Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Wishlist Wednesday # 18

Wishlist Wednesday is a book blog hop hosted @ Pen to Paper where we will post about one book per week that has been on our wishlist for some time, or just added (it's entirely up to you), that we can't wait to get off the wishlist and onto our wonderful shelves.

My pick here would be a book I'd been looking forward to reading for quite some time now:

The Beginning of Everything by Robin Schneider.

Golden boy Ezra Faulkner believes everyone has a tragedy waiting for them—a single encounter after which everything that really matters will happen. His particular tragedy waited until he was primed to lose it all: in one spectacular night, a reckless driver shatters Ezra’s knee, his athletic career, and his social life.

No longer a front-runner for Homecoming King, Ezra finds himself at the table of misfits, where he encounters new girl Cassidy Thorpe. Cassidy is unlike anyone Ezra’s ever met, achingly effortless, fiercely intelligent, and determined to bring Ezra along on her endless adventures.

But as Ezra dives into his new studies, new friendships, and new love, he learns that some people, like books, are easy to misread. And now he must consider: if one’s singular tragedy has already hit and everything after it has mattered quite a bit, what happens when more misfortune strikes? 

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Boys of Bishop Mini Reviews

Author: Molly O'Keefe
ISBN: 0345549015
Book Genre: Adult Contemporary
Release Date: July 1st 2014
Publisher: Bantam Dell
Book Source: Netgalley

Goodreads Synopsis:

As the daughter of a wealthy politician, Ashley Montgomery has had enough of her parents’ expectations for her future and is going her own way, volunteering to work at a refugee camp in Africa. But her act of charity turns dangerous when she takes a boat trip and is abducted by Somali pirates. Enter Brody Baxter, who was a bodyguard for the Montgomery family ten years ago and doesn’t think twice about coming to Ashley’s rescue. Handsome and tough, Brody has always done what needed to be done. So he swoops in, saves Ashley, and brings her to a place where she can rest and recuperate without the glare of the press and her demanding family: Brody’s small hometown of Bishop, Arkansas. But Ashley soon realizes that she’s not the only one in need of healing.

Holed up with Ashley in a tiny apartment over his brother’s bar in Bishop, Brody is tempted and torn in ways he never anticipated. Beautiful Ashley, vibrant despite her ordeal, fearless enough to love him beyond his wall of self-punishment, is now determined to save him. But with a little faith and a lot of love, they just may find happiness in each others’ arms.


I read Wild Child just before getting around to Never Been Kissed, and I was really fascinated by the town and that unlike other towns I'd read about in stories, this particular one was drowning and in desperate need of saving. I loved the first few steps taken in book one as well as the introduction to many of the townsfolk, it was an interesting lead in to the characters in this story, especially with Cora, Sean and Brody.

I absolutely loved Sean as a character, Cora too seemed distinguished, but for some reason I never did pick up on the animosity between them until this story. It was such a shame that I didn't get as an in-depth view into their stories as I did with Brody and Ashley - but it was understandable since they were the main focus.

I like how the author always has more than one storyline going on in the book, not just the one you expect. In this one it was both brothers Brody and Sean, they each got their story in it. I really appreciated how well rounded the characters were, and the intriguing background stories I hadn't seen coming - especially with Brody. I didn't get as much out of Ashley as I'd liked, but I'm assuming her family life gets more exposure in Harrison's - her brother - story. I loved seeing all the characters struggle with their inner demons, their flaws, their presumptions and fears, and I found myself crying more than I had expected. It was certainly a surprising reading.

The writing was really great and I found myself done with the book before I even realized I'd gotten to the end. I'm definitely enjoying the small steps taken to making Bishop habitable and save it from being bankrupt. I can't wait to continue with the series and see both Shelby's as well as Harrison's!

Rating: 3/5!

