Saturday, August 30, 2014

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Gypsy by Trisha Leigh

Release Date: May 13, 2014

Pages: 376 pages

Author Info: Website, Goodreads, Twitter, & Facebook

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Buy it Here: Amazon, B&N

Our Rating: 5 stars!

Inconsequential: not important or significant.
Synonyms: insignificant, unimportant, nonessential, irrelevant

In the world of genetic mutation, Gypsy’s talent of knowing a person’s age of death is considered a failure. Her peers, the other Cavies, have powers that range from curdling a blood still in the vein to being able to overhear a conversation taking place three miles away, but when they’re taken from the sanctuary where they grew up and forced into the real world, Gypsy, with her all-but-invisible gift, is the one with the advantage.

The only one who’s safe, if the world finds out what they can do.

When the Cavies are attacked and inoculated with an unidentified virus, that illusion is shattered. Whatever was attached to the virus causes their abilities to change. Grow. In some cases, to escape their control.

Gypsy dreamed of normal high school, normal friends, a normal life, for years. Instead, the Cavies are sucked under a sea of government intrigue, weaponized genetic mutation, and crushing secrets that will reframe everything they’ve ever been told about how their “talents” came to be in the first place.

When they find out one of their own has been appropriated by the government, mistreated and forced to run dangerous missions, their desire for information becomes a pressing need. With only a series of guesses about their origins, the path to the truth becomes quickly littered with friends, enemies, and in the end, the Cavies ability to trust anyone at all.

I LOVED this book, way more than I thought that I would! I loved Gypsy from the very beginning & I can't wait to see how her talents develop! I love how unique all of the characters in the book were. I liked all of the Cavies, but I think besides Gypsy, Jude was my favorite character & I'm really hoping that Gypsy can find away to change his future! I loved all of the suspense & mystery, and wondering who the good guys really were. And that ending! It definitely left me desperate to know what is going to happen next! This is definitely a great start to a series you don't want to miss!!

Don't foget to enter the giveaway below & to check out the rest of the blog tour posts! You can find the schedule here!

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Friday, August 29, 2014

The Millionaire Affair by Jessica Lemmon

Release Date: June 24th, 2014

Publisher: Forever Yours/Grand Central

Author Info: Goodreads, Website, Twitter

Age Group: Adult

Pages: 280 pages

Buy It Here: Amazon

Our Rating: 5 stars


Millionaire ad executive Landon Downey has a policy: no romantic relationships allowed. So when he's saddled with his six-year-old nephew for a week, he doesn't think twice about asking Kimber Reynolds to act as live-in nanny. What he doesn't expect is the undeniable attraction to the woman he hasn't seen since they were kids. And not only does she like him back-she suggests they work their way down a list of extracurricular activities in the bedroom. How can he resist?

Kimber wants to prove once and for all that she can love 'em and leave 'em with the best of them. All she has to do is keep her sixteen-year crush on Landon out of the equation. No problem . . . until she realizes she may not be the only one whose heart has gotten completely tangled up in their no-strings agreement.

What can I say besides I LOVED this book!?! There was just so much to it! The characters were fully developed, the storyline was actually believable, & the writing was really good! The story flowed so well that it was easy to get caught up in it (so easy in fact that I let dinner boil over on the stove not once, but twice!) I loved both Landon & Kimber and almost all the other characters in the book! Honestly, I feel like this is one that I could read multiple times and not get sick of it! I'm excited to check out the other books in the series!!

*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, August 27, 2014

An Heiress for His Empire by Lucy Monroe

Release Date: September 16, 2014

Publisher: Harlequin

Author Info: Goodreads, Twitter, Website

Age Group: Adult

Pages: 192 pages

Buy it Here: Amazon

Our Rating: 5 stars 

The story: Innocent debutante Madison Archer has hit the headlines for a scandal not of her making. Now, marriage to the unscrupulous Viktor Beck is the only way to save what’s left of her reputation! 

The contract: Maddie has always featured in Viktor’s plans to take over her father’s company and expand his empire. The intense attraction between them only sweetens the deal he’s offered.... 

The secret: Though love doesn’t beat in Viktor’s heart, he’ll show Maddie just how hot their 
chemistry can be. But even this corporate shark is in for a shock—his wild socialite is still a virgin!

I have always had a thing for Russian men in books, especially romances. They are always strong & incredibly sexy characters who always seem to end up getting what they want. Viktor is no exception. Although he isn't ready to admit it, even to himself, he is in love with Maddie & he goes above and beyond what is necessary to take care of her & show her that he is on her side.

I liked Madison right away. Her father may have thought she was a spoiled brat always trying to start a scandal, but it quickly became clear that she was much more than that. Her relationship with her father was complicated & I definitely wasn't a big fan of how he handled her. He was constantly trying to manipulate her into doing what he wanted. 

I LOVED this book! Maddie & Viktor were perfect together & the story was great! This book is impossible not to love, I can't think of anything I would change!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: Maxwell Street Blues

Release Date: August 5, 2014

 Publisher: Alibi

Genre: Mystery

Buy it Here: Amazon

Our Rating: 4 stars

 Chicago runs in Jules Landau’s veins. So does the blood of crooks. Now Jules is going legit as a private eye, stalking bail jumpers and cheating spouses—until he gets his first big case. Unfortunately, the client is his ex-con father, and the job is finding the killer of a man whom Jules loved like family. Why did someone put two bullets in the head of gentle bookkeeper Charles Snook? Jules is determined to find out, even if the search takes him to perilous places he never wanted to go.

Snooky, as he was affectionately known, had a knack for turning dirty dollars clean, with clients ranging from humble shop owners to sharp-dressed mobsters. As Jules retraces Snooky’s last days, he crosses paths with a way-too-eager detective, a gorgeous and perplexing tattoo artist, a silver-haired university administrator with a kinky side, and a crusading journalist. Exposing one dirty secret after another, the PI is on a dangerous learning curve. And, at the top of that curve, a killer readies to strike again.

This book was different than what I typically read but the fact that it is based in Chicago made me want to check it out! It was a pretty fast read, with lots of surprises. There were a couple parts that seemed to drag on a little, but other than that it moved along quickly. The characters were so diverse that at times it was hard to see how they could be tied together but Krulewitch did a great job of weaving together all of them! If you are a fan of a good mystery I would definitely say this is the book for you! 
 Make sure you check out the other stops on this tour. You can find the schedule here! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Resisting the Rancher by Roxanne Snopek

Release Date: April 14th, 2014

Publisher: Entangled: Bliss

Author Info: Goodreads, Website & Twitter

Age Group:  Adult

Pages: 259 pages

Buy it Here: Amazon
Our Rating: 4 stars

She's his best friend's sister, but he's ready to break all the rules…

Country veterinarian Celia Gamble is in trouble. A misunderstanding from her past is rearing its ugly head and the only person she can turn to is Jonah Clarke—her family’s lawyer and, as it turns out, her brother’s best friend and her childhood crush. She always wanted Jonah to see her as a bona fide woman, but as a woman who’s being blackmailed for seducing a married man? Not on her life.

Jonah is happy to help Little CeeCee Gamble, if only she’d come clean about why she’s being blackmailed. But with his best friend Zach’s wedding on the horizon, and Zach’s fashionista fiancĂ©e Desiree giving CeeCee a makeover, the little duckling Jonah remembers is turning into a definite swan. And the unwritten law on sisters is clear—hands off. Jonah must resist or lose the only true family he’s ever known.

Sweet story about a childhood crush becoming a grown up reality! It is a little typical tho-girl falls for brother's best friend, he ignores it growing up only to find himself wildly attracted to her when she comes back to town all grown up. Besides being predictable it was a really cute story. I like Jonah & Celia. I was not a fan of Zach for a good portion of the book tho. He was bossy & mean to Celia. I loved everyone else tho!

*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.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Blog Tour: Lore: Tales of Myth and Legend Retold

 Released: March 2014

Publisher: Sweet Biscuit Publishing, LLC.

