Saturday, October 25, 2014

**My TBR List ~ Review ~ The Truth About Alice ~ Jennifer Mathieu**

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My To-Be Read List is a new meme hosted by Michelle @Because Reading. Michelle has been doing this for awhile and recently decided to extend the fun for us all. I thought it was a fabulous idea because it gets y'all in the game and it helps me knock off some of the many, many books on my TBR list. You're more than welcome to join in the fun! I've included the basic rules below but you can click on the graphic above to hop over to Michelle's site where you can find all the details. 

Here's how it works:
On the first Saturday of each month, I will make a post with three books from my TBR List (these books can be already on your ereader or bookshelf OR books you might want to purchase) and add your link on the linky that will be provided on Michelle's post. Y'ALL will help me choose which book I will read next. The following Saturday, I will announce which book won. Then the last Saturday of the month, I'll post my review.


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The Truth About Alice
The Truth About Alice
by Jennifer Mathieu
Release Date: June 3, 2014
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic
Source: Roaring Brook Press via Netgalley
Rating: 4.5 Bookworms
Goodreads

Synopsis
Everyone know Alice slept with two guys at one party.

But did you know Alice was sexting Brandon when he crashed his car?

It's true. Ask ANYBODY.

Rumor has it that Alice Franklin is a slut. It's written all over the bathroom stall at Healy High for everyone to see. And after star quarterback Brandon Fitzsimmons dies in a car accident, the rumors start to spiral out of control.

In this remarkable debut novel, four Healy High students - the girl who has the infamous party, the car accident survivor, the former best friend, and the boy next door - tell all they know.


But exactly what is the truth about Alice? In the end there's only one person to ask: Alice herself.



The Truth About Alice is a very moving and realistic look at teen life. It also speaks to the power of words.

This story is told from four different POVs - all characters with varying degrees of interaction with Alice. There's Elaine, the head of the popular girl clique, who has a grudge against Alice over something from 8th grade. Then there's Josh, the star wide receiver who survived the car accident Alice supposedly caused. There's Kelsie, Alice's BFF, who was so quick to turn her back on Alice in order to ensure she kept her popular girl status. And finally, Kurt, the nerdy boy who was the only one to reach out to Alice when she most needed someone.

Alice herself is just a normal girl with a less than normal family. And she falls victim to nasty words and rumors.

This was a difficult story to read. I wanted to shake Elaine, Kelsie, and Josh on several occasions, but I remember being a teen. Heck I'm mom to two teen girls. And although I've taught my girls (all my kids, actually) compassion and right from wrong, ultimately their behavior is their choice. I'm not intimating that any of these characters had strong role models at home. And they live in a small, judgmental town. But they all seemed to realize what they were doing was hurtful and wrong. And yet they didn't stop.

Alice said:
There is one thing I've learned about people: they don't get that mean and nasty overnight. It's not human nature. But if you give people enough time, eventually they'll do the most heartbreaking stuff in the world.
I think this basically sums up this story. I choose to believe that Elaine, Kelsie, and Josh saw the errors of their way and lived differently. What I know is that words carry unbelievable power to hurt. And it's a hurt that can't be undone. But Alice's experience taught her an invaluable lesson about what's important in life.

Friday, October 24, 2014

**Promo Blitz & Giveaway ~ Faithful ~ S.A. Wolfe**





We're celebrating the release of 
FAITHFUL by S.A. Wolfe 
from October 23-November 6!


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Title: FAITHFUL (Fearsome #3)
Author: S.A. Wolfe
Age Group: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 23, 2014
Goodreads


Book Description:
A bombshell waitress who wants more. A former FBI agent who wants less ...
except for her.

Imogene Walsh has always been unapologetically confident and ruthlessly opinionated with people, particularly men. No one is spared from her unfiltered mouth, but it hasn’t seemed to deter Cooper MacKenzie. Although he is not the clean-cut, businessman type she’s always thought she should pursue, Imogene is drawn to the sexy outsider who is the hottest topic in town gossip, the fantasy
heartthrob women love to speculate about.

She has spent most of her life in the little town of Hera, NY, putting her numerous forgettable relationships behind her and floundering in both her professional and personal life. Work and men—neither have gone well for her. Now it’s reached the point where she wants to stop playing it safe.

