Friday, May 30, 2014

Stacking the Shelves 5/30/2014

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.


I found some books on my TBR and an old favorite at the used bookstore.





For Review



What did you find this week?

Cover Reveal: DEADLY SWEET LIES by Erica Cameron

Nadette Lawson knows when you're lying

Every night for the past two years, the Balasura have visited her dreams, enticing her to enter their world. And every night she's seen through their lies. Now, they're tired of playing in the shadows and they begin to stalk her in the waking world. It's no longer just an invitation; if Nadette doesn't join them, they'll take her family. Forever. She needs help, and the haven she's seeking may be just out of reach.

Julian Teagan is a master of deception.

To survive, he has to convince the world his mother isn't useless, that everything's fine, otherwise he'll lose what little he has left in this life. He knows the lying won't be enough to keep him and his mother in the shadows, but it's all he knows. The only light of truth is Orane, a Balasura who sees past Julian's facade and challenges him to face the darkness.

Then Orane is killed, and Julian learns his mentor was far from innocent. The Balasura have hunted children like him for centuries, and their next target, Nadette is his one chance atfinally being a part of something real. If Julian can just convince her to trust him...


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Cover Reveal: PERSONAL TARGET by Kay Thomas

Title: Personal Target
Author: Kay Thomas
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Date: July 29, 2014

AEGIS: an elite team of ex-military men working under the radar of most governments. If you have a problem no one else can handle, they can help. A former SEAL and Black Ops specialist who left the CIA, Nick Donovan gave up a life on the edge to work in the private sector. But that didn't stop his enemies from coming after him—or his family. In a case of mistaken identity, a drug cartel kidnaps his sister-in-law's best friend … a woman from Nick's past. One minute Jennifer Grayson is housesitting and the next she's abducted to a foreign brothel. Jennifer is planning her escape when her first "customer" arrives. Nick, the man who broke her heart years ago, has come to her rescue. Now, as they race for their lives, passion for each other reignites and old secrets resurface. Can Nick keep the woman he loves safe against an enemy with a personal vendetta?

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Count the Cast - MAKE IT COUNT by Megan Erickson

Series info: Bowler University Series #1
Category/Genre: New Adult Romance
Publisher: William Morrow Impulse/HarperCollins
Release Date: June 3

Kat Caruso wishes her brain had a return policy, or at least a complaint hot-line. The defective organ is constantly distracted, terrible at statistics, and absolutely flooded with inappropriate thoughts about her boyfriend's gorgeous best friend, Alec...who just so happens to be her brand new college math tutor. Who knew nerd was so hot?

Kat usually goes through tutors like she does boyfriends--both always seem to bail when they realize how hopeless she is. It's safer for her heart to keep everyone at arm's reach. But Alec is always stepping just a little too close.

Alec Stone should not be fantasizing about Kat. She's adorable, unbelievably witty, and completely off limits. He'd never stab his best friend in the back...

But when secrets are revealed, the lines of loyalty are blurred. To make it count, Alec must learn messy human emotions can't be solved like a trigonometry function. And Kat has to trust Alec may be the first guy to want her for who she is, and not in spite of it.

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Megan Erickson grew up in a family that averages 5’3” on a good day and started writing to create characters who could reach the top kitchen shelf.
She’s got a couple of tattoos, has a thing for gladiators, and has been called a crazy cat lady. After working as a journalist for years, she decided she liked creating her own endings better and switched back to fiction.
She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids and two cats. And no, she still can’t reach the stupid top shelf.

Camilo “Cam” Ruiz
The Player
“We’re in college. We have hot girls in tight jeans and cleavage-baring shirts at our fingertips. Don’t tie yourself down.”

Danica Owens
The Chameleon
“Monica says my idea of romance is ‘Take off your shirt.’”

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Happy Release Day: FINDING MY PRINCE CHARMING by J.S. Cooper

Title: Finding My Prince Charming
Author: J.S. Cooper
Published: 5/27/2014

Can a Playboy Prince ever be tamed?

