Polar F6 Heart Rate Monitor

When it comes to buying the best heart rate monitor you have to decide when and where you will be using it most. If you intend exercising in a busy area the chances are that they will be a lot of people out there who are using wireless training aids. These aids can really interfere with your heart rate monitors signal making it unreliable.

The Polar F6 comes with a feature that has a coded transmission which prevents this type of interference (crosstalk) from happening ensuring that your heart rate monitor works perfectly no matter where you are training or exercising.

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Features:

One main feature is that it allows user to uplink and transmit diary information from wrist unit directly to Polar’s web service wirelessly. Excellent for monitoring improvements over time and seeing how you are progressing. The OwnZone function allows you to effectively calculate workouts within varying BPM Zones or user can set these themselves. The Polar F6 can monitor high or low energy expenditures by way of an alarm and arrows. There is also a diary function allows user to view stored workout sessions individually.

  • Zone Pointer: Visible/ audible feature displays your heart rate – showing  target heart rate zone and where current heart rate is within that zone.
  • Polar OwnCal: This feature shows energy expenditure during a single exercise session as well as accumulated kilocalories during several exercise sessions. Allows user to set daily/weekly goals.
  • Polar OwnZone: Guides user through appropriate warm-up routine. Automatically determines safe and effective heart rate zone.
  • Polar OwnCode: This technology blocks unwanted signals from other heart rate monitors that may be in the vicinity of where user is exercising or training.

More Features:

  • Some other great aspects of the F6 is that it displays the heart rate, exercise time and average heart rate during an exercise program.
  • The 24 hour clock is a nice feature and has a stopwatch.
  • The screen is very user friendly and easy to read.
  • It is water resistant to a depth of 30 metres (100’) and the battery has an average of one year’s life in it.

The only real drawback about the F6 is the bad reputation they have when it comes to replacing the battery. It may deteriorate faster than others, and there have been many complaints. Although the replacement is very simple and easy to do.

The Reviews:

“I just bought this and so far so good, has a nice feel to it and it comfortable to wear when exercising. Only used it a few times so will let you know if things change.”

“Bought this when it first came on the market – very pleased it works really well would recommend this to anyone who is serious about exercising. Very easy to check out heart rate on watch screen and nice and simple to set goals out. Very happy with F6 think it is value for money.”

BLOG TOUR ~ SILVER BASTARD BY JOANNA WYLDE

Fourteen months. For fourteen months, Puck Redhouse sat in a cell and kept his mouth shut, protecting the Silver Bastards MC from their enemies. Then he was free and it was time for his reward—full membership in the club, along with a party to celebrate. That’s when he saw Becca Jones for the first time and set everything in motion. Before the night ended he’d violated his parole and stolen her away from everything she knew.
Five years. It was five years ago that Puck destroyed Becca and saved her all in one night. She’s been terrified of him ever since, but she’s even more terrified of the monsters he still protects her from… But Becca refuses to let fear control her. She’s living her life and moving forward, until she gets a phone call from the past she can’t ignore. She has to go back, and there’s only one man she can trust to go with her—the ex-con biker who rescued her once before. Puck will help her again, but this time it’ll be on his terms. No more lies, no more tears, and no more holding back what he really wants…

Ignoring him, I settled back on my stool and surveyed the room. We sat in Becca’s section, and what I saw wasn’t making me happy. I knew she was a good waitress, but she’d just started here and it showed. Not only had she fucked up several orders, she didn’t quite seem to get the rhythm of the bar. That wasn’t my problem, though.
My problem was that despite these fuckups, nobody seemed to mind. I had a nasty suspicion this was due to her perky tits, friendly smile, and tight little ass that seriously just needed a bite taken right out of it.
She really, really needed to get a new job—every man in the place wanted her. Including me. Especially me. I hated them. All of them. I shifted uncomfortably, because just like every time I shared a room with her, my pants had gotten tight.
Torture. Becca was just so fucking fine on every level, and not just her looks. There was something about the way she carried herself . . . I couldn’t put my finger on it. Like she was dancing through life to some song nobody else could hear. Never met another woman like her—she wasn’t just sexy, she was a survivor and I admired that.
She’d grown up so much since the first time I’d met her. Bigger boobs, a nice fullness to her ass that was nowhere close to fat but would be perfect to hold tight while I fucked her. Her lips had plumped, too, and over the years she’d gained a sparkle in her eyes that turned her from pretty to 100 percent spectacular.
Not to mention how she’d tasted.
Nearly blew in my pants when I’d taken that mouth. Just the memory got me hard. Make that harder. Fucking basket case.
When I’d pulled up to find her sitting outside with Collins, a thousand murder scenarios ran through my mind. And yeah, I know I covered that already, but if anything ever deserved empha- sis, this was it. Collins needed to die. I didn’t care how nice he was. After that I’d throw Becca on the back of my bike and make a run for the hills . . .
Okay, so there were a few problems with the plan, the top one being she hated me. Or she should—I’d certainly given her cause. Boonie nudged me.
“Did I mention you’re pathetic? You want her, take her. Other- wise let it go because you’re an embarrassment to all men in general and to the Silver Bastards in particular.
There are very few biker romances I’m willing to read these days simply because I can’t take all the angst and conflict that comes with the club lifestyle, but Joanna Wylde is one author I won’t hesitate to read because she combines just the right amount of grit and romance to make for one compelling story. Usually I really like or love her books but I have to admit…I wasn’t too sure about this book for a while, and I even thought about putting it down for good. What sets this book (and probably series) apart from her Reapers MC books is that they’re not set around a club, but a location – the Silver Valley region from where the series name is derived. Thus, a lot of the grit and action I’ve come to expect from her stories was absent in this book, and – in my opinion – is the cheesiest out of all her stories, but in the end I’m glad I continued with it. An author who can make me want to give up but then turn things around and make me enjoy the story by the end is a talented writer.
If you’ve read the Reapers MC books, you’ll remember Puck as the guy who got thrown into jail with Painter on a weapons charge, and now after a year he’s finally out. Prior to his serving time, he was just a prospect for the Silver Bastards MC, but by keeping quiet and protecting the club even while he was in prison earned him respect and an official place in the club, and at the start of the book is out celebrating when he spies the heroine Becca. He can tell that she’s not like other club whores and immediately wants her. What follows is one unforgettable night and total chaos the next day when the truth about Becca’s circumstances comes out; thus, Puck and the others take Becca with them and relocate her to a new place and keep tabs on her to make sure she’s safe.
At this point in the book (around the 10% mark) I was totally feeling the story. Unfortunately the author threw in a plot device that I absolutely abhor – time gap! Unless it’s for an epilogue, I just seriously can’t stand time gaps. You could even say time gaps are a hard limit of mine. Either way, I felt like the 5 year time gap here was only inserted so Becca would be out of her teenage years because honestly? It felt like no time passed at all. The many chapters following the time gap consisted of Becca and Puck going on and on about how amazing their one night together was and everything else was virtually the same, so I didn’t feel like 5 years had passed. It got to a point where I wanted both of them to just shut up and move on or screw each other already, and THANK GOD there was some development in that area thanks to Puck.
I also didn’t really connect with either Puck or Becca individually and as a couple. Their relationship was solely based on the fact that they had some history that night 5 years ago, and to see Puck suddenly want to claim Becca as his old lady made two words pop in my head: insta love! At this point in the book, I really wanted to throw in the towel and call it a day. Puck didn’t stand out as a Joanna Wylde hero and Becca was extremely childish.
But I’m glad I didn’t give up.
Somewhere after this first quarter of the book the story turned around for me. There was still some character stupidity and bad choices made, but the characters owned it. They matured the more I read, and developed a level of mutual respect I couldn’t help but have to acknowledge. I also loved getting the details about club life – member interactions, meeting the other old ladies, etc…– and there was a secondary subplot that added a suspenseful tone to the story which was great.
I think my main issue with the book would be the frustrating first 25% of the story along with the weak romantic connection. While I ended up enjoying the story tons by the end, I still can’t forget that it took me a long time to really get into the story in the beginning which is why I can’t bring myself to give this book 4 stars or higher. It’s definitely not my favorite from this author, but is still a solid, intriguing first installment to this series and with the clever sneak peek at the end, I’m just dying to get my hands on the next book! I’m sure it’ll be a hit for readers who loved her Reapers MC series and as long as you don’t mind insta-love and time gaps like I do, you’ll enjoy this book just fine
Silver Bastard is the first book in the Silver Valley series and can be read as a standalone. While a few characters from the Reapers MC series make an appearance you don’t have to read those books beforehand.
An advanced copy was provided by Penguin Intermix via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

BVR WEEKLY RECAP 4/7/15

Happy Tuesday everyone! I know I say that every week has amazing new releases and sales but I’m seriously not kidding about this week’s load of books! It’s an EPIC release day  Some books I have my eye on are Predestined Hearts by Kelly Elliot & Kristin Mayer (dual romance book – contemporary + historical), Homefront by Jessica Scott (second chance military romance), For the Love of Raindrops by Beth Michele (hero’s always been in love with heroine), Blush by Cherry Adair (female billionaire on the run from a hitman!!), and Lock & Key by Cat Porter ($.99) (biker romance). Oh and I also finished reading Attraction by Penny Reid and loved it!! It’s now my latest top recommendation and I’ll have a review up either later today or tomorrow

Upcoming Releases: Did you know I now have a section that’ll list upcoming releases for the year? Be sure to bookmark the page below as I update it daily with preorders/Goodreads links.

