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Book Review: Love So Hot by Marquita Valentine

Published January 13, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

Love So Hot (Lawsons, Book 1)

Title- Love So Hot

Author- Marquita Valentine

Release Date- January 12th, 2015

Amazon- http://goo.gl/tft8L3

BOOK SUMMERY:

Bank Teller and all around good girl, Sydney McKnight, is tired of being the girl all the guys want to have as a friend. Who better to help unleash her inner vixen than her best friend and secret crush, Brody Lawson? Only, Sydney has no idea how to ask him, without their friendship going up in flames, until that is, the town of Jessamine’s annual Firemen’s Auction gives her the perfect excuse to set her plan into motion.

Fire Captain Brody Lawson has been in love with his best friend, Sydney, for years, but he would never risk their friendship by confessing his feelings to her. So, when Sydney beats out the competition to buy his time at the annual Firemen’s Auction, Brody can hardly believe his luck until she asks him to teach her how to seduce a fellow fireman.

Now, it’s up to Brody to show Sydney how perfect she already is and convince her that the only man for her is him, because if Sydney is going to seduce any man, it’s going to be him. And once he has her in his bed, he’s not letting her go.

BOOK REVIEW:

What a sweet story about two best friends secretly in love with each other, finding each other with a little help from their friends. Love So Hot engaged me from the first page!! I not only adored both main characters I adored all their friendships as well. Sydney and Brody had so much chemistry and I felt it, and it help that once Body started to help Sydney they sizzled right away and couldn’t deny their attraction anymore, their love was so hot! It was interesting to see that the town they lived in was so old fashion, if couples weren’t “officially together” and were known to be sleeping together, the women may be seen in a different way. Another example was Kyle wanted to buy earrings for Sydney, but because they were engaged the gift was inappropriate. Of course I wish the story was a little longer so I can see more of these two in a relationship, but many a second story will be snuck in there somewhere.

Marquita’s epilogue was different giving the reader a glimpse into the next book while showing what has happened to Sydney and Brody!

I love Marquita’s writing and I cannot what so see what she has in store for the rest of this series and the rest of the Lawson brothers.

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Cover Reveal: Life Unaware by Cole Gibsen

Published January 12, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

Life Unaware

Title: Life Unaware

Author: Cole Gibsen

Release Date: 04/28/15

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Book Summary:

Regan Flay has been talking about you. 

Regan Flay is on the cusp of achieving her control-freak mother’s “plan” for high school success―cheerleading, student council, the Honor Society—until her life gets turned horribly, horribly upside down. Every bitchy text. Every bitchy email. Every lie, manipulation, and insult she’s ever said have been printed out and taped to all the lockers in school.

Now Regan has gone from popular princess to total pariah.

The only person who even speaks to her is her former best friend’s hot but socially miscreant brother, Nolan Letner. Nolan thinks he knows what Regan’s going through, but whatnobody knows is that Regan isn’t really Little Miss Perfect. In fact, she’s barely holding it together under her mom’s pressure. But the consequences of Regan’s fall from grace are only just beginning. Once the chain reaction starts, no one will remain untouched…

Especially Regan Flay.

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About the Author

Cole Gibsen first realized she different when, in high school, she was still reading comic books while the other girls were reading fashion magazines.

It was her love of superheroes that first inspired her to pick up a pen. Her favorite things to write about are ordinary girls who find themselves in extraordinary situations.

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Sizzling Saturdays: Pretty Shameless by Jodi Linton

Published January 10, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

Pretty Shameless (Deputy Laney Briggs, #2)

Title- Pretty Shamless

Author- Jodi Linton

Publisher- Entangled Publishing

Amazon- http://goo.gl/rWBFYn

BOOK SUMMERY:

The only rules she follows are her own…

Wherever deputy Laney Briggs goes, trouble always follows behind—except when Laney is the trouble. Right now, Laney is on the hunt for her not-so-bright cousin, who is wanted for gun smuggling. But there’s a sexy, hot-assed Texas Ranger on the same case, and Laney would bet her britches (and everything else she’s wearing) that Gunner Wilson knows something she doesn’t. It just requires a bit of sexy espionage…

