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  • The Lost Code by Heather Lyons

    Excerpt: September 2nd, 2016

  • Playboy Pilot by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward

    Excerpt: September 12th, 2016

  • Thief of Hearts by L.H. Conway

    Review: September 17th, 2016

  • A Thousand Boy Kisses by Tillie Cole

    Review

  • It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

    Review

Wednesday, August 24

Review: Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines

Title: Fallen Too Far
By: Abbi Glines
My Copy: Autographed Bought Copy from Tour Appearance
BookWhisperer Rating:
Five Star

To want what you’re not supposed to have…

She is only nineteen.

She is his new stepfather’s daughter.

She is still naïve and innocent due to spending the last three years taking care of her sick mother.

But for twenty-four year old Rush Finlay, she is the only thing that has ever been off limits. His famous father’s guilt money, his mother’s desperation to win his love, and his charm are the three reasons he has never been told no.

Blaire Wynn left her small farmhouse in Alabama, after her mother passed away, to move in with her father and his new wife in their sprawling beach house along the Florida gulf coast. She isn’t prepared for the lifestyle change and she knows she’ll never fit into this world. Then there is her sexy stepbrother who her father leaves her with for the summer while he runs off to Paris with his wife. Rush is as spoiled as he is gorgeous. He is also getting under her skin. She knows he is anything but good for her and that he’ll never be faithful to anyone. He is jaded and has secrets Blaire knows she may never uncover but even knowing all of that…

Blaire just may have fallen too far.
 

This very well could be a record read for myself. I start this book less than 24 hours ago, and it is finished! I love everything about this book. The authors style is amazing she created a story line that kept me intrigued and  guessing with a cast of characters that were creative and attractive roles, and a cliff hanger that left me reeling and trying to remember how I was knocked flat on my ass. Blaire is a saucy little thing, and I loved her. She holds that sympathy factor, but I didn't view her as weak. She is a strong and dependent character.  Rush is an enigma, and I just want the opportunity to figure him out. He is just the type of character that we can see Blaire needs to be her support not matter how strong of an individual she truly can be. I look forward to future book for the anticipation of  getting to learn Rush's character more deeply.  Grant is the official big brother, and I would willing take one if they could all be like him. This is the totally platonic relationship that will be her never-ending support, should she choose to ever acknowledge is willingness.  Nan appears to be pure unadulterated evil, and by all means intends to cause havoc on Blaires live. So kudos there as creating the ultimate villain.  As the debut novel Glines Rosmary Beach Novels I am hooked. If the series continues with the strength of this novel it will be one to not miss. Followers of The BookWhisperer can anticipate seeing more of this series here. 

Tuesday, August 23

Review: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Title: Anna Dressed in Blood
By: Kendare Blake
My Copy: Paperback provided for honest review
BookWhisperer Rating: 4 Star

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father's mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he's never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

Yet she spares Cas's life.



Both of us here at The BookWhisperer have been long awaiting reading Kendare Blake's Anna Dressed in Blood. We fell captive to the incredibly daunting and beautiful cover originally. ( I know, I know the cardinal sin, "Never Judge a Book by its cover.") Although, fortunately upon further investigation we were thrilled to discover a description that suggested a must read promising to leave us engaged and sleepless. I got here first, so I had the pleasure of being the one to read this first, and I can say that it offered all the cover and description promised. I am not always a big fan of male lead characters, because I often have a hard time relating and being able to experience a story as realistically. Kendare's story was a refreshing surprise, because this was never a concern. From the start Cas Lowood was a exciting and pleasing character to follow. His character has suffered much and experienced way more than any teenager should endure. His destiny of expelling deadly ghost like a "ghostbuster" was a very exciting new story line that I very much enjoyed. The ghostly experiences were very graphic and vivid leaving me looking over my shoulder for things that go bump in the night. Kendare's debut novel has set the stage, and I look forward to the seeing the direction this story will take. I feel this book has planted the seeds, and left me with a few assumptions of developments to come. I was very impressed by Anna Dressed in Blood overall the plot, the author style, and the detailed characters combined made this story everything that it could be. As a reviewer I saw no area that I felt could have been improved or had deserved more work. Kendare Blake successfully created a new series that I am excited and anxious to continue. The only warning for readers that I will extend without any criticism beware of Blake's ability to pull you into her dark and chilling world. This is one that will have you reluctant to walk into a dark room for sure.

