Tuesday, May 31, 2016

New Releases - May 31, 2016 #newreleases #newbooks

May 31, 2016  

It's Tuesday!  That means it is time to make a little bit of room on the bookshelves, load up your ereader, or make your way to your local library.  In other words - It is time to get your hands on a new book!

Here are just a few books that have just been released that you may want to grab soon:
Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
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From the Emmy, PEN, Peabody, Critics' Choice, and Golden Globe Award-winning creator of the TV show Fargo comes the thriller of the year.

On a foggy summer night, eleven people-ten privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter-depart Martha's Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later, the unthinkable happens: the plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs-the painter-and a four-year-old boy, who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul's family.

With chapters weaving between the aftermath of the crash and the backstories of the passengers and crew members-including a Wall Street titan and his wife, a Texan-born party boy just in from London, a young woman questioning her path in life, and a career pilot-the mystery surrounding the tragedy heightens. As the passengers' intrigues unravel, odd coincidences point to a conspiracy. Was it merely by dumb chance that so many influential people perished? Or was something far more sinister at work? Events soon threaten to spiral out of control in an escalating storm of media outrage and accusations. And while Scott struggles to cope with fame that borders on notoriety, the authorities scramble to salvage the truth from the wreckage.

Amid pulse-quickening suspense, the fragile relationship between Scott and the young boy glows at the heart of this stunning novel, raising questions of fate, human nature, and the inextricable ties that bind us together.


Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23746004-black-eyed-susans
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A ruthless tycoon
Savage ambition has brought common-born Rhys Winterborne vast wealth and success. In business and beyond, Rhys gets exactly what he wants. And from the moment he meets the shy, aristocratic Lady Helen Ravenel, he is determined to possess her. If he must take her virtue to ensure she marries him, so much the better…

A sheltered beauty
Helen has had little contact with the glittering, cynical world of London society. Yet Rhys’s determined seduction awakens an intense mutual passion. Helen’s gentle upbringing belies a stubborn conviction that only she can tame her unruly husband. As Rhys’s enemies conspire against them, Helen must trust him with her darkest secret. The risks are unthinkable…the reward, a lifetime of incomparable bliss. And it all begins with…

Marrying Mr. Winterborne

June by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25205422-who-do-you-love

From the New York Times bestselling author of Bittersweet comes a novel of suspense and passion about a terrible mistake made sixty years ago that threatens to change a modern family forever. 

Twenty-five-year-old Cassie Danvers is holed up in her family’s crumbling mansion in rural St. Jude, Ohio, mourning the loss of the woman who raised her—her grandmother, June. But a knock on the door forces her out of isolation. Cassie has been named the sole heir to legendary matinee idol Jack Montgomery's vast fortune. How did Jack Montgomery know her name? Could he have crossed paths with her grandmother all those years ago? What other shocking secrets could June’s once-stately mansion hold?

Soon Jack’s famous daughters come knocking, determined to wrestle Cassie away from the inheritance they feel is their due. Together, they all come to discover the true reasons for June’s silence about that long-ago summer, when Hollywood came to town, and June and Jack’s lives were forever altered by murder, blackmail, and betrayal.

As this page-turner shifts deftly between the past and present, Cassie and her guests will be forced to reexamine their legacies, their definition of family, and what it truly means to love someone, steadfastly, across the ages.

She Poured Out Her Heart by Jean Thompson
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24502483-the-scamp?from_search=true&search_version=service
National Book Award finalist Jean Thompson traces the complicated friendship of two very different women who meet in college. In the tradition of her bestselling novel The Year We Left Home, Thompson has crafted a novel of remarkable psychological suspense, cast with the kinds of deeply realized characters that have been heralded as “emotionally fluid” and “deeply familiar.”

The night that Jane and Bonnie meet on a college campus sets them on paths forever entwined. Bonnie, the wild and experimental one, always up for anything, has spent the past two decades bouncing between ill-fated relationships; while Jane, whose seemingly perfect life, perfect husband, and perfect children appear to have materialized out of a fantasy. But these appearances contradict the quiet, inescapable doubt Jane feels about her life. One night, in the middle of her own Christmas party, she steps outside into the snow, removes her clothing and shoes, and lies down in the backyard. When she is discovered, nothing is the same for anyone. As Jane begins to have visions and retreat into a private inner world, Bonnie finds herself drawn inevitably into an affair with Jane’s husband.

