Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #250


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

Kiss Collector by Wendy Higgins
Publication Date: December 18th, 2018


Summary-

When seventeen-year-old Zae Monroe gets cheated on by the only guy she’s ever loved, then watches her parents' marriage crumble, she decides to forget about relationships and turn the tables on the boys of the world. It’s time to take what she wants, and what she wants are kisses. Athletes, musicians, poets, and bad boys—their lips are all on her agenda, and it's time to collect.

Zae proposes a contest with her friends to see who can kiss the most boys during spring break. But what starts as a harmless competition leads to a downward spiral she can’t seem to break free of. As family, academic, friend, and guy drama come to a head, Zae is forced to face the reasons behind her boy angst, and starts to wonder if she was wrong about the male race...or at least some of them.
 


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Teaser Tuesday #97


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

"Name- the question seemed to mock me.
Skipping that one, I filled in the answers to all the other questions on the form, before returning to the first." 

-The Diary on the Fifth Floor by Raisha Lalwani


Goodreads Summary:

A woman leaves her infant at home but finds her on a busy street in an unexpected turn of events.
Another woman wakes up in a flight hours later, befuddled, in the strangest circumstance.
A fascinating tale of a twenty-five-year-old woman that takes hold of us from the moment she enters the fifth floor of a hospital; more precisely, the psychiatric ward. Visibly terrified, she clutches at her clothbound diary, caught in the horns of a terrible dilemma—whether or not to hand over the diary to the doctor. She fears that she will be declared insane if her tangled web of thoughts unspooling in dark mysterious stories is read by the dissecting eye of a doctor.
What does this diary contain? As the novel progresses, we are drawn into characters and stories that are toe-curling, strange, and haunting in their raw intensity. What is the story of this woman? What secrets lie in the pages of her diary? And most importantly, what happens on the fifth floor?

This book really has me intrigued! 

What teaser have you shared this Tuesday? Happy reading, everyone! 


Monday, November 12, 2018

Review- Midnight Action by Elle Kennedy

Summary-

She’s got a broken heart...

and a fully loaded arsenal....


Ex–army ranger Jim Morgan leads a team of elite mercenaries, but eighteen years ago in Paris, he was part of a black ops unit whose mission was to hunt down a rogue operative. In order to trap the criminal, Jim seduced Noelle, the man’s daughter—a ruthless act that cost him the love of his life and turned her into a mortal enemy. Now he can’t trust her, but he still desires her. He also needs her help....

Older, wiser, and unwilling to play the fool again, Noelle runs a group of highly skilled assassins. And she’s just been offered the hit of the century: Eliminate Jim Morgan. History gives them no reason to trust each other, but with their lives in jeopardy at the hands of a common enemy, the lines between love and hate are soon blurred. Now Noelle and Jim must face the past if they want to have a future—let alone a future together.


Release date: November 4th 2014
Published by: Signet
Page Numbers: 368

Review-

FINALLY! After waiting a long long time I've reached Jim and Noelle's book. These two had sparks flying all over the place since the beginning of the series and finally it all culminated in Midnight Action. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Midnight Action and I loved that we got to see the history Jim and Noelle shared. It gave so much depth into their characters and relationship.


Let's start with Jim. Jim Morgan is the leader of the elite group of soldiers. He is a total hard ass but a man many respect and honour. We are hinted throughout the series that Jim is searching for someone and we finally find out who it is and the way it connects to Noelle. I really liked Jim. He was very stubborn but even he couldn't deny the chemistry Noelle and he shared.


Noelle on the other hand has come off as a cold hearted bitch throughout the series. But in Midnight Action, I liked her surprisingly. Seeing her thought processes and the way she tries so hard to not feel anything for Jim despite their history made it easy to understand the reasons for her behavoir. And Noelle is nothing if not loyal to her group of assassins.


Noelle and Jim both had really strong personalities and they definitely clashed when they got together. But that is what made them so hot together. They were both passionate and head strong but they can't ignore what's between them. We are also in for a bunch of surprises in this book and I liked all of them. We got to see all the sides of Jim and Noelle.


