Thursday, July 19, 2018

Books from the Backlog #17


Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread.  If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks.

If you would like to join in, please feel free to enter your link and link back to this post, then spend some time visiting some of the other posts.  

This week's neglected book

Fight or Flight by Natalie J. Damschroder
Release Date: September 17, 2013
Publisher: Carina Press
Eighteen years ago, a group of men killed Regan Miller’s boyfriend and tried to kidnap her daughter, Kelsey. Since then they have lived in hiding, always vigilant and never getting close to anyone.

When Kelsey goes away to college, Regan finally begins to relax. She even starts to think she can have a real relationship, perhaps with her flirtatious neighbor, Tyler Sloane. Then Regan is attacked again.

Desperate to get to her daughter, Regan accepts Tyler’s help—despite her suspicions about him. She knows nothing about Tyler but he knows a shocking amount about her past. Tyler can’t tell her what he knows or who he works for, but he insists she can’t face her enemies without him. Tired of living in fear, Regan is ready to take the offensive, with Tyler by her side. But is she relying too much on a man she can’t trust—and falling for him, too?

Why did I add Fight or Flight to my bookshelf?

I am not sure how long I have had a copy of this book sitting on my bookshelf but it has been a number of years.  I think that I accepted a copy of this book for review back when I was a new blogger and just couldn't keep up with everything.  I hate to say that it kind of got lost of the bookshelf for a while.  I have read and enjoyed this author in the past so I am moving this book a bit closer to the top of the pile. 

What are your thoughts? Have you read this book?  Would you recommend it to others?






Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Review - Crave Me by Cecy Robson

Crave Me by Cecy Robson
Narrated by Tara Langella
Series: O'Brien Family #3
Publisher: Cecy Robson, LLC
Publication Date: July 3, 2018 (audio)
Date Read: July 17, 2018
Length: 8 hours 54 minutes
Source: Caffeinated Services
★★★★★
In Crave Me, it’s time for the sole sister in the family to discover love.

Wren O’Brien isn’t your typical female. As the only girl from a loud Irish family with seven siblings, she prefers fast cars to lip gloss and bad boys to good men. It’s the reason she’s nursing a wounded soul and keeping her distance from a dangerous ex.

Evan Jonah is running an empire and just moved from the lavish thoroughfares of London to the gritty streets of Philadelphia. When he walks into the nearest dealership, he’s expecting to find a reliable vehicle to handle the brutal winters, not a sexy female car rep with killer legs.

Wren doesn’t know why “Hotness in a Suit” asked her out. She doesn’t expect a great time or a night of passion that knocks her on her ass. But that’s exactly what Evan shows her.

She also never counted on how hard and fast she’d fall. But men like Evan—good men with even better hearts—don’t desire tough-talking Philly girls for long.

Evan has never met a woman like Wren. But he’s up for the challenge and ready to prove her wrong.
My Review

I had an absolute blast with this book!  I like a good romance and have seen Cecy Robson's books around for several years but had never had the chance to read one so I excited to give her work a try.  I think I have been missing out because this book was amazing.  Once I started listening, I didn't want to stop.  I am so glad that I decided to take a chance with this book.

Wren and Evan were such great characters and they worked really well as a couple.  Wren is tough, smart, and seems to win everyone over very quickly.  Evan is dedicated to keeping his company going and is willing to make the necessary sacrifices to make it happen.  He is very focused on business until he meets Wren.  I thought that these two characters had fantastic chemistry and their relationship felt really authentic.

This book has so many elements that I enjoyed.  I loved the fact that there was a good amount of humor worked into this story.  I was actually laughing out loud as I read certain passages and had a big grin on my face through much of the story.  I also liked the bit of mystery in the story.  I had a feeling that something was going to happen but I was never quite sure what it would be.  There were a few pretty exciting moments before this book was over.

Tara Langella has easily made her way onto my list of favorite narrators with this book.  She really brought this story to life through her narration.  Her voices for Wren, Evan, and the other characters were all incredibly varied and full of emotion.  I thought that the special effects that occasionally showed up during phone calls and other similar events really added a nice touch to the overall audio production.  I think that the quality of the narration really added to my overall enjoyment of the book.

I would recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance.  This is the third book in the O'Brien Family series but I thought it worked perfectly as a stand alone.   This was a wonderful romance filled with fantastic characters that really had me wanting to see them find their happily every after.  I can't wait to read more from Cecy Robson.

