Wednesday, June 12

Review: Time (Law of Physics, #3) by Penny Reid

Title: Time
Series: Laws of Physics, #3
By: Penny Reid
My Copy: Author
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A (brokenhearted) physicist.
Now an infamous (who is LITERALLY EVERYWHERE!! UGH!) musician.
The worst has already happened. 

Mona has learned that she has nothing figured out and plans are meaningless. After leaving her in Aspen, Abram is now breaking sales-records, rising to rock star fame almost overnight. Mona can’t seem to escape him. He is literally everywhere, or at least images of him are.

Just when she thinks things can't get any more confusing, Abram returns . . . What happens next? Only TIME will tell.




This is what I wanted to say to Mona: "The doom and gloom of Abram leaving was rough in the beginning of the chapter for me too, Mona! Us girls gotta stick together so come on over and eat some ice cream with me."

Why did he have to leave and not take Mona with him? I just want them together and happy and to live like a rock-star and a physicists and not in separate states or countries! But this is not how this book starts off and it is heartbreaking.  I feel like I felt the same pain that Mona and Abram were experiencing. It was just agonizing!  

However, like every Penny Reid couple, these two were meant to be with each other and it just continues to grow and grow as you flip through the pages.  Each brings a different but needed love to the other's life.  Issues that were brought up in the past books were smoothed out in this book.  And all in all, it was wonderfully thought-out and written by Penny Reid.  That's all I am saying because we all know you should be reading this series.  So hop to it!

Review: Fix Her Up (Hot and Hammered, #1) by Tessa Bailey

Title: Fix Her Up
Series: Hot and Hammered, #1
By: Tessa Bailey
My Copy: Netgalley
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Georgette Castle’s family runs the best home renovation business in town, but she picked balloons instead of blueprints and they haven’t taken her seriously since. Frankly, she’s over it. Georgie loves planning children’s birthday parties and making people laugh, just not at her own expense. She’s determined to fix herself up into a Woman of the World... whatever that means.

Phase one: new framework for her business (a website from this decade, perhaps?)

Phase two: a gut-reno on her wardrobe (fyi, leggings are pants.)

Phase three: updates to her exterior (do people still wax?)

Phase four: put herself on the market (and stop crushing on Travis Ford!)

Living her best life means facing the truth: Georgie hasn’t been on a date since, well, ever. Nobody’s asking the town clown out for a night of hot sex, that’s for sure. Maybe if people think she’s having a steamy love affair, they’ll acknowledge she’s not just the “little sister” who paints faces for a living. And who better to help demolish that image than the resident sports star and tabloid favorite?

Travis Ford was major league baseball’s hottest rookie when an injury ended his career. Now he’s flipping houses to keep busy and trying to forget his glory days. But he can’t even cross the street without someone recapping his greatest hits. Or making a joke about his… bat. And then there's Georgie, his best friend’s sister, who is not a kid anymore. When she proposes a wild scheme—that they pretend to date, to shock her family and help him land a new job—he agrees. What’s the harm? It’s not like it’s real. But the girl Travis used to tease is now a funny, full-of-life woman and there’s nothing fake about how much he wants her...






There were so many good things about this book.  First, Georgie was just an instant fun character.  Her constant encouragement for Travis came from the heart so that he could better himself rather than just sit in his house drunk all day.  Her love for her family (even when they forgot about her), her love for her town, and her childhood crush/love for Travis.  Georgie is sweet, innocent, and someone who I would pick to be my friend (minus the clown profession.) I loved that she started to realize who she could be and how to stand up for herself throughout this book.  She even created a girl club that stands for what they need and who they are.  

However, I think there were a few things about this book that rubbed me wrong in a big way.  First, how in the world can Georgie feel like her family and town needs to take her seriously when she is a professional clown (personal opinion...don't yell at me)? I couldn’t after seeing her in costume. 

