Monday, June 24, 2019

Blog Tour: Something Like Gravity by Amber Smith

Something Like Gravity

Amber Smith

Margaret K. McElderry Books

June 18, 2019

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Contemporary, LGBT, Young Adult, Romance

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Book Synopsis:
For fans of Love, Simon and Eleanor and Park, a romantic and sweet novel about a transgender boy who falls in love for the first time — and how first love changes us all — from New York Times bestselling author Amber Smith. 

Chris and Maia aren’t off to a gr eat start. 

A near - fatal car accident first brings them together, and their next encounters don’t fare much better. Chris’s good intentions backfire. Maia’s temper gets the best of her. 

But they’re neighbors, at least for the summer, and despite their bes t efforts, they just can’t seem to stay away from each other. 

The path forward isn’t easy. Chris has come out as transgender, but he’s still processing a frightening assault he survived the year before. Maia is grieving the loss of her older sister and tr ying to find her place in the world without her. Falling in love was the last thing on either of their minds. 

But would it be so bad if it happened anyway?

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Amber Smith is the New York Times bestselling author of the young adult novels The Way I Used to Be, The Last to Let Go, and Something Like Gravity. An advocate for increased awareness of gendered violence, as well as LGBTQ equality, she writes in the hope that her books can help to foster change and spark dialogue surrounding these issues. She grew up in Buffalo, New York, and now lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her partner and their ever - growing family of rescued dogs and cats. You can find her on line at

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Saturday, June 22, 2019

Stacking the Shelves & Sunday Post (44)

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This week I won the Amazon Kindle book Fatal Flowers from Cynthia at Fictional Reviewer! I just love her book blog, so if you get the opportunity, you should check it out!  

I tried my best to catch up on visiting and commenting on my favorite blogs, and read, Save the Date by Monica Murphy and Dating You/Hating You by Christina Lauren.  My co-blogger, Ria, has been reading and reviewing more on the blog, and she's a big fan of fantasy, paranormal, and urban fantasy reads.  It's nice having her back!

If you haven't already entered, check out the Splash Into Summer Giveaway Hop for the chance to win a $10 Amazon Giftcard on my blog!  Hop from blog to blog for the opportunity to win more gift cards, books, swag, and prizes! 

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Book Review: Dating You/Hating You by Christina Lauren

Dating You/Hating You

Christina Lauren

Gallery Books

June 6, 2017

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Book Synopsis:

All’s fair in love and work. The first standalone romance by New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Christina Lauren (Beautiful Bastard) is a sexy, compulsively readable romantic comedy that dives headlong into the thrill and doubt of modern love. 

Despite the odds against them from an embarrassing meet-awkward at a mutual friend’s Halloween party, Carter and Evie immediately hit it off. Even the realization that they’re both high-powered agents at competing firms in Hollywood isn’t enough to squash the fire. 

But when their two agencies merge—causing the pair to vie for the same position—all bets are off. What could have been a beautiful, blossoming romance turns into an all-out war of sabotage. Carter and Evie are both thirtysomething professionals—so why can’t they act like it? 

Can Carter stop trying to please everyone and see how their mutual boss is really playing the game? Can Evie put aside her competitive nature long enough to figure out what she really wants in life? Can their actor clients just be something close to human? Whether these two Hollywood love/hatebirds get the storybook Hollywood ending or just a dramedy of epic proportions, you will get to enjoy Christina Lauren’s heartfelt, raucous, and hilarious romance style at its finest.

My Thoughts:

I was excited to read Dating/You Hating You because I am a big Christina Lauren fan. For some reason this story was initially difficult in grabbing my attention, which was very surprising for me!  However, I'm really glad that I stuck with it, because I ended up enjoying it!

Carter and Evie meet at a Halloween party, when their best friends try to set them up, without letting them know.  Everyone else is coupled up, and they are the only two singles at the party.  Ironically, Carter comes dressed as Harry Potter, and Evie comes dressed as Hermoine Granger.  From the start these two hit it off, and you know that they are meant to be.  

Carter is an agent for television and Evie is an agent in the movie industry.  Both are married to their job and agree that it wouldn't be a good idea to date because they'd never see each other.  However, these two can't stop thinking about one another and start texting, flirting, connecting and eventually dating.  Everything goes south when there two companies merge, and they both end up competing for the same position.

Dating You/Hating You was a fun romantic comedy, that had the signature laugh out loud, feel-good humor that I have come to expect from Christina Lauren.  I enjoyed the chemistry and romance between these two leading characters.  The hijinks between these two, as the each kept trying to one up each other, had me laughing out loud!  I loved the supporting cast, and the amazing friendships that Evie had with her girls and that Carter shared with his best friend as well.  

Christina Lauren also did an amazing job of highlighting the challenges women still face in the workplace with not getting equal pay for equal work, by demonstrating this perfectly with Evie and Carter's boss Brad.  His character completely set me on edge, and made me so angry, with the way he would talk down to Evie and belittle her!  

