October Book Haul

1446216535943October was another amazing month for new releases! My to-buy list was overflowing with amazing reads that I just couldn’t resist grabbing. I have such an addiction to buying books, but I’m never going to stop buying them. HA! At least having an e-reader saves me a bit of money vs. buying physical copies of books.

First I’ll talk about some of the books I was sent for review:

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My Soul To Keep  by Kennedy Ryan is her first foray into self-publishing. This contemporary romance takes place in L.A. between two musicians and releases on November 16th.

Revealed To Him  by Jen Frederick is the third installment in the popular Kerr Chronicles which follows a heroine who is a video game writer and a hero who owns his own security firm. It releases on November 3rd.

Vindicate  by Beth Yarnall is the first in a new romantic suspense series that follows an investigative team in San Diego. It releases on November 17th.

His Kind of Trouble  by Terri L. Austin (my current read) is a contemporary romance that features a British bad boy trying to teach a reformed bad girl how to have fun. It releases on November 3rd, so be on the look out for my review on that day.

Rolling In the Deep  by Rebecca Rogers Maher is a contemporary read about luck and love. It releases on November 10th.

Should’ve Said No  by Tracy March is the start of a small town contemporary romance. It releases on November 24th.

My thanks to the publishers, Loveswept, Montlake Romance, and Sourcebooks Casablanca and to Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review these books.

And here are some of the books I purchased this month:

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All I Want  by Jill Shalvis – Contemporary Romance

 Everything I Left Unsaid  by M. O’Keefe – Erotica

Dirty English  by Ilsa Madden-Mills – Contemporary Romance

 Lev by Belle Aurora – Contemporary Romance

 Nuts by Alice Clayton – Funny Contemporary Romance

 Making Faces by Amy Harmon – Emotional New Adult

Game On  by Katie McCoy – Contemporary Sports Romance

Surviving Ice  by K.A. Tucker – New Adult Romantic Suspense

Walk Through Fire  by Kristen Ashley – Motorcycle Romance

What did you buy this month? Anything interesting sent to you for review?

Until next time,

Rach

Review: Beyond What Is Given (Flight & Glory #3) by Rebecca Yarros

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  • New Adult/Contemporary Romance

Synopsis

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Lt. Grayson Masters is focused on graduating the Apache helicopter course, and the last thing he needs is his gorgeous new roommate Samantha Fitzgerald distracting him. While her smart mouth and free spirit are irresistibly irritating, he can’t deny their off-the-charts chemistry, no matter how hard he tries.

Having just been expelled from college, Sam has no business digging for Grayson’s secrets while she’s hiding her own, but that doesn’t stop her from trying to tear down his walls. Each barrier she busts through drops one of her own, though, and she’s not prepared for the truth: another woman laid claim to Grayson’s heart long ago.

Falling in love is something neither Grayson nor Sam can afford, and when that line is crossed and secrets are exposed, they’ll learn that sometimes it’s the answered prayers that will put you through hell.

Review

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It’s official. I’m completely and utterly obsessed with Rebecca’s writing and characters. Her writing is evocative, powerful, and lyrical. Each character in this series is three dimensional and faces real, relatable  life struggles. The storylines are unique, while the plot twists keep you guessing from page to page, and the strong and intimate bond between the two main characters leaves you breathless and swooning.

While I have immensely enjoyed the previous two books in this series, this latest installment has been my absolute favorite. You can feel the emotions just begging to crawl off the pages. Sam and Grayson have been in the background of the other books hanging onto their secrets and lies, just waiting to have their stories told. (I do recommend reading Full Measures and Eyes Turned Skyward beforehand to get maintain the continuity of  this series and to get the full effect of the couples emotions.)

Sam and Grayson’s relationship is so intense and bright from the start that you can’t help but root for them during their moments of angst and stubbornness. Grayson is the sexy, dirty talking, romantic, commanding alpha male that we’ve grown to love in these types books, but there’s so much more to him. His sense of obligation, duty, inner strength, patience, and pensive nature make him different from all of my other book boyfriends. And I sure wouldn’t kick him out of bed for being an amazing cook! I’ll also admit right now that I have the biggest girl crush on Sam! She is who we all want to be when we grow up; Sassy, bold, strong willed, and doesn’t take any shit off of Grayson. Their witty, sarcastic banter kept me laughing and smiling through the whole book.

