Saturday, June 30, 2018

Stacking the Shelves #125


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

My Life
I am officially on vacation!  I guess it is really more of a staycation since I am not going anywhere but I don't have to go to work which is the part that I am happy about.  This past week has been pretty busy.  We picked my daughter up from camp in Bloomington, Indiana on Saturday just to drop her off at drum major camp on Sunday morning.  She came home from the second camp Wednesday evening.  I think my husband and I need a week just to recover from trying to keep up with her schedule!

Books Added

Fury by Rachel Vincent (Edelweiss)
Iron and Magic by Ilona Andrews (won @ Books of My Heart)
The Accidentals by Sarina Bowen (Author)
Man Hands by Sarina Bowen and Tanya Eby (Kindle Purchase)

I am really excited about this week's new additions.  I loved the first two books in the Menagerie trilogy and I cannot wait to see how things wrap up in Fury, although I will be sad to see things come to an end.  I was lucky enough to win a copy of Iron and Magic from Anne at Books of My Heart.  It is Ilona Andrews so you know I have to read that one right away.  I have recently discovered Sarina Bowen's writing and I cannot wait to start reading The Accidentals and I couldn't resist picking up Man Hands for only $0.99.

What books do you add to your shelves this week? 
Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave a link to your own STS post!

Friday, June 29, 2018

Review - The Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher

The Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher
Narrated by Fiona Hardingham and Shaun Grindell
Publisher: Scholastic - Chicken House / Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication Date: January 7, 2014
Date Read: May 29, 2018
Length: 384 pages / 9 hours 25 minutes
Source: NetGalley / Library via Hoopla
★★☆☆☆
Fatal attraction, primal fear, survival in the forest: From the author of the Printz Honor Book STOLEN, the highly anticipated thriller about deadly games played in the dark.

Ashlee Parker is dead, and Emily Shepherd's dad is accused of the crime. A former soldier suffering from PTSD, he emerges from the woods carrying the girl's broken body. "Gone," he says, then retreats into silence.

What really happened that wild night? Emily knows in her bones that her father is innocent -- isn't he? Before he's convicted, she's got to find out the truth. Does Damon Hilary, Ashlee's charismatic boyfriend, have the answers? Or is he only playing games with her -- the kinds of games that can kill?
My Review

My feelings are pretty mixed on this book.  I have had a copy of this book in my review pile for a very long time so I am thrilled to be able to scratch it from my to be read list but I do wish it had worked a little better for me.  I felt like this book was really slow at times and I found it rather easy to set aside.  There were parts of the book that I did enjoy but I had quite a few issues with it as well.

I did think that the book started out really strong.  Emily's dad brings home a girl that Emily knows from school, Ashlee.  Ashlee is dead and Emily's father can't remember what happened so he is charged with the crime.  Emily knows her dad and does not think that he is capable of the crime that he has been accused of committing since he has always been a very gentle man.

Damon was Ashlee's boyfriend.  He was with her in the woods on the night that she died but he doesn't remember what happened either.  Damon, Ashlee, and their friends had been doing drugs that night and Damon's memories from the night don't explain everything that happened.  He has a lot of questions about the night and wants to remember how things happened.

I found this book to be pretty predictable.  I thought it was pretty obvious from the beginning that someone else was responsible for what had happened to Ashlee.  There were long sections of the book where I felt like nothing was really happening and they were no closer to finding out what had happened to Ashlee than they were at the start of the book.

I also found this book to be somewhat confusing.  There is a lot of talk regarding the game that Ashlee, Damon, and their friends were playing on the night in question.  I tried to understand this game but I was just as confused about the game at the end of the book as I was at the beginning.  This game was talked about so many times during the book but I can't figure out what the goal was or how it could be any fun to play.  Another confusing thing that happened in the book is that Damon is in a position to give a punishment to Emily at school despite the fact that they are roughly the same age which didn't make any sense to me.

I did like both of the narrators.  Fiona Hardingham and Shaun Grindell both did a great job with this book.  I thought that they both brought a lot of emotion to the story and made things a lot more exciting at times.  I thought that their voices fit the characters of Emily and Damon really well and were very pleasant to listen to.  I think that I probably liked this book a bit more because I decided to listen to the audiobook and I would not hesitate to listen to either narrator again in the future.

