Friday, June 9, 2017

The Foxe & the Hound by R.S. Grey | Review

Title: The Foxe & the Hound
Author: R.S. Grey
Pages: Unknown {Kindle Edition}
Publisher: CreateSpace
Goodreads Rating: 4.71 stars
Published: June 1st, 2017
Soure: EBook/From Author

Description:

When your life is a hot mess at twenty, it’s cute. At twenty-seven…well, not so much.

It’s just that my lofty dreams—making it as a real estate agent, paying rent on time, showering daily—have stayed just that: dreams. Oh, and love? I’ve decided love might be a little ambitious for me at the moment. Instead, I’ve settled for the two guys who will never leave me: Ben & Jerry.

That is, until Dr. Adam Foxe takes up residence as the town’s new vet.

With his strong jaw, easy confidence, and form-fitting scrubs, it’s not long before every housewife in Hamilton is dragging neglected tomcats in for weekly checkups.

Like everyone else, I’m intrigued. Even after I spoil my chance at a good first impression, he still offers me a proposition I can’t refuse: play his girlfriend at a family function and he’ll hire me as his real estate agent. Welcome to love in the 21st century.

It’s too bad I underestimated Adam’s irresistible charm and the undeniable attraction that burns between us. The day he pins me to the wall and silences me with a kiss, the line between reality and ruse begins to blur. Every teasing touch brings me to my knees. Every kiss promises more. 

It looks like my hot mess of a life is about to get a little hotter.



My Thoughts:

*I received an eBook ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Pretty much as soon as this book showed up on my kindle app, I was so in need of a RomCom.  I'd just finished a mini-marathon of a few heavier books {well, as marathon-ish as I can get, being a mom to two young kids!}, and this is basically just what the doctor ordered!

Madeleine Thatcher is a small town girl.  She has lived in a  little Texas town for her whole life, rotating through jobs every few years.  She has a small apartment that she shares with her massive puppy, Mouse.  Barely making her rent {sarcasm and wit don't quite bring the money rolling in}, she refuses to swathe jobs yet again, because she loves working in real estate and helping people find their dream homes.

Enter Adam Foxe: handsome Chicago transplant who moved to Hamilton to be closer to his parents and his brother's family.  Taking the job as the local vet, he runs into Madeleine and her giant Mouse his first day {er, Mouse runs into - and tackles - Adam}, causing a stunned silence from Madeleine.  

I really love how this story unfolds and all the hilarity that just overflows from it {Adam's mom is quite the schemer}.  I had a blast reading it, and I just couldn't put it down!  If you like RomComs, this would be right up your alley.  With writing that just flows, R.S. Grey is a fantastic author who gets you engrossed in the story - I swear, I thought I was in Texas for a while {and it wasn't because we went from 65 degree weather to 80 degrees overnight}.  I'm


While this is technically a standalone, I would suggest reading Grey's book Anything You Can Do before picking this one up.  A couple of the key supportive characters' stories are in that book, and if you're like me, you probably would want to dive into that one first.  It's an engrossing story, and you'll probably read it in no time!



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R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of thirteen novels, including THE FOXE & THE HOUND. She lives in Texas with her husband and two dogs, and can be found reading, binge-watching reality TV, or practicing yoga! Visit her at rsgrey.com

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Heartless by Marissa Meyer | Reiview

Title: Heartless
Author: Marissa Meyer
Page: 453
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Goodreads rating: 4.09 Stars
Published: November 8th, 2016

Source: Hardcover/Bought, Audiobook/Borrowed

Description:


Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.

Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.



My Thoughts

*THIS CONTAINS SPOILERS*

I. Should. Have. Known!  You know how sometimes you pick up a book knowing it's a retelling, but you want to think its a retelling that twists the ending to be a "happily ever after"?  That was my hope for this book.  As a kid I had an extreme dislike for the Queen of Hearts, and while reading this I just knew there was absolutely no way Cath could ever be that horrid creature from Alice In Wonderland.  No. Way.  Marissa Meyer has a knack for taking things that have me going "there is just no way" and turning it so I'm saying that same phrase with a bit of awe in my voice.  Because there is.  And she always finds it.

Catherine {or Cath} is the daughter of one of the upperclass titled families, the only daughter of a Marquess and his wife.  She is full of life and joy, loving to pour her heart and time into baking, dreaming of a day when her and her lady's maid.  Her desire, passion and just joy made me look at her and say "there is just no way she's going to be the angry Queen of Hearts.  No way."  Oh, I should have known.

The secondary characters bring out so many different aspects of Cath, and, one by one, we see how each could bloom or shatter.  Maryanne, Jest, The King, and even Hatta bring out the different sides to Cath - friend, lover, subject, and ruler {sorry if I'm spelling anything wrong, I listened to the audiobook}.  I don't want to say too much, because it really could give the book away, but its amazing what actually happens - what Cath actively does and what she stands back and allows to happen.