Cool tip: Tired of seeing all the $.99, $1.99, $2.99, etc… on your bills? Send yourself an Amazon gift card and plan a budget accordingly

P.S. Don’t have a Kindle/Kindle account? No worries! Get a free Kindle Reading App, regardless if you have a Kindle! I have an iPad and I mostly read on the app

  • Attraction by Penny Reid ($.99) – I finished reading this book late last night and LOVED IT!! I’ve started and put down 5 books before this one because they just weren’t grabbing my attention and I wanted to focus on finding a book that just had that *oomph* factor you know? Well, this book is it!! I’m totally hooked on Penny’s smart, sassy kind of writing and can’t wait to read the next book in this series
  • The Traveling Woman by Jane Harvey Berrick – the highly anticipated conclusion to The Traveling Man ($.99). I read this one early and really enjoyed it! It delivered a great ending to this unique carnival-themed romance and wonderful couple (here’s my review).
  • When I’m Gone by Abbi Glines – I know a lot of y’all have been waiting for this one!
  • Silver Bastard by Joanna Wylde – new one for y’all biker babes! I got to read this one early too and while I had trouble getting into it in the beginning I ended up liking it. You really can’t go wrong with one of Joanna’s books (here’s my review).
  • Tool by Sabrina Paige ($.99) – stepbrother romance!
  • Predestined Hearts by Kelly Elliot & Kristin Mayer – this sounds really good! The authors note that this is a dual genre book containing both historical and contemporary romance (fresh idea!). The heroine’s aunt dies and while sorting through her things, stumbles upon her great great great grandmother’s journal. “Two love stories intertwine with each other as [the heroine] reads the beautiful words, written over a hundred years ago…”
  • Rattle Me by Ryan Michele ($.99)
  • The Queen of Bright & Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre
  • The Good Girls by Teresa Mummert
  • Contrite by Kathy Coopmans – I’m also intrigued by this book too! “Clove Calloway knows within an hour of picking up her husband Turner from the airport that something is different, yet she can’t pinpoint what…What could have happened within the week he was gone? One way or another, she’s going to find out…she sets about preparing for the worst, only to find it’s much more than she could have imagined…Clove’s life is about to descend into a web of deceit, lies, and betrayal. Appearances can be deceiving…and only the Master Manipulator will be left standing.”
  • Come to Me Recklessly by AL Jackson
  • Homefront by Jessica Scott – I LOVE the sound of this book!! It’s a second chance military romance (I’m seriously a sucker for these kind of storylines).
  • Exposed by S.R. Grey ($.99)
  • Still the One by Jill Shalvis
  • Wait for Morning by Nicole Edwards – romantic suspense!
  • The Enticement by Tara Sue Me
  • Black Number Four by Kandi Steiner – romance between 2 poker players! “Two secrets. Two hearts. Two hands being played in one twisted game of deceit. When the cards are on the table, will anyone be left standing? The perfect poker face can only hide them for so long.”
  • Carter by RJ Lewis ($.99) – This is book 1 in a 2-book duet following the romance between a rockstar on the rise and the girl who’s always been in love with him from the start. “His voice swept me off my feet. He sang like an angel, making me forget for a little while that my unrequited love would destroy me…”
  • Without Me by Chelle Bliss
  • Thrust by Victoria Ashley ($.99) – sounds really hot and erotic!
  • Tempest Raging series by Michelle Mankin ($1.99) – all 4 books in this rockstar romance in 1 set!
  • Dark Instincts by Suzanne Wright
  • Say My Name by J Kenner
  • Below the Belt by Jeanette Murray
  • Blush by Cherry Adair – I LOVE the sound of this book!! It’s an erotic romance about a sexy billionaire who’s on the run—and the hit-man-turned-handyman who’s supposed to kill her (yay for female billionaires!).
  • Clash by Sawyer Bennett ($.99)
  • Full Contact by Sarah Castille – fighter romance!
  • For the Love of Raindrops by Beth Michele – this sounds really good! It’s a friends to lovers romance that spans both YA and NA genres. “I fell in love with her when I was just a boy. And then I never fell out of love. I just fell deeper…She is everything. And I have nothing to offer her. Except my heart.” <– Aww!
  • Seth & Greyson by Jessica Sorensen – M/M romance!
  • Fuel the Fire by Krista & Becca Ritchie
  • What If Anthology
  • City of Bones by Cassandara Clare ($2.99) – $5 price drop!! This book and the rest of the series is seriously one of my top 5 favorite series of all time and now’s the perfect time to get started on them. Best 3 bucks you’re going to spend!
  • Lock & Key by Cat Porter ($.99) – biker romance!! “I was allegedly South Dakota’s most famous Old Lady. Sixteen years ago I had survived my Old Man’s murder. Never again. Never again will I surrender my heart. Never again will I sacrifice to the Club. But that all changed in one night. I came home and crashed into him, and my past and present blew up in my face. Both of us lonely, running on empty, and unwilling to admit it…Now I feel things I’d forgotten about, want things I’d cut out of my insides. Love not only stings when you lose it, when it’s ripped away, When it first sinks its teeth into you, it can cut just as raw and sting just as deep. I’d forgotten that.”
  • The Traveling Man by Jane Harvey Berrick ($.99) – unique friends to lovers romance set against a carnival-themed backdrop! Book 2 just released too (see above section).
  • Unbreakable by Emma Scott ($.99) – I’m interested in this one! The hero and heroine meet and bond together while they’re being held as hostages in a bank!!!
  • Degradation (#1), Separation (#2), Reparation (#3), and Completion (#3.5) by Stylo Fantome are all $.99 each! These are kinky erotic romances and is a complete series!
  • Naked by Raine Miller ($2.99) – $5 price drop for this billionaire romance!
  • Waiting on the Sidelines by Ginger Scott ($.99) – YA romance! The heroine is a tomboy with a humble upbringing and the hero is the son of a football legend carrying so much pressure on his shoulders. The book description says the story “explores young love to its fullest, exposing how real young heartbreak and passion is and how important it is to discover yourself and hold onto your own identity.” 
  • Prick by Sabrina Paige ($.99) – popular stepbrother romance!
  • The Unimaginable by Dina Silver ($2) – this was on my TBR the moment I heard about it and now the price dropped to $2! The heroine volunteers to help crew the hero’s boat on a passage across the Indian Ocean and falls in love with him. “But when disaster strikes, [she] must summon her courage as the crew is confronted by unspeakable terrors—and, aboard a boat named for such promise, comes the unimaginable.”
  • The Perfect Game (#1) and The Game Changer (#2) by J. Sterling are $2 each! I read and enjoyed this NA sports romance series, which was big on redemption and second chances.
  • Tyler’s Undoing (#1), Ryley’s Revenge (#2), Paxton’s Promise (#3), and Camden’s Redemption (#4) by LP Dover are all still $.99 each! These are interconnected MMA fighter romances and though each book features a different couple, the plot is continuous throughout so read them in order!
  • The Accidental Assassin by Nichole Chase ($.99) – this sounds fun! The heroine has a very routine lifestyle so when her friend offers her the chance to house-sit while she goes off on her honeymoon she jumps at the chance thinking this may help shake up her life a bit. The hero is an assassin and the last thing he expected to do is to “help [the heroine] find out how she’s ended up on a hit man’s list.”
  • The Note by Teresa Mummert ($.99)
  • Flowers in the Attic by VC Andrews ($1.99) – this one’s a controversial, boundary-pushing read, but it was the kind of unconventional book I enjoyed. If you’re feeling open-minded and want a ‘different’ kind of read, check this out! It’s the first book in her Dollanganger Family series about a family of four (two girls, two boys) who are locked away and kept out of sight “At the top of the stairs there are four secrets hidden. Blond, beautiful, innocent, and struggling to stay alive…”
  • The Singles by Emily Snow ($.99) – 3 of her standalone books in 1 bundle!
  • Yours Tonight by Joya Ryan ($.99) – The first book in the Reign series & an erotic romance. “He will give her everything she’s ever wanted…The only rule? He makes the rules.”
  • Rome by Jay Crownover ($.89) – 89 CENTS!! Weird pricing but I’m not complaining  If you love a reformed bad boy and NA romances, this is a great book (and series) to read.
  • All Lined Up (#1) and All Broke Down (#2) by Cora Carmack got price drops! First one’s $1.99, second one’s $.99 but the important thing is to GET THESE!! They’re pure NA romance gold – sweet with steam, lots of awkward fun, and easy to relate to. I loved them! Here’s my review for book 1 and here’s my review for book 2.
  • Burying Water by KA Tucker ($1.99) – Normally $7.99, this is the first book in her NA romantic suspense series about a girl who has amnesia and the boy next door who knows the truth about her. It’s a standalone!
  • Last Will & Testament by Dahlia Adler ($.99) – one of my favorite NA romances from last year!! The heroine’s parents died in a car accident, leaving her as the guardian of her 2 younger brothers. As a result she has to clean up her act and focus on her grades, leading her straight to the TA hero. It’s a really witty and heartwarming read (here’s my review).
  • Until You Find Me by Amber Hart ($.99) – this sounds really good! The heroine travels to Africa searching for answers about her family’s past and falls in love with one of the hunters in the jungle!!
  • Turtle Bay by Tiffany King ($.99) – sounds like a sweet YA romance! The heroine and her family move to a small town for a new start, except a few bad choices and a party later, she’s slapped with a harsh community service sentence and is paired to work with the hero, a local lifeguard who immediately dislikes her for trashing the environment he loves. But after working together for a while both start to see past their first assumptions about each other…
  • Sweet Home (#1), Sweet Rome (#2), and Sweet Fall (#3) by Tillie Cole are all $.99 each! I read and LOVED book 3 and it was one of my top favorites from last year (here’s my review).
  • Unspeakable Truths by Alice Montalvo-Tribue ($.99) – This one’s a love after loss romance standalone! “Four years ago, my life was everything I wanted it to be: I had everything I wanted, everything I needed, in my best friend and newly wedded husband—Tyler. Yet, hours after we said “I do,” I lost him…And now, four years later, my life still feels like a hopeless eternity. I guess it’s quite fitting that the last person I want to hear from is currently standing at my front door. He wants to tell me the truth about that night, he wants to be my new knight in shining armor, but the thing is…He was the best man…”
  • Searching for Someday (#1) and Searching for Perfect (#2) by Jennifer Probst are both $1.99 each! These are romantic comedy standalones that revolve around a matchmaking business.
  • Bait by M. Mabie ($.99) – extreme angst alert!
  • Coming Down by Carrie Elks ($.99) – I really enjoyed the 2nd book in this series which was about an already married couple and look forward to reading this first one, which looks like a second chance romance!
  • The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen ($.99) – NA romance standalone! The heroine is a hockey player who got in an accident and instead of starting college as a varsity player, sits in a wheelchair. Right across from her in her dorm, is another handicapped hockey star, and a friendship forms…“They’re just friends, of course, until one night when things fall apart. Or fall together…”
  • Bride in Bloom by JB Hartnett ($.99) – The heroine and hero were once happy together, getting married and ready to live out the rest of their lives as a couple. But both are betrayed by each other in the worst of ways too. This is their second chance romance after the happily-ever-after…
  • The Traveling Woman by Jane Harvey Berrick – new release & the highly anticipated conclusion to Kes & Aimee’s story! I really enjoyed it, and I’m going to miss these characters. Jane Harvey Berrick has written a duet that will capture readers’ hearts for sure (here’s my review).
  • Silver Bastard by Joanna Wylde – new release and one of the few biker romance authors I’ll gladly read anytime! Overall I liked it, though I had a really rough start (here’s my review).
  • The Virgin by Tiffany Reisz – recent release and one of my highly anticipated reads of the year! This series is my #1 favorite of all time and as to be expected it didn’t disappoint. While it’s not my favorite in the series, it’s a book that’s still better than 90% of books I read these days…just to put things into perspective  (here’s my review)
  • Sweet Hope by Tillie Cole – the final book in the Sweet Home series. While I liked it, it wasn’t my favorite book from this author. Just a tad bit too cheesy for me, but it was a solid read and I’m sure fans of this series will find a winner with this one (here’s my review).
  • Fisher’s Light by Tara Sivec – still my latest TOP recommendation!! This second chance military romance brought out all the feels and made me cry. It just really reminded me why I love reading so much and is an epic love story (here’s my review)!
  • Little Peach by Peggy Kern – TOP recommendation!! It’s not a romance of any kind and it’s a realistic fiction read meant to bring awareness about prostitution. I believe everyone needs to read this book (here’s my review).
  • Wild Reckless by Ginger Scott – TOP recommendation!!! I absolutely adored this book and it’s the perfect choice if you’re in the mood for a dark, angsty read. One of my favorite YA romances for sure (here’s my review).
  • The Trouble with Love by Lauren Layne <– OMG this book!! Another winner for me – 4.5 stars – and it’s a book that’ll make you fall in love with the idea of love. Complete and total escapism and by the time I was done I just had this warm, happy book feeling…(here’s my review) TOP recommendation!!
  • Becoming Rain by K.A. Tucker <– I loved this romantic suspense read!! Clever, suspenseful, and surprisingly there were moments of deep emotion too. Definitely a TOP recommendation (here’s my review)
  • The Deal by Elle Kennedy <– TOP recommendation!! This was seriously one of the best college romances I’ve ever read (here’s my review). Or better yet, don’t read my review. Just DIVE RIGHT IN and experience the whole thing for yourself
  • Before Jamaica Lane by Samantha Young <– an oldie from over a year ago but definitely a goodie! This is a TOP recommendation and it was such a FUN, steamy, and feel-good friends to lovers romance! Definitely will be making my favorites list for this year (here’s my review)
  • Until We Fly by Courtney Cole <– TOP recommendation!! Why did I wait so long to read this one?! Either way, I’m glad I finally read it because this NA romance was gripping, it was unputdownable, and I didn’t want it to end when it did. Highly recommend!! (here’s my review)
  • Shug by Jenny Han <– this was a re-read for me, and one of my favorite YA books!! I’m amazed that after seven years since I last read it, it still affects me and makes an impact. 5 stars and a book I’d recommend to everyone – you, your teenage kids, your friends, etc…(here’s my review)
  • The Hooker & the Hermit by LH Cosway & Penny Reid <– TOP recommendation and a 5 star read for me! Such a fun, fresh, and quirky book – you won’t find a more wonderful, full-of-heart story to fall in love with (here’s my review)
  • Hero by Samantha Young <– favorite and recommendation!! This enemies-to-lovers office romance was fun, sexy, and at-times emotional! It had the perfect amount of angst and swoon (here’s my review)
  • Trade Me by Courtney Milan <– favorite and recommendation! I really loved this NA romance. It was unique (couple pairing), had such whip-smart writing, and both characters were so likeable. I’d recommend it! (here’s my review)
  • Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler <– TOP recommendation and a 5 star read for me! Just thinking about this book is making my eyes water. I took a chance on this one and I strongly encourage you all to do the same (here’s my review)
  • Sweet Fall by Tillie Cole <– a TOP recommendation!! This NA romance is one of the darkest and emotionally heavy stories I’ve read in a long while, but it was exactly what I was in the mood for. It also made me ugly cry and I’m just blown away by the amount of emotion it evoked….if you’re looking for a standalone romance guaranteed to make you FEEL, try this one! (here’s my review)
  • Dear Emily (#1) and Dear Tabitha (#2) by Trudy Stiles <– TOP recommendation! These books are a blend of realistic women’s fiction with romance and made my heart feel so full…I loved both and being able to read them back to back let me carry my emotions from the first book to the second without delay. BEST kind of reading experience!! Here’s my review for book 1 and here’s my review for book 2. Be sure to read these in order!
  • Extinguish (#1) and Reignite (#2) by JM Darhower <– TOP recommendation!! This 2-book paranormal forbidden romance was unputdownable from the get go and I didn’t want the story to end. I mean, the hero is Lucifer, the Devil! That alone made me pick these up  Here’s my review for book 1 and here’s my review for book 2.
  • Amour Amour by Krista & Becca Ritchie <– I really enjoyed this NA romance! This was so unique (setting is in the circus) and the character development was stunning! It truly embodies every aspect of NA and as always, the authors’ writing style is great. Totally recommend (here’s my review)
  • Last Will & Testament by Dahlia Adler <– another favorite! This was such a refreshingly witty NA romance standalone (a little taboo since he’s the heroine’s TA). Totally recommend it (here’s my review)
  • Nine Minutes by Beth Flynn <– TOP recommendation!! This 5 star book rocked my world, 200% unputdownable (here’s my review)
  • Clockwork Angel (#1)Clockwork Prince (#2), and Clockwork Princess (#3) by Cassandra Clare are my ultimate TOP recommendations!! I seriously finished this sensational trilogy and had tears dripping down my face, a pile of tissues discarded on the floor, and food wrappers scattered around me. It was SO emotional, SO intense, SO passionate, and SO good. 6 star series for me!! (here’s my series review) These books must be read in order.
2 BOOKS I’M EXCITED ABOUT!!
There are a bunch of great books releasing in the next few weeks but the top 2 that are coming out in less than a week and have my full attention are the following:
Distraction by AE Murphy – April 11
Student/teacher romance and my favorite part of the blurb is this: “Forget labels. Forget rules. This is just a journey of two people who fall.” <– LOVE!!
Interim by S. Walden – April 14
High school outcast prepares to initiate a shooting to get back at all the kids who bullied him, but then the one girl he has a crush on finds his journal that has all the details and she’s now a liability!!
UPCOMING PREORDER TO WATCH FOR!!
I’m always on the search for upcoming releases that interest me and a few days ago I did find one called Once & Again by Elisabeth Barrett that’ll release on July 14! Years ago, the hero and heroine were once an item despite coming from 2 different social circles – she was the debutante from a wealthy family, he was the boy from the wrong side of the tracks. They were forced apart by their families. Now in present day, the heroine’s family is in debt and she’s not a valued member in exclusive clubs anymore; she’s an employee. And the guy who‘s her boss is none other than her old flame  “The last time he saw [the heroine], [the hero] was in the back of a police cruiser, handcuffed and humiliated. But seeing her again stirs other memories: a blanket on the beach, the moon above their heads, and the most expensive bottle of wine he could afford. Now the tables have turned.”
TARA SIVEC NEWS!!
You all know that I recently read and adored Fisher’s Light right (here’s my review)? I’m so happy to announce that Tara will be releasing an extra novella called Worth the Trip on May 4!! Here’s the gorgeous cover and blurb:
“It’s time for me to tell my story.
I know I’m a coward for waiting this long to explain my side of things. I know I should have tried long before now to make amends. There’s nothing like staring right at death’s door to put a fire under your ass. I’m going to die with enough regrets to fill ten notebooks and that’s a tough pill to swallow, but when I meet my maker, I want to be able to hold my head high with the knowledge that at least I confronted all of those regrets.”
JASINDA WILDER NEWS!!
I love this author and just yesterday it was announced that Jasinda and her husband Jack Wilder (they often write book collaborations together) signed a 3-book trilogy deal with Berkley Romance (very esteemed traditional publisher) and the first one’s releasing on November 3!!
Preorder Madame X.
A little about the book: it is “a dark, sexy and atmospheric modern-day fairy tale about a mysterious woman drawn to two very different men…”
K.A. TUCKER NEWS!!
I’m a big fan of this author and about a month ago I read and loved Becoming Rain, a cleverly written romantic suspense read. KA has revealed the gorgeous cover + blurb to the third book in this series called Chasing River.
“Armed with two years’ worth of savings and the need to experience life outside the bubble of her Oregon small town, twenty-five-year old Amber Welles is prepared for anything. Except dying in Dublin. Had it not been for the bravery of a stranger, she might have. But he takes off before she has the chance to offer her gratitude.

