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Review: For Finlay by J. Nathan

For Finlay
(For You #1)
by J. Nathan
Pubilsher: Self-published
Publication date: Jan. 30, 2017
Genre: New Adult Romance
Rating:

Finlay Thatcher is a lost soul, guilt-ridden after the death of her twin brother. When Alabama’s football coach gives her the opportunity to work for him, she knows it’s her chance to move on, even if it means living her brother’s dream.

Caden Brooks is Alabama’s star quarterback. He’s got it all. The attention of adoring fans. A girlfriend who’d do anything to hold on to him. And a future in the pros. He’s getting along just fine until Finlay steps into his life, despising him at first sight and pushing his buttons like no other.

Unfortunately for Finlay, and her attempt to keep Caden at arm’s length, there’s nothing Caden loves more than a challenge. The problem with this challenge is she comes with a secret that has the power to destroy everything.

 

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Favorite Book-to-Movie Adaptations

 

Some of us get excited at the idea of our beloved books being turned into movies/shows, and then there are some of us who cringe when the news breaks about the upcoming adaptation. Which is understandable because so many times I sit down to watch my favorite book be played out on the big screen only to sit there horrified at the train wreck in front of me. Seriously, do some of these writers and directors even read the books they are trying to bring to life? However, there are times when the people in charge know the material and get it. So today I want to talk about a few of my favorite book-to-screen adaptations.

 

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Review: Squared Away by Annabeth Albert

Squared Away
(Out of Uniform #5)
by Annabeth Albert
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: April 16, 2018
Genre: M/M Romance
Rating:

In the wake of tragedy, SEAL Mark Whitley rushed stateside to act as guardian to his sister’s three young children. But a conflicting will could give custody to someone else—someone Mark remembers as a too young, too hot, wild party boy. Even after six years, Mark can’t shake the memory of his close encounter with Isaiah James, or face up to what it says about his own sexuality.

Isaiah’s totally over the crush that made him proposition Mark all those years ago. In fact, he’s done with crushing on the wrong men altogether. For now, he’s throwing himself into proving he’s the best person to care for his cousin’s kids. But there’s no denying there’s something sexy about a big, tough military man with a baby in his arms.

As the legal details get sorted out, their long-buried attraction resurfaces, leading to intimate evenings after the kids are tucked in. A forever future is within reach for all of them, if only Mark can find the courage he needs to trust Isaiah with his secrets—and his heart.

 

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Swish and Flick

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

 

 

Big news here at the Book Sniffers Keep… I GOT MY FIRST WAND!!! :cue the Oprah “you get a car” yell: My best friend bought me one shortly after getting home from her visit out here. Apparently there was a little girl selling wands and my friend bought one. Not sure if she was at an art fair, someone’s kid was selling it, or she happened across a lil girl selling wands on the corner, but she bought me a custom wand! I know you can’t really grasp my excitement about thing through typed words but I’M LOSING MY MIND OVER IT! I may or may not have started swish and flicking the wand around the house like some deranged version of Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo. Yes, I’m 30 years old. No, I will never grow up!

On other news, I’m pretty sure I bruised my tailbone and injured my breast bone last Friday during my snowboarding adventure. I fell pretty hard on my back-end and was in really bad pain. So when I fell on the board later on (there’s only one way off that stupid mountain and that’s to just continue on) I locked my hands behind me to keep my butt from hitting the snow. I thought maybe I just banged up my body and after I let it rest, I would be good as new. NOPE! They both still hurt. The Mister jokes that he’s going to get me one of those butt donut pillow things to sit on, but I’m holding strong. As long as I don’t sit on any hard surfaces, keep a perfect posture going (easier said than done), and don’t twist my upper half to pick something up, then I don’t end up in pain. All I know is that my pain in the butt is making it hard for me to sit down for extended periods of time and blog. Let alone bend in crazy angles to try to get the “perfect shot” for Instagram. So, if I’ve been a bit quiet lately, that is why.

 

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Review: Ride Dirty by Laura Kaye

Ride Dirty
(Raven Riders #3.5)
by Laura Kaye
Publisher: Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated
Publication date: March 13, 2018
Genre: Romance
Rating:

Caine McKannon is all about rules. As the Raven Riders Sergeant-at-Arms, he prizes loyalty to his brothers and protection of his club. As a man, he takes pleasure wherever he can get it but allows no one close—because distance is the only way to ensure people can’t hurt you. And he’s had enough pain for a lifetime.

And then he rescues a beautiful woman from an attack.

Kids and school are kindergarten teacher Emma Kerry’s whole life, so she’s stunned to realize she has an enemy—and even more surprised to find a protector in the intimidating man who saved her. Tall, dark, and tattooed, Caine is unlike any man Emma’s ever known, and she’s as uncertain of him as she is attracted. As the danger escalates, Caine is in her house more and more – until one night of passion lands him in her bed.

But breaking the rules comes at a price, forcing Caine to fight dirty to earn a chance at love.

 

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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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