Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday (145) A Wolf Unleashed (SWAT: Special Wolf Alpha Team #5) by Paige Tyler

"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: 
Wolf shifter Alex Trevino has fallen hard for veterinarian Lacey Barton. Getting her to agree to a date is a lot of work—and winning her heart proves even harder.

Lacey can’t deny her crazy attraction to Alex, but she has no intention of letting herself fall for him. In her less than stellar experience, men don’t stick around.

When Lacey’s sister is kidnapped, it’s up to Alex to crack the case—and prove to Lacey that he isn’t going anywhere.
(Blurb via Goodreads)

Expected publication: December 6, 2016
What are you waiting on?

{eARC Minute Review} Saved By The SEAL (Battle Scars #2) by Diana Gardin

Saved By The SEAL (Battle Scars, #2)
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Saved By The SEAL (Battle Scars #2) by

He saved her life. She showed him how to live it . . .

When he sees a woman drowning, Grisham Abbot immediately leaps into action. The Navy SEAL forgets his training, his past, and the explosion that forever scarred his body and his mind. He can only remember what he was born to do. But saving Greta Owen is a complication Grisham is definitely not ready for. She’s stunning and gorgeous—like sunlight after months of darkness. Yep, Grisham is so, so screwed.

Greta knows that the smart thing to do would be to run from Grisham. He’s a wounded warrior, and his head is a big-time mess. The problem is that Greta wants to make him her mess. One kiss and she’s completely in over her head. And if this SEAL risked himself to save her, then she must find a way to bring him back to life . . .
(Blurb via Goodreads)
{Details} eARC, 352 pages. Published March 8th 2016 by Forever Yours. Source: eARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

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

Grisham and Greta have a history but when they meet again when Grisham comes to Greta's rescue it's an opportunity for a new beginning. I enjoyed the romance, Greta is great for Grisham, as well as the elements of suspense in the storyline.

I enjoyed Diana Gardin's writing, the pacing was great, the characters perfectly imperfectly and told from dual POVs we get to see in both Grisham and Greta's heads. Although this is book two in the series Battle Scars it can be read as a standalone, I did, but it did make me want to read book one, Last True Hero.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Teaser Tuesday (131) My Kind of Wonderful by Jill Shalvis

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!) 

“She slid on the helmet. "Thanks, Prince Charming."
"You know, Cinderella," she said. "The prince had her slipper and you had my helmet...”
My Kind of Wonderful by Jill Shalvis

Stacking the Shelves (138)

