Wednesday, January 31, 2018

They Call It Puppy Love Challenge Sign Up


Barb @ Booker T's Farm is hosting a new challenge during the month of February. It is called They Call It Puppy Love and it looks like a lot of fun.

The rules are pretty simple:
  • Make a sign up post and link it to Barb's post - you can sign up HERE
  • Read at least one book with a dog (or cat) on the cover or features a dog (or cat) in it.
  • Do a wrap up post at the end of February with links to your reviews for the challenge.
  • At the end of the month, one lucky winner will receive a $10 gift certificate to Amazon or Book Depository.
Some of the books that I might read for the challenge

There is no way that I will come close to reading all of these but I think I can fit a few in during the month. 

The contest is open to everyone so be sure to sign up!

Do you have any favorite books that feature a dog or cat or have one on the cover?

Spotlight Tour Review - The Cowboy Who Came Calling by Linda Broday #excerpt #giveaway @LBroday @SourcebooksCasa

I am thrilled to be a part of the Spotlight Tour for The Cowboy Who Came Calling by Linda Broday.  I had such a great time with this book.  Be sure to read the excerpt to sample just a bit of this wonderful story and don't miss entering the giveaway for a chance to win a copy of the first book in the Texas Heroes series.

The Cowboy Who Came Calling by Linda Broday
Series: Texas Heroes #2
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: February 6, 2018
Date Read: January 29, 2018
Length:  320 pages
Source: NetGalley
★★★★☆
He'll do what it takes to win her heart

Glory Day may be losing her vision, but that doesn't mean she'll ever stop fighting. Determined to provide for her struggling family, she confronts an outlaw with a price on his head. But when a mysterious cowboy gets between her and her target, Glory accidentally shoots him instead. Flustered, she has no option but to take the handsome stranger home to treat his wounds.

Former Texas Ranger Luke McClain didn't plan to fall in love, but there's no denying the strength of Glory's will or the sweetness of her heart. But Glory's been burned before, and Luke will have to reach into the depths of his own battered soul to convince her to take a chance...

And trust that love is worth fighting for.
My Review

I really liked this book.  I first read Linda Broday last year when I decided to pick up the first book in this series, Knight on the Texas Plains, which I ended up loving.  I knew as soon as I saw this book that I would have to read it and I am glad that I did.  I really had a wonderful time getting to know Glory, Luke, and all the other characters in this story and wanted to see them get their happy ending.

I loved the first meeting between Glory and Luke.  Their paths do quickly cross in town but their first real meeting goes horribly wrong when Glory accidentally shoots Luke.  She takes him home to tend to his wounds and let him recover.  Luke gets to know the Day family pretty quickly since Glory's youngest sister, Patience, like to share whatever comes to her mind.  Luke sees how much responsibility is on Glory's shoulders and seems to understand how troubled she is.

I liked the characters in this story quite a bit.  Luke was great.  He is a really good man that wants to help.  He will do the right thing and somehow seems to see things that others may miss.  Glory was a strong character.  She is tough and does what needs to be done to take care of her family.  She has a lot of pride and wants to take care of things herself.  It did drive me a bit nuts when she made a big deal of Luke's offer to help because she really needed the help but I understood why she behaved as she did.  Glory's sisters, Hope and Patience, were wonderful.  Hope was a a hard working girl who was a great support to her sisters and family.  Patience was a wonderful child who added more than a few smiles to the story.

I liked Luke and Glory together.  I thought that their personalities really seemed to work well together.  Luke didn't see Glory's responsibilities as a negative but was happy to take them on himself.  Glory didn't always seem to know how to handle Luke and had a lot of doubts but she did care for him.  I would have liked to see a bit more of Luke and Glory together.  There seemed to be someone around to interrupt them during most of the scenes where they had a moment alone. 

I would recommend this book to others.  I had a great time reading this wonderful romance filled with fantastic characters.  This is the second book in the Texas Heroes series but could easily be read as a stand alone since it tells its own story.  I look forward to reading more from Linda Broday very soon.

