Day 2: 3 Days, 3 Quote Challenge (Round 2)

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Thank you to Alyssa @ Seals of Approval Books for tagging me to do the 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge. This is the second time I’ve been tagged to do this, but who doesn’t love sharing quotes? If you haven’t checked out Alyssa’s blog, do it now! She has cute drawing of seals and great bookish stuff!


The Rules

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
  3. Nominate three new bloggers each day.

Quote #2:

My second quote is from Waiting on the Sidelines by Ginger Scott.

“I broke you. Over and over. And then I blamed you for being broken…”


There’s something about this quote. I feel like it’s easy to relate to — no matter which side of the quote you’re on.

My nominees for today are:

Jesse @ Books at Dawn

Paige @ Page by Paige

Sumaya @ Sue’s Reading Corner

ARC Review: The Fifteenth Minute by @SarinaBowen

The Fifteenth MinuteThe Fifteenth Minute (The Ivy Years #5) by Sarina Bowen

Publication Date: October 13, 2015

Author’s Summary:

Just because she’s famous doesn’t mean she’s happy.

Freshman Lianne Challice is known to millions of fans as Princess Vindi. But sometimes a silver screen sorceress just wants to hang up her wand, tell her manager to shove it, and become a normal college student. Too bad that’s harder than it looks.

She’s never lived a normal life. She hasn’t been to school since kindergarten. And getting close to anyone is just too risky — the last boy she kissed sold the story to a British tabloid.

But she can’t resist trying to get close to Daniel “DJ” Trevi, the hot, broody guy who spins tunes for hockey games in the arena. Something’s haunting his dark eyes, and she needs to know more.

DJ’s genius is for expressing the mood of the crowd with a ten second song snippet. With just a click and a fade, he can spread hope, pathos or elation among six thousand screaming fans.

Too bad his college career is about to experience the same quick fade-out as one of his songs. He can’t get close to Lianne, and he can’t tell her why. And the fact that she seems to like him at all? Incredible.

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My rating: 5 out of 5 stars


When you see the cover or read the summary of The Fifteenth Minute, you might think you’re getting just another typical New Adult romance filled with angst. You would be totally wrong.

That’s one of the things I love about Sarina Bowen’s The Ivy Years series. Each book is a New Adult romance but you also get a special story dealing with an issue that is relevant to today’s college age adults. It’s those stories that set books like The Fifteenth Minute apart from other NA reads.

In The Fifteenth Minute, Lianne is dealing with the pressures of growing up in Hollywood. She wants to make the transition from child to adult actress without giving up too much of herself. Lianne also wants to be a typical college student, which is near impossible when everyone knows who she is.While this isn’t something most people are going to relate with, it’s easy to relate with the part of Lianne that wants someone to be interested in her for her, not who she’s supposed to be or looks like. I think we all want to be loved for who we are on the inside.

What really stood out about The Fifteenth Minute, though; was DJ’s story. I don’t want to give anything away, so I’m just going to say I think it’s very relevant to college culture today. I also liked the message it sent about believing in yourself, fighting for what’s right and the truth.

As for the romance aspect of the story — Dang, it was cute! I couldn’t help but sigh dreamily every time DJ called Lianne “smalls.” It was so adorable! I also loved the way he wanted to protect her.

I absolutely loved The Fifteenth Minute. If you’re looking for a sweet college romance filled with real life issues, this one is for you.

**I received an electronic copy of The Fifteenth Minute from the author in exchange for an honest review. For more about the book, check out an excerpt below and links to pre-order/purchase The Fifteenth Minute.

Excerpt from The Fifteenth Minute:

Lianne Challice is chatting me up.

As I fetch the pizza I ordered from the window, I try to decide whether or not I’m going insane. Maybe all the stress in my life has finally cracked me.

But no. When I deposit the pie on a table, her big eyes cut from the jukebox over to me, before darting away again. She is so freaking cute and so feminine that it’s making me crazy. Her mouth is like a little red candy that I’m dying to taste. And who has teeth that straight? She intimidates the fuck out of me, to be honest.

