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About So Many Books, So Little Time

Hey! I'm Ana, I've been reading since I read my first Harry Potter Book about 9 years ago, which was Book 6, The Half-Blood Prince, I had seen all the movies up til that point but I just really wanted to read it before the movie came out. And reading The Half-Blood Prince really got me into Books, Thank you, J.K Rowlings for inspiring me and writing an amazing series like Harry Potter. Honestly, If it wasn't for reading that HP book, I probably wouldn't love reading as much as I do today. I got into blogging about 6 years ago, and I love it! I love sharing my thoughts on books, just as much as I love reading them, and I love learning things from the books I read. Hey, if you have any books that you think I might like please recommend them! All recommendations are happily welcome and appreciated!

Cover Reveal ~ Baseball Lover by Rose Croft


 

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Baseball Lover by Rose Croft

Publication date: November 14th 2018

Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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Rose

Sometimes life rears its ugly head and messes up your world.
I know too well. It happened to me five years ago when I lost my fiancé.
It took me awhile to get back on my feet, but I finally got my life in order.
Don’t commit. Don’t get attached. Guard your heart.
Seemed plausible…until a tall, dark and gorgeous man commands my attention.
He is the worst kind of temptation.
Funny, charming, and did I mention hot?
Every woman’s fantasy.
A professional baseball player.
Suit up heart because I have no desire to become one of his stats.

John

Sometimes life drops a little miracle right in front of you.
In the form of a beautiful goddess.
Who’s also intelligent.
Snarky.
Oh, and doesn’t fall for my bullshit.
In fact, I don’t even think she likes me.
That’s okay.
I’m an athlete, and I’m used to challenges.
You don’t make it as far as I have in my sport without having goals in mind.
I’ll pursue her like I’m pursuing the MVP award this season.
And, I will conquer.

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~Author Bio~

Rose Croft is a wannabe poet and a writer in her own mind. She’s a wife and mom to a beautiful daughter and lives her own happily ever after.

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{Review} Valiant by Merrie Destefano


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Valiant by Merrie Destefano

Paperback, 400 pages

Expected publication: December 4th 2018 by Entangled: Teen

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~Rating: 3.5 – 4/5 stars~

The Valiant was supposed to save us. Instead, it triggered the end of the world.

Earth is in shambles. Everyone, even the poorest among us, invested in the Valiant’s space mining mission in the hopes we’d be saved from ourselves. But the second the ship leaves Earth’s atmosphere, our fate is sealed. The alien invasion begins. They pour into cities around the world through time portals, possessing humans, forcing us to kill one another.

And for whatever reason, my brother is their number one target.

Now the fate of the world lies in the hands of me, a seventeen-year-old girl, but with the help of my best friend, Justin―who’s suddenly starting to feel like more―maybe if we save my brother, we can save us all…


~Review~


*a copy was provided by NetGalley* 

Sci-fi, aliens, time travel, and futuristic things. Yes, YES, and YEsss. All things I love. But this, I liked it just enough, that it fell short of great.

Valiant is different and unique in its own way. A very quick, action packed, fast paced read. It definitely will grip you from the start. I’m excited for when it actually does come out.

Although the beginning of this book felt VERY rushed. A LOT happens in the first few pages that I felt like it could have been a whole book in itself. You just hit the ground running, and as a result, there is very little context given for the characters and the state of the world. But as the story progresses we do get a bit more of this.

Some times it was difficult to keep up with, there’s just so much going on. I love the story, just wish it was told a little differently, I don’t know why but it feels like the story is being told in such a way that everything is scattered, and you have to pick up the pieces and just make sense of it on your own terms. I mean between the alien invasion, time travel, portals, military conspiracies, romance, etc. I feel like the story could have been richer if there had been fewer of these elements.

Honestly, I just wish there was more explanations, descriptions, development, and maybe a bit more world building. But it’s literally, Action, Action, Action. Hardly any character development.

Also, in a way, it reminded me of Venom, with the whole ‘aliens on earth’ or ‘aliens trying to invade earth’ thing, and this quote from the beginning of the book is a pretty good description of what I mean.

‘A Xua can leave a host’s body and possess another person if it wants, but humans weren’t built to withstand it. Our insides get ripped to shreds.  Sometimes you can even see the claw marks on the body, torn apart from the inside out. Sometimes it’s a full-body explosion.’

Mhmm, similar in ways but, different.

