Monday, September 1, 2014

Review: Sugar on the Edge by Sawyer Bennett

Title: Sugar On The Edge
Author: Sawyer Bennett
Published: July 28th 2014
Source: Copy given by author for honest review
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Caution: May contain spoilers
He’s utterly alone…

Tortured and existing in a dark spiral of despair, bestselling British author, Gavin Cooke, has come to the Outer Banks of North Carolina to escape the seedy lifestyle he had been living in London and in a desperate attempt to regain his writing focus. He’s twisted, bitter and angry at the world. He’s a loner… needing not a single thing other than his Scotch and a laptop upon which he can bang out his next erotic, dark thriller.

She’s running in place and getting nowhere…

Savannah Shepherd’s life is falling apart. Her dream of being a wildlife photographer seems a distant memory and she’s barely able to make ends meet. Driving herself forward with no clear goals apparent, she’s about ready to pack up her bags and head home with her tail between her legs.

Two unlikely lovers…

He’s raw, forceful and a dirty talker. She’s a flowers and romance type of girl. Yet within each other, they find a mutual craving that can only be satisfied by giving in to their desires for one another.

Lust turns into something more… something they were not looking for but tentatively accept. Will it be enough to push them past the obstacles of Gavin’s bitter past?

*SUGAR ON THE EDGE can be read as a stand-alone*

My Thoughts:

I'm gonna be straight up honest here: at first, I wasn't sure if this was going to be a book for me. Something just wasn't clicking for me... but that moment passed quickly and soon I was invested in the story and in Gavin and Savannah in a way I didn't imagine possible.

There was something ineffable about the two of them together. It had beauty in imperfection. Something blooms between Gavin and Savannah that didn't appear likely. Maybe it's temporary, maybe it's more, but holy crap, it's something special. When an unexpected situation occurs, their reactions could be the end of them if they let it. Gavin can't let go of the past, and seeing a possible repeat nearly sends him over the edge. But he can't deny what he's feeling, and neither can Savannah.

Sugar On The Edge made me crave more. The development of their relationship was adorable and sexy at the same time. I nearly started crying at the end at the beautiful moment Gavin and Savannah shared. This is the third book in the Late Call series, and it definitely made me want to get my hands on the first two by Sawyer Bennett, and possibly others too!

My Rating:

Sunday, August 31, 2014

August Update at Thoughts



I've decided to do monthly updates instead of weekly updates here at Thoughts. So here's a racap of the month of August for you.


~*Reviews*~


TOTAL: 12


~*Books Finished*~


TOTAL: 16

  • Seducing the Enemy (Heirs of Damon #1) by Noelle Adams
  • Hothouse Flower (Calloway Sisters #2) by Krista & Becca Ritchie
  • Sugar on the Edge (Last Call #3) by Sawyer Bennett
  • Scandalous Summer Nights by various authors
  • Getting Off (Cosmo Red-Hot Reads from Harlequin) by Abby Green
  • Breaking All Her Rules by Maisey Yates
  • A SEAL's Fantasy (Uniformly Hot SEALs #5) by Tawny Weber
  • Channel 20Something (20Something #1) by Amy Patrick
  • Keeping Mr. Right Now (Kisses in the Sand) by Robin Bielman
  • This is Falling (Falling #1) by Ginger Scott
  • Sleeping with the Boss (Anderson Brothers #1) by Marissa Clarke
  • Wild Attraction (Wild 0.5) by Emma Hart
  • Wild Temptation (Wild #1) by Emma Hart
  • One Night with her Boss (One Night novellas #4) by Noelle Adams
  • Dare to Resist (Wedding Dare 0.5) by Laura Kaye
  • Wild (The Ivy Chronicles #3) by Sophie Jordan


~*Tours/Blasts/Reveals*~



~*Otherwise*~



~*As for me...*~


Yeah, so, nothing really happening here! I've been working and taking care of other stuff around here. I'm planning on starting up a new Etsy shop for my photos soon, but that's about it. I DID go see If I Stay last Monday with The Rebecca and The Steph. It was AMAZING. I mean, it's been like literally 5 years since I read the book, but they did a great job with the movie. Did any of you see it yet? What do you think?

And that's about it! I hope everyone's been having a great year, and a great summer!

Jessica

Write On Review-a-thon (Take Two!): Sunday #reviewathon

Write On Review-a-Thon

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

I have a goal this time of getting all review posts that haven't been set up, set up. AND to write at least 6-8 reviews. I'm lowering the goal because I don't want to be overwhelmed.