Author: Molly O'Keefe
ISBN: 0345549031
Book Genre: Adult Contemporary
Release Date: July 29th 2014
Publisher: Bantam Dell
Book Source: NetGalley

Goodreads Synopsis:

After years of running, Wyatt Svenson has now parked himself in Bishop, Arkansas, trying to do the right thing and parent a son he didn’t even know he had until recently. Over six feet tall and packed with muscles and power, Ty likes to get his hands dirty, fixing his motorcycle at night and keeping his mind away from the mistakes he’s made. Then his pretty neighbor shows up on his driveway, doesn’t bother to introduce herself, and complains about the noise. First impression? She should loosen up. Funny that she turns out to be his son’s elementary school art teacher—and the only one willing to help his troubled boy. Ty needs her. In more ways than one.
Though Shelby Monroe is safe in her structured life, she is drawn to Ty’s bad-boy edge and rugged sexuality. What if she just lets it all go: her worries about her mother, her fear of heartbreak, and her tight self control? What if she grabs Ty and takes a ride on the wild side? “What if” becomes reality—intense, exhilarating . . . and addictive. But Ty wants more than a secret affair. He wants it all with Shelby. But will she take a chance and open her heart? Ty is determined to convince Shelby to take the biggest risk of her life: on him.


Of all the books in this series (and yes, I've read all four so far) I think this would have to be my absolute favorite. It definitely surprised me, since I hadn't expected much from Shelby's character after reading Wild Child, but the synopsis had intrigued me, and all the books in the series were certainly entertaining, so I decided to check it out and boy was I surprised to find it better than the rest.

Shelby, if you've read Wild Child, has been searching for love, affection, relationships, sex, she's hoping someone would stop looking at her in an asexual manner like everyone in Bishop seem intent on doing. That's why when Dean notices her in Wild Child and they have an affair, she's happy, for a little while, until she isn't anymore. Her character back then was so plain and I couldn't find myself the least bit hooked, even with the utter humiliation she suffered from on National television. 

But then came this book and I realized, that Molly with this particular character added so much depth, it was impressive. Both Ty and his son Casey as well had more to recommend them than all the other female/male leads in this series, which is why I practically devoured the book. Shelby had a traumatizing childhood that she can't seem to escape, but also seemed to have shaped her current personality and I'm not sure why I liked how screwed up she was. I also liked how Ty was out of his element but trying so hard with his son as well as fighting every urge to run. They felt so real to me, and I cried so much.

Rating: 4/5!

Author: Molly O'Keefe
ISBN: 0345549058
Book Genre: Adult Contemporary
Release Date: November 24th 2014
Publisher: Bantam Dell
Book Source: Netgalley

Goodreads Synopsis:

With his chiseled jaw and his thick blond hair, Harrison Montgomery was born to lead. Four generations of Montgomery men have served the state of Georgia and now he’s next in line. Harrison, though, is driven to right wrongs: namely to clean up the political mess left by his father’s greed and corruption. But Harrison must first win his congressional bid, and nothing can get in his way—not even an angel who served him whiskey and gave him a shoulder to lean on and a body to love for a night. Problem is, she’s pregnant. Scandal is brewing and there is only one solution: marriage.
Damage control? Ryan Kaminski can’t believe that a cold, calculating political animal now inhabits the body of the emotionally vulnerable stranger who’d given her the most unforgettable night of her life. Really, she doesn’t want anything from Harrison, except to be left alone to have her baby in peace. But Ryan is broke, jobless, and essentially blackmailed by Harrison’s desperate family to accept this crazy marriage deal. For two years, she will have to act the role of caring, supportive wife. But what is Ryan supposed to do when she realizes that, deep in her heart, she’s falling in love.


I was disappointed that this particular book in the series didn't take place in Bishop, but I have certainly been looking forward to Harrison's story and I'm more than happy I got to read it!

Harrison is very different than the other male leads in this series, mostly because he's ice-cold and bad, for trying to be good. His father has shamed the family so much that Harrison feels like it's his obligation to fix the entire family's reputation by not stepping one toe out of line and being inhumanly good, which makes him more of a robotic presence than anything. He's also very isolated and alone, but there's more to him as is obvious from how worried he was about his sister Ashley in Never Been Kissed. But he also longs for a connection, even if it's from someone so ridiculously unsuitable like Ryan.

