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Top 5 Wednesday: Characters You’d Want as Family

Posted September 7, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 4 Comments

T5W Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at Ginger Reads Lainey but is hosted by Sam at Thoughts on Tomes. You can read more about this meme on the Goodreads Group here. This weeks topic is:
September 7: Characters You’d Want as Family — You can say this in a broad way or be specific (i.e. _______ would be a cool aunt, ______would be a great older brother, etc.)
This was pretty easy for me. If I had my way, I’d be related to everyone. Ha! 1. Francis Catherine from The Secret by Julie Garwood.
“Papa, do you like my new friend?” Frances Catherine asked when they were halfway across the field. “I surely do.” “Can I keep her?” “For the love of…No, you can’t keep her. She isn’t a puppy. You can be her friend, though,” he hastily added before his daughter could argue with him. “Forever, papa?” She ‘d asked her father that question, but Judith answered her. “Forever,” she shyly whispered. Frances Catherine reached across her father’s chest to take hold of Judith’s hand. “Forever,” she pledged.”
Francis Catherine would be the perfect best friend and sister. The way that she befriended Judith Elizabeth when they weren’t supposed to even like each other with FC being Scottish and JE being English, I loved the way these two flocked to each other and loved each other even when they were supposed to be enemies. Francis Catherine was fiercely loyal to Judith and to hell with what anyone had to say…including her Laird and brother in law. Everyone needs someone like FC in their corner. 2. Lady Danbury from The Bridgerton/Smythe-Smith series by Julia Quinn.
“The two of you together are a menace,” Penelope remarked. “My aim in life,” Lady Danbury announced, “is to be a menace to as great a number of people as possible, so I shall take that as the highest of compliments, Mrs. Bridgerton.” “Why is it,” Penelope wondered, “that you only call me Mrs. Bridgerton when you are opining in a grand fashion?” “Sounds better that way,” Lady D said, punctuating her remark with a loud thump of her cane.”
Haha, Lady Danbury was a boss! She took no shit from anyone and she let everyone know exactly how she felt about every person under the sun. Nobody was safe from her. She was a freaking menace and I loved the hell out of her. Of course she would make a freaking funny ass Aunt or Grandmother as is the case with Gareth from It’s In His Kiss. 3. Ivy MacKenzie from The Friend Zone by Kristen Callihan.
“With a little hum of pleasure, he strokes my leg, his expression content, his body loose-limbed and lazy. Give the man a blow job and a little unexpected ass play, and he’s practically purring.”
Ivy was a great sister to Fiona, always there for through thick and thin so I know that she’d be a hoot. The kind of sister that shares all of the inappropriate shenanigans that she gets into with her boyfriend. The sister that you can’t take anywhere because she’s open and honest about every little thing and it would be so funny to hear the shenanigans she gets into with Gray. 4. Taylor Donovan from Just the Sexiest Man Alive by Julie James.
“You’re here.” “I am.” Jason boldly took in the way she looked. “I take it you don’t often wear that dress in court.” “Probably not a good idea.” He grinned. “Yes, I can imagine it would be somewhat awkward standing before a judge who has a huge hard-on.” “Is that the effect this dress has?” Taylor’s eyes traveled downward, to the zipper of Jason’s pants, and he was momentarily caught off guard by her bluntness. Her eyes sparkled, amused. “You’re blushing, Jason. That’s cute.”
I would want to learn shit like this at her knee because you just know that Taylor Donovan ate and chewed big Hollywood actors and bad guys up and then spit them out on the daily at work. Taylor would make a great older sister. 5. Alyssa Locke from Gone too Far by Suzanne Brockmann.
“You’re guilty of making the same mistake most people make. You say ‘I love you’ but what you really mean is ‘I want you.’ You think it’s the same thing, but it’s not. You don’t fall in love with someone just because they fuck you like there’s no tomorrow.” Alyssa purposely used his words, “I don’t doubt that you wanted me, Sam. That you still do. Because on that really primitive, physical level, yeah, I still want you, too. But that’s not love. That’s about possessing, about being possessed. It’s not real –it can’t possibly last. Love is something you give. It’s not about taking, or possessing.”
Alyssa would be the best sister ever. I’d want Alyssa Locke in my corner. She’d protect the shit out of me because she’s a sharpshooter and is a total badass. She’d also come in handy to serve candy asses their walking papers because she’s a take no bullshit kind of gal and she’s loyal as hell. Are there any characters from the books you’ve read that you’d want to be family with?

