Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Review ~ Alpha & Omega ~ Patricia Briggs

Alpha & OmegaAlpha & Omega
Alpha & Omega #0.5
Release Date: October 20, 2008
Genre: Adult, Urban Fantasy, Romance
Source: Purchased for nook from B&N
Rating: 4.5 Bookworms
Goodreads

Synopsis
In Cry Wolf, New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs started a new urban fantasy series set in the world of Mercy Thompson -- but with rules of its own. Now, read "Alpha and Omega." the novella that inspired the new series, and see how it all began...

Anna Latham never knew werewolves existed, until the night she survived a violent attack...and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the Chicago pack, she's learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. But when she discovers wrongdoing in her pack, she has to go above her Alpha's head to ask for help.

Charles Cornick is the son -- and enforcer -- of the leader of the North American werewolves. Now his father has sent him to Chicago to clean up a problem there. Charles never expected to find Anna, a rare Omega wolf -- and he certainly never expected to recognize her as his mate...

This novella was originally published in the anthology, On the Prowl.




(I read Alpha & Omega prior to reading Cry Wolf as Braine (@TalkSupe) recommended it be read first for a better understanding of Anna, Charles, and their relationship.)

What a treat! It's been awhile since I've read Patricia Briggs but I was immediately pulled into the world she's created and adoring Anna and Charles. Briggs' writing is comfortable, familiar, and I found myself wondering why I've stayed away so long.

Alpha & Omega is a prequel novella introducing Anna and Charles. Of course, I knew of Charles already, his family and his role in it, but meeting Anna and seeing how she affected Charles - how they affected one another - was enlightening and fun. I needed the explanation of what an Omega wolf is and the examples of her 'power'.

Being already familiar with the were-world Briggs has created made falling onto the story easy. hat was amazing was the character development she could do in so few pages. I know Anna's past is going to figure heavily into her and Charles' story, and I liked getting the glimpse of it. I also enjoyed Charles' backstory because I can't remember if I knew it or not. Anna and Charles are good together. There is sexual tension (as Charles' wolf has claimed Anna) but they also balance one another well. It's going to be fun seeing their relationship grow.

On a side note, I loved, loved seeing more of Bran Cornick! ;)




Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Teaser Tuesdays ~ #66


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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Silver Shadows (Bloodlines, #5)
Silver Shadows
Bloodlines #5

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets--and human lives.

In The Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists.

Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive.

For Sydney, trapped and surrounded by adversaries, life becomes a daily struggle to hold on to her identity and the memories of those she loves. Meanwhile, Adrian clings to hope in the face of those who tell him Sydney is a lost cause, but the battle proves daunting as old demons and new temptations begin to seize hold of him...

Their worst fears now a chilling reality, Sydney and Adrian face their darkest hour in this heart-pounding fifth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where all bets are off.



***Teaser***

"First of all, put both hands back on the wheel. Second, I'll give you credit for being a brooding vampire with phenomenal magical powers, but even you don't have that kind of sixth sense."

Monday, May 4, 2015

Release Blitz ~ Getting Lucky Number Seven ~ Cindi Madsen


Cindi Madsen's Getting Lucky Number Seven is now available! If you missed my review, you can read it here. I have an excerpt for y'all today, along with a giveaway!

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Getting Lucky Number Seven
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 27, 2015
Source: I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Rating: 4 Bookworms
Amazon | B&N | iTunes | Kobo

Synopsis
What's your lucky number?
Lyla Wilder is done being the shy, chemistry nerd extraordinaire. While every other college student it out having fun, Lyla is studying. With her cat. Well, she's played it "safe" quite enough, thank you. So she creates a "College Bucket List"―with item #7 being a night of uninhibited, mind-blowing sex...

But she needs some help from her man-whore best friend.

Hockey player Beck Davenport thought Lyla's transformation would be subtle. Man, was he wrong. With every item she ticks off, Beck finds himself growing seriously hot for his sweet, brainiac best friend. And if he's not careful, he'll end up risking their friendship in order to convince Lyla that he might just be her lucky #7...




