Friday, November 30, 2018

Release Blitz- The Somber Call by Michelle Dare

Title: The Somber Call
Author: Michelle Dare
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Cover Designer: Regina Wamba at Mae I Design
Publication Date: November 30th, 2018


A tragic loss. A broken pack. A lone wolf.
The pack war was drawing closer, and Ariane found herself at a crossroad amid the chaos that was her life.
Which road should she follow? One gave her a chance at normalcy, while the other threw her deeper into turmoil.
She had new powers, a shifter for a boyfriend, and blood on her hands. There was also the lone wolf who had been cast out and sought solace with Ari as he fought to return home.
This wasn’t how she thought her life would play out. Nevertheless, a decision had to be made. And in the middle of it was Orion, wondering which road Ari would follow.

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Michelle Dare is a romance author. Her stories range from sweet to sinful and from new adult to fantasy. There aren’t enough hours in the day for her to write all of the story ideas in her head. When not writing or reading, she’s a wife and mom living in eastern Pennsylvania. One day she hopes to be writing from a beach where she will never have to see snow or be cold again.

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Cover Reveal- The Lemon Sisters by Jill Shalvis

A Wildstone Novel
Jill Shalvis
Rel June 18, 2019

Two sisters who just might be lemons in life and love… True or not, they know one thing -- you can’t run far enough to outpace your demons. And when long-dead secrets surface, they’ll have to overcome their differences and learn that sometimes the one person who can help you the most is the one you never thought to ask in THE LEMON SISTERS.

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The New York Times bestselling author of Rainy Day Friends and Lost and Found Sisters returns to Wildstone, California, where two completely opposite sisters—who are still nursing wounds from the past—realize they need each other more than they think.

When Brooke’s older sister, Mindy, shows up at her door with her three kids in tow, she barely recognizes her sibling who looks like she’s on the verge of a total breakdown. While adventurous, wanderlust Brooke was always the problem child, eager to slip free of Wildstone and its small-town constraints, Mindy was the golden child, who never had a hair out of place or a GPA below 4.0. The Mindy that arrives at Brooke’s apartment however, is a far cry from the ever-perfect doctor’s wife.

Brooke’s further stunned when Mindy asks to trade places with her for a few days so she can pick up her pieces and put herself back together. What Mindy doesn’t realize is that Brooke is just as broken. Her sister needs her though, so Brooke takes the kids and returns to Wildstone.

But how does one go home after seven years away and what feels like a lifetime of secrets? It doesn’t take long for Brooke to come face-to-face with her past, in the form of one tall, dark, sexy mistake. But Garrett’s no longer interested, or so he says. Only his words don’t match his actions, leaving Brooke feeling things she long ago shoved deep.

The sisters begin to wonder if the childhood taunts were true, are they lemons in life? In love? True or not, they know one thing -- you can’t run far enough to outpace your demons. And when long-dead secrets surface, they’ll have to overcome their differences and learn that sometimes the one person who can help you the most is the one you never thought to ask.

About Jill:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis writes warm, funny, sexy contemporary romances and women’s fiction. An Amazon, BN & iBooks bestseller, she’s also a two-time RITA winner and has more than 10 million copies of her books sold worldwide


Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #252

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

A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
Publication Date: Januray 29th, 2019


Fall in love, break the curse.

It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper Lacy. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s instead somehow sucked into Rhen’s cursed world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

A prince? A monster? A curse? Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. But as she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Teaser Tuesday #98

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

“There were no words in the English language to describe how much life it sucked out of a person—how it still hurt, years later, how you still heard that person’s voice and woke up running into the kitchen only to realize that they weren’t ever coming back.” 

― Rachel Van Dyken, Infraction


New York Times bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken proves that everyone scores to win. But off the field, a fumble can change the entire game.
Pro footballer Miller Quinton would do anything for his best friend and teammate—including “fake dating” his friend’s sister. What no one knows is that seven months ago in Vegas, Miller and Kinsey did a whole lot more than just kiss. Miller knows that this cheerleader is off-limits to him and any guy on the team. Still, he can’t stop himself.
Kinsey’s whole world is on the verge of crumbling. Her dad has cancer. Her overprotective brother is falling apart. Dating Miller may be a fake-out, but he’s the one guy who can make her forget about everything—including all the reasons she stayed away from football players. With each heated moment, Miller feels more like a safe place…even though he’s not safe at all.
Now temptation is testing every rule in the game of love. But how long can they go on playing when winning is a harder goal than either of them imagined?

Monday, November 26, 2018

Review- Risking It All by Tessa Bailey


NYPD detective Seraphia Newsom will avenge her brother’s death at any cost. Even if it means insinuating herself into a rough, Brooklyn street gang and going so far undercover, she’s not sure she’ll be able to get out. Every minute she spends in their midst means the clock ticking down on her life, especially when she overhears something that could get her killed.