Gunner knows all too well just how damned distracting Laney and her little red cowboy boots can be. The pure, unadulterated want between them has never been stronger—and Gunner can’t resist making her crazy. But even as she gives into every carnal craving for Gunner, Laney is determined to get her answers, one mind-meltingly hot night at a time. The only question is whether she’ll be ready for the truth…

BOOK REVIEW:

I had a little trouble getting through this book. I am not sure if it was the fact that I never read any of the other books I this series or that it was not what I expected it to be. I love mystery and suspenseful book, but I felt there wasn’t that much if it in this book. I felt as though the elements of this were over shadowed by all the characters lust for one another. Not to mention I wasn’t too sure was going on with Laney’s cousin, nothing was really explained. All I knew was he was in a lot of trouble, but unclear on what kind of trouble.

As for the characters I felt little for their relationship. It felt that it was all about lust between Laney and Gunner. They never were able to have a full conversation and when they tried it just turned into sex. There was one scene where Gunner opened up to Laney and I truly enjoyed that part.

I do not think this was a bad book by all means, it just wasn’t for me. I know that a lot of readers will enjoy this novel, but I do recommend reading the first installment before the second.

Read Me Fridays: Accepted By Coleen Lahr

Published January 9, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

Accepted

Title- Accepted

Author- Coleen Lahr

Publisher– Astraea Press, LLC

Amazon- http://goo.gl/d4G5up

Book Summery:

Ashley Smith spent her life being shipped from one family member to the next. When Ashley’s estranged father dies, she finally has the money to go to college and the chance to find a place where she belongs.

Within days, Ashley has found the one thing she’s always longed for – a family. She may have even found love. There’s only one problem. Ashley likes Colin…a lot, but so does Randi, and everyone likes Randi. Randi’s approval is the single easiest way to belong. Falling in love with Randi’s crush is the single easiest way to find oneself on the outside for the next three years.

When Ashley arrived at college, she never dreamed she’d find this kind of happiness. Will she allow herself to hold on to this happiness, and Colin, or will her fear of losing her friends, the only friends she’s ever known, dictate her actions?

Book Review:

Accepted was a sweet new adult romance which dealt with friendship, love and tearing down walls. I loved so many parts of this book, the characters, the plot and every compelling scene. I absolutely adored Ashley, she was such a sweet girl that desperately wanted to feel wanted and loved. The thing was she was missing out on some of that while worrying about what she would lose if she would allow Colin in. Becca and Colin were also great characters! I wish this story was longer so I could have seen more interaction between Becca and Ashley, they seemed to become great best friends and I wanted to see/feel that a little more. Colin on the other hand was a sweetheart, he was behind Ashley every step of the way and even did things that made me say “aww” after I found out.

The things that I didn’t like aren’t huge; I just wish the story was longer!!!!! I did not want to give up reading right when Ashley and Colin started their relationship! I was left wanting more, maybe a second book can be written 😉

Book Review: Rue Toulouse by Debby Grahl

Published January 8, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

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Title- Rue Toulouse

Author- Debby Grahl

Publisher- The Writers Coffee Shop

Release- January 15th, 2015

Amazon- http://goo.gl/2JZtDH

BOOK SUMMERY:

It’s Mardi Gras time in New Orleans. Attending a masquerade ball, wealthy fashion designer Caterine Doucette, dressed as a shimmering ice princess, has her cool façade shattered when she encounters Bayou-born ex-cop Remi Michaud, disguised as the darkly handsome pirate Jean Lafitte. Their true identities hidden, the princess and the pirate come together in an explosion of passion and desire. But when fantasy turns to cold reality, Caterine panics and disappears into the night, unaware this man will soon be sent to rescue her from a killer and will capture her heart.

Orphaned at a young age, Caterine grew up in the home of her beloved grandmother, Miss Dauphine Doucette. Despised by her Doucette relatives for the devotion she received from her grandmère, Caterine suffered years of envy and disdain. The young Caterine learned quickly how easily the love she had to give could be thrown back in her face.