This wasn't really a book for me but I do think that others might enjoy the story a lot more than I did.  I would suggest giving it a try if you think that it sounds like something you might enjoy.

I received a digital review copy of this book from Scholastic - Chicken House via NetGalley and borrowed a copy of the audiobook from the library via Hoopla.


About the Author

LUCY CHRISTOPHER'S novel STOLEN was named a Printz Honor Book by the ALA and received England's Branford Boase award and Australia's golden Inky for best debut. In a starred review, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY called it *"an emotionally raw thriller...a haunting account of captivity and the power of relationships."* She is also the author of FLYAWAY, a novel for younger readers. Lucy lives in Monmouth, Wales, where she is currently finishing her third book, THE KILLING WOODS, a psychological thriller for teens.

Author Link:  Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Books from the Backlog #14


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

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

This week's neglected book

America's First Daughter by Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie


Release Date: March 1, 2016
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
In a compelling, richly researched novel that draws from thousands of letters and original sources, bestselling authors Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie tell the fascinating, untold story of Thomas Jefferson’s eldest daughter, Martha “Patsy” Jefferson Randolph—a woman who kept the secrets of our most enigmatic founding father and shaped an American legacy.

From her earliest days, Martha "Patsy" Jefferson knows that though her father loves his family dearly, his devotion to his country runs deeper still. As Thomas Jefferson’s oldest daughter, she becomes his helpmate in the wake of her mother’s death, traveling with him when he becomes American minister to France. And it is in Paris, at the glittering court and among the first tumultuous days of revolution, that she learns of her father’s liaison with Sally Hemings, a slave girl her own age.

Patsy too has fallen in love—with her father’s protégé, William Short, a staunch abolitionist intent on a career in Europe. Heartbroken at having to decide between being William’s wife or a devoted daughter, she returns to Virginia with her father and marries a man of his choosing, raising eleven children of her own.

Yet as family secrets come to light during her father's presidency, Patsy must again decide how much she will sacrifice to protect his reputation, in the process defining not just Jefferson’s political legacy, but that of the nation he founded.


Why did I add America's First Daughter to my bookshelf?

I actually won this book back in 2015.  Even though I won this book in a contest, it was filled through Edelweiss so I do need to read it and get it marked off of my list of books to review on that site.  I think it sounds really good and the reviews that I have seen are overwhelmingly positive.  I think that the only reason that I have put it off for so long is the fact that it is 624 pages long.  I don't mind long books but they do take more time and are a little harder to squeeze into my reading schedule.  I do hope to fit this one in before the end of the year.

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






Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Audiobook Review - Red Velvet Revenge by Jenn McKinlay

Red Velvet Revenge by Jenn McKinlay
Narrated by Susan Boyce
Series: Cupcake Bakery Mystery #4
Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC
Publication Date: January 31, 2017
Date Read: May 18, 2018
Length: 6 hours 49 minutes
Source: Library via Hoopla
★★★★☆
It may be summertime, but sales at Fairy Tale Cupcakes are below zero--and owners Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura are willing to try anything to heat things up. So when local legend Slim Hazard offers them the chance to sell cupcakes at the annual Juniper Pass rodeo, they're determined to rope in a pretty payday!

But not everyone at the Juniper Pass is as sweet for Fairy Tale Cupcakes as Slim--including star bull-rider Ty Stokes. Mel and Angie try to steer clear of the cowboy's short fuse, but when his dead body is found face down in the hay, it's a whole different rodeo.

With a vengeful murderer on the loose, the ladies are quickly realizing that while they came to save their business, they may have to save themselves--and that's no bull.

My Review

I had a great time listening to this cozy mystery!  I have been slowly working my way through this series after picking up the first book in the series not quite a year ago.  This is the fourth book in the Cupcake Bakery Mysteries and while it can be read as a stand alone readers of the series will appreciate checking in with the cast of characters.  I found myself quickly caught up in this mystery and I may have developed a mild craving for cupcakes before reaching the end of the story.

