Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #22 - The Sight

 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:


The Sight by Chloe Neill
Publisher: NAL Trade
Publication Date: August 16, 2016

The paranormal war that engulfed New Orleans seven years ago is over. But the battle for the city is just beginning . . .

Claire Connolly is a Sensitive, infected with magic when the Veil that divides humanity from the world beyond fell. Magic can easily consume and destroy a Sensitive, and if Claire’s secret is discovered she’ll be locked into the walled district of Devil’s Isle along with every other Paranormal left in the city.

Bounty hunter Liam Quinn discovered Claire’s secret, but refused to turn her in. Together they saved New Orleans from the resurgence of magic that nearly destroyed it. But now a dangerous cult is on the rise, and it will take both Claire and Liam—and magical allies within Devil’s Isle’s towering walls—to defeat the occult threat before magic corrupts them both...

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 the first book in this series, The Veil, and am looking forward to jumping back into this world.  I loved all of the magic and the characters were great.  I am hoping that this one will be even better than the first installment.

What are you waiting for this week? 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

New Releases - June 28, 2016 #newreleases #newbooks

June 28, 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:
Sweet Little Lies by Jill Shalvis
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | BAM! 

My Review

Choose the one guy you can’t have . . .

As captain of a San Francisco Bay tour boat, Pru can handle rough seas—the hard part is life on dry land. Pru loves her new apartment and her neighbors; problem is, she’s in danger of stumbling into love with Mr. Right for Anybody But Her.

Fall for him—hard . . .

Pub owner Finn O’Riley is six-foot-plus of hard-working hottie who always makes time for his friends. When Pru becomes one of them, she discovers how amazing it feels to be on the receiving end of that deep green gaze. But when a freak accident involving darts (don’t ask) leads to shirtless first aid, things rush way past the friend zone. Fast.

And then tell him the truth.

Pru only wants Finn to be happy; it’s what she wishes for at the historic fountain that’s supposed to grant her heart’s desire. But wanting him for herself is a different story—because Pru’s been keeping a secret that could change everything. . . .


And I Darken by Kiersten White
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23746004-black-eyed-susans
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | BAM!

NO ONE EXPECTS A PRINCESS TO BE BRUTAL.

And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, who’s expected to rule a nation, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.

But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.

Run by Kody Keplinger
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25205422-who-do-you-love

Bo Dickinson is a girl with a wild reputation, a deadbeat dad, and a mama who's not exactly sober most of the time. Everyone in town knows the Dickinsons are a bad lot, but Bo doesn't care what anyone thinks.

Agnes Atwood has never gone on a date, never even stayed out past ten, and never broken any of her parents' overbearing rules. Rules that are meant to protect their legally blind daughter -- protect her from what, Agnes isn't quite sure.

Despite everything, Bo and Agnes become best friends. And it's the sort of friendship that runs truer and deeper than anything else.

So when Bo shows up in the middle of the night, with police sirens wailing in the distance, desperate to get out of town, Agnes doesn't hesitate to take off with her. But running away and not getting caught will require stealing a car, tracking down Bo's dad, staying ahead of the authorities, and -- worst of all -- confronting some ugly secrets.

Never Missing, Never Found by Amanda Panitch
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24502483-the-scamp?from_search=true&search_version=service
A juicy thriller about a girl who returned from the missing. . . . Hand to fans of We Were Liars, Bone Gap, and Vanishing Girls.

Some choices change everything. Scarlett chose to run. And the consequences will be deadly.

Stolen from her family as a young girl, Scarlett was lucky enough to eventually escape her captor. Now a teen, she's starting a summer job at an amusement park. There are cute boys, new friends, and the chance to finally have a normal life.

Her first day on the job, Scarlett is shocked to discover that a girl from the park has gone missing. Old memories come rushing back. And now as she meets her new coworkers, one of the girls seems strangely familiar. When Scarlett chose to run all those years ago, what did she set into motion? And when push comes to shove, how far will she go to uncover the truth . . . before it's too late?

More Great Books Being Released Today
(Covers link to Goodreads)
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30194043-wicked-ridehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27220713-tough-luck-herohttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25689026-before-we-go-extinct?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27191692-missing-presumed

Monday, June 27, 2016

Book Review - Sweet Little Lies by Jill Shalvis @JillShalvis @avonbooks

Sweet Little Lies by Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #1
Avon
Publication Date: June 28, 2016
Date Read: June 23, 2016
Source: Edelweiss


Choose the one guy you can’t have . . .

