Favorite Friday (#10) - Crash into You by Katie McGarry

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The girl with straight As, designer clothes and the perfect life—that's who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers...and she's just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker-a guy she has no business even talking to. But when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can't get him out of her mind.
Isaiah has secrets, too. About where he lives, and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks-no matter how angelic she might look.
But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they'll go to save each other.

Out of all of the Pushing the Limits books, Crash into You is my favorite. Isaiah is just the perfect balance of bad boy with the soft touch that just sweeps me away. I love Katie McGarry's books and I'll read anything she writes.

About the author:


KATIE MCGARRY was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, and reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.
Katie would love to hear from her readers. Contact her via her website, katielmcgarry.com, follow her on Twitter @KatieMcGarry, or become a fan on Facebook and Goodreads.
Author's links: Website / Goodreads / Twitter / Facebook

I hope you can join us in sharing and talking about some of your favorite reads. Book talk always make me happy. 

What is one of your favorite reads?

Waiting on Wednesday (#81)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spinethat spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Morning swooners!

This week pre-publication "can't wait to read" selection is:

Expected Release Date: November 4, 2014
Synopsis:
Mara Dyer wants to believe there's more to the lies she’s been told. There is.

She doesn’t stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead. She should.

She never had to imagine how far she would go for vengeance. She will now.

Loyalties are betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and fate and chance collide in this shocking conclusion to Mara Dyer’s story. Retribution...
I die a little each day I don't have this book...there are no words for how good this series is, that is all.

What are you "Waiting on?"

Quotes (#79)

Morning Swooners,
Monday's here already and I feel like I just ran a marathon; last week was crazy busy and I'm so happy that this week is looking much better for me. I'm wishing you all a great week!

“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”
~Friedrich Nietzsche

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” 
 ~Aristotle

“The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.”
~ Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

“It's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” 
~ Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

“No matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.” ~ Maya Angelou

“Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.”
~ Lance Armstrong, Every Second Counts

“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”
~ Jane Goodall

Favorite Friday (#9) - Beautiful Player by Christina Lauren

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When Hanna Bergstrom receives a lecture from her overprotective brother about neglecting her social life and burying herself in grad school, she’s determined to tackle his implied assignment: get out, make friends, start dating. And who better to turn her into the sultry siren every man wants than her brother’s gorgeous best friend, Will Sumner, venture capitalist and unapologetic playboy?
Will takes risks for a living, but he’s skeptical about this challenge of Hanna’s…until the wild night his innocently seductive pupil tempts him into bed- and teaches him a thing or two about being with a woman he can’t forget. Now that Hanna’s discovered the power of her own sex appeal, it’s up to Will to prove he’s the only man she’ll ever need.



If you have followed this blog, you know we are BIG fans of Christina Lauren and the hot, sexy dirty men they write. Well in honor of them releasing their YA title, Sublime, this week, I took it back to one of my favorite men that they've written. Player Will is my favorite of their Beautiful men and still has me dreaming about him. If you haven't read this series, you're missing on some fun times, of the both the funny and smexy variety.

About the Author:

Lauren Billings (but everyone calls her Lo) has a Ph.D. in neuroscience and before she made writing her full-time job, would spend her days doing nerdy research-type things wearing a lab coat and goggles. She is silly Mommy to two littles, wife to one mountain biking homebrewing scientist, bestie to a shoe-stealer, and an unabashed lover of YA and romance.

Christina Hobbs (but you’ll always hear Lo call her PQ) used to spend her days in a junior high counseling office surrounded by teenagers. Married to the cutest boy in school, she has a thirteen year old daughter, is an unapologetic lover of boy bands and glitter, and also likes to steal Lo’s shoes.

You can follow their shenanigans at:

@lolashoes (Lauren) & @seeCwrite (Christina) on Twitter. On Tumblr! where we post kissing gifs and writerly stuff and Wattpad for short stories and sneak peeks!

For official information about their books, events, interviews, movie news and more, follow @beautifulbastrd.

I hope you can join us in sharing and talking about some of your favorite reads. Book talk always make me happy. 

What is one of your favorite reads?

DNF Review: Countdown by Michelle Rowen


Countdown
Author: Michelle Rowen
Release Date: October 1, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: NetGalley
Review by: Jenn
3 seconds left to live. Once the countdown starts, it cannot be stopped.
2 pawns thrown into a brutal underground reality game.
Kira Jordan survived her family's murder and months on plague-devastated city streets with hard-won savvy and a low-level psi ability. She figures she can handle anything. Until she wakes up in a barren room, chained next to the notorious Rogan Ellis.
1 reason Kira will never, ever trust Rogan. Even though both their lives depend on it.
Their every move is controlled and televised for a vicious exclusive audience. And as Kira's psi skill unexpectedly grows and Rogan's secrets prove evermore deadly, Kira's only chance of survival is to risk trusting him as much as her instincts. Even if that means running head-on into the one trap she can't escape.
GAME OVER

***This is a Did Not Finish review. I did not finish the book and only read up to 19% of the book. These are my thoughts of what I read.***

I've struggled with this book for about 11 months before calling it quits. I tried so many times to get in to the story but I just couldn't keep up with what was happening. I typically love when the reader is thrown in the story and you have no idea what's happening. But in Countdown I found myself so confused and nothing was being explained. The main character, Kira, also drove me nuts by how she would say one thing and in the next sentence she would say the complete opposite.