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

Excerpt

About the Author

At a young age, Linda Broday discovered a love for storytelling, history, and anything pertaining to the Old West. Cowboys fascinate her. There’s something about Stetsons, boots, and tall rugged cowboys that get her fired up. A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Linda has won many awards, including the prestigious National Readers’ Choice Award and the Texas Gold Award. She resides in the Texas Panhandle and is inspired every day.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter
Giveaway
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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

New Releases - January 30, 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:


More to Love by Alison Bliss

Find it at:
Goodreads | Booklikes | LibraryThing
This laugh-out-loud romantic comedy proves that, when enemies become lovers, all bets are off!

Jessa Gibson may be new in the little town of Granite, Texas, but in no time at all her gourmet food truck business is booming. Soon she'll have enough money to open the restaurant of her dreams. But first, she'll have to appease the hot local health inspector, no matter how strange his "violations" sound to her. No pink plastic gloves? Really?

Max Hager isn't exactly who he says he is. Pretending to be a health inspector is a (mostly) innocent mistake. A mistake made way worse by Max's immediate, electrifying attraction to the curvy, sexy, redheaded chef. Throw in a whole lot of lust, and things in Jessa's little kitchen are about to really start heating up. But can Max find a way to come clean with Jessa before his little deception turns into a recipe for disaster?


Into the Black Nowhere by Meg Gardiner

Find it at:
Inspired by real-life serial killer Ted Bundy, an exhilarating thriller in which FBI profiler Caitlin Hendrix faces off against a charming, merciless serial killer

In southern Texas, on Saturday nights, women are disappearing. One vanishes from a movie theater. Another is ripped from her car at a stoplight. Another vanishes from her home while checking on her baby. Rookie FBI agent Caitlin Hendrix, newly assigned to the FBI's elite Behavioral Analysis Unit, fears that a serial killer is roaming the dark roads outside Austin.

Caitlin and the FBI's serial crime unit discover the first victim's body in the woods. She's laid out in a bloodstained, white baby-doll nightgown. A second victim in a white nightie lies deeper in the forest's darkness. Both bodies are surrounded by Polaroid photos, stuck in the earth like headstones. Each photo pictures a woman in a white negligee, wrists slashed, suicide-style--posed like Snow White awaiting her prince's kiss.

To track the UNSUB, Caitlin must get inside his mind. How is he selecting these women? Working with a legendary FBI profiler, Caitlin searches for a homology--that elusive point where character and action come together. She profiles a confident, meticulous killer who convinces his victims to lower their guard until he can overpower and take them in plain sight. He then reduces them to objects in a twisted fantasy--dolls for him to possess, control, and ultimately destroy. Caitlin's profile leads the FBI to focus on one man: a charismatic, successful professional who easily gains people's trust. But with only circumstantial evidence linking him to the murders, the police allow him to escape. As Saturday night approaches, Caitlin and the FBI enter a desperate game of cat and mouse, racing to capture the cunning predator before he claims more victims.

Runaway Groom by Lauren Layne

Find it at:
Goodreads | Booklikes | LibraryThing
For one charming playboy, getting cast on a Bachelor-esque reality TV show is the shock of a lifetime—until he finds love where he least expects it. And now the chase is on!

Gage Barrett’s reputation as a ladies’ man has been greatly exaggerated, but none of that matters after a drunken bet lands him on Jilted, a reality TV show that matches runaway grooms with wannabe brides. Now he’s stuck at a Hawaiian resort with nineteen women competing to drag him back to the altar—and one contestant who’s even more miserable than he is. Gage has no idea how feisty, independent Ellie Wright wound up in the cast, but it’s obvious she hates his guts. And if there’s one thing Gage likes, it’s a challenge. . . .

