Thursday, October 27, 2016

Audiobook Review: One King's Way (On Dublin Street 6.5) by Samantha Young

Book info:
TitleOne King's Way
Author:  Samantha Young
SeriesOn Dublin Street #6.5
Genre:  Contemporary romance
Published:  November 3rd, 2015
Source:  Digital audiobook downloaded from public library
My Rating:  4 stars

This book was so hard to finish, as it brought the On Dublin Street series to a close.  And as the author has mentioned, she has no plans to write any more books in the series at this point in time.  :-( Makes me so sad because I love these characters so much.  While I did like this book, it only got a 4.5 star rating, and not the 5 stars I usually give this author's books.  

This story was actually told from the man's point of view for a change, along with the girl.  Craig was one of the bartenders where Joss and Jo used to work.  He was definitely an interesting character, and it was fun listening to a male narrator with a Scottish accent this time.  Craig is a bit of manwhore, doesn't want anything more than a good time from women.  Partly because he is the "man" of the family, taking care of his sister and mother.  Rain is our female character/love interest.  Craig first notices her when she shows up to the bar one night, partly because of how she is dressed, very pin-up like.  I was reading this right about the same time that I was reading some other books where the woman was described as a pin-up girl.  I'm enjoying that description. 

Anyway, Rain is at the bar because she heard that her sister's ex hangs out there.  Rain's sister has left the country because of what he did to humiliate her.  So Rain is out for revenge.  You see Darcy's boyfriend had shown interest in Rain right in front of her sister, and so Rain hopes she can use that interest to get on his good side, and be able to get the video back to save her sister.  Maybe to even get some kind of embarrassing dirt on him.

Craig is immediately intrigued with Rain, even though the first night she doesn't even leave the wall near the entrance of the bar. The second time she comes she sits down at the bar, and he tries to strike up a conversation.  Of course Rain can see Craig for exactly the type of guy he is, a player.  And she lets him know that she is not interested at all.  But soon after she is there several different nights, a tentative friendship forms between the two of them.  When Craig finds out her plan, of course he tells her she is crazy and tries to talk her out of it.  

The two of them will of course give in to their feelings at some point.  But even then, not only Rain's plan, but also issues with her sister will only serve to try to keep them apart.  In the end, both will have to decide if revenge is worth it, or if the life they have is one that could be uprooted and moved to a new location to be with the person they love.

Definitely worth reading or listening to as I did.  I loved the accent and the way they said things, like "sangwich" for sandwich.  I also kinda want to start cursing using the word "bugger."  It was a great little novella though, and you can't skip it, or any of the other novellas in this series.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine where we spotlight upcoming releases that we're eagerly awaiting.  I've picked a book by an author I've enjoyed in the past.  While I feel like there needs to be one more in her A Wicked Thing series, this new book sounds like a really unique story to me.  Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

The Girl of Fire and Thorns meets The Queen of the Tearling in this thrilling fantasy standalone about one girl’s unexpected rise to power.

Freya was never meant be queen. Twenty third in line to the throne, she never dreamed of a life in the palace, and would much rather research in her laboratory than participate in the intrigues of court. However, when an extravagant banquet turns deadly and the king and those closest to him are poisoned, Freya suddenly finds herself on the throne.

Freya may have escaped the massacre, but she is far from safe. The nobles don’t respect her, her councillors want to control her, and with the mystery of who killed the king still unsolved, Freya knows that a single mistake could cost her the kingdom – and her life.

Freya is determined to survive, and that means uncovering the murderers herself. Until then, she can’t trust anyone. Not her advisors. Not the king’s dashing and enigmatic illegitimate son. Not even her own father, who always wanted the best for her, but also wanted more power for himself.

As Freya’s enemies close in and her loyalties are tested, she must decide if she is ready to rule and, if so, how far she is willing to go to keep the crown.

Sounds good to me, what do you think?  What book are you eagerly awaiting this week?

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Review: Wait for You by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Book info:
TitleWait for You
Author:  Jennifer L. Armentrout
SeriesWait for You #1
Genre:  New Adult Romance
Published:  September 3rd, 2013
Source:  Purchased at Half Price Bookstore
My Rating:  5 stars

I wasn't sure if I'd enjoy the NA books by JLA, but I shouldn't have had any doubts, Armentrout knows how to write characters that I fall in love with. And this book was no different.  That's why meeting her at NOLA StoryCon the beginning of this month was so cool!  Can't wait to see her again at ApollyCon in March!  I'm also very eager to read on in the series.  And will be looking for  more of them soon!

