Book Talk Saturday: Book Haul Part Two

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Happy Saturday, readers! I’m back as promised to continue my book haul post from Sunday. This time I’ve got some recent ARC copies to talk about and some series I’ve loved and bought in print (already read the ARC or owned the e-book, or both).

I received some of these ARCs a few weeks back, but due to other commitments (prior books accepted, photo shoots and subsequent editing scheduled, etc), I haven’t been able to dive into them yet. My April was busy with senior photo shoots and editing and my May is busy with lots of photo editing going on as I just photographed a wedding last weekend, so I’m fitting in book reading in between all of that. Thankfully, things will slow back down for me toward the end of the month.

For now, here’s a few books I’ve received for review or purchased to read myself.


Print ARCs and Books Received

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The Darkest Lie by Pintip Dunn

I received an early copy of this YA book from Kensington for review and am so excited to read it now. My full review will be posted on the blog closer to it’s June 28th release date, but from the pages I’ve read thus far, my initial impression is that the book is fast-paced, well-written, intriguing, and engrossing. I loved Pintip Dunn’s debut book from Entangled Teen, Forget Tomorrow (currently up for a 2016 RWA Rita Award), so I’m over the moon to finish my read of The Darkest Lie.

Find it online at:

Goodreads | Amazon | B & N | Kobo


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Nookietown by V.C Chickering

I received a copy of this book from St. Martin’s Press for review. It’s very different from what I normally read, and not something I would’ve sought out on my own, but I’m looking forward to diving in and giving it a shot. From the few pages I peeked at, I thought it was intriguing, funny, and sure to be a lesson in be careful what you wish for. Look for my review of this one on the blog soon.

Find it online at:

Goodreads | Amazon | B & N | Kobo


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Primal Instinct by Tara Wyatt

Hot Cowboy Nights by Carolyn Brown

I received these books for review from Grand Central Publishing Forever and will be posting reviews of both books on their May 31st release date. Needless to say, I’m excited to read these and I can’t wait to share my thoughts on them.

Find Primal Instinct online at:

Goodreads | Amazon | B & N | Kobo

Find Hot Cowboy Nights online at:

Goodreads | Amazon | B & N | Kobo


A few Digital ARCs I’ve Received

*Click on the covers to go each book’s Goodreads page*

The Billionaire Bachelor (Billionaire Bad Boys #1) Too Hot to Handle (Romancing the Clarksons, #1) The Angel Wore Fangs (Deadly Angels, #7) Unbreak My Heart The Real Mrs. Price


Purchased Books

Jessica Lemmon Second Chance Series

Bringing Home the Bad Boy, Rescuing The Bad Boy, and A Bad Boy For Christmas

by Jessica Lemmon

I read and loved ARCs of Rescuing the Bad Boy and A Bad Boy For Christmas so I knew I wanted to own this series in print, and now I do.

Find Bringing Home The Bad Boy online at:

Goodreads |  Amazon | B & N

Find Rescuing the Bad Boy online at:

Goodreads | Amazon | B & N | Kobo

Find A Bad Boy for Christmas online at:

GoodreadsAmazon | B & N | Kobo 


Heart of the Rockies Series

No Better Man, Something Like Love, and More Than A Feeling

by Sara Richardson

This is another series I was lucky enough to read ARCs of and loved.  I bought them in print because I loved the series so much I wanted to own physical copies of them all. No Better Man is nominated for an 2016 RWA Rita Award, too.

Find No Better Man online at:

Goodreads | Amazon | B & N | Kobo

Find Something Like Love online at:

Goodreads | Amazon | B & N | Kobo

Find More Than A Feeling online at:

Goodreads | Amazon | B & N Kobo


New York's Finest Series

Frisk Me, Steal Me, and Cuff Me by Lauren Layne

I’ve talked a few times about these books and I bought them all in digital after reading the ARCs for review, but I also recently purchased them in print, too, because they are too good not to own physical copies of each one of them. One of my favorite series I’ve read in the past year for sure.

