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Book Review: Kissing Her Crush by Ophelia London

Published November 23, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

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Title- Kissing Her Crush

Author- Ophelia London

Publisher- Entangled Bliss

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He’s sweet trouble…

Natalie Holden wants three things: To be the best chocolate chemist in Hershey, Pennsylvania, to prove her chocolate recipe can help teenage depression, and to get over gorgeous Luke Elliott, the guy she’s had a crush on since birth. Unfortunately, he’s the microbiologist set to debunk her chocolate study. And, of course, he looks more delicious than ever!
Luke Elliott is still bitter over his divorce. Work is his passion now, and landing a huge promotion is just what he needs. What he doesn’t need is a crackpot trying to prove that chocolate cures depression. The last thing he expects is for the crackpot to be Natalie Holden—his “what if” girl from high school—or that she’d still tempt the hell out of him.

They may not see eye-to-eye on her project, but they can’t deny the explosive chemistry that keeps pulling them together. Even when it risks their jobs and the very different futures they both want…

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I always enjoy reading Ophelia London’s books and I have read numerous ones. She has a way of engaging me from the very first page to the very last!

Kissing Her Crush is the second book in the Sugar City Series; in this book we meet Natalie, whose friends with the heroine, Sharona, from the first book. Natalie is a chocolate chemist who wants to help teenagers with their depressions and she thinks she’s found something to help. The only thing standing in her way is a man named Luke. Years ago Luke stole her heart and now he’s back and might be responsible for shutting down her plans to help her brother and other teenagers with depression.

I really enjoyed this story, like most of Ms. London’s and Bliss books this was a fun and lighthearted read that makes the reader smile the whole way through. The characters were great and I know I want to know more about some of them (maybe a book 3?). I enjoyed all the banter between Natalie and Luke. I also enjoyed the moments with Natalie and her family.

If you are looking for a fun quick read, than this is a great one for you!

 

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USA Today bestselling author Ophelia London was born and raised among the redwood trees in beautiful northern California. Once she was fully educated, she decided to settle in Florida, but her car broke down in Texas and she’s lived in Dallas ever since. A cupcake and treadmill aficionado (obviously those things are connected), she spends her time watching arthouse movies and impossibly trashy TV, while living vicariously through the characters she writes. Ophelia is the author of KISSING HER CRUSH in the new Sugar City series; AIMEE & THE HEARTTHROB; CHALK LINES & LIPSTICK; DEFINITELY, MAYBE IN LOVE; the Abby Road series; and the Perfect Kisses series. Visit her at ophelialondon.com. But don’t call when The Vampire Diaries (or Dawson’s Creek) is on.

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Release Day: I Do by A.J. Pine

Published November 16, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog
You are cordially invited to celebrate the release of I DO!
 
Duncan McAllister is marrying Elaina Tripoli tomorrow. Except—he’s missing. Jordan, Noah, Griffin, Maggie, and Miles arrive in Greece for the festivities to find frantic messages from both the bride and groom. Noah and Griffin set off to find Duncan while Jordan, Maggie, and Miles try to salvage what should be a day of celebration before the wedding.
But the Americans have their own baggage. Noah’s got a surprise planned for Jordan that has to go perfectly. Griffin’s keeping life-changing news from Maggie. And Miles—well, he wasn’t looking for love on this trip until a Greek sous chef named Alex rocks his world.
The race is on for Duncan to make it back to Elaina before she decides not to take him back at all. For Noah to make sure his monumental plan goes off without a hitch. For Griffin to tell Maggie the truth without losing her. For Miles to admit that letting himself fall in love is worth the risk.
Happily Ever After waits at the finish line…if the four couples can make it on time.
 
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“Expect to giggle, frantically turn the pages and experience the intense romance as if you were watching it on the big screen.” — RT Book Reviews
 
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“Funny, heartwarming, and full of hijinks for an ensemble cast. The perfect ending for AJ Pine’s beloved characters!” — Megan Erickson, author of Playing for her Heart
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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.


