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Book Review: 10 Things Slone Hates About Tru by Tera Lynn Childs

Published September 20, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

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Title- 10 Things Slone Hates About Tru

Author- Tera Lynn Childs

Publisher- Entangled Crush

Amazon- http://goo.gl/XPNYMh

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When life gives you a blank canvas, make art.

Sloane Whitaker hates everything about moving to Texas. She hates leaving behind her friends and half her family in New York, starting over senior year at Austin’s NextGen Academy, and having to say she lives in Texas. Most of all, she hates that it’s all her fault. If she wants to earn her way back to the Big Apple, she has to prove she can still be the perfect daughter.

Which means no vandalism art, no trouble at school, and absolutely no Tru Dorsey, her serial screw-up neighbor, who loves nothing more than pushing her buttons.

But from the moment he vaults onto the roof outside her bedroom, there is something about him that makes her want to break every rule. Suddenly it’ s not the ten things she hates about Tru that are at the top of her list. It’s the ten reasons she doesn’t want to be without him.

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There was so much potential in this book, but for some reason it fell a little flat for me. Don’t get me wrong this was a good book, but it took me a while to read it since it wasn’t fully engaging. Again, this is just my option and young readers I think would really love this book.

 

Slone has left New York because of something she did (it took a while to figure out what she did), this is where she meets Tru, a known trouble maker that Slones needs to stay away from. Easier said then done! I did enjoy Slone and Tru’s friendship, they were quite the pair. I really enjoyed watching it grown into more as well.

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Tera Lynn Childs is the RITA-award-winning author of the mythology-based Oh.My. Gods. and Goddess Boot Camp, the mermaid tales Forgive My Fins, Fins Are Forever and Just For Fins, and a kick-butt trilogy about monster-hunting descendants of Medusa that includes Sweet Venom, Sweet Shadows, and Sweet Legacy. She has published two e-novellas, Goddess In Time and Pretty In Pearls, and self-published her City Chicks sweet chick lit series. Tera lives nowhere in particular and spends her time writing wherever she can find a comfy chair and a steady stream of caffeinated beverages.

Sizzling Saturdays: His Last Redemption by Clarissa Yip

Published March 7, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

His Last Redemption

Title- His Last Redemption

Author- Clarissa Yip

Publisher- Entangled Ignite

Release Date- March 10, 2015

Amazon-   http://goo.gl/N6XVVG

BOOK SUMMERY:

First comes marriage. Then comes murder…

Lauren Burke waited fifteen months and twenty-three days for her divorce to be finalized. Instead, her ex-husband went one step further—he turned up dead. And the detective working on the case is none other than Kane Hollister—the man who ran off over three years ago and shattered Lauren’s heart into a zillion pieces…

It looks like Lauren, but she’s no longer the carefree girl Kane once knew. And yet he can’t deny the awareness that heats his blood at the sight of her. But when the death threats begin, Kane realizes that the killer has a new target…and it’s Lauren. Now he must protect the woman he’s always loved—and always hurt—from a vicious murderer. And when the sparks between them ignite, Lauren will have to make a choice between her life… or her heart!

MY THOUGHTS:

His Last Redemption was a second chance suspenseful romance. I like a little mystery in the books that I read from time to time, and that is what drew me to this book. I think that is what kept me reading this book as well; I wanted to know who the Pearl Killer was. Yes, there is a story line other than that, but I wasn’t a fan of it as much.

There was something about Lauren that made me annoyed. I’m not sure if it was because it too her three years to leave a man that was cheating on her while she was giving him money to build his company or hot/coldness towards Kane. Both Kane and Lauren opened up to each other to allow themselves to be happy.

This was a very quick read as well and I think that it can be made into a series if the author chooses to write a book about another one of the characters. I can see a book about Ryan or even about Lauren. I thought Ryan was funny and I think his book would be great.

