Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015 In Review

2015 was a huge year for me, I wayyyy surpassed my goal of reading 365 books and reviewing more than 52 books.

Here are the numbers:

655 books read. OMG. I can't believe that!
68 books reviewed. Yea!
21 books were rated 3 stars
38 books were rated 4 stars
and 9 were rated 5 stars - I guess I'm hard to impress.

I was also very active with blog tours, participating in 22 blog tours.

I'm so excited to see what 2016 brings!

 -- Clever Girl

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (127) Bright Blaze of Magic (Black Blade #3) by Jennifer Estep

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, created by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
This week I'm waiting on: 

Bright Blaze of Magic (Black Blade #3)

Bright Blaze of Magic (Black Blade #3) by  

In the exciting conclusion to her richly imagined Black Blade series about a reluctant young bodyguard and thief, and her hometown, where magic, mobsters and monsters make for a dangerous mix, Jennifer Estep expertly combines the snark and fast-paced action that have made her a New York Times bestselling author.


As a thief, I’m good at three things: hiding in the shadows, getting in and out unseen, and uncovering secrets. I put these skills to work for the Sinclair Family, one of the magical mobs that run the tourist town of Cloudburst Falls.

Everyone knows Victor Draconi wants to take over all the other Families—and kill every last Sinclair. What they don’t know is that I’m on to him, and no way will I let the man who murdered my mom get away with hurting all the other people I care about. Especially when I’ve got places to break into, stuff to steal, and Devon Sinclair fighting right by my side…
(Blurb via Goodreads)

Expected publication: April 26, 2016
What are you waiting on?

{eARC MInute Review} Breaking a Legend (Kavanagh Legends #1) by Sarah Robinson

Perfect for fans of Katy Evans and Monica Murphy, Sarah Robinson’s blistering-hot series debut introduces the Kavanagh brothers—mixed martial arts fighters who work hard, play hard, and love with all their hearts.

As one of the big names at his family’s gym, Legends, MMA star Rory Kavanagh is used to being in the spotlight—until a gruesome leg injury knocks him out of the cage. Rory is left feeling sidelined in more ways than one, battling the inner demons that come with losing the one shot at his dreams. Then Clare walks into his life and gives him a new dream: winning her heart. There aren’t many new faces in Woodlawn these days, but this tough, beautiful stranger makes Rory want to get his life back into fighting shape.

Clare Ivers doesn’t think she’ll be able to tell anyone what really brought her to the close-knit Bronx neighborhood where she just started bartending. But her life’s on pause and her past is catching up fast, try as she might to move on—with new friends, steady work, and a chiseled alpha male trying to get her attention. Even though Rory’s more than a little intense, she can’t deny that her heart beats faster when he looks at her with those soulful silver eyes. Clare thought she was done with love, but Rory might just be man enough to show her she thought wrong.
(Blurb via Goodreads)
{Details} eARC, 273 pages. Published September 29th 2015 by Loveswept. Source: eARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

{Rating} 3/5 - I liked it!


Breaking a Legend kept my attention, Sarah Robinson did a good job with pacing and doling out just enough information to keep me turning the pages, but ultimately it wasn't very memorable.

I liked Clare and Rory together, they both see something in each other that they can relate to, a person to love, to fight for. Told in my favorite dual POV we get to see in both Clare and Rory's heads, Clare's fear and determination, and Rory's fierce protectiveness and the pain of broken dreams and descent into addiction.

I liked the extended Kavanaugh family and what I saw of them makes me eager to read more in the Kavanaugh Legends series. If you're a fan of MMA stories give Breaking a Legend a try

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Teaser Tuesday (118) Arrogant Brit by Nikki Wild

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(s)
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) -- or less or more -- “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!) 

“Call me selfish, because it's true, but I'm a particularly forward thinking brand of selfish."
location 1182, Arrogant Brit by Nikki Wild

Monday, December 28, 2015

{eARC Minute Review} Persuasion (Sons of Odin MC #1) by Violetta Rand

Persuasion (Sons of Odin MC, #1)

Persuasion (Sons of Odin MC #1) by

Lang Anderson may be the new leader of the Sons of Odin motorcycle club, but his personal life is in shreds. He’s struggling to take care of his three young sisters in the wake of tragedy, while rumors of drug dealing within his ranks jeopardize everything he’s built. The last thing he needs is another distraction—like a bar brawl over a woman—but Lang is a sucker for a damsel in distress. And this one gets him roaring like a finely tuned engine.

