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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Review: Hammered by Kevin Hearne

Title: Hammered
Author: Kevin Hearne
Series: The Iron Druid Chronicles #3
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Luke Daniels
Release Date: July 5th, 2011
Length: Novel (336 pages/9.6 hours)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Library
Buy: Audible, Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 4.5-stars

Monday, July 30, 2018

New Releases 07/31/2018

Brave New Earl by Jane Ashford
An Earl mired in melancholy is no match for a determined woman...
Widower Benjamin Romilly, Earl of Furness, has given up hope of finding happiness. His wife died in childbirth five years ago, leaving him with a broken heart and a child who only reminds him of his loss.

Miss Jean Saunders is a cousin by marriage. She doted on Benjamin's late Countess, and can't bear it when she hears rumors that the Earl is too bereaved to care for his young son. She arrives on the scene to evaluate his fitness as a father, and if necessary, to take his son away.

Jean's sudden eruption into the Earl's household simultaneously infuriates and invigorates him. She may be the only person who can breathe life into his neglected home—and his aching heart...



Wild Like the Wind by Kristen Ashley
The brother known as Hound has a reputation. He’s all about cracking heads, having a good time, and when the Chaos Motorcycle Club needs someone to do the tough job, they call on him.

But Hound has a secret. He fell in love with a woman years ago. She’s untouchable. Unattainable. And even when her status changes, for Hound, it remains the same.

Keely Black had it all early and lost it all not long after. Thrown into an abyss of loss and grief, she’s faced a life of raising two sons alone and battling the rage at all that had been ripped from them.

And why.

Words spoken in anger open Hound’s and Keely’s eyes. For Hound, he sees he’s wasted his life loving the wrong woman. Keely sees she’s wasting her life not opening herself to the love of a good man.



Hour of Darkness by Lara Adrian
Born and raised as an assassin in the notorious Hunter program, Breed vampire Cain has since put his specialized skills to use as a mercenary willing to clean up any problem for a price. Or so he thought. After a job in Las Vegas strains even his dubious code of honor, Cain pulls up stakes and lands in Miami for a much-needed break. All he wants is time away to clear his head and regroup, but then a beautiful young woman is nearly killed in front of his eyes and the ruthless former Hunter becomes the only thing standing between her and a sniper’s bullet.

Marina Moretskova is no stranger to dangerous men. As the niece of a Russian organized crime boss, she’s grown up around killers and criminals. But her uncle wants out now, and he’s enlisted Marina’s help in buying his freedom by delivering valuable intel to a secret contact in exchange for protection. Not even Marina’s bodyguards are aware of her mission, so when an attempt on her life is averted by a handsome, steely-eyed vampire, as grateful as she is for Cain’s intervention, the last thing she needs is the shrewd Breed male nosing around for answers. Cain’s cold, haunted gaze and merciless abilities attest to his brutal nature, yet the rough, solitary Hunter stirs a powerful longing in Marina—a darkly seductive hunger
—that she can neither afford nor resist. With a target on her back and covert enemies closing in from all sides, trust is a risk that can prove deadly . . . and the safest shelter she may find is in the arms of the most lethal man she’ll ever know.



Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton
In the ancient river kingdom, where touch is a battlefield and bodies the instruments of war, Mia Rose has pledged her life to hunting Gwyrach: women who can manipulate flesh, bones, breath, and blood. The same women who killed her mother without a single scratch.

But when Mia's father announces an alliance with the royal family, she is forced to trade in her knives and trousers for a sumptuous silk gown. Determined to forge her own path forward, Mia plots a daring escape, but could never predict the greatest betrayal of all: her own body. Mia possesses the very magic she has sworn to destroy.

Now, as she untangles the secrets of her past, Mia must learn to trust her heart…even if it kills her.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Review: Death by Dumpling by Vivien Chien

Title: Death by Dumpling
Author: Vivien Chien
Series: A Noodle Shop Mystery #1
Format: Paperback
Release Date: March 27th, 2018
Length: Novel (328 pages)
Genre: Mystery
Source: Library
Buy: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 3.5-stars

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Thrifty Thursday [278]

You guys, I KNIT SOCKS! And I already started a different pair haha. Work is busy as usual during the last bit of the month. I'm trying my best to decompress when I get home by watching all the Harry Potter movies for the first time. So far I've made it through movie 4! 


Thrifty Thursday is a post all about cheap and/or free ebooks. Please verify the cost of the books before you purchase in case a sale is no longer active. Enjoy!

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$1.99

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

WoW [323] - Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton

Author: Bree Barton
Series: Heart of Thorns #1
Release Date: July 31, 2018

In the ancient river kingdom, touch is a battlefield, bodies the instruments of war. Seventeen-year-old Mia Rose has pledged her life to hunting Gwyrach: women who can manipulate flesh, bones, breath, and blood.

Not women. Demons. The same demons who killed her mother without a single scratch. 

But when Mia's father suddenly announces her marriage to the prince, she is forced to trade in her knives and trousers for a sumptuous silk gown. Only after the wedding goes disastrously wrong does she discover she has dark, forbidden magic—the very magic she has sworn to destroy.
Why I am waiting:
I'll admit the cover drew me into this one from the start. I'm probably going to grab this from the library just in case since it's a YA but it sounds promising!

What book are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Review: Hexed by Kevin Hearne

Title: Hexed
Author: Kevin Hearne
Series: The Iron Druid Chronicles #2
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Luke Daniels
Release Date: June 7, 2011
Length: Novel (320 pages/8.8 hours)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Library
Buy: Audible, Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 4.0-stars

Monday, July 23, 2018

New Releases 07/24/2018

Four Day Fling by Emma Hart
Imagine this.

You’re ready to leave after a one-night stand, and you’re figuring out how to—shock horror—leave your number and ask him to be your fake boyfriend for your sister’s wedding this weekend.

When he wakes up.

Well, that happened to me. And over coffee and omelets, I found myself a date.

Which was how I ended up arriving at the wedding with a guy I knew nothing about.

I didn’t know his last name, or how we met, or how long we’d been dating. I didn’t know where he grew up, what he’d majored in in college, or how many siblings he had.

I sure as hell didn’t know he was Adam Winters, hotshot hockey player—and not only my father’s favorite player, but my little nephew’s freakin’ idol.

Which means I’m in trouble. Big, big trouble.

My mother is suspicious, my sister is bridezilla on crack, and my grandpa will tell anyone who’ll listen about his time in Amsterdam’s Red Light District.

Four days.

I have to keep this up for four days, and then Adam and I can return to our regular lives, where we don’t have sex whenever we’re alone and my family aren’t interrogating him over his intentions with me.

At least, that’s the plan.

And we all know what happens to those.



The Duke Buys a Bride by Sophie Jordan
A bride wasn’t in his plans . . .

The last thing Marcus, the Duke of Autenberry, expects to see after sleeping off a night’s drunken shenanigans is a woman being auctioned in the village square. Before he can think about the ramifications, he buys her, thinking he’s winning the girl her freedom. Instead, he discovers he’s bought a wife.

A duke wasn’t in hers . . .

Alyse Bell is almost rid of the shackles that bound her in a name-only marriage, but the day her friend promised to purchase her in a wife auction, he vanishes, leaving her to face a mob of unsavory bachelors intent on owning her body and soul. But the appearance of a wicked, wealthy stranger changes her path forever.

The road to ruin . . .

Marcus doesn’t know what to do with the impertinent chit who clearly isn’t duchess material! Insisting their marriage isn’t legitimate, they leave for his estate in Scotland, hoping to devise a plan to get rid of each other. However, on a journey fraught with misadventure, their attraction grows and Marcus realizes he’ll do anything to keep this fiery woman for his own.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Review: Ax To Grind by Tonya Kappes

Title: Ax To Grind
Author: Tonya Kappes
Series: Kenni Lowry #3
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Hillary Huber
Release Date: April 24th, 2018
Length: Novel (226 pages/7.5 hours)
Genre: Mystery
Source: Library
Buy: Audible, Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 4.0-stars

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Thrifty Thursday [277]

Thrifty Thursday is a post all about cheap and/or free ebooks. Please verify the cost of the books before you purchase in case a sale is no longer active. Enjoy!

