Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Release Day: IT HAPPENED ON LOVE STREET by Lia Riley



IT HAPPENED ON LOVE STREET
Series: Everland Georgia
by Lia Riley
Publication Date: April 25, 2017
Published by Forever
Pages: 368
Source: Publisher




Synopsis
In the tradition of New York Times bestselling authors Kristan Higgins, Jill Shalvis, and Marina Adair, comes the first in a new series by Lia Riley about two city sisters finding love in a small town.


The most romantic place she never wanted to be . . .


Pepper Knight moved to Everland, Georgia, as step one in her plan for a successful legal career. But after this big-city gal's plans go awry, going home with her tail between her legs isn't an option. So when the town vet—
and her sexy new neighbor—offers Pepper a temporary dog-walking job, she jumps at the chance. No one needs to know that man's best friend is her worst nightmare . . . or that Everland's hot animal whisperer leaves her panting.

The last thing Rhett Valentine wants is to be the center of small-town gossip. After his first love left him at the altar, he's been there, done that. These days, life is simple, just the way he likes it. But sultry southern nights get complicated once sparks fly between him and the knockout next door. When she proposes a sexy, secret fling—all the deliciousness and none of the prying neighbors-it seems too good to be true. And it is. Because Pepper's determined to leave Love Street, and when she goes, she just might take his heart with her . . .



My Early Thoughts (because I'm still reading)

I'm still reading IT HAPPENED ON LOVE STREET by Lia Riley but I can already tell you that this book is fun! I love the small town setting and the people that Pepper meets are hilarious. They are silly and in her business as soon as she steps foot into town.

I hope to have it finished soon so I can share all my favorite parts of book. But I can already say that her skinny dipping to save a hat will likely be one of my favorites! Yes, she goes there! LOL




ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lia Riley is a contemporary romance author. USA Today describes her as "refreshing" and RT Book Reviews calls her books "sizzling and heartfelt." She loves her husband, three kids, wandering redwood forests and a perfect pour over coffee. She is 25% sarcastic, 54% optimistic, and 122% bad at math (good thing she writes happy endings for a living). She and her family live mostly in Northern California.





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Happy Release Day: 180 SECONDS by Jessica Park

We're celebrating the release of 180 SECONDS by Jessica Park!


180 SECONDS

Author: Jessica Park
Publisher: Skyscape
Release date: April 25, 2017
Age: NA
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Blurb:
Some people live their entire lives without changing their perspective. For Allison Dennis, all it takes is 180 seconds…

After a life spent bouncing from one foster home to the next, Allison is determined to keep others at arm’s length. Adopted at sixteen, she knows better than to believe in the permanence of anything. But as she begins her third year in college, she finds it increasingly difficult to disappear into the white noise pouring from her earbuds.

One unsuspecting afternoon, Allison is roped into a social experiment just off campus. Suddenly, she finds herself in front of a crowd, forced to interact with a complete stranger for 180 seconds. Neither she, nor Esben Baylor, the dreamy social media star seated opposite her, is prepared for the outcome.

When time is called, the intensity of the experience overwhelms Allison and Esben in a way that unnerves and electrifies them both. With a push from her oldest friend, Allison embarks on a journey to find out if what she and Esben shared is the real thing—and if she can finally trust in herself, in others, and in love.

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I was lucky enough to read an early copy of 180 SECONDS by Jessica Park. I shared my review this week. You can read my review HERE, but I'll give you some highlights:

"If you're just discovering Jessica Park's writing with 180 SECONDS, THIS is the story that will make you fall in love with her books."

"180 SECONDS exudes the power of human kindness and compassion, and everything you want to believe in love and trust and friendship. It's a book that you'll want to put into the hands of those most dear to you. It's the book that you'll want to share with a stranger.

5 Stars are not enough. So I give it my heart."


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About the Author:

Jessica is the author of LEFT DROWNING, the New York Times bestselling FLAT-OUT LOVE (and the companion piece FLAT-OUT MATT), and RELATIVELY FAMOUS. She lives in New Hampshire where she spends an obscene amount time thinking about rocker boys and their guitars, complex caffeinated beverages, and tropical vacations. On the rare occasions that she is able to focus on other things, she writes.

Please visit her at jessicapark.me and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/authorjessicapark and Twitter @JessicaPark24

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Giveaway: 180 SECONDS by Jessica Park

What do I do when I love a book and want you to read it?

I give away a copy!



