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Review: Tight Quarters by Annabeth Albert

Tight Quarters
(Out of Uniform #6)
by Annabeth Albert
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: July 9, 2018
Genre: M/M Romance
Rating:

Petty Officer Bacon, a navy SEAL and ace sharpshooter, has been on the front lines of more than his fair share of dangerous ops. Yet when a minor injury relegates him to the beta team, he’s tasked with what may be his riskiest assignment yet: the silver fox journalist he’s babysitting is the hottest, most charismatic man he’s ever encountered.

Award-winning journalist Spencer Bryant may have been named one of Pride magazine’s most eligible bachelors of the year, but he’s not looking to change his relationship status. He’s a consummate professional who won’t risk his ethics or impeccable reputation by getting involved with a source. Even a sexy-as-hell military man. But while Spencer can resist his physical attraction to Bacon, he has less control over his emotions—especially when the mission goes sideways and the two men are trapped alone.

Getting out of the jungle alive turns out to be easy compared to facing the truth about their feelings for one another back in the real world. And whether or not they can build a future is a different story altogether.

 

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Sneak Peek Wednesday: Hell on Wheels by Julie Ann Walker

I’m sharing an oldie but a goody with you guys today.

 

Hell On Wheels
(Black Knights Inc., #1)
By: Julie Ann Walker
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Published: Aug. 7, 2012
Genre: Romantic Suspense

He’s the bad boy she’s always wanted…

Nate “Ghost” Weller has loved Ali Morgan nearly half his life. But he’s done something so heinous he’s convinced she’ll never forgive him if she discovers the truth, so he keeps his feelings and his secrets to himself. Then she blows into town with a mother lode of bad guys on her tail and Nate can’t deny she’s in serious trouble. Unfortunately, he’s the only one who can help her.

She’s the good girl he’s kept at arm’s length…

Ali knows Nate as the most solemn, aloof man on the planet. Sadly, he’s also the sexiest. For years she’s avoided him, unable to stomach his dark scowls and brooding silences… especially when she secretly yearns for his touch. Now she must rely on him to save her from the malevolent shadows ghosting her every move. When the bullets explode, so does their passion. But can love really conquer all? Or are some things just too terrible to forgive?

 

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Review: Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga

Kiss of the Royal
by Lindsey Duga
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication date: July 3, 2018
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Rating:

In the war against the Forces of Darkness, the Royals are losing. Princess Ivy is determined to end this centuries-long conflict once and for all, so her new battle partner must succeed where the others failed. Prince Zach’s unparalleled skill with a sword, enhanced by Ivy’s magic Kiss, should make them an unstoppable pair—but try convincing Zach of that.

Prince Zach has spent his life preparing for battle, but he would rather be branded a heretic than use his lips as nothing more than a way to transfer magic. A kiss is a symbol of love, and love is the most powerful weapon they have—but try convincing Ivy of that.

With the fate of their world on the line, the battlefield has become a testing ground, and only one of them can be right. Falling for each other wasn’t part of the plan—but try convincing their hearts of that.

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Lots of dudes on covers

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

 

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer. This week was a bit all over the place for me. I wound up getting sick again later in the week. Which really sucked. Especially since later that night I was attending a Mamma Mia! play with a few friends. Thankfully, I rallied and was able to go and have been feeling good since. Cross your fingers for me.

Yesterday the Mister and I took a drive up north to go to a craft store. While we were out there, I wanted to check out a local nursery… you know, just to see what they had. Big mistake. Or was it? We wound up walking out with five new plants. We then proceeded to discus how we were going to get all these plants to our new place, which is a few hours away, while driving back home.

Oh, and I also joined a book club with some people on Instagram. I just managed to catch a IG story from a book blogger I follow who was asking if anyone would be interested in joining a romance book club. Um… hello! Yes, please! I’ve been wanting to join a romance book club, but have never been able to find one.

 

 

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Review: Getting Schooled by Emma Chase

Getting Schooled
(Getting Some #1)
by Emma Chase
Publisher: self published
Publication date: June 26, 2018
Genre: Romance
Rating:

Head of the class…

Garrett Daniels has this whole life thing figured out.

The cocky, charismatic former high school star quarterback is an idolized football coach and “cool” teacher in the hometown where he’s not just a golden boy—he’s platinum. He has good friends, a great house on the lake, and the best damn sidekick a man could ask for: Snoopy, the albino beagle.

Then…Callie Carpenter comes home.

And knocks him right on his tight end zone.

Back to school…

Callie has a pretty sweet life herself…on the other side of the country. But circumstances—that she’d prefer to never speak of again—have brought her back home, helping out her parents and substitute teaching at her old high school.

Now she’s facing bickering, raging hormones, constant gossip, awkward weirdness, and drama galore…and that’s just the teachers.

Just like old times…

When Garrett offers to show his former high school sweetheart the secrets of his winning teacher ways, Callie jumps at the chance—and then has to stop herself from jumping him.

Good friends are all they can ever be.

Or…these teachers just might end up getting schooled—hard—by love.

