WWW Wednesday: January 17, 2018

Welcome to WWW Wednesday!

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. The purpose is to share what I’ve reading lately. The three W’s stand for:

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


Recently Read

This week I read Foolish Hearts and ARCs of We Were One (Looking Glass, #2) and Midnight Blue.


Currently ReadIng

I am reading an ARC of Love Me Like This (The Morrisons, #3).

I’m also listening to the audio book version of Dumplin’. I’m loving it so far.


Reading Next

Hmm…I think next up will be a library copy of Love, Life, and the List.


What are you reading? Make sure to leave me your link below so I can check out your post. 🙂

Cover Reveal: Memphis by Ginger Scott

Check out the amazing cover of Memphis by Ginger Scott! We are so excited about this release!

Memphis by Ginger Scott

A Contemporary New Adult Romance
Release day: February 23
Goodreads

Blurb:

My mom always said it was just something about the way he moved.

The same swagger Archie Valentine wore in the ring when he took his opponents down followed him like a halo everywhere he went. But make no mistake about it—he was no angel. He was like a drug. My mother was his addict.I never understood it…how love could make you blind and convince you to drink the poison. Not until I met Memphis Delaney.

At first, it was the familiar form. He’s a fighter, built like a god from the past, the kind of man the universe doesn’t make anymore. His eyes hide a story, and every time I’m in his presence I want to keep reading him until I get to the end. And then…there’s the way he moves. His boxing is violent but beautiful, and his body is a seductive weapon. When he’s in the ring, he wears the stare of a man committed to the battle until his very last breath.

He could end me; turn me into her. Too much of him will leave me as a shadow, and I’ve lost so much of myself already.

But I have discipline. It came the hard way. Lessons learned, scars left behind, and trust stripped away from life.

I will breathe his air, but I won’t fall for a man like him. The only boxer who’s ever going to break my heart is the one who gave me my name.

About the Author:

Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling and Goodreads Choice Award-nominated author of several 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, The Girl I Was Before, Wild Reckless, Wicked Restless, In Your Dreams, The Hard Count, Hold My Breath, and A Boy Like You.

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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Cover Reveal: Stud by Kelly Siskind

 
Title: Stud
Author: Kelly Siskind
Genre: Romantic Comedy

Release Date: January 31, 2018 

A down-to-earth carpenter. A Prada loving personal shopper. 

A Habitat for Humanity project that erects more than walls…
 
The word “nail” has so many meanings:
Ainsley Hall’s manicured nails belong in the Museum of Modern Art.
The fashionista hammers nails at Habitat for Humanity.
She desperately wants to nail Owen Phillips.
Unfortunately, she mistakenly thinks he’s gay.
Owen’s never-ending divorce has taken a turn from messy to downright vindictive. Yearning for the simpler things in life, like working with his hands, he joins a Habitat build. Turns out he also wants to work over Ainsley Hall…but the confusing bombshell flirts blatantly with other men.
When Ainsley discovers Owen’s true sexuality, their mutual attraction ignites, but he hasn’t shared the extent of his divorce drama. If he can’t disprove his ex’s false allegations, it will take more than hammers and nails (and nailing studs) to keep their walls from caving in.

“…a sexy and steamy read with loads of flirty and witty banter. Siskind knows how to write characters that have off-the-charts chemistry.” ~ RT Book Reviews


“Kelly has outdone herself with this book!” ~ Blushing Mom Book Reviews



“If you like your stories smart, snappy, and stuffed with sweet emotion (and even sweeter heat), Owen and Ainsley will not disappoint.” ~ Bookgasms Book Blog

A small-town girl at heart, Kelly moved from the city to open a cheese shop with her husband in northern Ontario. When she’s not neck deep in cheese or out hiking, you can find her, notepad in hand, scribbling down one of the many plot bunnies bouncing around in her head. She laughs at her own jokes and has been known to eat her feelings—gummy bears heal all. She’s also an incurable romantic, devouring romance novels into the wee hours of the morning.
 

