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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Tori Review: "Rescuing the Bad Boy" by Jessica Lemmon

Happy Thursday, Book Babes!

After officially reaching the 50k word goal for NaNo, I celebrated by buying myself a new bookcase. OF COURSE! *flails around in wild glee*

NaNoWriMo2015 may be over, BUT my first draft isn't complete. However, I'll be throwing reading back into the mix now that it isn't a wild race to the finish. The goal is to have my first draft completed by mid December, so that gives me some time to chillax with a good book or 10.

You'll be seeing my reviews back in the mix with Tori's in a few days! Weeeeeeeeeeee!


Title: Rescuing the Bad Boy
Author: Jessica Lemmon
Genre: Romance
Publication Date: May 26, 2015



For Donovan Pate, the lake town of Evergreen Cove is a minefield of tough memories—including the day he had to let go of Sofie Martin. Years later, he still can’t forget the taste of her lips and the feel of her killer curves. He knows he’s too damaged, that he should stay away for her own good. But what the head says and the heart wants are two very different things…

Seven years ago, Donovan broke Sofie’s heart. Now her career depends on playing nice in order to pull off the charity fundraiser of the decade. She vows to keep things professional…yet working by his side every day doesn’t make it easy to fight temptation, and it isn’t long before she finds herself falling for this bad boy all over again. But loving Donovan means helping him face his past–so they can fight for a future together.

Fantastic! Highly Recommend!

You never can quite tell what the second book in a series will bring. Will it live up to your lofty expectations after the first completely blew you away? Or will the new characters steal your heart as well? I was, however, exceedingly pleased to find that the second book in the Second Chances series was just as delicious as the first!

Yippee! Yes, I just said that and don’t you make fun. This girl is going to gush. Again.

We met Sofie in Bringing Home the Bad Boy as one of Charlie’s gal pals. We knew that she had a heavy past with one bad boy, Donovan Pate. But I was completely blown away to find out just what transpired between the two. After falling for said bad boy, and giving him her virginity…let’s just say that the evening took a turn that had you wanting to smack Donovan upside the head right along with Sofie.

7 years later, Donovan comes crashing back into Sofie’s life when his grandmother passes away and he returns home to sell Pate Mansion. Issue numero uno: Sofie has a signed contract stating that her massive charity fundraiser located at said mansion…will continue as planned, with or without Donovan’s blessing. Once Donovan learns that the event is to raise money for an organization that helps abused children, he can’t continue to grumble any longer.

I enjoyed watching Donovan slowly start to thaw and it broke my heart to learn about his past. Trying to save a man with so much stone built around his heart is no small feat. But Sofie…I admired her for deciding to fight. The question is: will Donovan stay or will he let his past send him running again?

The chemistry Lemmon was able to portray between our two main characters never ceased its amazing sizzle. I knew there was more than one reason I loved libraries. Just kidding. Sort of.

5 very heartfelt quills to Rescuing the Bad Boy!

I’ve found myself a new author to adore and I can’t wait to dig in to A Bad Boy for Christmas. Early present to me. Who care’s that it’s still November. Not this girl.

Happy Reading!


I am a 25 year old tiny oddball of a woman. I have come to expect that life rarely listens when you huff and puff your way around like some surly old she-wolf. So instead, I have learned to embrace that which makes me quirky. I’m quite a lover of chocolate in all its forms and I ardently believe that it can indeed be served for breakfast. My oven, however, is strictly for shoes.


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Tori Review: "Do You Believe In Santa?" by Sierra Donovan

Well Hello There, Bibliobeauties!

I've crested the 46K word mark! I've got 3,902 words to go before this girl CONQUERS NaNoWriMo2015. During my insane writing spree and temporary reading hiatus, Tori has been blazing a trail through her TBR!