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books I Will Never Read

Posted August 31, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 12 Comments

T5W Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at Ginger Reads Lainey but is hosted by Sam at Thoughts on Tomes. You can read more about this meme on the Goodreads Group here. This weeks topic is:
August 31st: Books You Will Never Read –Whether it’s from a series that you have outgrown or don’t wish to continue, or they are popular books that just don’t interest you, let us know what you don’t plan on reading.
This one was a lot harder than I thought it would be. 1. Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful #!) by Jamie McGuire.
The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand. Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.
I’ve got a thing about authors behaving badly, having been one of those bloggers attacked by an author who didn’t like my review of her book. I will have you know that my shopping lists have gotten much better since then. 😉 So when I see authors using their fans to do evil, I won’t support them and I won’t read their stuff. On top of that, I heard from readers who have read this book that there is abuse all over this book and Travis Maddox just isn’t someone that I want to get to know. 2. Crash (Crash #1) by Drew Jordan.
The greatest love stories begin with blood… There is blood. There is pain. And there is him. These are the first things I register when I wake up, the lone survivor in an Alaskan plane crash. He carries me to safety over rough terrain and brings me to his cabin in the woods. He has no name. Or none he will tell me. As snow creeps across the harsh and isolated landscape, he is my only company. My protector, my caretaker. A fascinating enigma, with mysterious eyes, gentle hands, and a rough voice that demands more from me than I ever expected to give. I make up different stories, different names for him depending on his mood, because I know nothing about him except that he is my only connection to the real world I want to return to. So I work to please him, plotting my escape, yet all while I start to crave him and every touch of his dominating body. He has saved me from the cold. From death. But in taking me and my body, will he destroy me?
This is one of those books that came across my radar because it was added to one of my book friend’s “never going to read” bookshelves on Goodreads. I was reading through the synopsis and then through readers and there were a few people that enjoyed this book but…nope. This doesn’t sound like something I’d ever want to read. 3. Quinn (Undaunted Men #1) by J.C. Cliff.
Fearless and determined, Quinn is the perfect man for the job the Moretti mob has in mind: track down missing mafia princess, Alexis Moretti, and bring her home. What starts out as a simple task to repay an old debt turns into so much more than he bargained for… And so does she. As Quinn and Lexi grow close, she becomes more than just his mission. But Lexi and Quinn are both keeping secrets–secrets that could destroy their blossoming romance just as quickly as it ignited. When Lexi’s past catches up with them, secrets and lies will be revealed, and the ultimate test of forgiveness will be upon them both.
This was another of those authors behaving badly things and I’m not here for that so while I wanted to read it at first…I changed my tune once I saw all of the fuckery around this author and her shenanigans. 4. Eleven on Top (Stephanie Plum #11) by Janet Evanovich.
Stephanie Plum is thinking her career as a fugitive apprehension agent has run its course. She’s been shot at, spat at, cussed at, fire-bombed, mooned, and attacked by dogs. Stephanie thinks it’s time for a change. So she quits. She wants something safe and normal. But the kind of trouble she had at the bail bonds office can’t compare to the kind of trouble she finds herself facing now… Stephanie is stalked by a maniac returned from the grave for the sole purpose of putting her into a burial plot of her own. He’s killed before, and he’ll kill again if given the chance. Caught between staying far away from the bounty hunter business and staying alive, Stephanie reexamines her life and the possibility that being a bounty hunter is the solution rather than the problem. After disturbingly brief careers at the button factory, Kan Klean Dry Cleaners, and Cluck-in-a-Bucket, Stephanie takes an office position in security, working for Ranger, the sexiest, baddest bounty hunter and businessman on two continents. Tempers and temperatures rise as competition ratchets up between the two men in her life — her on-again, off-again boyfriend, tough Trenton cop Joe Morelli, and her boss, Ranger. Can Stephanie Plum take the heat? Can you?
I read this series all the way up to book 10 and then I gave up. I gave up on Stephanie. On Morelli. On this series. I got bored with everything going on and felt like this series was going nowhere so I quit it and will probably never finish this series even though I still bought the books. *sigh* 5. Hunted (House of Night #5) by P.C. & Kristin Cast.
What if the hottest guy in the world was hiding a nameless evil, and all he wanted was you? At the start of this heart-pounding new installment of the bestselling House of Night series, Zoey’s friends have her back again and Stevie Rae and the red fledglings aren’t Neferet’s secrets any longer. But an unexpected danger has emerged. Neferet guards her powerful new consort, Kalona, and no one at the House of Night seems to understand the threat he poses. Kalona looks gorgeous, and he has the House of Night under his spell. A past life holds the key to breaking his rapidly spreading influence, but what if this past life shows Zoey secrets she doesn’t want to hear and truths she can’t face?
This is another series that I broke up with. Zoey was doing the most up until this book. Every hot guy that came to school loved her and I’m sorry but how realistic is that? And she kept making stupid ass decisions and I just couldn’t anymore. So I’ll never read this book. What about you? Are there any books out there that you will never read? Which books?

