Thursday, October 20, 2016

Book Review: RULE by Jay Crownover

Rule (Marked Men #1) 
by Jay Crownover


Opposites in every way . . . except the one that matters 

Shaw Landon loved Rule Archer from the moment she laid eyes on him. Rule is everything a straight-A pre-med student like Shaw shouldn’t want—and the only person she’s never tried to please. She isn’t afraid of his scary piercings and tattoos or his wild attitude. Though she knows that Rule is wrong for her, her heart just won’t listen.

To a rebel like Rule Archer, Shaw Landon is a stuck-up, perfect princess-and his dead twin brother’s girl. She lives by other people’s rules; he makes his own. He doesn’t have time for a good girl like Shaw-even if she’s the only one who can see the person he truly is.

But a short skirt, too many birthday cocktails, and spilled secrets lead to a night neither can forget. Now, Shaw and Rule have to figure out how a girl like her and a guy like him are supposed to be together without destroying their love . . . or each othe

My Revie
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 

What in the world took me so long to start this series. It has been on my TBR for a very long time, but I never got around to it. But I definitely regret not reading it when I first saw it. 

I love other books by Jay Crownover so, I just knew I was going to love Rule.

Rule sounds so fucking yummy. With all of the tattoos and piercings, I was in heaven no doubt about it. Plus of the take no BS/don't care vibes he had going on just got him extra brownie points in my book. So it's safe to say he will be added to my book boyfriend list ASAP. I want my own Rule damn it!! Tattoos, piercings, and all. 

Okay. Let's be honest here. I wasn't sure about Shaw at first. She came off as an icy good girl. And I just couldn't see her and Rule together. But after reading on and learning why she seemed like that, I quickly changed my mind.

Seeing all of the characters that have their own book has me excited. I rarely binge read, but this is a series I mostly will. Give Rule a go if you are like me and haven't read this series. But if you already love Rule and Shaw, then give this book a reread LOL.  

Book Review And Giveaway : Spied by J.M.Miller

Title: Spied
Author: J.M. Miller
Genre: Romantic Comedy Standalone
Release Date: October 20, 2016

Gia Keats works both sides of love’s dirty business. Some days are spent at Silhouette Bridal Boutique, helping brides prepare for their delusional walk to happily ever after. Other days she clocks hours for Duplicity, spying on cheaters and crushing their plans for future trysts. The two jobs are a solid reminder to ignore the dead thing inside her chest and to stay out of love’s sight. She never expected to get caught.

Love is also pretty far down on Mark Foster’s priority list. The closest thing he’s had to a relationship was two nights with a hottie tourist looking for an unforgettable vacation bang. But after he catches a gorgeous local spying on a public make-out session, his sour view of long-term turns a little sweet. He’ll even ignore the odd coincidences that follow her for a taste of the L word.
Falling for Mark’s charm would be easier than choosing a single item from a dessert menu, but Gia knows love’s never that simple. When an anonymous Duplicity client hires her to target a Silhouette bride and groom, both sides of the business collide.  And Mark’s ties to the bride are the icing on the screwed up cake.

"Do you know what I love? When a book surprises me in the BEST way!" - The Dirty Book Girls 
"If you are looking for a fun, humorous, romantic story then this is the one! A Must Read!" - Alpha Book Club
"I didn't want it to end. Hilarious, laugh-out-loud moments, swoony moments and overall fun." - Goodreads review

This was a hilarious and sweet novel.Quiet better than what I was expecting since its the first book of the author's that I am reading.

This book follows Gia who works at her aunt's bridal boutique and also moonlights as an investigator for her company Duplicity which helps expose cheating spouses or significant others.This stems from a deep personal experience where she walked in on her boyfriend cheating on her.She literally takes part in both the sides of love.But contrary to her professions, she is neither too cynical or starry-eyed.

Mark works as a maintenance personnel catches Gia spying on a couple in a heavy makeout session and assumes that she is a voyeur.Flustered, Gia somehow manages to flirt her way out of this predicament and escapes.But she doesn't remain far from Mark's mind.Mark-who has never wanted anything more than a fling before, finds himself stuck thinking about this sexy, little voyeur whom he caught red-handed.Imagine the coincidence when Mark turns up with his sister at Gia's aunt's boutique for his sister's wedding dress fitting.