I received a review copy of this audiobook from the author via Caffeinated Services.
About the Author

CECY ROBSON is an author of contemporary romance, young adult adventure, and award-winning urban fantasy. A double RITA® 2016 finalist for Once Pure and Once Kissed, and a published author of more than eighteen titles, you can typically find her on her laptop writing her stories or stumbling blindly in search of caffeine.

Author Link:  Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter 

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

New Releases - July 17, 2018 #newreleases #newbooks


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:


Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage
Sweetness can be deceptive.

Meet Hanna.

She’s the sweet-but-silent angel in the adoring eyes of her Daddy. He’s the only person who understands her, and all Hanna wants is to live happily ever after with him. But Mommy stands in her way, and she’ll try any trick she can think of to get rid of her. Ideally for good.

Meet Suzette.

She loves her daughter, really, but after years of expulsions and strained home schooling, her precarious health and sanity are weakening day by day. As Hanna’s tricks become increasingly sophisticated, and Suzette's husband remains blind to the failing family dynamics, Suzette starts to fear that there’s something seriously wrong, and that maybe home isn’t the best place for their baby girl after all.


Rocky Mountain Cowboy by Sara Richardson

Find it at:
FALLING FAST, FALLING HARD
Everyone wants a piece of Jaden Alexander. Ever since the famous "Snowboarding Cowboy" took a near-fatal spill on live television, he's been hounded by the media. Every reporter in the country wants an exclusive interview with the chiseled Olympic heartthrob. But only one of them has the easygoing charm-and breathtaking beauty-to knock Jaden off balance . . .

Kate Livingston isn't looking for a scoop. As senior editor for Adrenaline Junkie magazine, she's testing out camping gear on the Colorado Trail when Jaden's rescue dog Bella seeks refuge in her tent. Before she knows it, Kate is face to face with the world's sexiest snow-riding cowboy-and the biggest opportunity of her career. But getting close to Jaden isn't just about her job, and for the first time ever Kate has no idea how this story will end.

The Girl in the Green Silk Gown by Seanan McGuire

Find it at:
Goodreads | Booklikes | LibraryThing
The second book in the Ghost Roads series returns to the highways of America, where hitchhiking ghost Rose Marshall continues her battle with her killer—the immortal Bobby Cross.

For Rose Marshall, life began when it ended. She has friends, a home, and a purpose in the strange twilight where she spends her afterlife. Sure, she’s an urban legend who didn’t live to see her eighteenth birthday, but she’s had time to adapt, and while things could be better, she’s pretty happy with her lot in death.

At least until Bobby Cross—the man who killed her in the first place—plays his ultimate card in the hole, resulting in her untimely, unwanted resurrection. Suddenly breathing and worse, suddenly mortal, Rose must find a way to solve the riddle she never wanted to contend with: how does a living dead girl make it back to the ghostroads without actually dying?

Her quest will make allies out of enemies and enemies out of allies as she runs from the lands of the living to the lands of the dead, trying to find a way safely home…and safely back to her grave.

Kill the Farm Boy by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne

Find it at:
Goodreads | Booklikes | LibraryThing
Once upon a time, in a faraway kingdom, a hero, the Chosen One, was born . . . and so begins every fairy tale ever told.

This is not that fairy tale.

There is a Chosen One, but he is unlike any One who has ever been Chosened.

And there is a faraway kingdom, but you have never been to a magical world quite like the land of Pell.

There, a plucky farm boy will find more than he's bargained for on his quest to awaken the sleeping princess in her cursed tower. First there's the Dark Lord who wishes for the boy's untimely death . . . and also very fine cheese. Then there's a bard without a song in her heart but with a very adorable and fuzzy tail, an assassin who fears not the night but is terrified of chickens, and a mighty fighter more frightened of her sword than of her chain-mail bikini. This journey will lead to sinister umlauts, a trash-talking goat, the Dread Necromancer Steve, and a strange and wondrous journey to the most peculiar "happily ever after" that ever once-upon-a-timed.
More Great Books Being Released Today
(Covers link to Goodreads)
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39807182-slaying-it?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36421816-double-blind?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36569489-cottage-by-the-sea?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33224073-like-never-and-always?ac=1&from_search=true

Which new releases are you excited about this week?

