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Friday, August 30, 2013

Feature and Follow Friday (#24)

Hosted by Parajunkee and Alison can Read.

Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! or just check out the weekly questions and see what others respond. 

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Question:  If you could have ONE  - one book - for the rest of your life. Don't cheat... what would it be? 
Answer: This is definitely the hardest question I've ever had to answer. I can't just pick one book! ): But I will for the purpose of this question. So, if I were to pick just ONE book, it would probably be:

I'm not sure why, but I just simply love this book. It's definitely one of my favorites :) 

**What book would you guys pick? Leave me a comment below with your answer or FF link, and I'll make sure to check it out. Thanks!! :D 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Review: If You Were Mine by Bella Andre

If You Were Mine 
by Bella Andre 
Released Date: Published May 24th 2012 by Oak Press LLC
Series: The Sullivans #5
Pages: 194
View/Purchase: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N

The last thing Zach Sullivan wants is to take care of his brother's new puppy for two weeks. Until he meets the dog trainer, that is. Heather is bright, beautiful, and he can't stop thinking about her. Unfortunately, she just might be the only woman on earth who wants nothing to do with him.

Heather Linsey can't believe she's stuck working with one of the city’s top dogs, auto-shop mogul Zach Sullivan. Especially when his focus is clear from the start—not only to learn how to deal with his temporary puppy...but also to make her his. Having sworn off love at seventeen when she realized it was nothing more than a pack of lies, Heather has stuck to her vow never to fall for a charming man. The last thing she expects is for Zach to be the one to tempt her into believing again.

But as Heather's determination to push Zach away only fuels his determination to get closer—and the sensual and emotional connection between them grows more and more undeniable—can two people who've both sworn off love find forever in each other's arms?

(Synopsis taken from Goodreads)

My Review:

I've always enjoyed reading anything from Bella Andre, she just knows how to write a great story with fantastic characters that I can't get enough of. This was no exception. I absolutely love this book, it was funny and romantic. When Zach Sullivan gets stuck with taking care of his brother's new puppy, Cuddles, he wasn't expecting to meet Heather Linsey, a puppy trainer. From the very start, Zach is attracted to Heather, and he is not going to stop until he gets her. Meanwhile, Heather runs a successful dog shop and doesn't need anyone else in her life, besides her dog. Unfortunately the series of events that lead her to Zach are only the events that will eventually lead her to finding herself and true love. 

Both of them don't want love in their lives and they are happy with their arrangement, but once they start to know each other and their pasts, it gets harder for them pull away form one another. They will have to face their pasts if they want a future with each other. This is by far one of my favorite books of the series, and it just keep getting better. Bella Andre describes the story beautifully and it makes it enjoyable to read. I love how the characters have pasts that make them stronger after facing them together. There are funny moments in the story which had me laughing and unable to pull away from the book. Overall, I would recommend everyone to read this book and the series, they are fun and full of romance.

My Rating:

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #23

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is: 

Crash into You (Pushing the Limits #3)

Expected publication: November 26th 2013 by Harlequin Teen

The girl with straight As, designer clothes and the perfect life-that's who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers...and she's just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker-a guy she has no business even talking to. But when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can't get him out of her mind. 

Isaiah has secrets, too. About where he lives, and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks-no matter how angelic she might look. 

But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they'll go to save each other. 

(Synopsis taken from Goodreads)

*I'm really excited to read this book! I love the first two books, and this one sounds really good! 
What are you guys waiting to read? 

Friday, August 23, 2013

Blog Tour: A Taylor-Made Life by Kary Rader (Review + Giveaway)

A Taylor-Made Life Blog Tour & Giveaway

They lived the life they were given; they loved the life they made.

