2014 Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge

January 1, 2014 – December 31, 2014

Have you ever logged on to Edelweiss or Netgalley with the intention of “Just Looking” and then logging off  having requested 5 new titles even though your TBR is a mile long? Inspired by Netgalley November the 2014 Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge will (hopefully) give you the incentive to tackle your review books, stumble upon new ones, and get your Netgalley percentage to the desired 80%!

Challenge Guidelines

  • This challenge will run from Jan 1, 2014 – Dec 31, 2014.
  • Anyone is welcome to join. You do not need to be a blogger, just post your reviews and come back every month to link them up. 
  • Any genre, release date, request date, length, etc. counts so long as it came from Edelweiss or Netgalley.
  • At the beginning of each month there will be a roundup post for you to add your reviews.
  • If you forget to link up one month it’s not a problem just add your reviews next month.
  • If you would like to move up or down levels that is completely fine and at your discretion
  • Throughout the year there will be giveaways for Challenge participants, make sure to check in regularly and follow this blog so you don’t miss any!
  • If you have any questions tweet me @FallingForYA or e-mail Emisbookblog@aol.com

Levels

Aluminum – 5 books
Bronze – 10 books
Silver – 25 books
Gold – 50 books
Platinum – 75 books
Diamond– 100 books

This reading challenge is hosted by Falling for YA. For more information and to sign-up, please see this post.

I should join one level, but decided not to push and I’m staying on the Gold for now. Hopefully I can read more than that, but it’s a good start.

Books Reads:

A December Bride (A Year of Weddings, #1) A January Bride (A Year of Weddings, #2) A February Bride (A Year of Weddings) A March Bride (A Year of Weddings) Killer Frost (Mythos Academy, #6) Misbehaving Bared (Club Sin, #2)

Romance Review: A Madaris Bride for Christmas by Brenda Jackson

A Madaris Bride for ChristmasA Madaris Bride for Christmas by Brenda Jackson
Series: Madaris Family and Friends
Publisher:
Harlequin
Format:
ARC
ISBN: 146032109X
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release date: November 1st 2013
Number of pages: 304
Source: NetGalley from Publisher

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I received this book from NetGalley and Harlequin in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Summary:

In her 100th book, New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Brenda Jackson blends heated sensuality and drama into a dazzling new novel featuring one her most unforgettable Madaris heroes yet…

One by one, Madaris men have surrendered to their grandmother’s matchmaking. But Lee Madaris isn’t letting anyone else control his destiny. He’ll bring a bride of his own choosing to the family’s holiday gathering–if his hotel’s gorgeous new chef will agree to a marriage of convenience.

It’s not just the chance to work at the Strip’s hottest hotel that brought Carly Briggs to Vegas. Witnessing a crime in Miami may have made her a mob target. Though she’s reluctant to complicate their working relationship, Lee’s tempting offer is so hard to resist. And soon, desire is clouding their no-strings arrangement.

The danger that made Carly flee Miami is about to land at their door. So, Carly and Lee must decide who to trust, when to let go–and whether a love they never anticipated is strong enough to pass the ultimate test.

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Review:

This is my first book from this series and I adored the Madaris family, especially the great-gradma and her nosy past time of matchmaker. Lee was a perfect guy with faults and trying his best to control his own love life. He tried to pull a fast one, but didn’t make it. So this book was a romance with a little bit of suspense and enjoyed the action scenes.

Carly was a nice girl, she suffered a lot in life with awful mother, but she made a great life for herself and witnessed a murderer that months later came back to haunt her. I really liked her discoveries in life with Lee, because almost everyone treated her pretty bad and Lee was different. He showed her great sex and a normal relationship with more than just orgasms. They became friends and even his strange offer for marriage was kinda cute.

I liked the side characters, made me want to read the rest of this series.

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Series in Order

#1 – Tonight and Forever
#2 – Whispered Promises
#3 – Forever Mine
#4 – Eternally Yours
#5 – One Special Moment
#6 – Fire and Desire
#7 – Essence of Desire
#8 – Secret Love
#9 – True Love
#10 – Surrender
#11 – The Best Man
#12 – The Midnight Hour
#13 – Unfinished Business
#14 – Slow Burn
#15 – Taste of Passion
#16 – Sensual Confessions
#17 – Inseparable
#18 – Courting Justice
#19 – A Madaris Bride for Christmas

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NetGalley November and Clean out your E-Reader Challenge

This two challenges are for me about NetGalley books, with only one exception (The Spider, that I got from Edelweiss). So this month will be mostly about romances. Just discovered that my Netgalley Approval Ratio Score is score is 30.5!! Pretty low right?

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So I have no idea about the books, but I pledge to read and review at least ten books in both challenges. But I’ll also read a few freebies from Amazon if possible, can’t promisse anything.