Thompson’s mastery of complex emotion begets a novel of desire and the nature of love—who we love, how we’re loved, and, most important, that we reach urgently and always for a higher love, regardless of our circumstances. She Poured Out Her Heart is a finely wrought, haunting story of female friendship and deception, and the distance in between.

More Great Books Being Released Today
(Covers link to Goodreads)
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25689042-the-art-of-being-normalhttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24331386-the-view-from-the-cheap-seats?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27209486-modern-lovers?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26114460-his-wicked-wish?ac=1&from_search=true

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Review - I Kissed a Rogue by Shana Galen @shanagalen @SourcebooksCasa

I Kissed a Rogue by Shana Galen
Series: Covent Garden Cubs #3
Sourcebooks Casablance
Publication Date: March 1, 2016
Date Read: May 26, 2016
Source: NetGalley


Once she spurned the man…
When the Duke of Lennox hires Sir Brook Derring, England’s best investigator, to find his daughter, Brook intends only to rescue the lady and return to his solitary life. He deals with London’s roughest criminals every day of the week; surely he should be able to endure seeing his first love again—the perfect girl who broke his heart...

Now her life depends on him
Lady Lillian-Anne Lennox has always done her best to live up to her father’s standards of perfection—at the cost of following her heart. When she’s kidnapped and her perfect life is shattered, Lila has another chance. Together, Lila and Brook navigate not only the dark and deadly side of London, but the chasm of pride and prejudice that divides them.


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23014597-what-doesn-t-kill-her

My Review

This was a rather nice historical romance.  This is the third book in the Covent Garden Cubs series and I have read them all but each one of the books can easily be read as a stand alone novel.  I would have to say that this book was my least favorite in the series but only by a slight margin.  I thought the story was a bit silly at times but I was kind of in the mood for silly so it worked out for me.

Lady Lila has been kidnapped.   Her father, a Duke, goes to Brook for help in finding Lila before it is too late.  Brook is successful in finding Lila quickly but soon realizes that she may still be in danger since she was targeted for the kidnapping and witnessed another crime while she was being held captive.  As a way to keep her safe, Brook agrees to marry Lila but plans an annulment as soon as her captors are found.

Lila seems rather spoiled at the start of the story.  As the daughter of a Duke, she has led a privileged life with servants to do things for her.  When she was younger and first encountered Brook, she wasn't very nice and liked to play with other people's emotions.  Brook has not forgiven Lila for crushing him when he proposed to her years ago but Lila has changed.  Some of her spoiled behavior really seems to come from the fact that this is how her life has always been.  She doesn't know how to do some tasks simply because someone else has always been there to do them for her so she hasn't had the chance to learn.

Brook had a hard time letting go of his anger towards Lila.  Even though he has changed in the years since he proposed, he doesn't seem to believe that Lila could have changed just as much even though it seems to be obvious.  When they flee to the country in order to hide from Lila's kidnapper, they have the chance to get to know the people that they have become since their initial meeting.

I liked Brook and Lila as a couple.  Brook is a genuinely nice man who wants to make sure that Lila is kept safe.  Lila is ready for a bit of independence from her father and has learned a bit of compassion from caring for her mother prior to her death.  They do have some great chemistry and there are more than a few sexy times in the story to keep the heat up.

The overall plot may have been a bit far fetched but it was still a lot of fun.  I did find myself thinking that certain parts of the story were rather silly and overdone but it didn't affect my enjoyment of the story.  The suspenseful part of the story is really pretty minor and rather easily resolved.  This story is really about Brook and Lila falling for each other.

I would recommend this book to fans of historical romance.  I have read several books by Shana Galen and have enjoyed all of them so far.  I can't wait to read more of her work.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Sourcebooks Casablanca via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.

The Series - Covent Garden Cubs
#0.5 - Viscount of ViceMy Review
#1 - Earls Just Want to Have Fun - My Review
#2 - The Rogue You Know - My Review
#3 - I Kissed a Rogue
About the Author

Shana Galen is the bestselling author of fast-paced adventurous Regency historicals, including the RT Reviewers' Choice The Making of a Gentleman. Booklist says, "Galen expertly entwines espionage-flavored intrigue with sizzling passion," and RT Bookreviews calls her "a grand mistress of the action/adventure subgenre." She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven years. Most of those years were spent working in Houston's inner city. Now she writes full time. She's happily married and has a daughter who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making. Shana loves to hear from readers, so send her an email or see what she's up to daily on Facebook and Twitter.