Ellie can’t believe she let her best friend talk her into exchanging her dignity for a glorified bikini contest. Still, she could use the exposure—her business is struggling—and she’ll probably be one of the first to get eliminated anyway. But Gage isn’t the shallow jerk Ellie anticipated—and he’s in no rush to send her home. As stolen kisses turn into secret trysts, she finds herself losing track of what’s real and what’s for the camera. With the wedding finale looming, this runaway groom is tempting Ellie to start believing in storybook endings.

Luckiest Cowboy of All by Carolyn Brown

Find it at:
Goodreads | Booklikes | LibraryThing
A secret baby brings a second chance for love. Carlene Varner's homecoming isn't exactly going according to plan. She thought she'd have some time to adjust before introducing her daughter to Jace Dawson, the father her little girl has never known. Instead, within days of her arrival, her house burns down and she and Tilly have no choice but to move in with the sexy cowboy himself at the Prairie Rose ranch. Now the whole Dawson clan-heck, the whole town of Happy-is all up in their business.

Jace has dealt with stubborn bulls and bucking broncos-but being a dad? He is so not ready for this... Yet the more time he spends with Carlene and little Tilly, the harder it is to imagine life without them. Now he just has to convince Carlene that he's the real deal-and hope that this time she's here to stay.
More Great Books Being Released Today
(Covers link to Goodreads)
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35133826-say-you-ll-remember-mehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34848198-surrender-to-the-highlanderhttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35068495-tempesthttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35099666-zero-hour

What new releases are you excited about this week?

Monday, January 29, 2018

Review - Into the Black Nowhere by Meg Gardiner @MegGardiner1 @DuttonBooks

Into the Black Nowhere by Meg Gardiner
Series: UNSUB #2
Publisher: Penguin Group - Dutton
Publication Date: January 30, 2018
Date Read: January 25, 2018
Length:  368 pages
Source: NetGalley
★★★★☆
Inspired by real-life serial killer Ted Bundy, an exhilarating thriller in which FBI profiler Caitlin Hendrix faces off against a charming, merciless serial killer

In southern Texas, on Saturday nights, women are disappearing. One vanishes from a movie theater. Another is ripped from her car at a stoplight. Another vanishes from her home while checking on her baby. Rookie FBI agent Caitlin Hendrix, newly assigned to the FBI's elite Behavioral Analysis Unit, fears that a serial killer is roaming the dark roads outside Austin.

Caitlin and the FBI's serial crime unit discover the first victim's body in the woods. She's laid out in a bloodstained, white baby-doll nightgown. A second victim in a white nightie lies deeper in the forest's darkness. Both bodies are surrounded by Polaroid photos, stuck in the earth like headstones. Each photo pictures a woman in a white negligee, wrists slashed, suicide-style--posed like Snow White awaiting her prince's kiss.

To track the UNSUB, Caitlin must get inside his mind. How is he selecting these women? Working with a legendary FBI profiler, Caitlin searches for a homology--that elusive point where character and action come together. She profiles a confident, meticulous killer who convinces his victims to lower their guard until he can overpower and take them in plain sight. He then reduces them to objects in a twisted fantasy--dolls for him to possess, control, and ultimately destroy. Caitlin's profile leads the FBI to focus on one man: a charismatic, successful professional who easily gains people's trust. But with only circumstantial evidence linking him to the murders, the police allow him to escape. As Saturday night approaches, Caitlin and the FBI enter a desperate game of cat and mouse, racing to capture the cunning predator before he claims more victims.

My Review

I really enjoyed this book!  I was a huge fan of the first book in this series, UNSUB, so I was really excited to read this one.  I will admit that I didn't like this book quite as much as the first book in the series but it was a very strong book.  I was hooked by this book from the very start and enjoyed it to the very end.  This series has quickly made its way onto my must read list.

Caitlin is now working as an FBI profiler.  She goes to Texas with a couple of other members of her team to look into a string of abductions.  Women are disappearing and residents are starting to be frightened.  There are no clues and nobody knows whether the women are dead or alive.  Caitlin and the team start working on putting together a profile for the perpetrator.