NetGalley Reads:

A Madaris Bride for Christmas Ripped

Edelweiss:

The Spider (Elemental Assassin, #10)

Free or Nearly Free:

'Tis the Season to Kiss Santa 'Tis the Season to Get Lucky Reckoning (Night Huntress, #0.5) Falling for the CEO Conned Cowboy's Way Happily Never After (Night Huntress, #1.5) Recipe for Attraction (Madewood Brothers, #2) Playing Doctor If You Dare

Romance Review: Expecting a Bolton Baby by Sarah M. Anderson

Expecting a Bolton BabyExpecting a Bolton Baby by Sarah M. Anderson
Series: The Bolton Brothers
Publisher:
Harlequin
Format:
ARC
ISBN: 0373732805
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release date: November 5th 2013
Number of pages: 192
Source: NetGalley

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Summary:

In this Bolton Brothers book, first comes the baby and maybe then comes marriage?

He’d never expected to see Stella Caine again. After one wild night, she’d walked away right after revealing that her father was the one man who could threaten the biggest business deal of Bobby Bolton’s career. So Bobby left her alone.

Until now.

Now Stella is pregnant and staying in his condo. This is a complication that can be solved only one way: marriage. Bobby wants to do the right thing. Hell, he wants her–he has never stopped wanting her. Surely he can convince her to say yes, even without those three little words.

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Review:

I think this is the last book in this series, but not my favorite because I was never a fan of Bobby and he sound like a giant ass during the first two, but now we got to see his reasons and why people think less of him. I have to say he was better than I expected and treated Stella like a lady even after she told him about the pregnancy. He acted like a true Bolton.

Stella was a difficult character for me because she’s cold and very suffered a lot in her childhood, but after all those years she can’t find her place and that for me was a strange think, considering how much she tried to escape her father tyranny. I wanted more bravery from her especially because she lived in another country and could live as she wished.

These two needed to deal with some trust issues first, but they made a cute couple. And we got to see more of those badass Bolton Brothers again.

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Series in Order

#1 – Straddling the Line
#2 – Bringing Home the Bachelor
#3 – Expecting a Bolton Baby

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Erotica Review: Between Friends by Vristen Pierce

Between Friends

Between Friends by Vristen Pierce
Publisher: Forever
Format: ARC
ISBN: 1455575550
Genre: Erotica
Release date: October 1st 2013
Number of pages: 128
Source: netgalley

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I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Summary:

After being unceremoniously dumped by her long-time boyfriend, Stacy Washington hits one of the hottest clubs in town with her best friend, Nina. Stacy decides it’s time to shed her good girl persona by letting go of her inhibitions. Relationships are trouble; casual sex is simple.

When she sees sexy bartender, Evan, she’s instantly intrigued by his dark, good looks and his killer smile. Before she has a chance to get to know him better, an equally sexy prospect comes her way and this one is ready to play. Justin’s not shy about telling Stacy exactly what he wants. She plans to have her way with both him and Evan until she finds out they’re close friends. This could be awkward or this could be the most exhilarating experience of Stacy’s life. She decides to take the plunge by coming between friends–in more ways than one.

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Review:

This was a novella, but I found it completely strange to end with a cliffhanger. Still don’t understand why they couldn’t just make a novel  with the entire story. There’s not a lot waiting to happen with these three. I liked Stacy and the way she took control of her love life and decided to change. But she’s too insecure to actually participate in a menage relationship with these tow guys, because for me Justin and Evan are a bit on the controlling side and this could become a bad situation way too fast.

I liked Nina and she was a great friend to Stacy, always helping her see the big picture and trying to put some different thoughts on the line, their conversations are nice and without judgment. I liked Nina and it would be nice to read a book with her finding love and a great guy.

The story was nice and the guys were a good thing, but Stacy needs to learn more about life and her positions. I think this time apart is going to help her a lot.

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Series in Order

#1 – Between Friends
#2 –  Untitled

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Romance Review: Christmas on 4th Street by Susan Mallery

Christmas on 4th Street (Fools Gold #12.5)

Christmas on 4th Street by Susan Mallery
Series:
Fool’s Gold
Publisher:
Harlequin
Format:
ARC
ISBN: 0373777825
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release date: September 24th 2013
Number of pages: 336
Source: NetGalley

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I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Summary:

There’s nowhere better to spend the holidays than with New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery in the town of Fool’s Gold, where love is always waiting to be unwrapped… Noelle Perkins just got a second chance at life, and she intends to make the most of every minute. That’s why she ditched a frustrating legal career to open her own store in Fool’s Gold, California. The Christmas Attic celebrates everything that’s magical about her favorite season. Business is booming, and as a bonus, gorgeous army doctor Gabriel Boylan has offered to help out during the holiday rush.
Gabriel’s memories of Christmas past contain more sour grapes than sugar plums, thanks to a drill sergeant father who ran his home like a boot camp. Spending the holidays with his family while he recuperates from injury sounds as appetizing as last year’s eggnog. Still, there are some enjoyable distractions in town, including sunny, sexy Noelle…and the red-hot mistletoe kisses they can’t stop sharing.
Gabriel didn’t think he was made for happily-ever-afters. But when fate hands you a love as sweet and surprising as this, only a fool could refuse….