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Stacking the Shelves #22


I am really excited to participate in Stacking the Shelves, a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews

I had great hopes that things would slow down this week but it proved to be pretty busy after all.  My daughter finished her freshman year last week but it turns out we weren't quite done after all.  She was honored at a board meeting on Tuesday night and had to play at the graduation ceremony on Thursday.  It was my turn to take her to trombone lessons on Wednesday so my week had very few moments of free time.  I couldn't seem to get myself in the mood to spend any time online in the time that I had but I did squeeze a book into the week.  I am really looking forward to this three day weekend....I need it!

Print Books

Controlled Burn by Shannon Stacey (Paperback Swap)

I have liked every Shannon Stacey novel that I have read so far so I put a few of her books on my Paperback Swap wishlist.  I was really excited for this one to become available so quickly.

Audiobooks

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone (Audiobook Sync)
Egg & Spoon by Gregory Macguire (Audiobook Sync)
A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samanth Mabry (Won @ LibraryThing)

I picked up two awesome freebies from Audiobook Sync this week.  I also received A Fierce and Subtle Poison that I won over at LibraryThing in April.  I am so happy to get my hands on this one.  I had started to wonder if I should even continue to enter the contests on LibraryThing since the last three books that I have won have never made it to my house.  This win gives me a bit of hope that I might see the other books someday.  

What books do you add to your shelves this week? 
Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave a link to your own STS post!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Review - June by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore @FirstToRead @CrownPublishing

June by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore
Crown Publishing
Publication Date: May 31, 2016
Date Read: May 10, 2016
Source: First to Read


From the New York Times bestselling author of Bittersweet comes a novel of suspense and passion about a terrible mistake made sixty years ago that threatens to change a modern family forever. 

Twenty-five-year-old Cassie Danvers is holed up in her family’s crumbling mansion in rural St. Jude, Ohio, mourning the loss of the woman who raised her—her grandmother, June. But a knock on the door forces her out of isolation. Cassie has been named the sole heir to legendary matinee idol Jack Montgomery's vast fortune. How did Jack Montgomery know her name? Could he have crossed paths with her grandmother all those years ago? What other shocking secrets could June’s once-stately mansion hold?

Soon Jack’s famous daughters come knocking, determined to wrestle Cassie away from the inheritance they feel is their due. Together, they all come to discover the true reasons for June’s silence about that long-ago summer, when Hollywood came to town, and June and Jack’s lives were forever altered by murder, blackmail, and betrayal.

As this page-turner shifts deftly between the past and present, Cassie and her guests will be forced to reexamine their legacies, their definition of family, and what it truly means to love someone, steadfastly, across the ages.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23014597-what-doesn-t-kill-her

My Review

This book was an okay read for me.  It was the kind of book that was pretty good but I still found myself wanting more throughout the story.  I knew going into this book that it was going to be told through dual timelines which doesn't always work for me because I usually enjoy one timeline more than the other.   I really liked both of the timelines about equally in this book but I found both lacking in certain ways.  I did enjoy the book enough that I am definitely glad that I picked it up.

Cassie has recently inherited her grandmother's elaborate home and a small sum of money.  The house is falling apart very quickly and Cassie really has no plans on how to move forward.  I had really high hopes as the book opened and the house took on a life of its own.  Unfortunately, that aspect of the story wasn't explored nearly as much as I would have like to see.  When she receives a visitor that informs her that she has just inherited the fortune of Jack Morgan, a very wealthy and famous Hollywood actor, she thinks that it has to be a mistake.  Before she knows it, Jack Morgan's famous daughters along with their assistants have taken over her life and her home.

Sixty years ago, Jack Morgan was in St. Jude to film a movie.  Did he know Cassie's grandmother, June, and how does this relate to Cassie?  If I had to choose, I would say that I really liked the parts of the book set in 1955 just a little more than the present day but I still wanted more.  I liked June and her friend Lindie was easily my favorite character in the book but I really didn't see as much chemistry between June and Jack as I expected. 

I did have a few issues with this book.  This story is filled with secrets but I wasn't surprised by any of them as they were revealed.  If June had had an honest conversation with Cassie before her death, much of the story wouldn't have even needed to happen.  I guess I kept waiting for that big moment or event to really blow me away in this book but I just didn't get it.  I wanted an epic love story but this didn't feel like one to me.   I really felt like the story dragged during much of the book and I had no trouble setting it aside.  The last 20% or so was pretty exciting but I wish that there had been a little excitement sprinkled in other areas of the book.