He is determined to wear her down and get her to accept a date.After a few tries Gia reluctantly considers accepting.But before she can do so, she gets a hefty offer to spy on a certain fiance whose wedding is coming up soon.And guess who it is?That's right!She has to spy on Mark's future brother-in-law!She tries her best to avoid Mark, but considering the fact that she has to spy on the very venues he shows up at, she can't do it.As Mark tries his best to convince her that they work well together, she finds herself slowly lowering her walls and falling for him.But in the end which choice will she make?Choose Mark and give up an assignment that could be a boon to her business or continue and break Mark's heart and trust?

This book was downright hilarious with the situations that Gia managed to land herself in.It also had the perfect mix of romance and steam.I absolutely loved the chemistry between Mark and Gia!It was perfect!Gia and Mark were also believable characters.The supporting cast that consisted of Gia's sisters,Mark's family and friends was also a wonderful addition.Things were neatly resolved by the end.
So if you're in the market for a funny,steamy romance, look no further, since you will definitely enjoy it! :)

J.M. Miller currently consumes her coffee in Florida. When she isn't busy being distracted by social media sites, she writes Young Adult and New Adult romance novels that vary in genre from contemporary to paranormal.

Aside from spending time with her family, she loves to travel and will jump at the chance to go anywhere, whenever life allows.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Book Talk

Hey guys. Jackie here.

I am in a serious book slump. I only want to read NA High school or college books. 

It's insane how many books I have read trying to find something simular to the books that ruined me.

Let me tell you a little story.

Once upon a time a girl came across Paper Princess by Erin Watt and fell in love. If her newest addiction wasn't enough she had a wicked book hangover. 

She look low and high for books that were simular. And finally... She came across the Fallen Crest series by Tijan. But that just left her even worse off. 

So the girl started looking in some of her favorite book groups and came across more awesome books.

But the girl was never satisfied. She craved more and more. 

LOL. True story. Ugh. Its quite annoying too. 

So here I am. Still wanting more. So my question is have you guys been obsessed over a certain type of book? If yes, how did you get over it? 

Lets chat.  

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Jackie's Top 10 Favorite Reads So Far This Year

Hey guys!

I thought I would do a list of my top 10 favorite reads so far this year. There are still many books to be read before this year is over, so expect another list. This is my list, so I am sure Shrimalya may do her own.

These are not in any specific order.

1. BROKEN PRINCE by Erin Watt: This book was EPIC. Reed, Reed, Reed. No words needed. And if you still are not sure about reading this book... “You look gorgeous and hot and if I stay in here any longer, your virginity will be on the floor somewhere next to yesterday’s panties.” (DROPS MIC)

2. IT ENDS WITH US  by Colleen Hoover: This damn book tore me apart and I'm sure I haven't been right ever since. CoHo made me fucking ugly cry. Like WTF woman.

3. NEIGHBOR DEAREST by Penelope Ward: Hot as hell annoying neighbor. Do you need more reasons why this is a MUST read?

4. STRIPPED DOWN by Emma Hart: This was a melt your pantie hot type of book. And that damn cover had me drooling.

5. ANTI STEPBROTHER by Tijan: Funny. As. Hell. Tijan is definitely one of my favorite authors.

6. LEARNING TO BREATHE by Marisa Oldham: Another freaking ugly cry book. And yep, it shattered me and put me back togeter again. *Glares at the author via a computer screen.*

7. BIG ROCK by Lauren Blakely: Hot as hell and funny as hell. Enough said.

8. WEST by Stacey Marie Brown: I was sooo excited for this one. Plus Stacey could write a biography and I would no doubt love it LOL.


10. MAN CANDY by Melonie Harlow: HOT!!!

Blog Tour : Tonic by Stacy Hart


Tonic by Staci Hart
Release Date : October 13th
Genre: Contemporary Romance



Joel Anderson doesn’t take anything seriously.

Not his relationships, which have been few and far between since his brutal divorce. Not the drama of working in a tattoo parlor, which seems to be around every corner. When things get him down, he smiles and cracks a joke. But he’s not the kind of man you cross, or you’ll find yourself at the wrong end of his fists.

Annika Belousov takes everything seriously.

Like her job as a reality television producer, given that she typically has something to prove. Or her love life, which is defined by a series of requirements — affluent, ambitious, accomplished, to name a few. Definitely her family, who worked their whole lives to afford her every opportunity, a sacrifice she doesn’t take lightly. When she’s tapped to produce a reality show at Joel’s shop, she doesn’t think twice, just goes in for the kill, as if there were any other way.

The second Annika walks into Joel’s shop, he makes it his mission to crack her open, but she’s not having it. He’s all wrong — too crass, too hairy, too un-serious. But it doesn’t take her long to find out there’s more to him than smirks and tattoos. And what she finds could put her career and his heart on the line.