**TRAILER**








Einstein came up to me and rubbed his furry head on my jeans. I’d only met the cat a few times, but I swore he sensed I was allergic and decided that meant he should rub hair all over me. With his long wiry gray and white fur, he was kind of cute—or maybe I’d just been looking at cat pictures too long. Great, now I was developing a fondness for felines. 

This is what I get for being friends with a girl. I patted the furball’s head despite myself and then moved to Lyla’s bedroom. I knocked, and when there was no answer, I pushed inside, Einstein so close I nearly tripped over him. “Lyla?” 

When her cat meowed at me like I’d personally offended it, I picked it up. He purred and rubbed against me as I scanned the room. Lyla’s closet looked like it’d exploded. Shoes were scattered across the floor, there were a pile of shirts off to the side, and several long, colorful skirts hung on her desk chair. Her laptop was open, and I noticed the list up on the screen. 

Of course she typed it up. 

1. New edgier look

2. Do a keg stand (Remember to not wear a skirt that night)

3. Make out with a beautiful stranger (Exact level of making out TBD as the kissing happens)

4. Sing karaoke 

5. Dance on a bar (Learn to sexy dance, so I don’t make a fool of myself when the bar dancing happens.)

6. Get a tattoo

7. Have mind-blowing sex 

What the— 

“Hey,” Lyla said. “I didn’t hear you come in. I was just finishing my hair and… Beck?” 

I turned around and Einstein dug his claws into my arm, apparently wanting down now. I let him go and took in Lyla standing in the doorway. She had her hair in a side ponytail, several loose strands framing her face. The simple white V-neck showed off her curves and hinted at a lace bra underneath, and she had on one of her long hippie skirts. The pink, peach, and red fabric hugged her hips a few inches below where her shirt cut off, leaving a sexy stripe of skin on display. 

And all I could think about was mind-blowing sex, mind-blowing sex, mind-blowing sex.













USA Today Bestselling author Cindi Madsen sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting, revising, and falling in love with her characters.
Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she'd be even crazier. She has way too many shoes but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair,especially if they're sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children.

Visit her at www.cindimadsen.com, where you can sign up for her newsletter and learn about upcoming releases.

Cindi is the author of YA books All the Broken Pieces, Cipher, Rift, Resolution, and Demons of the Sun, and adult romances Falling for Her Fiancé, Act Like You Love Me, Resisting the Hero, 
Cinderella Screwed Me Over and Ready to Wed.



Sunday, May 3, 2015

Bought, Borrowed, & Bagged ~ #64


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. :)


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So, have y'all had a great few weeks? Mine have been really busy - as you may have noticed since I haven't been by your blogs *as* often. I've been working hard to finish things up for the end-of-year band banquet AND I chaperoned TWO music field trips last week. I missed my BB&B post last weekend because I had Lasik. I didn't have my post pre-scheduled (because you never know when the one-click itch is going to strike!) and I also didn't have reading glasses yet so it was a 'no-go'. But I'm recapping this week. Next week will be busy as well as I finish up all my preparations both on the blog and here at home before I leave for RT. (*omigosh! I meet Lexxie in 9 days!!)


How have y'all been?? 


Here's what was added to my ereader library this week:


BOUGHT
*Freebies*
Inside Broken (Devil Call MC - Talon & Everly, #1)Dearest Clementine (Dearest, #1)




Bought ($0.99 Purchases)
Owning Violet (The Fowler Sisters, #1)Cartel (Cartel, #1)

I couldn't help myself! Owning Violet is something I am very interested in reading, as is Cartel, and they were both ON SALE for only 99 cents. So I one-clicked. Forgive me!! *ha*



Bagged
Yellow CopterRosemary and Rue (October Daye #1)

I received Yellow Copter from the Penguin Young Readers for review! Thanks! And I received Rosemary and Rue from Jessica @Rabid Reads because she had an extra copy and she's just awesome like that! Thanks for sharing, Jessica! <3



Last Two Weeks' Reviews

Upcoming Reviews
Alpha & Omega by Patricia Briggs
Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
Never Seduce a Scot by Maya Banks


Saturday, May 2, 2015

My TBR List ~ May ~ What Should I Read Next?

