21.1.18

Sunday Post/ Stacking the Shelves (29)





Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and focuses on new books that were received/bought/borrowed this week while the Sunday Post is hosted by the Caffeinated Book Reviewer and focuses on recapping your week. 

New Books: 

For Review: 


About That Kiss (Heartbreaker Bay, #5) by Jill Shalvis
We Were One by Elizabeth Reyes
Long Black Veil by Jennifer Finney Boylan
Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi
American Panda by Gloria Chao
The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
See All the Stars by Kit Frick
Finding Felicity by Stacey Kade
Sanctuary by Caryn Lix
A Kiss in the Dark by Gina Ciocca
The Last to Let Go by Amber Smith
Finding the Light by Kelsey Atkins 

 Much thanks goes to Simon and Schuster, The Fantastic Flying Book Club, Netgalley, HarperCollins/Avon, Edelweiss, Elizabeth, and Random House/Blogging for Books. 

Won: 


Cinderella, Necromancer by F.M. Boughan 

Thanks, F.M.! 

Bought: 


Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend by Louise Rozett

After reading the first book in the confessions series this past week,  I needed the next one! Didn't hurt that it was only $2.99! 

Books Read this Week: 


American Panda by Gloria Chao: Quirky as well as heartbreaking and heartwarming! I especially loved the college setting. 
The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw: I had high expectations for this, and Shea didn't not let me down one bit! Eerie as well as suspenseful, The Wicked Deep is perfect for fans of witches, curses, and stories of love as well as lost. Can't wait to talk more about this one in March! 
Rise by Sierra Cross: An intriguing series opener. Witches, warlocks, and the like are always something I find interesting, and that wasn't any different here. I just wish there was more development in some areas. 
Thrive by Aly Martinez: Link to my review below. 
Lost for You by Jayne Frost: Link to my review below. 
Wicked Charm by Amber Hart: Second DNF of the year :( I'll be summarizing my thoughts on Thursday! 
Confessions of an Angry Girl (Confessions, #1) by Louise Rozett: Another #BeatTheBacklist success! I loved this so much that I immediately bought the sequel! 
Girl Unmoored by Jennifer Gooch Hummer: I cried my eyes out while reading this! Seriously, I had all the feels. 
The Last to Let Go by Amber Smith: Another emotional read! Amber did a fantastic job of addressing the effects abuse leaves on a family. 

Posts You May Have Missed:  

Monday: I reviewed Cake at Midnight by Jessie L. Starr. 
Tuesday: I reviewed Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson. 
Wednesday: I shared my Waiting on Wednesday pick and reviews Lie With Me by Sabine Durrant. 
Thursday: I reviewed Sarah Glenn Marsh's Reign of the Fallen
Saturday: I reviewed Jayne Frost's Lost For You and Thrive by Aly Martinez 

New in my Reading/Blogging/Personal Life: 

As of Monday, I'll be back to the real world of work/school so I've been enjoying my last week of freedom. It was a relatively quiet and snowy one. I ran some errands (applied for my first every passport so that was exciting!), read some books, and watched some TV. I've been re-watching Monk since it was added on Amazon Prime. I don't remember how all the episodes ended and there's some I swear I missed so it's been fun rediscovering them. I also re-watched the first two Pitch Perfect movies, and I forgot how funny they are! 

Have a great week! 


20.1.18

Blog Tour: Lost for You by Jayne Frost (Review & Giveaway!)



Lost for You (Six Street Bands, #4) by Jayne Frost 

*While Lost For You is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone.* 

Lost for You Synopsis:
I've been clean for years. But now my addiction has a face. Her face...

At eighteen, I stood at the precipice of stardom. I had the record deal. And the tour to back it up. But I succumbed to the pressure of that life. The dark side.

Now, I skate on the fringe. My brother is the genius guitarist for the band Caged, and I’m the one who helped make that happen. I’m happy to run my bars and my land development company.

Sure I am.

And then I meet her—Taryn Ayers—the music manager behind the three biggest bands in the country. She doesn’t know I’m Cam’s older brother. Or that I’ve got a secret that makes her world and mine fundamentally incompatible.

Problem is, I want to know Taryn. I crave her as much as any drug.

