Tuesday, May 14, 2019

New Release: UNBROKEN by Jay Crownover

 

From New York Times bestselling author Jay Crownover comes UNBROKEN, the prequel novella in her brand new Loveless, Texas series! Check out the amazing excerpt below, and grab your copy today!

 

About UNBROKEN:

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Marked Men series comes a captivating novella about a rugged rodeo star who will do anything to protect the people he loves.

When rodeo star Crew Lawton loses everything in a bad bet, he has no choice but to take a new job to pay off his debts – even if it means becoming the face of an expensive male skincare line. Crew is used to getting sweaty and rustling in the dirt, not posing for photo shoots. And he’s certainly not used to being bossed around by a woman who doesn’t even know the difference between bulls and broncs. But Crew owes money to dangerous criminals, and he’ll do anything Della says in order to pay them back and keep them far away from his family in Loveless, Texas…

The launch of her new men’s line for her family’s company means everything to Della Deveaux, and she’s not willing to let some rugged, arrogant cowboy ruin her campaign. Crew Lawton is the last man she would have chosen to represent her chic, sophisticated brand. Unfortunately, her father already invested millions in Crew’s stupidly handsome face. Yet the more time they spend together, Della and Crew realize that opposites do attract. But when the time comes for Crew to face his past mistakes, will he be able to protect his family…and the woman he’s come to love?

 

GRAB YOUR COPY OF UNBROKEN TODAY!

   

“This the one, Ms. Priss?” I turned in a circle, hating how restrictive and stiff the refined suit felt. There would be no staying on the horse for eight seconds in something like this. I doubted I could even bend over and pull my boots on in this getup. I failed to see how being dressed like I was going to high tea with the queen was going to convince normal men with a little extra cash to buy the junk in my hair. It felt like overkill, but I would chew my tongue off before telling Della that. I knew how much this campaign meant to her, and I needed her to keep me around so I could get paid. .. and get to kiss her again.
Della circled around me, eyes scanning from head to toe. A small frown tugged her perfectly arched brows down into a V, and her lush, soft mouth pulled into a pout I was becoming achingly familiar with. She lifted a hand and touched the knot of the silk tie where it rested at the base of my throat. She fingered the delicate material and heaved a sigh.
“You look perfect, but something is still off.” She met my gaze with a scowl. “Can you try and look a little less like you’re being tortured? That might help the overall image.”
Her snippy tone and the upturn of her nose made me grin. I rolled my head around, causing my neck to pop and my shoulders to relax. Della’s expression softened when I was no longer standing at attention, but she still let out a dejected-sounding sigh and reached for my tie, releasing me from the expensive noose.
“You have a body made for designer clothes, but something is lost when you put them on. I feel like we’re trying to wrap the Mona Lisa in silk or something. Frankly, it’s annoying that you make denim and flannel look just as good as Versace and Prada.” Once she had the tie off, she told me to go ahead and get back into my own clothes. I asked her what the plan was for the shoot and a brief flare of panic and doubt lit up her cat like eyes. She forced a smile and told me she would figure it out.
Since I was totally a fish out of water in this scenario, all I could do was follow orders like a good soldier. I stripped out of the fitted vest and worked on the tiny buttons of the shirt. I was handing them both off to the flirty wardrobe girl who was enjoying the impromptu striptease when Della’s “Wait a second!” had both of us freezing on the spot.
She was looking at me in the mirror, eyes roving over my half-dressed form. She wandered over to where my jeans and boots were tossed in a haphazard pile on the floor. After a second of rooting around, she came toward me, my black wifebeater in one hand and my boots in the other.
“Put these on with the pants.” She looked at the wardrobe girl with a lifted brow and had to snap her fingers in the woman’s face to get her attention. “Go find me a pair of suspenders, leather if you have them.” The other woman scurried off to do as she was told and I dropped to the seat to pull on my boots.
“I keep trying to turn you into something better.” I looked up at Della as she snorted out a laugh. “But from the start, you were perfect the way you are.”

Be sure to pre-order JUSTIFIED, the first novel in this brand new, sexy series!



