WAITING ON WEDNESDAY #95 It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover

Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 10:21 AM
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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine and is where we can talk about books we are looking forward to being released.

Title: It Ends with Us
Author: Colleen Hoover
Series: None


Expected publication: August 2nd 2016 
Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up. She graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant and has a total soft spot for Lily; and the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head, but Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his no dating rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan, her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

With this bold and deeply personal novel Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. Combining a captivating romance with a cast of all too human characters, “It Ends with Us” is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.
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Review: The Power (Titan #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Posted on Monday, June 27, 2016 4:07 PM
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Title: The Power
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Titan #2

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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With any great change, there is always strife, and the Covenant University has become the frontline between pure-bloods who want the Breed Order reinstated and the half-bloods who want the right to control their own destinies.
Fate has other plans.
The violence is escalating and war between the races seems inevitable, and it couldn’t come at a worse time. Hyperion may be out of commission, but Josie and Seth know they have only earned a reprieve. Seth must get Josie fully prepared, which means controlling her newfound abilities, and they need to find the other demigods before the Titans do.
But the gods are sensing a greater threat.

Only one thing is more dangerous than a bunch of starved Titans, and that’s an out-of-control Apollyon. The aether in Josie is drawing Seth in deeper, and when lust mixes with love and gives way to power, he knows being close to her is not only dangerous to her, but to everyone around them, but letting her go requires a level of selflessness that just isn’t Seth’s style.
The paths taken in the past are becoming the roads of the future.
Just as chaos breaks out, familiar faces from the past return, complicating the already strained bond between Josie and Seth, and when the danger from the Titans erupts with devastating consequences, the dark allure of power calls to Seth again, but this time Josie might not be able to pull him back.
And when the struggle between power and love becomes the deadliest battleground, there may be no salvation.
Beware: You will be blown away!

Holy cow! I’m not sure how many book JLA is planning on releasing for this series but this is JUST the second one and I’m already blown away!

The power begins where The Rerun left off. Josie and Seth are enjoying their life and their relationship at the Covenant. Seth is still trying to help Josie control her new powers and at the same time defend herself. But, the more capable Josie becomes at controlling her powers, the more her aether bring out Seth’s dark side. What was once “simple” training for Seth, is now getting out of control. To top it all up, Alex is back and she is determined to help Josie and Seth find the rest demigods.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, the tension between pure-bloods and half-bloods at the Covenant is out of control and every day, brings new fights. The world may be getting out of hand, but Josie and Seth have their own mission and with a bit of divine help, they are once again back on the road, which brings out the ultimate danger, the Titans.

The power was abso-f*cking-lutely addictive. There was non-stop action from the beginning till the very end. It was funny and above everything, it was insanely HOT! I’m not sure this book should be considered a YA because Seth + relationship = HOT+ HOTNESS + SCORTCHING HOTNESS! I really missed the covenant world and I’m really glad The Power reminds us why it’s an awesome world to live in (well, not right now with the rising tension and violence but generally speaking)

The end was MIND BLOWING and I really can’t wait for more! #NeedMoreSeth
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STACKING THE SHELVES #84

Posted on Saturday, June 25, 2016 11:27 PM
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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It gives us a chance to share with readers what we bought, borrowed, swapped, won or got for review each week.

This week I read:

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Firstly, I'd like to apologise as some of my posts were posted later than they should have and that's completely on me! I'll try to do better this week.. promise! 

On the good news- I got to read some really great books and some not-so-great ones but it was fun! 

What did you read this week???
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Cover Reveal: Archangel's Heart (Guild Hunter #9) by Nalini Singh

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Archangel’s Heart is the 9th book in the 

Guild Hunter series

Archangel’s Heart releases November 1st!

Now Available for Pre-order HERE: http://bit.ly/28P4Qel

One of the most vicious archangels in the world has disappeared. No one knows if Lijuan is dead or has chosen to Sleep the long sleep of an immortal. But with her lands falling into chaos under a rising tide of vampiric bloodlust, a mysterious and ancient order of angels known as the Luminata calls the entire Cadre together to discuss the fate of her territory.
Accompanying her archangelic lover Raphael to the Luminata compound, guild hunter-turned-angel Elena senses that all is not as it seems. Secrets echo from within the stone walls of the compound, and the deeper Elena goes, the uglier the darkness. But neither Raphael nor Elena is ready for the brutal truths hidden within—truths that will change everything Elena thinks she knows about who she is…
Nothing will ever be the same again.
About The Author 
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Nalini Singh is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Psy-Changeling, Guild Hunter, and Rock Kiss series. She lives and works in beautiful New Zealand, and is passionate about writing.

