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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Blog Tour: Second Chance Summer (Cedar Ridge #1) by Jill Shalvis



Second Chance Summer
Cedar Ridge #1

By:

Jill Shalvis

Published:

June 30, 2015

Publisher:

Forever Romance

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GR's Summary:


RESCUE ME

Cedar Ridge, Colorado, is famous for crisp mountain air, clear blue skies, and pine-scented breezes. And it's the last place Lily Danville wants to be. But she needs a job, and there's an opening at the hottest resort in her hometown. What has her concerned is the other hot property in Cedar Ridge: Aidan Kincaid-firefighter, rescue worker, and heartbreaker. She never could resist that devastating smile . . . 

The Kincaid brothers are as rough and rugged as the Rocky Mountains they call home. Aidan has always done things his own way, by his own rules. And never has he regretted anything more than letting Lily walk out of his life ten years ago. If anyone has ever been in need of rescuing, she has. What she needs more than anything are long hikes, slow dances, and sizzling kisses. But that can only happen if he can get her to give Cedar Ridge-and this bad boy-a second chance . . .


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My Thoughts:

In typical Jill Shalvis writing, we get a sense of small town living, close knit family bonds, and sweet and spicy romance with Second Chance Summer.  This is the first story in the Cedar Ridge series and focuses on Lily Danville and Aiden Kincaid.  Lily lived in Cedar Ridge her whole life, until her younger sister, Ashley, died in an outdoor accident, and shortly after her father followed from a heart attack.  Devastated and feeling guilty, Lily left Cedar Ridge, Colorado, to live in San Diego, California.  Aiden was upset to see Lily go because he had feelings for her, and thought that she felt the same way about him.  Feeling rejected, Aiden went on with his life, but never felt about another woman the way he felt about Lily.

Fast forward ten years, and Lily has returned to Cedar Ridge, because she is in need of a job, after she was blacklisted from the high end salon that she use to work for.  She plans for her stay in Cedar Ridge to be temporary, until something better comes along.  However, she never planned on reconnecting with Aiden, or prepared for the way he would make her feel...

There were a ton of reasons that I enjoyed Second Chance Summer.  One of my absolute favorite's were the strong bonds of love between the Kincaids.  Brothers Aiden, Gray, and Hudson, as well as sister, Kenna, were very entertaining!  They liked to tease each other, would bicker, play jokes, but also be there for one another through thick and thin.  I loved Aiden's mother, Char, as well.  She was strong, independent, spunky, and put her boys in their place whenever they needed it.

I felt like I was living in the small town of Cedar Ridge.  I could picture the beautiful and dangerous nature filled setting, as well as the people in town.  Gossip spread like wild fire amongst the townspeople, as did support, and banding together at tough times.  Aidan was my favorite kind of hero.  He was a sexy firefighter, worked in Search & Rescue, and helped run the family business, Cedar Ridge Resort.  At the root of Aiden, I saw a do-gooder, and fell for him instantly.  Lily was harder to warm up to.  She was very closed off, constantly presented obstacles to her own happiness, and made it difficult for Aiden to love her.  However, Aiden was the type who embraced a challenge and refused to give up on her.  Together these two helped each other heal and find that special forever kind of love!

My Rating:

I'm looking forward to continuing the Cedar Ridge series!  Fabulous characters, deep emotion, a beautiful setting, and entertaining plot, make this a story that I highly recommend.  I give, Second Chance Summer, by Jill Shalvis, 4 Second Chance At Love, Healing, Sweet, and Romance Filled Stars!!! 



