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The Highlander Takes a Bride by Lynsay Sands

July 29th, 2015 by Debbie's World of Books


Releasing July 28, 2015

Publisher: Avon

About the book:

A bold, seductive laird meets his passionate match in a scintillating Highland romance from New York Timesbestselling author Lynsay Sands…

Sword fighting, swearing, and riding astride come naturally to Saidh Buchanan. Simpering and holding her tongue—definitely not. Raised alongside seven boisterous brothers, Saidh has little interest in saddling herself with a husband… until she glimpses the new Laird MacDonnell bathing naked in the loch. Though she’s far from a proper lady, the brawny Highlander makes Saidh feel every inch a woman.

She has an angel’s looks, a warrior’s temper, and seeks out his kisses with wanton eagerness. Little wonder that Greer is intrigued by his comely guest. When reckless desire overtakes them, he’s more than willing to make an honest woman of her. But Saidh is the target of a hidden enemy, and Greer faces the battle of his life to safeguard the woman he wants above all others.

My Review:

I have to say after not being that impressed with the one Argeneau book I read I wasn’t sure what to expect with her historical romances but I’ve really enjoyed them! Saidh is such a fun character. She swears, can handle a sword and has a pack of brothers who made me laugh. She was much more unconventional than even the other independent heroines you usually find in stories like this and I was eager to see what she would do next. There was just a minor moment of a real lapse in judgment that made me shake my head at her but over all I loved her. Greer was also likeable but nothing stood out about him that made me fall head over heels for him. He did have his moments where he made me laugh though.

The story itself was interesting overall. Some moments dragged and it’s easy to tell who the villain is but it was still interesting to see how the villain would come to light. I’m really glad I took a chance on Lynsay Sands historical because The Highlander Takes a Bride was a delight to read and I’m dying to read about Saidh’s brothers now.

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Author Info

LYNSAY SANDS is the nationally bestselling author of the Argeneau/Rogue Hunter vampire series, as well as numerous historicals and anthologies. She’s been writing stories since grade school and considers herself incredibly lucky to be able to make a career out of it. Her hope is that readers can get away from their everyday stress through her stories, and if there’s occasional uncontrollable fits of laughter, that’s just a big bonus. Please visit her on the web at

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Review: Thrill Me by Susan Mallery

July 27th, 2015 by Debbie's World of Books

Thrill Me by Susan Mallery

Source: Netgalley

Publication date: July 28, 2015

Publisher: HQN

Rating: ★★★☆☆

About the book:

Meet the Mitchell brothers of Fool’s Gold, California—five gorgeous men who’ve left a trail of broken hearts in their wake…

Maya Farlow learned the hard way to depend only on herself, so when she fell too deeply for the bad-boy charms of Del Mitchell, she did the only thing she could—she ran. Stunned, Del left Fool’s Gold to make his name and fortune in extreme sports.

Now ten years later, Maya’s been hired to promote her hometown’s new slogan, The Destination for Romance. The celebrity spokesman is none other than Del, the man she dumped but never forgot. Awkward!

Although Del’s not the type to hold a grudge, he’s determined to avoid falling a second time for the woman who broke his heart. He’s a daredevil, not an idiot. Trouble is, in all his adventures, he never found a rush as exhilarating as Maya’s kiss. Maybe risking his heart will prove to be the biggest thrill of all…

My Review:

I loved Kiss me and totally fell in love with Zane and Phoebe. Maya intrigued me so I was thrilled (no pun intended) to read this book.  Sadly it just didn’t have that same appeal.  It was by no means bad but there were several things that bothered me.

One was the repetition of certain aspects of the story.  Like yes, I get the Mitchell family is a family with secrets.  I don’t need it repeated over and over and over often time in almost the same wording “typical of a family that loved to keep secrets”, “for a family that loved secrets”, “You know we love our secrets”, etc.  Another thing was Del being so stuck on how women always lie to him and how can he ever trust them.  Again I got he had trust issues but I felt like I was being hit over the head with it over and over until I wanted to yell at him to get over himself.  Even after Maya explained why she did what she did he was still so focused on her “lying to him” instead of truly trying to understand where she was coming from.

