Sunday, April 30, 2017

Review - Live Out Loud by Marie Meyer @MarieMwrites @ForeverRomance

Live Out Loud by Marie Meyer
Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing) - Forever Yours
Publication Date: May 2, 2017
Date Read: April 29, 2017
Source: NetGalley

I thought I'd live in silence forever . . . and then I met him.  I'll never be able to hear, but music has always been a source of comfort for me. Rather than listen to the rhythm, I can actually feel the beat pulsing through me. It's pure bliss. So the moment I saw Thorin playing his guitar, I was mesmerized. I'd never seen anything more beautiful . . . or intimate. I couldn't tell where his body ended and the song began. He's everything I need in my life . . . I'm falling fast, hard, and deep.

I want him more than anything. But while I live in silence, Thor lives in secrets. He's holding something back-something that's keeping this intensity, this longing from being real. And the silence may be too loud to bear . . .

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

I really liked this book a lot.  I decided to read this book because I really enjoyed the last book that I read by this author and I ended up liking this book just as much.  This is a romance that just feels real which is really nice.  I also loved the fact that this story is set in my hometown of St. Louis because it is really wonderful to see familiar landmarks worked into a story.  This was a book that I was able to read for hours at a time and found it to be a really satisfying romance.

Harper was a great character.  She is deaf and has had to work harder at some things in her life because of it.  She is a pharmacy student who also works with deaf children at the local Y.  Her roommate talks her into going with her to see a hot new band at a local club.  She can't hear the music but she enjoys feeling it.  She locks eyes with the guitar player in the band during the performance and he goes to find her as soon as it is over.

Thor works on cars by day and plays music at night.  He doesn't really do relationships but there is something about Harper that wants to know better.  Thor is also dealing with some pretty series family issues that has really had a big impact on his life.  I loved Thor's character and thought he was a genuinely nice guy who is willing to make an effort.

I thought Harper and Thor were great as a couple.  They have a lot of chemistry together and everything seemed to click between them from the very start.  They both have family issues that they are dealing with although the situations are very different.  They both come to each other with a bit of baggage.  I liked how natural this pair were together and thought that the way they worked to communicate really added to the story.

I really liked the way this book came together.  It was a lot of fun to watch this pair get to know each other and I think that the way the book was told from both Harper and Thor's point of views really worked well.  The pacing of the story was well done with a nice balance of romance, family issues, and sexy times.  I really enjoyed the descriptions regarding communication between the pair.

I would recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance.  I thought that this was a really sweet but sexy story with amazing characters.  I look forward to reading more from Marie Meyer soon.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Forever (Grand Central Publishing) - Forever Yours via NetGalley.
About the Author

Marie Meyer is a teacher who spends her days in the classroom and her nights writing heartfelt romances. She is a proud mommy and enjoys helping her oldest daughter train for the Special Olympics, making up silly stories with her youngest daughter, and bingeing on weeks of DVR'd television with her husband.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #67

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

What a week!  I have a feeling that things are going to be very busy for the next few weeks until school lets out for the year.  My daughter had a jazz band event all day Sunday.  It was nice but really exhausting.  I had a migraine that started on Sunday and didn't leave me for a couple of days so I fell a bit behind with reading and blogging.  I didn't even pick up a book Monday and decided to watch Finding Dorie on Netflix instead - it was cute!   I took the day off from work on Thursday to go to a Cardinals baseball game with some of my husband, oldest daughter, and her friend.  It ended up being a really exciting game.  We also found out today that my daughter was selected to be one of the drum majors for her high school marching band.  She is very excited.

Digital Books

Wildfire by Ilona Andrews (Edelweiss)

Guys...I got an Ilona Andrews arc!  I squealed at my desk when I got the email just like a little kid.  I started reading it right away and absolutely loved it. 

Print Books
My Nest Isn't Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space
by Lisa Scottoline & Francesca Serritella (Author Pre-Order Gift)

Lisa Scottoline had an amazing offer of a free book for anyone who pre-ordered her latest book, One Perfect Lie.  I enjoy these humorous books that she writes with her daughter and am looking forward to reading it.  I have taken Lisa Scottoline up on this offer a few times so keep it in mind if you ever find yourself pre-ordering one of her books.

Back to Your Love by Kianna Alexander (Won @ Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell)

I was thrilled to learn that I won a copy of Back to Your Love from Blodeuedd @ Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell.  It looks like a good story and it is the first in a new series.  Thank you!