Pages: 283 pages

Genre: Young Adult

Authors:  Brinda Berry, Karen Y. Bynum, Laura Diamond, Jayne A. Knolls, Theresa DaLayne, & Cate Dean

Buy it Here: Amazon or B&N

A collection of six folklore retellings that will twist your mind and claim your heart.

SHIMMER: A heartbroken boy rescues a mermaid… but is it too late to save her?

BETWEEN is about a girl, a genie, and a ton of bad decisions.

SUNSET MOON: Eloise doesn’t believe in Native American magic–until the dreamcatcher spiders spin her down an unknown path.

THE MAKER: An incapacitated young man bent on revenge builds a creature to do it for him.

A BEAUTIFUL MOURNING: The story of a Maya goddess torn between duty and love, and the ultimate sacrifice she must make to achieve true happiness.

THE BARRICADES: When a human girl risks everything to save the life of an Eternal prince, will their feelings for each other change the world they know, or tear it apart?

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sunday Snapshot

This summer has been so busy that I haven't had a chance to post as often as I would like. Hopefully that will be changing in the next month or so! I've read some great books lately and I am excited to be featuring their reviews soon! We are also participating in some fabulous blog tours this month, so be on the lookout for those as well! Here are some of the books that we will be featuring soon:

Sweeter Than Sin by Shiloh Walker
The Wedding Trap by Adrienne Bell
Secret Prince, Instant Daddy by Raye Morgan
Full Disclosure by Dee Henderson
Maxwell Street Blues by Marc Krulewitch

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Blog Tour: Hidden Intentions by Stacy Claflin

Released: Summer 2014

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Pages: 256 pages

Author Info: Website and Twitter 

Buy it Here: Amazon or B&N

Our Rating: 4 1/2 stars

More Info: Goodreads

Fun-loving Clara is keeping a dark and deadly secret from William, the love of her life.

Not because she wants to hide things from him, but because her story is so unbelievable he will probably think she’s crazy.

If she tells him, she could lose him. If she doesn’t tell him, she will.

Cute & easy to read romance with lovable characters & a storyline that just seems to fall into place. I wasn't sure if this book would be confusing or if it will feel like something was missing, since it is part of a series (but can be read as a stand-alone story). Thankfully I didn't have any issues & everything seemed to make sense to me. I wasn't sure at first what Clara's secret was, at first I thought she was something else, but it made sense when I found out what she really was. There were a couple of parts that I thought seemed kind of odd & like they weren't really necessary-maybe they are connected to the other stories. 

All in all the book was fast paced & I enjoyed it. I would definitely recommend.

Make sure to check out the other tour stops on the Xpresso Book Tour! Check out the schedule here!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Beauty and the Best Man by Maureen Child

Release Date: April 1st, 2014

 Publisher: Harlequin Desire

Author Info: Goodreads &Website

Age Group: Adult

Pages: 192 pages (ebook)

Buy it Here: Amazon

Our Rating:  2 1/2 stars

May the Best Man Win… the Maid of Honor?

Lassiter Media millionaire Matt Hollis never let a woman stand between him and his career. But now Matt's best friend is marrying the Lassiter heiress—and her insufferable maid of honor has stolen Matt's heart. Kayla Prince is way more than this skilled negotiator bargained for.

But Kayla's conflicted. The man left her in the lurch for his L.A. gig; now he wants her back? Fool her once, shame on Matt, fool her twice…well, actually, this second chance feels like the real thing. But a fateful night is about to put that feeling to the ultimate test….

I actually didn't realize that there was a prequel to the Lassiter books, so I read book 1 first & then I found out about this one. I thought it was a decent story, although I wish it had been a little bit more developed.  I'm a big Maureen Child fan but this book was a bit of a let down compared to other books of hers that I have read. 

The romance between Matt & Kayla was cute but I just felt like there was something missing. I just didn't connect with either of the main characters. I'm just glad it was a shorter story, so that I didn't invest more time into it.