Saturday, February 17, 2018

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

e-Audio, 320 pages
Release Date: January 30, 2018
Published by: Simon Pulse
Read from: February 9-11, 2018
Stand-alone
Source: Library
For fans of:  Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction, Diversity, Sparkly Covers, LOL, Debut Author, Adult

     A groomsman and his last-minute guest are about to discover if a fake date can go the distance in a fun and flirty debut novel.
Agreeing to go to a wedding with a guy she gets stuck with in an elevator is something Alexa Monroe wouldn't normally do. But there's something about Drew Nichols that's too hard to resist.
     On the eve of his ex's wedding festivities, Drew is minus a plus one. Until a power outage strands him with the perfect candidate for a fake girlfriend...
     After Alexa and Drew have more fun than they ever thought possible, Drew has to fly back to Los Angeles and his job as a pediatric surgeon, and Alexa heads home to Berkeley, where she's the mayor's chief of staff. Too bad they can't stop thinking about the other...
     They're just two high-powered professionals on a collision course toward the long distance dating disaster of the century--or closing the gap between what they think they need and what they truly want....
TAKE ME AWAY...

AFTER DARK!

*This book is part of the new adult contemporary romance genre! It is more mature than YA. I have featured it in Take Me Away... After Dark as a way to feature the few Adult and New Adult titles I am beginning to read!"  


*MY THOUGHTS*

     This was on my TBR since the cover came out, but it really jumped to the top when so many people (even those that I KNOW don't like contemporary romance) enjoyed it. So I requested that my library buy the e-audio version and I put myself on hold for it. And low and behold I'm going to say the biggest cliche I know: I'M SO GLAD I DID.
     Drew and Alexa have the best meet cute in a broken down elevator. And amazingly, things escalate from there. He takes her to a wedding as his fake date and soon learns that he cannot let her go. And Alexa learns that she doesn't want him to.
     Y'all, this CANNOT be a debut author. Like I don't believe it. The writing style was nothing short of amazing. I found myself wanting to listen to it all the time! I easily got lost in Guillory's words and I wanted to stay theere. I easily devoured this in about 3 days. (Would have been shorter if I had the physical copy lol) By the time I finished I had already bought a physical copy for myself and I was super excited to read it again
     I also really love the characters. Alexa is without a doubt, the level of dope, petty, professional that I aspire to be. I felt everything she said and did in the whole novel! (Even when I felt she was being stubborn and didn't want to listen on purpose.) And then there was Drew. He was clueless sometimes, but I loved him more than I can explain. And Guillory made some of their interactions so real, I could swear that these were real people that she was just writing down notes on! And last but not least, Carlos. I have to say I liked Drew, but I liked Carlos more. He was the level headed one who kept them both sane and thinking straight. I really hope that the Carlos in her next book description is about this Carlos. Then my life will be complete. Because I NEED Carlos to get his HEA.
     Then there was the romance. There are some definite spicy times in this one and I was here for ALL of them lol I loved that she mentioned the most important part about it (wrap it up folks) and was still able to still make the scene sexy. And if any of you are wondering, its not super telling, its really clean and sexy and I loved it. Add on to all that that it was diverse and extremely accurate, I loved everything about it!
     After reading this, I can't wait to see more from Guillory. In one book she has become my reason for a book hangover, my favorite rnew author, AND the author of my favorite book of 2018 so far. I cannot wait to see what else she has in store for us!
Overall, I give this

Friday, February 16, 2018

Book Blogger Hop: Flashback Friday!


 Who is your favorite children's book author and why?

Margaret Wise Brown by Consuelo Kanaga, 82.65.1833 01.jpg
(Picture from Wikipedia)

I am not ashamed of my young obsession with Goodnight, Moon. My mom told me I listened to her read that book every night for 6 months. And even now to this day, I still own that tattered copy and can't wait to read it to my own future kids. Margaret Wise Brown was and still is a favorite of mine.


(Picture from Scholastic.com)

As I got older, I found I had another obsession..... The Babysitter's Club books. I remember owning every one of them and reading them all completely in order. I loved them all and I really hope they'll still be talked about and loved when I finally have a child and they can read them

What about you?
Who are your favoritie childhood authors?

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Moonlight Sins by Jennifer L. Armentrout

e-Audio, 400 pages
Release Date: January 30, 2018
Published by: Avon
Read from: February 2-9, 2018
de Vincent, #1
Source: Edelweiss (I received a copy of this book from the Edelweiss and the Publisher in exchange for a just and honest review. This did nothing to influence my review.
For fans of:  Thrillers, Romance, Contemporary, Adult, Series Starters

     New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout delivers the unforgettable story of a woman whose new life has just begun—but may end in murder...
     Julia Hughes has always played it safe until she learned a very painful lesson. Now Julia’s starting over with a job in the Louisiana bayou—and a scorching encounter with a stranger, only to discover he’s Lucian de Vincent... her new employer. The de Vincent brothers share a massive fortune and a dark reputation. Julia cares for their troubled sister, but a menacing presence in the mansion—and the ever-present temptation of Lucian—prove dangerously distracting.
     Lucian’s grandmother claimed de Vincent men fall in love once—and hard. Apparently, it’s Lucian’s turn. Julia’s compassionate care of his twin makes Lucian want to lay himself bare. But some secrets are better for Julia not to know.
     The recent “suicide” of Lucian’s father is the latest in a string of deaths on the estate. Someone is eliminating the de Vincents. And the best way to get to Lucian may be through Julia...