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner (Blogging for Books)

I am really excited to read this book and may try to fit it in this weekend.  My daughter just found out that this author is going to be stopping by her school in the next week or two so I may be able to get it signed which would make it even better :)

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, April 28, 2017

Review - A Million Junes by Emily Henry @EmilyHenryWrite @PenguinTeen

A Million Junes by Emily Henry
Publisher: Penguin Group - Razorbill
Publication Date: May 16, 2017
Date Read: April 12, 2017
Source: First to Read

Romeo and Juliet meets One Hundred Years of Solitude in Emily Henry's brilliant follow-up to The Love That Split the World, about the daughter and son of two long-feuding families who fall in love while trying to uncover the truth about the strange magic and harrowing curse that has plagued their bloodlines for generations.

In their hometown of Five Fingers, Michigan, the O'Donnells and the Angerts have mythic legacies. But for all the tall tales they weave, both founding families are tight-lipped about what caused the century-old rift between them, except to say it began with a cherry tree.

Eighteen-year-old Jack “June” O’Donnell doesn't need a better reason than that. She's an O'Donnell to her core, just like her late father was, and O'Donnells stay away from Angerts. Period.

But when Saul Angert, the son of June's father's mortal enemy, returns to town after three mysterious years away, June can't seem to avoid him. Soon the unthinkable happens: She finds she doesn't exactly hate the gruff, sarcastic boy she was born to loathe.

Saul’s arrival sparks a chain reaction, and as the magic, ghosts, and coywolves of Five Fingers conspire to reveal the truth about the dark moment that started the feud, June must question everything she knows about her family and the father she adored. And she must decide whether it's finally time for her—and all of the O'Donnells before her—to let go.

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

There was so much to love about this book.  It was almost a magical experience reading this book.  The story just kind of sprang to life for me and I was really swept away by the story.  I couldn't get this story out of my head and if I had a moment free I was reading this book.  This was a book that I quickly learned to expect the unexpected and just let the beauty of the storytelling take over.  Simply put, this was an amazing book.

Jack goes by many names.  She answers to Jack, Junior, and June but her real identity is wrapped up in the fact that she is an O'Donnell.  Her family has a long standing feud with the neighboring family named Angert.  Jack doesn't have a whole lot of rules that she has always been told to follow but staying away from the Angerts is one of them.

Saul Angert is back in town and it doesn't take him very long to cross paths with Jack.  His family has also told him to stay away from the O'Donnells for his entire life.  The problem is that they don't want to stay apart and are in fact drawn to each other.  They start spending more and more time with each other and strange things begin to happen.

The magical realism in this book was wonderfully crafted.  There are ghosts and pieces of light that let you see the memories of those that came before.  If you leave your shoes unattended, the coywolves will most likely steal them.  Jack and Saul both get swept up in the memories of their ancestors and start to unravel the true reason for the long standing feud.

I cannot say enough good things about the writing.  This is a story that was beautifully told.  I loved how easily the author was able to blend the magical elements into our contemporary world.  The relationships in the book felt very authentic and I ended up loving all of the characters.  I had no idea where this book would end up and to be honest I didn't care since I was having such a good time on the journey.

I would highly recommend this book to others.  I enjoyed Emily Henry's debut novel, The Love That Split the World, but loved this one even more.  I can't wait to read Emily Henry's future works.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Penguin Group - Razorbill  via First to Read.

About the Author

Emily Henry is the author of The Love That Split the World, and is a full-time writer, proofreader, and donut connoisseur. She studied creative writing at Hope College and the New York Center for Art & Media Studies, and now spends most of her time in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the part of Kentucky just beneath it. She tweets @EmilyHenryWrite.

Author Links:  Goodreads |  Twitter

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Review - Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh @rahdieh @PenguinTeen @FirstToRead

Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh
Series: Flame in the Mist #1
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 16, 2017
Date Read: April 5, 2017
Source: First to Read

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Wrath and the Dawn, comes a sweeping, action-packed YA adventure set against the backdrop of Feudal Japan where Mulan meets Throne of Glass.

The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor’s favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family’s standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes an ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace.

Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko decides to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, determined to track down the person responsible for the target on her back. But she’s quickly captured and taken to the Black Clan’s secret lair, where she meets their leader, the rebel ronin Takeda Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, his best friend Okami. Ranmaru and Okami eventually warm to her, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity, though they still believe her to be a boy. As Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets, of betrayal and murder, which will force her to question everything she’s ever known.

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

I really enjoyed this book.  I went into it not really knowing what to expect.  I hadn't read anything by Renée Ahdieh before this book but had heard great things about her work.  I saw so many comparisons of this book to Mulan that I was a little fearful that this would just be a rehashing of a very familiar story.  I had no reason to worry since this was really a very original story.  This was one of those books that I found myself thinking about during the times that I couldn't read.

Mariko is on her way to be married when her entourage is attacked.  She is able to escape to safety but she has no idea how long she will be able to remain safe.  She decides to dress as a boy and find the group that tried to kill her.  She does find them and is eventually taken back to their camp.  Things start out hard at the camp and she is treated as a prisoner.  Eventually, she earns some trust and gets to know some of the members of the group.

The way this story was written really just pulled me in.  Everything flowed so perfectly and the pacing was well done.  I liked this author's voice a lot.  It seemed that the words all came together almost magically to create a story that was beautiful and entertaining.  There are a lot of really exciting scenes that are offset by others that are more thoughtful.

The characters were amazing.  Mariko is smart and determined.  She learns a lot of really hard truths over the course of this story and is able to accept them and decide how to proceed with her life.  Okami was a bit of a mystery which I really liked.  He was obviously drawn to Mariko almost immediately and I liked the tension between them.  They had some really great banter that was a lot of fun.

I would highly recommend this book to others.  This is a really great start to a new and exciting series.   I seriously did not want it to end and can't wait to find out what happens next!

I received an advance reader edition of this book from G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers via First to Read.
About the Author

Renée Ahdieh is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In her spare time, she likes to dance salsa and collect shoes. She is passionate about all kinds of curry, rescue dogs, and college basketball. The first few years of her life were spent in a high-rise in South Korea; consequently, Renée enjoys having her head in the clouds. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband and their tiny overlord of a dog. She is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling The Wrath and the Dawn and The Rose and the Dagger.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Review - It Happened on Love Street by Lia Riley @LiaRileyWrites @ForeverRomance

It Happened on Love Street by Lia Riley
Series: Everland, Georgia #1
Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
Publication Date: April 25, 2017
Date Read: April 18, 2017
Source: NetGalley

The most romantic place she never wanted to be . . .

Pepper Knight moved to Everland, Georgia, as step one in her plan for a successful legal career. But after this big-city gal's plans go awry, going home with her tail between her legs isn't an option. So when the town vet-and her sexy new neighbor-offers Pepper a temporary dog-walking job, she jumps at the chance. No one needs to know that man's best friend is her worst nightmare . . . or that Everland's hot animal whisperer leaves her panting.

The last thing Rhett Valentine wants is to be the center of small-town gossip. After his first love left him at the altar, he's been there, done that. These days, life is simple, just the way he likes it. But sultry southern nights get complicated once sparks fly between him and the knockout next door. When she proposes a sexy, secret fling-all the deliciousness and none of the prying neighbors-it seems too good to be true. And it is. Because Pepper's determined to leave Love Street, and when she goes, she just might take his heart with her . . .

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

I enjoyed this small town romance overall.  I have been wanting to read Lia Riley for a while and once I read the description for this book, I knew that I wanted to give this one a try.  It was a light-hearted, fun story that went pretty quickly for me.  This is the first book in a new series and I just loved the little town of Everland, Georgia.

Pepper has just relocated to Everland for a new job.  She shows up for her first day of work and realizes that there is a major problem and she doesn't have the job after all.  So now she is in a new town with few funds and no job.  When she is offered a job as a dog walker by the town vet who happens to be her next door neighbor, she needs to overcome her fear of dogs quickly and take the position.

Rhett is the local veterinarian.  After a previous romantic mishap, he does his best to stay out of local gossip.  He helps out the new next door neighbor and is instantly attracted but wants to keep things private.  He is very much a part of the local community with his best friend serving as the mayor.  Everyone in the town seems to be waiting for cupid to catch Rhett.

