Saturday, July 4, 2015

ARC Review: Gone for You by Jayne Frost

Gone for You
Author: Jayne Frost
Series: Sixth Street Bands, Book 1
Publication: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 22, 2015)

Description: As the guitarist for the rock band Caged, I know the rules: no relationships. No complications. Leave ‘em smiling when you go, but always go. Besides, it’s not like I’m ever in one place for more than a few days at a time. As the next hottest thing out of Austin, the band and I are riding the wave, and the music is all that matters.

Until her…

Lily Tennison has “complication” written across her beautiful face. But I can’t get involved. The timing’s all wrong. But she’s under my skin, and I can’t resist her troubled eyes and sweet smile. And I do have a little time to kill. Not much, just a few days in Dallas.

So I’ll scratch the itch and move on, like I always do.

Simple, right?

Note: You won't need to turn up the heat—Sixth Street Bands Romances have plenty of steamy fun. This story can be read as a stand-alone but is part of the Sixth Street Bands music scene.

My Thoughts: This was a lust at first sight story that soon became a love at first sight story. Cameron is a rock star - lead guitar in a popular band. He's used to one night stands with the many groupies who hang around the band. When he first sees Lily at the resort hotel where the band is staying while in Dallas, he thinks this is just another girl in another town.

Lily isn't just another girl though. She is an art student near to graduation and working two jobs since her socialite parents tossed her out for changing her major from business and refusing to marry their hand-picked candidate. She is hurt that they aren't supporting her dreams but she is determined to make her dreams come true anyway.

The one thing I couldn't quite accept in this story is the speed with which Lily decides to start a relationship with Cameron. She had to know his reputation. She had only had one previous boyfriend - the jerk who courted her to get in with her father and had an affair with her friend on the side. I would have thought that she would have been more cautious. It didn't take long for Cameron to decide that Lily wasn't the kind of girl he could leave behind with no regrets.

Besides the relationship there were other conflicts for them to deal with including an agent who would do anything to get publicity for the band including throwing Lily to the paparazzi.

The love scenes were sexy and frequent with little hints of the kinky. Fans of rock stars as romantic heroes will enjoy this story.

Favorite Quote:
Her throaty laughter took up the entire car, filling the space and creeping into my body. Like something I wanted to hear every day. My thoughts drifted into dangerous territory. Relationship territory. My lifestyle didn't allow for relationships, so I didn't do them. I didn't even try.
I got this eARC from a publicist for review. You can buy your copy here.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Friday Memes: Gone for You by Jayne Frost

Happy Friday everybody!
Book Beginnings on Friday is now hosted by Rose City Reader. The Friday 56 is hosted at Freda's Voice. Check out the links above for the rules and for the posts of the participants each week. Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

This week I am spotlighting Gone for You by Jayne Frost. This is a contemporary romance and part of the Sixth Street Bands series. Here is the description from Amazon:
As the guitarist for the rock band Caged, I know the rules: no relationships. No complications. Leave ‘em smiling when you go, but always go. Besides, it’s not like I’m ever in one place for more than a few days at a time. As the next hottest thing out of Austin, the band and I are riding the wave, and the music is all that matters.

Until her…

Lily Tennison has “complication” written across her beautiful face. But I can’t get involved. The timing’s all wrong. But she’s under my skin, and I can’t resist her troubled eyes and sweet smile. And I do have a little time to kill. Not much, just a few days in Dallas.

So I’ll scratch the itch and move on, like I always do.

Simple, right?

Note: You won't need to turn up the heat—Sixth Street Bands Romances have plenty of steamy fun. This story can be read as a stand-alone but is part of the Sixth Street Bands music scene.
Beginning:
My knee bounced up and down nervously as the cab inched along in the heavy afternoon traffic on I35. Pulling out my cell phone, I hit redial.
Friday 56:
"It was nice meeting you, Cameron." Greg clapped me on the back. "I'm sure I'll see you before you leave."

