Sunday, October 30, 2016

Books I can't wait to get my hands on ;) november edition

I seriously cannot believe people that we are at the end of ANOTHER month :) where does the time go?!? ;) but since we are here yet again, it means that I get to share with you all the books I'm looking forward to the most in the upcoming month :) and this time I have four of them to tell you about :) so without any additional delays, let's just jump right into it :)

So the first book I need to tell you about is "Archangel's heart" by the talented Nalini Singh :) it's the newest addition in her paranormal / urban fantasy-ish series Guild hunter :) I can't really tell you too much about the plot and everything, because that would include way too many spoilers... and by the way, if you haven't picked it up yet, definitely go check out this series :) I cannot wait to read it, but it's gonna be a few weeks for me :) even though it's being published in a few days, I'm gonna have to wait for my paperback copy to get to me :) long story short, I have to order the english version of the book since it's not translated in my country, and either way I would prefer the original version, and it takes a while for it to get here :) but the joy I will feel while reading it is totally worth the wait :)

The second book I absolutely cannot wait to read is "Managed" by Kristen Callihan, book #2 in her VIP series :) it's a contemporary romance series that revolves around the members of a rock band, although this particular installment has their manager as the main hero... and after meeting and loving him in the first book I cannot wait to see what he hides behind this seemingly distinguished and sophisticated exterior ;) plus it definitely helps if you know that David Gandy is the inspiration for his looks... Google him... you're welcome ;) and I know that I mentioned this book last month, but for the longest time I was sure it would be published in october :) since it wasn't, here we are again ;)

I absolutely have to mention "Heartless" by Marissa Meyer :) I am a huge fan of her The lunar chronicles series and I've been wondering for the longest time if another one of her books will repeat my love for that story :) add to that a fantasy theme and another sort of retelling and I am sold... or I will probably be once I actually read it ;) but definitely color me intrigued ;)

Last but not least, I want to mention "Sexy lies and rock & roll" by Sawyer Bennett :) it's her new standalone contemporary romance and I am more that happy that I got the opportunity to receive an ARC of this story :) I don't know much about it if I'm being honest, but I am a hug fan of Sawyer's writing style so I'm pretty sure I will love it :) it's only the amount of love that I will have for this book that may differ, depending on the characters and where the story will go :) we shall see ;)


XOXO

A

Random ramblings of a bookworm ;) #36

Even more movies
A giant weight off my shoulders
And
Halloween book tag

Hello my awesome people :) this time I have my new #RandomRamblings post for you one day earlier than usual :) like I explained last time, I have a costume party to prepare myself for tomorrow and originally I thought I will have to go to work as well that day... so I wouldn't have the time to post my babbling on monday ;) fortunately and very surprisingly, I was able to take the day off, so technically I could post this tomorrow, but since I made you a promise, you're getting it today ;) and since I'm feeling a bit lazy, let's go with the order of the headlines ;) hey, don't judge... we ALL have those days ;)

So about those movies... ;) you may or may not remember that I wanted to start really using my Unlimited card, which gives me an opportunity to see as many movies as I like at my favourite movie theatre for the equivalent of the price of two tickets :) and I feel like I'm on a good road to accomplish that :) last week, or should I say this week, since it's still sunday ;) I saw "Miss Peregrine's home for peculiar children" and I actually really enjoyed it :) more than I anticipated :) it was visually stunning, definitely a little bit creepy... or more than a little bit in certain scenes... and I absolutely loved the soundtrack :) wonderful way to spend your evening ;) and no, I haven't read the books yet :) they are on my #BookMountain and I will get to them at some point in the future :) although after watching the movie I'm definitely much more curious about this whole story :) if you haven't heard about it, check out the trailer ;)


As for the second movie I want to talk to you about... ;) I already have the tickets to see "Doctor Strange" next week :) and I absolutely cannot wait to do it :) I am a huge fan of all Marvel movies and I am more than curious to see how this particular one will turn out :) if you haven't before, be sure to check out the trailer :)


I have a confession to make... :) last week I've been in an awfully good mood... :) like, exceptionally awesome mood... :) and it took me a few days to figure out the cause... you guys... I'm finally free!!! :) ok, that sounded a bit dramatic... ;) let me explain :) for the last few months I have been buried under a mountain of ARCs and free copies of books I received for review... don't get me wrong, I am more than grateful for that opportunity, it's just that the amount of those books overwhelmed me... add to that a full time job and... well, I felt the pressure... I was barely keeping up with reading the books I had with deadlines to post a review... and all the rest of them just kept accumulating more and more on my kindle... *sighs heavily* trust me, I have definitely learned my lesson... but I am more than pleased to say, that I am at the very end of reading those books-with-deadlines pile :) just a few more that I can easily read in time :) and I honestly have to say... I have not realized, how big of a weight I had on my shoulders, until it disappeared... :) you may think I'm exaggerating, but I honestly felt guilty when I was doing other stuff besides reading in my spare time... because I always felt like "I should read... I have this giant list of books I NEED to get through before certain dates" and it took away a bit of fun from reading... but now I can enjoy it once again :) if I feel like it, I can devour a book in one afternoon, or read it throughout the entire week :) and that feeling is amazing... :)

