Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Shooting Scars (The Artists Trilogy #2) by Karina Halle

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

Today, I am waiting on Shooting Scars (The Artists Trilogy #2)
by Karina Halle!  I absolutely LOVED the first book in this series, Sins & Needles, and given the cliffhanger at the end of it, I cannot wait to read this!

A second chance at first love. 
There are a few things worth risking everything for - even your life. For Camden McQueen, this is one of them.
Shooting Scars is the second book in The Artists Trilogy and is told from the dual POV of Camden and Ellie.

The ending of Sins & Needles was scary and I have no idea what will happen for Ellie and Camden, let alone Javier!  I can't wait to continue this crazy journey with Shooting Scars! It is scheduled to be released May 13, 2013!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Top Ten Favorite Books I Read Before I Was A Blogger

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the fab ladies at The Broke and the Bookish!

Top Ten Favorite Books I Read Before I Was A Blogger

This is an easy one since I haven't been blogging long.  Some of these are YA series, some stand alone adult -- but each of them holds a place in my heart and memory for books I loved before blogging.  Also, I really love Liz Reinhardt and Anne Eliot!  I recommend everything by both of them!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Swoon Thursday: Wait for You (Wait for You #1) by J. Lynn

Swoon Thursday is a meme hosted by YABound.  

From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering.

Today, I am spotlighting Wait for You (Wait for You #1) by J. Lynn (aka JLA), which I devoured last week!  This book was a good NA contemporary, a genre of which I have read a ton!  But there is definitely something unique about Avery/Cam and their interactions.  And now, on to the swoon:

Fuck, Avery. You think I don't want you? There's not a single part of you that I don't want, you understand? I want to be on you and inside of you. I want you against the wall, on the couch, in your bed, in my bed, and every fucking place I can possibly think of, and trust me, I have a vast imagination when it comes to these kinds of things. Don't ever doubt that I want you. That is not what this is about.
I know I am a JLA fan-girl but I also really liked this book!  There were issues of self-discovery that I hadn't read in other NA books, and that I think are important to everyone at that age.  Highly recommend for NA contemporary!  Who are you swooning over this week? Link up your Swoon below!

Review: Flat-Out Matt (Flat-Out Love #1.5) by Jessica Park

Flat-Out Matt (Flat-Out Love #1.5) by Jessica Park

Blurb from Goodreads:
Matt is a junior at MIT. He’s geeky, he's witty, he's brilliant.

And he’s also very, very stupid.

When beautiful, cool, insightful Julie moves in with Matt’s family, why (oh why!) does he pretend to be his absent brother Finn for her alleged benefit? 

It seems harmless enough until her short-term stay becomes permanent. And until it snowballs into heart-squeezing insanity. And until he falls in love with Julie, and Julie falls in love with Finn. 

But … Matt is the right one for her. If only he can make Julie see it. Without telling her the truth, without shattering them all. Particularly his fragile sister Celeste, who may need Julie the most.

You saw Matt through Julie’s eyes in FLAT-OUT LOVE. Now go deeper into Matt’s world in this FLAT-OUT MATT novella. Live his side of the story, break when his heart breaks, and fall for the unlikely hero all over again.

Take an emotional skydive for two prequel chapters and seven Flat-Out Love chapters retold from his perspective, and then land with a brand-new steamy finale chapter from Julie.
My Review:

Where do I begin?  This novella was PERFECT.  Not only were we able to get inside Matt's head but we had a true scene with Finn!  And, the bonus scene/chapter at the end?  Soul shattering and so, so right.  I loved every minute of this novella and as a companion to Flat-Out Love.  Julie and Matt belong to each other -- even reading the tense moments I knew were coming, from Matt's POV, scared me but also gave me perspective.  To be honest, I am generally not a fan of re-reading things just when they are from a different POV but this was just right because there were so many things I didn't know Matt was feeling or thinking and I got to read them all!  Jessica Park, I really really love you!

