Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday - Holiday Wishes

 Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

My Waiting on Wednesday pick is:

Holiday Wishes by Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #4.5
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Publication Date: November 7, 2017

It's Christmastime again in Heartbreaker Bay!

When Sean O'Riley shows up at the Hartford Bed & Breakfast for his older brother's bachelor weekend, he's planning to get through this weekend as well as he can and fulfill his duties as best man. What he's not expecting is to come face to face with the woman he lost his virginity to a decade ago - a woman he's never really forgotten.

The last time Lotti Hartford saw Sean, she told him she loved him while he said nothing. Now, ten years later, she's just looking for a good time. For once, she wants to be wild and free, and when she sees how good Sean grew up, she thinks he might actually be the perfect candidate.

As the weekend continues, Sean realizes that after a lifetime of being the hook-up king, he's ready to find happily-ever-after with Lotti. But is she ready to open her heart once again? As Christmas sweeps through the little B&B, love and magic are in the air.

Pre-Order:  Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo 

Why Am I Waiting?
I am really enjoying the Heartbreaker Bay series so I am pretty eager to get my hands on this novella.  I am a fan of second chance romances so this one really appeals to me.

What are you waiting for this week? 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

New Releases - August 22, 2017 #newreleases #newbooks

It's Tuesday!  That means it is time to make a little bit of room on the bookshelves, load up your ereader, or make your way to your local library.  In other words - It is time to get your hands on a new book!

Here are just a few books that have just been released that you may want to grab soon:

Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore

Find it at:
Goodreads | Booklikes | LibraryThing
A magically inspiring tale of a man who is reincarnated through many lifetimes so that he can be with his one true love: Death herself.

What if you could live forever—but without your one true love? Reincarnation Blues is the story of a man who has been reincarnated nearly 10,000 times, in search of the secret to immortality so that he can be with his beloved, the incarnation of Death. Neil Gaiman meets Kurt Vonnegut in this darkly whimsical, hilariously profound, and wildly imaginative comedy of the secrets of life and love. Transporting us from ancient India to outer space to Renaissance Italy to the present day, is a journey through time, space, and the human heart.

Ready to Run by Lauren Layne

Find it at:
The Bachelor meets The Runaway Bride in this addictive romance novel about a reality TV producer falling for her would-be star: a Montana heartthrob who wants nothing to do with the show.

Jordan Carpenter thinks she’s finally found the perfect candidate for Jilted, a new dating show about runaway grooms: Luke Elliott, a playboy firefighter who’s left not one but three brides at the altar. The only problem? Luke refuses to answer Jordan’s emails or return her calls. Which is how she ends up on a flight to Montana to recruit him in person. It’s not Manhattan but at least the locals in Lucky Hollow seem friendly . . . except for Luke, who’s more intense—and way hotter—than the slick womanizer Jordan expected.

Eager to put the past behind him, Luke has zero intention of following this gorgeous, fast-talking city girl back to New York. But before he can send her packing, Jordan’s everywhere: at his favorite bar, the county fair, even his exes’ book club. Annoyingly, everyone in Lucky Hollow seems to like her—and deep down, she’s starting to grow on him too. But the more he fights her constant pestering, the more Luke finds himself wishing that Jordan would kick off her high heels and make herself comfortable in his arms.

Shattered by Allison Brennan

Find it at:
Goodreads | Booklikes | LibraryThing
Over a span of twenty years, four boys have been kidnapped from their bedrooms, suffocated, and buried nearby in a shallow grave. Serial killer or coincidence?

That’s the question investigative reporter Maxine Revere sets out to answer when an old friend begs her to help exonerate his wife, who has been charged with their son’s recent murder. But Max can do little to help because the police and D.A. won’t talk to her―they think they have the right woman. Instead, Max turns her attention to three similar cold cases. If she can solve them, she might be able to help her friend.

