e-Arcs I need to be reading.

Hey Friends! I took the plunge recently and made an account with Netgalley. If you are interested in possibly getting approved to read and review books prior to their release, I highly recommend checking the site out.

I was probably a little crazy for on a whim clicking away at all the different titles that grabbed my attention, but I was excited to see that I was actually approved for most of what I requested. Now I need to make it a point to actually read them. Here are a few that are on the top of my list to get to this month.

The arc that I am actually reading and so far enjoying is, The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory. Currently, I am about 30% into this follow up to The Wedding Date .  This follows Nik, who in the beginning of the story gets proposed to by her actor boyfriend of a few months at a baseball game, on the overhead screen in front of the entire baseball stadium and millions of viewers at home. Nik has her reasons for turning him down, and does so in front of the world.  Obviously her boyfriend doesn’t take this too well and the day is saved by Carlos (who is the best friend of Drew from The Wedding Date) and his sister Angela. I slipped and read a few reviews that have already been posted about this book, and a few are pretty ehh, bad. I am reading an arc so I am not complaining about editing and writing yet, because hopefully things will be edited prior to the actual release, but that is one complaint I have seen. I think Guillory’s writing is a breath of fresh air though. It is fun and light hearted, and I think that is how she intends it to be.  The Proposal is set to release October 30,2018.

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The next arc I need to get to (sooner rather than later) is Intercepted by Alexa Martin which releases September 11,2018 and it sounds fantastic!

Summary:

Marlee thought she scored the man of her dreams only to be scorched by a bad breakup. But there’s a new player on the horizon, and he’s in a league of his own…

Marlee Harper is the perfect girlfriend. She’s definitely had enough practice by dating her NFL-star boyfriend for the last ten years. But when she discovers he has been tackling other women on the sly, she vows to never date an athlete again. There’s just one problem: Gavin Pope, the new hotshot quarterback and a fling from the past, has Marlee in his sights.

Gavin fights to show Marlee he’s nothing like her ex. Unfortunately, not everyone is ready to let her escape her past. The team’s wives, who never led the welcome wagon, are not happy with Marlee’s return. They have only one thing on their minds: taking her down. But when the gossip makes Marlee public enemy number one, she worries about more than just her reputation.

Between their own fumbles and the wicked wives, it will take a Hail Mary for Marlee and Gavin’s relationship to survive the season.

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After reading The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata I have been craving more sports romances, especially ones involving football which is honestly a sport I know nothing about. I love that Intercepted includes the world of the “sports wives,” I can’t wait to dive into this one and see the antics they put Marlee through!

The next title is The Little Shop of Found Things by Paula Brackston which had a few of the buzz words that instantly have me needing a book in my life: antiques, adventure, historic, and transported.

Summary:

A new series about a young woman whose connection to antiques takes her on a magical adventure, reminiscent of Outlander

New York Times bestselling author of The Witch’s Daughter Paula Brackston returns to her trademark blend of magic and romance to launch a new series guaranteed to enchant her audience even more.

Xanthe and her mother Flora leave London behind for a fresh start, taking over an antique shop in the historic town of Marlborough. Xanthe has always had an affinity with some of the antiques she finds. When she touches them, she can sense something of the past they come from and the stories they hold. So when she has an intense connection to a beautiful silver chatelaine she has to know more.

It’s while she’s examining the chatelaine that she’s transported back to the seventeenth century. And shortly after, she’s confronted by a ghost who reveals that this is where the antique has its origins. The ghost tasks Xanthe with putting right the injustice in its story to save an innocent girl’s life, or else it’ll cost her Flora’s.

While Xanthe fights to save her amid the turbulent days of 1605, she meets architect Samuel Appleby. He may be the person who can help her succeed. He may also be the reason she can’t bring herself to leave.

With its rich historical detail, strong mother-daughter relationship, and picturesque English village, The Little Shop of Found Things is poised to be a strong start to this new series.