About JUSTIFIED:

The New York Times bestselling author of the Marked Men series delivers a romance about a rugged Texas sheriff who must protect the woman who was once his sworn enemy... Case Lawton comes from a family of criminals. So as the sheriff of Loveless, Texas, he's determined to do everything by the book--until he's called to Aspen Barlow's office after a so-called break-in. The last thing he wants to do is help the woman who cost him custody of his son. But Aspen isn't the heartless lawyer Case remembers, and he starts to question his long-held grudge... Aspen is scared for her life, and Case is her last hope for protection. But to get him on her side, she'll have to reveal the painful truth from all those years ago. Now, as they work together to track down a dangerous criminal, Case and Aspen learn to trust each other. And as the threats escalate, it becomes clear there's a thin line between love and hate... because there's nothing Case wouldn't do to keep her safe.

Pre-order your copy of JUSTIFIED today!

 
About Jay Crownover: 

  Jay Crownover is the international and multiple New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men series, the Saints of Denver series, the Point series, the Breaking Point series, the Getaway series, and the Loveless, Texas series. Her books can be found translated in many different languages all around the world. She is a tattooed, crazy haired Colorado native who lives at the base of the Rockies with her awesome dogs. This is where she can frequently be found enjoying a cold beer and Taco Tuesdays. Jay is a self-declared music snob and outspoken book lover who is always looking for her next adventure, between the pages and on the road.    

Monday, May 13, 2019

Review: LOVE FROM A TO Z by S.K. Ali



LOVE FROM A to Z
by S.K. Ali
Publication Date: April 30, 2019
Published by Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 352
Source: Publisher | Netgalley






Synopsis

From William C. Morris Award Finalist S.K. Ali comes an unforgettable romance that is part The Sun Is Also a Star mixed with Anna and the French Kiss, following two Muslim teens who meet during a spring break trip.

A marvel: something you find amazing. Even ordinary-amazing. Like potatoes—because they make French fries happen. Like the perfect fries Adam and his mom used to make together. 

An oddity: whatever gives you pause. Like the fact that there are hateful people in the world. Like Zayneb’s teacher, who won’t stop reminding the class how “bad” Muslims are. 

But Zayneb, the only Muslim in class, isn’t bad. She’s angry.

When she gets suspended for confronting her teacher, and he begins investigating her activist friends, Zayneb heads to her aunt’s house in Doha, Qatar, for an early start to spring break.

Fueled by the guilt of getting her friends in trouble, she resolves to try out a newer, “nicer” version of herself in a place where no one knows her. 

Then her path crosses with Adam’s. 

Since he got diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in November, Adam’s stopped going to classes, intent, instead, on perfecting the making of things. Intent on keeping the memory of his mom alive for his little sister. 

Adam’s also intent on keeping his diagnosis a secret from his grieving father. 

Alone, Adam and Zayneb are playing roles for others, keeping their real thoughts locked away in their journals. 

Until a marvel and an oddity occurs…

Marvel: Adam and Zayneb meeting. 

Oddity: Adam and Zayneb meeting.



My Thoughts


For me, reading S.K. Ali's Author Note and her acknowledgements left just as much of an impact as reading the Adam and Zayneb's story. In her author's note for LOVE FROM A TO Z, S.K. Ali wrote:

"Onward, readers, into a better world born from empathy, lit by the sparks of truth, courage, and love. "

My experience reading LOVE FROM A TO Z exemplifies why reading is a huge part of my life. I turn to books to make sense of the world, to see myself and to see others. I turn to books to seek refuge, to find strength, and to fall in love. I hope readers experience all of these things when they read LOVE FROM A TO Z.

What I loved:

  • Adam and Zayneb's differing approaches to writing in their Marvels and Oddities journals and what they consider a marvel and an oddity. We get to understand their personalities through their writing
  • The breaking of the fourth way - when the narrator speaks to the reader clarifying Adam and Zayneb's interpretations of situations
  • Zayneb and her aunt - I love how her aunt supports her and helps her effectively channel her anger and frustrations
  • The dynamics of the friendships between Zayneb and her friends back home and the new friends she makes in Doha
  • A flashback to a tender moment between Adam and his mother making french fries and her giving him permission to cry. This is possibly one of my favorite scenes in the book.

Favorite Quotes:
Maybe that’s what living is— recognizing the marvels and oddities around you.

What I loved most is that LOVE TO A TO Z is a love story through and through. Even with all of the hurt and pain and frustration and anger Adam and Zayneb experience (each in their own way), they find a way to be open and vulnerable and try to give what they are feeling for each other a chance.

Absolutely wonderful.



