Aug 232016
 
Early Review: Made for Sin by Stacia Kane

Made for Sin by Stacia Kane Genre: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: August 30th, 2016 Publisher: Loveswept Synopsis from Goodreads: A lot of bad hands get dealt in Vegas, but E. L. Speare may be holding one of the worst: He’s cursed with the need to commit sins, and if he misses his daily quota, there’s hell to pay—literally. Fortunately, his hometown affords him plenty of chances to behave badly. But Speare’s newest case really has him going out on a limb. The right-hand man of a notorious crime boss has been found dead in a Dumpster—minus his right hand, not to mention [ Read More of this Review ]

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Aug 152016
 
On the Hunt | Tracking an Epic Romance

  Isn’t there no better feeling than finding a book that’s like magic in your hands.  A story that, from page one, sucks you in and holds you hostage.  One that when you get to the end and you can feel your heart squeezing, and your soul aching, and you just clutch the book to your chest because you know that physically putting it down would be like ripping off the toughest of band-aids. I’ve felt that way about only a handful of books and the sad fact is that, despite rereads, I’ll never get that initial feeling again.  There is literally [ Read More of this Review ]

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Aug 032016
 
"Waiting On" Wednesday: Made for Sin by Stacia Kane

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, and it features an upcoming release you’re looking forward to. What book am I aching for?  Which one do my hands want so badly they tingle? ~ synopsis from Goodreads ~ A lot of bad hands get dealt in Vegas, but E. L. Speare may be holding one of the worst: He’s cursed with the need to commit sins, and if he misses his daily quota, there’s hell to pay—literally. Fortunately, his hometown affords him plenty of chances to behave badly. But Speare’s newest case really has him [ Read More of this Review ]

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Jul 112016
 
AH's Mini Reviews

It’s summertime up here in the Great White North and when you live in a wintry climate, you learn to embrace summer and enjoy every precious moment of warmth and sunshine. I never complain when it’s hot and humid – I head out to my outdoor deck, lemonade (or glass of wine) in hand, and my Kobo in the other. Here’s some of my picks for a light summer read: Pick #1 Cream of the Crop by Alice Clayton Series: Hudson Valley #2 (can be read as a standalone book) Genre: Contemporary Romance, humor Release date: July 12, 2016 All [ Read More of this Review ]

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Jul 042016
 
Early Review: Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally

Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally Genre: YA Contemporary/Sports Romance Publication Date: July 5th, 2016 Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire   Synopsis from Goodreads: Captain of the soccer team, president of the Debate Club, contender for valedictorian: Taylor’s always pushed herself to be perfect. After all, that’s what is expected of a senator’s daughter. But one impulsive decision—one lie to cover for her boyfriend—and Taylor’s kicked out of private school. Everything she’s worked so hard for is gone, and now she’s starting over at Hundred Oaks High. Soccer has always been Taylor’s escape from the pressures of school and family, but it’s hard [ Read More of this Review ]

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Jun 302016
 
Early Review: Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn

  Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn Heroine Complex #1 Genre: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: July 5th, 2016 Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group   Synopsis from Goodreads: Being a superheroine is hard. Working for one is even harder. Evie Tanaka is the put-upon personal assistant to Aveda Jupiter, her childhood best friend and San Francisco’s most beloved superheroine. She’s great at her job—blending into the background, handling her boss’s epic diva tantrums, and getting demon blood out of leather pants. Unfortunately, she’s not nearly as together when it comes to running her own life, standing up for herself, or raising her tempestuous teenage sister, [ Read More of this Review ]

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Jun 272016
 
Early Review: Addicted by Elle Kennedy

Addicted by Elle Kennedy Book #2 in Outlaws Genre: Erotic Dystopian Publication Date: June 28th, 2016 ARC provided by Signet and Netgalley Synopsis from Goodreads:  Lennox used to live in a paradise on earth with his best friend Jamie, in a place where visitors came and went, allowing their desires to run free. But everything changes when a deadly attack forces them to take up with Connor Mackenzie’s band of Outlaws. Lennox knows Jamie is hung up on someone else, but he’s always believed he’s the man for her—and won’t let her go without a fight. Even though Jamie is well [ Read More of this Review ]