Mad Mondays: Paper or Plastic by Vivi Barnes

Published February 2, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

Paper or Plastic

Title- Paper or Plastic

Author- Vivi Barnes

Publisher- Entangled: Teen

Release Date- February 3, 2015

Amazon-   http://goo.gl/RmGTA5

Book Summery:

Busted. Alexis Dubois just got caught shoplifting a cheap tube of lipstick at the local SmartMart. She doesn’t know what’s worse—disappointing her overbearing beauty-pageant-obsessed mother for the zillionth time…or her punishment. Because Lex is forced to spend her summer working at the store, where the only things stranger than the staff are the customers.

Now Lex is stuck in the bizarro world of big-box retail. Coupon cutters, jerk customers, and learning exactly what a “Code B” really is (ew). And for added awkwardness, her new supervisor is the totally cute—and adorably geeky—Noah Grayson. Trying to balance her out-of-control mother, her pitching position on the softball team, and her secret crush on the school geek makes for one crazy summer. But ultimately, could the worst job in the world be the best thing that ever happened to her?

My Thoughts:

Welcome to SmartMart, where crime pays minimum wage…

What a great read!! Paper or plastic was a sweet story about Alexis, who was caught shoplifting and to pay for her crimes she must work at the SmartMart. When Alexis starts working at the store she’s so negative! Not only about the situation but the people and store as well. Though out the book her view on everyone changes, the more she works with these people the more she likes them. Ruthie was too funny; she completely seemed to love life. Then there was Bessie, someone who was more like a grandmother to the employees. Last but not least there was Noah, a manager at the store, who also is her best friend’s arch enemy. He was a very hard working guy helping to support his family.

I thought the setting in the supermarket was quite interesting, I have read a book that was set in one yet and it was interesting to see who they came across, like the extreme coupon lady!

I like that the story between Noah and Alexis wasn’t love at first sight and they needed to work towards being together. There were cute little scenes between the two of them in the supermarket as well. I love how in the end Noah helped Alexis grow and mature along with him.

I would recommend this book for anyone who enjoys reading sweet YA books.

Book Review: How (Not) to Fall in Love by Lisa Brown Roberts

Published February 1, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

Title- How (Not) to fall in Love

Author- Lisa Brown Roberts

Publisher- Entangled Publishing

Release Date- February 3, 2015

Amazon-   http://goo.gl/Z2rVdh

Book Summery:

Seventeen-year-old Darcy Covington doesn’t know the difference between a pawn shop and a thrift shop. Even her dog eats gourmet food, so she’s totally unprepared when her car is repossessed from the parking lot of her elite private school. Turns out her father, a semi-famous motivational speaker, has skipped town, abandoning his family while his business collapses. Even David Letterman comes up with ten reasons why her father won’t ever return home.

Desperate to sell her expensive jewelry for much-needed cash, Darcy discovers that her dad’s brother runs a funky thrift shop on a street full of eccentric characters, including a coffee shop owner named Liz and one supremely hot fix-it guy named Lucas.

Darcy finds some solace hanging out with her uncle and Lucas in the thrift shop and working in Liz’s coffee shop, while the rest of her life falls apart. The time she spends with the uber hot Lucas helps takes her mind off her family’s troubles, even though she’s sure he’s only nice to her because he works for her uncle, especially when she meets the cover girl beauty she thinks he’s dating.

Can Darcy find the courage she needs to adapt to the necessary changes brought about by her family’s drastically reduced lifestyle? And will she open her eyes to the amazing realization that Lucas wants much more than friendship from her?

My Thoughts:

“ Because you’re stronger than you realize and you have potential to be heroic”

How (Not) to fall in Love is a sweet heart-warming story about family, friendship and love. I did not expect this book to have the message it did in the end and I think a lot of young readers can learn from this.

Darcy’s father disappears leaves her and her mom to stand on their own two feet. The problem is Darcy’s mom can’t handle it and mentally checks out. This is when Darcy decides she needs to grow up and take care of things on her own. I love that she took charge and didn’t sit back and watch her world fall apart.

I loved the secondary characters as well!!!! Charlie was such a sweet man who wanted to be a part of his family’s lives, even if his brother didn’t want him to be. I love that he would send a salt shaker to Darcy every year and she kept each and every one of them! The salt and pepper shakers play a role throughout the whole book which I enjoyed as well. It took me a while to figure out Lucas, it always seemed like he was hiding something. I am still kind of unsure of his relationship with a girl named Heather, and what they really were to each other. I like that Lucas was always there for Darcy too, always trying to be her knight! Also, how can anyone not like his little sister Pickles?!?! She was too stinkin cute and always spoke her mind!

