Sunday, September 30, 2018

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Hot Winter Nights by Jill Shalvis


Hey fam! I'm excited to share information about Jill Shalvis's latest novel, Hot Winter Nights! This book is available now, and it's perfect for the upcoming season. Read about it below!


About the Book:


Hot Winter Nights by Jill Shalvis
Book Six of the HEartbreaker Bay series
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: September 25, 2018

Official Summary:

Who needs mistletoe?

Most people wouldn’t think of a bad Santa case as the perfect Christmas gift. Then again, Molly Malone, office manager at Hunt Investigations, isn’t most people, and she could really use a distraction from the fantasies she’s been having since spending the night with her very secret crush, Lucas Knight. Nothing happened, not that Lucas knows that—but Molly just wants to enjoy being a little naughty for once . . .

Whiskey and pain meds for almost-healed bullet wounds don’t mix. Lucas needs to remember that next time he’s shot on the job, which may be sooner rather than later if Molly’s brother, Joe, finds out about them. Lucas can’t believe he’s drawing a blank on his (supposedly) passionate tryst with Molly, who’s the hottest, smartest, strongest woman he’s ever known. Strong enough to kick his butt if she discovers he’s been assigned to babysit her on her first case. And hot enough to melt his cold heart this Christmas.



About the Author:


New York Times bestselling author JILL SHALVIS lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventure.



The Excerpt:

“Tell me about your night. You know you want to.”

“Actually, it was over so fast, I can’t really remember.”

He gave a low, rather triumphant laugh and turned her to face him. “You haven’t yet once managed to look me in the eyes and tell me how bad I was. Here’s your chance, Molly. Give it to me.”

See, that was the thing. She did want to give it to him, quite badly. Naked . . . Gah. She really hadn’t seen this coming, but she deserved fun like anyone else, right? She looked at his mouth, desperately wanting it on hers. And then her body somehow mistook the fantasy for reality because she went up on tiptoes and . . . kissed him. Just a soft brush of her lips across his, gently and a little hesitant, but it was most definitely a kiss.


The Giveaway:

To celebrate the release of Hot Winter Nights by Jill Shalvis, we’re giving away a paperback copy of the book!

Enter HERE!

GIVEAWAY TERMS & CONDITIONS:  Open to US shipping addresses only. One winner will receive a paperback copy of Hot Winter Nights by Jill Shalvis. This giveaway is administered by Pure Textuality PR on behalf of Avon Romance.  Giveaway ends 10/9/2018 @ 11:59pm EST. Avon Romance will send the winning copies out to the winner directly. Limit one entry per reader and mailing address.  Duplicates will be deleted.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Stacking the Shelves (#301)


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, September 23rd to Saturday, September 29th?


(all links to Goodreads are provided!)


In the mail:

Nothing this week!


From NetGalley:



Thank you, Berkley! This publishes very soon. I'm excited!


Like last week, I got only one book this week. It's not a bad thing though, I need to do some catching up. This week was busy and tiring and I'm glad for the weekend. =)

Friday, September 28, 2018

My Favorite Books with Dragons

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 books with dragons! Whether they're at the forefront or in the background, saviors or villains, dragons are without doubt one of the most intriguing creatures to feature in a story. I love dragons and want to see more, always. Check out my list!

Young Adult

Eon: Dragoneye Reborn (Eon, #1)  Eona: The Last Dragoneye (Eon, #2)  
    

Adult

    


I think I need more adult recommendations. Anyone got some good fantasy romance involving dragons? Sign me up! I need to check out the rest of Donna Grant's series.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Swoon Thursday (#296): A Healer for the Highlander by Terri Brisbin


- 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 A Healer for the Highlander by Terri Brisbin!


Anna watched until the very last moment, as he titled down and touched his lips for hers. Then, she closed her eyes as he kissed her. It was madness. It was hot and possessive. It was... something wonderful and she leaned into him and gave herself over to it. 

To him.

[...]

Davidh raised his hand to her face, waiting for any sign of hesitation that would stop him. Instead, she lifted her cheek against his palm and a sigh so soft he doubted she heard it escaped her lips. He followed the sigh down and touched his mouth to hers. 

- eARC, pages 134-135



I don't usually like kids in romance novels, but I looooove a good healer/knight story, and this one is proving to be good so far!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday (#300): Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard


"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:


Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard
Book Three of the Witchlands series
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication Date: February 12, 2019

Summary (from Goodreads):

Fans of Susan Dennard's New York Times bestselling Witchlands series have fallen in love with the Bloodwitch Aeduan. And now, finally, comes his story.

High in a snowy mountain range, a monastery that holds more than just faith clings to the side of a cliff. Below, thwarted by a lake, a bloodthirsty horde of raiders await the coming of winter and the frozen path to destroy the sanctuary and its secrets.

The Bloodwitch Aeduan has teamed up with the Threadwitch Iseult and the magical girl Owl to stop the destruction. But to do so, he must confront his own father, and his past.



If you missed the cover reveal last week, well, here it is! I LOVE this cover - possibly my favorite of the series - and I can't wait to read the book. February could not come soon enough!

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday (25)


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:

Books By My Favorite Authors That I Still Haven’t Read



This list was a bit difficult to put together! BUT at the same time, it's clear to me that I am terrible at finishing series. Sometimes, you just don't want them to be over. Anyone else have this problem?

Monday, September 24, 2018

Release Day Blitz and Giveaway: Runaway Girl by Tessa Bailey


Welcome to the release day blitz for Runaway Girl by Tessa Bailey! This is companion novel to Getaway Girl, one of Bailey's best books to date. You don't want to miss this new one!


About Runaway Girl:


Runaway Girl by Tessa Bailey
Publication Date: September 24, 2018

Official Summary:

It’s Naomi Clemons’s big day. Her dream wedding. And she’s outta here. 

One moment. A chance meeting of gazes through the church window pane with someone familiar who radiates intrigue. Independence. It’s the final push Naomi needs to realize...she’s boring. A blonde, cookie cutter, well mannered trophy wife-to-be. How can she expect to lead a fulfilling married life when she’s never lived? 

Special Forces diver Jason Bristow needs a beauty pageant coach. Not for himself—although the tattooed bruiser could definitely use some charm. For his little sister who he has returned to St. Augustine, Florida to raise. When a beautiful southern debutante lands on his doorstep, she awakens a hunger that won’t be ignored. If only she wasn’t planning on winning back the ex-fiancĂ© she left at the altar…

Despite the potential for ruin, heat continues to build between Naomi and Jason beneath the sultry Florida sunshine, consuming them both. But they’re on borrowed time…and it’s about to run out.  



Check out Getaway Girl:

(Click on the cover for more information!)


About the Author:


Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans and laptop, driving cross-country to New York City in under four days.

Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention.

She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband of ten years and six-year-old daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.



The Giveaway:

Win a $100 gift card!

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Review: Knight of My Dreams by Lynsay Sands


Knight of My Dreams by Lynsay Sands
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: May 6, 2014
Rating: 4 stars
Source: Purchased paperback copy

Summary (from Goodreads):

Lady Alice knows she is not the type to entice a man. She's too voluptuous, too intelligent, too strong minded. Why, she even reads! But then Jonathan, Earl of Fairley, arrives at court. Tall, dark and handsome, the knight is any woman's dream. And he has just been ordered by the king to find a bride… and Alice is to help him!

Jonathan has been evading his mother's matchmaking schemes for years, so why does she insist that Lady Alice isn't for him? Alice is only to aid in his search for a bride, yet Jonathan can't help but be distracted by her glorious hair—the color of a sunset—and a figure that is like a lush berry about to burst to full ripeness… Has Jonathan fallen prey to love?

What I Liked:

This book was adorable and hilarious! I've read several of Lynsay Sands' books and I think this one is a favorite, definitely in the top three. I bought it on a whim, because I love a good knight/maiden story. It's a short story, and very entertaining!

Jonathan, Lord of Fairley, is a young but seasoned warrior who is not ready to get married. But when the king orders him to get married in two weeks - or he (the king) will choose a bride for him - Jonathan knows he must do something. His mother has sent many suitable girls his way, but not Lady Alice, daughter of Lord and Lady Houghton, friends of his mother. According to his mother, Lady Alice is unsuitable... but after Jonathan meets her for the first time, he decides that she is anything but unsuitable, and he wants her. Is Lady Alice the one?

Such a cute romance story! Jonathan is your cliche tall dark and handsome knight, with many victories in battle, and a good reputation as a knight. Alice is your cliche sweet maiden, who is a little on the voluptuous side, something that Jonathan likes a lot. When the two meet, their connection is instant, but they don't fall in love right away. It takes a few more encounters, but soon, they can't get enough of each other. Much to Lady Fairley's chagrin - she is determined to match her son with someone else, and asks Alice to make a list of suitable eligible young ladies for Jonathan. 

This story has a little scheming in it, involving a rather meddlesome mother and a bumbling uncle. It's so funny! I was laughing and I was sighing at the cute romance. Jonathan and Alice are thrown together, and they can't deny their chemistry.

This book is so short, and there's only one steamy scene, but it's a good one! The building chemistry between the characters is really good. A finale steamy scene wouldn't have been a bad idea though!

The ending was great - a nice happily-ever-after. I liked this novella and definitely recommend it!

What I Did Not Like:

I wish this were longer! I think it was originally a novella so it wasn't intended to be long. But still! One more steamy scene wouldn't have hurt. *wink*

Would I Recommend It:

If you're looking for a quick romance read, this is a perfect one! It's cute, sweet, funny, and a little steamy. And pretty short, but not annoyingly so. The author constructed the story well. Plus, it's set in the 1500s, with a knight and a maiden! WIN!

Rating:

4 stars. This was a great novella! I'm glad I bought it on a whim. Plus the cover is fantastic. I want more medieval romance novels, especially involving an alpha knight and sweet maiden!


Was this review helpful? Please let me know in the comments section!

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Stacking the Shelves (#300)


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, September 16th to Saturday, September 22nd?


(all links to Goodreads are provided!)


In the mail:

Nothing this week!


From Edelweiss:



I can't wait to read this! I loved Heartstone and highly recommend it. =)


Just one book this week, but it's bound to be a good one! I saw others receive it last week and was sure to get a review copy of my own. Quite fitting, for my 300th STS post. Have a great weekend, everyone!

Friday, September 21, 2018

My Favorite YA Books with Forbidden Romance

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 books with forbidden romance! I loooove forbidden romance. This isn't all of the books (there are so many that I love!), and you'll have to stretch the word "forbidden" for one or two of them, but it's a good list!

Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1)  Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, #1)  City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)
Obsidian (Lux, #1)  The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)  The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1)
Frostblood (Frostblood Saga, #1)  Duels and Deception  Suitors and Sabotage
Hourglass (Hourglass, #1)  Of Metal and Wishes (Of Metal and Wishes, #1)  The Beautiful and the Cursed (The Dispossessed, #1)
Revel  Warped  The Distance Between Us
The Book of Broken Hearts  The Vespertine (The Vespertine, #1)  Such a Rush


I need more forbidden romances in YA contemporary! There are lots of paranormal and fantasy here. Recommendations are appreciated!