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MAY 2014 BOOK RELEASES AND RECOMMENDATIONS

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MAY RELEASES

City of Heavenly Fire

by Cassandra Clare

Release Date: May 27

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Rush Too Far

by Abbi Glines

Release Date: May 6

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After the End

by Amy Plum

Release Date: May 6

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Tempting the Bodyguard

by J. Lynn

Release Date: May 12

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Perfectly Damaged

by E.L. Montes

Release Date: May 12

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Beautiful Broken Promises

by Kimberly Lauren

Release Date: May 1

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All Lined Up

by Cora Carmack

Release Date: May 13 (wow on my b-day!)

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Nowhere but Here

by Renée Carlino

Release Date: May 5

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Giving In

by Maya Banks

Release Date: May 6

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Entice

by Rachel Van Dyken

Release Date: May 13

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Shame on Me

by Tara Sivec

Release Date: May 6

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When We Fall

by Kendall Ryan

Release Date: May 26

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After this Night

by Lauren Blakely

Release Date: May 12

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Blind Faith (RECOMMEND) by Rebecca Zanetti

Release Date: May 6

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The Wedding Contract

by H.M. Ward

Release Date: May 13

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Maybe Matt’s Miracle by Tammy Falkner

Release Date: May 1

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Ready for You by J.L. Berg

Release Date: May 26

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Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina Lauren

Release Date: May 13

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Breakable by Tammara Webber

Release Date: May 6

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Taming His Tutor by Natalie Anderson

Release Date: May 26

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The Immortal Crown by Richelle Mead

Release Date: May 29

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Sinful Surrender by Elisabeth Naughton

Release Date: May 1

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Dare to Resist (novella) by Laura Kaye

Release Date: May 12

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It Happened One Wedding by Julie James

Release Date: May 6

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The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa

Release Date: May 1

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To Professor, with Love by Linda Kage

Release Date: May 13

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We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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Take Me On (Pushing the Limits, #4)
by Katie McGarry

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Sixth Grave on the Edge (Charley Davidson, #6)
by Darynda Jones

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Strings of the Heart (Runaway Train, #3)
by Katie Ashley

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The Probability of Violet & Luke (The Coincidence, #4)
by Jessica Sorensen

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Taint by S.L. Jennings
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Behind His Eyes – Convicted THE MISSING YEARS (Consequences, #4) by Aleatha Romig

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Happenstance by Jamie McGuire

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Review: Price of a Kiss

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Price of a Kiss
Price of a Kiss by Linda Kage
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It’s funny, sweet and oh so swoony! A wonderful , heartfelt new adult story.

Linda Kage accomplished writing makes the time fly while you’re enjoying these two loveable and endearing characters.
While Reese is funny, witty and strong, Mason is noble, responsible, selfless and a total sweetie, oh! And did I mention he was hot?

”He was hotness exemplified. That was my new name for him, actually: Hoteness”

There was just one problem, he was a gigolo, but that didn’t affect their banter which was terrific; they constantly made me smile and laugh. I practically highlighted the entire book.

”You are so…”
He grinned. “Charming? Handsome? Intriguing?”
“I was going to say confusing.”
“Ahh.” He nodded in an astute manner. “We’ll slot that under intriguing.”

I ached for Mason from the start and was so glad he was given this totally likeable female lead who not only saw his alpha male physical features she got past it and saw his soul which made their relationship all the better.

This book definitely goes to my happy favorites.

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Review: Don’t Let Go

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Don't Let Go
Don’t Let Go by Sharla Lovelace

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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5 beautiful snow flake stars, ugly cry and all!

A poignant, heartfelt story about love, loss and later finding happy miracles that will leave you with a huge smile on your face. But first it will choke you up, tear you up and may be even make you feel like a walking waterfall like its protagonist. Skillfully told by an author with a kickass last name (Lovelace, how cool is that?) and whom I have now added to my ‘make sure to check out her previous and next books’ list.

Noah and Jules grew up together, fell in love, envisioned a happy ever after and then one decision tears them apart at the tender age of 17.