Monday, July 16, 2018

Review - Iron and Magic by Ilona Andrews

Iron and Magic by Ilona Andrews
Series: The Iron Convenant #1 / Kate Daniels #9.5
Publisher: NYLA
Publication Date:  June 26, 2018
Date Read: July 1, 2018
Length:  406 pages
Source: Won - Books of My Heart
★★★★★
No day is ordinary in a world where Technology and Magic compete for supremacy…But no matter which force is winning, in the apocalypse, a sword will always work.

Hugh d’Ambray, Preceptor of the Iron Dogs, Warlord of the Builder of Towers, served only one man. Now his immortal, nearly omnipotent master has cast him aside. Hugh is a shadow of the warrior he was, but when he learns that the Iron Dogs, soldiers who would follow him anywhere, are being hunted down and murdered, he must make a choice: to fade away or to be the leader he was born to be. Hugh knows he must carve a new place for himself and his people, but they have no money, no shelter, and no food, and the necromancers are coming. Fast.

Elara Harper is a creature who should not exist. Her enemies call her Abomination; her people call her White Lady. Tasked with their protection, she's trapped between the magical heavyweights about to collide and plunge the state of Kentucky into a war that humans have no power to stop. Desperate to shield her people and their simple way of life, she would accept help from the devil himself—and Hugh d’Ambray might qualify.

Hugh needs a base, Elara needs soldiers. Both are infamous for betraying their allies, so how can they create a believable alliance to meet the challenge of their enemies?

As the prophet says: “It is better to marry than to burn.”

Hugh and Elara may do both.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40091737-iron-and-magic
My Review

Of course I love this book!  How could I not?  I have been really eager to get my hands on this book and love the fact that the whole concept started out as an April Fool's joke.  Being the awesome people that the writing team of Ilona Andrews are, they decided to make this book happen when their fans showed a desire to read it.  I did wonder how I would feel reading an entire book about Hugh.  Hugh is one of the bad guys!  I can tell you that I enjoyed every single moment reading this book.

This book is set in the same world as the Kate Daniels series.  I do think that readers could enjoy this book without reading this series but I think it would work best if read in order.  If you were to read this book before reading Kate Daniels, there would be quite a spoilers for the series.  Plus Kate Daniels is awesome and you don't want to miss those books.  

Hugh is one of Roland's men in the Kate Daniels series and as I said earlier one of the bad guys.  As I read this book, I started to understand Hugh and some of the things he has done made more sense.  At the start of this book Hugh is pretty much at rock bottom.  His men are doing well and he knows that he needs to do something to improve the situation.  He makes a deal with a village to offer protection in exchange for food and shelter by marrying Elara who has her own set of abilities.

Hugh and Elara were so much fun together.  They bickered constantly and I have to say I loved every moment of it.  I don't know if I have ever had so much fun watching two people fight.  Despite their disagreements they grow to have a mutual respect for each other.  They also quickly prove to be very honorable and committed to making their agreement work.  

This book had everything I was looking for.  There were some pretty comical scenes with great banter.  The characters were wonderful and I really getting to see a few favorites from the main series make an appearance.  There were some exciting action scenes and a finale that blew me away.  I can't wait to read more about this group of characters.

About the Author

Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Together they are the coauthors of the #1 New York Times bestselling Kate Daniels urban fantasy series and the romantic urban fantasy novels of the Edge.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Stacking the Shelves #127


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

My Life
I was back at work this week but my daughter was off to West Virginia so it wasn't quite back to normal around my house.  It was really hard to go back to work but I had a nice pile of work waiting for me to keep me busy. 

I did have a follow up doctor's appointment this week and it turns out that I am needing to have surgery to repair a hernia.  Surgery has been schedule for this Thursday so I am working to get a lot done around the house before then.  I really have no idea how long I will be down from this surgery but I do know that the doctor says that I will need to be off of work for two weeks and I will probably be sore for a couple of months.  If I seem slow to return comments or disappear for the next few weeks, I may not be feeling well so please be patient with me.

Books Added

Phoenix Unbound by Grace Draven (NetGalley)
Born to Be Wilde by Eloisa James (Edelweiss)
The Girl in the Glass Box by James Grippando (Edelweiss)

I am super excited by these 3 books.  I knew I had to read Phoenix Unbound as soon as I read the description.  I have been having a great time these Eloisa James historical romances.  I requested The Girl in the Glass Box as soon as I saw it on Edelweiss.  I have been a big fan of James Grippando for quite a few years so I am thrilled to have an early copy of his upcoming title.


