Saturday, July 25, 2015

Stacking the Shelves #108 & Weekly Wrap-Up

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s ReviewsIt is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks.

One to Hold
 (One to Hold #1)
 Tia Louise

Derek Alexander is a retired Marine, ex-cop, and the top investigator in his field. Melissa Jones is a small-town girl trying to escape her troubled past.

When the two intersect in a bar in Arizona, their sexual chemistry is off the charts. But what is revealed during their "one week stand" only complicates matters.

Because she'll do everything in her power to get away from the past, but he'll do everything he can to hold her. 

Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.


Live for You
(Boys of the South #1)
Marquita Valentine 

The faster I rise, the harder they want to see me fall.

For years, I had the perfect life and the perfect career as the reigning princess of country music, Violet Lynn. Then, after one drunken night, my mug shot went viral. Suddenly, I was the girl least likely to be invited anywhere. 

Unable to withstand the questions from the press, or the sight of my ex-boyfriend with my ex-best friend, I ran... straight into the arms of one bad boy bartender--Cole Morgan.

Cole's nothing like any guy I met before, with his rough demeanor, tattoos, and piercings. Only, it doesn't matter to me that our worlds are so different they don't even occupy the same universe. Cole makes me feel safe, secure, and...loved.

But once he learns the truth of who I am and what I did, will he stay or turn on me like all the others?

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So... what did you add to your shelf this week?
I'd really like to know.
Please leave a comment below.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Swoon Thursday # 148 ~ Make It a Double (Last Call #2) by Sawyer Bennett

The fabulous girls over at YA Bound created this super HOT meme.

Here's how it works. From the book you're currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering.

Shout it out on Twitter with the hashtag#YABound, post it here in the comments, or grab the adorable button above and share it on your blog!

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My Swoon for this week comes from:

Make It a Double
 (Last Call #2)
 Sawyer Bennett  

First - The Blurb:

Brody Markham has endured a nightmare, spending the last five years in prison and losing everything that was dear to him. Now he’s back home, trying to survive in a world he doesn’t recognize anymore. While his family and friends desperately try to reach through to him, he shelters himself further and further away from their love.

Alyssa Myers has worked her entire life to distance herself from the luxurious and privileged lifestyle in which she was raised. Running her non-profit agency, The Haven, she is content to spend her days helping abused animals find sanctuary, which fulfills her in a way that money just can’t buy.

Maybe it’s that she recognizes in Brody some of the same characteristics she sees in her homeless wards, but Alyssa is powerless to stop her personal quest to make Brody whole again.

While Brody struggles to surface from the darkness, Alyssa tries to protect her heart in case he’s not willing to accept the light that she offers him.

Second - The Swoon:

I go dizzy with want.
My fingers grip onto her a bit harder and I stare in her eyes, hoping there will be something there that brings me to my senses.
Big mistake. All I see is desire pooled deep, and the last vestige of restraint slips away.
I'm doomed, is what I think, just as I bring my mouth down on hers and pull her in tight, crushing her body to mine.

I first met Alyssa and Brody in On The Rocks (Last Call #1). Although they seemed to dislike each other, it quickly became obvious that these two would find a way to overcome their differences. And they did... in Make It A Double.

Alyssa may come from a wealthy back ground but she is far from being a "snotty, rich, bitch, heiress" (Brody's words, not mine). Instead, she is sweet, kind, and when it comes to animals, has a heart of gold. I really liked her and the way she gave Brody a chance to redeem himself after insulting her.

I liked Brody too. Discovering more of his past and how he landed in jail, it was easy to understand why he treated Alyssa the way he did, and why at first, he wanted nothing to do with her. However, thrown together by unexpected circumstances, he soon learns that she is nothing like he assumed, and the animosity he feels is quickly replaced with admiration and friendship.

I enjoyed reading Alyssa and Brody's story. It's  filled with a little bit of angst and a whole lot of emotion. Well worth your time.

My Rating: 4 out of 5

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Okay, so what do you think?
If you liked my Swoon, please leave a comment below!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday # 44 ~ The Power (Titan #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine which spotlights highly anticipated upcoming releases.

This week I’m waiting on: 

The Power
(Titan #2)
 Jennifer L. Armentrout   

Kindle Edition
Expected publication: January 14th 2016 by Hodder & Stoughton

Expected publication: February 23rd 2016 by Spencer Hill Press

Seth and Josie's story ended with the ultimate cliffhanger in The Return. Now their story continues to unfold in the electrifying sequel, The Power.

