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Trying It All by Christi Barth: Promo and Giveaway!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Riley’s brain tells him she’s a ticking time bomb—
but his body doesn’t want to play by the rules.

Naked Men #4
Christi Barth
Releasing May 16, 2017

Order. Attention to detail. Never leaving anything to chance. These are the qualities that make Riley Ness such a terrific federal agent . . . and a pain in the ass to everyone else. The only time Riley lets loose is when he’s hanging out with his closest pals. So when he’s thrown together with gorgeous, flighty Summer Sheridan, Riley’s brain tells him she’s a ticking time bomb—but his body doesn’t want to play by the rules.

Riley has to be the most irritating man Summer has ever met. The brooding hunk thinks he needs to teach her a few lessons about real life, while she’d rather show him how to enjoy it. But her BFF’s all but engaged to Riley’s best friend, and besides, their intense physical chemistry is all too real. Summer just needs Riley to try to meet her halfway and take a chance with the one thing that matters: his heart.

USA Today bestselling author Christi Barth earned a Masters degree in vocal performance and embarked upon a career on the stage. A love of romance then drew her to wedding planning. Ultimately she succumbed to her lifelong love of books and now writes award-winning contemporary romance, including the Naked Men and Aisle Bound series.

Christi can always be found either whipping up gourmet meals (for fun, honest!) or with her nose in a book. She lives in Maryland with the best husband in the world.

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Seeker by Veronica Rossi: Review and Giveaway!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Veronica Rossi's new fantasy adventure in the Rider series—Seeker .

When Daryn claimed she was seeing visions during her sophomore year of high school, no one believed the truth. She wasn't losing her mind, she was gaining the Sight the ability to see the future. If she just paid attention to the visions, they'd provide her with clues and show her how she could help people. Really help them. Daryn embraced her role as a Seeker. The work she did was important. She saved lives.

Until Sebastian.

Sebastian was her first and worst mistake.

Since the moment she inadvertently sealed him in a dark dimension with Samrael the last surviving demon in the Kindred guilt has plagued her. Daryn knows Sebastian is alive and waiting for help. It's up to her to rescue him. But now that she needs the Sight more than ever to guide her, the visions have stopped.

Daryn must rely on her instincts, her intelligence, and on blind faith to lead the riders who are counting on her in search of Sebastian. As they delve into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems and where Samrael is steadily amassing power, Daryn faces the ultimate test. Will she have to become evil to destroy evil? The very fate of humankind rests in the answer.

Goodreads Summary

I was so excited when I received my copy of this book in the mail! We get to revisit Daryn and Gideon and their strong friendship. The story alternates between their two points of view. I think the summary makes it sound like this is more Daryn's book, but I didn't find that necessarily true. I like an author that doesn't have to make the two main characters, when they are boy/girl, only romantic towards each other. It's refreshing to read a young adult/teen book that demonstrates the power of friendship and familiarity with some sexual tension/romance thrown in, as well. Their relationship was strong and true...the type that makes many of its reader jealous. 

The plot was exciting and fast-paced. I loved Daryn's commitment to rescuing Sebastian (as she should as it was her fault). The author has a way of describing events and scenes so that it is easy to picture in your mind's eye. The horses were simply magical and gorgeous. The way the horses were tied into the main characters and stories was simply unique. I don't think I've read a book that was in any way similar. I did, however, wish that I had re-read the first book, Riders, because I think I forgot some aspects that were important to the second book. This book is strongly recommended to young adult/teens who enjoy fantasy and romance.

4 Stars


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Hellworld by Tom Leveen

Monday, May 15, 2017

Five years ago, Abby Booth’s mom, co-host of a ghost hunting reality show, went missing while filming in a ‘haunted’ cave in Arizona.

Since then, Abby’s life has all but fallen to pieces, most notably because of her dad’s deep depression and how they’ve drifted further and further apart.

But now, at seventeen, Abby has decided that things will change. She plans to go to the same cave where her mom and the crew went missing and to find out, once and for all, what happened there.

With the help of the co-host’s son Charlie and two of his friends, Abby sets off on a quest for answers…but what the group ends up finding, what they stumble across in that dark, primordial cave in Arizona, is nothing they could have ever imagined.

Abby was investigating a possible haunting… she never expected that there could be something worse.

Goodreads Summary

I literally read this book in under a day. It was perfect, too: rainy and dark. I really liked the characters. They all felt real and very, very "human." Abby misses her mom who disappeared over five years ago and her dad might as well have disappeared with her for all the help he is. When she calls Charlie up to ask for help in finding her mother she doesn't expect him to say yes, but he does. Charlie, his friend Alex, his girlfriend Selby, and Abby get together to explore the cave their parents disappeared in. Unfortunately, things go awry and ancient evils are unleashed. Abby and Charlie feel personally responsible and the book alternates between what happened leading up to and in the cave and the days after. 

