Hex on the Beach by Gina LaManna (The Magic and Mixology Mystery Series #1)

4 Stars!

I LOVED this book. It just made me happy and giddy, and put me in a good mood. It is a fantasy, but a humorous type of fantasy set in a contemporary world. This book is currently part of the “Prime Reading membership”, so I was able to read it for free through my Amazon Prime membership. It was well worth the time spent reading it, and I’m considering picking up a copy to own.

I picked up this book on the recommendation of two different bloggers I follow. I’ve heard it described as Stephanie Plum meets Harry Potter, but I think you will be disappointed if you go in expecting Harry Potter. This is definitely a light book, and  a “chick lit” version of magic. BUT if you go in expecting a light, silly, magic-ish romance then you will be happy.

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I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a funny PG-13 romance with a touch of magic.

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The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti

4 Stars

This book is hard to review without giving anything away. Because I really, really want to rant about some characters and rave about others. But to do so would give too much away. So I will just say, isn’t it amazing when an author can make you feel so much for her characters?

The voice of Hawthorn reminds me of a teenage Junie B. Jones. She’s immature and self centered, snarky and obsessive. But she is real and it’s in the most endearing way possible. She is someone we all know. And she is lonely. Lonely in that way that so many people are. And lonely the way I was at her age.

You can’t help but root for her throughout the book. She’s isolated and growing apart from her only friend. A friend that I completely empathize with, because it’s hard being friends with someone like Hawthorn. It’s draining and to save her sanity she needed some space. But she needed her space at a time when Hawthorn desperately needed a friend. Hawthorn is at that awkward and difficult part of life where the magic starts to fade but you desperately want to believe. Everyone has to grow up, and it isn’t usually done as flawlessly as it is in the movies, unless you’re Lizzie Lovett, of course. I wanted her theory to be right, but more than anything I wanted her to find love and happiness within herself.

The ending is more about recognizing yourself and knowing that everyone has their trials, even if you can’t see them. This book didn’t turn into the bright spark of sunshine I expected when I saw the cover. It was lighthearted, but not. Hawthorn was everything that was good about the book as she learned to maneuver through life. Serious subjects, and real life darkened the spark of lightness it tried to have.I stayed up late trying to figure out what happened to Lizzie, because wouldn’t it be awesome if Hawthorn was right? It was a departure from my usual fare, but I appreciated the writing and the story even if it didn’t quite end up the way I wanted.

Releasing January 3, 2017

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The Hard Count by Ginger Scott

4.5 Stars

The Hard Count by Ginger Scott is a true YA Sports Romance. I love a sports romance, and this one was a really good blend of sports and love. The romance felt real, and there was enough football in it to actually feel like a sports romance. It wasn’t just a romance with an athlete, it was actually about the game and the politics, and all the behind-the-scenes stuff that goes on.

This book had so much unexpected feeling in it. It ran the gamut of emotions and I felt them ALL. Nico is exactly the type of character I love. He’s extremely intelligent, emotionally and morally strong, with great athletic ability. Reagan is perfect for him and the chemistry is off the charts.

I push my lips together tight, but can feel them twitch. I’m nervous, and I want to go back to fighting with him over ancient philosophies and the foundation of religious beliefs. That… that… is actually easier than standing here and feeling like this.

Feeling… vulnerable.

I haven’t read Ginger Scott before, but if this is any indication of her writing ability then I will be returning for more.

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Balance by Janelle Stalder (The Balance Series Part 1)

4 Stars + a cliffhanger alert!

That cliffhanger! I should have realized before I started reading it, it very clearly says Part One on the cover, but Cover-Lust is real and I couldn’t wait.

Balance reminds me of Twilight quite a bit. I’m not exactly sure what it is that makes me draw that comparison. Is it the mousy, inexperienced girl? The inexplicable attraction? The relationship between a rich and powerful male and a very breakable human girl? I love Twilight, so this isn’t a problem for me.

My only complaints are pretty minor. The “good side” doesn’t seem very fleshed out to me. I found the good side to feel a bit “clunky” and I didn’t really connect with them (except for Murray). I’m pretty sure that they’ll be more developed in the next book, so I’m not too worried about it. Also, I’m a bit scared of the dad. Scared enough that I had to stop reading and finish it during daylight hours.

