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Monday, September 24, 2018

5 Wine Glass #ARC #Review of Phoenix Unbound by Grace Draven

Title:Phoenix Unbound
Series: Fallen Empire #1
Author: Grace Draven
Format: paperback, 384 pages
Published: September 25th, 2018 by Ace
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Source: publisher
Reviewer: Lexi
Rating: 5 out of  5 Wine Glasses
A woman with power over fire and illusion and an enslaved son of a chieftain battle a corrupt empire in this powerful and deeply emotional romantic fantasy from the USA Today bestselling author of Radiance.
Every year, each village is required to send a young woman to the Empire's capital--her fate to be burned alive for the entertainment of the masses. For the last five years, one small village's tithe has been the same woman. Gilene's sacrifice protects all the other young women of her village, and her secret to staying alive lies with the magic only she possesses. 
But this year is different. 
Azarion, the Empire's most famous gladiator, has somehow seen through her illusion--and is set on blackmailing Gilene into using her abilities to help him escape his life of slavery. And unknown to Gilene, he also wants to reclaim the birthright of his clan.
To protect her family and village, she will risk everything to return to the Empire--and burn once more.

Lexi’s Thoughts:
Draven’s writing shines in Phoenix Unbound, a well executed high-fantasy romance reminiscent of Vaughn’s Warprize.

Read an #Excerpt from Got It Bad by Christi Barth

36137549Got It Bad
(Bad Boys Gone Good #3)
by Christi Barth
ebook, 384 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by Avon Impulse
ISBN 0062685678
Kellan Maguire's on the run from the mob, living a secret life. The only bright spot is his U.S. Marshal handler. Yeah, he wants to handle her....a lot. And in spite of all the rules it would break, Federal Marshal Delaney Evans secretly fears she’d risk everything for one night with Kellan. Even though Delaney’s career, her entire world, could implode if she admits how important he is to her. And all that is before the biggest complication of all hits...

Don't miss the final Bad Boys Gone Good novel!

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Read an #Excerpt of American Asshole by Tara Sue Me + #Giveaway

41447730American Asshole
(Bachelor International #1)
by Tara Sue Me
ebook, 238 pages
Published September 17th 2018 by After Six Publishing
Original TitleBachelor by Default: Made in America
He’s a self proclaimed bastard with a double helping of lying asshole.

Mia Matthews never thought much of big shot matchmaker Tenor Butler, but when she finds out he loaned her late business partner a quarter of a million dollars and no one told her, there aren’t enough four letter words to describe him. She’d like nothing more than to pretend Tenor doesn’t exist, but she owes him all that money, not to mention he’s hot as hell.

Tenor doesn’t see why it’s his fault Mia didn’t know about the loan. In fact, he thinks he’s being very magnanimous when he offers to forgive the loan if Mia closes her own matchmaking business and works for him for five years.  But as he gets closer to Mia, he realizes two things: 1) he doesn’t want her as an employee and 2) she hates his guts.

When an old flame threatens them both, Mia and Tenor find themselves working together and are unable to ignore their mutual attraction. But it might be too late for these two romance experts to create their own love story.

Friday, September 21, 2018

8 year Blogiversary #Giveaway of Remember Yesterday by Pintip Dunn

September isn't over yet,  which means we're still celebrating 8 years of book blogging!

Up for grabs:

Remember Yesterday
(Forget Tomorrow #2)
by Pintip Dunn
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published October 4th 2016 by Entangled: Teen
ISBN 1633754952
Follow-up to the New York Times bestselling novel, Forget Tomorrow!

Would you change the past to protect your future?
Sixteen-year-old Jessa Stone is the most valuable citizen in Eden City. Her psychic abilities could lead to significant scientific discoveries, if only she’d let TechRA study her. But ten years ago, the scientists kidnapped and experimented on her, leading to severe ramifications for her sister, Callie. She’d much rather break into their labs and sabotage their research—starting with Tanner Callahan, budding scientist and the boy she loathes most at school.

The past isn’t what she assumed, though—and neither is Tanner. He’s not the arrogant jerk she thought he was. And his research opens the door to the possibility that Jessa can rectify a fatal mistake made a decade earlier. She’ll do anything to change the past and save her sister—even if it means teaming up with the enemy she swore to defeat.

Read an #Excerpt from Restless Ink by Carrie Ann Ryan

36193587Restless Ink
(Montgomery Ink: Colorado Springs #2)
by Carrie Ann Ryan 
Published September 18th 2018
ISBN 1943123896
The Montgomery Ink series continues with the so-called sensible sister and the one man she never should have fallen for.

