Friday, November 10, 2017

Blog Tour Review: OFFSETTING PENALTIES by Ally Mathews

Source: Received an egalley to participate in the blog tour and give my honest review.
Publisher: Entangled: Crush
Release Date: November 6, 2017

DESCRIPTION

Isabelle Oster has dreamed of being a prima ballerina her entire life, so when the only male dancer backs out of the fall production, she’s devastated. Without a partner, she has no hope of earning a spot with the prestigious Ballet Americana company. Until hot jock Garret practicing stretches in one of the studios gives Izzy an idea, and she whips out her phone. But does she really want this badly enough to resort to blackmail?

All-state tight end Garret Mitchell will do anything to get a college football scholarship. Even taking ballet, which surprisingly isn’t so bad, because it means he gets to be up close and personal with the gorgeous Goth girl Izzy while learning moves to increase his flexibility. But Izzy needs him to perform with her for the Ballet Americana spot, and he draws the line at getting on stage. Especially wearing tights.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains a bit of blackmail, a lot of sarcasm, and an ending guaranteed to melt your heart.
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REVIEW

I'm a sucker for sports romances whether they're young adult, new adult, or straight-up adult! It's been a while since I've read a YA one though, so I was really excited to dive into OFFSETTING PENALTIES and when I'd finished, I was seriously on cloud nine! I thought that it was absolutely perfect! This book was everything that I could have hoped for it to be. Sweet, funny, and just so, so well done!

Garret and Isabelle were amazing! I loved seeing both of their family lives, and I really enjoyed seeing them get to know one another. :D Their romance was utterly adorable, and it developed at a wonderful pace. I thought it was realistic in the best possible way, and it gave me all the feels!

I honestly can't think of anything about this book that I didn't like. I thought that Isabelle was interesting, and her passion for dance and her dream of making it in the dancing world on her merit alone rather than based on her dad's money and prestige was extremely inspiring. And Garret...Garret is my new book boyfriend! He was generous, thoughtful, kind, and just like Isabelle, he was super passionate about his dreams. He was also willing to change his opinion about things and went into everything with an open mind which I thought was fabulous to see. The one sports romance trope that I'm mighty sick of is the one with the alpha male who's hyper masculine and kinda douchey...and Garret broke ALL of those tropes! Isabelle and Garret were both fantastic characters, and I loved that it was so easy to see how they connected and what they had in common! I think it was one of the best flushed out romances that I've ever read in a YA...it was fantastic! And the story was perfect! Super relevant to characters about to head into college, and super easy to look back on to relate to! I can already see myself rereading this one and that's not something I do very often anymore. ;)

Based on my very enthusiastic reaction towards Garret, Isabelle and their romance, it should come as no shock that I absolutely adored OFFSETTING PENALTIES! If you like adorable, swoony romances, definitely add this one to your to-read list! I think it's perfect for both YA and adult romance readers, and I hope anyone who picks it up enjoys it as much as I did! I love, love, loved OFFSETTING PENALTIES and I seriously cannot wait to read more of Ally Mathews's books after this!!!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

ALLY MATHEWS lives in Texas with three kids, four dogs, two cats, a rabbit, assorted reptiles, and her husband. When she’s not writing, you can find her reading, binge watching Psych, Scream, Younger, and superhero movies, and letting dogs in and out of the house. She loves to cook but hates to clean up afterwards, and strongly believes that Disney World is truly magical. You can find Ally on her website, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, though she makes no claims of using any of them properly.

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What do you think?
Are you a fan of sports romances?
Does OFFSETTING PENALTIES sound like a book you'd enjoy?

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Review: LONDON BELONGS TO ME (London Belongs to Me #1) by Jacquelyn Middleton

Source: Received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Publisher: Kirkwall Books
Release Date: October 14, 2016
Number of Pages: 394 (Paperback)

DESCRIPTION

A New City A New Start. Same Old Demons.

Your flight is now boarding! Join Alex Sinclair for a life-changing, trans-Atlantic journey. London Belongs to Me is a coming-of-age story about friendship, following your dreams, and learning when to let go … and when to hang on.