It may be time to live up to her tough reputation and take a chance on Cooper, the only man who isn’t intimidated by Imogene’s brash personality. However, it could be a thrilling ride that doesn't end well.

*This is a standalone novel in the FEARSOME Series.






My single friends are getting married and caught up in their newfound blissfully wedded lives of creating homes and being spouses. Meanwhile, I’m being left behind.
Therefore, I did what any normal woman would do. I grabbed the first bottle of champagne Lois had opened and got busy, pushing that tinge of sorrow and jealousy so far down my throat all I could feel was a complacent numbness.
Now I’m losing the cute, little runt, and I’m lost, stuck in the maze. I stop running and put my hands on my hips as I catch my breath while Toby’s giggles continue to grow farther away.
“Imogene,” a deep voice purrs my name, smooth and rich like sweet liquid on his lips.
When I turn around, he smiles. Man, he is handsome. I’ve always thought so, but tonight, the moonlight captures his tall, lean form in an unearthly sight of mythical beauty. His shoulder-length golden  hair shines, and his gray eyes stalk me like a wild cat. Being drunk takes my imagination to thoughts I have been dismissing for months. Inebriation is also what makes it easy for me to walk quickly towards him and fling my arms around his neck. Then I pull him down for the kiss I have long fantasized about.
Strong and solid, he resists my brazen behavior before giving in and kissing me deeply. The smoothness of his movements comes from experience and confidence and, hopefully, excitement for me. One of his hands presses against my lower back, pulling me tightly to him while the other reaches under my skirt and firmly holds one of my butt cheeks.
I grab fistfuls of his thick hair as I stand on tiptoes to kiss him. When we unlock our lips for air, I feel him smile against my cheek, and then I bury my face against the warm skin of his neck.
“Imogene,” he whispers, his breath tickling my ear and sending a shiver of tingles through me. I close my eyes and hold on to him. “I think I drank too much.”
“I’ve got you.”
I feel my feet leave the ground as he lifts me up. My head is about to roll backwards before he adjusts me so my face rests against his hard chest. My arms are still wrapped around his neck as a sleepy contentment takes over my body. I sigh, and his chest rumbles with a laugh.
This is an unexpected turn of events, one I don’t want to end.



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About the Author:


S. A. Wolfe lives with her family in New York City. She is a voracious reader of all types of fiction and passionate about writing. She loves connecting with readers on Facebook or email her at: sawolfe24@gmail.com.

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**OctobeRec Fest Review #4 ~ The Arrangement #2 ~ HM Ward**


I started The Arrangement after Sharrice @Reese's Reviews gifted me a copy of #1. I was immediately hooked on this story so I decided to continue it during my month of reading blogger recommendations. :) Thanks, Sharrice, for introducing me to Sean Ferro! ;) 


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The Arrangement 2: The Ferro Family (The Arrangement, #2)The Arrangement #2
Release Date: January 16, 2013
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Source: Purchased ecopy @Amazon
Rating: 4.5 Bookworms
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Synopsis
Avery's life is slipping between her fingers. Everything that she worked to achieve will be gone if she doesn't take this job. The idea of being a call girl doesn't appeal to Avery, but her first client does. Sean is too difficult to resist. This might be the opportunity to fix her finances and find love. She just has to have enough guts to go through with it.



Oh the anticipation! Both Avery and Sean are harboring secrets from one another. Avery needs this job and she wants Sean but feels she shouldn't. Sean apparently feels the same way about wanting Avery. And then there's this darned arrangement between them...


This second installment definitely ratcheted up the tension. The will they or won't they, the fun they share getting to know one another, and the remorse and guilt coupled with the lust they feel for one another, it all made for tension so thick you could almost cut it. However, none of my questions were answered.

I still don't know who Sean Ferro really is or what deep, dark secrets he hides that send him to a place where he buys his dates. I'm also beginning to wonder if there's more about Avery that I don't yet know. And it's all so compelling.

Ward does an excellent job of doling out information and excitement in small enough doses to keep me riveted. I hope once all is revealed that it's worth the price tag because at $3/novella, times 16, it's a pricey, yet irresistible serial.