Disclaimer:  I received this e-ARC from the publisher for review.  I was not compensated in any way other than the e-ARC provided. Thoughts and opinions are my own.



Author Bio


S. K. Ali is a teacher based in Toronto whose writing on Muslim culture and life has appeared in the Toronto Star. Her family of Muslim scholars is consistently listed in the The 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World, and her insight into Muslim culture is both personal and far-reaching. A mother of a teenage daughter herself, S. K. Ali's debut YA is a beautiful and nuanced story about a young woman exploring her identity through friendship, family, and faith.

Blog Tour Schedule


Mon, April 29 – Utopia State of Mind
Tues, April 30 – Andi’s ABCs
Weds, May 1 – Runaway with Dreamthieves
Thurs, May 2 – Take Me Away
Fri, May 3 – Vicky Who Reads
Sat, May 4 – Book Scents
Tues, May 7 – As Told by Zaheerah
Thurs, May 9 – Pop! Goes the Reader
Fri, May 10 – Rich in Color
Mon, May 13 – Actin’ Up With Books
Tues, May 14 – Kaitlyn Gosiaco’s Blog
Weds, May 15 – It Starts at Midnight
Thurs, May 16 – Sleepy Sam Reads

Fri, May 17 – Wishful Endings

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Review: ASK ME ANYTHING by Molly E. Lee



ASK ME ANYTHING
by Molly E. Lee
Publication Date: May 7, 2019
Published by Entangled Teen
Pages: 320
Source: Publisher | Netgalley







Synopsis

I should’ve kept my mouth shut.

But Wilmont Academy’s been living in the Dark Ages when it comes to sex ed, and someone had to take matters into her own hands. Well, I’m a kick-ass coder, so I created a totally anonymous, totally untraceable blog where teens can come to get real, honest, nothing-is-off-limits sex advice.

And holy hell, the site went viral—and we’re talking way beyond Wilmont—overnight. Who knew this town was so hard up?

Except now the school administration is trying to shut me down, and they’ve forced Dean—my coding crush, aka the hottest guy in school—to try to uncover who I am. If he discovers my secret, I’ll lose him forever. And thousands of teens who need real advice won’t have anyone to turn to.

Ask me anything…except how to make things right.




My Thoughts

ASK ME ANYTHING by Molly E. Lee is a perfect example of why I continue to love reading young adult books as an adult. It's smart. It's thoughtful. And it deals with real issues that teens experience every day. In the book description Amber says "I should've kept my mouth shut." I'm so glad that she didn't. 

What I loved:

  • Families who communicate and support each other - Amber and her parents; Dean and his siblings
  • The thoughtful blog posts and the intention behind them  
  • The friendship and relationship between Amber and Dean 
  • How empowered Amber feels as she continues to answer questions on her blog  and how she begins to take her own advice to heal herself
  • All of the code speak and the challenges and how Amber and Dean admired each other and pushed each other to be the best
One of my favorite moments is when Amber's mother describes how her relationship changed from friendship to more. I won't go into details because this is something that readers need to experience for themselves, but it is hilarious to me and made me laugh out loud.


Favorite Quotes:

"Don't ever Google anything with  . . . " She huffed. "Just don't Google. It's dangerous."

AND

"He's perceptive and kind and funny. And when he holds my hand or when I hug him, it's like being underneath my favorite blanket and skydiving at the same time." 

ASK ME ANYTHING is so good. It's smart and it's funny. It tackles serious topics while still being a love story that you can swoon over. 

#DC #StaySexy #StayHealthy

I loved it!



Disclaimer:  I received this e-ARC from the publisher. I was not compensated in any way other than the e-ARC provided. Thoughts and opinions are my own.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

ASK ME ANYTHING by Molly E. Lee - Author Guest Post and Giveaway



ASK ME ANYTHING, Molly E. Lee's new young adult book is available today. I'm currently reading ASK ME ANYTHING and I'm loving the story and her characters Amber and Dean. I can't wait to share my thoughts with everyone. Check back on Thursday for my review.

Today on the blog, Molly E. Lee shares books she would recommend to Amber for guidance, strength, or because the protagonist is badass.


Welcome Molly!




This is SUCH a tough question! There are so many amazing books in the world it is hard to narrow down recommendations but…for Amber Henderson—my main character in ASK ME ANYTHING—I would hand her this stack:

1) A Court of Mist and Fury by Sara J. Maas.

