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Waiting on Wednesday: A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas

July 29th, 2014 by Debbie's World of Books

Waiting on Wednesday

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly event, hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

My pick for this week is A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas.  The cover is gorgeous and fairy tale retellings have always been a favorite.  It release February 24, 2015.

A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas

About the book: A spinning wheel. A prick of a finger. A terrible curse.

One hundred years after falling asleep, Princess Aurora wakes up to the kiss of a handsome prince and a broken kingdom that has been dreaming of her return. All the books say that she should be living happily ever after. But as Aurora understands all too well, the truth is nothing like the fairytale.

Her family is long dead. Her “true love” is a kind stranger. And her whole life has been planned out by political foes while she slept. Everyone expects Aurora to marry her betrothed and restore magic and peace to the kingdom before revolution tears it apart. But after a lifetime spent locked in a tower for her own safety, Aurora longs for the freedom to make her own choices. When she meets a handsome rebel, he tempts her to abandon everything for a different kind of life.

As Aurora struggles to make sense of her new world, she begins to fear that the curse has left its mark on her, a fiery and dangerous thing that might be as wicked as the witch who once ensnared her.

With her wedding day drawing near, Aurora must make the ultimate decision on how to save her kingdom: marry the prince or run.

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Review: Fast Track by Julie Garwood

July 28th, 2014 by Debbie's World of Books

Fast Track by Julie Garwood

Source: NetGalley

Publication date: July 29, 2014

Publisher: Dutton Adult

Series: Buchanan-Renard #12

Rating: ★★★★★

About Fast Track: Cordelia Kane has always been a daddy’s girl—her father raised her alone after her mother died in a car crash when Cordelia was just two years old. So when he has a serious heart attack, Cordelia is devastated, and the emotion is only intensified by the confusion she feels when he reveals the shocking truth about her mother.

Cordelia can’t suppress her curiosity about the woman who gave birth to her, and when she discovers the answers to her questions lie in Sydney, Australia, she travels there to get them.

Hotel magnate Aiden Madison is Cordelia’s best friend’s older brother. He’s oblivious to the fact that she’s had a crush on him for years. When he gets railroaded into taking her along to Sydney on his company jet, he unknowingly puts her life at risk. He’s recently angered a powerful congressman by refusing to purchase overvalued land. Congressman Chambers is not a man to let such an offense slide, and he has the resources to get even and to get what he wants.

In Australia sparks are flying between Cordelia and Aiden, but multiple attempts on Aiden’s life are made while Cordelia is with him, and he realizes he must put a stop to the madness before he loses the thing he values most.

Julie Garwood is one of those authors who rarely disappoints. I know when I pick up one of her books I should settle in for the long haul because I won’t be able to put the book down. Fast Track was no exception to this. I immediately fell in love with both Aiden and Cordelia.

Aiden was truly an alpha male hero and though his high handed ways made me sign in exasperation he was just so darn charming while doing it I had to love him. Trust me, Cordelia felt the same way which made the book all the more enjoyable because I felt like I almost shared this bond with her character.

Cordelia herself was just as endearing. She has her own insecurities but she didn’t harp on them to the point of irritation. Instead I felt I could sympathize with her and root for her to overcome these insecurities.

The story itself had me totally engrossed to see what would happen next and I loved the supporting cast of characters. We get to see some of our past favorites and met some new ones. Cordelia’s hoodlum students cracked me up and I loved the part they played in the story. I also am hoping to read Liam’s story soon (and there had better be one!).

Truly a 5 star read that everyone needs to read.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Sugar’s Twice as Sweet by Marina Adair

July 22nd, 2014 by Debbie's World of Books

Waiting on Wednesday

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly event, hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

My pick for this week is Sugar’s Twice as Sweet by Marina Adair.  I love Marina Adair’s St. Helena Vineyard series so can’t wait to read this new one.  It’s due out November 25, 2014.

Sugar's Twice as Sweet by Marina Adair

About the book: He’s trouble she doesn’t need . . .

Thanks to a cheating fiancé, Josephina Harrington’s perfect life just crashed and burned. Moving in with her overbearing parents is definitely not an option. No, she needs to prove she can make it on her own. And she will-by turning her great-aunt’s old plantation house into a destination getaway. She’s just not expecting her contractor to be so hands-on-and so totally irresistible.

. . . but everything she wants

Bad-boy golf champion Brett McGraw figured his hometown of Sugar, Georgia was the perfect place to lay low and get his life back up to par. The leggy blonde with a pint-sized pup is the kind of sweet ‘n sassy trouble he never saw coming. She doesn’t know a nut from a bolt and before long, he’s renovating her house . . . as she steals his heart. Can he convince Josephina that his womanizing ways are in the past and he’s ready for forever?

