Review | A Beautiful Funeral by Jamie McGuire (@JamieMcGuire)

28 August 2016


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Pages: 238
Summary:

Losing has never been easy for a Maddox, but death always wins.

Eleven years to the day after eloping in Vegas with Abby, Special Agent Travis Maddox delivers his own brand of vigilante justice to mob boss Benny Carlisi. Vegas's oldest and most violent crime family is now preparing for vengeance, and the entire Maddox family is a target.

The secret Thomas and Travis have kept for a decade will be revealed to the rest of the family, and for the first time the Maddoxes will be at odds. While none of them are strangers to loss, the family has grown, and the risk is higher than ever. With brothers against brothers and wives taking sides, each member will make a choice—let the fear tear them apart, or make them stronger.

I LOVE the Maddox brothers series, I love all the boys to death and I have always loved Travis the most seeing as he's the first Maddox brother we met and he has always been the brother I have loved the most and enjoyed reading. So when I heard Jamie was releasing a new book from the series I was excited and even more so when I found out we would be hearing from all the brothers and all the wives. 

I knew to expect heartbreak given the title and this book didn't take the turn I was expecting which I loved. I thought the funeral would be at the beginning then we would see the fall out but it wasn't that way. I loved the premises and, for the most part, how it was executed. Just like all the other books in the series, I couldn't put it down. This book gave us a glimpse of the family and how they had grown and it helped bring to an end the secrets some of the brothers had been keeping from their family. 

I guess the thing for me that stops me giving this book five stars is the ending. In one way I was expecting part of what happened, it was inevitable and I had a feeling all through the book that it would happen but someone else goes down in the cross fire and I can't help but feel it was unnecessary. I honestly had my own theory about this character and where the story would go. I was hoping we would get a spin off because their story, out of all the Maddoxes and their extended family, felt a little incomplete to me.

I want to give this book five stars just because of the Maddox brothers because they are AMAZING. We see so much of them and they interact so much during this book, there's a scene near the end, when they are all together, that made me remember why I fell in love with them in the first place and all over again reading this. I will most definitely miss these boys (or rather men as they are now)! 

For me, it is the last 20% (aside from the very last chapter! That got me right in the feels and I loved reading that) or so of the book that really let me down and I would have loved to have seen a little bit more at the end but seeing all the boys again is why I am still giving this book four stars. 

I love them and they saved this book for me, seeing them as husbands and father's after all this time was awesome and I loved how Jamie threw in some troubles (nothing too major - don't worry!) that meant each couple had its own struggles. Oh and before I go, I just have to say how awesome Abby and America are in this book, I loved them both and America has some great lines in there, including this gem when her and Shepley's kids plus a few of their cousins are playing up in the car causing America to give Shepley a dirty look:
"That is your DNA back there. It's your fault" 
There is no doubt I will miss new books in this series but I'm glad we got to see the boys and their families one last time. Travis will always be one of my favourite book boyfriends! 

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Cover Reveal | Rhapsody by Cecilia London (@authorclondon)

22 August 2016

Read on the see the cover for Rhapsody, the fifth book in the Bellator Saga! I cannot tell you how much I love this cover and this series. I'm currently reading my ARC of the book and my review will be up in a few weeks!

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Book Info:

Title: Rhapsody Book #5 in The Bellator Saga
Author: Cecilia London
Release: September 13th
Cover Artist: S.K. Hartly with Luminos Graphic House

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Summary:

"I'm never going to stop loving you, Caroline. It's just not possible."

Major Caroline Gerard returns from a dangerous mission battered and bruised. Terrified to confront the emotional and physical gap between her and her husband, she's determined to do whatever it takes to avoid reality. 

Commander Jack McIntyre has been tasked with saving American democracy, but he has to save his marriage first. He's desperate to regain the passionate connection that he and his wife once shared. And a man on a mission will sacrifice anything to succeed.

In the meantime, the rebellion is in need of a catalyst to spur international action to stop President Santos’ increasingly unstable behavior. As Caroline and Jack repair their hearts, each day brings new secrets and new challenges, and a revelation that could shatter everything they thought was true.

Rhapsody is the fifth book in The Bellator Saga. It should be read after the first four books in the series.

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Cecilia London is the pen name of a native Illinoisan currently living in San Antonio, Texas. She's filled several roles over the course of her adult life - licensed attorney, wrangler of small children, and obsessed baseball fan, among others. An extroverted introvert with a serious social media addiction, she is the author of The Bellator Saga, an epic, genre-crossing romance series. You can catch all of her quirky updates on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or at her website.

