Dec 31, 2016

Bout of Books 18 Read-a-thon sign ups and goals!


 Bout of Books 18

Well, I've decided to do this at the last minute, so I am going to use this post as my sign up as well as my goals post!

For those of you who want to do this and don't know where to go, just click here, and it will take you to the site for all the rest of the info!
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 2nd and runs through Sunday, January 8th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 18 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

I am not working at the moment but I tend to get distracted by facebook and app games, so I am gonna use this read-a-thon to get caught up on my review books so I can read some of the books on my shelf too! I sit down to read then usually get on my phone and end up wasting away hours of precious reading time! I'm a horrible person!



My Goals:
  • To read at least 150 pages a day, but shooting for 200 pages a day! (1050-1400 Pages)
  • To read 4 books this week, hopefully maybe even 5 :)
  • To keep up with the reviews throughout the week as I finish any books.




 Books to Read:

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Swords & Stilettos by Kristin D Van Risseghem (290 Pages)
It's You by Katy Regnery (275 Pages)
Sugar & Other Luxuries by Everly Scott (225 Pages)
Eerie by C.M. McCoy (434 Pages) -- This one might change

Total Book Page Count: 1224 Pages



How my updates will look:

Monday 1/2 (Day 1)
Number of pages read:
Number of books I've read today: 
Total number of books read so far: 


Overall Goals
(will be crossed through if completed)

Read an average of 150 pages a day (1050 page total)

Read 4 books

Write reviews for all books read during read-a-thon

Stacking the Shelves -- Week of Dec 25th


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews!

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All of these were freebies or review books that I got this week :)
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ebooks

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Sabrina's Vampire
A K Michaels

Kindle-FREE!

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Sabrina's life was a mess, suspended from her police job, she ran to Vegas for a break, to escape the torment and embarrassment. She followed this up by getting blind drunk and down an alleyway with two thugs who wanted more than a goodnight kiss! Kyle, a vampire, hears her scream and against his better judgement enters the alley and saves her. As she collapses into his arms he had a deep need to take her home? He never takes anyone to his home! Soon Sabrina is ingrained in him - he can't get enough - can't let her go and just why are his bites not healing on her neck? When he finds out he is shocked - he must keep her - make her stay! Will she? Will this woman stay in the arms of a vampire?! Vampire Erotica Book. Adult Content in this Book!

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When in Rome...Lose Control
Lena Mae Hill

Kindle-99¢

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Cynthia and Nick are best friends, and she's intent on keeping it that way. She's always wanted a BFF, and she's not about to compromise their friendship by doing anything silly, even if they are studying abroad in the romantic city of Rome together. Cynthia is there to see the world and experience all it has to offer, including boys. After all, she can always hook up with Nick back in Arkansas if she changes her mind.

But when an unexpected family tragedy happens back home, her trip is thrown into turmoil. Torn between going home and staying in Rome, between partying to forget her sorrows and dwelling on regrets, she always seems to make the wrong choice. So when her friendship with Nick begins to crumble, she's forced to reevaluate that choice, as well. Is staying 'just friends' the only thing that ensures he will always be there for her, or is it the one thing that their friendship can't endure?

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The Honeymoon Prize
Melissa McClone

Kindle- FREE!

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He needs a wife…

Single bodyguard Nick Calhoun has been given an ultimatum by his boss—find a wife or lose his cushy, high-paying job. Clients’ wives are hitting on him and putting Nick, and his boss, in hot water. But monogamy? He’s never been a white picket fence kind of guy, and he’s not about to embrace the happily married lifestyle now. He needs a wife who doesn’t care about his steamy, extra-curricular love life…and he knows just the woman to fit the bill.

She needs a home…

Adalaide Sinclair spent years caring for her ill grandmother. Upon Grammy’s death, she’s stunned to find herself evicted from the only home she’s ever known and labeled a thief by her inheritance-hungry family. Addie needs to find a place to live and a job—fast. So when her childhood friend, Nick, proposes a no-sex marriage of convenience, she puts her dreams of true love and happily-ever-after on hold. Finding Prince Charming can wait a little longer, right?

But will their friendship survive the honeymoon?

