Jul 31, 2012

July Releases 2012 That I Can't Wait To Read!

Awesome Novels Released in the month of July! Can't wait to read them!

Released July 10th, 2012

   In this humorous love story from the author of Two-Way Street, an unlikely romance is the best sort of surprise—but the wrong secret can ruin everything. Kelsey’s not going to let one mistake ruin her life. Sure, she got kicked out of prep school and all her old friends are shutting her out. But Kelsey’s focused on her future, and she’s determined to get back on track at Concordia High.
   Isaac’s been kicked out of more schools than he can count. Since his father’s a state senator, Isaac’s life is under constant scrutiny—but Concordia High’s his last stop before boarding school, so Isaac’s hoping to fly under the radar and try to stay put for a change.
   When Kelsey and Isaac meet, it’s anything but love at first sight. She thinks he’s an entitled brat, and he thinks she’s a stuck-up snob. So it surprises them both when they start to fall for each other. Kelsey’s happy for the first time in months, and Isaac’s never felt this way about anyone before...But nothing’s ever completely perfect. Everyone has secrets, and Isaac and Kelsey are no exceptions. These two may have fallen hard, but there’s one thing that can ruin it all: the truth.

Released July 10th 2012

   A sexy and poignant romantic tale of a young daredevil pilot caught between two brothers.
   High school senior Leah Jones loves nothing more than flying. While she’s in the air, it’s easy to forget life with her absentee mother at the low-rent end of a South Carolina beach town. When her flight instructor, Mr. Hall, hires her to fly for his banner advertising business, she sees it as her ticket out of the trailer park. And when he dies suddenly, she’s afraid her flying career is gone forever.     
   But Mr. Hall’s teenage sons, golden boy Alec and adrenaline junkie Grayson, are determined to keep the banner planes flying. Though Leah has crushed on Grayson for years, she’s leery of getting involved in what now seems like a doomed business — until Grayson betrays her by digging up her most damning secret. Holding it over her head, he forces her to fly for secret reasons of his own, reasons involving Alec. Now Leah finds herself drawn into a battle between brothers — and the consequences could be deadly.

Released July 17th, 2012

   His whole life Carter’s fought to hold it together: To help Mom run their store. To be there for his special needs sister, Sara, and be the perfect boyfriend Mel wants. To dominate on the basketball court—the only place he ever feels free. And to carry Mom up the stairs when she’s too smashed to make it on her own. 

   It isn't like she has a problem. Mom loves them. If she doesn't drink every day, she's not really an alcoholic, right? 

   Then Kira Dawson, a girl with a bipolar wardrobe and rotating hairstyles comes to town. Somehow, she sees the truths he hides from the world. “You have skeletons, too, Carter Shaw. Don’t think I don’t know it.” For the first time, he wants someone to see his inner scars—to really know him. 
   When his mom finally goes too far, will Carter be able to man-up, even if it means turning his back on her and stepping out from behind the fa├žade he’s fought so hard to keep in place?

Released July 28th, 2012

Maybe driving home after a few (or more) shots of tequila had been a bad idea, but hell, he did it all the time. The cops had to have been freaking bored to have pulled him over. He wasn’t even swerving! That’s Cage York’s story and he’s sticking to it.
   Unfortunately, his baseball coach isn’t buying it. Cage has a free ride to the local junior college for baseball -- or he did, until he’d gotten a DUI. Now, Cage has to decide: does he drop out and give up his dream of getting noticed by a college in the SEC, and possibly making it into the Major Leagues -- or does he give in to his coach’s demands and spend his summer baling hay
   Eva Brooks planned out her life step by step when she was eight years old. Not once over the years had she lost sight of her goals. Josh Beasley, her next door neighbor, had been the center of those goals. He’d been her first boyfriend at seven, her first kiss at ten, her first date at fifteen, and her first tragedy at eighteen. The moment she’d received the phone call from Josh’s mother saying he’d been killed along with four other soldiers just north of Baghdad, Eva’s carefully planned life imploded in the worst way possible.
   Cage isn’t real happy with his closet-sized bedroom in the back of a foul smelling barn, or his daily interactions with cows, but he knows that if he doesn’t make his coach happy then he can kiss his scholarship goodbye. Only a sick and twisted man would decide his punishment was to be working on a farm all summer. No hot babes in bikinis waiting to meet a Southern boy to make her vacation complete. Just him and the damned cows.
   Oh -- and an uptight, snarky brunette with the biggest blue eyes he’s every seen. But she doesn’t count, because as hard as he’s tried to charm her out of her panties - he’s pretty sure she’d rather see him hung from the rafters than let him get a taste of her pretty little lips.

