Friday, December 19, 2014

Review: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Ugly Love
By: Colleen Hoover
Release Date: August 15, 2014

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

Colleen Hoover, you have done it again!  This book was amazing and I felt and gasped everything the character felt and gasped at.  This was a heart wrenching tale that kept you wondering exactly what happened in the past to Miles and what will happen in the future between him and Tate.  Absolutely breathtaking journey between the two of them.

We meet Tate as she is moving in with her pilot overprotective older brother, yes all that description was definitely necessary, he, he.  He also happens to live across the hall from very sexy brooding mysterious Miles who feels the need to eliminate his six year dry spell with Tate, but there are rules of course, aren’t there always?  Tate cannot ask about his past or his future, in other words this is just the right now for release purposes only, but come on that only works if you don’t have a heart. 

The physical relationship is definitely there between the two but it’s the emotional that keeps stumping Miles, while Tate can’t help but falling for him.  They are so different but so good for each other, and hey who doesn’t love a couple that is a nurse and a pilot, it’s like kismet.  Throughout their journey they have a lot of ups and downs and some very steamy scenes but really what got to me was the emotional heart stopping moments between them.  Kept me riveted the entire time from beginning to end.

I definitely felt for the characters and I love when that happens because that’s when you know the author did an amazing job writing this and really understands what readers want to read.  Overall this book was amazing, I didn’t want it to end but I’m happy the way it did end.  That too is a very important part of a book, a good ending.  But this book had a great beginning middle and end and it was just blissful enough that I didn’t want to put it down until I finished it.  (That meant staying up all night after doing my daily chores etc., well into the am hours). 

Love the cover because it’s just simple, Ugly Love.  Sometimes you have to go through that so you could appreciate the beautiful love.  Amazing read, I think Colleen Hoover’s just get better and better the more I read from her. 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Review: When by Victoria Laurie

By: Victoria Laurie
Release Date: January 13, 2015

Maddie Fynn is a shy high school junior, cursed with an eerie intuitive ability: she sees a series of unique digits hovering above the foreheads of each person she encounters. Her earliest memories are marked by these numbers, but it takes her father's premature death for Maddie and her family to realize that these mysterious digits are actually death dates, and just like birthdays, everyone has one.

Forced by her alcoholic mother to use her ability to make extra money, Maddie identifies the quickly approaching death date of one client's young son, but because her ability only allows her to see the when and not the how, she's unable to offer any more insight. When the boy goes missing on that exact date, law enforcement turns to Maddie.

Soon, Maddie is entangled in a homicide investigation, and more young people disappear and are later found murdered. A suspect for the investigation, a target for the murderer, and attracting the attentions of a mysterious young admirer who may be connected to it all, Maddie's whole existence is about to be turned upside down. Can she right things before it's too late?

This book was actually quite a pleasant unexpected surprise.  I haven’t read a mystery type book in a while and this book just seemed to fit me just fine for the moment.  The author did a great job of creating these characters that you couldn’t help but find interesting.  I’ve never heard of someone having the power or ability of knowing everyone’s death date.  That definitely has to take its toll on you.

We meet Maddie who is in high school and a bit of an outcast because of her ability, her best friend Stubbs is also a bit of an outcast, but together they shine.  Even though they are constantly harassed (this book actually takes the time to deal with bullying and I love it more for that because bullying is something that shouldn’t happen even though we all know it does). Together they go about trying to change people’s fate on when they are going to die and it all starts with one mother who wants to know about her child’s death date.  This sets off a chain reaction in their little town, because not only does the other son of that particular mother dies, but it’s all about the way he dies.

In begins the FBI’s interest in both Maddie and her friend Stubbs, but when another student dies, they go in full force.  This of course is where the harassing starts, but you have to read it to find out what happens next because really it’s all unexpected.  When you think it’s one person and then maybe it could be another it turns out to be someone you didn’t expect at all, and this is what makes this book so great.  It keeps you guessing from the beginning to the end, you even begin to doubt your own thoughts in the middle.  Like, could he have done it? Only one way to find out!

Overall the book was a quick read, very interesting and kept your attention all the way through.  It was an interesting a new concept that I haven’t read previously and that’s always a plus, because really who wants to read the same book over and over again (concept wise) without there being some surprises in it that you weren’t expecting.  I would recommend this book to anyone and if you figure it out before the ending then kudos to you because I was completely fooled ha, ha.