Ryan and Harrison were meant to be so different but for some reason only at the beginning of the book you notice that, Ryan fits in so well in Harrison's life, and I think it wasn't as convincing as I would have liked. She didn't struggle or embarrass him or take that long to transform, and that part really bugged me, because hello, the Montgomrey's are sticklers for rules and stuff, but apparently the public ate everything she did up and she was a paragon, so perfect and fitting, and yeah, I wasn't convinced. 

Again, I would have loved more of an in-depth insight onto both their background stories, and I feel like I didn't get enough. A tiny part of me felt hollow because of it. But I did love them and their struggles to connect as well as try to do everything to win Harrison his elections. I so badly wanted more time with Ashley, Brody and even Harrison's assistant Wallace. I absolutely loved Wallace.

Rating: 3/5.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Come Back to Me Blog Post: Guest Post

Title: Come Back to Me
Author: Mila Gray
ISBN: 9781447274407
Book Genre: New Adult Contemporary
Release Date: October 23rd 2014
Publisher: Pan Macmillan


Come back to me. That was the very last thing I said to him. Always. The very last thing he said to me.
Home on leave in sunny California, Marine and local lothario Kit Ryan finds himself dangerously drawn to his best friend's sister, Jessa - the one girl he can't have.
But Kit's not about to let a few obstacles stand in his way and soon Jessa's falling for his irresistible charms.
What starts out as a summer romance of secret hook-ups and magical first times quickly develops into a passionate love affair that turns both their worlds upside down.
When summer's over and it's time for Kit to redeploy, neither Kit nor Jessa are ready to say goodbye. Jessa's finally following her dreams and Kit's discovered there's someone he'd sacrifice everything for.
Jessa's prepared to wait for Kit no matter what. But when something more than distance and time rips them apart they're forced to decide whether what they have is really worth fighting for. 
A breathtaking, scorchingly hot story about love, friendship, family and finding your way back from the edge of heartbreak. 

Guest Post:

First Character Crush - tell the readers about the first fictional character you had a crush on and how that character/book influenced your writing.
 My first character crush was actually on George Emerson from A Room With A View by E. M Forster.
It’s set in Edwardian England and Italy and he’s this free spirited lover of art and beauty. I adored how he ignored the social conventions of the day and his passion. He kisses Lucy in a field overlooking Florence and I remember I totally got the feels from that, even though it was so chaste in modern day terms. 
I’ve got a reputation for creating sizzling, steamy tension between characters that builds over time, and yesterday I read a lovely review about how I ‘truly understand how to capture the moments of erotic encounter’. I read so much ‘romance’ and ’new adult' that makes me roll my eyes. I really believe in a slow, believable build of tension and I love to evoke all those feelings that come up when you’re crazily attracted to someone and can’t keep your hands off each other. 
I’m also a believer in showing positive and healthy relationships - where passion goes hand in hand with respect and where women are strong. I love the way Kit really respects and takes care of Jessa in both a physical and emotional way. That to me is hot. 
My more modern crush would be on Alex Fuentes from Perfect Chemistry. He’s just so ridiculously hot. I also had a major thing for Gale from The Hunger Games when I read the books.

Author's Info:
Mila Gray is the pseudonym for author Sarah Alderson. Having spent most of her life in London, Sarah quit her job in the non-profit sector in 2009 and took off on a round the world trip with her husband and tutu-wearing daughter on a mission to find a new place to call home. She now lives in Bali. She is the author of YA novels Hunting Lila and Losing Lila, as well as a further four novels and several short stories.

