Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday (107

In the Unlikely Event
By: L.J. Shen
Release Date: November 19, 2019

Book Synopsis:
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A one-night stand born from vengeance in a foreign land. 
An explosive chemistry neither of us could deny. 
We signed a contract on the back of a Boar’s Head Pub napkin that said if we ever met again, we would drop everything and be together. 
Eight years and thousands of miles later, he’s here. 
In New York. 
And he’s America’s music obsession. 
The intangible Irish poet who brings record executives to their knees. 
The blizzard in my perfect, unshaken snow globe. 
Last time we spoke, he was a beggar with no intention of becoming a king. 
But a king he became, and now I’m his servant. 
I’m not the same broken princess Malachy Doherty put back together with his callused hands. 
I have a career I love. 
A boyfriend I adore. 
An apartment, a roommate, a life. 
I changed. He changed, too. 
But Mal kept the napkin.
Question is, will I keep my word?

Why I'm Eagerly Waiting:

I've read L.J. Shen and enjoyed her books immensely!  Rockstar stories are my favorite, and I enjoy the second chance at love trope.  This sounds like it will be a really good story, and can't wait to get my hands on it!

What are you waiting on?

Monday, November 11, 2019

Sneak Peek: In the Unlikely Event by LJ Shen

The Unlikely Event
By: L.J. Shen
Release Date:
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In the Unlikely Event, an all-new 
“messy, sexy, laugh-out-loud, cry-out-loud romance” from USA Today bestselling author L.J. Shen, is coming November 19th and we have a sneak peek of chapter one! 

A one-night stand born from vengeance in a foreign land.
An explosive chemistry neither of us could deny.
We signed a contract on the back of a Boar’s Head Pub napkin that said if we ever met again, we would drop everything and be together.
Eight years and thousands of miles later, he’s here.
In New York.
And he’s America’s music obsession.
The intangible Irish poet who brings record executives to their knees.
The blizzard in my perfect, unshaken snow globe.
Last time we spoke, he was a beggar with no intention of becoming a king.
But a king he became, and now I’m his servant. 
I’m not the same broken princess Malachy Doherty put back together with his callused hands.
I have a career I love.
A boyfriend I adore.
An apartment, a roommate, a life.
I changed. He changed, too. 
But Mal kept the napkin.
Question is, will I keep my word?

Sneak Peek from In the Unlikely Event: 
Chapter One
Present day


My life is contained in a round, beautiful snow globe.
The kind no one has bothered to pick up from the dusty shelf in years. Unshaken. Quiet and still. From the outside, my manicured Swiss village looks perfect. And it is. Kind of. At twenty-six, it appears I have my life together.
Perfect job.
Perfect apartment.
Perfect roommate.
Perfect boyfriend.
Perfect lies.
Well, they’re not lies, per se. All my accomplishments are real. I worked hard for them. Problem is, I promised eight years ago to give them all away in the blink of an eye if I bumped into him again. But back then, I wasn’t the same person I am today.
I was lost. Grieving. Broken. Confused.
Not that it matters, because that was then, and this is now, and it’s not him I’m staring at. Nope. There’s no way.

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Saturday, November 9, 2019

Stacking the Shelves & Sunday Post (50)

Hosted by:  Tynga's Reviews
Hosted by:  Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer

Recently I binged on the Outlander Series! I watched seasons one and two on Netflix, and loved them so much that I subscribed to a free week of Starz, just so I could see seasons three and four!  They are pretty graphic and explicit, but I love the story line, and how rich the series is in history! I never read the books, but now I'm thinking of going back and reading the series.  The Ho-Ho-Ho Readathon hosted by Kim@ Caffeinated Reviewer kicked off today and I am so excited to be reading Christmas books and participating in all of the fun games and challenges.  This event is sure to get me in the holiday spirit!  I only added 2 books to my readathon TBR, but if I end up having more time, I plan on adding more!  Is anyone else doing the readathon?