I make another trip to the pizza counter for paper plates and napkins. Usually we just grab slices off the tray like animals. But tonight I’m trying to be classy. The idea makes me snicker to myself. As if. Impressing Lianne Challice isn’t something I’m capable of. But I’m having fun trying. And there hasn’t been a whole lot of fun in this year for me. So that’s something.

Years from now I’ll look back on this night and laugh. Guys, did I ever tell you about the time I chatted up a movie star? I mean, my father is still telling people about the time he sat one table over from Tina Fey at Nobu.

Lianne sneaks another glance in my direction and I beckon to her. “Have a slice?” If she wants one, now is the time. In a minute my brother and his teammates will fall on the pizza like seagulls.

“Thank you. I guess I should. I didn’t make it to the dining hall tonight.”

“Your enthusiasm for Capri’s pizza overwhelms me,” I tease. “Aren’t you a fan?”

She slides a slice onto a paper plate, considering the question. “Pizza is like a nineties hit. Pretty good, especially if that’s all there is and you’re hungry.”

My own slice stops halfway to my mouth and I laugh. “Seriously?”

“What?”

“I don’t know if we can be friends,” I say before taking a bite.

“Because I don’t love pizza?

I shake my head. “Who doesn’t love pizza? It’s, like, a basic human desire.” I cram a bite into my mouth to prove my point. Smooth, right?

She bites her bottom lip, and I realize I’d rather have that for dinner. “It’s okay. But it’s mostly just something you eat when you’re in a hurry or need to feed a crowd on the cheap.”

“Ah, I see,” I say when I can speak again. “The problem is that you haven’t had any great pizza. You’re a freshman, right? You don’t know all the glory that is Harkness pizza. Have you been to Gino’s Apizza?”

Lianne shakes her head. “I don’t think so.”

“She doesn’t think so,” I scoff. “Baby, if you’d had great pizza, you’d remember.” And now I sound like a real perv, but Lianne Challice is smiling at me, watching me with her big doe eyes, and I feel it like a drug. “They make everything from scratch. Even the sausage. We’ll go together, so I can prove my point.”

Annnd I think I just asked a movie star out on a date. Here comes the crash and burn.

First her eyes widen just a smidge. Then two pink spots appear on her face, one on either cheekbone. “Well, it would be a shame to live in this town and never know its true pizza greatness.”

I replay that sentence in my head and realize that she didn’t turn me down. “True,” I agree. “Do you think Thursday would be a night to experience pizza Nirvana?” I’m overselling the hell out of Gino’s now, but it’s working for me.

She gives me a serious frown, and I’m hoping she’s not busy on Thursday. Because I have back-to-back hockey games to DJ on Friday andSaturday. “Thursday it is. I shall prepare to be amazed.”

​You can pre-order The Fifteenth Hour NOW! !:

Amazon – iTunes – Barnes & Noble – Kobo

Other books in this series:

  

  

Day 1: 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge (Round 2)

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Thank you to Alyssa @ Seals of Approval Books for tagging me to do the 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge. This is the second time I’ve been tagged to do this, but who doesn’t love sharing quotes? If you haven’t checked out Alyssa’s blog, do it now! She has cute drawing of seals and great bookish stuff!


The Rules

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
  3. Nominate three new bloggers each day.

Quote #1:

My first quote is from Flat-Out Celeste by Jessica Park.

“That’s the thing about music. You get to make it mean whatever you need it to mean.”


So true, right?

My nominees for today are:

Jane @ greenish bookshelf

Jordyn @ J. Bookish

Kristy @ Kristy Reads

Book Fangirling Blog Award

I was nominated by the lovely Giselle @ Hardwork Boulevard for the Book Fangirling Blog Award. (Thanks, Giselle!) The award was created over at Book Fangirling.


The Rules:

  • Create a post to accept your award.
  • Add the blog award button into your post and put it on the side of your blog as a widget. Visit fangirling for the award button.
  • Answer the questions I have below.
  • Nominate between 5-10 book bloggers who you think also deserve this award.
  • Come up with your own 5 questions for your nominees.