As captain of a San Francisco Bay tour boat, Pru can handle rough seas—the hard part is life on dry land. Pru loves her new apartment and her neighbors; problem is, she’s in danger of stumbling into love with Mr. Right for Anybody But Her.

Fall for him—hard . . .

Pub owner Finn O’Riley is six-foot-plus of hard-working hottie who always makes time for his friends. When Pru becomes one of them, she discovers how amazing it feels to be on the receiving end of that deep green gaze. But when a freak accident involving darts (don’t ask) leads to shirtless first aid, things rush way past the friend zone. Fast.

And then tell him the truth.

Pru only wants Finn to be happy; it’s what she wishes for at the historic fountain that’s supposed to grant her heart’s desire. But wanting him for herself is a different story—because Pru’s been keeping a secret that could change everything. . . .


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

My Review

This was such a delightful romance!  There was just so much that this book did right.  The characters were great, including a wonderful cast of secondary characters.  The chemistry between the couple was so intense that I just couldn't enough.  I loved the little pieces of humor that worked its way into the story.  The story was great and felt real to me.  I am so glad that I picked this one up.

The characters in this story were simply amazing.  I was sucked into the story right away just by Pru's character.  Oh yeah, Pru's dog, Thor, may have had a small part in grabbing me right away as well.  I just loved Thor.  It took me a little bit longer to really get a feel for Finn but once I did, I may have swooned a bit.  He was such a great match for Pru.  Finn's group of friends, who quickly became Pru's group of friends only added to the appeal.

I have read a lot of romances so there isn't too many plot ideas that I haven't come across during my years of reading.  The "big secret that could tear the couple apart" theme is generally not one of my favorites.  But you know what, it worked for me in this story.  I was actually a bit nervous about how things would work out since it is a romance novel and the odds are really good that the couple would get their happily ever after in the end.  It really speaks to the quality of the story that I was so invested in this fictional pair's happiness.

There was a wonderful playfulness to the story.  I found many sections of the book to be quite funny.  The humor in the story really fit in very nicely and didn't feel forced in any way.  This was just such a fun group of people that laughs would naturally occur anytime they are together.  The humor was nicely balanced with tenderness between Finn and Pru.  My heart melted just a bit when he worked to take care of her.  Everything about this story just felt so incredibly real.

The chemistry between Finn and Pru was off the charts.  Personality wise they fit together perfectly but the physical heat that they shared was breathtaking.  The sexy times in this book were intense but they had chemistry during every scene that they were together in the book.  I even felt the heat of Finn's stare when they first shared a page.

I would highly recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance.  Jill Shalvis is quickly becoming a go to author for me anytime that I am in the mood for a romance.  I have only read a few of her books so far but I will be working on her backlist soon.  I can't wait to see the next book in the Heartbreaker Bay series because I can't wait to spend more time with this group of characters.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Avon Books via Edelweiss for the purpose of providing an honest review.

About the Author

New York Times 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 bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Stacking the Shelves #26


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

I am spending the day traveling this Saturday and can't wait to pick my daughter up from camp.  I hope to be around to check out everyone's Stacking the Shelves posts on Sunday.  Have great Saturday!

Digital Books

Made for Sin by Stacia Kane (NetGalley)
The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel (NetGalley)
Sweet Little Lies by Jill Shalvis (Edelweiss)

It looks like Made for Sin should have actually been on last week's list but I somehow missed it  Anyway, I am so excited to see a new Stacia Kane book.  I was kind of hoping for a new Downside Ghosts novel but I will take what I can get.  I was offered a review copy of The Summer That Melted Everything by the author.  After reading the synopsis, I just had to have this book and can't wait to get started.  I am a sucker for Jill Shalvis so when I was asked by the publisher to read and review Sweet Little Lies this past weekend, I just had to jump right in.  I actually had a chance to finish Sweet Little Lies this week and I absolutely loved it.

