Saturday, December 20, 2014

Write On Review-a-thon (Take Three!): Saturday #reviewathon

Write On Review-a-Thon

Hello everybody! I found something AMAZING. It's called the Write On Review-a-thon! It's hosted by Brianna at The Book Vixen.

My goal this time around is to get all the reviews not set up, set up AND formatted. Plus, to write at least 6-8 reviews, but my high goal (depending on how much time I have) is 16 to get me caught up for the rest of this month and January.


* = NetGalley, Edelweiss, or review book
~ = Book that takes priority for posting end of this month or next month

  = Completed

Here's a little check-in post for myself...


~List of books to review~

  1. Hothouse Flower by Krista & Becca Ritchie ~ (Sunday)
  2. The Other Side of Someday by Carey Heywood (Sunday)
  3. Changing His Game by Justine Elvira
  4. Slade by Victoria Ashley
  5. Seven by Claire Kent
  6. Stripping the Billionaire by Noelle Adams
  7. Wild Attraction by Emma Hart
  8. Wild Temptation by Emma Hart
  9. The Wedding Favor by Cara Connelly
  10. One Night of Scandal (After Hours #2) by Elle Kennedy
  11. Night Fever (Night Fever #1) by Jessica Hawkins * ~
  12. Come to Me Quietly (Closer to You #1) by A.L. Jackson ~ (Sunday)
  13. Still Yours (20Something #2) by Amy Patrick *
  14. Playing Doctor by Jan Meredith
  15. One Night of Sin (After Hours #1) by Elle Kennedy
  16. Taste by Cambria Hebert
  17. Touch & Go (Dare to Love #2) by Mira Lyn Kelly * ~ (Sunday)
  18. Take You Away: A Novella (Her Wicked Heart #1.5) by Ember Casey * ~ (Sunday)
  19. Still Me (20Something #3) by Amy Patrick *
  20. Everly After by Rebecca Paula * ~
  21. Leo Maddox by Sarah Darlington * ~
  22. No Time Like Forever (Wardham #4) by Zoe York * ~
  23. Being Neighborly: a novella by Carey Heywood
  24. Completely by Ember Casey * ~
  25. Lost and Found by Ember Casey ~
  26. Their Wicked Wedding by Ember Casey * ~
  27. Eyes Turned Skyward by Rebecca Yarros * ~
  28. Swept Away by J. Haymore * ~ 
  29. Amour Amour by Krista & Becca Ritchie ~  (Sunday)
  30. Snowed In with Her Ex (Brides and Belles #1) by Andrea Laurence * ~ (Sunday)
  31. Pretending with the Playboy by Tracey Livesay * ~
  32. The Trouble with Love (Sex, Love & Stiletto #4) by Lauren Layne *


~Completed so far~

1. Eyes Turned Skyward by Rebecca Yarros * ~ posted to Goodreads
2. Night Fever (Night Fever #1) by Jessica Hawkins * ~ posted to Goodreads
3. No Time Like Forever (Wardham #4) by Zoe York * ~ posted to Goodreads
4. Swept Away by J. Haymore * ~ posted to Goodreads
5. Pretending with the Playboy by Tracey Livesay * ~ posted to Goodreads
6. Leo Maddox by Sarah Darlington * ~ posted to Goodreads
7. Completely by Ember Casey * ~ posted to Goodreads
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~To format and set up~

  1. Calling California (Hunter Hill University #1) by J.P. Grider
  2. Mending Michael (Hunter Hill University #2) by J.P. Grider
  3. Pretending with the Playboy by Tracey Livesay
  4. Swept Away by J. Haymore
  5. Amour Amour by Krista & Becca Ritchie  
  6. Snowed In with Her Ex (Brides and Belles #1) by Andrea Laurence 
  7. Hope Burns (Hope #3) by Jaci Burton
  8. The Rules According to Gracie by Stefanie London 
  9. The Trouble with Love (Sex, Love & Stiletto #4) by Lauren Layne
  10. Courting Trouble by Kimberly Dean

~Formatted & Set Up~

1. Pretending with the Playboy by Tracey Livesay
2. Swept Away by J. Haymore
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~Add on for Mini Reviews~

