Friday, October 30, 2020

Reading Right Now! (277)

 What I'm Reading Right Now! is...

Do Not Disturb by Tilly Bagshawe -- I found this book because I was looking for another book with the same title. I feel like I needed to clarify that haha. Do Not Disturb is a sleazy, trashy mess. I don't really like any of the characters. They all make bad choices. There is something about this book though that I just want to keep reading, so I can witness more of this train wreck, in that way, it's kind of fun. It's just amazing that almost all the characters can be so awful.

This book is about Fancy Hotels in the Hamptons and the people that run them. Whenever anyone asks me what this book is about, I just say hotels haha. It's true, and then I don't have to be embarrassed saying what else it's about. This book is also a chunker, over 600 pages. I'm about half way through. I don't know if I would recommend this one just because of how awful all these people are, but if you're looking for something trashy, you might like this.


Well, that's what I'm Reading Right Now! What are you reading?

 


Thursday, October 29, 2020

BLOG TOUR: Rescue You by Elysia Whisler

 

I am very excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for Rescue You by Elysia Whisler! I received a copy for honest review from the publisher. Thanks so much to MIRA and Elysia Whisler for letting me be a part of this fun tour.

 

 
Title: Rescue You
Author: Elysia Whisler
Published by: MIRA
Released: October 27, 2020
Source: Review Copy from Publisher
 
Synopsis:She needs a fresh start. He’s got scars that haven’t healed. With the help of some rescue dogs, they’ll discover that everyone deserves a chance at happiness.  
After a year of heartbreak and loss, the only thing keeping Constance afloat is the dog rescue she works at with her sister, Sunny. Desperate for a change, Constance impulsively joins a new gym, even though it seems impossibly hard, and despite the gym’s prickly owner.
Rhett Santos keeps his gym as a refuge for his former-military brothers and to sweat out his own issues. He’s ready to let the funny redhead join, but unprepared for the way she wiggles past his hard-won defenses.
When their dog rescue is threatened, the sisters fight to protect it. And they need all the help they can get. As Rhett and Constance slowly open up to each other, they’ll find that no one is past rescuing; what they need is the right person—or dog—to save them. (Synopsis from Goodreads)
 
My Thoughts:  It has dogs, a lot of dogs, which means it's great! This story was very heartwarming. It really explored finding the will to go on. It had romance and friendship. I just really enjoyed this story.
I really appreciated how the story tackled PTSD. I think it did a really good job. I also loved how the rescuing of people paralleled the dog rescue.
I'm always a sucker for dogs in books, I love dogs.
I really liked this book. It was just a really good book. If you like dogs and romance, I'd recommend this one.  

 

Elysia Whisler was raised in Texas, Italy, Alaska, Mississippi, Nebraska, Hawai'i and Virginia, in true military fashion. Her nomadic life has made storytelling a compulsion from a young age. 

She doubles as a mother, a massage therapist and a CrossFit trainer and is dedicated to portraying strong women, both in life and in her works. She lives in Virginia with her family, including her large brood of cat and dog rescues, who vastly outnumber the humans. 

 

 

Thanks so much for stopping by my Blog Tour Stop for Rescue You by Elysia Whisler. Thank you to MIRA and Elysia Whisler for letting me be a part of the tour. I'd say get this one, it has a dog!


Wednesday, October 28, 2020

BLOG TOUR: Home for the Baby's Sake by Christine Rimmer

 I'm excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for Home for Baby's Sake by Christine Rimmer. There's nothing like a little romance to take your mind off of things. I was provided with a copy form the publisher for honest review. Thanks so much to Harlequin Special Edition and Christine Rimmer for letting me be a part of this tour.

 

 
Title: Home for the Baby's Sake
Author: Christine Rimmer
Published by: Harlequin Special Edition
Released: October 29, 2020
Source: Review Copy from Publisher
 
Synopsis:He’d do anything for his son…
…Including returning to the town he left behind.
Valentine Bay’s the perfect place for real estate developer Roman Marek to raise his infant son. But when he snaps up the charming local theater, he doesn’t bargain for tempestuous director Hailey Bravo. Hailey won’t let Roman wreck the thing she holds most dear—and she’s certainly gotten under Roman’s notoriously thick skin. As the duo spar and sparks fly, Roman’s surprised to find that Hailey’s the perfect missing piece for his family. But how can he convince her that this partnership’s for keeps? (Synopsis from Goodreads)
 
My Thoughts:  So in this story, we have a widowed father who moves to the small town of Valentine Bay with his mother and baby son. This move is at the request of his mother. Roman is a successful real estate developer and sets his sights on turning the old theater into a new hotel. What he doesn't anticipate is knocking heads with the theater director, Hailey, who doesn't want her beloved theater torn down.
This is an insta-love romance. Roman falls hard for Hailey very early on. I did like them together. They definitely didn't see eye to eye on things, but the attraction was definitely there.
This was a satisfying romance. If a cute, quick romance is what you want, I'd definitely recommend Home for the Baby's Sake. It has a lot of emphasis on family. I enjoyed the story and writing. It's a good one. 

