Dec 31, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday -- The Darkest Part of the Forest


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly blog topic that is brought to you by Jill over at Breaking the Spine!!


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By: Holly Black
Release Date: January 13th, 2015

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Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.

At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.

Until one day, he does…

As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?

Dec 30, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday -- Top Ten Goals/Resolutions For 2015 -- bookish, blogging or otherwise!


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme brought to you at The Broke and the Bookish!! Each week we will be releasing a top ten book related list for you all to enjoy!


I tried to put quite a bit of thought into this one. I did, however, put all of my goals for the year, not just my blogging ones :)

Top Ten Goals/Resolutions For 2015 -- bookish, blogging or otherwise!



1. Comment more on Posts.
Work has been sucking up most of my time. When I do get home I peek at my blog, read all my comments, then go sit and relax and try to read. I feel bad because this means that though I promise I read each and every one of your comments, I haven't been commenting back. I know it takes me some time to comment to others blogs and usually if I do that, I don't get time to read before I gotta go to bed. I am going to try to comment at least every other day to get back into the blogging world more.

2. Learn French.
I have wanted to learn this language for a long time. I originally wanted to learn German when I was in high school, but the German teacher retired the year I could have taken the class. So to be easy on myself I decided to take Spanish. I wish I would have not been lazy and just learned French back then. So this year I am buying the kits and listening to the CDs in the car and going to try to be fluent in French by the time 2016 comes around.

3. Learn the Guitar.
I always wanted to learn the guitar, I tried to teach myself in high school as well, but as I am left handed and was trying to learn right handed, it was very difficult. I gave up. I didn't have the money back then to be able to get me a lefty guitar, but I hope to get one this year and at least learn to play it a little bit.

4. Reorganize my Bookshelves.
We don't have a ton of space in our home for books, but I do have 3 five-shelf bookshelves in our study/guest bed room. I originally had 4, but my boyfriend thought one was meant for him and started to take over it. He has filled that one and another 3 shelf bookshelf, so I know I need to go out and get him a couple 5 shelf ones so I can have mine back. Once I get mine back I hope to re-arrange it to be much more organized. It is organized to a point, but now how I want it to be. Everything is all squished together and I want to fix that.

5. Read 100 Books.
I read 100 books this year and I was so proud of myself. I didn't even hit 50 books the year before, so I doubled my reading rate this year. i don't want to try to triple it and not make it, but I hope to be able to read at least 100 books again.

6. Read more books from my TBR Jar/stop signing up for too many Review Books.
I've had a bad problem of signing up for WAYYYYY too many review books. I sadly haven't had time to read anything but review books. As they are good and I enjoy them, it has been stressing me out really bad. I want to be able to read what I want to. So I haven't signed up for any reviews recently because I am going into the new year with NO review books at all. I am going to spend the first couple of months reading nothing but books on my shelves that I want to. After that I am limiting myself to 2 review books a month. If I already signed up for 2, no matter the book I will not let myself sign up for it. I can't get overwhelmed again or I can see a reading slump happening to me. I will also be using my TBR jar each month. I have a hardcopy jar and a ebook jar. I think I will switch out the jars out each month for which one I pick out of.

7. Work out More.
This kind of goes with the commenting thing. I haven't been working out because I get off at 5, then I get to drive 45 minutes home, then I got to go get stuff for food and then cook it. After I cook I have like an hour to myself to do what I want before I go to bed. Some days I don't even get that depending on what we cook that night. So I tend to save that time for reading. But I know my health needs me to work out at least a little. I am going to try to work out 3 days a week. I know when I used to work out, I wasn't tired as early, so it might end up helping me stay up past 9 o'clock.

8. Get more Swag for my Blog.
I have bookmarks for my blog, I have been sending them out with giveaways that I host, but I want to get more stuff. I am hoping for post cards, pins, pens, and my bookmarks. I might even get t-shirts eventually if the swag takes off. If anyone wants some of my bookmarks, leave me a comment with email address, tweet me, or send me an email so I can get your address to mail you some :)

9. Go to BEA.
I have wanted to go to BEA for years. I started my first blog back in 2008 and I have wanted to go since then. I have yet to go and it makes me very sad. Heck, this last year I scheduled my posts to go up that week so I didn't have to see everyone talking about it. I am starting to save now to go up this year and I think my bestie, Kristalyn, is going to split a room so we can all go and save some money this way. I'm not letting money get in the way this year!!

