Tuesday, August 15, 2017

New Review! Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepherd 4 Cranky Stars

Pretty Little Liars (Pretty Little Liars, #1)Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 Cranky Stars

Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard is one of the best YA stories that I have read so far in this new year. I admit I binge watched the TV show first before reading the books. Neither one was a disappointment. What I am almost ashamed to admit is that I finished this book in one day.

Each of the main characters got equal time in the story. The dialogue was believable. The only thing I had an issue with that almost took me out of the story was all the high end fashion labels that was name dropped throughout the whole book. Yes, we get it the Liars love their high end stuff.

If you like YA stories packed with mystery, action, and drama then this is the book for you. I would recommend it to those who like this genre.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Excerpt Reveal! Hard Lessons by Charlotte West

Cover Design: Sarah Hansen/Okay Creations
Release Date: August 28, 2017


Down-on-her-luck teacher, Daisy Clemmens, is about to learn some hard lessons. (Not like that, you perv.) Lesson One No matter how broke you are, never agree to a job that includes a rabid eight-year-old, requires a tetanus shot or where your boss is a sexy (and cranky) rock ‘n’ roll god. Lesson Two Do not, do not start to have tender, gooey feelings for the sexy commitment-phobe rock ‘n’ roll god. You'll only get hurt. Lesson Three Okay so you've slept with the sexy rock ‘n’ roll god. But it's not too late. Just whatever you do, don't fall in love. Whoops. Too late. Lesson Four Never love someone, even if they are a sexy rock ‘n’ roll god, more than yourself.





The couch dipped with additional weight, Billy sat next to me. His thigh rubbed against mine. He slung his arms out to rest on the back of the couch. I felt his fingers pluck a lock of my hair and toy with it. “I think we should fuck.”
I choked on air. “Excuse me?”
He shrugged a single shoulder. “Not going to lie, flower, I find you attractive. You kind of dress like an elderly gentleman, and it does things to me.”
I looked down at my sensible skirt and cardigan, insulted and turned on all at once.
Billy shifted closer. His nose skimmed my neck. His breath was warm and smelled like whiskey. Goosebumps broke out along my arms. My stomach flipped. A big hand landed on my thigh, and I could feel the heat from his palm all the way through my wool skirt. “I think we should fuck, just once. Get it out of the way.”
Yes. No. Yes. No. My head waged a silent war with my body. Billy’s hand inched higher and at the same time, his teeth grazed the thin skin of my neck. A tortured sound escaped from low in my throat. “No,” I said weakly. I did not sound convincing. Not at all.
Billy paused his assault. “Is that a question or an answer?”
I pushed myself up from the couch, balling my hands into fists. “No. I’m sorry Mr. Wanks I don’t think this is going to work out. Good luck finding a nanny for your daughter.” I grabbed my bag from the floor, and scooped up the resume Billy had so carelessly tossed aside. It still had some use left in it. Fuck him and fuck this.
I was two feet from the door when Billy’s voice stopped me. “Oi, that’s a relief. The last nanny climbed into bed with me while I was sleeping.” He sauntered towards me. “You passed the final test. You’re really hired now.”
My mouth went dry. I wanted to scream. “Test?” I asked, taking note of the bulge in his pants, the very considerable bulge.
Billy adjusted himself with a wicked smile. “I do find you attractive, flower. Like I said, I’ve got a thing for redheads who dress like schoolmarms. Must be some Freudian shit, but I need a nanny who’s here for my little bird, not for me.”
My chin jutted out, offended by his games and ashamed of my own response to him. “I don’t think I’m suited for this position. I’ll ask the agency to send another candidate over as soon as possible.” I reached for the doorknob.
“It pays well over six figures a year, plus room, board, vacation and medical.”
My hand paused. With that kind of money I could pay off my student loans in a year and save a tidy sum. Crap. I turned slowly on my heel to face Billy, and smiled brightly. “What time do we leave tomorrow?”


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Charlotte West writes romance about strong heroines and the sexy alpha males who love them. She lives in Washington state with her husband and very large dog (think miniature pony size). She spends way too much money on books, and way too much time reading. When she’s not reading, she’s feeding her reality television addiction, eating chocolate, or traveling. She's been known to eat her weight in Girl Scout cookies. She has a degree in Science and a Master's in Education, neither of which she is currently using but is still paying for. Occasionally, she moonlights as a YA author.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

New Review! Hard Lessons by Charlotte West 4 Cranky Stars

Hard Lessons (Wild Minds, #2)Hard Lessons by Charlotte West
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 Cranky Stars

Hard Lessons takes us back. It's the prequel to Good Lies. Here we see the story of Billy (not idol) and Daisy and how they became a couple. We also get to see young Addy and her crazy childhood ways.

Daisy is searching for the perfect teaching position. Unfortunately she has to settle as the nanny for an out of control rockers equally out of control daughter. Daisy was raised in a strict military household and her mother passed away at a young age. While on the road she learns how to manage the Wanks and all the mess that comes with being in their life. What Daisy didn't bargain for was falling for her wild boss.