Love the cover also, really shows how much of an outcast Maddie really feels like. And the backwards three in the title is also interesting, I would unquestionably pick up this book to see what it was about and once I read the blurb in my basket it would go.

I received this book from NetGalley and Disney Book Group - Disney-Hyperion, so that I may give my honest opinion and a review. Whether it is good or not please do not let it discourage you from purchasing/reading the book yourself and forming your own opinion. What might be good for me may not be good for you and vice versa. With that said, Happy Reading Everyone!!!

Monday, December 8, 2014

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Title: What If
Author: A.J. Pine
Series: If Only #2 (Companion)
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Sometimes it takes letting go of the past to find out who you want to be.

During his semester abroad, Griffin Reed almost gave his heart to a girl who loved someone else. Lesson learned. Now he’s home, where following in his father’s footsteps may not be what he wants, but it’s what his parents expect. It might be taking the easy road, but he doesn’t see a way out.

Something that could have killed Maggie Kendall took away the person she used to be instead. Her condition makes her dependent on sticky notes, photos, and medication just to get through each day. The last thing she needs is a distraction—or someone new to disappoint.

What they refuse to see is they are perfect for each other. Maggie makes Griffin want to be a better man, and he makes her believe a future is possible. But these two have to find a way to share the secrets ripping them apart, if they’re ever going to have a chance at happiness.



Stunned silence. That’s my response as I watch him leave, but when the door bangs shut, I’m all words.

“What the hell was that? Miles, what do I… I don’t even…” Okay, maybe I’m all words, but I never claimed they were coherent.

Miles watches the door with me as he approaches the bar.

“Do you want control of your life, Mags?”

I nod. Everything I do is an attempt to regain control. Of course that’s what I want.

“It’s up to you, sweetheart. If you want my opinion, that was some romantic shit he just pulled, but if you want a say, if you want to be a part of this decision, then be a part of it.”

So I spring up from the stool and race outside to where Griffin sits, already behind the wheel of his truck. Thank God because I didn’t think this through. No coat.

I yank open the passenger-side door and climb in. Wide-eyed but grinning, Griffin waits for me to say something.

“I don’t want to date you,” I say, repeating what I keep telling him, keep telling myself.

“I know. We have an agreement. I was there when we made it.” His confidence doesn’t falter, but his words are painted with a slight edge he means for me to hear.

I rub the chill from my arms, and Griffin starts the truck.

“For the heat,” he explains.

“I know about our agreement, but that doesn’t mean you get to waltz in here with this sort of anti-grand gesture and knock me on my ass.”

He lets the mask fall, and there he is—him.

“Knock you on your ass? Maggie, I didn’t mean…”

“I know. This is uncharted territory. So you know what that means.”

He sighs. Because he knows.

“Ground rules?” he asks.

“Ground rules.”

“Lay them out for me,” he says. “Let me know how this works.”

I maneuver to my knees, my hands fisting in his jacket.

“Rule number one. Never, ever say good-bye without kissing me.”

His brown eyes darken almost to black.

“Did I knock you on your ass?” I ask.

“Yeah, Pippi.” His voice is low and gravely. “You did.”

“Good.” I run a hand through his hair, my itching palm finally getting its fill. “We’re even.”

He waits for me to come to him, and I press my lips to his, taste what I’ve been hungry for all week. But it’s more than just him. I taste his hunger, too. So we linger while the truck heats up, while his warm breath mingles with mine. For a few moments, it is the perfect kiss good-bye.

If only I knew what came after rule number one.

About the Author

AJ Pine writes stories to break readers’ hearts, but don’t worry—she’ll mend them with a happily ever after. As an English teacher and a librarian, AJ has always surrounded herself with books. All her favorites have one big commonality–romance. Naturally, her books have the same. When she’s not writing, she’s of course reading. Then there’s online shopping (everything from groceries to shoes) and, of course, a tiny bit of TV where she nourishes her undying love of vampires, from Eric Northman to the Salvatore brothers. And in the midst of all of this, you’ll also find her hanging with her family in the Chicago burbs.
AJ's debut New Adult novel, IF ONLY, is out now with Entangled's Embrace line. The companion novel, WHAT IF, releases December 8th. Next year look for her new duo of New Adult books, ONE NIGHT and ONE LIFE with Penguin/Intermix.


