WWW Wednesday: May 10, 2017

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 decided to start listening to another audio book this week. When I found out that Will Wheaton narrated another Ernest Cline book, I knew I had to listen to Armada! I’m also reading First & Then.


Recently finished:

I’ve really been into YA contemporaries lately. I think it’s that spring has finally seemed to have sprung here in Washington state. I haven’t completely abandoned my adult contemporaries, though. Here’s what I read this week:

When It’s Real
Paper Hearts (The Heartbreaker Chronicles, #2)
The Best Is Yet to Come (Summer Lake, #1)
Kiss Me in New York

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


Reading Next:

Next up is The Queen and the Cure (The Bird and the Sword Chronicles, #2).

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Things On My Reading Wishlist

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Ten Things on My Reading Wishlist. Pretty self explanatory. I’m really bad at wishing for stuff. Sorry if my list sucks.

So, here we go! (All links are to the Goodreads page of the book.)


1. More Frank Sanger.

I really, really, really, really need Emma Mills to write a book devoted to Frank Sanger from This Adventure Ends. I even have a title picked out for her: Frank Sanger Presents.

2. More WAGS books.

I have my fingers crossed that Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy will give us more sexy hockey players in the WAGS series after releasing book #2, Stay.

3. Nine Minutes TV show.

I would love Beth Flynn’s Nine Minutes series to be turned into an HBO show. If could star Charlie Hunnam, I’d be that much happier.

4. Keller’s story.

I know Kim Holden has said she’s done with Keller from Bright Side, but I would love to get a book about him. I’d like him to be a little older, but I want him to find love again. I need him to “Do Epic”.

5. From the Storm by Gail McHugh

I would really like book 2 of the Torn Hearts series, From the Storm. I loved Amber to Ashes and want to finish Amber’s story.

6. NetGalley Approval

I’d really like NetGalley to approve me for Sarina Bowen’s Brooklyn Bruisers series. Oh, and any other book I request. It’s what we all want, right?

7. My housecleaning to be magically done while I read.

Anyone want to do this for free? Hm…Maybe I can train my 9 year-old! 😉

8. To read the entire stack of books sitting on my kitchen counter right now.

This stack is about 15 books high. No joke. I read one and then add another to the stack.

9. To read all of the books sitting unread on my Kindle right now.

Yeah, the likelyhood of this ever happening is zero. Oh well.

10. Free books for everyone!!!

I guess that’s what the library is for.

Top Ten Tuesday: Summer Eye Candy

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme Cover Theme Freebie. I’m all about contemporary romances with sexy covers, so my theme is Summer Eye Candy. Once again, you’re welcome. 😉


1. Stay by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

Can you fall in love with someone you’ve never even met?

Hailey Taylor Emery has a hunch that her favorite client at Fetch–an anonymous virtual assistant service–is actually hockey star Matt Eriksson.

Although it’s against the rules for her to check his file, she’s 95% sure she spends at least part of each day texting with her lifelong crush and catering to his every need. Still nursing a wounded heart thanks to her recent breakup, Hailey is perfectly content with some harmless online flirting…until she has to meet her client. Face to face. Cue: utter panic.

Matt Eriksson is no stranger to heartbreak. He’s still not over the destruction of his marriage, and it sucks to be the only guy on the team who knows the truth–that hockey and long-term relationships are a toxic mix. He barely sees his kids, and dealing with his ex makes him feel insane. The only person in his life who seems to understand is someone who won’t show her pretty face.

But it’s nothing that a pair of fourth row hockey seats can’t fix. Hailey can’t resist the offer. Matt can’t resist Hailey. Good thing he doesn’t have to. Fire up the kiss cam!

Warning: Contains rabid hockey fans, misunderstood dick pics, hockey players at the opera and exploding ovaries.


2. Hot Cop by Laurelin Paige

You have the right to remain sexy.

Anything you say can and will be used to get you in my bed.

You have the right to use my body to give yourself a delirious, life-changing orgasm.

If you have trouble…don’t worry, I’m a bit of an expert in that department.

There’s nothing ‘thin’ about my blue line, if you catch my drift, and trust me, I know how to put those handcuffs to good use.


3. The Wild One by Lauren Blakely

There are four words every guy wants to hear on the first date — “your place or mine?”
When my hot-as-sin co-worker makes me a no-strings-attached offer that involves her place, my place, or any place, I can’t refuse. My job is like a coach and my goal is to help my fellow man figure out how to score a woman. My latest assignment for the good of mankind? Create a fail-safe, 100% battle-tested, proven list of what to do or say to get a woman to fall into your bed — I mean, fall for you. So when Nicole says she’s game to work through my list in a hands-on way, I take her up on her deal even with her one BIG condition.
There’s no way I’ll want more from one woman than any position, any where, any night? Except . . . what if I do?