This installment takes the cupcake crew to the rodeo.  I have to tell you that this development worried me a bit since sometimes when a series hits the road it looses some of its charm.  There was no need to worry since the key characters went on this trip together so I didn't find myself missing anyone.  The Juniper Pass rodeo had its own quirky group of characters including the man who runs the operation, the unpleasant rodeo star, and the owners of the food truck serving Barbecue right next to the Fairy Tale Bakery's cupcake truck.

Of course, there were a few problems for the crew to work out.  There was a shooting at the rodeo's parade injuring Slim, then the rodeo star is murdered, and to top things off someone has sabotaged the cupcake bakery's food truck.  Nobody knows if these events are connected but Melanie and her friends are in the middle of it all especially since they were the ones to discover the bull rider's body.  There are some developments between Tate and Angie that kept the story interesting on the romantic front.

Susan Boyce continues to do a fabulous job with this series.  I love the voices that she uses for this quirky group of characters.  She really does a great job in bringing the story to life and is able to add a lot of excitement to the reading.  Ms. Boyce has a very pleasant reading voice and I had no problem listening to her narration for hours at a time.  I look forward to listening to more of her work in the future.

I would recommend this series to others.  This book is filled with great characters and a mystery that kept me guessing.  I also love the fact that we get to see enough of the dessert making process to make the cupcake bakery seem real (and to make me crave a few desserts).  I can't wait to start the next book in the series very soon!
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

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

New Releases - June 26, 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:


Iron and Magic by Ilona Andrews
No day is ordinary in a world where Technology and Magic compete for supremacy…But no matter which force is winning, in the apocalypse, a sword will always work.

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

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

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

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

Hugh and Elara may do both.


Blood Match by K.A. Linde

Find it at:
As the provocative, sensual Blood Type series continues, the rare bond between Reyna and Beckham is threatened by betrayal, greed, and twisted secrets.

A desperate human. A powerful vampire. A world divided.

Reyna Carpenter was promised paradise. She was delivered into hell.

Giving up her body for money was supposed to be the hardest part of becoming a blood escort. She never expected to lose her heart to her dark, enigmatic boss, Beckham Anderson. After being taken by a depraved captor who plans to rule the world, Reyna will do anything to return to Beckham.

She just has to find the will to survive this game.

From the pawn, rises a queen.

Note: Reyna and Beckham’s story begins in Blood Type and continues in Blood Cure.

Cowboy on my Mind by R.C. Ryan

Find it at:
Goodreads | LibraryThing
A heartwarming western romance about a cowboy who gets a second chance with the first love he couldn't forget in the rugged beauty of the Montana mountains. . .

Don't miss this special 2-in-1 edition that includes a bonus western romance novella by Sara Richardson!

Once a bad boy...
Ben Monroe was the ultimate bad boy-and everyone in Haller Creek knew it. But now as a sheriff's deputy, Ben spends his time breaking up bar fights rather than starting them, and staying away from trouble...until Becca Henderson comes back into town. She's just as beautiful as Ben remembers-and just as far out of his reach.

Coming home is exactly what Becca Henderson needed. A place of her own, a successful new business, and a chance to reconnect with the sexy cowboy she had a crush on in school. Ben has always blazed his own path and never let anyone stand in his way. It excites-and scares-her. But when an unexpected threat surfaces, Becca will see just how far Ben will go to protect the woman he loves-and fight for their chance at forever.

Sandpiper Shore by Debbie Mason

Find it at:
Goodreads | LibraryThing
"Heartfelt and delightful!" -RaeAnne Thayne, New York Times bestselling author

USA Today
bestselling author Debbie Mason presents the latest novel in the Harmony Harbor series. Perfect for fans of feel-good romances by New York Times bestselling authors Emily March, Sheila Roberts, and RaeAnne Thayne!

Jenna Bell loves her job as a wedding planner and loves a happy ever after even more. Until the day she meets with her newest client and discovers that the bride's fiancé is the man she's had a crush on for years. But she knows the #1 work rule: Never fall in love with the groom.

