Review: Return of the Bad Boy by Jessica Lemmon

Title: Return of the Bad Boy

Series: Second Chance, #4

Author: Jessica Lemmon

Publication Date: April 26, 2016

Publisher: Forever

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Goodreads Synopsis:

He’s a mess…

Asher Knight has three constants in his life: music, beautiful women, and a bottle of Jack. He lives for the next gig, the next city, and dreams only of a life spent in front of an arena full of screaming fans. But Asher’s nomad ways come to a sudden stop when he learns he’s the father of a three-year-old from a past relationship and suddenly this rock star bad boy is forced to put down roots.

Only she can clean up

Gloria Shields is no one’s fool. Sure, the sexual chemistry between her and Asher has always been intense, but she’d never risk giving her heart to a man who has a perfect record for breaking them. Except the man desperate to make things right with his newfound son is nothing like the rock god she’s guarded her heart against for years. And it isn’t long before she starts to wonder if life with this bad boy might be the best thing that’s ever happened to her.


Return of the Bad Boy was a little confusing for me at first. I blame that on the fact I hadn’t read the first three books in the series. I’m guessing Asher and Gloria’s past was introduced in them. But once I got past the first chapter and got what was happening, I was hooked.

Gloria has all the reason not to want to reconnect emotionally with Asher. Just when she was beginning to let him in, he broke her heart. Problem is, she can’t keep her hands off him.

Asher knows he shouldn’t have let Gloria run without knowing the truth, but he wasn’t ready to settle down. Now, he’s regretting that decision. A more mature Asher needs Gloria in his life. He wants her bad. He just has to prove to her that taking a chance on him is worth it. It would be a lot easier if he didn’t have his baby mama around to remind Gloria of all the reasons she shouldn’t trust him.

I loved the characters and dynamics of this book! This second chance romance was sweet and well written. Despite all of her insecurities, Gloria was a strong woman and was so much fun to read. I couldn’t blame her for not being able to keep her hands off Asher. He was just the right mix of cocky and sweet. They had some serious chemistry. This book was so sexy!

Now that I’ve gotten a taste of this series and Jessica Lemmon’s writing, I can’t wait to read the rest of the series! Return of the Bad Boy is definitely a novel contemporary romance readers will love.

#LIFT4AUTISM 2016 Auction

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1 in every 68 children is diagnosed with Autism. 1 in every 42 boys.

The LIFT Campaign is a charitable initiative rallying the romance reading community around Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) families in April, Autism Awareness month. Experts estimate that many ASD families spend up to $60,000 out of pocket each year on medical and therapy expenses. This year we’re raising funds to assist families struggling to manage these staggering costs. All profits go to the family scholarship program of Talk About Curing Autism (TACA).

The online auction is LIVE! There are too many items from authors and bloggers up for bid to list here, but we have full signed collections from some of your favorite bestselling authors. We have non-book items like Kindle Paperwhite, Amazon Echo, VIP Tickets to the Mile High Denver author signing, and so many other goodies! So start bidding while doing good!

BID HERE NOW!

(Bidding closes Friday, 4/29/16!)

Even if you don’t want to bid, you can still make a tax-deductible donation to the scholarship program through our efforts HERE!

Don’t miss a thing! Join the LIFT 2016 Facebook Group for bidding alerts and campaign information.

Wanna stylishly support the LIFT Campaign? Buy your LIFT T-shirt before it’s too late!

All profits benefit TACA!

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A special thank you from Lisa Ackerman,

Founder & Executive Director of Talk About Curing Autism (TACA).

Review: Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker

Ten Tiny Breaths

Series: Ten Tiny Breaths, #1

Author: K.A. Tucker

Publication Date: December 11, 2012

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Fiction

Goodreads Synopsis:

Kacey Cleary’s whole life imploded four years ago in a drunk-driving accident. Now she’s working hard to bury the pieces left behind—all but one. Her little sister, Livie. Kacey can swallow the constant disapproval from her born-again aunt Darla over her self-destructive lifestyle; she can stop herself from going kick-boxer crazy on Uncle Raymond when he loses the girls’ college funds at a blackjack table. She just needs to keep it together until Livie is no longer a minor, and then they can get the hell out of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

But when Uncle Raymond slides into bed next to Livie one night, Kacey decides it’s time to run. Armed with two bus tickets and dreams of living near the coast, Kacey and Livie start their new lives in a Miami apartment complex, complete with a grumpy landlord, a pervert upstairs, and a neighbor with a stage name perfectly matched to her chosen “profession.” But Kacey’s not worried. She can handle all of them. What she can’t handle is Trent Emerson in apartment 1D.

