Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Release Day Launch: 1001 Dark Nights The Prince by Jennifer L. Armentrout




From #1 New York Times Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout, comes THE PRINCE, a new novella in her Wicked Series, brought to you by 1,001 Dark Nights! Be sure to grab your copy today!




From #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes a new story in her Wicked series…

She’s everything he wants….

Cold. Heartless. Deadly. Whispers of his name alone bring fear to fae and mortals alike. The Prince. There is nothing in the mortal world more dangerous than him. Haunted by a past he couldn’t control, all Caden desires is revenge against those who’d wronged him, trapping him in never-ending nightmare. And there is one person he knows can help him.

She’s everything he can’t have…

Raised within the Order, Brighton Jussier knows just how dangerous the Prince is, reformed or not. She’d seen firsthand what atrocities he could be capable of. The last thing she wants to do is help him, but he leaves her little choice. Forced to work alongside him, she begins to see the man under the bitter ice. Yearning for him feels like the definition of insanity, but there’s no denying the heat in his touch and the wicked promise is his stare.

She’s everything he’ll take….

But there’s someone out there who wants to return the Prince to his former self. A walking, breathing nightmare that is hell bent on destroying the world and everyone close to him. The last thing either of them needs is a distraction, but with the attraction growing between them each now, the one thing he wants more than anything may be the one thing that will be his undoing.

She’s everything he’d die for….


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EXCERPT:

Did it make you a bad friend if you were completely, a hundred percent envious of that friend? Yes? No? Kind of?

I figured it was somewhere in between.

That’s what I was mulling over as I watched Ivy Morgan brush thick, red curls over her shoulder, laughing at something her boyfriend Ren Owens had said to her.

At least I wasn’t envious of that—their love. Okay, well, that wasn’t entirely true. Pretty sure anyone who was as single as me would be envious of all that warm and fuzzy that was passed back and forth with each long look or casual brush of skin. The two could barely tear their gazes away from one another to eat the dinner we’d grabbed at the cute little diner inside the shopping center on Prytania Street.

I honest to God couldn’t be happier for them. They’d been through so much—way more than two people should ever have to go through to be together, and here they were, stronger and more in love than ever, and they deserved that happiness.

But their epic love story wasn’t the source of a current case of the green-eye monster that was sitting on my shoulder.

Ivy was just such a… badass.

Even right now, relaxed in the chair, surrounded by twinkling Christmas lights with her hand in Ren’s and her belly full of a cheeseburger deluxe and crinkle fries and half of my tater tots, she could kick ass and take names along with addresses, telephone numbers, and social security numbers.

If the proverbial poo hit the fan, you called Ivy or Ren.

If you needed to know what streets Royal intersected with, you called… me. Or if you needed coffee or fresh beignets but were currently busy, you know, saving the world, you’d call me.

The three of us were all members of the Order, a widespread organization that was literally the only thing that stood between mankind and complete, utter enslavement and destruction by the fae. And not the super cute fae found in Disney movies or some crap like that. Humans thought they were on top of the food chain. They were wrong. The fae were.

The only thing pop culture got right about the fae was their slightly pointy ears. That was it. The fae were more than just beings from another world—the Otherworld—they were capable of glamouring their appearance to blend in with humans. But all Order members, even me, were warded at birth against the glamour. We saw through the human façade to the creature that lurked beneath.









About Jennifer L. Armentrout:

# 1 New York Times, USA Today and international bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.


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Monday, August 13, 2018

Blog Tour: As Dust Dances by Samantha Young with Review and Exerpt




The New York Times Bestselling author of the On Dublin Street series and PLAY ON returns to the world of the arts in this intense and emotional standalone romance about love, sacrifice, and surviving both. AS DUSTDANCES is now available on all retailers! Grab your copy today!

About AS DUST DANCES:

Once upon a time Skylar Finch was the lead singer of a hugely successful American pop-rock band. But fame made her miserable. When years of living a lie suddenly ended in tragedy, Skylar fell off the map.

Eighteen months later she’s sleeping in a tent in a cemetery in Glasgow, making just enough money to eat by busking on the streets. She manages to avoid recognition, but not the attention of one of Glasgow’s ambitious A&R executives.

