March Books

Here’s a look of what we are reading and reviewing in March. 

CRASH:

Out March 1. Goodreads Info

  Out March 15. Goodreads

  Out March 15. Goodreads
  Out March 31. Amazon

VI:

  

 Out March 1. Goodreads

  Out (hahaha) March 8. Goodreads
  Out March 17. Goodreads
   
 Out March 7 & March 28 (2-part serial). Goodreads

Other Books of Interest:

  Out March 1. Goodreads

  Out March 8. Goodreads
  Out March 8. Goodreads 
 Out March 22. It’s a standalone.  Goodreads
  Out March 29. Goodreads

  Out March 29. Goodreads
Tell us what book(s) you are excited to read. 
 

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Review: Try With Me by Elyssa Patrick

21955018 Quick Disclosure: I’m twitter friendly with this author. I really enjoy her books which is how I became twitter friendly with her but I think the whole disclosure thing is important in reviews.

I have personal experience with breast cancer so I have trepidation when it comes to any book that deals with the subject matter. While this book is definitely in the NA genre as part of Patrick’s With Me series, it is also solidly about breast cancer. Many books have breast cancer as a side story to add something to the story and I’m just sensitive to those situations because not done well they just piss me off quite frankly. Even worse is when the author tries to use medical knowledge and uses it completely incorrectly. That drives me insane!! Happily NONE of this happens here!! I was so relieved with every page turn that the cancer both made complete sense within the story and was told in a logical and medically correct way. That was important to me and it was done really well.

That being said Zelda is pretty alone in the world besides her mother, who has metastatic breast cancer. Zelda had put aside her dreams of college and moved around with her mother looking for the best treatment for her. She’s working 3, possibly 4 jobs – it’s hard for me to keep track as she is running from one to the other at all times, of course worrying about how she would make ends meet for herself and her mother. It’s at one of these jobs that she runs into Jamie, who she knows from high school. Jamie who she had a huge crush on in high school but Zelda has no time for things like that now.

But Jamie has other plans for Zelda. I don’t want to give you the impression that this book is only a horribly sad thing to read. The romance that blooms between Jamie and Zelda is sweet and rich. The intense feelings they have for each other create some really hot interactions between them. I absolutely loved how Jamie would not back down with Zelda in pretty much all ways – in the bedroom and with helping her and her mother in any way that he or his awesome group of friends can. Which is a beautiful thing to watch. Zelda has never had that kind of strength in her corner since she’s had to be her own corner this whole time.

I’m not going to lie – this is a heavy book in places. But it felt balanced to me. I absolutely did cry but the romance and the laughter really made it feel very well rounded to me.

I also want to add that I JUST got done reading another new release that had breast cancer as a sub topic and I finished that book being so LIVID at how the subject was done because almost all of the information they used in the book was completely not correct. Nothing made sense to me about what they were saying about it. So in my head I was comparing the two and so happy that Elyssa Patrick go it so right.

ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

5 Stars

~Melinda

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Blog Tour: Four Weddings and a Break Up by Elyssa Patrick plus a Giveaway

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This great contemporary romance comes out TODAY and we are lucky enough to have both Elyssa Patrick and Ginny Michaels – the main character from the book – stop by with some tips for us!

So, You’ve Been Invited to a Wedding

Thank you so much for having me on your blog during the FOUR WEDDINGS AND A BREAK UP blog tour! FOUR WEDDINGS AND A BREAK UP is about what happens when a fake relationship becomes all too real.

I confess that I love books that focus around weddings. There’s always a little thrill that goes through me when I read wedding-related books because I tend to find the set-up so much fun. There are so many opportunities for things to go . . . and for things to go hilariously wrong.

But what should you do when you’ve been invited to a wedding? Here are Ten Top Tips from Ginny Michaels, the heroine of FOUR WEDDINGS AND A BREAK UP:

1) Do say yes to attending that bachelorette party in Atlantic City or other city of your choice. You might just very well run into your own Mr. Dangerous.

2) If you don’t have a date? No worries. Just find a hot guy and resolve to “fake-it-until-you-make-it.”

3) And don’t worry whatsoever about that fake relationship becoming real. As we all know, fake relationships always stay fake.

4) If you must wear high heels to a wedding, pack a pair of those flat shoes you can roll up in your bag. Your feet will thank you for it the next day.

5) Dress for the occasion, even if that means you’re a bridesmaid and are stuck wearing a dress with layers and layers of crinoline.