For Thea Montgomery, baking isn’t only therapeutic, it’s also her dream job. She’s worked countless hours keeping her bakery afloat, and now that it’s where she wants it to be, she’s ready to expand and take the next step. When it comes to work and her family, she’s on top of her game. Her personal life, however, is a different story.

When Dimitri Carr isn’t teaching and hiding his ink under long sleeves to keep the bosses happy, he’s trying to be the best brother and friend he can be. After his divorce, he’d thought he would lose Thea from his life forever because she’s his ex-wife’s best friend. But now that he’s free, and the two of them realize they want to keep their friendship. Then he finally sees what he’s been missing all this time.

But there are more problems than the fact that Dimitri is Thea’s best friend’s ex. And when accidental touches and flirtations aren’t enough for either of them, and they’re finally ready to take the next step, they’ll find out exactly what that cost is for crossing that line. And will need to find the strength to face it.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Read an #Excerpt from Unlocking Shadows by Kennedy Layne

36317114Unlocking Shadows
(Keys to Love #4)
by Kennedy Layne
Kindle Edition, 205 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by Kennedy Layne Publishing
Gwen Kendall spent ten years in the Navy and used the last four to create a life for herself she could be proud of away from the confines of her overprotective family. Being the only woman in the Kendall clan tended to be a bit overwhelming at times.

Chad Schaeffer had been hired on to help restore an old farmhouse for one of the returning Kendall siblings. He’d heard about the trouble the family had encountered and honestly didn’t want to go anywhere near their properties. He had a change of heart when he saw the most recently returned Kendall sibling stepping out of her car with a key in her hand.

Gwen had waited a very long time to have a place to call her own, just as she had waited for the right man to share her life. One night of seduction convinces her she’s found both, but someone wants to take it all away. It’s been said that old houses retain a piece of each person who has lived there, but she never counted on the dark shadows wanting a piece of her.

Series Blurb: Their homecoming wasn't so welcoming. Four brothers and one sister each gave twelve years of their lives to serve their country and fulfill their family's legacy of service. As each of them return to their home of record, they weren't prepared for what awaited them--an unforgivable sin that has been hidden for twelve long years. Secrets and lies are concealed in the dark shadows of the very town they were raised in, and the Kendall family will have no choice but to rely on one another to unravel the sinister evil that they all hold the keys to unlock.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

4 Wine Glass #Review of Bad Reputation by Stefanie London

36954697Title: Bad Reputation
Series: Bad Bachelors #2
Author: Stefanie London
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 379 pages
Published: August 7th 2018 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 1492655201
Links:  Goodreads | Amazon | B&N 
Source: NetGalley
Reviewer: Crystal
Rating: 4 out of 5 Wine Glasses

Wes Evans, son of Broadway royalty, just wants to achieve something without riding on his family's coattails. Too bad the whole world is talking about his sex life after the notorious Bad Bachelors app dubs him "The Anaconda." But when he sees a talented ballet dancer, he knows she is exactly what he needs to make his show a success.

Remi Drysdale only had one thought when she fled Australia for New York--never mix business with pleasure again. Ever. She gets the perfect chance to reclaim her career when a handsome stranger asks her to audition for his show. Remi promises herself not to tangle with the guy who holds her career in his matter how enticing his reviews are on the Bad Bachelors app...

Crystal's Thoughts:
The Bad Bachelor app strikes again in this charming and passionate tale, Bad Reputation hits all the marks for an entertaining contemporary romance!

#CoverReveal of Royally Yours by Emma Chase

Royally Yours
(Royally #4)
by Emma Chase
ebook, 1st Edition
Expected publication: October 30th 2018 by Emma Chase, LLC
ISBN 0997426292

Read an #Excerpt from The Christmas Wishing Tree by Emily March

37638289The Christmas Wishing Tree
(Eternity Springs #15)
by Emily March 
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Expected publication: September 25th 2018 by St. Martin's Press
ISBN 1250131723
Sometimes life's most magical journeys bring you back to where it all began...From USA Today bestselling author Emily March comes The Christmas Wishing Tree, an enchanting account of the magic and miracle of Christmas.

A man who loves adventure and the open sea, Devin Murphy returns for a short Christmas trip to his small hometown of Eternity Springs. Immersed in the joy and magic of the holiday season all around him, he doesn't hesitate to play along when a young boy phones Santa to ask for a very special wish. Devin never guesses that a wrong number has the potential to make everything in his life so right.