I also liked how there is so much progress in Sully and Liam's relationship. I was not exactly expecting it, but it feels right. We also see glimpses of Sean and Bailey's relationship as they get the next book. Action packed, filled with romance and angst Midnight Action was a great addition to the series.




Friday, November 09, 2018

Book Beginnings on Friday #11


Please join Rose City Reader every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

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IN WHICH OUR HEROINE, NAYNA SHARMA, ENTERS THE INDIAN MARRIAGE MART (AND ENCOUNTERS AN ANIMAL OF THE ASINUS VARIETY) 

THE ARRANGED-MARRIAGE MART GOT OFF to an inauspicious start. 

-Rebel Hard by Nalini Singh


Summary-

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh continues her Hard Play series with a sweet, sexy romance featuring big, fat, OTT weddings, a meddling grandma, and a too-serious hero who needs to be unbuttoned…

Nayna Sharma agreed to an arranged marriage in the hope it would heal the fractures in her beloved family… only to realize too late that a traditional marriage is her personal nightmare. Panicked, she throws caution to the winds, puts on the tiniest dress she can find, and ends up in the arms of a tall, rough-edged hunk of a man who has abs of steel—and who she manages to mortally insult between one kiss and the next.

Abandoned as a child, then adopted into a loving family, Raj Sen believes in tradition, in continuity. Some might call him stiff and old-fashioned, but he knows what he wants—and it’s a life defined by rules… yet he can’t stop thinking about the infuriating and sexy woman who kissed him in the moonlight then disappeared. When his parents spring an introduction on him, the last woman he expects is her. Beautiful. Maddening. A rulebreaker in the making.

He’s all wrong for her. She’s all wrong for him. And love is about to make rebels of them both.

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Sales Blitz- Shift by Karine Espinosa


Title: SHIFT
Author: Karina Espinosa
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Cover Designer: Laura Hildago
Editor: Daniella Brooks
Publisher: Black Quill Publishing
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR


Blurb: It's hard enough being an undergraduate student, an intern at Downtown Manhattan's police station, and a bouncer at a local bar. Add her now ex-boyfriend who recently dumped her for the school's resident bimbo—oh, and she's a werewolf.
Mackenzie Grey meets her match when she is kidnapped by the Brooklyn Pack and tossed between Sebastian and Jonah—the Alpha and the Beta. Being a lone-wolf in the city is dangerous, and now that the Pack has found her, so can every supernatural being in the Tri-State area. And not even her sarcastic, smart mouth can get her out of this.
When a string of kidnappings involves Mackenzie in supernatural politics, she questions her new acquaintances and finds unlikely allies. Can she escape Pack law and keep her freedom—or will she be condemned to an unwanted path?

Buy Links: SHIFT / CAGED / ALPHA / OMEGA

Title: The Last Valkyrie
Author: Karina Espinosa
Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy
Cover Designer: Orina Kafe
Publication Date: August 3rd, 2018
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR


Blurb: Raven Romero is a washed up Valkyrie who is unable to return to Valhalla, spending her days in a haze of sex, drugs, and alcohol.
When she is wrongfully accused of murder, Raven has two options: run or clear her name. With a laundry list of enemies, she has no idea who could be framing her. One thing is for sure: they know what she is and they'll stop at nothing until she’s behind bars or dead.
With no choice but to delve into the supernatural underground she tried so hard to avoid, Raven seeks aid and learns what it means to be human.
The world believes her kind no longer exists, but Raven Romero is The Last Valkyrie.

Buy Link: Amazon



Karina Espinosa is the Urban Fantasy author of the Sins of the Fallen series and the Mackenzie Grey novels. Infatuated with travel, pop culture, and the need to write everything down, she spends much of her days in front of a computer working on her next book, shopping online, and listening to music. With nomadic tendencies, she is currently resting her head in South Florida until the itch to move strikes again. You can usually catch her on Facebook, Instagram and live-tweeting during episodes of Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, and Orphan Black. Follow her on social media!
 
Author Links: Web / Amazon / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter



Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #249


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

The Disasters by M.K.England
Publication Date: December 18th, 2018


Summary-

Hotshot pilot Nax Hall has a history of making poor life choices. So it’s not exactly a surprise when he’s kicked out of the elite Ellis Station Academy in less than twenty-four hours.

