Thursday, December 14, 2017

Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts #71 ~ Captivated by You ~ Sylvia Day


This week's quote comes from Captivated by You by Sylvia Day, and Gideon in the kitchen? Total swoon!! =)

She flashed me a dazzling smile, then opened the fridge to pull out the carton of half-and-half. While she took care of that, I plated the french toast.
...
She cut into her food and forked a bite to her mouth. She hummed her appreciation. "Yummy," she mumbled.
"I'm glad you like it."
"You're hot and you can cook. I'm a lucky girl."
I decided not to tell her I'd just downloaded the recipe that morning.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Review ~ Happily Ever After ~ Jen Meyers #ShelfLove #TravelingtotheTerminus


Happily Ever After (Happily Ever After, #1)Happily Ever After by Jen Meyers
Happily Ever After #1
Release Date: February 14, 2016
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Source: Purchased on Kindle
Rating: 3 Bookworms
Challenges: #ShelfLove
Goodreads

Synopsis
For wedding planner Everly Vaughn, her best friend's high-profile Caribbean island wedding could be her big break. The good news? She's starting her own business. The bad news? Well...

One client.
The wedding of the season.
Twelve days to pull it off.
No staff.
A bride who's been engaged four times but never makes it down the aisle.
And the bride's brother who she's trying desperately to resist...to no avail.

What could possibly go wrong? (Seriously? Absolutely everything.)



Happily Ever After was a quick, sweet read. I wasn't sure how Everly was going to get her HEA but Meyers delivered.

Everly hasn't seen Austin since that night. She's essentially buried herself in work and her head in the sand for fear of hearing about Austin's antics with the ladies. She's so afraid of putting her heart on the line. However, they're about to come face-to-face whether she's ready or not because she's started her own wedding planning service and planning Lucky's wedding - Austin's sister - is first on her agenda.

I enjoyed Happily Ever After even though it wasn't a deep read. The close friendship between Everly and The Girls was fun and endearing. I also saw glimpses of Everly spreading her wings and growing more confident in her job - which was nice because she's dang good at it.

I most liked seeing how that night and the fallout affected both Everly and Austin. They've known each other for most of their lives and the relationship they had was as close, if not closer, that the one she had with Lucky. Both Austin and Everly realized they wanted to build on that but had to make a few changes in themselves so the could have their HEA.

Like I said, sweet! Although I wouldn't have minded a few more pages to really flesh out things, Meyers did deliver a good, if predictable, story with characters I was pulling for. And I will finish up this little series with Willow's story, Yours Truly.


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Review ~ Motorcycle Man ~ Kristen Ashley #ShelfLove

Motorcycle Man (Dream Man, #4)Motorcycle Man by Kristen Ashley
Dream Man #4
Release Date: December 11, 2012
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Source: Purchased on Nook
Rating: 5 Bookworms
Challenges: #COYER (summer), #ShelfLove, #TravelingtotheTerminus
Goodreads

Synopsis
Get ready to ride...

Tyra Masters has had enough drama to last a lifetime. Now, she's back on track and looking forward to her new, quiet life. Until she meets the man of her dreams. The tattooed, muscled biker plies her with tequila-and the best sex of her life. She knows it isn't the tequila and hot sex talking. He's the kind of man she's always wanted. Unfortunately, he's also her new boss...

Kane "Tack" Allen has a rule. He doesn't employ someone he's slept with. So when he learns he spent last night in bed with her new office manager, he quickly fires Tyra. Yet when Tyra stands up to him and fights for her job, Tack is intrigued. He tells her she can keep her job on one condition: no more sex. Ever. But as things heat up between them, Tack finds that he'll be the one breaking all the rules...