For more information please contact Lucie Cuthbertson –Twiggs on lucie.cuthbertsontwiggs@macmillan.com

Monday, October 13, 2014

Making Headlines Tour Stop: Playlist

Author: Erin Brown
ISBN13: 9781311969125
Book Genre: New Adult Contemporary 
Release Date: October 7th 2014
Book Source: Inkslinger PR

Goodreads Synopsis:
When a one-night stand turns into an online photo scandal, Sophie Tucker and Luke McGraw become campus celebrities overnight for all the wrong reasons.
Sophie Tucker can’t wait to start her freshman year of college—she has a full scholarship to her dream school and her sights set on landing a coveted staff writer position on the college newspaper. But when a scandalous photo from a one night stand she barely remembers is posted on The Score List, a new tabloid-style gossip site the campus is buzzing about, Sophie realizes her freshman year isn’t going to be what she imagined. As more photos are posted, Sophie decides to use her journalistic prowess to take down the anonymous person behind the site.
Luke McGraw is that guy—the vice president of his fraternity, the online editor of the school newspaper, and the one every girl wants to date. When a photo of Sophie, the girl he hooked up with the night before classes started and can’t get out of his head, shows up on The Score List, he knows that he has to find out who is behind the site—both to avenge Sophie, and to save the reputation of his fraternity. 
When Sophie and Luke realize they’re both investigating, they decide to team up. But focusing on the investigation instead of each other proves difficult, especially when neither of them are sure the other can be trusted. 


The first thing I need to say here is that if you haven't read Taking Flight yet and intend to, you probably shouldn't read this book first, there are a lot of spoilers to book one, which kind of sucks because now I'm not sure if I can go back and read book one, but it definitely sounded interesting here so I'd personally recommend you'd read it first!

Now, this book is about Sophie, who starts her college life with a bang. Like most college girls, she goes to a party, meets a guy, has a wild night that she wants to forget all about, only someone won't let her. Someone has turned her into the campus slut and she's determined to know who. Luke, the one night stand in question, can't get Sophie out of his mind, and even though he knows she doesn't want more, he decides he wants to help her because not only does this make his fraternity look bad, the site is ruining a lot of girls in the process and it doesn't hurt his natural journalistic instincts. Both being wannabe journalists find themselves teaming up to find the crook and pay, yet they don't necessarily trust each other in the process. Sophie has had many failed relationships in the past due to her fixation on her job and passiveness with her boyfriends. Will she ruin yet another potential thing by doing the same thing she did back in school?

As you guys know I'm a huge fan of New Adult, so this book was right up my alley! Not to mention, it reminded me so much of Veronica Mars (a show I'm very in love with) which really only made me love it some more. The book was such a fun read, from the investigating journalist aspects, to the cute romance, and the mystery thing going on in the background. I absolutely adored Luke and found Sophie annoying at times, but the great thing about the dual point of views is that you get to see both sides and follow through with them as their journey advances.

Rating: 3.5/5.

I really love when there's a playlist that comes along with a book since it helps you get in the mood of the story. So here goes today's tour stop's main event, the book PLAYLIST:

  • Lookin’ for a Good Time—Lady Antebellum
  • Girl In A Country Song—Maddie & Tae
  • Bang Bang—Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nikki Minaj
  • Raised On It—Sam Hunt
  • Treacherous—Taylor Swift
  • A Little More You—Little Big Town
  • Love Lockdown—Pentatonix
  • Beast of Burden—Rolling Stones
  • You Never Need Nobody—The Lone Bellow
  • Everybody’s Got Somebody But Me—Hunter Hayes & Jason Mraz
  • Brave—Sara Bareilles
  • Closer—Nine Inch Nails
  • The Game Has Changed—Daft Punk
  • The Lion The Beast The Beat—Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
  • Roar—Katy Perry
  • Fearless—Taylor Swift
  • My Eyes—Blake Shelton, ft. Gwen Sebastian 

Erin Brown Author PhotoAbout Erin Brown:

Erin Brown is a writer, Whedonite, Whovian, yogi, HGTV addict, and connoisseur of The CW’s TV line-up. She was born and raised in Arkansas, lived in New York City for five years, and recently moved to Singapore, where she lives on the beach, which is completely wasted on her because she is a ginger and the sun is not her friend. She is the author of Taking Flight and Making Headlines: A Taking Flight Novel.