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Holiday Reads [Review] I Heart Christmas by Lindsey Kelk

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Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays which ever you prefer I just hope you enjoy yours with those you love! It’s been a wonderful holiday season so far and this review will mark the last of my Holiday Reads reviews. I saved my fave for last. I will be taking the last weeks of the year off to enjoy and read [of course!] and I will be back on January 1 for another year of fabulous books I can’t wait to read and share with all of you.

I Heart Christmas by Lindsey KelkPublished: November 21, 2013
Format: via NetGalley
Publisher: Harper
Rating: 5/5

SynopsisAngela’s planning her very own fairytale of New York…
• Enormous Christmas tree
• Eggnog
• Eccentric British traditions
• Gorgeous man

But Santa’s throwing her a few curveballs – new job (as if it’s not mental enough already), new baby-craze from her best friend Jenny, and Alex determined they should grow up and settle down. Once friends start turning up uninvited on her doorstep (and leading her astray), can Angela really have a merry little Christm…

Holiday Reads: [Review] Mine Under the Mistletoe by Kat Latham

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Mine under the Mistletoe by Kat Latham
Published: December 5, 2013
Format: via NetGalley
Publisher: Carina Press
Rating: 3/5

SynopsisThanks to a transatlantic house swap, California girl Ashley Turner is finally going to fulfill her lifelong dream of a proper English Christmas. Her holiday plans did not include a sexy stranger climbing into her borrowed bed in the middle of the night. But in the light of day, Ashley can't help but wonder if Santa has delivered early...

Game designer Oliver Stansfeld can't wait to leave dreary London—and all its difficult holiday memories—for sunny San Diego. But a freak ice storm and a grounded plane have forced him back to his already-occupied flat. To make up for the mix-up, the least he can do is show his pretty houseguest where to get the perfect Christmas tree before he leaves.
The more time they spend together, the more their attraction grows, and soon Ashley is tempting Oliver to give in to the spirit of the season and snuggle up for the rest …

Holiday Reads: 3 Mini Reviews

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Mulberry Lane by Ginae Lee Scott
Published: April 12, 2013
Format: Free Kindle read
Publisher: Turn the Page Publishing
Rating: 4/5

SynopsisThe quiet neighborhood was starting to wake up to what was around them. What started as a tug in their hearts that Christmas became something very magical for them all. Mulberry Lane is a heartwarming story of a little pine tree that made a Christmas very special one year. Author Ginae Lee Scott has captured in Mulberry Lane a reminder of the blessings that could be for us all. A wonderful book to read and share with others again and again!

My ThoughtsI truly loved this short story. While reading this I really felt the spirit of Christmas. It’s all about a town coming together and really getting to know each other. It’s a typical town of people who keep to themselves until one day they notice the small tree in town has been decorated. Little by little more people come to put more ornaments and start to talk and get to know one another. It shows how one …

Holiday Read: [Review] A Christmas for Carrie by Alsion Packard

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A Christmas for Carrie by Alison Packard
Published: December 5, 2013
Format: via NetGalley
Publisher: Carina Press
Rating: 3.5/5

SynopsisThe very thought of Christmas is enough to darken Carrie Jones's day. "Jingle Bells" and eggnog? Not for this girl; not anymore. But running into a handsome old crush might make this year different…

Home to celebrate with his parents, Nick Johnson loves the holidays and all that comes with them, from trips to the tree lot to the very last strand of tinsel. Stunned to bump into Carrie while on a coffee run, he realizes that his former study buddy has grown into a drop-dead-gorgeous woman. One with whom he'd like to share all the joys—and hidden pleasures—of the season. Spending time with Nick and his warm, close-knit family, Carrie can't help but feel the very beginnings of that elusive Christmas spirit. She's falling in love with all of them...until an unexpected visitor arrives. It will take putting her trust in Nick—and all her …

2014 NetGalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge

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I think this is a really cool challenge and I can’t wait to do this one. I have tons of arcs and this one will finally get me read some. Read on if you think this one is for you.

2014 Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge!
Have you ever logged on to Edelweiss or Netgalley with the intention of "Just Looking" and then logging offhaving requested 5 new titles even though your TBR is a mile long? Inspired by Netgalley November the 2014 Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge will (hopefully) give you the incentive to tackle your review books, stumble upon new ones, and get your Netgalley percentage to the desired 80%!
Challenge Guidelines:•This challenge will run from Jan 1, 2014 – Dec 31, 2014.

