Saturday, 14 October 2017

STACKING THE SHELVES #10



Stacking The Shelves is hosted by  Tynga's Reviews and it's all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

Hello Everyone!

I thought today I'll post about the physical copies which I got since August from secondhand book sales. The books were so cheap! I am so happy with my haul that I thought I'll make a special post of all my paperbacks haul.

(Click on the links to go to the Goodreads pages of the mentioned books)

1. AUGUST HAUL:


I already have I Heart New York and I was very happy to find two more from that series. I also already had Darkest Mercy from the Wicked Lovely series, so I was ecstatic to find two more books from this series. I have been wanting to read Born in trilogy since a long time and unfortunately, while I didn't get Born in Fire, I got the other two and I can't wait to start reading this series!

2. SEPTEMBER HAUL:

                       
 
         
This haul was not from a second-hand book sale but these books were on sale and I love Nalini Singh so any book by her is on sale there is no doubt that I will get it and Mills and Boons is always fun to read. I also got another mills and Boons book by Sarah Morgan because I wanted to read her books from a long time so this seemed like a good start.


3. OCTOBER HAUL:

          
            
I have only one book in this month's haul but it's only the 14th so there's still time. I got this one because it was on my TBR for a long time!


These are the new addition to my shelf. I would love to know about yours so comment your post links down below! 

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

COVER REVEAL | CHERISH HARD (HARD PLAY, #1) BY NALINI SINGH

I am so excited to present to you... the cover reveal of SAILOR'S BOOK! 


FULL BLURB

CHERISH HARD
A Hard Play Novel by Nalini Singh

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh kicks off her new Hard Play contemporary romance series with a sizzling story that’ll leave you smiling…

Sailor Bishop has only one goal for his future – to create a successful landscaping business. No distractions allowed. Then he comes face-to-face and lips-to-lips with a woman who blushes like an innocent… and kisses like pure sin.

Ísa Rain craves a man who will cherish her, aches to create a loving family of her own. Trading steamy kisses with a hot gardener in a parking lot? Not the way to true love. Then a deal with the devil (aka her CEO-mother) makes Ísa a corporate VP for the summer. Her main task? Working closely with a certain hot gardener.

And Sailor Bishop has wickedness on his mind.

As Ísa starts to fall for a man who makes her want to throttle and pounce on him at the same time, she knows she has to choose – play it safe and steady, or risk all her dreams and hope Sailor doesn’t destroy her heart.


~ EXCERPT ~

Fuming, Ísa made sure to set the alarm system and lock up. Everyone else was already well into their summer vacation—the sole reason Ísa was here was because she hadn’t been able to work on her lesson plans at home.
Her upstairs neighbor was having repairs done to her bathroom that required banging and hammering.
Not all of it involved nails and wood.
Hopefully the repairs would be finished by now. There was only so much ecstatic orgasmic screaming that a single woman in online-dating purgatory could stand without being driven to violence.
She spotted the tan-colored gardening truck the instant she came down the front steps of the school’s imposing redbrick main building and turned left to head toward her car. The hot gardener had parked it right next to her zippy blue compact. The front of the truck had four doors with tinted windows while the large bed was piled with shovels and other manly tools as well as a huge sack of clippings.
His light brown T-shirt was hanging over the top of the tailgate.
Which meant he was still walking around topless somewhere around here.
“Get in your car, Ísa,” she muttered to herself, well aware what would happen if she came face-to-face with that delicious hunk of manhood. Because while she might’ve conquered her shyness, she knew her limits.
Confronted by a bare-chested man who made her ovaries explode, she’d turn bright pink, lose her ability to form speech, and end of story. “Oh—”
She would’ve bounced off that sculpted chest if he hadn’t grabbed her by the hips.
“Hey, sorry,” he said with a startled smile that lit up the dazzling blue of his eyes. “I didn’t see you.”
“No, um, my fault.” It looked as if he’d crouched down to check one of his tires or something else but had risen to his feet right when she swung around to get into her car. And God, his skin was so hot and smooth and he was so tall and his shoulders were so broad and her mouth was drying up. The stuttering would begin at any moment.
The same stuttering Suzanne had mocked relentlessly when they were fourteen. Until Ísa had gone silent around everyone except the few friends she trusted. And now that horrible, ugly-hearted girl was getting married, having a baby, getting a happily-ever-after. Added to which, Ísa’s mother was jerking her on a string like she was a marionette, and her last “date” had asked her to call him Woofy and reward him with doggy biscuits.
The blue of the gardener’s eyes flickered with a hot flame.
And she thought… I know him. But before she could follow that faint thread, all the fury and hurt and frustration and sheer aggravation in Ísa ignited into an incandescent inferno.
She went mad.
Grabbing the hot gardener’s beautiful face in her hands, she said, “I want to kiss you.”
A wicked grin. “Go on ahead.”
And Ísa pressed her lips to his.