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Friday, November 8, 2019

Blog Tour: The Love Playbook by Suze Winegardner

The Love Playbook

Suze Winegardner

November 4, 2019

Entangled Teen Crush

eARC from publisher in exchange for a honest review 

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Book Synopsis:

When Avery Stone learns her dad will be fired if his high school team doesn’t make the playoffs, she has to get her head out of her day planner and do something—anything—to help him win. Even if it means secretly coaching the team’s newest player, who seems to have more game than skill. 

Lucas Black just transferred to Hillside with a fake name and a big secret. The MVP of every team he’d played on since he was seven—not to mention the MVP of every post-game party—he can’t understand why since arriving at Hillside, he’s been unable to catch a single. Freaking. Ball. 

Until…Avery. Amazing, kind, generous, and crazy-freaking-hot Avery. 

As Lucas goes from zero back to hero and Avery struggles with just what Lucas means to her, she inadvertently sets them on a collision course with Lucas’s secret…a secret that could take down not only Lucas but her father too. 

DISCLAIMER: This Entangled Teen Crush contains a football player hotter than the Texas sun, hotel cuddles, and a steamy makeout session in the rain


My Thoughts:

The Love Playbook was a sweet and fun read!  Lucas has transferred to Hillside High School.  Football is his passion, but after he got caught taking expensive gifts from a university, he is banned from ever playing again.  He decides to fly under the radar by playing for a small town football team where he won't get noticed.  However, all of a sudden, he can't seem to catch the ball! 

Avery, the coaches' daughter, agrees to help Lucas improve his game.  She overheard a secret conversation that if the team doesn't make it to playoffs, her father will most likely lose his job.  Football is important to Avery's family, and after losing her mother to Cancer last year, she doesn't want them to lose anything more.

Both Lucas and Avery are struggling emotionally, and are going through very difficult times in their lives.  As they spend time together, they find a friend and ally in one another, but will their secrets catch up to them, and tear apart the relationship they've built?

I enjoyed reading about the struggles, friendship, and love of Lucas and Avery.  Both of them went through huge challenges, and were able to grow and mature from their experiences.  I loved the way they were always there for one another, supporting, encouraging, and guiding.  The Love Playbook was a fast-paced, light, sweet, fun, and feel good romance!  I enjoyed Lucas and Avery's story, and look forward to reading more books by Suze Winegardner!

About the Author:
Suze Winegardner is a British YA writer, currently living overseas with her military husband, and lovely Lab. She loves Buffy, Fray Bentos pies, Archer, cheese, and the serial comma. Wait - Cadbury Flakes too. And naps. Wait, what was the question? Anyway, she thinks her life is chock full of hoot, just a little bit of nanny...and if you get that reference, she already considers you kin.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday (106)

Releasing Keanu
The Kennedy Boys #8
By: Siobhan Davis
Release Date: December 30, 2019

GR's Book Synopsis:

Selena played me.
Confirming I wasted years loving someone who didn’t love me back.
It should be easy to move on, but since she dumped me, I can’t shake her from my thoughts, no matter how hard I try.
Dates and random hookups don’t help, because no one measures up to the girl I still love with my whole heart.
When she appears at my door, begging me for help, I can’t turn her away. My protective instincts kick in, and I grasp this second chance with both hands.
This time, I’m determined to open her eyes.
To help her realize she made a mistake throwing what we had away.
To prove our love is the real deal.

Keanu has it all wrong.
I let him go because I love him too much to continue holding him back.
And I’ve paid for it every day since.
I didn’t think it was possible to miss someone this much, but my entire being aches for him in a way that isn’t healthy.
It’s why I continue to keep my distance even though it’s killing me inside.
No one understands me the way he does, so, when my ugly past returns, threatening to undo years of progress, he’s the first person I run to.
If anyone can keep me safe, it’s the love of my life.
Maybe, this time, I’m strong enough to be the woman he deserves.
If my past doesn’t take me from him first.