So y'all know I started reading KA slightly out of order...I read Chaos when I should have read Dream Man so I'd been dying for Tack and Tyra's story, not realizing it was there...I'd just missed it.And y'all, I knew their story was going to ROCK but it ROCKED harder than I could have imagined. I've determined after reading Motorcycle Man that I have two distinct types and they're polar opposites. I love a broody intellectual as well as a tattooed motorcycle man. LOL

Tack and Tyra meet at a BBQ at Chaos which Tyra was invited to being the new office manager for Ride - Chaos' custom car and bike business. Some talking and drinking with Tack ensues and those things lead to others... However, those other things don't lead to what Tyra envisioned and to be quite honest, the fact Tack ever got another shot was a miracle but I digress. Come Monday, Tyra has to start her new job with Tack as her boss and things DO NOT start off well. But Tyra has a stubborn streak, which I adore, and she's determined to stick it out while letting Tack know what she thinks of him. That stubborn streak and Tyra's mouth are things Tack finds fascinating so he does all he can to get back in there. 

All that combined with the mortification of meeting Tack's ex, meeting this kids who can be a handful, and Tyra's best friend, Lanie, getting into some trouble thanks to her fiance's dealings with the Russian mob - well, it all boiled down to the kind of KA read I adore and love. Oh, and we also got some time with the other Dream Man men and a few of the Hot Bunch, too. Awesome sauce, right?!?

Despite my initial reaction to Tack's behavior towards Tyra - okay, it took him a little bit to stop being an ass - Tack completely won me over. Which I knew he would since I already fell for him in the Chaos books but you'll love him too when he says things like:

And into the darkness, to this sleeping woman, he whispered, "You don't know this, baby, but some men have dream women too."

"I figured I'd find my way to beauty eventually. And I'd find absolution because I'd know, I earned the love of that woman, a woman who's got so much to her it'll take years to dig down and find the heart of her, that would be my reward."
See what I mean? Tyra didn't stand a chance but she did give as good as she got and that's something I adore in a heroine. So Motorcycle Man comes out on top as my favorite in the Dream Man series (sorry, Mitch) because I have two distinct types and Kane "Tack" Allen pushes all my buttons as the tattooed motorcycle man type. *wink*


Monday, December 11, 2017

Audio Review ~ Reckless in Texas ~ Kari Lynn Dell #AudioChallenge #2017NewRelease

Reckless in TexasReckless in Texas by Kari Lynn Dell
Texas Rodeo #1
Narrated by: Johanna Parker
Release Date: May 23, 2017
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Source: I received a complimentary copy from Tantor Audio. This did not affect my rating and my review is voluntarily provided. 
Rating: 4 Bookworms
Challenges: #2017NewReleasee, #AudioChallenge
Goodreads

Synopsis
Violet Jacobs is fearless. At least, that's what the cowboys she snatches from under the hooves of bucking horses think. Outside the ring, she's got plenty of worries rattling her bones: her young son, her mess of a love life, and lately, her family's struggling rodeo. When she takes business into her own hands and hires on a hotshot bullfighter, she expects to start a ruckus. She never expected Joe Cassidy. Joe came to Texas to escape a life spiraling out of control. He never planned on sticking around, and he certainly never expected to call this dry and dusty backwater home. But Violet is everything he never knew he was missing, and the deeper he's pulled into her beautiful mess of a family, the more he realizes this fierce rodeo girl may be offering him the one thing he never could find on his own. 
Contains mature themes.



So I listened to Reckless in Texas as I was driving "home" through the Texas panhandle and I have to say that it deepened my enjoyment and appreciation of Dell's description of the area - passing through the same towns, seeing the landscape and huge open sky. Dell did a mighty fine job in conveying the feel and culture of West Texas.


Violet Jacobs is my kind of gal. She enjoys life, living in the moment, as much as she can, while also working her family's rodeo AND being a mom to her precocious 5 year old son, Beni. She's lived on the edge a few times - Beni being proof of that - but is trying to learn from her mistakes. Sh's a strong, loyal, and good woman with simple dreams.

Joe Cassidy is a rodeo bullfighter. A momentary loss of control of his temper has landed him in Ernest, Texas, working for Jacobs Livestock. Joe is hardworking and loyal - living for a dream that seems impossible to anyone but him. He's a bit prickly and arrogant but in Violet, he's more than met his match.