Crave Me by Cecy Robson (Caffeinated Services)
Currency of Souls by Kealan Patrick Burke (Audiobook Boom)

I am about 25% into Crave Me and I am absolutely loving it!  The story is fun and the narrator is amazing.  I hope to be able to review this one by the end of next week.  I couldn't resist requesting Currency of Souls when I saw it on offer on Audiobook Boom.  I have heard great things about Kealan Patrick Burke's work and it will be a nice change of pace.


Us by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
Slimy Underbelly by Kevin J. Anderson
Unnatural Acts by Kevin J. Anderson
Hair Raising by Kevin J. Anderson

I picked up these four audiobooks at Audiobook Stand for $4 each shipping included.  Unfortunately, they will be closing at the end of the month but they do have a great sale going on now.  Audiobook Stand


J.D. Robb's In Death Collection
Books 1-5
Books 6-10
Books 11-15
Books 21-25

I did not buy all of these next week.  This has been a process.  I actually ordered 5 collections that would have been books 1-25 from Audiobook Stand a few months ago for a total of $20.  I later received an email that they were out of stock of all but books 11-15 and 21-15 so I cancelled the order because that would not do me a lot of good.  They sent the books to me anyway and told me to keep them. So I picked up books 1-5 and 6-10 on Amazon.  I do need to fill in books 16-20 but I think I should be good for a while so that can wait.

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, July 13, 2018

Audiobook Review - Let Me Love You by Jessica Jayne @JessicaJayne13

Let Me Love You by Jessica Jayne
Narrated by Joe Arden & Samantha Cooke
Publisher: Jessica Jayne
Publication Date: June 19, 2018 (audio)
Date Read: July 8, 2018
Length:  5 hours 19 minutes
Source: Caffeinated Services
★★★★☆
Twenty-three year old Ren Haynes returns home after graduating college with two goals--start his engineering career and claim the heart of his parents' thirty-one year old divorced neighbor, Stacey Williams.

Stacey is nursing her broken heart and shattered ego. Not only did her ex-husband have an affair, he got the woman pregnant. Picking up the pieces of her life isn't easy, so when Ren taps into her need to feel desired again, she finds herself in a position she never imagined.

Can Ren help to rebuild her confidence and convince her that age is just a number?

My Review

I liked this one.  I took a bit of a chance on this book since I have never read anything written by Jessica Jayne and both of the narrators were new to me.  It was a gamble that paid off.  It is a rather quick read and I ended up listening to the bulk of it in a single day and found it to be very enjoyable.

Stacey is a thirty-one year old divorced woman who has know Ren for years since she lives next to Ren's parents.  Ren is a twenty-three year old recent college graduate who has his eye set on his neighbor.  Ren has spent time during the past several summers helping Stacey out around her house and they have a pretty close friendship but Ren wants more.  A lot more.  Stacey has some issues with the fact that she is older than Ren and she considers his mother to be one of her friends.

I liked Stacey and Ren and thought that they made a really nice couple.  They know each other really well from the time before the start of this story and their personalities mesh really well.  They have great chemistry together.  There were times that Stacey wasn't sure she should pursue a relationship with Ren but there was never a question regarding whether she wanted him.  It was nice to see her thought processes as she tried to figure things out.   I loved how Ren knew what he wanted and was determined to make it happen.  He stood up for their relationship and really was a good match for Stacey. 

I thought that Joe Arden and Samantha Cooke did a great job with this story.  I usually listen to audiobooks at regular 1x speed and I did find that felt a little slow when Samantha Cooke was reading.  Once I increased the speed to 1.25x speed, the reading felt a lot more natural to me.  I thought that both narrators were able to bring a lot of emotion to the story and made some scenes more intense.  I liked the voices that each narrator used for the characters in the story.  I would not hesitate to listen to more of both of their work in the future.

I would recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance.  This was a nice quick listen that had a lot of feels and some heat.  I thought that Ren and Stacey were great as a couple and I was excited to watch them figure out how to make things work.  I look forward to reading more of Jessica Jayne's work in the future.

