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March 30, 2013

Stacking the Shelves #32

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews where you can share books obtained via the bookstore, the library, online, through trade, borrowed from friends, gifted and/or received for review that you're adding to your shelf.

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March 29, 2013

Review: Vengeance Bound by Justina Ireland

Title: Vengeance Bound
Author: Justina Ireland
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Reader
Publication Date: April 2, 2013
Format: eARC* 320 pages
Rating: 3.5/5
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Cory Graff is not alone in her head. Bound to a deal of desperation made when she was a child, Cory’s mind houses the Furies—the hawk and the serpent—lingering always, waiting for her to satisfy their bloodlust. After escaping the asylum where she was trapped for years, Cory knows how to keep the Furies quiet. By day, she lives a normal life, but by night, she tracks down targets the Furies send her way. And she brings down Justice upon them.

Cory’s perfected her system of survival, but when she meets a mysterious boy named Niko at her new school, she can’t figure out how she feels about him. For the first time, the Furies are quiet in her head around a guy. But does this mean that Cory’s finally found someone who she can trust, or are there greater factors at work? As Cory’s mind becomes a battlefield, with the Furies fighting for control, Cory will have to put everything on the line to hold on to what she’s worked so hard to build.


My Review
Vengeance Bound by Justina Ireland takes you through the eyes of a young girl seeking revenge on all the wrong doings bestowed upon her. Original, gripping, and with a wonderful moral behind the story, this book was a delightful treat of greek mythology, death, and difficult choices. 


Vengeance Bound had an excellent opening. Right away, there was action and suspense. I was curious and compelled to keep on reading to find out more. For me, this beginning kept me riveted to the story. 

I adore any form of Greek mythology and I appreciate Justina Ireland’s original and refreshing take on the Furies. I loved learning all about Tisiphone and Megaera and all their evil, relentless bloodlust. Their manifestation, unearthly beauty, and viciousness was half part fascinating and half part sickening. Ireland really brings the Furies to life so much so where I was able to feel their hold on Cory like they had a hold on me. These Furies were full of strength, without human compassion, and had no mercy. They were pretty cool, if I’m being fairly honest. 

I thought Cory was a badass. For years, she’s been with Furies, resisting and giving into their wishes. Though wrong on many levels, the Furies do make Cory stronger, tougher, and feared by others. Sometimes Cory gets so sick of dealing justices and sometimes she craves them more than anything. This is what made me admire Cory because she was imperfect and hanging by a thread, but she tried so hard to grasp on to her humanity, her compassion and her capability to love. She keeps on trying to hang on to some semblance of balance and hoping to not lose herself to the Furies. Cory struggles throughout the book, giving in at her weakest, but doesn’t give up and continues to fight against the Furies, against her inner demons, and her fears.


The romance, in a nut shell, was too fast, too weird, and unbelievable. I liked Niko enough because he was mysterious, but I just didn’t know him because he was too elusive and too aloof. He didn't really have enough page time to have any development. He had some shining moments here and there, but his character only reaches the surface and never breaks through. I can understand the attraction between Niko and Cory, but not their instant love connection after having 2-4 decent conversations. I saw their love, but I could not feel it. 



All in all, I enjoyed what Ireland created in Vengeance Bound. It was interesting and kept my attention until the end. The action scenes definitely had me reeling and wanting more. The idea of this twisted vigilante scheme and taking vengeance to its breaking point was surely exciting. 

*Thanks to S&S for sending a copy for review

Cover Reveal: Made to Forget by Samantha LaFantasie


MADE TO FORGET by Samantha LaFantasie

There’s something that lies within my memory. Hidden in the dark. Something that can kill me and those that I love. But I was in an accident, covered in mystery and deception. And my memory…was lost. There are those who want me to remember. I don’t trust them. And those I do trust…are fighting for me to forget.

Elsabetha Ellery wants to get her memory back, even if it kills her.

After waking up in a hospital with no memory, Elsabetha quickly learns those who claim to be her friend are anything but. And those who are her true friends keep themselves unseen.

