Monday, September 30, 2019

#Slapshotreadathon TBR

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I don't do a lot of readathons but when Alex, my fellow Flyers fan, talked about this hockey based readathon, Slapshot Readathon, I knew I had to participate somehow. It was created and hosted by Alex and Becca. This readathon runs from October 2nd until October 8th and uses the #SlapshotReadathon.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Cover Reveal + Giveaway: Moonlighter by Sarina Bowen

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I have something a little different today on the blog, a cover reveal for a book I'm really excited about -- Moonlighter by Sarina Bowen! It's a new series, but if you read the Brooklyn Bruisers series our two leads will be familiar to you! I'm very excited about this one!

Only in my family could a professional hockey player earning seven million dollars a year be considered a slacker.
I’m at the height of my athletic career. Yet my arrogant brother is always trying to recruit me into the family business: a global security company so secretive that I don’t even know its name. 
Pass, thanks. I don’t need a summer job. 
But the jerk ambushes me with a damsel in distress. That damsel is Alex, the competitive, sassy girl I knew when we were kids. Now she’s a drop-dead gorgeous woman in deep trouble. 
So guess who’s on a flight to Hawaii? 
It’s going to be a long week in paradise. My job is keeping Alex safe, while her job is torturing me with her tiny bikinis. Or maybe we’re torturing each other. It’s all snark and flirting until the threat against Alex gets serious. And this jock must become her major league protector. 
Moonlighter is a stand-alone novel. No cliffhangers, no prior experience necessary. Contains: hackers, hockey players, and a hotel room with only one bed.

Pre-order now!

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Enter the giveaway:

Happy Reads Everyone!

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

#AUDIOBOOKREVIEW: Speakeasy (True North #5) By Sarina Bowen

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Speakeasy by Sarina Bowen
Publisher: Audible Studios
Release Date: September 25th, 2018
Format: egalley*
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N 
Sometimes you fall for Mr. Right. And sometimes for Mr. Right Now…

Did you hear the one about the girl who walks into a bar and catches her live-in lover kissing someone else? No? You’re the only one in town who missed it.
Luckily Alec is there to wrap me up in strong arms and carry me out the door before things get too ugly. And that’s not all Alec is good at. Our unexpected chemistry makes him the perfect rebound guy.

I should know better than to hook up with my rival’s little sister, but the fiery look in May’s eyes really turns my crank. She needs cheering up, and I’m just the guy for the job.

It’s not like I’ll fall in love. Not even after a string of scorching hot trysts, and the realization that we’re good at the same things: wild nights and familial disappointment. I don’t do love, never have, never will. So this is the perfect arrangement, for both of us.

Nobody would approve, but nobody has to know
Sarina Bowen is fast becoming a favorite author, so I am slowly working my way through her True North series after blowing through her Brooklyn Bruisers series. I have to say that I think Speakeasy might have been my favorite book of the series. For one, I related to May on a personal level in this book, and I think it's really why I ended up giving this one five stars. I'm not going to get into it on why, because that is too personal for me to talk about on my blog. I do also love the romance trope of secret lovers. I'm a sucker for it.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

#ARCREVIEW: Six Goodbyes We Never Said By Candace Ganger #blogtour

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Six Goodbye We Never Said By Candace Ganger
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Release Date: September 24th, 2019
Format: egalley*
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N TBD
Two teens meet after tragedy and learn about love, loss, and letting go

Naima Rodriguez doesn’t want your patronizing sympathy as she grieves her father, her hero—a fallen Marine. She’ll hate you forever if you ask her to open up and remember him “as he was,” though that’s all her loving family wants her to do in order to manage her complex OCD and GAD. She’d rather everyone back the-eff off while she separates her Lucky Charms marshmallows into six, always six, Ziploc bags, while she avoids friends and people and living the life her father so desperately wanted for her. 

Dew respectfully requests a little more time to process the sudden loss of his parents. It's causing an avalanche of secret anxieties, so he counts on his trusty voice recorder to convey the things he can’t otherwise say aloud. He could really use a friend to navigate a life swimming with pain and loss and all the lovely moments in between. And then he meets Naima and everything’s changed—just not in the way he, or she, expects. 

Candace Ganger's Six Goodbyes We Never Said is no love story. If you ask Naima, it’s not even a like story. But it is a story about love and fear and how sometimes you need a little help to be brave enough to say goodbye.

I am a very character-driven reader, so for me liking the characters in a book is SUPER important to me. Even if I might think the plot is meh, if i like the characters, I am usually pretty forgiven. That's why I don't really think Six Goodbyes We Never Said was for me. I just never could connect with either Naima or Dew. Granted, I think they are very well-written teenagers going through grief, I just found Naima way too angry to like her and Dew was a little bit of a try-hard. 