I received a review copy of this audiobook from the author via Caffeinated Services.
About the Author

Jessica is a born and raised small town Ohio girl, who moved to the Sunshine State after graduating from college. She graduated from college with a bachelor's degree in English. What college major could possibly be better than one that makes you read novels and write about them! Now she is thrilled to be able to share all the stories floating around in her head!

Jessica loves to travel and travel often! She’s a huge sports fan, especially college football and the Ohio State Buckeyes! She’s a wine-making (and wine-tasting) aficionado. She loves all music. And nothing is better than sunset at the beach!

In the journey of life, she also married a wonderful man and had three beautiful (and sometimes crazy) children. Life is always an adventure.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Books from the Backlog #16


Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread.  If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks.

If you would like to join in, please feel free to enter your link and link back to this post, then spend some time visiting some of the other posts.  

This week's neglected book

Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey
Release Date:July 21, 2009
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Supernatural fantasy has a new antihero in Sandman Slim, star of this gripping, gritty new series by Richard Kadrey.

Life sucks and then you die. Or, if you’re James Stark, you spend eleven years in Hell as a hitman before finally escaping, only to land back in the hell-on-earth that is Los Angeles.

Now Stark’s back, and ready for revenge. And absolution, and maybe even love. But when his first stop saddles him with an abusive talking head, Stark discovers that the road to absolution and revenge is much longer than you’d expect, and both Heaven and Hell have their own ideas for his future.

Resurrection sucks. Saving the world is worse.

Darkly twisted, irreverent, and completely hilarious, Sandman Slim is the breakthrough novel by an acclaimed author.


Why did I add Sandman Slim to my bookshelf?

I bought the Kindle edition of this book in December 2011 and added the Audible in July 2014.  I guess you could say that I really want to read this series.  I actually own the first 5 books in the series in both formats.  It sounds like this book might be a bit darker than most of the urban fiction I read which really appeals to me.  I will probably listen to the audio or a combination of audio and ebook since MacLeod Andrews is the narration and I have really enjoyed his narration in the past.

What are your thoughts? Have you read this book?  Would you recommend it to others?






Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Review - I Think I Love You by Lauren Layne @_laurenlayne @readloveswept

I Think I Love You by Lauren Layne
Series: Oxford #5
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept
Publication Date: July 10, 2018
Date Read: July 7, 2018
Length: 240 pages
Source: NetGalley
★★★★☆
A game of seduction between two best friends goes deliciously wrong in an irresistible Oxford Novel that brims with wit and sexual tension. Library Journal hails Layne’s work as exemplary contemporary romance.”

Brit Robbins knows that dating in New York City is hard—she just hoped to have it mastered by age thirty. But after yet another promising suitor says they have no sparks, Brit decides it’s time to torch her dating game and try a new plan. And who better to coach Brit through the art of seduction than the guy who first gave her the “let’s be friends” card?

Hunter Cross has always figured there’s nothing his best friend Brit can do to surprise him. But Brit’s request is a surprise he doesn’t see coming—and one he’s definitely not prepared for. Hunter and Brit have always been careful to keep things perfectly platonic, but the fake dates and faux flirting are starting to feel like the real deal. And soon Hunter realizes he has taught Brit too well. Not only has she become an expert at seduction, the man becoming thoroughly seduced is him.

My Review

This was a fun little book! My actual rating is closer to 3.5 stars but I have decided to round up.  I knew I would want to read this book as soon as I saw it.  I have had a great time with the Oxford series so far so I had to see how everything would wrap up.  This book is the fourth book in the Oxford series but it works perfectly well as a stand alone.  This wasn't my favorite book in the series but I thought that it was a very enjoyable and solid story.

I thought that this was a well done friends to lovers story.  Brit and Hunter are best buds and often tell others that they see each other as siblings.  Brit tends to be pushed to the friend zone whenever she tries to start a relationship and she cannot figure out what she is doing wrong.  She decides that she needs a man's perspective to help her seduce future potential suitors so she asks Hunter for instruction.  You can probably guess how that is going to work out.

The story was pretty predictable in some ways but it was still a lot of fun to read.  Even though I knew going in that Brit and Hunter were going to fall for each other, watching it happen was an enjoyable experience.  I did think that it was a little strange how both of them felt no chemistry with each other but everything changed suddenly for both of them at the same time.  Who knows...maybe it really happens like that.  I do know that it great to watch them as the sparks started to fly.