So, what are you waiting for?
Please leave a comment below with your WoW link!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Teaser Tuesday # 151 ~ On the Rocks (Last Call #1) by Sawyer Bennett

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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On The Rocks
(Last Call #1)
Sawyer Bennett

First - The Blurb:

He left to travel the world for fame and glory, but only after spurning Gabby Ward and crushing her young heart. Now Hunter Markham has come back home to the sand and salty breeze of the North Carolina Outer Banks so he can open up Last Call, a beach bar nestled among the dunes of the Atlantic. 

Gabby Ward is not happy that Hunter has returned. Bitter over his rebuff years before, she’s content to stay far away from him and his dangerously charming ways. 

Gabby’s well-schemed plans to ignore Hunter go up in flames when he presents an offer to her that she simply can’t refuse, throwing them together in a common quest to each reach their goals. Working together day in and day out proves to be problematic for Gabby, who soon realizes that the feelings she had for him are still very much alive. Hunter struggles to reach through to Gabby’s cold heart, all while starting a new career away from his life as a top ranked, professional surfer.

What starts out as a mutual business arrangement soon turns into a passion that neither of them can continue to deny. 

Hard choices lay ahead for both of them when Hunter is offered a once in a lifetime opportunity to return to the pro surfing tour.

Choices that could destroy what they have built or take them further than they ever had dared to hope.

Second - The Tease:

Tease 1
Grabbing her shoulders, I pull her in hard to me so her breasts mash into my chest. She lets out a tiny gasp, her hazel eyes going wide, and her lips full and slightly open. It's the only invitation I need before I bring my mouth down on hers... fast and hard.

Tease 2
"Tell me," I whisper.
His hands still against my skin, and his eyes leap toward mine. "Tell you what?"
"Tell me what you have figured out."
He smiles in understanding and leans forward to caress his lips over mine, digging his fingers slightly into the skin of my shoulders. When he pulls back, he says, "I figured out that you and I... that we're going to happen no matter what."

This is the second book I've read by Sawyer Bennett. Although I liked Off Sides, I enjoyed reading On The Rocks a little more. 

Gabby and Hunter have a history. They grew up in the same small town, and with Casey (Hunter's younger sister) being Gabby's best friend, they spent a lot of time together. Not surprisingly then, Gabby developed a huge crush on Hunter. However, on the night when she finally made her feelings known to him,  he shattered her heart.

Now, five years later, recognizing his mistake and apologizing for it, Hunter tries to reclaim what he so foolishly threw away. But Gabby is unsure, and afraid of being hurt a second time, she doesn't make it easy for him.

I loved the banter between these two characters. It was well written and definitely keeps you entertained. I'm looking forward to reading Make It A Double... the next installment in this series.

My Rating: 4 out of 5

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Okay, so what do you think?

If you liked my Tease, please leave a comment below.

TBR Tuesday # 106 ~ Come Home To Me (Second Chances #1) by Peggy L. Henderson

My good friend Sharrice from Reese's Reviews: My Addiction to Fiction came up with the idea of 'TBR Tuesday'

If you want to join in the fun, then just do the following:
From your book shelf or your e-reader, pick a book that you own that is still on your TBR list. Post it however you want to, then leave a link below so others can see what's waiting to be read.

This week for me its:

Come Home To Me
(Second Chances #1)
Peggy L. Henderson

Jake Owens is tired of life on his parents’ Montana ranch, catering to city folk who want a taste of old-fashioned country living. He enjoys life in the fast lane, with fast cars and even faster women. When he falls in with the wrong crowd and is accused of murder, a stranger’s bizarre offer at a second chance might be his only hope to clear his name. 

Rachel Parker is highly devoted to her family. A tragedy prompts a daring move to the Oregon Territory for a fresh start in a new land. After meeting the wagon train’s scout, the meaning of a fresh start may be more than she ever imagined.

Jake can’t believe he’s been sent back in time to act as scout for a wagon train headed for Oregon, and given the added burden of keeping one emigrant woman safe during the journey. He and Rachel are confused by their attraction to each other. Jake’s ill-mannered, unconventional ways are overshadowed only by his notorious reputation. Rachel’s traditional values and quiet, responsible character are the complete opposite of what attracts Jake to a woman. When their forbidden attraction turns to love, what will happen at the end of the trail?

Leave a comment and tell me what's waiting on your TBR pile.