Before the Blog: My True Love Gave to Me

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Before the Blog is a weekly blog meme hosted by Karis Jacobstein over @ YA Litwit. It’s an opportunity to showcase books a blogger read and loved prior to starting their blog .  I love this idea because there are so many amazing books I haven’t reviewed on A Novel Glimpse because I read them a long time ago. The only rules to this meme are to answer the following questions about the book chosen to review:

  • Why did you choose this book? 
  • When did you read this book? 
  • Who would you recommend this book to? 

20309175My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories

Publication Date: October 1, 2014

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Goodreads Synopsis:

If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you’re going to fall in love with My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by twelve bestselling young adult writers, edited by international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins. Whether you enjoy celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or New Year’s there’s something here for everyone. So curl up by the fireplace and get cozy. You have twelve reasons this season to stay indoors and fall in love.


My rating: 4 out of 5 stars


Why did you choose this book? 

We’re getting closer to the holiday season and this YA anthology is a really fun way to get into the spirit. Also, when I read this book I hadn’t read any of the authors except for Rainbow Rowell. It was a great way to find some great new authors.

 When did you read this book? 

December 2014

Who would you recommend this book to?

YA readers

WWW Wednesday: November 25, 2015

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at Should be Reading but is now hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

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The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

So here we go…


Currently reading:

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I just started Six of Crows last night. I haven’t gotten very far into it, but it’s really good so far.

I’ve still got Kim Holden’s All of It and S.C. Stephen’s Thoughtful on hold I plan on finishing those two at some point.


Recently finished:

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I’ve had a nasty cold for the past week so I’ve been lounging around more than usual. My house is a mess but I got a lot of reading done. I was able to finish and ARC of Steal Me by Lauren Layne. It was a fun contemporary romance about a cop falling for a waitress from his family’s favorite diner. Steal Me came out yesterday and you can read my review here today.

Another new release I  read was an ARC of the Red Hot Holidays romance anthology. It was 17 steamy stories to get you in the mood for the holidays. There was a little something for everyone in the compilation. It came out yesterday as well. My review can be found here.

I was super excited to start off last weekend by reading Rage by Elizabeth Reyes. I had forgotten it was being released and I couldn’t wait to catch up with the Moreno family. I’ll be posting a review later this week.

Finally, I ended the weekend by reading an ARC of My Kind of Wonderful by Jill Shalvis. I was so excited to be approved by NetGalley to read this book! I love Jill Shalvis’ contemporary romance series. As with Rage, I should have a review coming soon.

 


Reading Next:

 

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I was approved by NetGalley to read Dead Ringer a couple of days ago, so it will be the next book I read.


What are you reading next?

ARC Review: Steal Me by Lauren Layne

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Publication Date: November 24, 2015

Publisher: Forever

Synopsis:

Captain Anthony Moretti has chosen his path in life. He wants to be the police commissioner one day. Anth knows that becoming commissioner means giving up some of his other dreams: a wife and kids. He’s fine with that until Maggie Walker shows up in his family’s favorite diner.

Maggie didn’t always dream of being a waitress in a diner, but it pays the bills while she writes her first novel. Another added benefit to waitressing at the diner is getting to spend Sundays with the Moretti family — specifically Anthony Moretti. Too bad he hates her.

When Maggie unexpectedly becomes an informant in the toughest case of Anth’s career, he can’t help but throw professionalism out the door.


My rating: 4 out of 5 stars


Steal Me was a light and fun contemporary romance. The chemistry between the characters was great and I liked each character’s backstory. Their separate histories added a lot to the story — especially Maggie’s. I also enjoyed the hunt for the criminal, which turned out to be her ex-husband. (Don’t worry, that’s not a spoiler. It’s in the book blurb.)

It was fun to meet another Moretti cop. Anthony was a little uptight, but it was easy to understand why with his previous relationship history. The frustration he felt when making choices was interesting and understandable.