Billy basically thinks the world revolves around him. He says he probably shouldn't have ever been a father but cant imagine a life without Addy in it. He is a gypsy at heart and will never settle in one place so he drags Addy from coast to coast. He hires Daisy or as he calls her Flower and his world implodes. They are a lit match and dynamite and he loves that Daisy won't put up with his demanding ways.

Once I got past the whole not Billy Idol situation this book was good. I hated that Daisy was such a doormat at times but I believe that is just her personality. She's a helper and fixer by nature. This going back in time was done well and tied into the last book nicely. All in love I like Charlotte West work.

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Cover Reveal! The Learning Hours by Sara Ney

THE LEARNING HOURS How to Date a Douchebag Book 3 By Sara Ney Release Day: September 26, 2017 Standalone He’s not a douchebag; but that doesn’t stop his friends from turning him into one. MY FRIENDS WANT ME TO GET LAID. So much so that they plastered my ugly mug all over campus, in bold printed letters: Are you the lucky lady who’s going to break our roommate’s cherry? Him: socially awkward man with average-sized penis looking for willing sexual partner. You: must have pulse. Text him at: 555-254-5551 The morons can’t even spell. And the texts I’ve been receiving are what wet dreams are made of. But I’m not like these douchebags, no matter how hard they try to turn me into one. THIS ISN’T THE KIND OF ATTENTION I WANT. One text stands out from hundreds. One number I can’t bring myself to block. She seems different. Hotter, even in black and white. However, after seeing her in person, I know she’s not the girl for me. But my friends won’t let up—they just don't get it. Douchebags or not, there's one thing they'll never understand: GIRLS DON’T WANT ME. Especially her. LINKS: Amazon: http://amzn.to/2eUg3jU Amazon UK:: http://bit.ly/LearningZonUK iBooks: http://bit.ly/LearningiBooks B&NOBLE: http://bit.ly/LearningBN KOBO: http://bit.ly/LearningKobo
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Sara Ney is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the How to Date a Douchebag series, and is best known for her sexy, laugh-out-loud New Adult romances. Among her favorite vices, she includes: iced latte's, historical architecture and well-placed sarcasm. She lives colorfully, collects vintage books, art, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British. She lives with her husband, children, and her ridiculously large dog. Facebook | Twitter | Instagram EXCERPT: He’s seated at a table in the far corner when I spot him from the door. He’s not hard to miss—not with his purple t-shirt in a sea of black and yellow, and wavy mussed hair. He’s slouching, hunched over his table. Defeated. Tired. My stomach rolls with nerves, nerves that have me rooted to the spot in the doorway, watching him. Just watching. For the entire four minutes I stand here, he sits immobile, studying his laptop, eyes moving along the screen, completely transfixed by whatever he’s reading. Learning. “Just go over there,” I whisper to myself, blowing out a puff of pent-up air. I put one foot in front of the other and begin toward him, spine ramrod straight, steeling myself, prepared for another argument. Twenty feet. Fifteen. Eight. Two. “Hi.” No reply. “Do you mind if I sit here?” I lay my hand on the back of the wooden chair across from him, intending to pull it out. He stiffens but doesn’t lift his head. “Yes I mind.” “Would you mind if I sat at the table next to you?” I’m pushing his buttons, looking for a reaction, but he only spares me a brief glance. Shrugs. “Free country.” I bite my lip to hide a smile, glad he didn’t tell me to take a hike...

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

New Review! Beneath the Vine by Lilian Bryant 5 Cranky Stars

Beneath the VineBeneath the Vine by Lillian Bryant
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Cranky Stars

Selene was a cellist. She had a dream of teaching at a prestigious Los Angeles school. Determined to make her life worth something she studied and worked hard. During one performance she meets Bennett.

He's a cut throat businessman with a past. Out of he guilt he gets caught up in the wrong kind of business. He meets Selene and knows he has to have her. In comes Gage his former best friend. They share a sordid past filled with sex and lies. Gage is hiding secrets of his own. Together they come together for Selene.

This book was the right amount of steamy yet underneath it all that was just the surface. When you looked deeper it was about epic love. These two sacrificed themselves at times and you kept screaming for them to get a grip.

I admired Selene and her know what she wanted attitude. So one thing made me chuckle and it was kind of how Bennett's past reminded me of Batman minus the ninja training. He was basically opposite Batman. Gage stole my heart. I don't know what else to say. If you like drama and mystery and above all else love then please read this book!! Kudos to you Lillian Bryant!! Fingers crossed for more.

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Good Lies (Wild Minds #1)Good Lies by Charlotte West
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 Cranky Stars

Addison was a small child when she was sent to live with her dad. One half of the famous rock duo Wanks and Janks. He was a young guy living the rock and roll dream and probably had no business raising a child. Fast forward and Addy is a wild and out of control woman. She acts before she thinks and this has landed her in more trouble case in point in the arms of Warren Price. Sadly some problems can't be solved with just running and hiding which is her MO in life.