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I love time traveling stories and this one sounds like the perfect, curl up on the couch on a Saturday night with a warm drink kind of read. I am very excited for it. The Little Shop of Found Things is set to release October 2, 2018!

 

What about you Friends? Are you a netgalley user? What are some of the titles on your radar that you need to get to soon?

 

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Fantasy Romance by Grace Draven

Hello Friends! I recently became aware of the author, Grace Draven. I remember seeing one of her covers and immediately going on Goodreads to see what else she has out there. I read through a few of the synopsis and immediately knew I needed to get lost in her worlds of fantasy and romance. Three clicks later, and I have hauled three titles by her.

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First I hauled Radiance which is book one in the Wraith Kings series.  I am finding myself interested in the “forced together for political reasons,” trope. I really want to explore it more and see how the relationship between the two main characters turns out.

Plot Summary:

THE PRINCE OF NO VALUE

Brishen Khaskem, prince of the Kai, has lived content as the nonessential spare heir to a throne secured many times over. A trade and political alliance between the human kingdom of Gaur and the Kai kingdom of Bast-Haradis requires that he marry a Gauri woman to seal the treaty. Always a dutiful son, Brishen agrees to the marriage and discovers his bride is as ugly as he expected and more beautiful than he could have imagined.

THE NOBLEWOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE

Ildiko, niece of the Gauri king, has always known her only worth to the royal family lay in a strategic marriage. Resigned to her fate, she is horrified to learn that her intended groom isn’t just a foreign aristocrat but the younger prince of a people neither familiar nor human. Bound to her new husband, Ildiko will leave behind all she’s known to embrace a man shrouded in darkness but with a soul forged by light.

Two people brought together by the trappings of duty and politics will discover they are destined for each other, even as the powers of a hostile kingdom scheme to tear them apart.

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I went ahead and hauled the second book, Eidolon, with the hopes that I love book one so much that I want to immediately jump into the story of book two.

Plot Summary:

In a bid for more power, the Shadow Queen of Haradis has unleashed a malignant force into the world. Her son Brishen, younger prince of the Kai royal house, suddenly finds himself ruler of a kingdom blighted by a diseased darkness and on the brink of war. His human wife Ildiko must decide if she will give up the man she loves in order to secure his throne.

Three enemy kingdoms must unite to save each other, and a one-eyed, reluctant king must raise an army of the dead to defeat an army of the damned.

A tale of alliance and sacrifice.

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The last book by Grace Draven I hauled, I saw on Fangirl Musings YouTube channel. She did a review of it, which I will leave here. I loved her review so much, I knew I had to have this book and that is Entreat Me.

Plot Summary:

Afflicted by a centuries-old curse, a warlord slowly surrenders his humanity and descends toward madness. Ballard of Ketach Tor holds no hope of escaping his fate until his son returns home one day, accompanied by a woman of incomparable beauty. His family believes her arrival may herald Ballard’s salvation.

…until they confront her elder sister.

Determined to rescue her sibling from ruin, Louvaen Duenda pursues her to a decrepit castle and discovers a household imprisoned in time. Dark magic, threatening sorcerers, and a malevolent climbing rose with a thirst for blood won’t deter her, but a proud man disfigured by an undying hatred might. Louvaen must decide if loving him will ultimately save him or destroy him.

A tale of vengeance and devotion.

 

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All of Grace’s books have some really great reviews on Goodreads which excites me and some damn good sounding story lines. And do I need to talk about the covers? They are stunning. I know I am going to get lost in these and fall completely in love. I can’t wait to start them. I will keep you posted on my thoughts.

Do you have any fantasy romance recommendations for me?

 

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ABC Tag

I am currently sitting at work, in this dark office alone, listening to the sound of the (very loud) air conditioner and decided to hop on the blog. I pulled up the website, We Heart It which I’m obsessed with and came across this tag. I feel like it is another way for you to get to know me. I tag anyone willing to do it, and if you do please let me know, so I can see your responses!