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     “So you going to tell me what’s wrong?”
     “Other than I hate snakes and you saw me in my PJs? Nothing.” She lifted her chin and defied him to contradict her. 
     She should have known better. Like Ashley, he’d never met a challenge he didn’t face head-on. 
     He moved toward her, right into her personal space.
     She took a step back and came up against the wall.
     This didn’t stop him. He kept his forward momentum until they were toe to toe. And then while she was still standing there a little dumbfounded and also something else, something that felt uncomfortably close to sheer, unadulterated lust, he put his hands on the wall on either side of her head. 
    This both escalated her heart rate and stopped her lungs from operating. “Um—” 
    “You had your chance to tell me what’s wrong with you,” he said. “You passed. Now I’m going to tell you what’s wrong with me.” 
     Oh, God. Talking would be a bad idea. As for a good idea, she had only one, and before she could consider the consequences, she gripped his shirt, hauled him down, and kissed him. 
     He stilled for a single beat and then got on board quick, pulling her in, sinking a hand into her hair to tilt her head to the angle he wanted, and taking over the kiss.   
     The next thing she was aware of was the sound of her own aroused moan, and she jerked free. 
     The corner of his mouth quirked. “Did you just kiss me to shut me up?” he asked. 
     She blew out a sigh. “It made a lot more sense in my head.” 
     He grinned, one of those really great grins that made something low in her belly quiver. Needing some space, she pushed him, even though her instincts were telling her to pull him in tighter instead of pushing him away.
     “Back to what’s wrong with me,” he said, still looking amused. “It’s you.” 
     She opened her mouth to say something, but he set a finger against her lips. “My turn,” he said, and lowered his head and kissed her. 
     And oh. Oh, damn… There were some men who just knew how to kiss, the kind of kiss that could send a woman reeling. The kind of kiss that could take away problems and awareness and…and everything. The kind of kiss that could shatter her into a trillion little pieces. The kind of kiss that somehow both calmed her body and soul even as it wound her up for more. 
    Aidan was that kind of kisser. Shocking, really, to also realize that in between their first kiss all those years ago and now, that there’d been nothing like it for her. 
    Aidan pulled back a fraction of an inch, opened his eyes, and stared into hers. 
    She stared back because wow. Good. So damn good, and for one glorious moment there she’d let her lips cling to his, let the memories of him and all that he’d meant to her wash over her. 
    And those memories had all been…epic. 
    Until the end. 
    Finding her sanity, she pushed him again. For a beat he didn’t move, just looked into her eyes.
    And then, on his own terms, he stepped back. 
    She pointed at him. “That was…” 
    He arched a brow. 
    “Never mind what it was,” she said. “We aren’t going there.” 
    His smile was grim and utterly without mockery.
    “Agreed.” But then he hauled her up to her toes and kissed her again. 
    And again.


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About Jill Shalvis:

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill's bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.







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Friday, July 3, 2015

Blog Tour: When You're Back (Rosemary Beach #12) by Abbi Glines



When You're Back
Rosemary Beach #12

By:
Abbi Glines

Published:
June 30, 2015

Publisher:
Atria Books

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines comes the next new adult novel in her beloved Rosemary Beach series, which continues the story of Mase and Reese from When I’m Gone. 

“She was where my home would always be. It was time I took the next step and proved to her I was all in. Forever.” 

A chance meeting in Rosemary Beach has turned into a fairy-tale romance as Reese prepares to move in with Mase on his family ranch in Texas. With the loving support of the Colts, and her recent discovery that she has family of her own, Reese can finally move on from the dark horrors of her past and into a bright future. 

But Aida isn’t going to let that happen. The beautiful blonde has been raised to think of Mase as her cousin, but it’s clear to Reese that Aida doesn’t love Mase like a cousin should. 

And then there’s Captain, the inescapable stranger who has connections in Dallas and Rosemary Beach—and who conveniently shows up wherever Reese happens to be. Hot, mysterious, and plain-speaking, Captain isn’t afraid to tell Reese what he thinks about Mase—and how he feels about her. 

As the competition for Mase and Reese’s hearts heats up, Reese’s past begins to unravel, illuminating shocking truths that will forever change the lives of the happy couple—and set the final stories of Rosemary Beach in motion.


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My Thoughts:


Abbi Glines continues to deliver!  As one of my auto-buy authors, I have never been disappointed in one of her stories.  I know I'm in for a sizzling, sexy, hot page turner, when I pick up a book by this author.  In, When You're back, the love story of Mase Colt Manning and Reese Ellis continues.

Reese has been separated from Mase for almost month while she has been visiting her newly discovered biological father's side of the family.  She decides she can't be separated from the man she loves any longer, and surprises Mase when she shows up in Dallas.  However, Reese is the one with the surprise when she discovers, Aida, Mase's clingy "cousin" who acts like she wants Mase all to herself.  

Simultaneously, Blaire's brother "Captain" like's what he see's when he looks at Reese, and thinks that Mase doesn't deserve her.  He is determined to win Reese over, and has no problem flirting, or speaking his mind about what he perceives to be Mase's shortcomings. 

When You're Back, reminded me of why I fell in love with Mase to begin with!  He is one of the sweetest, sexiest, and most adoring cowboy's that I have had the pleasure of meeting.  It might have taken him longer than I wanted for him to realize that Aida was up to no good, but that's because there isn't a mean, or manipulative bone in his body!  Reese is a strong, and mature woman.  I would have pulled Aida's hair out or wiped her conniving grin off of her face eventually, but Reese had faith in her man!

