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Review: The Ones We Trust by Kimberly Belle

The Ones We Trust by Kimberly BellePublished: July 28, 2015Publisher: MIRAFormat: via publisherRating: 4/5
SynopsisWhen former DC journalist Abigail Wolff attempts to rehabilitate her career, she finds herself at the heart of a US army cover-up involving the death of a soldier in Afghanistan -- with unspeakable emotional consequences for one family. As the story of what happened comes to light, Abigail will do anything to write it.
The more evidence she stumbles upon in the case, the fewer people it seems she can trust, including her own father, a retired army general. And she certainly never expected to fall in love with the slain soldier's brother, Gabe, a bitter man struggling to hold his family together. The investigation eventually leads her to an impossible choice, one of unrelenting sacrifice to protect those she loves. Beyond the buried truths and betrayals, questions of family loyalty and redemption, Abigail's search is, most of all, a desperate grasp at carrying on and…

Book Blitz: Sun Kissed Summer by Marta Brown

Sun-Kissed Summer by Marta Brown Published: July 7th 2015Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young AdultAdd to GoodreadsBook TrailerBuy: Amazon / BN
SynopsisSummer can change everything.For shy, bookish Katie Quinn, it just might after an accidental mix-up at the airport on the way to visit her grandparents for the summer leaves her stuck with the wrong suitcase. One full of short shorts, high heels, and absolutely nothing she would normally dare to wear. Until she realizes her newfound look has garnered the attention of Key West’s biggest hottie, Brad-freaking-Garrison, and might just give her the one thing she’s always dreamed of—an epic summer romance.A romance her summertime best friend only wishes he could give her. But for Oliver, getting Katie to see him as more than just some dumb jock isn’t going to be easy after he agrees to compete against Brad in a kite-surfing competition. And if Brad has any say in it, the prize is Katie herself.With more than just a contest on the line and a …

WoW [132]

Waiting on Wednesday [WoW] is a weekly event hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
Chance Harbor by Holly RobinsonExpected Publication: October 6, 2015Publisher: NAL
SynopsisCatherine and Zoe are sisters, but even their mother, Eve, admits her daughters are nothing alike. Catherine is calm and responsible. Zoe is passionate and rebellious.  Nobody is surprised when Zoe gets pregnant, drops out of college, and spirals into drug addiction.
One night Catherine gets a call from Zoe’s terrified daughter, Willow, saying her mother has abandoned her in a bus station and disappeared. Eve blames herself, while Catherine, unable to have children, is delighted to raise Willow as her own.
Now, five years later, Eve is grieving her husband’s death and making reluctant plans to sell the family’s beloved summer home on Prince Edward Island. But a series of unexpected revelations will upend the family and rock three generations of women.

Mini Review: The Witch of Bourbon Street by Suzanne Palmieri

The Witch of Bourbon Street by Suzanne PalmieriPublished: June 30, 2015Publisher: St. Martin’s GriffinChallenges: 2015 SRC ChallengeRating: 2/5
SynopsisSet amidst the charming chaos of The French Quarter and remote bayous of Tivoli Parish, Louisiana, Suzanne Palmieri’s The Witch of Bourbon Street weaves an unforgettable tale of mystery and magic.
Situated deep in the bayou is the formerly opulent Sorrow Estate. Once home to a magical family, the Sorrows, it now lays in ruins, uninhabited since a series of murders in 1902 shocked the entire community. When Frances Green Sorrow is born, the family is on the brink of obscurity and the last remaining Sorrows cling to the hope that she is the one who will finally resurrect the glory of what once was.
However, Frances has no wish to be the family’s savior. Disillusioned, she marries young, attempting an "ordinary life," and has a son, Jack. When her marriage fails and she loses custody of her boy, she runs away to live a quiet life o…

Book to Movie [11]: Paper Towns by John Green

Paper Towns by John GreenPublished: September 22, 2009Format: paperback purchasedPublisher: SpeakChallenges: 2015 TBR PileRating: 4/5
SynopsisWho is the real Margo?Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they're for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew.
My ThoughtsIt’s no surprise that I’m a huge John Green fan and while this one isn’t my fave it’s very enjoyable. We meet Quentin who is just an average kid who has always been in love with the girl next door Margo. Margo is of course the untouchable girl who is popular and hasn’t r…

Release Day + Giveaway: Just A Kiss by Kate Kisset

It’s the release day for JUST A KISS by Kate Kisset!! I am so excited for this fantastic new romance. Be sure to enter Kate’s amazing giveaway and grab your copy today!!
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Mini Review: Loving Eden by T.A. Foster

Loving Eden [Kissing Eden #2] by T.A. FosterPublished: September 25, 2014Format: Kindle buyChallenges: 2015 TBR PileRating: 3.5/5
SynopsisHave you ever thought of packing up everything you own and moving halfway across the country?
I’m talking about leaving your entire life behind—friends, family, school—with no turning back. No? Me either, but that was before a week of spring break changed my life forever. Before I did something I never thought I’d do at twenty-two. Before I fell in love with Grey.
Sometimes happily ever after isn’t always what you think it will be.
My ThoughtsThis is the second book in the Kissing Eden series and I must say I liked this one a little better than the first book. In this read we see what happens after Grey and Eden decide what to do after their summer of fun. We see what happens when the summer ends and real life sets in. We see Eden as she moves to Texas to be with Grey and the aftermath of her decision. Just when you think life is going to give them a br…

Wow [131]

Waiting on Wednesday [WoW] is a weekly event hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
Summer at Hideaway Key by Barbara DavisExpected Publication: August 4, 2015Publisher: NAL
SynopsisPragmatic, independent Lily St. Claire has never been a beachgoer. But when her late father leaves her a small house on Hideaway Key—one neither her mother nor she knew he owned—she’s determined to visit the sleepy spit of land along Florida’s Gulf Coast. Expecting a quaint cottage, Lily instead finds a bungalow with peeling shutters and mountains of memorabilia. She also catches a glimpse of the architect who lives down the beach….
But it’s the carton of old journals in the front room that she finds most intriguing. The journals were written by her mother’s sister, an infamous beauty whose name has long been banned from the St. Claire home. The journals tell a family tale Lily has never heard, of her mother and her aunt as young girls in Tenness…

Mini Review: Kissing Eden by T.A. Foster

Kissing Eden by T.A. FosterPublished: March 6, 2014Format: Kindle buyChallenges: 2015 TBR PileRating: 3/5
SynopsisHave you ever thought of taking a vacation alone? I mean step on a plane, check into your hotel, and lie on the beach completely and utterly alone. No? Me either, but then right before senior spring break I got dumped.
Something about break ups makes you do things you didn’t want to do, and try things you didn’t know you were capable of. That’s how I ended up at the Palm Palace. That’s how I met Grey. That’s how my spring break turned into the most unforgettable week of my life.

My ThoughtsI had high hopes for this book. It looked like the perfect summer series but after I finished I was honestly just split. It was an okay series. I liked the idea of it being set on Padre Island in Texas which is a beautiful place but I just couldn’t buy into the romance between Grey and Eden.
I loved Eden and how she was determined to move on after her breakup to show some independence by go…

Mini Review: Things You Won't Say by Sarah Pekkanen

Things You Won’t Say by Sarah PekkanenPublished: May 26, 2015Publisher: Washington Square PressFormat: via NetGalleyRating: 4/5
SynopsisHow far would you go to save your family?
Every morning, as her husband Mike straps on his SIG Sauer and pulls on his heavy Magnum boots, Jamie Anderson tenses up. Then comes the call she has always dreaded: There's been a shooting at police headquarters. Mike isn't hurt, but his long-time partner is grievously injured. As weeks pass and her husband's insomnia and disconnectedness mount, Jamie realizes he is an invisible casualty of the attack. Then the phone rings again. Another shooting but this time Mike has pulled the trigger.
But the shooting does more than just alter Jamie's world. It's about to change everything for two other women. Christie Simmons, Mike's flamboyant ex, sees the tragedy as an opportunity for a second chance with Mike. And Jamie's younger sister, Lou, must face her own losses to help the big sister who…

Mini Review: What She Really Wants by Barbara Delinsky

What She Really Wants by Barbara DelinskyPublished: May 5, 2015Format: free Kindle readPublisher: St. Martin's PressRating: 4/5
SynopsisIs it really the thought that counts? Sarah Markham loves her husband Tom. They've been married for eighteen happy years, but on some level, she worries that he doesn't see her as she really is. And nowhere is this more evident than in his gift giving. It's not for any lack of love--Tom adores Sarah and spends lavishly--but he never quite surprises her with the perfect something. Enough. This year, when their anniversary rolls around, Sarah tells him, "I want you to think and to look at me and to see who I really am and what I really want." Can Tom rise to the challenge? Will he be able to get Sarah what she really wants?
My ThoughtsNow this is how a short story should be! It reads like a full and complete story and one I really enjoyed. It shows that sometimes what we want are the simple things in life, not the most expensive …

Blog Tour: Jesse's Girl by Miranda Kenneally

Jesse’s Girl by Miranda KenneallyExpected Publication: July 7, 2015Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
About the Book (#musicismylife):Everyone at Hundred Oaks High knows that career mentoring day is a joke. So when Maya said she wanted to be a rock star, she never imagined she’d get to shadow the Jesse Scott, Nashville’s teen idol.But spending the day with Jesse is far from a dream come true. He’s as gorgeous as his music, but seeing all that he’s accomplished is just a reminder of everything Maya’s lost: her trust, her boyfriend, their band, and any chance to play the music she craves. Not to mention that Jesse’s pushy and opinionated. He made it on his own, and he thinks Maya’s playing back up to other people’s dreams. Does she have what it takes to follow her heart—and go solo?Order Links:Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Indiebound, Indigo, iTunes

About the Author
Growing up in Tennessee, MIRANDA KENNEALLY dreamed of becoming an Atlanta Brave, a country singer (cliché!), or a UN …