Cover Reveal - Rebound by Noelle August

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Expected Release Date: February 10, 2015
Publisher: William Morrow
Synopsis:
At Boomerang, one night can change everything...
Adam Blackwood has it all. At twenty-two, he’s fabulously wealthy, Ryan Gosling-hot and at the top of his game in the business world. His life is perfect, until a scandal from his past resurfaces and threatens to knock the tech wunderkind down and throw his company, Boomerang, a hook-up site for millennials, into chaos.
Alison Quick, the twenty-one-year-old daughter of a business tycoon—and the very ex-girlfriend of Boomerang’s former intern, Ethan—has a problem of her own. After nearly flunking out in her senior year of college, she has one chance to redeem herself to her father by proving that she deserves a place in his corporate empire. That means spearheading her father’s plan to sink big money into Adam’s company and launch it into the stratosphere—provided Adam has no skeletons in his closet. When the two meet, their sizzling chemistry makes it tough to keep things strictly professional. But when Alison discovers Adam’s secret, she knows she should bring it right to her father, who’ll leverage it for his own gain and use it to ruin Adam. The only problem: she’s falling for Adam—hard.
Will earning her father’s approval come at the price of losing her first real love? Or can Adam and Alison leave behind past mistakes and conquer the world—together?

About the author:
Question: What do you get when friends pen a story with heart, plenty of laughs, and toe-curling kissing scenes? Answer: Noelle August, the pseudonym for renowned editor and award- winning writer Lorin Oberweger and New York Times bestselling YA author Veronica Rossi, the masterminds behind Boomerang.
Author Links: Facebook / TwitterWebsite

Favorite Friday (#14) - Dirty Rowdy Thing by Christina Lauren

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This weeks pick is: Dirty Rowdy Thing by Christina Lauren


Despite their rowdy hookups, Harlow and Finn don’t even like each other...which would explain why their marriage lasted only twelve hours. He needs to be in charge and takes whatever he wants. She lives by the Want-something-done? Do-it-yourself mantra. Maybe she’s too similar to the rugged fisherman—or just what he needs.

They did it again! I absolutely love this book, it's witty, sarcastic, and funny! The sexy scenes are amazing and I love the chemistry between Harlow and Finn.  

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.
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Waiting on Wednesday (#85)

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: January 20, 2015
Synopsis:
It’s easy to walk away from lies. Power is another thing.

MacKayla Lane would do anything to save the home she loves. A gifted sidhe-seer, she’s already fought and defeated the deadly Sinsar Dubh—an ancient book of terrible evil—yet its hold on her has never been stronger. When the wall that protected humans from the seductive, insatiable Fae was destroyed on Halloween, long-imprisoned immortals ravaged the planet. Now Dublin is a war zone with factions battling for control. As the city heats up and the ice left by the Hoar Frost King melts, tempers flare, passions run red-hot, and dangerous lines get crossed. Seelie and Unseelie vie for power against nine ancient immortals who have governed Dublin for millennia; a rival band of sidhe-seers invades the city, determined to claim it for their own; Mac’s former protégé and best friend, Dani “Mega” O’Malley, is now her fierce enemy; and even more urgent, Highland druid Christian MacKeltar has been captured by the Crimson Hag and is being driven deeper into Unseelie madness with each passing day. The only one Mac can depend on is the powerful, dangerous immortal Jericho Barrons, but even their fiery bond is tested by betrayal.

It’s a world where staying alive is a constant struggle, the line between good and evil gets blurred, and every alliance comes at a price. In an epic battle against dark forces, Mac must decide who she can trust, and what her survival is ultimately worth.

I am a big fan of the Fever series and I can't wait to see how Mac and Barrons are doing!

What are you "Waiting on?"

Quotes (#83)


Good Morning, 
The semester is almost coming to an end and I keep telling my people that I finally see the light and the end of the tunnel! Except that I have this nagging suspicion that it's a train that's coming to run me over before I can get through to the other side. *sighs* Alas we must keep trudging through until we get through this semester. On a happier note the holidays are upon us (cue the cheesy Xmas music)! Now on to the quotes... 

"Life seems sometimes like nothing more than a series of losses, from beginning to end. That's the given. How you respond to those losses, what you make of what's left, that's the part you have to make up as you go.” 
~ Katharine Weber, The Music Lesson

“I do love competence in a man.”
Katharine WeberThe Music Lesson

“After all, tomorrow is another day!” 
~ Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind

“Life's under no obligation to give us what we expect. We take what we get and are thankful it's no worse than it is.”
Margaret MitchellGone with the Wind

“That is the one unforgivable sin in any society. Be different and be damned!” 
Margaret MitchellGone with the Wind

“Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.” 
~ Sigmund Freud

“Oh, Life, I am yours. Whatever it is you want of me, I am ready to give.”
~ William Steig, Dominic

I hope y'all have a great week!

