1 October 2014

Waiting on Wednesday - Breaking the Rules by Katie McGarry

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

Here's this week's book I can't wait for...

Breaking the Rules (Pushing the Limits, #1.5) 
by Katie McGarry
Expected Publication: 8th December 2014

A summer road trip changes everything in this unforgettable new tale from acclaimed author Katie McGarry
For new high school graduate Echo Emerson, a summer road trip out west with her boyfriend means getting away and forgetting what makes her so... different. It means seeing cool sights while selling her art at galleries along the way. And most of all, it means almost three months alone with Noah Hutchins, the hot, smart, soul-battered guy who’s never judged her. Echo and Noah share everything — except the one thing Echo’s just not ready for.
But when the source of Echo’s constant nightmares comes back into her life, she has to make some tough decisions about what she really wants — even as foster kid Noah’s search for his last remaining relatives forces them both to confront some serious truths about life, love, and themselves.
Now, with one week left before college orientation, jobs and real life, Echo must decide if Noah's more than the bad-boy fling everyone warned her he'd be. And the last leg of an amazing road trip will turn... seriously epic.

I absolutely adored Pushing the Limits so imagine my delight that we are going back to Echo and Noah! I am so excited about this read even if it is a short one.

What are you waiting on? 

28 September 2014

Showcase Sunday #98

Showcase Sunday is a weekly Meme that I am taking part of. This weekly meme is hosted by Vicky over at Book, Biscuits and Tea.
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Free Kindle Books
After reading a Denise Grover Swank book and loving it I thought I would try some of her other books and I was so happy that I found this one for free.

Kindle Review Books
These all sound really interesting and I'm really looking forward to reading them all.

What did you receive this week?

25 September 2014

Book Review: Her Perfect Game (Hot & Nerdy, #2) by Shannyn Schroeder

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Format: earc
Publishers: eKensington
Published: 27th October 2014
Pages: 112
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Main Characters: Charlie, Jonah
Date Read: 17th September - 22nd September 2014
Rating Given:
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Spring break is supposed to be a week of fun in the sun for three childhood friends about to graduate from college. But one of them is ready to get her game on somewhere else…
Charlie Castle is an expert archer and a fierce warrior—in her favorite video game, anyway. But college life was a program she couldn't quite master. To land a cybertech job without a degree, she's entering a "hackfest" over spring break—where she also hopes to meet the sweet gamer who's been flirting with her online. Instead, she runs into the hot guy who walked away years ago, and can't fight the desire that comes rushing back. 
Jonah Best has never gotten over Charlie, whose kisses were always as deliciously creative as her coding. But now that they're face to face again, he doesn't know how to admit that her online admirer is really him—or how to convince her that he's offering her a job for her incredible skills, not her sex appeal. Can Jonah cut through their communication glitches and persuade Charlie that the next level up for them should be forever?

I really enjoyed the first book in this series so when I saw this one on netgalley I thought I would request it, the only thing was this one was no where near as good as the first one...

I do like these covers for this series. The main thing I like about these covers is the use of colour as I feel like they look so much more effective than they would've done without the colour.

When I first started this book I was a little disappointed that we had gone back to the beginning of the story but with it being with Charlie this time I was able to forgive it. There was a little confusion in the first chapter as Charlie started playing a game and it had so much detail that I forgot that it wasn't actually real life so I did get a bit mixed up there. I did start liking this story once Jonah came onto the scene and I loved that we got to her his side of the story as well as it's always interesting to get the guys perspective. The romance side of the book was completely unbelievable I just didn't feel invested in it. I think that with these books only being short reads it makes everything feel rush with no real closure which is a shame because maybe if the book was longer everything would flow better. I just didn't like the ending as it felt rush as one minute Charlie was saying she couldn't trust Jonah then the next minute she was in love and then it ended it felt rather abrupt to me and very much one sided. With me now knowing that the next book will go back to the beginning I feel like we will not get the ending each of these stories deserve.

While writing this review I still don't know what I feel about the characters especially Charlie. She started off an interesting character that was a strong independent women but the more I got to know about her the more she annoyed me. For the most part I actually liked Jonah as he seemed the most decent character and I could tell he loved Charlie I just couldn't see it from Charlie's side. What I don't understand about Jonah was why he left her three years ago without a word even if you think its helping you wouldn't leave without saying something especially if you love that person.

