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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Feasted On: A Summer Novel, Book 3

Format: Hardcover | Pages: 291 | Release Date: April 2011 | Publisher: Simon & Schuster | Obtained: Pasquotank-Camden Library

"We'll Always Have Summer" [A Summer Novel, Book 3] by Jenny Han

My Book Summary : Two years have passed and during that time Isabel (Belly) and Jeremiah has built a relationship for themselves that they love. They think nothing can bring them down. So, while at a fraternity party celebrating the last few days of college (and Belly's freshman year), Belly hears that Jeremiah has cheated on her. She's sad, hurt, and unsure of where to go from there, except she knows that she needs space.

Once they are able to talk to each other again Jeremiah makes amends with Belly, in a way that she never expected but they are both very excited about. Before their summer, hits they make plans and hope their families will support their decisions. Soon, however, they find that what they want and what their parents want for them are two separate things. So, Belly decides to stay at the Cousin's beach house after a huge fight with her mother, she just didn't expect to have Conrad (Jeremiah's older brother) staying there at the same time. But that's okay, their relationship is over but they can still be friends, right?

However, when everything seems to be falling apart and Conrad is the only one around to help her, Belly finds that she now needs, and gets, to confront her feelings for Conrad to be sure what they had is truly over. Especially before things completely change for her ...

My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars. "We'll Always Have Summer" wraps up the admiring story of the young love that Isabel has for the two Fisher boys. The author does a wonderful job of taking on a hard situation, of two brothers wanting the same girl, and putting a sweet and heartwarming spin on it.

I loved how everything turns out for Isabel, Conrad, and Jeremiah!! Especially since she ends up with the boy I liked the best! =0) However, there were plenty of twists in this book that first you were thinking Belly would choose one of them, and then you think she's going to go for the other, and back again. But I did really like how it all ended. Even though I wish there was more about the one she ends up with and her, I also know that whatever the author could have added probably would never have stop me from wanting more. So, oh wells.

I definitely recommend this series to anyone who enjoys a good YA love triangle! Also, I recommend it to those of you who enjoy books by Sarah Dessen and/or Elizabeth Scott.

My Previous Review(s) for this Series : Book 1 | Book 2

Author Extras :

Author Book Trailer :

Book Teaser(s) :
What would he say when we told him our news? I couldn't begin to guess. When it came to Conrad, I was never sure of anything.
I worried, too, about what my mother would say. Jeremiah wasn't worried, but he so rarely was. He said, "Once they know we're serious, they'll have to get on board, because they won't be able to stop us. We're adults now." ~ within Chapter 13
She had on a light purple dress. She looked grown up. It occurred to me that she had grown up while I wasn't looking, that there was every likelihood she had changed and I didn't know her anymore. But when she stood up to clap, I saw the Band-Aid on her ankle and I recognized her again. ~ within Chapter 20
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Jenny, then please check out her website.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Book Trailer for The Iron Fey Series, Book 4 [aka The Iron Knight]

Have you read "The Iron King" [The Iron Fey Series, Book 1] by Julie Kagawa or any of the books in the Iron Fey Series yet? If not then you better get a move on! It is a wonderful and addicting series, and with the first three books being about Meghan and the fourth (also it's the upcoming book) book being about Ash you'll need to read the first three to really understand what is going to happen, I believe. If you enjoy YA Paranormal novels then I don't think you'll regret reading this series!! =0)

Check out this exciting new trailer for "The Iron Knight":

"The Iron Knight" [The Iron Fey Series, Book 4] by Julie Kagawa
Expected Publication Released Date: October 25, 2011

My Previous Review(s) for this Series : Book 1 | Novella 1 | Book 2

"Waiting On" Wednesday: Catching Jordan

  • Today's "Waiting On" Wednesday by Jill - click here

  • "Catching Jordan" by Miranda Kenneally
    Expected Publication Released Date: December 1, 2011

    Author's Book Description:
      What girl doesn’t want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out? Jordan Woods isn’t just surrounded by hot guys, though—she leads them as the captain and quarterback on her high school football team. They all see her as one of the guys, and that’s just fine. As long as she gets her athletic scholarship to a powerhouse university. But now there’s a new guy in town who threatens her starring position on the team…and has her suddenly wishing to be seen as more than just a teammate.

    Tuesday, September 27, 2011

    Feasted On: Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase

    Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 356 KB | Release Date: October 2009 | Publisher: HarperCollins | Obtained:

    "Lord of Scoundrels" by Loretta Chase

    My Book Summary : Sebastian, the Marquess of Dain, (also known as Lucifer, the Devil's son, Beelzebub, Dain, and quite a few more names) likes his life of debauchery. However, he gets a complete surprise when Jessica (Jess) walks into his life with plans to try to save her brother, Bertie, from his debts and get Bertie out of association with Dain. Dain will not be one to be told what to do by a woman, let alone be told by a lady! So, he does everything in his power to hurt Jess, through using her brother, even more.

    Jess won't back down though, and every bad move Dain makes she seems to get him back some way or another. Yet when these two hot-tempered people get in too close proximity, the sparks and chemistry between them seem to be combustible, making their irritation with each other turn into a passion that cannot be denied.

    When there are people that are willing to do anything to trump up this pair, by doing whatever it takes to put them into a scandal or worse, will they let their pride get in the way of the facts and go after each other or will they be smart about the situations go after the ones at fault instead?

    My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars! Exciting and smartly written! I was interested in reading this book ever since I saw it listed as one of Susan Elizabeth Phillips' Favorite Historical Romances on her website, and I'm very happy to say that I completely agree with her in it being a new fave for me too!! Which is saying a lot, especially since I'm not always one for liking historical romances.

    Dain has had a very tough life. Because of his past he is now a man who lets very few (if none) people see his true self, and if anyone or anything stands in his way or in front of what he wants he will blow them away with any means necessary. Plus, he's also smart enough to negotiate with the best of them, so usually everything just happens to work out his way. Jess is a hellion all on her own, at least for the time period, and even if she can't outwit Dain at times, she sure can keep him guessing. It is not hard to like this pair, their schemes (against and with each other), and the hot chemistry that they have together.