Thursday, October 23, 2014

**That's What HE Said ~ #16**



That's What He Said is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely ladies @Chapter Break. Here's the deal: every Thursday, post a line from your book boyfriend to his heroine. Keep in mind, these are direct quotes from dialog in the books. The quote doesn't have to be romantic - just something our hunky hero said to his lucky lady. Be sure to link up over at Chapter Break as well.

My pick this week for That's What He Said is from:

Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward


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I was dead until you found me, though I breathed. I was sightless, though I could see. And then you came...and I was awakened.


Although I'm not caught up in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, Lover Awakened is my favorite so far. Zsadist felt so unworthy of love, and Bella showed him how wrong he was.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

**Release Day Blitz, Review, & Giveaway ~ Profile, Social Media #5 ~ JA Huss**


Happy Release Day, JA Huss!!


Profile released *TODAY*, y'all! I can't believe we're already 5/6's of the way through this serial. Have you started the Social Media series yet? What are you waiting for? 

Oh, FYI, Profile will be *99 cents** until Home, the final installment releases.


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Profile (Social Media #5)
By @JAHuss
Publication Date: October 22, 2014
Novella (100ish pages)
Adult Contemporary Romance

Description
All the best fairytale princesses have the most horrific pasts. Mine just happens to be more horrific than most. 

Fantasizing over Vaughn Asher was a dream. Meeting Vaughn Asher was a fairytale. Loving Vaughn Asher was my downfall.

The past is always there. Waiting. Waiting to expose you. Waiting to ruin you. Waiting to take you back. Sometimes not even a prince can save you.


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I reluctantly admit, that girl in the movie is my Grace.

“Vaughn,” Felicity says as she places a gentle hand on my shoulder. “We’re gonna find her. Just write her a nice message in case she has a chance to log in. If he deleted her account, then
maybe she’ll have an opportunity to get to that computer.”

I nod at her and take my attention back to the secret accounts we made. I pull up the pictures we traded. Naked selfies. This makes me smile at the memory. It was only a couple weeks ago, but I feel like she’s been a part of my life for ages. I feel like I’ve known her forever. Like our souls are connected by some ethereal string that was stretched taut from our absence. But the moment our eyes met back in Saint Thomas, we reconnected. We were pulled together by the forces of a long­-lost love.

I feel like I’ve been waiting my whole life for this girl. I feel like she is my soulmate.

My fingers find the keyboard and I try to put that into a tweet. Try to give her hope with a few words and some well­placed hashtags.

Master @mrinvsman
There’s no possible way I won’t find you. Our hearts are tethered by love & fate. I’m tugging on that string -­ feel me? #OnMyWay #Soulmates

I press send and hold my breath, hoping against hope for a reply. But the minutes tick off and I get nothing. Just nothing. My phone rings and jolts me out of my funk. “Vaughn Asher.”

“Mr. Asher, this is Detective Torrino. We’re suspending the search. Grace Kinsella just called Channel 9 and stated she’s accepted a job in Singapore that was offered to her in Vegas last week in order to get away from you.”

Singapore. “Well, how the hell do you know that was her?”

“She confirmed her social security number, her childhood address, and her bank account number. He best friend Bebe Chambers confirms it was her voice.”

“So? My daughter can get that information. That’s not a confirmation of identity. And maybe she’s being forced to say those things? How about a picture? How about a FaceTime? How about you ask her to log into her other Twitter account and read the message that’s posted there?”

“The case is closed, Mr. Asher. We’re satisfied she left of her own accord.”

“Maybe she’s being threatened?”

“I asked her—”

“You can’t ask her, Torrino. If she’s being told to say something, then she’s going to deny it. And that wasn’t the job she was offered—”

“We’ve shut down the case, Asher. You can appeal to my boss if you like.”

I’m just about to protest again when the line goes dead.

“What just happened?” Conner asks.

“They shut down the fucking case. They say she called them and said she’s taking a job in Singapore to get away from me.” 




Whoa! Profile was an edge of your seat, adrenaline pumping ride. I felt the same anxiety as Vaughn feeling as the clock was ticking. And the twists - my god, the twists! It seems it's all been leading up to this - but JA isn't done with us yet. Profile is definitely the most thrilling in the series so far.