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Release Day: My Soul to Keep by Kennedy Ryan

Published November 16, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

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It seems the things worth keeping are often the hardest to hold…

KAI

I had two things in life that mattered. My mother and my music.
Mama was taken from me too soon, and now music is all I have left. It’s the thing that’s pushed me right out of backwoods Georgia into Los Angeles, where the line between fantasy and reality shimmers and blurs. I’m finally making my way, making my mark. I can’t afford to fall for one of music’s brightest stars. Not now. Music is all I have left, and I’m holding on tight with both hands. I won’t let go, not even for Rhyson Gray.

RHYSON

I had one thing in my life that mattered – music. The only constant, it’s taken me to heights most people only dream about; a gift dropped in my lap at birth. I thought it was enough. I thought it was everything until I met Kai. Now she’s all I think about, like a song I can’t get out of my head. If I have to chase her, if I have to give up everything – I will. And once she’s mine, I won’t let go.

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I shouldn’t have come. All the things I felt and fought, the things I suspected he felt too, he just spewed all over me. And as much as I want to be, I’m not sure I’m ready. I’ll never forget seeing my Mama in bed for days after Daddy left. And even though she got up, I suspect a part of her never left that bed, but just stayed there, waiting. We had to leave the house where she grew up and where I spent my first years, because Daddy left us with nowhere to go. Mama learned to stand on her two feet, and I’ve done the same. I just didn’t count on Rhyson sweeping me off of them.

“We’re obviously on different pages about this.” I pull my hands free and turn to leave, but he steps in front of me, blocking my grand exit. “Let’s talk later.”

“Enough talking.”

The heat of his body grabs me before his hands do. He traps my chin between two fingers, taking my mouth in a paradox of rough and tender. I want to move. To slide away from his body pressing me into the pool table. But I can’t. Not with his hand caressing my back. Not with his tongue in my mouth. Not with his erection pressing into my stomach. I can’t. I won’t. I have been denying myself this, and I’m so damn hungry. My mouth opens under his, ravenous and wet and hot. His groan vibrates against my lips.

“Yes. Good God, yes, Pep.” His words slip down my throat.

I strain up on tiptoes, clawing my fingers into his dark hair, forcing him closer. He lifts me onto the pool table, planting himself between my knees. His fingers skim my bare thigh, working up my leg until he reaches a damp patch of silk. He pushes my panties aside, rubbing his hand into the wet flesh there before sliding one long finger and then another inside of me. I rock into these fingers which have awed millions with their skill. They own me. I’m the instrument in his hands. He’s playing me. Plucking at me. Strumming me.

He tugs at the wide neck of my sweater until it falls away from my shoulder, slipping his hand in and cupping my naked breast. He brushes his fingers over my nipple, and I lose my mind and every inhibition. My head flops back and I stretch my legs wider, offering him anything he wants.

“Are you kidding me?” His question burns the vulnerable curve of my neck as he drags his lips to my shoulder. “You come here wearing no bra and think I won’t…”

He abandons the words, his dark, untidy head disappearing under my sweater, and before I have time to regain even millimeters of sanity, my nipple is in his mouth and he’s suckling me. Not gentle. Not soft. My breasts are so small, he almost eats me whole. Every draw, every suck, every bite sends a power surge to my core until my knees hold his hips in a desperate grip, and my nails rake across the flat surface of the pool table behind me.

His mouth at my breast. His fingers inside me. His clean scent surrounding me. I have nowhere to hide anymore. I am exposed. I want to spread myself wide open for him. That voice that has been telling me I can’t rely on him. I can’t trust him. I can’t need him—that voice is stunned into silence by his thorough possession of my body, by the inferno between my legs, blazing a hole right through my soul and scorching my heart.

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About Kennedy Ryan

 

I just can’t write about myself in third person for one more bio! I’m a wife, a mom, a writer, an advocate for families living with autism. That’s me in a nutshell. Crack the nut, and you’ll find a Southern girl gone Southern California who loves pizza and Diet Coke, and wishes she got to watch a lot more television. You can usually catch me up too late, on social media too much, or FINALLY putting a dent in my ever-growing To Be Read list!

