Wednesday, July 29, 2015

*TOUR* [Review] Truly Sweet by Candis Terry

Truly Sweet
Sweet, Texas #5
By: Candis Terry  
Released July 28th, 2015


Candis Terry returns to Sweet, Texas for the last time when former Marine Jake Wilder discovers how truly sweet love can be.

When the one you’ve always wanted

At sixteen, Annabelle Morgan hoped her crush on Jake Wilder was just a passing phase. Now she’s twenty-nine and nothing has changed except Jake. The once-carefree marine has come home with a giant chip on his shoulder. He insists a single mom like Annie deserves more than he can offer. Yet no matter how gruff his gorgeous exterior may be, Jake s toe-curling kisses convince her that this attraction is definitely mutual.

Becomes the one who wants you back

Butting heads with feisty Annie was always a thrill. Add other body parts to the mix, and Jake is in serious trouble. He can’t be a forever-and-family guy and Annie s not a friends-with-benefits kind of woman. But love has a way of changing the best-laid plans, and surrender has never been so tempting.

The outcome is truly sweet.

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My Review

I received a free copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review. 

Every time I see these books come around for a tour, or are released, I get so excited! I was first introduced to the Wilder brothers in Sweetest Mistake, which is actually the second in the series. I loved it so much that I went back to the first one and read that! I've been hooked ever since! I couldn't wait to read the youngest Wilder brother's love story, so I signed up for this right away. 
Jake has just come home from serving in the military and he's not too happy about being discharged. Annie has been in love with Jake since high school, but he never noticed her, at least in the romantic way. We get to watch as their friendship grows and turns into love. Plus Annie has an adorable son, Max, who Jake is instantly drawn to, but doesn't want to be. (And I'm a sucker for guys with/around children!)
I really do love these books. They're always so fun and romantic, but have deep sides to them as well. There are points in the story that are really light-hearted and funny, while other times I want to cry for the characters. This book has so many feels! I seriously can't get enough of Terry's writing! I highly, highly recommend any romance fans to pick up her books. They're all great! This series is wonderful and so is her other series, the Sugar Shack novels. 
About the Author
Candis Terry was born and raised near the sunny beaches of Southern California and now makes her home on an Idaho farm. She’s experienced life in such diverse ways as working in a Hollywood recording studio to chasing down wayward steers. Only one thing has remained the same: her passion for writing stories about relationships, the push and pull in the search for love, and the security one finds in their own happily ever after.

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

(Sweet Texas Prize Pack with Print Copies of Series and Swag)

Monday, July 27, 2015

[Review] The Fixer by Joseph Finder

The Fixer by Joseph Finder
Publisher: Dutton
Publishing Date: June 9, 2015
406 Pages
Format: paperback, ARC
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Goodreads rating: 4.5 stars


New York Times bestselling author Joseph Finder delivers his next breakneck stand-alone thriller about the secrets families can keep, and the danger of their discovery.

When former investigative reporter Rick Hoffman loses his job, fiancĂ©e, and apartment, his only option is to move back into — and renovate — the home of his miserable youth, now empty and in decay since the stroke that put his father in a nursing home.

As Rick starts to pull apart the old house, he makes an electrifying discovery — millions of dollars hidden in the walls. It’s enough money to completely transform Rick’s life — and everything he thought he knew about his father. Yet the more of his father’s hidden past that Rick brings to light, the more dangerous his present becomes. Soon, he finds himself on the run from deadly enemies desperate to keep the past buried, and only solving the mystery of his father — a man who has been unable to communicate, comprehend, or care for himself for almost 20 years — will save Rick... if he can survive long enough to do it.

My Review

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Before I started blogging, I had never heard of Joseph Finder or his novels. Now, he's becoming one of my favorite authors. Everything I've picked up by him have been wonderful reads. They're fast-paced, complex, and keep you guessing. This surely won't be the last book by Finder that I pick up. 

Rick Hoffman finds millions of dollars in his father's home when he begins to renovate it. Then he does what I think a lot of people would do, spends a ton of money on silly things like clothing and fancy dinners, all while trying to impress a girl. However, he soon realizes that this money wasn't just left for him, and someone wants it back. His life is now in danger and he must try to figure out where it came from and who's trying to kill him. He uses his skills as a former investigative reporter to figure out just what his father was up to and why he had all of this money. Rick learns things about his father that he never knew before, things that aren't always good. But Rick knows he needs to keep digging for the truth, even if it means it could kill him. 