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Sneak Peek Wednesday: Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf

Bring Me Their Hearts
(Bring Me Their Hearts #1)
by Sara Wolf
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication date: June 5, 2018
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Zera is a Heartless – the immortal, unageing soldier of a witch. Bound to the witch Nightsinger ever since she saved her from the bandits who murdered her family, Zera longs for freedom from the woods they hide in. With her heart in a jar under Nightsinger’s control, she serves the witch unquestioningly.

Until Nightsinger asks Zera for a Prince’s heart in exchange for her own, with one addendum; if she’s discovered infiltrating the court, Nightsinger will destroy her heart rather than see her tortured by the witch-hating nobles.

Crown Prince Lucien d’Malvane hates the royal court as much as it loves him – every tutor too afraid to correct him and every girl jockeying for a place at his darkly handsome side. No one can challenge him – until the arrival of Lady Zera. She’s inelegant, smart-mouthed, carefree, and out for his blood. The Prince’s honor has him quickly aiming for her throat.

So begins a game of cat and mouse between a girl with nothing to lose and a boy who has it all.

Winner takes the loser’s heart.

Literally.

 

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Review: Omega by Jus Accardo

Omega
(The Infinity Division #2)
by Jus Accardo
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication date: Aug. 1, 2017
Genre: SciFi Young Adult
Rating:

One mistake can change everything. Ashlyn Calvert finds that out the hard way when a bad decision leads to the death of her best friend, Noah Anderson.

Only Noah isn’t really gone. Thanks to his parents’ company, the Infinity Division, there is a version of him skipping from one dimension to another, set on revenge for the death of his sister, Kori. When a chance encounter brings him face-to-face with Ash, he’s determined to resist the magnetic pull he’s felt for her time and time again. Because falling for Ash puts his mission in danger.

But there’s more going on in Ash’s alternate universe than either of them knows: a mysterious project called Omega. A conspiracy spanning multiple Earths and revolving around none other than Ash. Its creators would do anything to keep Omega secret…

Anything.

 

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One crazy week

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

 

I’m back home, and boy am I exhausted. Am I the only one who feels like they need a vacation after their vacation? Since we live across the country from our families, we only fly home every couple of years or so. Last week we flew home for my niece’s high school graduation. We pretty much hit the ground running. We had something going on every single day we were there. On our first day there, we went to a local baseball game and watched their Friday night fireworks. Then Saturday we went to a local racetrack (something my father loves to do when we are in town). Sunday was my niece’s graduation topped off with a Paramore concert. Monday was a relaxing day at the spa with my best friend. And those are just the main events that happened. That doesn’t count all the trips to the stores, dying my niece’s hair, having people over, and just trying to fit everything in within a week span. It was great getting to see my family and watching my niece graduate, but between you and me… I’m so glad to be home.

Since I’ve been gone, I haven’t really been doing much reading. I started reading Getting Schooled on the trip out to NY but once we landed and I had no time to read, I completely detached from the story. So I need to pick that one up and restart it. While in NY my best friend gave me a signed copy of Total Cat Mojo and I started reading that on our trip home. Needless to say, I started two books, and didn’t finish either of them.

I also didn’t take any bookish photos for Instagram while I was gone, nor did I get a chance to post any of the photos I took prior to leaving. I wasn’t joking when I said that there was no time. As it was, the little bits I was sharing on my IG stories were just snippets of what was going on while I was there. Although, I hate it when people play on their phones while out and about, so I kept my updates to a minimum.

 

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Review: All the Little Lights by Jamie McGuire

All the Little Lights
by Jamie McGuire
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Publication date: May 29, 2018
Rating:

The first time Elliott Youngblood spots Catherine Calhoun, he’s just a boy with a camera, and he’s never seen a sadder and more beautiful sight. Both Elliott and Catherine feel like outcasts, yet they find an easy friendship with each other. But when Catherine needs him most, Elliott is forced to leave town.

Elliott finally returns, but he and Catherine are now different people. He’s a star high school athlete, and she spends all her free time working at her mother’s mysterious bed-and-breakfast. Catherine hasn’t forgiven Elliott for abandoning her, but he’s determined to win back her friendship…and her heart.

Just when Catherine is ready to fully trust Elliott, he becomes the prime suspect in a local tragedy. Despite the town’s growing suspicions, Catherine clings to her love for Elliott. But a devastating secret that Catherine has buried could destroy whatever chance of happiness they have left.

 

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Sneak Peek Wednesday: Princess Of Draga by Emma Dean

Princess Of Draga
(Draga Court #1)
by Emma Dean
Publisher: Self-published
Publication date: Oct. 17, 2017
Genre: Sci-Fi Romance

In the first book of the Draga Court series, Princess Adelina’s coming-of-age party will declare to the worlds she is finally eligible to wed. All she wants is to serve her people and the crown with honor, but when a dangerously attractive prince from another galaxy – one who they all thought was dead – arrives with warnings of monstrosities and war, will her feelings put her in a position where she has to choose between her people and love?

The Draga Court series is a beautiful combination of fantasy and space opera set in a faraway future where humans have altered their genetics to save their species from their destructive natures. Dominance and rank weave a complicated dance among the galaxy’s society where a true submissive has to find her place, and learn the true meaning of power and love.

 

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