Stacking The Shelves (19)

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The purpose of this meme is to share the books that came into our house last week with our readers. These can be ARCs, books we purchased ourselves, books requested for review by authors and publishers, eBooks, free reads we stumbled upon and audiobooks. The only thing that doesn’t count are library books.

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

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In My Mailbox

Thanks to the publishers for the review copies. What’s in your mailbox this week?

Book Review: Living in the Shallows

livingshallowsTitle: Living in the Shallows
Author: Tani Hanes
Genre: YA Romance
Age Group: Young Adult / New Adult
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Aileen Foster, a shy, 22 year old student from LA, thinks she has landed a dream job as an interpreter for some actors making a film in Japan. She gets a surprise when she arrives in Tokyo and finds out that they are UK Crush, the hottest boyband around. She has been orphaned for most of her life, and it’s a shock for her to enter their world of frank physicality. The boys come to love her, and Aileen is forced to look at her life and choices, and decide if she’s ready to be brave and start living.

In Living in the Shallows, 22-year-old student Aileen Foster thinks she has landed her dream job, as an interpreter for actors making a film in Japan. Quite frankly, it does sound like a dream job – especially when it turns out the actors are actually UK Crush, the hottest boyband around. But having been orphaned for most of her life, Aileen is not used to being around other people, to sharing space, emotions and feelings, to become a family, to love.

I do like the boy band storyline, even if it’s been done many times before, I’m still fond of it. Besides, it might not be an original idea, but author Tani Hanes gives it an original twist, and with relatable characters and some fun surprises, it does make an intriguing story.

Aileen’s journey of self discovery and learning to be brave and start living her life, rather than push aside her emotions, was the most interesting part about the book. The writing flowed well, and overall, this was an excellent read. While Aileen is technically a new adult, the book can be enjoyed by new adult and young adult readers alike.

Book Review: Enlightenment by Liz Keel

thTitle: Enlightenment
Author: Liz Keel
Genre: YA Fantasy
Age Group: Young Adult
Rating: 4,5 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

After losing everything, all seventeen-year-old Thea wanted was to be a normal teenager. Instead, she was attacked by a mysterious creature she thought only existed in fairy tales. Now thrown into the unknown realm of Faey, Thea is forced to determine the difference between reality and fantasy, in a world ruled by a dark elite and a society wracked by intolerance and prejudice.
With the support of her new friends and a mysterious dark haired, blue-eyed guardian watching her every move, Thea will discover that when it comes to Faey, nothing is what it seems. Will her courage and desire to save this new world from darkness be enough? Or will Thea be the next victim to fall to the dark whispers of fate…

In Enlightenment, seventeen-year-old Thea wants nothing more than to be a normal teenager. She is anything but normal, though, as is revealed when she’s attacked by mysterious creatures she believed only existed in fairytales. Now she’s thrown into the realm of the Faey, where nothing is at it seems, darkness lurks around every corner, and she has no idea who to trust.

Oh my god, this book was amazing. Thea was awesome, just awesome. She had so much to learn, but instead of worrying, she just got right down to business. As usual in YA books, there’s a good deal of romance, and while the romance was a little fast for my tastes – I prefer the long, drawn-out build ups that can last for several books – I actually really liked the love interest and the chemistry he and Thea had in their scenes together. While all the characters were great, Thea and Isaac were my favorites. I particularly admired Thea’s courage and the great lengths she would go through to save her friends.

The world building was excellent. I want to know so much more about the world of the faey now, and I can’t wait to find out! The writing was wonderful, and I simply couldn’t put this book down. If you enjoy YA fantasy, I wholeheartedly recommend this book.

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Cover Reveal Blitz Toe The Line

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About The Book

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Toe the Line

Costa Mesa Series

Book Two

Roxanne D. Howard

Genre: Contemporary erotic romance, action/adventure, suspense

Publisher: Loose Id, LLC.

Date of Publication:  December 13, 2016

Number of pages: 85

Word Count: 25, 170

Cover Artist: Cover Art by Natalie Duarte

Design by April Martinez

Tagline: After two months apart, Jack is determined to get Piper back. They reunite and set sail for Catalina Island for the holidays, but when a murderous convict escapes Orange County jail and hijacks their boat with them aboard, the tides will rise.

Book Description:

After two months apart from Jack and working in desolate, war-torn Syria, Piper is on her way home to California for Hanukkah. The tides have turned dramatically, and she is now an established journalist with Channel Four News. Though she’s proud of where she’s at with her career, her heart aches for the painful way she left things with Jack.

