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In honor of #worldbookday, I thought I would share a couple of books I purchased this morning. The first one, I’ve heard a lot about and since I’ve always loved and enjoyed books by Carly Phillips, I decided to get it. The book? Faking it. The second book, Sinfully Mine, by Kendall Ryan, is a book I hadn’t heard of but the cover and title caught my eye while browsing on Amazon, so much so I read the blurb and the Amazon teaser and then found it impossible not to one-click the book.
For #worldbookday, I decided to go with two self-published titles, both by authors I’m familiar with and whose work I know I will enjoy.
Title: Faking It
Authors: Carly Phillips & Erika Wilde
Series: Book Boyfriend #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: CP Publishing
Release Date: April 11th, 2017
Book Summary: Confirmed bachelor Max Sterling isn’t into rescuing damsels in distress, but when the very tempting Hailey Ellison needs his help, there’s only one thing for him to do. Step in and pose as her loving fiancé. Except there is nothing fake about his attraction to her, or how much he wants her beneath him in his bed, moaning his name. But what starts as a sexy, flirty, temporary engagement, quickly becomes something more serious that neither one ever anticipated.
Why I One-Clicked: I love stories that start out with confirmed bachelors and another favorite is the pretend/fake relationship trope. The stories are always fun and Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde are too good of a combination to pass up. I’ve loved them both since their Harlequin writing days and continue to enjoy their work now.
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Title: Sinfully Mine
Author: Kendall Ryan
Series: Lessons with the Dom #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Kendall Ryan Books
Release Date: July 14th 2015
Book Summary: She was forbidden. I didn’t care.
As my best friend’s little sister, Macey Hale was off-limits. Tempting as sin, and forbidden as fuck. I wish I could say that stopped me. I wish I could tell you I behaved like a gentleman.
When she waltzes back into my life with that same spark I fell for, looking every bit the beautiful woman I knew she’d grow into, I have to force myself to remember I’m different from the man she once knew. I’m colder. Harder. And for good reason.
With my heart on lockdown, and my hands aching to touch her, I set out to prove that I can keep myself in check this time.
No strings. No attachments.
And definitely no falling for her again.
SINFULLY MINE is a standalone contemporary romance novel from New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Kendall Ryan.
If you like steamy love stories, you won’t want to miss this older brother’s best friend romance.
This is book two in the Lessons with the Dom series, following The Gentleman Mentor. Both are complete standalone novels featuring sexy Dominant men you’re sure to fall in love with. Enjoy!
Why I one-clicked: I love a good forbidden romance love story, and this one promises to be hot as hell to boot. And the look inside Amazon teaser got me good.
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Hey everyone! Happy Saturday!
For those of you who don’t follow me (Deanna Lynn) on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, I thought I’d post a few photos of my recent print book hauls. The largest majority of these books were purchased by me, whether online through Amazon or at a local or semi-local brick and mortar store (Wal-mart, Barnes & Noble, Independent Bookstore), but some of these books are ARCs I received for upcoming reviews or book wins from a couple of online contests (Publisher, Author, Facebook). I have four times this print book haul for e-book purchases and ARCs for review (which some are e-book duplicates for the ones here) but for now, I’ll focus on the print books.
This is a long post, so bear with me please. Also, if I’ve read and reviewed the book here on the blog, I included my link to it.
1. A Baby For the Boss by Maureen Child (9780373734344)
2. Her Werewolf Hero by Michele Hauf (9780373009664)
3. The Sheriff of Horseshoe, Texas by Linda Warren (9780373752539)
4. Her Naughty Holiday by Tiffany Reisz (9780373799206)
5. One Tiny Miracle by Carol Marinelli (9780373067237)
6. Sapphire Attraction by Zuri Day (9780373864553)
7. Under the Boardwalk by Amie Denman (9780373051212)
8. From Ruin to Riches by Louise Allen (9780373297696)
9. Lone Wolf Lawman by Delores Fossen (9780373698660)
10. The Perfect Cazorla Wife by Michelle Smart(9780373133628)
11. Pregnant With A Royal Baby by Susan Meier(9780373743735)
12. Colton Copycat Killer by Marie Ferrarella (9780373279708)
13. James Bravo’s Shotgun Bride by Christine Rimmer (9780373659562)
14. A Family For All by Kathy Altman (9780373609345)
15. The Rancher’s Secret Wife by Brenda Minton (9780373877607)
16. His Chosen Bride by Rhonda Gibson (9780373282647)
17. Joint Investigation by Terri Reed (9780373446797)
If you haven’t read these books yet, you might want to go snatch them up over at Amazon today.
