Friday, July 20, 2018

Sneak Peek- The Naked Truth by Vi Keeland

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“May I get you something to drink while you wait for the rest of your party?” the waiter asked. I would normally wait to see what the client did and follow his lead on alcohol. But tonight was not the norm. I rubbed at my stiff neck. “I’ll take a vodka cranberry, please.” I hoped it would help calm my nerves and release some of the tension in my jaw before I gave myself a full-blown headache. Taking out my phone, I started to scroll through emails to distract myself while waiting for my drink and dinner companion. My head whipped up at the sound of Gray’s voice behind me. “Sorry I’m late.” My heart unexpectedly fluttered, and I fought against the feeling of excitement. “Are you really? Because I get the sense you don’t have any manners after the way you interrupted me a million times today.” He completely ignored my attitude as he took the seat across from me. “Traffic is a bitch getting downtown at this time. Next time we’ll have dinner at my place.” “There won’t be a next time.” Gray’s mouth curved into a smug smile as he snagged my gaze. “Sure there will. There’ll be plenty of next times. And eventually you’ll stop pretending you don’t enjoy my company.” I hated that my body reacted to him. Right from the very start, we’d had a crazy chemistry between us that was difficult to dull. I sighed. “What are you doing, Gray? Why did you come to my firm?” He lifted the cloth napkin in front of him and laid it across his lap. “Isn’t that obvious? I need new legal representation.” “At my firm? And you’d prefer that representation come from an associate instead of my boss’s boss—the head of our securities division? Or even from Pittman, who would gladly hold your hand and provide you whatever legal advice you need from his fifty-plus years of experience?” “Loyalty is important to me. I want someone I can trust with my business.” “And you’ve decided that’s me? An associate with five years experience who just got off probation with the Bar Association for violating attorney-client privilege?” The waiter arrived with my drink. “Here you go, ma’am.” He turned to Gray. “May I get you something to drink? Or would you like to wait until the last of your party joins you this evening?” “It’s just the two of us. I’ll have a Macallan, neat, please.” “Coming right up.” The waiter walked around to the other side of the table and started to remove the third place setting. I put my hand out, stopping him. “We actually do have another party coming, so you can leave that.” “Very well.” He nodded. Gray waited until the waiter was out of earshot. “I didn’t invite anyone else to dinner.” I sipped my drink and offered a saccharine-sweet fake smile. “I did. Figured an important client like you should have more than one attorney to answer his questions.” Just as I set down my glass, I saw the other man I was waiting for enter the restaurant. He scanned the room, looking for me, so I held up my hand and waved. “Perfect timing. There’s Oliver now.” Gray glanced at the man heading toward us and back to me. Instead of being pissed off, the jerk was amused. “That’s cute. You invited a chaperone because you don’t trust yourself with me.”

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Review- Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

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 BOOK SUMMARY:

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis. Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts. In his long-awaited return,


Release date: October 10th 2017
Published by: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Page numbers: 304

REVIEW: 


Like most readers who have read and loved John Green's books in the past, I too was excited for Turtles All the Way Down. While it took me a really long time to get to it, when I finally did, I literally felt like I was at home with a John Green book in my hand. 

I have practically read every John Green book out there- The Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns, An Abundance of Katherines and Will Grayson, Will Grayson. When I finally got to Turtles All the Way Down, it was like any other John Green book where the teens talk like extremely mature adults, the protagonist is hard to like but the writing is incredible. 

Turtles All the Way Down is the story of Aza whose mental health is portrayed terrifically. While I found it extremely difficult to get used to and like Aza because of her- as her friend rightly puts it "narcissism", I did connect to her on a mental level. Aza meets up with her childhood friend Davis whose billionaire father has suddenly disappeared. There is a reward for the person who finds him. So Aza's friend Daisy takes up the task of doing some investigation.  

