Aug 20

Review * Running Wild by Susan Andersen

Reviews 0 ★★★

I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review * Running Wild by Susan AndersenRunning Wild by Susan Andersen
Series: Sisterhood Diares #4
Published by HQN on August 25th 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Add to: Goodreads
three-stars
They can't escape the heat… Magdalene Deluca isn't the damsel-in-distress type. But if she has to involve a stranger in a dangerous chase through South America, she's glad Finn Kavanagh's the guy she sucked into her problems. Very glad. The man oozes sex and magnetic confidence. And since their connection is steamier than the sultry rain forest, why waste time resisting him? Finn's peaceful vacation is blown to bits the second Mags strides into view. For years he's ignored his family's pleas to settle down. Now he's falling hard for a blonde force of nature who's allergic to commitment. First he has to keep Mags safe as they search for her missing parents. Then they can determine if it's time to stop running—and take a chance on the wildest thrill he's ever known…

What I Thought…

• I requested Running Wild on NetGalley because I’ve read Susan Andersen before and I’ve always enjoyed her books. I didn’t really pay attention to the synopsis, which is why it was a surprise when Running Wild turned out to be more romantic suspense than contemporary romance. I like romantic suspense just fine, it was just a surprise for me.

• Mags headed down to South America to find her parents, whom she hasn’t physically seen in 12 years. This seemed like a bit of a stretch for her to rescue them, but that’s just my opinion. I really liked her, she was strong and determined and handled things a lot better than I would have.

• Finn got sucked in to Mag’s trip on a whim when things started to go south. He was your typical alpha man I’m here to save you. He blends in with all the typical romantic suspense heroes you read about.

• I enjoyed Mags and Finn’s journey to find her parents it was filled with misadventures and bad guy altercations. I loved how Mags’ job as a make up artist helped them.

•I thought Mags’ parents were a bit selfish, but what can you do?

Overall Running Wild was a fun read, recommended to anyone who is looking for a summer romance.

Kimberly


Aug 18

Top Ten Tuesday * Auto Buy Authors

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the awesome people at The Broke and Bookish, who love lists as much as I do!

Top Ten Auto Buy Authors

These are the authors that no matter what they write, I know I want to read it!

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1. Jill Shalvis

2. Kristan Higgins

3. Kasie West

4. Katie McGarry

5. Molly Harper

6. Sophie Kinsella

7. Jennifer L Armentrout

8. Miranda Kenneally

Kimberly


Aug 17

Bout of Books 14 * Final Update

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The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 17th and runs through Sunday, August 23rd in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 14 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

I did pretty good! I read:

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Miss Mayhem was my favorite of the bunch, the rest were all 3 star reads. Let me know how you did during Bout of Books 14!

Kimberly


Aug 13

Alphabet Soup Challenge Complete!

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The 2015 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge is hosted by Escape with Dollycas. Click on the picture to read all the details but basically, you are reading one book from each letter of the alphabet.

Finally!

I have wanted to “read through” the alphabet for years but those pesky Q X Y Z books are hard to find and I didn’t always give it supreme effort. This year a Y and Q book fell into my lap, and a Z book presented itself so I really only had to look for X. And surprisingly E. I don’t own any unread E books.

Here is what I read.

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Kimberly


Aug 11

Top Ten Tuesday * Most Read Authors

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the awesome people at The Broke and Bookish, who love lists as much as I do!

Top Ten Books Most Read Authors

There weren’t too many surprises on here for me, mostly because I know that before I started book blogging I didn’t read a whole lot of variety. I used Goodreads to gather the info so it doesn’t reflect all the VC Andrews, Christopher Pike and RL Stine books I read back in the day, of which there are many.

