Friday, April 20, 2018

[Blog Tour: Review + Excerpt] Chaser, by: Kylie Scott


Dive Bar #3

CHASER

by: Kylie Scott
Publication Date: April 17th, 2018
Read Date: March 11th, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Adult
Format: eARC
Pages: 278

Love isn’t always NEAT…

Bartender and all-around bad boy, Eric Collins, has come to a crossroads. It’s time to take life seriously and maybe even attempt to settle down. If only the person he was hoping to settle down with didn’t turn out to be pregnant.

Starting over in a small town, Jean is determined to turn her wild lifestyle around and be the kind of mother she always wished she’d had. Since local bar owner and all-around hottie, Eric, is now determined to steer clear of her pregnant self, it should be easy. When she goes into labor during a snowstorm and her car slides on some ice, however, it’s Eric who comes to the rescue.

There seems to be a bond between them now, but is it enough? And can Eric give up his manwhore ways to be the man Jean needs?

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my rate



She has done it again. Kylie Scott has come through for her characters. And this time was all around bad boy, fuckboy, and bartender, Eric Collins. Let me say that I wasn't too thrill of reading about him because watching him from other people's perspective, I didn't really like it, but now he grew on me. Eric deserved this and I'm more than happy that I read it.

If you have read the other books in this series, then you know Eric Collins and how of a pain in the ass he was before. But now he wants to do good and better. That is when SHE comes in, Jean. Pregnant and all, she becomes the reason he goes celibate. When the little baby girl is born, he freaks. But then he gets his head outta his ass and for then on is hands on. But you know, nothing is always that easy.

Eric reminds me of Mal, another character of Kylie Scott, but also I have him mixed with a character of Jay Crownover, Asa. Eric has this charm that makes anyone do whatever he is telling you to do. He makes anyone laugh at loud, but he is the person that deep inside he was to be truly happy. So when Jean comes around, he knows he is no good for her, but still, he wants. I think that the truly beautiful thing of Eric. He gives, gives and gives, but he also wants and Jean does not forget about it. She received so much from him that at the end, she just gives him everything he needs.

I have to admit that every scene in where Eric is with Ada, the little baby, I melted. It was so cute to see him talk to her as if she understands him. It was totally sweet to see that Eric was almost the only one that could calm the baby. And the whole chapter of Jean giving birth with Eric there was plain beautiful and hilarious.

Kylie Scott is an author that I really recommend, so the recommendation of this book goes without saying. Read it.

PS, I don't know why but while I was reading this book, I paired the song "Nothing Left for You" by Sam Smith with it. I just wanted to say that. Bye.


excerpt


I’d been tricked. Betrayed.
After Andre and Jean ate their lunch, we headed outside to deal with her stuff. The cold wind suited my mood to perfection.
Talk about disappointed.
“Don’t lift that, it looks heavy,” I snapped.
Jean blinked. “It’s a pillow.”
“The world’s largest pillow ever. You can’t be too careful.” My gaze roamed over her swollen middle. “You’re . . .”
“Pregnant?” she asked with a voice dripping poison and sugar.
“Are you having trouble with the concept?”
“Absolutely not. I was just going to say huge, that’s all.”
She blew out an exasperated breath. “Thanks, Eric. That makes me feel so much better.”
“I just . . .”
“Don’t bother.” The woman turned back to her sensible, medium-sized SUV and got busy riffling through the contents. I was surprised she’d been able to squeeze into the driver’s seat.
Boxes and stuff took up almost every inch inside the vehicle. Each and every box seemed to have been neatly labeled with the contents.
The woman took her organization seriously. She looked over her shoulder. “You know, I can’t help noticing that Eric-the-smooth-moving-flirt has been suddenly replaced by Eric-the-awkward-jerk.”
“Well, you said you were single.” I folded my arms defensively across my chest.
“I am.”
And then there was an awkward silence.
“Yeah, but . . . I mean, in your condition . . .” I fumbled to a halt.
She turned, face all scrunched up. Like I was the one with the problem.
“Just hop out of the way so I can grab some boxes,” I said, voice gruff.
Still nothing from her. “It’s a second-story walk-up and you have a lot of stuff to get up there. You should be taking it easy.” Hands on hips, I tapped my black leather boot against the sidewalk, waiting her out. “Jean, I’m not trying to insult you. It’s the truth.”
She swore quietly, going back to fussing with the contents in the vehicle. I don’t think any woman has ever given me the silent treatment quite this quickly. Usually I’m good for at least a couple of hours after seeing them naked.
Man, I still couldn’t believe this was happening. God hated me or something. Pregnant women and me were enema. Anathema. Whatever. Now that I’d seen her out in the autumn light, however, she looked younger than I’d first guessed. Despite her tired eyes, her skin was smooth, soft looking. She was likely closer to her early twenties than mid.
“How old are you?” I asked.
“Why do you care?”
I shrugged one shoulder. “Just curious.”
“How old are you?”
“Nearly thirty.”
She sniffed. “I’m twenty-two.”
Young, like I’d thought. She was probably too immature for me, anyway.
 “Come on, Jean. Let me get some of the boxes.”
Boyd ambled out of the Dive Bar, turning his head this way and that, looking up and down the street. I raised my hand and he started over in our direction. The big cook would make short work out of moving all this stuff. Behind us, Andre and Nell came out of the tenants’ entrance to the Bird Building. The place was a big brick building about a hundred years old. Just past the door was an entryway with stairs leading up to the second floor, followed by two empty shops, their windows covered in flyers about local events. Concerts and parades and shit. They’d been vacant for a while, unfortunately. Andre’s Guitar Den came next, then Pat’s tattoo parlor Inkaho, and the Dive Bar on the corner.
“Everything’s good to go. Alex and I gave it a cleaning last week just to be sure,” said Nell, smacking a kiss on Jean’s cheek.
“You’ll meet Alex later. She’s probably busy working or something now. She’s sort of a shut-in.”
“You two didn’t have to do that,” said Jean. “Thank you.”
“Anytime.”
Andre leaned against the SUV. “Your furniture got delivered yesterday too, so it’s all good to go.”
“Excellent,” said Jean. “I can’t wait to sleep in a decent bed again. Road trips when you’re seven months’ pregnant kind of suck.”
“I bet.”
“Who’s minding the kitchen?” I asked.
“Lydia will text Boyd if they need something,” said Nell.
“We’re only going to be a few feet away from the place.”
I frowned.
“I own the kitchen, Eric. Not you,” she said. “You’re in charge of the bar, that’s all.”
One of Jean’s eyebrows inched up slightly. So I might have implied that I was the sole owner. Shit happened.
I crossed my arms. “Fine. No need to bite my head off.”
“My best online friend just moved to town. We’ve been texting and skyping for months. She’s been an absolute rock for me through all the nerves of being pregnant again,” said Nell. “Stop messing with my happy.”
And then there was an awkward silence. Great. If only there was some way to get out of helping without looking like a raging asshole. The possibility of anything happening between me and Jean had been buried six feet deep, never to be spoken of again.

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author

kyliescottimage
Kylie Scott is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013 & 2014, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet. 

You can learn more about Kylie from http://www.kylie-scott.com/  



Thursday, April 19, 2018

Thursday Tracks [87]

Ohhh! You know, and if you don't you'll know now, that I LOVE, love, LoVe music. Just as I live and breathe words, I live and breathe music. Those two things are just part of me as any other organ in my body. As you can see in my Music page, I hear music while reading! My Thursdays are dedicated to music thanks to this feature! Created to share what song, album, playlist, artist I got stuck in my head every week. 
Now, this week song is...

MY DEAR MELANCHOLY,

Artist: The Weeknd


favorite song: Call Out My Name

Hear me next Thursday!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday [137]

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:
Talon #5

INFERNO

by: Julie Kagawa
Release Date: April 24th, 2018

From the internationally bestselling author of The Iron Fey series comes the final novel in the fiery and unforgettable Talon Saga. Get ready to burn

TODAY, WE STRIKE BACK.

WE SHOW TALON THAT WE WILL NEVER ACCEPT THEIR NEW WORLD.

Ember Hill has learned a shocking truth about herself: she is the blood of the Elder Wyrm, the ancient dragon who leads Talon and who is on the verge of world domination. With the Order of St. George destroyed, Ember, Riley and Garret journey to the Amazon jungle in search of one who might hold the key to take down the Elder Wyrm and Talon. If they can survive the encounter.

Meanwhile, Ember’s brother, Dante, will travel to China with a message for the last Eastern dragons: join Talon or die. With the stakes rising and the Elder Wyrm declaring war, time is running out for the rogues and any dragon not allied with Talon.

The final battle approaches. And if Talon is victorious, the world will burn.

 

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Thursday Tracks [86]

Ohhh! You know, and if you don't you'll know now, that I LOVE, love, LoVe music. Just as I live and breathe words, I live and breathe music. Those two things are just part of me as any other organ in my body. As you can see in my Music page, I hear music while reading! My Thursdays are dedicated to music thanks to this feature! Created to share what song, album, playlist, artist I got stuck in my head every week. 
Now, this week song is...

SIT NEXT TO ME

Artist: Foster the People
Album: Sacred Hearts Club


favorite part of the lyrics: Come over here sit next to me. We can see where things go naturally. Just say the word and I'll part the sea. Just come over here and sit next to me and I'll take you high, high.

Hear me next Thursday!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday [136]

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

UNDEAD GIRL GANG

by: Lily Anderson
Publication Date: May 8th, 2018
Genre: Fantasy, Mysery, Young Adult

 

Mila Flores and her best friend Riley have always been inseparable. There's not much excitement in their small town of Cross Creek, so Mila and Riley make their own fun, devoting most of their time to Riley's favorite activity: amateur witchcraft.

So when Riley and two Fairmont Academy mean girls die under suspicious circumstances, Mila refuses to believe everyone's explanation that her BFF was involved in a suicide pact. Instead, armed with a tube of lip gloss and an ancient grimoire, Mila does the unthinkable to uncover the truth: she brings the girls back to life.

Unfortunately, Riley, June, and Dayton have no recollection of their murders, but they do have unfinished business to attend to. Now, with only seven days until the spell wears off and the girls return to their graves, Mila must wrangle the distracted group of undead teens and work fast to discover their murderer...before the killer strikes again.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Thursday Tracks [85]

Ohhh! You know, and if you don't you'll know now, that I LOVE, love, LoVe music. Just as I live and breathe words, I live and breathe music. Those two things are just part of me as any other organ in my body. As you can see in my Music page, I hear music while reading! My Thursdays are dedicated to music thanks to this feature! Created to share what song, album, playlist, artist I got stuck in my head every week. 
Now, this week song is...

AFRAID

Artist: The Neighbourhood
Album: I Love You.

favorite part of the lyrics: You’re too mean, I don’t like you, fuck you anyway! You make me wanna scream at the top of my lungs. It hurts but I won’t fight you. You suck anyway!

Hear me next Thursday!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

[Blog Tour; Review + Excerpt] The Birthday List, by: Devney Perry


THE BIRTHDAY LIST

by: Devney Perry
Publication Date: April 3rd, 2018
Read Date: March 16th, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Adult
Format: eARC
Pages: 402

Happily married to her college sweetheart, Poppy lived a blessed life with the husband of her dreams. Then everything changed. She is no longer a wife. She is no longer the envy of her single friends. Now, people look at her with pity as they whisper a single word behind her back.

Widow.

Years after her husband’s tragic death, years of pain and sorrow and wishing for the life she’ll never get back, Poppy decides to finish Jamie’s birthday list. She’ll do the things he wanted to most. Because maybe, just maybe, if she can complete his list, she can start to live again.

Poppy expects going through the birthday list will be hard. She expects it to hurt. But what she doesn’t expect is Cole. Could the man who delivered the news of her husband’s death and shattered her heart be the one to help her put it back together again?

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my rate


This story is one of those that by finishing the Prologue will make you cry. Is a story with a sad beginning and a wonderful ending. Is a story of someone strong enough to look forward and not staying in the same spot. Is a story that breaks your heart so it can mend it together back again.

I found this author by accident. I read one book and fell in love, read a whole series and I was hooked forever. When I knew there was another book of hers in the way, I had to read it. When I knew I could read it before coming out, I was all in. Imagine my surprise when I got the book in my Kindle App. I went right in. I devoured the book in one day. I read it while crying, laughing at loud and finished it with a huge smile on my face.

Poppy's life was good. She was married to a wonderful man who made Birthday Lists. Lists of things to do before each birthday, like a bucket list. Everything was cut short because he died and made her a widow. You see? My heart broke for her, but fate was not done with Poppy. Because five years later, fate brought her Cole. Poppy is going to make a check in everything on that list, and Cole is going to help her do that and more. Love might be the best cure for her and he is going to give it to her in a heartbeat.

Look, this story made me devoured every chapter like it was the last water on the desert. I couldn't stop on one chapter to do anything else, I had to finish it and be happy. This book also made me to create a bucket list for myself, just because I want to do everything she did. Seriously, who wouldn't want to do a Paint Fight, I want that, who is with me? This book, as any other second-chance romance book, taught me that love can be found in the least expected place and always in the correct moment.

I fully recommend this book to anyone seeking to read something very romantic and full of deep feelings. Be aware that you will need tissues because the tears will be inevitable.


excerpt


     Turning to the door, I smiled, ready to greet my late-evening customer, but faltered as the door closed behind him.
     Cole Goodman was walking my way.
     My belly dipped as I took him in. His aviator sunglasses were perched on top of his chocolate-brown hair. A black polo stretched across his broad shoulders and pulled tight across his muscled arms. His pale-blue jeans molded to his Herculean thighs before draping down to his black, square-toed boots. The leather belt on Cole’s trim waist held both a shining badge and a holstered gun.
     Cole smiled and locked his light-green eyes on mine as he crossed the room.
     His straight, white teeth made my breath hitch—something that had happened last night more times than I wanted to admit.
     Molly, who had turned around from her seat to greet our customer, spun around so her back was to Cole. Her cheeks flushed as she whispered, “Wow.”
     Wow was right.
     Cole Goodman was—simply put—gorgeous.
     He could give a woman a speeding ticket and get a thank-you in return. He inspired women to attempt push-ups in a karate class just for the chance to watch him sweat through his gi. Cole made grown women blush like teenagers and giggle in corners, like those girls at the dojo last night.


author

Devney Perry is the USA Today bestselling author of the Jamison Valley series. She lives in Montana with her husband and two children. 

After working in the technology industry for nearly a decade, she abandoned conference calls and project schedules to enjoy a slower pace at home with her kids. 

She loves reading and, after consuming hundreds of books, decided to share her own stories. 

Devney loves hearing from readers! Connect with her on social media.


Waiting on Wednesday [135]

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

LOVE AND OTHER WORDS

by: Christina Lauren
Publication Date: April 10th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Adult

 

The story of the heart can never be unwritten.

Macy Sorensen is settling into an ambitious if emotionally tepid routine: work hard as a new pediatrics resident, plan her wedding to an older, financially secure man, keep her head down and heart tucked away.

But when she runs into Elliot Petropoulos—the first and only love of her life—the careful bubble she’s constructed begins to dissolve. Once upon a time, Elliot was Macy’s entire world—growing from her gangly bookish friend into the man who coaxed her heart open again after the loss of her mother...only to break it on the very night he declared his love for her.

Told in alternating timelines between Then and Now, teenage Elliot and Macy grow from friends to much more—spending weekends and lazy summers together in a house outside of San Francisco devouring books, sharing favorite words, and talking through their growing pains and triumphs. As adults, they have become strangers to one another until their chance reunion. Although their memories are obscured by the agony of what happened that night so many years ago, Elliot will come to understand the truth behind Macy’s decade-long silence, and will have to overcome the past and himself to revive her faith in the possibility of an all-consuming love.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

[Update Post] Bookish Bingo: Spring 2018

My sign up post here!

These are the books that I read in the month of MAR that crossed some of the spots from the bingo:

That's it for now. Not any bingo yet, but I hope to have more than one for the next month.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

[Series Review] Hart's Boardwalk, by: Samantha Young

Hart's Boardwalk #1

THE ONE REAL THING

by: Samantha Young
Publication Date: September 6th, 2016
Read Date: March 24th, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Adult
Format: Kindle Edition
Pages: 382

 

Welcome to Hartwell, a quiet seaside escape where uncovering old secrets could lead one woman to discover the meaning of a love that lasts…

While Doctor Jessica Huntington engages with the inmates at the women’s correctional facility where she works, she’s always careful to avoid emotional attachments in her personal life. Loss and betrayal taught her that lesson long ago. But when she comes across a set of old love letters in the prison’s library and visits the picturesque town of Hartwell to deliver them to their intended recipient, she finds herself unable to resist the town’s charm—and her attraction to the sexy owner of a local bar proves equally hard to deny.

Since his divorce from his unfaithful ex-wife, Cooper Lawson has focused on what really matters: his family and the boardwalk pub they’ve owned for generations. But the first time Jessica steps into his bar, Cooper is beyond tempted to risk his heart on her. Yet as their attraction grows hotter and Jessica remains stubbornly closed off, he begins to realize it will take more than just passion to convince her there’s only one real thing in life worth fighting for….

Hart's Boardwalk #2

EVERY LITTLE THING

by: Samantha Young
Publication Date: March 7th, 2017
Read Date: March 26th, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Adult
Format: Kindle Edition
Pages: 352

 

Hartwell, Delaware—the perfect place to get away from it all, and find what you never knew you needed…

Bailey Hartwell has many reasons to feel content—her successful business, a close circle of friends, and her steady boyfriend…even if their romance feels staid after ten years without a serious commitment. The only challenge in her life comes in the form of sexy businessman Vaughn Tremaine. She thinks the ex-New Yorker acts superior and that he considers her a small-town nobody. But when Bailey’s blindsided by a betrayal, she’s shocked to discover Vaughn is actually a decent guy.

Vaughn admires Bailey’s free spirit, independence, and loyalty. As his passion for her has grown, his antagonism toward her has only worsened. Every little thing Bailey does seduces him. But when Vaughn’s painful emotional past makes him walk away in fear he will hurt her, it opens an old wound in Bailey, and she uncharacteristically retreats.

Once Vaughn begins to realize he’s made the biggest mistake of his life, he has no choice but to fight like he’s never fought before to convince Bailey that the love they’ve found together only comes around once in a lifetime.

overall rating


After sitting awhile thinking of what to read as a review for these books, I conclude that I am disappointed. I read the series On Dublin Street by this same author and it was so good that I had to continue reading more of her books. I was let down, but I think is my fault. I was looking to feel like when I read the other series. I was thinking that I was going to have the same feeling of... I don't even know what to call it. The thing is that it did not happen and that is why my review is kind of pointless, but I want to give my point.

Hart's Boardwalk is the setting, which is in Hartwell, Delaware. For the descriptions and all, the place is heaven. It has a legend of being a romantic place. A place in where you'll find your true love and be forever happy. So when Jessica arrives to Hartwell, her life literally does a 180 spin. She finds love, friendship, and a new happy life. A different case is for Bailey because she is Hartwell's sweetheart. She has been living there since forever, but still, her life did a 180 when she notices that her life isn't as happy as she thought it was. Cooper never thought to open a door for a stranger would lead him to fall in love again. Vaughn never thought to accept what he was feeling since he arrived to Hartwell and saw Bailey for the first time. These four people found friendship among themselves and a beautiful place to live happily ever after. Hartwell followed through with the legend.

Jess and Coop's story was slightly better than Bailey and Vaughn's, I have to say. I love the first two-quarters of the book, hated the third quarter of it, and accepted the last quarter of it all. I hated how some things came out of nowhere and where never brought up into the light again (in both books). I hated how other plots (of other characters) would develop, but there are not more books. I hated the whole speculation of the main characters about the secondary ones, but we never get real details. I hated how exactly the first book ended because let's be serious, that epilogue was NOT an epilogue. Everything felt forced at the end like done in a rush. I liked better the end for the second book, but it was so plain that I got mad.

I want to read more of these characters that were left on a cliff, but I'm not really sure if I would continue the series. I was let down (even if it was my fault) and I don't think that's enough encouragement for me to read more IF/WHEN there's more of it. This is my piece.