Stuck with piecing together her broken memories alone, Elsa struggles with having faith in those she trusts and heeding the warnings of the dangers in recovering her memory. Ignoring them, she faces heavy consequences. Ones she doesn’t see until it’s too late, and a life is lost.

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A Kansas native, Samantha spends her free time with her husband and three kids. Writing has always been a passion of hers but she only took up writing seriously a few years ago. Among her writing credentials, she’s a board member of the Kansas Writer’s Association and has founded her own critique group lovingly named The Fighting Hamsters.

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March 28, 2013

Cover Reveal: Skeleton Key Guild by MJ Fletcher + Giveaway


Release: May 2013
Genre: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Steampunk, Paranormal

Her parents dead, her sister missing, and those she loves branded traitors to the Old Kind... Chloe Masters is on the run.

To fulfill a parent’s dying wish she will do anything to save the sister she has never met. Can she learn the secrets of the Artifacts before it’s too late? Surrounded by her friends; Slade, Edgar, Jess, Val and the man she loves James Nightshade, Chloe has never had so much to live for... but will her enemies let her?

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BOOK!” Goodreads 



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MJ Fletcher is the creator of the comic book series Adam Zero: The Last Man of Earth published by Ronin Studios. He’s also been published in Hope: The Hero Initiative and Digital Webbing Presents. The Doorknob Society series is his first book series and he’s thrilled about it. He lives near the beach with his wife, daughter, and dog.


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Cover Reveal: Broken Gates by D.T. Dyllin




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Expected publication: May 24th 2013 by Dragonfairy Press 
 ***Genre - New Adult Paranormal Romance
P.J. Stone is a Seer who saw too little, too late.
In the past, her biggest worries were boys and school—but war has a way of changing things. Now, the alien Riders are trying to overrun the world. As the last of their kind, P.J. and her friends must find a way to save humanity before there’s nothing left to save.
After choosing a mate, P.J. hoped she'd have time to enjoy her love life. But with everything changing so quickly and major secrets revealed, who knows what the future will bring?




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March 27, 2013

Blog tour: Private Practice by Samanthe Beck Review

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Private Practice by Samanthe Beck
Publisher: Entangled Publishing (Brazen)
Publication Date: February 23, 2013
Format: ebook, 263 pages
Rating: 4.5/5
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He’ll teach her how to bring a man to his knees…

Dr. Ellie Swan has a plan: open her practice in tiny Bluelick, Kentucky, so she can keep an eye on her diabetic father, and make hometown golden-boy Roger Reynolds fall in love with her. But Ellie has a problem. Roger seeks a skilled, sexually adventurous partner, and bookish Ellie doesn’t qualify.

Tyler Longfoot only cares about three things: shaking his bad boy image, qualifying for the loan his company needs to rehab a piece of Bluelick’s history, and convincing Ellie to keep quiet about the “incident” that lands him on her doorstep at two a.m. with a bullet in his behind.

The adorable Dr. Swan drives a mean bargain, though. If sex-on-a-stick Tyler will teach Ellie how to bring a man to his knees, she’ll forget about the bullet. Armed with The Wild Woman’s Guide to Sex and Tyler’s lessons, Ellie is confident she can become what Roger needs…if she doesn’t fall for Tyler first.

My Review
You know when you love something so much you want to always be around it? Well, I felt this way with Private Practice by Samanthe Beck the second I finished it. The whole book was lovely, charming, and alluring. Short and sweet, I relished the story within Private Practice and loved every waking moment I spent with this book.



Intelligent, inexperienced and one research-everything fanatic, Ellie, was a total sweetheart. When this girl put her mind into something, she didn’t hold back or let anything stop her! She was determined to win over the guy she had been pining for and she was willing to do everything and anything. Ellie was brave girl for stepping up and asking help from Tyler in her not so much experience in the sex department. I found her to be slightly awkward, but cute as a freaking button. Her smart talk and critical thinking skills were completely endearing, which also made her a unique and refreshing character. I loved that Ellie was passionate about her work and cared for her father even when he didn’t appreciate her. I especially loved Ellie’s crazy driving and her inability at avoiding the most awkward and embarrassing encounters!