180 SECONDS by Jessica Park
Published April 25, 2017 by Skyscape
Pages: 300
Purchase Amazon 

I was lucky enough to read an early copy of 180 SECONDS by Jessica Park. I shared my review this week. You can read my review HERE, but I'll give you some highlights:

"If you're just discovering Jessica Park's writing with 180 SECONDS, THIS is the story that will make you fall in love with her books."

"180 SECONDS exudes the power of human kindness and compassion, and everything you want to believe in love and trust and friendship. It's a book that you'll want to put into the hands of those most dear to you. It's the book that you'll want to share with a stranger. 

5 Stars are not enough. So I give it my heart."




I want everyone to have a chance to read 180 SECONDS so this giveaway is international (Int'l - as long as The Book Depository ships to you). You must be 18 or older to enter the giveaway. Enter by Rafflecopter below. Invalid entries will be disqualified.



Thursday, April 20, 2017

Review: 180 SECONDS by Jessica Park




180 SECONDS
by Jessica Park
Publication Date: April 25, 2017
Published by Skyscape
Pages: 300
Source: Netgalley
Purchase Amazon 








Synopsis


Some people live their entire lives without changing their perspective. For Allison Dennis, all it takes is 180 seconds…

After a life spent bouncing from one foster home to the next, Allison is determined to keep others at arm’s length. Adopted at sixteen, she knows better than to believe in the permanence of anything. But as she begins her third year in college, she finds it increasingly difficult to disappear into the white noise pouring from her earbuds.

One unsuspecting afternoon, Allison is roped into a social experiment just off campus. Suddenly, she finds herself in front of a crowd, forced to interact with a complete stranger for 180 seconds. Neither she, nor Esben Baylor, the dreamy social media star seated opposite her, is prepared for the outcome.

When time is called, the intensity of the experience overwhelms Allison and Esben in a way that unnerves and electrifies them both. With a push from her oldest friend, Allison embarks on a journey to find out if what she and Esben shared is the real thing—and if she can finally trust in herself, in others, and in love.



My Thoughts


If you're just discovering Jessica Park's writing with 180 SECONDS, THIS is the story that will make you fall in love with her books.

After having read just a few chapters, I messaged a friend told her "It's already amazing. I'm just going to hand over my heart to Jessica Park. Seriously, just take it." I felt this way early on and that emotion continued throughout.

There is a tone and pacing to her writing that makes everything else fall away and I became immersed in the lives of the characters. I love the college setting and depiction of college life and the combination of social media. I work on college a campus and I could imagine walking up and seeing some of the scenes playing out.

180 Seconds has a lot of the Flat-Out Love vibes, but the Left Drowning feelings. Left Drowning is the book that means everything to me, and 180 SECONDS makes my heart feel just as full.

My favorite quote:
"There's no sorry here, only love." 


180 SECONDS exudes the power of human kindness and compassion, and everything you want to believe in love and trust and friendship. It's a book that you'll want to put into the hands of those most dear to you. It's the book that you'll want to share with a stranger. 

5 Stars are not enough. So I give it my heart. 



Disclaimer:  I received this e-ARC in exchange for my honest review.  I was not compensated in any way other than the e-ARC provided.  I've also purchased a copy of this title for my personal libraryThoughts and opinions are my own.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Review: HAVOC by Jamie Shaw




HAVOC
Mayhem #4
by Jamie Shaw
Publication Date: February 21, 2017
Published by Avon Impulse
Pages: 496
Source: Purchased
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Synopsis

When Hailey Harper left her family farm to enroll in veterinary school, she had a plan: keep her head down, ace her classes, and most importantly… don’t upset the uncle paying her tuition. Translation? Don’t piss off his dramatic, self-absorbed daughter, Danica, even if she’s a nightmare to live with.

Falling in love with her cousin’s rock star ex-boyfriend was definitely not part of the plan. 

As the drummer of a now-famous rock band, Mike Madden could have any girl he wants. He’s sweet, funny, romantic, talented—and the only guy that’s ever made Hailey’s heart do cartwheels in her chest. The more she gets to know him, the harder she falls, but Hailey knows they can never be more than friends… because Danica wants him back, and she’ll fight dirty to win.

Mike is falling for Hailey too, but Danica’s threats and his rock star life—music video shoots, international tours, obsessed fans—could tear them apart before they’ve even begun. Hailey isn’t sure she’s the one for him, but Mike’s waited years for a girl like her… and he’ll do anything to prove it.

My Thoughts

I tried to hold off reading the final book of the Mayhem series, but that didn't last long. After finishing book 3, Chaos, I knew that it I would pick up HAVOC sooner rather than later - because Mike uttered one of my favorite lines in CHAOS and I needed to know more about this shy, guiet rock star.

