Riveted

Riveted
by Jay Crownover
Book: Saints of Denver #3
Publisher: William Marrow
Pub Date: February 2017
Genre: New Adult
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
Book Links: Goodreads  Amazon  Book Depository
From the New York Times bestselling author of the Marked Men books comes the next installment in the Saints of Denver series.
Everyone else in Dixie Carmichael’s life has made falling in love look easy, and now she is ready for her own chance at some of that happily ever after. Which means she’s done pining for the moody, silent former soldier who works with her at the bar that’s become her home away from home. Nope. No more chasing the hot as heck thundercloud of a man and no more waiting for Mr. Right to find her; she’s going hunting for him…even if she knows her heart is stuck on its stupid infatuation with Dash Churchill.
Denver has always been just a pit stop for Church on his way back to rural Mississippi. It was supposed to be simple, uneventful, but nothing could have prepared him for the bubbly, bouncy redhead with doe eyes and endless curves. Now he knows it’s time to get out of Denver, fast. For a man used to living in the shadows, the idea of spending his days in the sun is nothing short of terrifying.
When Dixie and Church find themselves caught up in a homecoming overshadowed with lies and danger, Dixie realizes that while falling in love is easy, loving takes a whole lot more work…especially when Mr. Right thinks he’s all wrong for you.
My Review: I loved this book. Jay always brings out page turning stories.
Dixie has resorted to dating apps, in hopes to find the one. To find that perfect love. Dixie just had a horrid date. The guy brought his mom on this date! Like red flag right there. She quickly shut the door and got away from that crazy date. Meanwhile, the one guy she has eyes for doesn’t even notice her as more than a friend. 
Church is a great guy. Hes been working at the bar for a while since hes been back from serving his country. Hes protective of Dixie, his friends, and right now things are good, up until he got a phone call.
Now Church is asking Dixie to hop on his bike and drive to his hometown. This was supposed to be a short  home coming. Church didn’t expect to get lost in her sunshine. But now that he has, he wont let his past ruin what he has now. Hes finally fallen in love with Dixie, patched things up with the family, and now everything seems perfect.
until a man comes and threatens to ruin it all. That’s when you can read the passion and love Church as for Dixie. When you see that soft side and you cant help but love these characters.
Its another amazing read. I cant wait to dive into the next one.

My Rating:
✪✪✪✪✪

Weekly Spotlight

Ellen Schrieber
Vampire Kisses
“He looked so lost, so
soulful, so lonely. I wanted him to kiss me now. I wanted to let him know I was
his for all eternity.” 
Vampire Kisses
The mansion on top of Benson Hill has been
empty and boarded up for years. But a new family has moved in. A family that
never ventures out during the day. Who are these creepy people — especially
the handsome, dark, and elusive Alexander Sterling? Or rather, what are they?
Could the town gossip actually be true? Are they vampires?
Raven, who secretly covets a vampire kiss,
both at the risk of her own mortality and Alexander’s loving trust, is dying to
uncover the truth.







Kissing Coffins  

Not far from
Dullsville, someone’s lurking in the dark. . . .
After meeting the
handsome and shadowy Alexander Sterling, goth-girl Raven’s dark world has a
bright, new glow. But as in her favorite movie, “Kissing Coffins,”
Raven knows that love always has its complications, especially when Alexander
has a big secret to guard.
When Alexander
suddenly disappears, Raven leaves Dullsville to begin a dangerous search to
find him. Can she stay safe, no matter who–or what–she encounters on the way?







VampireVille
Can Raven stop Dullsville from becoming
Vampireville?
For goth-girl Raven, dating her dream
boyfriend is complicated, especially because Alexander’s secret means they can
only meet at night. And now they must be extra wary, with Alexander’s
archrival, Jagger, creeping around town. Then Jagger’s exquisitely pale sister
Luna also surfaces–and seems to have her sights on Raven’s own longtime
nemesis. Raven and Alexander must begin a terrifying hunt for Jagger and Luna’s
secret hideout. Can they drive them away before Dullsville is eternally
threatened by these menaces from the Underworld?