MyTBRList

My To-Be Read List is a meme hosted by Michelle @Because Reading. I think it's 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.

Fun, right?!?


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This month, I'm having y'all pick from a few books I've one-clicked thanks to your recommendations! As I have many, many books thanks to you, my good blogging friends, I'll probably do this a few times throughout the rest of the year. This month's choices are thanks to: Naomi @Nomi's Paranormal Palace, Lexxie @Unconventional Bookviews, and Jennifer @Donnie Darko Girl.


Naomi's Rec:

Tattoo Thief (Tattoo Thief, #1)Tattoo Thief
Tattoo Thief #1

Synopsis
22-year-old Beryl doesn't know why Gavin Slater trashed his penthouse, abandoned his dog and fled the country. But as his house sitter, she must pick up the pieces for the front man of the white-hot rock band Tattoo Thief.

When ultra-responsible Beryl confronts the reckless rock star, she wants to konw more than just what to do with his mess. Why is he running? What's he searching for? And is he responsible for the death of his muse?

New York newbie Beryl must find her footing in Gavin's crazy world of ultra-wealthy to discover her own direction and what can bring him back.

Steamy, sassy and tender, Tattoo Thief is a story of breaking from a comfort zone to find a second chance.



Lexxie's Rec:

Dating a Cougar (Never Too Late, #1)Dating a Cougar
Never Too Late #1

Synopsis
After several decades of looking for true lover and never finding it, aging model and lingerie designer, Alexa Ranger, has finally give up the search. A couple of years ago, she got tired of the game completely and just stopped dating. Now friends and family keep her mostly content, so it's shocking at 50 yrs old to find herself suddenly wanting a sex life again. It's even more shocking to be attracted to a much younger man this time. She definitely thinks medically retired Marine, Casey Carter is sexy, but can't get passed their twelve year age difference to even consider a fling. Not that it matters anyway, anything resembling a normal dating relationship is totally out of the question because Casey is related to and living with her daughter's boyfriend. The very last thing Alexa needs is yet another talk-show worthy drama in her already complicated life, no matter how amazing Casey's kisses make her feel.



Jennifer's Rec:

The Stillness of the SkyThe Stillness of the Sky
Flipped Fairy Tales Series

Synopsis
Once upon a time, my life was certain: it was insignificant, and it was cruel. But I refused to let it define me, no matter how great the cost.

Once upon a time, I made a wish. The world I knew grew wider than the sky and higher than the stars, and I listened to the voice within me, reaching out for freedom.

Once upon a time, my wish became my fate, and my destiny the hardest lesson to learn: kindness may be the most difficult path, but it can save entire kingdoms.



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Friday, May 1, 2015

#ShelfLove Review ~ Secrets #1 ~ HM Ward (Ella Steele)

Secrets (Secrets, #1)Secrets
Secrets #1
Release Date: August 18, 2012
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Source: Purchased from B&N
Rating: 4 Bookworms
Goodreads

Synopsis
Sex is supposed to be sexy, tantalizing, and completely erotic, but Anna never seems to find the right guy. This one seems to be a germ-a-phobe, and the previous boyfriend wasn't much better. Anna just wants to be wanted. Is that too much to ask?

As Anna tries to wiggle out of one relationship, a new one surfaces, but it's forbidden. Cole Stevens is twice her age, arrogant, rich, sexy as hell, and her boss. When Anna's internship plans derail, she ends up interning at Cole's elite New York City studio. Close proximity leads Anna to discover that the billionaire bachelor is emotionally scarred. Everyone has secrets, but Cole's run deeper, cutting him to his core. Cole is trouble in a sexy shell. He's nothing Anna needs and everything she wants.




I'd been anxious to read Secrets since I read the teaser chapters at the end of The Arrangement (1 or 2). I was not disappointed. Secrets Volume 1 delivered all that it promised in those teaser chapters. I would like to point out that I think the synopsis is maybe more for the overall story line.

Anna has basically pulled herself up by her bootstraps and is about to graduate with her Masters degree. She just needs an internship. She thinks she knows exactly what she wants out of that internship and Cole Stevens is not it. He comes from a moneyed family, has had everything handed to him and objectifies women in his photography. But is that the true story?