    I definitely recommend this book if you are a fan of historical romances with characters with a LOT of pride on their side, and/or if you are a fan of Susan Elizabeth Phillips.

    Book Teaser(s) :
    Bertie approached, and in his playing-field confidential whisper asked, "Any idea what she said, Dain?"
    "What was it?"
    "Men are ignorant brutes."
    "You sure?"
    Bertie let out a sigh and turned to the female, who still appeared fascinated with the contents of the display case. "You promised you wouldn't insult my friends, Jess."
    "I don't see how I could, when I haven't met any." ~ within Chapter 1
    Miss Trent, in short, was not only going to make Lord Dain crawl, but she would have Herriard do the dirty work for her, and have it all done legally, with not a loophole for Dain to wriggle out of.
    "There is no animal more invincible than a woman," Aristophanes had said, "nor fire either, nor any wildcat so ruthless."
    Ruthless. Vicious. Fiendish.
    "Oh, no, you don't," Dain muttered. "Not via go-betweens, you demon spawn." ~ within Chapter 8
    For more information on this book and/or any other books by Loretta, then please check out her website.

    Monday, September 26, 2011

    Contest Craze: Mini Challenge - Zombie Survival

  • Today's Contest Craze: Mini Challenge by Amanda @ That Teen Can Blog - click here

  • The Zombie Apocalypse Preparation Challenge
    -- Click Here to find out the rules --

    ~ My Companions :: Jericho Barrons from Karen Marie Moning's Fever Series & Belle from Gena Showalter's Tales of an Extraordinary Girl Series

    ~ Our World :: The world based in Gena Showalter's Intertwined Series

    ~ My weapon/superpower/ability :: I can shape-shift into a jaguar

    ~ My way of transportation :: Board

    What would your preparation be??

    Sunday, September 25, 2011

    Idolizing In: Until There Was You by Kristan Higgins

    - This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Paperback - Pages: 378; Kindle Edition - File Size: 5 KB | Expected Release Date: October 25, 2011 | Publisher: HQN Books | Obtained: NetGalley

    "Until There Was You" by Kristan Higgins

    My Book Summary : Cordelia (Posey) has always been a 'little thing' throughout her life. When she was younger that was okay, but when she got into high school is when peers would start to rag on her about it, and even though she has always known she was adopted, being so never really helped the situation, so she has always tried to stay in the background. But when she spots Liam during his first day at high school, looking like a bad boy and too cool for the school, her crush on him starts. However, Liam always paid her very little attention, even after he started working for her parents at their German restaurant, but after Posey over hears Liam talking rudely about her to his friends her heart completely brakes.

    Now years have passed, Liam is a widower with a teenage daughter and they have moved back to town, and Posey finds herself falling back into a crush (and maybe more) with him. Keeping her distance would be the best idea. However, that seems hard to do, especially when her parents ask him to keep visiting and the usual things that go on when living in a small town. But when Liam starts looking to reciprocate her feelings that should be good, right? Or will Posey's heart get broken all over again?

    My Book Review : 5 out of 5 stars!!!!!! Oh My Goodness!!!! This is a wonderful, funny, and sweet novel that I could not get enough of!!! It is by far the best novel I have read of Kristan's, just topping out my old favorite of hers "Too Good To Be True!"

    This is the FIRST novel of Kristan's where you get to read from both points-of-view of the main characters, Posey & Liam, and I have got to say I was SOOO Happy about that!! As I love to be able to see what the guy thinks! =0)

    Posey is such a great character. You get to read about how timid she was in high school, then how friendly and outgoing she was as an adult.

    Liam is great and sounds so hot! I love how you get to read about his memories with his wife and daughter. And how he's now dealing with being a single parent of a pretty teenage daughter. It's all very funny the way he stresses out over the little things, but very endearing as well.

    Then we have the great cast of secondary characters from Posey's family (her parents--who are definitely German and proud of it, her brother--who is a surgeon and loves it, her brother-in-law--who is a character in and of himself, her cousin, and her 'Little Sister') to Posey's friends .... they were great and I really appreciated that Kristan wrapped up the secondary plots so nothing was left hanging.

    All in all it is a great book, I loved reading it, and I think if you are a fan of Kristan Higgins' books then you will enjoy reading it too!! Or if you like any of Susan Mallery's books you should appreciate this one also!

    My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Just One of the Guys | The Next Best Thing | All I Ever Wanted

    Author Book Trailer :

    Book Teaser(s) :
    Teaser #1
    Posey felt a nudge at her side. "Ma'am? Hands behind your head, please." It was the female cop.
    "Wait, wait, wait," Posey said, obeying. "I barely know this guy. His cousin fixed us up. Fun date, don't you think?"
    "Are you aware that he stole his grandmother's car and jewelry?" the officer asked.
    "No! Jeesh, Steve! That's really low." ~ within Chapter 14
    For more information on this book and/or any other books by Kristan, then please check out her website.

    Saturday, September 24, 2011

    Idolizing In: Fools Gold Series, Book 6

    - This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Paperback - Pages: 344; Kindle Edition - File Size: 482 KB; Audiobook - Unabridged | Expected Release Date: September 27, 2011 | Publisher: HQN Books | Obtained: NetGalley

    "Only His" [Fools Gold Series, Book 6] by Susan Mallery

    My Book Summary : Nevada has an interview for her dream job at Janack Construction, the prospect of working in a new environment but still living in her hometown is very compelling. However, when she goes in for the interview instead of seeing the owner she sees his son, Tucker, a man who completely broke her heart 10 yrs ago and she was hoping she would never have to face again.

    Although Tucker knows what he has done in his past was wrong he also knows that Nevada is perfect for his new construction project. So, after a bit of apologizing Nevada accepts the position as long as they can leave the past behind them. Starting over and building a friendship between each, other is easier than either one of them expected. However, when it seems like their relationship could take a turn for the better, a person from their past comes back into their lives and starts to cause problems for the town, making the Mayor put them in charge of the situation. Will their past, both literally and figuratively, get in the way or will they be able to make it through?