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Beyond What Is Given is not your typical New Adult novel chronicling what it’s like to be a 20-something in the new millennium because it dares to go two steps further. The subjects of self forgiveness, inner strength, burdens and obligations all hit home for me and I think they are issues that any book lover of any genre can relate to easily. I also appreciated the diversity in reading about an interracial couple which is something that I feel is a bit lacking in the romance genre these days.

I loved every single moment of this novel. Sam and Grayson have made it to the top of my list for all-time favorite book couples. The chemistry between them was electric and I couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen between them next. I also loved how strong each of them was on their own and even stronger together. It was also nice to see how willing they were to be apart so they could figure themselves out, before being together.

I’m already calling it now; this is the best book I’ve read all year long and I can’t wait to see where Rebecca’s amazing writing talent takes us next. Hint: Firefighters! And if you know me, you know I’m all about the hot alpha firefighters!!

Until next time,

Rachael

My Soul To Keep by Kennedy Ryan Cover Reveal

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My Soul To Keep

Kennedy Ryan

Coming November 16th

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Synopsis

It seems the things worth keeping are often the hardest to hold…

KAI

I had two things in life that mattered. My mother and my music.
Mama was taken from me too soon, and now music is all I have left. It’s the thing that’s pushed me right out of backwoods Georgia into Los Angeles, where the line between fantasy and reality shimmers and blurs. I’m finally making my way, making my mark. I can’t afford to fall for one of music’s brightest stars. Not now. Music is all I have left, and I’m holding on tight with both hands. I won’t let go, not even for Rhyson Gray.

RHYSON

I had one thing in my life that mattered – music. The only constant, it’s taken me to heights most people only dream about; a gift dropped in my lap at birth. I thought it was enough. I thought it was everything until I met Kai. Now she’s all I think about, like a song I can’t get out of my head. If I have to chase her, if I have to give up everything – I will. And once she’s mine, I won’t let go.

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About Kennedy Ryan

 

I just can’t write about myself in third person for one more bio! I’m a wife, a mom, a writer, an advocate for families living with autism. That’s me in a nutshell. Crack the nut, and you’ll find a Southern girl gone Southern California who loves pizza and Diet Coke, and wishes she got to watch a lot more television. You can usually catch me up too late, on social media too much, or FINALLY putting a dent in my ever-growing To Be Read list!

 

 

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Full Measures by Rebecca Yarros

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Series: Book 1, Flight & Glory

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Published: February 10, 2014

Rating: 6 Cubes of Sugar

Book Boyfriend Rating: Starting Pitcher

Summary

Three knocks can change everything…

“She knew. That’s why Mom hadn’t opened the door. She knew he was dead.”

Twenty years as an army brat and Ember Howard knew, too. The soldiers at the door meant her dad was never coming home. What she didn’t know was how she would find the strength to singlehandedly care for her crumbling family when her mom falls apart.

Then Josh Walker enters her life. Hockey star, her new next-door neighbor, and not to mention the most delicious hands that insist on saving her over and over again. He has a way of erasing the pain with a single look, a single touch. As much as she wants to turn off her feelings and endure the heartache on her own, she can’t deny their intense attraction.

Until Josh’s secret shatters their world. And Ember must decide if he’s worth the risk that comes with loving a man who could strip her bare.

My Thoughts

Rebecca’s writing style sucked in me in right from the first line of the book. It’s grippingly emotional, sweet, funny and sexy. I’ve read a lot of new adult books over the past few years since the genre has gained popularity, and I can easily say that this is hands down the best new adult book that I have ever read. I loved that this book delved deeper than sex and sexual attraction. It actually went very deep with each character’s feelings and that isn’t something that you find in every run of the mill new adult book these days. I really enjoyed watching Ember and Josh’s relationship develop. I was nice to read something that wasn’t just implied or be a witness to insta-love. I loved that Josh was a possessive alpha male, but knew that Ember needed and wanted to be her own woman. I loved that Ember was very strong and took care of everybody in her life and that she wasn’t looking for a man to help her through her grief. It’s really hard to believe that this book was Rebecca’s debut because she hit every single part of this book right out of the park; from the feels to the secrets to the sex scenes. This book was just total perfection and I can’t wait to read the next two books in this series and anything else Rebecca writes. I’m definitely a fan for life!

Favorite Quotes

I highlighted the crap out of this book but here is my absolute favorite quote.

“The fire you have within you is impossible to kill. The first breath you take when you’re free of all this, it will come roaring back. That’s what is so impossibly beautiful about you.”