When Nick and Addie unexpectedly win a dream honeymoon, they decide to go their separate ways during the ten-day vacation. Too bad a camera crew is waiting for them at the tropical paradise. Acting like a head-over-heels bride and groom for reality TV wreaks havoc on their no-sex agreement…and blurs the line between fantasy and reality. Will Nick and Addie remain married in name only, or will a romantic honeymoon for show turn them into true newlyweds?
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Timepiece
T.M. Franklin

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Wren Galloway’s not happy that her mother’s vagabond lifestyle lands her in yet another new school, this time in gray and rainy Lamsden, Washington. She’s even less happy when she’s plagued by strange nightmares, sleepwalking, and a feeling that something really weird is going on in the small town.

When she wakes up outside Chloe Blake’s house—a house that’s been front-and-center in her dreams—she starts on a journey that takes her up the stairs to Chloe’s attic, and to a mysterious chest that grants her an unbelievable power.

But power comes with a price, and the question is, will Wren be able to pay it?
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Extra Credit
J.L. Beck

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All I needed was a passing grade. I never expected to sleep with my Professor for it.

When Ava told me she couldn’t fail my class or she would lose her student aide I made her a deal that would benefit both of us.

One night of off the wall hot sex in return for an A in my class. Neither of us expected it to be more than one time, until it happened again, and again, and pretty soon we were blurring the lines between student and teacher.

If anyone found out I’d lose everything, but maybe Ava was worth losing everything for.
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Ever Shade (book #1)
Alexia Purdy

Kindle- FREE!

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DO YOU BELIEVE IN FAERY TALES?

A dark twist on faeries. For Shade, a chance meeting with a powerful Teleen Faery warrior who wields electrical currents and blue fires along his skin, has her joining him on a treacherous mission for the good Seelie Faerie Court across the land of Faerie.

Magic and malice abound and nothing is what it really seems to be.
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Ever Fire (book #2)

Alexia Purdy

Kindle- $2.99

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Magic & Fire burn...

The Serenity of the Land of Faerie is threatened as the Unseelie Queen Aveta rages war against the three remaining Seelie Realms of Faerie. As Shade's powers grow, she finds she is running out of time to keep the war from spilling into the human world. Winter is growing in strength as the evil Queen's horrifying legions scar the land in their frigid wake. No one is safe. Shade becomes enemy number one for the Unseelie legions. Questioning her true role of power, Shade discovers the cost of winning may come at a much higher price than she ever imagined.
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Feral

Laxmi Hariharan

Kindle- 99¢

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**Short 15,000 word, standalone story, set in the Many Lives Universe**

He was her destination. She just didn't know it.

When Maya leaves Luke to go in search of her blood family, nothing prepares her for the secrets she uncovers about herself.

An intense, shifter romance, set in Bombay. A standalone novelette in the Many Lives universe.
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Fire in Frost

Alicia Rades

Kindle- FREE!

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CRYSTAL FROST tells herself she isn't crazy, but sane people don't see ghosts. As her psychic abilities manifest, Crystal discovers there's a much bigger story behind her mother's Halloween-themed shop than she ever realized. Now blessed with the ability to see into the future, witness the past, and speak with the dead, Crystal must use these tools to save those who have come to her for help.

But that's not an easy task between learning how to use her abilities, trying to hide them, and uncovering the secrets her loved ones have been keeping from her. Add blackmail to the list of things Crystal never thought would happen to her, and you basically have her sophomore year covered. Will she learn to control her abilities in time, or will the whole school learn of her secret before she's ready to reveal it?

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That's all I got this week!!
What did you get??

Dec 30, 2016

Review -- Extra Credit (18+ read)


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Extra Credit
Author: J.L. Beck
Release Date: December 30, 2016
Publisher: Self-Published
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 125
Format: ebook

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Synopsis:

All I needed was a passing grade. I never expected to sleep with my Professor for it.

When Ava told me she couldn’t fail my class or she would lose her student aide I made her a deal that would benefit both of us.

One night of off the wall hot sex in return for an A in my class. Neither of us expected it to be more than one time, until it happened again, and again, and pretty soon we were blurring the lines between student and teacher.

If anyone found out I’d lose everything, but maybe Ava was worth losing everything for.

-This is a STANDALONE with a HEA. It contains hot sex scenes, and a dirty talking professor so get out your text book and get ready to your A.

My Review:
I normally don't go for books like this, but it sounded good to me and I had to give it a go. It was a very quick and short read but very enjoyable. You go right into the heavy stuff within the first 5% of the book, but it worked.

