Thursday, November 30, 2017

Review - Van by Sawyer Bennett @BennettBooks @readloveswept

Van by Sawyer Bennett
Series: Cold Fury Hockey #9
Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept
Publication Date: November 28, 2017
Date Read: November 20, 2017
Length: 224 pages
Source: NetGalley

Score one for the Carolina Cold Fury hockey team as a stone-cold badass melts for a woman who makes his blood run hot.
As one of the league’s toughest enforcers, Van Turner is ruthless on the ice. He plays hard because it’s the only way to channel the rage boiling inside, and a reputation as an A-hole is better than everyone knowing the truth. Van has spent his entire life running from a secret that’s kept him from getting involved in relationships—or accepting lucrative deals with East Coast teams. Then the Carolina Cold Fury makes him an offer he can’t refuse . . . and Van meets a woman he can’t resist.

Simone Fournier is the stubborn one in her family—and that’s saying something, considering her brothers are two of the Cold Fury’s biggest stars. Simone gets what she wants, and what she wants is Van. Still, there’s a part of him Simone can’t reach, no matter how hard she tries. In private, he’s all fire and passion. In public, he freezes her out. Van may want to push her away, but Simone won’t let him go that easily. Because this time, she’s playing for keeps.


Sawyer Bennett’s New York Times bestselling Carolina Cold Fury series can be read together or separately.

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

This was great!  Honestly, I think that this may be the hottest book in the series so far.  If you follow my reviews, you probably already know that I am a huge fan of the Cold Fury Hockey series.  I jumped into the series with the second book and haven't looked back although I should probably check out the first book at some point.  This is a series that works great as stand alone books but fans of the series will appreciate seeing well loved characters for just a bit.  Van is a excellent addition to the series.

I went into this book hoping that I would like it as much as the others but not sure that I would warm up to Van as a Hero.  Let me assure you that was not a problem because I fell completely in love with him.  He has such an interesting history that really explains some of his behaviors.  He is really a great guy that has spent his life trying to remain distant from other people.

Simone was something else.  She is the baby sister of the two Fournier brothers that have been the Hero of their own books, Max and Lucas.  Simone is at a crossroads in her life and is trying to figure out what direction she wants to go.  One thing that she knows she wants is Van and I loved watching her go for what she wants.  I loved how Simone isn't afraid to take risks and was so willing to put her heart on the line.

This book actually takes place at the same time as the previous book in the series.  You do not need to read the previous book to enjoy this one but I really enjoyed seeing certain events from a different perspective.  The book opens with Simone moving into the house the her brother shares with Van.  The chemistry between Simone and Van was wonderful and grew throughout the story.  If you are looking for a steamy story, this one brings quite a bit of heat.  I just loved this pair together.

I would recommend this book to others.  I had so much fun reading this sexy romance with great characters.  I can't wait to read more from Sawyer Bennett very soon!

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via NetGalley.
 
Cold Fury Hockey Series
#1 -Alex
#2 - Garrett - My Review
#3 - Zack - My Review
#4 - Ryker - My Review
#5 - Hawke - My Review
#6 - Max- My Review
#7 - Roman - My Review
#8 - Lucas - My Review
#9 - Van - Now Available!
#10 - Reed - Coming February 6, 2018!
#11 - Marek - Coming May 28, 2018!
About the Author

Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released more than 30 books and has been featured on both the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists on multiple occasions.

A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone.

Sawyer likes her Bloody Mary’s strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active toddler, as well as full-time servant to two adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or a combination of the two.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Review - A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck @reckj @KnopfBFYR

A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 26, 2017
Date Read: November 26, 2017
Length: 272 pages
Source: Blogging for Books

Equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking, this unrequited love story will appeal to fans of Jennifer Niven, John Green, and Jesse Andrews.

Seriously, how can you see a person nearly every day of your life and never think a thing of it, then all of a sudden, one day, it’s different? You see that goofy grin a thousand times and just laugh. But goofy grin #1,001 nearly stops your heart?

Right. That sounds like a bad movie already.


Matt Wainwright is constantly sabotaged by the overdramatic movie director in his head. He can’t tell his best friend, Tabby, how he really feels about her, he implodes on the JV basketball team, and the only place he feels normal is in Mr. Ellis’s English class, discussing the greatest fart scenes in literature and writing poems about pissed-off candy-cane lumberjacks.