Jenna Stockton adopted Reilly when he needed a mother and she intends to keep him safe. A small town across the country called Eternity Springs seems like a good place to hide from their past without any complications --until sexy Santa himself discovers her secrets. When Devin proposes a daring plan to face down the danger together and defeat it once and for all, she is tempted. Maybe Devin really is capable of making wishes come true? Perhaps in a Christmas wish they'll both find the miracle they've been looking for all along...

A delightful Christmas novel in the New York Times bestselling Eternity Springs series.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

5 Wine Glass #Review of Torched by Donna Grant

36428139Title: Torched
Series: Dark Kings #13
Author: Donna Grant
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Published: May 29th 2018 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
ISBN: 1250109590 (ISBN13: 9781250109590)
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Reviewer: Linda
Source: Purchased from local independent bookstore
Rating: 5 out of 5 Wine Glasses

The stakes are raised and the passion burns hotter in one of the most anticipated Dark Kings novel from New York Times bestseller Donna Grant.

The King of Silvers. Cunning, perceptive, resourceful. Determined. Banished from Dreagan eons ago because of a betrayal that shattered his entire existence, his sole focus in life is to exact revenge against the Dragon Kings. A formidable fighter with centuries of rage on his side, Ulrik will stop at nothing to take down those who exiled him.

He has been alone, trusting no one for thousands of years. Until she walks into his life. He should not yearn for her, but there is no stopping the fiercely burning attraction. When he’s with her, he isn’t thinking of war or revenge. He only thinks of her, craves her. Burns for her. But soon he will be forced to choose: Will he continue on his course of destruction or will he be able to set aside his vengeance to save the woman who risked everything for him.

Your Thoughts:
The most anticipated installment since the series’ inception does not disappoint!

#Spotlight on Cowboy Charm School by Margaret Brownley + #Giveaway

36715730Cowboy Charm School
(Haywire Brides #1)
by Margaret Brownley
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN 1492658340
When Texas Ranger Brett Tucker accidentally derails a wedding, he's determined to bring the estranged couple back together...but he never dreamed he'd start falling for the bride!

Texas Ranger Brett Tucker hates to break up a wedding, but the groom―notorious criminal Frank Foster―is a danger to any woman. So he busts into the church, guns blazing...only to find he has the wrong man.


Bride-to-be Kate Denver is appalled by her fiancé's over-the-top reaction to the innocent mistake and calls off the wedding―for good. Guilt-ridden, Brett's desperate to get them back on track. But the more time he spends with Kate, the harder he falls...and the more he yearns to prove that he's her true match in every way. 

Happy #BookBirthday to Guilty as Sin by Meghan March

40656513Guilty as Sin
(Sin #2)
by Meghan March
ebook, 250 pages
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Red Dress Press
Guilty until proven innocent.
That’s the way the world works, right?
I’m tired of being convicted without evidence, all because my last name is Gable.
The Riscoffs might own this town, but I’m done following their rules.
If only I could forget just how easily Lincoln Riscoff can drag me under his spell.

Monday, September 17, 2018

4 Wine Glass #Review of Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

40189670Title: Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating
Author: Christina Lauren
Format: Paperback, 309 pages
Published: September 4th 2018 by Gallery Books
ISBN: 1501165852
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Source: NetGalley
Reviewer: Crystal
Rating: 4 out of 5 Wine Glasses

Hazel Camille Bradford knows she’s a lot to take—and frankly, most men aren’t up to the challenge. If her army of pets and thrill for the absurd don’t send them running, her lack of filter means she’ll say exactly the wrong thing in a delicate moment. Their loss. She’s a good soul in search of honest fun.

Josh Im has known Hazel since college, where her zany playfulness proved completely incompatible with his mellow restraint. From the first night they met—when she gracelessly threw up on his shoes—to when she sent him an unintelligible email while in a post-surgical haze, Josh has always thought of Hazel more as a spectacle than a peer. But now, ten years later, after a cheating girlfriend has turned his life upside down, going out with Hazel is a breath of fresh air.

Not that Josh and Hazel date. At least, not each other. Because setting each other up on progressively terrible double blind dates means there’s nothing between them...right?

Crystal's Thoughts:
Christine Lauren is sure to delight readers with their latest romantic comedy, Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating. I thoroughly enjoyed this charming and campy friends-to-lovers anecdote!