Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Review: Lethal Lies by Rebecca Zanetti

Lethal Lies by Rebecca Zanetti
(Blood Brothers #2)
May 16, 2017
Genre: Romantic Suspense 18+
Contains: language, explicit sex, serial killer

Lethal Lies is the second book in New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Zanetti's breathtaking romantic suspense series, Blood Brothers.

A deadly secret can't stay buried forever . . .

Revenge. It's the only thing that will help Anya Best sleep at night. The serial killer who murdered her sister is on the loose, and Anya will stop at nothing to put him behind bars-even use herself as bait to lure him out of hiding. But she can't do this alone.

Private investigator Heath Jones's job is to bring bastards to justice. This time it's personal. He knew the Copper Killer's latest victim so when her sister asks for his help, he's all in. But when Anya uses the media to taunt the killer, she exposes Heath's identity, putting them both in jeopardy. Now, secrets buried long ago are coming to light and the forces determined to destroy him are watching Heath's every move, waiting to exact their own revenge. And they'll use anything and anyone to get to Heath.

'Lethal Lies' was an exciting follow-up to 'Deadly Silence.' The brothers are still on the hunt for the Copper Killer, but with the murder of Anya's FBI agent sister, things have heated up even more. After a media stunt, Anya has attached herself to Heath, and now both are being watched closely, not only by the police, but by the serial killer and Heath's past. But what starts as bait and strategy to catch the killer, turns into so much more for Heath and Anya.

What an exciting, thrill-ride! I mean, this isn't just one mystery to solve. This is catching a serial killer, avoiding the sadistic past who are trying to catch or kill you, and facing the risk of falling in love. And I loved being a part of the investigation. I didn't know who to trust. I felt stressed right alongside the characters. I didn't want to put this book down. Zanetti did a wonderful job keeping the suspense going until the very end.

I also loved Heath and Anya. Heath was this fascinating combination of sensitive and brutal. I mean, the guy rescues wounded animals. Gotta love that! But with his enemies, or threats to the ones he loves, he is an immovable wall. Anya was the right match for Heath. She captured his sensitive side, yet challenged his control and trust. She was gentle, yet strong and persistent, and I was so thankful she didn't fall into the stupid damsel-in-distress role. Putting these two together what the right combo.

These "brothers" are just what you'd want in a family - pure love and dedication. I cannot wait for Denver's story!


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

New Release, Review & Giveaway: Dating-ish by Penny Reid

Dating-ish by Penny Reid
May 16, 2017
304 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Contains: sex, language

There are three things you need to know about Marie Harris:
1) She’s fed up with online dating,
2) She’s so fed up, she’s willing to forego the annoyance and consider more creative alternatives, and
3) She knows how to knit.

After the most bizarre and irritating first date in the history of human kind, Marie is looking for an alternative to men. With the help of her friends, she quickly identifies a few possibilities:

Need a cuddle? Use a professional cuddler. Need affirmation? Get yourself a life coach. Need an orgasm? Try orgasm meditation! Why does she need the hassle of a romantic partner when she can meet all her needs with paid services?
But then her irritating date resurfaces. And he’s not at all the person she thought he was. And he suggests a different—and crazier—solution to her dilemma . . .
As everyone knows (or will soon come to realize), traditional relations between humans are a thing of the past. Robots are our future. And if robots are our future, then why do we need other people at all?

I must be honest. I was so nervous about this book. I love that Penny Reid takes risks and writes about current things, intelligent characters, weird notions. That's what drew me to her stories. They are smart, funny, heartfelt, and genuine. But I also never know what to expect. So when I read that Marie would be exploring the notion of not needing a significant other and getting all her needs met by professionals, robots, etc, I had no idea what the outcome would be. Truly, this story could have gone in any direction. I could have loved it. I could have hated it.

Fortunately, I loved it!!

Now the journey was not easy. My heart hurt for Marie in the beginning. My heart just poured out its heartache and sympathy for Marie and her dating struggles. Those first few chapters, and Matt's idiocy, made me ache. Made me sad. I was like, "Penny Reid, make it better!" But truly, she nailed Marie's feelings. No superficiality here. And then the journey to finding an alternative to men, or significant others, took me on a ride that I truly appreciated. This could have easily been a one-dimensional joke, but instead it explored so many depths, even aspects I hadn't considered, and I really respected the journey.

