Sneak Peek Wednesday: Air and Ash by Alex Lidell [Giveaway]

Air and Ash
(TIDES #1)
by Alex Lidell
Publisher: Danger Bearing Press
Publication Date: May 2, 2017
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Master and Commander meets Tamora Pierce in a seafaring adventure of duty, love, magic, and a princess’s quest to protect her kingdom on her own terms.

After a lifetime of training, seventeen-year-old Princess Nile Greysik, a lieutenant on the prestigious Ashing navy flagship, sails into battle with one vital mission—and fails.

Barred from the sea and facing a political marriage, Nile masquerades as a common sailor on the first ship she can find. With a cowardly captain, incompetent crew, and a cruel, too-handsome first officer intent on making her life a living hell, Nile must hide her identity while trying to turn the sorry frigate battleworthy. Worse, a terrifying and forbidden magic now tingles in Nile’s blood. If anyone catches wind of who Nile is or what she can do, her life is over.

But when disaster threatens the ship, Nile may have no choice but to unleash the truth that will curse her future.

 

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Review: Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott

Violet Grenade
by Victoria Scott
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: May 16, 2017
Genre: Young Adult
Rating:

Her name is Domino Ray.
But the voice inside her head has a different name.

When Madam Karina finds Domino in an alleyway, she offers her a position at her girls’ home in secluded West Texas. With no alternatives and an agenda of her own, Domino accepts. It isn’t long before she is fighting her way up the ranks to gain the madam’s approval…and falling for Cain, the mysterious boy living in the basement.

But the madam has horrible secrets. So do the girls in the house. So does Cain. Escaping is harder than Domino expects, though, because the madam doesn’t like to lose inventory. But then, Madam Karina doesn’t know about the danger living inside Domino’s mind.

Madam Karina doesn’t know about Wilson.

 

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Review: Red Wolf by Jennifer Ashley

Red Wolf
(Shifters Unbound #10)
by Jennifer Ashley
Publisher: Berkley Romance
Publication Date: May 2, 2017
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Rating:

Lupine Shifter Dimitri has always had to defend himself to other Shifters. As a red wolf, he’s not considered a “pure” wolf, and the battles have honed him into a tough fighter, a champion of the fight clubs. Jaycee Bordeaux, a leopard Shifter, is Dimitri’s staunchest defender and oldest friend. Dimitri is determined to turn that friendship into a mate bond.

Jaycee loves that idea, but she knows that a mate bond can’t be forced. And when Dimitri and Jaycee are called on to go undercover to protect collared Shifters, she knows the dangers ahead will make or break their future together.

 

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Sneak Peek Wednesday: Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman

Girl Out of Water
by Laura Silverman
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: May 2, 2017
Genre: Young Adult

Anise Sawyer plans to spend every minute of summer with her friends: surfing, chowing down on fish tacos drizzled with wasabi balsamic vinegar, and throwing bonfires that blaze until dawn. But when a serious car wreck leaves her aunt, a single mother of three, with two broken legs, it forces Anise to say goodbye for the first time to Santa Cruz, the waves, her friends, and even a kindling romance, and fly with her dad to Nebraska for the entire summer. Living in Nebraska isn’t easy. Anise spends her days caring for her three younger cousins in the childhood home of her runaway mom, a wild figure who’s been flickering in and out of her life since birth, appearing for weeks at a time and then disappearing again for months, or even years, without a word.

Complicating matters is Lincoln, a one-armed, charismatic skater who pushes Anise to trade her surfboard for a skateboard. As Anise draws closer to Lincoln and takes on the full burden and joy of her cousins, she loses touch with her friends back home – leading her to one terrifying question: will she turn out just like her mom and spend her life leaving behind the ones she loves.

 

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Review: Behind the Curtain by Beth Kery

Behind the Curtain
by Beth Kery
Publisher: Berkley Romance
Publication Date: May 2, 2017
Genre: Romance
Rating:

Cultures clash and passion ignites in the novel that will leave you begging for more—from the bestselling author of The Affair and Looking Inside.

There’s something about this woman…

On a break between overseas jobs, journalist Asher Gaites returns to his hometown of Chicago—and allows his friends to persuade him to check out a hot new singer. At a downtown jazz club, he’s soon transfixed by the lyrical voice and sensuous body of a woman who performs behind a thin, shimmering veil…

…That could bring a man to his knees.

The veil gives Moroccan American Laila Barek the anonymity she needs since she has never been able to reconcile her family’s values with her passion for music. But one man is inexplicably drawn to her. And when Asher confronts her on a subway platform after a gig, he’s shocked to recognize the woman who walked away from him nine years ago…

Laila has never been able to forget the touch, the feel, the taste of Asher. And despite the doubt and fear that wind their way into their lives, they must trust the heat of their desire to burn down the walls the world has placed between them…

 

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Clean Sweep Reading Challenge

It’s time to pull out all of my unread ARC’s and review books and start reading. I’m usually really good about keeping up with review copies but I will admit that some of the gifted copies from publishers don’t always make it onto my reading list. It’s just so hard with so many books coming out to keep up with all the books I get. Which is why I was excited when Kimberly over at Caffeinated Book Reviewer announced that she’d be hosting an event to help push you into reading your review books. I’ll be going a lot lighter on the goal list than I had initially planned and that’s because the month of May is going to be hectic. If I end up reading more than my goal, I’ll be sure to add the books to the list below. 🙂