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  1. Age:  31
  2. Books: Yes Please! Currently reading “The Proposal,” by Jasmine Guillory and “Serenity Harbor” by Raeanne Thayne
  3. Colors: My favorites are Green, light pink and black
  4. Dream: To travel the world and explore it’s book shops
  5. Everyday start with: The mindset that it is going to be a good day!
  6. Flower: I love sunflowers.
  7. Goals: Finish my degree, one day teach overseas, get in shape. Unapologetically read as many romance novels as I can.
  8. Height: 5’3
  9. In love with: My kid’s laughter, cozy Saturday nights on the couch curled up in my favorite blanket with a fall candle burning, Christmas movies, Halloween..
  10. Job: I am a military police officer in the Air Force
  11. Kids: I am a proud mom of 3
  12. Last thing I ate: a salad from Subway
  13. Magic power I want: to cast spells and fly
  14. Number of fears: I think just one. I have this fear of fear itself. I hope to never been in a situation where I truly experience what it feels like to be terrified.
  15. Outfit: I mostly wear uniform so when I am off duty, I like to dress relaxed. I honestly love leggings with a cute shirt. In the colder seasons I love a cute cozy cardigan
  16. Passions: Reading, History
  17. Quotes: I love quotes and could go on and on about them. One of the most recent ones I saved on Pinterest was, “Maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming anything. maybe it’s about unbecoming everything that isn’t really you, so you can be who you were meant to be in the first place.” LOVE it.
  18. Reasons to smile: Family, endless possibilities with the start of each day, GOOD books, COZY coffee shops, amazing food, ice-cream
  19. Season: AUTUMN
  20. Travels: I loved Saudi Arabia
  21. Underwater animal: I am amazed at how big and graceful looking whales are.
  22. Vacation: My dream destination is anywhere I can get to in South America. I have recently become obsessed with traveling there.
  23. Worst Habit: the classic, “I’m fine,” when I really am miserable and should probably talk about what’s bothering me.
  24. X-Men character: Storm
  25. Your Favorite Food: Pasta! I could probably live off Spaghetti
  26. Zodiac Sign: Scorpio

 

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Sunday Coffee

Hello Friends. This week has been a good one and I’ve had a lot on my mind. Grab yourself a cup of coffee or your morning drink of choice and let’s chat.

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This is my weekend to work so I had a few days off during the week which I love. Don’t get me wrong, I love having the weekend to do whatever just as much as the next person, but I also really enjoy days off during the week. I feel like I can get a lot done and when I want to go places, I don’t have to deal with the weekend crowd.

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Tuesday I took a late trip to the coffee shop. I arrived at about 7 p.m. and they close at 8. It is a much different vibe from my typical morning trip. There were all sorts of students there studying and people chatting after a long day at work. I love the calm setting in the morning but also found that I really liked the busy yet chill vibe of being there in the evening.

On Wednesday morning I took my kids with me to my other favorite coffee shop before we spent the morning running errands and eating snacks.

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We spent most of Wednesday out and about but I actually got quite a bit of reading done. I listened to most of Murder in the Mystery Suite by Ellery Adams which is this months pick for the Cozy Mystery Book Club that’s hosted by Courtney from Courtagonist and Angela from Books are my Hart . I loved it. All I can say is, if you are a mystery lover, lover of books and small towns with cozy settings, it is a must read.

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We went as a family to Barnes and Noble and let the kids each pick out something. I love taking the kids and see what is of interest to them. My daughter is enjoying The Dork Diaries books and Baby Sitters Club graphic novels. My son Jase goes for Goosebumps which makes me happy because it was because of those that I fell in love with reading as a kid, and my youngest, Kaysin found a pop up book with Peppa Pig. I walked away with the second book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward, Lover Eternal.