by Eva Leigh
Part of The Wicked Quills of London Series
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Eva Leigh’s deliciously sexy Wicked Quills of London series continues as a Lady’s secret career writing erotic fiction is jeopardized by real-life romance . . .
In society circles she’s known as the Watching Wallflower—shy, quiet, and certainly never scandalous. Yet beneath Lady Sarah Frampton’s demure façade hides the mind of The Lady of Dubious Quality, author of the most titillating erotic fiction the ton has ever seen. Sarah knows discovery would lead to her ruin, but marriage—to a vicar, no less—could help protect her from slander. An especially tempting option when the clergyman in question is the handsome, intriguing Jeremy Cleland.
Tasked with unmasking London’s most scandalous author by his powerful family, Jeremy has no idea that his beautiful, innocent bride is the very woman he seeks to destroy. His mission must remain a secret, even from the new wife who stirs his deepest longings. Yet when the truth comes to light, Sarah and Jeremy’s newfound love will be tested. Will Sarah’s secret identity tear them apart or will the temptations of his wallflower wife prove too wicked to resist?
by Sarah Ballance
Part of the Men of the Zodiac series
$0.99 for Kindle
He’s the perfect kind of trouble…
Zoe Davenport is on her way to a perfect, idyllic, private resort, where there’s no ex-fiancé and definitely no public scandal involving said ex-fiancé. But one look at the exceptionally sexy resort owner, and Zoe wonders if she’s escaped scandal just long enough to land herself in even hotter water…
Except that Ryder Nash isn’t exactly a stranger. He and Zoe used to live next door to each other. She was the sweet little temptation who couldn’t stand him-the bad boy with a loud car and a new girl every weekend. What Zoe doesn’t know is that all those years ago, her father paid Ryder off…to keep him away from her.
And if Ryder gives into the fiery attraction that rages between them-even for a moment-he’ll lose everything all over again…
So as some of you may know, there was a segment shown on CBS Sunday Morning today about romance novels. In this segment, the lovely Eloisa James, Beverly Jenkins, and Sarah Wendell, the lady behind Smart Bitches, Trashy Books were interviewed along with a feature of The Ripped Bodice bookstore. A great segment, to be sure, and I thought I’d post it here for those that missed it. You can also watch the video and read an accompanying article on the CBS website here
Okay, so I’m a tad bit late for the bandwagon on this post, but it’s here and that’s what counts, right? 😀
I read a lot of books in 2016, some I loved, some I liked, and some I enjoyed but didn’t quite connect with as well as I would have liked. Today, I’m going to list my top reads for 2016, along with the links to my reviews for each book. Not all of these were published in 2016, but most were, and the ones that weren’t were books I read in 2016 or are part of a series that published a new book in 2016.
Hey guys! I’m here to do my first subscription box unboxing. This one is for the October 2016 And the Story Begins subscription box that I ordered. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised with the books I received because both books are ones I would buy myself and read. By the time I signed up for this particular service, I only had three genre’s to choose from because all the others were sold out: Mystery, Romance, and Surprise. I chose Romance since it seemed like the safest bet and I’m so glad I did!
If you’ve never heard of the And The Story Begins box, it’s a subscription box service that sends two books to your door on the 26th of every month for $9.99. Because of the low price, I wasn’t quite sure what type of books I would receive, but it turned out okay for me. Both books were gorgeous trade paperbacks…that I didn’t already own!
This is the packaging…and it is so, so well done.
The cute wrapping style made me smile.
Available October 25th 2016
The Raymond Rodriguez from a few years ago wouldn’t recognize the guy he is today. He’s left his slacker ways far behind him and is now juggling two jobs and school. But the balancing act doesn’t allow much time for the man he loves.