Secret Service Agent Logan Gallagher arrives at Tie the Knot to make plans with his bride-to-be. But coming face to face with Jenna after all these years brings back feelings that he's fought long and hard to forget. Does his attraction to Jenna mean that he's about to make the biggest mistake of his life?
More Great Books Being Released Today
(Covers link to Goodreads)
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29920081-the-sister?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29935874-the-emerald-seahttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38232071-getting-schooledhttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35564556-the-highlander-s-promise

Which new releases are you excited about this week?

Monday, June 25, 2018

Review - Kiss Marry Kill by Sidney Halston @SidneyHalston

Kiss Marry Kill by Sidney Halston
Narrated by Dara Rosenberg
Series: Iron Clad Security #1
Publisher: St. Martin's Press / Macmillan Audio
Publication Date: March 28, 2017
Date Read: June 16, 2018
Length: 446 pages / 10 hours 28 minutes
Source: NetGalley / Library via Hoopla
★★★★☆
Five years ago they fell in love after one whirlwind summer. Now she's an internationally famous musician and he's officially out of the military, but when their worlds collide, can they keep things strictly professional? Sweet, thrilling, emotional, and sexy, fall in love with Megan and Jax in USA Today bestseller Sidney Halston's Kiss Marry Kill.

He's been chasing a memory . . .

It was just supposed to be a regular Thursday afternoon…and then he saw her. Sitting in seat L214, one seat over from his at the baseball game, right next to her douche of a soon-to-be-ex-boyfriend. An impromptu kiss for the kiss cam, and Jax knew his life would never be the same. Five years and a tour in Afghanistan later, Jax is back stateside running his own private security firm, Iron-Clad, with his best friend. He isn't the man he used to be... but Megan isn't the sexy and sweet, though sheltered, twenty-two-year-old he left behind, either. And she's in trouble.

...but now they're on the run.

Megan Cruz has made something of herself. She’s turned her dreams of pop stardom into a reality. But when a deadly stalker breaks into her home claiming to be her number-one fan, the only person she can turn to is the boy who got away. But Jax isn’t the same carefree charmer who stole her heart, then broke it when he joined the military. This man is seductive, hard, guarded. And he'll do anything to protect what's his.

My Review

I ended up really liking this book.  I have had a copy of this book for over a year and I have to say that I am a little upset with myself for letting this one get lost in pile.  I thought that this was a really well done romantic suspense that kept completely entertained.  This was one of those books that was easy to spend hours with at a time.  I am so glad that I finally decided to pick up this book.

I tend to love second chance romances so Jax and Megan's story was really appealing to me.  This pair had a brief but life changing encounter five years ago.  Both of their lives have changed dramatically since their time together and they have not even spoken since the last time they were together.  During their years apart, Megan has become a music star and Jax is running a security firm after serving in the military.  As soon as Jax hears that Megan might be in trouble, he goes straight to her to offer aid. 

I really liked how this book was laid out.  We learn about their history together slowly throughout the book and I really was just as interested in learning how they met as I was seeing them together in the present.  It took a bit of time to learn about their initial meeting but it was worth the wait.  Let's just say these two started off in a very unforgettable manner.  The story set in the present is pretty exciting since Megan is in quite a bit of danger because of a stalker that may be turning violent.

I loved these two together.  I think that they were great together in the past as well as in the present.  They had so much chemistry with each other and seemed to be able to be what the other needed.  There are few times when Jax oversteps his authority and Megan lets him know it right away.  There are a few moments that I felt like Jax was acting a bit like an idiot but things end up working out.

The story was pretty exciting.  I really did like the mystery of the stalker and was always waiting for the next big thing to happen.  There were a few things that really came as complete surprises in this story but one aspect of the overall mystery was pretty easy to figure out.  Even though I had a pretty good idea who the culprit might be, I still had a great time watching everything play out.

I thought that Dara Rosenberg did a great job with this book.  I think that this is the first time that I have had a chance to listen to Ms. Rosenberg's narration and I was very impressed.  She did a great job with all of the characters and was able to bring a lot of emotion to the story.  I did find the narration to be a little slow at the normal speed but once I increased the speed to 1.25, I had no issues with the audio.  I wouldn't hesitate to listen to this narrator again in the future.

