Waiting On Wednesday # 121 – Red Queen & I Think He's The One

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine where I have the chance to spotlight an upcoming release that I’m eagerly anticipating.

Red Queen
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen Trilogy #1
Genre: Fantasy
Expected Publication: February 10th 2015

A thrilling new fantasy trilogy for fans of DIVERGENT and THE HUNGER GAMES.

The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?
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Review ~ Something Reckless by Lexi Ryan

Title: Something Reckless
Author: Lexi Ryan
Series: Reckless & Real #1
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Published: December 22nd 2014

He talks dirty to me, but I don’t know his name.

He wants to tie me up, but I don’t know his face.

He turns me on, but I couldn’t point him out in a crowd.

I’ve fallen for an anonymous stranger, and now the anonymity ends. I want more than typed secrets and texted promises. I want something reckless. Heat. Passion. The thrill of being entirely possessed.

Because I suspect this anonymous stranger isn’t a stranger at all.


Lizzy Thompson met riverrat69 online through a service promising to deliver meaningful relationships by forbidding its users to share names or photos until they’ve reached a certain benchmark. She was looking for love. He was researching an investment. They hit it off. Talked and flirted, hid behind screen names and cartoon avatars.

Now they’re breaking the rules and meeting in person. But Liz is prepared. She’s picked up hints and followed clues. She’s nearly convinced she’s discovered the identity of her dirty-talking online friend.

She wonders if her ex-lover Sam Bradshaw knows her identity too.
When she rolls the dice on one reckless night, her chance at something real could crumble.

Something Reckless is part one of the Reckless & Real series. Part two, Something Real will be released in 2015.
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After getting a taste of Lexi Ryan in her Here and Now series, I knew I had to read more of her work. The next series, Reckless & Real, are Lizzy and Sam’s books and I was excited to see these two get together. They have intense chemistry and it was interesting to see how far back their connection began.
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Spotlight ~ The Night Songs Collection by Kristen Strassel

We'd love for you to join us in celebrating the release of the box set for THE NIGHT SONGS COLLECTION by Kristen Strassel!

Title: The Night Songs Collection 1-3 Box Set: Rock Star Vampire Romance
Author: Kristen Strassel
Genre: NA Paranormal Romance
Published: December 17th 2014

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Because the Night
Sex, Blood and Rock n' Roll
Immortal Dilemma is the hottest band in the Las Vegas vampire rock scene. They draw insatiable fans from around the globe, thanks to a supernatural attraction called Bloodlust. Tristan craved such an opportunity to fill his empty mortal life, and now he has eternity to earn his place along the legends of rock n roll debauchery.

Callie always feared that Tristan’s excesses would get him into trouble, but she never thought they’d lead him to immortality. To reconnect with him, she must weave her way through a world not only she had no idea existed, but does not welcome her.

Blade turned down a spot in Immortal Dilemma after learning what he must sacrifice for that lifestyle. He finds Callie a refreshing change from the girls in the vampire rock scene. When Callie drags Blade back into the world of Immortal Dilemma, his resistance drives her into the waiting arms of Tristan, who shows her the true meaning of Bloodlust.

But the very things that Callie fights so hard to save are the very things that fight to destroy her.
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Merry Christmas

Right at this moment, my kids have finished unwrapping their presents and we are busy trying out all the new things that they received… and as usual, way too much!

I wanted to take the time to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas, and I hope you enjoy it as much as we are!

I am off to start a day of cooking… yep, looking forward to a drink later, I tell you!!

Oh, and we are off for a break soon... I will be thinking of you all when I am resting around the water, and doing a bit of Skiing!

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Waiting On Wednesday #120 – The Ruby Circle & Very Twisted Things

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine where I have the chance to spotlight an upcoming release that I’m eagerly anticipating.

The Ruby Circle
Author: Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines #6
Genre: YA Paranormal
Expected Publication: February 10th 2015

The epic conclusion to Richelle Mead's New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series is finally here...

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

After their secret romance is exposed, Sydney and Adrian find themselves facing the wrath of both the Alchemists and the Moroi in this electrifying conclusion to Richelle Mead’s New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series. When the life of someone they both love is put on the line, Sydney risks everything to hunt down a deadly former nemesis. Meanwhile, Adrian becomes enmeshed in a puzzle that could hold the key to a shocking secret about spirit magic, a secret that could shake the entire Moroi world.
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Review ~ Becoming a Jett Girl by Meghan Quinn

Title: Becoming a Jett Girl
Author: Meghan Quinn
Series: The Bourbon Series #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: May 29th 2014

How did I start the Lafayette Club?

Well, I’m in the business of saving tarnished souls. I hand pick girls from the street who have no options left in life and give them an opportunity they can’t possibly refuse.

They come to work in the Lafayette Club which is full of EXQUISITE DEBAUCHERY, where influential men come to conduct business and lap dances are considered a fine art.

The girls are trained, they are morphed, they are educated, they follow the rules of the club and they know to submit to me. They live by my motto, no relationships, no love, just sex.

They are never touched, only by me, they are never completely naked, only with me, and their personas are entirely anonymous. The only person who knows who they truly are, is me, Jett Colby.

If these girls were ever seen on the streets of New Orleans, you would never know they were a Jett Girl.
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I picked up Becoming a Jett Girl because I read the blurb for the second book (Being a Jett Girl) and knew I had to read this series. I will tell you that I loved this book and the world that Meghan Quinn has created! I was hooked from the beginning and found it so hard to put this book down!!
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Teaser Tuesday #123 – Becoming a Jett Girl by Meghan Quinn

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.
Becoming a Jett Girl
Meghan Quinn
The Bourbon Series #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: May 29th 2014
I loved this book! It was a fantastic start to the series, and will dive into the next book immediately!

“I’m sorry, little one,” he whispered into my hair. “I’m sorry for treating you so poorly. I got scared. You do something to me that I can’t describe and it scared the ever-living fuck out of me.”

~ Kindle Page 317

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Excerpt ~ Kiro's Emily by Abbi Glines

Title: Kiro's Emily
Author: Abbi Glines
Series: Rosemary Beach #10
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Published: December 15th 2014 by

The year is 1992, and no one on the rock music scene is hotter than Kiro Manning, the lead singer of Slacker Demon. With a multi-platinum record, total ownership of the Billboard charts, sold-out concerts, and sinful amounts of money, Kiro can have anything—and anyone—he wants.

So when a dark-haired, conservative beauty rebuffs him at a concert after-party, his first thought is, “Who the hell does she think she is?” His second thought: “How do I make her mine?” Kiro has always loved a good challenge, but not every girl wants to get involved with a rock god. Especially this girl.

He let her go that night, but he never forgot her. And when they met again, he vowed not to give up again so easily.

As the world worshipped Kiro, he came to worship the girl, who became everything he never knew he needed. The only girl he would ever love. His Emily.

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines comes a heart-wrenching e-novella in the Rosemary Beach series about the star-crossed romance between Kiro and Emily, first introduced in Take a Chance. This is Abbi’s holiday gift to the devoted fans of the series.
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Nomi’s Weekly Wrap Up 119

Nomi’s Weekly Wrap Up is a combined meme with the Sunday Post hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer, Bought, Borrowed and Bagged hosted by Braine @ Talk Supe and Stacking The Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. I’ll share news, post a recap of the past week and tell you what will be happening on my blog in the week ahead. I will also tell you about the books and goodies that I have managed to pick up.
The hubby played cricket yesterday, and while the kids and I were watching, a few bees started annoying us. We soon saw they were attracted to a hole in a willow tree nearby so we moved away. You’d think that would be a good plan… but no! One of them followed me and I was stung on the back of the hand! My third bee sting this year!! My hand and arm remind me of the marshmallow man from Ghost Busters!! Fat hand and stubby fingers! 24 hours later, it still hurts and is swollen… argh!

Quiet week otherwise… The kids finished school and will be home for the next 7 weeks. I have been preparing for Christmas, finalising some things on the blog and reading! That is about it!
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Review ~ Tease by Sophie Jordan

Title: Tease
Author: Sophie Jordan
Series: The Ivy Chronicles #2
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Published: May 27th 2014

What happens when a girl who always calls the shots meets a guy who's too wild for even her?

A born flirt and good-time party girl, Emerson has never had a problem finding a willing guy. She's always chosen her hookups carefully, and she's never broken her three cardinal rules:

Never let them see the real you.
Never fall in love.
Always leave them begging for more.

Then Shaw comes along. A hottie from the wrong side of the tracks, he's immune to her flirtatious banter and come-hither smile. After rescuing her from a disastrous night at a biker bar, he doesn't even try to take her to bed—he calls her a tease and sends her home instead. Unable to resist a challenge, or forget the sexy, dark-eyed, bad-boy biker, she vows to bring him to his knees.

But instead of making Shaw beg, Emerson finds herself craving him. For the first time in her life, she's throwing out her rule book. Suddenly, she's the one panting for a guy she can't control—a guy who won't settle for anything less than the real Emerson and who forces her to do things she's never imagined, including facing a past she thought she'd buried.

A guy who just might leave her wanting more. . . .
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Sophie Jordan has done it again! She has bought to life two characters that I enjoyed to read about. Emerson and Shaw are from different backgrounds, with their own share of troubles, but they are so perfect together.
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News/Giveaway ~ A Davenport Christmas by M. Leighton

I have some fun news to share with all you M. Leighton readers and those who loved Cash and Olivia in The Bad Boys series. Read on and find out how you can get more, in A Davenport Christmas!!

You loved Cash and and Olivia in M. Leighton's Down to YouAnd now you can love them again, just in time for a little mistletoe action! M. Leighton's giving everyone the best present ever a FREE Cash and Olivia holiday story! A Davenport Christmas will be posted on her blog on December 21, just in time to be read with some eggnog, a sugar cookie, and carols playing in the background. Sign up to follow her blog via email, and you'll get it right in your inbox, the second it's posted! (…and — psst! — There may be some more Cash and Olivia action on the blog coming in the new year, so definitely make sure to sign up to get blog notifications!)

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Swoon Thursday #122 – Tease by Sophie Jordan

Swoon Thursday is a super HOT meme created by the fabulous girls over at YA Bound.
Author: Sophie Jordan
Series: The Ivy Chronicles #2
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Published: May 27th 2014

I have really enjoyed this series, and Shaw is just so sweet!

" I don't have a type." His deep voice rumbled along the few inches that separated us.
I nodded dumbly, humiliated, but relieved that he wasn't going to protest and play along with me by insisting I was his type. "But if I did, it would be you."

~ Paperback page 73

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Review ~ Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Title: Ugly Love
Author: Colleen Hoover
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Published: August 5th 2014

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.
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If you haven’t read a Colleen Hoover book yet, I suggest you pick Ugly Love, because OMG! It was so good! From the very beginning, when Tate stumbled upon Miles, I knew it was going to be an interesting story, but I don’t think that I was prepared for the emotional turmoil and eventual tears that would accompany Miles story!
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Waiting On Wednesday # 119 – Bound by Flames & Unbeautiful

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine where I have the chance to spotlight an upcoming release that I’m eagerly anticipating.

Bound by Flames
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Series: Night Prince #3
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Expected Publication: January 27th 2015

Play with fire, pay the price.

Leila’s years on the carnie circuit were certainly an education. What she didn’t learn: how to be a vampire, or how to be married to the most famous vampire of them all. Adjusting to both has Leila teetering on a knife edge between passion and peril, and now the real danger is about to begin…

Vlad must battle with a centuries-old enemy whose reach stretches across continents and whose strength equals his own. It isn’t like Vlad to feel fear, but he does…for Leila, because his enemy knows she is Vlad’s greatest weakness. As friend and foe alike align against him—and his overprotectiveness drives Leila away—Vlad’s love for his new bride could be the very thing that dooms them both…
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Teaser Tuesday #122 – Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.
Ugly Love
Colleen Hoover
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Published: August 5th 2014
I freakin loved this book! Miles is broken, but I loved him soooo much! Here is an amusing but sweet moment between Tate and Miles.

"Well, we can't have sex right now," he says.
"Why not?"
"The only condom I have in my wallet has probably disintegrated by now."
I laugh. I love his self-depreciating humor.
"I do want to kiss you again, though," he says with a hopeful smile.

~ Paperback page 86

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Review ~ Ripped by Katy Evans

Ripped, the sixth book in Katy Evans REAL series has now been released! I hope you have the chance to read Pandora and Mackenna's story. It was a fantastic instalment in the series. 
Title: Ripped
Author: Katy Evans
Series: Real #5
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: December 9th 2014

The fifth book in the New York Times new adult series that began with Real. When an angry, heartbroken girl is forced to be near her rocker ex-boyfriend, only time will tell if the fire between them will consume them both.

Pandora, the gothic friend of Brooke (Real, Mine, Remy) and Melanie, thought that getting her heart broken by her bad boy rocker ex could only happen once. But now, he's back in town with the biggest concert of the year. Pandora hates him so much that she gets Melanie to come with her and play a prank on him at his gig. But when they are caught by security, and her ex himself is summoned, he decides not to press charges if she'll follow certain conditions. Pandora likes none of his rules, or that he's in charge of her, especially since they seem designed to make sure she's in close contact with him again. But the closeness reignites the passion they once shared, and soon no matter how much she wants to hate him, it's clear she's still hung up on him. And worse: he knows it too.
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I must say that Ripped is a fantastic companion novel in the Real series. I enjoyed getting to know Pandora better and understanding why she has been bitter. Realising that her problems stemmed from her first love and her mother’s perception of men, it was kind of heartbreaking. But watching her pick herself up, put her emotions on the line and find the confidence to stand up for her beliefs, was inspiring in itself.
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