Cheerleader Taylor Smith doesn’t want to die a virgin. Unfortunately, if the terminally-ill leukemia patient doesn't find a lover or a stem-cell match within months, her fear will become reality. When her cancer mentor is revealed to be a hottie entrepreneur from California, it seems fate might finally be on her side.
Tech-geek Gavin Taylor has everything he ever wanted, except someone to grieve for him when he's gone. With his melanoma cancer beyond the help of his riches, he agrees to participate in a cancer patient mentoring program where he's matched with a dying teen from Texas. Despite his immediate attraction, the Silicon Valley whiz intends only to provide friendship and happy memories to the beautiful, young woman who is determined to win his love.
When it's discovered that his frozen sperm and her harvested eggs could lead to a cure, Taylor's mother offers to be a surrogate. And Gavin must decide if he can risk the heart he has never given and a child he'll never know to a girl he just met.

View/Purchase: Amazon, Smashwords, Goodreads
Released Date: July 18th 2013 by Kary Rader


*A copy of this book was provided by Author in exchange of an honest review*

An absolutely amazing story of hope and new beginnings...

I'm completely in love with this story, it's even hard for me to type a review of it without getting emotional. Reading this heartbreaking story of Taylor and Gavin, has really made me think twice about the things that I have in my life, this story is not just about two people trying to overcome death, but instead is a story full of hope and opportunities. When I was approached to read this book, I immediately jumped in to the opportunity. Knowing what the story was about didn't prepare me for what was coming. Right from the very start I was immediately pulled into the story all the way to the very end. Kary Rader does an unbelievable job of describing what the characters are going through and she makes the experience that much more heartbreaking. 

Taylor's character is funny, and strong. She is a girl that doesn't give up apart from all the things that she has been through. On the other hand, Gavin is a handsome billionaire who loves gaming and is not ready to leave this world without having made something special behind. Both characters suffer and have the best moments in their lives. They both empower each other and that's what makes the story successful. The flow of the story and the details made the story a true love story in my eyes. The ending was emotional, but it really demonstrated the love that these characters have for one another. This quote “They lived the life that they were given: they loved the life they made” truly shows the overall meaning to the book. I would recommend everyone to read this story, you will not regret it. 


About the Author: 

Kary Rader is a part-time Twitter sage, stay-at-home mother of three, and slave to the characters and worlds inside her head. Always creative, she's drawn to stories with fantastical worlds and creatures. With a little bit of magic and divine guidance, there isn't anything that can't be accomplished with words. It's the power of words that creates and destroys. Vanquishing evil and injustice while finding eternal love in the process is all in a day's work. With the help of her critique partners and master cartographer imaginary places come to life.

Author Links: 


Giveaway: $25 Gift Card to Amazon, a Charm Bracelet, a Crochet Hat, and SWAG for A Taylor-Made Life, and Queen of Jastain. 
Giveaway Rules:

Giveaway begins August 1st and will end August 30th 11:59 EST. The winner will be announced by email.
Open to U.S. residents only
We are not responsible for items lost in the mail & have the right to disqualify anyone, at any time.
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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #22

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is: 

The Infinite Moment of Us

Expected publication: August 27th 2013 by Amulet Books

For as long as she can remember, Wren Gray’s goal has been to please her parents. But as high school graduation nears, so does an uncomfortable realization: Pleasing her parents once overlapped with pleasing herself, but now . . . not so much. Wren needs to honor her own desires, but how can she if she doesn't even know what they are?
Charlie Parker, on the other hand, is painfully aware of his heart’s desire. A gentle boy with a troubled past, Charlie has loved Wren since the day he first saw her. But a girl like Wren would never fall for a guy like Charlie—at least not the sort of guy Charlie believes himself to be.
And yet certain things are written in the stars. And in the summer after high school, Wren and Charlie’s souls will collide. But souls are complicated, as are the bodies that house them . . .
(Synopsis taken from Goodreads)

*I can't wait to read this book! I absolutely love the cover. What are you guys waiting to read? Leave me a comment below and I'll make sure to check it out :) 

Monday, August 19, 2013

ARC Review: Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon

by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon
Released Date: August 20th 2013 by Zondervan
Series: Doon #1
Pages: 368
View/Purchase: GoodreadsAmazonB&NBook's Website 


Veronica doesn't think she's going crazy. But why can't anyone else see the mysterious blond boy who keeps popping up wherever she goes? When her best friend, Mackenna, invites her to spend the summer in Scotland, Veronica jumps at the opportunity to leave her complicated life behind for a few months. 

