Genre: Fantasy Publication Date: October 25, 2016 Publisher: Harlequin Mira Source: e-arc from Netgalley via Harlequin Mira Synopsis from Goodreads: Private Kaylin Neya already has Dragons and Barrani as roommates. Adding one injured, flightless Aerian to her household should be trivial. Sure, the Aerian is Sergeant Moran dar Carafel, but Kaylin’s own sergeant is a Leontine, the definition of growly and fanged. She can handle one Aerian.But when a walk to the Halls of Law becomes a street-shattering magical assassination attempt on the sergeant, Kaylin discovers that it’s not the guest who’s going to be the problem: it’s all of [ Read More of this Review ]
“The Hating Game” is a hilarious mix of romance and chick-lit. And you’ll ask…what’s the difference? Isn’t there always some sort of love interest in chick-lit? Well, yes, but I feel that in chick-lit, everything is about the female character. In The Hating Game, the story is really about both of them, even though it’s told in first person from Lucy’s POV. And then there’s the sexy love scene, who puts it squarely in the romance category (there’s just one but it’s a SCORCHER!) *fans self*
Genre: Historical Romance Publication Date: September 27, 2016 Publisher: Avon Source: Reviewer Purchase Synopsis from Goodreads: On the night of the Parkhurst ball, someone had a scandalous tryst in the library. •Was it Lord Canby, with the maid, on the divan? •Or Miss Fairchild, with a rake, against the wall? •Perhaps the butler did it.All Charlotte Highwood knows is this: it wasn’t her. But rumors to the contrary are buzzing. Unless she can discover the lovers’ true identity, she’ll be forced to marry Piers Brandon, Lord Granville—the coldest, most arrogantly handsome gentleman she’s ever had the misfortune to embrace. When [ Read More of this Review ]
Horrible cover notwithstanding, “Fallen from Grace” is one of the best contemporary romances I’ve read in a long time. With a topic like this, you expect the book to be somewhat sordid but nothing farther from the truth. The story was romantic, tender and real enough that I was able to understand the circumstances of a person in the life. How the author was able to balance a real love story and a background of prostitution, rape and abuse is beyond me but she did a great job at it
Her Halloween Treat by Tiffany Reisz Book #1 in Men at Work Genre: Contemporary Romance Publication Date: September 20th, 2016 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Harlequin Synopsis from Goodreads: Trick…or wicked treat! It was a devastating dirty trick—Joey Silvia just found out her boyfriend of two years is married. What. A. Dick. Joey knows her best chance to get over one guy is to get under another. Of course, heading home to her family’s remote cabin in Oregon poses some challenges in the “available men” department…until she discovers this cabin comes with its own hot handyman! Holy crap, Chris Steffensen. When did [ Read More of this Review ]
Breakaway by Avon Gale Book #1 in Scoring Chances Genre: LGBTQIA/Sports Contemporary Romance Publication Date: November 27th 2015 Audiobook provided by Dreamspinner Press Synopsis from Goodreads: Drafted to play for the Jacksonville Sea Storm, an NHL affiliate, twenty-year-old Lane Courtnall’s future looks bright, apart from the awkwardness he feels as a gay man playing on a minor league hockey team. He’s put his foot in his mouth a few times and alienated his teammates. Then, during a rivalry game, Lane throws off his gloves against Jared Shore, enforcer for the Savannah Renegades. It’s a strange way to begin a relationship. Jared’s been [ Read More of this Review ]
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Publication Date: September 13, 2016 Publisher: Scholastic Press Source – Reviewer Purchase Synopsis from Goodreads Nadia lives in the city of Canaan, where life is safe and structured, hemmed in by white stone walls and no memory of what came before. But every twelve years the city descends into the bloody chaos of the Forgetting, a day of no remorse, when each person’s memories – of parents, children, love, life, and self – are lost. Unless they have been written. In Canaan, your book is your truth and your identity, and Nadia knows exactly who hasn’t written the [ Read More of this Review ]
Stuck-up Suit by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward Genre: Contemporary Romance Release Date: Apr 9, 2016 Audiobook Narrated by: Joe Arden & Maxine Mitchell It started out like any other morning on the train. Until I became mesmerized by the guy sitting across the aisle. He was barking at someone on his phone like he ruled the world. Who did the stuck-up suit think he was…God? Actually, he looked like a God. That was about it. When his stop came, he got up suddenly and left. So suddenly, he dropped his phone on the way out. I might have picked [ Read More of this Review ]
Here I am keeping the momentum going with my latest Sarah Dessen read. As usual, she leaves me reflecting on and longing for those days from way back! Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen Genre: Young Adult Publication Date: September 1st, 1999 Synopsis from Goodreads: While her mother, aerobics queen Kiki Sparks, spends the summer touring Europe, fifteen-year-old Colie Sparks is stuck in sleepy Colby, North Carolina. But she’s not complaining. For one thing, her Aunt Mira is a sweet, laid-back eccentric; for another, no one knows that back home in Charlotte Colie is seen as a formerly-fat “golf-course slut,” [ Read More of this Review ]
New Release Review: The Sinner by Amanda Stevens Book 5 in The Graveyard Queen series Release Date: September 27, 2016 Book provided by NetGalley and Harlequin MIRA Genre: Paranormal, Horror, Urban Fantasy Synopsis from Goodreads: I am a living ghost, a wanderer in search of my purpose and place… I’m a cemetery restorer by trade, but my calling has evolved from that of ghost seer to death walker to detective of lost souls. I solve the riddles of the dead so the dead will leave me alone. I’ve come to Seven Gates Cemetery nursing a broken heart, but peace is [ Read More of this Review ]
The Goal by Elle Kennedy Series: Off-Campus #4 Genre: New Adult Release Date: Sep 26, 2016 ARC provided by the author via Nina Bocci PR She’s good at achieving her goals… College senior Sabrina James has her whole future planned out: graduate from college, kick butt in law school, and land a high-paying job at a cutthroat firm. Her path to escaping her shameful past certainly doesn’t include a gorgeous hockey player who believes in love at first sight. One night of sizzling heat and surprising tenderness is all she’s willing to give John Tucker, but sometimes, one night is [ Read More of this Review ]
Way to make me tear up in the prologue.
