Ok people... it's this time of the month again ;) the time when I share with you guys my highly anticipated books from the upcoming month... believe me, these seven are not all of them, but I had to make some tough choices, or else we would be here all day ;) in fact, out of all seven, I already have four of them on my kindle ;) and it's not mean bragging, it's more of a sharing-my-joy sort of situation :) so without additional delay, let us jump into the awesomeness that awaits for us in august :)
Naturally the first book I need to mention is "Wild embrace" :) it's a set of novellas from Psy-changeling series by Nalini Singh :) a set of brand new novellas I need to add :) and even though I still haven't read the previous book... I know I know... *hangs my head in shame* I have no excuse people... ;) just too-much-awesome-books-too-little-time one, that I've been using for almost two months now ;) but I WILL get to it soon... in fact, it's my next read-because-I-want-to-and-have-nothing-to-do-with-the-sign-ups-on-my-blog book :) so it will happen :) especially because I am very curious about stories from this book... let me tell you, I have been waiting for one of them for a very long time... *coughs* Jem and Kenji *coughs* ;) the whole series has a paranormal vibe to it, with shape-shifters and other very interesting people, but if you're not up to speed, I highly recommend you to read those books in order... even though each book concentrates on a different couple, some things and events have consequences in future books, and all of them are pretty much connected :)
Next book I need to mention is "Furthermore" by Tahereh Mafi :) I love her Shatter me series :) I know because of her unique writing style it might be a hit-or-miss with some people, but I am a fan :) I don't know why, can't really explain it logically, but there's something that hit me straight in the feels about those books :) so naturally I am more than curious to check out something other written by her :) I want to see if she will have the same effect on me with another story and another set of characters :) I don't know much about this book, but I love that it has fantasy vibes, and to be honest I don't really need to know more :) I'd rather go in with less informations and let myself be surprised :)
And of course I have to mention "Mission: improper" by Bec McMaster :) book #6 in her London steampunk series, that starts a brand new story arch :) I am beyond excited to go back to this fantastic world, and see some of my favourite people... and meet new ones of course :) like the title of this series suggests it's a steampunk series with definitely paranormal vibes ;) the writing style is absolutely phenomenal, so if you hadn't had the pleasure of reading one of her books, definitely start at the beginning :) because those first five books are pretty connected :)
And now we are starting the portion of this post about books that I already have in my possession ;) ARCs are definitely great perks of being a book blogger :) so the first one is "For better or worse" by the lovely Lauren Layne :) it's book #2 in her The wedding belles series about three women working as wedding planners together, and after absolutely loving the first book in this series, I am more than curious to read about Heather, who I met already :) she definitely left a great impression in my heart and I can't wait to read about her happy ending :) I think all of those books will be able to be read as standalones, but I can already tell you that after reading the first one and meeting the heroines of books #2 and #3 I definitely want to read all of them :) I can olny assume that all of those characters will be making appearances in different books ;)
Next in line is "Blind landing" by the amazing Carrie Aarons, beginning to her brand new Flipped series :) and since I already read the ARC of this gem, I can tell you that it was fantastic :) I will have full review on the day of the release, which is next week for you guys, but spoiler alert: I loved it ;) it's a sports themed romance about gymnasts that not only gave me a great story between our main couple, but also introduced a bunch of secondary characters that I already love :) and I know that the lovely Carrie is working currently on the sequel... to be honest I don't care whose story it will be, just that it will be published at all is information that I need ;)
Another great book that I already had the pleasure of reading is "The hypnotic city" by Andrea Berthot ;) it's the sequel in her The gold and gaslight chronicles, and even though it can technically be read as a standalone, I would highly recommend you guys to read the first book before this one :) it will definitely give you a lot more background informations about the events and characters :) this is a fantastic steampunk story with paranormal elements :) not to mention entertaining and awesome characters AND phenomenal writing style :) I will have a full review of this one as well next week, on the day of the release :)
And last but definitely not least I have "The timeseer's gambit" by Kate McIntyre, sequel in her The Faraday files series :) after falling in love with the first book I was more than happy to be able to get my hands on the ARC of this one, and yeah... you guessed it ;) I am currently reading this gem... :) I will have a full review next week, on the release day, but what a shocker... I'm loving it just as much as the first book :) we have the characters we love and some new ones... and definitely more mysteries ;) this whole series is a steampunk / paranormal mix of awesomeness with mysteries to add even more good stuff ;) I highly recommend this series to everyone looking for something unique :)
Friday, July 29, 2016
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Author: A. J. Pine
Title: "Six month rule"
Book 2 in series Kingston Ale House
Main characters: Will Evans and Holly Chandler
She created the game, but the rules are about to change.
Taurus: Hold fast to your single-minded nature today—no matter how long her legs or how lush her red lips.
Gemini: You were a shining star last night, but reality can be a real—well, you get the picture. Just remember: Tall, dark, and British equals no corner office for you.
Will Evans never wanted a reason to stay.