Killian O’Dea works at Skyscraper Records, Scotland’s most successful record label. Raised by his uncle and owner of the label, Killian’s upbringing would have been devoid of affection entirely if it wasn’t for his loving sister. Killian is unflinchingly determined to bring the label more success than ever, and the young homeless woman who busks on Buchanan Street is going to help him do that. Her music speaks to him in a way he refuses to over-analyze. All he knows is that if it can touch his dark soul, it’ll set everyone else’s alight.

Skylar makes it clear that she doesn’t want to sign with him. But when she experiences the dangerous reality of a woman sleeping rough, Skylar has no one else but Killian to turn to. An undeniable connection forms between them. But Skylar doesn’t want the career Killian is trying to forge for her, and when her past comes back to haunt her Killian will be faced with a decision that could ruin him. He must either free Skylar from his selfish machinations and destroy everything he’s ever worked for, or lose a woman who has come to mean more to him than he ever thought possible…


Review:

As Dust Dances was another awesome contemporary romance by Samantha Young! This continues in spirit as Play On does dealing with the music industry in Scotland. This is completely a standalone and there is no crossover from one book to the other. It follows down on her luck musician Skylar Finch who is barely surviving by playing guitar in the streets of Glasgow, Scotland. What the good people of Glasgow don't know is that Skylar was a successful teen rockstar and she's runaway from it all and chosen to be homeless. As we get to know Skylar, we learn what she was running from and why she chose the streets of Scotland to hide. She has some things she needs to work through, and through her music she makes peace with her demons. Skylar’s songs are present in the books and they are beautiful. This is a different side of Samantha’s writing that we haven’t seen before and it is really quite wonderful.

Killian O'Dea is a gorgeous record exec who comes to watch Skylar sing, he immediately recognizes her but doesn't blow her "cover". He eventually approaches her with the offer of getting her off the streets and back into t he studio. He offers Skylar a record deal, but she isn’t interested. She has no interest in going back to her old life of fame and fortune. Killian’s offer comes at a time when Skylar really needs to get off the streets. He kind of blackmails her into recording a record with him in exchange for a roof over her head. To be fair, she could have reached out at any moment and reentered her life of luxury, but she didn’t. Skylar never really needed Killian, she chose his deal over facing her guilt and problems. They throw themselves into making a record which unleashes not only a great record, but unearths all kinds of emotional baggage for both of them

Killian and Skylar were meant for each other. They both have painful pasts and something to prove. While they don’t hit it off at first, they find something special in each other through the music they write together. Skylar’s music is the kind that makes you feel something, it has deep meaning, and that is what drew Killian to her. He is normally cold and business focused, always trying to get to the top of the record label and impress his jerk of an uncle. Side note, I loved Killian’s sister, Autumn. She is Killian’s opposite and a great friend to Skylar, she is a wonderful side character. Autumn sets Killian and Skylar up on a date, and they finally give into their feelings for one another. Their relationship is full of push and pull, and there are times that make you think they aren’t going to make it. They make plenty of mistakes, but that is what this book was about, overcoming things that didn’t go your way so the future can be better. I highly recommend it and I can’t wait to see what Samantha has in store for us next.


Exerpt:

My wrist protested as I pulled my sweater over my head. I was just reaching for Killian’s tee when his office door opened. “Are you read—”

We both froze.

Me in my bra and jeans.

His lips parted, not even hiding that he was taking in every inch of me. I flushed all over.

Killian cursed under his breath and then slammed his office door shut so no one would see me from the hall while finally turning his back to me. He sounded hoarse when he spoke. “Sorry. I thought you’d be dressed by now.”

“My wrist was hurting,” I lied. “I needed a minute.”

That was all it took to make him move. Suddenly he was in front of me, grabbing the tee out of my hands. “What are you doing?” I tried to cover myself.

Killian gave me an impatient look. “It’s not anything I haven’t seen before. Lift your arms.”

“I can put the tee on myself.”

“The longer you argue, the longer I see you half-naked. I’m a man who appreciates the female form, so I don’t mind. I can do this all day.”

Grunting, I lifted my arms, my annoyance with him lessening as he carefully pulled it down over my head and then gently placed my arms through the short sleeves. He shrugged it down slowly, as if savoring those moments of naked skin.

My breath caught as his fingers brushed the sides of my breasts and my eyes flew to his as he pulled the T-shirt down excruciatingly slowly, caressing my skin with it. Those dark eyes smoldered.