    My Book Review : 5 out of 5 stars!!!! "Only His" is a witty, smart, and fun novel that reminded me as to why I am addicted to Susan Mallery's Fools Gold series. The plot twists and surprises in this book are extreme in a way I never expected the author to take them, but I enjoyed the ride and I cannot wait for her next books in this series, "Only Us: A Fool’s Gold Holiday" / "Summer Days" / "Summer Nights" / "All Summer Long", to come out!!

    I loved the back-story between Nevada, Tucker, and Cat. Nevada and Tucker's relationship had twists all over the place but I was rooting for them the whole time. Then, I'm very happy to report, Denise and Max's story wraps up nicely and the other major secondary story is very appealing too, where you find out another back-story of a character that the author kept hinting at but never filled in until now. Plus, catching up on what is happening with characters from previous books is always fun too.

    If you are a fan of Susan Mallery's books or just a fan of Fool's Gold, then you'll love this story!!!

    My Previous Review(s) for this Series : Book 1 | Book 4 | Book 5

    My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Tempting | Accidentally Yours | Falling For Gracie | Having Her Boss's Baby

    Author Extras : Fool's Gold Summer Kisses Magazine

    Author Book Trailer :

    Book Teaser(s) :
    "You're giving women a bad reputation," Charlie muttered. "I swear, I need to hold some classes in how to be self-sufficient. You probably can't fix a leaky faucet, either."
    "I can do that," Nevada said. "I'm much better with home repair than cars."
    "Not helpful right now."
    Nevada leaned toward Annabelle and Heidi. "She's not usually so crabby." ~ within Chapter 5
    He drew back and walked to the door, where he turned the lock. From there he crossed to Will's desk and began tearing open drawers.
    "Where are they?" he muttered. He swore, pulled open another drawer. "Yes!"
    He held up a condom.
    "Fascinating office supplies," she said as she pulled off her boots.
    "He keeps them around for the guys, more as a joke than anything else."
    "I've always liked Will." ~ within Chapter 9
    For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Susan, then please check out her website. To find out more about the town of Fools Gold then click here.

    Friday, September 23, 2011

    Disappointmentville: Werewolf Series, Book 8

    - This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Paperback - Pages: 363 | Expected Release Date: December 1, 2011 | Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca | Obtained: NetGalley

    "Dreaming of the Wolf" [Werewolf Series, Book 8] by Terry Spear

    My Book Summary : Jake really didn't want to bring his photography to the gallery out-of-town but he couldn't deny his sister-in-law, especially now that she's pregnant. However, when he gets there he finds that the gallery’s closed for the morning so he'll need to find something to occupy his time until he can drop off his photos. Soon he becomes enamored with a woman walking down the street, and follows her to see what she's up too. Jake finds the woman, Alicia, in a restaurant checking out some men who seem like thugs. After finding an opportunity to talk with her, he finds out he was correct with that assumption, as she's a bounty hunter going after the men who killed her mother. Intrigued with Alicia, even though she's a human and not a wolf, Jake wants to enjoy her company and try to stop her "vendetta" from going after these thugs as it doesn't seem safe, then he believes that they can just go back to their lives as it's not right or responsible of him to get involved with her.

    However, after spending some time with her he's not sure if he'll be able to part from her, and then she makes the choice for him when she takes off fearing for his life. Depressed Jake heads home, but soon finds that he can't get Alicia out of his system especially when he keeps having erotic dreams of her. Is there any way for him to protect Alicia even though he doesn’t know where she is and without going against his pack’s rules or by the time he finds out where she is will it already be too late?

    My Book Review : 2.5 out of 5 stars. This is the first book from this series that I've read. It was a cute read, with some decent action scenes, and had good characters. However, it was kinda boring. I mean I got the plot right away and even though there were some twists that I didn't expect that made the story even more interesting it really didn't keep my interest that long. I had to forge my way through to finish the book since I was curious as to how it would end, and it does have a sweet ending, but I know I'll never read it again.

    This is probably a good read for those who are fans of Terry Spear and this series. But it just wasn't a good pick for me.

    Book Teaser(s) :
    Teaser #1
    Startling her, the woman repeated the question, more insistent this time. "This is the sheriff's department. What is the nature of your emergency?"
    Alicia licked her lips and said in a whisper, "Someone broke into my motel. Crest--"
    But the miniscule relief Alicia felt that the person at the door couldn't open it without unlocking it didn't last long. A strong kick at the door broke a lower section of the paneling away, the crash making Alicia jump back.
    "They're trying to kill me! Crestview Motel. They're breaking in!" she shouted, the need for secrecy a moot point, as she hoped the sheriff's department was close by. ~ within Chapter 10
    For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Terry, then please check out her website.

    Wednesday, September 21, 2011

    "Waiting On" Wednesday: Breakaway

  • Today's "Waiting On" Wednesday by Jill - click here

  • "Breakaway" [New York Blades Series, Book 11] by Deirdre Martin
    Expected Publication Released Date: February 7, 2012

    Author's Book Description:
      They had it all planned out: college, marriage, happily ever after.
      But it didn't quite work out that way...

      Erin O'Brien was everyone's favorite in Ballycraig, while Rory Brady was the town's golden boy: the local lad who moved to America and became a professional hockey player. Rory promised to return to sweep Erin away to the life of her dreams in New York. But the bright lights and late nights turned his head and he never came back.

      Two years later, Rory realizes he's made the worst mistake of his life. Heading back to Ballycraig, he's confident that all he needs to do is flash his winning smile and Erin will fall back into his arms. But Erin's moved on.

      Racing the clock, Rory needs to prove to her that the man she fell in love with is still there. But can happy-go-lucky Erin risk it all and give another chance to the man who broke her heart?

    My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Penalty Box | Power Play

    Tuesday, September 20, 2011

    Jess' Update :: September 20th 2011

    October 7th - October 9th 2011, I'm going to be participating in Morgan from Smitten With Books' Scaredy Books Read-a-Thon. Which should be fun! Also ... I'll be hosting a giveaway (the prize being "Falke's Captive" [Puma Nights Series, Book 2] by Anna Leigh Keaton & Madison Layle) during that time frame too so be sure to check it out!!