“It’s been a lot of years… Everything got put away – doors locked up tight… But no you fall out of the sky and know all those doors open. And suddenly I’m not sure where I am half the time.”

Jules now 43 years old has lived the past two decades living her life according to her mother’s mandates. Living with structure and rules. Managing her mother’s business. Living in her mother’s house. Having put aside her own wishes and desires, as well as true love. Containing hurt and heartbreaking secrets. But with the sudden return of Noah all order flies out the window, secrets old and new are being unearthed causing wounds to reopen, actions taken are painfully reevaluated all while sparks fly.They lost so much. No just time. It was incredibly sad and heart breaking until it wasn’t and it all made sense.

“I’ll always love you.”
“Don’t let go,” I whispered.
“Never.”

This book’s writing was flawless. Maintaining an overall emotional cadence, Lovelace kept me engaged with Juliana’s funny and snarky inner musings, introducing us to many endearing characters that made the story richer, keeping an intense chemistry between Noah and Jules and wreaking havoc in their lives. A beautiful second chance story.

** ARC of this book provided by Netgalley. The excerpts are from that copy. **

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Maybe Matt’s Miracle by Tammy Falkner is out NOW!

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Maybe Matt’s Miracle (The Reed Brothers #4)

Matt's book by Tammy Falkner

BUY HERE: Maybe Matt’s Miracle (Reed Brothers)

What he needed was a miracle… 

Matthew Reed has seen his share of problems. But he’s a Reed and Reeds can overcome anything. Matt is content working in his family’s tattoo parlor with his brothers surrounding him. The only thing he’s lacking is the ability to have a family of his own. Then his battle with cancer leads him to meet a woman who just might need him as much as he needs her. 

She didn’t need anything… 

Skylar Morgan is happy. She has a boyfriend. Sure, he doesn’t make her heart pound faster and he really doesn’t support her when she needs it. But she doesn’t need much. Does she? She’s happy to be self-sufficient and she’s happy that she doesn’t have a tremendous amount of responsibility. She’s educated, has a great job, and she has enough money for a lifetime. But what she lacks, she doesn’t even realize until she meets him. And them. The ones who change her life forever

Review: Alpha

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Alpha
Alpha by Jasinda Wilder
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 Stars

I have mixed feelings here…. Up until the 50% mark the book was going well… a bit cheesy on the dialogues but… doing well. Insanely tantalizing and hot!!! I was totally hooked and very interested to find more about both characters and….I ‘ll try to explain.

I don’t need to summarize the plot.. the blurb says it all. It’s an amazing blurb and the idea of the plotline is engaging. The problem here was execution. No one had to tell or warn me that I was delving into an erotica storyline. I already know and found out that Jasinda Wilder writes erotica and that these books are completely different from her NA books. I wasn’t expecting poignant and emotional. But, after the Stripped fiasco, I believed she would come up with something under the lines of Wounded, which was erotica with a deep connection and plot.

Alpha in some ways did not disappoint, the story is engaging and gets you hooked from the start; you want to keep reading so you can find out who’s the mystery man, why did he provide for her, etc. Things are revealed methodically, bit by bit, enticing the reader with smoldering, tender and opulent encounters. This man needed to earn Kylie’s trust, he kept his identity hidden from her, therefore she was blindfolded in the beginning, this.. made everything more stimulating. He was an interesting character, so intriguing that I wanted to learn everything about him and, sadly, this did not happen. You get glimpses of his past, of the way he makes his fortune and hints about why he is so reclusive and private.. to the point of mild-paranoia. I expected a darker side, an Alpha with some diverse proclivities.

Don’t get me wrong, he was dominant in the bedroom, super-hot, but, overall he was just a really nice guy, kind of one-dimensional and just too good to be true: Hot, insanely rich, attentive and respectful. The light development of his character did not fit the whole perspective…. I also know a lot of you are loving the book!!! And, there is much to love specially the sexiness and lots of nookie… my feeling about this…. It overshadowed the story.. too much sex and little plot, which I don’t mind in certain books; on this one I would’ve rather had plot.