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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Review: Upside Down by Lia Riley

Upside Down
By: Lia Riley
Release Date: August 5, 2014
Series: Off the Map #1

If You Never Get Lost, You’ll Never Be Found

Twenty-one-year-old Natalia Stolfi is saying good-bye to the past-and turning her life upside down with a trip to the land down under. For the next six months, she'll act like a carefree exchange student, not a girl sinking under the weight of painful memories. Everything is going according to plan until she meets a brooding surfer with hypnotic green eyes and the troubling ability to see straight through her act.

Bran Lockhart is having the worst year on record. After the girl of his dreams turned into a nightmare, he moved back home to Melbourne to piece his life together. Yet no amount of disappointment could blind him to the pretty California girl who gets past all his defenses. He's never wanted anyone the way he wants Talia. But when Bran gets a stark reminder of why he stopped believing in love, he and Talia must decide if what they have is once in a lifetime . . . or if they were meant to live a world apart.

Book #1 in the OFF THE MAP series

This was definitely one of those intense and anxiety ridden love stories that keeps you enthralled from beginning to end.  These two are just so completely messed up in their own minds that they can't help but find that they fit perfectly together, well it takes some time but it happens.  

We begin our intense journey in a funny way where Talia is off to meet one friend but ends up running into Bran in a very weird and humorous way.  There is something about him that just catches her eye immediately and vice versa.  The two of them begin a very strange friendship that lingers into something stronger but still slightly care free of real intense feelings.  At least that is what they hoped to accomplish.

The deeper their friendship grows the more accepting of Talia, Bran is the more she begins to fall for him.  With all her OCD tendencies she is used to people running away from her, but when he makes it a point to go towards her, to calm her it triggers something in Talia.  Bran’s bastardness and Talia’s intensity drives this book through and through and you can’t help but wonder what the two will do next.  One minute they are living life passionately together, the next they are fighting and pulling away from one another. 

In the end I think they each need the other to complete the perfect pair.  Even with all their nuances they really do complete each other.  It was an intense journey through their love experience and I can’t wait to find out what happens next now that they have finally taken the plunge and decided to give this real love a try.

Love the cover, love the characters even the flakey crazy mother and her douche bag boyfriend, there are of course some parts I didn’t agree with (mother issues) but those needed to happen for Talia to be the person she is.  Stronger.  Love that this book took place in a different country too because that is always a fun adventure. 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Review: A VERY GREY CHRISTMAS by T.A. Foster

by T.A. Foster

Series: Kissing Eden, book #3
November 20, 2014


I was getting ready to spend the single most important holiday of the year alone. Completely and utterly alone.
That meant he wouldn't be there Christmas Eve. No making Christmas cookies, or listening to my dad sing off-key while my mom bustled around wrapping last-minute gifts. No decorating the tree. No midnight Christmas kiss.
No waking up in Grey’s arms. We were actually going to spend our very first Christmas in different states.
That was until Grey gave me the most unexpected gift of my life.


Oh T.A. Foster, you sure do know how to pull at the heartstrings.  I loved Eden and Grey from the beginning but this was definitely the icing on the cake that tasted oh so sweet.  This was a quick and sweet heart warming novella that is just perfect for the upcoming Christmas season, I know it only will bring you hope that someone in your life will be just as sweet and romantic.

Eden is on her way home, without Grey and she’s sad about it but knows that she has to spend time with her family as well.  Especially after moving so far away from them.  Grey ever adamant about seeing her for new Years, but of course you can only imagine what a great surprise it was for Eden to see Grey at her house after a couple days of being there.

Overall this was a sweet story, I can’t really say much more because I want you to read it and fall in love all over again with this couple, and believe me you really will.  There were definitely some super steamy and new things tried in this book that always picks up that heart rate but really it’s all about the love story. So if you have a little bit of time and are in the Christmas mood, make sure you pick up this novella and give it a try.  You will not be disappointed!

By the way, how much do you love that cover, oh I needs me some Christmas loving!