Grace's past has caught up with her. And it's a race against time to save her. Vaughn is desperate and not getting much help. Grace, though, is not the same girl she was when she was 13. We've seen her strength in earlier installments but in Profile, she proves her mettle. Vaughn, too, proved even more that he's in this for the long haul.

Y'all know I love JA Huss. She is such a talented storyteller. And the suspense/thriller element she weaves into her stories is always...well, thrilling. With this series, she leads you one way. She lets you think you know exactly what's going on. You don't. Well, maybe you can figure out a few things, but nothing is ever exactly how you think it'll be. I'm extremely eager for the last installment - to see how the twists untwist and to see how Grace and Vaughn's fairytale shakes out.





INTRODUCING Home – the FINAL book in the Social Media series.

Home (Social Media #6 – FINAL BOOK)
By @JAHuss
Publication Date: November 5, 2014
Novella (150 pages)
Adult Contemporary Romance

Description:
I just want my Grace back. I want the girl I found sending me dirty tweets on Saint Thomas. I want the girl who reluctantly gave in to my charms and let me boss her around. I want the girl who sent me to my knees and made me imagine what her fairy tale would look like with me in it. I just want to move on. I want to plan the future and think about kids and preschools and college funds. I want everything she ever wanted, and I want us to make it happen together. But the media needs more from us. More dirt. More pain. More payment for past transgressions.You can’t change the past. And even though Grace is ready to put her demons to bed, mine are just starting to get restless. Because when you’ve silenced as many enemies as I have, you know that secret won’t stay buried forever.




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Purchase Links for Like (Social Media #2)
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Purchase Links for Block (Social Media #3)
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Purchase Links for Status (Social Media #4)
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JA Huss is the USA Today best-selling author of the Rook and Ronin series, the epic science fiction I Am Just Junco series, and hundreds of kid-friendly science books in subjects such as biology, physics, anatomy and physiology, astronomy, and forensics. She has an undergraduate degree in equine science and a master's degree in forensic toxicology. She has never taken a creative writing class and she hopes she never will.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

**OctobeRec Fest Review #3 ~ Kissed by a Dark Prince ~ Felicity Heaton**


I won Kissed by a Dark Prince from Berls @Fantasy is More Fun during her Blogoversary giveaway. I'd been meaning to start the Eternal Mates series because Berls loves it so much (as does Traci @Mad Hatter Reads) so when I won the first two books, I was ecstatic!! 


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Kissed by a Dark Prince (Eternal Mates #1)Kissed by a Dark Prince
Eternal Mates #1
Release Date: November 30, 2013
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Won an ecopy from Berls
Rating: 4.5 Bookworms
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Synopsis
Olivia thinks it's her lucky night when a dangerously handsome unconscious fae ends up on her inspection table. He's her change to redeem herself with her employer, the demon-hunting organisation, Archangel. But when the tall, dark and deadly immortal warrior awakes, she gets much more than she bargained for...

Attacked by his enemy in the elf kingdom, the last thing Prince Loren expects when he comes around is a beautiful angel watching over him and medical technology of the mortal realm. Hazy from his injuries, all he can focus on is the pulse ticking in her throat and the sweet allure of her blood.

One single bite reveals she is his eternal mate, triggering a bond between them that will leave him weakened until it is complete...or broken, and pulling Olivia into the crossfire of his ancient feud.

To protect his people and his mate from the machinations of a madman, Loren must risk everything by working with Olivia at Archangel to find a way to break the bond blossoming between them.

But will Loren be strong enough to place duty before desire and give up the one thing he has waited millennia for and craves above all others -- his eternal mate? And will Olivia be able to resist the incredible heat that burns between them and the temptation of her dark prince's kiss?



After having read Berls' and Traci's reviews of Kissed by a Dark Prince, I was eager to get started on this series. My only regret upon finishing? That I waited this long!


Kissed by a Dark Prince not only chronicles the lives of Olivia and Loren following their fateful meeting but also sets up the world this series inhabits, as well as explaining how the bond between eternal mates works. We learn that the world is inhabited by shifters, vampires, fae, and demons. Oh, and elves. Vampires are essentially evil but everyone else seems to co-exist relatively peacefully. There is a human organization, Archangel, that hunts supernaturals. I'm not sure their mission exactly, but Olivia seeks knowledge of the others in order to better relations between species. When Loren surreptitiously lands on Olivia's doorstep, a species Olivia has never seen, she's excited.