Releasing Keanu is a STANDALONE new adult romance in the Kennedy Boys world. No cliffhanger, no cheating, and a guaranteed HEA.

Why I'm Eagerly Waiting:

I have enjoyed Siobhan Davis' books over and over again.  They are the kind of stories that keep my head buried in my Kindle, holding my breath, and not wanting to take a break.  This one is coming out soon, and it sounds so good!  I love second chance at love romances, and the fact that this one also includes suspense, has my really excited.  If you enjoy the new adult genre, Siobhan Davis is an author I recommend!

What Are You Waiting On?

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Book Review: Sick Kids in Love by Hannah Moskowitz

Sick Kids in Love
By: Hannah Moskowitz
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: November 5, 2019
Source: eARC from the publisher in exchange for a honest review
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Book Synopsis:

Isabel has one rule: no dating. 

It's easier-- 
It's safer-- 
It's better-- 
--for the other person. 

She's got issues. She's got secrets. She's got rheumatoid arthritis. 

But then she meets another sick kid. 

He's got a chronic illness Isabel's never heard of, something she can't even pronounce.

He understands what it means to be sick. He understands her more than her healthy friends. He understands her more than her own father who's a doctor. 

He's gorgeous, fun, and foul-mouthed. And totally into her. 

Isabel has one rule: no dating. 

It's complicated-- 

It's dangerous-- 

It's never felt better-- 

--to consider breaking that rule for him.


My Thoughts:

Sick Kids in Love was a delightfully entertaining and heartwarming story.  It was uplifting, fresh, and relatable.  

Isabel and Sasha meet at the hospital when they are both getting treatments done.  Isabel has Rheumatoid Arthritis and Sasha has Gaucher's Disease, which is the deficiency of an enzyme.  These two characters struck up a fun and flirty friendship because they could relate to one another and what it's like to be chronically ill.

I Ioved Isabel's sweet, and always wanting to please everyone personality and Sasha's sense of humor.  The connection between these two was a thing of beauty and I enjoyed their banter, and the way they played off of each other.  Despite the two of them having extra physical challenges due to their respective illnesses, they were like any other teen, in wanting friendship, love, and to enjoy their lives.

The author did an excellent job of educating and bringing awareness to readers about these two diseases.  Sasha's disease can be "seen" and observed by others.  Often times he has to use an oxygen tank, has nosebleeds, is very thin, and suffers from exhaustion.  Isabel's disease is what is known as an "invisible" disease, because when people look at her they can't see that she's sick.  She feels like she can't complain, because she's not as "sick" as Sasha, but he explains to her that just because her R.A. is invisible by outward appearance, doesn't mean she's any less sick than he is.  She doesn't need to question, hide, or feel guilty about expressing her illness, the pain she feels, and the limitations that she needs to put on herself to protect her body from hurting.

Sasha was such a sweetheart and was so good for Isabel.  He came from a warm and very open family who talked about his Gaucher's and made him feel comfortable to express himself.  Isabel's mother left her, and her father, who was a doctor was a workaholic.  He made it uncomfortable for Isabel to talk about her R.A. and I enjoyed how Isabel was able to find a surrogate in Sasha's family, and grow in to herself.  

This story did a great job of balancing what it meant to be chronically ill with lighthearted moments of friendship, humor, romance, and first love!  I highly recommend Sick Kids in Love for an all around beautiful story, that will hold you captive from the first page!

About the Author:

Hannah Moskowitz wrote her first story, about a kitten named Lilly on the run from cat hunters, for a contest when she was seven years old. It was disqualified for violence. Her first book, BREAK, was on the ALA's 2010 list of Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, and in 2013, GONE, GONE, GONE received a Stonewall Honor. 2015's NOT OTHERWISE SPECIFIED was named the YA Bisexual Book of the Year. She's also the co-author of GENA/FINN with Kat Helgeson and has contributed to several anthologies. She lives in Maryland with several cats, none of whom are violent.

