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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Risky Return by Nicole Helm

Release Date: March 31st, 2014

Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC

Author Info: Goodreads, Website, Twitter

Age Group: Adult

Pages: 146 pages

Buy it Here: Amazon

Our Rating:  2  stars

 Blackmail never felt so right.

Celia Grant has spent the last ten years keeping her past at bay, building her Hollywood reputation as America's Sweetheart. When ex-boyfriend Ryan Harrington threatens to reveal her darkest secrets, she has no choice but to return to Demo, Kansas, and the people she left behind. In exchange for Ryan's silence, she will appear in a reality television show that promises to save his family's legacy.

Ryan Harrington knows an opportunity when he sees one, and using Celia to save his family is one he can’t ignore. But he didn’t count on the pull they still have on each other.

Celia reminds herself that she and Ryan were never destined to have a happily ever after ending like in the movies she stars in. But even as the ghosts of her past refuse to be suppressed any longer, she finds herself tempted by the hopes of a love she never thought she could have.
 Between secrets, fame, and love, Celia’s made the riskiest return of all.


I thought this book had potential but it really seemed to drag on and on. The store could have been told in half the time & still been good. I actually found myself having trouble finishing it because I started to get bored. Besides being too long for our taste, the storyline was okay. I thought the real Celia was a lot better of a character than the persona she had created. Ryan was bossy and a jerk at times but I liked him over all. Still, I don't think I would recommend this book...

*By the Book Reviews received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. We were in no way compensated for featuring it. 

Monday, April 28, 2014

Fortune's Prince by Allison Leigh

Release Date: May 20th, 2014
 
Publisher: Harlequin

Author Info: Website

Age Group: Adult

Pages: 224 pages

Buy it Here: Amazon

Our Rating: 4 stars

Once upon a time…

There was a beautiful princess, raised in riches but lonely of heart. When Amelia Fortune Chesterfield discovered her Texas roots, she hurried to Horseback Hollow, eager to find her past. And there she found her future….

The prince wore spurs and a Stetson and was unlike any man she had ever known. In one magical night, Quinn Drummond transformed the shy, reserved girl into a passionate, feeling woman. But in the morning, the princess had to flee, tearing asunder their happily ever after. The prince, in his anger, retreated. Would a small miracle reunite the gun-shy cowboy with his lady love? Don't miss the heartwarming conclusion of The Fortunes of Texas: Welcome to Horseback Hollow!


 One fateful night has changed Amelia Fortune Chesterfield's life forever. She doesn't regret the night of passion, or the surprise it has given her. Unfortunately, when she headed back home she was thrust into a publicity mess, with the world thinking she was engaged to a man who was simply a friend. Now Quinn, the man she truly wants, thinks the worst of her & she has no idea how to break the news to him that she is pregnant with his baby....

I loved how Amelia & Quinn were so different! They were both from completely different worlds, raised differently, & they both had vastly different life experiences. Amelia sees past all of those things & seems to really want to get through to Quinn and be with him...however he keeps using those differences to push her away. I found it really annoying how he was a jerk to her half the time & didn't really listen to her explanations. Overall I thought the writing was great, the story was good, but I wish that Quinn hadn't been such an idiot!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Vengeful in Love by Nadia Lee

Release Date: December 20th, 2013

Publisher: Createspace

Author Info: Goodreads, Website, Twitter

Age Group: Adult

Pages: 260 pages

Buy it Here: Amazon

Our Rating:  4 stars

REVENGE IS SWEET...

Self-made billionaire Alex Damon wants his pound of flesh from the people who ripped his family apart. When he discovers his enemies' daughter is working at his company -- and most likely spying for them -- he decides to start his revenge by seducing her. Natalie Hall is stunned at the personal interest from the CEO of her company. Vulnerable, with an already bruised heart, she wants to avoid any involvement -- but she can't deny the desire he arouses in her.

...BUT LOVE IN SWEETER...

What should've been a straightforward eye-for-an-eye starts to unravel as Natalie's unflinching loyalty and kindness begin to thaw Alex's cold intent. But caring for her is unthinkable...since he plans to use everything in his power to ruin her family and everyone else she holds dear.


I wasn't really sure what to expect when I picked this book up but I liked what I found. I thought Natalie was great, although I wished she had stood up to her family sooner instead of letting her adopted mom & sister treat her as if she weren't part of the family. Besides her family issues, she is still struggling with a bad break up, and the fact that her ex moved on immediately. I definitely wanted her to find happiness because she was such a loveable character!

Alex starts out wanting to use Natalie in his revenge plot, but thankfully he changes his mind. He still has to deal with the fact that someone is giving corporate secrets to his enemy & his best friend is determined to blame Natalie for it, something that could put a damper on their relationship. Their chemistry was explosive and made for an interesting story!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Billion Dollar Bad Boy by Jackie Ashenden

Release Date: March 11th, 2014

Publisher Info: St. Martin's Griffin

Author Info: Goodreads, Twitter, Website

Age Group: Adult

Pages: 100 pages

Buy it Here: Amazon

Our Rating: 3 stars

Donovan Morrow, the charming, loveable, sexy face of the Morrow company, can’t seem to get a break. Despite all the wining and dining he does for his partners—both in business and in bed—he feels underappreciated. Always coming in second to big brother Jax, he’s considered the playboy of the family, and not someone to be taken seriously. Even more frustrating is when Victoria de Winter, the sexy, sultry manager of the Morrow’s company biggest rival, won’t give him the time of day or night. If only Donovan could show her how his darkest desires revolve around her, she wouldn’t keep blowing him off…

Victoria has always been a good girl. Working hard for the family business and engaged to a respectable man her parents approve of, Victoria thought she had her whole life figured out. That is, until Donovan Morrow entered her life. Victoria knows she shouldn’t lust after him—a direct competitor of her family and a notorious playboy, Donovan is all wrong for the stable life she has carved out for herself. But if this hot billionaire keeps pursuing her, Victoria can only resist for so long before she has to explore his darker, wilder side…


Donovan & Victoria were both interesting characters, both struggling to feel accepted within their families. The each want the same thing, a piece of property that belongs to Donovan's family but that Victoria's father thinks was stolen from their family generations ago. The story focuses mostly on their fast developing sexual relationship, which was at times WAY too much for me. In general I liked the story, the characters were good together but I feel like their was no romance, just sex. To be honest I'm not sure if I would recommend reading it unless you just want something short & steamy.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

One Night in Texas by Linda Warren

Release Date: May 6th, 2014

Publisher: Harlequin

Author Info: Website & Twitter

Age Group: Adult

Pages: 224 pages

Buy it Here: Amazon

Our Rating: 2 stars

THE SECRET OF HORSESHOE, TEXAS 

Angie Wiznowski has made mistakes—the biggest is the secret she's kept from Hardison Hollister for ten years. The man she loved has the right to know what happened following that hot Texas night long ago. And it could cost Angie the most precious thing in her life. 

Hardy has no inkling he's a father…until an accident leaves a young girl injured and the Texas district attorney with an unexpected addition to his family. Blindsided by shock and hurt, Hardy can't forgive Angie for her deception. But as he gets to know his child, old and new feelings for Angie surface. While scandal could derail Hardy's political future—is that future meaningless without Angie and their daughter?

 I honestly am not sure how I feel about any of the characters. None of them really stood out to me as great or even interesting. Hardy accident hits Angie's daughter & after pushing her to notify the girls father he finds out that the father is actually him. He got over the fact that she had kept his child a secret from him for ten years fairly quickly & they some how end up together in the end....I just wasn't into it.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Need by Carrie Jones

Release Day: December 23rd, 2008

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Author Info: Goodreads & Website

Age Group: Young Adult

Pages: 306 pages

Buy it Here: Amazon

Series Info: Book 1 in the Need series 

Our Rating: 5 stars

Pain shoots through my head. Fireworks. Explosions. All inside my brain. The white world goes dark and I know what's about to happen.


Zara White suspects there's a freaky guy semi-stalking her. She's also obsessed with phobias. And it's true, she hasn't exactly been herself since her stepfather died. But exiling her to shivery Maine to live with her grandmother? That seems a bit extreme. The move is supposed to help her stay sane...but Zara's pretty sure her mom just can't deal with her right now.

She couldn't be more wrong. Turns out the semi-stalker is not a figment of Zara's overactive imagination. In fact, he's still following her, leaving behind an eerie trail of gold dust. There's something not right - not human - in this sleepy Maine town, and all signs point to Zara.

In this creepy, compelling breakout novel, Carrie Jones delivers romance, suspense, and a creature you never thought you'd have to fear.


This book popped up as a Goodreads recommendation & I decided to take a look! I didn't look up anything about it first or even read the description so I had no idea what to expect. The cover kind of made me think vampires & I definitely had a feeling there would be some type of supernatural element to the story. 

I was pleasantly surprised when the book focused on pixies & thankfully made no mention of vampires (I'm a little bit burnt out on the vampire stories). I liked the inclusion of all the phobias, the majority of which I had never heard of!  I felt like there were several aspects of the book that were predictable & it was easy for me to guess how some things were going to turn out. In the beginning it seems a little hard for Zara to tell which boy she should trust (Nick or Ian) & I was happy to find out that my judgements of the two boys proved to be right. I definitely think this is a good series to read if you are into paranormal stories! I'm excited to read book #2!


 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Box of Books Giveaway

We are excited to do our first ever Box of Books Giveaway! Our bookshelves & storage are insanely full & we don't think we can fit much more on them, so we are slowly beginning the process of sorting through all of them! We filled our first box this past weekend & are excited to give it away to one lucky winner! Here are the books that are in Box #1:

Unnatural by Michael Griffo 
Phantom (The Vampire Diaries) by L.J. Smith 
Dragon Castle by Joseph Bruchac
The Secret Circle by L.J. Smith 
Infatuate by Aimee Agresti 
Belladonna by Fiona Paul  

CONTEST RULES:
-Must be 13 or older to enter
-Residents of the United States only 
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Sunday, April 20, 2014

In My Mailbox #8

 In My Mailbox is a way to highlight books we've borrowed from the library, bought, received for review, or received as gifts!  We'd love to hear about any interesting books you've received this week, so leave us a comment!



Happy Easter everyone! I hope everyone is enjoying a beautiful spring day! Not only is the weather finally starting to warm up in our neck of the woods but we also received a lot of great books this week! Some of them were the finished copies of books that we've previously received review copy's of, so we are interested to see if there were any changes made! Have you read or received any of the books we did?

In the Mail 

Illusion by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Inferno by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Followers by Anna Davies
Wickedpedia by Chris Van Etten
Catch a Falling Star by Kim Culbertson
Gorgeous by Paul Rudnick
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
Deception's Princess by Esther Friesner
Incinerator by Niall Leonard
Reborn by C.C. Hunter
Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae
Fool Me Twice by Mandy Hubbard
The Freedom Summer Murders by Don Mitchell
In the Shadows by Kiersten White & Jim Di Bartolo
The Chapel Wars by Lindesy Leavitt

Book Tour Books

How to Discipline Your Vampire by Mina Vaughn

NetGalley 

Night School by C.J. Daugherty
Moonfall by Vanessa Morton



 





Friday, April 18, 2014

The Accidental Countess by Michelle Willingham

Release Date: February 1st, 2010

Publisher: Harlequin

Author Info: Goodreads, Twitter, & Website

Age Group: Adult

Pages: 288 pages

Buy it Here: Amazon

Our Rating: 4 stars

When Stephen Chesterfield, the Earl of Whitmore, awakes to find a beautiful woman berating him, he knows he is in trouble. He cannot recall the past three months of his life, never mind having a wife. What's more, someone is trying to silence him before his memory returns.

Emily Chesterfield is trapped in a marriage of convenience with a man who doesn't remember her. Stephen clearly thinks she is the most unsuitable countess, but she is falling for her enigmatic husband.

Can they find trust and love before it is too late?


When Steven woke up he remembered nothing about the past few months of his life. Not the tattoo that has magically appeared on his body, the injuries he has suffered, or the woman in front of him who claims to be his wife. He is determined to find out the truth, a desire that seems to only bring danger his way. Trying to protect his wife, who he is developing feelings for, he ends up hurting her time and again. 
  
I enjoyed watching the relationship between Steven & Emily evolve, while they both searched for what had happened the past few months. I hated how his family treated her, as if she were nothing, and how they kept pushing for a divorce and trying to get him to move on to someone more "appropriate" in their opinions. It further annoyed me that Steven did absolutely nothing to stop the way Emily was treated, not just by his parents but by everyone in society. In fact, his behavior actually made things worse & although he claimed to be trying to protect her, he seemed to just hurt her more. Despite the fact that he was often a first-class jerk, I did want the two of them to fall in love and stay together. The twists & turns of the mystery behind what happened to Steven definitely will keep the reader guessing! The only reason I couldn't give this story 5 stars was because it seemed to be missing something that I couldn't put my finger on.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

Release Date: March 26th, 2013

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

Author Info: Goodreads, Twitter, & Website

Age Group: Young Adult

Pages: 256

Buy it Here: Amazon

Our Rating:  5 stars


There are some things you can’t leave behind…
A broken-down camper hidden deep in a national forest is the only home fifteen year-old Carey can remember. The trees keep guard over her threadbare existence, with the one bright spot being Carey’s younger sister, Jenessa, who depends on Carey for her very survival. All they have is each other, as their mentally ill mother comes and goes with greater frequency. Until that one fateful day their mother disappears for good, and two strangers arrive. Suddenly, the girls are taken from the woods and thrust into a bright and perplexing new world of high school, clothes and boys.

Now, Carey must face the truth of why her mother abducted her ten years ago, while haunted by a past that won’t let her go… a dark past that hides many a secret, including the reason Jenessa hasn’t spoken a word in over a year. Carey knows she must keep her sister close, and her secrets even closer, or risk watching her new life come crashing down.


From the very first chapter I was hooked! Murdoch does an incredible job telling a difficult story that is sure to touch the heart of every reader. I found my heart breaking at several points in the story over what the girls endured because of their mother. Carey's strength made it impossible not to love and admire her. She basically raised her sister, always put her needs before her own, and protected her as much as she could. Every character in the story brought something unique & wonderful to it. Jenessa, with her fierce loyalty to her sister & her love for all things new. Melissa, the girls' new stepmother, with her unconditional love & acceptance. Carey's father, who tirelessly searched for his daughter & accepted Jenessa as his own simply because she was part of Carey. Delaney, the girls' stepsister, who isn't really sure how to accept them. And Ryan, Carey's former best friend (before she was taken) who is trying to be there for her as much as she will let him. 

I honestly don't think I could come up with even one negative thing to say about this book. I loved every single thing about this book. The characters were amazing & I loved every one of them (although Delaney frustrated me at times). The storyline was incredible & perfectly written. I read this book in one sitting & would definitely recommend it! 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Gambling with the Crown by Lynn Raye Harris

Release Date: April 15th, 2014

Publisher: Harlequin

Author Info: Goodreads, Twitter, Website

Age Group: Adult

Pages: 256 pages

Buy it Here: Amazon

Our Rating: 5 stars

This sheikh plays to win!

The crown of Kyr holds no appeal for pleasure-seeking sheikh Kadir al-Hassan—his memories of the kingdom are as dark as a desert's night. But neither will he shirk his duty…. Instead, Kadir returns home with a bride so unsuitable, no one will want him to be king!

Long-suffering assistant Emily Bryant is the most important person in Kadir's high-octane life, and the most invisible—until she's promoted to royal bride! Sealing their marriage bargain with a scorching kiss leaves Kadir craving more….

Now Kadir must decide what's really at stake in his royal game—his desert duty, or Emily!


Harris does a wonderful job of weaving a story that is sure to keep readers hooked! It is impossible not to fall in love with Emily from the very beginning.  Her personality is great-she is smart, sassy, and sweet! Kadir is the typical womanizer, at least at first. Once the two of them become involved he seems to change for the better. I loved them together & I really enjoyed how the story played out! I would definitely suggest picking this book up! 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan

Release Date: May 14th, 2013

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Author Info: Goodreads, Twitter, & Website

Age Group: Young Adult

Pages: 341 pages

Buy it Here: Amazon

Our Rating: 3 stars


After a bizarre accident, Ingrid Waverly is forced to leave London with her mother and younger sister, Gabby, trading a world full of fancy dresses and society events for the unfamiliar city of Paris.

In Paris there are no grand balls or glittering parties, and, disturbingly, the house Ingrid’s twin brother, Grayson, found for them isn’t a house at all. It’s an abandoned abbey, its roof lined with stone gargoyles that could almost be mistaken for living, breathing creatures.

And Grayson has gone missing.

No one seems to know of his whereabouts but Luc, a devastatingly handsome servant at their new home.

Ingrid is sure her twin isn’t dead—she can feel it deep in her soul—but she knows he’s in grave danger. It will be up to her and Gabby to navigate the twisted path to Grayson, a path that will lead Ingrid on a discovery of dark secrets and otherworldly truths. And she’ll learn that once they are uncovered, they can never again be buried.


I actually almost didn't finish this book.  It took me awhile to get into it & at several points I almost put it down and didn't pick it back up. It was just kind of slow to start and I wasn't a fan of the whole gargoyle storyline. It did start to get better about half way through as things started to pick up. I liked Ingrid a lot but for most of the book Gabby annoyed me. I also wasn't a fan of any of the gargoyles except for Luc & I'm not really sure if I fully trust any of them. I don't think that this book is for everyone, but check it out & see if it may be something you get into!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Fiance By Fate by Jennifer Shirk

Release Date: April 14, 2014

Publisher: Entangled: Bliss

Author Info: Goodreads, Twitter, & Website

Age Group: Adult

Pages: 242 pages

Buy it Here: 
Fiance by Fate: An Anyone but You Novel (Entangled Bliss)

Our Rating: 4 1/2 stars

Their fake relationship is a twist of fate.

Sabrina Cassidy believes in fate. So when her fiancĂ© breaks off their engagement, she’s convinced they’ll get back together eventually. But fate was not on her side when it brought Jack Brenner into her life—and work. Frustrating, gorgeous, and cocky, Jack has an offer that Sabrina can't refuse. Not if it means getting the life she’s always imagined.

Despite being one of the town’s most eligible bachelors, Jack has a reputation that’s working against him. He has to convince his father—and his company’s board—that he’s ready to settle down if he wants a promotion. But convincing Sabrina to be his fake girlfriend turns out to be the easiest part. What he didn’t count on was their intense attraction and how easily their lie would escalate. Sabrina’s still hung up on her ex, and Jack will never settle down. But fate has other ideas…


I really enjoyed this book, from start to finish! I've never read anything by Jennifer Shirk, so I wasn't sure what to expect from her. What I found was an author who knows how to create a complex story where both of the main characters are realizing that what they thought they wanted might not be what they imagined. 