Now about that last point :) it's been ages since me and my sister did a book tag together :) mostly because it actually takes me much longer to write it, and I was super busy for the last few months... :) but since I have more free time now, we decided that Halloween is the perfect time to get back to it :) originally we wanted to do one of the Halloween book tags that are out there, but once we started to think about how to answer the questions, we wanted to change them a bit here and there so in the end we decided that it would be just easier to create our own book tag :) so here it is for you guys :) our very own Halloween book tag with nine....well, not questions, more like talking points ;) but you get the gist :) we hope you'll enjoy it and of course feel free to choose your own books / characters for them as well :)
#1 Dracula -> a book that sucked you dry ;)
A: ok, before you go in a weird direction, what we meant by that is a book that really got to you emotionally... not a book with teeth that actually bled you ;) and for that I chose "Steadfast"  by  Sarina Bowen... it's part of her True north series, but works perfectly well as a standalone... and let me tell you... this contemporary romance really got to me... Sarina has such an amazing writing style, and the story of Jude, an ex-con who is still recovering from addiction, and how he after a few years away comes back to his hometown and Sophie, his high school sweetheart... *sighs* it was beautiful... emotional as hell, it broke my heart so many times... but the ending is sooo worth it :)
J: I have to go with "Born of legend" by Sherrilyn Kenyon, part of her The league series... because... well... I read this book a few months ago, and it's still sooo close to my heart... Dagger's story... and yes, that's a nickname, but I can't tell you his real name, that's too much of a spoiler if you are not up to speed with this series... his life... *sighs heavily* I still get emotional from time to time when I remember certain moments from it... don't worry, Sherrilyn always gives us, readers, beautiful endings to her stories, but sometimes the road to that happy ending is longer and more emotional than others...
#2 Invisible man -> a character that works in the shadows ;)
A: Cletus Winston from "Beard science" by Penny Reid, book #3 in her Winston brothers series :) oh he is so devious... ;) at one point in that book he is called "maniacally clever" and that is a spot on description... :) what makes him even more dangerous, is that the majority of people don't see him that way until it's too late :) until he already planned and executed the thing he wanted to achieve... he is a true mastermind :) and also, I had to mention this book because so far it was my favourite read of this year ;)
J: Jason from "Archangel's storm" by Nalini Singh, part of her Guild hunter series :) he is a spymaster for archangel Rafael and is all sorts of mysterious... ;) he speaks very little, but when he does... damn... ;) he's all stealth and mystery with all those wicked tattoos... defiitely a character to keep an eye on... although it won't be easy, since he's soooo good at hiding ;)
#3 Frankenstein's monster -> a character brought back to life ;)
A: and by that we don't mean literally brought back from the dead... ;) although if you can think of an example, that would be cool ;) but we decided to go with a more metaphorical explanation :) so I chose for this one Jo from "Our forever" by Elena Matthews :) Jo lost the father of her son five years ago and ever since she hasn't been the same... it's not until she moves to another city and meets her neighbour that she starts to really open up again for everything that life has to offer... esily one of the best books I've read this year :)
J: I chose Rae from "Rae of sunshine" by Micalea Smeltzer, book #1 in her Light in the dark series... she did something that know weighs heavily on her conscience... and no, I won't say anything else, because no spoilers from me ;) and now she is barely living weighed down by everything... until she meets someone who decides to show her that life is sooo much more than just one bad decision... I highly recommend this story :)
#4 Werewolf -> favourite shapeshifter ;)
A: that was a hard one, but I finally decided on Ben from Psy-changeling series by Nalini Singh :) he's this absolutely adorable little member of the SnowDancer pack, so that means he's a wolf changeling :) but you could pick out pretty much each kid that appears in this series and it would work as well :) the little ones win my heart and steal the focus in each little scene they are mentioned throughout the series :) those are definitely one of my favourite parts :)
J: I was really tempted to go with one of the characters from the same series as well, but decided against it... I mean, can Nalini's books be the answer to all the questions? yes... yes they can ;) but we decided to try hard to give you more book recommendations in this tag so with a heavy heart I'm choosing a character from a different sereis... well... not THAT heavy heart ;) after all, Dragos from Elder races series by Thea Harrison is definitely worth mentioning ;) after all, who wouldn't love a dragon who wears suits and is all dangerous and stuff to everyone but his mate? ;) he and Pia are definitely one of my all time favourite couples ;)
#5 Mummy -> a book or series that takes place in an exotic country / world ;)
A: I have to go with The league series by Sherrilyn Kenyon :) I mean, what's a book tag if I don't mention one of my all time favourite series ever ;) and also, what's more exotic than a whole other planet... or should I say planets as in plural ;) I feel like by now I already said everything I possibly can about why you should all read this series if you haven't before so I'm gonna shut up now ;)
J: I'm going with The Faraday files series by Kate McIntyre :) it's this phenomenally written series that takes place in sort of alternative Victorian London but with all these steampunk and paranormal vibes :) seriously, I cannot recommend this series enough, just go read it :)
#6 Ghost -> a book with white on the cover ;)
A: trust me, there were soooo many for both of us to choose from, but ultimately we found examples from series not mentioned anywhere else in this book tag, just to give you even more great book recs :) so I went wih "Hustler" by Meghan Quinn and Jessica Prince :) a hilarious and sexy as hell contemporary romance that blew my mind ;)
J: and I decided on a book that is a part of a really great sports themed series :) again, to give you even more great book recs :) "Thrown by a curve" by Jaci Burton, book #5 in her Play by play series :)

   

#7 Witches and wizards -> a character with a special ability that you would like to be for a day ;)
A: that was a very tough question, for both of us :) but ultimately I picked Verity from "Hexbound" by Bec McMaster, book #2 in her Dark arts series :) I mean, who wouldn't want to be able to teleport? ;) and the fact that you would also have Adrian Bishop all to yourself is just an icing on the cake ;)
J: I know that you are probably expecting some sort of magical ability straight from fantasy or paranormal book, but I'm gonna go in a different direction ;) I picked Nat from "Bling landing" by Carrie Aarons, beginning of her Flipped series :) you may disagree with me, but being a kick-ass gymnast on a level that allows you to compete in the Olympics is definitely a special talent unavailable for me to achieve on my own, so I would love to be her for a day ;)
#8 Spider web -> a series where books are connected to each other ;)
A: again, it's one of those questions when I feel I need to explain it a little bit more :) there are a lot of series out there, where all the books in them works perfectly well as standalones :) you can read them out of order or skip some of them if they don't interest you and it's just fine :) but for this one, we went with series that have bigger story archs that unfolds over several books in that series... or series where all the books are very tightly connected to one another, and you HAVE TO read them in order, or you risk missing out on important events and / or being spoiled on some pretty huge twists :) and for that I chose Lords of the underworld by Gena Showalter :) a fantastic paranormal series that gets better and better with each new book :)
J: for all the same reasons explained above, I chose Eternal guardians by Elisabeth Naughton :) another paranormal series where I loved each new book even better than the last :)
#9 Black cat -> a book or series with a beloved pet ;)
A: ok, I decided to cheat a little bit and pick Willow Bay stables by Anne Jolin :) mainly because there is no one particular pet in that series that I loved, but because in all three books horses play important part so I think you'll let it slide ;) plus, it's a fantastically written series that I wanted to recommend you ;)
J: I picked Spock from "Tribute" by Nora Roberts :) trust me, she is absolutely amazing in adding animals that steal your heart in her books, but I had to chose this particular one this time... I mean, who wouldn't love a dog who attacks invisible aliens? ;) yes, you read that right... #TrueStory ;)

Ok, that is a wrap people :) I hope you enjoyed this much longer than usual #RandomRamblings post, because I definitely had fun writing it :) who knows, maybe you found a good new book rec or few today :) you know how much I love to connect with you guys, so be sure to leave a comment here, on my Facebook page or Goodreads account :) I am there every day :)

XOXO

A

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Blog tour + Giveaway + Review: "Beard science" by Penny Reid



Synopsis

Make a deal with the devil and you might get what you want, but will it be what you need?