Book Review: The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The Beautiful Ones
by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Published October 24th 2017
by Thomas Dunne Books St. Martin's Press
ARC for Review

Synopsis 1
The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia is a sweeping fantasy of manners set in a world inspired by the belle Γ©poque.

In a world of etiquette and polite masks, no one is who they seem to be.

Antonina Beaulieu is in the glittering city of Loisail for her first Grand Season, where she will attend balls and mingle among high society. Under the tutelage of the beautiful but cold Valerie Beaulieu she hopes to find a suitable husband. However, the haphazard manifestations of Nina’s telekinetic powers make her the subject of malicious gossip.

Yet dazzling telekinetic performer and outsider Hector Auvray sees Nina’s powers as a gift, and he teaches her how to hone and control them. As they spend more and more time together, Nina falls in love and believes she’s found the great romance that she’s always dreamt of. But Hector’s courtship of Nina is deceptive.

Synopsis 2
A young woman finding her way It is Antonina Beaulieu's first Grand Season in the elegant city of Loisail. A chance to take her place in high society, to find a suitable husband, and to leave her checkered past behind. Because Antonina possesses telekinetic powers, powers she can't control, that have made her the subject of cruel gossip.

A gentleman with a secret
Famed telekinetic performer Hector Auvray is also new to the city. He arrives in Loisail with the intent of recapturing the heart of his former flame, the beautiful ValΓ©rie Beaulieu, and finds his way into her household by courting Antonina.

Astounded by Hector's abilities, which she wishes to master, and flattered by his attention, Antonina does not suspect the duplicitous drama which will unfold.

A romance with a dash of the fantastic
Set in a sumptuous world inspired by the Belle Epoque, where scandal is a dreaded weapon, The Beautiful Ones is a tale of desire and betrayal, and the struggle between conformity and passion.

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Matters of the Heart Are the Hardest to Categorize

Let’s start off by looking at that cover!! I was immediately drawn to the vibrant green with the beautiful scroll. I was very excited about this read and I was not disappointed. From the first page Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s writing is captivating. Romance and scandal all wonderfully woven together with just enough pull to keep the reader turning the pages.

The Story, Antonina is a wonderful young lady with an amazing heart. She lives in a world where ladies are to be a certain way and anything else results in scandal for the families. Reputation is key and the only thing that may be more important is how much money the family has. Nina(Antonina) does not have to worry about money but her telekinetic gift means people have looked down on her since childhood. No one except her family treats her with kindness because this gift is not something “ladies” should have. Nina has found Hector and he has the same gift hoping to make a new friend and know someone who can share understanding with her she quickly becomes enamored with him. Hector has other plans and they involve only Valerie.

The Characters, You know how I feel for Nina she is the wonderful light of this story. My heart went out to her I loved getting to know her and watch her become an incredible talent with an untarnished heart. Hector is confused and hurt and he makes so many mistakes. He has a certain sense of charm that keeps drawing the reader in. Uncertain of the outcome I kept cheering for Nina so all I wanted for her was happiness. Valerie, oh boy all I can say about her is she let a certain darkness overtake her she became cruel and evil. All the beauty on the outside did nothing for the withering rotting heart within. The secondary characters added a lot of zeal to the story that created a lot of depth.

The End, Nina faces a lot of strife and heartache but she overcomes it by developing into something greater than before. Something that has always been her foundation is her family and they do not disappoint. I am happy to report everyone gets what they deserve.

My Rating
4.0 I did not want to put this down, when I had to I kept thinking about picking it back up again and what would happen next. I recommend this for anyone that loves a crazy romance with drama and a wonderful ending.

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About the Author

Silvia Moreno-Garcia is the author of several novels, including Gods of Jade and Shadow. She has also edited a number of anthologies, including the World Fantasy Award-winning She Walks in Shadows (a.k.a. Cthulhu's Daughters). Mexican by birth, Canadian by inclination.