10. Read 5 books before I can buy 1.
I have been doing better with my book buying, but since I have been reading nothing but review books, I've been buying books but not able to read them. So my TBR pile is getting bigger and bigger. I do have a book buying problem. So I am not making myself read 5 physical copy books before I can buy 1 book. I will allow a cheat if it is a book that just came out and I know I will read it right then, I will be able to buy that one and buy it. Other than those small exceptions, I will be devouring my bookshelves this year to catch up on all of those that I have bought these past few years!

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 Well, that's my list for the week! Hope you all enjoy! 

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Dec 26, 2014

Review -- A Beautiful Wedding


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Author: Jamie McGuire
Release Date: December 10th, 2013
Publisher: Atria Books
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 146
Format: Hardcover, Bought


Synopsis:

You know that Abby Abernathy unexpectedly became Mrs. Maddox. But what do you really know?

Why did Abby pop the question?
What secrets were shared before the ceremony?
Where did they spend their wedding night?
Who else knew about it . . . and didn’t tell?

Everything about Abby and Travis’s elopement was top-secret . . . until now. Fans of Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster will get all of their questions answered in this whirlwind tale of the wedding day (and night!)—and as with all good stories, this one will definitely have been worth the wait.


My Review:

I was so excited to be able to find out what happens during the wedding. It was a part in both Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster that was kind of skipped over. You know it happened and because of Walking Disaster you get to find out how they are years down the road, but neither book gave you details about the wedding itself. I was frustrated about it because of course, I wanted to know!

There was a lot more to them getting married than I knew. I didn't know that Abby did it for a certain reason and I was kind of wishing she would tell Travis why she was doing it. It wasn't until Travis gave her the envelope from his mom that I saw something in her change and put in her whole self.

I really enjoyed being able to follow the wedding as well as a year later, too. This book alternates between Abby and Travis as well, so unlike the first two books in this series, you get both of them in one book. I liked being able to switch it back and forth. They also overlapped so in parts where you wanted to know what the other was thinking, it would backtrack just a little so you could get both sides at that exact time.

Travis makes you want to cry in this book. The fear and happiness he has is breathtaking and heartbreaking at the same time. When you get to hear his side of things and the passion and need he has for the wedding gives you emotions that can knock you down if you aren't sitting already.

One thing I loved was the last chapter. To see all the people that came together for them, even the ones that didn't see to support them in the other books was so sweet. It was nice to see how they all came together and were able to work in friends with people that they didn't used to get along with. I enjoyed reading it and getting a little glimpse of some of the secondary characters.

This was a nice treat to go along with the books and helped me swoon and be all girly just a little bit longer :)


Dec 23, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday -- Let's Be Crazy


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly blog topic that is brought to you by Jill over at Breaking the Spine!!


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By: Lindsay Paige and Mary Smith
Release Date: January 10th, 2015

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Oh Captain, My Captain presents Ashton Campbell of the Utah Bears.

Ashton Campbell balances his time between hockey and his young son, Reed. He can’t manage to find anyone good enough to be introduced into his little family, not that he spends a lot of time looking. As soon as he lays eyes on the beautiful, yet annoyed fan, he knows he needs at least one date with her, but he has to convince her to say yes first.

Lexie Allen’s life revolves around her daughter, Sadie. She has kept her focus only on her since the death of her husband in Iraq. She never worried about having a personal relationship with another man again. The only luxury she holds onto is her love of hockey, which doesn’t include the Utah Bears.

Ashton goes after what he wants and what he wants is Lexie. She, on the other hand, has to realize that sometimes, you have to be a little crazy to earn a happily ever after.

Top Ten Tuesday--Top Ten Books I Wouldn't Mind Santa Bringing This Year


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme brought to you at The Broke and the Bookish!! Each week we will be releasing a top ten book related list for you all to enjoy!