Not that Joel cares. Because for the first time in a long time, he’s found his tonic.

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This is the second book of Staci Hart's that I am reading.The first was Wasted Words, which was a cute and heartwarming read.Tonic was quite different from it.First let me just say I appreciate the cover!It's really cute to look at and I think it captures the essence of the main characters perfectly.

Joel owns a tattoo shop named Tonic with his brother Shep.Upon Shep's insistence Joel agrees to star in a reality show that will feature the shop.One of the producers is Annika Belousov who is cold and an ice queen.She intrigues him and he wants to get under walls(and into her pants as well ;) )But Annika doesn't want anyhting to do with him despite the attraction between them.

They are complete opposites.Annika - the focused and independent woman who is seen as cold on the outside, but secretly has a heart full of love who is close with her family.Joel- the hot,hairy,tattoed guy who lives to experience and get the most out of life.Soon, one thing leads to another and Joel's persistence pays off.They fall into bed and soon spend more time with each other between the sheets and out of them as well.Usually Annika keeps her professional and personal life separate.But now everything has gotten tangled up.This could very well put her job on the line.So what will she do when she has to choose between her career and her heart?

The characters were amazing and the writing was equally beautiful.The chemistry between Joel and Annika was well done.I loved the difference in their personalities and how the author brought them together.The story was written beautifully in a manner that just captures your attention.
I would definitely urge you to read this book if you're looking for a light romantic read -low on the angst but with lots of feel. :)

About the Author

Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life -- a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can't forget that. She's also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She's been a wife, though she's certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She's also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she's been drinking whiskey.

From roots in Houston to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she's not writing, she's reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.

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Book Review And Giveaway : To Love And To Cherish by Lauren Layne

After 8 years of waiting...he's got 1 month to make her his.

The Wedding Belles #3
Lauren Layne
Releasing Oct 18th, 2016
Pocket Books

Sex and the City meets The Wedding Planner in The Wedding Belles, a contemporary and witty romance series about three high-powered New York City women who can plan any wedding—but their own.

Alexis Morgan has spent the past six years devoted to turning her tiny start-up into Manhattan’s premiere wedding planning company, The Wedding Belles. Now that her business is thriving, it’s time to turn towards her much neglected personal life, and Alexis approaches her relationships like she does everything else: with a plan. Not a part of that plan is Logan Harris, the silent partner in the Belles, and the one person who’s been there for her since the very beginning. But Alexis needs someone fun, and Logan’s all business, all the time—except when a late night at the office ends with an unexpected kiss that leaves the usually cool and together Alexis reeling.

Logan has lusted after Alexis since the day he walked into the tiny Harlem apartment that used to double as her office. But the ambitious wedding planner has always been untouchable...until now. Alexis has made it clear that she’s on the dating market—and equally clear that he’s not in the running. But when Alexis finds herself in need of a date for her sister’s last minute wedding in Florida, Logan knows it’s the perfect time to show Alexis that there’s more to him than numbers and spreadsheets—and beneath the pinstripes and glasses lies a hot-blooded heartthrob. As Florida’s sultry days turn into even hotter nights, Logan’s out to convince Alexis that the fling of a lifetime could just maybe turn into forever...

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As much as I loved Brooke and Heather in the previous books, I think Alexis has been my favorite of them all. I've been waiting for her book ever since the series started. Alexis- the woman who started Wedding Belles from a small Harlem apartment and brought it to such great heights, the one who is always cold and aloof. I was so curious to know more about her and her story. I am glad I got to do that with To Love and to Cherish. LL has created a wonderful story which left me breathless,swoony and happy.

Alexis has worked hard for six years to get the Wedding Belles to where it is now.She hasn't had any meaningful relationships in this time and hasn't wanted to do.She had always longed for a life,where she would balance a successful career and a beautiful family.She'd almost had that in the past, before her ex fell in lov with her sister.Since then, she's put all her energy into the Wedding Belles and it has paid off.By her side through it all has been Logan Harris,the silent partner in Wedding Belles who invested in her dream when noone else believed in her.

Logan has been in love with Alexis from the day he laid his eyes on her at the bar where they met.He impulsively invested in her and her dream.He has supported her and been a good friend, waiting silently for her to notice him.But she has never considered anything more than a friendship, and she has built walls around herself so high that that keep even Logan at a distance.It is clear as day to everyone except Alexis that Logan is in love with her.His parents back home have also been pressuring him to come back to England, and take back the reins of their family business.He has made a life for himself in New York, which is more of a home to him than England, but the thing that holds him back the most is his love for this stubborn woman who won't even notice him.He has waited for six years and isn't sure how much longer he can keep doing it.