But can I risk letting her know me?

Lost For You is a STAND ALONE New Adult Romance.

Intended for mature audiences due to hot as sin rockstars and the world they live in.

**Please note: This book contains instances of drug use.**

Review: 

Jayne Frost's Lost For You was a true surprise. I expected to like it, but I never expected to like it as much as I did. 

It's gritty. It's emotional. It kept me on the edge of my seat the whole way through - hoping for the best but preparing for the worst. 

What I Liked: 

1. The Main Characters - Lost For You introduces Taryn and Chase, two adults thrown together unexpectedly. Taryn and Chase have been facing their respective demons for years. Taryn is still reeling from the tragic loss of her best friends as well as the changes that came with the accident that took their lives. I connected with Taryn from the get-go. I admired her strength and tact; however, what I liked the most about her was that she wasn't perfect. She doesn't always say what's on her mind. She's left her other best friend - the survivor of the accident - take complete charge over areas where Taryn would've liked some control/say as well. Her romantic life is a disaster. My heart broke for her time and time again. I just wanted the best for her - for her to realize that she could still find happiness and for her to stand up and take charge again. Chase, on the other hand, has been dealing with addiction since he was young and on the fast track to fame and success; however, after hitting rock bottom ten years ago, he put his rock star dreams aside and focused on becoming a business man. Chase was a wild card. Sometimes he's a stanch, dignified businessman while other times he's reckless and adventurous, living with his heart on his sleeve. I loved seeing both sides of Chase because no matter what role he was in he always tried to remain good. I admired his determination to help his friend's sister get help for her own addiction problems, and I also loved seeing his bond with his brother. 

2. The Romance - The best word to describe Taryn and Chase's romance? Tumultuous. From the moment they first meet, there's an undeniable spark. A spark that neither one of them can resist, no matter the consequences it may bring. Taryn and Chase had their ups and downs throughout Lost For You. Sometimes they fit together like two perfect puzzle pieces. I loved the good times. They were sweet as well as sexy and gave me hope for a happy ending. However, other times they mix as well as oil and water, which is to say not at all. Those times frustrated me to no end. These two were so incredibly stubborn. 

3. All The Feels - Lost For You is such an emotional read from start to finish. Jayne made it so incredibly to feel what the characters were feeling. My heart felt like it went on a roller coaster, that's how nutty things became. 

4. Doesn't Shy Away from the Tough - Jayne doesn't shy away from the tough moments here. As mentioned before, Chase struggles with addiction. He's been clean for ten years; however, he still struggles with it every single day. Throughout the book he experiences may ups and downs regarding it, especially towards the end. I won't go too much into what exactly happened; however, I will say that I appreciated the fact that Jayne never gave Chase's addiction problems a happily-ever-after. They never just disappeared or were fixed by love and romance. Instead, they were a part of his life - something he needed to work on every day. 

What I Didn't Like: 

1. The Ending - The ending here was incredibly sudden and open-ended. It honestly didn't feel like a complete story. It felt weird to leave the characters at the stage they were at. There was some conclusion; however, there were still so many things left unresolved. I wanted more. 

Overall, Lost for You an emotional and romantic read. I may have felt like my heart was being ripped apart at times, but it was so incredibly worth it. I can't wait to read the previous Six Street Bands books. 



4 stars!!


Buy Links:

Amazon | Kobo | Nook | Goodreads
About Jayne Frost:
I’m an author who hails from Texas (by way of California), currently living in Sin City.

A romantic by nature, I believe in fairytales and happily ever afters. And music. Because the best stories always have a soundtrack.



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Blog Tour: Thrive (Guardian Protection, #2) by Aly Martinez (Review!)






Thrive by Aly Martinez (Guardian Protection, #2) 
*While Thrive is the second book in the Guardian Protection series, it can be read as a standalone.* 

Synopsis:
Technically, you aren’t supposed to fall in love with your best friend’s girl.

When I was nineteen years old, I was faced with a choice that changed my life.

Keep the safety of what I already knew or risk losing everything with the young, hotheaded soldier who stole my heart.

I chose the wrong man, and for seventeen years, I paid in tears, blood, and shattered dreams for that decision.