If this were a movie, everything would work out perfectly. Tabby would discover that Matt’s madly in love with her, be overcome with emotion, and would fall into his arms. Maybe in the rain.

But that’s not how it works. Matt watches Tabby get swept away by senior basketball star and all-around great guy Liam Branson. Losing Tabby to Branson is bad enough, but screwing up and losing her as a friend is even worse.

After a tragic accident, Matt finds himself left on the sidelines, on the verge of spiraling out of control and losing everything that matters to him. From debut author Jared Reck comes a fiercely funny and heart-wrenching novel about love, longing, and what happens when life as you know it changes in an instant.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23014597-what-doesn-t-kill-her
My Review

This book really got to me.  I mean there were tears with this one.  Real tears!  I almost never shed tears over books but this one got through my shield.  I didn't really know a lot about this book going in.  I saw the book offered on Blogging for Books and decided to give it a try without reading any reviews for it.  I ended up really enjoying Matt's story.

Matt and Tabby have always been together.  Tabby lives just across the street from Matt and they have really grown up together.  Matt's mom watched Tabby while her dad worked since she was an infant.  They are really almost like family.  Except they are not family and Matt is not thinking of Tabby like a sister at all. 

Matt doesn't know what to think when Tabby starts handing out with Liam, a cool senior.  Tabby is only a freshman.  Matt really doesn't know how to handle this new development.  Suddenly Tabby has other places to be even though she still makes some time for Matt and his family.

I really liked the characters in this book.  They all felt so very real to me.   Being a teenager is tough and I think that this group of characters did a fantastic job at really illustrating the emotional ups and downs in their lives.  I also liked the adult characters in this book.  I thought that they were very supportive.  Sometimes that support was shown by remaining silent and other times speaking up. 

This book really did put me through a wide range of emotions and it did it well.  I thought some parts were rather comical while others broke my heart.  Some parts made me uncomfortable and other made me fondly remember my own childhood.  This story really packs quite the punch.

I would recommend this book to others.  I would recommend that other readers go into this book as blindly as possible since some spoilers could really lessen the book's impact.  This is Jared Reck's debut novel and I can't wait to see what he comes up with next.

I received a review copy of this book from Knopf Books for Young Readers via Blogging for Books.
About the Author

Jared Reck is a debut author. He received a BA in English from Clemson University, a Master’s in Educational Leadership, and recently completed graduate coursework in McDaniel College’s Writing for Children & Young Adults program. He lives in Hanover, Pennsylvania, where he’s an eighth-grade Language Arts teacher. Learn more about Jared on Twitter at @ReckJ.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

New Releases - November 28, 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:


Van by Sawyer Bennett

Find it at:
Goodreads | LibraryThing
Score one for the Carolina Cold Fury hockey team as a stone-cold badass melts for a woman who makes his blood run hot.

As one of the league’s toughest enforcers, Van Turner is ruthless on the ice. He plays hard because it’s the only way to channel the rage boiling inside, and a reputation as an A-hole is better than everyone knowing the truth. Van has spent his entire life running from a secret that’s kept him from getting involved in relationships—or accepting lucrative deals with East Coast teams. Then the Carolina Cold Fury makes him an offer he can’t refuse . . . and Van meets a woman he can’t resist.

Simone Fournier is the stubborn one in her family—and that’s saying something, considering her brothers are two of the Cold Fury’s biggest stars. Simone gets what she wants, and what she wants is Van. Still, there’s a part of him Simone can’t reach, no matter how hard she tries. In private, he’s all fire and passion. In public, he freezes her out. Van may want to push her away, but Simone won’t let him go that easily. Because this time, she’s playing for keeps.


The Brightest Embers by Jeaniene Frost 

Find it at:
You can run from your destiny, but you can't hide

Ivy thought that she and Adrian had conquered their fates. Yet with thousands of innocents still trapped in the demon realms, she's determined to locate the final hallowed weapon and harness its unparalleled power to free them. But the last relic nearly put Ivy in the grave—there's probably no coming back from this one.

Adrian's dark lineage has made him the most powerful of his kind, yet even his incredible abilities might not be enough now. Instead, the treacherous fate he has fought so hard to escape might be the only way he can save Ivy. Their scintillating bond has been tested before, but never with so much on the line. Now fate will come head-to-head against true love, and nothing they've endured can prepare Ivy and Adrian for the unthinkable choices they'll face...