I love how Finder wrote this book and really enjoyed the characters. I thought the story was pretty complex and I couldn't stop turning the pages to find out what was happening. I never really figure out what was going to happen until the very end. I had suspicions about some characters and didn't trust a few of them throughout the story. But sometimes I would be surprised and they were good people; other times I was surprised that they weren't. All in all, this was a good book and I'm thankful that I was given the opportunity to read and review this one. I can't wait to read more of what Finder has in store for his fans. I'm sure I won't be disappointed! 

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Stacking the Shelves 7.26.15

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga @ Tynga's Reviews. Its all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, whether physical or virtual books. This means you can include books you buy in physical stores or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts, and of course, ebooks! Tynga posts this meme on Saturdays, but you can post on any day that works best for you! Check out the guidelines by visiting Tynga's blog! 

It was my birthday last week and my family knows me all too well! Got a gift card to Barnes and Noble and it was burning a hole in my pocket; I couldn't wait to get out and spend it (: These are the wonderful purchases I made with that gift card! 


I cannot wait to read this! I've heard such great things about it and the synopsis sounds so good! I have a feeling this is going to be a book that I can't put down. 

I've been wanting to read this for quite a while. When I first read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, I fell in love with her writing. Then I heard about this one and it just sounds so cute. I kind of started it last night, but was so tired that I only got about 5 pages into it (: 

Ever since reading Big Little Lies, I've been searching for all Liane Moriarty's books. I own The Husband's Secret (haven't read it yet), and found this one at the store. She's easily going to become one of my favorite authors! 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

[Review] Crash by Lisa McMann

Crash by Lisa McMann
Series: Visions, #1
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publishing Date: Jan. 8, 2013
233  Pages
Format: paperback, won
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Goodreads rating: 3.5 stars


If what you see is what you get, Jules is in serious trouble. The suspenseful first of three books from the New York Times bestselling author of the Wake trilogy.

Jules lives with her family above their restaurant, which means she smells like pizza most of the time and drives their double-meatball-shaped food truck to school. It’s not a recipe for popularity, but she can handle that.

What she can’t handle is the recurring vision that haunts her. Over and over, Jules sees a careening truck hit a building and explode...and nine body bags in the snow.

The vision is everywhere—on billboards, television screens, windows—and she’s the only one who sees it. And the more she sees it, the more she sees. The vision is giving her clues, and soon Jules knows what she has to do. Because now she can see the face in one of the body bags, and it’s someone she knows. Someone she has been in love with for as long as she can remember.

In this riveting start to a gripping trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Lisa McMann, Jules has to act—and act fast—to keep her vision from becoming reality. 

My Review

I won this book back at the beginning of 2014 from the 31 Days of Reading giveaway. It was an amazing giveaway and I'm still getting through all the books I got from them! So I finally picked up this one (I'm trying really hard to read books that I already own before getting new ones). 

This was a pretty interesting book that kind of reminded me of the Final Destination movies. Did anyone else who read that get that feeling? Jules sees a vision of a terrible accident that kills 9 people. First she just sees it a few times, here and there. Then she starts seeing it everywhere she looks: on the tv, on stop signs, on store windows. It just won't go away. So she starts trying to figure out what's going to happen and when. She even confides in her brother and the person she's in love with. They're not quite sure what to believe, but one of them does believe her right away. 

This book takes us on a chase of trying to figure out what is going to happen and when. This book is pretty interesting! Like I said, it reminds me of the Final Destination movies as Jules tries to figure out whats going to happen and when. I really kind of liked it. I wasn't quite expecting that when I first picked it up. And then the end throws you for a curve ball a bit, so it makes me want to pick up the next one as well. 

And last thought - that cover is awesome, isn't it?! It's just so unique! 

Others in the Series

Friday, July 17, 2015

Feature and Follow Friday! 7.17.15

Feature and Follow is a blog hop hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. The purpose is to meet new people and gain more followers in the book blogging community. If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers. But you have to know, the point of this hop is to follow other blogs also. I follow you, you follow me. 

The general rules are: 
- Follow the Feature and Follow Hosts (Parajunkee and Alison Can Read)
- Follow the Featured Bloggers
- Put your Blog name and URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts. 
- Grab the button up there and place it in a post. This post is for people to say hi and that they are now following you in your comments. 
- Follow, Follow, Follow as many as you can. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Don't just follow, comment and say hi in the post! Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don't say 'hi'
- If someone comments and says they are following you, please follow back! 