For a plot that sounds quite mysterious and interesting, it was neither mysterious nor interesting. Had the summary not mentioned anything about detectives and mysteries, I would've liked the book more because clearly it lacked a strong plot. While it barely took me a couple of days to finish the book, Turtles All the Way Down didn't really have me pumped up or excited to get back to it like some other books by the author have in the past. I hate saying this, but I was really disappointed. 

Although not his most incredible book, I would still recommend Turtles All the Way Down to fans of John Green for his brilliant writing, the on point portrayal of mental health, the superb character of Daisy and for the moment where you realise why it's called Turtles All the Way Down. I wasn't impressed by this one, but I'm glad I didn't miss it. 


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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #239


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

A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne
Publication date:August 23rd 2018 


Goodreads Summary:

A psychological drama of cat and mouse, A Ladder to the Skyshows how easy it is to achieve the world if you are prepared to sacrifice your soul.

If you look hard enough, you can find stories pretty much anywhere. They don’t even have to be your own. Or so would-be writer Maurice Swift decides very early on in his career. A chance encounter in a Berlin hotel with celebrated novelist Erich Ackermann gives him an opportunity to ingratiate himself with someone more powerful than him. For Erich is lonely, and he has a story to tell. Whether or not he should do so is another matter entirely.

Once Maurice has made his name, he sets off in pursuit of other people’s stories. He doesn’t care where he finds them – or to whom they belong – as long as they help him rise to the top. Stories will make him famous but they will also make him beg, borrow and steal. They may even make him do worse.

In spite of the controversy surrounding it, I had really- and I mean REALLY- like John Boyne's The Boy in Striped Pyjamas. So I am looking forward to his new book. I'll be buying and reading it for sure as soon as it's out. 

What are you waiting on this Wednesday? 


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Teaser Tuesday #92


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Miz B of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! 

"We cannot forget joy. No matter how deep our rage and pain."

- Ocean Light by Nalini Singh


Summary-

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh dives beneath the surface of her Psy-Changeling world into a story of passionate devotion and selfless love...

Security specialist Bowen Knight has come back from the dead. But there's a ticking time bomb in his head: a chip implanted to block telepathic interference that could fail at any moment--taking his brain along with it. With no time to waste, he should be back on land helping the Human Alliance. Instead, he's at the bottom of the ocean, consumed with an enigmatic changeling...

Kaia Luna may have traded in science for being a chef, but she won't hide the facts of Bo's condition from him or herself. She's suffered too much loss in her life to fall prey to the dangerous charm of a human who is a dead man walking. And she carries a devastating secret Bo could never imagine...

But when Kaia is taken by those who mean her deadly harm, all bets are off. Bo will do anything to get her back--even if it means striking a devil's bargain and giving up his mind to the enemy...
 


Monday, July 16, 2018

Review- Midnight Games by Elle Kennedy

Summary-


She wears a thousand deadly identities. He sees through them all.

A master of disguise, Isabel Roma spends her life pretending to be other women. Normally, her emotions are reined in tight—but sexy mercenary Trevor Callaghan has a knack for getting under her skin. The elite operative’s quiet strength and raw magnetism affect her in ways she’s never felt before, a distraction that can quickly turn deadly in their dangerous line of work.

After putting his tragic past behind him, Trevor is ready to focus on his future—and he damn well intends for Isabel to be in it. When their entire operation is thrown into chaos, Trevor enlists Isabel’s talent for deception. And as they attempt to save their team in a world where the stakes are high and the danger is grave, Trevor must convince Isabel that the woman beneath all the disguises is the one worth having... 


Review-

Midnight Games is the third book in Elle Kennedy's Killer Instincts series. I have to admit that I have been rooting for Trevor and Isabel since they first came together in Midnight Rescue. This was my most anticipated book in the series and it really does not disappoint. There are so many things happening in Midnight Games so it makes for an action packed read.

The book starts off with a bang when the compound where Jim Morgan's team lives comes under attack. There are losses but Trevor and the others manage to get out. Let's start with Trevor first. Trevor has grown SO much since the first book. He was a grief stricken man before but now he is over it and confident in his quiet strength. I loved the way he was always there for Isabel.

