ARC Review: Good Girl by Lauren Layne

ARC Review: Good Girl by Lauren Layne

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Good Girl (Unexpectedly #2)
Author: Lauren Layne
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: May 17th, 2016
Published By: Loveswept
ISBN: 0399593993

WHR Synopsis

Jenny Dawson moved to Nashville to write music, not get famous. But when her latest record goes double platinum, Jenny’s suddenly one of the town’s biggest stars—and the center of a tabloid scandal connecting her with a pop star she’s barely even met. With paparazzi tracking her every move, Jenny flees to a remote mansion in Louisiana to write her next album. The only hiccup is the unexpected presence of a brooding young caretaker named Noah, whose foul mouth and snap judgments lead to constant bickering—and serious heat.

Noah really should tell Jenny that he’s Preston Noah Maxwell Walcott, the owner of the estate where the feisty country singer has made her spoiled self at home. But the charade gives Noah a much-needed break from his own troubles, and before long, their verbal sparring is indistinguishable from foreplay. But as sizzling nights give way to quiet pillow talk, Noah begins to realize that Jenny’s almost as complicated as he is. To fit into each other’s lives, they’ll need the courage to face their problems together—before the outside world catches up to them.

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Have you ever read two books that have a similar theme at the same time and tried to keep them straight? That is what happened with Good Girl for me. I read it, alongside another book that had a Nashville and singer setting, not realizing it. Thankfully I read Good Girl first and it didn’t detract from the story in the least although it has made it harder to gather my thoughts.

Good Girl by Lauren Layne is the second book in her Love Unexpectedly series. It can be read as a standalone novel. It involves no cheating, an HEA and a good bit of steam.

You have here a well-written story with complex characters. I will admit to it being a good while since I read the book, and I can still remember them. Jenny and Noah sort of embed themselves (in a good way) in your brain. These two have a lot of back and forth chemistry, and past and some extremely funny banter between them.

The plot itself draws you into a bit of Nashville glamour that keeps you turning pages. You climb on board for the drama, the paparazzi, with a few enjoyable twists.

Overall 4-star book for me and one I would definitely recommend.

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4 star

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WHR: The state of things!

WHR: The state of things!

Hey! Long time no post.

Things around here have been quiet. By quiet, I mean you could hear the crickets. I thought I might explain a bit of why and then get on into other details.

Around October, my life in general was hectic. I was taking care of my mom who had knee replacement, trying to keep the house clean to her standards (we are talking white glove standards here), working, running all over for doctors appointments of my own, etc etc..Life was basically trying to swallow me whole. I decided to take a two week break from reviewing, that turned into three, which turned into a month and somehow we are in March and nothing has been happening.

I started poking my head back in during Jan, trying to see what I could do that would keep this place going. I’d actually considered shutting it down. Decided to see how Feb went … Laughable, that came and went. Told myself, you will start in March. Well, the beginning of March rolled around and my 18 year old cat died. We’d had her since I was 14, to say I was devastated doesn’t cover it.

Now it’s almost April, there have been a lot of things going on behind the scenes on the blog and I’m ready to dip my toes back into this. I have reviews that are scheduled, but I’m going to ease myself back into this. I’m not taking ARCs, although I am finishing what’s in the Queue to Review. (Even if they are horribly late.)

What is on the list that I think I can currently manage:

Reviews

Some promotions; To include release days, blitz, tours, etc. (I’m going to one favorite place that I use and will add the others as I can.)

Random Thursdays – These are fun.

Wild Heart Reviews store – This will be a store of books that I would hands down recommend. This also won’t be instant. It’s going to take me a few to figure out but I at least have the ability to do it now.

Also tags and other social interaction via bloggers as I have time – These are also fun and break up the day to day of “I need to review this or that.”

Again, I’m doing this at a slower pace than before. I have to. It’s just me blogging again for awhile. I may on-board my co-bloggers again as they have time as well.

I think that’s pretty much it, y’all. I can’t think of anything else off the top of my head.

Have a great Thursday!