Don't miss the earth-shattering conclusion to New York Times bestselling author Jeaniene Frost's Broken Destiny series!

Weave a Circle Round by Kari Maaren

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Freddy wants desperately to not be noticed. She doesn't want to be seen as different or unusual, but her step-brother Roland gets attention because he's deaf, and her little sister Mel thinks she's a private detective. All Freddy wants to do is navigate high school with as little trouble as possible.

Then someone moves into the house on Grosvenor Street. Two extremely odd someones.

Cuerva Lachance and Josiah aren't . . . normal. When they move in next door, the house begins to exhibit some decidedly strange tendencies, like not obeying the laws of physics or reality. Just as Freddy thinks she's had enough of Josiah following her around, she's plunged into an adventure millennia in the making and discovers the truth about the new neighbors.

The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody

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Over the course of one chaotic night stranded at the Denver airport, Ryn confronts her shattered past thanks to the charm of romance, the uniqueness of strangers, and the magic of ordinary places in this stunning novel from the author of Boys of Summer.

Ryn has one unread text message on her phone. And it’s been there for almost a year.

She hasn’t tried to read it. She can’t. She won’t. Because that one message is the last thing her best friend ever said to her before she died.

But as Ryn finds herself trapped in the Denver International Airport on New Year’s Eve thanks to a never-ending blizzard on the one-year anniversary of her best friend’s death, fate literally runs into her.

And his name is Xander.

When the two accidentally swap phones, Ryn and Xander are thrust into the chaos of an unforgettable all-night adventure, filled with charming and mysterious strangers, a secret New Year’s Eve bash, and a possible Illuminati conspiracy hidden within the Denver airport. But as the bizarre night continues, all Ryn can think about is that one unread text message. It follows her wherever she goes, because Ryn can’t get her brialliantly wild and free-spirited best friend out of her head.

Ryn can’t move on.

But tonight, for the first time ever, she’s trying. And maybe that’s a start.

As moving as it is funny, The Chaos of Standing Still is a heartwarming story about the earth-shattering challenges life throws at us—and the unexpected strangers who help us along the way.
More Great Books Being Released Today
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What new releases are you excited about this week?

Monday, November 27, 2017

Spotlight Tour - Perfect Gravity by Vivien Jackson @Vivien_Jackson @SourcebooksCasa

Perfect Gravity by Vivien Jackson
Series: Wanted and Wired #2
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 9781492648192
Genre: Science Fiction Romance
Publication Date: November 7, 2017
Second in a snarky, sexy sci-fi romance series with the perfect balance of humor, heart, and heat.

Kellen Hockley usually keeps quiet about his past, but once upon a time he loved a girl named Angela. He hasn't seen her in a decade, but now he has to break the news to her that his team of rogue treasure hunters accidentally killed her husband. He's had better days...

It's not the news that's delivered to Angela Neko that breaks her apart—it's the rumbly, Texas drawl delivering it. She can't believe she's hearing Kellen's voice again. But there's no time for distractions. When Angela's own life is threatened, yielding up all of her lies and secrets, she and Kellen must figure out how to reverse the geopolitical firestorm she lit to save the world, to save Kellen's cat...and just maybe to save each other.
Excerpt


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About the Author

VIVIEN JACKSON is still waiting for her Hogwarts letter. In the meantime, she writes, mostly fantastical or futuristic or kissing-related stories. When she isn’t writing, she’s performing a sacred duty nurturing the next generation of Whovian Browncoat Sindarin Jedi gamers, and their little dogs too. With her similarly geeky partner, she lives in Austin, Texas, and watches a lot of football.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #95


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

I wish all weeks could be like this one!  I had the week off from work which was really quite wonderful.  I really didn't have lot of plans for my time off which was a lovely feeling.  Marching Band is still keeping me busy.  The football team at my daughter's school just doesn't seem to want to lose.  Last Saturday, I sat in the freezing rain to watch the game.  The team won and are playing in the State Championship game today.  After today, it will finally be over!

My birthday was this week so the family took me out to eat which was very nice.  I had a lot of quiet time this week to dedicate to reading.  I decided that I would try to read a book every day during my time off from work.  I am calling it Operation 9 Books in 9 Days and so far I am on track.  I have picked some rather short books to read but the 6 books that I have finished so far all needed to be read and reviewed so I do feel like I have accomplished something.  If I don't get 9 books read, I should come close.