Abby's character was error prone and a little bit desperate. She didn't have a lot going for her and it was interesting to see the attraction between Abby and Charlie grow as the novel wore on. Charlie was a more take charge and make quick decisions type of person. Selby is a smart, physics-driven young woman from a troubled past. Alex lost his mother in the cave mystery, too. I loved how Leveen crafted the events and built suspense. I did wish that the events and aftershocks were more flushed out though. Some felt overly rushed and for all the physics talk there was very little explanation of what was actually going on. I'm looking forward to a more explanatory second book!

4 Stars

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Antisocial by Jillian Blake

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

6 hours and 30 minutes

Alexandria Prep is hacked in this whodunit set in the age of social media and the cloud.

Senior spring at Alexandria Prep was supposed to be for sleeping through class and partying with friends. But for Anna Soler, it’s going to be a lonely road. She’s just been dumped by her gorgeous basketball star boyfriend—with no explanation. Anna’s closest friends, the real ones she abandoned while dating him, are ignoring her. The endearing boy she’s always had a complicated friendship with is almost too sympathetic.

But suddenly Anna isn’t the only one whose life has been upended. Someone is determined to knock the kings and queens of the school off their thrones: one by one, their phones get hacked and their personal messages and photos are leaked. At first it’s funny—people love watching the dirty private lives of those they envy become all too public. 

Then the hacks escalate. Dark secrets are exposed, and lives are shattered. Chaos erupts at school. As Anna tries to save those she cares about most and to protect her own secrets, she begins to understand the reality of our always-connected lives: 

Sometimes we share too much. 

Goodreads Summary

Anna has an anxiety disorder. That disorder combined with high school and mean girls and boys isn't a good combo. When another student starts targeting other students for online (and eventually public) humiliation, Anna knows it won't be long before her friends are next. Anna's entire life is altered by this one's students cyber bullying. As Anna and her friends try to track down the perpetrator  more and more students' secrets are revealed to dizzying effects.

I liked Anna's character for the most part. She had her flaws and she was obnoxious, at times, but she also felt very real and easy to sympathize with. I myself have been the victim of cyber bullying (in my case by a bunch of adult women who were certifiably insane) and know that it is a difficult subject. I actually think the book has an important message: anything online can and might be used against you and is very likely not "private." Anna's friends were fairly well-developed, interesting characters. I read this entire book in less than a day. I was very surprised by the ending and feel that the author hid the surprises very, very well.

5 Stars

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The Magnate's Marriage Merger by Joanne Rock: Promo and Giveaway!

Monday, May 8, 2017

The matchmaker meets her match…in one very persistent tycoon!

The McNeill Magnates #2
Joanne Rock
Releasing May 9th, 2017
Harlequin Desire

The matchmaker meets her match…in one very persistent tycoon! 

Secretive matchmaker to the rich and famous, Lydia Whitney prefers to stay behind the scenes. But after one mistake, rich resort developer Ian McNeill is hot on her trail, and he’s more attractive—and persistent—than ever before.

Ian can’t believe it when he figures out who’s messing with his family: a woman who has deceived—and seduced—him before. What’s her agenda? And why can’t he resist her? He’ll get the answers to all his questions, if Lydia agrees to his convenient marriage proposal. But once she’s in his arms again, will he let her go?

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Four-time RITA nominee Joanne Rock has never met a romance sub-genre she didn't like. The author of over seventy books enjoys writing a wide range of stories, most recently focusing on sexy contemporaries and small town family sagas. An optimist by nature and perpetual seeker of silver linings, Joanne finds romance fits her life outlook perfectly--love is worth fighting for. A frequent speaker at regional and national writing conferences she enjoys giving back to the writing community that nurtured and inspired her early career. She has a Masters degree in Literature from the University of Louisville but credits her fiction writing skills to her intensive study with friend and fellow author Catherine Mann. When she's not writing, Joanne enjoys travel, especially to see her favorite sports teams play with her former sports editor husband and three athletic-minded sons.

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Love & Vandalism by Laurie Boyle Crompton: Promo and Giveaway!

Thursday, May 4, 2017
Love and Vandalism by Laurie Boyle Crompton
Sourcebooks Fire
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He calls it fate. She calls it blackmail.
Rory has a secret: she's the vandal who paints graffiti lions all over her small town. If her policeman dad knew, he'd probably disown her. So when Hayes, a former screw-up on the path to recovery, catches her in the act, Rory's sure she's busted. Instead, he makes her a deal. If Rory shows him around town, he won't turn her in. It might be coercion, but at least the boy is hot.
As they spend more time together, Rory worries she made the wrong choice. Hayes has a way of making her want things she shouldn't want and feel emotions she's tried to bury. Rory's going to have to distance herself from Hayes or confront a secret she can't bring herself to face...

About the Author: When she was 17, LAURIE BOYLE CROMPTON painted her first car hot pink using 40 cans of spray paint. This turned her into an overnight icon in Butler, PA. She now lives near NYC in Queens, but maintains a secret identity in New Paltz, NY where she and her family can often be found tromping through the forest. Visit

Giveaway Details: 3 Finished copies of Love and Vandalism, provided by Sourcebooks Inc. US & Canada entries only!

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