All the being said, I found this to be a solid start to a new series. The good/evil thing is very intriguing and I can’t wait to find out what happens next.

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The Spire by Kate Canterbary (The Walsh Series Book 6)

4.5 Stars

This book was a little hard to give a star rating today because I wasn’t quite sure where to put it. I thoroughly enjoyed it as a standalone (4 stars) but I’m pretty sure if I had already read the rest of this series that I would be putting an emphatic 5 Stars with all the exclamation points. So 4.5 it is.

This book is a standalone within a series. It is the type of romance where you can read about the main couple and completely enjoy the book, but there will be a few characters in the background that spark your interest and you will wonder what their story is. There are 5 books previous to this that I can’t wait to read. Now I just need to find the time to get to them.

I know there isn’t much information in the review that lets you know what the books was about. That was on purpose. The author specifically requested no spoilers, and I don’t know what in this story she would consider a spoiler. So vague it is. But I really did enjoy this story AND I will be looking for more books by Kate Canterbary.

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Title: The Spire
Series: The Walsh Series #6
Author: Kate Canterbary
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 13, 2016

 

Blurb

 

Rebel, runner, recluse, rich girl.
Nine years ago, Erin Walsh ran away from everything.Home.

Family.
Secrets.
Tragedy.
Herself.The only permanence in her life is catastrophe.

She travels from country to country, chasing disaster, teasing fire, playing with poison. She guards against real connections, and shuns the only family she has left.

She holds everyone—even her siblings—at a mile-long distance. It’s the only way to protect herself.

But she can’t protect herself from him.

He’s the ice to her fire, and he’s willing to sacrifice everything to bring her home.

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I gave her a little shove, and she fell to the mattress. She aimed a meaningful glance at my jeans, and that was all the encouragement I needed to drop them to the ground. She crawled backward, and I followed, stalking her every movement until we were flat against a bank of pillows.

“Hi,” she said, running her hand up my flank and over my shoulder. She hooked her leg around my waist and pulled me flush against her. My cock was acutely aware that only my boxers and her panties separated us, and was alternately thrilled with that situation and impatient as hell. She smiled, a little shy. “I like the way you touch me.”

“That’s good because I really enjoy touching you,” I said, bringing my lips to her neck and trailing them down between her breasts. “I didn’t want to let you go when I met you last night. Wanted to keep you all to myself.”

“Oh,” she said, her eyebrow quirking as if this was an peculiar sentiment. “I don’t think anyone’s ever wanted to keep me before.”

Fuck, she was too much. Just too much. Beautiful and rough around every edge yet vulnerable and sensitive.

“I want to keep you,” I said, sliding my fingers behind her back to unclasp her bra. “I’ll keep you as long as you let me, lovely.” Her arms moved to her chest the minute her bra went flying over my shoulder. That vulnerability? There it was again. “And I want to see you, too.”

A groan was rumbling past my lips the second her arms went around my neck and she was bared to me. I thought her tits were a crime in that t-shirt, but I had no idea. They were full and pale, and delicious. I licked and sucked as if I was trying to consume her, and maybe I was.

“Say something,” she whispered, her fingers raking through my hair. “I want…I want to know what you’re thinking.”

I released her nipple with a satisfied groan, and then dropped kisses on each of her breasts before finding her eyes. “I’m thinking get me inside you right now.”

Our lips met as my fingers inched her panties over her hips. I could take her just like this, face-to-face while I tasted her hungry hums, and I’d want for nothing.

“You probably thought I’d be crazy in bed,” she said, her words muffled as she spoke against my neck. “Like, I don’t know, adventurous and kinky. Like, I keep nipple clamps in my back pocket and actually prefer wearing thongs, and I’m always down for anal. And it’s my fault, really. This whole night has been pretty wild, and I kissed you like a maniac and then everything on the boat, and it wouldn’t be wrong to think that tequila on my tits is an average Saturday morning but—”

“It only matters what you want,” I said, tipping up her chin. “Don’t worry about what I think, or what you think I’m thinking. Tell me what you want.”

Erin’s fingers clawed at my boxers, and together we got them over my hips and out of the way. Her panties were long gone and my cock was in love with the wet heat between her legs.

“Please don’t make it hurt,” she whispered.