Dance with a Vampire  

 

Theres a new vampire in
town. His name is Valentine Maxwell. Goth-girl Raven knows this latest intruder
can only mean trouble–hes the younger sibling of two vampires she fought to
drive out of Dullsville. But when her brother, Billy, befriends this dangerous
tween night prowler, the stakes are suddenly higher. 








Coffin Club
When Raven returns to
Hipsterville’s cryptic goth haunt, the Coffin Club, she discovers a secret door
to another disco-“The Dungeon”-that is inhabited by vampires only.
Raven learns that the nefarious Jagger Maxwell has welcomed the vampire clan
into the club and has gained the popularity he missed in Romania. He is poised
to take over Hipsterville, until a new vampire named Phoenix challenges him for
control of the Coffin Club. Unbeknownst to Alexander, Raven becomes caught up
in the clash, entranced by the hypnotic vampire culture of the Underworld. 
Royal Blood    

Summer break is over, and
Raven is hardly eager to be returning to Dullsville High. Not only does school
mean daily interaction with preppy pest Trevor Mitchell, but her sleep-filled
days and romantic nights with her immortal boyfriend, Alexander, must come to
an end. Plus the shock of morning classes isn’t the only change in store.

An unexpected letter turns up at Alexander’s
mansion–announcing his parents will be coming to town. And once they arrive,
just about everyone has had a sighting of the macabre couple except Raven. What
could be delaying Alexander from introducing Raven to them? Could Alexander be
hiding something about his parents’ homecoming?

When Raven is finally invited to the most
thrilling dinner party of her life, the next turn of events could transform her
entire future with Alexander. The sixth book in Ellen Schreiber’s bestselling
Vampire Kisses series takes an unusual twist in the continuing romance of Raven
and Alexander.

Love Bites   

As a mortal
girl dating a vampire, Raven knows that love isn’t always easy. Now that
Alexander’s parents have returned to Romania, Raven and her dreamy vampire
boyfriend are happy to resume their cryptic romance.
But
soon another visitor comes knocking: Sebastian, Alexander’s best friend,
arrives for a stay at the mansion. At first Raven is wary, then thrilled–this
is the perfect chance to learn more about her darkly handsome boyfriend and his
past. Raven has been wondering whether Alexander will ever bite her and make
their love immortal, and Sebastian could be her guide to the love habits of
Alexander and his kind. But when Sebastian falls for a particular Dullsvillian,
will another mortal beat Raven to the bite?
With suspense, danger, and a
fabulous vampire party, this seventh book in the bestselling Vampire Kisses
series continues the exciting nocturnal romance of Raven and Alexander.


Cryptic Cravings  
 

The morbidly monotonous
Dullsville has finally become the most exciting place on earth now that Raven
is madly in love with her hot vampire boyfriend Alexander, and a crew of
vampires has taken residence in Dullsville’s old mill. Raven discovers Jagger’s
plan to open a new club, The Crypt, right here in Dullsville. But is it her
dream come true, or her worst nightmare? Raven and Alexander have to figure out
what the nefarious vampire has in store for Dullsville’s teen and vampire
population. Can Raven convince Jagger to listen to her plans to make the Crypt
the morbidly magnificent dance club it could be? Will it be safe for mortals
and vampires alike?

And as Sebastian and Luna’s relationship heats up, Raven wonders about her own
amorous fate: Will Alexander ever turn her? Does he crave her and does he want
to spend eternity together? And what does she really want?

With cryptic secrets and cravings, this eighth installment in the Vampire
Kisses series is a romantic and mysterious thrill ride.
  
Immortal Hearts
Athena “Stormy”
Sterling is coming to Dullsville, and Raven is both excited and panicked in
anticipation of Alexander’s little sister’s visit. Alexander tells Raven that
she and his sister have a lot in common, but can the mini-Raven be everything
she hopes for? Alexander calls her Stormy for a reason.

Stormy’s visit stirs up the perfect immortal whirlwind. Raven is forced to take
a good look at what it would really mean to be a vampire in the Sterling
family, aside from some of the things she already loves, like shunning the sun
and sleeping in a coffin with Alexander. When Raven compares her life with
Stormy’s, she can see that it’s not all starry skies and black roses. But Raven
knows she’s always wanted to be a vampire.

