Pokemon Go Tag

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pokemon-go-book-tag I was tagged by Ari @ The Daydreaming Bookworm for the Pokémon Go Book Tag. It was originally created by Aentee @ Read At Midnight. To be completely honest, I have never played Pokémon Go or any other Pokémon games. I have seen some of the trading cards my nephew has, though. Does that count? 😉 But I’m going to do this tag anyways because it looks like so much fun! You can click on the book cover to read the Goodreads synopsis.


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 I can’t remember which book exactly started my love of reading, but I was a huge fan of Sweet Valley Twins when it came out. I would have picked The Baby-Sitters Club, but I checked and this book came out first. Pokemon-Tag02Pikachu

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Can Twilight be considered a classic now? I think I’ll always love it because it’s the first YA book I read as an adult that I read. Or at least I think it was. It’s been so long and so many books since!

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I feel like I see The Selection series everywhere. There are so many books. I thought The Selection was pretty good when I read it, but I couldn’t handle the next book. I actually DNF’d it early on and I never do that.

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I have to admit that Bittersweet reminded me of another well-known farmer and chef romance. It didn’t bother me, though, because I loved this one so much!

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Not only is Outlander really long, but there’s like a million books in the series and they’re ALL long. I don’t doubt they’re amazing. I just can’t imagine the commitment it would take!

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I actually couldn’t sleep while reading A Gift of Time. I would put the book down and try to sleep, but I’d just keep thinking about it. This series has the most messed up storyline I’ve ever read, but it’s so consuming!

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I always hate having to answer questions like this because I don’t just have one. But since I have to pick, I’m going with Jamie & Wes from Him. Love, love, love those guys!

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Sugar Daddy was both fire-hot and a fast-paced read. And the next two books in the series are just as good!

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There aren’t actually any spin-offs of The Off-Campus series yet, but I hope there will be! I’m not ready for this series to be over after the fourth book is released.

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The Over the Top series has quickly become one of my favorite new series. Each book gets better and better.

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Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom have some serious hype around them, but I loved the first book and will definitely read the second.

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I would love to have all of Colleen Hoover’s books signed. That would make me happy.

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I know The Serpent King has been out a while, but I haven’t read it yet.

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Everyone, I swear! Colleen Hoover, Sarina Bowen, Elle Kennedy…I could go on and on.

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Only a couple more days to wait…


I TAG:

Ali @ Arctic Books
Amy @ Curiouser and Curiouser
Ashley @ What’s She Reading
Alex @ Alextheshadowgirl’s Blog
Betwixt the Pages
Calliope the Book Goddess
Claire @ Art and Soul
Dimple @ enthrallingdimple
Esther @ Chapter Adventures
Jacquie @ Rattle the Stars
Jane @ Greenish Bookshelf
Jessica @ Mud and Stars
Maren @ The Worn Bookmark
Paige @ Page by Paige
Pooja @ Dreamy Romance Book Blog
Raven @ Dreamy Addictions
Stephanie @ Stephanie’s Book Reviews
The Orang-utan Librarian
Yvo @ It’s All About Books

And anyone else who wants to do it!

Review: Spontaneous by Aaron Starmer

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Author:
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Publication Date: August 31, 2016
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fiction
Note: I received an ARC from the publisher via Goodreads in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating:  ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Synopsis:

“Katelyn Ogden was a lot of things, but she wasn’t particularly explosive, in any sense of the word.”

Mara Carlyle’s senior year at Covington High in suburban New Jersey is going on as normally as could be expected, until the day—wa-bam!—fellow senior Katelyn Ogden explodes during third period pre-calc. Katelyn is the first, but she won’t be the last senior to spontaneously combust without warning or explanation. The body count grows and the search is on for a reason—Terrorism! Drugs! Homosexuality! Government conspiracy!—while the seniors continue to pop like balloons.

Mara narrates the end of their world as she knows it with tell-it-like-it-is insight as she tries to make it to graduation in one piece through an explosive year punctuated by romance, quarantine, lifelong friendship, hallucinogenic mushrooms, bloggers, ice cream trucks, “Snooze Button™,” Bon Jovi, and the filthiest language you’ve ever heard the President of the United States use over Skype.


Spontaneous was a weird book. The concept behind it, high school seniors spontaneously combusting, was disturbing yet surprisingly entertaining. I loved the way the story was set up with each chapter unveiling a little more. The writing was amazing and the entire book was so creative!

I loved Mara’s rambling point of view in Spontaneous. It was blunt and refreshing. Mara was a little witty and a lot snarky. Her flippant attitude was perfect for a teenage character. I enjoyed reading her thoughts and feelings throughout the entire book. The supporting characters were fun, too. I loved learning bits and pieces about them through Mara.

Spontaneous delivered an incredibly entertaining reading experience, but it was a little frustrating.The spontaneous combustion plot and the revelations that went a long with it were confusing at times. So much random information was given and then never really explained or dealt with. I was only partially happy with the ending because I still feel like I need certain answers.

Still, I did really enjoy the book. I would definitely recommend it to YA Contemporary readers who enjoy a strange story filled with cool characters and great writing.

 

 

Review: Broken Prince by Erin Watt

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The Royals, #2
Author: Erin Watt
Publication Date: July 25, 2016
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Note: You must read Paper Princess prior to reading Broken Prince.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

These Royals will ruin you…

From wharf fights and school brawls to crumbling lives inside glittery mansions, one guy tries to save himself.

Reed Royal has it all—looks, status, money. The girls at his elite prep school line up to date him, the guys want to be him, but Reed never gave a damn about anyone but his family until Ella Harper walked into his life.

What started off as burning resentment and the need to make his father’s new ward suffer turned into something else entirely—keep Ella close. Keep Ella safe. But when one foolish mistake drives her out of Reed’s arms and brings chaos to the Royal household, Reed’s entire world begins to fall apart around him.

Ella doesn’t want him anymore. She says they’ll only destroy each other.

She might be right.

Secrets. Betrayal. Enemies. It’s like nothing Reed has ever dealt with before, and if he’s going to win back his princess, he’ll need to prove himself Royally worthy.


When I started Broken Prince I had no doubt it would be just as good, if not better than, Paper Princess. I wasn’t disappointed. The writing was just as fantastic, and I was just as hooked. The characters continued to grow in complexity, and I loved learning more and more about them. The plot went places I would never have expected. The witty banter and dialog between the characters got better and better. I fell even more in love with the characters this time around.

Broken Prince picked right back up where Paper Princess ended. I can’t tell you where that is because I’m not going to spoil it for anyone. Just know that there will be major revelations and surprises — and another fascinating cliffhanger! I can’t leave that out. I absolutely loved it this book and I know fans of Paper Princess will, too. If you haven’t started this series yet, do it now! You’re missing out on something amazing!

 

Sorry the review is so short — I just don’t want to give anything away! 😉

 

Cover Reveal: The Sexy One by Lauren Blakely

From the NYT Bestselling author of MISTER O, comes a sexy new standalone romance…THE SEXY ONE!

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Releasing October 17th, THE SEXY ONE will bring readers more of Simon, the hot single dad you met in MISTER O.

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Blurb

Let me count the ways why falling into forbidden love is not my wisest move…

  1. She works with me every single day.

Did I mention she’s gorgeous, sweet, kind and smart?

  1. She works in my home.

Playing with my five-year-old daughter. Teaching my little girl. Cooking for my princess. Which means…

  1. She’s the nanny.

And that makes her completely off-limits…But it doesn’t stop me from wanting her. All of her.

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The other nannies in this city don’t call him the Sexy One for nothing. My boss, the amazingly wonderful single father to the girl I take care of every day is ridiculously hot, like movie star levels with those arms, and those eyes, and that body. Not to mention, the way he dotes on his little girl melts me all over. But what really makes my knees weak are the times when his gaze lingers on me. In secret. When no one else is around.


I can’t risk my job for a chance at something more…can I? But I don’t know how to resist him much longer either…

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The audiobook will release the same day as the eBook on October 17th and will be narrated by Sebastian York and Andi Arndt!

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About the Author

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Since self-publishing her debut romance novel CAUGHT UP IN US three years ago, Lauren Blakely has sold more than 1 million books. She is known for her sexy contemporary romance style that’s full of heat, heart and humor. A devout fan of cake and canines, Lauren has plotted entire novels while walking her four-legged friends. She lives in California with her family. With ten New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than fifty times. Her bestselling series include Sinful Nights, Seductive Nights, No Regrets, Caught Up in Love, and Fighting Fire as well as standalone romantic comedies like BIG ROCK and MISTER O, which were both instant New York Times Bestsellers. In the fall she’ll release WELL HUNG, another romantic comedy. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter at laurenblakely.com/newsletter

Links:

Website: http://www.laurenblakely.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LaurenBlakelyBooks

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LaurenBlakely3

Newsletter: http://laurenblakely.com/newsletter/

Lauren Blakely Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6860216.Lauren_Blakely

 

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Review: Up In the Treehouse by K.K. Allen

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Author: K.K. Allen
Publication Date: July 19, 2016
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Note: I received an ARC from IndieSage PR in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

I wanted to tell him all my secrets, but he became one of them instead.

