Tuesday, August 22, 2017

ARC Review: Tougher in Texas by Kari Lynn Dell

Series:     Texas Rodeo #3
Pub. Date:Aug. 1, 2017
Publisher:Sourcebooks Casa.
Length:416 pages
Source:NetGalley

In short, this is a special book. Anna over at Herding Cats and Burning Soup is always gushing about her cowboys, and that made me realize that I haven't read many cowboy books. So I set out to rectify that situation, and I decided to start with a new-to-me author, Kari Lynn Dell. I think I am glad I started with this story because I definitely want to pick up her other books now. While there was some character crossover from earlier books, I didn't feel lost or confused with the story. So I think you are fine starting w/ this book if you haven't read the others. I also think you will want to go back and read the earlier books (like me) once you finish this one.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Audiobook Review: The Hum and the Shiver by Alex Bledsoe

Series:     The Tufa #1
Pub. Date:Sept. 29, 2011
Publisher:Blackstone Audio
Narrators:Emily Janice Card
Stefan Rudnicki
Length:9 hrs 42 min
Source:Hoopla

The Tufa books have been on my TBR it seems like forever, so I was super happy to see the audiobooks available on Hoopla when I started my roadtrip last week. This isn't my usual read as it wasn't a romance per se, but more on the urban fantasy side. Though it was in more of a rural setting than urban... rural fantasy? LOL

Friday, August 18, 2017

ARC Review: Bliss by Lynsay Sands

Pub. Date:July 25, 2017
Publisher:Avon
Length:384 pages
Source:Edelweiss

Bliss is an over-the-top enemies-to-lovers trope in the historical romance arena. I am always happy to pick up a Lynsay Sands historical as they tend to be on the light and fun side, with engaging and entertaining characters.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Audiobook Review: Beauty and the Highland Beast by Lecia Cornwall

Series:     Highland Fairytale #1
Pub. Date:June 20, 2017
Publisher:Tantor Audio
Narrator:Ruth Urquhart
Length:9 hrs 33 min
Source:Publisher

I have had Beauty and the Highland Beast on my TBR for a while, so I was happy to see it come out in audio just in time for my latest road trip. I'm a sucker for Beauty and the Beast retellings, so I was extra excited about a Highland beast!

Dair Sinclair is our beast. He is a once proud son, rumored to be a pirate, with all the cocky swagger that entails. But after being captured and tortured, Dair has returned home a broken man whom most of his clan thinks to be mad. Between injuries, scars and nightmares, he made a sympathetic beast.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Guest Review by Julie: Leave the Light On by Laura Trentham

Series:     Cottonbloom #4
Pub. Date:Aug. 1, 2017
Publisher:St. Martin's Press
Length:350 pages
Source:NetGalley

Sutton Mize is a good girl who toes the lines, worries about appearances, and always does what's expected of her. Her engagement to a prominent attorney is more of a merger than actual relationship and she's..mostly okay with that. Until she's presented with an incriminating set of panties, belonging to her bestie, under the front seat of her fiancĂ©e's Camaro..that she just drove in to Abbott's garage to have restored as a wedding gift. To make matters worse, Wyatt Abbott, the bane of her childhood existence, is there to witness her mortified reaction. Instead of embarrassing her, however, he agrees to her rash plan of a fictional relationship as payback. 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

ARC Review and Playlist: The Forbidden by Jodi Ellen Malpas

Pub. Date:Aug. 8, 2017
Publisher:Forever Romance
Length:368 pages
Source:NetGalley

Goodness. This is going to be my most conflicted review of the year. Let me start off by saying that this book is very well written. Jodi Ellen Malpas has honed her craft over the years and each book that I have read of hers has been progressively better, and this one is no exception.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Audiobook Review: Slouch Witch by Helen Harper

Series:     Lazy Girls Guide
to Magic #1
Pub. Date:July 11, 2017
Publisher:Tantor Audio
Narrator:Tanya Eby
Length:8 hrs 9 min
Source:Publisher

Slouch Witch is the first book in the series, the Lazy Girls Guide to Magic. The series title and blurb sucked me in for this story - I thought it would be a cute and light-hearted read. I was right! 

Slouch Witch takes place somewhere in Great Britain (London, I think but can't quite remember), and revolves around the lives of witches. Most witches are members of the sanctified Order, and they all have their own feline familiar. Our heroine, Ivy Wild, bucks convention and got herself kicked out of the Order for cheating and assault, and now makes her living by driving a taxi. Between a very vocal familiar and her lackadaisical outlook on life, Ivy definitely marches to the beat of her own drum. I thought her laid back attitude and lazy genius were endearing, and I found her character to be fun and entertaining.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Guest Review by Julie: Forever Mated by Alma Black

Series:     Shifter Date #4
Pub. Date:Jan 10, 2017
Publisher:Self-Pub
Length:100 pages
Source:Author

Professionally, Kyra is a confident and intelligent woman. When it comes to relationships, however, that same confidence disappears leaving her struggling on the dating front. She's made a fool of herself once in the love department and has no desire to repeat the experience. But there's just something about Zac that calls to her inner lioness. 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Audiobook Review: Wondering Sight by Melissa McShane

Series:     Extraordinaires #2
Pub. Date:June 30, 2017
Publisher:Tantor Audio
Narrator:Cat Gould
Length:11 hrs 16 min
Source:Publisher

Wondering Sight is the second book in The Extraordinaires historical fantasy series, following Burning Bright. These books can be read as standalones if you are so inclined, there was no noticeable character crossover in this installment. The Extraordinaries have special talents above and beyond the rest of society. They can control fire (scorchers), or move large objects  via telekinesis (movers), teleport (bounders), heal and shape the human body (shapers), or prognosticate (seers). Not everyone has a talent, and not every talent is extraordinary... but this series seeks to showcase the most extraordinary people of the time.