WWW Wednesday: October 4, 2017

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 some more on ARCs I have to review this month. I most recently read Tempt the Playboy (Tempt, #2)A Taste of Honey (Lively St. Lemeston, #3.5), and Bountiful (True North, #4).


Currently ReadIng

I’m currently reading Crossing the Line (Cross Creek, #2).


Reading Next

My next read is probably going to be Without Merit. I am saving it for a trip I’m taking this weekend. Which reminds me that I should let you know I will not have a WWW Wednesday post for next week due to my trip, and limited to response to comments.


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

Blog Tour Excerpt: Scandalous by L.J. Shen

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Scandalous, the highly anticipated next standalone in the Sinners of Saint Series by LJ Shen is available NOW!

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Scandalous by LJ Shen

Publishing Date: September 29th, 2017

Genre: Contemporary Romance

They call him The Mute for a reason.

Hard, cold and calculated, he rarely speaks.

When he does, it’s with disdain.

When he does, his words aren’t meant for me.

When he does, my stomach flips and my world tilts on its axis.

He is thirty-three.

I am eighteen.

He’s a single dad and my father’s business partner.

I’m just a kid to him and his enemy’s daughter.

He’s emotionally unavailable.

And I am…feeling. Feeling things I shouldn’t feel for him.

Trent Rexroth is going to break my heart. The writing isn’t just on the wall, it’s inked on my soul.

And yet, I can’t stay away.

A scandal is the last thing my family needs. But a scandal is what we’re going to give them.

And oh, what a beautiful chaos it will be.

Excerpt:

Trent’s gaze cut to mine and stopped when his grays met my blues. The fading noise of Vicious barking at people to move along, and my father finally letting go of my arm to move toward Jaime and Dean—probably trying to gain both allies and sympathy—died down.

“I don’t like you,” Rexroth whispered under his breath, his voice harsh.

“I never asked you to.” I shrugged.

“You won’t be working here.” His arm brushed my shoulder, but I didn’t think it was by accident. I let loose a sugary smile, scanning his face and torso for no other reason other than to taunt him. “Good, you’ll be doing me a favor. My father is the one forcing me to work here. He’s pissed I turned down five Ivy League colleges. Remind me, Mr. Rexroth—which top tier university did you attend for your degree?”

The low blow was supposed to retrieve some of my lost dignity, but bile burned my throat, shotgunned from my stomach. Trent Rexroth was known in Todos Santos as an exhilarating success story, rising from the gutters of San Diego. He went to a shitty state college that accepted even the illiterate, working as a janitor on campus after hours. Those were given facts he’d recited himself in an interview for Forbes.

Had I really just tried to make him feel less worthy because he wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his mouth? It made me sicker than wearing my mother’s designer garbs.

Trent smiled, leaning into my body, into my soul. His smirk was more frightening than any scowl, frown, or grimace I’d ever seen. It threatened to tear me apart and sew me back together however he pleased.

“Edie.” His lips were dangerously close to my ear. A delicious shiver moved down my spine. Something warm rolled inside of me, begging to unknot and flower into an orgasm. What was happening, and why the hell was it happening? “If you know what’s best for you, you will turn around and leave right now.”

I elevated my head to meet his gaze and showed him my version of a grin. I was born and raised in a world of intimidating rich men, and I’d be damned if I go down like my mother—addicted to xanax, Gucci, and a man who paraded her on his arm for a short, glorious decade before keeping her solely for public appearances.

“I think I’m going to go find my desk now. I’d wish you a good day, Mr. Rexroth, but I think that ship has sailed. You’re a miserable man. Oh, and one for the road.” I fished for a Nature Valley bar in my mother’s purse and plastered it to his hard, muscled chest. My heart slammed into my neck, fluttering like a caged bird.

I hurried after my father as he glided down the vast, golden-hued hallway, not daring to look back. Knowing I’d started a war and arrived unequipped. But I also knew something else that gave me a surfer’s rush—if I could slam the final nail in my employment coffin and make Rexroth vote against me, I’d be off the hook.