Then somehow, we were standing closer, our bodies almost touching. Excitement tingled between my legs and I felt my nipples peak against the fabric of my bra.

A flush crested Killian’s cheeks and his chest rose and fell in shallow breaths.

I forgot everything.

Where I was.

Who I was.

Who he was.

All I could think about was the way my skin prickled to electrified life under his touch. I wanted him to kiss me. I wanted him to push me up against his desk, rip my jeans off, and thrust into me.

My breath shuddered at the thought and Killian’s eyes blazed even hotter, as if he’d been able to read my mind.

“Sir, Mr. Byrne would like to speak with you!” Eve’s voice called through the door and shattered the moment.

Killian stumbled back. His hands dropped from my waist, allowing the T-shirt to fall.

I tried to catch my breath as he whirled away from me. “Just … Just a second,” he called back.

“Killian …”

He glanced over his shoulder at me, his expression unreadable. “I’m Killian again?”

Confused, I blinked. “What?”

Exhaling heavily, he shook his head. “Nothing.” Then his nostrils flared as he stared at me. I glanced down at myself. His T-shirt drowned me. It also smelled of him, which was very bad because I really needed to stop thinking of Killian and sex in the same sentence, and wearing his scent was not helping. “I look ridiculous.” But I didn’t think Killian thought I looked ridiculous at all.


Samantha Young’s AS DUST DANCES – Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule:


August 8th

A Literary Perusal – Review & Excerpt
Catty Jane Book Lovers – Review & Excerpt
iScream Books Blog – Review & Excerpt
Livelyreads – Review & Excerpt
Shelf_Life – Review
Smut Book Junkie Reviews – Review & Excerpt
The Book Hammock – Review & Excerpt

August 9th

Avid Reads – Review
BJ's Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
Daffodilsbooks – Review & Excerpt
K&M Sultry Reads – Review & Excerpt
Little Red Reading Hood – Review & Excerpt
Naturally Nerdy Books – Review & Excerpt
Simply Crystal – Review & Excerpt
Three chicks and their books – Review & Excerpt
White Hot Reads – Review & Excerpt

August 10th

Aaly and The Books – Review & Excerpt
Book Angel Booktopia – Review & Excerpt
Garden of REden – Review
KsiążkowaPasja – Review
Novel Addiction – Review
Reads All the Books – Review & Excerpt
The Review Loft – Review

August 11th

A Fortress of Books – Review & Excerpt
Book Bitches Blog – Excerpt
Greyland Reviews – Review & Excerpt
My Book Filled Life – Review & Excerpt
Nose Stuck in a Book – Review & Excerpt
SJ's Book Blog – Excerpt
The Bookish Sisters – Review & Excerpt
The Escapist Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
We stole your book boyfriend – Review & Excerpt

August 12th

Bookishly Yours – Review & Excerpt
Crazii Bitches Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt
Ginreads – Review
KDRBCK – Review & Excerpt
Mustreadbooksordie – Review
Roxy's Reviews – Review
The Reading Cafe – Review & Excerpt
Words are Life – Excerpt

August 13th

4TLOReading – Review
Buttercup's Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
Kindle Friends Forever – Review & Excerpt
Literati Literature Lovers – Review & Excerpt
Somewhere Lost in Books – Review & Excerpt
Two Books in a Shelf – Review & Excerpt

August 14th

BibliotekaMoniko – Review & Excerpt
Jax's Book Magic –Review & Excerpt
Marta Likes to Read – Review & Excerpt
Onceupon_a_bookdream – Review & Excerpt
The Curvy Savante – Review
TSK TSK What to Read – Review & Excerpt

August 15th

Ali’s Reviews and More – Review & Excerpt
Between The Lines – Review & Excerpt
Book Flame – Excerpt
Margie's Must Reads – Review & Excerpt
Novel Grounds – Review
Relentless Romance – Review & Excerpt
Total Book Geek – Review & Excerpt

August 16th

Always Falling for Book Guys – Review & Excerpt
Badass Bloggettes – Review & Excerpt
Bookaholic Confessions – Review & Excerpt
Dirty Girl Romance – Review & Excerpt
Read. Eat. Love. – Review & Excerpt
Romance Schmomance – Review & Excerpt
Stuck In Books – Excerpt