1. 35 Books – Nora Roberts

The Villa

2. 29 Books – JD Robb

Naked in Death (In Death, #1)

3. 23 Books – Jill Shalvis

Simply Irresistible (Lucky Harbor, #1)

4. 20 Books – John Grisham

The Client

5. 18 Books – Molly Harper

How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf (Naked Werewolf, #1)

6. 15 Books – Richelle Mead

Bloodlines (Bloodlines, #1)

7. 14 Books – Charlaine Harris, Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse, #1)Match Me If You Can (Chicago Stars, #6)

8. 13 Books – James Patterson, Sophie Kinsella, Kristan Higgins

1st to Die (Women's Murder Club, #1)Twenties GirlThe Best Man (Blue Heron, #1)

9. 10 Books – Katie McGarry, Meg Cabot, Jennifer L Armentrout

Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits, #1)Size 12 Is Not Fat (Heather Wells, #1)Wicked (A Wicked Saga, #1)

10. 9 Books – Mary Higgins Clark

All Around the Town

Kimberly


Aug 10

Review * The Closer You Come by Gena Showalter

Reviews 1 ★★★★

I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review * The Closer You Come by Gena ShowalterThe Closer You Come by Gena Showalter
Series: The Original Heartbreakers #1
Published by HQN on March 31, 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 434
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Add to: Goodreads
four-stars
Just released from prison, Jase Hollister has a dark and twisted past. And now, he has only one goal: stay out of trouble. Strawberry Valley, Oklahoma, sounds like the perfect place for him and his two brothers-by-circumstance to settle down and live a nice, simple life. But model citizen isn’t exactly this rugged bachelor’s default setting—especially when it comes to a certain hot-blooded Southern beauty…

Brook Lynn Dillon has always been responsible. Not that it’s done her much good. The down-on-her-luck waitress is broke, single and fun-deprived. Until Jase comes along. He is dangerous, stunningly protective, breathtakingly sexy and as tempting as sin, and the passion sizzling between them is undeniable. But can it melt her resistance? After all, the right kind of trouble might be just what they both need.

What I Thought…

• I found myself immediately sucked in to Strawberry Valley. It’s a cute small town in Oklahoma with a cast of characters I can’t help but love.

• Jase has spent that last several years in prison for a crime that he did commit, but when you find out all the details you can’t help but be on his side. He has some issues that stem from this but he is trying to work on them, even though at times he feels like he doesn’t deserve it.

• Brook Lynn is someone I want to be friends with. She was fresh and funny and down to earth. She also has a disability that is not common in books, which I found refreshing. I also liked how she handled it and how Jase handled it – like it was not even a thing.

• There is some awkwardness between Jase and Brook Lynn given another situation in the beginning, but I thought it was handled smoothly and they make an adorable couple.

• While Jase and Brook Lynn are the main characters there is a large cast. I loved Jase’s friends West and Beck and their stories (especially West’s) should prove quite interesting. Brook Lynn’s sister isn’t someone I easily identified with, but I’m sure when it’s her turn we will get to see what’s under the surface.

• There are a couple of twists/new developments that occur later on in the book, none of which are alluded to in the synopsis, which is fine by me, though I think that we probably didn’t need both situations to make the romance work.

• My only complaints about The Closer You Come was that it was a little long for a contemporary (for me). I like my contemporaries in the 300-350 range and this one is over 434 pages. It was an excellent book, I just thought that with the two surprises near the end, taking one of them out would have put things a little shorter.

Overall The Closer You Come was an excellent summertime read and I cannot wait to get to The Hotter You Burn.

Kimberly


Aug 09

Sundays in Bed With… Every Last Breath

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Sundays in Bed With… is hosted by Kate at Midnight Book Girl to share with everyone what you’re reading in bed!

Every Last BreathI’m actually going to be working today, but while I work I will be listening to Every Last Breath by Jennifer L Armentrout. So far I am enjoying the book, but I really, really freaking hate this cover. And the other redesigned covers. It’s all good though because I am listening to the audio so I don’t have to look at it!

What are you reading today?