I shook my head and dropped a kiss on her forehead. “Never.”

 

 

 

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Kate Canterbary doesn’t have it all figured out, but this is what she knows for sure: spicy-ass salsa and tequila solve most problems, living on the ocean–Pacific or Atlantic–is the closest place to perfection, and writing smart, smutty stories is a better than any amount of chocolate. She started out reporting for an indie arts and entertainment newspaper back when people still read newspapers, and she has been writing and surreptitiously interviewing people–be careful sitting down next to her on an airplane–ever since. Kate lives on the water in New England with Mr. Canterbary and the Little Baby Canterbary, and when she isn’t writing sexy architects, she’s scheduling her days around the region’s best food trucks.
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$1.99 Book Sale! My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

My Lady Jane is on sale for $1.99 on Kindle. I just finished this book and haven’t written the review yet, but I couldn’t wait to tell you it’s on sale right now. This book is usually $9.99 (for the Kindle version) and $1.99 is a great sale. This is a comedic fantasy unlike anything I’ve ever read before. It is in no way heavy, and just an all around enjoyable read.

The narrators do break the 4th wall though and speak directly to you, so if that is something that annoys you then this might not be for you. I really enjoyed how lighthearted this fantasy was. There is a touch of romance, but it is definitely YA material.

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Going Under by Lexi Ryan (The Blackhawk Boys #3)

4.5 Stars

This is one of the stories I’ve been waiting for. From the moment Sebastian Crowe entered the picture in Spinning Out I had hope that he would one day get his own book. And he finally has. Of all the guys in the series, he is the one I’ve been most attached to from the beginning. In Going Under, we finally get his whole story… and while his background was a little disappointing to me, the love he has for Alex more than makes up for it. I’m a sucker for a guy that can make a woman feel beautiful.

Alex is such an intriguing character from the start. She loves classic cars and works as a mechanic.  While in high school, Alex ran into a burning house to try to rescue her twin sister, Martina. She was unsuccessful and ended up not only losing her sister, but having to be hospitalized for severe burns that left her with extensive scarring. She left town after graduating from high school because she needed to get away from all the feelings surrounding her at home. Now she’s back and surprised to discover that not only will she be working with Sebastian, but they have a class together as well.

My heart races as if I’ve run the length of the field, and I’m just standing here, watching her, itching to touch, to take, to claim what I can’t have. I want to follow the scar down her neck and over her breast and examine the juncture of smooth, unmarred ivory skin and textured scar. I want to brush my fingers over that space where demons I know too well reached beyond their boundaries and caught an innocent.

Secrets are a big deal in these books, and everyone’s got them. Alex doesn’t know Sebastian’s secrets, and he believes that they are the reason he needs to stay away from her.The secrets of her dead sister are a heartbreaking thing, and survivors guilt is real.

I enjoyed the small mystery within the book and completely fell for the red herring. The next book in the series will be called Falling Hard, but doesn’t come out until the summer of 2017. I was surprised to hear that it will follow Keegan’s story and even though every book has made me detest Olivia… I’m sure that I will love her by the end. The story I have been anticipating the most, hasn’t been announced (that I know of). There HAS to be a 5th book, because I NEED Bailey and Mason’s story. 

**UPDATE** Book 5 will be In Too Deep and tell the story of Mason. YAY!

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It’s not necessary to read any of the other books in the series in order to “get” this one. They are all standalones and can be read in any order.

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Title: Going Under
Series: The Blackhawk Boys #3 
Author: Lexi Ryan
Genre: New Adult
  Release Date: December 6, 2016
Blurb
If I met Alexandra DeLuca for the first time today, I would only need one word to describe her: 

MINE. She’s everything she was when we said goodbye. Beautiful, stubborn, sweet…and off-limits. 

After two years leading separate lives, our worlds have collided. Now that she’s back home working and taking classes beside me, she’s bound to make me lose my mind.

She’s all I’ve ever wanted, all I’ve ever dreamed of, and the one thing I can never have. 

Not because she’s my best friend’s sister.
Not because all four DeLuca brothers would come at me with fists swinging if I hurt her.
Not even because she’s way better than I will ever deserve.
 