The story revolves around a secret too, when Kyrie arrives He tells her that he has a secret that will change things and, He would tell her in due time. Yep…. Easy I knew the secret up front since it was just too damn obvious. Also, when she arrives, she learns he’s been watching her for a while and, the stories that are told around that… I don’t know, they somewhat felt forced and a little ridiculous…. Reading time was wasted talking about clothes, brands and long sexual encounters.

My ultimate book peeve evermore present: TIME. He tells her up front he wants her for a year and then poof, everything happens in the span of a week, (and if I am wrong correct me please) maybe a week and a half… I mean see this: she arrives one evening, they are introduced, they talk, they have dinner and poof First Kiss. They finish reading, Kylie retires to her “quarters” and at 2:00 am wakes up to get a beer… second encounter, and they go for a little petting. Breakfast, more petting. In the evening they go to dinner, opera.. heavy petting. He leaves 2 days for work, then returns for more heavy, heavy, heavy petting. One more day and they go sailing, dinner and… poof they have earth shattering amazing sex. They wake up, more sex… breakfast, they realize they are in love, then secret revealed… some drama and… that’s it…. You need to read for the ending ….

I can’t say how sorry I am, maybe I am just too demanding when it comes to authors I follow, but I just felt the book lacking, I wanted more, way more. It was such a promising plotline that I believe it would have been a lot better if it had gone to the dark romance edge adding some sweetness altogether, because it is a formula that also works.

I will not say I don’t recommend the book, you need to read it to judge, but this is my humble opinion and I was kind of disappointed for the last 50% of the book, so 4 stars for the first half, 2 for the last.

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Review: Searching for Perfect

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Searching for Perfect
Searching for Perfect by Jennifer Probst
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Buy Link: http://amzn.to/1pTwc2c 

Nerd? We prefer the term intellectual badass!!

Check out Jennifer Probst’s Searching for Perfect, out today!

A lighthearted, too cute, funny and steamy story about accepting and believing in oneself. I think Jennifer sums it up perfectly in her dedication to us, her readers and fans, “for anyone who needs to believe they are worthy… of love, forgiveness, success, friendship, or happiness. You are.”

This story doesn’t start out with someone needing to have self faith though, but rather an external remaking. Because nerds are not just smart, they are unexpectedly humorous, adorable and sometimes completely clueless and socially inept. It’s the reason why The Big Bang Theory is a hit.

Searching for Perfect starts with Nate or a rather oblivious, in need to also change his nickname, Ned. Imagine Clark Kent, “geeky, clumsy, socially awkward, but underneath, hotness galore.” He was also a very straight forward, knowledgeable man who had no qualms about it giving him a self assured air.

Ken’s job at Kinnections is to manage social gatherings and handle her client’s makeovers. But when she meets Nate, she takes a special interest in him, knowing he was a great package ready to be unearthed; it was just a lot of work to do it.

Even though their connection takes a while to cement and build, it’s mostly due to the nature of their client/advisor relationship. But it provides a lot of comical situations as well as great opportunities to interact, develop trust and a deeper bond. “They shared a similar past and understood one another on a different level.”

That is not to say there was no physical attraction between them, because theirs was like a roaring steam engine gathering up speed and heat. Behind all the nerdiness there was also a very assertive, dom type geek with a foodie fetish.

“Nerds are underrated.”
“You can’t say that and expect me not to kiss you, Ken.”

While Nate’s social etiquette progressed, there was a teaching technique used on him which I just couldn’t find funny and seemed plain wrong, especially compared to the interactions with loveable supporting characters such as Ming and Benny.

“You ripped my hair off my face. I’m a guy.”
“A hairy guy. You will need to wax regularly.”
“Fuck you.”
“Stop being a mitch and get your ass out of my salon.”
“A what? A mitch? What the hell is that?”
“A male bitch.”
~ Conversation between Nate and Benny

When it finally came down to confronting their feelings, Ken was unable to believe she was worthy and rather thought she deserved to be punished.
“She had to save him. From herself.”