Twenty-four-year-old River Delaney is rattled. No one was supposed to get hurt. But then that American tourist showed up. He couldn’t let her die, but he also couldn’t risk being identified at the scene—so, he ran. Back to his everyday life of running his family’s pub. Only, everyday life is getting more and more complicated, thanks to his brother, Aengus, and his criminal associations. When the American girl tracks River down, he quickly realizes how much he likes her, how wrong she is for him. And how dangerous it is to have her around. Chasing her off would be the smart move.

Maybe it’s because he saved her life, or maybe it’s because he’s completely different from everything she’s left behind, but Amber finds herself chasing after River Delaney. Amber isn’t the kind of girl to chase after anyone. 

BOOK REVIEW ~ ATTRACTION BY PENNY REID

One week. Private beach. Invisible girl. Jerk-faced bully.What’s the worst that could happen?Kaitlyn Parker has no problem being the invisible girl, which is why she finds herself hiding in various cabinets and closets all over her college campus. Despite her best efforts, she can’t escape the notice of Martin Sandeke—bad boy, jerkface bully, and the universe’s hottest, wealthiest, and most unobtainable bachelor—who also happens to be Kaitlyn’s chemistry lab partner.Kaitlyn might be the only girl who isn’t interested in exploiting his stunning rower’s build, chiseled features, and family’s billionaire fortune. Kaitlyn wants Martin for his brain, specifically to tabulate findings of trace elements in surface water.When Kaitlyn saves Martin from a nefarious plot, Martin uses the opportunity to push Kaitlyn out of her comfort zone: spring break, one week, house parties, bathing suits, and suntan lotion. Can she overcome her aversion to being noticed? Will he be able grow beyond his self-centered nature? Or, despite their obvious chemistry, will Martin be the one to drive Kaitlyn into the science cabinet of obscurity for good?