Now that Alexis is back in the dating game, he might have a chance, but when she makes it clear that she doesn't even consider him as an option he has to figure out his next move.He decides to give himself one month to either win Alexis' heart or go back to England.With her sister's wedding coming up and old pains making a reappearance, Alexis has to decide whether she will give Logan a chance or lose what could surely be the love of a lifetime.

I loved Alexis and Logan in this book.Alexis was independent,intelligent but so damned obsinate!She wasn't that easy to love especially when she kept hurting Logan.time and again.But we could see it from her point of view too.She's closed off herself so much in her fear, that she thinks noone really knows her.But many people do and they would help her if she just let them in.She refuses to acknowledge the fact that Logan is in love with her and that she could be happy with him.

Logan was extremely patient.But even he has limits.I love how he slowly turned Alexis' head around and made her give hima chance with some headgames.But he didn't wait around forever.When it came to a breaking point, he acknowledged his failure and gave up on his love.And I loved how Alexis won him back.They were so good together!! Brooke,Heather,Seth and Josh were ready to help Logan.Loved seeing the couples in this book again!The characters were complex and well crafted with a story that flowed seamlessly.

Though I am sad to see this series come to an end, I loved meeting these characters and reading their beautiful stories.I'm sure Alexis and Logan will remain in my mind for a long time after this.Till then I'll be scouring the shelves for another great romance read that will hopefully leave me as giddy and satisifed this one did!If you guys, have any recs do send them my way! :D


Lauren Layne is the USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen romantic comedies. She lives in New York City with her husband (who was her high school sweetheart--cute, right?!) and plus-sized Pomeranian. 

In 2011, she ditched her corporate career in Seattle to pursue a full-time writing career in Manhattan, and never looked back.

In her ideal world, every stiletto-wearing, Kate Spade wielding woman would carry a Kindle stocked with Lauren Layne books. 

For a list of all her works, please be sure to check out her official website!


Release Blast : Between Love And Loyalty by Shannyn Schroeder

When at war, aim for the heart…

Shannyn Schroeder
Releasing Oct 18th, 2016

When at war, aim for the heart…

Connor Duffy is desperate. His tell-all book on corrupt Chicago alderman Brady Cavanagh isn’t telling enough to get publisher interest, and in order to get the hot dirt, he must find a way to get closer to the man who let Connor go to prison to cover for his own son’s misdeeds. So when fate puts Cavanagh’s lively, artsy daughter across Connor’s path, he decides to take advantage of the first bit of good luck he’s had in a long while.

… but don't forget to keep your own under guard.

Fiona Cavanagh needs a break. Between assisting with her father’s political campaign, trying to please her unpleasable mother, and dealing with an ex who won’t go away, she has no time for a life of her own. One night she meets sexy and mysterious Connor and everything looks like it’s about to finally turn around… until she discovers that the one man she thought she could love was using her to get to her father. As dark family secrets unravel around her, Fiona finds herself caught between love... and loyalty.



Fiona fidgeted at the banquet table. Her cheeks hurt from holding the same smile for hours. Her father stood to finally take the podium and her smile dropped. Watching him take command of a room always inspired her. She tended to get a little choked up when he went into full-on patriotic mode. 

The thing was, he believed everything he said. Despite the phoniness of the politics and the glad-handing, he made her believe. Over the years, he’d made a difference in the city and she wanted to think that even if he weren’t her father, she’d still vote for him.

He started every speech in much the same way: Chicago is a great city, rivaled by no other. She leaned forward and held her chin on her fist to listen to her dad. God, she loved to hear him speak. Emotion swelled and she began to think about what kind of jewelry she would make for this election. Ever since childhood, she made something special for the election, a bit of a good luck charm for her father to have while campaigning. 

She remembered his first election. The flurry of activity around their family was overwhelming, but the first time she heard her dad speak, she’d recognized it as something special. Her chest filled with so much emotion, she had no way to explain it. Instinctively, she knew he belonged doing this. Most kids never understood that about their parents. They didn’t get to see them at work, doing something they were passionate about.

Brady Cavanagh was as passionate about the city of Chicago as he was about his family. When Fiona made him a flower out of tissue paper for election night, she figured he’d keep it safely tucked in his pocket for good luck, but when he took the stage, her flower stuck in his lapel, having replaced the rose her mother had put there.