I really liked both Ava and Mr. Caldwell. I felt I got enough of the characters to understand who they were. Ava was a family girl that felt she couldn't let her family down with her college career. Mr. Caldwell was a misunderstood professor that was seen as a sexual want instead of a person.

The book flowed very well. Even with how short it was, it was still able to be understood well and not feel rushed. It was the perfect way to write it.

There are ALOT of sex scenes, so be prepared for that going into the book. They were not distasteful and were written well. They were rather quick scenes and that made it not awkward for me. You got some sexual bits as well as sweet romance mixed in between. She does repeat genital words a bit which made me take off a star for the rating. I just couldn't get past how many times I read one of the words. I needed a little more variety with it. That is my only complaint about this book, though.

The characters were great, the details phenomenal. You were able to flow through the story like you were right there watching, in a non-creepy way. I enjoyed the book very much and am glad I stepped out of my comfort zone to read it.

Blitz -- Breaking Evil

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Breaking Evil
Author: Kristina Rienzi
Release Date: December 21, 2016
Publisher: Crimson Frost Books
Tour Host: RABT Book Tours

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Synopsis:

BECOMING EVIL

One year ago, Sera Murano chose evil. She left her human world behind to transform into an Ensoul, a rare and powerful demon, all to fight the evil she was about to become. Working for her father Lorenzo, the leader of all demons, she secretly vowed to overturn his plot to destroy humankind.

BATTLING EVIL

That is, until demon hunters attack Sera and her beloved, Damon, and the truth about the human-demon war is revealed. Torn between the human life of her past and the supernatural one she lives now, Sera must decide who is the worse enemy: evil or humanity.

BREAKING EVIL

To win the battle of her life, Sera is forced to do the unthinkable, taking drastic measures and risking the lives of those she loves most. She must fight to the death against the only supernatural leader she’s ever known, all for a chance to break the cycle of evil.
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Excerpt

Time was of the essence. Sera burst out of her room and into the hallway and raced down the long corridor. As she reached the winding stairs, she opened her mouth to scream that she was coming for Damon. But before she could say anything, a booming crack silenced her. It bellowed loudly. 

The noise stopped her in her tracks. She had no idea where the sound had come from. Dazed, she froze in her steps and looked around, trying to identify its source. What was that? Her blood pumped fast through her system. When she took her next step, an excruciating and undeniable agony came over her. She had been attacked.

Stars swirled and danced in her vision. Everything dimmed.  The back of her head throbbed. The pain pounded in her skull, making a ba-boom sound over and over again. Without further warning, her body gave way, and she dropped fast to the hard floor. As she fell and desperately tried to right herself, she spun on the perfect angle to see the reason for her unfortunate circumstance. He loomed over her, poised for a further assault. 

Her attacker was a dark, blurry figure. He watched her collapse with his small beady eyes glaring at her from the holes in his black mask. While the hunter's face was obscured, his smile gleamed brightly in the dimly lit house. Sera could have sworn she heard laughter. It was a note higher than she anticipated. She noticed the hunter's right arm; he was positioned ready to strike. He wielded a giant baseball bat, which had just connected with her head.

"What the…?” Sera’s rage metamorphosed into energy, thrusting through her like a roaring and violent storm. It readied her body to respond to her attacker.  

The hunter pulled his arm back slowly until it was raised high above his head. He paused, a cocky move, meant to intimidate her.

Unwilling to fall victim to the masked assailant, Sera summoned her supernatural strength once again and pushed herself off the floor to face him. In a flash, he twisted his body and swung the bat toward her. Sera hesitated a beat too long, just enough for the demon hunter to get his wish.

She had been mere inches away from an upright stance, when the bat, in full swing, connected with her cheekbone. The impact sent Sera careening backward until she slammed up against a wall.

For seconds she teetered on the edge of the top stair.  Finally, she lost her battle with her balance and slid off the wall. To save herself, she took a leap, high into the air. But nonetheless, her body tumbled and crashed down the steps of the grand staircase.

The fall felt as if it lasted for minutes, but only seconds had passed. Conscious as she experienced her soar through the air, her body twisted and turned as it made its way to the bottom of the stairs. Without warning, her head smashed violently onto the marble foyer entrance. Everything faded to black.
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About The Author

Kristina Rienzi is an American author who has been writing in some fashion for several decades. In 2014, she achieved traditional publication for her debut novel, Choosing Evil (Ensouled Trilogy, Book One), and has since independently published, Luring Shadows, Twisted, and Winter Road. Her latest novel, Breaking Evil (Ensouled Trilogy, Book Two) will be releasing soon.