I was cheering on Evie and Carter the whole time, and desperate for them to find their way back to each other, despite being put in a position to compete for the same position.  I loved both of their characters, the way they just "got" each other and the chemistry that they shared. These two complimented and balanced one other out perfectly. The ending was fabulous and left me with a big smile on my face!

About Christina Lauren:

Yes, there are two of us! Lauren (on the left) and Christina (on the right). Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners and best friends Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The #1 international bestselling coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced fourteen New York Times bestselling novels. They are published in over 30 languages, have received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal and Publishers Weekly, won both the Seal of Excellence and Book of the Year from RT Magazine, named Amazon and Audible Romance of the Year, a Lambda Literary Award finalist and been nominated for several Goodreads Choice Awards. They have been featured in publications such as Forbes, The Washington Post, Time, Entertainment Weekly, People, O Magazine and more. Their third YA novel, Autoboyography was released in 2017 to critical acclaim, followed by Roomies, Love and Other Words, Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating, and the Publisher’s Weekly starred My Favorite Half-Night Stand, out in December. 

Lauren Billings (but everyone calls her Lo) has a Ph.D. in neuroscience and before she made writing her full-time job, would spend her days doing nerdy research-type things wearing a lab coat and goggles. She is silly Mommy to two littles, wife to one mountain biking homebrewing scientist, and an unabashed lover of YA and romance. 

Christina Hobbs (but you’ll always hear Lo call her PQ) used to spend her days in a junior high counseling office surrounded by teenagers. These days you can find her at her desk, writing or watching BTS videos. She grew up in Utah and is absolutely not old enough to be the mom of a 17 year old (right??), thinks she’s the luckiest person in the world to write books with her best friend, and is an unapologetic lover of boy bands and glitter. 

You can follow their shenanigans at: @lolashoes (Lauren) & @seeCwrite (Christina) on Twitter. On Tumblr! where we post kissing gifs and writerly stuff and Wattpad for short stories and sneak peeks! 

For official information about their books, events, interviews, movie/TV news and more, follow @christinalauren.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Chapter Reveal: Handle With Care by Helena Hunting

Handle With Care 

(Shacking Up #5) 
by Helena Hunting 
Expected Pub: August 27th 2019 

by St. Martin's Press 

Between his parents’ messed up marriage and his narcissistic younger brother, Lincoln Moorehead has spent the majority of his life avoiding his family. After the death of his father, Lincoln finds himself in the middle of the drama. To top it all off, he’s been named CEO of Moorehead Media, much to his brother’s chagrin. But Lincoln’s bad attitude softens when he meets the no-nonsense, gorgeous woman who has been given the task of transforming him from the gruff, wilderness guy to a suave businessman

Wren Sterling has been working double time to keep the indiscretions at Moorehead Media at bay, so when she’s presented with a new contract, with new responsibilities and additional incentives, she agrees. Working with the reclusive oldest son of a ridiculously entitled family is worth the hassle if it means she’s that much closer to pursuing her own dreams. What Wren doesn’t expect is to find herself attracted to him, or for it to be mutual. And she certainly doesn’t expect to fall for Lincoln. But when a shocking new Moorehead scandal comes to light, she’s forced to choose between her own family and the broody, cynical CEO.

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of PUCKED, Helena Hunting lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. She's writes contemporary romance ranging from new adult angst to romantic sports comedy. 

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Blog Tour: The Locker Room by Meghan Quinn

The Locker Room
Getting Lucky #1

Meghan Quinn

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June 20, 2019

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Have you heard the rumor around campus about the locker room?

If you haven't, let me enlighten you: Legend has it if you bring a girl into the sacred after-game domain of the baseball locker room, it will end with a walk down the aisle. One rowdy and naked encounter against the lockers with the girl of your dreams will make her your wife. 

Translation: baseball players are stupidly superstitious and believe the locker room has magical powers. 

But not all baseball players are superstitious, me included. 

So when the girl I've fallen for brushes me off, I start to question if I need to switch my way of thinking. Maybe it's time I finally hand out a coveted invitation to the locker room.  

The only question is, will she accept?

My Thoughts:

The Locker Room was my first book by Meghan Quinn. I would describe it as a sweet, easy-going, fun, and humorous. If you're looking for light-hearted story with a little angst, romance, and a good amount of steam, this is the book for you! 

I fell madly in love with the male lead, college baseball shortstop, Knox Gentry. He was charismatic, charming, sweet, sexy, thoughtful, and extremely romantic. Frankly, I thought he was too good for the female lead, Emory Ealson, who was extremely guarded, stubborn, inflexible, and downright difficult. I felt like the brunt of their problems were due to her insecurities, and inability to open her mind enough to stop getting in the way of her own happiness. 

Emory moves from California to Illinois to attend Brentwood University, when her long term relationship ends due to cheating. She decides that she is not going to let a male define who she is anymore, and is determined to be independent, study hard, and have fun her junior year with her two best friends. She ends up meeting Knox Gentry when she's lost, and her map blows into his face. They end up sharing a class together, and you can tell there is a strong mutual attraction from the start. However, Emory is determined to resist Knox, but what she hasn't realized is that he's use to working hard for what he wants, and the more he gets to know Emory, the more he realizes she's the one for him. 