Cole is successful and definitely good at what he does. He seemingly comes from privilege but has he really had it all that easy? He does have a lot to offer Anna towards her education though and he's willing to personally teach her.

The banter between Anna and Cole was fantastic fun. It was one thing I was most excited about. The sexual tension between them is so thick you could cut it. And - Cole is ~15 years Anna's senior. I don't see this much in romance and I liked it.

Secrets Volume 1 is all about setting the state and Ward has done an excellent job. Anna is fierce and fun. She knows what she wants - personally and professionally - and she's driven to achieve her goals. Cole is just the person to help her get there. We see a few clues as to the real Cole but I'm really excited to get better acquainted with the man who'd hire an intern who shows up to her interview in a tutu and hot pink sneakers. I'm also anxious to see how the sparks fly between these two - because they're gonna fly!




Clean Sweep ARC Challenge ~ I'm In, Are You?

May Clean Sweep ARC Challenge

I'm participating in the Clean Sweep ARC Challenge hosted by Kimba @Caffeinated Book Reviewer. This challenge is geared towards helping us clean off all those pesky ARCs we've let build up on our shelves. I know I have quite a few and I aim to clean at least some of them off in this challenge. 

I'm not setting my goal very high since I'll be gone for a week to RT 2015 (*squee*) and I'm busy with end-of-year events for all 3 of my children. But even a few cleaned off my shelves is an achievement in my book. :) So here's what I'm hoping to get read:

7 Years Bad SexBelieve (True Believers, #3)Sempre (Forever, #1)Southern Rocker Chick (Southern Rockers, #2)


If I get these read, I'll be happy. If I get more swept off my shelves, I'll be elated. I'll keep y'all posted. ;)

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Challenges Update ~ ##2015HW, #ShelfLove, Mythology Reading Challenge, LGBT Reading Challenge, 2015 New Release Reading Challenge

Is it just me or is 2015 moving along like it has somewhere else to be?? Once again, I'm overall fairly pleased with my progress with my challenges. Here's my update:



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This challenge is hosted by Berls @Fantasy is More Fun and Michelle @Because Reading.


This month, I (am supposed to) read Off the Record and Out of Breath. So far I've read 8 of 24 from my Reading Assignment. (images take you to my reviews)


Bully (Fall Away, #1)Endure (Need, #4)Breathe (Sea Breeze, #1)Fight with Me (With Me in Seattle, #2) Hopeless (Hopeless, #1)Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega, #1)Off the Record (Record, #1)Out of Breath (Breathing, #3)




Show Your Shelves Some Love: No Book Buying Challenge


This challenge is hosted by Chapter Break and Second Run Reviews.

I've shown my shelves some love. I've hit my physical, digital, and audio shelves! I've read 35 books so far! You can click here to check out the books and their reviews on Goodreads or click on the book images below. 


Bully (Fall Away, #1)Endure (Need, #4)Breathe (Sea Breeze, #1)Fight with Me (With Me in Seattle, #2)Tempted by a Rogue Prince (Eternal Mates, #3)Half-Blood (Covenant, #1)Obliterate (Havoc, #2)Three, Two, One (321)Spend the Night I (The Hotel Collection, #1)Dance For Me (Fenbrook Academy, #1)Strange Magic: Part One (Magic, #1)The Governess Affair (Brothers Sinister, #0.5)Seven Sons (Gypsy Brothers, #1)Daimon (Covenant, #0.5)Soul Avenged (Sons of Wrath, #1)Claimed by a Demon King (Eternal Mates, #2)Lord Wastrel (The Curse of True Love #2)A Gentleman's Promise (Scandalous Series, #1)Strange Magic: Part Two (Magic, #2)Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega, #1)Hopeless (Hopeless, #1)The Gamble (Colorado Mountain, #1)Blue Shoes, Vol. 1 (Blue Shoes, #1)Blue Shoes, Vol. 2 (Blue Shoes, #2)Blue Shoes, Vol. 3 (Blue Shoes, #3)Secrets (Secrets, #1)Bite Me (Bitten, #1)RushAlpha and Omega (Alpha & Omega, #0.5)Never Seduce a Scot (The Montgomerys and Armstrongs, #1)Boy Toy Chronicles (Boy Toy Chronicles, #1)Unbelonging (Unbelonging, #1)The Watson Brothers (Watson Brothers #1-3)Off the Record (Record, #1)Out of Breath (Breathing, #3)


