Thursday, May 28, 2015

Review: Spiraled (Mason Callahan #3) by Kendra Elliot

Blurb from Goodreads:
FBI Special Agent Ava McLane solves crimes; she doesn’t witness them. When she’s trapped in a mall without her weapon as a shooter picks off victims, she hides with a wounded teen and prays for her survival.

But that’s only the beginning…

An epidemic of mass shootings has swept across Oregon. The young shooters terrify the public, committing random murders before taking their own lives. The task force assembled to solve the case—which includes Ava’s boyfriend, detective Mason Callahan—remains stumped. And on top of this chaos, Ava’s troubled twin sister reappears, throwing Ava’s already-tumultuous life into a tailspin.

An old-fashioned cop with a strong sense of duty, Mason struggles to find the cause of the shootings as workaholic Ava spins ever closer to breaking down. But can one detective save the lives of countless innocents—and prevent the woman he loves from going over the edge?
My Review:
Romantic suspense is my favorite genre and this series starring FBI agent Ava McLane and Oregon State Police Detective Mason Callahan is quickly becoming one of my favorite series in this genre!  This book was unique because it really focused on the mental health of Ava in doing her job and being a victim of a crime.  These are hard jobs and it made me like Mason even more with how understanding and patient he was throughout the book -- definitely helps to be dating someone in the same line of work!  The action was suspenseful and the mystery was great -- I really enjoy the case solving aspect of these books.

I definitely recommend this for anyone who wants to start a great romantic series or for those who have already started this series -- you will not be disappointed with the latest installment!  You can read my review of book 2 in this series, Bridged, here.

Spiraled comes out June 2, 2015, and you can purchase HERE!
He took her hand, and she felt a quiver shake his fingers.  He slid the cold metal onto her finger and wrapped his hand around it, clenching it tightly.  She looked up, his face close to hers.  "Now I'm sorry I waited," he said.  "If I'd known how f&*@$^! overjoyed I was going to feel at this moment, I would have done it last winter . . . "

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Joyride by Anna Banks

 "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:  
Joyride by Anna Banks!

From Goodreads:
A popular guy and a shy girl with a secret become unlikely accomplices for midnight pranking, and are soon in over their heads—with the law and with each other—in this sparkling standalone from NYT-bestselling author Anna Banks.

It’s been years since Carly Vega’s parents were deported. She lives with her brother, studies hard, and works at a convenience store to contribute to getting her parents back from Mexico.

Arden Moss used to be the star quarterback at school. He dated popular blondes and had fun with his older sister, Amber. But now Amber’s dead, and Arden blames his father, the town sheriff who wouldn’t acknowledge Amber's mental illness. Arden refuses to fulfill whatever his conservative father expects.

All Carly wants is to stay under the radar and do what her family expects. All Arden wants is to NOT do what his family expects. When their paths cross, they each realize they’ve been living according to others. Carly and Arden’s journey toward their true hearts—and one another—is funny, romantic, and sometimes harsh. 
After seeing that Nereyda loved this book, I read the description and immediately pre-ordered!  I love the cover and this premise sounds so, so good and unique!  Joyride is scheduled for release on June 2, 2015 and you can pre-order here!!

What books are you waiting on this Wednesday??

Monday, May 25, 2015

Top Ten Books I Think Make Great Beach Reads

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

I love reading books set at a beach (especially Nantucket!) when I am at the beach-- this list has some YA, NA, romance and a little mystery and suspense.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Review: The Guest Cottage by Nancy Thayer

Blurb from Goodreads:
Sensible thirty-six-year-old Sophie Anderson has always known what to do. She knows her role in life: supportive wife of a successful architect and calm, capable mother of two. But on a warm summer night, as the house grows quiet around her and her children fall asleep, she wonders what’s missing from her life. When her husband echoes that lonely question, announcing that he’s leaving her for another woman, Sophie realizes she has no idea what’s next. Impulsively renting a guest cottage on Nantucket from her friend Susie Swenson, Sophie rounds up her kids, Jonah and Lacey, and leaves Boston for a quiet family vacation, minus one.

Also minus one is Trevor Black, a software entrepreneur who has recently lost his wife. Trevor is the last person to imagine himself, age thirty and on his own, raising a little boy like Leo—smart and sweet, but grappling constantly with his mother’s death, growing more and more closed off. Hoping a quiet summer on the Nantucket coast will help him reconnect with Leo, Trevor rents a guest house on the beautiful island from his friend Ivan Swenson.