Kacey doesn’t want to feel. She doesn’t. It’s safer that way. For everyone. But sexy Trent finds a way into her numb heart, reigniting her ability to love again. She starts to believe that maybe she can leave the past where it belongs and start over. Maybe she’s not beyond repair.

But Kacey isn’t the only one who’s broken. Seemingly perfect Trent has an unforgiveable past of his own; one that, when discovered, will shatter Kacey’s newly constructed life and send her back into suffocating darkness.


  ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


Wow. I’m not even sure what to write when it comes to Ten Tiny Breaths. This review is probably going to sound like one big ramble.

The writing in Ten Tiny Breaths was simply stunning. The story was addictive and set up in a very cool way. I loved all of the characters. My heart broke for Kasey and everything she had to deal with. While not everything surprised me in it, the path to the end did. I’m really looking forward to reading the rest of this series. I’m not ready to say goodbye to the characters yet.

If you’re a New Adult fan, you need to read this book!

 

Review: Almost Matched by A.O. Peart

Almost Matched

Series: Almost Bad Boys, #1

Author: A.O. Peart

Publication Date: November 7, 2013

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Humor

Goodreads Synopsis:

Would you take another shot at love? Or just settle on a friend with benefits?

THEIR HEARTBREAKING PAST WILL MOVE YOU. THEIR PASSION WILL MAKE YOU BLUSH. THEIR ANTICS WILL MAKE YOU LAUGH OUT LOUD.

Twenty-five-year-old Natalie Davenport lugs substantial baggage. One boyfriend after the next has been a total disaster, leaving Natalie distrustful toward the male population in general. So when Colin Hampton crosses her path, she’s cautious. Her heart (and some other body parts!) nudges her to go for it, while her head wants her to run for the hills.

Colin is one of those gorgeous guys who attract women, no matter the age or marital status. With a successful career at a popular Seattle radio station, hard body, and charming personality, he is the complete package. But something dark lurks in the corners of his soul; some murky experience that has changed him—maybe for the better, but maybe for the worse.

Will he steal her heart and stomp over it like other guys did?

Will she let him into her heavily fortified world despite herself?

Or will they settle somewhere in the middle—establishing the emotional boundaries to protect them from falling in love?

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This contemporary romantic comedy blends humor, sensuality, and angst, with zany characters and witty dialogue.

***Warning: contains sexual situations (some quite vivid!), profanity, and a high dose of sarcasm. Oh, and there is a lot of appletini and beer drinking.
May not be appropriate for readers under 18 years old. Not intended for prudes and killjoys with no sense of humor***


★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆


I’m really sad that I’m giving Almost Matched 2 stars. First, because it was written by a local author. Second, because it had so much potential. The first two chapters were cute and funny. I loved the way Natalie and Colin met and their traffic run in. But then the story started to fall flat for me.

I didn’t really find Natalie and her friends’ conversations funny. It wasn’t the sexual nature of their joking around, but the forced feeling of it. It didn’t feel natural. It also felt like the author was including a bunch of information about Natalie’s friends for future stories about them, but the information didn’t really add anything to Natalie and Colin’s story.

Natalie and Colin’s chemistry was apparent in the first part of the book, but then it kind of fizzled toward the end. I blame it on the change in the tone of the story. Almost Matched went from romantic NA comedy to angsty NA romance. The shift just didn’t work for me. I also found it weird that their first sexual encounter was an entire chapter by itself, titled “BONUS CHAPTER: A PEAK INTO COLIN AND NATALIE’S FIRST NIGHT TOGETHER”. I’m not sure why there would be a bonus chapter in the middle of a book or why their first encounter wasn’t just included as a regular part of the story.

It makes me sad to say this, but I didn’t enjoy Almost Matched enough to want to read the next book in the series, Almost Broken Up. I’m happy leaving Natalie and Colin where Almost Matched left them.

Review: Fractured Faith by Jasmine Denton

Fractured Faith

Series: Glass Houses, #1

Author: Jasmine Denton

Publication Date: March 25, 2016

Genre: Young Adult, Suspense, Thriller, Mystery

Note: I received an electronic copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Goodreads Synopsis:

When her sophomore year of high school began, all Faith cared about was fitting in. She’d made up her mind that this was the year—she’d be the most stylish girl in school, finally catch the eye of hottie athlete Tyler. All of that changed with a class assignment. The project was simple enough: write an autobiography.
When Faith looks into her past, she realizes her history isn’t as clear as she thought was. Driven by the nagging feeling that her parents are hiding something sinister and an ever growing pile of questions, Faith enlists the help of her cousins (and best friends) to uncover the truth. Faith is about to discover that some secrets are kept for a reason….
As she pokes at the past, she unleashes a hidden danger that could put her–and everyone she loves–in the ground.


  ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆


Oh my goodness. I think it’s going to take me a bit to recover from reading Fractured Faith.

Fractured Faith felt like a wild ride. It captivated me and kept me wanting to know the answers to all of Faith’s questions. It was so intense! I kept having to take little breaks while reading it because I couldn’t handle the suspense at times. I thought I knew where the story was headed but the twist and turns it took surprised me.

I felt bad for Faith. The truths she found weren’t something anyone would ever want to know. The way she acted out after learning her history made complete sense. I wish her parents would have been open and honest with her about it all. It might have saved Faith from being so self-destructive.

The only thing that kept me from giving Fractured Faith 5 stars was the major twist at the end. While it shocked me, part of it just didn’t feel like it could happen in real life…

**SPOILERS**

…I could see the Carver still being alive, but having multiple children with his victims? That seemed a little out there. Up to that point, it was a believable situation.

**END SPOILERS**

Fractured Faith was a dark and intense Young Adult novel that readers who like thrillers will enjoy.

The Sunshine Blogger Award

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It’s been an amazing spring in the Pacific Northwest. We’ve been graced with so much sun and warm weather. I love it! It makes this award even more fun to accept. Thank you to Beth @ Reading Every Night (Love that blog name!) for the nomination!

I have to admit, I’ve accepted this award a few times now. I just can’t help myself. Answering questions is so much fun! So bear with me as I accept again and nominate some newer to me bloggers!


The Award Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you!
  • Answer the 11 questions you were asked.
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers and let them know they were nominated.
  • Ask the nominees 11 questions

Answers to Beth’s Questions:

1.What book would you recommend to everyone, because it’s so amazing?

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2. If you could pick one book to read again as if for the first time what would it be?

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3. Favorite comfort food?

It’s a toss up between homemade macaroni and cheese or homemade chocolate chip cookies.

4. Favorite quote?

“Do Epic”

Kim Holden, Bright Side

5. Best and worst book-to-film adaptations you’ve seen?

Worst: Fifty Shades of Grey

Best: Game of Thrones

6. What’s your favorite book so far that you’ve read in 2016?

I have so many of them!!! It’s so unfair to pick one, but I will. My most recent is FREE on Wattpad.

7. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?

Honestly, I love living in western Washington. I love all the green, the bodies of water and the beautiful mountains. If I couldn’t live here, maybe a Hawaiian island or on the Oregon Coast.

8. What is your favorite thing to do with your spare time, other than reading?

I love hanging out with my friends and reminiscing about old times.

9. If you could go back in time and change one thing in your life, what would it be?

I would go back and join a gym with aerobics classes sooner after my daughter was born.

10. Has blogging been different to, or exactly as you pictured it being?

It definitely takes up more time than I expected, but that’s all on me. I need to be better at spreading out my posts and not reviewing EVERY book I read.

11. What has been the most positive thing that’s happened to you this week?

Well, it’s been a pretty boring week. The most positive thing was probably getting to spend some alone time with my husband while my daughter was at a sleepover.


I Nominate:

Camryn @ The Writing Crafter

Jacquie @ Rattle the Stars

Jennifer @ Wonderland Review

Kathy @ A View to a Book

Lauren @ The Laurenest

Megan @ PITCHBLACKSKY

Sheri @ Read in a Flash

What A Book Wants

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My Random Blog

Being A Book Nerd


My Questions for You:

  1. What inspired your blog name?
  2. If you had to create a superlative for your blog what would it be? The blog most likely to…
  3. Which book has inspired you the most?
  4. What book would you tell me to not bother reading?
  5. Are you writing your own book?
  6. Favorite book character?
  7. Who was the last book boyfriend or girlfriend you fell in love with?
  8. How many minutes/hours do you read a day?
  9. What’s your favorite snack while reading?
  10. What influences whether you read a book or not?
  11. Do you like to read out loud?

Thanks again for the nomination, Beth!

 

 

 

The BFF Book Tag

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Thank you to Raven @ Dreamy Addictions for tagging me for The BFF Book Tag!


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SETTING THE EXAMPLE: A PAIR/GROUP OF BOOK BFFS THAT YOU LOVE?