Isabel has not had a good childhood. She is a master of disguise who can change her appearance and personality to suit the operation. While Trevor and she have worked together in the past, Isabel values her friendship with him too much to risk a relationship. I loved Isabel. She was a very sweet heroine who had so many vulnerabilities. Trevor's strength and support was exactly what she needed.

I loved Trevor and Isabel together. They were great and well balanced. I loved how they shared the genuine warmth of friendship even though there was an attraction between them. Seeing Trevor, Isabel and the whole team work together was a pleasure to watch as I always love seeing the camaraderie these men and women share.

I also love that Elle Kennedy has several plot lines going along with the main one. We are given hints about the remainder of the characters and teased about their stories while moving forward with the current romance. I must say that Midnight Games is my favorite book in the entire Killer Instincts series and I don't think that's gonna change for a while.



Friday, July 13, 2018

Blog Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway- Born of Sin by Deanna Richmond


For what was foretold centuries ago had finally come to pass, and with it came a most profound storm.

Ever since Octavia Vail’s mysterious arrival upon this Earth, she’s held no memory of how she came to be. Octavia had a virtuous life, but at times felt a familiarity with the obscure. Within her, lives a great force that could not be ignored, and it has led her to the one named – Victor Logan Marcehtte.
Centuries old, Victor Logan Marchette has lived a life of influence. He, being a man of culture and prestige, holds a dark past. He was once a savage vampire but over time, has sworn his allegiance to their governing Cabalistis. There was nothing he longed for until the day Octavia entered his world.
When Victor and Octavia’s worlds collided, such a compelling love is born.


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Born of Sin
by Deanna Richmond


Series
Born of Sin Book One


Genre
Adult
Gothic Paranormal Romance


Publisher
Independent


Publication Date
June 13, 2018


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Octavia stepped into the main lobby of the Pennsylvania Medical Center for her night shift. Even before she’d arrived at work, everything had felt surreal. The evening breeze whispered promises, advising her of changes ahead. It felt as if a force were pulling her forward, and she had no choice but to oblige. She could not help but explore the sensation beckoning her. For the first time in her twenty-eight years, this journey felt like the right path, a path she’d chosen, a path that filled her heart with unexpected wonder.
 It was her first night after a month of training on days. She looked forward to working as a pediatric nurse, her favorite unit. She remembered vividly being that scared child no one had understood — the child who had received so many stares, while few seemed to understand how frightened, how cold, and how alone she’d felt.         
The center was on the smaller side, with only three hundred beds or so, but Octavia was blown away by its extravagance. While training during the day, she’d never had time to explore the hospital. The building had the look and feel of a castle on the outside, and a modern flare on the inside. The ceilings were vaulted and the place spacious. A huge fireplace sat off on the far wall where people would gather. Burgundy and charcoal gray couches and chairs surrounded the fire. The walls were a mixture of colored stones in between tinted windows which you could not see in from the outside. Best of all, it had a great reputation for nurturing a content workforce.
As she roamed the exquisite room, like the doe child she once had been, she became overwhelmed with anticipation. Along the stone walls were stands with inspirational quotes inscribed on large tablets. One, in particular, caught her eye. It read: “When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.” Octavia was speechless as she wandered closer to the plaque, kissed her hand, and touched the saying with trembling fingers. She thought of her mother and all those who had loved and nurtured her.
 A host of voices soon came to remind her that she was, in fact, in public, so she shook off the nostalgia and regrouped. Once she had positioned herself to leave, she felt a strong, electric surge — an intuition telling her to turn around. In the direct path of this gravitational pull stood the most striking creature she had ever laid eyes upon. As if the second hand on a clock had stopped, so did she, unable to turn away.
There he stood, on the other side of the lobby, wearing a dark tailored suit and commanding the attention of six others. His skin was a light olive tone. He had a dark beard which caressed the lower portion of his face. It connected to a well-kept mustache and surrounded his soft, full pink lips; not too full, just enough to make a girl wonder what they tasted and felt like against her skin. Standing at least six feet tall, his hands were in his pockets as he spoke in a mild manner. Octavia could not hear him, but she imagined his voice, deep, yet somehow soothing.
“My God, you are breathtaking.” Octavia’s chest rose and fell heavily as she whispered to herself. And as if he heard, the stranger became aware of her presence at that moment. Octavia's breath stuttered. She looked away for a split second, feeling herself blush, but glanced back, simply because she had to. The magnetism between the two made her shiver. In all honesty, he stole her breath away.
 She had thought it impossible that he could be any more alluring, but the impossible became real when he looked her way. He was magnificent. His features were so flawlessly sculpted that he almost didn’t appear to be a living, breathing man. What she absolutely loved was the white streak in the front of his dark hair. His eyes were majestic, set in the deepest shade of blue. Those two oceanic windows both warmed and chilled her core, as a keen sense of familiarity took hold. “You cannot be real,” she whispered.
As his eyes continued to linger in her direction, his listeners waited for his attention. When it did not come in a timely fashion, the others turned to see what had caught his interest.
 The world be damned. Octavia and the alluring man continued to stare at each other. Neither said a word or moved toward each other; they were simply trapped in each other’s gazes. They forgot a world existed outside of themselves. To others, it would've appeared that Octavia was held spellbound and he was the spell caster, but somehow, he was caught up in his own enchantment.
The magic broke when a woman stood in between them, blocking their view of one another and shaking Octavia out of her stupor. A fit of anger overcame Octavia as she fell back to Earth. It was such a rush that she had to catch the very breath he’d stolen. She hurried off without turning back.
Once around the corner, Octavia fell against the wall. She remained confused as to what had just happened. She covered her mouth with shaking hands, desperately trying to compose herself.
What was that?
  

