Review: The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden by Jessica Sorensen

The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden
(The Coincidence #1)
by Jessica Sorensen
Publisher: Self-published
Publication date: Dec. 13, 2012
Genre: New Adult Romance
Rating:

For Kayden, suffering in silence was the only way to survive. If he was lucky, he could keep his head down, do as he was told, and make it through the day. But one night it seemed like his luck — and his life — might finally end… until an angel named Callie appeared just in time to rescue him.

Callie has never believed in luck. Not since her twelfth birthday when everything was taken from her. After the worst was over, she locked up her feelings and vowed never to tell anyone what happened. Now, six years later, she continues to struggle with the painful secret that threatens to consume her.

When fate lands Kayden and Callie at the same college, Kayden is determined to get to know the beautiful girl who changed his destiny. Quiet and reserved, Callie still fears letting anyone else into her world. But Kayden is certain that Callie has come back into his life for a reason. And the more he tries to be a part of her life, the more he realizes that, this time, it’s Callie who needs to be saved…

 

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Sneak Peek Wednesday: Car Crash by T. Gephart

Car Crash
(Collision #2)
by T. Gephart
Publisher: Self-published
Published: Feb 7, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Humor

Kitty was not only beautiful but also incredibly intelligent—except when it came to relationships. It seemed if a guy was a loser, corrupt, deadbeat or unavailable, she was completely and utterly attracted to him. She definitely had a “type,” and all of them had been one bad decision after another.

Dallas had trouble of his own. Finding women wasn’t a problem—he could charm the pants off almost anyone—but most of those “pantless” women ended up being a few bananas short of a fruit basket. Not always the best candidates for his sex-without-strings philosophy. He was one date away from ending up a 60 Minutes special.

While both of them were at the top of their game professionally—she a high-powered executive assistant, and he one of the best tattooists in the city—their personal lives had become a dumpster fire.

No one in their right mind would have suggested they join forces to help each other wade through the crazy. Surely that was a recipe for disaster? But without reason, logic or even sanity on their side, they decided to do it anyway.

It was a hot mess primed for a head-on collision.

 

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Review: Heart of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

Heart on Fire
(Kingmaker Chronicles #3)
by Amanda Bouchet
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication date: Jan. 2, 2018
Genre: Fantasy
Rating:

Who is Catalia Fisa?
With the help of pivotal figures from her past, Cat begins to understand the root of her exceptional magic, her fated union with Griffin Sinta, and Griffin’s role in shaping her destiny.

Only Cat holds the key to unlocking her own power, and that means finally accepting herself, her past, and her future in order to protect her loved ones, confront her murderous mother, and taking a final, terrifying step–reuniting all three realms and taking her place as the Queen of Thalyria.

What doesn’t kill her will only make her stronger…we hope.

 

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Review: The Good Ones by Jenn McKinlay

The Good Ones
(Happily Ever After #1)
by Jenn McKinlay
Publisher: Berkley
Publication date: Feb. 5, 2019
Genre: Romance
Rating:

Ryder Copeland is an accomplished architect and one heck of a father…not to mention tall and sexy. He’s everything a hero should be, and Lord knows, Maisy Kelly has read enough of her great-aunt Eloise’s romance novels to recognize one when she sees one. But like all fairy tales, Maisy can’t help but wonder if this Prince Charming is too good to be true…

Ryder is drawn to the shy, curly haired professor who hires him to convert the Victorian house she’s inherited from her aunt into a romance bookstore. Attracted to a woman for the first time since his divorce, Ryder finds himself wishing for a future with Maisy that he knows is impossible. Ryder has never wavered from his plan to leave the small town of Fairdale, North Carolina, so he can give his daughter the life she deserves. But suddenly he’s not so sure. And the closer he gets to Maisy, the harder it’s going to be to walk away…

 

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A Rough Start to the New Year

I’m linking this post to Sunday Post, Stacking the Shelves, and It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

 

Thank goodness January is over! I was starting to worry that the government wasn’t ever going to open back up. I don’t think people realized just how many lives were impacted by the shutdown. It wasn’t just your typical government jobs in D.C. (which seemed to be what most people thought of when they thought of a government shutdown), but people all over the world were affected by it. Not only that, but some of the visitors that came to our national park did not treat it with any respect. It was absolute chaos up there and given the shutdown, I, and my fellow coworkers, were unable to do anything but sit at home and stew over everything happening to our beloved park. It was a rough month for sure. I’m just glad to finally be back at work. I don’t even want to think about what might happen in a couple of weeks.