What I did love about this one was the side characters.  I loved the little interactions with Phoebe and Zane and Eddie & Gladys cracked me up.  I have to admit sometimes I love them and sometimes I just shake my head over their antics in the past books but I truly adored them in this one.  If anything these interactions make the story worth reading.

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Review: The Tournament by Matthew Reilly

July 20th, 2015 by Debbie's World of Books

The Tournament by Matthew Reilly

Source: Netgalley

Publication date: July 21, 2015

Publisher: Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books

Rating: ★★★☆☆

About the book:

The year is 1546.

Europe lives in fear of the powerful Islamic empire to the East. Under its charismatic Sultan, Suleiman the Magnificent, it is an empire on the rise. It has defeated Christian fleets. It has conquered Christian cities.

Then the Sultan sends out an invitation to every king in Europe: send forth your champion to compete in a tournament unlike any other.

We follow the English delegation, selected by King Henry VIII himself, to the glittering city of Constantinople, where the most amazing tournament ever staged will take place.

But when the stakes are this high, not everyone plays fair, and for our team of plucky English heroes, winning may not be the primary goal. As a series of barbaric murders take place, a more immediate goal might simply be staying alive…

My Review:

I had only recently realized I missed this book and The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly and since I love his other books I had to rectify this.  Like The Great Zoo of China this book felt very different from his other books.  In the case of The Tournament I don’t feel like he quite pulled it off.  This was a historical fiction book and therefore was missing a lot of the fantastical explosions and fire fights that are present in his other books.  I enjoy a good historical fiction read so that wasn’t an immediate turn off but I didn’t feel like Reilly pulled off a strong historical story.  There were little things here and there that just didn’t feel right and didn’t draw me in.

I really enjoyed Ascam’s character though some of his investigative deductions seemed quite a stretch even for someone as brilliant as he was supposed to be.  Sadly he was the only character I really felt a connection with.  It would have been nice to see more development of side characters like Giles and Elsie.  Even Bess as the main character didn’t truly capture my heart.  Yes, she’s central to everything going on but it really felt like she was just being swept along vs carrying the story.

The story itself wasn’t bad but was missing the zing of his other books and while it was interesting it wasn’t a book that I couldn’t put down.

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Chasing Jillian by Julie Brannagh

July 20th, 2015 by Debbie's World of Books


I’m super excited to be taking part in the Chasing Jillian blog tour.  Check out the excerpt and blog tour giveaway below!

Chasing Jillian by Julie Brannagh

About the book:

Jillian Miller likes her job working in the front office for the Seattle Sharks, but lately being surrounded by a constant parade of perfection only seems to make her own imperfections all the more obvious. She needs a change, which takes her into foreign territory: the Sharks’ workout facility after hours. The last thing she expects is a hot, grumbly god among men to be there as witness.

Star linebacker Seth Taylor had a bad day-well, a series of them recently. When he hits the Sharks’ gym to work out his frustration, he’s startled to find someone there-and even more surprised that it’s Jillian, the team owner’s administrative assistant. When he learns of Jillian’s mission to revamp her lifestyle, he finds himself volunteering to help. Something about Jillian’s beautiful smile and quick wit makes him want to stick around. She may not be like the swimsuit models he usually has on his arm, but the more time Seth spends with Jillian the harder he falls.

And as Jillian discovers that the new her is about so much more than she sees in the mirror, can she discover that happiness and love are oh-so-much better than perfect?

Love and Football # 5

By: Julie Brannagh

Releasing July 7, 2015

Avon Impulse


She hurried over to the laptop on the little desk in the kitchen, pulled up Google, and searched on Seth’s name. She sank into a chair while she read. He was six foot four, and she practically weighed as much as he did. Well, not quite, but still. She let out a long sigh. He was two years younger than she was. It also seemed Seth had been busy: He was single. “Very single,” according to one of the most recent fan websites she looked at. In Google Images, she found a series of photos of him with multiple tall, dark-haired women, each more gorgeous than the last.