But the Scottish countryside holds other plans. 

Not only has the imaginary kilted boy followed her to Alloway, she and Mackenna uncover a strange set of rings and a very unnerving letter from Mackenna's great aunt—and when the girls test the instructions Aunt Gracie left behind, they find themselves transported to a land that defies explanation. Doon seems like a real-life fairy tale, complete with one prince who has eyes for Mackenna and another who looks suspiciously like the boy from Veronica's daydreams. But Doon has a dark underbelly as well. The two girls could have everything they've longed for...or they could end up breaking an enchantment and find themselves trapped in a world that has become a nightmare.

(Synopsis taken from Goodreads)

My Review:

*ARC provided by Netgalley*

I was immediately grabbed by the beautiful cover and the premise. Even before reading the book, I knew it was going to be great. Doon is a magical scottish place that has been placed under a spell in order to protect the people of Doon from an evil witch. But the spell would not protect the people of Doon from what's coming to them.When Mackenna suggests that Veronica and her go to Scottland for a vacation. It couldn't have come at the right moment for her; after breaking up with her chearing boyfriend, and having a mom that doesn't really care for, Veronica decides to give herself a break and decides to go. But she wasn't expecting to have vivid dreams of a boy in kilt talking to her to come to him. As she and her friend embark in a new adventure, she will have to decide what truly is important in her life in order to save those that she loves. 

I've been a fan of books that have been inspired by tales and other stories for a while, and this book has made it to my favorite list. I loved the over story, it was exciting and engaging. The book is beautifully written and that's what makes it a success for me. The characters have an important task in the story and it all seemed to flow nicely. With that being said, I really liked Veronica and Kenna. They are best friends going to a vacation and they end up with a great adventure in their lives. The cover of the book illustrates just how magical Doon is and it immediately grabbed my attention. The book does start a bit slow, but it builds up with excitement and the climax is where we are able to see more of the characters personalities. 

The romance in the book is great, although Veronica and Jamie, the prince of Doon, don't have a great chemistry at the beginning, it does build up in the story. On the other hand, Kenna's love story with Duncan, Jamie's brother is full of excitement. I actually liked them, or at least their scenes a lot better. I'm really looking forward to reading more of their story in the second book! We do get to see different perspectives in the book, Veronica's and Kenna's point-of-views. It made the book that much more enjoyable to read. Overall, the story was great, and so did the characters. There are fighting scenes, romantic scenes and a detail description of the magical place of Doon. I would definitely recommend this book to those that want something romantic and magical.

My Rating:

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Friday, August 16, 2013

Feature and Follow Friday (#23)

Hosted by Parajunkee and Alison can Read.

Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! or just check out the weekly questions and see what others respond. 

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Question: Share something you've learned about book blogging or just blogging in general in the last month. 
Answer: I've been learning all sorts of things every day, from trying a new HTML code to learning how to write a better review. The blogging world is constantly changing and there are always new books to read/review. So far, I'm having fun being able to share my opinion with fellow bloggers and viewers and I'm hoping to keep learning more in the future. 

***What have you guys learned about blogging? Let me know in the comments below and I'll make sure to check it out and follow back :) 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Review: Don't Bite the Bridesmaid by Tiffany Allee

Don't Bite the Bridesmaid 
by Tiffany Allee
Released Date: Published May 27th 2013 by Entangled: Covet
Series: Sons of Kane #1
Pages: ebook209 pages
View/Purchase: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N

Alice Shepard needs one thing: a date for her sister's wedding. And not just any date. A hunk who will make her fiancĂ© rue the day he left her for her best friend. Her drop-dead gorgeous neighbor fits the bill—even if he is a bit quirky and never comes out during the day—and Alice has downed just enough appletinis to ask him. But she makes it quite clear that there will be no funny business. 