Warren Price is the lead singer of Wild Minds. They have so much going for them and what he didn't expect was the wild Addison to trip into his dressing room thinking she was nabbing alcohol. Warren quickly learns who her father is and suffers the consequences. He sets his eyes on Addy and invites her on their tour. It's a whirlwind affair and it leaves two hearts in ruins. Flash forward and hes back in the good graces of Billy but not so much with Addy.

Ok so was Addisons dad Billy Idol? He was a dead ringer for him it seemed. So that's all I could think about.

At times I hated Addison and her flighty ways. Warren was just all over. I did like this book I truly did. I would have liked to see some real growth between these two. All in all it was a fun read with a nice epilogue to tie up the tumultuous story of Addy and Warren.

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

New Review! Wrangled by Love by Barb Shuler 4 Cranky Stars

Wrangled By Love (The Cowboy Way #1)Wrangled By Love by Barb Shuler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 Cranky Stars

This book was refreshing. None of the typical back and forth you see in a lot of romances now a days. It had heart and a lot of drama and one psycho you know what.

Georgie was on the road with no destination with her dog Tango. Living the life of a gypsy taking in as much as she could because hey life is short. Her journey led her to a ranch and it's here she crashes into Tate. Life is funny that way.

Tate was a good old southern boy. He helped on his families ranch and raised a beautiful daughter. He had been dealt a crappy hand at one point but the man was a text book example of perseverance. While out wrangling some wayward cattle he meets Georgie.

I liked almost every aspect of this book. The drama may have been all over and maybe should have stuck to one dramatic plot and at times I found myself getting frustrated. I'm glad I stuck it out and how it ended brought the story together.

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New Review! Pandora Wild Child by Sunniva Dee 4.5 Cranky Stars

Pandora Wild ChildPandora Wild Child by Sunniva Dee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 Cranky Stars

Pandora is wild through and through. So wild her father resorted to an unfair punishment to keep her locked away. Pandora suffers from a back condition that can put her down at a moments notice. Once Pandora is able to break free and attend college she goes ever wilder. With the help of her 3 best friends she takes Deepsilver by storm and not in the best way. What she wasn't expecting was Dominic the guy to save her from herself while capturing the attention of the not so good boy Leon.

Dominic is powering his way through college. His life is mainly work and school. He wants to head back home to help care for his ailing grandma and doesn't have time for a wild child like Pandora. She pulls him in and he can't help but always coming to her rescue. Who will save Pandora? Only Dominic can.

I adored this book. At times I wanted to strangle Pandora. Girl you have a serious health condition and you act like you're invincible but then again she's a sheltered 19 year old girl. I love Dominic my oh my!!

Leon is shady but I can't wait to find out what's hiding under that exterior. Like I say this may seem like a fluffy fun book but there are some serious issues underneath. This is one pandoras box you want to open!

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

New Review! Filthy by Michelle Horst 4.5 Cranky Stars

Filthy, A Stand Alone Damaged Romance #2Filthy, A Stand Alone Damaged Romance #2 by Michelle Horst
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 Cranky Stars

I've read this book in its early inception when it was titled Saved by Him and I loved it then and liked it even more with all the extras.

As a child born into sexual slavery she has seen and done some of the most vile things. She's trying to make sense of her new world and as the saying goes old habits die hard.Sophia is trying to cope with life now that she isn't a slave. She will do anything to stay relevant and alive and becomes quickly enamored by her savior Adam.

Adams life started out with so much promise. As a Marine he went out and served his country but that country turned it's back on him when he needed it the most. He was struggling to survive on the streets and that's when River came into his life and gave him a purpose. Of all the slaves he has helped save he has a certain attraction to Sophia. He knows this isn't the best of ideas and tries to distance himself.

This book is two broken wounded people finding the good in themselves and most of all finding love. It's not rainbows and puppies it's pure and gritty and dirty. This new take on the book gives you so much more insight into what makes Sophia and Adam tick. This is a must read for fans of Michelle Horst and lovers of dark books.

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New Review! Sweat by Rebecca Jenshak 4 Cranky Stars

SWEAT (Sweetbriar Lake, #1)SWEAT by Rebecca Jenshak
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 Cranky Stars

Ella had her life planned out. She was that kind of girl. Make partner and have a family were in her immediate plans until Brock walked all over her heart. She heads back to where her parents live in Sweetbriar to reset and give Brock some space. She never thought she'd want to stay in this tiny town forever until she laid eyes on Ryan.

Ryan had a budding football career until an accident altered his plans. He goes back to his hometown of Sweetbriar. He realizes he likes helping people get in shape and stay healthy and opens a gym. He has it all or so he thinks. When a beautiful red head steps into his office he begins to question all he has.

This book was truly a sweet romantic read. Not a lot of drama and angst. The chemistry between Ryan and Elle was electric. With an amazing supporting group of friends I can see this story being carried far.

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