I do think that most readers will like this one a little more than I did.  I wouldn't hesitate to encourage others to pick it up if the summary sounds interesting to them at all.  This is the first book by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore that I have read and I hope to check out some of her other titles in the future.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Crown Publishing via First to Read for the purpose of providing an honest review.

About the Author

MIRANDA BEVERLY-WHITTEMORE is the author of four novels, including The Effects of Light and Set Me Free, which won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for the best book of fiction by an American woman published in 2007. A recipient of the Crazyhorse Fiction Prize, she lives and writes in Brooklyn and Vermont.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #18 - Gemina

 Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

My Waiting on Wednesday pick is:


Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 18, 2016

The highly anticipated sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller that critics are calling “out-of-this-world awesome.”

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23014597-what-doesn-t-kill-her

Pre-Order:  Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | BAM!


Why Am I Waiting?
I enjoyed Illuminae when I read it last year.  I was suggesting books to my daughter recently and told her that I thought she should read Illuminae soon.  She is actually reading it right now which has me thinking about it and wanting to see where the story is going to go next.  I am crossing my fingers that I can get an early copy of this one.

What are you waiting for this week? 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

New Releases - May 24, 2016 #newreleases #newbooks

May 24, 2016  

It's Tuesday!  That means it is time to make a little bit of room on the bookshelves, load up your ereader, or make your way to your local library.  In other words - It is time to get your hands on a new book!

Here are just a few books that have just been released that you may want to grab soon:
The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin
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In The Passage and The Twelve, Justin Cronin brilliantly imagined the fall of civilization and humanity's desperate fight to survive. Now all is quiet on the horizon—but does silence promise the nightmare's end or the second coming of unspeakable darkness? At last, this bestselling epic races to its breathtaking finale.

The world we knew is gone. What world will rise in its place?

The Twelve have been destroyed and the hundred-year reign of darkness that descended upon the world has ended. The survivors are stepping outside their walls, determined to build society anew—and daring to dream of a hopeful future.

But far from them, in a dead metropolis, he waits: Zero. The First. Father of the Twelve. The anguish that shattered his human life haunts him, and the hatred spawned by his transformation burns bright. His fury will be quenched only when he destroys Amy—humanity's only hope, the Girl from Nowhere who grew up to rise against him.

One last time light and dark will clash, and at last Amy and her friends will know their fate.

People Who Knew Me by Kim Hooper
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23746004-black-eyed-susans
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Everything was fine fourteen years after she left New York.

Until suddenly, one day, it wasn’t.

Emily Morris got her happily-ever-after earlier than most. Married at a young age to a man she loved passionately, she was building the life she always wanted. But when enormous stress threatened her marriage, Emily made some rash decisions. That’s when she fell in love with someone else. That’s when she got pregnant.

Resolved to tell her husband of the affair and to leave him for the father of her child, Emily’s plans are thwarted when the world is suddenly split open on 9/11. It’s amid terrible tragedy that she finds her freedom, as she leaves New York City to start a new life. It’s not easy, but Emily---now Connie Prynneforges a new happily-ever-after in California. But when a life-threatening diagnosis upends her life, she is forced to rethink her life for the good of her thirteen-year-old daughter.

A riveting debut in which a woman must confront her own past in order to secure the future of her daughter, Kim Hooper's People Who Knew Me asks: “What would you do?”

The Last Star by Rick Yancey
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25205422-who-do-you-love

The Last Star is the heart-stopping finale to the bestselling 5th Wave series by award-winning author, Rick Yancey. Perfect for fans of The Hunger Games, Divergent and The Maze Runner.

'Wildly entertaining . . . I couldn't turn the pages fast enough' The New York Times

We’re here, then we’re gone, and that was true before they came. That’s always been true. The Others didn’t invent death; they just perfected it. Gave death a face to put back in our face, because they knew that was the only way to crush us. It won’t end on any continent or ocean, no mountain or plain, jungle or desert. It will end where it began, where it had been from the beginning, on the battlefield of the last beating human heart.

Master storyteller Rick Yancey invokes triumph, loss, and unrelenting action as the fate of the planet is decided in the conclusion to this epic series.

Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24502483-the-scamp?from_search=true&search_version=service
San Francisco, 1906: Fifteen-year-old Mercy Wong is determined to break from the poverty in Chinatown, and an education at St. Clare’s School for Girls is her best hope. Although St. Clare’s is off-limits to all but the wealthiest white girls, Mercy gains admittance through a mix of cunning and a little bribery, only to discover that getting in was the easiest part. Not to be undone by a bunch of spoiled heiresses, Mercy stands strong—until disaster strikes.

