Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Book Review: Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

Him (Him #1)
by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
Release Date: July 28, 2015
Source: Amazon
They don’t play for the same team. Or do they?

Jamie Canning has never been able to figure out how he lost his closest friend. Four years ago, his tattooed, wise-cracking, rule-breaking roommate cut him off without an explanation. So what if things got a little weird on the last night of hockey camp the summer they were eighteen? It was just a little drunken foolishness. Nobody died.

Ryan Wesley’s biggest regret is coaxing his very straight friend into a bet that pushed the boundaries of their relationship. Now, with their college teams set to face off at the national championship, he’ll finally get a chance to apologize. But all it takes is one look at his longtime crush, and the ache is stronger than ever.

Jamie has waited a long time for answers, but walks away with only more questions—can one night of sex ruin a friendship? If not, how about six more weeks of it? When Wesley turns up to coach alongside Jamie for one more hot summer at camp, Jamie has a few things to discover about his old friend... and a big one to learn about himself.

Warning: contains sexual situations, skinnydipping, shenanigans in an SUV and proof that coming out to your family on social media is a dicey proposition.


I have been going back and forth on reading this book for so long. I LOVE both Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy, but I never read M/M books. I've heard so many good things about this book, but it wasn't until I read the WAGs series and saw Jamie and Wes as side characters together that I knew I had to pick this book up. 

Jamie Canning hasn't seen or spoken to Ryan Wesley in years. He doesn't know what he did to lose his best friend, but he's missed him as they've both worked their ways to the top of their college hockey teams. Wes regrets cutting off ties with Jamie four years ago after they crossed a line in their friendship that Wes wasn't sure they could come back from. Now that they're together again and not confused, teenage boys, Wes still doesn't know where he stands with Jamie. Could Jamie ever see him as more, or will he have to lose his best friend for a second time? 

Starting off, I loved both Jamie and Wes's characters and their camaraderie with their teammates and friends. I definitely fell in love with them as individuals right off the bat. And since they were both college hockey players on their way to playing professional, we got so much hockey in this book and I loved it. Then, when they finally reenter each other's lives, I fangirled so hard over their relationship. What I think made their relationship so special was the fact that they were genuinely best friends before they ever became something more. Wes was such a hot-shot hockey player and so confident, but his hesitation and fear over his relationship with Jamie was so endearing. He had no idea if Jamie could ever see him as something more and it really freaked him out because Jamie was the only guy he had ever really loved. 

When it comes to the physical side of their relationship, there was A LOT of sexy times between the two. If you're uncomfortable with that, definitely skip this book. But though there were lots of physical moments between Jamie and Wes, their relationship had such an emotional depth based on their pasts and exploration of their new relationship. Add on the fact that Wes didn't know how his new professional team would react to his sexual orientation and you have such a vulnerable side of Wes that makes you love him that much more. Both Jamie and Wes are exploring the unknown in their relationship and you are right there beside them as they figure it out. 

After reading this book, I now understand the hype surrounding Jamie and Wes. Those guys are so endearing, charming, and lovable and I shipped them so hard as I was reading this book. I loved all of the hockey talk and play in this book alongside the men trying to just figure their lives out. If you want to be at all a part of team Wesmie, you HAVE to pick up this book!



Saturday, November 18, 2017

Stacking the Shelves (267)


Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews where bloggers share what books they got throughout the week!

From Half Price Books

Last weekend was the end of coupon week at Half Price Books, so Saturday was 40% off one item and Sunday was 50% off one item. I went to two stores on Satruday and four stores on Sunday and my mom and sister tagged along on Sunday. That meant I got a lot of books, all at half the price of the Half Price Books price. And some stores had so many self-publisehd books! So I picked up some goodies and even got some Christmas gifts bought! It was a fabulous weekend! 

From Author

I received an e-arc of Bad Habit by Charleigh Rose and gobbled it up. There was so much angst and emotion and I loved it! You all need to grab yourselves a copy now! 


That's it for me! What did you all add to your shelves this week? 