Review to be Copied/Written:
  1. The Billionaire's Paradigm: His Absolute Purpose by Cerys du Lys
  2. Domino Effect by Jill Elaine Hughes
  3. Elevator Heat by B.D. Rowe
  4. Reining Men by Em Petrova
  5. Club Luxe 1: The Private Room (Billionaires Underground #1) by Olivia Noble
  6. Burnin' Up Memphis (Firehouse 69 #1) by Delilah Devlin
Formatted:
  1. The Billionaire's Paradigm: His Absolute Purpose by Cerys du Lys posted to Goodreads
  2. Domino Effect by Jill Elaine Hughes posted to Goodreads
  3. Elevator Heat by B.D. Rowe posted to Goodreads
  4. Reining Men by Em Petrova posted to Goodreads
  5. Club Luxe 1: The Private Room (Billionaires Underground #1) by Olivia Noble
  6. Burnin' Up Memphis (Firehouse 69 #1) by Delilah Devlin

~Completed~


Review Copied/Written:

1. The Billionaire's Paradigm: His Absolute Purpose by Cerys du Lys
2. Domino Effect by Jill Elaine Hughes
3. Elevator Heat by B.D. Rowe
4. Reining Men by Em Petrova
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Formatted:

1. The Billionaire's Paradigm: His Absolute Purpose by Cerys du Lys
2. Domino Effect by Jill Elaine Hughes
3. Elevator Heat by B.D. Rowe
4. Reining Men by Em Petrova
5.
6.


Of the ones I've done so far, I've posted them to Goodreads, so you can see the review when you click the link next to the book. Most of the reviews will be shared on the blog in the coming weeks.

How's your reviewing going this weekend? How many have you written so far?

Jessica

Friday, December 19, 2014

Review: Love Thy Neighbor by Sophie Wintner

Title: Love Thy Neighbor
Author: Sophie Wintner
Published: October 27th 2014
Source: Copy given by author for honest review
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Buy: Amazon ~*~ Barnes & Noble
Add to your Goodreads shelf
Caution: May contain spoilers
A satisfying category romance from Entangled's Lovestruck imprint…

He's designed for delicious trouble...

Interior designer Nikki Norris is at the end of her rope. She's lost her business, and her fiancé who called off their engagement. Now she's broke and on her own, living in a loft apartment she can barely afford. But something in her feng shui must be working, because her new neighbor across the hall is a sexy Brit fashion photographer...and he has just the thing to turn Nikki's bad luck around.

Dallas is tired of stick-thin fashion models with no personality. So when his curvaceous new neighbor, Nikki, seeks his help in making her ex jealous, Dallas is only too happy to oblige the woman who sets his libido on fire every time she walks into a room. Dallas, not being one to make commitments, thinks all he wants is a little taste of Nikki. But will it be enough?

Just as Nikki and Dallas hatch their plan, the wicked chemistry between them—growing more irresistible by the second—complicates things. Now the lines between make-believe and making love blur. Have Nikki and Dallas found a perfect arrangement... or have they designed the perfect plan for disaster?

My Thoughts:

This new imprint from Entangled has it all--great stories and characters and the perfect mix of romance. The second I started reading this one, I was hooked.

Dallas and Nikki were irresistible together. You've got to love those tropes where the girl's trying to make the ex jealous. Unfortunately for Nikki, using Dallas is the best and worst choice possible. The best because, well, SWOON; the worst because...well, SWOON. Dallas is obviously better for Nikki than her ex, but she's determined to get the ex back. Even though that's her main goal, there's nothing wrong with a little flirting and kissing with the sexy British neighbor, right? But the moments they share together are blossoming, and they don't have much time left before everything changes.

Love Thy Neighbor was the perfect love story. The best part to me--aside from the kissing--was how the story developed. It wasn't this whole insta-love or even insta-lust. Time went by, thought went into their actions. It was just a lovely mix of romance and finding ultimate happiness. I am really anxious to see what else Sophie Wintner has in store!

My Rating:

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Review: Jilted by Rachael Johns

Title: Jilted
Author: Rachael Johns
Published: September 30th 2014
Source: Copy given by author for honest review
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Add to your Goodreads shelf
Caution: May contain spoilers
She left him at the altar, but her heart was always his...