When Lola Franklin decided to study abroad she never anticipated embarking on a whirlwind weekend romance with a hot guy before classes started.

And she certainly never counted on the hot guy being her new professor. Or a Prince. Or the biggest asshole she had ever met.

Xavier Van Romerius is the playboy Prince of Europe and he loves his life. He doesn’t do relationships, and never wants to get married. But when he see’s Lola Franklin flirting with his little brother Casper, he realizes that maybe he needs to rethink his ideas about love before the wrong Prince gets the girl.

Monday, May 26, 2014

A Review of ONE PLUS ONE by Jojo Moyes

Title: One Plus One
Author: Jojo Moyes
Publish Date: July 1, 2014
Publisher: Penguin Group Viking

One single mom. One chaotic family. One quirky stranger. One irresistible love story from the New York Timesbestselling author of Me Before You
American audiences have fallen in love with Jojo Moyes. Ever since she debuted stateside, she has captivated readers and reviewers alike, and hit the New York Times bestseller list with the word-of-mouth sensation, Me Before You. Now, with One Plus One, she’s written another contemporary opposites-attract love story that reads like a modern-dayTwo for the Road.
Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied and your math whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can’t afford to pay for. That’s Jess’s life in a nutshell—until an unexpected knight-in-shining-armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess’s knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages . . . maybe ever.
One Plus One is Jojo Moyes at her astounding best. You’ll laugh, you’ll weep, and when you flip the last page, you’ll want to start all over again.


Jojo Moyes is a British novelist.

Moyes studied at Royal Holloway, University of London. She won a bursary financed by The Independent newspaper to study journalism at City University and subsequently worked for The Independent for 10 years. In 2001 she became a full time novelist. 

Moyes' novel Foreign Fruit won the Romantic Novelists' Association (RNA) Romantic Novel of the Year in 2004.

She is married to journalist Charles Arthur and has three children.


One Plus One is an incredible story about a single mom who just won't give up.  Jess has been left alone to care for her quirky daughter and her loner step-son when her husband moves back in with his mother to help get himself back together.  She juggles jobs and bills while trying to manage the bullies attacking her step-son and scraping together enough money to get her daughter to a math competition in Scotland.  The award for the math competition could be the money that Jess needs to get her daughter to a private school that will help her sharpen her amazing math skills and it will be a place that will hopefully accept her daughter's oddities.

On the trip to Scotland, Jess and the kids run into Ed, who Jess also happens to clean house for.  Ed takes pity on the struggling group and helps them get to Scotland.  Unfortunately for both Ed, Jess has her own ideas about how the trip should go.  What follows is a sometimes hilarious sometimes heartbreaking series of events that cause Jess to see Ed as something other than the rich geek she had always known him to be.  Jess also learns more about both of her children and what she discovers solidifies her decision to get her daughter out of the school she is currently in.

This is a terrific story that touches on something that all moms must feel; inadequacy.  I cannot count the times that I have felt that I must be letting my kids down, that they could probably even do better without me, but I still get up every day and determine to just do the best I can for that moment.  

Jess is buried beneath piling bills.  She longs to protect her children from people who seek to hurt them, but how do you do that when you are busy rushing from one job to another just to put food on the table that evening?  Jess is the eternal optimist and an amazing person.  

Ed has made a huge mistake that has completely altered his future.  As he faces possible prison time, he is still a very trusting and caring individual.  Ed sacrifices his time and his money to help Jess and her family on their trip to save their own future.  Ed faces his own feeling of incompetence.  With every phone call from his family he is reminded of his own short-comings and becomes even more determined to help Jess and the kids succeed.

I will admit that I struggled through the first chapter or two, once I got into the story I could not put it down.  Jojo Moyes is an exceptional story-teller who taps into human emotions like no other.

5 out of 5 stars 

Books Releasing this Week 5/26/2014

This is not a complete list of the books releasing this week.  It is just a taste of  the books I am excited about.