 

 

My goals for this month are…

 

 

The finish line…

I’d like to thank Kim for hosting this event. It was a great way for me to not only get a head start on some ARC’s that will be releasing soon, but it gave me an excuse to dust off my older books as well. Which, let’s be honest, really needed to be done. While I only made it through about half of my goal, with all things considered, I’m proud that I got even that much read. I had my parents visiting for two weeks, dental appointments, and I lost one of my furbabies this month. There’s was little to no reading going on until about the last week. It also didn’t help that a lot of the books didn’t work for me. Which was probably why I still hadn’t read them yet. Below are the books I was able to read (or attempted to read but gave up on)…

The Next Flame by Penelope Douglas
Dangerously Bad by Eden Bradley (DNF)
Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts
Highland Hellion by Mary Wine
The Virgin’s Daughter by Laura Andersen (DNF)
Illegal Contact by Santino Hassell
Deja Who by Mary Janice Davidson (DNF)

 

 

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Review: Love Me Again by Jaci Burton

Love Me Again
(Hope #7)
by Jaci Burton
Publisher: Berkley Romance
Publication Date: May 2, 2017
Genre: Romance
Rating:

In the latest novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Don’t Let Go, it’s never too late for a second chance at first love…

When Loretta Simmons returns to Hope, Oklahoma, after a disastrous marriage, she’s determined to remain independent for the sake of her daughter. The only thing standing in her way is Deacon Fox—the man she loved and walked away from years ago.

Since Loretta owns the bookstore right next to his current renovation project, Deacon can’t escape the woman who broke his heart. Throw in her adorable little girl and one ridiculously oversized dog, and they’re almost a family. Only he can’t be that guy—what they had was once in a lifetime.

But love has a funny way of re-opening a door you thought was firmly closed…

 

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Sneak Peek Wednesday: Groupie by Susan Daugherty [Giveaway]

Groupie
(Groupie #1)
by Susan Daugherty
Publisher: Sanctuary Publishing
Publication Date: Dec. 2, 2016
Genre: New Adult Romance

Moving to a new city isn’t the magic fix Lexie Travis hoped it would be. Sure, she put some mileage between herself and her feuding parents, her miserable dating history, and the memories of a life-altering injury. However, she still feels like a former shadow of herself, hiding behind her diminished confidence and her thorough disbelief in true love.
Everything changes when Lexie’s best (and only) friend drags her to a country music concert. Lexie loves country music, but she loathes the top-selling heartthrob who sold out the arena. Jack Morgan became a sensation with a string of degrading, shallow songs that she can’t stand.
A startling trauma lands Jack in the hospital, and Lexie is the physical therapist assigned to the VIP treatment of the very man she despises.
Jack is drawn to the one woman who appears resistant to his charms and who loves to check his ego every chance she gets, yet gives him the honesty he needs. She’s the opposite of his usual groupies. He can only continue his tour if he receives rehab on the road, and Lexie is the lone person Jack trusts for the job.
Reluctantly, she agrees to take the journey on his luxury coach, joining the wild cast of characters on his crew. Yes, she was given many incentives to take the assignment, but the reason she wants to ignore is the dangerous one. Jackson Morgan is growing on her.
At every turn, another challenge pushes her away from him.
Stepping onto the tour bus is the domino that starts a chain reaction in their lives and challenges them both to change. Could they learn to believe in love and happily ever after?

 

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Review: Ride Rough by Laura Kaye

Ride Rough
(Raven Riders #2)
by Laura Kaye
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: April 25, 2017
Genre: Romance
Rating:

Brotherhood. Club. Family.
They live and ride by their own rules.
These are the Raven Riders…

Maverick Rylan won’t apologize for who he is—the Raven Riders Motorcycle Club Vice-President, a sought-after custom bike builder, and a man dedicated to protecting those he loves. So when he learns that the only woman who has ever held his heart is in trouble, he’ll move heaven and earth to save her.

Alexa Harmon thought she had it all—the security of a good job, a beautiful home, and a powerful, charming fiancé who offered the life she never had growing up. But when her dream quickly turns into a nightmare, Alexa realizes she’s fallen for a façade she can’t escape—until sexy, dangerous Maverick offers her a way out.

Forced together to keep Alexa safe, their powerful attraction reignites and Maverick determines to do whatever it takes to earn a second chance—one Alexa is tempted to give. But her ex-fiancé isn’t going to let her go without a fight, one that will threaten everything they both hold dear.

 

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Review: Dirty Rowdy Thing by Christina Lauren

Dirty Rowdy Thing
(Wild Seasons #2)
by Christina Lauren
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: Nov. 4, 2014
Genre: New Adult Romance
Rating:

From the New York Times best-selling author of Beautiful Bastard, Beautiful Stranger, and Beautiful Player, Book Two of the brand-new Wild Seasons series that started with Sweet Filthy Boy – a story of friends, love, and lust.

Despite their rowdy hookups, Harlow and Finn don’t even like each other… which would explain why their marriage lasted only 12 hours. He needs to be in charge and takes whatever he wants. She lives by the Want-something-done? Do-it-yourself mantra. Maybe she’s too similar to the rugged fisherman – or just what he needs.

 

 

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