After more than ten years away, Australian soap star Ellie Hughes returns to the small country town of Hope Junction, determined to remain anonymous while caring for her injured godmother, Matilda.

But word spreads fast in the tight-knit community. It isn’t long before the people of Hope’s are gossiping about the real reason for Ellie’s visit and why she broke the heart of golden boy Flynn Quartermaine all those years ago.

Soon Ellie and Flynn are thrown back together again, forced to deal with the unresolved emotions between them. For Ellie is not the only one with secrets. Flynn has his own demons to battle, and Matilda is hiding something from her much-loved goddaughter.

When all is uncovered, can the ill-fated lovers overcome the wounds of their past? Or is Flynn destined to be jilted again?

My Thoughts:

I hadn't heard of this one until more recently, and I'm glad I found out about it. Jilted takes place in Australia, which I think added a lot of character to the story for me. When Ellie and Flynn first meet again, it's not a pretty picture. But after a little bit of time, they let each other in again--slowly, gradually. After a personally tragedy, they can't help but be drawn together again. It doesn't take long for the past to come up again, and the real reason why Ellie left to begin. Can they find a way to make it work, despite everything that's happened over the years?

Jilted was a cute second chance romance. It's a very long story, quite detailed, but it doesn't take away from the honest and heartwarming aspects of it. It kind of makes it better. More real and touching. Rachael Johns is a great writer, and one I'd read again.

My Rating:

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Blog Tour and Review: One Song Away by Molli Moran


Welcome to my stop on the One Song Away by Molli Moran blog tour!

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Title: One Song Away
Author: Molli Moran
Published: December 1st 2014
Source: Copy given by author for honest review
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
Buy: Amazon
Add to your Goodreads shelf
Caution: May contain spoilers
She needs a fill-in boyfriend. He needs a favor. It’s the perfect, no-strings arrangement until they both realize it’s too real…

Sophie-Claire Wright’s life is like a bad country song on repeat. She keeps running into her cheating ex, her songwriting career isn't taking off, and her roommate just kicked her out of their apartment. With nothing to lose, she decides to do the one thing she said she’d never do: she moves back home. She left her small Southern town with big dreams, but now she’s going home with empty pockets.

Life moves at a slower pace in Sophie’s blink-and-you’ll-miss-it hometown, but her well-meaning, matchmaking mama doesn't have a slow gear. Sophie invents a boyfriend to hold off her mother’s efforts, but she’s out of luck when her mom wants to meet him. Sophie panics until she runs into Jake Cooper. Her high school crush is back in town, too, and when he asks her for a favor, she agrees—on one condition. He says he’ll be her fill-in boyfriend, so it should be simple: introduce him to her family and then “break up” with him after a few weeks.

Sophie is sure she’ll be able to resist Jake this time and that their fake relationship will keep them both away from wagging tongues. Sure, she was in love with him years ago, but that was then. This is now, no matter how great he looks, or how she feels around him. But she didn't bargain for moments that feel all too genuine. Dates that don’t seem fake. Kisses that leave her shaken and wanting more. And she didn't count on old feelings resurfacing and complicating their arrangement—which is starting to feel less like acting and more like the real deal.

Soon, Sophie can’t tell which kisses are real or fake, but she knows she’s in deep...and she thinks Jake is, too. When she gets a chance to go back to Nashville and chase her dreams again, she has a choice to make: stay or go? Continue hoping that the life she wants is one song away, or write her own?

My Thoughts:

Alright now. *cracks knuckles* Here we go.

I was one of the lucky few who had the opportunity to beta read this beauty and let me tell you: Worth. Every. Second. If I hadn't been able to read it early, I have a feeling I would have been sitting here saying, "Is it release day yet?" It just that good.

The story though... Sophie is one of those characters you immediately fall in love with. You empathize with her, you cheer for her, you wish you were her, and sometimes you see yourself in her. That's the power of a good protagonist. And when it comes to Jake, swoonworthy is on the long list of adjectives for him. Put the two of them together and BAM! Sophie and Jake have obvious chemistry--it's something they know deep down, despite the charade. And first kiss? OH YES. I loved watching Sophie grow and make new friends, and reconnect with her family. Everything tied together beautifully, not necessarily with bows, but everything came full circle in just the right way.

