Monday, February 5, 2018

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

Publication: January 30, 2018
Publisher: Berkley Publishing
Source: Publisher

A groomsman and his last-minute guest are about to discover if a fake date can go the distance in a fun and flirty debut novel.

Agreeing to go to a wedding with a guy she gets stuck with in an elevator is something Alexa Monroe wouldn't normally do. But there's something about Drew Nichols that's too hard to resist.

On the eve of his ex's wedding festivities, Drew is minus a plus one. Until a power outage strands him with the perfect candidate for a fake girlfriend...

After Alexa and Drew have more fun than they ever thought possible, Drew has to fly back to Los Angeles and his job as a pediatric surgeon, and Alexa heads home to Berkeley, where she's the mayor's chief of staff. Too bad they can't stop thinking about the other... 

They're just two high-powered professionals on a collision course toward the long distance dating disaster of the century--or closing the gap between what they think they need and what they truly want...

Alexa, is a gorgeous independent woman who is the Mayor’s Chief of Staff in Berkeley California. She is focused and has a tendency to overthink things. And even though Alexa is really good at getting other people to open up and talk about themselves. She can be hesitant to be open herself. Mainly because she is afraid of putting herself out there and then getting hurt. 

Drew is a handsome fun loving, laid back Pediatric Doctor residing in Southern California. He also happens to be a commitment phobe. He is afraid of labeling his relationships. Of making the big commitment. He thinks he is going to screw things up inevitably. Which is one of the reasons why his past relationships have been short lived. 

Alexa and Drew  meet randomly one day when they get stuck in a hotel elevator together. They make an unique connection almost instantly. Drew knows he wants to see Alexa again, so he does what any guy who thinks quickly on his feet would do. He invites her to his ex-girlfriend's wedding of course. Surprisingly, she says yes. From there on out, they decide to keep seeing each other and see where this thing might lead...

I liked that this story featured an interracial couple (Alexa is black and Drew is white). And that they both worked high powered jobs. They had good chemistry...You could feel the attraction that they had for one another. Drew and Alexa both worked a lot, but they always supported each other as well as made time to go out together. Another plus. I would have loved it if the characters would have been a little bit more fleshed out. It would have been nice to have had more of a backstory for Drew and Alexa. I thought the story was entertaining. It wasn’t a story I was hooked on, but I enjoyed reading it. 

The Wedding Date is a light meet cute romance story with traces of humor throughout. A good choice for romance readers who enjoy HEA’s. 

P.S. Check out an Excerpt below!

RATING: 3 out of 5


THE WEDDING DATE by Jasmine Guillory

   Alexa danced with Lauren, letting the movement and the laughter shake away her annoying thoughts. When she felt a hand on her waist, she turned to see Drew behind her and laughed again, at how ridiculous the evening had been and how much fun she was suddenly having. He took ahold of one of her hands and swung her around to face him and laughed back down at her. Other members of the wedding party joined their group and danced with and around them, but song after song came on, and he never moved from her side.

“Water?” he said in her ear after they’d been on the dance floor for a long time.

“Yes, please.” She walked with him over to the bar.

She glanced up at the ornate clock over the bar, surprised at how late it had gotten. And how much she didn’t want this night to end. Damn it, it had been fun to be Drew’s fake girlfriend, but she knew that once the clock struck midnight, so to speak, the fairy tale would be all over.

He leaned against the bar, his jacket off, his bow tie untied, a little sweaty and disheveled from dancing. Good Lord, this guy was hot.

He rolled up his sleeves, exposing his tan forearms. She wanted to run her fingers up and down them and feel how warm and strong they were.

She needed to stop letting her imagination run away with her.

“Um,” she said. “It’s getting late, and if I want to make the last BART train back to the East Bay, I should probably leave pretty soon.”

Why had she said that? Why, when she was standing next to a hot guy, basically panting over him? If she was Maddie, hell, if she was Amy, she would have grabbed one of those hot forearms and wrapped it around her body, letting him know what she wanted without having to say anything. Sadly, she was Alexa, so she would flee instead.

He put his water bottle down and looked at her.