I have been in a book slump the past few days, starting and stopping 5 books that just weren’t grabbing my attention, and then I decided to give this book a try seeing that many of my book buddies loved it. OMG. Best decision ever because I LOVED IT!!! Right from the start there was this special spark to the story and just from reading the first few pages I knew this book was going to be a winner. The writing was smart, the banter was extremely witty and had me giggling like a harlot, and the chemistry was off the charts amazing. One of my favorite NA romances of the year for sure!
One thing that really made this book stand out for me is how clever this story is. I let the plot marinate in my head for a few hours and honestly? There is nothing new plot-wise this book has to offer to the NA genre. There is the typical rich, entitled, cocky, and a bit standoffish hero, and how he’s secretly interested in the heroine who’s socially awkward but a beautiful nerd. But what made this storyline work here is definitely the strong, addicting writing. Penny Reid sells the story. There is no writer quite like her, and her brand of smart, sass, and wit weaved into the book brings these characters to life. The heroine Kaitlyn is someone I’d normally find irritating with all her odd quirks and shy social personality but I seriously loved her in here. She was endearing, and the way Penny portrayed her character displayed this strong/vulnerable dual personality that I personally found very easy to relate to. Same goes for the delectable hero Martin. Sure, he’s got the good looks and confidence down, but once again, he’s realistically and charmingly portrayed and despite all the cliché descriptions of him, Penny sells his character. And holy flying cow!! When Kaitlyn and Martin are together, I just combust. I don’t blame Kaitlyn one bit for feeling flustered and unable to speak when around him
I’m not going into detail about the plot because there really isn’t much to say about it other than what the blurb already reveals. Plus, this book was more of a long novella and it goes by fast once you start reading so I’d rather let everyone experience the fun ride on their own. Before diving in, I already knew the book would end in a cliffhanger but I honestly don’t care that I was left hanging. I’d rather read an amazing book and take a brutal cliffy than read a bad book with a resolved, yet unsatisfying ending. But most of all, I want to say that the cliffy isn’t something you should worry over anyways. Penny adds in a bonus sneak peek to book 2 at the very end that’ll soothe your heart and tide you over for the time being, and the next book will be released in just a few weeks. I can already see the Elements of Chemistry series becoming my latest book addiction, and I’m counting down the days to book 2’s release!
Attraction is part 1 of 3 in the Elements of Chemistry series following the same couple and ends on a cliffhanger. Just FYI, this book ends at the 81% mark BUT after that is the first chapter of book 2 that’ll make you feel better about that cliffy

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM ME TO YOU

I have an important announcement to make.
For the past year I have been blessed with a job that allowed me great flexibility to blog to my heart’s content, to the point where I was able to post by the hour and keep up to date with book news around the clock. Just recently, I have been offered an advancement opportunity I can’t refuse and so with that comes more ‘real-life’ responsibilities and less time for me to interact in book world. So what does this mean about my blog and specifically, postings on my Facebook page?
There will be no significant change. I will still be checking in a few times (not by the hour sadly) per day, and you’ll see posts from me every day – they just may not be up to date as they used to be. I admit I’m a bit of a control freak when it comes to efficiency so I’m still getting used to the fact that not being able to post hourly isn’t the end of the world. If you’ve been around BVR for a while and follow me on Facebook too, you’ll notice that besides the usual sales, author news, and new releases, I post other things like:
– Reviews (usually around 3 per week)
– Weekly Goodreads giveaways list every Sunday (Facebook feature)
– Daily freebies list every afternoon-early evening (Facebook feature)
– BVR Weekly recap every Tuesday (Blog feature)
– Weekly gift card giveaway every Tuesday (Facebook feature)
– Follower Appreciation giveaway at the end of each month (Blog feature)
None of the above will change. I am still committed to all. Most likely my review count per week will drop to 1 or 2 and the daily freebies list timing will be sporadic depending on my job hours, but there will be a freebies list every day unless I warn you guys ahead of time.
I want to apologize ahead of time if this slight change will inconvenience any of you as I won’t be able to relay the latest book news to you in a timely manner and for explaining why you may only see, like, 5 posts from me per day instead of my usual number.
Blogging first started out as an outlet for me and all my book thoughts, but in the past year it’s grown to be much more than an idle hobby. Just the thought of not being able to be as active as before makes me want to cry but what I’m about to undertake career-wise is also something I’ve been aiming for. Hopefully in the upcoming weeks I will be able to find a wonderful balance between the two.
Oh and before I forget, I also have to announce that I am moving from the Blogger platform to WordPress in the next few days, so my blog will either be inaccessible or look funky to you. For my email subscribers, this will be the last post for a while and I’ll send out an email again once the platform transition is complete.
As always, thank you for your readership and support of my blog!

BOOK REVIEW ~ SHE’S SO MONEY BY CHERRY CHEVA

Question: What do you get when you take . . .

1 overachieving girl + 1 insanely cute guy + 1 massive fine + 1 scheme involving a little dishonesty and a whole lot of cash?

I’ve always been the good girl—working seriously long hours at my family’s restaurant and getting straight As. And Camden King was always just that hot, popular guy I’d pass in the halls, whose ego was probably much bigger than his brain. I didn’t think there’d ever be a reason for us to actually, like, interact.

Then again, I never thought I’d mess up so badly that my family might lose our entire restaurant if I didn’t come up with a ton of money, and fast. So that’s where Camden comes in—he and his evil/genius plan to do kids’ homework for cash.

I know cheating’s wrong, but it’s better than being dead, right? Which is what I’d be if my parents knew about what happened. I never expected things to spin so far out of control. Or that I’d be such a sucker for Camden’s lopsided grin. Or that falling apart could be the best thing that ever happened to me.

Answer: The time of my life.

This book falls under my all-time favorites category, where no matter how many times I re-read it over a number of years it’s still just as good and feels like I’m reading it for the first time every time. I can’t really put into words just what it is exactly about the book that makes it such an amazing read for me because it is far from perfect, but every time I’m tempted to say ‘hey, that’s so cliché Cherry Cheva’ my brain kinda just shuts down. I mean…this is such a FUN book it’s just so easy to forget to nitpick. So easy to go with the flo and enjoy the story for what its worth. And so, so easy to fall in love with these characters and the book.

The last time I re-read this was in 2013 so I remembered the main plot but all the little details I’d forgotten. That turned out to be a good thing because starting from page 1 all the way to the end, I had this perpetual grin on my face due to every comedic dialogue exchanged between the main characters, the snappy, witty writing in general, and just the whole high school atmosphere that sent a wave of nostalgia through me. If you stripped away all the excessive drama and negativity that usually brands YA high school reads, you would get this book. I loved that there’s a balance between good and bad, encompassing nearly every kid’s high school experience in one while still maintaining a lighthearted, fun feeling through it all. And most of all, I loved the narrator of this story, one of the most adorkable literary heroines, Maya.

Maya is a Thai-American teenager currently in her last year of high school. She’s Stanford-bound, super smart, but has no social life as she can barely juggle school, extracurriculars, and waitressing at the family restaurant. When her parents decide to take a short trip and attend a wedding, they leave the restaurant management to Maya and her little brother. Little does she know that some laziness, two pissed old ladies, and a bad attitude lands her an inspection fee of $10k that she needs to pay off. Maya’s out of options and as a last resort turns to the guy she tutors – the hero Camden – for help.

Camden King is the rich, hot, and popular jock in school and practically flirts with every girl he comes into contact with. As confident as he is, he’s surprised when the school nerd comes to him agreeing that she’ll do his homework if he pays her. Boom. A new, shady business starts and before they both know it, their cheating ring expands beyond just their school and all hell breaks loose.

One of the best things about this book is that there’s nothing serious about it; it’s a romantic comedy through and through. Even when things got rough and the big ‘uh-oh’ moment arrived, the author would give me a scare for, like, a second and then smooth the rest out. And I especially love that there is no dramatizing anything here. It’s too often I read YA stories about this girl who was bullied or this guy who committed suicide and I’m not downplaying or mocking any of these scenarios, but it’s refreshing to read a story where the high school experience is just a typical high school experience, nothing more, nothing less. I think the simplicity of the story combined with the self-discovery aspect – especially for Maya’s character – is what makes this book so alluring. It’s not a book that strives to make a point and seek to educate readers on this and that; it’s pure entertainment.

I highly recommend this book to any reader just looking for a fun read and total escapism, and the best thing is that it’s a book anyone can read, whether it’s your teen kid or an adult. There’s nothing smutty, gory, or inappropriate about it

She’s So Money is a mature YA romantic comedy standalone. Fun fact: the author of this book is a writer for Family Guy!

BOOK REVIEW ~ BREAKABLE BY TAMMARA WEBBER

He was lost and alone. Then he found her.
And the future seemed more fragile than ever.

As a child, Landon Lucas Maxfield believed his life was perfect and looked forward to a future filled with promise — until tragedy tore his family apart and made him doubt everything he ever believed.

All he wanted was to leave the past behind. When he met Jacqueline Wallace, his desire to be everything she needed came so easy…

As easy as it could be for a man who learned that the soul is breakable and that everything you hoped for could be ripped away in a heartbeat.

I adored Easy, even re-read it a few times, and still consider it to be a major trailblazer for the NA genre. When this companion novel that contained only Lucas’s POV of Easy + his past was released, I didn’t even think of not reading it; I bought it right away and dived in. Unfortunately, I DNF-ed and shelved it away pretty soon. Now almost a year later, I picked it up once again and found myself flipping the pages so fast (and this is a pretty big book too) dying to get more details about Lucas and ended up really enjoying this book overall! Just goes to show mood has a huge say in my enjoyment level

Just to clear up any lingering misunderstandings – this is not a sequel to Easy. This is truly Lucas’s book and I would say even the romance part when it comes to Jackie takes a step back because this book is all about exploring Lucas’s character. The story is split into before and after parts: half of the book is about Landon Maxfield, the boy full of life who had everything before a family tragedy rips his whole world apart. The other half is about Lucas Maxfield, the man who sheds his ‘Landon’ identity and starts anew as Lucas and falls for the sweet, kindhearted Jackie, the story we basically all know because we read it in Easy.

To keep myself from reiterating, I won’t talk much about the ‘Lucas Maxfield’ part of the book because it’s in Easy. What I do want to focus on though is the other half which is about Landon. Very little was revealed about his life before he met Jackie but everything is about to come out in the open. His mother’s death has badly traumatized him, torn apart his family, and turned the once lively boy into a shell of his former self. In these chapters, I got a firsthand look at the pain and sorrow Landon felt, along with his rocky standing in school, and the very few but precious friendships he’s made. These were the scenes I couldn’t get enough of and thought they added to Landon’s character overall. But at the same time, I also thought there were some details that were better left unsaid and it made parts of the story drag a little for me, which is the reason I docked a star. Still no huge loss here though!

When I tried reading this book for the first time, I went in with all sorts of expectations and this prejudice, like I need to find things to pick on because in no way can I ever allow it to surpass Easy. That kind of attitude led me nowhere. When I picked this book up for the second time, the only thing on my mind was I craved familiarity – I was in the mood for a book where I already knew who the characters were and just needed a story that further built on the original book I loved, and what book fit that criteria better than Breakable? Unlike all the other alternate POV books I’ve read, this book was a winner for me for three main reasons: it wasn’t a total rehash of the original story, the male POV was strong, wasn’t watered down and actually felt authentic, and it did add more depth and revealed new information about the character in question than was previously told. This book is very much a character-driven story and as long as you’re reading it because you want anything and everything that has to do with Lucas the character (not because you’re hoping for more romance, more new plot, etc…) I think you’ll enjoy and appreciate this companion novel.

Breakable is the hero’s POV of Easy + his past before he meets Jackie. If you’ve never read Easy, I would suggest reading it first and waiting a couple of weeks (or even months) before starting Breakable or the book will sound a little redundant to you. The hero and heroine of book 3 Sweet are also first introduced here but it’s a standalone; you don’t have to read this book in order to get to that one.

 

BOOK REVIEW ~ THIRD DEBT BY PEPPER WINTERS

She healed me. She broke me. I set her free. But we are in this together. We will end this together. The rules of this ancient game can’t be broken.�?

Nila Weaver no longer recognises herself. She’s left her lover, her courage, and her promise. Two debts down. Too many to go.

Jethro Hawk no longer recognises himself. He’s embraced what he always ran from, and now faces punishment far greater than he feared.

It’s almost time. It’s demanding to be paid.