Jennifer Sylvester wants one thing, and that one thing is NOT to be Tennessee’s reigning Banana Cake Queen. Ever the perpetual good girl and obedient daughter, Jennifer is buckling under the weight of her social media celebrity, her mother’s ambitions, and her father’s puritanical mandates. Jennifer is officially desperate.

And desperate times call for Cletus Winston.

Cletus Winston is a puzzle wrapped in a mystery covered in conundrum sauce, and now he’s in a pickle. Despite being convinced of his own omniscience, extortion by the exalted Banana Cake Queen of Green Valley has taken him completely by surprise. So… what’s a maniacal mastermind to do?

Likely, the last thing you expect.

‘Beard Science’ is the third book in the Winston Brothers series, is a full-length romantic comedy novel, and can be read as a standalone.


I got the ARC of this amazing book in exchange for an honest review, but trust me... I would read it either way, cause I am a huge fan of this author... :) and even though I love Penny Reid and her writing style as much as I do, I did not expect to fall in love with this particular story THIS much... ;) this is book #3 in her Winston brothers series, but can work easily as a standalone... although if it will be your first dive into the amazingness that is Penny and her books, trust me... a fair warning... you will fall in love with her smart and unique stories and you'll need all of them in your lives... ;) #TrueStory ;) ok, now that this little explanation is out of the way, let me tell you a bit about this particular book... because... *sighs happily* I just loved it soooo much... ;) ok, focus woman :) although... I have to add that ever since I finished this book... and it was a few days ago... I am in such a great mood... not saying that it's all because of this story, but... ;) ok, NOW let me tell you about "Beard science" :)

Jennifer Sylvester is know as the Banana Cake Queen... does she want to be known like that? turns out, not really... because Jennifer have dreams of her own... problem is, she doesn't really know how to pursue them... so when an opportunity to *convince* Cletus Winston to help her, a guy she refers to at one point as maniacally clever, and trust me, it's definitely a great description ;) and by convince I mean she blackmails him ;) which really surprises him... and that is not easy to do... :) that's how everything starts... theirs is definitely a slow burn romance, and that was one of my favourite aspects of this story... *sighs happily* although only one of soooo many I loved :) I adored to see how they grew closer and closer with each meeting between them, how their interactions changed, how they started to think more and more about one another... it was just soooo much fun to read about... :) and trust me, I am in no way able to truly articulate how lovely and wonderful their journey to be together was, because I have no words good enough to describe how much I loved it... :)

One of the main reasons why I am such a huge Penny's fan, are the characters she creates... :) each book and each couple tells a different story, becuase of the people she writes about... by all means, they are not perfect, all of them are flawed, but in such an honest and raw way... you read about them and feel like they're real people... not fictional characters... you want to be their friends and spend time with them... or grab one or the other all to yourself ;) they stay deep under your skin and you tend to think about them days after finishing a book... and somehow after putting down her stories I always feel empowered and inspired... in the best possible way :) the same thing happened this time :) Jennifer was definitely this a bit *mousy* type, at least when it comes to the personality, because she looked like a housewife from the fifties ;) but throughout the story, she changed... nothing out of the blue and major in a day, but one small thing after another... ;) Cletus on the other hand... *sighs* oh my... I never thought I would fall so hard in love with him... seriously ;) I loved him as a secondary character in other books in this series, he is after all the most peculiar of the Winston siblings, but if I'm being honest, I never saw him as a material for the main hero... I couldn't really pictured it... but boy was I wrong... :) because what Penny gave me in this book was... *sighs dreamily* I was thinking long and hard about it, but it's the truth... the more I think about it, the more I'm sure... Cletus and Jennifer dethroned Alex and Sandra from "Love hacked" as my favourite Penny Reid's couple... boom *mic drop* I said it, it's out there... ;) trust me, no one... and I mean NO ONE is more shocked by this than yours truly... :) but I can't fight it any longer... *sighs dreamily* so why bother? ;) I love that this is the longest Penny book up to this point, because I needed all those chapters... I would love it even more if it was twice as long ;) in the case of Penny's books the more is ALWAYS better ;) I was seriously swooning in certain parts and that was just the beginning... :) 

Of course the awesomeness of the main couple is not the only fantastic part of this book... ;) we can't forget about the secondary characters :) and to be honest, this book works as a standalone, yes, but I highly recommend you read the other ones as well :) because that previous knowledge definitely makes it that much more fun to see little gems hidden in plain sight, and all those interactions between the siblings or the couples from other books will be so much better :) we certainly have all other Winston siblings, and they are quite a bunch :) after all there are six brothers and one sister :) and what an amazing seven they create :) I'm not gonna go into more details about them because they are way too complex for me to just simplify them in a sentence or two :) if you read some of her other books, you know what to expect, if not... well, then you are definitely in for a treat :) but trust me, leave your expectations and trying to predict what's gonna happen before you start reading this story... you will NEVER be prepared for the awesomeness that is Penny and her ninja writing skills ;)