Saturday, September 14, 2019

#ARCREVIEW: Cursed By Thomas Wheeler, Illustrated by Frank Miller

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Cursed by Thomas Wheeler, Illustrated by Frank Miller
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release Date: October 1st, 2019
Format: egalley*
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N 
Soon to be a Netflix original series!

The Lady of the Lake is the true hero in this cinematic twist on the tale of King Arthur created by Thomas Wheeler and legendary artist, producer, and director Frank Miller (300, Batman: The Dark Night Returns, Sin City). Featuring 8 full color and 30 black-and-white pieces of original artwork by Frank Miller.

Whosoever wields the Sword of Power shall be the one true King.

But what if the Sword has chosen a Queen?

Nimue grew up an outcast. Her connection to dark magic made her something to be feared in her Druid village, and that made her desperate to leave…

That is, until her entire village is slaughtered by Red Paladins, and Nimue’s fate is forever altered. Charged by her dying mother to reunite an ancient sword with a legendary sorcerer, Nimue is now her people’s only hope. Her mission leaves little room for revenge, but the growing power within her can think of little else.

Nimue teams up with a charming mercenary named Arthur and refugee Fey Folk from across England. She wields a sword meant for the one true king, battling paladins and the armies of a corrupt king. She struggles to unite her people, avenge her family, and discover the truth about her destiny.

But perhaps the one thing that can change Destiny itself is found at the edge of a blade.
I really like Arthurian Myth, and I haven't read a lot of retellings (save for Avalon High by Meg Cabot which is amazing), so I was really excited to get my hands on this book. I think this book has an interesting take because it pulls in a lot of the myths but also puts it in the backdrop of how Christianity started to take over. It really focuses a lot on how pagans and people of other religions were straight up hunted down by the church. It's definitely an interesting take on the myth, but in the historical context it makes a lot of sense.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

#ARCREVIEW: The Matchmaker's Mistletoe Mission By Jaci Burton

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The Matchmaker's Mistletoe Mission By Jaci Burton
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Release Date: October 15th, 2019
Format: egalley*
My Rating: ★ 1/2 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N 

New York Times bestselling author Jaci Burton celebrates the gift of love and the holiday season with a snowy Christmas wedding at the Bellini family vineyard.
Stranded at the Red Moss Vineyard a week before her best friend's wedding, LA native and professional matchmaker Alice Weatherford is not pleased with her first trip to Oklahoma, or the epic snowstorm forcing her to stay. So much for Christmas cheer. What she needs is a project, something to distract her...and, oh, has she found one in neighboring rancher Clay Henry. Gorgeous, charming, and unlike any other man she's ever met, finding the right woman for Clay should be easy....

Having grown up with the Bellini sisters, it's no hardship for Clay to ride out the storm at their cozy family vineyard, especially since that means spending time with their savvy and smart houseguest. But despite Alice’s best efforts, he's not the least bit interested in her matchmaking....

Alice is the only woman Clay wants. Now he just has to convince the matchmaker herself to give love a chance.

This is the first book I've read by Jaci Burton, although I do have some of her hockey romances on my TBR. I have to admit, I wasn't really ready to read a book set during Christmas when it's barely even fall here in PA. But if you are a fan of Christmas-themed sexy, romances, I think this one might be for you!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

#REVIEW: That Kind of Guy (Ravenswood #3) By Talia Hibbert

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That Kind of Guy by Talia Hibbert
Publisher: Nixon House
Release Date: May 19th, 2019
Format: egalley*
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N TBD

She wants a fake relationship. He needs something real.

If there’s one thing Rae can’t stand, it’s pity. She’s forty, frazzled, and fed up—so attending an awards ceremony alonewhile her ex swans about with his new wife? Not an option. To avoid total humiliation, Rae needs a date of her own. And her young, hot-as-hell new best friend is the perfect candidate…

Zach Davis, king of casual hookups, has a secret: the notorious womaniser craves emotional connection, and anonymous encounters leave him feeling hollow. After years of performance, Zach’s desperate to be himself. So why does he agree to play Rae’s fake boyfriend? And why does it feel so easy?

When the line between pretence and desire blurs, Zach’s forced to face an unexpected truth: there’s nothing phoney about his need for Rae. But the jaded divorcรฉe’s been hurt by playboy men before. Can a weekend of faking it prove that Zach’s for real?

I saw another blogger rave about this book, so despite not reading the other books in this series, I decided to give it a go. I don't read a lot of books that have the older woman, younger man trope, but I kinda of loved it in this one. Also! Fake relationship! You know I love that! I definitely want to go back and read the other books in the series, and check out more from this author.

