading it for a while, when I picked it up it ended up being one of my most disappointing books to date.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

REVIEW: Blocked by Elise Faber

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Happy Reads Everyone!

Blocked by Elise Faber
Publisher: Elise Faber
Release Date: Feb. 25th, 2016
Format: Kindle
My Rating: 

GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ 


This is her shot.

Brit has the chance to make history by being the first female goalie to play for an NHL team, the San Francisco Gold. So, when she is introduced to Stefan, the Gold's captain, she is determinedly not interested.

Stefan is sexy, charming, and has a publicly documented list of conquests a mile long. But Brit is unwilling to risk mixing business with pleasure, even when that business is wrapped up in a six-foot-plus, gorgeously muscled package. When management pushes Brit and Stefan together in an effort to gain good press for the beleaguered team, Brit finds that her carefully calculated disinterest doesn’t mask her body's desires. The more she falls for Stefan, the more she risks her career.

Will she be able to have it all—a starting position and the heart of the captain? Or will she lose everything?
 
Elise Faber is another new to me hockey romance author. One of the things I loved about this first book in her Gold Hockey series is that the heroine also plays hockey! That's kind of my catnip and I need more hockey romance books like that.

Monday, June 29, 2020

#ARCREVIEW: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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Mexican Gothic By Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Publisher: Del Ray
Release Date: June 30th, 2020
Format: egalley*
My Rating: ★1/2
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N 
An isolated mansion. A chillingly charismatic artistocrat. And a brave socialite drawn to expose their treacherous secrets. . . .

From the author of Gods of Jade and Shadow comes “a terrifying twist on classic gothic horror” (Kirkus Reviews) set in glamorous 1950s Mexico—“fans of classic novels like Jane Eyre and Rebecca are in for a suspenseful treat” (PopSugar).
After receiving a frantic letter from her newly-wed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. She’s not sure what she will find—her cousin’s husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and Noemí knows little about the region.

Noemí is also an unlikely rescuer: She’s a glamorous debutante, and her chic gowns and perfect red lipstick are more suited for cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing. But she’s also tough and smart, with an indomitable will, and she is not afraid: Not of her cousin’s new husband, who is both menacing and alluring; not of his father, the ancient patriarch who seems to be fascinated by Noemí; and not even of the house itself, which begins to invade Noemi’s dreams with visions of blood and doom.

Her only ally in this inhospitable abode is the family’s youngest son. Shy and gentle, he seems to want to help Noemí, but might also be hiding dark knowledge of his family’s past. For there are many secrets behind the walls of High Place. The family’s once colossal wealth and faded mining empire kept them from prying eyes, but as Noemí digs deeper she unearths stories of violence and madness.

And Noemí, mesmerized by the terrifying yet seductive world of High Place, may soon find it impossible to ever leave this enigmatic house behind.
 

I have complicated opinions on this book. One, it's by a favorite author so I really wanted to like it and I was upset that this book didn't work for me. Two, I 100% know that the subject matter and setting of the book is WHY it didn't work for me. So this book was just not for me. And that's totally okay.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

#REVIEW: In Skates Trouble By Kate Meader

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In Skates Trouble by Kate Meader
Publisher: Kate Meader
Release Date: May 1st, 2017
Format: egalley*
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon 

He'll give her what she needs . . .

Addison Williams isn't looking for romance, but when she encounters an eavesdropping stranger on an adjoining hotel balcony, she figures she's due a little fun. She just hadn't reckoned on the "fun" escalating so quickly to "out of control." One minute she's flirting with a whiskey-graveled voice in the dark, the next that same voice is telling her to do things. Hot, wicked things.

Cup-winning hockey player Ford "Killer" Callaghan can't believe he let the anonymous woman who blew his mind slip away into the night. He'll track her down because once could never be enough—even if discovering her identity places her strictly out of bounds.

Stolen kisses. Secret hook-ups. Deliciously forbidden in every way. Can a passion that started in the dark find a lifetime of love in the light?