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Jun 082016
 
"Waiting on" Wednesday: Addicted by Elle Kennedy

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, and it features an upcoming release you’re looking forward to. What book am I anticipating so much it’s making my reader heart skip a beat? ~ synopsis from Goodreads ~ Lennox used to live in a paradise on earth with his best friend Jamie, in a place where visitors came and went, allowing their desires to run free. But everything changes when a deadly attack forces them to take up with Connor Mackenzie’s band of Outlaws. Lennox knows Jamie is hung up on someone else, but he’s always [ Read More of this Review ]

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May 202016
 
Review: The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis

The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis Genre: YA Realistic Publication Date: February 29th, 2016 Publisher: e-Penguin   Synopsis from Goodreads: The Swimmer. The Rebel. The Nerd. All Ryan, Harley and Miles had in common was Isaac. They lived different lives, had different interests and kept different secrets. But they shared the same best friend. They were sidekicks. And now that Isaac’s gone, what does that make them? Will Kostakis, award-winning author of The First Third, perfectly depicts the pain and pleasure of this teenage world, piecing together three points of view with intricate splendour. Wendy’s Review The Sidekicks wasn’t a book that was on my [ Read More of this Review ]

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Apr 122016
 
Release Day Review: OCDaniel by Wesley King

OCDaniel by Wesley King Genre: Middle Grade Contemporary Fiction Publication Date: April 12th, 2016 Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books   Synopsis from Goodreads: From the author of Incredible Space Raiders from Space! comes a brand-new coming-of-age story about a boy whose life revolves around hiding his obsessive compulsive disorder—until he gets a mysterious note that changes everything. Daniel is the back-up punter for the Erie Hills Elephants. Which really means he’s the water boy. He spends football practice perfectly arranging water cups—and hoping no one notices. Actually, he spends most of his time hoping no one notices his strange habits—he [ Read More of this Review ]

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Feb 292016
 
Early Group Review: Us by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

Us by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy #2 in Him Genre: YA Contemporary Publication Date: March 1st, 2016 Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire   Synopsis from Goodreads: Can your favorite hockey players finish their first season together undefeated? Five months in, NHL forward Ryan Wesley is having a record-breaking rookie season. He’s living his dream of playing pro hockey and coming home every night to the man he loves–Jamie Canning, his longtime best friend turned boyfriend. There’s just one problem: the most important relationship of his life is one he needs to keep hidden, or else face a media storm that will eclipse his [ Read More of this Review ]

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Review Hodgepodge (#3)

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Feb 212016
 
Review Hodgepodge (#3)

Historical romance used to be my ‘comfort genre,’ but lately it seems all you have to do is take away cell phones and cars, throw a heroine in a frilly dress, give the hero a title, and BOOM! You have yourself an historical romance. Maybe this is why it’s been hard for me to find one that knocks my socks off. (Though it can be done, as I did finally find one!) Luckily, M/M has filled that void for me. It started out as me clinging to the contemporary romance genre in the only way that seemed to work for [ Read More of this Review ]

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Jan 112016
 
Release Day Review: The Score by Elle Kennedy

The Score by Elle Kennedy Series: Off-Campus #3 Genre: New Adult Release Date: Jan 11, 2016 ARC provided by the author via Nina Bocci PR He knows how to score, on and off the ice…Allie Hayes is in crisis mode. With graduation looming, she still doesn’t have the first clue about what she’s going to do after college. To make matters worse, she’s nursing a broken heart thanks to the end of her longtime relationship. Wild rebound sex is definitely not the solution to her problems, but gorgeous hockey star Dean Di-Laurentis is impossible to resist. Just once, though, because [ Read More of this Review ]

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Genre Book Showdown: This is Where it Ends vs Violent Ends

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Jan 052016
 
Genre Book Showdown: This is Where it Ends vs Violent Ends

I’ve been sitting on This Is Where It Ends for a long time.  I requested it months ago, but wanted to put my review out closer to it’s release date.  While I waited Violent Ends came out, and I thought it was interesting that the two were very similar.  Not only were both books about school shootings, both of them were also told from multiple perspectives, none of which are the shooter.  I wondered if these books would make for a perfect comparison review, and I was eager to put these two books in the ring and see who came out the winner. If you’ve [ Read More of this Review ]