 

 


A New York Times bestselling author, Christine Rimmer has written over ninety contemporary romances for Harlequin Books. Christine has won the Romantic Times BOOKreviews Reviewers Choice Award and has been nominated six times for the RITA Award. She lives in Oregon with her family. Visit Christine at http://www.christinerimmer.com. 

 

Thanks so much for checking out my Blog Tour Stop for Home for the Baby's Sake by Christine Rimmer. Thanks so much to Harlequin Special Edition and Christine Rimmer for letting me be a part of it.

 

Monday, October 26, 2020

BLOG TOUR: A Sheriff's Star by Makenna Lee

 I am very excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for A Sheriff's Star by Makenna Lee. I received a copy for honest review from the publisher. Thanks so much to Harlequin Special Edition and Makenna Lee for letting me be a part of this tour.

 

 
Title: A Sheriff's Star
Author: Makenna Lee
Published by: Harlequin Special Edition
Released: November 1, 2020
Source: Review Copy from Publisher through Netgalley
 
Synopsis: It was only supposed to be a temporary home… 
He interrupts her plans… 
When police chief Anson Curry returns a lost little girl to her frantic mother, his only goal is to ease the single mom’s anxiety. But it doesn’t take long for Tess Harper’s amazing child to have Anson wrapped around her little finger—and for Tess to have him thinking about a possible relationship. As for Tess, she’s tempted—even though she had planned to be in Oak Hollow, Texas, only temporarily. But after losing her father and brother in the line of duty, Tess thinks Anson’s job poses too much of a risk to her heart. And Anson has no plans to get involved with someone who’s planning on leaving. (Synopsis from Goodreads)
 
My Thoughts:  This was a feel good story that I really enjoyed. It features a child with special needs and shows how many challenges can come, but also how much love and reward there is too.
It also features a romance that I was rooting for. They are a good fit, they just had such issues to work out between them.
Anson is also a police officer, and that is something that Tess has reservations about. She feels it is not a safe job, but it is a job that Anson is committed to. Anson wants to make things work between them, but he needs Tess to be okay with who he is and the career he feels called toward.
I really enjoyed A Sheriff's Star by Makenna Lee. It involves a couple having to work through real world issues. It's also a holiday story, which is fun. I'd say give it a read if it sounds like something that you would like. 

 


 

Makenna Lee is an award-winning romance author living in the Texas Hill Country with her real-life hero and their two children. Her oldest son has Down syndrome and taught her to appreciate the little things. He inspired her first Harlequin book A SHERIFF'S STAR. Her writing journey began when she mentioned all her story ideas and her husband asked why she wasn’t writing them down. The next day she bought a laptop, started her first book, and knew she’d found her passion. Makenna is often drinking coffee while writing, reading, or plotting a new story. She enjoys renaissance festivals, nature photography, studying herbal medicine, and usually listens to Celtic music while writing. Her wish is to write books that touch your heart, making you feel, think, and dream. You can visit Makenna at www.makennalee.com

 

 

 Thanks for checking out my Blog Tour Stop for A Sheriff's Star by Makenna Lee. Thanks so much to Harlequin Special Edition and Makenna Lee for letting me be a part of the tour. If you're looking for something to make you feel good, I definitely recommend checking this one out.

 

 

Friday, October 23, 2020

Reading Right Now! (276)

 What I'm Reading Right Now! is...



Mortal Engines (The Hungry City Chronicles #1) by Philip Reeve 

I don't think I could do a good job of explaining exactly what this book is about, but I'm liking it! It's very imaginative, action packed, and just really fun to read. This is the second Philip Reeve Series that I've started and I think I like what he delivers. This is just really fun. Sure, it's a little weird with mobile cities that chase each other down and eat each other, but it did not take me long to accept the facts of this world. I'm excited to read more of this.

I do wonder, because I know this was made into a movie, just how they translated this to film. I think it would be kind of hard. I'm interested in watching the movie, but I wonder if I have to finish all four books in the series before I can do that.


That's what I'm Reading Right Now! What are you reading?

Thursday, October 22, 2020

BLOG TOUR: Feel the Fire (Hotshots #3) by Annabeth Albert

 I'm excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for Feel the Fire by Annabeth Albert, the third book in the Hotshots Series. I received an e-arc from the publisher for honest review. Thanks so much to Carina Press and Annabeth Albert for letting me be a part of this tour.


 
Title: Feel the Fire (Hotshots #3)
Author: Annabeth Albert
Published by: Carina Press
Released: October 26, 2020
Source: Review Copy from Publisher through Netgalley
 
Synopsis:The third installment of Annabeth Albert’s Hotshots series—the emotions and intensity of Chicago Fire with the raw, natural elements of Man vs. Wild .
 
