Friday, February 27, 2015

Cover Reveal: Need Me by Tessa Bailey

I'm thrilled to be taking part in the cover reveal for Tessa Bailey's Need Me, the second book in her Broke and Beautiful series! I've really grown to love reading Tessa Bailey's adult romance novels published by Entangled/Brazen, and now I can't wait to soon read her new series from Avon Impulse. If you're a fan of NA romances, I'm sure you'll definitely be adding Need Me to your TBR pile!

 Release Date: April 21, 2015
Publisher: Avon Impulse

Summary (from HarperCollins):
From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Tessa Bailey, comes the next fun and sexy novel in her Broke and Beautiful trilogy!

“How did this tweed-wearing English professor turn out to be my dirtiest hero ever? Cause he really is.”--Tessa Bailey

When Honey Perribow traded in her cowboy boots for stilettos and left her small Kentucky town to attend Columbia University, she never expected to find a dirt-cheap apartment or two new best friends. No stranger to hard work, Honey’s sole focus is a medical degree...until she sees newly-minted Professor, Ben Dawson, and her concentration is hijacked. Honey is fascinated by her gorgeous, young English professor and vows to find a crack his tweed-wearing, glasses-clad exterior.

While at an off campus party, an accident lands Ben in a dark, locked closet with a sexy-sounding southern belle...and their chemistry is explosive. But when he discovers that the girl in his arms is the same beautiful student he can’t stop thinking about, he is stunned. Student-teacher relationships are strictly forbidden…yet no matter how hard he tries, Ben can’t stay away from Honey.

And when his attempts to fight their attraction nearly ruin the best thing that ever happened to him, Ben will do anything to prove how much he needs her.

Cover Reveal: Getting Dirty by Mia Storm

Good morning and TGIF! Today, I'm helping to reveal the gorgeous cover for Mia Storm's NA standalone romance Getting Dirty! I LOVE this cover so much—it's bold, striking, and definitely stands out! Getting Dirty sounds like an unconventional, edgy romance with a thrill of the forbidden that I simply MUST read.

And if you're from the US or Canada, there's a giveaway on Goodreads right now (ends March 18, 2015) for a copy of Mia Storm's Getting Dirty

 Release Date: March 19, 2015
Publisher: Mia Storm

Summary (from the author):
A poem by Blaire Leon

If sex is dirty, why would I do it with someone I love?
If sex is dirty, then didn’t we all come from the dirt?
What if I like the dirt?
What if I want to get dirty?
What if I want to roll in the mud until I’m so fucking filthy that I’ll never be clean again?

When twenty-five-year-old graduate assistant Caiden Brenner asked Blaire Leon how old she was, she said she was a senior. He chose to believe she meant in college. They connect over Lord Byron’s Don Juan and, as their conversations become increasingly thicker with sexual innuendo, Caiden finds himself obsessing over a totally off-limits undergrad who’s bold, beautiful, brilliant, and one of the most passionate poets he’s ever met.

But it turns out Blaire hasn't been totally honest. She's the seventeen-year-old valedictorian of her high school class, taking courses at Sierra State while awaiting her acceptance to Stanford.

Will Caiden get too deeply into Blaire to back away before he finds out the truth? Or will their connection be enough to seduce him into risking his entire future on Jail Bait?

"A thousand and one feels....Getting Dirty is a thrilling, tantalizing forbidden romance you do not want to miss! I not only devoured this book, it devoured me right back!"--Katy Evans, New York Times Bestselling author of REAL 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday - The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine spotlighting upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

Release Date: June 2, 2015
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Summary (from Simon & Schuster Canada):
From the bestselling author of Twenty Boy Summer, a talented singer loses her ability to speak after a tragic accident, leading her to a postcard-perfect seaside town to find romance.

The youngest of six talented sisters, Elyse d’Abreau was destined for stardom—until a boating accident took everything from her. Now, the most beautiful singer in Tobago can’t sing. She can’t even speak.

Seeking quiet solitude, Elyse accepts a friend’s invitation to Atargatis Cove. Named for the mythical first mermaid, the Oregon seaside town is everything Elyse’s home in the Caribbean isn’t: an ocean too cold for swimming, parties too tame for singing, and people too polite to pry—except for one.

Christian Kane is a notorious playboy—insolent, arrogant, and completely charming. He’s also the only person in Atargatis Cove who doesn’t treat Elyse like a glass statue. He challenges her to express herself, and he admires the way she treats his younger brother, Sebastian, who believes Elyse is the legendary mermaid come to life.