Mase and Reese are absolutely adorable as a couple.  They love and respect one another, and treasure what they have together.  These two are soul mates, and not only do they have a deep emotional connection, but a downright erotic spark in the bedroom!

This story had a few plot twists; one of which was huge, and I never saw coming!  I hope Captain gets his own story.  I found him to be an interesting character, and still have some questions that pertain to him.  I thought the ending of the story was really sweet and romantic.  Even though it wrapped up Colt and Reese's story, I look forward to hopefully getting more of them as secondary characters.       

My Rating:


Fans of the Rosemary Beach Series will be excited to know that we get many of our beloved characters in this story!  It was especially wonderful catching up with Grant and Harlow, and my heart continued to break for Mase's biological father Kiro's situation with Emily.  I give, When You're Back, by Abbi Glines, 4.5 Romantic Cowboy, Beautiful Love Story, Fairytale Ending Filled Stars!  






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Abbi Glines is the New York Times, USA TODAY, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, and Existence series. A devoted book lover, Abbi lives with her family in Alabama. She maintains a Twitter addiction at @AbbiGlines and can also be found at Facebook.com/AbbiGlinesAuthor and AbbiGlines.com.







Book Review: Jesse's Girl (Hundred Oaks #6) by Miranda Kenneally



Jesse's Girl
Hundred Oaks #5

By:
Miranda Kenneally

Release Date:
July 7, 2015

Publisher:
Sourcebooks Fire

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GR's Summary:

Practice Makes Perfect. 

Everyone at Hundred Oaks High knows that career mentoring day is a joke. So when Maya Henry said she wanted to be a rock star, she never imagined she’d get to shadow *the* Jesse Scott, Nashville’s teen idol. 

But spending the day with Jesse is far from a dream come true. He’s as gorgeous as his music, but seeing all that he’s accomplished is just a reminder of everything Maya’s lost: her trust, her boyfriend, their band, and any chance to play the music she craves. Not to mention that Jesse’s pushy and opinionated. He made it on his own, and he thinks Maya’s playing back up to other people’s dreams. Does she have what it takes to follow her heart—and go solo? 

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My Review of Breathe, Annie, Breathe Here



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My Thoughts:


I adore Miranda Kenneally's Hundred Oaks Series.  Every one of these books has hooked me immediately, and it's always a bittersweet moment when I finish one of them.  I was thrilled to learn that Jesse's Girl focuses on Maya Henry (Sam Henry's younger sister) from Catching Jordan!  We get many wonderful moments with Sam, Jordan, and the rest of the Henry family, which had me excited and ready to reread, Catching Jordan.

Maya is a senior in high school.  Music is her passion.  Specifically, playing the guitar and singing.  She's having a tough time due to the fact that she just got dumped by her band and the guy that she likes.  For her school's shadow day, she gets to be mentored by Jesse Scott, a famous eighteen year old country music star and heart throb.  Initially, Maya and Jesse don't hit it off, because Jesse has a hard time trusting others after repeatedly being used for his money and fame.  However, Maya begins to earn Jesse's trust by being herself, and they both realize that in order to be happy in life, you have to be willing to take chances.

I loved the authentic and unique characterization of Maya and Jesse.  They both had their own sense of style, distinctive personalities, and were realistic.  Maya was well loved by an amazing and supportive family.  Poor Jesse was lonely, had deadbeat parents, and very few people in his life that he could trust.  Maya taught him how to enjoy his life, and brought so much happiness, acceptance, support, loyalty, and love in to what had been a very sad and empty life.  

Maya was insecure in her music ability, and Jesse helped her with building on her talents and confidence.  It was beautiful to see the deep bonds of friendship, romance, and sweet love bloom!  Jesse's Girl was fun, entertaining, fast-paced, and romantic.  I connected with and loved the main characters, as well as the secondary ones.  Jesse made me laugh throughout the story.  He was a big flirt, loved shocking people, and was just a good time in general.  Maya was so sweet, compassionate, sensitive, and a person that was a treasure to have as a friend!

My Rating:


I give, Jesse's Girl, by Miranda Kenneally, 4.5 Adorable Heart throb, Adventurous, Sweet, and Romantic Stars!  If you enjoy contemporary Y.A., I recommend the Hundred Oaks Series.  It ranks in my top favorite list of all time!