    To sign yourself up for this Read-a-Thon please click here!

    Don't forget about my current giveaway going on that ends on Sept. 30th -- click here for more information.

    Oh .... another giveaway coming in November 2011 is "The Naughty List" by Jodi Redford! So -- keep a look out for this one!!

    Thanks to everyone who has started following me recently! ♥ I hope you enjoy this blog (and what I write about) as much as I do. If you have any suggestions, comments, or would like to share anything in a 'Guest Post' then please let me know!

    Take care, Jess

    Contest Craze: Mini Challenge - Scariest Word!

  • Today's Contest Craze: Mini Challenge by Benji @ The Non Reluctant Reader - click here

  • Scariest Word!
    -- Click Here to find out the rules --

    ~ Book I'm Currently Reading :: "Dreaming of the Wolf" [Werewolf Series, Book 8] by Terry Spear (an ARC version)

    ~ What the scariest word is in Chapter 13 :: murder

    ~ Google Image with that Word ::

    What's your word/picture??

    Teaser Tuesdays: Dreaming of the Wolf

  • Today's Teaser Tuesdays by MizB - click here

  • "Dreaming of the Wolf" [Werewolf Series, Book 8] by Terry Spear

    Book Teaser:
    "Oh, yeah, she and her mother have been coming here for years. Skiing, ice skating, hiking, you name it." Then the waitress leaned down lower and said conspiratorially, "She's mixed up with some bad types, and nobody but nobody wants to associate with them--or her. Let's just say it can lead to a dead end." She gave a little shrug.
    "Bad types?"
    The waitress rolled her eyes. "Mob ties." ~ within Chapter 1

    Monday, September 19, 2011

    Made the Grade: Royal House of Shadows Series, Book 3

    - This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Paperback - Pages: 282; Kindle Edition - File Size: 5 KB | Expected Release Date: October 18, 2011 | Publisher: Harlequin Nocturne | Obtained: NetGalley

    "Lord of the Wolfyn" [Royal House of Shadows Series, Book 3] by Jessica Andersen

    My Book Summary : The day Dayn's life completely changed will forever be etched into his memory. He had just gotten into an argument with his parents and was blowing off some steam by riding away from the castle, his duties and everything else to do some hunting. Then he got caught up into a vortex and finds out that everything and everyone that he loves back at the castle is being destroyed. While in the vortex, he speaks to his father, who explains to him what happened and what he now has to do. However, his parents have cast a spell on Dayn, and his siblings, to save them and to have them bring vengeance to the one who has done this to their kingdom. The problem, Dayn is told, is that the spell that was cast has gone awry and things that weren't supposed to happen have. Dayn also finds that the spell has changed him in a way he never imagined. Now he has to wait for his guide to come to him so he can start his quest to save his kingdom and reunite with his siblings.

    20 years later ....

    Reda doesn't know what to do with her life. She was a cop; however, after her partner died in an attempted robbery gone bad, she was suspended for freezing and not helping him out. Now she blames herself. But she also feels the need to look up an old copy of 'Rutakoppchen' (also known as 'Little Red Riding Hood') that she used to own and was given to her by her mother. However, once she gets her hands on the book her life gets thrown upside-down and what she believes to be true, might not be the case anymore.

    Reda and Dayn meet. Dayn informs her that she is his guide and now they have to start on their journey in getting him back to his homeland. As the days go by they become closer and form a friendship (with benefits) that neither expected. However, just when their relationship starts to change into something more meaningful, a witch on a rampage and omissions from Dayn try to rip apart the trust that they have for each other. Will their feelings for each other be enough to make them pull through?? Or will they be able to go their separate ways without looking back?

    My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars! This is an enjoyable sequel to "Lord of the Vampires" [Royal House of Shadows Series, Book 1]!! Also, I'm very happy with how things turned out in this book as I love werewolf/shape-shifter type of books.

    Reda started out as a character that I thought I might get annoyed with, mostly in the way she seemed to second-guess herself in the beginning, but soon she turned into one that I wanted to cheer for!! I loved hearing about her background and I'm a little disappointed that it kinda gets dropped off in the end without a complete explanation. But all in all I liked what she brought to the book.

    Dayn was a fun, hot, mysterious character. When you thought you might know everything about him the author decides on changing your perspective and makes you want to find out more about him!! He is one I couldn't get enough of!

    I recommend this to anyone you liked this first book ... this is a wonderful series so check them all out!!

    My Previous Review(s) for this Series : Book 1

    Author Book Trailer :

    Book Teaser(s) :
    The room was warm and suddenly cheery, and the sight made her throat tighten, because he had done this for her. Even in the heat of things, he had wanted to make her comfortable.
    She swallowed past the lump of emotion. "You're a prince."
    "I was, once."
    Hating the hollowness in his voice, she said, "You will be again. When we---"
    He kissed her, cutting her off. ~ within Chapter 8
    "Do I have a choice?" Her voice cracked miserably and she didn't care. She was crashing off the wolfsbene, beat-up, brokenhearted, and didn't want to have to do this.
    There is always a choice, even when there seems not to be.
    "Great. A frigging fortune cookie," she said. ~ within Chapter 11
    For more information on this book and/or any other books by Jessica, then please check out her website. To find out more about the Royal House of Shadows Series then click here.

    Sunday, September 18, 2011

    Contest Craze: Mini Challenge - Lucky Number 7

  • Today's Contest Craze: Mini Challenge by Jessi @ The Elliott Review - click here

  • Lucky Number 7
    -- Click Here to find out the rules --

    ~ Book I'm Currently Reading :: "Lord of the Wolfyn" [Royal House of Shadows Series, Book 3] by Jessica Andersen (an ARC version)

    ~ What the 7th word on 7th page is :: magical

    ~ Google Image with that Word ::

    What's your word/picture??