On April 18, an historic earthquake rocks San Francisco, destroying Mercy’s home and school. With martial law in effect, she is forced to wait with her classmates for their families in a temporary park encampment. Mercy can't sit by while they wait for the Army to bring help. Fires might rage, and the city may be in shambles, yet Mercy still has the 'bossy' cheeks that mark her as someone who gets things done. But what can one teenaged girl do to heal so many suffering in her broken city?

More Great Books Being Released Today
(Covers link to Goodreads)
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26198812-the-hunthttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23285687-a-clatter-of-jars?ac=1&from_search=true#https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26192646-sweetbitter?ac=1&from_search=true#https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26114644-the-children?ac=1&from_search=true

Monday, May 23, 2016

Audiobook Review - The Killing Jar by Jennifer Bosworth @JennBosworth @Dreamscapeaudio @audiobkjkbx

The Killing Jar by Jennifer Bosworth
Narrated by Saskia Maarleveld
Dreamscape Media, LLC
Publication Date: January 13, 2016
Date Read: May 6, 2016
Length:  8 hours 23 minutes
Source: Audiobook Jukebox


Seventeen-year-old Kenna Marsden has a secret. She's haunted by a violent tragedy she can't explain. Kenna's past has kept people - even her own mother - at a distance for years. Just when she finds a friend who loves her and life begins to improve, she's plunged into a new nightmare: Her mom and twin sister are attacked, and the dark powers Kenna has struggled to suppress awaken with a vengeance.

On the heels of the assault, Kenna is exiled to a nearby commune, known as Eclipse, to live with a relative she never knew she had. There, she discovers an extraordinary new way of life as she learns who she really is and the wonders she's capable of.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23014597-what-doesn-t-kill-her

My Review

I was looking for something a little different and this one fit the bill.  It had a paranormal theme that I don't remember seeing before.  I really liked the narration a lot and think that it added quite a bit to the story and I am really glad that I chose to listen to this story.  This was never a book that totally sucked me in to the point that I didn't want to put it down  but I did really enjoy in the end.

Kenna isn't like everyone else.  She has a special ability that her mother has made her promise to keep a secret.  She knows that it is very important that she never use her powers again after the unfortunate incident with the neighbor boy.  Her family consists of her mother, herself, and her twin sister, who is in ill health.  She is also very close to her neighbor, Blake.

Kenna's world is turned upside down when she comes home from an outing with Blake to find her mother and sister in a desperate situation.  Kenna uses the abilities that she has tried so hard to keep secret in order to save the pair.  In doing so, she does things that she didn't even know was possible and attracts a lot of attention.  Her mother knows that Kenna will need outside help so she takes her to Eclipse.

Once Kenna arrives at Eclipse, the book takes on a different tone and instead of everything being unknown we start to learn some of what is really going on.  The group at Eclipse seem like a type of cult and I was never really sure who Kenna should trust.  There are a few twists and turns in the story as things progressed and the ending of the story proved to be very exciting.

I liked the characters in this story well enough.  Kenna was a good character but she did drive me a little crazy with some of her thinking.  Nothing that drove me too nuts or anything but I did wish that she would focus on what was really important.  Blake was a great character and I wish that we had seen a little more of him in the story.  He was a really great guy to Kenna.  Her mother kept a lot of secrets from Kenna but she did seem to do so because she thought it was for the best.  The characters at Eclipse added an element of the unknown to the story.

I really enjoyed Saskia Maarleveld's narration of this story.  This is the first audiobook narrated by Ms. Maarleveld that I have had the chance to listen to but I would like to listen to her work again in the future.  She really seemed to grasp Kenna's emotions and presented them well in the story.  At times, her narration really added to the suspense of the story.  I am pretty sure that I enjoyed this story a little more because of her narration.

I would recommend this to fans of YA paranormal stories.  This story has a unique focus and everything is really wrapped up nicely.  This is the first book by Jennifer Bosworth that I have read but I will definitely look for her work again.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Dreamscape Media, LLC via Audiobook Jukebox for the purpose of providing an honest review.