Released July 31st, 2012
   Jack and Lexi never had a typical relationship. After 2 years without speaking, she receives a phone call that changes everything. He unexpectedly asks her to convince the new girl, Bekah, that he's ready to commit. Jack is calling now after everything they had been through because there is another woman. She can't believe it. Follow Lexi in this heart wrenching drama as she relives her past relationship, or lack thereof, with Jack, and not just in her own mind, but to his fiance-to-be. Throw in Bekah's hot brother who always seems to be in the right place at the right time, a past with more secrets to unravel than you can even imagine, and you get a recipe for disaster. Find out what happens to Lexi as she travels to Atlanta to get the closure she so desperately desires from Jack, and how the bumps of life seem to keep getting in the way.

Released July 31st, 2012

   Iris Scanlon, Half-Moon Hollow’s only daytime vampire concierge, knows more about the undead than she’d like. Running all their daylight errands—from letting in the plumber to picking up some chilled O neg—gives her a look at the not-so-glamorous side of vampire life. Her rules are strict; relationships with vamps are strictly business, not friendship—and certainly not anything else. But then she finds her newest client, Cal, poisoned on his kitchen floor, and only Iris can help.
   Cal - who would be devastatingly sexy, if Iris allowed herself to think that way - offers Iris a hefty fee for hiding him at her place until he figures out who wants him permanently dead. Even though he’s imperious, unfriendly and doesn't seem to understand the difference between "employee" and "servant," Iris agrees, and finds herself breaking more and more of her own rules to help him - particularly those concerning nudity. 
   Turns out what her quiet little life needed was some intrigue & romance—in the form of her very own stray vampire.


Jul 6, 2012

Official Book Trailer: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Holy Smokes!

Can I just say how fabulous it is that we've gotten a trailer for this book and that the cover models Pepe and Sztella are in it and fogging up my monitor? I wasn't at home all day and I finally saw it just now and I am swooning! Like fanning myself and wishing I was Katy in this video! Oh lordy! It's sooo goood. . . 
This trailer is so hot, it's off the charts, I actually wished it was a full-fledged movie. And do you know what this did to me? It made me even more anxious for Onyx! Oh God, August seems like ages now to get my Daemon Black fix!
The trailer is below for your enjoyment. You'll watch it more than once . . . I know you will ;)
Oooh and remember that Onyx the second in the Lux series is out on AUGUST 14th!

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Jul 4, 2012

This is How I Like My Romance!

Here are three terrifically written Mills & Boon novels for July 2012. The romance, sexual tension and just plainly well-executed plot-lines that kept me reading till I was done and eager for more. These for me were novels that couldn't be put down.