Travis was kind and sweet at the core of himself but I feel like his character was not fully fleshed out.  Something about him was just missing in these pages so I could not develop a deep love for him. And he was a smart character but he did a lot of dumb things during this book.  However, I did like the way he fought for Georgie when it came to her family.  He wanted her family to see her for who she truly was and not some little girl/sister that they have always seen her as.  

What can I say? It was a cute book and quick read however I am sad about how stereotypical this book was.

Thursday, April 25

Blog Tour: Time (Laws of Physics - Part 3) by Penny Reid

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"Utterly addictive, fascinating, hilarious, and absolutely electric chemistry!"

-- Samantha Young, New York Times Bestselling Author


New York Times bestselling author Penny Reid’s The Laws of Physics Trilogy is complete with TIME!

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A (brokenhearted) physicist.
Now an infamous (who is LITERALLY EVERYWHERE!! UGH!) musician.
The worst has already happened.
Mona has learned that she has nothing figured out and plans are meaningless. After leaving her in Aspen, Abram is now breaking sales-records, rising to rock star fame almost overnight. Mona can’t seem to escape him. He is literally everywhere, or at least images of him are.
Just when she thinks things can't get any more confusing, Abram returns . . . What happens next? Only TIME will tell.

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Excerpt:



I wrapped my arms around her body, lifted her off the ground, and kissed her lips.

She was warm, and soft, and tasted like peppermint and honey. I bit back a groan.

God, she felt good. Great. Celestial. Heavenly. I may have surprised her, but she responded immediately, enthusiastically, twisting her arms around my neck, opening her mouth and welcoming the invasion of mine.

It wasn’t enough.

It was a crumb, and I was starving. Desire—to tighten my hold, devour, take, keep, cherish, to never let her go—obscured thought and sight, and I slipped a hand under her shirt to touch the silky skin of her back, sliding my fingers upward until they rested under her bra strap.

Mona lifted her chin, breaking our mouths apart, and I kissed the point of it, the elegant line of her jaw, the tender spot beneath her ear, the hot skin where Mona’s graceful neck met the slope of her shoulder. I was so hungry for her, I couldn’t stop myself from tasting every exposed inch.

“Abram,” she said, her voice a breathless, disbelieving whisper, followed by a little laugh. Her fingers flexed at the back of my neck, pressing me closer. Every part of my body hummed and vibrated, unable to contain the immensity of now, of this divine feeling.

“You’re here,” she said, her soft voice full of wonder and happiness, soothing the ravenous panic holding me hostage for the past six days. It had been a peculiar kind of madness, not being able to reach her while pretending all was fine, pretending she didn’t occupy my mind every second of the day. But receding now, it left a new kind of turmoil and urgency in its wake.

We had no time.

No, I corrected myself, We have time. We have the rest of our lives.

“I need your fu—your phone number.” I spoke gruffly against her neck, squeezing my eyes shut and breathing her in, again and again, the heat and sweetness of Mona.

I’d missed her, and that was a gross understatement. I’d been speeding toward this moment for days and being with her now felt like the aftermath of a head-on collision. Stupefied, frantic, but determined to enjoy every shared second remaining. My hands were shaking.

We have time. Calm down. Calm down.

Mona laughed lightly, the sound melodic, beautiful, and she pressed a kiss under my ear. “Why didn’t you just ask Leo? Or send me an email?”

Leo.

I worked to keep the darkness of my thoughts from showing on my face as I leaned away, letting her slide to the ground but unwilling to release her fully, fisting my unsteady hands into her T-shirt. “I couldn’t find an email for you anywhere, and neither could Marie. She tried calling your department for me. They told her all media requests had to go through the PR department at the university and it would take two weeks to a month for a response.”

“Ah, that’s true. My email is on lockdown, otherwise it gets out of hand.” She nodded contritely. “But what about Leo?”

“Leo.” I forced my jaw to relax and I lowered my voice but couldn’t completely disguise the intensity of my wrath. “Leo wouldn’t give me your number.”

Mona’s hand moved to my face, her palm pressed against my cheek, the pads of her fingers softly stroking my beard. “What? Are you serious?”

“Yes,” I ground out. “He said he was doing me a favor. So I flew to LA.”

