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Cover Reveal: Just Close Enough by Elizabeth Marx

Published October 28, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

Title: Just Close Enough (Alabama Secrets Series #2)
Author: Elizabeth Marx
Mature NA Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 1, 2015
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A man out for revenge…

When Alexander Volkow raced into Crossroads, Alabama and bought up half of Broad Street, the entire town questioned his motives, but he didn’t care. He did it for one reason and only one reason — to find the man who went AWOL from the military with his brother, Kon. Knowing Kon, something is terribly wrong, and Alex is set on retribution.

But when all roads lead to the town’s favorite daughter, who just happens to be the missing man’s fiancée, Alex can’t help but be mesmerized by her alluring southern charm and sexy little snort.

A woman searching for a way out…

No amount of bartending, snake charming, or organic cotton growing can stop the fear blooming inside Polly Anna Coots. She knows if her MIA fiancée is found alive, he’ll want to follow through with their marriage plans, but she has had a change of heart — and not just because of the new man she can’t get out of her head. If her fiancée returns and she reneges on their future, she’ll end up DOA.

When one of Polly Anna’s snakes runs Alex off the road, sparks fly, and the two embark on a steamy collision course in a small town filled with secrets that add fuel to the smoldering fire.

Can either one of them get just close enough to acquire what they need from the other without falling in love?

*Can be read as a stand alone.

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just when you think you know what’s going to happen next. Her writing is
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the ‘happily ever after’ through a journey of poignant and passionate moments.
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Book Review: Return Once More by Trisha Leigh

Published October 27, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

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Return Once More (The Historians #1)

by Trisha Leigh

Release Date: 09/29/15

Bloomsbury Spark

Summary from Goodreads:

If you could learn the identity of your one true love—even though you will never meet— would you?

Years have passed since refugees from a ruined earth took to space, eventually settling a new system of planets. Science has not only made the leaps necessary to allow time travel, but the process engineered a strange side effect—predicting your one true love.

If you could save your one true love from an untimely death, would you be able to resist?

Sixteen-year-old Kaia Vespasian is an apprentice to the Historians—a group charged with using time travel to document the triumphs and failures of the past—and she can’t resist a peek at her long-dead soul mate in Ancient Egypt. Before she knows it, she’s broken every rule in the book, and the consequences of getting caught could destroy more than just her new romance.

Or would you have the strength to watch him die?

But when Kaia notices a fellow classmate snooping around in a time where he doesn’t belong, she suspects he has a secret of his own—and the conspiracy she uncovers could threaten the entire universe. If her experience has taught her anything, to changing history means facing the consequences. The Historians trained her to observe and record the past, but Kaia never guessed she might have to protect it— in a race across time to save her only chance at a future.

My Thoughts:

I don’t read a lot of time travel books, but I’m glad I picked this one up. This was one of those books where you thought you knew what was happening, but then there was a twist or a turn. I loved that I didn’t know where the book was going; it kept me intrigued and made me want to read as much as I could.

I found it interesting that 17 years old you could find your one true love. It was also interesting that this one true love wasn’t only attainable. I couldn’t imagine finding out who my sole mate is only to find out he passed away years before.

I’m not a history fan by any means, but this book didn’t bore me with all of the historian references and going back in time. It actually was very interesting!

I am very glad I had a chance to read this book!

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About the Author

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Trisha Leigh is a product of the Midwest, which means it’s pop, not soda, garage sales, not tag sales, and you guys as opposed to y’all. Most of the time. She’s been writing seriously for five years now, and has published 4 young adult novels and 4 new adult novels (under her pen name Lyla Payne). Her favorite things, in no particular order, include: reading, Game of Thrones, Hershey’s kisses, reading, her dogs (Yoda and Jilly), summer, movies,  reading, Jude Law, coffee, and rewatching WB series from the 90’s-00’s.

Her family is made up of farmers and/or almost rock stars from Iowa, people who numerous, loud, full of love, and the kind of people that make the world better. Trisha tries her best to honor them, and the lessons they’ve taught, through characters and stories—made up, of course, but true enough in their way.

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Book Review: First & Then by Emma Mills

Published October 26, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

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Title- First & Then

Author- Emma Mills

Publisher- Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

Amazon- http://goo.gl/cNxgvb

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Devon Tennyson wouldn’t change a thing. She’s happy watching Friday night games from the bleachers, silently crushing on best friend Cas, and blissfully ignoring the future after high school. But the universe has other plans. It delivers Devon’s cousin Foster, an unrepentant social outlier with a surprising talent for football, and the obnoxiously superior and maddeningly attractive star running back, Ezra, right where she doesn’t want them first into her P.E. class and then into every other aspect of her life.

Pride and Prejudice meets Friday Night Lights in this contemporary novel about falling in love with the unexpected boy, with a new brother, and with yourself.