    Saturday, September 17, 2011

    Contest Craze: Mini Challenge - Top 5 "Waiting On" YA Books in 2012

  • Today's Contest Craze: Mini Challenge by Cindy @ Princess Bookie - click here

  • 2012 Releases I'm "Waiting On" The Most

    1. "City of Lost Souls" [Mortal Instruments Series, Book 5] by Cassandra Clare
    • Expected Publication Released Date: May 8, 2012
    • I love Clary & Jace ... although I'm not to happy about the latest development between them ... so I cannot wait to see how it'll get (hopefully) better! *crossing fingers*
    2. "Bitterblue" [The Seven Kingdoms Series, Book 3] by Kristin Cashore
    • Expected Publication Released Date: June 21, 2012
    • I absolutely LOVED "Graceling," so I cannot wait to see what this one has in store now that Blue is all grown up (for the most part).
    3. "The Fine Art of Truth or Dare" by Melissa Jensen
    • Expected Publication Released Date: February 12, 2012
    • This one looks very cute!! Can't wait to read it!
    4. "In Honor" by Jessi Kirby
    • Expected Publication Released Date: May 8, 2012
    • The description for this novel is VERY intriguing ... can't wait to read it.
    5. "Wolf Pact" [Wolf Pact Series, Book 1] by Melissa de la Cruz
    • Expected Publication Released Date: September 2012
    • I always liked Bliss in the Blue Bloods Series so I hope things turn out well for her in this series!!

    Are there any YA novels in 2012 that your looking forward to??

    Made the Grade: Granite Lake Wolves, Book 1

    Format: E-Copy | File Size: 468 KB | Release Date: March 2009 | Publisher: Samhain Publishing | Obtained: Contest by Vivian Arend

    "Wolf Signs" [Granite Lake Wolves, Book 1] by Vivian Arend

    My Book Summary : Robyn is disappointed that her brother isn't able to go with them on their annual ski trip to a cabin on Granite Lake. However, just because of that and her being deaf does NOT mean she isn't going, even if that means going alone. She is all packed, ready to go, and she's going ... no matter what!

    She just didn't plan on two brothers who planned on getting away for a while themselves, staying at that same cabin.

    Keil and TJ were just getting away to relax for a little while before Keil's pack challenge came up. They never expected to run into anyone here, especially not a hot, feisty woman who's deaf and doesn't know she's a full-blooded werewolf. Time to prove it to her and more ...... to bad with the challenge there's a deadline for it all...

    My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars. A great beginning for this fun and spicy series!! Keil is the definition of possessive alpha male in this story. While I loved reading about Keil & Robyn worked through their "communication issues," turning this story into one I've never read about before. I recommend this book and series for anyone who likes to read a werewolf (slightly erotic) romance.

    My Previous Review(s) for this Series : Book 3 | Book 4

    My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Tidal Wave | Whirlpool

    Author Book Trailers :

    Book Teaser(s) :
    “You okay, Keil?” TJ wandered back with a worried expression on his face.
    “Just fine. Um, leg cramp. Get the coffee.”
    “Yes, master. Right away, master.”
    Keil looked at Robyn who smiled at him, a mischievous glint in her eyes that he hadn’t seen the day before.
    She mouthed the words back to him, “Leg cramp,” and squeezed. Her face was flushed but she was still smiling, and when she leaned up to kiss him, he thought he must have died and gone to heaven. ~ within Chapter 3
    “No way, Keil. Oh man, you know I hate wearing those things. Tell her I don’t have to,” TJ whined.
    Robyn held out the devices to the men, her eyebrow rising at the sight of TJ pulling back and hiding his hands behind his back.
    “I hate them.”
    Robyn’s shrug said she didn’t care what he thought as she stepped up to him, slipped the strap over his neck and fastened the waist belt. She reached up and patted TJ’s pouting cheek while she batted her eyes and gave him an evil grin.
    “I feel like a dog with a collar.” ~ within Chapter 5
    For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Vivian, then please check out her website.

    Wednesday, September 14, 2011

    "Waiting On" Wednesday: Artistic Vision

  • Today's "Waiting On" Wednesday by Jill - click here

  • "Artistic Vision" [The Gray Court Series, Book 3] by Dana Marie Bell
    Publication Released Date: November 22, 2011

    Samhain Publishing's Book Description:
      Desire is the raw material. Lust is the spark…and love will sculpt their destiny.

      Akane Russo, one of the Hob’s top Blades, can’t wait for her current assignment to end. She’s been tasked with protecting Shane Dunne from the Malmayne clan’s scheme to kidnap him once again. But no one—not even her Seer half—warned her she’d have to protect herself from his heated gaze. Or that her dragon half would find him an irresistible puzzle.

      Shane knew his destined bride would never come to him willingly, but she’s stuck with him and he plans to use her predicament to his advantage. It’s only a matter of time before she succumbs to what they both want. Their Claiming will be beautiful beyond even his wildest imaginings—and his wild, free dragoness will finally see herself as he sees her.

      Then his unique, hybrid-borne visions reveal a new danger. The prophecy of the Child of Dunne can only be fulfilled down a path he must travel alone. To a place so dark and dangerous that even his truebond’s flame may not be bright enough to lead him home.

      Product Warnings
      Contains explicit sex, graphic language, a pissed-off dragon assassin and a smart-mouthed Nebraskan farm boy. Bet you can figure out who wins that fight! (Hint: It’s not the dragon...)

    It's a hot series, so I cannot wait to read this book!!

    My Previous Review(s) for this Author : The Wallflower | Sweet Dreams | Dare To Believe

    Tuesday, September 13, 2011

    Teaser Tuesdays: Trinity

  • Today's Teaser Tuesdays by MizB - click here

  • "Trinity" [de La Vega Cats Series, Book 1] by Lauren Dane

    Book Teaser:
    "Renee, honey? Visitors are here. For you. You're going to be so surprised." Galen edged closer, scenting the copper of her blood. Her palms bled, smearing the red against the glass.
    "Get out of me," she whispered. "You can't have me. You can't have them!" she screamed and fell but he was fast enough to catch her. ~ within Chapter 9

    Feasted On: The Cat Star Chronicles, Book 4

    Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 607 KB | Release Date: June 2009 | Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

    "Outcast" [The Cat Star Chronicles, Book 4] by Cheryl Brooks

    My Book Summary : After being captured, when he was only seventeen and his planet destroyed, Lynx was sold to be a slave to a harem of women (for sex or whatever they asked for). At first he thought it wasn't a bad deal. However, after a while scrounging for food for himself, having very little sleep, and dealing with women who just used and abused him on an hourly basis over a ten year period ... really changes his perspective.

