Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Into The Blue : Review





Into the Blue by Chanel Cleeton
July 5, 2016
Wild Aces #2
Adult Contemporary Romance 
Penguin/Berkley

BOOK SUMMARY: 

From the author of Fly with Me and the Capital Confessions Novels comes the newest in the sexy Wild Aces Romance series.

Eric Jansen—call sign Thor—loves nothing more than pushing his F-16 to the limit. Returning home to South Carolina after a tragic loss, he hopes to fix the mistake he made long ago, when he chose the Air Force over his fiancée.

Becca Madison isn’t quick to welcome Thor back. She can’t forget how he shattered her heart. But Thor won’t give up once he’s set his sights on what he wants—and he wants Becca.

Thor shows Becca that he’s no longer the impulsive boy he used to be, and Becca finds herself irresistibly drawn to him. But will Thor be able to walk away from his dream of flying the F-16 for their love or does his heart belong to the sky?


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Review:

This book follows the aftermath of the first one with the death of one of the pilots, making for a very grief-stricken group. This story focuses on how Thor is dealing with this pain, and he starts thinking of his past and the one person he let go of to pursue his dreams.

I really loved this book more than the first one because honestly, I feel like Jordan had to make so many concessions while Noah made none and got everything he wanted. I can never be Jordan. I love Becca more because she knew what she wanted in life and wasn't willing to compromise that. But the story is about so much that I just loved it. It's about growth, and timing, and development, and forgiveness, and dealing with pain, and wow, so much more! I love how Chanel is creating all these new people forced to deal with the same circumstances but in different ways and that's such incredible for me, especially with her beautiful writing and well developed characters!

Rating: 5/5!




AUTHOR INFORMATION: 

Originally a Florida girl, CHANEL CLEETON moved to London where she received a bachelor’s degree from Richmond, The American International University in London and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Chanel fell in love with London and planned to stay there forever, until fate intervened on a Caribbean cruise and a fighter pilot with smooth dance moves swept her off her feet. Now, a happily ever after later, Chanel is living her next adventure. 

Law school made Chanel realize she’d rather spend her days writing sexy stories than in a courtroom, and she hasn’t looked back since. An avid reader and hopeless romantic, she’s happiest curled up with a book. She has a weakness for handbags, her three pups, and her husband.


Chanel writes contemporary romances, women's fiction, and thrillers. She is published by Harlequin HQN, Penguin/InterMix, and Penguin/Berkley and is the author of the International School, Capital Confessions, Assassins, and Wild Aces series.


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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Into The Blue Release Day Blitz





Into the Blue by Chanel Cleeton
July 5, 2016
Wild Aces #2
Adult Contemporary Romance 
Penguin/Berkley

BOOK SUMMARY: 

From the author of Fly with Me and the Capital Confessions Novels comes the newest in the sexy Wild Aces Romance series.

Eric Jansen—call sign Thor—loves nothing more than pushing his F-16 to the limit. Returning home to South Carolina after a tragic loss, he hopes to fix the mistake he made long ago, when he chose the Air Force over his fiancée.

Becca Madison isn’t quick to welcome Thor back. She can’t forget how he shattered her heart. But Thor won’t give up once he’s set his sights on what he wants—and he wants Becca.

Thor shows Becca that he’s no longer the impulsive boy he used to be, and Becca finds herself irresistibly drawn to him. But will Thor be able to walk away from his dream of flying the F-16 for their love or does his heart belong to the sky?


BOOK LINKS: 







Check out Book 1 in the Wild Aces series, Fly with Me: 



On Broken Wings, Wild Aces Book 3 Pre-order (out January 3, 2017):



AUTHOR INFORMATION: 

Originally a Florida girl, CHANEL CLEETON moved to London where she received a bachelor’s degree from Richmond, The American International University in London and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Chanel fell in love with London and planned to stay there forever, until fate intervened on a Caribbean cruise and a fighter pilot with smooth dance moves swept her off her feet. Now, a happily ever after later, Chanel is living her next adventure. 

Law school made Chanel realize she’d rather spend her days writing sexy stories than in a courtroom, and she hasn’t looked back since. An avid reader and hopeless romantic, she’s happiest curled up with a book. She has a weakness for handbags, her three pups, and her husband.


Chanel writes contemporary romances, women's fiction, and thrillers. She is published by Harlequin HQN, Penguin/InterMix, and Penguin/Berkley and is the author of the International School, Capital Confessions, Assassins, and Wild Aces series.