It's been about a month since I read this, so some of the details I would normally talk about in a review are fuzzy in my head.  But Avery and Cam were really great characters.  I felt for Avery, understand what she had gone through.  But also liked Cam, he was really a good guy that I fell in love with as I read.  As the characters were totally what sold me as usual with JLA's books.  I'll share the synopsis from Goodreads here, and just let you know that I loved it!

Some things are worth waiting for.

Traveling thousands of miles from home to enter college is the only way nineteen-year-old Avery Morgansten can escape what happened at the Halloween party five years ago--an event that forever changed her life. All she needs to do is make it to her classes on time, make sure the bracelet on her left wrist stays in place, not draw any attention to herself, and maybe--please God--make a few friends, because surely that would be a nice change of pace. The one thing she didn't need and never planned on was capturing the attention of the one guy who could shatter the precarious future she's building for herself.

Some things are worth experiencing.

Cameron Hamilton is six feet and three inches of swoon-worthy hotness, complete with a pair of striking blue eyes and a remarkable ability to make her want things she believed were irrevocably stolen from her. She knows she needs to stay away from him, but Cam is freaking everywhere, with his charm, his witty banter, and that damn dimple that's just so... so lickable. Getting involved with him is dangerous, but when ignoring the simmering tension that sparks whenever they are around each other becomes impossible, he brings out a side of her she never knew existed.

Some things should never be kept quiet.

But when Avery starts receiving threatening emails and phone calls forcing her to face a past she wants silenced, she's has no other choice but to acknowledge that someone is refusing to allow her to let go of that night when everything changed. When the devastating truth comes out, will she resurface this time with one less scar? And can Cam be there to help her or will he be dragged down with her?

And some things are worth fighting for.

Honestly as usual it had it's very sexy moments, more so than the YA books I've read by Armentrout of course.   I wish I could have picked it up during the summer to read, because this was a book that kept me in my bubble bath long after the water got cold and the bubbles were all gone.  It was a book that when I picked up just to read a chapter or two before bed, I had so much trouble putting down so I could go to sleep, even though I had school to get to early the next morning.  

Release Day Blitz and Giveaway: Threesome Bonds (Threesome Series #3) by Sienna Matthews

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Series: Threesome Series, Book 3
Genre: Erotic Romance, Contemporary Romance, Ménage à Trois
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The long-awaited, much-anticipated, reader-requested sequel to Threesome Interlude and Threesome Play is here!
What happens after Lynne Morrison's passionate elevator interlude with hunky twins Mark and Ash Thompson? Well, they realize it isn't enough so they had to try out the bedroom and the kitchen table and the wall…er, you get the picture. When Lynne finds herself unexpectedly pregnant, she faces a serious dilemma: she doesn't know who the father is! When Mark finds out, will it derail their growing relationship?
Meanwhile, her best friend Cara Wilson, aka Hot Blonde, isn't feeling so hot. In a relationship with lovers Kyle Lockwood and Max Brannigan, she comes home early one day and stumbles upon Kyle secretly proposing to Max. Her world shatters. Amidst her heartbreak, she decides to take the biggest gamble of her life, even if it means losing the thing Kyle cherishes the most…
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Monday, October 24, 2016

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Spells and Sorcery by S. Usher Evans

Book info:
Title:  Spells and Sorcery
Author:  S. Usher Evans
Series:  (Lexie Carrigan Chronicles, #1)
Publication date: October 4th, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
You have magic.
One sentence, three words, four syllables. Enough to change my life forever. And I’m not talking about the whole spells and sorcery thing.
Lexie Carrigan thought the weirdest thing about her was she preferred watching documentaries and reading the newspaper to reality TV and Twitter. But on the eve of her fifteenth birthday, her aunt and sisters drop a bomb–she’s magical.
Now the girl who never made waves is blowing up her nightstand and trying to keep from wreaking havoc on her school. When a kind stranger shows up with all the answers, Lexie hopes he’ll be able to help her control her newfound powers. But Gavon may not be as kind as he seems, and soon Lexie finds out that being magical is the least weird thing about her.
Spells and Sorcery is the first YA fantasy from S. Usher Evans, author of the Razia series, the Madion War Trilogy and Empath.