    Once he is sold again, this time to a mine merchant, and then set free after putting in his time, he is ready for peace, quiet, and NO women around him.

    After he gets to a new planet, Terra Minor, he finds that the only job available is to work for a women, Bonnie. He doesn't want to, everything in him rebels in doing so, but if there is no jobs and the laws on the planet say you have to have a job or land to be able to live on the planet, then there is literally nothing else for him to do.

    Bonnie and Lynx have a terrible first meeting. Over time it doesn't get much better even with Bonnie trying to make him feel comfortable. Yet even when Bonnie tries her best to stop from getting involved with Lynx (emotionally or otherwise) it's hard. Soon their relationship gets to a level that neither expected. And they realize that they might not want to give up on each other afterwards.

    However, there is an unseen force who wants nothing more to have things change back to the way they were. The question is will those plans work or will they fall to pieces?

    My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars -- this series takes your imagination to new heights and makes you wish that it might just be reality. Bonnie and Lynx make a great pair--sweet, smart and feisty--you couldn't ask for more! Plus, finding new information on old characters is one of the things that I love even more about this series! Jack & Cat are in each book in one way or another, and the others are either mentioned or apart of the reading landscape too, so it's kinda like your reading more then one story at a time. Very entertaining!

    My Previous Review(s) for this Series : Book 1

    Book Teaser(s) :
    His rejection of her was so complete, so all-encompassing; he not only despised her, but her entire gender!
    Unfortunately, they still needed one another. Bonnie knew that one call to Drummond might get Lynx a different job, or even deported, but that was one of those things that only a woman scorned would do. Bonnie wasn't about to have him kicked off the planet just because he didn't like women. She would get over him. ~ within Chapter 6
    For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Cheryl, then please check out her website.

    Monday, September 12, 2011

    Giveaway - Eternal Guardian by R. G. Alexander

    You could WIN a Kindle Edition (E-copy) of ....

    "Eternal Guardian" [Children of the Goddess Series, Book 4.5] by R. G. Alexander

    Format: E-copy | File Size: 172 KB | Release Date: September 2011 | Publisher: Self-Published

    Author's Book Description :
      A lost warrior, an infinite passion...a world that is almost out of time.

      Max is an Igigi warrior, a Sariel guard who has always fought to protect those in his care. When he wakes from a wound that should not have harmed him, in a world where nothing is as it should be, his first thoughts are for his duty. Not himself.

      She has watched him for thousands of years. Beyond the gods and the whims of fate, she has loved him. But love was not what she was made for, and she was content with that design...until a single action threatened to unravel time.

      Only the strongest of warriors can save the future of the Goddess and her children. Will Max fight Time itself...or walk away from his destiny and the heart of the woman who loves him?
      [Read Jess' Review for this Book]

    The Fine Print:
    1. This contest ends on September 30th 2011.
    2. This prize is international and as awarded. (E-copy only and will be purchased/sent through
    3. Must comment and answer following question to enter.
    4. Be sure to leave your email address or you won't be able to receive the prize.

    Leave a comment for a chance to win ETERNAL GUARDIAN in an ebook format! Answer the question: What type of mythical or paranormal creature would you rather date (werewolf, vampire, fae knight, etc.)??

    Friday, September 9, 2011

    Made the Grade: Children of the Goddess Series, Book 4.5

    Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 172 KB | Release Date: September 2011 | Publisher: Self-Published

    "Eternal Guardian" [Children of the Goddess Series, Book 4.5] by R. G. Alexander

    My Book Summary : Max wakes up in a place he's not familiar and thinks he might just be dead. Especially when:
    • the last thing he remembers is being in a fight and getting hurt
    • all he can smell is his own blood
    • he's all alone or so he thinks
    However, when his dream women appears, he starts to second guess everything that's around him.

    Once he finds out where he is, the question now is why is he there and how can he get back? But once he gets closer to his dream women will he ever want to return again?

    My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars, a short, sweet novel that tells you what happens/happened to Max and leads you into book 5 in this series. Max is hot as always. Add in his new comrades and mate and you get a really interesting plot that makes me can't wait until the next one comes out. Check out my giveaway for this book by clicking here!! Don't forget to comment and answer the question to be in the running!!

    My Previous Review(s) for this Series : Book 1 | Book 3

    My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Wicked Sexy | My Shifter Showmance | Wicked Bad

    Author Book Trailers :

    Book Teaser(s) :
    Why, of all the beautiful things he'd seen in his lifetime, his subconscious taken him to this? Something endless. Lonely. Harsh.
    Was that what he was, what this place saw when it looked inside him?
    What she saw?
    Perhaps she was right. Hadn't he secretly envied the lives of his charges? Somewhere in the hidden part of his heart, hadn't he heard whispers of discontent at the thought that his life was set? That he would stand alone, a watchful guardian with no one to see him, love him as Truebloods and Weres loved their mates? ~ within Chapter 2
    For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by R. G., then please check out her website.

    Disappointmentville: Nina Decker Series, Book 1

    Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 310 KB | Release Date: February 2011 | Publisher: Self-Published

    "Glimmer" [Nina Decker Series, Book 1] by Vivi Anna

    My Book Summary : Nina is an ER nurse who has been hiding a secret for as long as she can remember, she's half-human half-fae. She actually hates her fae half, mostly because of her mother. However, recently werewolves have told their existence to the world, and she's now worried how much longer it'll be before she's found out too.

    Other then the fae (from her mother's home of Nightfall) who have plans to kill Nina and her father, her life seems to be going great especially with a certain werewolf who has set his eyes on her. Until she finds out that there is a war coming, between the fae and the werewolves, and she is stuck in the middle. Now who can she trust??