But the journey was also fun and sweet and sexy and brought the zings. You see, Marie isn't actually alone in this explorative journey. There's this hot scientist named Matt who was along for the ride. They were really a fascinating couple, who wasn't actually a couple. I mean, we can all see how perfect they are for each other, but that would make this journey way too simple. So instead we get this beautiful slow-burn, partnership to friendship to more. We get heart-breaking misunderstandings and heartfelt, tender gestures. We have two people mending their hearts and exploring vulnerablity and want and love.

By the end, I was completely in love with Marie and Matt, and had mad respect for the depth of exploration Penny Reid brought to this story, even when it made me sad and uncomfortable, because the beautiful, sexy, sweet, yummy parts made up for everything else. Plus, we get the amazing 'Knitting' gang and their just as amazing male counterparts. I loved the tie-ins to the friendships, making this story all the better. This was a beautiful reluctant romance with a side of unconditional friendships. Marie and Matt stole my heart.

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Penny Reid is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. When she’s not immersed in penning smart romances, Penny works in the biotech industry as a researcher. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Sunday Post: Weekly Wrap-Up (05.14)

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 the Last 2 Weeks:
Ride Rough by Laura Kaye
Until It Fades by KA Tucker
Blood & Bone by CC Wood
While You Were Sleeping by Kathryn Croft

My Reviews Last Week:
No reviews - Life was just too busy this week. But I'll make up for it next week.

What I'm Reading Now:
Making It Right by Catherine Bybee

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Stacking The Shelves (208)

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!

Kindle Happiness:
While You Were Sleeping by Kathryn Croft

eARC Excitement:
Blood and Bone by C.C. Wood
Making It Right by Catherine Bybee

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Cover Reveal: The Foxe and the Hound by RS Grey

We are so excited to reveal the gorgeous cover of R.S. Grey's next release, THE FOXE & THE HOUND! This romantic comedy releases June 1st. See the cover and find out more about THE FOXE & THE HOUND below!

About THE FOXE & THE HOUND

When your life is a hot mess at twenty, it’s cute. At twenty-seven…well, not so much.
It’s just that my lofty dreams—making it as a real estate agent, paying rent on time, showering daily—have stayed just that: dreams. Oh, and love? I’ve decided love might be a little ambitious for me at the moment. Instead, I’ve settled for the two guys who will never leave me: Ben & Jerry.

That is, until Dr. Adam Foxe takes up residence as the town’s new vet.

With his strong jaw, easy confidence, and form-fitting scrubs, it’s not long before every housewife in Hamilton is dragging neglected tomcats in for weekly checkups.

Like everyone else, I’m intrigued. Even after I spoil my chance at a good first impression, he still offers me a proposition I can’t refuse: play his girlfriend at a family function and he’ll hire me as his real estate agent. Welcome to love in the 21st century.

It’s too bad I underestimated Adam’s irresistible charm and the undeniable attraction that burns between us. The day he pins me to the wall and silences me with a kiss, the line between reality and ruse begins to blur. Every teasing touch brings me to my knees. Every kiss promises more.

It looks like my hot mess of a life is about to get a little hotter.

Add THE FOXE & THE HOUND to your Goodreads list here!
THE FOXE & THE HOUND releases June 1st - you'll be able to preorder your copy for .99c starting May 29th!

Keep an eye on R.S. Grey's Facebook page for the links!

About R.S. Grey

R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of thirteen novels, including THE FOXE & THE HOUND. She lives in Texas with her husband and two dogs, and can be found reading, binge-watching reality TV, or practicing yoga! Visit her at rsgrey.com

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Sunday Post: Weekly Wrap-Up (04.30)

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:
 
Dating-ish by Penny Reid
My Commander by Alanea Alder
The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds (re-read)

My Reviews Last Week:
Avenged by Jay Crownover (my 4 star review)
The Bohemian and the Businessman by Katy Regnery (my 5 star review)

What I'm Reading Now:
Ride Rough by Laura Kaye

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Stacking The Shelves (207)

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!

Paperback Pretty:
180 Seconds by Jessica Park

Kindle Happiness:
Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel
My Commander by Alanea Alder
Ride Rough by Laura Kaye

Thursday, April 27, 2017

New Release & Review: The Bohemian and the Businessman by Katy Regnery

The Bohemian and the Businessman
By Katy Regnery
(Blueberry Lane #4, The Story Sisters #1)
April 24, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance 18+
Contains: language, explicit sex

Priscilla Story, the self-proclaimed “wild child” of the straight-laced Story clan, has always had a knack for getting herself trouble. Except this time, her “growing problem” is going to require a Daddy sooner than later…or she can kiss her inheritance good-bye.