There were some times where I found myself skimming some parts of the book, but all in all I really enjoyed it and it did engage me from beginning to end.

Sizzling Saturdays: Pretty Smart Girls by Shae Ross

Published January 31, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

Pretty Smart Girls (Entangled Embrace)

 

Title- Pretty Smart Girls

Author- Shae Ross

Amazon-   http://goo.gl/j5bNT4

Book Summery:

Team Ryan
Ryan Rose and her fellow Spartans are finalists in a high-profile entrepreneurial competition. They’re competing for life-changing money and for their futures. They have a solid plan to win. All they need to do is trounce the competition: rich frat boys from an archrival university. Easy, right?

Team Jett
Jett Trebuchet’s first mistake was not realizing that Ryan and her friends were the competition. His second was expressing his unabashed confidence in his team’s ability to win. After all, everyone knows the only thing MSU does better than U of M is produce beautiful, easy women…oh, and he almost forgot to say “dumb.” And boy, does his team pay for that one.

Game On
As each side tries to game the other, something else seems to be getting in the way—attraction. Now Ryan and Jett must keep their teams from getting distracted by the opposite sex…and each other. All is not fair in love and war when it comes to winning this game.

Book Review:

Pretty Smart Girls was one of those books that once I started reading it, I could not put it down. There were so many parts that I absolutely loved while reading as well! All the characters had such great chemistry together and there was great banter amongst them.

I liked that the romance wasn’t love at first sight, yes there was an attraction, but Jett and Ryan worked up to figuring out their feelings. I adored the photo booth scene, it was just too perfect!!! I also liked the Jett and Ryan’s teammates’ relationships with each other.

This is a read book that will engage the reader from the very beginning. If you like shows like the apprentice you will love this book!!!!

Sizzling Saturdays: Some Like it Sizzling by Robbie Terman

Published January 24, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

Some Like It Sizzling (Entangled Select Contemporary)

Title- Some Like it Sizzling

Author- Robbie Terman

Release Date- January 12th, 2015

Amazon- http://goo.gl/JYolnX

BOOK SUMMERY:

Former model and restaurateur Jenna Rawley has a plan. Marry the man who looks best on paper, and live the secure life she craved as a child. But when her fiancé runs off, with her money, Jenna’s left with nothing but the past she’s spent years outrunning. With no other options, she’s forced to move back home, find a second job, and come face-to-face with a man who has every reason to distrust her.

Firefighter Luke Kearney never forgave Jenna for leaving town after he proposed in high school. So, he’s not especially happy when he’s forced to plan their fifteen-year-reunion with her. Jenna is the last person he can trust. But the more they work together, the more Luke realizes that the girl who broke his heart might have become the woman he could love forever.

MY REVIEW:

There are a lot of second chance books out there and it’s a type of book I really enjoy reading. During this book I was able to see both main characters Luke and Jenna grown and change, and that is something I love seeing. I also loved Luke! Well, I loved him until he turned into a jerk toward the end! I’m not really sure how I felt about Jenna, she was very frustrating and I just wanted her to explain why she left all those years ago. I had my suspicions and I ended being half correct!

It was very interesting to have Luke’s wife’s POV while reading the story, not sure it was to set up the next book in the series or just to get more perspective on Luke. It did allow me to realize how much Luke loved Jenna, even if he didn’t see it himself. Olivia was a very likeable character but having her point of view showed how she wasn’t really there to break anyone up.