Monday, August 22

Release Day: Disengaged by Jamie Magee



Today we have the release day launch for Jamie Magee’s Disengaged. Check out this new dark contemporary romance and grab your copy today.

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About Disengaged:

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Dark Romance Novel, sensitive topics with religious undertones (hope in the face of hell).



Finding herself stranded in a new city, eighteen-year-old Ember Bloom thought she’d reached her all time low. She was wrong. A mindless walk to a dead-end job landed her in the path of her gambling fathers’ enemies. Her only defense was a stranger, Slayton Winslow, a known enforcer and fighter—rumored to be Odin’s prince, underground royalty.



On sight, Slayton stole her breath and rushed her heart. His enigmatic attraction to her and how stoically he shielded her only churned Ember’s attraction to the bad boy who had given her safe haven in a real life hell. The draw to him gave her a reason to fight, to awaken. She knew every second could be their last in the city seeded with treacherous deceit and life threatening power plays.


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Exclusive Excerpt:

The devil is as mouthwatering as the sin he spins. An infatuating man drenched in charm and unthinkable charisma. Those were the famous words my grandmother spoke every time a pretty boy with all the right words and charm would knock on my door.

She wanted me to keep my guard in place. To always see the good and evil in people. “Look under the mask we all put out for the world to see...”

I assumed I did. I could read a boy’s gaze without even trying. Sometimes I would choose the wild ride, other times I flashed a bashful smile and left them in my wake. It just depended if I was in the mood to ‘fake it until I made it’ or not. The truth was, no boy had ever caused a burning explosion of emotions inside of me.

The morning my story began, my dilemma was that my grandmother never once told me how to resist the undeniable pull of such a dangerous boy. One who not only had magnetism dripping from every alluring feature of his movie screen visage; but, who also caused more than an explosion of emotions inside of me. I felt downright nuclear at first glance, that much is true.



About Jamie Magee:



51jMQB3ruXL._UX250_Jamie Magee has always believed that each of us have a defining gift that sets us apart from the rest of the world, she has always envied those who have known from their first breath what their gift was. Not knowing hers, she began a career in the fast paced world of business. Raising a young family, and competing to rise higher in that field would drive some to the point of insanity, but she always found a moment of escape in a passing daydream. Her imagination would take her to places she'd never been, introduce her to people she's never known. Insight, her debuting novel, is a result of that powerful imagination. Today, she is grateful that not knowing what defined her, led her on a path of discovery that would always be a part of her.



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Friday, August 19

Review: It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

Title: It Ends With Us
By: Colleen Hoover
My Copy: Amazon.com
The BookWhisperer's Rating: 

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up—she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan—her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.


There has been a flurry of talk surrounding this book for the past months.  Everyone I know who received an ARC loved it down to their core.  I have heard nothing but raves, praise, and emotional outbursts since this book went out on the stands.  It was hard to do the waiting game until it was released and once it was released, it was hard for me to finish up my previous commitments so that I could start “It Ends With Us” – I needed this book in my soul!

Wow, IEWU was everything and more of what I was expecting it to be.  I knew going in that every word was going to be great but somehow CoHo just made them even greater (if that is possible.)  This book is a beautiful, heart-wrenching story.  I can’t even begin to explain the emotional toll it took on my soul. 