Justin Stanton was killed twenty years ago, and his father wants closure―so he is willing to help Max with her investigation on one condition: that she work with his former sister-in-law― Justin’s aunt, FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid. Trouble is, Max works alone, and she’s livid that her only access to the case files, lead detective and witnesses depends on her partnering with a federal agent on vacation. She wants the career-making story almost as much as the truth―but if she gets this wrong, she could lose everything.

Haunted by Justin’s death for years, Lucy yearns to give her family―and herself―the closure they need. More important, she wants to catch a killer. Lucy finds Max’s theory on all three cases compelling―with Max's research added to Lucy’s training and experience, Lucy believes they can find the killer so justice can finally be served. But the very private Lucy doesn’t trust the reporter any more than Max trusts her.

Max and Lucy must find a way to work together to untangle lies, misinformation, and evidence to develop a profile of the killer. But the biggest question is: why were these boys targeted? As they team up to find out what really happened the night Justin was killed, they make a shocking discovery: Justin’s killer is still out there … stalking another victim … and they already may be too late.

Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin

Find it at:
Goodreads | Booklikes | LibraryThing
From the bestselling author of the beloved The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry comes another perfect fable for our times--a story about women, choices, and recovering from past mistakes.

Young Jane Young's heroine is Aviva Grossman, an ambitious Congressional intern in Florida who makes the life-changing mistake of having an affair with her boss‑‑who is beloved, admired, successful, and very married‑‑and blogging about it. When the affair comes to light, the Congressman doesn’t take the fall, but Aviva does, and her life is over before it hardly begins. She becomes a late‑night talk show punchline; she is slut‑shamed, labeled as fat and ugly, and considered a blight on politics in general.

How does one go on after this? In Aviva’s case, she sees no way out but to change her name and move to a remote town in Maine. She tries to start over as a wedding planner, to be smarter about her life, and to raise her daughter to be strong and confident. But when, at the urging of others, she decides to run for public office herself, that long‑ago mistake trails her via the Internet like a scarlet A. For in our age, Google guarantees that the past is never, ever, truly past, that everything you’ve done will live on for everyone to know about for all eternity. And it’s only a matter of time until Aviva/Jane’s daughter, Ruby, finds out who her mother was, and is, and must decide whether she can still respect her.

A novel about a world that continues to want to define what women are and what they can, and cannot, do, Young Jane Young follows three generations of women, plus the wife of the Congressman. Told in varying voices through e-mails and even a Choose Your Own Adventure section, it captures not just the mood of this particular, highly charged moment but is an accessible, witty, smart take on the double standards that are alive and well and waiting to trip up ordinary and extraordinary women alike.  
More Great Books Being Released Today
(Covers link to Goodreads)

What new releases are you excited about this week?

Monday, August 21, 2017

Review and Giveaway - Seeing Red by Sandra Brown @SandraBrown_NYT @GrandCentralPub

Seeing Red by Sandra Brown
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: August 15, 2017
Date Read:  August 19, 2017
Length:  432 pages
Source: NetGalley
#1 New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown delivers nonstop suspense and supercharged sexual tension in a thriller about tainted heroism and vengeance without mercy.

Kerra Bailey is a TV journalist hot on the trail of a story guaranteed to skyrocket her career to new heights. Twenty-five years ago, Major Franklin Trapper became a national icon when he was photographed leading a handful of survivors to safety after the bombing of a Dallas hotel. For years, he gave frequent speeches and interviews but then suddenly dropped out of the public eye, shunning all media. Now Kerra is willing to use any means necessary to get an exclusive with the Major--even if she has to secure an introduction from his estranged son, former ATF agent John Trapper.

Still seething over his break with both the ATF and his father, Trapper wants no association with the bombing or the Major. Yet Kerra's hints that there's more to the story rouse Trapper's interest despite himself. And when the interview goes catastrophically awry--with unknown assailants targeting not only the Major, but also Kerra--Trapper realizes he needs her under wraps if he's going to track down the gunmen . . . and finally discover who was responsible for the Dallas bombing.