Giselle’s Questions:

1. What book did everyone like and you hated?

A  couple come to mind but I’m going to go with The Elite by Kiera Cass. I couldn’t read more than 43 pages before giving up. America’s narration and the love triangle killed it for me. Sorry series lovers, but I could not go on.

2. Book/s that put you in a ridiculous reading slump.

Bright Side by Kim Holden because it was so funny, yet heart wrenching. It destroyed me for a while.

3. Name a book you wish more people knew about.

I wish more people had read Bright Side. If you follow my blog, you’ll notice it’s on almost every list I make. I love it that much. I also think people should be reading Nine Minutes by Beth Flynn. It’s a psychological thriller and the cover doesn’t really do it justice. Oh, and I also want people to read all of Ginger Scott’s books. They are so good and I don’t think enough people have heard of her.

4. Name a book/s you wish they’d turn into a movie.

 

I would love to see Kurt Sutter make a movie out of Nine Minutes and it’s sequel Out of Time. I think he would be the perfect person since he did such an amazing job with Sons of Anarchy. In fact, I would want Charlie Hunnam to play Grizz. 😉 (Oh, and don’t click on Out of Time if you haven’t read Nine Minutes. Don’t ruin it for yourself!)

5. Favorite booktuber/s?

I haven’t really checked out booktubers yet.. I need to, but haven’t really wanted to spend my time there yet.


My questions:

  1. If you had to tell me to read one book and why, what would it be?
  2. What’s your favorite non-book book themed item?
  3. Who is the one author you would buy a book from without even reading his/her book’s description?
  4. Which character is your favorite bad guy/girl?
  5. What’s the best book you’ve read so far in 2015?

I nominate:

Aentee @ Read at Midnight

Arec @ Rainy Thursdays

Carrie @ reading is my superpower

Dimple @ enthrallingdimple

Erika & Miedjel @ partnersinbooks

Jess @ Princessica of Books

Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts

Jordyn @ J. Bookish

Kelly @ Here’s to Happy Endings

Kristy @ Kristy Reads

Michelle @ Mishi-Reads

Paige @ Page by Paige

Skylee @ The Night Girl

Sue @ Sue’s Reading Corner

Syc @ The Lit(erature) Mermaid

Tasha @ Head In The Clouds, Heart In The Books

Before the Blog #13: Confess

Before the Blog is a weekly blog meme hosted by Karis Jacobstein over @ YA Litwit. It’s an opportunity to showcase books a blogger read and loved prior to starting their blog .  I love this idea because there are so many amazing books I haven’t reviewed on A Novel Glimpse because I read them a long time ago. The only rules to this meme are to answer the following questions about the book chosen to review:

  • Why did you choose this book? 
  • When did you read this book? 
  • Who would you recommend this book to? 

 Confess by Colleen Hoover

Publication Date: March 10, 2015

Publisher: Atria

Goodreads Synopsis: 

Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…


My rating: 5 out of 5 stars


Why did you choose this book? 

I haven’t reviewed a novel by Colleen Hoover because I read them all prior to beginning A Novel Glimpse. I don’t even know how to adequately express why you should pick up any Collen Not only is Colleen Hoover an amazing writer, but her stories are just…so cool. And emotional. She had my heart hooked from the prologue with Confess. I absolutely loved the (real life) confessions and Owen’s paintings aspect of the story. It was so unique and interesting. (I really wish I would have bought the paperback instead of the Kindle version so I could see them in color while I was reading.) And the ending –perfect! I feel like I could go on and on about Confess. I won’t, though, because I really think it’s one that the less you know going into it, the more fun it is to read.

When did you read this book? 

Honestly? The minute it came out.

Who would you recommend this book to?

Mature readers that enjoy a unique contemporary romance.

WWW Wednesday: October 7, 2015

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.

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The Three Ws 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 started reading Jill Shalvis’ All I Want (Animal Magnetism #7) last night. The Animal Magnetism series is my favorite series by Ms. Shalvis. They are fun contemporary romance reads.

I’m also still reading The Isle of the Lost by Melissa De La Cruz with my seven-year-old daughter at night. It’s slow going because we only read one chapter a night. We’re about 85% through it now.