Friday, November 17, 2017

Book Review: Bad Habit by Charleigh Rose

Bad Habit (Bad Love #1)
by Charleigh Rose
Release Date: November 16, 2017
Source: Author
BRIAR 
I was infatuated with Asher Kelley the moment he came tumbling through my brother’s window five years ago. 
Even bruised and bloodied, he was the most beautiful boy I'd ever seen. 
We couldn't ever be together. 
I was too young, and he was too untouchable. 
He was too troubled, and I was too naive. 
But the heart is rebellious, and mine decided it didn’t care about any of those things. 
As I got older, harmless flirting turned to stolen moments in dark corners. 
Until one day, he was gone without a trace. 
Now, three years later, he’s back. 
Callous and cruel. 
He’s my brother’s best friend. My parents’ worst nightmare. 
I should hate him. 
But like a Bad Habit, I can’t quit him. 

ASHER 
I was drawn to Briar Vale from the first time she looked up at me with stars in her big, blue eyes. 
She was just a kid, nothing but elbows and knees, but she was the most beautiful creature I'd ever seen. 
We could never be together. 
I was too old and she was too off limits. 
She was too good and I was too fucked up. 
Eventually, the temptation became too much to resist. 
I risked everything for a kiss and she betrayed me. 
Three years have passed and I’m forced to see her again, but now she's all grown up. 
She’s my best friend’s baby sister. My downfall. 
I hate her for what she did. 
But she's always been my drug of choice.


I became a huuuggeee fan of Charleigh Rose when I read her previous release, Misbehaved, over the summer. Ever since then, I have been dying for a new, angsty release. When I saw Bad Habit, I knew I had to read it as soon as I could get my hands on it! 

Briar Vale knows she shouldn't want her older brother's best friend. But when he stumbles through her window bloodied and broken, she knows she needs him as much as he needs her. She knows Asher is determined to leave his life behind, but he promises to never leave without saying goodbye. And then he does. Three years have passed and Asher Vale is back in town. He is as angry as the day he left and is determined to ignore Briar Vale, the girl he's wanted even when he knew he could never have her. Asher tries to hate Briar and remind himself that she's his best friend's baby sister, but the moment they lock eyes, they fall into a whirlwind of insane chemistry, irresistible temptation, and emotion that neither of them can ignore. 

Holy cow. Can I just say how much I freaking loved this book? This reminded me so much of Bully by Penelope Douglas with the angst and hate, yet the undeniable chemistry, and I loved every second of it. I really appreciated how there was a prologue of the past where Briar and Asher first acknowledged their feelings for each other, only for Asher to disappear without a trace. We really understood the depth of their emotions for one another, both the good and the bad emotions that were so prominent in their lives in the present. So when Asher sneaks back into Briar's life, you understand their anger towards one another, but you also are OBSESSED with their insane chemistry and understanding of one another. Did I mention the angst? Because there was SO MUCH ANGST and I was living for it. 

Not only was I obsessed with Briar and Asher's angry and emotional relationship, but I also loved the cast of characters present in both of their lives. Asher is best friends with Dash, Briar's older brother, and Adrian. I loved the dynamic between the three guys and how protective they all were over Briar. I also loved Natalia, Briar's best friend, and how supportive yet real she was with Briar. I definitely need a book about every single side character now! 

Overall, if you love angst, insane chemistry, and a relationship that has a long, complicated past, you definitely have to pick up Bad Habit. I was addicted to this story and so in love with Briar and Asher! Can I have the next book in the series? Like, now please?




Thursday, November 16, 2017

Book Review: On the Way to You by Kandi Steiner

On the Way to You
by Kandi Steiner
Release Date: November 16, 2017
Source: Author
What makes you happy?

That was the question Emery Reed asked me the day we met, and I couldn’t give him a single answer. I could have said my dog, or my books, or yoga — but I just stared.

And then, I got in his car.

It was crazy to take a road trip with a stranger, but after years of standing still, he was my one-way ticket to a new life, and I wasn’t going to miss it.

