Tuesday, December 8, 2015

All About the Books - December

Life According to Steph

You guys, how is this the last book link up of the year?! Thanks goodness it isn't. Come back on December 29th for all of my favorite books from 2015!!

Five Stars

Wicked Sexy Liar by Christina Lauren ***** is all about Mia's Ex and his soon to be love interest. I really loved the dynamic between these two characters and thought Christina Lauren did a great job giving us bits and pieces of the rest of the gang from the previous books. Wicked Sexy Liar really brought the entire series to a beautiful ending!

Synopsis: Dating a friend’s ex is supposed to be off the table. But sometimes what’s really, really wrong is actually really, really right.

Persuasion by Violetta Rand ***** is one of those reads I figured I would love, but as an author I was not impressed with her last few books. Fortunately everything that didn't work in her other books was perfect for a MC romance where pretty much anything goes. Full review to come.

Synopsis: Lang Anderson may be the new leader of the Sons of Odin motorcycle club, but his personal life is in shreds. He’s struggling to take care of his three young sisters in the wake of tragedy, while rumors of drug dealing within his ranks jeopardize everything he’s built. The last thing he needs is another distraction—like a bar brawl over a woman—but Lang is a sucker for a damsel in distress. And this one gets him roaring like a finely tuned engine.

High school guidance counselor Lily Gallo is no fender bunny. So why can’t she get Lang off her mind? Lily’s head says the rugged, rough-and-tumble biker who came to her aid is bad news. Her body begs to differ. But when Lang’s troubled kid sister walks into her office, Lily’s determined to help, even if it puts her in the crossfire of a gang war. On a crash course with danger and desire, Lily partners up with Lang to fight for his family—and for love.

Controlled Burn by Shannon Stacey ***** was quite a fun, sexy read. Not much on the emo scale, and perfect to lead into the Holidays with TV taking a hiatus. If you love Chicago Fire, this series is one you should check out. Read the full review here.

Synopsis: Rick Gullotti lives the good life. He fights fires, dates beautiful women—though none long enough so they cast wistful glances at jewelry stores—and has great friends. And thanks to helping out the elderly couple who own his building, his rent is low. But when concerns about their health lead him to contact their only son, his life starts getting away from him.

Jessica Broussard has no interest in leaving sunny San Diego or her cushy corner office for Boston, but her father—who happens to be her boss—dispatches her to deal with the grandparents she's never met. She's unprepared for the frigid winter, loving relatives who aren't the monsters she's been led to believe, and the hot, scruffy firefighter who lives upstairs.

At first, Jessica is determined to get back to her comfortable life as quickly as possible. All she has to do is talk her grandparents into selling their monstrosity of a house and moving to a retirement community. But she underestimates Rick's dedication—and his considerable charm. Nobody's taking advantage of his friends on his watch, even if that makes the tempting southern California girl with the long legs his adversary. Unfortunately for them both, the only thing more urgent than the matter at hand is their sizzling chemistry, and it's quickly becoming too strong to resist.

It's Only Love by Marie Force ***** was a one sitting read for me. I pretty much love anything that Marie Force writes and this was no different. This couple has a long history of being in each others lives, but not romantically and yet Ella has fallen hard.

Synopsis: Ella Abbott has long been secretly in love with Gavin Guthrie. A few recent encounters have only added to her infatuation, especially the kiss they shared at her sister’s wedding. It doesn’t matter to Ella that Gavin is in a bad place. He says there’s no hope for a future with him, that he has nothing to offer her. But all Ella cares about is the love she feels.

It’s been seven long years since Gavin lost his brother. He’d kept himself under control and moving forward until his brother’s beloved dog died and his brother’s widow re-married. Since then, he’s been drinking, fighting, and even getting arrested. It seems the only time his demons leave him alone is when Ella is around.

Gavin knows it wouldn’t be fair to drag Ella into his darkness, but when she inserts herself into his life, what choice does he have but to allow her to soothe his aching heart?

Four Stars

Ms. Manwhore by Katy Evans **** was a breath of fresh air and much more like what the second "book" should have been. It was the perfect ending to the first book and I'm anxious to see what Evans does with the start of her next series.

Synopsis: What lies ahead for Chicago's most envied couple, Malcolm Saint and Rachel Livingston?

Sparks flew between them in MANWHORE.