Kimberly


Aug 08

ARC August Week 1 Update

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ARC August is ran by the awesome Octavia and Shelly of Read. Sleep. Repeat. (Seriously Octavia is awesome. She helped corral what could have been a precarious situation in the line for The Darkest Part of the Forest during BookCon (*cries*) at  BEA in 2014.) Head over to Read. Sleep. Repeat for more info!

So far I have finished two books for ARC August

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I got approved on Edelweiss for Missing Dixie by Caisey Quinn earlier this week and even though I have ARC’s coming out in August I could not wait to dive in to Missing Dixie. I’m so glad I didn’t wait, it was amazing. It made me an emotional wreck in the best possible way. I really enjoyed The Closer You Come as well.

I’m hoping to hit up another ARC or two this week.

If you are participating in ARC August be sure to let me know!

Kimberly


Aug 05

Review * Most Likely to Succeed by Jennifer Echols

Reviews 1 ★★★★

I received this book for free from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review * Most Likely to Succeed by Jennifer EcholsMost Likely to Succeed by Jennifer Echols
Series: Superlatives #3
Published by Simon Pulse on August 4, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
Also in this series: The Biggest Flirts, Perfect Couple
Add to: Goodreads
four-stars
As vice president of Student Council, Kaye knows the importance of keeping order. Not only in school, but in her personal life. Which is why she and her boyfriend, Aidan, already have their lives mapped out: attend Columbia University together, pursue banking careers, and eventually get married. Everything Kaye has accomplished in high school—student government, cheerleading, stellar grades—has been in preparation for that future.

To his entire class, Sawyer is an irreverent bad boy. His antics on the field as school mascot and his love of partying have earned him total slacker status. But while he and Kaye appear to be opposites on every level, fate—and their friends—keep conspiring to throw them together. Perhaps the seniors see the simmering attraction Kaye and Sawyer are unwilling to acknowledge to themselves…

As the year unfolds, Kaye begins to realize her ideal life is not what she thought. And Sawyer decides it’s finally time to let down the facade and show everyone who he really is. Is a relationship between them most likely to succeed—or will it be their favorite mistake?

What I Thought…

• The Superlatives series by Jennifer Echols has been a lot of fun, but this one is by far the best in the series.

• Sawyer likes to party and is a bit of a slacker, but he’s not the bad boy everyone thinks he is. If you read the first two books then you know he has had a crush on Kaye for quite some time, and it’s absolutely adorable.

• Kaye has a boyfriend in the beginning of the book and he is a total ass and I wanted to throw a party when they broke up. The more you learn about Aidan the more you want to smack him upside the head, he does some pretty shitty things.

• Kaye has a lot of pressure on her from her family (mostly her mom) to be successful and to do all the right things, etc. She struggles with this a lot, especially when they come at her about Sawyer.

• Kaye and Sawyer had a rough path to coming together, but Echols did a good job of making their arguments/issues realistic and not over the top crazy.

• One of my favorite parts of these books is the friendship between Tia, Harper and Kaye. Even when things were a bit awkward (Tia and Sawyer were a thing in the past) the girls still kept their friendship strong.

• Most Likely to Succeed has kind of an abrupt ending. Everything just seemed to come together fairly fast. I also had a small issue with timing as all three books happen in such close succession, but as it’s been some time since reading the other two books that could just be my memory.

Overall I really enjoyed The Most Likely to Succeed and recommend it for anyone looking for a cute romance to read this summer!

Kimberly


Aug 03

Bout of Books 14! August 17-23

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I’m so excited about Bout of Books 14! This is the first time in two years that Bout of Books is happening during the summer (school is starting way late this year because Labor Day is way late). I have off the whole week! And it’s the last week before I go back to work so it’s perfect for that end of summer push to read a ton of books before the school year begins.

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The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 17th and runs through Sunday, August 23rd in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 14 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Bout of Books is awesome and I encourage you to join in the fun. There will be challenges and reading and a lot of bookish people having a great time. Check it out!

 

Kimberly