High school guidance counselor Lily Gallo is no fender bunny. So why can’t she get Lang off her mind? Lily’s head says the rugged, rough-and-tumble biker who came to her aid is bad news. Her body begs to differ. But when Lang’s troubled kid sister walks into her office, Lily’s determined to help, even if it puts her in the crossfire of a gang war. On a crash course with danger and desire, Lily partners up with Lang to fight for his family—and for love.
(Blurb via Goodreads)
{Details} eARC, 221 pages. Published December 8th 2015 by Loveswept

{Rating} 3/5 - I liked it!


I liked the chemistry - and the intensity - of the relationship between Lang and Lily. They both know that the best thing for each of them is to steer well clear of each other, but they can't fight the attraction. They work well together; Lang is the typical alpha male and Lily is smart - most of the time - a caretaker, compassionate, and they're both very protective of those they love.

I felt the ending was kind of a letdown. After getting so invested in the characters and the whole Sons of Odin, that's the way it ended? Hmm. I'll have to see what happens in Sons of Odin book two.

Friday, December 25, 2015

{eARC Minute Review} The Duke and Miss Christmas (The Heirs' Club of Scoundrels Trilogy #2.5) by Amelia Grey

The Duke and Miss Christmas (The Heirs' Club of Scoundrels Trilogy, #2.5)
Crispin, the Duke of Hurst, has never met a woman he couldn't handle--until he's hit over the head with a basketful of mistletoe by a young lady who mistakes his intentions. When he gets into a tussle with her--and she can hold her own--Crispin knows he has finally met his match.

Miss Gwen Prim is mortified that she attacked a duke, but even more concerning is the way her resolve melts when she's near him. She's never felt this way about a London gentleman in her life. And with the magic of Christmas in the air, she may end up with a proposal she didn't this delightful Regency gem, The Duke and Miss Christmas by New York Times bestselling author Amelia Grey
(Blurb via Goodreads)
{Details}Published October 13th 2015 by St. Martin's Paperbacks. Source: ebook provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

{Rating} 3/5 - I liked it!

A quick, sweet, and sexy holiday novella. I was charmed by the gallant reformed rake Crispin and fiercely protective Gwen's first meeting. I liked watching Crispin with Gwen's little sisters, he's kind and generous with his time and can totally see why Gwen would fall for him. There's a bit of a hiccup on the way to happily ever after but ultimately love prevails. If you're looking for a little holiday romance give The Duke and Miss Christmas a try.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (126) The Loose Ends List by Carrie Firestone

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, created by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
This week I'm waiting on: 

The Loose Ends List

The Loose Ends List by

A refreshing, funny, and moving debut novel about first loves, last wishes, and letting go.
Seventeen-year-old Maddie O'Neill Levine lives a charmed life, and is primed to spend the perfect pre-college summer with her best friends and young-at-heart socialite grandmother (also Maddie's closest confidante), tying up high school loose ends. Maddie's plans change the instant Gram announces that she is terminally ill and has booked the family on a secret "death with dignity" cruise ship so that she can leave the world in her own unconventional way - and give the O'Neill clan an unforgettable summer of dreams-come-true in the process.

Soon, Maddie is on the trip of a lifetime with her over-the-top family. As they travel the globe, Maddie bonds with other passengers and falls for Enzo, who is processing his own grief. But despite the laughter, headiness of first love, and excitement of glamorous destinations, Maddie knows she is on the brink of losing Gram. She struggles to find the strength to say good-bye in a whirlwind summer shaped by love, loss, and the power of forgiveness.
(Blurb via Goodreads)

Expected publication: June 7, 2016
What are you waiting on?

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Stacking the Shelves (128)

 Stacking The Shelves, a weekly meme from Tynga's Reviews
where I list what I've read, what I've reviewed, what I've acquired
and anything else worth mentioning
  • Sommersgate House by Kristen Ashley
  • Devi by Leia Stone
  • Shattered by Cynthia Eden
  • Stay with Me by Elyssa Patrick
  • Matefinder by Leia Stone
  • Draw Me In by Megan Squires
  • Deal by Shey Stahl
  • Restoration by Randi Cooley Wilson - reviewed
  • In Flight by R.K. Lilley
  • A True Alpha Christmas by Alisa Woods
  • Rock Hard by Nalini Singh
  • Playing to Win by jaci Burton
  • Keepers of the Labyrinth by Erin E Moulton
  • The Healing Power of Sugar by CL Stone
  • The Other Side of Envy by CL Stone
  • All Fired Up by Elle Kennedy

4 star review

In the Company of Wolves (SWAT, #3)
5 star review

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

{Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway} Restoration (The Revelation Series) by Randi Cooley Wilson

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Restoration (The Revelation Series #5) by Randi Cooley Wilson 
 350 pages 
Published on November 30th, 2015 
Genre: YA Paranormal
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 Would You Run Would You Fight Would You Fall To Fate If your heart was full of love, could you give it all up?

