Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday (111)


Almost Just Friends
Wildstone #4
By: Jill Shalvis
Release Date: January 21, 2020
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks

Book Synopsis:

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis returns to Wildstone with the touching story of finding your place in the world—and the people who make it home. 

Piper Manning’s about as tough as they come, she’s had to be. She raised her siblings and they’ve thankfully flown the coop. All she has to do is finish fixing up the lake house her grandparents left her, sell it, and then she’s free. When a massive storm hits, she runs into a tall, dark and brooding stranger, Camden Reid. There’s a spark there, one that shocks her. Surprising her further, her sister and brother return, each of them holding their own secrets. The smart move would be for Piper to ignore them all but Cam unleashes emotions deep inside of her that she can’t deny, making her yearn for something she doesn’t understand. And her siblings…well, they need each other. Only when the secrets come out, it changes everything Piper thinks she knows about her family, herself…and Cam. Can she find a way to outrun the demons? The answer is closer than she thinks—just as the new life she craves may have already begun.

Why I'm Eagerly Waiting:

I'm a fan of Jill Shalvis' books.  I love the way she gives us sweet romance, and a sense of family and/or community in her stories.  She is the queen of second chance romance, and I'm looking forward to this upcoming story, because it sounds like a cute read, with some mystery, and a lot of emotion. 

What Are You Waiting On?

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Stacking the Shelves & Sunday Post (52)

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

I've been reading a lot for fun, and as you can see I've bought a lot of books that I've had on my TBR.  I just finished Echoes Between Us by Katie McGarry, and I think I went through half a box of tissue.  I loved that book so much and highly recommend it.  I'm looking forward to Christmas and have been doing a ton of online shopping.  I haven't posted a lot on the blog recently, but plan on posting more after the holiday :)

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday (110)


Four Days of You and Me
By: Miranda Keneally
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: May 5, 2020

Book Synopsis:

A new swoon-worthy romance following a couple's love story on the same date over four years. 

Every May 7, the students at Coffee County High School take a class trip. And every year, Lulu’s relationship with Alex Rouvelis gets a little more complicated. Freshman year, they went from sworn enemies to more than friends after a close encounter in an escape room. It’s been hard for Lulu to quit Alex ever since. 

Through breakups, make ups, and dating other people, each year’s class trip brings the pair back together and forces them to confront their undeniable connection. From the science museum to an amusement park, from New York City to London, Lulu learns one thing is for sure: love is the biggest trip of all.

Why I'm Eagerly Waiting:

Miranda Keneally is one of my top favorite Y.A. contemporary romance authors.  I have loved every single one of her books, and if I see her name on a book, it's an auto-buy for me!

What Are You Waiting On?

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday (109)


Ruthless Knight
Royal Hearts Academy #2
By: A. Jade
Release Date: January 21, 2020

Book Synopsis:
WARNING: Royal Hearts Academy is a New Adult/High School series of standalones filled with drama, a touch of angst, and boys who are bad to the bone. And when I say bad, I mean they are aholes with a capital A. If you're looking for a safe, sweet romance, this series is NOT for you. At all! Please don't say you weren't warned. 

Welcome to their kingdom... 

This is Cole's book. 

More details coming soon. 

WARNING: Royal Hearts Academy is New Adult/High School series of standalones filled with drama, a touch of angst, and boys who are bad to the bone. 

This series is recommended for mature readers due to graphic language and sexual content.

Why I'm Eagerly Waiting:

I read the first book in the series, Cruel Prince back in August and really enjoyed it!  If you enjoy dark bully romance, this is a series I would check out.  

I've been waiting for Cole and Sawyer's story for awhile now.  They were opposites, and I enjoy romances were the characters are different from one another.  Cole is the popular character with an image to live up to.  Sawyer was an outcast.  Initially she was very unsure of herself, but she grew stronger and went toe to toe with Cole in book one, and it was fun to see.  I'm so excited for their story!!!

What Are You Waiting On?

Friday, November 22, 2019

Stacking the Shelves & Sunday Post (51)

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

Over the last two weeks, I completed the Ho-Ho-Ho Readathon hosted by Kim @Caffeinated Book Reviews, and had such a great time reading, playing the games, and doing the challenges; especially the Instagram challenge.  I won the $10 Amazon Giftcard in the Instagram challenge and have been having fun searching for books I want to buy with my card :)

I'm also participating in the Gratitude Giveaway Hop and giving away a $10 Amazon gift card to one lucky winner!  So if you haven't already, please enter :)  

It's been cold, windy and rainy were I live and I have been enjoying getting warm and cozy with my hot coffee and kindle in hand.  I'm looking forward to Thanksgiving break for my daughter and a partial break for my husband next week. 

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Blog Tour: In the Unlikely Event by L. J. Shen

In the Unlikely Event

L.J. Shen

November 19, 2019

eARC from Social Butterfly PR in exchange for a honest review  

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Book Synopsis:

"Romance Masterpiece" -Kylie Scott, New York Times bestselling author

From USA Today and #1 Amazon bestselling author L.J. Shen comes a new, contemporary romance with heart-wrenching twists and laugh-out-loud moments.  In The Unlikely Event is available now!

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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?

My Thoughts:

You know how when you read a book, and it immediately captures your attention, you just know it is going to be a great story?  Well, that was my experience with In the Unlikely Event.  I was able to completely lose myself in these characters, and their raw, emotional, passionate, and captivating story.