The bit of ‘romance’, I wouldn’t even call it that, it was literally Justin & Sara having known each other in school for however long. There was no real build up, just Sara saying ‘I love you’ to him, when she thought he was dead/dying or whatever.

“You have to stay alive, Justin,” I whisper. “No matter what. I love you.”

AND THEN THE NEXT DAY.

He cups my face in his huge hands. “I heard what you said last night,” he whispers, so softly no one else can hear him. “I love you, too.”

Their relationship did develop a bit but in an unnaturally fast way, imo.

“I was worried I would lose you, too,” he confesses as he lifts his head. He cups my face in his right hand. “The Xua took your brother, but he might not be dead, Sara. You said those doorways go to different timelines, right? Maybe he’s with Aerithin. Or maybe Aerithin will still come back—”

Also, the ‘skin site’ thing was a bit confusing. It seems like it’s some kind of identification thing/something phone-like where you can call people? listen to music? listen/watch the news? -some kind of ‘new’ fascinating technology that everyone is crazy about; like when a new version of the IPhone comes out. Or something like that, not 100% sure, unless I’m missing something?  – so I went back to my kindle and literally searched ‘Skin Site’ and it’s mentioned A LOT, I’m realizing now, it was described a bit, but still really ‘confusingly interesting’. I’m not going to give too much more away, though.

I feel like I’m just rambling on now….

I’m really hoping there will be a sequel, because I like where this story is going. I feel like if the story and universe was expanded on, it could be the next big sc-fi series/book. BUT only if universe was expanded on, like back story on the aliens, Justin, or any the other characters. If you enjoy action-packed YA science fiction, then I highly recommend it!

NOTE: All quotes taken from this uncorrected copy are subjected to change in the final edition.


~Author Bio~


Merrie DestefanoCURRENTLY A FULL-TIME NOVELIST and magazine editor, Merrie Destefano’s next novel, LOST GIRLS, releases on January 3, 2017. Her other novels include AFTERLIFE and FEAST, both published by HarperCollins, and FATHOM, which was self-published. The editor of Victorian Homes magazine, she has also been the editor of American Farmhouse Style, Vintage Gardens, and Zombies magazine, and was the founding editor of Cottages & Bungalows magazine.

With 20 years experience in publishing, she worked for a variety of publishing/broadcasting companies that include Focus on the Family, The Word For Today, and PJS Publications (now Primedia). Besides editing and writing, her background includes print buying, writing/producing radio promos, directing photo shoots, developing new products, writing jacket copy for books, creating sales media packets and organizing direct mail campaigns.

Born in the Midwest, she currently lives in Southern California with her husband, two German shepherds, a Siamese cat and the occasional wandering possum. Her favorite hobbies are reading speculative fiction and watching old Star Trek episodes, and her incurable addiction is writing. She loves to camp in the mountains, walk on the beach, watch old movies, listen to alternative music—although rarely all at the same time.

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Book Blitz ~ Hush by A.M. Salinger: Excerpt + Giveaway!


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Hush by A.M. Salinger

(Nights Series, #8)

Publication date: October 16th 2018

Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Tom Sutherland is an arrogant prick. There, I said it. Okay, so he’s also my assistant and I couldn’t survive without him, but that doesn’t make him less of an irritating bastard — Lana

Lana Keele is a witch. A beautiful, frustrating witch placed on this earth to torment me. Yeah, she’s my boss, but she’s still the most maddening creature I’ve ever had the misfortune to cross paths with — Tom

When Lana Keele, president of Keele Industries and only surviving heir to business tycoon Oliver Keele, wakes up in her devil-of-an-assistant’s bed after a drunken night out, she fears the worst. That is, until prissy Mr. Perfect Tom Sutherland declares that she’s the last woman he’d ever want to sleep with.

After surviving four years in the company of the infuriating woman he’d lusted after since his teens, Tom has had just about enough of the unholy siren that is Lana, especially when she turns up inebriated on his doorstep one night and demands sex. Convinced that Lana will never return his affections, Tom decides that it’s high time to get over his unrequited love.

Except Lana doesn’t quite seem to agree with this plan. Not after she sees him with another woman. Not after she confronts him about it. And most definitely not after he succumbs to temptation and kisses her.

As they finally ignite the fire that has burned so long between them, Tom cannot help but be certain that for Lana, this is just about sex. Will he be satisfied with only having the body of the woman he loves and not possess her heart? Or will Lana convince Tom that she truly means to give him her everything?