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Mastering the Marquess by Lavinia Kent

July 22nd, 2014 by Debbie's World of Books

Mastering the Marquess by Lavinia Kent

Source: NetGalley

Publication date: July 29, 2014

Publisher: Loveswept

About the book: One night of fierce passion and unbound pleasure leaves two strangers craving much more in Lavinia Kent’s sumptuous novel of sensual discovery.

The time has come for the widow Louisa, Lady Brookingston, to move on, but she refuses to remarry at the cost of shaming her late husband’s memory. Their six years together were wedded bliss—even if a war injury prevented him from fulfilling his marital duties. Only one woman can help Louisa: Madame Rouge, the discreet proprietress of a club where London’s elite explore their wildest fantasies.

Geoffrey, the Marquess of Swanston, has no intention of agreeing to deflower an anonymous virgin. But when Madame Rouge tempts him with the absolute power he’ll have over a woman who knows nothing of carnal delights, he’s intrigued. Control is the one thing he cannot resist—and control is what he loses during his night with the blindfolded beauty. He longs to take her further, to leave his mark upon her perfect behind, but the mystery woman refuses to see him again. Instead Geoffrey reluctantly agrees to take a wife, the widow of his dear friend, Lord Brookingston—fating them both to a wicked surprise.

Mastering the Marquess is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences.

This is my first time reading an erotic historical romance and there were definitely some smoking hot sex scenes. However, while not a bad book it did drag a bit for me and I found myself skimming. I wish we had seen a little more setup about Geoffrey’s crazy family. I found it hard to tell if they really were nuts or just free spirits. All we hear is that Geoffrey is always having to keep track of his father and siblings and I had a hard time telling if his father was crazy or he was just needling Geoffrey. I mean what kind of sane person rents his home out for a 99 year lease?

I also found the entire relationship between the Countess and Geoffrey and Geoffrey’s sister a little disjointed. Though we eventually find out the connection between the Countess and Geoffrey I felt like it took too long to find out why she was so obsessed with him. It also seemed like the relationship between the Countess and Geoffrey’s sister wasn’t new but he just suddenly noticed it.

I did find the development between Louisa and Geoffrey interesting though his turnabout from “I can’t pursue my dead friend’s wife” to “I need to marry and my dead friend’s widow is the perfect candidate” was so quick. I did have to laugh when Geoffrey’s father had his “sex talk” with Louisa and warned her about how shy Geoffrey is sexually. I do wish by the end of the story Geoffrey’s family would have had some sort of revelation that he’s not the stick in the mud son and brother they thought he was.

All in all a decent read but not one I would ever read again.

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When We Met by Susan Mallery

July 20th, 2014 by Debbie's World of Books

When We Met by Susan Mallery

Source: NetGalley

Publication date: April 29, 2014

Publisher: Harlequin

Series: Fool’s Gold #13

Rating: ★★★★★

About the book:  Angel Whittaker earned his scars the hard way, but the scars that can’t be seen are the ones that haunt him the most. Since he moved to Fool’s Gold, California, he’s cobbled together a life for himself as a bodyguard trainer. If he’s not exactly happy, at least his heart is safe.

Working with pro-football superstars taught tough-talking PR woman Taryn Crawford one thing—she can go toe to toe with any man. But then dark, dangerous former Special Ops Angel targets her for seduction…and challenges her to resist his tempting kisses.

Even in four-inch heels, Taryn never backs down. Unless, somehow, Angel can convince her that surrender might feel even better than victory.

I cannot even put into words how much I love this series. Granted as in any series some were better than others but I think this one ranks near the top for me. I didn’t have many expectations coming in since Angel was never one of the characters who intrigued me as much. I did want to see what kind of man would bring Taryn to her knees because when I saw Taryn in Before We Kiss (yes I know I read them out of order) I couldn’t believe this was the same woman we saw in earlier books.

I thought Angel and Taryn complemented each other perfectly and I loved every scene they were in together. I also fell in love with Angel myself watching him rising to the challenge of leading his Acorns full of little girls. There was also one scene that has me itching to get my hands on Kenny’s story and I loved seeing more of Consuelo after her engagement to Kent.

I honestly can’t think of anything I didn’t enjoy in this story.

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If Only by A.J. Pine On Sale!

March 23rd, 2014 by Debbie's World of Books

March may be almost over but that doesn’t mean the fun is over at Embrace.  We are excited to be announcing the release of A.J. Pine’s, If Only, which readers are already raving about!  Plus you can pick up If Only on sale for just $.99 right now.