Title: Do You Believe In Santa?
Author:Sierra Donovan
Genre: Holiday Romance
Publication Date: September 29, 2015
Pages: 312


Miracles don’t just happen on 34th Street. They can happen right in your living room—if you’re willing to believe…

What grown woman claims to have seen Santa Claus? Mandy Reese, for one—on a very special Christmas Eve when she was eight years old. These days, Mandy works at a year-round Christmas store in Tall Pine, California, where customers love to hear about her childhood encounter with Saint Nick. But when Jake Wyndham arrives in town—charming, gorgeous, extremely practical—Mandy faces a dilemma. Deny what she saw, or let Jake think she’s sugarplum crazy?

Jake scouts hotel locations all over the country, but he’s never met anyone quite like Mandy before. Her warmth and sparkle are irresistible, but…meeting Santa? Really? Jake’s no Scrooge but he’s definitely skeptical. Then again, there are all kinds of things Jake never experienced until he came to Tall Pine. Like autumn snow. Mind blowing kisses. And the magic of falling head-over-heels, madly in love…

Entertaining/Pleasant Read

            Do You Believe in Santa – my first holiday book of the season and I suppose I set my expectations a bit too high. I was hoping for a story that would bring on the Christmas cheer, make me giddy to drag out my tree with all the trimmings. Instead, while it did make me anxious for December…I ended up feeling a more than a little frustrated.

            The story is centered around a sweet character by the name of Mandy who saw Santa Claus when she was eight years old.  After telling a local reporter all about her encounter with the man in red, she was ridiculed for being a true believer all through school. “Mandy Claus” then became a town entity and a role that Mandy was never able to shake as she carried that firm belief into adulthood. When Jake, a VERY practical man arrives in town and becomes enamored with our sweet Mandy…she is faced with the sticky task of keeping Jake in the dark until she is ready to tell him her holiday secret.

Okay, so Hallmark quality stamp for this one. Nothing wrong with that if you are looking for a book of the cute and innocent variety. No steamy bits. Chaste kisses. Little dusting of romance here and there. Now with that being said, I felt like the “Santa” crux of the story is what bothered me. The fact that Mandy is a believer is not the point…it’s that she placed so much of her anxiety around her secret that it made the relationship seem less real. I was looking for that magic to be what kept me hooked while Jake worked on getting his proposal for a chain hotel in Tall Pine approved. Instead I felt myself yawning through town council meetings and missing the magic, as that was a point of stress for the couple.

And speaking of couples…I have no issue with romances that happen in the third person. None. However, I found myself constantly jarred (like one of those well placed “hip bumps” from a best friend that throw you off guard when you are strutting about) with how frequently the author switched from Mandy to Jake with no proper transition. It was a mid-chapter thing and maybe that just goes against my reading preferences.

Okay. Rant over. But I did see that ending happening from a mile away. Just saying.

I will not say, however, that there weren’t beautifully written passages sprinkled throughout the book. I think my favorite part was how well Donovan constructed the town of Tall Pine. She made me want to come for a visit and have a cup of coffee at the Pine-N-Dine. So I give this one 3 quills and I hope to find my new Christmas favorite very soon.

Happy Reading!


I am a 25 year old tiny oddball of a woman. I have come to expect that life rarely listens when you huff and puff your way around like some surly old she-wolf. So instead, I have learned to embrace that which makes me quirky. I’m quite a lover of chocolate in all its forms and I ardently believe that it can indeed be served for breakfast. My oven, however, is strictly for shoes.


Friday, November 20, 2015

Tori Review: "Bringing Home the Bad Boy" by Jessica Lemmon

Happy Friday, Bibliodarlings!

Tori has been blazin' a trail through her End-Of-Year reads! Good news for you Romance lovers!


Title: Bringing Home the Bad boy
Author: Jessica Lemmon
Genre: Romance
Publication Date: January 27, 2015
Pages: 384


The Bad Boy Is Back

Evan Downey needs a new beginning. Since the death of his wife five years ago, the brilliant tattoo artist has shut himself away in a prison of grief that not even his work can break him out of-and what's worse, Evan knows his son Lyon is bearing the brunt of his seclusion. Moving back to the lake town of Evergreen Cove where he spent his childhood summers is his last chance for a fresh start.