When Rory's father dies, she travels to Ireland in order to learn more about the man she never knew.  While there, she meets, Mal.  These two experience a connection and passion that they had never experienced before.  Mal wants Rory to stay in Ireland, but she has college, friends, and a life in the United States, and Mal's home is in Ireland.  So they make each other a promise, that if fate ever leads them back in to each other's lives, they will drop everything and everyone to be together.  Eight years later, they will be put in each other's paths, and their lives will be turned upside down...

In the Unlikely Event was a love story that held me captive.  Rory and Mal made me believe in love at first sight.  L.J. Shen took me on a journey where she painted a picture of love, lust, longing, and an all consuming passion that could never be forgotten.  This story kept me engaged, and there was never a dull moment.  

It was told in the dual points of view of Rory and Mal, as well as giving us secondary characters thoughts sprinkled throughout.  The plot dealt with secrets, lies, deceit, manipulation, miscommunication, and the purposeful withholding of pertinent information.  It was a story full of twists, and went back and forth between the past and the present.

Rory was a strong character.  She was confident, strong, sassy, and full of life.  I loved her.  Mal was sexy, had a wickedly fun sense of humor, and spoke his mind without a filter.  He had a zest for life, and cared more about his passion for music and truly living, than money and materialism.  Together these two were made for each other, and brought each other to life.  I loved them as individuals, and they made a dynamic pair!

In the Unlikely Event is a story that blew me away!  If you enjoy sizzling hot second chance romance with lots of ups and downs, twists, and surprises, you should check out this story!  

Book Excerpt:

When I finally come face to face with the street artist standing on the side of the pavement, his guitar case open and full of rolled-up notes and change, I understand why his grandfather told me I’d recognize him with the self-assurance of an avid believer. 

I’ve never seen someone like him before. 

He is beautiful, true, but that’s not what stands out to me. He is radiant

It’s like his presence has a presence. He sucks the air out of everything in his vicinity, making it impossible not to look at him. Malachy is tailor-made for a huge, colossal heartbreak. Everything about him—his tattered jeans, filthy boots, white shirt, and leather jacket that was broken in decades ago—screams trouble. He looks like a seventies heartthrob. An icon. A Terry Richardson muse. Bruce Springsteen pre-fame. 

His voice is like honey and warm spices. It lulls me into a place in my mind I’ve never been before, even though it’s far from beautiful. It is gruff, throaty, and smoky. When someone bumps my shoulder to get closer to him, I snap out of my reverie and realize what I’m listening to. 

“One” by U2. 

The coincidence is strange. I try to tell myself it’s nothing. This is Ireland. U2 is a national treasure. 

His eyes are squeezed shut as he sings. It’s like no one exists other than him and his guitar. Something warm rushes through my skin, like a heat wave, and I shudder in delight. 


I always thought there was something melancholy about street performers—the way people walk past them, ignoring their music, their art, their passion. But this guy, he’s the one doing the ignoring. The tables have turned. He’s got the crowd eating from the palm of his hand. Every woman here is under a thick, sweet spell. He’s got that Harry Styles quality that makes girls want to bed him and older women want to adopt him. The men are a cross between impatient, annoyed, and jealous. You can see it in the way they tap their feet, check their watches, nudge their wives and girlfriends to move it. 

The song ends, and Malachy Doherty cracks his eyes open and stares directly at me, like he knew I’d be here. Like he watched me watching him through closed eyes. Disoriented—and for some reason wanting to do something, anything—I throw a bill into his guitar case and look away, realizing to my horror that I threw the fifty euros his grandpa gave me. Everyone around me murmurs and whistles. They think it was intentional. I can feel my face flaming red. I bet he thinks I want to sleep with him. 

Do I? Probably. But should he know that? Hell no.

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In the Unlikely Event is now available in audio!  Narrated by: Shane East, Muffy Newton and Savannah Peachwood

About the Author:

L.J. Shen is a USA Today, Washington Post and Amazon #1 best-selling author of contemporary, New Adult and YA romance. Her books have been sold to nineteen different countries. 

She lives in California with her husband, son, cat and eccentric fashion choices, and enjoys good wine, bad reality TV shows and catching sun rays with her lazy cat.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday (108)


Undercover Bromance
Bromance Book Club #2
By: Lyssa Kay Adams
Release Date: March 10, 2020
Publisher: Berkley

Book Synopsis:

Braden Mack thinks reading romance novels makes him an expert in love, but he’ll soon discover that real life is better than fiction. 

Liv Papandreas has a dream job as a sous chef at Nashville’s hottest restaurant. Too bad the celebrity chef owner is less than charming behind kitchen doors. After she catches him harassing a young hostess, she confronts him and gets fired. Liv vows revenge, but she’ll need assistance to take on the powerful chef. 

Unfortunately, that means turning to Braden Mack. When Liv’s blackballed from the restaurant scene, the charismatic nightclub entrepreneur offers to help expose her ex-boss, but she is suspicious of his motives. He’ll need to call in reinforcements: the Bromance Book Club. 

Inspired by the romantic suspense novel they’re reading, the book club assist Liv in setting up a sting operation to take down the chef. But they’re just as eager to help Mack figure out the way to Liv’s heart… even while she’s determined to squelch the sparks between them before she gets burned.

Why I'm Eagerly Waiting:

I really liked the unique premise of the first book in this series, The Bromance Book Club.  I enjoyed the bromance of the tight knit group of guys, the humor, and the fun of them reading a historical romance together to learn more about women.  I found it very entertaining, and Mack was one of my favorite characters, so I'm really excited to read his story!

What are you waiting on?