    My Book Review : 2 out of 5 stars, this novel was okay. I mean it had a decent plot, but it seemed to be a little bit written like "Storm Born" [Dark Swan Series, Book 1] by Richelle Mead --- which for me was NOT a good thing. The only thing that Nina had going for her, that I could see, was her grudge against her mother, as it gave her a backbone and made the story more interesting. Hopefully the next story in this series will be better, but if it's anything like this novel, then I don't have much hope for it.

    Book Teaser(s) :
    I expected him to kiss me. I wanted him to kiss, needed him to. I had an insatiable thirst and Severin was the only thing that could quench it. But he didn't. Instead, he did another sweep of his thumb over my lip, then dropping his hand, he took a step away.
    "Good night, Nina." ~ within Chapter 7
    For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Vivi, then please check out her website.

    Wednesday, September 7, 2011

    "Waiting On" Wednesday: Stud

  • Today's "Waiting On" Wednesday by Jill - click here

  • "Stud" [The Cat Star Chronicles, Book 8] by Cheryl Brooks
    Publication Released Date: February 1, 2012's Book Description:
      Stud is eighth in the hugely popular Cat Star Chronicles, the sexy paranormal romance series featuring heroes from the destroyed planet Zetith. Zetithians have a feline gene that gives the males remarkable sexual prowess and feline beauty.

      There is only one thing Tarq is good at, so he sets out to save his species by offering his services to women across the galaxy. Lucinda Force longs for romance, but is resigned to her loveless lot in life, until Tarq walks through the door...

    I've already read about three of these novels in this series (not in order) and I've LOVED them!! So ... I cannot wait to read this new one!!

    My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Slave

    Tuesday, September 6, 2011

    Teaser Tuesdays: Until There Was You

  • Today's Teaser Tuesdays by MizB - click here

  • "Until There Was You" by Kristan Higgins

    Book Teaser:
    Her stomach began flipping like an overexcited dolphin. Alone. She was alone with Hottie McSin, Widower. Oh, crikey, that wasn't nice. She shouldn't be lusting after the poor guy. ~ within Chapter 1

    My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Just One of the Guys | The Next Best Thing | All I Ever Wanted

    Monday, September 5, 2011

    Made the Grade: Just a Little White Lie by Lynnette Hallberg

    - This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Kindle Edition - File Size: 468 KB | Release Date: September 12, 2011 | Publisher: Carina Press

    "Just a Little White Lie" by Lynnette Hallberg

    My Book Summary : Lucinda (Lucy or Luce) has just walked in on her, now ex, fiancé lip-locked and doing a whole lot more with his ex-girlfriend inside the church they were just about to get married in. Now completely upset especially with what her father says about it she runs off, after telling her now ex-fiancé that it's definitely over between them. Trying to get as many miles between her and her ex as possible, she comes to another upset when her vehicle decides to break down on her while on the highway and she has no way to get help.

    Thankfully a great looking guy, Jake, just happens to stop by to see if he can do anything. However, he recognizes her, though unbeknownst to her not just for her heiress reputation but for what he was battling with Lucy's father through his law firm. Even though Jake has a background with her family, he helps her out.

    Soon though, helping her out becomes into something more when their attraction comes into play, and he asks her to help him out, during her week off. Lucy agrees, as she decides to pretend to be Jake's fiancée for his family. Since he's not ready to settle down, but his family really wants to see him married off, and with his grandmother Hattie getting up there in age, about 89-years-old, he can't seem to deny them anymore.

    However, after one 'little white lie' grows into two, and more, once other people try to come between them. Also, with the time between them almost ending will their hearts be safe from each other once this is over and would they be willing to make their lie come true?? Or will they just say goodbye and let their pride get in the way of what could be love??

    My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars!! Jake and Lucy are a sweet, funny, and caring couple, who I couldn't get enough of!! They made a great pair that I thoroughly enjoyed reading about!!

    The only thing that I didn't like was when it seemed things were working out the next day Lucy would take two steps back. Very annoying to say the least.

    Otherwise, Jake and his family (and friends) really saved this story into one I could not get enough of and, of course, the chemistry between Jake and Lucy (when they were 'on') flew off the page! This is a great novel for someone looking for a romance that has a lot of drama and layers to it! =0)

    Book Teaser(s) :
    Lucinda Darling spelled trouble with a capital T.
    He hadn’t lied to her. He had brought strays home before. A few of them had even been the two-legged variety. But they’d been guys. Friends who had needed a place to park for a day or two, usually while the women in their lives cooled off. Forgave them for whatever transgression they’d committed.
    What he had here, though, was a stray who would tempt a saint. And he sure as heck had never claimed to be that.
    On top of that, regardless of who her father was, she was a hurt and very vulnerable stray.
    He’d be a heel to try anything with her.
    That kiss had been over the line.
    He wished he could regret it. He didn’t. ~ within Chapter 5
    For more information on this book and/or any other books by Lynne, then please check out her website.

    Saturday, September 3, 2011

    Made the Grade: Pack Seduction Series, Book 2

    Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 153 KB | Release Date: June 2011 | Publisher: Evernight Publishing

    "Freya's Mates" [Pack Seduction Series, Book 2] by Stacey Espino

    My Book Summary : This story takes up right where, "Claiming Their Mate", left off. Freya has just left her sister, Carna, not wanting to be a burden to her sister and her sister's new mates, and now she's at Club Frenzy into a world of trouble of her own. Or at least this is what she thinks after she tries to skip out on a meal, and gets dragged to the owner's office, who just happens to be a hot and sexy lion shifter, named Gideon. Soon she finds herself with two hot shifters saying that she is their mate and a piece of her heart pining for a human she seems forbidden to love. Will she be able to have all three of her men or will her heart be broken forever?

    My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars, this story really complemented the first book in this series. Plus, it was steamy and hot just enough for you to get addicted to this sexy trio of men and their sweet little wolf. From the talk about the third sister in this story, I'm definitely curious as to what the next book will hold.