Holly Chandler wants nothing more than for him to go.
But neither one is prepared for what can happen in six months. Because it doesn’t matter what you want when what you need walks out the door.
Holly’s been busting her butt to make partner at Trousseau and there’s no way she’s going to let some stuck-up British arsehole get in her way—no matter how drop-dead gorgeous he is. But that doesn’t mean she can’t have a little fun in the process. She has a six-month rule: date just long enough for the honeymoon phase to wear off, then walk away before anyone gets hurt. If they both know the rules up front, walking away will be a piece of cake. Or maybe not…
I need to start with the main couple... because Will... *swoon* ;) I loved him... :) he's this charming guy with a british accent so naturally I was practically drooling whenever he was saying stuff even though I've read an e-book so I couldn't really hear him... ;) but I have a very good imagination :) and everytime he was saying "May I...?" I was like "yes, yes,,, all the yeses... " ;) don't judge me, you'll understand this reaction once you read the book :) he agreed to a contract, to spend six months in Chicago, so then later he can take time off to spend with his daughter, after missing the first few years of her life because of work... both he and Holly are PR specialists, and they need to work together to prepare a show for a client during that time... and about Holly... I couldn't really connected with her... I don't know exactly why, because it's not like I hated her, but... maybe it's because I wasn't really a fan of her "six months" rule... as in, every relationship she starts, she states at the beginning that it will last only this long at the latest... so that both sides can enjoy the "honeymoon phase" and split ways before the feelings sizzle out... I don't really get it, because in my opinion it's sort of a coward way out... to run off before things get to complicated... but she does grow as a person toward the end of the book, so... ;) I liked them together, although I think I would enjoy their story more if we would get a bit more actual interactions between them throughout the time this story takes place... cause we do a bit of skipping throughout the book, months go by pretty quickly, and I missed seeing a bit more development between them from this attraction to something more... :)
Now about some secondary characters... :) there's Brynn, Holly's sister and her boyfriend Jamie :) they are actually the main couple from that first book I mentioned before :) but like I said, it's not necessary for you to read their story if you want to start with this one instead ;) but after meeting them here I am definitely curious about how they got together so I'm absolutely checking that book out at some point... in the future... it will happen ;) hey, my #BookMountain is huge enough, and it definitely doesn't help when I only keep adding more and more books to it ;) as to some other people in this book Sophie, Will's six-year-old daughter was absolutely lovely :)
All in all I gave this book 3,75 stars, although I rounded it up to full 4 because, well... math ;) by all means, don't be discouraged from trying it out, just because I had some issues with it :) I absolutely loved the writing style of this new to me author, and I will definitely check out her other books :) because if I love the writing style, but have issues about the story or the character, it's usually just the case of personal preferences, and I always go back to read other books written by that person :) so if you are in the mood for a contemporary romance that will make you swoon in all the right places... ;) and yeah, who are we kidding, pretty much every time Will opens his mouth ;) if you want a book about a heroine who is afraid of falling in love but ultimately overcomes it... a story with a sweet ending, then definitely give this book a try :)
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AJ Pine writes stories to break readers’ hearts, but don’t worry—she’ll mend them with a happily ever after. As an English teacher and a librarian, AJ has always surrounded herself with books. All her favorites have one big commonality–romance. Naturally, her books have the same. When she’s not writing, she’s of course reading. Then there’s online shopping (everything from groceries to shoes) and, of course, a tiny bit of TV where she nourishes her undying love of vampires and superheroes. And in the midst of all of this, you’ll also find her hanging with her family in the Chicago burbs.
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
When you fall in love with your best friend, it’s the kind of love that’s supposed to last forever.
Jo Donovan was a true believer of a happily ever after, until her best friend was killed in Afghanistan, destroying her belief that happily ever afters do not exist.
Destroying her. Destroying her world.
Five years later…
She finds herself still stuck in the past, unable to find closure with Christopher’s death.
It isn’t until she moves to Austin, Texas, with her son Junior that she’s finally given the fresh start she’s desperately seeking for.
What she didn’t know was that the fresh start would come in the form of her sexy, tall, dark neighbor, Drew Greyson.
Their friendship starts off rocky, but eventually a spark between them begins to blossom. It isn’t long before that spark turns explosive and she finds herself falling for him.
Drew wants to be her everything, her forever, but will the pain of losing Christopher stop her from following her heart?
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Receptionist by day, author by night, Elena Matthews is from Manchester, United Kingdom, the home of Manchester United, MediaCity and of course, Coronation Street. When Elena isn’t writing, she can be found with her nose in a book or watching guilty pleasures such as Grey’s Anatomy. And when she isn’t doing any of those things, you can often find her on Facebook, obsessing over Kellan Kyle, book boyfriend extraordinaire.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Author: S. J. Sawyer
Title: "No offense, darlin'"
Book 2 in series Like a lady
Main characters: Beau Reed and Shelby Case
Jake Roberson is nothing but a lying bastard. Every whisper that falls from his lips is a betrayal, but I can’t seem to convince myself to walk away. When he comes sauntering toward me, all those particulars go right out the window, and I cave. Every. Single. Time.
