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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Top Off Tuesday: One Sweet Ride by Jaci Burton

Today is Tuesday! You know what that means? Yes, today is that special day in the week when we can treat our eyes to some delicious eye candy. It’s Top Off Tuesday! Top Off Tuesday is a feature hosted by Felicia from The Geeky Book Blogger's Book Blog, Amanda from On a Book Bender, and Christi from Smitten with Reading.

The cover I have for you today is a swoon worthy cover. It’s the cover for One Sweet Ride by Jaci Burton. I don’t know how Mrs. Burton does it, but she has the hottest covers in the market. OMG! Her books covers are all delicious and the one for One Sweet Ride is not an exception.
I haven’t read this book, but just by looking at this cover I feel the need to read it.  

Gray Preston was born into money, but he’s built his racing empire on hard work and muscle. And now that Gray has millions of fans, his senator father sends one of his aides, Evelyn Hill, to elicit Gray’s help in garnering votes for the upcoming national election. Gray wants nothing to do with his estranged father’s campaign, but Evelyn can be pretty persuasive. She’s willing to learn about racing, and maybe even get a little dirty.

Evelyn’s number-one goal is politics, which makes working with Gray difficult, because his only passion is fast cars. As she and Gray spend time together, he teaches her about the sport he loves, and she learns a lot about the man behind the wheel. The more she learns, the more she wants him. But any desire that threatens to derail the carefully laid plans for her future is a dangerous one.

With the passion Gray and Evelyn share running hotter than either imagined, one of them is going to have to compromise, or else run the risk of losing more than their hearts.
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Monday, September 22, 2014

Early Review: He’s So Fine by Jill Shalvis

Title: He’s So Fine
Author: Jill Shalvis
Series: Lucky Harbor, book 11
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (September 30th)
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
For Olivia Bentley, Lucky Harbor is more than the town where she runs her new vintage shop. It's the place where folks are friendly to strangers-and nobody knows her real name. Olivia does a good job of keeping her past buried, not getting too cozy with anyone . . . until she sees a man drowning. Suddenly she's rushing into the surf, getting up close and personal with the hottest guy she's ever laid hands on.

Charter boat captain Cole Donovan has no problem with a gorgeous woman throwing her arms around his neck in an effort to "save" him. In fact, he'd like to spend a lot more time skin-to-skin with Olivia. He's just not expecting that real trouble is about to come her way. Will it bring her deeper into Cole's heart, or will it be the end of Olivia's days in little Lucky Harbor?
He's So Fine is the eleventh book in the Lucky Harbor series by Jill Shalvis.

I love Jill Shalvis and I love this series. Every time I pick one of these books I know I will be transported to Lucky Harbor to visit some of my favorite characters ever. Characters that after eleven books feel almost like family. That was the case with previous books and that was the case (I was hoping to experience) with this book. The only problem was He's So Fine didn’t make me feel as good as previous books.
After reading the opening scene of this book I knew this book was going to be different, why? Because the scene was so farfetched that it was impossible to be believable. The second scene didn’t help with that because Olivia and Cole did very “unnecessary” things that didn’t make sense. I can’t say much without giving spoilers away. Let’s just say that by then I have already rolled my eyes more than once. To add to that Olivia is not an easy to like heroine, she’s frustrating. This girl has secrets, secrets she knew that sooner or later were going to come to light. Still, she preferred to live in Denial Island and cry later in her regrets when her secrets came back to bite her in the ass.
While hiding her secrets she betrayed everybody’s trust, her friends’, Cole’s, Cole’s family’s… everybody. I hate liars and she lied by omission, over and over again.  

I liked Cole; I liked how he was with his Olivia and with his family. I didn’t like him much with his friends and how he handled things when Olivia’s secrets came to light. Why? Because he became a drama queen.
There was a misunderstanding between him and his friends and I didn’t like the way it was “explained and solved”. I think there was something more needed there for them to be ok.

In this installment we are introduced to Callie, she’s going to be Tanner’s love interest in next book, One in a Million. There is a connection between Callie and one of the most important characters from Lucky Harbor and I can’t wait to see how that is going to affect their relationship.

He's So Fine wasn’t my favorite book in the series, but still it was a fun and entertaining read. I will read next book in the series because IT’S THE LAST BOOK in the series. I’m a bit sad to know there is only one more visit to Lucky Harbor left, but at the same time I think it’s time to say goodbye to this characters and to this little town.

My Verdict: 3 ½ Paws

Other books in the series
Simply Irresistible
The Sweetest Thing
Head Over Heels
Lucky in Love
At Last
Forever and a Day
Always On My Mind
He’s So Fine (September 30th)
One in a Million (October 28th)

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Movie Trailer: John Wick

An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. With New York City as his bullet-riddled playground, JOHN WICK (Keanu Reeves) is a fresh and stylized take on the "assassin genre".


Friday, September 19, 2014

Review: Every Time I Think of You by Tracey Garvis-Graves

Title: Every Time I Think of You
Author: Tracey Garvis-Graves
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Tracey Garvis-Graves
Format: E-book
Thirty-year-old Daisy DiStefano has two people she holds dear: the grandmother who raised her, and her three-year-old son, Elliott. But when Daisy’s grandmother is killed in a seemingly random act of violence, Daisy must take steps to protect herself and her child.