"Sure. Thanks," I said, my eyes on Lily the whole time.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

ARC Review: Hell or High Water by Julie Ann Walker

Hell or High Water
Author: Julie Ann Walker
Series: The Deep Six, Book 1
Publication: Sourcebooks Casablanca (July 7, 2015)

Description: In a world on the brink

Six men. One sunken Spanish galleon. Millions in gold and silver coins lying on the ocean floor. And a past that refuses to let the guys of Deep Six Salvage forget the Navy SEAL motto: the only easy day was yesterday...

There's more than one kind of treasure

The nation's security has always been CIA agent Olivia Mortier's top priority. But a mission-gone-wrong has begun to make her wonder if there's more to life than risking hers.

And more than one secret at the bottom of the sea

Only two things could make Leo Anderson abandon his hunt for the legendary lost ship, La Santa Christina, and return to the world of weapons and warfare he swore to leave behind: a capsule of enriched uranium, lost on the ocean floor, and a plea for assistance from the one woman he can't seem to forget...

My Thoughts: Leo Anderson and his other SEAL buddies have left the service and started a salvage business. Leo's father was a treasure hunter who spent his life looking for a sunken Spanish treasure ship. After his death, Leo decided to try to find the ship himself.

They are living on Leo's family island when Leo's old flame CIA agent Olivia shows up asking for a favor. She and her CIA boss planned a sting involving chemical weapons in order to unmask a mole in the CIA but things went wrong. She needs the team's expertise to recover the chemicals without letting the mole know.

The chemistry between Leo and Olivia is hot but their lifestyles are not compatible. Also, Olivia is on orphan who grew up never having anyone love her or want to stay with her. It takes a while but that is what Leo wants. Now, all he has to do is convince Olivia. Of course, he has to do his convincing while battling ISIS terrorists who hijack a yacht, blow up their salvage boat, and otherwise cause mayhem.

There was a little too much overly descriptive sex in this one but I did find the characters engaging and will probably follow along with this series to see if the other men also find their true loves.

Favorite Quote:
Uh-huh. And suddenly he knew why his sixth sense was screaming and running around in circles like its hair was on fire. Because when a CIA agent came begging for favors, you knew it was time to bend over, put your head between your legs, and kiss your ass good-bye.
I got this eARC via NetGalley. You can buy your copy here.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

ARC Review: Minutes to Kill by Meli

Minutes to Kill
Author: Melinda Leigh
Series: Scarlet Falls, Book 2
Publication: Montlake Romance (June 30, 2015)

Description: After corporate attorney Hannah Barrett tries—and fails—to stop a kidnapping in Vegas, she can’t shake the haunting image of the terrified young girl she couldn’t save. She tells herself that a visit to her hometown in Scarlet Falls could be a welcome distraction. But soon, Hannah realizes the kidnappers have all the info they need to track her every move. And when chilling e-mails about the victim appear in her inbox, it’s frighteningly clear what happened in Vegas has followed her home.

Eight months after a terrible family tragedy, Hannah turns to Detective Brody McNamara once again. Brody is eager to help, though he’s embroiled in the investigation of a brutal murder. But the closer they work together, the stronger their feelings grow…and the more they stand to lose when two seemingly unrelated, but equally deadly, cases collide.

Minutes to Kill is the pulse-racing second novel in bestselling author Melinda Leigh’s Scarlet Falls series.

My Thoughts: MINUTES TO KILL was another great romantic suspense title by Leigh. We return to Scarlet Falls and witness another romance for the Barrett siblings. This time driven corporate attorney Hannah is the focus. After trying to thwart an attack on a young woman in Las Vegas - and winding up with a concussion and punctured eardrum herself - she returns to Scarlet Falls to recover. Her home is with her brother Grant and his family.

Hannah doesn't know that she has brought trouble with her. Her Las Vegas attacker Mick and his brother Sam have become fixated on her and really want to torture and kill her. The chapters from Mick's point of view were chilling. The mind of a sociopath is not a fun place to spend time.

Hannah starts to get emails saying that the girl she tried to rescue was still in danger. She lets Brody McNamara know. Brody is the police detective that she met when he began investigating her brother Lee's murder (HOUR OF NEED). The two are attracted to each other but he's still dealing with his divorce and a shooting which left him with PTSD and she's not intending to stay. He's also busy dealing with his alcoholic partner and a series of gruesome murders.