“You flew to LA?” I felt her body tense, and the moment realization dawned, her beautiful eyes growing impossibly large as they moved over my face. “You must be so tired and—but I wasn’t in LA, I was—”

“Here. Yes. I found that out yesterday when I stopped by your department at Caltech and they told me you weren’t due back until Friday,” I rushed to explain, multitasking, using the time to devour the sight of her, soak and submerge in the reality of being here with her.

Calm down. We. Have. Time.


Meet Penny Reid:
Penny Reid is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Best Selling Author of the Winston Brothers, Knitting in the City, Rugby, and Hypothesis series. She used to spend her days writing federal grant proposals as a biomedical researcher, but now she just writes books. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.

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Monday, April 15

Review: Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang

Title: Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance
By: Ruth Emmie Lang
My Copy: Book of the Month
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Orphaned, raised by wolves, and the proud owner of a horned pig named Merlin, Weylyn Grey knew he wasn’t like other people. But when he single-handedly stopped that tornado on a stormy Christmas day in Oklahoma, he realized just how different he actually was.

That tornado was the first of many strange events that seem to follow Weylyn from town to town, although he doesn’t like to take credit. As amazing as these powers may appear, they tend to manifest themselves at inopportune times and places. From freak storms to trees that appear to grow over night, Weylyn’s unique abilities are a curiosity at best and at worst, a danger to himself and the woman he loves. But Mary doesn’t care. Since Weylyn saved her from an angry wolf on her eleventh birthday, she’s known that a relationship with him isn’t without its risks, but as anyone who’s met Weylyn will tell you, once he wanders into your life, you’ll wish he’d never leave.

Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance tells the story of Weylyn Grey’s life from the perspectives of the people who knew him, loved him, and even a few who thought he was just plain weird. Although he doesn’t stay in any of their lives for long, he leaves each of them with a story to tell. Stories about a boy who lives with wolves, great storms that evaporate into thin air, fireflies that make phosphorescent honey, and a house filled with spider webs and the strange man who inhabits it.

There is one story, however, that Weylyn wishes he could change: his own. But first he has to muster enough courage to knock on Mary’s front door.



I will admit that I was apprehensive when I first started this book.  A man, raised by wolves, who owns a horned pig, and strange events seem to happen around him?  How in the world does that sound appealing to most? It sounds weird and not my cup of tea at all.  But I couldn’t help but notice the high ratings and the fact that it was a Book of the Month book.  However, I am so glad that I took a chance on Weylyn and his beautiful soul.  I feel like I have lived a life with him and all of his friends that tagged along in these pages. 

I think my favorite thing in regards to this book is how it is laid out with different character’s point of views. Yes, you get Weylyn’s but then you get these other people who are introduced and their first take on who Weylyn is and how their souls combine for an amazing friendship ahead.  Every character recognizes the beauty of this odd human and each chapter their own perspective and view of who he is, what he can do, and what magic he truly holds. 

Weylyn’s character proves that while you can be so alone (orphaned) but you can be surrounded by others and make a family out of them.  That’s exactly what he does.  Weylyn creates such special bonds with each supporting character and I found myself wrapped up into their friendship and love. 

I am curious as to what about Weylyn that makes animals attracted him, hurricanes perish, tornados disappear, and snow storms to manifest.  If you are looking for an answer, you won’t find it in this book but you will find a gentle soul with a never-ending bottle full of love.

‘ “Don’t leave anything you can’t come back to.” I know I can come back here and I will be welcomed, and that brings me more comfort than anything else in this world.’ ~Weylyn

Thursday, April 11

Review: Taken (Deep Ops, #1.5) by Rebecca Zanetti

Title: Taken
Series: Deep Ops #1.5
Author: Rebecca Zanetti
My Copy: Netgalley.com
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Hunter Holt might be the most stubborn ex-soldier ever born, but when he’s called on to help find a lost foster kid, he jumps into action. Even if it means working with the woman who broke his heart five years ago—the woman who still haunts his dreams . . .