Spending a week on a cruise ship full of humans while sleeping close to his sexy next-door neighbor sounds like a helluva bad idea to vampire Noah Thorpe. But his friends need time to get him out of a shotgun wedding—a vampire bonding that will tie his fate to a female vampire he's never met. And Alice's offer comes at just the right time. 

What could possibly go wrong?

(Synopsis taken from Goodreads) 

My Review:

Don't Bite the Bridesmaid is a fun and cute read...

I absolutely love this book, it's definitely different from any other vampire books that I've read so far. Tiffany Allee does a very good job describing the characters and the setting. It all evolves around Alice Shepard, whose sister is getting married and needs a date to accompany her for a week on a cruise shipwith her family. But what she doesn't know is that her mysterious/hot neighbor is a vampire and needs a quick getaway. Noah Thorpe was immediately enchanted by his neighbor, Alice, and her proposition couldn't have come at a better time. He needs to leave before the others find him and force him to marry someone that he doesn't like or love. 

A week at a cruise full of humans wasn't his best pick, but Alice didn't give him a choice and that's how the two of them embarked into an adventure, full of fun and secrets. As the two of them start to get closer, it also get harder for Noah to keep his identity a secret if Alice keeps tempting him. The story line started great from the very beginning, I loved how the two of them interacted with each other. Alice is shy, but she knows how to hold herself when surrounded by things that she doesn't like. On the other hand, Noah is the gorgeous vampire that has been through a lot of events in his life that have made him reserved and serious. Putting these two different characters together made the whole story a lot more enjoyable to read. Overall, the story flowed beautifully and the ending was great. There were a few parts that felt too rushed for me, but the ending made everything better. I would have liked to see an epilogue the story though. I would recommend anyone to try this book, it's fun and romantic.

My Rating: 4.5/5 


Saturday, August 10, 2013

Review: Runaway Groom by Sally Clements

Runaway Groom
by Sally Clements
Released Date: Published June 7th 2013 by Sally Clements
Pages: 185
                                                View/Purchase: Goodreads, Amazon 

Seven years ago, Matthew Logan ran out on his wedding to June Leigh.

Life is good for fledgling dress-designer April Leigh. She couldn’t be happier that her sister has found a new love, and is excited about her very first commission, June’s wedding dress.
When April discovers June has invited runaway groom Matthew Logan to the wedding, she has to intervene. Matthew’s presence will ruin everything – her father hates him, and just the sight of him in the church might give her mother a heart attack.

Matthew Logan has no intention of going to June’s wedding, but when intriguing April arrives on his doorstep, he can’t resist getting to know her better. When a disaster forces them together neither can deny the passion that combusts into a red-hot affair.

Discovering the truth about the past shifts April’s feelings from lust to love, but bitter experience has taught Matthew to guard his heart.

When it looks as though Matthew will lose her forever, will he fight or flee?

(Synopsis taken from Goodreads)

My Review:

I enjoyed reading this book, it's fun and cute. I can very well identify with June, she is someone that wants to do everything for her sister and those she loves. She is also an aspiring fashion designer, and loyal friend. On the other hand, Matthew is charming and dedicated, yet he is full of contradictions. Mainly because of what happened to him and June's sister in the past. What I liked about the book is how both of them are able to come together and give each other a second chance. The author does a good job maintaining the flow in the story and it's very well-written. From the very beginning we see how much both June and Matthew have to grow and they have to be able to trust one another in order to be together. Overall, the story was great. The events that happened throughout the whole story made the book just much more enjoyable to read. I would recommend this book to everyone that wants a good romance story.

My Rating:


Friday, August 9, 2013

Feature and Follow Friday (#22)

Hosted by Parajunkee and Alison can Read.

Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! or just check out the weekly questions and see what others respond. 

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Question: BACK TO SCHOOL! Create a reading list for your new English class.
Answer: I'm not really sure what kind of books I would include in the list, but here are a few of my favorite books that might be helpful. 

(Click on the covers to go to Goodreads) 

****What do you guys think? Leave me a comment below with your picks or link, and I'll make sure to check it out and follow back :) Thanks! 

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #21

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is: 


Expected publication: August 20th 2013 by Sphere

Twenty-four-year-old Olivia Taylor Jones has the perfect life. The only daughter of a wealthy, prominent Chicago family, she has an Ivy League education, pursues volunteerism and philanthropy, and is engaged to a handsome young tech firm CEO with political ambitions.

But Olivia’s world is shattered when she learns that she’s adopted. Her real parents? Todd and Pamela Larsen, notorious serial killers serving a life sentence. When the news brings a maelstrom of unwanted publicity to her adopted family and fiancĂ©, Olivia decides to find out the truth about the Larsens.

Olivia ends up in the small town of Cainsville, Illinois, an old and cloistered community that takes a particular interest in both Olivia and her efforts to uncover her birth parents’ past.

Aided by her mother’s former lawyer, Gabriel Walsh, Olivia focuses on the Larsens’ last crime, the one her birth mother swears will prove their innocence. But as she and Gabriel start investigating the case, Olivia finds herself drawing on abilities that have remained hidden since her childhood, gifts that make her both a valuable addition to Cainsville and deeply vulnerable to unknown enemies. Because there are darker secrets behind her new home, and powers lurking in the shadows that have their own plans for her. 
(Synopsis taken from Goodreads) 

**I can't wait to read this book, it sounds very interesting! What are you guys waiting to read? Leave me a comment below or your WoW link :) Thanks!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Review: A Night To Forget by Jessica Wood

A Night To Forget 
by Jessica Wood
Released Date: June 20th 2013 by ERH Press
Series: Emma's Story #1
Page: 126
View/Purchase: Goodreads, Amazon

What happens in Cancun doesn’t always stay in Cancun.

When Emma Anderson and her friends decided to spend their senior year Spring Break in Cancun, she expected some crazy memories to end their final college days. What Emma didn’t expect was to meet Brandon Fisher. Tall and sexy, with dimples that would make any girl swoon, Brandon Fisher was literally the man of Emma’s dreams. She couldn't quite believe that this stranger, who seduced her every night in her dreams, actually existed.

After serendipitously bumping into each other, Emma could not resist Brandon’s pull and spent an unforgettable night with him. Passing it off as a spring break fling, Emma never expected to see Brandon again. But when she started her first day at her new job a few months later, there he was. The only problem was, Brandon didn’t even remember her.

(Synopsis taken from Goodreads)

My Review:

*ARC provided by Netgalley*

A Night to Forget was one of those books that immediately grabbed my attention when I read the premise of the story. It's definitely your typical summer read with a twist. As a college student, Emma Anderson was not expecting her spring break of senior year to be eventful, other than graduating and moving to San Francisco. But everything changes when she started having wild dreams of a handsome stranger. What she didn't know was that her dreams were about to become reality, when she meets the handsome stranger that had haunted her dreams while vacationing in Cancun. A series of strange events happened during their meeting and it is then that she spends time with him. Her vacation ends up in a good note, but everything comes crashing down when she sees him again months later in her job. 

I really have mixed feelings about this book in general. The book in itself is very well-written. But my biggest issue was how everything comes together in the end. I think the overall idea is great, but it needed more details and scenes to make it perfect. I really liked Emma's character, but there wasn't much of a development in her throughout the story. Although we don't get to read much of Brandon, the way he is described makes him perfect for this type of story. I would have liked to see more of him though. I really liked Emma's friends, they are supportive and very relatable. I had fun reading their little scenes. Both Emma and Brandon have a connection that pulls them together, but it felt too rushed for me and the ending was such a cliffhanger! I finished reading it and thought to myself “That's it?!?” I thought there was going to be more. I don't think I've ever read a book that ends with a cliffhanger before. I for one wasn't a fan of the way it ended. Would I recommend it? Sure, if you like a quick book that ends so abruptly. Other than that, I would say mov
e on to another book if I were you.