Which I hope is not a recurring theme, because I agree with Arilyn and “feel like we’re doing the Slade thing all over again.”

I couldn’t stop smiling, laughing and blushing during the entire book, well except during that “interesting” therapy session. It also touches on issues may of us can relate to. I enjoyed having the characters from the Marriage to a Billionaire series doing cameos and I am really loving the build up between Wolfe and Gen. That’s a book I Will. Not. Miss! But regardless if it’s the next story or not, I’m in for the entire series.

** ARC provided by Netgalley. The excerpts are from that copy. **

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Review: Sweet Home

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Sweet Home
Sweet Home by Tillie Cole
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

OMG I absolutely loved this book!!!

A story about two lonely star-crossed souls that find and fight for each other.

“Hey Mol”.
“Hey You”.
“You gonna give up that lucky sweet kiss?”
“If that’s what you want”.
“It most definitely is.”

Yes it is a bit of a cliché story… the jock and the nerd! The man-whore and the good girl! Ohhh but I loved the twists and turns and the way it relates in such an adorable way to Romeo and Juliet! The book had me swooning like a teenager.

You may ask why I liked it since the story has some plot pet peeves of mine, right? Well, first of all, I ended up realizing I was reading a modern fairy tale. Not a contemporary romance, not a New Adult book, nope… a fairy tale. With that mindset, I was able to handle the insta-love-attraction, the unreal villains, the crazy rival and everything else.

Molly Juliet Shakespeare is a 20-year-old “brainiac” from England; she is all alone in the world. She ends up in the University of Alabama for her Master’s Degree  (yep! Ahead of schedule). She has a quirky sense of humor, she is kind and tough; she is also driven by a need for knowledge and love of philosophy. She has no idea about football, and QB and all of that stuff, it was really refreshing to see this.

“He’s standoffish, all moody and dark, but more importantly, he’s the friggin’ starting QB for the tide!”
“Official statistics – six foot three, two-hundred and thirty-five pounds of solid muscle!” Cass added excitedly.
“He’s a what? For who?”

Romeo “The Bullet” Prince (Rome) is a southern, dirty blond-haired, moody gorgeous jock! He is the star QB of the football team, and a first candidate for NFL drafts. He has rich parents who are utter and complete a-holes. Inside the whole jock and popular persona there was a damaged but very, very sweet man:

“A small smile transformed his normally hardened features and he took my hand and ran it across his ribs. “Are they all there?”
I frowned. “What?”
“My ribs. Is there one missin’?
My hand smoothed up and down his sides. “Okay, I think you’ve lost it. You think you’re missing a rib?”
He exhaled a quiet laugh. “Just thought God took one of mine when he made you.”

A totally clichéd meet! The girl with glasses and orange crocs is propelled to the floor, scattering papers on the floor thanks to the “ultimate bitch” and “promised bride”. Rome helps her up, and ¡poof! Their eyes meet, and their hearts melt!

“It only took Romeo one look at Juliet and his fate was sealed. Maybe I’m just like my namesake, and maybe you’re just like yours.”

All of the above leads to an adorable love story, full of sexiness, possessiveness, aggressiveness and over the top schemes to tear them apart. But in the end, love prevails!

“I don’t remember Romeo being this pushy with Juliet!”…..He arched his eyebrows meaningfully. “And look at how that worked out for them. My way is better—less death, more orgasms.”

There are plenty reviews with different opinions. Yes it is not the best book out there and yes it has the same formula as a lot of recent NA books but, the way this one is delivered and the beautiful way their love is portrayed ended up captivating me to the point of tears and also swooning as if I was 15.

I also loved the supporting characters, specially Crass!! She was such a funny gal! I will read Sweeet Rome soon! I totally believe the story will be very interesting from Rome’s point of view, my heart melted for him and I am looking forward to be in his head!!!

Totally Recommend!!

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