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Book Blitz + Giveaway: Defending Hayden by L.P. Dover

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Defending Hayden by L.P. Dover (Second Chances #7) Published by: Loveswept Publication date: June 28, 2016 Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense No one’s tougher than Carolina Cougars linebacker Derek McLaughlin. But when a fatal car accident claims the life of his girlfriend, Derek finds himself caught in a destructive spiral of drugs, alcohol, and meaningless sex. But not even a string of one-night stands can ease the hurt. Football is all he has left. Then fate leads him back to the scene of the crash, and into the arms of a kind, gorgeous woman who sees past his façade to the man he once was . . . and can be again. When a chance roadside encounter brings Derek into her life, veterinarian Hayden Hunter isn’t fooled by his bad attitude: All bark and no bite, he’s hiding a wounded heart beneath that gruff demeanor. And Hayden wants to be the one to kiss it all better. Soon they both find that a dose of passion is potent medicine. But when a hidden enemy lashes out at Hayden,

Review: Barefoot Beach by Toby Devens

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Barefoot Beach by Toby Devens Published: July 5, 2016 Publisher: NAL Rating: 4/5 Synopsis For Nora Farrell, Tuckahoe, Maryland, isn’t just a summer refuge, it’s home—where she married the love of her life, decided to have a child, and has remained connected with her two closest friends. Even now, long after her husband’s passing, Nora reunites with Margo and Emine every June…. But this year, challenges invade the friends’ retreat. Even as Nora delights in teaching at her dance studio, she is shaken by the possible loss of her beach house…and by a tentative new romance. While Margo directs a musical at the Driftwood Playhouse, she finds her marriage on rocky ground. And Em, who relishes running her family’s café, struggles to handle her rebellious daughter. With their personal dramas reaching a fever pitch, the women will discover that it isn’t only the beach that brightens their lives. Their bond with one another provides the ultimate magic. My Thoughts Baref

WoW [166]: The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

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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 Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon Expected Publication: November 1, 2016 Publisher: Delacorte Press Synopsis Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story. Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us. The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single mom

Audio Review: The Sweetheart Deal by Polly Dugan

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The Sweetheart Deal by Polly Dugan Published: May 19, 2016 Publisher: Little Brown and Co. Format: audio via publisher Rating: 4/5 Synopsis Leo has long joked that, in the event of his death, he wants his best friend Garrett, a lifelong bachelor, to marry his wife, Audrey. One drunken night, he goes so far as to make Garrett promise to do so. Then, twelve years later, Leo, a veteran firefighter, dies in a skiing accident. As Audrey navigates her new role as widow and single parent, Garrett quits his job in Boston and buys a one-way ticket out west. Before long, Audrey's feelings for Garrett become more than platonic, and Garrett finds himself falling for Audrey, her boys, and their life together in Portland. When Audrey finds out about the drunken pact from years ago, though, the harmless promise that brought Garrett into her world becomes the obstacle to his remaining in it. My Thoughts In The Sweetheart Deal, we meet Audrey whose husband has recently di

Book Blitz: This Is What Goodbye Looks Like by Olivia Rivers

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This is What Goodbye Looks Like by Olivia Rivers Genre: YA Contemporary Romance Release Date: June 17, 2016 Add to Goodreads Buy: Amazon / Amazon UK Lea Holder watched a boy die in the same DUI accident that ruined her legs and threw her little sister into a coma. As the only eye-witness to the accident, if Lea tells the truth in court, the drunk driver will go to prison and the dead boy's family will have justice. But Lea lies. Telling the truth would have put her own mom in prison for causing the accident. With the trial over and her mom set free, Lea attempts to rebuild her shattered life as she waits for her little sister to wake from her coma. When Lea transfers schools, she finds herself in the same senior class as Seth Ashbury, the brother of the boy her mom killed. As Lea gets to know the person buried underneath Seth's grief, she quickly falls for his quick wit and passionate soul. But Seth remains completely oblivious that Lea is the same girl

My 2016 Summer Reading List

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Another summer is upon us and there is nothing I love more than spending these lazy days of summer with a book and a cold glass of sweet tea! This year I'm doing it a little different...I've mapped out a list of my summer reads that I will devouring now til Labor Day. Some are new while others are some I have and have been dying to get to. If you have any summer reads you love please feel free to let me know, I love book recs!                                                           This is my summer reading list, I think this is possible for me to finish by the end of summer. I've already knocked off 3 so far so I'm happy about that! I will be slowing down the activity on the blog to take advantage of the summer months but I will be posting reviews and other commitments I already have. So I hope everyone has a fun summer filled with amazing memories and great reads!