Bowen Driscol is the heir to a crime enterprise. He never asked for the job, but with his father behind bars, he has no choice but to step in and keep the operation running. But when the NYPD blackmails him with a piece of damning information in exchange for aiding an undercover cop, he finds himself on the other side of the law for the first time in his life. 

Bowen knows the danger Sera is in, and keeping her safe trumps saving his own ass. The problem? She can’t know he’s on her side. And there's the matter of the seriously inconvenient heat sparking between them that's incinerating his resistance. But Sera only sees Bowen's past, and men like him are the reason her brother is dead. If they're to get out alive, he'll have to risk exposing the man beneath, and hope to hell he doesn't blow the whole operation in the process.

Release date: January 27th, 2015
Published by: Entangled Publishing
Page Numbers: 400


I have always been a fan of Tessa Bailey’s books. They are the perfect hot and steamy romances which I love to read from time to time. Risking It All is the first book in Tessa Bailey’s Crossing the Line series. It is also a full length novel unlike the last novella. I was really looking forward to reading Bowen and Seraphina’s story and I have to say I quite enjoyed it.

We had met Bowen in the previous book. He has been forced to take after his father’s illegal business. Bowen has no choice but to follow his father’s footsteps. I really liked Bowen. He was strong and smart but had not been given a chance to lead a good life. The world and people around him had made him jaded but Seraphina got light into his life.

Seraphina is our heroine. She is on a mission to avenge her brother’s death and is undercover trying to find out her brother’s killers. She is also a NYPD detective and completely wrong for the brash Bowen. I liked Seraphina but I found the whole pure thing a bit unreal in this case. The way Seraphina trusts Bowen at once, knowing whom he is was also a bit hard to believe.

Sera and Bowen have a case of total insta lust which seems to be a pattern in all of Tessa Bailey’s books. But she makes it work. They share amazing chemistry and though they both have had shitty pasts, with each they almost forget them. Risking it All takes the hotness quotient to a whole another level. Bowen is one of the sexiest dirty talking heroes!

We also get to meet several other characters which make Bowen and Sera seem like fuller, in depth characters. I genuinely enjoyed seeing Troy and Ruby from the previous novella. We are introduced to some new characters who I’m happy to say will get books of their own. Yes, I’m talking about Connor. All in all Risking it All was a solid good read. 

Friday, November 23, 2018

Book Beginnings on Friday #13

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.


CHARLOTTE CLOSED THE FINAL updated folder with a smile. Pushing back from her desk after shutting down her computer, she stretched to loosen up the kinks, then decided to visit the restroom before heading out to catch the 6:15 bus home. It was a good bet it’d be blissfully empty this late on a Saturday since most people were coming into the city while she was heading in the opposite direction. 

-Rock Hard by Nalini Singh


In New York Times Bestselling author Nalini Singh’s newest contemporary romance, passion ignites between a gorgeous, sinfully sexy man who built himself up from nothing and a shy woman who has a terrible secret in her past…

Wealthy businessman Gabriel Bishop rules the boardroom with the same determination and ruthlessness that made him a rock star on the rugby field. He knows what he wants, and he’ll go after it no-holds-barred.

And what he wants is Charlotte Baird.

Charlotte knows she’s a mouse. Emotionally scarred and painfully shy, she just wants to do her job and remain as invisible as possible. But the new CEO—a brilliant, broad-shouldered T-Rex of a man who growls and storms through the office, leaving carnage in his wake—clearly has other plans. Plans that may be equal parts business and bedroom.

If Charlotte intends to survive this battle of wits and hearts, the mouse will have to learn to wrangle the T-Rex. Game on.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Review- Until July by Aurora Rose Reynolds


Wes Silver wasn’t looking for love, but when July Mayson literally knocks him on his ass during their first encounter, his world is turned upside down by the quirky blonde, and every moment with her makes him more determined to protect her.

July Mayson doesn’t understand the pull she feels toward the bad boy biker Wes Silver, but she knows being with him is like nothing she’s ever felt before. Now all she has to do is tell her overprotective father, Asher Mayson, that she’s found her boom. 

Release date: April 13th, 2015
Published by: Aurora Rose Reynolds
Page Numbers: 240


I have read and enjoyed the entire Until series by Aurora Rose Reynolds so I was curious to pick up Until July and see what happens next after the time leap. Until July was by no means a bad read but it wasn't mind blowing either. I liked July and Wes but I did have a few minor issues with them. Until July was an average read.