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Growing up in Tennessee, Miranda Kenneally dreamed of becoming an Atlanta Brave, a country singer (cliché!), or a UN interpreter. Instead she writes, and works for the State Department in Washington, D.C., where George W. Bush once used her shoulder as an armrest. Miranda loves Twitter, Star Trek and her husband.







Book Review: Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days #1) by Susan Ee




Angelfall 

(Penryn & the End of Days #1) 

by 
Susan Ee 
Pub May 23rd 2013 
by Hodder and Stoughton 
ARC for Review 

Summary
It's been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels' stronghold in San Francisco where she'll risk everything to rescue her sister and he'll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.






Oh my word. Did someone say horrific post apocalypse doom?

Throw in a bunch lost angels and some terribly wicked ones who don’t deserve the grace of their position, and you’ve got yourself Angelfall. Poignant and powerful are the first two words that pop into my head. If you haven’t read this series you are CRAZY!!! Pick it up now! I could not put this one down…from the first page until the last I was completely enthralled!!
YA…Yes
World Building…I felt like I was there
Lead Characters…Love them(mostly Penryn)
Side Characters…Love them too even the crazies
Bonus…Action, determination, perseverance, love, honor, loyalties, strength…

The Story, So on and so on and so on! There are so many reasons why I want to give this book a 5star rating but there are a couple of things that are holding me back. Honestly this is probably my own fault…The thing is that the author did such an amazing world building job that I felt like holy moly this could totes happen?..Scary right? Yea I think so too…but the mom being comps off her rocker Cray and conveniently “there” all of the time seemed paranormally book convenient. That’s when I’d be like trying to calm my heart and saying see Ria just a book this could not and would not ever happen. If you’ve ever read any review of mine or bio you know…I LOVE ANGELS!!! In every way!! Angelfall is a hauntingly scary amazing I’m running to my bookshelf for the next asap!

The Characters, Penryn!!! Eeeeps fangirling big time here! This girl kicks serious butt!! Not in an extreme buffy vamp slayer crazy power way but…In an I’ve been taking self defense of every sort since a young age, but I’m still just a 17 year old girl so don’t expect me to go all Shera on a crazy legion of demons. Not only does she kick butt in the physical sense she is also a mental powerhouse of strength. Everything she stands for makes me 100% her supporter through and through. Raffe I'm liking him okay because I see the potential but as it stands my heart mostly belongs to Pen. I’ve seen bits and pieces of him caring about her but he is very guarded so I haven’t been able to fully look into his persona non grata. I’m not worried in the least…I’m actually pretty sure as the series progress I will fall hard and deep for him. As for the side characters Mom I thought I wouldn’t care for her in the least but there is a mystery there and I love the crap she pulls. I can’t wait to see if she’s as crazy as everyone thinks or if there is something else going on. Paige WOW…not what I was expecting but the situation is dire peeps fo realz. DIRE. Obi…reminds me of Abraham from tWD I love him and the spymasters don’t get me started on all those feels.

The End, JAW on FLOOR… Holla canolla y’all I was CRYING!! An awful omg that is the most brutal thing that could ever happen to another living creature. Shock, despair, agony, NOW WHAT?!! Not good people not good…Thank HEAVENS the final book is out cause I feel like I’m going to ZIP through this whole series and have a wonderfully bittersweet book hangover…I can easily see this becoming one of my faves. Bravo Susan Ee BRAVO!! Tre Magnifique!!!

My Rating 
4.5 Apocalypse, Rotten Eggs, Wheelchair, Wings, Cloth, Office, Cottage, Noodles, Cat Food, Resistance, Cat Fight, Cow Prodder, Party, Kiss, Betrayal, Scorpions, Bodies, Children, Twins, Wings, Fire, Truck, A broken but “together we will figure it out family” love filled stars!!!









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Susan Ee is a USA Today bestselling author of the Penryn & the End of Days trilogy, ANGELFALL, WORLD AFTER, and END OF DAYS. Her books have been translated into over twenty languages, and her short films have played at major festivals. She used to be a lawyer but loves being a writer because it allows her imagination to bust out and go feral.

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Book Review: World After (Penryn & the End of Days #2) by Susan Ee




World After 

(Penryn & the End of Days #2) 
by 
Susan Ee
Pub November 19th 2013 
by Skyscape 
ARC for Review 

Summary
In this sequel to the bestselling fantasy thriller, Angelfall, the survivors of the angel apocalypse begin to scrape back together what's left of the modern world.

