Review: Beach Flirts! by Lisa Scott

imageTitle: Beach Flirts!
Author: Lisa Scott
Format Read: 
ebook for the tour
Series: Flirts! Collection #3
Publisher: Smashwords
Genre: Romance
Release date: August 8th 2011
Formats Available:  kindle, ebook
Number of pages: 208
Rating:

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Book Blurb:

Beach Flirts! 5 Romantic Short Stories set in the summer sun on Cape Cod. Fun, sweet, and sassy love stories to squeeze into your busy life. Discover the loose thread that connects the stories and ties up in a perfect, happy ending.
Each short story is 9,000-12,000 words in length (or 36-48 typical book pages.) The entire collection is 52,000 words long, (or 208 pages.)

My Thoughts:

There are five stories set in Cape Cod, the first is about a couple that broke the engagement a couple days before the wedding and this is the first time they actually see each other after one year of that date. The best part of this story is the family and how they decided to help those two to get back together.
The second story is about a girl that for the first time is proud o her body after years being over weight and now she’s out in the beach trying to discover how to flirt and how to accept her new body. Of course there’s a new boo interested in her too.
The third is the better of them all and is about four girls that studied together through high school and for the first time they are all single and enjoying the party, but there’s a boy, a womanizer and he’s sexy, but only has eyes for one of the girls.
Four story is about an actor that made a teen film awhile ago and now can’t find a new job on the scenes without people remembering that faithful movie. But one day he wakes up washed out on the beach and a girl saves his life. That’s how everything changes and now he’s the new celebrity trying to find the right part.
Fifth story is about a basketball player that falls for the poor girl instead of the goddesses that are trying to get his attention. He’s super sweet and she thinks he’s only after some summer fling.

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Review: Don’t mess with Texas by Christie Craig

imageTitle: Don’t mess with Texas
Author: Christie Craig
Format Read: 
e-ARC provided by NetGalley courtesy of the publisher
Series: Hotter in Texas #1
Publisher: Forever
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release date: September 1st 2011
Formats Available:  paperback, ebook, kindle
Number of pages: 400
Rating:

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Book Blurb:

When her ex-boyfriend’s body is found in the trunk of her car, Nikki Hunt quickly becomes a prime murder suspect. Fortunately, former-cop-turned-P.I. Dallas O’Connor knows what it’s like to be unjustly accused. The lead detective, Dallas’ own brother, has the wrong woman–and Dallas hopes a little late-night undercover work will help him prove it. Original.

My Thoughts:

When I first saw this cover my thoughts were this is a book about cowboys! But no actually is about an ex-cop who was convicted and went to jail for something he didn’t do it. After proving he and two friends, who he was framed with, decided to work investigating but from other angle and they opened a PI firm named “Don’t mess with Texas”. They are trying to do some good by helping people who get accused but are innocent and prove the man who framed them.

And that’s how he meet Nikki, who is being framed for murdering her ex-husband. I liked her, she’s actually very smart and start investigating who may want to kill her ex.

This was a fun book to read and some moments gave me a smile. I liked the investigating part, and best of all it doesn’t get in the middle of the romance.

The book is a bit long but the story was good from the begin so I was hooked from the first page and read the hole thing to discover who was the killer. Also the dog was amazing, so fun.

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2012 Paranormal Romance Reading Challenge

Rules:

  • Starts January 1, 2012 and ends December 31, 2012
  • Anyone can join
  • You don’t have to have a blog to participate.
  • Non-Bloggers feel free to share your list of books in the comment section of the monthly link up post.
  • Reviews though not required are always nice.
  • Audio, E-books, Bound and re-reads all count
  • There is no need to come up with your list of books in advance.
  • Challenge crossovers ok
  • Create a sign up post and link up in the linky below.

Levels:
Level 1 – Read 1-5 Paranormal Romances
Level 2 – Read 6-10 Paranormal Romances
Level 3 – Read 11-20 Paranormal Romances
Level 4 – Read 21+ Paranormal Romances

I’ll try level 2 for now. Complete.

  1. The Gathering Storm by Robin Bridges
  2. Vanish by Sophie Jordan
  3. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
  4. Glass Houses by Rachel Caine
  5. My Soul to Lose by Rachel Vincent
  6. My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent
  7. Scent of Darkness by Christina Dodd
  8. Touch of Darkness bt Christina Dodd
  9. Into the Shadow by Christina Dodd
  10. Into the Flame bt Christina Dodd
  11. Everneath by Brodi Ashton
  12. Fire Baptized by Kenya Wright
  13. Love Beyond Loyalty by Rebecca Royce

For more information and to sign-up, please see this post.

2012 Paranormal Reading Challenge

The challenge is for ANY paranormal with the exception of vampires.  They have their own challenge.
Rules:

  • Starts January 1, 2012 and ends December 31, 2012
  • Anyone can join
  • You don’t have to have a blog to participate.
  • Non-Bloggers feel free to share your list of books in the comment section of the monthly link up post.
  • Reviews though not required are always nice.
  • Audio, E-books, Bound and re-reads all count
  • There is no need to come up with your list of books in advance.
  • Challenge crossovers ok
  • Create a sign up post and link up in the linky below.