I recently finished Enchanted Crossings! Yes, finally. I have only been making my way through it for about 2 months, maybe longer! Dream Seeker by Anne Avery was the second story and it was a dream. It is the story of Calee who is considered a Dreamer-a psychic with the capability to guide starships through the darkness of within by following the songs of the stars that only Dreamers can hear. Calee becomes the Dreamer, for a Scout ship pilot named Bram Mason whose next assignment is a very dangerous one. Bram is prepared to give his life for this mission but as the story progresses he realizes he wasn’t prepared for the feelings growing for Calee, a woman half a galaxy away.  This was a wonderful story that really captured how romance doesn’t always have to be physical but is a lot about imagination and what’s in your mind. The last story was The Last Gatekeeper by Kathleen Morgan and this one I felt was the one that got the most steamiest. No other way to say it, but I loved the sex scene in this story and that’s not always something I just have to Have in a book, but the one in this story was so damn good. The Last Gatekeeper is the story of a dazzling temptress who uses her power to persuade a warrior from a different world to kill the beast whose been harassing and killing people from her tribe.  I enjoyed this story because it was immediately jam packed with action, it got straight to the point.

My goal for the next couple weeks is to finish arcs I’ve been approved for, so I can really focus on my fall reading once summer is over. I have so many new (to me) things I want to get to, as well as a few old favorites I want to revisit. I feel like 2018 has been an awesome reading year for me, but with us being in the home stretch before it comes to a close, I really want to read things that blow me away. I am keeping my fingers crossed that happens these next few months.

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How was your week Friends? Read anything good? Until next time, Be kind to yourself. xx

 

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I asked Friends for Book Recommendations.

Hello Friends! I recently went on Twitter and asked friends what the last book they read that made them happy was, or their last five star read. Life is tough. You never know what demons someone is battling. The smallest thing can easily change the course of someone’s day. As someone diagnosed with chronic depression, I am constantly seeking ways to brighten my day and reading has never let me down. I hope this post reaches someone who needs it. I screenshot the actual message from everyone so you can see who it came from and give them a follow if it appears you read the same kind of books. They are all absolutely wonderful people and I am so grateful for their responses.

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Review: Secrets of a Summer Night

Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas

HarperCollins/2004

4/5 Stars

“Let me spoil you,” he whispered. “Let me take care of you. You’ve never had anyone to lean on, have you? I’ve got strong shoulders.”

Plot Summary:

Four young ladies at the side of the ballroom make a pact to help each other find husbands… no matter what it takes

Proud and beautiful Annabelle Peyton could have her pick of suitors—if only she had a dowry. Her family is on the brink of disaster, and the only way Annabelle can save them is to marry a wealthy man. Unfortunately her most persistent admirer is the brash Simon Hunt, a handsome and ambitious entrepreneur who wants her as his mistress.

Annabelle is determined to resist Simon’s wicked propositions, but she can’t deny her attraction to the boldly seductive rogue, any more than he can resist the challenge she presents. As they try to outmaneuver each other, they find themselves surrendering to a love more powerful than they could have ever imagined. But fate may have other plans—and it will take all of Annabelle’s courage to face a peril that could destroy everything she holds dear.

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My Thoughts:

Trying to piece my thoughts together on Secrets of a Summer Night has been tough. I enjoyed it. I can see why people hype it up so much and claim that it is a must read. However,  it wasn’t without it’s faults, and really just one fault, but one BIG fault in my opinion.

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First I’ll share the pros of this book: It has an awesome heroine as the main character. Anabelle and her mother, Phillipa, have been trying to make ends meet since the passing away of her father. They are trying the best they can to keep Anabelle’s younger brother Jeremy in school and not have to pull him from his education to assist financially.

Phillipa and Annabelle’s main focus is to find Anabelle a husband to help provide for the family even though Anabelle has no dowry.  Anabelle and three other young women basically in the same situation build a friendship, call themselves the Wallflowers and make a pact to assist each other in finding husbands. The friendship between Anabelle and the other three ladies is probably the biggest pro of this book for me. It felt really genuine. It also reminded me how much I enjoy reading female friendships rather than the narrative of women being catty towards one another.