I liked Pepper and Rhett.  Pepper was pretty tough and was able to make the most of the situation she is in.  She does take on more responsibility than she probably should and tries to always make practical decisions.  Rhett was such an all around good guy.  It would be hard not to like him.  Together they had a lot of chemistry and the more they were together the more I liked them as a couple.  They really did seem to get closer as the book progressed and by the end of the story, I could really feel their connection.

The book did have a couple of issues.  Pepper has a huge fear of dogs at the start of the story.  It seemed to take her all of 30 seconds to get over that fear and become a pro dog-walker hanging out at the local dog park.  She even adopts a puppy pretty quickly after shedding her fear of dogs.  To go from can't stand to be near a dog to must adopt this dog in the span of a few pages seemed crazy.  I am sorry it just doesn't work like that.

I also was pulled out of the story several times by some weird phrasing.  It seemed like maybe the author was trying to be funny but it felt forced.  There were several times that I had to stop and go back over a passage to make sure it really said what I thought it did.  I didn't notice this happening as much towards the end of the book but it seemed to happen a lot at the beginning of the story.

 I would recommend this book to others.  Despite a couple of issues, it was a really fun romantic read.  I look forward to future installments in this series.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Forever (Grand Central Publishing) via NetGalley.
About the Author

Lia Riley is a contemporary romance author. USA Today describes her as "refreshing" and RT Book Reviews calls her books "sizzling and heartfelt." She loves her husband, three kids, wandering redwood forests and a perfect pour over coffee. She is 25% sarcastic, 54% optimistic, and 122% bad at math (good thing she writes happy endings for a living). She and her family live mostly in Northern California.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

New Releases - April 25, 2017 #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:


It Happened on Love Street by Lia Riley

Find it at:
Goodreads | Booklikes | LibraryThing
The most romantic place she never wanted to be . . .

Pepper Knight moved to Everland, Georgia, as step one in her plan for a successful legal career. But after this big-city gal's plans go awry, going home with her tail between her legs isn't an option. So when the town vet-and her sexy new neighbor-offers Pepper a temporary dog-walking job, she jumps at the chance. No one needs to know that man's best friend is her worst nightmare . . . or that Everland's hot animal whisperer leaves her panting.

The last thing Rhett Valentine wants is to be the center of small-town gossip. After his first love left him at the altar, he's been there, done that. These days, life is simple, just the way he likes it. But sultry southern nights get complicated once sparks fly between him and the knockout next door. When she proposes a sexy, secret fling-all the deliciousness and none of the prying neighbors-it seems too good to be true. And it is. Because Pepper's determined to leave Love Street, and when she goes, she just might take his heart with her . . .


Blade Bound by Chloe Neill

Find it at:
The thrilling final installment of Chloe Neill’s New York Times bestselling urban fantasy series sees a sinister sorcery advancing across Chicago, and it may usher in the fall of Cadogan House…

Since the night of her brutal attack and unwilling transformation to vampire, Merit’s stood as Sentinel and protector of Chicago’s Cadogan House. She's saved the Windy City from the forces of darkness time and again with her liege and lover, Ethan Sullivan, by her side.

When the House is infiltrated and Merit is attacked by a vampire seemingly under the sway of dark magic, Merit and Ethan realize the danger is closer than they could have ever imagined. As a malign sorcery spreads throughout the city, Merit must go to war against supernatural powers beyond her comprehension. It’s her last chance to save everything—and everyone—she loves.

The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares

Find it at:
Goodreads | Booklikes | LibraryThing
Summer for Sasha and Ray means the sprawling old house on Long Island. Since they were children, they’ve shared almost everything—reading the same books, running down the same sandy footpaths to the beach, eating peaches from the same market, laughing around the same sun-soaked dining table. Even sleeping in the same bed, on the very same worn cotton sheets. But they’ve never met.

Sasha’s dad was once married to Ray’s mom, and together they had three daughters: Emma, the perfectionist; Mattie, the beauty; and Quinn, the favorite. But the marriage crumbled and the bitterness lingered. Now there are two new families—and neither one will give up the beach house that holds the memories, happy and sad, of summers past.

The choices we make come back to haunt us; the effect on our destinies ripples out of our control…or does it? This summer, the lives of Sasha, Ray, and their siblings intersect in ways none of them ever dreamed, in a novel about family relationships, keeping secrets, and most of all, love.

Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout

Find it at:
Goodreads | Booklikes | LibraryThing
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | BAM!
From #1 New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout comes a brilliant latticework of fiction that recalls Olive Kitteridge in its richness, structure, and complexity. Written in tandem with My Name Is Lucy Barton and drawing on the small-town characters evoked there, these pages reverberate with the themes of love, loss, and hope that have drawn millions of readers to Strout s work.

“As I was writing My Name Is Lucy Barton,” Strout says, “it came to me that all the characters Lucy and her mother talked about had their own stories—of course!—and so the unfolding of their lives became tremendously important to me.”

Here, among others, are the “Pretty Nicely Girls,” now adults: One trades self-respect for a wealthy husband, the other finds in the pages of a book a kindred spirit who changes her life. Tommy, the janitor at the local high school, has his faith tested in an encounter with an emotionally isolated man he has come to help; a Vietnam veteran suffering from PTSD discovers unexpected solace in the company of a lonely innkeeper; and Lucy Barton’s sister, Vicky, struggling with feelings of abandonment and jealousy, nonetheless comes to Lucy’s aid, ratifying the deepest bonds of family.

With the stylistic brilliance and subtle power that distinguish the work of this great writer, Elizabeth Strout has created another transcendent work of fiction, with characters who will live in readers’ imaginations long after the final page is turned.
More Great Books Being Released Today
(Covers link to Goodreads)
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30826826-snaredhttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31933990-the-last-neanderthalhttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32717697-the-hangmanhttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31371257-the-enforcer

What new releases are you excited about this week?

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Review - City of Blades by Robert Jackson Bennett @robertjbennett

City of Blades by Robert Jackson Bennett
Series: The Divine Cities #2
Random House Publishing Group - Broadway Books
Publication Date: January 26, 2016
Date Read: April 23, 2017
Source: Blogging for Books / NetGalley

The city of Voortyashtan was once the domain of the goddess of death, war, and destruction, but now it’s little more than a ruin. General Turyin Mulaghesh is called out of retirement and sent to this hellish place to try to find a Saypuri secret agent who’s gone missing in the middle of a mission, but the city of war offers countless threats: not only have the ghosts of her own past battles followed her here, but she soon finds herself wondering what happened to all the souls that were trapped in the afterlife when the Divinities vanished. Do the dead sleep soundly in the land of death? Or do they have plans of their own?

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

This was one impressive read!  I read the first book in this series, City of Stairs, a few months ago and really enjoyed it so I was really excited to finally get around to reading the second book in the series, City of Blades.  A lot of times the second book in a series doesn't quite live up to the first so I was a bit worried going into the book.  There was no need for any worry because as good as the first book was, this one was even better.  I had such a hard time putting this book down and when I was away from it, I couldn't get it out of my mind.  

I had really expected this book to focus on the same group of characters and I was somewhat wrong.  The main character in this book is Mulaghesh who did play an important role in the first book but was not the lead character.  I liked Mulaghesh in the first book but I absolutely loved her in this installment.  Getting to learn some of her back story really opened up her character.  She is tough, smart, and somewhat haunted by her past.  I love the an older woman who has seen and done a lot of things is the person at the center of this story.  

This book takes place in Voortyashtan which was very different than the setting of the first book.  This meant that while some of the world building did build on the what was established in the previous book, a lot of this world was entirely new.  The City of Blades ended up being something I would have never imagined but as it was described it I almost felt as if I were there.  I really feel like there is almost no boundaries with what this series can explore.

The story in this book was very exciting.  I did think that some of the earlier parts of the book were a bit tedious as I tried to figure out what was really going on.  When the story took off, it really didn't let up.  There are so many different things to solve that are all interconnected.  The story took quite a few twists that I didn't see coming.  I was a bit nervous as I read because I had no idea how things would work out for Mulaghesh and everyone.  

I would highly recommend this book to others.  This is the second book in the series and I do think that this series really needs to be read in order.  The stories are not a continuation but the events of the first book really impacted the characters and the world they live in.  I can't wait to see what is going to happen in City of Miracles!

I received a review copy of this book from Random House Publishing Group - Broadway Books via Blogging for Books and NetGalley.
The Divine Cities Series
Book #1 - City of Stairs - My Review
Book #2 - City of Blades
Book #3 - City of Miracles - Coming May 2, 2017!
About the Author
Photo: © Josh Brewster Photography
ROBERT JACKSON BENNETT was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, but grew up in Katy, Texas. He attended the University of Texas at Austin and, like a lot of its alumni, was unable to leave the charms of the city. He resides there currently with his wife and children.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #66

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

Nothing too excited happened in my world this week.  On Sunday, I celebrated Easter with a nice dinner along with my husband, two daughters, and mother.  We had a meeting at my daughter's school one evening but other than that we just had quiet nights at home. 