When a group of people capture Penryn's sister Paige, thinking she's a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige disappears. Humans are terrified. Mom is heartbroken.

Penryn drives through the streets of San Francisco looking for Paige. Why are the streets so empty? Where is everybody? Her search leads her into the heart of the angels' secret plans where she catches a glimpse of their motivations, and learns the horrifying extent to which the angels are willing to go.

Meanwhile, Raffe hunts for his wings. Without them, he can't rejoin the angels, can't take his rightful place as one of their leaders. When faced with recapturing his wings or helping Penryn survive, which will he choose?






The world has gone crazy everyone is crazy, crazy, crazy!

The end of the first book was like explosions everywhere…I’m absolutely going to keep spoilers out of this review for World After but I might slip on a few something’s from the first installment. The author brings out some nightmarish big guns for this…in other words no sophomore slump. The things that occur in this installment are definitely Urban Fantasy, I loved the authors imagination in this fantastically scary new world. The grotesque and gruesome are still here and the urgency in finishing this book was just as prevalent as before.

The Story
, sigh Penryn is so lost. Almost dying put a lot of things into perspective but even though her family is back together there is something terribly wrong. The unfurling of what is wrong was magnificently executed…That’s not all folks there is a BRILLIANT twist that had me jumping for joy! Like I’m pretty sure I did a herkie…so good! A wonderful fast paced action packed story where everyone is still lost but key players have been identified and we are working towards a resolution. Wahoo!! Desperation mingles with lighthearted humor at just the right moments keeping things hopeful while the rest of the world crumbles…OH!!! REVENGE!!! YES!!

The Characters
, as I mentioned in a previous review of the first installment Penryn stole my heart. She still has it…Raffe…Jury is still out but I did get some fuzzy feels. I would love to go into further detail but I can’t give anything away so I’ll just say read it and find out. Penryn learns more about herself and the lengths she will go to for what is just. Regardless of the situation she is absolutely altruistic…I love that she always thinks of her sister as being the selfless one but time after time Penryn proves she too is selfless. This girl is able to hold an ARCHANGEL SWORD! Pffffffshhhhhhhh…I’m not sure if you know how big of a big deal that is…


Well…


Let... 




Me... 




Tell... 




YOU... 




It’s a pretty big deal… 


Argh!! I wish I could explain why without giving something pretty incredible away but…READ THIS SERIES NOW!! Then you’ll know ;). Mom is still crazy…Spy Masters kick butt…the bad guys get back handed and Paige is wonderful…I love her.

The end, I had to remind myself to breath ish got even crazier than Penryn’s mom and she is Bat Poop Cray, Cray. The world and the reader is still lost but a lot of pieces of the puzzle have been put into place. I will say there are a few epic showdowns. From hand to hand and sword to gun to heals to kitchen knives there isn’t a dull moment. When Penryn faces danger at the end she is a different person but still wonderful and still fighting for her family and for humanity. I cannot wait to read the final installment I just know it’s going to be wonderful!! OH MY GOSH…what if it’s not?!! I.Will.Die…Seriously folks…Okay so anyone that is into angels, strong human spirit, butt kicking, back round house kicks, or air needs to read this! I highly recommend this series!!

5.0 Paralysis, Death, Devil’s Wife, Scathe, Gruesome Doll, Airport, Scorpions, Runaway, Police Car, Hero, Pier, Video, Worm, Tracker, Pooky Bear, Bridal Bear, Blond Twins, Apocalypse, Judgment Day, Reunion, Leopard-Spotted Shar-Pei, Lead Sword, Shattered Blade, Control, Swarm, White Wings, The Purist Unwavering Love of Two Sisters Filled Stars!!

5 Star disclaimer…I don’t do this often guys in fact it’s like less than 4% Raffe and Penryn don’t even KISS in this installment BUT THAT’S NOT WHATS THIS IS ABOUT…so if you are looking for that then you will disagree with my 5 star…This is so much more than romance this is about the struggle of survival against all odds with beautiful twists but all throughout the strength of the human soul is prevalent and shines through Penryn…I love that and that’s whats up with the out of character 5 star review in a second installment.











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Susan Ee is a USA Today bestselling author of the Penryn & the End of Days trilogy, ANGELFALL, WORLD AFTER, and END OF DAYS. Her books have been translated into over twenty languages, and her short films have played at major festivals. She used to be a lawyer but loves being a writer because it allows her imagination to bust out and go feral.

Sign up to hear about her next book at www.susanee.com or follow her on Twitter @Susan_Ee.