Saturday, November 22, 2014

Stacking the Shelves #75 & Weekly Wrap-Up

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s ReviewsIt is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks.

This week, I got:

From the eBook Library:

White Hot Kiss
(The Dark Elements #1)
Jennifer L. Armentrout 

One kiss could be the last. 

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she's anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses. 

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she's crushed on since forever. 

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she's not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn't an issue, considering Roth has no soul. 

But when Layla discovers she's the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne… it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

Yep! Finally got my hands on this one.

From Amazon:

Stone Solitude
A.C. Warneke

A cursed stone Beast

Isolated and alone, without family or fortune, Roman Nosuntres is a gargoyle forgotten by the world. He just wants to get back what once was lost and his only hope of breaking the curse that binds him lies in the unconditional surrender of an innocent. He just never anticipated someone like Daisy, who slowly brings color into his black and white world.

An innocent & beguiling Beauty

Born into a life of love and privilege, surrounded by friends and family, Daisy Tremain doesn’t quite fit in. She’s a wolf who can’t shift and a Siren afraid to sing. Not broken or damaged, just a little lost, Daisy’s life finally starts to make sense when she meets the mysterious Roman. Imperfect apart, they are perfect together. 

As long as they don't piss off too many gods.

I love the cover of this one. I find it strangely captivating.


Growing in Love
Paige Powers

Lidia is your average girl next door saddled with the ordinary troubles of youth. Breakups, makeups, drama in the halls, it’s all in a school day’s work. 

Jack is your all-American teenager experiencing the usual woes of his generation. Crazy parties, locker scenes, immaturity, and if that wasn’t enough, he’s got serious girl problems. 

It just so happens that Jack’s friend, Lidia, is having her own dating issues and the two of them come up with a plan to get back at their exes. Pretend to be boyfriend and girlfriend and flaunt their incredible happiness to make their past loves jealous. The plan is brilliant and they put on the performance of their young lives. They have high hopes the ruse will be successful and they’ll be back with their original partners before too long. 

Things are going good for the new, happy couple. But over the course of the faux relationship, they discover each other's true personas and are drawn together despite the false pretenses. Their affection toward one another becomes something neither one expected; genuine. 

Growing in Love is a tender, coming-of-age story about forgiveness, loss of innocence; self-discovery; relationships of all kinds–including abusive–and teenage love and romance.

Weekly Wrap-Up

So... what did you add to your shelf this week?
I'd really like to know.
Please leave a comment below.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Swoon Thursday #116 ~ If You Stay (Beautifully Broken #1) by Courtney Cole

The fabulous girls over at YA Bound created this super HOT meme.

Here's how it works. From the book you're currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOONWhat got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering.

Shout it out on Twitter with the hashtag#YABound, post it here in the comments, or grab the adorable button above and share it on your blog!

* ~ * ~ * ~ *

My Swoon for this week comes from:

 If You Stay
(Beautifully Broken #1)
Courtney Cole 

First - The Blurb:

24-year old Pax Tate is an asshole. 

He’s a tattooed, rock-hard bad-boy with a bad attitude to match. 

But he’s got his reasons. 

His mother died when Pax was seven, leaving a hole in his heart filled with guilt although he doesn’t understand why. What he does know is that he and his dad are left alone and with more issues than they can count. 

As Pax grew up, he tried to be the kid his father always wanted; the perfect golden boy, but it didn’t work. His dad couldn’t overcome his grief long enough to notice and Pax couldn’t keep up the impossible perfect fa├žade. 
So he slipped far, far from it. 

Now, he uses drugs and women to cope with the ugliness, the black void that he doesn’t want to deal with. If he pretends that the emptiness isn’t there, then it isn’t, right? 

And it’s never more apparent than when he meets Mila. 
Sweet, beautiful Mila Hill is the fresh air to his hardened frown, the beauty to his ugly heart. He doesn’t know how to not hurt her, but he quickly realizes that he’s got to figure it out because he needs her to breathe.

When memories of his mother’s death resurface from where he’s repressed them for so long, Mila is there to catch him when the guilt starts making sense. Mila is the one…the one who can save him from his broken troubled heart; from his issues, from the emptiness. 

But only if he can stop being an asshole long enough to allow it. 

He knows that. And he’s working on it. 

But is that enough to make her stay?

Second - The Swoon(s):

"Love never fails, Mila. That's what your parents believed. And because of you, it's what I believe now, too. You stuck by me and loved me when I didn't deserve it. All I want is a chance to prove that I can be worthy of it. Your parents were sort of f***ed up in their own way, like me, and they never got the help that they needed. But I will. I promise. I will put the work in. I will learn how to cope with painful things and I will never leave you again. Just tell me that you'll stay with me."
... Pax

When we first meet Pax, he's all kinds of messed up, to the point where he is knocking on deaths door.

Then he meets Mila, and his entire world changes.

If You Stay is one of those books, that once you pick it up, you won't want to put down. Emotional. Heartbreaking. Pax and Mila's story grabs your attention and holds onto it until the very last page is turned. If you're a fan of Courtney Cole, don't miss this one.

My Rating: 5 out of 5

* ~ * ~ * ~ *

Okay, so what do you think?
If you liked my Swoon, please leave a comment below!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #10 ~ Unraveling You by Jessica Sorensen

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine which spotlights highly anticipated upcoming releases.