Alexander is as romantic and dreamy as ever, and though he keeps showing Raven
how much he loves her, will she ultimately be able to convince him that it’s
the right thing to turn her?

This final chapter of Vampire Kisses’ nocturnal romance will keep all mortal
and immortal hearts racing. 

Gage


GageNana Malone
(The Player, #6)
Publication date: May 16th 2017
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Sports

Money, power, prestige…Legacy. Gage Coulter is —The Player.
His whole life, all, basketball player, Gage Coulter, has heard is how he was meant to play basketball. Meant to be on the court. Meant to be elite. So what happens if he can’t even play on the damn team? With his father in and out of the hospital and more practice time than he’s used to, he’s struggling to hold up the ship and his grades are showing it. With his starting position in jeopardy, he needs help from the one girl on campus who can’t stand him. Too bad, she’s also the one girl he can’t get out of his head.
Becker Johnson has a plan for her life. And it doesn’t include doing some jock’s homework so he can toss a ball in the net or whatever. She’s getting the Collins Scholarship and moving to New York. See, all planned out. Until her adviser drops a bombshell. While her grades are excellent, she’ll need some work experience to be eligible for the scholarship. And lucky Becker, he’s got just the right student for her.

EXCERPT:
“Now comes the part of the night where I warn you I’m going to touch you.”

She swallowed hard. “Uh, okay. Just where are you going to touch me?”
He leaned close and whispered. “This is the part where you’ll just have to trust me.”
She couldn’t help but hold her breath. “You’re telling me you know how to dance?” she inquired.
“Well…my mother was a dancer before she married my father,” he told her. “All of us at least have a sense of rhythm. It can come in handy where coordination and learning intricate plays is concerned.”
He was right about having a sense of rhythm. Considering his height, he moved well to the music. He might not have had very fancy moves, but he was able to sway and keep time well for someone with such a tall frame. She might have expected him to look like some sort of disjointed marionette, but he was smooth as he pulled her in against his chest, curling around her so that his head hovered above hers and she could feel his warm breath near her ear.
She was hyperaware of his hands, his breath, his scent. She wanted him to touch her. Wanted his hands on her. Because you are a glutton for punishment. She turned in his arms, her ass gently brushing his thighs, his arm reaching around her and pressing her backwards so his chest would brush against her back, his arm inadvertently rubbing against her breasts.
The music switched from quick, pounding beats to something a little slower, but still so deep that it throbbed in her blood as she swayed and reached up behind her to get a hold of Gage, her hand sliding along his shoulder until she found his neck, gently tugging him to her.
He trailed his fingers up her side until he reached her elbow, then he curled his hand so his palm skimmed the flesh of her arms, leaving goose bumps behind.
Gage leaned down. “Becks?”
“Hmm?”
“I think we have an audience. Daniel’s got his eyes trained on you like a hawk right now. And we probably need to establish that we’re for sure a thing.”
Oh boy, he was talking about the kiss. Not the teasing ones he’d been giving her all night, the ones they’d been putting on for show. But the big one. “Uh, okay.”
Gage took her hand and led her through the crowd to the quieter hallway near the bathroom. At the end of the hallway, there was an alcove with a huge bay window that looked over the canyons of the backyard. It was the perfect spot. Just enough traffic so that everyone would report that they’d been all over each other, and private enough that it wasn’t just an outright show.
Gage studied her, paying close attention to her lips. “Hey, Becks,”
“Yeah?” she whispered.
“I’m going to kiss you now.”
Becker acted before her brain could think her out of doing the one thing she’d been dying to do. Tipping her head up, ever so slightly.
His chest rumbled with a low growl. For a second, he held her tighter, bringing her closer against his lean, hard frame.
A shiver stole up her back. “Uh, maybe we could go slow. I don’t think—”
“We’ll go as slow as you like.”
He was going to kiss her. Even as she braced herself, Becker knew she was in trouble. She’d been able to keep him at arm’s length for so long.
He dipped his head, and his lips hovered over hers for a moment. “Relax, this is supposed to be fun.” The first brush of his lips over hers was soft.
As soon as Becker relaxed into him, he wrapped his hand around her in an embrace so tight it could keep the world at bay. He shifted the angle of his head and deepened the kiss. She couldn’t help but respond to his insistent tongue as it probed and slid over hers. Teasing, tasting, testing to see if he could intensify the heat. The moment his hands went to her hips and pulled them against his, Becker was lost.
The heat that pooled in the center of her chest spread throughout her body, scorching the fine hairs on her skin from the inside out. His hands stayed at her waist, but his thumbs drew slow circles on her hip bones that promised hotter things to come.
For once, Becker didn’t overthink. For once, she didn’t overanalyze. For once, she didn’t let fear rule and she just felt. Hot. Tight. Itchy. Gage was her balm. She needed more. She wanted more. Becker moaned, and the sound bounced off the walls.
Gage kissed like an expert, demanding that she respond to him. This guy could give kissing lessons. And she’d be the first one in line. Every. Single. Time. Her nipples hardened to points with every movement of his chest against hers. He backed her against the wall of the deserted hallway and pressed his body into hers.
The cautious part of her brain tried to send up a flare. Tried to send out a warning. Tried to send out fear signals, but every instinct told her to feel, to enjoy, that she had nothing to fear here. All she had to do was feel.