If I could, I would give this book all the stars... and like half the moon... ;) but I can't so five stars will somehow have to be enough, to try and show you how much I loved it... it's definitely not enough, but I can't give more :) I loved every single thing about this book... I feel like no other story will be as good as this one... like no other romance will grab my heart as this one... like no other book will amaze me as this one... :) I am almost sure that this conviction will ease with time, but as of this moment... I have read my favourite book of the 2016 :) and not only so far... I am declaring right here and now... I'm pretty sure that nothing I'll read by the end of this year will be better ;) I still feel like nothing I will ever read will be as good as this one, but I'm hoping this feeling will pass in a week... or a month ;) with each and every Penny Reid's book I read, I'm falling more and more in love with her writing style... because damn... the woman just keeps getting better and better... how is that even possible?!? :) and this book has something I absolutely love... two perspective's :) which is done exceptionally phenomenal in this case... and that was not an easy thing to achieve... as I mentioned, Cletus is... very original :) and I felt like reading chapters from his point of view she captured it sooooo well :) his and Jennifer's chapters were so different... but I loved them both equally :) I could sit here and go on and on and on how amazing this book was... trust me, I would drone on about it and we could be here all day... ALL... DAY... :) #NoJoke ;) but why waste any more of your time, if you could spend it one clicking this amazing gem and seeing for yourself how fantastic this story truly is... go on... do it... it's soooo worth it ;) happy reading :)






a Rafflecopter giveaway About the author:

Penny Reid is the USA Today Best Selling Author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. When she's not immersed in penning smart romances, Penny works in the biotech industry as a researcher. She's also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.

Find her online: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

XOXO

A

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Review: "Keepsake" by Sarina Bowen


Author: Sarina Bowen
Title: "Keepsake"
Book 3 in series True north
Main characters: Zachariah "Zach" Holtz and Lark Wainwright

I got my hands on the ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review and *sighs happily* it was sooooo good :) it's the third book in a series, but if you haven't read the previous stories, this one can work as a standalone as well :) but I highly recommend you to read them either way, because they are awesome :) and as much as I loved the second book I was super excited to get back to the Shipley's farm with this one... and if you are not familiar with this series, that sentence may not make sense to you, but I will explain everything along the way :) so let me dive straight into all the praises about this fantastic story :)

So about our main couple :) I loved Zach from the very moment I met him back in that first story :) he works as a sort of universal farm hand on Shipley's farm... and that family is just soooo wonderful, more about them in a moment :) he has quite an unusual past, but since I don't want to spoil you anything in case you don't know it yet, let's just say that he was very... shielded when he was growing up, until he... changed his address... :) I know I'm being vague, but I am trying very hard not to spoil you anything :) but ever since he arrived in Vermont a few years ago he started to learn a whole new way of life... :) I just love him... he's this calm, maybe a bit shy guy, but trust me... the saying "still waters run deep" is more than true in his case... because there is sooo much more to him than I imagined at first :) and it was so fun to see his other side... :) Lark on the other hand is a new character that we haven't met before :) she is struggling after certain events in her life as well... I can't go into too many details, because we don't know what exactly happened until later into the story... but she is quite different than him... or she was before... her nickname after all was Wild Child ;) but everything that happened to her changed her and she is struggling to go back to who she was before... she decides to stay at the Shipley's farm, accepting an invitation from May, her best friend :) she and Zach... *sighs happily* it's definitely a slow burn romance between those two :) and I absolutely loved every minute of it :) but once that fire started... damn... :) not to mention that thanks to chapters written in both of their points of view, we get a fantastic glimpse into their minds... :)

Besides Zach and Lark we of course have a whole bunch of secondary characters :) instad of naming each and every one of them all I'm gonna say is: the Shipley family :) like I mentioned before, I was super happy that we got back on their farm in this story, because I missed all of them :) the banter, the love between them... :) the more family members in one scene the better :) but I will say this... after reading his book I absolutely NEED May's story :) I can't tell you why exactly, but I need it... I don't care when, but it needs to be in my hands at some point ;) although I do have a feeling who will be the main character in the next story in this series... I can't tell you the name, but there was a scene at the end of the book that I don't think the author would put there just to tease us if she didn't have plans for writing another book :)

I loved this book :) I started reading it one evening thinking I'm gonna do some work the next day and then finish it as a reward... yeah... that's not what happened :) I was so curious and couldn't concentrate on anything else, that I just had to finish it :) and it was sooooo worth it :) there were moments when I forgot I was reading a book... I was pulled completely into the story, cheering the characters on, rooting for them and their happy ending... this story made me laugh out loud, but it was also emotional... I definitely did not expect to cry when I was reading it but, well... that happened :) #NoRegrets ;) there were scenes that truly broke my heart in half, but fortunately for my sanity, the lovely Sarina put it back together a bit later in the book... she truly has this amazing ability to write books that are funny but also emotional in a way that really makes you connect to the characters so much, that you forget you read about fictional people :) I would love to be a part of that family... or at least to visit them for a day, and soak up the atmosphere :) so if you are looking for a fantastic book to get lost in, look no further and one click this gem... :)

XOXO

A

Release blitz + Giveaway + Review: "Rein in" by Anne Jolin


Author: Anne Jolin
Title: "Rein in"
Book 3 in series Willow Bay stables
Main characters: Rhys White and Aurora Daniels

Synopsis

Aurora Daniels is the bleeding heart of her family. With a gift and a passion for helping to heal others, she has a legacy of kindness and gratitude—a modern-day saint.

Every Sunday since she turned eighteen, Aurora has driven three hours into the city of Edmonton, Alberta, where she volunteers at an equine facility that rehabilitates troubled youth by working with horses. With their increasing success rate, the facility is expanding to foster violent parolees in hopes of a more effective release into society.

Assault with a deadly weapon and attempted murder—that’s what it says under the name on his sheet. Rhys White is released on good behaviour and promises to remain under contract for community service at the Equine for Hearts facility for a court-ordered period of twelve months.

Willow Bay’s saint may have stumbled across the one sinner who can’t be saved from himself.

Will Aurora be able to rein in Rhys’s quest for revenge before it’s too late? Or will she spend the rest of her life loving a man behind bars?