    My Previous Interview with this Author : August 2011

    My Previous Review(s) for this Series : Book 1

    Book Teaser(s) :
    "Gideon! Shit." Vincent climbed off the bed, tossing a blanket over the princess before facing him. "It's not what it looks like."
    "You were about to fuck her."
    He shrugged. "Maybe. But I have a good reason. Actually I need to talk with you about it."
    "Tell me now, Vincent. My patience is wearing thin."
    "She's my mate. At least I think she is."
    Freya sat up in the bed, a scowl marring her delicate features. "You think? That doesn't inspire much confidence in me, especially when you were ready to mark me for life."
    "You, my little wolf, should keep quiet. In one day you've managed to take hold of my two best men, yet you fight me at every turn." ~ within Chapter 5
    For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Stacey, then please check out her website.

    Friday, September 2, 2011

    What was I thinking?: Fall For Me by Melanie Marks

    Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 83 KB | Release Date: August 2011 | Publisher: ThunderStruck Publishing

    "Fall For Me" by Melanie Marks

    What was I thinking? : Well, on there are so many great reviews on this short story, and it was only 99 cents at the time, I thought I would give this story a try. Goodness, now I wish I didn't. =0P

    My Book Summary : Zoey (Jones) has recently lost her father. Ever since then, she has needed to work as a waitress to help her mother pay some of the bills around the house. Thankfully her longtime boyfriend, Finn, best friend, Riley, father owns the restaurant she works at so it was easy enough for her to get the job in the first place. But soon the other staff members start complaining about how she is getting special treatment, which Zoey doesn't understand since Riley has always hated her, or so she thinks. Even though lately she has had a mad crush on him, but she knows she won't do anything about it.

    However, when Finn confesses to have kissed another girl, he tells Zoey that she has a free pass to be able to kiss any other guy she wants. And while the free pass is tempting to use, especially when she keeps witnessing Riley's hot gaze following her around at work, she know she won't cheat on her boyfriend just to make him feel better.

    Yet, when Riley makes a bet with Finn that involves Zoey, it looks like she might not have a say in the matter anymore....

    My Book Review : 1.5 out of 5 stars. This book had such promise but then it faltered and was never able to recover. Terrible!! Zoey is a nice main character, but she is WAY too indecisive and she second-guesses herself constantly. I know she is in a kinda flux ever since her father died, but it was like she had no backbone at all. Or when she did have a backbone she used it against the wrong people. She was just lucky that Finn and Riley seemed to believe that she could do no wrong.

    My only other major problem with this story I had was .... how old was everyone?? I know Zoey mentions that she's 17-years-old but what about everyone else?? I mean okay say they are all the same age, that's fine. But if that's true, what is a 17-year-old, Riley, doing running a restaurant?? I mean come on!! I know his father is away, but does he really trust his son that much??

    So, for me, as you can tell, this story sucked! However, like I stated earlier there are a lot of people whom gave this story a great review (5 out of 5 stars at least during the time that I read it), so if you are into YA stuff this might be a story for you. It just definitely was NOT for me.

    Book Teaser(s) :
    "Yeah," Porcha said. "So, we figured maybe you could go in there and cheer him up."
    "Yeah. He likes you--a lot," Porcha said. "Take off your shirt." She started unbuttoning the crisp white blouse that we all wore as part of our restaurant's uniform, stripping me down to the tank top I wore underneath. "He likes you in your tank top."
    "He does?!" I don't know what astounded me more, learning this, or the way Megan and Pocha were acting, as though we were all friends. I mean, usually they were griping at me and swiping my orders. ~ within the story as there isn't any chapters
    For more information on this book and/or any other books by Melanie, then please check out her website.

    Thursday, September 1, 2011

    Feasted On: Call of the Lycan Series, Book 1

    Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 151 KB | Release Date: April 2011 (Second Electronic Printing) | Publisher: The Raven Books

    "Call of the Sea" [Call of the Lycan Series, Book 1] by Michelle M. Pillow

    My Book Summary : When Ceana was younger, she saved her brother from an evil sea witch, in doing so she was cursed into immorality, turned into a mermaid, with only the reprieve of being on land during the full moon. Now, hundreds of years later and she has lost all hope of finding the one person who will be able to break her curse. So, when she saves Ian, the Prince of his werewolf clan, from the dark waters of the ocean (again and during the full moon) she expects to spend the night with him and then go back to the water when morning arrives.

    However, Ian has been waiting for Ceana for as long as he can remember, even though he never knew whom she was he only remembered a bit about what she looked like. Now that he has her, he doesn't want to let her go. Yet convincing himself that what he feels for her is true (after such a short time in knowing her) is hard, especially when he has one of his brothers telling him that he shouldn't believe what she says to be true. Then there's the case of one of his previous lovers wanting to break them up and an evil sea witch who plans to do anything and everything to keep Ceana within her grasp.

    My Book Review : 4.5 out of 5 stars!! This is one HOT and STEAMY fairytale!! Even though this is a quick read, it still brings you into the heart of the romance between the main characters! The characters were great and I loved Ian's brothers!

    And just because I really want to say this ... I'll say in my mind, in this book there are two evil bitches instead of just one!! *hehee*

    The only thing that could have been improved was the ending a bit, as it seemed a bit rushed to me. Otherwise, it's a great book!! I recommend anyone who like a quick, steamy, romance.

    Book Teaser(s) :
    Closing his eyes, he concentrated on his brothers, and called to them, Roark, James!
    Ugh, yeah, I'm up! James' voice answered. Even though it was in his head, Ian knew his brother had been sleeping.
    Argh, what is it? I'm busy, Roark complained. And both of them are gorgeous.
    I need you, Ian interrupted. Now.
    Are you hurt? James demanded.
    No, just come quinkly. And bring a change of clothes. Ian touched Ceana's face, willing her to look at him. She didn't. But, at least she was breathing. That was something. ~ within Chapter 4
    For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Michelle, then please check out her website.

    Giveaway Winner - September 2011

    Lorraine Nelson

    Congrats Lorraine!!! You just won an e-copy of "Claiming Their Mate" [Pack Seduction Series, Book 1] by Stacey Espino!!

    Thank you to everyone who signed up!! Be on the lookout for my next giveaway coming sometime soon!! ♥
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