No more, though. I can’t. There’s too much at stake this time around, and I won’t have it.
Besides, one night with Beau, that’s all it took. I’m sunk. He was amazing in every way imaginable, and he still is. Why he likes someone like me, I can’t fathom. He’s such a good man, and he only ever sees the best in people, me included. It’s an amazing thing. The way he looks at the world, it’s like magic. Every bone, every muscle, every fiber of Beau Reed’s being is good, and he never stops proving that to me. He’s a good guy deep down in his core where it counts. I’ve always known that, even when I first met him. It’s something that radiates out from him like this big glowing light. Never have I ever met anyone like him.
But because he’s good, I have to make him go. ~Shelby
I can’t focus on anything else:
Soft, brown hair hanging in waves down to creamy skin that looks all too damned touchable.
Big eyes that could never be described with any justice, brown to green, maybe hazel, with so much vibrant light, etching them forever into memory.
Plump, smooth, kissable lips that are the stuff of fantasy, with the bottom one slightly fuller than the top, perfect.
It’s always Shelby, always been Shelby, and there doesn’t seem to be anything or anyone that can make that any different.
Except, now, there’s more at play than just her. For once, it’s not about Shelby Case, and despite my best efforts to save her, there’s things that I can’t rescue her from. ~Beau
And where else can I start than with our main couple... Shelby and Beau... since I absolutely loved Beau, I'm gonna go with Shelby first ;) I didn't really liked her going into this book... hate is a too strong word for my feelings, but there was no sympathy from me for her... and that is beacuse of the things she did in that previous book I mentioned... I won't tell you what exactly, but I wasn't a fan... but I decided that I will try to go with an open mind into this book, because I actually really like those situations when you think you know a character, but then you get to know more about him / her and that changes your perspective :) so I was hoping this will be the case in this book :) and I was right... sort of... ;) it definitely helped when I was able to get inside of her head to get to know her better and see what motivates her actions... although I wish there were more flashbacks that would explain a bit better the whole situation and why she did what she did... because in this book we focus mainly on the outcome and I needed more than that... I had troubles connecting to Shelby... yeah, I understood that her life was really hard... and I mean it... my heart was breaking for her quite a few times, but... I don't know... something about her wasn't working for me... but when it came to Beau... *sighs dreamily* he was absolutely amazing :) I liked him before, but truly fell in love with him in this story... :) he was such a good guy in this book :) kind and just... every girl deserves someone like Beau to love her... :) not to mention that he calls her "darlin" *sighs dreamily* ;) right after "luv" that is my second favourite term of endearment... ;) he had feelings for Shelby for quite some time, but he was just her friend... because she had a whole situation with Jake... and again, it is explained a bit in this story, but you'll have more background about everything in the "Like a lady" serial I mentioned before :) now situation is much more complicated between them for reasons I can't mention here because of spoilers, but he can't wait any more... what starts as him helping her out, slowly turns into something more, when she no longer can deny the pull between them... and that is me really simplifying a much more complex situation, but without spoilers I can't tell you more ;)
Besides our main couple, there is of course a bunch of secondary characters :) and these are the same people we met in the "Like a lady" serial, so that's just another reason why you should start with that story first... because here you won't find as much background about them as you would like... :) and a lot of connections between quite a few of them are too complicated for me to explain in a sentence or two in this review... :) but from the new people we met, I need to mention Beau's mom, who even though not always acted how I wanted, but when it really mattered, she was absolutely amazing :) there are of course more, but some of them I want to save as surprises for you :)
All in all it was a pretty good book :) I enjoyed it, but I think I would love it more if there would be more flashbacks in it... because I had troubles getting behind certain connections and behaviour of some of the characters just because it was said that something happened... let me try to explain... I would love to see how Beau felt about Shelby before, why his feelings for her were so strong now... or more about Shelby and Jake to really get why their "relationship" went the way it did... because there were moments when I needed more... the story itself took place over a bit of time, but again, we skipped weeks and months, and I wanted to see more of a change between Beau and Shelby and not just this one event here and there that seems to tip the scale... :) don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed this story, it was told in 2 POVs, and that's something I always love in books :) when I can get into both of the main characters heads :) I just want to explain, or at least try to, what things bothered me a little and stood in the way of me loving this book :) I adored the writing style, so I will definitely go back to check out other books written by this author, and I am more than curious which couple will get their story next in this particular series :) and don't get me wrong, the fact that I had some troubles with this story doesn't mean you shouldn't give it a try :) I think some of them was just my personal preferences and some were just my high expectations for this story :) but by all means, don't think I hated this book :) I gave it 4 out of 5 stars for a reason so it was a really good read :) you should definitely try it for yourselves and make up your own opinion :)
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Twenty-something, Okie girl S.J. Sawyer enjoys creating the best book-boyfriends in a mix of romance, humor, and reality, loving her heroes swoon-worthy and stubborn. Author of the Sealed series and Like A Lady serial, writing new adult, romantic comedy, and contemporary romance. Mom of three; wife of one. Graduate of SOSU with a Bachelor’s degree in English Lit. Lover of books, young and old. Sucker for the happy ending.