I can't really think of anything I didn't like. Dell, as I said, adeptly brought the people of culture of West Texas to life and while only people from West Texas can really appreciate that, it impressed me. I enjoyed getting to know Violet's family, Delon (Beni's dad), and Violet's friends. Dell also captured the fell of the rodeo perfectly - I could almost smell the dirt, hay, and animal smelll as well as feel the excitement of the riders. Watching as Violet realizes Joe is and "edge" that's safe to maneuver along as well as seeing her draw Joe out there with her was captivating and heartwarming.

Johanna Parker was a new-to-me narrator and honestly, I wasn't sure about her at first. But it didn't take her long to win me over with her accents, distinctive voices for both females and males, and her pacing. And she nailed Beni! I'm excited to continue listening to this series.

I want to thank Anna @herdingcats&burningsoup for the review that piqued me curiosity about this series. I'm currently anxiously awaiting book #4 (releasing April 3!!) and enjoying the heck out of this series!!




Saturday, December 9, 2017

My TBR List ~ December ~ And the Winner Is... #MyTBRList

MyTBRList

My To-Be Read List is a meme hosted by Michelle @Because Reading. I think it's a fabulous idea because it gets y'all in the game and it helps me knock off some of the many, many books on my TBR list. You're more than welcome to join in the fun! I've included the basic rules below but you can click on the graphic above to hop over to Michelle's site where you can find all the details. 

Here's how it works:
On the first Saturday of each month, I will make a post with three books from my TBR List (these books can be already on your ereader or bookshelf OR books you might want to purchase) and add your link on the linky that will be provided on Michelle's post. Y'ALL will help me choose which book I will read next. The following Saturday, I will announce which book won. Then the last Saturday of the month, I'll post my review.

Fun, right?!?


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I want to thank y'all for your assistance ;) with helping me work at my goal of catching up on series this year!

The Winner Is:

Reaper's Legacy (Reapers MC, #2)
Reaper's Legacy
Reaper's Motorcycle Club #2

Synopsis
Eight years ago, Sophie gave her heart - and her virginity - to Zach Barrett on a night that couldn't have been less romantic or more embarrassing. Zach's step-brother, a steely-muscled, tattooed biker named Ruger, caught them in the act, getting a peep show of Sophie he's never forgotten.

She may have lost her dignity that fateful night, but Sophie also gained something precious - her son, Noah. Unfortunately, Zach's a deadbeat dad, leaving Ruger to be Noah's only male role model. When he discovers Sophie and his nephew living near poverty, Ruger takes matters into his own hands - with the help of the Reapers Motorcycle Club - to give them a better life.

Living with outlaw bikers wasn't Sophie's plan for her son, but Ruger isn't giving her a choice. He'll be there for Noah, whether she wants him or not. But Sophie does want him, has always wanted him. Now she'll learn that taking a biker to bed can get a girl dirty in every way...


Thanks again for voting! Be sure to check out my review on December 30th. :D


Friday, December 8, 2017

Cover Reveal Event and #Giveaway Day #6 ~ Angel of Shadow ~ D.H. Nevins


Welcome to day 6 of Angel of Shadow’s Cover Reveal event!

And do you know what today is?

That’s right! It’s Cover Reveal Day!!!

Check out this STUNNING cover for Angel of Shadow, book 2 of the fabulous Wormwood series. The first book was dark and brimming with tormented love, and was known for completely sucking readers into the story, only to spit them out again at 3 am. I can’t wait to see what book 2 has in store for us! Angel of Shadow is scheduled for release on January 13, 2018, and if this cover image is any indication of how good this story will be, I honestly don’t think I’ll be able to wait!!!!

Wormwood for free right now. I suggest you grab one! Here’s the link: http://amzn.to/2hOcWbq

Angel of Shadow can be pre-ordered at http://amzn.to/2Axgvyi. Price will go up after release.

Each host blog has its own tidbit of unique information, which changes every day. My fun facts will be posted just under the cover fragment, along with the links to the other host blogs. Everyone has a different fact, and each day, ONE of these facts includes a chance to instantly win an ebook Advance Reader Copy (eARC) of Angel of Shadow. Remember to check them out!