If you’d like to explore her other books, you can find lots of excerpts and free short stories on her website. Slave to Sensation is the first book in the Psy-Changeling series, while Angels’ Blood is the first book in the Guild Hunter series. The Rock Kiss books are all stand alone and can be read in any order.

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Book Blitz ~ Excerpt & Giveaway: Doppelgänger (Harbour Bay #4) by Camille Taylor

Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2016 9:00 PM
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Doppelganger
Camille Taylor
(Harbour Bay Series, #4)
Published by: Limitless Publishing
Publication date: June 21st 2016
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense
A new killer has descended on Harbour Bay, and he’s already killed five women…
Bestselling author Megan Bailey is devastated when her young cousin Stacey goes missing. She’s been watching the news and knows what this might mean. Stacey could be the newest victim of Harbour Bay’s newest serial killer. Megan is determined to do something, and enlists the help of her friend, the superintendent of police, Amelia Donovan.
Amelia has her best detective on the case…Dean Matthews.
Dean doesn’t believe in love. It makes men weak and vulnerable, and as a retired soldier, he’s experienced enough heartache to last several lifetimes. He also has difficulty dealing with emotional women. So when he shows up to interview Megan at the request of his boss, he isn’t exactly looking forward to it. Except Megan isn’t what he expected.
Megan is intelligent, witty, and not to mention, beautiful. Dean tries to maintain a professional distance, but with a killer on the loose, he breaks all his rules and gets involved. He offers Megan comfort and promises he might not be able to keep.
The body count continues to rise and Dean’s leads are empty as ever…
When Megan disappears too, Dean knows his time to solve this case is up. He must unravel the twisted web of clues the killer has left behind or risk the one woman who might finally teach him to love again.

Previous books in the series:
                                     NotForgotten Open Wounds by Camille Taylor DeadDontLie
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EXCERPT

A pair of startling green eyes caught his and Dean felt like he’d been kicked in the gut. His heart thumped heavily in his chest as little pin-pricks of awareness washed over him and he found he had trouble breathing. His muscles tensed even as his body hardened and began to throb painfully. He bit back a curse. He’d never had such a reaction to a woman before in his life.

Her gaze flicked between him and Nick as he brought up his I.D. and made the introductions. The woman nodded and stepped back, allowing them to enter. She closed the door firmly and turned to face them, her expression fraught with worry.

“I know who you are. I just got off the phone with Amelia. She told me you’d be coming,” she said, twisting her fingers together anxiously. When she caught him watching, she stuffed her hands into her snug jeans. “I’m Megan Bailey.”

He gave her a slow onceover, unable to help himself. He was curious about this woman and the overwhelming desire he had for her. The entire world seemed to melt away until all that was left was her.

She was beautiful in an understated way with a honey complexion and a small dusting of freckles on the bridge of her nose. Rich mahogany hair had been pulled back into a messy ponytail. She wasn’t overly tall, the top of her head only reaching his shoulders, but she was nicely filled out with curves in all the right places, her breasts high and full beneath her shirt, which clung to her like a second skin revealing her tucked in waist and the flare of her hips. He swallowed hard, his mouth suddenly dry.

As if sensing his perusal, Megan glanced over at him and his knees weakened. Her eyes—those gorgeous emerald pools—pulled at him, so full of torment that his heart ached. Shit, this was crazy and so unlike him.

She blinked and he heard her sharp exhale, her mouth parted, and she looked so irresistible that he was sorely tempted to cross the short distance between them and find out if she tasted as good as she looked. He was at a loss, unable to pull away as she continued to stare at him. Was she feeling as out of control as him?

He forced himself back on track. He was here to work a case, not look for his next bed partner, and while Megan was quite delectable, she would hardly do. She wasn’t the type of woman a man fooled around with unless he had forever in his mind, and Dean Matthews didn’t do forever. No matter what his body was telling him.