 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

  • Wanting a Mate by Celia Kyle
  • Chasing Tail by Celia Kyle
  • Jarek by Celia Kyle
  • Fear the Heart by Hettie Ivers
  • Player's Princess by Abigail Graham
  • His Princess by Abigail Graham
  • To Love Jason Thorn by Ella Maise
  • I dream Of Danger by Lisa Marie Rice
  • Inflame Me by Ryan Michele
  • Yeti! Were? by Celia Kyle
  • The Lady Chosen by Stephanie Laurens
  • Dark Dream by Christine Feehan
  • Dark Possession by Christine Feehan
  • The Importance of Being Alice by Katie MacAlister
  • Go Big by Joanna Blake
  • Once Upon a Half Time by Sosie Frost
  • Stolen Star by R.G. Winter
  • Magic of the Gargoyles by Rebecca Chastain
  • Saving Liberty by Helena Newbury
  • You're Lion by Celia Kyle
  • Ball of Furry by Celia Kyle
  • Head Over Tail by Celia Kyle
  • Fierce in Fur by Celia Kyle
  • Deuces Wild by Celia Kyle
  • Like a Fox by Celia Kyle
  • Big Furry Deal by Celia Kyle
  • Lion's Honor by Celia Kyle
  • Dark Gold by Christine Feehan
  • The Matchmaker's Playbook by Rachel Van Dyken
  • Stolen Magic by Linsey Hall
  • Secret of the Gargoyles by Rebecca Chastain
  • Over the Middle by Lauren Landish
  • Faerie Blood by Emma L. Adams
  • Second Chance Summer by Jill Shalvis
  • Dark Wolf by Christine Feehan
  • Dark Storm by Christine Feehan
  • Dark Carousel by Christine Feehan -review to come 
  • In Her Wildest Dreams by Farrah Rochon
  • Awakening by K.A. Young
  • Kiss Me Again by Juliet Spenser
  • The Alpha Witch by T.L. Thatcher
  • Primal by Lucy Auburn
  • Undeniable Attraction by JB Heller
  • Love in Tune by Bria Quinlan
  • Her Dragon's No Angel by Julia Mills
  • Dare by Allie Juliette Mousseau 
  • Phoenix Risingby Elise Faber
  • Anarchy by Jaymin Eve and Leia Stone
  • Rebirth by Gayle Parness
  • Emerge by Melissa A Craven
  • Jaxson by Allisa Woods
  • Idler by Holley Trent
  • The Alpha Heist by Kate Rudolph
  • Damaged by Avelyn Paige
  • Marauder Cygnus by Aya Morningstar
  • He Wants It, He Gets It by Kira Ward
  • Atlas by Alison Ryan
  • Elude by Rachel Van Dyken
  • Crossing the Barrier by Martine Lewis
  • Rock Star by Tabitha Levin
  • Jason and Cadence by R.E. Butler
  • The Breed Casstiel's Vow by Alice K. Wayne
  • Protected Mate by J.H. Croix
  • Destroy Me by K.D. Carrillo
  • Catch by Lea Hart
  • Fur Ever Yours by Melanie James
  • Hexed by Becca Vincenza
  • Shadow Falling by Rebecca Zanetti - review to come
  • Dirty Royal by Amelia Wilde
  • Chief Bear by Scarlett Grove
  • Raising Ryann by Alyssa Rae Taylor

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday (144) The Thousandth Floor (The Thousandth Floor #1) by Katharine McGee

"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 Thousandth Floor (The Thousandth Floor, #1)

The Thousandth Floor (The Thousandth Floor #1) by

New York City as you’ve never seen it before. A thousand-story tower stretching into the sky. A glittering vision of the future, where anything is possible—if you want it enough.

Welcome to Manhattan, 2118.

A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. But people never change: everyone here wants something…and everyone has something to lose.

Leda Cole’s flawless exterior belies a secret addiction—to a drug she never should have tried and a boy she never should have touched.

Eris Dodd-Radson’s beautiful, carefree life falls to pieces when a heartbreaking betrayal tears her family apart.

Rylin Myers’s job on one of the highest floors sweeps her into a world—and a romance—she never imagined…but will her new life cost Rylin her old one?

Watt Bakradi is a tech genius with a secret: he knows everything about everyone. But when he’s hired to spy by an upper-floor girl, he finds himself caught up in a complicated web of lies.

And living above everyone else on the thousandth floor is Avery Fuller, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all—yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.

Debut author Katharine McGee has created a breathtakingly original series filled with high-tech luxury and futuristic glamour, where the impossible feels just within reach. But in this world, the higher you go, the farther there is to fall….
(Blurb via Goodreads)

Expected publication: August 30, 2016
What are you waiting on?

Teaser Tuesday (130) Magic Edge by Ella Summers

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!) 

And what is your type?"
Apparently, assassins. No, not assassins. Definitely not assassins. Because that really would be reckless.
"He gave her a cool look. "Do you ever stop joking?"
"No. It helps calm my nerves."
"Try mediation."
"In the middle of a fight?"
"No. At home, now and then."
Magic Edge by Ella Summers

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

{eARC Review} Shadow Rider (Shadow #1) by Christine Feehan

Shadow Rider (Shadow, #1)

Shadow Rider (Shadow #1) by

The #1 New York Times bestselling “queen of paranormal romance”* is back with a sexy new series starring a Chicago crime family that hides a dark, mystical secret...

