Tuesday, September 1, 2015

When the Stars Align by Jeanette Grey Launch Day Blitz

Today we are celebrating the release of When the Stars Align by Jeanette Grey.  When I saw the cover, I just couldn't refuse.  It is smoking hot!  Don't forget to enter the giveaway!

WHEN THE STARS ALIGN by Jeanette Grey (September 1, 2015; Forever Yours E-Book)
Their passion burned hotter than the stars . . .For Josephine "Jo" Kramer, nothing has ever been easy. When she earns a summer internship in Puerto Rico, working at one of the world's preeminent scientific facilities, she'll let nothing distract her. Not her own insecurities, not the arrogant scientists, and definitely not her tall, chiseled research partner, Adam. 

For Adam McCay, physics is simpleit's women who are complicated. Especially brilliant, beautiful ones like Jo. From the moment they meet, he can feel the heat smoldering deep beneath her icy exterior. And Adam knows just what it will take to make Jo melt . . .

Under the endless stars of a tropical sky, Jo and Adam indulge their every desire. But as their internship comes to an end, their perfect island paradise is threatened. Was their time together a summer fling? Or is their passion hot enough to last the long winter nights?

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And don’t miss SEVEN NIGHTS TO SURRENDER, the first book in Jeanette Grey's new erotic romance series, on sale November 3, 2015
By day, he'll show her a side of Paris not found in any guidebook. By night, he'll introduce her to a passion beyond her wildest dreams. In this sensuous story of indulgence and desire, Jeanette Grey delivers one of the most romantic reads of the year and proves why she is fast becoming a must-read star.

Kate arrives in Paris hoping to find inspiration. Instead she finds Rylan. In a swirl of stolen kisses and hot, tangled sheets, Kate is quickly swept away by the sexy stranger, longing to surrender to his expert touch. With Rylan, nothing is forbidden—except the truth.

An American ex-pat worth millions, Rylan never flaunts his fortune. Rather, he guards his identity from everyone, especially women. No strings, no commitments, no complications. But the second his lips taste Kate's soft, sweet skin, everything changes. For the first time, Rylan has found someone to share his every want and need. Yet he knows that secrets stand between them. To keep her, he'll need to confess the truth before it's too late . . . even if doing so could mean losing Kate forever.

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Jeanette Grey started out with degrees in physics and painting, which she dutifully applied to stunted careers in teaching, technical support, and advertising. When she isn't writing, Jeanette enjoys making pottery, playing board games, and spending time with her husband and her pet frog. She lives, loves, and writes in upstate New York.

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Stand-Off (Winger #2) by Andrew Smith

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Reviewed by Bel

It’s his last year at Pine Mountain, and Ryan Dean should be focused on his future, but instead, he’s haunted by his past. His rugby coach expects him to fill the roles once played by his lost friend, Joey, as the rugby team’s stand-off and new captain. And somehow he’s stuck rooming with twelve-year-old freshman Sam Abernathy, a cooking whiz with extreme claustrophobia and a serious crush on Annie Altman—aka Ryan Dean’s girlfriend, for now, anyway.

Equally distressing, Ryan Dean’s doodles and drawings don’t offer the relief they used to. He’s convinced N.A.T.E. (the Next Accidental Terrible Experience) is lurking around every corner—and then he runs into Joey’s younger brother Nico, who makes Ryan Dean feel paranoid that he’s avoiding him. Will Ryan Dean ever regain his sanity?

From the author of the National Book Award–nominated 100 Sideways Miles, which Kirkus Reviews called “a wickedly witty and offbeat novel,” Stand-Off is filled with hand-drawn infographics and illustrations and delivers the same spot-on teen voice and relatable narrative that legions of readers connected with in Winger.

Ryan Dean is now a senior at ripe young age of fifteen. Things are a bit different in the year since losing Joey. He and Annie are officially dating now; O Hall, his former dorm is closed, as a result he now has to reside on the first floor of a different dorm with a new roommate. Here’s the rub: this new kid, Sam Abernathy is only twelve. Not only does Ryan Dean have to bear the embarrassment of being the only senior on the first floor but he’s now stuck with a pre-pubescent kid! The powers that be thought it’d be a good idea for Sam to room with him since he himself was the youngest kid at the school. Ryan Dean has no interest in being friendly to him. He looks at Sam aka The Abernathy (also called a host of other ridiculous names he assigns him) as an outsider. Still dealing with the loss of his best friend, Joey last year, Ryan Dean has this constant dread looming over him that the worst is going to happen at any moment.