He certainly wasn’t sex-starved, although it had been a while since he had hit the sheets with a woman. The case was taking up all his time, and he couldn’t think of anything else even when he had a rare moment alone to sleep. It was disconcerting and he wasn’t sure he liked it, bringing about feelings he’d long ago rejected.

About The Author


Camille Taylor is an Australian author who resides in the Nation's Capital with her small dog. She was the typical 90's kid and was raised on Goosebumps, Roald Dahl and Paul Jennings. In her teens she began reading the Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie and in later years found Christine Feehan, Janet Evanovich and Julie Garwood.


She started writing at sixteen and enjoys spending time with her family, doting on her nieces and nephews, writing the many stories floating about her head and working on her genealogy where she can trace her heritage to England, Scotland, Ireland and Russia.

Her other interests include, anything creative - such as scrapbooking and drawing and has travelled across Western Europe, New Zealand and the UAE, after spending a year living in London. She's also dabbled in tae kwon do.

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WAITING ON WEDNESDAY #94 Day Zero (The Arcana Chronicles 0.5) by Kresley Cole

Posted on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 3:36 PM
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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine and is where we can talk about books we are looking forward to being released.

Title: Day Zero
Author: Kresley Cole


Expected publication: August 1st 2016 
Arcana means secrets, and these Arcana Chronicles vignettes from #1 New York Times bestseller Kresley Cole are filled with them. Experience firsthand the beginning of the end and behold the apocalypse through the eyes of characters you only thoughtyou knew.
Ashes to ashes . . .
Evie Greene's story of the Flash is just one of many. All over the world, those connected in some way to the lethal Arcana game--like Death, Jack, and Fortune--must first survive a horrifying night of blood and screams.
We all fall down.
Some will have to grapple with new powers; all will be damned to a hellish new existence of plague, brutality, desolation, and cannibalism. Find out who they lost, why they endure, and what they sacrificed in order to live past Day Zero. . . .
What are you waiting on Wednesday??? 
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Cover Reveal: Torn (A Wicked Saga #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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The highly anticipated second book in #1 New York Times Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout's Wicked Trilogy has a cover! The amazing TORN cover was created by Sarah Hansen from Okay Creations with photography by Kelsey Kukal-Keeton from K Keeton designs. Check it out below! TORN is set to release July 19th. Be sure to grab the first book in the series, WICKED, which is on sale for $.99 for a limited time!

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Torn between duty and survival, nothing can be the same.
Everything Ivy Morgan thought she knew has been turned on its head. After being betrayed and then nearly killed by the Prince of the Fae, she’s left bruised and devastated—and with an earth-shattering secret that she must keep at all costs. And if the Order finds out her secret, they’ll kill her.
Then there’s Ren Owens, the sexy, tattooed Elite member of the Order who has been sharing Ivy’s bed and claiming her heart. Their chemistry is smoking hot, but Ivy knows that Ren has always valued his duty to the Order above all else—he could never touch her if he knew the truth. That is, if he let her live at all. Yet how can she live with herself if she lies to him?
But as the Fae Prince begins to close in on Ivy, intent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld, Ivy is running out of options. If she doesn’t figure out who she can trust—and fast—it’s not only her heart that will be torn apart, but civilization itself.
Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans…
Don’t miss the first title in the series, WICKED, now just $.99 for a limited time only!

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About The Author

Author Photo--JLA_J. Lynn#1 New York Times and #1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA. She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.
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Blog Tour ~ Playlist & Giveaway: Reign & Revolution (Hive Queen Saga #3) by Janine A. Southard

Posted on Monday, June 20, 2016 8:33 PM
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Reign & Revolution

Janine A. Southard

(Hive Queen Saga, #3)

Publication date: April 12th 2016

Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult

The Hive Queen Saga’s Thrilling Conclusion!
Rhiannon and her Hive have mastered space travel. Sort of. At least, they’re better at it. They’ve outsmarted kidnappers, survived severe oxygen deprivation, and heisted back their own ship engine from would-be thieves.
Since joining up, they’ve traveled further and further away from their home planet. But out on Yin He Garden Station (in Chinese-owned territory), home catches up at a physics symposium.
When Alan’s former research advisor makes an offer that’ll bring them home as respected members of society, Rhiannon knows she has to accept. But home isn’t exactly as she left it, and a hostile space fleet stands between her aging ship and her new/old life. Should she be running towards the fleet, or scurrying back into international space as fast as her craft can go.