Jillian shut the laptop lid with an irritated “click”, got up from her chair, and hurried into the bathroom. She’d stood in front of a full-length mirror so many times, but it always showed her the same thing. She wasn’t unattractive, but she could use a little more self-confidence and a lot more toning.  She wasn’t asking for physical perfection, but she’d like to make some changes. If she made a plan, started slowly and kept at it, she’d see a difference.  The biggest changes needed to start on the inside, though. Maybe if she got out a little more, she might meet a guy that was interested in her. Seth was gorgeous, but he wasn’t really in her universe. Jillian went into the kitchen, grabbed a frozen low-calorie dinner out of the freezer, ripped the cardboard lid off, and shoved it into the microwave. Dinner would taste a whole lot better if it was accompanied by half a bag of chips and some Ranch dip. But that wasn’t an option right now. She opened the refrigerator door to look for a fresh vegetable of some type.

She pushed the fridge door shut after a fruitless search and rummaged around in her apartment’s tiny pantry. She located a can of peas. Peas were good. Plus, there weren’t many calories in peas. Maybe she could fill up on them if the diet dinner didn’t cut it.

Jillian’s love-hate relationship with her body and food had started when she was little.  Most of the time, there wasn’t enough to eat. She ended up in a foster home at three years old after her mother died in a car wreck, and she was moved a few times before she entered elementary school. Things got a little better for Jillian when she was placed in a more permanent foster home, but she was still so hungry. No matter how much she ate, she wanted more.  When she was old enough to make her own money, she made sure there was more than enough, and that’s when the problems began. Even more than a diet or a new workout regime, she needed to focus on the great things in her life. She’d build a healthier lifestyle as a result. Even more than a diet or a new workout regime, change from the inside would last a lot longer. She wanted to build on the goals she’d already achieved and reach out for more of the things she wanted in life: A husband. A family. To belong.

My Review:

This is my first time reading a book from Julie Brannagh but after reading Chasing Jillian I do want to go back and read the other books in the series. It can be read as a standalone but the glimpses I got of the other characters has peaked my interest. I really enjoyed this one except for a few points.

I could definitely relate to Jillian and her self consciousness over her body (though I did find it slightly irritating that despite her body being described as fleshy and overweight enough to have lost 40 lbs, the cover shows a super skinny woman. I guess that must be the after photo? lol). It was nice to see an athlete who actually looked beyond the surface and was kind to Jillian even before truly knowing her. I loved seeing the relationship between Seth and Jillian build and though the story was relatively drama free I still had fun reading it. The only small bit of drama is because of what really is a silly reason but again I could relate to Jillian and while logically her over reaction seemed overdone I can see where she was coming from.

All in all an enjoyable read. The main reason I didn’t rate it higher is that while it was fun to read it wasn’t truly memorable. It was missing the dark moment where we usually get to see the couple really figure out how much they belong together and grow individually from this realization. Everything in this story seemed almost too easy and neither character had to stretch outside of their current personal outlook to really realize the other person was perfect for them.

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About Julie:

USA Today Bestselling Author, Julie Brannagh has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil. She lives in a small town near Seattle, where she once served as a city council member and owned a yarn shop. She shares her home with a wonderful husband, two uncivilized Maine Coons and a rambunctious chocolate Lab.

When she’s not writing, she’s reading, or armchair-quarterbacking her favorite NFL team from the comfort of the family room couch. Julie is a Golden Heart finalist and the author of contemporary sports romances.