And here it is!!



Synopsis
D.H. Nevins hurtles you into a world of half-angels, demons and tormented love in this driving, dystopian sequel to Wormwood.

Half-angels, known as Nephilim, have all but destroyed the surface of the Earth. Yet for Kali Michaels, her life is now much more complicated than simply surviving. Grappling with her own powerful identity, she worries her connection to the world of Shadows could destroy those around her.

And what if she hurts Tiamat Wormwood, the Nephilim outcast who has given everything to save her? Tiamat and Kali know they have no future—not when outside forces and Kali’s own power push both the humans and the Nephilim to the brink of extinction.

As she fights to stop the inevitable, she is led to question who her real enemies are, and whether the ultimate threat may actually be herself.


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Saturday's Fun FactI was into writing poetry when I was in university. Quite honestly, it was terrible! ~D.H.



Remember to have a peek at some other unique facts about the cover, the series, D.H. or her writing process at these blogs. I bet you’re curious, right?

FUONLYKNEW: http://fuonlyknew.com/
Electively Paige: http://electivelypaige.com/
Book Hooked Nook: https://bookhookednook.wordpress.com/
The Perfect Honeybee: https://theperfecthoneybee.wordpress.com/
Dragons Rule OK: https://aspholessaria.wordpress.com/
Fundinmental: http://www.fundinmental.com/

And don’t forget about the giveaway!!! D.H. Nevins will be giving away:

- 2 prizes of a physical copy of Wormwood combined with an Angel of Shadow eARC (Advance Reader Copy), as well as
- another 10 Angel of Shadow eARCs. Enter the giveaway here! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway



Thanks so much for joining us for Angel of Shadow’s Cover Reveal event! I hope you had fun. I would love to hear your thoughts about the cover and the event! Have a wonderful Saturday, everyone.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Cover Reveal Event & #Giveaway Day #5 ~ Angel of Shadow ~ D.H. Nevins


Welcome to day 5 of the Cover Reveal event! This is for D.H. Nevins’ upcoming release: Angel of Shadow, which is book 2 of the fabulous Wormwood series. The first book was dark and brimming with tormented love, and was known for completely sucking readers into the story, only to spit them out again at 3 am. I can’t wait to see what book 2 has in store for us! Angel of Shadow is scheduled for release on January 13, 2018. I can’t wait!!!!

Wormwood is currently free right now. Here’s the link: http://amzn.to/2hOcWbq

Angel of Shadow can be pre-ordered at http://amzn.to/2Axgvyi. Price will go up after release.

Each host blog has its own tidbit of unique information, which changes every day. My fun facts will be posted just under the cover fragment, along with the links to the other host blogs. Everyone has a different fact, and each day, ONE of these facts includes a chance to instantly win an ebook Advance Reader Copy (eARC) of Angel of Shadow. Remember to check them out!

Synopsis
D.H. Nevins hurtles you into a world of half-angels, demons and tormented love in this driving, dystopian sequel to Wormwood.

Half-angels, known as Nephilim, have all but destroyed the surface of the Earth. Yet for Kali Michaels, her life is now much more complicated than simply surviving. Grappling with her own powerful identity, she worries her connection to the world of Shadows could destroy those around her.

And what if she hurts Tiamat Wormwood, the Nephilim outcast who has given everything to save her? Tiamat and Kali know they have no future—not when outside forces and Kali’s own power push both the humans and the Nephilim to the brink of extinction.

As she fights to stop the inevitable, she is led to question who her real enemies are, and whether the ultimate threat may actually be herself.




Friday's Fun FactTwo of the host blogs in this cover reveal were among the very first blogs to post reviews on Wormwood, my debut novel… so these bloggers are VERY special to me. Do you think you can guess one of them? Write your guess in the comments below to instantly win an Angel of Shadow eARC. If there is more than one correct answer, I’ll select a winner using Random.org. Good luck! ~D.H.