Digital Books


Lord of Lies by Amy Sandas (NetGalley)
Angels Flight by Michael Connelly (Kindle Purchase)
Ruined by Amy Tintera (Kindle Purchase)
Unsub by Meg Gardiner (First to Read)
The Marsh King's Daughter by Karen Dionne (First to Read)
The Sunshine Sisters by Jane Green (First to Read)
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (First to Read)

I was totally drawn to the cover of Lord of Lies and hope that the story inside lives up to the cover.  I enjoy Michael Connelly and am slowly picking up his books as they go on sale.  I have seen a lot of great reviews for Ruined so I snatched that book as soon as I saw that it was on sale.  I am having a hard time resisting all of the awesome books on offer from First to Read lately.  I hope the four I added this week are as good as they sound.

Print Books
Hunger by Eve Langlais, Kate Douglas, and A.C. Arthur (St. Martin's Press)

This showed up at my house as a complete surprise.  I wouldn't have picked this book out for myself but I may at least give it a try. 

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, April 21, 2017

Review - About a Dog by Jenn McKinlay @JennMcKinlay @BerkleyRomance @FirstToRead

About a Dog by Jenn McKinlay
Series: A Bluff Point Romance #1
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Publication Date: May 30, 2017
Date Read: April 7, 2017
Source: First to Read

Fall in love with a little help from man’s best friend in New York Times bestselling author Jenn McKinlay’s contemporary romance debut.

Mackenzie “Mac” Harris fled her hometown of Bluff Point, Maine, after being left at the altar—and seeking solace in the arms of her best friend’s off-limits brother. Now, seven years later, she’s back to attend her best friend’s wedding—safe, or so she thinks, from the mistakes of her youth.

But Gavin Tolliver has never forgotten the woman who has always held his heart. And when Mac rescues a stray puppy named Tulip, only Gavin, the town’s veterinarian, can help. With a little assistance from Tulip, Gavin vows to make Mac realize that their feelings are more than just puppy love…

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

I just loved this book!  It wasn't overly complicated but it was just a lot of fun to read.  Once I started reading this book, I was almost instantly hooked.  I couldn't get it out of my head and wanted to do nothing but sit down and read.  I decided to read this book really just because of the title and description.  It was really a pretty impulsive decision but one that worked out extremely well for me.

Mac is going back to her hometown in Maine for the first time in seven years.  She moved away after being left at the alter and hasn't been back.  She is back so that she can be the maid of honor at her best friend's wedding.  There are two weeks of wedding activities planned and Mac is determined to do anything that is needed including being paired with with the bride's little brother, Gavin.

Mac and Gavin have a past that nobody is aware of.  Gavin is Mac's best friend's little brother and is supposed to be off limits.  Gavin has grown up a lot in the seven years since Mac left town.  He is a veterinarian and stays really busy.  The chemistry between Mac and Gavin was intense from the very first time they were on the page together.  I just loved every interaction between this pair.

I loved the characters.  Mac and Gavin were just wonderful together.  Mac has tried to live a very safe life in terms of relationships since being left at the alter.  Gavin has never been able to get Mac out of his head and was really such a nice guy.  A lot of secondary characters also play a large role in this story as well including other members of the wedding party and Mac's aunts who are busy reinventing themselves.

I am a huge dog lover so the fact that this book features a dog was a huge draw for me.  As the book started, I did wonder when we would meet the dog and it does take a while but Tulip ended up being worth the wait.  I love that Tulip is such an important part of the story.  I also think that both Mac and Gavin's interactions with Tulip really helped show how caring they really are.