My Rating:


Sunday, August 4, 2013

ARC Review: What Happens Between Friends by Beth Andrews

What Happens Between Friends
by Beth Andrews
Released Date: August 6th 2013 by Harlequin
Series: In Shady Grove #2
Pages: 384
View/Purchase: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N

Friends...with benefits? For Sadie Nixon, life is one big adventure with something new around the corner. And anytime she needs a break, she can always rely on James Montesano-the best guy she knows. This time when she arrives in Shady Grove, however, something is different. There's a little extra between her and James that has them crossing the line of friendship into one steamy, no-holds-barred night. 

Afterward, no matter how hard she tries, Sadie can't erase the memories of James that way. He's so hot, so tempting.... But his life is here and hers isn't. She needs his friendship, but she doesn't do commitment. So where does that leave them? Suddenly what happens between friends is more complicated than ever!

(Synopsis taken from Goodreads)

My Review:

*ARC provided by Netgalley*

What Happens Between Friends is a story about Sadie and James and how their friendships ends up turning into something more. When Sadie Nixon comes back to the small town of Shady Grove for Jame's birthday, she wasn't expecting to see a new James. On the other hand, James has always been there for Sadie. He feels protective towards her and he'll do anything to make her happy. But he is holding a secret; a secret that can either hurt him or turn in his favor. From the beginning to the very end, I was compelled to read the story, it was definitely romantic yet frustrating. I liked Sadie's character, she is carefree and independent. Jame is lovable, smart, caring and sweet. He is the character that will do anything to make sure someone like Sadie is save and protected. They both have problems with their families, and they have to learn how to move past that so they can move on. Although it was frustrating to see Sadie turn away from James whenever he started to get close to her, she ultimately had to decide whether her goals were more important than what he has always wanted the most. The author does a really good job with the story and it ties perfectly fine in the end. I enjoyed reading the book and I hope to read more from the author.

My Rating: 


Saturday, August 3, 2013

ARC Review: The Baby Deal by Kat Cantrell

The Baby Deal  
by Kat Cantrell
Released Date: August 6th 2013 by Harlequin
Pages:  192
View/Purchase: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N

When billionaire entrepreneur Michael "Shay" Shaylen becomes guardian to a baby boy, he knows there's only one woman who can teach him how to be a father—his ex-lover, child psychologist Juliana Cane. So he makes her a deal: if she gives him two months, he'll give her a boost in her career. 

She says yes. Suddenly, Juliana has everything she's ever wanted: a home, a child—Shay. But she knows this seductive situation is only temporary. Because even as desire burns between them—so do the reasons Juliana has to say goodbye….

(Synopsis taken from Goodreads)

My Review:

*ARC provided by Netgalley*

When Shay becomes guardian to a baby boy, he sets off to find his ex girlfriend, Juliana Cane and offer her the job that will bring this two ex-lovers back together. As a child psychologist, Juliana is willing to help Shay, as long as he helps her with her career by letting her document his experience as a new father for a parenting book. With nothing to lose, Shay accepts and Juliana moves to his house where she starts teaching him methods on how to become a good father for little Michael. As they start to relieve what they had before they broke up, they both start to wonder if maybe they can give each other a second chance. Everyone has secrets and painful pasts, and these two have suffered ever since they broke up. Juliana marries only to discover that she is unable to carry a baby, so she divorces and dedicates herself to her career in helping others. On the other hand, Shay thrives in his career along side his two best friends, but it is their dream that ends up killing them and living Shay with their baby. 