David is doing his best to be supportive, but problems at work and his own insecurity leave him frustrated—in more ways than the obvious—whenever he goes to bed before Raymond gets home. The heat and affection between them is still there, but they barely have the time or energy to enjoy it. And it doesn’t help that Raymond is still hiding David from his colleagues.
The stress mounts so high that a vacation in paradise is filled with turmoil instead of harmony, and culminates on their return to the five boroughs with broken promises and heartache. They have to figure out how to stop allowing their differences to overshadow their love. It’s the only way they’ll make it to forever.
Santino Hassell was raised by a conservative family, but he was anything but traditional. He grew up to be a smart-mouthed, school cutting grunge kid, then a transient twenty-something, and eventually transformed into an unlikely romance author.
Santino writes queer romance that is heavily influenced by the gritty, urban landscape of New York City, his belief that human relationships are complex and flawed, and his own life experiences.
To learn more about Santino you can follow him on:
Hey guys! I thought I’d start a new weekend feature about what I’m reading. I’d also love to know about what you’re reading, so if you’re so inclined, be sure to comment with your current/past/future reads. I’m always looking for new books and authors so I’d love to hear about books you’ve enjoyed and loved, or even ones you didn’t particularly enjoy.
So here goes…
Released: October 11th 2016
Book Summary: In late-eighteenth-century Ireland, accidental stargazer Caroline Ainsworth learns that her life is not what it seems when her father, Arthur, throws himself from his rooftop observatory. He has chosen death over a darkened life, gone blind from staring at the sun in his obsessive hunt for an unknown planet near Mercury. Caroline had often assisted her father with his observations; when astronomer William Herschel discovered Uranus in 1781, she watched helplessly as unremitting jealousy drove Arthur to madness.
Grief-stricken, Caroline at first abandons the vain search, leaves Ireland for London, and tries to forget her love for Finnegan O’Siodha, the tinkering blacksmith who was helping her father build a massive telescope larger than Herschel’s own. But she later discovers that her father has left her more than the wreck of an unfinished telescope: his cryptic atlas holds the secret to finding a new world at the edge of the sky. As Caroline reluctantly resumes the search and confronts her longing for Finnegan, Ireland is swept into rebellion, and the lovers are plunged into its violence.
This is a novel of the obsessions of the age—scientific inquiry, geographic discovery, political reformation—but above all astronomy, the mapping of the solar system, and beyond. It is a novel of the quest for knowledge and also—just as importantly—for human connection. The Blind Astronomer’s Daughter is rich, far-reaching, and unforgettable.
Format/Source: ARC received by Publisher
Forget Tomorrow #2
Entangled Publishing | Entangled Teen
Released: October 4th 2016
Book Summary: Seventeen-year-old Jessa Stone is the most valuable citizen in Eden City. Her psychic abilities could lead to significant scientific discoveries — if only she’d let TechRA study her. But after they kidnapped and experimented on her as a child, cooperating with the scientists is the last thing Jessa would do.
But when she discovers the past isn’t what she assumed, Jessa must join forces with budding scientist Tanner Callahan to rectify a fatal mistake made ten years ago. She’ll do anything to change her past — even if it means aligning herself with the enemy she swore to defeat.
This is the second book in author Pintip Dunn’s Forget Tomorrow series.
I’ll be posting my review for this book on the blog on Wednesday, October 19th, on a blog tour stop.
Be sure to stop back by and check it out!
Format/Source: ARC received by Publisher
Releasing October 18th 2016 | Sourcebooks Landmark
304 Pages | Format/Source: ARC received by Publisher
Book Summary: A vivid and mesmerizing novel about the extraordinary woman who married and worked with one of the greatest scientists in history.
What secrets may have lurked in the shadows of Albert Einstein’s fame? His first wife, Mileva “Mitza” Marić, was more than the devoted mother of their three children—she was also a brilliant physicist in her own right, and her contributions to the special theory of relativity have been hotly debated for more than a century.