2) The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

3) Operation Prom Date by Cindi Madsen

A Court of Mist and Fury is one of my all-time favorite books. It features one of the best depictions of depression and emotional abuse I’ve ever seen. It’s brilliant work by the author because it is done with such delicate brushstrokes that it is hard to recognize unless you’ve been through or seen a similar situation like it before. The main female character is strong and courageous and finds her self-worth among some of her darkest trials. Amber, in Ask Me Anything, is dealing with some incredibly heavy topics from peers writing into her blog anonymously asking for help. And she doesn’t shy from the challenge because all she wants to do is help, but it can get overwhelming. This book would help show her that even when you’re at your lowest, your value is priceless.

The Body Finder is also one of my favorites. It features a strong female lead who has to adapt to extreme situations that no teen should ever have to deal with. With the help of her best friend, she finds a way to manage her desire to be a normal girl and the intense responsibilities placed upon her. Amber, in Ask Me Anything, befriends a young man who shares her passion for hacking and helps her find strength to heal some darkness from her past. I think she would fall in love with Violet’s strength in The Body Finder and benefit from watching her take each new challenge head on.

Operation Prom Date is probably one of the coolest contemporary young adult books around. The authenticity of it is impeccable and I simply love reading it. The language, the setting, the stakes…it’s all right on scale with high school life in the modern world. I think Amber and Kate would be fast friends and that Kate would be an invaluable resource for all things pop-culture on the blog.

And, after Amber graduates, I would hand her another stack filled with some of my favorite adult romance authors like: Molly McAdams, AL Jackson, Staci Hart, Cindi Madsen, and Rebecca Yarros. These authors tend to feature strong female leads as well that I think would help Amber tackle the problems that will arise in college.

As a whole, I think there is a magical thing that happens when we crack open a book during a vulnerable moment in our lives. The art of healing through fiction is a beautiful and touching concept, one that has always helped me personally whenever I hit a hard milestone in my life. And I truly believe, regardless of what you choose to read—whether it is young adult, adult, contemporary or fantasy or erotica or non-fiction—as long as it brings happiness to your heart, then in the end, that is all that matters.

I’m so grateful you had me over today to chat! I hope you’ll enjoy ASK ME ANYTHING when it releases on May 7th! Be sure to check out the EPIC giveaway I’m hosting in celebration of its release! Spoiler alert—there is a laptop up grabs!!! https://www.mollyelee.com/ask-me-anything-pre-order-giveaway.html


About ASK ME ANYTHING

I should’ve kept my mouth shut.

But Wilmont Academy’s been living in the Dark Ages when it comes to sex ed, and someone had to take matters into her own hands. Well, I’m a kick-ass coder, so I created a totally anonymous, totally untraceable blog where teens can come to get real, honest, nothing-is-off-limits sex advice.

And holy hell, the site went viral—and we’re talking way beyond Wilmont—overnight. Who knew this town was so hard up?

Except now the school administration is trying to shut me down, and they’ve forced Dean—my coding crush, aka the hottest guy in school—to try to uncover who I am. If he discovers my secret, I’ll lose him forever. And thousands of teens who need real advice won’t have anyone to turn to.

Ask me anything…except how to make things right.


Thursday, May 2, 2019

Review: FIGHTING FOR OUR FOREVER by Heidi McLaughlin



FIGHTING FOR OUR FOREVER
The Beaumont Series - Next Generation #4
by Heidi McLaughlin
Publication Date: April 30, 2019
Pages: 286








Synopsis

The members of Sinful Distraction are living their best life as they travel around the country on the heels of 4225 West’s sold-out tour. Unfortunately for drummer, Ajay Ballard, that means a stop at the county jail after he’s arrested for an outstanding warrant – one he didn’t even know about. With an overzealous judge, Ajay’s forced to hang out in his hometown longer than anticipated.

While the town folk aren’t exactly rolling out the red carpet for him, Quinn, Elle and the rest of Sinful Distraction are warmly welcomed into the fold.

Some never get over their first love while some just can’t erase the memories. Jameson Foster falls somewhere in the middle. She’s done her best to let the past stay in the past...until she’s forced to save the one man who ruined her.



My Thoughts

FIGHTING FOR OUR FOREVER brought back so many of the FOREVER MY GIRL feelings with the story of Ajay and Jameson (aka Whiskey) and it reminded me just why I love this series so much. It's the second chance love story that makes you believe true love is worth fighting for.