~A

 

ARC Review: Sugar Daddy by Sawyer Bennett

ARC Review: Sugar Daddy by Sawyer Bennett

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Sugar Daddy (Sugar Bowl #1)
Author: Sawyer Bennett
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: May 24th, 2016
Published By: Loveswept
ISBN: 0399178589

WHR Synopsis

Sela Halstead lost her innocence in a way that no sixteen-year-old should ever have to endure. She’s spent years trying to forget that night even while wondering about the identities of the monsters who brutalized her—until a telltale tattoo flashes across Sela’s TV screen. The incriminating ink belongs to Jonathon Townsend, the millionaire founder of The Sugar Bowl, a website that matches rich older men with impressionable young women. Obsessed with revenge, Sela infiltrates Townsend’s world, only to come face-to-face with a tantalizing complication: Beckett North, his charismatic business partner.

The tech mastermind behind The Sugar Bowl, Beck always gets what he wants, in business and in bed. And yet, for a man who’s done every dirty thing imaginable, there’s something about the naïve, fresh-faced Sela that sparks his hottest fantasies. Because with her, it’s not just about sex. Beck opens up to her in ways he never has with other girls. So why does he get the feeling that she’s hiding something? In a world of pleasure and power, the shocking truth could turn them against each other—or bind them forever.

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Sugar Daddy is one of those books that just absolutely sucks you in. It could be the first time you read it or the fifth time you read it but regardless it is engrossing. A bit of truth here, I had to sit down and reread this book before I could write the review. Not because it’s a bad book at all, it’s fantastic, it’s more that I’d read so much I’d forgotten the plot.

Sugar Daddy is a cliffhanger. That being the case, obviously I wanted to refresh my memory before I dove into the other books in the series. Also, because of my reaction to the cliffy in first book, I wasn’t going near the next one until all three were out. Yes, that is correct, this is a three book series and none of them are standalones. You also won’t find an HEA in Sugar Daddy but you will find intrigue. You will want to read the next book.

I fell in love with Sela and Beck. Sela in particular has so much going on that you can’t help but feel for her. You may not always agree with how she does things but you tend to get why she does them. Beck, on the other hand, it sort of a puzzle to me still. I love that. I’m hoping to figure out more of him as the books go.

That’s pretty much all that can be said at the moment. Everything else would largely lead to spoilers, even me going in-depth on some of the characters quirks and the things I mentioned about Sela. I don’t like spoiling things for others. I will say that it’s a great set up for the first book and really prepares to drag you into the next one. You will want it instantly.

A full five stars from me on both the first and second read throughs. 🙂 A series started I would highly recommend.

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5 star

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NetGalley Reviews Upcoming!

NetGalley Reviews Upcoming!

Hey, so some of these are scheduled to go up today, and some are just ones I’m hoping to have up. There are five in total. Two are scheduled. Barring any huge interferences from life, I’m crossing my fingers I have all three of the other ones done today and posted. This cuts the NetGalley pile down big time, also meaning I can get to some of the other ARCs in my pile that I’ve been dying to read like Pour Your Heart Out and Claire.

Scheduled:

Sugar Daddy
For The Win

Working on:

Heartbreaker
Good Girl
Ramping up

 

I was going to post book covers and make this all pretty but frankly, I’d rather just get to writing the reviews and setting the posts up. (Which takes longer than writing the actual review.) If you’re wanting to know who these books are by, check out the Queue to Review. 😀

Thanks!

~A

ARC Review: Crazy About Love by Cassie Mae

ARC Review: Crazy About Love by Cassie Mae

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Crazy About Love
Author: Cassie Mae
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: June 14th, 2016
Published By: Loveswept
ISBN: 1101968303

WHR Synopsis

Single again on Valentine’s Day, struggling actor Alec Tucker agrees to help out his longtime friend—and unrequited love—Theresa Jones by filling in as one of the bachelors for her company’s charity auction. Alec figures it couldn’t hurt to meet someone new. Still, working with Theresa reminds him of all the reasons he never got over her. So it feels a little bittersweet when, out of nowhere, a beautiful young street artist buys a date with him for a whopping four grand.

Little does he know, Theresa’s had a major change of heart. She’s crushed when someone else wins a date with Alec—but she isn’t going down without a fight. After a pep talk from her best friend, Theresa makes a desperate move that goes against her better judgment . . . and things only get crazier from there. But with Alec ready to move on and Theresa afraid she’s pushed him away for good, maybe a little crazy is exactly what they need—before they both miss their shot.