The Third Debt will be the ultimate test…

What the bejeezus was this book?! There’s no question I loved it and I read it in one sitting too, but holy flying cow…my mind is a mess right now. I thought the other books in this series were intense but nope, they don’t even compare when it comes to this 4th book. I would even go as far as to say that Third Debt is my favorite book in the series thus far and I see it as the turning point in Jethro and Nila’s dark, twisted journey.

Starting from here, the rest of my review will contain spoilers for the first 3 books so if you haven’t read them, best look away! If you have, continue on.

First, I gotta say despite the horrible state of mind the cliffhangers at the end of the first 3 books put me in, I am grateful for them. They are so heartstopping they are practically seared into my mind and because of that, I’m able to vividly remember all the details of what exactly happened, and can fall right back into this series like no time has passed at all. And that’s exactly what happened when I started this book.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Jethro and Nila are forced apart at the end of book 3, and this book mainly expands on the fallout that results because of their separation. To protect Nila, Jethro begrudgingly agrees to his father’s ultimatum but doesn’t count on it completely taking over his life. As the days pass, he withdraws into himself and is emotionally controlled by his father, which really drops a bomb on any kind of romantic development that occurred in the first 3 books. On the other hand, Nila, while forced to leave the Hawk estate, is determined to come back and save Jethro and nothing will stop her.

I love the story pace. Like the other books, this one starts off slow that made me settle in and lull me into a false sense of security and then bam! A jaw-dropping plot twist hits me and I never see it coming. This process pretty much repeats itself all the way to the end of the book which is THE biggest twist of all.

I think this book stands out to me more than the others because of the stellar character development. In the past, Jethro – while he still struggled with his growing feelings for Nila – overall was always steadfast in his approach to the Debt Inheritance process, along with his attitude towards his family. But in this book, the author really digs deep into his character and reveals all kind of thoughts and different sides to him that were never developed before, and to see that really humanized him. He’s come a long way from the seemingly unredeemable bastard from book 1 and really starts to fall into the ‘hero’ role, even though his circumstances and the pressure put on him constantly threaten to tip him over to the real dark side.

But the character that truly shined in this book? It was Nila. This was a girl who was a sheltered, meek woman who always relied on her father and brother, and throughout the numerous ordeals she experienced in the past few books, she’s really finding herself and evolving into a more confident, assured woman who’s not afraid to stand up for herself. I especially love that even when she’s cornered by the Hawks (figuratively and literally) she won’t go down without a fight and is so determined and driven to save Jethro, just like the way he saved her.

The only reason I’m not rating this book 5 stars is because for a good portion of the book, Jethro gave me severe whiplash. I truly felt for him when he was helpless and taken advantage of by his father and while in a way I understood he’s not to be held accountable for his actions, I still didn’t feel any better about them. His hot and cold behavior not only drove Nila mad; it made me crazy too. But by the end the author really gave me a reality check when everything about him was revealed and that made me understand why he acted the way he did.

Now the ending. OH MY GOD. The author doesn’t hide the fact that the books in this series will almost always end on a cliffhanger, so my panties aren’t in a twist because of that. What did shock me though was the ‘I-didn’t-think-she’d-go-there-but-she-did’ moment at the end. Like, WTF! LOL! Besides being speechless with the way the story ended on such a bang, I’m also super curious to see how in the world the author will bounce back from this kind of ending in the next book.

Even though I’m still feeling distraught over the ending and inconsolable that the next book isn’t available, there is something so deeply satisfying about this book (and series!). No matter what, Jethro and Nila’s story has given my brain, my heart, even my psyche a workout, not to mention that the book length of each consecutive book in the series far surpasses even full length novels currently being marketed, so both quality and quantity-wise I’m happy. Roll on book 4! And hey Pepper? It needs to come much, MUCH sooner than later

Third Debt is the 4th book in the Indebted series and must be read after the first 3 books. There will be a total of 6 books in the series and while each does end on a cliffy, answers will be given and certain plot lines will be concluded while new ones are presented at the same time.

An advanced copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

 

EXCLUSIVE TEASER + GIVEAWAY ~ SWEET BY TAMMARA WEBBER

Hi everyone, I have something super exciting for you today!! One of my all-time favorite books is Easy by Tammara Webber, a NA romance that really was a trailblazer for the New Adult genre and a book I could never get tired of re-reading. Just recently I also read and enjoyed the companion novel Breakable, which was entirely in the hero Lucas’s point of view. Reading Breakable made me not only love Lucas even more as I got to see different sides to him never revealed before in Easy, but it also got me super psyched to read book 3 in this series Sweet, which is a standalone romance focusing on Lucas’s best friend Boyce Wynn and the girl who captures his heart, Pearl, both introduced in Breakable. From what I’ve read of him in there he’s a cocky bad boy and loves trouble but I’m also getting this vulnerability vibe from him too. It’s safe to say I can’t wait to see where Tammara takes us with his story! To celebrate Sweet’s upcoming release on April 27, I’ve got an exclusive teaser + signed giveaway to share with you, and I’ve also included some more helpful info about the series as a whole below too! Enjoy!!

The series starts off with Easy and then the all-male POV companion Breakable that concludes Jacqueline and Lucas’s story. The next books released in the Contours of the Heart series will be spinoff standalones about side characters, starting with Sweet. While I recommend reading these books in order, it’s not necessary to read Easy and/or Breakable before Sweet as it’s truly a standalone romance.

Want to see more ‘sweet’ (pun intended hehe) teasers for the book? Here are a few links worth checking out then

Do you listen to music when you read? If you do, check out Tammara’s beautiful playlist up on YouTube specifically for Boyce & Pearl. Music often enhances my reading experience and I know I plan on listening to some of these songs when I read Sweet!

:::GIVEAWAY:::

The giveaway includes a signed set of Easy + Breakable and a set of signed bookplates + bookmarks for the series. 2 winners total! Open internationally. Good luck!!

 

BVR WEEKLY RECAP 4/14/15

Happy Tuesday everyone! This week’s list is pretty awesome if I say so myself hehe  A couple of them caught my eye like Interim by S. Walden (bullied guy who prepares to shoot his tormentors + the popular girl in school), True Love Way by Mary Elizabeth (YA romance about a girl struggling with depression), The Mad Tatter by JM Darhower (one of my FAVORITE authors, ’nuff said), Distraction by AE Murphy (recent student/teacher romance I badly want to get to), Crushed by Lauren Layne (hero & heroine crush on other people and set to break the couple apart, only to find the person they really want is right in front of them), and What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty (amnesiac heroine who forgets 10 years of her life!!).

Upcoming Releases: Did you know I now have a section that’ll list upcoming releases for the year? Be sure to bookmark the page below as I update it daily with preorders/Goodreads links.