I got my hands on the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review and it was actually this story that grabbed my attention first, even though it's the third installment in the series :) fortunately for me when I signed up for it, I was offered the first two books as well and I was more than happy to read them :) if you are new to this series, don't worry, each of the stories can be read as a standalone, but I highly recommend you to read all of them :) mainly because they are awesome and such a fun and quick reads :) but back to this particular one :)

Aurora is the last one of the Daniels siblings to get her own story and I was very much looking forward to it :) they call her Saint, because of her good heart and the way she wants to help everyone :) I loved that about her... at one point Rhys compares her to the light in his life and I think that was spot on... not to mention just super adorable :) don't get me wrong, she is definitely not a pushover or anything like that, but I adored her softer, optimistic side that believed in goodness in people :) Rhys on the other hand... he's an ex-con, but of course there's a bigger story in it... worry not, I won't spoil you anything :) they meet at the ranch where she volounteers and he starts in a program as part of his parole... since the story is not very long, I can't tell you too much about how they got together, because that would spoil you too much, but theirs is a bit slow burn romance, unfolding over a span of quite some time... that is all I can say honestly :)

Besides our main couple, we have of course the whole Daniels family, with the spouses and everything by now :) and trust me, if you haven't read yet the previous stories, you'll definitaly want to do that after getting to know a bit more about them here :) those few scenes with them were definitely a great addition to the story :) there were also a bunch of new characters, but the one I want to mention is Grant, the owner of the place where Aurora volounteers and the person responsible for the program that Rhys is a part of :) he was definitely a lovely father figure in this story :)

All in all it was another great read for me :) a book written in 2 POVs, which means we got chapters from Aurora's point of view and then some from Rhys's as well :) and I think that is my favourite kind of writing style in books :) when I get to see inside both main characters heads :) I absolutely adored this story :) as in her previous ones in this series, it was in no way perfect, and yet I can't seem to rate it less than five stars :) so why fight it? :) all the books in this series are super quick reads, somewhere between a novella and a full lenght novel, and each of them is a great mix of hilarious interactions and sweet and emotional moments that will take you by surprise :) I can highly recommend all of them :)


a Rafflecopter giveaway About the author:


I was born and raised in Ladner, a small farm town just outside Vancouver, Canada.

I never expected to be an author. Writing was something that snuck up on me and rooted itself into my life. It was beautiful to discover that love, and I’m truly grateful to say I’ve found my passion.

If I could leave y’all with one thing, it’s that life’s far too short to not live it out loud. Drown in your passions, hold on tight to the things that inspire you, and chase your dreams relentlessly. I can promise you without a doubt that you won’t regret it. I know I don’t.

Mad love,

Anne Jolin

Find her online: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest

XOXO

A

Release blitz + Giveaway: "Trusting fate" by Tamra Lassiter



Synopsis


Fate brought this unlikely pair together...but only trust will make them one.

An heiress on the run crashes at the feet of a small-town restauranteur. He wants her to stay, but not while she's keeping secrets. She longs to give him her heart, but other men wanted only her money and influence. Will they walk away, or trust that this time fate has them right where they need to be?

Vivienne Prescott is on the run from the life her grandmother wants to force her into—the right marriage, being seen in the right places with the right people. That life feels empty now that the rest of her family is gone. When the heiress finds herself in a small Virginia town, surrounded by the handsome, kind Brady and his warm and loving family, she wants to stay. Has fate given her the man with whom she can finally be herself?

Brady Richardson can't believe it when a lovely stranger crashes her motorcycle almost on the front steps of his busy restaurant. When she wants to stay and work there, he's thrilled at the chance to get to know her. But who is the mysterious stranger tailing her, and why won't Viv answer his questions about her life? He's been burned before, and he's not about to trust a woman who won't give up her secrets.


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I live outside Washington, D.C. with my wonderfully supportive husband and two daughters, one of which is approaching her teenage years. Help us all! If that isn’t enough, we have a Great Dane and an English Bulldog to keep us on our toes. It’s crazy around here, and I love every minute of it!

Writing is my third career. I didn’t set out to be a writer, it was just meant to be. My Mechanical Engineering degree from Virginia Tech prepared me well for my first career as an Engineer/Program Manager. My second career was in Human Resources. Long story, but I figured it out. I believe the best start for a writing career is to be a reader first, and I’ve been an avid reader my whole life. I’ve loved to read ever since I picked up my first Nancy Drew mystery in the fourth grade. Now, I love reading just about everything, but I don’t read sad books. I don’t watch sad movies either for that matter, no matter how many awards they’ve won. Life’s too short, and who needs all that strife to bring us down?

Many of my words have been penned late into the evening, which explains why I’ve never viewed whatever television show you recommend to me. I would, however, love to hear your recommendations for a great read!

Find her online: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr

XOXO

A

Monday, October 24, 2016

Review: "Eight-second ride" by Anne Jolin


Author: Anne Jolin
Book 2 in series Willow Bay stables
Main characters: Owen Daniels and Rayne "Ray" Brookes

I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review :) and it was another great read from this author :) don't worry if you haven't read the previous story in this series, because this one works as a standalone as well :) although I do need to warn you, once you read it... if you haven't read the others, you will definitely want to do it ;) this is yet another perfectly sized book for an entertaining afternoon... a bit longer than a novella but definitely not a full lenght story, it's just enough to spend a nice evening ;) since it's not super long, my review will be on the shorter side as well, since I don't want to spoil you guys every little detail :)

Owen is part of the Daniels family that I fell in love with in that previous story, but again, if you haven't read it, you can just fall in love with them in this installment :) Owen comes home after a few months to see how the vet took care of his horse that got injured a while back... and to his surprise he discovers that Ray he remembers is not the Ray he meets ;) it's actually his daughter who took over the practice after he retired... :) and she definitely catches his eye... ;) I think he is more intrigued about her because she so blatantly refused when he asked her out that first time ;) because which man doesn't like a challenge? ;) she have very good reasons to decline his offer, but I am not gonna get into them, because they are obviously too spoilery ;) but he decides to win her over... and I must say that I would probably give in much sooner than her ;) I absolutely loved Ray, and even though Owen sometimes was a bit too arrogant, I forgave him everytime he opened his mouth and said the word *darlin'* ;) *sighs dreamily* it's my second favourite term of endearment, right after *luv* :)