Tyler was the old high school bad boy that the town could never get enough of. He totally exuded sex-me-up all the way, but in reality, Tyler was a really great guy. He thought about others and he cared deeply and had a great sense of loyalty towards his friends. He was very serious about his construction business and not only was he responsible, but reliable too. He really helped Ellie and made her realize and feel that she really was sexy, in and out. I loved that Tyler had a protective nature and that he liked to be in control, but he wasn’t controlling or demanding in an aggressive way. I thought he was a Renaissance man; good at nearly everything he put his mind to, not perfect, but still amazing.

I adored the storyline of Private Practice! Having Tyler help Ellie be wilder in bed with all those references to Ellie’s chapters was just hilarious. I really enjoyed both of them coming together, (no pun intended) getting to know one another physically and emotionally, and seeing that each of them were not who they originally thought. I thought Samanthe Beck made Ellie and Tyler have different personas, but deep inside both of them they were the same. This made their connection undeniably strong and I really felt how much understanding and appreciation was between Ellie and  Tyler’s relationship. They just get each other and this made me get them and I loved this dynamic that Beck brought to life. While I can say that Private Practice was predictable and proved all my theories to be correct in the end, there was no way I could have loved this book any less because it just straight up entertained me to no end. It was cute, funny, a very quick and fact-paced read, just the way I like ‘em. 



Overall, Private Practice was brilliantly crafted! If I can have a good time while reading a book and wish for more while still leaving me satisfied, I know... it’s a keeper.

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Favorite Quotes
"Oh. My. God. Hell-raising, cherry-popping Tyler Longfoot is standing in your kitchen, about to drop his pants." Location 175.

"Son of a-- Are you amputating half my ass back there?" "Not yet. Don't distract me." "Take you time." Location 199.

"None came anywhere close to that kiss with Ellie. It felt like hurtling into a new adventure and coming home at the same time." Location 383.

"Uh-huh, right. You couldn't find your tonsils so he stopped by to help you look for them. Search to be continued this Friday. If you want my advice, you should have him hunt for something really important, like your G-spot." Location 676.

"So, do I need to grade this extracurricular stuff, like those sexy little sounds you make when you're about to come, or are we ready to shop?" Location 1709.

"Having reached the top of his inseam, she shifted her hands around to the front of his thighs and squeezed. "They do." Holy shit, he was going to die." Location 2088.

"Tyler... please." "I am here to please," he whispered against her skin." Location 2152.
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About the Author
Sam was transfixed from an early age with any tale featuring a handsome prince, a great dress, and, of course, the all-important kiss, and eventually aspired to write her own happily-ever-afters. Naturally, she became a lawyer. The legal world heaved a sigh of relief a few years ago when Samanthe retired from law to take the plunge as a writer.
When not living the glamorous life of a romance author (i.e., chained to her computer), Samanthe keeps busy with the care and feeding of her extremely patient prince-charming of a husband, a not-so-patient ball of energy known as their son, a furry ninja named Kitty, and Bebe, the trash talkin’ Chihuahua. Their love, support, and willingness to eat Pizza Hut three or more times a week enables Samanthe to pursue her literary dreams.

March 25, 2013

REVIEW: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Title: Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2)
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: February 15, 2013
Format: Hardcover, 461 pages
Rating: 5/5 (loveloveloveSOMUCHlove)
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time for war.

Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.

She's finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.

Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.

In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam's life.

My thoughts, feelings, and reactions
True to its title, Unravel Me did more than just that, it consumed me, shook me, broke me, and left me without words and with so much emotions. 



The familiar yet alluring and lyrical writing of Tahereh Mafi is back and better than ever. Like always, it took my breath away and left me gasping for air. The writing in Unravel Me was beautiful, haunting, and totally made my skin tingle and shoot straight to my heart. It was the type of writing that made me want to close my eyes, absorb, savor, and relish every single word, sentence, and page and brand them permanently to my soul. 