Ajay and Whiskey were childhood friends who experienced a young love that was so much more that both of them could handle. Wanting a better life for his love, Ajay sets out to make a name for himself with his music. Unfortunately, circumstances and time, and yes, some stubborness kept them apart. 

What I loved:
  • ALL of the scenes with Ajay and Whiskey's father (you do not want to cross this man)
  • Whiskey - the character, not the drink
  • Getting to read Whiskey and Ajay as teenagers. One of the flashback scenes is one of my favorite moments in the book and I want to share it here, but can't because of spoilers. It's definitely a laugh out loud moment.
  • Seeing Ajay being accepted into the 4225 West fold and the connection that he has Quinn.
  • How reading FIGHTING FOR OUR FOREVER makes me want to read my most favorite books of this series

Favorite Lines
"Sometimes true love needs a little push in the right direction." 

When a book makes your heart feel warm from the love the characters have for each other, you know that it is a true gem. That's what reading FIGHTING FOR OUR FOREVER feels like. I love these characters and this story. Ajay and Whiskey have joined the ranks of the Beaumont Couples and that's saying a lot.




Disclaimer: I received this ARC as part of the Instagram Tour hosted by the author and Buoni Amici Press. I was not compensated in any way other than the ARC provided. I have also purchased a published copy of this book for my personal library. Thoughts and opinions are my own.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Coming Soon from Helena Hunting - MAKING UP

MAKING UP by Helena Hunting
Available July 16, 2019



A new standalone, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy by New York Times bestselling author Helena Hunting.

Cosy Felton is great at her job—she knows just how to handle the awkwardness that comes with working at an adult toy store. So when the hottest guy she’s ever seen walks into the shop looking completely overwhelmed, she’s more than happy to turn on the charm and help him purchase all of the items on his list.

Griffin Mills is using his business trip in Las Vegas as a chance to escape the broken pieces of his life in New York City. The last thing he wants is to be put in charge of buying gag gifts for his friend’s bachelor party. Despite being totally out of his element, and mortified by the whole experience, Griffin is pleasantly surprised when he finds himself attracted to the sales girl that helped him.

As skeptical as Cosy may be of Griffin’s motivations, there’s something about him that intrigues her. But sometimes what happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas and when real life gets in the way, all bets are off. Filled with hilariously awkward situations and enough sexual chemistry to power Sin City, Making Up is the next standalone in the Shacking Up world.

PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY OF MAKING UP


About the Author

Helena Hunting

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of PUCKED, Helena Hunting lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. She's writes contemporary romance ranging from new adult angst to romantic sports comedy.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Get this New Release from Heidi McLaughlin! FIGHTING FOR OUR FOREVER



 

Title: Fighting For Our Forever (Beaumont: Next Generation #4) 
Author: Heidi McLaughlin 
Genre:Contemporary/ Second Chance Romance 
Cover Models: Blake Sevani & Madison Rae 
Release Date: April 30, 2019 
Cover Designer: Okay Creations Hosted by: Buoni Amici Press, LLC.



The members of Sinful Distraction are living their best life as they travel around the country on the heels of 4225 West’s sold-out tour. Unfortunately for drummer, Ajay Ballard, that means a stop at the county jail after he’s arrested for an outstanding warrant – one he didn’t even know about. With an overzealous judge, Ajay’s forced to hang out in his hometown longer than anticipated.
While the town folk aren’t exactly rolling out the red carpet for him, Quinn, Elle and the rest of Sinful Distraction are warmly welcomed into the fold.
Some never get over their first love while some just can’t erase the memories. Jameson Foster falls somewhere in the middle. She’s done her best to let the past stay in the past...until she’s forced to save the one man who ruined her.





Heidi McLaughlin is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of The Beaumont Series, The Boys of Summer, and The Archers. Originally, from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband and two daughters. Also renting space in their home is an over-hyper Beagle/Jack Russell, Buttercup and a Highland West/Mini Schnauzer, JiLL and her brother, Racicot. When she's isn't writing one of the many stories planned for release, you'll find her sitting court-side during either daughter's basketball games. Heidi's first novel, Forever My Girl, has been adapted into a motion picture with LD Entertainment and Roadside Attractions, starring Alex Roe and Jessica Roth, in theaters January 19, 2018. To stay connected with Heidi visit www.facebook.com/authorheidimclaughlin  or heidimclaughlin.com



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