Find Frisk Me online at:

GoodreadsAmazon | B & N | Kobo

Find Steal Me online at:

GoodreadsAmazon | B & N | Kobo

Find Cuff Me online at:

 Goodreads |  Amazon | B & N | Kobo

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Blog Tour: Vulnerable by Mary Burton (Review + Promo Teasers)

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Vulnerable

Morgans of Nashville #4

Author: Mary Burton
Publisher: Kensington Publishing
Imprint: Pinnacle
Genre: Romantic Suspense | Police Procedural | Mystery & Thriller
Pages: 384
Release Date: March 29th, 2016
Previous Books: Cover Your Eyes | Be Afraid | I’ll Never Let You Go

Book Summary

26120681The Smallest Mistake

Three went in; one came out. For five years, no trace has been found of two high-school friends who went hiking in the woods near Nashville. The third teen, Amber Ryder, was discovered at the bottom of a ravine with a broken arm, head trauma–and zero memory of the horror that put her there.

Will Put You

What started as a cold case has become a fresh hell for forensic technician Georgia Morgan. Another woman’s body is found in the woods, and it leads to the missing teens’ remains. But while Georgia works with Amber to try and reawaken her memories, her gut tells her the worst is yet to come.

At A Killer’s Mercy

Homicide Detective Jake Bishop can’t be sure whether Amber is an expert manipulator or the killer’s next target. Either way, he’s determined to protect Georgia. Because the deeper she digs into the past, the deadlier the secrets that emerge, and a nightmare years in the making is about to come to a bloody, terrifying end…

Praise for Mary Burton’s You’re Not Safe 

“Burton once again demonstrates her romantic suspense chops with this taut novel.”

Publishers Weekly

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Review: Wicked Edge by Rebecca Zanetti

If you love the Dark Protectors, these wicked hot Realm Enforcers are for you!

WICKED EDGE

Realm Enforcers Series

Book Two

Rebecca Zanetti

276 Pages

Released: 11/10/2015


Publisher: Kensington Books| Imprint: Lyrical Press
Genre: Contemporary RomanceParanormal Romance | Suspense
Series: Realm Enforcers


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Daire Dunne is more than ready to take a quick break from his duties as a Coven Nine Enforcer. When he spots a sexy blonde across a Titan’s of Fire party, it’s not long before she’s on the back of his Harley on the fast track to his apartment. Unfortunately, one overheated kiss in, the woman drugs Daire and steals valuable files that can’t fall into enemy hands. The second he comes to, the hunt is on…

Now that Cee Cee has the information to take down an enemy that destroyed her family, she can implement her perfect plan for revenge. Nothing will stop her, not even a shockingly sexy enforcer barging into her life. Not even the spectacular, fire-branding sex engulfing them. But if Daire ever figures out who her family really is, all bets are off…

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Review: Break Your Heart by Rhonda Helms

Break Your Heart

Rhonda Helms

240 Pages

Release Date: 07/28/2015


Publisher: Kensington BooksGenre: New Adult | Romance
Genre: Contemporary Romance


Love doesn’t always add up…

22891496Fearless and flirtatious, Megan Porter isn’t your typical math major. On the fast track to graduating with honors, a spot in her school’s masters program is nearly guaranteed. But her senior year is quickly turned upside-down by her new thesis advisor, cryptography professor Dr. Nick Muramoto. Young, effortlessly good-looking, and intellectual, he’s far more intriguing than the immature jocks Megan usually goes for. And as she decodes the hidden messages he leaves in the margins of her assignments and in their emails, she realizes this might be more than a schoolgirl crush–especially after they share a passionate kiss…

Soon Nick and Megan grow closer, and their different worlds begin to merge. But if their relationship is discovered, Nick’s career could be over. With Megan’s parents close to campus on business, hiding their love becomes an even greater challenge. Yet keeping secrets will lead Megan to discover hers is just one piece in a much larger puzzle–next to her mother’s stash of painkillers–that may put her carefully laid plans for the future in jeopardy.


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Review: Faking Perfect by Rebecca Phillips

Faking Perfect

Rebecca Phillips

272 Pages

Release Date: 06/30/2015

PUBLISHER: KENSINGTON BOOKS
GENRE: TEEN/YA | YA ROMANCE | YA CONTEMPORARY


How long can she keep the truth under wraps?

