Friday, September 13, 2019

Sunday Post & Stacking the Shelves (45)

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This week I continued my detox cleanse, and it seems to be getting easier.  I have been binging on the Once Upon a Time series on Netflix and watching Bachelor in Paradise on Hulu.



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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Book Review: Glow of the Fireflies by Lindsey Duga

Glow of the Fireflies
By: Lindsey Duga
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: October 1, 2019
Source: eARC from the publisher in exchange for a honest review
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Briony never planned to go back to the place she lost everything.

Firefly Valley, nestled deep within the Smoky Mountains, is better kept in her past. After an unexplained fire gave Briony amnesia, her mother disappeared and her dad moved them to Knoxville.

But now her grandmother needs a caretaker and Briony's dad volunteers her to help. The moment she returns, her whole world shifts. She feels a magical connection to this valley, as if it's literally part of her somehow.

And when she meets a hot guy who claims he was her childhood friend but now mysteriously keeps his distance, Briony starts piecing together her missing past...and discovers her mother didn't leave to start a new life somewhere. She's trapped in the hidden world within the valley.

Now, Briony will do whatever it takes to rescue her, even if it means standing up against dangerously powerful nature spirits. Even if it means giving up her first love.



My Thoughts:

Glow of the Fireflies was a unique, and adventurous fantasy.  It was simplistic and imaginative. This story is perfect for middle schoolers.  I loved the vivid imagery that Lindsey Duga crafted with the setting of Firefly Valley.  I could clearly see the Smoky Mountains, the wisps, the animal spirits, and all of nature.

Briony has both literal and metaphorical scars from a fire that occurred in her old home in the Smoky Mountains.  She suffered amnesia after the incident and can't remember her past.  Shortly after, her mother left and Briony always blamed herself; thinking that it was because her mother couldn't handle her amnesiac condition.  

Briony's father moved them to Knoxville, but after her maternal grandmother needs a caretaker, she is tasked with returning to the Smoky Mountains.  She meets the gorgeous and mysterious Alder, and together, they are about to embark on a perilous journey to rescue her mother from a dangerous nature spirit...

Glow of the Fireflies had beautiful and descriptive writing.  The pacing was moderate, and I loved the main characters Briony, and Alder.  Briony persevered against all of her obstacles and never even thought of giving up when circumstances were at their bleakest.  I loved Alder, because he was loyal, heroic, sweet, and willing to sacrifice himself for Briony.  He encompassed unconditional love, and gave me all of the feels.  My only critique of the story was that I expected the plot to be a little more layered, and complex.  Like I said, it was a pretty simple story, and I think it would be perfect for middle schoolers.

If you are an animal and nature lover, and enjoy a unique and imaginative story with lovable characters, adventure, and beautiful visuals, I highly recommend Glow of the Fireflies!






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About the Author:

Lindsey Duga is a middle grade and young adult writer with a passion for fantasy, science fiction, and basically any genre that takes you away from the real world. She wrote her first novel in college while she was getting her bachelor’s in Mass Communication from Louisiana State University.

Other than writing and cuddling with her morkie puppy, Delphi, Lindsey loves catching up on the latest superhero TV show and practicing yoga.



Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday (98)

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Getting Played
Getting Some #2
By: Emma Chase
Release Date: October 8, 2019

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.

Why I'm Eagerly Waiting:

Emma Chase is one of my favorite contemporary romance authors.  Her stories always deliver laughs, feels, and swoony romance!  This story sounds like it's going to be a fun one with all of the twists as well! 



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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Blog Tour: Best of Me by LK Farlow


Best of Me
By: LK Farlow

Published:
Sept. 5, 2019

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Book Synopsis:

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been the dark to my sister’s light—the awkward loner to her social butterfly. Growing up, she had it all: our parent’s unyielding approval, perfect grades, a permanent spot at the popular table, and the attention of the hottest guy ever—Duke Kincaid. 

After eighteen years of living in her shadow, I couldn’t wait to escape—to finally be my own person. Yet here I am, I’m back in my hometown, once again in Valorie’s shadow. Only now, it’s eternal. 

I had life all planned out: join the force, marry Valorie Parsons, and start a family of our own. I have the job, but the girl and all my dreams died before my very eyes. 

Finally ready to move on, I agree to a blind date. Imagine my shock when I arrive and find, Valorie’s twin sister, waiting across the table from me. Mallory should be a reminder of all that I’ve lost, but instead she feels like my redemption . . . like maybe life’s giving me a second chance.

But, how can I be enough for her when I’ve already given her sister the best of me?  