Lily has to be the best and realest character by far, which made me live the hours I spent reading as her.  I lived her childhood and experienced her fear and love.  I lived her adult life and experienced her fear and love.  I felt like I was right in the pages with her feeling her joy, her achievements, her love, her heart, her worry, her sadness, her disappointment, and this is all because CoHo knows how to write so that the reader absorbs the character. 

There is so much that happens in this book that isn’t outlined in the synopsis so I am trying to shy away from spilling any secrets but in some ways I can’t.  Lily and Ryle meet and it is magical.  I got swept away in the emotional bouts of their love.  My heart beat for them and only them and then the magical dust around their relationship started to fade.  Things got real; seriously real and this is when I found myself in awe of Lily’s story.  It is beautiful, it is harsh, it is the love that anyone longs for, and it is the fear that we all have. IEWU is another “rock you to the core” kind of book that you find yourself still thinking about months after you finish the last page.  It is the kind of book that you hope you are brave enough to follow if you ever find yourself in such a situation.


“In the future…if by some miracle you ever find yourself in the position to fall in love again…fall in love with me.”

Review: Waiting for Wyatt by S.D. Hendrickson

Title: Waiting for Wyatt
By: S.D. Hendrickson
My Copy: Amazon.com
The BookWhisperer's Rating:



My name is Emma Sawyer.
I met Charlie and Wyatt on the same sultry, summer day. It was unexpected, leaving a feeling in the pit of my stomach like the time I drove too fast over Beckett Hill. The moment happened out of nowhere, all fast and quick and a little strange. Or maybe that was just Wyatt’s personality.

It was Charlie that brought us together. Little Charlie with those ridiculous ears. I found the dog, waiting in a pool of his own blood. Waiting for someone. Waiting for me.

Now Wyatt, he wasn’t waiting for anyone. At least that’s what he said, except I saw something different in the broken guy all alone out in the woods. I knew he needed me before he knew it himself.

Wyatt with his hidden dimples. Wyatt with his warnings to stay away. He was a hard lump of coal, ready to burn everything around him. The more he burned, the more it pulled me into the pain I saw etched on his troubled face.

I wanted to help Wyatt. I wanted to save him like he had saved all the Charlies in the world. He told me not to fall for him, but I did anyway. I fell hard and fast and deeply in love with Wyatt Caulfield.

But that was before I knew his secret.



I found myself with mixed feeling after finishing this book and I feel like it is going to be hard to express how I truly felt about the characters and story.

Okay, let’s try.  Hendrickson is a wonderful storyteller who captured me from the first page.  She was able to wind two unlikely characters together to tell heartfelt story about love and loss.

Wyatt was the greatest character in this book for me.  Something about his kept secret intrigued me immensely.  His constant refusal to even consider Emma as a possibility in his life left me constantly flipping the pages to find the moment he reconsiders.  He was a reformed bad boy who is well versed in the classics and keeping Emma at a distance to protect her.  Once you find out his secret, all of his actions make sense yet you still root for him and hope that he finds happiness. 

Emma, on the other hand, just didn’t sit well with me.  I liked her determination to figure out what was wrong with Wyatt but then it also got on my nerves.  I liked her love for all four legged creatures but wish she had learned her lesson in the first place and wish she would stop meddling.  I also disliked her sister.

I think the part in the book for me that really spoke was closer to the end when things really started to pick up.  I don’t want to spoil anything but when Emma meddles again, it doesn’t turn out well.  This part had me glued to the pages.  I had to find out what was going to happen and I found it very intense.  During this part my dislike for Emma grew a little more and my love for Wyatt grew a lot more. 

While I really did love the writing, the plot, and Wyatt, Emma’s character brought down my love for the book.  This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t give it a try.  I know plenty of people who loved this book with all of their hearts and adored both Wyatt and Emma’s characters.  Sometimes I can be stubborn. 