I would highly recommend this book to others.  This book was both funny and romantic as well as incredibly entertaining.  This is the first book that I have read by Jenn McKinlay but I am really looking forward to the next book in this wonderful series.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Berkley Publishing Group via First to Read.
About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jenn McKinlay is the author of About a Dog, the Library Lover’s mysteries, the Cupcake Bakery mysteries, and the Hat Shop mysteries.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Review - Gone Without a Trace by Mary Torjussen

Gone Without a Trace by Mary Torjussen
Berkley Publishing Group
Publication Date: April 18, 2017
Date Read: April 8, 2017
Source: NetGalley

A jaw-dropping novel of psychological suspense that asks, "If the love of your life disappeared without a trace, how far would you go to find out why? " Hannah Monroe's boyfriend, Matt, is gone. His belongings have disappeared from their house. Every call she ever made to him, every text she ever sent, every photo of him and any sign of him on social media have vanished. It's as though their last four years together never happened.

As Hannah struggles to get through the next few days, with humiliation and recriminations whirring through her head, she knows that she'll do whatever it takes to find him again and get answers. But as soon as her search starts, she realizes she is being led into a maze of madness and obsession. Step by suspenseful step, Hannah discovers her only way out is to come face to face with the shocking truth...



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

This book and me did not get along.  I was so excited to read this novel because the story sounded exactly like the kind of book that I enjoy.  I thought it started out okay but then I found myself wanting to put it down.  I would set this book aside and read another book and go back to it and quickly find that I was bored again.  I actually ended up reading a couple of other books in the middle of this one which is something that I rarely do.  I considered not finishing this book but I pushed myself to finish it instead.  After finishing the book, I do wish that I had just stopped as soon as I realized that it wasn't working for me.

Hannah comes home from work to find her boyfriend, Matt, gone from their home.  Matt has taken absolutely everything that he had in their home.  It is like Matt never lived there.  Photos are gone.  He even erased all of the phone records, texts, and emails.  Hannah is stunned and has no idea where Matt has gone or why he left.  She can't get his loss out of her mind and starts working to figure out where he has gone.

After the initial shock of Matt's leaving, there didn't seem to be a whole lot going on in this book.  Hannah does not deal with his leaving well at all and her spiral downward is detailed in the story but it seemed to me that the story needed something to keep things moving forward.  I found that I spent most of the book rather bored.

The story does have a big twist and the last quarter of the book does pick up the pace.  I would imagine that most people will really appreciate this giant twist but by the time it was revealed, I had really lost any investment in the story that I had ever had.  I did find that the last section of the book did seem to move faster and was more entertaining.

I think that this is a book that some readers will love but it will not work well for others.  Unfortunately, I was in the later group.  I wouldn't discourage anyone from reading it that really thinks that they would enjoy it based on the description but I won't be encouraging readers to pick it up either.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Berkley Publishing Group via NetGalley.
About the Author

Mary Torjussen has an MA in Creative Writing from Liverpool John Moores University. She worked for several years as a teacher.

Author Links: Facebook | Twitter

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday - Lost and Found Sisters

 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:


Lost and Found Sisters by Jill Shalvis
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: June 20, 2017
From New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis comes her first women's fiction novel—an unforgettable story of friendship, love, family, and sisterhood—perfect for fans of Colleen Hoover, Susan Mallery, and Kristan Higgins.

They say life can change in an instant…

After losing her sister in a devastating car accident, chef Quinn Weller is finally getting her life back on track. She appears to have it all: a loving family, a dream job in one of L.A.'s hottest eateries, and a gorgeous boyfriend dying to slip an engagement ring on her finger. So why does she feel so empty, like she's looking for a missing piece she can't find?

The answer comes when a lawyer tracks down Quinn and reveals a bombshell secret and a mysterious inheritance that only she can claim. This shocking revelation washes over Quinn like a tidal wave. Her whole life has been a lie.

On impulse, Quinn gives up her job, home, and boyfriend. She heads up the coast to the small hometown of Wildstone, California, which is just a few hours north, but feels worlds apart from Los Angeles. Though she doesn't quite fit in right away, she can't help but be drawn to the town’s simple pleasures…and the handsome, dark-haired stranger who offers friendship with no questions asked.

As Quinn settles into Wildstone, she discovers there's another surprise in store for her. The inheritance isn't a house or money, but rather something earthshattering, something that will make her question everything she thought she knew about herself, about her family. Now with a world of possibilities opening up to Quinn, she must decide if this new life is the one she was always meant to have—and the one that could finally give her the fulfillment she's searched so long for.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33574150-so-i-married-a-sorcerer

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


Why Am I Waiting?
I just love Jill Shalvis so I am really eager to get my hands on her upcoming book.  I love the cover.  I really want to sit on that beach with one of those hats on my head and spend some time petting that adorable dog!  Plus, I really want to know what this earthshattering inheritance is all about.