I think I could have done a top 100 for this week and still had more to put on this list. You all know how it is when you are a blogger and you just want WAYYYYY too many books!! But here is 10 that I decided to put down :)

Top Ten Books I Wouldn't Mind Santa Bringing This Year


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3. Trouble by Non Pratt


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4. The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Mauren Johnson


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5. Tiger's Quest by Colleen Houck


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6. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake


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7. Now & Forever by Susane Colasanti


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8. The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin


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9. The Iron Legends by Julie Kagawa


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10. What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick


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 Well, that's my list for the week! Hope you all enjoy! 

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Teaser Tuesday -- Rival Hearts


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

 Anyone is able to play along, just do the following :)
  • Grab your current read 
  • Open to a random page 
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page 
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!) 
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
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My Teaser:

"     'What? Are you crazy? The week I left you begged me to talk to him. You sent me pics of his moping face and seriously, that almost broke me, Kayla, seeing him all miserable.' I shake my head, trying to rid myself of those images/ 'Now I'm back and with him again, and you want me to break up with him?' What the hell brought all this crap on? "

On 35% of  Rival Hearts by Natalie Decker

Dec 22, 2014

Review -- Rival Hearts

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Author: Natalie Decker
Release Date: December 23rd, 2014
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 277
Format: Ebook, Received from author in exchange for an honest review

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Synopsis:

Caleb is ticked off. Skylar hasn’t answered any of his calls, texts, or emails since her move to New York, virtually cutting him out of her life without warning. So Caleb decides to go after her—and convince her to come back home.

But even when Skylar realizes her heart does belong at home with Caleb, her uncertainty lingers. Is it safe? Have things changed?

After the mysterious vandalism to the pool at Delmont High, everyone is desperate for answers they believe Skylar can provide. At first, she’s determined not to run. But when Caleb’s ex-girlfriend unleashes a vengeful surprise, Sky's love for Caleb is threatened.

Are these two rival hearts ready to fight for their love, or will they have to throw in the towel?

RIVAL HEARTS is the sequel to the bestselling teen romance novel RIVAL LOVE by Natalie Decker.


My Review:
I was so excited when I was asked if I wanted to read the book for the author for a review to go up around the release date. I loved the first book so much and this book didn't disappoint.

This book picks up about a week or so after the first one ended, but you don't really miss anything within the story. I really liked that it didn't pick up months down the road and left us all in a state of confusion.

Caleb was so sweet in this book. He has quite a lot happen to him in this book, but his feeling stayed true, no matter how his anger made it seem. He does so much for Skyler and you can't help but be on team Caleb. He strives to do so much within the relationship but also for himself. When things go down hill fast for him, he tries to be responsible no matter what, but that never changes how he feels.

Skyler is VERY stubborn in this book. I understand her doing some of the stuff she was doing, but other parts honestly annoyed me just a little. I wanted to go into the story and grab her shoulders and shake her. I wanted to tell her to cut the crap. She has so much going on to her too, but I feel like she handled it very childishly this time around. I still really liked her character and enjoyed her snarky comments. She was an easy point of view to read and you could feel her emotions flow out of the pages.

There are other characters however that I was ready to kick. I won't say who, but I know if you read this book, you will feel the same way. I suspected the end on the character the whole time, but it was nice when I was right. The author gives you little tiny hints here or there and it is up to you to pick up on them or not. I know the author made the character to be this way and she does a great job of making you feel emotions towards her, even if they are mean ones.

This book is written like the first in the way that it goes back and forth between Caleb and Skyler. I loved it in the first book and I loved it in this one as well. It is refreshing to get a glimpse into both of their heads. Since they are both very strong minded characters I don't think the book would be half as a good if you only got one side of it.

The book goes between New York where Skyler's dad and back to her home with her mom, her mom's fiance, and Caleb. It deals a lot with them at home and at the school. I was still able to picture the first book and how everything looked and just continued on with it in this book.

