This or That Book Tag #2

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I was tagged by Esther @ Chapter Adventures for the This or That Book Tag. I’ve done this one before, but it’s been a while so I thought it would be fun to do it again. Thanks, Esther!


RULES

1. Mention the creator of the tag (Ayunda @Tea and Paperbacks).
2. Thank the blogger who tagged you!
3. Choose one out of the two options. (You don’t have to explain why you chose what you did… only if you wanted to!)
4. Tag 10 other people to do this tag to spread the love!


1. READING ON THE COUCH OR ON THE BED?

Couch. I actually try not to read in bed very often. I just don’t think it’s comfortable.

2. MALE MAIN CHARACTER OR FEMALE MAIN CHARACTER?

Ooo. Hard one. Female  — unless it’s a super cocky guy. Those are super fun.

3. SWEET SNACKS OR SALTY SNACKS WHEN READING?

Sweet. I have a major sugar addiction.

4. TRILOGIES OR QUARTETS?

I like series. I know that doesn’t truly answer the question. I like books with interconnected characters, so that could be trilogies or quartets.

5. FIRST PERSON POINT OF VIEW OR THIRD PERSON POINT OF VIEW?

First person. It makes me feel like I’m the main character.

6. READING AT NIGHT OR IN THE MORNING?

Night is when I normally get to read, but I like reading any time of the day!

7. LIBRARIES OR BOOKSTORES?

Depends on what for. I love browsing bookstores more than libraries. I like that books are free at the library. But I won’t read nasty looking library books. Can digital library be my answer?

8. BOOKS THAT MAKE YOU LAUGH OR MAKE YOU CRY?

Honestly, I want a book to be able to make me do both.

9. BLACK BOOK COVERS OR WHITE BOOK COVERS?

As long as they have a sexy guy on front, I don’t really care what color the cover is. LOL. I’m just kidding…kinda of. I think I’ll choose white.

10. CHARACTER DRIVEN OR PLOT DRIVEN STORIES?

Character. There has to be good characters that I want to know, otherwise the plot doesn’t really matter. I can’t stand hating characters.


I TAG:

Arec @ Rainy Thursdays
Ari @ The Daydreaming Bookworm
Ashley @ What’s She Reading?
Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions
Jesse @ Books at Dawn
Jessica @ Mud and Stars
Maren @ The Worn Bookmark
Paige @ Page by Paige
Sue @ Sue’s Reading Corner
Syc @ The Lit(erature) Mermaid

Review: Stars Shining Bright Above by Kate Perry

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Series:
Bedford Falls, #3
Author: Kate Perry
Publication Date: August 13, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Synopsis:

For Luna Kipling, moving to Bedford Falls is a fresh start—a chance to let go of the mistakes of the past and start over with a clean slate. It’s a chance to find real love, with someone who values and respects her mind and heart rather than just her body.

And that someone is not contractor Travis Scott, even if his hammer is big and he knows how to use it…


The more I read Kate Perry’s books, the more I enjoy them. Her writing always has a serene and dreamy feel to it. It doesn’t matter what trials or tribulations her characters are going through, I can always count on Kate Perry to get them where they need to be in a realistic and self-discovering way.

In Stars Shining Bright Above, Perry returns once again to Bedford Falls. It’s mystic shop owner Luna’s turn to find love this time, and she gets her chance with Bedford Fall’s favorite construction guy.

The last thing Luna or Travis is looking for is love. Luna’s done with changing herself for a man only to have her heart-broken. Travis is happy avoiding the women of Bedford Falls by hooking up with women from out-of-town. When a burst pipe brings them together, neither can deny the attraction they feel for each other and the longing for their relationship to be something more.

I loved Luna’s desire to have a man accept her for who she was. So many times in life, we try to be the person we think someone wants us to be rather than the person we really are. Her determination to show not only herself and Travis but the entire town who she was on the inside was commendable. I did have a little bit of a hard time relating to Luna’s mystical side, though. Her character was a little out of my comfort zone at times.

Travis was an awesome leading man. I loved everything about him! From the way he treated Luna to the way he cared for his family, he had me swooning. I even liked the way he fought with Luna.

My favorite thing about Stars Shining Bright Above was how real Travis and Luna’s relationship struggles felt. Each had a valid point. I loved that it wasn’t a matter of right or wrong, but of compromise.

Stars Shining Bright Above was a wonderful addition to the Bedford Falls series. It’s a book contemporary romance readers are sure to enjoy.