Wow [165]: What Light by Jay Asher

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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. What Light by Jay Asher Expected Publication: October 11, 2016 Publisher: Razorbill Synopsis Sierra's family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon—it's a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other. Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other. By reputation, Caleb is not your perfect guy: years ago, he made an enormous mistake and has been paying for it ever since. But Sierra sees beyond Caleb's past and becomes determined to help him find forgiveness and, maybe, redemption. As disapproval, misconceptions, and suspicions swirl around t

Review: Here's to Us by Elin Hilderbrand

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Here’s to Us by Elin Hilderbrand Published: June 14, 2016 Publisher: Little Brown and Company Format: via publisher Rating: 5/5 Synopsis Laurel Thorpe, Belinda Rowe, and Scarlett Oliver share only two things; a love for the man they all married, Deacon Thorpe--a celebrity chef with an insatiable appetite for life--and a passionate dislike of one another. All three are remarkable, spirited women, but they couldn't be more different. Laurel: Deacon's high school sweetheart and an effortlessly beautiful social worker; Belinda: a high-maintenance Hollywood diva; and Scarlett: a sexy southern belle floating by on her family money and her fabulous looks. They've established a delicate understanding over the years--they avoid each other at all costs. But their fragile detente threatens to come crashing down after Deacon's tragic death on his favorite place on earth: a ramshackle Nantucket summer cottage. Deacon's final wish was for his makeshift family

Mini Review: The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews

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The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews Published: May 17, 2016 Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Rating: 4/5 Synopsis Some people stay all summer long on the idyllic island of Belle Isle, North Carolina. Others come only for the weekends-and the mix between the regulars and “the weekenders” can sometimes make the sparks fly. Riley Griggs has a season of good times with friends and family ahead of her on Belle Isle when things take an unexpected turn. While waiting for her husband to arrive on the ferry one Friday afternoon, Riley is confronted by a process server who thrusts papers into her hand. And her husband is nowhere to be found. So she turns to her island friends for help and support, but it turns out that each of them has their own secrets, and the clock is ticking as the mystery deepens...in a murderous way. Cocktail parties aside, Riley must find a way to investigate the secrets of Belle Island, the husband she might not really know, and the summer that could chang

Review: One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid Published: June 7, 2016 Publisher: Washington Square Press Rating: 5/5 Synopsis In her twenties, Emma Blair marries her high school sweetheart, Jesse. They build a life for themselves, far away from the expectations of their parents and the people of their hometown in Massachusetts. They travel the world together, living life to the fullest and seizing every opportunity for adventure. On their first wedding anniversary, Jesse is on a helicopter over the Pacific when it goes missing. Just like that, Jesse is gone forever. Emma quits her job and moves home in an effort to put her life back together. Years later, now in her thirties, Emma runs into an old friend, Sam, and finds herself falling in love again. When Emma and Sam get engaged, it feels like Emma’s second chance at happiness. That is until Jesse is found. He’s alive, and he’s been trying all these years to come home to her. With a husband and a fiancé, Emma has to

Release Blast: From This Day Forward by Lauren Layne

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Enter HERE to Win a Print ARC of TO HAVE AND TO HOLD FROM THIS DAY FORWARD The Wedding Belles #0.5 Lauren Layne Released June 6th, 2016 Pocket Star Sex and the City meets The Wedding Planner in this prequel to USA TODAY bestselling author Lauren Layne’s The Wedding Belles series about three high-powered New York City women who can plan any wedding—but their own. Up-and-coming wedding photographer Leah McHale’s career is on the rise–thanks in no small part to the Wedding Belles, the elite New York wedding planning agency that always throws top-tier business Leah’s way. So when one of the Belles asks Leah to fill in at the former First Daughter's wedding, Leah is overjoyed to say yes–until she finds out who she’ll be working with. Jason Rhodes is the one man who was able to capture Leah’s heart and, once he had it, promptly stepped all over it and left her broken. Now he’s working side-by-side with her at the biggest wedding of the season and Leah is determined to

Promo: Gridley Girls by Meredith First

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Gridley Girls by Meredith First Expected Publication: June 21, 2016 Publisher: Sparkpress Add to Goodreads Synopsis Sometimes you have to go back before you can move forward. Meg Monahan was born to be a secret keeper. From the moment she became a peer counselor in high school, Meg has been keeping her friends secrets from sordid family drama to their sex lives that she never wanted to know. Flash forward to adulthood when Meg is a recruiter for the worlds hippest (and most paranoid) high-tech company and now Meg is a professional secret keeper. When sudden tragedy strikes before Meg hosts the wedding of her childhood BFF, Anne Calzaretta, the women are forced to face their past and their secrets in order to move on to their future. In 1978, Meg, Anne, Jennifer, and Tonya were such close friends, they were known as The Group in their hometown of Gridley, California. But in ninth grade, their lives were changed forever. Loss, lies, and secrets separated them, but could no

Monthly Wrap Up: May

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May was another wet one in Texas. These storms are just killing us, I’ve been lucky so far but we are expecting more flooding rain this week and it just seems like we can’t catch a break. I just pray that the skies don’t do more damage we just can’t take that much more. On another note I celebrated my birthday on Memorial weekend it was nice I had a great time spending it with family and eating some good food. I’ve never been one to make a big deal about it, it’s just another day to me but I’m settling into my 40’s [41] and loving it so far. Enough about me here’s how my month went bookish wise. Books Read *25. The Choices We Make by Karma Brown  24. First Comes Love by Emily Giffin  23. The Island House by Nancy Thayer  22. Untethered by Julie Lawson Timmer *=Super Faves Books Received via Publishers The following via Goldberg McDuffie The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight The Dinner Part