Kate Meader is fast becoming a fave author of mine. yay hockey romances! I read a couple of her books that are in the spin-offs series to this one, but I haven't read this particular series. This one is a short one that predates the Chicago Rebels series so it was cool to see those characters get introduced.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

REVIEW: The Brick Wall By Stephanie Julian

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The Brick Wall
Publisher: Moonlit Night Publishing
Release Date: May 9th, 2016
Format: Kindle
My Rating: 

GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ 

Redtails Hockey goaltender Shane Conrad had been having a great year…until recently. His slump couldn’t happen at the worst time. He needs to get his head in the game, not find a woman to screw with it. Until he meets Bliss Vescovi. She’s the perfect distraction—hot as hell in bed and smart enough out of it to realize their affair will end with the season.
Bliss isn’t looking for a commitment, especially not from an intense, driven man used to control. Her ex’s need for control had nearly made her his emotional slave and she’s sworn she’ll never give another man that kind of hold over her again. But a one-night stand with a hot hockey player who won’t be around forever? Totally doable.
Until Shane’s off-beat humor and killer smile get around the guard on her heart. And Bliss’s open warmth makes him believe the game might not be everything there is in life.
When Shane gets called up to the NHL, Bliss believes she’s found the perfect excuse to break up and avoid heartbreak later. But Shane’s nickname isn’t Brick Wall for nothing. He won’t go down without a fight because he knows, no matter where he is, Bliss belongs at his side.

The Brick Wall was my first book by Stephanie Julian but I don't think it will be my last. I love finding new hockey romance authors! I also think this book was set in my state, which I love.

Friday, June 26, 2020

#BLOGTOUR #ARCREVIEW Hate Crush by Angelina M. Lopez

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Hate Crush by Angelina M. Lopez
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: June 29th, 2020
Format: egalley*
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N 
A fake relationship could help Princesa Sofia save her kingdom. Only problem: she’ll have to fake it with the man who broke her heart.

Ten years ago, wild child Princesa Sofia Maria Isabel de Esperanza y Santos fell in fast crazy love with heartbreaker Aish Salinger during one California harvest season. Now, all grown up and with the future of her kingdom on her shoulders, she hates him as passionately as she once loved him.

Even if her body hasn’t gotten the hate memo.

Faking a relationship with the now-famous rock star for the press and public will ensure the success of her new winery and the prosperity of her kingdom. All she has to do is grit her teeth and bear his tattooed presence in her village and winery—her home—for a month.

Trying to recover from his own scandal, fallen superstar Aish Salinger jumps at the chance to be near Sofia again. Leaving her was the biggest mistake he’s ever made, and he’s waited ten years to win her back.

He never counted on finding a woman who despised him so much she didn’t want to be anywhere near him.

A war of wills breaks out as the princess and rock star battle to control their fake relationship. She wants to dictate every action to keep him away from her. He wants to be as close as he can be. She’s already lost so much because of Aish—he won’t be the reason her people lose even more.

But he also won’t make her break her life’s most important vow: to never fall in love again.

I wasn't too into the first book in this series, I had some issues with the dubcon in it, but I really liked Mateo's little sister so I wanted to read her book. Honestly? I felt like I was reading about a completely different character here.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

#REVIEW: Master Baker By Pippa Grant

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Master Baker By Pippa Grant
Release Date: October 18th, 2019
Format: Kindle
My Rating: 

GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ 
He's a master baker with a big...cannoli.
They call me the sugar whisperer.

Anything your tongue desires, I can bake it. Scones? Child’s play. Cupcakes? I’ll frost them so good you won’t know what hit you. Donuts? Please.

You’re talking to a master baker.

But there’s one egg I’ve never been able to crack.

My best friend.

Correction: My former best friend.

She’s the apple in my pie. The whip in my cream. The lemon in my meringue. The wish in my bone.

She’s the one who got away.

After ten years in the military, she’s back. She’s bruised and battered by life, but she’s back.

Except she’s not my second chance. She’s gone to the dark side.

Running a rival bakery in a town not big enough for two.

So now I have to decide—which do I want more?

My bakery?

Or the woman I never should’ve let go of in the first place?

Master Baker is a deliciously fun friends-to-enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy featuring a smooth-talking baker, the one who got away, and a goat with more matchmaking tendencies than a nosy old grandpa. It stands alone with no cheating or cliffhangers.
This was my first Pippa Grant book, I've seen her around before but never jumped in. Honestly, this one kept popping up for me so I decided to finally check it out. I thought this one was stuff a fun book. I haven't read the other books in this series, but I really felt like you can read this one as a standalone.