Professionally, Kristina has been active in the writing community as a member of several organizations such as Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime and International Thriller Writers. She has also served as the New Jersey Romance Writers Literary Book Fair Chair and, most recently, the President of Sisters in Crime-New Jersey. Kristina holds a Masters Degree in Psychological Counseling and a Senior Professional Human Resources Certificate, working in both fields throughout her business career. 

Personally, Kristina is married and doggie mommy to Pekingese and Shih-Tzu pups. Although a New Jersey resident, she dreams of one day moving to Hawaii and living the ‘Aloha’ way. When she is not writing, she spends her time reading, watching paranormal investigations, rooting for her West Virginia Mountaineers and relaxing with her loved ones, wine in hand.

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Favorite Character Friday -- Edward Cullen

Favorite Character Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Adria's Romance Reviews that gives readers a chance to celebrate their favorite characters! 

Why a weekly meme? Because really, with millions of books out there and more coming out every week, characters are like potato chips, you can't have just one. 

How it works: 
Every week you pick one of your favorite characters and tell every one who it is, what book they're from and WHY they're one of your favorite characters. Be sure to include the blurb and book cover as well! Share the love and maybe someone will read that same book and see why that character is one of your favorites! Unlike the Book Boyfriend meme (which was a great meme), your Favorite Character Fridays choice can be male or female! 


 Favorite Character: 
Edward Cullen

Book Title & Author: 
Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer

 Why is this character your favorite (Feel free to include a favorite quote or scene)? 
I know this series has a bad reputation, but for that I really don't care. I read this series after my cousin told me how good it was. I didn't really want to read it but she talked me into it. Within the first few chapters I was sucked into the story. I read the whole series in a couple days. I became part of Team Edward. I think he is such a wonderful character and does so much for Bella. He risks his own happiness to try to do what he feels is right for her. I love the idea that he was born in a different time so it makes him different from the other guys around. I would love to be in his head just to see how he probable thinks most guys in his school are stupid. I think Edward is a character worth aknowledging and getting some credit for how wonderful he is!


 Book Cover/Blurb:

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Synopsis:

About three things I was absolutely positive.

First, Edward was a vampire.

Second, there was a part of him—and I didn't know how dominant that part might be—that thirsted for my blood.

And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

Dec 29, 2016

Cover Reveal -- The Talisman Chronicles

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The Talisman Chronicles
Author: T.M. Franklin
Release Date: January 17th, 2017
Publisher: Self Published

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The Talisman Chronicles is a six-part serial, which will be released every Tuesday from January 17th-February 14th. It builds off the Amazon best-selling short story WINDOW and tells the story of a group of teenagers who find some unusual items in an old chest . . . items that give them incredible powers.

But they receive those gifts for a reason. And one day soon, they'll need to use them to fight for us all.

And if you'd like to join the Talisman Chronicles Release Day Party - with giveaways all day long on January 17th, join the Enchanted Publications Facebook Event page. It's going to be a blast!



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About The Author

T.M. Franklin

T.M. Franklin writes stories of adventure, romance, & a little magic. A former TV news producer, she decided making stuff up was more fun than reporting the facts. Her first published novel, MORE, was born during National Novel Writing month, a challenge to write a novel in thirty days. MORE was well-received, being selected as a finalist in the 2013 Kindle Book Review Best Indie Book Awards, as well as winning the Suspense/Thriller division of the Blogger Book Fair Reader's Choice Awards. She's since written three additional novels and several best-selling short stories...and there's always more on the way.

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Dec 28, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday -- Carve The Mark

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


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Carve The Mark
By: Veronica Roth
Release Date: January 17th, 2017

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On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their current gifts, Akos and Cyra do not—their gifts make them vulnerable to others’ control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives, and reset the balance of power in this world?

Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power—something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is from the peace-loving nation of Thuvhe, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Though protected by his unusual currentgift, once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive—no matter what the cost. When Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. They must decide to help each other to survive—or to destroy one another.

Dec 27, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday -- Top Ten Best Books Of 2016

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 such a fun idea to remember all the books I've read this year and pick out my top 10!