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Review:

This novella was actually really long and I liked the fact we got to understand more of Boylan family. This is the closing link in this trilogy and we got to see Gabriel falling in love and rediscovering his family.

Noelle we had met previously in this trilogy and she was hiding something, but never got to actually say anything about it with the other girls, but this time she met an infuriating man and he got to know her secrets. She didn’t do anything wrong, but life wasn’t easy either and now she’s starting new with her Christmas store.

This book is set during Christmas and I love the setting, the places and of course there’s always snow so everything is better. But this year Christmas was a little hard and Noelle needed help, so Gabriel was the perfect match because he was running from his family and trying to discover what to do with his future.

I loved this couple and of course meeting those other couples again. But the best part was Christmas and getting the family together again.

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Series in Order

#1 – Chasing Perfect
#2 – Almost Perfect
#2.5 – Sister of the Bride
#3 – Finding Perfect

#4 – Only Mine
#5 – Only Yours

#6 – Only His
#6.1 – Only Us
#6.2 – Almost Summer
#7 – Summer Days

#8 – Summer Nights
#9 – All Summer Long
#9.5 – A Fool Gold’s Christmas
#9.75 – Halfway There
#10 – Just One Kiss
#11 – Two Of a Kind
#12 – Three Little Words
#12.1 – Fool’s Gold Cookbook
#12.5 – Christmas on 4th Street

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Romance Review: A Cowboy to Come Home To by Donna Alward

A Cowboy To Come Home To

A Cowboy to Come Home To by Donna Alward
Series: Cadence Creek Cowboys
Publisher: Harlequin
Format:
ARC
ISBN: 1460315545
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release date: July 1st 2013
Number of pages: 256
Source: Netgalley
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I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Summary:

Friendship?
Melissa Stone has done a fine job of avoiding her former best friend Cooper Ford. She was devastated when she discovered her husband was cheating on her, and felt doubly betrayed that Cooper had known all along….
Forgiveness…
But she can’t ignore him forever–especially now that they’re working together on a charity project! And as she and Cooper get closer again, she confides in him her plans to start a family–alone.
Fatherhood!
Cooper wants to be there for her this time–but would he really consider being the father of her baby…?

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Review:

I liked Melissa a lot, because after all the drama in her life she managed to land on her feet and create a new life. But she wants more and after her husband cheated on her she decided to create a new life all by herself, but things are not so easy and she is not happy.

I liked Cooper but he made a few mistakes, the biggest was not telling about the affair, because Melissa was his best friend, but her husband knew that he was in love with her and the drama was huge.

So he didn’t say anything and now a few years has gone bye and she didn’t forgive him, but he such a nice guy and things are heading a different way now that he wants to help Melissa.

I liked this romance and the way things changed after so many years. It’s always nice to see friends becoming something else. But Melissa fought a lot and Cooper never gave up.

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Series in Order

#1 – The Last Real Cowboy
#2 – The Rebel Rancher
#3 – A Cowboy to Come Home To
#4 – A Cadence Creek Christmas
 

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Romance Review: The Divorce Party by Jennifer Hayward

The Divorce Party

The Divorce Party by Jennifer Hayward
Publisher: Harlequin
Format:
ARC
ISBN: 0373131895
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release date: September 17th 2013
Number of pages: 192
Source: Netgalley
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I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. 

Summary:

“You threw your fifty-thousand-dollar engagement ring off the Brooklyn Bridge?”

Lilly shows up to her lavish divorce party with one goal in mind—to leave as quickly as possible minus a husband! Except he has other plans…and Riccardo De Campo isn’t easy to say “no” to.

Forced back into Riccardo’s glittering, gossip-fueled world, the price of perfection is still too high and Lilly’s old insecurities resurface. An unexpected consequence of their reunion raises the stakes even higher, and the media’s golden couple must finally confront the truth behind the headlines.

Congratulations to Jennifer Hayward, winner of Harlequin’s 2012 So You Think You Can Write competition!

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Review:

I loved this tory, both suffered a lot before realizing their lives would be better and without all the drama if they only talked and discussed their problems. Lilly tried so her to be perfect and never for one minute thought about sharing her demons with Riccardo.