  • Interim by S. Walden – my current read!! It feels like I’ve been waiting for this book forever  The blurb caught my eye right away when I saw it a few months back – hero is teased and bullied in high school and he plans a mass shooting to get back at his bullies. The one girl he’s in love with finds his journal that details all his plans and now she’s a liability eeeep!
  • The Shameless Hour by Sarina Bowen – 4th book in her Ivy series & a NA romance standalone!
  • True Love Way by Mary Elizabeth ($.99) – I love the sound of this one!! It’s a YA romance standalone about a girl struggling with depression and a boy who brightens her life…“A story about moving trucks and rollerblades, candy for smiles, and notes across lawns. First loves and the struggle to keep it sane. The true love way.”
  • Hard to Be Good by Laura Kaye
  • The Mad Tatter by JM Darhower ($.99) – SURPRISE NEW RELEASE from one of my favorite authors!!  Surprisingly, not a mafia romance this time. I hear it’s an angsty contemporary romance standalone. “The tattooed degenerate with a shady past. The beautiful ballerina with a bright future. They live in different worlds, yet somehow, they fit. But just because they fit doesn’t mean they belong together. Cracks sometimes form. Two pieces don’t always make a whole. The course of love never did run smoothly. Things get messy.”
  • Unrequited by Jen Frederick – IN LOVE WITH HER SISTER’S EX ALERT!! 
  • Beautiful Secret by Christina Lauren – fun office romance!
  • Crushed by Lauren Layne – double crush!! Hero’s interested in his half-brother’s girl and heroine’s interested in the half-brother so they team up to break them apart, but find that the person they really want is right in front of them
  • The Story of Son by JR Ward
  • Two Week Turnaround by Geneva Lee – BAD BOY ACTOR ALERT!!
  • Seduced by Sunday by Catherine Bybee
  • Dare to Hold by Carly Phillips – hot cop + kindergarten teacher!
  • Virtuous by Marie Force – erotic romance
  • Only for Us by Cristin Harber – military romance
  • The Liar by Nora Roberts
  • Only Trick by Jewel E. Ann – this one sounds really good! “In one night, I lost five years of my life. Here’s what I know…I was homeless. I’m a recovering drug addict…I’ve never wanted to possess anything except my Ducati…until I met Darby. I didn’t want to like her, but she crawled under my skin and swallowed me whole. Now we’re best friends and she’s my new addiction. I’d drink her from a shot glass, snort her up my nose, or inject her into my veins if I could. What I won’t do is ever tell her that. She doesn’t know me…I don’t know me. When those missing years come back, I think she will hate me…I think I will hate me.”
  • Until July by Aurora Rose Reynolds
  • Forever You’re Mine by K. Langston
  • Intercepted by Emma Hart – 3rd & final book in this sports romance series!
  • For Adriano by Soraya Naomi – 3rd book in this mafia romance series!
  • Distraction by AE Murphy – GAH I really want to read this student/teacher romance!! “Isaac Price is a hard working teacher, forced to move back to the town he hates in order to help his father as his mother’s mind spirals from reality, devoured by Alzheimers. Eloise Blackburn is a good student, struggling to get her life back on course after a year where she lost control of everything…in a world where everyone is quick to judge the outcome, yet never questions the journey, it doesn’t matter that she’s of age. It doesn’t matter that they never intended for it to happen. All that matters is that they broke a taboo – a love between a teacher and a student twelve years his junior…Forget labels. Forget rules. This is just a journey of two people who fall.” <– LOVE THAT!!<3
  • Tangled by Emma Chase ($1.99) – OMG you have to get this one guys!! One of my favorite romantic comedies ever, plus told entirely in male POV
  • The Vixen & the Vet by Katy Regnery ($.99) – this modern Beauty & the Beast romance will be going back up to full price soon. I really enjoyed this sweet story about a disfigured war veteran and a desperate journalist!
  • Playing with Hearts series by Debra Kayn ($.76) – 76 CENTS ALERT!! I kid you not with the pricing. 5 sports romances for 76 cents, holy wow! Odd pricing but who’s complaining
  • A bunch of Teresa Mummert’s books are on sale for $.99 right now! The Note, Rellik, Pretty Little Things, Perfect Lie, and Safe Word.
  • What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty ($4.65) – if you’re a fan of books that blend romance, women’s fiction and suspense, this looks like a good one! “[The heroine] is twenty-nine, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child. So imagine [her] surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym…and is whisked off to the hospital where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over — she’s getting divorced, she has three kids, and she’s actually 39 years old.”
  • The Shadows by JR Ward ($6.73) – pretty hefty price drop here!! Plus the hardcover is a little over $7 too!
  • Free Me by Laurelin Paige ($.99) 
  • Love series by Melissa Collins ($.99) – okay, so this one didn’t release yet hehe  I couldn’t resist and snuck it in here cuz this is 6 books for $.99 guys! Includes NA, adult, and M/M romances.
  • Nowhere But Here by Renee Carlino ($3.99) – I love this author (her books & her as a person) and coincidentally, this is the only book of hers I haven’t ready yet so *click* It’s a contemporary romance standalone about a reporter who has lost her spark and is sent to interview a tech genius who owns a winery in Napa Valley and falls in love with one of the charming vineyard hands.
  • Undeclared (#1), Unspoken (#2), and Unraveled (#3) by Jen Frederick are all on sale! The first is FREE, the 2nd is $.99, and the third is $1.99!
  • Within These Walls by JL Berg ($.99) – I enjoyed this sweet romance! The heroine was born with a heart defect and has spent most of her life within hospital walls. The hero is one of the nurse aides who falls for her.
  • Third Debt by Pepper Winters – this one will be out in just a few days and gahh!!! How I loved it It’s the 4th book in this dark and twisted romance series and my favorite thus far. If you’ve been following this series from the start definitely don’t miss out on this one! (here’s my review)
  • Breakable by Tammara Webber – this is the companion novel to Easy (easily – pun intended – one of my all-time favorites) and is in the hero Lucas’s POV. It’s my 2nd time trying to read it and this time I really enjoyed it! I think I fell for Lucas even more after reading this companion novel (here’s my review).
  • She’s So Money by Cherry Cheva – this one’s an oldie but a goodie!! I’ve re-read this YA romantic comedy numerous times and it never fails to surprise me that every time I read it, it feels like the first time. TOP recommendation!! (here’s my review)
  • Elements of Chemistry – Attraction by Penny Reid – recent release & TOP recommendation!! I adored this fun and flirty NA romance. It’s a bit on the short side but luckily, the next one will be out in just a few weeks so we’ll get answers  (here’s my review).
  • The Traveling Woman by Jane Harvey Berrick – new release & the highly anticipated conclusion to Kes & Aimee’s story! I really enjoyed it, and I’m going to miss these characters. Jane Harvey Berrick has written a duet that will capture readers’ hearts for sure (here’s my review).
  • Silver Bastard by Joanna Wylde – new release and one of the few biker romance authors I’ll gladly read anytime! Overall I liked it, though I had a really rough start (here’s my review).
  • The Virgin by Tiffany Reisz – recent release and one of my highly anticipated reads of the year! This series is my #1 favorite of all time and as to be expected it didn’t disappoint. While it’s not my favorite in the series, it’s a book that’s still better than 90% of books I read these days…just to put things into perspective  (here’s my review)
  • Fisher’s Light by Tara Sivec – still my latest TOP recommendation!! This second chance military romance brought out all the feels and made me cry. It just really reminded me why I love reading so much and is an epic love story (here’s my review)!
  • Little Peach by Peggy Kern – TOP recommendation!! It’s not a romance of any kind and it’s a realistic fiction read meant to bring awareness about prostitution. I believe everyone needs to read this book (here’s my review).
  • Wild Reckless by Ginger Scott – TOP recommendation!!! I absolutely adored this book and it’s the perfect choice if you’re in the mood for a dark, angsty read. One of my favorite YA romances for sure (here’s my review).
  • The Trouble with Love by Lauren Layne <– OMG this book!! Another winner for me – 4.5 stars – and it’s a book that’ll make you fall in love with the idea of love. Complete and total escapism and by the time I was done I just had this warm, happy book feeling…(here’s my review) TOP recommendation!!
  • Becoming Rain by K.A. Tucker <– I loved this romantic suspense read!! Clever, suspenseful, and surprisingly there were moments of deep emotion too. Definitely a TOP recommendation (here’s my review)
  • The Deal by Elle Kennedy <– TOP recommendation!! This was seriously one of the best college romances I’ve ever read (here’s my review). Or better yet, don’t read my review. Just DIVE RIGHT IN and experience the whole thing for yourself
  • Before Jamaica Lane by Samantha Young <– an oldie from over a year ago but definitely a goodie! This is a TOP recommendation and it was such a FUN, steamy, and feel-good friends to lovers romance! Definitely will be making my favorites list for this year (here’s my review)
  • Until We Fly by Courtney Cole <– TOP recommendation!! Why did I wait so long to read this one?! Either way, I’m glad I finally read it because this NA romance was gripping, it was unputdownable, and I didn’t want it to end when it did. Highly recommend!! (here’s my review)
  • Shug by Jenny Han <– this was a re-read for me, and one of my favorite YA books!! I’m amazed that after seven years since I last read it, it still affects me and makes an impact. 5 stars and a book I’d recommend to everyone – you, your teenage kids, your friends, etc…(here’s my review)
  • The Hooker & the Hermit by LH Cosway & Penny Reid <– TOP recommendation and a 5 star read for me! Such a fun, fresh, and quirky book – you won’t find a more wonderful, full-of-heart story to fall in love with (here’s my review)
  • Hero by Samantha Young <– favorite and recommendation!! This enemies-to-lovers office romance was fun, sexy, and at-times emotional! It had the perfect amount of angst and swoon (here’s my review)
  • Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler <– TOP recommendation and a 5 star read for me! Just thinking about this book is making my eyes water. I took a chance on this one and I strongly encourage you all to do the same (here’s my review)
  • Sweet Fall by Tillie Cole <– a TOP recommendation!! This NA romance is one of the darkest and emotionally heavy stories I’ve read in a long while, but it was exactly what I was in the mood for. It also made me ugly cry and I’m just blown away by the amount of emotion it evoked….if you’re looking for a standalone romance guaranteed to make you FEEL, try this one! (here’s my review)
  • Dear Emily (#1) and Dear Tabitha (#2) by Trudy Stiles <– TOP recommendation! These books are a blend of realistic women’s fiction with romance and made my heart feel so full…I loved both and being able to read them back to back let me carry my emotions from the first book to the second without delay. BEST kind of reading experience!! Here’s my review for book 1 and here’s my review for book 2. Be sure to read these in order!
  • Extinguish (#1) and Reignite (#2) by JM Darhower <– TOP recommendation!! This 2-book paranormal forbidden romance was unputdownable from the get go and I didn’t want the story to end. I mean, the hero is Lucifer, the Devil! That alone made me pick these up  Here’s my review for book 1 and here’s my review for book 2.
  • Nine Minutes by Beth Flynn <– TOP recommendation!! This 5 star book rocked my world, 200% unputdownable (here’s my review)
  • Clockwork Angel (#1)Clockwork Prince (#2), and Clockwork Princess (#3) by Cassandra Clare are my ultimate TOP recommendations!! I seriously finished this sensational trilogy and had tears dripping down my face, a pile of tissues discarded on the floor, and food wrappers scattered around me. It was SO emotional, SO intense, SO passionate, and SO good. 6 star series for me!! (here’s my series review) These books must be read in order!

PEPPER WINTERS NEWS!!

I’m a huge fan of this author and everything I’ve read from her, I’ve enjoyed + loved! Her upcoming release and 4th book in the Indebted series Third Debt is now available for preorder!! If you’ve been with Nila & Jethro from the start, you don’t want to miss out on this next installment! Official release date is April 17, but a little birdie said it may go live a day early

Preorder Third Debt!

CASSANDRA CLARE NEWS!!

Okay, so not really news but I’m honored to have the opportunity to give away a signed set of the Infernal Devices trilogy, one of the best series I have EVER read (6 stars for me), and in my top 5 favorite series of all time. The giveaway will end on Wednesday so hurry & enter!

Just like + comment on the giveaway post to enter

ELLE KENNEDY NEWS!!

I adored her NA sports romance The Deal and it’s finally available in paperback!! I immediately bought a copy and can’t wait for it to arrive

Buy the paperback here!

S.L. SCOTT NEWS!!

I loved her rockstar romance The Resistance and she recently announced that she’ll be releasing a new book titled The Reckoning on April 28! No blurb yet but from the teaser image below, I have a feeling it’ll be set in the same world as The Resistance and The Redemption

BOOK REVIEW ~ THE VIRGIN BY TIFFANY REISZ

The controversial story before the story continues in the critically acclaimed and award-winning series The Original Sinners.
For years, Kingsley Edge warned Eleanor the day would come when she, the mistress of a well-respected Catholic priest, would have to run and hide. She always imagined if that day came she’d be running away with Søren. But instead, she’s running from him.
Knowing Søren and Kingsley will their use their influence to bring her back, Eleanor alone, penniless and scared takes refuge at the one place the men in her life cannot follow: the abbey where her mother has taken orders. Behind the cloistered gates of the convent, Eleanor hides from the man she loves and hates in equal measure
She cannot, however, hide from her true nature. When Eleanor befriends a young virginal nun, she faces a startling sexual awakening. But Eleanor can’t stay forever, and the lure of her real life beckons beyond the locked gates. But to follow her fate means to leave Kyrie behind, a sacrifice Eleanor refuses to make
The lure of the forbidden. The temptation to sin. The price of passion has never been higher, and Eleanor will have to pay it if she ever wants to go home again.