Author: Lauren Layne
Title: "To have and to hold"
Book 1 in series The wedding belles
Main characters: Seth Tyler and Brooke Baldwin
I got the ARC of this amazing story from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, and I am very glad I did... don't get me wrong, this book was definitely on my radar, and I would read it either way, so imagine my joy when I got it early ;) this is the third book written by this lovely author that I've read and I have to say, that it pretty much solidified my opinion that I absolutely adore her witing style :) I cannot wait to read all other books written by her... ;) but for now, let us concentrate on the topic of this review ;) because this one... *sighs happily* I loved it so much... :) it was such a lovely and fun read... don't get me wrong, there were quite a few more emotional moments, but the overall tone of the book was... it gave me warm fuzzies ;) I know, I know... ;) but it's the best explanation I can give you about how I felt reading it :) so maybe I'll go into more details :)
I have to start with our main couple :) becuase they are like night and day :) Brooke is the day part ;) she's bubbly, optimistic, always smiling :) she moved from Los Angeles to New York after a personal scandal shattered her professional reputation as a wedding planner... now she's starting fresh, although can you really say that, if you run away from problems and shove all your negative feelings deep down, pretending that everything is good again? I get the philosophy "fake it till you make it" but Brooke takes it to a new level... don't get me wrong, I loved her... was she handling all that situation in the best possible way? not really, but she did the best she could at the time, and I can understand it... plus, I love when there is actual character development in the story, so... ;) and Seth... he's definitely the night part of the equation ;) he's more broody, silent, very controlling type of a guy... he's direct and doesn't really know when to stop pushing... he was always this way, but after the death of his father not that long ago, and him taking control over the huge family company, it got even more intense... again, I loved him... yes, he had his flaws, but I love characters who aren't perfect... it just makes them more real and human...
They meet when Brooke is hired to plan the wedding of Seth's sister... more about Maya in a moment :) he thinks her fiance doesn't have good intentions, and wants to find a way to prove it... there is definitely some instant attraction between him and Brooke, but nothing more ;) which is actually quite funny to witness, to be honest ;) it's not like they hate each other, but there's definitely some sarcastic banter going on... ;) she is definitely not afraid to tell him what she thinks ;) I'm not usually a fan of those push-and-pull sort of relationships, but I didn't mind it here :) of course, the more time they spend together, and the more they get to know each other, the more this situation changes... :) heat between them becomes an inferno and they actually discover sides of each other they like ;) and of course there's some drama near the end, although I was on Seth's side in that particular situation, and though I would prefer for it to have been resolved a bit sooner, I do understand why it took as much time as it did... and I know I'm being vague, but you don't really want to know all the spoilery details, right? ;)
Now about some secondary characters... :) let's start with Maya :) like I mentioned before, she's Seth's younger sister, and I was really afraid I won't like her... don't ask me why, because I had no logical reason for that fear :) but she turned out to be such a fun character :) then we of course have the ladies from The wedding belles company :) Heather and Alexis :) both of them are going to have their own stories, with Heather's book coming out very soon in august, and then the conclusion to the series, Alexis's story, in october :) and usually, with these sort of closed series I can pick my favourite one... the character I'm waiting to read about the most... but here? I can't choose :) it's like "I can't wait to read about Heather... she's so fun and entertaining... but then... Alexis looks all calm and put together but there was a hint or two about what's hiding under all that so I want to read about her next... but Heather... but Alexis..." :) and so on... ;) so basically I want to read both of their books like yesterday ;) there were quite a few more characters that I wanted to mention to you, but I decided to leave their names out of this review on purpose ;) mainly cause when you meet them, you'll have a lovely surprises :) the last one I will mention though is Etta :) she's Seth's assistant and I adored her :) she was sarcastic and bossy and just phenomenal.. even though in only a few scenes, she definitely left an impression ;)
I absolutely loved this story :) like I mentioned before, it was just another proof, that the writing style of Lauren Layne is just really something that I enjoy immensly and I cannot wait to get to her other books :) I think she did a fantastic job with this series :) this story works as a standalone as well, because the situation with our main couple is resolved, but it also definitely makes you curious about the future stories with people that you met here :) I adored Seth and Brooke, with their flaws and everything, and the secondary characters only added additional layers to this fantastic story :) even though there were more emotional and serious moments the overall tone of the book is definitely light and hopeful... it was such a feel good book for me :) it left me with the biggest smile on my face :) I cannot wait to see what she has prepared for other lovely ladies in this series :) so if you want a fun contemporary romance, definitely give this one a try :)
I have just a few quotes for you guys today, to show you a few glimpses into this story, but remember, they all come from the ARC version of the story, so the finished one might be slightly different :) but I really wanted to show you something ;) so enjoy and happy reading :)
Just one of many reasons why I love Brooke ;)
"Brooke Baldwin double-checked the weather app on her phone. Then triple-checked it.