I did like Brit and Hunter as a couple and individually as characters.  Brit is ready for a relationship and isn't afraid to let others know.  She knew what she wanted and was willing to do the work to make it happen.  Hunter is happy with his life the way it is.  He has some great friends including Brit and dates when he wants.  Hunter does make some bad decisions in this book that did make me cringe more than a bit.  As a couple, they worked really well.  They knew each other really well and were very comfortable with each other.  There were some pretty steamy scenes in this one.

I would recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance.  This book had a lot of great elements including great characters, fun banter, heartfelt moments, and a bit of heat.  I had a great time watching Brit and Hunter find their happily ever after.  I look forward to reading more from Lauren Layne soon.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via NetGalley.
Oxford Series
Book #1 - Irresistibly Yours - My Review
Book #2 - I Wish You Were Mine - My Review
Book #3 - Someone Like You - My Review
Book #4 - I Knew You Were Trouble - My Review
Book #5 - I Think I Love You
About the Author

Lauren Layne is the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen romantic comedies.

A former e-commerce and web marketing manager from Seattle, Lauren relocated to New York City in 2011 to pursue a full-time writing career.

She lives in midtown Manhattan with her high-school sweetheart, where she writes smart romantic comedies with just enough sexy-times to make your mother blush. In LL's ideal world, every stiletto-wearing, Kate Spade wielding woman would carry a Kindle stocked with Lauren Layne books.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

New Releases - July 10, 2018 #newreleases #newbooks


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:


Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders... but her father isn't a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has loaned out most of his wife's dowry and left the family on the edge of poverty--until Miryem steps in. Hardening her heart against her fellow villagers' pleas, she sets out to collect what is owed--and finds herself more than up to the task. When her grandfather loans her a pouch of silver pennies, she brings it back full of gold.

But having the reputation of being able to change silver to gold can be more trouble than it's worth--especially when her fate becomes tangled with the cold creatures that haunt the wood, and whose king has learned of her reputation and wants to exploit it for reasons Miryem cannot understand.


The Accidentals by Sarina Bowen

Find it at:
A YA novel from USA Today bestselling author Sarina Bowen.

Never ask a question unless you’re sure you want the truth.

I’ve been listening to my father sing for my whole life. I carry him in my pocket on my mp3 player. It’s just that we’ve never met face to face.

My mother would never tell me how I came to be, or why my rock star father and I have never met. I thought it was her only secret. I was wrong.

When she dies, he finally appears. Suddenly I have a first class ticket into my father’s exclusive world. A world I don’t want any part of – not at this cost. 

Only three things keep me going: my a cappella singing group, a swoony blue-eyed boy named Jake, and the burning questions in my soul.


There’s a secret shame that comes from being an unwanted child. It drags me down, and puts distance between me and the boy I love.

My father is the only one alive who knows my history. I need the truth, even if it scares me.

I Think I Love You by Lauren Layne

Find it at:
Goodreads | Booklikes | LibraryThing
A game of seduction between two best friends goes deliciously wrong in an irresistible Oxford Novel that brims with wit and sexual tension. Library Journal hails Layne’s work as exemplary contemporary romance.”

Brit Robbins knows that dating in New York City is hard—she just hoped to have it mastered by age thirty. But after yet another promising suitor says they have no sparks, Brit decides it’s time to torch her dating game and try a new plan. And who better to coach Brit through the art of seduction than the guy who first gave her the “let’s be friends” card?

Hunter Cross has always figured there’s nothing his best friend Brit can do to surprise him. But Brit’s request is a surprise he doesn’t see coming—and one he’s definitely not prepared for. Hunter and Brit have always been careful to keep things perfectly platonic, but the fake dates and faux flirting are starting to feel like the real deal. And soon Hunter realizes he has taught Brit too well. Not only has she become an expert at seduction, the man becoming thoroughly seduced is him.

Bright We Burn by Kiersten White

Find it at:
Goodreads | Booklikes | LibraryThing
Haunted by the sacrifices he made in Constantinople, Radu is called back to the new capital. Mehmed is building an empire, becoming the sultan his people need. But Mehmed has a secret: as emperor, he is more powerful than ever . . . and desperately lonely. Does this mean Radu can finally have more with Mehmed . . . and would he even want it?