Top Ten Best Books Of 2016

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 1. The Parisian Christmas Bake Off 
By Jenny Oliver

Welcome to the most celebrated patisserie competition in Paris – ready, steady, bake!

Watching snowflakes settle on the Eiffel Tower, Rachel Smithson’s cosy English village feels very far way – as, thankfully, does her commitment-phobic ex, probably already kissing someone else under the mistletoe. But Rachel hasn’t come to Paris to mope she’s come to bake. Hard.

Because the search for Paris’s next patisserie apprentice is about to begin! And super-chef judge Henri Salernes is an infamously tough cookie. But Rachel isn’t about to let her confidence (or pastry) crumble. She’s got one week, mounds of melt-in-the-mouth macaroons and towers of perfect profiteroles to prove that she really is a star baker.

As well as clouds of flour, and wafts of chocolate and cinnamon, there’s definitely a touch of Christmas magic in the air… Rachel hasn’t come to Paris looking for a fairy-tale romance, but the city of love might gift-wrap her one anyway…

Not even a dusting of icing sugar could make The Parisian Christmas Bake-Off a more perfect Christmas treat!



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2. Sisterhood Everlasting 
By Ann Brashares

Four friends
One sisterhood
Ten years later, the story continues

On the cusp of turning thirty, Tibby, Lena, Carmen, and Bridget are now living separate lives, out on their own. Yet despite having jobs and men that they love, each knows that something is missing: the closeness that once sustained them. Carmen is a successful actress in New York, engaged to be married, but misses her friends. Lena finds solace in her art, teaching in Rhode Island, but still thinks of Kostos and the road she didn’t take. Bridget lives with her longtime boyfriend, Eric, in San Francisco, and though a part of her wants to settle down, a bigger part can’t seem to shed her old restlessness. Then Tibby reaches out to bridge the distance, sending the others plane tickets for a reunion that they all breathlessly await. And indeed, it will change their lives forever—but in ways that none of them could ever have expected.



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3. Saven Deception  (Saven #1)
By Siobhan Davis

THE TRUTH DOESN'T ALWAYS SET YOU FREE

I’ve fallen hard for an alien, but he’s harboring secrets.
Massive secrets that threaten the very essence of humanity.
How can I give him my heart when his race plans on taking my future?

Sadie Owens has been slowly dying inside. Bit by bit, piece by piece, day by day. Trapped in a life she hates, she relies on only one person—herself.

Despised by her family and betrayed by an unscrupulous government, Sadie dreams of a different life. When she is chosen to participate in the government’s new social experiment, she is ecstatic at the prospect of spending six months in Thalassic City, the shiny new city under the sea.

Immediately drawn to Logan Chandler, Sadie is captivated by the beautiful boy with the ocean-blue eyes. Logan seems to embody everything that has been forbidden, but he isn’t all he appears to be.

Confused over Logan’s true intentions and concerned when best friend Jenna starts transforming in front of her eyes, Sadie partners with newcomer Jarod in a bid to uncover the government’s real agenda. The truth is more shocking than anything she could ever have imagined.

When Sadie finally understands why the Saven walk among us, will it be too late to save her heart and the human race?



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4. Saven Disclosure (Saven #2) 
By Siobhan Davis

THE TRUTH CAN'T HIDE FOREVER

To protect Logan, I have no choice but to deceive him.
But I’m not the only one hiding the truth.
Will our love survive all the secrets and lies?

Enemy alien ships crowd the skies over Earth while the world waits with bated breath. The Saven have been exposed, and where once they were abhorred, they are now championed as our greatest ally and our only possible savior.

Logan and Sadie have been separated, and the longer he is gone, the more their love is tested by duty, doubts, and deception.

Sadie and Jarod have infiltrated the highest levels of government, but they are playing a dangerous game. Surrounded by people with conflicting agendas—hell-bent on using her for their own aim—Sadie is confused when the lines between good and evil are blurred. It’s impossible to tell friend from foe, and no one can be trusted.

When the full extent of the experiments taking place in Sector Twenty is disclosed, Sadie can no longer sit back and watch as the lower classes face a horrific fate. Racing to save her loved ones and mankind, she risks her own safety and the love she’s waited a lifetime for to do the right thing.

But no one thought to save her from herself.



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5. Saven Defiance (Saven #3) 
By Siobhan Davis

THE TRUTH ISN’T ALWAYS EASY

I’ve promised to protect those I love.
But someone is lying to me.
Will I discover the truth in time to save him?