Besides the main couple there were quite a few fun secondary characters... :) one of them I absolutely cannot name because that person was a total surprise for me while I was reading :) so I know I'm being vague, but you'll thank me once you read the book without that spoiler :) what I can say is that I fell in love with the Daniels family even more in this story :) we have London and Branson, the main couple from the first story and some updates about them :) and of course Aurora, the heroine from the next book was lovely as always... *sighs happily* seriously, this series just keeps getting better and better :)

I don't know what it is about those stories, but even though they are not perfect, I can't help myself and always give them 5 stars ratings :) they are just sooo fun to read :) the writing style is really good and the chapters just fly by and I'm finishing the book before I know what is happening :) this one was once again written in 2 POVs, which gave us chapters from both our main characters perspectives :) I would love nothing more than to share with you a few more details, but I absolutely refuse to spoil you on this lovely story :) so just trust me when I say that it's a super fun and entertaining book that will surprise you with an emotional scene when you least expect it :) I highly recommend this story if you are looking for a quick read that will be a great mix of fun and sweet moments :)

XOXO

A

Random ramblings of a bookworm ;) #35

All the movies
Temporary change 
And
My sick week

Hello my lovely people :) it's been a while since we talked ;) and all that is actually connected to one of the headlines of this post, so I will just dive straight into it :) and this time we will embrace the chaos once again and not go with the order of those headlines ;)

I'm gonna start from the very end... I was sick this past week... and it totally sucked... I woke up last saturday (not the one two days ago, but the one before that) and I was speechless... like literally speechless... I lost my voice... which freaked me out a little bit, because it never happened before... next day I could add fever to the mix... and if that wasn't enough, next day brought a runny nose... ugh... I got a sick leave from work for the whole week and I buried myself under a blanket with lots of tissues and hot water with lemon and honey... and some medicine of course... I was hoping I would feel better sooner than I did, but unfortunately it really took me a whole week to finally start feeling like a human again... :) that is why there was no #RandomRamblings post last week and no other reviews or social media posts till friday, when I actually started to feel a bit better again... hopefully this was my one time being sick this winter :) fingers crossed :) I'm almost afraid to go back to work tomorrow (I say tomorrow cause I'm writing this on a sunday evening) and see how much stuff I will have to catch up on... but it will be fine, at least at some point ;) keep your fingers crossed for me ;)

Ok, now let us skip to that beginning, shall we? :) I saw a really funny movie recently :) "Bridget Jones's baby" :) I know, I know what some of you may say... because I was saying the same things before I actually saw the movie ;) but it turned out really great :) it was such an entertaining afternoon I spent with my mom and my sister J + her friend :) there was one scene in particular, when she went into labor and tried to get to the hospital that made me cry from laughter... :) I kid you not, I was crying and having troubles beathing I was laughing so hard... :) I have the trailer for you right here if you want to check it out ;)


But that's not the only movie I want to talk to you about :) now that I FINALLY caught up on almost everything on my blog I decided to start taking advantage of the Unlimited card I got a few months ago in my favourite movie theatre :) the rules are basically this: for the equivalent of about two tickets that I pay regularly every month, I can go and see as many movies as I can :) sounds sweet, right? :) I agree, but somehow I wasn't really using it as much as I could... always an excuse to stay home and read some more ;) but I am changing things up a bit... it's all part of a bigger plan that I'm not gonna dwell on right now ;) but me and J are going to see another interesting movie on tuesday... "Miss Peregrine's home for peculiar children" :) yes, I know it's based on a book and no, I haven't read it yet... ;) but it's gonna be months before I WILL get to them and it seems like a story I would love to see on the big screen sooo... ;) here's the trailer for you :)


Last but not least, a little temporary change :) just this once, the next #RandomRamblings post will go live on sunday :) the same thing will happen with my new "books I can't wait to get my hands on :)" post :) instead of the last day of the month, it will go live a day earlier, also on sunday :) mainly because Halloween is on monday, and after coming home from work, I will eat something really quickly, and then me and my sister J are going to a costume party so I won't have time to do anything else :) straight after eating we have to start getting ready and go, so instead of posting my stuff late, I will do it early :) hope this works with you guys ;)

Ok that's a wrap people :) hope you enjoyed this post :) as always, I love interacting with you so be sure to leave a comment here, on my Facebook page or Goodreads account :)

XOXO

A

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Release blitz + Giveaway + Review: "Grasping air" by Carrie Aarons


Author: Carrie Aarons
Book 2 in series Flipped
Main characters: Jared Hargrove and Peyton Adams

Synopsis

We were the seconds after a grip released the bar, body floating through the air with nervous wonder. Would we successfully grab it again, or would we hit the mat, shattered and defeated?

Peyton Adams learned a long time ago that selfish and detached is the only way to be in life. What most people call shameless or obnoxious behavior, she considers key to getting where she needs to go. Most disapproving of all? USA Gymnastics’ golden boy with an eight-pack, Jared Hargrove. After being cut from the women’s team right before Rio, Peyton is back on the post-Summer Games tour. Not only is she the only one without a gold medal, but her history with Jared won’t stay buried for long.

Control and good manners; the two things drilled into Jared Hargrove’s head from birth. As a four-time gold medalist, he’s always obeyed the rules and reaped the reward. Well, except for the whirlwind week four years ago in London when wild-child Peyton Adams finally got under his skin, and into his bed. She broke his heart, and he hasn’t removed the ice wall around it since. Now she’s back to redeem herself to the world of gymnastics, and it seems, to push his buttons more than ever.

After years of resentment and heartache, can they repair a relationship so badly broken that most people wouldn’t even try? Or will they continue to fall, grasping at any last emotion before they finally collapse?