Audiobooks


Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan (Audiobook Sync)

I am really excited to get my hands on a free copy of Boy Meets Boy over at Audiobook Sync.  If you haven't checked out that website yet, be sure to take a peek.  They still have a lot of great freebies lined up this summer.

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, June 24, 2016

My Random Life #1

My Random Life


General Life Happenings
Whew!  What a week this has been!  I have been kind of looking forward to this week and had lot of big plans.  None of which worked out.  My daughter has been in Indiana at a week long band camp so my husband and I have the house to ourselves (if you don't count the animals).  I had plans to get caught up on visiting blogs and reading several books among other things.  Plans are nice but rarely work out in my world.

This week has instead consisted of a horrible migraine, puppy diarrhea, and an over the top heat wave.  The migraine that I had made it impossible to look at any screen.  It was actually quite scary to be honest.  I have never had an ocular migraine before although I have had migraines and I hope to have neither kind ever again.  My head still starts feeling off anytime I look at a screen for too long so I will wait a bit before I spend too much time online.

Reading Life
I was in the middle of a book at the beginning of this week.  Unfortunately, I have to read this book on my tablet since I can't put it on my kindle.  Because of my migraine, I had to put it aside.   I am really looking forward to getting back to The Wolf Road and thought it had a really strong start.  


Since I couldn't just have nothing to read, I loaded the next book on my list, Sweet Little Lies by Jill Shalvis, onto my kindle and am not having any trouble reading it even though I am need to use a huge font.  I am really enjoying this one and should finish it sometime this week.

Listening Life
I decided to listen to an audiobook during our drive to Indiana and back on Sunday to drop our daughter off at camp.  Yes, my poor husband spent Father's Day in the car all day getting his baby girl to camp.  He is a keeper.  I haven't felt the need to pick it back up during the work week but I am looking forward to finishing it during our trip to pick her up on Saturday.  

Surprising Life
I did have a pleasant surprise this week as a result of the Apple settlement.  I must be living under a rock because I had no idea that Amazon customer's would be getting any kind of settlement.  I had a kindle during the time period the the suit addressed and I hate to say that I bought an embarrassingly large number of books during that time.  When I received an email that I had a huge credit added to my account, I was more than a little surprised.  It is really tempting to go crazy buying more books or to splurge on something but I will probably just use the money to buy dog food and other fun stuff that I usually buy on Amazon.

What's coming up?
We leave bright and early on Saturday to pick up our daughter at camp.  There is a concert in the middle of the day so it is going to be a long day.  Otherwise, next week should be pretty calm....let's hope :)

What is going on in your world?

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Review - The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman @GenevieveCogman @AceRocBooks @FirstToRead

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman
Series: The Invisible Library #1
Penguin Publishing Group - Roc
Publication Date: June 14, 2016
Date Read: June 14, 2016
Source: First to Read

Collecting books can be a dangerous prospect in this fun, time-traveling, fantasy adventure from a spectacular debut author.
 
One thing any Librarian will tell you: the truth is much stranger than fiction...

Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, a shadowy organization that collects important works of fiction from all of the different realities. Most recently, she and her enigmatic assistant Kai have been sent to an alternative London. Their mission: Retrieve a particularly dangerous book. The problem: By the time they arrive, it's already been stolen.

London's underground factions are prepared to fight to the death to find the tome before Irene and Kai do, a problem compounded by the fact that this world is chaos-infested—the laws of nature bent to allow supernatural creatures and unpredictable magic to run rampant. To make matters worse, Kai is hiding something—secrets that could be just as volatile as the chaos-filled world itself.

Now Irene is caught in a puzzling web of deadly danger, conflicting clues, and sinister secret societies. And failure is not an option—because it isn’t just Irene’s reputation at stake, it’s the nature of reality itself...


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

My Review

I loved this book!  I have been having a really hard time deciding if this is a a four star book or a five star book for me.  I would probably actually somewhere in the middle but I hate leaving half stars so I am going with four.  Either way, it is a very good book and I have to tell you that I am incredibly excited about where this series will end up going.  Seriously, the possibilities are endless.  I think I may have accidentally stumbled upon a real gem of a story.

I was first attracted to this book simply because of the title.  I mean it has the word library in the title so I was curious.  It is a really good thing that it had the awesome title that it does or I would have passed right over it simply because of the rather boring cover.  Ignore the cover because the beauty of this book is found within the pages.