Chloe Rivers never thought she would keep secrets from her best friend. Then again, she never imagined she would fall in love with him either. When she finally reveals her feelings, rejection shatters her, rendering her vulnerable and sending her straight into the destructive arms of the wrong guy.

Gavin Rhodes never saw the betrayal coming. It crushes him. Chloe has always been his forbidden fantasy–sweet, tempting, and beautiful. But when the opportunity finally presents itself, he makes the biggest mistake of all and turns her down.

Now it’s too late . . .

Four years after a devastating tragedy, Chloe and Gavin find themselves crashing back into each other’s lives. Haunted by the past, they’re forced to come to terms with all that has transpired to find the peace they deserve. Except they can’t seem to get near each other without combatting an intense emotional connection that brings them right back to where it all started . . . their childhood treehouse.

Chloe still holds her secrets close, but this time she isn’t the only one with something to hide. Can their deep-rooted connection survive the destruction of innocence?


I can’t tell you how happy I am to have read Up in the Treehouse. When I started it, I had no clue it was by a local author! Yes, I know K.K. Allen now lives in Florida now, but I’m claiming her as a local Seattle author since she grew up here. And I’m guessing she might have been more South Sound than Seattle by the setting of her book. But I’ll get back to the setting in a bit.
I truly enjoyed K.K. Allen’s writing. Up in the Treehouse  was a dramatic story told in dual points of view. It alternated between past and present so the reader could understand the special history of the main characters, Chloe and Gavin.
Chloe and Gavin were childhood friends who hadn’t seen each other since a tragic event after their high school graduation. Both were deeply hurt by what happened their last night together, and their experiences tore them apart. They’re finally seeing each other after four years apart, and neither of them know how to navigate their lost friendship. The awkwardness and attraction between them was so much fun to read.
What I loved most about these characters was that neither of them was perfect. Their reactions and feelings felt real and honest. Both had been through the same event, but had recovered from it in different ways. I liked Chloe and her new determination to face her fears, but I also got annoyed with her for constantly avoiding things she didn’t want to deal with. Gavin was sweet and his frustrations were easy to understand. I liked how he wasn’t quick to let Chloe back in. I enjoyed watching them learn how to be friends — and maybe more — again.
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Now back to the setting. Up In the Treehouse was perfectly set. The accuracy with which Bonney Lake, Washington was described was incredible. I can say that because I live 15 minutes from Bonney Lake. I’ve spent many hours on Lake Tapps (I’m pretty sure that’s the lake Chloe and Gavin live on.). You can check out the picture above to see what some of the area actually looks like, including Chloe’s view of Mt. Rainier probably looked like from her house. I’ve been to Allan Yorke Park more times than I can count. I’ve spent time at the pool tables in Babalouie’s. I smiled at every reference to one of my favorite lakes and the surrounding area attractions. The only thing missing was time spent complaining about the commute from Bonney Lake to Bellevue. Chloe must have hated that! It’s bad enough to deserve a mention. 😉
I loved everything about Up in the Treehouse. It was a slightly angsty romance with amazing characters and a couple of great twists. I know other New Adult readers will as much as I did. I really hope K.K. Allen will write more in this setting. I would love a story about Monica or one of Chloe and Gavin’s other friends.

About K.K. Allen

K.K. Allen is the Contemporary Romance & Fantasy Author of the Summer Solsticeseries (Enchanted, The Equinox and The Descendants), Soaring (short story in theEchoes of Winter Anthology), and Up in the Tree House, which will be available late Spring / early Summer.Ms. Allen was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, raised in Seattle, Washington, and currently resides near Orlando, Florida. She has always had a passion for reading and writing and has done so every day since the young age of 12. K.K. enjoys writing stories inspired by nature, magic and love. She loves manatees, learned to swim for the mere purpose of pretending she was a mermaid, and adores the beach so much she promises to one day live on one (in a tent if she has to) in Hawaii and serve snow cones on the side of the road.What’s Next: K.K. is gearing up to release her New Adult Contemporary Romance, Up in the Tree House, which deals with friendship, love, and everything in between.

WWW Wednesday: July 27, 2016

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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.

The Three W’s 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:

I am reading Spontaneous right now. It’s pretty comical.


Recently finished:

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This was an especially good reading week. I got to read 3 sequels I’ve been waiting for, an author I’ve never read before and then an ARC of a book set just about 15 minutes from my house. 🙂

A Gift of Time (Nine Minutes Trilogy, #3)
A Fine Mess (Over the Top, #2)
Up in the Treehouse
Broken Prince (The Royals, #2)
The Playboy’s Proposal (The Sorensen Family, #3)

Click on the book titles to read the reviews that I have already posted.


