Author Archives: Kristin

Sneak Peek Wednesday: Consort of Secrets by Eva Chase

Consort of Secrets
(The Witch’s Consorts #1)
by Eva Chase
Publisher: Ink Spark Press
Publication date: March 8, 2018
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Every witch knows the rules: Stick to your own kind. Never reveal your powers to outsiders. Take a consort from the witching families or kiss your magic good-bye forever.

For years I’ve been quiet, obedient Rose Hallowell. I accepted the man my stepmother chose for me. But I never stopped missing my long-ago friends.

Now we’re back on my childhood estate to arrange my marriage. The boys I grew up with? They’re still in town—and they haven’t forgotten me either. And damn if they haven’t grown up well.

They’ve got no magic, no place in my life. But they’re charming and sweet and infuriatingly hot, and I can’t seem to stay away. The more I try to resist, the more secrets I uncover about my family, my betrothal, and everything I thought was true about the witching world.

I’ve been lied to. I’ve been betrayed. So to claim my magic and my happiness, I’ll break every rule there is—and then some.

Don’t mess with this witch. Every rose has thorns.

 

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Review: At the Stroke of Midnight by Tara Sivec

At the Stroke of Midnight
(Naughty Princess Club #1)
by Tara Sivec
Publisher: Swerve
Publication date: Feb. 27, 2018
Genre: Romance
Rating:

Once upon a time Cynthia was the perfect housewife. Between being the President of the PTA and keeping her home spotless without a hair (or her pearls) out of place, her life was a dream come true. Her husband was once her knight in shining armor, but now he’s run off with all their money…and the babysitter.

Dressed as a princess at the annual Halloween block party on Fairytale Lane, she meets two other “princesses” also facing money troubles: antique store owner Ariel and librarian Isabelle. When the women are invited to wear their costumes to a party where they’re mistaken for strippers, Cindy, Ariel, and Belle realize that a career change could be the best way to make their money problems go bippity-boppity-boo.

But can structured Cindy approach a stripper pole without sanitizing wipes? And could the blue-eyed anti-prince that has been crossing her path become Cindy’s happily ever after? At the Stroke of Midnight is a hilarious, empowering story where princesses can save themselves while slaying in stilettos.

 

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Shredding the Gnar

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

 

 

The Mister surprised me with my very first snowboarding trip! I’ve never been snowboarding before, but have always wanted to go. Since we’ve been getting quite a bit of rain here, the ski resort a few hours up north has getting a lot of snow. So, the Mister took Friday off so we could go up and have some fun. It is not as easy as it looks. Oooweeee It’s a ton of leg work, and since I was terrified of the speed, I pretty much did squatted breaking the entire time down the mountain. Let’s just say that everything from my nose down to my toes is sore. It was an absolute gorgeous day though, and while I found out that snowboarding isn’t for me, I’m glad I got to go.

 

 

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Sneak Peek Wednesday: Dark Glitter by C.M. Stunich & Tate James

Dark Glitter
(Wild Hunt Motorcycle Club #1)
by C.M. Stunich & Tate James
Publisher: Self-published
Publication date: Jan. 24, 2018
Genre: Paranormal Thriller

Ciarah O’Rourke was born into torture.
A human spirit reincarnated in the body of an ancient fae goddess, she’s spent the last five years in iron shackles, her mind poisoned with magic for secrets she doesn’t know.

Waking up in a dirty alley with no memory of her escape, Ciarah finds herself in the hands of The Wild Hunt Motorcycle Club–a ruthless and violent group of bikers with faerie blood in their veins.

Arlo. Reece. Killian.
Three men drenched in death, sin, and old magic.
From their clubhouse in the middle of the Louisiana bayou, they’ll offer Ciarah the keys to unlock her memories and control the veil between worlds. But even her knights can’t erase the twisted scars that remind her they aren’t the only ones who hunt.

When The Wild Hunt rides, the souls of the dead join their parade.
All that’s missing now is their queen.

 

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Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: Feb. 28, 2017
Genre: Young Adult
Rating:

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

 

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Sun, Fun, and Best Friends

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

 

I accidentally skipped last week’s wrap-up due to having company over. My best friend flew out last weekend and I kind of lost track of time. We went out and did something new every day she was here. Needless to say, this week has been a whirlwind of fun. We did everything from local hikes, checked out a couple of the beaches, went to a place where you could throw axes at a target, went to local breweries, and we even got to check out a local cat cafe. I’ve heard about them being in Japan, but I had no clue that there was one near my house. I loved sitting down with a cup of coffee, and getting to hang out with a bunch of cats. Plus, I loved that all the cats that were there were up for adoption. I wanted to take this one cat home with me. The owner kept saying he was the temperamental grump of the bunch, and I guess I just felt like we were kindred spirits or something. 😀 The best part is, he walked right into my friends lap and was loving all over her. I wish I could have adopted him, but my cat is not okay with new animals coming into the house. 😒