Jack is determined to make things right with Piper, no matter what. When he receives a cash settlement from Business Buster, he uses his newfound wealth to whisk her away on his new yacht for a romantic getaway to Catalina Island. In no time at all, the two lovers reignite the fiery blaze between them, and their steamy passion rekindles out on the open ocean. But when a dangerous, hidden stowaway hijacks the yacht and holds them both captive, Piper and Jack find themselves at his mercy. With nowhere to run, they must work together if they want to escape alive.

This holiday season, it’s time to Toe the Line.

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Book Excerpt

Jack made his way up to the deck and pushed the cushioned bench away from the wheel and helm. He preferred to stand while he navigated, and he enjoyed the way the wind played on his face. He walked over to the dock pilings and cast off their moorings and then went over to the wheel, started the boat, and threw it into reverse, pulling away from the dock. He felt on top of the world. Once he had the boat turned and started the thrust, the bow of the boat cut through the water like a pair of sharp scissors down silk. Right away, he’d noticed the difference from the much larger and older Pacific Explorer; this boat sailed smoothly and almost glided through the waves. Of course, they were still in the bay, so it would be different once they were out on the open ocean.

He didn’t know how in the hell he’d convinced Piper to come with him, but he wouldn’t let this chance slip through his fingers. She would get the royal treatment and nothing less. With a thankful heart, he took Butterfly Eyes out to sea. He’d had a few practice runs after he’d bought the boat, but this was the first proper trip. He was excited. As a child, he’d thought his preoccupation with the ocean made him strange, until he’d realized it was a passion.

Some people got their high when they rock climbed, jumped out of airplanes, or skied off a fresh, powdery slope. For Jack, it had been and would always be the deep-blue sea. Nothing made a man feel more insignificant than being a small speck out on the ocean. It also made him feel unique and powerful, something that drew him back each day. He had hired two new tour captains since business took off in November, which had left him more free time to get his life in order.

As he left the bay and chartered into open water, Jack passed a pod of dolphins he normally saw when on his whale-watching tours. The sun shimmered and highlighted their grey-white bodies. The glare from the sun lit a golden path along the ridges of the waves. He opened his shirt so he could feel the wind on his chest, turned on some music, and watched the dolphins swim beside the boat. They loved a free ride. People could learn a lot about how to treat each other from the ocean. Dolphins stuck together, had each other’s backs, and watched out for one another when a shark came.

“You look deep in thought.”

He turned. Piper stood with her hand on the top of the bench seat. She wore cutoff jean shorts and one of his white shirts, buttoned a little between her breasts and tied at the midriff. Her flat abs peeked out at him. Her dark curls flowed loose and free about her face. She’d never looked more beautiful.

“Oh, I’m always deep in thought.”

He cocked an eyebrow at her and returned his attention to the water.

She snorted. “What man is ever deep in thought?”

“Hey, Legs. Be nice now. Not all of us men are idiots. I mean, the majority are, but not all.”

“Well, I worked with Larry for years, so you can’t blame me for a little disillusionment.”

“I’ll do my best to set you straight.” He glanced at her. She stood in the sun, and the breeze lifted her hair. That wicked, wide mouth of hers set his imagination into overdrive. He crooked a finger at her. “C’mere. You’re taking command.”

She pursed her lips and sashayed toward him with a confident prowl. “Ooh, I like being in command. It’s sexy.”

“You’re sexy.” He brought both her hands up to the varnished wheel. “Stay right there,” he breathed in her ear. He reached past her and switched the radio to CD mode. He selected a track, and “Let It Snow” began to play. “Hang on,” he said. He flipped on a light switch on an adjacent wall, and colorful fairy lights atop the boat and all around the helm lit up.

“Oh, how cute!”

“Wait for it,” he cautioned.

He took a small, flat remote control from his pocket and hit a button. Piper looked around. Then a snowflake landed on her nose, followed by several more, until thick, white flakes fell through the open sunroof. Her face lit up in a huge grin, and she shook her head fondly.

“Sunshine and snow… Jack Spencer, you’re a romantic.”

“I’m a crusty-old sea dog. I have no idea what you’re even talking about,” he said dryly

He wiped a snowflake off Piper’s face. She laughed as the holiday jingle serenaded them. “Right.”

