Friday, August 26, 2016

Review: Mercury Striking by Rebecca Zanetti

Mercury Striking by Rebecca Zanetti
(The Scorpious Syndrome #1)
January 26, 2016
384 pages
Genre: Dystopia, Riamntic Suspense, 18+

With nothing but rumors to lead her, Lynn Harmony has trekked across a nightmare landscape to find one man—a mysterious, damaged legend who protects the weak and leads the strong. He’s more than muscle and firepower—and in post-plague L.A., he’s her only hope. As the one woman who could cure the disease, Lynn is the single most volatile—and vulnerable—creature in this new and ruthless world. But face to face with Jax Mercury…

Danger has never looked quite so delicious…

'Mercury Striking' is an exciting start to this dystopian series. We are thrust right into the heart of this world. Lynn Harmony is on the run, seeking refuge and help from Jax Mercury, the leader of a group of survivors in post-plague Los Angeles. But Lynn is no ordinary woman on the run. She represents hope for a cure and fear of the plague itself. And the dangers Lynn and Jax face go beyond the plague.

This was my first Rebecca Zanetti read, and I loved it. I was completely pulled into this world. Being from Los Angeles, I was really into the setting. But I also liked how she built the world around the "plague." Not only was the plague fascinating, but there is tons of action throughout the book. Because the plague is only one of their worries. There are a whole load of bad guys causing danger and violence, and their terror kept me on my toes throughout the read.

What also really grabbed me was the characters. I love a story with strong characters, and I got really wrapped up in Jax and Lynn's story. I loved getting to know them. I also bought into their romance. A very sexy romance, I might add. I know it was quick, but considering the situation, I completely bought it. And enjoyed it. They were a great couple. I also especially liked the side characters. The supporting cast was fantastic, and I look forward to more of them in future books. All in all, a great read!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Review: Close to You by Kristen Proby

Close to You by Kristen Proby
(Fusion #2)
August 9, 2016
320 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance, 18+
Contains: mature language, explicit sex

Camilla, “Cami,” LaRue was five years old when she first fell in love with Landon Palazzo. Everyone told her the puppy love would fade—they clearly never met Landon. When he left after graduation without a backward glance, she was heartbroken. But Cami grew up, moved on, and became part-owner of wildly popular restaurant Seduction. She has everything she could want...or so she thinks.

After spending the last 12 years as a Navy fighter pilot, Landon returns to Portland to take over the family construction business. When he catches a glimpse of little Cami LaRue, he realizes she’s not so little any more. He always had a soft spot for his little sister’s best friend, but nothing is soft now when he’s around the gorgeous restauranteur.

Landon isn’t going to pass up the chance to make the girl-next-door his. She’s never been one for romance, but he’s just the one to change her mind. Will seduction be just the name of her restaurant or will Cami let him get close enough to fulfill all her fantasies?

'Close to You' was my first Kristen Proby book. It's part of a companion series, about five friends who start a restaurant together, but I had no trouble reading it as a standalone. Cami is the accountant of the group, and her forever crush is Landon, a wounded Navy pilot, who also happens to be her best friend and co-restaurant-owner's brother.

This is essentially a light, sweet romance of friends who grew up together, liked each other from afar, but not until they were adults and had gone through some things on their own, did they finally get together. The characters are all likable for the most part. They go through things we can all relate to in one way or another. And the love story between Cami and Landon is sweet and something I easily cheered for. But if you're looking for angst, this one is way low on the angst scale. These are adults who know how to handle their problems for the most part, so when you have characters who are mature and know what they want in life and a relationship, you get a sweet read low on major conflict, and conflict that is easily resolved. And you know what? That's okay. Not every romance needs the hero and heroine acting like idiots. But just be warned, there isn't a lot of drama, though a few twists and turns were thrown in there for good measure.