What can I say about Tiffany Reisz and her Original Sinners series that hasn’t been said before? There truly is no author like her and no other books – erotica or not – that can ever come close to the sheer brilliancy of her words. There’s a special kind of feeling that settles in my heart when I start a book by an author I adore, an author I can count on to never let me down, and Tiffany is cuffed tight on the top of that author list. So why the 4 stars? Let me just say first that everything about this series is flawless to me. If – and that’s a pretty big if – there was one thing in that flawlessness that I would harp about, it would be the weak emotional connection with some of these side characters, and the thing is, The Virgin largely focused on the relationships the main characters had with the side characters, so that weakness was magnified more in this book than in any other books in this series. Even so, I thoroughly enjoyed this story for its whip-smart writing, witty and sharp banter, and of course, the one-of-a-kind, unforgettable characters.
“You’re in a kilt and you’re not inside me. This is the worst day of my life.”
In present day, Nora, Soren, Kingsley, and the rest of the gang are in Scotland to attend a wedding. The nostalgic setting and a few confessions lead to a night of reminiscing of the past…to a particular year that was both a high and a low for the gang.
“It was a dark and stormy night…and I was leaving you. Forever.”
In short, Soren breaks Nora, Nora leaves Soren, and Kingsley leaves the both of them since he can’t cope. The story is then split into two – one that focuses on the time Nora spent hiding in a nunnery and the time where Kingsley finds his Juliette in Haiti.
“She was twenty-six years old.
She was the ex-lover of a Catholic priest.
Might as well go all in.
Goodbye men. Goodbye sex.
She headed west to her mother’s convent.”
Nora, Nora, Nora. Gah! No heroine has charmed me so completely nor frustrated me to the nth degree than this kinky, clever woman here. I get really bipolar when it comes to her. I’ll love her one moment, get annoyed with her in another. I guess the reason for that all boils down to my preconceived notions of what love is and how sex and intimacy plays a roll. It never ceases to amaze me and make my jaw drop when I read how easily this lady can slide into another man’s – or in this case, woman’s – bed. Like technically, I know how unconventional her relationship is with Soren, and then Kingsley, but for once I thought to myself, ‘couldn’t she show more restraint?’ LOL! Then again if she did, she wouldn’t be the Nora I’ve come to love so there’s that. Her eventual relationship with a young nun-to-be Kyrie didn’t really stir any emotions from me. It was important because I got to see how Nora became the writer she is in present day, but relationship-wise, the Nora-Kyrie pairing I could’ve done without. Still made for some fun, smoldering, sexy scenes though! 😉
“If you had all the money in the world and could use it to go anywhere you wanted, where would you go?
Everywhere. And then I’d go home.”
After leaving behind his kingdom and Nora and Soren behind, Kingsley travels everywhere and finally lands in Haiti just to have a great time. He doesn’t count on meeting the exotic Juliette who he becomes infatuated with, and eventually falls in love with. Now the connection here is one I really felt. Juliette and Kingsley have lots in common and in her, Kingsley sees his dream woman and his future.
“I like it rough.
Rough? On a scale of one to ten…
What’s one?
You fall asleep while I’m on top of you.
Ten?
Hospitalization.
Nine.”
There were a few problems getting in the way of them being together with Juliette’s history and the way those loose ends were wrapped up I wasn’t fond of – it was too easy. And while I liked Juliette I never really warmed up to her and the reason for that is the badass Sam from The King. Honestly? I miss the crap out of her. Her chemistry and relationship with Kingsley was 10 times stronger than shown here with him and Juliette and part of me felt sad that relationship would never manifest. But life moves on, and so does he, Nora, Soren, and the rest of the group.
The last portion of the book surprised me – my heart was leaping for joy when I found out whose wedding it was. And of course the story ended in true Nora Sutherlin fasion.
“Busy day ahead. Things to do. People to beat. A Dominatrix’s work was never done.”
There is a reason I rarely ever read pure erotica books and that’s because this series and Tiffany Reisz has officially ruined me for all other stories in this genre. The level of research, the depth and respect portrayed in the BDSM, the relationship complexity, the character dynamic…all that and much more makes it impossible for me to move on from and find another book in the same genre that could ever compare. I do feel guilty for rating such an outstanding book 4 stars but the complaints voiced throughout my review were sufficient enough I needed to dock a star. Even so, I can say that this book is still better than 90% of books I read nowadays…just to put things in perspective. There’s only one more book left in this entire series before it’s all over so you’ll have to excuse me while I go mourn <3

BOOK REVIEW ~ SILVER BASTARD BY JOANNA WYLDE

Fourteen months. For fourteen months, Puck Redhouse sat in a cell and kept his mouth shut, protecting the Silver Bastards MC from their enemies. Then he was free and it was time for his reward—full membership in the club, along with a party to celebrate. That’s when he saw Becca Jones for the first time and set everything in motion. Before the night ended he’d violated his parole and stolen her away from everything she knew.
Five years. It was five years ago that Puck destroyed Becca and saved her all in one night. She’s been terrified of him ever since, but she’s even more terrified of the monsters he still protects her from… But Becca refuses to let fear control her. She’s living her life and moving forward, until she gets a phone call from the past she can’t ignore. She has to go back, and there’s only one man she can trust to go with her—the ex-con biker who rescued her once before. Puck will help her again, but this time it’ll be on his terms. No more lies, no more tears, and no more holding back what he really wants…

There are very few biker romances I’m willing to read these days simply because I can’t take all the angst and conflict that comes with the club lifestyle, but Joanna Wylde is one author I won’t hesitate to read because she combines just the right amount of grit and romance to make for one compelling story. Usually I really like or love her books but I have to admit…I wasn’t too sure about this book for a while, and I even thought about putting it down for good. What sets this book (and probably series) apart from her Reapers MC books is that they’re not set around a club, but a location – the Silver Valley region from where the series name is derived. Thus, a lot of the grit and action I’ve come to expect from her stories was absent in this book, and – in my opinion – is the cheesiest out of all her stories, but in the end I’m glad I continued with it. An author who can make me want to give up but then turn things around and make me enjoy the story by the end is a talented writer.
If you’ve read the Reapers MC books, you’ll remember Puck as the guy who got thrown into jail with Painter on a weapons charge, and now after a year he’s finally out. Prior to his serving time, he was just a prospect for the Silver Bastards MC, but by keeping quiet and protecting the club even while he was in prison earned him respect and an official place in the club, and at the start of the book is out celebrating when he spies the heroine Becca. He can tell that she’s not like other club whores and immediately wants her. What follows is one unforgettable night and total chaos the next day when the truth about Becca’s circumstances comes out; thus, Puck and the others take Becca with them and relocate her to a new place and keep tabs on her to make sure she’s safe.
At this point in the book (around the 10% mark) I was totally feeling the story. Unfortunately the author threw in a plot device that I absolutely abhor – time gap! Unless it’s for an epilogue, I just seriously can’t stand time gaps. You could even say time gaps are a hard limit of mine. Either way, I felt like the 5 year time gap here was only inserted so Becca would be out of her teenage years because honestly? It felt like no time passed at all. The many chapters following the time gap consisted of Becca and Puck going on and on about how amazing their one night together was and everything else was virtually the same, so I didn’t feel like 5 years had passed. It got to a point where I wanted both of them to just shut up and move on or screw each other already, and THANK GOD there was some development in that area thanks to Puck.
I also didn’t really connect with either Puck or Becca individually and as a couple. Their relationship was solely based on the fact that they had some history that night 5 years ago, and to see Puck suddenly want to claim Becca as his old lady made two words pop in my head: insta love! At this point in the book, I really wanted to throw in the towel and call it a day. Puck didn’t stand out as a Joanna Wylde hero and Becca was extremely childish.
But I’m glad I didn’t give up.
Somewhere after this first quarter of the book the story turned around for me. There was still some character stupidity and bad choices made, but the characters owned it. They matured the more I read, and developed a level of mutual respect I couldn’t help but have to acknowledge. I also loved getting the details about club life – member interactions, meeting the other old ladies, etc…– and there was a secondary subplot that added a suspenseful tone to the story which was great.
I think my main issue with the book would be the frustrating first 25% of the story along with the weak romantic connection. While I ended up enjoying the story tons by the end, I still can’t forget that it took me a long time to really get into the story in the beginning which is why I can’t bring myself to give this book 4 stars or higher. It’s definitely not my favorite from this author, but is still a solid, intriguing first installment to this series and with the clever sneak peek at the end, I’m just dying to get my hands on the next book! I’m sure it’ll be a hit for readers who loved her Reapers MC series and as long as you don’t mind insta-love and time gaps like I do, you’ll enjoy this book just fine
Silver Bastard is the first book in the Silver Valley series and can be read as a standalone. While a few characters from the Reapers MC series make an appearance you don’t have to read those books beforehand.
An advanced copy was provided by Penguin Intermix via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

BLOG TOUR ~ THE TRAVELING WOMAN BY JANE HARVEY BERRICK

THE CONCLUDING STORY of Aimee and Kestrel, begun in THE TRAVELING MAN ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
How many times do you gamble on love? When love has knocked you down, should you give it another chance? When does optimism become stupidity?
And what happens when the man you’re in love with is never still, always moving, always traveling? Do you say goodbye, or do you leave behind everything that you’ve worked for, everything that you’ve ever known? Can a traveling carnival be my home?
Oh. You thought I had the answers. No, sorry. No answers, just a lot of questions—and a heart that wants to rule my head.
Can one person be my home?

I stopped suddenly and Gregg all but ran me over, knocking my purse from my arm and making me stumble.
“Really, I can explain about Lulu,” he babbled, but I wasn’t listening to him.
I was staring at the man on the other side of the parking lot, his silver-gray eyes fixed intently on me.
“Kes,” I breathed, my heart starting to gallop.
I squeezed my eyes shut, wondering briefly if I’d fallen over the edge of sanity and conjured him up, imagined that he’d come for me. But when I looked again, his eyes were still watching me, full of fire.
Gratitude, hope, love, shock—so many emotions twisted inside me.
He was leaning against an electric-blue motorcycle and a plain black helmet dangled from one hand. A leather jacket hung from his broad shoulders, his long legs encased in dark denim and ending in heavy black biker boots. He looked dangerous, and when he pushed his free hand through his dark hair and straightened up, his heated eyes never left mine.
He was here. Really here. For me.
My body hungered for his and my arms longed to reach out for him. The words ‘I love you’ burned on my tongue, but I bit them back.
He was here, but I needed to know what it meant. So I locked my heart away. Kes still had secrets.
But he’s here! My happy heart screamed.
His eyes swept up and down my body and a pulse of heat washed over me as color rose in my cheeks.
But then his eyes narrowed slightly as he lasered in on Gregg, and I could see the rage boiling up inside him.
“Oh shit,” I said softly as Kes stalked toward us.
I pulled my purse back onto my shoulder and glanced at Gregg who was still talking.
Finally, he noticed Kes striding over and his eyebrows lifted with surprise. But it was Kes who spoke first.
“Can we talk?”
I stared at him. “You want to talk? That’s new.”
He winced, regret and pain on his face, and glanced across at Gregg. “Am I too late?”
**Contains spoilers if you haven’t read The Traveling Man**
The way things ended in the first book left me feeling agitated for days, and during that time I wanted nothing more than to get my greedy hands on this sequel. But I was also nervous because I wasn’t sure how the author would approach Aimee and Kes’s relationship after that ending, and was even more afraid that I wouldn’t like it. It was a bumpy journey, but overall I’m really happy with the way Aimee and Kes’s story was resolved – some plot events along the way I definitely didn’t agree with, but I respect and admire the author for going all out and delivering a conclusion that fit these characters well.
The beginning of this story picks up where book 1 ended, and to my surprise, I didn’t expect that previous cliffy ending to be resolved so quickly. Kes visits Aimee and decides to try living her lifestyle since she spent weeks on the road with him as a carnie before. I liked that there was some character growth in this portion of the story as Kes and Aimee truly communicate and lay out their insecurities and fears. In the first book, I totally felt that this was a couple that belonged together, but got aggravated by the unresolved angst and inner conflict due to a lack of communication, so I was really overjoyed to see them both improve in this aspect.
As the story progressed, I settled into the comfortable pace of the story and that’s when I got caught off guard by a twist the author threw into the book. It startled me, but it was bound to happen sooner or later and most importantly, the author wrote it in a way that further convinced me how strong the bond between Aimee and Kes was, how much they loved each other, and how they could get through pretty much any obstacle together. It was a journey full of redemption, second chances, and healing, and through this experience, they both matured considerably.
There are only 2 reasons to why I can’t give higher than a 4 star rating: one being the slow first portion of the story and how fast one main conflict was resolved in the first 30% of the book, which I was expecting to be developed more. The other reason was that plot twist that took me by surprise. While it ended up benefiting the plot and character growth, I personally didn’t agree with it so that’s my problem and may very well be easily accepted by other readers.
Now that I’ve finished this book, my recommendation would be to read these 2 books back to back. I think it’s a story that really can’t be judged until read in its entirety, which is probably why I struggled so much with rating the first book on its own. Overall, I would give this duet a 4-4.5 star rating. The two books complemented each other perfectly and fit together like two puzzle pieces. Book 1 was more of a charming, magical story that swept me off my feet and took me to a dreamy world full of carnival fun and hopeful wishes. Book 2 – while still retaining some of that magical quality – presented a more realistic, relatable story following the romance between a restless wanderer and a homebody at heart, and how a relationship between two people so different could work. And because put together, this duet encompasses pretty much everything, the reading experience was satisfying and rich full of feelings too. All in all, the author has really given readers a unique and fresh romance that’s going to capture hearts.
The Traveling Woman is book 2 in the Traveling Duet and must be read after The Traveling Man.
ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
 
Rating: 4 stars for this second book. 4-4.5 stars overall for the duet.