Recently finished:

  

I read the sequel to Me Before You, After You at the end of last week for a buddy read with my favorite Goodreads group. Then, I read Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling because it had to go back to the library ASAP. At the beginning of the week, I read Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines.  Reviews to come on the last two, but you can read my review of After You, here.


Reading Next:

Okay. I’ll be picking Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale back up. I read 18 pages before I had to return it to the library. A friend recently lent it to me, so I need to get crackin’ on it. I said that last week, but this week it’s true. I will probably read some more of it today.


What are you currently reading? What’s next on your list?

The Fall Time Cozy Book Tag

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Once again, I was tagged by the lovely Tash @ The Bookie Monsters for another fun fall tag called The Fall Time Cozy Book Tag. The Fall Time Cosy Book Tag was created by Sam @Novels and Nonsense.

Note: All book synopses are courtesy of Goodreads.


Crunching Leaves: The world is full of colour. Choose a book that has reds, oranges and yellows on the cover.

Siem Sigerius is a beloved, brilliant professor of mathematics with a promising future in politics. His family—including a loving wife, two gorgeous, intelligent stepdaughters and a successful future son-in-law—and carefully appointed home in the bucolic countryside complete the portrait of a comfortable, morally upright household. But there are elements of Siem’s past that threaten to upend the peace and stability that he has achieved, and when he stumbles upon a deception that’s painfully close to home, things begin to fall apart. A cataclysmic explosion in a fireworks factory, the advent of a great internet pornography site sexfreehd, and the reappearances of a discarded, dangerous son all play a terrible role in the spectacular fragmentation of the Sigerius clan.

A riveting portrait of a family in crisis and the ways that even the smallest twists of fate can forever change our lives, Bonita Avenue is an incendiary, unpredictable debut of relationships torn asunder by lies, and minds destroyed by madness.


Cosy Sweater: It’s finally cold enough to don warm cosy clothing. What book gives you the warm fuzzies?

For sixteen-year-old Charlotte Reynolds, aka Charlie, being raised by a single dad and three older brothers has its perks. She can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows—including her longtime neighbor and honorary fourth brother, Braden. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn’t know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world of makeup, lacy skirts, and BeDazzlers. Even stranger, she’s spending time with a boy who has never seen her tear it up in a pickup game.

To cope with the stress of faking her way through this new reality, Charlie seeks late-night refuge in her backyard, talking out her problems with Braden by the fence that separates them. But their Fence Chats can’t solve Charlie’s biggest problem: she’s falling for Braden. Hard. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high.


Fall Storm: The wind is howling and the rain is pounding. Choose your favourite book OR genre that you like to read on a stormy day.

YA / NA / Adult Contemporary Romances

Kensington Worth had a vision for her senior year. It involved her best friends, her posh private school in downtown Chicago and time alone with her piano until her audition was perfected, a guaranteed ticket into the best music programs in the world.

Instead, a nightmare took over.

It didn’t happen all at once, but her life unraveled quickly—a tiny thread that evil somehow kept pulling until everything precious was taken from her. She was suddenly living miles away from her old life, trapped in an existence she didn’t choose—one determined to destroy her from the inside, leaving only hate and anger behind. It didn’t help that her neighbor, the one whose eyes held danger, was enjoying every second of her fall.

Owen Harper was trouble, his heart wild and his past the kind that’s spoken about in whispers. And somehow, his path was always intertwined with Kensington’s, every interaction crushing her, ruining her hope for any future better than her now. Sometimes, though, what everyone warns is trouble, is exactly what the heart needs. Owen Harper was consumed with darkness, and it held onto his soul for years. When Kensington looked at him, she saw a boy who’d gotten good at taking others down when they threatened his carefully balanced life. But the more she looked, the more she saw other things too—good things…things to admire.

Things…to love. Things that made her want to be reckless.

And those things…they were the scariest of all.


Cool Crisp Air: What’s the coolest character you’d want to trade places with?

Yikes. I don’t want to trade places with her, but I want to have Kate’s attitude from Bright Side. “Do epic”

Secrets.
Everyone has one.
Some are bigger than others.
And when secrets are revealed,
Some will heal you …
And some will end you.