Read Me Fridays: Her Backup Boyfriend by Ashlee Mallory

Published January 23, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

Her Backup Boyfriend

Title- Her Back up Boyfriend

Author- Ashlee Mallory

Release Date- January 19th, 2015

Amazon- http://goo.gl/s2ukH8

BOOK SUMMERY:

One little white lie leads to more than she planned…

Straight-laced lawyer Kate Matthews always plays by the rules. But when her ex gets engaged and a big promotion is on the line at work, she blurts out that she has a new boyfriend. And now that she’s proved she “has a life” outside of work, everything is perfect. Except for one teeny little detail―there is no boyfriend. And now Kate’s liable for her little white lie…

Dominic Sorensen is hot, charming, and very definitely not Kate’s type. But not only does Dominic want to help Kate renovate her home, he’s also willing to play “boyfriend.” All he wants in return is a little pro bono work for his sister. Now instead of Mr. Right, Kate has a delectable Mr. Fix-It-Right―and some unbelievable sexual chemistry. And if falling for Dominic is a breach of contract, Kate is guilty as charged…

MY REVIEW:

What a sweet story!!!! I am a huge fan of Entangled Bliss stories and this one did not fail me. I think this story had the right amount of passion and cute moments. Even though it was the type of story where I basically knew what was going to happen, it didn’t keep me from enjoying it. I loved how Kate changed and grew as a person, finding what she really wanted in life as appose to what she thought she wanted. Dominic, I do not know what to say about him, he had the biggest heart and a big contender for a book boyfriend!!!! His family were quite a group of characters as well! I cannot wait to read more stories about them and hopefully seeing how Kate and Dominic are doing.

This is the type of book that I know I will be reading again and again when I want to curl up with a cute love story.

Sizzling Saturdays: One Night of Trouble by Elle Kennedy

Published January 17, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

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Title- One Night of Trouble

Author- Elle Kennedy

Publisher- Entangled Publishing

Amazon- http://goo.gl/QJf6SR

Book Summery:

No More Mr. Nice Guy…

The moment AJ Walsh sees the sexy, tattooed pixie walk up to his bar, it’s lust at first sight. He’s always been labeled
the “nice” guy―opening doors, buying flowers, and never, ever having one-night stands. But with this wicked little
angel with red lips and unfathomably dark eyes? Oh, yeah. Tonight, “nice” has nothing to do with it…

Brett Conlon is trying to convince her family that she’s put away her reckless wild girl side for good. Nothing―and
no one―could be better for her reputation than golden boy AJ Walsh. So they make a deal: if he plays The Good
Boyfriend for her family, he can be a very, very bad boy with her. Now their one naughty night is about to turn into a
whole lot of trouble…

Book Review:

One Night of Trouble was my least favorite of the After Hours Series, not to sure why, but I didn’t really feel a connection with the characters as I did with the first two. Yet this story did not fall short by any means and I still enjoyed it. Instead of the guy being the bad boy, this story made the girl the bad girl and the male the good guy. Although, there is a lot more to A.J than meets the eye.

Again this installment had enough smut in this book for people that enjoy it and a story line that makes you love every single character.

Book Excerpt:

AJ pulled a cell phone from his back pocket and glanced at the screen. “It’s

eleven fifty-eight. Looks like you’re about to turn into a pumpkin. Did you drive

here?”

She shook her head. “I’m calling a taxi.”

“Or…” His eyes gleamed recklessly.

Brett’s throat went dry. “Or?”

“Or I could drive you home.”

Uh-oh.

Big uh-oh.

The awareness that had sizzled between them earlier returned in full force,

leaving pinpricks of heat along her bare arms. The air was cool and she’d left her

coat inside, but she wasn’t cold. Not by a long shot.

She knew exactly what would happen if she let AJ drive her home. She might

have willpower when it came to alcohol, but around this man? With his sandy-
blond hair and chiseled features and sparkling green eyes? And that incredible

body? And throw in the fact that she hadn’t had sex in six months?

Willpower? Fat chance.

“What do you say, Brett? Do you want a ride?” No missing the way his voice

went husky at the word ride.

Oh boy. Oh boy oh boy oh boy.

This was not the AJ Walsh she remembered. Back then he’d come off as a

gentleman.

Right now there was nothing gentlemanly about him. His expression was

downright smoldering, broad body radiating pure sex appeal. If he took her

home, she knew it wouldn’t end with her walking up to her apartment alone.

But she still had to make sure she wasn’t misinterpreting that look on his face.

“What are you really asking me?” she said bluntly.

