Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Top Ten Books I Read In 2013

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the people over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is the Top Ten Books I Read In 2013.

Of course, I'm going to play by my own rules.

Top 5 Novellas/Short Stories

Where We Fell by Amber L. Johnson Goodreads Amazon 
Roar & Liv (Under the Never Sky 0.5) by Amazon 
Breathless by Brigid Kemmerer Goodreads Amazon
Plus One by Brighton Walsh Goodreads Amazon
The Little Drummer Boy by Sydney Logan Goodreads Amazon

Top 10 Young Adult Reads

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell Goodreads Amazon
Vampire Academy (The Whole Series) by Richelle Mead Goodreads Amazon
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher Goodreads Amazon
Hex Hall (The Whole Series) by Rachel Hawkins Goodreads Amazon
Altered by Jennifer Rush Goodreads Amazon
Bloodlines (The Whole Series) by Richelle Mead Goodreads Amazon
Reasons I Fell for My Funny Fat Friend by Becca Ann Goodreads Amazon
My Ex From Hell (The Blooming Goddess Trilogy) by Tellulah Darling Goodreads Amazon
Party by Tom Leveen Goodreads Amazon
The Covenant Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout Goodreads Amazon

Top 5 Fantasy Reads

Angelfall by Susan Ee Goodreads Amazon
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo Goodreads Amazon
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor Goodreads Amazon
Defy by Sara B. Larson Goodreads Amazon
Graceling by Kristin Cashore Goodreads Amazon

Top 10 Grown-Up Reads

On Dublin Street by Samantha Young Goodreads Amazon
Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn Goodreads Amazon
Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi Goodreads Amazon
The Best Man by Kristan Higgins Goodreads Amazon
Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller Goodreads Amazon
Love Me With Lies Series by Tarryn Fisher Goodreads Amazon
One and Only by Viv Daniels Goodreads Amazon
Louder Than Love by Jessica Topper Goodreads Amazon
The Seven Deadly Series by Fisher Amelie Goodreads Amazon
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness Goodreads Amazon

What books made your Top Ten lists of 2013?

Monday, December 30, 2013

Blog Tour - KISS ME AT MIDNIGHT by Diane Alberts

Book Summary: 
Her New Year’s resolution was seduction.

Doctor Ashley Hanes has one mission and one mission only—end her annoyingly long dry streak and ring in the New Year with a bang. Literally. When her long lost and oh-so-sexy ex-best friend, Ethan Pierce, shows up as if he hadn’t broken her heart all those years ago, suddenly she doesn’t want to bring home just any man. She wants Ethan.

What should have been one night of blow-your-mind make-up sex quickly turns into another. And another. Before long, Ashley thinks maybe she and Ethan should reunite for good. If only the elusive bachelor will stop running from his tortured past and trust a future in Ashley’s arms.
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About this author

Diane Alberts is a multi-published, bestselling Contemporary Romance author with Entangled Publishing. She also writes New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult books under the name Jen McLaughlin. ON ONE CONDITION hit #18 on the Barnes and Noble bestseller list, and TRY ME hit #76 on Amazon. CAPTIVATED BY YOU hit #31 on the Barnes and Noble bestseller list. Diane is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency. Her goal is to write so many fantastic stories that even a non-romance reader will know her name.

Diane has always been a dreamer with a vivid imagination, but it wasn't until 2011 that she put her pen where her brain was, and became a published author. Since receiving her first contract offer, she has yet to stop writing. Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a schnauzer mutt, a cat, and a Senegal parrot. In the rare moments when she's not writing, she can usually be found hunched over one knitting project or another.

My Thoughts:
Thank you to the author and Entangled for providing an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

A quick, sexy read. The author did a great job of keeping me guessing throughout the book. I was pleasantly surprised by the characters and their actions.

As I read, I became a little annoyed with the way the author would say something and then repeat the same thought or idea just a few paragraphs later.

"I'm sorry that I left you."
"I'm sorry that I almost did it again."

"I'm not leaving you again. I already made that mistake once and made it a second time. I'm not going to do it again."

Yes, we get it. You were a fool and made wrong choices. You don't have to beat that dead horse anymore.