 

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Book Review: Laguna Lights by Kaira Rouda

Published November 14, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog
Laguna
Lights 
(Laguna Beach, 3)
Adult
Contemporary Romance
Cover designer:
Okay Creations
Photographer:
Trace Rouda
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Welcome back to Laguna Beach… 

Laura Kinkaid’s
glamorous Hollywood life is falling apart. After years of reality television
stardom beginning in high school on Laguna Nights, her career and relationship
with her long-term boyfriend Scott are fizzling out. Laura decides to go home
to Laguna Beach for the weekend to attend a baby shower for her high school
friend. That decision – and a car accident – will lead her to a new future, if
she’s ready to take a chance at love. 


Paul Dorn’s former
life in New York City is far behind him and he’s working in a popular Laguna
Beach surf shop when fate brings the most beautiful woman he’s ever met into
his life. The attraction is instant and he has an overwhelming desire to
protect her. While Paul’s retail sales career is a short-term job for market
research purposes, his focus on Laura is long-term. 


Will Laura allow a
handsome stranger to help her create a future unlike her past, or will the
bright lights of Hollywood pull her back to LA? 
 Review:

I am really enjoining the Laguna Beach Series. Each book has a cast of interesting characters that are fun to read. I also love seeing characters from pervious books in the current book I’m reading. Even though previous characters are within the story, you can read each of these books as a stand-alone.

Laura was just dumped by her boyfriend of many years, Scott. She is completely heartbroken and decides to go back to Laguna Beach, her hometown, for Annie’s baby shower. While there she gets into a car accident, which leads her to Paul.

From the first book in the series, I didn’t think I would like Laura’s book when it came out. I’m glad that she grew on me during this book, which I did enjoy reading. Laura changed a lot during this book and it was great seeing it. I also loved Paul; he was such an amazing guy! There was a little drama that talk about with out giving away some things.

I can not wait to see if their will be a forth book in this series, maybe Scott’s story?

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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.

Book Review: Forget Tomorrow by Pintip Dunn

Published November 13, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

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Forget Tomorrow

by Pintip Dunn

Release Date: 11/03/15

Entangled Teen

Summary from Goodreads:

Imagine a world where your destiny has already been decided…by your future self.

 

It’s Callie’s seventeenth birthday and, like everyone else, she’s eagerly awaiting her vision―a memory sent back in time to sculpt each citizen into the person they’re meant to be. A world-class swimmer. A renowned scientist.

Or in Callie’s case, a criminal.

In her vision, she sees herself murdering her beloved — and gifted —  younger sister. Before she can process what it means, Callie is arrested, treated viciously, and placed in Limbo―a prison for those destined to break the law. With the help of her childhood crush, Logan, a boy she hasn’t spoken to in five years, she escapes this hellish prison.

But on the run from her future, as well as the government, Callie sets in motion a chain of events that she hopes will change her fate. If not, she must figure out how to protect her sister from the biggest threat of all—Callie, herself.

Review:

Forget Tomorrow was an interesting concept. In this dystopian world, people are given their future memories and they are not always good memories. For example, in the future Callie is going to kill her sister, Jessa. The beginning of this story was a little bit slow for me and it took a little while to get me engaged, but once it picked up, it was interesting.

Callie had to go through a lot and you could see how much she cared for her family. Then there was Logan he was great. I like how this story did have any instalove, I have been seeing that too much lately.

This ending up because I great surprise and I did enjoy getting to know the characters and reading this story.

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When my first-grade teacher asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I replied, “An author.” Although I have pursued other interests over the years, this dream has never wavered.

I graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. I received my J.D. at Yale Law School, where I was an editor of the YALE LAW JOURNAL. I published an article in the YALE LAW JOURNAL, entitled, “How Judges Overrule: Speech Act Theory and the Doctrine of Stare Decisis,” and received the Barry S. Kaplan Prize for best paper in Law and Literature.

I am represented by literary agent Beth Miller of Writers House. I’m a 2012 Golden Heart® finalist and a 2014 double-finalist. I’m a member of Romance Writers of America, Washington Romance Writers, YARWA, and The Golden Network.

I live with my husband and children in Maryland.