I finally gave up when I realized that if I continued any further, I was just setting myself up for disappointment. I've decided to focus on reading the books that I want to and that won't have me raging later on. While it may not have been my cup of tea, I hope other readers enjoy the story.

Pre-Release Celebration! Caged in Winter by Brighton Walsh


Caged in Winter
Author: Brighton Walsh
Release Date: November 4, 2014
Publisher: Berkley
In this emotional and sexy New Adult debut from Brighton Walsh, the only thing more frightening than commitment is hope…...
Aspiring chef Cade Maxwell is immediately, viscerally attracted to Winter Jacobson. But it’s not her mouthwatering curves he’s drawn to—it’s the strange emptiness in her eyes. When Cade saves her from a drunken customer with grabby hands, he’s shocked at her response…...
Winter doesn’t need Cade’s help. After a lifetime of getting by on her own, she’s happy to rely on herself. She’s exactly seventy-six days away from graduating college, and if she can hold it together that long, she’ll finally be able to rise above the crappy hand she was dealt.
But now, every time she turns around, Cade is there, ready to push her, smile at her, distract her from her plans. Winter knows she can’t afford to open up—especially to a man she’s terrified to actually want….
Excerpt 
cade
“Okay, now add the flour, but—” It’s too late, a puff of white exploding in Winter’s face before I can get the words out or reach to flip the switch. “You need to turn the mixer to low.”
She spins around, her cheeks covered in random white spots, some of the flour dusting her hair. “You couldn’t say that before, ‘Now add the flour’?” Her voice is low, her eyes narrowed, and I take a step back.
“Well, yeah, I guess I could’ve, but I just sort of figured you’d know enough not to add loose flour to a wildly spinning mixer.”
“Oh, you figured I’d know enough for that, huh? Even after I told you I’ve never made cookies before? Even then?”
She’s advancing on me now, and I shouldn’t be retreating like a scared animal. I have more than a foot on her, a hundred-plus pounds, but she looks pissed. And that glint in her eye tells me she’s up to something. I glance down at her hand, seeing a measuring cup half filled with flour, and I realize what she’s going to do a split-second before she does, but not soon enough to dodge it.
A cloud of white powder hits me straight in the face, and I cough as I inhale some. Wiping away the dust from my eyes, I say, “I can’t believe you did that.”
“Oh, well, I just figured you’d know enough to duck.” She shrugs and offers me a saccharine smile.
“I don’t think you want to start this with me, baby.”
“In case you missed the flour in your face a second ago, I already started it,
baby.”
I stare her down, then reach over, grabbing the bowl of melted chocolate—my mom’s secret
ingredient in her cookiesand dip my fingers into it. Winter narrows her eyes at me and takes a step back. “Don’t you dare.”
“Where you goin’? I thought you wanted to get messy.”
“No, I wanted you to get messy. I didn’t have a choice with this,” she says as she gestures to where the flour hit her. She darts her eyes down to the bowl of chocolate, then back up to my face. “Don’t, Cade. You’re going to get me dirty, and I have to be at work soon.”
“You maybe should’ve thought about that before you threw a scoop of flour in my face.” I don’t wait for her response before I smear the chocolate down her cheek to her jaw, then all the way down her neck and into the deep V of her shirt, stopping when I feel the swell of her breasts. “Whoops.”
“You did not just do that.”
“Looks like I did.” I shrug, putting the bowl back on the counter before I lick the chocolate from my fingers. She focuses on the act, her lips parted. I lean closer to her, drop my voice, and gesture to the spots of her skin that are covered. “You want me to clean you up, too?”
Glaring, she gives a jerky shake of her head, but a flush works its way up her chest to her neck—one of the tells she’s getting turned on.
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I step closer, backing her into the corner until she’s pressed against the cabinets behind her. “Sure about that? It wouldn’t take much. Just a lick or two. Maybe a couple sucks. We’d probably have to take your shirt off, though, and your bra, too. I really got down in there.”
Her head’s tilted back as she stares up at me, her chest rising and falling in quick succession from her labored breathing.
I lean into her space, lick up a path from her neck to her ear. “I think you do. I think you want my tongue all over you, don’t you, baby? I got you all dirty. Seems only fair I clean you up.” Before she can respond, my mouth closes over her shoulder, my tongue tracing along the chocolate I smeared there. By the time I’ve dipped into the neckline of her shirt, my tongue in the valley of her breasts, her nipples are pressed tight against the material, and she’s got a white- knuckled grip on the countertop behind her.
“Want me to stop?”
I wait a second. Two. And when she gives the slightest shake of her head, I take. Gripping her face in my hands, my mouth covers hers, my tongue slipping inside. She groans into the kiss, her hands finally coming up to clutch my forearms.
“Wait.” She wrenches her mouth from mine, turning her head to the side. “Cade, wait. Your sister.”
I focus on licking every stray ounce of chocolate I can find, her hands a counterpoint to her words as she holds me close. “Not home. Gone till four.”
“Shit! Four. I have to be at work at four!”
“We’ve got time. Now stop talking.”
I peel her jeans and panties off, then lift her onto the counter, desperate to feel her around me.
With one hand, I fumble with the button of my jeans, the other busy between Winter’s thighs, rubbing soft circles around her clit, getting her ready for me. She’s moaning, her head resting back on the cabinets, and the sight of her there, half naked in my kitchen, is too much. Too fucking much, and I can’t get my goddamn jeans off.
When she notices, her hands are there, opening my jeans and yanking my boxers down just far enough to pull me out. Her hands are around my cock, pumping slowly, and I need inside her now. 