Sabrina's fiance wants to take a "break" from their relationship but Sabrina is sure that they are meant to be, especially after her visit to a psychic. Jack needs to show his father & the board that he can settle down and be responsible. When they decide that they can help each other reach their goals things get a lot more complicated (and more fun). I was not a fan of Sabrina's fiance, at all, and I was annoyed that she didn't see anything wrong with his "break" or that he was always with a gorgeous redhead. She seemed desperate to get him back & I just wasn't a fan of that. I loved Jack from the very beginning & wish that Sabrina would have realized how great he was sooner!

*By the Book Reviews received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. We were in no way compensated for featuring it.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

In My Mailbox #7

 In My Mailbox is a way to highlight books we've borrowed from the library, bought, received for review, or received as gifts!  We'd love to hear about any interesting books you've received this week, so leave us a comment!


Our mailbox was constantly full this week & we were able to find some pretty interesting looking books at our library this week!! We also got some really great books on NetGalley but forgot to keep track of them. There are so many great looking books that we aren't sure what to even read first! Let us know if you've read anything on either of our lists or if there is a book that looks good to you!



Received in the Mail 

What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
Conversion by Katherine Howe
Gorgeous by Paul Rudnick
The Kill Order by James Dashner
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
The Death Cure by James Dashner

Library Finds

Don't Look Down By Suzanne Enoch
Flirting with Danger by Suzanne Enoch
Billionaires Prefer Blondes by Suzanne Enoch 
Captivate by Carrie Jones
Agenda 21 by Glenn Beck
Inferno by Dan Brown 


Friday, April 11, 2014

Heiress Without a Cause by Sara Ramsey

Release Date: January 23rd, 2012

Publisher: Spencerhill Associates Ltd.

Author Info: Goodreads, Website, & Twitter

Age Group: Adult

Pages: 342 pages

Buy it Here: 

Why We Picked it Up: The cover caught our attention!

Our Rating: 5 stars
 
One title to change his life…

A disgraced son with a dark reputation, William “Ferguson” Avenel is content to live in exile – until his father dies in the scandal of the Season. With rumors of insanity swirling around them, his sisters desperately need a chaperone. Ferguson thinks he’s found the most proper woman in England – and he won’t ruin her, even if he secretly desires the passionate woman trapped beneath a spinster’s cap.

One chance to break the rules…

Lady Madeleine Vaillant can’t face her blighted future without making one glorious memory for herself. In disguise, on a London stage, she finds all the adoration she never felt from the ton. But when she’s nearly recognized, she will do anything to hide her identity – even setting up her actress persona as Ferguson’s mistress. She’ll take the pleasure he offers, but Madeleine won’t lose her heart in the bargain.

One season to fall in love…

Every stolen kiss could lead to discovery, and Ferguson’s old enemies are determined to ruin them both. But as their dangerous passion ignites their hearts and threatens their futures, how can an heiress who dreams of freedom deny the duke who demands her love?


I loved everything about this book, from the setting to the characters to the plot! I love how Madeleine goes against what is expected, and even allowed for her, in order to fulfill her dreams. Ferguson left town to get away from his father, but he left a string of broken hearts behind him, one of which is determined to see him pay for what he did to her. When he finds out Madeleine's secret, he is determined to help her avoid getting caught, under the pretense that it will hurt his sisters, who Madeleine is mentoring. However, he seems to quickly be developing feelings for her & finds himself unable to stay away from her. 

I love Madeleine's strength & spirit. It annoyed me that her "best friend" was the one who betrayed her secret, but thankfully she didn't end up ruined in the eyes of society. I loved Ferguson, even if he was stubborn regarding several things & had to fight the urge to control everyone. Their passion & even their bickering made them perfect for each other & I loved seeing them fall in love! 
 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

One Second After by William R. Forstchen

Release Date: March 17th, 2009

Publisher: Forge Books

Author Info: Goodreads & Website

Age Group: Adult

Pages: 352 pages

Buy it Here: Amazon 

Our Rating: 5 stars


New York Times best selling author William R. Forstchen now brings us a story which can be all too terrifyingly real...a story in which one man struggles to save his family and his small North Carolina town after America loses a war, in one second, a war that will send America back to the Dark Ages...A war based upon a weapon, an Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP).  A weapon that may already be in the hands of our enemies.
 
Months before publication, One Second After has already been cited on the floor of Congress as a book all Americans should read, a book already being discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a truly realistic look at a weapon and its awesome power to destroy the entire United States, literally within one second. It is a weapon that the Wall Street Journal warns could shatter America. In the tradition of On the Beach, Fail Safe and Testament, this book, set in a typical American town, is a dire warning of what might be our future...and our end.
 
I loved absolutely everything about this storyline. All of the characters were great & I love how everyone sort of had their role. I loved John & how he seemed to really know what needed to be done & the best way to do it. I was irritated with him in the beginning when he took the time to stock up on cigarettes but didn't think about food or other supplies they might need. I loved the speech he gave before the execution of the two men who had stolen medicine from the nursing home. A lot of what he said was really inspiring and I feel like on several occasions he kept the entire town from becoming blood thirsty & losing their humanity. There were several times in the book where I did not like the other town leaders but each of them had a least one moment that made it impossible to hate them. 
 
