Friday, October 18, 2019

Blog Tour: Holidate (Dating #3) by Monica Murphy

Dating #3

Monica Murphy

Oct. 15, 2019

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Book Synopsis:

Candice Gaines loves Christmas. Not only does she bask in the twinkling lights, sing Christmas carols and go crazy with the decorations, she’s also in the giving spirit, donating much of her time and wealth to various charities in the local area. 

Charlie Sullivan despises Christmas. Though it keeps his family afloat, considering they own Sullivan Family Christmas Tree Farm, the main provider for Christmas trees on the Monterey peninsula. He’d much rather work among the trees versus have to deal with people. 

But Charlie’s parents are taking on more philanthropic projects—and as their oldest child, they want him to be their official public representative. He just has to play nice and convince everyone he’s not a total holiday hater. 

When Charlie’s mom asks Candice to accompany him to a variety of holiday parties and events, she reluctantly agrees. She thinks Charlie is a big ol’ Grinch, but is determined to change his mindset and help him spread Christmas cheer. Charlie finds Candice too chatty, too sweet, too much. Do people like her really exist? 

Why yes, yes they do. The more time they spend together—along with a few kisses under the mistletoe—the more they start to like each other. Hopefully Charlie can convince Candice he doesn’t have a heart that’s two sizes too small before the ball drops on New Year’s Eve. 

My Thoughts:

Holidate is the third story in the Dating series.  I love that all of these books stand alone, so you can jump in and read them in any order.  The classic covers are whimsical, and I think they would look great on any bookshelf.

I met Candice Gaines in the previous book, Fake Date.  She was the male lead's little sister, and I instantly fell in love with her effervescent, optimistic personality.  Candice see's the best in everyone, has the biggest heart, and is a do-gooder. We saw the superficial aspects of Candice, but in Holidate we get to see the deeper layers of who she is and what has shaped her.  Candice is lonely and has a lot of pain and sadness that she has stuffed deep down; regarding the loss of her mother at a young age.  Yet on the outside, everyone just see's the smiling, fun loving, energetic, and festive Candice.  My heart broke for her, when I got to truly know her. 

We meet Charlie Sullivan in this story.  He's the sexy, gorgeous, grumpy, lumberjack type.  I love the way Ms. Murphy described him. I pictured him as being the model male specimen, and I loved his gruff and grumpy personality, but what enchanted me the most, was the way that he had an instant soft spot for Candice, and we get to see the way she changes him by just being in his life.  In fact love changes both of them, and I thought this story was so sweet and romantic. 

Charlie's mom, asks Candice to attend some philanthropic holiday functions with her son to help promote the Sullivan Family Christmas Tree Farm.  Charlie doesn't like socializing, and he could really use the guidance from an expert people-person like Candice.  Charlie isn't on board with his mom's plan, but goes along with it to make her happy.  While Candice is reluctant to help at first, she thinks it will be fun to help Charlie; kind of like a reverse My Fair Lady.  They say opposites attract, and with each interaction, Charlie and Candice find themselves falling for one another, but can a lie destroy a love story that is just beginning....

Holidate had me smiling from ear to ear.  It's the perfect holiday romance to curl up with while sipping your hot beverage of choice, relaxing by the fire, and lounging in your pajamas and warm fluffy socks or slippers.  It gave me the warm fuzzies, and made me get in the mood for the approaching holiday season.  While reading the story, I was in need of a Gingerbread Latte, (Candice's favorite,) and could smell the Christmas tree pine scent, hear the classic Christmas music, feel the cold chill in the air, and feel the warmth, love, and excitement of the holiday season.  Holidate was romantic, uplifting, nostalgic, and such a joy for the senses!

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About the Author:

Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is both self-published and published by Random House/Bantam and Harper Collins/Avon. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance. 

She is a wife and a mother of three who lives in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere along with their one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she's not writing, she's reading or hanging out with her husband and kids. She's a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to putting her characters through angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday (103)

Throw Like a Girl
By: Sarah Henning
Release Date: January 7, 2020
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers

Book Synopsis:

Friday Night Lights meets Morgan Matson's The Unexpected Everything in this contemporary debut where swoonworthy romance meets underdog sports story. 