About The Author

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Rebecca Yarros is a hopeless romantic and lover of all things chocolate, coffee, and Paleo. In addition to being a mom, military wife, and blogger, she can never choose between Young Adult and New Adult fiction, so she writes both. She’s a graduate of Troy University, where she studied European history and English, but still holds out hope for an acceptance letter to Hogwarts. Her blog, The Only Girl Among Boys, has been voted the Top Military Mom Blog the last two years, and celebrates the complex issues surrounding the military life she adores.

When she’s not writing, she’s tying on hockey skates for her kids, or sneaking in some guitar time. She is madly in love with her army-aviator husband of eleven years, and they’re currently stationed in Upstate NY with their gaggle of rambunctious kiddos and snoring English Bulldog, but she would always rather be home in Colorado.

You can find Rebecca at:

http://www.rebeccaelizabethyarros.com

October Weekly Wrap Up #1

Since my reading pace has picked up, I’ve decided to do weekly wrap up’s so that I can go into more detail about the books I read. This week will feature the books that are not featured in my monthly wrap up below.

After finishing up/catching up on two series in September, I was in the mood to read something quick and dirty standalone with an alpha male. My go to author for that is always Tessa Bailey. Her Line of Duty series is one of my absolute favorite series of all time. Tessa always writes strong, dirty talking alpha males who work hard and love their women fiercely.  So I decided to pick up her novella collaboration with Sophie Jordan, Off Base.

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Summary: 

OFF BASE: Kenna and Beck
By Tessa Bailey

A welcome home he never expected…and will never forget…

When Kenna Sutton is tasked with driving home newly returned Beck “True Blue” Collier, she expects the strategic Army mastermind to be a pasty number cruncher. Never at a loss for words, Kenna is nonetheless rendered speechless by the gorgeous, inexperienced and tightly-wound Army major that lands in her passenger seat. Outraged by Beck’s lack of a welcome home after seven long years overseas, Kenna takes matters into her own hands, giving Beck something he’s only ever fantasized about in his bunk.

Beck has never shied away from a test of will and Kenna gives new meaning to the word challenge. One problem? Kenna’s father is the lieutenant general presenting Beck with the Silver Star and Beck is determined to treat Kenna with the respect she deserves, even if her eyes beg Beck to act out his most secret desires with her. Desires he’s always been told were the work of the devil. But how long can one lonely, starving man hope to resist the woman he craves?

My Thoughts: 

I absolutely LOVED this little novella. The chemistry between Beck and Kenna was off the charts right from the first time they met. The pacing was so on point that I didn’t even feel like I was reading a novella. Usually with such short stories you have to worry about forced “insta-love”, but here you didn’t. Sure their instant attraction was purely physical, but they ended up connecting on so many more levels which was nice. I felt that both character’s personalities were fully fleshed out and I could relate to both of them on their fears about getting into a relationship. And as always, Tessa’s sex scenes are rocking hot and some of the best out there! Rating: 5 Stars/Favorites Shelf 

Since the two stories in this book are interconnected, I immediately started Sophie Jordan’s story.

Summary: 

OFF BASE: Huntley and Cullen
By Sophie Jordan

Being a good girl has its drawbacks…

Huntley Collier, an emergency room nurse and all-around do-gooder, is tired of living in the friend zone. Cullen Brooks was given the job of babysitting Huntley when her brother – his best friend – deployed. But their friendly coffeehouse hangouts and TV marathons leave her wanting more. When one crazy night leads to too many drinks and an explosion of long-denied lust, Huntley’s dreams become a reality. And reality is one hot, wild place she never wants to leave.

But only a good girl can bring down a bad boy…

Known as Sullen Cullen around Black Rock, Cullen Brooks doesn’t have many friends, but Huntley is one of them … and despite his decidedly unfriendly fantasies of the curvy blonde, she is far too sweet for his darker tastes. Keeping his hands off is easier said than done, however, when demure, little Huntley responds to his touch like the wildcat he never expected…and can’t stop pursuing, despite his better judgment. But when Cullen suddenly faces losing her, will this bad boy risk it all to keep his good girl?

My Thoughts: 

This was my first read by Sophie Jordan and this story absolutely knocked it out of the park! I was engrossed from the first page and felt the longing, heat and electric chemistry between Cullen and Huntley. I love friends to lovers story and this one did not disappoint in the least. Their story was sweet, smokin’ hot, and gave me all of the feels. I’m definitely adding Sophie Jordan to my short list TBR. Rating: 5 Stars/Favorites Shelf 

And lastly I decided to listen to an audio book on the recommendation of a few girls in my book club. I’ve been trying to incorporate more audio books into my reading rotation, so I recently signed up for a subscription to Scribd. (If you click on that link, it will give you a free two month subscription)  The book I picked out for this month was Beneath This Mask by Meghan March. This is the first in the Beneath series with takes place in the beautiful city of New Orleans.