Books for Review
The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor (First to Read)
A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck (Blogging for Books)

I only picked up two books this week.  The Chalk Man sounds really good so I am really excited to get a copy from First to Read.  I have read about half of the book as I write this post and love it so far.  I couldn't resist A Short History of the Girl Next Door when I saw it being offered on Blogging for Books.

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, November 24, 2017

Spotlight Tour Review - Third Son's a Charm by Shana Galen @shanagalen @SourcebooksCasa

I am thrilled to be a part of the Spotlight Tour for Third Son's a Charm by Shana Galen. I really enjoyed this romance filled with wonderful characters.  Be sure to read the excerpt and enter the giveaway at the end of the post for a chance to win a Shana Galen prize pack!

Third Son's a Charm by Shana Galen
Series: The Survivors #1
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: November 7, 2017
Date Read: November 23, 2017
Length:  416 pages
Source: NetGalley
★★★★☆
Ewan Mostyn thinks a job as a duke's daughter's bodyguard will be easy―but Lady Lorraine has a few tricks up her sleeve that spark an undeniable passion...

Fiercely loyal to his friends and comrades, Ewan Mostyn is the toughest in a group of younger sons of nobility who met as soldiers and are now trying desperately to settle back into peaceful Society. Ewan trusts his brawn more than his brains, but when he's offered a job watching the Duke of Ridlington's stubbornly independent daughter, he finds both are challenged.

Lady Lorraine wants none of her father's high-handed ways, and she'll do everything in her power to avoid her distressingly attractive bodyguard―until she lands herself in real trouble. Lorraine begins to see Ewan's protectiveness in a new light, and she can only hope that her stoic guardian will do for her what he's always done―fight for what he wants.

My Review

I had so much fun reading this historical romance!  I have to admit that the cover of this book is what first grabbed my attention.  I am always a sucker for pretty covers and the cover of this book is simply gorgeous.  I have enjoyed Shana Galen's work in the past and this sounded like a good story so I knew that I would have to read it.  It turned out to be a very enjoyable read that was really hard to put down. 

Ewan knows his place in life.  He is the third son of an Earl and is therefore rather useless to his family.  He has been a solider and is known for some of his brave acts but that hasn't changed his father's opinion of him.  Many see Ewan as a dimwit because he has been unable to learn to read.  When he is offered a position to guard a Duke's daughter, he decides to take the job.

Lorrie really wants to marry.  So much so that she has recently tried to elope with her love, Francis.  Lorrie is determined to make the marriage happen and believes that she and Francis are in love.  The Duke opposes the match and tasks Ewan with making sure it does not happen.  Ewan becomes a permanent fixture at all of the society events attended by Lorrie and her family. 

I loved these two together!  Ewan tends to doubt himself since he has been told he is dumb his whole life.  Lorrie sees him for the intelligent man that he truly is.  Lorrie believes that she is in love with Francis but she soon learns that love is something very different.  This pair had a lot of wonderful chemistry with each other and complimented each other quite nicely.

I would recommend this book to fans of historical romance.  The book is filled with wonderful characters and a few exciting moments.  I can't wait to read the next book in this delightful series!

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Sourcebooks Casablanca via NetGalley.

Excerpt

About the Author

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

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving 2017


I hope that all of my readers celebrating Thanksgiving have a wonderful day today!  

I am very thankful for all of the support I have received from the blogging community over the years.  It really does mean a lot.  Thanks for letting me talk books with you!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Audiobook Review - Until the End of the World by Sarah Lyons Fleming

Until the End of the World by Sarah Lyons Fleming
Narrated by Julia Whelan
Series: Until the End of the World #1
Publisher: Podium Publishing
Publication Date: January 24, 2014
Date Read: October 31, 2017
Length: 13 hours 15 minutes
Source: Audible Purchase

Cassie Forrest isn't surprised to learn that the day she’s decided to get her life together is also the day the world ends. After all, she’s been on a self-imposed losing streak since her survivalist parents died: she’s stopped painting, broken off her engagement to Adrian and dated a real jerk. Rectifying her mistakes has to wait, however, because Cassie and her friends have just enough time to escape Brooklyn for her parents’ cabin before Bornavirus LX turns them into zombies, too.