As part of this challenge, I budgeted $10/month for books. In April, I spent $2.99. So far this year, I've spent ~$10. I've now *earned* myself 5 books and $2.00 towards books. AND I received a $50 GC for my birthday. Aaand, I did some earning with exercise. So, I'm carrying over - well, a lot of book budget. But I'm redoubling my efforts to not spend any (much) money on books. I'm hoping to remove more books from my shelves than I add in May. I'll keep you posted. ;)

So for April, I earned:


4 Books = $2.00 Earned

I've done very well with my exercise goals, and have managed to exercise 5 days a week throughout the month of April. Yay me! I have not dedicated as much time towards writing, however, so my word count is embarrassingly low. I am trying to do a better job of scheduling my blog posts so hopefully this will increase my writing time.  :)

As I mentioned last month, I tweaked my *earning* methods to be $0.50 for every book I remove from my Already Owned shelf. Although I plan to keep it at this point, I'm refraining from buying anything because 1) I'm going to RT in May and will return with so many books that will have my already overflowing shelves in even more dire need of this challenge, and 2) I have been one-clicking more freebies than I'm reading and I feel like I'm somewhat defeating my purpose in participating in this challenge in the first place. My exercising (5 days a week) and writing goals (5000 words a week) remain the same.





LGBTChallenge2015

This challenge is hosted by Niji Feels.

I didn't read any books that qualified for this challenge in April, but I plan to squeeze in a least ONE in May. :)



Come Undone (Rock Hard, #1) Rush





This challenge is being hosted by Lili Lost in a Book.

I challenged myself achieve God level or 6-10 books. So far, I've read:


Endure (Need, #4)Half-Blood (Covenant, #1)Daimon (Covenant, #0.5)Strange Magic: Part One (Magic, #1)Strange Magic: Part Two (Magic, #2)






New Release Challenge (un)Conventional Bookviews


Lexxie @Unconventional Book Views and Stormi @Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My! are co-hosting this year-long challenge to read books being released in 2015. Originally, I challenged myself to reach New Release Newbie status - or 1-15 books. As I've already reached that goal, I'm going to aim higher. ;) My new goal is New Release Pro - or 16-30 books.

Oh man, I'm rocking this challenge!! *bwahahahahaha!*


Strange Magic: Part One (Magic, #1)Strange Magic: Part Two (Magic, #2)Fading Out (Living Heartwood, #3)Acting Brave (Fenbrook Academy #3)All Fired Up (Black Halo, #2)Spend the Night I (The Hotel Collection, #1)Past HeavenThree, Two, One (321)Hunted by a Jaguar (Eternal Mates #4)Incite (Ignite, #2)Craved by an Alpha (Eternal Mates, #5)Spend the Night II (The Hotel Collection, #2)Spend the Night III (The Hotel Collection, #3)For Authentication PurposesHope Is Lost (Ocean Beach, #2)Bitten by a Hellcat (Eternal Mates, #6)Coda (Songs of Submission, #9)Taken by a Dragon (Eternal Mates, #7)Éire's Devil King (Éire's Viking,#3)This Heart of Mine (Whiskey Creek, #8)Boy Toy Chronicles (Boy Toy Chronicles, #1)Mend (Havoc, #3)Say My Name (Stark International Trilogy, #1)Meet Me in the DarkDear Juliet (Forever Family, #3)Everything (Songbird, #3)Getting Lucky Number Seven






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In all, I read 15 books in April. I had a few more blog tour/review reads in April and yet I still only read 2 more than March. I fully expect to read fewer in May because of being gone to RT (I won't have time to read since I'll be sipping drinks and chatting, giggling, and fangirling with Lexxie & Berls! ;) But we'll see, won't we?

How are y'all doing with your challenges?