Meet Alex, a recent college graduate from Tallahassee, Florida in love with London, pop culture, and comic cons. It’s not easy being twenty-one-years-old, and Alex has never been the most popular girl. She’s an outsider, a geeky fangirl … with dreams of becoming a playwright in a city she’s loved from afar, but never visited. Fleeing America after a devastating betrayal, she believes London is where she’ll be understood, where she belongs. But Alex’s past of panic attacks and broken relationships is hard to escape. When her demons team up with a jealous rival determined to destroy her new British life, Alex begins to question everything: her life-long dream, her new friends, and whether London is where she truly belongs.
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REVIEW

As an avid fangirl, I'm always...and I mean, ALWAYS, excited to read books where the main characters love fandom just as much as I do, so when I heard about Alex in LONDON BELONG TO ME, I was extremely excited to read her story! Sure enough, once I started reading the book, I couldn't help but relate to so many of Alex's quirks and her habits!

There were certain things about LONDON BELONGS TO ME that did make it feel like a debut novel to me--mostly with regards to how the character descriptions unfolded, but overall, I really enjoyed it, especially since once I was a couple of chapters in, this worked itself out. I thought that the London setting was absolutely fabulous, Alex's epic geekiness, and her friendships were extremely well done, and the romance was utterly adorable! I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Alex grow, and I love, love, loved seeing her relationship with Mark develop...he was most definitely a keeper! ;) 

As far as the story goes, I thought it was fresh and unique, and I loved seeing all of the theatre elements. I don't see a lot of plays, but I'm a huge fan of musicals, so I really liked seeing Alex's creative process! While I wouldn't have made the same choices as Alex did, I thought that Jacquelyn Middleton did a great job showing Alex's motivations, which made me understand her even if I knew I wouldn't have done the same thing. The secondary characters were also extremely well developed. Even the characters who could've come off as stereotypical, like Alex's "jealous rival" as the description describes (not saying her name to avoid spoilers ;P), were really well developed and dynamic.

Overall, I thought that LONDON BELONGS TO ME was a wonderfully sweet story about a girl learning who she is while also finding her place in the world! It was a fast-paced story with an amazing cast of characters where the setting itself is so vibrant that it became a character itself! This book is perfect for any anglophiles, theatre geeks, or epic fans of the Sherlock and Doctor Who fandoms. ;)



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

JACQUELYN MIDDLETON is an award-winning freelance writer with articles published by several of the most popular magazines, newspapers, and websites in North America including USA Today, Canadian Living, Best Health, Psychology Today, National Geographic Travel, the Toronto Star, Reader's Digest, Chatelaine, Today's Parent, and Flare. She is also the creator of AUTHORS CELEBRATING AUTHORS, a column on her website featuring Q&As with her favourite authors about their books and writing practices. K.A. Tucker, Jill Santopolo, and Penelope Douglas have been among her esteemed guests.

Jacquelyn previously worked in television broadcasting, and lives in Toronto with her husband and Schipperke. She's addicted to Bookstagram, loves London far too much, and has a thing for red Vespas. LONDON BELONGS TO ME, her debut novel, was published by Kirkwall Books in October 2016. LONDON, CAN YOU WAIT? just released on October 26, 2017.


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What do you think?
Does LONDON BELONGS TO ME sound like a story you'd enjoy?

Monday, November 6, 2017

Review: MY WEEK WITH THE BAD BOY by Brooke Cumberland and Lyra Parish

Source: Received a copy from the authors in exchange for an honest review.
Release Date: November 2, 2017

DESCRIPTION

From the USA Today Bestselling duo that brought you the Checkmate Duet Series —Brooke Cumberland and Lyra Parish—comes a brand new addictive STANDALONE series!

Never trust a man who answers the front door wearing nothing more than a pair of low-cut jeans and a panty-melting smirk.

That should’ve been my first sign.

I write about guys just like him for a living—sexy and charming, yet reluctant to get into a serious relationship. His body screams sex appeal, but his condescending personality makes him a classic fuckboy.

And I want nothing to do with that.

Writing romance novels comes with its perks—traveling, meeting new people, creating characters from the voices in my head—but Ethan Rochester enters my life and rearranges all my preconceived notions about writing what inspires you.

One week is all it took. One week to realize that not everything is as it seems.

One week with the bad boy, and I wanted more.

**This is a complete STANDALONE novel—filled with plenty of humor, steam, & romance!**
18 & up only due to explicit sexual content, language, and adult content.
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REVIEW

I've read all of the Checkmate books that Brooke and Lyra have co-written as Kennedy Fox so I was definitely expecting MY WEEK WITH THE BAD BOY to be a steamy read...and boy was it ever! I think this is their sexiest book yet!