This book really has so much going for it.  The story is about a librarian on a quest to acquire a rare book. These librarians will go to different worlds in order to preserve the world's most precious books.  I am so excited about this idea because each book can theoretically be set in a different world with the same awesome cast of characters.  How exciting!

This book really was quite unique.  I loved the world building that was done in this book and enjoyed the steampunk feel to the story.  I loved that Irene is the kind of person willing to put rules aside in order to do what she feels is right.  Kai was somewhat mysterious and really kept me guessing.  The whereabouts of the book that they were after was quite the mystery for me and I never really guessed what was going on until it was revealed in the story.

I would highly recommend this book to fans of light fantasy.  This is a book that I think I will finding myself re-reading at some point in the future.  Can I just have the next book now?  I really NEED to read book tow as soon as possible.  This is the first book by Genevieve Cogman that I have read but I can guarantee that it will not be my last. 

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

About the Author

Genevieve Cogman is a freelance author, who has written for several role-playing game companies. She currently works for the NHS in England as a clinical classifications specialist.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Twitter

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #21 - The Operator

 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:


The Operator by Kim Harrison
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication Date: November 22, 2016

On-the-run ex-agent Peri Reed returns bigger and bolder than ever in this second highly-anticipated installment in #1 New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison's new suspense trilogy, The Peri Reed Chronicles.

Peri Reed’s job eats her mind, but for a special task agent in hiding, forgetting the past can be a blessing.

Betrayed by the man she thought she loved and the agency who turned her into the very thing she fought against, Peri abandoned the wealth and privilege of Opti for anonymity riddled with memory gaps and self-doubt. But when a highly addictive drug promises to end her dependency on those who’d use her as a tool for their own success, she must choose to remain broken and vulnerable, or return to the above-the-law power and prestige she once left: strong but without will—for whoever holds her next fix, will hold her loyalty.

Yet even now as then, a love based on lies of omission might still save her life.

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

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


Why Am I Waiting?
I have to admit that I haven't yet read the first book in this series but I think that I have time to catch up before this book is released.  This one sounds amazing plus it is being released on my birthday...I may just have to treat myself to a gift that day! 

What are you waiting for this week? 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

New Releases - June 21, 2016 #newreleases #newbooks

June 21, 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:
Since She Went Away by David Bell
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | BAM!

My Review

Three months earlier, Jenna Barton was supposed to meet her lifelong best friend Celia. But when Jenna arrived late, she found that Celia had disappeared—and hasn’t been seen again. Jenna has blamed herself for her friend’s disappearance every single day since then.

The only piece of evidence is a lone diamond earring found where Celia and Jenna were planning to meet, leading the national media to dub Celia “The Diamond Mom.” And even though Jenna has obsessively surfed message boards devoted to missing persons cases, she is no closer to finding any answers—or easing her guilt.

But when her son’s new girlfriend—who suddenly arrived in town without a past—disappears, a stricken Jenna begins to unwind the tangled truth behind Celia’s tragedy. And as long-buried secrets finally come to light, she discovers how completely lives can be shattered by a few simple lies.


The Pursuit by Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23746004-black-eyed-susans
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | BAM!

Janet Evanovich, author of the blockbuster Stephanie Plum novels, and Lee Goldberg, writer for the Monk television show, team up once again for the fifth book in their rollicking, New York Times bestselling Fox and O’Hare series!

Nicolas Fox, international con man, thief, and one of the top ten fugitives on the FBI’s most-wanted list, has been kidnapped from a beachfront retreat in Hawaii. What the kidnapper doesn’t know is that Nick Fox has been secretly working for the FBI. It isn’t long before Nick’s covert partner, Special Agent Kate O’Hare, is in hot pursuit of the crook who stole her con man.

The trail leads to Belgium, France, and Italy, and pits Nick and Kate against their deadliest adversary yet: Dragan Kovic, an ex–Serbian military officer. He’s plotting a crime that will net him billions . . . and cost thousands of American lives.

Nick and Kate have to mount the most daring, risky, and audacious con they’ve ever attempted to save a major U.S. city from a catastrophe of epic proportions. Luckily they have the help of an eccentric out-of-work actor, a bandit who does his best work in the sewers, and Kate’s dad, Jake. The pressure’s on for Nick and Kate to make this work—even if they have to lay their lives on the line.