August 17th

Angie and Jessica's Dreamy Reads – Review & Excerpt
Books 4 Girls – Review & Excerpt
GataLeitora – Review & Excerpt
Librarian Laura Great Reads – Review & Excerpt
Read Love Blog – Review & Excerpt
Reading and funny – Review
Smokin' Hot Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
True Story Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
Wrapped Up In Reading – Review & Excerpt

About Samantha Young:



Samantha Young is the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of adult contemporary romances, including the On Dublin Street series and Hero, as well as the New Adult duology Into the Deep and Out of the Shallows. Every Little Thing, the second book in her new Hart’s Boardwalk series, will be published by Berkley in March 2017. Before turning to contemporary fiction, she wrote several young adult paranormal and fantasy series, including the amazon bestselling Tale of Lunarmorte trilogy. Samantha’s debut YA contemporary novel The Impossible Vastness of Us will be published by Harlequin TEEN in ebook& hardback June 2017

Samantha has been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award 2012 for Best Author and Best Romance for On Dublin Street, Best Romance 2014 for Before Jamaica Lane, and Best Romance 2015 for Hero. On Dublin Street, a #1 bestseller in Germany, was the Bronze Award Winner in the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2013, Before Jamaica Lane the Gold Medal Winner for the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2014 and Echoes of Scotland Street the Bronze Medal Winner for the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2015.

Samantha is currently published in 30 countries and is a #1 international bestselling author.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Review: Dr. Strange Beard by Penny Reid with Exerpt




Dr. Strange Beard Dr. Strange Beard by Penny Reid
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was provided an ARC in exchanged for an honest review.

Another excellent addition to the Winston Brother's series. It is chock full of humor and romance. This one is a little different than the others. We got alot more subplot information in this installment than we normally do. We see alot of our favorite characters from the previous books, which is not unexpected because the Winston's are a tight knit clan. We get to know more about the Iron Wraiths, Isaac, Darrell, and where all of the Winston couples have landed as this takes place a few years after the last book. While most of the books read as a standalones, this has alot of plot points that would have left me confused had I not read the rest of the series first. It is the only book of the series that has read like this. As someone that has read the entire series and a huge fan of Penny's books, I loved it. If you haven't read the prior books, I'd recommend reading the previous 4 books 1) because they are awesome and 2) there are some pearls of Winston wisdom you will want to be armed with while reading Roscoe and Simone's story.

Roscoe and Simone were best friends until something happened when they were 16. The story of that night is eventually revealed and we come to find that it left both of them hurt. It isn't terrible its just heartbreaking for poor Roscoe, and he's held that heartbreak for far too long. Roscoe is the youngest Winston, so he didn't suffer as much as the rest of his siblings as they deflected alot of the abuse their father threw at them but he wasn't left unscathed. Roscoe has an eidetic memory and remembers pretty much every situation and conversation he's every had or heard. He used that memory to get through vet school and become a successful veterinarian and a d terrible flirt. He however has never had a steady girlfriend and never been able to get past Simone.

Simone misses her best friend, she never understood why Roscoe quit coming around when they were 16. She also has commitment issues because of some drama her sister created when she was a kid. She is now a successful FBI agent working in forensics, only right now she's working a case in her hometown as an undercover agent working in her mom's diner serving coffee and donuts. Simone is trying to solve a murder and no one can know she works for the FBI. Reunited with Roscoe at her mother's diner, Simone must rekindle their friendship in order to get close to the patriarch of the Winston clan. Unfortunately, Roscoe has no desire to get anywhere near his father, he does however have plenty of desire to be close to Simone. Simone uses her mission to get closer to Roscoe, but the lines between business and pleasure get seriously blurred as Simone realizes she really does have more than friendly feelings for Roscoe.

Can I just say I loved Roscoe and Billy's interaction in this book!. Billy is the 2nd oldest of the siblings and was the most responsible. He was basically Roscoe's dad growing up, and when Roscoe told him to go get some happiness for himself, that made me so happy. I can't wait for Billy's book, and it is about time Billy goes and gets some happiness because he's done enough looking out for his siblings. That part of the book was probably my favorite! The interaction between all of the siblings is always so great, but that one just pulls on the heartstrings.



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Blog Tour: Dr. Strange Beard by Penny Reid

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Dr. Strange Beard, an all-new standalone in the bestselling, romantic comedy Winston Brothers Series by Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author Penny Reid, is available NOW!