I had just the plan for it. All I had to do was act like a brat. Game on.

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Read Today!

(Free in Kindle Unlimited)

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Add to GoodReads: https://goo.gl/rBwXhs

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Start the Series of Standalones Today!

(Free in Kindle Unlimited)

Vicious

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Add to GoodReads: http://bit.ly/2hUo31f

About LJ Shen:

L.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat.

Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets peoples’ birthdays and never sends Christmas cards.

She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.

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Connect with LJ Shen:

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lj_shen

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/authorljshen/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authorljshen/

Stay up to date with LJ Shen by signing up for her mailing list:

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Book Boyfriends

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Book Boyfriends/Girlfriends (Which characters do you have crushes on?). This list isn’t really ten characters I have crushes on. It’s ten characters who were stand out boyfriends to their gals.

I know that I should tell you why each is one of my favorites, but I’m being lazy and skipping that. You’re just going to have to read the book to find out. 😉


1. Tyson Preeter
You and Everything After by Ginger Scott

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2. Grip
The Grip Series by Kennedy Ryan

3. Keller
Bright Side by Kim Holden

4. Mason Kade
Fallen Crest High Series by Tijan

5. Jonah
Full Tilt by Emma Scott

6. Theo
All In by Emma Scott

7. Tucker
The Goal by Elle Kennedy

8. Leo
Rookie Move by Sarina Bowen

9. Jamie and/or Wes
Him Series by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

10. Connor Cobalt
Addicted / Calloway Sisters Series

WWW Wednesday: September 27, 2017

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 was all about reading some of the books I have upcoming blog tours for. I read Logan (Preston Brothers, #2), Keeping Claudia (Toby & Claudia, #2), and An Ex for Christmas (Love Unexpectedly, #5).


Currently ReadIng

I’m currently reading Sugar & Gold (Dreamcatcher, #2). It’s the last book on my NetGalley shelf, and something tells me I saved the best for last.


Reading Next

I’m not sure what I’ll read next. I have three Goodreads First Reads and three author requested book reviews to complete. I’m going to read one of these books. My goal is to have to complete reading all the books I’ve committed to by the end of October.


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

Release Blitz: Scandalous by L.J. Shen

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Scandalous, the highly anticipated next standalone in the Sinners of Saint Series by LJ Shen is LIVE!

LJSScandalousBookCover6x9_BW_330.jpg

Scandalous by LJ Shen

Publishing Date: September 29th, 2017

Genre: Contemporary Romance

They call him The Mute for a reason.

Hard, cold and calculated, he rarely speaks.

When he does, it’s with disdain.

When he does, his words aren’t meant for me.

When he does, my stomach flips and my world tilts on its axis.

He is thirty-three.

I am eighteen.

He’s a single dad and my father’s business partner.

I’m just a kid to him and his enemy’s daughter.

He’s emotionally unavailable.

And I am…feeling. Feeling things I shouldn’t feel for him.

Trent Rexroth is going to break my heart. The writing isn’t just on the wall, it’s inked on my soul.

And yet, I can’t stay away.

A scandal is the last thing my family needs. But a scandal is what we’re going to give them.

And oh, what a beautiful chaos it will be.

Scandalous-AN.jpg

Read Today!

(Free in Kindle Unlimited)

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2fN06df

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2whiZeq

Add to GoodReads: https://goo.gl/rBwXhs

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Start the Series of Standalones Today!

(Free in Kindle Unlimited)

Vicious

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2xdCsQ6

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2jzngb4

Add to GoodReads: http://bit.ly/2hUo31f

About LJ Shen:

L.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat.

Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets peoples’ birthdays and never sends Christmas cards.

She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.

LJSHEN.jpg

Connect with LJ Shen:

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lj_shen

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/authorljshen/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authorljshen/

Stay up to date with LJ Shen by signing up for her mailing list:

http://bit.ly/2umcYPg

http://www.authorljshen.com/

Top Ten Tuesday: Supporting Cast Members Who Stole the Show

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Ten Books That Feature Characters ____________: Examples: Ten books that feature black main characters, characters who hold interesting jobs, characters who have a mental illness, characters that are adopted, characters that play sports, etc, etc. This week I’m going with:

Supporting Cast Members Who Stole the Show Book

These are some of my favorite characters who should have been an MC.


1. Frank Sanger
This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills

Every chance I get, I tout Frank Sanger’s praises. He is one of my all time favorite characters. Frank Sanger truly stole the show. If Emma Mills were to write a book about him, I would send her a thank you card.

2. Tiny
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green

I know Tiny has since gotten his own book, but I couldn’t leave him off the list. Will Grayson, Will Grayson will always be my favorite John Green book simply because not so tiny Tiny made it shine.

3. Logan Kade
Fallen Crest High by Tijan

Okay, so Logan got his own novella, but I wanted an entire book or series about the guy. He’s just so funny.

4. Kyle
A Boy Like You by Ginger Scott

Kyle was such a supportive friend and all around great guy. I would love to see him go off to college to find his true love.

5. Noah
Where I Belong by J. Daniels

I really, really need Noah to grow up and for J. Daniels to tell his love story. It has to be with Dylan’s daughter from Sweet Addiction series. If you’ve read the books, you know why!

6. Trent
Wicked Restless by Ginger Scott

Honestly, this entire list could have been an ode to Ginger Scott’s side characters. There are so many who I’ve wanted to become main characters over the years. Trent is one that I have wished would get his own book for years.

7. Colt
Don’t Tempt Me by Lori Foster

I would love for Colt to get an NA book all about him. He seems like a really great kid who has gone through a lot of tough times. I would like to see him make friends and experience his new high school.

8. Jackson James
Truth or Beard by Penny Reid

Jackson is Jessica’s older brother. He seems like a big jerk, but I think he’d make an excellent MC. I’m sure there is more to him than what I’ve met so far. Plus, I love Penny Reid’s humor and I can only imagine what predicaments she would put the police officer through.

9. George (or any of the other Garretts)
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Anyone who has read My Life Next Door cannot get enough of the Garrett family. I’m one of those people. They’re a close knit, amazing bunch of people. I specifically picked George because his facts kill me. I love them!

10. Earl
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

This is an odd choice for me. I did not really like this book. I couldn’t stand Greg, but I loved Earl. I think he would make a way better MC. I wouldn’t mind seeing the world through his point of view.


After finishing my list, I noticed that all of these characters are male. I’m not sure what that says about the books I’ve read. I know many of the female characters I love get their own books because they’re usually in series. Maybe that’s it? I hope that’s it.

Cover Reveal: Bountiful by Sarina Bowen

I have something very exciting to share with you this morning! It’s the cover for Sarina Bowen’s upcoming fourth True North novel, BOUNTIFUL!

If you ask me, this cover perfectly melds the Truth North Vermont setting with a hockey player romance cover. Bravo, Sarina!

Read the book blurb below to find out all about this upcoming release.

No last names. No life stories. Those were the rules.

Once upon a time a cocky, copper-haired tourist sauntered into Zara’s bar. And even though she knew better, Zara indulged in a cure for the small-town blues. It was supposed to be an uncomplicated fling—a few sizzling weeks before he went back to his life, and she moved on.

Until an accidental pregnancy changed her life.

Two years later, she’s made peace with the notion that Dave No-Last-Name will never be found. Until one summer day when he walks into her coffee shop, leveling her with the same hot smile that always renders her defenseless.

Dave Beringer has never forgotten the intense month he spent with prickly Zara. Their nights together were the first true intimacy he’d ever experienced. But the discovery of his child is the shock of a lifetime, and his ugly past puts relationships and family out of reach.

Or does it? Vermont’s countryside has a way of nurturing even tortured souls. The fields and the orchards—and hard won love—are Bountiful.

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