 On Sale: March 24, 2014

 

About If Only:

 

Sometimes it takes crossing an ocean to figure out where you belong.

 

It’s been two years since twenty-year-old Jordan had a boyfriend—which means it’s been forever since she, well, you know. But now she’s off to spend her junior year in Aberdeen, Scotland, the perfect place to stop waiting for Mr. Right and just enjoy Mr.
Right Now.

 

Sexy, sweet (and possible player) Griffin may be her perfect, no-strings-attached match. He’s fun, gorgeous, and makes her laugh. So why can’t she stop thinking about Noah who, minutes after being trapped together outside the train’s loo, kisses Jordan like she’s never been kissed before? Never mind his impossible blue eyes, his weathered, annotated copy of The Great Gatsby (total English-major porn)…oh, and his girlfriend.

 

Jordan knows everything this year has an expiration date. Aberdeen is supposed to be about fun rather than waiting for life to happen. But E. M. Forster, Shakespeare, and mistletoe on Valentine’s Day make her reconsider what love is and how far she’s willing to go for the right guy.
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If Only Swag Pack -An “I love you from here to Scotland” print, Ahava pendent, A pack each of Much Ado about Nothing and A Room With a View confetti, Much Ado about Nothing travel mug and A Room With a View Blu-ray (a $25 Amazon gift card will be substituted if winner is outside
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Cover Reveal: Beginnings by Jennifer L. Armentrout

March 23rd, 2014 by Debbie's World of Books

I am so excited to be participating in the cover reveal for Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Beginnings which will contain both books 1 & 2 from the Lux series (Obsidian AND Onyx).  Take a look!

Lux Beginnings cover

Release date: June 3, 2014

Obsidian

There’s an alien next door. And with his looming height and eerie green eyes, he’s hot…until he opens his mouth. He’s infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, he lights me up with a big fat bulls-eye. Turns out he has a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal his abilities and the only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to him until my alien mojo fades. If I don’t kill him first, that is.

Onyx

Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro alien connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems. I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?

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About Jennifer L. Armentrout:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer Armentrout lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell, Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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Free Bliss Sampler!

February 23rd, 2014 by Debbie's World of Books

Bliss Sampler

Entangled Bliss has something special for readers this February.  Download the Bliss Sampler which is absolutely free and contains sample chapters from every single Bliss title.

PLUS…

Take a peak inside two of the upcoming March Bliss releases, Her Summer with the Marine by Susan Meier and Stealing the Groom by Sonya Weiss.

Also included are never-before-seen deleted scenes from Robin Bielman, Cindi Madsen, Tracy March and Roxanne Snopek!

Pick up your free copy of the Bliss Sampler and fall in love one small town hero at a time.

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Scintillate by Tracy Clark & Such Sweet Sorrow by Jenny Trout Release Day!

February 3rd, 2014 by Debbie's World of Books

Two new Entangled Teen books go on sale February 4 and there is a new Entangled in the Wild Giveaway going on.

Entangled in the Wild

The low-down:

  1. Post a picture of yourself with any Entangled Teen book. Get creative and show us your wild side! :) Post it on any social media platform: Instagram, Tumblr, blog, Facebook, Pinterest, etc. and tag it #EntangledTeen and #EntangledInTheWild so we can keep track and RT.
  2. If you buy a book in a physical store we’d love to know at which one you found our books at so when you post, make sure to add, “I’m in xx store in xx state. #EntangledInTheWild.”  So, for example if you’re in Walmart in California, you’d tweet, “I’m in Walmart in Palm Desert, CA. #EntangledInTheWild #EntangledTeen”
  3. Enter the post’s link in the Rafflecopter below.
  4. If you find more than one Entangled Teen book than stop by each day to enter a new pic.

Scintillate by Tracy Clark

Scintillate by Tracy Clark

A mighty flame follows a tiny spark
 

Cora Sandoval’s mother disappeared when she was five and they were living in Ireland. Since then, her dad has been more than overprotective, and Cora is beginning to chafe under his confines. But even more troubling is the colorful light she suddenly sees around people. Everyone, that is, except herself—instead, she glows a brilliant, sparkling silver.

As she realizes the danger associated with these strange auras, Cora is inexplicably drawn to Finn, a gorgeous Irish exchange student who makes her feel safe. Their attraction is instant, magnetic, and primal—but her father disapproves, and Finn’s mother orders him home to Ireland upon hearing he’s fallen in love. After a fight with her father, Cora flees to Ireland, both to follow Finn and to look for her missing mother.