In 1896, the extraordinarily gifted Mileva is the only woman studying physics at an elite school in Zürich. There, she falls for charismatic fellow student Albert Einstein, who promises to treat her as an equal in both love and science. But as Albert’s fame grows, so too does Mileva’s worry that her light will be lost in her husband’s shadow forever.
A literary historical in the tradition of The Paris Wife and Mrs. Poe,The Other Einstein reveals a complicated partnership that is as fascinating as it is troubling.
Releasing October 18th 2016 | Atria Books
368 Pages | Format/Source: ARC received by Publisher
Book Summary: A stunningly ambitious and beautiful novel, perfect for fans of The Nightingale, Schindler’s List, and All the Light We Cannot See, about twelve-year-old Hannah Rosenthal’s harrowing experience fleeing Nazi-occupied Germany with her family and best friend, only to discover that the overseas asylum they had been promised is an illusion.
Before everything changed, young Hannah Rosenthal lived a charmed life. But now, in 1939, the streets of Berlin are draped with red, white, and black flags; her family’s fine possessions are hauled away; and they are no longer welcome in the places that once felt like home. Hannah and her best friend, Leo Martin, make a pact: whatever the future has in store for them, they’ll meet it together.
Hope appears in the form of the SS St. Louis, a transatlantic liner offering Jews safe passage out of Germany. After a frantic search to obtain visas, the Rosenthals and the Martins depart on the luxurious ship bound for Havana. Life on board the St. Louis is like a surreal holiday for the refugees, with masquerade balls, exquisite meals, and polite, respectful service. But soon ominous rumors from Cuba undermine the passengers’ fragile sense of safety. From one day to the next, impossible choices are offered, unthinkable sacrifices are made, and the ship that once was their salvation seems likely to become their doom.
Seven decades later in New York City, on her twelfth birthday, Anna Rosen receives a strange package from an unknown relative in Cuba, her great-aunt Hannah. Its contents will inspire Anna and her mother to travel to Havana to learn the truth about their family’s mysterious and tragic past, a quest that will help Anna understand her place and her purpose in the world.
The German Girl sweeps from Berlin at the brink of the Second World War to Cuba on the cusp of revolution, to New York in the wake of September 11, before reaching its deeply moving conclusion in the tumult of present-day Havana. Based on a true story, this masterful novel gives voice to the joys and sorrows of generations of exiles, forever seeking a place called home.
Mitch Rapp #2
Released February 7th 2012 | Atria | Pocket Books
385 Pages | Format/Source: Print Purchase via Hastings
I am addicted to this series and have been purchasing them all to read in order. If I hadn’t been intrigued by Dylan O’Brien’s casting as Mitch Rapp in the movie version of American Assassin, along with Michael Keaton as Stan Hurley, I might not have found the books, and that would be a shame as I am thoroughly enamored with the characters, Mitch Rapp and Stan Hurley in particular, and the series thus far.
#1 New York Times bestselling author Vince Flynn is back with another nail-biting political thriller that follows the young Mitch Rapp on a deadly mission to hunt down the men responsible for the Pan Am Lockerbie terrorist attack.
For months, Mitch Rapp has been steadily working his way through a list of men, bullet by bullet. With each kill, the tangled network of monsters responsible for the slaughter of 270 civilians becomes increasingly clear. He is given his next target: a plump Libyan diplomat who is prone to drink and is currently in Paris without a single bodyguard.
Rapp finds him completely unprotected and asleep in his bed. With confidence in his well-honed skills and conviction of the man’s guilt, he easily sends a bullet into the man’s skull. But in the split second it takes the bullet to leave the silenced pistol, everything changes. The door to the hotel room is kicked open and gunfire erupts all around Rapp. In an instant the hunter has become the hunted. Rapp is left wounded and must flee for his life.
The next morning, the news breaks in Washington that Libya’s Oil Minister has been killed along with three innocent civilians and four unidentified men. The French authorities are certain that the gunman is wounded and on the loose in Paris. As the finger pointing begins, Rapp’s handlers have only one choice—deny any responsibility for the incident and pray that their newest secret weapon stays that way, avoiding capture and dying quietly. One person in the group, however, is not prone to leaving things to chance. Rapp has become a liability, and he absolutely cannot be allowed to be taken alive by the French authorities. But it will soon become clear that nothing is more dangerous than a wounded and cornered Mitch Rapp.