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Review: The Knight by Skye Warren

The Knight
(Endgame #2)
by Skye Warren
Publisher: Self-published
Publication date: Jan. 31, 2017
Genre: Dark Romance
Rating:

The power of pleasure…

Gabriel Miller took everything from me. My family. My innocence. My home. The only thing I have left is the determination to get back what’s mine.

He thinks he’s beaten me. He thinks he’s won. What he doesn’t realize is that every pawn has the chance to become a queen.

And the game has only just begun.

 

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Sneak Peek Wednesday: Dream Keeper by Amber R. Duell (Giveaway)

Dream Keeper
(The Dark Dreamer Trilogy #1)
by Amber R. Duell
Publisher: The Parliament House
Publication date: Jan. 29, 2019
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

The Sandman is seventeen-year-old Nora’s closest friend and best-kept secret. He has to be, if she doesn’t want a one-way ticket back to the psychiatrist. It took her too long to learn not to mention the hooded figure in her dreams to her mother, who still watches Nora as if she’ll crack. So when Nora’s friends start mysteriously dying gruesome deaths in their sleep, she isn’t altogether surprised when the police direct their suspicion at her. The Sandman is the only one she can turn to for answers. But the truth might be more than she bargained for…

For the last five years, the Sandman has spent every night protecting Nora. When he hid the secret to the Nightmare Lord’s escape inside her dreams, he never expected to fall in love with her. Neither did he think his nemesis would find her so quickly, but there’s no mistaking his cruel handiwork. The Nightmare Lord is tired of playing by the rules and will do anything to release his deadly nightmares into the world, even if that means tormenting Nora until she breaks.

When the Nightmare Lord kidnaps Nora’s sister, Nora must enter enemy territory to save her. The Sandman is determined to help, but if Nora isn’t careful, she could lose even more than her family to the darkness.

 

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Review: Promised by Olivia Arran

Promised
(True Mates #1)
by Olivia Arran
Publisher: Self-published
Publication date: Sept. 7, 2015
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Rating:

She’s fighting for her freedom…she never counted on finding her true mate

Wolf Shifter Kara Smith is on the run from her old pack. Her only goal – to escape the man she has been promised to and live on her own terms. The problem is that her chosen protector – the Alpha of the Colstone Wolf Pack – is sexy as hell, making her wolf sit up and pant, begging for a taste. Definitely not part of her plan.

Alpha James Colstone has given up any hope of finding his true mate, the other half of his soul…until sassy Kara walks through his door. Desperate to claim her, to touch and possess her gorgeous curves, he has to convince her he’s not only good for protection duty…that he can give her so much more. But Kara doesn’t trust easily anymore. What’s more, her intended is hunting her – and he’ll do anything to get her back.
Will James’ dominance scare Kara away…or will she learn that with the right man, true freedom lies in surrender?

 

 

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Review: Bound By Flames by Jeaniene Frost

Bound by Flames
(Night Prince #3)
by Jeaniene Frost
Publisher: Avon
Publication date: Jan. 27, 2015
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Rating:

Play with fire, pay the price.

Leila’s years on the carnie circuit were certainly an education. What she didn’t learn: how to be a vampire, or how to be married to the most famous vampire of them all. Adjusting to both has Leila teetering on a knife edge between passion and peril, and now the real danger is about to begin…

Vlad must battle with a centuries-old enemy whose reach stretches across continents and whose strength equals his own. It isn’t like Vlad to feel fear, but he does…for Leila, because his enemy knows she is Vlad’s greatest weakness. As friend and foe alike align against him—and his overprotectiveness drives Leila away—Vlad’s love for his new bride could be the very thing that dooms them both…

 

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Sneak Peek Wednesday: Stolen by Marlena Frank (Giveaway)

Stolen
(Stolen #1)
by Marlena Frank
Publisher: The Parliament House
Publication date: Jan. 22, 2019
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

It’s difficult taking care of a delusional father by yourself. Sixteen-year-old Shaleigh Mallet would rather explore and photograph dilapidated buildings than cater to her father’s dark episodes. But when she’s kidnapped by a creature who carries her atop a flying bicycle into another world, she realizes this wasn’t the escape she wanted.

In a kingdom known as the Garden, where minotaurs pull carriages and parties are held in hot air balloons, Madam Cloom and her faerie servant, Teagan, rule over the land with incredible but terrifying magic. Shaleigh must prove that she is the reincarnation of a long-dead ruler, not because she believes it, but because it’s her only chance to survive. With the help of a trespassing faerie, a stoatling, and a living statue, Shaleigh hopes to outwit everyone. She aims to break the bonds of servitude and finally make her way home. What she doesn’t realize, however, is that she’s playing right into the hands of a far worse enemy…

 

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