Favorite Friday (#13) - Confessions of an Angry Girl by Louise Rozett

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Rose Zarelli, self-proclaimed word geek and angry girl, has some confessions to make…
1. I'm livid all the time. Why? My dad died. My mom barely talks. My brother abandoned us. I think I'm allowed to be irate, don't you?
2. I make people furious regularly. Want an example? I kissed Jamie Forta, a badass guy who might be dating a cheerleader. She is now enraged and out for blood. Mine.
3. High school might as well be Mars. My best friend has been replaced by an alien, and I see red all the time. (Mars is red and "seeing red" means being angry—get it?)
Here are some other vocab words that describe my life: Inadequate. Insufferable. Intolerable.
(Don't know what they mean? Look them up yourself.)
(Sorry. That was rude.)

This was such a fun, touching, and funny book to read and it instantly became a favorite. I love Rose's character and her strength, although I'm sure she wouldn't see as that, is so inspiring and I need for more people to read this book.

About the author:


Louise Rozett is an author, a playwright, and a recovering performer. She made her YA debut with Confessions of an Angry Girl, published by Harlequin Teen. The next book in the series, Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend, is due out June 2013. She lives with her 120-pound Bernese Mountain dog Lester (named after Lester Freamon from THE WIRE, of course) in one of the world's greatest literary meccas, Brooklyn...and also in sunny Los Angeles. (Being bi-coastal is fun!) Visit www.Louiserozett.com for more info.
Author's links: Website / Goodreads / Twitter / Facebook

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Review: A Beautiful Thought by Alicia Rae


A Beautiful Thought
Author: Alicia Rae
Release Date: July 14, 2014
Publisher: Alicia Rae
Source: Literati Author Services
Review by: Nahomi
As a physical sports therapist, Gail Bennett is accustomed to working with gorgeous athletes every day, but after falling for a few of these attractive men, she has been left heartbroken one too many times. When Gail’s hours at work are unexpectedly cut, she must find a way to continue helping her parents pay for her sister’s education. Reluctantly following her best friend’s advice, Gail takes on a roommate—with the one man she has been avoiding since the first time she laid eyes on him.

Damon Johnson loves a challenge, and he is not the type of man to back down when he wants something. From the first moment he meets Gail for dinner, he feels an inexplicable pull between the two of them. In his determination to have her, he finds himself helping her in any way he can.

Can Damon break through all the barriers Gail has so carefully placed around her heart and prove that he’s different? Or will Gail’s reservations keep her from falling in love?

One thought could change everything.
1 star out of 5 stars

Initially the concept for this book sounded great, and it's still a great concept but I just couldn't get into how it was executed in this book. This novel has a strong female character which I love but her voice sounded too formal; which made is hard for me to connect with her. The dialogue and Gail's inner monologue annoyed me to the point that I decided to stop reading this novel. There were certain phrases which had me rolling my eyes, or I would have to step away from the story and rant to my friends to see if it was just me. Like I said before I really like the concept and that the protagonist is a strong educated female character but I just couldn't get past the dialogue issue.

Waiting on Wednesday (#84)

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: December 9, 2014
Synopsis:
Top Five Things That Are Ruining Chloe’s Day
5) Working the 6:30 a.m. shift at GoodFoods Market
4) Crashing a cart into a customer’s car right in front of her snarky coworker Sammi
3) Trying to rock the “drowned rat” look after being caught in a snowstorm
2) Making zero progress with her crush, Tyson (see #3)
1) Being accused—along with her fellow teenage employees—of stealing upwards of $10,000
Chloe would rather be anywhere than locked in work jail (aka the break room) with five of her coworkers . . . even if one of them is Tyson. But if they can band together to clear their names, what looks like a total disaster might just make Chloe’s list of Top Ten Best Moments.

I love Liz's debut novel, Ask Again Later, so I'm super excited about this new title from her. I just know that this will mark Liz into my auto-buy category.  Can't wait to see how this one will turn out.

What are you "Waiting on?"

Quotes (#82)



Morning Lovelies,

I'm feeling a bit stressed out with school and wedding and life in general. I don't even feel up to doing anything. I need to do allllllllll the things for school but I just don't seem to find the time. I'm not going into details but let's do quotes, shall we?

"I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse."Florence Nightingale

"You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take."Wayne Gretzky

"Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans."John Lennon

"Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life." – Steve Jobs

"You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore."Christopher Columbus

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you have imagined."Henry David Thoreau

"Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart." – Ancient Indian Proverb

That's it for me, I must go and conquer the world. Have a great week!

Favorite Friday (#12)- All Lined Up by Cora Carmack

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In Texas, two things are cherished above all else—football and gossip. My life has always been ruled by both.

Dallas Cole loathes football. That's what happens when you spend your whole childhood coming in second to a sport. College is her time to step out of the bleachers, and put the playing field (and the players) in her past.

But life doesn't always go as planned. As if going to the same college as her football star ex wasn’t bad enough, her father, a Texas high school coaching phenom, has decided to make the jump to college ball… as the new head coach at Rusk University. Dallas finds herself in the shadows of her father and football all over again.

