Review Tour & Giveaway: In Your Dreams by Ginger Scott

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Welcome to the In Your Dreams review tour with Ginger Scott, hosted by Wordsmith Publicity. Be sure to check out all the reviews and enter the giveaway!

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 IN YOUR DREAMS (Falling Series #4)

NA Contemporary Romance

Release Date: March 29, 2016

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Casey Coffield has a growing list of personal flaws he keeps locked away in his head:
He’s never on time.
His list of IOUs to his best friend is endless.
Money is always short.
Goals are never in reach.

Oh, and he’s decided to add college drop-out to that list, too. He doesn’t really think that last one’s such a bad thing, but his family insists it is, so it stays on the list.

On paper, he’s a zero. But in person, when he’s mixing tracks for a sea of bodies at the hottest clubs and parties, he’s downright irresistible. Just-right stubble on his chin, body of a boxer and a smirk that stimulates all the right nerves—women have never been a problem. They flock to his swagger and fall for his charm…fast.

All except for this one. 
Purple hair, gray eyes, a raspy voice and sass, Murphy Sullivan is a little bit country and a little bit rock-n-roll. And her and Casey? They have history. He can’t remember it, but she wrote a song about him—and it’s not exactly a love song. But it is good. Damn good. And uncovering her inspiration just might be the key to solving a few of his shortcomings—not to mention open doors to his own big break in the music industry.

But sometimes dreams get messy when they collide. Sometimes life changes patterns. A past paints the wrong picture and futures get cloudy. The only question that remains is who will you choose when the dust settles—you? Or the girl of your dreams?

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REVIEW


★ ★ ★ ★ ★


I get excited every time I see Ginger Scott is going to release a new novel. She’s quickly become one of my favorite New Adult authors with her exceptional storytelling. She creates deep characters and puts them in situations that feel true to life. No matter how flawed or broken her characters are, I always fall in love with them.

I’ve been waiting to read Casey Coffield’s story ever since I heard it was being written. I loved his friendship with Houston in The Girl I Was Before.  I couldn’t wait to find out more about him.

Casey was a perfectly flawed character. He was the cocky popular kid from high school who was trying to make it in the music industry. He gave up a lot to chase his dreams, and would do what it took to make them come true. Even going after his dreams meant sacrificing his relationship with his family. His relationship with Murphy brought out so many good things in him. It was fun to watch him learn more about himself and grow.

Murphy was an incredibly cool character. Her hatred for Casey didn’t come from where I thought it would. It was fun to watch her try not to fall for him. She didn’t stand a chance. I also loved Murphy’s entire family. They made the story all that more special.

Casey and Murphy together were adorable! I loved the way they complimented each other. The slow-burn of their romance was so sweet and incredibly enjoyable to read. I rooted for them the entire time I was reading.

The only thing more I could have wanted from In Your Dreams was more toward the end. The ending was super cute, but I wanted to know what happened in between the last chapter and the epilogue. I needed to know what happened during that time frame! It drove me a little nuts not knowing. I think what happened in the in between that time frame would have added even more feels to the story.

Overall, I absolutely adored In Your Dreams. It made me laugh and smile. I loved Casey and Murphy and I’m hoping I’ll get to see a glimpse of them in one of Ginger Scott’s future novels. I’m really sad I’m done reading it because now I am once again waiting for Ginger Scott’s next book. (Please let it be about Trent from Wicked Restless. Please. I’m crossing my fingers!)

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1 signed copy of In Your Dreams/ necklace

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THE FALLING SERIES

TIF (Falling #1)

This is Falling (Falling #1)

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You and Everything After (Falling #2)

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The Girl I Was Before (Falling #3)

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling author of eight young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and Everything After, Wild Reckless and The Girl I Was Before.

A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher, pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her  and her work, visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com.

When she’s not writing, the odds are high that she’s somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork ’em, Devils).

