Thursday, September 14, 2017

Temporary by Sarina Bowen and Sarah Mayberry | ARC Mini Review

Temporary by Sarina Bowen and Sarah Mayberry
Publication Date: September 12, 2017
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 302
Source: eARC from Author
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Goodreads Description

The most beautiful man I've ever seen is the one who can ruin everything...

The first time I lay eyes on Callan Walker, I know he’ll be trouble. With his smug grin, hot Aussie accent and thousand dollar shoes, he’s just the kind of rich guy who always gets what he wants. 

And he wants two things: a night of sin, and my cooperation as he outmaneuvers his powerful mother to take control of his uncle’s estate.

I can’t afford either one. I’m the only thing standing between my little sister and the foster care system. He may have money and charm on his side, but I have something even more powerful -- pure desperation. This temp job at his mother’s company can become a full time job for me. It has to. 

But when Callan’s eyes rake over my body, sometimes I forget my obligations. His piercing gaze finds the fun, optimistic girl I used to be and not the tired person I’ve become.

And it works--if only for a moment. Our night together was a mistake. I can't afford to get sucked into his high-powered family’s treachery. But the closer I get to Callan, the more layers I find beneath those expensive clothes. Though I can’t forget this is temporary. He’s temporary. I have too much to lose. 

Too bad my foolish heart didn’t get the memo...

My Thoughts


Sarina Bowen and Sarah Mayberry are new-to-me authors. While I haven't read anything by either of them I have heard praise for Sarina Bowen and her books. A big problem that can come with co-authoring a book is a story seeming like two separate pieces were being forced together but that wasn't the case with this book. Temporary flowed together and was seamless. It felt like the entire book was written by one author.

This book took me by surprise. Based on the cover and synopsis I was expecting this to focus on a steamy romance and while that is part of it, that isn't the only topic this book focuses on. We get to see how the characters have been affected by not having the best home life growing up. It also shows how people deal with grief and different family dynamics.

Temporary was such a fun read. It didn't completely blow me away but it was still an amazing read. I do with this was a little longer. Callan and Grace went through quite a bit in this book but I still feel like it's only the beginning of their story. Not to mention that Temporary left off on a pretty big cliffhanger. I'm looking forward to seeing what stories these two authors come up with together in the future.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Drunk on You by Harper Sloan | ARC Review

Drunk on You (Hope Town #4) by Harper Sloan
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: September 12, 2017
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 350
Source: eARC from InkSlinger PR
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Goodreads Description

It was supposed to be fun.
A mutual use of each other's bodies.
To be a ruse to the world around us.
I wanted to be free from my ex, and he wanted to escape his.

One drunken night turned a joke into a life-changing moment.
He warned me not to fall for him, and I should've listened.

He intoxicated me.
He made me crave him.
He ruined me.
In the end, I'll never be the same.

My Thoughts


Before Drunk on You I've never read anything by Harper Sloan so going into this I had no expectations. This book follows Shane and Nicole and they are currently in similar situations. About a year ago each of them broke up with the person they were dating because they caught them cheating. Deciding to take advantage of their attraction to each other, they start a fake relationship in order to get rid of their crazy exes who will not leave them alone.

Nikki and Shane's relationship. . . . I'm not even sure where to begin. There is already an attraction between the two of them before the book even starts and they finally act on it almost from the very beginning of this book. Although their relationship is supposed to be fake it was clear to me that each of them more than they were letting on. And when they had their steamy moments, they were HOT!! Going along with this, I didn't really care for the dominant/submissive role-play that happened throughout the majority of this book. This is just a personal preference and I don't fell like their roleplaying was ever taken too far.

I thought the overall story was done really well! A big part of why I felt I enjoyed the story so much was because of the characters. Shane and Nikki go through a journey of self discovery and learn to allow themselves to be at the mercy of another person. Throughout the journey each of them goes on I felt they each stayed true to themselves while learning and growing from their experiences. Both Nikki and Shane had a lot to overcome from their past relationships and while things aren't perfect I feel like they came such a long way over the course of this book.

However, it wasn't only the two main characters I enjoyed. I found myself really liking most of the other characters that were mentioned, especially Ember and Nate. Unlike most people that will probably read Drunk on You, I have no connection to these characters. As far as I know there are currently three other books in the Hope Town series as well as another series that's connected to this one. There were a lot of name drops and they went completely over my head. I can only assume that these characters were in other books.

Overall, this was a great story. I'm definitely interested in reading the other books in the Hope Town series as well as other books by Harper Sloan. I'm so happy this author is now on my radar. Make sure you guys go check out Drunk on You and give it some love!



Harper is a NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL and USA TODAY bestselling author residing in Georgia with her husband and three daughters. She has a borderline unhealthy obsession with books, hibachi, tattoos and Game of Thrones. When she isn't writing you can almost always find her with a book in hand. Facebook | Website | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest | Goodreads | Amazon Author Page

Monday, September 11, 2017

At Any Turn by Brenna Aubrey | Review

At Any Turn (Gaming the System #2) by Brenna Aubrey
Publisher: Silver Griffon Associates
Publication Date: April 28, 2014
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 367
Source: Purchased
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Goodreads Description

So You Want to Be a Hero? 
Millionaire CEO Adam Drake overcame a tortured past to take control of his life and build his own gaming empire. The final piece falls into place with his newfound love for brilliant geek girl blogger, Mia Strong. Now Adam is at the top of his game. 

Your Princess Is in Another Castle. 
Until Mia suddenly breaks things off, leaving Adam in the dark. He senses she needs his help but that she's too stubborn or scared to ask. The more he tries to take control, the further she shies away. This is one problem he can't solve by writing a check or a few clever lines of code. 

He will have to dig deep and put himself at risk...or else risk losing her forever. 

My Thoughts


Just as a heads up before I get into my thoughts about this book, At Any Turn is the second book in this series so this review may contain spoilers for the first book. If you haven't already started the series feel free to check out my review for At Any Price because that is completely spoiler free. Going into At Any Turn I didn't know this book would be told from Adam's prospective. I was confused by this for a little while so that's something to know going into this one.

To be honest I was frustrated the majority of the time I was reading this. While I appreciated being able to see things from Adam's point of view, the switch only made his character flaw more prominent which in turn made him a lot more annoying to me. During At Any Price it is obvious that Adam has a need to be in control of every detail of anything that happens around hm but being in his head was overbearing. Every time a situation came up he approached it logically or looked at the problem like a piece of code and every problem can't be solved that way.

On the other hand, I was annoyed with Mia throughout this book as well. There was one big issue that was the cause of the problems throughout the novel. I understood where Mia was coming from when she was trying to get Adam to understand he couldn't control every part of her life. However, Mia went beyond that and started pushing people away. I already wasn't a big fan of how she lied to her mom and friends in At Any Price but seeing how she acted in this book frustrated me even more. There was obviously something wrong with her but she chose to push everyone important away. I didn't feel Adam or Mia's actions were out of character for either of them but it didn't sit well with me.

I really appreciated that Brenna Aubrey wasn't afraid to take this book to the next level. I wasn't really surprised by one of the major things that we found out towards the end of the book. I was expecting it to happen sooner or later. The second thing that was revealed I wasn't expecting when I started the book. I guessed that it might be something as the story went along but I still wasn't sure. I applaud Brenna for taking that step and giving something I wouldn't usually expect from a new adult contemporary novel.

I had my problems with this book but I wanted things to work out for the two of them so I stuck it out. The last 20% really saved it for me! Mia and Adam are not in a perfect situation but they seem to be heading in the right direction. The way At Any Turn left off I'm not really sure where they're going from this point but I can't wait to see in the next installment of this series.

Monday, September 4, 2017

At Any Price by Brenna Aubrey | Review

At Any Price (Gaming the System #1) by Brenna Aubrey
Publisher: Silver Griffon Associates
Publication Date: January 13, 2014
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 391
Source: Purchased
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Goodreads Description

Achievement Unlocked: Geek Virgin

When Mia Strong, proud geek-girl and popular gaming blogger, auctions off her virginity online, she knows she'll make waves. But what she will not be making is a love connection. Her rules are set in stone: One night. No further contact.

It's a desperate step, but it's the only way she can go to medical school and pay her mother's mounting hospital bills.

Difficulty Level: Millionaire CEO 

Adam Drake, the enigmatic auction winner, is a software prodigy who made his first million at seventeen. Now, in his mid-twenties, he's sexy, driven and--as CEO of his own gaming company--he's used to making the rules. Before Mia knows what's happening, he's found the loophole in the rules of her auction. Every stipulation she's made to protect her heart gets tossed by the wayside.

She can't tell if he's playing her...or if he's playing for keeps.

My Thoughts


I have had this book sitting in my Kindle library for over a year before finally picking it up. Honestly, I'm a little sad I waited so long to start this because I had so much fun while reading this book. Usually when I feel myself going into a reading slump I tend to reach for new adult romance novels. While I know that doesn't have anything to do with my opinions, At Any Price was such a good pick to kickstart my reading again.

I'll admit going into this book I was a little nervous. While the concept of the story sounded interesting I wasn't really sure how Brenna Aubrey planned to approach the topic. The way the story unfolded was unexpected and because of that I really enjoyed it. The two main characters, Mia and Adam, are thrown together because of Mia's auction and although we know Mia's motives we have no idea why Adam decided to participate in the auction. As can be expected when Mia and Adam meet they only know the surface level of the other. As the story progresses they open up and start talking to each other about things they haven't confided in a lot of others about.

This book was amazing but there were some things that kept me from absolutely loving it. One of the biggest this that bothered me was how controlling Adam was. He always wanted things to go his way or he would basically lash out or become distant. I understand this is a major flaw he has to work on but I was in shock of have many time he would try to force his way. On the other hand, I din't like how Mia ditched her friends almost completely when Adam came around. Mia would usually find a reason not to be social but when Adam came into the picture it felt like she ditched them completely and I didn't appreciate that.

I would have also love to see more of Mia interacting with her blog and gaming more. These two things were supposed to be really big parts of her life. When Mia wasn't working or studying she was usually doing one of the two and we didn't really get to see her doing a lot of either. Like I said before, At Any Price was such a fun quick read. This falls into the new adult category so there are definitely some steamy moments throughout the book. I would recommend this to anyone who likes to read this genre. I enjoyed it so much I have already started on the next book in the series!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Nyxia by Scott Reintgen | ARC Review

Nyxia (The Nyxia Triad #1) by Scott Reintgen
Publisher: Crown Books
Expected Publication Date: September 12, 2017
Genre: YA, Sci-Fi
Pages: 384
Source: Penguin's First to Read
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Goodreads Description

Emmett Atwater isn't just leaving Detroit; he's leaving Earth. Why the Babel Corporation recruited him is a mystery, but the number of zeroes on their contract has him boarding their lightship and hoping to return to Earth with enough money to take care of his family.

Forever.

Before long, Emmett discovers that he is one of ten recruits, all of whom have troubled pasts and are a long way from home. Now each recruit must earn the right to travel down to the planet of Eden--a planet that Babel has kept hidden--where they will mine a substance called Nyxia that has quietly become the most valuable material in the universe.

But Babel's ship is full of secrets. And Emmett will face the ultimate choice: win the fortune at any cost, or find a way to fight that won't forever compromise what it means to be human.

My Thoughts


Going into this book I didn't know what to expect. I hadn't read the synopsis so the only thing I knew about it was that the book was a young adult science fiction. I was a little confused after reading the first couple chapters so I went back and read the description for a little background on the narrator and what was going on. Obviously that cleared some things up and gave me a little insight into where the story might be headed. With all that said, I thought Nyxia was absolutely amazing. From the beginning I was hooked and had to know what would happen next!

I really enjoyed the overall plot. There was so much thought that went into each part of the story. Every competition between the characters was exciting. Seeing the impact each event had on the narrator, as well as the other characters was fascinating. This leads me to the next part of this story that I really enjoyed; the characters. We spend the majority of the book with the same characters. As their relationship with our narrator changes I saw each of them differently. The narrator, Emmett, is such a complex character. Throughout the book he struggles with how he is/how he was raised and who Babel is trying to turn him into. This made him become one of my favorite characters because this the meaning of humanity in this situation. Emmett wasn't the only character I grew attached to. Even though their description was biased based on Emmett's viewpoint I immediately loved a couple of the other characters and grew to like a few more as time went on.

While I thought this book was amazing, there were some things I didn't enjoy. Mainly this had to do with unanswered questions. I understand the significance of Babel having its secrets I just wish I was able to learn more. I think a big part of why we were so limited was because we were stuck with the story from Emmett's perspective and he was mainly focused on other things. However, I still feel like I left this book with more questions than answers. Also the cliffhanger at the end of this first book! That only added more question that I have to wait over a year to be answered.