Not only had Fiona felt special that night, but she also felt part of something bigger. For all of his faults, her father cared about many things. That caring reverberated every time he spoke to a crowd.


Shannyn Schroeder is the author of the O’Leary series, contemporary romances centered  around a large Irish-American family in Chicago and the Hot & Nerdy series about 3 nerdy friends finding love. Her new series (For Your Love) will release this summer with the first title Under Your Skin. When she’s not wrangling her three kids or writing, she watches a ton of TV and loves to bake cookies.


Release Blitz : Of Flame And Light by Cecy Robson


Taran Wird holds the unique ability to conjure fire and lightning. She is mated to Gemini, Second in Command to the Squaw Valley Pack of the Lake Tahoe Region, and the sole werewolf to possess the ability to split into two wolves. And although they are mates, Taran’s insecurities have driven them apart. Devastated by an injury that left her with a zombie-like limb, Taran struggles to regain command over her magic. But when her arm and her power turn against her, lashing out on those she most loves, she knows she can no longer carry this burden alone. Not that she likes the alternative. The only way to regain control of her magic is to align and learn from the local coven of witches―the very ones who sought to banish her when she and her three unique sisters first moved to the mystical region. But although Taran is trying, the teachings don’t come easy, and the tasks leave her weak and emotionally shattered. Yet Taran must learn and learn fast. Time is running out. The fire she once mastered so easily has become her greatest adversary and is now slowly burning her alive . 

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Of Flame and Light
by Cecy Robson

Weird Girls

Paranormal Romance

Cecy Robson, LLC

Publication Date
October 18, 2016


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Of Flame And Light Excerpt

“You guys ready?” I ask, forcing myself to stand slightly ahead of Bren.
Shayna fumbles through her backpack and pulls out a box of toothpicks before passing the heavy pack to Emme. Emme doesn’t need her hands free to kick ass, but Shayna does.
“So what’s the plan, dudes?” Shayna asks. “Onward and upward?”
“Yeah,” I answer, shrugging when Bren looks at me. “This isn’t the good kind of magic, Bren. With all the evil set to rise, and the bad guys needing dark witches to make it happen, you know our motto: no stone left unturned, and no scaries left to chew on our insides.”
He snags my elbow when I start to head for the dense brush. “If we can, I’ll let you make the capture. It’s the only way to keep Genevieve from sinking her teeth into you. But that thing in there—if it’s as bad as I think it is—there’s no bringing her home alive, got me? I’ll make the kill if it comes down to it.”
He doesn’t think I can take her, much less kill her. And maybe he’s right. But that doesn’t mean we can turn our backs and pretend she’s not here.
I kick at the dirt at my feet. I don’t like to kill, despite what people think and despite that it’s something I’m freakishly good at. I’ve had plenty of practice, believe me. My first kill occurred when I was just a teen, the second, moments after. It was the right thing to do given what happened. That doesn’t mean I wasn’t sick to my gut. I burned them with enough heat to smoke their chests, allowing them to feel every ounce of pain they caused me and my sisters. Too many followed after that, enough that I’ve lost count. But as much as the dead mark my bones, and stay a part of me, I’ll do it again if I have to.
I meet Bren’s face. “Dead or alive, we have to take care of Savana and whoever else might be helping her.”
“Even if it means you get stuck serving Genevieve?” he presses.
He’s not asking. He knows taking out Savana is the right thing to do. He’s just making sure we’re all on the same page. “Yes,” I answer.

The Weird Girls Series

Weird Girls 0.4 - A Curse Awakened  Weird Girls 0.5 - The Weird Girls  Weird Girls 1.0 - Sealed With a Curse  Weird Girls 2.0 - A Curse Embraced  Weird Girls 2.5 - A Cursed Moon  Weird Girls 3.0 - Cursed By Destiny  Weird Girls 4.0 - A Cursed Bloodline  Weird Girls 5.0 - A Curse Unbroken  Weird Girls 6.0 - Of Flame And Promise  Of Flame And Light - Cecy Robson

About Cecy Robson

Cecy (pronounced Sessy) Robson is the new adult and contemporary romance author of the Shattered Past series, the O’Brien Family novels and new Carolina Beach series, as well as the award-winning author of the Weird Girls urban fantasy romance series. A 2016 double nominated RITA® finalist for Once Pure and Once Kissed, Cecy is a recovering Jersey girl living in the South who enjoys carbs way too much, and exercise way too little. Gifted and cursed with an overactive imagination, you can typically find her on her laptop silencing the yappy characters in her head by telling their stories.

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