I got my hands on the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review and... I am speechless :) seriously people, I finished this book a few days ago and I still have troubles putting all my thoughts into order and deciding what is the best way for me to convince you guys to pick it up because it was freaking amazing :) and I did not expect to love it as much as I did :) mind you, I knew it would be a really good book, because I love Carrie Aarons and her writing style, but I definitely was not prepared for this book to hit me in all... the... feels... ALL OF THEM!!! :) *sighs happily* I love those kind of surprises... ;) so before I go into all the praises and stuff, I need to add that even though it's the second book in a series, don't worry, it works as a standalone as well, so you can pick it up out of order :) not only that, but it's written in 2 POVs, my favourite way if I'm being honest ;) and that means we get parts written from Peyton's perspective, and then other parts from Jared's point of view :) ok, now that this little explanation is out of the way, let me tell you a bit more about the book itself :)

I have to start with our main couple of course :) Jared and Peyton... man oh man, they are like night and day :) Peyton is the night... as in like a party at night ;) she's this colorful and loud and wild free spirit... of course that is only a part of her, but a part that takes almost all of her at the beginning... people think they know everything there is to know about her because of her behaviour and attitude... she's this diva / wild-child of gymnastic world, but... well... :) as with all the best characters, there are much more sides to her than just the one she is showing to the world... :) Jared on the other hand... Jared is the golden boy of the gymnastic world... :) responsible, serious... you see where I'm going with it? :) so they were definitely different... but... ;) there was something between them four years ago when they were in London during the Olympics :) I don't want to put a name to that, because whatever I will say might spoil you to how important, or not important, it was... :) but there was something ;) but things went wrong and they ended up, well... pretty much hating each other from that moment forward... it kept going on and on, but now the situation is even worse... because they have to endure one another during a tour after Olympics in Rio, and that means close proximity for the next three monhts :) yeah... you can guess how well it starts... ;) but after initial bickering and all that, they actually do the adult and mature thing, and try to act like grown ups around each other... I don't want to get into too much details what exactly happens between them, and how their relationship changes throughout the book, because it really is better if you're gonna be surprise just as I was :) the less you know before going into this book is definitely better ;)

Besides the main couple there was of course a bunch of secondary characters :) we had Nat and Spence, the main couple from the first book :) and of course quite a few other gymnasts who are on the tour as well... :) I don't want to name them though, mainly because I don't want to spoil you who might turn out to be more important, or who may or may not get the next story... I have a guess or two but ssshhhh... ;) to be honest I'm gonna take whatever story Carrie Aarons will write, because before reading this particular book, I wasn't really that much curious about the story between Peyton and Jared... I KNEW there's more to them and that they will get their own book, but I was more curious about other people... I should have know better and to just trust in the amazing ability of this author to create stories that can surprise me in the best possible way :)

I am really impressed people... :) I am sooooo in love with this story... and these characters... were they perfect? absolutely not :) did they annoy me? definitely... well, from time to time ;) but I adored how true and honest and just... raw, they felt... their journey to be together... to overcome everything that happened between them... everything they said or didn't say... the things they did or didn't do... *sighs happily* Carrie Aarons really has a very rare gift of creating flawed characters in a way that makes you relate to them... I was surprised by how much their story resonated with me... how much I connected to both of them... how much I cared about them and their relationship... I was cheering them on, and there were times when I was so captured by what was going on in the book that I forgot that I was reading... the real world disappeared for a moment or two while I was right there along Jared and Peyton whispering to them to trust in each other.. *sighs dreamily* it does not happen to me as often as I would like... :) so I treat each and every occurance like a beautiful gift :) I can wholeheartedly recommend you not only this book, but stories created by the lovely Carrie in general :) she is an amazing author, and if you don't know her yet, you are seriously missing out... :)




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Author of romance novels such as Red Card and the Captive Heart Duet, Carrie Aarons writes sexy, swoony and sarcastic characters who won't get out of her head until she puts them down on a page.

Carrie has wanted to be an author since the first time she opened a book. She loves spinning tales that include dapper men, women with attitude, and the occasional hunky athlete.

When she isn't in what her husband calls a "writing coma", Carrie is freeing up her jam-packed DVR, starting her latest DIY project, or planning her next travel adventure. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, who is more than happy to watch sports while his wife plots love stories.

Find her online: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

XOXO

A

Friday, October 21, 2016

Review: "Hexbound" by Bec McMaster


Author: Bec McMaster
Title: "Hexbound"
Book 2 in series Dark arts
Main characters: Adrian Bishop and Verity Hawkins

I got my hands on the ARC of this book and damn... I couldn't be more happy about it :) as much as I enjoyed the first book in this series... the sequel is soooooo much better :) since it's a second book in a series where the stories are pretty connected, writing this review might be a little tricky, but I will do my best not to spoil you on anything and at the same time convince you to give it a try :) so how about I will start with a little background on the whole world and what's been going on in it ;) no worries, spoiler free even if you are completely new to this series :)

Ok, so this particular series is a mix of Victorian London with just a bit of steampunk-ish vibes and all sorts of sorcery and magical relics :) three of them are actually very important to the story: the blade (which played a huge part in the first story), the chalice (quite important in this book) and the wand, which I'm assuming will come up in the third book ;) the number three is important for more reasons than just those relics, but I absolutely cannot tell you why :) in case you haven't read that first book, because it's a spoiler :) even though each book concentrates on a different main couple, I would highly recommend you to read this series in order... because there are a lot of bigger things going on than just the romance part with each couple, not to mention that those people appear not only in their respective books, but in other ones as well... and trust me, you don't want to miss those scenes... ;) so far one of my favourite parts of both books were the scenes between the characters who will be hero and heroine in that third story, so I know what I'm saying :) ok, now that this little explanation is out of the way, how about we concentrate on this particular book that this review is all about, worry not, it will be totally spoiler free :)

Adrian and Verity... *sighs happily* I had sooooo much fun reading about them... :) Adrian is this mysterious assassin, shrouded in secrets... and to make matters even more interesting... *coughs* virgin hero *coughs* ;) ever since he was introduced in the previous book I was very curious about him and wanted to know more... he doesn't talk too much, mostly keeps to himself... for very good reasons, but still... I wondered who will pull him out of that existence... :) and damn... Verity was everything I was hoping for his heroine :) she's a new character and... well... she is spectacular :) sassy and sarcastic, they met when she...  there's no other way to say it so I'm just gonna do it... :) when she broke into his house to steal that very important magical relic I mentioned earlier... :) I know, not the very best first meeting... ;) and it gets better and better from there :) I don't want to spoil you every little detail about their journey together, because one of the things I love in Bec McMaster's books are those totally surprising twists and turns, so instead of that, I will say that all that banter and interactions between Adrian and Verity were absolutely, without a doubt, my favourite part of the book :) I actually have a pretty good quote that shows one of the conversations between them closer to the begining of the story :) normally if I have quotes, I put them at the end of my review, but I sort of... marked this one and then... well... I totally got sucked into the story and that is the only one I have so I decided why not just put it here :) so here it is for you guys:
"Miss Hawkins's pretty green eyes narrowed. 'Who could not like me?'
'Oh, I've a person or two in mind.'
The suden smile she graced him with made him uncomfortable. 'That's because you've barely had a chance to get to know me. I'll grow on you, Bishop.'
'Like ivy, no doubt.'
'Well,' she murmured under her breath as she pressed close to his side, 'I didn't realize you wanted me to get that close to you. Perhaps if you smiled a little more, I might consider wrapping myself all over you. Like ivy, as you say. You do have pretty eyes, after all.'"
And I swear to you guys that this is just a tiny glimpse into all the awesomeness that awaits you in this story :) there is of course much more to both of them, they each hide secrets, but since I have that no-spoilers rule and all, I won't say anything else :) I will let you discover all of that on your own... trust me, it's soooo much better this way ;)

Besides our phenomenal main couple, we have of course a bunch of secondary characters as well :) there's Ianthe and Lucien, couple from the first book... and I have to say that I enjoyed them much more now that all of their *stuff* is resolved :) and of course we cannot forget about my absolutely favourite pair of characters... the main couple from the third book :) and no, I won't say their names... it can be counted as a spoiler, especially if you haven't read the first book, sooooo... but I can say, that I am absolutely in love with both of them... AND I have no idea how Bec McMaster will end that particular story... I mean, I trust her that she will give them an amazing and beautiful ending, but... how will she get there? I have no idea whatsoever :) but I learned to just stop predicting what's gonna happen next in her books a long time ago... she always does something that shocks me and blows my mind :) there were of course a few more that I would love to name here, but... you know... too spoilery ;) #SorryNotSorry ;)

As much as I enjoyed that first book, the sequel is definitely much better :) or at least it feels like that to me, becauce I loved the main couple more in this installment :) it's connected to my personal preferences as a reader, and that first story just... let's just say that this one is exactly the type I love to read about :) the interactions between Verity and Bishop... or just Verity and other people were soooo entertaining :) I loved her from the start and to see how the journey she's on progresses throughout this story was fantastic :) but the romance is not the only great part of this book :) we also get to know much more about the world and all of the rules, and how different people learn to live in it... I know I'm being vague, but I don't want to ruin certain surprises along the way ;) I highly recommend this author, because her writing style is absolutely amazing... even if I'm not the biggest fan of a certain character or event taking place in the story, her books are always gems when it comes to the quality of writing... I am hooked from the beginning to the very end, never knowing what exactly gonna happen on the next page... it is an uncanny ability to be able to pull a reader inside your story like that, and Bec McMaster does it every single time... :) I cannot wait to see what she has prepared for us next, so if you are looking for a great read, then definitely give this series of hers a try... or any other stories she wrote :) trust me, there is no wrong choice here :)

XOXO

A

Review: "Strange truths" by S. D. Wasley


Author: S. D. Wasley
Book 1 in series Alice England mysteries
Main characters: Michael "Mikey" Warrender and Alice England

I got the ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review :) well, originally I was approached by one of the publishers I'm working with from time to time, with a proposition to participate in a very cool way of promoting an upcomng book and I was intrigued enough to sign up ;) at the end of that promoting cycle I was offered an ARC, so naturally I said yes :) I mean, who says no to free books? crazy people, that's who ;) anyway... :) I'm very glad that it landed on my kindle because I really enjoyed it :) it was definitely different than what I usually read, but I liked it :) it was also the first book written by this author that I got my hands on and I have to say, it definitely won't be the last :) I had to think a little bit about how to approach writing this review so I can convince you to give it a try without actually spoiling you stuff from it, and ultimately I decided that less is more in this case, so I will tell you a bit about the overall story and the main characters and then just concentrate on my thoughts and feelings after finishing it instead of all the little details :) so let's start, shall we? :)

Alice is definitely the first person I have to talk about :) after all, the whole series is named after her :) she works in her family's funeral home and she is... well... very hard to describe, that's for sure ;) she's refreshingly honest and just... different than others... and I don't mean that in a bad way... not at all :) I loved her originality... is that even a word? ;) either way, I'm going with it :) if it's a word then awesome, if not, even better :) then it works perfectly with Alice :) I love how her brain works and I adore what kind of a person she is... I know that I'm being a bit vague, but I truly believe the less you actually know, the better your experience with this book gonna be :) so now let me tell you a bit more about Michael... he is the opposite of Alice... where she's an outsider without friends, he's the star of the swimming team, a popular guy with the perfect girlfriend... but as much as they seem different, there is one thing that Alice and Michael have in common... a dead twin... dun dun duuuunnnn... sorry, but that revelation needed a dramatic music theme ;) ok, but all jokes aside... Michael's twin funeral is actually where they sort of meet... I mean, they go to the same school, but he was totally unaware of her before that... but after... well, one conversation and she sort of... stayed under his skin...  with time they form an unusual friendship... is there more between them? I won't spoil you that ;) but I will say that this is definitely young adult / coming-of-age type of story, with a dash of mystery to it... again, I can't be too specific, because I don't want to ruin you the surprises along the way :) since that is basically all I can share with you without spoilers, how about I will skip to the part about my thoughts ;)

I really enjoyed this book :) trust me, I wasn't sure what to expect about it, so it kind of surprised me :) especially since it's not the kind of a book I usually read :) but the writing style was really good :) I was drawn into the story from the start and was curious where will it go... I am certainly gonna come back to this author, not only because I want to know what the next book will be about, will we see the characters we met here... will it be a whole new set of people... who knows?!? :) but I absolutely want to try out some of her other work as well :) this wasn't a perfect book, it didn't blew my mind, but don't get me wrong... I really enjoyed it :) I gave it 4 stars and that is a really good rating :) I think I would enjoy it even more a few years ago, when I was a bit closer in age to the main characters of the story, but still... :) it was a good book :) I can wholeheartedly recommend it if you are looking for an original and different story :)

XOXO

A