Thursday, June 25, 2015

Review: FUEL THE FIRE by Krista & Becca Ritchie

Title: Fuel The Fire
Authors: Krista & Becca Ritchie
Calloway Sisters #3 / Addicted #3.1
Publication Date: April 2, 2015
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Protect your family. At all costs.

It'd take the impossible to hurt Connor Cobalt, even for a moment.

Protect your family. At all costs.

At twenty-six, his narcissistic tendencies have made room for the people he loves.

Protect your family. At all costs.

And he loves Rose. But when his love is threatened, when his greatest dreams with her are compromised—what is the cost then?

Protect your family. At all costs.
Love will guide his choices.
For the first time in his life.

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"Love. It meant nothing to him. Now it's guiding his choices."

The Addicted series is my all-time favorite NA contemporary romance series and it continues to get better and better with each book. Fuel the Fire touched on real-life matters like mental illness, misogyny, sexuality, society's demand for labels. Throughout the series, there's an underlying theme of feminism and the media's portrayal of women. But in Fuel the Fire, the media plays a much greater role, as does the emotional damage it causes. This book also highlights the lengths a parent will go for their child, a person for their loved one. For every new Addicted novel review I write, I feel like I'm just repeating myself. But I can't stress it enough how emotional, how inspiring and how relevant I find this series to be. These are more than just romance novels. If I had to sum up Fuel the Fire in one word, it was extraordinary. To be honest though, even that word doesn't do it justice.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (12)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine
for sharing upcoming releases we're highly anticipating.

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Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: July 21, 2015
Publisher: Gallery Books

You've Got Mail meets How to Eat a Cupcake in this delightful novel about a talented chef and the food critic who brings down her restaurant—whose chance meeting turns into a delectable romance of mistaken identities.


In downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Lou works tirelessly to build her beloved yet struggling French restaurant, Luella's, into a success. She cheerfully balances her demanding business and even more demanding finacé...until the morning she discovers him in the buff—with an intern.

Witty yet gruff British transplant Al is keeping himself employed and entertained by writing scathing reviews of local restaurants in the Milwaukee newspaper under a pseudonym. When an anonymous tip sends him to Luella's, little does he know he's arrived on the worst day of the chef's life. The review practically writes itself; underdone fish, scorched sauce, distracted service—he unleashes his worst.

The day that Al's mean-spirited review of Luella's runs, the two cross paths in a pub; Lou drowning her sorrows, and Al celebrating his latest publication. As they chat, Al playfully challenges Lou to show him the best of Milwaukee and she's game—but only if they never discuss work, which Al readily agrees to. As they explore the city's local delicacies and their mutual attraction, Lou's restaurant  faces closure, while Al's column gains popularity. It's only a matter of time before the two fall in love...but when the truth comes out, can Lou overlook the past to chase her future?

Set in the lovely, quirky heart of Wisconsin, The Coincidence of Coconut Cake is a charming love story of misunderstandings, mistaken identity, and the power of food to bring two people together.
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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Week in the Nest - 6.21.15

Week in the Nest is a weekly recap feature where I'll discuss bookish things from the past week or so. I've linked to The Sunday Post hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer and Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga's Reviews :)

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Recap + Giveaway: Sexy in the City Toronto Author Event

Hello loves! I went to my first big author event last Saturday and boy did I have a blast :D It was incredibly overwhelming, but thank goodness I was able to meet up with Patty from Bookish Wanderlove so I wasn't alone in my fangirling! I'll be recapping my experience at Sexy in the City Toronto in this post and share some photos. Don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end for some ebooks and awesome swag :)


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Review: LOVE YOU MADLY by Ashlee Mallory

Title: Love You Madly
Author: Ashlee Mallory
Standalone
Publisher: Entangled
Publication Date: June 16, 2015
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Meredith Sanders was the golden girl in high school—a homecoming queen with a trail of worshipping minions. Now she's all grown up with a trail of failed marriages. The only good thing she has in her life is her brilliant and beautiful teenaged step-daughter...who's missing. But the best man for the job has a serious hate-on for her.

Back in high school, queen bee Meredith made Travis Brennan's life miserable. Since then, he's gone from class geek to a hardened, former SEAL, specializing in private security. As much as he wants to help Meredith's step-daughter, he can't help but clash with the gorgeous woman who once made his life hell.

But as they investigate the increasingly mysterious disappearance, their conflicted past threatens to turn into a very provocative present...