Faye Smith has spent five long years trying to get her life back on track. She knows she should’ve turned toward Hunter and not away from him. But they both had too many demons to destroy. Maybe now they’ll get another chance—and save someone else’s life too . . .

But first they’ll have to stop arguing long enough to trust the Deep Ops team. Hunter was a lost boy himself once. In fact, he ran away from the exact same man, their monster of a father. Now he and Faye will have to unite to find the brother he never knew—and maybe each other . . .



 The Taken novella is a perfect introduction into a little bit of Raider’s past (first introduced in Hidden) but mainly focuses on Holt and Faye – the past love, their present situation, and their future lives.

Holt finds he has a half-brother who has ran away with an older woman. Since he shares the same abusive father, Holt knows what his brother has been through. Knowing that his brother is in a lot of danger, Holt accepts the task of joining Faye to bring him home.

Their present situation brings back a lot of old memories and feelings for each other that they fight at first but slowly let them take over. Holt and Faye are two wonderful characters that we got a short story about that was wrapped up in a bow of happiness at the end. Hooray!

Review: Hidden by Rebecca Zanetti

Title: Hidden
Series: Deep Ops #1
Author: Rebecca Zanetti
My Copy: Netgalley.com
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Hide. That’s all Pippa can do to escape the terror chasing her. But now that she’s off the grid in a safe house, she finds plenty of interesting things to watch through the window. Like her new neighbor, with his startling green eyes, killer smile, and sexy bad-boy tattoo . . .

Run. Malcolm West is fleeing the hell he unleashed in his last assignment as an undercover cop. A backwoods bungalow sounds like the perfect place to start over. Until he discovers he’s been set up . . .

Fight. Someone’s gone to a lot of trouble to bring them together. No matter how much he resents that, and his own driving needs, Malcolm will have to dig deep and let loose the banished killer inside himself, or Pippa’s fears could come true faster than the flip of a bolt in a lock . . .



I can definitely say that I could have never guessed the trouble that Pippa was in when I started this book.  No wonder she is living off the grid, in a safe house, and slightly terrified of all human beings.  Enter handsome Malcolm as her new neighbor and she is torn between wanting to know him for his good looks and company he could bring and the threat that would burst her safety bubble. Hidden was filled with some absolutely wonderful characters and some absolutely sleazy ones as well.

Joining Pippa and Mal in the “wonderful characters” category are Angus, Roscoe (Angus’ quirky dog), Wolfe, and Kat (Wolfe’s new found kitten that stays in his pocket.)  These four brought some light into the darkness that Pippa and Mal face throughout the book.  

I enjoyed this band of misfit gathering together all of their special talents and using them to make the world a safer place.  They are like a super government agency force that is kept secret and hidden in plain sight. 

I did, not surprisingly, hate Isaac.  Everything about him made my skin crawl.  I hated his use of religion as a means to get what he wants – he is one of the sleazy characters mentioned above.

Hidden was a quick and entertaining read and I am excited to see where the rest of this series and characters go.  I can't wait to read Raider and Wolfe's story.

Thursday, April 4

BookWhisperer Review: A Forever Kind of Love by Ellie Wade

A Forever Kind of Love (Choices, #2)A Forever Kind of Love by Ellie Wade

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Summary:
Every choice has a consequence.

I believe in soul mates. Why? Because I have one and her name is Lily Madison.
I’ve loved Lily my whole life. She’s all I’ve ever known. All I’ve ever seen. Everything. To me, she is perfect. 
Sometimes, when something has always been there, it is hard to recognize it for what it is. It is easy to take for granted. I didn’t realize how deeply Lily was ingrained in every fabric of my soul because I’d never had to feel her absence. 
It’s all so obvious now, but at the time it was not. I had to figure it out on my own.
I wish I could have realized what it was that was truly important in life because once choices are made and paths are altered…it is so hard to go back, sometimes impossible. 
I know this because I stand here with a two-carat engagement ring in my hand waiting to ask someone to be my wife. I’m ready to love and cherish her ‘til death do us part. But, there is just one problem. 
She isn’t Lily. 