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Top Ten Tuesday: My Resolutions/Goals for 2018

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is Bookish Resolutions/Goals. So here we go!


1. Read less.

Read less is probably a shocking goal on a list like this, but I honestly need to do it. I read way too much last year. Reading is amazing for all sorts of reading, but I think I need to spend a little less time reading and more time living.

2. Request less ARCs.

I need to get pickier. In the past few years, I’ve gone a little NetGalley crazy. We’re all guilty of it at some point. I usually like the books I request from there, but they started taking over my reading. I need to get back to reading some of the books I already own. I’ll still be requesting ARCs, but only for tours I really want to do

3. Read more variety.

If you read my blog, then you know I mainly focus on romance. I need to slip in some other genres more often. Branch out and all.

4. Focus on reading and not reviewing.

The pressure to have a review for every book and every day is overwhelming. When I started blogging, I was going to do 2 to 3 reviews a week. This snowballed and I ended up doing a review almost 5 days a week. That’s insane. I felt like I was flying through books and not giving my best to my reviews. I already started this fall, but I’m sticking with around 3 reviews a week.

5. Review content.

I need to up my game on my review content. I feel like a lot of my reviews are starting to sound similar.

6. Blog commenting.

I follow so many blogs now that commenting has become harder. I want to focus on reading other bloggers reviews and really commenting on the content of them. It may mean I comment less in general, but I want it to count.

7. Participating in memes.

I’ve really shied away from book tags in the past year. I am not sure if I’ve just done most of them, or I haven’t wanted to take the time to explore more of them. I’ve mostly just been focusing on the Top Ten Tuesday and WWW Wednesday memes. I think I’ll keep doing that this year, but not put the pressure on myself to have a post for each Tuesday or Wednesday if I’m too busy with life.

8. Read more with my daughter.

My daughter and I used to read together nightly. Now that she’s a big 4th grader, she can read on her own. We haven’t been spending that quality time with me reading out loud to her. I want to get that special time back, so this month I started reading out loud to her again before bed when it’s possible. We started with A Wrinkle in Time. I loved that book as a kid and want to see the movie.

9. Be more active on Goodreads.

I used to spend a lot of time in a particular Goodreads group. I miss participating in their posts and buddy reads. I’m hoping resolutions 2, 3 and 4 help with this one.

10. Book + Main Bites.

I signed up for this site/app when it began. I still don’t get it. I rarely go on it, and I feel like I should be checking it out more to support authors. I need to figure it out this year!


Do any of these goals sound familiar to you? Are you aiming to do the same? What are your goals?

Cover Reveal: Getting Hotter by Elle Kennedy

Today, I have a very exciting COVER REAVEAL for you — GETTING HOTTER by Elle Kennedy! Check out the cover and blurb below.

A sexy standalone novel from New York Times and international bestselling author Elle Kennedy!

A good bad boy is hard to find…

Seth Masterson has been lusting over Miranda Breslin since the moment he saw her on a Vegas stage. Now that he’s been asked to watch out for her as she opens a dance studio in San Diego, he’s all over it, figuring it’s his chance to get her in his bed. Except the stubborn single mom seems determined to deny their sizzling sexual chemistry. In typical SEAL fashion, Seth makes it his personal mission to prove her wrong.

Miranda got over her attraction to bad boys about the time one of them knocked her up at the age of eighteen. Seth’s mocking gray eyes and military-buff bod, though, are pure and utter temptation. And when a flooded apartment forces her and her twins to move in with him, she can no longer resist the urge to set off some serious fireworks between the sheets.

But any involvement with Seth will be strictly physical—and temporary. So when Seth decides permanent is what he wants, Miranda must steel her defenses before she does something incredibly foolish…like fall in love.

Warning: This book contains a bad boy SEAL who knows what he wants and will go to any lengths to get it. Expect graphic language, hot sex, seduction, hot sex, dirty talk, hot sex, a little man-on-man action. Oh, and hot sex.