Now, there’s a man in my house, holding a gun to my head on the order of my ex-husband—given from his prison cell.

That hotheaded soldier I was too afraid to choose? He’s now a six-foot-three wall of muscle who works at the country’s most premier bodyguard agency. I’ve always wanted him, but now, I’ve never needed him more.

It’s the call I’m terrified to make.

I’m sure he still hates me… Even though I’ve never stopped loving him.

Review: 

I've always heard wonderful things about Aly Martinez's books so when Thrive, the latest in her Guardian Protection series, appeared on my radar I decided to give it a try. I always love a good second chance romance, and Thrive looked like it would fit the bill quite nicely. 

The result? Equal parts thrilling and swoony, Thrive shows just how wonderful and life-chaning second chances can be.  

What I Liked: 

1. The Main Characters Thrive introduces Lark and Mira, former best friends turned enemies. I liked Lark from the start. Fiercely protective, charming, and slightly arrogant, Lark is the typical alpha hero. He's such a wonderful father as well as "guardian," and I loved seeing him kick a$$ for the ones he loved. I could also easily understand/feel his confusion and hesitation with having Mira back in his life. When she left him he had hit rock bottom, and it took a lot of years to repair the damage. If I was him, I would've felt the same way - wanting to help but being afraid to let that person in again. On the other hand, it took me while to warm up to Mira. I didn't particularly like how she ended things with Lark. Yes, I could understand her reasoning behind her decision, but I was always 100% team Lark so I wanted him to be the end game. However, I liked her more and more as time went on. She's not the timid girl she was all those years ago. She's turned into real spitfire, and I came to adore her sassy and fiery personality. It was fun to see her get so passionate about her bars and so ready and willing to give everything up to open a new one. It was also interesting to see her deal with Lark. Like Lark, Mira was scared to let him in again - she had her reasons for letting him go, and even though they made sense to her at the time, she's had regrets ever since. 

2. The Romance - As mentioned before Thrive is a second chance romance. What I really liked here was that Aly included pre-fallout scenes as well as post-fallout. The pre-fallout scenes really helped to solidify the bond between Lark and Mira. They had such an easy, carefree air around them when they were together, and I could see from the start that they were meant to be. The post-fallout scenes had a rough start - both Lark and Mira had their reservations. However, I loved seeing them began to work together again, falling in love in the process. It was never simple and easy, and it made it all the more realistic, in my opinion. Plus, I loved the banter between them! 

3. The Mystery/Thrill - Mira first invites Lark back into her life when several men break into her house, kidnapping her roommate/best friend and giving her close to a million dollars to launder. Mira's convinced her ex-husband/Lark's former best friend is behind it; however, she doesn't know how to "fix" the problem. How can she save her best friend? When this problem was first introduced, I thought it would be very cut-and-dry, but as it turned out, there was a lot more layers than I could have ever predicted. Some of the big revelations towards the end truly shocked me. I felt so bad for Mira, but I also give Aly props for keeping me on my toes! 

4. The Team at Guardian Protection - The guys at Guardian Protection are such a wonderful crew! Johnson was one of my favorites - I loved how he get Lark to accidentally admit his feelings for Mira. I also liked how they were so protective of one another. When one person needed to fight for something/someone, they all went in. I can't wait to learn more about them. 

What I Didn't Like: 

1. A "Connection" - So I liked Thrive overall. The romance was sexy. The characters were interesting and likable. The stakes were high. However, I never felt a huge connection to the story. Yes, I wanted to know how it ended, but I was never racing through, dying to know what would happen next. I just wasn't feeling a huge spark here - there was something missing and I'm not sure what it was exactly. 

Regardless, Thrive is suspenseful and romantic addition to the Guardian Protection series, and while it may be my first book by Aly, it certainly won't be my last. 


3.5 stars!!

Add Thrive to Goodreads

Buy Links: 

Amazon (Kindle Unlimited) | Audiobook | Paperback




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The previous book in the Guardian Protection Series: 


SINGE is the first book in the Guardian Protection Series and is FREE in KindleUnlimited


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AUTHOR INFORMATION:



Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her four young children. Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and baked feta. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person. She passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a super-sized tumbler of wine by her side.
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