Carson McClain is determined to go from second-string quarterback to the starting line-up. He needs the scholarship and the future that football provides. But when a beautiful redhead literally falls into his life, his focus is more than tested. It's obliterated.

Dallas doesn't know Carson is on the team. Carson doesn't know that Dallas is his new coach's daughter.

And neither of them know how to walk away from the attraction they feel.

I love how Cora Carmack writes! I absolutely love this book and will be reading it over and over again for years to come. The characters have a way of sucking you into the story. All Lined Up is funny, sweet and all things wonderful. 

About the Author:
Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She's done a multitude of things in her life-- boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.
Author Links: Website / Twitter / Facebook / Goodreads
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Blog Tour Stop - Review + Giveaway: Caged in Winter by Brighton Walsh


Caged in Winter
(Caged in Winter #1)
Author: Brighton Walsh
Release Date: November 4, 2014
Publisher: Berkley Books
Source: Publisher/NetGally
Review by: Jenn
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….

4 stars out of 5 stars

Brighton Walsh has done it again. She has managed to create some wonderful, relatable, REAL characters that you feel like you might know in real life. Walsh's writing is always so easy to read and it flows very naturally so I never felt like the story was slow or forced.

Caged in Winter follows the story of Winter and Cade as they navigate the last few months of school. They are both dealing with a lot on their plate but are trying to make the most of their options. Winter has actually led a crappy life and so she has come to rely on only herself. She's a tough cookie and I applaud her getting to where she needs all on her own and doing it successfully. However, I actually had a bit of hard time relating to her and got annoyed by her several times through out the book. I tried to really be empathetic to her and her situation but the way she really closed herself off, to Cade and to anyone who tried to help her, really didn't make me her biggest fan. Though, I am happy that she does get what she always wanted because after all those years of hard work, she deserves some goodness in her life.

Cade, on the other hand, has me wrapped around his finger. He's tall, tattooed, is an absolute sweetheart to his niece, and is a chef. What more could a girl want? He's was so sweet and sexy and understanding of where Winter was coming from. He tried to make things easier for her but when Winter wouldn't allow him to help her, he found another way to do so. He did some stupid things that I will not go in too much details but it did cause a fight between him and Winter. It was in that occasion that Winter kind of irritated me because I knew what Cade said was stupid and said in anger so he didn't meant anything by it. She took it to heart even though she shouldn't have and then took it to an extreme. Whenever these little misunderstanding happens, I just want to lock the fighting couple in room and talk things out.

Other than that, I love everything about this book. The characters, the story, the flow, the writing. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series, which will feature Cade's best friend, Jason, and Cade's younger sister, Tessa. After getting a small glimpse of these characters, I just know that it will awesome.


Excerpt
I bend my knees so we’re eye level and tug on her hand until she meets my gaze. “I don’t know what we could have. It might be nothing. But I’ll be honest . . . I haven’t felt like this in a long time, and that’s enough for me to know I want to see where it goes. Can’t we just see where it goes?”
With a deep sigh, she says, “I’m not right for you, Cade.”
“How about you worry about if I’m right for you. Let me decide the other.”
And then before she can stop me, before she can utter another word of opposition, I slide my hand up her arm, over her shoulder, until it’s wrapped around her neck. With my other hand, I swipe a piece of hair back with my fingers, and then lean in, brushing my lips against hers. After only a moment, I pull back just enough for her to be able to tell me to stop. When nothing comes, I close the distance between us once again, taking her bottom lip in between mine. I brush my tongue against it, coaxing her mouth open, and she breathes this sexy little gasp as I slip inside. She tastes like cookies and wine, and I want to fucking devour her.
She grips my shirt with both hands, clutching me to her, and I stop holding back and press every inch of my body against hers, groaning as my cock presses fully against her. The moment a whimper comes from her, I know she feels it. And I can’t muster up any embarrassment, because I want her to feel it. Even with all her brass balls and fuck-everything attitude, something tells me she needs reassurance, so I give it to her. In every stroke of my tongue against hers, every brush of my thumb along her jaw, I show her how much I want her.
When her chest is heaving, her lips parted and swollen and so fucking hot, I trail kisses down her neck, seeking out every inch of skin that’s uncovered. Her head thumps back against the wall, one of her hands gone from gripping fistfuls of my shirt. Instead, she’s holding my head to her, and I don’t want to stop. I want to kiss and lick every inch of her, slip my hands under the material of her sweater, unbutton her jeans, and not stop until I feel her soft wetness against my fingertips.
But the knowledge that she’ll regret it if I don’t stop forces me to slow down.
I pull back, loosening my grip on her and putting an inch of space between us. I kiss the corner of her mouth, her cheek, and then her ear. Against it, I whisper, “Don’t say no.”
There’s a beat of silence. Two. Three. And then she says the sweetest word I’ve ever heard. “Okay.”

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. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and two children. Visit her online at www.brigthtonwalsh.com.

Author Links: Facebook / TwitterGoodreads / Website


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