Nope. The numbers hadn't changed. Twenty-four degrees freaking Fahrenheit, but *feels like twelve*. Really? Once it got below freezing, did it even matter what the *feels like* temperature was?
Brooke wouldn't know. She could count the times she'd been in subfreezing temperatures on one hand. A hand that was likely to turn into a Popsicle the second she got outside because she didn't own a pair of gloves.
Reason number 412 why moving to New York City from Los Angeles on a whim had been... an adjustment."
Part of a conversation between Seth and Etta and just a glimpse why I love her ;)
"'Have there been any calls this afternoon?' he asked, ignoring her question.
'No, none,' she said. 'We're one of the largest hotel chains on the planet, but no phone calls. No emails, either. I've just been playing spider solitaire all day."
Part of a conversation between Brooke and Seth ;)
"She gave a crooked smile. 'You looked mad when I walked in.'
Horny. Fucking horny.
He shrugged. 'That's just my face.'
She burst out laughing. 'Well, that's good to know. Here I've been thinking I just always bring out the worst in you.'
'I'm not entirely sure that's not true.'"
And another one with our main couple :)
"'Cold, am I?' he said, his breath warm against her cheek. 'You sure about that?'
Brooke's heart was thumping now, and she jerked at the door handle again. His big hand stayed where it was, keeping the door closed. Locking her in.
Her hand dropped to her side, and she inhaled. 'Let me go.'
She saw his fingers flex slightly, as though wanting to remove his hand, but incapable of it.
'I'm trying,' he growled.
And the last one with Seth and Brooke :)
"Seth linked his fingers in hers. 'Take me home, Baldwin.'
She laughed. 'You know, for such a rich, savvy guy, you can be a total dork.
'I like to think it reveals my vulnerable side.'
She glanced up at him suspiciously. 'Do you have a vulnerable side?'
'I do. Her name is Brooke.'"
Monday, July 25, 2016
Twitter and Instagram
Quotes or no quotes
Finally going to see the new Star Trek movie
Welcome my lovely people in this week's edition of my #RandomRamblings post :) I have some very interesting news to share with you and then of course some updates and all sorts of random things, like I talk about every week ;) and this time, again, we'll go with the order of the headlines... ;) I know, shocking... ;) I live to surprise you guys ;)
Ok, so first and foremost I started two new social media accounts connected to my blog... because apparently all the stuff I had so far was not enough... ;) I launched them a few days ago and I'm still discovering a lot of details about both of them, so be patient with me ;) so far Instagram is something I'm definitely enjoying more :) because it's really hard to be witty and clever in 140 characters or less ;) and you all know how much I love to ramble on about stuff... ;) but worry not, I'm gonna work on my #TwitterGame ;) I would love to connect with you guys there, so be sure to check out my accounts :) you can always find the links in the "ways to contact me" part of my blog (on the right when you view my blog on a computer), but I know that the mobile version looks different, so I'll post links to those new accounts here for you as well: Instagram and Twitter :)
The other thing I wanted to talk to you guys about are quotes in my reviews :) at the beginning of my blog I didn't include them... but with time, I figured that it's actually a pretty good way to show you a little glimpse into the story, interactions between different characters and the writing style of the book... if you ask me, I can't remember how exactly it started, I just know that it did ;) and for quite some time I had quotes with every review... but the more books I was reading, the more complex the situation became... :) let me explain :) there were books when I really had to struggle to find a few quotes, and not because the writing style was awful... sometimes the story was just written in a way, that it was hard to just pick a short fragment of a conversation, because either it would not make sense without a context or a really long explanation, or the content of that, although beautiful, would be too spoilerific... :) and I had one moment of clarity, when it hit me... I don't HAVE TO have quotes in every review... yeah, my style of writing them evolved and I love to include them... but it's not a necessity :) so I decided to just not worry about finding them every single time... it's not like there's #QuotePolice ;) don't get me wrong, I always have my eyes on the lookout for some fun quotes to share with you, but I don't stress over it, if I don't find them ;)
And last but definitely not least... I am going to see "Star trek beyond" later today :) it's one of my highly anticipated summer movies so I am very excited :) me and my sister J even re-watched the two previous movies during last weekend, to get in the right mood before this one :) say what you want, but it's exactly the kind of a movie that I love to see on the big screen :) if you don't know what it's about, I have for you a trailer right here ;)
That's a wrap people... I know, it was a little bit shorter, but I will make it up to you next week... ;) because that next #RandomRamblings post is gonna be very special for quite a few reasons... but ssshhhh... ;) all of the details are a secret at this point... ;) as always, you know how much I love to interact with you guys, so be sure to reach out to me, you have quite a few options now... ;) there's Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Goodreads :) hope to find you there ;)
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Title: Blind Landing
Series: Flipped #1
Author: Carrie Aarons
Genre: Sports Romance
Cover Design: Sarah Hansen, Okay Creations
Release Date: August 4, 2016
Fear stops dreams in their tracks before they even have a chance. Then again, so do injuries.