But Nax’s one-way trip back to Earth is cut short when a terrorist group attacks the Academy. Nax and three other washouts escape—barely—but they’re also the sole witnesses to the biggest crime in the history of space colonization. And the perfect scapegoats.

On the run and framed for atrocities they didn’t commit, Nax and his fellow failures execute a dangerous heist to spread the truth about what happened at the Academy.

They may not be “Academy material,” and they may not get along, but they’re the only ones left to step up and fight.


Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Release Blitz- Tears of Ink by Anna Bloom


Title: Tears of Ink
Author: Anna Bloom
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: November 6th, 2018
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR 


Blurb:

She has one rule: Never sleep with someone twice.
Faith Hitchin wears the shadows of the past on her skin for all to see. To a stranger’s eye she is a girl with sass and tattoos, a lover of art. But beneath the mystery of swirls and ink she is a woman alone and in pain.
When opportunity knocks in the form of an invitation to an art project that could change the direction of her life, she’s afraid to move forward. But, like her namesake, she pushes past all inhibitions and takes a leap of Faith. The last thing she imagines is a summer of self-discovery at the hands of a sexy Baroness’ son.
Elijah Fairclough is arrogant yet charming, complicated but forthcoming. With his blue eyes, expensive suits and evasive attitude, it seems he’s used to getting what he wants, and he wants nothing more than to discover the woman beneath the tattoos in every way possible. Will Elijah’s persistence make her break her only rule, or will there be tears of ink?
Book one in the enthralling Tears Of... Series.
*Tears of Ink is the first part in a series and is not a standalone read. Book Two TEARS OF GLASS is coming 4th December 2018

Buy Links: Amazon



A book hoarder and coffee addict by heart Anna Bloom loves to write extraordinary stories about real love. Based south of London with her husband, three children and a dog with a beard, Anna likes to connect with readers, fan girl over her favourite authors and binge watch Supernatural while drinking lots of wine.


Author Links: Amazon / Facebook / Goodreads / Web / Twitter

Buy Links: Amazon


Monday, November 05, 2018

Review- Savor the Moment by Nora Roberts

Summary-

#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts cordially invites you to meet childhood friends Parker, Emma, Laurel, and Mac — the founders of Vows, one of Connecticut’s premier wedding planning companies.

 Laurel McBane has always relied on her friends for support, especially when her dream of attending culinary school was almost ruined by her parents’ financial problems. Now Laurel is repaying the kindness of her friends by creating extravagantly luscious tiers of cakes and other confectionary delights that add the perfect touch to their clients’ weddings. As for romance, Laurel believes in it — in theory. But she’s too low-key to appreciate all the luxuries that other women seem to long for. What she does appreciate is a strong, intelligent man, a man just like Parker’s older brother, Delaney Brown, on whom Laurel has had a mega crush since childhood. But some infatuations last longer than others, and Laurel is convinced that the Ivy League lawyer is still out of her reach. Plus, Del is too protective of Laurel to ever cross the line with her, or so she thinks. When Laurel’s quick- silver moods get the better of her — leading to an angry, hot, altogether mind-blowing kiss with Del — she’ll have to quiet the doubts in her mind to turn a moment of passion into forever…


Release date: April 27th, 2010
Published by: Berkley Books
Page Numbers: 339


Review-

Savor the Moment is the third book in Nora Roberts' Bride Quartet series. I devoured the first two books and while I was totally in the mood for it I decided to get right into Laurel and Del's book too. Savor the Moment was a good read. It won't be the favorite of mine in the series but it was a great addition to the Bride Quartet series.

Laurel is the baker in the quartet. She has worked extremely hard to get where she is now, working for The Vows but she still feels a bit left out at times. I liked Laurel. She had a tough exterior and was really protective of all her friends and loved ones. But she did have a vulnerable side to her. She could see that even though she was in love with Del since ages they would never fit into the same world.

Then we have Del. Now him, I really liked since the beginning. Del is Parker's brother but more than that he considers every single one of the girls from his quartet as his honorary sisters. Del has always been protective over his girls and always looks out for them. But suddenly he can't stop thinking about Laurel as more than just a friend and they have sparks flying all over the place. 

