Thursday, June 29, 2017

Summer Mystery Giveaway!

Hello readers! I know things have been a little slow here on the blog, but I promise it will pick up. 
Typically the Summer marks a time of light reads, maybe some romance, adventure, but I love a great mystery! Something that is addictive enough to distract me from the a busy vacation pool!
 I have a few here today (okay, one's actually more romantic suspense that mystery) that I'm giving away to one lucky follower:

(one of my all-time favorites from Lisa Gardner!)

The giveaway is for US Residents only.  Fill in the rafflecopter for a chance to win. Good luck!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Review: My Roommate's Girl by Julianna Keyes

Publication Date: June 12th 2017 
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble 

About the book:

The day a judge gave me the choice between going to prison or going to college was the day I vowed to stop stealing. Never again would I see something beautiful and beyond my means and take it, just because I wanted it. Just because I could.
When I moved in with Jerry, it was with good intentions. I needed a place to live while I got my degree, and he needed a roommate.

Then I saw Aster.
Blond and beautiful, good, pure, sweet, smart…and Jerry’s girlfriend. She was everything I never thought I could have. Except…maybe I can.
So I put a plan into action. Yeah, I’d probably go to hell, but it would be worth it. I wanted Aster. I wanted her yesterday and tomorrow and every possible way.
But you know what they say.
Be careful what you wish for…because you just might get it.

My Thoughts:
I had high hopes for My Roommate’s Girl in spite of the premise, because I adored Julianna Keyes’ Undecided.  She wrote amazing chemistry, characters and plot in Undecided and even though I had a few issues with Undeclared I still enjoyed it.  My Roommate’s Girl was something else entirely for me.  I was expecting to be upset with Aiden’s actions in the beginning, because hey, there’s nothing good about plotting to steal another guy’s girl, but I thought I’d get a big character turn around, and he’d redeem himself by the end.  I didn’t really get that.  Yes, I did feel a little bit of remorse on Aiden’s part for his actions and the grief it caused Aster and Jerry, but not much.

Aiden never came off as a particularly nice guy; he seemed mainly out for his own selfish interests without much thought for other people.  I can’t honestly say what Aster saw in him, I didn’t feel like he stood out in any way, except that he got a second chance with a dream scholarship after messing up big time in his teenage years.  Did he appreciate that second chance? Yes, but I don’t think he really embraced it, and it felt like he was just doing the minimum to keep in the program and get by.  The move he pulled on Jerry, (Aster’s boyfriend in the beginning and Aiden’s roommate), was so completely selfish and such a dick move! Talk about entrapment.  I think Aster should’ve given poor Jerry a second chance, especially after how understanding and accepting he ended up being with her in the end.  I kept waiting for Aiden to somehow show me that he was worth all the trouble he caused.  I don’t ever feel like he completely redeemed himself and I was supremely disappointed with his actions at about the 80% mark. 

I didn’t feel much in the way of chemistry to sway my opinion and feelings, either.   Oh, well. Not every book will work for every reader.  Onto the next one.

2 Suns

Friday, June 2, 2017

Giveaway Hop: Beach Reads Giveaway Hop

Exciting news!! Waves of Fiction is joining Valerie @Stuck in Books with the perfect giveaway hop to start off the Summer. For this blog hop, we are featuring books that would be great beach reads, and we are also offering a bookish shopping spree. 

Here are a few I have ready to carry in my beach bag this summer.

Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan
I really enjoyed the first installment, so I can't wait to revisit Polly and Huckle!

The Little Flower Shop by the Sea by Ali McNamara

As you can see, I'm in the mood for light women's contemporary fiction. I want to make sure I have the right books to just relax by the ocean and fall into a good story. This book has great ratings and seems just perfect!

For a complete list of participating blogs click HERE

Our giveaway is open to our International readers! See below for details. 

For our stop, we are giving away a US$10 gift card to either US Amazon, US Barnes & Noble OR up to a US$10 shopping spree to The Book Depository, so the giveaway is INTERNATIONAL as long as The Book Depository ships to your address. Be sure to fill out the rafflecopter for a chance to win! Don't forget to comment below and let us know what book you feel would be a great beach read! We want to hear from you!