Overall, this was an enjoyable read and incredibly sexy. My husband was certainly pleased by the side-effects.
3.25 Stars

Diane is giving away an ebook set of her 'Take a Chance' series, which includes Try Me, Love Me, Play Me, and Take Me. 

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Friday, December 27, 2013

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.  It is a list of what books you have received over the previous week, either for review, from the library, from the bookstore, or from trades.

Received for REVIEW from authors and publishers.

What did you get that you are excited about this week?

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Born to Die - Nikki's Review of RUINED by Jus Accardo

Ruined by Jus Accardo 
(The Eternal Balance #1)

(Goodreads Blurb)

Hell is looking for a way to break loose…

Jax lost the genetic lottery. Descended from Cain, the world's first murderer, he's plagued by a curse that demands violence in exchange for his happiness. He left everything behind, including the girl he loved, but thriving on the pain of others is lonely… And it's killing him.

After a series of heartbreaking losses, Samantha put rubber to pavement and headed for college as fast as her clunker could carry her. But she can't outrun her problems. When an attack at school drives her back home, she's thrown into the path of a past—and a guy—she's been trying to forget.
Sam strains Jax's control over his darkness, but running isn't an option this time. Someone—or, something—followed her home from school: a ruthless monster with a twisted plan centuries in the making. Forced together to survive, and fighting an attraction that could destroy them both, Jax and Sam must stop a killer bent on revenge.
Thank you to Entangled Publishing for offering an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Ruined is a smoking hot, angst-filled read. It’s a love story, but its also a hate story; no, but really its a love it story. OK, even I'm confused reading that. Read Ruined, you will get it, trust me. Its pretty damn good.

Cain and Abel's descendants are still atoning for Cain's original sin. If you don't know Cain and Abel's story from the bible, don't fret, Jus Accardo will catch you up. Anyway, every few generation's Cain's descendant is born with a demon inside of him. Total bummer because life with a demon stuck inside you is violent and usually short. Jax Flynn is the newest vessel for Cain's demon. Jax has a fucked up family history and an equally disastrous life.

Ruined begins with Jax returning to his hometown. Samantha Merrick is the girl next door, literally. She is part of the reason Jax skipped town. He loves her, but his demon just isn't having it. Jax isn't exactly a shining beacon of control; so he splits to spare Sam any undoubted misery he would cause. Chase, Jax's brother, and the Abel to his Cain, is the other reason. He's a total douche and Jax's demon absolutely loathes him. I don't want to tell any one too much of the plot in my review, just wanted to lay down the basics.

Understand this: There is so much sexual tension in this book that you would literally need a chainsaw to cut through it. Like, fucking hell is there tension. I, like all living, breathing hot-blooded women love me some sexy tension. After attempted kiss and insane sexual fantasy number eight or something, I was beginning to get literary blue balls and dammit, I got really impatient. This ain't some Twilight shit though folks, so don't get it twisted. There is eventually follow through and it's worth the pain. 

Ruined is gritty, sexy, full of colorful language and it doesn't shy away from the ugly side of life. Jus Accardo is witty as hell and writes awesome banter; if anything, I just became a huge fan of her and will be reading her other books ASAP. Ruined got off to such a fucking rip-roaring start; a badass take on a Bible story, dark characters and a really promising plot. That is a Betty Crocker caliber recipe for awesome if I have ever seen one. I found that in the middle-ish it started to really fizzle and become redundant for me. Opinions are like assholes though, and I'm definitely an asshole. Ruined is earning all the good reviews that its getting, it really is pretty awesome. I will absolutely, most definitely be waiting for the next in this series, I cannot wait to read more of Jax and Sam's story.
3.5 of 5 stars

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About Jus Accardo:

JUS ACCARDO spent her childhood reading and learning to cook. Determined to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps as a chef, she applied and was accepted to the Culinary Institute of America. At the last minute, she realized her path lay with fiction, not food, and passed on the spot to pursue writing. Jus is the bestselling author the popular Denazen series from Entangled publishing and is currently working on the first book in a new adult series due out summer 2013. A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and sometimes guard bear, Oswald.