I would recommend this book to others.  I found this book to be a perfect blend of excitement, romance, and great characters.  I couldn't help but root for Jax and Megan to safely find their way to a happily ever after together.  This was the first book by Sidney Halston that I have had the chance to read and I look forward to reading more of her work in the future.

I received a digital review copy of this book from St. Martin's Press via NetGalley and borrowed a copy of the audiobook from the library via Hoopla.
About the Author

USA Today bestselling author, Sidney Halston lives her life with one simple rule: "Just Do It"--Nike. And that's exactly what she did. After working hard as an attorney, Sidney picked up a pen for the first time at thirty years old to begin her dream of writing. Having never written anything other than very exciting legal briefs, she found an outlet for her imaginative, romantic side and wrote Seeing Red. That first pen stroke sealed the deal, and she fell in love with writing. Sidney lives in South Florida with her husband and children. She loves her family above all else, and reading follows a close second. When she's not writing, you can find her reading and reading and reading. She's a reader first and a writer second. When she's not writing or reading, her life is complete and utter chaos, trying to balance family life with work and writing (and reading). But she wouldn't have it any other way.

Author Link:  Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Stacking the Shelves #124


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

My Life
My daughter has been away at band camp all week so it has been pretty quiet around my house.  The good news is that me and my husband do still like each other :)  I do have to admit that I was pretty tired after our trip from St. Louis to Bloomington, Indiana and back on Sunday to get my daughter to her camp.  We are making the same trip today to pick her up and we will see her perform while at the college.  Believe it or not, she starts drum major camp tomorrow so quiet time with my husband isn't quite over.

Books Added

When Twilight Burns by Colleen Gleason (Kindle Purchase)

This is the fourth book in The Gardella Vampire Hunters series and I just had to buy it as soon as I finished reading the third book, The Bleeding Dusk.  I am having a fantastic time with this series!



Year One by Nora Roberts (Audible Purchase)
Sick House by Jeff Strand (Audiobook Boom)
Illegal by John Dennehy (Author - Won @ Olivia's Catastrophe)
Huntress Moon by Alexandra Sokoloff (Audible Purchase)
Blood Moon by Alexandra Sokoloff (Audible Purchase)
Cold Moon by Alexandra Sokoloff (Audible Purchase)
Bitter Moon by Alexandra Sokoloff (Audible Purchase)
Hunger Moon by Alexandra Sokoloff (Audible Purchase)

I added a lot of audiobooks to my pile this week.  I just can't resist a good sale!  I grabbed Year One when it was offered for $3.95 as the daily deal since I have been thinking of adding it for a while.  I was able to get a copy of Sick House for review and I must say I am really looking forward to jumping into that one. I won a copy of Illegal from a contest over at Olivia's Catastrophe which sounds really interesting based on Olivia's review.  I also added all 5 books from Alexandra Sokoloff's Huntress/FBI Thrillers series.  I have actually read and enjoyed Huntress Moon but I really need to revisit that one before moving forward with the series. The Kindle versions for all 5 books were on sale for $1.99 with and extra $1.99 to add the Audible version and I decided to jump onthe deal since R.C. Bray is the narrator.

Current Giveaway!
What books do you add to your shelves this week? 
Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave a link to your own STS post!

Friday, June 22, 2018

Review - The Mermaid by Christina Henry @C_Henry_Author @BerkleyPub

The Mermaid by Christina Henry
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Publication Date: June 19, 2018
Date Read: June 18, 2018
Length:  336 pages
Source: NetGalley
★★★★☆
From the author of Lost Boy comes a historical fairy tale about a mermaid who leaves the sea for love and later finds herself in P.T. Barnum's American Museum as the real Fiji mermaid. However, leaving the museum may be harder than leaving the sea ever was.

Once there was a mermaid who longed to know of more than her ocean home and her people. One day a fisherman trapped her in his net but couldn't bear to keep her. But his eyes were lonely and caught her more surely than the net, and so she evoked a magic that allowed her to walk upon the shore. The mermaid, Amelia, became his wife, and they lived on a cliff above the ocean for ever so many years, until one day the fisherman rowed out to sea and did not return.