“Okay,” she said. Olivia and Maddie would get mad at her for not throwing herself at him, but they didn’t understand that she just didn’t know how. Plus, rejection from this guy was the last thing her self-esteem needed. Talk about the opposite of getting back on the horse; that would make her avoid horses, and stables, and all farm animals for another few years. So to speak.

He stepped closer to her and put his hand on her waist. Her hand landed on his arm, and, without even meaning to, she ran her fingers up and down. Oh God, touching him like this was as good as she’d thought it would be.

“Or”—he looked straight down into her eyes—“you could stay.”

A question was in his eyes, and a smile hovered over his lips. His thumb drew slow circles on her hip and then moved up her side to her ribs. His other hand moved up to her face and traced the outline of her lips with his fingers.

She shivered.

He waited.

“Or,” she said, “I could stay.”

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Keep Her Safe by K.A. Tucker Blog Tour!

Publication: January 23, 2018
Publisher: Atria Books
Source: Publisher
Making a Murderer meets Scandal in this story of police corruption, family secrets, and illicit affairs from bestselling author K.A. Tucker, celebrated for her “propulsive plot twists and searing seduction” (USA TODAY).

Noah Marshall has known a privileged and comfortable life thanks to his mother, the highly decorated chief of the Austin Police Department. But all that changes the night she reveals a skeleton that's been rattling in her closet for years, and succumbs to the guilt of destroying an innocent family's life. Reeling with grief, Noah is forced to carry the burden of this shocking secret.

Gracie Richards wasn't born in a trailer park, but after fourteen years of learning how to survive in The Hollow, it's all she knows anymore. At least here people don't care that her dad was a corrupt Austin cop, murdered in a drug deal gone wrong. Here, she and her mother are just another family struggling to survive...until a man who clearly doesn't belong shows up on her doorstep.

Despite their differences, Noah and Gracie are searching for answers to the same questions, and together, they set out to uncover the truth about the Austin Police Department's dark and messy past. But the scandal that emerges is bigger than they bargained for, and goes far higher up than they ever imagined.

Complex, gritty, sexy, and thrilling, Keep Her Safe solidifies K.A. Tucker's reputation as one of today's most talented new voices in romantic suspense.

Okay, I'll try to do this without giving too much away. 

I Ioved Noah. He is independent, caring, and tries his hardest to do what's right. His lifestyle is much better than what Gracie is accustomed to, but it is not without its problems. I could see his struggle with wanting to protect his mom and also between doing the right thing. Once he meets Gracie. They don't exactly hit it off. They clashed because of their differences, but they ultimately learned to work together.

Grace...AKA Gracie, lives in a trailer park in a bad area of town with a mom who is addicted to drugs and a dad who was murdered and labeled as a bad cop. But she feels like her situation is only temporary. She is extremely hard-working and stubborn and beautiful and is very determined to make a better life for herself. Once Noah enters the picture things start to change for her. She doesn't immediately trust him, but if she wants to find out the truth about her father then Noah is just about her only option.Everything isn't so black and white. And its hard to tell who they can trust and who they can't. 

I’ve read a handful of K.A. Tucker’s books and I have to say, this one is my favorite to date. Keep Her Safe grabbed my interest within the first two chapters. The story was well paced and I never once felt confused or that I was getting an overabundance of information thrown at me. The characters were nicely developed and it was easy to connect with them.

Mystery/Suspense novels are my jam and this one was good. Everything wasn’t easy to guess or figure out. LOVE. THAT.  And if I thought I knew something, I didn’t know all of the details. If you’re a fan of  Romantic Suspense stories or K.A. Tucker’s writing in general, then I would recommend you pick this one up.

RATING: 4½ out of 5


K.A. Tucker writes captivating stories with an edge. Her books have been featured in national publications including USA TODAY, The Globe and Mail, Suspense Magazine, and Publishers Weekly. She currently resides in a quaint town outside Toronto with her husband and two beautiful girls.
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Atria Books Paperback | On-sale: January 23, 2018 | 448 pages | ISBN: 9781501133404, $16.00
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Friday, October 20, 2017

Without Merit by Colleen Hoover Blog Tour & Giveaway!

Publication: October 3, 2017
Publisher: Atria Books
Source: Publisher.