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The Bride Wore Denim by Lizbeth Selvig

July 19th, 2015 by Debbie's World of Books


The Bride Wore Denim
Seven Brides for Seven Cowboys # 1

By: Lizbeth Selvig

Releasing July 21, 2015

Avon Impulse

About the book:

When Harper Lee Crockett returns home to Paradise Ranch, Wyoming, the last thing she expects is to fall head-over-heels in lust for Cole, childhood neighbor and her older sister’s long-time boyfriend. The spirited and artistic Crockett sister has finally learned to resist her craziest impulses, but this latest trip home and Cole’s rough-and-tough appeal might be too much for her fading self-control.

Cole Wainwright has long been fascinated by the sister who’s always stood out from the crowd. His relationship with Amelia, the eldest Crockett sister, isn’t as perfect as it seems, and with Harper back in town, he sees everything he’s been missing. Cole knows they have no future together—he’s tied to the land and she’s created a successful life in the big city—but neither of them can escape their growing attraction or inconvenient feelings.

As Harper struggles to come to grips with new family responsibilities and her forbidden feelings for Cole, she must decide whether to listen to her head or to give her heart what it wants.

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About the author:

Lizbeth Selvig writes fun, heartwarming contemporary romantic fiction for Avon books. Her debut novel, The Rancher and the Rock Star, was released in 2012. Her second, Rescued By A Stranger is a 2014 RWA RITA® Award nominee. Liz lives in Minnesota with her best friend (aka her husband), a hyperactive border collie named Magic and a gray Arabian gelding named Jedi. After working as a newspaper journalist and magazine editor, and raising an equine veterinarian daughter and a talented musician son, Lizbeth entered Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart® contest in 2010 with The Rancher and the Rock Star (then titled Songbird) and won the Single Title Contemporary category.

In her spare time, she loves being a brand new grandma to Evelyn Grace as well as to hike, quilt, read, horseback ride, and play with her four-legged grandchildren, of which there are nearly twenty, including a wallaby, an alpaca, a donkey, a pig, a sugar glider, and many dogs, cats and horses (pics of all appear on her website She loves connecting with readers—contact her any time!

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Another lucky grab garnered her a little Australorp who was returned, protesting, to the yard. Glancing around once more to check the empty, rainy yard, Harper squatted back under the eaves of the pretty, yellow chicken mansion and let the half dozen chickens settle again. These were not her mother’s fowl. These were her father’s “girls”—creatures who’d sometimes received more warmth than the human females he’d raised.
Good memories tried to flee in the wake of her petty thoughts, and she grabbed them back. Of course her father had loved his daughters. He’d just never been good at showing it. There’d been plenty of good times.
Rain pittered in a slow, steady rhythm over the lawn and against the coop’s gingerbread scrollwork. It pattered into the genuine, petunia-filled, window boxes on their actual multi-paned windows. Inside, the chickens enjoyed oak-trimmed nesting boxes, two flights of ladders, and chicken-themed artwork. Behind the over-the-top manse stretched half an acre of safely-fenced running yard trimmed with white picket fencing. Why the idiot birds were shunning such luxury to go AWOL out here in the rain was beyond Harper—even if they had found the gate improperly latched.
Wiping rain from her face again, she concentrated like a cat stalking canaries and made three more successful lunges. Chicken wrangling was rarely about mad chasing and much more about patience. She smiled evilly at the remaining three criminals who now eyed her with concern.
“Might as well give yourselves up,” she called. “Your day on the lam is finished.”
She swooped toward a fluffy Cochin, a chicken breed normally known for its lazy friendliness, and the fat creature shocked her by feinting and then dodging. For the first time in this hunt, Harper missed her chicken. A resulting belly-flop onto the grass forced a startled grunt from her throat, and she slid four inches through a puddle. Before she could let loose the mild curse that bubbled up to her tongue, the mortifying sound of clapping echoed through the rain.
“I give that a nine-point-five.”
A hot flash of awareness blazed through her stomach and lodged there manufacturing unwanted flutters. She closed her eyes, fighting down the embarrassment that followed in their wake. She hadn’t yet found her voice when a large, sinewy male hand appeared in front of her, accompanied by rich, baritone laugher. She groaned and reached for his fingers.
“Hello, Cole,” she said, resignation forcing her vocal chords to work as she let him help her gently but unceremoniously to her feet.
Cole Wainwright stood right in front of her, the knot of his tie hanging three inches down his white shirt front with the two buttons above it spread open. That left the tanned, corded skin of his neck at Harper’s eye level, and she swallowed. His brown-black hair was spiked and mussed, as if he’d just awoken, and his eyes sparkled in the rain like blue diamonds. She took a step back.
“Hullo, you,” he replied.
His grin, wide and warm and charming, hadn’t changed since they’d been kids. His pirate smile—the one that had been dorky when he’d been ten and she’d been eight and they, together with Harper’s five sisters, had been the only pirates who’d sought treasure on horseback rather than from a ship’s deck. Then she’d turned twelve and one day found she’d preferred being the captured princess to one of the crew, because that smile had no longer been dorky.