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Dissident:

Rising Democratic star Caroline Gerard is reluctant to fall in love again after losing her husband. Can Republican playboy Jack McIntyre break through her grief and capture her heart? Told mostly in flashback and set against a chilling fascist backdrop, Dissident is a rollercoaster ride of political intrigue, passionate romance, and undying love.

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Caroline faces the biggest challenge of her life when confronted with the cruelty and sadism of her captors at The Fed. Hope fades quickly, even as she holds onto her one last bit of sanity and her unshakable belief that her husband will rescue her. But is that faith just a mirage?

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Reeling from her experiences at The Fed, Caroline tries to forge ahead and create a new identity. But that's hard to do with the ghosts of the past constantly whispering in her ear. She is determined to find the rebellion and move on with her life, but what will she find when she arrives there?

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Review | The Sunshine and Biscotti Club by Jenny Oliver (@JenOliverBooks)

18 August 2016


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Publisher: Carina UK
Pages: 384
Summary:

Moving to Italy to set up a baking club is a dream come true…

…until Libby catches her husband cheating just weeks beforeThe Sunshine and Biscotti Club opens its doors.

With the first wave of guests set to arrive any day, Libby has no choice but to tie on her apron and get set to bake. But with a dash of sunshine and a sprinkling of old friends, Libby’s kitchen nightmare might just become the best thing that’s ever happened to her.

After all, you can’t bake biscotti without breaking a few eggs…

For guaranteed sunshine all holiday long, pack your bags and escape to The Sunshine and Biscotti Club – the irresistible new book from Jenny Oliver!

I won this book a few week's ago from the lovely Becca over at Becca's Books and as soon as I read the blurb I knew it would be the perfect read for the holiday I had coming up. 

The book opens with a group of friends, three male and three female who are at different points in their lives but have been friends for years. They all reunite to help Libby renovate her aunt's hotel and to get Libby's baking school up and running.

This book was a fun, light read. It alternates between the three female leads Jessica, Libby and Eve who are trying to find themselves again in their lives. I thought I knew how this book was going to end but I was pleasantly surprised with the ending and I liked that the most about this book! There wasn't the predictable pairing off I was expecting and that was a welcome change.

Jenny's descriptions int his book were were spot on too and as a result I could picture everything with ease. It was so easy to feel like I was away in Tuscany baking and having fun with a group of friends I had loved forever while they tried to find their feet as adults and move on from the crossroads they found themselves at. 

I don't tend to read a lot books in this genre but since reading Becca's books within the genre I'm slowly beginning to read more of them. I like how they whisk you away and like I said before this one didn't end how you would have expected and I loved how one coupling is left a little unresolved, how we can fill in the gaps of that relationship and what follows ourselves. 

Excerpt Reveal | Dirty Talk by S. L. Scott (@slscottauthor)

17 August 2016

Read on to read an excerpt from S. L. Scott's newest novel, Dirty Talk.

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Excerpt:
“What if I touched you right where you want to be touched?” I slide my hand up her thigh, inching her skirt up slowly. Her breath catches, the quiet gasp making me smile. “What if I touched you right where you pretend to be so protective? I know you. I know you like it dirty . . . maybe even a little rough.”

She finds her voice, though it’s affected, sexy. “A lot.”

“What is that?”

Clearing her throat, she says, “I like it rough. Really rough.”

The right side of my mouth curves up, my hand stalling just below the apex of her thighs when my phone buzzes. I release a sigh. Grabbing the phone from my pocket, I sit up and read the text:

I look back at the black-haired raven I’ve left squirming on the metal barstool next to me.

I’d like to explore exactly how she likes it, but duty calls. Standing up suddenly, I grab my wallet and slap some bills down for the drinks.

“What are you doing?” she demands, desperation lacing her tone as her eyes go wide.

I tuck my wallet back into the inside pocket of my Vittori suit jacket and kiss her on the cheek. Since I’m there, I add with a wink, “I bet we’d be so fucking good together.” Straightening upright, I smirk. “My apologies. I hate to run, but unfortunately, I have a prior engagement I can’t get out of. Maybe we can pick this up another time. I’ll see you around, sweetheart.”

She huffs. “You’re a playboy bastard, Luke Anders,” rolls off her tongue in frustrated anger as she spins back to the bar.