Now settled in Omega Point, Juliette still had her old doubts and fears that continued to plague her. Although Juliette felt like this, there were plenty of times where she wanted to prove herself, pick herself up, and actually do something to help with the upcoming war. Juliette seemed weak before, but in Unravel Me, she exudes strength physically and mentally. She grows, develops and really tries her hardest to fight her demons and insecurities away. I’m even more impressed with the amount of restraint and strength Juliette possesses. I really got to see even more improvement in Juliette throughout this second book from start to finish. A little fragile and still struggling internally, Juliette continued to be the good person I knew her to be. She finally stepped out of the hole she dug herself in and really showed an immense amount of courage, bravery and damn it all, she was fierce and a little scary too. I loved it! 

I will always have a soft spot for Adam. I loved his love and devotion for Juliette. Even when trouble rose up between them, he kept on trying to make things work and never gave up. He was determined more than ever to stand by Juliette’s side. And as much as I love Adam, I have to admit I love Warner just a bit more. While Juliette owns this book, Warner shines brighter. Warner had me holding my breath, clutching my heart, and had me feeling all kinds of inappropriate feelings and things. I got to see another side of him that had me falling for him, hard and painful. I saw the tortured, lost and broken boy he tried so hard to hide. He was delicate, yet intimidating and like a tornado you can’t help but want to be closer to watch and be fascinated by no matter how dangerous. Warner was so intense and beautiful and magnetic, I was drowning in that intensity, tension and ethereal beauty he had. When he spoke, he was captivating. When he was quiet, he made me curious. I’ll tell you now that Warner got me addicted before, but after Chapter 62, I think I need an intervention.


While some sequels fall flat, Unravel Me was a sequel far superior than its predecessor. Any questions I had during and at the end of Shatter Me are answered; from Adam and Warner’s immunity to Juliette’s touch to Warner’s first name and more. The inner workings of Omega Point are explained and experienced with great detail that I found very interesting. Any other powers and Energies are touched upon and explored more as well. There are some new characters that I fell in love with and old ones I missed and ended up loving even more. Even better, Mafi throws in surprises that never gives Unravel Me a dull moment. 



Overall, Unravel Me was bolder, darker and a lot more sexier. Tahereh Mafi doesn’t fail to impress. She tug tug tugs on the heart strings in plenty of different ways. For me, the whole book was exceptional! 


March 22, 2013

Blog tour: Protecting What's His by Tessa Bailey Review + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my stop for Entangled's blog tour for Protecting What's His by Tessa Bailey!

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Protecting What's His by Tessa Bailey (Line of Duty #1)
Publisher: Entangled Publishing (Brazen)
Publication Date: February 23, 2013
Format: ebook, 273 pages
Rating: 5/5 million stars!
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She’s running from the law, and the law wants her bad.

The opportunity was just too damn delicious for Ginger Peet to pass up. The purse full of money she finds—$50,000 to be exact—could give her and her teen sister the new start they need. So she grabs the cash, her gothy sibling, and their life-sized statue of Dolly Parton, and blows outta Nashville in a cloud of dust. Chicago, here we come...

Turns out, Chicago has some pretty hot cops. Hot, intense, naughty-lookin’ cops like Derek Tyler, who looks like he could eat a girl up and leave her begging for more. And more. Tempting as he is, getting involved with the sexy homicide lieutenant next door poses a teensy problem for a gal who’s on the lam. But one thing is certain—Derek’s onto her, and he wants more than just a taste.

And as far as he’s concerned, possession is nine-tenths of the law.

My Review
Two questions: Who turned up the temperature and where is the ice water?!



Because Protecting What’s His by Tessa Bailey was mouthwateringly-spellbindingly-one hundred and ten percent burningly hot hot hot. I craved this book when I was away from it and I couldn’t get enough while I was reading it. It’s an understatement to say that this book was capital A-mazing!