Kerra is wary of a man so charming one moment and dangerous the next, and she knows Trapper is withholding evidence from his ATF investigation into the bombing. But having no one else to trust and enemies lurking closer than they know, Kerra and Trapper join forces to expose a sinuous network of lies and conspiracy--and uncover who would want a national hero dead.
My Review

I enjoyed this book quite a bit!  I have been a long time fan of Sandra Brown.  Before I owned a kindle, started a blog, or had a goodreads account, I read Sandra Brown.  I kind of feel like we go way back.  I haven't read all of her books but I usually keep up with her annual release every year and try to squeeze in books from her backlist when I get the chance.  I went into this book expecting a very entertaining story and those expectations were solidly met.

Trapper and Kerra were at the center of this story.  Kerra is a TV journalist out to get the big interview that nobody has been able to get for years.  She decides to enlist Trapper's help in getting his father to agree to the interview.  Never mind the fact that Trapper is currently not on good terms with his father.  Trapper's father, Major Franklin Trapper, became a celebrity when he was able to a few people during a deadly bombing that made headlines.  The interview ends up becoming the starting point for a dangerous chain of events.

I really liked Trapper and Kerra in this story.  They were both really smart and able to think on their feet.  Trapper was a little rough around the edges but really cared underneath it all.  Kerra was able to balance the need to get the big story with what she felt was the right thing to do.  They had great chemistry with each other and I loved following them as they worked to get everything figured out.

This book starts off with a bang and I was hooked right away.  I think that the choice to tell some parts of the story out of order at the very start of the book was very effective.  There were so many different things going on in this book and I found myself working to figure out what was really going on along with Trapper and Kerra.  I was never quite sure who could really be trusted and found myself second guessing some of the characters.  There were quite a few twists and turns that I did not see coming.

I would highly recommend this book to fans of romantic suspense.  This book has a lot of action, a solid mystery to solve, and a great romance at its core.  I can't wait to read more from Sandra Brown soon.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Grand Central Publishing via NetGalley.

I am thrilled to be able to offer a chance for two of my readers to win a copy of this book! (U.S and Canada)
About the Author
Photo by Andrew Eccles
Sandra Brown is the author of sixty-eight New York Times bestsellers. There are over eighty million copies of her books in print worldwide, and her work has been translated into thirty-four languages. She lives in Texas. For more information you can visit

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #83

I am really excited to participate in Stacking the Shelves, a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality

This week completely wore me out!  Too much to do and not enough time to do it in was the them of the week.  School was in session for my daughter all week after going back for a couple of days last week.  The beginning of the school year always seems crazy with meetings and open houses....not to mention my daughter turned 17 on Monday. 

Next week looks equally busy so I am trying to mentally prepare myself.  I am not someone who needs to have lots of activities to keep me happy.  I prefer to have my evenings open after working all day or I tend to get a bit stressed. 

Reading has been very slow this week simply because I was too busy to read much more than a chapter per day.  Hopefully, I can get through a couple of book over the weekend.

Digital Books
Third Son's a Charm by Shana Galen (NetGalley)
On the Chase by Katie Ruggle (NetGalley)
Light it Up by Nick Petrie (NetGalley)
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin (Edelweiss)
The English Duke by Karen Ranney (Kindle Purchase)

After staying away from NetGalley and Edelweiss for the past few weeks, I requested a few that look really good.  I have enjoyed Shana Galen in the past and the cover of Third Son's a Charm just couldn't be resisted.  On the Chase and Light it Up are both books in a series that I have been enjoying so I am excited to get my hands on those.  The Immortalists sounds really interesting so I thought I would give it a try.  I caught The English Duke on sale for $1.99 and decided to buy it after reading a great review for it at Addicted to Romance

What books do you add to your shelves this week? 
Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave a link to your own STS post!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Review - Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle @moirawithatrema

Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle
Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books
Publication Date: August 8, 2017
Date Read: August 12, 2017
Length:  368 pages
Source: First to Read
If you’re not careful, you can spend your whole life looking for what you’ve lost.