What are you waiting for this week? 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

New Releases - April 18, 2017 #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:


Bang by Barry Lyga

Find it at:
Goodreads | Booklikes | LibraryThing
A heartbreaking novel about living with your worst mistake, from New York Times bestselling author Barry Lyga.

A chunk of old memory, adrift in a pool of blood.

Sebastian Cody did something horrible, something no one--not even Sebastian himself--can forgive. At the age of four, he accidentally shot and killed his infant sister with his father's gun.

Now, ten years later, Sebastian has lived with the guilt and horror for his entire life. With his best friend away for the summer, Sebastian has only a new friend--Aneesa--to distract him from his darkest thoughts. But even this relationship cannot blunt the pain of his past. Because Sebastian knows exactly how to rectify his childhood crime and sanctify his past. It took a gun to get him into this.

Now he needs a gun to get out.

Unflinching and honest, Bang is as true and as relevant as tomorrow's headlines, the story of one boy and one moment in time that cannot be reclaimed.


Walk of Shame by Lauren Layne

Find it at:
Sparks fly between a misunderstood New York socialite and a cynical divorce lawyer in this lively standalone rom-com from the USA Today bestselling author of Blurred Lines and Love Story.

Pampered heiress Georgianna Watkins has a party-girl image to maintain, but all the shopping and clubbing is starting to feel a little bit hollow—and a whole lot lonely. Though Georgie would never admit it, the highlights of her week are the mornings when she comes home at the same time as her uptight, workaholic neighbor is leaving to hit the gym and put in a long day at the office. Teasing him is the most fun Georgie’s had in years—and the fuel for all her naughtiest daydreams.

Celebrity divorce attorney Andrew Mulroney doesn’t have much time for women, especially spoiled tabloid princesses who spend more time on Page Six than at an actual job. Although Georgie’s drop-dead gorgeous, she’s also everything Andrew resents: the type of girl who inherited her penthouse instead of earning it. But after Andrew caps one of their predawn sparring sessions with a surprise kiss—a kiss that’s caught on camera—all of Manhattan is gossiping about whether they’re a real couple. And nobody’s more surprised than Andrew to find that the answer just might be yes.

Gone Without a Trace by Mary Torjussen

Find it at:
Goodreads | Booklikes | LibraryThing
A jaw-dropping novel of psychological suspense that asks, "If the love of your life disappeared without a trace, how far would you go to find out why? "

Hannah Monroe's boyfriend, Matt, is gone. His belongings have disappeared from their house. Every call she ever made to him, every text she ever sent, every photo of him and any sign of him on social media have vanished. It's as though their last four years together never happened.

As Hannah struggles to get through the next few days, with humiliation and recriminations whirring through her head, she knows that she'll do whatever it takes to find him again and get answers. But as soon as her search starts, she realizes she is being led into a maze of madness and obsession. Step by suspenseful step, Hannah discovers her only way out is to come face to face with the shocking truth...

The Thing About Love by Julie James

Find it at:
Goodreads | Booklikes | LibraryThing
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | BAM!
Two undercover FBI agents can hide who they are from everyone but each other in the latest novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Suddenly One Summer.

FBI agents Jessica Harlow and John Shepherd have a past. The former lawyer and cocky Army ranger clashed during their training at Quantico, gladly going their separate ways after graduating from the Academy. Six years later, the last thing either of them expects is to run into each other again–assigned to work as partners in a high-profile undercover sting.

For both of them, being paired with a former rival couldn’t come at a worse time. Recently divorced from a Hollywood producer and looking for a fresh start, Jessica is eager to prove herself at her new field office. And John is just one case away from his dream assignment to the FBI’s elite Hostage Rescue Team. In order to nail a corrupt Florida politician, they’ll have to find a way to work as a team–a task that becomes even trickier when they’re forced to hole up at a romantic, beachfront resort as part of the investigation. Suddenly, the heat behind their nonstop sparring threatens to make the job a whole lot more complicated. . .
More Great Books Being Released Today
(Covers link to Goodreads)
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31423485-the-fixhttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26836918-grendel-s-guide-to-love-and-warhttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25487124-missinghttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32336123-slow-burn-cowboy

What new releases are you excited about this week?
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