Meyer takes this story and makes it so beautifully her own, but it's also apparant what inspired this story.  Much like her Lunar Chronicles, Meyer doesn't really re-tell the story, but takes elements from it and makes it her own unique masterpiece.  Any time I thought it was going to turn more towards the most recent Alice in Wonderland live-action film {you know, the one with Johnny Depp} or a little like the classic Disney film {honestly, one of my least favorite films}, it never did.

This book gave me a serious book hangover.  When I finished I just couldn't gather the words to describe the feeling, over than heartbroken.  This left me shattered and unable to really say anything other than "I should have known!!"  My husband nonchalantly said that to me as well when he was wondering why I should have known what was going to happen.  And, guys, I really should have known.  I should have.  But I still can't believe it.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

The Great Pursuit by Wendy Higgins | Review

Title: The Great Pursuit
Author: Wendy Higgins
Pages: 512
Publisher: HarperTeen
Goodreads rating: 4.11 Stars
Published: March 7th, 2017

Source: Ebook/From Author


Description:

Lochlanach has traded the great beast for something far more terrible, a Lashed enemy veiled in beauty, deception, and a vengeance passed down through generations: Rozaria Rocato. And she’s offering the hunter Paxton Seabolt power and acceptance he could never receive in his homeland. Pax must decide how far he’s willing to go under her tutelage, knowing she is the opponent of Princess Aerity Lochson.

In a land where traditionalists dread change, the Lochlan throne must contend with mysterious foes and traitors, while attempting to keep revolt at bay. As dire circumstances strike the royal family, matters of the castle are left in Aerity’s hands. It's time to put aside her fears and grasp the reign, taking actions that have the potential to save or destroy her people.

One hunt has ended, but the pursuit for love and justice continue. In this sequel to The Great Hunt from New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins, political intrigue and romance intensify in another thrilling fantasy. Princess Aerity embraces a quest for identity and passion before making the ultimate sacrifice for her kingdom.



My Thoughts

*****If you haven't read The Great Hunt, this will have SPOILERS from that book!*****

Starting off exactly where The Great Hunt left off, we see Aerity newly engaged to Lief {who's a bit of a scoundrel, though he really, honestly doesn't even know any better, because that's how men in his country are expected to behave}.  She's coming to terms with being promised to him, when word gets out of more beasts, and Rozaria has begun demanding the Lashed be given the same rights as Unlashed or she will begin killing Unlashed throughout the kingdom.

While the king eventually gives in to Rozaria's demands, Paxton Seabolt is doing his best to get to safe area since he is now visibly Lashed {I told you, SPOILERS}.  While doing so, he unknowingly stumbles upon the one place he's trying to avoid: Rozaria's camp, filled with Lashed who support her in her quest for power.  With no way out, Pax decides the best way to help Lochlanach is from within the camp itself.

Aerity decides she must go find Pax if for no other reason then to really and truly say goodbye to him, which sends her all but careening into Rozaria's camp.  With the help of Paxton, she manages to get out, but that's just the beginning of her troubles.  With a kingdom to defend since her parents have been kidnapped, Aerity is finding herself in a slew of trouble and backed into a corner as Rozaria's plans for the kingdom of Lochlanach {and the surrounding kingdoms} become more and more despicable.

While this story mainly follows Aerity and Paxton, we still get a lot of Wyneth and Harrison, whom I just love {hey, Wendy, want to write a little story for them??}.  I love that the supporting characters in all of Wendy Higgins' books really support the main characters.  She has an enchanting way of writing that really makes you just love all the characters and feel for them.

It took me a while to get into this one {whereas I feel like I just devoured The Great Hunt}.  Granted, most of that is because this last month has been insane {we're moving}, and I've had very little time to sit and read.  That being said, when things calmed down, I was maybe 250 pages into the book and finished the other 250-ish pages in about 2 days.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Foxe & The Hound Release Day Blitz!!


R.S. Grey's THE FOXE & THE HOUND is available today! You don't want to miss getting your hands on this sexy and hilarious new read from R.S. Grey. Find out more about THE FOXE & THE HOUND below and grab your copy today!