Ginger was one feisty girl! She was willing to do whatever it was needed of her to survive the life given to her. She was sassy as hell, tough and independent to the core. She was a sweet person who was cute and completely likable. Ginger was a very strong and capable woman despite her mistakes and fleeting doubts about herself. Some of the decisions she made were not necessarily bad, but a lapse in judgment, but yet her heart and good intentions were always there. Ginger was a wonderful sister, always taking care of and thinking of Willa first. Thoughtful, heart-warming and with a lovely sense of humor, Ginger was a great heroine that wasn’t entirely perfect, but impressive nonetheless. 


Honorable protector by day and dangerous dirty-talker in bed at night, Derek Tyler was an addictively, irresistible sex god. The man made me weak in the knees and had my heart flying. Derek was arrogant and oozed confidence, but he was loyal, strong, and a real charmer in every way. I loved how he could be rough and gentle all at once. He was a great leader and loved being a Lieutenant and it showed when he was on the job. I loved how he could really push Ginger’s buttons. He was totally demanding and infuriating at times, but possessive and protective of Ginger in a very endearing way. He really dug deep and gave his all for Ginger and stepped up when he needed to. He was very understanding and never too quick to judge Ginger’s character or her actions. Derek did his best to break down Ginger’s walls and not once did he waver. He was in it all the way and I completely swooned with all his persistence and bone chilling lines. Derek Tyler is sex on a stick and if I could, I'd take a bite. 

There are some books where you want to savor it page by page and some books you must devour and speed through it like a starving man who went without food for ages. This book was not one or the other, but both. Tessa Bailey created this sizzling sexy masterpiece with the best amount of passion, lust, love and one liners to last me a lifetime. I absolutely loved the storyline with all the drama, sister dynamics, crazy criminals, and intense and flirty encounters. Her writing just blew my mind because this book had an amazing build up and perfect development from the plot to the characters and beyond. The hot and bothered scenes in this book won’t just make you flail or swoon, but will have you desperately wishing you were Ginger. I won’t be surprised if readers lose their underwear for this one! It’s too steamy sexy for our own good! 



Overall, Protecting What’s His has two well written and developed characters, a sensual plot-line and was not just clever and satisfying, but damn straight arousing! 

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Tessa lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and young daughter. When she isn't writing or reading romance, Tessa enjoys a good argument and thirty-minute recipes.

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March 21, 2013

REVIEW: The Valentine's Arrangement by Kelsie Leverich

Title: The Valentine's Arrangement (Hero for the Holidays #1)
Author: Kelsie Leverich
Publisher: Penguin Group
Publication Date: January 31, 2013
Format: ebook, 150 pages
Rating: 4.5/5
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Ronnie Clark, an edgy tattoo artist with hopes of high tailing it out of the forsaken Military town she followed her now ex-fiancĂ© to, is counting down the days until Valentine’s Day is over. Ronnie doesn’t do romance. She doesn’t do flowers or dates, and she sure as hell doesn’t do love—not anymore. After her fiancĂ© slept with a female solider while deployed, she has vowed never to fall in love again, especially with a soldier.

Sergeant First Class Kale Emerson is home on his mid-tour leave from Iraq, but he only has one thing on his mind—returning to his deployment to finish leading his soldiers on their mission. The last thing he wants is a relationship, but casual sex, that’s a different story. And when he meets the renowned tattoo artist Ronnie Clark, a snarky, blunt, takes no prisoners kind of woman, that seems to be all he can think about.

But when Kale realizes he has met his match with a bombshell woman who is hell bent against love, will just sex be enough? And if it’s not, will he be able to convince Ronnie that the proverbial hearts and flowers aren’t so bad after all, even if he is a soldier?

My thoughts, feelings, and reactions
The Valentine’s Arrangement was a fast-paced, sexy, and enthralling read. 