6) Remember that hot guy you’re fake dating? Make sure to kiss him a few times during each wedding. You know, to keep up appearances and all that.

7) Be prepared to be embarrassed in dancing, song, or speech.

8) Eat lots of cake.

9) Drink even more wine.

10) And above all, do not fall in love with Mr. Dangerous/the guy you’re fake dating.

Any things you would suggest to Ginny to make it through the wedding season?

Thank you Elyssa and Ginny for stopping by! Here is a link to my sneak peek review I posted last week: Four Weddings and a Break Up Review

This is a summary of the release:

One fake relationship . . .

Ginny Michaels has always been a good girl and—ever since surviving a school shooting a little over a year ago—hailed a hero. Except she doesn’t feel like a hero. She can’t even have a one-night stand with sexy Wes Dalton properly. When her big city fling resurfaces in her hometown with an intriguing proposition, she’s powerless to resist. A fake relationship is exactly what’s needed to keep her small town’s matchmakers at bay during the upcoming wedding season. If only her attraction to Wes were as easy to ignore.

Too many real kisses . . .

Wes Dalton doesn’t have many regrets, and that includes his night with Ginny. But he’s always hoped to strengthen his relationship with his estranged family. When his father’s health takes a bad turn, Wes puts his life on hold and moves to the meddling seaside town of Cape Hope. With his barriers in place—and a beautiful woman to help him hold them up—he’s prepared for anything. Or so he thinks. Despite his determination to leave as soon as the summer is over, those fake kisses are starting to feel an awful lot like the real thing.

And here’s a link to enter into a giveaway for a chance to win a $50 iTunes gift card and e-books in Elyssa’s backlist!

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Sneak Peek Book Review: Four Weddings and a Break Up by Elyssa Patrick

20885986 This great contemporary romance comes out next week and the author will be stopping by with a guest post on her blog tour. But before that happens I wanted to post my review with a small excerpt so you all could decide for yourselves if this book is for you.

Ginny Michaels does not do bar hookups. It’s just not her thing. She’s had one hell of a bad year and finds herself in a bar at a bachelorette party. When Ginny is pretty much dared to get a guy’s number she’s embarrassed, horrified…and intrigued. Mainly by Wes Dalton. While she is completely self conscious and thinking there is no way he could want her Wes is thinking “She has the type of curves that separated the women from the girls.” Things get pretty intense extremely quickly and after their one night stand is done Ginny flees the scene, relieved she doesn’t have to see him again.

But because this is a romance novel of course it doesn’t end there. She returns to her medium seaside town Cape Hope only to find the newest resident is none other than Wes. After an awkward second first encounter they decide to team up to have a fake relationship during the upcoming wedding season to fend off friend and family’s attempts to set them both up on dates.

The fake relationship quickly turns into a friendship, filled with laughter and attraction. There is a lot that I love about this book and the first is what I’ve loved about Elyssa Patrick’s books in the past as well – this isn’t a heavy feeling romance. While there are issues being dealt with; Wes is dealing with coming back to a step-family he hasn’t seen in years and an aging father and Ginny is recovering from a school shooting earlier in the year, these issues don’t overwhelm the romance or the entire storyline. There is still a light-hearted feeling to the relationship and a lot of laughter and fun. Personally, I love that in a contemporary romance and Patrick does it really well.

Neither Wes or Ginny seemed to fit into a romance character “box” and that’s a good thing too. No bad boy biker or good girl virgin here. Don’t get me wrong – I do love reading those kinds of books too! But it was nice to read about your average person with relatively normal issues. Wes, in particular, is just a guy who both wants to keep things uncomplicated with Ginny but also really appreciates her. I kind of fell in love with Wes all together after this happens below.

“What does it look like I’m doing” He bent down, grabbing thin white books from the lower shelf. “I’m buying you romance novels.” “I don’t need that many. I was just going to buy this one.” She held up a purple-covered book. “You’re getting more than one book.” If he needed to, he would fill a library of romances for her, just to bring that smile back to her face.

There is obviously much more to why I thought he was a great hero in the book but that boils it down to the essence of why Wes was amazing and I’m not the only one to think that way.

Some people fell in love over a gradual period of time. Maybe months, maybe years. Some people fell in love because of some grand gesture, a moment that sealed the deal. And some people fell in love after struggling against it for their whole lives. For Ginny Michaels, it didn’t happen that way. For her, it was the moment Wes started stacking romance books in the cart.