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First & Then was a very enjoyable read, but I wanted a little more from it. The good, I love Jane Austen and all the references to her and her books. I also liked Devon as a main character. She had some issues and was working through them just like all high school seniors. A lot of her problems felt real; friendship, family and relationships. At first I really wanted to see her with Cas, but as the book went on and he disappeared a little I lost my love for him. He did and said something that I just wasn’t a fan of. However, I was team Ezra, he was such a sweet guy and I wish I had read more about him. In the beginning he was there, but not a lot. That was just one thing that was missing for me, more Ezra. I also, wanted more from the secondary characters; I would have loved to see more of a friendship with Lindsey, and Jordan (I can see him having a book). Foster was adorable and such a great character. There was so much too him and he was going through a lot. Which leads me to the next thing that was missing, there were so many great issues spoken about in this book, but not fully explored. I would have seen a little more with these issues.

Again, this was an enjoyable book with great characters that YA fans will enjoy reading!

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Emma Mills is a debut author better known to her subscribers as vlogger Elmify. She is also cocreator and cohost of the “life skills” channel How to Adult.

Book Review: The Touched by Jennifer Weiser

Published October 22, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog
The Touched (The Descendants #1)
by Jennifer Weiser
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Release Date: September 29th, 2015
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Synopsis:

The first sixteen years of Arabella Penthallow’s life have been a lie…
In a world where deception is the key to survival, Ara has kept up the charade of being a perfect Legion Leader’s daughter. But a darkness stirs, and she discovers she is Touched, a mortal gifted by the Gods. The Touched are as rare as they are feared, and Ara is forced to leave Union City for neighboring Midnight City to protect herself and those she loves, leaving Tove Thorn, the boy who has always known her heart, behind.
Carter Decker has vowed to burn Union City to the ground…
Midnight City’s cocky, infamous bad boy always gets what he wants, and he wants Union City to pay for burning his mother alive because she was Touched. When Carter meets Ara, she is everything he’s been taught to hate. Then he learns she is Touched—just like him—he isn’t sure who he hates more…the Touched girl whose father killed his mother, or himself for being tempted by someone he’s sworn to kill.
They are told they’re fated to be soul mates…and they each wish the other never existed.
When Midnight City is attacked by Union City, Carter and Arabella will do the unthinkable…even if it means falling for the enemy. The truth lies in Arabella’s home nation, and Tove is waiting. Soul mates or not, he has an advantage Carter doesn’t, fated souls be damned.
War is coming…and Ara is the prize.



After reading The Touched, I looked to see what else Jennifer Wieser wrote and to my surprise, this was her debut novel. I cannot believe this is and what a fantastic debut it was!!! Ms. Wieser did a great job building a new world filled with so many things. All the characters in the novel were great and I like that there were a couple of POVs, this made me understand this new world better. It also makes me a little torn about whom I wanted Ara to be with, Carter or Tove. I think I may like Carter a little better, but I’m still torn.

Ms. Wiester wrote in a way that I could imagine each and ever scene and every little bit of magic. Making this very enjoyable to read and boy am I itching to read the next one! What a cliffhanger!!

If you are a fan of YA Paranormal Dystopian then this is a book worth checking out!!!

I can’t help the way my eyes take inventory of her. I can’t stop staring at her, almost as if I need to memorize every inch of her, as if looking away from her soft, raven-black curls, emerald-green eyes, and dark, blood-red stained lips will physically kill me. My tongue flicks over my own dry lips and I find myself wondering if hers taste like cherries. Or apples. That’s what that red of hers reminds me of.

The sky-blue corset she wears over an ivory lace shirt fits tightly around her slender curves. My hands itch to touch her. To reach out and run my hands through her hair. She’s too beautiful to be

real, yet here she is. In front of me. She holds no smile toward me. No outreached hand to shake my own as Father introduces her. Her eyes narrow as she continues to stare intently at me.

Her arms cross tightly across her chest, clearly unimpressed by what she sees.

You hate her. Balling my fists at my side, I try to rein in the way she has begun to unnerve me. The way I want to run my hands down her, to watch her close her eyes and whisper my name. Chills race down my spine. My body is responding to her in ways I’ve never responded to any chick before.

Father stands with pride as he nods toward me, waiting for me to welcome Rob’s new recruit. But I don’t. I stare just as hard at her as she does at me, finally feeling the narrow of my eyes. Why the hell do I want her? Why the hell am I feeling anything for her?

Father frowns when I don’t offer my hand to her. “Arabella will be staying with us for the next few months,” Father says. But what he leaves out is, “She’ll be staying indefinitely when you realize that she’s your fated, Carter.”

But she won’t. I’ll see to that. I may like her appearance, and her body might cause me to think

and feel things, but it doesn’t change the fact that I vowed to make and keep her and Union City as my enemy. I will end her. Make no mistake about that. She will burn for the crimes her father committed against my mother.