When their career paths bring two high school sweethearts together again, the forest isn’t the only thing ablaze… 
Fire behavior specialist Luis Riviera goes where his job takes him. But when he’s assigned to an arson investigation in Central Oregon—the place he left his broken heart twenty years ago—he’s afraid of being burned all over again.
Tucker Ryland had planned to join his first love, Luis, in LA after high school graduation, but life got in the way. Now a fire management expert and a divorced father of teen twins, Tucker’s thrown for a loop when he finds himself working side by side with his Luis, now all grown up and more intriguing than ever.
Though consumed by a grueling fire season and family responsibilities, the two men discover their bond has never truly broken. Tentative kisses turn to passionate nights. But smoking sheets aside, old hurts and new truths stand in the way of this time being the start of forever. 
Danger lurks everywhere for Central Oregon’s fire crews, but the biggest risk of all might be losing their hearts. Don’t miss the Hotshots series from Annabeth Albert: High Heat, Burn Zone and Feel the Fire (Synopsis from Goodreads)
 
My Thoughts:  I am always a fan of a second chance romance, so I really enjoyed Luis and Tucker's story. This was another great addition to the Hotshots Series. If you're a fan of firefighters, I'd definitely recommend.
I like that Luis and Tucker are both older, that they have a past and history. I also really enjoyed that Tucker is a father. He doesn't have only himself to think of, but his family too.
This book also had a lot of heat and steam when it came to the romance.
I enjoyed it. It's another satisfying book in the Hotshots Series. 

 

 


 

 Annabeth Albert is a multi-published Pacific Northwest romance writer of over thirty-five published works. Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. Fans of quirky, Oregon-set books as well as those who enjoy military heroes will want to check out her many series. Her critically acclaimed and fan-favorite LGBTQ romances include the Hotshots, Out of Uniform, Frozen Hearts, Perfect Harmony, and Gaymers series along with several stand-alone titles. Her fan group, Annabeth’s Angels, on social media and her newsletter are both great places for bonus content and exclusive contests. For more info: www.annabethalbert.com

 

Thank you for stopping by my Blog Tour Stop for Feel the Fire by Annabeth Albert. Thanks so much to Carina Press and Annabeth Albert for letting me be a part of this tour! 

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

BLOG TOUR: Foreshadow: Stories to Celebrate the Magic of Reading and Writing YA by Emily X.R. Pan and Nova Ren Suma

I'm really excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for Foreshadow: Stories to Celebrate the Magic of Reading and Writing YA edited by Emily X.R. Pan and Nova Ren Suma. I received a copy for honest review from the publisher. Thanks so much to Algonquin Young Readers and the Authors for letting me be a part of this Blog Tour.

 
Title: Foreshadow: Stories to Celebrate the Magic of Reading and Writing YA
Edited by: Emily X.R. Pan and Nova Ren Suma
Published by: Algonquin Young Readers
Released: October 20, 2020
Source: Review Copy from Publisher
 
Synopsis:  Thirteen Short Stories from Bold New YA Voices & Writing Advice from YA Icons
Created by New York Times bestselling authors Emily X. R. Pan and Nova Ren Suma, Foreshadow is so much more than a short story collection. A trove of unforgettable fiction makes up the beating heart of this book, and the accompanying essays offer an ode to young adult literature, as well as practical advice to writers.
Featured in print for the first time, the thirteen stories anthologized here were originally released via the buzzed-about online platform Foreshadow. Ranging from contemporary romance to mind-bending fantasy, the Foreshadow stories showcase underrepresented voices and highlight the beauty and power of YA fiction. Each piece is selected and introduced by a YA luminary, among them Gayle Forman, Laurie Halse Anderson, Jason Reynolds, and Sabaa Tahir.
What makes these memorable stories tick? What sparked them? How do authors build a world or refine a voice or weave in that deliciously creepy atmosphere to bring their writing to the next level? Addressing these questions and many more are essays and discussions on craft and process by Nova Ren Suma and Emily X. R. Pan.
This unique compilation reveals and celebrates the magic of reading and writing for young adults.
 
My Thoughts:  This is a really fun book that highlights stories as well as the craft. It's a great book for readers as well as writers, both camps will get something from this book. Readers will be able to appreciate the 13 stories from a variety of talented authors, while writers get insights at the end of each story as well as writing prompts. It's a very unique anthology and I thought it was very well done.
I enjoyed all the of the stories included in this collection. A lot of them were from authors that I had never heard of, or read from before. I love reading anthologies because it introduces me to new authors, or it lets me read more from favorite authors, but discovering new authors brings the most joy. I've now got new people to check out and more books to read.
I thought the writing bits after each story were really helpful. I can definitely see it being a great resource to writers wanting advice or insight. I myself am not a writer, but I enjoyed reading those extra knowledge bits too.
I also liked how each story was introduced by big name authors. It really helped showcase some author love. How all we want is to have some more good stories.
This was an awesome anthology. It had some great stories and it had some great writing advice. It is a great book for authors as well as readers. I think it's one that definitely deserves a read. 

 

 

 

 

Thanks so much for stopping by my Blog Tour Stop for Foreshadow: Stories to Celebrate the Magic of Reading and Writing YA edited by Emily X.R. Pan and Nova Ren Suma. Thank you to Algonquin Young Readers and the Authors for letting me get the chance to read this inspiring and fun book. I definitely think readers and writers of YA will really enjoy it.