Overall I felt let down with the second book but I'm still holding out for the last instalment.

24 September 2014

Waiting on Wednesday - Until the End by Abbi Glines

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

Here's this week's book I can't wait for...

Until the End (Sea Breeze, #9) by Abbi Glines
Expected Publication: 28th October 2014

The backstory that fans have been clamoring for—how Rock and Trisha fell in love—is the final installment in the Sea Breeze series from New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines. And don’t miss the sizzling Epilogue, where Abbi wraps up all the Sea Breeze couples’ stories!
Trisha Corbin always knew how to hide a bruise. With her momma’s boyfriends unable to keep their hands off of her, she had no choice. And as long as it meant the guys wouldn’t go near her little brother, Krit, it was worth it. But her days of dreaming that Prince Charming would ever come rescue her are far, far in the past.
Rock Taylor always had a plan. Through football, he would rise above the life he was born into. A full ride to play for a major college team was within his reach—assuming he didn’t let anything get in his way. But scoring a date with the hottest girl in Sea Breeze was proving harder than expected. Trisha Corbin was every man’s walking fantasy, and she wouldn’t even glance his way. 
When Rock finally does get Trisha in his truck, it isn’t for a date. It’s because he picks her up on the side of the road, beaten and bruised and walking to the local hospital. Before Rock knows it, football is no longer his life. Trisha Corbin is. And he’ll do anything to save her. And keep her.
In addition to Rock and Trisha’s love story, this special novel contains the wrap-up stories of all your favorite Sea Breeze couples: Sadie and Jax, Marcus and Low, Cage and Eva, Preston and Amanda, Jess and Jason, Krit and Blythe, and Dewayne and Sienna.

I have only read the first two in the Sea Breeze series but already I am excited for this book especially with it having a wrap-up story on each of the couples.

What are you waiting on?

23 September 2014

Book Review: Reluctantly Royal (Suddenly, #3) by Nichole Chase

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Format: Paperback
Publishers: Avon Books
Published: 26th August 2014
Pages: 384
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Main Characters: Max, Meredith
Date Read: 10th September - 17th September 2014
Rating Given:
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Maxwell Jameson Trevor, prince of Lilaria, hates his royal role. Despising the limelight, he takes solace in his art studio and steers clear of any drama. But when one of the newly discovered royals passes away, Maxwell's brother Alex asks him to break the news to the old man's granddaughter. Though he hates to be the bearer of doom and gloom, he doesn't want the poor girl to find out from the tabloids. For Maxwell knows all too well how devastating that could be.
Coming from a broken home and modest background, newly ordained Lady Meredith Thysmer has seized her chance to make a better life for herself and her son. She's not afraid to use her best assets to get what she wants. But when the unpretentious yet devastatingly handsome Max delivers his news, her plans for the future come crashing to a halt. In the challenging days ahead, Max's compassion, humor, and steadfast loyalty to Meredith and her son win her over. She quickly finds herself doing something she swore would never happen again: falling in love. And yet Maxwell still refuses to completely drop his guard. Somehow Meredith's got to find a way to seduce this reluctant royal.

I received this book for my birthday and seeing how I loved the previous books in the Suddenly series I thought I would start it straight away and I'm glad I did...

This cover is ever so slightly different to the previous book as they had the female character on the front this time around we have Max. I am so happy about this as the model used is gorgeous and I could imagine him as Max.

As soon as I started this book I knew I was going to adore this book just as much as the first one maybe even more well that was until the end. I know that I should stop giving books 5 stars when I can say something about the book that I don't like but for this series I just can't do it as everything else was perfection. There was a lot of different emotions for me throughout this book, first there was sadness and then there was anger but above all there was plenty of humour which is always a plus for me. The romance for me was so beautifully written with their chemistry leaping off the pages. As well as a romance novel this book had a lot of family issues which was a great edition to this story as it makes the whole story more believeable as it says to me not everything is perfect. As I said before the ending let me down a bit as yes there was a few questions answered however there was a lot left unanswered and with this being the final book I thought everything would be cleared up wrapped up in a nice little bow but that just wasn't to be.