•Anyone is welcome to join. You do not need to be a blogger, just post your reviews and come back every month to link them up.
•Any genre, release date, request date, length, etc. counts so long as it came from Edelweiss or Netgalley.
•At the beginning of each month there will be a…

WoW [57]

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Waiting on Wednesday [WoW] is a weekly event hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.Through to You by Lauren Barnholdt
Expected Publication: July 8, 2014
Publisher: Simon Pulse

Synopsis...It starts with a scribbled note in class: I like your sparkle. Harper had casually threaded a piece of blue and silver tinsel through her ponytail in honor of school spirit day. And that carefree, corny gesture is what grabs Penn Mattingly’s eye. Penn—resident heartbreaker of the senior class. Reliably unreliable. Trouble with a capital “T.” And okay, smolderingly sexy. Harper’s surprised by Penn’s attention—and so is Penn. The last thing he needs is a girlfriend. Or even a friend-with-benefits. The note is not supposed to lead to anything.

Oh, but it does. They hang out. They have fun. They talk. They make out. And after a while, it seems like they just click. But Penn and Harper have very different ideas about what relationships look like, …

Review: Christmas Curveball by Shari Mikels

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Christmas Curveball by Shari Mikels
Published: December 5, 2013
Format: via NetGalley
Publisher: Carina Press
Rating: 3.5/5

SynopsisWhen newly-single Rachel Tanner finds out that pro pitcher Kevin Ganlin has come home to recover from an injury, her heart skips a beat. She’s loved him from afar since her preteen years, never bold enough to let him know.
Kevin is less than thrilled when Rachel shows up at his doorstep. She’s his best friend’s little sister and officially off limits. Besides, he’s staring early retirement in the face, a one-man pity-party with no interest in anything more serious than quick flings on the road. Until an icy mishap lands Rachel cozied up on his sofa, irresistible in his practice sweats.
A little game of Truth or Truth reveals much more than Rachel had ever dared to hope and leads to a midnight make-out session that leaves them both panting. But can she trust that he’s truly changed his ways? This Christmas, Kevin will do whatever it takes to make Rachel understan…

Review: Poor Little Dead Girls by Lizzie Friend

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Poor Little Dead Girls by Lizzie Friend
Expected Publication: December 18, 2013
Format: via NetGalley
Publisher: Merit Press
Rating: 4/5

SynopsisPerfect people aren't just born. They're made.

The first time she is blindfolded and kidnapped, star-athlete and posh boarding school newbie Sadie is terrified. She wakes up in a dark room surrounded by hushed whispers, hooded strangers, and a mysterious voice whispering not-so-sweet nothings in her ear. But once the robes come off, she realizes it’s just an elaborate prank designed to induct her into the group that’s been pulling the strings at Keating Hall for generations. The circle has it all--incredible connections; fabulous parties; and, of course, an in with the brother society’s gorgeous pledges.
The instant popularity is enough to make Sadie forget about the unexplained marks on her body, the creepy ceremonial rituals, and the incident that befell one of her teammates the year before. So the next time Sadie is kidnapped, she isn’t …

Holiday Reads: [Review] Season of Second Chances by Brighton Walsh

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Season of Second Chances by Brighton Walsh
Published: December 5, 2013
Format: via NetGalley
Publisher: Carina Press
Rating: 4/5

SynopsisWhen a storm strands Claire Hanlin in Chicago on Christmas Eve, the last person she expects to come to her rescue is Logan Dawes, the man she almost married two years ago. The chemistry between them is dangerously potent, but with nowhere else to go, Claire accepts Logan's offer to stay with him for the night.

Back in the home they shared, surrounded by reminders of Logan and his young daughter, Claire begins to realize how much she misses the family she almost had. After a few cups of Christmas cheer, she falls right back into her ex's arms—even though she knows it means setting herself up for heartbreak all over again.
The magic of the season has thrown him together with the woman he's never stopped loving, and Logan's not about to pass up this gift. He's not the workaholic he was two years ago—his family comes first. Now all he has to…

Holiday Reads: [Review] The Christmas Cookie Collection by Lori Wilde

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The Christmas Cookie Collection by Lori Wilde
Published: October 29, 2013
Publication: Avon
Format: copy via publisher
Rating: 5/5

Synopsis
There's a legend in Twilight, Texas. It says that if on Christmas you sleep with kismet cookies under your pillow and dream of your one true love, he will be your destiny.
Carrie, Raylene, Christine, and Flynn are all members of the Christmas Cookie Club. Each has a story to tell, and each discovers the miracles of the season and the power of love.

Carrie: Reconnects with her high school sweetheart . . .the only man she's ever loved.
Raylene: Discovers that the daughter she gave away at birth is living right in Twilight . . .
Christine: Has given up on love . . . until the man of her dreams walks through her shop door.
Grace: It's Christmas Eve and Flynn and Jesse Calloway are thrilled to be expecting a new baby. Then Flynn's car hits a patch of ice, and Jesse must move earth . . . and heaven . . .to save her and their unborn child.