We shared the same space, the same car, the same hotel room — and still, we were strangers. One day we’d be laughing, the next, we wouldn’t speak. Emery was surrounded by impenetrable walls, but I wanted in.

Discovering his journal changed everything.

I read his thoughts, words not meant for anyone’s eyes, and the more I learned about him, the harder I fell. It turned out nothing made Emery Reed happy, and I wanted to change that.

I earned his trust by violating his privacy, and as wrong as it was, it worked — until one entry revealed a darkness I never knew existed, a timer I never knew was ticking.

Suddenly, what made me happy was saving Emery from himself. I just didn’t know if I could.



Ever since I found Kandi's books in January, I have wanted to gobble up every book she's written. When I saw that she had a book coming out in November, I knew that I had to have it. It sounded as emotional as A Love Letter to Whiskey and I couldn't wait to pick it up! 

Cooper always looks on the bright side and thought she was happy. She has her dog, her yoga, and her books. But when Emery Reed walks into the diner she's working at and offers her an out, Cooper knows she has to take it. Throwing her things into a bag, grabbing her dog, and hopping in the car, Emery finds herself on an emotional, whirlwind adventure to a future she's nervous for with a boy who makes her even more nervous and seems eve more lost than she could have ever imagined. 

In the beginning, it was impossible not to like Cooper's character. She was such an intriguing character and I loved how much she had grown in her life. I will say that I wish we had more direct contact between her and her family so that we could understand that dynamic more. We barely got any interaction, so I didn't really feel the emotion she had towards that relationship. Her dog, though, was so adorable and I loved how realistic Kandi made having a dog on a road trip. Nothing makes me more annoyed than dogs being left alone for hours and hours with no mention in a novel. Cooper definitely took care of her adorable pup! 

While this book did end up being super emotional, I found it hard to actually understand Cooper's relationship with Emery. I feel like he never did anything for Cooper to fall for him other than the fact that she read his journal. When they were together, he never did anything that really made me think he was a redeemable guy. Sure, he had such a heart-wrenching story, but we got a lot of that through his journal, not actually through him. Maybe I just missed that connection, but I wasn't as all in on the romance as I wanted to be. 

In the end, Kandi did not disappoint in delivering an emotional romance. I really enjoyed Cooper's character and her journey throughout this book. While I was so mad at her every time she picked up Emery's journal and invaded his privacy, I definitely understood her desire to understand what was going through his mind. If you want an emotional road trip new adult romance, you should definitely pick up On the Way to You.





Cover Reveal: Sex, Not Love by Vi Keeland

We are thrilled to bring you the next standalone novel from #1 New York Times Bestselling Author, Vi Keeland. SEX, NOT LOVE will release on January 15th, 2018
     

Model: Fabian Castro
Photographer: Rafael Catala
Cover designer: Sommer Stein, Perfect Pear Creative

     

My relationship with Hunter Delucia started backwards.  

We met at a wedding—him sitting on the groom’s side, me sitting on the bride’s.  Stealing glances at each other throughout the night, there was no denying an intense, mutual attraction.  

I caught the bouquet; he caught the garter.  Hunter held me tightly while we danced and suggested we explore the chemistry sparking between us.  His blunt, dirty mouth should’ve turned me off.  But for some crazy reason, it had the opposite effect on me.

We ended up back in my hotel room.  The next morning, I headed home to New York leaving him behind in California with the wrong number.

I thought about him often, but after my last relationship, I’d sworn off of charming, cocky, gorgeous-as-sin men. A year later, Hunter and I met again at the birth of our friends’ baby.  Our attraction hadn't dulled one bit.  After a whirlwind trip, he demanded a real phone number this time.  So I left him with my mother’s—she could scare away any man with her talks of babies and marriage—and flew back home.

I’d thought it was funny, until the following week when he rang the bell at Mom’s house for Sunday night dinner.  The crazy, gorgeous man had won over my mother and taken an eight-week assignment in my city.  He proposed we spend that time screwing each other out of our systems. 

Eight weeks of mind-blowing sex with no strings attached? What did I have to lose?