This doesn't seem to be a good time for a romance but spending time together makes them more and more attracted to each other. Both Brody and Hannah are strong, honorable people who are dealing with life issues. Hannah's troubled relationship with her father isn't helped by the fact that her father is in a nursing home, suffering from dementia, and is near death.

Like all books by the author, this one was a real page-turner. Fans of romantic suspense won't want to miss this exciting story.

Favorite Quote:
His wife left him when the going got tough. Clearly, she'd thought "for better or worse, sickness or health, and richer or poorer" were multiple-choice options rather than vows. He was better off without her.
I got this eARC from NetGalley. You can buy your copy here.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Teaser Tuesday: Hell or High Water by Julie Ann Walker

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Teaser:
Chugging what was left of his uncle's coffee, he handed over both earthenware cups before squatting next to Meat. He'd promised Mason he'd look after the mutt. And even though scooping foul-smelling dog food from the sack they kept under the kitchen counter was something he looked forward to with about as much enthusiasm as a root canal, he was nothing if not a man of his word.
This week my teaser comes from Hell or High Water by Julie Ann Walker. I got this eARC from NetGalley for review. Here is the description from Amazon:
In a world on the brink

Six men. One sunken Spanish galleon. Millions in gold and silver coins lying on the ocean floor. And a past that refuses to let the guys of Deep Six Salvage forget the Navy SEAL motto: the only easy day was yesterday...

There's more than one kind of treasure

The nation's security has always been CIA agent Olivia Mortier's top priority. But a mission-gone-wrong has begun to make her wonder if there's more to life than risking hers.

And more than one secret at the bottom of the sea

Only two things could make Leo Anderson abandon his hunt for the legendary lost ship, La Santa Christina, and return to the world of weapons and warfare he swore to leave behind: a capsule of enriched uranium, lost on the ocean floor, and a plea for assistance from the one woman he can't seem to forget...

Monday, June 29, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (June 29, 2015)

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? is a meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey

It’s Monday!  What Are You Reading, is where we gather to share what we have read this past week and what we plan to read this week.  It is a great way to network with other bloggers, see some wonderful blogs, and put new titles on your reading list.

Other Than Reading...

I made a quick trip back to my winter home this week leaving Duluth on Monday and returning on Wednesday. I had a quick court date on Tuesday (less than 30 minutes) where I presented our case about our delinquent townhouse owner. We were told the judgment could take a week. I heard on Friday that we won our case. Now, he has about 6 weeks to pay or we take the next steps. This has certainly been a long process since we decided to take him to court in November, filed the paperwork in December, had our first hearing in March, our second hearing now in June, with who knows how many more steps we still have to take.

I'm back in Duluth now for a couple of months of vacation. I'm looking forward to reading, blogging, going out to eat, cooking a little, and spending time with my brother. Or course, I also need to spend time creating assessment rubrics for the Learning Goal Scales I created during our workdays at the end of the school year. I also need more Learning Goal Scales for my fall classes. There are always things to do to get ready for school in the fall.

Read Last Week
From TBR mountain, I read Pirate's Alley by Suzanne Johnson which is an urban fantasy and the 4th in the Sentinels of New Orleans series. I thought it was exciting and I liked the chance to catch up with favorite characters again. My review will be posted on August 12.

Next I read some of my August 4 releasing review books.

I was approved at NetGalley to read The Veil by Chloe Neill this week and immediately added it to my stack. This is a new urban fantasy series for the author. Like Johnson's book, this one is set in New Orleans. I really liked it. My review will be posted on July 29
Wolf Trouble by Paige Tyler was also a review book. This paranormal romance tells the story of the first female werewolf to join the Dallas SWAT. It was filled with macho werewolves, bank robbers, and a jealous ex. My review will be posted on July 30.

Another review book from NetGalley was Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Marty Wingate which is the third book in her Potting Shed cozy mystery series. In this one Pru is trying to plan her wedding while solving the murder of a rival at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh. My review will be posted on August 1.