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"If someone didn't want you, then to hell with them. Lesson learned.
Because loving someone was a risk—it left you vulnerable."

Based on the cover (I'm all heart eyes over here!), I thought this would be a sexy kind of romantic suspense. Turns out there was very little [read: hardly any] sexy times/romance and a heck of a lot of heart-racing suspense. I didn't really mind the lack thereof but I felt kind of misled by the cover and title. The suspense aspect of the novel was great though! Love You Madly reminded me of a certain Liam Neeson movie, so I had no problem visualizing the setting and many important scenes. Doing so actually made the book more enjoyable for me.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR

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I'm going to try very hard to stick to my tbr this time, you guys!! *puts game face on*

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1. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
The blurb for this book drew me in, as did the cover.
 There's a lot of hype around this one. My fingers are crossed that I enjoy it!

2. Wild and Free by Kristen Ashley
The last book in the paranormal romance Three series!
I LOVED the second book. I really hope it ends well.

3. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh
I wasn't aware of this book until Sue talked about it. The blurb looks good.
I hear it's fantastic. I'm all for the hate-to-love subplot heheh.

4. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
This was actually my most highly anticipated YA book this year.
I've heard good things, so I can't wait to dive in!

5. Echo by E.K. Blair
Dude. Bang was intense and I've been waiting for the right frame of mind to dive into Echo.
I think I'm ready...?

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Review: BANG by E.K. Blair

Title: Bang
Author: E.K. Blair
Black Lotus #1
Publication Date: May 9, 2014
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They say when you take revenge against another you lose a part of your innocence.
But I'm not innocent.
I haven't been for a very long time.
My innocence was stolen from me. Taken was the life I was suppose to have. The soul I was born with. The ruby heart embedded in a life full of hopes and dreams.

Gone.
Vanished.

I never even had a choice.
I mourn that life. Mourn the what-ifs.
Until now.
I'm ready to take back that was always meant to be mine.

But every plan has a fatal flaw. Sometimes it's the heart.
**Due to the dark and explicit nature of this book, it is recommended for mature audiences only as some scenes may be particularly disturbing**
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"Nothing is real until you break down the walls and reveal the ugliness."

"What on earth did I just read?" was my first thought after finishing this book. "OMFG" was my second. Dark erotic suspense novels aren't everyone's cup of tea but I'm starting to find it's one of my guilty pleasures. I was so torn on how I'd go about rating this book to be honest. But even though Bang took me way out of my comfort zone, it's undeniable that this book was brilliantly written. I'm still reeling and in shock with how it ended though. WHAT WAS THAT CLIFFY?! Bang would make one epic revenge thriller movie. Holy smokes.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Cover Reveal: REVIVED by Samantha Towle


Title: Revived
Author: Samantha Towle
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Series: Revved #2
Release Date: July 12, 2015

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India Harris didn't have the best start in life. Abandoned as a baby, she and her twin brother, Kit, spent their lives in foster care, only having each other to rely on. Then, at a young age, a relationship with the wrong man left India pregnant. Wanting to give her son the life she never had, she put herself through school and graduated with honors.

Now, at the age of thirty, she's a highly respected therapist.

At the top of his game as a Formula One driver, Leandro Silva had everything—until and accident on the track left him staring death in the face. After enduring twelve months of physical therapy, Leandro is now physically able to race, but his mind is keeping him from the track. Frustrated and angry, Leandro's days and nights are filled with limitless alcohol and faceless women.

Entering the last year of his contract, he knows he has to race again, or he'll lose everything he spent his life working for. Forced into therapy to get his life back, Leandro finds himself in the office of Dr. India Harris.

Falling for his uptight therapist is not part of Leandro's plan.

Having unethical feelings for her patient, the angry Brazilian race car driver, is not part of India's plan.

But what if the wrong person is the only person who is right?

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Promo Blitz: Dirty Boys of Summer


One of my all-time favorite OTPs, Coballoway, will be in this box set of NA/YA romance novels!
Kiss the Sky by Krista & Becca Ritchie is a great summer (or anytime) read. 
It's filled with witty banter, sexy times and heart-warming friendships. Highly recommend! 
You'll be getting 15 other romance books as well for only 99 cents! That's such a steal *grabby hands*

WHO DOESN'T LOVE THOSE DIRTY SUMMER BOYS?
99 cent Mega NA/YA Romance Bundle Sale. Limited Time Only!
Note: Sunglasses required