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Spotlight, Excerpt & Giveaway: The Nanny Arrangement by Rachel Harris

Who doesn't love a sexy country romance?! I'm excited to share in the Blog Tour of The Nanny Arrangement by Rachel Harris hosted by Tasty Book Tours.  For my stop I have an excerpt and $15 Amazon Gift Card giveaway.

Publication Date: May 22nd 2017 by Entangled Bliss
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | Kobo

About the book:

Soft-spoken and shy Hannah Fisher is determined to make the man she’s loved her entire life finally see her as a woman. With the help of a makeover, a new mission—Operation Find My Happy—and the convenient forced proximity of a tour bus, she vows to win her best friend Deacon’s heart.
Former bad boy and current fiddle player Deacon Latrell has the world at his fingertips: a new gig with a famous band, plus his best friend on tour as his son’s nanny. Life couldn’t get much sweeter. Now if only he could stop imagining kissing the daylights out of his childhood BFF…
With one friend set on pushing the boundaries and the other afraid to rock the boat, one thing’s for certain—their story would make one heck of a country song.

Deacon released a heavy breath. Sometimes the right thing felt a hell of a lot like nausea. Resolved with what he had to do, he looked at the door…then slowly dropped his hand.
He’d give it another few minutes.
Calling himself ten shades of coward, he redirected his steps. A hot shower would clear his head. Maybe he’d even pull a Hannah and rehearse what he’d tell her in advance. It always worked for her, helping her control her stutter, and though Deacon didn’t have that particular problem, he was nervous as hell. If her head was even half as muddled as his was, this conversation wouldn’t be easy.
Frustrated, he shoved open the bathroom door harder than necessary. Fog and heavily scented air rushed to greet him, and it took a second for the reason to register. When it did, he came to an abrupt stop with one hand on the doorknob and one foot still in the hall.
Candy and flowers.
As the steam disappeared through the crack in the door, a vision appeared, plucked straight from his recent fantasies. Creamy skin, pink from the shower and wet with liquid drops, topped anything his imagination could’ve conjured. Damp ginger curls clung to a slender throat that was arched back, making a sexy silhouette as full lips trembled in a silent speech to the ceiling. Dark, spiky lashes lay across a flushed cheek, hiding a pair of expressive eyes he’d know anywhere.
Torture, thy name was Hannah.
Gone was the girl he’d known in high school. Erased was the rock he’d depended on in college. The goddess in the shower was a woman, a beautiful woman, with tantalizing curves, shapely legs, and the most incredible smile he’d ever seen.
The arousal flowing through his veins mocked his previous so-called resolve.
Her name came on a choked breath, but Hannah’s eyes snapped open. Smooth skin turned to stone as she stared at the ceiling, wide-eyed, before slanting those green eyes toward him in horror.
“Deacon!” Frantic, she tried to cover her body, slinging one arm over her perfect breasts while reaching for the folded towel on the counter with the other, only to quickly draw back her hand and slap it over her lower half as well.
It was the hardest thing he ever did, keeping his eyes above her waist. Taking one step forward, he grabbed the terrycloth and handed it over, not trusting himself to get any closer. When she took it from his hands, she could hardly look into his eyes. Deacon’s chest gave a hard kick.
Hannah made quick work of the towel, wrapping the terrycloth around her torso and clinging to the edges. She bit her lip and stammered, “Wh-what are y-you doing?”
It wasn’t remotely funny. The reappearance of her stutter meant she was either stressed or anxious, two things he never wanted to be the cause of. But he couldn’t help the laugh that broke free at the innocent question.
A full-bodied, unstoppable laugh that threw his head back with the force of it.
“What am I doing?” he repeated in amusement, hearing the gruffness of his own voice and dragging in a deep, floral-scented breath. “Oh, Cherry… I’m losing my ever-loving mind.”

Author Info

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Harris writes humorous love stories about sassy girls-next-door and the hot guys that make them swoon. Vibrant settings, witty banter, and strong relationships are a staple in each of her books…and kissing. Lots of kissing. 
An admitted bookaholic and homeschool mom, she gets through each day by laughing at herself, hugging her kids, and watching way too much Food Network with her husband. She writes young adult, new adult, and adult romances, and LOVES talking with readers!

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