Charlotte Harris knows she owes it to her best friend's memory to help Evan and his son find their way again, but she can't stop her traitorous heart from skipping a beat every time she looks into Evan's mesmerizing eyes. Charlotte is determined to stay strictly in the Friend Zone-until a mind-blowing night knocks that plan by the wayside. Now, if they're brave enough to let it, Charlotte and Evan might just find a love capable of healing their broken hearts . . .

Fantastic! Highly Recommend!

Fan-freaking-tastic! Prepare yourself for some hardcore gush because I absolutely fell in love with Bringing Home the Bad Boy!

By page two, you couldn’t have pried this book from my hands with butter and a crow bar. I was hooked…or rather addicted might be the proper phrase. I will even shamelessly admit to getting stuck in hardcore traffic on a rainy ride to work and popping my Kindle in the nooks of the steering wheel. Read-a-line. Check-for-taillights. Read-a-line. Become extremely disappointed when traffic begins to move and I have to abandon my bad boy.

Speaking of, I’m fairly certain that Evan Downey just made it to the tippy-top of my book boyfriend’s list. I don’t use the word perfect very often for a character. But in this case I will make an exception. PERFECT. Yes, Evan is perfection walking (or strutting as he tends to do…but come on, if you looked like’d strut too). After his wife passed away, Evan spent years trying to learn to accept how a 26-year-old vivacious woman could be taken from him so suddenly. Now, four years later, Evan decides that he can no longer live in the home that reminds him so much of his wife. So he packs up his son, Lyon, and moves to the beautiful town of Evergreen Cove. A place that just so happens to have Charlotte Harris, best friend of his late wife, and “Aunt Charlie” to his son.

Ah Charlie, I found myself quite jealous of her. Photographer with a gorgeous house on the lake, and one very swoon-worthy new neighbor with a pretty awesome son. Yes this girl over here was green with envy. I also noticed that she had a tendency to overuse the word, “sorry.” I also suffer from this affliction. But in Charlie’s case…one blue-eyed artist was enough to change everything.

I must compliment Ms. Lemmon on her writing skills. Her dialogue was…inspired. I never felt like a conversation was forced or out of place. The way she was able to mix the perfect blend of detail and substance into her scenes…I was just exhilarated to find an author that could make me keep thinking, “Holy cannoli, I hope that I can do that one day.” I tip my hat. My very big day-at-the-races worthy hat.

The steamy scenes were quite *ahem…wonderful. Let’s just say that finger painting never looked so fun. Anyway, blushing now. Back on point. I also must say how ardently I ADORE the cover. Recently I have been in a cover funk…none of them have really seemed to fit the story. But this cover…they even got the tattoo placement on the cover model right. He also does Evan justice in the yummy department.

5 very happy ecstatic quills to Bringing Home the Bad Boy! It took me all of about thirty seconds to download the second book in the Second Chances series, Rescuing the Bad Boy. I don’t foresee much sleep in my immediate future. Alas, a sweet torture I shall endure for my love of reading.

Good day my lovelies!


I am a 25 year old tiny oddball of a woman. I have come to expect that life rarely listens when you huff and puff your way around like some surly old she-wolf. So instead, I have learned to embrace that which makes me quirky. I’m quite a lover of chocolate in all its forms and I ardently believe that it can indeed be served for breakfast. My oven, however, is strictly for shoes.


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday - $300 Cash Giveaway Announcement

 Happy Wednesday, Bibliodarlings!

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

We're approaching the end of the year AND the end of NaNoWriMo2015. Needless to say Tori and I are both juggling quite a bit! But it's SO MUCH FUN!

I've managed to slam my goals for NaNo this year. I'll be reaching 40k words by the end of the day, which is more than I've ever done in a one month stretch. I'm focused so much on getting this first draft completely written that I haven't spent too much time reading. HOWEVER, I'm still planning on reaching my book goal of 100 books read this year.


Thankfully, Tori has been reading up a storm so you'll be seeing some great Reviews from her over the next few days.


$300 Holiday Cash Giveaway will be happening starting Dec 1. Would you like another $300 this holiday season to spend on family? Or yourself! Hey, no shame!

Come join the hop and enter to win your chance at a bit of extra cash!

Holiday Cash Giveaway

Anyway... here it is! Book releases for 10/20!

Books I'm Anxiously Anticipating - Decmeber

Click on the cover images to visit the book's Goodreads page.


What I'm Looking Forward To

Not That Much

Dang it! There really isn't anything popping up in December that I can't wait to get my hands on. I haven't been able to dig too deeply the past few weeks into the release field, though, so this might be just an overlook on my part... but as far as the upcoming week go. "Forbidden' by Eve Bunting is pretty much the only thing that's grabbed my interest.

Give me some suggestions guys. I'm feeling lonely with only one book on the list!

Until Next Blog,

Read On!  


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Tori Review: "Irresistibly Yours" by Lauren Layne

It's Tuesday, My Little Bibliobibulis!

Time for another Review from the magnificent, Tori! *jazz hands* Okay, I'll stop.


Title: Irresistibly Yours
Author: Lauren Lane
Genre: Romance
Publication Date: October 6, 2015
Pages: 236


Hotshot sports editor Cole Sharpe has been freelancing for Oxford for years, so when he hears about a staff position opening up, he figures he’s got the inside track. Then his boss drops a bombshell: Cole has competition. Female competition, in the form of a fresh-faced tomboy who can hang with the dudes—and write circles around them, too. Cole usually likes his women flirty and curvy, but he takes a special interest in his skinny, sassy rival, if only to keep an eye on her. And soon, he can’t take his eyes off her.

Penelope Pope knows all too well that she comes off as just one of the guys. Since she’s learned that wanting more usually leads to disappointment, Penelope’s resigned to sitting on the sidelines when it comes to love. So why does Cole make her want to get back in the game? The man is as arrogant as he is handsome. He probably sees her as nothing more than a barrier to his dream job. But when an unexpected kiss turns into a night of irresistible passion, Penelope has to figure out whether they’re just fooling around—or starting something real.

Fantastic! Highly Recommend!

How? Really, how on earth is THIS my first Lauren Layne book? I’m sporting a serious pouty lip at myself for not discovering her delightful writings sooner! Now that I have properly chastised myself, on to my review.

Irresistibly Yours is the first in a spin-off series called Oxford. It can certainly be read first, as I just proved. But if you want to see where it all began, you’ll have to snatch up the four books in Layne’s Stiletto series. Already in my Amazon cart, just saying.

Growing up, I was quite the tomboy. Adamantly refused to wear dresses, climbed trees, the whole nine. But now as a sometimes adult, you might just catch me in a snazzy pair of heels on occasion. So when I realized that the main character, Penelope Pope, was a sports-loving junk food fanatic who manages to trip in her heels and spill coffee on her very white blouse right before a big interview...well I soon decided that this was a character after my own heart.

Layne created a very real and relatable character in Penelope that I found to be rather refreshing. After a broken heart and a stolen job, Penelope decides to move to NYC, start over, and hopefully land a job at the prestigious Oxford Press as the Senior Sports Editor. Only one little problem… she’s not the only one in line for the gig. Enter Cole Sharpe, freelance sports writer who is certain he has the job in the bag. So he is quite shocked to see that his competition is a sweet little brunette that keeps surprising him.

I had a goofy little grin plastered on my face nearly the whole way through this book. It’s funny. It’s sexy. But overall, it’s just sweet. I adored the main characters and loved watching both of them foster a new understanding of what love can bring to the table.

A very enthusiastic 5 quills to Irresistibly Yours!

Until next time my dears!


I am a 25 year old tiny oddball of a woman. I have come to expect that life rarely listens when you huff and puff your way around like some surly old she-wolf. So instead, I have learned to embrace that which makes me quirky. I’m quite a lover of chocolate in all its forms and I ardently believe that it can indeed be served for breakfast. My oven, however, is strictly for shoes.