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Early Review: Thicker Than Water by Brigid Kemmerer

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Dec 212015
 
Early Review: Thicker Than Water by Brigid Kemmerer

Thicker Than Water by Brigid Kemmerer Genre: YA Paranormal Mystery Publication Date: December 29th, 2015 Publisher: Kensington Books   Synopsis from Goodreads: On his own Thomas Bellweather hasn’t been in town long. Just long enough for his newlywed mother to be murdered, and for his new stepdad’s cop colleagues to decide Thomas is the primary suspect. Not that there’s any evidence. But before Thomas got to Garretts Mill there had just been one other murder in twenty years. The only person who believes him is Charlotte Rooker, little sister to three cops and, with her soft hands and sweet curves, straight-up dangerous [ Read More of this Review ]

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Early Review: A Lady’s Guide to Ruin by Kathleen Kimmel

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Nov 242015
 
Early Review: A Lady's Guide to Ruin by Kathleen Kimmel

A Lady’s Guide to Ruin by Kathleen Kimmel Book #1 in Birch Hall Romance Genre: Historical Romance Publication Date: December 1st, 2015 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Penguin Synopsis from Goodreads: Joan Price is a wanted woman. A thief and a fugitive from the mental hospital where she was falsely committed, she’s now on the run from her former partners in crime. But luck must be on her side—just when it seems all is doomed, she runs straight into the arms of Martin Hargrove, Earl of Fenbrook, who mistakes her for his distant cousin, Daphne. Lord Fenbrook has no intention of [ Read More of this Review ]

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New Release Review: Cold-Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas

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Nov 172015
 
New Release Review: Cold-Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas

Cold-Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas Series: Ravenels  #1 Genre: Historical Romance Release Date: Oct. 27th, 2015 Audiobook Narrated by: Mary Jane Wells Devon Ravenel, London’s most wickedly charming rake, has just inherited an earldom. But his powerful new rank in society comes with unwanted responsibilities . . . and more than a few surprises. His estate is saddled with debt, and the late earl’s three innocent sisters are still occupying the house . . . along with Kathleen, Lady Trenear, a beautiful young widow whose sharp wit and determination are a match for Devon’s own. Kathleen knows better than to [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on November 17, 2015 at 6:53 am

Early Review: Illuminae by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

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Oct 082015
 
Early Review: Illuminae by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

Illuminae by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman The Illuminae Files #1 Genre: YA Sci-Fi Dystopia Publication Date: October 20th, 2015 Publisher: Knopf Books   Synopsis from Goodreads: This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded. The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are [ Read More of this Review ]

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Sep 252015
 
Early Review: Claimed by Elle Kennedy

Claimed by Elle Kennedy Book #1 in Outlaws Genre: Erotic Dystopian Publication Date: October 6th, 2015 ARC provided by Signet and Netgalley Synopsis from Goodreads: After a devastating war decimated most of the world, Hudson Lane has only known the oppressive life under her own father’s tyranny. She finally escapes, branding herself an outlaw and hunted by the Enforcers. Her best chance at survival is Connor Mackenzie, an aggressively sensual fugitive who opens her eyes to the wicked possibilities of a world without rules. As the leader of a band of outlaw fighters, Connor can’t resist the beautiful stranger who asks for [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 25, 2015 at 7:00 am
Sep 112015
 
New Release Review: The Murderer's Daughter by Jonathan Kellerman

The Murderer’s Daughter by Jonathan Kellerman Genre: Mystery Publication Date: August 18th, 2015 Publisher: Ballantine Books   Synopsis from Goodreads: A brilliant, deeply dedicated psychologist, Grace Blades has a gift for treating troubled souls and tormented psyches—perhaps because she bears her own invisible scars: Only five years old when she witnessed her parents’ deaths in a bloody murder-suicide, Grace took refuge in her fierce intellect and found comfort in the loving couple who adopted her. But even as an adult with an accomplished professional life, Grace still has a dark, secret side. When her two worlds shockingly converge, Grace’s harrowing past returns [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 11, 2015 at 7:00 am