The Secrets She Carried by Lynne Graham

Lynne Graham has always been one of my favorites and her latest has been no disappointment. The story was riddled with angst and so much tension, of the sexual kind too. It was just a plain winner.
Basically Greek Tycoon Christophe Donakis had an affair with his employee Erin Turner and cut her loose and she couldn't even contact him when she . . . (gasp) turned up pregnant. Yes we've read some of these romances with story-lines like this one but damn if I still couldn't put it down.
I loved how even when the hero felt like he hated the heroine (seeing her with someone else-misreading the situation) he's still filled with jealousy and an underlying possessiveness that he wouldn't acknowledge.
The hero basically thought the heroine was a liar and a thief, someone who he trusted and cared a great deal for who betrayed him. As is mostly true for these novels, the hero would believe anyone but the heroine until he finds out just how wrong he'sbeen and the big bomshell- she's the mother of his children. Yes, children! She had twins after he kicked her to the curb and the whole parting was engineered by someone trying to break them apart.
Terrific story! I loved it!
5/5 stars

The Tarnished Jewel of Jazaar by Susanna Carr

First off, how gorgeous is this cover? I thought initially from seeing the cover that this was going to be an IR novel. I love those but it wasn't . . . no sad faces here because this was a strong Harlequin debut from author Susanna Carr. Without making it too spoilery, I really loved the chemistry between Nadir and Zoe, how  they both had issues, him being called 'The Beast' and her family practically selling her to him. I connected well with both characters and completely admired the hero's loyalty to his new wife even if she wasn't what he expected. Great story!
4/5 stars

To Love, Honour and Betray by Jennie Lucas

Oh I loved this story! I've gotten so many new and very good M&B novels this month. I look forward to new releases every month! This one was no different. The basis of this novel is this; Callie thought that she'd found her perfect guy in her boss Eduardo until he took her virginity and kicked her out the next day. He also made sure that when he fired her, she couldn't get another job anywhere else. Callie soon found out that she was pregnant with his baby. 
8 months later we find Callie waiting her transport, almost nine-moths pregnant in a second-hand wedding dress on her way to marry her best friend Brandon whom she'd some to rely on throughout her pregnancy. Who shows up right before her fiancee does? None other than Eduardo and he knows she's pregnant. Our Spanish hero practically kidnaps her . . . forcibly shoving her into his car and taking her to his home, cutting off all contact with her family (she isn't allowed to make any phone calls) and especially with Brandon who he believes she's in love with. 
The hero was obsessed basically with her not wanting to chance anyone taking her away . . . it was kinda sweet really if you like heroes with a possible latent stalker tendency. He was forceful and controlling and didn't let her have any choice. He was so possessive of her that he didn't even post her letters to her family and Brandon but made them assume she wanted nothing to do with them. I won't ramble on but I will say that this is a really great read so check it out!
4.5/5 stars

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Jul 3, 2012

REVIEW: What A Boy Wants (What A Boy Wants, #1) by Nyrae Dawn

5/5 stars!
It was refreshing reading an entire novel from a male point of view. It was a brand new experience for me, a very avid reader, who'd never read a novel entirely from a male's perspective. Girls wanna' know how boys think? Sebastian tells you. From this novel I realized that boys aren't that much more complicated than girls, from Bastian's character. They feel the same things we feel and they really aren't as complicated as we think they are.

Sebastian Hawkins doesn't do relationships. He does hook-ups. He makes no promises and doesn't believe that love lasts. Why would he when his mom hasn't ever had a functional relationship with any man. He calls himself the Hook-Up Doctor. Shhh . . . no one's supposed to know that. He gives advice to 'clients' for a fee of $100. on how to hook-up with the object of their desire. That is until he gets one specific client; PA Rocks . . .

He also develops a problem that even he, Sebastian the- all-knowing, can't solve . . . he falls in love. While helping this latest client Sebastian realizes that he's fallen in love with his BFF (his word not mine) Aspen. He doesn't know what to make of it and he doesn't know if she feels the same.

“I'll be like your bodyguard or something. Me Tarzan. You Jane.” 
― Nyrae Dawn, What A Boy Wants

After a party gone wrong where Bastian has to take Aspen home, he gets his latest email from PA and realizes that his BFF and PA are one in the same and that the guy she wants to hook-up with is him. He tells Aspen or 'Woodstock' as he calls her that he wants to be with her. It's all smiles and roses until he gets a call from his mom telling him that she and her latest bf had ended things. In a rash decision based on fear and what Sebastian thinks is nobility, he ends the relationship that had developed between him and Aspen and gets a bombshell of his own . . . she wasn't really trying to hook-up with him but Matt, a guy she worked with. Nothing could hurt him worst.