I really liked the way Riccardo decided to change the destiny and make things right again, he never gave up, but he truly loved her, he made some mistakes and I realize he was wrong about some choices, but they both changed now and the year part made them see some things differently now.

I think the separation was good for both of them, because it gave Lilly some independency and made her more strong, and Riccardo needed this time to put some perspective in the way he was treating Lilly.

These two made me cry and I was really happy in the end, so this was a perfect romance and a debut too.

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Romance Review: Cake by Lauren Dane

Cake

She won’t be satisfied with just one bite…
Art student-slash-bike messenger Wren Davis pursues what she wants. And what she wants now is Gregori Ivanov, rock star of the Seattle art scene. With his tattoos, piercings and sensual sneer, Gregori is the ultimate bad boy. Wren’s gotten to know the man beneath the body art, too—and it only makes her crave him more.
But Gregori loves women like he loves cake and champagne—intensely, but only for the moment. And after Wren experiences just how scorching sex with Gregori is, she’s determined to show him that just one taste won’t be enough…

Title: Cake
Author: Lauren Dane
Publisher:  Harlequin
Format: ebook from NetGalley
ISBN: B00D45018E
Genre: Romance
Release date: September 15th 2013
Number of pages: 90
 
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Advice:

Due to its strong sexual content, this novel is recommended for readers older than 18.

I have a problem with this cover because in the book Gregori was described as having a bear. So I liked, but is missing a few things. Gregori was perfect for me and I want one just like him. But he found his match in Wren. She’s so perfect for him, because they both love art and work constantly with different art forms, but their lives is nothing glamorous and Gregori is always putting up a front to people that only want him for his connections. I liked the fact Wren can see past that and liked him, for his body only.
 
I loved the name of this novella, because after you start reading is clear the author wanted to show more their relationship. It’s not just sex and Gregori needed to find a woman like Wren to put his life back on, because his ex was a bitch and totally needed to go.
 
This is a smaller review because I don’t want to spoil more of the story, but if you have a afternoon off, you should try a quickie with Gregori.

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Romance Review: Three Little Words by Susan Mallery

Three Little Words  (Fool's Gold #12)

Three Little Words by Susan Mallery
Series:
Fool’s Gold
Publisher:
Harlequin
Format:
ARC
ISBN: 0373777787
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release date: July 30th 2013
Number of pages: 336
Source: NetGalley
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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Summary:

Can first love turn into the real deal in a sizzling new Fool’s Gold story from New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery? Isabel Carlisle thinks she’s cursed in the romance department. Her teenage crush, Ford Hendrix, ignored all her letters. Her husband left her for another…man. So Isabel has come home to dust off her passion for fashion and run the family bridal shop until her parents are ready to sell it. Then she’ll pursue her real dreams. At least, that’s the plan, until sexy, charming Ford returns and leaves her feeling fourteen all over again….

Seeing Isabel all grown up hits bodyguard trainer Ford like a sucker punch. Back when heartbreak made him join the military, her sweet letters kept him sane. Now he can’t take his eyes-or his lips-off her. The man who gave up on love has a reason to stay in Fool’s Gold forever-if three little words can convince Isabel to do the same….

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Review:

This was a two for one romance for me because we got to see two brothers finding their happily ever after and I really enjoyed watching those Hendrix boys with their matches.

I was hoping for a full book and to learn more of Kent story and his past, but we got so little of him in this story. I wanted more. His kid is a great teenager and after the big scape in the previous book he seams to be doing okay now.

But Ford was the leading character and I liked watching him and he was trying really hard. It’s not simple to live in Fool’s Gold without everyone knowing your secrets, but he was managing just fine, the only problem was his mother deciding to find a woman for him. Really?

But I liked the way he kept a very simple relationship with Isabel and he even remembers her, from before he enlisted. He was engaged to her sister, but we can clearly see they are better off separate and both are happier now.

Isabel is such a nice girl and she has a broken heart too, so spending this time in her family home is already stressful, but Ford actually helped her. These two are so cute together.

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Series in Order

#1 – Chasing Perfect
#2 – Almost Perfect
#2.5 – Sister of the Bride
#3 – Finding Perfect

#4 – Only Mine
#5 – Only Yours

#6 – Only His
#6.1 – Only Us
#6.2 – Almost Summer
#7 – Summer Days

#8 – Summer Nights
#9 – All Summer Long
#9.5 – A Fool Gold’s Christmas
#9.75 – Halfway There
#10 – Just One Kiss
#11 – Two Of a Kind
#12 – Three Little Words
#12.1 – Fool’s Gold Cookbook
#12.5 – Christmas on 4th Street

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