The main characters Ethan and Vada were fantastic, and I absolutely loved their banter--it was hilarious and full of dirty innuendo! I was constantly laughing and chuckling, and their chemistry was off the charts. Ethan (our bad boy) is a dirty talker and the one with all that innuendo, and Vada, who happens to be a romance author, is super fiesty! She doesn't take crap from anyone, and her attitude combined with Ethan's was wonderful! I loved seeing them clash and come together...that pun wasn't intended, but I feel like I have to leave it in now...for Ethan you see. ;)

There were some strange miscommunications that I wasn't a fan of, but for the most part I thought MY WEEK WITH THE BAD BOY was wonderful. It was a quick, very fast-paced read that I didn't want to put down. The characters were fantastic, and the romance was compelling and super sexy! I'd definitely recommend this one to readers who already love everything that Brooke and Lyra have written, including the books they've co-written as Kennedy Fox. If you're new to their books, I think you'll like this one if you're a fan of super steamy romances with great banter and innuendo that will leave you with a huge, happy smile on your face once you've finished!
 

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

BROOKE CUMBERLAND is a USA Today Bestselling author who wears many hats on any given day. She also co-writes under the USA TodayBestselling Duo pseudonym, Kennedy Fox with her literary soul mate. She lives in the frozen tundra of Packer Nation with her husband, 6-year-old wild child, and two teenage stepsons. When she’s not writing, you can find her reading love stories, listening to music that inspires her, and laughing with her family. Brooke is addicted to Starbucks coffee, leggings, and naps. She found her passion for telling stories during winter break one year in grad school–and she hasn’t stopped since.


Connect with Brooke:

LYRA PARISH loves to write, glamp, and sing obnoxiously loud at the top of her lungs in the shower. Sweet love stories (along with the dirty ones) make her gush. She is a firm believer that a person can never have too many cups of coffee, cats, or happily ever afters. When she isn’t busy writing with Brooke as Kennedy Fox, she can be found sipping various beverages from her non-alcoholic drink buffet, pimp slapping excel spreadsheets, or riding her bike. Lyra lives in Texas with her glassblowing, guitar-playing hubby and black cat named Nibbler.


Connect with Lyra:

Visit Brooke & Lyra here: brookeandlyrabooks.com


What do you think?
Does MY WEEK WITH THE BAD BOY sound like a romance you'd like to read?

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Release Day Blitz: MY WEEK WITH THE BAD BOY by Brooke Cumberland and Lyra Parish


The time has come...today is the release day for Brooke Cumberland and Lyra Parish's first book under their names that they've co-written together! Their previous Checkmate books co-written under the name Kennedy Fox were all extremely popular and were romance fan favourites! Today, they're releasing their newest book together, MY WEEK WITH THE BAD BOY!


I finished MY WEEK WITH THE BAD BOY yesterday...and this one is quite the steamy read! ;) I'll be posting my review tomorrow, so if the teasers and blurb don't convince you to read it, maybe my review will. 


Title: My Week with the Bad Boy
Authors: Brooke Cumberland & Lyra Parish
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Standalone
Cover Design: RBA Designs
Photographer: FuriousFotog
Model: Joey Berry
 

DESCRIPTION:

Never trust a man who answers the front door wearing nothing more than a pair of low-cut jeans and a panty-melting smirk.

That should’ve been my first sign.

I write about guys just like him for a living—sexy and charming, yet reluctant to get into a serious relationship. His body screams sex appeal, but his condescending personality makes him a classic f*ckboy.

And I want nothing to do with that.

Writing romance novels comes with its perks—traveling, meeting new people, creating characters from the voices in my head—but Ethan Rochester enters my life and rearranges all my preconceived notions about writing what inspires you.

One week is all it took. One week to realize that not everything is as it seems.

One week with the bad boy, and I wanted more.


GET YOUR COPY NOW!


Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2idoG7r 
Amazon International: http://myBook.to/mwwtbb 


TEASERS:







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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

BROOKE CUMBERLAND is a USA Today Bestselling author who wears many hats on any given day. She also co-writes under the USA TodayBestselling Duo pseudonym, Kennedy Fox with her literary soul mate. She lives in the frozen tundra of Packer Nation with her husband, 6-year-old wild child, and two teenage stepsons. When she’s not writing, you can find her reading love stories, listening to music that inspires her, and laughing with her family. Brooke is addicted to Starbucks coffee, leggings, and naps. She found her passion for telling stories during winter break one year in grad school–and she hasn’t stopped since.