My favorite thing about Steal Me was Maggie, though. I thought her attraction to the grumpy Captain was cute. I loved the way she reacted to everything he did. I also liked her family history and the way she ended up dealing with them.

Steal Me is the second book in the New York’s Finest series. It can be read as a standalone novel or after reading Frisk Me. You can find my review for Frisk Me by clicking here.

**I received an electronic copy of Steal Me from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Other books in this series:

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I’m a contributor on Be Like Water today!!!

A while back I wrote a confession about how I don’t care if people think I read too much. Today, it is featured on Be Like Water! If you didn’t get the chance to read it back when it originally posted, you can read it by clicking on the link below. 🙂

http://belikewaterproduction.com/2015/11/24/confession-i-read-too-much-and-i-dont-care-by-a-novel-glimpse-blw-contributor/

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Fictional Families I Would Like To Celebrate With

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Thanksgiving themed Freebie — ten books I’m thankful for, authors I’m thankful for, Ten fictional families I’d like to celebrate Thanksgiving with, a personal non-bookish thankful list, etc. etc. I decided to go with Ten fictional families I’d like to celebrate Thanksgiving with because it sounded like fun to think back on fictional “families” I have loved.


1. The Bright Side Crew

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I would love to share a meal and be thankful with Kate, Gus and all their friends and family. They may not have all been related by blood, but they were family.


2. The Raven Boys Gang

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This is another non-blood related family. I would love to celebrate with Blue, Gansey, Adam, Ronan and Noah.


3. The Walters

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Celebrating with the Walter family family would be crazy and fun!


4. Blythe and the Shepherd Family

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They may all be a little messed up, but dining with the Shepherd family would be entertaining for sure. I can only imagine trouble Sabin could get into.


5. The Sullivans

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Bella Andre’s The Sullivans is one of my favorite contemporary romance series that has a book for each sibling. I have loved reading about the entire bunch of them and would love to be part of their family dinner.


6. The Chathams

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After reading the family party scene in Saint Anything, I would love to be part of the Thanksgiving festivities at their house.


7. The Garretts

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I wouldn’t mind living next door to the Garretts and celebrating with them.


8. The Reynolds

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I can only imagine the competitions that happen during the Thanksgiving celebrations in the Reynolds’ house. I would love to be a part of it all.


9. The More Than Friends

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I absolutely love the group of friends we meet in the More Than series. They’re so close and supportive, they’re each others’ families. I would love to hang out and be thankful with them.


10. The Morenos

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I love the Moreno Brothers series and the entire clan. They’re such a fun bunch. I can only imagine the drama waiting at the Thanksgiving table.


Those were a few of the families I would like to spend Thanksgiving with. Do you have any you would add?

I wanted to wish everyone celebrating Thanksgiving this week a happy one. I’m very thankful for all my readers and blogging friends. 🙂

Release Day Blitz & Review: Red Hot Holidays Anthology

Forget shopping. Forget wrapping. Spend the holidays with these 17 gorgeous alpha males.

They have something they’d like to put in your stockings, because they’re definitely on Santa’s naughty list in these 17 all-new stories.

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AVAILABLE NOW

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About the Book:

NYT, USA Today, and top-selling authors have banded together to bring you 17 all-new, sweet to sexy books about love, romance, and the holidays.

Take a break and rip open this boxed set to cuddle up with these romantic comedy, paranormal romance, and contemporary romance books. These authors have pulled out all the stops, bringing back some of your favorite characters from their bestselling series for one more bite at the fruitcake or penning stories about new characters and new love!

For a limited time, you can pick up all 17 of these naughty men for a really great price! Over 1000 pages of love, laughter, and romance! From billionaires and filthy rich rock stars to undercover police and bear shifters, we’ve gathered all 17 passionate stories in one big box with a bow on top. This heart-pounding collection is filled with confident, sexy, and romantic men you’ll want to spend the holidays with.

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My Review: 5 out of 5 stars!

The Red Hot Holidays Anthology is a hot and steamy set of books to get you into the holiday spirit. There is a little something for everyone: contemporary romance, historical romance, paranormal romance, second chance romance and more.

