Stacking the Shelves #20

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

This week I picked up a couple new books on my kindle:

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So, that’s all I picked up this week. Now since I only picked up two new books this week, I’d have to say I did good. Both of these were awesome!!

What did you get this week?

Happy Reading,

Alison

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Kindle Freebies ~ 2/27/15

Here’s today’s new freebies I picked up ~

Click on the title under the picture to open the link in a new window.

Always check prices as they are subject to change!!! Remember I will update throughout the day!

Happy Reading,

Alison

Review ~ Driven by K. Bromberg (*Adult Content*)

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Title: Driven

Series: Driven #1

Author: K. Bromberg

Publication Date: May 8, 2013

Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance

Rylee Thomas is used to being in control. But she’s about to meet the one man that just might make her enjoy losing it…

I am the exception to the rule.

In a world full of willing women, I’m a challenge to the roguish and achingly handsome Colton Donavan. A man used to getting exactly what he wants in all aspects of life. He’s the reckless bad boy constantly skating that razor thin edge toward out of control, on and off of the track.

Colton crashes into my life like a tornado: sapping my control, testing my vulnerabilities beyond their limits, and unintentionally penetrating the protective wall around my healing heart. Tearing apart the world I rebuilt so carefully with structure, predictability, and discipline.

I can’t give him what he wants and he can’t give me what I need. But after a glimpse beneath his refined exterior into the dark secrets of his damaged soul, can I bring myself to walk away?

Our sexual chemistry is undeniable. Our individual need for complete control is irrefutable. But when our worlds collide, is the chemistry enough to bring us together or will our untold secrets and battle of wills force us apart?

My ****4 Star**** Review

First I’m going to have to say that this is very 50 Shades fan fiction as 50 Shades is Twilight fan fic. So, keep that in mind coming into it, because you will see LOADS of similarities. Some of you will love that, and some will hate it.

For me, it was fine. I didn’t expect it going in, but I hadn’t read any reviews prior to reading this either.

It opens with an intriguing first scene and kept me interested from that point forward. It’s an easy fast-paced read.

I felt connected to both Rylee and Colton, but there were many times that I was completely agitated with their behavior. I found myself asking why Rylee didn’t question this, or why isn’t Rylee pissed? But, when Rylee and Colton are hooking up there’s plenty of steaminess. There’s also a couple moments where Colton let his sweet side loose and had me sighing.

So, while these characters held my connection and kept me cheering me on, they also frustrated me. With the major cliffhanger I had to immediately pick up the second book in the trilogy, though.

Happy Reading,

Alison

Waiting on Wednesday #18 ~

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that highlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

I’m eagerly waiting on:

Manwhore

This is the story I’ve been waiting for all my life, and its name is Malcolm Kyle Preston Logan Saint. Don’t be fooled by that last name though. There’s nothing holy about the man except the hell his parties raise. The hottest entrepreneur Chicago has ever known, he’s a man’s man with too much money to spend and too many women vying for his attention.

Mysterious. Privileged. Legendary. His entire life he’s been surrounded by the press as they dig for tidbits to see if his fairytale life is for real or all mirrors and social media lies. Since he hit the scene, his secrets have been his and his alone to keep. And that’s where I come in.

Assigned to investigate Saint and reveal his elusive personality, I’m determined to make him the story that will change my career.

But I never imagined he would change my life. Bit by bit, I start to wonder if I’m the one discovering him…or if he’s uncovering me.
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WHY??? Katy Evans. Love her books, and that’s about all there is to it. LOL!

What are you waiting on this week?

Happy Reading,

Alison

4.5* Review ~ Verum @Court_Writes

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Title: Verum

Series: The Nocte Trilogy #2

Author: Courtney Cole

Publication Date: Feb. 2, 2015

Genre: New Adult Psychological Suspense

The truth shall set you free.

My name is Calla Price and I’m drowning.

My new world is a dark, dark ocean and I’m being pulled under by secrets.

Can I trust anyone? I don’t know anymore.

The lies are spirals. They twist and turn, binding me with their thorns and serpentine tongues. And just when I think I have it figured out, everything is pulled out from under me.

I’m entangled in the darkness.

But the truth will set me free.

It’s just ahead of me, so close I can touch it. But even though it shines and glimmers, it has glistening fangs and I know it will shred me.

Are you scared?

I am.

My ****4.5**** Star Review

Have you read my review for Nocte yet? If not, HERE it is.

You should read it if you’re looking for my review for Verum because this book is a whole lot of what the first book was. Except, you can expect to be even more thoroughly confused! A WHOLE LOT more confused. This book made zero sense, and yet I know it will make complete sense.

I have to warn you, though, that it is completely maddening. COMPLETELIY!!! I wanted to get on here and give it a 3 star rating just for driving me CRAZY. Uh, it’s a good thing this is just a trilogy because I don’t think I can take much more!!

Nonetheless, if you loved the mind freak that Nocte was, you can expect nothing less from this book!

Happy Reading,

Alison

Teaser Tuesdays #18 ~ Crave the Rose

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Today my teaser is from ~ Crave the Rose

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While studying abroad at Oxford, Cassia loses her boyfriend in an accident–the night after she catches him screwing another girl. Only Bram, an Irish charmer whose wolfish smile hides his darkest secrets, makes her feel anything but numb. Cassia refuses to be hurt again. This is sex, nothing more, with three little rules:

No cheating.
No lies.
No falling in love.

But rules are made to be broken…

6% in my kindle

God, his accent is dangerous. Listening to him read the phonebook would turn me on.

42% in my kindle

I look her in the eye. “I can’t do this again.”
Before she can question me, I stride from the labyrinth and leave her lost in the yews.

So, I’m not crazy about this book so far, but it has potential, so I’m hoping to see it improve. We shall see.