My Thought…

WoW [56]

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Waiting on Wednesday [WoW] is a weekly event hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
My Best Friend, Maybe by Caela Carter
Expected Publication: June 3, 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA

Synopsis...It has been three long, lonely, boring years for Colette. Ever since her best friend Sadie dumped her right before they started high school, Colette has tried to be perfect for everyone: for her parents, her younger brothers, her teachers and even her boyfriend, Mark. But she’s bored. And she misses Sadie.

So when Sadie tells Colette out of the blue that she needs her old friend to join her on a Pepper family vacation to the Greek Islands, one that leaves only a few days after the invitation is issued, Colette is surprised to find herself thinking about it. But can Colette get over the hurt of the past three years to be there for Sadie now that she’s called on? Can Colette choose Sadie over Mark after all this time? Can Colette give up …

2013 End of the Year Book Survey

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I've decided to do this wonderful survey by Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner. This showcases all the awesome books we've read, so here are a few of mine.
1. Best Book You Read In 2013? So many but my top 5 [no order]…

A Hundred Summers by Beatriz WilliamsReconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight
If He Had Been with Me by Laura Nowlin
Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall
Lies You Wanted to Hear by James Whitfield Thomson

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher

3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2013? This Fragile Life by Kate Hewitt

4. Book you read in 2013 that you recommended to people most in 2013?A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams

5. Best series you discovered in 2013?Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano [book 1]

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?Nowhere but Home by Liz Palmer

7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?Justice for Sara by Erica…

Blog Tour: Left Drowning by Jessica Park

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LEFT DROWNING by Jessica Park
Published: July 16, 2013Publisher: Skyscape

What does it take to rise from life’s depths, swim against the current, and breathe?
Weighted down by the loss of her parents, Blythe McGuire struggles to keep her head above water as she trudges through her last year at Matthews College. Then a chance meeting sends Blythe crashing into something she doesn’t expect—an undeniable attraction to a dark-haired senior named Chris Shepherd, whose past may be even more complicated than her own. As their relationship deepens, Chris pulls Blythe out of the stupor she’s been in since the night a fire took half her family. She begins to heal, and even, haltingly, to love this guy who helps her find new paths to pleasure and self-discovery. But as Blythe moves into calmer waters, she realizes Chris is the one still strangled by his family’s traumatic history. As dark currents threaten to pull him under, Blythe may be the only person who can keep him from drowning.

*This bo…

Holiday Reads: [Review] The Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Marie Landry

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Marie Landry
Published: November 5, 2013
Format: Kindle purchased
Rating: 5/5 stars

SynopsisChristmas is the most wonderful time of the year, right? At least that’s what twenty-year-old Ginny Bailey’s grandmother always told her, and Ginny believed it until Grama died. She even put on a brave face the following two Christmases, carrying on Grama’s traditions and decorating her house and café with Grama’s favorite decorations. But Ginny can’t pretend any longer. When she finds out she’s going to be alone for the holidays this year, her Christmas spirit goes out the window, along with her luck. Everything that can go wrong does, and Ginny just wants to spend the holidays hiding under the covers...until Dean Riley comes back into her life. With their shared past, old feelings begin to resurface almost immediately, and Ginny thinks Dean might just be the Christmas miracle she’s been waiting for to help her remember why Christmas really is the most wonder…

WoW [55]

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Waiting on Wednesday [WoW] is a weekly event hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.The Rules for Breaking [The Rules for Disappearing #2] by Ashley ElstonExpected Publication: May 20, 2014Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Synopsis...Anna Boyd almost lost her life to get what she wanted most in the world: freedom. But just when it seems that her family has finally escaped Witness Protection, the illusion that Anna could resume a normal life comes crashing down.

The deadly man Anna knows as Thomas is still on the loose, and now he's using her as a pawn in a dangerous game with the drug cartel determined to silence her forever. When Thomas and a mysterious masked man capture not only Anna but also her fragile younger sister and her boyfriend, Anna decides it's time to break all the rules-even if it means teaming up with the lesser of two evils.

Anna will do whatever it takes to protect the people she loves and win her life bac…

Book Blitz + Giveaway: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Marie Landry

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Marie Landry
Release Date: 11/05/13
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Summary from Goodreads:
Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, right? At least that’s what twenty-year-old Ginny Bailey’s grandmother always told her, and Ginny believed it until Grama died. She even put on a brave face the following two Christmases, carrying on Grama’s traditions and decorating her house and café with Grama’s favorite decorations. But Ginny can’t pretend any longer. When she finds out she’s going to be alone for the holidays this year, her Christmas spirit goes out the window, along with her luck. Everything that can go wrong does, and Ginny just wants to spend the holidays hiding under the covers...until Dean Riley comes back into her life. With their shared past, old feelings begin to resurface almost immediately, and Ginny thinks Dean might just be the Christmas miracle she’s been waiting for to help her remember why Christ…