Ronnie was one tough, bold, and blunt tattoo artist that I totally looked up to and loved so so much. She was strong and confident and just cool in every aspect. Even better was her fierce, snarky, and don’t-give-a-shit attitude. Even though she was this total force to be reckoned with she had a vulnerable side that was there deep down and behind her tough exterior. I loved how she was guarded, yet learned to open her heart in the end. Ronnie was definitely no damsel in distress, she could hold her own and defend herself without a problem. Ronnie was not the type of girl to be messed with and because of her intensity, I may have developed a serious girl crush on her.



Then you have sweet, strong, and super sexy love interest, Kale, who endlessly made me swoon like no other. This man has got game and he definitely brings it. He was not afraid to tease and torment Ronnie at any chance he could get and he was not afraid to stand up to her attitude either! Kale was definitely a hero in my eyes, one who totally made me fall for him instantly. He was so determined to prove Ronnie wrong and to deem himself worthy of Ronnie’s attention and I loved how he never gave up on her even when she continued to push him away relentlessly. 



Leverich does an astounding job of drawing out the sexual tension and feelings between Ronnie and Kale. Even in such a short novel, I never felt that it was rushed or forced in any way. The development of Ronnie and Kale’s relationship felt natural and believable. Add in the funny interactions, clever comebacks that just make you grin and the hot sexy scenes that will make you shiver and you're in for a short and sizzling read. 



Ronnie and Kale are just too irresistible! If you are looking for a quick, easy, and guilty pleasure read, this one is for you!



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Favorite Quotes
All quotes are specifically spoiler-free favorites
"Needless to say, Ronnie was not a fan of the lovey, dovey mushy shit; in fact, that was putting it graciously." Location 47.

"Apparently her fiance had a problem keeping it in his pants while he was gone, and his squad's female medic just so happened to be the lucky one to help him with this little, and she did mean little dilemma." Location 76.

"For the record Sweetheart, I wasn't mind fucking you, but thank you for putting that image in my head." Location 178.

"Why did he have to come in here looking like a walking ad for sexy 'r' us?" Location 222.

"He was all hands and mouth and raw fucking desire; and right now, this was what she wanted." Location 534

"I don''t have a problem with pain, baby. Touch me wherever your little heart desires," Location 1113

March 19, 2013

Cover Reveal: The Avery Shaw Experiment by Kelly Oram + Giveaway



Title: The Avery Shaw Experiment
Author: Kelly Oram
Publisher: Bluefields
Format: ebook
Genre: YA contemporary romance
Release Date: May 2013

Summary:

When Avery Shaw’s heart is shattered by her life-long best friend, she chooses to deal with it the only way she knows how—scientifically.

The state science fair is coming up and Avery decides to use her broken heart as the topic of her experiment. She’s going to find the cure. By forcing herself to experience the seven stages of grief through a series of social tests, she believes she will be able to get over Aiden Kennedy and make herself ready to love again. But she can’t do this experiment alone, and her partner (ex partner!) is the one who broke her heart.

Avery finds the solution to her troubles in the form of Aiden’s older brother Grayson. The gorgeous womanizer is about to be kicked off the school basketball team for failing physics. He’s in need of a good tutor and some serious extra credit. But when Avery recruits the lovable Grayson to be her “objective outside observer,” she gets a whole lot more than she bargained for, because Grayson has a theory of his own: Avery doesn’t need to grieve. She needs to live. And if there’s one thing Grayson Kennedy is good at, it’s living life to the fullest.

Teaser One - Avery

Grayson finally noticed Aiden and I on the couch. “What are you two dorks doing?”

“Learning about steroids,” I said cheerfully. “You should probably know that using them can cause acne, testicular atrophy, decreased sperm count, prostate enlargement and gynecomastia.”

Grayson looked rightfully appalled. “Gyneco-what-ia?”

“Enlarged breasts in men,” Aiden translated. “So you should lay off the juice before you have to start borrowing Avery’s bras.”

I gasped at the mention of my underwear and whacked Aiden’s shoulder hard.

Behind me, Grayson laughed. I knew he was about to deliver a comeback, but I refused to look at him. Seconds later his breath was warm on my neck. He whispered just low enough that his mother couldn’t hear what he said. “I like my bras colorful and lacey, Aves. Not sure your collection would do it for me.”