I loved the chemistry Del and Laurel shared. They had an attraction and it was easy to see. Laurel has been in love with Del since a long time but she doesn't want to admit it to him or anyone else. She just wants to live in the moment. But Del is slowly catching up and he can't deny that his feelings go just as deep.

I liked how Del and Laurel sorted through their issues and finally came together in the end. I also loved seeing Mac and Carter and Emma and Jack. More than anything, I was extremely curious to see what happens between Parker and Mal. I am really excited to get to the last book in the series. Savor the Moment was a good read.



Friday, November 02, 2018

Diwali Giveaway: Raising Rihaan by Ketaki Latkar and Annushka Hardikar

Hi, guys! So my review for Ketaki Latkar and Annushka Hardikar's graphic anthology, Raising Rihaan went up yesterday, so make sure you check out the post right below this one or go here

To celebrate the festival of lights, I have a giveaway for you guys where one lucky Indian resident winner will win a copy of Raising Rihaan. So without futher ado, let's get some information on the book and to the giveaway! 



Goodreads Summary:

Raising Rihaan is a graphic anthology. Simply put, it is a collection of comic strips and speaks about the protagonist Rihaan, and a range of his daily antics. Rihaan is an adorable 12-year old adolescent, who is inquisitive, cheeky, and bright. His millennial parents are heavily invested in his upbringing.

To buy the book: 

contact author Ketaki Latkar on FacebookInstagram or drop an email at raisingrihaan@gmail.com 

Now, let's start with the giveaway! Remember, there is one copy up for grabs for one lucky Indian reader. 

Giveaway rules are simple: 

*This giveaway is open to residents of India only. 
*To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter form below. 
*If the form doesnt load, go here
*The giveaway will run for 10 days from November 02 to November 12. 
*Once a winner is picked, she/ he will have 48 hours to respond or else we'll be compelled to pick another winner. 
*Give us up to a week to ship the prize! 


That's all for now, folks! May the odds be ever in your favour, and happy reading! 




Thursday, November 01, 2018

Review- Raising Rihaan by Ketaki Latkar and Annushka Hardikar

Raising Rihaan on Goodreads

 BOOK SUMMARY:

Raising Rihaan is a graphic anthology. Simply put, it is a collection of comic strips and speaks about the protagonist Rihaan, and a range of his daily antics. Rihaan is an adorable 12-year old adolescent, who is inquisitive, cheeky, and bright. His millennial parents are heavily invested in his upbringing.


Release date: September 29th 2018
Published by: Comp-Print Kalpana Pvt Ltd 

REVIEW: 


It is always super exciting to read something written by a family friend. So when I got to know that Ketaki was writing Raising Rihaan, I was extremely happy. Raising Rihaan is a graphic anthology that features snippets from the life of Rihaan, who is raised by millenial parents. Now this was soemthing that really caught my fancy as I am a school teacher and everyday, I get to see how kids these days are. 

I found Rihaan to be exactly like my students in school who are super smart, admirably practical, tech savvy and also slightly confused about most of the stuff adults around them do and say (but then, who isn't?). His parents are very much like parents I meet often. The characters in this anthology are very relatable in a way that's both fun and serious as it does raise the question of upbringing. 

What I liked most about Raising Rihaan is the interviews with people special in thier own fields that deal with childhood and parenting, which makes the book not just a fun and quick read but also something that will end up teaching the reader a thing or two. And the illustrations deserve a special mention as well. Annushka Hardikar's attention to detail is mesmerising. As a French teacher, to see the typical picture of a baguette, a glass of wine and some cheese in Rihaan's French textbook put a smile on my face. 

Overall, author Ketaki Latkar has done a brilliant job in making this book a very easy, quick and fun read. It took me less than an hour to finish it. It would've taken less but I did stop here and there to admire the illustrations. Ketaki's easy writing coupled with Annushka's fantastic designs make this one a super fun read. I would highly recommend Raising Rihaan to fans of contemporaries who are looking for something different on a Sunday evening. 


Buy the book: From author Ketaki Latkar on Facebook, Instagram or drop an email at raisingrihaan@gmail.com