This book has great secondary characters too. Ginny’s Mom is awesome and Wes’s family dynamic is really fun to watch. There are some really hilarious moments, with one in particular in the bathroom that I about choked because I was laughing so hard. Elyssa Patrick just does contemporary romance really well while combining the comedic and dramatic elements that are needed to make everything come together so well. If you haven’t read her before I’d recommend it now, this is a great book to start with!

4 Stars

~Melinda

Amazon & B&N pre-order links are not up yet, but I’ll post them next week with the author’s guest post.

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Book Review: While it was Snowing by Elyssa Patrick

20693523 This novella was originally released around Christmas s part of a duet and I wrote a review of it then. It’s being re-released today on it’s own so I’m re-posting my review as well (which was originally posted elsewhere too) because I really, really loved it!

Elyssa Patrick’s novella, While it was Snowing, is up next. I’m a fan of this author’s other work and I was completely not disappointed. I loved her book Stay With Me from last year which is a low angst New Adult book. This novella is completely different – zero angst and more adult. So I was super happy to see that I still loved her voice in a different area.

The scene opens with Felicity, naked, whip creaming herself into a bikini for her best friend Harry, who has no idea this is going on. The opening scene had me laughing at the vivid description of Felicity trying to figure this out and then realizing how freaking cold the whip cream actually was. Immediately I love Felicity. She comes across as extremely confident, plus size, cursing and hilarious. I adore her. She owns a company called Fat Lady Sweets. Love. Her.

When Harry gets there I’m even more in love. He’s an adorable beta nerd who has no idea how cute he is, wears a bow tie and ruffles his hair. Oh, and he’s a virgin. Let me remind you that Felicity is naked, well – in a whip cream bikini of sorts. Chaos ensues. Harry produces a contract, which is my second favorite moment. We don’t see the entire thing (which is almost 17 pages) but I wish we could have because I was laughing at every single point.

My favorite moment is the spider of death moment because I was truly laughing out loud here.

A big, nasty, black spider. Waiting for her. Planning to kill her.
And then it started to move.
She screamed.
And screamed.
And screamed some more.
She scrambled out of the shower, keeping her eye on the Spider of Death and took the shower curtain with her. Her legs tangled with the fabric and oh my God, what if there were more spiders on the shower curtain? What if they were climbing on her body right now and laying spider eggs everywhere?

Okay, obviously there is way more to this than this snippet but seriously I was laughing so hard at certain parts. I thoroughly enjoyed this and thought it was a great read. Not everyone can write good novellas- and I thought this one was just about perfect.

Overall I give this novella 4.5 stars. It releases today and is only 99 cents! For this price I highly recommend it.

I received an ARC in return for an honest review.

4.5/5 Stars

~Melinda

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Stay with Me Sale & Author Incentive

STAY WITH ME by Elyssa Patrick is on sale for $1.99! This is Book 1 in the With Me series. If STAY WITH ME breaks into the Top 100 at Amazon, Elyssa will write the blackberry scene from Caleb’s POV.

I loved this cute, sexy NA book. Read it & you will fall in love with Hailey, Caleb & their friends!!

New Adult/Contemporary Romance – recommended for ages 17 and up.

With one look, I’m his . . .

With one touch, he’s mine . . .

With one kiss, it changes everything between us . . .

I’ve been famous since I can remember. Singing, acting, dancing–I’ve done it all. The tabloids cover my every move, but I don’t want that anymore. I want to be normal, whatever that is.

When I leave Hollywood for college in Vermont, I’m on my own for the first time in my life. This is my chance to figure out who I am and what I want in life.

But it’s a lot harder than I expected. I can’t escape my image. Classes are difficult, and I’m struggling. And then there’s Caleb Fox.

Sexy, intriguing Caleb Fox.

Caleb is the one man who doesn’t want to use me. He breaks down my walls. He challenges me. He wants me. And I just don’t know if I can give him the same–or if he’ll stick around when he finds out my shameful secret that the tabloids haven’t managed to uncover.

Dating him is risky enough, but loving him could break me.

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Stay-Me-Novel-Elyssa-Patrick-ebook/dp/B00ES6A16A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1384121316&sr=8-1&keywords=elyssa+patrick

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/stay-with-me-elyssa-patrick/1116744319?ean=2940148752882

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https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/stay-with-me/id683813319?mt=11

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/stay-with-me-16

ARe: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-staywithme-1220177-149.html