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To celebrate the release of BORN OF SIN by Deanna Richmond, we’re giving away a $25 Amazon gift card and ten ebook copies of the book!
GIVEAWAY TERMS & CONDITIONS:  Open to internationally. One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card and ten winners will each receive an ebook copy of the book. This giveaway is administered by Pure Textuality PR on behalf of Deanna Richmond (Dormaine G).  Giveaway ends 7/22/2018 @ 11:59pm EST. Limit one entry per reader. Duplicates will be deleted.  CLICK HERE TO ENTER!

About Deanna Richmond

DEANNA RICHMOND was born in Long Island, New York where she lived most of her life but now resides in Colorado. As a young child, she spent many Saturdays in the library nurturing her love for books.
Deanna attended New York Institute of Technology nursing program. There, she received a Bachelors in Nursing of Science. She also has an Associates in Math & Science and is certified in Forensic Nursing. After many years of working in hospitals and travel nursing, she took time off from work to pursue a career in writing. She also writes under the pen name of Dormaine G.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Blog Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway- Queen of Thorns and Roses by Connie Suttle



KYRI

“You thought you could walk right into Az-ca, take over where you left off centuries ago, and everybody would just fall in with your plans. Is that it?”
“I didn’t count on her—never saw her in all my divinations.”
He meant Sherra. An unseeable. He’d divined Thorn II, just not his Queen and partner. “So. You wanted to take over after practically destroying their current King—who was a very good King, and before that, an excellent Commander of the army. That’s a hell of a way to get Az-ca’s population to adore you, isn’t it?”
“I can offer them peace,” he began.
“Except you can’t. Kaakos is still alive, remember, and he’ll be coming for you—of that I have no doubt. You know it, too, and you can’t take him on without Az-ca’s army at your back.”
“I thought we could work together—Thorn II and I. That he’d see the reason in it after a while.”
“And, as he’s currently powerless, what choice would he have?” I sniped. “Except he has the strongest Queen you’ve ever seen at his side, and she certainly won’t fall for that bullshit.”
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The present King of Az-ca has been rendered powerless through an unsuspected coup, and is overcome with despair.
Kaakos has escaped death, but is forced to leave Ny-nes. Now, his sole focus is revenge.
Az-ca’s citizens have fallen victim to the enemy’s lies, and civil war threatens to split the country.
Sherra is forced to divide her attention between searching for the enemy, dealing with traitors and struggling with the King’s misery and desolation. When the blood spell that rendered Kerok powerless takes a turn even its maker didn’t expect, only her dreamwalker, with help from another, can hope to turn the tide…