He kissed the top of her head and watched the ocean. Piper sighed and leaned into him.

About the Author

Roxanne D. Howard is a romance novelist who resides in the mid-western United States. She is a U.S. Army veteran, and has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and English. She loves to read poetry, classical literature, and Stephen King. She is also an avid Star Wars fan, musical theater nut, and loves everything related to marine biology. She enjoys spending quality time with her husband and children when she’s not writing. Roxanne loves to hear from her readers, and she can be contacted at author@roxannedhoward.com.

To find out more, please visit her website: www.roxannedhoward.com

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Book Review and Giveaway Crave Her Touch

crave-her-touch-final-1Title: Crave Her Touch
Author: A.K. Leigh
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Age Group: Adult
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

An insecure bombshell, unpredictable stalker, and guilt-ridden hero clash in this story of redemption, trust, self-belief, and the lengths people will go to for true love.

Jennifer “Jenny” Abrahams has three goals: to teach women about mixed martial arts, become North Carolina’s first female mixed martial arts champion, and find true love. Two things stand in her way: the stalker intent on claiming her for himself and her emotional insecurities.

At a crossroads in his career as a witnesses protection minder, Peter “Pete” Gandry, is given the opportunity to return to the scene of his only failure––Smithfield, North Carolina. The assignment is familiar: he must keep an eye on Diana King. He agrees, hoping it will help him find redemption and ease the guilt he feels.

Odd things begin to happen to Jenny. At first, she dismisses them as over-reacting to memories of a stalker from her past. Until, she receives an unsettling note. Four words stand out: I crave your touch . . .

Increasingly, the evidence points to someone she knows. Who can she trust? And, who is this mysterious newcomer who has ignited long buried passion within her?

When the sister of an old nemesis arrives in Smithfield, Pete is forced to expose his true identity. The town quickly turn against him. Just when he thinks it can’t get worse, the stalking evidence begins to point to him.

Can he clear his name and save Jenny from the real stalker in time?

Crave Her Touch is the second book in the “Smithfield” series. Book one, See Her Run, tells Diana King’s story.

In Crave Her Touch, our protagonist, Jennifer “Jenny” Abrahams has three goals in life: teach women about mixed martial arts, become North Carolina’s first female mixed martial arts champion, and find true love. Unfortunately, things get complicated when she has a stalker on her heels, and has to deal with her own emotional insecurities.

Peter “Pete” Gandry works in witness protection. An assignment brings him to Smithfield, where he hopes to find redemption for what happened in the past.

As Jenny’s stalking problem takes a sinister turn and evidence points toward Pete, can he clear his name, and save Jenny from the real stalker in time?

This was a chilling, fast-paced read with an intriguing set of characters. I especially liked Jenny. She was such a strong, independent woman, and even though she had some emotional insecurities, I found she had a lot of strength too. The writing was very fluent, and I practically flew through the pages, flipping one after the other, completely immersed into the story.

A great read for those chilling winter months that kept me on the edge of my seat. Perfect for fans of romantic suspense.

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Waiting on Wednesday (54)

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill from Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases bloggers are eagerley anticipating. These can be debut novels, sequels, eBooks,…as long as they aren’t released yet.

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I’m waiting for…

Title: Unearthed
Author: Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy

Jules Addison and Amelia Radcliffe join forces in a tomb-raiding race on a newly discovered planet to unravel the secrets of an ancient, long-extinct civilization — only to uncover a revelation that could spell the end of the human race.

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This sounds like an interesting book. Tomb-raiding? Count me in. Also love the space aspect.

Book Review: Beyond The Spotlight by Alan Murphy

promo-photo-1-book-coverTitle: Beyond the Spotlight
Author: Alan Murphy
Genre: Nonfiction
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Beyond The Spotlight is the eagerly awaited first book by radio show host and entertainment journalist Alan Murphy. This explosive, tell-all book takes you inside the celebrity bubble and includes never-before-told stories about the likes of Michael Jackson, Jay-Z, Janice Dickinson, Prince and Lindsay Lohan. It lifts the lid on life in the limelight and explores celebrity culture, bringing you all the highs and lows, tears and tantrums from Tinseltown. Featuring exclusive interviews with everyone from Charlize Theron and Paris Hilton to Enrique Iglesias and Niall Horan, Beyond The Spotlight is an absolute must read for all showbiz fans and gives you unlimited access to the biggest stars on the planet. Already an Amazon Top 10 Best Seller, Beyond The Spotlight has received huge media attention in Alan’s home country. It’s your VIP ticket to the world of fame and celebrity…

In a down-to-earth style and voice, radio show host and entertainment journalist Alan Murphy, talks about celebrities and their lives, in Beyond the Spotlight. From how common it is to see celebrities in LA to exclusive interviews with Paris Hilton and Charlize Theron, this book has it all for anyone who was ever interested in showbusinesses – and isn’t that just about veryone?