TAKE ME AWAY...

AFTER DARK!

*This book is part of the new adult contemporary romance genre, with a hint of a thriller! It is more mature than YA. I have featured it in Take Me Away... After Dark as a way to feature the few Adult and New Adult titles I am beginning to read!"  

*MY THOUGHTS*

     Towards the beginning of February,  I was in a book slump. And usually the only thing that helps with my book slumps is a Jennifer L. Armentrout book. And sure enough, it worked.
     Julia is on the brink of starting a brand new job in Louisiana. Unknowingly she goes out in style her last night in her hometown.... with her boss, Lucian de Vincent. When she finally gets there, things are much different than she expected, both the job and with Lucian......
     Obviously my favorite part of this was the characters lol I'm not sure what it is about JLA's bad boys, but they are always my favorite. And Lucian was no different. He was super hot and of course super mysterious. I also loved "Ms. Hughes." She was the usual JLA heroine, but for some reason I connected with her a bit more. And of course them togeteher was everything I hoped it would be. They were so great together and I found myself not wanting to put the book down.
     I think I liked it so much because of the setting. If you don't know, I LOVE New Orleans. Me and my husband actually try to go at least once a year. (This year ALA Annual is there and I AM ALL FOR IT!) The haunting setting and the mention of a haunted mansion was all I needed to love it. I loved that JLA even paid homage to Bourbon Street and said that they stay away from there because it's for tourists. Which is VERY true lol I'm not a native, but I am from a place where tourists visit alot and I know the places to stay away from lol
     As for the secrets at the end, I was actually plesantly surprised. I had become so invested in one character, I wasn't expecting the ending and all the other secrets that came with it. This was the first time I was so lost in a thriller that I wasn't trying to find out what was going on before it got to the end. I'm usually trying to figure it out at about 35%, but this time it didn't even cross my mind. I was too invested in "Ms. Hughes" and Lucian.
     This read was all that I expected it to be and more. I loved seeing them together and I loved all the mysteries and secrets surrounding the brothers. Everything was just what I needed to pull me out of the reading funk I've been in!
Overall, I give this
(This review will have no quotes because it was read via audio)

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

WoW: Bring me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf


This bookish meme tells the blogosphere what we're waiting patiently (and sometimes not so patiently) for! It's hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine!


Bring Me Their Hearts


     A lush, unique new fantasy trilogy about a girl tasked with stealing the prince’s heart…literally, from the New York Times bestselling author of the Lovely Vicious series.
     Zera is a Heartless – the immortal, unageing soldier of a witch. Bound to the witch Nightsinger ever since she saved her from the bandits who murdered her family, Zera longs for freedom from the woods they hide in. With her heart in a jar under Nightsinger’s control, she serves the witch unquestioningly.
     Until Nightsinger asks Zera for a Prince’s heart in exchange for her own, with one addendum; if she’s discovered infiltrating the court, Nightsinger will destroy her heart rather than see her tortured by the witch-hating nobles.
     Crown Prince Lucien d’Malvane hates the royal court as much as it loves him – every tutor too afraid to correct him and every girl jockeying for a place at his darkly handsome side. No one can challenge him – until the arrival of Lady Zera. She’s inelegant, smart-mouthed, carefree, and out for his blood. The Prince’s honor has him quickly aiming for her throat.
     So begins a game of cat and mouse between a girl with nothing to lose and a boy who has it all.
      Winner takes the loser’s heart.
     Literally.

Published by: Entangled Teen
Expected Publication: June 5, 2018

Why I'm Waiting: All I needed to see was the part about "stealing the prince's heart." Sounds like nothing I've ever read before! However, because I'm so hype about this, if there is no REAL heart stealing, I'm going to be so let down! Here's to hoping it really happens! 

What are you waiting on this week?
Will you be waiting on this with me?


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

TTT: Top Ten Books that Left me Swooning Even After I Closed it! [Love Freebie]

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish and is now run by Jana at That Artsy Reader GirlEach week she will post a new Top Ten list . Everyone is welcome to join. 

This week's topic is:
Top Ten Books that Left me Swooning Even After I Closed it!
[Love Freebie]

 Moonlight Sins (de Vincent, #1)Prince in Disguise
Alex, ApproximatelyIf I Stay (If I Stay, #1)
Everything, EverythingThe Anatomical Shape of a Heart
I'll Meet You ThereMy Life Next Door
Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)Two Boys Kissing

What about you?
What books made you swoon even after you closed it?