Unplugged by Donna Freitas
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25205422-who-do-you-love

The first book in a provocative new series from acclaimed author Donna Freitas—Feed for a new generation.

Humanity is split into the App World and the Real World—an extravagant virtual world for the wealthy and a dying physical world for the poor. Years ago, Skylar Cruz’s family sent her to the App World for a chance at a better life.

Now Skye is a nobody, a virtual sixteen-year-old girl without any glamorous effects or expensive downloads to make her stand out in the App World. Yet none of that matters to Skye. All she wants is a chance to unplug and see her mother and sister again.

But when the borders between worlds suddenly close, Skye loses that chance. Desperate to reach her family, Skye risks everything to get back to the physical world. Once she arrives, however, she discovers a much larger, darker reality than the one she remembers.

In the tradition of M. T. Anderson’s Feed and Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies, Unplugged kicks off a thrilling and timely sci-fi series for teens from an award-winning writer.

Summer in the Invisible City by Juliana Romano
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24502483-the-scamp?from_search=true&search_version=service
A sparkling coming-of-age story about self-discovery, first love, and the true meaning of family, perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Sarah Dessen.

Seventeen-year-old Sadie Bell has this summer all figured out: She’s going to befriend the cool girls at her school. She’s going to bond with her absentee father, a famous artist, and impress him with her photography skills. And she’s finally going to get over Noah, the swoony older guy who was her very first mistake.

Sadie wasn’t counting on meeting Sam, a funny and free-thinking boy who makes her question all of her goals. But even after a summer of talking, touching, and sharing secrets, Sam says he just wants to be friends. And when those Sadie cares about most hurt her, Sam’s friendship may not be enough. Sadie can see the world through her camera, but can she see the people who have loved and supported her all along?

Set against a glamorous New York City backdrop, this coming-of-age romance is a gorgeous summer read—one whose characters will stay with you long into the fall.

More Great Books Being Released Today
(Covers link to Goodreads)
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25802922-mirror-in-the-sky?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28696605-being-a-beast?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26114370-burn-what-will-burn?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26245848-a-sinful-calling?ac=1&from_search=true

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Stacking the Shelves #25


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

Another busy week at my house!  I am sure that a day will come when I will miss these busy months but right now I just feel like I need a break.  My youngest daughter was in a Low Brass Band Camp this week that met during the day which meant that we had to figure out how to get her there and home every day in addition to getting ourselves to work as close to on time as possible.  This week was brutally hot and I think that the heat just took all of my energy.  I did finish a book and an audiobook this week so I think my reading might be getting back on track.  

Digital Books

Hello? by Liza Weimer (Kindle Purchase)
HIghland Fling by Amanda Scott (Kindle Freebie)

I have had my eye on Hello? for some time but the price was right this week at only $0.99 when it was the Kindle Daily Deal.  I actually had a few dollars of promotional credit on Amazon so I able to use that to pay for this book.  I was pretty happy to grab this book for no money out of my pocket.  I don't think that I have read Amanda Scott before but I was excited to grab Highland Fling as a freebie this week.

Audiobooks

Beneath These Lies by Meghan March (For Review)
The Oedipus Plays by Sophocles (Audible Freebie)
My Antonia by Willa Cather (Audible Freebie)

I am thrilled with the audiobooks that I picked up this week.  I actually listened to Beneath These Lies as soon as I had it loaded on my phone and loved it.  I am curious about The Oedipus Plays so we will see how that one goes.  I loved My Antonia when I read in school years ago and thought it might be time to revisit the story.

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, June 17, 2016

Audiobook Review - Beneath These Lies by Meghan March @Meghan_March @audiobkjkbx

Beneath These Lies
Written by Meghan March
Narrated by Andi Arndt & Sebastian York
Series: Beneath #5
Publication Date: April 19, 2016
Date Read: June 14, 2016
Length:  8 hours 21 minutes
Source: Audiobook Jukebox

Look, but don’t touch…she might as well wear a neon sign that says it. It just makes me want her more.

She might be above me in every way, but I still want her under me.

I’ve got no business touching her rich-girl skin, but that won’t stop me from stealing a taste. Because rules were meant to be broken—especially when the prize is so fine.