About the Author

Author and screenwriter, Jennifer Bosworth, grew up in a small town where there was nothing to do but read and get into trouble. She did plenty of both, which led her to a career writing about people who get into trouble. Jennifer and her husband recently escaped from Los Angeles and are now hiding out in Portland, Oregon with a couple of long-legged dogs. In her spare time she can be found watching horror movies and dreaming of starting her own hippie commune, where there will be many goats. Learn more about her and view her short films at jenniferbosworth.com or just Google her and see what happens.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | TwitterA

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Review - Worth It All by Claudia Conner @Claudia__Connor @readloveswept

Worth It All by Claudia Conner
Series: The McKinney Brothers #3
Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept
Publication Date: April 19, 2016
Date Read: May 20, 2016
Source: NetGalley


“Read Claudia Connor for a consistently raw and emotional love story,” recommends Carly Phillips. Now the swoon-worthy McKinney Brothers series from this bestselling author continues as JT, the youngest of the trio, discovers that only love can make him whole.

She's fighting for control. . . . Paige Roberts learned to fend for herself growing up. Now she's doing everything possible to give her daughter, Casey, the stability she never had. But when the vivacious five-year-old decides she's done wearing her prosthesis, Paige faces her toughest challenge yet: trusting a handsome, brooding stranger who simply wants to help.

He's struggling to connect. . . . JT McKinney lost more than his leg in a car accident that stole his dreams of pro football. Eight years later, he's made a new life for himself far away from his old one. His business is developing cutting-edge prosthetics and he's more than happy to turn his attention to machines instead of people. Still, he can't shake the feeling that something's missing.

Will they take a chance on love? . . . When JT gets the chance to help Paige's daughter, he takes it. He never planned on the two of them tearing down his walls or teaching him to believe in himself again. Paige might not believe in happily ever afters, but JT wants more than anything to be her prince. They'll both have to let go of the past if they want a future.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23014597-what-doesn-t-kill-her

My Review

I liked this sweet romantic story. The characters in this book were absolutely wonderful and the story made my heart melt. This book is listed as the third book in the McKinney Brothers series but it is really more of a stand alone that is loosely linked to other stories. This is a series that you can easily jump in at any point. I have only read the second and third books and don't feel like I missed anything besides maybe another great story.

This story focuses on JT, Paige, and Casey. JT, or Jake, lost his leg in a car accident. He know works to make prosthetic devices with advanced technologies. He really has completely recovered from his physical injuries and is able to do just about anything except forgive himself. He has had his eye on the cute waitress even before he realizes that her daughter could benefit from his expertise.

Paige is a single mom who works tirelessly to make sure her daughter Casey is given a good life. She makes every decision in her life with Casey in mind and is determined to go to school so that she can get a better job to take care of them. Paige does not believe in fairy tales. Not for a minute. Paige has a really hard time doing anything for herself and really doesn't end up with a lot of free time to do anything for fun. Will she take a chance on Jake?

I loved the characters in this story. Casey really added a lot to the story and I don't often like kids as a main focus in a romantic novel. Casey was just a lot of fun and she was completely honest as kids tend to be. Her connection with Jake was absolutely precious. I could feel the love that Jake and Casey shared as much as the chemistry between Jake and Paige. These three were just meant to be together.

I would say that this romance was more of a sweet story than a sexy one. There were a few sexy times but I was really pulled in by the sweet moments. I would highly recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance. I plan to read much more of Claudia Connor's work in the near future.  

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Claudia Connor attended Auburn University, where she received her undergraduate and masters degrees in early childhood education, and completed her studies in Sawbridgeworth, England. Always a lover of happy endings, she enjoys movies, reading, and spending her days putting on paper the stories in her head. She lives near Memphis, Tennessee, with her husband and three daughters.

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Stacking the Shelves #21


I am really excited to participate in Stacking the Shelves, a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews

I seriously hope that things are about to settle down around my house soon.  I was pretty much absent online this week and I am so sorry for not keeping up with all of my blogger friends.  My daughter just finished her last week of school which was busy with finals, last minute papers, and everything else.  I am just glad that we have finally made it to the end and am looking forward to a slower pace - at least for a bit.  

Digital Books

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova (Kindle Purchase)
We're All Damaged by Matthew Norman (Kindle First Pick)
The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis (For Review - First to Read)

Audiobooks

100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith

I have been looking forward to this freebie from Audiobook Sync ever since the books that would be offered were posted.  I really enjoyed Winger and the sequel Stand-Off so I am eager to try out some of Andrew Smith's other works.  I just love this summer program!

What books do you add to your shelves this week? 
Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave a link to your own STS post!
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