Overall, I did enjoy this one. If you're looking for a light afternoon read, a sexy romance, and a sweet couple who can handle their drama, this one's for you.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Pre-Blogging TBR Shelf

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
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Top Ten (or so) Books That Have Been on My TBR Shelf Since Before I Was Blogging That I STILL Haven't Read

(Listed alphabetically by author)

Abarat by Clive Barker
Glass Houses by Rachel Caine
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs
Matched by Ally Condie
Wither by Lauren DeStefano
Evernight by Claudia Gray
Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
The Disenchantments by Nina LeCour
Everybody Sees The Ants by AS King
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Stacking The Shelves (173)

STSmall_thumb[2][2]Stacking The Shelves, hosted by Tynga's Reviews, is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

Library Love:

The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey

Kindle Fun:
Feyland #1-3 by Anthea Sharp
The Vampire's Mail Order Bride by Kristen Painter

Used Book Score:

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Sunday Post: Weekly Wrap-Up (08.14)

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It's a chance to share news, recap the past week on your blog, showcase books, share upcoming news, etc. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme 

What I Read Last Week:
Swear on This Life by Renee Carlino (DNF'd)
Summer Sisters by Judy Blume (wanted to DNF)

My Reviews Last Week:

Jonquils for Jax by Katy Regnery (my 4 star review)

What I'm Re-Listening To:

Shattered by Kevin Hearne
(I've really been enjoying re-listening to this series, leading up to finally getting to the most recent release in this series. It's so fun wrapping myself up in this amazing world all over again.)

What I'm Currently Reading:

The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Stacking The Shelves (172)

STSmall_thumb[2][2]Stacking The Shelves, hosted by Tynga's Reviews, is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

ARC Goodie:

Close to You by Kristen Proby

Kindle Fun:
The Young Elites by Marie Lu
The Rose Society by Marie Lu
With This Heart by R.S. Grey

Friday, August 12, 2016

Review: Jonquils for Jax by Katy Regnery

Jonquils for Jax by Katy Regnery
(The Rousseaus #1)
Date of Publication: August 5, 2016
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance 18+

Did you fall in love with The English Brothers? Were you hot for the Winslows? Katy Regnery's New York Times bestselling Blueberry Lane series continues with The Rousseau siblings in Summer 2016!

Jacqueline "Jax" Rousseau is vivacious, rich, smart and beautiful, but that doesn't mean she's lucky in love: she's dated doctors, lawyers, actors and politicians who've all managed to end up disappointing her. In fact, she's on a self-imposed hiatus from love when she has an unpleasant run-in with her neighbor's gorgeous new landscaper, Gardener Lenox. Jax is not accustomed to gruff, ill-mannered men that can't be charmed, but when he saves her skin, she realizes that something about Gard intrigues her...and if she can find her way through the armor that surrounds his heart, she might finally find a love that won't let her down.

Jax and Gard's story was just the sweet romance I was hoping for. It was only natural for me to fall in love with this couple. One of the things I admire about Katy Regnery's writing is the incredible characters she creates and portrays. Jax and Gard are no exception.

Jacqueline "Jax" Rousseau and Gardener "Gard" Lenox unexpectedly meet in the moonlight, of all things. Both are searching for their place in life. Both had lives that seemed clear-cut for their futures, and yet here they are, each a little lost, seeking to define their lives once again. Is it coincidence or kismet that they should figure out their lives together? I say they were simply fated to find each other, and in that fate, find themselves.

Without giving away too much of the story, I simply want to say that I loved Jax and Gard. What a special couple they were. I loved how they grew together and strengthened one another. They were the perfect match for the other. It was very easy for me to get wrapped up in their story and I flew through the pages. In fact, I only wished there was more because I enjoyed it so much. I could have read many more pages of Jax and Gard. I'm hoping for more glimpses of them in the rest of the Rousseau series.

Jonquils for Jax, The Rousseaus #1 - available 8.5.16
Marry Me Mad, The Rousseaus #2 - available 10.21.16
J.C. and the Bijoux Jolis, The Rousseaus #3 - available 11.29.16

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Katy Regnery, award-winning and Amazon bestselling author, started her writing career by enrolling in a short story class in January 2012. One year later, she signed her first contract for a winter romance entitled By Proxy.

Now a hybrid author who publishes both independently and traditionally, Katy claims authorship of the six-book Heart of Montana series, the six-book English Brothers series, and a Kindle Worlds novella entitled "Four Weddings and a Fiasco: The Wedding Date," in addition to the standalone novels, Playing for Love at Deep Haven and Amazon bestseller, The Vixen and the Vet.

The Vixen and the Vet is included in the charity anthology Hometown Heroes: Hotter Ever After, and Katy's novella "Frosted" appeared in the Jan '15 anthology, Snowy Days Steamy Nights. Additionally, Katy's short story, "The Long Way Home" appeared in the first RWA anthology (Feb '15), Premiere.

Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children, and two dogs create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home.

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