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Review: All of It by Kim Holden

Title: All of It

Author: Kim Holden

Publication Date: November 24, 2013

Publisher: Do Epic, LLC

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance, Fantasy

Goodreads Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old VERONICA SMITH has it all: a loving family, a funky car named Jezebel, and a plan to go to college after graduation. On the first day of senior year, she meets DIMITRI GLENN–a mysterious transfer student with gray eyes and a mischievous smile who seems determined to win her heart. But there’s something odd about Dimitri, leading Veronica to wonder if there’s more to him than meets the eye. Before long, she finds herself in a whirlwind romance that seems too good to be true–until a series of devastating events leaves her questioning everything. It’s not until she chooses to think with her heart instead of her mind that she can rise from the ashes to learn the truth of their connection.


 ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆


I’m really struggling with my feelings about All of It. It was written by one of my favorite authors, Beth Flynn. Her novel Bright Side is one of my all-time favorite books. I loved the follow up to it, Gus. I wanted to enjoy All of It just as much. I didn’t.

All of It was a struggle for me to read from the beginning. I had a hard time getting into the story. (I even set it aside for a couple of months.) I just didn’t connect with the main characters, Ronnie and Dimitri. Ronnie was annoying. The way she spoke and acted didn’t remind me of a high school senior at all. Dimitri was kind of creepy at first. He was way too forward, and Ronnie was way too accepting of it for having basically no experience with guys. If a guy talked to me the way Dimitri talked to Ronnie after only knowing me for a week, I would be avoiding him. I didn’t get their insta-love. I also didn’t get the way they talked to each other. They sounded way too mature and formal for teenagers.

Somewhere around the sixth or seventh chapter, I began to get into the story. As Ronnie and Dimitri’s relationship progressed, I began to like them more. It lasted like a minute because the story moves forward in time and Ronnie’s making really dumb decisions. Decisions we have take her word on because we didn’t see any of it happen. She just tells us. When she finally comes to her senses and I start liking the story again, not one, not two, not three but FOUR deaths take place. That was pretty crazy. Of course, Ronnie can’t handle it (Who could?) and Dimitri has to save her.

Through all the depressing craziness, the bright light in the story is Dimitri. He has her back. He stands by her when he probably shouldn’t. It was sweet and I loved how he got Ronnie back on track.

But then the story jumps time again. Now, it’s 20 years in the future. Ronnie catches us up on what’s happened and where she is now in her life. This is when the biggest mystery of the book is revealed. It’s also my favorite part of the book. Ronnie and Dimitri’s connection was so cool. I wish the rest of the story would have been as cool. I want to say the journey was worth it to get to the ending, but I’m not sure it was.

Obviously, I didn’t love All of It. I wanted to because, hello, it’s Kim Holden’s. It had a couple of amazing parts, but the rest was just so-so. I had to remind myself that it was her first book. If I put it in that perspective, it’s a pretty good debut novel. It just wasn’t phenomenal like Bright Side. So, it falls somewhere around 3 stars for me.

 

The Mean Girls Book Tag

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I saw The Mean Girls Book Tag over on Betwixt These Pages. Beth invited anyone who wanted to participate to do so, so I am! Thanks, Beth!


 

1) WHICH FICTIONAL CHARACTER’S NAMES DID YOU GET COMPLETELY WRONG?

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I constantly say “Bone Marrow” in my head every time I read “Mare Barrow”. I can’t help it. Does anyone else do that? Or is it just me?


 

2) WHICH CHARACTER WOULD YOU LIKE TO PLACE IN A FICTIONAL WORLD FROM ANOTHER BOOK OR SERIES?

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I would like to take Bone Marrow out of Glass Sword and place her in Catching Fire. Her trust issues would come in handy. I’m hoping the dome would have Silent Stone built into it.


 

3) REPETITION. REPETITION. WHICH BOOK GAVE YOU DÉJÀ VU OF ANOTHER BOOK WHILE READING IT?

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Not that they’re exactly the same, but Marie Force’s Fatal Series reminds me a lot of J.D. Robb’s In Death Series.


4) WHICH BOOK GAVE YOU THE COMPLETE OPPOSITE OF GIRL POWER FEELS?

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People are going to disagree with me on this one, but all Anna did in Anna and the French Kiss was pine over someone else’s boyfriend. Total lack of girl power there.