Pair: Kate and Gus from Bright Side.

Group: Garrett, Logan, Dean, Tucker and the rest of the hockey guys from Elle Kennedy’s Off-Campus series.


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CHILDHOOD BESTIE: WHICH BOOK CHARACTER WOULD YOU HAVE LIKED TO GROW UP WITH?

I’m going to have to go with Kate and Gus again. I just think they’re super cool.

 


22846823FRENEMY: WHICH BOOK CHARACTER WOULD BRING OUT YOUR COMPETITIVE SIDE?

Natalie from Miranda Kenneally’s Defending Taylor. She’s a total ball hog and kind of a brat.

 


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FASHION GURU: WHO WOULD BE THE BESTIE WHOSE CLOSET YOU’D WANT TO RAID OR YOU WOULD WANT TO GO ON A SHOPPING SPREE WITH?

I would want Kate’s (Bright Side) upcycled surfer girl style. It sounds cool and comfy.


25943218THE BAD INFLUENCE: WHICH CHARACTER WOULD YOU WANT TO COMMIT A SMALL ACT OF REBELLION WITH? (GO SKINNY DIPPING, SNEAK INTO A MOVIE, HAVE A DRAG RACE WITH,  ETC.)

Candice from Elle Casey’s MacKenzie Fire! She’s a hoot and would be so much fun to get into a little trouble with.


25686927BLOOD BROTHERS: WHICH CHARACTER WOULD YOU WANT TO BE YOUR SURROGATE BIG BROTHER/SISTER (YOU CAN DO BOTH IF YOU WANT)?

Ooo! I want Jamie from Him to be my big brother!

 


17325147MOTHER HEN: WHICH CHARACTER WOULD YOU WANT TO BE BY YOUR SIDE WHEN YOU’RE HAVING A BAD DAY TO CHEER YOU UP?

Sabin from Jessica Park’s Left Drowning. He’s such a character. I think he would be able to cheer me up fast.


23346876THE COUNSELLOR: WHICH CHARACTER WOULD YOU GO TO FOR RELATIONSHIP ADVICE OR CONFIDE A SECRET TO?

Bella from Sarina Bowen’s The Shameless Hour. She just seems really non-judgmental and worldly.


24920901MORE THAN FRIENDS: WHO WOULD BE YOUR BOOK BOYFRIEND/GIRLFRIEND (IF YOU LIKE BOTH GENDERS YOU CAN CHOOSE ONE OF EACH BUT ONLY ONE CHOICE!!)

Garrett Graham from The Deal by Elle Kennedy. Good thing he’s not real.


I TAG:

Ari @ The Daydreaming Bookworm

Arec @ Rainy Thursdays

Ashley @ What’s She Reading?

Beth @ Betwixt These Pages

Carrie @ Reading Is My Superpower

Claire @ Art and Soul

Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions

Jesse @ Books at Dawn

Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts

Maren @ The Worn Bookmark

Review: Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally

22846823Title: Defending Taylor

Series: Hundred Oaks

Author: Miranda Kenneally

Publication Date: July 5, 2016

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Sports, Fiction

Note: I received an  ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Captain of the soccer team, president of the Debate Club, contender for valedictorian: Taylor’s always pushed herself to be perfect. After all, that’s what is expected of a senator’s daughter. But one impulsive decision—one lie to cover for her boyfriend—and Taylor’s kicked out of private school. Everything she’s worked so hard for is gone, and now she’s starting over at Hundred Oaks High.

Soccer has always been Taylor’s escape from the pressures of school and family, but it’s hard to fit in and play on a team that used to be her rival. The only person who seems to understand all that she’s going through is her older brother’s best friend, Ezra. Taylor’s had a crush on him for as long as she can remember. But it’s hard to trust after having been betrayed. Will Taylor repeat her past mistakes or can she score a fresh start?


  ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


I am in love with the Hundred Oaks series. Seriously. Could it be any more adorable while tackling realistic teen issues?

In Defending Taylor, Taylor has just been kicked out of private school. She took the blame for her boyfriend and banked on her father’s Senate position saving her from getting in trouble. Taylor never thought she would actually get in trouble. Now she’s stuck at a new school, on a new soccer team where no one likes her. If that wasn’t bad enough, the guilt she feels over putting her father’s re-election campaign at risk makes matters even worse.

The one good surprise in Taylor’s new life is her brother’s best friend, Ezra. His support and understanding are the only things keeping Taylor from completely falling apart. Taylor knows she shouldn’t trust him after all she’s been through, but she’s having a hard time forgetting about the crush she’s had on him for years.