Total mortification. Grayson may be as close as family to me, but he was still one of the hottest, most popular guys in our whole school. Him discussing my bras in that low sexy voice that could stop a girl’s heart on the spot made my lungs constrict. Plus, he was right of course. My bras were all of the plain white cotton variety.

Teaser Two - Grayson

I started to leave the room but she stopped me at the door. “Grayson?” Her tone tugged at something inside me. “You really want to take me with you tonight?”

She sounded so small and unsure of herself. It was how she always sounded at school and around strangers, but never when she was at home with us. I think my brother had really broken her. I was seriously going to have to beat him sometime.

“You don’t have to if you don’t want to. I know I really freaked out on you earlier, but I promise I’ll be fine. Aiden’s right.” She swallowed back a lump in her throat. “I’ll manage without him somehow.”

“Aiden’s a tool. You can learn how to manage tomorrow. Tonight’s New Years Eve and for once in your life you’re going to spend it without Aiden or The Discovery Channel.

I knew I was making progress when she cracked a smile and asked, “What about Whootylicious in 7 B?”

I thought of the luscious booty I’d originally planned on seeing tonight and sighed. “That will be an unfortunate loss, but, like you, I will just have to deal.”

I winked and then decided I’d give her ten minutes before I came back and physically dragged her out of bed.

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Kelly Oram wrote her first novel at age fifteen–a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which family and friends still tease her. She's obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and loves to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and four children.

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March 18, 2013

REVIEW: One Week Girlfriend by Monica Murphy

Title: One Week Girlfriend (Drew + Fable)
Author: Monica Murphy
Publication Date: January 10, 2013
Format: ebook, 155 pages
Rating: 5/5
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Temporary. That one single word best describes my life these last few years. I’m working at a temporary job until I can finally break free. I’m my little brother’s temporary mother since our mom doesn’t give a crap about either of us. And I’m that temporary girl all the guys want to get with because I give it up so easily. According to the rumors, at least.

But now I’m the temporary girlfriend of Drew Callahan, college football legend and all around golden guy. He’s beautiful, sweet—and he’s hiding way more secrets than I am. He’s brought me into this fake life where everyone seems to hate me. And everyone seems to want something from him. The only thing he seems to want though is…

Me.

I don’t know what to believe anymore. All I know is, I think Drew needs me. And I want to be there for him

My thoughts, feelings, reactions
I was going into One Week Girlfriend thinking this book would be an easy and light read. Instead I got something I was not prepared for nor could I have ever imagine and boy, did I devour this book! Intense, enticing and a complete outrageous roller-coaster ride, One Week Girlfriend had me flailing with all kinds of feelings from head to toe. 


Fable was a darling! I absolutely loved her. Everyone thought she slept around and whatnot, but I could see the good in Fable. Stuck in a rough and tough life with a neglectful mother, it was up to Fable to care for herself and her younger brother. I admired Fable’s compassion and the sacrifices she continued to make as a person, as a sister and as a girlfriend. She was the type of person that would do anything for the people she cared about. She did her best to understand and to help Drew even when she barely knew him and I loved that in that short amount of time, she ended up caring for him.

DrewDrewDrew. There is so much I could say about this boy I don’t even know how to start. This boy captured my heart so quick and so easily. Drew was broken and troubled and a little screwed up, but he was more than marvelous. So vulnerable, so sweet, and kind, I really just wanted to fix and heal him the way that Fable wanted to. I wanted to protect him with such fierce intensity. I thought Drew was slightly fragile, but still very strong to resist, to persevere, and to keep living despite the inner demons he faced all the time. 

Monica Murphy’s writing was spine-tingling good! One Week Girlfriend was written in dual points of view between Drew and Fable and it was done perfectly and at just the right parts too. I loved how she dropped hints and gave me ideas when it came to Drew’s secrets because it really sucked me in and made me want to read even more. Murphy had this amazing way with words that makes her a great storyteller. The pacing of the novel was quick with excellent flow all around and there was no hesitation to go into the good and the bad. She totally adds in the perfect amount of serious sexual tension, heart stopping moments, hold your breath nerve-racking crazy drama and mind boggling revelations. And even better, Murphy writes the best backseat and in the rain make out scenes that I can’t help but go back and reread again and again and again. 