Copyright © 2017 by Nalini Singh

 Meet Sailor & Isa on November 14th!

Pre-order your copy today!

Amazon US:  http://amzn.to/2yaHnQG


~ Meet the Author ~


Nalini Singh is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Psy-Changeling, Guild Hunter, and Rock Kiss series. She lives and works in beautiful New Zealand, and is passionate about writing.

If you’d like to explore her other books, you can find lots of excerpts and free short stories on her website. Slave to Sensation is the first book in the Psy-Changeling series, while Angels’ Blood is the first book in the Guild Hunter series. The Rock Kiss books are all stand alone and can be read in any order.


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Tuesday, 3 October 2017

BOOK REVIEW | SUGAR PINE TRAIL (HAVEN POINT, #7) BY RAEANNE

Goodreads Summary: 

An unlikely attraction brings comfort, joy and unforgettable romance this holiday season!

Librarian Julia Winston is ready to ditch the quiet existence she's been living. She's made a list of new things to experience, but falling for Jamie Caine, her sexy military pilot neighbor, isn't one of them. Julia's looking to conquer life, not become the heartbreaker's latest conquest. But when two young brothers wind up in Julia's care for the holidays, she'll take any help she can get—even Jamie's. 

Happy to step in, Jamie reveals a side of himself that's much harder to resist. Not only is he fantastic with kids, he provides the strength Julia needs to tackle her list. She knows their temporary family can't last beyond the holidays, but the closer she gets to Jamie, the more she wonders if things could be this merry and bright forever.



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My Rating - 4 stars!


My Review:

I discovered this author earlier this year when I read Serenity Harbor and I am so glad I did because I am enjoying reading her books. Sugar Pine Trail is the seventh installment in the Haven Point series but it can be read as a standalone. We meet Jamie and Julia in the previous books briefly and I called this couple as soon as I met the characters, so I was happy to read their story.

Julia was very nice, she was just a sweetheart! I loved her character, despite being painfully shy, seeing her make an effort to get out of the shell was amazing. She gets brownie points for being a librarian and hosting amazing book club meets. She takes two kids in who are in desperate need of help and that just made her one of my favourite heroines. She has a bucket list. Everyone in the book club makes one in the beginning after reading an inspiring book. Her list is raw and all that she has missed out on, like learning how to ski. And Jamie helps her cross off those things on her list.

Jamie is renting Julia's apartment upstairs in her Victorian house. He initially thinks that Julia is stiff, every bit of stereotypical librarian but slowly he sees that she is so much more than that. Jamie is an ex-military pilot. Who is also a town charmer and Julia finds him irresistible. He is also very good with the Kids. Speaking of the kids, Clint and Davy couldn't get any cuter! 

Jamie and Julia take care of the kids as their mother is missing. This scenario was different and shed a light onto foster care system and on the important and difficult problems of people around the world. It was refreshing. I liked meeting everyone from this series in the town, especially around the holidays. I loved reading about Wyn and I might go back and read the previous books because they all seem very lovely. It was a nice cozy read. I only wish there was a little more romance between Jamie and Julia. While I loved them as individuals, I didn't quite get the chance to like them together more. Apart from that I thoroughly enjoyed this read with some festive magic. I love visiting Haven Point. I can't wait to read more.

*A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.*

Friday, 29 September 2017

FRIDAY READS #7 ~ AMOUR AMOUR(AERIAL ETHEREAL, #1) BY KRISTA AND BECCA RITCHIE.



Book Beginnings is a book meme hosted by Rose City Reader where participants share the first sentence (or so) of the book, along with initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.
The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice, and the rules are quite simple: Grab a book, any book, turn to page 56 or 56% in your e-reader. Find any non-spoilery sentence(s) and post.
This week’s book: 


22888864Goodreads Summary: 

Love is a circus

"Every day,” he says lowly, “I hold a person’s life in my hands. The circus is based one-hundred percent off trust. I give it all to someone, and they give it all to me.”

The best aerial technique won’t land 21-year-old Thora James her dream role in Amour—a sexy new acrobatic show on the Vegas strip. Thora knows she’s out of her element the second she meets Amour’s leading performer. Confident, charming and devilishly captivating, 26-year-old Nikolai Kotova lives up to his nickname as the “God of Russia.”