This week I’m waiting on: 

Unraveling You
Jessica Sorensen

Expected publication: November 25th 2014

Ayden Gregory and Lyric Scott are best friends. They've been there for each other, even when life gets hard. But when their on the road touring with their band, the line between their friendship gets blurry... 

**Official blurb coming soon** 

**A New Adult novel about Ella and Micha's daughter and Lila and Ethan's son from The Secret Series. However, this book can be read as a standalone.** 

This one is due for release real soon so I won't have too long to wait.

So what are you waiting for?
Please leave a comment below with your WoW link!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Teaser Tuesday #117 ~ All Lined Up (Rusk University #1) by Cora Carmack

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

* ~ * ~ * ~ *

My Tease for this week comes from:

All Lined Up
(Rusk University #1)
Cora Carmack

First - The Blurb:

In Texas, two things are cherished above all else—football and gossip. My life has always been ruled by both.

Dallas Cole loathes football. That's what happens when you spend your whole childhood coming in second to a sport. College is her time to step out of the bleachers, and put the playing field (and the players) in her past.

But life doesn't always go as planned. As if going to the same college as her football star ex wasn’t bad enough, her father, a Texas high school coaching phenom, has decided to make the jump to college ball… as the new head coach at Rusk University. Dallas finds herself in the shadows of her father and football all over again.

Carson McClain is determined to go from second-string quarterback to the starting line-up. He needs the scholarship and the future that football provides. But when a beautiful redhead literally falls into his life, his focus is more than tested. It's obliterated.

Dallas doesn't know Carson is on the team. Carson doesn't know that Dallas is his new coach's daughter.

And neither of them know how to walk away from the attraction they feel.

Second - The Tease(rs):

I don't know anything about this guy except that his eyes make my mind fuzzy, and his muscled arms make my mouth water, and the things he keeps saying... they burn – beginning in my flushed cheeks, blazing through my blood, and curling between my legs until I feel like I have to squeeze them together just to keep from combusting on the spot.

"Carson McClain, you scare me like nothing has ever scared me before. You drive me crazy and make me laugh and push my buttons on purpose. You make me feel safe and smart and pretty. Sometimes I think I might actually melt when you wrap your arms around me, and right now I feel a little bit like I might die if you don't kiss me."

I can deny myself all I want, but one thing I cannot deny is just how f***ing gorgeous this girl is. And exactly the kind of distraction I'm supposed to be staying away from.

It's been a while since I read a book written by Cora. Once again, she didn't disappoint. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Dallas and Carson's story. The funny way they met. The struggle to maintain a friendship which constantly threatened to be more. And their eventual acceptance that 'more' is good.

If you're a fan of Cora's work, don't miss this one.

My Rating: 5 out of 5

* ~ * ~ * ~ *

Okay, so what do you think?

If you liked my Tease, please leave a comment below!

TBR Tuesday #72 ~ Chasing Nikki (Chasing Nikki #1) by Lacey Weatherford

My good friend Sharrice from Reese's Reviews: My Addiction to Fiction came up with the idea of 'TBR Tuesday'

If you want to join in the fun, then just do the following:
From your book shelf or your e-reader, pick a book that you own that is still on your TBR list. Post it however you want to, then leave a link below so others can see what's waiting to be read.

This week for me its:

Chasing Nikki
(Chasing Nikki #1)
Lacey Weatherford

A broken heart.
A troubled past.
An unexpected romance that changes everything.
Will love and trust be enough to overcome the ultimate test?

Chase Walker used to be a good kid--charming, athletic, and with a bright future ahead, but that was before travesty struck his life, sinking him into deep despair. Caught up in a world of drugs and alcohol, he doesn't notice time slipping away until he's arrested for underage drinking one night.

Fed up with watching her son destroy his life, Chase's mom relocates him to live in a small ranching community with his ex-military grandfather. Chase is far from happy about the situation until he meets, Nikki, the cute cheerleader who won't give football players like him the time of day.

Chase enjoys a good challenge though and sets out to claim Nikki for his own. He soon discovers she's more than a pretty face--she's a balm to his troubled spirit also. But when tragedy strikes Nikki's life too, suddenly Chase finds himself put to the ultimate test. Can he trust Nikki, and all that she's taught him? Will it be enough?

This book has several different covers depending on it's format.
I originally picked it up from Amazon with the cover on the right but I kind of prefer the cover on the left.


Leave a comment and tell me what's waiting on your TBR pile.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Stacking the Shelves #74 & Weekly Wrap-Up

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s ReviewsIt is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks.

Free from Amazon

My First - Jason & Katie
(Crossroads #1)
Melanie Shawn 

Off Sides
(Off #1)
Sawyer Bennett

Borrowed from the eBook library

All Lined Up
(Rusk University #1)
Cora Carmack 

Weekly Wrap-Up

Finally, a week where everything returned to normal. Kids are happily back at school. There was no illness. And I actually spent a large amount of time writing. Yay!

So... to the memes and mini reviews which featured on my blog:

TBR Tuesday ~ Lost and Found by Nicole Williams

Teaser Tuesday ~ The Probability of Violet & Luke by Jessica Sorensen

Waiting on Wednesday ~ Kiro's Emily by Abbi Glines

Swoon Thursday ~ A Beautiful Wedding by Jamie McGuire

So... what did you add to your shelf this week?
I'd really like to know.
Please leave a comment below.