Eve Collins will do anything to save those she loves, especially her gargoyle protector and mate, Asher St. Michael. With the world crumbling down around them, Eve and Asher must face the final battle between darkness and light. One that will end in great sacrifice.

When the skies darken and love in it’s truest form is tested, would you run? When death becomes silence and battle lines are drawn, would you fight? If you had to sacrifice, to save the one you loved, would you fall to fate? Would you dare to let it go? The End, Begins.

Restoration is the highly anticipated finale in the Revelation Series, a mesmerizing epic romantic journey filled with dark themes, beautifully melancholic musings, divine secrets, sacrifice and forbidden love   

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 About the Author: Randi Cooley Wilson is a “New Adult” Paranormal/Fantasy and Contemporary Romance author. A resident of Massachusetts, she makes stuff up, devours romance books, drinks lots of wine and coffee, and has a slight addiction to bracelets. For more information visit:

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{Details} eARC, 350 pages Published November 28th 2015 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

{Rating} 4/5 - I really liked it!


A satisfying conclusion to the Revelation series with answers, shocks and twists, action, battles, sacrifice, passion and romance, a new addition - or four - and a happy ending, er... beginning. Things change as secrets are revealed - there's more to both Eve and Asher to find out, but some things - such as Callan and Abby's cuteness - remain the same.

Eve and Asher are still struggling to figure out how to be a couple, to trust each other, to depend on each other and make decisions while keeping another person's thoughts and feelings into consideration. Their lives are never going to be easy but they love each other enough to fight for their relationship through good and bad. 

I've enjoyed Eve's journey through the Revelation series and look forward to see what Randi Cooley Wilson has in store for her next heroine.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (125) Even if the Sky Falls by Mia Garcia

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, created by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
This week I'm waiting on: 

Even if the Sky Falls

Even if the Sky Falls by

All she needs is one night to be anyone she wants.

Julie is desperate for a change. So she heads to New Orleans with her youth group to rebuild houses and pretend her life isn’t a total mess. But between her super-clingy team leader and her way-too-chipper companions, Julie feels more trapped than ever.

In a moment of daring, she ditches her work clothes for DIY fairy wings and heads straight into the heart of Mid-Summer Mardi Gras, where she locks eyes with Miles, an utterly irresistible guy with a complicated story of his own. And for once, Julie isn’t looking back. She jumps at the chance to see the real New Orleans, and in one surreal night, they dance under the stars, share their most shameful secrets, and fall in love.

But their adventure takes an unexpected turn when an oncoming hurricane changes course. As the storm gains power and Julie is pulled back into chaos she finds pretending everything is fine is no longer an option.

Mia García’s Even If the Sky Falls is a whirlwind twenty-four-hour romance about discovering what it means to feel alive in the face of life’s greatest danger: love.
(Blurb via Goodreads)

Expected publication: May 10, 2016
What are you waiting on?

Monday, December 14, 2015

{eARC Romance Review} In the Company of Wolves (SWAT: SPECIAL WOLF ALPHA TEAM #3) by Paige Tyler

There’s a new gang of criminals in town and it’s organized, ruthless, and, most importantly, a pack of wolf shifters. Eric Becker and his Dallas SWAT Team are determined to rid their streets of these lowlifes, but when his fellow cops collide with the criminals in a shoot-out, he finds himself face–to-face with the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen.

Incapable of shooting or arresting the alluring shifter who’s stolen his heart, Becker decides to hide her and leave the scene with the rest of his team. Now Jayna, his mystery woman, is left not only wondering why she was protected, but also what a street-savvy thief like her is going to do with a hot alpha wolf officer like him…
(Blurb via Goodreads)
{Details} eARC, 352 pages. Expected publication: December 1st 2015 by Sourcebooks Casablanca. Source: eARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

{Rating} 5/5 - I loved it!

I love this series! Protective alphas, sassy, loyal, strong women, exciting storylines, and loads of action.

I empathized with Jayna. She led a hard life but once she found her pack she thought she found a home, a place to be safe, but everything goes wrong. Her divided loyalties - pack and mate - are heart wrenching.

Becker goes all out for his girl, risking his friendships, career, pack and life. I loved seeing him mature. In the first two books he was like a bouncy puppy and always had something to say about the ladies, especially the ladies in yoga pants, but with Jayna we see a guy who knows Jayna's value, knows what he wants and is determined to protect it.