I love most of the characters in this book and it was also nice to see other characters from the previous books to lay a part in this story. I was always excited about Max's book especially after the second book as he had this humour that I loved so imagine my delight when for the first time in this series we got alternating pov's with Max being one of them. With us getting some of the story from Max's side I was able to get a better understanding of him. As well as his humour he also had a vulnerable side which I actually like in the male characters as it makes them feel more real and because of all this and the way he was with Marty I just adore him just as much as his brother. Meredith was a surprise for me as in the previous book I thought she was going to be a gold digger but that wasn't the case in fact she was rather independent. Like Max we also see a vulnerable side to Meredith as well which when we had her side told I completely understood her wall that she had put up around her. One of the stand out characters for me (apart from the brothers) would have to be Meredith's six year old son Marty. He was so funny but he also broke my heart when he was upset.

Overall I have adored this complete series and I am so sad that it has come to an end!

21 September 2014

Showcase Sunday #97

Showcase Sunday is a weekly Meme that I am taking part of. This weekly meme is hosted by Vicky over at Book, Biscuits and Tea.
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Kindle Book Bought
I had to get this on my kindle as it was on offer for only 99p so I just couldn't say no to this book.

Free Kindle Books
I have had a few of these authors other books but I still haven't read them yet but these sounded too good to refuse.

Review Kindle Books
Looking forward to all these new earc books but none more than The Fine Art of Pretending which was my WOW post not so long ago!

What did you receive this week?

18 September 2014

Book Review: Saving Grace (Mad World, #2) by Christine Zolendz

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Format: Kindle
Publishers: Indie
Published: 5th October 2012
Pages: 464
Genre: Adult, Paranormal Romance
Main Characters: Grace, Shane
Date Read: 11th September - 16th September 2014
Rating Given:
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After spending over 2,000 years being a lost soul looking for the angel I was forbidden to fall in love with, I finally found him. Lucky for me he has taken up residence inside the hot body of NYC’s local bad boy, tattooed rock star, Shane Maxton. Turns out, not only is he absolutely perfect, so is the whole Grace Taylor life that I’m stuck in. The only problem is Gabriel. An archangel who wants me all to himself so he kind of kidnaps me. Now I have to find my way back and hope everything works out…

“Oh, and let’s not forget that there seems to be a gang of idiotic, fallen angels after me. Honestly, they could all kiss my ass.” 

After enjoying the first book in the Mad World series I just knew I had to read the next book and I'm so glad I did as it was by far better than the first one...

The cover is slightly better than Fall from Grace as this one fills the page more and even though this one has the models head cropped out I still seem to see them from the description of Grace and Shane. I love the font of the title as it adds the guitar into it which is fitting for this series.

I find it hard to rate this book as in the very beginning I actually couldn't get into it as it was far too confusing but then all of a sudden I didn't want to put it down and when I HAD to put it down I just kept thinking about it. I know with there being a part of this book that I didn't like I should have knocked down the rating but in the end I just didn't have it in me as I just loved the rest of it too much that more than made up for the beginning. There was so many moments that had me laughing out loud it was just so funny although there was a few moments that where really sad and had me hyperventilating! The chemistry between Grace and Shane was so hot I felt like I could feel what each of them was feeling. As for the paranormal side of the story it was a little more focused on than it was in the first book but just like the first one I forgot that it was a paranormal book. There was so many twists and turns that had me guessing and most of them I didn't guess which is always good as it makes it unpredictable which makes a change. The ending was so sweet and even though this is the end there is another book but from Shane's pov but this will be back to the beginning but I for one can't wait and hopefully the ending will be extended.

With me already getting a feel for all the characters in the first book I didn't think I would've known them inside and out but no there was so much more that we got to know about the two main characters which was for the better in the most part. Grace has now become one of my favourite ever female characters as she is so funny, whitty, feisty but also vulnerable at the the same time. It was the same for Shane as he is also now one of my favourite male characters every with his bad boy attitude that has a softer side to him where Grace is concerned. I loved seeing more from both Grace and Shane's friends as they where all so funny.

Overall the beginning may have been a bit confusing but the rest of the book is far too good that I was able to forgive it.

“Then let me in, because I promise you, I will pick up every little broken piece of you, every single fucking piece, Grace, and for the rest of my fucking life, I will put you back together… I’ll make you whole again.”