As Taylor’s problems become the focus of her father’s campaign, Taylor has to fight to stand up for herself and restore her family’s faith in her.

I adored Defending Taylor. It had Miranda Kenneally’s brilliant writing, relatable characters and a maturity we haven’t seen in the previous Hundred Oaks novels. Taylor’s actions in this story felt very real, like something I would have done as a teenager. The way Taylor learned from her mistakes and took control of her future is a great example for the teenagers who will read this book.

I can’t say enough how much I love this series. I would highly recommend Defending Taylor and any of the other books in the Hundred Oaks series. They’re teen fiction at it’s best.

Cover Reveals: True North Series by Sarina Bowen

I am so, so excited to share with you the covers for Sarina Bowen’s upcoming True North series. The new series is set in Vermont featuring some strong, outdoorsy men. It’s going to be so much fun to read!

Now for those covers…


Bittersweet, True North #1

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Synopsis

The new series is set in Vermont. True North is populated by the tough, outdoorsy mountain men that populate the Green Mountain State. They raise cows and they grow apples. They chop a lot of wood, especially when they need to blow off steam. (Beards are optional but encouraged.)

If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the orchard.

The last person Griffin Shipley expects to find stuck in a ditch on his Vermont country road is his ex-hookup. Five years ago they’d shared a couple of steamy nights together. But that was a lifetime ago.

At twenty-seven, Griff is now the accidental patriarch of his family farm. Even his enormous shoulders feel the strain of supporting his mother, three siblings and a dotty grandfather. He doesn’t have time for the sorority girl who’s shown up expecting to buy his harvest at half price.

Vermont was never in Audrey Kidder’s travel plans. Neither was Griff Shipley. But she needs a second chance with the restaurant conglomerate employing her. Okay—a fifth chance. And no self-righteous lumbersexual farmer will stand in her way.

They’re adversaries. They want entirely different things from life. Too bad their sexual chemistry is as hot as Audrey’s top secret enchilada sauce, and then some.

EXCLUSIVE iBooks pre-order:

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Steadfast, True North #2

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Keepsake, True North #3

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Are you just as excited as I am for this new series?

Review: Friday Night Players by Michelle DiCeglio

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Author: Michelle DiCeglio

Publication Date: April 4, 2016

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Fiction

Note: I received an electronic copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Fans of Glee, Pitch Perfect, and So You Think You Can Dance will fall in love with this in depth look at what it’s like to find yourself while pretending to be someone else.

“My heart began to race. Was all this applause really for me? I felt a nudge from behind me and stepped forward. The audience began banging on their tables, and I heard a few cat calls from the side of the stage. The more I let the performance rush linger, the more I realized I wanted to do this as often as I could.”

It’s a typical Friday night for “River Dancer,” who initially joined dance troupe Friday Night Players to get closer to “Siren,” the troupe’s leading female performer. When River learns that Siren is dating another member of FNP, however, he must decide where his loyalties lie: with the troupe or with his heart.


  ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆


I’ll be the first to admit I’m a huge fan of both Glee, the Pitch Perfect franchise and So You Think You Can Dance. So when I saw the blurb began with a nod to those masterpieces, I was curious. Would I love Friday Night Players as much as I loved those fan favorites?

Friday Night Players started out with a very strong and mysterious first chapter. I was just as intrigued as River was with beautiful Siren. After that chapter, the story lost my interest until about 1/3 of the way in. I just didn’t connect with the characters as much as I wanted to.

River, as a main character, was kind of a mystery throughout the book. I never really felt like I got to know him. I knew all about his attraction for Siren and what he thought about the Friday Night Players (FNP), but I didn’t really get to know him and what made him tick.

Sultry Siren was a horrible person. I couldn’t stand the love triangle she created between herself, River and Spence. River worshipped her, but she used him. He just chose not to see it because he was so infatuated by her.

The rest of the supporting characters were an interesting bunch. They were a cool and unique family. My favorite was Ginny. She may have been disgruntled, but she stirred things up and brought so much to the story.

Friday Night Players had a really cool performance element to it. The characters’ confidence and abilities shown through in these scenes. I’m just not quite sure I would have compared it to Glee or the Pitch Perfect franchise, though. That made me compare it to those shows and expect an upbeat, funny comedy. Friday Night Players was all about the drama.

Friday Night Players was an interesting, dramatic story. There were parts of it I really enjoyed and other parts (love triangle) that I didn’t. Overall, it’s a fun read for readers who love the performance arts.