This book was so sweet and just as believable as the first. They both have such a rocky few months, but they still hold onto who they are. They both have tough decisions to make and it is a fun read to follow them along. I also love the feeling that you get about your own life. It gives me hope that even though my life isn't fully where I want it to be right now, it could always be worse. I need to keep my head up and not let the small things bother me. If you love something so much, hold onto it. Don't push it away or it could be gone forever.


Dec 18, 2014

Blog Tour -- Reason and Romance


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Reason and Romance
Author: Jenn Young
Release Date: December 9th, 2014
Publisher: Self-Published
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 243
Format: e-book, received from author for an honest review
Tour Host: Ya Bound Book Tours

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Synopsis:

Being stuck in the godforsaken desert is Adrian Blake’s worst nightmare come true. Senior year is all about making fun memories. It’s not about starting over at a new school and navigating a new Brady Bunch family. It’s really not about living with a sexy, arrogant would-be stepbrother who knows how to push her buttons.

Alex Montgomery is the very definition of a player. The only thing he commits to is a one night stand. He’s exactly the kind of guy she hates­. When she sleeps with him, it’s the biggest mistake of her life. Now she can’t stop thinking about him. Not at school. Not at home.

Sometimes the best mistakes are the ones that you make over and over again…

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My Review:
This book was first introduced to me for a cover reveal and it sounded pretty interesting so I figured why not. I know it has a bit of a usual story line to it that could easy make the story be horrible, but this wasn't one of those books.

I devoured it. I had stuff to do during the week, but I still was sneaking in any pages that I could. I usually never do this. If I can't read at least a chapter, I don't pick the book up, but I was for sure creeping on the pages to read anything I could. I got up early on my day off just to finally be able to finish it.

Now that it is finished, I want to scream "I NEED THE NEXT BOOK!" The author ended it in a position set up for a sequel and I know I will be sitting here stalking the book until it is finally released. Some authors set up the next book in a way that leaves such a bad cliff hanger that it makes you angry. I hate when this happens and I sometimes won't read the next book out of principle of what they did to me. This book ended in a way that definitely left you wanting more but wasn't anything to make you angry.

This book is set in Arizona, right near Phoenix. I have family in this area, so I am able to understand and follow the book very well. For those who haven't been to Phoenix, let alone the desert, you can still easily see a picture of Arizona and be able to follow along. It is mainly set in the house that Adrian now lives in as well as in the high school they all attend. It is a book that you can keep reading and picturing everything going on without the smallest bit of effort.

I love the characters, all of them. Grant is mysterious but seems to have a very smart and attentive head on his shoulders. Quentin is pretty funny, even with his trying to get Adrian to sleep with him all the time, he still is light hearted and doesn't let anything really bother him, that is a quality I like. Justin is a sweet heart that seems to just be bubbly and honest with everyone. No matter what happens, Justin always seems to have hope in himself and others and puts faith in everyone, even when the don't deserve it. Alex seems pretty closed off to most people, he shows the Alex he wants them to see, but when he finally opens up to let you see who he is, you can't help but fall for him too. I know the pain he is going through, you can just see it and you want to hug him and tell him everything will work out. He doesn't always make the right decisions, but you can tell he isn't used to experiencing emotional pain and he doesn't know how to handle it. Adrian has had a hard life when it comes to her mom leaving, but instead of using that to make herself strong, she uses it as a crutch to hold herself back, though she doesn't seem to notice it. I think when she is finally able to let that chip off her shoulder, she will shine brighter than any star in the sky. And I saved Travis for last. I love Travis, he reminds me of a friend I met when I lived in New Mexico, he became my crutch when my life was falling apart and I see he is that for Adrian, too. He sees her for who she truly is and it is amazing the type of person he is. No matter what he is there for her, no questions asked. It is hard to get friends like that.

Okay, now that my large paragraph about the characters are over, lets talk about the romance itself. It is a slow romance that you can see both of them are fighting. They don't know what to do because it scares them both to let something like this consume them so much. Instead of just really sitting down and talking it all out and putting everything all out on the line, they both run from it and cause a lot more pain than needed for both of them. Some authors make the romance seem fake and keep putting in trauma between the characters to get more pages into the book, but this one seems real and honest. It is something that is believable and easy to follow even though it isn't always easy on the characters. High school can be tough and full of drama, and this book has just that. The author does it in a way that makes it not so childish and keeps you having to read on.