“True friends never mind holding your hair back while you cast up your crumpets.”

Early on in the story, Anabelle meets a gentleman by the name of Simon Hunt. Simon isn’t necessarily a man with a title but he has money due to his work which really symbolized how much the world was changing at the time for me and how the old way of thinking and being born into money was in a way phasing out. Simon and Anabelle meet one night at the theater and Anabelle really can’t stand him from that night forth.

The two end up at the same party that is taking place over the course of a few days where single women are vying for the attention of Lord Kendall and throughout the course of her stay, Anabelle’s feelings toward Simon begin to change.

“As she stared into his warm black eyes, she reflected that this was perhaps the first evening of her adult life in which she was wholly happy to be exactly where she was.”

So let us venture into the con of this book. I know this is a much loved book, and I really liked it too and probably would’ve loved it had it not been such a drag in the second half. I felt as though we got our happy ending; the girl gets the guy, or in this case, the guy finally convinces the girl his intentions are real. This happens and there is still a little over 100 pages left. This didn’t sit well with me. For about 30 or so pages, I felt like I was just reading about Anabelle and Simon as newlyweds. Then you add in a plot twist, which I felt could have been written into the story before we get the happy ever after. The pacing in this story was off for me. I was on a high, really enjoying it, then it went downhill. At the same time, I enjoyed the friendship, I loved the romance enough to give it 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads. I honestly just wish I could move the last 50 pages to another location in the book and start over.

Those are my thoughts on the beloved, Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas. Have you read this book? Have you ever experienced this with a novel, where you felt in a way things were written out of order?

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Sunday Coffee

Hey Friends! I hope all is well with you and that you had an awesome week. Let’s chat about what’s been going on with me, and I hope you’ll share with me how you’ve been doing.

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Currently I am in one of my moods where I want to rewatch some of my favorite films. Last night, I watched The House on Haunted Hill last night and am currently watching 13 Ghosts. I think I am just very much getting in the mood for fall.

This past week I had an appointment with my psychologist and I feel like we are finally on the same page and I am headed in the right direction to be able to focus on getting better without the stressors of rushing to get better for professional reasons. I know I have a long road ahead of me but it feels good to know that she is on my side and wants what is safe for me.

Surprisingly I usually have an audiobook going on, but I have chilled a bit and have been showing love to the Podcasts I am subscribed to. I highly recommend listening to The Heaving Bosoms Podcast review of The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. I was driving in my car, laughing hysterically at the two hosts Melody and Erin. They are always just what I need whether I’m listening at 4:30 in the morning on my way to work or after a long 12 hour shift.

Reading wise, I have been making my way through Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas.  This is a buddy read I have been doing with Kate from BeyondBookish and I am really enjoying it.  I’ll have to give a few more historical romances a read, but while reading this one, I get the sense that I have really allowed historical romances to intimidate me for no real reason other than I just didn’t think I’d understand what was going on. I have about 100 pages left and it has been very easy to read, has a likeable heroine, an awesome friendship between the heroine and three other young women and a very cute romance.

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Lastly, this month I want to start the process of taking better care of my body. I am doing a No Soda August where I begin eliminating soda. This is tough! I have been addicted to Coca-Cola and dark sodas for a ridiculously long time. I can only imagine how good this will be for my skin, my teeth, weight and energy level. I have don’t this before, about four years ago and did great! I honestly should have kept it up, but literally a week into September, I took my first sip of Pepsi and never looked back. I also have my excitement back for running. With my work schedule, there isn’t really an excuse, but at the same time there is always something that comes up that causes a change of plans. I hoping I can stick with it though and keep it as a priority and fit running into my schedule somehow.

So what is new with you Friends? What have you been reading? Are you a Podcast listener? Have any recommendations for me? xx

 

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