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Release Day: Bound by Prophecy by Stormy Smith

Published November 12, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

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Amelia Bradbury is finally free from Queen Julia and Cresthaven, but she isn’t safe yet. The Keeper power runs rampant inside her and it will take an ultimate act of selflessness to contain the darkness that threatens Amelia’s sanity and the future of the Immortal race.

Aidan Montgomery refuses to give up on Amelia. Once she’s rescued from the Keeper’s hold, he intends to prove his love is more than a side effect of the prophecy, even if doing so leads him away from his pack and on a journey that will irrevocably change them both.

When the past and the present collide and the shocking origin of the Immortals is revealed, Amelia and Aidan are forced back to Cresthaven to end a war that never should have started.


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Amelia grew up in a world of half-truths. She knows she’s an Elder, but has no idea what that means. Her father reminds her daily that she must maintain control, but he refuses to explain why. Even worse, she’s betrothed to the prince of the Immortals and doesn’t even know his name.

Finally breaking free to live a few normal years at a community college, the last thing Amelia expects is to find her best friend in a cheeky southern girl, or fall for a self-assured human who sees her for who she is, not what she will become.

As she learns more about herself, Amelia realizes the line between love and duty is a thin one. As her power continues to increase exponentially and her questions are slowly answered, Amelia must make the ultimate choice. The question is, will her head win the battle, or her heart?


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About Stormy Smith

A word nerd from the very beginning, Stormy Smith has always had her nose in a book or a pen in her hand. From a journalism degree to a public relations career, manipulating words has always been her forte. She never expected her love of stories to translate into writing them, but one day the words were there and couldn’t be stopped.
Stormy lives in Iowa’s capital with her husband and two crazy cats. When she isn’t working on, or thinking about, her books, Stormy’s favorite places include bar patios, live music shows, her yoga mat or anywhere she can relax with her husband or girlfriends.

Book Review: Kiss Kill Love Him Still by Jamie Blair and Dawn Rae Miller

Published November 12, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog
Kiss Kill Love Him Still
by Jamie Blair & Dawn Rae Miller
Release Date: November 10th 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
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Synopsis:
Jackson Landis kept secrets. It’s how he got girls into bed, the grades he wanted, and a reputation for being the life of the party.
But now he’s dead, and no one knows how or why. Especially not the four girls whose secrets he protected. Secrets so scandalous they could cause each girl to lose something valuable. Secrets so dark, someone may have killed for them.
The four girls – a campus drug dealer, an overweight bookworm, a closeted lesbian, and a spoiled princess have one thing in common – they’re terrified the things Jackson knew may not have died with him. As Reggie, Haddie, Val, and Livie try to piece together her own role in Jackson’s death, each girl realizes Jackson had some not-so-pretty skeletons of his own.
Which makes a girl wonder, who really wanted Jackson Landis dead?

BOOK REVIEW:

This book was a great quick read for YA readers. Through out the book you see the multiple POVs from 4 girls who have had interactions with Jackson, who was found dead. I just wanted to now who killed him! Each time I read a new POV I could see how that person killed him, but I could also see why they didn’t. Sometimes multiple Povs are hard to follow, but these authors made it work. While waiting I couldn’t wait to see what the character had to say next!

I’m not sure if it was because Jackson didn’t have a POV or anything, but the more I got to know him through the girls, the more I didn’t like him. I’m not really too sure what attracted everyone to him. I also didn’t have a favorite character in this one. They all had their quirks, but they also all have their moments where they were a little likable.

Again this was a quick great YA read that I know teens will enjoy.

Young adult author of the Kirkus-starred novel Leap Of Faith (Simon & Schuster 2013), and Lost To Me (2014), featured in the New York Times and USA Today bestselling anthology, Dirty Boys of Summer. Represented by Rebecca Friedman of RF Literary.
Dawn is a Twitter and fashion addict whose favorite things in life are her family, gorgeous dresses, tea leaf salad, and French macarons. She splits her time between San Francisco and Northern Virginia, and is always up for a trip to Paris.
During release week the book will be on sale for $.99. On top of this sale Dawn and Jamie will also be giving away 2×3 book buttons to the first 100 people who buy the book!
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