About the Book


Queen of Thorns and Roses
by Connie Suttle


Series
Black Rose Sorceress #4


Genre
Adult
Urban Fantasy
Paranormal Fantasy


Publisher
Subtle Demon Publishing, LLC


Publication Date
July 5, 2018


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Excerpt

Secondary Camp
Armon
"Wend and Marc have been permanently assigned to the King," I sighed as I took a seat beside Levi for our midday meal.
"I suspected as much. Sherra wants somebody who actually cares about him to stay at his side during the day, whenever she can't be there."
Levi looked grim. Misten, who sat across from us, looked pale. Caral was at the palace more often than not, as was Cole. Sherra called them in frequently, to act as assistants and advisors.
Thorn would only speak if compelled, nowadays. I can't say I blamed him; I'd be furious and seeking revenge against the one who'd removed my power.
Except Thorn's life was now tied to the one who'd stolen his power to begin with. I worried that the King would let it affect him in adverse ways, and that eventually, he'd shut himself off from all of us.
Doret and Barth acted as liaisons between the Crown and the Council, thank goodness. I felt Sherra could blast someone if they asked the wrong question at times. Sherra and her dreamwalker had modified the shields around all the villages already, to watch for Kaakos' arrival.
She was sure he'd come eventually.
After hearing some of the story from Doret, I imagined Kaakos would go for his father and Kyri first, then come after Az-ca afterward.
"Hard to believe that Thorn the First has been alive and plotting all this time, isn't it?" Levi nodded his thanks to Caral's sister, who set plates of food in front of us.
"It's infuriating," Misten hissed. "That fucking piece of—I don't have a good word to describe what he is and what I think about him."
Levi and I stared at Misten—I could count on the fingers of one hand how many times I'd heard Misten swear.
"Well, it's what I think," she sniffed.
"We think the same, it's just—different, hearing it from you," Levi said. "Not that we're complaining," he held up a hand. "You're free to speak your mind whenever it's just us."
"I know. I wish Caral were here. We haven't had much time to ourselves since—well—you know."
"We know."
"I don't know how Sherra is able to deal with all this," she added. "I'd be crazy by now."
Levi and I looked at one another. We were worried that Thorn would be the one to follow that path.
Very worried.
As for Hunter, he could feed himself, now, but he'd not attempted to speak, and still stared blankly into the distance most of the time.
We'd been so close to eliminating Kaakos, when Thorn I decided to pull his stunt and fuck it up.
Sherra had punched him in the nose, breaking it. I wanted to do much worse than that. Like her, I had to quash those thoughts, as any violence against the one who'd named himself North was irrevocably tied to Thorn and his continued existence.
"In all my life, I'd never imagine anything like this was possible," Levi said and stabbed green beans with his fork.
"That's the honest truth," I agreed and started eating.

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To celebrate the release of QUEEN OF THORNS AND ROSES by Connie Suttle, we’re giving away a $25 Amazon gift card to one lucky winner!
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About Connie Suttle

CONNIE SUTTLE is the author of the Blood Destiny series, the Legend of the Ir’Indicti series, the High Demon Series, the God Wars series and the Saa Thalarr series. Other titles are scheduled for release very soon.
Connie earned her MFA from the University of Oklahoma and has taught courses at the university level. Reading (and writing) have been a constant throughout her life.
The author lives in Oklahoma with her patient, long-suffering husband and three cats. Obviously, the cats are not so long-suffering and are certainly not patient.

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