Will the choices that have been made change our path forever or will fate find its way?



After so much love for A Beautiful Kind of Love Ellie Wade's sequel seemed to be a slightly different kind of book. I found myself wondering just how much two individuals could hurt one another before it is unrepairable. This was a perception every early on in this novel, and I found that while I wanted to HATE Stella I was really unable. While I also wanted to HATE Jax I was also unable. This story was more about making choices for the goodness of someone else over themselves, and while I can find that commendable it was a struggle. Although, this is largely to do with the fact that I was so in love with Lily. Then once we come to the end of Stella and Jax that repetitive return of Jax to Lily to rip her hurt out really had me questioning my love for his character as well. Although, this is the same storyline plotline just with more development it was slightly different for me. It is still my beloved characters, and it is still about decisions and consequences of life although it took it to a whole new level. Overall, I enjoyed this series as a whole, and I am content with the ending.



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BookWhisperer Review: A Beautiful Kind of Love by Ellie Wade

A Beautiful Kind of Love (Choices, #1)A Beautiful Kind of Love by Ellie Wade

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary:

Every choice has a consequence.

I believe in soul mates. Why? Because I have one and his name is Jax Porter.

I have known Jax my whole life and I have loved him with every breath I’ve ever taken. The fact that we were born a mere month apart to mothers that are best friends has made us inseparable since birth.

What we have is so rare, one would think our story would be written, our fate sealed. But, unfortunately that’s not how life works. Life offers us many choices that can turn destiny into chance.

I now find myself heading toward a destination that I could have never imagined and I have to figure out where to go from here. 

Will the choices that have been made change our path forever or will fate find its way?



The series name is perfect for this book. Choices that is what the entirety of this story is about. Along with love that can stand the test of time, and the connections that we can not live without. Lily and Jax were just a couple of kids that found true friendship and companionship in one another. Only this will transform, bud, and grow, but will their love be able to survive the trials of life. This book entices so many emotions and had my heart stretched far and wide. It is an angsty novel, but it wrapped up so nicely in the storyline that readers will enjoy the tug war that it envokes in them. As these two young adults grow and change with the seasons of life it begs the question of how much love can survive. I was overcome with grief at the lows and soaring at the highs, but it was overwhelming filled with uncertainty after all of the developments over the duration of this novel. This story travels a large span of time to fully prepare the readers to interpret the love of these two before dropping them into a tough time of choices and consequences. While I loved every minute of this novel I have to admit that my love was not always pleasant. The anger and frustration will leave the readers on the edge of their seats right up to the end. Rest assured there is a second novel, and be prepared to already have it on hand. It will not be one that you want to wait for.

~BookWhisperer Reviewer Jax~



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Wednesday, April 3

Review: Space by Penny Reid

Title: Space
Series: Laws of Physics #2
By: Penny Reid
My Copy: Author
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One week.
Private cabin.
Famous physicist.
Still an unrepentant slacker.
What’s the worst that could happen?

Mona’s meticulously planned allotment of relaxation is thrown into chaos by the unscheduled appearance of her older brother’s band of friends, including the one person she'd hoped to never face again. Abram still makes her feel entirely too much, which is one of the reasons she disappeared after their one week together. But now, trapped on a mountain of snow and things unspoken, Mona will have to find a way to coexist with Abram, chaos and all.



I walked into the second book of “Laws of Physics #2) blind.  I didn’t read the synopsis.  I had no idea what was going to happen.  Nothing! I knew NOTHING! And I am so happy that I did.  Not knowing that Mona and Abram were going to spend one week in a private cabin together (and with friends) would have ruined the lovely surprise when Leo walks out of the cabin to greet his sister…with ABRAM!  *girly dance time*
These two characters are just plain addictive - to each other and me as the reader.  The second part takes place two years after they depart from Chicago and you can tell that they have been on each other’s mind the entire 730 days since they last saw each other.  And these 730 days did not diminish their like, lust, and love for each other.