There are three little words most guys don’t want to hear on the first date.
Not those. I mean these…“knock me up.”
This single gal has had enough of the games, the BS and the endless chase. I know what I want most, and it’s not true love. It’s a bun in the oven, and I’m not afraid to hit up my sex-on-a-stick co-worker to do the job. Ryder is gorgeous, witty and wild — and he’s also a notorious commitment-phobe. That makes him the perfect candidate to make a deposit in the bank of me.

I won’t fall for him, he won’t fall for me, and there’s no way baby will make three.
Right?

Note: Be prepared to swoon and fan yourself from the heat! This full-length standalone contains lots of hot baby-making s-e-x, happy tears, naughty jokes and a hot, swoonworthy hero you will fall madly in love with.


4. Cross Check by Kelly Jamieson

A party girl and a clean-cut college hockey player discover that they’re not so different in this sexy, soulful Bayard Hockey novel from the bestselling author of Shut Out and the Heller Brothers series.

Ella Verran has three goals this semester: get off academic probation, repair her relationship with her friend Skylar, and take some responsibility for her life. All of which are hard enough without hot, snobby hockey player Ben Buckingham around to distract her. Ella can’t stand Ben, and she knows the feeling is mutual. But he’s best friends with Skylar’s boyfriend, so he’s always around—taunting and tempting Ella in ways she never thought possible.

As the star forward of the Bayard College hockey team, Ben has goals too, like playing well enough to land a spot on an NHL roster. Ben is perfectly poised on the ice, so why can’t he keep his cool around Ella? Her wild behavior rubs him in all the wrong ways—and a few of the right ones. But as they skate around each other, Ben learns that there’s more to Ella than her bad reputation. And when the line between love and hate starts to blur, he can’t resist crossing over and sweeping her off her feet.


5. Inked Expressions by Carrie Ann Ryan

The Montgomery Ink Series from NYT Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan continues with the brother who keeps his secret and the one woman he shouldn’t want.

Everly Law married the love of her life and on the eve of giving birth to their twins, lost him in a tragic accident. Now she’s a single mother working overtime at her bookstore trying to make sure her boys have the life they deserve. Her life is busy enough without her adding dating a Montgomery. As past secrets come to light, she’ll need Storm more than ever—even if she doesn’t realize it.

Storm Montgomery has spent his life atoning for sins that only few know he’s committed. When he lost his best friend, he promised his widow that he’d always be there for her—even when she wanted nothing to do with him. But when a single touch ignites passions they’ve both buried deep inside, he’ll have to remember exactly who is in his arms and that taking chances might be far more dangerous than they bargained for.


6. Buns by Alice Clayton

Clara Morgan is living the dream, if you can call rebranding hotels that are desperate for a new life and running any kind of marathon a dream. Which she does. But the career she loves and the endurance races that keep her adrenaline pumping have kept her too busy to put down any roots. Growing up in foster care, she’s never been able to establish traditions of her own, which may be why she’s fascinated by the rituals that generations-old family resorts are known for. She’s especially interested in the Bryant Mountain House, and not just for their secret recipe for the yummy, gooey, can’t-get-enough-of Hot Cross Buns….

Archie Bryant, the man with the Buns, is fifth generation and one-day-owner of the charming yet run-down Bryant Mountain House in Bailey Falls, New York. He’s determined to save his family’s legacy from the wrecking ball the old-fashioned way—by gritting his teeth and doing what needs to be done. There’s no way Archie will be influenced by the new hotel branding expert his father brought in to turn one hundred and fifty years of tradition on its head just to attract a faster, younger, slicker crowd. But when some of Clara’s ideas start bringing in new, paying customers, Archie can’t deny that she may have just given him a shot at keeping his resort open.

It’s sticky, it’s messy, it’s sweet, it’s Buns.


7. Pipe Dreams by Sarina Bowen

A goalie has to trust his instincts, even when taking a shot to the heart…

Mike Beacon is a champion at defending the net, but off the ice, he’s not so lucky. A widower and a single father, he’s never forgotten Lauren Williams, the ex who gave him the best year of his life. When Lauren reappears in the Bruisers office during the playoffs, Beacon sees his chance to make things right.