Playlist

With so many characters, plot arcs, character arcs, and intrigues, picking just a few songs (in the right order) was so hard. This task was only made worse by the fact that I listened to music while I wrote, but to my characters would like, which is a very different thing. I’m proud now to say, “Here’s a 13-song version of Reign & Revolution (with commentary).”

1. “Counting Stars” – One Republic (At the beginning of the novel, Rhiannon and her friends have ambitions. They aren’t sure how things are going to go, but they are very hopeful.)

2. “Here Comes Your Man” – The Pixies (The tone of the song is pop and happy, but underneath it’s about nature’s danger to travelers. Rhiannon has docked her spaceship on a foreign space station with the motto “smaller is safer.” It’s a beautiful place, but ominous.)

3. “Men of Harlech” – Fron Male Voice Choir (The further Rhiannon and her crew get from their Welsh-colonized home planet, the more Welsh they realize they are. This song is both a comfort and a fight song. Also, they literally sing it all the time.)

4. “I Knew You Were Trouble” – Taylor Swift (Here’s another literal song for the list. Rhiannon acquires a love interest in this book who is so so bad for her, but she can’t stop herself from liking him.)

5. “No Moon At All” – Mel Tormé (Tormé doesn’t intend this song to be creepy; it’s supposed to be smooth. Yet, imagine if the moon suddenly vanished. This is the song for a scene where one crew member—Alan—performs unexpected heroics, and does save the day very smoothly... but the aftermath is still like a metaphorical moon vanishing.)

6. “Firebird’s Child” - SJ Tucker (A fight song! Rhiannon and her friends have been tested and honed; their relationships and their strengths have been forged tightly by hardships. And they will always stand up and move forward. You can’t keep them down.)

7. “Tik Tok” – Ke$ha (The party don’t start till I walk in. If that’s not a great “I Am,” what is?)

8. “That Old Black Magic” – Ella Fitzgerald (The bad guys are leaps ahead, and a character with PTSD is still under their “spell,” though she’s trying to break free. This may be the most twisted interpretation of “That Old Black Magic” ever.)

9. “Bad Blood” – Taylor Swift (I couldn’t resist a second Taylor Swift song. Partially because I listened to so much Taylor while writing this book, in order to get the right pop-modern tone and self-awareness, and partially because this is a gorgeous song about fighting with people who should be your allies.)

10. “Ain’t It Fun” – Paramore (When you want to drag some self-centered people who need to realize the world doesn’t revolve around them, this is the song. And, wow, do our heroes run into people who haven’t realized this before.)

11. “The Sound of Silence (or Poem on the Underground Wall)” – Simon & Garfunkel (Would you believe this novel includes a poetry contest to save the day? Some may say I should’ve chosen Dylan for social commentary songs, but I stick my tongue out at those people.)

12. “History Repeating” – The Propellerheads, featuring Shirley Bassey (Shirley Bassey is Welsh! Also, politics are a giant mess... or are they, as far as the proletariat is concerned?)

13. “Rhiannon” – Fleetwood Mac (It’s my main character’s namesake, and by the end, she’s pretty much the most powerful person around. You don’t mess with her, and she’ll help you along. Is it too on the nose to include this song? Nah!)

Bonus song:

“Cheerleader” – Omi (Rhiannon’s friends prop her up, and she doesn’t need anyone else. Also, on a personal note, I have long referred to my Significant Other as my “cheerleader with a whip” when it comes to writing and publishing projects, so when this song was released during Reign & Revolution’s drafting phase, it became my personal theme.)

Previous books in the series:
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About The Author


Janine A. Southard is the IPPY award-winning author of Queen & Commander (and other books in The Hive Queen Saga). She lives in Seattle, WA, where she writes speculative fiction novels, novellas, and short stories... and reads them aloud to her cat.


All Janine’s books so far have been possible because of crowdsourced funds via Kickstarter. She owes great thanks to her many patrons of the arts who love a good science fiction adventure and believe in her ability to make that happen.