As the story unfolds, it's evident that both Shay and Juliana have a lot to decide and learn. Not only does Shay is learning to become a father, but he is also learning how to let go of the things that he loves the most. Having a rough past with babies, Juliana finds herself able to connect with little Michael and she is able to have what she always wanted to have and that is a baby, at least for a short time. What I liked about the story was seeing how the characters grow and learned from each other. It taught them both how to let go of their past and move forward. I liked the romance and their connection and it made the story that much enjoyable to read. The ending was great and it was very well-written. I would recommend this book to everyone that wants to enjoy a good romance novel about second chances.

My Rating:

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Feature and Follow Friday (#21)

Hosted by Parajunkee and Alison can Read.

Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! or just check out the weekly questions and see what others respond. 

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Question: How do you handle a book you don’t like? Do you DNF or do you power through? 
Answer: There have been a couple of books that catch my interest, whether is by the cover or the premise, that as soon as I start reading them they completely bored me or I lose interest in them. When this happens, I usually keep reading them until I can't read them anymore. I do give them a try, but if it's not something that I like, I usually put them away or give them to someone that I think they might enjoy reading more than I did. 

What do you guys do in this case? Leave me a comment below and I'll make sure to check it out. Thanks! :)

Review: Bitter Fruits by Sarah Daltry

Bitter Fruits
by Sarah Daltry
Series: Bitter Fruit #1
Pages: 185
View/Purchase: Goodreads, Amazon,

Attending a vampire-themed masquerade party seems like a strange way to spend a night, but Nora is sick of frat parties and bars. Meeting Alec was just a bonus. Despite their immediate attraction, however, Alec is wary of involving himself with Nora, and when she pushes it, she discovers that Alec has secrets that could destroy them both. Is she willing to risk everything for a man she hardly knows? How far into darkness will he take her?

When Nora attempts to follow, however, things grow more complicated. Someone is hunting her - someone tied to a secret that goes back to the beginning of man. Soon, Nora finds herself drawn to two men, each with his own agenda. Can she save them both when one is destined to die?

(Summary taken from Goodreads)

My Review: 

*ARC provided by Netgalley*

This is not your typical vampire love story... 

I was really eager to read this book from the very first time that I read the synopsis. It sounded like a book that I would typically read. The very beginning immediately caught my attention, the way the author started the book was interesting and it left me wondering more of the characters. Needless to say, I felt that the very first chapters were a bit too rushed for my liking. The story starts with Nora, a college student going to a masquerade ball with her friend/roommate Scarlet. The atmosphere of the party is Gothic-like and it helps cover Alec's true identity. They meet and their attraction is so instantaneously that they can't keep their hands off each other. As she leads him to one of the rooms, they suddenly encounter Caleb, Alec's handsome brother. Alec claims to want Nora, yet his mood changes and tells her that he doesn't want to corrupt someone as pure as her. Nora is then distracted by someone yelling coming out of the house claiming that a “monster” had bitten her. When she turns to see Alec, he had already disappeared.

The story itself was interesting, it's full of twists and turns that made it enjoyable to read. I did find Nora a bit irritating sometimes. As a character/heroine she doesn't know what to do without hurting the two brothers. Alec's personality was the sweetest and the one that attracted me towards his character even more. On the other hand, Caleb is the wild and charming. He definitely knows how to have fun. The chemistry between the two brothers is practically nonexistent. They don't like each other because of the curse that they have. Nora is attracted to both of them, but she has to find the balance to save/keep them both. I was surprised to see how everything unfolded at the end. The author mixes vampire and stories/myths of the bible. It was definitely not something that I was expecting to read from the synopsis of the story. Was I disappointed? Not really. The author found a way to incorporate all of those details into a good story, but I did find that it wasn't as well-written. I felt that it needed something more to make it perfect. The end ties everything together, and I'm wondering if she is going to write another book. I would recommend everyone to give it a try, it's definitely not your typical love story, but it's definitely a book worth exploring more.

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