I found it amusing and interesting how like a girl Bastian acted. Eating ice-cream ad watching romantic movies. He was gone, head over heels for this girl. The tables had turned because suddenly Sebastian 'know-it-all Hawkins didn't have all the answers. He needed help! They eventually make up after Sebastian in a very heartfelt gesture (totally loved that moment) scaled her trellis and came through her window, on his knees asking her forgiveness.

This was such a great read. I can't wait to read Jayden and Priscilla's story next. This was a fun, fast read. One of the best for 2012. Another off my Summer Reading Challenge!

I making a list for that. The best novels I've read in 2012. I think I'll do that at the end of summer .  . . :)

100% would recommend to anyone! Happy Reading peeps!

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Jul 2, 2012

REVIEW: The Duff: Designated Ugly Fat Friend by Kody Keplinger

5/5 stars from me for this terrific debut novel. I just read Kody Keplinger's latest novel A Midsummer's Nightmare yesterday and I'd had The Duff waiting to be read for months now, I could have kicked myself for taking so long to read this book. It was fantastic. A great debut from a no doubt talented author.
The characters and the plot were very well executed. It was one of those can't-put-down-novels just like her latest. She weaves an intense story with such dynamic characters that pull you in and hold you hostage from the start till the very last line.
I loved Bianca's character. Kody's female characters as I've seen thus far are independent but have the common distinction of family dysfunction. When we meet Bianca, she's one of those girls that hate the lime-light. She's not into parties but she's a good friend and tags along because her friends want her there. She's then approached by Hamilton High's proclaimed man-whore, Wesley Rush who admits to her that he's using her to gain favor with one of her friends by talking to her because she's a DUFF. Apparently a 'Duff' is a acronym for 'Designated. Ugly. Fat. Friend.' Wesley basically tells her it's not because she's really ugly but that in comparison to her friends she might as well be. Needless to say, she dumps her Cherry Coke all over his douche-y ass and gets the hells outta' there.

Things couldn't have possibly gotten worst for Bianca until she's paired up with Wesley for a project after practically mauling him at The Nest. Bianca's been kinda' stressed out at this point. First she's been made aware of something about herself that she'd never really given any thought to and develops some self-esteem issues and then her mom serves her dad with divorce papers and he starts to drink again after 18 years of sobriety.

I'm not saying that what she did was wrong but having sex with someone to alleviate the stress in your life can't be very healthy. Especially when you've declared to hate that person and he's a womanizing, Duff-calling bastard. But Bianca seems to think this helps and Wesley 'the man-whore' Rush doesn't reject her because he rejects no  girl. An addiction of sorts develop and Bianca starts neglecting her friends in order to relieve some stress with Wesley. Every time her  worries increase she turned to Wesley. Turned out they were both kinda' messed up in the familial fronts and I knew then that they deserved each other.

Bianca however couldn't face her feelings for Wesley knowing that even if she admitted to feeling this way, it may not make a difference because Wesley is who he is and she's 'the Duff.' She fell in love with him big-time but kept denying it to herself. She avoids Wesley and starts seeing Toby Tucker who's the perfect guy in every way and someone she'd had a crush on for years but Wesley wasn't giving up because for the first time, he wanted to chase a girl because he'd fallen in love. I totally loved Wesley in all his egomaniac glory.

"Wesley Rush doesn’t chase girls, but I’m chasing you.” 
― Kody Keplinger, The Duff: Designated Ugly Fat Friend 

I on the other hand wouldn't have balled up that letter and tossed it but kept it close because I thought Wesley's first attempt at romance was sweet, cute even. I'd give him an A+ for trying so hard to get her attention. 
Toby was pretty great about letting her go, I mean she and Wesley deserved each other. And her figuring that being 'The Duff' wasn't such a bad thing was icing on the cake.