After Miss Dauphine turns over ownership of the century-old fashion house, Ma Chérie, to Caterine, an attempt is made on her life, for there are those in the Doucette family who will stop at nothing to possess what they feel is their rightful inheritance.

Not knowing whom to trust, Caterine goes into hiding. Miss Dauphine, convinced someone in her own family is behind the attack, hires Remi, now working for a private security company, to track her down and unmask her would-be assassin.

Learning that the affluent Caterine Doucette is the beautiful princess he held in his arms at the ball, Remi is torn between his growing desire for her and painful memories of another rich socialite’s betrayal. Caterine finds herself falling in love with Remi, but old embedded pain leaves her afraid to open her heart.

Down in the Big Easy, Caterine and Remi must learn to trust one another if they are to survive in a world of family greed and ruthless revenge

BOOK REVIEW:

Caterine and Remi met like they were in as though they were in a fairy tale. They originally met on the street when Caterine was fighting with her boyfriend. Their second meeting however their second meeting reminded me of a more scandalous version of Cinderella involving a pirate and not a prince (and I am not complaining). At the ball they danced, had sex in arbor, and she left a hair clip while running away. The only difference was this pirate knew exactly who his princess was. Who would not want a night like that, I think most girls have a fantasy like that, even if they don’t admit it. I was rooting for these two to be together and not let the fact that they were from different economy classes get in the way.

Rue Toulouse was filled with so much mystery; I kept trying to figure out who was trying to kill Caterine. Each time the charterers suspected another character I completely agreed and saw how they could have been after Caterine. Once I found out who it was I was shocked, but all ythe little pieces fell together and I saw how they could be the ones after her.

I loved that this book kept me on my toes and kept me guessing. The time passed so quickly and I was finished reading after a short period of time.

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Wonderland Wednesdays: Ascension by Lorenz Font

Published January 7, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

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Title- Ascension

Author- Lorenz Font

Publisher- The Writers Coffee Shop

Release- January 8rd, 2015

Amazon- http://goo.gl/GaxpYo

BOOK SUMMERY:

Rohnert comes from a long line of pure-blooded vampires. Quiet and principled, he is known for his combat expertise and is beloved by peers and students alike. Having broken away from the Vampire Council, Rohnert has nothing to do with the affairs of the elite group of Elders, which is being run into the ground by Goran, a former friend and ally.

With the vampire race in upheaval, he must rise to the occasion and fulfill the prophecy of the black book, which is the source of wisdom and history of his people. Refusing to support Goran’s tyrannical rule and with no interest in ruling himself, he allies with freedom fighters led by the indomitable Harrow Gates. However, the prophecies failed to prepare him to handle one passionate and determined human doctor.

Shelly Anderson vowed to never fall in love again, but her resolve quickly changes upon meeting enigmatic and reclusive Rohnert. Although she was lucky enough to get what she wanted, their one night together ended in a nightmare. Now carrying his baby, she intends to raise the child on her own, but Rohnert’s unexpected reentry into her life derails her plans.

While she teaches him how powerful a human’s love can be, Rohnert realizes the lengths he is willing to go to keep her close and safe, even if it means violating a long-standing decree among pure-blooded vampires to keep their bloodlines alive.

When Goran begins to kill off the remaining Elders, Harrow’s rebels urge Rohnert to step in, but it isn’t until harsh reality comes knocking at his door that his choice becomes clear. Rohnert must do whatever he can to save the people he loves or risk losing them forever, but the reluctant savior may already be too late to protect the lives that matter most.

BOOK REVIEW:

After reading the first book in the Gates Legacy Hunted I became attached to Harrow and Jordan. Then I read the second book in the series and I became attached to Tor and Alison while falling further in love with Harrow and Jordan. Now I have finished the third installment and I can say I have grown attached to Rohnert and Shelly. When I first began this series, the multiple points of view confused me and I will confess I was not a fan, but now I can say I love that Lorenz Font has done this. As a reader, I am able to still see the world through the eyes of all my beloved characters even though the story isn’t truly based on them.