Whether it’s fast cars or fast women, Stefano Ferraro gets what he wants. When he’s not fodder for the paparazzi, he commands Ferraro family businesses—both legitimate and illegitimate.

While their criminal activity is simply a rumor yet to be proven, no one knows the real truth. The Ferraros are a family of shadow riders capable of manipulating light and dark, an ability Stefano thought ran in his family alone—until now…

With little left to her name, Francesca Cappello has come to Chicago in hopes of a new life. She wasn’t expecting to attract the attention of a man with primal hunger in his eyes, driven to claim her as his to protect and to please. And if he discovers her secret, it could ruin her...
(Blurb via Goodreads)
{Details} eARC, 480 pages. Expected publication: June 28th 2016 by Jove. Source: eARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

{Rating} 5/5 - I loved it!

Over the last year I've been devouring Christine Feehan's novels. A prolific author, she creates strong alpha males - sometimes too alpha - equally strong women, unbreakable bonds of family both of blood and the family you choose, dramatic storylines and danger and suspense. The first installment in Shadow, her newest series, Shadow Rider, is everything I've come to expect from Feehan.

I loved the way Stefano looked out for his family and friends, for everyone he considers under his protection. He's a dictator but there is a reason for it. He grew up in harsh circumstances, has endured loss, has the weight of many lives on his shoulders and his past has molded him into the man that can bear the weight.

Francesca has been through hell. She's lost everything, been betrayed, she's hungry, she's just dollars away from being back on the street, but she's also the kind of person who would give the coat off of her back to a homeless woman because at least she has a roof over her head. She's generous, kind, stubborn and willing to stand up for herself even when facing off with the head of the Ferraro family.
I liked Stefano and Francesca together, the way they balanced each other, filled in empty spots, and their very awe at finding each other when neither expected something so wonderful. Their journey isn't an easy one, Stefano is overbearing and dictatorial, Francesca is afraid of losing another person she loves and feels like there is too big a gap between their financial circumstances.

This installment has a lot of exposition and setting the stage for the rest of the series - explaining the how and whys of the Ferraro family and their abilities as well as introducing tons of new characters but there's room for action and suspense. I'm already a fan of the Shadow series, I can't wait to see which Ferraro sibling is featured next.

Friday, July 1, 2016

{eARC Review} To Love a Wolf (SWAT: Special Wolf Alpha Team #4) by Paige Tyler

To Love a Wolf (SWAT #4)

To Love a Wolf (SWAT: Special Wolf Alpha Team #4) by

SWAT officer Landry Cooper is certain Everly Danu is The One. The problem is, she has no idea what Cooper really is. And as much as he wants to trust her, he's not sure he can share his deepest secret...

When Everly's family discovers Cooper's a werewolf, her brothers will do anything to keep them apart-they'll kill him if they have to. Everly is falling hard for the ridiculously handsome SWAT officer, and she's not about to let her brothers tell her who she can love... Until Cooper's secret is exposed and she discovers the man she thought she knew is a monster in disguise.

(Blurb via Goodreads)
{Details} eARC, 352 pages. Publication: June 7th 2016 by Sourcebooks Casablanca. Source: eARC provided in exchange for an honest review

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

I'm a huge fan of the SWAT series and have been eagerly awaiting Cooper's story from the beginning. I was not disappointed. I've loved Cooper from the first book, he's calm and laid back, fierce and strong, and he's got his friends' backs without reserve or question. Seeing him with his own One, although he can't see as clearly when it comes to himself, showed me a whole new side. On top of his new romance he also he has an old friend in town in need of help, a bomber on the loose and after being involved in an incident during a bank robbery he's ordered to see a therapist.

Everly was a great heroine, smart and kind, fierce in her own way. She does lose it - which I hated because we know Cooper definitely isn't a monster - but Paige Tyler presents it in a way that I empathized with Everly. She's met this man that she falls for fast and deep, against all logic, her family hates him and then when the truth comes out it brings back the horrors of her past. 

I was hooked from the first page and couldn't wait to see him get his happily ever after.