My favorite chapter was chapter six – A Supermodel, A Dentist and The Loch Ness Monster. Yeah, if you want to know the connection, you’ll just have to read it for yourself!

The writing flowed well, and kind of felt like the author was just sitting next to me, telling me these stories. This is a must for anyone who likes reading about celebrities and showbizz.

Teaser Tuesdays (58)

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Books and a Beat. In this meme, we grab our current read, open it to a random page and share two teaser sentences from somewhere on that page with our readers.

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Here is my teaser:

“Where were you the night before last?”
“In bed watching TV and sleeping.”
“Can anyone else confirm that?”
From her outraged reaction, Jessica realised the question hadn’t come out quite how she meant it.

~ p. 31, The Woman in Black by Kerry Wilkinson

What’s your teaser for this week?

Release Blitz The Adulthood

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9781683016823medTitle: The Adulthood: The Life & Times Series, Book 2

Author: Lori Goldson

Genre: New Adult

New from Lori Goldson, the author of the four-star rated novel Irene in College: The Life & Times Series, book 1, comes the new-adult fiction novel The Adulthood: The Life & Times Series, book 2, the follow-up sequel to last year’s debut.

With her degree in hand and college campus in her rear view mirror, 22-year-old Irene Jimenez is ready to grapple with her newest adversary, adulthood. With the help of a family friend, Irene quickly lands a job where she meets her new boss, the brilliant, charismatic, and virile Justin. Fear-stricken and paralyzed at the idea of being on her own for the first time in life, Justin’s guidance in the workplace leaves Irene intrigued to get better acquainted with her new boss, despite her current
relationship situation with her live-in boyfriend, Artie. Justin notices Irene’s inquisition, and admits his curiosity about her as well, despite his own set of personal and professional obligations.

Enjoying her work and curious about her boss, Irene finds herself losing sight of the objective, and turns to her longtime friend, Michaela, who is entrenched in her own adulthood obstacles with her girlfriend, Ryan, including a domestic dispute that pushes Irene even closer to her boss in ways that leave her boyfriend, Artie, jealous. Irene and Michaela are equally trapped in wading the waters of adulthood as they try to balance their actual jobs with their romantic desires and fears contained. Irene finds herself struggling, however, with balancing work and pleasure with Justin as her boss, and is soon placed in a new work environment where an old adversary becomes a new supervisor, and is forced to confront old emotions that she thought were buried in the past.

Author Bio

Lori Golson lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, Erik, and is the author of Irene in College, book 1 of the Life and Times Series. She is currently also working on her first YA (young adult) thriller and plans on releasing it independently by 2017.

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Book Review and Giveaway In The Snows of Haz

desserts_twoTitle: In The Snows of Haz
Author: Maxine Janerka
Genre: Fantasy/Mystery
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

When a wealthy stranger from the capital is murdered in the isolated, snowbound town of Haz Gate, suspicion falls on a local boy. When she jumps to his rescue, schoolteacher Linna Nyx has to dig through deceptions thicker than the snow in midwinter to piece together the truth, and comes face to face with a killer who would destroy not only her own peaceful existence, but the very order of the Empire itself.

In The Snows of Haz is a short, quick novella, that introduces readers to the mysterious town of Haz Gate. We meet characters like Esmine, who is suspected of murder when a wealthy stranger from the capital gets killed. We also meet Linna Nyx, a schoolteacher turned sleuth who has to dig through many deceptions to piece together the truth.

The protagonists are a strange duo, but that’s what makes the book work, and makes it unique. I particularly enjoyed the setting of Haz, the mysterious vibe that settled over the entire town, and the many deceptions and secrets it’s hiding. I enjoyed the characters too, in particular Linna, but I felt like some of the secondary characters could be fleshed out more. Maybe in a second book?

This was a dark, mysterious and suspenseful read with solid writing. Because it’s only a novella, it didn’t take too long to finish the book, but it did keep me on the edge of my seat. I look forward to reading more books from this author.

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