 

5) NAME A CHARACTER YOU FELT LIKE YOU WANTED TO CHEER ON WHILE READING.

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I did cheer on Candice the entire time I was reading MacKenzie Fire. She had a heart of gold and would do anything for her friends. She was spunky and funny while doing it, too!


 

6) HOW LONG DO YOU TYPICALLY SPEND AT A BOOK SHOP?

I don’t go often since I mostly buy e-books, but it can be an hour or more depending on how much time I have.


 

7) WHICH CHARACTER WOULD HAVE TO GET OUT A RESTRAINING ORDER ON YOU, IF THEY WERE REAL?

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Ugh. I don’t even remember his name, but the guy in this one that tries to attack her.


 

8) WHICH OVERHYPED BOOK WERE YOU CAUTIOUS ABOUT READING?

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I wasn’t sure it was going to be my thing because it was Fantasy, so I was nervous because everyone loved it so much. So did I.


9) WE ALL LOVE REGINA GEORGE. NAME A VILLAIN YOU JUST LOVE TO HATE.

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President Snow. Just reading about him and his roses gave me the chills.


10) YOUR FAVORITE FICTIONAL PARENT.

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The Garretts


 

11) WHICH BOOK OR SERIES WOULD YOU LOVE TO CATCH ON?

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I love these two series so much. Not enough people have read them. Do it!


 

12) DESCRIBE YOUR IDEAL CHARACTER TO READ ABOUT!

I love cocky male points of view. I can’t help it. They’re usually so funny.


 

13) WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN A BOOK GIVES YOU A BAD CASE OF ‘THE FEELS’?

Feel. Sometimes cry, if I need to.


 

14) WHICH CHARACTER’S ONE LINERS WOULD YOU LOVE TO CLAIM FOR YOUR OWN?

I can’t think of one off the top of my head!!! I don’t know!


 

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Oh, Logan. So predictable at times.


Ashley @ What’s She Reading?

Claire @ Art and Soul

Carrie @ reading is my superpower

Jesse @ Books at Dawn

Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts

 

 

Spring Break Update

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

I’m going to be a little MIA over the next week. It’s Spring Break for my daughter starting tomorrow and we’re going to be spending some quality family time together. I have some book reviews and other fun stuff scheduled to post, but I’m not sure how much I’ll be able to respond to comments. I’m going to try to check in, but I may just be having too much fun to do so. 😉

I’ll be looking forward to catching up with everyone later next week!

Review: Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally

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Series: Hundred Oaks

Author: Miranda Kenneally

Publication Date: July 15, 2014

Publisher: Sourcefire Books

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance

Goodreads Synopsis:

Annie hates running. No matter how far she jogs, she can’t escape the guilt that if she hadn’t broken up with Kyle, he might still be alive. So to honor his memory, she starts preparing for the marathon he intended to race.

But the training is even more grueling than Annie could have imagined. Despite her coaching, she’s at war with her body, her mind—and her heart. With every mile that athletic Jeremiah cheers her on, she grows more conflicted. She wants to run into his arms…and sprint in the opposite direction. For Annie, opening up to love again may be even more of a challenge than crossing the finish line.

“Breathe, Annie, Breathe is an emotional, heartfelt, and beautiful story about finding yourself after loss and learning to love. It gave me so many feels. Her best book yet.” — Jennifer Armentrout, New York Times bestselling author of Wait for You


 

★ ★ ★ ★ ★


 

The books I’ve read where running is a major part of the story fall into two categories: boring or amazing. Breathe, Annie, Breathe was one of the amazing ones.

What’s so wonderful about Breathe, Annie, Breathe is the realness of story and characters. I loved Annie. Her reaction to the loss of Kyle is what I would expect from a real life teenager in a similar situation. She’s lost the most important person in her life, the one she saw forever with, and she’s not sure how to move on from that. Annie feels guilty for having a future beyond Kyle. Her negative feelings rise to the surface when she’s dealing with her family, the ones who love her best. The only way she can think of to deal with it is to finish the marathon Kyle never got to. I enjoyed the way Annie was able to find herself again with help from Jeremiah, her friends and her family. They let her be who she needed to be and supported her when she needed it most.