Release Day Review & Excerpt: Man Card by Sarina Bowen & Tanya Eby

Man Card
Series: Man Hands, #2
Authors: Sarina Bowen & Tanya Eby
Publication Date: January 15, 2018
Publisher: Rennie Road Books
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Nothing ventured, nothing banged…

Ash
I still don’t know how it happened. One minute I was arguing with my arrogant competitor–our usual trash-talk over who deserves the larger commission. But somehow I went from throwing down to kneeling down…
It can never happen again. I don’t even like Braht. He’s too slick. He’s a manipulating mansplaining party boy in preppy clothes.
So why can’t I get him out of my head?

Braht
There are two things I know without question. One: Ash and I are destined for each other. Two: never trust a man with a unibrow.
Ash is my missing my piece. She’s the sweet cream to my gourmet espresso. And nothing gets me going faster than her contempt for me. They don’t call her the Ashkicker for nothing.
Eventually I’ll win her over…if my past doesn’t ruin everything first.


I was eager to get my hands on Man Card after reading Man Hands. Ash and Braht’s characters were so lively and vivid, and I wanted more of them. They had this amazing love/hate thing going on and I couldn’t wait to see the hate implode and love win.

Man Card was a nice, big surprise. I was shocked at how much it surprised me. There was way more going on in this story than I expected. Man Card had a ton of hilarious moments and some serious ones, but it also had a little bit of romantic suspense built-in. I was surprised by how much I loved that aspect of it. What went down made me appreciate Braht more than I might have otherwise.

Braht was a character that I could have disliked. I almost did. His cockiness was so over the top in the first book that I wanted to roll my eyes at him all of the time. Getting to know him through his point of view really helped me bond with his character. There was so much more hiding behind his outward appearance and comical words. I loved Ash. There were so many layers to her. Her backstory went deep, and provided some great bonding moments for her and Braht.

Ash and Braht were so perfect for each other. They both liked to be in charge of everything in life, but I loved how they were able to find small compromises together. Their shared experiences built a nice bond. Plus, their attraction to each other was so fierce! I loved how Braht slowly wore Ash down.

Another thing I loved was seeing all of my favorite Man Hands characters again! Catching up with Brynn and Tom was so much fun. Getting to know Sadie better was also fun, but, since her book is next, also a little sad. I’m really looking forward to reading her book next and getting her happy ending!

Overall, I loved Man Card. I loved it just as much as I loved Man Hands, but in a completely different way. It was definitely its own hilarious story. Sarina Bowen and Tanya Eby did amazing things in this one!

PURCHASE LINK:

http://geni.us/MCAmazon

EXCERPT:

Name your other favorite movies,” I challenge Braht.

All of them?” He chugs his margarita.

Hmm. Top ten? Top five?”

That’s totally easy,” he says. Somehow I’ve gotten closer to him on the floor. When he sits back, I actually snuggle in beside him. He’s wearing a ridiculously soft shirt that feels good against my skin. And I watch with fascination as he ticks off the names of films on his fingers. When Harry Met Sally. The Devil Wears Prada. Roman Holiday. Clueless. And Working Girl.”

I burst out laughing. I can’t help it. Those are all chick flicks. You should just hand over your man card right now.”

Not a chance.” Braht’s expression grows intense. In the first place, I gave you a very thorough demonstration of my man card last week. I don’t remember hearing any complaints.”

I swallow hard, because this is certainly true.

And secondly, you’re looking at this all backward.”

I…am?” And why can’t I look away? He has the most beautiful, intelligent eyes.

Yeah, you are,” he whispers. It’s the guy who has a firm grip on his man card that can hold your purse. He’s not afraid to be seen with that Tory Burch you like to carry—nice color, by the way. He’ll free up your hands because he likes your hands, and he remembers all the terrific things you can use them for.”

Oh,” I say slowly. Now my fingers itch to reach out for him. I have to make fists with both hands so I won’t do it.

Furthermore, he’s not afraid to quote Working Girl. Because Joan Cusack is a genius. And who wouldn’t want to say Melanie Griffith’s best line out loud?”

I can’t help saying it with him, and together we sound like the world’s horniest Greek chorus: I have a head for business and a body for sin.”