Kate Sedgwick’s life has been anything but typical. She’s endured hardship and tragedy, but throughout it all she remains happy and optimistic (there’s a reason her best friend Gus calls her Bright Side). Kate is strong-willed, funny, smart, and musically gifted. She’s also never believed in love. So when Kate leaves San Diego to attend college in the small town of Grant, Minnesota, the last thing she expects is to fall in love with Keller Banks.

They both feel it.
But they each have a reason to fight it.
They each have a secret.

And when secrets are revealed,
Some will heal you …
And some will end you.


Hot Apple Cider: What under hyped book do you want to see become the next biggest, hottest thing?

Well, I kind of have three. The first is actually more of an author than a book. I would love to see readers fall in love with author Ginger Scott. She’s awesome. I love her books. They’re NA Contemporary Romances filled with beautiful writing and stories that are easy to connect with. Her upcoming new release is Wicked Reckless. It’s a sequel to Wild Reckless. The second and third are books I wish everyone would read. Beth Flynn‘s Nine Minutes is an amazing thriller with a ton of twists and turns. Kim Holden’s Bright Side is an amazing journey of love and life. I used Bright Side as an answer to a previous question, so you can check out the cover and synopsis above.

Andrew Harper grew up in a house marked by tragedy. His older brother Owen did his best to shelter him, but you can only be protected from life’s pain for so long. Eventually, you end up just feeling numb…and isolated.

Loneliness was the one constant in Andrew’s life. Until one girl, met by chance in a high school hallway, changed everything. Emma Burke was a mystery and all that was beautiful in this world, the only air Andrew ever wanted to breathe. She took the lonely away, and filled it with hope and color, and Andrew would do anything to keep her safe, happy and whole.

But sometimes, what feels good and right is what ends up hurting us the most. And when Andrew and Emma are faced with an impossible decision, Andrew is tested to see just how far he’s willing to go for the girl who owns his heart.

Cuts are deep.

Scars are left behind.

And revenge beckons.

When Andrew finally gets his chance, in college, five years after his first love broke him completely, he finds out old feelings don’t really disappear just because you say you hate someone. The more he tries to avenge all that he believes he lost, the more he uncovers the real story of what happened years before.

Love is wicked. But a restless heart is never satisfied beating on its own. Can Andrew and Emma make it right before it’s too late, or will the ties that bind them now destroy their only chance at a future?

On May 15, 1975, fifteen-year-old Ginny Lemon is abducted from a convenience store in Fort Lauderdale by a member of one of the most notorious and brutal motorcycle gangs in South Florida.

From that moment on, her life is forever changed. She gets a new name, a new identity and a new life in the midst of the gang’s base on the edge of the Florida Everglades—a frightening, rough and violent world much like the swamps themselves, where everyone has an alias and loyalty is tantamount to survival.

And at the center of it all is the gang’s leader, Grizz: massive, ruggedly handsome, terrifying and somehow, when it comes to Ginny, tender. She becomes his obsession and the one true love of his life.

So begins a tale of emotional obsession and manipulation, of a young woman ripped from everything she knows and forced to lean on the one person who provides attention, affection and care: her captor. Precocious and intelligent, but still very much a teenager, Ginny struggles to adapt to her existence, initially fighting and then coming to terms with her captivity.

Will she be rescued? Will she escape? Will she get out alive—or get out at all? Part psychological thriller, part coming-of-age novel, filled with mystery, romance and unexpected turns, Nine Minutes takes readers into the world of one motorcycle gang and inside the heart of a young girl, whose abduction brought about its fall.


Coat, Scarves and Mittens: The weather has turned cold and it’s time to cover up. What’s the most embarrassing book cover you own that you like to keep hidden in public?

Okay. I’m not actually embarrassed of it. I mean, I really loved this book. It’s just had so many people say the writing was terrible. My best friend (an English/Communications major) thought the writing was horrible — but she still loved the story. So, it’s one of those that I might be embarrassed at times to admit I loved.

About three things I was absolutely positive.

First, Edward was a vampire.