Looking forward to your teasers this week!

Happy Reading,

Alison

2015 New Release Challenge

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The 2015 New Release Challenge is a year-long challenge in which we aim to read books released in 2015. It is hosted by Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Book Views and Stormi @ Books, Movies, Reviews Oh My!

You can check out the deets HERE.

As some of you already know, I’ve been looking for another challenge to add to my plate, and well, I finally decided on this one. This is a great way to motivate me to start accepting reviews again. I’d been putting review requests on the back burner and staying away from NetGalley. Now I want to ease back into it, but without overwhelming myself. I’m just going to accept one request at a time, still giving myself plenty of time for other books.

There are four levels in the New Release Challenge:
1.1-15 books per year – New Release Newbie
2.16-30 books per year – New Release Pro
3.31-45 books per year – New Release Veteran
4.+45 books per year – New Release Enthusiast

I’m going to go with Level 4 ~ New Release Enthusiast as I tend to read a lot. I’ve already read 6 books that have been released this year:
1) Never Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher
2) Raveling You by Jessica Sorensen
3) Withering Hope by Layla Hagen
4) Beautiful Redemption by Jamie McGuire
5) Verum by Courtney Cole
6) Monster Stepbrother by Harlow Grace

So, that leaves me with 39 more books to reach this goal. I’ve got this!

If this challenge sounds appealing to you, you have until Mar. 15th to join in!

Happy Reading,

Alison

Review ~ Nocte by Courtney Cole

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Title: Nocte

Series: The Nocte Trilogy #1

Author: Courtney Cole

Publication Date: Nov. 3, 2014

Genre: Contemporary New Adult Psychological Mystery

My name is Calla Price. I’m eighteen years old, and I’m one half of a whole. My other half– my twin brother, my Finn– is crazy. I love him. More than life, more than anything. And even though I’m terrified he’ll suck me down with him, no one can save him but me. I’m doing all I can to stay afloat in a sea of insanity, but I’m drowning more and more each day. So I reach out for a lifeline. Dare DuBray. He’s my savior and my anti-Christ. His arms are where I feel safe, where I’m afraid, where I belong, where I’m lost. He will heal me, break me, love me and hate me. He has the power to destroy me. Maybe that’s ok. Because I can’t seem to save Finn and love Dare without everyone getting hurt. Why? Because of a secret. A secret I’m so busy trying to figure out, that I never see it coming. You won’t either.

My *****5 Star***** Review

I really don’t have a whole lot to say about this book. You’ll make hoards of guesses. They’ll all be wrong. Then you’ll make more, and they’ll be wrong, too. You aren’t meant to figure it out and you won’t.

You’ll get sucked into the romance, and you’ll feel dread for what’s coming. You just have no idea what’s coming. Then, even after you know, you don’t. You don’t know ANYTHING!

You won’t even know WHO is and WHO isn’t. But, you’ll be DYING to know. This book is almost unreviewable because of the fact that you won’t know ANYTHING.

Oh, but then the ending and you get some answers, but then a cliffhanger that will leave you scrambling for more. But, it’s all still WHACKED!

I highly recommend this to any Never Never fans, or to those of you that love a good psychological mystery with a romantic bent.

Happy Reading,

Alison

Review ~ Ten Tiny Breaths

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Title: Ten Tiny Breaths

Series: Ten Tiny Breaths #1

Author: K.A. Tucker

Date Published: Dec. 11, 2012

Genre: Contemporary New Adult Romance

Kacey Cleary’s whole life imploded four years ago in a drunk-driving accident. Now she’s working hard to bury the pieces left behind—all but one. Her little sister, Livie. Kacey can swallow the constant disapproval from her born-again aunt Darla over her self-destructive lifestyle; she can stop herself from going kick-boxer crazy on Uncle Raymond when he loses the girls’ college funds at a blackjack table. She just needs to keep it together until Livie is no longer a minor, and then they can get the hell out of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

But when Uncle Raymond slides into bed next to Livie one night, Kacey decides it’s time to run. Armed with two bus tickets and dreams of living near the coast, Kacey and Livie start their new lives in a Miami apartment complex, complete with a grumpy landlord, a pervert upstairs, and a neighbor with a stage name perfectly matched to her chosen “profession.” But Kacey’s not worried. She can handle all of them. What she can’t handle is Trent Emerson in apartment 1D.

Kacey doesn’t want to feel. She doesn’t. It’s safer that way. For everyone. But sexy Trent finds a way into her numb heart, reigniting her ability to love again. She starts to believe that maybe she can leave the past where it belongs and start over. Maybe she’s not beyond repair.

But Kacey isn’t the only one who’s broken. Seemingly perfect Trent has an unforgiveable past of his own; one that, when discovered, will shatter Kacey’s newly constructed life and send her back into suffocating darkness.

Goodreads * Amazon

My ****4.5**** Star Review

So, I didn’t love the start of this book. It took me a little while to connect to Kacey, especially when she was making some stupid mistakes. I did completely respect her strong will to take care of her sister, however. The only good parts in the beginning were the few glimpses of Trent.

But, shortly thereafter, I was giddy. Trent completely sucked me in! Trent had me laughing. He had me swooning! Oh, and laughing some more.

Then, I started seeing that this was more than a simple romance. There was a mystery to be solved, and it was very suspenseful and angst-filled. Trent started acting a little shady, but you could see his heart. Then comes the shocker, if you don’t figure it out. It was one of my guesses, but I didn’t have it pinpointed.

Nonetheless, I became engrossed in the story and the drama. I even fell for the side characters so I’m really looking forward to the other books written in this series. It’s definitely one to read if you’re into contemporary new adult romance! This was my first K.A. Tucker, but it definitely won’t be my last.

Happy Reading,

Alison