Showing posts from January, 2016

Review: Call Me, Maybe by Ellie Cahill

Call Me, Maybe by Ellie CahillPublished: February 9, 2016Published: LovesweptFormat: via NetGalleyRating: 3/5
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SynopsisClementine Daly knows she’s the black sheep. Her wealthy, powerful family has watched her very closely since she almost got caught in an embarrassing scandal a few years ago. So when Clementine’s sent on a mission to live up to the Daly name, politely declining isn’t even an option. Of course, the last thing Clementine does before departure is grabbed a stranger’s phone by mistake—leaving the hunky journalist with her phone. Soon his sexy voice is on the line, but he doesn’t know her real name or her famous pedigree—which is just the way Clementine likes it.
Despite all the hassles, Justin Mueller is intrigued to realize that the beautiful brown-eyed girl he met at the airport is suddenly at his fingertips. They agree to exchange phones when they’re both back in town, but after a week of flirty texts and wonderfully intimate conversations, J…

Cover Reveal: 7 Months by Bethany Lopez

Today we are celebrating the cover reveal of 7 MONTHS by Bethany Lopez. This book is a contemporary romance title in the Time for Love series. It will be released on March 24th! Check out the cover, blurb, and giveaway below. This book is currently up for pre-order now so go grab your copy!7 Months (Time for Love, book 7) By Bethany Lopez Contemporary Romance Release Date: Mar 24, 2016Add 7 MONTHS to GoodreadsRead the 1st Chapter NowSynopsis
Tough, dry-witted, and intelligent, Ming has worked her whole life to be a successful lawyer, great friend, and dutiful daughter. Her focus has been on her career, but now she's thirty-five, and the last of her friends to be single. Ming knows what she needs... A man who communicates, who won't be intimidated by her position, a partner. She knows this, but all she wants is him...
After working side by side with his brother, Brock for years, Brady has followed his dream and become a police officer. Protecting and serving comes naturally to hi…

Waiting On [149]: The Choices We Make by Karma Brown

Waiting on Wednesday [Wow] is a weekly event hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
The Choices We Make by Karma BrownExpected Publication: July 12, 2016Publisher: Mira

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SynopsisFollowing her bestselling debut novel Come Away with Me, Karma Brown returns with an unforgettable story that explores the intricate dynamics between friends and mothers
Hannah and Kate became friends in the fifth grade, when Hannah hit a boy for looking up Kate's skirt with a mirror. While they've been close as sisters ever since, Hannah can't help but feel envious of the little family Kate and her husband, David, have created—complete with two perfect little girls.
She and Ben have been trying for years to have a baby, so when they receive the news that she will likely never get pregnant, Hannah's heartbreak is overwhelming. But just as they begin to tentatively explore the other options, it's Kate…

Review: Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy BlumePublished: originally in 1970Publisher: Delacorte Books BYRFormat: Kindle buyRating: 5/5
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SynopsisMargaret Simon, almost twelve, has just moved from New York City to the suburbs, and she's anxious to fit in with her new friends. When she's asked to join a secret club she jumps at the chance. But when the girls start talking about boys, bras, and getting their first periods, Margaret starts to wonder if she's normal. There are some things about growing up that are hard for her to talk about, even with her friends. Lucky for Margaret, she's got someone else to confide in... someone who always listens.
My ThoughtsThis year I wanted to revisit a book from my childhood and, of course, Judy Blume was my only real choice. Her books were my childhood I remember reading her books and feeling so grown up. Reading a Judy Blume book was like she was reading my mind and she knew what was in my soul, she wa…

Blog Tour: The Golden Son by Shilpi Somaya Gowda

AGlobe & Mail #1 best-seller from theinternationally best-selling author of Secret DaughterTHE GOLDEN SONSHILPI SOMAYA GOWDA
“A stellar follow-up to Gowda’s excellent debut. Vivid, heart-warming, and absorbing, THE GOLDEN SON succeeds as an immigrant’s tale and love story wrapped into one because of the beautiful writing and compelling characters that illuminate universal truths of loss and identity.”
   — Heidi Durrow, New York Times-bestselling author of The Girl Who Fell From the Sky

In THE GOLDEN SON Shilpi Somaya Gowda has penned an unforgettable story of family, love, tradition, and identity, in which two childhood friends—a young doctor and a newly married bride—must balance the expectations of culture and family with the desires of their own hearts.
SHILPI SOMAYA GOWDA’S debut novel Secret Daughter is a New York Times bestseller, selling more than 1 million copies since its release.  Already published in Canada, THE GOLDEN SON (US publication February 1, 2016; ISBN 97800623914…

Book Blitz: Whatever It Takes by Lindsey Pogue

Whatever It Takes by Lindsey Pogue
(Nothing But Trouble, #1)
Publication date: January 22, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
Four years ago, I thought my life was pretty normal for a teenager. Three years ago, my world was shattered, and now I’m just trying to hold the pieces together. But regret and anger aren’t so easy to ignore.
I just need to catch my breath … for it all to go away …
I thought I might finally be ready to move on from that horrible night, but then he decided to come back.
He can’t come back … he’ll ruin me completely.
One horror-filled night changes the course of Samantha’s seemingly normal life. She’s ruined everything. Despite her determination to keep the family ranch up and running, her guilt makes it impossible to completely move on or forget.
Sam takes comfort in her quirky, endearing friends as she tries to balance between the girl she was and the woman she wants to become. Just when she thinks she’s finally making amends with her past, someone she never thought s…