One Song Away is a story with a hook that reels you in, and before you know it, you can't pull yourself away. You will adore every character--from our lovely couple to side characters that we only spend a few minutes with. It's honest and brilliantly written. Put Molli Moran and your "must by" list now.

My Rating:



AUTHOR BIO
Molli is a Southern writer who doesn’t consider her day complete if she hasn’t written. She loves coffee and talking fast, things she attributes to being raised by Gilmore Girls. She’s a romantic at heart, and brings that to her books. When not reading or blogging, she can be found obsessing over Doctor Who, cuddling her various pets, or spending time with friends, family, or her girlfriend.

Author links:


Giveaway:

Tour-wide giveaway (INTL)
  • $25 Amazon or B&N Gift Card
  • 5 E-copies of ONE SONG AWAY
  • 2 ONE SONG AWAY Swag Packs

a Rafflecopter giveaway


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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Blog Tour: Amour Amour by Krista & Becca Ritchie - Excerpt


Welcome to the Amour Amour Blog Tour!



Title: Amour Amour 
Authors: Krista & Becca Ritchie 
Standalone New Adult Romance 
Pub Date: December 12th, 2014 
Love is a circus

"Every day,” he says lowly, “I hold a person’s life in my hands. The circus is based one-hundred percent off trust. I give it all to someone, and they give it all to me.”

The best aerial technique won’t land 21-year-old Thora James her dream role in Amour—a sexy new acrobatic show on the Vegas strip. Thora knows she’s out of her element the second she meets Amour’s leading performer. Confident, charming and devilishly captivating, 26-year-old Nikolai Kotova lives up to his nickname as the “God of Russia.”

When Thora unknowingly walks into the crosshairs of Nikolai’s after-show, her audition process begins way too soon. Unprofessional. That’s what Nik calls their “non-existent” relationship. It’s not like Thora can avoid him. For one, they may be partners in the future--acrobatic partners, that is. But getting closer to Nik means diving deeper into sin city and into his dizzying world.

Thora wants to perform with him, but when someone like Nikolai attracts the spotlight wherever he goes—Thora fears that she’s destined to be just background to his spellbinding show.

This sexy and exhilarating New Adult Romance can best be described as Cirque du Soleil meets the steamy, athletic romance of Center Stage.

*standalone & no love triangles—recommended for readers 18+ for mature content* 

EXCERPT:

I can’t even speak. I just shake my head like I’m not sure I can ever be like that. And I internally wonder if he’s able to do this with any girl. Every girl. Not just me. I don’t want to picture it.

“You have to leave your heart and soul here,” he tells me. “Every night. Every time. It’s your job to make the audience feel something.”

I definitely felt something. Mission accomplished—for him at least.


AUTHOR BIO
Krista & Becca Ritchie are identical twins—one a science nerd, the other a comic book geek—but with their shared passion for writing, they combined their mental powers as kids and have never stopped telling stories. Now in their early twenties, they write about other twenty-somethings navigating through life, college, and romance. They love superheroes, flawed characters, and soul mate love.

They are the New Adult authors of the Addicted series and Calloway Sisters spin-off series, and you can find them on almost every social media, frolicking around like wannabe unicorns.

AUTHOR LINKS 


GIVEAWAY:

*Kindle Paperwhite 
*3 Signed Paperbacks of AMOUR AMOUR 

Both giveaways are open internationally! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway




Jessica

Monday, December 15, 2014

Review: Seducing the Princess by Diane Alberts

Title: Seducing the Princess
Author: Diane Alberts
Published: December 15th 2014
Source: Copy given by author for honest review
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Buy: Amazon ~*~ Barnes & Noble
Add to your Goodreads shelf
Caution: May contain spoilers
He'll give her exactly what she needs…

Protecting a princess is not what former marine Gordon Waybrook signed up for when he joined the Shillings Agency. But instead of the spoiled, regal little creature he expects, Isabelle VanGuard is a fiery, sexy-as hell woman who's been denied what she needs for too long. And he's just the man to break through her frozen public facade and give it to her.