Lada's rule of absolute justice has created a Wallachia free of crime. But Lada won't rest until everyone knows that her country's borders are inviolable. Determined to send a message of defiance, she has the bodies of Mehmed's peace envoy delivered to him, leaving Radu and Mehmed with no choice. If Lada is allowed to continue, only death will prosper. They must go to war against the girl prince.

But Mehmed knows that he loves her. He understands her. She must lose to him so he can keep her safe. Radu alone fears that they are underestimating his sister's indomitable will. Only by destroying everything that came before--including her relationships--can Lada truly build the country she wants.

Claim the throne. Demand the crown. Rule the world.
More Great Books Being Released Today
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Monday, July 9, 2018

Review - The Accidentals by Sarina Bowen @SarinaBowen

The Accidentals by Sarina Bowen
Publisher: Tuxbury Publishing LLC
Publication Date: July 10, 2018
Date Read: July 6, 2018
Length: 320 pages
Source: Author
★★★★★
A YA novel from USA Today bestselling author Sarina Bowen.

Never ask a question unless you’re sure you want the truth.

I’ve been listening to my father sing for my whole life. I carry him in my pocket on my mp3 player. It’s just that we’ve never met face to face.

My mother would never tell me how I came to be, or why my rock star father and I have never met. I thought it was her only secret. I was wrong.

When she dies, he finally appears. Suddenly I have a first class ticket into my father’s exclusive world. A world I don’t want any part of – not at this cost. 

Only three things keep me going: my a cappella singing group, a swoony blue-eyed boy named Jake, and the burning questions in my soul.


There’s a secret shame that comes from being an unwanted child. It drags me down, and puts distance between me and the boy I love.

My father is the only one alive who knows my history. I need the truth, even if it scares me.

My Review

This was such a good story!  I was really excited to see how Sarina Bowen would do with a Young Adult novel.  Honestly, she blew me away with this story.  Once I started reading this one, I didn't want to stop.  I needed to know how things would work out for Rachel.  I was hanging onto every word and felt like I knew this group of characters.  This was one of those books that was just a joy to read.

Rachel goes through so much over the course of this book.  When we meet Rachel, she is living in a children's home after the death of her mother.  She has never met her father until he shows up to be introduced by the social worker.  Rachel's father is a star with fans everywhere including the daughter he has never met.  Rachel and her father get to know each other very quickly and before she knows it her life is turned upside down once again.

I loved the characters in this book.  Rachel is such a nice girl, a good girl, and there was a part of me that just wanted to see her scream and be angry.  But that wasn't Rachel. As I read further I really understood who Rachel was and when she did break down she did it in her own way.  She is resilient and tough and proves that she is willing to stand up for herself.  Fredrick was equally great.  He made a whole lot of mistakes in the years that lead up to the start of this book but in this story he is really trying to do what is best for Rachel.  He does mess things up a time or two but he never stopped trying.  His character may have been the one with the most growth over the course of this book.

This book does so many things well.  The core of the story deals with Rachel building a relationship with her father.  It also deals with Rachel's grief over the loss of her mother and her desire to learn more about her parents' relationship.  There is a romance that is well done and offers quite a few swoony moments.  I thought another key aspect of the story is watching Rachel learn what she wants and having the courage to speak up for herself.  Everything really works together to tell an amazing story.

I would highly recommend this book to others.  This was just an amazing story that was able to find its way into my heart.  Rachel is an unforgettable character with an incredibly powerful story.  I can't wait to read more from Sarina Bowen in the future.

I received a digital review copy of this book from the author.
About the Author

Sarina Bowen is the RITA® Award winning author of over two dozen contemporary and LGTB romance novels. She most recently hit the USA Today bestseller's list in February, with Brooklynaire. Formerly a derivatives trader on Wall Street, Sarina holds a BA in economics from Yale University.

Sarina Bowen is a New Englander whose Vermont ancestors cut timber and farmed the north country since the 1760s. Sarina is grateful for the invention of indoor plumbing and wi-fi during the intervening 250 years. On a few wooded acres, she lives with her husband, two boys, and an ungodly amount of ski and hockey gear.

Sarina's books are published in a dozen languages on four continents. In 2016, The Romance Writers of America honored HIM by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy with a RITA award for Best Contemporary Romance, Mid-Length.

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