My picks for January

Here are some of the books I am looking forward to this month.

imageEleventh Grave in the Moonlight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

imageCommander in Chief  Yes I slated the first book  but I want to know what happens, plus I’m a glutton for punishment.  Even when I comes to meh books I lack willpower.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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May 2016 Books

Here are the books that Crash & I are looking forward to reading this month! 

CRASH:

  

 Out May 3. Goodreads

  

Out May 3. Goodreads
  Out May 17. Goodreads
  Out May 24. Goodreads
  Out May 24. Goodreads
  Out May 31. Goodreads
VI:

  Out May 10. Goodreads

  Out May 17. Goodreads
  Out May 31. Goodreads
  Out May 31. Goodreads
  Out May 31. Goodreads

The Fifteenth Minute by Sarina Bowen

26720038 I’m severely behind on my reviews because life has gotten in the way once again so I’m going to get caught up with my favorite reads of the last month! First up is The Fifteenth Minute. I’ve read everything Sarina Bowen has published and I will read everything she ever publishes because I love the way she writes so much. I highly recommend you try out her stuff because I find it works so well for so many people. This is the 5th book in The Ivy Years series but it can be read as a stand alone. Personally I like this series better when you read it in order because people from earlier books make fun appearances that can only be best appreciated when you’ve read the previous books.

Summary: Freshman Lianne Challice is known to millions of fans as Princess Vindi. But sometimes a silver screen sorceress just wants to hang up her wand, tell her manager to shove it, and become a normal college student. Too bad that’s harder than it looks.

She’s never lived a normal life. She hasn’t been to school since kindergarten. And getting close to anyone is just too risky — the last boy she kissed sold the story to a British tabloid.

But she can’t resist trying to get close to Daniel “DJ” Trevi, the hot, broody guy who spins tunes for hockey games in the arena. Something’s haunting his dark eyes, and she needs to know more.

DJ’s genius is for expressing the mood of the crowd with a ten second song snippet. With just a click and a fade, he can spread hope, pathos or elation among six thousand screaming fans.

Too bad his college career is about to experience the same quick fade-out as one of his songs. He can’t get close to Lianne, and he can’t tell her why. And the fact that she seems to like him at all? Incredible.

I loved this book so much and it may be my favorite book in the series. I can’t decide but I know that Lianne is definitely my favorite character! She’s a strong female but she’s also hilarious and awkward, unaware of how to behave in certain situations. Even though she’s this amazing movie star that people expect to be able to handle all situations Lianne has been very sheltered, spending her whole life on movie sets. DJ, the hero, is having an extremely rough year and the two have an intense attraction but he’s hesitant to draw her into his complicated life right now.

One of the things I loved about Lianne is that she’s also pretty nerdy – playing video games and losing herself in them. She’s super cute with how proud she is of how adept she is at these games and some of my favorite parts of this book is when she’s showing of her skills to the guys. A big aspect of this book is music because DJ is a deejay for the hockey games and seeing Lianne get so into the music and getting to do the music herself for a game and picking which songs go with different plays is wonderful.

This is how it feels to get just what you need when you didn’t even know you needed it.

This book is sweet, funny, tugs at your heart but is also pretty hot. The romance heat between the two is great and Sarina does an amazing job at building that up throughout the book. Overall, I loved this book, loved both characters and would highly recommend it!

5 Stars

ARC received in return for an honest review.

~Melinda

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A Love to Last by Kelsey Browning

26878829Drifter Delaney Shields plans to breeze through Prophecy, Texas, before setting off on an around-the-world trip of a lifetime. She never expects to see sexy-as-sin Cal Maddox, the man she ran out on a decade ago. One look between them and their past attraction ignites, flaming hotter than ever. But acting on it would be disastrous because she’s not the sticking kind, and Cal has roots a mile deep.

Cal Maddox left the military only to find both the health of his dad and his hometown failing. When Delaney walks into his father’s custom boot shop, she spurs emotional memories and sexual fantasies Cal has no business indulging in. Especially once he realizes she’s the next Prophecy bootmaker, the only person who can design custom cowboy boots with the power to change a person’s destiny. But if fanning those old flames will keep her in Prophecy, he’s willing to take the heat, even if it means keeping secrets and risking his heart again.

Duty and desire throw Cal and Delaney together, but will their feelings be strong enough to forge a new bond or will they destroy their second chance at love?

I loved the premise of this book. The history of a family line of boot makers who also envision a child’s future in the design of a pair of handcrafted boots. I also love a book where old flames get back together. Laney and Cal’s path isn’t what you call smooth. Laney comes back to Prophecy after she receives a hand drawn picture from her old mentor and father figure that isn’t quite right. When she gets back home she realizes that he isn’t well and can’t carry on as Prophecy’s boot maker and has her lined up as the next one to carry on the business. She has other plans in mind and a history or running away. The more that Cal and his father convince her to stay the more she wants to run away.

I did get annoyed with Lacey, I really did. I understood why she was always on the run, trying to get away from the past of what her parents did to her and running from herself, did but she was just so flighty. She hemmed and hawed too much about wether she should stay or go. I sometimes wanted to sit her down and tie her to a chair to make her see sense. In saying that, she didn’t want the responsibility for being the one who sees the visions in the boots that so many have come to rely on and depend on for their future.

As much as she annoyed me, I love the way her character developed and grew. Each had thier share of history they had to overcome. The chemistry between her and Cal wasn’t flame hot all the time but a comfortable one with people who knew each other and could still be drawn together despite all the hurt in between but, was it enough to make her want to stay?

This is another great southern romance by Kelsey and a great start to a new series.

ARC received from author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

4/5 stars

 

Crash

 

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At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen

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Maddie, Ellis and Hank are three rich, spoiled socialites in their late 20’s who’s life is one long party. When things get out of control one night Ellis’s father steps in. Ellis has a few strikes against him, he got out of being called into service for WW2 as being colorblind, he married Maddie against his parent’s wishes and he has done nothing with his life. His father is the man who photographed the infamous Loch Ness Monster back in the 30’s. It’s well known that the pictures were falsified. Ellis decided to stand up to his father and says he will go and actually return with real proof of the monster.

Maddie Ellis and Hank make their way to Scotland by way of a boat. They find lodgings and proceed to make themselves a nuisance. They are irritating and look down their nose at the locals. They treat the inn they stay at with contempt and the staff and locals start to detest them. Ellis is a pill popping Jekyll and Hyde type of guy towards his wife while Hank tries to smooth things over with them time and time again.

As Maddie is left behind most of the time while the men go off hunting Nessie, she starts to become a bone of contention while the staff slave away and she does nothing but sit there. As time goes on she starts to help out around the inn and in doing so she becomes more accepted. She also opens her eyes to how her husband treats her and just as to what kind of men he and Hank really are. As her relationship becomes more strained with Ellis, he in turn becomes more Jekyll and Hyde as he realizes that Maddie’s pills have run out and he becomes more manic. Maddie sees the pieces of the puzzle fall into place and that’s when things become dangerous for her.

There are a lot of emotional scars in this story. There is also domestic violence as well. I also got the hint that, while it isn’t specified, that Hank and Ellis may have had a bit of thing going on. There is a lot of story packed in here and I liked that the more Maddie became aware of what was going on she herself changed from the spoiled rich girl with no feeling for others to one with great tenderness and affection for the people around her. I loved this book, it was rich in history and well researched.

ARC received from Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review

5/5 stars

Crash

 

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