One stormy summer in a small Irish town, things begin to disappear. It starts with trivial stuff—hair clips, house keys, socks—but soon it escalates to bigger things: a memory, a heart, a classmate.

Olive can tell that her best friend, Rose, is different all of a sudden. Rose isn’t talking, and Olive starts to worry she’s losing her. Then diary pages written by someone named Laurel begin to appear all over town. And Olive meets three mysterious strangers: Ivy, Hazel, and her twin brother, Rowan, secretly squatting in an abandoned housing development. The trio are wild and alluring, but they seem lost too—and like Rose, they’re holding tightly to painful secrets.

When a tattered handwritten spellbook falls into the lives of these six teenagers, it changes everything. The spellbook is full of charms to conjure back that which has been lost, and it lists a part for each of them to play in the calling. It might be their best chance to set everything back to rights, but only if they’re willing to pay the price.

My Review

I really liked this story.  I read most of the book in a single day and captivated by it.   I decided to read this book because I was intrigued by the blurb and I am really glad that I did.  This was one of those books that made me want to keep reading "just one more chapter" until I had reached the end.

This book is told from multiple points of view and it works very well for this story.  Every point of view in this book really added something to the add to the overall story.  I really liked each of the points of view equally which was a big plus for this book.  I feel like Olive's point of view was the dominant one in the book that really pushed the story forward.  Laurel and Hazel's points of view were equally important and usually gave me something to think about.

I enjoyed the way the book was laid out.  Some things were lost and some things were found.  How did all of this happen and what does it really mean?  How do you get back the things you have lost that are important to you?  I found myself really thinking about these questions as the characters made their way through this story.  I wasn't sure how things would end up connecting and ran into a few surprises during the story.

I liked the writing.  This was my first experience reading Moïra Fowley-Doyle's work and I am quite impressed.  She was able to create a large cast of characters in this book that really came to life.  There was just enough unknown to keep me guessing throughout the story.  The descriptions were vibrant and I could really visualize what was happening at any given point.

I would recommend this book to others.  I think it is a unique story filled with an interesting group of characters.  I plan to read more from this talented author in the future.

I received an advanced reader edition of this book from Kathy Dawson Books via First to Read.
About the Author

Moïra Fowley-Doyle is half French, half Irish, and lives in Dublin with her husband, their young daughters, and their old cat. Moïra’s French half likes red wine and dark books in which everybody dies. Her Irish half likes tea and happy endings. Moïra started a PhD on vampires in young adult fiction before concentrating on writing young adult fiction with no vampires in it whatsoever. Moïra’s debut novel, The Accident Season, was published to high praise in August 2015.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Twitter

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Audiobook Review - Worth the Fall by Claudia Connor @Claudia__Connor @TantorAudio

Worth the Fall by Claudia Conner
Narrated by Johanna Parker
Series: The McKinney Brothers #1
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Publication Date: January 6, 2015
Date Read: August 8, 2017
Length: 9 hours 40 minutes
Source: Library via Hoopla

They meet on a beach. . . . Abby Davis isn’t wearing a skimpy bikini or sipping umbrella drinks, not when she’s busy chasing around four little ones. And Matt McKinney isn’t looking for fun—he’s a Navy SEAL, a grown man with a long list of missions . . . and fallen brothers.

They only have a week. . . . Abby has brought her children to this beach to start over, to give them the enjoyable memories they deserve. Matt’s been sidelined by a combat injury, and haunted by the best friend he lost and the promise he made: to remain a SEAL—focused and dedicated. This leaves no time for what he’s always wanted: a family.