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Hunches, horse races, and heartbreak
Ten years after Simone Payton broke his heart, all Roscoe Winston wants is a doughnut. He’d also like to forget her entirely, but that’s never going to happen. Roscoe Winston remembers everything—every look, every word, every single unrequited second—and the last thing he needs is another memory of Simone.
Unfortunately, after one chance encounter, Simone keeps popping up everywhere he happens to be . . .
Ten years after Roscoe Winston dropped out of her life, all Simone Payton wants is to exploit him. She’d also like some answers from her former best friend about why he ghosted her, but if she never gets those answers, that’s a-okay. Simone let go of the past a long time ago. Seriously, she has. She totally, totally has. She is definitely not still thinking about Roscoe. Nope. She’s more than happy to forget he exists.
But first, she needs just one teeny-tiny favor . . .
Dr. Strange Beard is a full-length romantic comedy novel, can be read as a stand-alone, and is the fifth book in the USA TODAY bestselling Winston Brothers series.
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Excerpt:
“Simone, this is not one of our adventures from when we were kids. This is not finding Blithe Tanner’s cat. These men are murderers, drug dealers, thieves.”

“I know.” Boy oh boy, did I know. I didn’t want to be here anymore than he did. I was frightened. Yet allowing Roscoe to be taken on his own hadn’t been an option. “I can handle myself, and I can provide backup for you, if you need it.”

Roscoe gripped my shoulders. “Nothing can happen to you, do you understand?” His words were emphatic, his gaze disoriented, desolate, frantic. “If anything happens to you, I’ll . . .” He swallowed, apparently unable to finish the sentence.

My heart twisted to see him like this. I wished there were some way to show him what I could do, what I was capable of, so he would stop seeing me as a liability.

Well, why can’t you?

“Huh.”

Now there was a thought.

Stepping out of his grip, I walked backward to the other side of the room and took a deep breath. “Okay. Come at me.”

He blinked. “What?”

“I want you to come at me.”

“Simone,” he seethed.

“Come at me, bro.” I did that little movement with my fingers, my palm turned upwards. “Come at me or I’ll start singing again.”

“I’m not doing this.”

“Fine.”Frustrating. “I’ll come at you.”

He stood there, features set, looking raw.

Moving quickly forward, staying light on my feet, I faked right and then went left, hooking him behind the back of his leg, catching his arm to twist behind his back, and sending him to the ground—face-first—with a thud.

I winced as he grunted, my knee at the base of his spine, his arm restrained behind his back. “Sorry! But you wouldn’t listen to me.” Leaning forward, I whispered in his ear, “Are you okay? Did I hurt you?”

Roscoe’s back and shoulders rose and fell with an expansive breath, like he was about to respond, but in the next moment he’d spun his legs to the right, leveraged my knee on his back to throw me off-balance, and slipped his wrist from my hold.

In my defense, my grip had been lax as I was purposefully trying not to injure him.

The next thing I knew, Roscoe had me pinned to the ground, air knocked out of me, him hovering above, and my gun digging into my ribs beneath my shirt. He’d been careful to subdue my legs, likely so he wouldn’t end up with a bruised ballsack.

His stare more probing than angry—which I took as a good sign—he said, “I didn’t teach you that. Where’d you learn that?”

Even though I was still coughing, I smiled and rasped, “Since college, take judo.”

He nodded faintly, his eyes moving between mine, looking concerned. “Are you okay? Did I hurt you?”

“No.” Endeavoring to catch my breath, I said, “I took it easy on you because I didn’t want to hurt you either, but I’m an asset, not a liability.”

“You’re definitely an asset.” Roscoe frowned, his gaze dropping to my mouth. “And a distraction,” he said, his voice rough.

“I’m a distraction?” I asked, my words still breathy.

I bucked, but he held me fast.

“Yes. . .” His stare turned inward. “You are most definitely a distraction.”

Even though I’d had plenty of time to recover and we’d been holding still for close to a minute, I was still breathing hard. This might have been because of my lingering irritation. Or, maybe it was because the length of Roscoe’s lean body was lying on mine. He held my hands on either side of my head, our faces even, his mouth just inches away.

Was it insane that I hoped he kissed me?

Yes?

No?

Let’s go with no.

He gave me his eyes again and I saw something there, a battle. He looked undecided, at war with himself, straining against something I couldn’t see.