I'm putting a * next to the ones that are NetGalley (or review) books that need reviews more than the others.

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


~List of books to review~


1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
2. What a Duke Dares by Anna Campbell *
3. The End of Feeling by Cindy C. Bennett *
4. Moments of Julian by Keary Taylor
5. One Night with her Boss by Noelle Adams
6. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
7. Her Wicked Heart by Ember Casey
8. Beyond Love and Hate by Zoe York
9. Burned by Sarah Morgan *
10. One Hot Night: Three Contemporary Romance Novellas by Noelle Adams
11. Playing to Win by Jaci Burton
12. Tease by Sophie Jordan
13. The Other Side of Someday by Carey Heywood
14. If I Were You by Lisa Renee Jones *
15. Sugar on the Edge by Sawyer Bennett *
16. Breaking All Her Rules by Maisey Yates *
17. Getting Off by Abby Green *
18. Hothouse Flower by Krista & Becca Ritchie
19. Wild Attraction by Emma Hart
20. Wild Temptation by Emma Hart
21. Sleeping with the Boss by Marissa Clarke *
22. Keeping Mr. Right Now by Robin Bielman *
23. Channel 20Something by Amy Patrick *
24. Dare to Resist by Laura Kaye
25. Seven by Claire Kent
26. Changing His Game by Justine Elvira
27. Scandalous Summer Nights Novellas *
28. Slade by Victoria Ashley
29. Sweet Addiction by Jessica Daniels
30. The Wedding Favor by Cara Connelly


~Completed so far~


1. Sugar on the Edge by Sawyer Bennett ✓ posted to Goodreads
2. The End of Feeling by Cindy C. Bennett ✓ posted to Goodreads
3. If I Were You by Lisa Renee Jones ✓ posted to Goodreads
4. Burned by Sarah Morgan ✓ posted to Goodreads
5. Breaking All Her Rules by Maisey Yates ✓ posted to Goodreads
6. Getting Off by Abby Green ✓ posted to Goodreads


~To format and set up~


1. Wild Attraction by Emma Hart
2. Wild Temptation by Emma Hart
3. Sleeping with the Boss by Marissa Clarke
4. Keeping Mr. Right Now by Robin Bielman
5. Channel 20Something by Amy Patrick
6. Dare to Resist by Laura Kaye
7. One Night with her Boss by Noelle Adams
8. Switch Me On by Julie McBride
9. My First, My Last by Lacey Silks
10. Stranded with the Rancher by Janice Maynard
11. Taste by Cambria Hebert
12. Oh, Naughty Night! by Leslie Kelly
13. Flirting with Love: Braden's # 10 by Melissa Foster
14. Taming His Tutor by Natalie Anderson
15. Baiting the Maid of Honor by Tessa Bailey
16. Wild by Sophie Jordan
17. Breaking All Her Rules by Maisey Yates
18. Getting Off by Abby Green


~Formatted & Set Up~


1. Switch Me On by Julie McBride
2. Taste by Cambria Hebert
3. Breaking All Her Rules by Maisey Yates
4. Getting Off by Abby Green
5. Sleeping with the Boss by Marissa Clarke
6. Keeping Mr. Right Now by Robin Bielman
7. Channel 20Something by Amy Patrick


Woot! I'm happy to report that I was able to meet my goal. Six new reviews written, posted on Goodreads, and scheduled for the blog! Plus, I have some future reviews set up. YAY!


How did your reviewing go this weekend? How many reviews were you able to write?

Jessica

Saturday, August 30, 2014

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

Write On Review-a-Thon


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

I have a goal this time of getting all review posts that haven't been set up, set up. AND to write at least 6-8 reviews. I'm lowering the goal because I don't want to be overwhelmed.

I'm putting a * next to the ones that are NetGalley (or review) books that need reviews more than the others.