Rugby which usually provides some kind of solace for Ryan Dean has now become a weight on his shoulders. When his coach asks him to be the new team captain, replacing his former teammate and best friend, he’s reluctant to do it. How can he live up to that? Then he runs into Joey’s younger brother Nico, who he feels this desparate need to reach out to. Nico is probably the only other person who can understand the loss that Ryan Dean feels but he's reluctant to talk.

While I’ve been excited about Stand-Off for some time, I was also hesitant to read it. As phenomenal as Winger was, I was so shaken after reading it that I was afraid of what new turmoil might be awaiting me in these pages. However, as soon as I was done with the first page I felt an instant wave of affection for Ryan Dean. Some things may have changed but his humor and self-deprecation are very much intact. It’s impossible to not find his awkwardness and knuckleheaded moments endearing. And his doodles are as always, hilarious! What sets him apart is that he's experienced a tragedy that you wouldn't want befall on anyone. Otherwise, he’s like any goofy fifteen year-old with a wild imagination, a strange assortment of friends and a certain stubborness that lands him in some trouble. Believe me when I say that Ryan Dean and his antics have given me plenty to think of as I prepare for my own son's steps towards adolescence!

Fans of Smith's works will enjoy Stand-Off. Mind you I'm slowly making my way through his catalog and have read three of his books so far, including this one, but they all carry his unmistakable style and wit. For those who've read Winger, fell in love with it like I did and felt a need for some closure, I certainly found it here. Stand-Off is the perfect follow-up!

~ Bel

Monday, August 31, 2015

Reawakened by Colleen Houck


From Delacorte (Random House Children's):

The first book in a new multi-book series from New York Times bestselling author, COLLEEN HOUCK, about a teenage girl entangled in an epic Egyptian quest full of romance, adventure, and mythology! 

Author Colleen Houck's first series, The Tigers Curse, was a New York Times Bestseller, a USA Today Bestseller, A Publisher's Weekly Bestseller, and A Parents' Choice Award Winner. The Tigers Curse series is also being made into a movie! Adapted by Julie Plec, creator of The Vampire Diaries, and directed by Shekhar Kapur, who directed the Academy-Award winning, Elizabeth.   

When seventeen-year-old Lilliana Young enters the Metropolitan Museum of Art one morning during spring break, the last thing she expects to find is a live Egyptian prince with godlike powers, who has been reawakened after a thousand years of mummification. 
And she really can't imagine being chosen to aid him in an epic quest that will lead them across the globe.
But fate has taken hold of Lily, and she, along with her sun prince, Amon, must travel to the Valley of the Kings, raise his brothers, and stop an evil, shape-shifting god named Seth from taking over the world. 
From New York Timesbestselling author Colleen Houck comes an epic adventure about two star-crossed teens who must battle mythical forces and ancient curses on a journey with more twists and turns than the Nile itself.

I adore books based upon mythology - greek, norse, egyptian - doesn't matter.  I love the myths.  Rick Riordan is the king of mythology (and I'm dying to read his new series based upon Norse myths in the fall!), but I will read just about anything based upon mythology.  Egyptian is a bit more complicated - gods with three parents, chopped up gods, cat gods, sphinxes (is that the plural of sphinx?), but still I love it.  

Houck's take on Egyptian myth is fantastic.  The mythology is great, but also the story and the characters kept me completely enthralled.  The interactions between Lily and Amon are hilarious.  Add in two other roguish demi-gods and I'm in love!  Reawakened is action packed and thoroughly entertaining.  Well done Ms. Houck!

~ Shel

Sunday, August 30, 2015

A Peek In The BiblioBin #164

Welcome to our Stacking the Shelves post! Stacking the Shelves (or as we like to call it, A Peek in the BiblioBin) has been created by the lovely ladies at Tynga's Reviews.

Stacking the Shelves is a way for bloggers to share what books they have won, received for review, bought from the bookstore, borrowed from the library or friend, etc.

For Review:

Falling For Danger (Capital Confessions #3) by Chanel Cleeton

Valor On The Move by Keira Andrews

This Book Will Change Your Life by Amanda Weaver


Lois Lane: Fallout (Lois Lane #1) by Gwenda Bond

From the Publisher:

The Body Institute by Carol Riggs

Purchased (Awesome Kindle Deals!):

The Martian by Andy Weir 

The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins 

Friday, August 28, 2015

Second Chance Summer by Jill Shalvis


Cedar Ridge, Colorado, is famous for crisp mountain air, clear blue skies, and pine-scented breezes. And it's the last place Lily Danville wants to be. But she needs a job, and there's an opening at the hottest resort in her hometown. What has her concerned is the other hot property in Cedar Ridge: Aidan Kincaid-firefighter, rescue worker, and heartbreaker. She never could resist that devastating smile . . .