“I’m asking if I can take you home and screw your brains out.”

Her thighs clenched so hard she almost keeled over.

Okay, well, that certainly left nothing to interpretation.

“Judging by your response, I think you like the sound of that.” There was

something smugly male in his voice.

Hers was embarrassingly squeaky and as weak as her attempted ignorance.

“What response?”

He flashed a knowing smile. “What, you think I can’t tell when a woman is

attracted to me?”

Nope, this was not the AJ she remembered. The golden boy was gone, replaced

by a primal creature teeming with raw sexual energy. The electricity in the air

was liable to burn her alive.

“Y-you…” She swallowed hard. “You don’t seem like the kind of man who does

stuff like this. Sleeping with someone you’ve just met…”

“Why do women always take it upon themselves to decide what kind of man I

am?”

“Am I wrong?” she challenged.

After a beat, he gave a sheepish grin. “Fine. I haven’t had a lot of one-night

stands. But…” His eyes burned. “I have a feeling not going home with you tonight

would be the biggest mistake of my life.”

Sizzling Saturdays: One night of Scandal by Elle Kennedy

Published January 17, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

One Night of Scandal (After Hours, #2)

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Author- Elle Kennedy

Publisher- Entangled Publishing

Amazon- http://goo.gl/wPFy2o

BOOK SUMMERY:

The wrong man never felt so right…

Ex-fighter Reed Miller has been secretly lusting over his best friend’s girl for months, but he refuses to jeopardize a friendship over a woman—especially one who doesn’t like him all that much. Now that Darcy’s on the market again, it’s even more imperative to stick to his strict hands-off policy. But the sizzling attraction between them is too powerful to ignore, and once he’s had a taste of her…all bets are off.

Darcy Grant is tired of walking the straight and narrow path. She’s on the hunt for passion, and there’s no denying Reed is just the man to give it to her. Although she has no interest in dating a bad boy, and certainly not her ex’s best friend, it’s impossible not to melt beneath Reed’s skillful touch. Now it’s just a matter of setting a few ground rules—and hoping her rule-breaking, sweet-talking bad boy agrees to follow them. But if she lets Reed into her bed, does she stand a chance of keeping him out of her heart?

BOOK REVIEW:

One Night of Scandal is the second installment in the After Hours series, but this time we learn a little more about bad boy Reed and A. J’s girlfriend Darcy. I have to confess I might like Reed and Darcy’s story more than Gage and Skyler’s, and I adored them! I felt that there was something between Reed and Darcy in the first book, so it was really easy to feel their chemistry right off the bat in this book. I also think I related more to Darcy, she a teacher and some things she said were something I can see myself saying like, “How do I even phrase it? What does Ecstasy even come in? Hits? Pills? Fingers, you know like whiskey?”.

Again this installment had enough smut in this book for people that enjoy it and a story line that makes you love every single character. I can’t not wait to see what is in store for A.J next.

BOOK EXCERPT:

“Darcy, wait. Seriously. Come on, wait up.”

She kept up the brisk pace, ignoring Reed’s increasingly annoyed shouts from behind

her. Her heels snapped on the pavement in an angry click-clack as she barreled down

the sidewalk. She’d taken five more steps when a heavy hand clapped on her shoulder.

“Must you always be so damn difficult?” His aggravated rumble heated the back of her

neck.

Darcy twirled around to face him. “Dude, just go away.”

His lips twitched. “Can I at least apologize first, dude?”

“No.”

He grasped her arm before she could walk away. “What do you mean, no?”

“Should I say it in a different language so you can understand? Fine. Non. Nein. Niet.

Nej. Nai. Um—”

“Nai?”

“That’s Japanese,” she said haughtily. “Duh.”

“Do I even want to ask why you can say the word no in so many languages?”

She blew a strand of hair out of her eyes. “I’m a teacher, Reed. I know things.”

His deep chuckle sent an unexpected—and extremely unwelcome—shiver scurrying

through her. Before tonight, she’d never felt anything even close to warmth or

awareness toward this man, but somehow her system had shortcircuited, and now she

couldn’t stop staring at his mouth. His firm and surprisingly sensual mouth. And all that

dark stubble sweeping across his strong jaw… She wanted to run her fingertips over it

and feel those bristles scratching her skin.