Overall, One Week Girlfriend was more than gratifying it was down right scrumptious! I fell head over heels in love with Drew and Fable, I’d take them and a Marshmallow or two any freaking day! 

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Favorite Quotes:
"But it's the back of the dress that gets me, makes me want to peel her out of it and see Fable in all her naked glory." Location 1163.

"I search her mouth with my tongue slowly. Thoroughly. She tastes fucking amazing and my skin is suddenly too tight, I'm burning up inside. I'm so hard, I ache with it, and I can't remember ever becoming as turned on as this and so fast, too." Location 1188.

"Too bad, because she's driving me crazy and I'm having a hard time concentrating. I'd rather take her to bed, strip her naked and bury myself inside her so I can forget, for at least a little while." Location 1688

"The slow kisses give way to hot, frantic ones. His fingers are so tight in my hair it hurts, but I don't care. I'm starving for him and I want more. I want everything he can give me." Location 1836

"What's happened to me in my has shaded my entire life. Ruined it. I'm tired of letting it rule me. So. Fucking. Tired." Location 2004.

"I want you," he whispers in my ear, sending shivers careening down my spine. "So bad it's killing me, Fable." Location 2605.

"Once I'm inside of you, you're mine." Location 2654.

"And I didn't want you to forget who you're with. Who's about to make you come." Location 2678.

*phew* Is it hot in here or what?
That's not even half of all my favorites! ;)

March 17, 2013

Book Spotlight: Surrender Your Love by J.C. Reed + Giveaway

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& just released!


Surrender Your Love by J.C. Reed
Release date: March 15th, 2013

Book Description:
Meeting Jett was like lightning. Dangerous. Better left untouched. And better forgotten. But lightning always strikes twice.

Brooke Stewart, a realtor in New York, doesn’t do relationships. When she’s sent to a remote estate to finalize a real estate deal, she discovers her new boss is no other than the guy she left naked in bed.

Sexy, dangerously handsome, and arrogant Jett Mayfield attracts trouble, and women, like a lightning rod. But the night he meets Brooke he gets more than he bargained for. The green-eyed millionaire playboy isn’t used to taking no for an answer, and he isn’t about to start now.

When he proposes two months of no strings sex, Brooke is intrigued and accepts his proposal. Little does she know Jett’s determined to claim the one woman he can’t have, pulling her deeper into his dangerous world.

A man who doesn't take 'no' for an answer.
A woman afraid to surrender to love.
Two lives that are about to cross...and secrets laid bare.


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Gods, this book sounds smokin' and so so up my alley. And wow! The cover just grabs my attention and makes me want to say YUMMY, YES PLEASE. I love when a no strings attached relationship turns into something more and I totally love danger and sweet baby biscuits, Jett sounds DELISH. 
I need this book. 

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About the Author
Jessica C. Reed is a contemporary fiction author, but her greatest achievement are her two children. She spent half of her life in the beautiful mountains of Wyoming and would like to go back one day. When she’s not typing away on her keyboard, forgetting the world around her, you can find her talking on the phone and watching way too much TV.

Connect with Jessica

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March 16, 2013

Stacking the Shelves #31


Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews where you can share books obtained via the bookstore, the library, online, through trade, borrowed from friends, gifted and/or received for review that you're adding to your shelf.

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I got a ton of ebooks this past two weeks and 
to show you in a video would be daunting and extremely long! 

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Make sure to click on the cover to redirect you to the Goodreads page.


Great Exploitations by Nicole Williams (gifted - Thanks Nicole)
Against the Wall by Rebecca Zanetti (for review - Thanks Entangled)


Two books that came in last week that I pre-ordered.



& that's it! what did you get?