Review: All Lined Up by Cora Carmack

All Lined Up [Rusk University #1] by Cora CarmackPublished: March 14, 2014Published: William Morrow PaperbacksFormat: Kindle buyRating: 5/5
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SynopsisIn Texas, two things are cherished above all else—football and gossip. My life has always been ruled by both.
Dallas Cole loathes football. That's what happens when you spend your whole childhood coming in second to a sport. College is her time to step out of the bleachers, and put the playing field (and the players) in her past.
But life doesn't always go as planned. As if going to the same college as her football star ex wasn’t bad enough, her father, a Texas high school coaching phenom, has decided to make the jump to college ball… as the new head coach at Rusk University. Dallas finds herself in the shadows of her father and football all over again.
Carson McClain is determined to go from second-string quarterback to the starting line-up. He needs the scholarship and the future that football provides. …

Waiting On [148]: South of Sunshine by Dana Elmendorf

Waiting on Wednesday [Wow] is a weekly event hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
The South of Sunshine by Dana ElmendorfExpected Publication: April 1, 2016Publisher: Albert Whitman
SynopsisWhat is Kaycee willing to risk for the sake of love? And what will she risk for acceptance?
In Sunshine, Tennessee, the main event in town is Friday night football, the biggest party of the year is held in a field filled with pickup trucks, and church attendance is mandatory. For Kaycee Jean McCoy, life in Sunshine means dating guys she has no interest in, saying only “yes, ma’am” when the local bigots gossip at her mom’s cosmetics salon, and avoiding certain girls at all costs. Girls like Bren Dawson.
Unlike Kaycee, Bren doesn’t really conceal who she is. But as the cool, worldly new girl, nobody at school seems to give her any trouble. Maybe there’s no harm if Kaycee gets closer to her too, as long as she can keep that part of her life…

Late to the Game [7]: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Late to the Game is a series I do featuring books that everybody and their mama have read…except me. The thing is 99% of the time I have these books but they have just been pushed back on my TBR pile. This won’t be a review of sorts seeing how everyone already knows the basics of the story but more of what I felt and how it affected me. I’ve dedicated this feature to try to put a dent in my pile and also to see if they live up to the hype…good and/or bad.
The Girl on the Train by Paula HawkinsPublished: January 13, 2015Publisher: RiverheadFormat: Kindle buyRating: 5/5
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SynopsisA debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people’s lives.
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess a…

Waiting On [147]: First Comes Love by Emily Giffin

Waiting on Wednesday [Wow] is a weekly event hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
First Comes Love by Emily GiffinExpected Publication: June 28, 2016Publisher: Ballantine Books
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SynopsisIn a dazzling, delightful new novel that’s quintessential Emily Giffin, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Something Borrowed, Where We Belong, and The One & Only introduces a pair of thirty-something sisters who find themselves asking: If love, marriage, and children don’t arrive in the usual order, which comes first?
Why I Can’t WaitEmily Giffin is one of my faves and this one just sounds wonderful! Perfect for a summer read at the beach or just relaxing by the pool, can’t wait!!

Review: What was Mine by Helen Klein Ross

What was Mine by Helen Klein RossPublished: January 5, 2016Publisher: Gallery BookFormat: via EdelweissRating: 5/5
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SynopsisSimply told but deeply affecting, in the bestselling tradition of Alice McDermott and Tom Perrotta, this urgent novel unravels the heartrending yet unsentimental tale of a woman who kidnaps a baby in a superstore—and gets away with it for twenty-one years.
Lucy Wakefield is a seemingly ordinary woman who does something extraordinary in a desperate moment: she takes a baby girl from a shopping cart and raises her as her own. It’s a secret she manages to keep for over two decades—from her daughter, the babysitter who helped raise her, family, coworkers, and friends.
When Lucy’s now-grown daughter Mia discovers the devastating truth of her origins, she is overwhelmed by confusion and anger and determines not to speak again to the mother who raised her. She reaches out to her birth mother for a tearful reunion, and Lucy is forced to flee to …

2016 Reading Plans

Hi, Everyone! This is my first official post of 2016 and it’s time to get back into the swing of things. This year I’ve vowed to do a few things different on the blog so I thought I would go more into details. Nothing major but just on how/what I plan to read this year.
-No challenges just Goodreads-Try to read 50 quality books-Read books off my TBR shelf [pictured below]-only request fewer than 3 arcs from NetGalley/Edelweiss a month-enjoy reading again…no self-imposed pressure for the sake of the blog
The other day I rearranged my bookshelves and literally made me a TBR shelf. These are all the books/audios I plan to read this year. Also below are screenshots of the books I plan to read via my Kindle. I also plan to get to ARCs via NetGalley/Edelweiss that aren’t pictured. I know I may not get to all, depending on time or DNFing but this is my guideline which I think was really good on my part. I’m really trying to get to books I’ve wanted to read for years and this is the year I’ll d…

Cover Reveal: Always Room for Cupcakes by Bethany Lopez

Today we are celebrating the cover reveal of ALWAYS ROOM FOR CUPCAKES by Bethany Lopez. This book is a romantic comedy/suspense title that will be released on February 2nd. Check out the cover, blurb, and giveaway below. This book is currently up for pre-order now so go grab your copy!SynopsisOne day I was be-bopping along jamming to the music in my head while wondering if my thighs could handle grabbing a cupcake on the way home. The next thing I knew, my entire world crashed and burned. I used to wake up at night in a sweat, crying because I’d dreamt that my husband was cheating on me, or that he hated me, and resented my kids. He’d always hold me close and tell me it was all just a dream, that he loved me and our family and that he’d never let me go. He was a f*cking liar. Now I spend my days taking photos of scum just like him, trying to be a champion for other's being taken advantage of by the losers in our town, and my nights being a single mom to my beautiful twins. I'…