With war looming in outer space and the Earthen government forced into hiding, the battle for ultimate world domination is only just beginning.

Having accepted her identity, Sadie sets out on a daring quest with her friends, which takes them deep into alien territory. Fraught with tension and danger, the journey is not an easy one, especially when previous adversaries become new allies and cherished friends become suspicious opponents.

As the heirs unite in a bid to restore peace to the galaxy, powerful enemies, determined to exact retribution,surround them on all sides. When hidden agendas and shocking revelations come to light, the fallout is massive.

Sadie’s love life is a tangled, messy affair. While one relationship is embraced forever, another spirals out of control, threatening to destroy everything. Determined to do the right thing, Sadie will fight hard to protect those she loves.

But there are some battles she cannot win.



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6. Reflection Pond 
By Kacey Vanderkarr

Sometimes you find home, sometimes it comes looking for you.

Callie knows a lot more about pain than she does about family. She’s never belonged, at least, not until she falls through a portal into her true home. The beautiful faerie city of Eirensae doesn’t come free. Callie must find her amulet and bind herself to the city, and most importantly, avoid the Fallen fae who seek her life. Seems like a small price to pay for the family she’s always wanted.

Then she meets cynical and gorgeous Rowan, who reads the darkness of her past in her eyes. He becomes Callie’s part-time protector and full-time pain in the ass. He has secrets of his own for Callie to unravel. What they don’t know is that the future of Eirensae lies with them, and the once peaceful city is about to become a battleground for power.



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7. Supercross Me 
By Cheyanne Young

Hana thought that love was all she would need to get through a long distance relationship, but fame had another thing in mind when Ash Carter became the hottest rookie on the Supercross circuit. It’s been five months since Hana and Ash called it quits. They say it was mutual, but she’s not so sure about that now.

In an effort to cope with the overwhelming hurt of losing her first love, Hana has thrown herself into her work at Mixon Motocross Park. She’s now fluent in the world of dirt bikes, sparkling trophies, and checkered flags. She even has a game plan for dealing with Ash’s upcoming visit to his hometown: avoiding him completely.

When tragedy strikes Mixon Motocross Park, Hana is forced to choose between taking another easy way out or pushing through the pain to keep her new life, and job, afloat.

Everyone always said the motocross family was fun, but they never warned how badly it can hurt.



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8. Shatter Me 
By Tahereh Mafi

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.



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9. Harry Potter Series 
By J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter has never played a sport while flying on a broomstick. He's never worn a cloak of invisibility, befriended a giant, or helped hatch a dragon. All Harry knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley. Harry's room is a tiny closet at the foot of the stairs, and he hasn't had a birthday party in eleven years.

But all that is about change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to a wonderful place he never dreamed existed. There he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic around every corner, but a great destiny that's been waiting for him...if Harry can survive the encounter.



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10. Fairy Tale 
By Cyn Balog

A captivating and witty dark fantasy that will have girls lusting after it.

Morgan Sparks has always known that she and her boyfriend, Cam, are made for each other. But when Cam’s cousin Pip comes to stay with the family, Cam seems depressed. Finally Cam confesses to Morgan what’s going on: Cam is a fairy. The night he was born, fairies came down and switched him with a healthy human boy. Nobody expected Cam to live, and nobody expected his biological brother, heir to the fairy throne, to die. But both things happened, and now the fairies want Cam back to take his rightful place as Fairy King.

Even as Cam physically changes, becoming more miserable each day, he and Morgan pledge to fool the fairies and stay together forever. But by the time Cam has to decide once and for all what to do, Morgan’s no longer sure what’s best for everyone, or whether her and Cam’s love can weather an uncertain future.


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

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Teaser Tuesday -- Kisses on a Paper Airplane

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:

"Her name was Hannah. I loved the way it sounded on my lips."

On 25 percent of Kisses on a Paper Airplane by Sarah Vance-Tompkins

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Dec 26, 2016

Review -- The Parisian Christmas Bake Off


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The Parisian Christmas Bake Off
Author: Jenny Oliver
Release Date: October 23, 2013
Publisher: Carina UK
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 352
Format: ebook


Synopsis:

Welcome to the most celebrated patisserie competition in Paris – ready, steady, bake!