I know. Not turning back, I nod. It’s not the first time I’ve been called a playboy or a bastard. Name-calling doesn’t bother me. Not getting laid tonight does.

Pushing open the exit door that leads to the alley, my asshole friends are waiting near the car they’ve pulled around.

The rusting red door slams shut, the click of the lock heard loudly behind me. The alley is quiet compared to the loud music that blares inside the club. “Fuckers.” With my arms out wide, I yell, “What the fuck? Where’s the fire? I was closing the deal.”

“We were saving you, man. Trust me on that.” My best friend is standing in front of the car with his arms crossed over his chest. Danny Weston is one of the best people I know, but right now, he’s pissing me the fuck off.

“Saving me from what?”

“Ask Blaise. He has firsthand knowledge.”

When I shoot an annoyed look in Blaise’s direction, he clams up. With hands up in surrender, he backs away toward the driver’s door. “I can’t help that the ladies love me.” Thus confirming he’s already hit that pretty kitty.

I walk to the passenger’s side of the car, punching Danny on the arm when I pass him. “Shit, man, just give me a heads-up next time. I wasted some of my best lines on her.”

Danny claims the front seat, so I duck into the back seat of a restored 1969 black Gran Torino. Cocky behind the wheel, Blaise takes off before we even have our seatbelts on, and says, “Stop hitting on everyone that takes pity on you then.”

“Fuck you. I can get any woman I want. No one’s taking pity on me.”

Danny breaks into the argument, “You guys really need to find a new hobby.”

“One-night stands are plenty entertaining,” Blaise retorts, smiling.

Danny puts his arm on the back of the seat and turns toward me. “I’m not going to lecture you—”

“Again,” I add.

“Again,” he repeats while rolling his eyes. “But we’ve talked about this a fuck ton of times. She’s not Jane and until you figure out what the hell is going on there, or if anything is going on there, these women are all the same—just another disappointment you’re going to have in the morning because they’re not her.”

Blaise verbally steps in, “Damn, dude, why so deep? You’re bringing me down.”

Danny laughs. I don’t. We’ve been friends for many years now, so Danny knows my game. He knows me well enough to know what I’m doing. Until I sort out this mess with the first woman I ever loved, the rest are just regrets waiting to happen, along with the regrets I can’t take back.

But I know him well too. We relate in a way that Blaise doesn’t understand, on a level that one day he’d be lucky to experience. No matter what I’ve been through with Jane, I’ve loved, hard. I know what it means to love and to be loved. I have no regrets when it comes to Jane, except one: letting her go.

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Summary:

One month.

One movie.

One shot at a second chance.

I fell madly in love at first sight with Jane Lewis. 

The girl with bright blue eyes, a pretty smile, and great ass owned my heart. I thought she was happy with the status quo, but ten years later, I foolishly let her go. Despite dating other women, no one compares to my first love. We are meant to be together, and I’m going to try my damnedest to convince her of that.

Luke Anders tricked me. The deal was sealed before I knew he was behind it.

We agreed to be just friends. Simple. Easy. But it’s not just the weather that’s hot in Texas. I was a fool to think I could resist him. He knows how to work his charms and those kissable lips, that great jaw, and biceps. We are here to work, but he has become downright distracting.

I’m strong. I can handle one month of his flirtatious sexual torture. But if I happen to fall in bed with that sexy bastard for a night, or three, does that make me weak? Asking for a friend, of course.

I guess I’m about to find out when love gets messy, it’s not just the talk that’s dirty.

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New York Times and USA Bestselling Author, S. L. Scott, was always interested in the arts. She grew up painting, writing poetry and short stories, and willing her days away lost in a good book and the movies.

With a degree in Journalism, she continued her love of the written word by reading American authors like Salinger and Fitzgerald. She was intrigued by their flawed characters living in picture perfect worlds, but could still debate that the world those characters lived in were actually the flawed ones. This dynamic of leaving the reader invested in the words, inspired Scott to start writing with emotion while interjecting an underlying passion into her own stories.

Living in the capital of Texas with her family, Scott loves traveling and avocados, beaches, and cooking with her kids. She's obsessed with epic romances and loves a good plot twist. She dreams of seeing one of her own books made into a movie one day as well as returning to Europe. Her favorite color is blue, but she likens it more toward the sky than the emotion. Her home is filled with the welcoming symbol of the pineapple and finds surfing a challenge though she likes to think she's a pro.




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