Ascension not only has the characters that we have grown to love, but we are introduced to so many more. We were also introduced into the vampire culture a little more; like the mating rituals and how the vampire council works. This novel was filled with all the drama the first two had and of course it had the same devastation the pervious installments had. I have to say Lorenz Font has surprised me with each story, and I have not seen some of the plot coming, and I will admit I had some tears.

For all those romance lovers, there were defiantly some sexy scenes between Rohnert and Shelly and of course so much love with all the pairs (Harrow/Jordan and Tor/Allison). There were also some sneak peeks of future pairs that I am very excited to see more of.

I cannot wait to see where Lorenz Font takes this vampire/human family next!!

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10 Years (Time for Love #5) By Bethany Lopez

Published January 7, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

Check out this gorgeous cover for 10 YEARS by Bethany Lopez! Don’t forget to read the excerpt below and add it to your TBR!

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Title: 10 Years (Time for Love #5)

Author: Bethany Lopez

Age Group: NA

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Cover Designer: B Designs

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BOOK SUMMERY:

Nice guys don’t always finish last…

Gwen and Craig met through their older siblings when they were ten years old. The shy girl who loved to take pictures, and the focused baseball playing boy were fast friends, whose relationship grew strong as they grew older.

When Gwen’s innocence is stolen at a high school party, she turns to her best friend, Craig. Always her rock, Craig does what he can to defend Gwen’s honor, while still abiding by her wishes.

After a night of passion leads to a morning of pain, Gwen fears that the person she loves the most, is the person that is destined to destroy her, so she pushes Craig away.

Ten years after their friendship began, Gwen and Craig are both at college excelling in their respective passions, but there’s a void in both of their lives, where their bond used to be.When both finally admit their love for each other, and agree to give romance a shot, will they finally become the couple that everyone knows they’re destined to be, or will Gwen’s unresolved issues from her past, tear them apart forever?

Excerpt ~ Gwen

His lips were softer than I’d ever imagined, and I’d imagined them a lot. At least once a day since I turned thirteen, maybe more.

I brought a hand up to touch his cheek gently, worried that too much movement on my part would bring him back to reality, and he’d pull away.

I could taste beer on his breath, but I didn’t mind. He moved closer, his hand on my back drawing me in so our chests touched. I took a sharp breath at the contact, amazed at how good it felt.

This was the first time I’d kissed, or touched another guy since that night with Brad at his party, but it was apples and oranges in comparison. With Craig I didn’t have one second of doubt, I knew I wanted his lips on mine, and now that I’d had a taste, I didn’t know how I’d ever be able to go back to the way things used to be.

I hoped he felt the same.

“Can I touch you, Gwennie?” Craig asked, his hand at the hem of my t-shirt.

His breath against my ear caused goosebumps to break out over my sensitive flesh.

“Yes,” I responded, my voice barely a whisper.

His hand was cool against my heated stomach and I shivered as he ran it up towards my breasts, which became heave in anticipation of his touch.

*This story is meant for readers 18 and older.

Series Reading Order:

8 Weeks

21 Days

42 Hours

15 Minutes

10 Years ~ Releasing, Feb 3, 2015

About the Author:

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Award-Winning Author Bethany Lopez began self-publishing in June 2011. Since then she has published various YA and NA books. She is a lover of romance, family, and friends, and enjoys incorporating those things in what she writes. When she isn’t reading or writing, she loves spending time with her husband and children, traveling whenever possible.

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Shadow Fire by Kimberly Leigh Wheaton

Published January 5, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

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Title: Shadow Fire (The Light Chronicles #1)

Author: Kimber Leigh Wheaton

Release Date: 02/24/14

Publisher: Astraea Press

BOOK SUMMERY

Ashlyn – a free-spirited teenager whose peaceful life is shattered when the village elders honor her with a perilous quest to recover a stolen relic.

Zane – a jaded mercenary, torn by his undeniable desire for Ashlyn and the dark secret that could make her hate him forever.

Delistaire – a malevolent sorcerer driven by an insatiable lust for power.
All three are bound together by an ancient relic supposedly infused with the power of a Goddess.