Reading Next:

I didn’t get to this one last week like I said I was going to, but hopefully this week!

Release Blitz Review: Mettle by J.C. Valentine

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by J.C. Valentine
Spartan Riders, #2
Publication Date: July 26, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, MC Romance

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Synopsis: Talia McKinnon said goodbye to love the day she signed the divorce papers and moved across the country looking for a fresh start. With work occupying her days and nights, a relationship is the last thing on her mind, until a run-in with a hot-as-Hades, leather clad biker changes her mind. He’s everything she shouldn’t want but has to have. The problem is, he’s not that easy to catch.

Tucker “Country” Abrams believes in two things: brotherhood and women. He takes his job seriously and his women hard, but at the end of the day, the only loyalty he has is to his club. So when a night with a beautiful stranger threatens to change everything, he’s quick to apply the brakes. But when a little detective work reveals that Talia may be much more than a one-night stand, Tucker is tasked with an impossible decision. Will he push her away, or go against every instinct he has and pull her closer?

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Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

In Mettle, we return to J.C. Valentine’s Spartan Riders MC world. This time, it’s “Country” who is taking us for a ride.

Tucker “Country” Abrams is a love ’em and leave ’em type of guy. He’s always known the whole marriage and kids thing wasn’t for him. He doesn’t even like the bunnies to stay the night. Tucker’s loyalty has always been and always will be to the Spartan Riders. Or it was until a sultry, little blonde walked into the bar.

The last thing Talia McKinnon was looking for when transfer jobs across country was love. Any chances Talia had at that were ruined by her ex-husband. But when her new job presents the chance to get down and dirty with a sexy-as-sin biker, Talia jumps at the chance. Why not mix work with pleasure, if doing so will satisfy all of her needs?

While Tucker and his brother’s are trying to get a step ahead in a dangerous game, Talia is searching for answers to a mystery she needs to uncover. Can their new relationship survive the jobs they’re determined to do?

Just like the first book in the Spartan Riders series, Mettle was an intense, sexy ride. The suspense kept me on edge almost the entire time. I knew that once Tucker found out the truth behind Talia’s job, things were going to get tense. I never imagine the entire story would have me in a state of anticipation! There were other twist and turns I didn’t see coming. I was completely surprised a couple of times while reading.

Mettle wasn’t just all suspense, though. There was another kind of tension at play, too. Sexual tension. The sexual connection between Talia and Tucker was very carnal and a little bit kinky. I was definitely fanning myself! There was also a sweet side to their relationship. Both had feelings for each other quickly that went deeper. Neither of them was willing to admit that their relationship went anything beyond the physical for a while, but I loved the way they both were secretly falling for each other. I enjoyed the comfortable way they were with each other.

I would highly recommend  Mettle to readers who enjoy MC romances or the Romantic Suspense genre. It was definitely filled with several steamy scenes and a whole lot of action. I would suggest reading the first Spartan Riders novel, GRIT, before reading Mettle, though; it sets up a major part of this story.

**I received an ARC from IndieSage Promotions in exchange for an unbiased review.

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Synopsis: Gabby Morgan isn’t looking for love. Not even a little romance. Following a rocky past that she’d just as soon forget, she’s determined to focus on the future. One that most certainly doesn’t involve the tough-as-nails, short-on-words, hot-as-hell biker…or his kid.

Blake Mahone may not be done with women, but he’s finished with relationships. Then Gabby Morgan enters the picture. She’s flawless, refined, and as his kid’s teacher, way out of his league. She acts like she hates him, but her eyes tell a different story. Before he knows it, Blake finds himself hot for teacher, and he’s more than ready to learn all her secrets. Now all he has to do is convince her to give him a shot…without getting them both killed in the process.

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ABOUT J.C. VALENTINE

JC Valentine

J.C. Valentine is the USA Today and International bestselling author of the Night Calls and Wayward Fighters Series and the Forbidden Series. Her vivid imagination and love of words and romance had her penning her own romance stories from an early age, which, despite being poorly edited and written longhand, she forced friends and family members to read. No, she isn’t sorry.

J.C. earned her own happily ever after when she married her high school sweetheart. Living in the Northwest, they have three amazing children and far too many pets and spend much of their free time together enjoying movies or the outdoors. Among the many hats she wears, J.C. is an entrepreneur. Having graduated with honors, she holds a Bachelor’s in English and when she isn’t writing, you can find her editing for fellow authors.

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