Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Tell Me Something Tuesday 2.24.15


Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Heidi @ Rainy Day Ramblings. Each week a new question is presented. Check out Heidi's blog for all the details :)


This week's question: Comfort Reading... What types of books do you grab when you need a pick-me-up?

Romances, definitely. I never used to think that I had a favorite genre, but the more I read, the more I realize that romances are probably my favorite books. And if it's not a romance only, if it just has a little romance factor in it, I love it! There's just something about people falling in love that I love! People are so vulnerable when they're in new relationships and learning to trust one another. Plus there's the steaminess of hot new romances when they're all still in the honeymoon stage. It's all just so amazing and so fun to read! :) 

I also used to be self-conscious or ashamed about my love of romance novels. But again, the more I read, the more I don't care what people think. There's no reason to be ashamed of what you like to read (or any other hobby, for that matter)! Just because some of the romance stories are fluff and not that deep, doesn't mean they're any less worthy than other books. Heck, I've read other genres of books that I think are fluff and don't have an ounce of romance in there. I feel like romance novels just get a bad rep sometimes. But no matter what others think of them, I still love reading romances an they're definitely my comfort book! 

Monday, February 23, 2015

It's Monday! What are you reading?


It's Monday! What are you reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila @ Book Journey, where we share what we read last week, what we're currently reading, and what is next for us! 

Recently Finished


Loving You Is Easy by Wendy S. Marcus
Read my review here! Such a good book! Loved reading this!

Currently Reading 


Far From the Madding Crowd by Tom Hardy
Still reading this one for my book club! Very hard for me to get into and since book club is in 2 days... don't think I'll be finishing in time. And to be honest, I don't have much of an interest in finishing it... so it might be a DNF pretty soon.

Guilt by Association by Marcia Clark
Pretty good so far! I'm reading the ebook, so I tend to only read it at the gym.

Up Next


Both of these are ARCs, from the publisher. I've kind of started Where They Found Her, but only got a few pages in before life interrupted me, so that will be my next book, and then The Stranger (: Can't wait for both of these!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

[Review] Loving You Is Easy by Wendy S. Marcus

Loving You Is Easy by Wendy S. Marcus
Publisher: Loveswept
Publishing Date: Dec. 9, 2014
Format: ebook, ARC
276 Pages
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N

Synopsis 

She’s a survivor of the front lines of politics. He’s a wounded soldier returning home from the battlefield. Can they place their trust in the power of love?

Nobody plays the role of perfect politician’s daughter better than quiet, respectable math teacher Brooke Ellstein. But she won’t be caught swimming with the sharks again, not after the son of a wealthy donor sinks his teeth into her and gets away with it. Still, political connections have their perks, such as heading up the governor’s “Support Our Troops” pen-pal initiative—and getting first dibs on the smoking-hot sergeant whose picture shakes her right down to her goody-two-shoes.

When corresponding with sweet, classy Brooke, Shane Develen instinctively hides his commando tattoos and blue-collar roots—and he can tell that she’s hiding something, too. But Shane knows he’s gained her trust when Brooke gives him a blisteringly sexy photo. Then he’s injured in an ambush and a fellow soldier posts the snapshot online. Overnight, Brooke’s reputation turns to ashes. Even though he’s totally wrong for her, Shane shows up on Brooke’s doorstep, determined to set things right—and discovers that right or wrong has nothing on the chemistry they share.

My Review 

I received a free copy of this ebook from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

This is truly one of those books I had a hard time putting down. If I could have stayed up all night to finish, I would have (but there's this annoying thing called work...). I was immediately drawn into this book. It was sweet, sexy and had a little bit of mystery. I loved the letters Brooke and Shane wrote to each other. I really wish there were more because I think it's incredibly sweet and I would have liked to see more of how they fell in love. That being said, I still thought this book was wonderful! Brooke is really sweet and means really well, taking care of her family and putting others first. Shane is a tough soldier who doesn't want to show too much emotion, especially after he gets back from war. This book definitely shows why you shouldn't share risqué photos! Scary! Seriously though, read this book. It's SO good and I couldn't stop! I can't wait to read more of Marcus' work! It was everything I want a romance to be: sweet, sexy, and steamy! 

[Review] *Promo* Back in The Game by Lori Wilde


Back In the Game
Stardust, Texas # 1
By: Lori Wilde
Releasing February 24th, 2015
Avon


Synopsis

New York Times bestselling author Lori Wilde welcomes you to Stardust, Texas . . . where dreams come true and love is always right around the corner

Wanted: ghostwriter. Must be female, a baseball fan, and have a great pair of legs.

Ex-pitcher Rowdy Blanton never saw a woman he couldn't conquer or a team he couldn't beat. And now that he's off the field he's ready to tell all about when he played the field. So he chooses Breeanne Carlyle to do the job-she's got the requirements, but more important, there's something about her that makes him want to be a better man.

Convinced there's more to Rowdy than a good fastball, a wicked smile, and a tight pair of pants, Breeanne can't help but be tempted. After all, it's boring always being the good girl, and Rowdy dares her to be just a little bad. The stakes are high, but win or lose, this time Breeanne's breaking all the rules playing the game of love.

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My Review 

I received a free copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review. 

I knew I had to get a copy of this book and participate in the tour when I read that it was about baseball! I grew up watching my brothers play baseball and was their little league team manager for a few years (which I thought was the coolest thing ever). And while I don't follow baseball too much anymore, I still love going to games. Plus, add a little romance into that and I'm all over it! 

I liked the characters in this book a lot. Breeanne has been through a lot in her life, and so has Rowdy. They make a pretty good pair, I think. The romance/sizzle factor in this book was just enough; it wasn't overly about sex, but it included that in there as well, which I think we can all agree that we love! I do wish the story was a bit longer because I feel like the characters could have been delved into a little bit more and I would have liked to learn more about them. Overall, really good book!
Author Info

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Lori Wilde has sold seventy-eight works of fiction to four major New York Publishing houses.
Her first NYT bestseller, the third book in her Twilight, Texas series, The First Love Cookie Club has been optioned for a television movie. The town of Granbury, Texas, upon which her fictional town of Twilight, Texas is loosely based, honors Lori with an annual Twilight, Texas weekend each Christmas.
A popular writing instructor, Lori is a two time RITA finalist and has four times been nominated for Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award. She's won the Colorado Award of Excellence, the Wisconsin Write Touch Award, The Golden Quill, the Lories, and The More than Magic.

Author Links:  Website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest  | Goodreads


GIVEAWAY
(Print Bundle including: BACK IN THE GAME 
and Twilight Texas Series Books 1-5)


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Tell Me Something Tuesday 2.17.15


Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Heidi @ Rainy Day Ramblings. Each week a new question is presented. Check out Heidi's blog for all the details :)


This week's question: What do you do to make sure blogging continues to be enjoyable?

This is kind of a tough question for me because there are times when I get really tired of blogging and keeping up with posts. But because of this, I've found a few things that work for me. One of the things that I like to do is simply take a break. If blogging because too stressful or I get tired of it, I stop. There's nothing wrong with taking a break from a hobby and I have to remind myself of that otherwise I will go crazy. The other things I like to do is play around with blog design. Although I've been blogging a few years now, I've never learned how to do any sort of coding. But when I get tired of how my blog looks or just want something new, I try to find new pictures or images. I'm slowly in the process of updating a lot of the images/buttons I use for memes just to make it unique and my own. I also try to change up the type of book I'm reading. Sometimes it's that simple. And the last thing I can think of that I'll do to make sure I'm still enjoying blogging is finding new blogs to read/follow or surf around on current blogs that I follow. 

I'm not perfect; I'm human. Sometimes I get sick of blogging and feeling like I always need to be keeping up on reading 1-2 books a week and it gets tiring. But these are the simple things I try to do to keep interested in blogging. 

What do you all do? Have any tips for me?

Monday, February 16, 2015

[Review] Since You've Been Gone by Mary Jennifer Payne

Since You've Been Gone by Mary Jennifer Payne
Publisher: Dundurn
Publishing Date: Feb. 17, 2015
Format: ARC, ebook
224 Pages
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N

Synopsis 

Is it possible to outrun your past? Fifteen-year-old Edie Fraser and her mother, Sydney, have been trying to do just that for five years. Now, things have gone from bad to worse. Not only has Edie had to move to another new school she's in a different country. 

Sydney promises her that that this is their chance at a fresh start, and Edie does her best to adjust to life in London, England, despite being targeted by the school bully. But when Sydney goes out to work the night shift and doesn't come home, Edie is terrified that the past has finally caught up with them. 

Alone in a strange country, Edie is afraid to call the police for fear that she'll be sent back to her abusive father. Determined to find her mother, but with no idea where to start, she must now face the most difficult decision of her life.

My Review

I received a free copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review. 

I wasn't quite sure what to expect with this book when I started. I knew a little bit about the storyline and was intrigued, so I wanted to read more. I hadn't read any of the reviews on this book, nor had heard of the author. So I went in blind a little, which I often like. 

This book was only okay for me. I thought the plot was interesting and it had a lot of potential. I liked Edie as a character and I really liked Jermaine. Sydney isn't in the book too much since she goes missing, but what little she was in there, I didn't like her much. I know she was trying to protect her daughter, but she just bothered me. I think the plot was very underdeveloped and didn't grab and hold onto my attention. Yes, I finished it in a day, but it was more or less because I had the time and I did want to know what happened. That begin said, I think it could use much improvement. I don't think the characters were developed enough and neither was the storyline. 

It's Monday! 2.16.15


It's Monday! What are you reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila @ Book Journey, where we share what we read last week, what we're currently reading, and what is next for us! 

Recently Finished


Cold Cold Heart by Tami Hoag
Read my review here! Really loved this one and thought it was very original!

Currently Reading 


Far From the Madding Crowd by Tom Hardy
Reading this one for my book club! It's a little slow right now and hard for me to get into, but I'm trying to push through and give it a chance! 


Since You've Been Gone by Mary Jennifer Payne
This has been on my Kindle for quite some time and I figured I should finally read it! Almost done and it's not too bad! Should be able to post my review this week. 

Up Next


Both of these are ARCs, from the publisher and Netgalley, respectively. I'm thinking The Stranger will be my next print book and Loving You Is Easy will be the next one I start on the Kindle. Biking at the gym is the best way for me to get ebooks done and it's working out quite nicely so far! (: