Sunday, December 4, 2016

Sunday Post: Weekly Wrap-Up (12.04)

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:
 
Chasing Impossible by Katie McGarry 
(DNF at 50%, I'll try to finish at a later time.)
Edward Unspooled by Craig Lancaster (loved)

My Reviews Last Week:
  
Shopping for a Billionaire's Wife by Julia Kent (my 3 star review)
Nobody But You by Jill Shalvis (my 4 star review)
J.C. and the Bijoux Jolis by Katy Regnery (my 4 star review)

What I'm Listening To:
 
Beyonders: Chasing the Prophecy by Brandon Mull (finished)
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater 

What I'm Currently Reading:

Sweet Escape by Nina Lane

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Stacking The Shelves (188)

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!


It's a short list this week, but I am super excited about my new signed book! I'm avoiding spoilers so I don't get any preconceived notions. I'm really looking forward to diving into The Chemist soon.

*Signed* Hardcover Beauty:
The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer


Friday, December 2, 2016

Review: J.C. and the Bijoux Jolis by Katy Regnery

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If the best man and maid of honor are both single, it’s practically an unwritten rule that they should pork.

…so begins a rocky acquaintance between Jean-Christian “J.C.” Rousseau and Libitz Feingold at the wedding of J.C.’s brother and Lib’s best friend. While manslut best man J.C. is surprised when maid of honor Libitz soundly spurns his advances, his curiosity is piqued. The girl he couldn’t have becomes the only one he wants. So, when he finds a seventy-year-old portrait in the attic of his sister’s mansion that bears an uncanny resemblance to the prickly gallery owner, he enlists her help in solving a mystery seven decades in the making. Traveling from Philadelphia to New York to Marseille, a couple who started off as enemies will discover that even cynics can find true love…and mortal man is no match for destiny.

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J.C. and Libitz were actually a pretty fun couple. On one side, they have a lot of similarities. Both have had much occasion for casual sex. There's no blushing virgin here. But the fun comes at Etienne and Kate's wedding where J.C. tries to woo Libitz with his player moves and she hardly spares him the time of day. While I don't love a player, I loved that the player in this scenario had met his match.

Despite ignoring their mutual attraction, life had a way of bringing J.C. and Libitz back into each other's lives, and in a big way. Here's where things got even better. I really enjoyed watching J.C. and Libitz fight their attraction, then give in, then question where they should go next. They had a great chemistry and a touching understanding of each other, especially as we got to know their pasts more and more. They were certainly well-matched. (I did have an issue with how Neil was treated in this book, though I also can understand the confusing motives that brought that situation out. Still didn't love it.)

In addition to this budding romance, we have the mystery painting discovered in J.C.'s sister's attic. This tied into the prologue and brought a lovely depth and substance to this story, making it more than just a romance. This was a beautifully played addition to this story, and I loved how the painting tied into the past and the present. I also loved the passion both J.C. and Libitz had for art. I could feel it through the pages.

Since this was the last book in this particular series, I wished there would have been more of an inclusion of the siblings together at the end of the book. I liked the epilogue and its uniqueness. But I would have also loved either an additional chapter of the siblings and their significant others together, or a second epilogue. While the ending wrapped up nicely, it still felt like something was missing.

Overall, this was another great romance by Katy Regnery. I love a beautiful happy ending.

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“You must be the famous Libitz,” he’d opened, taking his assigned seat beside her, and flashing his sexiest grin.

After all, if she was his chosen conquest for the weekend, there was no time like the present to work his wiles. Wearing a simple black sheath dress with aqua circles, 70s-style mod make-up and oversized silver and crystal chandelier earrings that almost brushed her thin shoulders, she’d turned to him and blinked those wide, all-seeing eyes.

“And you…must be kidding.”

Taken aback, he’d stared at her for a second before chuckling. “Wha—I mean, how’s that?”

“Let’s start over,” she said, cocking her head to the side. “Here’s your line, Romeo: “Hi, I’m √Čtienne’s brother, Jean-Christian. It’s nice to meet you.” Want to give it a try?”

He cleared his throat, his smile fading. “Hi, I’m √Čtienne’s brother, Jean-Christian. It’s nice to meet you.”

She locked eyes with his, her lips neutral, neither tilted up nor down. “Hi. I’m Libitz Feingold, Kate’s best friend…and it’s not cold enough.”

“What?” asked J.C., feeling completely turned around.

"It’s not cold enough in hell for me to fall for someone like you,” she said, then shifted back around to talk to the person on her other side.

Well, f*** me, thought J.C., taking another gulp of beer as he tried to figure out if he was insulted or impressed. After a moment, he nudged her in the side with his elbow and she looked at him over her shoulder, her expression annoyed.

“Yes?”

“I hear the temperature’s dropping there,” he said casually, then added, “because they’re expecting a visit from you.”

"Ha!” she chortled, a genuine grin brightening her eyes for a moment before she quickly reigned it back in to practiced ennui. “Is that right?”

He shrugged, tipping his bottle of beer back as he held her eyes, challenging her to come back at him with something clever. “So I heard.”

“From all the friends you’ve got there?”

He almost spit his beer out. Damn, but she was quick.

"Truce?’ he asked, placing his beer on the table and holding out his hand.

She stared at his hand for a moment, then looked away, leaning forward to pick up her champagne glass and bringing it slowly to her lips. “No, thanks. Mama didn’t raise no fool.”

“You’re unreal.” She shook her head, that bored look still in place.

"Nope. I’m real. I’m just not a good target for charming scamps looking for trouble.”

"A target? S**t. Who got to you?” he asked, feeling a little abused by her insta-judgement of him without actually getting a chance to know him in person. Not that she was wrong exactly. But getting into trouble with the right person could be a hell of a lot of fun.

“The list is long and distinguished,” she shot back.

His eyes widened and his lips wobbled.

“Oh, God,” she said, shaking her head as her cheeks bloomed an appealing pink under her make-up. “I walked right into that one didn’t I?”

“Yes, you did,” said J.C. with what he hoped was a disarming grin. “All together, now…”

“So’s my Johnson,” they said at the same time, quoting the rebuttal line from Top Gun.

“Hey, look at that,” he said, still smiling at her. “You do know how to have fun. I was beginning to worry.”

Her smile instantly faded. “You’re not as cute as you think you are.”

"Yeah,” he said, nodding as he finished the last of his beer. “I am.”

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katy Regnery started her writing career by enrolling in a short story class in January 2012. One year later, she signed her first contract and Katy’s first novel was published in September 2013. Twenty-five books later, Katy claims authorship of the multi-titled, New York Times and USA Today Blueberry Lane Series, which follows the English, Winslow, Rousseau, Story, and Ambler families of Philadelphia; the six-book, bestselling ~a modern fairytale~ series; and several other standalone novels and novellas. Katy’s first modern fairytale romance, The Vixen and the Vet, was nominated for a RITA® in 2015 and won the 2015 Kindle Book Award for romance. Katy’s boxed set, The English Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1–4, hit the USA Today bestseller list in 2015, and her Christmas story, Marrying Mr. English, appeared on the list a week later. In May 2016, Katy’s Blueberry Lane collection, The Winslow Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1-4, became a New York Times E-book bestseller. In 2016, Katy signed a print-only agreement with Spencerhill Press. As a result, her Blueberry Lane paperback books will now be distributed to brick and mortar bookstores all over the United States. 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, two dogs, and one Blue Tonkinese kitten create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home.
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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Review: Nobody But You by Jill Shalvis

Nobody But You by Jill Shalvis
(Cedar #3)
March 29, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance 18+
Contains: language, sex

SOMETIMES YOU CAN GO HOME AGAIN…  

After an overseas mission goes wrong, Army Special Forces officer Jacob Kincaid knows where he must go to make things right: back home to the tiny town of Cedar Ridge, Colorado. All he needs to scrub away his painful past is fresh mountain air, a lakeside cabin, and quiet solitude. But what he discovers is a gorgeous woman living on a boat at his dock.

Sophie Marren has nowhere else to go. She’s broke, intermittently seasick, and fighting a serious attraction to the brooding, dishy, I’m-too-sexy-for-myself guy who’s now claiming her dock. Something about Jacob’s dark intensity makes her want to tease—and tempt—him beyond measure. Neither one wants to give any ground . . . until they realize the only true home they have is with each other.

I was so glad to get Jacob's, Hudson's twin's, story. While we get Hudson's love story in the previous book, My Kind of Wonderful, you don't need to have read it prior to this one. But if you want to go back to Hudson's book, it's a great read.

Jacob's path was not an easy one, and the trigger that finally brought him home was heartbreaking. It's too bad it took him so long to take that step, but the reward of reconciling with his family is obviously worth it. And the bonus is that not only does he get his family back, he also meets a girl.

Sophie was a spitfire and I liked her spunk and bite. It's too bad she made poor decisions during her divorce. It's hard to feel sorry for a girl who made a sad situation into a bad situation. But, without all that, she wouldn't have met Jacob. And their meet-up was adorable. Nothing like seasickness to bring out the romantic sparks. I loved getting to know Jacob and Sophie, and seeing their chemistry and connection build. They had a great dynamic and turned out to be a wonderfully matched couple.

I love the family dynamic in this series. But considering how long Jacob was away from his siblings, I would have liked some more interactions and some deeper interactions between them. The ones in the book were great, but considering the length of time, I especially wanted more between Jacob and Hudson to be fleshed out. These were two boys I wanted to spend more time with and see more of their healing.

Overall, I really enjoyed this read. It was light enough to relax me, but deep enough to hit my heart.


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Review: Shopping for a Billionaire's Wife by Julia Kent

Shopping for a Billionaire's Wife by Julia Kent
(Shopping for a Billionaire #8)
March 23, 2016
268 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Comedy 18+
Contains: strong language, explicit sex

Who needs a SWAT team to escape from their own wedding? Me.

My Momzilla turned us into hostages at our own ceremony, so Declan and I are getting married the good old-fashioned way, just like everybody else.

By calling in his private security team, stealing away before the ceremony by helicopter, connecting to his corporate jet and heading for Las Vegas.

The Boston wedding of the year is about to become a trashy Elvis drive-thru ceremony.

Until the best man spills the beans and Mom, Dad, my sisters, his brothers, my maid of honor, my friend Josh, and even my cat, Chuckles, all come along for the ride.

I can’t win, can I?

Oh. Yeah. I already did.

Love conquers all.

Even my crazy family.

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Shopping for a Billionaire's Wife is the 8th book in the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Shopping for a Billionaire series. After Declan convinces Shannon to escape from their own wedding minutes before the ceremony begins, the madcap adventures are just getting started. When the mother of the bride pries their location out of the tortured best man, the whole crazy crew follows the bride and groom to Las Vegas in this romantic comedy from Julia Kent.

In this installment, we have the continuing story of Declan and Shannon trying to get to the altar. They'd almost gotten there in the last book, but with Marie's crazy momzilla nightmare wedding plans, Declan and Shannon finally jumped off the crazy train, realizing nothing in the wedding Marie planned for them was what they actually wanted. So here we are in Las Vegas, hoping that through the crazy, Declan and Shannon will finally get to say "I do."

I'm still enjoying this series, but this wasn't my favorite. For one thing, there was too much going around in circles. This could have easily been cut own to a novella. And Marie is killing me. She's become too much in these last two books. Her wackiness has taken over the storylines to the point of distraction. And I have mixed feelings about the actual wedding. I found one missing element disappointing, even though I was proud of Declan and Shannon for finally getting it together.

But I still love Declan and Shannon, and Andrew and Amanda. I look forward to more adventures with them (though, less Marie would be nice).


Sunday, November 27, 2016

Sunday Post: Weekly Wrap-Up (11.27)

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:
  
My Kind of Wonderful by Jill Shalvis
Nobody But You by Jill Shalvis
Surviving Ice by KA Tucker

My Reviews Last Week:
 
My Kind of Wonderful by Jill Shalvis (my 4 star review)
The Siren's Dream by Amber Belldene (my 4.5 star review)

What I'm Listening To:

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

What I'm Reading Next:

Chasing Impossible by Katie McGarry

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Stacking The Shelves (187)

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!

eARC Love:
My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

Used Book Finds:
 
With This Heart by RS Grey
Providence by Jamie McGuire