Separated by deception, the intensity and heat of their attraction turned up in MANWHORE +1.

Will Chicago's wealthiest and most notorious player finally settle down, or will one woman never be enough?

Find out in MS. MANWHORE, the ultimate conclusion to their electric, breathtaking story.

When I'm Gone by Abbi Glines **** was an audio book for me and quite quick which was good. Turns out there's a cliffhanger and another book to finish the story. It's a long series to invest in and while I loved the first book(s) this one was good but not awesome.

Synopsis: From #1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines comes the next new adult novel in the Rosemary Beach series, in which we meet Mase, a Texas heartthrob first introduced in Take a Chance who comes to Rosemary Beach to stir things up.

I had an urge to fix all her problems. Which was stupid. She was doing fine without me. But something about those big eyes…

Mase Colt-Manning has always preferred his humble life as a Texas rancher to his birthright as the son of a legendary rock star. In fact, he rarely visits his father’s rarefied world in Rosemary Beach, especially if it means bunking at his vile half-sister Nan’s house—until one visit leads to a chance encounter with a young, gorgeous house maid who awakens him with her off-key but spirited imitation of a country music star…

Reese Ellis finally has her freedom. After escaping a lifetime of abuse from her parents and classmates for an undiagnosed learning disorder, she seizes the opportunity to be a house maid to some of the richest families in Rosemary Beach. But her job is in jeopardy when she causes an accident at the home of her most important client, Nan Dillon. When a hot, half-naked stranger with a cowboy’s swagger comes to her rescue, she’s intrigued—then afraid once he shows his own interest. Reese has never met a trustworthy man in her life. Will Mase be any different?

Sweet Dreams by Kristen Ashley **** was another in the Colorado Mountain series and while it's a good series full of wit, detail and romance it's very lengthy. I thought the arrogance of Tate was a little much, but loved Lauren.

Synopsis: She's ready for the ride of her life . . .

Lauren Grahame is looking to reinvent herself. After leaving her cheating husband, Lauren moves to Carnal, Colorado, and gets a job as a waitress in a biker bar called Bubba's. It's a nothing job in a nowhere joint . . . until Tatum Jackson walks in. Lauren has never seen a man with such good looks, muscles, and attitude. But when he insults her, Lauren doesn't want anything to do with him. Too bad for Lauren he's also the bar's part owner and bartender.

When the rough-around-the-edges Tate meets the high-class Lauren, he thinks she won't fit in at Bubba's. Yet there's more to Lauren than meets the eye, and Tate soon sets his mind on claiming her as his own. Before long, the desire burning between them is heating up the cold mountain air. But when violence strikes the town, Tate must reveal a dark secret to Lauren-one that may put an end to their sweet dreams.

The Piano Man Project by Kat French **** was a rec by Kristen and had the perfect blend of heart, romance and angst. I was so anxious at the end because the author really does leave you hanging until the very. Last. Moment. The dynamic between Honeysuckle and the folks at the home was very heartwarming and probably one of my favorite parts. I mean, Hal wasn't very good book boyfriend material.

Synopsis: A delightfully romantic, heartwarming read for everyone who’s ever looked for The One and found someone better.

You: kind, piano-playing sex god
Me: hopelessly romantic charity shop manager

Honeysuckle Jones has a problem, and her best friends Nell and Tash are on a mission to help her solve it. She needs a man – a caring, intelligent, funny man. But most importantly, a man who’s good with his hands…

Luckily Honey’s new neighbour – moody, antisocial ex-chef Hal – fails on almost every count. Even though the chemistry between them is electric, he’s obviously wrong for her in every way.

But when Honey discovers the devastating reason for his moods she decides to give him another chance. And discovers that the best songs aren’t always in tune…

A hilarious, feel-good, sexy romantic comedy for fans of Lucy Diamond, Paige Toon and Giovanna Fletcher.

Reaper's Fall by Joanna Wylde **** was good, but I don't know there was something that didn't make me go wow!

Synopsis: He never meant to hurt her.

Levi “Painter” Brooks was nothing before he joined the Reapers motorcycle club. The day he patched in, they became his brothers and his life. All they asked in return was a strong arm and unconditional loyalty—a loyalty that’s tested when he’s caught and sentenced to prison for a crime committed on their behalf.

Melanie Tucker may have had a rough start, but along the way she’s learned to fight for her future. She’s escaped from hell and started a new life, yet every night she dreams of a biker whose touch she can’t forget. It all started out so innocently—just a series of letters to a lonely man in prison. Friendly. Harmless. Safe.

Now Painter Brooks is coming home… and Melanie’s about to learn that there’s no room for innocence in the Reapers MC.

Accelerate by Tracy Wolff **** was a rec from Nadine and I flew through it pretty quick. While I like cars I've never been into the racing scene, but I really liked the heart that Nic had for his friends and family. Their whole crew was a solid unit.

Synopsis: Once the brains behind a car-boosting ring, Nic Medina has spent the last three years playing it straight. Now drag racers flock to his L.A. auto shop, Hotwired, for a shot at going head-to-head with the man himself. But when a crooked cop gives Nic a treacherous ultimatum—steal ten high-end cars or watch his nephew disappear into the system—he makes the only choice he can, one that puts the life he’s worked so hard for at risk. No sooner does Nic agree than he spots some nasty competition—and a gorgeous bystander in harm’s way.

A small-town girl with Hollywood dreams, Jordan Bass never expected to be swept up in a real-life drama. But that’s exactly what happens when she witnesses a violent crime. And when a smoldering stranger takes the wheel and practically kidnaps her in a desperate bid to keep her safe, she’s not sure whether to scream . . . or kiss him. Nic’s bad news—but the real bad guys aren’t above silencing a witness. On a collision course with danger, Jordan finds herself falling for the man whose street smarts are keeping her alive . . . and whose touch puts her in high gear.

Breathe by Kristen Ashley **** was a book I started a year or two ago and just couldn't get into it. I will say listening to it kept me much more entertained and I'm really glad I was able to, because I loved the story of Chase and Faye. I mean, she's a virgin librarian that has been in love with the hot town cop since he arrived almost a decade ago!

Synopsis: n Carnal, Colorado, Faye Goodknight is the town's quiet, shy librarian. She may also be Carnal's last remaining virgin. For years, Faye has had a crush on Chace Keaton, but the gorgeous cop has always been unattainable. She's resigned to live contentedly with only her books for company-until Faye suddenly meets Chace alone in the woods . . .

Chace doesn't think he's the good guy everyone believes him to be. He's made a lot of choices he regrets, including denying his feelings for Faye. Through his choices, he's come to believe the pretty librarian is too good for him, but after their time in the woods, Chace realizes that she may be his last chance for redemption. Soon, their long simmering desires grow to a burning passion. Yet always casting a shadow over their happiness is Chace's dark past . . .

Three Stars

None! I've been much better about only choosing books I want to read recently.

Up next:
Current Audio book is Bossypants by Tina Fey and I'm liking it much better than Amy's book.
Currently reading Hard Beat by K. Bromberg and her first book, the one that started it all has been free this week so if you're interested in racecar drivers, an alpha male with a bad past and a woman that does a lot of good for young boys Driven is one of those books I've read over and over again because it just sucks me in.

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  1. The majority of your books have the best covers on them!! that alone makes me want to read them haha! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  2. girl, idk how you have the time to read or listen so many books! so jealous! i love bossy pants a hundred times more than amy's book. i bet the audiobook is hilarious

  3. I'm still laughing at the title "Ms. Manwhore"... that's fantastic :) haha

  4. Can't wait to hear what you think of Bossypants...it was one of my favorites!

  5. Hurrah to having nothing below four stars. That's a feat!

  6. I cannot wait for Aced to come out in January! I am pinning this so I can add these to goodreads!

  7. I am hoping I can find Controlled burn it sounds really good. Marie Force always puts out a good book.

  8. I heard the Piano Man Project was a really good book. It needs to be moved up on my TBR list. Added you as a friend on GoodReads!

  9. yayyyy so glad you liked the piano man project! that makes my heart so happy. you read so many good books lately, don't you love when that happens?!

  10. I don't know if I have read Marie Force stuff yet? I need to put that on my list! I already added the firefighter series when I read your post from the weekend haha. Did you like Accelerate?

  11. I cannot wait for Aced to come out in January! I am pinning this so I can add these to goodreads!
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  12. "a perfect blend of heart, romance and angst." That sounds like my kind of book!


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