No, you don’t.

Right. Of course she didn’t.

God, what on earth did the Krib’s bartenders put in their drinks? Those shooters were

obviously messing with her head.

Sizzling Saturdays: One Night of Sin by Elle Kennedy

Published January 17, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

One Night of Sin (After Hours, #1)

Title- One Night of Sin

Author- Elle Kennedy

Publisher- Entangled Publishing

Amazon- http://goo.gl/hNRINV

BOOK SUMMERY:

Sometimes it’s good to be bad…

When it comes to sex, good girl Skyler Thompson always plays it safe, choosing stable and sedate over wild and thrilling. She doesn’t do one-night-stands, but one look at sinfully sexy Gage Holt and she’s willing to reconsider. He makes her want to be bad for once in her life, and she’s prepared to take what she wants.

Danger follows former MMA fighter Gage Holt like a shadow. Despite his successes as part owner of Sin, an exclusive nightclub in Boston, Gage can’t risk getting involved with a woman, especially one as sweet as Skyler. Still, he can’t resist a taste—and it’s so damn good he has to see her again.

As addicted as he is to her, Gage knows there’s no future for him and Skyler—not with his past lurking in the dark corners of an MMA cage. But Skylar’s tougher than she looks, and she’s ready to fight for her man.

BOOK REVIEW:

Being that One Night of Sin is under 200 pages it was a quick read, but that doesn’t mean Ms. Kennedy didn’t make us fall in love with the book any less. There was enough smut in this book for people that enjoy it and a story line that makes you love every single character. I kind of like that there was no big drama in this story, Gage and his three best friends are owners of a new club called Sin, when he has a run in with a beautiful girl named Skyler, he can’t deny the attraction.

As characters I loved both Gage and Skyer! I like that Skyler was the good girl and Gage brought out the bad in her. Ms. Kennedy also allowed a little glimpse to the character that will be in the next books and I must say, I think that is something more going on with Reed than he likes to admit!!

BOOK EXCEPT:

He rummaged in his pocket for his e-cigarette, lifted his head—and froze.

His blue-eyed angel sat eight feet away. Slender body up on the wooden crate next to the staff

door, chestnut-brown hair falling over one shoulder, dress riding up her thighs to reveal long,

silky legs.

He sucked in a breath. Lord, she was even more appealing up close. Not beautiful in the

Hollywood sense, but intriguingly attractive in a very real way. The enormous blue eyes were

her best feature, and her mouth was just pouty enough to conjure up the image of plump lips

wrapped around his dick.

Gage cleared his throat. “You shouldn’t be out here.”

She jumped at the sound of his voice, head swiveling and gaze flying to his. She instantly

hopped off the crate, smoothing out the front of her dress as a frown creased her lips. “Why

not?”

“A pretty girl all alone in an alley at midnight—I don’t think it needs much more explanation than

that.” He inhaled a quick drag of the e-cigarette. The mint-flavored vapor was no substitute for a

real smoke, and he wasn’t sure why he even bothered with it.

“I just needed some air.” Her voice was huskier than he’d imagined it would be. Sexier. “I’ll go

back inside soon.”

Wait—she’d only come outside for air? And her date had been asking about prostitutes in her

absence? Wow. Real stand-up guy.

“It’s so crowded in there,” she added.

“Nightclubs usually are,” he said dryly.

“Yeah, I guess they are. I’m not much of a clubber, but Mick wouldn’t take no for an answer. He

said I haven’t lived until I’ve gone to Sin.” A sigh slipped out. “It’s our first date…”

Gage waited for her to continue. When she didn’t, he filled in the rest. “And you’re not at all into

him.”

“Why do you say that?”

His gaze slid back to hers, slow and purposeful. “Because if you were, you wouldn’t have been

eye-fucking me all night.”

Her breath hitched, cheeks growing the most appealing shade of pink.

He had to laugh. “Am I wrong?”

The denial he’d expected didn’t come. “No, you’re not wrong.”