Levels:
Level 1 – Read 1-5 Paranormal Novels
Level 2 – Read 6-10 Paranormal Novels
Level 3 – Read 11-20 Paranormal Novels
Level 4 – Read 21+ Paranormal Novels

I’ll try level 2 now. Completed

For more information and to sign-up, please see this post.

  1. The Gathering Storm by Robin Bridges
  2. Vanish by Sophie Jordan
  3. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
  4. Glass Houses by Rachel Caine
  5. My Soul to Lose by Rachel Vincent
  6. My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent
  7. Scent of Darkness by Christina Dodd
  8. Touch of Darkness bt Christina Dodd
  9. Into the Shadow by Christina Dodd
  10. Into the Flame bt Christina Dodd
  11. Everneath by Brodi Ashton
  12. Fire Baptized by Kenya Wright
  13. Love Beyond Loyalty by Rebecca Royce

1st in a Series Challenge

Are you an avid series reader? Do you want to give a few new series a try? Then this is the reading challenge for you! Participants in the 1st in a Series Challenge decide to start a certain number of series in 2012 and then share their reviews with the community!
(This challenge has previously been hosted at J. Kaye’s Book Blog, Royal Reviews, and A Few More Pages)
Interested in joining the fun? Here are the guidelines:
1. Anyone can join. You don’t need a blog to participate. If you’re not a blogger, you can post your reviews at a review site like Goodreads, LibraryThing, or Shelfari and link them up here.

2. There are four levels for this challenge:

  • Series Novice: Read 3 books that are the first in any series.
  • Series Lover: Read 6 books that are the first in any series.
  • Series Expert: Read 12 books that are the first in any series.
  • Series Fanatic: Read 20 books that are the first in any series.

You can list your books in advance or just put them in a wrap up post. If you list them, feel free to change them as the mood takes you. Any genre counts. Any book format counts.

3. The challenge runs from January 1 through December 31, 2012.

4. You can join anytime between now and December 31, 2012.
5. A post will be created here where you can link-up your reviews and visit the reviews of other participants.
6. If you’re a blogger, write up a sign-up post that includes the URL to this post so that others can join in. Feel free to use the button! You can grab the code you need from the box in the right sidebar.
If you write up a sign-up post, enter the direct link to that post when you sign up here so we can find it easily. Otherwise, link away!

I’ll try level two, since next year I have several series to begin.

  1. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  2. Delirium by Lauren Oliver
  3. The Gathering Storm by Robin Bridges
  4. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
  5. Crave by Melissa Darnell
  6. My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent

Challenge completed and I’ve already read over 10 new series but will let just this to not mess things up.

Review: In From the Cold by Nora Roberts

imageTitle: In From the Cold
Author: Nora Roberts
Format Read: 
ebook
Series: MacGregors #6
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Romance
Release date: November 1st 1990
Formats Available:  paperback, ebook
Number of pages: 69
Rating:

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Book Blurb:

Christmas was Allanna Flynn’s favorite time of year–but when injured Minuteman Ian MacGregor sought refuge in her New England home, Allanna found herself caught in a war of hearts with the handsome rebel. Could this become the season of peace on earth. . . and goodwill to one special man.

My Thoughts:

This is a short story about a MacGregor that used to live in the States during the tea battle. Ian MacGregor gets shot during a fight and between life and death he meets Allanna.
Allanna loves the Christmas and when she meets a strange in her barn fighting death, she does all possible to save him, but what she didn’t know was that Ian was not her dream man, but he definily was in her future.
Loved how these two connected and after some time together also discovered that was impossible for them to stay away from each other. He’s a fighter and all she wants is to live safely after her first husband died.

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Cover Reveal: Luminosity by Stephanie Thomas

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My name is Beatrice. When I was born, I was blessed with the Sight. I was immediately removed from my parents and enrolled in the Institution. At the age of twelve, I had my first true vision, earning my raven’s wings. And when I turned seventeen, one of my visions came true. Things haven’t been the same since.

The Institution depends on me to keep the City safe from our enemy, the Dreamcatchers, but I’m finding it harder to do while keeping a secret from everyone, including my best friend Gabe. It is a secret that could put us all in danger. A secret that could kill me and everyone close to me.

But the enemy has been coming to me in my dreams, and I think I’m falling in love with him. He says they’re coming. He says they’re angry. And I think I’ve already helped them win.

Beautiful cover, right? I loved the the different tones of blue and the art eye make up is so strong and fits just perfect. This one is a first in a new series that will be released September 11, 2012 and is also from a debut author. There’s a but of YA, and a bit of dystopian.

When I was invited to be part of this cover release, I was so happy. This one is actually on my wishlist for DAC, and the summary shows a dark world and a bit of fantasy. That’s so perfect.