This Week's Question: Post a funny Youtube video! (It doesn't have to be book related)

This is usually the first video I think of when I think of funny Youtube videos! It's super cute and plus I really love kittens, so it's the perfect combination (: Hope you enjoy! 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

[Review] All the Truth That's In Me by Julie Berry

All the Truth That's In Me by Julie Berry
Publisher: Viking Books
Publishing Date: Sept 26, 2013
274 Pages
Format: paperback, won
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Goodreads rating: 4 stars


Four years ago, Judith and her best friend disappeared from their small town of Roswell Station. Two years ago, only Judith returned, permanently mutilated, reviled and ignored by those who were once her friends and family. Unable to speak, Judith lives like a ghost in her own home, silently pouring out her thoughts to the boy who’s owned her heart as long as she can remember—even if he doesn’t know it—her childhood friend, Lucas. But when Roswell Station is attacked, long-buried secrets come to light, and Judith is forced to choose: continue to live in silence, or recover her voice, even if it means changing her world, and the lives around her, forever. This startlingly original novel will shock and disturb you; it will fill you with Judith’s passion and longing; and its mysteries will keep you feverishly turning the pages until the very last. 

My Review

I believe I won this book last year some time, but I honestly can't remember who I won it from or when, so if I won it from you, thank you!! 

This book sounded so interesting when I entered the contest, and when I won, I was very excited. I had read the synopsis, but when I started reading this book, it was so different from what I expected! This book takes place in another time (another world possibly?); Judith lives with her mom and brother. She was kidnapped and held captive for years but when she returns home, she doesn't receive a warm welcome. Her mom is ashamed of the fact that Judith can't speak, or speak very well, so she forbids Judith from communicating with anyone. 

This book is told from Judith's perspective in 2nd person point of view. I don't think I've read anything in this point of view before. It was really interesting to read and I thought it made the story much more compelling. The way the story is written is as if Judith is writing a journal to the boy she loves, Lucas. This story was also so different from anything I've read before. The setting of the story was very unique and original, and the characters were quite interesting. I empathized with Judith because she wanted so badly to fit in and make friends, but is terrified of what people will think of her. After a great deal of confusion and miscommunication, Judith finally gets the life that she's always wanted since she returned from being held captive. 

I really enjoyed this book and look forward to hearing more from Ms. Berry. 

Monday, July 13, 2015

[Review] One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

One Plus One by Jojo Moyes
Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books
Publishing Date: July 1, 2014
Format: hardcover, gifted
368 Pages
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Goodreads rating: 5 stars


One single mom. One chaotic family. One quirky stranger. One irresistible love story from the New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You.

Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied and your math whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can’t afford to pay for. That’s Jess’s life in a nutshell—until an unexpected knight-in-shining-armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess’s knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages... maybe ever.

My Review

Me Before You is one of my absolute favorite books. I really think it might be THE favorite of mine ever! (: So I absolutely couldn't wait to get a copy of this one by Moyes. I had been waiting since this was release to get a copy! Then I got it as a gift for Christmas and I couldn't wait to read it! Unfortunately, life got in the way... buying a house, moving in, doing some remodeling and other house projects..But I finally started reading it when I suggested my book club pick it for July. I was so excited to dive in! 

This book didn't disappoint me one bit. All of these characters were so interesting and unique. Jess is a single mom to her young daughter and teenage step-son. Her husband up and left them, doesn't work and doesn't pay any child support. Jess is trying to give him the benefit of doubt because she believes he's suffering from a mental break. But she still has to do what's right for her kids. I love that she takes care of Nicky like he's own her own flesh and blood. She sticks up for him like no one else will. Tanzie is such a sweet little girl. She's super intelligent and looks at things in a different way; and Jess embraces that whole-heartedly. 

Ed is different. He seems quiet and soft-spoken, yet very bright (obviously since he and a friend created their own company!). But he clearly doesn't make the best decisions all the time and they have landed him in a  bit of trouble. He makes a spur of the moment decision to drive Jess and her kids to the Math Olympiad and his life is never the same after. 

What I really loved about this book was the different types of characters. Some are so serious, some playful, some funny. They all fit each other really well and play off each others' strengths; they complement each other. Plus this book was funny! I wasn't expecting it, but there were so many times that dry humor crept through and I found myself literally laughing out loud. I'm sure my husband thought I was a little strange since it would just be quiet and then I'd be laughing. 