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books You Want to Read Before the End of the Year

Posted August 24, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 12 Comments

T5W Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at Ginger Reads Lainey but is hosted by Sam at Thoughts on Tomes. You can read more about this meme on the Goodreads Group here. This weeks topic is:
August 24th: Books You Want to Read Before the End of the Year
This topic was a no brainer for me. I’m going to list the hell out of the top 5 books I’m hoping like heck that I get to read before the year is up. I’ve been looking forward to these reads for one reason or another and for some unexplainable reason, I haven’t gotten around to them yet. 1. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne.
Debut author Sally Thorne bursts on the scene with a hilarious and sexy workplace comedy all about that thin, fine line between hate and love. Nemesis (n.) 1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome. 2) A person’s undoing 3) Joshua Templeman Lucy Hutton has always been certain that the nice girl can get the corner office. She’s charming and accommodating and prides herself on being loved by everyone at Bexley & Gamin. Everyone except for coldly efficient, impeccably attired, physically intimidating Joshua Templeman. And the feeling is mutual. Trapped in a shared office together 40 (OK, 50 or 60) hours a week, they’ve become entrenched in an addictive, ridiculous never-ending game of one-upmanship. There’s the Staring Game. The Mirror Game. The HR Game. Lucy can’t let Joshua beat her at anything—especially when a huge new promotion goes up for the taking. If Lucy wins this game, she’ll be Joshua’s boss. If she loses, she’ll resign. So why is she suddenly having steamy dreams about Joshua, and dressing for work like she’s got a hot date? After a perfectly innocent elevator ride ends with an earth shattering kiss, Lucy starts to wonder whether she’s got Joshua Templeman all wrong. Maybe Lucy Hutton doesn’t hate Joshua Templeman. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.
I have been seeing this book all over the blogosphere and everyone that has reviewed (that I’ve seen at least) it has loved it. Even Ames really liked it so I’m hoping to get this book read soon. I’m excited. 2. Results May Vary by Bethany Chase.
She never saw it coming. Without even a shiver of suspicion to warn her, Caroline Hammond discovers that her husband is having an affair with a man—a revelation that forces her to question their entire history together, from their early days as high school sweethearts through their ten years as a happily married couple. In her now upside-down world, Caroline begins envisioning her life without the relationship that has defined it: the loneliness of being an “I” instead of a “we”; the rekindled yet tenuous closeness with her younger sister; and the unexpected—and potentially disastrous—attraction she can’t get off her mind. Caroline always thought she knew her own love story, but as her husband’s other secrets emerge, she must decide whether that story’s ending will mean forgiving the man she’s loved for half her life, or facing her future without him.
This is another book that I’ve been seeing everywhere and it’s receiving some fantastic reviews so I’m hoping to get this one read. It’s going to be one of my reward reads for when I get my review pile down. Wish me luck. 🙂 3. P.S. I Like You by Kasie West.
Signed, sealed, delivered… While spacing out in chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favorite song lyrics onto her desk. The next day, she finds that someone has continued the lyrics on the desk and added a message to her. Intrigue! Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters—sharing secrets, recommending bands, and opening up to each other. Lily realizes she’s kind of falling for this letter writer. Only, who is he? As Lily attempts to unravel the mystery and juggle school, friends, crushes, and her crazy family, she discovers that matters of the heart can’t always be spelled out…
I’m really looking forward to this book because 1) it’s a Kasie West book and 2) it’s getting a lot of great reviews. I’m really looking forward to digging into something light and fluffy and this one fits the bill just right. 4. Idol by Kristen Callihan.
Libby I found Killian drunk and sprawled out on my lawn like some lost prince. With the face of a god and the arrogance to match, the pest won’t leave. Sexy, charming, and just a little bit dirty, he’s slowly wearing me down, making me crave more. He could be mine if I dare to claim him. Problem is, the world thinks he’s theirs. How do you keep an idol when everyone is intent on taking him away? Killian As lead singer for the biggest rock band in the world, I lived a life of dreams. It all fell apart with one fateful decision. Now everything is in shambles. Until Liberty. She’s grouchy, a recluse—and kind of cute. Scratch that. When I get my hands on her, she is scorching hot and more addictive than all the fans who’ve screamed my name. The world is clamoring for me to get back on stage, but I’m not willing to leave her. I’ve got to find a way to coax the hermit from her shell and keep her with me. Because, with Libby, everything has changed. Everything.
I’ve been looking forward to reading this book since way before it came out. I read an excerpt for it and immediately wanted it so don’t ask me why I haven’t read it yet even though it’s been out for months. Clearly I have issues. 5. Kulti by Mariana Zapata.
“Trust me, I’ve wanted to punch you in the face a time or five.” When the man you worshipped as a kid becomes your coach, it’s supposed to be the greatest thing in the world. Keywords: supposed to. It didn’t take a week for twenty-seven-year-old Sal Casillas to wonder what she’d seen in the international soccer icon—why she’d ever had his posters on her wall, or ever envisioned marrying him and having super-playing soccer babies. Sal had long ago gotten over the worst non-break-up in the history of imaginary relationships with a man that hadn’t known she’d existed. So she isn’t prepared for this version of Reiner Kulti who shows up to her team’s season: a quiet, reclusive, shadow of the explosive, passionate man he’d once been. Nothing could have prepared her for the man she got to know. Or the murderous urges he brought out in her. “Sal, please don’t make me visit you in jail. Orange isn’t your color.” This was going to be the longest season of her life.
My Bestest Blog Buddy Ames at Bookish Ames has read and loved this book. It comes highly recommended and she never steers me wrong so I’m hoping to get this book before the year is up. What books are you hoping to read before the year is up?