Jeremiah was a really cool male love interest. His addiction to extreme sports and the adrenaline rush they gave him added another cool aspect to the story. It made Annie deal with her deepest fears. His witty banter with Annie was so much fun to read.

I also loved the supporting characters. Jeremiah’s family was hilarious. I skipped ahead a couple of books in this series after reading Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker, so Breathe, Annie, Breathe made me want to go back and read Matt’s story.

As for the running aspect of the book…The way each chapter revolved around where Annie was in her training schedule was interesting. I felt like I was learning something about training for a marathon and what it takes. It also helped show the progression of Annie’s life without Kyle, her new relationship with Jeremiah and how she evolved as a person over time. What could have been boring actually made the book fly by.

If you’re looking for a fun, uplifting YA book to read, I would highly recommend Breathe, Annie, Breathe or any other of Miranda Kenneally’s Hundred Oaks novels. The writing is exceptional and I always finish feeling happier than I was before I started reading.

 

WWW Wednesday: March 23, 2016

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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Screwdrivered is still waiting…

Later today, my family is taking off for Spring Break. I’m hoping to get some reading time in here and there.


Recently finished:

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Here are the books I read this week:

All of It 

Breathe, Annie, Breathe

Nobody But You

Elastic Hearts

The Dean’s List

You can read their reviews by clicking on the titles. The rest of the reviews will be coming soon!


Reading Next:

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I saw this one on NetGalley and requested it. It looks fun.


What are you reading next?

Review: Elastic Hearts by Claire Contreras

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Series: Hearts, #3

Author: Claire Contreras

Publication Date: March 20, 2016

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Goodreads Synopsis:

Victor Reuben.
Most sought out divorce attorney in LA.

Nicole Alessi.
Soon to be ex-wife of Hollywood’s biggest star, Victor’s latest client and his boss’s daughter.

In such a high profile divorce, they can’t afford any extra drama. Luckily, neither one of them has anything to hide.
Unless you count the mind blowing sex they had…
Once…
Twice…
Three times all those years ago.

As long as they leave the past where it belongs, they’ll be fine. But with her wearing those tight dresses and him giving her those heated glances, keeping their hands to themselves is proving to be more difficult than either one of them realized.

It won’t be long before the paparazzi start to smell smoke, and where there’s smoke…


 ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


The first book I ever read by Claire Contreras was Kaleidoscope Hearts. I saw Colleen Hoover recommend it on her Facebook page when it was released and decided to read it because I was just getting into reading the New Adult genre. I loved Kaleidoscope Hearts. It was so emotional and brilliant. It made me fall in love with Claire Contreras’ characters and her writing. I was so excited when I saw Elastic Hearts was being released. I couldn’t wait to see what was in store for Estelle’s brother, Victor.

Elastic Hearts was a different type of second chance love story than the first two books in the series. It wasn’t based on an old, deep connection between the main characters. Victor and Nicole’s connection was based on a couple of hook-ups they had a few year ago. Now, they were being thrown together in a lawyer-client situation without anyone knowing about their connection or attraction. They had to pretend it didn’t exists. I liked this change. The secrecy around their hook-ups relationship made the story more exciting. It also put me on edge a couple of times wondering if they were going to end up in trouble.

Victor Reuben is going to be many ladies’ new book boyfriend. (I call dibs!) He was just right parts cocky and sweet. Victor knew what he wanted from life and went for it. When his wants changed, he wasn’t afraid to admit it and go for it — even if he did it cautiously. Nicole was a fun surprise. I expected her to be more confident than she was having been married to a movie star. Her little insecurities made her very relatable. I loved watching Victor and Nicole trying to keep things professional. I’m so happy the story was told in dual points of view, so I could see what was going on in each of their heads.

Elastic Hearts is one of my favorite New Adult releases of 2016 so far. It put a smile on my face the entire time I was reading it. It was witty, smart and sweet. I didn’t want to put it down and I’m sad it’s over. (Although, I can’t wait to see what’s going to come next from Claire Contreras!)  I would highly recommend Elastic Hearts and the entire Hearts series to New Adult readers who enjoy emotional stories filled with amazing characters.