Natalia Grekov was born to win Olympic gold. As the USA’s top gymnast, she’s calm, confident and ready to make her country proud in just two short months. And her elite athlete lifestyle includes no time for distractions—especially men. When a disastrous fall in practice puts her dreams at risk, it seems the only person who can help her is the one person she wants nothing from.
Spencer Russell is gymnastics’ bad boy. A cocky, laid-back charmer with abs of steel and a witty mouth, he waltzes around the U.S. Gymnastics Training Camp like he owns the place—even though he doesn't anymore. After an injury sidelined his career and any chance at Olympic glory, he’s now just a coach, helping other gymnasts reach their goals. Serious is not a word in Spencer’s vocabulary. But when Natalia tumbles into his life, he's suddenly sincerely interested in helping the blonde beauty in any way he can.
Can they vault over the obstacles standing in their way? Or will Spencer be the distraction that causes Natalia's chance at gold to crash and burn?
Novak claps again and I look over in his direction. “Thank you for being able to join us this morning, Spencer.”
Turning towards the gym’s front doors, I watch Spence, as he told me to call him last night, stroll in clad in his typical wardrobe of sandals and workout shorts.
And nothing else.
Jesus, he’s sexy. With all of those carved-out-of-stone muscles and short brown buzz cut, it’s like he should be in a Marines uniform instead of in a chalk-covered gym. He looks like he just rolled out of bed three seconds ago, and I squirm in my split. Which only adds to my building frustration as the carpet and my leotard create friction below my waistline.
“Oh, no problem, boss. Anything for you guys.” He gives a lopsided grin and jumps onto a stack of mats, lounging with one elbow propping him up. It’s as if he’s constantly posing for a non-existent camera, like he’s the star model for a shoot in Gymnastics Monthly.
Actually, I think he did have a five-page spread a couple years back and I have it somewhere in my desk at home.
“Grace, Julia, Natalia, Peyton, Quinn and Lila … you are headed to the bars gym for the first part of practice today. Spencer, I will be assessing the men on pommel horse for the first part of the day, so you will be helping with the girl’s bar workout.”
My stomach flips. Bars is my best event, I’m not nervous about that. I could do my routine, which is one of the hardest of anyone at Filipek’s, in my sleep.
But having Spence watching me with those green eyes? Tracking my body as it spins and flies through the air? It makes the butterflies in my stomach explode.
I know he likes me, genuinely likes me. I know because he told me. And I genuinely like him too. We also find each other hot, or else we wouldn’t have gotten naked together in the Atlantic Ocean last night. That’s obvious.
But I don’t do boyfriends. Especially not boyfriends who are gymnasts. And don’t even get me started on the gymnast turned coach thing. Even if he isn’t my coach. Point is, I don’t even do hookups. Sure, I have in the past, but most of the time I find that the sex isn’t worth it and things just get awkward. Most would call me more adult than my years in this thought-process, but being an elite athlete means having to grow up fast. My biography might read nineteen, but I’ve been told I have the maturity and life view of a thirty-year-old. Talk about being jaded.
The whole relationship thing, no matter what form it’s in, is just too messy. And as much as I hate Filipek and everything he stands for, I need to focus to achieve my goals. I’m not here to fulfill anyone else’s dreams, just my own. And partially my families.
I don’t have time for Spencer Russell. And what’s more, I have a feeling Spencer Russell does not have time or interest for girlfriends either.
Spence salutes Novak, taunting him and crossing the line just a little more than anyone would dare where he’s concerned.
Then he turns to our group. “All right chicas, let’s get moving. Someone remind me again, what’s this low bar for?”
The rest of our group giggles and bats their eyes at Spencer, but I just roll mine. His humor about the difference between the men’s high bar and the women’s uneven bars is the oldest joke in the book.
“Why don’t you watch and learn? We’ll show you what real gymnastics looks like.”
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.