Shadow Fire – adventure, passion, secrets, and betrayal

As Ashlyn and Zane race to stay one step ahead of the evil lurking in the shadows, their passions are ignited and their bond strengthens. But will they find the relic before Delistaire? Or has their entire quest been orchestrated from the very beginning by a madman in pursuit of ultimate power?

BOOK EXCERPT

Every step I take is one step closer to death.

Hiking through the dense underbrush, I try to calm my frayed nerves and control the fear threatening to overwhelm me. Twigs and tendrils of ivy grab at my ankles as I continue to forge ahead, forcing me to wrench away from their skeletal grip. The sunlight is fading, signaling the end of another day, but this is no ordinary day.

A loud crack pierces the air. I freeze in my tracks, my breath catching in my throat. Whipping my head around, I try to locate the source of the sound. My heart pounds in my chest, the erratic rhythm painful. These woods are full of predators, some animal, some monster, but the worst… human. Taking a deep breath, I listen to the surrounding woods: birds chirp, insects hum, and small animals scurry about as if they have no care in the world.

Lungs burning, I force myself to continue walking. I didn’t collapse three weeks ago when this whole fiasco started, and I won’t give in now. My family needs me to be strong.

The trees become sparser as I approach the edge of the forest. My shoulders slump when I pass the tree house we used to play in so many years ago. Any other day when I’m this close to home after a long day of hunting, I’d smile, breathe a sigh of relief, and perhaps look forward to dinner. Today there will be no raucous family meal, no solace in entering the peaceful village, and nothing to smile about.

The villagers will be awaiting my return, skulking in the shadows, desperate to catch a glimpse of the walking dead girl.

I’ve dealt with the whispers and pointing for three weeks with my head held high, my anxiety hidden behind a mask of indifference. I don’t want them to see me like this, trembling in fear, broken. They’ve taken everything I am, every hope, every dream I’ve had for the future and smashed them to pieces with little hope of salvation. The townsfolk of Verdane decided my fate and they chose death.

The elders told me being Chosen is an honor. Either they are ignorant or apathetic. Every five years for the last twenty, a teenage girl has been chosen by the town, via secret ballot, to undertake this dangerous quest, never to return. Perhaps if the elders had to forfeit their lives instead they wouldn’t be so quick to label it an honor, they’d call it what it is… a sacrifice.

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Read Me Friday: The Forgetting by Nicole Maggi

Published January 2, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

The Forgetting

Title- The Forgetting

Author- Nicole Maggi

Publisher- SourceFire Books

Release- February 3rd, 2015

Amazon- http://goo.gl/yPMw72

Rating- Four Stars

BOOK SUMMERY:


Georgie Kendrick wakes up after a heart transplant, but the organ beating in her chest doesn’t seem to be in tune with the rest of her body. Why does she have a sudden urge for strawberries when she’s been allergic for years? Why can’t she remember last Christmas?

Driven to find her donor, Georgie discovers her heart belonged to a girl her own age who fell out of the foster care system and into a rough life on the streets. Everyone thinks she committed suicide, but Georgie is compelled to find the truth – before she loses herself completely.

BOOK REVIEW:

Nicole Maggi did a great just writing about a girl who has just had a heart transplant. I personally know someone who has recently had a heart transplant and the main character in this story reminded me of her. Although, there were some parts that were a little unbelievable. I do believe that after a transplant the person feels like something doesn’t belong, and the recipient starts to think if they deserve it or they can feel that the heart isn’t beating the way their old heart did, but the whole seeing visions of the past owners life is a bit of a stretch.

The issues the story touched upon were interesting and not ones that I have read about before. This was the first time I read a story that involved sex trafficking. There were someone good points in the story and I love that Nicole Maggi wrote about ways to help these children involved. She was able to intertwine these ways into the story perfectly through Georgie. This was also the first book I read that involved a transgender, I thought the struggles she was going through with family were quite believable, not all family are accepting.

I would recommend this book for young adults that aren’t really looking for a realistic fiction. I think that teens would enjoy reading it!