Lauren hates that she’s forced to travel with the team she used to work for and the man who broke her heart. There’s still undeniable sexual tension running between her and Mike, but she won’t go down that road again. She’s focused on her plans for the future—she doesn’t need a man to make her dreams of motherhood come true.

Lauren plays her best defensive game, but she’s no match for the dark-eyed goalie. When the field of play moves to Florida, things heat up on the beach.

One of Mike’s biggest fans doesn’t approve—his teenage daughter. But a true competitor knows not to waste the perfect shot at love.


8. Confessions of a Former Puck Bunny by Cindi Madsen

Confession #1: I used to be a puck bunny, but after a hockey player broke my heart, I gave up all things hockey. Now I’m just focused on finding a way to pass my math class so I can graduate college.

Confession #2: Ryder “Ox” Maddox’s deep, sexy voice sends fuzzy tingles through my entire body, and I’m powerless to stop it. Which is a big problem since the hot, surprisingly funny hockey player is my new math tutor.

Confession #3: I can’t stop thinking about how ripped Ryder is from all his hockey training, and how fun it’d be to cross lines with him.

Confession #4: I kissed a hockey player and I liked it.

Confession #5: If I’m not careful, I might relapse and fall for Ryder, and then I’ll be totally pucked.


9. Sex in the Sticks by Sawyer Bennett

Wake up and feel the wood! In the first of a series of irresistible standalone romances from New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett, a city girl rediscovers love and lust in the Alaskan wilderness.

Valentine French may be the sassiest dating columnist in New York City, but the abundance of metrosexuals in her adopted metropolis is seriously cramping her style. Where are the beefy all-American boys? Hoping to find some inspiration, Val heads to Alaska, where the men outnumber the women fifteen to one and wrestle grizzly bears for sport. Or so she can only imagine. Suddenly the most eligible bachelorette in a town full of horny lumberjacks, Val is writing her best columns ever. But if she doesn’t get her nose out of her laptop, she just might miss out on Mr. Right.

Logan Burke is the sheriff of the little podunk town that Val finds so charmingly backward. He’s not that different from the guys she’s using for her little experiment; it’s just that one date would never be enough for Logan. As he listens to Val complain about love over beers in the local tavern, he realizes that she can’t see the forest for the trees. Because if she would ever give up her Prada bags and fourteen-dollar martinis, Logan would give her the only luxury that matters: his heart.


10. Good Girl Gone Bad by Jasinda Wilder

Big, hard-drinking, dirty-talking, and as rough and demanding in bed as he is out of it, Bax may very well be the baddest brother yet…

Baxter Badd is coming August 4th.

Reveal: Keeping Claudia by Suzanne McKenna Link

Keeping Claudia
Suzanne McKenna Link
(Toby & Claudia #2)
Publication date: May 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Back home in a town she once fled, headstrong Claudia Chiametti returns to the arms of the only guy ever to awaken her heart. Everything about Toby Faye contradicts her family’s traditions and values, but she’s ready to take a chance on love.

Toby finally has the girl he’s long dreamed of within his reach. But, it’s only a matter of time before light will be cast on the dark corners of a secreted past.

Can Claudia love him unconditionally …or will the truth cost Toby what he wants most?

Falling in love is easy. Staying in love is hard.

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Author Bio:

Suzanne McKenna Link works for a family of newspapers that cover events in and around the South Shore of Long Island, New York. She lives in the town of Sayville with her husband and two children.

SAVING TOBY is her debut novel. The literary love story follows the moving journey of a damaged young man and his love for a girl who might just save him. An avid interest in psychology has Suzanne digging deep into the reasons for her characters’ behaviors. The native Long Islander is fascinated by the how and why of people’s actions. As a result, her characters come to life on the pages.

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WWW Wednesday: April 26, 2017

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 took a break from all of the NetGalley ARCs I’ve been trying to get off my list to read a new release. I’m absolutely loving Dr. OB (St. Luke’s Docuseries, #1). If you’re a fan of Max Monroe’s Bad Boy Billionaires series, you need to read this one. There are some characters that make appearances you won’t want to miss. This book is about Georgie’s brother.


Recently finished:

This week was a hodge podge of different genres for me. I’ve continued working on reading both physical and NetGalley ARCs. Here’s what I read:

The Butterfly Project
We are Never Meeting in Real Life.
Aftercare Instructions
Saint Death
Hot Shot (Last Shot, #2)
Hard Stick (Breakaway, #1)

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


Reading Next:

Getting back to reading NetGalley ARCs, I’m going to read Coming Up for Air next.