When she's with Gordon, all Isabelle can think about is pleasure. Their blistering chemistry is immediate and intense, but volatile. In fact, the only thing they agree on is that their one night together is just that—one night. Even after it becomes more. But tempers and temptation can't disguise reality. Isabelle is a princess, and a hot, hard, and tattooed bodyguard isn't the Prince Charming her country expects…even if he's exactly what she needs.

My Thoughts:

Now this story is one to check out! A princess being protected by a strong military man? Yes, please. And another book by Diane Alberts? Yes, definitely.

From the second this book starts, you are drawn in. I enjoyed watching Gordon break down Isabelle's defenses, teaching her about life beyond being prim and proper. And I loved seeing Isabelle give in to it. Her royal obligations--to marry to benefit her country--is something that she believes is necessary to do. The idea of marrying someone for love isn't a possibility. Being with Gordon, however, is stirring up emotions in her that she never imagined she could have when she marries. But is it possible that she could marry the person she wants to marry, and not the person her family expects her to?

Seducing the Princess completely pulled me into the story. Seeing everything play out--the back and forth and the emotions and the possibilities--it was just spectacular. When Gordon and Isabelle are together, the sparks FLY. I just loved it. The ending was so lovely. I could read it over and over!

My Rating:

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Write On Review-a-Thon! (Take Four!) #reviewathon

Write On Review-a-Thon


Hello everybody! I found something AMAZING. It's called the Write On Review-a-thon! It's hosted by Brianna at The Book Vixen. You know you're probably in the same boat--behind on reviews--so you should sign up with me here and we can do a nice little review blitz this coming weekend together.


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Here comes my never ending list of reviews that need written...

* = NetGalley, Edelweiss, or review book
~ = Book that takes priority for posting end of this month or next month

  1. Hothouse Flower by Krista & Becca Ritchie ~
  2. The Other Side of Someday by Carey Heywood
  3. Changing His Game by Justine Elvira
  4. Slade by Victoria Ashley
  5. Seven by Claire Kent
  6. Stripping the Billionaire by Noelle Adams
  7. Wild Attraction by Emma Hart
  8. Wild Temptation by Emma Hart
  9. The Wedding Favor by Cara Connelly
  10. One Night of Scandal (After Hours #2) by Elle Kennedy
  11. Night Fever (Night Fever #1) by Jessica Hawkins * ~
  12. Come to Me Quietly (Closer to You #1) by A.L. Jackson ~
  13. Still Yours (20Something #2) by Amy Patrick *
  14. Playing Doctor by Jan Meredith
  15. One Night of Sin (After Hours #1) by Elle Kennedy
  16. Taste by Cambria Hebert
  17. Touch & Go (Dare to Love #2) by Mira Lyn Kelly * ~
  18. Take You Away: A Novella (Her Wicked Heart #1.5) by Ember Casey * ~
  19. Still Me (20Something #3) by Amy Patrick *
  20. Everly After by Rebecca Paula * ~
  21. Leo Maddox by Sarah Darlington * ~
  22. No Time Like Forever (Wardham #4) by Zoe York * ~
  23. Being Neighborly: a novella by Carey Heywood
  24. Night Fever by Jessica Hawkins * ~
  25. Completely by Ember Casey * ~
  26. Lost and Found by Ember Casey ~
  27. Their Wicked Wedding by Ember Casey * ~
  28. Eyes Turned Skyward by Rebecca Yarros * ~
  29. Swept Away by J. Haymore * ~

Here's the list of book reviews that need formatted...


It's possible I'll just set these up ahead of time before the review-a-thon starts, but we'll see. ;)
  1. Calling California (Hunter Hill University #1) by J.P. Grider
  2. Mending Michael (Hunter Hill University #2) by J.P. Grider
  3. Pretending with the Playboy by Tracey Livesay
  4. Swept Away by J. Haymore

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So, are you going to join me? You totally should! Because... it's the perfect motivational tool to get the reviews done... seriously. JOIN ME TODAY....
Jessica