Most of the book follow Caitlin as she works through the clues to get in the head of the perpetrator.  We do get the chance to see things closer to the criminal from time to time as well which worked well in the story.  I was a bit surprised by how early in the book the team narrows down the list of suspects and subsequently catches the individual responsible.  I had a feeling that there were a few more surprises in store and was excited when things followed that path.

I liked the characters in this book.  Caitlin is smart and has great instincts.  She really is focused on finding the criminal and puts everything into the job.  Sean and Michelle do play a role in this book but it is much smaller.  I have to admit that I would have liked to have a little more Sean in this book.  I did like seeing Caitlin struggle with being away from people in her life and felt it helped round out her character. 

This was a fast moving story.  The opening scene was very strong and really set the tone for the story.  I did think that the book slowed down just a bit towards the middle but everything picked up quickly and ended with a ton of action.  Things don't always go well for the team and there were more than a few surprises along the way.  I really liked the fact that as soon as I thought I had something figured out I would soon find that I knew less than I thought. 

I would highly recommend this book to fans of mystery thrillers.  This is the second book in the UNSUB series but could easily be read as a stand alone since it tells its own story.  This is a fast paced story that kept me thinking until the thrilling end.  I can't wait to read the next book in this amazing series!

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Penguin Group Viking - Dutton Books via NetGalley.

The Series
Book #1 - UNSUB - My Review
Book #2 - Into the Black Nowhere
About the Author

MEG GARDINER is the author of twelve critically acclaimed novels including China Lake, which won the Edgar Award. Originally from Santa Barbara, CA, she lives in Austin, TX.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Stacking the Shelves #104


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

My Life
It was a pretty calm week at my house.  Work was pretty busy which made the work days move pretty fast.  It was my turn to take my daughter to her jazz group on Thursday which meant my night was as busy as my day.  I did manage to get a couple of good books in this week including my first 5 star read of 2018.

Books Purchased
Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day by Seanan McGuire (Kindle Purchase)

I saw this one on sale for $1.99 so I decided to grab a copy with my gift card balance.  I am looking forward to reading it.


Hexed by Kevin Hearne (eStories Purchase)
Hammered by Kevin Hearne (eStories Purchase)
Tricked by Kevin Hearne (eStories Purchase)

A few months ago, I signed up for a promotion at eStories that gave me 3 months for $0.99 each.  I received my third credit this week so I decided to pick out which books I wanted.  I already have a copy of the first audiobook in the Iron Druid Chronicles so I decided to add the next 3 books to my collection.

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, January 26, 2018

Audiobook Review - Mordacious by Sarah Lyons Fleming @SLyonsFleming

Mordacious by Sarah Lyons Fleming
Narrated by Luke Daniels and Therese Plummer
Series: The City #1
Publisher: Audible Studios
Publication Date: September 13, 2016
Date Read: January 18, 2018
Length: 17 hours 59 minutes
Source: Audible Purchase
★★★★☆
From the universe of the Until the End of the World series. (Note: The City Series can be heard before or after the Until the End of the World series)

Sylvie Rossi has the loner thing down pat, with the exception of her best friend, Grace. But when the two are trapped in a hospital during the last gasp of a dying city, alone time is no longer an option. A nurse's offer of sanctuary promises Sylvie the supplies she needs to survive the zombies - it's the coexisting with people that might do her in.

Eric Forrest will do whatever it takes to get into the dead city for his sister, including ending up dead himself. He's used to taking risks, but with every mile he travels death looks likelier and likelier, and finding his sister may be his only prospect for survival - if he can make it home.