Monday, September 9, 2019

#ARCReview: Fake Date (Dating #2) By Monica Murphy

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Fake Date by Monica Murphy
Publisher: EM Publishing
Release Date: September 17th, 2019
Format: egalley*
My Rating: ★ 1/2
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N 
Working at Bliss Lingerie, Sarah Harrison deals with all sorts of—interesting clientele. Yet no one sparks her interest more than Jared Gaines, the ultra-rich, ultra-sexy businessman who frequents her shop, buying delicate little “gifts” for the women in his life.

But one day, Jared sends her a gift from Bliss. Then another—and another. So when Sarah walks into his office demanding to know why he can't stop sending her gifts, he makes her an offer she somehow can’t refuse: be his fake girlfriend for the weekend while attending his brother’s engagement party.

Next thing Sarah knows, she’s in San Francisco, pretending to be in love with Jared. Not that it’s a hardship. Once you get the man away from the office, he’s much more relaxed. Sweet. Funny. Even…thoughtful? Oh, and sexier than ever, of course.

Their pretend relationship feels very real, very quickly. Soon Sarah’s in over her head. Could what she and Jared share turn into something real? Or is it all actually…fake?

I'm kinda of conflicted with this review, because on the one hand, it uses two of my favorite tropes -- hate-to-love and fake dating--but on the other end I felt like some of the conflicts were just TOO dramatic. Maybe it was just me? This is actually book two, but I feel like I didn't need to read book one to get this book. So I don't think that's why it didn't completely click for me. I still enjoyed myself reading this, but ugh did these two annoy me!

Friday, September 6, 2019

#ARCReview: Pushing His Luck by Kira Archer

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Pushing His Luck by Kira Archer
Publisher: Entangled: Indulgence
Release Date: September 23rd, 2019
Format: egalley*
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N 

Today is the biggest day of my professional career. I’ve got one shot to prove I can play with the big boys and the Lachlan account is my ticket. I’ve never been more prepared for anything in my life. So of course that went up in flames.
In hindsight, stopping to get my chocolate milk fix right before the big meeting might not have been the best decision. Neither was fighting for the last jug with a flirty Thor-lookalike. In my defense, not even a Disney-prince-smolder delivered by a sweaty sex god is a match for an anxiety-fueled chocolate craving.
And had I known before walking into that meeting that my sweaty, sex-god, milk-thief was none other than Christopher Lachlan, the new client on whom my career hung, I’d have definitely skipped my morning stop.
Curse my dumb friggin’ luck. I would be attracted to the one person I can’t have. 
Pushing his Luck is actually book four in this Billionaire Romance Series by Kira Archer. I felt like you could read this book having not read the others, I didn't, but there were some places where I was kind of confused. Like it's not described that well how Izzy and Chris know each other. I think it must be more in the other books. It's not a deal-breaker, but I did find myself scratching my head a couple times while I read this.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

#ARCREVIEW: The Boyfriend Contract by Victoria James

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The Boyfriend Contract By Victoria James
Publisher: Entangled: Amara
Release Date: September 23rd, 2019
Format: egalley*
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N 
Emily Birmingham has had it up to here with men.

Growing up with an overbearing father and then her brother inherits everything she’s worked her whole life to build. Now she’s living in her grandmother's dilapidated house in the middle of nowhere Canada, jobless, and dealing with the most annoyingly sexy contractor on the planet. Exactly when did her life become an anti-Hallmark movie?

Cooper Merrick learned the hard way that love is definitely not worth the risk. He’s happy running the family contracting business alongside his well-meaning but overly-opinionated brothers...happy enough until polished and perfect Emily enters his world. Nothing prepared him for the ways she turns his life upside down and reaches the parts of himself he’s closed off from the world.

But when he finally gets up the nerve to ask Emily out, she says her next date will need to come with a written contract and some very particular ground rules. Yeah, it sounds crazy, but why does he find himself wanting to sign on the dotted line?
The Boyfriend Contract was a sweet and cute adult romance with very minimal heat to it. Like so low, I don't think the burner was even on. So if you like romances that are sweet and innocent, this one might be for you. The book is a romance and it does have a HEA, but I do think it's much more about our heroine Emily finding herself and getting out from behind the shadow of her family.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

August Wrap-up

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OMG! Summer is almost over! How? Although, yesterday I put on jeans to go out and my partner said to me, "Babe, it's not fall YET, it's still hot." LOL! I have somehow managed to still be writing a decent amount of reviews on the blog, despite working a lot on my writing. So that has been taking up a lot of my time. So much, that I haven't really been that good at posting my regular features or even playing video games! Which is very weird for me.