Top Ten Tuesday ~ My Most Prized Possessions

Ali here ~

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Happy Tuesday everyone!! I hope your week has gotten off to a good start! Today’s Top Ten topic is Books That I Refuse to Let Anyone Touch (too special/valuable, perhaps?)

Ok, so I’m not really a don’t touch kind of girl, so I’m going to be sharing my top 10 most prized possessions with you today. My top 5 are some very early edition Hardy books. These were passed to me from my grandmother. It was a bit bizarre, too, because she knew I had a great love for books but never told me she had them. I didn’t know until they were willed to me.
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Teaser Tuesday ~ Happenstance 3

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm. 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 ~ Happenstance 3


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Review ~ Beautiful Redemption

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Title: Beautiful Redemption

Series: The Maddox Brothers #2

Author: Jamie McGuire

Release Date: Contemporary Romance

If A Maddox boy falls in love, he loves forever. But what if he didn’t love you, first?

No-nonsense Liis Lindy is an agent of the FBI. Deciding she is married only to her job, she breaks off her engagement and transfers from Chicago to the field office in San Diego. She loves her desk. She is committed to her laptop. She dreams of promotions and shaking hands with the director after cracking an impossible case.

Special Agent in Charge Thomas Maddox is arrogant, unforgiving, and ruthless. He is tasked with putting away some of the world’s toughest criminals, and he is one of the best the Bureau has to offer. Though, as many lives as he’s saved, there is one that is beyond his reach. Younger brother Travis is faced with prison time for his involvement in a basement fire that killed dozens of college students, and the media want a conviction. Travis’s only savior is his unusual tie to the mob. In a deal that will spare his brother, Thomas has agreed to recruit Travis into the FBI.

Liis is stubborn, defiant, and yet somehow softens Thomas’s rough edges, making her the perfect agent to accompany him to the ceremony. Posing as a couple, they must travel to Travis & Abby’s beach vow renewal and give him the news, but when the pretending ends, she finds herself wondering if they were pretending at all.

In the second installment of the Maddox Brothers books, experience firsthand the mysterious world of the elusive Thomas Maddox, and how good love can be when you’re not the first, but the last.

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

Let me say that during the opening scene I was wondering if I was even going to like this book. Thomas and Liis find themselves in bed immediately without even getting names. I just wasn’t feeling it. But, that’s where my negative feelings ended! From there things got a little funny and a whole lot serious! I saw alpha Thomas come out & it was like WHOA!! HELLO THOMAS! Travis has a match to rival his alphaness!

I would throat-punch someone if he ever said anything like that about you.”

Yeah! Like I said, the alpha shines through, and I so did not expect that after reading Beautiful Oblivion, but WOW! There were times that Thomas just had me giddy! I’m talking school girl here.

Aside from the HOT Maddox Brother, the story wasn’t lacking in plot either. There were little twists here and there that were pretty funny. Oh, but let me not forget to mention that Travis and Abby both make an appearance in this book. I was even surprised to see that Thomas sort of dwarfed Travis in this book. His older brother persona shined through!

Is this book better than Beautiful Disaster?? I’ve see a lot of yeses, but I’ll have to stay true to my Travis love. I think this quote sums him up ~

Their marriage has reinforced what I’ve always thought and lived by-that stalking, harassment, and inflicting general misery on a woman will eventually pay off.

HaHAHa! I thought that was great! Either way, if you’ve been working your way through the Beautiful and Maddox Brothers series, I highly recommend you taking the time for this one!!

Happy Reading,

Alison

Finishing the Series Reading Challenge ~ February Update

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It’s been just over a month since I’ve started this challenge, so I thought it would be a good time to give an update. For covers, I decided to just share the cover of the first book in each series to make things simpler.

I’ll start with the series I’ve completed or have gotten up to date on:

Beautiful series by Jamie McGuire

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Unfinished Hero series by Kristen Ashley

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Death Collectors series by Jessica Sorensen

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Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Obsidian

The Maddox Brothers by Jamie McGuire

Beautiful Oblivion

Unraveling You series by Jessica Sorensen

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The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines

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So, that’s 7 series so far. My goal for the year is 4, so I’m good so far. Several of these series have more books to be released this year, so I will have to stay caught up to maintain these numbers! Oh, and I’m not counting series that only have one book released so far.

Now, here’s the series that I have read at least one book towards this year (I’m not counting series that I’ve only read one book in):

The Coincidence series by Jessica Sorensen

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I’d already started this series prior to 2015, but I’ve read two more books this year. I have just two more to be caught up.

The Keatyn Chronicles by Jillian Dodd

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I read Adore Me this year, book # 4.5. I have just two more books to complete this series.

So that’s 7 series that I’m caught up on or finished, and a total of nine series that I’ve worked on this year. I might add another challenge in soon just for fun since I’m doing so well on these. Not biting off too much from the start has definitely helped me to stay on top of things this year.

I already have in my possession the last two books in The Keatyn Chronicles, so I expect to finish those soon. Plus, I plan on purchasing Happenstance 3 soon to finish that series. It’ll be towards the end of March before any more books in the series I’m caught up on will be released. March 24th Awakening You in Sorensen’s Unraveling You series will be released, and on the 31st she’s releasing Spark in her Death Collectors series. I swear she never sleeps!

So, how are you doing with the goals you’ve set for yourself? Feeling overwhelmed? If so, I definitely recommend just focusing on just one challenge at a time until you’ve reached your goal. It’s definitely helped me out this year!

Happy Reading,

Alison

Stacking the Shelves #16

*WARNING ~ this post contains images that may not be suitable for children.*

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

I picked up 5 books this week. Technically I picked up more as one is a boxed set.

I used an audible credit to get Fractured Souls. I’m listening to this book now.

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I also purchased these kindle books:

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I finished reading Mud Vein yesterday (review coming soon), and I must admit to HATING this book while loving it. Someone please tell me if I’ll feel the same way after reading her Love Me with Lies series.

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I had already read the first 4 books in this series, but with it being only 99 cents, it was a deal to get the rest of the series this way. I finished reading Adore Me yesterday so you can expect a review soon.

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I devoured this the night of its release. I loved Thomas’s story! Watch for the review soon!

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This will probably be the next book I start. I’ve only read one Courtney Cole book, but it’s stuck with me enough that I can still remember it 100 books later. I don’t know why I haven’t gotten to more of her books. I guess it goes back to the usual more books than time.

You can also check out my Kindle Freebies post HERE to see what freebies I picked up.

So, what new books did you stack your shelves with this week?

Happy Reading,

Alison