I have been pulling away from the world of contemporary, but it is books like this that have pulled me back into the world. Jenn Young will forever have me as a fan.




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About the Author
Jenn Young writes primarily Young Adult and New Adult. She used to write contemporary teen drama and romance under the pen name Myrika at Fictionpress. She also used to write under the pen name Moreta. Jenn is an unabashed lover of romance, soap operas, and paranormal/supernatural stories.
When Jenn's not working at her day job, she drinks too much coffee and buys too many books. She loves to hear from readers.



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Dec 17, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday -- The Boy Next Door


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly blog topic that is brought to you by Jill over at Breaking the Spine!!


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The Boy Next Door
By: Katie Van Ark
Release Date: January 6th, 2015

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Maddy Spier has been in love with the boy next door forever. As his figure skating partner she spends time in his arms every day. But she’s also seen his arms around other girls—lots of other girls.

Gabe can't imagine skating with anyone but Maddy, and together they have a real chance at winning some serious gold medals. So, he’s determined to keep thinking of her like a sister. After all, he’s never had a romantic relationship that lasted for more than two weeks.

But when their coach assigns a new romantic skating program, everything changes. Will this be the big break that Maddy’s been hoping for or the big breakup that Gabe has always feared?

Dec 16, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday -- Top Ten Books I Read In 2014


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme brought to you at The Broke and the Bookish!! Each week we will be releasing a top ten book related list for you all to enjoy!


This was hard to narrow it down to my top ten of the year when I've read 100 books!! But I got it narrowed down anyway! These books aren't in any particular order, I just listed then as I came across them!!

Top Ten Books I Read In 2014


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3. The One by Kiera Cass


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4. Goodbye to You by A.J. Matthews


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5. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare


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6. Player in Paradise by Rebecca Lewis


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8. Undertow by K.R. Conway


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9. Behind the Wooden Door by Emily Godwin


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10. Reason and Romance by Jenn Young


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 Well, that's my list for the week! Hope you all enjoy! 

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Teaser Tuesday -- My Soon-to-Be Sex Life


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

 Anyone is able to play along, just do the following :)
  • Grab your current read 
  • Open to a random page 
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page 
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!) 
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
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My Teaser:

"    He grabbed my arm. 'Wait, you're her. From the elevator.'
     Finally. But I didn't like his tone, and I really didn't like when he asked, 'How the hell did you find me?' "

On page 52 of My Soon-to-Be Sex Life by Judith Tewes

Dec 15, 2014

Review -- Make It Count

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Author: Megan Erickson
Release Date: June 3rd, 2014
Publisher: Harper Collins
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 336
Format: Ebook, Bought

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Synopsis:

Kat Caruso wishes her brain had a return policy, or at least a complaint hot-line. The defective organ is constantly distracted, terrible at statistics, and absolutely flooded with inappropriate thoughts about her boyfriend’s gorgeous best friend, Alec…who just so happens to be her brand new math tutor. Who knew nerd was so hot?

Kat usually goes through tutors like she does boyfriends—both always seem to bail when they realize how hopeless she is. It’s safer for her heart to keep everyone at arm’s reach. But Alec is always stepping just a little too close.

Alec Stone should not be fantasizing about Kat. She’s adorable, unbelievably witty, and completely off limits. He’d never stab his best friend in the back…

But when secrets are revealed, the lines of loyalty are blurred. To make it count, Alec must learn messy human emotions can’t be solved like a trigonometry function. And Kat has to trust Alec may be the first guy to want her for who she is, and not in spite of it.


My Review:
First off, Nerds are definitely hot. Okay, now that that is off my chest, lets move on :)

I really enjoyed this book. I started reading it on a Sunday night before my work week started back up. I read up until 11:30 and said okay, I really need to get some sleep. I couldn't wait to get off work so I could finally finish it.