Discover Lana and Tom’s story in this sexy and stormy addition to the hot, contemporary romance series Nights by A.M. Salinger. Note from the author: although each book in Nights can be read as a standalone, you will enjoy this series even more if you read the books in order!

This is a novella length MF romance with a HEA.

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~Excerpt~

Lana Keele stirred and slowly blinked her eyes open. Searing light filled her vision. She winced and twisted her head, a mumbled curse tumbling past her lips. A wave of dizziness swept over her; her stomach clenched painfully. Lana froze and swallowed the rush of bile shooting up her throat. Hot daggers stabbed at her temples. She moaned softly.

It was a moment before she realized she was lying on her front on a bed. She stared blearily at the crisp white pillow in her line of sight before rolling over carefully onto her side. She studied the room she was in with widening eyes.

Where the hell am I?

Cool gray linen kissed her skin. Her very much bare skin.

Lana gasped and sat up. A shaky groan rumbled out of her chest when the headache became a vise squeezing her skull. She reached for the sheet wrapped around her waist and legs and clutched it to her breasts.

She was only wearing her bra and panties.

What the hell happened last night?!

All Lana remembered was being in Shanghai’s latest happening club and having drinks with the man she’d picked up at a bar while she’d been out with a girlfriend she hadn’t seen since her college days. She dimly recalled drunkenly kissing the guy while her similarly inebriated friend hooked up with another man. The rest was a blur.

A door opened opposite the end of the bed. A man walked out of an en suite bathroom, his face obscured by the towel he was using to rub his hair dry.

Lana’s pulse jumped. She stared up a pair of powerful, tanned legs, the mouth-watering deep V tantalizingly revealed at the top of the towel perched precariously on slim hips, a defined six-pack, a broad, muscular chest, and strong corded arms that bunched and flexed with the man’s movements.

Holy crap, was the guy from the club this hot?!

The man paused and lowered the towel from his head. Lana felt the blood drain from her face.

No. Fucking. Way.

Tom Sutherland, her assistant and secretary of four years and the bane of her life, arched an eyebrow at her.

“Oh, you’re up,” he said in a matter-of-fact voice. “You’d better get dressed. You have an appointment in fifty minutes.”

Lana’s jaw sagged open as Tom walked over to a wardrobe and took down the neatly pressed suit, shirt, and tie draped on a clothes hanger hooked on the handle. Her eyes widened into saucers when she saw one of her work suits on an adjacent hanger, complete with a pair of matching panties and bra. Tom removed briefs from a chest of drawers and disappeared inside the bathroom.

Lana was still staring at the spot where he’d disappeared when he came out minutes later fully dressed. He sighed and glanced at his watch with a frown while he finished knotting his tie.

“Forty-five minutes, Lana,” he said briskly. “Get your ass into gear.”

Lana opened and closed her mouth soundlessly as he headed for the bedroom door.

“Hey! Wait a minute!” she spluttered. “Why am I in your bed, half naked?!”

Tom stopped and twisted on his heels, his hands in his pockets. Lana ignored the wild pounding of her heart as she watched the way the motion stretched the material of his shirt across his torso.

All it took was one look at his condescending expression for her to stiffen, the familiar irritation that plagued her whenever she was in his presence replacing the baffling feeling presently coursing through her.

There’s no way in hell I just thought Tom Sutherland was attractive!

“Funny story,” Tom said sardonically. “My boss turned up on my doorstep at one in the morning, barged inside my apartment, stripped, and demanded sex.” He cocked an eyebrow. “I felt I had to oblige her.”

Panic slammed into Lana and sent her pulse into the stratosphere.

No. Dear God, please tell me we didn’t—

Anger flashed through her when she detected the mocking light in Tom’s eyes. “You asshole!” she hissed. “Tell me what really happened!”

Tom leaned against the doorjamb and crossed his ankles. Lana’s gaze dropped to where his pants stretched across his strong thighs. She cursed internally and brought her eyes back up to his face, angry at herself for noticing his body once more.

This is Tom, for fuck’s sake!

“The part about you turning up at an ungodly hour and entering my place without my permission is accurate, as was your demand for sex,” Tom said coolly. “You then spent the next two hours throwing up in my bathroom. I sent your dress to the dry cleaners, put you to bed, and went to your penthouse to pick up a fresh change of clothes.”

Lana glanced at the pillow next to the one she’d been lying on, her unspoken question hanging in the air.

Tom sighed. “I slept on the couch. Trust me, I wouldn’t fuck you if you were the last woman on Earth.”

Lana inhaled sharply as he turned and left the room. She scowled in the next instant.

“Oh yeah?! And I wouldn’t sleep with you if you were the only asshole left alive on this entire planet!” she shouted after him, a familiar pain surging inside her chest.

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~Author Bio~

Ava Marie Salinger is the pen name of an Amazon bestselling author who has always wanted to write scorching hot contemporary and erotic romance. In 2018, she finally decided to venture to the steamy side. NIGHTS is the first of several sizzling series featuring sweet, sexy men and women with dark pasts and a whole lot of love to give to the ones brave enough to fight for their hearts. When she’s not dreaming up hotties to write about, you’ll find Ava creating kickass music playlists to write to, spying on the wildlife in her garden, drooling over gadgets, and eating Chinese.

Want to be the first to know about Ava’s new releases and get access to exclusive content, sneak previews, sales, and giveaways ? Then sign up to her Reader Group here and join her VIP Facebook Fan Group here.

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$10 Amazon Gift Card + 2 signed paperbacks of Hush

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{Review} Angel’s Collar by Anna Hague


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Kindle,159 pages

Published August 1st 2018 by The Wild Rose Press, Inc.

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~Rating: 3.5/5 stars~

I have it all…until he shows me more.

I didn’t intentionally spill wine all over the most beautiful guy in the room, and one look at those icy-blue eyes brings on a major lapse in coherent speech. Jordan Caldera tells me his secret and wants me to join him. This is where my journey into submission begins.

So much about BDSM freaks me out, but at the same time, I can’t help but be intrigued. When I imagine Jordan doing those things to me, I can’t resist the adventure. Mind-blowing sex aside, my life is changing at an alarming rate and getting very complicated. Between balancing my career and my best friend’s concerns, the secrets I’m keeping are killing me.

What am I willing to risk for the new lifestyle I’ve embraced…and the man I love?


~Review~


*a copy was provided by Netgalley*

I really had a hard time getting into this book… and trying to finish it… but It was pretty good.

It had an interesting insight on the BDSM world, that honestly I’ve never really read about in this manor. Interesting way to tell a story; Emma being interviewed and her looking back on the relationship she had with Jordan Caldera.

I liked the characters. Emma and Jordan are definitely meant for each other. This was in interesting read, different.


~Author Bio~


Anna HagueFor 25 years, I’ve worked as a sports writer. I decided now was the time to pursue romance fiction as an author. I found a great group of RWA author friends who have helped me tremendously.
I get great support from my husband, and although they don’t know it, my three parrots and dog give me a huge boost everyday.

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Cover Reveal ~ Stolen Goods by Kay Marie


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Stolen Goods by Kay Marie

(To Catch a Thief #2)

Publication date: January 7th 2019

Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Catch Me If You Can meets Tangled in this funny and feel-good romantic comedy, new from bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis, writing as Kay Marie.

Addison Abbot is a dreamer—she dreams of owning her own cake shop, of traveling the world, of finding Prince Charming. But when it comes to actually following any of those dreams, she’s a little, well, stuck. So when a devilishly handsome stranger saves her from two robbers with guns and pulls her into the adventure of a lifetime, she’s determined to find her fairytale ending—until she realizes he’s the most wanted criminal in America, that is.

Thaddeus Ryder was just another run-of-the-mill international art thief until his latest heist went south. Now, his face is on every news station, his name is making headlines, and his partner is working for the feds. Talk about a bad week on the job. His only option is to flee the country. But when hitmen for the Russian mafia interrupt his getaway, Thad gains an accidental companion—a baking beauty who might be too tempting to resist.

When a girl good meets a bad boy, sparks are bound to fly. But this conman is about to discover the only thing he can’t steal is her heart…

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~Author Bio~

Kaitlyn Davis, a bestselling author with over a quarter of a million books sold, writes young adult fantasy novels under the name Kaitlyn Davis and contemporary romance novels under the name Kay Marie. Publishers Weekly has said, “Davis writes with confidence and poise,” while USA Today has recommended her work as “must-read romance.”

Always blessed with an overactive imagination, Kaitlyn has been writing ever since she picked up her first crayon and is overjoyed to share her work with the world. When she’s not daydreaming, typing stories, or getting lost in fictional worlds, Kaitlyn can be found playing fetch with her puppy, watching a little too much television, or spending time with her family. If you have any questions for her–about her books, about scheduling an event, or just in general–you may contact her at: KaitlynDavisBooks@gmail.com

Sign up for Kaitlyn’s newsletter to stay up-to-date with all of her new releases, to receive exclusive subscriber bonus content, and more! bit.ly/KaitlynDavisNewsletter

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{Review} A Serial Killer’s Desire by C.F. Rabbiosi


41137975A Serial Killer’s Desire by C.F. Rabbiosi 

Kindle Edition, 155 pages

Published August 9th, 2018

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~Rating: 4/5 stars~

He’s a rich bad boy. She’s a damaged beauty… Same old story?
Not even close.
Because he’s not just gorgeous, he’s deadly. He lures women into his deceptive web and tortures them into submission, LOVES them to death, and won’t stop until they’ve fallen for their captor. Won’t stop until they’ve loved him with their last breath…
But this time, he’s taken the wrong girl. This time, he may be captured instead, his heart chained by an astonishingly well matched foe.


~Review~


*an ARC was provided by Netgalley*

Woah.

I haven’t read many dark romances or thriller type books. Honestly, this was the darkest, most twisted story that I’ve ever read. Not sure how I feel about it. I liked it and I didnt. I felt like the story needed something…I did however like the writing style & thought the story was very well developed.

I’m looking forward to reading more from this author. 


~Author Bio~


C.F. RabbiosiCharity used to be a Registered Nurse in California, and though she doesn’t use her two degrees in the field anymore, they have helped her with her real passion- writing. She happily writes the day away using her in depth Anatomy, Physiology and Psych background to make her death scenes more real and her killers more… colorful. But it’s not all about the blood, because more than anything she loves hot romance. Her heroines are kick-ass and her men are all the dangerous and gorgeous beasts you love to hate.

Her style is beautifully gruesome and inspired by the amazing dark romance/dark erotica writers: Trisha Wolfe, Natalie Bennett, and Jennifer Bene. She lives in the beautiful university city of Columbia, MO with her incredible husband and three girls, and loves yoga- almost as much as living and writing in her own fantasy world.

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{Review} Show Off by Ember Cole


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Published October 8th 2018 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (One Handed Reads)

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~Rating: 3.5 – 4/5 stars~

Don’t look away…

I’m the kind of guy people avoid. Yeah, I’m harsh, but it’s the scar that runs from my chest to my face that isn’t doing me any favors. Doesn’t matter that it came at a huge price or that I’ve made something of myself since—experience has taught me chicks don’t dig the kind of scars I carry.

Which is why, when a gorgeous woman moves in next door and isn’t at all intimidated by me, I feel like my luck is about to turn.

Man, does it turn. Seems she gets off on me seeing her sexiest, most private moments…a lot. And I really, really like watching. Enough that I can’t resist giving her a taste of her own medicine.

What follows is the hottest week of my life, and we’ve never even spoken. Or touched. We’re both so worked up that when we crash into each other at the grocery store, no backyard fence between us, I’m ready to take her right there in the frozen foods aisle.

Bianca is bold. She hints that she’s sick of watching the previews and wants to see the whole show. I’ve never done anything like what she’s suggesting, but the ideas spinning through my head turn me the hell on. I’m going to give that woman every one of her wildest fantasies, and then maybe, just maybe, I’ll win her heart…

SHOW OFF is a scorching hot standalone M/F romance with a little M/F/M/M surprise. If you like voyeurism, exhibitionism, and ménage, this one’s for you. As with all my books, there is no cheating, and a HEA is guaranteed!


~Review~


*a copy was provided by NetGalley*

Woahh. I’m glad I decided to read another of Ember Cole’s books, after reading, Seven Brothers and a Virgin I didn’t know what would come of this one. It was exactly what it claimed to be… fast smutty reading. And it was super hot..

I loved the characters, but their relationship started out different and kinda unusual, imo. I kinda wish there was more to the build up of the relationship.

Steamy, hot, sexy read. Erotica fans will love this blazing book. I recommend it!


~Author Bio~


Ember ColeEmber Cole is an erotic romance author, movie addict, and all around nerd girl who is easily distracted by hot fictional characters, Converse, and popsicles. She lives in California with her goldfish and a slew of imaginary boyfriends. Her motto when writing romance? Why only settle for one man…

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