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Jennifer Weiser is a young adult author who has always been a book nerd and a bit chocolate obsessed. Writing has always been a favorite escape, but quickly became a passion not long after the birth of her daughter. When she isn’t combing the shelves of her local book stores or blogging about newest book obsessions, you can find her nestled in her nook creating worlds she hopes that one day will inspire her daughter, who not only has given her the courage to follow her dreams–but offers the inspirations that help color their worlds together.
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Book Review: Laguna Heights by Kaira Rouda

Published October 21, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog
We’re celebrating the release of Laguna Heights by Kaira Rouda! 

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TITLE: Laguna Heights (Laguna
Beach, 2)
AUTHOR: Kaira Rouda
Adult Contemporary Romance
 
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Annie and Hank
have created a perfect life in Laguna Beach but when a dark secret is revealed,
will their marriage survive?



In high school, Annie Johns was the calm,
supportive sidekick to the rest of the tumultuous female stars of the hit
reality TV show, Laguna Nights. Today, she’s living the happy life as a mom
that she predicted on the show long ago. There’s only one problem: the secret
from her past that haunts her most nights, a secret that if revealed could ruin
everything she shares with her husband, Hank, the man who saved her from the
heartache.



MY THOUGHTS

Laguna Heights is the second book of the Laguna Beach Series. Being that I went through high school/college watching a like the one the book is based on, I find it quite interesting. These books are based on the characters after the show. Annie was on the show, but what happened after the show changed her.

 

This is a short book and has so much potential to be a longer book with a lot more to it. Once the story was over I was left with wanting to know more of Annie’s story. The ending came so abruptly. I did love it however and can not wait for the next one!

 

 

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About
Kaira Rouda

Kaira Rouda is a USA
Today bestselling, multiple award-winning author of contemporary women’s
fiction and sexy modern romance novels that sparkle with humor and heart. Her
women’s fiction titles include HERE, HOME, HOPE, ALL THE DIFFERENCE and IN THE
MIRROR. Her bestselling short story is titled, A MOTHER’S DAY. Kaira’s work has
won the Indie Excellence Award, USA Book Awards, the Reader’s Choice Awards and
honorable mention in the Writer’s Digest International Book Awards. Her books
have been widely reviewed and featured in leading magazines.

Her sexy contemporary romance series
set on INDIGO ISLAND includes: WEEKEND WITH THE TYCOON, Book 1; HER FORBIDDEN
LOVE, Book 2; THE TROUBLE WITH CHRISTMAS, Book 3; and THE BILLIONAIRE’S BID,
Book 4. Each of these novellas can be read as a stand alone, or enjoyed as a
series. Her new series is set in LAGUNA BEACH and includes: LAGUNA NIGHTS, Book
1; LAGUNA HEIGHTS, Book 2; and LAGUNA LIGHTS, Book 3 coming winter 2015. She
also helped launch Melissa Foster’s The Remington’s Kindle World with her
bestselling novella, SPOTLIGHT ON LOVE, and is part of Carly Phillips Dare to
Love Kindle World with THE CELEBRITY DARE.
Her nonfiction titles, REAL YOU
INCORPORATED: 8 Essentials for Women Entrepreneurs, and REAL YOU FOR AUTHORS: 8
Essentials for Women Writers (available for free download on her website)
continue to inspire. 
She lives
in Southern California with her husband and four almost-grown kids, and is at
work on her next novel. Connect with her on Twitter, Facebook at Kaira Rouda
Books and on her website, KairaRouda.com.

Release Day- One Life by A.J Pine

Published October 20, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

Join us in celebrating the release of ONE LIFE by A.J. Pine!

ONE LIFE (Only You #2) by A.J. Pine
NA Contemporary Romance
Berkley/Intermix
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In the latest from the author of One Night, tragedy causes a young woman to struggle to keep her head above water, and the only one who can help her is the guy who’s been in the friend zone for the past year . . .
Every time life throws Zoe Adler a curve ball, she changes her appearance. Freshmen year—after almost following in her mother’s alcoholic footsteps—she said good-bye to her blonde, girl-next-door image and opted for jet black hair and piercings galore. After her brother Wyatt’s death, she escapes to the city to teach a summer art program for kids. Her black hair goes blue, and she finds solace in the arms of a longtime friend, in his heart, and in his bed—but her guilt makes her unable to accept the love he wants to give.

Spock might be the guy to save Zoe. But when she learns the truth about his past, the edge she’s teetered on since losing Wyatt drops out from under her. The girl who kept it together for everyone finally falls apart. Now Zoe must choose between drowning in guilt about Wyatt or asking for help. But even if she gets the help she needs, Spock may not be waiting for her when she’s ready to let love in.

About the Author:

AJ Pine writes stories to break readers’ hearts, but don’t worry—she’ll mend them with a happily ever after. As an English teacher and a librarian, AJ has always surrounded herself with books. All her favorites have one big commonality–romance. Naturally, her books have the same. When she’s not writing, she’s of course reading. Then there’s online shopping (everything from groceries to shoes) and a tiny bit of TV where she nourishes her undying love of vampires and superheroes. And in the midst of all of this, you’ll also find her hanging with her family in the Chicago ‘burbs.

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