Kat was a character that pulls at your heart right away. You feel so bad for her and the way she struggles with school. She tries and tries but just doesn't seem to be able to get the grades. You can tell it is something that really bothers her, no matter how beautiful she is on the inside and out. She spends her time finding guys that won't try to dig into who she really is so she still can just be in her mind stupid without feeling so bad. It was hard to read about her that way because you can see how wonderful she really is. She is sarcastic, perverted, and just all around goofy. I really enjoyed her as a character. She had her flaws where she took things the wrong way, but you know from what she has gone through you do understand even if you want to shake her a little.

Alec. Dreamy Alec. I love me some nerd, that is for sure. So he of course what a character that I didn't only like but drooled over too. Some of the dirty scenes I will be shameless and say that I felt anyone would be lucky to see the man nakey!You learn more about Alec as the book goes and he also steals your heart. The poor guy also doesn't get a break but he does all he can to try to fix the problems in his life. Poor Alec doesn't understand the female mind, even when one of his best friends is a lesbian. He has his times of saying the wrong thing and finding out later what he did wrong. He has a bit of a temper from time to time, but yet so does Kat. They both can be stubborn and it caused some problems with them throughout the book. Not in a tacky way though, it was realistic and easy to follow.

Max, even with his problems wasn't a character I hated. I liked him as a person just knew he wasn't meant for Kat. When things are revealed at the end I wish I would have been able to figure it out on my own, but it was nice to read a book that wasn't entirely predictable. Max had his moments of douchebaggery, but he pulled himself out of in the end. He supported Alec and was there for him in the end which was wonderful. Max has morals (sometimes).

The book follows mainly Alec and Kat around their life of college, between tutoring and just normal college life. You don't get much from them in the actual classes, though little bits of that pop up from time to time. It was easy enough to follow the life even for those who have never been to a college campus.

The characters are all very easy to get along with and understand, even the ones you don't like much. They all had great personalities and each had their own ways to make you smile. There were quite a bit of secondary characters but they all had important reasons for being there. Not many of the characters had something that they didn't contribute in one way or another.

This book is one that anyone who loves a little romance but also loves a book that helps you gain some self-esteem this is your book. You get the message that no matter what happens in your life, to pick yourself up and don't give up. There will always be a reward in the end. You also learn to love yourself for exactly who you are. You don't need to try to be anyone else, you as yourself is the perfect person to be! Sometimes we all lose that grasp on ourselves and we need a reminder from time to time. This is the perfect book to pick up and make yourself love yourself all over again!



Dec 12, 2014

Blog Tour -- A League of Her Own

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Author: Karen Rock
Release Date: December 1st, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 186
Format: e-book, received from author for an honest review
Tour Host: Lola's Blog Tours

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Synopsis:

He was attractive, talented…and way off limits.

Heather Gadway may have been a world-class college pitcher and a top university coach, but she's a rank amateur when it comes to managing the Falcons, her father's struggling minor league team. And when it comes to managing her aggravating attraction to Garrett Wolf, their talented new pitcher. It's going to be difficult enough to make it as the first female manager in the league and prove to her overly critical father she's worthy. No distractions. No missteps. And certainly no romances with players. Everything stands between them—including their troubled pasts—even as Heather's world falls apart and Garrett's the one who's there to catch her…

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My Review:
I thought that this book seemed really interesting. I don't get offered a chance to read a book with a girl that is in a sports world very often. The love story that intertwined through out it was also a reason I wanted to read it. Heather is a 27 year old trying to get over her past and earn her father's acceptance of her. When he ends up having a heart attack, her life changes majorly and she tries harder than ever to get her father to be proud of her.

Garrett is a player struggling with his own past and is holding onto his AA coin for dear life. He struggles everyday with many things, but you see his strength throughout the book even when he could easily break down.

Heather was a character that I found to be very annoying. She wanted to know why her mom took off and why her dad never seems proud of her. She wants a chance to prove herself but yet she had a problem with doing the same for others. She held her own past against others. Even when you think she would learn from things, she fell right back into her selfish ways. I kept reading through the book hoping she would somehow come around but I just didn't feel it.