This book really had it all: serious issues, drama, family feuds, comedy, and (probably my favorite) romance. I highly, highly recommend this book. It fast rose up to the near top of my list and I can't wait to read what else Moyes has written. The Girl You Left Behind is sitting on my shelf just waiting for me to pick it up and I know it won't disappoint. 

Thursday, July 9, 2015

[DNF Review] Oh! You Pretty Things by Shanna Mahin

Oh! You Pretty Things by Shanna Mahin
Publisher: Dutton
Publishing Date: April 14, 2015
368 Pages
Format: hardcover, ARC
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N


Jess Dunne is third-generation Hollywood, but her star on the boulevard has yet to materialize. Sure, she’s got a Santa Monica address and a working actress roommate, but with her nowhere barista job in a town that acknowledges zeroes only as a dress size, she’s a dead girl walking.

Enter Jess’s mother—a failed actress who puts the strange in estrangement. She dives headlong into her daughter’s downward spiral, forcing Jess to muster all her spite and self-preservation to snag a career upgrade.

As a personal assistant for a famous (and secretly agoraphobic) film composer, Jess’s workdays are now filled with shopping for luxury goods and cooking in his perfectly designed kitchen. Jess kills at cooking, a talent that only serves her intensifying urge to dig in to Los Angeles’s celebrity buffet.

When her food garners the attention of an actress on the rise, well, she’s all too willing to throw it in with the composer and upgrade again, a decision that will have far-reaching ramifications that could explode all her relationships.

All the while, her mother looms ever closer, forcing Jess to confront the traumatic secrets she’s been running from all her life. 

Oh! You Pretty Things is a dizzying ride at the carnival of fame, a fast-paced and sharply funny work that dares to imagine what happens when we go over the top in a town of gilded excess. 

My Review 

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

I hate saying this, but I just didn't like this book. There wasn't necessarily anything wrong with it, it just wasn't for me. I got about halfway through the book and finally put it down. I remember reading it and thinking, "Who cares?" I didn't find the characters to be overly complex, nor did I find them sympathetic at all. I think the storyline was interesting, which is why I chose to read and review it. But, unfortunately, I learned pretty quickly that I wasn't enjoying it. I really hate DNF'ing books, but sometimes I just can't push through it. I hope others who read this will enjoy it! I'm actually giving it to a friend of mine because she thinks she'll like it, so I hope she does! 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

[Review] *Book Tour* Summer at the Shore by V.K. Sykes

Summer at the Shore
Seashell Bay # 2
By: V.K. Sykes
Releasing June 30, 2015
Grand Central: Forever



Morgan Merrifield sacrificed her teaching career to try to save her family's bed-and-breakfast and care for her younger sister. She can't let herself get distracted by Ryan Butler. After all, the rugged ex-Special Forces soldier is only in Seashell Bay for the summer. But her longtime crush soon flares into real desire-and with one irresistible kiss, she's swept away.

Ryan values his freedom. As much as he wants Morgan, he's not ready to settle down with anyone, much less in sleepy Seashell Bay. But his code of honor doesn't allow him to leave a woman in distress-and she's in desperate need of help to fix the inn. It only takes one day working under the same roof and Ryan is already hoping for a lifetime of hot summer nights . . .

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My Review

I received a free copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review. 

I hadn't read the first book in this series when I signed up and started this one. But I soon learned that you don't really need to. The characters overlap, but it didn't ruin anything for me by not reading the first. Morgan and Ryan have known each other for years, growing up on the same small island and going to high school together. They both had crushes on each other... but never found out until they are reconnected when Ryan comes back to the island for the summer. 

I enjoyed reading about these two characters, and the many others that are involved in their island life. Morgan is trying to save her father's inn after he passes away unexpectedly, but it's a lot more than she's prepared for, financially and emotionally. And Ryan is trying to figure out what he wants to do in life as he takes a leave of absence from his job as a high profile body guard. They both have so many emotional issues to deal with but they learn how to with each other's help. This book definitely had a lot of feels and it was a fun journey. And the setting was beautiful (at least how I pictured it in my head!) and it really makes me want to take a trip to the New England area!