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Release Day for The Perfect Bargain by Julia London w/a Jessa McAdams

June 29th, 2015 by Debbie's World of Books
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How to Marry a Highlander
# 1

By: Julia London writing as Jessa McAdams
Releasing June 30, 2015
Entangled: Lovestruck


American lass seeks brawny Scot…

As if being newly single isn’t brutal enough, Sloane Chatfield’s friends are getting obnoxious about setting her up. When Sloane insists she’s waiting for a certain sexy fictional Highlander to come along, her friends surprise her with a trip to Scotland to find her a new boyfriend. She’d rather have a root canal. But if she can find a Highland hunk to “break her heart” before her friends arrive…

In a remote Highland village, Galen Buchanan is struggling to keep the family pub afloat. Everything is falling apart, he’s running out of money, and now there’s an opinionated American lass parked at his best table, driving him mad. But then Sloane asks Galen to be her pretend Highland boyfriend…and offers him enough money to save the pub. It’s only for a few days, he figures. What’s the worst that could happen?


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Julia London is the New York
Times, USA Today, and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author of more than thirty
romantic fiction novels. She is the author of the popular Cabot Sisters
historical series, including The Trouble with Honor, The Devil Takes a Bride,
and the The Scoundrel and the Debutante. She is also the author of several
acclaimed contemporary romances, including The Cedar Springs series, and the
recent Homecoming Ranch, Return to Homecoming Ranch, and The Perfect Homecoming.
Julia has added a short contemporary series to her titles as well, including
The Perfect Bargain, writing under the name Jessa McAdams.


Julia is the recipient of the RT
Bookclub Award for Best Historical Romance and a four time finalist for the prestigious
RITA award for excellence in romantic fiction. To keep up with all the Julia
London news, please visit Follow her on
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Review: Kiss Me by Susan Mallery

June 29th, 2015 by Debbie's World of Books

Kiss Me by Susan Mallery

Source: Netgalley

Publication date: 6/30/15

Publisher: HQN

Rating: ★★★★½

About the book:

After Phoebe Kitzke’s kind heart gets her suspended from her job in LA, she swears off doing favors—until her best friend begs for help on the family ranch in Fool’s Gold. Unfortunately, sexy cowboy Zane Nicholson isn’t exactly thrilled by the city girl’s arrival.

Thanks to his brother’s latest scheme, Zane has been roped into taking tourists on a cattle drive. What Phoebe knows about ranching wouldn’t fill his hat, but her laughter is so captivating that even his animals fall for her. One slip of his legendary control leads to a passionate kiss, but she’s exactly the kind of woman a single-minded loner needs to avoid.

In his arms, Phoebe discovers she’s a country girl at heart. Yet no matter how much the small town feels like home, she can’t stay unless Zane loves her, too…but is this cowboy interested in forever?

My Review:

I really loved this story and the entire cast of characters joined together to make this one of my favorites in the series. I felt so bad for Zane for having to raise his step-brother, Chase, and the stress that comes with that. On top of that I felt like he got the short end of the stick from his half-sister, Maya, who seemed to side with Chase more often than not. Yes, Zane was strict and probably not the most fun brother but he was truly trying to do his best for his siblings in a tough situation. And to be honest Chase truly screwed up with taking people’s money and lying to them. I enjoyed watching Zane’s and Chase’s relationship develop almost as much as I loved watching Phoebe and Zane com together. They were perfect for each other!