When softball star Liv Rodinsky throws one ill-advised punch during the most important game of the year, she loses her scholarship to her fancy private school, her boyfriend, and her teammates all in one fell swoop. With no other options, Liv is forced to transfer to the nearest public school, Northland, where she'll have to convince their coach she deserves a spot on the softball team, all while facing both her ex and the teammates of the girl she punched... Every. Single. Day. 

Enter Grey, the injured star quarterback with amazing hair and a foolproof plan: if Liv joins the football team as his temporary replacement, he'll make sure she gets a spot on the softball team in the Spring. But it will take more than the perfect spiral for Liv to find acceptance in Northland's halls, and behind that charming smile, Grey may not be so perfect after all. 

With well-drawn characters and a charming quarterback love interest who's got brains as well as brawn, Throw Like a Girl will have readers swooning from the very first page.

Why I'm Eagerly Waiting:

I love a good young adult contemporary sports romance.  One of my favorite authors in this category/genre is Miranda Keneally.  I have missed her books so much, and when I read the synopsis for Throw Like a Girl, it gave me similar vibe.
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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Blog Tour: Sweet Retribution (Rydeville High Elite #3) by Siobhan Davis

Sweet Retribution 
Rydeville High Elite #2


Siobhan Davis


October 11, 2019

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Book Synopsis:

Sweet Retribution, the stunning conclusion to the Rydeville High Elite Series from USA Today bestselling author Siobhan Davis, is available now! 

The good thing about hitting rock bottom is I’ve nothing left to lose, and the only way is up. 

He thinks he’s destroyed me. Broken me beyond repair. 

But he always underestimates women. 

All he’s done is reinforced my resolve. I won’t stop until justice prevails, and he gets what’s coming to him. 

Kaiden is the only light in the darkness. He gives me the strength to continue fighting for the future we both crave—a world where we are free to love one another and make our own choices. 

Until then, the charade must continue. 

Game on. 

This concludes Abby and Kai's romance. 106k words, full-length novel. This is a dark romance and some scenes may be triggering. Only recommended to readers aged eighteen and older. 

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My Thoughts:

I have enjoyed every moment of the Rydeville High Elite Series!  It's been such a wild ride, and every time the next installment lands on my kindle, I don't put it down until the story is complete!  I usually try to read review books in the order that they are due, but when Sweet Retribution landed on my Kindle, I dropped everything else, and this story did not disappoint!

Sweet Retribution delivered a fast-paced story filled with twists, passion, deceit, revenge, and the type of anticipation that leaves you plastered to a book.  I smiled, cringed, bit my nails, sighed, and closed my kindle with the deepest sense of satisfaction.  

We got introduced to more villainous secondary characters, and some older villains got what they deserved, while others were left with an open ended conclusion.  Something I've really enjoyed about this series is that a lot of the characters are not purely good or evil.  We see glimpses of good in darker characters, and glimpses of dark in characters that are suppose to be the good guys.  This makes for a much more interesting story with three dimensional characters! 

Sweet Retribution ended Abby and Kai's story ARC, and I can't tell you how excited I was to learn that secondary characters, and Kai's best friends, Jackson and Sawyer will be getting their own stories, as well as Abby's quasi friend, Charlie! I'm hoping Drew, Abby's twin brother gets his own story as well.

If you enjoy edgy and dark romance, with a ton of suspense, passion, and nail biting excitement, you have to check out the Rydeville High Elite Series!

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Book Excerpt:

A chorus of agreement rings out around the room as everyone, unanimously, confirms their support. 

Adrenaline courses through my veins, and I just know this is it. The pivotal moment where everything changes. Where the power shifts and the people in this room are primed to take back control. 

I cast a glance over everyone again, and powerful emotion swims up my throat. Before, the guys were fond of tossing out sentiments that they would kill for me or take a bullet for me, and I was skeptical. Especially when everyone in this room has betrayed me in some way. But that’s in the past. Because I look at them now, and I know it’s the truth. I know they are in this with me. That they want this as badly as me, and they will do whatever it takes to help me reclaim control over my life. It’s a surreal feeling. 

To know I have such a formidable group of guys standing behind me, watching my back, and supporting my decisions. The feeling of empowerment is incredible. Indescribable. And exactly what I need to get me through the weeks and months ahead. It’s not going to be easy, especially the part I have designated to play. But I know I’m up for the challenge with my crew at my side. 