I loved reading Hailey and Mike's story and watching them get together - first through friendship and then through the heat of their romance. This story was just too delicious! There were a lot of epic moments, but one of my favorites was when Hailey challenged Mike's drumming skills. This girl is fearless.

I've enjoyed reading all of the books of the Mayhem series and each one enhances the one before it. I love how the stories are told from the female point of view and then we get the Epilogue from the male perspective. It's a nice touch!


Disclaimer:  I purchased a copy of this title for my personal library and am providing my honest review.  I was not compensated in any way for providing this review. Thoughts and opinions are my own.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Review and Giveaway: OTHER BREAKABLE THINGS by Kelley York and Rowan Altwood





OTHER BREAKABLE THINGS
by Kelley York and Rowan Altwood
Publication Date: April 4, 2017
Published by Entangled Teen
Pages: 306
Source: Publisher via Netgalley






Synopsis
According to Japanese legend, folding a thousand paper cranes will grant you healing.

Evelyn Abel will fold two thousand if it will bring Luc back to her.

Luc Argent has always been intimately acquainted with death. After a car crash got him a second chance at life—via someone else’s transplanted heart—he tried to embrace it. He truly did. But he always knew death could be right around the corner again.

And now it is.

Sick of hospitals and tired of transplants, Luc is ready to let his failing heart give out, ready to give up. A road trip to Oregon—where death with dignity is legal—is his answer. But along for the ride is his best friend, Evelyn.

And she’s not giving up so easily.

A thousand miles, a handful of roadside attractions, and one life-altering kiss later, Evelyn’s fallen, and Luc’s heart is full. But is it enough to save him? Evelyn’s betting her heart, her life, that it can be.

Right down to the thousandth paper crane.


My Thoughts

OTHER BREAKABLE THINGS is a gorgeous story of friendship and love. There is so much beauty - in the storytelling, in the imagery, and in the emotional tone of OTHER BREAKABLE THINGS, that it feels like a privilege to get to read it and experience it.

It's easy to adore Evelyn - her personality, her kindness, her willingness to give their friendship another chance. And then there is Luc. Oh, Luc. He is could be mistaken for selfish because he doesn't always share his true feelings, his fears, the worries he has about his health and the impact it has on Evelyn and his family. But, many of this things he does are selfless - for Evelyn. It's for her joy he wants. He wants her to have experiences and on the road trip, he helps her create some unforgettable memories.

There were moments of overwhelming melancholy because I was witnesses these characters' love for each other with the knowledge that it could all end in an instant. It's easy to hold on to hope and believe in the power of the paper cranes and still understand that it may not be forever. For me, that is the appeal of this story. We may not get the happy ending, but there is beauty and happiness in their time together.

Some favorite quotes:

"Desperado" for a desperate situation. Sometimes the most cliche music is exactly what you need,"

"I have a feeling seeing her reaction to everything will be the best part of this trip. Hell, maybe that's been the part all along."

AND THIS - After their first kiss:
"I feel like I've been waiting years to do that. Was that some kind of one time thing?"
"No, I don't think it was."

I loved this book more than I can express here. I hope that readers embrace this book and the story of friendship and love and life and death because it is incredibly special.







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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Surprise Release!! THE PLAYBOY BACHELOR by Rachel Van Dyken

I'm sharing  this a day late, but to some it is still a surprise!! 

Available NOW!!
 



THE PLAYBOY BACHELOR
by Rachel Van Dyken
The Bachelors of Arizona, #2
April 11, 2017
Forever
eBook: $4.99 USD
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She's no Sleeping Beauty. And he's definitely no prince . . .

Margot McCleery could have lived her whole life without seeing Bentley Wellington again—her ex-best friend and the poster boy for Hot, Rich Man-Whores everywhere. But Margot's whiskey-augmented grandmother "buys" Bentley at a charity bachelor auction, and now suddenly he's at her door. Impossibly charming. Impossibly sexy. And still a complete and utter jackass.

Bentley's just been coerced by his grandfather to spend the next thirty days charming and romancing the reclusive red-haired beauty who hates him. The woman he abandoned when she needed him the most. Bentley knows just as much about romance as he knows about love—nothing. But the more time he spends with Margot, the more he realizes that "just friends" will never be enough. Now all he has to do is convince her to trust him with her heart . . .



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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of New Adult, Regency, and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor. She keeps her home in Idaho with her husband, son, and their snoring boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers!



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