Get a free piece of fiction when you sign up for Janine A. Southard's newsletter (http://bit.ly/jasnews). The newsletter will keep you current on things like her latest release dates (and fun news like when her next Kickstarter project is coming). Usually, this is once a month or so, but sometimes goes longer or shorter. Your address will never be shared, and you can unsubscribe at any time. Plus: free ebook! (Rotating freebies mean I can’t tell you what the work is right this second.)

You can hang out with Janine online where she’s crazy about twitter (@jani_s) and periodically updates her website with free fiction and novel inspirations (www.janinesouthard.com)



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Excerpt Reveal: The Billionaire’s Favorite Mistake (Billionaires and Bridesmaids #4) by Jessica Clare

Posted on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 9:55 PM
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Greer smiled and approached, keeping her hands at her side so she didn’t hide the fantastic low cleavage of her dress. If she knew anything about men, it was that they could be diverted from anything with a nice pair of boobs.

As if determined to prove her theory right, Asher paused mid-conversation and stepped to the side, directly in her path. “Greer?”

“Hi, Asher.” Her voice was breathless with excitement. He was here. He was here and he was noticing her. In fact, she was pretty sure he was staring at her, hard.

“You look . . . different.” His voice was low, sexy.

Yes! He was noticing! Oh crap, what should she say to pull him away from the others? He had a mask slung in one hand and a drink in the other. “What’s your costume?”

“Pimp daddy,” one guy said, and the men around him guffawed.

Asher turned away from Greer and slugged a guy in the shoulder. “Fuck off, guys. This is Greer. She’s like a little sister to me.”

Her nostrils flared with irritation. Little sister? Really? Did he not see her tits hanging out of this fucking skimpy dress? But then the men started laughing and talking over each other all at once, and she nearly screamed with frustration. She needed to get him away from the group of ex–frat boys if she was ever going to get a word in edgewise. Time to use her nonexistent wiles.

When Asher turned back to a guy telling a story, she moved forward and leaned in, pushing her breasts against Asher’s arm. That got his attention. He looked down at her, and she was short, which meant he had a fantastic view of her cleavage. She was pleased when his gaze stuck there, and he downed the rest of his drink, ignoring his chatty friend.

“Can we go someplace private and catch up, Asher?” Sure, they had lunch last week, but maybe there’d be some catching up to do between now and then, right?

He nodded, transfixed by her cleavage, and handed his empty glass to a passing server, grabbing a fresh one. “You lead the way.”

Perfect.

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A hot one night stand between friends might spark true love in The Billionaire’s Favorite Mistake by Jessica Clare!

Pre-order your copy for a June 21st release!





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A hot one night stand between friends might spark true love in the latest Billionaires and Bridesmaids novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Billionaire Takes a Bride.

Greer has always been there for Asher, but she wishes she could break through her shyness and show how much she truly loves him. But after a steamy, mindless fling at Hunter and Gretchen’s engagement party, Greer finds herself tossed aside and forced to admit that you can’t love someone who doesn’t acknowledge you exist.
It’s a shame he got her pregnant.
After his fiancée betrayed him and tanked his business in one fell swoop, Asher has spent his time trying to rebuild his wealth and forget the past. But he doesn’t understand why Greer blew him off after their night together—until he catches a glimpse of her belly.
Now Asher is willing to do whatever it takes to convince Greer she belongs with him. And he’s very skilled at the art of persuasion.
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About the Author


This is a pen name for Jill Myles.

Jill Myles has been an incurable romantic since childhood. She reads all the 'naughty parts' of books first, looks for a dirty joke in just about everything, and thinks to this day that the Little House on the Prairie books should have been steamier.

After devouring hundreds of paperback romances, mythology books, and archaeological tomes, she decided to write a few books of her own - stories with a wild adventure, sharp banter, and lots of super-sexy situations. She prefers her heroes alpha and half-dressed, her heroines witty, and she loves nothing more than watching them overcome adversity to fall into bed together.

Website: http://jillmyles.com/

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/_JessicaClare

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WAITING ON WEDNESDAY #93 A Hush of Greek (Out of Olympus #4) by Tina Folsom

Posted on 9:23 PM
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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine and is where we can talk about books we are looking forward to being released.