22859815When Lexi Shaw seduced Oakfield High’s resident bad boy Tyler Flynn at the beginning of senior year, he seemed perfectly okay with her rules:

  1. Avoid her at school.
  2. Keep his mouth shut about what they do together.
  3. Never tease her about her friend (and unrequited crush) Ben.

Because with his integrity and values and golden boy looks, Ben can never find out about what she’s been doing behind closed doors with Tyler. Or that her mom’s too busy drinking and chasing losers to pay the bills. Or that Lexi’s dad hasn’t been a part of her life for the last thirteen years. But with Tyler suddenly breaking the rules, Ben asking her out, and her dad back in the picture, how long will she be able to go on faking perfect?

NOTE: This book deals with serious, relatable teen issues (drugs, alcoholism, abandonment), in the vein of THE FAULT IN OUR STARS and other similar contemporary YA novels.


“Edgy and honest, Faking Perfect is the real thing.” –Huntley Fitzpatrick

Faking Perfect didn’t have to fake much at all – this book is an amazing read! Packed with chaotic family drama, sneaky bad boys who’ll steal your heart and a resident nerd best friend any girl in real life absolutely needs, Phillips’s latest delivers an emotional roller-coaster ride of a not-so-perfect teenage girl’s life. Fans of The Duff will love this, as it is a great story of an underdog finally coming out on top, as she learns to love each flaw she has, one at a time.”– RT Book Reviews, 4.5 Stars Top Pick


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Review: Wicked Ride by Rebecca Zanetti

WICKED RIDE

Realm Enforcers Series

Book One

Rebecca Zanetti

279 Pages

Released: 06/23/2015


PUBLISHER: KENSINGTON BOOKS | IMPRINT: LYRICAL PRESS
GENRE: CONTEMPORARY ROMANCEPARANORMAL ROMANCE | SUSPENSE
SERIES: REALM ENFORCERS


If you love the Dark Protectors, these wicked hot Realm Enforcers are for you!

23403599Alexandra Monzelle is a hard-fighting, heat-packing Seattle vice cop, and she’s not much interested in being protected. Her short skirt and sex-kitten heels are tools to lure her suspects into talking about the deadly new drug hitting the streets. She can take care of herself and then some. Unfortunately, she can’t seem to get that through to Kellach Dunne.

Kellach is a fresh import from Dublin, and he’s landed at the heart of a vicious motorcycle club that deals in guns, narcotics, and mayhem. He’s all male, all rough power—and all interference in her damn investigation. Maybe he’s one of the good guys. Maybe not. Lex knows an affair with an immortal like him would risk everything. No matter how delicious he looks…


Non-stop action and a hero to die for!”

~ Alexandra Ivy ~


 

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Book Releases: For the week of May 25th, 2015


RELEASING THIS WEEK!


Finally His Bride (Montana Born Brides #4)  The Hookup Hoax  Kissing Mr. Wrong  Just One Taste (Pine Mountain, #4.5)  The List (College of Charleston, #1)

Against the Tide (The Brodies of Alaska, #3)  When Darkness Ends (Guardians of Eternity, #12)  Sea Glass Sunrise (The Brides of Blueberry Cove, #1)  Rescuing the Bad Boy (Second Chance, #2)  No Better Man (Heart of the Rockies, #1)

Last of the Red-Hot Riders (Hells Outlaws, #2) A Deal with the Devil Under the Lights (Boys of Fall, #1) Brokedown Cowboy (Copper Ridge, #2) Rules of the Game (Stardust, Texas, #2)

Back to You All of Me (Love Between the Bases, #1)

Cover Reveal: Reckless by Kimberly Kincaid

Good morning, fair readers! Happy Friday!

Today on the blog, we have a cover reveal for Reckless by Kimberly Kincaid. Reckless is book one in Kimberly’s upcoming Rescue Squad series that will release in January from Kensington Zebra. We also have details on Kimberley’s latest release, Just One Taste, available on 5/26/2015 from Kensington Zebra. And if that isn’t enough, we’ve got a tour-wide giveaway link to a rafflecopter giveaway where you have the chance to win a Reckless cover charm key chain and a $5 Amazon e-gift card.