When Thora unknowingly walks into the crosshairs of Nikolai’s after-show, her audition process begins way too soon. Unprofessional. That’s what Nik calls their “non-existent” relationship. It’s not like Thora can avoid him. For one, they may be partners in the future—acrobatic partners, that is. But getting closer to Nik means diving deeper into sin city and into his dizzying world. 

Thora wants to perform with him, but when someone like Nikolai attracts the spotlight wherever he goes—Thora fears that she’s destined to be just background to his spellbinding show.

This sexy and exhilarating New Adult Romance can best be described as Cirque du Soleil meets the steamy, athletic romance of Center Stage. 

*standalone & no love triangles—recommended for readers 18+ for mature content*

BOOK BEGINNINGS:



“You really want to do this?” Shay asks me for the tenth time. He plops roughly on the edge of my bed, wearing red, athletic Ohio State shorts and nothing more. Beside him, trade paperbacks thud onto the hardwood. My paranormal romances are so tattered and ragged, the ground won’t hurt them.


FRIDAY 56:

If I was tall enough, I would even contemplate giving him the massage, but in my Toms, my head reaches his shoulders. 
Little mouse. 
Yeah, it fits alright. 
“I’ll be fine,” I tell him. His intensity barrels through me. I love it more than he knows and more than I ever realized, his concern only flushing me more.  I add, “Don’t worry about me.” My sweltering body disagrees. 
He gives me a look like that’s just not possible. “I’ve worried about you since you first showed up in Vegas and could barely drink a shot.” At The Red Death, when he said the city would swallow me whole.


MY THOUGHTS:

I loved reading this book and its companion book Infini. These books are about circus life in Vegas and its just so much more and fancier than I thought. This is one of my top favourite reads of this year!


Which book features in your Friday Reads below? Comment the links below, I would love to visit your blog!


Thursday, 28 September 2017

BOOK REVIEW | DEVIL IN SPRING (THE RAVENELS, #3) by LISA KLEYPAS

Goodreads Summary: 

An eccentric wallflower…

Most debutantes dream of finding a husband. Lady Pandora Ravenel has different plans. The ambitious young beauty would much rather stay at home and plot out her new board game business than take part in the London Season. But one night at a glittering society ball, she’s ensnared in a scandal with a wickedly handsome stranger. 

A cynical rake…

After years of evading marital traps with ease, Gabriel, Lord St. Vincent, has finally been caught-by a rebellious girl who couldn’t be less suitable. In fact, she wants nothing to do with him. But Gabriel finds the high-spirited Pandora irresistible. He’ll do whatever it takes to possess her, even if their marriage of convenience turns out to be the devil’s own bargain.

A perilous plot…

After succumbing to Gabriel’s skilled and sensuous persuasion, Pandora agrees to become his bride. But soon she discovers that her entrepreneurial endeavors have accidentally involved her in a dangerous conspiracy -- and only her husband can keep her safe. As Gabriel protects her from their unknown adversaries, they realize their devil’s bargain may just turn out to be a match made in heaven.



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My Rating - 5 stars!


My Review:

Lisa Kleypas is my historical romance queen. I LOVED The Hathaways, The Wallflowers and now The Ravenels. I loved every character and their books, so I was very happy to see that Devil in Spring was going to feature some of my favourite characters from The Wallflowers. This is a story about Pandora, one of the twin Ravenel and Gabriel, Sebastian and Evie's son!! I was very excited to read this story and it did not let me down, in fact, it surpassed my expectations. 

Pandora is different, she doesn't fit into any box created for women in the 19th century. She is quirky, helpful, smart and diligent. She is so much more than just a woman destined to get married. She wants to invent and sell board games and do good for the society. That is why, she is afraid that marriage will ruin her plans. 

Gabriel is a rake and has no plans to marry as well but after he is caught with Pandora in a situation which would be scandalous if they didn't marry, his plans get altered. Gabriel knows what he has to do, and that's to marry Pandora. Now only if Pandora was easy enough to say yes to the proposal. Even if it was a bit fast paced, I liked the flow and it didn't feel like a complete insta love kind of story, because Gabriel was all in and he was very loyal to her. He was with her the whole time, well even though he took some wee time to get there. Gabriel is one of my top favourite heroes and Pandora was just a sweetheart, I loved her from the beginning.