Sylvie doesn't need more than food, water, and shelter. Eric wants only to find his sister. But sometimes what we think we need isn't what we need at all, and what we find is more than we expected.
My Review

I loved this book!  I recently stumbled upon Sarah Lyons Fleming's Until the End of the World series and couldn't get enough of it.  When I finished the final book in that series, I immediately decided to see what else this talented author had written.  I was absolutely delighted to find that she has another series that is set in the same world.  The book turned out to be as good as I had hoped it would be and I had pretty high hopes.

This book is told from two points of view.  Sylvie has never really felt wanted and works hard to make sure that she never owes anyone anything.  She is more of a loner but does have a really good friend in Grace.  Sylvie and Grace are together at the hospital when everything starts.  Eric is the brother of the main character of the other series set in this world.  Eric is a very capable man.  He seems to be able to get through a lot of tough situations and others seem to genuinely like him.  He is outside of the city when the outbreak begins and his journey has been rather eventful.

Sylvie and Eric eventually become part of a small group working together to survive.  The New York City setting was a really interesting place to watch them do this.  Everyone left in the city is basically on their own.  They have to find safe food and water all while avoiding the ever increasing population of zombies.   I liked the group of people that Sylvie and Eric are with.  Maria was often mentioned in the companion series that featured her two daughters so it was nice to see how well she handles things.  There was only one character in the group that made me want to lock him outside with the zombies but he does come around by the end of the book.

The narration of this book was absolutely fantastic!  Luke Daniels and Therese Plummer were the narrators and I do believe that this was my first experience with both of them.  They both did such a good job with this book.  Luke Daniels narrated all of the chapters from Eric's point of view with Therese Plummer handled Sylvie's point of view.  One thing that I loved was that both narrators were always around during any conversations.  So any male dialogue in the book was read by Luke Daniels and female dialogue was read by Therese Plummer.  This really made all of the conversations in the book flow really well and character voices felt very natural.  I definitely plan to look for both of these narrators again in the future.

I do recommend this series to others.  This was the first book in The City series which is set in the same world as the Until the End of the World series.  This new series does stand on its own and you can really start with either series but I enjoyed seeing the same events occur from completely different perspectives.  I can't wait to start reading the next book in this series!

The Series - The City
Book #1 -Mordacious
Book #2 - Peripeteia
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

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Review - The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone @ezekiel_boone @EmilyBestler

The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone
Series: The Hatching #1
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Publication Date: July 5, 2016
Date Read: January 20, 2018
Length:  352 pages
Source: Purchased

Deep in the jungle of Peru, where so much remains unknown, a black, skittering mass devours an American tourist whole. Thousands of miles away, an FBI agent investigates a fatal plane crash in Minneapolis and makes a gruesome discovery. Unusual seismic patterns register in a Kanpur, India earthquake lab, confounding the scientists there. During the same week, the Chinese government “accidentally” drops a nuclear bomb in an isolated region of its own country. As these incidents begin to sweep the globe, a mysterious package from South America arrives at a Washington, D.C. laboratory. Something wants out.

The world is on the brink of an apocalyptic disaster. An ancient species, long dormant, is now very much awake.
My Review

This was an excellent book!  I have had this book sitting on my kindle for the past year and a half and have no idea why I am just now reading it.  It really is as good as I heard.  Maybe better.  It was one of those books that I didn't want to set aside because I always wanted to know what was going to happen next.  I am just glad that I finally decided to read this book.

This story was told a little differently.  Each chapter focuses on a different character or set of characters.  Readers do get to see these characters at various parts of the books and sometimes their stories overlap but the focus of this book stays on the spiders.  Don't get me wrong, I did feel like I knew the key characters in this story by the end of the book.  I really liked how each chapter was like another piece of an overall puzzle.

So this book is about spiders but not your everyday run of the mill spider.  This book is about killer spiders, lots of killer spiders.  These are spiders unlike anything the world has ever seen.  They can kill with remarkable speed and are driven to do so.  When a nuclear bomb is detonated in China, officials initially believe it is an accident but they soon wonder if it was really in response to the spiders. 