Remember to have a peek at some other unique facts about the cover, the series, D.H. or her writing process at these blogs. I bet you’re curious, right?

FUONLYKNEW: http://fuonlyknew.com/
Electively Paige: http://electivelypaige.com/
Book Hooked Nook: https://bookhookednook.wordpress.com/
The Perfect Honeybee: https://theperfecthoneybee.wordpress.com/
Dragons Rule OK: https://aspholessaria.wordpress.com/

And don’t forget about the giveaway!!! D.H. Nevins will be giving away:

- 2 prizes of a physical copy of Wormwood combined with an Angel of Shadow eARC (Advance Reader Copy), as well as
- another 10 Angel of Shadow eARCs. Enter the giveaway here! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway



Thanks for stopping by. Full reveal will be TOMORROW!!!! Are you as excited for tomorrow as I am? I absolutely can’t wait to show you the full cover. You’ll have to tell me if you agree it’s as awesome as we’re saying it is... and I’m sure you will! See you soon!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Cover Reveal Event & #Giveaway Day #4 ~ Angel of Shadow ~ D.H. Nevins


Welcome to day 4 of the Cover Reveal event for D.H. Nevins’ upcoming release, Angel of Shadow. It’s book 2 in a fast-paced and haunting dystopian series, and is scheduled for release on January 13, 2018. We’re getting so close!

Don't forget you can get a copy of Wormwood for free right now. Here’s the link: http://amzn.to/2hOcWbq

Each host blog has its own tidbit of unique information, which changes every day. My fun facts will be posted just under the cover fragment, along with the links to the other host blogs. Everyone has a different fact, and each day, ONE of these facts includes a chance to instantly win an ebook Advance Reader Copy (eARC) of Angel of Shadow. Remember to check them out!

Synopsis
D.H. Nevins hurtles you into a world of half-angels, demons and tormented love in this driving, dystopian sequel to Wormwood.

Half-angels, known as Nephilim, have all but destroyed the surface of the Earth. Yet for Kali Michaels, her life is now much more complicated than simply surviving. Grappling with her own powerful identity, she worries her connection to the world of Shadows could destroy those around her.

And what if she hurts Tiamat Wormwood, the Nephilim outcast who has given everything to save her? Tiamat and Kali know they have no future—not when outside forces and Kali’s own power push both the humans and the Nephilim to the brink of extinction.

As she fights to stop the inevitable, she is led to question who her real enemies are, and whether the ultimate threat may actually be herself.




Thursday's Fun FactI’m extremely lucky to have a stunning office overlooking a lake, with a cherry desk and cherry bookshelf (complete with a rolling library ladder) that my father built for me. Because he’s AWESOME! However, I wrote most of Angel of Shadow on my laptop while sitting on my couch. Go figure!
~D.H.



Did you know there are COMPLETELY DIFFERENT facts about the cover, the series, D.H. or her writing process at these blogs listed below? Each day, ONE of these fun facts also contains a chance to instantly win an Angel of Shadow eARC! But which one? Let’s support our fellow book bloggers and pop in to say
hello!

FUONLYKNEW: http://fuonlyknew.com/
Electively Paige: http://electivelypaige.com/
Book Hooked Nook: https://bookhookednook.wordpress.com/
The Perfect Honeybee: https://theperfecthoneybee.wordpress.com/
Dragons Rule OK: https://aspholessaria.wordpress.com/

And don’t forget about the giveaway!!! D.H. Nevins will be giving away:

- 2 prizes of a physical copy of Wormwood combined with an Angel of Shadow eARC (Advance Reader Copy), as well as
- another 10 Angel of Shadow eARCs. Enter the giveaway here! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway



Angel of Shadow can now be pre-ordered at http://amzn.to/2Axgvyi. Price will go up after release.

Thanks for stopping by! Full reveal will be this Saturday, but don’t forget there will be a brand new cover fragment and a new fun fact tomorrow. I can’t wait for tomorrow’s piece—this cover is going to be awesome!! See you soon!