I completely recommend this novel to anyone. It's YA but more YA Contemporary I think because of the language and sexual situations. More grown up YAs.
It's a great novel for someone in their late teens and older. This author is seriously talented and everyone should read her novels, you'll see why I'm so gushy about her!

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Jul 1, 2012

REVIEW: A Midsummer's Nightmare by Kody Keplinger

Rating: 5/5 stars
This book absolutely fan-fucking-tastic! First off, love the cover! It's totally awesome. I pictured Whitley looking like this the entire time. Second, this is my first Kody Keplinger novel and it definitely would not be my last. I already have Shut Out and The Duff just waiting to be read and they will be. 
     The author pushed boundaries with this novel that few YA authors probably would. There was heavy emphasis on sex and promiscuity, cyber-bullying and heavy drinking. I applaud her for pushing those boundaries because this is exactly the nature of a lot of teenagers' lives at Whitley's age and even younger.
     Whitley was a strong character that resonated with me the entire time. She was troubled and messed up but she was that way for a reason. She was the kind of character you kinda' either disliked or wanted to give a great big hug because you felt her pain and angst all through this book.
This was just one of those can't-put-down-books. You just kept reading to see what would happen next. I cried for her because every time she felt hurt you couldn't help but feel a bit sorry for her, hurt for her. All she wanted was for her parents to pay attention to her, for her to feel like she actually mattered to them. They let her down big time. Her character was real, she was flawed and she was a character that I cared for from beginning to end.

Nathan: I loved Nathan, I really did. It was a cruel twist of fate that she and Nathan turned out to be future-step siblings when their one-night stand had resonated deep for both of them. There was tension between them from the first moment they met again along with the added pressure of not being able to act on what was developing between them, though neither would admit to it. Nathan tried to deny his feelings for her by telling her things that hurt her, by them constantly arguing but ever so often they both slipped and gave into what was building so strongly between them since maybe that drunken graduation night.

Harrison: Oh Harrison will you be my friend? From the moment they first met though Whitley immediately dismissed him as friend-material after finding out he was hot for Nathan, I knew these two would become close friends. He was just too likable. And his crush on Nathan was so cute and made me laugh a couple times, even if Nathan always thought he was joking. He truly cared about Whitley at a point when I think she thought that she had no one that gave a damn about her. After the incident at the 'slumber party' she knew then that she had Harrison, that he cared even if no one else did.

Whitley's mom and dad: Well these two were a sorry excuse for parents! I found myself getting pissed for Whiteley (a fictional character) because her dad was such a selfish jackass! Seriously I felt like he got off too easy at the end of the novel. There's no excuse for making your child feel like she's not wanted and that's how it seemed to me. 
Let's see:
* First he springs a whole new family on her, a new house on her while they're already on the road for her to spend summer with him.
* He basically dumps her with them and spends most of his time at work or making wedding plans
* He breaks plans with her but makes time for his new almost step-children and fiancee.
* He doesn't even freak out when all the rumors and pictures show up online, doesn't try to console her, barely looks at her and hardly spends any time with her during the entire two months that's supposed to be their time together. Their time! The only time they see each other each year. 
Oh and her mom, though she has cause to be bitter about her divorce, she only bitched about Greg and doesn't even take into consideration anything that Whitley feels as she makes it all about her. Sylvia a woman who she only just met treated her better than her own parents did. 
Man, I knew they had to have a happy ending here but I just didn't think that Whitley gave her father enough grief for the way he treated her. I just thought he got off to easy and Whitley deserved better from him.

All in all, Whitley is just one of those characters that stick with you. I will not be forgetting this book anytime soon. It's going on my best of 2012 list! Great story! Great author! Can't wait for more! Another one off my Summer Challenge List!

“Screw nightmares. I was waking up.” 
― Kody Keplinger, A Midsummer's Nightmare

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