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Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite First Sentences

Posted August 17, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 16 Comments

T5W Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at Ginger Reads Lainey but is hosted by Sam at Thoughts on Tomes. You can read more about this meme on the Goodreads Group here. This weeks topic is:
August 17: Favorite First Sentences
I’m going to try really hard to be diverse in my choices this week but it’s going to be hard since there is one author that comes to mind with some of my favorite first lines ever. I’m sure you’ll pick up on who that is once I get started.  
1. The Bride by Julie Garwood. “They said he killed his first wife.”
The very first thought that popped in my head when I read this first line for the first time was, “Say what?” and the story immediately got more interesting to me. I was super thrilled with the way that the entire story came together and it all started with that first line. I loved it.
2. The Secret by Julie Garwood. “They became friends before they were old enough to understand they were supposed to hate each other.
This is another book by Julie Garwood where the story hooked me from the very first line. I mean, how can you not be hooked? I wanted to know who these two were and why they were enemies. You just know it’s going to be a good one after reading a first line like that.
3. Suddenly You by Lisa Kleypas. “What is your preferred style, Miss Briars? Would you prefer your man to be fair-haired or dark?”
My first thought was, “What the what?” This is a historical romance so what in the world is going on here? Kleypas hooked me from that very first line. I just knew it was going to be a scandalous read..and it was. I loved it!
4. Honor’s Splendour by Julie Garwood. “They meant to kill him.
If you’re thinking, “Oh snap!” then we were thinking the same thing because I wanted to immediately know more about who was trying to kill him and who he was. This first chapter was wonderfully written because so much happens in that first chapter and all of it had me gasping. In that first chapter, Julie Garwood set up the rest of the book so freaking well that this book remains one of my favorite Garwood novels to date. So freaking good.
5. The Deal (Off-Campus #1) by Elle Kennedy. “He doesn’t know that I’m alive.”
I love the unrequited love stories. The ones where one half of the main couple has been in love with the other half for quite a long time so when I started this book, I was stoked to be getting that kind of storyline and even though what I originally thought would happen..didn’t. I still loved the hell out of this book and it started with that first line. There you have it, my favorite first lines from some of my favorite authors. Did I miss any? What are some of your favorite first lines? Sharing is caring. Ha!