Monday, August 15

Review: Knocked Out By Love by Abby Niles

Title: Knocked Out By Love
By: Abby Niles
Series: Love To The Extreme #5
My Copy: Ebook from Netgalley
The BookWhisperer's Rating:

Brody Minton has loved Scarlett Harris for years. But she’s his best friend’s wife, so he’s worked hard to keep his distance. Hearing the marriage is over shouldn’t change anything. Only an ass would make a move on a friend’s ex… Except Scarlett wants help getting back in the dating game, and Brody’s torn. If he helps her out, he can keep an eye on her and guard her vulnerable heart. But having the woman he’s longed for years in arms’ reach is hell on a man’s restraint, no matter how iron strong his will.

But loving Scarlett is only half the fight.

All Scarlett Harris wants is to get away for a while and rethink her life after filing for divorce from her lying, cheating bastard of a husband. The gorgeous Bahamas sounds like the perfect escape, except she’s booked in very resort Brody “The Iron” Minton is staying at for his sister’s wedding. Now her ex’s best friend is dogging her every move, and is a witness to her first pathetic attempts at flirting in years. If Brody isn’t going to leave her alone, then she’ll just recruit him to help get her reacquainted with her single self.


I found myself really loving Brody secret love for Scarlett but since she is/was his best friend’s wife, he has backed off.  This doesn’t mean that he hasn’t remained friends with her throughout the eight years of marriage.  When he sees her out and about, flirting with other men, he puts at stop to it.  Once he finds out that Scarlett is in the middle of divorcing his best friend, and he finds out the reason why she is divorcing him, he decides that he can’t let her get back out there by herself and offers his services.  So it really is a friend to lover kind of story and we all know how much I love those kinds of romances.

Brody brought out the side of Scarlett that her soon to be ex destroyed and made her realize what it was like to be in a relationship with a man who sees you as the entire package.  It was cute and sweet and had some very nice sexy times.  Brody teaches Scarlett how to enjoy herself as a woman again while Scarlett gives Brody the encouragement that the needs to keep his career afloat.  The one thing that I will say is that I hated Brody’s meddling sister, who should have kept her nose in her own business. 


During Brody and Scarlett’s story, we get to get a glimpse of the next book’s characters.  I am looking forward to see how their story goes and what crazy fun they can have.

Live: Neighbor Dearest by Penelope Ward


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Neighbor Dearest is LIVE and on limited-time release sale for $3.99 (Changing to $4.99 after release. This will be the ONLY sale.) A sexy STANDALONE friends-to-lovers story that does NOT have to be read in conjunction with any other book.

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Blurb
A STANDALONE NOVEL that does NOT need to be read in conjunction with any other book.

From New York Times bestselling author, Penelope Ward, comes a friends-to-lovers story with sexy new characters.

After getting dumped, the last thing I needed was to move next door to someone who reminded me of my ex-boyfriend, Elec.

Damien was a hotter version of my ex.

The neighbor I’d dubbed “Angry Artist” also had two massive dogs that kept me up with their barking.

He wanted nothing to do with me. Or so I thought until one night I heard laughter coming through an apparent hole in my bedroom wall.

Damien had been listening to all of my phone sessions with my therapist.

The sexy artist next door now knew all of my deepest secrets and insecurities.

We got to talking.

He set me straight with tips to get over my breakup.

He became a good friend, but Damien made it clear that he couldn’t be anything more.

Problem was, I was falling hard for him anyway. And as much as he pushed me away, I knew he felt the same…because his heartbeat didn’t lie.

I thought my heart had been broken by Elec, but it was alive and beating harder than ever for Damien.

I just hoped he wouldn’t shatter it for good.

Author's note – Neighbor Dearest is a full-length standalone novel. Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.



About the Author:
Penelope Ward
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Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 11-year-old girl with autism and a 9-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island.

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Additional Books by Penelope Ward

RoomHate:

Stuck-Up Suit: (co-written with Vi Keeland)


Cocky Bastard: (co-written with Vi Keeland)

Sins of Sevin:

Stepbrother Dearest:

Jake Undone (Jake #1):


My Skylar

Jake Understood (Jake #2):

Gemini: