Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Waiting on Wednesday (114)


A Favor for a Favor (All In #2)
By: Helena Hunting
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Release Date: January 28, 2020

Book Synopsis:

From the New York Times bestselling author of Pucked and A Lie for a Lie, a new stand-alone romance about trading favors, battling wills, and winning love. 

When I joined Seattle’s NHL expansion team, I thought it was the start of something great. But nothing ever goes the way you expect. Take my introduction to my new neighbor. She came rolling in on the hot mess express at midnight, making a racket while she tried to get into my team captain’s apartment. Did I mention that he’s married to a woman who definitely was not her? 

Imagine my surprise when I end up with an injury that has me out of the game for weeks, and she’s the one to offer to help me. I should probably add that she’s not the captain’s mistress. She’s his sexy, pastel-haired younger sister. 

So we come up with an arrangement: she rehabs me so that I can get back on the ice sooner, and she can add a professional athlete that isn’t her brother to her client list. Seems simple enough. As long as I can keep my hands to myself and my hormones in check.

Why I'm Eagerly Waiting:

I really enjoyed the first book in this series, and I love the friend falling for his friend's sister trope.  Plus, Helena Hunting is an author I enjoy reading immensely!

What are you waiting on?

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Stacking the Shelves & Sunday Post (55)

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

I've been busy this week working on my Bookworm Life Planner, Romanceopoly challenge, and my daughter's IEP this upcoming Tuesday.  

I'm staying strong on my cleanse and have lost 11 pounds, but where I can really tell the weight loss difference is in my face, and in how my clothes are fitting looser.

I'm giving away a $10 Amazon Giftcard and recommending some of my favorite books of 2019 in the Best of 2019 Hop.  So be sure to enter!  Happy Reading!!!

On the Blog:

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Waiting On Wednesday (113)


By: Sarina Bowen
Release Date: January 28, 2020

Book Synopsis:

An emotional friends to lovers romance full of risky secrets and late-night lessons in seduction. 

Dylan is my best friend, and the only person in my life who understands me. He doesn’t mind my social awkwardness or my weird history. The only glitch? He doesn’t know that I’ve been hopelessly, desperately in love with him since the first day we picked apples together in his family’s orchard. But I know better than to confess. Now that we’re both in college together, I’m seeing a new side of him. College Dylan drinks and has a lot of sex. None of it with me. 

Until the night I foolishly ask him to tutor me in more than algebra…and he actually says yes. But the cool morning light shows me how badly I’ve endangered our friendship. And I don’t know if anything will be the same again.

Why I'm Eagerly Waiting:

I enjoy the friends to lovers trope and the fact that the female lead has been in love with her best friend for a long time, and he agrees to "tutor" her in more than Algebra, sounds like it will make for a fun story!  

What are you waiting on?

Best of 2019 Giveaway Hop

Welcome to A Bookish Escape's stop for the Best of 2019 Giveaway Hop! I'm giving away a $10 Amazon Giftcard.  Here are my featured favorite reads of the year.  I highly recommend these books, if you are looking for a guaranteed great read.

Young Adult:


New Adult:




Release Blitz: Credence by Penelope Douglas

Credence, a New Adult romance by New York Times bestselling author Penelope Douglas is LIVE!

Tiernan de Haas doesn’t care about anything anymore. The only child of a film producer and his starlet wife, she’s grown up with wealth and privilege but not love or guidance. Shipped off to boarding schools from an early age, it was still impossible to escape the loneliness and carve out a life of her own. The shadow of her parents’ fame followed her everywhere. 
And when they suddenly pass away, she knows she should be devastated. But has anything really changed? She’s always been alone, hasn’t she?
Jake Van der Berg, her father’s stepbrother and her only living relative, assumes guardianship of Tiernan who is still two months shy of eighteen. Sent to live with him and his two sons, Noah and Kaleb, in the mountains of Colorado, Tiernan soon learns that these men now have a say in what she chooses to care and not care about anymore. As the three of them take her under their wing, teach her to work and survive in the remote woods far away from the rest of the world, she slowly finds her place among them. 
And as a part of them. 
And she also realizes that lines blur and rules become easy to break when no one else is watching. 
One of them has her. 
The other one wants her. 
But he…
He’s going to keep her.

Download your copy today or read FREE in Kindle Unlimited!

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About Penelope:

Penelope Douglas is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her books have been translated into fourteen languages and include The Fall Away Series, The Devil’s Night Series, and the stand-alones, Misconduct, Punk 57, and Birthday Girl. Please look for Kill Switch (Devil’s Night #3), available now. 

She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and their daughter. 

Connect with Penelope:

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Sunday, January 12, 2020

Book Review: Echoes Between Us by Katie McGarry

Echoes Between Us
By: Katie McGarry
Release Date: January 14, 2020
Publisher: Tor Teen
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Source: eARC from the publisher in exchange for a honest review
Book Synopsis:

Echoes Between Us is bestselling author Katie McGarry’s breakout teen contemporary novel about a girl with everything to lose and the boy who will do anything to save her. 

Veronica sees ghosts. More specifically, her mother's ghost. The afterimages of blinding migraines caused by the brain tumor that keeps her on the fringes and consumes her whole life haunt her, even as she wonders if it's something more... 

Golden boy Sawyer is handsome and popular, a state champion swimmer, but his adrenaline addiction draws him to Veronica. 

A girl with nothing to live for and a boy with everything to lose--can they conquer their demons together?


My Thoughts:

Echoes Between Us is a raw, riveting, and beautiful story.  It broke my heart and put it back together again by offering bright rays of hope. I went through a lot of tissues, as Veronica and Sawyer's journey felt authentic, was relatable, and extremely moving. Even as Katie McGarry is one of my favorite authors, this story exceeded my expectations.  

It was multilayered, and had so many elements that I enjoy in a favorite read.  Echoes Between Us had such a rich and colorful cast of characters, serious topics that kept me engaged, a plot that held my attention and kept me guessing how everything would end, and a story so rich in friendship and unconditional love.

Veronica was a character with a lot of heart.  She marched to the beat of her own drum, and was courageous when it came to being true to herself, even though it made her an outcast among her peers.  

She had a wonderful tribe of friends, and I loved how dedicated, loyal, and caring they were towards one another.  Even though this story is a standalone, I was excited to recognize beloved characters Jesse, Scarlett, and Glory from Only a Breath Apart.  I hope Nazareth gets his own story next, because he was one of my favorite characters.

From outside appearances Sawyer had an easy life.  He was popular, and an accomplished swimmer.  Both Veronica and Sawyer were hurting and going through their own private struggles.  We get the dual perspectives of Veronica and Sawyer, as well as snippets of a diary from a girl that had Tuberculosis in the 1900's; which tied in to an important life lesson. 

There were paranormal elements in the story that touched on ghosts and hauntings, which I loved.  There was an air of mystery throughout the story as I tried to figure out certain things, and I loved how the story kept me guessing.

The ending of the story was spectacular and really touched my heart.  In less you can't tell, I loved this story and highly recommend it.  If you are looking for a multi-layered story that is unique, has an amazing cast of characters, and will both break your heart, and mend it, check out Echoes Between Us!

About the Author:

KATIE MCGARRY was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, and reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan. 

Katie would love to hear from her readers. Contact her via her website, katielmcgarry.com, follow her on Twitter @KatieMcGarry, or become a fan on Facebook and Goodreads.

Stacking the Shelves & Sunday Post (54)

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

January has been a crazy month so far!  I started my raw fruit and vegetable cleanse on the 1st. I've been juicing 16 oz. of celery juice every morning and living on smoothies and salads, and have lost 9 pounds at this point, and am feeling so much better!  I am having a lot of fun with my new Bookworm Life Planner that I purchased from Peanutbutter Taco on Etsy.  I'm also having a great time with the Romanceopoly challenge, and am so glad that I learned about it from Sophia@DelightedReader.  

I've been preparing for my daughter's IEP on the 21st, and am really stressed out about it.  I'll be so relieved when it's done!  On the frustrating front, I have been having trouble commenting on my blog and other blogger blogs.  Initially, when this happened awhile back, I just had to open a private window, and then I could comment.  Unfortunately, that's not working anymore.  Kim@ Caffeinated Reviewer tried to help me out.  I emptied my cache and that worked for a couple of hours, but now I'm back not being able to comment.  Any suggestions or advice for those of you who are computer savvy?

On the Blog:

*Releasing Keanu by Siobhan Davis (Blog Tour & Book Review)
*Credence by Penelope Douglas (WOW)
*Throw Like a Girl by Sarah Henning (Blog Tour & Book Review)

Thanks to William Morrow, Siobhan Davis, Social Butterfly PR, and Sarina Bowen