“Roscoe?” I whispered.

Roscoe closed his eyes, and I thought he was going to let me go, but in the next second his lips descended, capturing my mouth in a tender kiss.

I moaned.

I kissed him back.

That’s what one does when Roscoe Winston kisses one. Moan and kiss. Repeat. Because not doing so would be a travesty.

His hold on my hands slacked, his fingers seeking and threading with mine. He settled his hips between my legs, his form relaxing. The weight of him was different now, warmer somehow. At least I felt warm. I also felt cherished as his tongue sought mine, again tenderly, stroking, causing my abdomen to twist and tighten into delicious knots.

He broke the kiss and a protest died on my lips as his mouth trailed down my jaw to the sensitive skin of my neck, sucking, licking, savoring me. What had felt warm and cherishing heated, and my hips tilted reflexively as he nibbled on my ear, cradling his rapidly growing erection.

We both gasped as his hips rocked in an answering yet inelegant movement. It felt perfect and essential in the moment.

“Oh God.” His hot breath spilled against my jaw, a ragged sigh. “What are we doing?”

“I don’t know, but don’t stop.”
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Meet Penny Reid:
Penny Reid is the Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. She used to spend her days writing federal grant proposals as a biomedical researcher, but now she just writes books. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Review: The Point by John Dixon

The Point The Point by John Dixon
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This was OK. I had much higher expectations for this and didn't end up loving it. I think it is a great YA urban fantasy/sci-fi book. I just couldn't connect with the characters or the storyline. I felt like the characters were much to immature for my reading tastes and the pacing was too slow for my liking. I think young adult readers will really enjoy this story and really love Scarlett.

Scarlett Winter is a selfish, brat who doesn't care about anyone but herself and doesn't care if her actions hurt anyone. She doesn't apply herself at school, sports, or pretty much anything even though she is bright, athletic, and compeltely capable. She just doesn't care about anything enough to apply herself. After getting in trouble one to many times, her father is ready to ship her off to the Army. Scarlett wants to go backpacking through Europe instead. This causes yet another family fued, but this time her older brother is involved. Their dad abused Scarlett's brother Dan, who turned the abuse onto her as they got older. This time when Dan starts a fight with Scarlett, she hits him back with more force than should be possible. This isn't the first time Scarlett has done something out of the ordinary. Scarlett decides to lay low after the family fight and crash a friends graduation party when she happens upon and stops a terrorist bombing. Enter Colonel Rhodes from West Point, he is aware that Scarlett may have superhuman or posthuman powers and those powers can be honed at The Point, as secret school with West Point.

Scarlett isn't left with many options at this point, take the blame for the bombing or join the Army and learn to control her powers. She chooses door number 2 and becomes a Cadet. Army life does not suit stubborn, outspoken, rebel Scarlett, but she quickly finds her place at The Point with people who understand her. While Scarlett is learning how to harness her powers, there are a rouge group of posthumans that want to eradicate non-posthumans. This part feels kind of rushed at the end of the book, and is very chaotic. The bad guy, Jagger, incites chaos which is part of the action, but it was hard for me to keep track of what was going on. The book takes quite a while to introduce you to Jagger, then it is all over in a few chapters. The buildup was pretty significant for the small amount of action we get. I just wanted more action from a book like this, they spend a lot of time at school training.

As far as the book goes, I wanted a little more character development. As I stated earlier, I didn’t connect with any of the characters. I didn’t like Scarlett at all, she was kind of selfish, jerk and while she is the heroine she never really redeems herself in my opinion. I feel like she will always be selfish and disrespectful. There are plenty of side characters, but I needed more from all of them. The plot was decent; I really liked the combination of the military academy with the idea of the posthuman. I think young adult readers will really enjoy this. It has some decent humor and puts a unique spin on super human powers that I haven't read before.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Release Day Launch: As Dust Dances by Samantha Young

 

The New York Times Bestselling author of the On Dublin Street series and PLAY ON returns to the world of the arts in this intense and emotional standalone romance about love, sacrifice, and surviving both. AS DUST DANCES is now available on all retailers! Grab your copy today!

 

About AS DUST DANCES:

Once upon a time Skylar Finch was the lead singer of a hugely successful American pop-rock band. But fame made her miserable. When years of living a lie suddenly ended in tragedy, Skylar fell off the map.