About the Author

V.K. Sykes is really two people – Vanessa Kelly and Randy Sykes, a husband and wife team who write USA Today Bestselling contemporary romance and also romantic suspense. Randy excels at plot and characterization, but tends to fall down on the job when it comes to that pesky old thing called emotion. That’s where Vanessa steps in. She usually writes the sex scenes too, since Randy is a bit uncomfortable when it comes to that sort of stuff. Vanessa also writes award-winning Regency-set historical romance for Kensington Zebra under her own name. You can check out Vanessa’s bestselling historical romances at

Author Links:  Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads 

Grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card; 4 runner-up prizes - each of those winners will receive a copy of Meet Me at the Beach and a copy of Wedding Bells in Christmas, by Debbie Mason

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday! 7.7.15

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the The Broke and the Bookish. Every week she posts an idea for a 'Top Ten' list relating to books, and encourages other book bloggers to respond and participate. All the details are listed on her site.

This week's question: Top ten hyped books I've never read

1. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

2. Isla and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

3. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins 

4. Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker

5. We Were Liars by e. Lockart

6. The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling)

7. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

8. 1984 by George Orwell

9. To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

10. The Selection by Keira Cass

Monday, July 6, 2015

*Book Tour* [Review] Truly Madly Montana by Fiona Lowe

Truly Madly Montana
Medicine River # 2
By: Fiona Lowe
Releasing July 7th, 2015
Berkeley Sensation


Summer in Montana brings heat with a chance of romance in the new Medicine River Romance from the award-winning author of Montana Actually

Sexy and charming Australian doctor Will Bartlett will do anything to help out a friend, even if it means moving to Bear Paw for the summer. Some small-town hospitality, and the uncomplicated friendship of his co-worker, Millie, is just the ticket to shake off the restlessness that’s been gripping him lately.

Millie Switkowski, RN and medical student, is home for her clinical rotation, and she’s determined to make this summer so much better than last. She’s got a year of medical school under her belt, her diabetes is under control and she’s kicked her crazy crush for Will Bartlett, who only ever treated her as “one of the guys.”

But when Will turns out to be Millie’s supervising physician, without warning the summer gets a whole lot hotter than either of them anticipated. With both of them holding onto thorny secrets, can they walk away with their hearts intact?

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My Review

I received a free copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review. 

Another great read by Fiona Lowe! I really enjoyed Montana Actually, the first in this series, so when I saw I had a chance to read the second, I knew I needed to jump on the chance! Set in the beautiful state of Montana, Millie and Will take us on a wild, romantic ride. Throw in some heart-pounding medical scenes and it's sure to suck you right in. 

This book had a little of everything you look for in a romance; it's hot and steamy, has great friendships, lots of fun, and a little bit of heartbreak. There's also another story mixed in of Ethan, the local librarian, and Tara, the new deputy sheriff in town. I really liked reading Ethan and Tara's story too. They were so different from each other, but fit so well. 

Millie and Will have an interesting relationship at first. I don't want to say too much without giving away the humor. But they're very good friends and enjoying being with each other. At the same time, they're both fighting feelings that they're developing and it's fun to watch! If you enjoy a good romance, I would suggest picking up a copy of this! It's a quick read but gives you sooo many feels! 

About the Author
Fiona Lowe is a RITA® and R*BY award-winning, multi-published author with Harlequin , Carina Press and, Berkley USA. Whether her books are set in outback Australia or the USA, they feature small towns with big hearts, and warm, likeable characters that make you fall in love. When she's not writing stories, she's a weekend wife, mother of two 'ginger' teenage boys, guardian of 80 rose bushes, slave to a cat and often found collapsed on the couch with wine.

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

$20.00 Amazon eGift Card (US/CA/UK)

Sunday, July 5, 2015

June 2015 Wrap-Up

Here's the thing: I've been really, really bad lately about keeping up with my blog. Every time I think about it, I feel awful, but it doesn't change what I'm doing. I really do love blogging and sharing my love of books with everyone! But I have to blame real life getting in the way. I thought I was busy last summer with planning a wedding. But that hasn't even come close to how busy Paul and I have been this summer! I can't get over how swamped we are!!! With recently buying a home, having a never-ending list of house projects, baseball, softball, golf, work, cookouts... the list goes on and on. (I'm actually writing this right before another one of my husband's baseball games) I can't believe it's already July! (Birthday month, YAY!) But I'm going to make a conscious effort to blog more and really get back into this!

What to look forward to in July? Definitely more book reviews and meme posts! Like I said, I really want to get back into this and I hope that since our house projects are slowing down for the time being, I'll have some more time. I also have a few ideas of things that I want to do in the months to come... including a month where I only read re-reads. Anyone else game for that? I've got a few on my list already that I really want to re-read and I know I'll think of more soon. 

Hope everyone had a wonderful and safe 4th of July! You'll definitely be seeing from me more this month!