I keep my distance because we didn’t meet for the first time today. We met five years ago when I was a different person. When my demons ruled me. Even though I’ve changed–even though I’ve gotten my life together and become a better man–I can’t change the past. And the secrets that haunt me would destroy her. 

But I’m not the only one with secrets, and when the truth comes out, I don’t know where to turn. What do you do when your world washes away beneath your feet and you feel like you’re drowning? What do you do when the woman you promised yourself you’d never touch is the only thing that can keep you from going under?

GOING UNDER is a standalone novel and the third set in the world of The Blackhawk Boys series.
 

Football. Secrets. Lies. Passion. These boys don’t play fair. Which Blackhawk Boy will steal your heart?

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Copyright © 2016 by Lexi Ryan“I don’t want you to think you need to do this now that I’m back.”

He steps forward, close enough that I can feel his heat. “Do what?”

“Spend time with me. Come to my rescue. Make sure I make it home safely.” I wave a hand. “All of it. You don’t owe me anything.”

“You think I’m here out of a sense of obligation?” He laughs. “Fuck, that’s insane.”

“Is it? Can we just talk about the elephant in the room?” I ask him.

He’s staring at me, and it takes a few beats for him to process that I’ve spoken. I’d laugh if seeing him drunk didn’t also unsettle something deep inside me, some old part of me that still wants Sebastian to be my rock. But I’m not the girl recovering in the hospital anymore. I’m not the girl crying at her sister’s grave. Those experiences are part of who I am now, but I’m more, too. I’m stronger. I don’t need Sebastian’s strength to hold me steady. Or I shouldn’t.

I tuck my hands into my pockets. “Two years ago, the night before I left for Colorado…” He goes still, and I can’t make myself finish the sentence.

“I crossed a line,” he says.

I snort. God, the problem isn’t that he crossed a line—it’s that he didn’t. “Are you serious right now?”

He cuts his eyes to me again, the muscle ticking in his jaw. “It was a mistake, and you’re obviously still angry with me about it.”

I step away from him and wrap my hands around the porch rail. If I let myself look at him, I’ll overanalyze every expression that crosses his face. I realize I’m holding my breath and exhale. “It was a shitty thing for you to do.”

He’s silent for several heavy beats of my heart. When I can’t stand the silence anymore, I release the railing and turn to face him. “Let me make sure I understand,” he says. “Since I almost kissed you two years ago, I can’t walk you home anymore?”

“I don’t want…” I take a breath as I search for the words to explain how this makes me feel. “I don’t want a pity friendship.”

“What the fuck is a pity friendship?”

“It’s when you spend time with someone because you don’t want them to be alone.”

“You’re an expert on what I want now?”

“I think you made it perfectly clear what you do and don’t want from me two years ago.”

He takes half a step forward, and his gaze drops to my mouth. Can you feel someone looking at your lips? Because his gaze is so intense on my mouth right now that I’m sure I could close my eyes and still feel it as distinctly as a touch. “Dammit, Alex, if I’d have known you’d hold such a grudge for thirty seconds of weakness, I would have kissed you that night. Fuck my better judgment. At least then I’d know how you taste.”

I swallow hard and tell my pounding heart not to make more of this than it is. “You’re drunk, Sebastian.”

Stepping back, he drags a hand over his face. “Yeah.” He takes another step back. “Good night, Alex.”

I unlock the door and go inside, shutting it behind me without looking at him again. Slowly, I take the stairs up to my old room, close the door behind me, and lean against it. Only then do I allow myself to squeeze my eyes shut and take a long, deep breath to calm my racing heart.

His words replay in my head, making the muscles in my stomach grow tight. Just once I’d like Sebastian Crowe to make good on one of the fantasies he inspires. Just once I’d like him to follow me into this room and lock the door before pushing me against it and lowering his mouth to mine. I’d like to feel those rough hands slide under my shirt to unbutton my jeans…

I pull out my phone and text Bailey, letting her know I made it home okay. Then, without washing my face or changing my clothes, I fall into bed, close my eyes, and break a promise to myself by fantasizing about Sebastian Crowe.

“At least then I’d know how you taste.”
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of emotional romance that sizzles, Lexi enjoys reading, sunshine, a good glass of wine, and rare trips to the beach.Lexi lives in Indiana with her husband, two children, and neurotic dog. You can find her at her website: http://www.lexiryan.com/

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