Here's a little check-in post for myself...
Four books reviewed and a couple formatted and set up! I believe we can call today a success. ^_^


~List of books to review~


1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
2. What a Duke Dares by Anna Campbell *
3. The End of Feeling by Cindy C. Bennett *
4. Moments of Julian by Keary Taylor
5. One Night with her Boss by Noelle Adams
6. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
7. Her Wicked Heart by Ember Casey
8. Beyond Love and Hate by Zoe York
9. Burned by Sarah Morgan *
10. One Hot Night: Three Contemporary Romance Novellas by Noelle Adams
11. Playing to Win by Jaci Burton
12. Tease by Sophie Jordan
13. The Other Side of Someday by Carey Heywood
14. If I Were You by Lisa Renee Jones *
15. Sugar on the Edge by Sawyer Bennett *
16. Breaking All Her Rules by Maisey Yates *
17. Getting Off by Abby Green *
18. Hothouse Flower by Krista & Becca Ritchie
19. Wild Attraction by Emma Hart
20. Wild Temptation by Emma Hart
21. Sleeping with the Boss by Marissa Clarke *
22. Keeping Mr. Right Now by Robin Bielman *
23. Channel 20Something by Amy Patrick *
24. Dare to Resist by Laura Kaye
25. Seven by Claire Kent
26. Changing His Game by Justine Elvira
27. Scandalous Summer Nights Novellas *
28. Slade by Victoria Ashley
29. Sweet Addiction by Jessica Daniels
30. The Wedding Favor by Cara Connelly


~Completed so far~


1. Sugar on the Edge by Sawyer Bennett ✓ posted to Goodreads
2. The End of Feeling by Cindy C. Bennett ✓ posted to Goodreads
3. If I Were You by Lisa Renee Jones ✓ posted to Goodreads
4. Burned by Sarah Morgan ✓ posted to Goodreads
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~To format and set up~


1. Wild Attraction by Emma Hart
2. Wild Temptation by Emma Hart
3. Sleeping with the Boss by Marissa Clarke
4. Keeping Mr. Right Now by Robin Bielman
5. Channel 20Something by Amy Patrick
6. Dare to Resist by Laura Kaye
7. One Night with her Boss by Noelle Adams
8. Switch Me On by Julie McBride
9. My First, My Last by Lacey Silks
10. Stranded with the Rancher by Janice Maynard
11. Taste by Cambria Hebert
12. Oh, Naughty Night! by Leslie Kelly
13. Flirting with Love: Braden's # 10 by Melissa Foster
14. Taming His Tutor by Natalie Anderson
15. Baiting the Maid of Honor by Tessa Bailey
16. Wild by Sophie Jordan


~Formatted & Set Up~


1. Switch Me On by Julie McBride
2. Taste by Cambria Hebert
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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, August 29, 2014

Blitz: The Other Side of Someday by Carey Heywood


Welcome to The Other Side of Someday Book Blitz!


The Other Side of Someday
by Carey HeywoodCarolina Days #1
Publication Date: July 17, 2014
Purchase from: AmazonNookKoboiBooks

Add to Goodreads.
Falling in love? Courtney Grayson has been there, done that.

Men, who needs them? Love wasn’t everything she thought it would be. This time around she’s doing things differently. She hasn’t sworn off men for good, just isn’t interested in settling. Trusting someone with her heart again? Someday, but not today.

Falling in love? Sorry, Clay Bradshaw is not the guy for you.


He’s never been in love and he doesn’t see it happening. Hooking up can be fun, but more often than not, women are a distraction he doesn’t need. He’s a busy man, and doesn’t have time to date, let alone fall in love. Will someone ever change that? There’s always a chance, someday.

Life doesn’t always go as planned, and love may find them both on the other side of someday.


Excerpt

“I’m not sure how I feel about a first floor master,” Clay mumbles.

“It only seems logical to give Maggie her own space.” I raise the blinds in the kitchen window to peer into the backyard.

“Will you be okay being that far away from them if we have kids?”

I turn to face him, my mouth falling open. “Kids?”

His hands find my hips as his lips press to my cheek. “Yes, Ma’am. That is if you want to have my babies someday.”

I’m prepared to start making Clay’s babies on this countertop with our realtor as witness.

I coil my arms around his neck. “No first floor master then.”

I’m lucky I’m holding onto him because the smile he gives me would have knocked me on my ass otherwise. He presses a hard, fast kiss to my lips before pulling me toward the living room where our realtor, Darcy, is waiting.

“We’d like to eliminate any properties with a first floor master.”


About Carey Heywood

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author with six books out and many more to come. She was born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia. Ever the mild-mannered citizen, Carey spends her days working in the world of finance, and at night, she retreats into the lives of her fictional characters. Supporting her all the way are her husband, three sometimes-adorable children, and their nine-pound attack Yorkie.