There was also an interesting side story about a pair of foster children that broke my heart. It is of course pretty predictable what will happen in that subplot but still entirely satisfying to see it unfold and just add to the tugging of the heart strings in this book.

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Review: The Shadows by J.R. Ward

June 22nd, 2015 by Debbie's World of Books

The Shadows by J.R. Ward

Source: Borrowed from the library

Publication date: March 31, 2015

Publisher: NAL

Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #13

Rating: ★★½☆☆

About the book:

Trez “Latimer” doesn’t really exist. And not just because the identity was created so that a Shadow could function in the underbelly of the human world. Sold by his parents to the Queen of the S’Hsibe as a child, Trez escaped the Territory and has been a pimp and an enforcer in Caldwell, NY for years- all the while on the run from a destiny of sexual servitude. He’s never had anyone he could totally rely on… except for his brother, iAm.

iAm’s sole goal has always been to keep his brother from self-destructing- and he knows he’s failed. It’s not until the Chosen Serena enters Trez’s life that the male begins to turn things around… but by then it’s too late. The pledge to mate the Queen’s daughter comes due and there is nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, and no negotiating.

Trapped between his heart and a fate he never volunteered for, Trez must decide whether to endanger himself and others- or forever leave behind the female he’s in love with. But then an unimaginable tragedy strikes and changes everything. Staring out over an emotional abyss, Trez must find a reason to go on or risk losing himself and his soul forever. And iAm, in the name of brotherly love, is faced with making the ultimate sacrifice…

My Review:

I actually finished this book about a week and a half ago but I waited to write the review because honestly I couldn’t believe how the story wraps up.  It’s really hard to write a spoiler free review because to spell out what bothered me would seriously spoil the story.  So this will be relatively short and sweet that I can’t believe JR Ward went where she did with Trez and Selena in the end.

There were also more developments in the Xcor/Layla romance that just didn’t sit right with me and while I loved iAm’s storyline I was surprised he didn’t get his own book.  Still iAm’s story arc was the only redeeming part of this book and I can’t believe I wasted almost 600 pages for that ending.

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Review: Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh

June 21st, 2015 by Debbie's World of Books

Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh

Source: Gifted from the fabulous Ramblings From This Chick

Publication date: 6/2/15

Publisher: Berkley Hardcover

Series: Psy-Changeling #14

Rating: ★★★★½

About the book:

Awakening wounded in a darkened cell, their psychic abilities blocked, Aden and Zaira know they must escape. But when the lethal soldiers break free from their mysterious prison, they find themselves in a harsh, inhospitable landscape far from civilization. Their only hope for survival is to make it to the hidden home of a predatory changeling pack that doesn’t welcome outsiders.

And they must survive. A shadowy enemy has put a target on the back of the Arrow squad, an enemy that cannot be permitted to succeed in its deadly campaign. Aden will cross any line to keep his people safe for this new future, where even an assassin might have hope of a life beyond blood and death and pain. Zaira has no such hope. She knows she’s too damaged to return from the abyss. Her driving goal is to protect Aden, protect the only person who has ever come back for her no matter what.

This time, even Aden’s passionate determination may not be enough—because the emotionless chill of Silence existed for a reason. For the violent, and the insane, and the irreparably broken…like Zaira.

My Review:

Aden was probably my second most anticipated story (behind Vasic’s) but after being slightly disappointed in Vasic’s book I went in holding my breath.  I was happily satisfied with this one.  I continued to love Aden’s character and seeing how he held the team of Arrows together.  We also get to see Vasic, Kaleb, Nikita and a few other past favorites which I always love.  I also loved some of the supporting characters, especially the children.  Whenever I would read a scene with little Jojo I just wanted to pick her up and give her a giant hug because she was so adorable!