Now for Garrett. I really enjoyed his character and being able to follow him around in the story. He had a hard life, just like Heather. But with him he was able to use that as strength to keep him going and not let him fall back to his old ways. He is a character that draws you into him and can't help but wishing him the best. He was the reason I kept reading. Though Heather gives off major negativity, Garrett gives off a bright light that makes you want to know what happens to him. No matter what anyone does to him, including Heather, he continues to have hope that he will somehow get his happily ever after in his life.

I did like the struggles throughout the book. There are so many in the book with struggles but for the most part all of them some way to overcome them and keep going. They might not have always went about it the right way, but we all make mistakes. They learned and didn't give up and that showed in the book. Even in moments of weaknesses and breakdowns, they ended up picking themselves up and forming a family between them all, even if they didn't expect it to happen.

I enjoyed the players for the falcons as well. Valdez and Dean sticking out the most. Dean was one that was there for Garrett and didn't let him fall back. As the other guys would have made fun of him, Dean kept him steady and supported him not only as a teammate, but also a friend. Valdez was funny with his crush on Heather and him pretty much doing anything she asked of him, even if it was for her affection.

The love story is pretty sweet as well as the connections that come back to those that lost connection when things went bad. I have had experiences not quite like this, but I do know what it feels to lose family for a little bit. It is hard to accept them back in because of the fear of them taking off again. I over came it and I was glad that those in the book also had a good ending :)




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Tens List
Top Ten Places Books have made Me Want to Travel to

Great topic :)

1. 18th Century Scotland… mostly so that I can meet Jamie Fraser in THE OUTLANDER!

2. Caribbean island - Los Camellos (fictional) from Kathleen Woodwiss’ novel, SHANNA… because who doesn’t love a tropical setting full of bad boys and gorgeous pirates?!


3. Hogwarts. After devouring the HARRY POTTER series, I really really want to learn how to play Quiddich…and ride a dragon!

4. New Bern, North Carolina, 1932, 1946. Nicholas Sparks did a beautiful job making me fall for this genteel southern setting in one of my favorite novels, THE NOTEBOOK. And wow! That scene in the boat and the kiss in the rain… yes… I’d like to go to that spot, please.

5. Madison County, Iowa. The old-fashioned wooden bridges and country setting in BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY are definitely a place I’d love to visit.

6. Oklahoma Territory, 1893, during the Land Rush. I loved this setting in the novel, and later movie, FAR AND AWAY. How thrilling to race on horseback to stake out your own property!

7. Prince Edward Island. I've read ANNE OF GREEN GABLES (the series) at least five times. I love the rich, rural setting, the orchards, the woods, the rivers and the farms there that remind me of my grandfather’s New England dairy farm. I want to fall asleep in one of those pastures, reading a good book.

8. Amsterdam. After reading THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, I fell in love with this quaint, old city on the water right along with the main characters. I’d love to visit the Anne Frank house, drink champagne at a canal-side restaurant and bike ride on cobblestone streets.

9. Paris. So many books have made me want to visit… and it all began when I was a child opening up a book called MADELINE.

10. Georgia. I had to save the best for last. My favorite book of all times is GONE WITH THE WIND. I would love to tour the old plantations and visit Savannah and Atlanta to put myself in Scarlett’s shoes… but not her corsets. Ouch.


Thanks so much for having me! Wishing everyone well during the Holidays :)