Connect with Brooke:

LYRA PARISH loves to write, glamp, and sing obnoxiously loud at the top of her lungs in the shower. Sweet love stories (along with the dirty ones) make her gush. She is a firm believer that a person can never have too many cups of coffee, cats, or happily ever afters. When she isn’t busy writing with Brooke as Kennedy Fox, she can be found sipping various beverages from her non-alcoholic drink buffet, pimp slapping excel spreadsheets, or riding her bike. Lyra lives in Texas with her glassblowing, guitar-playing hubby and black cat named Nibbler.


Connect with Lyra:

Visit Brooke & Lyra here: brookeandlyrabooks.com


Happy release day to Brooke and Lyra! :D

Now, who's excited for MY WEEK WITH THE BAD BOY?

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Release Day Blitz: THE FORTUNATE ONES by R.S. Grey


Guess what?

It's finally release day for THE FORTUNATE ONES by R.S. Grey! :D


If you're a fan of romantic comedies with great banter, seriously sexy chemistry, and unique, fresh story lines, then you definitely don't want to miss this book. I've yet to meet an R.S. Grey book that I haven't loved, so I seriously CANNOT wait to dig into THE FORTUNATE ONES! :D



In case you missed the cover reveal, or want a refresher, here's what THE FORTUNATE ONES is about:

Title: THE FORTUNATE ONES
Author: R.S. Grey
Pub Date: November 1, 2017

DESCRIPTION:

At Twin Oaks Country Club, there are the fortunate ones, and then there are the rest of us: the waiters, the caddies, the valets, and in my case, the cabana girls. Most days, I’m poolside in a pleated skirt, dishing out margaritas to tycoons and titans. It’s not exactly my dream job, but it does come with one perk…
James Ashwood.
He’s my silver lining in a custom black suit.
Besides being a legacy member at the club, he’s a tech mogul and Austin’s most eligible bachelor. Oh, and those dimples? Yeah, they make my stomach dip too.
On good days, I catch his sleek Porsche winding down the tree-lined drive. On better days, I steal a glimpse of his handsome profile as we pass in the hall. And on the absolute best day, I find him alone at the bar, looking for company.
“Come have a seat.”
Those four little words set me down a path I never could have imagined. Private planes, penthouse suites, and temptations around every corner make it impossible to keep my distance. His world feels decadent and wild—but overindulgence comes with a cost. Every kiss comes with strings. Every erotic encounter is a promise I’m not ready to keep.
When I pump the brakes, he hits the gas. James doesn’t want to go slow—he wants a commitment.
And the thing about the fortunate ones?
They’re used to getting what they want.

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EXCERPT

     “I missed you today,” he says, his heated gaze lingering on my body.

     I step back, and he follows.

     He looks like he’s cornering his prey.

     “Apparently not enough to make it to dinner,” I point out icily.

     “I called the restaurant and told them I’d be late. Didn’t they tell you?”

     I cross my arms and glance away.

     “Brooke.” He steps closer and gently lifts my chin, forcing me to look back at him. “Fight with me tomorrow.”

     I narrow my eyes, angry with him for shelving this discussion so casually. To him, it doesn’t matter that I sat in that restaurant alone, looking like a fool for nearly two hours. He’s brushing off my anger, stepping closer and forcing his way past my defenses.

     “I think I’d like to talk about it now.”

     I catch the beginning of a smirk just before he leans in to kiss my cheek.

     “Are you sure there isn’t anything you’d rather be doing right now?”

     He uncrosses my arms and brings them up over his shoulders then steps closer, towering over me. My arms tighten around his neck, but still, I turn away, keeping my mouth from him. His breath hits my neck and he pulls me taut against his hard body, growing more impatient with every moment I try to resist.

     “Brooke,” he whispers huskily.

     My eyes flutter closed as he bends and presses a kiss to my cheek, my chin, then lower, tipping my head back so he can reach the smooth recess at the nape of my neck. I shiver and he groans, obviously aware of what his touch is doing to me.


About R.S. Grey

R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of thirteen novels, including THE FOXE & THE HOUND. She lives in Texas with her husband and two dogs, and can be found reading, binge-watching reality TV, or practicing yoga! Visit her at rsgrey.com

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Anyone else super excited for THE FORTUNATE ONES?