P. T. Barnum was looking for marvelous attractions for his American Museum, and he'd heard a rumor of a mermaid who lived on a cliff by the sea. He wanted to make his fortune, and an attraction like Amelia was just the ticket.

Amelia agreed to play the mermaid for Barnum, and she believes she can leave any time she likes. But Barnum has never given up a money-making scheme in his life, and he's determined to hold on to his mermaid.

My Review

I liked this book and thought it was well done.  I do have to say that this book was a little different than I expected.  That isn't a bad thing since I like being surprised by the books that I am reading.  I loved Christina Henry's previous book, Lost Boy, so I was really excited to see what she would do with this mermaid tale.  I found the book to be incredibly well written  and quite entertaining.

One of the reasons that this book may have surprised me a bit is due to the fact that my mermaid knowledge is quite limited.  I have watched the Disney movie more times than I can count but that is really my total mermaid experience.  I did see a few similarities between this book and the Disney film but only at the very start of the story.

I liked Amelia and thought her view of the world was quite refreshing.  While women around her concerned themselves with the opinions of others and propriety, Amelia cared little about how others saw her.  She did not want to see anyone come to harm and really had a very kind heart.  I loved her relationship with P.T. Barnum's young daughter, Caroline, and wife, Charity.  Levi and Barnum were both great characters as well.  Barnum always had dollar signs in his eyes and didn't always do the right thing but I was impressed that he would back down in certain situations.  Levi wanted to protect Amelia and it was quite obvious how much he cared for her.

As I mentioned this book wasn't quite what I thought it would be.  Based on my experience reading Lost Boy, I expected a much darker story.  As I read, I kept thinking about all the evil things that could potentially happen but I just couldn't guess the turns this book would make since it went in a completely different direction than I thought it would.  In some ways the story made me sad.  It is terrible the way that human beings will treat each other not to mention animals in our care.  I also think it would have been very hard to be a woman during this period of time.

I would recommend this book to others.  It was a nice combination of fantasy and historical fiction seen through the eyes of a mermaid that is often more human than those around her.  I look forward to reading more from Christina Henry very soon.

I received a digital review copy of this book from Berkley Publishing Group via NetGalley.
About the Author

Christina Henry is the author of The Mermaid, Lost Boy, Alice, Red Queen, and the national bestselling Black Wings series featuring Agent of Death Madeline Black and her popcorn-loving gargoyle, Beezle.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Books from the Backlog #13


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

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

This week's neglected book

Plain Fear: Forsaken by Leanna Ellis

Series: Plain Fear #1
Release Date: August 1, 2011
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
"Hannah cannot move on."

She pines for Jacob, the boy who saved her life when she drowned, bringing her back from the brink of death by breathing life into her.

"But Jacob is gone now, buried."

Levi's love for Hannah burns just as strong. But he knows how much Hannah loved his brother Jacob. He also knows the troubling event that took Jacob out of their lives. And he lives with that lie every day.

So when a stranger named Akiva comes to their community, he carries with him two secrets that will change their lives forever: he is in fact Jacob, whom Hannah had lost. And he is now a vampire.

When passions stir and secrets are revealed, Hannah must choose between light and dark, between the one she has always loved and the new possibility of love. But it's more than a choice of passion; it's a decision that will determine the fate of her soul.


Why did I add Plain Fear: Forsaken to my bookshelf?

So I added this one to my Kindle back in December 2011.  I was so confident that I would like it that I added the second book in the trilogy, Plain Fear: Forbidden, to my account in January 2013.  I will be honest and tell you that I kind of forgot that I had these books.  I am not at all surprised that I bought them though because it is an Amish vampire story!   Of course I need to read an Amish vampire story!!!


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






Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Blog Tour Review - Rainy Day Friends by Jill Shalvis @JillShalvis @WmMorrowBks

I am so excited to share my review today as part of the blog tour for Rainy Day Friends by Jill Shalvis.  This series keeps getting better and better with each installment.  Be sure to enter for a chance to win a copy at the bottom of the post!