Shane Olson, who previously dated Priscilla’s sister, Margaret, isn’t opposed to a marriage of convenience for the sake of furthering his business interests, but Priscilla – with her wild ways – is just about the last woman he’d choose to marry.

In order to make the marriage look convincing, they end up having to spend more time together than they’d originally planned. When rolling stone, Priscilla, who lives by the seat of her muu-muu, and seriously-ambitious Shane, who’s had his whole life planned since he was eleven, start falling for each other, it’s going to take a whole lot of compromise for this Bohemian and her Businessman to find their happily ever after

*This is the first standalone in the Story Sisters series.

Wowzers! I completely fell in love with Priscilla and Shane's story! If you are looking for a break from manwhores and want to fall in love with a spectacular guy, look no further. Shane may very well be my favorite hero of Katy Regnery's.

I wasn't sure about how this story would play out from the synopsis. I mean, we've got Priscilla pregnant and Shane recently dating her sister, and then their plan for a marriage of convenience. There was a lot of room for things to go very wrong in this scenario. But let me tell you, everything went right. The chemistry in the beginning bloomed into a thing of beauty. Priscilla and Shane were absolutely perfect for each other. Priscilla was this beautiful, gentle free spirit and Shane was an absolute gentleman with a fierce protective streak. I loved watching their relationship develop. Their honesty allowed them to be real, to shine a light on their faults, to develop into better versions of themselves, and in that, to be the perfect match for the other. They accepted each other yet also challenged the other to be their better self. And ultimately they were the support, the acceptance, the family, and the home they hadn't even known they needed, but now couldn't live without. Seriously, I loved this story. I didn't want to put it down. And Shane, sweet, wonderful Shane! I just loved him so much! I can't even talk about all the things I loved about Priscilla and Shane because I don't want to spoil it. Sorry, I'm officially rambling. But this story just made me so happy!!


On April 27, THE BOHEMIAN AND THE BUSINESSMAN will be available exclusively on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited!

**RELEASE WEEK SALE ~ $0.99!!**

Monday, April 24, 2017

Novella Review: Avenged by Jay Crownover

Avenged by Jay Crownover
March 21, 2017
110 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance 18+
Contains: language, explicit sex

New York Times bestselling author Jay Crownover brings heat and heart to Liliana Hart’s MacKenzie family with AVENGED…

Girl meets boy…

On the worst night of her life when she’s decided to take a drastic step that there is no going back from.

Girl is used to sitting by, letting fate deal cruel hand after cruel hand to good people with soft hearts and she’s had enough.

Girl thinks it’s time to fight back against fate and against men who aren’t careful with all the precious things a woman in love has to give him.

Fate shows girl who’s boss and turns her world and plans upside down without breaking a sweat.

Boy meets girl…

On the best night of his life when he’s decided that he’s going to make moves to be the man he was always meant to be instead of the man he was trained and conditioned to be.

Boy is used to a solitary life, quiet in the woods and knowing the only thing that might be looking for him is trouble and trouble is no longer his stock in trade.

Boy thinks it’s time to show trouble who’s boss, even if this trouble has big blue eyes and a body made to make men stupid. Trouble only gets the upper hand if the boy falls prey to its temptation.

Trouble turns the boy’s quiet, serene life sideways without any effort.

Trouble is fun and fate has a wicked sense of humor when it comes to this boy meeting this girl.

'Avenged' was a fun crossover between Crownover's The Point series and The Saints of Denver series. And though it takes place in the Mackenzie World (which I have not read before), you really don't have to have read any of the other books in these series to enjoy this novella.

This is essentially the story of two people who were not "good" people before, and are now on the road up. They've hit bottom. They've decided to make a go at being better people. But that doesn't mean old habits and temptations are not out of reach. And danger lingers. But a chance meeting between these two strangers gives them not only the hope they desperately need, but the love they didn't even know existed. Benny and Echo were intriguing, vulnerable, redemptive, and sexy. This was a fun little novella.


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Sunday Post: Weekly Wrap-Up (04.23)

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:
 
The Bohemian and the Businessman by Katy Regnery
Protector by Leia Stone & ST Bende

My Reviews Last Week:
Ride Hard by Laura Kaye (my 4 star review)
Archer's Voice by Mia Sheridan (my 5 star review)
Honor by Jay Crownover (my 4 star review)
Protector by Leia Stone & ST Bende (my 5 star review)

What I'm Reading Now:
Dating-ish by Penny Reid