In a world where nothing is as it seems, what's buried beneath these lies?


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

My Review

I absolutely loved this book.  The narration really was phenomenal in this audiobook.  I am pretty much convinced that I would have liked this book if I had picked up a print copy to read but the narration made me fall in love with the story.  I didn't want to stop listening and I really didn't stop very often.  I am so glad that I picked this one up.

I really liked the characters in this story.  Characters are always important but with a romance novel they are really vital to the story.  This book was just filled with great characters.  Valentina is a gallery owner who has been through some things in her past.  She is worried about her missing employee who is more like a little sister to her than anything else.  Detective Hennessy is the man who helped her when she was victimized before.  She goes to him for help in finding her employee but when he can't offer a lot of help she starts looking on her own.  Rix is the local gang leader who may be able to help her find her friend.

Kind of sounds a bit like a love triangle doesn't it?  It really was a love triangle at the start of the book and I can't believe it but I loved that about the story.  I had no idea who Valentina would end up with and I really liked them both.  They were both strong characters that were a completely alpha males.  I thought it was interesting how the two men were alike in so many ways but very different in others with one being a detective while the other one is running the local gang.  I couldn't step away from this book because I had to know who Valentina would end up with.

Eventually Valentina's choice became obvious but I found there was still so many other things that I had to know.  I loved the chemistry between the characters and the sexy scenes were very well done.  There was actually a lot of excitement in the story as things moved towards the end.  I was really rooting for the couple to get their happily ever after despite all of the obstacles.

Andi Arndt and Sebastian York really brought this story to life.  The bulk of the narration was done my Ms. Arndt but Sebastian York's parts came in at just the right time to really add to the story.  Their voices were both perfect for this story.  Andi Arndt did a wonderful job with the parts of the book from Valentina's point of view.  She displayed a wide range of emotions and did a great job with all of the dialog in the story.  Sebastian York narrated the sections of the book from Detective Hennessy and Rix's points of view.  He really did a fantastic job with both of the these characters and his narration really helped me imagine these two alpha men.  I love both of these narrators and think that their narration styles really compliment each other.  I will definitely look for both Andi Arndt and Sebastian York again soon.

I would recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance with a bit of an edge.  If you have the chance to listen to the audiobook, that is the best way to experience the story in my opinion.  This is the listed as the fifth book in the series but it works well as a stand alone.  This is the second book by Meghan March that I have had a chance to read and I hope to look for other works soon.

I received a review copy of this audiobook from Blackstone Audio via Audiobook Jukebox for the purpose of providing an honest review.

About the Author

Meghan March has been known to wear camo face paint and tromp around in woods wearing mud-covered boots, all while sporting a perfect manicure. She’s also impulsive, easily entertained, and absolutely unapologetic about the fact that she loves to read and write smut. Her past lives include slinging auto parts, selling lingerie, making custom jewelry, and practicing corporate law. Writing books about dirty talking alpha males and the strong, sassy women who bring them to their knees is by far the most fabulous job she’s ever had. She loves hearing from her readers at meghanmarchbooks@gmail.com.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Hello? by Liza Wiemer - Sale Spotlight - Kindle Daily Deal #Hello



Great news!  Hello? is one of today's Kindle Daily Deals which means that for today only, you can grab a copy for only $0.99!  Who doesn't love a great deal like that?




Hello? by Liza Wiemer

One HELLO can change a life. One HELLO can save a life.

Tricia: A girl struggling to find her way after her beloved grandma's death.
Emerson: A guy who lives his life to fulfill promises, real and hypothetical.
Angie: A girl with secrets she can only express through poetry.
Brenda: An actress and screenplay writer afraid to confront her past.
Brian: A potter who sets aside his life for Tricia, to the detriment of both.

Linked and transformed by one phone call, Hello? weaves together these five Wisconsin teens' stories into a compelling narrative of friendship and family, loss and love, heartbreak and healing, serendipity, and ultimately hope.

Told from all five viewpoints: narration (Tricia), narration (Emerson), free verse poetry (Angie), screenplay format (Brenda), narration and drawings (Brian).


On sale for $0.99 today only at Amazon!

I just picked up my copy of this highly rated book and can't wait to start reading!


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