I highly recommend this to anyone that read Flat-Out Love!  It was even better than I imagined and I love Matt even more now!
"You are my everything,” Julie said. “You are challenging, and difficult, and guarded. I love those things about you. You are fascinating, and complex, and brilliant, and funny. I love those things about you, too. I am in love with your selflessness and your ability to sacrifice too much. I am in love with the parts of you that fear and that hurt and that push people away. I am love in with your vulnerability and your strength. I am in love with your capacity to love harder and with more loyalty than I ever imagined anyone could. I am in love with the choices you’ve made, even the mistakes, because they brought us to where we are right now. More than those things, I am very simply in love with you and everything that you are. Your past, your present, and your future.” She touched her fingers to him, tracing his lips and then moving across his jaw and over his cheek. “I think about you all the time, and I can’t get you out of my head. I am listening to my heart, finally, without doubting anything. And I will never stop.” And then she kissed him. Long and hard and endlessly, only eventually slowing. “Now open your eyes and look at me. I feel everything that you feel, Matt. I always have, and I know that now. And it is time to stop hurting."                       
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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Date Me (The Keatyn Chronicles #3) by Jillian Dodd

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

Today, I am waiting on Date Me (The Keatyn Chronicles #3)
by Jillian Dodd!  I absolutely LOVE the Keatyn Chronicles and I am so excited that the next book in the series comes out next week!!!

From Goodreads:

I’m not scripting my life anymore. 
I’m living it.
I’m done with the God of all Hotties. 
I’m going to give my heart to the boy who I think deserves it.
The boy whose kisses are hotter than molten lava. 
The boy who offered me the key to his heart.
The boy who asked me to Homecoming in a big, sexy way.
There are so many things to look forward to. 
Parties at the Cave. Homecoming festivities. Drama Tryouts. Shopping trips to NY. 
But things aren't always as perfect as they seem.
I find out that my best friend has been keeping a secret from me.
Not that I can blame him. 
I have secrets too. 
But, for now, I’m going to pretend I’m just a normal girl. 
I’m going to pretend he’s not still out there.
I’m going to pretend he’s not getting desperate. 
I’m going to pretend I’ll never see him again. 
But, I will. 
And this time, I might not get away.

I cannot wait to read what will happen in Date Me -- who will Keatyn end up with (well, for now. . . ) and will her stalker be back?   I really hope Keatyn doesn't give up on Aiden but I can't deny the appeal of Dawson.  And despite what happened in Kiss Me, I will always love Cush!  You can pre-order Date Me on Amazon, which I have definitely done!  It is scheduled to be released April 9, 2013!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Top Ten Characters I Would Crush On If I Were Also A Fictional Character

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the fab ladies at The Broke and the Bookish!

1.  Lucas from Devoured by Emily Snow is my #1 book boyfriend -- rock star extraordinaire and so, so good.

2.  There is something so endearing about Marcus Flutie from the Jessica Darling series.  I liked him from the first page he appeared on and continuing throughout the series.

3.  I absolutely love The Troubleshooter series by Suzanne Brockmann about SEAL Team Sixteen but Ken "WildCard" Karmody from Out of Control takes hero/nerd to a new level.

4.  Daemon from The Lux series by JLA is indescribable. His relationship with Kat in the last book, Opal, made me melt! Aliens can totally be hot!

5.  Matt from Flat-Out Love is so strong and yet tender in this book -- and he's pretty much the best brother ever. 

6.  Darcy (in any incarnation) is always going to make this list.  I particularly love the Darcy in Bridget Jones's Diary because he's a lawyer (like me), he saves the day in a way that he is not looking for acknowledgement, he's sensitive, and absolutely proud.

7.  Camden from Sins & Needles by Karina Halle is so bad that he's good.  I am not typically into tattoos but there was something so raw about Camden and his art that still leaves me reeling.

8.  Ethan from the Chicagoland Vampire series by Chloe Neill is a vampire, a viking and absolutely, 100% charming, endearing and HOT.

9.  Seth from the Georgina Kincaid series by Richelle Mead is the ultimate hot nerd -- he's a writer and such a good boyfriend (even though his girlfriend is a sneaky succubus!).  Love him!

10.  Detective Marc Chastain from Linda Howard's Kill and Tell is probably my favorite Linda Howard hero.  Not only is he a native of New Orleans (one of my favorite places on earth!) but he is also a good cop, a loyal friend and one hot, hot hero.
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