I loved how Emory and Knox had a slow burning romance. They started off as acquaintances, grew to friends, and then to lovers. I enjoyed their flirty fun banter, the way they joked and teased one another, and the chemistry that they shared. Knox would be any girl's dream man. He was so sweet with both his small and large romantic gestures and made me swoon repeatedly! I understood Emory's guarded heart, and respected her determination to be independent and focus on her dreams. However, there came a point where I felt like Knox more than proved the type of person he was, and she frustrated me with her stubborn inflexibility. I thought he deserved much better. Then there was a decision that she made that I thought was very foolish, and made me feel like throwing my Kindle at her! 

I enjoyed the story, and it kept my attention from beginning to end.  I breezed right through the book, and would definitely be interested in reading more books by Meghan Quinn!  Knox Gentry has made it on to my book boyfriend list, and he is sure to make every romance reader swoon, and smile from ear to ear! 

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This map is useless. 

Easy to read, my ass. I need a magnifying glass to make out any of the color-coded buildings on this thing and unfortunately, I left my magnifying glass in my other skirt. That was sarcasm, if you didn’t catch it. 

Standing next to a wonky-looking tree, I try to act as casual as possible—hip popped out, interested glances, the usual—as I hide a school map beneath the pages of Pride and Prejudice , while off-handedly looking for the MacMillan building. But the wind—though subtle—isn’t making things easy. 

 Recently transferred from Cal State, Fullerton, I’m attempting to avoid making a fool of myself on the first day of fall classes at my new school, Brentwood University. 

Unfortunately, I’m way out of my element. 

 For one, I know nothing about this school other than they have the best library sciences program in the country. Making the transfer a no-brainer for me the minute I realized I wanted to be a librarian. I dabbled in business at Cal State, but who was I kidding? I had no right trying to figure out micro-and macroeconomics. 

 A California girl through and through, Illinois is nothing like the palm trees and beaches I’ve grown up with. Don’t get me wrong, there are trees here, huge, plush, green trees everywhere, the kind of trees Bob Ross made dance on his canvas. But the smog . . . I have no idea where that is. Breathing fresh air almost feels wrong. And apparently pizza is a big deal here. I’ve heard at least three separate arguments since I’ve moved about which pizza in town is best. Let’s all be friends and be grateful there is good pizza here. 

 And even though this is a “small” school town outside Chicago, it’s larger than life with boisterous personalities and ivy-covered buildings that cause me to believe I’m walking on the hallowed grounds where the prosperous were educated. 

Plus, I had to buy leggings for all my skirts, because the temperature doesn’t call for bare legs out here. 

 The wind picks up again, lifting my skirt and map at the same time. Not wanting to be known as the resident flasher on campus, I save the skirt—because even though I have leggings, I chose not to wear them today—and tamp it back down on my legs as the map lifts from my book, floats into the air, twirling and swirling only to smack a passing guy right in the face. 

 Whap . 

“What the—?” He startles and I jump into action. 

 “I’m so sorry,” I say, scrambling to hold my skirt down while clutching my parted book at my chest. 

 The map is slowly peeled away and a pair of beautiful light blue eyes peek past the paper first, followed by the sharpest jawline I’ve ever seen, defined and tense. Light scruff matches his dirty-blond hair that is swept to the left and cut short on the sides. Dressed in a green Brentwood baseball sweatshirt and wearing a jaw-dropping smile, he chuckles and hands me the map while eyeing me up and down. 

 Why is he so familiar? 

 Those eyes.

 “Not a problem, but you could have asked for help if you were lost. Slapping me with a map is an aggressive tactic, effective, but aggressive.” 

 That voice, that smirk. I know it from somewhere. 

 Feeling a light blush creep up my cheeks, I say, “Not used to the wind.” 

 He nods and thumbs behind him. “Lake Michigan. It’s a bitch in the winter.” He studies me for a second and then nods at my map. “Where you headed? I can help.” There is the smallest southern drawl in his voice, nothing strong, but enough to tell me he’s not from Illinois. 

 I know that voice. I remember specifically thinking it was hot. 

 Tamping down my map and folding it in my book that I snap shut quickly, I say, “I promised I’d figure this all out on my own, but looks like I might need a little help after all.” 

“Don’t blame yourself; this campus is a maze with no rhyme or reason. I was lost my entire first semester. Can’t tell you how many times I was late to class.” 

 “That’s reassuring.” 

 He tilts his head to the side and gives me a small once-over. “I know you.” I don’t say anything and just as his eyes land on my chest, a smile creeps over his face, a light bulb lighting in his head. “You’re the girl who helped me find my room on Saturday.” 



 It’s the yellow-door baseball guy. 

 He leans forward, hands stuffed in his pockets and says, “I never forget a good pair of tits.” 

 As if I wasn’t blushing enough already.

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USA Today Bestselling Author, wife, adoptive mother, and peanut butter lover. Author of romantic comedies and contemporary romance, Meghan Quinn brings readers the perfect combination of heart, humor, and heat in every book.

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