**Click on the book cover to go to Amazon**

Free

$0.99

$1.99

$2.99

Free audiobooks this week via SYNC (final week)

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

WoW [322] - The Duke Buys a Bride by Sophie Jordan

Author: Sophie Jordan
Series: The Rogue Files #3
Release Date: July 24, 2018

A bride wasn’t in his plans . . .

The last thing Marcus, the Duke of Autenberry, expects to see after sleeping off a night’s drunken shenanigans is a woman being auctioned in the village square. Before he can think about the ramifications, he buys her, thinking he’s winning the girl her freedom. Instead, he discovers he’s bought a wife.

A duke wasn’t in hers . . .

Alyse Bell is almost rid of the shackles that bound her in a name-only marriage, but the day her friend promised to purchase her in a wife auction, he vanishes, leaving her to face a mob of unsavory bachelors intent on owning her body and soul. But the appearance of a wicked, wealthy stranger changes her path forever.

The road to ruin . . .

Marcus doesn’t know what to do with the impertinent chit who clearly isn’t duchess material! Insisting their marriage isn’t legitimate, they leave for his estate in Scotland, hoping to devise a plan to get rid of each other. However, on a journey fraught with misadventure, their attraction grows and Marcus realizes he’ll do anything to keep this fiery woman for his own.
Why I am waiting:
This one sounds entertaining! He doesn't know what he's really bidding on and winds up with a wife haha I can't wait to see what happens :)

What book are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Review: Kill the Farm Boy by Delilah S. Dawson, Kevin Hearne

Title: Kill the Farm Boy
Author: Delilah S. Dawson, Kevin Hearne
Series: The Tales of Pell #1
Format: Ebook
Release Date: July 24th, 2018
Length: Novel (384 pages)
Genre: Fantasy
Source: Free via Publisher
Buy: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 3.0-stars

Monday, July 16, 2018

New Releases 07/17/2018

Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott
Kit Owens harbored only modest ambitions for herself when the mysterious Diane Fleming appeared in her high school chemistry class. But Diane's academic brilliance lit a fire in Kit, and the two developed an unlikely friendship. Until Diane shared a secret that changed everything between them.

More than a decade later, Kit thinks she's put Diane behind her forever and she's begun to fulfill the scientific dreams Diane awakened in her. But the past comes roaring back when she discovers that Diane is her competition for a position both women covet, taking part in groundbreaking new research led by their idol. Soon enough, the two former friends find themselves locked in a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse that threatens to destroy them both.



Kill the Farm Boy by Delilah S. Dawson, Kevin Hearne
Once upon a time, in a faraway kingdom, a hero, the Chosen One, was born . . . and so begins every fairy tale ever told.
           
This is not that fairy tale.
           
There is a Chosen One, but he is unlike any One who has ever been Chosened.
           
And there is a faraway kingdom, but you have never been to a magical world quite like the land of Pell.
           
There, a plucky farm boy will find more than he’s bargained for on his quest to awaken the sleeping princess in her cursed tower. First there’s the Dark Lord, who wishes for the boy’s untimely death . . . and also very fine cheese. Then there’s a bard without a song in her heart but with a very adorable and fuzzy tail, an assassin who fears not the night but is terrified of chickens, and a mighty fighter more frightened of her sword than of her chain-mail bikini. This journey will lead to sinister umlauts, a trash-talking goat, the Dread Necromancer Steve, and a strange and wondrous journey to the most peculiar “happily ever after” that ever once-upon-a-timed.



All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover
Quinn and Graham’s perfect love is threatened by their imperfect marriage. The memories, mistakes, and secrets that they have built up over the years are now tearing them apart. The one thing that could save them might also be the very thing that pushes their marriage beyond the point of repair.

All Your Perfects is a profound novel about a damaged couple whose potential future hinges on promises made in the past. This is a heartbreaking page-turner that asks: Can a resounding love with a perfect beginning survive a lifetime between two imperfect people?

Friday, July 13, 2018

2018 Audiobook Challenge Update


We're already halfway through with 2018! I finally got around to making my update post for the 2018 Audiobook Challenge hosted by Hot ListensCaffeinated Reviewer :) I signed up for the 50+ audiobooks this year and so far I've listened to 38! So it looks like I should be able to hit my goal :)