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Excerpt

     Heather flushed, remembering how she’d warned him that she could never trust him or any addict. Had pushed him away when he’d kissed her. So why, then, was she telling him things she hadn’t even shared with her father?
     “How many times did you go to rehab?” she asked.
     “Once.”
     “How long were you an alcoholic before that?”
     “Five years. I was twenty-one when Manny got shot.”
     Heather stiffened in his arms, realization spiking through her. He’d turned to alcohol because of Manny.
     “You drank so you wouldn’t think about it.”
     “Basically.” She felt his head nod against hers. “And, after a while, because I had to.”
     “And now you’re never tempted.” She tried keeping the skepticism out of her voice and failed.
     “I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t. But I’m committed.” He lifted his head, tipped up her chin and looked her directly in the eye. “I can only promise one day at a time. But I’ll keep that vow. Continue renewing it. I want more out of life than a bottle.”
     Heather reached up and touched the sides of his face, unable to stop her impulsive action. It was sending him mixed messages, the same ones she felt.
     “What else do you want?” The question came from a part of her she didn’t recognize. Asking a man like Garrett a flirtatious question was playing with fire.
     Garrett groaned, longing sharpening his features. “You.”
     Without waiting for her response, his lips captured hers. She knew she should push him away, but instead her head fell back, her pulse leaping in her throat. The pressure was exquisite as he nibbled and explored. Soft. Warm. Gentle. His lips moved slowly, gradually exerting more pressure.
     This felt incredible. Better than the last time. She had to stop this, but need seized her, shoving aside her good intentions.
     Her body hummed and a fuzzy sensation filled her head, making it hard to focus on anything but the feel of him, the evergreen scent of the forest and his aftershave heightening her senses.
     His hands gripped her waist as she swayed against him, holding her as his mouth sampled her lower lip, then put pressure on the top. Nerves sent small shock waves through her chest, and her hand rose to stroke the back of his neck, making him tremble against her. Suddenly his kiss intensified, growing fierce and demanding. His lips moved fast against hers, their tongues tangling, causing warmth to explode in her body, melting every piece of her.
     She moaned and Garrett’s arms tightened, bringing her closer still. Her lips maneuvered against his in response, loving his sweet taste. Garrett shuddered, curling his fist into her hair with a groan. She loved how her touch affected him, how it affected her. At last his lips let her go, and he looked down at her tenderly, pleasure in his eyes, his chest rising and falling hard.
     “I wasn’t getting involved with anyone. Planned to focus only on baseball,” he said when his breath came easier. “But I can’t stay away from you. You follow me, even in my sleep. Your eyes.” He kissed each lid. “Your smile.” He pressed his lips to each corner. “These freckles.” His warm mouth brushed her cheeks.
     Her chest expanded, taking in his beautiful words. This incredible moment. And then it hit her, reality a cold shower.
     She opened her eyes and scooted away. “Garrett. I don’t know.”
     His eyes moved out over the falls, tracking the sprays of water as they hit the jutting rocks and tumbled to earth. “You don’t trust me.”
     Her mouth opened and closed. He was right. While he touched a chord inside that’d never sounded for anyone else, she still couldn’t put her heart in harm’s way again. And she knew without a doubt that if Garrett let her down, he’d devastate her as much as her mother had. Even more. She’d loved and lost too many times to try again, especially with her father gone so recently.
     “I’m sorry,” she said inadequately as he stood and helped her to her feet.
     His blank expression gave little away. She wondered if, deep down, a part of him was relieved they weren’t taking things further. He’d said he hadn’t wanted distractions. And now she wouldn’t be one.
     “I can’t make you believe in me, Heather.” His voice was steady and strong. “I need someone who’ll give me a chance to earn her trust.”
     She crossed her arms and looked down at the falls, speaking from her heart. “You could be sober a hundred years and I’d still be waiting for the one day you slipped.”
     Air escaped him. “I’ve never had a drink as long as you’ve known me. Put you in danger.”
     “It doesn’t matter. I’m sorry.”
     “Me too,” he said as they wandered back to the path. “But better to be up front now. So…this is for the best.”
     She wasn’t sure if it was pride talking, or she’d convinced him that they were wrong for each other. Either way, incongruously, she felt let down. Had she wanted him to push it harder? Make her change her mind? If he had, she’d only have distanced herself more. No. He’d made the right call.
     Only it felt completely and absolutely wrong.


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About the Author

Karen Rock
Karen Rock is an award-winning YA and adult contemporary romance author. She holds a master’s degree in English and worked as an ELA instructor before becoming a full-time writer. Currently she writes for Harlequin Heartwarming and her first novel for the line, WISH ME TOMORROW, has won the 2014 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, the 2014 Golden Quill Contest and a finalist in the Published Maggie Awards. The first novel in her co-authored YA series, CAMP BOYFRIEND, has been a finalist in the Booksellers Best and Golden Leaf awards.



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