Sin sounds pretty good right now, actually. But Braht’s not done with his speech. Any man who tells you that chick flicks are for pussies can’t be any good in bed. Because that man does not speak the language of women. He doesn’t know that a little luxury can erase a shitty day of worrying about your ex…”

Braht takes my hand in his and begins to massage it. He has a great technique, applying gentle pressure between each joint. I relax just a little bit more against him.

“…That man doesn’t speak the language because he’s afraid of sounding like a girl. But fuck that noise, honey bear. If a man doesn’t have the vocabulary to describe a satin teddy with peekaboo lace and mother-of-pearl snaps at the crotch, he can’t buy it for you and then strategically ask you to wear it. He can’t plan ahead to blow your mind sometime by lifting your skirt somewhere semi-public and dangerous. And he can’t get down on his knees and kiss that lace and then pop open those snaps while you bite your own hand to keep from screaming when you climax.” Braht takes a deep breath and lets it out in one hot gust. Fuck. What was the point of this speech?”

“Um…” My voice is hoarse, and my face is suddenly very hot. Let’s not even mention my nipples. Man cards, I think.” But I’m not sure, because everything tingles.

Right,” he says with a sigh. Still got mine. Shall we watch Working Girl next?”

Okay,” I breathe, sinking a little further into his comforting embrace.

CONNECT WITH THE AUTHORS:

Sarina Bowen
USA Today Bestselling Author
@sarinabowen
Tanya Eby
Audie-Award-Winning Narrator
tanyaeby.com
@Blunder_Woman

 

Review: My Enemy Next Door by Whitney G. & Nicole London

My Enemy Next Door
Authors: Whitney G., Nicole London
Publication Date: January 11, 2018
Publisher: Nicole London & Whitney G.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

We used to be close.
We used to be best friends.
Until we became enemies all over again…

Courtney Ryan ruined our on and off again friendship with one swipe of her sexy, red pen. After the final rude message she wrote in my yearbook, I decided that we didn’t need to see each other anymore. (But if we ever did, I would show her exactly why I had every reason to be “cocky,” and make her admit that I really *was* “that damn sexy.”)

Now that it’s ten years later, I’ve graduated from law school at the top of my class, and I’m being recruited to work at the number one law firm in New York City.

Since I’m in desperate need of a change and want to meet new people, I don’t hesitate to accept the offer.

Until I find out that Courtney Ryan graduated from law school, too.
Until I realize that she’ll be working at the same exact firm, in the office right across from me.

And if this timing isn’t unfortunate enough, she’s far more tempting and sexier than I originally remembered.
(Oh, and last night I found out that she lives right next door…)

We don’t have to be close.
We don’t have to be best friends.
But she’s going to pay me back for making us enemies all over again…


My Enemy Next Door is a romance I liked, but I could have loved. It was the story of  former high school best friends and lovers whose romance ends horribly. They get a second chance at love as adults when the enemies end up working together.

I loved the second chance and enemies to lovers tropes in this book. Courtney and Jace’s high school romance was sweet. They were opposites who connected in a fun, cool way. Even their demise (when revealed) was cool — and relevant to today’s society. I also loved their stint as enemies. Their high jinks cracked me up.

So, what kept me from loving My Enemy Next Door? It was the combination of a couple of things. First, it started out a little roughly. It wasn’t the actual story, but the characters that I wasn’t sure of. Every single one of them came across in an argumentative way. Their words were so brisk and unkind. The only one who seemed nice was Jace, and he was supposed to be the bad boy. It was uncomfortable to read all the negativity. That got better as the story went on, but it left a mark on the story for me. The other big thing that stood out was the ending. The book was short, and I think there should have been more meat to it, but that’s not what I’m complaining about. The ending was just so abrupt. It was done in a cute, but kind of impersonal way. I needed a stronger conclusion.

Overall, My Enemy Next Door was a cute enemies to lovers / second chance romance. It was fun to read, and had some really great parts. It just needed a couple of tweaks, in my opinion.