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Summary: 

He loves me, and he doesn’t even know my real name.

The limelight that follows him could expose everything I’m hiding. But even knowing the risks, I can’t force myself to stay away.

I’m going to break his heart, but mine will shatter right along with it.

Will we lose it all when I reveal what’s beneath this mask?

*This book was narrated by Holter Graham and Andi Arndt.

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed reading this story and watching the relationship between Charlie and Simon develop, but I did have some problems with the way some conflicts were tied up in a neat little bow. I just felt that the crux of the story fell apart and some things were just implausible. But over all it was quite entertaining and unputdownable and I will be continuing with this series on audio just so I can hear Holter Graham’s yummy, sexy voice. Rating: 4 Stars

How was your reading week? Anything that I need to add to my TBR?

September 2015 Wrap Up

September ended up being an amazing reading month for me! I finally got my reading mojo back! Yayy!! I gave myself a goal of 5 books and ended up reading 9 books. Here are the books I read, my star rating, and a few thoughts on each of the books.

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First I kept on with my K.A. Tucker reading marathon from last month by reading One Tiny Lie for which I have a full review posted below.

Next I read, Four Seconds To Lose, which was Cain and Charlie’s story. I really enjoyed this book because it was a little bit darker, suspenseful, and more mysterious than the previous books. Cain was a wonderfully delicious, broken alpha male and Charlie was a kick ass heroine. I thoroughly enjoyed this installment of the Ten Tiny Breaths series.  Rating: 5 Stars

I followed up with the next book in the series, Five Ways To Fall which was Ben and Reese’s story. This book started off a bit slow for me, but it ended up being my favorite book of the whole series for me. There was a great slow burn, friends to lover story between these two characters and I love how they both found out wonderful things about themselves by being together. It was awesome ending to an amazing series. Rating: 5 Stars

Then I decided I needed a pallet cleanser and picked up a novella, Easy With You by Kristen Proby. I didn’t realize when I first started this book that this was actually #1.5 in her Boudreaux and #8.5 in her With Me In Seattle series, which is a top favorite of mine. Even though I came in on the middle of the Boudreaux series, I didn’t feel lost at all. The pacing and plotting of this little novella was great. The chemistry and sexual tension between the two main characters, Asher and Lila was off the charts smexy. It also featured an awesome, suspenseful murder mystery. Rating: 5 Stars

Then later in the month, one of my most anticipated reads of 2015 was finally released; Slider by Stacy Borel. And I’m sad to report that I did not enjoy this book as much as the first book, Bender in The Core Four series. I just felt that there was a whole lot missing to the story. Mainly, I didn’t feel the intense chemistry and pull between Annabelle and Turner. I’m glad that we finally got this book, but unfortunately it just didn’t hit the spot for me. But I did enjoy it for what it was. Rating: 3 Stars

So as not to get myself into a reading slump, I went back and read the first and second books in the Boudreaux series, Easy Love and Easy Charm respectively. Each of these books follows a sibling in the Boudreaux shipping empire family. I love Kristen Proby’s alpha males and tough heroine’s but I have to say that my most favorite character in this series so far is the city of New Orleans. I just want to run off and explore NOLA. Both books were my favorite reads this month. Rating: 5 Stars For Both Books

Then I perused by TBR on Goodreads and found that I hadn’t read a Jennifer Probst book in ages. She is on my all time favorites list and I knew that she started a new adult series spin-off from her hugely popular, Marriage To A Billionaire series. Book one, Searching For Someday follows a trio of matchmaking best friends. This book was cute and whimsical and had one of the best epilogue’s I’ve ever read. You got to see Kate and Slade, the two main love interests learn how to trust and have faith in love. I can’t wait to see where the rest of the books in this series take me. Rating: 4.5 Stars 

And lastly I read one last novella, Saving Grace by Kristen Proby which is book # 2.5 in the Love Under The Big Sky series. This story follows Grace and Jacob and how they fall in love and find their HEA in one fun snow filled weekend at a ski resort. Rating: 3 Stars 

Overall I really enjoyed this reading month and am so glad that I was able to catch up on a few series that have been sitting on my TBR for eons! What were some of your favorite reads from September?