Author Bio:

USA Today Best Seller, Nana Malone’s love of all things romance and adventure started with a tattered romantic suspense she “borrowed” from her cousin.
It was a sultry summer afternoon in Ghana, and Nana was a precocious thirteen. She’s been in love with kick butt heroines ever since. With her overactive imagination, and channeling her inner Buffy, it was only a matter a time before she started creating her own characters.
While she waits for her chance at a job as a ninja assassin, in the meantime Nana works out her drama, passion and sass with fictional characters every bit as sassy and kick butt as she thinks she is.
Want to know when the next book is coming? Hit up her Newsletter here. You’ll only get updated when there is a new release or a special promotion for her Sexy, Sassy Readers. http://eepurl.com/2PeXb


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The Winners Crime

The Winners Crime
by Marie Rutkoski
Book: The Winners Trilogy #2
PublisherFarrar, Straus and Giroux
Pub Date: March 2015
Genre: Young Adult
Format: Print
Source: Bought
Following your heart can be a crime
A royal wedding means one celebration after another: balls, fireworks, and revelry until dawn. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement: that she agreed to marry the crown prince in exchange for Arin’s freedom. But can Kestrel trust Arin? Can she even trust herself?
Kestrel is becoming very good at deception. she’s working as a spy in the court. If caught, she’ll be exposed as a traitor to her country. Yet she can’t help searching for a way to change her ruthless world…and she is close to uncovering a shocking secret.
This dazzling follow-up to The Winner’s Curse reveals the high price of dangerous lies and untrustworthy alliances. The truth will come out, and when it does, Kestrel and Arin will learn just how much their crimes will cost them.

My Review: So book two was much better than the first. I was sucked back into the world a lot sooner and couldn’t put this book down.
So Kestrel won Arin’s freedom, but he didnt know that came with a price. She is now in an engagement she doesnt want to be in. With a Prince she doesnt want to be near, a king with a hidden plan, and a wedding being put together too fast for her liking. 
But Kestrel is smart. Shell do what it takes to put on a show. Shes smart, will play to the Kings ego, ignore the childish Prince and focus on taking over. Gaining power and getting to Arin. 
Kestrel is tested even more this time. I loved watching her grow stronger. Never giving up. Never letting the enemy see her other than strong. I cant wait to dive into the next book.

My Rating:
✪✪✪✪✪

Weekly Spotlight

Kiersten White
Paranormalcy 

“Bud, my self-defense and combat skills teacher, was still
trying to get me to learn knife fighting. “Silver knives! Painful and
sometimes deadly to nearly all paranormals!”

“Tasey!” I countered. “Hot pink
and sparkly!” 