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Cassie Mae is a new to me author and Crazy About Love is the first book I’ve had the pleasure to read by this wonderful author. To say I enjoyed this book would be spot on.

Crazy About Love is written from a dual first person point-of-view but it is done so in parts. Hence, part one one is Alec and part two is Theresa’s POVs. (I’ll come back to this in a bit.) The story does have an HEA, it can be read as a standalone, and is roughly 250 pages, give or take a few. I realized after I read this, that it is part of a series but you definitely don’t need to read the other books to enjoy this one.

The plot in Crazy About Love was different. I don’t mean vastly out of this world different, I just mean it was done differently. It was cute, it was extremely sweet, but it was also confusing at first. I will admit not really getting the first and second part deal to it and all through the first part I wasn’t exactly sure who our hero was going to end up with. As for the characters, I loved Alec and I loved Theresa, I did not like Rian. Rian is, however, part of the plot, a big part.

Now I don’t want to just leave it at that going, “I did not like this character! GAH!” because I didn’t. I think I would have enjoyed Rian more had the book itself been set up differently. I would have understood her part in the book more and she’d have been more likable to me. Instead of a part one and part two with each of the main characters having a part, I would have enjoyed it more had it been intermingled. I know I would have been less confused. I’m also pretty sure I would have caught more of the humor in the book.

As it was, I wanted to shake both Alec and Theresa. Thankfully, they figure it all out and the way it happens is adorable. I loved that bit.

I would recommend Crazy About Love in a heartbeat. I’ve rated it at a 4.5, just shy of a 5-star read or myself because of how the book is set up. I can say I look forward to more novels by Cassie Mae in the future.

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4 star

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ARC Review: How Not To Fall by Emily Foster

ARC Review: How Not To Fall by Emily Foster

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How Not To Fall
Author: Emily Foster
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, New Adult
Release Date: June 28th, 2016
Published By: Kensington
ISBN: 1496704185

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Data, research, scientific formulae–Annabelle Coffey is completely at ease with all of them. Men, not so much. But that’s all going to change after she asks Dr. Charles Douglas, the postdoctoral fellow in her lab, to have sex with her. Charles is not only beautiful, he is also adorably awkward, British, brilliant, and nice. What are the odds he’d turn her down?

Very high, as it happens. Something to do with that whole student/teacher/ethics thing. But in a few weeks, Annie will graduate. As soon as she does, the unlikely friendship that’s developing between them can turn physical–just until Annie leaves for graduate school. Yet nothing could have prepared either Annie or Charles for chemistry like this, or for what happens when a simple exercise in mutual pleasure turns into something as exhilarating and infernally complicated as love.

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How Not To Fall is the debut fiction novel by Emily Foster. That being said, I’ve obviously never read anything by this author before. My initial thoughts as soon as I put this book down? Please, give me the next book! I was hugely impressed by Ms. Foster’s work, writing, and plot line.

This book probably won’t be for everyone. It’s seemingly straightforward, but then again it’s not. It is full of drama, angst, moments that will make you laugh, smile, cringe, want to shake the characters and it is so full of steam that it will melt your Kindle. Approaching this book, I didn’t think it would be a sex driven as it was. When you get into the plot, if you get the plot, you’ll realize why this is. (Hopefully, you will.)

I have seen reviews all over the scale for How Not To Fall. Sometimes I think it’s due to people not getting the plot. People not understanding what was happening within the plot. People wanting an HEA. Well, folks, let me just tell you, there is no HEA here. This book isn’t a cliffy, but then again it is. You could walk away from this book and never read the next one and still get something hugely profound from reading the plot of the first one if you understood the stance behind the plot. If you did, you’ll be like me, dying for the next book.

Firm facts about How Not To Fall. It is written in first person and the story is told from Annie’s point-of-view. (Trust me, I would have loved to delve into what Charles was thinking through some of this.) Again, not an HEA but it does end on an intriguing note. The characters are great and exceedingly well written. They have a lot of depth to them. Fun fact, you may need to use your Kindle’s dictionary, I did for somethings. The book is roughly 320 pages.

This is one of those reads I would fully recommend if you can wrap your head around it. It starts slow but definitely has a burn to it. Full 5 stars here! I can’t wait for the next book to come out.