Despite a thriving career in San Francisco, thirty-six-year-old Brooks McClain has returned home to spend what little time his mother has left before she succumbs to the deadly disease that is ravaging her. The seasoned investigative reporter has taken a position with the local newspaper and been on the job less than twenty-four hours when he’s summoned to cover the death of Pauline Thorpe.

Brooks is all business, but the more time he spends with Daisy DiStefano, the more invested he becomes; there’s something about a single mother, a defenseless child, and an unsolved crime that has stirred Brooks’s protective instincts like nothing ever has before.

And when the unthinkable happens, Brooks will do whatever it takes to clear the name of the woman he’s fallen for and the child he’ll protect at any cost.

Romantic and suspenseful, Every Time I Think of You shows how far two people will go to fight for the ones they love, and the life they’ve always imagined.
For some reason I didn’t know Every Time I Think of You was going to be released this week. Yes, I know… some days I live in La La Land… but as soon as I learned this book was out I got my copy and started to read it immediately. Why? Because Tracey Garvis-Graves wrote one of my favorite books of 2012, On The Island and since then, I have read everything she has written.

Tracey Garvis-Graves’ books are not your normal romance and that’s why I like about them. Sadly, yes, here come the sadly part, this book didn’t work for me. I don’t know if I had too high expectations or what, but Every Time I Think of You (I’m sorry to say this) was boring.

First, this book starts with an opening scene narrated by a 3 year-old boy that behaves like if he was a lot older. How I know that? My best friend has a 4 year-old boy and I have seen him grow, seen how he behaves and how he talks and Elliot reasoning didn’t correspond to his age, at all. Another thing about Elliot, throughout the book his speech changes back and forth from a toddler difficult to understand what he is saying to a flawless speech. No, no, no!

Every Time I Think of You starts slow and continues slow and… the last third part of the book is better. But, here comes another but, the main characters, Daisy and Brooks are boring, there is no chemistry between them, they felt one dimensional and to add to that we are privy to so many irrelevant things about their lives that I couldn’t care less. I didn’t feel the romance when they got together, no sexual tension, nada. It was pretty dull. L

There is supposed to be “suspense” about who killed Daisy’s grandmother, but really there isn’t because since the very beginning it was pretty obvious who was the culprit.

I think I better leave my review here. I really don’t want to bash this book. I just feel so disappointed.
You may ask why I gave it 3 stars if I didn’t like it that much. The reason is the writing. Tracey Garvis-Graves knows how to write and that’s one thing I can say about Every Time I Think of You, the writing was good.

Every Time I Think of You didn’t work for me, but maybe it might work for you.

My Verdict: 3 Paws

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Book Quotes and Other Book-Related Stuff # 7

It’s time again to share some of my favorite pins from my Book Quotes and Other Book-Related Stuff board on Pinterest. 
Let’s see with how many of these you can identify yourself.

It’s impossible not to identify myself with all of them, but the ones that apply better to my life are the “which book should I read next?” I have so many books on my TBR that somedays I feel like making a raffle just to decide what to read next. 
I also love the one about when a friend is reading a book you love and you are freaking out because you know what is coming. That happens to me a lot with my sister and I love it, especially when is something I know is going to freak her out. I know, I’m evil… I enjoy her pain. Buaaahhhh
The “it’s time for bed”… what can I say? That scene plays every night at my house. 
And last but not least, I love when people tell me they would like to read, but they don’t know what to read. I love to help people find books to love, loooooove it! I should make business cards with a title like Readers’ Advisor or something like that.

What about you? With which ones do you identify the most?

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Top Off Tuesday: Smalltown Heat by Cat Johnson

Today is Tuesday! You know what that means? Yes, today is that special day in the week when we can treat our eyes to some delicious eye candy. It’s Top Off Tuesday! Top Off Tuesday is a feature hosted by Felicia from The Geeky Book Blogger's Book Blog, Amanda from On a Book Bender, and Christi from Smitten with Reading.

The cover I have for you today is the cover of Smalltown Heat by Cat Johnson. I haven’t read  any of her books, but I’ve heard great things about them. This one looks like something I would like. *drools*

JAREDJared enjoys simple farm life, until an LA producer blows into town like a tornado hitting a trailer park.

Pigeon Hollow is perfect for Mandy’s new reality show, and she’s sure Jared will have the female demographic glued to their sets. Except the red-hot cowboy is cool to the idea…even as their attraction heats up.

COLETen years ago, just as Cole was about to head to the major leagues, Lizzie gave him everything…then broke his heart. Now he’s back with a bum arm and a cancelled contract. Lizzie is still there, still keeping her secrets.

Lizzie did what she had to do to give Cole the future he wanted, but there was no hiding the results of her one and only night in his arms. Now that he’s back it’s only a matter of time…

BOBBYBobby has two problems: a reality show that keeps creeping into his personal life, and an unexpected desire that the show's assistant producer will creep into his bed.

Christy never mixes business with pleasure, but the town sheriff has her breaking all her own rules. And now she’s scrambling to keep her career from crashing and burning.

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