Review: Candlemoth: A Holy City Romance by Pauline West

Candlemoth: A Holy City Romance
Author:
Pauline West
Publication Date: June 23, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotica, New Adult
Note: I received this book from the author in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

Synopsis:

A bold and independent free spirit from the foster system of small town South Carolina, Lily is a survivor with skeletons in her closet. She knows what she wants and how to get it. And a spoiled rich playboy is not part of her plan- but Ry is irresistible.

The bad boy heir to the Calhoun fortune, Ry is a notorious Lowcountry playboy who’s never met a challenge like gorgeous Lily Inoue.

How can someone so wrong feel exactly right?

Steamy, exciting and beautifully written, this dramatic romance between a free spirit and a controlling playboy will appeal to fans of Sylvia Day and romance lovers everywhere.

Book One in the Holy City Romance series about a wild and fun-loving group of twenty-somethings in Charleston, South Carolina.


Candlemoth: A Holy City Romance was one of those books that I can see many readers falling in love with, but it frustrated me a little too much to give more than 3 stars. It’s not that I didn’t like the story, it just drove me a little crazy at times.

Lily is a young woman trying to move on from her past and make it on her own. She’s putting time in with a catering company, trying to stay on top of her expenses. She doesn’t need anything, especially a man, complicating her life.

Her dreams of self-sufficiency are threatened after Lily meets bad boy Ry at a party she’s helping cater. Ry is one of the most sought after men in South Carolina. He could have any woman he wants, but it’s Lily he’s determined to catch. Lily doesn’t get his attraction to her, but she loves the way he makes her feel.

Candlemoth: A Holy City Romance was well written and incredibly sexy. I enjoyed parts of the story, but there were some major turn offs for me in this one.

The dialog between Lily, her friends and family felt exaggerated. I don’t know how to explain it other than to say it was kind of cheesy. I couldn’t stand the way they talked to each other. There were so many pet names. Everyone and anyone had one for Lily. When her boss called her by one, I wanted her to scream sexual harassment.

I also had some problems with the insta-lust between Ry and Lily. Their “relationship” happened too quickly for me. I didn’t feel a connection between them. I mean, I knew they were attracted to each other physically. I just never got the emotional connection between the two. It made some of the drama toward the end of the book feel unrealistic to me.

If those two things hadn’t overshadowed the story, I think I would have fallen in love with Candlemoth: A Holy City Romance. Like I said, the writing was good, the plot was interesting, and the sex scenes were beyond steamy. I would recommend it to readers who enjoy a dark-ish erotic tale. Just be warned — there’s a big cliffhanger waiting at the end.

WWW Wednesday: August 24, 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 Kiss the Sky (Calloway Sisters #1, Addicted #2.1). I’m so addicted to this series! I feel like I’m obsessed and can’t put it down! It’s made me so behind on writing reviews.


Recently finished:

I have been reading like crazy this week. Part of that was due to a train trip I took from Tacoma, WA to Portland, OR. I had 3 and a half hours to read on the trip both ways. Plus, my train home was delayed 2 hours so I read then, too.

Glens Falls: Book Two
This Adventure Ends
The Summer Games: Settling the Score
The Summer Games: Out of Bounds
Addicted to You (Addicted, #1)
Ricochet (Addicted, #1.5)
Addicted for Now (Addicted, #2)

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


Reading Next:

Obviously, I’m reading Hothouse Flower (Calloway Sisters #2, Addicted, #2.2) next because I can’t stop reading this series!!!

Double Lauren Blakely Cover Reveal: Full Package & Joy Stick

From the NYT Bestselling author of BIG ROCK and MISTER O, comes two brand new, hot and hilarious standalone romantic comedies…

FULL PACKAGE and JOY STICK!

 

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Readers will find witty dialogue, smoking hot sex scenes, and heartfelt moments in these side-splitting romantic comedies, mixed with the dirty-talking, gifted heroes we’ve come to love from Lauren Blakely! FULL PACKAGE is set to release on January 9, 2017, and JOY STICK is coming your way in May 2017! Check out these fantastic covers designed by Helen Williams with photography by Rob Lang.

 

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From the New York Times Bestselling author of MISTER O and BIG ROCK, comes a hot & hilarious new standalone romantic comedy…

I’ve been told I have quite a gift.

Hey, I don’t just mean in my pants. I’ve got a big brain too, and a huge heart of gold. And I like to use all my gifts to the fullest, the package included. Life is smooth sailing….

Until I find myself stuck between a rock and a sexy roommate, which makes for one very hard…place.

Because scoring an apartment in this city is harder than finding true love. So even if I have to shack up with my buddy’s smoking hot and incredibly amazing little sister, a man’s got to do what a man’s got to do.

I can resist Josie. I’m disciplined, I’m focused, and I keep my hands to myself, even in the mere five-hundred square feet we share. Until the one night she insists on sliding under the covers with me. It’ll help her sleep after what happened that day, she says.

Surprise—neither one of us sleeps.

And even though we agree to return to roomies-without-benefits, I quickly realize I want more than someone to split the utilities with. Now all I want is to spend every night—and every day—with my gorgeous roommate.

Did I mention she’s also one of my best friends? That she’s brilliant, beautiful and a total firecracker? Guess that makes her the full package too.

What’s a man stuck in a hard place to do?

 

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Let’s be honest, ladies. A good man is a lot like the perfect car. You want a hot body, an engine that purrs, and superior performance under the hood. You probably also crave a ride that can go all night long.

I’m at your service. Come and ride on my Joy Stick…

That’s what I like to say to the ladies. Or I would if I were total pig. It’s far too easy in this world to strut around like a peacock when you’ve got all these other features in your favor. But just like the custom cars I build with class and sophistication, that’s how I treat my women.

Don’t worry. I absolutely do my best work dirty…both in the shop, and between the sheets. Work and play — that’s what my life has been, and I f&*king love it. I’m completely, 100% driven. Until one woman comes along and throws a wrench in my plans. The one woman I should absolutely, positively never take for a joy ride.

Now that’s all I want to do with her…she’s so far off-limits, but that’s exactly where I want to go with her.

Get ready for a wild ride…

 

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Pre-Order JOY STICK (Coming May 2017)

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Don’t Miss All of Lauren’s Romantic Comedies written from the Male POV!

BIG ROCK (Now Available)

MISTER O (Now Available)

WELL HUNG (Releasing September 12, 2016)

 

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Lauren Blakely’s Romantic Comedy Celebration!

August 24-September 1, 2016*

Win a Kindle Fire loaded with Lauren Blakely’s complete collection* of currently released titles, as well as some of Lauren’s favorite romantic comedies!

*Does not include WELL HUNG, FULL PACKAGE or JOY STICK, Winner will be announced first week of September.

To enter to win, simply subscribe to Lauren’s newsletter here:

http://www.subscribepage.com/LaurenBlakely

 

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About Lauren Blakely:

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: 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/

FULL PACKAGE Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30283662-full-package

JOY STICK Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30640850-joy-stick

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

 

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Cover Reveal: Meeting the Unpredictable by Riann C. Miller

Meeting The Unpredictable
Riann C. Miller
Publication date: September 29th 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

What happens when opposites attract?

Tyler has spent the last six years constructing his perfectly boring life, which is exactly the way he wants it. He spends his days hiding behind the protective walls he has so carefully built and has no intentions of changing . . . until he meets the unpredictable.

Lennie Jacobs is an intoxicating mess. She never stays anywhere long enough to form a solid relationship with anyone, including her family, because she has taught her fragile heart that love isn’t an option.

What started as a way to pass the time soon blossoms into something neither expected.

He was never meant to be permanent.

She can’t promise forever.

But, when life and love are on the line, everything changes.

Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

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Pre-order today for only 99¢!

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Author Bio:

Hi, I’m Riann. I’ve been obsessed with reading romance novels for close to five years. I love getting to know new people in the book community and I’ve met several people along the way that I consider true friends.

I’m happily married with two children. When I’m not reading or writing, I’m usually spending time with my family, friends or watching baseball.

Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books On My Shelf That I STILL Haven’t Read Yet

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Ten Books That Have Been On Your Shelf (Or TBR) From Before You Started Blogging That You STILL Haven’t Read Yet. 

Ugh. This topic depresses me. I’ve only been blogging for a little over a year, but the list goes back further than that. Some of these are books I bought. Others are books I was given. All are books I own. Sigh.


1.The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

2. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

3. Heartsick by Chelsea Cain

4. Wild by Cheryl Strayed

5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Alexie Sherman

6. The Giver by Lois Lowry

7. Ten Beach Road by Wendy Wax

8. The One I Left Behind by Jennifer McMahon

9. The Source by J.D. Horn

10. How I Came to Sparkle Again by Kaya McLaren


Have your read any of these books? Are any of them stuck on your TBR list, too?