In this installment we learn  a little more about the mythology of werewolves. We've already seen a pack and a lot of alphas in action but now we see betas and omegas and Jayna's pack which is very close, similar to the SWAT pack, but close in a different way.

Although I enjoyed the storyline I missed seeing the rest of the SWAT team as much as we did in books one and two. Cooper is still my favorite, he has the biggest heart. I can't wait for the installment.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Stacking the Shelves (127) + November Month In Review

 Stacking The Shelves, a weekly meme from Tynga's Reviews
where I list what I've read, what I've reviewed, what I've acquired
and anything else worth mentioning
  • Hotter Than Wildfire by Lisa Marie Rice
  • Backstage Pass by Olivia Cunning
  • Straddling the Line by Jaci Burton
  • Zack by Sawyer Bennett
  • Impulse Control by Amanda Usen
  • The Prince's Runaway Lover by Robin Covington
  • Nic's Devotion by Sara Hess
  • All Fired Up by Elle Kennedy
  • Twice the Growl by Milly Taiden
  • Something Like Normal by Monica James
  • Getting In The Spirit by Erin Nicholas
  • Shiftr by Ariana Hawkes
  • Home for Christmas by Lizzie Shane
  • Ever After by Rachel Lacey
  • Piqued by Elise Black
  • Always by Ellery Rhodes
  • Love Untamed by Ra'chael Ohara
4 star review

November Month In Review
53 Books Read
5 books reviewed
5 - 4 star reviews
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Friday, December 11, 2015

{Blog Tour + Excerpt + Giveaway} Forged In Fire (Delos #3) by Lindsay McKenna @Tastybooktours @lindsaymckenna

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Releasing Dec 3rd, 2015
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Pediatrician Dara McKinley loves her job. So how could she say no when her sister asks her to come to Kabul for a few weeks to offer medical assistance at a local orphanage? Terrified of the dangers surrounding her, Dara finds unexpected solace in the protective arms of Sergeant Matt Culver. Transfixed by the warrior with the exotic gold eyes, can Dara overcome her fears?

Matt, a Delta Force operator, has always listened to his instincts, and they have yet to steer him wrong. So when he sees the alluring blond belly dancer at Bagram’s annual holiday show, he knows without a doubt that she’s “the one.” Now he just has to convince her to take a chance on him…and love. If they survive…

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I saw your wore red fingernail polish when you danced.”
            She smiled. “Yes.  To match my costume.” Taking a sip of wine, she added, “You don’t miss much, do you?”
            I can’t in my world,” he agreed, somber. Matt finished the meal and took her empty plate, putting both aside so they could be picked up. “Have you ever known anyone in black ops before?”
            No. I’m finishing my third and last year of residency training at a hospital in Arlington, Virginia. I never meet military men except when I come here for a week to help out Callie and her charity. I do it once a year—it’s my way of giving back.”
            Matt rested his chin on his folded hands, studying her beneath the dim light. “You have a good heart,” he said. He watched her face soften and her cheeks color briefly.
            Thanks. I just can’t stand to see a pregnant mother, infant, or child suffer. It just kills me. Callie begged me to come over here, and I’ve been doing it the last two years.”
            So are you here much longer?” Matt finally asked.
            “Not really. I’m here for six days.”
            I see. And Callie?”
            Oh, she’s here full-time. The charity she works for has her in Kabul for six months and then she goes back to their headquarters in San Francisco the other six.”
            How many times has she been to Kabul, then?”
            Five years in a row.” Dara sighed. “I worry so much about her, Matt. This is a very, very dangerous place. I don’t feel safe outside the wire. When I’m in Kabul, half my attention is on whether we’re going to be attacked in the van we’re riding in or whether an RPG will be shot into the building where the orphanage is.” She nibbled on her full lower lip. “You can tell I’m a genuine worrier.”
            He reached over, his hand covering hers for a moment. “Listen, I’ve got the next week off. We’re on standby for Thanksgiving. I’d be glad to ride shotgun with you two, stay with you where you work for the day, and then get you back here to Bagram.”
            Matt slowly removed his hand from hers. Her skin felt like firm velvet, those slender hands of hers long and delicate. He imagined what they would feel like across his body. That sent his erection, which was already pressing against his zipper, into overdrive.
            This woman turned him on. In fact, she turned him inside out. There was a deep sensitivity to Dara, one that he wanted to intimately explore with her.
            Could you do that, Matt?”
            Sure. I’ll just let my CO know, get authorization, and I’ll be yours for the rest of the week.”
            But couldn’t that be dangerous?”
            He grinned a little. “Dara, my business is dangerous all the time. So riding with you in a van, checking out the building where you two are working, and riding back in a van to Bagram is child’s play compared to what we usually do. Okay?”
            He saw her eyes darken and grow concerned. Now Dara was worried about him! He’d have laughed, but he realized that she was a civilian and had no clue as to what he did in black ops.  Not that the Army was telling anyone about Delta Force. They weren’t, so he couldn’t fault Dara for her reaction.
            That would be wonderful! Honestly, I’d never tell Callie this, but I cringe thinking about coming here. I just don’t ever feel safe or completely relaxed.”

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Lindsay McKenna lives her life as a risk taker, and it shines through the books she loves to write: romance, adventure and suspense. She started writing at age thirteen and continues to hone her writing skills to this day. She sold her first romance novel in 1981. The rest is history.
Because she went into the military, this experience became the backbone of her writing—she is credited with writing the first military romance novel (Captive of Fate, 1983, Silhouette Special Edition) and has created a thriving sub-genre within the romance field! As a New York Times Best Selling author, she has sold 23 million books and in 32 foreign languages in her career thus far. Her many experiences in the U.S. Navy are backdrop for her understanding of the military in general, and also her very successful Morgan’s Mercenaries, which is an ongoing series in Silhouette to this day! Forty-five books strong!
Lindsay has gone Indie in 2015 and has created a new family saga on par with Morgan’s Mercenaries It is known as the DELOS SERIES. There will be paperback and eBooks created under Blue Turtle Publishing, her company for her fans. Readers who love Morgan and his family are bound to fall in love with the Culver family. Delos is romantic suspense, which Lindsay is well known for. It took her five years to create and bring DELOS to her readers. It was worth the wait, but we’ll let you decide that.
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M9B Friday Reveal: Cover Reveal – Emerge by Tobie Easton with Giveaway #M9BFridayReveals

M9B Friday Reveal: Cover Reveal – Emerge by Tobie Easton with Giveaway #M9BFridayReveals
Welcome to this week’s M9B Friday Reveal!
This week, we are revealing the cover for
Emerge by Tobie Easton
an upcoming Month9Books Title!
Author, Tobie Easton, also shares her thoughts on the cover.
Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!
It’s finally here, and you finally get to see it!! Sharing the cover of my debut novel, Emerge, with you means so much to me. When I saw it for the first time, my jaw dropped—it’s just that beautiful. I love how the main character, Lia, blends so seamlessly into the ocean, like she’s one with the water, which is so thematically perfect for the book. While everything seems calm and beautiful on the surface, there’s something deeper, more alluring, and perhaps more sinister hidden just below. The call of the ocean is an important part of the novel, so it’s mesmerizing the way Lia is being drawn toward the sea—and taking the reader with her.
Want to know my favorite detail? It’s the way the bottom of Lia’s gown billows like ocean waves (I’m a sucker for a gorgeous gown!). And the sparkles behind the title hint at the magic within. I could gush all day, but I really want to know what you think! Come tell me on Twitter, Goodreads, IG, orFacebook! I’m SO excited for you to read the first book of the Mer Chronicles this April! xo Tobie  
Lia Nautilus may be a Mermaid but she’s never lived in the ocean. War has ravaged the seven seas ever since the infamous Little Mermaid unleashed a curse that stripped Mer of their immortality. Lia has grown up in a secret community of land-dwelling Mer hidden among Malibu’s seaside mansions. Her biggest problems are surviving P.E. and keeping her feelings for Clay Ericson in check. Sure, he’s gorgeous in that cocky, leather jacket sort of way and makes her feel like there’s a school of fish swimming in her stomach, but getting involved with a human could put Lia's entire community at risk.
So it’s for the best that he’s dating that new girl, right? That is, until Lia finds out she isn't the only one at school keeping a potentially deadly secret. And this new girl? Her eyes are dead set on Clay, who doesn't realize the danger he's in. If Lia hopes to save him, she’ll have to get closer to Clay. Lia’s parents would totally flip if they found out she was falling for a human boy, but the more time she spends with him, the harder it is for her to deny her feelings. After making a horrible mistake, Lia will risk everything to stop Clay from falling in love with the wrong girl.
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Emerge by Tobie Easton Publication Date: April 12, 2016 Publisher: Month9Books
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Tobie Easton
Tobie Easton was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where she’s grown from a little girl who dreamed about magic to a twenty-something who writes about it. A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Southern California, Tobie hosts book clubs for tweens and teens. She and her very kissable boyfriend enjoy traveling the globe and fostering packs of rescue puppies. Tobie loves chocolate chip cookies and Oxford commas.
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