Olivia is a doctor and as such studies the other species brought into Archangel. She has had a few bad experiences though and feels a desperate need to redeem herself with her colleagues. Loren seems like the perfect place to start - until he bites her and sets into motion something that will change her life forever.

Loren is an elf prince and comes around with no recollection of how he got to Archangel. What he does know is that he's in need of blood and this beautiful woman hovering over him will suit just fine. But the first taste of her blood unleashes something he was unprepared for...something he'd stopped hoping he'd find.

I liked both Olivia and Loren. Olivia is smart, tenacious and stubborn. She's always thinking, calculating, considering - and I liked that about her. Of course, I wished she'd stopped over-thinking at a few points and had just gone with her heart. But I understood her reasoning. Loren is strong, loyal almost to a fault, kind, and protective. He's sacrificed so much to protect  his people, never giving up hope of finding his mate. He and Olivia share compassion for others and complemented one another well. It took awhile for Olivia to see their link wasn't just about the bond.

We also meet Loren's brother, Vail, his second in command, Bleu, Olivia's best friend, Sable, and others. Each character is well defined and I'm anxious for their stories. They added depth, and often humor, to the story.

I will admit that parts of the story dragged for me. I tired of Olivia's waffling on whether or not she wanted to complete the bond with Loren. Of course, the waffling enabled them to better get to know one another and realize they had developed real feelings, so it had purpose. The last 25% though, the action and tension really ramped up and I was flying through the pages. I was shocked at the turn of events - and just as relieved by them as Loren and Olivia were.

Kissed by a Dark Prince was every bit as good as I was hoping it would be. I'm looking forward to losing myself in this world again and seeing who's up next in finding their eternal mate.


**Teaser Tuesday ~ #41**


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


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PROFILE: Social Media #5
Profile (Social Media #5) by JA Huss
Adult Contemporary Romance

Description:
All the best fairytale princesses have the most horrific pasts. Mine just happens to be more horrific than most.

Fantasizing over Vaughn Asher was a dream. Meeting Vaughn Asher was a fairytale. Loving Vaughn Asher was my downfall.

The past is always there. Waiting. Waiting to expose you. Waiting to ruin you. Waiting to take you back.

Sometimes not even a prince can save you.



***Teaser***


Sunday, October 19, 2014

**Bought, Borrowed, & Bagged ~ #38**


Bought, Borrowed, & Bagged is a weekly meme, hosted by TalkSupe, where I share with you the books I have bought, borrowed, or bagged (gifted or won) plus a recap of the previous week's reviews, upcoming reviews, and any other bookishness I want to share. :)


Here's what was added to my ereader and/or my physical library this week:

BOUGHT

Stepbrother DearestThe Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden, #1)Losing Track (Living Heartwood, #2)Accidents of Marriage

I totally forgot to point the finger at Naomi @Nomi's Paranormal Palace in my last B, B, &B. She is responsible for my one-clicking Stepbrother Dearest. :)  I picked up The Immortal Rules to read for my OctobeRec Fest. This recommendation comes from Lexxie @Unconventional Book Views ~ she placed this one ahead of all her other recs for me. ;) Sorry to throw you under the bus, Naomi, but it's your fault I picked up Losing Track as well. (I already had #1 in the series because of her, too) And I picked up Accidents of Marriage after reading an excellent review from Andrea @The Bookish Babe.




BAGGED
PROFILE: Social Media #5Eight Days a WeekBlood Curse (The Branded Trilogy)Hunting in Bruges (Hunters' Guild, #1)


I scored these ARCs! Woohoo!



I won a Lisa Scottoline giveaway awhile back from Andrea @The Bookish Babe and I got the books week before last. Thanks, Andrea!



Giveaways
I have a giveaway running...I have a *signed* copy of the Rook & Ronin Omnibus up for grabs.
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Last Two Weeks' Reviews


Upcoming Reviews
True by Erin McCarthy
The Arrangement #2 by HM Ward
Kissed by a Dark Prince by Felicity Heaton
Profile by JA Huss
Beyond Shame by Kit Rocha