Best-laid plans run awry when Sophie and Trevor realize they’ve mistakenly rented the same house. Still, determined to make this a summer their kids will always remember, the two agree to share the Swensons’ Nantucket house. But as the summer unfolds and the families grow close, Sophie and Trevor must ask themselves if the guest cottage is all they want to share.

Inspiring and true to life, The Guest Cottage is Nancy Thayer at her finest, inscribing in graceful, knowing prose matters of the heart and the meaning of family. 
My Review:
I have a true affinity for books set on Nantucket (my favorite of all time has to be The Blue Bistro by Elin Hildberbrand), and The Guest Cottage is no exception!  Even though I have never been to Nantucket, I feel like I know it so well from reading these books -- it's so easy to immerse yourself in the world of this tiny island with long summer days on the beach.  All I could think about the entire time I was devouring this book was being there -- it seemed so real from Nancy Thayer's descriptions.  I was rooting for Sophie and Trevor hard core the entire book -- Trevor is so, so good and I really loved that any intimacy beyond friendship didn't happen right away.  This book is the perfect beach read and it has me in a serious mood for summer!

I definitely recommend this for anyone who wants a perfect beach read, a book set on Nantucket, and/or fans of Elin Hilderbrand.  I'm definitely keeping The Guest Cottage on my beach reads shelf and I know I will re-read it!

The Guest Cottage comes out tomorrow, May 12, 2015, and you can purchase HERE!
So this was lust.  It might even be love.  She liked him, she admired him, and every time he came into her view her heart did a happy dance.  She wanted to hang a full-length poster of him on her bedroom wall.  She wanted to carry a photo of him as the screen saver on her iPhone.  She wanted to shackle him to her body with chains and locks.  She wanted to kiss every freckle, ever muscle, even the bottoms of his long, bony feet.  She wanted to lie on top o him and fit her body to hi, arm to arm, leg to let, breasts to hairy chest.   
Apparently she had finally, at the age of thirty-six, achieved her teenage self.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I've Loved Before #2) by Jenny Han

 "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:  
P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I've Loved Before #2) by Jenny Han!

From Goodreads:
Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I've Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing.
Isn't this cover the best?!  So when I read To All The Boys I've Loved Before, I was under the impression it was a stand-alone.  Accordingly, I HATED the ending because there was no closure.  When I found out there was going to be a second book, I was so relieved and I have been WANTING so much and for so long!  I can't wait to re-read book one in anticipation of the second book!  P.S. I Still Love You is scheduled for release on May 26, 2015 and you can pre-order here!!

What books are you waiting on this Wednesday??

Friday, May 1, 2015

Review: Last Night in Montreal by Emily St. John Mandel

Blurb from Goodreads:
Lilia has been leaving people behind her entire life. Haunted by her inability to remember her early childhood, and by a mysterious shadow that seems to dog her wherever she goes, Lilia moves restlessly from city to city, abandoning lovers and friends along the way. But then she meets Eli, and he's not ready to let her go, not without a fight.

Gorgeously written, charged with tension and foreboding, Emily St. John Mandel's Last Night in Montreal is the story of a life spent at the centre of a criminal investigation. It is a novel about identity, love and amnesia, the depths and limits of family bonds and - ultimately - about the nature of obsession.
My Review:
I am an Emily St. John Mandel believer!  After reading both Station Eleven and Last Night in Montreal in the past week, I feel a bit ruined for other authors.  Her writing is haunting -- absolutely gorgeous.  I am reminded of my favorite of all time, Donna Tartt.  I hate to compare the two books but there are definitely a few similarities aside from the beautiful writing -- the reliance on and reference to the Icarus myth as well as the theme of traveling and constant movement.  Admittedly, Station Eleven is a bit more refined (Last Night in Montreal is her debut which has just been re-released, probably due to the HUGE success of Station Eleven) but I love them both.

It's silly to say but reading Emily St. John Mandel's books makes me want to write -- she has crafted such beautiful sentences, descriptions, allusions that I can't help but feel inspired.  However, I know that I could never write something as hauntingly gorgeous as both of these books -- I know they will stay with me and I will re-read them until they become a part of my own memory.  I can't wait to read more from this author!

Last Night in Montreal was just re-released, and I highly, HIGHLY recommend it! 
I wanted to be her north star. I wanted to be her map. I wanted to drink coffee with her in the cafes in the morning and do things, as you do, as she did, instead of just philosophizing about them and deconstructing their endless Russian-doll layers of meaning. I was alone before I met her. I wanted to disappear with her, and fold her into my life. I wanted to be her compass. I wanted to be her last speaker, her interpreter, her language. I wanted to be her translator, Zed, but none of the languages we knew were the same.

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