About THE FOXE & THE HOUND

When your life is a hot mess at twenty, it’s cute. At twenty-seven…well, not so much.
It’s just that my lofty dreams—making it as a real estate agent, paying rent on time, showering daily—have stayed just that: dreams. Oh, and love? I’ve decided love might be a little ambitious for me at the moment. Instead, I’ve settled for the two guys who will never leave me: Ben & Jerry.
That is, until Dr. Adam Foxe takes up residence as the town’s new vet.
With his strong jaw, easy confidence, and form-fitting scrubs, it’s not long before every housewife in Hamilton is dragging neglected tomcats in for weekly checkups.
Like everyone else, I’m intrigued. Even after I spoil my chance at a good first impression, he still offers me a proposition I can’t refuse: play his girlfriend at a family function and he’ll hire me as his real estate agent. Welcome to love in the 21st century.
It’s too bad I underestimated Adam’s irresistible charm and the undeniable attraction that burns between us. The day he pins me to the wall and silences me with a kiss, the line between reality and ruse begins to blur. Every teasing touch brings me to my knees. Every kiss promises more.
It looks like my hot mess of a life is about to get a little hotter.
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I follow his gaze to where my dress has ridden up. When I’m standing, it’s a modest length, but the leather seats in his Audi have hiked up the skirt and a few inches of my thighs are now on perfect display.
His gaze drags down, pausing on my lips for a moment before he trails down my neck and chest. He’s studying my dress—no, he’s studying my body beneath the fabric. His smile is slow to spread, a little haunting…sexual.


About R.S. Grey

R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of thirteen novels, including THE FOXE & THE HOUND. She lives in Texas with her husband and two dogs, and can be found reading, binge-watching reality TV, or practicing yoga! Visit her at rsgrey.com
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Sunday, April 2, 2017

The Animal Under The Fur release blitz and GIVEAWAY!


I love helping shed light on amazing authors and fantastic books, and today I'm doing that with other bloggers and Giselle at Xpresso Book Tours.  I just wrote up a review for this book the other day, but here's a little more info on it, as well as E.J. Mellow, the fantastic author behind this amazing work.


Book & Author Details:

The Animal Under
by E.J. Mellow
Publication date: March 30th 2017
Genres: Action, Adult, Romance

Synopsis:

From award-winning author E. J. Mellow comes an action romance dripping with vengeful delight.
Orphaned on the streets as a baby, Nashville Brown, a.k.a Kill Operative 3, knows better than to rely on anyone. With heightened senses and superhuman strength to survive, she’s been raised as the perfect assassin.
The trick to her success? Keeping everyone, even her best friend, at arm’s length.
Losing his entire family in the span of a year, Carter Smith left his ability to love buried deep in their graves. His only concerns now are completing his missions and effortlessly charming the next temptress to warm his bed.
The key to his accomplishments? Working alone mixed with a Casanova smile.
But when a deadly weapon needs to be stopped from falling into the wrong hands, the lone wolves find themselves thrown into an explosive partnership. Can Carter and 3 lower their guns aimed at one another long enough to succeed, or will their unwillingness to compromise end up destroying more than their perfect records? Whatever their differences, both agree on one thing—in the game of lies and deceit, the line between friend and foe is often blurred by blood splatter.
The Animal Under The Fur is a hate-to-loath-to-love standalone novel filled with savagery, secrets, and enough angst to wrinkle the pages you’ll find gripped in your hands.

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AUTHOR BIO:
E.J. Mellow is the award-winning author of the contemporary fantasy trilogy The Dreamland Series and The Animal Under The Fur. With a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts, E.J. Mellow splits her time between her two loves – visual design and writing. Residing in NYC, E.J. is a member of Romance Writers of America and their Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal Chapter. She has no animals but loves those who do.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Animal Under The Fur by E.J. Mellow | Review

Title: The Animal Under The Fur
Author: E.J. Mellow
Pages: Unknown (Kindle Edition)
Publisher: Four Eyed Owl
Goodreads rating: 4.54 Stars
Published: March 30th, 2017

Source: Ebook/From Author

Description:


Orphaned on the streets as a baby, Nashville Brown, a.k.a Kill Operative 3, knows better than to rely on anyone. With heightened senses and superhuman strength to survive, she’s been raised as the perfect assassin.

The trick to her success? Keeping everyone, even her best friend, at arm’s length.

Losing his entire family in the span of a year, Carter Smith left his ability to love buried deep in their graves. His only concerns now are completing his missions and effortlessly charming the next temptress to warm his bed.

The key to his accomplishments? Working alone mixed with a Casanova smile.

But when a deadly weapon needs to be stopped from falling into the wrong hands, the lone wolves find themselves thrown into an explosive partnership. Can Carter and 3 lower their guns aimed at one another long enough to succeed, or will their unwillingness to compromise end up destroying more than their perfect records? Whatever their differences, both agree on one thing—in the game of lies and deceit, the line between friend and foe is often blurred by blood splatter.


My Thoughts


I really, really enjoyed this book!  I was a little unsure at first, because the very first part I found myself diving into 3's world, her brain and what she does.  Its a little intense, but a really good intense as I continued on.

Nashville/3 is such an extraordinary character.  She has these insanely amazing powers and abilities beyond the average human {hence why she's called an A+}, and the animalistic urges and actions that come come along with it can be all-consuming for her.  She's a character that has had a rough life from day 1, and I found myself terrified of her but also wanting her to have everything a normal human would have and then some.  Mellow did a great job sucking me into Nash's head and getting me so caught up in her life!  

Carter... well, Carter was kind of easy to dislike in the beginning.  He was what most girls/women want to stay away from.  Sleeping around, never really staying in one place very long {the job of assassin probably didn't help that}, and cocky as heck.  He knows he's attractive when it comes to women and he has the skills to get any job done {work or women}.  But, like Nashville, he's had a rough past, one that hasn't been blocked from his memory like hers.

Through an unlikely pairing, their two agencies placed them on assignment together, and it's hate at first sight.  Even though they're paired as a married couple under cover {on their honeymoon, no less!}, temper flare, fists fly, and things get a chance to heat up.  They have so much chemistry, I'm amazed my tablet didn't catch fire while I was reading their story!  Mellow really builds a great world and gives these characters depths that kept me reading and wanting to find out more about Nashville and Carter, and what kind of past either of them would have had to cause them to choose the life of an assassin. 

If you liked the show Dexter and enjoy action/romance/thriller {seriously, any of those, not even all of them}, you will love The Animal Under The Fur.  And you'll probably doing what I'm doing right now, wishing E.J. Mellow would write more of this awesome story.  Maybe it doesn't need to be a stand alone?  I wouldn't mind more Nash and Carter and adventure... *wink, wink, nudge, nudge*

All in all, it was a fantastic read!  I blasted through this book, reading it in about 4 days {the equivalent of a 1 day read pre-kids}.  It is so, SO good!  Snatch it up on Amazon, you will NOT regret it!  And the ebook is available for preorder for only $1.99 {it'll be that price until release day, this Thursday, March 30th}!  Pick. It. Up!


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon | Review

Title: Everything, Everything
Author: Nicola Yoon
Pages: 310
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Goodreads rating: 4.09 Stars
Published: September 1st,  2015
Source: Audiobook/borrowed

Description:


My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.



My Thoughts


I decided I needed to read this book when I saw the previews for the movie.  A girl with SCID?  Who decides 'what the heck' and goes into the world when she knows it could kill her?  Oh, I had to know how that turned out the moment I saw the previews.  So I did what any mom with limited time on her hands would do: I borrowed the audiobook from my local library {seriously, I actually get at least half my reading in each year via audiobooks.  I know, I pledged to read the written word, but that was before I had kids...}.

Maddy comes across as a very sweet and lovable girl.  She was raised well {as well as her mother could, given the circumstances} and she enjoys her life {for the most part}.  She's fairly accepting of her fate and her disease, and tries her best to live her very sheltered life to the fullest.  That all changes when a family moves in the house next door.  Maddy becomes obsessed over the daily happenings of the family, especially the boy Olly. {Side note: I can't read that named spelled like that - in my head I always say it "Oily", so its probably a good thing I listened to the audiobook with this one.}  They exchange IM handles {honestly, the "how" is kinda hazy in my memory, as I was listening to that part while cooking}.

Maddy and Olly begin a unique friendship over instant messenger, and just really bond.  Maddy jumps head over heels into the friendship {most likely because its the first one she's really had aside from her mother and her caregiver}, but Olly also dives deeply into this new friendship.  Soon, Maddy is asking {begging} Carla to let Olly come over, even though anyone entering the house needs to have a thorough background check, health exam and be decontaminated for an hour before actually stepping foot into any part of the house Maddy would go in.  Amazingly enough, Carla caves {what the what??}, and allows Olly one very brief visit {"no touching!!"}.  But that's all Maddy needs to know that she needs to try to have more in life.

This book took a couple interesting turns, but was overall pretty predictable.  I enjoyed Maddy's explanations and descriptions of everything in her life, and the fact that she was pretty accepting of her disease and what that meant for her life.  One thing I did not expect was how much of the book was spent with Maddy still in her home, mainly because of how the movie trailer skips to her being out of her home with Olly, making it seem as if that happens fairly quickly in the book.

However, while the end was predictable in some ways, other ways kind of blew me out of the water.  Maddy handles her situation with patience {even though it makes her mad and she just doesn't want to be there}.  She takes it from a bit of an adult perspective and "mans up" - she sees the cards she's been dealt, and instead of folding and giving up, she takes them and plays as best as she can.  *Okay, enough with the card play analogies, because I obviously suck at them and am just using it to try to explain what happened without actually giving anything away.*

This book was very enjoyable and is something I would recommend to others.  Not sure how it compares to the movie, but I'll let you know when I see it in a month or two.