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5 star

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Book Log Update! (Plus other stuff)

Book Log Update! (Plus other stuff)

Before I forget, I need to toss a note out there for this. My book log for September is done!! I’ve had people asking me about the vlog, so I felt I needed to explain. I haven’t posted a video of it for one very huge reason. I have no way of recording the video currently. Typically I use my mom’s camera because about a year ago I drenched my own camera in coffee. >_> Which had sugar in it. You can imagine how well my camera worked after that. I’m looking at options, including using my Kindle.

I actually have a video for my Romance Reveal Box, too, that I never posted. It takes almost a full day to upload on my connection. I did this, and then the video didn’t work. YouTube had expired the download, which was just odd. I mainly just need to get it uploaded to YouTube again, and it will be up.

Promotions will start showing back up within the next few days! Yes, I still mainly promote through 4 places however I’m always up for promoting indie authors. If you have info in the genre I review in, send it along and I’ll see about getting it up.

I’ve been quiet on the review front! That doesn’t mean I don’t have some done. I’m not sure what happened but I had them scheduled to go up and they never did. Probably user error on my part. (I’ll get some of those posted later today.)

That means I’m reading ARCs that I needed to get to, though!

FINALLY! My mom is done with her physical therapy from her full knee replacement surgery! That means I can funnel that time back into the blog. That time was what I usually spent on it, you would be surprised what two days a week can let you do. I still have transcription work because well, that’s my job. 😉 Outside of that, though, I’ll at least be able to get things squared away here.

Pretty much all I can think of for now! Have a great next week, folks! ❤

~A

The Handwriting Tag!

The Handwriting Tag!

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Hey!

I’m going to start off by saying that I’m not actually sure who make this particular tag. There is more than one handwriting tag out there, so I’m not sure who I should credit this to. Also, I ran across this while bored a few days back while waiting for my mom to get done with her physical therapy and decided to give it a go.

The tag itself is pretty simple. You copy what it says in your handwriting and change your answers to suit you. Then just slap a photo of it up here. 😀

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Something I noticed about this that has me amused. I used to have better handwriting. With as OCD as I am with color coding things and such, you’d think it would still be pretty neat. It used to be neat, my g’s were fully formed, my v’s and u’s didn’t look the same, although I still wrote in a combination of print and cursive. 😛 I can pinpoint down to an exact time and reason my writing changed. College. Note taking lectures. It’s also why I’ll have a random capital letter thrown in there. I didn’t try to make this pretty, that’s literally my handwriting now.

My curiosity got the best of me with this and I was like “Wow, this is horrible!” I got out my notes from when I first started college. Big difference! Towards the end of it, it was like.. “Oh, notes! I have a short hand for those!” I never wrote out with, or because. They became w/ and bc. I also can’t write anything straight on anymore. My paper -has- to be turned to the side.

Anyway, that was my fun for the day in the doctor’s office waiting room. 😉

I’m Tagging: (You don’t have to participate either unless you want to!)

Shivalikea @ Whimsey Journals

Kendra @ Reads and Treats

Karissa @ Sexy Romance Novels

Sam @ RiverMoose Reads

Anyone else who wants to do this one!!

ARC Review: Rush by Shae Ross

ARC Review: Rush by Shae Ross

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Rush
Author: Shae Ross
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, New Adult
Release Date: May 9th, 2016
Published By: Entangled Publishing, LLC.
ISBN: 1682811808

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Priscilla Winslow has a mouth that spits fiery sarcasm faster than I can throw a touchdown. But I’ve wanted her ever since I saw her in that Bo Peep outfit on Halloween. Yep, I’m a sheep who will follow that little hottie anywhere. There’s one problem…she hates me. Just because we ended up in jail and quite possibly ruined both our futures…

They’re changing the rules…

College Quarterback, Preston Rush is living the dream. He’s leading his team to the National Championship and days away from earning a ‘first round draft pick’ label. When he meets Little Bo Peep at a Halloween party, he thinks he’s scored big. Instead, he wakes up in a jail cell with the corseted beauty. Because of him, she’s in trouble and when he discovers her true identity, he realizes, his nightmare is just beginning.

The always shooting for perfection Priscilla Winslow can’t believe her good deed has cost her soccer career. Even though she knows it isn’t Preston’s fault, she can’t forgive him for the disaster that is her life. She just wishes her damn body would get the message. Every time she sees him, it’s all she can do not to kiss him.

When everything crashes down around him, Preston will have to decide if doing the right thing is worth losing it all.

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I was so excited for Rush to come out and when I finally got it, I devoured it from cover to back. Pretty sure I didn’t put it down even once. It has taken me forever, though, to write up the full review on it. Let’s get to it!

Shae Ross has firmly planted herself in my favorite author pile.  You might be asking why, at this point. Well, her characters have depth, emotion, they give you the feels, they make you laugh, they make you cry, they frustrate you. You get mad at them, you pick sides, you completely connect with them and in the end, you absolutely love them. For me, any book, any writer that can accomplish that is a complete knockout.

Rush was no different. I knew about the book prior to it coming out. I was so excited to read Priscilla’s book. You’re actually introduced to her in Fearless (Part of the Pretty Smart Girls series she’s one of Ben’s younger sisters). I was enamored with her as soon as I started reading about her.

Before I go further, and since I mentioned the above, Rush is a full-length standalone novel. Yes, Priscilla is in Fearless, but Rush is not part of the Pretty Smart Girls series. The story is told from a dual POV between the main characters, Priscilla and Preston. Slow and Rush! There is an HEA here and no cliffy.

As for the characters, if you don’t love them, I’d be shocked. They are hilarious. The situations they get themselves into, the gauntlet of feelings that you run with them, and even the books secondary characters are fantastic. One of my favorite parts of this book would have to be how the main characters meet. I laughed so hard at it at one point that I got a side stitch. On top of that, you have the fun rivalry in Rush like you’ve seen in previous Shae Ross books. (If you’ve read them.) The characters go head-to-head in certain instances and it just makes it a great read.

Absolute 5 stars here. I’ve even been thinking of rereading it lately because I can’t get parts of it out of my head.

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5 star

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ARC Review: Shut Out by Kelly Jamieson

ARC Review: Shut Out by Kelly Jamieson

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Shut Out (Bayard Hockey #1)
Author: Kelly Jamieson
Genre: Romance, New Adult, Contemporary, Sports
Release Date: June 7th, 2016
Published By: Loveswept
ASIN: B019B6XJM4

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The Bayard College hockey team isn’t where Jacob Flass thought he’d be a season ago. He was a rising star in the Canadian major junior league, cruising toward a spot on an NHL roster—until a single disastrous night on the town brought it all crashing down. Now he’s out of options, except for playing well, studying hard, and staying away from girls. He’s not supposed to be flirting with the hottest, sweetest chick he’s ever met. But how could he possibly stay away?

Skylar Lynwood knows that Jacob is out of her league. She’s just trying to go with the flow, which isn’t easy when six feet and four inches of total hockey hunkiness is making a play for her one moment, then giving her the cold shoulder the next. Skylar’s head tells her that this rugged athlete isn’t worth her time, but her body says something altogether different. Risking her heart for Jacob may be the craziest thing she’s ever done . . . but she won’t let him shut her out.

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Shut Out is the very first book in the new adult genre that I have read by Kelly Jamieson. Frankly, I hope she continues in this genre further because I vastly enjoyed this book. I’m excited to see where she goes with the rest of this series in particular.

I’m used to Ms. Jamieson’s hockey romances, I’ve read many of them over the years. In fact, they are probably some of my favorite and definite go to books when I want a great sports romance. She knows her stuff, especailly when it comes to hockey and that makes her books all that more interesting to me.

Shut Out, in particular, is the start of a new series that takes place at Bayard college. Roughly 275 pages, told from a dual point of view between the main characters and it does have an HEA. It has what I like to call a slow build start, one that is well worth the reading you put into it because it flushes out the background of the book so well.

I found this book sweet, it evoked the feels and had a great storyline. The characters were fun and engaging, I felt like I got to know them to an extent. The book itself touches on some sensitive topics, too but even those are very well done. (Again, because of that slow build start!)

Shut Out would have been a full 5 stars for me, but I’m putting it more at a 4 and a half, only, and I’m stressing this here, only because it cuts off very abruptly. It’s really just like, boom, you’re done. I personally wanted more. Outside of that, it was fantastic and I would definitely recommend it.

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4 star

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