I bought Suspect just because MacLeod Andrews is the narrator. I hadn’t even remembered that I had read a previous book by this author (The Two Minute Rule) so I had no expectations besides the excellent narration. But in the prologue, we see Maggie’s POV (yes, the dog has a POV!) from the time when she lost her handler. And I was hooked.
And in love.
With the dog.
And I’m not even a dog person!
Rookie Move by Sarina Bowen Book #1 in Brooklyn Bruisers Genre: Sports/Contemporary Romance Publication Date: September 6th, 2016 ARC provided by Berkley and Netgalley Synopsis from Goodreads: In high school they were the perfect couple—until the day Georgia left Leo in the cold… Hockey player Leo Trevi has spent the last six years trying to do two things: get over the girl who broke his heart, and succeed in the NHL. But on the first day he’s called up to the newly franchised Brooklyn Bruisers, Leo gets checked on both sides, first by the team’s coach—who has a long simmering grudge, and [ Read More of this Review ]
New Release Review: Unraveled by Jennifer Estep Book 15 in Elemental Assassins series Release Date: August 30, 2016 Book provided by NetGalley and Pocket Books Genre: Urban Fantasy Synopsis from Goodreads: After the shocking revelations of the previous book, Bitter Bite, the world of Ashland’s become even more sinister, and Gin Blanco (aka Ashland’s most fearsome assassin, the Spider) no longer knows who—or what—she can count on. Only one thing is for certain: danger and new enemies await Gin in Unraveled, Book 15 in the New York Times bestselling Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series that RT Book Reviews calls “unbeatable [ Read More of this Review ]
We’ve been waiting on pins and needles for the next installment of the Kate Daniels series, and it’s a Badass consensus – Magic Binds was worth the wait! There’s just something about getting lost in this world that’s irresistible, and it’s not just the thought of Curran bursting out of his sweats. We’re sad to see this series nearing its end, but we are thrilled to find out what’s in store! Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews Book #9 in Kate Daniels Genre: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: September 20th, 2016 ARC Provided by Netgalley and ACE Synopsis from Goodreads: Mercenary Kate Daniels knows all too well that [ Read More of this Review ]
New Release Review: Diplomatic Immunity by Brodi Ashton Release Date: September 6, 2016 Book provided by Edelweiss and Balzer + Bray Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Synopsis from Goodreads: Aspiring reporter Piper Baird decides to write a scathing exposé on the overprivileged students at an elite Washington, DC, school, only for her life to change when she begins to fall for the story’s main subject, in this new realistic contemporary romance from Brodi Ashton, the author of the Everneath trilogy.Raucous parties, privileged attitudes, underage drinking, and diplomatic immunity…it’s all part of student life on Embassy Row. Piper Baird has always dreamed [ Read More of this Review ]
The One Real Thing by Samantha Young Book #1 in Hart’s Boardwalk Genre: Contemporary Romance Publication Date: September 6th, 2016 ARC provided by Netgalley and Berkley Synopsis from Goodreads: Welcome to Hartwell, a quiet seaside escape where uncovering old secrets could lead one woman to discover the meaning of a love that lasts… While Doctor Jessica Huntington engages with the inmates at the women’s correctional facility where she works, she’s always careful to avoid emotional attachments in her personal life. Loss and betrayal taught her that lesson long ago. But when she comes across a set of old love letters in the prison’s [ Read More of this Review ]
It’s practically law that if you’re Badass (a Badass Reviewer, that is) then you’re also a fan of Urban Fantasy. While I definitely am, I’m a more recent convert than my fellow bloggers. This little Badass has a lot of series to catch up on, and since I read and enjoyed Burn for Me and there’s a new release right around the corner, what better place to start than with Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series? Since I’m pretty sure I’m one of the last people in the blogger sphere to read it, I’m not going to do a traditional review. There are already tons of them [ Read More of this Review ]