I just wanted to take a few moments to talk about American Assassin. You can read my review of the book below, but I wanted to give you a little background on what led me to want to read this book. Because it might seem like it’s out of my normal reading range to you, but in truth, it’s really not.
You see, I have always loved military, political, and spy thrillers. I first found them when I was getting my bachelor’s in Criminal Justice and continued reading them all through college. Somewhere along the way though, I wound up reading a host of other genres, so much so that this particular genre fell a bit by the wayside for me. Until a few weeks ago, that is. When I heard they were making American Assassin into a movie and that it would star Dylan O’Brien (Deepwater Horizon, The Maze Runner, Stiles on Teen Wolf) as Mitch Rapp and Michael Keaton as Stan Hurley, the man who trains Rapp. From there, a quick search lead me to discover that, though this book was written well after the series started, it is actually the first book in the series, the book that gives the background on Mitch Rapp and his training as an assassin. The summary of the book caught my eye pretty quick and before I knew it, I’d bought the trade paperback on Amazon. And I am very glad I did, too. Because I loved the book and I absolutely cannot wait to see the movie, which actually just started filming (or maybe just pre-production?) this month.
I will no doubt be posting more about this series as I work my way through the rest of the books (and possibly the movie as more comes out about it’s filming). If you’ve read this series, or you decide to read it now, please come back and comment. I’d love to hear your thoughts on it, and what you think about the casting choices. I could totally see Dylan O’Brien as Mitch Rapp after reading this book. I honestly can’t wait to see the intensity he’ll no doubt bring to the role.
Here’s some first look photos of Dylan as Mitch Rapp for those interested in reading more about the movie. You can find more details about the book (along with my review) and the rest of the series below-including how to pre-order the newest release in the series, book fifteen, Order To Kill.
(First Published: October 12th 2010 by Atria Books)
#1 New York Times bestselling author Vince Flynn returns with yet another explosive thriller, introducing the young Mitch Rapp, as he takes on his first assignment.
Before he was considered a CIA superagent, before he was thought of as a terrorist’s worst nightmare, and before he was both loathed and admired by the politicians on Capitol Hill, Mitch Rapp was a gifted college athlete without a care in the world . . . and then tragedy struck.
Two decades of cutthroat, partisan politics has left the CIA and the country in an increasingly vulnerable position. Cold War veteran and CIA Operations Director Thomas Stansfield knows he must prepare his people for the next war. The rise of Islamic terrorism is coming, and it needs to be met abroad before it reaches America’s shores. Stansfield directs his protégée, Irene Kennedy, and his old Cold War colleague, Stan Hurley, to form a new group of clandestine operatives who will work outside the normal chain of command—men who do not exist.
What type of man is willing to kill for his country without putting on a uniform? Kennedy finds him in the wake of the Pan Am Lockerbie terrorist attack. Two-hundred and seventy souls perished that cold December night, and thousands of family and friends were left searching for comfort. Mitch Rapp was one of them, but he was not interested in comfort. He wanted retribution.
Six months of intense training has prepared him to bring the war to the enemy’s doorstep, and he does so with brutal efficiency. Rapp starts in Istanbul, where he assassinates the Turkish arms dealer who sold the explosives used in the Pan Am attack. Rapp then moves onto Hamburg with his team and across Europe, leaving a trail of bodies. All roads lead to Beirut, though, and what Rapp doesn’t know is that the enemy is aware of his existence and has prepared a trap. The hunter is about to become the hunted, and Rapp will need every ounce of skill and cunning if he is to survive the war-ravaged city and its various terrorist factions.
As action-packed, fast-paced, and brutally realistic as it gets, Flynn’s latest page-turner shows readers how it all began. Behind the steely gaze of the nation’s ultimate hero is a young man primed to become an American Assassin.
Hey guys! I was tagged by Andie @ Books, Coffee, & Passion last night in the Stationary Book Tag that’s been going around on a few blogs. So thank you to Andie, and to @RiverMooseReads for creating this fun book tag.