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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Mini Reviews: Kiss Me That Way & Then He Kissed Me

Title: Kiss Me That Way
Author: Laura Trentham
Book Genre: Adult Contemporary
Release Date: May 31st
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Book Source: NetGalley

Buy Now: Amazon - Barnes & Noble

Goodreads Synopsis:

A river divides Cottonbloom in two: the upscale enclave on the Mississippi side and the rundown, rough and tumble side in Louisiana. They’re worlds apart—but nothing can build a bridge like love…

Cade Fournette never had it easy Cottonbloom. He stuck around long enough to raise his orphaned siblings and then hightailed it out West—and never looked back. Even though he’s made a success of himself in Seattle, Cade never lost the toughness and the angry edge that helped him survive down South. His only weak spot: the girl he left behind…

Monroe Kirby came from the wealthy side of town, but that didn’t protect her from her mother’s drinking—or her mother’s boyfriend. It was Cade who did that, on a long-ago hot September night, before he disappeared…along with a piece of her heart. Now Monroe is a physical therapist who can fight for herself, and it’s Cade who could use some conditioning when he makes an unexpected return back home. Will he and Monroe pick up where they left off and finally explore their mutual passion—or will the scars and secrets of the past divide them once more?

Review:

I'm personally a huge fan of small town books. Blame it on Gilmore Girls and Stars Hallow really. So whenever I see books on small towns, I find myself drawn, and Cottonbloom is definitely an interesting town to visit!
The cool thing about the town is that it lands on the border between Mississippi and Louisiana that are separated by a river. The older generations of both sides of the town are not really fond of one another, which causes friction between the people and a lot of arguments and debacles.

Cade, born on the Louisiana side, has had to take care of his family until they were old enough not to need him again. So he took off, made a name of himself, and was forced back into town by his brother after he sustained an injury. Cade doesn't have any good memories of his life in Cottonbloom and wants to leave as soon as he has mended himself. Until he finds out Monroe is his physical therapist. Monroe was born on the Mississippi side of Cottonbloom, and even though everyone thinks she's had a glamorous life, it isn't true. But she's always thought of Cade, her Knight in shining armour and how upset she was he'd left town without saying goodbye. As both reconnect, they need to find a middle ground between their warring sides, lives and selves.

I absolutely loved Cade. He's a dark and brooding character who was forced to grow older because of his parents' death and his mountain-load of responsibilities. I especially loved his protectiveness towards Monroe, even when he didn't want to be. I liked the family conflicts and how the story played out. It was such a fun introduction into this new town!

Rating: 3.5/5.




Title: Then He Kissed Me
Author: Laura Trentham
Book Genre: Adult Contemporary
Release Date: June 28th 2016
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Book Source: NetGalley


Goodreads Synopsis:

Can two hearts come together in one divided town?

As a boy, Nash Hawthorne spent countless afternoons on the Louisiana side of Cottonbloom with Tally Fournette, wading in the river, peeling oranges and catching frogs. When illness stole his mother, Nash yearned to take Tally and run away—for good. Instead, he crossed the state line to live with his aunt. It was a short distance as the crow flies, but it swept him into a whole new world…

After Nash left, Tally managed to struggle through her own losses without him. But now that she’s crossed paths with him again—at Cottonbloom College, where the grown-up, gorgeous Nash teaches history—she is reminded of their cherished youthful connection…and an attraction that has only gotten stronger with age. Between Tally’s possessive ex and Nash’s snobbish aunt, no one thinks they belong together. In a town torn apart by old resentments and rivalries, can they find their way back to the life they once shared—and turn their long-lost dreams into a real and lasting love?

Review:

Tally has always rebelled and lashed out growing up to cover up her feelings of inadequacy. Being reunited with her childhood friend Nash fills her with mixed feelings of joy, abandonment, comfort, pain and that she cannot measure up to him. Nash used to be a swamp rat like her, until his aunt took him to the Mississippi side when his mother died and they never got to see each other after that. Not only is he on the rich side, but he's much smarter than she could ever hope to be. Nash has hated the move to the Mississippi side. He missed his best friend, he hated being bullied, and had no friends. But he loved his aunt, and loved the opportunities he was given. Even though he loved traveling, seeing the world, and learning more, he missed Cottonbloom, his aunt and his best friend. Only this time neither of them is ten years old anymore and they can't seem to get back to being just friends.

Nash and Tally's story struck me as similar to Cade and Monroe in some parts, especially since they both shared history (except that everyone knew about their friendship). But I did like the differences with how nerdy and awkward Nash is in comparison to Cade. There were the warring sides, obviously, especially with the festivals going around in the background making interactions between the characters more difficult. 

I really loved the depth behind both chracters and their separate insecurities that almost tore them apart and made it hard for them to see eye to eye on things and do well together. Even though Nash has excelled in academics and made a great future for himself, he still feels like the ten year old boy being bullied for being different. The same with Tally, even though she successfully opened a gym and is looking to expand, her past failure seems to haunt her.

I can't express how much I enjoyed this story (more than the rest in this series so far to be honest). I'm hoping there's more to the series than just the siblings!

Rating: 4/5.

2016: Wishlist Wednesday (1)







"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted @ Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating






It's been FOREVER since I last did either a Wishlist Wednesday or a Waiting on Wednesday post, like almost 2 years? I have been neglecting this blog I know, but as a part of the revamp, I'm trying to make it more alive! This is this week's pick (which I'm frankly more than excited about!)


Title: And I Darken
Author: Kiersten White
Release Date: June 28th 2016

Synopsis:

And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.
Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, who’s expected to rule a nation, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.

But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.