Second, there was a part of him – and I didn’t know how dominant that part might be – that thirsted for my blood.

And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

In the first book of the Twlilight Saga, internationally bestselling author Stephenie Meyer introduces Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, a pair of star-crossed lovers whose forbidden relationship ripens against the backdrop of small-town suspicion and a mysterious coven of vampires. This is a love story with bite.


Pumpkin Spice: What’s your favourite fall time comfort food/foods?

Ooo! I’m going with homemade Macaroni and Cheese! I make it using the recipe off the back of the Safeway brand macaroni noodles. I do cut the butter way down and use a mixture of Gouda and sharp cheddar cheese in it. So yummy! Oh, and I love hot chocolate, too.


I tag:

Aentee @ Read at Midnight

Arec @ Rainy Thursdays

Ashley @ Dear World

Carrie @ reading is my superpower

Dimple @ enthrallingdimple

Erika & Miedjel @ partnersinbooks

Erika @ Erika in Bookventureland

Giselle @ Hardwork Boulevard

Jess @ Princessica of Books

Jessica @ Mud and Stars

Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts

Jordyn @ J. Bookish

Kelly @ Here’s to Happy Endings

Kristy @ Kristy Reads

Michelle @ Mishi-Reads

Paige @ Page by Paige

Skylee @ The Night Girl

Sue @ Sue’s Reading Corner

Syc @ The Lit(erature) Mermaid

Tasha @ Head In The Clouds, Heart In The Books

and anyone else that wants to join in!

A Stone in the Sea

A Stone in the Sea (Bleeding Stars #1) by A.L. Jackson

Publication Date: February 21, 2015

Synopsis:

Sebastian “Baz” Stone lives in deep despair. His only break from his troubled life is when he steps on stage as the lead singer for his band, Sunder.

When Baz is faced with assault charges, he’s forced to take a break from touring and hide out in Savannah, Georgia. One night, Baz walks into a local bar called Charlie’s. He’s just there for a drink, but what he finds is so much more. It’s more than he deserves.

Waitress Shea Bentley has given up a lot to live her small town life. She’s always been happy with her man-less life. Or she was until Baz walked into her bar. Now, Shea’s fighting the attraction she feels for a man she doesn’t know. A man she knows could break her heart.

Baz and Shea can’t seem to stay away from each other. There’s a chemistry between them that neither can deny. But each holds a secret that has the power to destroy them both.


My rating: 4 stars


I’ve had A Stone in the Sea on my bookshelf and TBR list since early this summer. I meant to read it several times, but it got pushed down the list thanks to library books, NetGalley requests and Goodreads Giveaway books.  Last week I put it on my WWW Wednesdays posts in hopes it would inspire me to finally read it. It worked. I read it this weekend between soccer tournament games.

Honestly, what sets A Stone in the Sea apart from other New Adult novels is the writing. It’s simply beautiful. It’s almost lyrical. The whole thing could be a song or maybe a poem. It was very nice to read. What could have been a pretty typical New Adult romance had an extra wow factor because of the writing.

It was also a quick read that I didn’t want to put down. I read most of it in one evening. I liked the chemistry between Shea and Baz. The tension between the two of them was palpable. Once again, I’m crediting the amazing writing.

The only thing that drove me a little crazy was the cliffhanger. Luckily, the second book in the series is already out so I don’t have to wait long to find out what’s next. If it wasn’t already out, I think I would be a little frustrated!

I truly enjoyed A Stone in the Sea . I think New Adult romance readers will love A.L. Jackson’s writing style.

Other books in the series:

Irresistibly Yours

Irresistibly Yours (Oxford #1) by Lauren Layne

Publication Date: October 6, 2015

Publisher: Loveswept

Synopsis:

Cole Sharpe has been a freelance editor for Oxford men’s magazine for years. He’s finally ready to take a more permanent editor position with the magazine. It should be his, no problem. All he has to do is say he wants it.

When he does, Cole is shocked to learn that he has to apply for the position. Not only that, but Cole has competition. Female competition in tiny tomboy, Penelope.

Penelope Pope needs the Oxford sports editor job. She’s moved to New York to escape her past in Chicago. This job is exactly what she needs to pick up the pieces of her life and career.