Giveaway

Jessica

Review: This Is Falling by Ginger Scott

Title: This Is Falling
Author: Ginger Scott
Published: August 29th 2014
Source: Copy given by author for honest review
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
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Caution: May contain spoilers
First, I had to remember how to breathe. Then, I had to learn how to survive. Two years, three months and sixteen days had passed since I was the Rowe Stanton from before, since tragedy stole my youth and my heart went along with it.

When I left for college, I put a thousand miles between my future and my past. I’d made a choice—I was going to cross back to the other side, to live with the living. I just didn’t know how.

And then I met Nate Preeter.

An All-American baseball player, Nate wasn’t supposed to notice a ghost-of-a-girl like me. But he did. He shouldn’t want to know my name. But he did. And when he learned my secret and saw the scars it left behind, he was supposed to run. But he didn’t.

My heart was dead, and I was never supposed to belong to anyone. But Nate Preeter had me feeling, and he made me want to be his. He showed me everything I was missing.

And then he showed me how to fall.

My Thoughts:

Have you ever picked up a book and thought, "Hmm...I think this one is going to be a very touching story...I must read it," and then you read it and you find yourself overwhelmed with feels? THIS BOOK, you guys. This book was that book. I sincerely hope it comes out in paperback because I want to hold it in my hands SO BAD.

I had a strong adoration for both Rowe and Nate--like immense adoration. Rowe has been through the ringer in life, and still is. I won't get super spoilery (even though it's not necessarily a spoiler), but there was a shooting that happened while she was in high school which has seriously impacted the way she lives her life now. Nate wants her to let him in, but she's reluctant because of the past. After a little bit of time, they open up to each other and it's a beautiful thing. So. Freaking. Beautiful. I just... I can't even begin to explain it. You just need to read for yourself.

This Is Falling made me fall in love. It is a shining example of how New Adult should be--honest and real and full of love and life and growing into who you are. I liked seeing Rowe learn to live again after so much pain in life. Ginger Scott had me addicted to the words on the page. The ending had me sobbing--and I rarely sob reading books. All I can say is NATE'S LETTER. *swoony sighs and tears* I want a Nate of my own. Amazing times infinity and HIGHLY recommended.

My Rating:

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Review: Seducing The Enemy by Noelle Adams

Title: Seducing The Enemy
Author: Noelle Adams
Published: October 14th 2013
Source: Copy given by author for honest review
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Buy: Amazon ~*~ Barnes & Noble
Add to your Goodreads shelf
Caution: May contain spoilers
After being injured in a tragic accident as a child, Marietta Edwards has lived a sheltered life. Finally recovered, she wants to indulge in pleasures that are entirely new to her, so she begins by seducing a sexy, mysterious stranger. Only after their one-night stand does she learn their families have been embroiled in a fifteen-year legal battle and the man she’s given herself to is her worst enemy.

The heir to a vast fortune, Harrison Damon believes the unforgettable night he spent with Marietta in Monte Carlo is just a fling, an escape from his responsibilities. Then he discovers she is an Edwards—the family he despises most. He can’t quench his attraction for her, but he won’t let her use it against him. He won’t let her manipulate him to win money from his family. No matter how much he wants her, he won’t let her seduce him again.

My Thoughts:

There's no question that every time I pick up a Noelle Adams novel, I know I'm going to adore it. When I picked this one up, I had no idea what I was in for. Often I just expect something cute, something likable... but then I get something amazing instead.

It is impossible not to love Marietta. She's hilarious, so much so, that I couldn't stop laughing in the first couple chapters. My favorite is the scene with all the accents. I love seeing couples together just being ridiculous and laughing like that. It kept happening, even up until the end. It was simply ADORABLE. So was Harrison. There were moments when I wanted to shake him a little bit, but deep down you just know he'll come through and be an honorable man. He paid close attention to Etta, enough that he tried to protect her from things that made her uncomfortable.

The situation between their families is serious, and I liked how we were able to see it from different angles. What I really liked about it was how everything tied in from beginning to end. Not going to go into detail there because... spoiler alert! And I don't like doing that to people.

Seducing The Enemy is a need-to-keep-turning-the-page kind of novel. Marietta and Harrison have a lot to work through, and yet they care for each other enough to push through the obstacles. They learned how to trust and love deeply. It had everything a romance should have, and then some. Every Noelle Adams story I read is intriguing and honest and sweet. This one is definitely worthy is picking up sometime.

My Rating: