4.5 Hearts · New Adult Contemporary

In This Breeze by Kathleen Mareé

A nerd. A quiet art student. A nobody. Or perhaps, just some girl. These are the non-spoken titles I’ve been known as since I started at Lake Shore Uni almost two years ago now. When given the chance to leave my horrific childhood behind – I didn’t hesitate. In fact, I was ecstatic to have the… Continue reading In This Breeze by Kathleen Mareé

4.5 Hearts · Blitz/Tours · Entangled Crush · YA Contemporary

The Summer Before Forever by Melissa Chambers

The Summer Before Forever (Before Forever #1) by Melissa Chambers Publication Date: August 22, 2016 Publisher:  Entangled Teen Some boys break your heart. Others teach you how to heal it. Chloe Stone’s life is a hot mess. Determined to stop being so freaking skittish, she packs up her quasi-famous best friend and heads to Florida.… Continue reading The Summer Before Forever by Melissa Chambers

4.5 Hearts · Entangled Crush · YA Contemporary

I’m Not in the Band by Amber Garza

I like Kassidy Milton. There, I said it. She’s funny, beautiful—even though she doesn’t know it—and my favorite kind of weird. But I can’t tell if she’s into me or just trying to get close to me for a chance with my famous twin brother instead. I mean, it has to be me. I am… Continue reading I’m Not in the Band by Amber Garza

4.5 Hearts · New Adult Contemporary

Going Crazy for You by Allison Gatta

In love with the nanny…   Wade Farrow hates everything about small towns–how everyone seems to know each other, how community is next to godliness, how even the smallest detail can spread around town like wildfire. So, when he was 18, he packed up his things and left Sapphire Falls never to return–until now. After… Continue reading Going Crazy for You by Allison Gatta

4.5 Hearts · YA Contemporary

Don’t Kiss the Messenger (Edgelake High School #1) by Katie Ray

Don’t Kiss the Messenger (Edgelake High School #1)   by Katie Ray Date: April 10, 2017  Publisher: Entangled Teen Crush  YA Contemporary For most of her teenage life, CeCe Edmonds has been dealing with the stares and the not-so-polite whispers that follow her around Edgelake High. So she has a large scar on her face—Harry… Continue reading Don’t Kiss the Messenger (Edgelake High School #1) by Katie Ray

4 Hearts · 4.5 Hearts · New Adult Contemporary · YA Contemporary

In Time Series Book 1 and 2 by Trimity Hanrahan

Pivotal Moments Book 1 A senior in high school, introvert Aislinn Munroe is satisfied living unnoticed… Aislinn is doing the normal post-high school preparations to get into college. She’s getting ready for a life beyond senior year, and wonders where she’ll fit in to the world once she’s officially an adult. Though her curves are… Continue reading In Time Series Book 1 and 2 by Trimity Hanrahan

4.5 Hearts · New Adult Contemporary

Southern Desire (Southern Heart #2) by Kaylee Ryan

Southern Desire (Southern Heart #2) By: Kaylee Ryan Genre: Contemporary Romance / New Adult Available January 17, 2017 After experiencing heartache and loss, Whitney decides it’s time to move on and leave the past behind, while keeping the pain with her. Finding her way to Kentucky to be with family, she’s finally settling and feeling some happiness.… Continue reading Southern Desire (Southern Heart #2) by Kaylee Ryan

4.5 Hearts · Adult Contemporary

The Bachelor Auction by Rachel Van Dyken

Cinderella never had to deal with this crap. Jane isn’t entirely sure that Cinderella got such a raw deal. Sure, she had a rough start, but didn’t she eventually land a prince and a happily-ever-after? Meanwhile, Jane is busy waiting on her demanding, entitled sisters, running her cleaning business, and . . . yep, not… Continue reading The Bachelor Auction by Rachel Van Dyken

4.5 Hearts · New Adult Contemporary

Royal Scandal by Marquita Valentine

Fairy tales do come true—and so do tabloid scandals! Bestselling author Marquita Valentine kicks off a juicy contemporary romance series with a novel about a prince whose best-laid plans go deliciously awry when he marries the maid next door. Forced to flee to the United States with his siblings after their parents’ assassination, Crown Prince… Continue reading Royal Scandal by Marquita Valentine

4.5 Hearts · New Adult Contemporary

Royally Screwed by Emma Chase

Nicholas Arthur Frederick Edward Pembrook, Crowned Prince of Wessco, aka His Royal Hotness, is wickedly charming, devastatingly handsome, and unabashedly arrogant; hard not to be when people are constantly bowing down to you. Then, one snowy night in Manhattan, the prince meets a dark-haired beauty who doesn’t bow down. Instead, she throws a pie in… Continue reading Royally Screwed by Emma Chase

4.5 Hearts · New Adult Contemporary

Wasted Words by Staci Hart

Some universal truths refuse to be ignored. Peanut butter and jelly are a match made in heaven. Spaghetti and meatballs are best friends forever. And guys like Tyler Knight don’t go for girls like Cam Emerson. She knew from the second she met him that he didn’t belong on her bookshelf, the six-foot-six ex-tight end… Continue reading Wasted Words by Staci Hart

4.5 Hearts · Children's Literature · MG & Kids Lit · Middle Grade

The Secret of the Sphinx by Samuel Bavli

When Jon, a precocious and adventurous 14-year-old boy, encounters a sphinx on a class trip to the museum, little does he know that his life is about to change forever. Four and half thousand years ago, in ancient Egypt, an evil sorcerer captured Neb, the king’s magician, and imprisoned his soul in this sphinx. The… Continue reading The Secret of the Sphinx by Samuel Bavli

4.5 Hearts · Adult Contemporary

Fly with Me by Chanel Cleeton

U.S. Air Force fighter pilot Noah Miller—call sign Burn—loves nothing more than flying hard and fast. When he meets a gorgeous and sassy woman while partying in Las Vegas, he immediately locks on to her. Jordan Callahan owns a thriving clothing boutique, but her love life is far less successful. Her luck changes when six… Continue reading Fly with Me by Chanel Cleeton

4.5 Hearts · Adult Contemporary · Tasty Book Tours

Welcome the Bad Boy by Annie Rains

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Welcome the Bad Boy
A Hero’s Welcome Series #3
By Annie Rains
August 2, 2016
Loveswept 

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From the author of Welcome to Forever (“Full of heart and emotion!”—Lori Wilde) comes a sweet, sexy novel about breaking all the rules. In Seaside, North Carolina, the boys on the base are heroes—but that doesn’t mean they’re always well-behaved.

As a preacher’s daughter, Valerie Hunt only dates the very respectable, very boring men who meet her father’s strict standards. In private, however, she leads a double life as a romance writer of steamy stories about the least respectable sorts of men. Valerie has always kept her hottest fantasies separate from her real life, but when she nearly runs a hot-blooded biker off the road, the lines begin to blur.

Even though Valerie almost killed him, Griffin Black can’t be angry after he learns the reason for her distracted driving: an unruly puppy belonging to her ailing friend. As a member of the military police K-9 unit, Griffin insists on training the dog himself. But he soon wonders how he’s ever going to stay disciplined around the most alluring, down-to-earth, and totally unattainable woman he’s ever met. Valerie is the ultimate good girl. And Griffin is going to need all his old tricks to unleash her wild side.

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Received an ARC from Netgalley and Tasty Books Promo’s for an Honest ReviewOut of the three A Hero’s Welcome Series, I think this one was so far my favorite.

We have well-developed characters with an important back story that is addressed within the text. Our two protagonist have family obstacles that need to be resolved before they can truly allow themselves to open up fully to someone. The story alternates POV’s between Griffin and Val. I have come to like that a great deal, because we (as the readers) see how their internal thoughts evolve.Griffin and Val are so endearing. You love Griffin. He is your bad boy with all that roughness and hard exterior, but once you get to know him he is a complete softy. He is a K-9 Marine Cop. His partner and constant companion is his dog. He is training a new dog named Jaws, because his other partner, Trooper, has now retired from the military. Trooper has become Griffin’s pet at home. I love when we have some animals in a story. They have their own personalities that shine through the pages.

Griffin’s family obstacle is his Mother. He found out some startling facts when he was about the head to college that shook his whole world. Ever since then, he hasn’t spoken to his mother. Now she is ill and Griffin guilt over his mother weights him down in all other accepts of his life. It isn’t till he finally is able to talk to her and have a real conversation that the burned is able to be lifted. Till then he struggles to find a balance between helping his mother and his strong attraction to Val.

Val was born and raised in Seaside. Her father is a pastor for one of the churches in the area. Their relationship has been estranged since the death of her mother. Even though she still attends his congregation and helps him out with church duties, she still seeks for his constant approval. This need to please her father makes her hide facts about herself from everyone. The main secret she harbors is the fact that she is a romance writer, and a popular one at that. It isn’t till the-cat-is-out-of-the-bag that she finally finds herself face to face with her biggest fear – her father shunning her or criticizing her for her art.


I heard this song, and immediately felt that it went with this book so well.

If you haven’t heard it, it is a must listen to. Super cute.


Griffin and Val’s guilt and need of acceptance from their individual parents haunts their relationship. They both are aware that the other one needs to resolve those conflicts to be able to move on in life, but both struggle to do it.Annie Rains first book and parts of the second, kind of leave you hanging. Not in the cliffhanger since, more with regards to how the parent-child conflict is fully resolved. In this book not only are all obstacles resolved, we are able to come full circle. I am glad that she did that. I feel that I have closure with Griffin and his mom; as well as with Val and her dad. So now the question is, who does she write about next. She sly with introducing other characters that she will write about next, but we have two different girls she may pick between. I am pretty sure the next book will be on Troy but will the love interest be Allison or Beth???? The question remains. Maybe she will answer for us?

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Annie Rains
 is a contemporary romance author who writes small town love stories set in fictional towns on the coast of North Carolina. Raised in one of America’s largest military communities, Annie often features heroes who fight for their countries, while also fighting for a place to call home and a good woman to love. When Annie isn’t writing, she’s spending time with her husband and 3 children, or reading a book by one of her favorite authors.

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4.5 Hearts · Blitz/Tours · New Adult Contemporary

Unexpected Reality by Kaylee Ryan

Expect the unexpected. That’s what they say, but it’s easier said than done.
How do you expect a change so huge it rocks you to your core?
How do you prepare yourself for an event that will alter your life forever?One breath
One second
One minute
One hour
One day at a time, you learn to live with your unexpected reality.

4.5 Hearts · Children's Literature · MG & Kids Lit

The Shakespeare Stealer (The Shakespeare Stealer #1) by Gary L. Blackwood

Synopsis Widge is an orphan with a rare talent for shorthand. His fearsome master has just one demand: steal Shakespeare’s play “Hamlet”–or else. Widge has no choice but to follow orders, so he works his way into the heart of the Globe Theatre, where Shakespeare’s players perform. As full of twists and turns as a… Continue reading The Shakespeare Stealer (The Shakespeare Stealer #1) by Gary L. Blackwood

4.5 Hearts · New Adult Contemporary

This is Falling (Falling #1) by Ginger Scott

  First, I had to remember how to breathe. Then, I had to learn how to survive. Two years, three months and sixteen days had passed since I was the Rowe Stanton from before, since tragedy stole my youth and my heart went along with it. When I left for college, I put a thousand… Continue reading This is Falling (Falling #1) by Ginger Scott