Although I loved everything about the storyline & I loved how well thought out the book was there were a few things that I wasn't crazy about. I wasn't a huge fan of the way that Forstchen wrote. I thought some of the dialogue was written in a manor that could easily confuse the reader if they weren't paying enough attention. I also thought that there were a few instances where he switched tenses for no apparent reason. However the story is so good that it is really easy to look past any writing issues! I would absolutely recommend this book!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Sarantos Baby Bargain by Olivia Gates

Release Date: May 6th, 2014

Publisher: Harlequin

Author Info: Goodreads & Twitter

Age Group: Adult

Pages: 192 pages

Where to Buy it: Amazon

Our Rating:  3 1/2 stars

He'd come for the baby…and his ex-wife. 

Naomi Sinclair had once fallen hard for Andreas Sarantos. Marrying the irresistible Greek venture capitalist had seared her soul with pleasure—and despair. For she soon discovered he was incapable of love. Now her ex-husband is back…to claim her orphaned ten-month-old niece. 

Andreas let Naomi get away once. But adopting his best friend's baby girl gives him the leverage he needs to bring his unwilling ex-wife back to his bed. Will having the only woman he's ever wanted erase the scars of his dark past? Or will he lose Naomi, this time forever?

I didn't read what this book was about ahead of time so I was expecting something completely different. I was expecting the baby to be Andreas & Naomi's & assumed she had kept it a secret from him. I was glad when my initial suspicions had been proven wrong, because that storyline is a little overplayed, in my opinion. Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy those story lines, but I was happy to find that this book was different. 

I thought the story in general was good, but it was lacking something that kept me from getting hooked. It was a quick read that had an ending that left me smiling, so if you are looking for a romance, this may be one you should pick up! 







Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Enders by Lissa Price

Release Date: January 7th, 2014

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Author Info: Goodreads, Twitter, Website

Age Group: Young Adult

Pages:
273 pages

Buy it Here: Amazon

Related Books: Starters (Book 1)

Our Rating:  4 1/2 stars

Someone is after Starters like Callie and Michael—teens with chips in their brains. They want to experiment on anyone left over from Prime Destinations—Starters who can be controlled and manipulated. With the body bank destroyed, Callie no longer has to rent herself out to creepy Enders. But Enders can still get inside her mind and make her do things she doesn't want to do. Like hurt someone she loves. Having the chip removed could save her life—but it could also silence the voice in her head that might belong to her father. Callie has flashes of her ex-renter Helena's memories, too . . . and the Old Man is back, filling her with fear. Who is real and who is masquerading in a teen body?

No one is ever who they appear to be, not even the Old Man. Determined to find out who he really is and grasping at the hope of a normal life for herself and her younger brother, Callie is ready to fight for the truth. Even if it kills her.


I'm going to start by saying I liked Starters better but I did really like this book too. I didn't like how it was impossible to tell who was truly the "bad guy" however it did make you want to keep reading. There were some really surprising twists in the book, some that I sort of saw coming & one that completely blew my mind (sorry, no spoilers here!). I feel like the story could continue in several more books because there is so much that Price could do with how the story was left. I would definitely recommend picking up this book, but make sure you read Starters first!

Monday, April 7, 2014

The Black Sheep's Inheritance by Maureen Child

Release Date: April 1st, 2014

Publisher: Harlequin

Author Info: Goodreads & Website

Age Group: Adult

Pages: 192 pages

Buy it Here: Amazon

Why We Read it: We love the author!

Our Rating: 4 1/2 stars
 
Follow the money…into bed!

Estranged from his adoptive father, Sage Lassiter earned his own billions. But when J.D. Lassiter leaves a fortune to his private nurse in his will and cheats his own daughter of her rightful inheritance…Sage is enraged, to say the least. He's sure nurse Colleen Falkner isn't the innocent she appears. And he's willing to go to any lengths to expose her…even seduction.

But using sex—crazed, incredible sex—to find out what she knows could backfire. Because Colleen is not what Sage expected. And like it or not, she's about to demolish all the barriers he's carefully constructed around his heart.


The first book in the Dynasties: The Lassiters series definitely doesn't disappoint. Although there were a few things I thought could have been better, I really enjoyed this story & finished it quickly. I don't think I've ever read anything by Maureen Child that I didn't like. She knows how to tell a good story & this one is no exception! It exposed you to the family yet left you wanting, which is the perfect way to start a series. I wish that I had realized that Beauty & the Best Man was a prequel to the series because I would have read it first, but I do still plan on reading it soon! 


The main characters of this book, Sage & Colleen, are both so different. Colleen knows a lot about Sage, since she was his father's nurse but Sage seems to have some serious misconceptions about her, especially in the beginning. The relationship that develops between the two of them happens very quickly, due to the fact that they can't seem to fight their growing attraction to each other! I can't wait to read more about the Lassiter family!

*By the Book Reviews received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. We were in no way compensated for featuring it.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

In My Mailbox #6

 In My Mailbox is a way to highlight books we've borrowed from the library, bought, received for review, or received as gifts!  In My Mailbox is a weekly feature that is hosted by Kristi over at The Story Siren. We'd love to hear about any interesting books you've received this week, so leave us a comment!




This week I was able to go see a really great presentation from some great women at the Take Heart project! The organization is really working hard to try to help orphans and widows around the world. They had great stories to tell & some really awesome fair trade goods on display & for sale. I picked up a few items, including the only book that my husband let me buy this week, which was:

Half The Sky by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn 

I also received a few other books, in the mail & via NetGalley!

NetGalley
Beloved Enemy by Lacy Yager
Testing the Limits by Kira Sinclair

Mail:
The Inventor's Secret by Andrea Cremer

Friday, April 4, 2014

The Buckhorn Legacy by Lori Foster

Release Date: November 1st, 2012

Publisher:
Harlequin

Author Info:
Goodreads, Website, Twitter

Age Group: Adult

Pages: 384 pages

Buy it Here: Amazon

Our Review  5 stars

Remember Sawyer, Morgan, Gabe and Jordan? The sexiest brothers in Buckhorn County. 
 

Now meet Sawyer's son, Casey . . . 

Like father like son! 

Emma Clark was back in Buckhorn. As a teen she'd been the girl with the bleached-blond hair, too much makeup and a bad reputation -- and she'd tried everything she could to get Casey Hudson into bed. He'd been the cutest guy in town, and the only one who seemed to really care about her.
As a hot-blooded teen it had been hard for Casey to resist Emma. But now, eight years later, it was impossible. Emma's adult sensuality was more subtle, more beguiling. He had to have her. But Emma was dong her best to shut him out. Casey had to convince her the attraction wasn't just leftover teenage lust, but his real love for a real woman . . .

I have to admit that I have completely fallen in love with this family. There wasn't a single story that I didn't love. Whereas the other four stories took place in fairly quick succession, this story takes place eight years later. Everyone is a bit older, but still as sexy as ever! In the previous stories, Casey was just a teenager, but at the end of Jordan's story we get a glimpse of him & Emma, before she took off. 

Now, eight years later, Emma is back in town & Casey is determined to find out why she disappeared and where she has been all this time. Eight years ago he was constantly turning her down but now that she is back he realizes how important she was to him & how much he still wants her. Unfortunately, Emma has no plans to stay in town permanently & wants to leave before all her secrets come out.  Watching the two of them reconnect, it is easy to see that they are perfect for each other. I found myself getting angry at the fact that some people still treated Emma as if she were still the same girl she was eight years ago, a girl who would hook up with just about anyone. One of my favorite things about this book was how Casey was determined for everyone to know that Emma was with him and how he made it clear that he wanted to be exclusive. I thought it was cute & sweet (and lets be honest, who wouldn't want to be his girl). 

I loved this book from the very beginning! Lori Foster is truly amazing & she creates characters that anyone can fall in love with! This is one author that I will definitely be adding to my favorites list!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Dangerous by Shannon Hale

Release Date: March 4th, 2014

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Author Info: Goodreads & Website

Age Group: Young Agult

Pages: 400 pages

Buy it Here: Amazon

Our Rating:  3 1/2 stars


Maisie Danger Brown just wanted to get away from home for a bit, see something new. She never intended to fall in love. And she never imagined stumbling into a frightening plot that kills her friends and just might kill her, too. A plot that is already changing life on Earth as we know it. There's no going back. She is the only thing standing between danger and annihilation.

From NY Times bestselling author Shannon Hale comes a novel that asks, How far would you go to save the ones you love? And how far would you go to save everyone else?


Years ago I read The Princess Academy by Shannon Hale & I thought it was a cute, easy read. I was excited to read this book, mostly because I thought the cover was so cool! After checking out some of the reviews on Goodreads, which I don't normally do, I was a little unsure if I would enjoy the book or not. I was glad that the book didn't disappoint, at least not completely. 

One of the things that I loved about this book was how it was hard to identify who the bad guys really were. One of them was obvious but it was hard to tell if that person (I'm not going to say who) was the only enemy that Maisie had. There were a few surprising twists that kept my attention & I thought the main story was good. What I did not like was how Masie's love life & her relationship with Wilder seemed to often take center stage. First, it was really hard to tell if Wilder was a good guy or a bad guy. Second, with everything else that was going on I feel like focusing so much attention on this "relationship" and its drama kind of took away from the main storyline. I was definitely disappointed by the balance but I still managed to enjoy the book. 

*By the Book Reviews received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. We were in no way compensated for featuring it.