My Thoughts:

Best of Me was the first book I've read by LK Farlow.  While it is not a part of a series per say, I noticed on Goodreads that Best Laid Plans and Best of Intentions feature secondary characters that are prominent in this story.

Mallory Parsons was treated horribly by her parents, while her identical twin, Valerie, was treated like she was utter perfection.  At school, Mallory kept to herself, and had a low self-esteem due to always being told by her mother how worthless she was.  This created a major rift in her relationship with her sister.  Valerie had it all; friends, popularity, a fairytale like love, success in all of her endeavors, and their parents unconditional love.  So it came as no surprise that the moment Mallory turned eighteen, she moved far away from her family to attend college.

Duke Kincaid found his soulmate as a sophomore in high school.  He took one look at Valerie, and knew that she was the girl he was going to marry.  After Duke is situated as a police officer, and Valerie has gotten her first job as a lawyer, he plans to propose, and move in to their dream home.  However, life has other plans, and on the day that the proposal is planned to take place, Valerie dies in a car accident.  Duke's life is forever changed, and he knows that there will never be another woman for him.

Mallory has put in applications all over for teaching, but the only call back she gets is in the town right next to where her parents live.  She doesn't want to be anywhere near them, but is excited to get her career started.  Mallory ends up befriending her landlord, Jenny, who is the fiancee of Duke's police partner, Nate.   She finds herself growing close to Jenny's best friend, Natalie as well.  Through her new friendships, she encounters Duke, who she is shocked to come face to face with.  As these two are repeatedly forced to interact, there is much to be discussed, unwanted attraction and chemistry on both ends, and a second chance at love.  However, will the guilt they both feel over Valerie's passing and moving on, hold them back?

Best of Me was an effortless story.  I read it fairly quickly and enjoyed the push-pull dynamic that took place between Mallory and Duke.  Mallory was a sweet character, and I especially enjoyed page time as she interacted with her new friends Jenny and Natalie, as well as her day to day life conversations with her Kindergarten students.

Duke frustrated me at the beginning of the story, because he let his feelings of guilt and anger, steer him in his interactions with Mallory.  His poor treatment of her frustrated me, and made me angry.  However, once misconceptions and misunderstandings were ironed out, we saw the good side of Duke.  He was able to admit when he messed up, and he was very romantic in showing and not just telling Mallory how much she meant to him. 

I really loved the secondary characters, and want to go back and read both Jenny's and Natalie's stories.  If you enjoy a fast paced romance, and are a big fan of stories that feature a second chance at love, you should check out, Best of Me.







Book Excerpt:

Nate follows my line of sight and smirks. He may be my best friend and partner, but damn if I don’t want to knock that smarmy-ass look right off his face. And when he opens his mouth, the feeling intensifies. “It’s okay to—” 

I shoot him a withering glare before stomping off toward Mallory. 

I don’t stop until I’m close enough to feel the heat of her body. She has to tilt her head back to see me, and when our eyes meet, my name topples from her lips on a breathy sigh. “We need to talk.” My tone is all business—my cop voice, as Nate calls it—as I wrap my fingers around her forearm, prepared to drag her along behind me if necessary. Luckily, she comes all too willingly—so why am I still holding on to her? 

The feeling of her soft, sun-warmed skin beneath my palm sends little zaps of electricity under my skin, into my muscle. Her nearness has me strung taut like a drawn bow. Here’s to hoping like hell I don’t snap. 

Deep down, like really fucking deep, I know I’m acting like a colossal asshole, but much like a prepubescent boy picking on his schoolyard crush, it’s the only way I know how to deal with all of the conflicting feelings she stirs in me.


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LK Farlow (A.K.A Kate) is a small town girl with a love for words. She's been writing stories for as long she can remember. A Southern girl through and through, Kate resides in beautiful, sunny LA--that's Lower Alabama, y'all--with her amazing husband and three rambunctious children. When she's not writing, you can find her snuggled up on the couch watching car shows while she crochets or with her nose in a book.




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Friday, September 6, 2019

Stacking the Shelves & Sunday Post (44)

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These last two weeks my husband and I started a raw fruit and veggie cleanse. We did it last year for the month of September and are going to strive to do it for this entire month.  My daughter's been under the weather all of this week, so I haven't had much time to myself or much time for reading and blogging.



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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Release Day Review : Jock Road (Jock Hard, #3) by Sara Ney


Jock Road
Jock Hard, #3
by Sara Ney 

Release Date:
September 5th, 2019 

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Synopsis:

EAT. SLEEP. FOOTBALL. 

Those are Jackson Jennings, Jr’s three mantras . His entire life, he’s been a trained athlete with only one end-game: the Pro’s. No girls. No parties. No alcohol. 

EAT. SLEEP. FOOTBALL. 

Repeat. 

Every Friday night, Triple J cruises the strip on campus, bored, lonely and conditioned not to party. But the night he meets Charlotte Edmonds on the side of the road, he wonders if his three mantras will ever be enough. 

BIG. DUMB. JOCK. 

Charlie has no time for Jackson’s antics. Not when he’s stealing her food or teases her to no end, making her tingle in all the right places. But if she’s ever going to have a boyfriend, she’d choose one who isn’t a Neanderthal. One with manners and actual time to spend with her. Not a hulking man-child who cruises the strip at night, in his Big. Dumb. Truck.

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Review of Switch Hitter HERE
Review of Jock Row HERE
Review of Jock Hard HERE
Review of Switch Bidder HERE

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Review:


Sara Ney has done it again!!! The newest addition to her Jock Hard Series, Jock Road, was an unputdownable reading escape! All of her books have given me a book hangover and this one was no exception. It feels so good to pick a book and realize from the very first page that this story will make you smile, swoon and cheer for these amazing characters! 

In Jock Road, we follow Charlie and Jackson’s journey. Charlie is the kind of heroine I love to cheer for and Jackson is the swoony hero that will melt your heart! Jackson can’t afford any distractions. He has a clear road for his football career and he’s been doing a good job at following that road until Charlie comes along. She’s about to turn his world upside down and he just can’t get enough of her. 

The connection I have with the characters is very important to me. I know right from the start if I will connect with them. It took me no time at all to fall in love with Charlie and Jackson. They complete each other perfectly and I loved their chemistry. Their journey was filled with laughs romance and swoon galore. This book was written in a dual POV and trust me when I say that you will love reading both these POV’s. 

If you’re a fan of Sports Romance, don’t hesitate to escape into the Jock Hard world. Sara Ney is an incredible author that knows how to bring an unforgettable reading journey. Her writing style is captivating and fun and her characters will leave you cheering for them from beginning to end! If you are scared that you will be confused if you pick up Jock Road before any of the other books in the series, don’t be. All the books in this series can be read as a standalone. This is exactly the kind of book I needed to get out of my book funk. Jock Road was everything I expected it to be. I loved every minute of it! I highly recommend this entire series!





About the Author:

Sara Ney is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the How to Date a Douchebag series, and is best known for her sexy, laugh-out-loud New Adult romances. Among her favorite vices, she includes: iced latte's, historical architecture and well-placed sarcasm. She lives in the Midwest, collects vintage books, art, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British. 

For a list of cities/venues Sara will be signing at, or to purchase signed books, please visit her website at www.authorsaraney.com 







Release Day Blast: Sweet Talker by Robin Bielman


Sweet Talker
American Royalty #2

By:
Robin Bielman

Publisher:
Tule Publishing

Release Date:
Sept. 5, 2019

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Book Synopsis:

He likes to be in control… 

It’s like this: I’m the hottest restauranteur on the west coast. I work hard, play hard, and love my family. I’m also the guy on the receiving end of some unwelcome threats and fixation. Then Pascale Nichols walks back into my life, and I forget about everything but her. They say lightening never strikes twice, but she’s the one that got away. She’s also, I soon discover, the one my family *secretly* hired to protect me. Am I mad? Hell, yes. Am I game to play along? You bet. 

She’s in over her head… 

Everyone knows and loves Ethan Auprince. With his sexy-as-sin dimples and crazy likeability, he’s always the center of attention. I’ve been tasked with protecting celebrities, bigwigs, and high-ranking officials, but when I come face-to-face with the man I spent one incredible summer with, I’m in trouble. A careless mistake on my last assignment cost me, and now Ethan is looking at me like he wants to devour me, not cooperate with my subtle instructions while I work under the guise of his restaurant manager. 

My reputation is at risk. His safety is on the line. But worse, we're falling in love again.



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About the Author:

Robin Bielman is the USA Today bestselling author of over fifteen novels. When not attached to her laptop, she loves to read, go to the beach, frequent coffee shops (and by frequent she means daily but she’s trying to break the habit), and spend time with her high school sweetheart husband and two sons. 

Her fondness for swoon-worthy heroes who flirt and stumble upon the girl they can’t live without jumpstarts most of her story ideas. She writes with a steady stream of caffeine nearby (see above) and the best dog on the planet, Harry, by her side. She also dreams of traveling to faraway places and loves to connect with readers. Keep in touch on social! xoxo




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