It was refreshing to see women empowering at that time. I loved how supportive everyone was of Pandora. I was very impressed to see all the research Lisa Kleypas had done for Pandora's character. I loved to meet everyone from Gabriel's family and I would love to read their stories. I am waiting for certain some characters to get together. It was absolute fun to see everyone from the Ravenel family as well. The Ravenels have become such a tight-knit union. There was a scene where they are all going away, it was their last meeting and it was going to be a while before they could all be together. I remember feeling the same emotions as them as they were all going separate ways. They all get back together soon enough don't worry. But that is the depth of how much I am invested in the Ravenels. I can't wait for more books in this series.


 Some of my favourite quotes

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“Good God, she really did walk in circles. A pang of tenderness centered in Gabriel’s chest like an ache. He wanted all her circles to lead back to him.” 

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Sebastian, who had begun to laugh, seemed struck by that last comment. 
“Ahhh,” he said softly. “That explains it.” He was silent for a moment, lost in some distant, pleasurable memory. 
“Dangerous creatures, wallflowers. Approach them with the utmost caution. They sit quietly in corners, appearing abandoned and forlorn, when in truth they’re sirens who lure men to their downfall. You won’t even notice the moment she steals the heart right out of your body—and then it’s hers for good. A wallflower never gives your heart back.” 

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“He was charmed out of all reason as he watched her, this sandy, disheveled, storytelling mermaid, who seemed already to belong to him and yet wanted nothing to do with him. His heart worked in strange rhythms, as if it were struggling to adjust to a brand new metronome. What was happening to him?” 

*
“She was so endearing, so indomitable, that Gabriel was wrenched with a feeling he’d never known before, as if all the extremes of joy and despair had been compressed into some new emotion that threatened to crack the walls of his heart.” 

*

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

WAITING ON WEDNESDAY / CAN'T WAIT WEDNESDAY #44 ~ MOST OF ALL YOU BY MIA SHERIDAN


Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings to spotlight and talk about the books that we are excited about that we have yet to read. Generally, they are books that are yet to be released as well. It's based on "Waiting On" Wednesday hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine

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Title: Most of All You
(Click on the title to know more about it on Goodreads.)
 Author:  Mia Sheridan
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date:  October 17th, 2017


Goodreads Summary:

A broken woman . . .

Crystal learned long ago that love brings only pain. Feeling nothing at all is far better than being hurt again. She guards her wounded heart behind a hard exterior, and carries within her a deep mistrust of men who, in her experience, have only ever used and taken.

A man in need of help . . .

Then Gabriel Dalton walks into her life. Despite the terrible darkness of his past, there’s an undeniable goodness about him. And even though she knows the cost, Crystal finds herself drawn to Gabriel. His quiet strength is wearing down her defenses and his gentle patience is causing her to question everything she thought she knew.

Only love can mend a shattered heart . . .

Crystal and Gabriel never imagined that the world that had stolen everything from them would bring them a deep love like this. Except fate will only take them so far and now the choice is theirs: Harden their hearts once again or find the courage to shed their painful pasts.


I'm waiting because...

I love this author's writing. Leo and Archer's voice were absolutely beautiful and I want to read more books from her. This summary sounds intriguing and I can't wait to read it.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

Friday, 22 September 2017

FRIDAY READS #6 ~ THE HATING GAME BY SALLY THORNE



Book Beginnings is a book meme hosted by Rose City Reader where participants share the first sentence (or so) of the book, along with initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.
The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice, and the rules are quite simple: Grab a book, any book, turn to page 56 or 56% in your e-reader. Find any non-spoilery sentence(s) and post.
This week’s book: 


25883848Goodreads Summary: 

Nemesis (n.) 
1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome;
2) A person’s undoing;
3) Joshua Templeman.

Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.

Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

BOOK BEGINNINGS:



I have a theory. Hating someone feels disturbingly similar to being in love with them. I’ve had a lot of time to compare love and hate, and these are my observations.
FRIDAY 56:

“You’re shipwrecked onto an uninhabited island. What three things would you take with you?” “A knife. A tarpaulin.” He thinks for a long time on the last item. “And you. To annoy you,” he amends.
“But I’d be so lonely on the island,” he points out. I think of him sitting alone in the all-staff meeting. “Okay. So we’re crawling up the beach and I’m cursing your name for pulling me away from civilization and hair-care products and lipstick. What then?”

MY THOUGHTS:

I read this book in one day and I loved it so much, I couldn't put it down! A really cute story about adorable characters.


Which book features in your Friday Reads below? Comment the links below, I would love to visit your blog!