Cover Reveal: A Girl Like Me. by Ginger Scott

Check out this amazing cover for A GIRL LIKE ME by Ginger Scott! Readers have fallen in love with these characters!
 
A Girl Like Me by Ginger Scott
Book 2 in the Like Us Duet
A mature YA romance, and a little something more…
Release day: May 26
Goodreads

Blurb:
I’m not supposed to be here.

Death has come for me more than once, and each time it’s been a boy who’s
stood between me and my final breath.

I called him Christopher when he saved me as a child. When he came into my
life again, only months ago, I knew him as Wes. Just as he did the time
before, he disappeared the moment he made sure I was out of harm’s way; as
if I didn’t need any more saving.

This time, though, death left me with a reminder of how powerful it is. I
know it meant to strip me of my spirit again, but it failed.

Even so, I know I need Wes to survive. Our souls are woven together
somehow, our every breath in sync. I feel it, even though everyone says I
shouldn’t.

The world thinks he’s missing.
His loved ones don’t want to believe he’s dead.
Only I know just how special he is.

I’m going to find him and bring him home, where he belongs. Together,
we’ll face impossible—we’ll rewrite our ending.

And when the bad guys come calling, we will always win.

 
NOW AVAILABLE!
 A BOY LIKE YOU
YA Contemporary Romance
Released on: March 3, 2017

 

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).

Social Media Links:
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Twitter: @TheGingerScott
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Top Ten Tuesday: I Won’t Read That

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is opposite of last week. It’s Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book. Here are the things that turn me off a book.


1. Poorly written third person point of views.

I can’t handle it when an author narrates in dual third person point of view and both characters sound the same. I also can’t stand when the character is overly descriptive and describes what happens rather than experiences it in third person.

2. It includes aliens and outer space.

I’m not a UFO fan. I’ll blame it on my mother-in-law who talks about how they’re real all the time. I’d rather it stay unknown if or if not they exist. I’m also not interested in reading about them. There have been a few exceptions to this (Illuminae and We Are the Ants), but generally I will pass up books about them.

2. Ghost sex.

Yes, ghost sex. I wrote that. A human having sex with a ghost is not my thing. And yes, I read a book with it once. I won’t name the book, but I was completely turned off by it.

3. Student-teacher romances.

Being a parent, I have a really hard time reading student-teacher romances. They just feel all kind of wrong to me no matter what age or grade. There’s a line crossed that I can’t forgive. College ones are a little easier for me, considering both parties are adults and are usually near the same age. My exceptions, or ones that were okay for me, were A Different BlueSlammed and Waking Olivia.

4. Books that are portrayed as romances, but are more like overly descriptive narrative life journeys.

I don’t know if this makes sense to someone other than me, but I’ve read a few books that were marketed as contemporary romances that weren’t really what I would call a contemporary romance. They were overly wordy and descriptive. The sexual connections and acts felt almost clinically described. Every scenic detour and thought was overly contemplated. I’d rather have my quick and dirty contemporaries filled with humor. Sorry.

5. Fantasies filled with royalty.

I’m going to get some hate for this one, so I’ll apologize ahead of time. I will pass up fantasy books with blurbs filled with talk of different kingdoms and royalty most of the time. Just not interested unless someone I trust thinks I would like it.

6. Adult Paranormal Romances

I don’t have a problem with young adult ones, but for some reason I can’t stomach adult ones. Maybe it’s like the ghost sex thing. Or maybe it’s my lack of imagination. Just can’t do them.

7. Books where little children are kidnapped, raped or murdered.

Back to being a parent. I have a young daughter. I don’t even want to think about those things happening to her. I can’t stomach reading about them happening to other children. I pass by books with those things mentioned in the synopsis.

8. Horror novels

I don’t like to be scared. That’s basically what it comes down to. I don’t watch scary movies either. I did, however, enjoy R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike books in my younger years.

9. Series that have lost me.

I love series with interconnected characters and settings. What I don’t love is when authors play catch up for every single character from previous books in the newest series release. I love those characters, but save that info for a novella. I want the meat of the new book to be the new characters. I want their story to develop. If an author does starts playing catch up all of the time, I’ll stop reading that series. Sometimes, it’s also a situation where a series started out amazing but then falls off. A lot of times I won’t return to read that author’s other books.

10. Anything that sounds boring or like I won’t like it.

Pretty simple, but true. If a blurb doesn’t interest me, I probably won’t read the book.