Author: Kate McIntyre
Book 1 in series The Faraday files
Main character: Christopher "Chris" Buckley
I got my hands on the copy of this book thanks to the lovely people over at Curiosity Quills Press :) when I saw the opportunity to get my hands on the ARC of the sequel, I wrote to them with a question, about the possibility of me getting the first book in this series as well :) and they said yes :) and how glad I am for that... because this book was... just... can you say amazing? because I will... many times in this review ;) I mean... I have so many great things to say about it, that I have no idea where to start my praises ;) maybe with the main character... ;)
So about Christopher... and I am identifying him as the main character only because we, as readers, follow him around throughout the book, but by all means don't think he's the only important or entertaining person in this story... ;) not even close :) but I'm gonna start with him :) Chris is an almost twenty-year-old guy, who after the death of his parents six years ago, have been taking care of his little sister... more about her in a moment :) they were from a quite wealthy family, but with their parents gone and him without a job, the money finally starts to be a problem, so he looks for it wherever he can... even if it means working for a deathsniffer ;) explanation in a second :) he's well mannered and polite, at least most of the time ;) I really liked him... he really handled well all the things that have been going on around him... :) worry not, no spoilers from me about the details ;) and about that new job... before I will get to his new employer... ;) let me squeeze in a bit more informations about the world itself :)
This book is a fantastic mix of steampunk-ish vibes with all sorts of paranormal ones... :) we have this a bit Victorian times and rules, but with all sorts of interesting inventions... not to mention all the magical creatures :) it's a world where the categorization determins what kind of talent you have, and what job can you do after said talent is awakened... I know I am being vague, but first of all, I don't want to mess up the details and explain stuff wrong, and second of all, this world is so vast and so interesting, that I want you to be able to discover all of that for yourselves :) but I absolutely loved it :) I can't wait to read more, and get to know more details :) I am really struggling right now guys, because on the one hand, I want to tell you so... much... more... :) but on the other hand... I'm here like "noooo... that's a spoiler... that too... I certainly can't tell you about THAT" :) you get the gist :) so maybe I will jump to the secondary characters... if you can even call them that... because here's the thing... :)
Even though I say Chris is the main character, there is quite a few people practically as important as him in this book :) and the top spot on that list goes to Olivia Faraday, his new boss :) she's the titular deathsniffer, and she's... well, the shortest and simplest way to explain, is to say that she's sort of a detective :) it's of course much more complex than this, but again... if I would stop to explain everything with lots of details, we would be here all day :) trust me, it's good :) I absolutely loved her :) she definitely gives off Sherlock Holmes vibes :) she's direct, has no filter and says whatever she wants... :) she has a very curious mind that goes off in lots of different and unexpected directions... :) she was a blast to read about :) then we have Rosemary, Chris's younger sister... almost fourteen, she's a powerful spiritbinder, able to sing all sorts of magical creatures into obedience :) again, it's a short explanation of a much more complex phenomenon, but you know what I mean :) and let's not forget about Rachel Albany, her new governess... a very intriguing woman with secrets of her own... :) there are quite a few people who definitely caught my attention, but the importance of some of them you discover a bit later in the book, so I will leave a few surprises for you ;)
So about the story... :) we not only have a mystery on our hands that is resolved in this book... but besides that, the further we get into the story, the more hints and glimpses we get about certain very interesting characters and the world itself... and the more informations and hints about where certain things are heading, the more I was curious about future installments of this series :) now about the mystery :) the very first case Olivia gets after Chris starts working for her is the murder of Duke Val Daren... and quite a case it is... don't worry, no spoilers from me ;) that is a huge part of this book... and I have to admit I was absolutely deducing right alongside of Olivia and Chris, thinking who did it :) but besides the case there is much more in this book... like I said, the murder is resolved, but there are definitely some things left in the air... some hints mentioned here and there... glimpses into certain characters and... let me just say, I am very glad that the sequel is out in just a matter of weeks :) and not only that, but to know that there will be a book #3 and #4 as well in the future :) because believe me... with the writing style that kept me glued to the pages... words so vivid and storytelling so entertaining, I definitely need more :) more about this world, more about these characters just... more everything :) so if you are in the mood for a book that will surprise you... that will make you laugh and gasp in shock... a story with a diverse cast of characters and a world that you'll want to know more and more about... then definitely pick this gem up... like NOW ;) I promise, it will be soooo worth it :)
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Curiosity Quills is excited to reveal the cover for THE TIMESEER’S GAMBIT, by Kate McIntyre, and announce that it’s now available for pre-order, for direct delivery to your Kindle on release day.
Genre: historical-fantasy, paranormal, mystery
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Date of Release: August 4, 2016
Cover Artist: Amalia Chitulescu
It’s been three months since mild-mannered Christopher Buckley began working with Olivia Faraday, the eccentric Deathsniffer. They’ve hunted killers, solved murders, and learned to work together. But their greatest challenges are yet to come…
As a brutal heat wave wracks an increasingly unstable Darrington City, someone is killing young priests. Worse, they are using bound elementals to do it. As Chris and Olivia contend with rogue spiritbinders and a church under siege, the clock ticks down toward the trial of Doctor Francis Livingstone, accused of orchestrating the fall of the Floating Castle and the death of thousands. Chris believes the doctor is innocent, but the tide of the conspiracy aligned against him is strong enough to wash away anyone who would stand for him.
How far is Chris willing to go to save the doctor? Can Darrington city survive the rival forces tearing it apart? And can Olivia find her first serial killer before another body drops?
About the author:
Kate McIntyre was born and raised in the frigid white north, having spent her entire life in Moncton, New Brunswick. She learned to appreciate the quintesstial Canadian things: endless winters, self-deprecating jokes, the untamed wilderness, and excessive politeness. Somehow it was the latter that she chose to write about.
She has been writing since she was five years old and nothing has ever stopped her for long. Her first novel was about a lady mouse detective saving her turtle janitor boyfriend from kidnappers, so it’s nice to know she always loved lady detectives. She is the proud author of sixteen embarrassing hidden novels and one publishable one.
Kate loves crochet, video games, board games, reading, and listening to bad pop music very loudly. She spends several months of the year in Illinois, and the rest of the time lives in a big country home with two cats who refuse to stay.
Author: Melissa West
Title: "No falling allowed"
Book 2 in series No kissing allowed
Main characters: Noah Hunter and Grace Soaring
I got the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review and I really loved it :) first of all, don't be discouraged by the fact that it's a part of a series, because it works perfectly well as a standalone :) although you will be curious about that first book after finishing this one ;) at least I definitely am ;) but more about that in a moment :) it was a sweet and short contemporary romance, and even though I had some problems with it, I had to give it a full 5 stars rating... ;) mainly because I could not put it down and after starting it one evening, I finished it that same day around 1 AM ;) but the writing style was sooooo good ;) I blame it on the writing style... ;) yep, that is my version and I am sticking to it ;)
So let me tell you a bit more about our main couple :) and it's not as easy to do as you might think, because I don't want to spoil you half of the book ;) especially since the story is not very long :) so if I'm being vague... it's totally on purpose :) Grace and Noah, both of them in their mid-twenties, meet one night in New York :) he's only visiting for one weekend, and even though she finds him too arrogant at first, he charms his way into her apartment... and I cannot blame her... I would cave as well ;) they spend the night together and the he disappears... little does she know, he had a very important reason to leave in the middle of the night... and yes, that is one of the spoilers I will not share with you here ;) next day is not a very good one, after waking up alone, getting fired and then cut off by her parents after not falling in line like her father would want, things are not exactly looking up for Grace :) but that changes when she gets a new job that takes her to... yeah, you guessed it :) straight to the little southern town where Noah lives :) and that's all the details I can share with you without spoiling the best parts of the book :) what I will say is that I really enjoyed their story... :) yes, it was a bit short and I would really love to read more about their interactions and how they got to know each other better, but overall it didn't diminish my pleasure of reading the book :)
Besides the main couple there were of course quite a few secondary characters, but I can't talk about all of them :) we would be here all day if I did :) so instead, I will focus on Cameron and Lauren :) they are both friends of Grace, and Cameron is actually the heroine of the first book in this series :) I loved her here, along with her husband-to-be ;) so now I am even more curious about their story :) definitely added it to my tbr #BookMountain :) and Lauren... I am assuming that she will be the heroine of the next story... or maybe it's just me and my wishful thinking cause I would love to read about her more :) both of them, along with other wonderful people we met in this book added awesomeness to this story :) and there are a few of them that I would really talk to you about more, but again... with my #NoSpoilers rule, I can't :)
What I loved about this book the most is definitely the writing style :) not only we had 2 POVs, and you know how I love that in books :) but the style itself was hilarious and made the chapters just flew by... :) the story had so much super fun moments, but there were a few of the more emotional as well... :) it's my first book written by this lovely author, but based on how much I loved it, definitely not the last :) so if you are looking for a short but lovely story, definitely give this book a try :)
I have a few quotes for you, to show you a glimpse into the book, but since they are from the ARC version, the finished one might be slightly different ;) happy reading :)
The very first few sentences from the book :) and I knew it will be fun ;)
"'Hummingbird to Eagle, over.'"
I looked over the gala in search of Janey, wondering why I'd been stupid enough to give her a headset. It was a charity event, not some CIA mission.
'Hummingbird to Eagle, over.'
Clearly, she'd missed the memo."
Part of a conversation between Grace and Noah :)
'If you're scared, just say it. Wouldn't be the first woman intimidated by my charm.'
A small smile played at her lips, and I knew I was close. 'I'm not scared.'
Once more our eyes locked, 'So prove it.'
'You are trouble, you know that?'
'You have no idea.'
Part of a conversation between Grace and Lindy, one of the people in that small town ;)
"'Okay, I'm sorry, but I've waited long enough.'
I glanced around. 'I'm... sorry?'
I almost fell over as I spun around in search of him. 'Where?' Is he everywhere here? Can't a girl get a break?'
'No, he's not here. But goodness, you should have seen your face. What exactly happened between you and our most eligible bachelor?'"
And the last one with the main couple :)
'Your eyes were closed.'
I glanced over at him, and if not for the darkening sky, he would have been able to see the blush on my face. 'No, they weren't. I was blinking.'
'For several long seconds?' he joked.
'What? A girl can't blink for too long in your presence?'"
a Rafflecopter giveaway About the author:
Melissa West writes heartfelt Southern romance and YA sci-fi romance, all with lots of kissing. Because who doesn’t like kissing? She lives outside of Atlanta, GA with her husband and two daughters and spends most of her time writing, reading, or fueling her coffee addiction.