Rainy Day Friends by Jill Shalvis
Series: Wildstone #2
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: June 19, 2018
Date Read: June 15, 2018
Length: 384 pages
Source: Edelweiss

Following the USA Today bestselling author of Lost and Found Sisters comes Jill Shalvis' moving story of heart, loss, betrayal, and friendship

Six months after Lanie Jacobs’ husband’s death, it’s hard to imagine anything could deepen her sense of pain and loss. But then Lanie discovers she isn’t the only one grieving his sudden passing. A serial adulterer, he left behind several other women who, like Lanie, each believe she was his legally wedded wife.

Rocked by the infidelity, Lanie is left to grapple with searing questions. How could she be so wrong about a man she thought she knew better than anyone? Will she ever be able to trust another person?  Can she even trust herself?

Desperate to make a fresh start, Lanie impulsively takes a job at the family-run Capriotti Winery. At first, she feels like an outsider among the boisterous Capriottis. With no real family of her own, she’s bewildered by how quickly they all take her under their wing and make her feel like she belongs. Especially Mark Capriotti, a gruffly handsome Air Force veteran turned deputy sheriff who manages to wind his way into Lanie’s cold, broken heart—along with the rest of the clan.

Everything is finally going well for her, but the arrival of River Brown changes all that. The fresh-faced twenty-one-year old seems as sweet as they come…until her dark secrets come to light—secrets that could destroy the new life Lanie’s only just begun to build.

My Review

I had a fantastic time reading this book!  I just didn't want to put it down once I started reading.  I fell in love with this wonderful group of characters and couldn't wait to see how things would work out for them.  This is the second full length book in the Wildstone series but it really reads as a stand alone with little connection to the previous installments beyond being set in the same town.  I expected great things when I picked up this book and I am happy to report that it lived up to all of them.

Lanie hasn't had an easy time of things lately.  Her husband died only six months ago.  That is bad enough but after her husband's passing, she discovered that she wasn't the only wife.  She takes a temporary position at the winery in Wildstone as a way to get away and regroup for a bit.  She does not expect to be surrounded by a family like the Capriotti clan.

I loved the characters in this book.  The Capriotti family were all wonderful.  They were all genuinely caring people that never hesitated to take those in need under their wing.  They were all just a lot of fun.  I thought that the banter between the family members added a level of authenticity to their characters.  Usually when there is a large cast of characters, I have a bit of difficulty keeping everyone straight but these characters were all so unique and had very distinct personalities from the start of the story.  I think that Shalvis did a fantastic job with the character development in this book.

I loved Mark and Lanie together.  They were just perfect together and complimented each other wonderfully.  I like that they were both coming from a place where they didn't want a relationship but couldn't resist the draw towards each other.  They had so much chemistry but the parts of the book that really made their relationship feel real were the more touching ones, such as Mark being there for Lanie when she needed him, or Lanie's interactions with Mark's girls.

This book had no shortage of excitement.  I liked River's character but I had a feeling that she would make things interesting as soon as she entered the story.  River and Lanie have so much in common and I loved how all kinds of relationships were explored in this story.  I felt like we really had the chance to see these characters grow and learn how to deal with some of the hardships that have been a part of their lives.

I would highly recommend this book to others.  I thought that this was a wonderfully written story filled with swoony and heartwarming moments.  I can't wait to read more from Shalvis and I hope that we get to see some of these characters again in future installments in the series.

I received a digital review copy of this book from William Morrow Paperbacks via Edelweiss.


Excerpt


About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill's bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

Giveaway
I am thrilled to have the opportunity to give away a print copy of Rainy Day Sisters to one lucky reader of this blog, courtesy of William Morrow Paperbacks. (US and Canada only)
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

New Releases - June 19, 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:


Stray Magic by Kelly Meding
Shiloh Harrison was hoping for a few days off to recover from a particularly nasty assignment, preferably with the help of the talented hands (and, well, the rest of his body too) of her sexy boyfriend, Vincent. But when a group of vampires takes an entire trailer park hostage, there’s nothing to do but make her apologies and get to the scene.

Such is the life of a Federal Marshal in the Paranormal Investigators Unit.