I lived in London for over 10 years and have a love affair with New York. It’s only since I have moved to the countryside, that the words have really begun to flow.
I live in a small village by the ocean and walk my little dog, Pip, every day. It’s on those beachside walks that I have all my best ideas.
Writing has become a way of life – and one that I love to share.

BOOK REVIEW ~ INTERIM BY S. WALDEN

~A lot can change in the space between devising a plan and carrying it out. That space is called the INTERIM.~

High school seniors Jeremy Stahl and Regan Walters aren’t friends. Not even close. He’s a picked-on, picked-apart loser outcast. She’s a cool kid running with the popular crowd. It’s unlikely they’d ever speak to one another. Too bad he’s madly in love with her. But what does it matter anyway? He’s got no time for love. Only revenge.
Meticulously detailed in the pages of his battered red notebook is his master plan: April 14, 9:30 A.M., two guns, eighty rounds of ammo, backup knives, eleven victims. He’s finally ready to answer every single taunt, jeer, and flying fist—unwarranted abuse that’s spanned six years of his lonely life. He’s justified. He’s ready. But he never readied himself for her.
Regan finds his journal. She reads it, and when he discovers her intrusion, he has to switch tactics. She’s a liability now.
Better fix that.

There’s a quote in here that perfectly describes my feelings for this book and it is:

“I love you. I hate you…Love. Hate. Good. Evil. Right. Wrong…Sanity. Slipping.”

My mind is a complete mess. I was left scatterbrained after I finished and I’m still scatterbrained so I’m apologizing now if my review doesn’t make much sense. Because WOAH!!! I’m feeling all kinds of things – heartbroken, angry, extremely happy, frustrated, scared…this is a book that bleeds emotions and there’s no way I could read it without letting those feelings seep into me too. It’s dark, it’s violent, but there’s lots of love and hope too, and at the heart of the book is a LOVE STORY, so romance junkies, trust me on this one because you will be happy.

However, I also won’t sugarcoat things because this was mostly a tough read (at least it was for me). Having a romance story set around a meticulously planned school shooting made me feel sick yet also was morbidly fascinating. I admire the guts and sheer tenacity of the author to work with such a difficult, sensitive premise and while I read, I could literally feel the passion she has for this story through her words that sliced and cut me deep.

Then there are the characters. I’ll start with the (anti)-hero Jeremy. This guy…gosh, I don’t even know where I should begin with him. I felt compassion, loathing, love, and annoyance for him all in one breath. My heart broke for him for all the abuse he endured at home, and then the bullying at school. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to throttle him or give him a hug when he detailed out his plans to shoot his tormentors. I honestly don’t know what the heck to make of him! I should hate him for wanting to take lives…no, wait, I should agree and sympathize for him because the guys he wanted kill were BAD bad…no, wait, just GAH!! I guess I never really connected with his character because of how complex he was. It’s like he was too remote and too far away for me to reach…

And then there’s the heroine Regan. I cannot emphasize this enough, but I effing HATED this girl for the majority of the book. I won’t deny that she’s innately kind and probably too naïve for her own good, and I may be the only person to think this, but she was too much of a hypocrite for me to EVER warm up to. She’s in with the popular crowd – the same crowd that constantly bullies and puts down people like Jeremy – yet she secretly hates the way they treat others. But at the same time, she’ll remain silent and look the other way when they taunt and make fun of people. And what’s most annoying of all is when she goes around preaching to her best friend, her sister, etc…that doing so and so isn’t nice, or isn’t just, or isn’t ‘the right thing’ and all I can think of is why don’t you take your own advice! Her only saving grace is her positive influence on Jeremy.

As much as I didn’t really care for the main characters, the heartbreaking subject matter and the stunning, evocative writing that pretty much flayed me alive is what made this book so riveting for me. It’s so rare for me to continue on with stories when I’m not fond of either main character so the fact that the author’s writing and plot alone could keep my attention like this scores major points with me.

While I read, there was an alarm clock always ticking in the back of my mind, reminding me that shit will hit the fan at some point and oh gosh…it did, and the whole story feel shifted immediately. My palms got a little sweaty, my stomach knotted, and it was just bloody intense. I could even imagine the anger, the pain, and the hatred radiating from my iPad in these scenes and I told myself over and over again I wouldn’t cry or even shed a tear but nope…bawled like a baby.

This is an entirely fictional read, but sadly, it’s a very real portrayal of what does occur in some schools today. I feel fortunate that I have never gone through such suffering and had a pretty normal, satisfying high school experience so reading this book was an eye-opener. I felt like one of the characters who got bullied, who struggled with hating the tormentors, wanting to disappear, wanting to let out my frustration and anger. The message behind the story, and the sheer magnitude of emotions I felt while reading gets a standing ovation from me.

I refuse to spoil the ending but since I have been asked if there’s a happy ending, the answer is yes and no. I mean…I can’t qualify an ending as happy because this is a book that revolves around a shooting after all. I will say that romance-wise, I think everyone will be happy with the way things wrapped up. I know I finished the book feeling joyful and relieved, but also pensive and somber.

As for the rating, I can’t bring myself to rate it. First of all, I really wasn’t a fan of the main characters (even some of the side characters drove me bonkers) but the writing, the well-executed premise, and the fact that I cried balanced the scale. It was addicting and unputdownable not in the ‘OMG I can’t wait to read more’ sense, but in a ‘this is such a fucking trainwreck and I can’t look away’ sense. I’m unable to straighten out my ‘good’ and ‘bad’ feelings for the book which is why I’ve been jumping around the rating scale for a while now. 2 stars? 3 stars? 5 stars? 6 stars? Who cares? I finally realized that I can’t sort out the good and the bad to form one cohesive rating because this isn’t just a plain black and white story; it’s full of gray areas and they’re all different shades. Thanks author for leaving me in such a restless, agitated, disorientated state of mind!

BOOK REVIEW ~ HARD EVIDENCE BY PAMELA CLARE

After the murder of a teenage girl, a mysterious man in a black leather jacket was seen lurking near the crime scene. Investigative reporter Tessa Novak has him in her sights as the culprit… That man was Julian Darcangelo, an undercover FBI agent working with the Denver police. He’s closing in on the trail of a human trafficker and killer. Tessa’s accusations could blow his cover, and he wants her off the investigation.

But just as Tessa has made Julian a target of interest, she is now a target of the killer. And as they are forced to trust each other, their physical attraction escalates as intensely as the threat from a ruthless murderer who wants to see both of them dead…

Continuing on with my re-read of this series!  I adored the first book which I thought was pretty suspenseful, but I keep forgetting that with each new book in the series, the author takes the suspense up a notch so plot-wise this was even better than Extreme Exposure! And then there’s the fact that the author has created this irresistible, protective hero Julian that I couldn’t help but swoon over…

“I’m half Italian.”
“Which half?” the words were out before Tessa could stop them. Was she flirting with him? She never flirted with men.
His lips curved in a slow, sexy smile that made her heart trip. “From the waist down.”

So this is book 2 in the I-team series and investigative journalist Tessa Novak’s story. I remember when I was reading book 1 for the very first time and saw that Tessa would be the next I-team member to get a book, I honestly wasn’t looking forward to it (I still thought the same while I read it now). Don’t get me wrong, she’s a wonderful heroine, really mature, and great at her job but there wasn’t anything about her that made her stand out from the other I-team members. She’s what I like to call a quiet heroine, and her sweet southern belle personality wasn’t something I was fond of. I like bold, outspoken, gutsy heroines and while Tessa was strong in her own way, she had a very timid side that the author captured in the romance aspect of the book. In short, Tessa is a pretty average heroine to me because she didn’t add anything to the story but certainly didn’t take away from it either.

The main highlight of the book for me besides the nail-biting suspense was definitely the hero Julian. I’ve said this so many times before but it’s worth mentioning again: this author creates some of the BEST literary heroes ever!! No matter their pasts, their occupation, their ordeals and tribulations, there is always this core code of honor each of her men have and this innate sense to protect. There’s no other way of saying it – her men are so male. Julian is all the above and more. I loved him when I read about his dedication to bringing down a huge sex trafficking ring and how that has affected him personally. I loved him even more when he willingly let his undercover agent persona get compromised if it meant he could protect Tessa. So yeah…while I wasn’t a huge fan of Tessa, I do have to admit she was perfect for Julian. His ugly, heartbreaking past is slowly revealed as the story progresses, and it made sense that a broken, but resilient man like him would be drawn to and find comfort with a sweet angel like Tessa.

Another thing that I have to mention is how amazing this author’s attention to detail is. Even down to the smallest things, nothing is left out but not detailed to the point where the plot is boring. It’s obvious that she’s done her research and I could really feel the love and passion she has for journalism and the topics she incorporates into the story. The writing flowed in a way where I’m eased into the story so not everything is thrown at me all at once. It’s just really well-paced!

For this series, it’s especially hard for me to pick favorites because I seriously love each book for different reasons BUT I’d have to say that I liked this second book a little less than the others. Don’t take that in a negative way though because I still really enjoyed it. What makes the difference between the really good books (which this book was!) and the stellar, outstanding ones are how strongly I feel about the characters. Julian shined brightly but because Tessa was an average heroine to me, the character dynamic felt unbalanced. I still recommend it though! The suspense, the well-researched sex trafficking aspect, and the amazing hero are all worth it. And of course if you don’t mind a more sweet and timid heroine like Tessa I’d say you’ll like this book just fine. As for me, I’m beyond excited to get to books 3, 4, and 5 because those were all 5+ star favorites of mine