Watching snowflakes settle on the Eiffel Tower, Rachel Smithson’s cosy English village feels very far way – as, thankfully, does her commitment-phobic ex, probably already kissing someone else under the mistletoe. But Rachel hasn’t come to Paris to mope she’s come to bake. Hard.

Because the search for Paris’s next patisserie apprentice is about to begin! And super-chef judge Henri Salernes is an infamously tough cookie. But Rachel isn’t about to let her confidence (or pastry) crumble. She’s got one week, mounds of melt-in-the-mouth macaroons and towers of perfect profiteroles to prove that she really is a star baker.

As well as clouds of flour, and wafts of chocolate and cinnamon, there’s definitely a touch of Christmas magic in the air… Rachel hasn’t come to Paris looking for a fairy-tale romance, but the city of love might gift-wrap her one anyway…

Not even a dusting of icing sugar could make The Parisian Christmas Bake-Off a more perfect Christmas treat!


My Review:
I am a sucker for books that deal with cooking in them, especially baking since I love to bake. I came across this one on Amazon and it was only 99 cents. I couldn't say no to that. Since it was set at Christmas time, I knew I had to read it during the Christmas season. I had a few other Christmas books to read as well, so I saved this one for last knowing I would love it the most. I wasn't wrong in my thinking.

This book was truly amazing. The way the author was able to put so much personality into each and every character that you came across. I could picture each of them as I kept through the pages and had a way each of them looked. I don't think there was a character that I didn't like in this story, even the other contestants in the bake-off. Yeah, some were a bit dodgy and untrustworthy, but it is a competition. I understand some doing things to sabotage the others. It's what happens in those situations.

I loved thinking of Henri's little bakery and wanting to eat everything that I read about as they were cooking it. I could visualize every single item as I was told about it in the pages. I wanted to hop into the book and do the competition with them (even though there is no way I could ever win it).

The scenery was also wonderful. I felt like I was walking the streets of Paris and was also in the room as they all competed for the apprentice spot. The author truly has a gift for her writing.

My only complaint and I don't even know if it is a very good one is there are times where the characters talk in French. I didn't understand much of it and it wasn't translated anywhere. Some words were spoken a lot so I was able to start figuring out what it meant. I am also wanting to learn French and plan to this year, so that might be where my frustration comes from. Knowing I should have learned it by now but haven't so I couldn't read it. I think I was more frustrated with myself than the author.

I was very sick while reading this. I had to read it in tiny spurts in between curling up in bed, drinking tea, and watching movies. I would have much rather been reading but with how sick I was, I just couldn't focus on the words and I also found I was reading parts and not even knowing what I was reading so I would just have to stop and go back to it later. If it wasn't for that I would have not moved until this book was devoured.

The book also has a lot of hidden messages in it that are wonderful. The author doesn't slap you in the face with any of it, she simply did little bits as you read for you to get the picture in the end. I loved that about the book. It wasn't just a feel good story but also something that had you good advice as you finish it. I don't want to say what all is put into it because I want you all to get your own take on what the author does. Yes, that does mean you need to read this. I know I will be reading everything this author wants to put into the world and she will have a fan from me for life.

Dec 25, 2016

Merry Christmas from Paradise of Pages!


I am here to wish you all a very merry Christmas! 

I hope all of you enjoy the time you get with your families and get all the presents and books your heart desires!
 
I am very happy to have all of you following my blog and being able to call many of you friends! That is all I could really ask for!

Happy Holidays!!

Dec 24, 2016

Stacking the Shelves -- Week of Dec 18th

I got lots of review copies this week! Gonna be a busy couple of months for me to get all of the ones I already have read as well as the ones I just got! Oh well! It's books!!


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Review Copies

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Sugar and Other Luxuries
Everly Scott

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Katherine Humphries wants to find the love of her life.

As a recovering perfectionist who hasn’t been on a date in five years, finding love is harder than she thought. Faced with beginning her twenty-sixth year of life insecure and living in Los Angeles where men and women either ignore or insult her curvy existence, Katherine decides to make dating her bitch. She’s not changing her curvy body. She won’t put down the dessert. And she isn’t going to apologize for any of it.

Her first night out ends nothing like she’d planned. When a flirty and rugged New Yorker asks for her phone number, Katherine freezes. She’s ready to give up before heartbreak happens. That is, until she meets a polyamorous, fairy-godmother-wanna-be, Hunter. The self proclaimed Queen of Pleasure coaches Katherine on badass, dating etiquette. Hunter’s first rule? Don’t fall in love. The second rule? Perfection doesn’t exist.