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Author: Kimberly Kincaid
Publisher: Kensington Books, Kensington Zebra
Page Count: 368 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Rescue Squad (Book #1)
Release Date: 1/26/2016


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SOMEONE’S BOUND TO GET BURNED…

Zoe Westin may be a fire captain’s daughter, but feeding the people in her hometown of Fairview is her number one priority. Running a soup kitchen is also the perfect way to prove to her dad that helping people doesn’t always mean risking life and limb. But when she’s saddled with a gorgeous firefighter doing community service after yet another daredevil stunt, the kitchen has never been so hot.

Alex Donovan thrives on adrenaline, and stirring a pot of soup doesn’t exactly qualify. He’s not an expert at following the rules either, not even when they come from the stubborn, sexy daughter of the man who’s not only his boss, but his mentor. Determined to show Zoe that not every risk ends in catastrophe, Alex challenges her both in the kitchen and out. One reckless step leads to another, but will falling for each other be a risk worth taking, or will it just get them burned?

RECKLESS

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Kimberly KincaidKimberly Kincaid writes contemporary romance that splits the difference between sexy and sweet. When she’s not sitting crosslegged in an ancient desk chair known as “The Pleather Bomber,” she can be found practicing obscene amounts of yoga, whipping up anything from enchiladas to éclairs in her kitchen, or curled up with her nose in a book. Kimberly is a 2011 RWA Golden Heart® finalist who lives (and writes!) by the mantra that food is love. She resides in northern Virginia with her wildly patient husband and their three daughters.

Author Social Links:  

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Read on for details about Kimberly’s latest release, Just One Taste, out on Tuesday, May 26th, 2015. You’ll also find details on how to enter the rafflecopter giveaway.

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Blog Tour: No One Like You by Kate Angell (Promo, Review, Excerpt, Giveaway Link)

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Author:  Kate Angell
Publisher: Kensington Zebra, Kensington Books
Page Count: 320 pages
Format: E-Arc
Source: NetGalley
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Barefoot William (Book #4) 
Heat Level: Sweet & Mild
Release Date: 4/28/2015


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 No On Like YouNo One Expects a Curveball

For Rylan Cates, the gloriously sunny beachside town of Barefoot William may be home, but the pro baseball player needs to focus on spring training. Hiring a personal assistant to keep him and his four dogs organized for the next eight weeks is the first step—and Beth Avery is the perfect pinch hitter.

Beth is still looking for her place in the world, and a couple months caring for Rylan’s two dachshunds, his golden retriever, and a Great Dane named Atlas should shore up her finances before she moves on. Except it’s Atlas who won’t budge, pushing her toward tanned, scruffy, sexy Rylan every chance he gets. One more strike and she’s calling the dog out—unless she and Rylan admit that the attraction they’re feeling is a game-winning grand slam…


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National bestselling author Kate Angell lives in Naples, Florida. She’s an animal lover, avid reader, and sports fan. Bookstores are her second home. She takes coffee breaks at Starbucks. Her philosophy: Out of chaos comes calmness. Enjoy the peace. Please visit her on Facebook or at www.kateangell.com.

Author Links:    Website | Facebook  | Goodreads

Read on for a book excerpt, review, giveaway link, and details on where to find No One Like You, and the rest of the Barefoot William series.

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REVIEW: Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep

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Cold Burn of Magic

By Jennifer Estep

Publisher: Kensington Books
Pages: 368
Genre: Young Adult (Urban Fantasy)
Heat Level: Light, with bits of tension
Release Date: 4/28/2015
Series: Black Blade

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coldburn_coverThere Be Monsters Here. . .

It’s not as great as you’d think, living in a tourist town that’s known as “the most magical place in America.” Same boring high school, just twice as many monsters under the bridges and rival Families killing each other for power.

I try to keep out of it. I’ve got my mom’s bloodiron sword and my slightly illegal home in the basement of the municipal library. And a couple of Talents I try to keep quiet, including very light fingers and a way with a lock pick.

But then some nasty characters bring their Family feud into my friend’s pawn shop, and I have to make a call–get involved, or watch a cute guy die because I didn’t. I guess I made the wrong choice, because now I’m stuck putting everything on the line for Devon Sinclair. My mom was murdered because of the Families, and it looks like I’m going to end up just like her. . .

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