The Kincaid brothers are as rough and rugged as the Rocky Mountains they call home. Aidan has always done things his own way, by his own rules. And never has he regretted anything more than letting Lily walk out of his life ten years ago. If anyone has ever been in need of rescuing, she has. What she needs more than anything are long hikes, slow dances, and sizzling kisses. But that can only happen if he can get her to give Cedar Ridge-and this bad boy-a second chance . . .

Crippling loss, regret and a second chance at love...  Shalvis has created another small town filled with beautiful alpha men and the women who drive them crazy.  With Second Chance Summer we are introduced to the Kincaid family, where we find trust-issues galore, fear of intimacy and commitment and an entertaining family dynamic, and Lily, whose family has been destroyed by loss.  Aidan and Lily were friends before Lily left town.  With Lily's return, if they can get over old pain and learn to move forward, they can get their own happily ever after.

Second Chance Summer has plenty of sizzle and laugh-out-loud antics, but mostly it has heart.  A trademark Jill Shalvis book.  I can't wait to see what's next for the Kincaid family and other residents of Cedar Ridge!


Unscripted: Act 1 by Rosie Aikman

Unscripted (Unscripted Act 1)**

Sometimes love needs a rewrite

Life as a waiter, struggling paycheck-to-paycheck, doesn't leave much room for excitement. Finn Phelps finds his in Hot Blood, a prime time cop drama, and the actor who stars in it: Ethan Teller, beautiful, skilled, and shrouded in mystery.

Then an act of kindness results in Ethan falling right into his lap, and it seems like a dream come true that Finn gets to meet the man of his dreams. But as he comes to know the real Ethan, it starts to feel like maybe he should have been more careful what he wished for…


When Finn is walking home from work one night, he is literally bowled over by none other than Ethan Teller, his not so secret Hollywood crush.  Not so secret because his apartment is covered, floor-to-ceiling in Ethan Teller and Hot Blood memorabilia.  Ethan Teller is just trying to escape a throng of fans after having an inopportune anxiety attack.  He is grateful to be saved by the young guy he knocked over.  That is until he walks into his apartment and sees his face peeking back at him from every corner.  But one thing leads to another and next thing Ethan knows, Finn is working on the set of Hot Blood and they are becoming great friends.    

I really liked both of the MC’s in this story.  Finn was often too innocent but I had to admire his ability to keep his chin up and smile in the face of adversity.  It’s impossible for someone that positive and kind to not succeed in life.  But sometimes that attitude came across as too childlike.  I also struggled with the way Ethan often referred to him as “boy.”  It ended up cementing my vision of Finn as more of a child rather than an adult which was a bit of a turn off.  Ethan was another great character.  He’s a celebrity that suffers from social anxiety.  Highly problematic when he’s expected do appearances on talk shows and at cons.  But he’s super sweet and just wants quiet and privacy.  And even though he’s uncomfortable becoming so close to such a unabashedly huge fan that is extremely social, he does realize that Finn provides him with a level of positivity that he doesn’t get anywhere else.

This story was great proof that not every book needs a sex scene.   I really felt that this story could have benefited from the removal of “on screen” sex.  The bedroom scenes in this book were so uncomfortable and awkward.  And not in a “sex is naturally awkward” kind of way.  Besides not being a fan of the language used, it felt off to be invited into the bedroom of a person that is super shy and reserved and another that is perpetually innocent.

The one thing that really worked for me in this story is when Ethan realizes that he is falling for Finn.  All my other issues aside, this moment in the story was great.  It pulled me in emotionally and was completely believable within the confines of the story.  My negative opinions aside, if you ARE a fan of the celebrity fantasy and sweet innocent characters and don’t mind some awkward moments this just might be the book for you.


Thursday, August 27, 2015

Rip by Rachel Van Dyken Cover Reveal

On OCTOBER 20 Rachel Van Dyken brings you Rip a complete stand alone novel that fans of the Eagle Elite series will devour! With twists and turns you won't see coming, this dark romantic suspense will keep you on your toes and leave you screaming for more.

Pretty things aren't meant to be broken.
But I broke her, and now we both have to pay the price.
I'm her nightmare.
I'm her savior.
And now that I have her signature on an ironclad contract, I own her body and soul.
She doesn't remember me.
She will.
It's inevitable.
Because as much as I know I need to stay away, for fear of unlocking the memories I helped her father bury--I can't.
She was the apple in the Garden, dangled in front of me, her core so tempting and sweet. A voice whispered. Just. One. Bite.
I bit.
I tasted.
I fell.

Welcome to the world of the Russian mafia, where death, is your only future.

Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.
She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!
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