Paranormalcy  

Weird as it is working for the International Paranormal
Containment Agency, Evie’s always thought of herself as normal. Sure, her best
friend is a mermaid, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she’s falling for a
shape-shifter, and she’s the only person who can see through paranormals’
glamours, but still. Normal.


Only now paranormals are dying, and Evie’s dreams are filled with haunting
voices and mysterious prophecies. She soon realizes that there may be a link
between her abilities and the sudden rash of deaths. Not only that, but she may
very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to
all paranormal creatures.


So much for normal. 
Supernaturally
Evie finally has the normal life she’s always longed for. But
she’s shocked to discover that being ordinary can be . . . kind of boring. Just
when Evie starts to long for her days at the International Paranormal
Containment Agency, she’s given a chance to work for them again. Desperate for
a break from all the normalcy, she agrees.


But as one disastrous mission leads to another, Evie starts to wonder if she
made the right choice. And when Evie’s faerie ex-boyfriend Reth appears with
devastating revelations about her past, she discovers that there’s a battle
brewing between the faerie courts that could throw the whole supernatural world
into chaos. The prize in question? Evie herself. 

Endlessly 

Try as she might, Evie can’t seem to escape her not-so-normal
past. And what was supposed to be a blissfully normal school break is ruined
when a massive group of paranormals shows up at her house, claiming that Evie
is the only one who can protect them from a mysterious, perilous fate.


The deadly war between the faerie courts looms ever closer. The clock is
ticking on the entire paranormal world. And its future rests solely in Evie’s
hands.


So much for normal.


With a perfect blend of humor and suspense, Endlessly is everything readers
could dream of in a conclusion—and the unexpected twists will keep them
guessing until the very last page.

Hard Liquor


Hard Liquor
Blair Babylon
(Runaway Billionaires: Arthur Duet, #2)
Publication date: May 16th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

London trial lawyer Gen has managed to corral that randy colt His Lordship Arthur Finch-Hatten, the Earl of Severn, at least as far as anyone knows. In public, he seems to be behaving himself, but she’s kind of gotten involved with her client in a way that the Bar’s Ethics Committee would totally not approve of. With Arthur’s impending trial in the House of Lords and the constant backstabbing in her law office, the last thing Gen needs is for Arthur to whisk her off to Paris for the social wedding of the century to schmooze the people who will decide his fate.
Gen has broken all the rules, and she could very well end up with a broken heart.
She needs a stiff drink, and it had better be hard liquor.
Hard Liquor is the exciting conclusion to the Arthur Duet that begins with Stiff Drink.


Author Bio:
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Blair Babylon is the nom de plume of an award-winning, USA Today-bestselling author who used to publish literary fiction. Because professional reviews of her other fiction usually included the caveat that there was too much deviant sex and too much interesting plot, she decided to abandon all literary pretensions, let her freak flag fly, and write hot, sexy, erotic romance, plus wild, suspenseful thrillers, science fiction, and urban fantasy using the super-secret pen name Blair C. Babylon.


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False Awakening


False Awakening Cassandra Page
(Lucid Dreaming #2)
Publication date: August 2017
Genres: New Adult, Urban Fantasy

Melaina, half-human dream therapist, just wants her life to return to normal. Yes, her Oneiroi father is in prison and, yes, the place she worked burned down, but she has a cute boyfriend and a new house. She beat the bad guy. She’s earned a break. Right?
Unfortunately for Melaina, people are still getting possessed by nightmare spirits; the police are investigating her past; and the bad guy’s brother, the Morpheus himself, is coming to town to demand answers. When a deranged ex-nurse checks himself out of hospital on the same day her cousin runs away from home, Melaina is dragged into a fight not just for her life but for her soul.

Sequel to:

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Author Bio:

Cassandra Page is a mother, author, editor and geek. She lives in Canberra, Australia’s bush capital, with her son and two Cairn Terriers. She has a serious coffee addiction and a tattoo of a cat — despite being allergic to cats. She has loved to read since primary school, when the library was her refuge, and loves many genres — although urban fantasy is her favourite. When she’s not reading or writing, she engages in geekery, from Doctor Who to AD&D. Because who said you need to grow up?


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