Reading this book is the most I've been invested in a Sci-Fi novel since I've read Illuminae. It's an exciting story that requires strength, with, and sheer willpower from its characters. Nyxia had me on the edge of my seat, always trying to guess the next thing that would be thrown at these teens. Not only did we get see how circumstances can shape a person's character but we see how desperation can have an affect on even that. The group of teens that made it through the first book are far from having everything about themselves and their beliefs tested. If you are Sci-Fi lover, Nxyia is a book I would suggest you check out as soon as possible. It's a story you don't want to miss!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Temporary by Sarina Bowen & Sarah Mayberry | Cover Reveal + Win ARC






This is another first on my blog but I'm really excited for this one. Temporary is by two authors I've never read before but I have heard of Sarina Bowen a few times when looking for more New Adults books to read. Today, I present you with the cover of the book Sarina and Sarah have worked on together. Not only that, you also get the opportunity to win a paperback ARC for yourself. Temporary releases September 12th.









Here is a message from the authors!



Dear readers,

We're thrilled to bring you TEMPORARY, our first collaboration! It's the story of a hapless New York temp worker and the hot Aussie man who complicates her life. Coming September 12!
But we need your help! We have two blurbs for this book, and we can't make up our minds.

Which version is better? Your vote enters you to win a paperback ARC.

Thank you! Love,
Sarah & Sarina



Version A:


The most beautiful man she’s ever seen is the same one who can ruin everything.

The first time Grace Kerrington meets Callan Walker she's bowled over by his hotness - and his massive sense of entitlement. She can't believe she's going to have to deal with his smug commentary (in that sexy Australian accent) on a daily basis, all while trying to convince his ball-busting mother to give her a permanent job.

All Callan sees when he looks at Grace is yet another raptor-in-a-suit, wanting to climb the corporate ladder. Sure, she’s sexy, but he has bigger cattle to wrangle - like ensuring his recently deceased uncle’s final wishes are honored.

Grace needs this job--she’s all that stands between her little sister and social services. But Callan is a master player - and a master flirt. She was never supposed to succumb to his charm. But there’s a fine line between locking horns and locking other body parts.

She cannot fall for him. The game he’s playing with his estranged family is dangerous and dirty. Any idiot can see what’s happening between them can only ever be temporary. But Grace’s heart didn’t get the memo…

Warning: contains a hot Aussie who makes even ordinary words sound sexy, a crotch-obsessed poodle, weird Australian cookies, and one fabulous Chanel suit.


Version B:


The first time I lay eyes on Callan Walker, I know he’ll be trouble. With his smug grin, hot Aussie accent and thousand dollar shoes, he’s just the kind of rich guy who always gets what he wants.

And he wants two things: a night of sin, and my cooperation as he outmaneuvers his powerful mother to take control of his uncle’s estate.

I can’t afford either one. I’m the only thing standing between my little sister and the foster care system. He may have money and charm on his side, but I have something even more powerful -- pure desperation. This temp job at his mother’s company can become a full time job for me. It has to.

But when Callan’s eyes rake over my body, sometimes I forget my obligations. His piercing gaze finds the fun, optimistic girl I used to be and not the tired person I’ve become.

And it works--if only for a moment. Our night together was a mistake. I can't afford to get sucked into his high-powered family’s treachery. But the closer I get to Callan, the more layers I find beneath those expensive clothes. Though I can’t forget this is temporary. He’s temporary. I have too much to lose.

Too bad my foolish heart didn’t get the memo...


Make sure to go VOTE HERE!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Hooking Up by Helena Hunting | Cover Reveal

It's been a while but I'm back with a new post. This time it's for a cover reveal of Hooking Up by Helena Hunting. I believe this is the second time I have had this opportunity and I'm just as excited! This sounds like the kind of books I have been really enjoying lately and I can't wait to read it. Without further ado, here's is the cover for Helena Hunting's upcoming novel.




Amalie Whitfield is the picture of a blushing bride during her wedding reception–but for all the wrong reasons. Instead of proclaiming his undying love, her husband can be heard, by Amalie and their guests, getting off with someone else. She has every reason to freak out, and in a moment of insanity, she throws herself at the first hot-blooded male she sees. But he’s not interested in becoming her revenge screw.
Mortified and desperate to escape the post-wedding drama, Amalie decides to go on her honeymoon alone, only to find the man who rejected her also heading to the same tiny island for work. But this time he isn’t holding back. She should know better than to sleep with someone she knows, but she can’t seem to resist him.
They might agree that what happens on the island should stay on the island, but neither one can deny that their attraction is more than just physical.
Filled with hilariously scandalous situations and enough sexual chemistry to power an airplane from New York City to the South Pacific, Hooking Up is a standalone, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy.

Hooking Up is currently set to release November 7, 2017. If you're interested is reading this book make sure to check Helena's website for more information!


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