Title: A Hush of Greek
Author: Tina Folsom



Expected publication: July 27th 2016 
The love god Eros has lost his belief in love and refuses to shoot his arrows. Zeus is furious and orders Triton, Dionysius, and Hermes to do something about it. Now the trio has their hands full with their disillusioned friend. And what better way to make Eros believe in love again than to make him FALL IN LOVE?
What are you waiting on Wednesday??? 

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Blog Tour ~ Excerpt & Giveaway: Dishonor Thy Wife by Belinda Austin

Posted on Monday, June 13, 2016 7:46 PM
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A Psychological Thriller of Sexual Obsession and a Twisted Romance.


DISHONOR THY WIFE

Belinda Austin

Releasing June 13th, 2016


A Psychological Thriller of Sexual Obsession and a Twisted Romance.
Ronni and Brad have an arranged marriage. Six years ago, he broke off with his fiancée or else face jail time for getting the then underage Ronni pregnant, i.e. statutory rape. The couple has not slept together since. The spoiled Brad is resentful and can be verbally abusive to both Ronni and their daughter who he mostly ignores.
Brad is not the only one trapped in an unwanted marriage. Ronni was a dirt-poor teenager when her grandfather forced her to marry the rich medical student. She is simply trying to make the best of a bad marriage until she can finish college and be able to support herself and Traci.
One day after a medical conference, Brad returns home a changed man. He starts acting like a real father to Traci who now adores him. Brad even treats Ronni with kindness. As her heart melts towards Brad, Ronni wonders if he is still seeing his mistress. As her heart melts towards Brad, Ronni wonders if he is still seeing his mistress even as she begins to trust him.
Ronni finds she enjoys her husband spying through the keyhole of her bedroom door. She begins to perform for him.
Once Ronni has a taste of forbidden passion, she is addicted until Brad begins acting like a Jekyll-Hyde and his violent outbursts return. She believes he may be bipolar, never realizing that something far more sinister is going on, and she is playing a dangerous game beneath the covers with Brad.
As secrets unfold, lies unravel, and fraud is uncovered, what happened at a Philly medical convention sets off a chain of events that begs the question, does a woman really know the cracks beneath her husband's skin?
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About The Author
Belinda is a former Software Engineer and Web Developer. She is a Zumbaholic. Belinda loves to create novels with twists and turns, and love stories that will squeeze your heart. Her goal is to entertain and touch you by making you laugh, cry, get angry: go through the emotional experience that makes us all human and by doing so humanize her characters.

Her aim with her books is to grab the reader by the shirt collar and drag him or her into the novel, and not let go until the end. She hopes that the reader will not just read her story, but experience it, with chills, blood pounding, brain bursting, etc.

Belinda was born in the Los Angeles area and lives in Texas.

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STACKING THE SHELVES #83

Posted on Saturday, June 11, 2016 8:53 PM

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It gives us a chance to share with readers what we bought, borrowed, swapped, won or got for review each week.

This week I read:

Click on cover for Goodreads:


I don't know how I managed to read 7 books last week and just 1 this week! I haven't been really busy and with my exams gone, I should be reading mooooooooore! I do have a TBR to finish some day (maybe in the near future- not)

What did you read this week?
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Blog Tour ~ Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: Hold You Against Me (Stripped #4) by Skye Warren

Posted on Friday, June 10, 2016 11:44 PM
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From New York Times bestselling author Skye Warren 

comes a sexy new standalone in the Stripped series...


HOLD YOU AGAINST ME

Stripped Series 

Skye Warren

Released May 31st, 2016


From New York Times bestselling author Skye Warren comes a sexy new standalone in the Stripped series...
Once upon a time the daughter of a mafia king fell in love with a foot soldier.
This fairy tale didn't have a happy ending.
My sister and I barely managed to escape alive, and we've lived in relative hiding ever since. I'm safe now, but I can never forget the boy who gave his life to save mine.
Except there are whispers that he's still alive. And he's fighting a war.
Even knowing the risks, I have to find him. I have to find some way to protect him, the way he protected me. But he isn't the boy I left behind. He's a violent man. A criminal. And he's been waiting for me--the final pawn in a dark game of survival and love. 
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Review

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first book I read in the series and it can definitely be read as a standalone! 

I knew I’d like the book just by reading the blurb. Clara is the daughter of a mafia boss. Three years ago she and her sister, Honor, managed to escape from him and his plans for them. But everything comes at a price and their freedom cost a life. Despite the violence and cruelty around them, Clara and Giovanni knew that their stolen time would come to an end but neither expected what was to come!

Fast forward 3 years and the two sisters haven’t wasted Giovanni’s sacrifice. Well-hidden and safe, they have created new lives for themselves. Clara is doing what she loves, living an ordinary life but she’s far from happy. She can’t stop thinking about Giovanni and what they had. So when Giovanni kidnaps her, informing her that he is the mafia boss now, Clara knows that the boy she once loved is truly gone!

Hold you against me was really good! I didn’t really connect with the characters but the plot was really good. I loved how the story was set up. We got see Clara’s new life and then bits and pieces from her past with Giovanni but we also got to hear how the sisters and Giovanni managed to survive. It was awesome! Of course there was some drama and action but the main focus is these two characters. We also got to see glimpses of Honor’s life with Kip and some others characters from the previous books in the series!

I don’t know if this is the last book in the series but it was a great ending! 

*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review*

Excerpt

Something moves me gently, constant and rhythmic like waves. I’m warm. There’s something soft curling around my arms, wrapped inside my fists. Padding beneath my cheek that smells like home.

An unnatural darkness weighs down on me, keeping me from waking up—a demon’s whisper in my ear. You’re warm, you’re safe. Sleep.

But something is wrong.

I remember falling asleep, so suddenly, remember drinking water that I hadn’t filled. And I remember the phone call from Amy telling me that Giovanni’s alive. Impossible.

Awareness pricks my skin like a cold breeze. Wherever I am, I’m not alone.

I blink rapidly, forcing my eyes open. They adjust to the darkness quickly, taking in the tinted windows on either side and the wide leather bench curving beneath me. I’m in a car. A limo, to be exact. And it’s moving.

On the opposite side of the long space, a large body reclines. I can see the wide stance of his legs, the pale white of his shirt. A suit jacket tossed beside his hip. His face is hidden in the shadows of the vehicle.

I was raised by the head of the Las Vegas mafia, the capo. I grew up around guns and violence, so I know when a man is armed. It’s the way he holds himself, the warning shimmering around him like a dark halo.

This man is armed and extremely dangerous.

Every muscle in my body tenses. My mind still swims in thick water, because I must have been drugged. He drugged me, this faceless man. Why did he take me? It won’t be anything good, that’s for sure.

Even worse, I suspect this has something to do with my past, with my family. It’s messed up that I’d rather be taken by some random psycho. But at least then I’d have a chance of getting away.

“Who are you?” I demand, my voice hoarse from whatever drugs they gave me.

There’s a long pause, the weight of his regard as heavy as a finger trailing down my neck.

“Have I really changed that much, bella, that you don’t recognize me?”


Skye Warren is the New York Times bestselling author of dark romance such as Wanderlust and Prisoner. Praised as a “true mistress of dark erotica”, her books have been featured in Jezebel, Buzzfeed, USA Today Happily Ever After, Glamour, and Elle Magazine. She makes her home in Texas with her loving family, four dogs, and one evil cat.



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Once upon a time a little girl told her grandmother that when she grew up she wanted to be a writer. Or a lollipop lady. Or a fairy princess fireman. ‘Write, Megan,’ her grandmother advised. So that’s what she did. Thirty-odd years later, Megan is a professional writer and published author by day, and an indie novelist by night. Her fiction – young adult romance with soul – recently earned her the SPR’s Independent Woman Author of the Year award. Megan grew up in the Royal County, a hop, skip and a (very long) jump from Windsor Castle, but these days she makes her home in the village of Standish, Greater Manchester. She lives with her husband, a proud Scot who occasionally kicks back in a kilt; her son, a budding artist with the soul of a palaeontologist; and her baby daughter, a keen pan-and-spoon drummer who sings in her sleep. When she's not writing, you'll find her walking someplace green, reading by the fire, or creating carnage in the kitchen as she pursues her impossible dream: of baking something edible.

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