 

 

Since I wasn’t really home to do any reading or blogging, I have a lot of catching up to do. I had an absolute blast this past week. Since I live across the country from all my family and friends, having someone fly out to visit is a huge deal. It was also great because she wanted to do a bunch of things that I hadn’t had a chance to check out. Since we move around a lot due to The Mister’s job, we tend to not experience everything a location has to offer. However, I felt like we knocked out a ton of things in the San Diego area, and when his job relocates us to a new location, I will have no regrets. A lot of the things we did I tried to take pictures to share on my Instagram stories, but there was so much that a lot of it wasn’t posted.

 

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Review: Too Hard to Forget by Tessa Bailey

Too Hard to Forget
(Romancing the Clarksons #3)
by Tessa Bailey
Publisher: Forever
Publication date: April 25, 2017
Genre: Romance
Rating:

This time, she’s calling the shots.

Peggy Clarkson is returning to her alma mater with one goal in mind: confront Elliott Brooks, the man who ruined her for all others, and remind him of what he’s been missing. Even after three years, seeing him again is like a punch in the gut, but Peggy’s determined to stick to her plan. Maybe then, once she has the upper hand, she’ll finally be able to move on.

In the years since Peggy left Cincinnati, Elliott has kept his focus on football. No distractions and no complications. But when Peggy walks back onto his practice field and into his life, he knows she could unravel everything in his carefully controlled world. Because the girl who was hard to forget is now a woman impossible to resist.

 

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Sneak Peek Wednesday: Not Quite Crazy by Catherine Bybee

Not Quite Crazy
(Not Quite #6)
by Catherine Bybee
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Publication Date: March 6, 2018
Genre: Romance

No one drives in New York City. Everyone knows that, including California transplant Rachel Price. But that doesn’t stop her from driving into the city. From Connecticut. Every single morning. Rain or shine…or snow.

When she runs the charismatic and good-looking Jason Fairchild off the road, their immediate spark is met with bad timing. There is also one tiny little detail: Jason is her boss. And a woman as intelligent and dedicated to her career as Rachel knows not to date her boss.

As CEO of a private jet company, Jason Fairchild is more used to flying than driving. But if he hadn’t chosen to drive home one night, he wouldn’t have met the slowest—and most irresistible—driver in the entire metro area. Jason has never had time for love. Or dating. Or really anything that doesn’t involve work. But when he finds out that Rachel is the newest superstar in his marketing department, he can’t help wondering if fate has other plans…

 

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Review: When It’s Real by Erin Watt

When It’s Real
by Erin Watt
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication date: May 30, 2017
Rating:

Meet Oakley Ford-teen celebrity, renowned pop star, child of famous movie stars, hottie with millions of fangirls… and restless troublemaker. On the surface he has it all, but with his home life disintegrating, his music well suddenly running dry, and the tabloids having a field day over his outrageous exploits, Oakley’s team decides it’s time for an intervention. The result: an image overhaul, complete with a fake girlfriend meant to show the world he’s settled down.

Enter seventeen-year-old Vaughn Bennett-devoted sister, part-time waitress, the definition of “normal.” Under ordinary circumstances she’d never have taken this gig, but with her family strapped for cash, she doesn’t have much of a choice. And for the money Oakley’s team is paying her, she figures she can put up with outlandish Hollywood parties and a team of publicists watching her every move. So what if she thinks Oakley’s a shallow, self-centered jerk? It’s not like they’re going to fall for each other in real life…right?

 

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Review: The Beauty of Lies by Brinda Berry

The Beauty of Lies
(Stand by Me #1)
by Brinda Berry
Publisher: Sweet Biscuit Publishing
Publication date: Oct. 6, 2015
Genre: Romance
Rating:

Secrets are exposed, trust is betrayed and two people face the beauty of lies.

Leo Jensen has a secret–he is Mr. Expose, a blogger that reveals the truth about liars and frauds. It’s a way to make a living, and he’s had a motherlode of experience with liars. Cheaters. Women who live for drama and carry more hidden baggage than a Boeing 747. Even his twin sister can’t seem to admit the truth about her relationships, so finding an honest woman is about as likely as finding a unicorn in the middle of Nashville.

Harper Wade wishes life had a do-over button. She’d press that sucker and reset the last four years. Now, she has the chance to start fresh and make things right, but first she has to retrieve the damning evidence of her past from an annoying blogger. She’s doing all the things she knows she shouldn’t–breaking and entering, lying by omission, falling for the hot guy next door. Too bad he holds the key to her clean slate.

 

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