One of my favorite stories in the Red Hot Holidays Anthology was Noel by J.C. Valentine. Noel was a nurse trying to avoid falling for her patient, hot cop Hunter. His hot body has her in a tizzy, but she’s going to stick with her oath of not dating patients…or she thinks she is until Hunter convinces her otherwise. Noel was a really fun, steamy read.

My other favorite was Winter Tryst by Mira Bailee. It was a short and sweet second chance romance where a man realizes the mistakes he’s made over the past year with his soon-to-be ex-wife.

Those two were my favorites in the anthology, but all of the others were really good as well! A Cub for Christmas by Ella Dominguez was a fun story about an older woman falling for a younger man. Give and Take by Daisy Prescott was a cute story taking place on Whidbey Island that gives a look at the exciting Christmas happenings of several friends. Black Christmas by JC Andrijeski was an interesting Christmas tale about a couple that is apart but that can read each others minds to communicate and be intimate.

Those are just some of the incredibly fun Christmas-time stories that make up this anthology. I would highly suggest reading the Red Hot Holidays Anthology to put you in the holiday spirit! It’s only $0.99!

Stories Included Are:

Perfectly Kissed ~ Lacey Silks Mistletoes, sneaky best friend and an old lady, coerce best friends and former lovers, Millie and Dave, to reunite for Christmas Holidays.

Montreux ~ Blair Babylon Wulf von Hannover and Rae Stone are about to marry in Montreux, but Wulf’s aristocratic father makes one last attempt to derail the wedding.

Home Bound ~ Olivia Rigal and Shannon Macallan Trapped by a storm, a voluptuous architect and a sexy TV news reporter melt the ice by a roaring fire.

A Band of Heather ~ Sarah M. Cradit Colleen and Noah belong to two very different worlds, but a band of heather changes their lives forever.

Christmas on the Run ~ Daizie Draper Wannabe rock star Tristan runs from a dangerous bookie and falls for the girl he’s only using as his perfect escape.

Noel: A Blue Collar Christmas ~ J.C. Valentine Nurse Noel Walker doesn’t date patients, but Officer Hunter Davis won’t give up until he slaps the cuffs on.

Black Christmas ~ JC Andrijeski Quintin Black vanishes, leaving Miri alone after a harrowing ordeal in Thailand. Will she forgive him in time for Christmas?

Winter Tryst ~ Mira Bailee One destroyed marriage. Two broken hearts. When Sean visits Lyla to say goodbye, winter’s magic forces the lovers to face the painful truth.

Give and Take ~ Daisy Prescott You never know who will show up at the Sip ’n Stroll in Langley. Someone’s pregnant. Someone’s engaged. And someone’s getting a puppy.

Slow and Steady ~ V. J. Chambers When danger interrupts Christmas shopping, Leigh and her husband Griffin sizzle.

Take Me Home ~ Alison Foster All my Christmas wishes were snatched away by an evil brute. What can you do when the man you hate most makes your mouth water?

Bearfield Snowed In ~ Jacqueline Sweet A hunter tracking her prey finds herself snowed in with a sexy shifter. Is he her mortal enemy or her fated mate?

My Cowboy Soldier ~ Gillian Cherry Holidays draw lovers and families together, except when war tears them apart.

A Cub for Christmas ~ Ella Dominguez This May-December romance burns up the pages when Aricelli realizes that unwrapping her Christmas package is only half the fun.

Rosy Cheeks ~ Amity Wilde Good things sometimes come in unlikely packages. When an online flirt stumbles into Karen’s very real life, he might be just what she needs.

A Beary Merry Christmas ~ Jazzmyn Wolfe After a season of frustration and pain, will curvy Kassandra and Brendan finally have a beary merry Christmas?

Alec’s First Christmas ~ Felicia Tatum Daphne and Zander welcomed their baby Alec, and his first Christmas has magical surprises.

Order Now and Start Your Celebration Early

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