Monday, July 30, 2018

Music Monday - Brown Bird

This meme is hosted over at Always Me.



I've been looking into more 'Southern Gothic' music and I've found this artist that I really love. Today, I'm sharing two of my favorite songs that I've found so far. 




Mini Review Monday - Kindling the Darkness


He wants redemption…

She only knows damnation.

Oliver Connery left a secret paramilitary group because he couldn’t stand the thought of torturing supernatural beings. Lucy Smok’s mission is to send infernal creatures back where they came from. When Lucy learns that Oliver has been harboring hellhounds, she wants to think of him as an enemy—and Oliver wants to think the same of her. But their feelings for each other are another story…

Expected Release Date: August 7, 2018 







Book Breakdown

This title is one in a series of standalone novels from what I understand, so I didn't feel confused at all when the other characters came in. Everything is explained so that I fell pretty much right into the grove and the story got me hooked. I didn't expect the ending and Lucy is such a firecracker I swear. The romance is good but it didn't get in the way of the plot, most Harlequin books are romance first and plot second but not this one. Lucy and Oliver are very flushed out and well rounded. All in all, a quick but fun read. 

Thanks to NetGalley for this title in exchange for an honest review.



Friday, July 27, 2018

50/50 Friday - Best/Worst Read From the First Half of the Year

50/50 Friday is hosted here on this blog and over at Blue Eye Books


What is 50/50 Friday?
Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read. So that's what 50/50 Friday is all about. We will have a new topic every Friday (something bookish of course!). If you have have ideas for this meme don't be scared to let us know!


Topic for the Week
Best/Worst Read From the First Half of the Year


This was so freaking hard for me. I've already read over 160 this year and that brought a lot of great reads! I've also been super lucky and haven't had many duds. But I did narrow it down and here is what I chose! 


Worst Read
No idea what I was thinking when I started this novel... I also don't know why on earth I even finished it. Just yuck.




Best Read
I never would've known about this book if it wasn't for the utter amazing TV show.  After I saw that show, I had to get the book, damn if the story wasn't great.




Topic for Next Week
Favorite/Least Favorite Read in July







Monday, July 23, 2018

Music Monday - Over My Skin

This meme is hosted over at Always Me.



Now I know the rules are to share a few songs that you'll been enjoying but this one deserves the spot all to itself. So here it is....




Friday, July 20, 2018

50/50 Friday - Favorite/Least Favorite Red Cover Design

50/50 Friday is hosted here on this blog and over at Blue Eye Books


What is 50/50 Friday?
Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read. So that's what 50/50 Friday is all about. We will have a new topic every Friday (something bookish of course!). If you have have ideas for this meme don't be scared to let us know!


Topic for the Week
Favorite/Least Favorite Red Cover Design


Favorite 



Least Favorite 



Topic for Next Week
Best/Worst Book From the First Half of the Year




Sunday, July 15, 2018

2 NetGalley Reviews (The Greek's Bought Bride + The Real Witches of New England)



She gave him her innocence... He'll give her his ring! Tamsyn lost her innocence in a spectacularly sensual night with a Greek billionaire. She didn't expect to see notorious playboy Xan again, until he proposes a marriage of convenience! It's hard to refuse when he's promising incredible wealth, and her pregnant sister desperately needs support, but Xan is dangerously addictive... If Tamsyn isn't careful, she could lose herself to the Greek--for good!

"Sharon Kendrick's classic marriage-of-convenience story is a must-read. Sassy, sexy and sumptuous--I loved it!" --USA TODAY bestselling author Lynne Graham

Release Date: July 17, 2018




Book Breakdown 

*Thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin for this ARC in exchange for an honest review*

Tamsyn is a girl who just can't keep a job and has so much baggage that it's not funny. She doesn't seem to let anyone in other than her sister but all that changes after one night of passion with Greek billionaire Xan. He ends up buying her as his bride so he can buy back the land that belonged to his ancestors and not marry the lady he was promised to year ago. She gets lots of money out of it. Win-win for everyone right? Nope! Or is it....

This was such a sweet little novel, I really liked Xan and Tamsyn, I thought they were cute once they started to finally open up to each other. They both have some serious issues that I hope they work on but no one is perfect. All in all, if you're looking for a quick, hot read; this one is for you!





Release Date: September 18, 2018 

Reveals the origins and history of the New England witch hysteria, its continuing repercussions, and the multilayered practices of today’s modern witches 

• Shares the stories of 13 accused witches from the New England colonies through interviews with their living descendants 

• Explores the positive role witches played in rural communities until the dawn of the industrial age, despite ongoing persecution 

• Includes in-depth interviews with 25 modern witchcraft practitioners, interwoven with practical information on the sacred calendar, herb lore, spells, and magical practices 

New England has long been associated with witches. And while the Salem witch trials happened long ago, the prejudices and fears engendered by the witchcraft hysteria still live on in our culture. What forces were at work that brought the witch hysteria quickly from Europe to the new American colony, a place of religious freedom--and what caused these prejudices to linger centuries after the fact? 

Weaving together history, sacred lore, modern practice, and the voices of today’s witches, Ellen Evert Hopman offers a new, deeper perspective on American witchcraft and its ancient pagan origins. Beginning with the “witch hysteria” that started in Europe and spread to the New World, Hopman explores the witch hunts, persecutions, mass hysteria, and killings, concluding that between forty and sixty thousand women and men were executed as witches. Combining records of known events with moving interviews with their descendants, she shares the stories of 13 New England witches persecuted during the witch trials, including Tituba and Mary Bliss Parsons, the Witch of Northhampton. Despite the number of false accusations during the witch hysteria in the New England colonies, Hopman reveals how there were practicing witches during that time and describes the positive role witches played in rural communities until the dawn of the industrial age. 

Exploring how the perception and practices of witches has evolved and expanded over the centuries, Hopman also includes in-depth interviews with 25 modern-day practitioners from a variety of pagan faiths, including druids, wiccans, Celtic reconstructionists, and practitioners of the fairy faith. Emerging from their insights is a treasure trove of practical information on the sacred calendar, herb lore, spells, and magical practices. Bringing together past and present, Hopman reveals what it really means to be a “witch,” redefining the label with dignity and spiritual strength.


Book Breakdown 

*Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review*

The title had me laughing so hard that I had to read this one and if you're anything like me, this is nothing like those awful reality TV shows, this is so well researched and written so well. It kind of reads like a novel.... which I thought made it that much more intriguing. From history of witchcraft to today with interviews from some popular witches of today. This book as a little of everything and I loved it! 

Friday, July 13, 2018

50/50 Friday - Favorite Book That's the Most/Least Quotable

50/50 Friday is hosted here on this blog and over at Blue Eye Books


What is 50/50 Friday?
Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read. So that's what 50/50 Friday is all about. We will have a new topic every Friday (something bookish of course!). If you have have ideas for this meme don't be scared to let us know!


Topic for the Week
 Favorite Book That's the Most/Least Quotable


So while looking through books for this topic I have found that most books I like just aren't that quotable.... I don't know what that says about me but there it is. 

A Favorite Book that Isn't Quotable


Favorite Quotable Book


1) “Beautiful face. Beautiful body. Horrible attitude. It was the holy trinity of hot boys.” 

2) “I don't think he meant to kiss me," I said finally.
"What? Did he slip and fall on your mouth? Those things are known to happen.” 

3) “Swimming was the last thing I wanted to do. Drowning him? Maybe.” 



Topic for Next Week
Favorite/Least Favorite Red Cover Design










Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Pisces Hooks Taurus Cover Reveal!

Pisces Hooks Taurus by Anyta Sunday

Series: Signs of Love #4

Publisher: Anyta Sunday (self published)

Release Date (Print & Ebook): October 2018

Length (Print & Ebook): 69000 words / 285 pages


Does love at first sight exist?

Find out in Signs of Love 4, an opposites attract romantic comedy featuring an unapologetic romantic and a broken realist. More wit, banter and bad puns - and even more heart-stopping slow burn!



About Anyta Sunday:

HEART-STOPPING SLOW BURN

A bit about me: I'm a big, BIG fan of slow-burn romances. I love to read and write stories with characters who slowly fall in love. Some of my favorite tropes to read and write are: Enemies to Lovers, Friends to Lovers, Clueless Guys, Bisexual, Pansexual, Demisexual, Oblivious MCs, Everyone (Else) Can See It, Slow Burn, Love Has No Boundaries.


I write a variety of stories, Contemporary MM Romances with a good dollop of angst, Contemporary lighthearted MM Romances, and even a splash of fantasy. My books have been translated into German, Italian, French, and Thai.


Connect with Anyta:

Saturday, July 07, 2018

Carrier of the Mark - Review


Their love was meant to be.

When Megan Rosenberg moves to Ireland, everything in her life seems to fall into place. After growing up in America, she's surprised to find herself feeling at home in her new school. She connects with a group of friends, and she is instantly drawn to darkly handsome Adam DeRÍs.

But Megan is about to discover that her feelings for Adam are tied to a fate that was sealed long ago—and that the passion and power that brought them together could be their ultimate destruction.






Book Breakdown 

This book felt very early YA. If you've read YA since it really took off then you know what I mean. Everything feels very... compact and rather lack on some of the details. It just has that young YA feel. I don't really know how else to describe it. 

Then that brings in the Twilight vibes... the guy going against his family and being with the girl anyway... how possessive he is for her.... there's more but I don't want to spoilt the book. Then there is the insta-love. I mean in this one there is kind of a reason for it but still.... I hate insta-love so much. It's the only trope that drives me insane. So don't even ask me how I finished this book, but I did. 

It does get better as it goes along but I can't help but like Rían better than Adam. I wish she'd chosen that brother.... anyway, that is just personal taste. I loved the Ireland setting, that's honestly the only reason I picked up this novel and I loved that part of it. I need to find more books set there as I just love Ireland so much, I hope to visit one day. 

The character development is fine and dandy, just as good as any other book. The story is interesting enough and kept me reading, it was cool to see Irish folklore in a book for once. Overall, it's not a bad book just a fun average quick read. 

Friday, July 06, 2018

50/50 Friday - Best/Worst Read in June

50/50 Friday is hosted here on this blog and over at Blue Eye Books


What is 50/50 Friday?
Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read. So that's what 50/50 Friday is all about. We will have a new topic every Friday (something bookish of course!). If you have have ideas for this meme don't be scared to let us know!


Topic for the Week
Best/Worst Book Read in June 

I read a lot of books this month even though it's been very busy. If you love something, you always make time for it right? 

Worst Read
I didn't even finish this one, it hit on all these modern topics that drive me insane. So instead of wasting my time, I just DNFed it. So yeah, it was my worst read this month but on the bright side, it's the only book that I didn't like last month, so that's freaking awesome.


Best Read(s)
I had so many good reads this month that I'm going to list three of them. 





















Topic for Next Week
Favorite Book That's the Most/Least Quotable


Tuesday, July 03, 2018

One Small Thing - Book Review

Beth’s life hasn’t been the same since her sister died. Her parents try to lock her down, believing they can keep her safe by monitoring her every move. When Beth sneaks out to a party one night and meets the new guy in town, Chase, she’s thrilled to make a secret friend. It seems a small thing, just for her.

Only Beth doesn’t know how big her secret really is…

Fresh out of juvie and determined to start his life over, Chase has demons to face and much to atone for, including his part in the night Beth’s sister died. Beth, who has more reason than anyone to despise him, is willing to give him a second chance. A forbidden romance is the last thing either of them planned for senior year, but the more time they spend together, the deeper their feelings get.

Now Beth has a choice to make—follow the rules, or risk tearing everything apart…again.



Book Breakdown 

I will say that I was lucky enough to get an ARC for this but I also bought a copy for myself.

First off, I just want to say that I have never ever read an Erin Watt novel that didn't make me feel emotion strongly. This one was no different, I laud, teared up and felt so much anger for the all the stupid people in this book. I wanted to pluck Chase and Beth from these pages and just keep them safely tucked away from everyone else.

This book flies so fast that I was at 80% without even noticing and then it was over and I was left wanting more. This is a standalone as far as I know and the story does wrap up well but I still wish more had happened with her parents but hey, just like real life, nothing changes as fast as we want it to. That's something else I love about these two authors, their novels feel, like real teenagers. 

There is a wee bit of drug talk in the very beginning but it's not being used by the main characters. That being said, this book is all about forgiveness and moving on after something horribly tragic has happened. The writing is great as always, the romance is cute and the character development with the two leads is great. 

All in all, I fully recommend this book just be prepared for those feelings of anger and wanting to reach into the book and smack Scarlett and Jeff to happen. Because that will happen, a lot. 

Monday, July 02, 2018

Enticing the Dragon - ARC Review

A creature of fantasy…

…and the man of her dreams

Musician Torque is known for his incendiary solos and smoking-hot looks. Hollie Brennan is a dedicated fan drawn to the sexy guitarist. But she’s also an FBI agent tracking a serial arsonist…and the evidence leads her to Torque, a dragon shifter in disguise. As the sparks fly, Torque and Hollie must fight fire with fire and track down the person endangering their love.

Release Date: July 3rd, 2018 


Book Breakdown 

*Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC in exchange an honest review*

This book is pure wish fulfillment in the best possible way. How many people have wanted to get with their musical crush? So it's easy to relate to this book, being in Hollie's shoes. But then, she's also got a job to do, she's an FBI agent who is after this Incinerator who has ties to Torque: the guitarist in the famous band, Beast. So her boss sends her undercover to figure out just what is going on and if Torque himself is the one leaving flames in his wake...

This book was actually fun, I kept wondering just who the bad guy was gonna be and am pleased to say that it didn't quite go as I thought it would, I love when that happens because it's such a fun surprise! The romance is top notch and the characters are flushed out. It was such a fun ride, the only down side.... this is a standalone series... this being the second one, now I need to get my hands on the first one! 

If you love paranormal romance, shifters, and steamy sexy times; you will love this! Plus, you don't see dragon shifters all that often so this is epic. Make sure to get your copy and settle in for a very 'hot' time.