Yet this isn’t like her typical track-and-nab case: something is going on that has vampires scared, and it takes all her strength not to imagine what could frighten such powerful creatures. Unfortunately, she doesn’t have that option. Her boss is MIA, someone is snatching vampires, and there’s a ticking clock that can only end one way: a bloodbath.

Unless she can stop it.


The Mermaid by Christina Henry

Find it at:
From the author of Lost Boy comes a historical fairy tale about a mermaid who leaves the sea for love and later finds herself in P.T. Barnum's American Museum as the real Fiji mermaid. However, leaving the museum may be harder than leaving the sea ever was.

Once there was a mermaid who longed to know of more than her ocean home and her people. One day a fisherman trapped her in his net but couldn't bear to keep her. But his eyes were lonely and caught her more surely than the net, and so she evoked a magic that allowed her to walk upon the shore. The mermaid, Amelia, became his wife, and they lived on a cliff above the ocean for ever so many years, until one day the fisherman rowed out to sea and did not return.

P. T. Barnum was looking for marvelous attractions for his American Museum, and he'd heard a rumor of a mermaid who lived on a cliff by the sea. He wanted to make his fortune, and an attraction like Amelia was just the ticket.

Amelia agreed to play the mermaid for Barnum, and she believes she can leave any time she likes. But Barnum has never given up a money-making scheme in his life, and he's determined to hold on to his mermaid.

Rainy Day Friends by Jill Shalvis

Find it at:
Goodreads | Booklikes | LibraryThing
Following the USA Today bestselling author of Lost and Found Sisters comes Jill Shalvis' moving story of heart, loss, betrayal, and friendship

Six months after Lanie Jacobs’ husband’s death, it’s hard to imagine anything could deepen her sense of pain and loss. But then Lanie discovers she isn’t the only one grieving his sudden passing. A serial adulterer, he left behind several other women who, like Lanie, each believe she was his legally wedded wife.

Rocked by the infidelity, Lanie is left to grapple with searing questions. How could she be so wrong about a man she thought she knew better than anyone? Will she ever be able to trust another person?  Can she even trust herself?

Desperate to make a fresh start, Lanie impulsively takes a job at the family-run Capriotti Winery. At first, she feels like an outsider among the boisterous Capriottis. With no real family of her own, she’s bewildered by how quickly they all take her under their wing and make her feel like she belongs. Especially Mark Capriotti, a gruffly handsome Air Force veteran turned deputy sheriff who manages to wind his way into Lanie’s cold, broken heart—along with the rest of the clan.

Everything is finally going well for her, but the arrival of River Brown changes all that. The fresh-faced twenty-one-year old seems as sweet as they come…until her dark secrets come to light—secrets that could destroy the new life Lanie’s only just begun to build.

Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris

Find it at:
Goodreads | Booklikes | LibraryThing
Finn and Layla are young, in love, and on vacation. They’re driving along the highway when Finn decides to stop at a service station to use the restroom. He hops out of the car, locks the doors behind him, and goes inside. When he returns Layla is gone—never to be seen again. That is the story Finn told to the police. But it is not the whole story.

Ten years later Finn is engaged to Layla’s sister, Ellen. Their shared grief over what happened to Layla drew them close and now they intend to remain together. Still, there’s something about Ellen that Finn has never fully understood. His heart wants to believe that she is the one for him...even though a sixth sense tells him not to trust her.

Then, not long before he and Ellen are to be married, Finn gets a phone call. Someone from his past has seen Layla—hiding in plain sight. There are other odd occurrences: Long-lost items from Layla’s past that keep turning up around Finn and Ellen’s house. Emails from strangers who seem to know too much. Secret messages, clues, warnings. If Layla is alive—and on Finn’s trail—what does she want? And how much does she know?

A tour de force of psychological suspense, Bring Me Back will have you questioning everything and everyone until its stunning climax.
More Great Books Being Released Today
(Covers link to Goodreads)
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35226186-providence?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36361569-untamed-cowboy?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36607728-the-grey-bastardshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31684565-when-katie-met-cassidy?ac=1&from_search=true

Which new releases are you excited about this week?
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...