The book goes mostly from July's point of view but a few chapters are thrown in from Wes' point of view as well. July Mayson feels the connection from the first time she meets Wes.Wes is nothing like anyone she's ever met before and she knows he's hiding something. I found July to be cute and quirky. Sometimes she did do things which bordered on reckless and stupid but still she was a likeable heroine.

Then we have Wes. Wes was a man of few words and by few I mean really few. I don't know if that's a biker thing or what but it was there. Wes does mess up in the beginning by being quite judgemental of July but he makes up for it. I liked Wes but there was nothing spectacular about him like say Cash or Nico. He was alright.

Wes and July did share chemistry and they just fell into each other's lives very easily. Aurora Rose Reynolds' books most if not all the time have kinda the insta love thing going on because of the "boom" the characters feel and that was the case here. Things move forward very quickly.

We are introduced to a ton of new characters in this one which makes me think there will be quite a few books to look forward to. I am especially curious to see June's story and we do get to meet Jax's heroine in this one too. I also really enjoyed the side romance which we get to see in the sub plot. I liked Until July.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #251

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

Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills
Publication Date: January 15th, 2019


For Sophie, small-town life has never felt small. She has the Yum Yum Shoppe, with its famous fourteen flavors of ice cream; her beloved marching band, the pride and joy of Acadia High (even if the football team disagrees); and her four best friends, loving and infuriating, wonderfully weird and all she could ever ask for. 

Then August moves in next door. A quiet guy with a magnetic smile, August seems determined to keep everyone at arm's length. Sophie in particular. 

Country stars, revenge plots, and a few fake kisses (along with some excellent real ones) await Sophie in this hilarious, heartfelt story.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday #73

Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

For this week, I've taken the topic: 

Top Ten Series I Haven't Finished Yet

I used to read and sincerely follow series all the time, but in the past few years, I've somehow outgrown them and prefer stand-alones. That is exactly why I picked this topic as there are many series that I started but could never finish. And who knows? I might get back to them someday or I might not. We'll have to see! 

P.S: I'm sharing pictures of the first book from each series! 






Have you posted a Top Ten Tuesday this week? Which series have you not finished? Let me know!

Happy reading! 

Monday, November 19, 2018

Review- The Diary on the Fifth Floor by Raisha Lalwani

The Diary on the Fifth Floor on Goodreads


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?

Release date: October 21st 2018
Published by: Rupa Publications India
Page numbers: 184


Over the past few years, I have observed that Rupa publishes some really good books towards the end of the year. So even though I have my list of books to read before the year ends, it's hard to say no to these interesting new releases. The Diary on the Fifth Floor sounded like a nice, mysterious and creepy read which I couldn't resist. 

The Diary on the Fifth Floor recounts various incidents that happen around us everyday. While we might ignore them, once we start to really think, we cannot stop ourselves from questioning the human mind, emotions and intentions. This book really makes you question why people are the way they are. 

When I first read about The Diary on the Fifth Floor, it sounded very mysterious and eerie to me. Unfortunate, it didn't turn out to be that way. While the ending was just what I wanted it to be- a complete turn of events- I felt the story in general lacked spark. I wish it had more of a concrete yet creepy plot. 

Overall, however, this book is really worth a read for the easy language, interesting anecdotes and for the awareness it creates about mental health. Being a short read, this one is perfect for the weekend if you are looking for something deep but easy to read. I must applaud the author for writing a book that really makes you think. 

*Note: A copy of this book was provided by Rupa Publications in exchange for an honest review. We thank them.

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Friday, November 16, 2018

Book Beginnings on Friday #12

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.

She walks in beauty, like the night 
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
 And all that’s best of dark and bright… 
From “She Walks in Beauty” ~ Lord Byron



 SAILOR WASN’T SURE WHAT THE hell he was doing at a college party. He was technically still in high school. 

-Cherish Hard by Nalini Singh


New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh kicks off her new Hard Play contemporary romance series with a sizzling story that’ll leave you smiling…

Sailor Bishop has only one goal for his future – to create a successful landscaping business. No distractions allowed. Then he comes face-to-face and lips-to-lips with a woman who blushes like an innocent… and kisses like pure sin.

Ísa Rain craves a man who will cherish her, aches to create a loving family of her own. Trading steamy kisses with a hot gardener in a parking lot? Not the way to true love. Then a deal with the devil (aka her CEO-mother) makes Ísa a corporate VP for the summer. Her main task? Working closely with a certain hot gardener.

And Sailor Bishop has wickedness on his mind.

As Ísa starts to fall for a man who makes her want to throttle and pounce on him at the same time, she knows she has to choose – play it safe and steady, or risk all her dreams and hope Sailor doesn’t destroy her heart.