We will make it happen. 
This time, the bastard is going down. 
And there will be no getting back up.

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USA Today bestselling author Siobhan Davis writes emotionally intense young adult and new adult romantic fiction with swoon-worthy romance, complex characters, and tons of unexpected plot twists and turns that will have you flipping the pages beyond bedtime! She is the author of the international bestselling Kennedy Boys, Saven, and True Calling series’. 

Siobhan’s family will tell you she’s a little bit obsessive when it comes to reading and writing, and they aren’t wrong. She can rarely be found without her trusty Kindle, a paperback book, or her laptop somewhere close at hand. 

Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Siobhan forged a successful corporate career in human resource management. 

She resides in the Garden County of Ireland with her husband and two sons.

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Monday, October 14, 2019

Spooktacular Giveaway Hop

Welcome to A Bookish Escape's stop of the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop!  We are giving away a $10 Amazon Gift Card to one winner!  Good Luck and have fun hopping from blog to blog! 

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Stacking the Shelves.& Sunday Post (48)

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Hosted by:  Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer

This week was better than last, but it felt really long! The itching went away from my shingles, which was such a relief!  My husband's birthday was on Wednesday.  We went out and had a nice lunch with him, before he had to leave for work.  Thursday kicked off the Fraterfest 2019 Readathon hosted by Caffeinated Reviewer!  I plan on reading The Burning Shadow by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews, and The Sound of the Stars by Alechia Dow for Fraterfest.  I completed the Witch One Challenge hosted by Because Reading and the Fraterfest Book Bingo, hosted by Simply Angela.  I had fun with the games, and am enjoying Kim's Fraterfest Instagram Challenge.

Last Week on the Blog:

*Holidate (Dating #3) by Monica Murphy (WOW) 
*Getting Played by Emma Chase (Blog Tour & Book Review)

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Blog Tour: Getting Played by Emma Chase

Getting Played
Emma Chase

Oct. 8, 2019

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Book Synopsis:

A magnificent new romance by New York Times bestselling author Emma Chase. 

Dean Walker is all about keeping life simple. He's effortlessly talented and intelligent—spending his summers playing drums in the local band and the rest of the year teaching high school in the same Jersey town where he grew up. He likes his love life simple too, enjoying the commitment-free hook-ups his good looks and sexy charm have always made oh so easy. 

Then he meets Lainey Burrows. And his simple, easy life gets turned upside down. 

One wild one-night stand was all it was ever supposed to be, so Lainey is shocked when she discovers that her sizzling summer fling is also her son's new math teacher. But that's nothing compared to the most unexpected twist of all—their hot hook-up left Lainey knocked up, and now they're about to become parents. Together. 

What ensues is an addictive, insatiable, sweet and tender romance that won't be simple, but it will be more than worth the fight.

A stand-alone, contemporary romance.

Getting Played, a magnificent new romance by New York Times bestselling author Emma Chase is LIVE!

My Thoughts:

It's been a while since I've had the pleasure of reading an Emma Chase book.  She's such a talented writer with the way she effortlessly and seamlessly brings fun, humor, and major swoons into her romance; and Getting Played was no exception!  This story was such a delight, and one that I highly recommend to romance readers!  There is one book before this one in the series, but you can read Getting Played as a standalone, and not miss anything that you need to know for Dean and Lainey's story.

Lainey is a lifestyle blogger, and has a huge following.  She is a single mother to fourteen year old Jason, comes from a large, fun, and rambunctious family, and has learned how to stand on her own two feet.  I loved Lainey's carefree personality.  She was wise, and even though she had been hurt before, she wasn't bitter.  The most important thing in her life was her son, and she was an excellent mother.

Dean is a gorgeous playboy, who's use to women throwing themselves at his feet.  He plays drums and sings in his band during the summers, and teaches AP Calculus, and coaches football during the school year.  Dean's parents abandoned him as a child and he was raised by his grandma.  He now takes care of her, and the two are very close.