There she meets another silver-haloed person and discovers the meaning of her newfound powers and their role in a conspiracy spanning centuries—one that could change mankind forever…and end her life.

Title: Scintillate (The Light Key Trilogy)
Author: Tracy Clark
Genre: YA Paranormal
Length: 304 pages

Advanced praise for Scintillate by Tracy Clark

 “A lush and atmospheric debut with a scorching romance and a metaphysical mystery. It had me hooked from the start.”  -Suzanne Young, author of THE PROGRAM. 

“Beautifully written. Keep your eye on author, Tracy Clark. She’s going places!” -Ellen Hopkins, New York Times Bestselling Author of the CRANK trilogy.

Such Sweet Sorrow by Jenny Trout

Such Sweet Sorrow by Jenny Trout 

Never was there a tale of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo…

But true love never dies. Though they’re parted by the veil between the world of mortals and the land of the dead, Romeo believes he can restore Juliet to life, but he’ll have to travel to the underworld with a thoroughly infuriating guide.
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, may not have inherited his father’s crown, but the murdered king left his son a much more important responsibility—a portal to the Afterjord, where the souls of the dead reside. When the determined Romeo asks for help traversing the treacherous Afterjord, Hamlet sees an opportunity for adventure and the chance to avenge his father’s death.

In an underworld filled with leviathan monsters, ghoulish shades, fire giants, and fierce Valkyrie warriors, Hamlet and Romeo must battle their way through jealousy, despair, and their darkest fears to rescue the fair damsel. Yet finding Juliet is only the beginning, and the Afterjord doesn’t surrender souls without a price…

Title: Such Sweet Sorrow
Author: Jenny Trout
Genre: Teen Fantasy, Fairy-tale Retelling
Length: 304 pages

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Three New Entangled Bliss Releases

January 12th, 2014 by Debbie's World of Books

There are three new Entangled Bliss releases on sale January 13, 2014.  Check them all out here!

Resisting the Hero by Cindi Madsen

Resisting her brother’s best friend is futile…

Faith Fitzpatrick isn’t looking for a hero. Burned one too many times in the past, she’s now sworn them off completely. And when her brother’s best friend, Connor, convinces him to join the dangerous SWAT team, Faith has never been more anti-hero. What’s wrong with having a safe job? There’s nothing safe about Connor. Confident, sexy, and sporting a six-pack that should be illegal, he’s everything she doesn’t want.

When his best friend’s sister moves to town, local cop Connor Maguire knows he’s in trouble. Faith is feisty, funny, and talks trash like nobody’s business. She’s also his partner’s sister—and so totally off limits. Working on the Fall Festival together, they agree to a truce and become friends. But the more time Connor spends with Faith, the more he’s willing to risk the wrath of her brother. If he could only convince her to take a risk on him, too.

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Falling for her Soldier by Ophelia London

She fell for the nice guy, but will she fall for the real guy?

Ex-ballerina Ellie Bell has twenty-four days left until her self-imposed man-less year is up. No more falling for the wrong kind of guy—charming, sexy, bad. Why can’t she find someone sweet like Charlie Johansson, her soldier pen pal? His e-mails meant the world to her, and she can’t stop thinking about him…until she meets Hunter, whose muscles and cocky smile threaten to have her relapsing.

Before Charlie “Big Game Hunter” Johansson’s last tour of duty, he’d gone through women like crazy. But after connecting on a real, emotional level via letters with his best friend’s sister, Charlie’s ready for a relationship—with Ellie Bell. But then her brother introduces him as Hunter. Proving he’s no longer a player by becoming Ellie’s dance partner for an Army benefit seems like it could convince both siblings he’s changed, but the harder he falls for Ellie, the harder it is to come clean. Can he convince her to fall for the real him before it’s too late?

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Love Songs for the Road by Farrah Taylor

A rock star. The nanny. A love that could rock their world.

The only thing rock star Marcus Troy loves more than making music is his kids. So finding just the right nanny to take on tour with them is important—as is proving to his ex he deserves joint custody. Falling for his employee wouldn’t just be fodder for the paparazzi: it could ruin everything.

Too bad the perfect nanny turns out to be beautiful, vibrant Ryan Evans. Ryan’s never left her small Montana town before, so she jumps at the chance to see the country. And as much as accidental fame doesn’t gel with shy Ryan, what does is her relationship with her capricious, smoking-hot, shockingly good dad of a boss. Marcus is nothing like what she expected. But when the whole world’s watching them, will life in the spotlight be too hot to handle?

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