 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Forever Buckhorn: Gabe/Jordan by Lori Foster

Release Date: January 31st, 2012 (originally released in 2002)

Publisher: HQN Books

Author Info: Goodreads, Twitter, & Website

Age Group: Adult

Pages: 432 pages

Buy it Here: Amazon

Our Rating: 5 stars

Gabe - Gabe Kasper, the heartthrob of Buckhorn County, Kentucky, can have any woman he wants. But it's prickly, uptight Elizabeth Parks who gets under his skin. She thinks Gabe's some kind of hero and wants an interview for her thesis. He doesn't consider pulling a couple of kids out of the lake heroic, but he'll answer her questions in exchange for kisses...and more.


Jordan - Jordan Somerville thinks he wants a woman who's a paragon of virtue. But then the gentle veterinarian - rescuer of strays - meets Georgia Barnes, single mother and exotic dancer. She's a far cry from Jordan's dream woman - and she's made it clear that he's hardly her dream man, either. So why is he suddenly tempted to break all his own rules?


After falling so completely in love with Sawyer and then Morgan in the first book I wasn't sure that I had enough room left in my heart for Gabe & Jordan. I am very happy to say I was proven wrong. 

The first story focuses on Gabe, who seemed to be the biggest lady's man of the bunch. He and Elizabeth seem to be such polar opposites that their initial interactions are comical. Things definitely change quickly & it was fun to watch the two of them fall for each other, while both trying to tell themselves its just a casual thing. Elizabeth has some past trauma that she is finally able to deal with, partially thanks to Gabe, and he is able to realize that settling down really isn't so crazy of an idea. 


Jordan's story might be my favorite of the four (although it could just be because I read it last & it is freshest in my mind lol). I thought he was compassionate & intense, calm yet willing to go a little crazy for something/someone he cared about. Georgia was used to taking care of everyone else, so it was cute to see her struggle with Jordan coming in and trying to take care of her. I thought they were the perfect pair & I loved how Jordan & the rest of the family immediately made her kids & mom feel loved. When they mentioned Georgia's crazy ex-inlaws I was kind of expecting them to show up at some point, trying to take the kids away again, with Jordan (and his family) swooping in to help save them. I was a little disappointed that didn't happen, because I thought it would have added some more excitement, but I still loved the story!

Both of these stories were well written and filled with love, laughter, and oh so sexy! The way it ended was perfect! As soon as I finished I just HAD to read the next book, featuring Casey, so I immediately downloaded it from Amazon! These books are so good that I couldn't wait another second to continue!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Infatuate by Aimee Agresti

Release Date: March 5th, 2013

Publisher:
Harcourt Children's Books

Author Info: Goodreads, Twitter, Website

Age Group: Young Adult

Pages: 416 pages

Buy it Here: Amazon

Our Rating: 4 1/2 stars

Haven Terra is still recovering from an internship that brought her literally to the brink of hell when a trip to New Orleans leads to more trouble. Graduating early from high school leaves the spring semester free, so Haven and her friends Dante and Lance head to the Big Easy to volunteer with community service projects. But their true mission becomes clear when they run across an enclave of devils known as the Krewe. New Orleans is a free-for-all for these shape-shifting devils, who are more reckless and vicious than any Haven, Lance, and Dante have encountered. And they soon discover their French Quarter housemates are also angels-in-training, and together they must face off with the Krewe in their quest for wings. But Haven’s resolve is tested when Lucian, the repentant devil with whom she was infatuated, resurfaces and asks her for help escaping the underworld. Can he be trusted? Or will aiding him cost Haven her angel wings—and her life? Thrilling, romantic, and full of surprises, this gripping sequel to Illuminate takes the battle of good and evil to the next level.

Like Illuminate, this story started off a little slow. I think this is just the way that Agresti writes & although the slow start might bother some readers, she more than makes up for it with her incredible ability to weave a thrilling tale! She spins another exciting story that will leave you desperate for the next book!

Haven, Lance, & Dante graduated from high school early & took the opportunity to head to New Orlwans to volunteer. Once they get there they discovered that they weren't the only "angels-in-training" & that the dangers they were going to face in New Orleans would be even worse then what they dealt with in Chicago. Never knowing exactly who the enemy is & with more & more of their new "friends" joining the dark side, the three friends must fight to save themselves. 

I love how Haven is becoming so powerful & I think that Dante's role is perfect for him! He & and Haven make such a great team and I'm definitely glad that he made it through the trials he dealt with in Chicago. I was not a fan of Lance for most of this book. He & Haven were dating, yet he allowed himself to get caught up with another girl, someone who was clearly bad news. I still can't help but want Lucian & Haven together. I know he is sort of a bad guy but I really think he is trying to be good now that he knows Haven. Do you think that bad decisions you made in the past should ruin your entire future or can you overcome your past mistakes? 

*By the Book Reviews received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. We were in no way compensated for featuring it.