This is difficult enough, but Cassie’s tag along ex-boyfriend and her friend’s bratty sister have a knack for making everything, even the apocalypse, more unpleasant. When the two attract a threat as deadly as the undead to their safe haven, Cassie’s forced to see how far she’ll go to protect those she loves. And it’s a lot farther than she’d anticipated. This, coupled with Adrian’s distant voice on Safe Zone Radio and, of course, the living dead, threaten to put Cassie right back into the funk she just dragged herself out of.

Survival’s great and all, especially when you have leather armor, good friends and home-brewed beer, but there’s something Cassie must do besides survive: tell Adrian she still loves him. And to do that, Cassie has to find faith that she’s stronger than she thinks, she’s still a crack shot and true love never dies.

My Review

I ended up really liking this book.  I stumbled upon this series quite by accident while I was browsing Audible.  I am a huge Walking Dead fan so I thought this looked promising and decided to give it a try.  This was a story that I liked more and more as I continued to read.  I listened to the audiobook for hours at a time and never tired of the story.  I am so glad that I took a chance with this book.

This book starts just as the trouble begins.  Cassie and her friends live in New York City and there is a virus causing people to get sick.  The group quickly figures out that things are a lot worse than they are being told and they make plans to get to Cassie's parents' home.  Cassie's parents prepared for disasters and though they have both passed away the home is well stocked.

I found that during the beginning stages of the book the focus was more on the drama between the characters than the zombie outbreak.  I really wanted someone to smack a couple of Cassie's "friends" and move on to more zombie stuff.  As the book progressed, I started seeing more and more of the zombie action that I had wanted.

There is a rather large cast of characters to keep track of in this book but each of their personalities were well developed so it really wasn't too much of a problem.  The characters do grow over the course of the book and the same characters that I wanted to feed to the zombies did end up redeeming themselves.  I did end up liking the characters and wanted to see the whole group remain safe.

I thought that Julia Whelan did a great job with this story.  She handled a large number of character voices very well.  She put a lot of emotion into the reading of the story and made some of the scenes fell even more intense.  She had a very pleasant reading voice and I look forward to listening to more of her work soon.

I would recommend this book to others.  This may not have been the most original story but it was a lot of fun.  I can't wait to see what is in story for Cassie and her friends in the next installment.

This ebook is currently free on Amazon, B&N, and Kobo.
About the Author - Sarah Lyons Fleming

I'm a Laura Ingalls devotee, wannabe prepper and lover of anything pre-apocalyptic, apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic—-or anything in between. Add in some humor and romance, and I'm in heaven.

Besides an unhealthy obsession with home-canned food and Bug Out Bag equipment, I love books, making artsy stuff and laughing my arse off. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, I now live in Oregon with my family and, in my opinion, not nearly enough supplies for the zombie apocalypse. But I'm working on it.


Author Link:  Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

New Releases - November 21, 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:


The Whispering Room by Dean Koontz

Find it at:
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Jane Hawk--fiction's most relentless, resourceful, stunning new heroine--continues her battle against a murderous conspiracy in the riveting sequel to The Silent Corner.

"No time to delay. Do what you were born to do. Fame will be yours when you do this."

These are the words that ring in the mind of mild-mannered, beloved schoolteacher Cora Gundersun--just before she takes her own life, and many others', in a shocking act of carnage. When the disturbing contents of her secret journal are discovered, it seems certain that she must have been insane. But Jane Hawk knows better.

In the wake of her husband's inexplicable suicide--and the equally mysterious deaths of scores of other exemplary individuals--Jane picks up the trail of a secret cabal of powerful players who think themselves above the law and beyond punishment. But these ruthless people bent on hijacking America's future for their own monstrous ends never banked on a highly trained FBI agent willing to go rogue--and become the nation's most wanted fugitive--in order to derail their insidious plans to gain absolute power with a terrifying technological breakthrough.

Driven by love for her lost husband and by fear for the five-year-old son she has sent into hiding, Jane Hawk has become an unstoppable predator. Those she is hunting will have nowhere to run when her shadow falls across them.


The People vs. Alex Cross by James Patterson

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This time it's Alex Cross on trial.
Alex Cross is on the wrong side of the law. Serving a suspension from the force while he awaits trial for murder, Cross has been branded as a trigger-happy cop, another bad apple walking the streets with a gun, an accusation that Cross will do anything to refute. To make himself feel useful again, Cross opens a counseling office in the basement of his home. When his former partner Sampson shows up needing his help, Cross jumps at the chance, even if it may end up costing him what's left of his career. When a string of young, blonde women go missing, the investigation leads Cross and Sampson to the most depraved, darkest corners of the internet. Struggling to prove his own innocence and uncover the truth lurking online, Cross must risk everything to save his most at-risk patient of all...himself.

The Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris

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From award-winning actor, Neil Patrick Harris, comes the magical first book in a new series with plenty of tricks up its sleeve.
When street magician Carter runs away, he never expects to find friends and magic in a sleepy New England town. But like any good trick, things change instantly as greedy B.B. Bosso and his crew of crooked carnies arrive to steal anything and everything they can get their sticky fingers on.

After a fateful encounter with the local purveyor of illusion, Dante Vernon, Carter teams up with five other like-minded illusionists. Together, using both teamwork and magic, they'll set out to save the town of Mineral Wells from Bosso's villainous clutches. These six Magic Misfits will soon discover adventure, friendship, and their own self-worth in this delightful new series.

(Psst. Hey, you! Yes, you! Congratulations on reading this far. As a reward, I'll let you in on a little secret... This book isn't just a book. It's a treasure trove of secrets and ciphers and codes and even tricks. Keep your eyes peeled and you'll discover more than just a story--you'll learn how to make your own magic!)

Sweet Tea and Sympathy by Molly Harper

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Beloved author Molly Harper launches a brand-new contemporary romance series, Southern Eclectic, with this story of a big-city party planner who finds true love in a small Georgia town.

Nestled on the shore of Lake Sackett, Georgia is the McCready Family Funeral Home and Bait Shop. (What, you have a problem with one-stop shopping?) Two McCready brothers started two separate businesses in the same building back in 1928, and now it’s become one big family affair. And true to form in small Southern towns, family business becomes everybody’s business.

Margot Cary has spent her life immersed in everything Lake Sackett is not. As an elite event planner, Margot’s rubbed elbows with the cream of Chicago society, and made elegance and glamour her business. She’s riding high until one event goes tragically, spectacularly wrong. Now she’s blackballed by the gala set and in dire need of a fresh start—and apparently the McCreadys are in need of an event planner with a tarnished reputation.

As Margot finds her footing in a town where everybody knows not only your name, but what you had for dinner last Saturday night and what you’ll wear to church on Sunday morning, she grudgingly has to admit that there are some things Lake Sackett does better than Chicago—including the dating prospects. Elementary school principal Kyle Archer is a fellow fish-out-of-water who volunteers to show Margot the picture-postcard side of Southern living. The two of them hit it off, but not everybody is happy to see an outsider snapping up one of the town's most eligible gentleman. Will Margot reel in her handsome fish, or will she have to release her latest catch?
More Great Books Being Released Today
(Covers link to Goodreads)
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35137776-the-complete-sookie-stackhouse-storieshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35443103-eversonghttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35631670-head-coachhttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36111094-the-duke-who-came-to-town

What new releases are you excited about this week?

Monday, November 20, 2017

Review - The Christmas Cowboy Hero by Donna Grant

The Christmas Cowboy Hero by Donna Grant
Series: Heart of Texas #1
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: October 31, 2017
Date Read: November 18, 2017
Length: 320 pages
Source: Direct from Publisher
★★★★★
Hot Cowboy SEAL heroes in the heart of Texas abound in the Heart of Texas series by New York Times bestselling author Donna Grant.

New York Times bestselling author Donna Grant returns to Texas, where a small-town legend just might find the greatest gift of all. . .

’Tis the season for ex-Navy SEAL Clayton East to come home for the holidays—even if the mood at home is anything but festive. His father is ill. The East Ranch is in financial trouble. And now it’s on Clayton, the prodigal son, to make sure his family doesn’t lose everything.

Headstrong Abby Harper is like a mother to her younger brothers, who she’s helped raise since she was a teenager. Keeping them in line is no small task while she’s also working toward her college degree. And now that one of her brothers has been arrested for stealing cattle at the East Ranch, Abby is at her wit’s end. But there is a silver lining: Clayton East. He believes in second chances, and is willing to give one to her brother this Christmas. Letting beautiful Abby—and the inescapable longing in his heart—off the hook, however, is a whole ’nother story. Could it be that the woman of this local hero’s dreams has been back at home all along?
My Review

I loved this book!  I am not usually someone who reads a lot of Christmas stories.  I will read them but I don't really look for them.  This book made its way into my hands and something about that cover drew me right in and I wanted to start reading it right away.  Once I started, I didn't want to stop and I ended up reading the whole thing from cover to cover in a single day.   I really enjoyed every moment I spent reading this wonderful little story.