Okay, here goes…
I actually have three that I always go back to. Where The Red Fern Grows and Summer of the Monkeys by Winston Rawls were both set in Oklahoma where I was from and I loved them as a kid. The first one was actually filmed as a movie, twice, in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, home of my college alma matar.
The 1983 release The Dollhouse Murders by Betty Ren Wright is my other childhood book love. I was seven when it first came out, maybe eight or nine when I read it, and I loved that book so much. I lost the original copy I had many years ago, but about eleven years ago, I hunted down a copy online and now have it on my shelves.
Runner-Up Childhood Loves: the 1984 Dear Mr. Henshaw (Leigh Botts #1) and the 1982 Ramona the Pest (Ramona #2) by Beverly Cleary, the 1972 Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (Fudge #1) by Judy Blume (which I read in 1984), and the 1957 Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle (Mrs. Piggle Wiggle #1) by Betty MacDonald (which I read in 1984).
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (published in 1847) is a classic. The copy I have I bought in 1988 or 1989. I was in middle school and had watched the old black and white movie with my oldest sister. Then I wanted to read the book and I did. It remains a favorite of mine to this day and always has it’s spot on my shelf.
Runner-Up: Definitely has to be Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell. Loved that book, and the movie.
Just in Print: This one might surprise some people but…Star Wars original trilogy books. I own multiple copies of that, older one that is falling apart and a newer one I recently ordered. I also own them in graphic novels. (And on a side note, I also own multiple copies of the movies as well—all of them).
Print and Digital: A lot of series I own in both digital and print. A few of them are:
I actually bought Such Sweet Sorrow by Jenny Trout because of it’s cover.
Harry and Hermione in Harry Potter is the one that comes to mind first.
Twilight. I hated what the author did to the vampire myth in that book. I couldn’t finish it and it might be the only book I have ever physically tossed away from me. The next one would be Fifty Shades of Grey. Not a fan, and again, not a book I could finish reading.
So many. So, so many. But a few of them are:
I am still working on my Shadowhunter and Hunger Games series, and a couple of new series I started buying is The Darkest Minds series by Alexandra Bracken and the Mitch Rapp series by the late Vince Flynn (American Assassin) and that is being continued by author Kyle Mills.
by Jennifer Blackwood
Publication Date: September 12, 2016
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Brazen, Contemporary Romance
Synopsis: It was meant to be a one-night stand. One wicked night with an irresistibly sexy passenger. That’s all Air Marshal Gage Michaels can afford–his career comes before everything else. Too bad the snowpocalpyse of the century has different plans for him and Abby Winters. Before the night’s over, they find themselves snowed in at the most luxurious hotel in the city.Abby’s scouting job of a NYC penthouse should be quick, simple, and definitely shouldn’t include a sexy-as-hell man messing up the 3000 count sheets that will be featured in her company’s next blockbuster hit. Not when she’s up for a promotion that could skyrocket her entire career in the film industry. Still, she can’t refuse what the weather gods so obviously want her to have. She’ll give in, just this once.
Leaving is tougher than either of them could have imagined. But they’re two people who have nothing in common, living on opposite coasts. There’s no way they can ever be together. Right?
Amazon CA: http://amzn.to/2cOWVlh
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2ckMMs9
Jennifer Blackwood is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. She lives in Oregon with her husband, son, and poorly behaved black lab puppy. When not chasing after her toddler, you can find her binging on episodes of Gilmore Girls and Supernatural, and locking herself in her office to write.
Love is always in season . . .
Florist Ivy Birch fantasizes about the day a man will surprise her with a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Especially if that man happens to be Brett Hastings. One stolen kiss at her best friend’s wedding and Ivy can’t get the sexy ER doctor out of her head.
In the small town of Briar Creek, you can’t avoid anyone for very long. Not that Brett has been trying to avoid Ivy. He just can’t afford to let anything distract him from his work-not again. So when a hospital fundraiser throws them together, love is the last thing on his mind. But with her quick wit and sweet laugh, soon the one woman he’s tried to keep at arm’s length is capturing his heart…