Neither Cole nor Penelope is looking for love. Cole likes his playboy ways and Penelope is not his type. She’s all tomboy, while he likes curves. So, why can’t he stop thinking about her?

Penelope knows she’s just one of the guys–always destined to be in the friend zone. She’s fine with that. So, why does being around Cole make her long for more?


My rating: 5 out of 5 stars


Irresistibly Yours is the first book in the Oxford series, but it’s a spin off of the popular Stiletto series by Lauren Layne. I have read a couple of the Stiletto books in the past and thought they were a lot of fun, so I requested an electronic copy of Irresistibly Yours from NetGalley.

Irresistibly Yours was just as much fun to read as the Stiletto books. The chemistry between Cole and Penelope was hot! I liked their easy banter with each other and the way they tried to avoid falling for each other.

I would recommend Irresistibly Yours to readers that like a quick paced contemporary romance. Some of the characters from the Stiletto series are mentioned, but Irresistibly Yours can be read as a standalone novel. I’m really looking forward to reading the next book in the series about Lincoln, Cole’s friend and co-worker.

**I received an electronic copy of Irresistibly Yours from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Bookish Things I Want to Quit Or Have Quit

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Ten Bookish Things I Want to Quit Or Have Quit. Below the my ten bookish things I want to quit.


1. Reading every book an author releases in a series.

I’m not talking about series where the story continues from one book to the next. I’m talking about series where each book is about a new character (usually met earlier in the series) and a new situation. I love series like this, but the problem is that after six or seven books, the series usually starts to become lackluster. Instead of getting a fresh new story, the updates from previous characters start to take over. I like getting updates, but when they take over a new, fresh story I get bored.

2. Finishing books I’m not enjoying.

Unless it’s a book a committed to reading, I’m going to stop finishing books that I don’t like. I know that’s hard for a lot of people because they feel a need to finish. I’m in that boat as well, but time is too precious to be reading something I can’t stand.

3. Reviewing every book I read.

I need to remind myself I’m blogging because I want to share my love of books with everyone. It’s not a job. It’s for fun. No one cares how many reviews I post. No one will know if I don’t review a book I’ve read. Just have fun!

4. Continually reading books in the same genre.

Lately, I feel like my blog reviews are starting to get a little generic. I know it’s because I’ve been reading too many similar books and sequels. I admit I’ve been compulsively reading New Adult romances. I can’t help loving them, but I need to remember there’s other book genres I love out there. I need to broaden my horizons.

5. Not reading books I’ve requested from the library.

I hate admitting this. I request a lot of books from the library. More than half the time, I return them unread. The library books sit on my counter for the three weeks I can have them checked out while someone else is patiently waiting to do read them. It makes me feel guilty. I do want to read them, I just get sidetracked by other books.

6. Staying up too late reading.

This is a major problem for me. I read while my husband watches T.V. at night. I don’t pay attention to time. I want to go to bed at 10:00 pm, but I will stay up later reading if my husband stays up later watching T.V. I’ve been so tired lately because of this.

7. Reading in bed.

I need to stop reading in bed before I go to sleep. If I do, I can’t put the book down. This isn’t exactly the same as #6, but it’s close. Usually, once my husband turns off the T.V., I put away the book. Lately, I’ve been reading in bed after that.

8. Reading while eating.

My Kindle makes this too easy. I need to pay more attention to what I’m eating and my family during mealtimes.

9. Talking about books when I’m out with friends. 

But what else would I talk about, right? Lol. I guess I should really say I shouldn’t try to talk about books with people who aren’t readers.

10. Bookbub

Oh, man. I love Bookbub. I love getting a daily email with amazing book deals tailored by genres I love. The problem is, I can’t seem to say no. I’ve been downloading free/cheap books when I see a book or author I want to read. The books are starting to pile up on my Kindle. It’s not a bad problem to have, but I’m starting to feel like an ebook hoarder. It’s probably why those library books aren’t getting read. Oh, and it’s probably why I keep reading NA contemporary romances, too! Lol.


Do you share any of these bookish things to quit?