Clayton is ex-military and has been working overseas until he is called home to the family ranch.  The ranch is in trouble and his dad is sick so Clayton must come home to run things and try to save the ranch.  Abby has not had it easy.  She has been raising her two younger brothers and doing her best to get ahead in life. 

Abby and Clayton meet when Abby's brother is caught stealing cattle from the ranch Clayton's family owns.  Not the best way to start things.  Clayton turns out to be a really nice guy and instead of sending Abby's brother, Brice, to jail he lets him come and work his debt off at the ranch.  Clayton also enlists Abby's help with the ranch's books hoping that she can sort out exactly what is going on.

I loved the characters in this book.  Abby and Clayton were both amazing.  Abby was strong and cared deeply for her two brothers.  She was smart and willing to sacrifice her wants for the sake of other people.  Clayton was such a good guy.  He has had some things to deal with in his personal and military life.  I loved this pair together.  They had great chemistry from the very beginning and it was really wonderful to watch them fall in love. 

The secondary characters were also really well done.  Abby's two brothers, Brice and Caleb, played a large role in the story and were really great.  Their relationship with their sister really helped illustrate how much she cared for them.  Clayton's parents were also key players in the story.  I liked how they welcomed Abby and her brothers as if they were family right from the start. 

The mystery in the book kept things interesting.  I really wanted to see Clayton save the ranch with Abby's help.  There were a few scenes where we got to see Clayton, a former SEAL, in action which was pretty exciting.  This was really a book more focused on romance than anything else and it did a wonderful job with it.  I don't know that there was really anything too surprising in the book but everything was executed perfectly.  I couldn't help but get swept away by this romantic tale.

I would highly recommend to fans of contemporary romance.  This book had just the right combination of romance, action, and great characters.  The story had just the right amount of Christmas adding just a bit to the story.  This is the first book by Donna Grant that I have read and I am really looking forward to reading more of her work soon.

I received a review copy of this book from St. Martin's Press.
About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Donna Grant has been praised for her “totally addictive” and “unique and sensual” stories. She’s the author of more than thirty novels spanning multiple genres of romance including the bestselling Dark King stories. The acclaimed series features a thrilling combination of dragons, the Fae, and Highlanders who are dark, dangerous, and irresistible. She lives with her two children, a dog, and four cats in Texas.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #94


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

I made it through the week and now I am officially on vacation!  I can't even describe how happy I am to get some time off from work.  I hope to get a whole lot of reading done in the upcoming week and get a bit ahead with the blog.  I do apologize for falling behind yet again this week and I promise that you will see me around more this week.

Books for Review
Into the Black Nowhere by Meg Gardiner (NetGalley)
The Cowboy Who Came Calling by Linda Broday (NetGalley)
The Brightest Embers by Jeaniene Frost (Audiobook Jukebox)

I am really excited about all three of these books.  Unsub was such a great book so I cannot wait to dive into the second book in the series Into the Black Nowhere.  I am also excited to read Broday's upcoming release The Cowboy Came Calling.  The Brightest Embers will be my next listen and I am looking forward to seeing how the trilogy wraps up.

The Christmas Cowboy Hero by Donna Grant (St. Martin's Press)
So I Married a Sorcerer by Kerrelyn Sparks (St. Martin's Press)

I received a surprise package in the mail on Monday from SMP Romance.  I do remember filling out a form now that I think about it but it really did feel like Christmas opening up the package.  One of the books was wrapped up in paper like a gift.  I really should have taken a photo of it but I didn't think and tore into it as soon as I saw it.  I have already read So I Married a Sorcerer and loved it so I am happy to have a print copy and I am looking forward to reading The Christmas Cowboy Hero this week while I am off work.

Books Won

Sinless by Lynne Connolly (Goodreads Giveaway)
Up for Heir by Ruth Cardello (Goodreads Giveaway)

I was able to add a couple of romances to my kindle shelves thanks to Goodreads giveaways this week.  I haven't read either of these authors but am ready to give both of these books 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!
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