I was amazed by how realistic everything in this book seemed.  I am really not too worried about giants waves of man eating spiders but I thought that the reactions to an extreme emergency felt genuine.  I thought that the government's response to the situation wasn't outside the realm of possibility if there was a threat on this kind of level.  I liked how this book really let the reader into the heads of people on all sides of the situation.

I would highly recommend this book.  I think that this was an incredibly entertaining book with a whole lot of excitement.  I am really excited to continue on with this series because I need to know what happens next. 

About the Author

Ezekiel Boone lives in upstate New York with his wife and children. He is the author of The Hatching, Skitter, and Zero Day.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Audiobook Review - Death Masks by Jim Butcher @longshotauthor

Death Masks by Jim Butcher
Narrated by James Marsters
Series: The Dresden Files #5
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Publication Date: October 29, 2009
Date Read:  January 9, 2018 (2nd read)
Length:  11 hours 21 minutes
Source: Purchased - Audible

The Dresden Files have taken the genre of paranormal mystery to a new level of action, excitement, and hard-hitting magical muscle. Now, in Death Masks, Jim Butcher’s smart-guy private eye may have taken on more than he can handle…

Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only practicing professional wizard, should be happy that business is pretty good for a change. But he also knows that whenever things are going good, the only way left for them to go is bad. Way bad. Such as:

• A duel with the lethal champion of the Red Court, who must kill Harry to end the war between vampires and wizards…
• Professional hit men using Harry for target practice…
• The missing Shroud of Turin—and the possible involvement of Chicago’s most feared mob boss…
• A handless and headless corpse the Chicago police need identified…

Not to mention the return of Harry’s ex-girlfriend Susan, who’s still struggling with her semi-vampiric nature. And who seems to have a new man in her life. Some days, it just doesn’t pay to get out of bed. No matter how much you’re charging.
My Review

I really enjoyed this book!  This was a re-read for me and I liked it just as much the second time around.  I did remember some parts of the book from the first time I read the story but I had forgotten most of the details.  It has been about a year and half since I listened to the last book in this series and I really enjoyed spending a little bit of time with Harry Dresden once again.  This is the fifth book in the series and I do recommend that this series be read in order.  This was a book that entertained me from beginning to end.

Harry has a lot going on in this book.  I don't even know how he is able to keep everything straight.  He has a vampire from the Red Court that wants to duel him.  A priest wants his help in finding the Shroud and a few other people would like to get their hands on it as well.  An old girlfriend is in town to keep things interesting.  Plus there are all the other situations that Harry seems to regularly find himself in.  If you are looking for a book with a lot of action, look no further because this book really never slows down.

The characters in this book almost feel real to me.  One thing that I love about reading a series like this is how well you get to know each of the characters.  It is almost like they are old friends and you can somewhat anticipate how they might react in certain situations.  I do think it is also a lot of fun to re-read a longer series like this because the groundwork for future events is being laid.  Having already read the later books, I know that some scenes will become more important later on.  There are a lot of characters featured in this story that have been very important to the series.  I liked seeing Michael and his family as well as the other Knights of the Cross.  Thomas, John Marconi, Susan, and Karin also play important roles.

James Marsters takes this book to a whole new level.  I originally read this book on my kindle but if I had known how good the audiobook was, I might have went that route the first time around.  I think he does a fantastic job in bringing Harry to life.  I know what Harry is feeling at times because I can hear it in his voice.  I think that he does a great job with all of the characters and the dialogue in the story flows very nicely.  He has a very pleasant voice that was easy to listen to for hours at a time.

I do recommend this series to others.  I like that it is a fairly complex story with some humor worked in at just the right moments.  Harry is a character that is easy to cheer for because in the end he really is a good guy.  I am looking forward to continuing with my re-read of the series very soon.