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Top 5 Wednesday: Authors I’m Waiting on Another Book From

Posted August 10, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 8 Comments

T5W So, I saw this on A Mismatched Reader today and it looks like something completely doable and fun to bring to the blog so I’m going to start participating in this (let’s see how long this lasts, ha!). It’s actually hosted by Booktuber Sam at Thoughts on Tomes and you can read more about this meme on the Goodreads Group here. This week’s topic discusses authors we’re waiting on more books from. It was super easy for me since there are a lot of authors and books that I’m looking forward to.    
1. Julie James.
Julie James writes smart contemporary romances with strong heroines and swoon-worthy heroes and she’s taking a lot longer writing her next book that was supposed to come out this year but got pushed back to next year and got a new title. That book is The Thing about Love and it’s the next book in her FBI/US Attorney’s series and I’m super stoked about it. I just know that it’s going to be a great one.
2. Jen Frederick.
I love Jen Frederick’s books. I’m completely addicted to them and I’m super anxious for the next book in both her Woodlands series (Adam!) and her Gridiron series (Ace ??!!@#@#$%@) We’ve got a few months before either of those books come out and I’m counting down the days, hours and minutes until they do. I’m mighty curious to see the redemption of Asshole Ace from Jock Blocked and I’m super excited to meet Knox’s twin brother Ty and see him in his element at his school. On the Woodlands side, Adam! Super sexy, bad boy tattooed Adam. I want! *swoon*
3. Elle Kennedy.
There are quite a few books that I’m waiting on from Elle Kennedy. The Goal is one, the last book in the Killer Instincts series (*sob*), the next book in the Outlaws series and that’s not even counting the book that I’m so thirsty for that she co-wrote with Jen Frederick, Twisted Palace. I love me some Elle Kennedy and I need to know what went down with Tucker…and Sabrina. I need their story like yesterday and I think it’s probably one of the most anticipated books by me this year. I love this series and I already know that I’m going to love it (I mean, come on…it’s an Elle Kennedy book)…I just need it to be on my kindle app already.
4. Lauren Layne.
Someone Like You is the last book in the Oxford series and I’m looking forward to it because…LINCOLN!! It’s freaking Lincoln Mathis’ book. The guy that we’ve been swooning over ever since the Sex, Love & Stiletto’s books. Or, actually since his best friend Cole’s book (Irresistibly Yours, Oxford #1). He’s the extremely good looking bachelor that bangs all the girls and stays friends with them afterward. There’s always someone new and there’s a reason why Lincoln won’t commit to anyone and in freaking December, we’ll finally find out why. Yippy skippy!
5. Cora Carmack.
It’s been a year since All Played Out came out and I have been super anxious to get my hands on Stella’s book because Stella! OMG Stella! I need to know that she’s okay, that she ends up with someone deserving of her greatness and I really need to see everyone else from this series that I have grown to care for and love the hell out of. I can honestly go on and on about this topic, list at least 6-7 more authors off the top of my head but this is a Top 5 not a Top 20 so I’ll cut it out but seriously, these authors are my go to authors. I love their stuff so I’m really looking forward to their books. I just wish they wrote faster. 🙂 Are there any authors that you’re waiting on books from? What books are you waiting on?

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