The Voss family is anything but normal. They live in a repurposed church, newly baptized Dollar Voss. The once cancer-stricken mother lives in the basement, the father is married to the mother’s former nurse, the little half-brother isn’t allowed to do or eat anything fun, and the eldest siblings are irritatingly perfect. Then, there’s Merit.
Merit Voss collects trophies she hasn’t earned and secrets her family forces her to keep. While browsing the local antiques shop for her next trophy, she finds Sagan. His wit and unapologetic idealism disarm and spark renewed life into her—until she discovers that he’s completely unavailable. Merit retreats deeper into herself, watching her family from the sidelines, when she learns a secret that no trophy in the world can fix.
Fed up with the lies, Merit decides to shatter the happy family illusion that she’s never been a part of before leaving them behind for good. When her escape plan fails, Merit is forced to deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth and losing the one boy she loves.
Poignant and powerful, WITHOUT MERIT explores the layers of lies that tie a family together and the power of love.

Without Merit is very different from her last book, It Ends With Us.  This story is more on the Mature YA side.  Merit has a very unique family. She would probably even call her family dysfunctional. She struggles with depression and at times does things that could be seen as a cry for help. If anyone would notice her that is. There is a lot of family drama and airing of dirty laundry. Some of it can be expected when you have such a interesting and vocal group of people living under the same roof. But in a family that lacks good communication, how can they all coexist peacefully?

I liked Merit. She was a bit quirky and different. She’s basically your typical teenager. A 17 year old girl trying to rebel against her family and finding the consequences of her actions to not be what she expected at all.

Romance sort of takes a back seat in this book. And I have to say that I did not have a problem with that at all. Aside from that, the characters are unique and colorful. Colleens ability to write stories that not only entertain the reader, but have a sense of realness and depth to them amazes me each time I read one of her books. Without Merit took me on a emotional rollercoaster ride filled with highs and lows. It is definitely a story that will stay with me.

RATING: 3 out of 5

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Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Slammed, This Girl, Point of Retreat, Hopeless, Losing Hope, Finding Cinderella, Maybe Someday, Ugly Love, Maybe Not, Confess, November 9, and It Ends with Us. She has won the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance twice – for Confess in 2015 and It Ends with Us in 2016. Confess was adapted into a seven-episode online series. In 2015, Colleen and her family founded The Bookworm Box, a bookstore and monthly subscription service offering signed novels donated by authors. All profits are given to various charities each month to help those in need. Colleen lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys. Please visit
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Monday, October 16, 2017

Dirty Rotten Scoundrel (J.J. Graves Mystery #3) by Liliana Hart

Publication: November 5, 2013.
Publisher: Liliana Hart/7th Press.
Source: Purchased my own copy.

Can ghosts really talk?
J.J. Graves is about to find out when her past comes back to haunt her. But before she and Jack can resolve her past, they need to deal with his.
Six years ago Jack was left for dead during a SWAT raid he commanded. He never speaks of what happened that day, but he doesn't have a choice after someone starts murdering his men. According to the FBI, Jack is either next on the list, or he's the one behind it all.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrel picks up right where the last book, A Dirty Shame ended. J.J.’s father miraculously rose from the “dead” and wants something from J.J.. Life for J.J. had started getting back to normal for her. She just began a relationship with the town Sheriff, Jack and agreed to move in with him. That should have been enough. Now dealing with her father, investigating the death of a newly discovered body and finding out that Jack’s life could very well be in danger is more than enough to stress J.J. out. Life in Bloody Mary is anything but simple.

This was a good continuation to the series. I really enjoyed the mystery and trying to determine what was really going on and why. It wasn’t easy and I appreciated that. If you like your mysteries with a side of romance, then this would be up your alley. The romance scenes were fine, but it did feel like they were going at it like rabbits lol. It was a little overkill to me. But don’t get me wrong, I love J.J. and Jack together. They make a great couple. Even if Jack is a little hot-headed and I wonder if he can really be there for J.J. as she deals with her father, without him going into “Sheriff-mode”.

If you enjoyed the previous two books, then you would definitely want to pick this one up. And if you haven’t checked out the J.J. Graves Mystery Series, I think it’s worth taking a look at. The characters are interesting and Liliana Hart seems to know her way around a good mystery.

RATING: 3½ out of 5


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