But a week is all it takes. . . . Matt opens her heart while Abby soothes his soul. And though they plan to say good-bye when the week is over, something magical happens on that beach, something neither can forget. Something utterly, completely worth falling for.

My Review

I really enjoyed this book!  I read the other 2 books in this series when they were released and decided that it was finally time to go back and read the first book.  I am always looking for something a little different to read and this one definitely met that definition.  I honestly cannot remember the last time I read a romance where the heroine is pregnant with 4 kids.  This book not only worked, it worked well.  I was really hooked by Matt and Abby's story and wanted to listen to it for hours at a time.  I am so glad that I decided to pick this one up.

Abby has taken her 4 young children to the beach for a vacation.  Her husband recently died so it is just her and the kids.  Abby is pregnant with her 5th child so she wants to fit one more trip before it becomes harder with a new baby.  Matt is a Navy SEAL who is taking a much needed break at the beach.  When Abby's son asks Matt to play ball with him, he can't say no.  He finds himself wanting to spend more and more time with Abby and her family.

I loved the characters in this book.  I have to say that I don't tend to pick up a lot of books with kids playing a large role.  I like kids and even have had a couple myself but I don't always like to read about them.  These kids were amazing.  They were all really great characters that added something to the story.  Matt was such a great guy.  I loved how he was with both Abby and the kids.  It seemed so natural from the very beginning, like he was meant to be with them.  Abby was such a great mom and very independent.  I liked watching her learn to trust Matt and let him into her life.

Johanna Parker does a wonderful job with the narration in this book.  I have listened to her narration before and knew that I really liked her style.  She handled all of the different characters in this book so well.  She had realistic voices that she used for each character including the young children.  She was able to put a lot of emotion into the reading and her voice was very pleasant to listen to for hours at a time.

The only thing that didn't seem realistic about this story was how well behaved Abby's children were at all times.  As a mom, I kind of wanted to see one of these kids have the meltdown you know would happen at some point.  Anyone who has taken young children on vacation knows there is going to be tears, screaming, and most bodily fluids will most likely be involved.  Of course, the absence of these things may be the reason that I liked these kids as much as I did.

I would recommend this audiobook to others.  It was a really fun and romantic story that was really a joy to listen to.  I plan to read more of Claudia Connor's work in the future.

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Claudia Connor attended Auburn University, where she received her undergraduate and masters degrees in early childhood education, and completed her studies in Sawbridgeworth, England. Always a lover of happy endings, she enjoys movies, reading, and spending her days putting on paper the stories in her head. She lives near Memphis, Tennessee, with her husband and three daughters.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday - The Girl in the Tower

 Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

My Waiting on Wednesday pick is:

The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden
Series: The Bear and the Nightingale #2
Publisher: Del Ray
Publication Date: December 5, 2017

The magical adventure begun in The Bear and the Nightingale continues as brave Vasya, now a young woman, is forced to choose between marriage or life in a convent and instead flees her home—but soon finds herself called upon to help defend the city of Moscow when it comes under siege.

Orphaned and cast out as a witch by her village, Vasya’s options are few: resign herself to life in a convent, or allow her older sister to make her a match with a Moscovite prince. Both doom her to life in a tower, cut off from the vast world she longs to explore. So instead she chooses adventure, disguising herself as a boy and riding her horse into the woods. When a battle with some bandits who have been terrorizing the countryside earns her the admiration of the Grand Prince of Moscow, she must carefully guard the secret of her gender to remain in his good graces—even as she realizes his kingdom is under threat from mysterious forces only she will be able to stop.

Pre-Order:  Amazon | BAM! | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound | Kobo 

Why Am I Waiting?
I really enjoyed the The Bear and the Nightingale (my review) so I am really curious to learn what will happen in the second installment in this planned trilogy.  I loved the fairytale quality of the first book and the Russian setting really made it stand out so I am looking forward to something new in the same style.

What are you waiting for this week? 
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