Author Information

T.A. Foster once spent a month long spring break on South Padre Island, where she soaked in the Texas sun, beach, and learned what real Texas country music is. Sometimes fiction does spring from reality.

She grew up catching rays and chasing waves along the North Carolina Outer Banks and now resides in the state with her adventurous pilot husband, two children, and two canine kiddos.

T.A. has an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a graduate degree in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University. When she’s not chasing her two-legged and four-legged children or trying to escape for date night, you can find her reading, writing, or planning her next beach trip.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Release Day Blitz: A Very Grey Christmas by T.A. Foster


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I was getting ready to spend the single most important holiday of the year alone. Completely and utterly alone. That meant he wouldn’t be there Christmas Eve. No making Christmas cookies, or listening to my dad sing off-key while my mom bustled around wrapping last-minute gifts. No decorating the tree. No midnight Christmas kiss. No waking up in Grey’s arms. We were actually going to spend our very first Christmas in different states. That was until Grey gave me the most unexpected gift of my life.


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T.A. Foster met, fell in love with, and married her own Marine fighter pilot. Through deployments, trainings, and sometimes living oceans apart, their own love story continues every day. She grew up catching rays and waves along the North Carolina Outer Banks and now resides in the state with her husband, two children, and two canine kiddos. T.A. has an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a graduate degree in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University. When she’s not chasing her two-legged and four-legged children or trying to escape for date night, you can find her reading, writing, or planning her next beach trip. 
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Friday, November 14, 2014

Cover Reveal: BECOMING RAIN by K.A. Tucker

We are so stoked about this cover reveal for K.A. Tucker's BECOMING RAIN! BECOMING RAIN is a New Adult Romantic Suspense novel, and the second novel in K.A. Tucker’s Burying Water Series, published by Atria Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster. BECOMING RAIN is set to be released March 3, 2015!

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  About BECOMING RAIN: Luke Boone doesn't know exactly what his uncle Rust is involved in but he wants in on it-the cars, the money, the women. And it looks like he's finally getting his wish. When Rust hands him the managerial keys to the garage, they come with a second set-one that opens up the door to tons of cash and opportunity. Though it's not exactly legal, Luke's never been one to worry about that sort of thing. Especially when it puts him behind the wheel of a Porsche 911 and onto the radar of gorgeous socialite named Rain. Clara Bertelli is at the top of her game-at only twenty-six years old, she's one of the most successful undercover officers in the Washington D.C. major crime unit, and she's just been handed a case that could catapult her career and expose one of the west coast's most notorious car theft rings. But, in order to do it, she'll need to go deep undercover as Rain Martines. Her target? The twenty-four-year old nephew of a key player who appears ready to follow in his uncle's footsteps. As Clara drifts deeper into the luxurious lifestyle of Rain, and further into the arms of her very attractive and charming target, the lines between right and wrong start to blur, making her wonder if she'll be able to leave it all behind. Or if she'll even want to.  

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Author PhotoAbout BURYING WATER: The top-selling, beloved indie author of Ten Tiny Breaths returns with a new romance about a young woman who loses her memory—and the man who knows that the only way to protect her is to stay away. Left for dead in the fields of rural Oregon, a young woman defies all odds and survives—but she awakens with no idea who she is, or what happened to her. Refusing to answer to “Jane Doe” for another day, the woman renames herself “Water” for the tiny, hidden marking on her body—the only clue to her past. Taken in by old Ginny Fitzgerald, a crotchety but kind lady living on a nearby horse farm, Water slowly begins building a new life. But as she attempts to piece together the fleeting slivers of her memory, more questions emerge: Who is the next-door neighbor, quietly toiling under the hood of his Barracuda? Why won’t Ginny let him step foot on her property? And why does Water feel she recognizes him? Twenty-four-year-old Jesse Welles doesn’t know how long it will be before Water gets her memory back. For her sake, Jesse hopes the answer is never. He knows that she’ll stay so much safer—and happier—that way. And that’s why, as hard as it is, he needs to keep his distance. Because getting too close could flood her with realities better left buried. The trouble is, water always seems to find its way to the surface.  

About K.A. Tucker: Born in small-town Ontario, Kathleen published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She is a voracious reader and the farthest thing from a genre-snob, loving everything from High Fantasy to Chick Lit. Kathleen currently resides in a quaint small town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.        

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