Nothing, I thought.
It’s just sex, not love.
But you know what they say about the best laid plans…

  

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About the Author

 

Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. With millions of books sold, her titles have appeared in over eighty Bestseller lists and are currently translated in nineteen languages. She lives in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six. 

Release Day Blitz: On the Way to You by Kandi Steiner

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On the Way to You, an all-new emotional standalone from Kandi Steiner is LIVE!

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On the Way to You by Kandi Steiner
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publishing Date: November 16th, 2017



What makes you happy?
That was the question Emery Reed asked me the day we met, and I couldn’t give him a single answer. I could have said my dog, or my books, or yoga — but I just stared.
And then, I got in his car.
It was crazy to take a road trip with a stranger, but after years of standing still, he was my one-way ticket to a new life, and I wasn’t going to miss it.
We shared the same space, the same car, the same hotel room — and still, we were strangers.
One day we’d be laughing, the next, we wouldn’t speak. Emery was surrounded by impenetrable walls, but I wanted in.
Discovering his journal changed everything.
I read his thoughts, words not meant for anyone’s eyes, and the more I learned about him, the harder I fell. It turned out nothing made Emery Reed happy, and I wanted to change that.
I earned his trust by violating his privacy, and as wrong as it was, it worked — until one entry revealed a darkness I never knew existed, a timer I never knew was ticking.
Suddenly, what made me happy was saving Emery from himself. I just didn’t know if I could.

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Kandi Steiner is a Creative Writing and Advertising/Public Relations graduate from the University of Central Florida living in Tampa. Kandi works full time as a social media specialist, but also works part time as a Zumba fitness instructor and blackjack dealer. Kandi started writing back in the 4th grade after reading the first Harry Potter installment. In 6th grade, she wrote and edited her own newspaper and distributed to her classmates. Eventually, the principal caught on and the newspaper was quickly halted, though Kandi tried fighting for her “freedom of press.” She took particular interest in writing romance after college, as she has always been a die hard hopeless romantic (like most girls brought up on Disney movies). When Kandi isn’t working or writing, you can find her reading books of all kinds, talking with her extremely vocal cat, and spending time with her friends and family. She enjoys beach days, movie marathons, live music, craft beer and sweet wine – not necessarily in that order.

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Twitter: @KandiSteiner
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Cover Reveal: Checkmate Duet Series Boxed Set by Kennedy Fox


Titles Included: Checkmate: This is Dangerous & Checkmate: This is Beautiful
Series: Checkmate Duet Series (Logan & Kayla)
Author: Kennedy Fox
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Trope: Second-chance Romance
Photographer & Designer: Sara Eirew
Release Date: November 16, 2017






Introducing the complete Logan & Kayla saga in the Checkmate series from the USA Today Bestselling duo, Kennedy Fox!
Checkmate: This is Dangerous & This is Beautiful is a second-chance romance that’ll have you swooning and laughing from the first to the last page! Are you ready to play the game?


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Logan Knight is a real-life knight in shining armor. 
Brooding and mysterious, he's the kind of guy every girl instantly notices. Between his seductive smirk and charming good looks, it's no wonder Kayla can't help the way he makes her feel when she’s near him. 
Too bad he's unavailable--or so he says.
Kayla Sinclair is a saint and real-life angel.
She wears her heart on her sleeve and inspires Logan to be a better person.
Rescuing dogs, feeding the homeless, volunteering at the local food pantry are just a few of the ways she gives back to others, although no one has ever been there for her.
Falling for her is inevitable, but losing her will destroy him.
Logan may think he has her all figured out, but Kayla is determined to  prove him wrong.. This game of push and pull has her running in circles. One wrong move and they could both lose.
When unexpected tragedy strikes and Kayla forgets their relationship ever existed, Logan’s worst nightmare comes to life. He’ll do anything to remind her of the love they shared. It'll be an uphill battle, but Logan won't walk away without a fight. Whoever said all is fair in love and war never played by his rules.
Checkmate.

*Recommend for ages 18+ due to sexual content and adult language.*




 

 

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