Eighteen months later she’s sleeping in a tent in a cemetery in Glasgow, making just enough money to eat by busking on the streets. She manages to avoid recognition, but not the attention of one of Glasgow’s ambitious A&R executives.

Killian O’Dea works at Skyscraper Records, Scotland’s most successful record label. Raised by his uncle and owner of the label, Killian’s upbringing would have been devoid of affection entirely if it wasn’t for his loving sister. Killian is unflinchingly determined to bring the label more success than ever, and the young homeless woman who busks on Buchanan Street is going to help him do that. Her music speaks to him in a way he refuses to over-analyze. All he knows is that if it can touch his dark soul, it’ll set everyone else’s alight.

Skylar makes it clear that she doesn’t want to sign with him. But when she experiences the dangerous reality of a woman sleeping rough, Skylar has no one else but Killian to turn to. An undeniable connection forms between them. But Skylar doesn’t want the career Killian is trying to forge for her, and when her past comes back to haunt her Killian will be faced with a decision that could ruin him. He must either free Skylar from his selfish machinations and destroy everything he’s ever worked for, or lose a woman who has come to mean more to him than he ever thought possible…


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    EXCERPT: When I finished, O’Dea was sitting on the chair, his elbows braced on his knees. He was staring at the floor, like he was lost in thought. Then he looked up at me and my breath caught at the million heartbreaking emotions roiling in his gaze. And then they were gone, as if they’d never been there. “That’s all I have so far,” I whispered, so confused by him. “No more songs.” His expression was unreadable. “Your visitor’s visa is about to run out.” Bewildered by the response, I could only nod. “You’ve no money.” I tensed. “You’ve run away from your identity, from your life in the band, in the US. You’ve no family to speak of, and you abandoned your friends.” The man was the soul of sensitivity. “Your point?” “My point is that you don’t have many options. I think you were living in some naive fantasy that you could keep running from your problems and live a relatively peaceful life as a homeless person. Somehow, miraculously, you survived unscathed for five months. But last night you were given a giant fucking look at the reality and dangers of homelessness. I wish it hadn’t happened that way, but there was never any other way it was going to end. And it has ended, am I right?” “So, do you get, like, a bonus at the end of every day if you say a hundred patronizing things in a twenty-four-hour period or something?” He ignored me. “You can’t go back to sleeping rough.” “I think I got that, thanks.” I waved my cast at him. “So … it’s either call your old manager, your band—” “Not an option,” I snapped. O’Dea smirked. “Then I’m all you’ve got. And I’m no fucking Mother Teresa. I’m in the business of making money, Miss Finch. You’ve already proven you’re good at making it. And from what I heard today and have heard you playing when you busk, I think the world hasn’t even seen a fraction of what you can do.” There was really nothing to do but glare and hope that he withered under it. “I’ll let you stay here in this flat free of charge, give you a weekly stipend for clothes, groceries, a new guitar. You can heal up here. But all of it in exchange for a record contract. A one-album deal, that’s all I ask. When you’re healed up, you’ll be straight into the studio to record.” The thought made my stomach pitch. “I don’t want to be famous again.” “Tough shit. There is no being famous again. You are famous. And you’ve got more talent in your pinkie finger than most do in their entire being. And that talent deserves more of a platform than standing on a street busking. It’s a goddamned insult to all those people out there trying to make the big time. I don’t care what it is you’re running from. I care that you sort yourself out and make some music again. Music that matters. Music that will heal you.” I bristled. “I’ve made music that matters. I’ve got the fan mail to prove it.” “Your music in Tellurian did its job. It was catchy, appealing, and teenagers related. But your voice is meant for something else. The songs you just sang to me … those are songs that will really make people feel. It’s vulnerable and brutally honest and that’s the stuff that resonates with people. People want songs that make them feel good, but they also just want songs that me them feel, even if it breaks their fucking heart. You’ve been through a lot, Skylar. Even if I couldn’t read a newspaper, I’d know that by listening to those songs you sang. “Two years ago, you were a leader on social media and the lead singer of a pop-rock band that teens and college freshman loved. I’m not asking you to go back to that. I’m asking you to become an artist in your own right. If you don’t want the social media exposure, we’ll have someone else run that stuff for you. And we’ll do what we can to minimize the tabloid exposure. It will be hard at first considering your disappearance, but once it dies down, we can make it so you’re not hounded. It is possible.” “It doesn’t matter whether they hound me or not. I hate the fame. I hate the touring. I hate it all.” “No.” His expression hardened. “You don’t…”    



About Samantha Young: Samantha Young is the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of adult contemporary romances, including the On Dublin Street series and Hero, as well as the New Adult duology Into the Deep and Out of the Shallows. Every Little Thing, the second book in her new Hart’s Boardwalk series, will be published by Berkley in March 2017. Before turning to contemporary fiction, she wrote several young adult paranormal and fantasy series, including the amazon bestselling Tale of Lunarmorte trilogy. Samantha’s debut YA contemporary novel The Impossible Vastness of Us will be published by Harlequin TEEN in ebook& hardback June 2017 Samantha has been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award 2012 for Best Author and Best Romance for On Dublin Street, Best Romance 2014 for Before Jamaica Lane, and Best Romance 2015 for Hero. On Dublin Street, a #1 bestseller in Germany, was the Bronze Award Winner in the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2013, Before Jamaica Lane the Gold Medal Winner for the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2014 and Echoes of Scotland Street the Bronze Medal Winner for the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2015. Samantha is currently published in 30 countries and is a #1 international bestselling author.  

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Review: Beard in Mind by Penny Reid

Beard in Mind Beard in Mind by Penny Reid
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I've been anxiously awaiting Beau's story since I read Duane and Jessica's book a while back, and I've been wanting to get to know Shelly since reading Cletus' book. I was not disappointed.

You can always expect that Penny will tackle the subject matter within each of her books with care and a ton of research. Shelly suffers from obsessive compulsive disorder, and while that term is thrown around without much thought by most people each day it is a very real disorder that many people deal with and has very real consequences. It is not just wanting your kitchen to be sparkling clean and your closet and pantry to be extremely organized. Shelly's character has a hard time functioning in basic daily tasks because of her disorder and her social skills suffer because of it. Penny goes on to mention in her author's notes at the end of the book that each person suffering with true OCD suffers from different symptoms and no two cases are alike. I really feel like Shelly was handled very well and she didn't let her disorder conquer her. She went to therapy, said she needed more time when she wasn't ready to move on to the next step, and called out for help when she needed it. Her character was so well developed and I loved that her character and her struggles were used to discuss Beau's character flaws and the things that he kept bottled up inside and never dealt with. Shelly offered to be his shoulder to lean on if he was hers. I loved that most about her and their relationship.

Beau is the charismatic Winston brother. He's always got a smile on his face and everyone likes him. He's said to be one of the biggest players in town, but his big secret is just wants that one special lady to love. He really isn't a player at all and he he's feeling a bit lost lately. Duane his twin has found his soulmate and is leaving to travel the world. The entire Winston clan seems be be finding love and settling down, but Beau hasn't found his someone yet. Enter Shelly, the latest addition to the auto shop Beau runs with his brothers. Shelly and Beau do not get along at first. Shelly is abrupt and appears very rude at first. She is a brilliant mechanic, but not good with the customers. Beau doesn't understand why Cletus would hire her, he does understand why Cletus likes her though. She's beautiful and odd, kind of like Cletus. As Beau gets to know her, he begins to understand her a bit better, and he can't deny that there may be a spark of attraction between them. As Cletus becomes distracted by his own lady love, Beau decides to give in to the attraction he's feeling. He also learns more about Shelly's OCD diagnosis and decides to help her with her therapy. This brings up lots of feelings that Beau has keep deep down inside after years of abuse from his father. Both of them have issues they need to work out, and they need to figure out a way to cope with and without each other.

Overall I loved this installment of the Winston saga. I did feel like there were some plot holes. Shelly is Quinn (from the Knitting in the City series) sister, and she was supposed to admit her OCD diagnosis to her family and I don't think we ever know if she did or not. She did admit some of her misdeeds to Quinn and Janie when the visited her, but I don't think she ever told her parents or ever told Quinn she had OCD. I just wanted a little more closure on that part of the plot. Maybe I missed it or there is a novella coming. That's pretty much my only complaint. Another excellent addition to the series.

This book also fulfilled my book about mental health for the Popsugar Reading Challenge.  While it wasn't non-fiction, I know Penny did a ton of research to do OCD justice.  She always makes sure to pay respect to the subject matter of her characters and plot lines.

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