Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday (18)


Happy Tuesday! Today I've decided to participate in Top Ten Tuesday, formerly hosted by Jamie at The Broke and the Bookish, now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.

Today's topic is: 

Favorite Novellas/Short Stories

Here are my Young Adult favorites:


And here are my Adult romance favorites:



I love this topic! These are all novellas and I loved thinking back on the novellas that I've enjoyed. There are far more novellas in the Adult romance world than in YA. I can't complain, either way!

Monday, July 16, 2018

Review: Light Her Fire by Samanthe Beck


Light Her Fire by Samanthe Beck
Book Two of the Private Pleasures series
Publisher: Entangled Brazen
Publication Date: October 20, 2014
Rating: 4 stars
Source: Purchased Kindle copy

Summary (from Goodreads):

He’ll show this good girl the thrill of being bad…

Good girl Melody Merritt is ready to be bad. Fresh out of an unsatisfying ten-year engagement to the town golden boy, she’s determined to make up for lost time. And who better to burn her sterling reputation to the ground than Bluelick’s sinfully sexy new fire chief whose wicked gaze promises complete and utter domination? Yes, please. 

Corrupting the prim and proper Little Miss Bluelick is the most action Josh Bradley’s seen since he transferred from Cincinnati to fast-track his career. He won’t let anything or anyone—not even the delectable Melody Merritt—trap him in this Kentucky-fried Mayberry, but when their searing chemistry yields an unexpected result, he realizes he’s started a blaze that's completely beyond his control…

What I Liked:

I'm on a roll with these backlist reads! I think I'm in some sort of ARC reading slump, and so I've been rereading my favorite books and also knocking out some unread backlist novels that I purchased years ago. Including a slew of Entangled Brazen novels. I love Samanthe Beck's books, and I knew I would enjoy this one. The first book, Private Practice, is one of my all-time favorite Brazen novels.

This novel focuses on Melody, who we meet in book one as a secondary character, and Josh Bradly, the new fire chief of Bluelick. Melody is newly un-engaged thanks to her fiance coming out as gay, and she has her sights set on Josh. Their connection is instant and chemistry is raging hot, but that's not the only fire in town. Someone is starting fires and it isn't random. 

Samanthe Beck's books are always super hot, with great buildup of tension and very sexually compatible characters. Beck proves that it is entirely possible to have an alpha male without him being an alphahole. Fire chief Josh Bradley is a young, tasty alpha male with a commanding air about him, and he is used to giving orders and being obeyed. Melody, on the other hand, is used to being with a kind man who recently came out as gay. She is ready for someone to light her fire (hehe), and take control. See? It works.

Josh is one of my favorite romance heroes. He is alpha and commanding, but neither of those traits are bad traits. He is a natural leader and he's very good at it. He's also very dedicated to his job and excellent at what he does. Have I mentioned how much I love a guy in uniform? Doesn't have to be military. Fire chief works. Josh is a pretty selfless guy, and I have a lot of respect for him. He's commanding in the fire station, commanding in the bedroom, and he's a stand-up, good guy.

Melody is the town's sweetheart, and she deserves the title. She's also a good person, a wholesome small-town girl, and she's a good match for Josh. I liked her steadfastness.

I already talked about how hot this book is, but the romance of the book is also sweet. These two are very good for each other and I could clearly see them falling for each other. Their relationship is somewhat drama-free, even with the gay ex-fiance being a thing. Once Josh found out about that, it wasn't an issue. There is another trope that was introduced late in this book that I usually hate, but I actually liked it in this book. 

The ending was very sweet! I liked the compromise, and realizations. It felt like a very fitting ending for Josh and Melody. I need to read book three to see if Josh and Melody show up in that one!

What I Did Not Like:

I mentioned that there is a particular trope that shows up late in the book that I don't usually like. It's not too bad in this book, but just know that it does create a little bit of drama, but not too much. It isn't so bad. But the trope isn't for everyone (it usually is something I hate).

Would I Recommend It:

If you like steamy adult contemporary romance novels, try this book, or any of Beck's books. Her Compromise Me series is really good, and this series (I loooove book one of this series so much). Beck writes very very hot romance - you are warned!

Rating:

4 stars. Now to read book three, which I don't think I have! Ginny is one of Melody's best friends and I am looking forward to reading her story.


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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Review: Staking His Claim by Tessa Bailey

Staking His Claim (Line of Duty, #5)

Staking His Claim by Tessa Bailey
Book Five of the Line of Duty series
Publisher: Entangled Brazen
Publication Date: February 3, 2014
Rating: 4 stars
Source: Purchased Kindle copy

Summary (from Goodreads):

He wants her. All of her.

NYPD sniper Matt Donovan is in Hell. Instead of driving his best friend’s little sister home from college, he’s stuck with her roommate—a fresh-faced ray-of-sunshine with a body that makes grown men weep. There’s no way he’ll allow himself to taint the little vixen, no matter how hard she tries to tempt him, so he resigns himself to the longest—and hardest—drive of his life.

Matt’s obvious attraction suits grad student Lucy Mason just fine. She had no idea her brother’s best friend was so deliciously hot. Knowing he’d never have his wicked way with his buddy’s sister, she lies about her identity and seduces him. But Matt’s no fumbling college boy. His desires run deep—and dark—and he wants to teach Lucy what wicked really means.

Matt’s demanding appetites only make Lucy want more. But when her cover's blown, he’s furious—even as his hunger for her becomes insatiable. Matt can’t trust anyone, least of all himself. And he knows all too well that darkness always destroys the light…

What I Liked:

I've had this book for a long time but never got the chance to read it. If you're a regular Eater of Books! reader, you've probably noticed that I've slowed down my ARC reading and have been rereading a lot more, lately. I've also been trying to read old backlist books that I bought or received but haven't read. This is one of them. I love Tessa Bailey's books, and this one was no exception.

Matt Donovan is literally the strong, silent, brooding type. He is a man of very few words with a complicated, heartbreaking past. He's a sniper in the NYPD ESU, and former military. When his NYPD partner Brent asks him to pick up his sister and sister's roommate, Matt doesn't expect to be knock on his butt by Brent's gorgeous sister. Except he doesn't know that Lucy is Brent's sister, because she lies and says she's the roommate. One steamy night is in the books before it is revealed to Matt that Lucy is actually Lucy, Brent's sister. He's furious, but he can't stay away...

Matt is one of the most unique alpha heroes I've come across in a long time. You'd think all alpha heroes are the same, especially the strong and brooding types. I like Matt because he's actually a strong, silent, brooding type. He doesn't say much, but when he does, he makes it count. He is a quiet observer, and he notices a lot. He hates being lied to, especially because of something that happened in the past. He is furious with Lucy for lying to him, but at the same time, he is drawn to her like a moth to a flame. Matt has so many layers, from his military past, to his ex-fiancee fiasco, to his dark desires. Matt needed someone exactly like Lucy to shake him up. 

Lucy is light to Matt's darkness. She is full of life and energy, but not quite in a manic-pixie-girl way (though kind of). Lucy knew lying to Matt was going to lead to trouble, but she did it anyway. She does what she wants and goes after what she wants. But she loves Matt's dominant, possessive side when it comes to her. Lucy is a sweet, hardworking girl and while I didn't like the fact that she lied to Matt as ridiculously as she did, I quickly forgave her. She's not a bad person.

The two of them have seriously hot chemistry. Whew, this book was hot. Matt has a dominant side that likes control, and Lucy has a caring, submissive side that likes to give up control. This dynamic works really well for them as a pair. I personally like alpha heroes especially when the heroine likes alphas - the dynamic works for them. There were so many ~hot~ scenes in this book; never doubt that Tessa Bailey while write scorching romance novels.

They had to work for it, but there is a lovely HEA at the end of this book. There was a lot of push-and-pull, with Lucy hurting Matt, and Matt hurting Lucy, and back and forth, and in the end I think it was a really good ending. These two are great for each other.

Overall I liked this book a lot. It was hot and steamy, but also sweet and romantic. Maybe a little bit of insta-love, but I liked it. And I liked the Brent/Hayden and Daniel/Story cameos (well, not a ton of Story, but that's okay).

What I Did Not Like:

Nothing specific!

Would I Recommend It:

If you like Tessa Bailey's books but haven't read this one, do it! It's super hot. Possibly one of her hottest books. Especially in terms of the dom/sub aspect (it's not really BDSM - the dom/sub terminology isn't used and it's more seen as an alpha/beta type of thing). And the best friend's little sister trope was not annoying at all; usually I don't love the trope, but I thought the reveal to Brent was perfect. Everyone was an adult about things. And hey, there was a HEA. What's not to love? 

Rating:

4 stars. I highly recommend all of the Line of Duty books! I think there might be one that I haven't read but I've read most of them and I love them (especially Officer Off Limits, my first Tessa Bailey book). Do yourself a favor and binge-read the series!


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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Stacking the Shelves (#290)


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews, in which bloggers share the books and swag they've received in the past week!


So, what did I get in the week of Sunday, July 8th to Saturday, June 14th?


(all links to Goodreads are provided!)


In the mail:

Nothing this week!


From Edelweiss:

The Tiger at Midnight


I saw this on Edelweiss the other day and wanted to read it immediately! It's wonderful to see some #ownvoices South Asian YA fantasy novels in the works.


Review from this week:

(Click on the cover to go to my review!)


Another boring week. I got no mail, barely read, barely blogged. I am so glad the weekend it here!

Friday, July 13, 2018

My Favorite YA Book Cover Changes

Happy Friday, bibliovores! Today is another day in which I didn't feel like writing/posting a review, but did feel like posting something... so I'm doing another favorites post! You can check out my other favorites posts in a previous posts (for example). 

Here are some of my favorite YA book cover changes! Last week I did a post on my favorite "original" covers - covers that were advertised before publication, but then the cover changed before publication. This post is all about cover changes that happened after publication, that I liked!

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1)     Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1)
Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)     Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)
Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands #1)     Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands, #1)
An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)     An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)
Chantress (Chantress, #1)     Chantress (Chantress, #1)
Shadow and Bone (Grisha Verse, #1)     Shadow and Bone (Shadow and Bone, #1)


These are just a few of a good number of examples in which I actually really liked the cover change! And these are books I read and loved - this list does not include books I hated (but loved the cover change) or books I've not read (but loved the cover change). Sometimes, change is good! More often than not, it isn't, but that's a list for another day.


Thursday, July 12, 2018

Swoon Thursday (#285): An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson


- From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering

- Try to make the swoon excerpt 140 characters (or less), if you are going to tweet about it. Use the hashtag #YABOUND when tweeting


This week, my swoon is from An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson!


I became conscious of the fact that his chest felt very solid, and I was straddling his slim waist. Our uneven breathing rocked us against each other slightly. Molten heat pooled in me again, ebbing lower.

I didn't use iron on him.

Instead, I leaned down and kissed him.

[...]

I lost myself in the hypnotizing press of give and take, the odd but intoxicating feeling of joining my mouth with his. Soon I felt Rook's palm slide down my back, and in one graceful, powerful movement he swept me up in his hands. I automatically tightened my legs around his waist and hooked my arms around his neck, boggling at how high off the ground he'd lifted me.

- eARC, 42%



I read this book last year and surprisingly loved it! I'm rereading it and enjoying it even more the second time around. =)

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday (#289): The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


This week, I'm featuring:


The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
Book One of The Gilded Wolves series
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Publication Date: January 15, 2019

Summary (from Goodreads):

Set in a darkly glamorous world The Gilded Wolves is full of mystery, decadence and dangerous but thrilling adventure. 

Paris, 1889: The world is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance. To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts:

An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian who can't yet go home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in all but blood, who might care too much.

Together, they'll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the world, but only if they can stay alive.



Roshani Chokshi's books are always masterpieces, and I'm sure this one will be no different!