Lainey gets hired by facebook to redecorate a home on her webcast, Life with Lainey.  She gets to live in the small town of Lakeside free of rent for a year, and is ecstatic for herself and her son.  She goes out to celebrate on the Jersey shore with her sister, Erin, and boyfriend Jack, when she meets Dean, who's playing with his band.  The two instantly hit it off, and the chemistry they share is off the charts.  

They end up having a memorable night of passion, but don't exchange phone numbers.  Lainey is shocked when she ends up pregnant, because they practiced safe sex.  She tries to find Dean to tell him that she's pregnant, but has no luck locating him.  Imagine her shock when she meets him at parent teacher conferences and learns that he is her son's AP Calculus teacher at his new school, Lakeside High.  Will Dean step up to help raise his child?  Can this playboy change his ways?  Will Lainey give him a chance to be a part of her life and their child's?

Getting Played was such a good story!  At one point, there was some foreshadowing in the story, that concerned me.  I was worried there might be a predictable situation, but was pleasantly surprised with what they author did in the story.  This story flew by and I loved every moment of it!  The cast of characters was strong, and I enjoyed the moments with Dean and Lainey, as well as her son Jason, Dean's grandma, his group of friends, and Lainey's big family.  This story was very sexy, romantic, and heartwarming.  It was infused with humor and was light and fun!  I highly recommend Getting Played if you are looking for a feel good reading escape!

Book Excerpt:
I find Lainey in the living room—standing on a ladder, with those long, toned legs peeking out from itty bitty cotton black shorts and a power drill in her hand, while Bruce Springsteen sings “I’m Goin’ Down” from a speaker in the corner. 

And, dear God—the things I could do to her on that ladder. 

Wonderful, filthy things that instantly make my heart pound and my cock throb. She’s the perfect height for me to just walk over there and put my mouth between her legs. I picture it, see it in my mind—the way she’d grip my hair and pant my name, arch her back and writhe against my face . . . 

But then I catch sight of the small bump of her stomach, and reality smacks me in the head. I think about the baby—and how making Lainey lose her mind three feet off the ground wouldn’t be the safest option. My protective instinct overrides the desire to get freaky on the ladder. 

“Hey, Dean.” She sets the drill on the ledge and picks up a beeping light green rectangle, running it along the wall. 

“What are you doing up there?” I ask. 

I don’t have a decorative bone in my body, but the room looks good—with light gray walls and navy corduroy covered couches, reclaimed wood tables and a dozen different-sized candles filling the white-washed brick fireplace. It’s clean and simple but warm, the kind of place you’d look forward to coming back to every day. 

“I’m going to hang up those boards.” Lainey gestures to three square planks, with ornamental arrows burned black into the wood. “I just want to make sure this stud-finder works.” 

 “If you’re looking for a stud,” I wink, “I’m standing right in front of you.” 

“Ha-ha. I’ll keep that in mind.” 

 She turns back to the wall, reaching up over her head and stretching onto her tippy toes on the narrow step. I move under the ladder to catch her if she goes ass over end, and a stab of terror slices through me at the thought that Lainey would still be doing this if I wasn’t here. Alone. Without Jason even in the room in case something went terribly wrong. 

What the hell is up with that? 

“I read that you’re not supposed to reach above your head when you’re pregnant.” 

“That’s just an old wives’ tale.” 

I wrap my hands around her hips, holding her steady. 

“Maybe the old wives knew what they were talking about. Come on, come down.” 

Slowly, Lainey lowers her arms and turns in my hands. I lift her off the ladder by her hips, tilting my head back and holding her above me for a moment, before sliding her slowly down. And the feel of her softness rubbing against me, the friction—it’s fantastic. 

When her feet are on the ground, I dip my head and our faces are just millimeters apart. Close enough to count the sprinkle of cute, light freckles that dust the bridge of her nose.

“That’s better,” I say softly, taking the stud-finder out of her hands. “I’ll do it.”

“Okay.” Lainey’s tongue peeks out, wetting her bottom lip. “Thanks.” 

Like I said . . . fucking killing me. 


About the Author:

New York Times bestselling author Emma Chase writes contemporary romance novels known for their clever banter, emotional, and sexy, swoonworthy moments. Her books have been translated into over twenty languages around the world. 

Emma lives in New Jersey with her amazing husband, two spirited children, and two adorable, but badly behaved, dogs. She has a long standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.

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