I cannot get enough of Mona and Abram, even when they spend time semi-ignoring each other.  The tension between them is exactly what I needed in this book.  And in complete Penny Reid fashion, neither character is over-the-top when it comes to interacting with each other.  One reason why I always stick with Penny’s books is because her characters are like real people.  There is never a moment where I say, “No one in real life would ever do/say/behave that way.”  Mona and Abram’s interactions with each other are exactly how every normal person should interact, with grace and dignity.  
Even though this was a short section of Mona and Abram being thrown back together again, I felt like it was packed with all kinds of feelings.  Switching between Mona and Abram’s POV really gave me a perfect view of how both characters struggled and longed for each other.  To add to that, there is this heart-wrenching part where you find that Mona’s family doesn’t really take part in her life. She acknowledges their birthdays and achievements but they never acknowledge hers.  But the beauty about this moment is that Abram sees this strong force that is Mona but also sees the loneliness that she has wrapped herself in and his vowel to fix the loneliness captured my heart.

It’s a no brainer that I am waiting for the third (and last) installment of this series.  *Watches the clock tick by.*


Tuesday, February 19

Review: Stand by AL Jackson

Stand (Bleeding Stars, #6)Stand by A.L. Jackson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary:
"PURE BEAUTY IN WORDS. Stand shatters and SINGS to the SOUL, making the heart both soar and bleed." ~Karen, Bookalicious Babes Blog

Zachary Kennedy has never been known as a fighter, but he’ll never regret fighting for her…

I’m Zee Kennedy.
Quiet. Reserved. Predictable.
When my brother died, everyone thought I was just the good guy who stepped up to take his place in the band.

No one knew what I was hiding. The one thing I’ve been fighting for.

For seven years, I’ve never lost focus.

Not until one chance encounter with Alexis Kensington.

Now she’s become my greatest temptation.
I knew better than to touch her, but now that I’ve had a taste, I can’t get enough.
Her kiss becomes my air. Her body my salvation.

She needed a savior and somehow she became mine.

Taking her was a betrayal. But keeping her means risking everything.
One look at Alexis Kensington, and I know she’s worth the fight.
Will my past continue to keep me down or will I finally find the strength to pull myself up and Stand…


Not quite sure how this could be a stand alone. I would not have suggested a standalone novel for Stand, because any reader will miss the monumental circle that this series will take with the addition of Zee's story. After five books of vicious circles that have drug the readers through the mud over an over again to come out on the other side stronger it would be unfortunate to only read this story. So if you are looking at this story don't cut yourself short.

Zee has been the enigma in the shadows for much of this story. Never one to act out of character, and always the responsible party I was not quite sure what I would find in this book. So what did I find you ask??? All the reasons that this series has made me fall in love AL Jackson over again. You could have anticipated a bulking protective man, but Zee is so much more. Having made bad choices he is living a life that seems to be paying the debts for every wrong decision that has been made in his life. This is a heavy burden to bear, and until Alexis, he doesn't even know what he is missing. More importantly, he doesn't even realize the family that he has had all along. This is a story of salvation, and finding a way to not only forgive yourself but to be responsible and still find happiness. While Alexis is currently living a nightmare as well she is still will to live, and she will help Zee see that the gloom he has over his life is a choice. Showing him that making that choice will not only set him free but open his eyes to what has been there all along. Perception is the key, and his perception of his decision and role in this life is about to be turned upside down. Only Alexis carefree attitude is putting her in danger that he may not even be able to save her from. Trying to be her self preservation will put him in the line of fire, and force him to make choices that he may not have been ready to make.

This story will wrap up the Bleeding Stars series. It has been an adventure that was not always the easiest on the heart but overwhelmingly is full of love. Jackson's characters are rooted in my heart, and I will be thinking of them all long after this review is posted. I can not thank this author enough for sharing them with us, and I look forward to encountering more adventures when I start another of her series. While seeing this series end is bittersweet I could not have been happier with all it will all end, and this dysfunctional family that has more love than most.

~BookWhisperer Reviewer Jax~

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