Was real?
Not only was it real, but I had it. So did that make me a witch or a wizard or…?
Or nothing. Magic didn't exist.
But it did, because I'd seen with my own two eyes.
I crossed the grassy park, headed for the swing set. I plopped down on the swing and leaned against the chain. After a moment, I began to swing back and forth, allowing my mind to go blank for just a moment. I took a deep breath in and out and stared at the empty suburban streets.
"Yer a wizard, Lexie…" I whispered to myself.
"Rough day?"
My head bobbled up at the sound. An older man stood on the sidewalk. He wore casual khaki pants and a polo shirt, and his salt-and-pepper hair was neatly trimmed. He stood under one of the street lamps, which gave him an almost angelic sort of glow.
"W-what?" I said, realizing he was still talking to me.
"I asked if you were all right," he said, stepping out of the spotlight and closer to the swing set. "You look like you've seen a ghost."
"Have you ever questioned everything you thought was real?" I asked, for lack of anything better to say.
"Once or twice," he responded with a charming smile. "Mind if I join you?"
I shrugged, and he sat down on the other swing beside me. I might have thought it strange, a middle-aged man on a swing set, but I didn't have a clear definition of weird anymore.
"Want to talk about it?" he asked.
"I doubt you would believe me," I said. "I don't believe me."
"That's a tough spot to be in. Let me guess: did they tell you about magic?"
I nearly fell out of the swing. "W-wait, you know? Does everybody know?"
He laughed, his few wrinkles deepening with smile lines. "No, of course not. Just those of us who have magic."
"A-and how did you know I have it?"
"We can tell," he said. "You'll get there, I'm sure. But I only assumed—teenage girl, looking the way you did, magical…"
I slumped lower against the metal chains. "I wonder what else people are lying to me about…"
"You know about the Easter Bunny, right?"
I sat up, wide-eyed. A man-sized rabbit existed?
"He's not real," the man finished with an amused smile.
"Very funny," I said, clutching my still-pounding heart. "After tonight, I'm pretty sure I'd believe anything is real."
"Magic is real. The Easter Bunny is not. How about we start there?"

Author Bio:
S. Usher Evans is an author, blogger, and witty banter aficionado. Born in Pensacola, Florida, she left the sleepy town behind for the fast-paced world of Washington, D.C.. There, she somehow landed jobs with BBC, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic Television before finally settling into a “real job” as an IT consultant. After a quarter life crisis at age 27, she decided consulting was for the birds and rekindled a childhood passion for writing novels. She sold everything she owned and moved back to Pensacola, where she currently resides with her two dogs, Zoe and Mr. Biscuit.
Evans is the author of the Razia series, Madion War Trilogy, and Empath, published by Sun’s Golden Ray Publishing.


Sunday, October 23, 2016

Sunday Post #73 and Stacking the Shelves October 23rd, 2016

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted  @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news ~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme.   Saturday was my birthday!  And since I ended up  having a free weekend, I had time to do a Sunday post this week.  Family issues on one side of my family meant not doing anything with them this weekend. Then the other side of my family was all out of town.  So Saturday was a "me" day for sure!  I got up and drove to a bakery across town that makes the best sugar cookies with icing on them.  The two bakeries I like close by me were already booked when I called to get my favorite type of birthday cake. So this year I had cookies!  Then I went to a Dollar Tree over on that side of town (looking for $1 books!), and also to a Half Price Books store that I haven't been to before.  Neither had a lot that I wanted, and I was pretty disappointed in the HPB, but the cookies are delicious!  I also went this afternoon to play with a bunch of dachshunds, and the house had a fenced yard, so I took my two dogs to get to play outside.  Just to make your mouth water, here is a picture of  my cookies:

It was also one of my dogs, Argyle's birthday this past week.  Here he is with his "cookie" from Go Pet Go.

Last week on the blog:
I only did one post a day this week.  Yay for me!  I'm cutting back a bit, again, to try to get ready for November and NaNoWriMo.  Plus, the school year is picking up in the library, and it's been pretty busy, no time for posting and commenting, etc.  And even though I was trying to get caught up on all the books I have sitting waiting for reviews, I am going ahead and reviewing more at one time, but just scheduling ahead with them to fill in days in November.

Coming up this week on the blog:
  • Promo posts:  Spells and Sorcery (Lexie Carrigan Chronicles #1) by S. Usher Evans
  • Reviews:  Wait for You by Jennifer L. Armentrout, and One King's Way (On Dublin Street #6.5) by Samantha Young (audiobook)
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Possible reviews:  Forgiving Lies by Molly McAdams, Free/Cheap ebook mini-reviews, The One Real Thing by Samantha Young (audiobook)
  • Maybe Top 10 Tuesday - Top 10 scariest covers?
This will be a busy week with Parent Teacher conferences, but I only work next Saturday, at our big Harry Potter event at the bookstore.  And it is the last full week before NaNoWriMo, I need to get as organized and ready to go as possible!  I'm also behind on my Blog Ahead Challenge, I only have like 6 or 7 posts done.  Not sure if I'll get all the way up to 30 posts, but that needs to be done this week.  The Walking Dead comes back tonight.  I'm going to be so upset if they don't kill the person who dies in the comics.  As much as I like that character, sometimes you have to kill them off to keep the story going close to the original comic storyline.  I haven't walked since before I went to New Orleans.  Not sure when I'll get back to it, again, want to get writing done.    