Currently
I grabbed The Undead Pool by Kim Harrison from my TBR mountain where it has been sitting since July 29, 2014. Now that this urban fantasy series is finished I want to finish it myself. This is the penultimate book and the final book in on my Kindle.

Next Week
I dug deep on TBR mountain to find Dragonseye by Anne McCaffrey. I added it to the stack on Feb. 19, 2008 when I began my LibraryThing account. I have no idea when I really bought it. I have read many books set on her science fiction world Pern but I still have a few on the stack that I just never got to.

No Mercy by Lori Armstrong hasn't been on the stack quite so long. I added it on June 30, 2014. It is the first in the Mercy Gunderson mystery series. I remember getting the second for review, enjoying it, and deciding to get the rest of the series. Somehow, it never made it to my reading stack.
Murder on Astor Place by Victoria Thompson has been on the stack since August 25, 2014. I remember reading a review of this historical mystery and thought it sounded good. When it arrived at the start of a new school year, it got put on TBR mountain and forgotten.

Deceptions by Kelley Armstrong is the only recent arrival on TBR mountain. I have this one for review before its August 18 publication date. I have read the other books in this series and look forward to reading this one too. It is by one of my favorite authors.

Reviews Posted
Want to See What I Added to My Stack Last Week?
I was approved for The Veil by Chloe Neill on the 22nd. I like her Chicagoland Vampires series and wanted to read her new series too. This book will be released on August 4.

I bought Bengal's Quest by Lora Leigh on the 23rd. I am a long-time fan of this series.
I was chosen to read Deceptions by Kelley Armstrong at Penguin's First to Read site. I have read the earlier books in this series and am excited to read this one too. This book will be released on August 18.

 I bought Made in America by Bill Bryson on Saturday when it was a Kindle Daily Deal. I don't read much nonfiction but, when I do, Bryson is one of my go-to authors. I find his books fascinating. 
 
To see what Young Adult books I have been reading and plan to read, check out Ms. Martin Teaches Media - my other blog.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Book Review: Lick by Kylie Scott

Lick
Author: Kylie Scott
Series: Stage Dive, Book 1
Publication: St. Martin's Griffin; Reprint edition (November 11, 2013)

Description: Waking up in Vegas was never meant to be like this.

Evelyn Thomas's plans for celebrating her twenty-first birthday in Las Vegas were big. Huge. But she sure never meant to wake up on the bathroom floor with a hangover to rival the black plague, a very attractive half-naked tattooed man in her room, and a diamond on her finger large enough to scare King Kong. Now if she could just remember how it all happened.

One thing is certain, being married to one of the hottest rock stars on the planet is sure to be a wild ride.

My Thoughts: Evelyn went to Las Vegas with a friend to celebrate her twenty-first birthday - and maybe get laid. She didn't expect to wake up the next morning with the hangover from Hell and a new husband. Even worse, her new husband is David Ferris from the really hot band Stage Dive. Since she spent the whole first chapter throwing up, David was right to assume that she didn't want to stay married to him.

She goes home to Portland and he goes home to LA thinking that a quick annulment is the way to go. But when the paparazzi make her life in Portland impossible, he is quick to bring her to LA to protect her. However, his LA house is filled with bandmates, groupies, and lawyers which has Evelyn walking out again.

Both David and Evelyn are stubborn and have explosive tempers. They are also both really attracted to each other. After escaping to his house in Monterey, they begin to get to know each other and decided to give their marriage a try. But a secret that David has been keeping almost ruins it for both of them.

I liked this romance a lot. David and Evelyn were both strong, complex characters who fit each other very well. The sex scenes were spicy without being too kinky. I liked the friendships that David had with his bandmate Mal and that Evelyn had with her roommate Lauren. I can't wait to read about the rest of the band finding their true loves.

Favorite Quote:
He groaned. "Evelyn, look at me."

I did so.

"You are a constant f**king delight. I don't think anyone could ever doubt that."

"You're awful pretty when you lie."
I bought this one for my Kindle. You can buy your copy here.