About the Author

A martial arts enthusiast whose résumé includes a long list of skills rendered obsolete at least two hundred years ago, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher turned to writing as a career because anything else probably would have driven him insane. He lives mostly inside his own head so that he can write down the conversation of his imaginary friends, but his head can generally be found in Independence, Missouri. Jim is the author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera novels, and the Cinder Spires series, which began with The Aeronaut’s Windlass.

Author Links: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

New Releases - January 23, 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:


If You Knew Her by Emily Elgar

Find it at:
Goodreads | Booklikes | LibraryThing
A woman in a coma.

The man who could save her life—if only he could speak.

When young, beautiful Cassie Jensen arrives unconscious to the intensive care ward at St. Catherine’s hospital after being struck in a hit-and-run while out walking her dog, chief nurse Alice Marlowe thinks she looks familiar. She starts digging deeper into Cassie’s relationships, only to discover something about her patient that she’d been keeping secret from everyone, including her devoted husband and family. Soon Alice finds herself obsessed with her patient’s past and future, even willing to put her own career on the line in her single-minded search for answers.

Frank, a patient on the same ward who has locked-in syndrome, can hear and see everything around him but cannot speak. Soon he comes to understand that Cassie’s life is still in danger. While the police continue to look for clues, only Frank holds the truth, but he’s unable to communicate it.

As the novel flashes between points of view, the reader will get closer and closer to the truth of who Cassie Jensen was, and why she was out on the road that fateful night...


About That Kiss by Jill Shalvis

Find it at:
When love drives you crazy . . .

When sexy Joe Malone never calls after their explosive kiss, Kylie shoves him out of her mind. Until she needs a favor, and it’s a doozy. Something precious to her has been stolen and there’s only one person with unique finder-and-fixer skills that can help—Joe. It means swallowing her pride and somehow trying to avoid the temptation to throttle him—or seduce him.

the best thing to do . . .

No, Joe didn’t call after the kiss. He’s the fun time guy, not the forever guy. And Kylie, after all she’s been through, deserves a good man who will stay. But everything about Kylie makes it damned hard to focus, and though his brain knows what he has to do, his heart isn’t getting the memo.

… is enjoy the ride.

As Kylie and Joe go on the scavenger hunt of their lives, they discover surprising things about each other. Now, the best way for them to get over “that kiss” might just be to replace it with a hundred more.

Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan

Find it at:
Goodreads | Booklikes | LibraryThing
Sophie’s husband James is a loving father, a handsome man, a charismatic and successful public figure. And yet he stands accused of a terrible crime. Sophie is convinced he is innocent and desperate to protect her precious family from the lies that threaten to rip them apart.

Kate is the lawyer hired to prosecute the case: an experienced professional who knows that the law is all about winning the argument. And yet Kate seeks the truth at all times. She is certain James is guilty and is determined he will pay for his crimes.

Who is right about James? Sophie or Kate? And is either of them informed by anything more than instinct and personal experience? Despite her privileged upbringing, Sophie is well aware that her beautiful life is not inviolable. She has known it since she and James were first lovers, at Oxford, and she witnessed how easily pleasure could tip into tragedy.

Most people would prefer not to try to understand what passes between a man and a woman when they are alone: alone in bed, alone in an embrace, alone in an elevator… Or alone in the moonlit courtyard of an Oxford college, where a girl once stood before a boy, heart pounding with excitement, then fear. Sophie never understood why her tutorial partner Holly left Oxford so abruptly. What would she think, if she knew the truth?

Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh

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Odessa is one of Karthia's master necromancers, catering to the kingdom's ruling Dead. Whenever a noble dies, it's Odessa's job to raise them by retrieving their souls from a dreamy and dangerous shadow world called the Deadlands. But there is a cost to being raised--the Dead must remain shrouded, or risk transforming into zombie-like monsters known as Shades. If even a hint of flesh is exposed, the grotesque transformation will begin.

A dramatic uptick in Shade attacks raises suspicions and fears among Odessa's necromancer community. Soon a crushing loss of one of their own reveals a disturbing conspiracy: someone is intentionally creating Shades by tearing shrouds from the Dead--and training them to attack. Odessa is faced with a terrifying question: What if her necromancer's magic is the weapon that brings Karthia to its knees?
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Monday, January 22, 2018

Blog Tour Review - About That Kiss by Jill Shalvis @JillShalvis @avonbooks

I am so excited to share my review today as part of the blog tour for About That Kiss by Jill Shalvis.  I have really enjoyed all of the books and novellas in the Heartbreaker Bay series and About That Kiss is a wonderful addition to the series.  

About That Kiss by Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #5
Publisher: Avon Books
Publication Date: January 23, 2018
Date Read: January 20, 2018
Length: 384 pages
Source: Edelweiss

When love drives you crazy . . .

When sexy Joe Malone never calls after their explosive kiss, Kylie shoves him out of her mind. Until she needs a favor, and it’s a doozy. Something precious to her has been stolen and there’s only one person with unique finder-and-fixer skills that can help—Joe. It means swallowing her pride and somehow trying to avoid the temptation to throttle him—or seduce him.

the best thing to do . . .


No, Joe didn’t call after the kiss. He’s the fun time guy, not the forever guy. And Kylie, after all she’s been through, deserves a good man who will stay. But everything about Kylie makes it damned hard to focus, and though his brain knows what he has to do, his heart isn’t getting the memo.

… is enjoy the ride.

As Kylie and Joe go on the scavenger hunt of their lives, they discover surprising things about each other. Now, the best way for them to get over “that kiss” might just be to replace it with a hundred more.
My Review

This was great!  I am really enjoying this series and this book was no exception.  This is the fifth book in the Heartbreaker Bay series but it could easily be read as a stand alone since it does tell its own story.  I would warn new readers to the series that you will want to read the other books in this amazing series as soon you finish this one just because you will want to spend a little more time with these amazing characters.  I had a lot of fun spending time with the group and watching Joe and Kylie find their happily ever after.

Joe and Kylie are the focus of this book.  I have been waiting to read Joe's story since I love his character.  I really was curious about what his story was and this book did not disappoint.  We get to learn a bit about Joe and Molly's history in this book and it wasn't anything I could have expected.  It was great to really get to know Joe.  Kylie was also a wonderful character.  I thought that her past was just as interesting as Joe's.  Neither Joe nor Kylie has had an ideal childhood but they are both strong individuals that have been able to move past it.

I loved Joe and Kylie together.  I loved it every single time they were together in this book.  The chemistry between them was intense.  It wasn't just about the chemistry because they really had fun with each other.  It seemed like they were both people that really needed a true friend that they could count on and they filled that role for each other.  There were a few more comical moments in the story and I really enjoyed seeing them laugh together.

They mystery in the story was well done.  Kylie asks Joe to help her find the wooden penguin that her grandfather gave to her.  Sounds easy right?  Well, it was anything but easy.  This pair spend a lot of time together checking out leads and going on the occasional stake out.  Things go wrong from time to time but they are both determined to figure out what is going on.

I would highly recommend this book to others.  I found this book to be an absolute delight to read and I couldn't get enough of Joe and Kylie.  I can't wait to watch another couple find love in Heartbreaker Bay!

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Avon Books via Edelweiss.

The Series - Heartbreaker Bay

Book #1 - Sweet Little Lies - My Review
Book #2 - The Trouble with Mistletoe - My Review
Book #2.5 - One Snowy Night - My Review
Book #3 - Accidentally on Purpose - My Review
Book #4 - Chasing Christmas Eve - My Review
Book #4.5 - Holiday Wishes - My Review
Book #5 - About That Kiss - Available January 23, 2018!
About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis writes warm, funny, sexy contemporary romances and women’s fiction. An Amazon, BN & iBooks bestseller, she’s also a two-time RITA winner and has more than 10 million copies of her books sold worldwide.

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