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.  It is a way for us to share the new books we have collected. I didn't do too bad with physical books this week, although I did do some Half Price Bookstore and Dollar Tree shopping.

Physical books:
The first book I found at the one Half Price Books I went to on Saturday, back in the clearance section for $2!!! And it's in good condition, at least as far as I can tell.  I've already listened to it on audiobook, but I liked it, so need to own it.  The second book was at the Dollar Tree for $1.  The last two books were in my October package from my OTSP Secret Sister.  I have been waiting on the final Slayer Chronicles book forever, so that was an awesome gift!  And I am a huge fan of Jonathan Maberry, and this was a book I missed out on getting the last time I went to BEA, 2014, thanks to an  issue with my sister while I was in NYC visiting her.


 The first book is from Netgalley, the rest are from Edelweiss.
 Free or cheap e-books:

All of the books above were free, except for the last one, That One Moment, which my OTSP  Secret Sister sent me for my birthday!

  This one was 99 cents, but I totally now see why everyone has been making a fuss over this one.  It is so good!  I will probably be buying the next two books when I can!

That's what I added to my shelves this week.  How about you?

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Book Blitz and Giveaway - Bravo: Blood Road by Summer Lane

Book info:
Bravo: Blood Road
by:  Summer Lane
(Bravo Saga, #2)
Publication date: October 21st, 2016
Genres: Post-Apocalyptic, Young Adult
Bravo and his beloved handler, Lieutenant Nathan Ingalls, are together again amidst the ashes of an apocalyptic California. Together, they are using their skills to help a rebel militia group seek out survivors in the desolation of Death Valley.
But when the Death Brigade – a vicious anarchist group arisen from the dust of a fallen society – rolls into town, tragedy strikes. Someone is taken. Neither Nathan nor Bravo will allow that. The hunt is on – Bravo will not fail in his task to protect his friends.
The Black Market.
Rescuing the people you love sometimes comes with a price. When Bravo and his friend, India, are taken to Blood Road, they are forced to fight for their lives in a terrifying and vicious society of gambling, deceit and violent entertainment.
Alone and afraid, Bravo is forced to fight for his life every day in an arena while cruel spectators make bets on the odds of his victory. His only allies in this dark place could perish as suddenly as he could.
The bonds of friendship are tested, and the agonizing teeth of loss sink their fangs deep.
Life or death. Fight or flight. Bravo must choose.
One mission, completed.
One duty, fulfilled.
And now, the Blood Road will wreak its vengeance.
This is the conclusion to Bravo the bomb dog’s thrilling and poignant tale of love, loss and ultimate sacrifice, a #1 bestselling phenomenon.
Bravo was there. He heard Danny scream, tasted the sharp jolt of terror heavy in the air. He came straight for him, sailing like a dark bullet through the night. The coyote did not see him coming. Bravo hit him like an arrow, rage pulsing through his body.
How dare this wolf-thing harm Danny! The fury was a tangible thing, flooding through his veins like a wildfire. He bit the coyote below the mouth, in the soft flesh of the neck, where the lifeblood was.
Take away lifeblood, take away life. That was the law of the fight. Bravo had learned that in the Arena, but it was an unspoken and silently understood fact of instinct. Blood contained life…remove blood, and the enemy would fall.
The coyote yelped and released its hold on Danny. The little boy stumbled backward, crying, while Bravo drug the dog-thing to the ground, holding it there, second by second, as the life drained from it and the hot, salty blood spilled onto his face and stained his fur.
Bravo felt nothing but the storming satisfaction of the bite and the devotion to the kill – the mission. This was his job, to protect Danny at all costs, because Nathan was not here, and because that is what Bravo was: a protector.

Author Bio:
Summer Lane is the #1 bestselling author of 14 novels, including books from the hit Collapse Series, Zero Trilogy and Bravo Saga. She is the owner of WB Publishing and Writing Belle, an online magazine devoted to the art of storytelling. Summer is also an accomplished creative writing teacher and experienced journalist.
She lives in the Central Valley of California with her husband, Scott, where she spends her days writing, teaching and writing some more. Summer loves to visit the mountains (nature rocks!), the beach (Hawaii is heaven) and have hot cups of tea with good friends (tea is always a good idea). She also loves dogs and traveling!