When Christian needs a first mate for the Cove’s high-stakes Pirate Regatta, Elyse reluctantly stows her fear of the sea and climbs aboard. The ocean isn’t the only thing making waves, though—swept up in Christian’s seductive tide and entranced by the Cove’s charms, Elyse begins to wonder if a life of solitude isn’t what she needs. But changing course again means facing her past. It means finding her inner voice. And scariest of all, it means opening her heart to a boy who’s best known for breaking them…

As we continue to have an endless, frigidly cold winter, I keep thinking about all the books to expect this summer! Sarah Ockler's The Summer of Chasing Mermaids sounds like the perfect YA contemporary romance novel to read on a beach during a bright, sunny day. Even better? I LOVE that Sarah Ockler's new book is inspired by The Little Mermaid! I can't wait to meet Elyse and Christian in The Summer of Chasing Mermaids.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Frostfire by Amanda Hocking

Title: Frostfire (Kanin Chronicles #1)
Author: Amanda Hocking
Release Date: January 6, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Pages: 336
Source: ARC provided by publisher

Overall: 3.5 Stars

Hidden deep in the heart of a snow-covered wilderness lies the secret kingdom of the Kanin—a magical realm as beautiful as it is treacherous…

Bryn Aven has never fit into Kanin society. Her blond hair and blue eyes set her apart as an outsider—a half-blood unable to hold a respectable rank. But she’s determined to prove herself as a loyal protector of the kingdom she loves. Her dream is to become a member of the King’s elite guard, and she’s not going to let anything stand in her way…not even her growing feelings for her boss, Ridley Dresden. A relationship between them is strictly forbidden, but Bryn can’t fight her attraction to him. And she’s beginning to think he feels it too. 

Meanwhile, there’s an attack on the kingdom—one that will test Bryn’s strength like never before. Finally, she has the chance to confront Konstantin Black, the traitor who tried to kill her father years ago. It’s up to Bryn to put a stop to him before he strikes again. But is she willing to risk everything to protect a kingdom that doesn’t accept her for who she really is? And when her mission brings her closer to Ridley, will she be able to deny her heart? 

My Thoughts: 
Amanda Hocking returns to the world of Trylle with Frostfire, the first novel in her brand new Kanin Chronicles series. With her blonde hair and blue eyes revealing her half-blood heritage, Bryn Aven is an outcast among the Kanin, the most powerful of the troll tribes. She's trained hard for years to become a tracker, but her ultimate dream is to one day join the ranks of the Högdragen, the highly respected elite guard of the King. When Bryn's latest assignment to retrieve a changeling goes awry, she has a confrontation with Konstantin, a man she once adored as a hero until he tried to kill her father several years ago. Now Bryn feels torn; Konstantin's motives are unclear, but she has vowed to protect her kingdom... 

While I do admire Bryn's determination to become a member of the Högdragen, at the same time, I don't quite understand why she wants to put her life on the line for snobbish people who will never accept her. I wanted Bryn to secretly rebel a little, or acknowledge the bitterness she must surely have felt while growing up in such a class-obsessed society, but she didn't really explore those feelings. Bryn is so hard on herself, and very focused on her career, but I'm not really sure if her efforts in achieving her goal will finally give her that feeling of respect and worthiness she desires. It's definitely something I hope Amanda Hocking expands on in the future novels.

The only reason I didn't fall in love with Frostfire as much as I'd hoped is because I'm not convinced yet that the book offers anything new as a spin-off to the very successful Trylle Trilogy. At the heart of Frostfire is an awareness of the problems associated with class elitism and clinging onto old traditions in the face of modern times. However, this was already a central theme in the Trylle Trilogy; Wendy tried to advocate social changes with her powerful position as a member of the royal family in the Trylle tribe.

My main concern with the Kanin Chronicles is that although Bryn is positioned at the other end of the spectrum—she's an outcast and a commoner—a change in perspective will not be enough to excite me, especially if the class issues are repeated all over again. If you haven't read the Trylle Trilogy, you won't notice the repetition because everything about this world of trolls will seem fresh and intriguing, but if you have read them, then you might be left yearning for more. Concerns aside, I did feel Frostfire is a good introductory novel to the Kanin Chronicles and the fast-paced style of writing helped me read it quickly in one sitting. I'm definitely interested in learning what will happen next to Bryn in Ice Kissed, especially after the rather abrupt ending!

Thanks so much to Raincoast Books for providing this review copy!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday - We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine spotlighting upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

 Release Date: May 12, 2015
Publisher: Tundra Books

Summary (from Penguin Random House Canada): 
Award-winning author Susin Nielsen has created two narrators who will steal your heart and make you laugh out loud.

Thirteen-year-old Stewart is academically brilliant but socially clueless.
Fourteen-year-old Ashley is the undisputed “It” girl in her class, but her grades stink.

Their worlds are about to collide when Stewart and his dad move in with Ashley and her mom. Stewart is trying to be 89.9 percent happy about it, but Ashley is 110 percent horrified. She already has to hide the real reason her dad moved out; “Spewart” could further threaten her position at the top of the social ladder.

They are complete opposites. And yet, they have one thing in common: they—like everyone else—are made of molecules.

I absolutely can't wait to read Susin Nielsen's latest novel We Are All Made of Molecules! Nielsen's novels are always so poignant, yet refreshingly humorous. There is a universal appeal to her books that readers of all ages can enjoy and appreciate, not just a middle grade audience that her books tend to be marketed towards. Susin Nielsen's We Are All Made of Molecules sounds like another brilliant, heartfelt novel that will give me all the feels.
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