The one character I didn’t really connect with and the reason this wasn’t a solid 5 stars was actually Zaira.  I get she had a horrible childhood and her parents were nut cases but for a person who is supposed to be so logical her belief in her insanity was irritating.  We are beaten over the head again and again about what a monster she believes she is.  Honestly she sounded like she needed more of counseling for anger management vs insanity.  So while I wanted to sympathize I also wanted to shake her and tell her to suck it up and talk with someone like Ivy to work through her issues.  I also found an incident where she goes postal over another woman showing interest in Aden a little nuts.

I did enjoy the story itself though.  As usual there were some twists and turns as well as some mysteries that are built up and not resolved in this book.  I’m really curious to see whose story will be next though.  I would like to see Nikita and Anthony get together at some point but not sure if that will ever happen.  Overall loved the book and was sad to see it end.

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Release Day Blast: Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry + Excerpt & Giveaway

May 25th, 2015 by Debbie's World of Books

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We are absolutely thrilled to bring you the Release Day Launch for Katie McGarry’s NOWHERE BUT HERE! NOWHERE BUT HERE is a Young Adult Contemporary Romance and is a part of Katie McGarry’s Thunder Road Series, published by Harlequin Teen. Grab your copy today!!

 Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry

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An unforgettable new series from acclaimed author Katie McGarry about taking risks, opening your heart and ending up in a place you never imagined possible

Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she’s curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn’t mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both.

Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They’re the good guys. They protect people. They’re…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club’s most respected member—is in town, he’s gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it’s his shot at his dream. What he doesn’t count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down.

No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home.



From Oz’s Point of View. Set up: Emily has been separated from her parents and after a long night of worrying, her emotions and exhaustion catch up to her and it causes Oz to have his first fluttering of emotion for Emily. 

WIND BLOWS IN FROM THE NORTH AND A FEW pieces of Emily’s dark hair sweep across her face. One min­ute Emily’s a bright flame, then a gust snuffs out her light. Her body sways like a top at the tail end of a spin and I lunge forward.

Emily’s knees give out and her eyes roll back into her head. I catch her inches before she crashes onto the porch. She’s light as I swing her into my arms and her head circles onto my shoulder, reminding me of one of those rag dolls Violet used to play with when we were kids.

“Emily!” Eli’s on top of me, attempting to yank her out of my arms. “Open your eyes.”

Her eyelids flutter, but remain closed as her hand limply clutches my shirt. Eli rams his arms underneath mine and he makes Emily a rope in a tug-of-war. I should let her go. I should want to let her go, but then Emily goes and screws it up for me. “Oz.” 

It was a damn whisper, but I heard my name on her lips and so did Eli. His eyes flash to mine and Cyrus’s words repeat in my mind. That girl trusts you. And screw us both for that.

“She’s exhausted,” I say. “Hasn’t slept at all tonight.”

Eli’s expression hardens as he glares at me. I’ve seen Eli throw a coma-inducing punch for less defiance and I readjust the sleeping girl in my arms. A reminder if he decks me now, he’ll be putting his daughter at risk.

Temporarily surrendering, Eli cups Emily’s face in his hands and angles her toward him. “Emily, please open your eyes.”

She does. It’s barely a crack and they’re completely glazed.

“Everything’s going to be okay,” Eli affirms.

“I want my mom and dad,” she mumbles.

“You’ll see them tomorrow.” Eli pushes a strand of hair from her cheek. “You’re safe here. I promise.”

She rejects Eli by curling into me. Her head fits perfectly in the crook of my neck and I loathe the wave of protective­ness that rumbles through my body. Emily’s fingers tighten their grip near my shoulders and the impulse is to shield her from the guys gawking at this intimate scene. Yeah, this is club business, but Emily never asked for any of this.



Katie McGarry Author PhotoAbout Katie McGarry:

Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON, BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine’s 2012 Reviewer’s Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.


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