But when a bet with a sexy and sensitive music teacher changes her perspective on the dating game, Katherine learns that breaking badass rule #1 before loving every inch of herself might spell trouble. On the other hand, breaking rules might be exactly what Katherine needs to discover the true power of a woman’s body, the sugary sweetness of indulgence, and whether saying yes to her dream life against the wishes of advice-slinging friends will lead to heartache or harmony.
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The Billionaire's Package
Kyle Autumn

Goodreads |

Shiree
One day, I'm doing my job and minding my own business...

Okay. Maybe sitting behind the desk of the richest, most powerful man in our city isn't considered minding my own business. But I'm only here because I'm doing my job. That part is true.

I'm a package handler at National Express, and today, I have a package for Mr. Charles Masters, billionaire and CEO of Launchpad Systems, biggest tech company in the nation. And, when I'm caught red-handed getting a little too comfortable behind his desk, he looks at me like he wants me to handle his package.

It's too bad he turns out to be a pompous caveman.

Except he's an incredibly hot pompous caveman. And I can't stop thinking about him.

I can't wait to tell my girls about this at the next Thirsty Thursday...

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Chaz
The board of the company I built from the ground up doesn't approve of the way I'm living my life. In fact, they don't just disapprove—they want me to change.

Their plan is to throw me a fake engagement party to show the world I'm a changed "family man" now. And my right-hand man sends that plan spiraling out of control when he sends the local package delivery woman into my office.

It's too bad she turns out to be so sensitive and unresponsive to my charm.

Except she's incredibly sexy when she's upset. And I have to make things right.

Maybe the board was right about this "family man" stuff after all...

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Window
T.M. Franklin

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A mysterious house. An old journal. A dusty chest holding more than secrets.

Each talisman found in the chest grants the chosen a gift, a unique ability. But with that power comes a burden—the duty of The Order.

Something is coming.

Something evil.

And it's up to The Order to stop it.

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It's You
Katy Regnery

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ONCE UPON A TIME...
the most beautiful boy in the world kissed me.
I've never been able to forget.
Perhaps it was his jet-black hair,
or the changing copper-color of his eyes,
the intense way he looked at me...
or the fact that he awakened my passion for the first time,
at once otherworldly yet heartbreakingly real.

After that kiss, I never saw him again.

His name was Jack Beauloup.
Jack, my "Beautiful Wolf."

Twenty years passed.
He has returned.
For me.

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Jack Beauloup and Darcy Turner share one, perfect kiss in high school before he vanishes from sleepy Carlisle, NH without a trace.

Twenty years later, Darcy, who has never forgotten Jack, is shocked when he suddenly appears as a guest at her cousin's wedding. Their attraction to one another is just as searing as it was in high school, but immediately there are a landslide of questions that need answers. Where did he go? Why did he disappear? And what made him return?

As they find their way back to each other, they will discover that the secrets Jack holds are enough to bind them for life, or rip them apart forever.
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Me Tarzan, You Jane
Camelia Miron Skiba

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Moving on doesn’t always have to mean goodbye.

Widowed makeup artist Jane Sullivan is more comfortable keeping her husband's memory alive than dating a pool full of sharks. Ella, her 4 year-old daughter, is her whole world.

When Jane meets Lucas Oliver, famous cover model, it’s hate at first sight. His playboy persona rubs her the wrong way.

Accustomed to every woman fawning over him, Lucas is drawn to the shy, uncompromising single mom and completely melts at the sight of Ella. He is determined to convince Jane that sometimes a second chance can mend a broken heart.
Ebooks


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Hitched (Complete Series)
Kendall Ryan

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I have to get my wife pregnant. I know what you’re thinking, boo hoo, poor me, right?

The only problem is my darling wife hates my guts. The only reason we eloped was because our fathers, who are business partners, are jointly leaving us their $100 billion company. If we wed.

And she doesn’t know this part yet, but it’s contingent on us producing an heir.

I have 90 days to knock her up, which might be difficult considering she can’t stand to be in the same room as me, let alone share my bed.

Challenge accepted.

Mark my words, I will have her begging for me. I’ve never backed down from a challenge and

I’m not about to start now.

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That's all I got this week!!
What did you get??