Giveaway
About the author: 
Brighton Walsh spent nearly a decade as a professional photographer before deciding to take her storytelling in a different direction and reconnect with her first love: writing. When she's not pounding away at the keyboard, she's probably either reading or shopping - maybe even both at once. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and two children, and, yes, she considers forty degrees to be hoddie weather. Her home is the setting for frequent dance parties, Lego battles, and more laughter than she thought possible. Visit her online at www.brigthtonwalsh.com.

Author Links: Facebook / TwitterGoodreads / Website

Waiting on Wednesday (#80)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spinethat spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Morning swooners!

This week pre-publication "can't wait to read" selection is:

Expected Release Date: October 21, 2014
Synopsis:
It's an oppressively hot and sticky morning in June when Sterling and her brother, Phin, have an argument that compels him to run into the town swamp -- the one that strikes fear in all the residents of Sticks, Louisiana. Phin doesn't return. Instead, a girl named Lenora May climbs out, and now Sterling is the only person in Sticks who remembers her brother ever existed.
Sterling needs to figure out what the swamp's done with her beloved brother and how Lenora May is connected to his disappearance -- and loner boy Heath Durham might be the only one who can help her.
This debut novel is full of atmosphere, twists and turns, and a swoon-worthy romance.
I heard about this title on Tea Time with the girls from Epic Reads and OMG THIS SOUNDS SO GOOD. Only a one more week for it!

What are you "Waiting on?"

Review: The One by Kiera Cass


The One (The Selection #3)
Author: Kiera Cass
Release Date: June 5, 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's
Source: Personal Copy
Review by: Nahomi
The Selection changed America Singer's life in ways she never could have imagined. Since she entered the competition to become the next princess of IllĂ©a, America has struggled with her feelings for her first love, Aspen—and her growing attraction to Prince Maxon. Now she's made her choice . . . and she's prepared to fight for the future she wants.

3.5 stars out of 5 stars

      After being disappointed by The Elite, I was hoping for a better outcome for The One. In a way it was better than its predecessor but not by much. I found the story to be too predictable, and America to be very self-centered. Like always she only thought of herself when it came to her situation with Aspen, never thinking that he might have moved on or have another love interest.

The pacing of the book was quick and the story transitions well from one moment to the next. There are sections that are filled with suspense but in the end I knew America would end up with Maxon. Don't get me wrong that is what I wanted, but there was so much unnecessary drama between them before they finally decided to be together, which was a turn off for me.

Although the outside revolution played a bigger role in The One, it was just kind of back ground noise to the drama of what was happening in the selection. I would have liked for it to play a bigger role. There were certain reveals that were supposed to be shocking but really kind of fell short.

I really liked that Celeste and America became friends after all of the drama between them, that was a plus for me in this story. Really all of the girls rallied together in the end and that was refreshing to see. Overall I felt the book was a quick read but had too much drama in the love department for me.



Quotes (#78)

Ron, ever the optimistic, is reading our tea leaves on how we will try to conquer our Monday blues.

Morning Swooners!

I hope you all had a great weekend. Mine was certainly interesting and I'll be sharing some exciting news in a couple weeks. But in the mean time, let's have some quotes.

“If you let people into your life a little bit, they can be pretty damn amazing.”Sherman AlexieThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

“You do have a story inside you; it lies articulate and waiting to be written — behind your silence and your suffering.” - Anne Rice

“Make your mistakes, take your chances, look silly, but keep on going. Don’t freeze up.” - Thomas WolfeYou Can't Go Home Again

“Do not read as children do to enjoy themselves, or, as the ambitious do to educate themselves. No, read to live.” - Gustave Flaubert

“Each of us is born with a box of matches inside us but we can't strike them all by ourselves” - Laura EsquivelLike Water for Chocolate

“Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness.” - George R.R. MartinA Song of Ice and Fire, 5-Book Boxed Set: A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, A Dance with Dragons

“We've got to live, no matter how many skies have fallen.” - D.H. LawrenceLady Chatterley's Lover

Have a great week!

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